Artorius Flavius Balbus (“the Stutterer”)
: Younger son of Lucius FlaviusGladiator Type:
A thin scar across his chin from a childhood accident. A slashing scar that cuts from under his left armpit and over his ribs and abdomen, one across his right bicep from his days in Britain in the service of Rome.Personality:
Artorius is a quiet, thoughtful man, partly of natural inclination and partly of habit. Known for a pronounced stutter as a child, he was tormented by his older brother for it rather constantly. Studious and long-suffering, he took the teasing in near silence, giving the habit of soft-spokenness as an adult. Instead of the lascivious pursuits of his brother, he prefers academic and martial pursuits. He tends to be a kind, gentle soul and is (quite likely) over-protective of his sisters. An honorable, loyal man, he holds family and home above all, though there are times it seems his heart is far away.Bio:
Born early in his father’s service abroad to Rome, Artorius learned quickly to stay out of the way of his older brother, Commodus. Teased mercilessly for his speech impediments, he found solace in the fighting of the gladiators that seemed to mesmerize him, his tireless mind working to devise strategies as he watched, as if the men were simply pawns on a chessboard. Once he was old enough, after his father’s return, he began learning how to fight under the tutelage of Conall. Joined more frequently by his younger sister, Alcmene, among the wolves that Conall trained, he picked up archery and horse training as well as the sword training he craved. Less time spent within the sphere of his brother, the better, he supposed.
At the age of fifteen, he petitioned his father to find a place in the legions for him to serve--better to serve Rome than to live his life idle as his brother did--and insisted on true service, learning the ranks instead of demanding a command. One could not lead men if one did not understand what men do, after all. His service took him from Ostia to the far-flung barbarian lands of the Britons. Serving with II Augusta
, he rose in the ranks to serve in great capacity of his commanders with his quick mind and thirst for knowledge. His commander, seeing his potential for command, took him aside to mentor him and took careful pains to explain the detriment of his silence. Finding the fault to be physical instead of mental, the man increasingly leaned on Artorius to give verbal orders to the men, training him out of the terror of public speaking and the impediment that his brother had teased him of in their childhood.
After nearly a decade away, he has returned a changed man. A direct man with a commanding voice in place of the one that once held him back. One in charge of his life and his futures, determined to do his duty to family and home, despite the sadness of leaving the wilds. He hopes to rekindle friendships and family connections once back in Ostia.Character's Ons:
Artorius is the romantic type for the most part, though he has found his wilder pursuits have opened a darker aspect to his sexuality, one he rarely acknowledges.Character's Offs:
Excrement of any type, death, vore, does not participate in m/m.Player's Ons: My O/OPlayer's Offs:
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