The Prof. called the group together in the Netherworld. She mentioned that there was a portal found in the 69 juncture of Rome and the Lotus had found its way there. More than likely, the Lotus had already taken steps to claim the feng shui sites in Ancient Rome.
The Prof. sent them to the wardrobe department of IKTV back where they met Ma Mo Sen, the host of “Changing Caverns.” Most went as retired roman legions, Cat went as a widow, Kira went as a Turkish slave girl in burka, and Tavi went as a scholar. Our troops were guided to the netherworld portal which was guarded by the Eaters of the Lotus. After dispensing of a bunch of eunuchs, Chinese imperial soldiers, and other weirdos, our group went through the portal and found themselves in 69 AD Rome. Specifically they found themselves in the Colosseum—yes that Colosseum—in the dungeons. The guards on this side of the portal were much more easily dispensed of than the guards on the initial side of the portal.
After merging from the dungeons and into the outside world the group is confronted by a huge statue of Emperor Nero. Behind the statute is obvious that the Flavian Amphitheater is not quite finished. Part of our group stayed in the marketplace while the other part went to the Temples. It was pretty obvious that the Feng Shui was directed to the Temple of Vesta. Tavi discovers that the feng Shui is being siphoned from the temple and into the emperor’s palace. The group decides that they’re going to have to break into the emperor’s palace, and the best time to do that is at night. In the meantime, they decide to wander around the forum. The Forum Romanum has a speaking platform and a senator is clearly giving a speech on the state of the aqueducts. Other senators were gathered around listening or off in their own little groups talking to themselves. The group also sees the foreign dignitary known as Marcus Grauchis Orientalis, but they don’t approach him.
The group breaks in to the Emperor’s palace, also known as the Golden House. There’s an opulent use of gold and ivory all throughout the palace. Tavi traces the ambient chi to a small private throne room. There they find a very drunk Prince Titus, who invites them to “party” with him. Despite Cat’s dress as a widow, Titus attempt to pick her up. He is so happy to have people drink with him that he asks them to join him in the imperial box the day after tomorrow. He wanders off when he runs out of wine in search for more. Tavi discovers that for the attunement to take place properly the Emperor Vespasian himself must be sitting in that small throne while the ceremony takes place. As the group leaves, they find out that there is an evil plot to kill the Emperor and put his youngest son, Domitian on the throne via the chariot races the day after tomorrow.
Using some investigative skills, our heroes find out that most of the good charioteers are injured or out sick. The only crack driver that is competing in the chariot races is Celer. The group decides to enter their own a man into the race. Ian McGregor volunteers, and is fitted for practice. While the men are practicing, the women go and enjoy the baths. As the women are getting ready to leave the facility, the men are entering the facility and getting ready to take their baths. Kira noticed a machine gun in the ladies’ dressing room, while Nathan noticed a machine gun in the men’s dressing room. Realizing that something was amiss, our crack troop of investigators start looking around and manage to get themselves into a fight in their respective dressing rooms. Kira starts dissecting one of the attackers in the ladies room. As she does so, she finds a weird tattoo, cuts that piece of skin off, and puts it in her pocket. While this is going on, the men notice a tattoo on each of their attackers. Kira ends up taking another bath in one of the private rooms, Cat waits for her, and the men get their own baths in the public pools. Nothing much happens until the next day, Thomas Jefferson Smith outfits the chariot in such a way that it makes it easier for Ian to drive.
Every one of our group except for Ian and Thomas Jefferson Smith go to the imperial box. Of course they’re all disarmed before they are allowed in with the Emperor. Cat sits right beside Titus. In the meantime Ian and Thomas Jefferson Smith are readying themselves for the race. Ian gets out on the field, and the race starts. As soon as the race starts, the group in the imperial box notices quite a few people in the crowd have that familiar tattoo. They decide to keep an eye on the tattooed members of the crowd, all the while Ian is having his own troubles with the race.
Ian has to avoid running into the center while making sure he doesn’t run into anyone else. Celer is doing his best to slowly eliminate as many of the other charioteers as possible. After the 6th lap, the race is down to Ian and Celer. Celer does such things as trying to ram Ian’s chariot into the center wall, as well as whipping Ian’s horses. When none of this works, Celer causes his chariot to full stop making it turn over across the track. Ian nearly runs into the wrecked chariot, but barely pulled aside at the last minute. Ian was the only driver to cross the finish line. He is cheered as a hero and then told to come up to the imperial box for his reward. (And now for the next exciting adventures of Moose and Squirel…oh yeah our Feng Shui group)