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Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:25 am
by Mr. Handy
Claudius hurried off to fetch some wine.

"I do not pretend to know the interpretation of the vision," said Caesar. "That I leave to the wisdom of the augur who saw it." He leaned over to look closer at Titus. "That can wait until you have recovered from your ordeal. I am sorry you had to endure that. Your service is truly appreciated. Is there any way I can help you?"

At that moment, Claudius returned with the wine.

Spoiler:
You should make a 1d100 roll against your current Sanity (64, after having lost one point for casting the spell). If you succeed at that, you do not lose any further Sanity for having seen the creatures. Only if you fail do you lose the further two Sanity.

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:25 pm
by DrPeterson
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"Ah, but some wine is sure to fortify him after this task.
Now, Titus Iunius, drink and shed some light on this mystery.
"

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:24 pm
by Victoria Silverwolf
Spoiler:
You should make a 1d100 roll against your current Sanity (64, after having lost one point for casting the spell). If you succeed at that, you do not lose any further Sanity for having seen the creatures. Only if you fail do you lose the further two Sanity.


Spoiler:
Victoria Silverwolf rolled 1d100:
85


When offered the wine, the hands of the augur tremble. The cup falls to the floor. Titus points a shaking finger at the liquid as it flows in a thin red line. "There is Caesar's blood." He seems to be in a daze.

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:17 am
by Mr. Handy
Claudius quickly stooped to the ground to clean up the spilled wine, but at least he did not have far to bend. Caesar looked on, his face unreadable. "Thank you, good augur," he said. "You must rest now. I can see that the vision has taken much from you."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:52 am
by DrPeterson
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"Claudius, make sure the augur is properly fed and taken care of."


Germanicus looked at his friend and admired his steel countenance.

"Perhaps we should take another turn in the garden, my fig trees are doing exceptionally well."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:41 am
by Mr. Handy
Caesar nodded. "Yes, let us walk," he said to Germanicus, strolling with him through the garden.

"Yes, Marthter," said Claudius. He guided Titus back into the house and to a guest room adjacent to the one in which Septimus was resting.

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:58 am
by DrPeterson
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"I can't admit to being reassured by what we've just witnessed, Gaius."

Germanicus frowns and looks at his friend.

"But it doesn't alter your decision, I take it?"

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:39 am
by Mr. Handy
"You know me too well, old friend," said Caesar, his mouth set grimly. "Whatever my fate, it is the will of the gods, and I must face it with courage. If Caesar's blood must be spilled, it shall not be done easily."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:22 pm
by DrPeterson
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"Nor shall it be spilled alone. I am by your side as always."

Germanicus clasps his friend's wrist and smiles.

"From the start I've believed that the Republic needed you to set her straight. Without you at the helm Rome should be lost. The people prey to the greed of corrupt senators. We have come a long way already, Gaius, but our task has not yet ended. I do not believe the Fates would be so cruel as to leave it unfinished."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:06 am
by Mr. Handy
Caesar clasped Germanicus in return. "Thank you, Germanicus" he said. "You are as a brother to me. I also do not believe the Fates will let Rome fall. Whatever tomorrow brings, we shall face it."

Claudius returned to the garden, stopping some distance from them and staring at his feet. Germanicus knew this behavior well. It meant that he had something to say, but he was afraid to approach while he was speaking with Caesar.

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:33 am
by DrPeterson
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Germanicus looks at the wretched slave and wonders again how he had angered the gods that they should have burdened him with this creature.

"Approach, Claudius, and speak. There are no secrets amongst brothers."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:11 pm
by CrackheadC.
Spoiler:
Taking over for Aricus Callidus Gladio, the Ex-gladiator


Aricus stood at attention in the gardens near the senator Germanicus and the honored guest Caesar, attempting to maintain a stalwart martial presence among the two great veterans. Though he was supposed to be hired as a guard, Aricus felt it was more likely that his presence was more likely to be that of a show for the guest after being told he was favored in the arenas, thus his full glatiator's regalia.

Aricus kept his words to himself until the augur had his fit and he said to no one in particular,"Great prophesies and fates for great men and nations, yet mine is simply one obscured by battle and potential glory."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:21 am
by Mr. Handy
Claudius approached, hearing Aricus's words. He's a famous gladiator, at least, he thought. People admire him, but I am despised. No great prophecies deal with me, and the Fates openly mock me. "Marthter," he said, bowing low before Germanicus and Caesar. "There is an Egyptian servant at the gate. He says he bears a message from Caelia Alba."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:44 pm
by DrPeterson
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"Send him in at once, man! By Juno, I hope her plans didn't go awry!"

Germanicus turns to Caesar again.

"Caelia Alba has displayed bravery where it was not asked and a loyalty to the Republic, and to you, that can not even be asked of your lictors. I am most anxious to hear her tidings."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:37 am
by Mr. Handy
Claudius rushed off.

"As am I," said Caesar. "She shall be rewarded for her loyalty and courage."

Shortly afterwards, Claudius returned with a muscular Egyptian in the livery of Queen Cleopatra, who knelt. "Ave Caesar!" he bellowed, touching his head to the ground.

"You may rise, good man," said Caesar. "You bear a message from Caelia Alba?"

The man stood again. "Spurius Papirius Valens brought the message from her to the Queen's palace. Caelia Alba wishes Senator Germanicus and his friends to know that she and Aretmis remain at the villa of Senator Scaevola, where she is to undergo an initiation ritual and he explores the villa. Spurius is returning there with Lucius and Elizabeth."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:34 pm
by DrPeterson
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"I am unfamiliar with the latter two, are they men of war or subtlety? And can you tell us more of the nature of this initiation?"

Germanicus frowns and looks from the messenger to his friend.

"This vexes me, if she is being inducted in some sort of Mystery, she might be in more danger than she bargained for. Caelia Alba's courage is to be admired. I hope it is not foolhardy."

"Claudius, have Laetitia, my fairest slave, run to the temple of Artemis and pay for the sacrifice of two cocks. Tell her to pray that the Virgin Goddess look over our friend in her dire need."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:20 am
by Mr. Handy
"Make it four," said Caesar, handing Claudius some coins. "She can use all the help she can get."

Claudius bowed again and scurried away.

"I do not truly know them," said the Egyptian, "but Elizabeth is a woman, Britannian by appearance. I've heard tales that some Britannian women can be fierce, but she does not seem so. She is, however, subtle and intelligent. It was her idea to have Lucius pose as a patient who needs Caelia Alba's skills as a physician. He truly is injured, but it is not that bad. Lucius is a Roman and seems like he can handle himself in a fight, and he has a subtle look about him too. I do not know anything about the initiation. I only know what Spurius told me."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:21 pm
by DrPeterson
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Germanicus nods, acknowledging the depth of the description.

"You may rest and refresh yourself. Eat some of the leftovers from the party. We may need you to relay a message back when you've finished."

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:19 pm
by Mr. Handy
"Thank you, Senator," said the servant with a smile. "You are most gracious."

"When you bring back your message," said Caesar, "please also convey my best wishes to your Queen, and let her know that I shall visit her before I depart from Rome."

"I shall let her know, mighty Caesar." The servant bowed and went back into the dining hall to partake of the food and drink that was still flowing freely.

Re: IC-Ep 2-Eat, Drink, and Be Merry(Everyone else)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:17 pm
by DrPeterson
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"I'm afraid I'm being a poor host to my other guests, my friend. Thank the Graces for Aemilia and Tullia to cover me in my absence. "

Germanicus looks inside and smiles as he sees his family mix and mingle.

"I should find her a decent husband again, Gaius, but I'm afraid I'm growing sentimental in my dotage."

He laughs to dispel the gloom.

"You wouldn't know of a suitable candidate, would you?"