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CALPURNIA PRAETEXTATA

Calpurnia is my 38 year old, Vestal Virgin, who only has a year left before she will have completed her sworn vow of chastity. At present, she is uncertain of what she wants to do with her potential freedom. On one hand, she has no desire to confine herself to the order forever and wishes to see the lands beyond Rome. She could eventually marry, but before that she actually needs to find some potential suitors, so if there are any of the single noble that want to throw their hats into ring, please be might guest. She is also from a rather old and noble family, so it could be a political or it could be genuine, leaving her to struggle with temptation as the months count down to. As for others, Calpurnia is often found at the Temple and her contacts include a wide range of Roman society, due to the nature of the Vestals. Initially, she can come off as stoic and difficult to approach, but is simply a deep thinker and a bookworm.Hang around long enough though, and she might just let a person come to her private villa and see the vast library of books from across the Empire.

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SORAYA

Soraya was originally a noble daughter of an established family in Parthia, but that all changed when her family was murdered and she was thrown into slavery. She was purchased by a soldier in one the legion and she spent four years there, only to be sold off not long after he had returned to Rome. Recently, at the age of 25, she was purchases by Caius Lupus and now work at his eatery shop. She tends to run into various types of people that come into the shop to dine, but isn't above interacting with others when running errands for the market. She prefers to make friends whenever possible, simply because it could assist her new master. At the moment, she is not searching for romance, but I'm not opposed to it if you have any ideas. Other than that, Soraya is incredibly intelligent and cunning, but she doesn't have a great deal of street smart and is unaccustomed to how things work in Rome, such as the brutal underworld and it's gangs or the ruthlessness of the plots of the elites. 

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Hey there! I have a couple of characters I can throw up for consideration for Calpurnia at the moment.

EPPITACOS
Epp here is in need of an owner. He is VERY interested in learning more about world religions, and the world in general. It fascinated him while he was in Britannia, and still does. If he could get access to her library, it'd blow his mind. A little background: He was the leader of the British resistance against Roman invasion. He was betrayed and enslaved over 10 years ago. He was brought to Rome in Caesar's triumphant return, but was spared as a sign of Caesar's good will. He became a gladiator and over the past decade has managed to gain quite a following in the city and become something of a celebrity (for what it's worth). Buuuut, just recently he was attacked and had his arm damaged to the point where it had to be amputated, effectively ending his gladiatorial career. He's since been sold by Caesar during a private invite-only auction for some of Rome's leading families. Perhaps Calpurnia was there - or her brother was and passed him along? Just an idea. No worries if you're not into it!

MANIUS SCAURUS
Scaurus hasn't been posted as an active character just yet, but he will be soon. Manius is the 40-year-old eldest son of Marcus Aemilius Scaurus, a formerly major player in Roman politics. He's also the head of the Aemilii-Scauri, which is also an old and prestigious family. Most importantly, he is single and looking for a wife. He was crippled for much of his youth as the result of a freak accident, but he met a 'healer' who has managed to train him to walk again. He still uses a cane, but is no longer crippled. He is something of a historian/philosopher, so I think they would get along well. If you're up for a thread, we can at least feel it out!

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Awesome! Apologies if it's this rambles a tad, it's after midnight here but wanted to post before I fell asleep.  

EPPITACOS:

Omgosh XD I just finished reading his auction thread and yeah, I could totally see Calpurnia slipping in there and outbidding everyone else at the last second, then bouncing like a total boss. Extending mercy to condemned criminals is also part of her job as a Vestal and if anyone gives her any flack about it, she can simply blame it on being led by the 'will of the gods' and a favor to the Imperial family (Because really, who would miss a chance to have Caesar view them as benevolent and kind-hearted?). It also wouldn't hurt that she have someone around her villa to run things when she is busy at the Temple and who better than a man that was a former gladiator. His skill as a general would probably make ensuring order pretty easy and he is still strong enough to act as her escort around Rome, which would likely set people to talking (because it's practically two celebrities being seen together, but before twitter.)  Of course, his newfound status would allow him a fairly cushy job, including living arrangements (food, fine wine, and hot baths) and access to the library, if he wanted. 

There's also the added bonus that if Eppitacos is one of the few survivors and has done everything that Caesar has said of him, then it would be foolish not to converse with him. Calpurnia would, no doubt, want to create a first hand account and record of the battles that he's been in, from the men he fought with to the names his enemies, because that kind of history is too important to lose and deserves to be passed down to future generations. But yeah, these two should totally come into each others lives, Calpurnia does come off as intimidating at first, but underneath, she is an absolute softy and can empathize pretty easily with those in a terrible situation. 

MANIUS SCAURUS:

As for these two, it's totally no rush. She still has a year to fulfill before being allowed to marry, but she has experienced enough to know that it never hurts to be thinking several moves ahead of you opponents, especially when it comes to Roman politics. In the meantime, they could still interact and as she adores any chance to nerd-out. I'm totally down for throwing these two together just to see what happens and watching them awkwardly attempt to gauge each other. Mainly because while Calpurnia is mature, but there are some questions about his ability to father children that she'll probably be skirting around, not wanting to seem rude. Given his background and heritage, she would definitely attempt to establish good relations with the Aemilii-Scauri in general. I will at some point try to get her brother and father on a wanted ad so that there is a little more dynamic. Right now, it's just Calpurnia, but yeah DM on Discord and we can flesh out things a little more. 

 

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Hey! No worries. I am also a rambler, so you're in good company haha.

EPP/CALPURNIA
Awesome. I'm game for all of that. If you'd like, I can start a new thread for after the bidding has completed and Epp/Calpurnia officially meet for the first time?

MANIUS/CALPURNIA
Of course! I'm not sure Manius is in a hurry to get married again necessarily. His last marriage was more out of necessity than anything else, but he doesn't really have that need now like he did when he was young, so he might just enjoy more of a platonic friendship and it'll go where it goes haha. And he's not sure if he's able to have kids or not; he assumes not, because of the injury, but hasn't found out... so to speak ha. But yeah, I think starting out we could have them just thread as two intellectuals. I image they'd be aware of one another already, considering their families and her position. Manius has always figured himself as something of a historian, so perhaps he could call upon her to request access to her library?

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The Epp/Calpurnia thread sounds like a great idea, just tag me or let me know when it's up, so if you could start that be really great. As for Manius/Calpurnia, I could totally see that happening. The library isn't really a secret and I have a feeling he probably wouldn't be the first or the last scholar that has asked to borrow a book or documents for their own writing or research purposes, so she totally cool with it.

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Aulus is in!!! He will definitely want to meet up with his kid sister at some point - let's thread!

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