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    PaladinGuy

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    What if we transplanted the Roman Empire at its height to Blank Slate Earth? Blank Slate Earth is a standard fantsy campaign world in the shape of Earth, but the Roman Empire at its height replaces whatever was in the corresponding geography of Blank Slate Earth, so basically the historical Rome at around 110 AD suddenly appears in a magical storm, replacing most of the medeaval fanatasy civilized nations in the heart of Europe. Outside Romes borders are orcs, giants, dragons, elves, Dwarves, halflings and gnomes. The natives have better weapons and magic, but they are tribal and less organized. The dwarves live in mountain kingdoms that are small in area, and the Romans are encountering magic and these strange barbarians for the first time. What happens?

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    PaladinGuy

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    I feel like Rome would more or less proceed as it did before, taking what they could and periodically get torn apart by internal strife. Magic, while new would not be as surprising to them, as it would to us, because belief in the supernatural was commonplace. The romans actually had a very methodical way of codifying and interpreting omens, for example. The big strength of Rome, for all it's technological superiority, was really it's logistical power, resource production and manpower. Even if you completely wiped out a roman legion, another would just come along until you gave up. (Check out Phyrrus, the namesake of phyrric victory for a good example). Also they were very stubborn in wars, and not above using cheap tricks and dirty tactics, ever.

    How well their campaigns would go is probably a question of how well the fantasy races are able to fight back. Also a big question would be wether the romans would be able to learn and utilize magic. 'Cause if they could, they would.

    Another thing is the romans were very open to assimilate cultures and religions, so in that regard the fantasy races would start shaping the empire over time

    EDIT: And also: If we are talking the time of the deification of the emperors, I can guarantee you they would be looking for ways to become immortal
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    There are already gods worshipped by the natives of this realm, what the Romans would do is attach Roman names to them. If there is amgid of war, the Romans will call him Mars. While the actual god of war here might go by a different name, he might take the name Mars if it gets him all those new worshippers.

    Emperors aren'y deified in truth, it is just a personality cult. The current emperor is Hadrian and he is just a man, the real gods might indicate their annoyance with this emperor worship thing.

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    If there are no other people, Rome would continue to expand.
    If the people are uncivilised, Rome would continue to expand.
    If the people are similar ish in powe,r same as IRL.
    If the people are more powerful, Rome dies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard_Lizard View Post
    If there are no other people, Rome would continue to expand.
    If the people are uncivilised, Rome would continue to expand.
    If the people are similar ish in powe,r same as IRL.
    If the people are more powerful, Rome dies.
    Ghengis Khan was uncivilized, does he count? Just because some people are barbarians doesn't mean they're pushovers.

    I'm not so much interested in whether Rome conquers everyone, that in the conflict itself and the opportunities that arise to adventuring parties because of it. So should player characters be Romans or outsiders? The Roman Empire supplies a number of things that are standard staples to a fantasy campaign, it supplies a polytheistic pantheon of gods, and it supplies a common currency and a common language called Latin. Now as for gods, the Roman gods are in many cases copies of greek gods. Now lets say with the importation of the Roman Empire, the Roman gods suddenly exist. The Roman gods have no memories, its pretty much as if they were born yesterday, they are aware of the legends concerning them, but have no personal memory of those events. Jupiter is scratching his head trying to figure out what just happened, he calls the other gods to his hall to discuss the matter, even Pluto is invited. Pluto says his realm is empty of souls and just can't explain it, he has amnesia just like everyone else.

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