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  Another Meme, Because I'm Lazy

Found that one on Kirsten's blog: Choose ten of your characters, then answer the questions. For best results, put names in a hat and number them at random.
I picked a bunch from A Land Unconquered.

  • 1 Adgandes, Arminius' shield man and officer in the Roman army
  • 2 Publius Cornelius Lentulus - Roman patrician of the haughty sort
  • 3 Erelieva - Adgandes' sister
  • 4 Caius Horatius Veranius - Roman patrician of the nice sort
  • 5 Arminius - Prince of the Cherusci, praefect of the Cheruscian horse auxiliary
  • 6 Caius Antonius Merenda - another Roman patrician and military tribune
  • 7 Segestes - a chief of the Cherusci and Arminius' rival
  • 8 Clodia Atella - Roman 'matron' (she's still young), married to Cornelius Lentulus
  • 9 Rekahari - a Batavian
  • 10 Germanicus - adopted son of Tiberius, Roman general

  • 4 invites 3 and 8 to dinner at their house. What happens?
    Once Erelieva gets over her hartred of the Romans, she and Clodia Atella would get a long fine, and together with Horatius Veranius plot how to get Clodia out of her unhappy marriage to that jerk Cornelius Lentulus.

    9 tries to get 5 to go to a strip club. What happens?
    Arminius would be amused and make some remarks about the things the Germans should not learn from the Romans (just to make dear ol' Tacitus happy).

    You need to stay at a friend's house for a night. Who do you choose: 1 or 6?
    They're both nice enough guys, but Antonius Merenda has the better bathrooms.

    2 and 7 are making out. 10 walks in. What is their reaction?
    Lentulus and Segestes having hot man sex? Noooo, I so don't need that image. Though they are both jerks, so it fits, in a creepy way. And Germanicus would laugh his ass off.

    3 falls in love with 6. 8 is jealous. What happens?
    Erelieva falls in love with Antonius Merenda? Now, that would make for some fun plot twist. Clodia won't get jealous because she's in love with Horatius Veranius.

    4 jumps you in a dark alleyway. Who comes to your rescue: 10, 2, or 7?
    Horatius, I'm going to ask you the same thing Kirsten asked Marcus - don't they pay you well enough in the army, and you an officer? Germanicus, of course. As I said Lentulus and Segestes are both jerks. Though I have to admit Lentulus has a strong sense of Roman honour and might help someone on that situation because people who jump others in alleyways need to be brought to justice.

    1 decides to start a cooking show. Fifteen minutes later, what is happening?
    Adgandes would produce some Greek fire, or invent gun powder or some other stuff that will lead to a Big Boom.

    3 has to marry either 8, 4, or 9. Whom do they choose?
    Ok, not 8, because two girls can't marry under either Roman or Germanic right. Not Horatius Veranius because he's in love with 8 (Clodia). Remains 9, Rekahari. Could even work.

    7 kidnaps 2 and demands something from 5 for 2's release. What is it?
    Segestes kidnaps Lentulus and asks Arminius to send Segestes' daughter back who eloped against her father's will. Problem is that Arminius will just laugh at Segestes and tell him to keep Lentulus and have fun.

    Everyone gangs up on 3. Does 3 have a chance in hell?
    Well, she's a girl of the Cherusci and will fight back, but she doesn't stand a chance against some of the finest warriors of the time (Arminius, Germanicus) - her luck they won't ever do such a thing.

    Everyone is invited to 2 and 10's wedding except for 8. How do they react?
    Cornelius Lentulus and Germanicus marry? Truly a match made in heaven; those two can't stand each other. Clodia would be happy about not having been invited to the marriage of her ex. Good riddance, Lenty.

    Why is 6 afraid of 7?
    The only thing Merenda might be afraid of is having to listen to Segestes' pompous speeches in bad Latin.

    1 arrives late for 2 and 10's wedding. What happens, and why were they late?
    Adgandes had to clean up the mess he produced during his cooking show first. He won't be allowed anywhere near the grill during the party.

    5 and 9 get roaring drunk and end up at your house. What happens?
    We would have a party, those German guys know how to throw one. And when he's drunk, Arminius might answer me a few questions without thinking first.

    9 murders 2's best friend. What does 2 do to get back at them?
    Lol, that's something that could indeed happen. Our dear, arrogant friend Lentulus would go the Roman way and bring Rekahari to court. Murder of a Roman citizen (and a Cornelius only has friends who are Roman citizens) would get Rekahari crucified.

    6 and 1 are in mortal peril and only one of them can survive. Does 6 save themself or 1?
    In the book, Antonius Merenda saves a group of survivors of the Varus battle by staying behind and engaging the pursuers, so yes, Merenda has a tendency to save others.

    8 and 3 go camping. For some reason they forgot to bring along any food. What do they do?
    Erelieva could put up some snares and catch a rabbit, and she knows which herbs, vegetables and fruits can be eaten. Clodia would be lost without her, I'm afraid.

    5 is in a chariot crash and is critically injured. What does 9 do?
    Hey, Arminius doesn't crash his chariot - Segestes must have tampered with the wheels. Ok, Rekahari would find Horatius Veranius and ask him to get a Roman surgeon for Arminius (he's lacking the right sort of social contacts himself).

    I'm not tagging anyone, but I think it could be fun to do it with some random people from Edward's or Richard III's time. Or even some obscure Saxon kings. *wink*
    That sounds fun! I shall have Buckingham and friends give it a try.
    Count me in! I'll have Hugh, Edward and various members at court - and of course what comes out will be the absolute truth lol!!!
    Lady D, I'm afraid it will be closer to the truth than some of the books about Ed and his time. ;)
    Lol. Glad you had fun with it. We really need to do something about Marcus and Horatius. ;)
    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing the meme. I posted about it on my blog, referring people to your blog to learn more about it and give it a try.

    PS -- Love all the wonderful photos and travelogues you've been sharing. They are very stimulating creatively.
    You had fun with this one!

    "Arminius will just laugh at Segestes and tell him to keep Lentulus and have fun."
    I like this. Always a problem with a kidnapping scenario :-)
    Lol, Kirsten, we should be able to come up with something when we meet. :)

    Thank you, Adrian.

    Carla, yep, it's a fun meme. Works with historical persons as well, check Lady D's version. :)
    Hey, that's a fun meme. I enjoyed reading all the answers. When I have a moment I might do this one...
    I'm totally stealing this meme...
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