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A Dacian, a Briton and a Gaul walk into a tavern

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What did the Romans do to inhabitants of the regions they conquered? That's right, they enslaved them. Titus Sulpicius Rufus is no exception and brought home a couple of fine souvenirs from his time in Dacia: 

Diegis (mid 20s - mid 30s) - Youngest son of a local chieftain, lost his father and older brother in the same skirmish where he was captured. Husband to Zia. A fierce warrior with good leadership skills and a troublemaker if left to his own devices, which is why Titus brought him to Rome and decided to make money off his muscles and battle prowess. Possible career paths: leased to one of the ludi to become a gladiator, to one of the chariot factions as security personnel, or rented to citizens as a bodyguard (if he behaves he may be allowed to keep a portion of the earnings for himself). Could get involved with one of the gangs, too. General personality, history and fate up to you. Suggested FC: Dustin Clare

Zia (early 20s - mid 30s) - Diegis' wife. Currently a household slave or leased to one of the chariot factions as cook/seamstress/veterinarian/weaver. Essentially a bit of a hostage to get Diegis to behave, although they are allowed to meet occasionally. Personality, history and fate up to you. Suggested FC: Gwendoline Taylor

Tarbus (mid 20s - mid 30s) - Tribesman to the other two and Zia's cousin. Suffered serious wounds to his sword arm in battle, so life as a warrior is no longer an option. Probably leased to one of the chariot factions as horse trainer, cartwright, leather worker or even charioteer wannabe. Could also get involved with one of the gangs. Personality, history and fate up to you. Suggested FC: Liam McIntyre

 

In the domus proper and in addition to Nymphias you can also find:

Betua (early 50s - mid 60s) - a formidable woman of even more formidable cooking skills and mistress and commander of the Sulpicii-Rufi's kitchen. Originally from Gaul, she's been a slave for many decades and has been with the family for several years, even travelling to Dacia with them. Strict and temperamental but caring, she's recently found her nemesis in the Briton below... Suggested FC: Phyllis Logan

Florus (late teens - mid 20s) - recently acquired (and renamed) for his gardening skills, courtesy of Longinus. Are you familiar with Assurancetourix/Cacofonix? This young Briton is as passionate and particular about plants and shrubs as the Gaulish bard is about his music and considers himself something of a misunderstood genius in the realm of greenery. He has met his match in Betua, who often angers him by harvesting greens too soon (according to him, but not to her), and the two can't see eye to eye on how much of the hortus shall be dedicated to growing food and how much ascribed to decoration with vegetation.  Suggested FC: Robert Emms

In his transaction with Longinus, Titus came to own two other Britons: a guard (m) and a kitchen helper (f). 

 

Other slaves from Dacia or other regions are more than welcome, whatever their skills! And, while you're reading this, why not take a look at Titus and Valeria's families in the canon lists too? They're very much open and wanted 😄

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Now updated with a Gaul and a couple of Britons, courtesy of Longinus 😄

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