"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

House Ramius was first of the Houses of the Second Atlantean Empire; Imperium Ex Atlantia. Through the leadership of Lord Ramius, the Atlanteans of Italia once again became a dominant player in the politics of the human world and of the Atlanteans themselves.

 

When Lost Atlantis sank beneath the waves, many of its children that had survived its death; were stranded among the human populations that they had once dominated. The problem of it all was the wonders of Atlantis died with it, and those Atlanteans that were stranded in their respective parts of the world were now at the mercy of the human populations that they had once dominated. When word of the fate of Atlantis made it out to the rest of the world, the world at large began destroying all monuments and records that Atlantis had ever existed. In the minds of the people of the Ancient World, it destroy the memory of a people was to destroy its people, making it as if the Atlanteans had never existed.
 
Out of a population that had numbered in the hundreds of thousands, all that was left of the Children of Atlantis was maybe 100 thousand left in the world. All of the survivors could see the writing on the wall; the way of life that they had once known as masters of the world was over. It was time to think real, it was time to blend in with the human stock and tend to their wounds.
 
So it was decided when Lord Ramius began organizing the Second Atlantean Empire, that the Children of Atlantis would rule behind the scenes this time around.  The Children of Atlantis that had long scorned and persecuted the Children of Lilith now turned to her Lilan children to help them survive the dark years to come. To this day, no one is quite certain what became of Lilith herself when Atlantis sank into the sea. But her children live on through the dark magic that she taught them.
 
In Italia, Lord Ramius and his followers had long since integrated with the human stock of the land.  So going to ground, was not at all difficult because Lord Ramius had never been seen as a tyrant, even when he did rule openly. Lord Ramius; towards to end of Atlantis’ time in the world knew a terrible fate awaited them, and knowing that he chose to become one of the Children of Lilith, if only so that he and his bloodline could survive the Atlantis’ fall from grace.
 
Through dealings with Lord Draco of Dacia, Lord Ramius was able to lay the ground work for the Second Atlantean Empire. With the help of Lord Draco, the Imperium Ex Atlantis was able to subvert the Roman Republic and the later, Roman Empire to fulfill the needs of the Atlanteans. Through threat of annihilation through the Roman Legions, Lord Ramius and Lord Draco were about to convince Lord Priam of Greece that it was in his peoples’ best interests that they joined the Second Atlantean Empire.
 
Using the Roman Legions as a continued show of force, Lord Ramius was able convince of Atlanteans of Germania and Gaul that it was to their advantage to join the Imperium Ex Atlantia. It took years of conquest, but the Germanic and Gaelic Atlanteans did finally join the Imperium.
 
Even at the far reaches of the Roman Empire, on the Emerald Isle of Ireland, the Roman Legions continued to press more of the lost Children of Atlantis into this Second Atlantean Empire. In Ireland Atlantean Centurions found the Atlanteans of Clan McCullen. It took a Roman siege of Ireland, which ended before it had been truly completed, to convince Clan McCullen that it was in their best interests to join Lord Ramius as the fifth House of the Imperium Ex Atlantia as of 200 Common Era.
 
All throughout this period of expansion, House Ramius had it own problem back in Italia. In 185 Common Era, a new House had formed in Italia; House Scavario. From the very start, all within House Ramius knew this competition for power in Italia could only end badly. Offers were made to the Atlanteans of House Scavario to simply join House Ramius and unite Italia, but the leaders of House Scavario well remembered Lord Ramius’ campaign years earlier to unite Italia under his banner, they remembered all of the Atlantean deaths that stained the hands of Lord Ramius and his House. There was chance at a civil ending to this situation.
 
By 192 Common Era, House Scavario was already pressing Emperor Ramius through the Atlantean Senate to continue expanding the reach of the Second Atlantean Empire.
 
In 235 Common Era, the situation in Italia finally exploded.  Atlanteans under the leadership of Theodocious Scavario of House Scavario have gained enough influence within the Atlantean Senate to split the Second Atlantean Empire. For a period of 6 months, the Imperium Ex Atlantia has two Emperors; Emperor Theodocious Scavario ruling in the city of Ravenna in Northern Italia, and Emperor Ramius ruling from Rome. After 6 months of civil war, Theodocious Scavario and all of House Scavario are killed when Centurions loyal to Emperor Ramius are able to take the city.
 
From 236 Common Era to 1165 Common Era; Emperor Ramius and House Ramius as a whole dominate the Second Atlantean Empire. But, in 1165, Emperor Ramius disappears. Even today, we are still wondering what happened to Lord Ramius. There are rumors going around that Lord Ramius left because he was disgusted with what his Empire had become. There are even rumors that someone bearing the likeness of Lord Ramius was seen in Rome only a few years ago.
 
Needless to say, House Ramius has always been at the forefront to leading the Imperium Ex Atlantia and the Children of Atlantis. Without the strong leadership of Lord Ramius, the Houses’ sway within the Empire has been waning. The House of Lords that rules and guides House Ramius is not the same as having Lord Ramius at the helm.
 
Structure wise, House Ramius is governed by its House of Lords at its highest level. All of these Lords can trace their lineage directly back to the heads of the first families that joined together under the leadership of Ramius himself.
 
Even now House Ramius still holds great power within the Empire. One of its own; Darius Claudius Stromwell holds the position of Pro Consul of the Imperium.
 
Most if not all of House Ramius tend to cling to the old ways, as such the members of most of its Families tend to be anachronistic. Because of its wealthy heritage, the Families of House Ramius tend not to have problems when it comes to issues concerning money. It should be noted that not all Families have representation at its House of Lords. Because of this situation, many of the Families are constantly working at cross purposes in an attempt to gain favor by those Lords in the hopes of one day one of their own being elevated to the position of Lord or Lady.

 

House Ramius has only two notable rivals within the Imperium. They are House Thalus and Draconis. In the future there will come a day when peaceful negotiation will no longer be an option in dealing with these two Houses. But who will strike the first blow ?

 

Creating New Families

For Actors that wish to create their own Families within House Ramius, these are the default Advantages and Disadvantages that the Personas must take:
 
Advantages

1 Rank of Wealth, 1 Rank of Human Sway, +1 Rank  to Attribute, Skill, or Advantage

Disadvantages

Anachronism

 

The Families of House Ramius

Bishop Advantages 1 to Appearance, +1 Rank in Persuasion Skill,  1 Rank of Wealth
Disadvantages Anachronism

 

The Bishop Family was founded by Miranda Bishop, the First Citizen of New York. This family has a remarkable amount of power, especially when considering that to date none of the Bishop family are members of the Antiquarians Guild.  Members of this family pride themselves on their appearances and their ability to settle diplomatic affairs with but a few well placed words to all parties. Sadly the Bishop family only can claim but a handful of their number as True Bloods.

 

DeSallo Advantages 1 Rank in Persuasion Skill, Servitor, 1 Rank of Wealth
Disadvantages Anachronism

 

The DeSallo Family was founded by Julian DeSallo, the Duke of Northern Ireland. This family originally made its home in Italy, but was forced to relocate when its founder was given the Duchy of Northern Ireland; one of the more violent Duchies in the Second Atlantean Empire. Most of the members of this family reside in Belfast, but some have taken the opportunity to move to the Americas in an attempt to leave the violence behind.

 

Carracci Advantages 1 Rank in Subterfuge, Servitor, 1 Rank of Wealth, Renegade Spy
Disadvantages Anachronism, Life Force Restriction (if Lilan): Only those of Italian descent

 

The Carracci Family was founded by Marco Carracci, the First Citizen of Palermo in Sicily. Like the Giuliano Family, the Carracci Family has been feeding House Romulus information about House Ramius for centuries. Unlike the Giuliano, the Carracci Family has been playing both sides against each other in an attempt to maximum its status within House Ramius and to increase its profits globally. This family even has a seat on Istituto per le Opere di Religione also known as the Vatican Bank, but most of its business goes through the Carracci Invesment Group that is based in New York City. With that in mind, the Carracci Family has a sizeable branch of its family that lives in New York to handle its investments and operations there.

 

Graves Advantages 2 Ranks in Persuasion Skill, 1 Rank of Wealth
Disadvantages Anachronism

 

The Graves Family was founded by Lord Harrison Graves, the First Citizen of New Orleans and Lord of the Court of Roses. Through the teachings of its founder, this family has constantly strived to bring civility and honor back to the Second Atlantean Empire, but most that deal with these Atlanteans believe them to be hopeless idealists at best and suicidally naïve at worst.

 

Giuliano Advantages 1 Rank in Subterfuge Skill, 1 Rank of Wealth, Renegade Spy, Sway: Atlantean Society
Disadvantages Anachronism, Life Force Restriction (if Lilan): Only those of Italian descent

 

The Giuliano Family was founded by Franisco Giuliano, the First Citizen of Syracuse in Sicily. Long ago this family joined with House Ramius, but what no one in House Ramius has ever realized is that the Giuliano Family is actually allied with the Renegade Houses. The elders of this family have made a habit of making sure that their masters within House Romulus know as much about the goings on of House Ramius as possible.

 

Kameir Advantages +1 to Intellect, +1 Rank in Persuasion Skill, 1 Rank of Wealth
Disadvantages Anachronism

 

The Kameir Family was founded by Claudette Kameir, a member of the Antiquarians Guild. This family is originally from the city of Monaco in France, just across the French-Italian border. Of the families of House Ramius; the Kameir Family is one of the smallest families in the House. This family originally came to prominence when it’s current Matriarch; Julia brokered an alliance between the Bishop family of House Ramius and the Drakul family of House Dracul, in regards to the marriage of Eva Drakul to Marcus Bishop. In the end Eva murdered her husband and returned to House Dracul with her son, but at the time the alliance was seen as an inspirational show of unity between two Houses of the Imperium.

 

Prescott Advantages 1 Rank in Persuasion Skill, Servitor, 1 Rank of Wealth
  Disadvantages Anachronism

 

The Prescott Family was founded by Lady Kristina Prescott, a member of the Antiquarians Guild and a Lady in the Court of Roses. Lady Kristina’s family has always been seen as decadent and backwards in regards to modern society. The members of this family tend to dress in fashions that went out of style during the 1920s, and have a habit of ignoring the wants and needs of their cousins in the other familes of House Ramius in favor of insuring their own security and continued luxury. Only recently have the younger members of this family started stepping into the modern age through their use of computers; but this bold step backfired on them when a DVD started circulating around the Atlantean social circles of Boston which had one of its daughters apparently acting to her hearts content in a hardcore pornographic video. Needless to say this has become a major scandal and the Prescotts in Boston have been actively searching for the person or persons that were responsible for airing this bit of their dirty laundry. The daughter in question was subsequently sent to sexaholics anonymous clinic in an attempt to help her through “addiction”.

 

Serrentus Advantages 1 Rank in Persuasion Skill, 1 Rank of Wealth, 1 Rank of House Prestige
  Disadvantages Anachronism, Life Force Restriction (if Lilan): Only those of Italian descent

 

The Serrentus Family was founded by Claudius Lucinius Serrentus, the Prefect of North America. Claudius is also the current Prince and patriarch of House Ramius in the Antiquarians Guild. Whereever members of this family tend to make their homes; the members of this Atlantean family tend to dominate the politic environment around them. Out of all of the Atlantean Families of House Ramius, this family has the most True Blooded members out of any of them.

 

Stromwell Advantages 1 Rank in Persuasion Skill, 1 Rank of Wealth, 1 Rank of House Prestige
  Disadvantages Anachronism, Life Force Restriction (if Lilan): Only those of Italian descent

 

The Stromwell Family was founded by Darius Claudius Stromwell, the son of Claudius Lucinius Serrentus. The Stromwell Family has members across the United States, but it makes its home in Philadephia. This family has a habit of strongarming its politic enemies and rivals through its connections to the Antiquarians Guild and the Atlantean Emperor.

 

Notable Figures within House Ramius

  • Darius Claudius Stromwell - Pro Consul
  • Prince Claudius Lucinius Serrentus - High Patriarch, Prefect of the United States
  • Julian DeSallo - Prefect of Northern Ireland
  • Miles Wayland Stromwell - Tribune of Belfast, Praetorian
  • Lord Marcus Aurellius Caius - House of Lords, Antiquarian
  • Lord Justarius - House of Lords, Antiquarian
  • Lord Valorian - House of Lords, Antiquarian
  • Lord Casius - House of Lords, Antiquarian
  • Lord Gaius Marius - House of Lords, Praetorian
  • Kristina Prescott -Antiquarian, Lady of the Court of Roses
  • Ramian Carnes Prescott - Antiquarian
  • Miranda Bishop - First Citizen of New York
  • Viviane Bishop - Consul of New York
  • Raymond Castle Graves - Antiquarian
  • Harrison Graves - Antiquarian, First Citizen of New Orleans, Lord of the Court of Roses
  • Donovan Wyld Stromwell - Former Centurion and Hero of the Battle of London, First Citizen of Los Angeles, Lord of the Court of Roses
  • Sir Walter Holmes - Praetorian
  • Julia Kameir - Antiquarian
  • Edward St.Claire - First Citizen of San Fransico

 

Seat of Power: Rome, Italy