Senatus Populusque Romanus stand proud and victorious. The the smoke and dust from the Cimbri and Teutoni incursions into Roman Italy are just begining to settle. Gaius Marius has just retired his historic 5th Consulship and the western Mediterranean has become a Roman Lake. Rome casts her eyes upon new lands far from her walls. Many shadowy forces pull the strings of power both within the Senate and without seeking to guide Rome in this new century. Whom shall prevail….. One fact is sure,….Mercury is Rising….