Visions of Grandeur: A Tale of the Julii
I have never written an AAR before, but since reading some I have always wanted to. I never expected it to be about the Roman Empire. I hope you enjoy reading it and I will keep it updated as the campaign progresses.
THE ROMAN EMPIRE 270 BC
War with the Etruscans and Samnites had delivered Etrutia and Umbria into the hands of the Julli family. To the south, the Brutii family had driven the Greeks out of Croton and Tarentum. The Scipii were engaged in an an ongoing war with the Carthaginians, and the Senate ruled over the Triumvirate patricians in Rome. Flavius Julius was heir to the Julii legacy and had inherited the cities of Arretium and Ariminum.
A diplomat clothed in purple arrived in Arretium to relay the Senate's wishes to Flavius Julius. Flavius' diplomat Sextus approached the Imperial messenger. "You have come from the Senate have you not?"
The Imperial messenger regarded Sextus disinterestedly. "Yes, I have a message for your liege, Flavius Julius. Lead me to him I pray you, for by the gods my work is not yet done here."
Sextus called for his lord, "Lord Julius! Imperator!" The senior diplomat looked ashamed before his Imperial counterpart. "I assure you I just saw him, follow me please."
"Lead on." The Senate's envoy followed unimpressed behind the flustered diplomat.
"Our Lord has been drilling for war you see, with the Gauls. They are after all right on our border. Our lord seeks to take northern Italy, so that we may halt the advance of the Gauls and other barbarians at the Alps." The diplomat explained as he looked through the palace for his lord.
"See to it that you do." Answered the envoy coldly.
The diplomat stopped a young general "Lord Lucius, have you seen your father?"
Lucius looked down on the man who touched his shoulder. "Ah good Sextus, my father Julius is now in the yard, and this I presume is the Senate's envoy?"
The envoy bowed. "Lord Lucius, an honor."
"As my father's heir, I believe I should be a part of this conference, please follow me, I shall lead you to him at once." Lucius led them to the palace yard. He parted a red curtain that hung over the gate and exposed the company to the Tuscan sun and the gentle breeze in the garden. "My father is want to spend many hours here in conference with himself. Reading the poets and the histories, writing some himself. As of late he plans and discusses war with the north." They followed Lucius around the olive trees and bushes to find Flavius Julius engaged at work with a vial of wine, a map, a scroll, and many quills. Flavius leaned forward to gaze at the men who approached his stone table.
"Lucius, good Sextus, and an envoy? Well then, what news is it." Flavius mulled over the possibilities in his mind before the man even spoke. "We've been summoned to fight the Gauls? Or Carthage? The Greeks? Perhaps we were denied a position in the Senate again, what is it?"
The envoy was agitated by Flavius' informal behavior. "You act as if what the Senate decrees is meaningless! May I remind you the Senate allows you to serve Rome in your capacity."
Flavius looked at the younger man with his cold stare, years of experience in service to the Senate showed in his eyes, as did the white shimmering locks of his head. Years of political and military service not only took their toll on Flavius, they defined him! "Don't remind me young sir, I've served Rome all my life, and furthermore so has my family, and not with the honors the other patricians enjoy. We don't seek fame, only glory for Rome." He looked back at his scroll. "I have a great many responsibilities envoy, the Roman border has many itinerant tribes wandering around our border and at any crossing a thousand men or more may come pouring into Rome. So let me hear the decree and I shall immediately set about how best to deploy my forces."
The envoy was shocked that what he assumed to be informality seemed now instead to be that treasured Roman efficiency. "My Lord Flavius, the Senate decrees that you must annex Segesta for the glory of the Republic."
"Segesta? Hmm. That works very well. Please inform the Senate that I am well pleased with this prudent course of action and shall deploy my son Vibius Julius to capture the city immediately. In fact good sir, I plan to have it before winter hits the north." Flavius stopped to write on a piece of parchment. "Actually, allow me to address them personally."
SEGESTA, 270 BC
From the Journal of Flavius Julius, Imperator of the Julii Family.
The Senate has ordered me to capture Segesta. This suits my plans excellently as Segesta is held by a tribe of the Gauls not allied with the powerful Ligurian tribe. With Segesta under my control the annexation of Cisapline Gaul and Venetia shall be much easier. I am sending my son Vibius Julius to capture Segesta. He is already near with a modest army and shall be able to deliver it into our hands before the winter, as I promised the Senate. He is a worthy son, both interested in strategy and in politics. Although I would say, he has more ambition than skill. I sense he desires to become a hero. His youth and strength are admirable, but his desire may blind him to the dangers that lie in battle. Both the weapons of the foe and the cunning senator in Rome may cause harm to he who seeks glory in service to Roman empire.