Random Loot #2

Here is a discarded excerpt from my adventure submission to Chaosium’s contest that didn’t enter final version.  I didn’t mention bit before, but the name of the adventure is ‘From Pagania with Hate’. It’s a silly pun of James Bond movie featuring and actual historical place – Pagania.

Spalatro, as the citizens call their town in Dalmatian language, grew from the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace built 700 years ago on the eastern coast of Mare Adriaticum, in 305 AD. The wise emperor made such an architectural wonder in combining the outer walls of military castrum with interior plans of luxurious villa. The town features strong stone walls, while the inner space used to be filled with blossoming gardens, magnificent buildings and busy workshops. When the building of palace was finished Diocletian resigned his powers. That made him the first Roman Emperor to voluntarily remove himself from the office, as he preferred the fruit growing in his palace gardens from the power of the Imperial throne. He wasn’t solely renowned because of this: Diocletian was notorious for his relentless and brutal persecutions of Christians. He exterminated so many of them that in 9th century Roman Pope Gregory IV decreed 1st of November as All Saints Day, a holy celebration in the memory of all known and unknown fallen martyrs. Century later, Spalatum became a Christian center as a seat of Dalmatian archdiocese. Ironically, Diocletian’s mausoleum, his final resting place, was adapted into cathedral while his bones were thrown out and replaced with the remains of Saint Duyam, town’s patron and martyr from the days of Emperor’s persecutions.

As an additional bonus I offer, another discarded item – religious verse carved in the cave’s wall.  It is written with Glagolithic alphabet, but combines two languages: Dalmatian and Slavic (Croatian). Does anybody remember Salvatore from Umberto Eco’s book ‘The Name of the Rose’, a heretic who talked on the mix of different languages?

Btw. it looks über fantasy, doesn’t it?


~ by streebor on June 29, 2010.

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