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  1. HILDA OF THE CHATTI 23 | 20 March 54AD | Foreigner | Granddaughter of the Chief of the Chatti | Straight | Original/Wanted | Jeanne Goursaud Personality. Quick to temper, and known to bristle at authority, Hilda has few of the diplomatic skills possessed by her half-brother Wulfric or her mother. A proud member of the Chatti, Hilda is perturbed and confused by the opulence of Italia and Rome. She wears her heritage clearly and is proud to be a woman and princess of the Chatti. She likes to gamble and drink, and assert her authority when she can. Just as she is quick to temper, she is likewise quick to smile and laugh - especially when in the company of her siblings or friends. She has none of the qualms of Roman women about sex or relationships, especially since her marriage and has been known to take several lovers throughout her marriage. Passionate, forthright and dominating, Hilda is a force to be reckoned with. Appearance Hilda is the image one might conjure of a barbarian Germanian woman; thick blonde hair, blue eyes, freckled pale skin, strong features and an athletic, lean, nimble figure. She has a passing resemblance to her half-brother, but favours her mother. She dresses as befits her upbringing - in simple enough tunicas and thick furs, both of which she’s brought with her to Rome. She usually wears her hair down and unbraided and doesn’t wear jewellery or makeup beyond simple leather bracelets, given to her by a past lover. She is an attractive woman but the scowl she usually wears diminishes her looks somewhat. Family Father: Wulfstan of the Chatti (deceased, 73AD) Mother: Frieda of the Chatti Siblings: Wulfric of the Chatti (half-brother, born 52AD) Signy of the Chatti (sister, born 57AD) Spouse: Ahren of the Tencteri (deceased, 76AD) Children: N/A Extended family: Hrodulf (grandfather) – Chieftain of the Chatti Hrolf (uncle) - Frieda's brother and next in line to be king Other: History 54AD (March) - Hilda is born to Frieda of the Chatti and her husband Wulfstan. 57AD (July) - Hilda’s younger sister Signy is born. 69AD (June) - Hilda becomes a woman as her bleeds begin, and her grandfather begins searching for a suitable match for a marriage. 71AD (January) - Aged sixteen, Hilda is used to form an alliance with the neighbouring Tencteri, marrying the son of a chief - Ahren. She’s displeased with the match and the man but grudgingly goes all the same, leaving her family behind. 73AD (December) - Hilda learns her father has died and that her half-brother is leaving for Rome. 71-76AD - Hilda lives with her husband and his people in their settlement. Their marriage is volatile and, at times, violent. This violence is mutual though and exacerbated during the long, dark winter months. 76AD (November) - Ahren and several of his men are killed during a spat with some soldiers of the legion stationed closest to Tencteri lands on the Limes. His body is displayed outside the Roman fort as a message. As part of the terms of her marriage, in the event of Ahren’s death without an heir, Hilda was to marry his brother. Hilda, sick of the Tencteri and of the opinion that Ahren's brother was no better than him, returns back to Chatti lands without permission. 76AD (December) - Back with her family, the Tencteri won’t relent that Hilda should return to their lands. Frieda tries her best to persuade her father, and her brother to not relent. Discord reigns between the tribes and Hrodulf, Hrolf and Frieda make a plan to send Hilda to Wulfric, hoping that his (presumed) new influence in Rome and protection will be enough to help Hilda, and her absence from the region will calm down the Tencteri. 77AD (January) - Hilda starts her long journey to Rome, accompanied by one of her uncles men, to escape the Tencteri demands and seek the protection and influence of her half-brother, who she assumes has established himself in the city. 77AD (April) - Hilda arrives in Rome and seeks out Wulfric. Sara | GMT | Discord @Gothic
  2. Appius Julius Clemens 39 | January 11th 38 | Plebeian | Bounty & Slave Hunter | Heterosexual | Original | Joaquin Phoenix Personality When not hunting after whoever currently has the highest bounty on their head, Appius is rather laid-back and always up for a good joke or a cup of wine. Making use of rather obscene expressions or telling equally obscene jokes is also not something he's above - one of the many habits he acquired as a gladiator and has since been unable to get rid of. When work calls, however, his demeanor quickly changes - he becomes much more careful, much more en garde and suspicious of his surroundings. He is a very skilled tactician and close combatant and is also rather good in horseback riding and archery, all skills essential to his job that he has picked up and steadily improved over the years. As one might suspect from someone involved in crime, Appius also does not have the most upstanding moral compass or a very strong need to "do the right thing;" Appius can actually be bought pretty easily, if your coffers are full enough. Appearance Appius sports a rather muscular physique and is quite tall. Hygiene is of a somewhat secondary importance to him, but to call him a slob would nonetheless be an insult. His face is weathered and wrinkly, his skin tan from countless hours spent chasing after fugitives in the sun. He usually moves rather quickly and silently, which is not intentional, but rather a professional deformity. He is seemingly always lost in thought or analyzing his surroundings. Despite this first impression, should one actually decide to speak to him (and come with good intentions), Appius will momentarily don a smile from ear to ear, which is accompanied by dimples in his cheeks. When in a relaxed setting, he looks more like the approachable neighbourhood goofball than the stern, calculating hunter one would typically expect someone of his profession to look like. Family Father: Opiter Julius Clemens (dead) Mother: Istacidia Rebila (dead) History Appius Julius Clemens has, as his weathered appearance might suggest, been through a lot. Despite what his name might suggest, he is not noble at all and merely a descendant of Julii freedmen, hailing from a dirt-poor Plebeian family. He volunteered to become a gladiator at the earliest opportunity, largely due to the increase to his quality of life that came with being a gladiator; steady meals and good medical care certainly beat starving to death or dying of sickness in some damp and dark hole, as would've probably happened if he hadn't chosen the path of the gladiator for himself, and he wasn't exactly bothered by the newfound attention he got as a gladiator either. The fact he essentially had to become a slave to be able to indulge in this lifestyle didn't really bother him much. Appius generally does not speak about his life before he had become a gladiator; whether that's because he's genuinelly forgotten over the years or would simply like to forget, not even he himself knows. Due to his socioeconomic status, his childhood was filled with shortcomings and hardships. He was trained as a retiarius-class gladiator, and as such was armed with a trident and a net, protected only by light armor. Appius quickly grew accustomed to the rigorous training regimen he had to endure as a gladiator and grew to be very proficient with his trident and net. He fought valiantly in the ludi, willing to do anything it took to perserve and improve his stauts as a gladiator - even kill, both animals and humans. However, Appius found it much more amusing to taunt his opponents and attempt to catch them with his net rather than try and slaughter them with his trident, earning him the nickname of Piscator. For years, Appius reveled in his successes in the arena. The money, the wine, the women, the fame... What more could a man want? Hell, his sweat was being used as an aphrodisiac! All this fame and attention began to seep into his brain, and little by little, he became more vain and less careful in his battles. In fact, he had become so careless and vain that it took only one loss for his entire Collosseum career to come to an end in the blink of an eye; the injury - a rather nasty cut to the leg - meant he could no longer continue fighting as a gladiator, and as he was rather well-liked by the audience, the organizers of the ludi refrained from making him an easy target for a newcomer or making him a tiger's next meal as well. Instead, Appius' Plebeian status was restored as a parting gift for years of success in the arena. For a while, Appius lived off his savings. He had managed to save up quite a pretty penny for himself; enough to buy a small domus in the city, even. For years, he was a rather active member of Rome's social scene, his status as a previous star of the ludi no doubt aiding him in climbing the social ladder bit by bit. The connections he had managed to form during those years would prove to be very useful later when, itching for combat once again, yearning for the good old days, Appius decided to put his training to good use once more and turned his attention to hunting down criminals and runaway slaves for payment. Due to his ties to Rome's high society, Appius could find out pretty quickly when someone was missing a slave. With his trusty net in hand, and having replaced the trident for a whip, Appius could (and still can) be seen riding out of Rome as soon as the news of an escape come to him. He thoroughly enjoys chasing after the slaves, trapping them, hearing them plead for mercy and then simply tangling them up in his net, loading them up onto his horse and dropping him off at their owner's again, which is always followed by advice to the tune of "Have you considered a collar?" or "Perhaps you should think about branding this one." Appius isn't really in the bounty business for the money; moreso for the thrill, and for the fame he has garnered as a successful-gladiator-gone-bounty-hunter. He has hunted people all around the Empire, and has thus been able to expand his network to nearly every one of it's corners. If there's a city somewhere in the Empire, Appius likely has an informant in it, who helps him sniff out the trails of runaway slaves or the hideouts of the latest up-and-coming criminal. When it comes to criminals, however, Appius is much more lenient in terms of his pursuit than when it comes to slaves. Criminals - unlike slaves - have money. Enough money, in fact, to bribe him to look the other way, or let them get away with just a slight injury (after all, he has appearances to uphold, and it needs to at least look as if he'd made an effort). What's more, Appius has become entangled in many a form of racketeering, mainly manipulating the ludi as part of the Lupii of Roma. As a former gladiator, he knows the inner workings of the ludi inside and out, and is thus a valuable asset to the association. Thus, Appius continues to live a rather comfortable life. These days, he makes most of his money manipulating the games, however his main source of pride remains in his former success as a gladiator and his ongoing success as a bounty hunter. David | GMT+1 | BurningBridges#7040 @Gothic
  3. BESTIA 25 | 17th December 52 CE | female | Freedwoman (allegedly) | Witch, Plant-Gatherer, Eccentric | Who knows? | Original | Sibel Kekilli (Image Source) Personality. What can one say about Bestia? She is strange, outgoing, and puts on an air of playful mysticism. She fancies herself a nymph in all but name, and climbs rocks and trees without a care if her garments tear. She can be frenetic and aggressive, toying and silly, and wraps it all up in a beaming, carefree smile. Eager to surprise or delight, horrify or disgust, she's a sucker for poking fun and getting strong reactions out of people. It's hard to say how much of this is her original personality or her trying to emulate Bacchus, her patron god. When matters of ritual or business are concerned, Bestia can become far more down to earth...to an extent. Bestia is passionate in her rituals, snarling oaths of vengeance or bellowing out hymns. The fear and awe she tries to invoke in others is something she takes seriously, seen as a sacred duty. To be an avatar of the divine is her goal, her calling, and she believes the world could use some more zealousness. Bestia can be dismissive of more stoic or low-key personalities, as a result, and it gets her in trouble. She also has problems with personal space, especially if she wants to be intimidating. When it comes to her past, Bestia is tight-lipped. She'd rather it remain a mystery and object of speculation. Appearance Bestia is a dainty little thing at five feet even. Her hair is long, dark and curly, falling to a few inches below her shoulder blades. She has sharp, dark eyes, and a face full of smile- and laugh-lines. Her skin has an olive touch to it, and is worn and somewhat leathery from the sun. Her hands and feet bear the callouses of work and hard travel, and are often covered in dirt. There are faint scars all over her, with some noticeable slashes and old bites on her lower limbs. She dresses in a plain, worn chiton, which is ragged and torn at its edges; in winter, this may be supplemented by a huge cloak of wolf fur and some boots. She's always covered in grass stains, and twigs and flowers are frequently tangled in her hair. A smoky odor lingers around her, suggesting someone who's often in an enclosed space with a fire. Latin and Galatian are both her mother tongues, though she has an obvious Galatian accent. She also can understand a little Gaulish due to Galatian's relation to it. Family Father: Unknown Mother: Cispia, a household slave Siblings: Unknown Spouse: None Children: None Extended family: None that she knows of, but she's heard of an aunt (or possibly grand-aunt) on her mother's side, who was someone named "Locusta". Her father might also have relations, but she knows nothing about him. Other: None History From where did Bestia come from? Did she spring from earth and loam, or sand and sea, as the nymphs of legend before her had? Did she come into existence from the tears of a god, or the breath of the divine settling onto a statue? Neither is true, but she'll never admit it. She's instead the daughter of a household slave and some nameless man - likely one of the slave's masters. She hails from somewhere in what would come to be known as Turkey, from either Asia, Lycia or Galatia. Freed in 73 CE, she's made the long way to Rome, traveling up through Eurasia and down into Italia. According to Bestia, she was a simple hair and perfume slave before her freedom. Into slavery she was born on Saturnalia, and was raised by a stern but clever woman: Cispia. She wanted for little, though her larger-than-life personality suggests otherwise. Her mistress was good to her (though she sneers a bit as she says this), and her work was (relatively) free of drama. Bestia earned her way into liberty, she says, by being humble and doing what she was told until her master died. Old age claimed the kindly mistress, Bestia says, and Bestia had plans to remain in her house. She was even thinking of serving the mistress's three children: a trio of lovely and upstanding daughters. But then, of course, the villa burned down one night. How a shame it was, Bestia says, that the stable boy was so careless with his lanterns and the hay. Near everyone in that villa either burned alive or severely injured. The prefects were too slow in bringing water, and the flames were fed by tapestries from every wall. It was a skeleton by the time morning came, and what use is there to serve a skeleton? (All of this explained as Bestia shrugs and smiles, of course. There's a twinkle in her eye, something predatory and dark, but it might be for show. She can't be that crazy, helping to burn down a villa to engineer her own freedom.) Now Bestia lives on the outskirts of Rome, having arrived back in the summer of 76 CE. She’s started coming into the poorer areas to hawk herbs she's gathered. She sells flowers, too, and caught wild game, and the odd animal she's managed to get on a leash. Her home is impermanent, with Bestia sleeping in ditches, forest clearings, and in caves in rocky hillsides. She sometimes pops up when a Bacchanalia goes off, partying along with other wild maidens. She claims to have been indoctrinated into their ways by priestesses on the road. Any further details about such she's tight-lipped on, but she likes to give a scandalous hint or two. Something about an equite being too uptight, and his very libertine wife.... Kah | GMT + 0 | PM @Gothic
  4. HORATIA SOSIA 18 | 4th July, 58 AD | Senatore | Noble lady | Openminded | Wanted | Emmy Rossum Personality Horatia Sosia has spent most of her life in the countryside and knows very little of city life. She is openminded and curious, eager to learn and usually very gentle and sweet with most people – and animals. Her mother has sometimes said that her love for animals is greater than her love for humans, but maybe that’s because she just hasn’t met a lot of them, who weren’t slaves or family. She would love to make friends and she would be loyal and kind to them. That, however, also makes her easy to manipulate. Because of her life in the villa she is still quite naïve and innocent. She has been in love a few times in her life, but they were nothing more than teenage infatuations and nothing was ever allowed to grow serious, because her parents watched over her very carefully, as she is the only daughter in the family. Sosia is still very much a dreamer and a romantic at heart and she has not been properly prepared for social life in Rome. Yet now she must adjust to it. Appearance Horatia Sosia is fairly tall for a Roman woman, standing just about 5’6” tall on her flat feet. And she does like them flat, often planted in slippers and at home she will prefer bare feet, to feel the stone and the earth underneath them. She has long, brown and often wavy hair, that she prefers to decorate with flowers or something else related to nature. Her eyes are light brown and often with a kind glance to them. Her skin is slightly tanned due to her preference to spend time outdoors and she has a slender figure. She prefers wearing light and natural colors. Family Father: Gaius Horatius Justinius the Elder (60) Mother: Valeria Sosia (56) Siblings: Gaius Horatius Justinius the Younger (35) Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Uncle: Marcus Horatius Justinius Cousins: Publius and Lucius Horatius Justinius and their sisters Livia and Horatia Justinia Other: Related to the Quinctilii-Varii and the Calpurnii-Praetextae through her cousins History In 58 AD Sosia is born as the last and unexpected child to her parents. Her brother is many years older than her and between Sosia and her brother are a few miscarriages or stillborns. Valeria expected the same to happen with Sosia, but the child was born alive and thrived. She does not remember much from her early childhood in the domus in Rome, except for loving to play in the pool in the atrium and being dragged out of there. She also remembers a kitten she had, its name was Narcissa. Sosia more or less grew up in the countryside. They arrived when she was almost 4 years old, due to the Civil War in Rome in 62AD and when it ended, the entire family sometimes travelled back to Rome with her father and brother. Mostly though, Sosia grew up in the villa and she liked that very much. To her, it felt more free and open than the city of Rome, where there were too many people. She learned how to read and write and enjoyed spending time in the gardens and even the rest of the property too. The stables were one of her favorite places to be, where she’d spend time with the animals, learn how to ride a horse and she befriended some of the younger slaves around her own age too. When she was 12 years old, there was a stableboy who charmed his way into her young and pure heart. Sosia was very much a dreamer and a romantic though, and didn’t understand his advances towards her body. Luckily, her mother did, and the slave was sold before anything but a kiss happened to Sosia. She was heartbroken at this very young age, but thanks to a new litter of kittens born the same summer, she made it through and forgot about her sweet friend again. Even at the villa though, she fell in love more than once and as she grew older and understood more and more, she grew more curious too. She was eager to learn. But her mother watched her like a hawk and when her body transformed from a girl and into a young woman when she was 14 years old, her mother forbade her to spend time with any man who was not her brother, her father or otherwise related to her by blood. And they weren’t always near. Good thing Sosia still had the female slaves, her horse and her cats and her dogs and all the other animals at the villa. They became her closest friends. They still were, when she turned 17 and her father had begun growing serious about finding a husband for his daughter. There were few young men in the countryside that he thought suitable and after a few letters sent back and forth between the villa her father’s friends and family in Rome, Sosia followed her brother and father into Rome and settled down in the domus there again, just after her 18th birthday. Wondering what she was supposed to do now. Make friends, her brother said. Find a husband, her father said. Sosia had no idea how to do any of those things in Rome. At least she brought her favorite dog, Eucleia, with her. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or at Discord
  5. TITUS BALVENTIUS MARCIANUS 26 | 16th May 50AD | Freedman | Vigiles Urbani | Heterosexual | Original | Joe Alwyn Personality. Marcianus struggles with conflict most days of his life. On one hand he wants to do the best job he can for the people of Rome now he has the chance to do so but on the other he knows the vigiles are ineffective, complacent and at worst - complicit in the crime that spreads throughout the city. He thinks emotionally rather than analytically, and whilst he has a keen eye for his work, nobody would call Marcianus an intellectual. He is headstrong and is frequently disciplined for stepping over the mark, or doing something without the permission of his senior officers because he follows his gut, including placing himself first into the fire or brawl and last back out. Naturally a leader but displaced because of his position as a foreigner and a freedman and a young one at that, and therefore not eligible to take a leadership position within the vigiles, he struggles with authority but gains the trust of his peers (if not the officers) easily. His ambition is to enter the Cohortes urbanae to actually create impactful change, but given he needs to complete his six years of service to receive citizenship, he has a while to wait. He has been wounded by his past and what he endured in his time as a slave and this colours his view of the aristocracy in the city. Because of all of this he can - to some - seem serious, and uncomfortable with intimacy beyond a few very close friends. He trusts precious few and those he does trust have to earn it; only then will they see a slightly lighter side to his personality. He has a dry sense of humour and will crack a wry smile when warranted but would prefer to keep his head down and do his job. Appearance Marcianus is blonde like many of his people from his corner of the empire and keeps it slightly longer than the close crop of many citizens. He has pale blue eyes and pale skin like his family, and keeps clean shaven for the most part. He is tall and athletically built from his work both as a slave and now in the vigiles, and prefers to take his exercise on the job or via spars with friends rather than showing off at the palestra. Given the nature of his work and his desire to get into the thick of it, he can often be seen sporting a black eye, cut lip or assortment of other minor wounds. He has scars from the more serious, including one that curls beneath his collarbone from the knife of a pickpocket. From his time as a slave he picked up more to add to his collection including a series of whip marks that have now faded to a silvery white across his back. Family Father: Brennos Mother: Coria Siblings: Toccus (brother - born 47AD), Titus Balventius Caius (brother - born 57AD) Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: N/A Other: Titus Balventius Venustus and Antonia Siricius (former owners). History 50AD (0 years old) - Marcianus is born and named Acco, to a family of meagre means in Gallia. His parents earned their way through life with a series of odd-jobs including his mother lending services to billeted Roman soldiers in nearby settlements and encampments. The second of his parents' children, Acco is immediately considered a spare part. 57AD (7 years old) - Marcianus’ younger brother Carantus is born and much like him, treated as an extra mouth to feed. 64AD (14 years old) - As was the way with many people in his parents position, time and harsh winters were not on their side. Desperate for money and with failing businesses they did what many would think was inconceivable; they sold their sons. Two of them, at least, keeping Toccus back for support and earning potential. Acco (now Marcus) and his brother were fortunate though, in a manner of speaking. They were sold as a pair to their first owner - a farmer on the border in Raetia. Even when the farm folded and he was sold again - Fortuna smiled on him and his brother as half the work force were sold to the farm of Titus Balventius Venustus, a cousin of his former owner, over the border in Italia. 65AD - 75AD (15 - 25 years old) - Life passes by with little note for Marcus. He works the fields and watches his brother grow. His Latin becomes fluent and the accent of his youth slowly disappears (although after a drink or three it comes out again in force). He longed for adventure though and found living under the authority of another more challenging as he grew. He took to excursions; hunting in the summer to provide more sustenance for his brother, visiting a girl a few miles over, even embroiling himself in notions of a coup...earning him whippings for the former, and mercifully nothing on the latter as his owner died before any of his plans came to fruition. 75AD (25 years old) - His owner dead Marcus fully expected himself and his brother to be sold on again but Fortuna had one more surprise for him. Written into his owners will was a condition wherein any slave who had served the family for longer than a decade was manumitted. Marcus and his brother had been there for 10 years, 3 weeks and 1 day. They were freed and with a bag of gold and a cold shoulder from his childless mistress (who - despite tradition - wanted nothing to do with twenty freed slaves in her familia) Marcus - now styled Marcianus - headed for the only place he could think to find adventure; Rome. 76AD (26 years old) - He was sure some his kin would scoff at the notion of a man previously enslaved joining the vigiles after all he had suffered, but for Marcianus it was perfect. He needed a steady paycheck for his brother, and he wanted excitement and the opportunity to do better, to lead. The vigiles opened a door for him and he threw himself into it. He’s been with them now for a little over six months and has big plans for the future. Sara | GMT | Discord
  6. Mania Victoria 20 | 12th of March 57 | Equite | None | Heterosexual | Original | Sasha Luss Personality Mania Victoria is, as her name might suggest, not the most pleasant person to be around - at least not in private. When in public, Mania hides behind a prim and proper facade, always on her best behaviour so as to not bring shame upon her family, although she can come across as snooty and entitled when interacting with others aswell (and she most definitely is). Behind closed doors, though, Mania can quickly turn the atmosphere of any room sour. Thoroughly jealous of her older brother and anyone more successful or influential than her, Mania will not think twice about speaking ill of the people she doesn't like; of course, only as long as she knows (or at the very least thinks) the person she's speaking about will never find out. Due to her patrician upbringing, Mania has also developed a taste for all things luxurious and excessive and has become somewhat of a hedonist. She can also be very manipulative, especially towards her younger brother, whom she uses as a pawn in her feud with her older brother. She is also very self-assured, ambitious and charismatic, and posesses a certain degree of hot-headedness, which only ever becomes apparent towards her older brother. Compassion, care and sympathy for those she can't benefit from are essentially nonexistent - Mania is an egoist through and through. She is also quite vain. Appearance Mania is of a fair complexion, has blue eyes and long blond hair which reaches down most of her back. Her naturally blond hair is also her main source of pride and vanity. She uses perfume on a daily basis and also applies a slight bit of rouge on her cheeks and whitens her teeth on occasion. Due to jewellery being the family business, Mania always has access to said jewellery and isn't afraid to show it; bracelets and necklaces are a must for her. She is also an avid follower of clothing trends. In terms of build, Mania is quite small and thin. Her demeanor is usually very dignified and graceful. Family Father: Gaius Manius Victorius (alive) Mother: Lucretia Proserpina (alive) Siblings: Primus Manius Victorius (older brother, 23 years old) Cassius Manius Victorius (younger brother, 16 years old) Others: Slaves of the family History Mania Victoria was born as the middle child of a Patrician family which had, through generations, made its' fortune through the production & sale of jewellery. Mania's paternal ancestors were originally from the city of Celeia in the Kingdom of Noricum and had migrated from there to Rome a few generations ago. The paternal line has always been very proud of their Noric origins and thus, the Noric language was taught within the family. Mania and her brothers were thus taught to speak it next to Latin. Growing up, Mania and her brothers lived in abundance and got along quite well. Primus was very protective of his younger sister, and later, when Cassius was born, both Primus and Mania doted on him. However, as the children grew older, they also grew apart. This rift, which would later cause considerable discord between the older two siblings in which the third was often used as a pawn, began forming as the children reached the onset of puberty. Mania was most affected by this out of all three of the children. Primus was whisked away to learn the family trade as the firstborn, which left Cassius as Mania's only companion. While Mania was somewhat upset, as she was slightly closer with Primus than with Cassius, it took her herself being segregated from Cassius, as tradition demanded, for Mania to begin to feel truly uncomfortable. The separation from her siblings made her rebellious at first, and later, when she realised she was being raised to someday become a good wife and mother while her brothers would go on to lead the family business, outright reject the traditions imposed on her, at least internally. Externally, Mania dutifully followed the advice and training of her mother and learned to behave properly and piously in public. She thought that, if only she concentrated on her duties and on what was expected of her hard enough, she would soon forget her discomfort and the perceived injustice. This led to Mania becoming a quasi exemplary young lady, prim and proper at every step. Offers of bethrothal and marriage have been a regular occurrence ever since, however none have been satisfactory for her parents thus far and a match has not yet been made. Preferably, Mania is to someday marry a rich politician. However, Mania's critical feelings over how things were being run within the family, and especially within the family business, led to her becoming increasingly abrasive towards her older brother Primus, at least when the siblings were alone. When their parents were present, aswell as in public, however, Mania was all prim and proper again. This led to Mania becoming a rather calculating and egotistical individual. As the strife between the older two siblings continued to grow (which was only possible due to Mania's two-faced nature and the fact Primus would never tell their father - not because he wouldn't want to get her in trouble, but because he enjoyed seeing her try to step on his nerves), the two decided to make use of their younger brother, Cassius, in their little war. Cassius had always been highly susceptible to the influence of both his siblings and was somewhat weak-minded and undetermined in general. They used him to play pranks on eachother, put the blame for their own wrongdoings on him and so on. Cassius, who had become much too fearful of his siblings to stand up to them due to these actions, has been at their mercy ever since, becoming only less and less determined and courageous. This has made him into the black sheep of the family, so to speak, as Primus and Mania are both very determined and ambitious. To forget her own fears of inadequacy and the pain she felt due to the estrangement from her own brothers, Mania began partaking in Rome's social scene, attending many public events such as the ludi, sporting events, theatrical performances and other such activities, where she met many friends. As a socialite, Mania also developed a taste for excess and gossip and is now always on the lookout for the newest, most riveting scoop (which she, of course, also promptly shares among all her friends). Mania also began frequently travelling around the Empire and developed a habit of travelling to Noricum on occasion during the summer months, when Rome's Mediterranean climate becomes unbearably hot for her. Nowadays, Mania is still not on very good terms with either one of her brothers while remaining critical of her own position within the family and what is expected of her. Mania, just like the rest of the family, principally worships Mercury, due to one of his domains being commerce and trade. The family lives in a domus on Esquiline Hill and owns a store on the Emporium Magnum, where the family business is headquartered. DAVID | GMT+1 | DISCORD: BurningBridges#7040
  7. AULUS AVILUS GALERIUS 36 | 21 Junius 39 | Senatorial | Spymaster | Hetero | Original | Conleth Hill Personality Aulus is, on the surface, a kind, gentle man. His babyface invites you in, makes you feel welcomed, cared for, and valued. Most are, to be honest. Those he knows personally and of course his family are genuinely loved and protected, but less so would be those he works with and for. He does do his best work for them, regardless of his feelings, but if it came down to himself or them, then he would certainly choose himself. He is absolutely one that separates emotion from business. He knows that when emotions enter into business, mistakes get made, and due to his job and his boss, he can't allow that to happen. If he allows himself to think past the surface of something, to involve his heart along with his head, he will get pulled into a mental and emotional quicksand that it will take him days, if not longer, to get out of. In his line of work, that's dangerous, even deadly. Much like a duck, though, the quiet and non-threatening Aulus can and will be rather ruthless if need be. He may not be the one carrying out the act personally, but he will not hesitate to make the call to have it done. The sweet, soft cinnamon roll everyone sees is thrown to the wayside for a conniving, snippy, almost bitterly shrewd snake-in-the-grass. This change, oddly enough, mostly happens around children and abrasive adults. Adults - everyone can understand that, but why children? His adored wife passed before she could give birth to thier first child, so children are a sore subject for him, and just a reminder of what he's lost and can never get back. In order to redirect his attention from this new lifestyle he's chosen for himself, the new connection he finds will have to be a very strong one. Appearance Aulus is.. not a man of remarkable appearance. Standing at about 5 feet 9 inches, he is a rotund man with a gentle face and kind, sparkling blue eyes that tend to see everything, even if you don't think so. The most noticeable thing about him though is his bald head - though if he had hair, it would be a dark blonde, almost brown hue, as indicated by his eyebrows. He dresses according to his social class while out in public, but in private, he dresses for comfort. He keeps himself well groomed as to not attract unwanted attention, and always wears his wife's wedding ring on his right pinky. He also wears his wedding ring on the left ring finger and a ring bearing his family's seal on his left pinky. Family Father: Atilus Avilus Galerius, age 65 {b. 10 CE} {d. 70 CE} Mother: Caelia Cyrica, age 62 {b. 13 CE} {d. 71 CE} Siblings: Quintus Avilus Galerius, age 46 {b. 29 CE} Spurius Avilus Galerius, age 42 {b. 33 CE} Avila Galeria, age 29 {b. 46 CE} Spouse: Agrippina Julia, age 30 {b. 43 CE} {d. 73 CE} Children: None Extended family: Gaius Agrippa Julius - Father in Law {b. 13 CE} {d. 68 CE} Priscilla Mania - Mother in Law {b. 59 CE} {d. 70 CE} Lucius Agrippa Julius - Brother in Law {b. 28 CE} Fabius Agrippa Julius - Brother in Law {b. 32 CE} Agrippina Mania - Sister in Law {b. 44 CE} Other: None History 39 CE - Aulus was born third, after his two older brothers Quintus and Spurius, who grew to be in the military and the senate respectively. His parents, with them, felt they had their family's future cemented, so they cared not what he chose for a career when he came of age. 46 CE - Seven years later, they brought forth a little girl to be named Avila. As she grew, her older brothers protected her absolutely, and she became good friends with the daughters of Gaius Agrippa Julius - Agrippina Mania, the eldest girl, and Agrippina Julia, the youngest. The two girls also had two older brothers, Lucius and Fabius. 57 CE - When Agrippina Julia reached the age of 14 and he was 18, he asked permission from her as well as her parents, to begin seeing her in earnest. He had watched her grow up through the visits with his sister, and felt a growing bond that they could cultivate. Both the parents and Agrippina agreed to this, so a true relationship began to form. 58 CE - Aulus, seeing an opening to assist his family in their chosen jobs, joins the information trading career path. 60 CE - Just three short years later, he asked Agrippina Julia to marry him, which she accepted. 62 CE - Agrippina becomes pregnant with their first child, a girl, but loses it due to complications. 64 CE - Two years later, they try again, just to lose a son. Aulus, devestated, throws himself into his work while she goes into a deep depression that even he cannot seem to bring her out of. 67 CE - In his work, he learns of a gang run by the Caesar's friend who carries out high ranking assassinations. Thinking this could be a lucrative opportunity to use his work for something other than it's initial intentions, he joins up with them in secret to supply them with information on targets as well as their inner workings. 70 CE - Through his father three years after, he met Pinaria Lucretia and her husband through his father at their wedding and still keeps in contact with them to this day. 72 CE - In winter, not having recovered fully from her depression, his wife falls ill. He does his best to stay by her side while working simoultaneously, but he doesn't have long to divide himself - in the spring of 73, her illness takes her from him. He has, since, dove into his work headfirst and focused on that alone, aside from the limited amount of time that he gets to spend with his immediate family. When he wasn't working, he was navigating repairs on his home, left over from the eruption and tremors of Vesuvius. 75 CE - With repairs completed, he's into his work now more than ever, carrying information back and forth between the Caesar and his group of assassins with the utmost speed and accuracy. MEW | EST | DISCORD
  8. WULFRIC of the CHATTI 23 | 21st of June, 52 AD | Foreigner | Prince | Heterosexual | Original | Joe Armstrong Personality. Wulfric is well-mannered, friendly, openminded and diplomatic – he is generally just a nice guy, who wants the best for those around him and of course especially for those, that are friendly towards him. While he is raised to be a warrior, he does prefer to work things out with words rather than fight. Wulfric has a lot of empathy and is good at reading other people's emotions and he's a problem-solver. He likes to discuss solutions and think them through, before reaching a decision about what to do. He is however also confident, so that when he decides on an opinion, it is the right one and he can be quite stubborn – demanding to be paid attention to, when he wants his opinion to be heard or there is something he desires. Maybe he inherited this trait from his father? Wulfric likes to be heard and believes that when (if) he returns to Germania, he will come closer to his grandfather and uncle there, because there is a possibility that he could become the next king of the Chatti, if anything should happen to them. He does not really have a mean streak though, he’s not out to kill them, but he is prepared to take over, if he must. In Rome, he hopes to find his father and hopes to be a bridge between the Chatti and the Romans. Wulfric is and wants to be a peacemaker of sorts, if that is at all possible. He is very curious to learn about his true origins and his family in Rome, although the Roman way of life is certain to be a surprise to him and may turn out to be quite different than what he thought. Appearance Standing just about 5’10” tall and with striking blue-green eyes, Wulfric has always been told he is as handsome as he is strong – and he is strong, a warrior and guard of his tribe. Much made sense to Wulfric, when his mother told him about his true father, because he never looked much like Wulfstan, his stepfather. He has some resemblance with a Roman man called Tertius – especially the nose and face shape, but also the shape of his body appears much like his. He has brown and slightly curly hair – and with a bit of facial hair, unlike most Romans. His clothes are native to his tribe of course – mostly made from wool and flax. He has two sets of clothes, a simple set that is brown and yellow/green and a finer set dyed with indigo. He always wears a light green long-sleeved tunica as an undershirt. On a daily basis, you’ll find him with a pair of light brown long trousers, a light green tunica and/or a leather vest for colder days. The tunica reaches his mid-thigh. For finer occasions, he has a pair of indigo trousers with an indigo vest to wear on top, closed with buckles. Add to this of course always a pair of good shoes and a belt with a purse and his trusted short sword. Family Stepfather: Wulfstan of the Chatti (deceased) Father: Tertius Quinctilius Varus Mother: Frieda of the Chatti Siblings: Hilda (21) and Signy (18) – half-sisters in Germania Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Hrodulf, grandfather – Chieftain/King of the Chatti Hrolf, uncle - Frieda's brother and next in line to be king The Varus Clan in Rome Other: History Before Wulfric was born, there were Romans roaming just across the Rhine, on the other side of the border to the great Roman Empire. There were Legions waiting there, just in case anything should happen, since the Romans really wanted to expand their empire. They failed last time though, all thanks to a man named Varus. The stories still went in the tribe about that man and especially how the Germanic tribes worked together to defeat him. But that was all a long time ago and now, the Chatti mostly lived in peace with the Romans, trading with them when they had the chance – carefully, though. Hrodulf, the Chieftain of the Chatti, did really enjoy that Roman wine. Hrodulf had a son, Hrolf, and a daughter named Frieda. And in 51 AD, when Frieda was 18 years old, she travelled across the border to the Romans along with other women and men from her tribe, to entertain and please the Romans, to make sure they would stay friendly with the Chatti. Frieda was actually betrothed to be married when she returned from the Romans. But among the Romans, she met a charming young man – there were many, in fact – but she singled one out. His name was Tertius and in his name was also Varus, which she found remarkably interesting. She ended up spending a pleasurable night with the young and handsome man. So much that she returned every night the entire time she and her people were with the Romans. Then she went back home and married Wulfstan, one of her father’s best guards, as planned, although she was already pregnant with Tertiu's child. Nine months later, not long before she gave birth, she had a dream. Tertius, the Roman, was holding a boy-child in his arms and placing him on a throne. It was not a dream easily forgotten. A week later, on Midsummer's Day, Frieda gave birth to Wulfric. This also told her that this boy was special. Her husband thought it was his own son, but Frieda knew it was Tertius’ and the older the boy grew, the more obvious was the resemblance to her. With Wulfstan, Frieda also later had two daughters, that are Wulfric’s half-sisters. Wulfric grew up as any kid born to a princess in Germania would. He had everything he wanted to have, but he also learned how to fight and fend for himself and as he grew older, he knew that while he knew how to fight, he did prefer to settle things more peacefully. He was officially declared a prince to the Chatti tribe, when he reached puberty and went through the rites to become a man – his grandfather was the king and his uncle would be king too, after all. Wulfric became one of his grandfather’s guards when he was old enough, while his father was in the king’s council. When he was 18, 5 years ago, the Romans began to move more into Germania and made their own settlements. Wulfric was encouraged by his mother to get to know them, not yet knowing why. The Romans in Germania taught Wulfric a lot of Latin, as he spent time with them as a kind of ambassador for his grandfather. When Wulfric was 21 years old, Wulfstan, the only man he knew as a father, died from illness. After his death, Frieda told her son the truth about his real father – that she suspected it was a man by the name Tertius Varus and that man was in Rome. And this was why she wanted Wulfric to know the Romans and their language. She wanted Wulfric to go to Rome and find his father and seek further knowledge and perhaps glory - and then come back home. She had, after all, never forgotten the dream she once had. A year later, Wulfric was on his way to Rome and on the verge of fall after he turned 23 while travelling, he finally reached Rome. Timeline of Wulfric's life: 51 AD - Frieda sleeps with Tertius Quinctilius Varus. A month later, she marries Wulfstan, but is already pregnant. 52 AD - Wulfric of the Chatti is born, officially to Frieda and Wulfstan 54 AD - Wulfric's sister Hilda is born 57 AD - Wulfric's sister Signy is born 66 AD - Wulfric goes through the rites to become a man. Afterwards his grandfather officially declares him a prince. 69 AD - Wulfric is made official warrior and guard to his grandfather 70 AD - Roman settlements form beyond the Rhine. Jullus Flavius Alexander has encouraged traders and settlers to move into Germanian lands, initiating "the peaceful settlement of Germania." Wulfric befriends some of these Romans to learn the language and about the Roman way of life. 73 AD - Wulfstan dies and Frieda tells Wulfric whom his real father is. He soon begins the long travel towards Rome. 75 AD - Late in the summer, just before fall, Wulfric finally arrives in Rome. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or Discord #7964
  9. Artemon


    ARTEMON. 22 | 10th December 52 CE | Peregrini | Odd jobbs | Bisexual | Original | Rami Malek Personality. Artemon is a friendly young man with a fatal flaw: gullibility. Always eager to believe that his luck is about to turn round, he falls for the flimsiest plans with boundless enthusiasm and learns absolutely nothing from his failures. He is, however, resilient, as he picks himself up time and again while managing to keep his faith in humanity. His greatest dream is to strike it rich, and to this end he frequently embarks on a number of get-rich-quick schemes and drains his meagre savings in the process. He is a people person and will happily strike up a chat with total strangers in his native Egyptian, fluent Greek or his improving Latin – and being as credulous and naïf as he is, he also falls in and out of love very easily, coming across the love of his life on average twice a week. Being a dimwit also has its problems, as some smarter people Artemon comes across will think he’s taking the mick because nobody could conceivably be this daft, and despite his frantic assurances that he’s not, every once in a while Artemon will come home sporting a black eye or bloody nose, or sometimes both. He’s a strong believer in magic and superstition and is thoroughly convinced that some unknown enemy of his has put a very strong curse on him that keeps him from succeeding in life - and when he finds out the identity of this person, he will make a sacrifice to Sobek and invoke the most powerful curse known to Egypt on his enemy. Appearance He is a short and scrawny young man, courtesy of insufficient protein whilst growing up – but then again, Egyptians aren’t known for being tall, and at 167 cm he certainly isn’t. For all his apparent lack of muscle, however, Artemon has surprising upper body strength and is no stranger to loading and unloading ships at various harbours or reeling in a crocodile by accident instead of that humongous fish he was positive was trapped in the fishing net. Perpetually bug-eyed with deep bags under his eyes that won’t go away even if he sleeps a whole day, he’s got the sun-kissed skin of Nile dwellers mixed in with a bit of Greek olive tones. He keeps his dark hair shorter than his brother’s because it gets in his blue eyes (the latter’s colour inherited from some Greek ancestor, his father would say), but if allowed to grow freely it would be just as curly. Artemon has a strong jaw made softer by the easy smile on his face and keeps it religiously free of hair, because it’s itchy and hot and he couldn’t grow a beard if he tried anyway. On the inside of his left bicep is a tattoo of Sobek, the crocodile god of the Nile. His clothes are plain and of poor quality, betraying the sorry state of his finances, but Artemon tries to keep them as clean as possible, washing his two tunics regularly. Family Father: Empedion (b. 18) Mother: Tsillah (b. 23) Siblings: Euphemios (b. 40), Apollodora (b. 42), Hermolaos (b. 46), Niketas (b. 49), Chrysanthe (b. 51), Iophon (twin brother, b. 52), Tryphosa (b. 57). Spouse: n/a Children: n/a Extended family: aunts, uncles and cousins Other: n/a History 52 CE – On a dark December night Artemon and his fraternal twin brother Iophon are born to an already big family in a village near Ptolemais Hermiou. He’s the oldest by a handful of minutes, but time would tell that he is definitely not the wisest. Empedion, their father, gives his new sons good Greek names, as he has done for the rest of his brood – after all, his own father was Greek, and that’s something very important to him. Tsillah, their fully Egyptian mother, doesn’t object any more than she did the previous times, and is just happy that they’re both healthy despite their small size. 57 CE – Their youngest sister, Tryphosa, is born, and Artemon and Iophon are demoted from their positions as babies of the family. Despite his young age, Artemon enjoys going fishing with his maternal grandfather and uncles and is much praised for doing his part in putting food on the table; turns out he does a good job of gutting the fish for a 5-year-old. 58 CE – In a family as large as theirs there are many mouths to feed and not enough food to go round. The Nile’s harvest is bountiful, but only a fraction of a fraction is made available to them and the children often go to bed hungry. Even as his older siblings marry and go off to burden another household or bring another pair of hands to theirs, young Artemon can’t help but lament how everything would be much better if they were rich. The rich never starve, do they? Thus he got it into his head that his one ambition in life was to become rich. 59-67 CE – Although he continues to help out with fishing and is taught the minimum of letters and numbers by his despondent father, Artemon felt like there had to be something more he could be doing to make money. First he tried collecting and selling pretty stones, but everyone could go and pick their own stones off the ground, so that didn’t work; it also didn’t help that the village kids easily conned him into trading his nice stones for others that were bigger but uglier, because arithmetic wasn’t his forte and Artemon didn’t grasp that two of his small shiny stones were worth more than a giant lump of badly-formed clay. Another time a travelling merchant came by the village and was selling herbal cure-alls at a very low price; always one with an eye for business, a barely teenaged Artemon bought the man’s whole supply in order to later sell them to the villagers for a higher price. It might just have worked were it not for the powerful loosening of the bowels the medicine caused, and as constipation hardly ever struck, his enterprise was futile. 68-74 CE – Having joined a small local company of merchants, Artemon and Iophon become another cog in the machine supplying Egyptian grain to the neverending poor of Rome. They sailed up and down the Nile, loading their feluccas with grain from the Thebaid and carrying it down to the port of Alexandria, from where it would cross the Mediterranean to feed the capital of the empire. Artemon was rightly impressed by the city, but after the first year it lost that ‘wow’ factor. When funds were running low, Artemon would team up with his brother and sell amulets against the evil eye to tourists while Iophon told his tales. Though it was steady work, a tiny sliver of ambition gnawed at Artemon: this was no way to get rich! To his simple mind, the path ahead was clear: who was buying the grain? Rome. Meaning there was plenty of money in Rome. Meaning Artemon should go where the money was – Rome! Brokering passage across the sea from himself and his brother was no issue thanks to his passable sailor skills. 74 CE – A couple of weeks after having disembarked at Ostia and gotten a feel for the place, Artemon travels onward and sees Rome for the first time, immediately feeling that this is the place where his fortune will be made. He spends the first few days in a daze, lodging at an old acquaintance of his captain’s, before his dwindling finances force him to look for employment. He found it at a fishmonger’s, gutting fish once more. It did not pay well, but Artemon managed to save a little bit of coin, which he promptly handed to a wise woman to cast a love spell to make Fabia the popina girl fall for him – and as was to be expected, the woman ran off and Fabia did not fall for Artemon. It is at this time that he becomes convinced somebody is out to sabotage his endeavours, and the wise woman was surely bought off by that person so his wish would not come true. After all, only a powerful curse brought on by envy and jealousy would spawn such bad luck. 75 CE, Jan - Jun – Artemon worked in Ostia, making the trek to Rome when his coin purse was heavy enough and returning to the harbour to load and unload shipments when it grew inexplicably empty. The earthquake put an end to that easy routine and Artemon was left scratching his head and deciding to pack up and stay in Rome for a bit – someone had told him they’d heard of a collapsed domus with lots of jewellery and precious items under the rubble that nobody had got to yet. After Artemon paid the man for the rights to inspect the ruins and spent many hours digging and removing dirt, the only things he found were broken amphorae and a putrefied goat. 75 CE, Jul – present – After many a lean week, Fortuna finally smiled upon Artemon and he found himself working for a man named Gallus, moving his merch between warehouses. What said merch is Artemon can’t quite tell, but it smells good and herbal, and if he’s smart this time maybe Gallus will let him in on it. Business seems to be going well, because there’s always work and the pay is steady; steady enough to allow him and Iophon to rent a room in an insula full of funky characters. Liv | GMT+1 | PM/DM @Gothic
  10. ANTONIA VITELLIA 40 | 15 January 35 | Equite| Business-Woman| Bisexual| Original | Angelina Jolie <600x300> Personality Before all other things, Antonia’s goal in life is to protect Rome and safeguards its interests as well as her own. She is a woman who, despite her gender, has managed to scrape together a place for herself in Rome with her own two hands. Whether through the spilling of blood or poison, the way she used her body for promises she never intended to fulfill, or her marriages, Antonia managed to carve a place for herself in Roman society that left her father’s accomplishment with his trading empire a mere footnote in her life story.Antonia’s life is determination to serve her interests and those of her family. It was only later that she realized her love for Rome also contained her great desire to protect it. She views all things as potential assets and weighs and measures them accordingly. If they are useless or not bound to be a threat, they are ignored. If they can be used or held against another or to protect her and her kin, she uses them. At times, her use is ruthless and cold. Others, it is tempered by her compassion and her own inner desires, especially where children are concerned. Regardless, one can say that Antonia has never been one to shy from what needs to be done to her satisfaction and nor has she ever balked of the necessities to realize her desires.Antonia has very few soft spots in her life. One of those, perhaps the biggest one, is her children and those she views as her children. While the first is not of her bloodline (something that is not known to anyone but Antonia and her friend, Vanessa), her second is the reason that Antonia allows herself to, at times, believe there might actually be gods. Believing that she would never have children of her own, that her body was incapable, and fearing that she would succumb to death in childbirth like her mother, Antonia was hellbent on becoming content with that knowledge. Intending to focus solely on her son, Minor, she was shocked and dismayed when she discovered she was pregnant again. She was certain it would end in heartbreak, even through the first year of her daughter’s life, and now finds herself in awe that she managed to have a healthy child of her own. It shows in startling ways though she attempts to hide it so that her children do not become spoiled. Nonetheless, when push comes to shove, Antonia is one that will do anything to protect and save her children, even from themselves.Antonia is also a remarkably independent woman. During her first marriage, she was largely left to her own devices. Gifted with the intelligence and education that her father insisted upon, Antonia used it to raise her husband’s family and then, later, to tear it down in a fit on vengeance. In her second marriage, Antonia did not bother to raise the family’s fortunes up, believing they had enough for themselves and also not particularly being in love with her husband. However, she remained a faithful wife and companion until her second husband’s untimely death. Once she had fulfilled her Roman duty by marrying when possible, however, she stopped all attempts at feigning interest in the institution, returning to her family home to raise her son and daughter in peace.She now views marriage as unnecessary, something that will put her under another’s thumb and will likely involve her giving up her assets and independence. As someone who worked too hard to give it to a man who just happens to get her consent and nothing more, Antonia would rather die than give up her ability to run her life as she sees fit. Given her age, it is unlikely that anyone will ever approach her for marriage again, despite the wealth and honor she’s brought to her family and the Empire itself through her service.Her independence shows also in her covert operation of the Lovers of Eris. Antonia, upon discovering the Lovers, made her move hastily and quickly. She killed the Vulpina herself with trickery and acid, thinking it rather poetic that she should kill the Vulpina in the same method at which the Vulpina herself gained her power. However she came to power, Antonia now controls the Lovers and does so judiciously. She sees them as an extension of her neutrality, using their abilities and gifts solely to restore balance to Rome and never for a political faction in particular. Indeed, their use to back one Imperial power over another or to push a political agenda, assuming it would not be counter balanced by another or for Rome’s benefit, would be something that Antonia would never allow and would, in fact, force her to use the Lovers against the one who wished it otherwise. These days, the Lovers still conduct assassinations and train in their gifts and Antonia has a reputation amongst them as a harsh taskmaster with a compassionate side. “Our cold mother,” they call her, and they are not incorrect for some of them Antonia has raised and commanded since they were children.Finally, there is Antonia’s philosophies regarding Rome. Born and raised in Rome, having left its borders several times, Antonia loves Rome as much as she loves herself. She sees it as a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained and balanced for the welfare of its citizens and Imperial family. She will never allow harm to purposefully come to it unless she believes that, eventually, it will lead to Rome’s long term gain. Additionally, while she desires it to grow exponentially, she attempts to curtail or manipulate events when she can (however she can) if she believes that it will, in the long run, harm Rome’s interests and self. She can often be seen in the Imperial palace, speaking with the younger Imperials and offering advice as she did to Lucilla Augusta decades ago.Her loyalty, however, to these Imperials is not the same as to the Imperials of yesteryear. Rather, it is balanced, once more, by her philosophy regarding Rome’s continuous rise in strength and prosperity. Should, at any point, the Imperial family start working solely for their own interest rather than Rome’s, Antonia would be forced to take a side against them, as much as it would grieve her. She regards the majority of them as her own family, especially the youngest ones, and it would hurt her greatly to do so. Appearance Like her mother before her, Antonia was gifted with a slender waist, broad shoulders, and wide hip. Standing at 5’5”, she is as tall as most average men and finds it a rare delight when she discovers a woman of her own stature. Her lips are often colored with red or a darkened pink, to accentuate their fullness and their curve. Her hair is auburn though now threaded with gray and her eyes are a light blue that is rarely seen in Vitellii children. Her hair is usually pulled back from her face and any wisps that escape reveal themselves in a ringlet fashion. When she is surrounded by more comfortable company, Antonia lets her hair be dressed much loosely, with her locks surrounding her features and falling down her back.Her body has changed little since childbirth. Her breasts are heavier, the nipples darker from nursing years ago, and her waistline has returned to its previous slenderness. Her hips are wider and have some stretchmarks.She used to wear her hair in a chignon with a palla over her head to suggest modesty. However, since her marriages, she has allowed her palla to drape lower and lower until it is more of a shawl than anything else. In place of the palla over her hair, she has taken to putting various ornaments in instead. Sometimes she might wrap it elaborately with strands of pearls or sapphires but, more often than not, she had clasps of butterflies, jeweled and gleaming, pulling back of certain strands for dramatic effect.Her feet are blessed (unlike those poor, poor plebeians) with sandals of high quality wood and leather. On her ankles, bangles chime and swirl together, the intent to make noise without seeing exactly where the noise is coming from. This is a trick she learned from her Egyptian lover at one point and has continued since. Another trick that she learned to do perfectly was the darkening of the lids of her eyes so that they seem to pop from her head in a pleasing manner. Furthermore, she has learned to dress richly and in a fine, pleasing manner to draw the eyes of men and make sure they realize her assets: her wide hips and her matronly breasts. After all, a woman's duty is to provide sons and honor to the family.Antonia adores jewelry. As a result, she wears rings, ornate hair ornaments, bracelets, armlets, and anklets. She also enjoys wearing clothing that shows her in the best possible manner. Dark, rich colors adorn her frame and drape over her shoulders. As a woman in love with the idea of draping cloths, she wears chitons and pallas with as much possibility of a drape as possible. Family Father: Marcus Vitellius, deceased 56 A.D. when Antonia slowly poisoned him over time to mimic illness. Mother: Antonia Vitellia, deceased 35 A.D. from childbirth Siblings: Titus Vitellius, deceased 63 A.D. from illness, though in truth, murdered during a party Antonia was throwing by a guest. She and the guest hid the body in the house until she could "discover" his body later in a far more fitting and dignified manner of death ("illness"). Vitellia Livia, deceased 35 A.D., stillborn. Technically Antonia's twin. Spouse: Renius Suetonius Metellus, married 56 A.D., divorced 59 A.D. after his disgrace in Judaea and affair with a Judaean princess. Eventually died on the front lines in Gaul. Gaius Livius Lucretinus Aemilianus, married 63 A.D., widowed 65 A.D in a horseback riding accident where he broke his neck. Children: Renius Suetonius Metellus Minor, son, born 58 A.D. in her first marriage. A true, good hearted gentleman as she raised him to be, and untouched by his mother’s more heinous deeds. Simply put, he is “good.” Livia Caelia, daughter, born 64 A.D. in her second marriage. Caelia has naive, romantic daydreams and aspirations that her mother finds distasteful and is trying to curb as much as possible. Extended family: None Other: None. History CHILDHOOD (35 A.D – 48 A.D.): To understand Antonia, one must go back farther and touch upon her parents. Her father was originally a simple merchant, arising from humble stock. In 25 A.D, he was raised from a citizen to an Equestrian noble due to his immense wealth. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that he greased the wheels of success with gold. Indeed, such a practice in his life had guaranteed his survival in many aspects of life. It even helped him earn the marriage to an already established Equestrian noble family, the Antonii (descendants of Antony from his first marriage to Fabia). Marcus had heard of Antonia's beauty from speaking with other families in order to further raise his status. Knowing he must take a wife and seeing it in his best interest to take a woman already known for her ladylike qualities, he quickly concocted a social event at his house, a simple party to celebrate his achievements at trading with some Egyptians and making a hefty amount of money. He made quite certain to invite the Antonii and various other families connected to them. Once he met with the patriarch, he quickly began dropping comments on his own personal wealth and how he was aging quicker than he believed. Furthermore, he mentioned, it was in his best interest to soon take a wife with impeccable honor and mannerisms. Such a woman, he suggested, might be found within the walls of the Antonii house. The father of Antonia quickly caught on and suggested that such beauty and honor was without parallel in Rome and could not be handed away so easily. Within moments, gold was exchanged, an agreement made, and Antonia's fate was sealed. Antonia herself was beautiful, yes, but not near the beauty that she had been renowned to be. Her lips were too big, her breasts smaller than Marcus preferred and her hips barely existing. No one had mentioned her age to Marcus and so he received for his wife a thirteen year old girl in 30 A.D. If Marcus was disappointed, he failed to show it for he simply recited the vows, took her to the bedchamber, and tested her virginity and purity himself. However, it did not become long for their marriage to be strained. Antonia disliked her older husband so much so that she continually descended into tears and her body froze during consummation of their marriage. Frustrated, Marcus instead took interest in courtesans (expensive but he could pay, he reasoned) and in their serving girls. Ashamed and filled with a strange desire to somehow make things right between them despite a rocky start, Antonia tried harder than ever to please her husband by 32 A.D. It did not help that because of one of her female cousin's actions in Egypt her family was scandalized and did not have as much impact as it once did. She could, in Marcus's eyes, afford to be dismissed on a whim. Things hit the bottom of the amphorae when Marcus told Antonia in private that because their marriage was yet sterile and relations between them were too strained for him to perform his marital duties, he was considering a divorce. Antonia collapsed, her honor shattered, her worst fears realized. She begged one more chance, one pitiful chance to prove herself an honorable and good wife for was not her honor already slightly tainted by Justinia Antonia's actions in Egypt? One more attempt in their marriage would go unnoticed by all for their problems were between only them. Marcus was never one to be cold against a sobbing woman and so allowed her another chance. That night, Antonia did not freeze or sob. She did as well as a woman in love and lust with her husband, even fooling herself that night. Nine months later, her faith was restored in herself and Marcus when she gave birth to their son, Titus Vitellius. Marcus had never been so pleased in his life and hastily ordered another house party to celebrate the birth of his son. There, he met all questions concerning Antonia's health with glee and unabashed pride. Antonia, for her own part, kept quiet, offering smiles and polite nods to each guest. It took her until the end of next year to conceive once more and she had no doubt that this pregnancy, like the last, would be easy and the labor smooth. However, fate had decided otherwise for while Antonia had been lucky during Titus's birth, her small hips had come to destroy her completely. During pregnancy, she found herself constantly nauseated so that she was unable to keep down food in proper amounts until her seventh month in. Afterwards, she was confined to bed to rest, eat, and drink plenty without exerting herself. None of this helped when the time came. Even Marcus retreating to a temple to pray for his wife did not help. The gods had abandoned Antonia with laughing cruelty. She struggled, as any woman would, against the tide that pulled her from life. Her hips were too narrow, the midwives said in hushed tones, it was impossible for her to birth the two. When Antonia was told it was twins, not a single child she was birthing, she paled, knowing now it was against any hope for survival. The two, the midwives said, were practically battling at the mouth to arrive first, each determined to get their way. Hours later, she finally gave birth to one and then, soon after, the other. Two girls were delivered to Antonia, who rested her eyes upon them, feeling disappointed and fearing her husband's anger. Before the midwives' eyes, though, Antonia, who was at first sobbing hysterically with fear, started laughing. "Take the cloths from my womb, midwives," she said, laughing hard, "I'm going to die today. I see it clearly now! I won't have to fear my husband's wrath for I am dying. I will not be alive when he passes over the threshold to see my final failure!" The midwives, startled, believed Antonia was going mad and kept packing her womb with cloth to stem the blood. It failed and as Antonia foretold, she was dead before Marcus passed the threshold to see her final shame. When he beheld his daughters, he blanched. Upon hearing of his wife's death, he fumbled out of his house, seeking out the nearest tavern. Truth be told, in the last two years, he had come to love Antonia. The revival of their marriage bed had been a revival of her charming nature that had never unveiled itself to him during the first year. So charming was she when she was unfettered with fear that she had pulled him in without knowing and saved herself from shame and uncertain future. Now, without her, he felt himself stunned by her death and hardened by it as well. He spent that night in the depths of alcohol and awoke the next morning with a renewed sense of purpose. Within a week, the younger twin, the weaker of the two, died. Antonia Vitellia, however, lived, and grew close to her mother's image, but for the hips and breasts which grew far more than her mother ever had. Instead of shunning his daughter, Marcus tolerated her. He realized that his children had to provide a stunning legacy for both him and his wife and so had them educated in the best way available considering his wealth. As a result, Antonia was able to read, write, dance, play instruments, speak several languages, and think clearly to see the way to her goals. It did not take long for her to realize how she could apply these to get whatever she wanted. It also didn't take her long to realize she could use her knowledge to see faults in others and exploit those. For example: her father's Achilles heel was discussion and memory of her mother. Though he tried to hold out on any and all information on Antonia and, to some extent, Titus, the servants talked and to them, Antonia listened. It didn't take long for her to realize that, at ten, she was the spitting image of her mother upon her marriage to Marcus. So, at age ten, when she wanted to skip her lessons one day, she went to her father and, knowing what it would do, began weeping. Marcus was struck by the image of his dead wife, sitting before him, weeping as she had as she begged him for one more chance. Guilt swept over him and he gave in to Antonia's demands, letting her skip that day of lessons. Smirking, she went from him and approached her brother next, twining her arms around his neck, kissing his cheek, and showing him all the affection in the world. Within moments, he was tied around her finger, waiting for her word or order. A rush went through her young body and Antonia demanded that, should she ever marry after their father died, Titus must back her decision on her marriage and listen to her rather than himself. Titus, confused, agreed. Antonia left him as well and went to her rooms for the day. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT (48 A.D. – 55 A.D.): At age fourteen, a marriage was arranged between Antonia and an older senator. This, she saw, was the most crucial moment of learning to manipulate others. This was the time when it all hinged on her performance to her brother and her father. Weeping, howling, tearing at hair and clothes, Antonia approached them both, saying that she had been speaking with her friends and learned something awful about her beloved husband-to-be. Startled and, no doubt, a little frightened by her behavior, her brother and father stopped to hear her. At first, she protested saying that she would not openly speak of such shameful things. Her father grew irritated, demanding that she tell him. Hesitating a bit, Antonia opened her mouth and spewed the vile acidic poison that would dissolve any potential union for her and the senator. Her betrothed, she had heard, was marrying her purely for the dowry and, like the other wives before her, she would perish soon after the marriage rites were performed. After all, she pointed out, he had sons already, three of them, from previous marriages. She had no worth in childbirth when considering no sons were further necessary. His other wives, she hissed, had died peculiarly and suddenly after marriage as well. Her father and brother listened, too engrossed in the horror of it all to really turn away. Deciding that such horrible things could not come from such a virginal mouth without truth behind them, they decided she was telling the truth. Later, Antonia hid her smile as they composed a missive to the senator telling him that, unfortunately, the betrothal with Antonia would have to be cancelled given some news that had just reached their ears. However, a bag of coins was given to them in an effort to bribe him from asking too many questions or taking up a dispute between the two families. Antonia was left alone for some time, making a show of grieving for her lost "opportunity." Finally, Antonia began exploring her own relationships with others at the age of sixteen. Poised and graceful, her first run in was with Equestrian nobleman at a house party. All evening they had exchanged glances, whispered words in passing and, eventually, touched with a finger or a glancing touch of the foot to the other's foot. Later, they separated from the party and found themselves in the stables. She quickly kissed him, unsure exactly what to do, but sure that confidence would make up for any ungainly moments. The youth himself was completely sure in what he was doing and so her first kiss, first caress, and first experience of anything remotely close to lust was experienced in a lowly stable. When her father found her to take her from the party, she quickly wiped any excitement from her face and simply looked calm and shrewd, as usual. However, Antonia was still a virgin after that night. She was not stupid enough to let some man have all of her. She knew the scandal that could arise from not being a virgin in Rome and an unwed one at that from a noble house. She would not risk it. Afterwards, her next encounter was with an Egyptian slave girl that her brother had bought at the market. Antonia had watched her for days and, one morning, in the spirit of malice, had demanded the girl take off her clothes and dance for her like Antonia had heard they did for the Pharaoh's long ago. Though the girl had no idea what Antonia was talking about, she did as she was told for the only other option was twenty lashes. For some reason, the girl so enticed Antonia that she quickly dismissed the girl, only to summon her to serve her in her own chambers that night before bed. Once there, Antonia dismissed the other servants, requesting the Egyptian stay behind. She demanded the girl undress again and dance as before and the girl did. Antonia kissed the girl, caressed her, and then asked the Egyptian to teach her to dance as she did. Further confused and frightened, the Egyptian girl did and was rewarded with another kiss from her mistress. A few months later, Antonia took the girl as a lover, knowing that the things that she would experience would not destroy her virginity. If Titus knew, he said not a word but when word did start circulating between the servants and slaves about the mistress placing too much favor upon the Egyptian girl. There was a reason, it was whispered, and everyone was shocked when, one day, Antonia slapped the Egyptian across the face before all assembled and shrieked that she was incompetent and foolish. She demanded that the girl be sold as she was found stealing her mistress’s things. Marcus, stunned once more by his daughter’s behavior, did as she requested and even conducted a small investigation. So cunning was Antonia that she put several pieces of her jewelry under the girl’s pallet so that it was found and the girl convicted. She was sold, promptly, to a traveling merchant so that she might never be seen again. After that, the rumors stopped and any potential scandal with Antonia was averted. If any rumors did leak out, Antonia was unaware of them. ADULTHOOD (55 A.D. – Present): However, as she approached nineteen years of age, her father professed himself confused as to why she was yet unwed and, worse, unasked for. Her dowry was impeccable, her manner charming. Yes, she had her erratic behavior but he assumed it was from so much stress being placed upon her so often concerning her betrothal and the business with the slave girl. All worries were eased when her marriage was finally arranged for her by her brother, Titus, who was recently placed in a political position over the city by her own doing. After discovering the talents of Renius Suetonius Metellus, a marriage was arranged between the two of them and they were married in late October of 56 A.D. The marriage proved to be a happy one until, one night after a slave had given birth to a healthy son, Renius revealed that it was his son the slave had had and, though he would not acknowledge it as his, Antonia saw it as a threat to her own unborn child. Afterwards, she went to the Palace to see her new lover, Lucilla, also the Augusta of Rome, and told her all that had happened, asking for advice. Renius's omission had hurt her deeply, for all that she would not admit her affection for him, and she still felt the infant to be a threat despite what he said. This feeling of pain only deepened when she gave birth to an already dead son she called Julius. Upon Renius's arrival in Rome, she quickly reestablished their relationship and became pregnant a second time. All her work was tossed out the window when he left to be a governor in the East and subsequently became the lover of an aging Judean princess named Julia Berenice. Despite the fact that many Roman women would have just turned her face away, Antonia decided to do something about it. She hastily wrote to the King of Judea, whose marriage she had arranged to her own sister-in-law Emilia, and told him of the scandalous behavior and what it might bring about for all parties involved. Furthermore, she alerted the Augusta and also gave her her own opinions of what might transpire if it continued. Finally, she set about creating a network of spies within Judea, most of them old confidences of her father's, and having them plant the seeds of the rumor within the Judean masses. Knowing that they would not stand for it, she bided her time until she was able to arrive in Judea herself to play the role of the spurned, obedient wife. Before she could make her sweeping entrance on to the stage of Judaean politics, however, Antonia found herself crushed with tragedy once more. Unfortunately, her second pregnancy, like her first, was not to bear fruit. One night, Antonia felt contractions and cramping deep in her womb. Upset with the foreshadowing, she took to her bed, summoning a midwife who had earlier been contracted to work for Antonia throughout her pregnancy. Hoping that perhaps the situation might be redeemed, the circumstances went as undesired as Antonia gave birth to a perfectly formed, but dead, child. She wept over the body before consigning it to the flames of the nearby fireplace and taking to her bed to rest. As if the gods’ mocked her, Antonia’s body rebounded quickly enough in healing though her heart didn’t. Then, as if offering atonement, she was given an opportunity. A woman who had been Herod’s lover during his stay in Rome had fallen pregnant and, months ago, Antonia had befriended her and offered her advice. Their deep friendship and trust continued and Antonia found herself met by the woman’s servant shortly after her stillbirth with news to come quickly. Long ago, it had been decided, due to the woman’s marriage to an abusive man, that Antonia would adopt the child and raise it as her own when the time came. However, neither party had thought Antonia would be utterly childless at the time, thinking instead that Antonia would pass the child off as one of her servant’s offspring. Believing that her husband would no longer love her if he saw her as “tainted goods,” Antonia took the child as the mother died in childbirth and instead raised him as her own. It was this child that Antonia approached the Judaean stage with, even lowering the child to the ground and silently insisting that Renius pick up the boy when they met on the docks. That Renius did, and acknowledged the child as his own, was a small victory that soothed some of the vengeful storm in Antonia’s heart, but overall did nothing to stem the coming tide of her anger when she found that her presence could not prevent the affair between her husband and the Judaean princess. Spurned into attack by wounded pride, Antonia then triggered the events in Judaean leading to an uprising. She swirled the rumors, did her best to look the utter Roman matron of sympathy, and then waited until she more aggressively pressed the attack through her planted spies and actors. Before night had fallen on another day in Judaea, Antonia had managed to get the Judaean princess nearly stoned to death and her husband called back from his station there, in disgrace. The royal family had fled in fear and Judaea was a cesspool of violence and fear. She regretted nothing except that Julia Berenice had survived the revolt. Upon her return to Rome, Antonia divorced her now-disgraced husband and set about raising her son, despite the attempts of Julia Berenice to blacken her name and cast her into shame. She provided the best for her son possible while managing to escape matrimony a second time. Meanwhile, she aided her brother in his growth of their family's trading empire. However, such peace was not to last. After the death of her lover, Lucilla, from an unknown disease, Antonia watched as Rome plunged into chaos yet again. As she had promised Lucilla, Antonia approached the Imperial palace and took Claudia, Lucilla’s last daughter, to safety. Not knowing who in the city was friend or foe, she stayed there with her, giving her all the love and attention she could while trying to provide stability and ascertain the situation. Once the pieces had fallen into place, Antonia used her Lovers to smuggle Claudia to Antioch and into the safe arms of their uncle, Quintus, and their grandmother, Annthea. Though Antonia wanted to fight it as much as possible, ultimately, she settled for trying to diminish the damage such chaos had wrought in Rome with as delicate a touch as possible. Soon before her smuggling of Claudia, Antonia discovered the Lovers of Eris. For months, she eyed them and weighed their use. Finally, fearful of the new regime and what it might do to Imperial loyalists such as herself, Antonia contacted the Vulpina. She had done her homework and concocted a special poison for the event. Knowing that the Lovers would never respect someone who took power without murdering the Vulpina, Antonia knew that, for one of the few times in her life, she would have to take direct action to end the life of another. When she met with the Vulpina, however, Antonia did not hesitate, acting as if she had murdered her victims herself her whole life. She burned the Vulpina’s face with acid before ending the woman’s torment herself. The moment the Lovers stepped in to see what was going on, they realized that power, as per Lover tradition, had passed over to Antonia. With that, she became the Vulpina of the Lovers until such time as another ended her life. Soon afterward, Antonia found herself fulfilling her deathbed promise to Lucilla in other ways. Hungry for vengeance on those that had brought the downfall of what she saw, essentially, as an extension of her own family, Antonia actively aided the remnants of the Imperial family. This included, once they were secured and rendered safe, Livia and Claudia. Though she could not find Tiberius, Antonia sent whatever aid she could to Claudia, Quintus, and Livia while Clemens ran amok. Whether in the form of information, money, Antonia finally became more proactive when she managed to smuggle a poisoned blade to Flavia. With this blade, Flavia struck down Clemens and managed to say it was merely assassins that performed the deed. In 63 A.D., with the return of the Imperial family and the placing of Quintus Alexander as the new Emperor, Antonia felt Rome stabilize once more. In true Vitellii fashion, Antonia held a party during which things came to a head behind closed doors in a way she never would have foretold. The party’s purpose had been to merely present Antonia (and her availability for matrimony) to the public and to the eyes of the prominent families. As a masquerade and costume sort of event, Antonia had everyone’s wines (barring her own, of course) touched with a drug to lower inhibitions. Unfortunately, her brother drank one too many and, knowing Antonia’s costume, finally found himself alone with her in the closed off corridors of their home. There, he sought to take advantage of Antonia and he almost succeeded until a random guest came onto the scene. Seeing the trouble, the guest killed Titus, an action that had Antonia shocked and reeling before her own predilection towards solutions took control. The two worked to hide the body, sliding it into her personal office space where her poisons were kept. There, she kept the body for a week, using a variety of unguents and perfumes to cover the smell, thankful for the cooler weather in Rome’s winter for helping keep the worst of decomposition at bay. Furthermore, she laced the rumor mill of Rome with news that Titus was ill before finally, a week later, saying that he had died of an unknown but swift illness that left the body covered in boils and lesions. The illness, she stated, meant his body needed to be shrouded and burned hastily. Her word was taken without doubt and her maiden, Vanessa, aided her mistress in cleaning, shrouding, and burning the body. A sizable portion of their clients and family were present, all watching the burning while Antonia looked on, knowing that they would spread the word of Titus’s demise by illness and subsequent pyre. Later, it was discovered that Titus had left his fortune, the family domus, and the trading empire to her son, Renius Suetonius Metellus Minor. Minor, being around five years old at the time, was far too young to run such a thing or even know what to do with the finances. Antonia hastily freed one of their slaves, a male who had been raised in the Vitellius household and always turned down the opportunity for freedom. This time, knowing that he’d still be in the Vitellii business and under their watchful eye, he accepted the freedom and salary offered to essentially be the book keep and frontman while Antonia did the work from behind closed doors. To all official and legal eyes, the Vitellii Trading Company was managed by a man, though anyone with eyes and brains in their heads knew that Antonia was the true decision maker, the true Empress of the Trading Company. Running both the trading company and the Lovers, Antonia worked tirelessly for her family’s benefit and the benefit of the Empire. But now, without a male benefactor of age, Antonia found herself hounded by numerous proposals and attempts at betrothal. Finally, only a month after her brother’s demise, Antonia met with Gaius Livius Lucretinus Aemilianus. Within the first meeting, Antonia knew Livius was a pushover compared to her power. While it was nothing that she was attracted to, she could see herself acquiring some manner of happiness under his thumb. After clarifying to him that Vitellii family matters would never be Livii family matters and acquiring his agreement, Antonia had the betrothal and marriage papers drawn up. Within a week, the two wed. A month later, Antonia knew she was pregnant. Believing that the child would perish as all the others had, she set no sights on its birth and nor did she slow down her operations. Furthermore, she failed to notify her husband of the pregnancy until she was visibly showing. Though she had attempted to hide it with flowing clothing to escape potential gossip, eventually the bulge became obvious and Antonia was finally forced to admit, to eyes that probably had already guessed, that she was pregnant. Livius, who already several children, was impressed by his wife’s fecundity, certain that only good things would happen. Antonia, for her part, reserved any joy or sense of accomplishment, positive that she would be holding a corpse by the end of it. Her reservation, while prudent, turned out to be for naught. That year, the same year of her marriage, Antonia gave birth to a healthy, glowing girl. Pushing her husband over once more, Antonia gave the girl the name of “Caelia” meaning heavenly and further eschewed Roman naming conventions in the process. She was aware it was rather a conscientious flirtation in telling people that her husband, despite his name’s antiquity and honor, was not in charge of their marriage; that, instead, it was she herself in charge. She did not care and flouted Roman tradition with little thought at all. She had finally given birth to a living child, one of her own, and nothing could stop what she felt, more than business, more than politics, was the moment of her greatest glory. Her victory, and daydreams of other children to follow, was to be left unrealized. No less than two years later, Livius was coming home from the countryside when his horse caught sight of a snake in the road. Panicking, the horse reared and fled, knocking loose his rider and casting him upon the ground. Livius’s neck snapped instantly and though he did not die immediately, he soon suffocated on the road, his slaves and accompanying fellows unable to help him. His body was brought back to his family’s home and his wife and children greeted the men at the door. For Antonia, who had no great love for Livius but appreciated the attention and companionship he gave her, it came as a slight blow though not a great or distracting one. Instead, she merely moved her children back to the Vitellii domus, a place where she had lived off and on during her marriage to Livius and never stopped using completely. Moving back was simple: she merely gathered up several of her clothes and her daughter, Minor following dutifully behind, and went back to the domus. With her came Livius’s children from his previous marriage that were too young to strike out on their own or even yet claim their father’s fortune independently. In honor of her marriage to Livius, Antonia did the honorable thing. She appointed a separate man that the Livii trusted to guard the children’s fortune and made sure the rest was divided as according to Roman law and Livius’s will. For herself, there was little change. Antonia only had her own fortune and home. Through her children, she had established independence and she wielded it to do as she pleased and whom she pleased. Antonia took no lovers nor any new husbands. Rather, she ran her businesses, advised those in the Imperial family who desired her advice, raised the children accordingly, and raised the fortunes of the Vitellii accordingly. Though others came to try to woo and marry her, Antonia turned them down, instead performing the same rigorous training process with her children as her father had with her. Her days were full and her nights, chilled and haunted by the memories of her brother roaming the halls, sleepless. Though her beauty has cooled and the rumors swirling her faded with her youth, Antonia remains strong and proud, loyal to her true mother: Rome. RIV | CST| Discord or PM
  11. Safinia Laelia 19 | 18 April 56 | Noble | Lady | Heterosexual | Original | Katie McGrath Personality. Safinia Laelia comes from the daughter of an senatore within the senate for a father and for her mother, a daughter of a former senator herself. However, no one could predict how their daughter would be. From an young age, Safinia was shown to be a quiet and almost demire lady and one that her father could hope to find a suitor for. However, as Safinia grew, she grew to have a mind of her own and with that came from the highest mind. (Well, not that high. She isn't that high of a mind. ) But the highest of the mind for herself. She is very opinionated when it comes to the suitors that comes about to meet her to her family. She tries to hold herself to a good standard. That a woman of noble mind can be on the same mind length as her future husband. But with this comes with her stubbornness. It's scared off most brave men. So much so that Safinia uses such to advantage. (This is something that her father looks to end as he grows tiresome of her behavior. She is close to an age of an scandalous woman who is unwed.) She also has this ability to pick up on someone's mannerisms and find something to soothe them and calm a situation. She is not a complete shrew. No matter WHAT her father speaks within his gossip. However, there is the side of her that is more often the sweeter side. Safinia,while not trying to fight off her suitors, is very kind and hospitable when she wants to be. She doesn't listen easily to influence. However, she does have an ear for gossip. One weakness to her personality however is that she can be often too sensitive to material about herself. She often is angry first then listen to responses later. She also have a tendency to try and fib to get herself out of going to an event. However, her mother often reminds her to be timid and reminds her that some point she will need to have a husband for a place within this world. Safinia does try as she does have a standard to hold as a daughter of a senator. But however, it does not mean she will be submissive and obedient. With every Roman man, surely there is another great woman to twist a knife in. (Figuratively or not. ) Appearance Safinia was blessed with the brains of her wise senatorial father but the beauty as well and name of her mother. Not the beauty of a goddess but she is brought about in subjects with her family and of those who pass by her. She has light green eyes that are often described as hazel. But those who have seen her eyes notice they lighten in the light or sometimes when she glares, her eyes darken. It is the eyes of a woman who is not to be taken lightly. Her skin is fairly light. Like the color of the finest new column within a building. But it is not too white as she has had a balanced intake of food. This is per her mother so that she looked compatible for other suitors. Her hips are the like of a common virgin, wide but wide enough for future child bearing with her breast area is firm and round. The lady’s lips are full but not very plump. The pink color often vibrates and is brighter when the right amount of lip powder is used. Lastly, the most beautiful feature on Safinia is her beautiful long raven black hair. Her hair goes down to her mid back. It is mostly up when out in public or covered with a hair piece. But even then, it is mostly shown with curls by the side. However, there is some times when Safinia herself will be rebellious and keep her hair uncovered and down. (Despite the objections of her family. ) Safinia has also a birthmark that looks like a small heart shape upon her shoulder. It is a birthmark passed along from the women. (Her mother has it and then her mother had it,etc.) Family Father: Lucius Safinius Regillus Mother: Laelia Balba Siblings: Marcus Theophilus Safinius (Adoptive brother) Spouse: N/A. (Family is currently looking for marriages for her. They are desperately so) Children: N/A Extended family: N/A Other: N/A History Born on April 18th in the year 56, Safinia Laelia was born a beautiful spring time. The name comes from her mother's own name and the female name of one of her father's own names. However, for her birth, a different outcome was to be expected and hoped for as it was a first child to the senator and his wife. It had been expected that she was naturally to be a male by birth. However, fates dealt them a hand none can expect. A girl and daughter. Regillus hoped for a son but he was not disappointed with a daughter either way. As he figured that a daughter could provide for great potential allies for his family along the road. After all, it was how he gained the hand and marriage of his current wife and mother of his child. Safinia was raised in a household where her father would go to the senate and her mother would make sure she ha everything that she would need to know. How to be a proper lady, the art of conversation. Things a woman would need in order to run her household. However, if her daughter was good, often times Laelia would tell her daughter of some poetry and writings her mother would speak to her as a girl. Regillus did know of it and scolded that a child and woman would not need these details as they grew older. However, Laelia knew her daughter. She was becoming as smart as her father but as beautiful as her mother each day. She would certainly not be wrong. However, the senator would not allow his family line to not have an heir. That was why when he heard of a fellow senator who was wifeless and dying. Wishing his friend's son to have a better life, he would make the process to have the boy adopted and he be apart of their family. He was older than his own daughter which would be in the rights for him to be an heir. Despite overshadowed by her adopted brother, Safinia as a child would grow within her grace and beauty within on her own.. She would grow to have a fondness for poetry while also have the taste for finer things. Like all little girls, she loves a piece of a fabric and new dresses. However, at a young age, she would often notice the many parties that was held within their household, from such an age, she would understand it would be for alliances. Even when out to the market with her mother, she noticed it all around. It would be something that Safinia would be reminded of as she grew within her small teenage years. It would be around that time that she would grow more into her maturity. She would grow into a beautiful woman that was very much the visage of her mother from years past. But her eyes. They would show the harsh and the seriousness of her father. Safinia would become more active in attending the political parties her mother and father would throw. She would become well known by the many who attend that Safinia would get between the arguments and stop them with insights she had heard. Her father had been pleased with his daughter and what he thought as advanced maturity. However, the senator foresaw that his daughter might become too opinionated for herself. Too...well, too much educated to be considered a true nobleman's future wife. That was why when he saw her maturity, he felt a need to speak to it any man who would be looking for a wife. Safinia knew her father would try to get her a marriage for alliances but once she heard it was because she dared to speak with her mind and heart, she almost flew into a rage. But however, she thought to gain a little leverage. If her father wished her to marry, so she would. But she would have to be very careful how she saw her suitors. So in her determination, she was very much her self but with a little bit of stubbornness and bitterness thrown in to scare off her suitors. This is so Safinia may of course go about her ways and entertain her friends and such but make her match on her own. But while all the while, making sure she is still has a manner of a senator's daughter, she promises her father she will change and become better. But she has his brains and his wit. She knows how to carry a conversation. She also knows that she cannot tempt the fates too much. After all, this was a city where many alliances could be made or broken if you tempted the fates. She was simply trying to educate them along. Emy | PACIFIC | PM OR DISCORD @Gothic
  12. PINARIA GAIA 28 | March 10th, 48 AD | Patrician | Noble lady | Bisexual | Canon | Rebecca Ferguson Personality. As so many others, Pinaria Gaia is a woman with many virtues – and vices, of course. Before becoming a mother, she could be quite proud and she probably still is, to a point. But after becoming a mother, she has perhaps become even more of a motherly type, very caring and kind. Mostly to her son of course, for whom she would do anything it takes, as long as he is happy and safe. She wants him to have a proper father who can influence him in a good direction. She is very friendly and open-minded and always ready to make new and useful acquaintances, especially now that her husband died and her brother urges her to find another. Pinaria Gaia is however also a bit of a jealous type and she can be annoyed, if she does not get what she wants fast enough. This whole thing began already when she was a young girl and had to flee Rome instead of entering social life as women had done before her. When she came back, she threw herself into it, only to have her younger sister land a very prominent husband before she was able to do the same. After that, Gaia was pressured even further to marry and that’s how she ended up with Gaius. He was a proper and respected man, but still not quite what she had imagined for a husband. She envies her sister her good marriage and her many children, even sons. Gaia has not been that fortunate. On the other hand, she has learned the hard way that nothing lasts forever and this can be read as her being a bit pessimistic. She keeps these thoughts quiet however, but they are always there. The thoughts come from her childhood and youth; first her mother died before she barely knew her and her second mother didn’t last long with her father either. Her sister died in childbirth and she also lost her father. She knows everyone’s going to die and nothing lasts forever. Of course she was sad when her husband died, but she also wasn’t surprised and now she hopes to move on as long as possible and hopes that there will be no more losses in her near family for many years. She is religious and makes sure to make sacrifices to the gods, hoping they will grant her fortune so she can have what she wants in life. Appearance Gaia is not among the most petite Roman women, nor is she among the tallest. Standing at 5’5” she is a striking figure, slender and with dark brown hair, curled or straight depending on the mood and the occasion. Her eyes are a light blue-grey color and her face and expression often soft and friendly. She likes to dress in very toned-down colors when she is at home, but when participating in any social event she likes to make an impression. At such occasions she will wear striking colors like crimson, blue and green, which goes well together with her dark hair. Family Father: Publius Pinarius Natta (deceased) Mother: Lartia Gaia (deceased) Step-mother: Annthea Alexandra (deceased) Siblings: Pinaria Natta (deceased) Publius Pinarius Natta [Minor], 40 years old Pinaria Lucilla, 37 years old Pinaria Livilla, 32 years old Pinaria Lucretia, 25 years old (played by Anna) Spouse: Gaius Gratius Varro (deceased 74 AD) Children: Gaius Gratius Varro Minor (b. 71 AD) Extended family: - Related to the Imperial family/Flavi Alexanderii via her stepmother and her sister's husband - Children and spouses of her siblings Other: Former body slave/freedwoman/lover: Gaia Lucia History 48 AD – Pinaria Gaia is born as one of the last children to her parents. 50 AD – both Lartia Gaia, her mother and her grandmother dies. Gaia can’t understand why her mother is gone, but in the present, she barely remembers her. 58 AD – Gaia is now 10 years old and her father finally remarries a certain Annthea Alexandra. The marriage is however short and they soon divorce again. Her father does not remarry. 62 AD – During the civil war, Gaia is in her early teens and had hoped to soon enter the proper social life of women in Rome. The civil war broke out however and the family retreated from Rome. Her eldest sister died from childbirth the same year, leaving especially the sisters with a great loss. 63 AD – Alexander returned to Rome in triumph and soon Gaia’s family did the same. Nothing was the same again, after the escape and everything that happened, including the death of the eldest of the sisters. Gaia, now 15 years old, tries her best to procrastinate and distract herself. 65 AD – Publius Pinarius Natta dies of pneumonia during the winter. Her brother, Publius Pinarius Natta Minor, becomes the new Pater Familias at the age of 31. It feels a bit weird to now have her brother make all the decisions, but Gaia soon becomes used to it. 66 AD – Gaia finishes mourning her father and hopes to marry, as she is now 18 years old and eager to start her own family, with her own family more or less gone. Her brother Publius helps searching for a husband. 69 AD – Her sister, Pinaria Lucretia, marries Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander. It's a good match and Gaia feels a little jealous that her sister managed to land such a prominent husband. With her other sisters married and even the youngest, Gaia feels more pressure to marry. Later the same year, Gaia finally marries Gaius Gratius Varro, who is 15 years older than she, but kind and friendly. They don’t love each other, but there is respect. As a wedding gift, Gaia gets her body slave, Lucia, whom she soon develops a close friendship with. Lucia becomes her confidante. Gaia is however a good and kind wife to her husband and never cheats on him, although he probably does on her. 71 AD – Pinaria Gaia gives birth to her first and only child so far, a son named Gaius Gratius Varro 74 AD – Her husband dies in the early spring after a hunting accident and his slaves are freed upon his death. Gaia’s old body slave, now named Gaia Lucia, stays with her however and still serves as her body servant. After Gaius' death, they have become even closer than before and develop a relationship. After Gaius died, Pinaria Gaia has become more religious and has not participated in social events since. She and her son moved in with her brother, Publius Pinarius Natta, again. 75 AD – Gaia and her son still live with her brother, who urges her to start socializing again and make friends and find a new husband. And so Gaia finally decides to enter social life once more. The rest will be history. Atrice | GMT+1 | Discord
  13. Florus


    FLORUS 19 | 22 Augustus 55 | Slave | Gardener | Gay | Wanted | Burak Çelik Personality. Florus is a temperamental man with a lot of opinions, but he keeps everything to himself for his own sake. He is angry about his condition, angry that this is his life, angry at the injustice of it all. He learned the hard way that voicing his opinions about how awful the Romans were only earned him beatings and lashings. It didn't take long for him to adapt. He still thinks it, but he doesn't say it. Because he would rather hold his tongue than put himself in danger, he is mostly a silent person, who doesn't really care to mix with others. Florus prefers the company of the plants he works with to that of other people, but he is nonetheless a kind person, who will be polite, if a little closed-off, to every slave in his household. With the Romans, he has artificially polite interactions, or, well, he used to. He's beginning to get used to his condition as a slave, and hate it though he might, as long as he's around plants, he's actually happy. Florus is a diligent guy, a hard worker. He puts his back and all his soul and heart into the gardens. They are his passion, his life blood. Though he might be reluctant at first to engage with strangers, any conversation regarding plants will expose a completely different side of Florus, showing a man who's fiercely passionate, loves what he does, and cares very, very deeply about life. Appearance Florus is of average height and build, although his hard work as a gardener is beginning to show in his muscle mass. His skin is tan from spending every waking moment out in the sun, and is a bit more weathered for it. He has pale brown hair, and clear blue eyes. His lips are full, and his jawline is sharp. He doesn't cut quite as sharp a figure as he could if he spent more time around people than he does with plants. Indeed, he seemed not to be noticed by most, until he came to the Sulpicius Rufus household. Of course, that could be because he is a man, now, rather than a boy. For the most part he is indifferent to the attention. He has other things to worry about. He bears the brand of his capture on his inner right forearm, an unsightly reminder of how he came to be in servitude. Family Father: Vocorix Mother: Eppacta Siblings: A sister, Netelia, and a brother, Balorix. Both older. Spouse: None Children: None Extended family: Well, they're probably dead, now, thanks to the Romans. Other: None History Child: Samorix was born in Brittania in the year 55 to a family of farmers in a small village belonging to the Silure tribe. From a very young age, life was arduous, and required hard work. It was all hands on deck in the fields, and that was before the Romans came. When the Romans came, all the men were called upon to defend their land. Vocorix was often absent, and it fell to the rest of the family to tend to the fields. Samorix learned a lot, and found peace with nature, peace he didn't quite find when he was around other people, as it was easy for him to find conflict with others. Teenager: Vocorix died in a battle against the Romans when Samorix was still very young. After that, the family leadership fell to his mother, Eppacta, and his older brother, Balorix. It was even harder with one less family member, but soon that hardly even mattered, as the Roman attacks increased in frequency. Shortly thereafter, all boys strong enough to wield a weapon were called to war. Samorix was twelve when he participated in his first. He didn't actually do much fighting at all, but he didn't have much of a choice. Luckily for him, Balorix had other plans for his brother. To keep his family fed, he mainly stayed home in the fields. Balorix was the one fighting. But when the twenty year old died, it was up to Samorix. He was captured in his first battle after that. It was in 72. Samorix was barely seventeen. He fell in the hands of the Roman legions, and in the beginning was outspoken about the horrible conditions they were kept in. He didn't do well as a caged animal, and was raring for a fight. He found one, though it was unevenly matched. Quickly he learned that he needed to shut up if he were to stay alive. He was branded, asked about his profession, and eventually given as wartime loot to some sort of Roman man called Longinus, as a gardener. He wasn't treated badly by Longinus, but even the beautiful gardens he discovered and tended to upon arriving in Rome were not enough to soothe his anger and bitterness about his condition. He was like a pacing lion, angry and biding its time. He kept to himself and didn't really grow close to any of the other household slaves, despite many of them also being from Brittania. Just when he was starting to get used to things, Longinus traded him off to some other Roman. Adult: Titus Sulpicius Rufus let him have free run of the gardens. Of course, he wasn't exactly keen on having a master, still, but at least there he was beginning to heal. He had the opportunity to make something truly beautiful, something meaningful. This would be his reason to keep on going, even if life was meaningless. And maybe he could start connecting with other people. He hasn't been so good at it so far, but who knows? Florus is barely an adult, now, and he has the world, or, well, the very limited world of a slave, ahead of him. Ejder | GMT -5 | SuperBambi#8552
  14. MARCUS JUNIUS SILANUS 17 | 25TH March, 58 AD | Senator | Noble | Heterosexual| Canon | Rudy Pankow Personality. Marcus had a rough beginning to his life and the first few years, he was moved around a lot. Luckily he does not remember much of this; back then he just clung to his step-mother, Flavia Juliana, who took such good care of him. After the first years of his life, he was finally able to settle down together with his step-mother and adopted siblings. Marcus easily adapts, so he quickly became used to the life of a wealthy Senator's son, who was well-known at the palace of Caesar and friends with the boys and girls there. To this day, he still adores his step-mother and should anyone dare to threaten her reputation, they will have to answer to Marcus too. He is usually a fun-loving young man, but if he feels threatened or feels anyone he cares about are threatened, he can lose his temper. Luckily, this has not happened a lot so far – but this young man does have two sides to him. Around Flavia Juliana, her husband and other adults, he will be a perfect and polite young man, although maybe a tad bit arrogant. When he’s not around adults however, but around friends and other young people around his own age, he is quite different. He can be quite spontaneous and acts on impulse and instinct rather than wait and consider what he's doing. Sometimes he forgets to think, if he feels something is important and must be done now. His life philosophy is so far to enjoy life while he has it, because you never know when it is going to end. Marcus likes luxury and likes things getting done his way and he sometimes appears to think the world is there for his pleasure. At the same time, he hates it when people try to hold him back and can sometimes be quite the trouble-maker, because he wants things that are sometimes denied him. Especially the last few years have changed him a bit with regards to that, after his brother Lucius managed to lose their wealth - Marcus is not aware of all the details of this story, which is why he at the moment puts some blame on his brother. He used to look up to his brother, because his older brother always seemed to know when and why and how to do certain things. But Lucius was sent to Britannia and when he returned to Rome, he was moved on towards Greece and then Syria, so Marcus has not seen him a lot lately and isn't quite sure what to think of his older brother now. What Marcus does know is that he wants that wealth back somehow and hopes he will get it - no matter what it takes. Marcus plans to rise high in the hierachy of Rome, wants to become a Senator and eventually more, but he needs guidance... or else things may turn badly for this playful mischief-maker. Appearance Marcus looks like a good mix of his deceased mother and father; he has inherited his mothers blonde hair and fair skin, while his build and face resemble his father more than his mother. He is quite tall for a Roman, above the average height and does work to stay fit and in shape and likes to know that he's good looking. Marcus frequently visits the thermae both to bathe, swim and exercise in general. He has a friendly face and often a playful expression on his face and in his blue-grey eyes. His clothing is of course according to his rank - he wears a tunica with a toga virilis at most times, now that he has come of age and growing to become a man. On his feet are sandals or half-shoes secured with thongs up his lower leg. Family Father: Decimus Junius Silanus (deceased) Mother: Lucretia Aemilia (deceased) Step-mother: Flavia Juliana (considers her to be his mother) Siblings: Lucius Junius Silanus, 24 (adopted brother/cousin) Junia Silana, 31 (adopted sister/cousin) Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Connected to following families: - The Flavii-Alexandrae family, through Flavia Julianas father - The Furiae-Bibaculae family, through Flavia Juliana's first husband - The Caecinae-Tusci family, through Flavia Juliana's latest husband - The Lucretiae-Aemiliae, through his biological mother Other: Friends with Imperial princes Titus Flavius Caesar Alexander and Tiberius Claudius Sabucius History 58 AD – Marcus Junius Silanus is born to Lucretia Aemilia and Decimus Junius Silanus in Britannia, where he spent the first few years of his life. 59 AD – Marcus’ biological mother dies and his father marries Lucretia Flora 60 AD – Decimus Junius Silanus divorces Flora and marries Flavia Juliana, daughter of Jullus Flavius Alexander. Flavia becomes the woman Marcus considers his mother, since he does not recall his father’s former wives. They all return to Britannia to live. 61 AD – Decimus Junius Silnaus is murdered by a treacherous slave, only to be killed later by his brother, the only 11 year old Lucius Junius Silanus. At the same time, Flavia Juliana is pregnant and there are plans for Flavia, Lucius and Marcus to travel back to Rome from Britannia through Gaul. Lucius Cassius Longinus escorts them to Rome. There is however unrest... little 3 year old Marcus does not understand much of anything though, but continues to cling to Flavia. 62AD – A lot of things happen on the way towards Africa, but Marcus just tags along and tries not to be in the way. Flavia Juliana gives birth to a stillborn male child on the boat towards Africa. Finally, they reach the safety of Pompeius Magnus and a proper funeral is held for Marcus’ father. Later the same year, Flavia Juliana returns to Rome alone. 63 AD – Marcus and Lucius travel to Rome to reunite with Flavia Juliana. Marcus, now 5 years old, could not have been happier to see his ‘mother’ again and wants to spend as much time as possible with her. He gets used to coming to the Imperial palace together with his mother and easily befriends other young boys of the palace. 66 AD – Flavia Juliana marries Quintus Caecina Tuscus, a respected general. He already has one daughter, Caecina Tusca and she is almost the same age as Marcus. She's a girl though and does not seem so fond of Flavia at first, which he naturally dislikes. With time though, he and Caecina become very good and close friends. Later the same year, Flavia Juliana gives birth to another stillborn child. 67-73 AD - Marcus stays friends with the Imperial sons and princes and begins proper education as a boy. Learning everything a proper Senator's son should know, including lessons in how to wield a sword. As a boy, this all seems to interest him. As a 13 year old, he is finally given the toga of manhood - the toga virilis, and is now supposed to act more mature. And he really did try to pay attention to his Greek tutor, but it wasn't easy. His older brother eventually finishes rebuilding their family home, the home of his father, and Marcus too wants to live with there with his brother, whom he admires, instead of with Flavia and her new family. He still visits Flavia often however, while also keeping his friendship with the Imperial heirs. Marcus is curious and hungry when it comes to life and he has the money to make it a fun life. 73 AD - Everything changed (again!) when Marcus' brother Lucius in legal troubles with distant relations lost their wealth and then burned down the original family home; the home that had just been rebuilt... and then lost to them. Marcus, slightly upset over all this and not quite understanding his brothers motives, moved in to live with Flavia Juliana and Quintus Caecina Tuscus again. It was also in 73 AD that Lucius Cassius Longinus gifted Marcus his body slave, Silvanus, who has been with him since. 75 AD - Marcus is now 17 and enjoys social events and parties, spending time at the baths and he enjoys looking at people, especially young ladies of his own age. Marcus' life philosophy at the moment is 'enjoy life while you can' and he hopes no one will try to ruin it for him. He knows he's going to grow up to become someone important and he can barely wait; once he turns 18, he will begin to follow the Honos Curum by starting with the Viginitiviri. Until then however, he also tries his hardest to enjoy life as it is right now, because he knows it can end when you least expect it. 76 AD - Marcus is now 18 and ready to join the Viginitiviri. His friendship with the Imperial prince, Tiberius, has grown and he works hard to keep that up, because he still has ambitions about going somewhere, in the Roman society. He wants to regain his wealth and he wants to climb the social ladder and the course of honor and reach high. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or Discord
  15. Zia


    Zia 26 | November 11th 49CE | Slave | General attendant/seamstress | Heterosexual | Wanted | Aurora Ruffino Personality. Tough, prideful and ingenious are all words that come to mind when considering Zia. Her marriage was a partnership and whilst Diegis had brains himself, he was not above differing to his wife's opinion. A keen strategist and lover of games, Zia is continually thinking about her next move and what would bring her the most gain. Whilst not without warmth, her life thus far has moulded her into a woman where strategy and glory come first, and emotion second. She's not a naturally loving person, although her son is an exception, and sometimes struggles to bond with strangers. Being brought down several (hundred) rungs in the social ladder from future wife of a chieftain, to a slave, has been a shock for her but she still holds her head up high and bides her time. She's adapted fairly well to life in slavery, although a significant portion of that is an act designed to make her masters pity her, or feel more comfortable around her. She misses her husband dearly, and relishes the opportunity to see him (not least because it gives her time to plot and scheme). She finds the tasks she's given in Titus' house dull considering she used to occupy her time with political stratagems and hosting the great and the good. Her Latin has improved immeasurably in her time in Rome, but her accent often makes people believe she's without wits which mask her deeply intelligent, but often incredibly ruthless personality. Appearance Standing at about five foot five, and with an athletic figure, Zia's appearance mimics her stern personality. She dresses simply, as befits a slave, but hasn't forgotten her roots and her standing and her countenance all speak to a proud woman. Her back is arrow straight and she only lightly averts her eyes if required to look away from her masters. She has long dark hair, tanned skin and light hazel eyes. Her life, as the daughter of a Dacian chieftain and wife to a future one kept her away from the majority of the hardships of her people but that is not to say she hasn't worked. Her hands aren't smooth like that of a Roman woman and she bares small scars across her arms and legs from childhood grazes and mishaps. Unlike a lot of slaves, she doesn't look like a girl anymore and her features - whilst attractive - are stern and mature. She's not a simpering sixteen year old (and forgets she ever was), and whilst she's not the most stunning of Titus' haul from Dacia, her confidence and pride make her stand out as a force not to be underestimated. Family Father: Brindis (chief of the Appuli tribe, middle Dacia) - alive. Mother: Rescuturme (second wife of Brindis) - deceased. Siblings: Cotiso (half-brother by Brindis' first wife, future chief of the Appuli) - alive. Mokson (half-brother by Brindis' first wife) - alive. Cotys (full younger sister by Rescuturme, married to a prominent warrior of the Appuli) - alive. Rholes (full younger brother by Rescuturme) - alive. Dotos (half-brother by Brindis' third wife) - alive. Spouse: Diegis (now a slave, youngest son of the chief of the Ratacenses tribe, eastern Dacia) - alive. Children: 1 miscarriage Luto (son, now a slave, 4 years old, residing in an equite house known to Titus) - alive. Extended family: Numerous nieces and nephews by her siblings. Numerous cousins, including Tarbus (now a slave). Sisters in law by Diegis. Other: Owners: Titus Sulpicius Rufus Valeria Flacca History 49CE: Zia is born, the first daughter to the chief of the Appuli tribe and his second wife. Her birth is celebrated, as it heralds a new opportunity for alliances with other tribes, through marriage. 52CE: Her younger sister, Cotys, is born. 56CE: Her younger brother Rholes is born, Zia's mother dies in childbirth. Brindis grieves deeply and rules out remarriage for the foreseeable future. Their tribe is largely kept out of the ongoing war between Rome and the various eastern tribes. 60CE: During the close of the war, Zia is sent with her younger siblings and with her cousins to safety to family with the Caucoenses. 63CE: Zia and her family return to Apulum. Her father, keen on establishing strong bonds in the face of consistent Roman aggression and military movements (even after the close of the war), procures an honourable match between his first born daughter and the youngest son of the Ratacenses tribe, Diegis. Only a couple of years older than her, Zia is nonetheless unimpressed, finding him brutish and macho and beneath her. 64CE: After the start of her first flux, to ensure she is ready, Zia and Diegis marry. To ensure her safety, her cousin Tarbus is married into the tribe through a cousin of Diegis and accompanies her to Surcea. 66CE: Zia miscarries their first child. The couple drift apart and Diegis has a son with a local woman, infuriating Zia who promptly has her exiled whilst Diegis is elsewhere in Dacia conducting discussions with eastern tribes on the future of their land. 68CE: The couple reconcile and Zia, having withdrawn to Cumidava in fury, returns home to Surcea. Diegis agrees to give his wife more say in their future, and his father respects her tenacity. Early wobbles in their marriage are largely forgotten going forward. 69CE: Her father remarries and has another son. 71CE: Zia gives birth to their only child, a son, named Luto for Diegis' grandfather. The birth is celebrated and Zia relaxes slightly, feeling more secure in her position. She begins to involve herself more and more with politics, and Diegis continues to encourage his wife's lightening fast mind. She begins to suggest that the Roman occupation of the east is more fragile than previous tribes gave credit for, and Diegis and his father begin tentative discussions on next steps and begin small skirmishes to disrupt supply lines and raid outposts. 73CE: Tarbus warns his cousin and her husband from provoking Roman aggression, but nonetheless supports their underhanded attempts to provoke instability (if only out of concern for his cousin). 74CE: Their years of intrigue catch up with them, and whilst hosting a feast for the leaders of several smaller tribes far from Surcea after a very successful raid on a Roman cohort, Rome's great and powerful swoop in. Many are killed and maimed including Diegis' father and oldest brother, leaving him the chief, in name only. Diegis, Tarbus, Zia and her son are captured for inciting and provoking discord in the territory. Given as spoils to the legate, the four are shipped to Rome. Zia is placed in the household of said legate apart from her husband, as surety for his good behaviour. Their son - much to her horror and fury - is enslaved and placed in the house of an equite known to their captors as surety for her good behaviour. She has no sense of where Tarbus is. 75CE: Having been in the house for several months, Zia has adapted well although she is forever plotting her next move and how to spin her newfound situation to her advantage. Sara | GMT | Discord! @Gothic
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    Marcus Barbatius

    MARCUS BARBATIUS 29 | 1st April 45 AD | Plebian | Barber | Bisexual | Original | Jonathan Rhys Meyers Personality. It is hard to describe a man like Marcus Barbatius. It might be easier to just meet him and make up your own idea about him, rather than having him described. You might describe him as twisted though, if you really knew him. He is a psychopath and a sadist, after all. He has an unnatural fascination with blood and he does not feel guilty about it. He knows of course it's not normal to be the way he is, but he does not try to control his desires or urges. Few know him so well though, besides his personal slaves. Marcus will have different personalities according to whom he interacts with. With wealthy people, patrons, senators and other useful people, he can be the friendliest person you have ever met. He will be charming and all smiles and more than happy to do your biding, so he can earn his coin. With people who are beneath him, people who offend him and annoy him for some reaosn… everything is different. He knows that he has the upper hand with slaves and especially his own for example; knows that is his choice whether they live or die. And if they behave well, they’ll be fine and live. However, the tiniest mistake or flaw will annoy Marcus, who is constantly seeking reasons to hurt others, because he knows it ought to be justified, at least. So he looks for the reasons and believes he is in his right to hurt someone, when he does. Marcus is not a weak man and he is the one who has access to any blade in the house. he is however also a bit of a coward and can't actually fight well. So he seeks to only attack and hurt people he believe he is superior to. If a fight begins, he'd rather flee than stay to fight. It's never easy to be his slave and he can be hard to please - and he does not care what you feel. He wants to be hard to please, so he can justify his actions. Marcus has no wife and has no plans on having one. He has never been in love and people he call friends are very rare, since few people would understand him and he's aware of this. He knows he probably ought to marry, but he does not have this strong desire to have an heir, like many Romans seem to have. And he's not even sure he's able to love anyone. Marcus likes to be free to do whatever he pleases in his home and rightfully thinks a wife would restrain him. Appearance Maybe it is his mother’s foreign origin, but Marcus is sometimes tall among Romans; standing 5’8” tall. He has striking blue eyes that can appear almost piercing, as if he is always onto you or always considering or scheming something. And who knows if he is? He has an athletic build and short, brown hair. He prefers dark or green colors with his clothes, although his most cherished clothing is a blue tunica, because blue has always been a color of status where he came from. Around his neck, in a leather string, hangs an iron key. Family Father: Marcus Barbatius Major (deceased) Mother: Gaia Aulietia (deceased) Siblings: Gaius Barbatius (deceased) Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Marcus Barbatius Magnus – mother’s husband (deceased) Other: History 45 AD – Marcus is born to a father, who used to be a simple and ordinary soldier in the Roman army. His mother was born and grew up in Gaul. When his father had served his years, he settled down with Gaia and had two sons. Marcus was the first. Marcus is from a young age an introvert and prefers to be left on his own. Something is very different about this boy. 47 AD – Gaius, Marcus’ younger brother, is born. Gaius is more outgoing and gentle than Marcus. As Marcus grows, it's obvious he is not normal. He has a tendency to lie, to want to hurt others, he is manipulative and he is a narcissist. 55 AD – Marcus’ father dies and his mother is open about being in a relationship with his father’s freed slave, Magnus. Magnus is a war captive turned into a slave, who worked as Marcus’ fathers body slave. When Marcus’ father died, Magnus was freed. Marcus’ mother marries Magnus and Magnus settles down as a barber. He trains both Marcus and Gaius to become barbers too, although he does not adopt the children to be his own sons. With Marcus being the more reserved type, Magnus gets along with Gaius much better. 57 AD – Marcus thinks his brother Gaius, who is more gentle than he, is spoiled by their adoptive father and a dislike towards Gaius begins growing in Marcus. When they’re alone, Marcus tends to bully and try to hurt his brother. Nothing else changes though and no one does anything about Marcus' behavior. 62 AD – Major uproar in Rome, which they hear about in the small town in Gaul. Marcus is now working alongside Magnus as a barber and hears a lot about Rome – and they are all glad they don’t live there. Gaius is still just an assistant to the barbers and Marcus makes sure his brother knows this. 63 AD – Marcus gets upset with Gaius over something minor – using it as an excuse - and cuts his arm deeply with one of the razors. Gaius loses at lot of blood while Marcus does nothing. Gaia, their mother, helps Gaius and Magnus is of course upset over this and wants Marcus gone. Gaia, Marcus’ mother, does not want him to leave, despite what he did. Marcus is still her son. But after the incident, the household feels different. Gaius recovers, but is afraid of Marcus and Marcus enjoys the power he has over his brother and the family. 64 AD – Magnus is tired of Marcus and his weird behavior and wants to kick him out. There is a fight in the household and Marcus ends up killing his mother’s husband. 19 years old, he is now the eldest in the household and threatens Gaia and Gaius, to makes sure they will keep the secret about the murder. They cut up the body and burn it. No one blames him for the murder and by anyone else; the death is treated as an accident. Gaius however has a hard time forgiving his older brother. Marcus enjoys his rank in the household and uses threats and violence to both his mother and brother to keep them submissive to him. 66 AD – After two years of mental and physical abuse (beatings and cuts with blades) from Marcus, Gaius will no longer stand for it. He leaves the house to go and tell the vigiles of the city about his brother, but makes the mistake of sharing the idea with his mother. Marcus forces her to tell where Gaius went and then follows Gaius and kills him, burying the body in the nearby woods. Gaia of course knows what happened and confronts Marcus with it, wanting him to stop with his violent behavior or she will tell. Enough is enough, she says. That doesn’t help. She ends up dead too and Marcus also hides her body before gathering all his belongings and in the dark night, he leaves the town behind him for good. 68 AD – Marcus arrives in Rome and settles down as a barber, pleased to start a new life in a place where no one knows him. He purchases a few cheap slaves from the market to become his assistants and now again has someone to abuse. Outwardly, towards free citizens of Rome, Marcus appears friendly and open and soon becomes a successful barber. Marcus takes in more and wealthier clients, pampering them with razors, strigils, lotions and oils and massages by his slaves. 69 AD – One of his slaves has gotten into trouble too many times with Marcus and before Marcus can punish him, the slave somehow gets his hands on a blade and slits his own throat. Marcus is very upset over this and now keeps his blades locked in a chest – and keeps the key around his neck. He vows to never have another slave take his or her own life in his house. Then of course Marcus just buys a new slave and continues as if nothing happened. 74 AD – Marcus does not know how many slaves he has owned and how many he has murdered, because they weren't submissive enough or because he wanted to kill them, before they could take their own lives. He has several of them now and is still a successful barber. He is far from poor now and has a fine home in Rome. Senators come to him to be pampered and he takes good care of them. A few people may sense that something is off about Marcus and wonder why he purchases so many slaves and what happens to some of them. And maybe one or two people have died because they knew too much and Marcus didn’t want them to tell… meaning that so far, no one really knows. 77 AD - Marcus Barbatius is still alive and well in Rome and continues his double life, where he is just an ordinary barber of Rome in the daytime, but in the evenings and nights, he will often leave his home to 'produce blood' as he often calls it. Make people bleed. Sometimes kill. In February 77AD however, it went a little too far. Marcus killed a Senator of Rome and there are now more people out looking for him than ever before. He tries to continue his life as always, to not raise suspicion, but his urge to cut and make people bleed is still there. And now there may also be an urge to stop those looking for him. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or Discord
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    RANA 20 | January, 54 AD | Slave | Gladiator | Homosexual | Original | Alycia Debnam-Carey Personality. Rana was not born a warrior, nor was she born a slave. She grew up free most of her life, but she has always been curious and determined and quite the troublemaker. She does not always mean to make trouble, but at home her opinions were often strange and she’d do things she shouldn’t do. Like sleeping with her brother’s wife, stealing and other things. Now she’s in Rome as a slave and here she has been told that her skills as a troublemaker will be useful in the arena. She has also always strived for attention and that desire has not lessened either, over the years. She quite likes to be noticed! Rana is still curious about what life is giving her and she is quite open-minded too. She has heard that the gladiatrixes can be paid well and be quite famous, having better lives than most slaves, and she’s decided to strive for that. No matter the cost. She is here to live and live she will… dammit! Appearance Rana is somewhat tall for a woman, standing just about 5’5” in height. She has striking green eyes and smooth, long and dark brown hair. Her skin is tanned after years of travelling and it will probably stay that way, now she’s a gladiator. She is often dressed up in darker colors and for fights in the arena she will also be given a war-paint, to make her appear even more fierce. She embraces everything that is given to her, as long as it makes people notice her. When she is not fighting or wearing clothes fit for training, she wears lighter brown and grey colors. Family Father: Bjorn Mother: Willa Siblings: Helvi (sister, 24) and Erwin (26) Spouse: N/A Children: N/A Extended family: Other: History Rana was born on a cold winters day in Southern Germania. Back then she wasn’t called Rana – she had another name, but she has put that behind her now. She had an older sister and an older brother; Rana was the youngest of the tree. She knew early on that her lot in life was to be married off, and that her match might be less fancy than what her older sister would get. She was the kind of girl who wanted more though and she did what she could to make herself noticed. Many times she was put in her place by both her father and her brother, they didn’t like her being so outspoken and making trouble. But she couldn’t help it. Being the youngest and a girl meant she mattered less than her siblings. Rana’s older brother, Erwin, became a merchant and when she was fourteen and he was twenty, he decided to go and make some acquaintances among the Romans. And it was decided that Rana would go with him, because her chances of finding a good husband far away would be better… and maybe marrying her off to someone would form a good alliance. In a village not far from the Roman border, her brother quickly found himself a wife – Gerta - and Rana would live with them. His wife was a few years younger than he was, but that did not matter. Rana’s brother would however often leave and not come back in weeks, because he was trading, and that left Rana and Gerta home alone. The two young women grew close – closer than they should have. Sharing a bed on cold nights brought them close together and in secret, they became lovers. Years passed in the village and when she was 18 years old, her brother told her he’d found a husband for her. Rana did not like the idea of no longer being with Gerta and she also didn’t like the idea of having a husband. She decided to run away, across the border, because she had also heard that Romans were more open when it came to whom you could love and sleep with. She could however not convince Gerta to run away with her; Gerta had two small children now and she could not live her children behind. But Rana couldn’t stay. She did not want to marry. So one night, Rana packed a sack of good things. She also took some of the valuable hides and amber, which she knew the Romans liked. She thought she could use that on the other side of the border. She left the village at night when her brother was away trading and she made it to the border and across. However, of course she ran into her brother in the first town she found. Her brother quickly found out she had stolen from him and he wouldn’t take her back to the village. Rana said all sorts of things to him; everything that she’d been keeping inside for years, came out. She even confessed the affair with his wife and that did it. Her brother renamed her Rana, because ‘ran’ meant ‘stealing’. Her brother wouldn’t have anything to do with her; and if she was so eager to escape to Rome, to Rome she would go. He sold her as a slave to the Romans and that’s the last she saw of him. The slave trader took the young woman in, and for years they travelled the continent, where the slave trader would buy and sell slaves on the way. Further down south, an imperial client of a place called the Ludus Magnus in Rome, met the slave trader and he took thought Rana looked rather interesting - and the stories he heard about her were also thrilling. While she had not been a bad slave to her slave trader or tried to run away, she was known for doing odd things and mischief sometimes. She was twenty when she entered Rome and was brought to something called a ludus. Now she knew a little Latin, but it would turn out that wasn’t the most important thing to be able to do. Apparently Rana was to become a female gladiator, fighting for her life and the pleasure of the Romans. She learned fast what it was; the first morning in her new home, she was cleaned up and then the hard training would begin. Atrice | GMT+1 | PM or Discord
  18. Titus Sulpicius Rufus. 34 | october nonae 39 CE | Senatore | Soldier/senator | Heterosexual | Canon | Toby Kebbell Personality. From a very young age Titus has been described as both bold and brash. As a little boy he would try to climb the tallest tree, mount the wildest mare, start the most play-fights. He was determined to aggrandise himself, to beat his siblings and the slave children in their endeavours, and then tell everyone about it who would hear. The brashness is still there, forever a part of his nature and upbringing, but he does a good job of taming it as needed. Titus prefers to describe himself as confident. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he likes to take initiative and meet his enemies where they stand, be it in the fields of Dacia or within the walls of Rome. It goes, without saying, therefore, that Titus is willful and driven in his undertakings. Any affair he is tasked with is seen to completion, and despite his lack of patience for mundane minutiae, he is perfectly capable of playing the long game so as to accomplish his goals. Nevertheless, every so often his face betrays his inner thoughts, and to combat that flaw he tends to assume a serious, grumpy look – which, again, leads many to feel justified in their opinion of him as an arrogant man. In actuality, Titus is a goofy fellow with a quick laugh. Trading jokes and anecdotes with his legionaries, attending theatre performances and playing with his children are things he enjoys, and he’s as much a fan of gladiator fights and chariot races as the average Gaius on the street. The simple pleasures of life energise him and give him something to look forward to when he is away from civilisation. As a soldier, Titus is frighteningly effective. He leads those under his command from the frontlines, aiming to set a good example, and hacks away at enemies with all the glee and abandon of a patron at a brothel. A decent strategist and a better executor, Titus feels most alive when in the midst of battle, fighting by his men’s side; he lives for victory and the look of despair in their opponents’ eyes when they realise they’re powerless to stop the implacable Roman army – better than any aphrodisiac or fine wine. His loyalty to the eagle standard is unquestionable, and his trust in the Augustus’ military and political savvy unwavering. Appearance Titus stands at a fairly common 172 cm, being both shorter and stockier than his lanky elder brother. Thanks to his time in the legions and a natural inclination for fitness and physical activity, he is in good shape, although by no means built like a gladiator. Also courtesy of his military service are several scars, both big and small, spread across his body; some are more visible than others, like his nearly-sliced-in-half right ear and cheek, but Titus sees them as proof of his dedication rather than eyesores. He sports short, slightly wavy brown hair and, in spite of his best efforts and shaving routine, often finds himself in possession of a 5 o’clock shadow. His eyes are an ordinary brown, neither light nor dark, and his skin colour is also quite ordinary, although a tanner tone than the one he was born with owing to long periods of time spent outdoors. The latest fashions mean nothing to Titus, and he feels most comfortable in military garb. When at home in Rome, he lets his body slave decide for him, as long as it’s simple and sober. Regardless of what he wears, Titus strives to present a stolid countenance in public, but allows himself to be much more animated when with family or very close friends – and occasionally in front of his army subordinates. Family Father: Lucius Sulpicius Rufus (b. deceased, former Consul.) Mother: Plancia Magna (b. alive) Siblings: Sulpicia Rufia (b. 48 years old) Quintus Sulpicius Rufus (b. 29 CE) Spouse: Valeria Flacca, daughter of Publius Valerius Flaccus (senator) Children: Sulpicia Flacca (b. 61CE) Publius Sulpicius Rufus (b. 65CE) Sulpicia Valeriana (b. 70CE.) 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.) Quintus Sulpicius Rufus' wife = Cornelia Scipiones Quintus Sulpicius Rufus Minor (b. 60CE) Appius Sulpicius Rufus (b. 62CE) Sulpicia Rufiana (b. 64CE) Sulpicia Annthea (b. 68CE) Maternal (Grandfather, Senator) Marcus Plancius Magnus Marcus Plancius Magnus Minor, age 40. Plancia Magnilla Extended family on the Plancia-Magna page. Other: Related to the Valerii-Flacchi by marriage History Titus came to the world in 39CE, the third and last child to his parents. Being the youngest afforded him liberties his older siblings would have had to fight for, and that suited the active little boy just fine. His bronze soldier toys followed him all around the domus, and the conquests of Alexander were his favourite bedtime stories. He was a curious and fearless child, more interested in history and the military arts than literature or philosophy. While his brother concerned himself with learning the ropes of the Senate and their dealings from their father Lucius, Titus dreamed of becoming the greatest legatus of his age, an equal to Scipio Africanus in the annals of history. As he grew older, however, he came to understand the merits of Quintus’ long-term strategy, and sought to adapt it to his own ambitions. His coming of age coincided with a period of great unrest in Rome. The illness and later death of Claudius brought about much uncertainty, and rebellions popped up all across the Empire like mushrooms after heavy rains. It was in this climate of distrust and betrayal that Titus joined the legions as tribunus laticlavius under the command of Quintus Flavius Alexander, unafraid to openly support the Augusta’s family. The conflict in Gaul had them facing the forces of the proditor patriae Camilius and emerging victorious in 56CE. Titus’ service only confirmed what he had always felt deep within: the art of war was to be his métier. The fragile peace attained after the liquidation of Camilius would last only a few years, suffering irreparable blows from the deaths of the Caesares: Darius in 58CE and Junus and Honorius two years later. Titus’ stint in Gaul ended when Quintus Flavius Alexander returned to Rome in 60CE, and in the same year he married Valeria Flacca, she too the daughter of a senator. It was a political match, as most were, but Titus’ affection for his wife grew quickly as they welcomed their new life together, and before long he was sincerely and utterly devoted to her. A year later, in 61CE, the pair welcomed their first daughter, named Sulpicia Flacca for both families. Titus found he was the doting type of father, hopelessly wrapped about his daughter’s chubby little fingers. In 62CE civil war broke out, and again Titus hurried to Quintus Flavius Alexander’s side in the East. Between Cyprianus’ loss of power and the executions ordered by the newly-acclaimed Clemens, Rome was a most dangerous place to be, and Titus entrusted the safety of his wife and child to the smooth tongue and diplomacy of his older brother. In Cappadocia he acclaimed Quintus Alexander Caesar, supporting him in his defeat of the armies of Scaurus, Cotta and Clemens, and marched triumphantly back to Rome under the new Caesar after a fortunate reunion with his brother. His reencounter with Valeria and Flacca was an emotional one, yet Titus was eager to assist Quintus Caesar in his structural reforms of the legions. In 63CE he marched to Gaul once more, aiding Caesar in his pushback against the German attackers along the Rhine and helping to prepare a new venture into Britannia. Their force reached the island in 64CE and again a reorganisation of the legions was undertaken so they might better defeat the belligerent natives. In one of the skirmishes with aggressive tribes Titus suffered a serious injury and was sent back to Rome once he has recuperated enough to travel, his superior affirming that Titus had yet much to offer to the army if only he took care to live long enough. His sourness at having to miss out on all the action was lessened by being with his family again, and in 65CE Valeria gave birth to a son, named Publius in honour of his maternal grandfather. His new heir made Titus’ recovery much more agreeable and provided him with the perfect excuse to retrieve and dust off his old toy soldiers, and in early 66CE he celebrated the return to Rome and triumph of Caesar Augustus, with the infamous Briton Eppitacus in tow as spoils of war. The following years were of little note. Titus resumed his unfinished business in Britannia in late 67CE, this time as quaestor in suo anno, and participated in the maneuvres and strategies that would ultimately remove Ysulda of the Brigantes from power in 68CE. Once his quaestorship was over, Titus was sent back to Rome to keep an eye on the deposed Ysulda, who had by that time reached the capital after having fled to Colonia in Germania Inferior. He and Valeria made good use of this time to add to their family, and in 70CE Sulpicia Valeriana greeted the world for the first time. However, Titus did not have much time in which to get to know his youngest child, as Caesar sent him to Dacia to assume the post of legatus legionis for the XI Claudia. Thus, in 72CE Titus commemorated news of his brother’s election as consul from quite a distance, nevertheless feeling much pride at Quintus’ accomplishment. It is now 74CE and Titus is back in Rome following the completion of his term in Dacia. For the time being he is kept busy by all the catching up with family and affairs of the city, but is of two minds about whether he should aim for a new assignment to the provinces or begin to climb up the ladder in earnest and seek a praetorship. 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  19. CHARIS 20 | summer - 54 | Slave | House Slave to Tertius Quinctilius Varus | Straight | Wanted | Alexandra Dowling Personality. Charis can be described as deeply pragmatic, and down to earth. She is not a woman that is easily riled or unnerved, and instead is excellent at holding her ground and finding solutions to problems. Her family, from before, always found her to be their bedrock and it comes with her nature to be supportive and nurturing. She has a wicked, and sometimes dark sense of humour - endlessly self-deprecating - but as she aged she began to learn when to be quiet and when to be forthright. Of course, her new circumstance has changed her personality; her usual assertiveness has taken a blow and she finds herself feeling more lost and unsure of herself more often now. Yet, she was still the calm and collected figure amongst the slaves en route from Britannia to Rome - offering advice and comfort, even when she was going through unimaginable pain and grief herself. Now, as she finds herself in the household of her new, and first master, she is having to learn to adapt. This period of adaption has made her appear quieter and more timid than she, perhaps, is once you get to know her, but for now she is remaining quiet and observant as she tests the boundaries of her new situation. Appearance Charis is short for a woman, standing at around 5ft, but she is strong through years of work. She has a feminine frame with appropriate curves, but the travel and a period of illness after the loss of her child has made her frailer. She has been blessed with the very pale skin of the Britons, although she has been dreading the heat and sun of Rome. She has soft features, unusual for the stereotype of a Briton, with full lips and bright blue eyes. Once you wipe the grime for her after her weeks on the road, she is an attractive woman. She does, however, have some small marks upon her body - notably a mark from a lash across her shoulders, and a few small scars on her calves and knees from trips and falls on her travels. She dresses plainly as befits her station, and wears no jewellery, save for a simple leather bracelet that was gifted to her from her late husband Immin. Having secreted it upon her person during her capture and travel, now she has arrived in Rome and the house of her master, she wears it proudly - partly as a mark of defiance, partly to remind her to keep strong. Family Father: Ninian (deceased) Mother: Letinie (sold into slavery, fate unknown) Siblings: Calpornus (brother, deceased), Ardra (sister, fate unknown), Turi (brother, fate unknown) Spouse: Immin (29, presumed deceased) Children: None Extended family: Multiple cousins and extended family in her tribe - most of their fates are unknown Other: Owned by Tertius Quinctilius Varus History CHILDHOOD [54 – 62 CE]: Charis, or Erea as she was known, was born the second child, and first daughter, into a family belonging to the Parisi tribe in Brittania in the summer of 54CE. Although her exact date of birth is unknown, she believes it to be around August the 15th. Unlike many slaves, she was born free and to a family that, whilst hardened by war and continual invasion from Rome, loved one another dearly and closely. Her family were not rich, but decently comfortable as her father was sought after for his skill smithing metal - something ever increasing in demand as the need for weaponry increased. Her childhood years were, like many others, mired by the presence of her Roman peers and whilst too young to understand completely the threat they posed, the fear from her family suitably concerned her. It was during these formative years that Erea's personality began to take flight - noting the deep concern of her parents, and their growing family, she stepped in to take care of her younger siblings. However, her childhood would come to an abrupt end in February 62CE, with the victory for the Romans in Petuar. Her father's business had boomed in the run up to the battle, and he himself had attended the city to dish out his wares on the fateful day of the advance of Lucius Longinus. She had heard, since that day, that her father put up a decent fight along with his tribe - enough to make the victory barely worth winning as the Romans fell back and recovered. But that day, she nonetheless lost her innocence as her beloved father - a generous and gregarious man, full of warmth and care for his family, was expunged at the sword of a Roman. ADOLESCENCE [62 – 70 CE]: Compared with the trauma of her earlier years, her adolescence and maturation into a woman passed unremarkably. Now subdued by the Romans, although not without tension and constant raids, her life was filled with caring for her younger siblings and supporting her mother through her grief. Her brother, to his credit, took up the mantle left by the death of their beloved father and re-ignited their family's metalwork business. Whilst not as skilled as Ninian, Calpornus now a young man, nonetheless had the drive and ambition to make it profitable. As she grew older, her wit and her intelligence grew. On their forays into Petuar to flaunt their wares, Erea had picked up a few Latin phrases - enough to pass by the Roman occupiers and to understand some of their motives. Her pragmatism also started to grow as she realised that they were here to stay, and whilst she would never stoop so low as to make deals with them, she counselled her brother and wider family about how to deal with them. She had understood, quite quickly after the battle in 62CE, that there would be no going back from this and whilst she lived for the day of true freedom - for now it was better to grit ones teeth and bare it. It had been around her sixteenth birthday when she was first introduced to Immin. He was older than her, and had taken part in the fighting against the Romans at Petuar - his body and the scars upon it a testament to that. Whilst not deeply in love or lust, the pair nonetheless soon became firm friends whilst deep underneath the beginnings of something deeper started to flourish (although the stubborn Erea refused to admit it at first). They were wed to one another shortly after her seventeenth birthday, and unconventionally, Immin took residence with her family. She suspected because of his frailty - he had take a sword to the leg during the war and it had never quite healed right, but also out of respect as he knew his new bride was deeply invested in helping her mother manage the family and the business with her brother. ADULTHOOD [70 – Present]: Erea's peace lasted two glorious years, until 73CE. In the years preceding that date, the business flourished, and with Immin's sharp mind a compliment to her own, their trade increased along with their wealth. Her family were content and her mother had even regained some of the vigour she had lost after the death of Ninian. Whilst confusion and chaos reigned across Britannia as discord against their occupiers grew, Erea and her family lived in relative peace and harmony - shielded from the tumultuous outside world by their love and warmth. It is this, perhaps, that made the raids and the losses even more acute for her, and changed her character from a bright, forthright and vivacious young woman into the quiet and wan one her master finds in Rome today. Not one educated in politics, Erea has never understood why the raids started to happen. There were whispers it was revenge for another Parisi group raiding Roman forts to the south, or perhaps it had been a warning - that their business had become too valuable, their supply of weapons too threatening. But whatever the reason - they came at daybreak in May 73CE. Fortunately, or unfortunately, she had not been at home that day. Taking her younger siblings to a neighbouring settlement with Immin, she had returned home to fire and blood. Calpornus was led across his workbench, dead. Their mother - their sweet, kind, vulnerable mother was gone. She later learned from a survivor that she had been taken for a slave as she was still young enough to work, or die trying. Her grief had been indescribable. They had tried to rebuild after. Immin - whilst no longer physically strong - had tried his best to restart the forge and Ardra and Turi had tried to lend a hand. It was only in December, when Erea had realised her flux was late and the Gods had blessed her with a child. Immin had been overjoyed, but for Erea - as much as she tried, she could not shake her grief or her loss, nor could she help the desperation she felt. With the business now ruined their resources dwindled and with the threat of ever more raids or attacks on the horizon, her happiness at the realisation was muted. It turned out, with good reason. They came again in January, and this time, she was at home. Having picked up a few Latin phrases she understood a few choice words; ringleaders, rebellion and revenge. She had tried to plead with them that they nothing of any plots, that they were honest people, but it was of no use. She watched her husband being dragged outside, and his scream of pain still rings in her ears, as does the deathly silence that followed it. She never found out what happened to him, but she knows it unlikely he survived. Erea herself was dragged by her clothes out of her house and her home, and into a cage - where she would remain for the weeks and weeks travelling to Rome. Her condition - now three or so months pregnant - saved her from the worst brutality that the other women faced at the hands of their captors, but her one hope, her child would not last. It might have been the beating she took as she refused to be silent as instructed (she still bears the lash marks across her shoulders), or simply the travel and lack of food, but she miscarried her child in Gaul. Ill for some weeks after, weak and exhausted, upon her arrival in Rome she was considered a waste of money. Having passed into the hands of Spurius, she thought she had resigned herself to her death or the depravity of a brothel. So when that fateful day in March came and she was liberated from her cage, her interest was piqued. She has no sense of who her new master is, nor his pleasures or temperament. And whilst internally she cries out in pain and for revenge, she knows there are better ways to get what she wants. She needs to be practical and pragmatic, and she needs to find a way home. Sara | GMT | Discord - Sara#2296 @Gothic
  20. Julia Valeria 45 | 15 November, 28 AD | Senatore | Former Imperial Governess | Heterosexual | Canon | Julianna Margulies Personality. Julia's personality has come full circle- as a child she worked at her mother's side to learn how to run a household someday. She was a good student and looked forward to the day when she would be a mother and domina of her own household. All the skills she learned have been tested over the years but no matter what she found a way to make the best of each situation...even as a slave. While most women of her status are lounging and enjoying the good life, Julia is not afraid of hard work. When she first escaped slavery Julia was very careful who she let get close because she feared that they would use her for their own purposes or return her to slavery but as time went on and the list of people she could trust got longer than the list of those she couldn't, she began to open her heart again. For people that she allows to get close to her, she cares deeply for them and will do anything for them. For someone who had a very small family at one point Julia now feels very blessed by the number of people she has in her life. Appearance Julia does not put much stock into fashion as she sees it as superficial. Her fashion choices have changed with each detour in her life’s path. As a child, she happily wore anything her mother chose to put her in. While she would do her best to keep it looking proper, she did spend most of her childhood trying to keep up with her two older brothers and therefore was not afraid to get her hands dirty when necessary. When she was sold into slavery the man who bought her was decent enough to provide her with some clothing, but it was very simple and he enjoyed reminding her of the fact that she wasn’t entitled to wear the jewels/rich clothing anymore. Added to the fact that she worked from sunup to sundown she often braided her mess of brown curls to keep it from getting tangled/out of control and her figured stayed relatively slim. She topped out her height at around 5’2”. When she escaped, with only the clothing on her back she eventually found her way to Lucilla and this was when her life began to return to what it had been before slavery. As a freedwoman/later restored to her Patrician status, she was once again entitled to wear the ‘fancier’ things in life. Valeria wears dresses that befit her restored status, however as far as fancy embellishments or embroidery her dresses tend towards the more simple as she is very humble and for so many years she was responsible for her own limited finances- those habits are very much ingrained. Her hair is still a relatively thick bundle of curls but she has tamed it over the years. Overall, her figure is that of a matron of Rome, however it certainly shows the fact that her life has not been easy- she has added a little flesh to her bones but she still has a permanent reddish tinge to the skin and calluses on her palms from all the hard work she has been forced to do. There was a time when her hands bothered her, but it is simply now a part of who she was in the past and has no bearing on her present or future. Family Father: Sextus Julius Fidelis (Deceased- murdered by Camillus) Mother: Valeria Dexia (Deceased- murdered by Camillus) Siblings: Camillus Deximus Julius Proditorus (deceased-traitor to Rome) Sextus Julius Fidelis Damicus (assumed deceased) Julia Fidelia (deceased shortly after Valeria was born) Julia Aemilia (sold into slavery, assumed either still in slavery or deceased) Julia Claudia (sold into slavery, assumed either still in slavery or deceased) Spouse: Widowed Former husband: Marcus Aburius Canus (Deceased December 73 AD- during Saturnalia) Children: Sextus Julius Fidelis (Born to Julia while she was a slave, purchased & freed, restored to the Julius lineage) Extended family: Canus’ children Marcus Aburius Canus Minor (step-son) Aburia Cana (step-daughter) Servius Aburius Canus (step-son) Aburia Marcilla (step-daughter: deceased) Other: Imperial Children- she was their former governess and has maintained a close friendship History CHILDHOOD [28 AD-45 AD]: Birth – start of slavery Julia Valeria, in 28 AD, was the second daughter born to Sextus Julius Fidelis and his wife Valeria Dexia. At the time of her birth (November 28 AD) her brothers Camillus and Damicus were 4 years old and her elder sister Julia Fidelia was 2. Julia was named in honour of her mother and both Fidelia and Valeria were the apple of their mother’s eye- she was so proud to have 4 healthy children. In 30 AD, Julia became the eldest daughter as her older sister Fidelia died of a raging fever while the family was living in Pompeii. Julia was only 2 when Fidelia died and she did not understand why her sister was suddenly not around but the loss her sister wasn’t to last too long. In 31 AD her mother gave birth to another daughter who was named Julia Aemilia and a third daughter followed two years after that (33AD). In a 10 year period the family had moved from Rome to Pompeii and Valeria Dexia had successfully given birth to 6 children with only 1 not surviving. While her mother had been successful in the family department, she kept her girls very close at hand as she feared they would be taken from her just like her first daughter had been but that wasn’t to be until many years later. The family returned to Rome in 34 AD and Julia excelled in her studies as well as the many tasks her mother set her to do. She was reminded regularly that she was to be a good example for her younger sisters which was fine, but she was also determined to keep up with her older brothers and could often be found trying to get in on their activities. It was back in Rome that she first met Lucilla as a child- Lucilla being a few years older than Julia would often interact with Camillus & Damicus however she would also interact with Julia when she didn’t want to play the rambunctious games that the boys were playing. In 41 AD her father was rewarded with the honour of being Co-consul for the year and at the same time Camillus, who was now 17 was beginning to rise in power. Although Valeria was sad to see her brother leave greater pursuits his accomplishments were celebrated as they also brought prestige to the family. When Camillus returned to Rome in 45 AD (Julia has now turned 17 with her younger sisters being 15 & 13) the family celebrated his return however the celebration were to be short lived. The ‘power’ had gone to her brother’s head and he hatched a plan to murder his father therefore taking the reins of power. He burnt the Domus to the ground and while Julia and her two younger sisters escaped, their parents were killed and Damicus was presumed dead. Camillus was livid that there were survivors- especially sisters that would need dowries provided. Instead of marrying them off or killing her and her sisters Camillus split the family up by selling the girls into slavery. Julia watched as her two younger sisters were sold first with her finally being sold to a relatively cruel man after they had gone. Her master enjoyed the fact that his new purchase had never been touched and had once been a patrician- he taunted her every day about how she was no longer entitled to the privileges that came with being a patrician. Pre-birth – 24 AD Camillus/Damicus born, 26 AD- Julia Fidelia born 28 AD (November)—Valeria born to her parents, named after her mother 30 AD – Family moves to Pompeii, Julia Fidelia dies of a raging fever 31 AD – Julia Aemila, younger sister, is born 33 AD – early education begins & her youngest sister Julia Claudia is born 34 AD – Family returns to Rome, education continues at home with her mother 41 AD – Father appointed Co-consul for the year 42 AD – Camillus’ rise begins with his appointment (Propraetor of Gallia Belgica)- Valeria is sad to see her brother leave. 43 AD Camillus’ wins a great battle on the Rhine 45 AD Family is reunited- Camillus returns to Rome but celebration will be short lived 45 AD – Family is destroyed, sisters split up TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [48-62 AD]: Slavery – Escape – Post Clemens: Slavery at 17 years old forced Julia to grow up and realize that her life was going to be so different. She had been looking forward to the day when she would be married and become a wife/mother but once she heard the word ‘sold’ her dreams ceased to be. Instead of becoming her husband’s partner, she belonged to a man who enjoyed the fact that he had possession of her body and spirit. Julia did her best to just put her head down and quietly fight her way through it because she learned that if she fought back he made it worse. In 48 AD she discovered to her horror that she was pregnant with her master’s child and was unable to get rid of the child before her master found out. Julia was told that if she gave birth to a daughter she could either raise the baby herself as a slave or kill it (he didn’t really care) BUT if it was a son she would have no say over how he was to be raised as her master would raise the boy with his other children. She prayed that it was a daughter but when the child came forth (June 49 AD) she learned that she had carried a son. Julia was allowed to raise him until he reached roughly 3 years-old enough to be completely weaned and likely to survive but not old enough to fully know her as mom yet. However, the bond was well cemented for Julia by that point and when he was taken from her she grieved as if he had died. Something snapped inside her, modern ages would call it post-partum depression, and Julia did something that if she had been found would have meant her death- she found a moment and fled from her master with the clothing on her back BUT she was forced to leave her son behind as she was unable to smuggle him out. Out in the world she struggled from day to day finding small ways to survive. She would take odd jobs here and there if she could and spent many of her days travelling at night and hiding during the day so as not to be caught. Finally, in 52 AD, unsure what to do or where to turn, she took a very dangerous chance and wrote out to a childhood friend of the family whom she had learned was the Dowager Empress. Lucilla seemed to take pity on her and sent her two trusted guards to escort the young woman back to the palace. When she arrived Julia had literally dropped to her knees out of fear of what would happen but also out of sheer relief. During their discussion she learned that Lucilla’s husband had been killed and her son Darius was on the throne with 4 regents to support him- her moment of fear came when she learned that one of the Regents was her own brother Camillus, however Lucilla promised to protect Julia from him. This was accomplished by bringing her into the household, under the false name of Hestia, as the governess to Lucilla’s youngest daughter Flavia (This was decided as the best role for her after Lucilla learning the truth about her own son). Julia took the role of governess and truly loved Flavia as if she was her own child. The two became very close and even 4 years later with the birth of Claudia and Tiberius, the close bond between Julia and the Imperials remained. Not only was it a loyalty bond but for Julia it was a replacement of the family she had stolen from her. In 56 the Regency was demolished and her brother rebelled against the Empire and was declared a traitor. Normally her life would have been forfeit as well, but she was spared by Magister Fluvius Stilicho and Lucilla’s assurance that she had nothing to do with her brother’s treason. Her brother was later discovered in Gaul, by Quintus Alexander and executed for his crimes against Rome. When the execution order was carried out, Quintus discovered a son by Camillus and again he was spared by decree from Fluvius. Lucilla and Fluvius had both promised that someday in the future if possible she would be freed/restored to her former status and following her brother’s execution and the decision to spare her, she was formally restored to her Patrician status. To Julia, this was the greatest news but at the same time, she had still lost the majority of her family. When Lucilla asked her what she planned to do with her life, Julia asked if she could continue at the Palace in the role that she had known for the last few years. Lucilla agreed on condition that Julia accept a stable wage and also accept the fact she was no longer a slave and was free to do with her life what she wished. Flavia no longer needed the close scrutiny of a governess and instead the relationship between the former slave and Imperial child became that of companion while Julia began to help out with the twins as well. In 60 AD, things in the Palace began to change…not for the better. Darius had been murdered, Junus placed on the throne with his father as co-regent. Lucilla requested Julia’s presence and it was during this meeting that she was informed Lucilla had been sick for some time and worried she didn’t have much time left. She had begun to set her affairs in order and wanted to know that the children would be protected and Julia assured her that as long as she was allowed/it was in her control she would be there for Lucilla’s children- it was the least she could for all the compassion Lucilla’s family had extended to her. Shortly after that meeting Lucilla died however that was not to be the only loss the Imperial family would experience. Valeria had to comfort Flavia when she learned of her father’s death and in November 60 AD her brother Junus was killed in a riot/assassination during the funeral games he had prepared for his mother Lucilla. In the ensuing chaos power was assumed on Senate orders by Manius Cyprianus because Tiberius as a very young child was too young to take power. Tiberius, to protect the lineage, was smuggled out of the palace by his stepsister Claudia Livia and Antonia Vitellia. Julia, along with members of the imperial household, was placed under house arrest until it was discovered that she had nothing to do with his removal. Tiberius was eventually returned to the palace and she resumed her role but she knew there would be majority scrutiny following her for some time. Déjà vu would come roughly a year later (62-63 AD) when during another Senate meeting a riot broke out and Clemens who was the head of the Praetorian’s quelled the riot by being declared Ceasar by the mob. Little did those at the Palace know what was occurring- before word even made it back to the Palace the Praetorians, led by Clemens, arrived at the Palace and proceeded to go on a rampage through the palace. Many were quelled but some were rounded up to be dealt with later. Julia had been looking for Tiberius, who had childishly decided to hide on her and while she was looking for him, she learned that Claudia had escaped the palace which meant that both twins were missing. Rufia, the only Imperial remaining at the palace was securely guarded in her room. Julia had the misfortune of being arrested, again on suspicion that she had orchestrated the escape (yay for déjà vu). She was questioned by the Senior Tribunes and while she told them honestly what she knew, she didn’t have the information they were looking for. It was decided that she would be placed under armed guard/house arrest requiring an escort and permission if she needed to leave her cubiculum. It was during this ‘imprisonment’ that she met Marcus Aburius Canus- who would surprisingly later become her husband. He was the one who had escorted her to the tribunes, and during a small amount of chatter he admitted to having once worked alongside her brother but he, like many, was shocked when he learned what he had done to Julia. During her imprisonment Julia kept herself busy by whatever small tasks she was allowed to get her hands on (mostly mending) but she made it so boring to guard her that they allowed her a little more freedom such as doors open etc. While this was going on, she was unaware of the moves Clemens was making to secure his place. She would learn in July of that year (62 AD) when Clemens had her brought to him and ordered her, as Flavia’s former governess and someone the young woman was close to, to prepare the young woman for her upcoming marriage to….Emperor Clemens. At first Julia refused, but Clemens had been prepared for that. He threated both her and Flavia with serious harm/rape/torture if she refused and Flavia failed in her duties as a wife. Suffice it to say the conversation with Flavia had not gone well. Flavia shut down and would not listen to anything Julia said even going so far as to tell Julia she could leave her presence. Flavia, with the cunning that would have made her mother proud, hatched a plan to get out it. On the day of her wedding, she summoned Julia to help prepare her and while they were allowed a few moments to themselves Julia was told that when she received a quick glance and a nod from Flavia she was to take a small sac of money and a letter re-confirming her freedom and once again run for her life. Julia initially refused, but Flavia put her foot down and threatened to make it an order if Julia didn’t agree- reluctantly Julia agreed. During the wedding ceremony Flavia asked to say a few words and it was at this point that the nod came as Flavia shocked the crowd by slicing a concealed blade across the veins in her arms. Just before chaos erupted and Flavia fainted she gave Julia another look that said run. Julia fought with herself for a moment wanting to go Flavia’s side, but realizing how much of a cost Flavia had made to ensure that she and many of the household had a chance to survive, Julia ran and managed to escape before the Palace was fully locked down. She initially went to Antonia Vitellia, who had been a very close friend of Lucilla’s. After the battle of the 4 Emperors where Quintus Alexander came out on top, Julia took up permanent residence in the Domus that once belonged to her nephew (the son of Camillus who had been spared by Fluvius only to be killed serving the Roman Army in Brittania). 48 AD (December) – Learned she was pregnant with her master’s child but unable to abort it before he found out. 49(June)-52 AD (June) – Allowed to keep the child until he reached the age of 3- old enough to make survival likely but not old enough to be fully aware of who she was. Unable to stand life anymore she hatched her escape. Valeria penned a letter to Lucilla. Lucilla met with her and brought her into her household with the story that she was going to be Flavia’s governess but that was protect her from Camillus as he often visited the palace. 56 AD –Regency abolished by Darius, her brother declared a Traitor and new children are born to Lucilla (Claudia & Tiberius) 57 AD (January) – Camillus is discovered in Gaul, along with a biological son Sextus. Camillus is exceuted for treason. – With her brother’s execution Lucilla and Magister Stilicho formally free her- keeping the promise Lucilla made. Fluvius and Valeria travel to meet Sextus who returns to Rome and enlists in the military 58-60 AD – Valeria’s life revolves around the Imperial Palace and the twins – September 60 AD- Lucilla summons her and informs her that she has been sick for some time and fears that she doesn’t have much time left. She is setting her affairs in order and wants to know that the children will be protected. – October- November 60 AD- Valeria has to comfort Flavia when news is brought of her father’s death and Junus is killed in the funeral games he prepared for his mother. Power is taken by Manius Cyprianus 61 AD – Senate assumes power in Tiberius’ name as he is considered too young to rule 62 AD – During a senate meeting in the Curia a riot breaks out and Clemens (head of the Praetorians) quells the riot and is declared Caesar by the Mob. Tiberius in a childish mood escapes the palace and while she is looking for him, his sister Claudia escapes. Flavia remains behind – refuses to leave and Valeria is placed under house arrest until her part in the Imperial Children’s disappearance can be explored. July 62 AD – Julia is ordered by Clemens to prepare Flavia for her marriage to Clemens and threatens both Julia & Flavia with serious harm if she isn’t able to convince the girl to go through with it. Flavia, on her wedding day attempts to commit suicide after ordering/making sure that Julia escaped the palace. Julia was given a small sum of money and told to run to protect her from Clemen’s wrath. Post Clemens- Julia escaped the palace and fled first to Antonia Vitellia but after Clemens was killed by Quintus she moved into the Domus that had once belong to her nephew. ADULTHOOD [62-73 AD]: With the restoration of the Imperial lineage, Julia moved into the Domus that had been willed to her by her nephew. While normally able to take care of herself, the Domus was too much for her to handle and Julia purchased a few slaves to help her maintain the house. She was surprised when Canus paid her a visit- he proceeded to hand her a letter. Upon reading the letter she saw that it was the same one that she had penned when she was first placed under house arrest by Clemen’s men. She had feared that she would be killed and Canus, after confiscating and reading the letter, had promised to deliver the letter and she made him agree only if she was killed. As she wasn’t killed, he was returning the letter to her. Julia filed the letter away as she didn’t see a way it could be useful at this point. Julia invites Canus to stay for a quick meal and he does not have to return to Claudia so he agrees. Although Julia is no longer employed directly by the Imperial family, as the next decade goes on she maintains a close contact with the family- especially Rufia and Flavia this has her running into Canus occasionally. In April 63 AD, Octavius at Quintus’ request gathered a list of exiled nobles and Julia used the opportunity to ask the Imperials for advice and help searching for her biological son. She presented the letter she had written to her son and provided the name of her former master. Her former master was still alive but with major encouragement he agreed to sell. Julia purchased her son, who was 15 years old. While she was glad he had been well treated, she was also glad to be able to finally put her past as a slave behind her. Julia freed her son and hopes he will adjust to a life with her. He took the name Sextus Julius Fidelis after his grandfather (Julia’s father). One month later (May), Julia and all of Rome celebrate the return of Tiberius. Four years later (66 AD) Julia figured marriage would never happen and was enjoying watching her son grow into a responsible young man but fate has intervened and she married Canus, who is still in service to the Imperial Family, however no longer a Praetorian. It is not a socially advantageous marriage but for Julia that is fine. The two have gotten to know each other and their marriage is one of comfort/companionship. As Canus had fallen from the equestrian class and therefore she was marrying someone who was not a patrician they were not entitled to be married by conferratio (her transferring to his authority) instead they were married by usus- Julia remains under the authority of her son and is required to leave the domus for 3 nights a year to maintain this marriage. After Canus’ fall his family had moved into the Subura but with the marriage Julia offered Canus the chance to move into her Domus- he accepted. With the marriage Julia has achieved her goal in life- wife and mother. Sure all of her ‘children’ are grown and starting to have children of their own but she is ready for the next generation to take over. Marcilla, her step-daughter, became pregnant in 67 AD and Julia supported her throughout the pregnancy while in the same year she watched with joy as Flavia was finally married and seemed very happy. Blessings and tragedies continued to follow the family (illness, death of Marcilla and her family) but the family did their best to hold together. When her husband became ill with pneumonia Cana, his eldest daughter returned to the Domus to help her care for Canus. During the time she was back in the Domus Julia encouraged both Cana and her husband to talk and reconcile their differences. She knew what it was like to be estranged from family and while their situations weren’t the same, she was happy when Cana finally forgave her father. Julia could feel the relief and wondered if that helped her husband make improvement with his pneumonia. Cana announced that she had fallen in love with a Greek freedman and hoped her father would give his blessing to returning to Greece with him. Knowing he had just reunited with his daughter Julia was glad that he agreed- she feared Cana would never forgive him again if he had refused. Julia wished the couple well and reminded her if there was ever anything they needed all the had to do was ask. Also in 69 AD Julia learned that Flavia was pregnant and although she did not serve the Imperial family directly she offered her support to Flavia who gave birth to a healthy daughter. As the year finished out and a new decade began her husband was still struggling with the bout of pneumonia he had developed the year before- he was still serving the Imperial Family and Julia could see the toil the sentence was having on her husband. Julia herself was no longer in service of the Imperial family but she works alongside her husband supporting him as much as she can. With the continual decline in his health/mental state he was released from servitude and it was at this point that her husband could finally consider a ‘retirement’. Many years earlier her husband had told her his ideal retirement was a small plot of land that he could farm and in 71 AD Canus, and Julia by extension, moved out of her son’s Domus and took up a small plot of land belonging to his friend Alaric whom Canus had worked with as a Praetorian. Her husband works with horses and Julia maintains a small domus on the property. In 73 AD, during the Saturnalia festival, her husband Canus had one of his health scares and although she remained at his side nursing him through it, he did not recover and succumbed to his illness. She is now adjusting to life as a widow 62 AD- Moves into the Domus that once belonged to her nephew and begins to establish her own household by. Canus pays Julia a visit to return the letter, Maintains contact with Flavia & Claudia and she asked the Imperial Family to help Julia restore her son. 66 AD- Julia marries Canus 67 AD- Canus and Julia learn that Marcilla and her husband are pregnant. Julia supports Marcilla throughout the pregnancy and is there to help deliver the child- while not a midwife, she knows about delivering children. Canus begins to develop arthritis 67 AD- Julia learns that Flavia is going to marry one of the nobles in Quintus’ army. Julia attends the wedding of Flavia and Gnaeus Sestius Vacticanus 68 AD- The joy was short lived as the building Marcilla and her husband live in collapses and the family are killed. Julia mourns along with her husband 69 AD- Canus becomes ill with pneumonia and her step-daughter Cana whom has been estranged returns to help care for Canus. Julia learns that Flavia is pregnant and although she does not serve the Imperial family directly she offers her support to Flavia. Julia is happy to learn that Flavia gives birth to a healthy daughter 70 AD- Her husband, has been serving the Imperial Family BUT no longer a Praetorian (as 'punishment' for his part during the Clemen's rebellion) for 8 years and never fully recovered from his bought with pneumonia. Finally he is released from servitude -71 Julia’s husband retires from active service and finally returns to his farming roots. During his Praetorian days he became friends with Alaric Stilicho, who was a former Germanic prince brought to Rome under duress, and it was to Alaric that he turned. Alaric offered him a position raising horses and that was most peaceful she had ever seen her husband. -72 Occasionally receives letters from Cana. Learns she finally had a child, a girl. -73 Canus becomes ill again during Saturnalia and does not recover, leaving Julia a widow. JENN | EST | PM/DISCORD
  21. Barbara Stilicha 33 | 15 September, 39 AD | Equite | Wife/Mother | Heterosexual | Canon | Eleanor Tomlinson Personality. As a child she was shy and mostly kept to herself due to language and culture barriers, however with good tutors and her return to her father and his adopted family (the Stilicho’s) Barbara fully came into her own. Although Barbara was born in Germania, she is as much a Roman as any woman her age. Barbara has always been a caretaker- first with her father as they both figured out the Roman society together and then learning from each of her step-mothers. Each woman brought a different skill set to the table and Barbara absorbed all that she could from each of them. One thing she learned had to do with the struggles of childbirth and raising a family. If there was one thing her father couldn’t teach her it was this and he was always looking for female role models for her. Barbara watched as each of her step-mothers, except for her current step-mother Seia, either die in childbirth or grief due to loss. With each loss, her fear of her own loss in childbirth increased slightly, but also her strength and determination to see each subsequent sibling grow to adulthood. She, along with her mothers, have had a hand in raising each of her siblings- especially Alaricus as he was an infant/toddler during the years when her father worked for the Military/Praetorians under the Imperial Family, Emperor Cyprianus and Clemens and then the years that followed that. With the birth of her own two children, she has beaten her fear of dying in childbirth and now looks forward to raising them to be proper Roman children. Her pride and joy are her children and she celebrates every day that they won’t have to go through the childhood she did- being captured in her homeland, brought to a strange foreign land and held from her father, their grandfather, until he acquiesced to Roman control. Instead she knows that her children are being raised in a loving supportive family and have all that they need… That being said…her children are slowly learning not to push their mother’s buttons. Barbara inherited the classic ‘red hair temper’ from her father, and while she loves her children, if/when they do something wrong the disciplinarian comes out. Appearance Barbara knew from a young age that she was going to be taller than most Roman women. Her Germanic heritage combined with the height of father indicated early that she was not going to be short. Reaching her father’s jawline when standing tall Barbara topped out at just under 5’5”. She has retained the slim/medium build of her childhood but has smoothly made the shift to womanhood. Barbara inherited her copper/brownish curly hair from her father and it is generally braided back or pinned up to keep it out of the way. The other indicator of her Germanic heritage is the fair skin- if she spends a decent amount of time in the sun she will lightly tan or freckle with the worst case scenario being a light burn but her tolerance for the sun has greatly improved. When it comes to fashion, she tends to fall into the practical category, that being comfortable sandals, a chiton/stola and palla as well as a minimal amount of jewelry but when she does go out for more formal occasions she will dress the part. Family Father: Alaric Aetius Stilicho Step-Mother: Seia Imperia Siblings: Alaricus Aetius Stilicho Minor (Suetonia Aelia) Aetia Stilicha (Seia Imperia) Titus Aetius Stilicho (Seia Imperia) Imperia (Step-sister by Seia Imperia) Publius Aetius Stilicho-deceased (step-brother by Suetonia) Spouse: Marcus Aelius Lentulus Children: Son- Marcus Aelius Lentulus Major Daughter- Aelia Lentula Extended family: -- Previous mother - Suetonia Aelia, 31, Died in childbirth -- Previous mother - Aetia Gala, Age, Died of grief --Previous mother - Aemilia Decima, 15, Died in childbirth --Biological mother - Gertrude, Late teens, Died through conflict --Paternal Uncle - Thorin, current ruler of the Tribe. --Paternal Aunt - Argathe, married to another chieftain. Other: History CHILDHOOD [39-51 AD]: Barbara (Brunhilde) was born during a rather troublesome period- her mother brought her in to the world on a mid-September day and although she is a daughter there is a joy at her arrival. She was a strong willed baby right from birth and it was no surprise that she survived the winter. Her mother became pregnant again two years later but she was unable to survive the pregnancy losing her life and that of the child. Barbara was raised by her nurse and her father when he was home, but this arrangement was not to last. Later that year (41 AD) her father was captured in a skirmish and their home was raided. It was decided that her father, instead of being killed, was to be forced to convert to the Roman ways and Barbara was brought along in case he needed enticement or coercion. Unable to speak any Latin, she was dragged to Rome under the close watch of soldiers. When she arrived in Rome, she was taken to Manius Leontius Sabucius who was orchestrating the entire situation on behalf of Emperor Claudius. Fearing that he would throw her into somewhere horrible, she was relieved instead when he not only placed her with an adoptive family but took it upon himself to school her in Latin so she could catch up to children her own age. It was at this time that her name was changed from her Germanic name, Brunhilde, to Barbara. Her father is informed of her presence in Rome and told that if he ever wants to see her again and keep her out of harm’s way he will do what he is told- which was to fully convert/adopt the Roman ways. Father and daughter are allowed supervised visits- long enough to enjoy each other’s company but short enough to miss the time apart. Her father, as part of his conversion was married to a Roman woman but Barbara only remembers a little bit about her as she was young and life was confusing. His first roman wife died- Barbara wasn’t told why. SEPTEMBER, 39 AD -- Birth– A daughter (Brunhilde) is born to Alaric (Prince of the Sweboz) and his wife Gertrude 41 AD-- Brunhilde’s mother dies in childbirth and she is raised by her nurse/her father when he is home 41 AD—Roman soldiers raid her family’s palace and take her captive. 42AD—Her conversion from Germanic princess to Roman child begins (her Father discovers her presence in Rome- they are allowed supervised visits) 46AD—Her father is married to a Roman woman but Barbara doesn’t really get a chance to know her all that well as she still isn’t permanently united with her father TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [52-60 AD]: During their time apart her father was fully converted and began to serve in the army. He became friends with Fluvius Aetius Stilicho and he was formally adopted into the Stilicho family by Fluvius. At the same time as he was adopted, he was married to Fluvius’ sister Gala. Barbara was still under the guardianship of Manius and it turned out Manius did not overly like Fluvius and wanted to get back at him. In an attempt to destroy FLuvius’ tight-knit family Manius challenged his gladiator to a fight with one of Fluvius’ slaves who was also a talented fighter. The prize of the fight was Barbara- if Manius’ gladiator won she would remain with her adoptive family permanently and if Fluvius’ slave won, she would be returned to her father. Barbara wasn’t allowed to watch the fight, but it must have gone in Fluvius’ favour as she was returned to her father and therefore adopted into Fluvius’ family. Fluvius, in his role as Magister, was sent off to sea and while he was travelling he was attacked and killed. Gala, after receiving word that her brother had been killed at sea lost the will to live and died in childbirth & from a broken heart. Her father did his best to raise her but he was actively serving in the Roman Army. Luckily Fluvius had a large family that lived together in the same Domus and so her father had no concern about her safety. As the years went on the family changed due to more members dying or various other circumstances and suddenly her father found himself deployed with the military and there no one to care for Barbara. He had become close friends with Renius Atellus and approached him asking if he would take Barbara in while he was away but Renius had an even better solution. Renius’ cousin Suetonia had just come out of mourning and Renius was looking to arrange a new marriage for her. A proposal was made between Alaric and Suetonia, and after a brief courtship the two were married. Barbara loved her new stepmother- Suetonia came to the marriage with a son of her own and both families blended together very well. So well in fact that there was discussion of a betrothal between Barbara and Publius (her new step brother- son of Suetonia) but that was not to be as Publius was also attacked in killed while serving in Brittania. In 60 AD, her stepmother Suetonia conceived and gave birth to Barbara’s half brother whom was name for her father. The joy that the family felt was not to last though as Suetonia succumbed to the childbirth and Barbara lost the mother that she had been the closest to. With this subsequent loss, her father returned permanently to Rome and joined the Praetorian Guard so that he could be close to home but still useful. 55-57 AD—Returned permanently to her father adopted by Fluvius Stilicho following her father’s marriage to Gala who dies within the year (57 AD) 59 AD—Her father is remarried to Suetonia & a betrothal between Publius (Suetonia’s biological son & Barbara is discussed but not formalized as he later dies) 60 AD – Birth of younger brother Alaricus Aetius Stilicho Minor, loss of Suetonia in childbirth ADULTHOOD [60-73]: At 21 years old in 60 AD, as the eldest daughter and with the loss of Suetonia, Barbara found herself in the role of Domina running the household as well as caring for her younger brother. Her father should have been preparing a marriage proposal for her, however before a marriage could be arranged life seemed to get busy. Her father was an active member of the Praetorian guard and spent many of his hours working. In January 62 someone set the grain stores on fire. Although the fire was put out quickly, the loss of the grain was hard for many Romans. There were concerns with raids and famine but the Praetorian guard and local militia kept it locked down so that there were no riots. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Imperial landscape was also changing. Following the death of Darius, Junus and other members of the Imperial household, there was a noticeable shift in power and Cyprianus stepped into the seat of power. This didn’t directly impact Barbara other than her father continued to work very hard as he rose through the Praetorian ranks. Barbara continued to live in her father’s household raising her younger brother as her father had not remarried. It wasn’t until the Rise of Clemens in 62 AD that her family was severely affected. She should have been married and while none had been arranged for her yet, many of her friends were having their marriage contracts broken as families were destroyed in the uprising and the chaos that followed. This was the first time she could really remember Rome being in an unofficial lockdown. Her father was heavily involved in keeping the peace and there were many days where she wouldn’t even see him. Although Barbara kept in contact with her friends, she really turned her focus even more into her family and their household. She was determined to get her family through in one piece. After the fall of Clemens and the immediately ascension of Quintus Alexander, Rome and her family returned to a time of relative peace. People were once again able to look on the bright side of life and it was at this point that her father realized not only was he unmarried but his 21 year old daughter was also unmarried. Her father, thanks to the influence of Fluvius, had been helping a young woman name Seia Imperia and the two fell in love and with encouragement from Seia, her father finally arranged a marriage for Barbara. He weighed a couple of candidates, finally settling on Marcus Aelius Lentulus who had served underneath him in the Praetorian guard. Her father had promised that he would match her with someone that would treat her properly and he kept his word. When Barbara discovered shortly after her marriage that she was pregnant, in 66 AD, she was hesitant to announce the pregnancy until she was clearly showing as the women in her family had lost their lives during childbirth. Her fears were unfounded as in late 66 AD Barbara went into active labour. With Seia by her side she gave birth to a son who was named after his father. This joyful blessing sealed the family bond between Seia and Barbara, and she was overjoyed when her father announced that they were to be married. Seia joined the family in 67 AD and with that, she brought her daughter Imperia from another marriage into the household. The Lentulus household became even more blessed when in 68 AD Barbara gave birth to a daughter who was name Aelia Lentula. With two successful pregnancies and healthy children Barbara felt blessed to have finally broken the cycle of dying. 60-64 AD—Lives in her father’s household, functioning as the Domina of the household- helping their elderly governess raise her younger brother (there is a 21 year age difference) and making sure things run smoothly while her father works especially during hard times (January 62 AD- destruction of grain stores due to arson, Rise/Fall of Clemens and the ensuing Civil War etc) 65 AD—Finally with Rome settled under the rule of Quintus Alexander, her father finally has time to focus on the family and arranges a marriage for Barbara to Marcus Aelius Lentulus who served in the Praetorian Guard underneath her father. January 66 AD—Barbara learns she is pregnant and later that year gives birth to a son Marcus Aelius Lentulus Minor 67 AD- Her father married Seia Imperia and with this marriage Barbara gained a new step-mother as well as a step-sister (Imperia) April 68 AD – A daughter is born to Barbara- with two successful pregnancies under her belt, if she has anymore children she will leave it up to the Gods. She is more than happy to even have two considering the number of stillborns/deaths from child birth that plagued her family. JENN | EST | PM/DISCORD
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