"Welcome to Rome, the Eternal city. In a place where the streets are running thick with wine, blood, scandal, ambition, and lust, events happen so quickly that rising to power one day and falling the next is expected. Sweet words, honeyed speeches, and purses of money might milk your way to the top, but one wrong move and it's all over. This is a place where one forges alliances to survive and where enemies can seem as friends until they stab your back. A place where lust and wine are entwined so quickly that marriages are made and dissolved in months. A place where the new young Caesar fights his own Senate for power while trying to find those he can trust.
Where will you go in such a place as this?"
Aeterna Romais an Alternate Historyplay by post game set in Ancient Rome. Aeterna Roma began in April of 2008, the idea of creators Kate (who has since left us) and Gothic. It has gone through many changes over the years - such as new administrators, new servers, and, of course, a myriad of new players. Nonetheless, many things remain true for AeRo. The plots stay fun and original, the staff stays friendly and helpful, and the member-base keeps growing.Along with real-time, AeRo has continued the same storyline, with in-game developments starting in 51 AD and continuing up until the present. Some characters have aged and gained themselves a place in the world of Roma, some have retired into history, and others have died the victims of war or political maneuvering. Within AeRo, there is a place for everyone.The Staff:
Gothic: Remaining founder and head Admin
Chris (aka Mr. AeRo): Member of AeRo v1 and co-Admin (and only male staffer!)
Aeterna Roma also currently has an official vlog, run by the lovely Sammich. It can be found here.
General Site Examples:
All Jews Are Ashkenazi: The Jewish characters, despite being of mainly Idumean and Sephardi origin, are portrayed by Ashkenazi playbys. This has more to do with the fact that finding mainstream images of other Jewish ancestry outside of Ashkenazi is sadly difficult than any desire by the players.
Happiness in Slavery: Despite popular belief, the vast majority of slaves, especially household slaves, were treated very well: they were educated, given fine clothes, and sometimes seen as part of the family. One could even make the argument for some that their lives in slavery were better off than the lives they led before being made a slave. Because of this, most slaves were quite comfortable with their lot in life and led rather normal lives.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: Since this is Rome, the more heroic or noble characters commonly mistreat their slaves, rape the enemy, and plot to take out the competition as they see fit. This is a case of Moral Dissonance, considering the time period in which this is set.
Shout-Out: Too many to count. Finding subtle jokes that reference to modern culture in people's posts is a lot of fun.
Shown Their Work: While certain aspects of history and culture must be stretched for creative freedom, those who write information detailing historical and cultural parts of Rome clearly know what they're doing and spend a great deal of time doing research.