Nero (also known as The Beast) is a descendant of Apollo (the Greek God of the Sun), the stepfather of Meg McCaffrey (a demigod daughter of Demeter, Greek Goddess of Agriculture), a member of Triumvirate Holdings and is the main antagonist of Rick Riordan's Greek mythology book series The Trials of Apollo (which is a sequel series to Riordan's other two series Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus).

He is based on the real life emperor Nero.

Pre-Trials of Apollo

Nero was born in in 37 AD, the last of the dynasty of Julius Caesar. He was responsible for the fire of Rome and only acted when the flames threatened his manor. He was married three times and became a widower as many times. He burned Christians alive at his parties. When he was thirty he became a god-emperor.

Nero has influenced many events in history via Triumvirate Holdings, also using the company to supply funding to both Luke Castellan (during Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Octavian (during The Heroes of Olympus).

At an unknown point in time, Nero killed Meg McCaffrey's father, and proceeded to take in and raise her as his own daughter. Through his sophisticated manipulation over the years, Nero lead her to believe that he and "The Beast" (which he claimed killed Meg's father) were two separate people and made her unquestionably loyal to him.

The Trials of Apollo

The Hidden Oracle

Nero first appeared talking to Python in Delphi. After Meg and Apollo (who was trapped in a mortal form as punishment by Zeus) found the antechamber to the Grove of Dodona, they finally see that he is trying to burn down the grove. While Apollo tries to save the grove and his restrained demigod children Kayla and Austin, Nero orders his Colossus Neronis to attack the camp, while fleeing himself, along with Meg and her Karpoi (grain spirit) servant Peaches.