Liberportus

IX Gangs of Liberportus
or Chao ad Ordo

AVGVSTVS XXVII DCCCXCI
Afternoon:
Asked to guard a ships cargo while being transported across the Docks to the Warehouse District by Julius Fulvius Lydon, the PCs think they have an easy job.  While en route to the warehouse the two cart caravan is attacked by organized gang members.
After the would be thieves fled and the parcel had been delivered to Julius' warehouse the PCs were drawn into an alley by a cloaked man with an insistant hiss. The PCs go with this stranger to the apartment of Etrusicus to speak with him in private. The cloaked man introduces himself as Cirgal the Briton, a member of the Liberportus gang the Novaculae. He explains that since the introduction of a new narcotic in Liberportus the various gangs of the city, the Novaculae, the Feroxi, the Cani, and the Ereptori, have been working together to cause organized menace in the city.  Cirgal goes on to tell the PCs that even he was attacked by his own gang members for not taking the new drug and for questioning the union of the gangs. He asks the PCs to investigate this for the good of all the honest criminals in Liberportus.
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VIII Vengeance in Liberportus
or Drac Goes Out With a Bang

AVGVSTVS XX DCCCXCI
Day I:
Evening:
Whilst the PCs are converging on one of their favorite eateries in the Old City an explosion rips through the building.  The PCs bravely storm into the wreckage to save any survivors and summon vigilies.  Quick to the scene is Neratius Gaianus, high priest of Neptune and member of the Council of Magistrates, who was on his way to the very same shop. Gaianus recognizes the PCs from the great feast of Drac and summons them to him.  He asks them to investigate the explosion and bring whomever is responsible to justice and for this they will be rewarded with 1,000 denarii. They have but one clue, a piece of an amphora burned only on the inside from the explosion. It bears the mark of Alexander Chloe, the potter.
Night:
They go to the workshop of Chloe and, although a closed sign is clearly displayed on the door, the party enters and speak with Leukian Chloe, Alexander's son. He tells the party that the day before a group of gruff Iberians demanded to see the accounts for the past 3 months, Leukian refused and the Iberians left. In the morning when he got to his shop he found nearly all of his pottery smashed and ruined. Interested in why the Iberians would want to see the ledger the PCs investigate and find that part of a page has been ripped out. What remains is only part of a name and location but for the interpred adventurers this is enough as what is left is "Paramezz…" and "...End."
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VII Madness in Liberportus
or The Greatest Lighthouse in the Empire

AVGVSTVS XIII DCCCXCI
Day I:
Evening:
The party dresses in their finest togas to attend a grand feast at the home of Sealord Antonius Hibernius Drac in the Old City. As only Lucius, Etrusicus, and Gaius received invitations, Gaius takes Titus Pullox as his guest. Lucius invites his employer and soon to be father-in-law Quintus Hortensius.
The villa is lavishly appointed and decorated. Of particular interest is a mosaic detailing a local legend of a type of men who once lived on the island that were both man and fish.
The party hosts nearly all of Liberportus’ wealthy and elite individuals. The PCs find some familiar faces in Julia Felix, Julius Fulvius Lydon , Abudius Pupius Eucharis, and Magnus Larcius. Other movers and shakers present are Pollux Renatus Nemo, Iason Ovidius, Nymphidius Vindex, the prefectus vigilum Duccius Sittius Thurinus as well as the entire Council of Magistrates. Also at the party is the immensely wealthy Tadius Receptus who makes a point of ignoring those whose name the banquet is in honor of. 
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VI Deus Ex Machina
or Bacchanian Delights

IVLIVS XXVIII DCCCXCI
Morning:
Aggilius Hamatus asks for the help of the PCs while transporting a parcel from the philosophers at the Esoteric Order of Starry Wisdom to Thuros Appilos at the temple of Minerva. When the party, with Aggilius Hamatus, is walking through The Old City they are waylaid by a very insistent prostitute. While being distracted by the prostitute their parcel is stolen from their grasps! The thieves, including the prostitute, proceed to climb over stalls and overhangs to the roofs above. The PCs follow and so begins a roof-top chase to track down the thieves. After some falls, the party is outpaced but manage to pick up the trail in The Temple District at the old temple of Orcus. They manage to scale a wall and sneak into the temple. Within is nothing good.
Inside they find the hideout of the Children of Bacchus. A fringe cult of Bacchus, they live in orgiastic debauchery, creating nothing, and perverting the decent.
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V Pandemonium in The Veins
or To Live and Die in the Nyos Amphitheatre

IVLIVS XIII DCCCXCI
Morning:
While strolling through The Merchant District the players are surprised to encounter a wild lion! Unfortunately a child bystander was slain before the beast could be butchered. Aiding our returning heroes is Titus Pullox, a legionnaire looking for work. The lion was being transported from The Docks to the Veins for the Ludi Apollinares, the last day of which is today.
Their nundimun heroics impress the young Rufillius Syrene, a slave of the gladiator stable Achillia who asks them to accompany him to his master to help with an unspecified problem. They agree after Rufillius promises them that his master will pay them well.
Through the crowd gathering for today’s spectacle the happen upon a gathering of the owners of the top stables arguing and organizing the day’s slaughter. Present is Achillius Severa, Vitus Sextus Vicentius, Juba Numidius, Meridius Proximo, and Afrenius Philo. Vicentius, campaigning for a seat on the Council of Magistrates, has funded the day’s events and coolly insists that the bouts he planed be carried out. Apparently the other stable owners, especially Achillius, feel that Vicentius has organized the events in such a ways as to whittle down the other stables completely. Philo states that the games are those of Vicentius and will go as he planned. The meeting dismissed, Achillius turns his attention to the PCs.
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IV Terror in Liberportus
or What Lies Below

IVNIVS XI DCCCXCI
The PCs are once again contacted by
Aggilius Hamatus who asks the PCs to investigate Milos Xiphaen, a cultist slain by the PCs in the events of Death in Liberportus. The investigation leads the PCs to suspect that councilor Titus Villemus Verlaine is in league with The Brotherhood of The Yellow Sign and approach his home but are imprisoned by Verlain’s vigilies. 
At the courts of law in
The Old City the PCs are threatened with exile but are rescued by a serpentman in the guise of Aggilius who tells them that their friend Lucius Plautus Varro has once again been captured by the Brotherhood.
The PCs are led into the sewers of Liberportus by the false Aggilius and eventually into a trap. Locked in a room with exploding amphora created by an enigmatic figure known as “
The Alchemist”, they barely manage to escape a fiery doom. Through the sewers they find another subterranean temple to The Unspeakable one and manage to foil another cultist plot and rescue the real Aggilius. With the true Aggilius they flee the temple via a secret passage only to discover that the temple lies directly under the home of the councilor Verlain. A search of the home finds Verlain assassinated and incriminating documents branding the PCs as the assassins. The documents also foreshadow of an attack on the temple of Minerva that very night.  They then dash to the temple of Minerva in order to protect it from the fell Brootherhood.  
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III Murder at the Baths of Artorius
or Blood and Water

MAIVS XXIX DCCCXCI
Afternoon:
Needing to relax from the activities of the past few weeks the party heads to the Baths of Artorius in The Old City for a full day of relaxation. After some massages and bathing they are approached by Nicius Antonius Publinius, a freeman and servant of Flavia Publia Nimachis, who asks them to keep an eye on his master. Flavia Nimachus, Nicius explains, is the daughter of the powerful senator Flavius Savius Nimachus. The girls has recently ran away from her father to marry Magnus Larcius the famed explorer who is XXXV years her elder. Larcius is a local hero in Liberportus and his return along with his sons Rufus and Brocchus is a time of celebration.
While looking out for Flavia, Etrusicus Superbus Invicti notices some graffiti scratched into a bench: "Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?"
Shortly after the discovery of the graffiti Flavia excuses herself to the women’s changing room and a loud shriek echoes through the baths. The naked PCs boldly rush into the women’s changing area to find… nothing. It seems that Flavia has simply vanished, leaving behind only her towel. The PCs pry up a floor tile to peer into the hypocaust but all they can find is steam, water, and darkness. Sensing that trouble may be on horizon, Gaius Severus Commodus runs to the villa of Julia Felix to retrieve the party's weapons.  He returns just in time for the party to hear another scream from across the thermae. A slave of the baths says that she saw a large snake tail slither around a corner and out of her view. Alarmed by the claim of the slave the PCs attempt to find Nicius to tell them what has transpired so far but he too has gone missing.
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II The Ambarvalia
or When a Spider is Not a Spider

MAIVS XXV DCCCXCI
Morning:
At the festival of Ambarvalia the cult of Magnum Innominandum is once again thwarted by the PCs when attempting to assassinate a prominent merchant turned politician, Julius Fulvius Lydon. The PCs track down the assassin in a warehouse in the Aegrotatio, only to discover that the would be assassin is actually an alien beast resembling both man and spider. They then find that another Brotherhood hideout exists below the warehouse.
In the subterranean temple, the PCs watch the cultists breathe deep a pungent yellow incense and summon a tentacled abomination from a living sacrificial victim.  They butcher the cultists and manage to slay the hideous thing but not without some difficulty.
MAIVS XXVII
The warehouse is eventually excavated by vigilies of Arias Tullo, including Gaius Severus Commodus who becomes physically ill after spending long amounts of time in the summoning room. The event is soon hushed up.


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I Death in Liberportus
or Dreams of a Scholar

MAIVS XIV DCCCXCI
Dismissed by his uncle, Primus Thoranius Invicti, Etrusicus and his companions Gaius, Marcus, and Lucius are sent off to Alexandria to begin new lives for themselves in the east.  From Rome they make for Ostia and in Maius they board a ship to Ægyptus.
An unexpected summer storm forces the ship to make for the island of Avalia and the wealthy trading city of Liberportus instead. It is here that the horrors truly begin.
Morning:
The Docks are crammed with ships from ports all across the empire and with people from even further shores. Their wide eyed rubber-necking attracts the attention of a press gang whom they quickly dispatch. This display of combat prowess attracts the attention of Aggilius Hamatus, a priest of Minerva, who is trying to find men of decency to help him in a most serious task.
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Prelude, The Parentalia
or Never Trust a Faun

FEBRVARIVS XII DCCCXCI
Midday:
The party, made up of Marcus Corvus Rutilius, Etrusicus Superbus Invicti, Gaius Severus Commodus, and Lucius Aemilius Rufus, is sent by Primus Thoranius Invicti to clear out any beggars or prostitutes residing in the tombs of the Invicti family on the Appian way before the Parentalia on the ides of Februarius.  When they arrive they discover that the tomb has been quite literally painted with gore. Among the human ruin they come across a blood smattered prostitute who claims to have lured men to the tomb, butcher them, and then desecrate the mausoleum all on the orders of a faun. The questioning is interrupted by the presence of a black robed figure who appears in the enterance way then flees when the characters approach.  Marcus and Lucius give chase but the figure in black out maneuvers them. Just as the figure runs out of sight his robes catch and tear away revealing to Marcus that the man they were chasing does indeed look very much like a faun.

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