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08-14-2015, 06:08 PM (This post was last modified: 07-28-2016, 09:12 PM by Lucius Cornelius Sulla Magnus. Edit Reason: Changed names )
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THE WRITER
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NAME/ALIAS: Eddie
AGE: 21 
EXPERIENCE: Oh well, five years at least 
OTHER CHARACTERS: Lucius Cornelius Sulla Magnus and Publius Calvisius Sabinus Pomponianus
CONTACT: PM
 
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THE CHARACTER
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NAME: Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus
DATE OF BIRTH: 15th of December, 35 AD (26 years old, going on 27) 
GENDER: Male
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Homosexual (though not officially)
 
CITIZENSHIP: 
-- Cives Romani, Nobilitas, Senatore Plebeianus
 
OCCUPATION: Tribunus Laticalvius of Legio XII Fulminata in the East
 
LIKES: 
1. The military life
2. His sister Domitia and his nephew
3. Men
4. Wine 
5. Quintus Alexander
6. Gambling; especially on horseraces  
DISLIKES:
1. People who restrict him 
2. Marcus Clemens 
3. Republicans 
4. Gossips 
5. Stoics 
6. Not being able to control a situation
FEARS: 
1. Small spaces 
2. The victory of Clemens or Cotta in the civil war 
3. Marriage
ASPIRATIONS: 
1. To see Quintus Alexander as winner in the civil war 
2. To find a good match for his sister 
3. To be reunited with his sister and nephew
 
GENERAL PERSONALITY: 
In essence Lucius is a simple man. He does not care much for fancy clothes, jewellery or grand decorations. In keeping with this, he is not a man with silver tongue or any greater talent for speeches or public occasions. He is thus not very well suited for politics, nor does he harbour any greater interest for it. Many perceive him as cheerful, and seldom is he very solemn. Yet in the heat of battle he is the soul of discipline and order. Despite his cheerful and somewhat carefree manner, he is not the one to consider life a ball, and is in fact not as carefree and unconcerned as it appears. While not a man for great words and complicated philosophy, Lucius has always possessed a sort of reason or wisdom, if one wants. It was the sort gained by living life, experiencing things and meeting people, rather than just from reading books and discussing hypothesises. 
 
Lucius does not lack ambition but is often perceived as unassuming and does not make much noise about him unless he is among confidants. Lucius can sometimes be stubborn, but mostly he is not immune to persuasion, especially if the reasons given are of emotional or personal character. In this aspect Lucius could be said to be too indulgent, naïve even. 
 
There are three main vices that Lucius carries with him; gambling, men and wine. Gambling has never financially been a problem, but occasionally it takes up a lot of his time and energy, and loosing gives him a bad temper. As far as the men are concerned Lucius really cannot help himself. He adores the beauty and strength of other men, and he seldom denies himself the pleasure of sharing bed with one or two of them. Even though this is not official, or indeed forbidden, it is known of by quite a few, which perhaps makes him look less favourable. This is not helped by the fact that he has not yet married, and has refused quite a few offers of marriage. Though deep inside he knows he’s going to have to take the bull by its horns eventually. Lastly, Lucius’ wine consumption is not exactly moderate or healthy. Though he is not a drunkard he does overindulge the liquid quite often, but he would never let it interfere with his duties, at least not too often.    
 
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APPEARANCE
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CELEBRITY CLAIM: Rhys Wakefield  
HAIR: Strawberry blonde
EYES: Blue  
BUILD: Thin by sinewy and lightly muscular
HEIGHT: 168 centimetres (ca. 5’6”)
STYLE OF DRESS: As simplicity could be said to be Lucius’ motto he is often seen in simple, practical clothes of good quality and cloth. When in the military he of course wears his uniform and armour. More seldom is he seen in official clothing like the toga praetexta, even though he is officially admitted into the senatorial order. 
 
GENERAL APPEARANCE: 
Most people would agree that Lucius has an appealing exterior. While not being the classical beauty often depicted by various statues, his looks have something about it that is pleasant and soothing. Lucius is of average height and always walks straight-backed. His face is rather oblong and quadrangular as is his nose and his chin. The mouth is broad, but the lips are rather thin. One would also notice his long neck. He looks slender, and is so, but he does not lack vigour or rapidity. The impression one gets by viewing Lucius is that he is a man of self-confidence, but unaware of the fact that it carries himself thus. 
 
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FAMILY & HISTORY
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PARENTS:
--Father: Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, 55, deceased 40 AD 
--Mother: Julia Agrippina Minor, 50, deceased 56 AD   
SIBLINGS: 
--Sister: Domitia Agrippina, 24, alive 
SPOUSE(S): N/A
CHILDREN: N/A
OTHER RELATIONS:
--The Julio-Claudians: great-great grandson/great-nephew to Augustus, nephew to Caligula, great-great nephew of Claudius among others. Click here to see family tree
--Aunt: Domitia Lepida Major, deceased 
--Aunt: Domitia Lepida Minor, alive
--Cousin: Faustus Cornelius Sulla Felix, 40, alive 
--Nephew: Aulus Licinius Nerva Domitianus, 6, alive 
 
BIOGRAPHY: 
Lucius was born in Antium, some thirty or so miles southwest of Rome. He was the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Julia Agrippina Minor. Gnaeus was one in a long line of Domitii that had held the consulship, and his mother was Antonia Maior, daughter of Octavia and Marc Anthony. Agrippina carried both Julian blood from her mother Julia Minor and Claudian blood from her father Germanicus. Lucius was thus from birth a very well connected child with an impressive linage that connected him to the Julio-Claudian clan. His father was a notorious crook, treating everyone and everything in the most vial way. Needless to say he had little love for his son. Agrippina however was a loving mother, if over-protective. Lucius got close to his sister during his childhood, since his mother seldom would let him play with other children. In 37 AD his uncle, his mother’s brother, Caligula ascended the imperial throne after having disposed of intended co-regent Gemellus. At first Agrippina and her family was greatly favoured by Caligula. It is said that he sometimes gave Lucius toys and treats. In February 38 AD Lucius was joined by a little sister, Domitia, who was somewhat unorthodoxly given the second name of Agrippina, after her mother.      
 
In 39 AD Agrippina was involved in a plot to kill her brother the Emperor, the plot was disclosed and Agrippina was sent into exile. Neither Lucius nor his sister was allowed to accompany their mother. They were taken care of by their aunt Domitia Lepida the Elder, as their father showed little interest in caring for them. In January 40 AD Lucius’ father died. It is said he died of heart failure while having intercourse with a servant on a family estate in Pyrgi in Etruria. Out of spite for the man, his wife and his offspring Caligula seized that which Gnaeus Domitius had left to be Lucius’ inheritance. Lepida, however, was a kind woman who without a doubt took in her brother’s children. His time with her was perhaps their most blissful time in his life. 
 
Caligula was however murdered in 41 AD, and Domitia Lepida was wise enough to take Lucius and his sister out of Rome, out of reach from the assassins. She recognised Lucius had some important connections to the imperial throne and wanted to protect him. Yet it was Claudius who became emperor; no one would support a mere child who was only related to the Julio-Claudians on the maternal side. The ascension of Claudius meant that Agrippina returned, and that Lucius’ inheritance was reinstated. Lucius and his sister went to live with Agrippina once more. She was a highly manipulative and ambitious woman, but she loved her children in her own special way. The same year she married the prominent Gaius Sallustius Passienus Crispus, who became the stepfather of Lucius and his sister. He was a good man and a good father figure for the them. He taught Lucius a lot about all manners of things, especially politics and the human nature. Lucius was an intelligent child who had an appetite for knowledge. But most of all he liked to play and to sports; he always wanted to be Alexander the Great. Thus he developed a talent for physical activities. At the age of seven his formal education begun. And although he was an intelligent child, he was also restless, and consequently not an ideal pupil. He did however possess a good memory, which saved him many times. He liked history the most; especially the parts about wars and battles. He knew the names of all the commanders, all the battles and their exact year.  
 
After the divorce and exile of empress Valeria in July 46 AD it was Agrippina’s ambition to marry Claudius and have him adopt Lucius as his heir. Yet Claudius did not seem set on marrying anyone, and became recluse, leaving Camilius and Valentinus in charge. For the time being Agippina became the lover of Camilius, hoping of gaining access to Claudius that way. As a part of her plan to marry Claudius Agrippina poisoned her husband Gaius Sallustius, in order to become a widow and thus eligible for marriage. Thinking his death was natural Lucius mourned him as the father he had become. In December Claudius adopted his nephew Manius Acilius Glabrio as his heir, which caused Agrippina to doubt her original plan, but she stuck by it. In 47 AD Lucius was taken in as adiutor, assistant, to consul Lucius Fonteius Capito. He found the work very interesting and stimulating, and Capito showed great kindness towards him.
 
As Agrippina was constantly trying for Claudius, and Camilius plotting and having his allies appointed to high positions, Manius Caesar grew concerned about their influence. He convinced Claudius to marry Lucilla, the daughter of Gnaeus Alexander, to counter their influence. This made Agrippina furious, and she began to entertain ideas of assassinating Claudius and Manius. When Claudius adopted Lucilla’s children, Camilius was also outraged, and together they planned to have Claudius done away with. Lucius was still blissfully unaware of his mother’s plans. He was however growing increasingly tired of her and her restrictions upon him. His greatest wish was to be the assistant of a provincial governor, to go outside of Rome and explore the empire, but Agrippina always hindered him and kept him close to her. His attachment to his mother definitely weakened with the years, perhaps more so than was to be expected naturally. He even began to despise her. While not knowing her exact plans, he did indeed have an insight into what she was capable of.    
 
In the year 53 AD former allies of Camilius disclosed that he was behind the civil unrest in the empire. Agrippina felt in which direction the wind was blowing, and when Camilius was made regent of Gallia she quickly decided to go there for shelter. Lucius however refused to accompany her, and exercised his power as pater familias to keep his sister in Rome too. His mother was furious, but could do little. Lucius was elected into the Vigintiviri, as part of the council of ten, set to judge lawsuits that concerned the civil status of freedmen and slaves. While having no particular talent for law, he did carry out his duties industriously. He also began the quest to find his sister a suitable husband. Of course his mother had a whole list of candidates, but Lucius and his sister rejected them all. Lucius loved his sister too much to marry her to some brute of a man just because he had great wealth of an impressive linage.  
 
The following year, 54 AD, he joined Lucius Scipio’s campaign in Dacia as Tribunus Laticlavius. He really got a taste for military life, he liked the simplicity of it, and he spent quite a lot of time among the soldiers. He proved himself to be a capable leader and a good tactician, and he did indeed learn a lot from the veterans and commanders of the army. When Scipio had defeated the dacians he returned to Rome in triumph, and Lucius joined him in the capital. With the help of his aunts, Domitia Lepida Minor and Major, Lucius had finally found a suitable husband for his sister. His sister had also agreed to the match. The man was Aulus Licinius Nerva, son of consul Aulus Silianus. The man was quite a bit older than his sister, but he was a gentle and kind man with a considerable wealth. The wedding was held in July.  Lucius was quite soon thereafter transferred to a legion in Noricum to continue his tribuneship. Domitia was soon with child, and in the early months of the next year Aulus Licinius Nerva Domitianus was born. 
 
In March 56 AD there was word that Claudius was dead and that Darius, his adopted son, had succeeded him and abolished the regencies. A subsequent assassination attempt upon Darius was stopped, but the man behind it was revealed to be Camilius, who was branded a traitor. As soon as Lucius heard of this he returned to Rome. He came before the young emperor and told him all he knew about his mother’s involvement in the schemes of Camilius; which was not much, but he had managed to conclude some things with the facts he had. To display his loyalty Lucius asked for the opportunity to accompany Quintus Alexander in his campaign to crush Camilius. Darius granted his request. 
 
Lucius fought furiously, almost with a defiance of death-mentality, to prove that he had nothing to do with Camilius – or his mother, and their plans. In October Camilius was defeated, but managed to flee. His mother however was apprehended. Darius showed her mercy and decided to send her into exile. She pleads with Lucius to save here. He blankly refused and disowned her being his mother. She was heart-broken by this, and on the way to Massilia, from where she was to be shipped off, she committed suicide. Lucius did not mourn her for an especially long time. She had loved him in her own way, but had always seen him as an instrument in her quest for power. While she had always claimed it was for Lucius’ good, the question was whether her plans really reflected what he wanted, or if they indeed were her wishes. To Lucius the latter was the truth. Never once had she stopped to consider his wishes, but rather taken for granted that his wishes were the same as hers. His mother’s life, spent planning and plotting, had left Lucius’ love for her broken and increasingly hollow. He did however see to it that she received a proper funeral and that she was buried next to her latest husband Gaius Sallistius.    
 
The following year 57 AD, in January, Camilius was found and executed. Lucius concluded his time as Tribune and returned to Italy to tour the estates that he had inherited. He had previously not had the time to do so personally and now he wished to assess their state for himself. The legacy of both his biological father and his stepfather had made him a rich man. Considering his linage and his wealth he could be a potential pretender to the imperial throne. A senator that had courted Lucius’ sister but had been rejected suggested to the imperials that Lucius was a threat and would try to seize the throne for himself. Lucius learned about this accusation from his aunts, since it was the gossip of the whole of Rome. In response he abruptly cut the tour of his estates short and returned to Rome. Lucius came before Honorius and Lucilla in the summer of 57 AD, since Darius was still in Britannia. He fell to his knees and swore an oath of loyalty to Darius and all of his line, to convince them of his good intent. Any doubts they might have had were erased in that moment. After this he concluded the inspection of his estates and once again returned to Rome. 
 
For the year 58 AD he was appointed to the board of Treseviri Monetalis, three men responsible for the minting of coins. As such he issued coins with the image of his ancestors; among others his maternal grandfather Germanicus, and his paternal ditto bearing the same name as Lucius. He also issued coins depicting his grandmother Antonia Major and a smaller quantity depicting his aunts Domitia Lepita Major and Minor. Darius died in February from the illness he contracted in Britannia. Honorius was acclaimed Caesar shortly afterwards by the praetorians, and he named Junus his co-Caesar. 
 
Despite not having come of the prescribed age, being only 23 and turning 24 that year, Lucius was appointed as one of four Quaestor Augusti in 59 AD. As he had gained the trust of the imperials, and Honorius and Lucilla in particular, they wanted him to stay put in Rome to act as messenger and secretary in Honorius absence and to support Lucilla and Junus Caesar. Honorius was about to embark upon a campaign in Dacia and needed reliable people in Rome. Riding back from one of his estates outside of Rome, Aulus Licinius, the husband of Domitia, was tossed of his horse. He was wounded so seriously that he died shortly afterwards. Domitia and her little son were naturally devastated, as was Lucius who had respected and liked his sister’s husband. Domitia and her son was taken in by their aunt Lepida Major, who took care of them with her usual motherly manner.   
 
As the year 59 AD had proven to be quite uneventful, and the situation in Rome was stabile, Lucius applied to be transferred to another post in the East, as his lust for exploring and adventure was still not entirely satisfied. At the time of the proscriptions following the assassination of Junus and Honorius in 60 AD Lucius was Quaestor in the province of Asia. Thus it was hard for the dictatorship to accuse him of being privy to the plot against the imperials. His term was ended with the year 60, but he lingered in the East, and joined Quintus Alexander’s entourage, as he knew and respected the man, from having previously served under him in Gaul. When the settlement was reached between Scaurus and Cyprianus in September 61 AD Alexander was given the proconsulship of Cappadocia. He appointed Lucius as Quaestor of that province. This was perhaps not the ideal position that Lucius had sought after, but he was glad that Quintus trusted him enough to give him such a position. When the senate granted Alexander additional legions to fight the Aorsi tribe that threatened the client-kingdom of Bosphorus Lucius petitioned Alexander for a position in one of those legions. Alexander however wanted Lucius to stay put and to administrate the province in his absence together with his brother Octavius and the legate and newly appointed Quaestor Quintus Caecina. Lucius was instead made Tribune of the force left behind in Cappadocia. 
 
Meantime in Rome, Clemens had seized power and begun to murder all those close to the throne, the Junii-Silani and the Flavii Alexandri. Lucius sister Domitia and her son were also in danger, since they too had connections to Julio-Claudians. Their aunt Lepida the Elder was however a brave and resourceful woman. When the praetorians came for them she caused a great kerfuffle that diverted the attention of the praetorians allowing Domitia to escape with her son. Lepida paid with her life as the praetorians cut her down when they finally reached her. Domitia and Aulus were helped by Lepida’s loyal slave Erastus, who devised the plan for escape. The three escaped on-board a trading ship that took them to Masillia form where they made their way north towards the legions of Gallia Belgica who had declared their loyalty to Quintus Alexander. They were taken in by Aulus Vitellius, the governor of Gallia Belgica. However he made advances towards Domitia, who pleaded with legatus Marcus Bibaculus to protect her. He took her in and protected her and her son as the virtuous man he was. 
 
When Lucius learnt about the bloody take over of power by Clemens he joined the legions in declaring Quintus Alexander their Caesar. His sister was not among the list of murdered, and eventually a letter arrived, shortly stating that she and her son was alright and safe while their aunt had been murdered. Lepida Maior had always been a kind woman, a mother of sorts when his own had failed. Lucius swore to revenge her, and his hatred for Clemens was manifested that day. Lucius convinced Quintus Alexander to give him a position on his staff or in one of his legions. The man gave way and Lucius was transferred to one of the frontline legions. Not quite by the book he was yet again made Tribune, under Octavius Alexander, which did make him second in command however. 
 
When it was decided that they were to fight Scaurus’ legions he did think it a bad decision. He would have much preferred to meet Cotta, or better yet Clemens, but he accepted that he was not in charge and did not know best. Scaurus was a formidable enemy and his forces matched those of Alexander’s. Yet they were victorious. It was not pretty to see romans fight romans, but Alexander was merciful and Scaurus and his men accepted his terms. The East was under Alexander’s control as they marched into Antioch. The question was what was to happen next; Aegyptus or the Balkans?   
 
TIMELINE:
35 AD – Birth 
37 AD – Birth of sister, Domitia. 
39 AD – Exile of mother, Julia Agrippina.
40 AD – Death of father, Gnaeus Domitius.  
41 AD – Return of mother, reinstatement of father’s inheritance. Mother marries Gaius Sallustius Passienus Crispus.    
42 AD – Schooling begins. 
47 AD – Death of Gaius Sallustius, Lucius is his heir. Lucius is adiutor to Consul Lucius Capito. 
56 AD – Sister marries Aulus Licinius Nerva Silianus, birth of their son Aulus Licinius Nerva Domitianus. Death of mother, Julia Agrippina. 
59 AD – Appointed Quaestor Augusti. Death of sister’s husband Aulus Licinius. 
60 AD – Appointed Quaestor Asiae. 
61 AD – Lingers in the East, joins Quintus Alexander. Is appointed Quaestor Cappadociae, later made Tribunus Laticlavius.  
62 AD – Is appointed Tribunus Laticlavius of Legio XII Fulminata. 
 
 
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