SAGA

Ransacking Scipio`s Office

While ransacking Scipio’s office you find:

- A chest with 5,000 GP in it;
- A Map of Northern Melthore;
- Some correspondence, the important stuff is below.

Scipio’s Correspondence:

[…] In my review of the current state of the capital’s treasury, I also noticed that the departure of the Praetorian Guard left our grain reserved quite low. The Legions left with months’ worth of wheat and barley. We need to make arrangements in order to receive more shipments of grain from Kerdios to make up for what is missing or this is going to be a rough winter. […]
- Consul Titus Talfinius

[…] you will be pleased to learn that most Lairs in Nemos, Aurias and Majesta are ready to welcome members of Nemesis Caste. Everything has been prepared in accordance with the standards established at the Beacon Stone of Capua following Magistrator Xenophos’ specifications. That might be just what the Emperor needs to assure his victory in his current campaign. […]
- Magistrator Dedalus

[…] Also, I am sorry to bother you with this, but would you know where Oracle Nikias is? He serves with Praetor Talford, one of your officers. Nikias is my cousin and we did not have any news from him for a long time. I would like to discuss the prophecy he made on the eve of your victory in Korvosa with him.
- Magister Zaccaria, Ambassador of Kerdios to Majesta

[…] The Templars have been sniffing around our businesses lately. We though they we tailing us at one point, but it turned out they were escorting one of the Emperor’s concubine, a Daughter of Selene, to the Deopagus. The little Lion is safe with your men. […]
- Zugma, Cheik of Sandstone

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To High-Priestess Vesta

High-Priestess Vesta broke the red seal of the letter Talford’s brought her from the Emperor and read it:

Revered Mother,

On my quest to recover the missing Eagle, I followed your wise advice and I asked Claudius to dig up the imperial archives of the period when the 13th Legion received its colors. Poor Uncle Claudius was attacked by dire rats in the process, but do not worry, he is well. Only his pride was injured by the mockeries of the Court that followed.

The “paper artificer” as they call him nevertheless worked his magic. By restoring ancient documents using Make Whole rituals, Claudius was able to determine that War-Abbess Hephaestia is the Templar who created the crystal eagle of the 13th. Claudius also found that Hephaestia was buried in the crypts under the watch tower of the main gate of the Temple. According to her will, it was her last wish to be buried there to protect the Temple beyond death.

Revered Mother, I respectfully ask that you have Templars perform rituals at War-Abbess Hephaestia’s last resting place so that maybe she will answer our prayers and grant us some clues as to the whereabouts of the missing Crystal Eagle.

Karelianus Agricola, Imperator

After that, High-Priestess Vesta told you that you would have to clear the crypts of the spirits guarding it if you wish to have access to Hephaestia’s tomb, where the ritual must be performed…

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Citizen Roll

Senator Talfinius raised his voice to be heard amongst the general uproar of the Senate:

Consul Scipio, we are all relieved by the Emperor’s sudden recovery, but we received the most disturbing news from the Western Front as well. Apparently, the Emperor dismissed the current Governor of Gaercimia Gearcimia and moved Pactobius from Governor of Dethripia to that position instead. Furthermore, he reappointed Drusus Tarquinus as Governor Dethripia, less than two months after he sanctioned Tarquinus’ dismissal by the Senate. Respectfully, all these appointments are illegals as they were made without the consent of the People as represented by this noble assembly of Senators. I say we should promptly elect a second consul and summon the Emperor to answer our questions. My son Talford just liberated Capua, freeing Agricola from this burden. My son won this war, the Emperor can come back.

The lictors had to hit the butt of their axes on the floor repeatedly before the assembly was quiet enough to allow Consul Scipio to reply:

Noble colleagues, I share your concerns. Unfortunately, His Imperial Majesty can’t come back now. As you remember, the Emperor swore a solemn oath, in this very House, not to come back to Majesta before He recovers the lost Eagle of the XIIIth Legion. The noble Karelianus is sending to us His father and Legatus, along with a cohort of the Praetorian Guard, to answer all the questions me might have.

As for the election of a second consul, the Emperor entrusted us with this task and I agree that we must accomplish it promptly. So far, divisions amongst the Senators have prevented any of the three candidates from reaching the required majority. Recent progress in the ongoing Census might help resolve this difficulty. I have been informed by the Censors that the members of the recently formed Urban Militia, forces placed under the command of the Plebeian Tribune, are ready to be granted citizenship and guardian status. Their names have been placed on this document that only needs the Senate’s approval to be added to the Citizen Roll. You will notice that, at the bottom of the parchment, I took the liberty of adding a few names. These are veterans of the IIIrd Irregular that I recommend for citizenship as a reward for their victories in Korvosa and Capua…

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Nemesis of the Gods

Some called it a shooting star, others a meteorite. Some said it announced the fall of an Emperor, other the rise of a new Caste. When you look back at History, meteor showers always brought changes in their trail: new Metals, new Beacon Stones, new Carnoids, and Gods, old and new. This particular one brought Gods. One true, one false, under the Sun…

Even as I was only a young disciple, I knew that Old Master Nikias was more gifted for prophecies than his contemporary would give him credit for.

Grander and Demise of the Agricolas , Tome III, by Scibios The Oracle

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Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)

Citizens, our Republic faces great danger. As we are still at war with the enemies of Humanity, my colleague in Consulship, Kalastor Agicola, signed a separate peace with the Tyranny, but only for his own provinces. Agricola is now marching back to Majesta with his legions. He expects the Senate to grant him Imperium over all the Provinces of Aurias, in order for his pact with Leukos to apply to the whole Republic. He probably hopes that the attrition of our troops in the war will give him the votes he needs to achieve his treacherous plan. But we shall fight tyranny wherever we find it, be it outside or inside of our borders. Citizens, Patricians and Proles, Optimates and Populists, we have to unite our forces to save the Republic. Agricola and his theocrat allies would rather impose one king and one God on us, but we will prevail.

History tells us that Sejanus Quintus Pactobius and his civil war did not prevail. Instead, Kalastor Agricola became the first Emperor and Aurias, if only for a decade, knew peace with her neighbour. During this Golden Age, freedom of religion was preserved, as well as the right for every citizen to be represented by an Archon in the Senate. But the rivalry between Houses Pactobius and Agricola was far from being at an end, and would mark the centuries to come.

Grander and Demise of the Agricolas , Tome I, by Scibios The Oracle

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Close Encounter of the Third Kind II

As Talford and his men are petrified, charmed or dominated by the beholder, time seems to stop. From two of the creature’s peripheral eyes, holographic representations of an Illithid master and its disciple are projected:

D – Master, the Beholder picked up the signature of our subject in this area of the Web. We are close to the location were the technician was found dead.

M – [Studying Erlak] It came from this one, but that’s not him.

D – Could this Human make a good king as well?

M – I don’t think so. His connexions to the Hydra are all messed up. He would be short-circuit prone.

D – [Pointing at Nikias] What about this one ?

M – That one is much more healthier, but still at an early stage of development. Mark him if you wish. You can study his evolution, but I am afraid our City will need a new king before this one is ready.

D – [Looking at Alastor’s hammer] Master, look at this. Shouldn’t we take this away from them?

M – This is just a projection of the real thing. These humans are sleeping. They won’t remember us when they wake up…

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Urbi et Orbi

The Tribune of Majesta addressed the Senate in these terms:

Distinguished Colleagues,

Now that this venerable assembly has endorsed the nomination of Magister Meteelin as Korvosa’s next Magistrator and privy adviser to our Emperor, let us discuss another appointment, of the greatest importance this time: the election of a colleague in consulship to Senator Scipio. Following the demotion of ex-counsul Pactobius and former Governor Drusus Tarquinus, it is essential to choose an individual who will be both able to prevent civil unrest in the Western Provinces and provide military support to the Imperial Legions. This is why, as Protector of the People and on behalf of the Populist Party, I would like to propose the nomination of Talfinius of Melthore as Consul, for the remaining of Pactobius’ term. His son Talford was recently awarded great military honors by this assembly and his men walked in Triumph through Majesta’s gates. Talfinius has access to…

He stopped and all Senators rose as the Emperor unexpectedly entered the Senate:

Noble Members of the Senate,

Considering the imminent threat to Capoua, I, your Emperor, decided to lead personally all four legions of the Praetorian Guard to the front to face the Vrykolos’ army. Consul Scipio is to remain here with his men and act as City Warden during my absence. I leave it up to you Senators to elect Pactobius’ replacement while I am gone. I shall first march on Korvosa to have my new Magistrator anointed and quell any ill feelings Pactobius’ demise might have left amongst his supporters. I am departing immediately. I shall not return before I’ve recovered the Eagle of the XIIIth Legion and avenged my men. Majesta is yours…

Not even the most insightful Oracles of this period knew that this decision by a young Emperor to forge a Saga of his own was going to change the face of Aurias for the decades to come.

Grander and Demise of the Agricolas, Tome III – Scibios The Oracle

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Triumph

Citizens,

Following a disturbing report made by the committee presided by Senator Themistocles the Old, the Senate ruled as follow:

- Pactobius is to blame for leaving the gaercimian front and exposing the flank of the 13th Legion. It is the opinion of the Senate that Pactobius’ actions led to the destruction of the entire regiment and the capture of its crystal standard. Pactobius was impeached before the Senate who put an end to his consulship. Pactobius is now to serve as Governor of Dethripia in replacement of Drusus Tarquinus.

- Drusus Tarquinus is demoted from his position of Governor of Dethripia, but remains Admiral of the Fleet.

- Heroneus is to blame for his lack of leadership in the Korvosa Crisis. The Senate finds him guilty of cowardice in the face of the enemy. Heroneus is to be stripped from his rank in the Imperial Army and exiled to his native Melthore.

- Magister Nestorius has been ordered to retire as a private citizen after failing to protect the Beacon Stone entrusted to his care by the Emperor.

The re-conquest of Korvosa is nevertheless a reason to celebrate. This is why the Senate voted a triumph for Consul Scipio for his leadership in the matter. Triumphal ornaments are also to be granted to Archon Talford, Basil Pasidouris and Phoebus.

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Senatorial Comittee

Citizens of Aurias,

As decided by the Senate on my recommendation, a senatorial committee made of Senator Themistocles the Old , Senator Progi Prompolopoulos and Senator Livia Antemodoros shall depart immediately for Korvosa to investigate the recent events. Its mandate is to determine the reasons why the City fell to the enemy. It shall also assess the measures taken by the local authorities to resolve the situation. When it returns to Majesta, the committee is to report to the Senate to make recommendation as to who is to blame for the invasion, and who should be credited with retaking Korvosa. Punishments and honours shall be distributed accordingly afterward.

- Karelianus Korenos Agricola , Imperator

Day 31

Members of the Committee arrived in Korvosa 5 days ago with a small army of magisters an clerks and sent them on a fact finding mission. After their staff members interviewed scores of citizens, the Senators of the committee came up with the following list of “persons of interest” :

- Consul Scipio Ifriquia
- Consul Pactobius
- Governor Drusus Tarquinus
- Prefect Heroneus
- Aedile-Archon Basil Pasedouris
- Aedile-Archon Phoebus
- Archon Talford
- Magistrator Nestorius

These citizens are to be questioned by the members of the Committee.

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