Narrative: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.