Pendragon Grand Campaign
- Vassal Knight
- Lord of Stapleford
Tiberius Spartacus Ciociola
Marcus Scipio Gracchus Ciociola
Tiberius Spartacus era
[House Ciociola was founded in 410, as with others, when Constantin, first King of a liberated Logres, appointed his first thousand knights. Tiberius was a Knight Bachelor.]
Tiberius Spartacus Ciociola was a descendant of populares who took refuge in a remote corner of Gaul after losing a political struggle in the capital city of Rome. His more recent ancestors came to Britain in the early phase of Roman occupation. As a young man he commanded a roving force of infantry that tried to restore and consolidate fortifications on the barbarian frontiers. Tactical victories were overborne by frustrating operational stalemates and abject strategic failures. Once knighted under the new post-Roman regime, he took the widow of a wealthy stonemason for a wife. The total number of children produced in the marriage is lost in the historical record, but only one son survived to adulthood and raised a family of his own.
As an older man, Tiberius Spartacus was summoned to military leadersip against hostile indigenes once more, only to die under suspicious circumstances off the field of battle. In the midst of the campaign, while mildly ill, he was sheltered in an old abandoned cottage during a nighttime rainstorm. A fire quickly consumed the structure, with not one other person from his entourage or his force being within. It was known that his force had been unruly, eager for plunder, and resentful of his defensive approach to combat.
Tiberius Gracchus era
At age 22, Tiberius Gracchus Ciociola was livid about the “reeking” circumstances of his father’s death, but could obtain no satisfaction in the matter. Assuming the mantle of knighthood during a time of grave threats, he commanded a force that chiefly concerned itself with defending the coastline against raiders. It even had a rudimentary littoral capablity, which he strived to augment. On a sojourn to the Gallic coast to obtain more boats, he was honored with the acquiantance of a praetor’s eldest daughter. A rather fecund period of marriage followed.
Six years after the birth of his first son, and two more younger, plus one daughter, Tiberius Gracchus was again at war, now redeploying his force inland and repurposing it for riverine operations. He died fighting Picts for a freshwater island in a battle that reached its full pitch just at nightfall. His surviving men found his speared body on a bank at some distance only the next morning. It was unclear whether the wound killed him outright or he had drowned or suffocated in mud after losing consciousness and being swept by current.
Scipio Spartacus era
Scipio Spartacus Ciociola came of age as the Saxon threat coalesced on the British Isles. He had a marked talent with spear weapons — regarded, by those with knowledge of such things, as the best in two generations. Ascending to the rank of knight vassal of Stapleford, he took as a wife the beloved sister of a comrade fallen at Cambridge. Marcus was soon born, followed by another son.
When Aurelius Ambrosius Pendragon landed on British soil, House Ciociola rallied to his cause. Acquitting himself well in a series of offensives and counter-offensives, culminating in the siege of Carlion, he gained renown as a daring, clever fighter, apt to give the enemy surprise.
Marcus Scipio era