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Lucius Furius Pontius Thracius Minor.

31 | 1/3/43 AD. | Senatore | Senator/Praetor | Bisexual | Original | James Norton

 

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Personality.

Ever since Lucius made his major decision to fully embrace Christianity as part of his conversion process, which was still regarded as a Jewish sect, the personality and traits of his also completed a radical transformation. Affectionately known as the 'Red Redeemer' by the secret Christian minority, Lucius has thus taken his newly found faith seriously to the core and being an ardent follower and supporter of Christ's teachings and message about eternal life for those who believe in him, being an admirer of Paul of Tarsus and Peter, both of whom followed their Messiah and Son of God to ultimate suffering and death, though now sitting beside the Lord in Heaven. Exhibiting as much as possible Christian virtues such as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility, Lucius isn't afraid to die for what he believes in though would like to live as much as possible in order to do God's works of grace and mercy, delivering it unto others in order for them to one day enter the eternal light, and so that he may also do the same. 

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the atypical of vices that Lucius no longer wants to live by, though it has proven to be easier said than done, and there have been few occasions where he almost strode on the dark path and away from the eternal light. His friends and allies within the secretive Christian community have alas been an important asset in improving his overall character and giving him well-needed strength and piety to continue living as a worthy follower, as to whom in return Lucius has provided vital aid in terms of food and clothing to inner secrets of the Roman Senate politics, enabling a potential influence that many like him desire to see fit. The young senator has also never felt happier than ever before prior to his conversion to Christianity, as these above mentioned vices attempted to fill an empty hole where a lack of meaningful purpose and direction in life had plagued the mind of his. Working as a man of the law instead of continuing his military path also felt like the right choice to make, as he truly believes that serving the law at home instead of fighting the Roman Empire's enemies abroad or within wouldn't do him or others good.

The most difficult of vices to get rid of belongs to the category of lust, his frivolous sexual lifestyle certainly became a part of his identity as a Roman noble, including the times where fondling himself wasn't an option at all to forsake. With his decision to try and steer clear of these types of vices that were considered to be a no-brainer, it has certainly aroused the suspiscion and curiosity from some of those who stand close to him. This applies to other matters in general, where he has to constantly wrestle between upholding a proper image befitting a man of his status, and someone belongin gto a devout group of a Jewish sectarians trying to lead a pious life as much as possible. However Lucius Minor manages to sometimes justify his actions hoping it would act as a compromise; attending the colosseum whilst praying for all the men's souls who partook in the bloody spectacle, which applies as well to household spirits of his deceased ancestors which is an integral tradition within ordinary Roman lives. He has also started to get rid of a lot of meat in his diet and focusing more on adding greens and fish, knowing that the former probably had something to do with his father's premature death and not wanting to end up a bloated corpse, only eating meat during events that requires public attendance and a show of face. 

 

Appearance

With his awfully long height for a Roman at 1.88 m, weight at 84 kg, slim yet fit build, blues eyes, fair skin and combed short auburn hair, the (supposedly) Thracian genes within this branch of the Furia family, combined with an extensive training regime and rich diet of protein has truly been captivated by Lucius. It's no surprise as to why he'd previously had a few lovers here and there due to his handsome looks and strong showcase of masculinity. Wearing a toga for everyday use, he tends to slip on less attractive clothing whenever he visits his Christian friends and allies. 

 

Family

Father: Lucius Furius Pontius Thracius Major (Deceased)

Mother: Tullia Maria (Deceased)

Siblings: Furia Pontia Tullia (full sibling) (b. 46 AD) 28 years of age

Spouse: None

Children: None

Extended family:

Furii-Pontii- Various relatives

Tullii-Marii- Various relatives

Other:

 

History

Lucius Furius Pontius Thracius Minor was born 1st of March, 43 AD, the same day as the God of War Mars, to Lucius Furius Pontius Thracius Major and Tullia Maria, both originating from families with a reputable and impressive lineage, both appearing to be certainly much more prestigious than the latter, depending on how one looked at it, though they were still respectable in their own right: The family would soon be greeted by fellow daughter and sister Furia Pontia Tullia, born some time in 46 AD. 

Lucius Major was a long standing member of the Imperial Roman state apparatus as long as anyone was able to remember, dealing with both political and military matters, his highest achievement attained was serving his time as Consul of the Empire. Through him, Lucius Minor was a member of gens Furia, which was one of the most ancient and noble patrician houses of the Roman Republic, its arguably most famous member was Marcus Furius Camillus, a soldier and statesman known as the 'Second Founder of Rome'. He also shared a blood heritage with the gens Pontia, who were originally Plebeian but rose to prominence during the Republic and flourished during the Empire, its notable member being the 5th Prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate, who presided over the trial of Jesus Christ and ordered his crucifixion. The unique nickname of this gens Furia branch, 'Thracius', traces its origins back a few generations ago when a male member married and acquired offspring with a Thracian woman, which explains the appearance and volatile temper of its members, or so it's what the official explanation is as no one's for sure certain in the end. Whatever the case may have been, Lucius Major always took pride in the Thracian bloodline and didn't shy away from promoting it when the situation arose. 

Maria's family was equally impressive when it came to ancestral merits, but what it lacked in surpassability in that category, it made up so much more when it came to wealth, which made a compelling case for Lucius Major to consider entering into a marriage with Tullia even if love and affection between them would arrive at a later date. A daughter to an ambitious businessman, the gens Tullia invested their wealth into different sectors ranging from mercantilism and quarries to mines and wheat fields spread across the Empire as they saw fit. One known member of this family however was the famous orator and lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero, considered to be among history's greatest second to only the Greek Demosthenes himself, and Lucius Minor would later consider Maria as his main inspiration for seeking the civilian-minded career route rather than the military one, the gift of oratory practices was found within her after all. While her husband represented the family outwards, she was actually the one in control of the family's finances and only advocated spending if necessary, thanks to her ability to stand for her convictions.  Her other blood heritage was that of the gens Maria, whose notable member was that of Gaius Marius, a Roman general and statesman who was dubbed 'Third Founder of Rome'.

Thus one could say that a great expectation was placed on Lucius Minor from an early age, as he would be the next generation of his family to carry its legacy and in order to do that, he was required to automatically undergo the typical educational process for Roman nobility. Tradition stated that a child's first and most important educators were almost his or her parents, and fathers like Lucius Major took his role as a teacher seriously considering agricultural, domestic and military skills as well as moral and civil responsibilities were expected from these young sons as dutiful citizens. Even if Lucius Major was considered to be quite a strict and tough man to have around, he didn't only ensure that Lucius Minor a hardworking, good citizen and responsible Roman but also acted as his son's early reading teacher, law tutor, and athletic coach. He taught his son not only to hurl a javelin, to fight in armour, and to ride a horse, but also to box, to endure heat and cold, and to swim as well. Maria's role as a virtuous mother cannot be overlooked as a moral educator and character builder, as mentioned previously above. 

Upon reaching 11 years old in 54 AD, it was decided that Lucius Minor would be sent off to Greece, Asia Minor and Rhodes, in order to follow in the footsteps of his distant ancestor Cicero, honing his skills and improving his physical fitness in the process. In Athens and Asia Minor he was taught how to read, write and speak properly in both Latin and Greek by the finest philosophers, poets and historians at the time, which was a requirement of being considered 'cultured' in Roman society. Lucius Minor didn't only learn about the art of rhetoric, but also other subjects such as philosophy, law, geography, music, literature, mythology and geometry, intended to give  students a diverse education and help prepare them for future scenarios where debating was required. He became fascinated by the classics of Greek poets such as Homer and Hesiod, being spurred to compete with the other aspiring classmates and sons of Roman nobility, which was greatly aided by the fact that performing well in one's studies granted the reward of receiving an old book of some rarity by the tutors. In Rhodes, a physical and strenuous lifestyle was on the schedule instead, whereby an an old yet experienced former gladiator served as his main training instructor on the insistence of Lucius Major, training the young Roman's body and lungs for the demands of public speaking as well. 

Up to this point in time, Roman politics of the 'divide et impera' kind didn't interest Lucius Minor aside from the occasional gossip, and despite his father urging him to 'pay more attention to one's surroundings'. All of this would change in March 62 AD as a mob of citizens, angry with the perceived lack of stability and an uncertain future, managed to brutally stab Consul Sextus Papirius Crassus Urusus to death whilst driving many Senators to flee for their lives. In the ongoing chaos, a certain Praetorian Prefect simply called Clemens proclaims himself Caesar and orders the other Consul, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Silanus, as well as other Senators to be executed. What followed in the wake of his tyrannical supremacy were a series of purges targeting the most influential of Roman aristocratic families, including the Flavii-Alexandrii and Juni-Silani, along with their allies. The news of Clemens' rise to power spread like wildfire throughout the Empire, with different legions stationed in the provinces proclaiming their loyalty to a variety of candidates they found to be the ultimate choice for Caesar, including Quintus Flavius Alexander, deriving his base of support from the legions of Asia and whose family was affected harshly by the purges.

As soon as Lucius Minor got hold of these precarious news, he became increasingly worried and anxious as time flew by, knowing that the Tullii-Marii and especially Furii-Pontii branches of the family were no exceptions and their close alliance with the Flavii-Alexandrii/Juni-Silani families wasn't unheard of at all. Without receiving any response at all from his kinsmen based in Rome, he started to fear the worst and prepared himself mentally to take upon the leading as the head of the family, and the amount of responsibilities he had to undertake in order for the lineage to survive. Of course it was expected that he would have to some day as any other heir to a Roman family, but to think it had to be this soon and under these circumstances, especially for a teenager who was about to 'graduate'. However all of these notions came to a surprisingly positive end, as his father, mother and sister disembarked on the shores of Rhodes. It proved to be Lucius Major's intuition that purposefully led him and the closest family to escape Clemens' purges in the aftermath of the Senate mob attack, and thus sought refuge in their Mediterranean Villa in Rhodes, where Lucius Minor happened to be completing his education as well. The other members of the family weren't so lucky, as their stubborn naivety and lack of intuitive sense spelled their doom right in front of them, something Lucius Minor would take note of and forever kept in his mind as he got the chance to reunite with his family after all these years of staying abroad. 

Lucius Minor alongside his family would, for the remaining months they would spend their time in Rhodes, keep track of the progresses made by the warring parties fighting for the Imperial throne, especially Quintus Alexander Flavius, whom Lucius Major held in high regard and esteem, never doubting his abilities and character as the rightful ruler of the Empire. The elderly Lucius being a man who always emphasized on the importance of reliable information and news, successecively built up his very own base of operations and utilized his contacts from all points of the land, teaching his promising younger version of himself this sense of having a good sense of an overwatch. When news emerged that Quintus defeated his father-in-law Scaurus in Syria (whom had risen at the front of an army dedicated to restoring the republic), the generals allied to another pretender called Cotta, and then the very armies of Clemens himself before he victoriously took Rome and was named Caesar by the Senate and People in August of the same year, Lucius Minor and Co. could finally sigh out of a painless relief as it seemed that the God of Mars himself answered all of their prayers to grant Quintus Alexander Flavius victory that was needed for ensuring a stable and prosperous future for the Empire. Without further hesitation, it was time for everyone to sail back home to Eternal Rome. 

He returned to Rom at the age of 19 in September 62 AD with his family, having finally completed an education fit for a young Roman nobleman and thus ready to undergo the Senatorial Course of Honor, though he didn't figure it out yet whether the civilian or military branch would suit him the most, even if his old father hoped that he would pick the latter and end up as as 'Legatus Augusti Propraetor' or military governor controlling his very own province one day and bring further glory to the family. From 62 AD to 66 AD Lucius Minor was a member of the 'Vigintiuri' or college of twenty considered to be the first and provided a young nobleman his first taste of politics and governmental responsibility, being elected and serving in all four boards: 'Quattorviri Viarum' (responsible for maintenance of roads in Rome), 'Treseviri Monetalis' (responsible for the minting of coins), 'Treseviri Capitales' (in charge of prisons and the execution of criminals) and his favorite 'Decemviri Stlitlibus Iudicanus' (judging lawsuits, especially the civil status of slaves and freedmen). Even if Lucius Minor didn't necessarily enjoy every aspect of his duties, it nonetheless gave him valuable insight into how the state apparatus is run and good points to add to one's own curriculum vitae. 

Once the family resettled itself in the ancient capital, returning to a more or less ordinary life, Lucius Major also took the opportunity to have a private audience with Quintus Alexander Flavius in order to reaffirm his family's loyalty towards the Emperor's, properly introducing the former to Lucius Minor something which he would never forget and always cherish it in the back of his head. Throughout the following years, the Furii-Pontii and Tullii-Marii commitments towards the greater good of Roman society was reignited, the financial aid directed at public works aimed to give a fresher outlook on the Empire as well as providing jobs to many citizens and freedmen in the progress, the most notable being the start of the Flavian Colosseum project in May 63 AD. In July of the same year, the Emperor's brother and Consul Octavius Alexander reached out to find architects for a variety of construction projects he had been planning, something Lucius Major took advantage of and thus was of great assistance to find said architects. If there was one thing Lucius Minor learned from this, was to always be on the lookout for these series of scenarios as being a part of these could yield lucrative results which could boost one's career into ascendency. It also meant that one's face would be seen in a rather positive light if handled and dealt with in a correct manner, and that's what Lucius Minor took seriously now more than ever and followed events that transpired during his employ at the 'Viginturi', especially with the Roman invasion of Britannia and the consequences which followed suite. 

The next step in his senatorial career was joining the legions as a 'Tribunus Laticlavius' or military tribune, granting him the chance to apply those valuable theoretical skills and intellect into practice, as well as taking up a higher command of a military unit in order to earn prestige and make his father slightly delighted about the prospects of him embarking on the military route. For about three years from 66 AD to 69 AD, he served in the 'Legio V Macedonica' or Fifth Macedonian Legion stationed on the river Danube at Novae in Moesia Inferior province, thanks to the father's contacts he maintained all those years. Utilizing the bull and eagle as its visible symbol on the banners, Lucius Minor soldiering days consisted of endless marching, fortification building which was part of Rome's decision to bolster its defences on the eastern front, and the occasional skirmish against the local Barbarian tribes consisting of Thracians, Thraco-Dacians, Illyrians and Thraco-Illyrian peoples. Otherwise the days were pretty ordinary and uneventful, spending his time on writing letters back home to his sister in particular, or reading Ancient Classics and its heroes of Old. 

Returning to Rome after executing his three-year term as military tribune, Lucius Minor reached the age of 26 in 69 AD and thus eligible for election into the office of 'Quaestor' or secretary/treasury, enrolling him into the ranks of the Senate and Curia as a backbencher. His duties included keeping accounts on the public and military treasuries as well as keeping records, an everyday chore that lasted for about 1 year until 70 AD when he was elected as 'Aedilis' or public service official, an office which lost much of its glory and purpose over time in conjunction with the reforms of Augustus. The main function was to oversee the grain and the upkeep of public buildings, though many senators preferred to skip the office, since the only way to succeed with it was by spending large amounts of personal wealth on the restoration of temples, aqueducts and roads. Lucius Minor was thus fortunate enough to rely on his mother's family's wealth, gaining admiration and commendment from his colleagues in particular for undertaking such a capital draining job to begin with, and it was no wonder as to why it was strictly one term limit which wasn't repeated or consecutive, much to his gratitude as he could no longer stand wasting the family's own money and thus ended his term in 71 AD. 

Like many of his contemporaries, Lucius Minor engaged in the vices and pleasures that Rome had to offer to its young nobility seeking comfort and relaxation after a hard day at work. Whether it was lovers, wine or fighting, gladiatorial games or racing, or even spending time in the company of courtesans or pricy prostitutes in the myriad of brothels, he sincerely engaged in these types of activites and felt like he was only accelerating upwards to fame and glory, as nothing or no one could stop that from happening. At the end of the day though, this sense of happiness only lasted temporarily and as soon as the activites finished so did the former as well. It didn't at first reveal itself to him, but he started to from time to time question the meaning of his existence and purpose in life. These feelings of worthlessness became exagerated and much worse in the aftermath of the two greatest tragedies that took place, especially when they occured so close to each other time wise. His father Lucius Major passed away in early 72 AD after consuming a rather large meal at dinner consisting of his favorite food and lots of wine, resulting in stomach cramps and diziness, before succumbing to a fatal heart attack; gluttony proved to be his greatest vice as he became older and thicker, resulting in a rather poor health during his final years. Mama Maria went into an eternal sleep following her husband in the latter part of the same year after suffering from cancer, a visible lump appearing on her breast which grew over time. Knowing that she was good as dead and not wanting to risk all of it in a risky surgery, she preferred to spend as much time as possible with her beloved children, especially Lucius Major whom she had a close relationship with. 

The death of his parents, especially that of his mother, seriously jeopardized the state of Lucius Minor and the negative traits of him such as Wrath became more prevalent. His faith in the Roman Gods also severely diminished, as they didn't seem to answer his prayers and sorrows, despite the blood sacrifices that were performed in their name and authority, and even the family's patron Mars became a huge disappointment to his lack of care regarding the most devoted of subjects. Lucius Minor fell into a cesspool of hopelessness and darkness; from who else could he now seek the answers to a much more joyful life which actually served true purpose and real meaning to it all? Sometimes there were times when he could just wonder around, not knowing what to or how to act, causing resentment and reservation from acquaintances and friends who knew him before as someone else much more lively and passionate. Even his poor sister Furia tried her best to provide her love as a sibling and the closest family member still around. 

It didn't take too long though for what was to become his major life changing moment that had ever occurred, as another God seemed to have actually cared enough and answered his prayers for aid and guidance. As Lucius Minor once sat down by the river Tiver at the outskirts of Rome, just staring into the nothingness, an elderly man named Linus who appeared to be in his late 50s to early 60s, simply approached and sat beside him, asking the young senator who he was and why he was sitting there all alone with no one else to keep him company. After listening to his various issues regarding the death of his parents and a lack of being meaningful in life, Linus remarked at gens Pontia being included in Lucius' name, remarking how it was Judean Prefect Pontius Pilate who was ultimately responsible for sentencing 'his own lord and saviour' to death, from which he arose on the third day and the prophecy regarding his resurrection was finally fulfilled. At first the young troubled senator didn't understand what this Linus was talking about or referring to, other than the common knowledge about his now deceased kinsman had to make a decision to keep order and peace in that forsaken place of the desert. After a minute or so having a staring contest with this old man, it soon dawned upon Lucius Minor whom he was talking about and which God here adhered to.

It was from there when one's supposed to say that the rest is history, but at the same time it can't be easily regarded as such. From that enlightened conversation, Lucius Minor would not only end up as being his normal self and a much better individual than he was ever before, but also becoming one of the first Christian converts within the Senatorial class, his baptism and fealty to Christ taking place in one of the underground catacombs where the Christian sect of Rome used to practice their faith in secrecy from prying eyes of those who would've like to do more harm towards them than good, which was a result of the young senator's endless questioning and discussions with old man Linus , revealing himself later on to be the current leader of the Christians after the martyrdom of Jesus' closest disciple Peter. Linus would become Lucius Minor's foremost mentor and close friend, even acting as an adoptive father now that Lucius Major was gone, and it was all thanks to him that the son's eyes were finally opened and showed him what seemed to be a different world around him even if it was the same, just not clearly visible. It's Rome's poorer classes that's being referred to here, the ones considerdered to be the untouchables and outcasts of society. Accompanying Linus and other fellow Christians, the young senator became shocked at living conditions for some of them and couldn't comprehend as to why not much was being done about their terrible situation. 

For the first time once again, Lucius Minor felt he had now a sense of direction and a firmly divinely guided hand that could lead him on the straight and right path, which included a sense of hopefulness and happiness. Looking above to the skies where the clouds roamed, he was certain that his beloved father and mother were looking down on him, realising that she wouldn't have wanted him to act miserable and just concentrate on the negative section of life. With this reassumed enthusiasm and drive to accomplish change for the many and disadvantaged, and no longer just for the few and privileged, Lucius Minor signed up and was eventually elected into office as 'Praetor' or judicial official late 73 AD at age 30, having also considerable importance when it came to matters of the public treasury and individuals, both foreigners or citizens. Throughout the year, he became more engaged in the Christian community by discovering about this dynamic faith, not only participating in their acts of devotion but also performing works of charitable mercy towards others less fortunate, providing food, clothes and other beneficial aid to make everyday life easier for them to manage. Even if he can't really call himself perfect, he tried to at least thank and praise the Lord as much as possible everyday, knowing for certain that he has earned his protection. In the previous year of 72 AD August, Lucius Minor also aided Drusilla Augusta in her instrumental efforts to provide relief to the regions that were devastated by Mount Vesuvius' volcanic eruption, which literally engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, causing much death and destruction as if judgement day arrived; Lucius Minor travelled down south to see the destruction before his very eyes, and wondered if this was an omen sent by the Divine Lord that it was time for humanity to repent itself? 

Lucius Minor participated in the tenth year celebration of Quintus' reign, by watching games in the newly built Flavian Colosseu, knowing that parts of that sum which helped complete it in time belonged originally to his family: it was more out of showing himself to the rest of the Roman aristocracy and Imperial Family, and didn't quite enjoy witnessing the slaughtering between men and beasts like before due to his commitment to the new faith of his. However his mood improved once he acquired the role of 'Praetor' in October 73 AD, when he followed in his father's footsteps and became financially part of building projects in Rome and in the provinces, supervised by the Imperials themselves.  Fast forward one year into the two-year term of his office in 74 AD, Lucius Minor is currently sitting on a pile of opportunities and risks that could either further his career and standing with both the Roman Pagan and Christian communities, or outright diminish him entirely into a simple foot note in history, with nothing much to even consider remembering about him. The realisation that he hasn't even seeked out a suitable wife and life partner to expand his family's lineage is also on the top of priorities, though the real question is whether she can prove to be a loyal wife willing to accept who he truly is and especially the fact that he's an adherent to the Christian faith?

 

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