Athos character jug modeled by Max Henk and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1988 limited edition of 1,000 commissioned by Peter Jones China. Athos is a fictional character in the novels "The Three Musketeers", "Twenty Years After", and "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas. In "The Three Musketeers", he and the other two musketeers, Porthos and Aramis, are friends of the novel's protagonist, d'Artagnan. He has a mysterious past connecting him with the villainess of the novel, Milady de Winter. The oldest by some years, Athos is a father figure to the other musketeers. He is described as noble and handsome, a polished aristocrat of glorious ancestry, but also very secretive, drowning his secret sorrows in drink. By the end of the novel, it is revealed that he is the Comte de la Fere, who was Milady's husband before she married the Baron de Winter. The fictional Athos is named after the historical musketeer Armand de Sillogue d'Athos d'Autevielle, who came from the small Pyranees town of Athos. A handle of a sword forms the handle of this jug.