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    Efrem Canicus Phiscerus 
  • Angst: It became so great at one point that the name Efmo was applied to him.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grew one after the big breakup with Piso, then shaved it off when he decided to turn his life around and become a better man.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Efrem's go-to way to deal with his life's problems, before he straightened out and cut down on the wine consumption.
  • Honor Before Reason: Integrity is a big thing for him, which has resulted in some falling out with a few people.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When his above Berserk Button is triggered. Once his lover was knocked out and threatened by a would-be mugger/who-knows-what and Efrem sliced him in ways too disturbing to mention in polite conversation.

    Hortensia Flaminia 
  • Beneath the Mask: Underneath the stony front she puts on, Horty is full of troubled emotions and is very passionate about her beliefs. Rarely does she let this show, but when she does it usually comes as a shock.
  • Chaste Hero: Sex is a new discovery for Horty, one that she isn't sure she enjoys.
  • Emotionless Girl: Can come off as this thanks to her cold demeanor and her ignorance of other people's expressions of emotion.
  • Hates Being Touched: Horty is uncomfortable around people and somewhat of a germophobe. Allowing someone to touch her - especially intimately - is a big deal.
  • The Quiet One: She only speaks when it's to say something of worth.

    Princess Zuleika of Parthia 
  • Dark Action Girl: She's not the most skilled of fighters, but she can certainly defend herself and has no qualms about killing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother, the queen of Parthia, along with Zulei's eldest brother plotted against the king and were then executed for treason. Zulei grew up with the pressures of being a princess, a spy, and with the knowledge that her mother may have easily wanted her dead.
  • Femme Fatale: An educated, seductive, use-them-and-lose-them type of woman who works as a spy in Rome for her homeland.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Explains why she specifically hired a couple of sexy male bodyguards.
  • King Incognito: She likes sneaking out of sight from her guards and going out into the underbelly of the city without all the fuss about her princessness.
  • Wicked Cultured: She's not the nicest of people, but she can speak a number of languages, understand philosophy, dance like a pro, and play quite a few instruments.

    Tiberia Aemelia 
  • Rich Bitch: Came from an influential patrician family and married two influential senators. She murdered one for his inheritance and plots to kill the other for similar reasons. She's also cruel to those she considers below her.

    Julia Cana 



    Piso Calleio 
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Quite a few, but a good example was during the fight with his Arch-Nemesis Atellus:
    "You'll remember this, you diseased cunt."
  • Ethical Slut: He's fairly infamous for sleeping around, but on the whole he's a sweet, understanding, and wonderful lover to everyone he does sleep with.
  • My Beloved Smother: Piso's mother Sibyl is highly controlling and over-protective with her children to the point of wanting to completely run their lives, even though three of them are already of age.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His cat, Clio. Whenever she's involved in a thread there's bound to be cuteness.


    Marcellus Severus 



    Vespera Calleio 
  • Action Mom: Knows how to sword fight, at least on a novice level. Can also fight hand-to-hand pretty well.
  • Girl Next Door: Was born in the slums and was considered pretty plain until she was purchased by a noble family and got healthier because of regular food, wash, and affection.
  • Kick Chick: If she can't get you down with a punch, she'll spend the rest of the fight mostly kicking.


  • Samus Is a Girl: When fighting some people are shocked to find out she's a woman.

    Ursula Aburia 
  • Family Versus Career: Should she do as her family wishes and marry, or should she pursue her dream and stay a successful nanny?
  • Good Bad Girl: She's educated and hard-working, loves her family and cares for her widowed mother. But she slept with her brother's wife and keeps her indiscretions a secret.

    Franciscus Calleio 
  • Street Urchin: Born and raised in the slums. Always hungry, always needing something more. He would try anything to support himself and his family, though he was too young to be much help.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He's articulate, an avid reader, clever, and great at strategy. He also understands the world more than his family realizes.


    Marcus Sempronius Licinus 
  • Accidental Pervert: Very, very accidental given his Single-Target Sexuality. Has managed to walk in on Felix/Piso (can't forget the orchid), and his eyes have just so happened to land on certain areas when trying to avoid making eye contact with certain people (Lucilla and Vaughn come to mind) on more than one occasion.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Looks scary (being an ex-gladiator), but is actually quite a softy. Not that anyone is going to find that out.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "For fuck's sake, you fucking bastard!" among many. Marcus is not happy unless he has said at least one curse word per sentence.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Well, until he got with Felix, and then he began drowning his sorrows in an entirely different way.
  • Gladiator Games: Was sentenced to die in the arena, but managed to somehow survive for five years until he became another type of slave entirely (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can come across as a complete jerk and totally mean, but is actually rather nice (shock! horror!). He tries to act like a bastard to keep people from knowing the real him by throwing as many pathetic insults as he can (but not going so far as Your Mom), but is really not a jerk.
  • Pride: Continually refuses to do things because of pride (when things would be so much easier if he only accepted help) and will happily make things harder for himself so that he can say that he did it, and it has also made him do some really stupid shit. Like, really stupid. Like, 'get sentenced to death' stupid and 'I'm too proud to admit my name so whip my back to a bloody pulp, please' stupid.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Only has eyes for Felix. There is no other person in the world except Felix (when it comes to that stuff, although if it's a case of life and death...). Has often been described as Felix-sexual.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: How he and Felix came to be. Hate pretty much turned into love (though lots of punching, biting, and kicking was involved).
  • Tragic Mistake: Believed the Emperor had killed his father, and so plotted against said Emperor, only to be caught and sentenced to slavery. Has yet to discover that Emperor didn’t actually kill daddy, but when he does? Oh dear. Prepare for major tantrum.


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