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Clavius is a king of Argonia, a kingdom in Dragon Quest VIII.


Clavius became king when his older brother Eltrio renounced his claim to the throne and disappeared. With this, Clavius was forced to fulfill the promise of peace left by his older brother, which was to wed his son with the daughter of the Kingdom of Trodain. His son, Prince Charmles, is spoiled and selfish, something that greatly disappoints Clavius to no end.

He originally asks Hero (who he says reminds him someone) to help his son get an Argon Heart in the trial (which is a rite of passage for all heirs to the Argonian throne). He almost finds pride in his son, until he witnesses Charmles buying a larger heart from a merchant and presenting it to him instead of the heart he already had. When the hero presents him with the real Argon heart, Clavius says that he would not have cared how big it was. Although not explicitly stated as such, this might also have been part of the test.

In the original ending of the story, he scolds the Prince for his deception after The Hero and his friends crash the wedding and rescue Medea from his clutches, revealing that he knows the truth. However, in the special ending, which can be obtained by completing the Dragovian Trials and learning that the Hero is the son of Eltrio, thereby making him Clavius' nephew by birthright, the hero can then reveal his lineage on the eve of Charmles and Medea's wedding, and although he wishes he could he can't make the Hero the new prince, the pact is indeed sealed after long last.

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