His resentment of Griffith's rise to fame despite his common blood led to a failed assassination attempt during a royal hunt. The assassin's poison-laced crossbow bolt hit the Behelit that Griffith was wearing instead of killing him. The King concluded that the attack was meant for Princess Charlotte, who was accompanying Griffith. Griffith traced the poison back to Julius and arranged a counter-assassination by Guts which ended Julius' life, and earned the wrath of the Queen, Julius' secret lover. This counter-assassination would also claim the life of Julius' preteen son, Adonis, who was unintentionally killed by Guts after witnessing the murder of his father.