Mors (Death)

Mors Fit (Death Happens)

Players die under the following circumstances:

  • the Senate issues a proscriptio against a player and the proscribed player is or is found in Rome or a player enters Rome at any point as is turned over to Venus or Mars;
  • a player is assassinated by the Senate and the order of assassination (caedes) is carried out by Mars/Phobos/Deimos;
  • a numen discovers a rex in Rome without Roman escort and decides to execute him;
  • the loser in a proelium loses all of his legiones, leaving him "unprotected," and the winning imperator/rex chooses to execute him;
  • any imperator/rex comes into contact with an "unprotected" player outside of Rome and chooses to execute him;
  • a player decides to commit suicide by appealing to Persephone/Pluto for release from life. Persephone/Pluto may decide to accept or refuse the player's plea. If s/he accepts the plea, s/he may dispose of any of the player's property at will, abrogating that player's right to choose a heres;
  • a husband who is being divorced by his wife does not have sufficient properties to repay the value of his wife’s dos and Juno decides to kill him.

Heredes (Heirs)

Upon death, players may will any transferrable property in their possession to a heres, as long as Vesta and the Vestal Virgins approve. Transferrable properties include legiones clientarum, Denarii, classes and suffragia, but not legiones curiales which become the property of Venus or dos which becomes the property of Juno.

  • Vesta and the Vestal Virgins oversee the execution of the dead player's will;
  • in any dispute over inheritance the Vestal Virgins meet in conference in Rome with Vesta presiding and vote as to how the inheritance will proceed. The Vestals must come when called by Vesta, and if there is not enough seating in Rome, they must displace mortal players residing there;
  • deceased husbands may will their suffragia to any senator/imperator/ amazon they choose.

Becoming an Imago (Ghost)

Once a player dies, s/he becomes an imago (ghost) by invoking Persephone/Pluto through lamentation to meet him/her in Cumae (Southern Italy) or Taenarum (Greece) and be accepted into the company of the dead as an imago. When Persephone/Pluto appears, s/he bestows two things upon all imagines waiting at that entrance to the Underworld:

  • the corona caliginis (the garland of invisibility)
  • a legio ultrix (yellow or orange die)

The Nature and Function of Imagines

Imagines may move anywhere at any time at will, in spite of sedes. An imago may attach itself to any player engaged in a proelium or collecting tributum and affect play under the following conditions:

Aestas
After parties engaged in a proelium have each rolled a die against each other in a concursatio, an imago may temporarily halt the proceedings and roll its die (legio ultrix) and add the number on it to the total of either player, thus affecting the outcome of that concursatio. An imago may affect the outcome of only one concursatio per proelium.

Hiems
An imago may attach itself to a player collecting tributum and appropriate 100,000 D out of the total being dispensed, even if 100,000 D constitutes the entirety of the tributum. Multiple imagines may each take a full 100,000 D from each tributum being dispensed. If there is not enough tributum to go around to all the imagines claiming it, the player will decide which imago/imagines receive what portion of the tributum being dispensed; the player may not keep any portion of the tributum. The imago must be present at the same time that the tributum is being dispensed and declare its attachment to the player in the presence of the numen distributing the tributum. A player may delay the collection of the tributum until the imago has drifted away or is not paying attention, for as long as the hiems lasts. If the hiems ends before the dispensing of the tributum,
the numen is not obliged to dispense any tributum. Imagines may retain or dispense at will all Denarii accrued.

 

Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι.
(Stranger, go tell the Spartans
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.)

Simonides' Epitaph for the 300 slain at Thermopylae