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.
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.
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.
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).
Here’s the proposed schedule for the weekend. Please note, some items can change. These changes will be clearly posted in Registration.
If you have food restrictions, please contact the staff. The items below are the only ones included on the meal plan for this event.
Rice & leek soup (veg)
Faro Grain & Dried Fruit Salad
Beef/lamb burger (Old recipe theoretically from ancient Rome)
Black Bean Burger on request
Mushroom lentil soup (veg)
Cottage pie (beef stew)
Bread (Olive loaf is intention, but availability will dictate)
Saturday dinner (Feast- possibly served in waves due to space constraints)
Lentil & leeks
Asparagus & olives
Roast 'game birds' (chicken)
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.
Here are the site rules over the event:
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 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.
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).
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.
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.