Rome, Italy

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Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Culture
    1.   2.1  Lumen Romani
    2.   2.2  Society and Classes
    3.   2.3  Slavery
    4.   2.4  Home-life and Marriages
    5.   2.5  Religion
    6.   2.6  Trade
    7.   2.7  Military
    8.   2.8  Prominent Families
    9.   2.9  A few notes
  3.   3.  Demographics
  4.   4.  'Souls Significance
  5.   5.  More Reference

Statistics

StatusOpen ?
Date of Founding~1988
Primary SpeciesMixed
Luperci DominantYes
Population~520
ReligionRoman Pantheon / Christianity

Rome

1.  Description

Rome is one of the oldest and historically, one of the most powerful cities in the world. Though it is not quite so powerful in the Luperci days, it retains much of its beauty and fascinating architecture, much of it having stood the test of time for centuries prior to the human demise. A few of the longest-standing structures and buildings left behind by the Romans have been maintained by the luperci who now inhabit the city, historical structures like the Coliseum are kept in decent repair. Though the city's center is almost thirty miles from the coast, the population sprawl of the city's general area extends that far, and there are several large docks providing ocean transport to Montpellier and Athens, though its central location in the Mediterranean makes for easy sailing to any destination they please on its shores.

Rome's pivotal location in the Mediterranean has made it a powerful city, although the lack of land routes between this city and others to the north have kept it in check, keeping it from blossoming into a truly vast civilization. There is a decent flow of various canines throughout the area nonetheless, and it is a common sea-trading spot. It is the hub of the Mediterranean and many sea-faring canines travel there on a regular basis to trade and sell goods in the markets and to take in the splendor of the city.

2.  Culture

2.1  Lumen Romani

In recent years, ancient Roman life has resurrected itself in the city of Rome. The pack formed in the heart of Rome, as a group of Italian and Common Grey wolves. At the center was Maximilian of Brundisium (formerly of Brindisi). His model of rule began in the Italian town of Brindisi, the location of the once very popular city of Brundisium. He brought his imperial rule to Rome after conquering the heart of the city. Self appointed Emperor of Rome, he quickly reined in a large portion of the city. After a few skirmished, most small gangs and small packs fell under his control. The original thirty or so wolves earned positions in his new Patrician class, earning well maintain homes and free slaves from his conquests. Packs that did not submit and join the Plebeian were conquered and enslaved. Many groups remained on the outskirts of the city and many of the newly joined members of the Lumen Romani empire learned a mottled mix of Italian and Latin.

Maximilian is still a young emperor with a good many years left before he will pass on his title to one of his sons. Along with his mate, Livia, his royal house includes his four sons - Romano, Antonius, Fabius, and Domitian, and multiple daughters. The Lumen Romani have revived the ancient Roman style of naming, though many still cling to more Christian names. They have also brought back the Roman Pantheon, though many of the minor gods have vanished from worship. A modified version of Christianity is practiced in some non-Patrician households.

2.2  Society and Classes

The society is divided in several castes. The Imperial family sits at the top of the Patricians. Equestrians are below Patricians who may own a slave and are more wealthy than the Plebeians, who are the common canines of the society. Outsiders are not given a caste name, but are simply known by their origins such as the Greeks, Londoners, Spanish, etc..

Mixing between the castes is allowed, but frowned upon. Patricians were highly discouraged from marrying Plebs, and Equestrian marriages were frowned upon, though accepted within reason. Marriages for wealth are not uncommon. Faithfulness is expected, though is often only superficial. Flings are fairly common, and orgies are not unheard of. However, it is common knowledge that such things are not to be discussed openly and trusted friends.

Lower classes often run brothels and taverns in the seedier parts of town, where prices are cheaper and whores are easier. Most women in brothels are slaves or very unlucky Plebs. A few male prostitute brothels have appeared, though the patrons are often much quieter about their visits.

2.3  Slavery

The ports are the most tolerant sections of Rome, where slave-taking is illegal, though slave sales and trades are conducted in an open market by the slave docks. Slavery is allowed in Lumen Romani, and it is expected of Patricians to have at least one. In even more recent years, the Colosseum was reopened and maintained for games. Some Equestrian families have begun to run Gladiator schools where slaves too rough for households were trained to fight, sometimes to the death if the emperor was in a bad mood.

Household slaves are expected to be fed and clothed and taught proper manners. In return, they are expected to obey the masters. If a slave murders a Patrician master, all kin of that slave will be thrown into the Colosseum without a chance for the rudis (a symbolic wooden sword that gives the receiver the status of a freedman).

Sexual relations with slaves is frowned upon, more so for women than men. Several prominent Lumen Romani households have several bastard children in the home, though they are often kept slaves or freed and employed as servants. Women may have intercourse with slaves, though bastard children created by these couplings tend to be given to other families or killed if the male head of the family wishes. Sex between slaves is not monitored, and any children become slaves as well if the head allows it. Some masters may whore out their slaves for fees. It is expected of such owners to provide for pregnant female slaves in such a case.

Patrician families are expected to have at least one slave, thought most have many. Slaves are not as common as they seem, as few can afford the upkeep on them. Those wealthy in trade or of the higher classes tend to be able to afford many. However, most Plebians will not have a slave. Some will sell children into slavery to provide for themselves, often to the brothels or to the military.

2.4  Home-life and Marriages

Women are expected to run the home and men to provide, which includes hunting and protection. Wine has reentered Roman life in the luperci, and is served with most of the dishes. Sea-food is common as Rome is still a port town with a fleet of fishing boats. Meat can be dried and stored for the winter, as the Lumen keeps a communal herd of cow outside the city. There are also familial gardens for the little produce the luperci consume as well as herbs for consumption and medicine.

A family household will usually include the head of the family, his mate, his children, and his male offspring's mates. Women are expected to join their husband's family, and male children may claim their own homes and slaves when expecting their first offspring. Women do have rights to own their own businesses, though most are encouraged to have a male relative's support.

Marriages / Matehoods are arranged by the head of the families, though personal choice is more often allowed than in the original Roman society. Fathers are more likely to approve a choice, though hold the right to refuse a blessing. If two marry without the family heads' blessing, they may be removed from the higher caste, often into the Equestrian caste. Leaving Rome means permanent removal from a family, unless the departure is for business or vacation. Intermarriage with non Lumen Romani is strongly forbidden and is punishable by banishment or enslavement. This, however, is highly uncommon.

A marriage ceremony depends on the religion of the family being married into. For Roman Pantheon worshipers, a priest of the temple of Hera will marry the couple. This may or may not include a sacrifice of a farm animal, usually a bull or sheep. However, if the animals are too pricy to give up, this may be symbolic. The woman will wear red, and the ceremony is often in a public place, such as outside a temple or in a large square. Wealthy families may even provide a wedding feast, though often the poorer members of the Lumen Romani will simply do a quiet threshold ceremony - the bride is carried into her new home. For the first night, and consummation, Patricians will often have the head of the family watch to make sure it is done. Heads of families, of course, will always have privacy. Plebs often have privacy.

2.5  Religion

The Roman Pantheon is commonly worshiped by the Lumen Romani. Most of the major gods and goddesses have retained their elements, as well as taking some of the lesser gods' aspects. For example, Hera is goddess of the hearth, women, marriage, children, as well as the house, home, food, and other smaller things. Aspects of major gods is on a worshiper to worshiper basis. Small shrines tend to appear in families, often to familial patrons such as Zeus or Hera or Mars. Brothels in the dirtier districts tend to have shrines to Venus.

Christianity is practiced as well. The dominant form is Catholicism, simple do to the fact the Vatican is in Rome and most of Italy remained Catholic. Many monasteries and nunneries remain in the city and outside of it, though few Patricians go to them, simply because it is discouraged for the Roman elite. Poorer or threatened Plebs may join the Church as an escape, though life may not be much better to do the strictness of some of these groups.

2.6  Trade

Rome trades all across the Mediterranean. They have a prominent fishing fleet of private little boats as well as a few "commercial" ships for trade. Trade is encouraged, with various human and nonhuman items being sent to and from Rome. Trade over land is not as easy and less common. Travel times are longer, considering the terrain. However, modern Italian roads improve the travel, as well as the old Roman roads still in use. Rome exports whatever human items found, as well as wine and olive oil.

2.7  Military

The Emperor runs the military, though most of the higher ups come from prominent families. Usually small, they guard the borders of Rome and public caravans. They are also charged with guarding the Imperial family. During times of war with other packs, the military's numbers may swell to aid in the defense of Rome. However, after any conflict, the numbers fall. If soldiers find themselves without employment, most either leave or hire themselves out as private security for wealthy Patricians and Equestrians.

2.8  Prominent Families

Lumen Romani
Contact Gen about modifications to the families. Children and Grandchildren are welcome, as well as slave acquisitions and losses. Most families will have general information available for those wishing to make characters from these families. Note: there are several more families in this class. The ones listed are the most prominent.

Patrician families

Imperial Family
  • Maximilian of Brundisium x Livia of Brundisium
    • Sons (Wife) - Romano (Christiana), Antonius (Antonia), Fabius (NA), and Domitian (NA)
    • Daughters - Maria, Aelia, Flavia. Married Daughters of this family are listed with a Ω.
      • This family is known to be publicly fair to all. However, in private they are fairly cruel to their slaves and do not tolerate insubordination. Maximilian rules with an iron fist in his household, though Livia is his equal in the home. This family is closed and requires permission to join. Slaves are open for creation.
Flavian Family
  • Druvius Flavius x Vibia Julia Flavia
    • They have 5 sons, 1 unmarried daughter, and 3 married daughters. Three sons are married and have four, five, and two children respectively. Ω two of the wives are of the Brundisium family.
      • The Flavians, based after the Roman Emperors of the same family name, are strong military leaders in the Lumen Romani. They provide the leaders during war and help provide the defense. They are seen as strict and maintain their home well. They are not cruel but they are not kind - they expect obedience but give small freedoms to loyal slaves and servants.
Julian Family
  • Titus Julius x Priscilla Flavia Julia
    • They have several daughters married throughout the other families - these daughters have the Julia middle name. Their only son, Xavius Romanus Julius is their heir. His wife is of the Scipio family. They have a daughter and a son, both unmarried.
      • Known for their leadership capabilities, this family often serves in a public role. They tend to be active in the public sphere, doing donations and hosting festivals. They tend to be the caretakers of the Colosseum. Xavius is a closed character as he is the only potential heir for the family. Very fair to their slaves; their slaves are well taken care of and truly care for their masters in return. A very loving family despite a very active social life and busy schedules.
Scipio Family
  • Alexander Scipio x Maria Aemillia Scipia
    • They have 7 sons and 3 daughters. One of their daughters is married to Romano of Brundisium.
      • The Scipio family is prominent in the trade of the city. A son operates a series of brothels in the seedy parts of town - needless to say, he has many bastard children despite his marriage with a Julian daughter. A grandson runs a male brothel and has no wife, nor children. The Scipios also run some trade routes and provide caravans to large hubs in Italy for trade. They are known for their promiscuity and looser morals. Many of their slaves are technically relatives.

Equestrian

There are several of these families. There are only three very prominent families.

Marconi Family
  • Marcus Marconi x Lilia Milana Marcona
    • 2 sons (wife)- Drusus (Cleopatra) and Alexander
    • 2 daughters - Sabina and Helia
      • The Marconi deal with horseflesh. They provide the horse trade in Rome, training and purchasing horses that they later trade to those who can afford them. They have few household slaves and several for running their stables and fields.
Pollio Family
  • Sextus Pollio x Lepida Pollia
    • Several children, almost all working in the gladiator schools. Several grandchildren are bastards of slaves.
      • The Pollio family is notoreous for their treatment of their slaves. Most are often sex partners to the family, usually against their will. Several bastard children are born to slave fathers and mothers. All bastard children are enslaved. They run the largest Gladiator School in Rome, providing over half the gladiators for the fights. Their profits are rather large from deaths and victories.
Valentinois Family
  • Rodrigo Valentino x Larentia Valentina
    • 2 sons (wife) - Gioffre, Juan
    • 1 daughter (wife) - Louise
    • 1 illegitimate son (by Francisca dei Cattanei) - Cesare dei Cattanei
      • The Valentinois are a prominent family that run the neighbourhood of Ostia in Rome. They are known for generating trade for a large range of items (anywhere from food to sex trade) and openining new trade routes in Europe and beyond. This family is open on a request basis and requires permission from Mars to join. Escaped slaves are open for creation.

2.9  A few notes

Some aspects are not included in this wiki, such as the naming system and the patron system. The naming system used here is a bastardization of the Roman naming conventions and modern naming conventions. Women take the feminine versions of their families, including the family they marry into. If it weren't so complicated, I would go into more detail. If really interested, feel free to check out the Roman naming conventions. There is also no Senate as the Emperor is the Alpha of this empire and his decisions are final. He may request guidance from more prominent family heads, but his word is the last. This empire also does not conquer others, tending to stick to Rome and some local provinces.

There is a branch of this Empire in Brundisium, run by Maximilian's brother-in-law. The government system in Brundisium is identical to Rome, and the two entities have emperors. However, the emperor in Rome ranks above the emperor in Brundisium, which is also a popular escape for Romans during the hotter summer months. The main attraction there is the seaside.

As to how they figured these things out, the Patrician families are fluent in Italian and are also literate. They discovered books on Ancient Rome and put it all together. Most Plebs are not literate in this society.

3.  Demographics

Rome is home to a vast majority of Italian wolves, though many Iberian wolves, with their propensity for sailing and the Mediterranean fisherman and trader lifestyle, are a common sight near the coastline of Rome and elsewhere along the coast. Most of the canines here retain something of a nuclear family pack style, preferring their smaller groups, though they are not generally unfriendly. There are some Golden jackals found in the area, though they are few and far between, vastly outnumbered by the wolf numbers in this area. Dogs of many breeds are still found here, though many purebreds have disappeared.

The Lumen Romani do not discriminate according to species. They are a caste system, only.

4.  'Souls Significance

  • Sicarus de Ericeto raped some lady and became a very wanted man in this general area. Oh noes!
  • Gale Lionheart was born into slavery in Rome. His mother, Lilia, was a slave in the Scipio household under one of the family's sons.
  • Lucia Marino traveled to her father's homeland of Italy for a fresh start, and ended up spending a year in Rome.
  • Ibycus lived in nearby Bolzano, Italy, and traveled to Rome to book a sea voyage out of the country.
  • Cain Aika, Abel Thirteen, and Gethsemane Aika were born in Rome but raised primarily at sea.
  • Cesare dei Cattanei is a bastard of the Valentinois family and was ordered by his father Rodrigo Valentino to go to North America and open trade routes. He is accompanied by his distant cousin Agapito Geraldini and childhood friend Piero Adriatico.
  • Adrianna Julia and Nicolas de Orsa are from the Julian family (though Nicolas was a slave), that ran away when their romantic tryst was discovered.

5.  More Reference