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Mystical Rome

 Beware the Ides of March! We remember a world where mighty Caesar ignored this warning and paid the ultimate price. But what if the Three Soothsayers were wizards of unimaginable power and could foresee not only the future, but all possible futures?


A central moment in history radically altered ― Caesar lives, Antony dies, and most importantly, magic and myth returns to the world… at the cost of monsters returning from the Abyss. What would the world look like twenty years later?


Explore this alternate historical world on the eve of war, a bacchanalia on the fields of Mars to booster the Eternal City’s spirits before the upcoming war with the Parthian Empire. Will two decades of unrest finally fade into unity before a common enemy? Will Rome remain a Republic? Or will it finally join the Europa Provinces as an Empire ruled over by the Imperator? 


Mighty Narwhal Productions invites you to experience family drama, social warfare, religious fervor, dark mysteries, lust for power, yearning for freedom, and to celebrate the ideals of a fallen republic. 

Target Audience and Rating

 Mystical Rome merges the gritty, bloody history of antiquity with fantastic elements derived from classical myths and legends. This world depicts extreme brutality, casual profanity, and unthinking depravity. Mystical Rome contains blood and gore, intense violence, strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use (and abuse), and exploration of human rights. The material contained within this genre is an attempt to simulate a historical portrayal of ancient Roman society, and the intensity of the content is to suggest an authentic representation of that period without being gratuitous.   

Consent and Calibration Techniques

Mighty Narwhal believes that LARP can be art and that art has a duty to explore the darker nature of humanity, and our collective history. This can’t be safely done in a vacuum, nor at a whim. Yet while art, and LARP, should create profound and memorable experiences, it should not damage participants. All participants (staff, volunteers, and cast) will be expected to sign an official Code of Conduct, which will include the active use of a set of consent calibration techniques. 

Story Bible

The universe of Mystical Rome is rich and complex, merging legend, mythology, and gritty history into a unique and compelling whole. This story bible is divided into different sections, each of which provide shade and color to Rome’s beautiful mosaic. 


Inspiration

Non-Fiction: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon; 

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard; and The Roman Triumph, by Mary Beard.


Movies: Ben Hur (directed by William Wyler), Caligula (directed by Tinto Brass), Clash of the Titans (directed by Desmond Davis), Cleopatra (directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Gladiator (directed by Ridley Scott), The Last Days of Pompeii (directed by Mario Bonnard), Pan’s Labyrinth (directed by Guillermo del Toro), and Spartacus (directed by Stanley Kubrick).


Novels and Plays: I, Claudius, by Robert Graves; Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare; the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis; and Mystical Rome, by Jason Andrew.


Television: Game of Thrones (created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss), Rome (created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, & Bruno Heller), and Spartacus (created by Steven S. DeKnight).


Historical Accuracy

 

Mark Twain might have said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Or the saying might be an Irish proverb attributed to him. The real origin might never be known. Some of the inspiration listed above took great pains to be historically accurate, and pay homage to Roman culture and beliefs. Others works are sword and scandal adventures, finding their own truth in the story.

Mystical Rome contains a good blend of historical research, baseless speculation, and wild inaccuracies, which all make for better drama. Some details about Roman society were plucked from the early empire period of Rome, as enacted and enforced by Emperor Caesar Divi Filius Augustus. In this reality, he’s known as Gaius Julius Octavius Ptolemy, the Governor of Egypt, but still Caesar’s brilliant heir. 

The Story So Far

Beware the Ides of March! Julius Caesar failed to heed the warnings of the Three Soothsayers, but faithful Marc Anthony did and paid the ultimate price for his loyalty, forever altering the destiny of the Eternal City. Twenty years later, Caesar still reigns over the unified Roman Empire, which includes the Republic of Rome, the Egyptian Empire, and the Europa Provinces. The oracles which saved him now operate a notorious academy of sorcery, where they instruct the sons of Rome’s elite families in the eldritch arts. 


The only obstacles preventing Rome from dominating the known world are the barbarous Caledonians led by the traitor Marcus Junius Brutus, the remains of the so-called Senate Liberators, and the seemingly-invincible Parthian Empire. One of the few true prophecies remembered from the Libri Sibyllini (destroyed by the Three Soothsayers) states that Rome will never win against the Parthians until united by a single king. Some believe this was the real reason Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus led the revolt that killed Anthony. If they know the truth of the matter, the Three Soothsayers have not shared it and Imperator simply feigns ignorance. 

Yet it is whispered that Caesar grows old, and not even the Soothsayers can extend his life for much longer. 


The few remaining Patrician Maiores, their power curtailed by Caesarian reforms, smell blood. Caesar’s heir, Gaius Julius Octavius Ptolemy, seems content to rule in Alexandria as Consul with his wife, Arsinoe the Astronomer, sister of infamous Cleopatra. The Pax Romana over the Mediterranean Sea is shattered by a new breed of pirates who seem intent on slowing shipments of grain from Egypt to Rome, leaving the common people hungry and dangerously angry.