IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Story, Lucius, and Brook are captured by Scaevola and his guards, and only Elizabeth escapes. As the sun rises on the Ides of March, she tries desperately to get help to rescue her friends. However, they have a dilemma: they cannot mount a rescue mission and stop Scaevola's plot at the same time.

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IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:35 pm

Scaevola's Villa- southwest of Rome, Italia
Late morning- March 15, 44 BC

Germanicus, Claudius, Marcus, Nefertiri, and her guards raced in through the gates to find their friends, along with several of Scaevola's guards. standing around. Scaevola himself lay dead upon the ground, his robes soaked with even more blood than they had been before.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:09 am

Claudius grumbled to himself in disappointment. It looked like he wouldn't be doing any stabbing after all. Who was the lucky one who had got to kill Scaevola though?
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:26 am

Even for an evil one, the ferryman requires payment. Titus places coins on the dead man's eyes.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Ritterton » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:52 am

Artemis looked at the fallen body of the Senator. When he saw Germanicus enter into the Villa, he saluted and asked, "General, does our beloved Caesar still live?"
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby andyw666 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:49 am

Decius ties Scaevola's horse to some sturdy looking shrub and rubs its nose making soothing noises. He turns to speak to Caelia but at that point Germanicus et al arrive. With a deep breath, he strides over to Germanicus.

"General, these guards are our comrades now and have proven themselves trustworthy." In a much quieter voice, leaning towards the general, he goes on, "General, I must speak with you urgently about the guards."

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When the General allows, in a hushed undertone, Decius will explain the promise he has made on his and Germanicus' behalf to the guards. He will apologise and go on to offer, if Gemanicus is unpleased, to work for the General just for food and board until the General considers the debt repaid.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:40 pm

The sky was beginning to lighten. The starlight faded, and daylight started to return.

"Alas, Caesar is slain," said Nefertiri. "By the time we got there, it was too late. My men and I rode to the Forum, and the word was already spreading. Scaevola used his magics to slip past us, but we pursued him. It is good that he has answered for his treason, but he is far from the only traitor. There are too many of them for us to confront. We must see to the safety of Queen Cleopatra and of her son by Caesar, who is his rightful heir. The murderers may come after them too. My men and I must return to Rome at once and bring them Ostia, where we can take ship for Alexandria and return to Egypt."

"I am Awan, captain of the guard," said one of the guards who bore a torch. "We are at the Queen's service, and we would like to escort her back to our homeland."

"Excellent. See that your men are ready to travel by the time I return from Rome with the Queen."

Germanicus took Decius aside and spoke to him quietly.

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"You did well," said Germanicus. "Had I been here, I would have gladly made such an offer myself to bring a swift victory with a minimum of losses. It was well worth the cost. Had you not done so, we may have ridden right into a trap instead of our foe. I shall see to it that you are promoted. A man with your initiative, courage, and ingenuity should be a decurion, at the very least."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby andyw666 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:55 am

Decius looks mightily relieved. "General, such praise from you is a great reward just of itself."

"But great Caesar is lost? He deserved to spend the rest of a long life enjoying the reward for his accomplishments, not this. And what does this mean for Rome I wonder?"
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby aine » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:37 pm

Caelia is relieved that the fight is short and only Scaevola suffers. She looks down at the shell of the intelligent but evil man - what a waste. As the others race through the gates, her immediate alarm changes to pleasure at seeing her old friend and his companions. "Senator Germanicus! You are safe! But we failed. We have lived twice through the death of Caesar in two days; it surely must be meant to be. We all have long dark days ahead of us now; there will be battles at the senate and on the field and we will all be affected by what has happened this morning."
She turns to Nefertiri,
"Madame, I pray you have a safe journey back to your homeland; it will be perilous with so many of the Brotherhood still around. We know of its existence and what it stands for, if only we could do something to stop them."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:14 am

Germanicus sighed. "It means trouble for Rome," he said. "It may still be possible to save the Republic. The people will not stand for this. Our work today is not yet done. We are needed, and we must return to Rome with all haste. Would that Caesar had lived, but the Fates had other plans. I am relieved to see you safe, Caelia Alba. I had not wanted to leave you in their hands, but I could not abandon Caesar when he needed me most. I knew you would be in good hands with the cavalry coming to your rescue."

"The other traitors are Senators," said Nefertiri, "but they do not seem to be members of the Brotherhood. From what I heard in Rome, they acted for political reasons. So did Scaevola, but he had other motives as well. This was the nest of those scorpions here, and you appear to have cleared it out. The Brotherhood is widespread, however, especially in Egypt. They must be rooted out and destroyed. So must the rest of those who slew Caesar, but that is not a battle that will be fought today. Right now our top priority must be the safety of the Queen and her son. We must ride back to Rome now!" She wheeled her horse around and led her men back out of the gates and down the road to Rome.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Ritterton » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:51 pm

"So, that is how greatness falls, butchered in the halls? Will Rome survive this, General? " Artemis turned towards Germanicus as he shook his head slowly in disbelief.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:34 pm

"It will if I have anything to say about it," replied Germanicus, sitting up straight on his horse. "We must move quickly to restore order, though. Mount up everyone! We're returning to Rome!"
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Ritterton » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:00 am

Artemis smiled at Germanicus. He rendered a sharp salute, To Rome and for Our Ceasar!" Artemis looked about for the horse and mounted it when he found it.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby DrkRoxas » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:09 pm

Marcus just stood baffled in front of the scene, he was surprised but relieved at the same time.

He addresses Nefertiri with a rather smug face and signature crooked smile. "So, would this mean my debt is paid? Or do you need something more from a lowly thief like me? One can never have enough work."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:54 am

"You may consider the debt repaid," said Nefertiri to Marcus, "but you are welcome to accompany me. There will always be work for someone of your talents." With that, she began riding back to Rome.

Everyone else followed, and they soon reached the gates of Rome and entered the city. Small fires could be seen in the distance, though fortunately they did not seem to have spread as of yet. As the group proceeded to the Forum, mobs of upset people were visible. It was obvious they were angry, but they did not seem to know where to direct their anger. The Forum itself was crowded, confusion, sorrow, and rage on the people's faces. Neferitri and her guards continued through the Forum on their way up the Palatine Hill to return to Cleopatra's guest palace. Story and his companions recognized the alley down which they had left the TARDIS.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby yockenthwaite » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:17 am

"So is this our exit Story?" says Elizabeth, nodding towards the alley where the TARDIS is.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby andyw666 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:15 am

Decius canters over to Caelia, looking much happier now he's back in the saddle and largely unruffled by the chaos emerging in Rome. Alert but not alarmed. (And spectacularly ugly in a battle scarred sort of way.)

Decius clears his throat politely. "Lady, as a result of all my bad habits, I have discovered several very fine taverns high in the hills around Rome that serve the finest quality crisp wines. Possible civil war and murderers aside, I wonder if - sometime in the near future - you would allow a rather scarred old soldier to buy you a mug of the very best white wine, while you tell me the story of what happened to you after the Egyptian guards grabbed you? You seemed to handle it very bravely."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Thorn » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:16 am

Brook glances down the alley, then looks at her companions. "Seems like there's nothing much left to do here..."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby jaysun81 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:12 pm

Story just takes the entire scene in. As he stands there quietly observing and recalling their time here in Rome, he's glad that history wasn't changed. However, Lucius, his friend and traveling companion, has suffered yet again because of the horrors of their travels.

Hearing Elizabeth and Brook he looks at them and says, "Sadly there is..." he looks at Lucius before continuing, "Lucius, not only are you a dear friend, loyal soldier, and a faithful travel companion... most of all you are my - no, our - brother. It pains my hearts to see the consequences of our travels on both your body and mind. " He quickly glances at the ladies before turning back to their dear friend, "I don't know if I can get you any closer to home than this. If you wish to disembark, I would understand."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Ritterton » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:06 pm

"I do not know how to explain to explain what we prevented, but I think in the end, I can return to my community and explain how on this dark night, we learned of Caesar's death and who his true friends were. Maybe the sale of the horses still will occur, but I suspect our hope of being designated a colonai is probably lost now." Artemis sighed. He looked at Germanicus. "That may be something I can bring back to Caesar's heir and successor. I do think I may leave with a calendar stone, see if the carver could at least reference Caesar and his Queen. This mace will be a point of pride in my establishment."

Artemis sighed again. It was a rather strange story that he now had. He shook his head in disbelief.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Aftermath(Everyone)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:03 am

Lucius sighed. "I think that may be for the best," he said at last to Story. "I have enjoyed the time we spent traveling together, but I am in no condition to continue. This is my home, or near enough, and Senator Germanicus will need all the help he can get to restore order to Rome. I shall miss all of you greatly."

Germanicus dismounted from his horse and mounted the steps of the Forum. Turning to the crowd, he raised his arms and addressed all those assembled. "People of Rome!" he called to get their attention. All eyes were drawn to him.
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