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.