|“||What am I?||”|
— Aurox, Destined
|Bull Boy (by Aphrodite)|
|Moonstone (white or very light blue)|
|The date of Linda Heffer's death|
|He was created near Sylvia Redbird's home|
| Neferet's servant (Formally)|
Student at Tulsa House of Night
|Neferet and Darkness|
|Able to turn into a bull when enraged|
|Tulsa House of Night|
| He can turn into a bull (exposed),|
He was created by the death of Linda Heffer (exposed),
He is Heath Luck incarnated (exposed),
He wants to be with Zoey Redbird (exposed)
Aurox is a vessel created by Darkness for Neferet in Awakened. He was created with the sacrifice of Zoey's mother, Linda. This sacrifice gives room for Nyx to place Heath Luck's soul inside of Aurox. Because of Heath, Aurox is able to choose Light over Darkness, and chooses Zoey over Neferet. He sometimes sounds exactly like Heath by calling Zoey, Zo. In Redeemed, he sacrificed himself to save Zoey and the Nerd Herd from Neferet, by entombing her in the grotto at Woodward Park. Zoey then helps Aurox's spirit into Nyx's Otherworld.
|“||He was beautiful, an utterly gorgeous young male. Tall, and strong, and perfectly formed. The average person would see no hint of Darkness about him. The skin that covered his mighty muscles was smooth and blemish-free. His hair was long and thick and the blond of summer wheat. His features were perfect--he was flawless in his façade.||”|
|“||It was then that Aurox began to change. Even though Rephaim watched it happening he could hardly comprehend it. Its body became bigger, thicker. It grew horns. Its fists solidified. Its skin rippled, shifted, pulsed as if something beneath was trying to come forth. [...] The transformed creature bellowed and leaped, trying, futilely, to knock them from the sky. When he crashed back to earth, his massive cloven hooves biting into the winter grass, he turned blazing moon-colored eyes on Rephaim.||”|
|“||A boy stood there--a beautiful, blond boy who had eyes like moonstones and a face like an angel.||”|
Aurox was a slave of darkness and dedicated his self only for serving Neferet. But than, he'd met Zoey Redbird and began realizing that he not only feels sympathy and care for her-he feels, and following this discovery he realizes that maybe there is more to him than just an empty shell of darkness.
Even after joining the Light side, Aurox tends to isolate himself from people- feeling unwanted and not belonging in the nerd herd and with everyone else. It was once brought up by Zoey that(unlike Heath Luck Aurox may be a very good student. He claims to have the natural ability to read and write, though he doesn't know why.
It is noticed by several characters in the series (I.e, Zoey Redbird, James Stark) that even though Aurox looked and sounded nothing like Heath, he sometimes says things that sound exactly like Heath without even meaning to.
|“||Good to see you again.||”|
— Aurox to Heath Luck.
Heath Luck was incarnated into Aurox in order to prevent Neferet's control on the beast. They are hinted to be able to communicate through dreams. Because of Heath's soul within him, Aurox couldn't help but feel a great measure of sympathy for Zoey Redbird but he knew that she only cares about him because he carries Heath's soul, which hurt him deeply since he knows that he is not Heath.
|“||So I guess somehow you're a friend of mine.||”|
Despite Aurox wanting to be good friends with stark, he doesn't return the bull's want to reconcile because he is deeply afraid that he will lose Zoey Redbird's love to the Aurox.
But by the end of Redeemed Stark seems to have a friendlier attitude towards Aurox and before his soul is freed, Aurox asks Stark if they can still have that beer when his soul will return to this realm, which the latter readily accepts.
The two hadn't interacted very often, but from the interactions they did have, it's clear the two have nothing against each other and Rephaim had even talked to Aurox about when he'd first arrived to the House of Night in Oklahoma and shared with him that no one had believed in him except for Stevie Rae Johnson and Damien Maslin.
|“||I must do this. She believed in me and I will not desert her.||”|
— Aurox thinking about Sylvia Redbird.
Sylvia brings peace and light into Aurox and he cares for her greatly maybe even more than she does. Aurox loves to visit her lavender farm and he is always welcomed warmly.
In Redeemed Aurox finds Skylar on a tree unable to get to down, he quickly comes to her rescue and despite Zoey's warnings of the cat's cruel behavior pets her and she peacefully stays with him. Zoey was the first to realize that Skylar chose him, much to his pleasure.
Aurox and Neferet(her former owner) are the only ones Skylar behaved appropriately with.
Relationship with Zoey Redbird
Zoey feels a strange attraction towards him even when she knows that he works for Neferet and was gifted to the latter as a gift from Darkness for the death of Zoey's mom. Zoey later discovers that Aurox is none other than Heath Luck, her deceased human consort, reincarnated. Having Heath's soul inside him made Aurox feel the love Heath feels for Zoey, thus not being able to hurt her like Neferet intended.
Unknowingly to her, Heath Luck's soul had been put in the Aurox due to Neferet's imperfect sacrifice thus making it easy to insert a soul within the creature.
In Destined, the relationship between the two was pretty obvious- he was hers to obey, and for all he knew, that was is only true goal.
In the House of Night Series
The Darkness offers a gift to Neferet: if she will sacrifice "a woman who has ancient ties to the earth, passed to her through generation upon generation of matriarchs" (Cast 264), then the Darkness will provide Neferet with a Vessel to do her bidding. Initially, Neferet intends to use Sylvia Redbird as a sacrifice. When she goes to Sylvia's home, she does not find Sylvia, but her daughter, Linda Heffer. Neferet decides to use Linda as the sacrifice, despite the Darkness's words of caution that she may be an imperfect sacrifice. As Neferet is carrying out the ritual, Nyx witnesses her. Nyx is able to tamper with the Vessel, considering Neferet used an imperfect sacrifice. Nyx finds Heath Luck in the Otherworld and asks him if he would like to be the soul she puts into the Vessel. When he learns that the Vessel is meant to harm Zoey, Heath says "I want to be put in the Vessel," in an attempt to stop the Vessel. The Vessel is successfully created, with Heath's soul inside of it. Neferet names him Aurox.
A vessel for Darkness created with Linda Heffer's death. Because of the sacrifice's weakness, Nyx is able to insert Heath's soul inside, which almost gives him a form of humanity. Aurox feeds off of Darkness, fear, and other negative feelings, which cause him to turn into a bull. He is extremely powerful, and in Destined, Neferet makes the attempt to pass him off as a gift from Nyx. This fails however, when he kills Dragon and almost kills Rephaim. Although he has no memories of his past life as Heath, he can't help but feel sympathy and care for Zoey. In one example, Aurox offers Zoey a Kleenex when she begins to cry, something Heath would always do for her. His connection to her is shown again when he accidentally said her name when being intimate with another fledgling.
He is pretty much just a killing machine at this point, until, at the ritual gone wrong, near the end of the book, he kills Dragon and says "No!" Aurox said. "No." He looked from the Sword Master’s battered body and his gaze found me. "Zoey! I chose a different future. I did!"
He contains Heath Luck's soul, thus meaning that he's not fully evil. As Zoey Redbird looks through her Seer Stone, she sees Heath shine out of Aurox just before he charges her. But then, Zoey finds she is not afraid and just simply says he won't hurt her--and she was right. He charged at her, but he swerved off at the last second, running off into the woods instead. He was not seen again until Hidden.
A vessel for Darkness created with Linda Heffer's death. Because of the sacrifice's weakness, Nyx is able to insert Heath's soul inside, which almost gives him a form of humanity. Aurox feeds off of Darkness, fear, and other negative feelings, which cause him to turn into a bull. He is extremely powerful, and in Destined, Neferet makes the attempt to pass him off as a gift from Nyx. This fails however, when he kills Dragon and almost kills Rephaim. Although he has no memories of his past life as Heath, he can't help but feel sympathy and care for Zoey. In one example, Aurox offers Zoey a Kleenex when she begins to cry, something Heath would always do for her. His connection to her is shown again when he accidentally said her name when being intimate with another fledgling (Becca Adams).
Aurox becomes a part of the group despite the dismay of James Stark, who is clearly anxious about Zoey's love for Heath Luck- her deceased human boyfriend who had now returned and is within the Aurox.
He later got drunk with some human boys and boozily told Stark to use his Red Vampire ability to make the human boys forget about all they had witnessed the same day.
Aurox sacrifices himself to help the destruction of Neferet. Before his soul reaches the Otherworld, Zoey tells him to remember he will always be a part of the nerd herd; thus making sure he knows his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
- In Redeemed, Aurox reveals to Zoey he doesn't sleep.
- Aurox was the second chosen of Skylar, the first being Neferet.
- Aurox had been given to Neferet for sacrificing the soul of Sylvia Redbird.
- However, Neferet's sacrifice was flawed since she killed Linda Heffer instead.
- Zoey thinks he is a good student.
- She also emphasizes that it is weird considering Heath Luck, the human who had his soul within the Aurox, was an incompetent student.
|“||I can feel! Zoey Redbird makes me feel!||”|
— Aurox in Destined.
|“||What am I?||”|
— Aurox in Destined.
|“||Nyx, if you are, indeed, a forgiving goddess, please help me ... please ...||”|
— Aurox praying for Nyx's help.
|“||Good to see you again||”|
|“||What was Heath to you?||”|