Elysium: The Elder War
Petronius (Ventrue) (Mortal Name: Petronius Gallicanus)
Petronius appears as a man in his early 20’s. He is moderately handsome with a gentle face but stubborn eyes.
He is tall and thin, and appears physically fit.
When he first was embraced he tended to wear a simple tunic, that would help maintain his anonymity. However, after a couple years he resumed wearing the trabea (the toga worn by the Order of Knights, white with a purple-red wrap) when amongst his own kind. This is always the garb he wears when in the Senex.
He has kept his uniform and equipment he had when he died. Tribune armor and weaponry. These items include:
A Pugio: A Roman broad dagger, kept as a sidearm. Petronius keeps this on him at all times, although usually concealed.
A Spatha: A Roman longsword that replaced the shorter gladius in the later periods of the Roman empire.
A Cuirass: A breastplate, Iron with bronze inlays. The image of Petronius shows the top portion of this piece of armor although he does not often wear it.
Pteruges: Leather straps worn around the waist and the shoulders
A Red Wool Cloak
His helmet was lost along with his shield.
“Petronius”, son of Ovinius Gallicanus (Senate 293-317, Praefectus Urbi (Senate Consul) 316-317). Ovinius was the first Senate Consul who was openly Christian.
Petronius died while completing his Cursus Honorum (military service for young members of the Order of Knights). Serving as Tribuni angusticlavia (a lower ranking Tribune) under Constantine I, Petronius died shortly after the Battle of Mardia (during the uprising of Licinius), when assassins waylaid Constantine’s Royal Entourage, slaying Petronius before he could grab his sword. Ironically, this is the event which convinced Constantine to agree to peace discussions, leading to peace one month after Petronius’s death.
Antonius, the sire of Petronius, had been a part of that Entourage, and had already considered Petronius a candidate for embrace, though he originally planned it for a much later date. As Petronius died, Antonius was there and fed him his potent vitae.
Ovinius Gallicanus commits suicide upon hearing of his son’s death (his wife following suit soon after), succeeded as Praefectus Urbi by Flavius Julius Crispus Caesar, Constantine’s first born son.
Petronius is of clan Ventrue and a creature of conscience. He believes that the weak should be defended and the wicked should be punished. He is very much a reformer in vampiric society, though not a revolutionary. Petronius seems more content socializing with other young vampires, even low clans, than the eldest and most powerful.
Petronius is the childe of Antonius, and they seem fond of each other most of the time, though heated arguments are often witnessed.
Petronius serves in the Senex as “Advocatus autem infirma La Senecta”, (Advocate of the weak in the Senex) speaking on behalf of those of little standing in the Inconnu, advocating on their behalf when they wish to address the Senex.
Petronius holds himself to the Roman personal Virtues. These are:
Auctoritas: “Spiritual Authority” The sense of one’s social standing, built up through experience, Pietas, and Industria.
Comitas: “Humor” Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.
Clementia: “Mercy” Mildness and gentleness.
Dignitas: “Dignity” A sense of self-worth, personal pride.
Firmitas: “Tenacity” Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one’s purpose.
Frugalitas: “Frugalness” Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.
Gravitas: “Gravity” A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.
Honestas: “Respectability” The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.
Humanitas: “Humanity” Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.
Industria: “Industriousness” Hard work.
Pietas: “Dutifulness” More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others.
Prudentia: “Prudence” Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.
Salubritas: “Wholesomeness” Health and cleanliness.
Severitas: “Sternness” Gravity, self-control.
Veritas: “Truthfulness” Honesty in dealing with others.
In addition, Petronius believes in “Public virtue”, the idea that society itself should hold itself to certain virtues. These are the virtues that Petronius plans to introduce to the Inconnu.
Abundantia: “Abundance, Plenty” The ideal of there being enough food and prosperity for all segments of society.
Aequitas: “Equity” Fair dealing both within government and among the people.
Bonus Eventus: “Good fortune” Remembering of important positive events.
Clementia: “Clemency” Mercy, shown to other nations.
Concordia: “Concord” Harmony among the Roman people, and also between Rome and other nations.
Felicitas: “Happiness, prosperity” A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.
Fides: “Confidence” Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings.
Fortuna: “Fortune” An acknowledgement of positive events.
Genius: “Spirit of Rome” Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people.
Hilaritas: “Mirth, rejoicing” An expression of happy times.
Justica: “Justice” As expressed by sensible laws and governance.
Laetitia: “Joy, Gladness” The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.
Liberalitas: “Liberality” Generous giving.
Libertas: “Freedom” A Virtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures.
Nobilitas: “Nobility” Noble action within the public sphere.
Ops: “Wealth” Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world.
Patientia: “Endurance, Patience” The ability to weather storms and crisis.
Pax: “Peace” A celebration of peace among society and between nations.
Pietas: “Piety, Dutifulness” People paying honor to the gods.
Providentia: “Providence, Forethought” The ability of Roman society to survive trials and manifest a greater destiny.
Pudicita: “Modesty, Chastity.” A public expression which belies the accusation of “moral corruptness” in ancient Rome.
Salus: “Safety” Concern for public health and welfare.
Securitas: “Confidence, Security” Brought by peace and efficient governance.
Spes: “Hope” Especially during times of difficulty.
Uberitas: “Fertility” Particularly concerning agriculture.
Virtus: “Courage” Especially of leaders within society and government.
Petronius’s resources are tied up in his small merchant trade. He has a few small ships that sail to India and China where they gather spices and silks. The ships reguarly dock at Byzantium as well as Italy where donkey driven carts take them to the various markets.