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So it's time for you to read my plotter - here is a little bit of information about all my characters and what plots they might be good for, if you wish to plot with them. I'm always open for new ideas too! Just send me a direct message here or poke me on Discord, if you want to play with any of them. Here we go!

Marcus Barbatius

Marcus is 29 years old and works as a barber in Rome - and he is not poor, because he knows how to do his job well. To anyone coming to him as a patron or really any stranger he has not met before, he is friendly and all smiles. He likes to make friends and likes a good cup of wine as much as anyone. But he easily makes up his mind about people and Marcus has two boxes in his mind... one for people who deserves his respect and his kindness. And one for those lesser than he, people beneith him, who should do nothing else but respect him and do as he says. He has access to sharp objects and he's not afraid to use them. And he knows that you should not go around hurting other people, so he prefers to keep this secret. Perhaps he will continue to escape justice... and perhaps he will end up in jail. It will be interesting to see what happens to this character.

Marcus can use friends and allies, maybe a lover, patrons and slaves. He owns a few slaves, so if your slave would like to belong to him, we can make it happen. Maybe his services can also be purchased, if you'd need someone else to have a quite close shave? He has no wife, but anyone is welcome to suggest it to him. I also imagine he will gain a few enemies, because some people will sense something is off about him and he will dislike that.

Tertius Quinctilius Varus

Tertius is a senator, back-bencher... and a praetor in his early 40's. He's a widower with a 9 year old daughter and has not remarried since his wife died. He's rather bored with life at the moment, so he needs to be cheered up. Tertius likes to have control over anything and mainly his own household. He believes he is a good and kind master to his slaves, but sometimes, he isn't. He just wants them to behave well and if they don't, he's very disappointed.

Plots for Tertius involve maybe finding a new wife (female of course) or a steady lover (a male lover). He's also always on the lookout for more slaves in his household, because he enjoys being in charge. His personal body slave and lover Hector is up as a wanted. His siblings and nephew and niece are also up for the taking, should anyone want to play them. Look in the Qunctilii Vari thread.

Lucius Antonius Alexius

Alexius was born in Germania, captured by raiding barbarians and sold to Rome as a slave when he was 7. Back then, he was known as Lexus. When he was 15, he became a gladiator and became rather famours. In his mid-twenties, he was freed and made a lanista. Eventually he left Rome to return to Germania, but it wasn't all that he hoped, so he has come back to Rome. He is 36 now and currently works for a wealthy mistress, Oriana Laecinia, as her personal bodyguard. At the same time, he also has a secret affair with her... of course. 

He has a wanted ad for his sister Amalia, whom he's been looking for ever since they were separated as kids. Maybe she's still in Rome and you want to play her? Alexius is also known for having quite the libido (he hits on anything pretty that moves, so don't be put-off by that. It's his nature), he likes a good brawl and likes to get drunk. Alexius is generally quite friendly and needs friends, lovers of both genders and a meaning with life.

Lexus Naevius Gineverus

If this name seems a little familiar, it's because Lexus is Alexius' son. The two have never met though and Lexus is now 14 years old and lives with his mother, who is a freed slave. He's your ordinary curious, but inexperienced, teenager and easily get in trouble. He's also nice and polite though and just wants to make people around him feel good. Lexus tends to be a bit awkward around girls though.

He is interested in learning about his gladiator father, whom he never met. He can use friends, enemies and perhaps his first love and kiss - and someone who can lead him to meet his father for the first time.

Rana

Rana is 20 years old and still somewhat fresh as a slave - and entirely fresh as a gladiatrix. She was born in Germania, but being a troublemaker and by the way preferring women over men, caused her to be sold by her own brother, as a slave to the Romans. She has travelled Europe two years with her slave trader, before ending up in Rome. She is still a bit of a troublemaker and she loves attention; she's friendly enough, but she is also playful and curious beyond what she ought to be. She does not hate her slave life though, but is openminded towards what it will bring her. She is in the Ludus Magnus.

Rana can meet anyone interested in a gladiatrix, maybe even a patron to pay for her training or an admirer away from the ludus. She's of course also ready to plot with anyone in the actual ludus and she can probably also attend social events for the wealthier classes. 

Helenus

Helenus is 21 and was born as a slave in Rome and is still an imperial thermae slave, where he works hard to make sure he's not mistreated. He's generally a nice guy, likes to smile and make others smile, but at the same time, he's secretly working for the gangs of Rome, stealing for them in the baths. He does not show it, but he's terrified of being found out and he's also terrified of what will happen to him, if he does not do his job for the gangs well. Despite everything, Helenus hopes for freedom and a better life and he even has hope for love entering his life. 

Helenus is open for plots with anyone who'd vist a public bath (I imagine he can be sent around to where the demand is highest) and for anyone working with the more criminal part of Rome. I'd love for him to meet someone, male or female, who will help him out of his mess and perhaps he'd even fall in love, even if the feeling is not mutual.

Cynane

Cynane has been a slave in Rome for about 10 years now. She's a war captive from Britannia and originally comes from the Brigantes tribe. She spent most of her years in Rome as a gladiatrix, but the last two years she has been a personal bodyguard to the imperial princess, Claudia Caesaris - secretly training the princess and Cynane feels very strongly for her, almost motherly. Cynane does not speak much, because when she does, she speaks her mind. She is a very skilled warrior who takes her job seriously; she does not trust people easily though. She can use anything from friends to enemies and lovers of course.

I'd like for her to meet someone who can break through her hard shell and teach her how to love. She's bicurious, meaning her lovers so far have been men, but few were by her choice. She could fall in love with either a male or a female, high or low born.

Helios

Helios is a slave and prostitute working at the Domus Venus, where he's been for over 10 years. He also functions as a spy for his mistress (and other people who will pay for it) and often takes senators and wealthy Romans to his bed, to lure out secrets. He claims he's accepted life as a slave and does not want anything out of life, but secretly of course, he does want that. Lately he has had a desire for freedom and will try and buy himself free. He enjoys working as a spy and will happily buy and sell secrets, also for his own gain.

Plots for Helios include him finding friends and enemies and maybe one day he will be freed. His job as a spy might also get him into trouble, if he could reveal something about someone important. He could also use a real friend to rely on. He has a secret and unrequited crush on a bouncer in the Domus Venus.

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We have quite a few going already although I would love something between Claudia and Cynene! We could have one where she was given to Claudia or one in the current day. 😄 

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4 hours ago, Gothic said:

 

We have quite a few going already although I would love something between Claudia and Cynene! We could have one where she was given to Claudia or one in the current day. 😄 

A thread with where Cynane was given to Claudia would be great - see how they meet and interact with each other. Octavius would have to present too, at least to begin with, if he was the one who picked Cynane up 😄

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10 hours ago, Atrice said:

A thread with where Cynane was given to Claudia would be great - see how they meet and interact with each other. Octavius would have to present too, at least to begin with, if he was the one who picked Cynane up 😄

Sounds good to me. I will start it and send you the link! 😄 

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I'm wondering whether we might be able to get Aeneas and Cynane to meet, if you'd be interested? Somehow...

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3 hours ago, Sarah said:

I'm wondering whether we might be able to get Aeneas and Cynane to meet, if you'd be interested? Somehow...

Of course, that makes sense - they might know each other from back when she was a gladiator? Might even have some history together 🙂 I'll think about how getting them to meet... 

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Not sure which ones would work best. Thought I would give it a shot. 

I think Lucius would probably not appreciate meeting many of your characters due to his personality. Although that could be a lot of fun. I imagine he would be quite scandalised by Cynane! 

Appius on the other hand would be interested in meeting with Alexius, your former gladiator. Maybe he was a fan of his back in the day? I think Appius would also be a good candidate to speak to Varus. 

Let me know if you are interested. 

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Hello Brian, I'd love to play with your characters 🙂

Lucius and Cynane could be interesting - characters clashing because they're different can be a lot of fun. Cynane actually has an open thread if you're interested in joining that one 🙂

Alexius can always use more action, so he'd be happy to meet Appius... especially if Appius is a former fan of his. I think Alexius would love talking about old days. Then we just have to work out how they'll meet each other...

Tertius can actually meet both your Appius and Lucius - they're all senators, after all. Lucius and Tertius are also both widowers, so they have that in common. But it's up to you, what you think would be most interesting to set up. I can also have Tertius start a thread for you and you decide which character would most likely join. Let me know what you think 🙂

I have by the way an entirely new character, Helenus, who works as a slave in one of the public baths. So if any of your characters would like to meet him, there's lots of chances for that to happen... 

@Brian

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14 hours ago, Atrice said:

Hello Brian, I'd love to play with your characters 🙂

Lucius and Cynane could be interesting - characters clashing because they're different can be a lot of fun. Cynane actually has an open thread if you're interested in joining that one 🙂

Alexius can always use more action, so he'd be happy to meet Appius... especially if Appius is a former fan of his. I think Alexius would love talking about old days. Then we just have to work out how they'll meet each other...

Tertius can actually meet both your Appius and Lucius - they're all senators, after all. Lucius and Tertius are also both widowers, so they have that in common. But it's up to you, what you think would be most interesting to set up. I can also have Tertius start a thread for you and you decide which character would most likely join. Let me know what you think 🙂

I have by the way an entirely new character, Helenus, who works as a slave in one of the public baths. So if any of your characters would like to meet him, there's lots of chances for that to happen... 

@Brian

Hello @Atrice,

Excellent! 

I saw the open thread and I think that would be a perfect opening for them to meet. Cynane would be a shock. 

Excellent, Appius would likely be happy about meeting him and speaking to his favourite gladiator. If there meeting goes well, he could introduce his son to Alexius and there are a lot of possibilities. Appius might go to watch the gladiators train and they see each other? Perhaps Alexius overhears him telling his son about him? 

That is true about Tertius. Both of them work. I would be most grateful if you started us off. I think Lucius and Tertius would be a good choice to start off with. 

Helenus looks quite mischievous! I think he would be better suited to my character, Gaius when I get him complete. 

I hope to reply to your open thread today. 

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8 hours ago, Brian said:

Hello @Atrice,

Excellent! 

I saw the open thread and I think that would be a perfect opening for them to meet. Cynane would be a shock. 

Excellent, Appius would likely be happy about meeting him and speaking to his favourite gladiator. If there meeting goes well, he could introduce his son to Alexius and there are a lot of possibilities. Appius might go to watch the gladiators train and they see each other? Perhaps Alexius overhears him telling his son about him? 

That is true about Tertius. Both of them work. I would be most grateful if you started us off. I think Lucius and Tertius would be a good choice to start off with. 

Helenus looks quite mischievous! I think he would be better suited to my character, Gaius when I get him complete. 

I hope to reply to your open thread today. 

I'll look forwards to seeing your post to Cynane, I think this will be very interesting 😛

The idea for Appius and Alexius also sounds like a great idea, with them meeting as the gladiators train. Would you start the thread? Then I will set one up for Tertius and Lucius. I'm thinking they may meet at a random social event/party, if that sounds good with you - or do you have another idea?

@Brian

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15 hours ago, Atrice said:

I'll look forwards to seeing your post to Cynane, I think this will be very interesting 😛

The idea for Appius and Alexius also sounds like a great idea, with them meeting as the gladiators train. Would you start the thread? Then I will set one up for Tertius and Lucius. I'm thinking they may meet at a random social event/party, if that sounds good with you - or do you have another idea?

@Brian

Sounds like a plan. I will reply with the link to the Appius and Alexius thread. 

Cheers for starting the other one, Atrice. 🙂 

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Hello, @Atrice! I'm new, and I'm currently only writing Rukia Agda, a young foreign healer and mid-wife that's struggling a bit with her new life in Roma. I thought I'd think up a few ideas on how Rukia could meet some of your characters.

Cynane - Cynane arrival to Rome was possibly far more traumatic than Rukia's, so I'd imagine she'd foster a ton of respect towards her if she got to meet her. Seeing as Rukia is also a bit soft-spoken, it might prove difficult for these two to become too close, unless Cynane is fine with the mundane life of a healer (I doubt it). Instead, I think she'd definitely be interested in how she became a gladiatrix and then a bodyguard, a life for more interesting and miles away from her own scope of reality. The only weapon she knows how to use is a little knife her mother gifted her before arriving here, so she'd definitely be somewhat curious of her. Not to mention, that Rukia's services as a 'backdoor healer' are pretty cheap, and she serves a lot of lower-class folks. Mind you, I'm sure Cynane probably has better doctors at her disposal, but it's an idea!

Helenus - I don't know what's the protocol for lower-class folks, particularly women, entering the baths may be. I do know there were separate sections, so I doubt she'd probably interact with him in that way, but she does have/wear a few things that might be pretty enough to steal. On her neck, she wears a gold pendant with raw opal at the end. She only takes it off during bedtime, and bathing, but she tries to keep it close since it's the only thing she has of her father. Losing it, or having it stolen would be a nightmare for her. And if she catches him, well, that wouldn't be good for him, either. I'd imagine she take pity on him, not wanting to make life worse than it is, and would offer the rings in her ears, instead. If not, and if he's ever allowed to wander outside of the baths, there still could be a chance for them to meet on more or less friendly terms, not to mention the nature of her work as a healer. A lot of lower class folks, and some slaves, go to her for help. One of her customers could even be a part of the gangs he runs with, unbeknownst to her.

Lexus - A typical teenager, he probably gets babied and fussed over enough by his own mother, but don't be surprised if Rukia is just as protective. It's sort of her thing, as a midwife, and a makeshift caretaker of a gaggle of her own nieces and nephews. Any young person that crosses her path just has to face the inevitability of her wanting to feed and clothe you. She means well, of course. She just wants folks, and especially children and teens, to be safe. I don't know exactly what crowds he may associate himself with, but I'd imagine she's probably helped his mother out with things ranging from a sprain to an illness.

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Hello @Bee Bee and welcome! I'd love to play with your character and you have some great ideas 🙂

Cynane&Rukia
They're not exactly alike when it comes to personalities, but that just makes room for interesting threads I think. Maybe Rukia could come to the palace to have a look at some other (NPC) slave who's hurt or in need of other care from a healer or midwife - and Cynane is also around to make sure Rukia gets to the right place and all that. Else they could also meet out and about in town. Cynane isn't too fond of Rome and the Romans or being a slave/gladiatrix, but she likes being a bodyguard. How much she'll want to talk about it to a stranger, we'll see 😛

Helenus&Rukia
Well Helenus could steal her necklace, maybe he knows how to sneak into the women's section to check out their stuff. So we could do that plot, although of course he may be looking through her stuff while she's actually returning from the bath to get dressed... so that's how she'll find out. I guess he does have free time too sometimes, so they could also meet in town. He's not really a bad guy (at least he does not think so), he just does not have a choice, poor guy.

Lexus&Rukia
With these two I'm thinking he may be out on the streets and gets injured/hurt somehow and is far from home - so Rukia will have to tend to him. Lexus can interact with any type of people, he's a plebe himself and his mother a freedwoman. He sometimes works for the better classes as a servant, but he's got no real direction in his life just yet. And I'd love more plots with him, so this would be fun 🙂

So which idea are you most interested in getting started in the first round? 

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Awesome, @Atrice! I was thinking of either starting with either Cynane or Helenus, since he already has an opener out! I guess it all matters with what you want, but I can always make a new thread! 

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You're very welcome to join Helenus' open thread, go for it! I can also start one for Cynane/Rukia if you'd like, unless you want to wait with that a bit 🙂 @Bee Bee

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Can't believe it took me so long to post here!

Right, so I can see opportunities for interaction between Clio and Alexius if he were to visit the ludus of her household or eventually become one of its gladiators. Her domina is quite protective of her and Clio isn't much for small talk, may even come across as stuck-up. She'd be a hard nut to crack, but Alexius is welcome to try!

Helenus would also be easy to come across with. Clio could accompany her mistress to the baths or go alone, and although she is not personally a part of the Roman underworld, her household seems to deal in unsavoury affairs in addition to the more public front of the ludus.

At the moment I don't have any concrete ideas for threads, but am all ears to your sugegstions 🙂

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Hello @Liv 😄

Alexius/Clio
At the moment I don't see Alexius returning to being a gladiator, but you never know what the future holds. He is however already meeting Clio's owner, Annia Comna, so he could maybe also visit the ludus sometime and run into Clio. And since he hits on anything pretty with two legs, I'm sure he'd love to attempt with her too. He's not afraid of a challenge 😛

Helenus/Clio
Helenus mostly takes care of the male bathers, but he also sometimes sneaks into the women's section, mostly because he also has contacts among the female bath slaves and sometimes he'll steal from their stuff too. If Clio's owner visits the baths and leaves some precious belongings (for Helenus to steal) and Clio behind for some reason, they could maybe meet that way. Maybe Clio is left to guard her domina's belongings, because it is well known that the bath slaves sometimes steal? 😉

Right now I think it might be easiest to start out with Helenus and Clio and then if Alexius tries to get closer to Annia Comna, he can eventually meet Clio.

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20 hours ago, Atrice said:

Hello @Liv 😄

Alexius/Clio
At the moment I don't see Alexius returning to being a gladiator, but you never know what the future holds. He is however already meeting Clio's owner, Annia Comna, so he could maybe also visit the ludus sometime and run into Clio. And since he hits on anything pretty with two legs, I'm sure he'd love to attempt with her too. He's not afraid of a challenge 😛

Helenus/Clio
Helenus mostly takes care of the male bathers, but he also sometimes sneaks into the women's section, mostly because he also has contacts among the female bath slaves and sometimes he'll steal from their stuff too. If Clio's owner visits the baths and leaves some precious belongings (for Helenus to steal) and Clio behind for some reason, they could maybe meet that way. Maybe Clio is left to guard her domina's belongings, because it is well known that the bath slaves sometimes steal? 😉

Right now I think it might be easiest to start out with Helenus and Clio and then if Alexius tries to get closer to Annia Comna, he can eventually meet Clio.

Agree with everything you said! Clio would definitely keep a watchful eye over Annia's belongings and try to scare away potential thieves. Would you like to start a thread or should I?

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2 hours ago, Liv said:

Agree with everything you said! Clio would definitely keep a watchful eye over Annia's belongings and try to scare away potential thieves. Would you like to start a thread or should I?

If you'd like to start the thread, you're very welcome to. Else I can start it tomorrow, if you can wait for that 😄

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Hehe, you know I'd love to throw Charis at Cynae! *'Rule Britannia' plays somewhere in the distance...* Maybe Tertius lets her out after a few weeks and she gets lost? I can imagine she's probably freaking out they're going to assume she's running away, and she struggles to ask for directions because her Latin is so poor when your Cynae could overhear her accent (or her swearing under her breath in her own dialect...) 

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Hi @Atrice! I can't get on Discord from my phone, but I'm ready to thread with our gladiatrices if you want to make a starter 🙂 Thessala might get tasked with training a newbie, or they might be ordered to prepare for a fight. Or they might just start straight with a fight  😄

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7 hours ago, Chevi said:

Hi @Atrice! I can't get on Discord from my phone, but I'm ready to thread with our gladiatrices if you want to make a starter 🙂 Thessala might get tasked with training a newbie, or they might be ordered to prepare for a fight. Or they might just start straight with a fight  😄

We definitely need to set up Rana and Thessela 😄 I'm thinking Thessala gets to train the newbie 😛

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@Atrice sure, throw the newbie at her 😄 you can make a starter of you want, otherwise I'll get to it in a few days

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