Transcribed by Gaius Forno on the 12th day since the Ides of Martius, Anno Marii 5753.
Words spoken by Consul Crassus, general of our legions and savior of the Republic, in front of the assembled men of the Third legion at camp outside Carchemish.
Soldiers! Men of the bloody Third!
Black days have come upon us. It saddens me to feel the pain of our great Republic. For while we strive to bring peace and order in these frozen wastes, there are those back home who would not only mean you harm, but are willing to strike at the heart of our sacred institutions to ruin all our forefathers have built!
A great an unholy crime was committed last week, and yet only now do we understand. Savage mercenaries brutally assassinated our beloved Consul Decius Falto, who traveled so far to witness our final victory. My friend, Falto, was like a father to me, and these monsters destroyed our bond with his death. My heart ached; my anger worse than that of mighty Kronos!
And yet, were that crime enough to cause us infinite sorrow, this plot has a source. With the luck of Fortuna, our man Sergus Varro put together some loyal Marans to find the culprit. Thanks to his man, Centurion Corvus, and first spear scout Marcellus of the 2nd cohort, their plans have been realized!
For it is none other than the SENATE itself that ordered his death, by the hands of the weasel Libo. He wishes to steal from all men any semblance of dignity, reserving all power for his old friends in the Senate. He declares that you gentlemen are traitors to our Republic!
Soldiers jeer and rile in disgust
They demand that I lay down our weapons, and we return home to be tried as CRIMINALS!!!
Boos and more noise
They wish to fix Libo with a crown, to forever rule over us with his oligarchy of criminals!!! This, my friends, cannot stand!
The general produces a pouch from his pocket and throws it at the scout
Legionary Marcellus, here is 300 pieces of gold for your courageous action. I must go to Mara to deal with these criminals. Will you go with me?!
The Scout: AYE SIR!
Centurion Corvus, will you go with me?
The Centurion seems to pause, perhaps burdened with a great decision, then speaks: I will sir.
With the wisdom of Mataena, will the Third legion follow me to deal with these criminals; to bring justice and restore our Republic to the vision of Marius himself?!
The soldier drown out all the other sounds with cheers and screams confirming their desire. It eventually subsides.
Scout Marcellus, you’ve heard the legion. I believe it is time that you plot our course home. Today we begin our course with destiny…