Requiem Aeternam Negastis

Story 3: When Vipers Strike

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A plague hits the empire, mortals begin to die in large numbers and the gods become infectious carriers. The plague carriers caught are exiled on pain of death by the senex. The augurs develop rituals to cleanse the blood of the gods but at a steep price. The gods who can’t afford it, mainly low clans, are left to fend for themselves. Janus sees this as his opportunity to further his plot and convinces the counsel to enact a law which forces all gods underground. They are to live in the tunnels as their ancestors did for their own protection. The only source of clean blood in Rome is the blood dole, a giant cave full of cleansed mortals protected by the legion. Daily blood rations are given, though since the senex eats first and the the low clans get whatever is left this adds to the growing anger amongst the people. Kanosh teams up with his gangrel mercenary friend to take on some extra work clearing out infected gods. Seen as another oppressed low clan Kanosh is invited to rallies and even asked to look the other way as infected gods are smuggled out and fresh blood smuggled in through the sewers. He gets closer to Martel and manages to uncover a plot to use ghouls to take control of the blood dole by day, incite riots in the tunnels and assassinate the counsel members. By the time he gets this info to Antonius the riots are already starting and day is upon them. That day they forced themselves to stay awake and headed for the blood dole to do battle, many gods fell, some were diablerized, but the blood dole was retaken. During the battle Guinevere and Antonius sensed Etruis was in danger and ran to save him, but by the time they got to the senex building it was too late. Janus (Martel’s silent partner) had completed his plot. He led.Etrius into Martel’s trap and watched Etrius get cut down. Then as the group was fighting its way into the senex building, Janus and his co-conspirators Numerius and Marcurius killed Martel to destroy any evidence. They only ones left knowing the truth were Antonius and Guinevere who witness Etrius’ last few moments through his blood tie. The battle was over, Castinus and Praius took over management of the blood dole. Janus was unable to sit in Julius Senex’s throne so he had his own made and became steward of Rome. Antonius stepped down from the counsel to grieve and Guinevere took his place. Janus asked her to keep an eye on Antonius so he didn’t get irrational in his grief, but when Numerius went missing during the day Janus decided to make plans for him as well. He almost got his chance to kill the whole family when Cassius pushes his luck against Praius at the blood dole and was captured and tortured. The family went to rescue him and would have died of not for a face rape accusation. Cassius was taken back to the church and put under lock and key, but when everyone left he convinced Darius to go kidnap Praius for him during the day. When the family woke up to find Janus’ son Diablerized in Alia’s church they decided to flee from Rome before anyone discovered what had happened. They fled south to Egypt since they already had a safe house their, part of a deal Cassius had worked out with Salim years ago. For his loyalty Darius was embraced by Cassius on the boat.

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Story 2: into the nest of Vipers

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Time goes by and the young gods grow in influence. Alia’s Venus temple grows in popularity, her and Cassius head back to Sicily to prepare for Alia taking Sarah’s bloodline. She takes Cassius as her child after he swears a lifelong oath to serve her, protect her, and keep her a maiden. Kanosh continues to prove himself despite the harshness of the other Furies. He puts his harem girls to work, and takes on a bigger role at the opium den while Cassius adjusts to a life of godhood. Kanosh meets a freelance gangrel who says he belongs to a bloodline of mercenary grel. He teaches Kanosh things about the gangrel the furies never could. Guinevere continues to collect wins in the debate circle and proves to be the more liberal and approachable half of the coin compared to Antonius’ conservative iron fisted political style. Harsh treatment of the low clans, all clans except the Julii, starts to lead to political unrest. As the empire grows many new cities have been encompassed. Those cities have low clan princes, mainly the daeva, who don’t wish to be second class citizens under Roman rule. The senex is divided between traditionalists and low clan sympathizers. This division pits Antonius against Guinevere in a debate. Her victory ensures rights for the low clans and representation in the senex, a position taken by a daeva named Martel.
This reduces the animosity between the factions for a time but now that the low clans have a representative, they begin to push back against the Julii. A rift that some of the invictus counsel want to exploit for their own ends as a way to remove Etrius from the throne. All Janus and his plotters need is an opportunity to get Etrius in a vulnerable position, so they plan and bide their time.

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Story 1: Rome, the city of the Gods

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The young gods arrive in Rome, and are brought into the social/ political scene. These early years before the time of Tersia, Colabro, and long before the start of Christianity. Etrius sat on the throne of his father, Julius Senex the founder of Rome and cousin to Romulus and Remis. There were also Janus, Numerius, Marcurius, and Bellasandra, to round out the major players in the invictus counsel of the senex. The young gods are loosed upon the city. Kanosh is taken into the Furies, a branch of the Legio Mortum, and forced to fight his sire to the death as the others will only allow one male among their ranks. Even after his victory it becomes apparent to him that the women just plan on using him as their whipping boy. The only peace he finds in those days are with the harem he starts building. Alia joins with the cult of Augurs. She learns to tell the future and how the augurs use that ritual to gain patronage from the other gods. While searching for a temple to join she meet Quintus, high priest of Zeus. She opens her own Venus temple with money from the senex Quintus helps he procure. Cassius opens a small opium den nearby with contacts he made with Seraphina’s sire Salim, and turns a prophet while learning to be a proper acolyte to Alia. With Etrius as his sire Antonius is quickly offered a spot on the invictus counsel. He uses his new office to patron Alia and her church, the opium den, and Kanosh to help him get proper training through Quintus. Guinevere start her early political career in the senex. Her first opposition comes from Janus’ family line. His son Praius, Granddaughter Marianna, and great granddaughter Elissa. She is tested by Elissa in her first major debate, and crushes Elissa so badly she nearly frenzies in Elysium. Her victory brings herself, Antonius, and Etruis great honor among the senex. The young gods enter Rome and begin to make a name for themselves in their chosen Requiems.

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Chronicle 2: The Rise and Fall of Rome
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Story 4: Carthage falls

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The family returns to Sicily for a short time. They gather their resources while the now grown Optimus fends off Hannibal and his elephants in the north. Antonius and Guinevere decide to allow his twin sister Nagum, and Optimus to grow old and die in peace rather than be pulled into their lives. While preparing for war Alia tracks down one of Mother’s relatives alive in Sicily. Sarah (mother) has a great granddaughter named Theresa and she has a bodyguard (Khaibit) named Nassir. While she stays with them to learn more about Sarah’s bloodline, the rest on the family focuses on the war effort and tracking down Ara. One of her storms shipwrecks them on an island and forces them into a conflict with one of Poseidon’s daughters, after that they pick up her trail but she slows them down again by raising all the dead in Theresa’s city in Sicily to buy her and Tiberius time to escape to Carthage.
Cassius Sicilious, thought to be a demi-god by mortals, is called back into action to end the Punic Wars once and for all. They march over land though Spain collecting victories and meet up with Antonius and a legion on undead soldiers on their way to the gates of Carthage. Cassius and Darius sneak in and set the city ablaze while Kanosh and Guinevere attack the gates. By nightfall the gates are breached and vampires enter the city. The family heads to the catacombs to search for Ara and the sword. They don’t find Ara but they find the sword cast aside on the ashes of her diablerized grandsire, they also find her uncle Carlyle and old venture scribe. They agree to help him get out safely and he reveals to them that Agatha, the oracle, long thought dead has been Tiberius’ prisoner this whole time. On the way out Cassuis and Darius are caught and nearly sacrificed by Ara in a ritual, but are saved with the help of a young Quintus and the furies. The ritual gets finished and all the dead soldiers both Roman and Greek rise under the control of Ara. The group rushes to stop the zombie army just in time, the battle is won though Tiberius and Ara escape. The family leaves Carthage and the fields are salted so the dead cannot rise again. They return to meet Etrius and give him the Sword of Troy. They are made into gods as promised. Antonius chooses to embrace Guinevere and The furies claim Kanosh because of his past and his martial prowess. Cassius has the option of being embraced but turns it down in order to stay a ghoul. The family returns to Sicily so they can take time to adjust to their new condition. Archimedes, Cassius, and Darius go to sea to battle Grecian pirates in the surrounding islands. Within a few years the family gets back together and sets its sights on Rome, the city where gods walk among men.

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Story 3: There are some who call me... Sicilious.

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Kanosh heads south an returns bearing a daughter he never knew he had. The girl is taken into the care of Alia and the sisters. This time also begins a turbulent period in Venusia. Harsh Roman laws on Greek nobles turn unrest into political revolt. The first skirmishes claim the life of the Greek trainer when he protects Alia, and Naghum from assassins. Antonius takes Darius as his adopted son in respect for his fathers sacrifice. He plans to train the boy, but he is also taken by Alia and the church of Venus. The limited skirmishes grow and the heroes of the phyrric war are called upon to restore peace. A previous incident involving a few misguided arrows killing a son of the Alexandrian Greeks stirs the ancient spartan Tyberious to action. Kanosh alone goes to appease the god. Little does he know Tyberious has bigger plans in mind, and the addition of 5,000 celts is just what he needed. Kanosh is forced to defect with his troops and heads to Sicily. He meets a deranged witch named Ara. She is obsessed with Kanosh and he learns the pain and pleasure it brings.

The family tracks Kanosh to Sicily, as Antonius is recalled to Rome. Guinevere marries Patronius to protect her from the mob who are angry with Kanosh’s betrayal. Kanosh is saved from behind enemy lines and returns to the family. The ensuing war resulted in a great victory for Rome. Sicily was now under Roman control, and a new hero arose to take the place of the disgraced Kanosh. Unfortunately they also learn of Patronius’ torture and death at Tyberious’ hands. The family again returns home, and finds Venusia ablaze. The temple is in ruins Darius’s wife and Kanosh’s daughter with unborn child are dead, and mother is a pile of ash on the floor. The group finds Archimedes as the only survivor and he reveals himself to be a god and asks them to follow him. They wearily accept and begin their path toward godhood. Before leaving they bury their dead and pick up what pieces they can of their old lives. Antonius returns from Rome with Claudius. Antonius asks permission to marry Guinevere and is denied, shortly after Claudius dies and all his attendants are killed. Darius runs off to join the navy and Cassius get to finally have a face to face with his dad. Then they follow Archimedes to a far off village where the Julii line was born. The meet Etrius and learn of the Julii, Ventrue, and the fall of Troy. They are tasked with returning the Sword of Troy to Etrius and they will be made into gods in return. The family accepts and Antonius and Alia are embraced first because of their lineage and training. Archimedes follows along to Sicily to usher the young Alia, his new daughter, through her first nights.
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Story 2: Venusia, where our pain began.

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The word of the Julii is beyond reproach in Rome, so when Antonius told the guards the nobles died attacking him they had no choice but to believe him. Claudius is promoted to consul and is forced to travel abroad with his new star general. Fearing reprisal from other senators he sends his kids to Venusia in southern Italy. General is not worried about the safety of his kids as much as the effects the decadent roman lifestyle could have on his kids, especially his daughter. He sends his kids with the Julii to the south. While there Alia joins the ranks of the Venus cult, she meets an oracle named Agatha and a mysterious woman named mother. While she rises in rank she begins to take blood sacrament from mother every full moon. Cassius learns that the Julii are different from other masters, and that his skills can be useful to their kind. He also starts to learn more about himself and his own past. Guinevere and Nagum start to get approached by suitors, when Guinevere is not training Antonius’s sickly younger brother, as their fathers wish to marry them off. Antonius and Kanosh bond over their collective wish to see their sisters end up with what they feel is the right man for them. They jointly take steps to ensure this. The group also meets 2 strange people in an opium den. A depraved mistress named Seraphina, and a sullen Greek trader in Arabic robes named Archimedes. All things change as the phyrric war breaks out. Aided by a local noble family with ties back to Alexander the Great a Greek king invades southern Italy. Things seems well in hand till word of Kanosh and Guinevere’s dad reaches them. Kanosh is now forced to lead his people in his fathers absence. Everyone finds a way to go to the front to help fight as general, scout, healer, or by sneaking in on the front lines. Claudius hires and Greek ex solider to teach the kids how to fight Grecian military. He arrives to train with his 7 year old son Darius along with him. The war is a huge success, even in the face of elephants, and the Greeks are pushed back of of the coast of Italy. When the heroes return they find a much harsher city than they left. Kanosh has gaps in his memory, and the Greek families are pushing back against the romans. The existence of Laires, gods who walk the night, is revealed as well as the name Tyberious. The guardian of Alexander’s ancestors.
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Story 1: No longer children

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Rome expands its borders in the north and 2 young celts find themselves pushed into the political high society world of Rome. Their father is to be a Roman general, and they must now adopt a roman lifestyle. At the same time a young priestess in training, who lost her family to illness finishes a dangerous over land trip to see her uncle for help. He denies her out of anger with his sister, but her twin cousins take her in. During this time a roman street rat, an orphan whose survived by larceny takes a job serving a nobles son. His idea is to rob the kid blind, and takes a role as his personal aide. A party is grown at the Julii estate. A celebration of the oldest son Antonius becoming a man. Everyone is together for the first time, wine is drunk, friendships are made, and games are played. For most it is the first taste of true roman nobility. Weeks pass and those involved in the party start to see that with the benefits of patronage from the most powerful family in Rome comes enemies as well. What begins as exchanged looks and words in the markets escalates to threats and thrown stones. All of this culminates in a bloody battle in the markets at night on their way home from watching debate at the forums, the results of which are the death of a roman noble and his son and the street rat being pressed into Julii service as a gift for Antonius’s sister.
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Chronicle 1: In those days we still saw the sun
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