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Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-03-00 11:12 ET (US)         
All interested story writers are welcome. This is a new story thread set in the Age of the Roman Empire.

INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES:

THEME: Fantasy, Mythological, Non-confrontational.

TONE: Light-hearted

CONSTRUCTION: Short posts.

CHARACTERS: (Added or updated as the story progresses)
The Ancient Gods of Rome. A brief list and descriptions can be found here.
Jayhawk: Seraph (angel) powerful subgod. Ally of mortals.
Ramesses: Gladiator
Moquel: Cousin of Ramesses

CIVIS ROMANUS

[This message has been edited by Civis Romanus (edited 03-15-2000).]

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Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-03-00 11:18 ET (US)     1 / 37       
At the top of his voice, Jupiter roared out a command that echoed all about the radiant palace.

"BRING ME BACCHUS! IT'S SPRING AND ITS TIME TO STIR UP THE MORTALS!"

Thanh2002
Pleb
posted 03-03-00 16:32 ET (US)     2 / 37       
"IT'S TIME FOR PROSERPINE TO RETURN TO EARTH AND LEAVES PLUTO IN HIS UNDERWORLD. LET THE BIRDS CHIP WHILE WE DANCE INTO THE NIGHT. IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE FOR WE HAVE MUCH WORKS TO GET THROUGH THE SEASON. LET VENUS FLY AROUND, BECAUSE LOVE COULD BE EVERYWHERE. LET MERCURY BE OUR GUIDE, THE MESSAGES FROM LOVERS COULD BE IN SIGHT. LET NEPTUNE CALMS THE WATER, WHILE MARS PACIFY OUR MORAL. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW BEGINNING," called out Jupiter.

[This message has been edited by Thanh2002 (edited 03-03-2000).]

Vizier Johnleemk
Pleb
posted 03-03-00 18:36 ET (US)     3 / 37       
Venus said "I, the goddess of love will make this spring the best in all of the Roman Empire!"
Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-03-00 21:02 ET (US)     4 / 37       
The gods gathered at the behest of Jupiter and cast their eyes downwards on the gathering of mortals below who now journeyed along the Appian Way.

"There's our target for this Spring. Have at them!"

Jupiter leaned back in his throne beginning a hearty laugh at the possibilities ahead.

[This message has been edited by Civis Romanus (edited 03-03-2000).]

Thanh2002
Pleb
posted 03-03-00 21:35 ET (US)     5 / 37       
"Another spring is another life for Proserpine and Ceres. I wonder if I can convince my brother to let Proserpine stays on earth forever. Spring wouldn't fade away if this is possible." said Jupiter.

"Oh, dear," called Juno.

"Yes," answered Jupiter.

[This message has been edited by Thanh2002 (edited 03-03-2000).]

Ramesses
Pleb
posted 03-04-00 09:00 ET (US)     6 / 37       
Meanwhile on Earth, the gods had surely blessed Rome! A young Roman named Ramessus, was out on a walk. He swore he saw the face of Venus herself! So pretty, Ramessus, was never a lucky boy, he worked himself up to a farmer, and lucky to even get that. His parents were killed by the people of Aegyptus. And this time, the gods had a special surprise for Ramessus.

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-I came up here to build a bridge, not fight a war!

Thanh2002
Pleb
posted 03-04-00 10:24 ET (US)     7 / 37       
As Ramessus walks to the farmhouse that he was working for, he saw a surprise on the way. That surprise was a note on the ground. Ramessus picks it up and reads it:

The gods know who you are and where you live. Good wills are just around the corner.

"What does this mean," thought Ramessus, "My life ain't going to get better."

Ramessus drops the note and walks to the farmhouse.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 03-04-00 11:55 ET (US)     8 / 37       
Bacchus was playing with his leopards, while a bunch of fauns was drunkenly chasing nymphs. He picked some grapes from the cornucopia lying at his feet and grumbled:
"Spring..."

Bird were silent as the Pan was playing his pipes. A melody so hauntingly lovely, so filled with beauty and sadnness.

A soft sound of wings was heard as a slender wingèd youth, with dark hair and sea green eyes landed near the sad god.
"Why so sad, my friend."

Bacchus looked up from his reveries, his face brightened with a smile.
"Jayhawk! Your timing is excellent, as ever.
Have some wine and listen to my story."

The angel accepted the goblet, a goblet big enough to drown a cat, filled to the brim with the very best of vintages. He made him self comfortable, a leopard's head on his lap.

"Jayhawk, my friend." the god said, looking wistfully in his own goblet.
"I saw this girl. This lovely girl and she was so, so very sad."

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


Shackman
Pleb
posted 03-04-00 18:38 ET (US)     9 / 37       
"The beauty of the world flowed through her, so bright it made even the darkest of shadows shake with fear.

"I wondered how anything so beautiful, so wonderful, could be so sad. From that moment I pledged to help this lady end her suffering.

"I was at her beck and call, I did what she asked, without her having the slightest knowledge of my actions. I soon found that I was in love with this mortal, with a love more than that of even my own godhood.

"Then came that ungrateful wretch Venus," spoke Bacchus.

[This message has been edited by Shackman (edited 03-11-2000).]

Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-05-00 14:39 ET (US)     10 / 37       
"Queen of Jealousy!" cried out Bacchus in a loud voice to to the pasture and hills surrounding them in this land of mythology. "She saw my affection for this mortal woman and turned her into a doe...an animal."

"Well, find her and have Jupiter turn her back into her human form," volunteered Jayhawk.

"He didn't want to get involved," answered Bacchus. "Besides, do you know how many does there are in the land of the mortals. I wouldn't know which one was the right one," lamented the unhappy god.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 03-06-00 06:32 ET (US)     11 / 37       
"In finding I might help, for I am magic incarnate" Jayhawk consoled the sad god.
Bacchus threw him a sad smile.
"Oh my friend, I know you want to help me, but this must be hopeless."
"Never give up hope, old friend. The world can not haveyou sad, for every glass of wine will have people slip in to melancholy. It can not live with so much sadness.
Change your guise and follow me. Bring your cats."
He pattted the spotted head on his lap.
"Come my pretty one, we're going to hunt ourselves a special doe."

Bacchus slipped in his mortal guise, while the angel spoke sternly to the two cats.
"Listen close, we will hunt, but our prey must not be hurt. Not a scratch to mar her skin, not a nip to draw her blood."
The leopards nodded, yawned exposing their fearsome fangs.

"Well, Bacchus, lead the way, where last did you see her lovely mien? The slender limbs, the cloud of moondark hair and eyes of dusky morreion?"

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


Vizier Johnleemk
Pleb
posted 03-06-00 06:38 ET (US)     12 / 37       
But while all that was going on, Ramesses was still back where he was, wondering all about the note he recieved. Was it a prank? Or were the gods really having plans in store for him? Only the future will tell.............

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Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-06-00 11:59 ET (US)     13 / 37       
Meawnwhile, Cupid had just obtained a new batch of gold-tipped arrows from the local fletcher (featherer) and felt inclined to let them fly at will as soon as he possibly could. So the winged god conveyed himself to the place designated by Jupiter, the Appian Way, and parked himself behind a broad based oak tree.

Ahhhh, he thought to himself, a likely pair I spy. A young woman named Altena was carrying a jug of wine to her master's house. Walking from the opposite direction, was a young man carrying a message.

Cupid let fly two arrows in succession straight and true. Both struck home invisibly and painlessly just as the two mortals were a few paces apart. Let the fun begin, thought Cupid.

Xeno51
Pleb
posted 03-06-00 17:16 ET (US)     14 / 37       

Ramesses was more than a little surprised to see this woman run to him and
cry,

<< w kallistatos anqropoi! >>

"Pardon?"

<< oratath soi, soi monos filew! >>

"Er.....you don't speak Latin?" What was he to do? She would not
stop following him and talking in what sounded like Greek, though he couldn't tell. Roll
on my good fortune, he thought.

<<  mene! mene! legein soi boulomai!.... >>


Ramesses
Pleb
posted 03-06-00 19:01 ET (US)     15 / 37       
Ramessus thought that perhaps this was his lucky day, but he wouldnt know, if he couldnt understand her. He had to go fight in a Gladiotor Match, expecting to lose, he said farewell to all his friends, including Setuis, his best friend. He had been forced in, when a tax collector found out Ramessus couldnt pay his bills. He had preyed to Mars, and made several offerings, hoping he wouldnt die. In the end it was a standstill, and no one won!

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The official snack food of Ramesses and Seti819: Tobasco Sauce Cheeze-its!

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 03-07-00 05:13 ET (US)     16 / 37       
Cupid, the slender youth, was creating havoc in the many small towns along the Via Appia. His gold fletched arrows unerringly sought out hearts, his sense of humour creating some unlikely matches.
Here a partician fell madly in love with a bath house girl.
There a stately matron's heart loned for a lowly cart pusher.

Venus watched from above and sniggered.
"Oh those mortals, they could be so silly."
The Lady had toyed with many of them and as easily left them behind, heart-broken and delirious.
She wanted something more, something on her own level...
"No why did that gorgeous Bacchus fall for that snit of girl" She thought.
"At least I got rid of her. And good riddance it was. Let's see if I can find him."

Bacchus and the angel had reached earth. A small house stood, amidst a herb garden and some fields. A brook giggled past, having fun on it's way to the river. Some willows, olive trees and hemlock framed one side of the cottage. The other side looked out of the plain.
"Here is where I saw her last. Where I last smelled the rosemary and lavender. Here we ate olive as the moon rose above the valley.
She's gone, alas, my love is gone, far away from here."

The god took a swig from his everful winepouch and passed it to Jayhawk.
"Don't dispair, my friend, we're bound to find a trace."
The angel sat down among the herbs and closed his eyes.

Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-07-00 11:10 ET (US)     17 / 37       
The angel Jayhawk's eyes suddenly opened. "Venus, you immortal tease!"

"What? What did you say about Venus?" asked Bacchus.

"Bacchus, you have fewer troubles than you think. You can identify your true love very easily."

"I can? How?"

"Your doe has a distinctive heart-shaped white marking on her right haunch. Venus left it there as your only clue to the creature's true nature. Find that doe and you've found your true love."

"But where, Jayhawk?"

"Not far, but not close either. I wonder if Mercury would help us search?" pondered the angel.

Shackman
Pleb
posted 03-08-00 00:30 ET (US)     18 / 37       
"Hmm... I wonder where that Bacchus went to, I can never seem to hold him down," said the Goddess of Love to herself.

"Not in his abode, not a glance to be seen of him.

"Wait. Ahh, no he doesn't. I better not catch sight of that fool going after the mortal. He knows better than to reject the love of Venus.

"I bet I know who the conspirator is, as well. Jayhawk and his silver-tongue, he's always wanted my beauty. I must give him and Bacchus the treatment jealousy and conspiracy deserve."

Moquel
Pleb
posted 03-08-00 12:49 ET (US)     19 / 37       
Back in Rome, a young man enters the Colloseum, passing the awfully ugly Colossus Neronis wich was standing outfront, now with the head of a more recent Emperor then the, according to legend, insane Nero.

As he takes his usual seat fairly close to the battle ground, he could just catch a quick peak of one of the fighters.

"Is that Ramessus?", he thought to himself "How could that be?"

He just sat there, thinking about it for a while. The last time he saw a gladiator battle with a relative, it had been his other cousin Remus, and that had been because he had mocked a guard for not letting him into the Flavian theater...
He had gotten in, but not in the way that in mind... That time, he gave up after a long battle. And the audience did thankfully give the thumbs up sign

He wondered what Ramessus was doing there...

He asked his friend who was sitting next to him, if he knew if anyone by the name Ramessus was going up for battle today, and the friend answered

"Sure is, Moquel my friend", he confirmed "Why do you ask?"

"Well, he's my cousin..." Moquel replied

[This message has been edited by Moquel (edited 03-08-2000).]

Xeno51
Pleb
posted 03-08-00 13:18 ET (US)     20 / 37       

After the corpses had been removed, a side gate in ther arena opened and several beast
cages were released. It was obviously time for the novelty number: a pair of old prisoners
pitted against a wounded bear and a bound doe. It would be a wonder if any of them escaped
alive. The doe had a little mark on its rear haunch.


Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-08-00 15:20 ET (US)     21 / 37       
Mercury suddenly appeared near Bacchus and Jayhawk. "If you want to save your doe, you had better get to the Colosseum in a big hurry!" Mercury glanced over his own shoulders in all directions as if checking to be sure he wasn't seen, and then he disappeared.

Shackman
Pleb
posted 03-09-00 00:53 ET (US)     22 / 37       
"Do you really think it's that serious?" asked Bacchus.

"I don't know, with Mercury you really can't be sure what to expect." said the angel.

"Quick, tell me! Where is the doe!? Is it still near here!?" yelled Bacchus.

"Let me have a moment, if you please, I need time to check. Wait, this can't possibly be right, the doe is near the Colosseum! How in the name of Jupiter did that girl get there!? Bacchus, I think we had better depart, and now if you want to see your Love again!"

"Hehe. Look at them scamper, it's strange how the tiniest of events can make gods into measly squirrels," thought a thoroughly amused Venus.

"Hmm...That's an odd one. How did that doe get here? I swear it wasn't there a minute ago. I must be nervous. Not thinking straight. Yes, that must be it. Oh, in the name of Ceres, here comes the bear(lions)," said Rammesus, whilst tightly gripping the trashy dagger they had so kindly given him.

[This message has been edited by Shackman (edited 03-10-2000).]

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 03-09-00 06:59 ET (US)     23 / 37       
The god and the angel took a quick sidestep through the Elysian fields, where Bacchus called on the help of a tribe of Fauns. The hairy, hornèd creatures flocked to their god carrying a variety of nets and sticks.

Another sidestep and Bachhus looked upon his love, who was desperatly looking for a way out. The bear was lunging at the scrawny prisoners. The god roared with furey and his leopards bounced down beside him, bounded towards the bear.

Hooves clicked as the fauns gathered behind him, hands gripping sticks and nets.

The angel's sable wings tested the air. This was going to be a problem...

Moquel
Pleb
posted 03-09-00 13:04 ET (US)     24 / 37       
err... what's a doe?
Marcus Lindicus
Pleb
posted 03-09-00 13:34 ET (US)     25 / 37       
a female deer
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