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The Gates of Janus Are Closed
It is the 528 (225 B.C.E) year since the foundation of the city. For the first time since the implication of the Republic has Rome known peace. Yet, this peace is a false one: an unfair arrangement supported by oppression and exploitation that disgrace the self-declared ideals of the Republic. For the Heroes of the Republic there is no alternative but to open the Gates of Janus and invite war into their lives.
Crows, not Eagles
While many factions and characters populate this world, our protagonists are the Crows: devout Republicans with a strong sense of civic duties, uncompromising dedication to social justice and sworn enemies of kings, tyrants and despots across the world.
Power of Our Myths
The power to enact change comes from the stories people tell each other; myth-empowered heroes named Triumphants are entrusted by the anxieties and desires of the people with mantles of legend.
The self of the bearer of the myth changes how it manifests; this corruption of the story is called a Triumph. Enacting change through the Triumph changes both the nature of the wielder but also that of the myth. Power and liberty do not go well together.
Heaven and Hell
One’s myth gravitates towards two planes. The Celestial plane is one of ideas, of platonic forms and abstract thought. The Infernal plane is the realm of Humanity, of material concerns and the connections between people. Balance between those is something all Triumphants chase.
Romulus’ Melting Pot
Not a single culture dominates the so-called Roman world. It is a bickering and bright cosmopolitan society, including cultures and peoples from three continents.
Island Among A Sea Of Tyrants
Democratic experiments and egalitarian movements across the world are fading one by one. From the Hellenistic hegemons to the great empires of the Maurya and Qin: power is wielded by few. The social and civic advances the people of the peninsula have achieved are under constant threat--both internal and external.
Crest Of The Wave
The division between classes survived the fall of the monarchy. Over the last centuries the common people have forced a growing number of concessions upon the aristocracy. The patrician class is limited on their control of popular lives, on how to enslave them or how much military contributions they can demand. Yet, changing circumstances offer new crafty ways to exploit people. And nobody knows what to think about the emerging capitalist class.
Shadows of Empire
The war with Carthage left Rome playing the game of empire. The exploitation of the insular peoples living in former Punic domains and the occupation of Illyria were dark precedents for the Res Publica. The rotten fruits of Empire are rolling in, worrying citizen and foreigner alike.
Dice Are Rolling
There are no lost causes; heroes still rise and fight because there is hope. It is not too late for change. Yes, the recent leadership has set Rome on a dark course. Yes, there are grim portents for civic collectivization and social justice. But while these threats are serious, they are not unusual. Every progressive move had faced opposition. Every attacked liberty needed its defenders. Rome does not have to become an avaricious, gluttonous beast. Crows believe it can still nurture the world.
Interested In reading More?
Most of the stories are written as stand-alone as possible. However, we suggest the following entry points:
The very first story, introducing the inner conflict of a major character: “When Gaius Attiulus and Titus Manlius Were Consuls”
The first season, introducing the protagonists and how they establish themselves as Heroes of the Republic: Season 1: THE GATES OS JANUS
The second season, a more slice-of-life arc where our protagonists endeer themselves to the Italian peoples and grow into their roles and ideals: Season 2: ITALIA