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Aeipathy is an original intermediate plus+ historical drama roleplay site, set in the ancient world. We are a community of mature writers and we pride ourselves on creating a culturally and socially diverse setting. While we encourage quality of writing and active participation we do not employ a word count and have no strict activity rules. Our character applications, trackers and plotters are all within profiles and are designed to encourage complex and multi-faceted characters and plotlines. Our world currently consists of 1 Realm, 3 Kingdoms, 60 Provinces and 12 Noble Houses. Plot opportunities include: familial strife, patriotic war, romantic entanglements, political strokes and the daily lives of the ancient civilisations we have created.

Our story also contains elements of myth and fantasy in the inclusion of the deities and Gods of the time being playable characters with the ability to play dice with the lives of mortal men. As time passes, our empire grows, allowing more realms and kingdoms with new people, cultures and languages. The expansion of Aeipathy is down to our members, as we hold votes and debates on how the kingdoms we already have should advance across the lands...
New Event: Going Once... Going Twice...
JUL 16TH 2018The Taengean Central Plateía. A large, imposing circular disc set into the Outer Quarter, in the poorer half of the city. Here it looks out over the water of the Taengean docks, the sanguine blue of the waters meeting the pale turquoise of the bright sunny sky. The low wall of the plateía splits the view in half, a dramatic line between the oceans and the heavens. In the center of the square lies a podium stage, erected over the main water well of the lower city wards. When in use, the well is open and the podium's scaffolding operates a pulley system for water to be lifted from its depths. When otherwise occupied, the scaffold becomes a gallows and the well the short drop to accommodate a sudden stop. On every third day of the week, however, the hole is covered by an additional piece of panelling and the iron cage used to contain criminals becomes the temporary home of slaves open for purchase. One at a time, they are dragged into the wooden stage, large enough for just themselves, their trader and the auctioneer to call out to the audiences all around their value and their price. The stewards of nobles or, in fact, the masters of the Houses themselves, always know that this third day is slave day and, if they ever need an extra pair of hands around their homes, all they need do is bid on one of the grubby human beings wearing a metal number tag around their necks.
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Athenia
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672 BCThe rumour mill is heavy at work in the Athenian Senate. After a surprise visit from the crown prince of Colchis, Vangelis of Kotas, it has been spread that many Athenian ships - under the ownership of multiple Royal Houses had been lost at sea, destroyed by unspecified pirate of vagrants. Lord Elias of Stravos has issued the declaration that Stravos vessels will be mobilised in the Aegean Sea and will report back to the special committee in order to ensure that the pirates in question are found. The House of Xanthos has simply issued the statement that they wish the Stravos House well with their investigations and will be liaising with Prince Vangelis in order to better facilitate and smooth the trade lost in the ocean waters.
Athenia's capital city of the same name stands on the precipice of an impressive cliff face, overlooking the crescent ship harbour below. Post here if your topic does not belong to any of the following locations.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Jul 17, 2018 16:30:18 GMT
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The Temple of the Gods is a sacred place for pray, reflection and offerings. The clergy templeman who look after the temple live in a small residential wing, each with their own private room consisting only of a bed, a nightstand and an epitaph of their preferred deity. The rest of the temple is open to the public, its impressive columns, halls and statues designed to be stared upon with awe and fear.
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The royal palace is one of the most impressive structures in the city. With towering columns, grand hallways and expensive cloth draped over every wall and floor, the royal home leaves nothing to be desired in its luxury. The palace holds the residential quarters of the current monarch, his official spouse and their immediate family. Occasionally other relatives will be allowed to live within the royal walls at the monarch's discretion - this is most often true of young females in the family who have no male guardian available. Politicians from the Senate will often visit the king or queen at the palace but not official laws or decisions can be passed in the building - these must be declared in the Senate to be legal.
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                           by Kleio of Magnestis
                          on Jul 9, 2018 17:36:13 GMT
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The dikastírio is the Senate of Athenia. It includes the male monarch of each of the noble families (some of which have royal blood, and some of which do not) as well as the chief politicians of the realm. It is here that decisions in law, trade and war are discussed in an open forum between the senators and the royal monarchs.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Jul 13, 2018 17:41:08 GMT
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The Inner Circle is the rich central sphere of the city. In the center, is the royal palace, and around it are the homes of the wealthy and important members of Athenian society. This is likely to include, the other royal families (those who are not currently on the throne), the noble families, the families of the senators and courtiers, and anyone rich enough to own a property in the richest part of town.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Jul 16, 2018 13:30:21 GMT
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The Athenian university is considered to be the best education system in the kingdom. With professors from all of the world and a large financial budget from the current king, it affords some of the greatest learning that you can receive in the ancient world. It holds the biggest library in the kingdom and offers education to any man, and any married noble woman, who can afford the tuition fees.
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The central square is a public stage for events, announcements and open punishments or executions. When not in use for an important ceremony, the square functions as a place for the wealthy to congregate and gossip.
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The agorá is the market. Here, people of the lower classes or the servants of the noble families will trade and purchase goods from the countryside or those imported in from the other realms. A lot of local traders set up their stalls at the agorá most days of the week, but on a sunday the market is full to bursting with sellers and buyers, making it hot and sticky work just getting through the crowds. On quieter days, singers and dancers entertain the shoppers for a coin or two.
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                           by Emilia of Xanthos
                          on Jul 17, 2018 13:41:30 GMT
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The arena, set into the center of an entertainment colosseum is used for many purposes. Sometimes the sandy floor will be graced by performers and artisans, sometimes by gladiators and combatants. Sometimes chariots race up and down its length. The arcus is a place for entertainment of all sorts.
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Those who don't shop at the market may deal directly with traders they prefer. The shops and trader posts that are owned by the merchants and Athenia are all located down one main street. Here, the wealthier patron can look into shop windows and purchase on demand rather than battle the crowds at the local market.
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The public baths are open to both genders but have separate areas for men and women. Children generally bathe with their mother's until they are old enough to be considered women in the own right, or old enough to be thought of as men and told to switch to the male bathhouse area. Servants keep the bathhouse stocked with towels and soaking oils.
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The Outer Circle of the city holds the residences for the less wealthy and fortunate. From decently built, sturdy, plain homes to ramshackle sheds and boxes, the Outer Circle has a wide range of quality in the homes it offers, as well as the people who live there.
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The city jail is a stone structure with ropes and bars around every exit and window. It is managed by the City Guard and utilised when a member of the public is to stand trial. It is generally at the discretion of the guard in question whether someone is locked within for any other purpose/reason.
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Athenia is situated on the island of Ire. The city rests high on the cliff face, while the rest of the provinces and lands stretch out across the island. Neighbouring lands are owned by small fiefdoms and lords who occasionally cause issue with the kingdom.
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Owned by one of the noble families (who tend to live in the capital city) and run by a Baron or Baroness, the provinces are home to the countryside folk who make a living working and residing on the land of their richer kin.
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                           by elias
                          on Jul 10, 2018 21:33:55 GMT
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The cliffside of the island of Ire is a dangerous one and almost impossible to climb. It eventually curves down and around, with one side becoming a safe harbour and the other remaining rocky and dangerous to all ships.
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Where shipmen and sailors from all of the kingdom long to stay. The Athenian harbour is one of the grandest and most secure in the Grecian kingdom. This is due to most of Athenia's trade and money coming from the commercial ships that visit the realm and the sea-hauls that are brought into the city by boat.
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                           by Emilia of Xanthos
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Colchis
Court Gossip
672 BCThe worst storm in thirty years has hit Colchis and destroyed many of its seaside towns. The capital of Midas was struck hard but while cargo and resources were severely damaged, the buildings and structures up on their mountainous perch were kept safe from any major damage. Rumour has circulated at the crown prince Vangelis, only recently returned to Colchis after his negotiations in Athenia, was injured in the turbulent weather. The Kotas family have yet to make an announcement to this effect.
The city of Midas is an impressive feat of man that has stood the test of time. Carved from the cliffside rock and able to withstand even the harshest of seasons that batter its face, Midas is the centre of Colchian pride and honour. Post here if your topic does not belong in any of the following locations.
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                           by Nike of Acaris
                          on Jul 21, 2018 1:34:46 GMT
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The location of many a fight or deadly scuffle, this discussion chamber, also known as Great Hall of Midas, is used only for meetings held by the current royal family. Designed to be a forum for thought and opinion, the chamber has gradually become a room in which mental and intellectual warfare is played out. Unlike other kingdoms, Midas has no royal palace and, instead, uses the Great Hall for all courtly/royal functions, while the current ruling family of Colchis remains living in their family home.
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The great temple of Midas is buried within the centre of the city, safe from prying eyes and attacking forces. With rooms, crypts, tombs and column-lined halls winding their way into the mountain face, it is often the scene of a private meeting or romantic encounter, despite its divine purposes.
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The upper levels of the city are home to those who can afford it. As the weather is monsoon-like for nearly half the year and rain water runs downhill, the upper levels are often clean, crisp and full of beautiful architecture designed to keep the wind at bay.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Jul 13, 2018 21:29:45 GMT
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One of the few surfaces of Midas that is on a steady level, the plateía operates as both the central square and the city's marketplace. Official functions are always prepared and announced ahead of time, causing the market to close whenever an execution or ceremony is to be performed for the masses.
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Colchians are skilled weapon makers and leather producers. The merchants are worldly-wise and are intelligent traders with foreign suppliers and shippers. There are many blacksmiths in Midas because of the wind current for steeping fires and it is common knowledge that nearly every official royal sword or armour in the nearby kingdoms was made in Colchis.
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The trade off for inhospitable weather and a city perched on the edge of a cliffside chasm are the hot springs to be found in the mid-levels of the city. Used by both the high and low classes (though they are privately closed when the king wishes it) the hot springs are a relaxing and effective means of cleanliness and many people travel to Midas in order to experience the reported beautifying qualities of the hot spring mud.
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                           by Nike of Acaris
                          on Jul 10, 2018 15:43:46 GMT
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The lower levels of Midas are built sturdy and strong but almost on top of each other. A maze of homes, roads, alleys and walls, the lower city is a labyrinth when not familiar to the walker. This area is mostly home to the workers of the mines or holds slave and servant houses, owned by the noble families who own the people within.
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                           by Thalia of Nikolaos
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The Midas jail is reported to be a terrifying please, second only to Hades itself. Supposedly haunted, it has yet to dawn on the scientific minds of the time that the jail is situated deep in the mountain, alongside the mines and beneath the ocean. The noise of the water currents, plus the clanging of the miners and the wind blowing against the rock face outside all create the horrifying noises that have been attributed to the dead souls of the prison.
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Colchis's biggest export is metal and precious ore. In the mines, slaves and free men work side by side to remove the bronze, silver, gold and iron from the land. Skilled mathematicians and designers are on constant watch in the mines to ensure that no-one digs too far towards the sea or in a manner that would weaken the city above.
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Rocky, dangerous and full of small caves that disappear with a rising tide, the Hydra's Teeth is a terrifying strait between the Kirakles islands. With a strong current and hidden rocks, it is an areas to be avoided by all sailors.
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                           by Thalia of Nikolaos
                          on Jul 21, 2018 5:52:47 GMT
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The kingdom of Colchis expands over six islands of differing sizes, known as the Kirakles Isles. Featuring rocky hillsides and dangerous waters, the individuals who live outside of the capital are often skilled sailors and hardy people.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
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Taengea
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672 BCThe third and final day of the Festival of Dionysus has arrived and the annual chariot race, traditionally held during day three of the celebrations, has been announced as usual. Whispers have started amongst the audience and spectators, however, as the crown prince Lord Zacharias of Mikaelidas - famed charioteer of the kingdom - has yet to make an appearance...?
The city of Vasiliádon is considered to be the most beautiful in the Grecian kingdoms. Designed by lovers of art as well as structure, the entire city is built in concentric circles with decorative carvings along every wall. Post here if your topic does not belong in any of the following locations.
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                           by Stephanos of Mikaelidas
                          on Jul 20, 2018 0:36:17 GMT
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The palace of Vasiliádon is the crowning jewel of an already beautiful city. Taking advantage of the smooth land of the island, the palace occupies a huge square foot area, with shallow pools and columned promenades in white marble. Against the temperate and balmy blue sky, it really is a palace of dreams, and is home to the currently ruling noble family.
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A temple that makes the most of its water features in honour of its specific deity, the temple of Poseidon is a cool and airy construction. The Taengeans worship Poseidon specifically because, as myth goes, it was the God of the Sea who created the first horses - a commodity and creature that the Taengean way of life is solidly built around.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Jun 20, 2018 20:51:12 GMT
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No one knows how to throw a party like a Taengean and in thanks for their vineyards and their sweet fruit, the Taengean's make a point to worship and celebrate the God of Wine. An annual festival is held in Vasiliádon for the express purpose of celebrating the God and the temple is decorated with vines of ivy every harvest.
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                           by Alkaios of Skleros
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One cannot live in Vasiliádon without worshipping the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The noble houses of Taengea seem, in recent generations to have a propensity for producing beautiful women and many believe this to be due to the blessing of the goddess.
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                           by Selene of Leventi
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Instead of a huge, stuffy hall in which to negotiate, the politicians of Vasiliádon prefer to practice their debate and bluster in an open arena forum. The structure sits in the centre of a long spiral pathway. The creator argued that his design was deliberate - in order to give the men plenty of time to consider their points and remove all emotion from their arguments, before arriving at the Arcus itself.
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Home to the wealthier and more luxurious residences in Vasiliádon, the southern quarter of the inner circle of the city is home to the royal and noble families, close to the sea and in view of beautiful sunsets dipping below the horizon.
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                           by Achilleas of Mikaelidas
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Music and the arts are incredibly important to the Taengeans and, as such, their capital holds the greatest music and arts school in the known realms. Located in the wealthier area of the capital city, the school is exclusive and only open to those who can pay a high tuition for the privilege of attending.
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Open at all times of day for slave-trades, performances and musicians, the central square of the capital is more a central hub of gossip than anything else and operates as a place for courtiers and laymen to mingle and chatter outside of official constraints.
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Home to the less wealthy of the city, the residences occupy the northern area of the city, further away from the pretty sea and closer to the fields in which most of the occupants work. The houses are pretty and robust but the amenities are something to be desired and it is a long daily walk to their workplaces out in the countryside.
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Home to traders and merchants of all kinds, the agorá of Vasiliádon is so large that most sellers refuse to pay the extra cost of a merchant store or shop and, instead simply trade every day from their own market stall.
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                           by Selene of Leventi
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On the outskirts of the city is the circus - the arena of champions. Chariot races are famous and the horses who win them even more so - if anyone wants to gamble or fight in the greatest race of their life - they come to the Vasiliádon Circus.
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                           by Olympia of Leventi
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The public baths are divided by gender but also have private rooms for the more wealthy who are interested in further privacy. The eunuchs and slaves who man the baths are also trained in massage and skin treatments to those who pay. All proceeds go to the owner of the baths - the Leventi family.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Jun 23, 2018 13:21:49 GMT
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The Order are a private military group that are loyal only to the current monarch of Taengea. They cannot be bought or ordered by any other - no matter their status of nobility - and it is against the code of the Order to take on independent military work. The Order is a guild of men who believe in a brotherhood and unity in honour and serve with their lives.
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Around the city of Vasiliádon is a large wall, winding its way, in a near perfect circle around the outercCircle and The Order's headquarters. There are only one set of gates into the city, manned by an ever-changing group of men from The Order who are, when stationed at the gates, referred to as the Gate Keepers.
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                           by Calliope of Argothia
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The countryside surrounding the capital is large, vast and splits between the noble families - who are some of the richest in the Grecian realm. The fields are used to primarily cultivate vines of grapes and fine horses but also to grow the general food stock and requirements of the Taengean people.
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                           by Emilios of Mikaelidas
                          on Jul 19, 2018 19:29:48 GMT
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The Island of Serenn is known for its beauty, its fine beaches and its calm waters. It is one of the largest isles in the Grecian realm and, as such, utilises its open space and fields for the good for the kingdom.
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                           by Emilios of Mikaelidas
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