Narrative: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.