Avicus is a fictional character in The Vampire Chronicles written by Anne Rice.
Avicus is far older than Marius, but he does not know his own strength, but it is implied in Blood and Gold that his powers are second to Marius. Avicus is from Egypt and some statements in Blood and Gold indicates that he was created by Akasha herself. The powerful blood he supposedly received and his age gives him his strength. If he was not created by Akasha he has most certainly received his power with age as he was a "God of the Grove" for hundreds of years.
When the druid priest Mael needs a new "God of the Grove" (due to Marius' escape and the destruction of the old "God of the Grove" because they had Marius) it's decided that Mael is to become the new "God of the Grove". They learn about Avicus, who can be found in England, and they travel there. But Mael and Avicus makes an arrangement; Avicus will give Mael "the Dark Gift" if he is given a victim and freedom. Avicus wants to escape after learning (from using "the Mind Gift" on Mael) that Marius successfully escaped. Ultimately, it ends up with Avicus and Mael escaping together and becoming companions. They would eventually meet Marius and live together for a time.
In Constantinople, Marius, Avicus and Mael discover Zenobia, a vampire fledgeling of the ancient Eudoxia. Mael, Avicus, and Zenobia are left behind by Marius when he takes Those Who Must Be Kept out of Constantinople.
Over 1,000 years later, Marius learns from Mael that Avicus was in love with Zenobia he persuaded her to leave with him, abandoning Mael. Mael blames Marius for this, as he blamed Marius for all his misfortunes in ancient times.
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