The King is Dead

Monday, September 15, 2014

Artorius (Weird Wars Rome: Dux Bellorum)


In the late 5th century CE, the colony of Britannia finds itself defenseless after Rome recalls her legions.  The Romano-British hire Anglo-Saxon mercenaries to defend their borders, but soon find themselves at war with their erstwhile protectors.  As the light of Rome begins to die in the west, a leader arises – a man history will call King Arthur, but whom history knows as the…

DUX BELLORUM

Russell Crowe in Gladiator
(The best King Arthur movie yet made is the the first act of Gladiator.)

Artorius

*Legendary Wild Card

Ambrosius Artorius Aurelianus is the descendant of a long line of respected military leaders.  As Britannia devolves into petty kingdoms in the wake of the Anglo-Saxon uprising, Artorius earns his title as “the last of the Romans” by putting the cause of freedom before personal gain.  He is a master tactician, a competent politician, and leads an army of cavalry descended from Sarmatian and other foreign auxiliaries stationed in Britannia centuries ago. 

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d6

Skills: Fighting d10, Intimidation d6, Knowledge (Battle) d10, Knowledge (Briton) d6, Knowledge (Germanic) d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d8, Riding d8 (includes bonus from Military Family).

Charisma: +2 Pace: Parry: 8(1) Toughness: 8(5)

Hindrances: Code of Honor [Major], Death Wish [Minor; free Britannia from the Saxons], Loyal [Minor].

*Edges: Band of Brothers (WWR), Command, Common Bond, Cry Havoc! (WWR), Equestrian/Patrician (WWR), Fervor, Inspire, Leader of Men, Military Family (WWR), Rank (tribune, WWR), Tactician, Trademark Weapon (spatha named Caledfwlch).
 
Gear: bronze breastplate (+3 Armor, torso only), clipeus/medium shield (+1 Parry, +2 Armor vs ranged attacks), contus/lance (Str+d8, AP 2 if charging from horseback, 2 hands), formal robes, greaves (+2 Armor, legs only), legionary helmet (+3 Armor, 75% chance of protecting against head shots), marching pack, pavilion, spatha/long sword (Str+d8), war horse.


*Edit: To heck with it, I'm making Legendary after all.

2 comments:

  1. You didn't want to use pictures of Clive Owen?

    I hadn't considered setting a WW Rome campaign in 5th Century Britain. It seemed to late to be 'Roman'. I like the idea now that I think about it.

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    1. I like "King Arthur" (2004), but I don't like it nearly as much as I want to. I honestly think the best historical Arthurian movie yet made is the battle in Germania from "Gladiator," so Crowe got to be King Arthur.

      Once I made that decision, I decided that all of the characters were going to be actors playing different roles than the ones the pictures are for. Clive Owen gets to be in the series, but it will be as one of the knights.

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