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Alea iacta est (The die is cast) - Gaius Julius Caesar



The year is 192 AD, Emperor Commodus reigns atop the Roman Empire, the strongest empire on the planet. For the past several decades the great Roman Empire has been in a golden age. The Imperial Roman Army is the most powerful and feared military force in the world, having lead the charge in Roman expansion for centuries. At the moment the army finds itself mopping up the remnants of barbarian forces along the Roman province of Daria. The brave soldiers within the ranks of Roman forces look forward to the coming weeks when they will return home. Though they along with all the other loyal citizens of Rome shall find in the coming months that things are about to change like they never have before.

Commodus is not long for this world. A man of paranoia and megalomania even he cannot decipher what will happen to him, and the great city he rules over. With no heirs either natural or adopted, the Empire will be thrown into a chaos. It is also a time of opportunity for Romans, as a dictator falls there comes intrigue. A fierce soldier, arriving home from war may find themselves choosing a side. While a senator may push to support a claim, perhaps their own. Caught in between are the people of Rome, from the lowly slaves, to the fierce gladiators, roaming merchants, the free plebs and the affluential patricians. Rome will not fall, but it will shaken to its very foundations.


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In this roleplay players will be playing characters confined (mostly) to Ancient Rome, during the waning weeks of Emperor Commodus' reign. While not intended to be an exact historical replication of the real events which transpired thousands of years ago, this roleplay is intended to depict the chaos which occurred in the real Rome when Commodus was assassinated and the Empire was thrust into civil war. Players are encouraged to choose practically any type of character in this time period, and are able to create multiple character if you wish. You may seek to try to gain power in the troubling times, possibly seeing yourself wearing the emperor's crown and reigning in supreme power, or take a lesser role. The possibilities are endless. While a driving plot will come into play soon after the IC is launched, you are encouraged to move your characters around with a bit of freedom, try to collaborate with fellow players and GMs to create individual plotlines.

To emphasis collaboration and interaction the most, all military player characters will be members of the 13th Legion.

Rules

1. The usual: No godmodding, metagaming, powergaming, Mary Sues//Gary Stus, etc, etc.
2. Your characters are not invulnerable. While I'd like to avoid killing off player characters when they don't want them to, stupid acts may result in death. These were violent times.
3. Expect mature themes such as violence, gore, cursing and more. Romance is expected and allowed, but do keep it PG-13.
4. Realism is a thing here. The year is 192 AD, there's no guns or any the like. Your character is a human being, everyone's is.
5. Please roleplay in 3rd person. It's a pet peeve of mine.
6. Original characters only. I don't want to see Maximus Decimus Meridius running around.
7. Please post at bare minimum a single solid paragraph per IC post. I'd rather quality > quantity, but more writing is *always* encouraged.
8. Be mindful of your fellow players, please don't be an asshole.
9. Join the Discord chat. Its free and makes communication that much easier.
10. By joining this RP you acknowledge that GM's (and any co-GM's) word is law. I am open to input on anything you feel may make the RP more enjoyable.

Resources


While this roleplay is intended to be easy to get into even with little knowledge of Ancient Rome, I felt it was necessary to include some useful information and videos. These are all optional to read/watch, but are all very useful and quite intriguing. Ancient Rome is a very interesting subject, and something researchers have figured out a lot about.












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Please post your initial sheet(s) on the OOC for review. If they are accepted then they may be posted in the character's tab. Here's a Roman name generator.






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Best image I can find. Just imagine more purple based colors to represent the Senate and imperial power.
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I'll do a full review of each sheet once I get home from work later. :
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@AtomicNut it looks good so far! Shoot me any questions if you're stuck or confused.

@Nieszka The sheet looks all good. A female gladiator (gladiatrix) is going to be very interesting. Accepted.

@DeadbeatWalking I wouldn't mind a bit more added to the backstory, other than that the sheet looks great.

@pandapolio It's good! Accepted. Welcome aboard, second in command of the 13th Legion!

@The Wyrm also good, accepted! The Legion has some solid leadership.
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Alright, i don't know what else to add so there you go.@Heat
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Alright, i don't know what else to add so there you go.@Heat


Accepted! A spy should be a fun character especially if he conspires with the political characters we've got.
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Vel Venius Vulso


Age: XXXIV

Sex: Male

Occupation: Leading Member of Consilium Principis

Appearance: A man of average height, sometimes slouching to appear even smaller so as not to draw attention. His face is defined mostly by his cleanly shaven face which sports a defined jawline and his eyes are of soothing sky blue color. He always dresses up in the best of fashion and expensive jewelry to show his wealth.

Personality: An ambitious man, however it doesn’t show. Often appearing in the background and never one to openly show his power and influence yet it is felt everywhere. From his spies, hired guards and even his relations with the emperor. While he’s a social man, he’s never one to flaunt in front of others unless it’s to prove a point or logical. Often in social affairs he’s seen as very fun and friendly with all those in attendance making him a life of the party. WIP

Equipment: TBD

Skills:

  • A large spy network that has been built over the years that spreads throughout much of Rome so he knows mostly of what’s going on.
  • Vast amounts of wealth, from various farms and building that he’s been gifted through the glory of the emperor for his loyal service.
  • Well connected, being a leading member of the Emperor’s own Consilium Principis many individuals from senators, legates, leading business officials he is offered many gifts and trusted with many important secrets and goals to pass on to the Emperor.
  • Emperor’s Favor, having done so much continued service to the emperor. From being a Yes Man and pointing out enemies of the emperor he’s earned the emperor’s trust and perhaps one of his few friends.
  • Self Made Man, starting from a small local farm he used his cunning and ambitions to make it in rome and amass wealth he often returns it back to the populace so that he never forgets where he came from or where he may one day return, but more importantly so the people never forget him.
  • Cunning, what he lacks in brute strength he makes up for in intelligence both from his network of spies and raw learning capacity always knowing from a young age he knew more than the person next to him.
    More TBD


Flaws:

  • Emperor’s Connection, Being a close advisor to the erratic Emperor he’s disliked by a variety of people because his power has become closely attached to him
  • Weak, having never been properly taught how to fight nor even work on the farm his family owned he’s grown accustomed to having bigger,stronger and often dumber men do the dirty work and heavy lifting.
  • Rivals, TBD with others
  • Love of Annia
  • Ambition, with ambition one will often attempt to attain everything he can which puts him always thinking ahead yet could lead to overconfidence.
  • Troublemaker, often cause issues for those he dislikes or finds to be a rival that he can remove. Sometimes fixated on them to make sure they fail.
  • Inferiority Complex, Because of his own status and what he was being a lower middle class he believes he must always be the smartest, and most powerful in the room and hates being outdone.
    More TBD


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This looks very interesting, and I would love to join.

Though I know you said that all military characters will be part of the 13th legion, would it be okay to play a member of the Praetorian Guard. They are more like bodyguards then part of the real army.
If that's not okay, I'm also fine with playing something else :)
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This looks very interesting, and I would love to join.

Though I know you said that all military characters will be part of the 13th legion, would it be okay to play a member of the Praetorian Guard. They are more like bodyguards then part of the real army.
If that's not okay, I'm also fine with playing something else :)


Yes it would be! One other player is in the process of making one as well. It'd be a very fun role to play with how "eccentric" an emperor Commodus is.
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I've always found Roman history and politics to be interesting. In other words, I can't resist wanting to join. I'd join as either a Centurion of the 13th or a Praetorian Guard, so I'll have to think things over first.
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I've always found Roman history and politics to be interesting. In other words, I can't resist wanting to join. I'd join as either a Centurion of the 13th or a Praetorian Guard, so I'll have to think things over first.


We'd be delighted to have you join as either (or both)!
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