Blood of Rome

351 CE All Legio Now Bear Black

The whole of the Legio Moruum now marches under the pure-black shield. Rumour has it that representatives of the Senes and the Lancea et Sanctum have made entreaty to the Praetor of the Legion, attempting to bargain for a proclamation that would require the soldiers to bear their respective marks in service. All attempts are rebuffed.

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349CE Legio Mortuum Remove Insignia

Helvidius Bassianus, the War-Crow, orders his troops within the Legio Mortuum to remove all insignia from their shields. They bear neither the marks of the traditional Camarilla nor the chi-rho of the mortal Christian empire. The decision provokes ripples of discomfort amont the Kindred of Rome. While it is considered overtly treasonous, some begin to whisper that Bassianus is putting his loyalties up for bidding. The Praetor of the Legio Moruum points out that there is no legislation guiding the insignia of the Legion and that the officers have always been free to ditcate the markings of their troops as they choose. Bassianus ignores the controversy and his pure black shields are deployed. A second division within the Legio Mortuum, led by a contemporary of Bassianus, soon follow suit.

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448CE Founding of the Cainite Heresy

Vitericus Minor travels to Constantinople, then wanders westward. He declares himself a prophet before the Kindred of the Black Abbey and is ejected by his outraged peers. He jouneys to Rome and founds the Cainite Heresy.

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346CE Comitor's Prophecy Party

The fifth of Tertia Julia Comitor’s Decades is held. Thascius Hostilinus attends with a Sanctified retinue, making public his pleasure with the preceding years events. One of his retinue openly insults the cult of Augurs, noting that the Black Abbey yet stands and declaring that their auguries are mere political currency, worthless in spiritual terms. Enraged, Comitor has the speaker thrown out. Macellarius Corbulo manages to rescue the party afterwards by reciting a mirthful, if somewhat crass poem that sparks a light hearted competition among the artful speakers among the attendees.

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342CE Pagan Sacrifice Banned

The Emperor Constans bans pagan sacrifice. A thunderous debate follows in the galls of the Senex after a Magistrate of the Lancea et Sanctum proposes that the Camarilla follow suit. Dozens of voices join the debate on both sides and violence erupts on more than one occasion. After four weeks it is decided that the Camarilla will not follow Constan’s declaration. Less that two months later the debate is reopened when a respected official of the Senex wonders aloud whether the Camarilla has the right to divorce itself from the declarations of a Roman Emperor. The legal operations of the Camarilla grind to a halt for nine weeks as nearly every legislator attends or participates in the monumental debate that follows. The upper ranks of the Legio Mortuum threaten to fracture during the arguments as some Equestrians call for plans to move, en masse, against the Cult of Augurs. The Praetor of the Legion of the dead barely manages to hold his troops together until the final declaration of the Senex is made: Constans’ declaration will be upheld and pagan sacrifice is henceforth banned in Necropolis. No Vaticinator of the Cult of Augurs will be prosecuted for previous sacrifice. The cult of augurs is crippled by the declaration and all practitioners of the Veneficia are driven into secrecy. Rumour that cerain high ranking members of both the Legio Mortuum and the Senex willfully ignore the continued practice of the Vaticinators persist.

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339CE Eupraxus' Cult

Eupraxus leads a secon mortal cult to mass suicide. Rather than applause he is met by the uncomfortable shrugs of the Camarilla elite. Marcellarius Corbulo makes an effort to distance himself from Eupraxus, mocking his tendency to “endlessly repeat his faded glories and mouldering offenses both”.

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338CE Horatia Vera Assassinated

Horatia Vera is assassinated by a Mekhet of the Lancea et Sanctum, who sets himself alight in her haven, destroying himself and one of the Regina Sacrorum’s guards. Many Kindred of Necropolis note that Thascius Hostilinus’s prediction has been realized. Appius Ferasius Constans is name Rex Sacrorum in her place.

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337CE Chariot Riot

The chariot races of Macellarius Corbulo are interupted by a riot that spills from the stands onto the field itself. By the time the disturbance is quelled, several Kindered – all allies and servants of Corbulo himself – are destroyed. Outraged, Corbulo calls for the capture and destruction of the instigatiors. Three Kindred of the Peregrine Collegia are brought before the Senex and sentenced to destruction, satisfying Corbulo. Whispers of false evidence and too-expedient procedure arise immediately within the ranks of the Peregrine Collegia.

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336CE Comitor's Prophecy Party

Tertia Julia Comitor’s fourth party in honour of the millennial prophecy of Maxentian. These parties, now famously named “the Decades” now attract all of Rome’s Kindred elite. Horatia Vera reiterated Maxentian’s prophecy at the celebration, drawing the appreciative applause of the assembled guests. Macellarius Corbulo presents Tertia Julia Comitor with a necklace of dazzling expense and beauty and she accepts it with a gracious smile, quelling rumors of dispute between the two.

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335CE The Black Abbey

The Black Abbey is consecrated and the doctrine of the Lancea et Sanctum begins to solidify. Horatia Vera predicts, in public ceremony, that the abbey will burn within five years. Thascius Hostilinus is rumoured to reply with a prediction of his own: that the abbey will never be destroyed and that it is Vera herself that is soon to burn.

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