Rufus Liao (b. 2163 - d. 2202) was the eldest child of Elias and Cynthiana Liao. Rufus had a younger brother, David Paul, and two sisters, Carmen and Margarette. Both of Rufus' sisters were killed during Elias' escape from Terra, and Rufus died soon after the Liao family settled on the world of Cynthiana.
Although the family tree in House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) shows Rufus and David Paul as the two sons of Elias Liao, and Victor as the son of David Paul and grandson of Elias, Handbook: House Liao describes the renaming of the planet Cynthiana to Liao after Elias' death as being "opposed by his sons Victor and David Paul." It is not currently known which source is correct. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) is also not internally consistent, showing Rufus' as the eldest son of Elias in the family tree, but with David Paul naming his elder brother as Victor when recounting the escape from Terra.
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 7, "Nightfall"
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) p. 163, "The Capellan Confederation's Line of Succession and Partial Liao Family Tree"
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 12, "Timeline: Capellan Zone"