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Quintus Longinus is the son of two members of the wealthy and powerful House Longinus of which makes him a member and the current Lord of House Longinus.

Quintus Longinus would join the Legio V. Italica where as a young man shortly after joining the legion and becoming a Centurion directly after recruitment due to the influence of his father of whom was the legate of the Legio V. Italica. Only several months into his time in the Legio V. Italica he would following the legion as it was sent to reinforce the situation in Africanas and during his time there took part in the Battle of Carthage where the Legio V. was ravaged in the fighting but was able to retreat to the boats maintaining much of its strength unlike the other retreating legions. Quintus would lose his father to sickness and having risen to legate prefict he used his families influence to gain complete control over the legion becoming the new legatem and with this new power he would do what his father had never done and move the home base of the legion to the Longinus dominated city of Florance where he begin a purge of the leaderrship of the Legio V. Italica replacing the leadership with men loyal to him above even the emperor. Verginius Tricostus would return to Tuscany following the independance of Ravenna and would enlist the assistence of Quintus Longinus, and Gnaeus Corbulo of whom he would convince to turn their legions to his influence leading to the Rebellion of Tuscany.

History

Early History

Joining the Legion V. Italica

Quintus Longinus would join the Legio V. Italica where as a young man shortly after joining the legion and becoming a Centurion directly after recruitment due to the influence of his father of whom was the legate of the Legio V. Italica.

Fall of Africanas

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The Fall of Africanas
For years they had rampaged across Africanas destroying all human presence there. It was only when they attacked us that we felt the need to open our eyes to the situation. Had we of taken this seriously sooner. There is no point to even pondering what would be different.
Lucius Vorenus3
Word reached us that the monsters we had long known inhabiting the deserts of the south were upon us. They had burned down towns. Killed entire villages without pause, or diplomacy. It was war on a scale I didn't understand. No quarter asked, and certainly none given.
Lucius Vorenus

The lands of northern Africanas had become the sort of breadbasket of the expanding Roman Empire and in this way they had expanded themselves across much of North Africanas as far east as bordering Lahmia. It was as plans were being moved forward in the Senate to invade Lahmia that the first of the reports begin coming in about Orcish invasions into their holdings in Africanas. The Romans had long known of the Orcs, but they had inhabited the desert regions and as the Romans had no interest in these regions they had never scouted them out truly, and since diplomacy had always failed there was little true thought put into the Orcs, but this didn't change the fact that at this point the Orcs were mobilizing under a true direction and were preparing massive armies to take over Africanas and beyond.

We go to defend these people. We are their saviors, and we will be remembered as victorious heroes when we return my brother.
Titus Pullo

The Romans unwilling to see their lands lost in Africanas send massive forces to Africanas including the 13th Legion where Lucius Vorenus gets on a boat meant to go to Africanas and on the boat ride he befriends another Legionare named TItus Pullo. During the travel the two also come to befriend two other legionaries in the form of Gnaes Bataitius, and Sextus Irentius of whom are also members of the same unit within the legion. The Roman army stops on the waters just northeast of Carthage where they plan to land south of Carthage and meet the Orcs on the battlefield, although as Lucius watches the commanders are very indifferent to the threat the Orcs pose and take little scouting plans before landing. Together the two land south of Carthage and take part in a massacre of a large force of Orcs led by the Roman Generals the army does not consolidate their holdings but instead they decide to stop and celebrate where in they bring dozens of girls from a nearby Africanas village and Lucius watches on guard as the generals and leadership of the Roman Army engages in a night of orgies, and gives no commands to scout the area something Lucius comments to Titus is going to get them all killed.

Its easy to say looking back that it wouldn't have mattered how well prepared we were then for their attack, because at the time it felt like it was our leaders failing us. Partying. Drinking. Orgies. They just failed us.
Lucius Vorenus

In the morning as the celebrations continue the Roman army is set upon by a larger force of Orcs and Lucius and TItus Pullo are inside the Villa that constitutes the central command of the army as the Orcs overwhelm the camp of the army and Lucius and Titus are able to get the Legatus of the Army onto a horse escaping with a few dozen other legionaries in the villa moving northward towards Carthage. The general is extremely young and named Pompeius Magnus II. a senator sent south by his father in order to prove himself and horrified at the failure he promotes Lucius, and Titus Pullo along with Gnaes Bataiatius, and Sextus Irentius of whom were among the survivors of the Roman Army. During this retreat northward they are met on the road by the Roman General Tullius Agentius of whom leads them into Carthage and tells them the Roman Army has been brutally defeated in the west as well and there scouts are reporting the Orcs are coming on mass towards Carthage itself.

Battle of Carthage

With the Roman Legions losing all across the Carthage province it was quickly clear that as they retreated they all moved towards Carthage where the Orcs followed them leaving only Tunisia to the southeast also holding out against the Orcs. Appius Pullo fought during the collapse of the Africanas province managing to reach Carthage with the sixth legion and it was here where he was killed fighting in the defense of the southern gate with his death saving the gate from complete collapse and allowing the army to escape.

Fleeing Carthage

Following the second assault by the Orcs the Romans are spent as a defence as several gatehouses are in ruins and most of the western wall has collapsed leading to the Generals to order the army to take to this ships. With not enough space for the population of Carthage the remaining population is forced to man the remaining defences alongside Lucius, Titus, and Gnaes, and Sextus of whom remain behind to assist in the defences. Holding out for another week they allow most of the remaining population to retreat by sea and with the last of the boats leaving Titus, Lucius, Gnaes, Sextus, and the badly wounded Secundus Julii prepare for their own death, but are saved by the return of Pompei of whom had dropped his soldiers off on a nearbye island in the hopes of coming back quicker.


Taking Control

Quintus would lose his father to sickness and having risen to legate prefict he used his families influence to gain complete control over the legion becoming the new legatem and with this new power he would do what his father had never done and move the home base of the legion to the Longinus dominated city of Florance where he begin a purge of the leaderrship of the Legio V. Italica replacing the leadership with men loyal to him above even the emperor.

Northern Roman Revolt

Main Article : Northern Roman Revolt

The Northern Roman Revolt
The Roman Empire is dead. Look on at the corpse that calls itself Rome.
Civil War in Tuscany - Maps
Ravenna besieges Genoa in the north My emperor. But in other news the Tuscans have turned on us and risen against us with the help of two Legions.
Lucius Vorenus

It would be Verginius Tricostus that following his trip to Ravenna return to Tuscany with Titus Pullo of whom brought with him both the financial support and military suppoort of Ravenna, and where now following the independance of Ravenna he knew his time for independance was upon him. Having been given enough funds from his trip to Ravenna to allow him to purchase mercenaries he would send men to southern Italy where he was able to gather some twelve thousand mercenaries to augment the native forces of Tuscany once the time came for the rebellion. Knowing he needed more power then just Tuscany, and the mercenaries he went to the two men he had spent his entire adult life cultifating and would enlist the assistence of Quintus Longinus, and Gnaeus Corbulo of whom he would convinse to turn their legions to his influence leading to the Rebellion of Tuscany. 

The two legions moved in the night, and before anyone in Rome could even blink we had control of Tuscany. Let them come. Let them come.
Verginius Triscostus

Siege of Florance

Following the capture of Florance by the now proclaimed Dutchy of Tuscany the Romans would send three legions immediatly northward from Rome to retake the city. As the three legions moved northward though the forces of Ravenna would move forward with their part of the strategy as they moved their forces southward and attacked Genoa. Realizing the loss of Genoa wasn't something they could accept the Romans were forced to shift the Legio XIII Gemina towards Genoa to assist in the defence of the city while the Legio I Roma, and the Legio VII Claudia moved towards Florance.

Battle of Grosetta

Following the retreat of the two Roman Legions (Legio I Roma was nearly at half strength by the end of the siege, and Legio VII Claudia was at near full strength but was forced to retreat or else risk being surrounded) the forces of Tuscany would move southward towards the still Roman held river crossing of Grosetta.


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