The Janus Nexus is right outside Rome on the palatine, inside we see people with armor that doesn’t exist yet, notably bald-headed Castor first, with his plate-mail armor from Medieval times. (I’m not sure what we’re doing with Posthumous)
Rome will be one stretch of area that the character can move continuously with markers sprinkled throughout designating areas that you can enter.
‘Rome or The Eternal City’
You can leave the front entrance of Rome to make your way to the Palatine.
The Janus Nexus exists in two definite places at once: one face, or temple, of Janus is on the outskirts of the ‘eternal city,’ at the palatine, and the other ‘face’ is on the very top of the African continent, close to Italy across the Mediterranean and the islands under Italian hegemony—in the Roman-made ruined corner of Qart Hadasht, “new city” or Carthage, in the Phoenician language as historians refer to it today.
Claudius Caesar Augustus
Claudius’s sister enters, and his mother delivers Herod Agrippa, and then Germanicus, his brother, Posthumous, his cousin, and Castor… the son of Tiberius, the current emperor.
Claudius: “I always said that Germanicus was a good man, to the core of his very nature—and being—and I ardently believe this to be true, and the he would be so regardless of the time period he had been born into. Germanicus was the only indication of the true potential for nobility within the Claudian bloodline, in my opinion.”
““You’re a lot smarter, Claudius, than you let everyone think, and are nothing like the total fool that they’ve all been persuaded to see you as,” said Germanicus, and it meant the world to me. “For some reason, they think you’re such an idiot, that you basically just have to be tolerated, and only because you bungled up one or two speeches in front of them… as a child… so, they treat you like some monster.”
Claudius: “My brother was a good man, however the ‘rest’ of my family were terrible. They absolutely detested me.”
Claudius: “…my brother was always the kindest to me among the members of my family. They saw me as a blemish, an accident in the bloodline.
Title: ‘Claudius the god,’ part 2.
Claudius: “When I was 10 years old Germanicus was 15, the senior member of the group and our leader; our sister “Little Livia,” Livia Julia, was 13 years old.”
Claudius: “My best friend, who was being raised alongside these families of Roman aristocratic youth, named Herod Agrippa, was closest to me in age at 11 years old.”
Claudius: “Germanicus’ future wife, Agrippina, was 14, though here referred to as Agrippina the Elder.”
Within that same candle-lit room, from before, on that same wooden chair sits Claudius, the room with lots of scrolls and tomes and such, sits the Roman Emperor Claudius maybe reflecting in his final days… He wears a simple white linen robe and has a gentle face and looks generally like a nice and humble old man.
Claudius: “My reign as Emperor of Rome happened after the big events of our grand history.”
Claudius: “Sure, there were, of course, many other great periods of man to come, but ‘my’ stories are not of Rome in its heyday, but as she was in her state of a rising young settlement, competing amongst all the other tribal interests on either side of Italy, within the Mediterranean Sea, and those interests concerning the protection of trade routes, and in expanding its abilities of insurance of said-trade for its allies, which is the ability to provide successful exchange among merchants through protection of the trade ships, typically with one thing a d one thing alone: military might.”
Claudius: “Rome would have military might.”
Claudius: “My story concerns its moving on however, the Roman Empire, that is, towards its inevitable, and Imperial, glory—and what will concern those things most likely to be remembered, from amongst it all—the battles and the Triumphs, all the clever maneuvers, and the Tragedies…what will be remembered by posterity, by ‘you,’ for lack of a better description, you: who reads about it all of this, one day…”
Claudius: “From the start of the Empire in 27 BC Augustus began taking over the region of the palatine hill, and built his palace there.”
Claudius: “Rome has its origins on the Palatine. It gradually became the exclusive domain of emperors.”
Claudius: “Augustus also built a temple to Apollo here.”
Claudius: “And yet again the hill of the palatine was also used as the location of the ancient festival of Lupercalia: according to a contemporary historian of mine, now dead though (the historian Livy), the ‘Palatine Hill’ got its name from the Arcadian settlement of Pallantiun. It is also connected to the Etruscan word for sky, ‘falad.’”
Claudius: “According to Roman mythology the Palatine Hill was the location of the cave where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa who kept them alive.”
Claudius: “Another mythological legend is of Hercules on the Palatine defeating the monster Cacus after having stolen some cattle. Later a staircase bearing the name of Cacus was constructed where Hercules had struck the hill with his characteristic club, striking it so hard that it formed a cleft on the southeast corner.”
Claudius: “In the future another language yet to come, called English, had developed a word, “paladin,” which came into use in order to refer to any distinguished knight. Especially to be used in the court of Charlemagne, the Paladin served under the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne in late renditions of the ‘Matter of France.’ The term ‘palace’ from Old French stems ultimately from the proper name of Palatine Hill. Later it’s use shifted to reference the German Palatinate.”
Claudius: “The Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome. It stands above the Roman forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other.”
Claudius: “…to describe the story of my Emperorship for, not the public of any time in which I know of, but for a greater posterity far, far into the future from where I sit.”
Claudius: “…and I would not call myself the conquering, though I did conquer Britannia, nor the enterprising, though the damage done by my predecessor and nephew Caligula seems to have been reversed by me, but as more than anything I might describe my own Emperorship as that of the ‘scribe’ Emperor.”
Claudius: “And with that I say with all due honor, for past and future scribe emperors of history.”
“Here’s to you.”
“I was really more of a boring historian than some kind of Julius Caesar. I didn’t take the reigns of state within my hand like Caesar Augustus, then still named Octavian, …
“The story of Caeser we will get to, but for now I’ll say that Caesar handing the reign to a young Augustus is the sole reason why I’m sitting here today.”
“Pompey’s assassination had deprived Caesar of his ultimate public relations moment. Pardoning his most ardent rival would show great clemency on Caesar’s part. The first Triumvirate ended after the battle of Pharsalus, but the Roman Civil War continued on, fought by Pompey’s two sons as well as Scipio and Cato in the name of Pompey the Great.”
“Caesar spent the next few years ‘mopping up’ the remnants of the Senatorial faction. Caesar’s victories had taken him to the pinnacle of power, effectively ending the Republic, Caesar had required a much needed boost in legitimacy. Until then most people in the world had supported Pompey. After Pompey’s defeat former allies began to align themselves with Caesar as some came to believe the gods favored him while others merely sought self-preservation. After seemingly vanquishing all of his enemies and bringing peace to Rome, Julius Caesar was assassinated by his friends in 44 BC.”
***after the first use of the Janus Nexus to the 15th Cent. we now go to the 14th (I think…).
****In Our Claudian Histories we got to The Punic Wars part 2.
Claudius: “Yes, well…”
Trigger 1, then:
“My name is Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus.”
The second act will primarily be Western, and the third act will be futuristic, kind of a cyber-punk / Hellsing atmosphere.
Some of the slayer animation unlocks could include: the boxer, the brawler, the grappler, karate striker, Muy thai striker, baton user, bow user, knife wielder, katana user, later on… shotgun user, magnum user, dual wielder… advanced slayer (bare-handed martial arts build only—exception of the wooden stake) techniques: 7-hit Tiger style technique, 7-hit Dragon style technique, 7-hit Turtle style technique, 7-hit Fox style, 7-hit maces style technique, 7-hit hooking style technique, or a dodge-and-counter style technique.
These techniques will be necessary for the damage multipliers, but aren’t required for the more mega man x style gameplay. Still, to play the majority MMX, and occasionally throwing in one of these 7+ hit-techniques for exponential damage modifiers is probably going to be the best play style.
You keep movement as well as quick adaptability.
The average attack can be set to 2 or 3 hit attack bursts, and then a special designation can be set for unleashing a barrage of the 7+hit combo health drainer.
The Templar in the Westerns dual wields 6-shooters, and then can choose to move onto shotguns, or rifles. The young slayer that is occasionally played on these segments will have a primitive firearm, and will need to rely on something else… to complete their segments. Also back to that Nosferatu style platforming, maybe stealth missions here.
And then flashing back and forth along the timeline, sometimes in Ancient Rome again, sometimes on Medieval Europe, sometimes 1800’s in America, and at some point flashes of the future, cyberpunk / Hellsing era.
I believe some of the research I had been doing was centered around the Mongols, so having the Golden Horde and the Khans as setting for some middle-ages scenarios.
The future glimpses showcase freak-shows of power and combat ability. The slayers have had to keep up with the sorceries of the Nightmare Vampires, who seem to be able to pierce the veil between reality, and the kind of cartoon-reality realm of madness.
00:00 screen cap the side-scroller levels, and player-character animation of (Nosferatu, Actraiser2, Portrait of Ruin, king of fighters?, or streets of rage). Add character sprites of zombie/skeleton from Heroes2.
Menu from FF7, RE1&2, MegaMan x.
Can actually screen grab tiles and remake levels from old platformers, cropping out the player-character/NPCs.
Find the likeness in Sprites for characters and attack animations, to showcase combat and leveling up.
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