One of five key officers in LEG XXVII Hibernicus Victrix Domitianus, Tribune Avitus was born and raised in Lugo, Hispania. Originally a centurion of COH VII / LEG II Valeria Victrix, Marcus is now the oldest man in human history. If you have ever taken a class in Classical Studies, Latin, or Roman Studies, perhaps that avuncular academic with a passion for antiquity has good reason for caring so deeply that his students have an active appreciation for Roman culture, military studies, and history - he was there! If he invites you to be part of the Eleventh Cohort, COH XI, beware! You may find yourself to be in over your head...
Niamh is a Celtic warrior of Éire. She has only primitive weapons, such as Gae Bolga, ‘belly-ripper’, deer-antler weapon, and Gath Bolag, spear of light and the artfully woven wicker sciathi shields that would tip the balance in favor of the Celtic women. Her aunt, Queen, Laelie, is the leader of two hundred female warriors of Éire. Almost cast aside from the coming battle with the Romans, Laelie convinces High King Findmal mac Cassan that she and her warriors – Niamh, Neasa, Maura, Fulvia, Lady Achal, and Genovefa – should have a special task in the defense of Éire; a task that has consequences that will be felt across the cosmos and will ultimately span two millennia, from 1st century Europe to the present day United States of America.
PROELIVM DVBLINENSIS (Battle of Dubh Lin, Ireland)
Stricken from the historical record by Emperor Domitian, what really happened when elements of LEG XX and LEG II were sent to invade Hibernia? This map shows the disposition of the composite legion under the command of the young son of Governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola in Britannia. Hoping to capture Tara – the seat of power for the Grand High Kings of Éire – the inexperienced General, Legatus Agricola the Younger, with his lifelong friend Tribunus Laticlavius Kaeso Petillius Cerialis at his side – soon finds himself up against nine Celtic clanns under the command of King Findmal mac Cassan. Also in Agricola’s retinue are Vibius Quintus Metellus – the mentor of Tacitus, and another rhetorician, Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (filius). These two philosophers proves useful when their odyssey in the cosmos begins, and they are confronted with compelling new understanding of mankind’s place in the cosmos.
BRITANNIA ROMANA AD 82 (835 AUC)
This story must be understood in the wider context of late 1st Century Roman Empire. The empire was on the verge of conquering all of Britannia, but was having difficulty financing a long war with the Celtic warriors of Caledonia, present day Scotland. Harassing raids on the Roman left flank, from Ireland, had to be dealt with in order for a successful conclusion to the campaign in Caledonia. In the Roman’s journey to Ireland, we come have a glimpse into what is was like to be a Roman legionary. Their collective experience – Agricola and Cerialis’s halcyon boyhood days in Ostia; Marcus Avitus’s youth with the Second Legion in Lugo, Spain; and the adventures of the men of LEG XX VALERIA VICTRIX at Deva and of LEG II AVGVSTA at Isca Silurium, in Britannia – are all that these men have with which to comprehend what happens to them shortly after setting foot on the mystical island the Romans called Hibernia. If word of what transpired there ever gets out, it will shake the Roman Empire to its core.
COSMI NOBILIS (The Known Universe)
The knowledge of the constellations that are still with us in the present day, as they were to the Romans and Celts in the 1st Century, represent untold multitude of planete to explore. Some, such as Planeta Metallorum, would seem quite suitable for human habitation – were it not for the labors of the thorium mine and the threat of Tuathii or Dupli-Trii reprisals. What the Romans and Hibernians see on their grand tour of the planete of LOCVS CAPRICORVS affects them deeply. The consequences of ever-expanding consumption and logarithmic population growth have reached absurd proportions on Planeta Caedvm, Massacre Planet. What the Romans learn of technologia at Planeta Scientiae, Science Planet, and of space-warfare at Planeta Belligerens, Battle Planet, will ultimately be put to use in the Return of the Romans – Fascism comes to America.
Fasces: Ubiquitous in American symbols of power, the fasces was a symbol of strength and unity for the Romans - a single stick is easily broken, but a bundle of sticks is unbreakable. How fitting that this symbol is present beside the American flag in the House Chamber at Capitol Hill, and at so many other iconic sites. Washington, DC is the center of power projection and, after careful evaluation of the tenets of power, and fascism, can you guess which contemporary great power scores highest?
SPQR and E Staff
The Battle Standard of every Roman Legion carries a golden eagle to represent the Emperor and authority of Rome. Originally that of Emperor Domitian, third of the Flavian Dynasty in 835 Ab Urbe Condita (AUC) / 82 Anno Domini (A.D.), this battle standard now accompanies Agricola the Younger and the Twenty-Seventh Legion, LEGIO XXVII COSMI VICTRIX AGRICOLUS. Nearby, a Legionary strikes a fleeing Senator with an Equanimity Staff.
Congressmen and Senators:
It is one thing to fight for your political life, but under the heel of the Romans, these Congressmen and Senators are brought down to the most visceral level of human existence - forced to kill or die in order to live another day. They have no choice but to get blood on their hands in the service of Senatus Populusque Americana Romani, SPQAR, the Senate and People of Roman America. For those who survive, power and longevity beyond all imagination; for those who fail, death.
Judas Tree and Castor:
Long thought to be indigenous to the Seven Hills of Rome, Ostia Antica and Jerusalem, the arbor roseaus, Rosebud Tree as it was known to the Romans – has a distinctive smell which no other tree on Earth has – that of freshly baked cake. Arbor roseaus has another name, which is forbidden to be uttered by Romans – "Judas Tree". Eons ago, on Planeta Arborus in Locus Capricornus, a tree evolved which possessed some rather unique characteristics and capabilities. Now known to the Romans as the Tuatha – the thinking tree – these ancient trees are extraordinarily complex beings. The Tuathii played a previously unknown role in the history of western civilization. Unfortunately for the Tuathii, after just a few years on earth, their complex biology becomes affected. They lose the most important of their capabilities and become just another unthinking tree. However, they retain their vanilla aroma, and a special place in the hearts of the Celts and Romans who know them best.
Flea monster with Roman:
Aulus Tappulus, Praefectus Castrorum, Camp Prefect and centurion of COH VII LEG II, wrangles a Siphonapterist monstrom, a monstrous flea. Tappulus has trained these brutes well, and with a quick tug on the leash to liberate the monster's antennae from its restraint, the monster will attack the designated target, tearing it limb from limb. The Siphonapteristii also work in the thorium mine of Planeta Metallorum on Locus Capricornus.
Octopoda with Celtic Woman
Frightening at first, the Octopodii are actually rather friendly. Certainly this Celtic woman thinks so, as she dabs salt water on an Octopoda to keep him refreshed. He would much rather be in his tank than out in the dry air, however he has no choice but to serve the Tuathii as a member of their starship crew. Of course, if the bipedals can be taught to perform his job, he could finally be free – to swim on an ocean planet. Judging by the damage being done to the starships by this well-intended Celtic woman, that may not be in the cards.
The Dupli-Tri race were technologically proficient, however they were poor stewards of their eco-system. As their logarithmic population growth outstripped their dwindling natural resources, they put their last planetary resources into a bid to colonize nearby planetae. Finding Planeta Arborum undefended, and on the success of commencing thorium mining on Planeta Metallorum, the Dupli-Tri seemed on the verge of saving their civilization. That is, until they began chopping down the wrong kind of tree…
Book Description / back cover, website, and Amazon:
In this captivating alternative history science fiction adventure, Gene Skellig takes us back to the year 82 A.D., when elements of Legio XX Valeria Victrix and Legio II Adiutrix were combined to form Legio XXVII Hibernicus Victrix Domitianus, and sent on a quest to conquer the land of Éire, Ireland. Despite the presence of Publius (Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus and other scribes in Britannia at that time, the events which took place at Inber Domnain, the lowland approaches to the sacred hills of Tara, have largely been stripped from the historical record. In Return of the Romans – Fascism comes to America, we discover what really happened, and what the ultimate consequences will be to our future.
You will be taken on an odyssey that spans the millennia and explores the cosmos. Beginning with the Roman Empire of the 1st Century and taking us to the present day United States of America, this is a story about the uninhibited use of ultimate power – Roman-style – revealing the classical tenets of fascism. A highly entertaining adventure, Return of the Romans will provoke your imagination regarding what can be possible on distant planets, what are the long-term consequences of how we live on Terra today, and what it would be like to suddenly find ourselves under the heel of a truly eco-fascist regime. It is left for the reader to decide whether to resist or to embrace the Return of the Romans - Fascism Comes to America.