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Agrippina Claudia Nerva was the bastard daughter of Emperor Nerva’s father, Marcus Cocceius Nerva. This information was kept confidential from the Romans to prevent the Marcus’ reputation as Roman consul from being jeopardized. To the public she was the biological sister of him and Cocceia, another sibling. Agrippina was a physician by profession, and had extensive knowledge on the field of medicine. The Greek god Apollo tested her expertise by sending a plague-ridden man, in which she was able to heal. His impression on Agrippina led to one thing over another, and they bore a son named Fabianus Salvian in the year 46 AD.
Being a bastard, Agrippina also gave birth to a son of the same status. When the news of her new offspring reached the ears of the Nerva family, they became even more disgraced of her, so they thought that sending her away from Rome would be the best option in order to steer clear of any gossip that may arise amidst the public. Although she was allowed to retain her cognomen, her ties with any family member were severed and was prevented from entering the city.
Agrippina settled in Ostia Antica, a town just by the Tyrrhenian Sea, where she built a small infirmary to continue her profession and raise her son. Three years later, she met Antoninus Ianuarius, a former centurion of the Imperial Roman army. Being given an honorable dismissal, he also settled at Ostia Antica to live a quiet life alone until he met Agrippina. In due time, they had a child named Onesimus Regulus. She didn’t disclose her bastardy to him after finding out that he was a former centurion and the son of a retired senator, Dardanus Galerius. Instead, she presented herself as a Roman refugee from the Apennines.
Antoninus was hired as fisherman at the town’s harbor to support his family. Although fishing was his trade, it was being a soldier that truly lingered within him. He encouraged the young Fabianus to join the Imperial Roman army when he was of age. He trained him fundamental skills when he had the time, and he was a pretty quick learner.
By the time he was six, Fabianus was sent to a Roman school in town that was provided by the Emperor Claudius, where he was the taught the basics of learning such as writing, reading, and counting. While at home, Agrippina taught him the art of medicine and healing which she proved essential once he enters the army. Although he complied, Fabianus showed indifference. Like most stereotypical Roman boys, he wanted to be a soldier, not someone who can’t fight like a healer. Meanwhile, in 54 AD, Nero ascended to the position as Emperor of Rome at the age of 17 after Claudius’ death. Nerva, Fabianus’ half-cousin, would do the same in 96 AD by being appointed by the Senate.
In 58 AD, Antoninus was called back to Rome by Dardanus to fulfill his role as centurion of his cohort once again. The position was left vacant for a substantial period of time, seeing that he was the only candidate for it. In the process, he unwittingly discovered Agrippina’s bastardy to the Roman consul, causing him to be furious for being deceived. Although none pressed any formal complaint against Agrippina, Antoninus decided to take Onesimus with him to Rome instead. Seeing that it was the only means of placating his fury, she gave her son to him, who was already aged nine.
However, Agrippina swore she would take Onesimus back so she and Fabianus went back to Rome during a terrible storm. They were able to whisk him away, but while they were trying to flee using a trireme, Antoninus, via Marcus’ own orders, sent some imperial soldiers to capture them. Agrippina fought back which resulted in the deaths of three men. As her children sailed away aimlessly from the harbor, she escaped their pursuers with full regret that she had to abandon them.
The calamity battered the trireme, causing the massive waves to bring some telekhines onboard. Incapacitated by the winds and rain, Fabianus and Onesimus expected the worst to come. As the monsters prepared to slash their throats brutally, the vessel’s mast snapped in half, crushing them under its weight. Finally, another massive wave threw the siblings overboard, washing them away along the Tiber River and into Rome.
At daybreak, they were found by the Praetorian Guards serving under the emperor; Antoninus was also there, and decided to bring them to Nero’s palace. Ever since his discovery of Agrippina’s true identity, he had a change of heart towards her and Fabianus, considering he didn’t come from him. However, he happily took Onesimus, who’s truly his son. He asked Nero on what to with Fabianus, now that his mother was on the run and his brother about to be introduced in a more regal life. In turn, the emperor asked the same question on Fabianus to which he said he wanted to be a member of the Imperial Roman Army. Even though it might not clear his mother’s name, he wanted to prove that even though he was a bastard member of the Nerva family, he could still be as praiseworthy and respected as them.
While Antoninus found it an absolute bluff, Nero found it intriguing. Having scarce experience, he was trained as a novice for almost three years until he was assigned to the auxilia at the age of fifteen in 61 AD as a pedes or private-equivalent. The auxilia mostly comprised of Roman peregrini or second-class citizens. Around the same time, Onesimus, under Antoninus’ benefaction, became a prodigy in his Roman school, being able to orate fluently at such a young age of twelve.
From time to time, Fabianus attended to the needs of his half-cousin Nerva, who was a skilled diplomat and strategist. Knowing that he was a bastard family member, he treated him with disdain. However, his prejudice against him changed when they were attacked by a hellhound which, under the veil of the Mist, was one of Nero’s lions. Fabianus instinctively reached for a bow and shot down the monster with bolts tipped with Imperial Gold. After being saved, his older half-cousing warmed up to him. Having discovered his aptitude in archery, Nerva suggested he suggested that he should be moved to the sagittariorum, a special auxiliary unit which composed of archers, mostly Cretan mercenaries.
Fabianus gained fame throughout a cohort, for a pedes like him to save an important person’s life was more than honorable. While he gained all the attention, Onesimus became jealous of his brother. He became frustrated on achieving the same prominence, which led to being easily manipulated by his father Antoninus. Ever since then, he grew cold and distant on his brother.
In 63 AD, Agrippina was finally arrested after travelling as far as Naples, and was brought before the court of Nero. Most of the characters in this story were also witnesses to her trial. She was charged for the abduction of Onesimus, the death of his soldiers during her escape attempt, and defiance in the orders of a Roman consul. In the end, she was proven guilty, and was sentenced in twenty years of imprisonment. What astonished Fabianus the most was the fact that Onesimus voted for her captivity with no objections, even though deep inside him he wanted to see her so badly after so many years. He wasn’t like that until Antoninus began to brainwash his mind. In the meantime, he went down to the prisons to look after Agrippina secretly at night, and he knew he was the only person she could talk to.
In 64 AD, Nero departed for the coastal resort of Antium because of the sweltering summer heat. Fabianus was handpicked to be one of his guards, yet he felt uneasy. He had dreadful dreams a few days prior to their journey; fire was everywhere, smoke billowed black dust and ash, and piercing screams of men and animals alike drowned the sparking sizzles of the flames. He warned Onesimus, who was staying behind Rome, beforehand yet he ignored him with pride.
On the night of July 18, 64 AD, fire broke out the shops across the Circus Maximus. Although fire conflagrating areas of Rome were regular because of the scorching heat of the season, this one was no common fire. The flames raged for six days before coming under control; then the fire reignited and burned for another three. Of Rome's 14 districts three were completely devastated and only four completely escaped damage.
Upon hearing news of the fire, Nero returned to Rome to organize a relief effort, which he paid for from his own funds. Nero's contributions to the relief extended to personally taking part in the search for and rescue of victims of the blaze, spending days searching the debris without even his bodyguards. After the fire, Nero opened his palaces to provide shelter for the homeless, and arranged for food supplies to be delivered in order to prevent starvation among the survivors.
At his return to the burned down city, he discovered that Agrippina had escaped from her cell, only to be killed by the fire in one of the affected districts. The wound was rubbed more with salt when he found Onesimus sprawled on the street, succumbing to an inexplicable degree of burns to the point that he was nearly indescribable by appearance. In a moment of truth, his dying brother revealed that he was the one who let their mother out to go find him; he whispered words of forgiveness from Fabianus before he perished. At the deaths of those he truly called family, he realized his mother’s teachings; he resolved to become a healer like she wanted him to be, in order to prevent any more casualties from leading towards grief.
Instead of helping to rebuild the city, he partook in the rescuing of victims instead, and that is where he discovered his power to heal others. One of those he treated back to health was a certain young lady named Martina, who was a pious believer of the Christian faith. He fell for her in short matter of time, but Martina said so herself that she will remain a virgin for the rest of her life, a common trait amongst early Christian women. Although he didn’t confess his love for her directly, he swore to protect. He dutifully attended to the needs of her family, who were also Christians.
Rumors began to spread throughout Rome, saying that Nero was the incendiary on a sadistic streak while he fiddled with his lyre, while some said he did it to level out the city to rebuild it into a more orderly Greek style, suit his architectural tastes, and build the Domus Aurea or the Golden House. The Romans looked for a scapegoat, and Nero deflected all accusations by blaming the fire against the Christians. This became the first launch against the rising religion.
One by one, the Christians were brought before Nero to be condemned to horrific tortures and ultimately death itself. Upon hearing the emperor’s decree, he feared for the life of Martina and her family so he tried saving them before the Romans got them, but he was too late; they were already brought to prison. He tried convincing them to escape, but their resolve to die for their faith was very clear.
The Christians were exposed to the scorn of the people and put to death at a nocturnal feast. Many were sewn up in the skins of wild beasts and delivered to hungry dogs. Some were crucified. Others were smeared over with combustible material and after being impaled with sharp stakes were ignited as human torches to light up the night.
Such cruelty of these tortures aroused Fabianus’ horror and pity over the Christians, and was strongly urged to comfort these people. At night, he went by their prisons and healed their wounds, and even sang rhyming couplets to lull them to sleep. He sometimes even brought them food and water straight from the palace’s kitchens. Even though he wasn’t a believer like them, these people saw the kindness in this Roman’s heart.
At the dawn of 65 AD, Martina and her family were brought next to Nero’s arena, which contained numerous spectators, all enthusiastic in seeing these people die in the most inhumane way possible. Antoninus found out that Fabianus had been seeing these prisoners and the feelings he had for Martina. Although he had no intent of letting his stepson be killed, he instead asked Nero to appoint Fabian as one of the torturers during the event.
Much to Fabianus’ revulsion, he was assigned to crucify none other than Martina herself. He knew better not to disobey orders, because it would only raise suspicions and lead to his very own death. But, he knew best to never hurt her; even she welcomed her demise with open arms. Finally, he gave up on what he was asked to do, with teary eyes of pity to see the woman he loved die in his own hands. Seeing this, Nero condemned Fabianus to be put to death along with her. He was stripped off his armor, crucified, and his cross was ignited, burning half of his face before he fell unconscious out of asphyxiation. The flames died down for what seemed to be forever, and everyone thought he was dead.
As he was brought to a mass grave with the other carcasses he called upon the Erinyes (or Furiae because he’s a Roman), one of the deities he knew besides Jupiter and Juno, to avenge the deaths of Agrippina, Onesimus, and Martina and those who were falsely accused of the burning of Rome. The Erinyes’ wrath befell upon Nero when he killed himself in 68 AD after being considered as a public enemy by the Senate. The others responsible for these deaths were brought to their ruin in the form of murders, suicides, feuds and illnesses. Antoninus died in a severe fever shortly after Nero’s death.
Clinging for his dear life, Fabianus was able to escape the Romans with Martina’s body in tow despite his grievous condition. He made his way back to Ostia Antica, only to be cornered by a trio of katoblepones. Too weak to fight against them, he succumbed to their poisonous breaths and gaze, all the while hugging the dead body of the love of his life.
Fabianus was immediately sentenced by the Judges of the Dead to Elysium for his deeds, in which he was given the opportunity to be reborn. Unlike the other deceased souls who drank from the Lethe, he quaffed the waters of the River Mnemosyne instead. He reasoned that he would rather carry the burden of remembering his past rather than forget it altogether as if his death wasn’t worth anything.
Marjorie Martell was a nurse working at Alameda Hospital in California. She was recently married to an FBI agent and former United States Army Ranger, Jaime Martell. On a hiatus from his work, the couple worked their way towards their very first child. It wasn’t long before she bore a baby girl; however, it was discovered that Jaime had a gambling addiction, which arose as a coping mechanism after separating from the military and leaving a stressful, war-time environment. With him splurging every penny and ignoring his responsibilities, Marjorie thought it would be best to file a divorce with him. As soon as she gave birth to their firstborn child named Heather, the divorce was official, and Jaime left her.
Because of her hectic work at the hospital, Marjorie had no choice but to give Heather to her distant aunt and uncle who lived in Illinois. They then moved to Dublin, Ireland shortly after formally adopting the girl. You see, they were both barren, and Marjorie understood what they felt. However, as soon as her daughter went away, she began regretting her decision, which ultimately led for her to believe it was a terrible mistake.
In 1995, she met Apollo during her night shift at the hospital. The god was shocked to see that she somehow resembled Agrippina, the Roman woman whom he loved over millennia ago. It piqued his interest, which led to a steady and intimate relationship between the two. Marjorie saw Jaime in him, yet there was a certain something he had that her ex-husband didn’t. Eventually, their love made way for her second pregnancy, wherein at that point Apollo left her.
Nine months later, she gave birth to a boy, which she named Fabian. Jaime caught wind of this news, and although they weren’t obviously getting back together, he promised that he would support them financially on a monthly basis. Marjorie, on the other hand, was determined to raise her child this time. After what happened to Heather, she wouldn’t stand seeing someone else raise Fabian in her stead.
While Fabian was still young, Marjorie sent him to an all-boys boarding school outside Alameda. They only met during some of the weekends, and he was often taken care of by a neighbor because of her work. This caused their relationship to be distant and estranged. Jaime came every now and then, especially during the holidays, to see Marjorie and Fabian. Apparently, Fabian liked him more than his mother. Jaime taught him to love her, something that he failed to do in the past. Eventually, Fabian warmed up to Marjorie, and their relationship turned into something like a combative parent/child one.
As he advanced in age, he began to remember his past: his life back at Ostia Antica, Agrippina Claudia’s infirmary, his brother Onesimus Regulus, Antoninus Ianuarius’ fishing boat, and the events that led him to the palace of Nero. The restoration of his memories was slow and gradual, appearing to him as vague images, which became slightly more vivid as time passed. However, it gave him frequent headaches, as he had trouble discerning who he truly was: Fabianus the ancient Roman or Fabian the modern American.
Back at the boarding school, a lycanthrope attacked him at the dead of night. Vague parts of his memories training back at the auxilia helped him incapacitate it, but left him temporarily traumatized and fearful of wolves after being mauled to near death. He lost a lot of blood during the attack, and transfusion was necessary. He was aged thirteen by that time. After finding out about the incident, Marjorie decided to pull him out of the boarding school and had him confined at Alameda Hospital in order to keep a closer eye on him.
During his time at the hospital, he underwent a severe fugue state, which was the effect of his clashing memories and identities, and the trauma that the lycanthrope attack gave him. He involuntarily wandered out of the hospital after experiencing hallucinations of Martina and his family, and this distressful wandering to “find” his self didn’t happen just once. Whenever he was rescued, he repudiated to relay any information regarding his past, knowing nobody would believe him. Also, he never had any remembrance of any event during his disappearances. From time to time his memories, both old and new, bounced back and forth his mind. His fugue state lasted almost a year longer than doctors expected, leaving them perplexed.
After the passing of a year, his confounding condition finally waned, and he was discharged out of the hospital but it was recommended that a psychologist should come often to check on him. Several months later, Jaime came back to investigate the incompetence against Alameda County’s new sheriff, Stephen Parrish. Marjorie thought it would be best to let him stay for the mean time at their home, so that he could look after Fabian when he had the time. And seeing he consistently sent them money as he promised, she knew she can trust him.
Fabian was finally able to go to school after staying and studying at home to expedite his recovery from his fugue state for about five months, right until his fifteenth birthday. However, it seemed to be that his psychiatric disorder hasn’t been relieved from him when he started to take on the identity of a shallow, haughty, and bratty teenager. Nonetheless, his piecemeal changes also made him indulge in knowledge. All of these were his means of diverting his psyche from his past ordeals. In a shorter explanation, it was all just an elaborate act.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Parrish has reopened case that would determine his fate, while Jaime kept an eye on it. The sheriff had the Sight, and he knew the case he worked on involved forces that was beyond human reality. According to reports about six years ago, a family was found dead in their car in the middle of the Mt. Diablo State Park. It included Joshua Addy, his father, mother and sister. He was believed to be dead after disappearing from the incident site, yet Sheriff Parrish thought otherwise. Reports also stated that Joshua’s family seemed to be bit and torn apart by wild animals.
Three months into the case, the same lycanthrope attacked Fabian while he was at the police station with Jaime. Sheriff Parrish shot the creature with celestial bronze bullets, but it was able to escape. Seeing how the lycanthrope attacked Fabian, he was very certain he was along the lines of a demigod. He was desperate to ask him of details because it would significantly help him solve the case. He was hesitant to give him the facts that he’d rather not remember, but if it meant to stop the attacks, he started talking. With permission from Jaime, he was brought by the sheriff to Mt. Diablo State Park to investigate. From there, Parrish filled him in with the details that he may be a demigod. Of course, this only befuddled him more than ever.
The night before the actual investigation, Fabian had another episode of his disorder, and wandered off into the state park subconsciously. He came across a coyote’s den, where he found the lycanthrope feasting on its canine resident. Like a switch, he suddenly snapped back to his self, but he was too late to escape. This time, he was nearly bitten amidst the numerous scratches. Although dying for the third time in a row for the past two lifetimes, Sheriff Parrish was able to rescue him. This time, he shot the lycanthrope with silver bullets. In an unexpected moment, the creature began to morph into a human being, who was actually Joshua Addy.
Once again spending time at the hospital, Fabian found out that Joshua was brought to a mental health care facility to be treated and counseled. Meanwhile, Sheriff Parrish explained the whole story to Jaime and Marjorie in private; convincing them that Fabian was more than ordinary. He asked them to bring him to Camp Half-Blood, where he would be safe from dangerous creatures. They found it all so hard to believe, but Parrish assured them that sending him to camp would be better than staying at home, fearing for every passing day that he would be attacked once again.
Jaime and Marjorie let Fabian finish his junior year in high school before finally sending him to camp, whereas he promised them that he would come back for the holidays. As soon as he arrived at camp with Sheriff Parrish as his companion, he was claimed by Apollo.
However, Fabian was yet to adjust to his new environment when he was told that Joshua had escaped from the facility. Knowing it would go look for him, he contacted Sheriff Parrish so that the two of them could settle the matter down. After a week of searching for him, they found Joshua in the Midwest, and after incapacitating him back to his human form, he began to explain his motive of why he always looked for Fabian.
You see, during the incident at the Mt. Diablo State Park, he wasn’t the one responsible for the death of his family, but the lycanthrope who bit him; his name was Calvin Evans. He was constantly hunted down by Calvin and his pack consisting of two more lycanthropes, and the stress of always being on the run caused his transformation to be seemingly permanent. Because Fabian was a child of Apollo (or demigod in general), he thought he was able to help him. But every time he tried approaching him, his powers got the best of him, sending him into horrifying rampages, all of which ended up hurting the demigod. Now that he was on a more stable form, Joshua sought their help once again to kill Calvin and his pack before they caused any more nuisances.
Fabian was hesitant and rebuffed his plea, but the unusual deaths presumably caused by the pack made him change his mind, but only just for the sake of saving the lives of others. During their investigation, they found out that the pack has been monitoring their activities, until things got worse. They got a message from Calvin, saying that he has taken Jaime and Marjorie as captives, and the only way to free them is for Joshua to join his pack. Disregarding the fact that it could be a trap, they confronted him and his subordinates. During the clash between Fabian and Calvin’s group, Jaime and Marjorie were saved yet partially injured, and the whole pack was killed. Unfortunately, Joshua was amongst the casualties, offering his life to save Fabian from a fatal blow. The latter tried to heal him yet it was too futile. He was flung into utter despair, seeing someone else he trusted die in front of him.
After the sudden turn of events, he discovered that instead of healing, he caused the opposite (causing disease, infection, plague, etc). This dramatic shift stemmed from his extremely intense feelings of doubt, guilt and lament for not being able to save (from either being hurt or killed) Martina, Agrippina, Onesimus, Marjorie, Jaime, and recently Joshua who became the trigger. In a more sensible explanation, too much regret and sadness flooded deep inside him that it messed up his powers somehow.
Now at camp once again, he doesn’t really have a clue on which step to take, because his fugue states only hindered him from forming a solid resolve, to move on, to attain a new purpose in life, which were the only ways to get his powers back. And for some reason, he felt as if something was off, as if Calvin was still alive out there, gaining power, and plotting out his quest for revenge against him.