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  1. PUBLIUS HORATIUS JUSTINUS 42 | 14 October 35 | Senatore | Senator and Soldier | Heterosexual | Wanted | Daniel Craig Personality The epitome of a the Patrician Roman male, Publius is the eldest of his siblings and raised to one day lead the family. He is dutiful and takes his responsibilities seriously, and expects others to do the same. From a young age he was both leader and mediator of his siblings and those skills grew and flowered as he grew and were honed by his education and experience in the cursus honorum. A true military man, Publius's leadership abilities shine through in the way that he inspires his men, and his sharp mind and excellent grasp of tactics have allowed him to lead them to numerous victories. He's acceptably accomplished politically but his heart lies with the military, where the order, discipline and clear expectations suit him perfectly. He expects the same level of discipline and organisation in his own household, but can show a relaxed, even playful side in the company of his brother or close friends. Behind that discipline and perfectionism Publius is a passionate man, but it's a side that few ever get to see. Whilst quite exacting and something of a perfectionist - in a way that can at times make him rather demanding and controlling - he is devoted to his family, and particularly the upbringing of his children since the death of his wife, whom he still mourns deeply. But as long as his house is well kept and those he loves are safe, Publius is quite content with his life and the opportunity to keep doing the work he enjoys, even if he can overwork himself at times. He is not one to leave things undone that need doing. Appearance Of average height for a Roman man, Publius is never the less a fairly impressive physical specimen, as he maintains a soldier's physique. His skin is more sun-weathered than that of many men of his class, due to his military career and time spent outdoors, but his striking blue eyes are what draws the attention. He keeps his dark blonde hair cropped short and dresses in quality clothing appropriate for a man of his political stature, or his military uniform if he can possibly get away with it. Family Father: Marcus Horatius Justinius Mother: Livia Calavia (d. 61AD) Siblings: Horatia Justinia, Livia Justinia, Lucius Horatius Justinius Spouse: Lucia Gaia (d. 75AD) Agape (mistress in Achaea, 76AD) Children: Spurius Horatius Justinus (b. 61 AD, 16 yrs old), Lucia Justina (b. 65 AD, 12 yrs old) with Lucia Gaia Agapios (b. 76AD, 1 year old, illegitimate) with Agape Extended family: Gaius Horatius Justinus (cousin), Horatia Sosia (cousin), Aulus Calpurnius Praetextatus (brother in law), Calpurnia Praetextata (sister in law?) Other: History 35 AD: Publius was born, highly anticipated and the first child of his parents. Being destined from birth to be his father's heir meant Publius was both highly valued and heavily pressured to be his best from a young age. His father was very traditional and so had high expectations from his oldest son. Whether he was learning history and languages or swordplay and strategy, Publius understood his father's expectations of perfection and strove to meet them. Naturally, this had a pronounced effect on the boy's personality, making him quite serious, stoic, and rather obsessed with perfection. 42 AD: At the age of seven, Publius was suddenly no longer an only child, when Horatia came along. Publius was moved to an almost fatherly love of her, wanting to protect and coddle her. Soon enough, in 48 AD, two more children came along, Livia and Lucius, and Publius found himself becoming the leader of the pack (although an altogether strict and protective leader). Whenever arguments broke out among the younger ones, Publius was the de facto peacemaker. He didn't mind the role, though - in fact, he blossomed under it, proving himself to be a natural leader. Throughout his childhood, Publius and the rest of the family followed their paterfamilias around the empire as he served in the military. This life suited Publius well, as he found a growing fascination with the military. 46 AD: when Publius was eleven, the family spent a year in Germania. Publius loved watching the precise lines of soldiers as they marched, the flash of their swords as they trained. The boy knew that this was how he wanted to live his life - in the military. There were several more moves throughout the rest of his childhood, most particularly one to Hispania in 50 AD, when he was 15. During these moves, Publius continued his education, distinguishing himself as a dutiful student as well as a clever mind, one fit for military strategy. 52 AD, the family returned to Rome, and in 53, Publius turned 18 and began the Course of Honor by joining the military. He truly shone here, in the military, where he was able to perfect his leadership skills as well as his military mind. He served for five years in Germania, rising swiftly through the ranks though his excellent discipline and leadership. These skills earned him an appointment to Achaea as a Tribune in 58. There, moving among the circles of Greek society in his spare time, he met a girl named Lucia Gaia for whom he fell head over heels and courted for some time before she accepted his marriage proposal. The two were married in 59 AD. Also during his time in Greece, he met his dear friend Aulus Calpurnius Praetextatus, with whom he is still good friends and who also married his sister in 60 AD. 61 AD During the beginning rumblings of civil war his mother was killed in a riot. Like any child who's lost a mother, Publius grieved his mother - but like a man, and moreover a military commander, he maintained a stiff upper lip and vowed to do his part to end the civil war. A few months after the death of his mother, his son was born. 62 AD Publius served with Caesar in the East before returning to Rome to quell rebellious groups there. 65 AD his wife bore him another child, this time a girl. But he was soon back to war, unable to spend as much time with them as he would have liked. Eventually, the civil war ended, leaving Quintus Caesar the leader of Rome, and leaving Publius glad he'd chosen the right side. But after so many years serving in the military, the man was ready to settle down and have some quiet years with his children and his wife. He returned to the newly peaceful Rome and began his work as a senator, which he was capable at and yet not altogether as successful at as military life. Over the next few years, Publius would switch between serving in the military and serving in the senate, about a year of each at a time, allowing him to spend more time with his family. Publius and Lucia were keen to add to their brood, but after their two initial children, she suffered several miscarriages, and Publius began to accept that his family was complete, though he never gave up hope they'd have another son. 75AD Lucia finds that she is pregnant again, and this time the pregnancy proceeds, much to both her and Publius's delight. So he is absolutely devastated when she begins to experience troubling symptoms late in the pregnancy and their infant son is born dead, his beloved wife dying shortly afterwards. It was all Publius could do not to curse the Gods themselves for taking his wife from him, or curse himself for not taking a slave to his bed instead of risking her in another pregnancy. He'd always loved her, and suddenly he was alone. 76AD Publius stands for and achieves a Quaestorship in Achaea, having fond memories of his past posting there and need to get away from Rome, and takes both his children with him. There, as well as his treasury duties, Publius involves himself heavily in the military, particularly the frontier forts, lending his tactical expertise to help improve their preparation against possible attacks. The posting allows him to ignore the question of re-marrying for the moment, as he can't think of anyone in that role besides Lucia (though if ever he would find another like her, surely it would be back in her home province). He hires a local woman Agape to manage his household and ends up taking her to his bed. It is when Selene gives birth to a child towards the end of the year that Publius realises he needs to return to Rome, for the sake of his family. He purchases Selene a home and makes arrangements to send her a regular peculium for the raising and education of his son, but does not openly acknowledge the child. 77AD Publius returns to Rome with his son and daughter. Sarah | AEST (GMT+10) | Discord @Gothic
  2. SERGIA AULETIA @Gothic or @Anna 22 | 52 AD | Patrician | Heterosexual | Canon | Jennifer Ehle Personality Demure and polite when she needs to be, but is aching to show her real personality after years of being part of the furniture. When unfiltered she can be gregarious, witty and generally likeable. When she's in this mode, though, she's not one to hold back her thoughts - she's had to do that far too long, and feels she has the right to say what she feels - and this can lead to her accidentally hurting those she loves. Her trust is hard to earn as a result of her childhood, and she can occasionally be overly judgemental about others, but she cherishes those of whom she approves and has a lot of caring in her heart to give to the right person, if one should ever come along. She enjoys reading and writing, but also the more traditional female pursuits, such as weaving. Sergia is a dreamer, and is frequently driven to depression when her life does not match up with her ideal. Although she scoffs at the idea, she's a romantic at heart. Appearance 5' 2'', brown hair and blue-brown eyes. Family Father: Marcus Lucilius Auletius (deceased) Mother: Quinctilia Varia (alive, b. 34 AD) Siblings: Brother: Marcus Sergius Auletius (born 55 AD) Spouse: Lucius Cassius Longinus Children: None Extended family: Uncle: Tertius Quinctilius Varus (b. 30 AD)Cousin: Antonia Varia (b. 64 AD, daughter to Tertius)Cousin: Teutus (b. 50 AD, Tertius' illegitimate son with a slave)Uncle: Secundus Quinctilius Varus (b. 28 AD) Other: History Sergia doesn't remember much about Pater, other than that he'd been there until she was about six years old, and then... well, he wasn't there anymore, and now there was only Uncle Tertius. He wasn't mean to her, exactly, but he never sat her on his knee like Pater used to or said 'well done' when she did her reading. And whenever she was cheeky, Mater warned her not to be. But Uncle Tertius wasn't a bad person, per se, not like Uncle Secundus. Uncle Tertius wouldn't hit her so long as she was respectful of him; this new man, however, would gladly aim his fists at anyone when in a particular mood. Well, that was just what men were like - tolerable only if ignored and unprovoked. It was easiest just to sit with Mater and weave, or read a book. She liked reading about Penelope, who would unpick her weaving to stave off the suitors, and so she herself would sit with a scroll in front of her face, so that the young men couldn't see her. The problem with this approach, however, was that the alternative to marriage was remaining in the care of her uncles. Secundus had got even worse recently, ever since he married that insincere, sneering girl Livia. And it wasn't as if she hated men; all her girl friends were now happily married, and she envied them. Sergia was not a shallow sort interested only in superficialities, but she would often receive pieces of papyrus by messenger long enough to have several books of the Iliad pasted together on the reverse side, letters from her friends full of overblown phrases and tantalising details. Now, at 22, she finally sees a glimmer of hope. Whether Longinus is really that interested in her, she can't tell - she hasn't learnt how to read the signs, really - but he seems different from all the stuffy senators and violent egomaniacs she'd been surrounded by up till now. There is something about his manner, his clumsy but unapologetic flirting and his wide smile, that really makes Sergia want to believe that romance is a thing. But her fatalistic streak keeps reminding her that men are never that simple, and besides, Uncle Secundus would have to agree to the match. locutus-sum | GMT | locutus-sum#9606
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Appius Cornelius Scipio. Forty | day month 34AD | Senatore | Senatore & Paterfamilias | Heterosexual | Canon | Daniel Gillies <600x300> Personality. Appius seeks to redeem his family name after it was tarnished by his elder brother's errors. Appius is hard-working, naturally a politician and has an open friendly manner that tends to lure people into a false sense of security. He is perfectly happy to work in the shadows, nor does he need recognition for any deeds that he completes, and instead prefers to see his goals succeed. A negative personality trait is that he doesn't push for his own ends. Frequently he finds himself bickering with his sister, Decima. Instead he favours his sister, Cornelia and enjoys her company the most. Most of the time, his conversations with Decima end up turning into shouting matches and he hopes to find a husband for her to get her out of his house. His relationship with his wife is favourable and happy, as is his relationship with his children. He takes an active role in their education and wishes for them to grow into strong Romans. Their union was originally for political purposes, and he is fortunate. In the company of larger crowds, he becomes more extroverted in comparison to his quiet, wallflower spouse yet does not try to change her. Appearance Appius could be described as being handsome. He is slightly taller than average and carries himself with a relaxed and confident demeanour. His hair is cropped short and he is clean shaven revealing a strong jawline. His clothing is clean, well-ordered, and preferred more simple tastes. Family Father: Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus (deceased) Mother: Tullia Lucilla (deceased) Siblings: Lucius Cornelius Scipio Daccius (deceased) Cornelia Decima Cornelia Scipionis Spouse: Horatia Pulvilla Children: Appius Cornelius Scipio Minor (b. 60) Gneuas Cornelius Scipio (b. 60) Cornelia Appiana (b. 64) Lucius Cornelius Scipio (b. 67) Extended family: Related to the Imperial family through Cornelia Annthea. Other: History Appius was the second son and third child of Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus and Tullia Lucilla. He grew up in Lucius' shadow and idolised his elder brother, and followed him around frequently. Much of his time is spent in the company of his sister, Cornelia and the extended network of cousins, friends of the family, and other relations. As he grew older, he began to realise the risk and the danger that Lucius' actions had caused the family and wondered if he had lost his mind in the process. His sister, Decima, was far too lustful and did not behave according to proper traditions. Cornelia and Appius traveled a lot in their youth. Constant companions. In 48AD, he defended his father on the Senate floor, but alas, it was not enough. Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus was slain. He returned home in a daze, his face and clothing coated in the blood of their father. Appius does not remember the events that followed. The children went to live with Annthea, they grew up around her and the Flavi Alexandri cousins. Lucius, the elder brother, the sun and Appius always felt as though he was in his shadow. Lucius later betrayed his family and ended his life in an attempt to restore himself. Appius could not shake the feeling of both disappointment and frustration at his actions. It was when Cornelia and Appius both agreed that it was up to them to restore the family name, and began to work together. Appius married Horatia in 59AD (and similarly, it was the same year that Cornelia married Quintus), and it did not take long before his twin sons, named for their late grandfathers were born and he became a father. His political career continued to grow and advance. The dictator, Cyprianus, tried to woo him over to his side only to be rejected time and time again. Appius watched with concern, after the death of his cousin Lucilla there was a domino effect when it came to the tragic events that occurred. Afterwards came the deaths of both Honorius and Junus, the two Caesars and it left a power vacuum that Cyprianus and later, Clemens, decided to exploit for their personal ambition. Appius was present at the farce of a wedding ceremony when Clemens married Rufia Flavia, however, he could not do anything to prevent the harm that would come to her. When the civil war flared up and the allies of the Flavii-Alexandrones were slain. He asked his sister, Cornelia, for advice and she recommended that he go to Quintus in the East and serve him there. The siblings parted with tears, with his wife and sons in their care, he left and only returned to Rome when Quintus was victorious. He trusted his brother-in-law would do anything in his power to keep his family safe. It did not make it easy though. Soon Appiana, his first born daughter was added to the family and she was sickly. Unfortunately, he could not devote a great deal of time to tending to her. Much of his time was spent in the political sphere. Determined to restore his family name once more. After his brother and uncle, Appius was determined to put in the work and the hours. He wanted to make himself available to service for his cousin. Soon, the Gods made him the Paterfamilias of their family, and it gave him authority over them. The younger siblings were determined to restore the family name and honour. In 67AD, Lucius, his youngest son and hopefully the redeemer of the name was born. The last of his children that he would have with Horatia. Annthea, his aunt and the mother of the new Caesar began to wither and pass. His sister, Cornelia was always closer to her than he was and he mourned the passing of his aunty. Things began to prosper, a sign of Rome returned to the former glory. In recent times, Appius has secured himself within the Senate and is determined to restore the family name. He is also currently seeking a husband for his sister, Decima and determined for her to marry well. Brian | | PM. @Gothic
  7. Lucius Caecilius Metellus 48 | 7th Nov 25AD | Senatore | Senator | Bisexual | Canon | Tom Ellis <600x300> Personality. Lucius is a cunning man with a desire for survival. He keeps his private life firmly in the private sphere with few, if any, confidantes who he would confess the secrets of his mind to. From birth, he saw himself as the protector of his family, and aimed to keep them safe. He smiles rarely, instead spares this for those who he is most close to and those people are few in number. Politically, he does not speak of his ideals nor does he reveal much about what his goals are. Discretion is part of the reason why his family has been able to survive for so long. What he is appreciative of is the peace that has been granted after a long period of chaos. He has a desire for order. It is shown in his clothing and how he prefers to keep things around him. His motives are based on what he views to be ideal at the time. He has a fondness for his family yet also has high standards for their behaviour. His children are representations, no, extensions of himself and he expects them to behave in a way befitting the family name. Appearance Lucius has an olive skin tone, dark brown hair and brown eyes. His build is relatively average, his height is average (5'7ft) and has an average build. He wears clothing that is clean and well ordered. Family Father: Gaius Caecilius Metellus (deceased) Mother: Hermina Aquillina (deceased) Siblings: Caecilia Metella Major (deceased) Spouse: Currently widowed. Late wife: Potitia Memmiania (deceased) Children: Caecilia Metella Minor. (b. 39)(deceased) Lucius Caecilius Metellus Minor (b. 58) Stillborn son. Extended family: Daughter's children. Lucius Flavius Alexander. Publius Flavius Alexander. (deceased) Cneaus Flavius Alexander. Sister's children. Fabia Maxima Minor Tiberius Fabius Maximus Quintus Fabius Maximus Other: Connections through his late sister to the Vestals. Connections to the Imperial family through his daughter's marriage into the Imperial family. Connections to his mother's family. Hermina Aquilina - Late mother. Quintus Fabius Maximus Major - Former brother-in-law. (I hope to add the family members sometime. I hope that is ok, Goth.) History Lucius was born in 30AD to a wealthy and influential family. His family name and bloodline went back to the days of the Republic and the founding of Rome. His childhood was spent with his tutors and learning about what his place, his role was in society, and he soon found himself to be. Lucius was dedicated to his studies, quiet and determined. He had high standards of conduct for himself. Instilled in him from a young age by his parents. He was concerned about his sister, Caecilia, especially when he became aware of her passion for Pontia Comina. His sister, a tribade? (lesbian). Fortunately, it did not take his father long to find a suitable husband for her and she began her wifely duties of producing children. Many years ago his father had arranged a marriage between his daughter and Jullus Flavius Alexander, a notorious Imperialist like many other politically aware people did. It was best to survive for now. While it was considered distasteful, family prosperity and survival were the most important parts. Lucius spends time with his nephews in order to try to teach them and to shape them into the men they should grow into. In 58AD, his wife gave him the blessing of a son to continue his family name and bloodline. Lucius felt a protective urge over his son and a strict desire to see him grow into a proper Roman. He sided with Scaurus and went into self-imposed exile with the other Republican minded Senators. After Scaurus was defeated, he was among the other Senators who joined with Quintus Alexander, and hoped there would be some Republican sentiment. Practicality meant that they would side with their best bet. Clemens and Cotta had already spoken about slaying their ranks. In an unfortunate twist of fate, his father went back to Rome under the banner of truce and was executed by Clemens. The vile man was later slain. The event left him in grief, anger, and paterfamilias of his family. Years later, his sister died and he was without his only sibling. He received a second clemency from Quintus Caesar and gratefully accepted the offer. He moved back to Rome, and began to reconnect with his old peers. Unfortunately his late wife passed in 65AD and currently has no interest in finding a wife. However, if a dignified and worthy bride is made known. If a suitable woman is not found, he is happy to adopt a child of his family. Over time, he settled into the regular life in the peace that Alexander had brought to Rome, and is a regular feature within the Senate. He values the peace that Alexander brought yet has his concerns about his sons. Quintus Caesar will not live forever, and he desires to see Rome grow and prosper. For now, he watches and waits to see how things will progress. His recent history has been spent ensuring the family name continues to remain prominent, and seeks to advance himself through the Senate. B-Rye | | PM. @Gothic
  8. CAECINA TUSCA 18 | 10 april 57CE | Senatore | Lady | Heterosexual | Canon | Bridget Satterlee Personality. Caecina is something of an enigma. Able to change her personality at will to fit certain situations, she can be a social butterfly, a drama queen, a quiet, obedient child, and a polite, proper young lady; it all depends on the context. Generally, she defaults to the proper young lady persona when around her elders but immediately switches back to the social butterfly when among her contemporaries. To her family, though, she is known as something of a handful, especially with her father, which owes to her distant relationship with the man. Since childhood, she has wanted his attention, but it was never given to her; he was always a very busy man with his career, so instead of getting his attention in a more constructive manner, Caecina learned that getting into trouble was the best way for him to pay attention to her. However, to other members of her family, Caecina is nicer; for instance, she loves spending time with her step-siblings and her step-mother has become her favorite confidante. Despite her occasionally bratty and immature ways, she still cares deeply for her family and she wants the best for all of them. Caecina enjoys many things, including reading, spending time with her friends, riding horses, and playing with her pet cat. She hates feeling dirty and is almost obsessive about smelling nice; her few interactions with peasants have shown her that the lives of peasants include many nasty scents, and she wishes to remain smelling as nice as a bouquet of flowers. The young woman fears many things. Her greatest fear is death, and specifically death in childbirth. When she was young, her mother perished while trying to bring her father another child, and since hearing her mother's anguished screams, she fears for the day she is married and is expected to bear her husband children. She also fears becoming an outcast in society in some way; her childish, under-analytical mind has not told her exactly what would make her such a pariah. Caecina's dreams are much in line with the dreams of her friends: she wishes to marry a handsome, preferably wealthy man with influence and to increase her family's standing. She hopes that through her good looks and her ability to assess a situation for the correct personality needed, she will be able to catch a husband and honor her family. Appearance Caecina is an attractive young woman, with long, shiny brown hair. Her deep brown eyes flash intelligently from under dark eyebrows and are fringed by thick eyelashes. Her long, straight nose shadows inviting pink lips and a slightly clefted chin. The young woman's teeth are straight and white, though her smile is often not forthcoming. Her carefully maintained skin shows no blemishes and is creamy and pale, with rosy cheeks. Caecina, being part of a wealthy, old family, has always been taught to put her best dress forward, so she is perpetually following trends in clothing, hair, and cosmetics, and generally being fashion-forward. To her, comfort is an added benefit to clothes, but she doesn't actively seek it out; she prefers to be considered fashionable, and if comfort happens to be part of the ensemble, great. Family Father: Quintus Caecina Tusca Mother: Furia Camilla Siblings: Quintus Caecina Tuscus Minor, Caecina Tuscus Minor, Caecina Laelia Spouse: None Children: None Extended family: Flavia Juliana (Step-mother) Other: History CHILDHOOD [57-68]: Caceina Tusca was born in the year 57 AD to Quintus Caecina Tuscus and Furia Camilla. Two more different parenting styles have never been used on one child before. Where Tuscus all but ignored his new daughter and rarely spoke about her by name, Camilla was doting, giving the child anything she ever wanted and treating her more like a contemporary than a daughter. Camilla, a great lady herself, attempted to teach Caecina the many things that a Roman woman should know, but the child displayed a strong stubbornness and unwillingness to sit down and be still, preferring to play with the slave children and run amok. Rather than testing herself against the child's willfulness, Camilla relented and let the child do as she pleased. The girl barely remembers the civil war now, but vague snapshots of it come to mind from time to time. She was five when it broke out, and she and her mother went with her father East, following Quintus Alexander. For the six months of fighting, Caecina and Camilla stayed in Syria, where it was safer. Eventually, however, they returned to Rome when it became safe once again. For the first several years of her life, Caecina didn't realize the absence of a father figure, as she spent the vast majority of her time with her mother, and regarded Tuscus as the looming master of the house that only acknowledged her to dole out punishment when she was naughty. But that all changed when Caecina was seven years old. The child had some vague idea that something was different with her mother, but she wasn't sure what it was for some time. Eventually, Camilla explained that she was going to have a baby. In her childish mind, Caecina thought this meant that the new baby was going to be delivered to them, perhaps by the city guards she saw when she went out with Camilla. But it soon became clear that this was not the case. One of her earliest and clearest memories is of that night in 64 AD. Servants running to and fro, panicked, and her mother's anguished screams of pain as though she were being burned alive. Camilla died, along with the little boy she had fought so hard to bring forth. For several days, the family's home in Rome lay quiet, stunned at the death of its mistress. A darkness had fallen over the house, felt deeply by everyone there. Caecina was ignored by everyone in the house during that time. She was alone, confused, and sad, wandering aimlessly in the house. Eventually, the girl accidentally tipped over a piece of Greek pottery, shattering it on the floor. This prompted her father to finally pay attention to her- by ordering her to be whipped for her indiscretion. But in Caecina's mind, any kind of attention was better than the silence of the days after Camilla's death. She learned that if she did something to irk her father, she would either be yelled at or whipped, which began the girl's long campaign to get father's attention. After a year of battling with the child's attempts to get his attention, Tuscus assigns one of his oldest and most trusted slaves, a woman from Greece, to care for the child as well as curb her rebellious ways. At the age of eight, Caecina begins her education in the ways of Roman women, much to her chagrin. The Greek woman had as iron a will as the child did, and so forced her to comply with the new regimen of education. Manipulative as always, though, Caecina heard the lessons and applied them to her life, while maintaining her man-like willfulness and rebelliousness when she was able to escape the inscrutable eye of Astraea. Tuscus had been surprisingly saddened by the death of his young wife, and it was two years until he remarried, to a woman named Flavia Juliana. Caecina had been reined in for the most part, only acting out when her father was particularly flippant towards her, but the girl wasn't sure of this newcomer into their household. For the first year, Caecina was distant towards Juliana, rarely speaking to her and spending time by herself. Eventually, though, the girl began to see the older woman as something of a mother figure, and began to confide in her and learn from her. She was even inspired to become a great lady like Juliana, at least so that she could get a good marriage. Thus went Caecina's life for several more years. TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [69-73]: With Caecina's eleventh birthday came her first blood, and she became eligible for marriage. However, as much of a headache she was to her father, Tuscus didn't want to settle for just any marriage partner for his daughter, and so her training to be a matron intensified. Astraea was largely the teacher, but Caecina began to look even more to her step-mother for guidance, and their relationship became something of a mix between a mother and a friend. Caecina is now sixteen years old and anxiously awaiting the day she is married, though she dreads the idea of childbirth. Her thin veneer of respectable behavior masks a sharp wit and an ambition matched by few. Caecina still acts out occasionally to get her father's attention, but she has tried to stop in order to be a better role model for her three younger half-siblings. Instead, she looks to Juliana to be her friend and confidante and keep her from getting into too much trouble. ECHO | EST | PM OR DISCORD
  9. Cornelia Scipionis 35 | 27 October 37 | Senatore | The Viperess of Rome | Bisexual | Canon | Natalie Dormer Personality The youngest of her immediate family, Cornelia was often indulged and spoiled as a child by those who raised and nurtured her. Her father, guilty for her mother's death, gave into her every demand and her aunt, seeking another daughter to teach, held her at her bosom as tightly as she would her own. It did no good for the woman's personality growing up and to be honest, age did not temper it. It only refined it. At the surface of the woman known as Cornelia Scipionis, one would find friend or foe, depending on what they were seeking. To the foe, she is callous and cold, waiting to strike at one's moment of weakness or distraction. A hidden snake in the grass. A game of latrunculi, if you would, played against an opponent so adept that either you lose, or you go down with her if she must take the sacrifice. To the friend; never would there be a more loyal comrade to be found. Far more passionate than she is romantic, Cornelia however remained somewhat loyal to the man she married. Intellectual affairs aside, she stuck to only having the occasional female lover, vowing to her husband that she would never take another male into her bed. And yet, she cares deeply for him, despite it all. Companionship grew to friendship and she would dare say, waking up to him holding their youngest daughter, she knew then she had finally fallen in love with him. Her mind and eyes wander less since her aunt died, having finally learned to use the shoulders and arms offered by her husband as her strength. He and their children alone see the softer, more fragile side of the woman. The last decade has seen Cornelia soften in her once bitterness towards certain members of her family. Less incline to blame her father and eldest brother for their shortcomings in regards to the family, she learned to embrace what they did instead. Her father was a great warrior, her brother a skilled politician; in turn she vowed to herself to teach her children both sides of each coin. The death of her Aunt damn near shattered her heart, and perhaps that was the reason she slowly began to forgive two men for leaving the rest of them in the place they hold in the world. She is softer in her tongue and more giving in her affection, her children are her life's work. And she would guard them for as long as she could like the venomous serpent Annthea had nurtured. Appearance Standing in at just a few centimeters under 5'0", she is of average height for the typical Roman woman. Boasting a slender frame that, thanks to age and motherhood, is not as waifish as it once was in her youth. Her skin is fair in collar, and slightly tans when exposed to long bouts of sunlight. However, due to being that easily burns, she avoids long series of such. Age has not yet taken a firm hold of her beauty, which is more striking than classic. A triangular face has helped her keep her youthful looks for far much longer than she had anticipated. However, if one was to look closely at the rich brown hair that falls to her waist in gentle waves, one would notice that a few strands of gray has begun to work their way in. Her most alluring features would be her eyes, as her Quintus would say, and they are very pale and the color of a clear summer sky, all according to the man she married. Her makeup varies on the occasion, and yet she is never without it. It is not that her complexion is bad, it's actually quite clear and without many visible blemishes. And only when she is in full laughter do the laughlines begin to show. However, it is her vanity that demands it. As one could possibly tell, she is a vain creature. The makeup however, is lighter during the day, opting often for a more natural look while becoming a bit more vampish in the evening time, especially if society comes to call. Her jewelry varies as well, simple when in more relaxed company to elaborate when the occasion calls for it. When it comes to fashion, it all depends on where Cornelia is at along with the level of comfort she is in. At home, she dresses down into simple tunicas or chitons and paired with a palla; all made of fine, soft cloth for comfort and in an array of colors that compliment her complexion. Beyond her home, she submits to tradition, favoring the whites that became so popular thanks to Livia during the time of the Augustus. While a stola is seldom present at home with just her husband and children, she wears it with pride as a married woman. On some occasions she does done one that is vibrant blue or scarlet. Elegant sandals and sikyonia embas adorn her feet whenever she goes out and about the city, either to visit family or just outings. While at home, she goes either barefooted or pads around in slippers depending on the weather at the time. Family FATHER: Appius Cornelius Scipio Germanicus {deceased} {d. 48} MOTHER: Tullia Lucilla {deceased} {d. 40} SIBLINGS: Lucius Cornelius Scipio Dacicus {Deceased} {b. 26} {d. 57} Cornelia Decima {Alive} {b. 29} Appius Cornelius Scipio {Alive} {b. 34} SPOUSE: Quintus Sulpicius Rufus {b. 32} CHILDREN: Quintus Sulpicius Rufus Minor {b. 60} Appius Sulpicius Rufus {b. 62} Sulpicia Rufiana {b. 64} Sulpicia Annthea {b. 68} EXTENDED FAMILY: Horatia Pulvilla {b. 41} {Sister in Law} {Alive} Appius Cornelius Scipio Minor {b. 60} {Nephew} {Alive} Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio {b. 60} {Nephew} {Alive} Cornelia Appia {b. 64} {Neice} {Alive} Lucius Cornelius Scipio {b. 67} {Nephew} {Alive} Vibius Licinius Nerva {Former Brother in Law} {Deceased} Lucan Nicodemus Victorianus {Brother in Law} {Deceased} Vibius Nicodemus Victorianus Licinianus - {b.53} {d.62} {Nephew} {Deceased} Licinia Aureliana - {b. 54} {Neice} {Alive} Lucian Nicodemus Victorianus {b. 58} {Nephew} {Alive} Nicodema Victoria {b. 61} {Niece} {Alive} Marcus Cornelius Scipio Minor {uncle} {deceased} Marcus Cornelius Scipio Octavianus {cousin} {d. 63} {deceased} Marcus Cornelius Scipio Denter {b. 35} {cousin} {alive} Cornelia Aemillia {b. 40} {cousin} {alive} Lucius Cornelius Scipio {uncle} {deceased} Cornelia Julilla {b. 19} {cousin} {alive} Publius Cornelius Scipio Orvitus {b. 40} {cousin} {alive} The Flavi Alexandri Paternal cousins through father's sister Cornelia Annthea The Sulpicii Rufi In-laws and other relations through her husband OTHER: personal guards and household slaves History The youngest living child of Appius Scipio and his wife, Cornelia was doomed to grow up without her parents. The pregnancy along with her birth was an exceptionally hard one her mother, causing the matriarch to go into confinement for the second half of her pregnancy due to nearly miscarrying her in the fifth month. Tullia had often wondered if her youngest child was meant to be the death of her. Her death would come three years later, but it was not Cornelia's coming that did her in, but another's. A younger sibling who went still in the womb and became septic. Her mother passed, refusing the treatment without a soul at her side other than her personal slave. Leaving nothing for the youngest of her children to remember her by. As such, her father did the only thing he could do to compromise the youngest of his children; give into her every whim. For her it was scholarly things, endless trips across Rome to her favored aunt's To even staying with her from time to time. Needless to say, she was spoiled for the first decade of her life by the man who had helped create her, only for the sheer reason he had no clue what to do with a young daughter. Sons? That was an easier job to figure out. But soon the realism of the world would come breaking through the childhood illusion that nothing and no one could hurt her pater. The year of 48 AD, she would never quite remember the month her father left them, but news spread widely that Appius Germanicus was assassinated on the Senate floor. Having gone to foil a plot against Caesar, and to name the names the conspirators. However, she would remember her brother coming home caked in the dried blood of their father, his own face white with shock as his body shook with grief. Much to the horror of her aunts and the servants at the sight of him. She only started calmly as the rest of the family around her fell into mourning. Instead she clung to her favorite aunt, and in turn went home with Annthea after the funeral ritual and rights were completed. With Appius going with them. The matriarch of the Flavi Alexandri claiming that Decima was too young and too new into her marriage to care for her younger siblings. That Lucius was too deep in shock of what he had witness. The years following was spent at her aunt's bosom, as the woman nurtured the young girl and molded her into a shape that befitted Annthea. With that came even more schooling, more precise than before as she grew alongside her brother and the younger sons of her aunt's brood. Which pleased the young Cornelia greatly. Having always been the avid young scholar. Philosophy and politics intrigued her. Even if they weren't the proper lessons for a young noble lady. Between ages of fourteen and sixteen years, the young woman would unknowingly lose two betrothals. The first to illness and the second to falling outs between the family of her intended and her uncle. Annthea would take the matter of her niece's future husband out of her brother's hands and into her own while allowing the girl to continue with her learnings. With her brother, Lucius, on top of the world; Cornelia and Appius' whims were also given into by their eldest brother. The two younger siblings desiring to spend a year abroad. Well, more like an aggravated aunt tired the lovesick fool of a brother that had become her dear Appius. It was also to spare of the tensions that had grown between their eldest cousin and their eldest brother for years. It was an action for the best. While they roamed the expanse of the Empire, one villa after another, they remained clueless to what was happening in Rome. Only receiving news of Lucius betrayal and suicide. Cornelia hated him for his failure, spat upon his memory and of the mess he made of their name. Lucius had dishonored their father, she would say to Appius, hushed whispers over goblets of wine in the early mornings. Pacts made between the two siblings that never again would they be in such a place. They returned the following year, still tainted by the blemished Lucius had caused, but they had their own duties to fulfill. In the fall of 59, she saw herself get married, where father and uncle had failed, her aunt had succeeded in securing her a good match, and unlike her sister, she found herself to be happy within it. It wasn't necessarily love, but it was convenient which eventually grew in to a deep friendship and admiration of one another. And in the summer of the following year, she presented her husband with the first of their four children. A boy to be named after him. The calm before the storm, she would later call it. As a child and well into her own adulthood, she was close to her aunt's side of the Scipio offshoots than she was with her uncle, and in September she found herself at her aunt's side as Annthea's only living daughter passed from an unknown illness. And over the following year she watched the world they had come to know slowly crumble under the feet of power hungry men. Marcus Minor failed to see the dawning of 62, Cornelia putting him out his misery in a slow death by poison. In the year 62, she was expecting her second child and decided to retreat to the family's villa outside of Rome for fresh air and better weather. Taking with her sister, sister-in-law and most of their children. Decima's eldest son, Vibius, deciding to stay in Rome with his adoptive father, having outgrown both the desire and need to be at his mother's bosom, his male cousins much too small to play with still. The news came on the eve of her second child's birth of the purging that Clemens had ordered. It was not the news of the purge that shook her and started the painful labor, but of her sister's mournful and horrible wail at the news her husband and eldest child had been caught up in it. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The birth, while a hard one due to the stressful news, was not her undoing. And she had birthed a healthy, squalling baby boy whom she named for her father and brother, Appius. She did not return to Rome right away, only corresponding with her brother, aunt and husband as secretly as possible. And while she had longed for them to be safe at the villa with her and her sisters', she knew their places were with her cousin, Quintus in the east. And hers was to keep herself and her boys safe until she could return to Rome and hopefully be reunited with her husband. When stability finally grabbed hold to the empire, upon the news of her cousin's ascension to the purple, she returned to Rome. Not unlike so many others, celebrating that the tyrant was dead and now they could focus on the dawning of a new era. And she, to aid her grieving sister in picking up the pieces of Decima's now shattered life. In 64, she birthed her third child, this time her much longed for daughter, Rufiana. But unlike the birth of the first two, her Decima was not at her side. The living eldest of the siblings choosing to live beyond the city of a time. The years between the birth of her third child and 67 were uneventful in the life of Cornelia. And in the normalcy settled into socialite lifestyle she had always lead before the turmoil that marred the early years of the decade. An Augusta had been found and as Rome rejoiced, her dear aunt began to weaken. Suffering illness after illness over the months, and willingly Cornelia abandoned her intrigue and webs to become Annthea's most attentive caregiver. The ailing woman would not live long enough to see her newest grandchild into the world, and in her death came a crack in the exterior of Cornelia's shell. A venerable wound that would never heal quite as well as she would have hoped. And in the weeks after she would find herself pregnant with the last of her brood. A little girl, named Annthea once certain she would and her mother would live, whose birth threatened to take the both of them into the afterlife. The call of intrigue, however, did not stay silent for long, and she eased herself back into society once she was healed and rejuvenated from her last pregnancy. Her sister, Decima, ever a constant shadow as the elder sister played the role of merry widow almost too well. Integrating herself into the entourage of the new Augusta. Anna | Venusian | PM or Discord
  10. Pinaria Lucretia 26 | JUNE 2ND 50 AD | FEMALE | PATRICIAN | NOBLE LADY | STRAIGHT | SARAH BOLGER Personality. Precocious from a young age, the stress of civil war and traveling has somewhat tempered and soften the stubborn, vibrant personality of the young woman in question. The more she exposed to politics, the less she likes it and the greater her desire to lead a life beyond hills of the city she was born in. There is a modest vanity about her, especially in the way she presents herself as a member of her class. She's not elitist, nor does she have a snobbish attitude with those ranked lower than her. However, she knows how to tread the class lines well and when not to cross those lines. However, she does sometime slip from this betterment of herself, allowing her to fall into the social snobbery of her ilk when she finds herself displeased by a slave or a lower class citizen. Her temper however is slow to rise to a boil, she is her father in this sense. She prefers calm conversations to work drama out over yelling and screaming and making a scene. She can be a bit of a people pleaser, and does have a liking for attention when she knows she has deserved it. She has some attachment issues when it comes to the people she loves. She lost her mother before she even knew her, and all she does know of her is the perfume she wore, and the mosaic likeness in what was once her mother's favorite room. The closest taste of having a mother came when her father was briefly remarried. The lack of her mother and the divorce of her second mother, along with all the deaths from the civil war that had recently raged, has placed a small fear inside of her. She's terrified of losing the people she cares about, thus making her very clingy to them. She has a fondness for animals, and her father amused it often gifting her small animals ranging from birds, domesticated canines and felines. And her brother and husband continues the tradition now that Publius Major has passed on. It is her only demand and the only chances either truly gets to spoil her. Marriage has soften those demands, however, with the inclusion of children to her new little nest. Motherhood and being a wife has slowly began to refine the precocious and spoiled child she once was.  Appearance A proper daughter of Rome, she keeps her look simple and clean. Preferring the favored white, even when dressed down in tunicas while at home. She dresses as she portrays herself, modestly. Womanhood has not yet stolen her youthful figure from her. She is petite and slender. Waifish in appearance. She looks fragile of bone and holds an elegant stance. Her skin is clear and pale, however, this is not done without care. She has normal scars from a playful childhood, but nothing unsightly. Soft brown hair crowns her, styled in the latest fashions. She prefers very little makeup and keeps her jewelry simple and modest. Family Father: Publius Pinarius Natta - Deceased Mother: Lartia Gaia Siblings: Pinaria Natta, Sister, Deceased Publius Pinarius Natta [Minor], Brother, Alive Pinaria Lucilla, Sister, Alive Pinaria Livilla, Sister, Alive Pinaria Gaia, Sister, Alive (played by Atrice) Spouse: Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander, Alive Children: Aemilia Scaura, stepdaughter, alive Aemilia Laeliana, b. 70, daughter, alive Publius Aemilius Scaurus, b. 72, son, alive Gnaeus Aemilius Scaurus, b. 74, son, alive Aemilia Lucretia, b. 76, daughter, alive Extended family: - Siblings spouses and children. - cousins - in laws Other: Body and cosmetic slaves History --- Born in the summer of the year 50, her birth would coincide with two deaths in her family; her mother's and her grandmother's. The matriarch of her father's family passing an hour before her birth, and her own mother's an hour later. Watchful eyes and prayers to the gods rained from the lips of the family as they waited for the small girl child to either be taken to her afterlife, or to live. She lived. And was named after the grandmother and aunt she would never know. --- Her father remarries and Lucretia is nothing but smitten with the older woman that is now her mother. Annthea, for their short time as mother and daughter, did exactly what the union had hoped for. It gave a motherless girl a mother figure to look up to. They promised to remain in contact after Publius and Annthea choose to divorce as the shadow of the forthcoming political storm hung heavy over there. Things however did not pan out as the young girl wished. For Annthea's quick remarriage to Marcus Scaurus felt like a betrayal to Lucretia. --- Her family retreated from Rome during the civil war, her brother heading east to join Quintus Alexander at her father's bequest. In the year of the civil war, she would experience her eldest sister dying from childbirth ... along with the premature niece that she failed to deliver alive. --- 63 saw Alexander returned to Rome in triumph and her family eventually did the same. A little more scared and bruised than before they left. The death of their eldest weighting heavily of the siblings. Lucretia did a lot of growing up in the years after. Losing her childlike ways to make way to the young woman was destined to be. Correspondence with Annthea would once more pick up between the two and she fell back under the aging woman's wings. --- But death would come for the family once more, the winter of 65 was harsh, and sapped her father of his strength. After a bout of pneumonia that he could not overcome, the patriarch of the family passed away. --- After her year long battle with illness, Annthea dies in the year 67, leaving Lucretia devastated at the lost of her mother-figure. As equally so as Annthea's blood relatives. She mourns the woman greatly but however is in the dark of Annthea's last demands upon her son, Laelius. --- In the fall of 69, she weds Laelius, or as he known by now Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander. It's a good match, despite their age difference and the couple settles happily into the quarters assigned to them in the ancestral home of Laelius' birth family. She takes to calling him Alexander because 'Marcus feel funny' on her lips when addressing him. -- Delivers their first child in the year 70, a daughter to join her stepdaughter. The couple is overjoyed at the birth of a healthy child, regardless of its gender. They name her Laeliana whenever its proven she is healthy and robust. And perhaps just a bit sooner than traditional called for. Neither parent cares. -- Allows her body to rest for most of 71 and finds herself in the inner circle of the Imperial women, especially the younger ones as she bridges the gap between the ages. -- Lucretia once again falls pregnant in the early spring of 72 and by the last month of the year, she bares a son. Whom is promptly named after her father, Publius. Whom she lost many years prior. -- Spends the early months of 73 recovering from the difficult pregnancy, Publius was a hefty baby after all. -- The fall of 74 sees the birth of a second son, named Gnaeus after Alexander's birth father. -- 75, recovers and removes herself mostly from the limelight to focus on her children - however remains a constant companion to the Augusta and the imperial princesses. Falls pregnant again in latter part of the year. -- Is delivered of a daughter on her own birthday, whom is named for her mother promptly by Alexander in 76 AD. Anna | Venusian | PM or Discord
  11. Horatia Pulvilla 34 | OCT 30TH, 41 AD | FEMALE | PATRICIAN | WIFE | STRAIGHT | NINA DOBREV Personality. At first glance, most people would sum up Horatia as a poise, intelligent, polite young woman. She is, in fact, very much all of that. Her parents raised her to be just that, to be a poised, intelligent young woman of gentle upbringing. And it is befitting to her place in life and society at the side of a senator as his wife. She's a very quiet person, often preferring the quiet company of a good scroll or the gardens to the noise of other people and gatherings. If forced into a large gathering she much rather sit off to the side and study those around her, trying to gain as much knowledge of their ways from their emotions. Since old enough to babble, she was her father's daughter ... a poster child for the term "daddy's girl". Her father, during his living years, encouraged her greatly, and has left his mark upon her ways. More so than her mother. Her relationship with her mother was strained early on in her teenage years and now is at the near non-existent point. Her quiet nature works against her most of the time, leading her to be door-matted due to her unwillingness to start up trouble. However, she is as stubborn as an old mule at times, especially when crossed over something she holds dear to her heart. Which leads to her being very defensive when it comes to her family, mainly her father. Resulting in an explosive temper. When this side is flared up in her, she speaks her mind and rather forcefully does so. She doesn't hold back, even if the one on the receiving end of her temper is someone she loves. Motherhood has not changed her much over the years. She is not overly demanding of her children and she finds that it works best for everyone involved. She is perhaps a more doting mother than society calls for, but she considers them her greatest work and she treasures them deeply. And she's instilling her love for learning into each of them as they grow.  Appearance Horatia inherited her father's warm coloring, with light to medium beige complexion, warm brown eyes and hair to match. Very typical for a Roman beauty. She is of a delicate beauty, with a slender nose and large expressive eyes. She wears very little makeup, even as the laugh and worry lines are slowly easing into her expressions. Her hair is soft, and as mentioned rich brown in color, falling to her waist in a gentle wave when released from the braids and curls her personal hairdresser puts it in. She tends to keep her styling simple and elegant with that as well. Preferring simple braids and buns over intricate braided curls. The same goes for her style of dress and jewelry. She prefers to follow the trend, and avoid the limelight by not making the trends. She is petite, but four full term pregnancies has added to the slight curves she's had since her youth. Family Father: Gnaeus Horatius Pulvillus, Deceased Mother: Licinia Luculla, Deceased Siblings: Gnaeus Horatius Pulvillus Minor, Deceased (Hours after birth) Spouse: Appius Cornelius Scipio, Alive Children: Appius Cornelius Scipio Minor {b. 60}{Alive} Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio {b. 60}{Alive} Cornelia Appiana {b. 64} {Alive} Lucius Cornelius Scipio {b. 67} {Alive} Cornelia Horatia {b. 76} {Alive} Extended family: The Cornelii-Scipionis - Through her husband The Sulpicii Rufi - Through her sister-in-law, Cornelia The Flavi Alexandri - Distant - through her husband and sisters-in-law The Licinii Luculli - Through her mother The Imperii Acuelones - Distant - through her great aunt's marriage to Titus Gurges --- Various nieces and nephews through her sisters-in-law, Decima and Cornelia --- Cousins through her maternal connections Other: household slaves and such History Horatia was born, much to her mother’s displeasure, the first and only child between Gnaeus Horatius Pulvillus and his wife Licinia. She was not a wanted child in her mother’s eyes. Born of the wrong sex, when she had so wanted to give her husband a son. There would be no little siblings to follow her. No brothers or sisters and not a great deal of cousins. To make it worse, she had been a twin, her brother dying hours after their birth. Since she was old enough to form mere babbling noises, she was her papa’s girl and grew up as such. She was a bright but quiet child, excelling in her lessons. Seeing she had letting distractions this wasn’t very hard for her to do. She kind of liked the silence in a way, she had no-one else to fight for her father’s attention. The father daughter relationship grew steadily, her father often using her ears as his unwavering confidant whenever the woes of the senate was to much on him. She learned much from him in those young years, probably much more than what she learned from her many tutors. Her mother however had very little do with her growing up. Almost treating her like a pebble in her sandal. When she was quite young still, before the age of ten her grandfather passed away. Placing her father as head of the family and firmly securing his seat in the senate. Something that trilled Horatia, she always enjoyed seeing her father happy. It also marked another turning point in her parent’s life. Where the marriage was just for show. As she grew into a young teenager however she noticed her marriage between her mother and father was not that of love and if anything, very little respect or admiration. They were married just to be married. That put the fear of marriage in the girl. She didn’t know why, it just did. Her father thankfully held off the idea of her marrying until much later into her teens. The first attempt was made when she was 17, a son of a traitor. It wasn't a very long relationship. He was shipped off to war and would later lose his life there before plans could be finalized. Ultimately, it did not hurt her ways that she probably thought it should then. Her father reached high with the match he aimed for next, a cousin to the Augusta, from an ancient family. She found herself getting along well with the young Appius Scipio. Marrying in 59AD, she quickly fell pregnant with what she thought was their first child. The truth of her twin brother finally coming to her knowledge thanks to the birth of their twin sons. Named for their grandfathers, both gone from this world, the later Gnaeus only months prior to his grandson's birth. Horatia struggled, admittedly, with the extra burden of a second child added to the one she had believed she was only expecting. Her body would heal slowly overtime, but the further pursuit of a third child was held off with the unexpected turmoil that had developed into the Civil War. She, along with their boys, were sent away from Rome with her sisters-in-laws, her husband heading off to side with his cousin in the east. Life after Alexander's win and raise to emperor found Horatia gently. A daughter born the year following brought her to the realization she had succeeded in her teenage wishes to not have a marriage that was cursed by Juno, that she had not become the shrew her mother was. Appiana was a small little babe, doctors fearing that she would not last the month, let alone her first year. It was the gods will that decided to prove them wrong. Though, her little girl would never be one of robust health. The couple settled into a marriage that was built on mutual trust and affection, and a few years later would see many changes. Her husband went to work, hard, in order to restore the damage to his family's name by his brother's whims and his uncle's plottings. Having risen to the family's paterfamilias as the eldest living of his clan upon his uncle's death. Horatia, ever in support of Appius, continued to be a homebody, feeling that her place was at their home. Content with raising her children and venturing out with other mothers her age. She bore her last child months before the great Annthea took her last breath. Another son, named for her husband's late brother. Not as a way to honor him but in a way that perhaps, husband and wife had both thought, that their son would be destined to do better. However, his delivery proved difficult. Leaving her to be confined to her bed and rooms for months. Often waking up to her eldest boys snuggled to her side, deep in sleep. It would be years before she attempted to try for another child, only for it end in miscarriage as the second decade of Alexander's reign dawned 76 sees the birth of the daughter she had fought so hard to conceive, potentially rendering infertile afterwards. OOC Name | TIMEZONE | CONTACT
  12. Claudia Gaia 33 | 14th June 40CE | Imperial | Matron (also Corinthia's warden) | Bisexual | Original | Stephanie Leonidas Personality. Gaia, or Χρυσανθη (Chrysanthe) as she was originally known as was not born with malice in her heart. Deep down, she believes that there is good in everyone and if you're nice to people they will be kind to you. Despite how many times the events in her life have proven otherwise. Gaia enjoys the fruits of life, having developed a taste for them and enjoys surrounding herself with beautiful people, and things. She is sensual, a lover of music and can play both the harp and the flute. And has been known to have taken many lovers over the years. Some were a necessity, some were out of love, and others were completely out of pleasure. She is able to speak both Greek and Latin, along with being able to read and write in both. Gaia never developed the mind of a politician. Fortunately for her, she has no illusions about her intelligence levels and in modern terms would be considered a ditz. Gaia is not a skilled liar, often stumbling over her words and avoiding eye contact when she is being dishonest -- although she also does this when she is intimidated by something or someone. She is charitable, often going out of her way for her friends and fortunately her faithful body slave Nahia would often keep an eye on her. There is a loving, sisterly relationship between the two women with Nahia often instructing her Mistress to make the best choices. Gaia is a parent to her daughter, Corinthia. The daughter of the one time adopted heir to Claudius before the fates decreed that another should take the throne. Loving, protective, and unfortunately she completely spoilt her defiant child. Her daughter has a cruel, defiant, possessive and domineering personality. The opposite of her kind-natured mother. She believes most of her family to be dead. Generally she does not think of them or the bloody fates they had. She lost her first and most beloved husband, Manius Claudius Caesar or Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius as he was known before he was adopted. While the man had a vindictive and grasping nature, he was always kind and considerate towards Gaia. Spoiling her and eventually taking her as his wife before he was slain for murdering Claudius. Gaia to this day believes he is innocent -- well, mostly. She has taken many lovers in the past and was known for her enjoyment of it. While there were many friendships formed, none of them resulted in either marriage or a relationship. Many of her betrothals have ended up with the death of her fiance's before the date and she has begun to wonder whether she is cursed with bad luck. Ultimately Gaia wishes for her daughter to be happy and safe. Deep down there is a suspicion about her daughter's true nature. An actual confirmation of her sweet daughter being a monster would be her greatest fear come to life. Another fear is the complete destruction of Rome although far-fetched. Although another would be to become enslaved once more. Appearance Gaia stands at 5ft tall. She has a slender frame with average muscle tone, her body has womanly curves on the smaller side and her skin is olive in colour, although darker in the areas that have been exposed to sunlight. She frequently has a relaxed and casual posture, and has been known to slouch when she sits down. Her face is round, her eyes are large, dark and expressive. Her eyes are framed by thick, dark eyelashes. Over the years the sunlight has given her the earlier signs of crows feet that will deepen over time. Around her lips are the lines that will slowly turn into smile lines as she gets older. Gaia's teeth are slightly off-white. Her hair is naturally curly, often flowing down her back and is a light brunette in colour. Informal/around the home. A simple peplos of varying colour, although they are typically white. A palla may be draped around her head or shoulders if the weather is colder than usual. The linen is always high quality. Formal occasions. She often doesn't wear the stola, the symbol of married and respectable matrons of Rome. A fascia around her breasts beneath, her clothing varies; yet she often wears blues, expensive white fabrics, pinks and matches her jewelry to what she's wearing. On her feet she wears sandals made out of soft leather, decorated with jewels. Family Father: Herakles of Corinth (deceased) Mother: Artemisia, wife of Herakles of Corinth, (deceased) Siblings: --Brother - Antipater, 36, currently in slavery, (deceased) --Brother - Androcles, 34, currently in slavery, (deceased) Spouse: None. Children: Claudia Corinthia (b. 55CE) Extended family. Archaita's children. Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius (deceased) Acilia Glabria (deceased) Claudius Caesar's biological children. Gaius Claudius Caesar (deceased) Claudia Livia (deceased) Tiberius Claudius Sabucius Claudia Caesaris Former spouse: Manius Acilius Glabrio Leontius who was adopted and became; Manius Claudius Caesar. Freedwoman: Claudia C.L Nahia History Gaia was born as Χρυσανθη (Chrysanthe) in 40CE. Her childhood was mostly uneventful and fairly conventional for her family. She was born into a family of farmers, well off yet still farmers. She was mostly illiterate, working hard to bake bread and otherwise be obedient. Her betrothed was selected to be a cousin of hers, mainly so there would be no loss of money within the family and so they could be sure that she would marry a good man. Chrysanthe was mostly oblivious to the world around her. Her world was her friends, family, and the village they resided in. One thing she did know was that money began to become harder to come by in 52CE with the rising taxation. In 53CE, her brothers joined the rebellion against Rome and this was unknown to her parents. When the civil war came to Greece and the retribution was swift and decisive. Her parents were slain in the conflict with her brothers taken into slavery. Many of the women were taken as war booty, however, her beauty was noticed by Manius Rutilius Cyprianus. An ambitious man who wished to offer a gift to the Imperial family. She was given to Manius' (her husband to be) sister, Archaita. In turn, she was given to her son as a plaything and a genuine love formed between the pair of them. Manius taught her how to read, play the harp and the flute, and showed her a world that she never knew existed. He gave her the name she would now go by. Gaia. The name Chrysanthe now long forgotten. Faithfully, she followed him wherever he went during the course of his travels, and worried for his fate should the worst ultimately occur. Still, she was happy. Manius broke with convention and married her. Already casting a dark light on Manius' political career and reducing his favour among the members of the nobility. In <>, her mother-in-law, Archaita, passed away and Gaia did not find herself missing her. Birth of Corinthia occurred in 55CE and early on it was easy to see that the child inherited her mother's beauty -- yet her father's ambitious mind. She spoiled the child, and after the loss of Manius, she spoiled her even more and ignored the warning signs about her daughter's personality. In 56CE, Manius, the love of her life died, and she mourned and wept for him. He was given a proper funeral to honour his status and his life. In 57CE, she becomes increasingly aware that she needs to maintain favour with the Imperial family and reaches out to them. They are friendly and considerate of her, despite her former status, and she is relieved. In 60CE Lucilla passed away only to be followed by Junus and Honorius later on. She reached out to try to help although there was not much she could do. She stayed in Rome as long as possible before she felt it got too dangerous. She fled with Corinthia to Greece, and stayed quiet. Perfectly happy for Corinthia to forget who she was in order to keep her safe. She heard the news of the dictatorship and the uncertainty involving the Imperial twins, and the fate of Rufia Flavia. All she could do was remain in safety in Greece -- unfortunately, she was unable to reach them to help them without drawing attention to herself. Something she has long regretted not being able to do. Many years after the fact, she has heard word from Honorius as he travels by a different name and unfortunately, no word came of it and she began to worry. Quintus became Caesar in 63CE and with it brought peace and prosperity to Rome. When she was sure it was safe, she returned to Rome with Corinthia along with the family's most trusted slaves. Her slave Nahia was officially freed and remained in her household as both a friend and patron. Over the years, there has been considerable happiness and a bright future for them. Over the years, offers of marriage began to trickle in although unfortunately all the men seemed to go missing. Her life has been most uneventful, her amorous behaviour has slowed down now she has begun to feel more secure in her place in Rome, and wanted to remain free from connections. Her marriage had brought her money, security, and relative freedom. Something she was unwilling to compromise for anyone. Her years were mostly uneventful although she has connected herself to the current Augusta in friendship. Perhaps Gaia is more politically ware than people would first assume? In the current time, Gaia is seeking out a husband for Corinthia (and possibly for herself) and hopes that there is a bright future for them both.  Gothy | GMT +11 | DM or PM
  13. 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
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