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SERVIUS VITELLIUS CORVINUS

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39 | 11th of March, 37 CE | Eques | Statesman | Pansexual | Original Ugo Tognazzi

 

 

PERSONALITY

What will men do to reach such heights? What will Servius do for Rome? Every choice you make in the past, every choice your ancestors made, and the choices of those close to you, determine the choices you make in the future. At least, this is what Servius believes, following a determinist thought that all current events are predetermined by previous existing ones. Yet this not make him a fatalist who resigns to his fate with bleak expectation, he is proactive, a man of action, who rarely lets an opportunity slip by him and consequences both good and bad continue to pile up at his doorstep, he can be impulsive at times, though the more eloquent term would be 'passionate', yet this does not mean that he is bull-headed or blunt, he is after all, a man born into Roman politics and spent most of his young adult life in the Legions which earned him a strategic and calm mind in the face of adversary, rather, his passion when let loose is not the result of a clouded or rage filled mind, but rather of overwhelming NEED to say or do something despite knowing the consequences for doing so, often in relation to something he cares very deeply about and sometimes this can make him appear the fool as he shouts his feelings into the storm and presenting himself more nuisance than noble, but at times it grants him a unique ability to stir hearts, the emotion he puts into his words and actions being almost empathetically contagious to others and has aided him as both a leader and orator in the past. His passion thus has been quite the double-edged sword his entire life, both harming and aiding him.

Yet if he can be said to have a real flaw it is in his own hubris, confidence curdles to arrogance and motivation to amoral ambition, he does have a dark side, he has murdered and spied in order to advance his own interests in the past and certainly has no qualms for doing so again. Though despite this, he is not a sociopath, he cares deeply for his friends, family and companions but rather his own morality is not determined by his society, culture and laws, but by his own views, desires and relationships, he has in effect created his own moral compass which does not make him a bad person but certainly unburdened by more traditional guilt and shame that might be enforced by the Roman way.

 

APPEARANCE

Servius is tall for a Roman, standing at 5'7" and he is proud of his physique, hardened through years in the Legion, it is not a stretch to say that he was a model of Roman standards for beauty, with his prominent nose, wide strong jawline, great stature, tan skin and slightly curly black hair, the only thing that broke his vanity was his eyes, being narrow and shrewd under a heavy brow rather than wide and almond shaped. Age has not be kind on him either, his hair has begun to show signs of greying, moving away from being lustrous black curls to more of a charcoal, peppered with the odd silver strand, wrinkles have begun showing in his eyes and forehead and his youthful energy is gradually leaving him, his muscles growing softer from years without exercise and his facial cheeks filling out roundly rather than being lean and angular. Another flaw in his mien is the lack of a pinkie and ring finger on his left hand which he lost in a fight with Iberians, leaving only stubs behind that are cut below the second finger knuckles, yet he maintains his pride, he was a soldier and it shows in his straight back and broad shoulders, carrying himself with dignity as he dominates the room with his easy smile and air of confidence.

 

FAMILY
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Servius & Immediate Family Relations

  • Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Younger" | Age: 38 | Born: March 11th, 37 CE [ALIVE]
    • Lucia Corvina, Wife | Age: 19 | Born: October 19th, 56 CE [ALIVE]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Son | Age: 11 |Born: December 26th, 64 CE [ALIVE]
      • Servia Corvina, Daughter | Age: 10 | Born: March 3rd, 65 CE [ALIVE]
      • Antonia Corvina, Daughter | Age: 6 | Born: June 6th, 69 CE [ALIVE]
      • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus, Son | Age: 2 | Born: December 4th, 73 CE [ALIVE]
      • Vitellia Corvina, Adopted Daughter | Age: 11 | Born: February 6th, 64 CE [ALIVE]
         
  • Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Elder", Father | Age: 61 | Born: February 12th, 12 CE. Died: November 4th, 73 CE [DECEASED]
    • Fabia Buteonia, Mother | Age: 53 | Born: March 14th, 22 CE [ALIVE]
       
  • Vitellia Corvina, Sister | Age: 26 | Born: January 3rd, 38 CE. DiedFebruary 7th, 64 CE [DECEASED]
    • Gnaeus Maenus Asellio, Brother-in-Law | Age: 40 | Born: August 7th, 23 CE. Died: August 8th, 63 CE [DECEASED]
      • Vitellia Corvina, Niece & Adopted Daughter | Age: 11 | Born: February 6th, 64 CE [ALIVE]
         
  • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Brother | Age: 36 | Born: October 5th, 39 CE [ALIVE]
    • Julia Iula, Sister-in-Law | Age: 24 | BornFebruary 6th, 51 CE [ALIVE]
       
  • Marcus Vitellius Corvinus, Brother | Age: 21 | Born: June 2nd, 40 CE. Died: April 3rd, 61 CE [DECEASED]
     
  • Publius Vitellius Corvinus, Brother | Age: 13 | Born: February 12th, 62 CE [ALIVE]
     
  • Lucius Vitellius CorvinusUncle & Paterfamilias | Age: 55 | Born: December 4th, 20 CE [ALIVE]
    • Dellia Corvina, Aunt | Age: 32 | Born: May 8th, 43 CE [ALIVE]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Cousin | Age: 17 | Born: August 14th, 58 CE [ALIVE]
      • Marcus Vitellius Corvinus, Cousin | Age: 13 | BornJanuary 7th, 62 CE [ALIVE]

 

 

Ancestral Tree

  • Gnaeus Vitellius Corvinus (First Recorded Ancestor and Founder of this branch) [DECEASED]
    • Unnamed Wife [DECEASED]
      • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus [DECEASED]
      • 1st Daughter [DECEASED]
      • 2nd Son [DECEASED]
      • 2nd Daughter [DECEASED]
      • 3rd Daughter [DECEASED]
  • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus [DECEASED]
    • Paulina Commodus, Wife. [DECEASED]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Son) [DECEASED]
      • 2nd Son [DECEASED]
      • 3rd Son [DECEASED]
      • 1st Daughter [DECEASED]
  • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Born: May 11th, 91 BCE. Died: October 5th, 50 BCE) [DECEASED]
    • Calidia Corvina, Wife. [DECEASED]
      • Publius Vitellius Corvinus, Son. (Born: July 7th, 49 BCE Died: October 12th, 24 BCE) [DECEASED]
  • Publius Vitellius Corvinus (Born: July 7th, 49 BCE. Died: October 12th, 24 BCE) [DECEASED]
    • Junia Silanus, Wife [DECEASED]
      • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: August 12th, 29 BCE. Died: September 13th, 31 CE) [DECEASED]
      • Vitellia Corvina, Daughter [DECEASED]
      • Marcus Vitellius Corvinus, Son [DECEASED]
      • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus "The Second", Son [DECEASED]
  • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus (Born: August 12th, 29 BCE. Died: September 13th, 31 CE) [DECEASED]
    • Laenia Pulus, Wife [DECEASED]
      • Servius Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: February 12th, 12 CE. Died: November 4th, 73 CE) [DECEASED]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: December 4th, 20 CE) [ALIVE]
  • Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Elder" (Born: February 12th, 12 CE. Died: November 4th, 73 CE) [DECEASED]
    • Fabia Buteonia, Wife (Born: March 14th, 22 CE) [ALIVE]
      • Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Younger", Son (Born: March 11th, 37 CE) [ALIVE]
        • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Grandson (Born: December 26th, 64 CE) [ALIVE]
        • Servia Corvina, Granddaughter (Born: March 3rd, 65 CE) [ALIVE]
        • Antonia Corvina, Granddaughter (Born: June 6th, 69 CE) [ALIVE]
        • Aulus Vitellius Corvinus, Grandson (Born: December 4th, 73 CE) [ALIVE]
          • Vitellia Corvina, Granddaughter (Born: February 6th, 64 CE) [ALIVE]
      • Vitellia Corvina, Daughter (Born: January 3rd, 38 CE. DiedFebruary 7th, 64 CE) [DECEASED]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: October 5th, 39 CE) [ALIVE]
      • Marcus Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: June 2nd, 40 CE. Died: April 3rd, 61 CE) [DECEASED]
      • Publius Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: February 12th, 62 CE) [ALIVE]
  • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Current Paterfamilias (Born: December 4th, 20 CE) [ALIVE]
    • Dellia Corvina, Wife (Born: May 8th, 43 CE) [ALIVE]
      • Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Son (Born: August 14th, 58 CE) [ALIVE]
      • Marcus Vitellius Corvinus, Son (BornJanuary 7th, 62 CE) [ALIVE]

 

RELATIONSHIPS

 

Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Elder" (Father)

Servius' relationship with his Father was amicable, they were not particularly close due to The Younger's life taking him far away from his Father for much of his years, though Servius' the Younger was ever a diligent and loyal son who considered his Father a great and noble man, and dutiful Roman and never went against his Fathers word, it is unsurprising then, that when Servius the Elder died, The Younger wore the Toga Pulla in mourning for a whole month to show the respect he had for his Sire.

 

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Uncle)

Servius' relationship with his Uncle is more strained or complicated, on the one hand he was practically raised by his uncle in his boyhood while the two were together in Corinth, on the other he now considers his Uncle to a stagnant person unfit to be paterfamilias due to his passiveness.

 

Vitellia Corvina (Sister)

Servius also cared for and loved his sister, even joking that he may as well have been her Father for how present he was in her life. He always doted upon her, cared for her, and the two were nigh inseparable, perhaps for how close they were in age behind the first and second child of Servius the Elder respectfully. Servius was utterly shattered when she died giving birth, and promptly adopted the child as his own, naming the babe Vitellia, his "last piece of my dearest sister, my blood."

Spoiler

TRUTH: Though it was always a well-kept secret, the two were actually engaged in an incestuous affair, beginning from when they were both adolescents and resuming after Servius returned home for the first time after decades, Vitellia's child is actually also Servius' daughter and Servius was responsible for Vitellia's husbands demise, bashing his skull on the road between Lilybaeum and Ad Olivam before staging it as an accident, he did this out of a combination of both fear and passion; passion to keep Vitellia to himself and fear of the Maenus' realization that the child wasn't his and the consequences that would result from that.

 

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Brother)

Servius and Lucius were never close, the two lived their lives separately from each other and only really interacted in passing. Though neither considers this to be a bad thing, or a good thing for that matter, it simply is as it is, with blood and clan loyalty keeping them on generally friendly terms.

 

Marcus Vitellius Corvinus (Brother)

Servius absolutely despised Marcus, the middle child was a rebel who spent his days whoring and fighting rather than obeying their Father, though in his own way he did feel grief over Marcus' death, though considers it only just for the lifestyle he lived.

 

Publius Vitellius Corvinus (Brother)

Though currently under the guardianship of his Uncle until he comes of age, Publius and Servius are much closer in bond than what Servius has with his other Brothers, in his part Servius enjoys playing the role of the Big Brother and was present for Publius' birth and much of his early life, he is also the chief patron for Publius, assisting his Uncle in grooming the young Vitellii and safeguarding his inheritance.

 

Fabia Buteonia (Mother)

Servius is deeply respectful of his Mother and constantly seeks her advice on things he can't figure on his own. Their bond of trust grew deeper after Servius the Elders death, likely due to Servius the Younger no longer being able to rely on his Father for guidance and thus switched to his matrona as a person he can always trust no matter the circumstances.

 

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Cousin)

Lucius (Called Luc) is a constant companion to Servius, his Uncle as paterfamilias asking Servius to help Lucius enter Roman politics, in a way, Servius is both friend, mentor and older 'Brother' to Lucius.

 

Marcus Vitellius Corvinus (Cousin)

Servius and Marcus have virtually no relationship, the two have never met for real aside from Father gatherings or in passing.

 

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus (Son)

 Lucius is Servius' oldest and thus is greatest hope for the future of the Vitellii Corvinus bloodline, he watches over his son carefully and personally sees that he is tutored in all the essentials for his future, the relationship is about as healthy as it can be between Father and Son, and Servius is reluctant to send his Son away for tutoring as the one thing he truly regrets with his own Father was being so absent from each others lives due to their respective responsibilities.

 

Servia Corvina (Daughter)

Servia and Servius' relationship is strained, there is no loss of love to be sure but Servius has paid more attention to his adoptive daughter Vitellia more to his actual daughter, which has not only created a rift between the two girls but also put uncommon stress on Servia and Servius' relationship

 

Antonia Corvina (Daughter)

Servius' loves his daughters, though Antonia in particular is so timid and shy that he finds it difficult to connect with her.

 

Aulus Vitellius Corvinus (Son)

The newest born, Aulus is yet a babe who can barely speak his first words, Servius treats him as any new parent would, with silliness and joy rather than thinking of the responsibilities his youngest son must assume when he grows older.

 

Vitellia Corvina (Adopted Daughter)

As the only child of his dearest sister, Servius pays much attention to Vitellia and dotes upon her much to the chagrin of his other daughters. So long as Vitellia remains his adopted daughter, she will never want or need for anything and will live a life full of luxury, love and care.

Spoiler

Vitellia is actually Servius' biological daughter from an incestuous affair with his sister, his darkest secret, he adopted her to save the last piece of his sister rather than seeing it taken away to another family, 

 

Lucia Corvina (Wife)

Unfortunately, the relationship he has with his wife, whilst very dutiful, is passionless, theirs was more political marriage than anything and though they have built a bond of trust and in someway; love, over their years together and with the children they have sired, Lucia and Servius remain in a relatively convenient relationship in which they share the same goals for the family they created together, but not much more than that.

HISTORY

The Backstory of the Vitelli Corvinus

Fortuna has ever smiled upon this family it appears, for their prosperity seems to rise with several breakthroughs in Roman politics and personal wealth. The Vitellia Gens on a whole is considered to be patrician, originally Sabines who flocked to share in the glory of Rome in its early days, however the Vitelli Corvinus was started in the days of the Old Republic, before the rise of Caesar, as a Plebian branch of the gens with its founder, Gnaeus, believed to be an Iberian freedman who was adopted into the Vitelli Gens before leaving for Campania to retire upon a piece of farmland, of course, your family being raised from the loins of a former slave is a stain, and so many Vitelli revisionists romanticize Gnaeus as being the illegitimate child of the God Liber and Marcus Vitellius Caecilianus' wife, who initially was vengeful of the boy and punished his wife in his wrath by enslaving the bastard and attempting to cover the affair up, but later freed and then adopted the boy in an attempt to appease Liber Pater who sought to punish Marcus for his transgressions against both the object of his lusts and the product of it, another version holds that Gnaeus wasn't a slave at all, but rather just a young lover of Marcus Vitellius Caecilianus who became favored by him.

 

No one quite knows which story to believe, the freedman or lover stories are the most realistic, but being sprouted from the loins of the lustful god Liber has been sprouted from Vitelli Corvinus' lips so often that it is a much more commonly known story than the other two.

 

Regardless, Gnaeus was no great man, and whether demi-god or slave he retired to Campania with his patronage from Marcus Vitellius Caecilianus and settled with a plebian wife to grow olives and occasionally wine grapes upon a small piece of land with a villa, which he was quite successful at according to records. His son Aulus was unremarkable and simply continued his Fathers trade, it was Lucius Vitellius Corvinus who we would see blessed by Fortuna the same as his grandfather.

 

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus could be said to an brutally honest, yet very ambitious man, this two traits would not work well in politics either locally or in Rome, though many appreciated his integrity, he was still a Plebian who didn't have an ounce of tact to him, his only option, he hoped, was to enlist with Legions, which was fairly meritocratic in his opinion. He marched under the legendary Julius Caesar and his 13th Legion and brought war upon the barbaric Gauls, fighting for years in the wild lands of Gallica and even Britain (for Caesars second landing). He devoted himself to being the model soldier, a paragon of a Legionary, his only fault was having a wife - who at that time was a camp follower - and siring a son with her even against the Legions rules, yet he rose quickly due to his virtues rather than being burdened by his faults, deciding on taking a trade as a Immunes and becoming a engineer before being chosen as an Optio by his Centurion due to his sharp mind and dutifulness, and then he was finally made a Centurion after his own died from illness. It was as a Centurion that Lucius saved the life of a Patrician, Publius Romilius Valens, who had become pinned under his fallen horse and about to be executed by a Brittanic spear during Caesars second invasion, Lucius pounced upon the Gaul, slew him and then dragged the Patrician to safety who, delirious from the pain of several broken bones, kept weeping and thanking Lucius for saving his life and vowed to reward him, this reward would not come for years and in some ways was never enjoyed by Lucius himself.
He continued to serve as a Centurion for years, against Vercingetorix at Alesia and through the favor of Publius Romilius Valens, who worked to reward Lucius with the highest honor being raised to the Equestrian order, he was rained upon with glory and patronage, expecting to return to trumpets and cheers as he followed Caesar, but unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on who you ask) he died before Caesars crossing of the Rubicon from an infected wound he received in a skirmish during the Siege of Uxellodunum, leaving his pregnant wife behind and a son to reap the benefits of being an Eques, the glory of Lucius was ended, far prematurely, for his promise was great and the future held ever growing honor and prosperity for him and his family.

 

Now Publius, Lucius' son, was born into the chaos of the Roman Civil War, the Second Triumvirate, and the war fought between Mark Antony and Octavian, the political climate was hazardous and unfortunately Publius did not survive for long, living only into his mid twenties before being killed on the streets of Rome by political gangs, yet he was a virile man who sired many children with his wife before then to continue the bloodline, which was fortunate in that Roman men usually wait until they are much older to marry and have children. Chief among his sons was Aulus, Servius the Youngers grandfather, a vile and ruthless man.

 

Aulus Vitellius Corvinus first conspired to seek his fortunes in Hispania and the silver it produced, he became very active in the province, brow-beating, bribing and blackmailing everyone of significance with no heed to the harm he caused others or even to himself, yet despite being ruthless, bloody-handed and ill-tempered, he was also cunning and outmaneuvered those who would rival him, his ambition grew and he sailed for Rome to force his way into politics, and his rise was swift as it was bloody. Standing upon a mountain of the corpses of others ambitions, wealth, happiness and even lives, his rise and evil personality drove his opponents to try and hide him away in Sicilia, baiting him with position whilst removing him from the politics of Rome itself by situating him as the Magistrate of the province, he took the bait and was quickly shuffled into obscurity, too late he realized what they had done as the burden of responsibility crushed him, and every attempt to free himself from this position was countered - his term limit being extended, his influence dwindled as his supporters and sycophants abandoned him, he became cruel and spiteful, even to his own family, and his opponents breathed a collective sigh of relief when he died, obese and bed-ridden, when choking on a olive.

Spoiler

THE TRUTH: Aulus was actually murdered by his son, Servius the Elder, in vengeance, the story is a sad one of Servius being struck by passion for one of the household Slaves, a girl name Maecia, and desiring both her in his bed and in marriage, Aulus was outraged upon this discovery that Servius' feelings for her were far more than just wanting to use a slave for ones personal pleasure, as Servius refused to let himself be wed, Aulus had the slave girl Maecia shipped off to the mines, where she died in horribly agony under the strict labor, Servius the Elder never forgave his Father for this, and strangled him in his bed, in a spiteful rage before beginning his own life and rise.

 

Servius Vitellius Corvinus, called The Elder after the birth of his eldest son, was a man who eternally ran from his guilty conscience. Despite him hating his Father, he could not forgive himself for his death and thus buried himself in his work, marrying Fabia in 35 CE brought him some respite, as did the various responsibilities that were laid down at his feet. Largely considered to be unremarkable, though durable, reliable, steadfast and loyal, Servius made many friends and allies, sometimes becoming referred to as "The Right Hand of Everyone" for how frequently he aided others in their ambitions and how favored he came to be as an ally and aide. Variously, Servius the Elder has served as Praefectus Fabrum, Praefectus Alae, as an elected senator in an Equestrian seat, where he further built relationships that allowed him positions of Quaestor Asiae and even as Propraetor Narbonensi. He gained experience, was trusted with authority and responsibility, and was somewhat passive, never truly serving his own ambitions which allowed him to accumulate favors and allies that he would later exploit to his fullest on behalf of his children and Grandchildren. Truly a selfless man, though tortured by his past and a worthy Father adored by his sons.

 

Servius Vitellius Corvinus "The Younger"
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Before the Legion

 

Servius Vitellius Corvinus was born in 37 CE, in March, the spring, from which winters chill has long faded and given up to new blossoming life. Servius the Younger, as he became called to avoid confusion with his Father, was a healthy and heavy baby boy, raised upon his familial lands in Sicilia, and as the first son of Servius the Elder and Fabia Buteonia was doted upon his parents, groomed by them with the best education they could afford for a future of heavy responsiblity. His younger sister soon followed, Vitellia being born just a year later and the two grew up side by side and were practically inseparable as children as they ran through the grain fields and playing games more often than staying to their studies, his childhood is perhaps some of the most fondest and care-free memories that Servius the Younger possesses for the island never really knew the touch of winter and blossomed with trade, life and contentment, where the sun shone upon it eternally and the salty smell of the sea sweeping over the hearth.

When he was six, his Father determined that Servius the Younger should be sent away for his education, following a trend of many Romans who sent family away for a Greek education, he entrusted his Brother, Lucius Vitellius Corvinus to this task, giving him responsibility over his son and his education, the two sailed for Corinth and from there, Servius the Younger found no shortage of tutors willing to teach philosophy and mathematics, though one in particular, Henesith, a cynic, would remain true to Servius' side even when he returned to Rome.

in Greece, Servius and his Uncle traveled frequently to the great city-states; Athens, Sparta, Thebes and even a pilgrimage to the Pythia where they were, much to Servius' chagrin, simply turned away and told to return another day and had no time to wait amongst a horde of pilgrims, returning back to their home in Corinth disappointed. Corinth remained their home, base and school for a few years, but inspired by Henesiths recommendations, moved to Athens when Servius was 10 to study there.

In Athens, his educational palette was broadened beyond imagining; astronomy, literature, sciences, alchemy, and even picking up Egyptian as a third language, Henesith remained his chief tutor, following the lad around Greece and instructing him primarily on morality, oratory, law and Greek, in Athens as well he found joy in participating in numerous sports, especially running and horse racing. Servius considers his time in Greece to be some of the most enlightening, albeit laments his time away from his Family. He grew particularly close to his Uncle, being raised more by him than his own Father in some ways, and in others, his Uncle was a tutor as well, though less in things more pragmatic and more into the realm of street wisdom and interpersonal communication, as well as how to be "a man", even bringing the lad to a prostitute when he was 13 shortly before their return to Rome, as he eloquently put it
"You're going to a Man of Rome now, might as well know what a Man does to a Woman, it'd be embarrassing if you entered adulthood full of such ignorance."

Lucius Vitellius Corvinus, Servius the Younger and Henesith sailed forth from Athens in 50 CE, during the summer, and returned to his Father in Sicilia, where his Father had already arranged for a Roman tutor to take over his education for the last couple years before Liberalia and his Sons formal enrollment into adulthood. This tutor, Gaius Aelius Lamia, had just two years to teach Servius the Younger every detail of Roman law, politics and oratory, and he was a strict master indeed, giving Servius many tireless nights, yet even so, he was grateful, if not for the additional education than for being home with his family, his sister and younger Brothers

Spoiler

It was when Servius was 14 and Vitellia Corvina was 13 that two began their affair, already close as Brother and Sister, the two had been apart for some time, which perhaps blinded them to the immorality of their actions, Servius loved his sister, more than familial love, it was romantic, and she returned his affections, though their love and lusts would provide a great source of grief and trouble later in life, the most immediate being that Vitellia Corvina was no longer a virgin, and when her new husband, Gnaeus Maenus Asellio discovered this, became enraged beyond belief and shunned his wife for years.

Two years later, on Liberalia, Servius the Younger removed his bulla and paid homage to the household Gods before donning the toga virilis and formally entered adulthood by entering his name as a citizen on the census and choosing his military service.
The Legio XI 'Claudia'

 

The Legions. The First War, The Dacian Campaign and Bastarnaean War.

 

Servius the Youngers career in the Legions began relatively uneventful yet war was already looming on the horizon. For years, the Dacians could hardly be considered pacified, having lived on and beyond the frontiers of Rome's territory, as a Tirones, Servius was kept in the backlines for training, safe behind the fortifications of the castrum. From his earliest he knew he had no desire as a frontline soldier and even as a Tirones began mentally preparing for taking a specialization. Several months in, and being raised to Milities, he almost immediately began and accepted training as a Surgeon, deciding to help save life rather than devoting himself to taking it, his tutelage would last for years before becoming an Immunes in his own right but hiis length of training as a Discens unfortunately was held back by the approach of war. The First Romano-Dacian war and the Romano-Epirotian war meant his early military life was marked by constant bloodshed and the loss of comrades. 

 

The Greeks, in full rebellion for their independence, outnumbered the Legions and had the home advantage. the lasting effects that the war had on him were profound, molding him in some way into the amoral character he is today, for war is ultimately an amoral affair, or even outright immoral, and Servius the Younger had to cope with the loss of pride, the loss of morality, the loss of friends and comrades... And accept the burden of death... He was chosen as an Optio by his Centurion, perhaps because of his resolve and determination, or perhaps more because he was an Eques? It hardly mattered the reason, but Servius did not enjoy the position, he felt more burdened than ever for he now held the responsibilities of others men's lives in his hands and needed to kill the part of him that saw them as men, to see them only as weapons of Rome.

 

The end of the Epriots revolt was a sigh of relief for Servius the Younger, and he resolved once again to devote himself to becoming a surgeon, to care for the legionaries and their followers rather than having to feel the heaviness of his blade slick with gore and the soreness of his arms from the endless hacking and blocking.

 

Yet, by his Fathers hand unsatisfied with the bland position of his son so far, used what influence he had garnered to force his son into a rapid succession. Unaware of the politics at home, Servius the Younger had no idea that Marcus Rufius Honorius was planning a Dacian campaign. He was thrust into the position of Tribunii Augusticlavii, one of the two considered permissible to take upon such a heavy burden before their age requirement. Servius the Elder had done this, in effect, to try and put his son closer into Marcus Rufius Honorius' circle, though it likely did not have the effect he desired. Servius the Younger ended up knowing his Caesar, though not on a personal level, but through the chain of command they never interacted directly, nevertheless, Servius the Younger was honored to have been in such proximity to the man, even if it had a negligible result at most.

 

Yet Honorius' arrival meant the coming of war, as the Caesar led his Legions into Dacia for a year long campaign of bloody madness.

 

Servius the Youngers taste of war was not a pleasant one, despite the honor of being in a commanding position and being among such heroes of Rome, the Dacians were vicious fighters, with their weapons, the Falx rending through even the thickest of shields and easily cleaving through limbs. As a surgeon, he knew the cost of such wounds, for a Falx rends flesh apart to the point where it is virtually impossible to mend and anything more than a superficial injury could almost certainly mean death or amputation. Yet despite their ferocity and their weapons which pierced Roman hearts with fear, they were pushed back, repeatedly and crushed into the dirt by the marching of Rome's legions.

 

The 'Winter lull' in the fighting brought some respite, for neither side wished to continue war in the frigidness of Hiems breath. Nevertheless, the war continued in its own form, for winter can be a major tactical advantage if exploited, and so skirmishes and raids continued to deny the enemy resupply as they cowered in their strongholds and the Getai, in return launched raids of their own. It was no conventional combat, but didn't lack it's own brutality of it.

When Honorius resumed his offensive, the Getai were all but ready to be crushed.

 

As the Getai fell under the Legions renewed offensive, a new enemy was approaching, raids into Moesia were swift and violent, the testing of the waters against a hated foe. Surely, the Bastarnae must have assumed, that with the Legions so preoccupied with the Getai that this was the opportunity to strike at a weakness? The Bastarnae struck at the Getai and conscripted their forces, so instead of two weak enemies the Romans now faced one stronger enemy. The Dacian campaign was at it's end, the Bastarnaen wars had begun.

 

Though shorter in comparison to the offensive against the Getai, the Bastarnae had the initial advantage by absorbing the Getai's forces into their own and the benefit of facing Legions who had been worn down by a year of combat, the plan was simple, a strike straight into Bastarnaen territory to decapitate them with one blow, and it was a success, Honorius slew Scollio, the foolish King, and the war came to an end, though not without it's cost. The deaths of Caesars shook Rome to it's core and Servius the Younger feared another coming war.

 

The Turmoil of Rome. Abandoning the Legion. Amnesty?
 

 

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