In the political arena, the struggle between the popular party and the conservative party is again in the forefront due to Marius' successes against Jugurtha. Caepio, the senior consul, is determined to vanquish the Germans and outshine Marius.
This adventure is based on historical facts, although the circumstances
are fictitious. It derives mainly from Strabo's Geography (Book IV, 188),
written at the end of the 1st century BC. Almost all characters are
fictitious, except for Caepio and Saturninus. Regino is mentioned in one
of my sources, but I couldn't find nothing about his character, so he must
also be considered a fictitious character.
Lucius Flavius Rufinus
Rufinus is one of the tribuni aerarii - Rome's treasurers. At 40, he isn't
one of the leading senators (yet), but his job is an influent one. In the
murky waters of Roman politics, he usually sides with the popular party
against the conservatives.
He is a 10-point Patron, with a frequency of appearance of 9 or less (he has many clients, thanks to his position). He is acting without the knowledge of the other tribuni aerarii, since he intends to use whatever evidence the PCs find as a political lever.
The story of the Gold of Tolosa was well known in southern Gaul and Spain.
Besides that, the lands of the Tectosages were rich in gold, although they
did not mine it extensively.
Lucius Appuleius Saturninus
Saturninus is trying to build his political career as a demagogue, rather
than by the regular magistratures. He is a consummate rabble-rouser, and
rumor has that he isn't above using any means to further his ends.
ST 12, DX 12, IQ 9, HT 11 Basic Speed 5.75, Move 5 Dodge 5, Parry 8 No armor, no encumbrance Skills: Shortsword-14, Knife-12, Spear Throwing-14. Weapons: Shortsword: 1d+2 cutting, 1d-1 impaling; Knife (large): 1d cutting, 1d-1 impaling; Javelin: 1d impaling. Acc = 3, SS = 10, 1/2 damage at 18 yds., Max = 30 yds.
ST 10, DX 12, IQ 10, HT 12 Basic Speed 6, Move 6 Dodge 5, Parry 8 Light leather armor (PD 1, DR 1), no encumbrance Skills: Shortsword-14, Area Knowledge (Gaul)-10, Tracking-15. Weapons: Shortsword: 1d cutting, 1d-2 impaling.
ST 9, DX 11, IQ 12, HT 10 Basic Speed 5.25, Move 5 Dodge 5, Parry 6 No armor, no encumbrance Skills: Knife-12, Merchant-15, Fast-Talk-14, Acting-14, Stealth-12. Weapons: Knife (small): 1d-4 cutting, 1d-3 impaling.
A Latin slave-dealer from Capua; actually, an agent for Regino. After
arranging the meeting for the PCs, he will make himself scarce; the PCs
will not be able to find where he went.
Gnaeus Antistius Regino
41, brown balding hair, brown eyes.
ST 11, DX 12, IQ 14, HT 12. Basic Speed 6, Move 6. Dodge 5, Parry 6, Block 5. Officer's armor (see p. IR41): bronze cuirass, bronze greaves, bronze helmet; light encumbrance. Advantages: Wealth (Rich), Status 6, Literacy, Military Rank 6. Disadvantages: Lecherousness, Stubbornness. Quirks: tries to hide the fact that he is balding. Skills: Bard-16, Intimidation-11, Knife-10, Law-13, Politics-16, Riding (stirrupless)-10, Savoir-Faire-14, Shield-10, Shortsword-12, Spear-12, Spear Throwing-11. Languages: Latin-16, Greek-14. Weapons: Shortsword: 1d-1 impaling, skill 13; 1d+1 cutting, skill 11. Dagger: 1d-2 impaling.
Regino is Caepio's right-hand man. Utterly loyal, he is trusted by Caepio with all sensitive tasks. He will escort the gold to the banks in Smyrna, where Caepio arranged it to be deposited under false names.
ST 9, DX 11, IQ 13, HT 12. Basic Speed 5.75, Move 5. Dodge 5, Parry 5. Chainmail armor (PD 3, DR 3), medium encumbrance. Skills: Politics-16, Savoir-Faire-14, Shortsword-10. Languages: Latin-9, Greek-11. Weapons: Shortsword: 1d-2 impaling, 1d-1 cutting.
Arucos is the chief of the Turdetanians. When Caepio was governor in Further Spain, and defeated the Lusitanians, long-time enemies of the Turdetanians, the grateful Arucos pledged himself and his tribe as clients of Caepio.
ST 13, DX 12, IQ 10, HT 12 Basic Speed 6, Move 6 Dodge 5, Parry 8, Block 7 Light leather armor (PD 1, DR 1), small shield, light encumbrance Skills: Shortsword-16, Spear Throwing-14, Shield-14, Stealth-12. Weapons: Shortsword 2d-1 cutting, 1d impaling; Spear: 1d+3 impaling. Acc = 2, SS = 11, 1/2 damage at 13 yds., Max = 19 yds.
ST 12, DX 13, IQ 10, HT 11 Basic Speed 6, Move 6 Dodge 5, Parry 7, Block 6 Light leather armor (PD 1, DR 1), small shield, light encumbrance Skills: Shortsword-15, Spear Throwing-16, Shield-12, Stealth-14. Weapons: Shortsword 1d+2 cutting, 1d-1 impaling; Spear: 1d+2 impaling. Acc = 2, SS = 11, 1/2 damage at 12 yds., Max = 18 yds.