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Mystical Rome

Beware the Ides of March! We remember a world where mighty Caesar ignored this warning and paid the ultimate price. But what if the Three Soothsayers were wizards of unimaginable power and could foresee not only the future, but all possible futures?


A central moment in history radically altered ― Caesar lives, Antony dies, and most importantly, magic and myth returns to the world… at the cost of monsters returning from the Abyss. What would the world look like twenty years later?


Explore this alternate historical world on the eve of war, a bacchanalia on the fields of Mars to booster the Eternal City’s spirits before the upcoming war with the Parthian Empire. Will two decades of unrest finally fade into unity before a common enemy? Will Rome remain a Republic? Or will it finally join the Europa Provinces as an Empire ruled over by the Imperator? 


Mighty Narwhal Productions invites you to experience family drama, social warfare, religious fervor, dark mysteries, lust for power, yearning for freedom, and to celebrate the ideals of a fallen republic. 

Target Audience and Rating: R

Mystical Rome merges the gritty, bloody history of antiquity with fantastic elements derived from classical myths and legends. This world depicts extreme brutality, casual profanity, and unthinking depravity. Mystical Rome contains blood and gore, intense violence, strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use (and abuse), and exploration of human rights. The material contained within this genre is an attempt to simulate a historical portrayal of ancient Roman society, and the intensity of the content is to suggest an authentic representation of that period without being gratuitous.  

Mystical Rome: Code of Conduct and Consent Calibration Techniques

Mighty Narwhal believes that LARP can be art and that art has a duty to explore the darker nature of humanity, and our collective history. This can’t be safely done in a vacuum, nor at a whim. Yet while art, and LARP, should create profound and memorable experiences, it should not damage participants. All participants (staff, volunteers, and cast) will be expected to sign an official Code of Conduct, which will include the active use of a set of consent calibration techniques.

 


Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for the Event

The following Code of Conduct is enforced at all Mighty Narwhal Productions events. If you are unwilling or unable to follow these rules, then our events are not for you. Failure to adhere to this code will lead to staff asking you to leave the event without a refund.


· People are always more important than stories and rules. Mighty Narwhal Productions does not tolerate hate in any form. Our events are a safe space for everyone. The prime directive as participants in this venue (which include cast and crew) is to polite, be honest and safe with each other.  If you violate this rule, you will be asked to leave the event.

· No sexism, racism, bigotry, homophobia, body-shaming, bullying, or hate speech will be tolerated.  
 

· To keep everyone safe at our events, everyone is required to follow the Mighty Narwhal Production Safety and Calibration Techniques (to be published in May 2019). If you wish to move a scene beyond the rating of PG-13, then you must discuss, communicate, and negotiate with all cast and crew involved to set boundaries, guidelines, and limits. Before play each session, there will be workshops reviewing the material.  
 

· If you are feeling emotional because of Bleed (crossover heated emotions between what you feel and what your character is feeling) that’s OK and natural. If you need some time to breathe, ask for it. We’re all in this experience together.
 

· Do your best to follow both the spirit and letter of the Code of Conduct and the game rules of the event. If there is a question about either, please communicate with the crew. Questions and communications are always better than the alternative.
 

· Mystical Rome is restricted to cast members eighteen years of age or older. We reserve the right to request a valid picture ID to verify your age or refuse entrance to the event.
 

· Local laws and ordinances must always be followed and enforced. This includes the possession or consumption of alcohol or cannabis products by those under the age of 21.


· The event is dry for safety reasons. Please don’t bring alcohol or other substances onto the camp grounds. If you leave and decide to consume or drink, please be responsible. If you are visibly intoxicated, disruptive, or unsafe to continue you will be asked to leave the event by staff without a refund.


· Please make all reasonable efforts to respect the wishes of other cast and crew regarding their desires to be included or excluded from photographs, video, etc. By extension, please try and follow their desires regarding whether or not they wish to being tagged by name in any social media or printed publications (Examples include, but are not limited to, tagging a photograph posted on a Facebook, a specific reference in a blog posting, or a contributing a quote in a local journalism forum).

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Mystical Rome Schedule

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Schedule of Events

Here’s the proposed schedule for the weekend. Please note, some items can change. These changes will be clearly posted in Registration. 

Friday

 

  • 12PM: The Longhouse opens to guests. Guests can set up their spaces. 
  • 1 PM: The Orientation Workshops begins in the Quiet Room / Library.  These workshops take approximately 30 minutes and participants must complete the workshop before playing.  Workshops will continue as needed for the rest of the night. The Library is right next to Registration / Out of Character Room. 
  • 1:30PM: Registration opens. Participants must register before proceeding into play, and they must sign waivers for the weekend. 
  • 1:30PM to 3 PM: Open Roleplaying in the Inner Ring of the Longhouse. Swimming is open. 
  • 3PM: The Badlands, aka the Wilderness, opens. There will be wild encounters, buried treasure and all manner of horrific deeds down out there. This area will remain open for adventure and mayhem until 11 PM. 
  • 7 PM: Dinner prepared by Master Chef Rob Bennet at the outdoor kitchen.  Participants can take the food wherever they like, but there is a theater with plenty of tables right next to the kitchen. Perhaps someone will put on a performance!  
  • 11 PM: Quiet hours in the Outer Ring. Participants can be active in the Inner Ring.  The Longhouse itself will be open 24 hours. Participants can play as long or as late as they would like.  We will try to have some night directors for this event.

Saturday

  • 10 AM: The Wilderness is open for business.  
  • 10 AM: Registration opens. Participants must register before proceeding into play, and they must sign waivers for the weekend. 
  • 10 AM: The Orientation Workshops begins in the Quiet Room / Library.  These workshops take approximately 30 minutes and participants must complete the workshop before playing.  Workshops will continue as needed for the rest of the night. The Library is right next to Registration / Out of Character Room. 
  • 12:30PM: Lunch prepared by Master Chef Rob Bennet at the outdoor kitchen.  Participants can take the food wherever they like, but there is a theater with plenty of tables right next to the kitchen. Perhaps someone will put on a performance!   
  • 7 PM: The Feast of Anthony!  A feast will be provided along with entertainment  
  • 11 PM: Quiet hours in the outer ring. Participants can be active in the Inner Ring.  The Longhouse itself will be open 24 hours. 

Sunday

  •  10 AM: The Wilderness is open for business.  
  • 10 AM: Registration opens. Participants must register before proceeding into play, and they must sign waivers for the weekend. 
  • 10 AM: The Orientation Workshops begins in the Quiet Room / Library.  These workshops take approximately 30 minutes and participants must complete the workshop before paying.  Workshops will continue as needed for the rest of the night. The Library is right next to Registration / Out of Character Room. 
  • 12:30 PM: Snacks at the outdoor kitchen.  Participants can take the food wherever they like, but there is a theater with plenty of tables right next to the kitchen.  
  • 2:00 PM Game is off.  Workshop starts at the Library. 

Menu

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Menu

 If you have food restrictions, please contact the staff. The items below are the only ones included on the meal plan for this event.


Friday night

Rice & leek soup (veg)

Arugula salad

Faro Grain & Dried Fruit Salad

Beef/lamb burger (Old recipe theoretically from ancient Rome)

Black Bean Burger on request


Saturday lunch

Mushroom lentil soup (veg)

Cottage pie (beef stew)

Arugula Salad

Bread (Olive loaf is intention, but availability will dictate)


Saturday dinner (Feast- possibly served in waves due to space constraints)

Arugula salad

Fruit salad

Lentil & leeks

Asparagus & olives

Roast 'game birds' (chicken)

Bread 


 


Costuming and Photography

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Costuming Policy

Mighty Narwhal encourages our participants to costume to the best of their ability and budget. We understand that not everyone has the same budget, but encourage everyone to try. Check out our costuming Pinterest for ideas.


Please refer to our Code of Conduct. Any costume or body shaming will cause staff to immediately expel the perpetrator from the event. No refunds will be issued in this case. 


Our goal is to make everyone feel welcomed. We must maintain a sense of security and civility so everyone feels safe to experience the event.


Here are some policy notes over the Mystical Rome event.


  • The Venusian Longhouse is private property. Cast members are encouraged to wear as much (or as little) costuming as they feel comfortable.
  • Nudity is allowed inside of the Longhouse (where the pool and hot tubs are) and the Inner Circle of the event. The Longhouse hosts a number of nudist events and this is well within the standard operating policy for the location. Please note the Technology/Immersion Rules below.
  • Outside of this bubble, in the brush and the swamp lands, you must wear  protective clothing. We don’t want folks getting hurt. 

Swimming Pool Policy

Here are the site rules over the event:

  • You must take a shower with soap before getting into the swimming pool or one of the hot tubs.
  • Bring your own towel
  • Swimsuits should be washed before you attend the event. Try to use delicate soap. Wash it in the shower between time in the pool.
  • Nude swimming is allowed, but you need to have a towel.  

Technology and Immersion Policy

Unauthorized cameras, smart phones, or electronic devices are not allowed in play at the event and ever in certain spaces. Directors may have devices on hand in order to facilitate communication, but the cameras will be taped over while in areas permitting partial/full nudity.


Here are some policy notes over the Mystical Rome event.

  • The Longhouse itself is a device-free for the entire event. If a participant is caught there within the Longhouse with a device, they will be expelled from the event. 
  • The Inner Ring of the event will device free except for a couple of designated times to allow for pictures. This will be Saturday during the grand feast. Always ask permission before taking someone’s picture. Do not tag someone on Facebook without getting permission.
  •  A photographer (Justin Pulsipher) will be taking pictures at designated times and places.
  • We are in discussions with a documentary crew, but anyone that appears in it would have to sign a waiver and give permission to be on screen. This would mostly take place during the feast and not be permitted to film in the Longhouse, except for a designated window.
  • If it is vital that you have someone watching your phone for an emergency, you can leave it at Registration.
  • Those going out into the brush, or the Outer Ring, are encouraged to bring their devices for emergency purposes only. Tape will be provided at Registration for any cameras.

Story Bible and Inspirations

Story Bible

  

The universe of Mystical Rome is rich and complex, merging legend, mythology, and gritty history into a unique and compelling whole. This story bible is divided into different sections, each of which provide shade and color to Rome’s beautiful mosaic. 


Inspiration


     Non-Fiction: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon; 

     SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard; and The Roman Triumph, by Mary Beard.


     Movies: Ben Hur (directed by William Wyler), Caligula (directed by Tinto Brass), Clash of the Titans 

     (directed by Desmond Davis), Cleopatra (directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Gladiator (directed by 

     Ridley Scott), The Last Days of Pompeii (directed by Mario Bonnard), Pan’s Labyrinth (directed by 

     Guillermo del Toro), and Spartacus (directed by Stanley Kubrick).


     Novels and Plays: I, Claudius, by Robert Graves; Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare; the Marcus

     Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis; and Mystical Rome, by Jason Andrew.


     Television: Game of Thrones (created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss), Rome (created by John Milius,

     William J. MacDonald, & Bruno Heller), and Spartacus (created by Steven S. DeKnight).



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Writer's Room Commentary: Historical Accuracy

 Mark Twain might have said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Or the saying might be an Irish proverb attributed to him. The real origin might never be known. Some of the inspiration listed above took great pains to be historically accurate, and pay homage to Roman culture and beliefs. Others works are sword and scandal adventures, finding their own truth in the story.


Mystical Rome contains a good blend of historical research, baseless speculation, and wild inaccuracies, which all make for better drama. Some details about Roman society were plucked from the early empire period of Rome, as enacted and enforced by Emperor Caesar Divi Filius Augustus. In this reality, he’s known as Gaius Julius Octavius Ptolemy, the Governor of Egypt, but still Caesar’s brilliant heir. 

The Story so Far...

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Story Overview

Beware the Ides of March! Julius Caesar failed to heed the warnings of the Three Soothsayers, but faithful Marc Anthony did and paid the ultimate price for his loyalty, forever altering the destiny of the Eternal City. Twenty years later, Caesar still reigns over the unified Roman Empire, which includes the Republic of Rome, the Egyptian Empire, and the Europa Provinces. The oracles which saved him now operate a notorious academy of sorcery, where they instruct the sons of Rome’s elite families in the eldritch arts. 


The only obstacles preventing Rome from dominating the known world are the barbarous Caledonians led by the traitor Marcus Junius Brutus, the remains of the so-called Senate Liberators, and the seemingly-invincible Parthian Empire. One of the few true prophecies remembered from the Libri Sibyllini (destroyed by the Three Soothsayers) states that Rome will never win against the Parthians until united by a single king. Some believe this was the real reason Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus led the revolt that killed Anthony. If they know the truth of the matter, the Three Soothsayers have not shared it and Imperator simply feigns ignorance. 


Yet it is whispered that Caesar grows old, and not even the Soothsayers can extend his life for much longer. The few remaining Patrician Maiores, their power curtailed by Caesarian reforms, smell blood. Caesar’s heir, Gaius Julius Octavius Ptolemy, seems content to rule in Alexandria as Consul with his wife, Arsinoe the Astronomer, sister of infamous Cleopatra. The Pax Romana over the Mediterranean Sea is shattered by a new breed of pirates who seem intent on slowing shipments of grain from Egypt to Rome, leaving the common people hungry and dangerously angry.