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  1. Appius Cornelius Scipio. Forty | day month 34AD | Senatore | Senatore & Paterfamilias | Heterosexual | Canon | Daniel Gillies <600x300> Personality. Appius seeks to redeem his family name after it was tarnished by his elder brother's errors. Appius is hard-working, naturally a politician and has an open friendly manner that tends to lure people into a false sense of security. He is perfectly happy to work in the shadows, nor does he need recognition for any deeds that he completes, and instead prefers to see his goals succeed. A negative personality trait is that he doesn't push for his own ends. Frequently he finds himself bickering with his sister, Decima. Instead he favours his sister, Cornelia and enjoys her company the most. Most of the time, his conversations with Decima end up turning into shouting matches and he hopes to find a husband for her to get her out of his house. His relationship with his wife is favourable and happy, as is his relationship with his children. He takes an active role in their education and wishes for them to grow into strong Romans. Their union was originally for political purposes, and he is fortunate. In the company of larger crowds, he becomes more extroverted in comparison to his quiet, wallflower spouse yet does not try to change her. Appearance Appius could be described as being handsome. He is slightly taller than average and carries himself with a relaxed and confident demeanour. His hair is cropped short and he is clean shaven revealing a strong jawline. His clothing is clean, well-ordered, and preferred more simple tastes. Family Father: Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus (deceased) Mother: Tullia Lucilla (deceased) Siblings: Lucius Cornelius Scipio Daccius (deceased) Cornelia Decima Cornelia Scipionis Spouse: Horatia Pulvilla Children: Appius Cornelius Scipio Minor (b. 60) Gneuas Cornelius Scipio (b. 60) Cornelia Appiana (b. 64) Lucius Cornelius Scipio (b. 67) Extended family: Related to the Imperial family through Cornelia Annthea. Other: History Appius was the second son and third child of Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus and Tullia Lucilla. He grew up in Lucius' shadow and idolised his elder brother, and followed him around frequently. Much of his time is spent in the company of his sister, Cornelia and the extended network of cousins, friends of the family, and other relations. As he grew older, he began to realise the risk and the danger that Lucius' actions had caused the family and wondered if he had lost his mind in the process. His sister, Decima, was far too lustful and did not behave according to proper traditions. Cornelia and Appius traveled a lot in their youth. Constant companions. In 48AD, he defended his father on the Senate floor, but alas, it was not enough. Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus was slain. He returned home in a daze, his face and clothing coated in the blood of their father. Appius does not remember the events that followed. The children went to live with Annthea, they grew up around her and the Flavi Alexandri cousins. Lucius, the elder brother, the sun and Appius always felt as though he was in his shadow. Lucius later betrayed his family and ended his life in an attempt to restore himself. Appius could not shake the feeling of both disappointment and frustration at his actions. It was when Cornelia and Appius both agreed that it was up to them to restore the family name, and began to work together. Appius married Horatia in 59AD (and similarly, it was the same year that Cornelia married Quintus), and it did not take long before his twin sons, named for their late grandfathers were born and he became a father. His political career continued to grow and advance. The dictator, Cyprianus, tried to woo him over to his side only to be rejected time and time again. Appius watched with concern, after the death of his cousin Lucilla there was a domino effect when it came to the tragic events that occurred. Afterwards came the deaths of both Honorius and Junus, the two Caesars and it left a power vacuum that Cyprianus and later, Clemens, decided to exploit for their personal ambition. Appius was present at the farce of a wedding ceremony when Clemens married Rufia Flavia, however, he could not do anything to prevent the harm that would come to her. When the civil war flared up and the allies of the Flavii-Alexandrones were slain. He asked his sister, Cornelia, for advice and she recommended that he go to Quintus in the East and serve him there. The siblings parted with tears, with his wife and sons in their care, he left and only returned to Rome when Quintus was victorious. He trusted his brother-in-law would do anything in his power to keep his family safe. It did not make it easy though. Soon Appiana, his first born daughter was added to the family and she was sickly. Unfortunately, he could not devote a great deal of time to tending to her. Much of his time was spent in the political sphere. Determined to restore his family name once more. After his brother and uncle, Appius was determined to put in the work and the hours. He wanted to make himself available to service for his cousin. Soon, the Gods made him the Paterfamilias of their family, and it gave him authority over them. The younger siblings were determined to restore the family name and honour. In 67AD, Lucius, his youngest son and hopefully the redeemer of the name was born. The last of his children that he would have with Horatia. Annthea, his aunt and the mother of the new Caesar began to wither and pass. His sister, Cornelia was always closer to her than he was and he mourned the passing of his aunty. Things began to prosper, a sign of Rome returned to the former glory. In recent times, Appius has secured himself within the Senate and is determined to restore the family name. He is also currently seeking a husband for his sister, Decima and determined for her to marry well. Brian | | PM. @Gothic
  2. Caius Lupus. forty four | day month year | Plebeian | Fast food vendor | Hetroflexible | Original | Russell Crowe Personality. Loves to gossip and complain about how hard he works. He spends a lot of time complaining about the youth of today, and how there is no respect. Despite his lazy behaviour the rest of the time. Caius is hard-working when it comes to his business. He believes himself attractive to others yet his behaviour often means he is left without. Caius believes himself to be a true Roman, a proper Roman, and believes he knows everything about how the empire should be run. He is also known for his loud rants and tirades that can be either highly irritating or entertaining for his guests. Caius is often impatient and angry with his slaves for not working hard enough. It is his goal for his daughters to marry up or as best as they possibly can. Unfortunately, it has also meant that he rarely lets the pair of them out of his sight and can be incredibly controlling with them. He does not do it out of hatred but from his own idea of love. The loss of his mother has made him determined to ensure his daughters do well. Everything depends on them now. Appearance Five foot tall and has the appearance of being wider than he is. He has a stocky build, muscular but with a pot belly from too much sampling of the food. His hair was once a dark brown that has faded to a brassy brown colour with flecks of grey and his skin is red from being so close to heat for so long. While his clothing is of reasonable quality, it is usually covered in grease from his time cooking and has scars from burns up his arms. While it was quite "unRoman" to have a beard beyond the normal mourning period. He is still grieving for the loss of his wife. Family Father: Gaius Lupus (deceased) Mother: Gaia Artemisia (deceased) Siblings: Gaia Lupa (deceased) Titus Lupus (in the legions somewhere) Gaius Lupus Minor (deceased) (the rest died of early childhood illness). Spouse: Sergia Ostinia. Widowed. Children: Caia Lupa. Sergia Lupa. Stillborn, wife died too. Extended family: Open, will likely be made into wanteds. Other: Slaves: Wanted ad. History Caius was born into the crowded insulae and soon found himself joined by other siblings who often died young. His father worked on the various projects of the Caesars while his mother worked to sell things at the market. This meant he spend a majority of his time with his mother. He helped her sell, cleaned storefronts, and did anything he could to help. The rent of the property was high. Their family lived in the poorest part of the building, up the very top and there was always the risk of fire. Determined to make something of his life, he ended up getting a job in a poppina. One of the many in Rome and began to work. The hours were incredibly long. Yet he was never drawn into the life of crime or anything else. Only through grit and hard work would he ever prosper. He married his childhood sweetheart in a ceremony when they were both fairly young. Eventually, he was able to rent a decent spot with a landlord who was not corrupt nor try to put his hand up his wife's skirts. His business soon profited with fried foods and something similar to a hamburger. Bread, minced meat, a few spices, cheese, and served up to guests as they ran by. The business was profitable yet it meant that he would end up needing to pay protection money to the gangs to ensure that "other gangs" did not cause any issues for him. Fortunately, he did not get caught up in the civil wars that ended up causing many to lose their assets, and lives. Eventually, he was able to involve himself in the patronage system that gave him access to a loan and a place to open up, "Food of Wolves" (Cibus autem lupi) and has the slogan. "Food for true sons of the wolf." After the passing of his wife he has been working hard to ensure that his daughters would have proper dowries in order to ensure that they married the best quality men possible. And naturally, he has an opinion on anything and everything. Even if it is something he is not particularly educated about it. Gothy | | PM or DM.
  3. QUINTUS FLAVIUS THEODORUS 43 | 9 April 31 CE | Plebeian | Medicus (Ludus Magnus) | Bisexual | Original | David Tennant <> Personality. Theodorus is friendly, curious, and talkative. He is eager to ask and eager to learn, and has no qualms about starting up conversations with complete strangers. He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and a keen interest in the workings of the human body. No issue is too small to marvel at, and no mystery, illness or ailment is too insignificant to present a challenge. Blessed with a scientific mind, Theodorus like to study his patients as much as cure them. He does have a friendly and easy-going disposition, which tends to put his patients at ease (unless they are annoyed by how much he talks, which tends to happen). He has a hard time adhering to strict rules and regulations, despite his time in the military, and has no talent for diplomacy, but he is honorable, and honest to a fault, which can be to his advantage (although it is a double edged sword sometimes). There is also another, less often shown side to him: Despite his interest and enthusiasm for medicine, the suffering he has seen on the frontier has not passed him by. Sometimes he tends to get melancholy, and he is angered easily if he sees people needlessly hurt. He has no qualms about human bodies, but he does not handle the sight of unnecessary cruelty well. Also, despite his friendly and talkative nature, when a situation gets dire, he changes into his more serious, veteran medicus self, sets pleasantries aside, and he goes to great lengths to save a patient's life. Appearance Theodorus is sinewy rather than muscular, and tall rather than bulky (5'7"). His hair is dark brown and cut short, and he tends to sport stubble more often than not (sometimes he can't afford a barber, and sometimes he simply forgets). His beard is starting to turn salt-and-pepper from its earlier dark color. He has brown eyes with wrinkles that signal both good humor and a lot of nighttime squinting over books. He tans easily under the Italian sun, and has a bright, friendly, occasionally quirky smile. He has slender hands and deft fingers, which is an advantage in his job. His face is especially expressive, and makes it hard for him to lie, or even feign emotions, even if it would be to his advantage. He also finds it difficult to sit or stand still, and he has a tendency to pace and gesticulate while thinking or talking. He usually wears simple tunics, cloaks of common colors when the weather requires, and broad-brimmed hats to protect him from sun and rain. He is most often seen carrying his bag stuffed with medical tools, supplies, and book scrolls. Family Father: Demetrios Mother: Aglaea Siblings: 3 younger sisters - Iokaste (41), Ligeia and Chryseis (39) Spouse: None Children: None Extended family: None Other: None History 31 CE - Theodoros is born in Corinth, in the province of Achaea. His father, Demetrios, is a physician in the local Aesclepeion. As the only male child, Theodoros is trained by his father from an easly age in the science of medicine. His mother is also well versed in the use of herbs and remedies, and supports local women with advice in medical matters. She works as a maia, a midwife. 33, 35 CE - Three daughters are born to Demetrios and Aglaea - the older is named Iokaste, the younger twins are named Ligeia and Chryseis. The household is noisy and happy. Theodoros loves his younger sisters, but the more he learns about medicine, the more he wishes to see more of the world, gather more knowledge and experience, and explore more ways of healing people. 47 CE - With his father's (hard-earned and much begged) blessing, once he is 16 years old, Theodoros joins the Roman army on the eastern front, and becomes a medicus-in-training attached to the Legio XII Fulminata. During the occasional skirmishes along the frontier, he gets his first chance to treat battle wounds. He is mentored by a veteran Ionian Greek medicus named Marinos. They mainly speak Greek, but Theodoros' Latin is improving. 52 CE - Revolts break out in the province of Achaea. Romans move potentially dangerous auxiliary units (those with a significant number of Greek soldiers that might sympathize with the rebels) away from the province. Theodoros is moved to the Rhine frontier, to Germania Superior, and serves as medicus to the Legio I Germanica. He has a hard time adjusting to the new scenery and the new languages, but his skills as a battlefield medicus are improving fast. Back home in Corinth, his family weathers the conflict in relative safety. Theodoros loses touch with them, except for the occasional (once a year, once in two years or so) letter. 62-63 CE - Tumultuous years along the Rhine frontier. The legions of Germania Superior play an active role in politics, and when the frontier weakens, the German tribes begin to see an opportunity. Theodoros faces the Luggi & Marcomanni invasion with the legion, and sees more bloodshed than he thought he would in a lifetime. The Roman legions are eventually victorious, and the frontier is strengthened again, but those two years leave a deep mark on Theodoros, who tends to mask the memories with a mix of dark humor and dedication to his vocation. He throws himself into studying medicine any way he can. 72 CE - After 25 years of service, Theodoros receives his military diploma, and with it his Roman citizenship. He takes the name Quintus Flavius Theodorus, in honor of the emperor. As per Augustus' orders almost a century ago, he also receives equestrian rank, and a piece of land... in the province of Pannonia. Theodorus (now using the Latinized form of his name) is dreaming of traveling to Rome to continue his studies of medicine, or maybe traveling Achaea and Egypt to learn more. Reluctantly, he travels to Pannonia instead to inspect his newly granted lands - and finds them little more than a field or rocks and thornbushes. The taste of equestrian citizenship sours in his mouth. He quickly finds a local buyer for his land, and sells it for a meager amount of money, that is only enough to get him to Rome and set him up in a small apartment for a few months. Since he cannot produce the minimum income required to maintain his equestrian rank, even though he is still a citizen, he slides back to the level of plebeians. 73 CE - Theodorus arrives in Rome and finds a place to rent in a building of apartments. Since he has no income and no connections, he looks for a job that fits his skills. He is eventually hired as a medicus at the Ludus Magnus, where he can put his battlefield experience, and his expertise with flesh wounds and broken bones to good use. After the initial distaste for the gladiator games, he realizes that there is a lot to learn, and that there is money in making sure the expensive slaves don't die of minor wounds. Eventually, he moves into a small room at the Ludus, and continues practicing as a medicus, with occasional forays to consult other physicians and healers around the city. Chevi | CENTRAL EUROPEAN| DISCORD
  4. Lucius Caecilius Metellus 48 | 7th Nov 25AD | Senatore | Senator | Bisexual | Canon | Tom Ellis <600x300> Personality. Lucius is a cunning man with a desire for survival. He keeps his private life firmly in the private sphere with few, if any, confidantes who he would confess the secrets of his mind to. From birth, he saw himself as the protector of his family, and aimed to keep them safe. He smiles rarely, instead spares this for those who he is most close to and those people are few in number. Politically, he does not speak of his ideals nor does he reveal much about what his goals are. Discretion is part of the reason why his family has been able to survive for so long. What he is appreciative of is the peace that has been granted after a long period of chaos. He has a desire for order. It is shown in his clothing and how he prefers to keep things around him. His motives are based on what he views to be ideal at the time. He has a fondness for his family yet also has high standards for their behaviour. His children are representations, no, extensions of himself and he expects them to behave in a way befitting the family name. Appearance Lucius has an olive skin tone, dark brown hair and brown eyes. His build is relatively average, his height is average (5'7ft) and has an average build. He wears clothing that is clean and well ordered. Family Father: Gaius Caecilius Metellus (deceased) Mother: Hermina Aquillina (deceased) Siblings: Caecilia Metella Major (deceased) Spouse: Currently widowed. Late wife: Potitia Memmiania (deceased) Children: Caecilia Metella Minor. (b. 39)(deceased) Lucius Caecilius Metellus Minor (b. 58) Stillborn son. Extended family: Daughter's children. Lucius Flavius Alexander. Publius Flavius Alexander. (deceased) Cneaus Flavius Alexander. Sister's children. Fabia Maxima Minor Tiberius Fabius Maximus Quintus Fabius Maximus Other: Connections through his late sister to the Vestals. Connections to the Imperial family through his daughter's marriage into the Imperial family. Connections to his mother's family. Hermina Aquilina - Late mother. Quintus Fabius Maximus Major - Former brother-in-law. (I hope to add the family members sometime. I hope that is ok, Goth.) History Lucius was born in 30AD to a wealthy and influential family. His family name and bloodline went back to the days of the Republic and the founding of Rome. His childhood was spent with his tutors and learning about what his place, his role was in society, and he soon found himself to be. Lucius was dedicated to his studies, quiet and determined. He had high standards of conduct for himself. Instilled in him from a young age by his parents. He was concerned about his sister, Caecilia, especially when he became aware of her passion for Pontia Comina. His sister, a tribade? (lesbian). Fortunately, it did not take his father long to find a suitable husband for her and she began her wifely duties of producing children. Many years ago his father had arranged a marriage between his daughter and Jullus Flavius Alexander, a notorious Imperialist like many other politically aware people did. It was best to survive for now. While it was considered distasteful, family prosperity and survival were the most important parts. Lucius spends time with his nephews in order to try to teach them and to shape them into the men they should grow into. In 58AD, his wife gave him the blessing of a son to continue his family name and bloodline. Lucius felt a protective urge over his son and a strict desire to see him grow into a proper Roman. He sided with Scaurus and went into self-imposed exile with the other Republican minded Senators. After Scaurus was defeated, he was among the other Senators who joined with Quintus Alexander, and hoped there would be some Republican sentiment. Practicality meant that they would side with their best bet. Clemens and Cotta had already spoken about slaying their ranks. In an unfortunate twist of fate, his father went back to Rome under the banner of truce and was executed by Clemens. The vile man was later slain. The event left him in grief, anger, and paterfamilias of his family. Years later, his sister died and he was without his only sibling. He received a second clemency from Quintus Caesar and gratefully accepted the offer. He moved back to Rome, and began to reconnect with his old peers. Unfortunately his late wife passed in 65AD and currently has no interest in finding a wife. However, if a dignified and worthy bride is made known. If a suitable woman is not found, he is happy to adopt a child of his family. Over time, he settled into the regular life in the peace that Alexander had brought to Rome, and is a regular feature within the Senate. He values the peace that Alexander brought yet has his concerns about his sons. Quintus Caesar will not live forever, and he desires to see Rome grow and prosper. For now, he watches and waits to see how things will progress. His recent history has been spent ensuring the family name continues to remain prominent, and seeks to advance himself through the Senate. B-Rye | | PM. @Gothic
  5. GAIUS LICINIUS HABITUS 33 | 12 June, 41 CE | Plebeian | Praetorian | Hetero | Original | Jack Donnelly Personality. Gaius was raised in a military family, and it shows. His life is filled with rigid structure and he approaches every problem with a soldier's mind. Whenever in a military situation, he finds comfort in the answers found in tradition and rule-following, but whenever he is on leave, he finds it difficult to regulate his behavior. He is fond of drinking and whoring as many soldiers, but manages to also maintain respectability expected by both his family and his position as a praetorian. Gaius gives off an air of uncaring and occasionally of sarcastic amusement, but a caring, helpful man can be found just below the surface. Despite his uncaring, he likes to be taken seriously and has a large ego that is easily bruised by snubs from women and his higher-ups. Appearance Gaius is a handsome man, and he often preens like a bantam rooster due to his occasionally overlarge ego. He is most comfortable in military garb, but can also fill out a tunic well. He doesn't keep his dark brown hair as short as other legionnaires, preferring a longer cut, though not ridiculously long. His skin is perpetually tanned after spending long days in the hot sun and he wears the tan like a badge of honor, hating the idea of long days doing office work inside. Gaius is not the tallest of men but he acts like he is, relying on his talent in combat to let him feel tall. Gaius has a well-structured face with a straight nose and a hard-set mouth. His brown eyes are intense but can have a good sense of humor. He likes to keep well-shaven when he's on duty, but when off duty he lets a little stubble crop up on his well-defined jaw. Family Father: Gnaeus Licinius Drusus Mother: Camilla Drusa Siblings: Secundus Licinius Drusus Spouse: None Children: None Other: History [Childhood: 41-59CE] Gaius was born into a middle-class, military, Equite family. His father was strict but caring, having served for a good part of his life in the legion only to retire due to an injury sustained that prevented him from serving any longer. His mother was loving but allowed their father to train Gaius and his younger brother in the ways of being men, despite her own reservations about the life she feared the man's lessons would bring about. Gaius's childhood was structured much in the same way as living in a military camp, though tinged with the gentle guidings of his mother, who made the family's small house in the city feel like a home. Gaius's days were filled with responsibilities, from tending the garden to helping his mother in the household. When he finished all his chores and his lessons, he and his brother would play soldiers, filled with a fascination for the seemingly invincible Roman legionnaires. It was Gaius's only hope to become a soldier, just like his father one day. As the boy grew, his father would allow him to accompany him on trips out of the city for his trading business, as well as to the marketplace. Gaius found these times with his father incredibly special, as he felt his mother wasn't there to discourage his questions about life in the military. Camilla was always afraid that her sons would be encouraged to join the military instead of finding safe jobs in the city. Through these trips, Gaius gained intense respect and a close bond with his father. [Young Adulthood: 59-66] As soon as Gaius turned eighteen, his father brought him to volunteer for the legion. After a life of being raised by the man, Gaius felt he was ready to serve in the military, but while his childhood served as some frame of reference, it wasn't nearly as close as Gaius had thought it would be. All the same, it was a rewarding lifestyle from the beginning. He felt that he had a chance to gain the respect of his superiors and close camaraderie with other young men his age while testing his strength against theirs in a friendly but engaged competition for higher ranks. As soon as his initial training was done, he had his first posting: Britannia, to help cull the various rebellions that popped up from time to time. Despite the relative anonymity of his rank as a milites, Gaius managed to train hard enough and stand out enough in combat to gain the attention of his superiors. After three years in the rank of milites, he received his first promotion to the rank of Immunes. Now, he worked as a weapons instructor to less experienced soldiers, and along with the new responsibilities, he gained a pay raise, as well. He enjoyed teaching the younger soldiers helpful tips to stay alive. Four years of serving as an instructor greatly improved the young man's leadership skills, and he gradually gained his superiors' attention again by turning out some of the most skilled soldiers among the instructors. [Adulthood: 67-Current] Gaius saw some intense fighting as an optio, the rank he gained next after his service as an instructor. At two different points, he was nearly put out of commission due to injuries, but he managed to fight through and return to his duties. He was never one to back down from a fight, even with men larger than he was, as many of the Britons were. He relied on his experience and his quickness to get him through each battle. He made great friends during this time and still keeps in contact with some of them. After three years as an optio, the centurion under which he served left the legion, leaving Gaius to take his place. He was proud to have gained this rank and served dutifully for three years. Soon enough, though, he was ready to leave Britannia and return home. He used all the connections he had gained over the years to get letters of recommendation and finally became a candidate for the Praetorian guard. It was good to return home for the proper training, though his family hardly recognized the man he had become as being the same boy they had waved goodbye as he left Rome. Now, Gaius has been serving as a praetorian for two years. He finds the work rewarding enough, and it is good to be back in the city of his childhood, even though it was almost foreign to him when he first returned. He hopes now to be the best guard he can and keep the city itself safe. Echo | EST | PM or Discord
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    CYNANE 31 | November 44 AD | Slave | Imperial Bodyguard | Bicurious | Wanted | Katheryn Winnick Personality. Cynane protects her young mistress, with her life if she has to... in the beginning, this was of course because she'd been ordered to do so. Cynane does not want to return to the arena as a gladiator though, she enjoys life in the imperial palace and does her best to do her job well. She does not want to kill for sport and become a whore again - so she has her reasons for doing her job well. She does not always talk much, because when she talks, she has a tendency to speak her mind and she is not good at being submissive and inferior... she was never raised to be such a person, after all. She does however appear very formal and strict and she knows a thing or two about discipline - however if you push her far enough, she isn't always able to control her temper. She may be a slave, but she is still also a proud warrior and a proud woman in general. Cynane does of course hope she may one day be freed, but also knows this is not something to strive for. She is a war-captive and she's very much aware of this. She has come to care a little for her orphaned mistress, but this is not something she talks about either. She is, after all, supposed to act like a slave and not like a friend. Cynane does not trust people easily though - it went well before she became a slave, but after that, many events has made her harder than she was before. Rough experiences with men after she became a slave has also made her dislike or mistrust most men and she still dislikes most other Romans except for Claudia. She has never had a steady lover for the same reason - she has a hard shell by now and it's hard to break through it. Appearance Cynane is tall compared to most Roman women, standing almost 170 cm tall. She has long, blonde hair, which is often braided and kept in a hairstyle on top of her head - so that it is not in the way of her work. Her eyes are blue and she has full, light red lips and a slender and trained body, ready to fight whenever possible. Cynane often spends her free time training, so that she is always ready for battle - this is how she was brought up, after all. She dislikes wearing dresses, but prefers breeches, a long tunica and a leather vest to protect her body with. She will also wear armor if she is escorting her mistress away from the imperial home. She likes the color blue and wears it when able - where she comes from, blue is a rare color and it holds a lot of meaning to her. Family Father: Owen (deceased) Mother: Briannah (deceased) Siblings: Meredith (sister, 27), Briannon (sister, 29), Herne (brother, 35) - all unknown whereabouts Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Ysulda of the Brigantes/Flavia Isolda (cousin, not played) Other: -- Owner: Claudia Caesaris History Born and raised in Britannia, Cynane – back then known as Cinnia - lived a free life from childhood and until she was 18 years old. During most of her life, she knew there had been war between the British tribes and Rome, which was trying to invade and would eventually succeed. Cinnia’s family was related to the king of her tribe, the Brigantes, and the king made sure his entire family were constantly ready for the Romans. This meant that every child who reached puberty was given training as a warrior – this included the young women and thus also Cinnia. She knew this all her life, of course, and she was more than ready to fight when finally given the chance. Her cousin was Ysulda, who'd eventually attempt becoming queen of their tribe and would also eventually end up in Rome, like Cinnia. None of them knew this when they were young though. Cinnia met Eppitacos when Ysulda and he became betrothed and they got along well. But sadly, Ysulda was set up to become his wife already, so Cinnia forgot about the crush again. Cinnia proved to be a strong and skilled warrior and when her tribe joined battles against the Romans in 62 AD, Cinnia was in the British army. She was optimistic, believing in the strong blood of Britannia to come out on the winning side – but her party was defeated by the Romans and Cinnia was among those taken captive. Her father died in the battle and she does not know whether any of her siblings survived. She later heard that her party was the only losing party in that particular battle and still today holds a grudge towards Eppitacos, since none of the others came to their aid. If they had done so, she might not have become a slave. Since Cinnia was a female and skilled warrior, it was quickly decided she would become a gladiatrix in Rome. She hated being in chains and under Roman rule – she had grown up free and was used to making her own decisions. None of that mattered though. In 63 AD, she was finally brought to a ludus in Rome, renamed Cynane and deemed breakable. Breakable?! Cynane would prove them wrong, she had been raised to be a strong woman and she still was, despite her current state of life. Her lanista and doctore tried hard to break her though, but eventually it was a matter of either killing her by breaking her or sending her into the arena, hoping she'd die there. And at least in the arena, they got something out of her death, so she was sent to the sands – they expected her to die. Of course she didn’t. She fought and she lived and received great glory in the arena. The crowd loved her and her skills and Cynane began to understand she could live this life. At least it was more than being chained constantly. There was one downside to it though – after the fighting, wealthy Romans would want to bed her, and while she was strong in the arena, she was expected to submit to their pleasures. This was how she lost her virginity – and her first time wasn’t all that pleasant. Yet Cynane was not ready to die. And apparently it would work out in the long run, to stay alive. Her life changed again in 72 AD, when a male member of the imperial family noticed her skills - and she was deemed useful for more than the arena and pleasure for coin. Cynane was removed from the ludus by Octavius Flavius Alexander and soon after gifted to his niece, the young imperial lady Claudia Caesaris, to become her personal bodyguard. She has been with Claudia over three years now and has so far proven to be loyal. She is pleased to no longer be a gladiator and enjoys the life of a guard and slave at the court - which she considers more luxurious than when she lived at the ludus with the gladiators. She has even developed protective feelings for the orphaned princess, maybe even other feelings too. There's a good chance, that Claudia is still the only Roman she cares about. She has not forgotten she’s a slave and has not stopped yearning for freedom – she never will – but life could be worse. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or Discord
  7. FLAVIA CAESARIS 15 | 7 MARCH 61 | IMPERIAL | PRINCESS | UNDISCOVERED | CANON | HAILEE STEINFELD Personality. At her youthful age, one would expect a silly, carefree girl to reside within the chambers that Rutiliana considers her small kingdom. However, there is not. Rutiliana is anything but silly. Her personality is greatly sandwiched between that of the ambitious, force-to-be-reckoned with matron that was Cornelia Annthea and the diligent and patient Augusta, her step mother Julia Drusilla. Her mind is keen and has a thirst for knowledge, choosing instead to follow the example of the women in her family than what is to expected of the brainless birds of the upper crust. She has a subtle haughtiness about her. While it's not full-blown mindless vanity, she knows enough by station that she is held at a higher standard that most of the young girls in her generation. And thus, it has aged her considerably. She does not trust outsiders easily, and chooses to distance herself from certain aspects of her lineage, such as her mother and her mother's family. She knows all too well the hand her uncle played in the deaths of Honorius and Junus, and the pain that caused beloved members of her family. However, she is close to those she loves, finding sanctuary in her step-mother's gentle nature and friendship in Lucilla's daughters, Flavia and Claudia. The first of which being the reason why she refused to be called anything but Rutiliana. A reversal of the cold, haughty girl she exhibits if you will. She would just about anything to make her family proud of her. Her mind is keen and has a thirst for knowledge, choosing instead to follow the example of the women in her family than what is to expected of the brainless birds of the upper crust. Foreign culture, music, the arts and philosophy being among her favorite subjects. She has not taken kindly to the mundane tasks of weaving and gardening, but tradition calls for it to be amongst her skill set so she does it anyways, even if she doesn't do it with a smile. Appearance Rutiliana is a mix of her parents in physical appearance. With her father, it's most prominent in her eyes and smile, her mother is in her nose and facial shape. Along with her hair. Her skin is warm ivory thanks to the Roman sun during the warm months only lightening slightly over winter time. Her dress style is modest, mostly due to her age and the influences that both her father and stepmother had upon her. Adapting to their more traditional liking. She looks older than her 13 years, as people have told her, thanks to her station. Family FATHER: Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus - alive STEP-MOTHER: Julia Drusilla Augusta - alive MOTHER: Rutilia Cypriana Minor - alive, no contact SIBLINGS: Titus Flavius Caesar Alexander - alive Drusus Flavius Caesar Alexander - alive SPOUSE: n/a, at least no betrothal has been made for her CHILDREN: none EXTENDED FAMILY: The Flavius Alexander Clan - Paternal relations The Rutilius Cyprianus Clan - Maternal relations, has no contact with them. History She was born Flavia Rutiliana to Quintus and his then latest wife. And her existence, from the start, was the bane of her mother's. It was something the younger Rutilia Cypriana made that clear. What could she do with a daughter? Especially as the first child between a young twenty something woman and her much older husband? Not much, her birth was only an ill omen of the divorce that would come. She would be motherless in all but truth before she even could remember her mother's voice or face. Her father divorcing her mother largely thanks to her maternal uncle's ill-doings. Pushed towards the women folk in her paternal family in attempt of having a 'positive' influence upon the girl. She was barely walking then, only to be sent to the furtherest reaches of the empire as war darkened the horizon. She would have no memory of the war that was raged, nor knowledge of the danger her family had been until much later when her scholars would tell her of these events. She was but a toddler, after all, when her father became Caesar and she became known as Flavia Caesaris by the people. At the age of four, she insisted upon everyone to call her Rutiliana. There was already a Flavia after all, two would get muddled and confusing. She adored the women of her paternal family, often finding solace in her grandmother's presence. However, her grandmother's influence began to wain in her sixth year of life, replaced by a warmer presence in her father's new wife. She took to her stepmother like a child starved for affection. And in many ways she was, having spent all of her life with little to no contact with the woman who gave birth to her. The two having been separated at the downfall of her mother's family. However, Drusilla was everything she could have ever wanted in a mother, and she was enchanted. She clung to the her stepmother, shadowed her constantly, emulated her. But the same year that she gained her mother, she lost the only grandmother she had ever known. Annthea had practically raised her from a child, almost since the moment she was born. The death hit the young girl hard. And after mourning far longer than she normally would have, a different Rutiliana emerged from the mourning black. Her truest smiles were reserved for her mother and little brother. Depression wasn't a pretty color on the young girl, but there was no escaping it when it set in. Instead she build up a wall between her and everyone she didn't consider her immediate family, refusing to even consider talking to her mater whenever the woman finally came around again. Time had not changed the girl, only freed her from the sadness she felt over her grandmother's passing. ERIS | CST | DISCORD OR PM
  8. CAECINA TUSCA 18 | 10 april 57CE | Senatore | Lady | Heterosexual | Canon | Bridget Satterlee Personality. Caecina is something of an enigma. Able to change her personality at will to fit certain situations, she can be a social butterfly, a drama queen, a quiet, obedient child, and a polite, proper young lady; it all depends on the context. Generally, she defaults to the proper young lady persona when around her elders but immediately switches back to the social butterfly when among her contemporaries. To her family, though, she is known as something of a handful, especially with her father, which owes to her distant relationship with the man. Since childhood, she has wanted his attention, but it was never given to her; he was always a very busy man with his career, so instead of getting his attention in a more constructive manner, Caecina learned that getting into trouble was the best way for him to pay attention to her. However, to other members of her family, Caecina is nicer; for instance, she loves spending time with her step-siblings and her step-mother has become her favorite confidante. Despite her occasionally bratty and immature ways, she still cares deeply for her family and she wants the best for all of them. Caecina enjoys many things, including reading, spending time with her friends, riding horses, and playing with her pet cat. She hates feeling dirty and is almost obsessive about smelling nice; her few interactions with peasants have shown her that the lives of peasants include many nasty scents, and she wishes to remain smelling as nice as a bouquet of flowers. The young woman fears many things. Her greatest fear is death, and specifically death in childbirth. When she was young, her mother perished while trying to bring her father another child, and since hearing her mother's anguished screams, she fears for the day she is married and is expected to bear her husband children. She also fears becoming an outcast in society in some way; her childish, under-analytical mind has not told her exactly what would make her such a pariah. Caecina's dreams are much in line with the dreams of her friends: she wishes to marry a handsome, preferably wealthy man with influence and to increase her family's standing. She hopes that through her good looks and her ability to assess a situation for the correct personality needed, she will be able to catch a husband and honor her family. Appearance Caecina is an attractive young woman, with long, shiny brown hair. Her deep brown eyes flash intelligently from under dark eyebrows and are fringed by thick eyelashes. Her long, straight nose shadows inviting pink lips and a slightly clefted chin. The young woman's teeth are straight and white, though her smile is often not forthcoming. Her carefully maintained skin shows no blemishes and is creamy and pale, with rosy cheeks. Caecina, being part of a wealthy, old family, has always been taught to put her best dress forward, so she is perpetually following trends in clothing, hair, and cosmetics, and generally being fashion-forward. To her, comfort is an added benefit to clothes, but she doesn't actively seek it out; she prefers to be considered fashionable, and if comfort happens to be part of the ensemble, great. Family Father: Quintus Caecina Tusca Mother: Furia Camilla Siblings: Quintus Caecina Tuscus Minor, Caecina Tuscus Minor, Caecina Laelia Spouse: None Children: None Extended family: Flavia Juliana (Step-mother) Other: History CHILDHOOD [57-68]: Caceina Tusca was born in the year 57 AD to Quintus Caecina Tuscus and Furia Camilla. Two more different parenting styles have never been used on one child before. Where Tuscus all but ignored his new daughter and rarely spoke about her by name, Camilla was doting, giving the child anything she ever wanted and treating her more like a contemporary than a daughter. Camilla, a great lady herself, attempted to teach Caecina the many things that a Roman woman should know, but the child displayed a strong stubbornness and unwillingness to sit down and be still, preferring to play with the slave children and run amok. Rather than testing herself against the child's willfulness, Camilla relented and let the child do as she pleased. The girl barely remembers the civil war now, but vague snapshots of it come to mind from time to time. She was five when it broke out, and she and her mother went with her father East, following Quintus Alexander. For the six months of fighting, Caecina and Camilla stayed in Syria, where it was safer. Eventually, however, they returned to Rome when it became safe once again. For the first several years of her life, Caecina didn't realize the absence of a father figure, as she spent the vast majority of her time with her mother, and regarded Tuscus as the looming master of the house that only acknowledged her to dole out punishment when she was naughty. But that all changed when Caecina was seven years old. The child had some vague idea that something was different with her mother, but she wasn't sure what it was for some time. Eventually, Camilla explained that she was going to have a baby. In her childish mind, Caecina thought this meant that the new baby was going to be delivered to them, perhaps by the city guards she saw when she went out with Camilla. But it soon became clear that this was not the case. One of her earliest and clearest memories is of that night in 64 AD. Servants running to and fro, panicked, and her mother's anguished screams of pain as though she were being burned alive. Camilla died, along with the little boy she had fought so hard to bring forth. For several days, the family's home in Rome lay quiet, stunned at the death of its mistress. A darkness had fallen over the house, felt deeply by everyone there. Caecina was ignored by everyone in the house during that time. She was alone, confused, and sad, wandering aimlessly in the house. Eventually, the girl accidentally tipped over a piece of Greek pottery, shattering it on the floor. This prompted her father to finally pay attention to her- by ordering her to be whipped for her indiscretion. But in Caecina's mind, any kind of attention was better than the silence of the days after Camilla's death. She learned that if she did something to irk her father, she would either be yelled at or whipped, which began the girl's long campaign to get father's attention. After a year of battling with the child's attempts to get his attention, Tuscus assigns one of his oldest and most trusted slaves, a woman from Greece, to care for the child as well as curb her rebellious ways. At the age of eight, Caecina begins her education in the ways of Roman women, much to her chagrin. The Greek woman had as iron a will as the child did, and so forced her to comply with the new regimen of education. Manipulative as always, though, Caecina heard the lessons and applied them to her life, while maintaining her man-like willfulness and rebelliousness when she was able to escape the inscrutable eye of Astraea. Tuscus had been surprisingly saddened by the death of his young wife, and it was two years until he remarried, to a woman named Flavia Juliana. Caecina had been reined in for the most part, only acting out when her father was particularly flippant towards her, but the girl wasn't sure of this newcomer into their household. For the first year, Caecina was distant towards Juliana, rarely speaking to her and spending time by herself. Eventually, though, the girl began to see the older woman as something of a mother figure, and began to confide in her and learn from her. She was even inspired to become a great lady like Juliana, at least so that she could get a good marriage. Thus went Caecina's life for several more years. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [69-73]: With Caecina's eleventh birthday came her first blood, and she became eligible for marriage. However, as much of a headache she was to her father, Tuscus didn't want to settle for just any marriage partner for his daughter, and so her training to be a matron intensified. Astraea was largely the teacher, but Caecina began to look even more to her step-mother for guidance, and their relationship became something of a mix between a mother and a friend. Caecina is now sixteen years old and anxiously awaiting the day she is married, though she dreads the idea of childbirth. Her thin veneer of respectable behavior masks a sharp wit and an ambition matched by few. Caecina still acts out occasionally to get her father's attention, but she has tried to stop in order to be a better role model for her three younger half-siblings. Instead, she looks to Juliana to be her friend and confidante and keep her from getting into too much trouble. ECHO | EST | PM OR DISCORD
  9. Decimus Rutilus Atellus 34 | July 20th, 38AD | Male | Plebian | Praetorian | Hetero | Allen Leech Personality Decimus was raised with a strong and healthy respect for the gods as well as Roman society. Reared on the tales of Scipio Africanus and other great heroes, his father was quite successful in rooting latin ideologies in the young boy. Being a strong supporter of the Roman state, Decimus often acts towards what he sees as the greater goals of the Empire; even if those goals aren't necessarily to his benefit. He has always loved his family and is very much a kind-hearted individual. The man is quick to greet others and does his best to make a good impression. The soldier has a somewhat discouraged view of romance, often thinking of what it would be like to start his own family. For decades the possibility of settling down and finding love had been a distant dream, but with a more permanent posting, he's allowed himself to warm to the idea. The chief issue lies in the fact that he's inexperienced in the ways of courtship, not to mention seduction. Though kind enough in good company, years of professional soldiery have left their mark on him. Initial encounters with Decimus are often met with brisk responses, hearty as they may be, and only after some conversation can one expect to find the man beneath. In leadership, he is firm but fair; finding unnecessary cruelty to be a tool of men un-adept at leadership. Being a man of virtue, he's generally despondent to any form of skullduggery and detests the thought that he might one day fall to the corruption of the Empire's darker circles. The loyalty of this man cannot be bought, giving cause to his current posting at the side of the Emperor's niece. Appearance Decimus has always maintained a short brown hair cut modeled after his father's. His body is muscular and well toned, like most in his line of work. His legs strong, shaped by years on the march and a general love for hiking through nature. His skin is usually tanned in part because of his origins and of course his daily rituals which often find him underneath the sun. Under normal circumstances, Decimus can usually be found in a simple tunica of varying colors, though he does prefer shades of blue and green to brighter yellows and reds. On the job, his uniform no longer consists of the armors worn by dedicated soldiers, but rather the simple toga of men in service to the Emperor. Simply designed, this can be considered his "working" wear. Family Father: Quintus Rutilius Atellus, 61, Alive Mother: Claudia Atella, 51, Alive Siblings: Brother- Quintus Rutilius Atellus Minor, 38, Alive Extended family: Sister in Law - Valeria Atella, 21, Alive History CHILDHOOD [38AD-50AD]: Decimus was born second and with much approval of his father who had desperately hoped for another son to join his line. His birth was uneventful in terms of disaster or illness, and his family celebrated and gave a sacrifice of a white lamb to give thanks for his good health. His father was not present at the birth and had since earned his citizenship through means of military service. Upon hearing of his second son's birth, he was already on his way back from Northern Gaul and out of the legion for good. The efforts of his father would pay off in making Decimus and his family legal citizens of the Empire, and securing for his family a proper and fair life. His childhood was much like any other, and he was quite keen on exploring the wilderness with his brother and several other local boys, including his best friend Flavius. Flavius was the son of their neighbors, and though they were far from his own family's property, they still made their best efforts to visit whenever possible. One day, the family was hosting a party for several families of the region, and he and Flavius had left out of sheer boredom. They had decided to explore the small cave on the edge of the property, and it was in this cave that Decimus would receive his first true scar of life. They approached the cave with carefree curiosity and Decimus crawled in on his hands and knees to investigate the low lying overhang. The ceiling was not so much rock as earth packed tightly and he thought for a few moments that this may be the burrow of a large creature that of course, he must find. He called to Flavius who began to crawl in, but he was lost in a swirl of dust and rock as the ground began to shake and tremble with the fury of one thousand drums. It was an earthquake, and Flavius had been crushed under the entrance of the cave while Decimus had luckily only been trapped in a pocket of air. He could see nothing but utter blackness, and it frightened him to the core as he choked on the dust that had been turned up by the sudden activity. It was not until several hours later that his father pulled Flavius from the mound of dirt as a corpse, and ferociously dug on to save his son who had barely survived. He would never forget this moment of his childhood, and the families found it hard to speak after the incident. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [50AD-57AD]: As he entered his adolescence, he had already been helping his father on the farm for a few years and he had been accustomed to the constant tasks of weeding and plowing alongside the family oxen. The slaves barely spoke to him, but this was not out of spite but by warning of his father. Decimus's father saw it as a personal offense for a slave to speak to his son, and they were careful to avoid him in the fields. He always saw this as strange, and as time went on, he would speak to the slaves behind the eye of his father and he developed a few relationships, but they were quickly cut off if his father was told by another servant. What little slaves the family had were devoted to field work and so they were a necessity which Decimus enjoyed. It did mean less work for him after all. It was also at this time that his father began to teach him the multiple areas of manhood that would help ease him on in the next steps of his journey towards leaving home. Swordplay was his strength and he learned quickly. It took many more months to teach him the multiple techniques of using the shield, as Decimus nearly always dropped it in favor of the added mobility of wielding only the sword. After a few years, he was ready, and he waved goodbye to his family, friends, and the rolling fields of Hispana. He was off to the Legion. The journey to Tarraco was long and tiring, but he was able to keep up with the other boys that had been sent from the village. Rolling hills fell into flatland, which turned into ridges and hills once more, and soon they were upon the city. The towering walls were awe-inspiring to one who had barely left the farm in his youth, and it is here that he first grew to appreciate the full glories of Rome. The sights and smells of the city were overpowering and at every corner, there was the symbol of the Empire that had made it all possible. Tall red banners stood in the form of the city and peoples of all regions and creeds flocked around the packed streets. Slave merchants, wine merchants, cattle drivers, patricians, they could all be found in the city. Their destination, however, was on the other side of the city, and on the outskirts, and it took them nearly the whole of that day to navigate the streets to find their destination. On leaving the other side of Tarraco, the small party was amazed at the Castra which would serve as their home for the next few months. A tall walled compound that hummed with the activity of soldiers that his father had told him of. Here, he would begin his own legacy. He enjoyed the training at the Castra a great deal, and he soon learned many valuable skills that would keep him alive on battlefields across the known world. The tightly knit units made for great friendships, and he would learn to trust and rely upon those other members of his cohort. He was assigned to a seasoned Centurion that had returned from a campaign fighting rebellious factions in Egypt that had threatened the grain supply of Rome, and for this, he was awarded a safer post, training the casual villagers that would need to become legionnaires. He was a stern man, yet fair, and Decimus took many of his virtues from the instructor who instilled a great deal of discipline in them with a wooden rod. ADULTHOOD [57AD-PRESENT]: It would not be for many more months until he had been fully trained and sent off the far north and mysterious land of Britannia. He had heard many stories from his father about the land across the channel, but he had never been there himself and could have hardly known anything about the peoples there. It was common knowledge by that time that the legions of Rome had invaded the land and continued to wage war against its people, though Decimus had little idea of what he would face. The march to the staging area in Gaul was relatively uneventful, however, on the way across the channel they suffered through some rough seas which nearly split their vessels in half against huge white cliffs that bordered the sea. It was on the trip over that Decimus first began to despise traveling by sea. Upon landing, it could be seen that the Romans had been entrenched for a while. Formal military camps had been set up and supplies seemed to be flooding through the docks as fast as they could be carried from the ships. There was something else that served as an eye opener for him in his early days on the island as well... The vast assortment of wounded men. It appeared as though these barbarians did not fight the way they did, but preferred a more guerilla style of warfare, much like the dreaded Germans did at Teutoburg. Decimus was soon assigned to his cohort within the legion and found them entrenched on the front lines of the fighting. Before too long, he found himself facing these blue faced madmen known as the Britons. They fought with a savagery of crazed murderers and seemed to prefer their blue warpaint to armor. In one particular skirmish, Decimus found himself and his comrades faced with an impossible number of the enemy in a small section of woodland. The terrain was unforgiving and the battle fierce, but at the end, Decimus counted nearly one hundred Britannic bodies in front of his section of men, and the Centurion of his Centuria took note. Through many smaller skirmishes, he eventually rose to the rank of Optio, standing side by side with the leader of his Centuria. Over a period spanning ten years, Decimus had continued doing his part in the seemingly endless campaign in Britannia. Though many years of losing comrades and friends in the fields of battle have certainly taken their toll on his optimism, the Centurion had learned to cope with these losses as his new position demanded, finding a comfortable medium with his men, though he had certainly stopped being their friend in most senses of the word. Though it had been many years since he had last seen the rolling hills of his homeland, he was well aware of the pride and honor that he had brought to both his father and his family as they so claim in their letters. Fortune has smiled on the man as of late. After finally coming to Rome to represent his legate, Decimus was granted a new assignment. This assignment was one of great honor and responsibility; the position of as a Praetorian guardsman. It's here that he now finds himself surrounded by marble statues of heroes long past. Only fate knows what will be in store for him. Sains | EST | Discord
  10. Octavius Flavius Alexander 40 | 16th April 33AD | Imperial | Occupation | Heterosexual | Canon | Ken Duken Personality. Octavius has matured over the years due to the passing of time and the tragic events that have followed him. Much of his optimism has faded over the years as the boy grew into a man. He is a loyal friend, often going out of his way for them and ensuring their safety. His love for his family is a recurring factor for Octavius. He is considerate and protective towards them, wanting both happiness and unity. He is a devoted father and uncle towards the children of his family, often finding them pleasant to be around and enjoys the banter as it reminded him of a less complicated time. Through their happiness he is able to relive his childhood. While at one point he was distant to his brothers, the conflict and prosperity that followed allowed him to bond with them. The extended members of his family also share this affection, with him often ensuring many of them are cared for and he insists that his family stay with him when they're in Rome. Octavius has been married to his wife Valeria for over a decade, and has two children with her. He loves and respects his wife, the pair have a healthy relationship. His long time Mistress and freedwoman, Flavia Portia he has more of a friendship with now. His time of spending time in brothels and the excitement of the city no longer pleases him. His children are his pride and joy. No matter how busy he is; he always tries to make sure he gets to spend even a small piece of time with each of them and cares for them dearly. At one time, the young Octavius had Republican leanings and silently thought of these. The threats to his family caused him to put aside this belief, they rose with the Caesars and now his eldest brother is Caesar. His safety and those of his family now depend on the success of the Princeps. Octavius' aspirations have changed considerably over the years. While he still yearns for his military days, he now wishes to work on a variety of building projects to leave his own mark on Rome, and to benefit the people. Over the years Octavius has gone from a happy go lucky fellow to being more cynical. He still has a good humour, while he is capable of killing someone on the battlefield the concept of murder still causes him considerable distaste. That being said, he is realistic enough to know that sometimes it is necessary for the greater good and will see it done. Octavius' fears were realised during the purges that culled down many members of his extended family. While he doubts this is likely to happen again. Appearance Octavius stands at 5'10 tall. Octavius' is fairer in complexion than his brothers. His hair lightens depending on the climate and how much sun he is exposed to. He has smile lines around his mouth with a wide smile, his teeth are white and he still has retained them. He has blue eyes. When he is in Rome his face is clean shaven as expected of a Roman man. His build is still muscled from his time in the armed forces. While there has been years since; he maintains his physical body through the gymnasium and horse riding. Not to mention helping to train his sons and nephews. His casual clothing is a simple tunica when he is at home and around family. His rank would often mean that he wears a tunica laticlavia during is Senatorial meetings. Family Father: Cneaus Flavius Alexander Germanicus (deceased) Mother: Cornelia Annthea (deceased) Siblings: Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus (b. ) Rufus Flavius Alexander (deceased) Flavia Lucilla Augusta (b. 24) Jullus Flavius Alexander (b. 24) Decimus Flavius Alexander (deceased) Laelius, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander (b. 39) Spouse: Valeria Maxima Children: Octavlus Flavius Alexander Minor (b. ) Flavia Valeriana (b. ) Extended family. The Flavi-Alexandrii The Corneli-Scipii The Claudii-Sabucii Former spouses - --Previous Wife - Julia Aquila, Early twenties, Died --Previous Betrothal - Arria Sanurra, Late teens, Broken off. History In 33CE, Octavius was born to Cneaus Flavius Alexander and to Cornelia Annthea. He was born as one of the many sons of the famous general and through most of his childhood his father was away on campaign. He barely knew the man. Many of his elder brothers were either busy with their training or were already sent away. He is a boisterous, happy and excitable toddler. Always getting into everything and having to be watched by his nanny to ensure he did not get himself into mischief. The next few years follow Octavius growing from a toddler to a child. Other than a few childhood diseases, the young Octavius is healthy and grows at a steady pace. His childhood and early teenage years were happy. He begins to find an interest in the Republic virtues that Rome was founded on. In 38CE, his sister, Lucilla, marries Gaius Livius Cassianus (a highly wealthy and influential Senator) and leaves the family home to live with her husband. He does not see her as often as he used to. Loosely between the years, 39- 44CE, Laelius is born in 39AD and his sister Lucilla marries Marcus Honorius for the first time. He is determined to be a good brother for him and to look after him, and took pride in the fact that he would be an older brother to somebody. At last! While he starts to understand that politics is and will always surround his family. He turns a blind eye to it, instead focused on developing his skills. Begins training with a wooden sword, and finds he has skill in it. He learns to read and write in Latin. While Octavius is capable, he often finds himself bored with learning about philosophies and finds an unlikely interest in the Republic of old. There was something about it that appealed to him with the ideals that not one man would rule. In 45CE, he met Darius for the first time, began friendship with him and the pair become firm friends. Octavius was idealistic, thoughtful, and was content in his lot in life. While Darius differed greatly in his personality. The pair were opposites. Octavius was considerably older than his nephew he wanted to ensure his younger nephew was taken care of. 46 to 48AD -- Comes of age. Octavius was given Portia as a slave. She was a little older than he was and soon became his confidante. During these earlier years there is considerable passion between the two of them and he knew he would not be permitted to marry her. As time went on she changed from lover to a confidante and friend. 49 - 50AD -- Serves in Parthia under his uncle Lucius Scipio Major at the rank of tribune. This was his first taste of army life in the long Roman tradition of serving in the army. The time period was largely peaceful and saw no particular conflict of note. He learned about military life first hand, and found that he enjoyed the sense of honour and belonging that it had. During the battles he witnessed briefly the skill of his elder brother Quintus, although did not serve directly beneath him and the pair not did bond during that period of time. In the conflict, the Legatus Lucius Scipio Major died due to a septic wound and Octavius assisted in bringing a message back to his mother's side of the family. It gave him a some time to meet and to interact with them. His time in the east was a revealing one for him. He was able to see the different culture and like other men in his family found himself drawn in by Eastern women. In 51CE, he returned to Rome, finds the family much the same and spends time with his family members, friends and extended network. His older sister Lucilla marries Claudius. Sees Darius, Junus and Rufia Flavia move into the Imperial palace. It does not greatly impact him as he becomes a regular visitor to see his family. Members of his family begin to plan his political and military future. During this time he meets several people in Rome, and becomes increasingly aware of him being one of many brothers. He meets his niece by marriage Claudia Livia although they do not spend considerable amounts of time together. 52 - 55AD -- His family make plans to decide whether he would stay in Rome or whether he would continue his military career. Reforms his friendship with Darius and wants to protect him from harm. Forms a friendship with his paternal cousin, Titus Flavius Alexander Minor as well as many others. Some who remain alive during the current time and others who have passed away. Claudius slips into a coma. Octavius is largely unsure what will occur and promises to protect his family from any harm. During his time he is loosely aware of the politics involving his family. He takes a greater interest in the restoration of the Res Publica and hopes to encourage Darius to think along those lines. In 54AD Darius becomes Caesar with the Quinquevirate in place to watch over him. Octavius takes steps to do what he can to defend him as much as possible. His family work on finding him another position to help serve the family. 56AD -- Claudius is assassinated. Works with Atellus with the investigation into Claudius' death under the Magister Militium Fluvius Stilicho's orders. Finds himself conflicted throughout and it begins an awkward friendship with Atellus. During this year his Pater passed away and he is oblivious to the reasons why. At the time he believed it was natural causes although over the years he has silently wondered about the reason why his father had died. Later in the year there is an assassination attempt on Darius, the direct threat to his kinsman is the reason why his Republican ideals slowly began to fade away. It meant his family would be torn apart. It left him having these ideals come up and fade throughout his life. In 57CE, Octavius traveled with his nephew, Darius, and the army that is traveling to invade Britannia. Octavius travels with his nephew to Britannia. During a scouting expedition he is captured by some of the tribes. The men who he was with perish. A man, who he never discovered his name tells him he would be crucified and sacrificed to the British Gods for the Roman attack on the tribes of Britain. Octavius does not believe he would survive, all he could hope for is to die with honour that would make his family proud or to be rescued. Octavius was flogged, tortured and did not know whether he would live or die. He met a young woman called Briana among their number, a native Briton who was at odds with the tribal leaders and the night before he was to be sacrificed to the Gods. During the darkness of night he escapes with the British girl who remains with him during this time and manages to get back to the army. Octavius does not speak of the events that took place. His fingers are reset, his wounds are treated and falls into a dreamless sleep. Later he fights in final battle and first witnessed a ruthlessness inside him when he slaughtered those who had taken him prisoner. After the victories in Britannia, the legion travels to Gaul and returns to Rome with Darius who is showing signs of sickness. Octavius pressures Darius to seek medical aid, although Darius brushes him off and begins to believe his divinity. In December, he attends the Imperial banquet that was made in celebration for the victories in Britannia. He attends with Sanurra. Darius falls into a coma at the Imperial banquet. It is unknown whether it was illness or poison that was the cause. In the year, 58CE the death of Darius by fever. Octavius found himself angry, frustrated and desperately wanted to know what he could have done to change how things went. Octavius wondered what he could have done to save his life, and spends much of his time wondering what could be done. He vows to support Honorius and his nephew, Junus as co-caesars. Lucilla and Honorius remarry to his happiness. Despite this, he understands the political reasons why it would make sense for them to marry. During this time period, Junus also comes of age and he is proud of his nephew. Betrothal halted by Quintus in favour of another match that falls through due to family conflict. Octavius is heartbroken, angry and resentful at being forced to break off the betrothal. However, he obeys his paterfamilias and goes to Sanurra's home to tell her that it can never be. Both of them grieve for what might have been. Octavius remains friends with Sanurra although rarely sees her in the current day. He is torn between enjoying being in Rome with his family and wanting to return to military life. In 59CE, his mother becomes engaged to Publius Natta. Octavius is unsure what he thinks of it and soon warms up to Publius as a step-father. Leaves for Dacia with Honorius Caesar, after forming a fond friendship with him and soon finds himself in a position where he can grow. Before he leaves, he writes his will that would free Portia are to be freed if the worst should occur, and he joins his Father in the Afterlife. He serves there honourably and with recognition for his prior deeds. He focuses on warfare during this time, and has little time for much else. He returns to Rome when Honorius Caesar does. He is later rewarded by Honorius Ceasar with a house is his own in Rome. Later purchases a place in Northern Italy to reside when it gets too hot in Rome. Both homes are frequently visited by his family or are occupied by them as they travel throughout Rome. During his brief stay in Rome, he meets Julia Aquila and is betrothed to her, later that year he marries her and through a message he discovers that she is pregnant. He greets this news with great happiness. Later in the year, he joins Caesar in the conflict against the Getae, and is noted for his skill in battle. In December, through a messenger, he is told that his wife Julia Aquila has died in childbirth. Along with their stillborn son. At that time, Octavius felt numb with the loss of both of them and he becomes hesitant about the idea of marrying again or having children of his own. His family was already numerous. 60AD -- Is with Honorius Caesar to fight against King Scorillo and is recognised for his bravery in battle. He spends a considerable amount of time with his brother in law. Octavius finds himself happy during this time, relaxed and having found a purpose in life. In September, sister Lucilla Augusta dies. He grieves at the news and sends messages of support back to his family in Rome. However he is occupied with the fighting in Dacia to be much in the way of support to them. Later in October, Honorius is injured, Sends instruction to have Portia freed, remains loyal to his kinsman by marriage. After that Octavius travels back to Rome to say that Honorius still lives, Publius Cotta is a traitor and that the Dacian war is now over. Octavius is attacked along the road and barely manages to escape. He sends a letter to Rome only to discover that the slave he sent was slain, and the letter was never delivered. Octavius regrets this as it may have prevented the events that follow. He remains in Rome although is summoned by Quintus to go to the East. He is hesitant to do so and sends a response back to tell him that he will travel with him soon. 61 - 62AD -- Marcus Scaurus marries Cornelia Annthea, his mother and Octavius questions the reason for the union to take place. In early March the Civil war starts. Assassination of many of his family members. He greets the news of their deaths with a mixture of shock and anger. He pledges to the Gods that he would see the people who harmed them to be utterly destroyed. He travels with some of the remaining members of his family and their political allies to go to Asia with Quintus. While Quintus is on campaign with the army his task is administration. He works alongside Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus and others to secure Quintus in the East. He joins with declaring Quintus Caesar along with the rest of the legion. During this time a lot of the prior friction between the brothers begins to disappear. The pair of them form a strong friendship with the news of Jullus' survival reaching them both to give them hope for the future. In May, he becomes Dux Asiae of Syria and while he is hesitant to do it. He finds the challenge of administration to be one he was better suited for. Although a part of him wishes he was on the battlefield. During the year, he and his eldest brother become closer to each other than they have been previously, the conflict and danger to their family brings them closer together. Brings his betrothed, Valeria Maxima with him and her family who have become their allies. While it originally started as a political union, slowly the pair begin to bond in the East and a deep love begins to form between them. While he does not lie about his Mistress Portia, he does not wave it in her face and slowly the relationship between the pair of them begin to change to a friendship between the pair of them. . Marries Valeria Maxima, bringing her family into the alliance and later in the year his first surviving son is born. He is named after his father, Octavius Flavius Alexander Minor. It is a source of great happiness for them both, and he begins to trust his wife more and more. His brother Quintus removes the last pieces of opposition. His brother Quintus is the undisputed ruler of Rome, Caesar. In December, he is informed that he will be co-consul with his brother Quintus Caesar after the change of regime. In the year leading up to it he is nervous about the type of Consul he would end up being. Although as time goes on, he gradually learns to deal with whatever challenges that come up. Despite feeling happiness at the reunion with his family, seeing old faces and being able to survive the ordeal. A part of him feels empty from the loss they had experienced together. 63AD Junior Consul that year. Politically he supports his brother Quintus Caesar throughout the following years, and has been in supportive of political policies that improve the quality of life for the Roman people. Over the years that followed he became used to being in the public eye and meeting with a variety of nobles, patrons, and more. Works to bring unity back to the family and tries to spend as much time with his kinsmen. Often he would go see the children of the extended family members with the old family home becoming the main place of residence. Work on the Flavian Colosseum begins and it sparks his interest in construction projects. During his free time he would speak to the builders about the construction, while it was a busier period for him Creates list of names for pardons to be given out are given to Quintus Caesar. Many of the men and families are pardoned although his brother did not pardon all. Geta returns with Tiberius who Octavius becomes close to and spends time with during Quintus' absence from the city. Word of an Honorius pretender, sends men to hunt him down and end it without knowing he is risking the life of his former kinsman. It is not known how he would have reacted had he of known if he knew the truth. However he would have been torn if he knew who it really was. Between 64-74CE, Octavius continued to serve as Consul a couple of times and was active in politics. His home was always welcome to members of his extended family. 64 - 65AD Consul that year with his elder brother, Jullus who leaves him largely responsible for the political handling of matters. 65AD Consul that year with Gneaus Juventius Geta. He began communication with past acquaintances and would network with them. During that period he becomes closer to the children within his family. The home given to him by Quintus had an open door policy for the members of his family. He begins to try to reconnect with his younger brother Laelius and to help him feel part of the family once more. Begins to spend as much time as he is able with his son although in the Senate he deals with Tacitus and had words with him. While he respected and understood Tacitus' attempts, he had to imprison him to ensure the stability of Rome. Quintus Caesar returned to Rome to put an end to Tacitus' ambitions and sending him to the provinces. Spends time with his brother, working to build relations with the members of his family and 67AD Death of his mother. It was difficult time for him and he had nagging feelings of guilt about not spending as much time with her as he could have. 68AD Birth of Flavia Valeriana fills him with joy. The birth of his little girl. Octavius does not push Valeria to produce more children as the death of Julia still haunts him. Instead preferring to tend to his healthy children and family members. During the off years when he is not Consul he devotes his time to assisting his family in their various endeavours. Octavius gains an interest in the construction of buildings, aqueducts, and other buildings to increase his glory and prestige in Rome. He begins to seek out architects, builders and planners to put these ideas to his brother. He often spends time with members of his family in Rome. Begins to take an interest in writing a chronicles of his family, along with what he has seen during the course of his life and finds himself often reflecting on the past. It is something he will often write during the quieter evenings and discusses the inner workings of the members of his family. 70 - 72AD After speaking with architects he begins to put the plans into action. Funding a project to improve the roads of Rome and to improve the sanitation of the city. He commissions statues to be made of the prominent members of their family. First starting with his mother, then his eldest brother Quintus, and so on. He gathers famed architects, sculptors, painters and builders as his patrons. Throughout the following years he works with his family, especially his beloved wife Valeria and readies plans to present to his brother for construction projects. In particular, a Grand Library of Rome that he wishes to rival the library burnt in Alexandria during the time of Julius Caesar. 73AD --- Began work and building the Grand Library of Rome, his prize achievement along with many others and tends diligently to his efforts. Current time.  GOTHY | GMT+11 | PM or Discord
  11. Alaric Aetius Stilicho. 54 | 19th July 21CE | Equite| Praefectus Annonae | Heterosexual| Original | Kevin McKidd Personality. A man who both fought for and against the might of Rome. Alaric was once a Germanic Prince who fought against Rome. At one point; he was fiery, passionate, determined and wholeheartedly believed the Gods had chosen him to lead his people. In a fever dream from one of the rites, he had been told that he would sack Rome itself along with his brothers and lead his tribe to glory. He was reckless, ignoring the signs of what was and focused instead of what could have been. However, the Gods had different plans for him. When he was captured by Cneaus Flavius Alexander Germanicus and his world completely changed. Originally he was going to be sacrificed within the arena in a spectacle that would demonstrate the power of Rome. However, he discovered he had a daughter and she was brought to Rome. His actions would also determine her fate. He had heard whispers of the fate of his wife and knew the Roman way. An offer was given to him where he was given the chance to become Romanised. If he behaved, he would be able to see his daughter who he believed was his last kin and essentially gave up his pride to preserve her life. Now Alaric is reserved, only opening up once he knows someone well or he's been drinking. His knowledge of Latin has improved over the years to a part where he is fluent in the language, however, his accent remains and is noticeable. On occasion he will break into his native language although only when he is enraged or jovial and in good company. Alaric over the years has come to see Romans as his family, having married into Equite families and even befriending some of the men he had formerly fought against. While the man is cold killer on the battlefield, he is a warm father and honours the role he has. Alaric has a history of making friends with the most unlikely of men. Renius and Honorius, a men who he had fought against. Yet there was a distinct mark of respect between them. Now Marcus, his son-in-law, is one of his closest friends in Rome. Alaric is quiet, in private reserving his name for friends, family and close acquaintances and reserving his Roman name for people outside his family. However, once he is among his loved ones, he becomes incredibly chatty and will often makes a lot of cheesy jokes. He is generous, happy, and becomes brighter. He is able to handle a decent amount of drink well, and encourages others to do so. On occasion, he tells tall tales and sings during this time. He has ambition and joy in the growth of his family, with each of them considering themselves now to be fully Roman and not looking towards their father's past. He is protective of them, fearing for their safety in the fickle world of Rome and worries for their security. Alaric has recently heard of his own distant family members from his Germanic family and during his tour, he was fortunate to not have to face any of them. He fears meeting them face to face and realising that could have been. And finding out who he had lost when he begun his journey in becoming Roman. Appearance Alaric stands at 5'10ft tall. He has spent time keeping himself physically fit for battle, and often rides horses when he's outside the city itself. Alaric is often clean shaven and his copper coloured curls cropped short. Any body hair on his body is a similar colour as his head, his skin tends to remain paler than many of the native people in Rome and slowly his skin has become beige from his time in sunlight. Slowly as he's aged the copper has become specked with silver pepper, Military. The clothing typically worn by the Roman officer class. The red cloak of a soldier, a garment he had once despised with every core of his being is frequently seen around his shoulders. Nothing is particularly fancy, but everything is well-maintained and has been made to last as long as possible. At home. At home he wears a tunica and sandals during the warmer months of the year. While during the winter, he wears breeches beneath the tunica in order to keep the cold out. Official dealings. He wears the traditional tunica angusticlavia beneath a toga. Something he isn't exactly comfortable in. Family Father: Wulfstan (deceased) Mother: Hiligrata (deceased) Siblings: -- Brother - Thorstan, (deceased) --Brother - Thorin, current ruler of the Tribe. --Sister - Argathe, married to another chieftain. Spouse: Seia Imperia. Previous wives; -- Previous Wife -- Suetonia Aelia, 31, Died in childbirth --Previous Wife – Aetia Gala, Age, Died of grief --Previous Wife - Aemilia Decima, 15, Died in childbirth --Previous Wife - Getrude, Late teens, Died through conflict Children: Barbara Stilicha (Or Aetia Stilicha Barbara) Alaricus Aetius Stilicho Minor Aetia Stilicha Titus Aetius Stilicho Step-children. Imperia Acuelonis Publius Aetius Stilicho (deceased) Extended family. Barbara's children. Marcus Aelius Lentulus Major Aelia Lentula Adoptive father/brother-in-law: Fluvius Aetius Stilicho, 30s-40s, Deceased Marcus Aelius Lentulus - son-in-law History Alaric was born in the winter of 21CE in Germania, outside of Rome's borders to Queen Higrata and her husband, King Wulfstan. On the morning of his birth the sooth-sayers prophesied that he would bring bloodshed to their enemies, specifically Rome. Sacrifices were made in honour of their son. As he grew from a toddler to a boy, he learned how fight with weaponry in order to fulfill the prophecy and was raised to believe it was true. At this time the young man had not developed a sense of control. He was tall for his age, physically strong in battle, and with a fiery temperament. He fought with his parents against other rival tribes in order to expand the tribe's interests, or to bring them under the command of his father. Alaric's fate was finally sealed when another sooth-sayer appeared. This one was from another tribe and told him that she had a message from the Gods for him. With smoke, blood, fire and water they had begun the rites to begin the rhythmic chanting. She warned him of the past, the future, of women, of his own nature, and in the smokey haze she warned him that he would be known although he would forget his roots. "You will fight them, You will then call them brother, You will cut them, They will cut you, You will either consume them or they will turn you into them, Any revenge they want to take on you, they will take on your child. Victory! Alaric son of Wulfstan! Or you will suffer....." He did not believe her, and nor did he remember the fact until many years into the future. Alaric had been told. A foreshadowing of red, of chains, his blood would mingle with the foe. His mind would serve them rather than his heart. Over the following years that passed the threat of the prophecy slowly faded away from his mind. His mind was filled with the torment from his past. In 32-33CE, there were skirmishes with rival clans and tribes, bringing them under the confederation, and his mother gave birth to his brother and then in early 33AD, his sister, Argathe was born. 34- 38CE-- He spent the majority of his time developing skills and acting as a representative to the other neighbouring tribes. 39 - 41CE-- He met a young woman who is similar to him in appearance and temperament. He married Getrude. Battles neighbouring tribes for dominance and to further develop skill. It brings smaller tribes into the loose confederation and rule. Throughout this time be begins to raid into Roman territory. (Later in, 41CE) The fire and bravado filled him, consumed him. He screamed in fury as he tried to charge the Legate, to kill him would demoralise the remaining Romans and soon the men who followed him fell around him. The echo of their screams filled his ears, as they were slowly cut away and he was no longer able to see them. In his haze, he felt hands grab him and pull him down. Parts of his chest began to feel as though cold suddenly with hotter liquid spilling downwards, then another on his leg and the same hot liquid sensation. Although soon it passed into a dreamless sleep. He saw bloody images, shadows of both his own people and Romans, his parents spoke to him before they disappeared into the mist... gone forever..... gone. When he awoke he was chained up. He pulled on his chains and roared in his tongue to the gathered Romans. This was not what the Gods had promised him. "You will either consume them or they will turn you into them." Capture by the Roman Legate, Cneaus Flavius Alexander Germanicus in Rome's revenge, has his parents killed and his daughter is taken alive. Brought to Rome in chains. Weakened from the time enslaved, he had lost considerable muscle mass over the time and begins to question the Gods. Why did they let him fail? Was he not supposed to be bring terror to the Romans? Instead he was brought to Rome as a prisoner. (Late 41CE) Brought to Rome in chains, paraded through the streets of Rome as a captive and set to die in the arena. During the Triumph, he prayed to his Gods for protection and knew he would die. He wanted to die. 42CE-- Discovers Barbara still lives and is both terrified and overjoyed. He does not know what they intend to do with her, and becomes frightened by the prospect of what they would do to her. Would they kill her? Enslave her? Brutalise her? The thoughts run through his mind, plaguing him and forcing his spirit to recede. He is allowed supervised visits with Barbara. Always watched, with no privacy with his daughter and the thoughts of ending her life fills his mind. What if the Romans decided that they had grown bored with this prank? "Any revenge they want to take on you, they will take on your child." 43 - 45CE-- During these years he feels as though he is still in a sort of limbo. He learns from Romans who he has befriended more about the culture he is gradually forcefully being assimilated into. Whenever he manages during the rare times to see men of his tribe for news of his family. There is none. At this point, he plans to kill Caesar and the goal is not due to hatred of the man, but who he is as a symbol to the Romans. 46CE-- First Roman marriage to Aemilia Decima. While it unofficially Romanised him, the girl was young and her mind was not what it should have been. For many years he saw himself as her protector, trying to keep her safe both from him and from her families ambition. He is permitted to move into a Domus that he never truly considered his home, occasionally being able to see Barbara and still felt like he was in limbo with a sword hanging over his neck. He is confused about how he is beginning to see the other side of Romans. Mercy, friendship, and are showing themselves to be other than the decadent tyrants he was raised to believe they were. 47 - 49CE-- He began to learn Latin but never lost his distinctive accent. Over time he still feels stuck in an endless limbo and insecurity. During this time, he dreams of striking out against the 50CE--Aemilia Decima dies in childbirth and results in a stillborn son. It left him feeling desolate and he blamed himself for her death. While he was approached with marriage offers, he avoided them and found himself sinking into a depression over the loss. While he did not love her, he cared for her and the guilt resulted in nightmares, especially those of the past. 51-54CE Alaric is adopted into the Aetii-Stilichii clan by Fluvius Aetius Stilicho and marries Aetia Gala in 55CE. Barbara is permitted to come to live with them. He grows to love the chaotic family, and slowly his body and mind begins to heal. Something he finds himself 57CE Goes to Britannia as Primus Pilus, and serves honourably. Death of Fluvius & Gala (along with many of their other family members), becomes Paterfamilias of the Aetii-Stilichii clan. It takes him time to admit to the idea, although takes the role seriously and tries to maintain the family name and honour. Attends the Imperial banquet and feels incredibly out of place. Memories of his past goals fill him and he found himself unable to act when the young Caesar greets him. Has a moment to meet with the young Darius Caesar, yet does not know him particularly well. When Darius faints he fears the worst for Rome and the new home. 58CE, A fairly ordinary year for him. He speaks for Renius and defends him when rumours of his affair reach Rome. In 59CE marriage to Suetonia, a cousin of Renius' and her son Publius comes to live with them. He arranges a betrothal between Barbara and Publius, although avoids making the marriage official. Publius is a good boy and he thinks of him as a son. Although the memories of his daughter and the struggle in order to get her back was difficult, something he never wishes to endure ever again. He defends his friend Renius during his trial and is largely ignored. He promises to care for Publius and finds himself missing his friend a great deal. 60CE The birth of Alaricus Aetius Stilicho Minor fills him with boundless joy. A son. Unfortunately, this news is greeted with sadness as the death of Suetonia from complications in childbirth and mourns the passing of his spouse. Later on the news of Publius' death reaches them, giving the family more reason to mourn and the uncertainly of the future makes him more determined to protect his children. The years that followed where the upstart, Clemens, marries Rufia Flavia, he tries to find a way to protect both his family and offer her any assistance that he could possibly give. -- During (60-64CE) his daughter Barbara serves as the matron of the house, dealing with household matters and the general running of the place. In 66CE, the birth of his first grandson, Marcus Aetius Lentulus Minor, took place and left him a proud grandfather. He admired Seia for her determination to clear her ex husband's name, even against overwhelming odds and soon their friendship turns romantic. He marries her in 67CE and he feels himself blessed by the Gods. Later that year, Aetia Stilicha is born. It is the beginning of their happy life together. The following years were filled with happiness, prosperity, and slowly he has begun to become used to the comfort of his declining years. In 71CE he becomes the Praefectus Annonae and takes his occupation seriously. While he misses being in the military life, he pours himself into being a family man and into his occupation. In 72CE, the birth of his younger son, Titus Aetius Stilicho takes place and is the latest addition to their growing family. The year of 73CE was a peaceful and happy one. He maintained his friendships with many of the men who he used to work with, and tries to help new people who come to Rome settle in. Alaric has kept his family safe and secure in the new regime. Hoping to set a good example for them to live by. Again, he is the Praefectus Annonae Current time.  Gothy | GMT+11 | PM or Discord.
  12. Claudia Corinthia 19 | 1st February 55CE | Imperial | Occupation | Bisexual | Original | Anna Valle Personality. Corinthia lives in a near constant state of agitation at her position in the world. She is angry at her father for failing, and her mother for her amorous pursuits and not being ambitious for herself. She has all her mother's beauty (although harsher) and her father's mind. Her positive traits are that she sets goals and follows through with them. While Corinthia may have sociopathic tendencies; she is blessed with a keen intellect and knows when she is able to strike. Even though this slowly builds up her anger for later on. Corinthia was able to read and write quickly. In Greek and Latin. Due to her time in Greece, she has been able to perfect a Greek accent to use among her peers if she so wishes. Corinthia is able to read people's body language incredibly well, and is able to mimic caring or compassionate behaviour if she knows it will get her what she wants. Her negative ones are numerous. In private, Corinthia has been known to rage and scream. Many a vase has been thrown and a servant hurt by her wiles. Emotionally (and physically) hurt her mother. She is haughty, selfish, and with a bloated sense of entitlement and worth. She is sadistic, not for the purpose of bringing people under heel politically. She enjoys the suffering of others -- although it has stemmed from a desire to keep herself safe. If she is the attacker, surely that means she cannot be attacked. (Note; this is ridiculous. But this is how she thinks.) Due to her mother's promiscuity, she has developed a warped sense of sexuality and sex. Still a virgin. She enjoys watching, however has no desire for the act itself. Flirtation and the lure of sexuality? Corinthia utterly adores. Despite this, there is a feeling of isolation for Corinthia and at times, she aches to have the bonds other people seem capable of having for themselves. People around her are possessions, especially her mother and also has a respect for her mother's freedwoman, Nahia. Any child she had would be a pawn, possession, and would be used to further her own ends. Appearance Corinthia's face is longer and leaner than her mother's. Her skin is a deep olive in tone, her brunette hair that curls naturally is thick and luxurious. Corinthia has a long aquiline nose, a trait she inherited from her father and unlike her mother, she rarely, if ever, smiles. She wears cosmetics to highlight her facial features, eyeliner to increase the size and beauty of her eyes. Her build is long and lean. Closer to a dancer's body with long, slender legs and high arched feet, with long fingers. Her body is slender, lacking the curves that many other women enjoy, and is admittedly envious of them for it. Her breasts are on the smaller side and are pert. Corinthia is tall for a Roman woman, and stands at 5'8ft tall, and tends to look taller due to the length of her body. Her clothing is expensive, fashionable and takes pride in making herself look exotic. Family Father: Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius (Manius Claudius Caesar) Mother: Claudia Gaia Siblings: None. Spouse: None. Children: None. Extended family. Paternal Adopted Grandfather. -- Drusus Claudius Sabucius (deceased) Adopted Grandaunt Claudia Archaita, Claudius' sister.(deceased) Adopted Uncle & Aunt Claudius & wife = (both deceased) Cousins. Gaius Claudus Caesar (deceased). Claudia Livia (deceased) Tiberius Claudius Sabucius Claudia Caesaris Maternal Grandparents - Herakles of Corinth & Artemisia, wife of Herakles of Corinth,(deceased) Uncles Antipater, 36, currently in slavery, location unknown. Androcles, 34, currently in slavery, location unknown. OTHER: Nahia, her mother's freedwoman. History Corinthia was born in a nest of intrigue. Her mother had recently been freed, married, and acknowledged as the unlikely wife of Claudius, his kinsman by blood and presumed heir. After the death of Claudius' son, and adoption of Flavia Lucilla's sons. Born after her father had been put on trial for poisoning Claudius Caesar and later acquitted. Her mother doted on her endlessly. Spoiled the young child with anything she wanted. In 56-59CE, her father died and a funerary mask had been made. At this point she did not recognise him nor did she begin to realise the significance of this. Over the years, she met with the members of her extended family (the Claudians) and found them to be friendly towards her but snobby towards her mother. At this time, she did not understand nor comprehend why. Already there were signs of her early personality. A lack of empathy towards others. Selfishness. Although her doting mother would make excuses for her rather than teaching her. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Nahia, then her mother's devoted body slave ensured Corinthia behaved and was accountable for her actions. What this caused was for Corinthia to become more discreet. Her mother becomes engaged to Spurius Herminus Aquillius in 59CE. He was pretty, young, and useless in Corinthia's eyes. While Spurius favoured men, it was still someone who took her mother away from her, and that would not do. It would never do. She took it on her to be nice to him. Cuddle up to him, talk to him, smile sweetly at him, and it was not long before those around her began to suspect her. He died of poisoned wine. Corinthia knew she was suspected. 60 - 61CE -- Rather than fight or stake her own claims, her mother flees to Greece after the death of the Imperials. She was not sure what was happening, but saw the fear and panic in her mother's voice. Unable to understand the danger they were in until later. Fortunately it kept them out of harms way or being forced or coerced into marriage with those who wished to use the family name and connection for their own ends. Over the next few years she continued to grow into a little girl. Always kept under a watchful eye in case she got too rough with her playmates or animals. Gaia doted on her daughter, spoiling her and being able to give her anything she desired. In 66CE, at eleven years old she was re-introduced to the court life. She found herself not gaining the same level of attention nor affection from her family. This time she heard more about what happened, and who her mother was. Gaia had a reputation as a dimwit, good natured, and a slut with open legs. Her father? Was the original heir of Claudius and was hoodwinked out of it. She was denied the position that she properly desired. A certain male member of the family that was connected to the Claudians tried to bring her mother under heel. Her dimwitted mother submitted to Caesar's authority, and Corinthia's threats to avoid him. 67 -- Nothing of particular note happened this year for her. 68 -- 72CE-- In 68Ce, at thirteen, her body grows and matures into a beautiful young woman. Her mother is delighted by the prospect of her daughter marrying and having a little grandbaby. Around this time another couple of suitors begin to appear around her mother. Slowly and surely they disappear, either coming up with polite excuses or even disappearing altogether. She continues to grow, yet as she blossom so does her resentment towards those who have what she believes belongs to her. No-one else. Over the years she terrorises her mother and the household staff, desiring to inflict as much pain as possible on everyone. However now there is an increased pressure for her to marry well, have children, and find her role within society. Even requests for her mother's hand continue to come in, after all, wealth remained an important part of life. No-one will take what belongs to her. In the current time, Corinthia is currently in the search of a husband who can give her power and position within society.  GOTHIC | GMT+11 | PM or DISCORD
  13. CW: Talk of miscarriages. Flavia Juliana 31| 15th February 43CE | Imperial | Matrona | Bi-curious | Canon | Vittoria Puccini <image here> Personality. Gone is the young woman who constantly sought out the approval of her Father. The terror of the purges brought out a strength in her, while she suffers from the trauma endured and struggles to remember the exact events. She learned that she is resilient, determined, and ultimately a survivor. Juliana at one time was unable to bond with her father, she and her sisters were a sign of his lack of an ability to produce a male heir. Finding each other in Africa was a blessing in disguise. The pair appreciated each other. All the petty worries of the past were forgotten when the Gods had decided to give them a second chance. Part of the aftereffects of the trauma she experienced has left her with recurrent nightmares, difficulties in large crowds, and there are times when she does not know whether what she experienced in Africa was real or if it was a dream. It is not something she speaks of to others. Instead considering herself fortunate to still be alive after the pain she has brought. She has committed murder, something she doesn't like but accepts there is always a possibility of having to do so again. Juliana idolises her previous political marriage to Decimus, and still retains a strong bond with both children she fled to Africa with. One could say she loved him more when he died than when he was alive. Her thoughts towards her Pater's best friend, Lucius and former husband remain friendly although they were neither close nor passionately in love. She was determined to remain a widow. Unfortunately the political nature of Rome needed she would be bartered in gratitude for the loyalty expressed during the conflict. Her previous husband Lucius had died and she wept for him. Not due to any love or affection, but another corpse of people she knew added to the pile. She maintains a friendship with all her surviving stepchildren. Again, her womb had cursed her with another stillborn child. With no issue being a regular occurrence throughout her marriages, her fears were confirmed and a friend recommended that she sacrifice to Juno. She did and was greeted with the news of a child. She gave birth to her first son and only son, much to the joy of both her and her husband Quintus. Later, two daughters followed. Her relationship with her mother remains strong. Her relationship with her stepmother is good. The relationship that improved the most is the one she has with her father. She understands Greek, Latin, and Aegyptian from a childhood friend. She feels incredible uncomfortable in the city. The memory of the purge still haunts her ten years later, which of them tore her sisters apart? Who rejoiced at their suffering? While she often comes to the city as she is obligated to do so, she prefers a quieter life outside Rome and loves the peace of her extensive gardens at her husband's villa. Appearance Juliana stands at 5'7ft tall. Her skin in pale from time she has avoided spending time in the son, her skin does have a few moles. Her hair is a dirty blonde, that she occasionally dyes with saffron to improve the colour of it. Since it is neither blonde nor brunette. Her body is slender, but the feminine curves and a thickness around her hips from pregnancy, and childbirth. She has large grey blue eyes. Her clothing style has changed little over the years. Juliana wears simple clothing made of fine fabrics at home. When she leaves the home her clothing is modest, a palla draped around her head and hair. The clothing she does wear tends to be of paler colours and it's always clean. A chiton is worn, along with a palla that is either draped around her shoulders or so that it covered her hair. Informal When she is around the home her clothing is simple, of fine quality and without the adornment of jewels. Her hair is often loose. A peplos of various colours is worn. Formal There are times when it calls for her to dress considerably better. She wears ornate hairstyles, with gold and jewels in her hear. Cosmetics to highlight her natural beauty and to lighten her already pale skin. A palla is draped around her dress, and occasionally the unflattering stola is worn over the top to depict her as being a married woman. Family Father: Jullus Flavius Alexander Mother: Laelia Serginilla Siblings: Full - Flavia Alexandra Major (deceased) - Flavia Alexandra Minor (deceased) Half Lucius Flavius Alexander Publius Flavius Alexander Cneaus Flavius Alexander Spouse: Quintus Caecina Tuscus Children: Stillborn (with Decimus) Quintus Caecina Tuscus Minor (all children below with Quintus Caecina Tusca) Caecina Tusca Minor Caecina Laelia Stepchildren (Decimus Junius Silanus) Lucius Junius Silanus Marcus Junius Silanus Stepchildren (Lucius Furius Bibaculus) Lucius Furius Bibaculus Minor [30 years, eldest son] Marcus Furius Bibaculus [24 years, younger son] Marcus Furius Bibaculus Minor [19 years, youngest son] Extended family. Flavi-Alexandrae clan Corneli-Scipii Numerous branches and connections of families associated with her own or those she married into. History Born in 43AD, Juliana was born to Jullus Flavius Alexander and to Laelia Serginilla. The first born daughter, healthy yet not the important son that was desired. She idolised her father as a distant figure who was constantly off fighting barbarians to protect Rome from the wicked barbarian. From an early age she wanted to be the best daughter she could for him, always wanting to do anything to please him and desired her approval. She never felt she received it from him, until much later when they near enough lost everyone and their world had been shattered. The next year was largely uneventful for her. In 45AD, her sister Flavia Alexandra Major was born. Juliana felt mixed emotions towards her little sister, already she had become jealous of her and could sense her father's disappointment in yet another female child. Although was still too young to understand why that was the case. The next few years are mostly uneventful other that her growing from a toddler to a young child. 48AD Her education begins. She begins to learn Greek and Latin, how to weave, how to manage household expenses and slaves, how to behave in polite society and always aims to please her distant father. None of her efforts or news of them seem to reach his approval. By chance Juliana met the girl who would become her best friend before they were parted in their later lives. Through her she learned how to speak Aegyptian although rarely has any opportunity to speak it in her current time. As child she remembered running to her father to tell him something, and being dismissed by him. She spends time with her mother's family, although especially loved looking at gardens with her grandmother, Annthea and that was something that helped her later in life. The next year is mostly uneventful for her. 50AD, her sister Flavia Alexandra Minor was born. Again, to the disappointment of her father and resulting in Juliana feeling pushed aside by her mother. Despite these feelings, Juliana wants to try to be a good elder sister to her younger sisters and unfortunately comes across to them as being overbearing. 51AD - 57AD Continues to grow from a girl to a young woman, yet does not begin to menstruate until much later and disappoints her father yet again. During this time she continues to grow and to boss around her younger siblings. During these years her mother shields her from hearing about politics and the dangers, instead she was devoted to teaching her daughters how to be proper Roman noblewomen and encouraged them to obey their father. 58 AD -- Father returns Rome. Juliana still craves his attention and approval, although does not find it and instead tries to show him that she is the best daughter she possibly could be. During the middle of the year she becomes eligible for marriage as blood begins to flow and it allows a marriage to be made. She dreams of marrying a handsome up and comer, someone she could grow with and become the best of friends. Where she could marry once instead of the series of marriages that many Roman noblewomen would go through throughout their lives. 59 AD -- Father divorces mother, Juliana remains at the family home and continues to send messages to her mother. Despite the lack of male issue and her mother understanding why. Juliana blamed herself and her sisters for the divorce. In March, the marriage to Lucius is arranged and preparations have been made for her to move to Britannia. She would rather stay in Rome with her family and what she believed was civilisation. The marriage was friendly and they were on relatively good terms. Although no passionate love nor children born to the pair of them. Her father's best friend would often treat her as the daughter of his best friend rather than his wife. Late 59 AD -- Meets Decimus Varius and begins to have an affair. The affair with Varius is passionate, intense and incredibly confusing for her. Amicable divorce with Lucius for political reasons, she continues to spend time with her stepchildren when she can see them and found herself becoming close to his eldest son. She remains in Britannia for a time. Early 60 AD -- Is threatened by the family to comply and behave through the use of a masked man. Juliana was unaware how they managed to discover how they found out and became quieter in all her dealings. Many of her journals from this period have been burned. At this time she believed her lover has been killed. Discovers that Decimus Varius is in fact alive and is forced to become more discreet. Later on, Decimus Varius is murdered with her having a hand in the murder. It was the last time she takes a male lover. Marries Decimus Junius Silanus for a political alliance between their two families. 60 AD - Father marries Caecila Metella, a young woman close to her age and she has conflicting feelings about it. Through letters her mother tells her not to worry and to be a good daughter to her father. Later in the year she is greeted with her first half-brother and again feels torn by the news. She discovers to her disappointment that she is still not yet pregnant. Sept 60 AD -- Death of her aunt, Lucilla Augusta and later on the Caesars are murdered. She finds herself worried about what will occur. Juliana fears the advancement of the British tribes, and increasingly grows worried about them. 60AD --- Birth of Lucius, her paternal half-brother who has been named in the honour of his aunt, Lucilla. 61AD --- Death of Decimus Junius Silanus by the hand of a treacherous slave, only to be killed later by Lucius Junius Silanus. The death of her husband in such a way causes her to bond more with his sons, idolise the man, and he gave her a parting gift. She was pregnant. They were to travel back to Rome but stopped in Gaul first, before she made her way back to what she believed was peace and safety. 62AD -- Is rescued by Mesalla, takes the sons of Decimus Junius Silanus, Marcus and Lucius with her in order to reach safety. Juliana was scared that she would not make it to the East to meet with her uncles and goes towards Africa instead to reach her father. She had been residing at the domus of her former husband, where she witnessed several members of the family pass away and feared for the safety of Junia Silana. A couple of faithful slaves of the family lead her to the docks. Suffers a miscarriage on the boat on the journey there, along with the death of the slaves on the boat and holds her stillborn male child. At first, she did not realise that he had passed away and would praise him for never crying. The perfect little soldier. When she arrives there she does not know whether she would be safe or not. She speaks to a woman and believes she spent time with her. Finally, she reached the safety of Pompeius Magnus who offers her safety, and gratefully accepts the offer. Out of kindness, he organises a funeral for Decimus Junius Silanus Postumus, and allows her and the children to remain with him for safety. Later on, she discovers that Caecilia, Lucius and Titus Minor survived. Although her two little sisters had been lost. At first, it took time before she was able to see each other and they held each other close during their reunion. It brought about a more positive relationship with her father and the pair have been closer than they were previously. Little incidents and problems no longer seemed to matter. 62/63AD -- Returns to Rome, and was originally wary about the boys returning home having become protective of them during their time in Africa. Once she realised that it was safe for them to return home. she did so, and both boys were frequent visits to the Domus Augustorum. For a long time she remains unmarried and wary about being back in Rome, she devotes her time to assisting members of her family with the changes they have experienced. Her villa and door is always open to the now numerous members of her family. 64AD --- Birth of Publius, her paternal half-brother. Publius' birth was marked with greater celebration for her rather than the jealousy she felt in the past. The improved relationship between her and her father is clear. 66AD -- Birth of Cneaus, her paternal half-brother. 66AD--- About midway through the year she marries Quintus Caecina Tuscus, a respected general of her uncle and one of his supporters. Initially she protests the union, wishing to remain as a widow and finally relents. The marriage to him is good with Tuscus fussing over his younger spouse. It does not take long before they are greeted by the news of pregnancy. 66AD--- Later in the year, Juliana gives birth to a stillborn child to Tuscus and is disappointed in her ability to conceive a child. She begins to feel as though she is now barren and is haunted by the memories of her previous miscarriage. Sinks into a depression, her husband bought her a kitten in an attempt to cheer her up and boost her spirits. A friend recommends a sacrifice to Juno. She regularly visits the temple in hopes of being able to conceive a much desired son. 67AD--- Her visits to the temple continue during the early parts of the year. Late in the year the birth of Quintus Caecina Tuscus Minor takes place. Since then Juliana has whole heartedly believed in the power of the goddess and has gained a wariness towards the foreign Gods and beliefs that have been trickling into Rome. She spends the majority of the time in her husband's villa north of Rome and resides here. The next two years she works on improving the villa and regularly writes to other members of her family. 69AD Juliana continues to work on the villa, spending time with her child and stepchildren, and donating funds to the temple of Juno. Essentially, living the quiet life away from Rome. 70 to mid-71AD--- Birth of twin girls, Caecina Tusca & Caecina Laelia. Takes time to heal from the birth and was warned about the danger of having more children. Given her belief that she was unable to conceive she has silently decide to use Silphium in order to prevent any further children being born. Her recovery takes a long time with Juliana choosing not to take part in public life until she has healed. late 71-72AD -- Juliana begins to socialise once more and begins to rejoin polite society in Rome. Spending time with her family, although never truly becomes a social butterfly and instead prefers the company of her close family members and her gardens to the many parties of Rome. 73- 4AD--- current time  GOTHY | GMT+11 | PM or Discord
  14. Turia


    Turia Eighteen | 7th July 56CE| Slave | Cosmetics slave ( | Bisexual | Original | Filiz Ahmet Personality. Turia loves to flatter her clients. Her privileged position within a household depends on her Domina's favour, and she endeavours to keep it. She enjoys her work, highlighting the facial features of women and increasing their beauty. She lives to see their eyes light up at the sight of their reflection. (Completely unaware of the chemicals acting as a poison within the salves). Turia wears two faces. One when she is working; demure, quiet, polite, and dignified. The other? A joker, friendly and happy to chat. Sharing compliments come easy to her, so long as they are genuine, and true. Her negative traits? She tends to ignore the negative in favour of the positive. She puts her head in the sand if she doesn't want to see things or if she belies she is unable to change them. Turia wholeheartedly believes that if she behaves well, nothing negative will happen to her and Appearance Turia stands at 5ft tall. Her skin is an olive complexion with large, dark eyes framed by pretty lashes. Her eyes are lined with kohl to highlight them and her skin is without blemishes. Her nose is a little broad and croked. Her smile is easy and wide. Her body is petite with minimal muscle tone, her legs are of average length, and since her Domina enjoys being surrounded by beautiful things. Her clothing is soft and delicate. Family Father: Unknown. Her mother says he was a dashing pirate although Turia believes she is lying. Biological Father: Her uncle Ario. Mother: Vena, one of her first Owners household slaves. Siblings: Likely several on her father's side of the family. On her mother's side, she had five other siblings with a mixed number surviving to adulthood. Spouse: N/A. Children: N/A. Extended family: Other: Name here -- Past Owners, owners of a slave training school. Isis - Hair & wig stylist slave (). Best friend and confidante. History Turia was born in 56CE. While her Dominus was kind enough to permit her a childhood with her parents. She was selected to be trained as a cosmetics slave. The training meant she had been trained how to blend in and hide until she was requested, how to mix cosmetics, how to apply them and wigs to the face without causing her clients any issues. (Or getting herself punished in the process.) Turia was an apt pupil, she knew what the struggles would ultimately pay off and prevent her from having a darker fate. The class difference was great between her Domines and herself, they were hesitant to sell her on and unfortunately, their business was the training of slaves and they organised for a private viewing for a noblewoman. Turia ensured she was doing her best possible work. Her fingertips trembled a little, slowly but surely, it was complete. At fifteen she had changed hands for the first time. The noblewoman clapped her hands in approval and it was settled. Her ownership was transferred over. Before she would leave to where her fate began. Her old Dominus placed his hands on her shoulders, told her to be a good girl and the gods would be kind of her. She went to the old house, and instantly found herself overwhelmed by the amount of slaves. The wealth the family had was extreme. It took her a while in order to find her footing. Slowly but surely, she made herself useful. The other slaves would test her at first. She found her place within the household. During the celebrations of Saturnalia, she was surprised when the Domina of the household gave her a plate of food, sat her down with a cup of wine, and asked her all about her life while the celebrations went on around them. She found it to be rather strange. Soon the confidence and the wine opened her lips -- and her legs. Turia bedded her Domina and enjoyed the experience. After Saturnalia had ended, there was an unspoken bond between the two and Turia soon found herself often in the Domina's bed when her husband had not visited. Every so often she could be found in her Domina's retinue as she wandered through the streets of Rome. A small bag ready with items needed to ensure her Domina always looked her best. In 74CE, her life is just beginning.. Gothic | GMT+11 | PM or Discord.
  15. Claudia Caesaris 17 | 28th November 56CE | Imperial | Princess | Bisexual | Canon | Hannah Megan Lawrence Personality. Claudia as she is known and called, was raised at a time of peril from her family. The memory of her mother was kept alive through listening to her deeds through her sisters, Antonia, Drusilla, and other women she had been close to in life, although they did not spend a lot of time with her. Claudia remembers her sister, Livia, and remembers the vipers as they circled around her before she fled with her. She views herself as the blood connection from the different families, the old Claudii and the new Flavii-Alexandrii, and wants to ensure peace between her family. She works on maintaining good relationships with them, and cares for them deeply. Her views are often concealed, even from those closest to her and she is skilled at a courtier's smile. Much of the trauma experienced by witnessing or hearing about the rest of her family has been mostly forgotten. She does not speak nor think much on it. Instead, Claudia has worked on strengthening herself for whatever life throws at her. She has an educated mind. Eager to learn, observant, yet also willing to argue if she deems it necessary, and has a touch of a rebellious streak. Claudia has a firm belief and completely unwavering sense in her own worth. She is unwilling to compromise it for anyone. She also has this high standard for those associated with her -- and frowns on it if she deems they have compromised it for someone. She is resilient, adaptive in order to achieve her goals, and unfortunately, she lacks an understanding of those less fortunate than her. Claudia has a devious streak, she remembers those who have wronged her and will try to bring them down. Like her mother before her, she has an interest in horses, a keen mind for education and a desire to learn. When it comes to friendships it takes considerable time for her to build trust, it also takes moments for her to lose it completely. Having been used as an asset in the past, it has caused animosity for her that she has taken to her uncle, Quintus Caesar. It is beneficial to have the man in power on her side. Claudia is a mix of a desire for tradition, and new ways. Claudia has become close with Drusilla. Other women associated with her family she has developed relationships with. With men, for the most part, she is guarded towards them and despises lechery or otherwise crude behaviour. Appearance She stands at 5'3ft tall. Claudia's build is slender with developed curves, her body does not show signs of pregnancy or heavy work. Rarely she will use a cosmetic slave in order to highlight her features. Her hair is dark and thick, often coiled or curled to frame her face. Claudia's eyes are blue, similar in shade and hue to her father, Claudius. Her skin is a pale ivory, she takes time to avoid excessive sunlight and is active when it comes to maintaining her physical health. Her clothing is always clean and made of expensive quality. Favouring paler blues, purples, and using striking pieces of jewelry to highlight her family wealth. Family Father: Drusus Claudius Sabucius (deceased) Mother: Flavia Lucilla Augusta (deceased) Siblings: (as below). Paternal Half-siblings. Gaius Claudius Caesar (deceased) Claudia Livia (deceased) Maternal Half-siblings. Marcus Claudius Caesar Darius (Later became, Darius Claudius Caesar Augustus) (deceased) Decimus Claudius Caesar Junus (Later became, Junus Claudius Caesar Honorianus) (deceased) Rufia Flavia Full siblings. Tiberius Claudius Sabucius (twin) Spouse: None. Children: None. Extended family. Paternal family. Manius Claudius Caesar (deceased) Claudia Gaia (Manius' wife, adopted by his family.) Claudia Corinthia Claudia Archaita (Claudius' sister, deceased) Acilia Aedia (deceased) Maternal family. Rufia Flavia's children Sestia Lucilla (b. 69) Gneaus Sestius Vaticanus Minor (b. 71) Sestia Honoria (b.73CE) Sestia Saturnia (b. 73CE) Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus Unnamed Daughter (stillborn) Publius Flavius Alexander Belanus (deceased) Cnaeus Flavius Caesar Alexander Gemellus (deceased) Titus Flavius Caesar Alexander [Geminus] (b. 57) Flavia [Rutiliana] Caesaris (b. 61) Drusus Flavius Caesar Alexander (b. 67) Tiberius Claudius Sabucius (nephew & ward; son of Lucilla) Rufus Flavius Alexander (deceased) Jullus Flavius Alexander Flavia Juliana Flavia Alexandra Major (deceased) Flavia Alexandra Minor (deceased) Lucius Flavius Alexander Publius Flavius Alexander Cneaus Flavius Alexander Octavius Flavius Alexander Octavius Flavius Alexander Minor Flavia Valeriana Laelius, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander. Aemilia Scaura Aemilia Laeliana Publius Aemilius Scaurus Further extended family. Honorius - At one time, foster father. Cornelii-Scipiii- History Claudia was born in late 56CE alongside her twin brother, Tiberius. She was raised within the Imperial household, the youngest daughter of Claudius and sister to the current Caesar, Darius. Later, she became the foster daughter to Honorius while he waited for his biological (adopted by Claudius) son, Junus came of age. Her memories of her mother during this time are favourable, she was cherished and loved by the people around her and knew nothing but the support they had given her. In 60CE she remembers how her mother passed away, unable to see her and repeatedly asked where she had gone. A lasting memory that stood out for her was feeling her mother's bones when she hugged her, hidden under layers of padding and loose fitting clothing to conceal a majority of her illness. Fortunately, there were many statues to keep her memory alive. She remembers that her governess, Julia Valeria, was a frequent sight and presence in her life, too. The rest of her childhood was a pleasant time, despite the loss. She spent her time in the company of Antonia, her mother's best friend and unknown to her, lover. Along with the female members of her family who swore to protect both of the twins. With the death of Honorius and Junus, it left her with an uncertain fate, and there were many with grasping hands and ambition who would have tried to use her bloodline as a method to solidify their own claims. Flee to her grandmother. In 62CE, Livia knew the danger they were in and using Antonia's connections through the Lovers of Eris, she was able to be smuggled out of the city and traveled towards Antioch (?) where her uncle Quintus was with her grandmother. Along the way, Livia told her tales of the adventures they had and promised that she would protect her along the way. She kept asking what had happened to Tiberius. All Livia said was that she would meet up with him again soon. The following years meant she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, Annthea, and learned about the ways a politician behaved in Rome. Annthea ensured she had a proper education in Latin and Greek, she understood how to manage a large household, knew how to conduct household rituals and understood her place within society. She met her cousin, Flavia Caesaris Rutiliana and the pair of them became close. It was like having a little sister of her own to protect and look after. Soon after they arrived, Livia became ill and later died. She was given an impressive funeral where the oratory was conducted by Quintus Caesar, an omen on the position he would take in Rome. In 63CE, with her Uncle as the undisputed Caesar, she made her return to him and found herself returning to Rome once more. She was angry at the return to her home. They had changed it and soon, they were able to return it back to the state it had been before. Claudia was reunited with Rufia Flavia, her half-sister who stood firm against Clemens and ended the tyrants life. Claudia was impressed with her strength and determination. The next series of years was about her getting used to the changes they had made. In 66CE she met the woman who would become the Augusta. From the older dynasty, a princess in her own right and Claudia had been concerned about Julia Drusilla, would she be mad like the rumours said her father was? Yet, when she met her. Drusilla was kind, polite, considerate and above all, welcoming. When she told Drusilla she was a princess, Drusilla agreed and they soon became close friends. She did not initially know how to respond to her. Soon, she found herself happily residing with Drusilla's retinue and looking to her as a second mother. In 67CE Quintus Caesar and Drusilla married. Soon her cousin, Drusus Flavius Caesar Alexander, was born in 67CE and she was happy with the news. She held him in her arms and was pleased. Later, she heard whispers about the tale of strife between family members and wondered. What would happen to Drusus? What would ultimately happen to her? She did not speak of these fears or these concerns to anybody. Later that year, tragedy struck when Annthea passed into the next life. Another of her many motherly figures faded into memory. In later years, Claudia grew to become the refined and polished woman, taking in life lessons and teachings from the women who had been important parts of her earlier life. As the years go by, she becomes increasingly aware that her marriage would be gradually approaching soon, and her uncle would be finding the correct match. Would he be of use to Rome? Or to her? Current time. OOC: Has two personal horses; Soluto (Warlord) bay Spanish type horse & Aureus (golden) palomino mare. Gothy | GMT+11 | PM or Discord
  16. Claudia Gaia 33 | 14th June 40CE | Imperial | Matron (also Corinthia's warden) | Bisexual | Original | Stephanie Leonidas Personality. Gaia, or Χρυσανθη (Chrysanthe) as she was originally known as was not born with malice in her heart. Deep down, she believes that there is good in everyone and if you're nice to people they will be kind to you. Despite how many times the events in her life have proven otherwise. Gaia enjoys the fruits of life, having developed a taste for them and enjoys surrounding herself with beautiful people, and things. She is sensual, a lover of music and can play both the harp and the flute. And has been known to have taken many lovers over the years. Some were a necessity, some were out of love, and others were completely out of pleasure. She is able to speak both Greek and Latin, along with being able to read and write in both. Gaia never developed the mind of a politician. Fortunately for her, she has no illusions about her intelligence levels and in modern terms would be considered a ditz. Gaia is not a skilled liar, often stumbling over her words and avoiding eye contact when she is being dishonest -- although she also does this when she is intimidated by something or someone. She is charitable, often going out of her way for her friends and fortunately her faithful body slave Nahia would often keep an eye on her. There is a loving, sisterly relationship between the two women with Nahia often instructing her Mistress to make the best choices. Gaia is a parent to her daughter, Corinthia. The daughter of the one time adopted heir to Claudius before the fates decreed that another should take the throne. Loving, protective, and unfortunately she completely spoilt her defiant child. Her daughter has a cruel, defiant, possessive and domineering personality. The opposite of her kind-natured mother. She believes most of her family to be dead. Generally she does not think of them or the bloody fates they had. She lost her first and most beloved husband, Manius Claudius Caesar or Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius as he was known before he was adopted. While the man had a vindictive and grasping nature, he was always kind and considerate towards Gaia. Spoiling her and eventually taking her as his wife before he was slain for murdering Claudius. Gaia to this day believes he is innocent -- well, mostly. She has taken many lovers in the past and was known for her enjoyment of it. While there were many friendships formed, none of them resulted in either marriage or a relationship. Many of her betrothals have ended up with the death of her fiance's before the date and she has begun to wonder whether she is cursed with bad luck. Ultimately Gaia wishes for her daughter to be happy and safe. Deep down there is a suspicion about her daughter's true nature. An actual confirmation of her sweet daughter being a monster would be her greatest fear come to life. Another fear is the complete destruction of Rome although far-fetched. Although another would be to become enslaved once more. Appearance Gaia stands at 5ft tall. She has a slender frame with average muscle tone, her body has womanly curves on the smaller side and her skin is olive in colour, although darker in the areas that have been exposed to sunlight. She frequently has a relaxed and casual posture, and has been known to slouch when she sits down. Her face is round, her eyes are large, dark and expressive. Her eyes are framed by thick, dark eyelashes. Over the years the sunlight has given her the earlier signs of crows feet that will deepen over time. Around her lips are the lines that will slowly turn into smile lines as she gets older. Gaia's teeth are slightly off-white. Her hair is naturally curly, often flowing down her back and is a light brunette in colour. Informal/around the home. A simple peplos of varying colour, although they are typically white. A palla may be draped around her head or shoulders if the weather is colder than usual. The linen is always high quality. Formal occasions. She often doesn't wear the stola, the symbol of married and respectable matrons of Rome. A fascia around her breasts beneath, her clothing varies; yet she often wears blues, expensive white fabrics, pinks and matches her jewelry to what she's wearing. On her feet she wears sandals made out of soft leather, decorated with jewels. Family Father: Herakles of Corinth (deceased) Mother: Artemisia, wife of Herakles of Corinth, (deceased) Siblings: --Brother - Antipater, 36, currently in slavery, (deceased) --Brother - Androcles, 34, currently in slavery, (deceased) Spouse: None. Children: Claudia Corinthia (b. 55CE) Extended family. Archaita's children. Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius (deceased) Acilia Glabria (deceased) Claudius Caesar's biological children. Gaius Claudius Caesar (deceased) Claudia Livia (deceased) Tiberius Claudius Sabucius Claudia Caesaris Former spouse: Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius who was adopted and became; Manius Claudius Caesar. Freedwoman: Claudia C.L Nahia History Gaia was born as Χρυσανθη (Chrysanthe) in 40CE. Her childhood was mostly uneventful and fairly conventional for her family. She was born into a family of farmers, well off yet still farmers. She was mostly illiterate, working hard to bake bread and otherwise be obedient. Her betrothed was selected to be a cousin of hers, mainly so there would be no loss of money within the family and so they could be sure that she would marry a good man. Chrysanthe was mostly oblivious to the world around her. Her world was her friends, family, and the village they resided in. One thing she did know was that money began to become harder to come by in 52CE with the rising taxation. In 53CE, her brothers joined the rebellion against Rome and this was unknown to her parents. When the civil war came to Greece and the retribution was swift and decisive. Her parents were slain in the conflict with her brothers taken into slavery. Many of the women were taken as war booty, however, her beauty was noticed by Manius Rutilius Cyprianus. An ambitious man who wished to offer a gift to the Imperial family. She was given to Manius' (her husband to be) sister, Archaita. In turn, she was given to her son as a plaything and a genuine love formed between the pair of them. Manius taught her how to read, play the harp and the flute, and showed her a world that she never knew existed. He gave her the name she would now go by. Gaia. The name Chrysanthe now long forgotten. Faithfully, she followed him wherever he went during the course of his travels, and worried for his fate should the worst ultimately occur. Still, she was happy. Manius broke with convention and married her. Already casting a dark light on Manius' political career and reducing his favour among the members of the nobility. In <>, her mother-in-law, Archaita, passed away and Gaia did not find herself missing her. Birth of Corinthia occurred in 55CE and early on it was easy to see that the child inherited her mother's beauty -- yet her father's ambitious mind. She spoiled the child, and after the loss of Manius, she spoiled her even more and ignored the warning signs about her daughter's personality. In 56CE, Manius, the love of her life died, and she mourned and wept for him. He was given a proper funeral to honour his status and his life. In 57CE, she becomes increasingly aware that she needs to maintain favour with the Imperial family and reaches out to them. They are friendly and considerate of her, despite her former status, and she is relieved. In 60CE Lucilla passed away only to be followed by Junus and Honorius later on. She reached out to try to help although there was not much she could do. She stayed in Rome as long as possible before she felt it got too dangerous. She fled with Corinthia to Greece, and stayed quiet. Perfectly happy for Corinthia to forget who she was in order to keep her safe. She heard the news of the dictatorship and the uncertainty involving the Imperial twins, and the fate of Rufia Flavia. All she could do was remain in safety in Greece -- unfortunately, she was unable to reach them to help them without drawing attention to herself. Something she has long regretted not being able to do. Many years after the fact, she has heard word from Honorius as he travels by a different name and unfortunately, no word came of it and she began to worry. Quintus became Caesar in 63CE and with it brought peace and prosperity to Rome. When she was sure it was safe, she returned to Rome with Corinthia along with the family's most trusted slaves. Her slave Nahia was officially freed and remained in her household as both a friend and patron. Over the years, there has been considerable happiness and a bright future for them. Over the years, offers of marriage began to trickle in although unfortunately all the men seemed to go missing. Her life has been most uneventful, her amorous behaviour has slowed down now she has begun to feel more secure in her place in Rome, and wanted to remain free from connections. Her marriage had brought her money, security, and relative freedom. Something she was unwilling to compromise for anyone. Her years were mostly uneventful although she has connected herself to the current Augusta in friendship. Perhaps Gaia is more politically ware than people would first assume? In the current time, Gaia is seeking out a husband for Corinthia (and possibly for herself) and hopes that there is a bright future for them both.  Gothy | GMT +11 | DM or PM
  17. GAIUS PETRONIUS AQUILIUS 70| 7th June 3CE | Equite | Writer| Heterosexual | Original | Morgan Freeman Personality. Gaius is highly interested in the world around him. The people. The places. Especially the people. Gaius is writing about the people of the Empire. It doesn't matter what the status or the occupation of the person is. If they have a story than he wants to tell it. Gaius is a loving family man, his home is often quite loud with many members living under one roof and at one time, he was a bossy father. Now, he has relaxed into his old age. The twilight years of his life are filled with joy. He is able to do the things that he wished he had the time to do when he was younger. His education was focused on commerce and coin rather than reading for amusement or pleasure. While now he spends the majority of his time in the service of learning about the world around him in his twilight years. Gaius is grateful to have lived so long. Despite all the loss, the Gods have been remarkably kind to his family over the years. His memory slips now and then. The forgetfulness fortunately now being limited to small things. Yet what will the future hold? Gaius intends to enjoy life until the Fates decide that his cord is ready to be cut. He longs for the day when he will be reunited with his late wife in the afterlife. Appearance Gaius stands at 5'4ft with a slight hunched back and stiff joints due to arthritis building up in his limbs. His hair and beard are coarse in texture, greying, and his body is relatively lean. His body has the sagging skin associated with muscle loss that comes with age. His face is weathered, his formerly dark hair now predominately grey. His eyes are dark, with his right one showing the early signs of blindness, and he has most of his teeth. Some are slightly off-white with one of the molars falling out from age. He would routinely go between clean shaven or with a light beard, depending on the season. Gaius' build is that of an older man. At one point he enjoyed the more rigorous sports and athletics, now he prefers a gentle stroll. He is always seen using a wooden walking stick to aid him in the process. Family Father: Gaius Petronius Aquilius Major (deceased) Mother: Scribonia Afrikana Siblings: Petronia Scribonia (b. 1CE,deceased) Spouse: Aurelia Paulina (deceased) Children: Gaius Petronius Aquilius Urianus: , 15 years old. Petronia Aquila (b.38 age: )-- the eldest. Bossy Petronia Aquila Minor (b. 40)-- Respectability married. Loves the arts. Petronia Scribonilla (b. 41)-- Middle child syndrome. Petronia Aquililla (b.43)(deceased) Petronia Aquiliana (b. 47) -- Fiesty and closest with her Father. Extended family: Petronia Scribonia's children (Husband, Vibius Hostilius Scearna) (For the player to create) Petronia Aquila's husband: Decimus Urius Frontus Petronia Aquila's kids. Gaius Petronius Aquilius Urianus (adopted by Gaius) Uriana Petronia * Petronia Aquililla's kids. Two twin granddaughters. Septima Major Septima Minor (Came to live with him during Clemens' rule). A lot of the rest will be up to the player's who take on the wanteds. Other: His family originate from Mauritania with his family having apparently been a nobleman of King Ptolemy of Mauritania. Who was an ally to Rome. It is unknown whether this is true or not. The family became citizens through service through the Roman war machine or were merchants who sold Egyptian linen and silks from the East to Rome. The demand with the wealthy meant the family continued to rise upwards. The family have estates in North Africa and a respectable home in Rome itself. Most of the family will be made into wanteds at some point. History Gaius was born in 4CE as the second born child and firstborn son of Gaius Petronius Aquilius Major and Scribonia Afrikana. His family was stable, hard working and determined that he would be a constructive member of Roman society. The family had originally gained their citizenship through military service, and he learned about coinage, economics, fabrics (quality for the family business), and he tended to this side of things until he was seventeen years of age. While he wanted to join the army, the family business was considered to be more important and he stayed behind. He married Aurelia Paulina in late 37CE,and his eldest daughter, called Petronia Aquila was born in 38CE. In late 40CE, the family had the birth of another child to welcome into the family and he was happy. In 41CE his third daughter was brought into the family. He visited a sooth-sayer who told him he would be blessed with happiness, healthy daughters, and a long life. Yet he would not father any sons. Always always his mind would go back to the time when he met people from distant lands and thought more about them. their lives, and their stories. They were largely successful, and during this period of time he was blessed with many children (and later there would be grandchildren). In 44CE, Maurentia was now made into a Roman province and removed from the Kingship of old. Fortunately, his family had been romanised for several generations and their wealth had elevated them into becoming Equites. His grandfather had served and had given the family citizenship. Other time, the last of his daughters were married with his strictfulness slowly giving way to warmth, happiness and a desire for enjoyment. In 52CE the business enterprise in Aegyptus was lessened due to the growing nationalism that slowly died down, and was restored. Other than that, those years were mostly uneventful for him and his family. The years of 53CE and 54CE were mostly uneventful for Gaius, although there were incidents when minor issues would impact the amount of trade they were able to conduct. Through the years he had heard about the conflicts of Rome, normally from a distance from the home in Lepis Magna and felt blessed to not be caught in the middle of it. The family had history in Lepis Magna and patroned many of the buildings within the city. In the conflict of the civil war in 61CE, his daughter and his son-in-law were both killed with his two granddaughters coming to live with him. The family mostly resided there until 63CE when Gaius came to Rome to reside there to manage the family business while his nephew, manages that side from Lepis Magna or Alexandria. The family had now been living in Rome for nearly a decade, still maintaining trade and the connections that had been made. 64CE to 71CE were mostly uneventful for him other than expanding the buildings, and being about to spend time with his wife, Aurelia. Their home was a place of warmth, laughter and joy. The extended members of the family lived with them. With all of his daughters married, it was his duty to ensure all of his grandchildren would marry well and go on to live happy and virtuous lives. For close to ten years he managed the family business. Slowly and surely, age began to take a toll on his body and mind. His eldest daughter and her husband began to take more of a prominent role in the family business. In 72CE, the Gods finally took his wife into the afterlife. Aurelia had passed away during the night in her sleep surrounded by her family and loved ones. Gaius (and the rest of the family) paid for a funerary monument for her along the Via Appia among the greatest members of Rome. Since then, his eldest daughter and son-in-law took over the family business, running things and giving him more time to relax in his twilight years. Since he had no sons of his own. He formally adopted his grandson who would inherit the family business. This extra time and loneliness from not having his wife with him meant he had more time to ponder and spend time with his grandchildren. In 73CE, he decided now was the time to begin his quest to learn more about the various people of Rome. Gaius began meeting with people and writing about them -- any rank. All their stories needed to be told. Gothy | GMT+11 | PM or Discord
  18. Quintus Sulpicius Rufus. FORTY-TWO | seventh month 29CE | SENATORE | SENATOR | Bi-curious | Wanted | John Hannah Personality. He is quiet, unassuming, and at first glance he could be considered to be cold towards others. He has seen many men rise and fall. Despite this quiet, he will act behind the scenes to protect his own interests and to ensure the survival of his family. A political match that soon turned into a loving one, something that came to his surprise. At all times, he is polite and civil. Even when it comes to dealing with his foes. Quintus has an ability to lure people into a false sense of security about him. A gift that makes him an able politician. Quintus is a man of uncomplicated yet refined tastes. Why have many women when you can have the finest quality? Together Cornelia and he are in a relationship with a freedwoman called, Sulpicia L Venusiana (Venusiana) in an equal partnership. How could one man be so blessed? When it comes to his children he leaves most of their early education to their mother, especially the daughters who would likely learn as mcuh as they can. He proudly teaches his sons what he knows and believes about human nature, politics, and the kinds of people that will likely cause issues. While he is not overly affectionate, he has held his children and offered his congratulations when they have made him proud. Appearance Quintus stands at 5'8 tall. He has a calm demeanour and it shows in his facial expressions. His face is always clean shaven (except during times of grief). His hair is a light brown, flecked with grey and cropped short. His eyes are grey-blue, large and expressive. His body is mostly unremarkable, neither excessively ugly or handsome. Family Father: Lucius Sulpicius Rufus (b. deceased, former Consul.) Mother: Plancia Magna (b. alive) Siblings: Sulpicia Rufia (b. 48 years old) Titus Sulpicius Rufus (b. 34years old) Spouse: Cornelia Scipionis Children: Quintus Sulpicius Rufus Minor {b. 60} Appius Sulpicius Rufus {b. 62} Sulpicia Rufiana {b. 64} Sulpicia Annthea {b. 68} Extended family. Paternal Sulpicia Rufia's husband = Lucius Volusius Saturninus (Senator) Quintus Volusius Saturninus (b. 60CE) Gaius Volusius Saturninus (b.64CE) (Other children did not survive.) Titus Sulpicius Rufus' wife = Valeria Flacca (Daughter of Publius Valerius Flaccus, Senator) Sulpicia Flacca (b. 61CE) Publius Sulpicius Rufus (b. 65CE) Sulpicia Valeriana (b. 70CE.) Maternal (Grandfather, Senator) Marcus Plancius Magnus Marcus Plancius Magnus Minor age 40. Plancia Magnilla Extended family on the Plancia-Magna page. Other: The Freedwoman: Sulpicia L Venusiana Related to the Corneli-Scipiii through his spouse. History Born in 29CE, Quintus was a quiet and studious boy. His sister was the elder, the apple of his father's eye and was fussy and protective. He was a small child, quiet yet interested in the world around him. He learned the traits that he . Later, his little brother was born (year here) and was his opposite. Bold, brash and wanting nothing more than to be a famous Legatus. He followed his father to the Senate and eagerly listened to the debates that occurred on the lead up to the august building, although what struck him as more interesting was watching the men who served in the Senate and learning about their personality traits. What made these men tick? How did they grow and develop? At the age of nineteen (48CE) he was one of the Viginitiviri and specifically served as a decemviri stlitlibus iudicanus. This gave him further understanding concerning the affairs of freedmen and slaves. Something that would come in handy many years into the future with Venusiana. He served for an additional term and found himself drawn to these matters of state. His father recommended that he gain some experience within the legions to benefit his political career. Quintus was sent to Illyria in 50CE and fortunately it was a relatively peaceful period within the empire. In 55CE he was discharged and prepared for his life within the Senate body. Political sphere. Quintus became a Senator in 59CE when he had reached and gained political position. Loosely he aligned himself with supporters of the Caesars and it became more absolute with his later marriage to Cornelia Scipionis. Herself a relative to Darius Caesar and later on, Junus Caesar. A time of hostility towards the Senate and frustration. At times he began to wonder whether he should have chosen a military path yet from his previous experience. He knew it would have done neither Rome nor himself any good. Married Cornelia Scipionis in 59CE. It was a political union, one that he had made out of duty and found himself drawn to his beautiful new wife. Soon though, he valued her intelligence and input of what she had to say. Admittedly, he did wonder about Annthea's influence on his wife and later come to believe that it had saved his life. Together they had a son to call their own, named in his honour and he felt a change inside him. They had a body slave called Venusiana that the pair of them gained a fond affection for that developed into love. A few years after the fact they freed her. Eyes on the crowd. In 60CE the Augusta died and soon Honorius Caesar and Junus Caesar were both killed in their respective areas. An event that shocked the people of Rome. There were many voices who opposed Cyprianus and his desperate grasp for power. Like many, he was nearly killed in order to prevent him from reaching the Senate and unfortunately, he (and the others) were not able to put a stop to it. Therefore he fell silent and with the supporters who did not like Cyprianus. They remained quiet until his crimes would finally become too great for even his supporters to ignore. . 62CE Clemens purge. Both Consuls at the time were put to the sword. Fortunately for Quintus, many of his extended family members were not currently in Rome. He did not send for Cornelia, instead preferring that she remain safely away from the capital and was happy that Venusiana was there with her to support her. There was not much he could do. At first, he was relatively quiet about what he was going to do and who he was going to support. Outwardly, he was compliant with Clemens and wanted to ensure that his family survived. If the young prince Tiberius remained alive, he would support him when he finally came of age and understood that Rome needed to be governed by an effective leader to end the tyranny of the later years. The only candidate was Quintus Alexander. The Civil war. Went to the East to support Quintus and paid large bribes to ensure that his wife and children would not come to any harm. When Quintus Alexander has his final victory he returns to Cornelia and Venusiana. They embrace and hold each other. Unable to let each other go. Happy their family was all reunited once more, and he began to settle into the new regime. He celebrates in his home with a glass of wine upon the news of the death of Clemens. At the end of the year, another glass is had for when Cyprianus was murdered after Seia Imperia won her trial against him. 63CE Quintus Alexander becomes the next Caesar leading to a decade of peace and prosperity. Much of his time is devoted to supporting the Senate, protecting his family interests and building up. Due to his wealth and connections, every so often someone who would try to approach him trying to pry information out of him-- and often revealing more of their intentions that they previously believed. 64CE birth of third child, Rufiana. With 65 to 67CE being largely uneventful in terms of events for his family. In 67CE, Quintus Caesar and Julia Drusilla are both married in a ceremony attended by the movers and shakers of Rome. In 68CE they celebrated the birth of the fourth child following the death of the Cornelia Annthea, the matriarch who taught the female members of her family how to survive and thrive in the political sphere of Rome. Her son, Quintus Caesar gave the eulogy at her funeral (along with being deified) and her life was celebrated while the family mourned the passing of the respectable matron. 69-71CE were times of relative quiet with nothing particular of note happening for him. In 72CE he served as Consul in the most recent year before the last, and became increasingly aware of Quintus' son Titus and Tiberius both being considered possible heirs with neither being pushed in favour of the other. In the current time, he maintains himself as a Senator of Rome and is distantly married a relative of the Imperial family. He aims to keep and advance his family through Rome. One thing could be said about him -- he is a political survivor.  GOTHIC | GMT+11 | PM or Discord.
  19. Pontia Comina. 48 | 1st/JAN/23CE | Senatore| Virgo Vestalis Maxima | Lesbian| Canon | LINDSEY DUNCAN Personality. She is traditional and devoted to the Roman Gods. In particular, to the Goddess Vesta and watches over her charges like a devoted mother hen. The last thing she desires is for one of them to be punished by an overly ambitious youth or for the Gods to cast down their wicked eye on Rome. Rome must always be in the Gods favour. She finds happiness and peace in her tasks. Is temperate and considerate where her duties are concerned. Despite coming from a background that traditionally would not be accepted into the Vestals. Every day she treats the chance as a blessing given to her that could have been denied. However, since she has been elevated, her family has also risen in prestige and influence. Pontina sees herself as a mother figure over the younger Vestals, and takes a great deal of pride at their training. She misses her old friend, Lepida who served as a Vestal with her before leaving the order to marry. For her, this is a position she will have for life. It is her calling, her truth, and her reason for being. Her thoughts are constantly on her lover, her beloved Caecilia who is married with children. Since she is traditional and accepts some of the Gods such as; Cybele, Isis, and even the fact Mithras has a calling to the soldiers. She is wary of the Jewish and Christian God nor does she trust any of the people who follow him either. Pontia is biased against them and finds hatred in her heart for Romans who forsake the Gods of their ancestors for this imposter. Appearance Her face is free from cosmetics. Youth has slowly faded from her face yet her facial features show she was once a beautiful woman. Fine lines appear around her eyes. Her hair is a dark copper, curled and always styled when she is in public. Her eyes are green, expressive and clearly show her intentions. Pontia wears a polite mask to convey her wishes. Dignified, quiet, and it shows in her face. Yet smile lines show on either side of her lips. Pontia's clothing during her official duties is the traditional clothing of her order. When she is in private, her clothing is simple and her hair loose. Family Father: Gaius Pontius Cominus (65.) Mother: Vennia Carracalla (deceased) Siblings: Pontia Cominalla (40) (deceased during childbirth)(full sibling) Titus Pontius Cominus (38) (Full sibling) Caius Pontius Cominus (30) (Full sibling) Spouse: None. Children: None. Extended family. Stepmother: Vibia Nieces and Nephews. Titus' kids. Gaius Pontius Cominus -- 20 Pontia Cominalla -- 15 Lucius Pontius Cominus -- 12 Caius' kids. Caius Pontius Cominus -- 7 Other: Pontifex Maximus: Quintus Caesar. The Vestals: Calpurnia Praetextata Vettenia Sabimilla Belicia Modesta Flavia Mamilia Cloelia Torquata Caecilia Metella Major: deceased lover History CHILDHOOD [23- 36CE]: She was born in 23CE to a loving family. Her childhood was happy yet mostly unremarkable except for one factor. At nine years old (32CE), she was chosen to become one of the Vestals with the Caesar presented as the Pontifex Maximus. Pontia was unsure of the political reasons for why someone normally not eligible was chosen to take part in the order. Yet the Gods called. She began to learn the rites of the flame, the law, and the extra privileges that she would have. She longed to be with her family once more. However, sacred Vesta had called her to another path, and it was one she took to with happiness. In 34CE, she bled and normally would have been married if not for Vesta's calling. There were those among her order who were drawn to the idea of an affair -- despite the danger involved. Yet she had no interest. At the time, she believed there was no man who would take her interests and soon found herself drawn to sapphic love. Her earliest years were dedicated to learning the craft and devoting herself to the Goddess. Around this time, she met Caecilia and she took her breath away. The pair began to have a secret and mostly chaste relationship together. Caecilia remains the love of Pontia's life. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [37 - 55CE]: She took her training seriously over the years. The sacred duty and the peeks gave her greater position in society than she had previously had. In the year, 55CE she took over from Lepida Agrippa as the Virgo Vestalis Maxima and enjoyed spending time training the younger Vestals. The considerable perks were beneficial, she tried her best to avoid politics although Rome was never without it. Her new position oversaw the kidnap of one of her order, and later, the girl was removed from it rather than permit her to tarnish the honour of Vesta. Despite the fact it was not the girl's fault. ADULTHOOD [56- 73CE]: Pontia watched the events unfold with the civil war and everyday would pray to Vesta for peace. Despite all, she had no doubt that Rome would be eternal. Her duties were her primary focus, and she did her best to stay out of politics. One of the Vestals was kidnapped by Cotta and she urged politicians to see sense. When he failed in his goal, she was relieved with the safe returned and wondered if the Gods had stripped her of her virtue. She may have liked the girl but what came first. While she was able to preserve the girl's life by permitting her to escape under a new alias, there was no way she could remain a servant of the Goddess Vesta. She had to choose between a friendship or her divine duty to the Goddess? In late 62CE, Quintus Alexander became Caesar and it brought many long years of peace to Rome. She tried to warn Claudia Livia about how her marriage to Ursus was invalid due to his mother being a lowborn slave, unfortunately, her warning was either blocked or ignored as the Princess proceeded with the marriage. Perhaps a sign of a threat or worse? Pontia could not tell. Another sign of the false Pontifex Maximus misusing their sacred traditions in order to manipulate the politics of Rome. Soon after, the position was restored to the position of Caesar once more. Throughout the various causes of strife she remained neutral. Despite her strong dislike for the murder of Romans and protected their wills, as part of her sacred duty to Vesta. She made a silent pledge to never leave the order. Her heart broke in 70CE when her beloved Caecilia passed away. While many knew she mourned the loss of a friend, she had lost the other side of her heart and mourned the loss. Her duty allowed her to dedicate her time to the service of the Goddess, and through her, Rome. 73CE: Current time.  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  20. MARCUS FALCO. Thirty-nine | 31st February 34CE | PLEBEIAN | CRIMINAL | Bisexual | Original | JEFFERY DEAN MORGAN Personality. Marcus is a man with little morality, or compassion for other human beings. At least, that is how he sees himself. As for vices, he indulges in dice games ( the reason why he descended into debt), prostitutes, and petty crime in order to get by. He is possessive, unwilling to share what he believes to be his, and often finds himself having difficulty to control his anger. He likes to rant and preach about the worth of "true" Romans, unlike these fake Romans who are not true Romans. Marcus will do this to anyone who would listen to his ravings. It mainly occurs when he has been drinking. He tries to distance himself from his wife and children in a twisted effort to protect them from him. And the shady businesses he has managed to get himself involved in. Due to this, he favours the company of his Mistresses and his frenemy over those of his family. His loyalty is able to be bought and he believes other people operate like he does. Appearance Marcus stands at 5'7ft tall and has a stocky build. His limbs are covered with dark body hair with an occasional scar here and there from his line of work. His eyes are a grey-blue, framed by dark lashes and thick dark eyebrows. Despite frequent trips to the barber he usually ends up with 5 o'clock shadow on his top lip, chin and cheeks. His hair has salt and pepper but remains thick, the length depends on whether he has coin to improve his appearance. His skin is olive in tone and darkens rather than goes red in sunlight. Marcus' clothing is workmanlike. He doesn't mind if he happens to have blood or dirt on his clothing either. Family Father: Gaius Falco Mother: Lydia Varca Siblings: Brother: Titus Falco Brother: Publius Falco Spouse: Theodora Cassia -- practical, plain, no time for Marcus' shit. Children: Legitimate Marcia Falco --- seven years old. Marco Falco Minor --- four years old. Illegitimate. Oriana Laecania (b. 51CE) Many, some he knows and many others he does not. Extended family. None close or relevant to matter. Other: Lover: Calvunus -- His best friend, lover, frenemy, business partner, all rolled into one. Lover: Vibia -- Freedwoman, occasional prostitute. Lover: Leticia -- Freedwoman, prostitute. History CHILDHOOD [34- 44AD]: Marcus grew up in the rough Aventine with his hard-working parents striving to make a living in Rome. He was born in the Subura, close to the heavens and yet in a position where if there was a fire --- death through smoke, inhalation, or a fall if one wished to take the risk. His two younger brothers were soon added into the mix with hard-working Titus and Publius both soon taking his father's eye. At seven, he began to help his father with labouring in order to try to help the family meet their high rental costs. He grew up largely illiterate although his able to recognise his own name. He would see the men in the gangs, the collegia and the respect they gained from their peers. His father always warned him to stay away from these men, show respect, and never get in their way. Marcus wanted to be like them. He wanted the respect that they carried, and the fear. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [45 - 59AD]: In 45CE, he met his best friend (and frenemy) Calvunus, and together they began to have their dysfunctional relationship. The following years were spent getting involved in petty crime and aiming to rise through the ranks. Unfortunately, the pair of them were caught now giving the gang's cut and were lucky they were not killed or maimed. Instead they both became indebted to the Scars of Concord. However, in 52CE, the smaller gang was overtaken by the larger ones and either assimilated into the gang or the survivors fled. Despite the politics slowly trickling in, for the most part, they had no true impact on his life and instead he focused on trying to advance through the ranks with little success. Between 57 - 59CE, he was taking contract jobs from anyone who would hire him. These were mostly petty extortion, violence, and thieving. Nothing particularly of note, and no did he attack anyone of any particular importance during this time. During this time, he fathered Oriana Laecania in 51CE, although he was not aware of this at the time. ADULTHOOD [60- 73AD]: During the Civil war he kept a low profile. Taking low end jobs that did not place him in the view of any of the factions vying for power. In 61CE he married his wife and later, she gave birth to a daughter and in 63CE, gave birth to his son. While the pair of them remain married. He often spent his spare time in the company of his friends and prostitutes. The chaos gave an opportunity and sadly, his talents were not recognised during this time with the various gangs of Rome. However, he made several friends who he aims to develop further and has continued to take a variety of jobs over the years. In 71-72CE, recent times he has been rising through the ranks and has become an enforcer for the The Syndicate, and tries to take as many 'perks' of the job as he possibly can. 73CE --- Current time.  GOTHIC | GMT+10 | DISCORD OR PM
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