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|"Anyone can betray anyone."|
|— Julian Jacos to Mare Barrow in Red Queen|
Julian grew up with Sara Skonos and his sister Coriane. When his sister was killed, Julian grew to hate Tiberias Calore VI for not being able to save her and for marrying Elara Merandus, and Elara for punishing Sara by cutting her tongue out. Eventually, he also bore hatred for Maven for being Elara's son and the killing done in his name.
Many years after Coriane's death, Julian encounters Mare Barrow, a Red with abilities disguised as a Silver. As a royal librarian, he works with Mare as her teacher. Besides teaching her lessons, especially history, Julian trained her to control her ability. When Julian was studying her ability, he saw that she did not control electricity, she created it, something no Silver could do.
Julian produced a list of Reds like her, newbloods, and gave it to her with instructions to find them. Mare eventually told Maven about this, who was actually plotting against her and used the list to hunt down and kill newbloods.
After a failed attempt to break out the Scarlet Guard prisoners, Julian and Sara escaped, while Mare Barrow and Cal, his nephew, were subjected to execution, but escseen asking Colonel Farley about Julian. It is known that he had been imprisoned in Corros Prison. Later, at the battle at Corros, Mare and Cal freed Julian from his prison, and they escaped together Tuck Island.
When Julian and Sara are in the Scarlet Guard, Sara finds a healer to give her a tongue. After so many years of suffering the pain of being mute, to the joy of Julian, she was finally able to speak again.
After the Nortan Civil War, Julian is a blood speaker in the Nortan States council, representing the Silvers. He plans to marry Sara.
Julian is curious, kind and wise. His placid demeanor often leads Mare to forget that he is an intelligent scholar and scientist. He is an outcast among the Silver Elite, lamenting that his only friends are his books. Julian is passionate for what he thinks is right, a trait that mirrors Cal's. He also hates how Reds are viewed as inferior to Silvers, and thinks how Reds are treated is wrong to the "deepest levels of humanity." Julian loves puzzles and is very clever. He carries the loss of his sister with him and it has aged him. He also refers to himself as a romantic.
Julian has pale skin, blue eyes and thinning, chestnut brown hair with gray streaks. Cal notes that Julian looks a lot like Coriane and has the same crooked smile as Cal. His hands are soft with long, thin fingers. He used to wear the same set of faded and stained yellow robes recurrently which, according to Mare, make him look like a "human piece of parchment."
Julian is a singer, meaning he can use his voice to control people as long as direct eye contact is established. During the Nortan Civil War, he uses his ability to sing Volo Samos off the Archeon Bridge. It is mentioned by Cal that it is the first time Julian used his ability to kill someone. While he seems unassuming, Julian is incredibly powerful.
Coriane and Julian were close. Julian offered her books on every birthday and holiday, where he used to hide manuals and guides. Those were Coriane's most valued gifts. He was very protective of his sister and was afflicted by her death, blaming Tiberias VI for not saving her.
Julian grew up alongside Sara and they have loved each other from a young age. They planned to marry since they were teenagers and were only deterred by Coriane's death and Sara's consequent punishment for trying to tell the truth. She was afraid of what Elara might do to her and did not want Julian to share the same fate for being close to her. Eventually Sara gets her tongue back and she and Julian resume their relationship. After the Nortan Civil War, they live together and are planning to marry in Montfort.
When Cal was a baby, Julian doted on him, bringing him toys and reading to him. Julian and Cal used to have a strained relationship, which changes after Cal is forced to kill his father. Cal is desperate to save Julian from Corros Prison because he considers Julian to be his only family left alive, along with Anabel Lerolan. Upon his rescue, the two grow closer. Julian shares stories about Coriane with Cal, who has no memories of his mother, and gives him a copy of her diary. When Maven was crowned King, Julian believes that Cal is the one who should be the King of Norta, and works with Anabel Lerolan to restore him to the throne. He serves as a mentor to Cal and an unyielding support, always by Cal's side, to help him in whatever he might need. Cal confides in Julian and trusts his uncle's advice. Julian and Cal truly love each other and want to keep each other safe. After the Nortan Civil War, Julian is very proud of Cal and tells him "You would have made a good king, but never great. Not like you are now. A great man who needs no crown."
Julian was Mare's mentor and guardian while at Summerton. When they first meet, to Mare's horror, Julian reveals that he knows of her true identity as a Red, but reassures Mare that he will keep it a secret. Mare begins to like Julian when she realizes that he is not like the other Silver Elite, and despises the unfair treatment of Reds as much as she does. During Mare's daily lessons with him, Julian studies Mare's newfound powers and helps her to get a better handle of them. He is fascinated when he discovers that, unlike other Silvers with elemental abilities, Mare can create electricity rather than just manipulate it. Julian becomes a wise guardian and friend to Mare, giving her invaluable advice on how to survive in the Silver court. He even gives Mare a wise warning that she shouldn't trust her betrothed Maven, but Mare originally dismisses it as ridiculous. When her friends are captured after the Sun Shooting, Mare begs Julian to help her free them. Julian uses his singer ability to free Mare's friends, even though he knows that doing so may put him in grave danger.
- Julian drinks when he is upset.
- He thinks that there is "nothing so terrible as a story untold."
- He made a copy of Coriane's diary to someday show it to Cal.
- Victoria Aveyard said that Julian was the character closest to her in personality.
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: page 543
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- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: page 540