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    The roman camp of Eboracum is a short journey out of Isurium. At this time of year it is a cold journey. It is already shaping up to be a rough winter. The guards at the camp are all wearing heavy coats, and to a man they all look as if they would rather be anywhere else than standing watch in the cold.



    Of course the cold also meant that there were very few other signs of life in this large roman camp. Usually a camp would be bustling with slaves, legionaries, and assistants. But this time of year the bustling has slowed to a crawl. Only a few desperate looking slaves are dashing from place to place. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps it was Paulus Muncius ensuring that this meeting remained low key. His summons had stressed this point quite forcefully.

    Indeed even Muncius's usual servants seem to have vanished. There was a pitcher of wine with goblets in the middle of the table, but Muncius was offering it himself. For a man of his stature and years to be playing the role of the servant must mean secrecy was absolutely paramount



    "I'm glad you all made it on time." Muncius said when the four had arrived. "I have a pressing matter that is a little outside the scope of my usual command." He continues as he places his helmet on the table by the pitcher and runs a hand through his graying hair. " As you know our glorious emperor has ordered a wall to be built to keep those forsaken dwarves out. He has sent out an architect Flavius Publicola, to design a wall, with my men providing the labor to assist in its construction. For the past several months Flavius has been across and back the width of this isle, taking measurements and constructing his designs. I will be honest the man was a nightmare to work with and his surveying kept falling further and further behind. Servius Caecius, the wily cow that he is, has been sending missives to the emperor about these delays, and I am reliably informed that further delays will result in my recall to Rome, if I am lucky. So it is with some horror that I realized two days ago that Flavius has vanished. Neither he, nor his construction notes or plans are anywhere to be found. At this stage I do not mind why he vanished as much as I care about getting him back. The men under my command are very fine, but none of the rest of them have any skills in this area, so I must use the tools I have at my disposal. Which are those of you gathered here. I won't mince my words, every day that passes without Flavius is another day that Servius may succeed in having me recalled. I wish to make this very clear, locate Flavius before this happens and you will be rewarded handsomely, fail, and I will ensure that your fate is worse than mine."
    Muncius is very serious as he says this, and it doesn't look like he is going to take no for an answer.

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    Amelia Prisca pulled her fur-lined cloak tighter about her, shivering. She probably looked like a barbarian, but her pride had withered before the un-Mediterranean cold. Sniffing, she noted Muncius' poor hospitality, offering none of them wine or refreshment after hauling them in like freedmen rather than citizens. Well, maybe the others were freedmen, or even slaves, they didn't look like much. He hadn't even offered an invocation of greeting, although these outlying soldiers probably all worshipped Sol Invictus instead of Mars.

    Doing a mediocre job of shunting aside her irritation, she tried to speak in an even tone. "Have you consulted a flamen or augur to seek divine guidance? When and where was he last seen?"

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    Apart from that, are the legionnaires that were with him back? Did they see anything?
    Says Marcus after he takes off his hood to sit.
    He closes his cloak trying to warm himself, looking at the others sitting next to him, discreetly.
    This must be serious he thinks for so many people to be gathered here in secrecy to discuss this.

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    "Servius Caecius would hear of it the minute I consulted either Prisca." The centurion says. "There are only two real Flamen's in Isurium who can truly practice their art. Unfortunately for me both are very close to Servius and I suspect his main sources of information in the city. Likewise the Augur is Servius's sister's husband."

    At this the centurion offers more wine. "Flavius returned from the field with four of my men three days ago. They left him at their apartment in Isurium. They were meant to bring him back to camp where he should be staying, but apparently he insisted, said they could spend the night drinking and carousing before coming back here in the morning. I knew the man was a gambling reprobate with a propensity to drink, but I had no idea he could corrupt my men so easily. The claim they were separated as the night wore on and he never showed up at his apartment the next day. I have made discrete esquires of the local constabulary and morgue but he has shown up at neither. I was not particularly worried until I realized his workbook had vanished from his apartment also. Getting drunk and into trouble is one thing, vanishing without your work is something else. My men are being confined at the moment, and I am assured they will be exceptionally helpful with your investigation."

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    I see. I need to meet those soldiers as soon as possible. I doubt that his obsession with drinking and gambling has much to do with it though. Those soldiers might just know more than we believe they do, especially if they were with him for a long time.

    Says Marcus scratching his beard.
    A man suddenly disappearing leaving no trace behind? Suspicious...
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    "You shouldn't write off the gambling quite so quickly. He would hardly be the first man to do something...drastic... after gambling his wealth away." This particular opinion came from the second barbarian-looking woman in the party. The difference here was... well, she really was. (By ancestry, anyway). Audr wore her furs proudly (if for no other reason than she, like Amelia, felt that Britain was a little colder than she would have liked it to be) and her 'noble' bloodline was still too pure to have diluted her inherited german features.

    Of course, the barbaric features in her appearance were somewhat spoiled by the ink-spotted chilton she wore over the top of her furs. It was hard to simultaneously be an intimidating barbarian and a professional scribe. And Audr... was utterly failing at the 'intimidating' part.

    Still, it wasn't all bad. At least the rest of the party wouldn't have to fight over who filled out any reports at the end of the investigation...

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    "My men are being detained in the tent in the north west corner of the camp." Muncius says. "If they are not forthcoming, or even if you suspect they are not, let me know and I will apply the appropriate pressure." He takes a drink of his goblet. "As to the gambling there may be something there. However I will tell you bluntly, I suspect Servius Caecius. The man will stop at nothing to get rid of me. Whether he has done this by foul means himself, or just forced Flavius to flee is beyond me. My only hope is that he had not dared to kill the man directly as that could come back on his head."

    "You will want to look at Flavius's apartment, it can be found in the Rua district, it's directly above Sixtus's bakery. I do have a key." At this Muncius holds out a simple copper key. "It will be a little disturbed, I had some of my men conduct a complete search for that book of plans. I have posted two men there in case Flavius should return."

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    Ι don't think you will need to apply more *ehm* pressure, sir. If everyone here is fine with it, we can just go and learn what those men know. See, if it was just gambling or drinking he wouldn't have taken his notes and his research with it, unless it was to sell them, but even that would be tough. No, I suspect something much worse. Before I am certain, I have to talk to the soldiers.

    Marcus looks at everyone else

    If you, my honourable companions, I guess, are ready, we can go start the questioning. Commander Muncius is there anything else we should know?

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    With a long-suffering sigh, Amelia nods at Marcus. "Yes, let's be on with this."

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    Kemes Ammonson, The Accursed Exile

    Kemes looked up. It had only been a few days since he had arrived in the camp, and his servant had made itself useful while they had been there. It seemed that, combined with the reputation he was acquiring around the camp as a problem solver, was enough to draw the commander's attention Though now, of course, it was waiting outside, standing beside his litter.
    I think I am prepared to begin the investigation. Shall we depart?
    Rising, he steps out and reseats himself upon the litter.
    Up, Amit.
    The decrepit looking mummy responded instantly, lifting the litter onto its shoulders.
    I follow a general rule: better to ask and be told no than not to ask at all.

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    Amelia watches the exotic servant lift its master's litter. Curling her lip up in scorn, she mutters, "The decadence of the orient. They would see Roma herself bow beneath a similar litter - of wheat and silk, but a servant's yoke nonetheless."

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    Kemes Ammonson, The Accursed Exile

    Kemes glances back at Amelia.
    I have no such designs upon your empire. Neither am I of the Orient. I am a man of the Nile.
    As he speaks, a rot grub crawls out of his mouth, down his pale chin, and disappears beneath his robes.
    I am simply here seeking a cure for my condition. Amit was my first creation, and I am actually quite fond of it. And is this not more humanitarian than forcing a living being to bear me along?
    I follow a general rule: better to ask and be told no than not to ask at all.

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    The grub definitely didn't make Amelia flinch. Not even a little. Definitely not.

    Mustering up a sniff (closer to a sniffle in the cold), she retorted, "More humane to return his genius to Dis Pater across the Styx."

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    Since the first of them had already risen from the table, Audr also made to excuse herself from the meeting point.

    As she went outside, she could not help but mutter a comment on the current conversation to herself.

    German, quietly: "I have seen better reasons to disturb another's rest in the next world than 'I cannot bear to bear my own weight'."

    Once outside, she switches back into Latin to rejoin the conversation.

    "Fascinating as this philosophical debate is, may I request some introductions before we rush into our investigation? My name is Audr, and when I am not employed as a Scribe, I serve as an ancient guardian of the ways of the Tribocci." Pause. None of them looked like her own people, or even like the gaulish tribes that would have known of them. "...Which translates to 'Druid from one of the German tribes still under Rome's control'. So I do know a little magic - just don't expect me to be animating forests any time soon - and, probably more usefully, I speak dialects of both the dominant native languages in the region. Without a Roman accent."

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    Kemes Ammonson, the Accursed Exile

    Kemes shrugs.
    He volunteered his body to the practice. It is considered a high honor to serve my family in death.
    He looks quite interested when the woman introduces herself as a druid.
    Fascinating. Part of why I came to this land was to study the magics practiced by the druids, in hopes of finding a way to break my curse.
    He turns to the others.
    I am Kemes Ammonson, Necromancer of the Nile.
    I follow a general rule: better to ask and be told no than not to ask at all.

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    "There is nothing additional I can think of." The centurian replies grimly. "Other than the requirement to keep me fully informed."

    The prisoner's tent is easily located in the camp, only a short walk in the chilly air. Inside the tent is a large metal spike driven into the ground. Four large soldiers dressed only in tunics are huddling together. They are all shackled by the ankle to the spike. They all look the worse for wear, two of them have bruising on their face, another holds his arm delicately, and the fourth struggles to rise with the others as the party enters the tent.

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    Commander Muncius could you leave us alone with them? and makes a cruel smile.
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    Amelia takes a position in the corner of the tent, folding her arms and watching Marcus intently.

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    The commander gives you a curt bow and leaves you alone with the prisoners.

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    Someone keep record of what they are going to say. We might need it.
    he says before he starts approaching the prisoners.
    Hello soldiers. Calm down, I'm not here to hurt you, I promise. Now, I am a man that always keeps his promises, but I also am completely loyal to the one we all bow down to. As long that my promise and my loyalty don't interfere with each other everything will be fine for all of us here. If not, well my loyalty always comes first. In other words, if you help us here, I swear upon everything I hold holy, that not only will I not hurt you, but I will also do everything I can to have you released. Make my life harder by not helping and I will personally report to your commander that you were of no help, and trust me he won't be really happy about it. I am not trying to frighten or break you, I am merely stating the facts. Now that I've made my point I would like you to tell me everything about the disappearance of this poor man, Flavius. Do not omit any information and do no try to lie to me. I will see through it, and this won't be pleasant for you. Now speak. In the name of the emperor SPEAK.
    He says looking the broken prisoners, making his point as clear as possible. He wants to make them feel that they have no other option. An old tactic taught to him by other interrogators during his training as a hunter of the enemies of the faith.

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    Not wanting to break Marcus' rhythm, Amelia deliberately walks to the other side of the tent, glaring at the four wretches. When he pauses to let his words sink in, she lets a moment go by, and then adds in a hissing voice:

    "If there is any doubt that they are telling the truth, I have some training as a haruspex ... although I will need their livers for that, and so any vindication will be posthumous."

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    The prisoners look properly cowered. One of them, a young blond man speaks up. Please miss. He says We've been completely honest with the centurion and we'll be honest with you.

    At this the other men nod aggressively.

    Three days ago we came back to the city with Publicola. Wed just spent two weeks with him surveying. He complained all the time, particularly about the cold as he always did. It was around 6 pm when we arrived back and he refused to go back to the camp. As he always did. He insisted on going to the baths and then out for dinner at The Solid Leg, We went with him to both. At the Solid Leg he ate, drank, rather a lot, gambled as he was prone to doing. Chatted with a young pretty brunette. At that point some dwarfern slave tried to pick a fight with Cornellius here and there was a scrap. At the end Publicola was nowhere to be seen. We assumed he'd taken the brunette home. But he wasn't there. We stayed up all night to wait for him but he didn't show. So we drew lots and Cornellius lost so we sent him back to camp with a report and we guarded the house until the centurion sent men to relieve us. We didn't see a thing at the house. He never showed.

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    Marcus stares at him, trying to pay attention not only to what he says, but also his facial expressions, the tone of his voice.
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    He says with a calm voice
    So, can you provide me with a description of the Dwarf and the that brunette? This scrap, except from you how many were participating? We need some more details.

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    "And what of the... Solid Leg? What type of establishment is it - a den of drink, wagering, whores, and vice? Who has been back there to investigate?"

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    "We certainly can provide you with a description." The legionnaire says. "If you scribe can sketch we can provide a very good description."


    "The Solid Leg was Publicola's favorite establishment. The food's not bad, and there is always gambling. The other night was only the third brawl we've seen in the place. There was the dwarf, but several other slaves joined in, it took around fifteen minutes til it was all over. Lucius here broke a table, and it took us a wee while to settle that with the barkeep. They were not expecting us to be so quick off the mark, perhaps they assumed we were intoxicated. "

    Just over an hour of working with the four men produce the following two sketches:


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    Is it that all? Good. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Marcus moves back, and whispers to the rest of the party

    I think they truly have nothing more to tell us. If any of you people is not yet convinced, now it's the time to ask. Their spirits are broken and they are exhausted. If not we shall report back to the Commander, whatever we think we have learned or understood ourselves.

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    Audr gets in on that whisperin' action with "Agreed. We're probably best off heading to the Solid Leg and starting to inquire after that Brunette they mentioned. She seems to be the last person known to have seen Publicola. Let's just hope she didn't 'mysteriously vanish' at the same time..."

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    Αre you thinking, what I am thinking? I have a strange feeling about that disappearance.
    he says, sounding troubled.

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    "The reading of minds is not a typical druidic power, so I am afraid I cannot answer that question.

    As to what I am thinking, it has not changed since the start. I am thinking that the inveterate gambler got himself into financial trouble and sold the plans for the fortifications he was helping design to one of the tribes to the north as his way out of trouble. Better to live like a King amongst the Picts or Dal Raitans than as a disgraced pauper on the streets of Londinium. A Pictish woman, especially, could have easily made contact with him in a place like the Solid Leg. They're not all red-headed, despite the rumours, and few Romans could tell them apart from any of the other Breton tribes if they wore the right clothing. Half-drunk legionnaires would stand no chance of recognising such an agent.
    "

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    Slightly disappointed she wouldn't be able to brush up her liver extraction skills, Amelia nodded in agreement at Marcus and Audr's comments. Then she walked back to the legionnaires.

    "What is the name of the proprietor of the Solid Leg? Are there any guards working for him who might recall the night of the brawl?"

    After receiving her reply, she returned to the others, muttering, "It's been too long already. I hope there is a trail left to follow."

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