05-11-2011, 04:45 PM
Experience: about 8 years
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Characters Full Name: Septimus Varus
Class Status: plebian/milites
Sexual Orientation: homosexual
Rome, the city – in fact he was surprised to find that he missed it when he was living in Africa
Africa – he really liked it there and in some ways it makes him sad to leave it
His friends – the men he came to know in Ammaedara were some of the best, and he will miss them too, but he is looking forward to reconnecting with his boyhood friends in Rome
Men – some men, or one man specifically – girls just don’t do it for him
Being in the desert on a starlit night, though that won’t be happening again sigh
Two centurions of his old command – and dislike is far too mild a word – try intense hatred to the point of wanting them to die slow and painful deaths – yeah, that’s more like it
Personal conflict – though he’s getting better at dealing with it as a natural progression of moving up through the ranks
Inflexibility to the point of ridiculousness – as in, sometimes rules are meant to be broken
Feeling completely lost inside
Finding out Vibius Novius is dead
Never knowing what happened to Vibius Novius
Finding out Vibius Novius is alive and just forgot
To find out what happened to Vibius Novius – though he has no idea how to do that
To keep moving up through the ranks of the Cohortes Urbanaes
To just keep going . . .
Septimus is basically a happy young man, though he does tend to worry a bit too much sometimes. For the most part, he is upbeat, optimistic and enjoys life. Sometimes, though, unresolved problems make him fret, and he can become withdrawn and a bit moody. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as he uses this time to reflect and consider solutions and usually comes up with some course of action that will at least give him some direction and purpose, if not necessarily solving the problem.
As a soldier, he has proven to be fairly bright, and completely loyal. He’s never been a trouble maker, and isn’t the biggest risk taker – though in the few situations where it was necessary, he did well enough. His approach to all things military is to act on orders and rely on his superiors knowing what they are doing, unless there are no orders to act upon. Then his brain kicks in a little more, and he’s actually pretty good at figuring a strategy out on his own. These occasions have been rare though, as he’s only an Optio, and not really expected to be flying off on his own tangent and away from the pack.
In his personal life, Septimus is a very loving, giving, open person, much more so than your typical Roman male, perhaps. He was always close with his family, and he feels great loyalty to them, and his friends. He’s the type of person who likes to smooth troubled waters and personal conflict makes him very uncomfortable, so he’s far less prone to argue with others. This has been a bit of a drawback in his career, and may become more so as he assumes more and more responsibility as an officer. In a pinch, though, if the mood strikes him, he can be pretty good at putting his foot down and basically saying ‘damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.’
Celebrity Claim: Alioth Garcia Carreño
Hair: dark brown
Clothing Style: Septimus wears the typical attire of the Roman soldier: a simple tunic, either long sleeved and knee length in winter, or short sleeved and thigh length in warmer weather, of wool or linen, belted at the waist with the leather cingulum militare. In winter, he will sometimes also wear braccae (breeches) and also a sagum (cloak) when needed for the cold. A second belt, a leather baldric is worn over the shoulder and across the chest, for carrying weapons. Heavy soled caligae is the standard soldier’s footwear. Occasionally he will sport leather greaves on his lower legs or leather guards on his forearms, and the focale – a scarf to prevent the chafing of his armor – which consists of a galea (helmet) and a shoulder to thigh length garment of scale armor, lorica squamata, and a lorica manica (arm guard). He always carries a pugio(dagger) and gladius (sword), both in leather scabbards hung from his belt
Probably the most striking feature of Septimus’ appearance are his bright blue eyes. They lend a great deal of expression to his already open and friendly face. He is slightly on the tall side, and well muscled, due to his military training. His naturally fair complexion has been darkened by the extreme sun of North Africa. He moves easily, with a long stride and though he doesn’t try to put himself forward, he generally stands out in a crowd as a pretty well put together young man. He is military to the core and it shows in his bearing and the self-assured way that he carries himself. When not on duty, he’s far more relaxed and easy going and is a simple, modest individual.
History & Family
Parents: Gaius Varus and Mania
Siblings: Gaius Varus Minor (brother, 32) and Drusilla Mara (married sister, 30)
Other family members: various nephews and nieces as both his siblings are married, many uncles and aunts and cousins in Rome and elsewhere, and both sets of grandparents are still alive (ie he has a BIG extended family, all of whom he is very close with)
Septimus was born in Rome, to parents who owned and operated a small business which consisted of the buying and selling of fabrics, mainly linen, wool, cotton and very rarely, silk. His parents also, and his older sister and brother, were skilled taylors-seamstresses, adding to the family income by crafting clothing for many a wealthy plebian family. Septimus, ten years younger than his closest sibling, was more removed from the day to day running of the business, though even as a child he was expected to help out. No-one in his immediate family was literate, though of necessity, his parents, and then his brother and sister were numerate. As a boy, then, Septimus was not burdened with the tedium of lessons, learning what he needed to know to become part of the family operations by watching and doing.
As Septimus approached his teen years, though, he became a bit restless, and bored with the day to day hum drum life of a tradesman. His attention had always been drawn by the flash and fanfare of the soldiers that were to be seen around and about the city. His thoughts went more and more to the idea of enlisting in the army and leaving the smell and dirt of Rome behind for the smell and dirt of some far land. His parents weren’t thrilled with the boy’s plans, but eventually they consented, as having two sons to pass a family business along to was always somewhat problematic. So, at the age of sixteen, Septimus enlisted, did his basic training there in Rome, and was shipped off to Ammaedara (Haidra, Tunisia ) in North Africa, as a raw recruit in Legio III, Augusta.
For three years, Septimus did well enough in his duties. The Legion was primarily there to protect the vast grain fields and stores, as that region was one of the most important grain suppliers to Rome itself. As history had often borne out – hungry Romans were unhappy Romans. And unhappy Romans meant riots and mayhem. Keeping the grain supplies safe at every point was crucial to the stability of the empire. Septimus was tractable enough that his superiors soon learned they could rely on him, every time, and had just enough initiative that he would often put just one foot ahead of his contemporaries. Slowly, his fitness was recognized and he was promoted to Optio, second in command of a century (ten tent groups or sixty men). By the time he had served about three years, Septimus was bound to be made either Optio of a higher placed century or even Optio of the tenth cohort. He was no super star, but he was the type of young man who could both follow orders to the letter, and also get others to do the same, while always maintaining his own sense of what to do when no order seemed to fit the situation. In a word, his leadership ability was there and waiting only for more opportunities for growth.
Unfortunately, an incident in his command put his future in the army in question, for a brief period of time. Things finally settled down, but as the dust cleared, Septimus found he had a keen desire to leave Africa, forever, and go home.
Approximately four months ago, Septimus requested to be transferred to the Cohortes Urbanae. This was the heavy duty police force of Rome, a paramilitary force created by Augustus to counter balance the power of the Preatorian guard. Their duties consisted primarily in policing the streets to maintain order and law and keep a lid on the criminal activities of the gangs that ran the seamy underworld of the city. They also were trained and utilized to perform riot control duties and would occasionally even be sent into action on the battlefield. Along with the Vigiles, they also helped in battling fires if needed. Septimus’ request was granted, for various reasons, and he has been appointed as Optio to the sixth century of the second cohort of the force, so, a middle rank position for a young non-commissioned officer, as it were. He is quite happy to be home again, and his family is equally happy to have their baby back.
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