born in Rome.
Lucius Novius Faustus born in Rome.
Prince Atsuhito, later the
, born in Cynoto.
born in Aspadana, Persia.
Tertius Novius Faustus, later ‘
’, born in Rome.
born in Shandong province, Sina.
Titus marries Julia Sabina.
Novia Faustina (‘
’) born to Titus Novius Faustus and Julia Sabina.
Ziye is sold into slavery, and begins intensive training in martial arts.
Prince Atsuhito succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne of the Nionian Empire.
Ischyrion born in Rome.
Novius Faustus born to Lucius Novius Faustus and Drusilla Terentia.
Ziye debuts as a gladiatrix in the Roman Empire.
Lucius succumbs to hereditary madness – the Novian Curse.
Gaius Novius Faustus Rixa dies. Titus succeeds as Emperor of Rome.
Tertius Novius posted to central Terranova.
He quells an Aztec uprising and his courage gains him the agnomen ‘Leo’. He is hailed as hero, but sees hundreds of previously free Aztecs enslaved and is shocked by the experience.
Faustus divorces Julia.
born to the Go-natoku Emperor and Empress Reishi in Cynoto.
With Senatorial approval, Faustus names Leo as Caesar and Imperial heir.
born to unknown slave parents in Rome.
Clodia’s disgust at slavery crystallises Leo’s own doubts, and he plans to abolish slavery on succeeding to the throne.
born to the Go-natoku Emperor and Lady Akiyama.
Marcus Novius Faustus
Leo born to Leo and Clodia in Tusculum.
born to a slave mother and free father in London.
born to a slave mother and free father in London.
born to Empress Reishi and Lady Himura respectively.
born to Delir and his wife in Aspadana.
Sulien and Una’s father dies. Under the terms of his will, they and their mother are freed. She, however, is unable to support herself or adjust to freedom and allows her children to be sold again to Rufius, the owner of an eating house.
The children are separated when Rufius sells Una off. Little is known about her history between this point and the autumn of 2757 AUC.
Sulien’s healing ability manifests and he is sold to a wealthy London doctor called Catavignus. Catavignus treats Sulien almost as a son, but attempts to locate his sister are unsuccessful.
Faustus marries Tullia ‘
Varius begins working for Leo as a cubicularius, or private secretary.
Dama murders three citizens he held responsible for the death of a fellow-slave, and is crucified.
, a Persian merchant travelling through Rome, sees the dying boy from his car and rescues him. Dama survives, though he is left with disabilities and continuing pain.
Now a fugitive, his own citizenship and that of his daughter Lal having been rescinded, Delir establishes a secret refuge for fugitive slaves in the gorge of Holzarta, near the Vascone village of Athabia in the Pyrenees. Ziye escapes slavery and arrives at the slave refuge.
Varius marries Gemella, a cousin of Clodia’s.
Leo and Clodia make contact with Delir and donate money to his slave refuge.
Sulien begins an affair with Catavignus’ daughter,
. Her mother catches them in bed together. Sulien is convicted of raping a citizen’s daughter and sentenced to crucifixion.
Leo and Clodia secretly visit Delir in the Pyrenees. Leo and Clodia are killed in a car crash in the Gallic Alps.
On the day of the state funeral, Una escapes her owners and sets off to rescue her brother from a prison ferry on the Thames. The pair flee into Gaul. Using her ability to perceive the thoughts of others, Una supports them by working as a fortune-teller. Varius and Gemella tell Marcus their suspicions concerning his parents’ deaths – and their belief that his life, too, is in danger from an anti-abolitionist conspiracy.
Gemella dies by poisoning in an assassination attempt on Marcus. Varius sends Marcus into hiding, instructing him to make his way to Delir’s refuge in the Pyrenees.
Varius attempts to reach Emperor Faustus to tell him of the conspiracy and the reasons for Marcus’ disappearance. However before he can do so the conspirators realise the threat he poses; he is intercepted by Cleomenes, attempting suicide during the arrest.
Agents of the conspiracy attempt to force him to reveal Marcus’ location. Gabinius, a construction magnate, eventually succeeds after threatening to kill Gemella’s younger sister.
Una and Sulien meet Marcus in Tolosa, and decide to turn him in and claim the reward, and freedom. Realising their intentions, he persuades them to accompany him to the Pyrenees instead. Once there, Sulien is able to reduce Dama’s disabilities and pain. After attempts to penetrate Holzarta and kill Marcus fail, Gabinius and the other conspirators decide to draw him out of Holzarta by charging Varius with Marcus’ and Gemella’s murders. Marcus successfully avoids the agents sent to kill him and reaches Rome. He reveals himself and the existence of the conspiracy in public, but, before the Emperor
can speak with him privately, the conspirators drug him in order to convince Faustus that his nephew has succumbed to the family curse of madness. Una and Sulien follow Marcus to Rome. Dama and Cleomenes assist them in rescuing Marcus from the Galenian Sanctuary, but Dama disappears afterwards.