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DAYS:

KALENDS = 1st day of month
NONES = 5th or 7th day
IDES = 13th or 15th day
PRIDIE = The eve before a named day

NUMBERS:

I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
M = 1,000
Q = 500,000

SEASONS:

VER = Spring / Wind
AESTAS = Summer / Water
AUTUMNUS = Autumn / Fire
HIEMS = Winter / Earth

MONTHLY FESTIVAL DATES:

JANUARY
none, but gather all 5 scrolls

FEBRUARY
Lacus Curtius (well) / Lupercalia (caves)
a.d. XV kal. Mar.

MARCH
Vestalia (flame lit)
id. Mar.

APRIL
Temple of Antoninus & Faustina
PRIDIE id. Apr.

MAY
Temple of Castor (Aerarium)
a.d. XIV kal. Jun.

JUNE
Sacred Grove (Palladium)
a.d. III id. Jun.

JULY
Temple of Caesar (baths)
a.d. IV id. Jul.

AUGUST
Tiber River (crossbow)
a.d. IX kal. Sep.

SEPTEMBER
Temple of Vespasian (relay station)
id. Sep.

OCTOBER
The Regia (shields)
a.d. XIV kal. Nov.

NOVEMBER
Gordian’s Temple (arch)
a.d. XVI kal. Dec.

DECEMBER
Temple of Saturn
a.d. IV id. Dec.
Identify the Calamitus before kal. Jan.

THE CHARACTERS:

LUCIUS
Young man who must restore family honor. Works as a Forum Investigator. Likes wine & food. Failed in law & military.

Notebooks:
1 - Emperors
2 - Politics
3 - Military
4 - Society
5 - Pleasures
DIARY: Found in wine shop

VERANIA
Virgin who tends to the Sacred Flame. Involved in Vesta religion for 30 years, started at age 6. Seeks change. Expert on myths & legends.

Notebooks:
1 - Pantheon
2 - Festivals
3 - Customs
4 - Legends
5 - Temples
DIARY: Found at Severus Arch

XANTHUS
Grew up in the country. Dislikes Empire. Works as a Gordian engineer in Rome.

Notebooks:
1 - Treatise
2 - Coins
3 - Wonders
4 - Philosophy
5 - Glossary
DIARY: Found in Tabularium cell

SIBYL
Fortune-teller from Syria. Cunning and ambitious. Self-serving.

Notebooks:
1 - Rituals
2 - Dreams
3 - Cults
4 - Zodiac
5 - Time
DIARY: Found in her Taverna

GORDIAN
Spent life working in architecture & engineering. Works in Tabularium. Meticulous & aloof. Daughter named Stella.

Notebooks:
1 - Forum
2 - Aqueducts
3 - Literature
4 - Measures
5 - Maps
DIARY: Found in Tabularium office

CORNELIUS
Inventor

FORUM LOCATIONS

AQUEDUCTS
Underground conduit from Palatine Hill to Temple of Julius Caesar, using Bath House (Thermae) under Via Nova staircase.
 
THE AERARIUM
State Treasury Dept. located in the podium of Temple of Saturn (marked on Castor door)
 
ARCH OF SEVERUS
Erected on the 10th anniversary of Emperor’s reign. Stands 70’ tall. Dedicated to sons< Carealla & Geta. Hidden chambers in upper portion. Device inside. Panel on roof says: VII ID DEC.
 
BASILICA AEMILIA
Busy during winter. 2-story doric w/14 entrances. Inside looking down, one can see richly-colored marble floor. Staircases lead to upper areas from vestibules.
 
BASILICA JULIA
Begun by Caesar (July) and completed by Augustus (Aug.). Mosaic floors are intricate but simple black & white geometric patterns appeal to Gordian. Upper gallery exists.
 
CLOACA MAXIMA
Sewer system meets the Tiber at the Forum Boarium, at which point the tunnel is XV high by X’ wide.
 
LACUS CURTIUS
Consists of a well and a series of altars within a low wall. Trapezoid shape with one corner bent and another off. People throw gifts in well, descent could find treasure. Has secret connections to Cloaca Maxima and other tunnels. Marks spot of earlier Sacred Abyss. [Found coins on well ledge. Horse room chamber & stone slabs with unhooked chains above. Many other doors and gates, including floor panel in tunnel hall.]
 
MILLARIUM AUREUM aka. GOLDEN MILESTONE
Stands between Temple of Saturn & platform of the Rostra. Marks center of Empire. Erected by Augustus. Inscribed w/names of important cities & their distances from Rome. 4-ft. wide shaft.
 
PALATINE HILL
Imperial Palace sits atop hill. Augustus built it up. Verania lives under shadow of hill. 7 hills surround Forum: Septimonium: Quirral, Viminal, Esquiline, Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, & Caellian (see Gordian’s Map - from Stairs of Sigh). Aqueducts raise water to Forum level.
 
PALATIUM
Sign across from Sacred Grove entrance.
 
THE PANTHEON
Completed less than 100 years ago. Gordian did not work on it. Students draw a great circle and match with a circle matching the cross-section. Magic is in the geometry. Snow falls in dome, 20’ wide opening & 100’ tall.
 
THE ROSTRA
Doorway on north side leads to tunnels.
 
THE REGIA
Two rooms, one containing shield of Mars. During October horse races, blood drips onto hearth. Two wells and beehive-shaped cistern used for storing grain. Capstones can be rotated. Inscriptions on outer wall describe military achievements.
 
THE ROMAN TRIREME
Boat yard in Ostia. CL ft. long w/3 banks of oars. Sail lowered and set out to sea.
 
SACRED GROVE
Stone griffen found in stonemason’s yard. Out of place. Where has Gordian seen it before?
 
THE SENATE HOUSE aka CURIA
Small rooms for holding secret sessions. Golden statue of the goddess Victoria in the main room. Trained eye can tell the upper portion is built out of stucco. Contains mural.
 
SIBYL’S TAVERNALocated in the Portico Dei Consento between Saturn & Vespasian. Map on wall shows Forum split in half with Sept. (?) date.
 
STAIR OF SIGHS
The condemned. Those that did not die in Tullian Jail were thrown down stairs. Corpse of Sejanus was left at the base for 3 days.
 
THE TABULARIUM
Records Office. Gordian has 3-room suite which he shares with 2 assistants. Upper arcade views all of Forum except Clivus Capitolinus which is hidden by roof line. [Gordian’s office has notepad with letters X-G-H & tablet which mentions Temple of Castor. Found gold key inside tablet. Diagram on table with circular map.]
 
TEMPLE OF ANTONINUS & FAUSTINA
Lost wife in 3rd year of reign. The VI columns are LV high. Number of steps is odd. Worshipers begin & end ascent on right foot. Altar at Temple of Saturn was moved here. Believed that Nero’s water organ is stored here. Considered the 1st Temple.
 
TEMPLE OF DIVI CAESAR
Unusual round altar in front. Said to be filled with Egyptian treasures. Statue of Caesar has star on forehead. Caesar buried here. During Ides of March, fire lit on altar (see device maps in Gordian’s notebook - Measures chapter).
 
TEMPLE OF CASTOR & POLLUX
Small offices at base on 3 sides. In one are kept the official Weights & Measures of Rome. Caligula damaged the building (attached it to others) but Claudius fixed it. [Gordian’s Taberna on side of temple. Must use gold key to enter. Two chests on either side. Xanthus note for number device puzzle: Sinister, Dexter. Left, Right]
 
TEMPLE OF CONCORD
Corinthian, built of African marble. Expanded by Tiberius. Good view of Forum from steps. Inscribed name of brother, Drusus and added IV elephants in black. Contains green emerald which brings ill fortune.
 
TEMPLE OF JUPITER
Founded by the 5th king. It stands outside the Forum on Capitoline Hill. Gold-plated doors and bronze-tiled floors. Utensils used for sacrifice. Begin ascent on rt. foot so that this foot is first placed before the temple entrance.
 
TEMPLE OF SATURN
Built by Augustus. 6 unfluted columns w/2-tiered staircase. Houses the state Treasury (the Aerarium) deep within. Caesar found in 15,000 gold, 30,000 in silver & millions of sesterces inside. Used to house the Weights & Measures.
 
TEMPLE OF VESPASIAN
6 Corinthian columns in white marble. Erected by sons, Titus & Domitian a year after Emperor’s death. Sevarus repaired temple. A small building between Vespasian & Concord relates to tax & finance dept. From here, the path to Jupiter looked like a river of dyes. Frieze depicts this moment with a priest pouring liquid and an ax for sacrificial killing.
 
TEMPLE OF VESTA
Circular form w/XX Corinthian columns. Smoke rises from roof opening, signals that Sacred Flame still burns. Pity the vestal virgin who let it die on her watch. Cracks found in columns, reinforced with steel bars. In March, flame is ceremoniously unlit then relit. Sacred water cannot touch the ground. Pointy jars are filled from the Spring of Wisdom. Vestals cannot use water from outside plumbing. Capricorn - Vesta Goddess [Back room has table with acorns on it. 3 interior doors.]
 
HOUSE OF THE VESTAL VIRGINS
6 vestal virgins and 1 leader. They are chosen between the ages 6 & 10 and must stay for 30 years. Frieze on wall depicts sacrificial instruments. Women only enter during the Festival of Vestalia. After the fire, some sacred objects buried in the cellar. When vestals had to flee, the Palladium was left uncovered and seen. The Penetrallia is a secret room inside. An earthen jar contains sacred Palladium statue. Can enter room once a year, during Festival of Vestalia.
 
TIBER RIVER
To the west of Rome. Festival in May. Island is DCCCLXXX ft. long. It is linked to the city by the Pons Fabricus & Cestius.
 
TULLIAN JAIL aka THE TULLIANUM
2nd level added, connected by a hole in the floor. Spring flows in lower cell, dank. Upper cell is warmer. Vestals would secretly house people in the upper area. Next to the Stair of Sighs.
 
UMBILICUS URBIS
At the edge of the Rostra XII ft. wide, topped w/green cone. Center is the key to the city. [Some names have #’s, dates & months, others don’t. Where found, noted above.]

 

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