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"Be well."
Julius Root (final words) [src]

Julius Root is the commander of the Reconnaissance division of the Lower Elements Police. He is frequently angry,and when angry, his face turns red (thus earning him the nickname "Beetroot").


He is often annoyed by many militia personnel, especially Foaly the centaur (whom he cannot fire, as Foaly's knowledge of technology is irreplaceable). At first, he seems to dislike Captain Holly Short, although it's revealed in The Time Paradox that he was just trying to induce a sense of discipline, and respect for her commanding officers. In the first book, he is betrayed by Briar Cudgeon, who desires Root's own position. Root smokes his customary fungus cigars and has a small sense of humor, though makes (unintentional) dry-humored jokes (he hasn't laughed out loud in 200 years.) At first he despises Artemis Fowl and his accomplice Butler, but by the second book they have respect for each other. Root, despite being a veteran of war and a commanding officer, is quite active in the series up to his death, and has shown skills for devising strategies and gunning. His favorite weapon is a tri-barreled water-cooled blaster, the most powerful production handgun under the world.


Appearance

Root is a broad-chested elf with buzzcut hair and a fungus cigar screwed into the corner of his mouth at all times. He wears a required LEPrecon uniform with Commander Status gold acorns.

Artemis Fowl

Commander Julius Root was commander of the LEPrecon. He was harder on Holly Short because she was female, and thus all of Haven would be watching her, making her a 'test case'. When she was kidnapped by Artemis Fowl, he personally went after her. In the end, Holly escaped and a Bio-Bomb was released in Fowl Manor, but Artemis found a way to circumvent it by taking some sleeping pills to force him to change his state of consciousness, allowing him to slip back into real time and escape the blast.

The Opal Deception

Opal Koboi led Holly Short and Julius Root into a trap. A bomb was strapped to Julius's Chest using octo-bonds, tightening and crushing him. Koboi informed Holly that there was a sweet spot on the Bomb. If Holly shot it, the bomb's circutry would be overloaded and it would not detonate. Otherwise, he would be blown up. Holly shot it, but Koboi had lied, and there was no "sweet spot". It was merely a trick to cause the LEP to believe Holly shot Root. The ensuing explosion incinerated Root and forced Holly to flee. Since they did not have any sound feed on their cameras due to Koboi's jammer, the LEP accused her of Root's murder. Root was eventually replaced with Ark Sool, and Holly resigned, followed by which former Captain Trouble Kelp was appointed commander.

The Time Paradox

Following Root's death, Holly managed to get a chance to say goodbye to him in the past, using a fairy communicator. Root found it odd, but was touched by it.

The lemur Jayjay was also named in his memory, because of its head fur that looked like Root's buzz-cut.

Quotes

"Don't give me any of your lip today, Foaly, because today is not one of those Oh-I'm-so-impressed-with-the-pony's-technology days."
Artemis Fowl (series)




"Naughty naughty. No one beats Foaly but me."
Artemis Fowl (series)




"I think I'm speaking for the whole room here, Foaly, when I say that all I see is lines and squiggles. Doubtless it makes sense to a smart pony like yourself, but the rest of us are going to need some plain Gnommish."
Artemis Fowl (series)




"Goblins. Evolution's little joke. Take the dumbest creatures under the earth and give them the power to conjure fire."
The Eternity Code




"Not a nice set of options. Don't you have anything good to tell me?"
Opal Deception




"Shut your mouth,convict."
Artemis Fowl (series)




"We're being led by an idiot with a crayon."
The Arctic Incident
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