The palace at night was peaceful, and the prince was one to sleep past dawn. Not raising until Apollo's rays peaked through the gossamer drapes that fluttered in the gentle breeze. That night, however, Titus was awake. Fretting in his bed as he felt some sort of unnerving feeling settled into the pit of his stomach. Almost as if he knew the gods were angry for some reason. His body slave tried to get him to cast the thought away. That is just his mind playing tricks on him. Still, it needled at him. Until he finally began to doze off thanks to mere exhaustion.
That was when the earth began to quake, rattling the buildings of the city, including the palace. Titus bolted up right as the room around him shook, he could see his men slowly coming to, shouts around the palace could be heard. "We need to get to the gardens." He told them as he stood, grabbing his tunic and sandals. Pulling them on as he moved quickly out of his room. Slaves were running around trying to save what they could from being destroyed as they too headed towards where they would be safe at.
Another tremor hit, this time stronger , forcing him to make haste before he stopped and realizing he didn't recognize any of the slaves as his younger brother's. "Get to the gardens, I need to go find Drusus!" He said, pushing his servants and his tutor towards the way to safety before making his way towards the rooms he knew housed his brother.
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Titus Flavius Caesar Alexander
18 | 7th April 57 | Imperial | Prince | Heterosexual | Canon | Alfred Enoch
The surface of his personality is much the same as it's core, with a few minor differences. He is naturally outgoing with an easy-to-get-along with vibe that has people flocking to him. Some would see it as laziness or happy-go-lucky, but he is neither of those in truth. He has learned from his family that nothing worth having is easy to come by, which is why he desires to take the proper path of the Course Hororum if it means proving to those who underestimate him that he is worth the laurels on his brow.
He has a very gentle pride and stubbornness about him, his father rose to greatness and he feels that he must follow in those footsteps for the glory of his family and of Rome. He does believe that it is his divine right as his father's eldest living son to follow in his footsteps and to rule the Eternal empire one day. To even expand it beyond the reaches of it's current grasp. Thus, he shows his ambition that way, and is ready to do what his instinct tells him the moment opportunity knocks.
On a more quieter note, he is close to his family and cares for them deeply. Love for family comes easy to him; he wants nothing more to protect those who are most venerable in his life. He enjoys listening to his uncle and mother ramble away at whatever new project they have, and has an encouraging nature about him when they do. He also cares deeply for the people of the empire, he wants nothing more than to see them thrive along side his family.
Romantically, he has a crush on his cousin, Claudia but has not acted upon it. Perhaps out of fear of rejection from her or being told no by those who control their lives. He is aware that it would be a fool's folly to expect to marry for love given his station in life.
Titus is tall, broad and well built, boasting a physique that has been granted by youth and refined by rigorous physical activity. His skin tone is a warm rich brown thanks to his mother's African ancestry, he is exotic among the Romans. Which suits him fine, he'd never be missed in a crowd. His hair, unseeingly, is cropped longer than most, however his natural curls tighten it up to be whatever the fashion is these days. He's not one to follow hair styling trends. He is clean shaven, and has a handsome face. His eyes and hair are dark brown, almost black. His clothing choices are suited to his station. He has a dislike of wearing jewelry, however, finding it cumbersome.
Father: Quintus Flavius Alexander Caesar Augustus
Mother: Imperiosa Acuelonis
Step-Mother: Julia Drusilla Augusta
- Publius Flavius Alexander Belanus (deceased)
- Cnaeus Flavius Caesar Alexander Gemellus (deceased)
- Flavia [Rutiliana] Caesaris (b. 61)
- Drusus Flavius Caesar Alexander (b. 67)
- His uncles, their wives, and their children.
- The Flavii-Alexandrae through his paternal line
- The Imperii-Acuelones through his mother
- The Cornelii-Scipiones through his grandmother
- Julii-Caesares through his stepmother
- Aemilii-Scauri through his his uncle Laelius/Scaurus Alexander
--- possibly many more via the family tree.
Other: Personal slaves and guards
57 AD to 59 AD - He, along with his twin brother, was born to Quintus Alexander and his then wife, Imperiosa. However, he would largely be raised by his grandmother, Cornelia Annthea, after his parents divorced a few years later.
60 AD - His father returned from Gaul, marrying Rutilia Cypriana that same year. He and Cnaeus continued to be warded under Annthea's watchful gaze, largely the grandmother being un-phased by her son's return and a stern refusal to give up her claim over the grandchildren. By the end of the year, the family's influence had weakened due to the death of Lucilla Augusta, his aunt, and the assassinations of her husband Marcus Honorius and cousin Junus.
61 AD - Rutiliana is born and despite his young age, he is protective over his little sister in the way an older brother should be. His grandmother is married to Marcus Scaurus, whom he would not have memory of outside of his grandmother's presence no longer being felt.
62 AD - Clemens and those loyal to him, sets out to purge the realm of his paternal line. Titus and Cnaeus is smuggled first south and then east to Syria for safety, sending them to their grandmother's bosom once more. Cnaeus catches ill days before they arrive in Syria and dies before they reach their grandmother. He is heartbroken from the lost and near inconsolable for days on after. It is a lost he truly would never recover from.
63 AD - His father is now Caesar and he and his family returns to Rome in glory. Annthea still has heavy influence upon him, but his mother is back in the picture as well. He is joined in the imperial palace by his sister, and cousins - Flavia and the twins, Claudia and Tiberius. He begins his schooling with Tiberius at his side, and it's almost like he has his twin back. Almost. Tiberius is far more reserved than his twin was.
64 AD to 66 AD - His lessons continue, and his personality morphs from the quiet child he had been before his father's ascension to the throne, and into a more outgoing young lad. Though his tutors still find a studious young man eager to learn. He begins taking lessons on how to use a sword, ride a horse, and even hand to hand combat. What he keeps to his chest is that he wishes to be a warrior like his father. Politics bore him, he rather leave it to someone else. But glory in battle, to be remembered like the heroes of old, that was exciting. Julia Drusilla catches his father's eyes and whispers of a marriage soon spreads like wild fire.
67 AD - A year of change was upon them all. As he entered his tenth year, a marriage between his father and Drusilla marked the start of it, and the empire celebrated it. But as the end of it neared, and all watched Drusilla's growing stomach, death came calling. Annthea died mere weeks before his half-brother was born. Drusus was placed in his arms, much like his sister had been, and he once more felt that surge of protectiveness over him.
68 AD to 71 AD - Life brought very little change to his life. The family seemingly settling into stability and a steady pace of life. His step-mother, whom he merely calls mother at this point, begins her great feat of setting up schools and orphanages around the heart of the Empire. He finds it admirable and goes with her when he can to aid her in scoping out buildings and locations for her dream. And he begins to grow closer to his uncle Laelius once the youngest of his uncles settle in Rome largely for good now. He is at his mother's side when she began to distribute aid to those displayed by the flood of 70 AD.
72 AD to 74 AD - Vesuvius erupts, and there is more dead than living, countless people that managed to escape the eruption are displaced as Pompeii and Herculaneum are covered by lava and ash. In the following year, his father celebrates his 10th year of a peaceful-ish reign. The Empire is stable and the family is thriving and growing. He is still learning and has become beloved by his people. He wears his cockiness and outgoing personality as armor. He still dreams of being a warrior prince, of bringing more glory to his family and to Rome.
75 AD - Seventeen years has reached him and he eyes up the spots on vigintiviri, he is ready to start his path in life and he is not afraid of going about it the hard way if he must. He is aware that his parents are looking at potential brides for him, as well. Though, he already knows the one he'd choose if he had the choice. [GAME BEGINS]