Somehow, through a background up to you, your character is now part of the Eversorum Prodigium. This group is charged with destroying agents of unrest and corruption within the Roman Republic through any means necessary. However, it is a turbulent time for Rome. The Social wars have led into the Conflict of the Orders, and Rome is stagnating. The Optimates and Populares are at each other’s throats and it is up to you to destroy the corruption plaguing Rome.
Character Sheet Changes-
Hunters: the Reckoning is the character sheet used, not Dark ages: Inquisitor. Some changes to the sheet are required.
•Torture (page 155 in Dark Ages-Inquisitor): represents both physical and mental skill of extracting information through inflicting pain
•Interrogation (page 155 in Dark Ages-Inquisitor): represents skill of extracting information through intimidation, appeals to duty, or any other leverage. Unlike intimidation, you aren’t trying to make them do what you want, just force them to give up information they would not willingly disclose
•Computer is replaced by hearth wisdom
•Demolitions is replaced by Etiquette
•0000- barbari-Barbarian(someone from outside rome’s boarders)
••000- Peregrinus: a free provincial subject of the Empire who was not a Roman citizen.
•••00- Plebian (full roman citizen)
•••••-Patrician (can trace their family back to the first Senate)
Castra (used by the ancient Romans to mean buildings or plots of land reserved to or constructed for use as a military defensive position); similar stat-wise to Chapter-house background on page 156 in Dark Ages-Inquisitor
•0000-Small One-room Building with plaster walls in the middle of the slums
••000- A House
•••00 –A Fort
••••0 -A Villa
•••••-On the grounds of a permanent garrison with concrete walls and instructions to the garrison master to help in any way possible
New Freebie Points (GM Cookies): (choose up to 3 questions to answer at 1 freebie point per question answered)
Character plot hook questions:
1. What was the one thing you always wanted to achieve that you never could?
2. What keeps you in this town when the person you love is in another?
3. Why does the teacher you loved so much now hate you?
4. Why do you secretly think of yourself as a failure?
5. Why does no one know your true background?
6. Why does your brother want you dead?
7. Why do the police keep you under constant surveillance, even though you’ve never committed a crime?
8. Who is blackmailing you, and why?
9. Why are you next on the list?
10. Who lays claim to your fortunes?
11. Who wants to wreak their revenge upon you, and why?
12. Where is the one place you are afraid to go, and why?
13. Why are you secretly such good friends with a person of ill-repute?
14. Why are you secretly reporting on the actions of the rest of the party to the police?
15. What do you have that somebody would kill to possess?
16. Who sees you as a threat to their personal ideology?
17. What important person did you accidentally kill? How? Why don’t they know it was you?
18. What are you smuggling into and/or out of town?
19. What is the one important thing you know that nobody else does?
20. You will never do one common thing, and are ashamed to admit it. What? Why not?
21. What’s stopping you?
22. Why does everybody snicker at you when you’re unaware?
23. You left something very important behind. What?
24. Why does your step-mother want to see you fail?
25. Why do you need so much?
26. Who swindled your inheritance?
27. What mistake did you make to cause your life to be a warning to others?
28. Why will you never love again? What is now testing your resolve?
29. You will never do something from your past again. What? Why?
30. What action must you find a way to do penance for?
31. What great action of yours causes such jealousy and spite among other people?
32. What is your sworn destiny? What obstacle stands before you?
33. Why are they jealous of your success?
34. What are you searching for?
35. Why are you living a double life?
36. What physical trait causes many people to persecute you?
37. Why will you never live up to your father?
38. Why have you sworn to never drink alcohol again?
39. What crime committed by your family won you the success you have today?
40. Why do you hide your success from your extended family?
41. What powerful but controversial figure is your old fishing/drinking buddy?
42. Why do you have such high loans that you don’t think you can pay them back?
43. Why does your younger sibling keep getting into such serious trouble?
44. Who murdered your grandfather, and why do they still walk free?
45. What mistake of yours got your friends killed?
46. Why does everyone envy your luck?
47. What is going on right under your nose?
48. Why do you force yourself not take revenge for the great injustice against you?
49. Why did you just meet your children? Why are they such disappointments?
50. Why do the old women in the market make the sign of the Evil Eye when you come near?
General Law mechanism will be determined by the 12 tablets, while individual laws of interest will be taken from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_laws.
Roman Law – Civil Law
Civil trials, or differences between private persons were tried in the forum by the praetor. If no adjustment could be made between the two parties, the plaintiff obtained a writ from the praetor, which required the defendant to give bail for his appearance on the third day, at which time, if either was not present when cited, he lost his cause, unless he had a valid excuse. Actions were either real, personal, or mixed. Real, was for obtaining a thing to which one had a real right, but was possessed by another. Personal, was against a person to bind him to the fulfilment of a contract, or to obtain redress for wrongs. Mixed, was when the actions had relation to persons and things.
After the plaintiff had presented his case for trial, judges were appointed by the praetor, to hear and determine the matter, and fix the number of witnesses, that the suit might not be unreasonably protracted. The parties gave security that they would abide by the judgment, and the judges took a solemn oath to decide impartially; after this the cause was argued on both sides, assisted by witnesses, writings, &c. In giving sentence, the votes of a majority of the judges were necessary to decide against the defendant; but if the number was equally divided, it was left to the praetor to determine.
Roman Law – Criminal Law
Trial by jury, as established with us, was not known, but the mode of judging in criminal cases, seems to have resembled it. A certain number of senators and knights, or other citizens of respectability, were annually chosen by the praetor, to act as his assessors, and some of these were appointed to sit in judgment with him. They decided by a majority of voices, and returned their verdict, either guilty, not guilty, or uncertain, in which latter instance the case was deferred; but if the votes for acquittal and condemnation were equal, the culprit was discharged. Punishments in cases involving criminal law was in many instances more severe than it is at the present day.
The jus saffragii was the right of voting in the different assemblies of the people.
The jus honorum was the right of being priests or magistrates, at first enjoyed only by the Patricians.
The jus militiae, was the right of serving in the army
The right of liberty comprehended not only liberty from the power of masters, but also from the dominion of tyrants, the severity of magistrates, the cruelty of creditors, and the insolence of more powerful citizens.
Citizens could appeal from the magistrates to the people, and the persons who appealed could in no way be punished, until the people determined the matter; but they were chiefly secured by the assistance of the tribunes.
None but the whole Roman people could pass sentence on the life of a Roman citizen. No magistrate could punish him by stripes or capitally. The single expression, “I am a Roman citizen,” checked their severest decrees
Roman citizens could not be sentenced to death unless he was found guilty of treason. If accused of treason, Roman citizens had the right to be tried in Rome
No Roman citizens could be sentenced to die on the cross. Roman Citizens were not crucified (Roman Crucifixion), they were beheaded
Insolvent debtors should be given up to their creditors, to be bound in fetters and cords, and although they did not entirely lose the rights of freemen, yet they were in actual slavery
To check the cruelty of usurers, a law was afterwards made that no debtors should be kept in irons, or in bonds; that the goods of the debtor before his person, should be given up to his creditors.
Each clan and family had certain sacred rights which were inherited in the same manner as effects
When heirs by the father’s side of the same family failed, those of the same gens succeeded in preference to relations by the mother’s side of the same family
No one could pass from a Patrician family to a Plebeian, or from a Plebeian to a Patrician, unless by that form of adoption which could only be made at the comitia curiata.
No Roman citizen could marry a slave, barbarian or foreigner, unless by the permission of the people.
A Roman father had the power of life and death over his children. He could not only expose them when infants, but when grown up he might imprison, scourge, send them bound to work in the country, and also put them to death by any punishment he pleased.
A son could acquire no property but with his father’s consent, and what he thus acquired was called his peculium as of a slave.
None but a Roman citizen could make a will, or be witnesses to a testament, or inherit any thing by it
A father might leave whom he pleased as guardian to his children;but if he died, this charge devolved by law on the nearest relation by the father’s side.
When there was no guardian by testament, nor a legal one, the praetor and the majority of the tribunes of the people appointed a guardian.
If any one died without making a will, his goods devolved on his nearest relations.
• Jus suffragiorum: The right to vote in the Roman assemblies.
• Jus honorum: The right to stand for civil or public office.
• Jus commercii: The right to make legal contracts and to hold property as a Roman citizen.
• Jus migrationis: The right to preserve one’s level of citizenship upon relocation to a polis of comparable status. For example, members of the cives romani (see below) maintained their full civitas when they migrated to a Roman colony with full rights under the law: a colonia civium Romanorum. Latins also had this right, and maintained their jus Latii if they relocated to a different Latin state or Latin colony (Latina colonia). This right did not preserve one’s level of citizenship should one relocate to a colony of lesser legal status; full Roman citizens relocating to a Latina colonia were reduced to the level of the jus Latii, and such a migration and reduction in status had to be a voluntary act.
• The right of immunity from some taxes and other legal obligations, especially local rules and regulations.4
• The right to sue in the courts and the right to be sued.
• The right to have a legal trial (to appear before a proper court and to defend oneself).
• The right to appeal from the decisions of magistrates and to appeal the lower court decisions.
Roman women had a limited form of citizenship. Though held in high regard, they were not allowed to vote or stand for civil or public office. The rich might participate in public life by funding building projects or sponsoring religious ceremonies and other events. Women had the right to own property, to engage in business, and to obtain a divorce, but their legal rights varied over time. Women could not transact any business of importance without the concurrence of their parents, husbands, or guardians. Marriages were an important form of political alliance during the Republic.
• Foreigners might live in the city of Rome, but they enjoyed none of the rights of citizens; they were subject to a peculiar jurisdiction, and might be expelled from the city by a magistrate. They were not even permitted to wear the Roman dress.
Slaves were considered property and had only very limited rights as granted by statute after the establishment of the Principate. While many and perhaps most slaves were subjected to lives of extreme hardship working as field or mine labourers, a significant number of slaves were highly skilled or educated, and treated as part of the extended familia. These slaves were often given a degree of independence to work for themselves and could keep some of their own earnings, sometimes accumulating enough to buy their freedom. Others were freed by manumission for services rendered, or through a testamentary provision when their master died. Once free, they faced few barriers, beyond normal social snobbery, to participating in Roman society.
Freedmen, freed slaves, were granted a limited form of Roman citizenship.2 Freedmen could later attain full Roman citizenship. The children of freedmen and women were legally free-born; for example, the father of the poet Horace was a freedman.
The Eversorum Prodigium was founded by Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus in the Villa Dea Papira, half a day’s travel by horse to the south of Rome, known for Caesoninus’ favorite phrase fiat justitia ruat caelum (“let justice be done though the heavens fall”) engraved over the entrance.
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