Choose Your Fate: Romulus and Remus by Heather

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Choose Your Fate: Romulus and Remus by Heather
Choose Your Fate: Romulus and Remus
by Heather Graham
1. Romulus and Remus are twins. Their fates are tied to the origins of the Roman Empire. This is your
chance to join your fate with theirs. This is not made to be read from start to finish. At the end of some
sections (each one starts with a different number) you may be told to go directly to another specific
section. In other sections you will have to make a choice. Pick the choice you wish to do and go to the
section directed for that choice. Now your adventure begins! Do you want to be Romulus or Remus?
• If you choose to be Romulus, go to 2.
• If you choose to be Remus, go to 29.
2. Servants are ordered to get rid of you and your brother, Remus, shortly after your birth.
• If you are set adrift in a basket on the River Tiber, go to 3.
• If you are put in a trough to be dropped in the River Tiber, go to 20.
• If you are thrown into the River Tiber, go to 21.
• If you are put in a basket and left on the banks of the Tiber because the servant in charge of
executing you could not bring himself to hurt you, go to 22.
• If you are abandoned at birth on the banks of the River Tiber by the servants that were in
charge of executing you, go to 23.
3. You and Remus float safely ashore. Where a she-wolf finds you. She suckles and tends you as her
own. Go to 24.
4. You learn that the shepherd's name is Faustinius. He takes you and your brother, Remus, home. Go
to 5.
5. Your foster parents raise you and Remus until you are adults. What do you want to do next?
• Sometimes your foster father acts secretive. Do you ask him what he is hiding from you? If yes,
go to 26.
• Do you want to go to school at Gabii and learn how to read and write? If yes, go to 27.
• Do you want to found a city? If yes, go to 16.
• Do you want to fight with the cowherds of Amulius, the king who usurped Numitor's throne? If
yes, go to 10.
• If you choose none of the above, go to 19.
6. The auguries are sent to you and Remus in the form of vultures. Remus sees six. You see twelve,
and claim that you have the superior augury. Remus makes a counterclaim. He saw his six vultures
first. Go to 7.
7. You and Remus fight and you win, killing Remus. You then populate your city with fugitives from
other countries. After you are finished building it, you name it Roma after yourself. To get wives for
you and and the citizens of your city, you abduct the women of the neighboring Sabine tribe. After a
long reign, you disappeared in a thunderstorm and are thereafter worshiped as the god Quirinus.
The End
9. You think you should be the supreme ruler of the city. Your brother, Remus, disagrees. Do you
choose to use omens to determine who should rule the city?
• If yes go to 6.
• If not go to 7.
10. You and Remus decide to go into the conflict with the shepherds of King Amulius. Remus is
captured during one of the battles and he is taken to King Amulius. You raise a band of shepherds to
free your brother. In the battle Amulius is killed. You find out your father is Mars and your mother is
Rea Silvia, daughter of the former king of Alba Longa, Numitor, whose throne was taken from him by
his brother Amulius. You and Remus are offered to rule the city but you refuse and instead restore
Numitor as king of Alba Longa. After you visit your mother you and Remus leave to found your own
city.
• If you choose to jointly rule the city with Remus, go to 11.
• If you want to be the supreme ruler of the new city, go to 9.
11. You want to build the city on the Palatine Hill, but Remus prefers the Aventine Hill.
• Do you choose to do auguries to see which hill you should build on? Go to 6.
• Do you choose to go ahead and build defenses around the Palatine Hill? Go to 13.
13. You build fortifications around the Palatine Hill for your city. Remus ridicules and obstructs your
efforts.
• Do you attack Remus? If yes, go to 7.
• Do you try to ignore Remus? If yes, go to 14.
14. Against your wishes, Remus is killed by a blow to the head with a spade, wielded by your
commander, Fabius. Go to 15.
15. You bury Remus on Mt. Remonia with honor and regret. You build your city and name it Roma,
after yourself, and after ruling your city for many years, you disappear in thunderstorm. Afterward you
are worshiped as the god Quirinus.
The End
16. You set off to start a city.
• If you want to build the city on the Palatine hill, go to 11.
• If you don't care where the city is built, go to 17.
17. You have no strong preferences where the city is built.
• If you want to rule the new city independently, go to 9.
• If you want to rule the new city jointly with Remus, go to 18.
18.You quarrel with Remus and he is killed. You then build your the city alone. When you are finished
you name it Roma, after yourself. You populate it with fugitives and steal wives for your people from
the Sabine tribe. After a long reign, you disappear during a thunderstorm and are forever afterward
worshiped as the god Quirinus.
The End
19. One day, you and Remus are captured and handed over to Numitor. He suspects that you are his
grandsons and tells you so. Together you overthrow Amulius, the current king of Alba Longa who
usurped the thrown from Numitor before you were born. You also learn that you are the sons of Rhea
Silvia, Numitor's daughter, and Mars, the god of war. You and Remus leave to build a city of your
own. Go to 16.
20. You are put in a trough to be dropped in the Tiber River but the person who is carrying you sees that
the river is flooded so he drops you on the banks. The river rises and you are swept away. You
eventually wash up on the banks where a woodpecker and a wolf feed and care for you. Go to 24.
21. You are thrown into the Tiber River, but you survive and the Wolf-Goddess, Luperca, cares for you
in her cave, the Lupercal. Go to 24.
22. The servant cannot bring himself to harm you. Instead he places you in a basket and leaves it on
the banks of the Tiber River. The river floods and it carries you downstream. The river deity Tiberius
makes the basket catch in the roots of a fig tree that grows in the Velabrum swamp at the base of the
Palatine Hill. The you and Remus are found and suckled by a she-wolf, called Lupa, and fed by a
woodpecker, called Picus. Go to 24.
23. You and your brother, Remus, are abandoned on the banks of the River Tiber by servants. Go to
24.
24. As you and your brother, Remus, get older are you...
• found by a shepherd? Go to 4.
• found by a swineherd? Go to 28.
26. You ask your foster father what he is hiding from you. He tells you and Remus that you are the
sons of Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor the former king of Alba Longa, whose throne was usurped by
Amulius, Numitor's brother. Your father is the demi-god Hercules. Together you and Remus kill
Amulius, restore Numitor as king of Alba Longa, and free your mother who Amulius had been keeping
prisoner. You then decide to found your own city. Go to 16.
27. You go to school at Gabii, and are instructed in reading and writing. You and Remus are known for
your bravery and courage. You and your brother appear to be born to rule rather than obey. You spend
your time hunting, running, dealing with thieves, and helping people who are wronged or oppressed.
Your foster father comes to you saying that Remus had been taken by Numitor's herdsman to
Numitor. He tells you that you are not actually his son but that you are the son of Ilia, daughter of
Numitor the former king of Alba Longa, whose position as king was stolen by his brother, Amulius.
Amulius had all the treasure that had been taken from Troy by their ancestor, Aeneas. Amulius then
forced Ilia to become a Vestal. Vestals were forbidden to have children, but Ilia was found with you
and she would have suffered great punishment if Antho, the Amulius' daughter, had not asked for Ilia to
be spared.
You and Faustulus run quickly to Numitor. Faustulus tells Numitor the truth of your birth.
Remus rouses the citizens within Alba Longa to revolt while you attack the city from the outside.
Amulius is killed. You and Remus decide to found your own city where you were found as infants.
• Do you want to rule the city independently? Go to 9.
• Do you and Remus choose to rule together and you begin to build walls for your new city? Go
to 13.
28. The swineherd, whose name, you learn, is Faustulus, is Amulius' swineherd. Amulius is the king of
a nearby city named Alba Longa. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, raise you. Go to 5.
29. As newborns, servants are ordered to get rid you. Are you, with your brother, Romulus...
• set adrift in a basket on the Tiber? Go to 30.
• put in a small trough? Go to 47.
• thrown into the River Tiber? Go to 48.
• left on the bank of the Tiber River in a basket? Go to 49.
30. You float safely ashore where a wolf finds and cares for you. Go to 33.
31. The shepherd, who you learn is a royal shepherd named Faustulus, and his wife, Acca Larentia, find
and care for you. Go to 35.
32. The swineherd, named Faustulus, and his wife care for you. Go to 35.
33. As you and your brother get older are you...
• found by a shepherd? Go to 31.
• found by a swineherd? Go to 32.
35. You are raised to adulthood by your foster parents.
• You know your foster father is hiding something from you, do you ask him what it is? If yes, go
to 36.
• Do you want to go to school at Latium and learn how to read and write? If yes, go to 38.
• Do you want to fight the shepherds of Amulius? If yes, go to 39.
• Do you want to found a city with your brother, Romulus? If yes, go to 40.
• Do you want to continue living life as you have been for the past years? If yes, go to 41.
36. You ask your foster father what he is hiding from you. He says, “You are old enough, I should tell
you. You are the grandson of Numitor the former king of Alba Longa, whose throne was usurped by
his brother Amulius. You are the son of Rhea Silvia, Numitor's daughter, and Mars, the god of war.
She was a Vestal Virgin and forbidden to marry so you were to be killed, but as you can see you
survived.” You and Romulus kill Amulius, restore Numitor to his throne, and decide to establish a city
that you can call your own. Go to 37.
37. Romulus wishes to build the city on the Palatine hill where you were raised by the wolf.
• You agree with Romulus and build the city on the Palatine hill, go to 42.
• You disagree with Romulus and wish to build the city on the Aventine hill, go to 43.
38. You go to Latium and learn how to read and write. You become well known for you bravery. One
day you were traveling with a few companions while Romulus was at a sacrifice, when some of
Numitor's cowherds captured you and brought you to Numitor. They had been quarreling with
Amulius' cowherds for a while now and thought you might be on their side. Your foster father, having
heard of your capture, brought Romulus with him and came to Numitor and told him that you and
Romulus were the sons of Ilia, Numitor's daughter, and Mars. Together you and Remus attack Alba
Longa and return it's throne to Numitor. After visiting your mother, who was saved from any
punishment other than imprisonment by Antho, daughter of Amulius, you decide to go and found a city
with your brother. Go to 37.
39. You go into conflict with the shepherds of King Amulius, during which you are captured and taken
to Amulius. In the mayhem that followed Romulus raises a group to liberate you. Amulius is killed in
the battle. You learn that you are the sons of Hercules, a demi-god, and Rhea Silvia, daughter of
Numitor the former king of Alba Longa whose throne was taken from him by Amulius, his brother.
You decide to build a city. Go to 37.
40. You decide that you want to found a city. Mars tells you to found it on the Palatine Hill where you
were raised by the wolf. Go to 44.
41.One day you and your brother are captured and handed over to Numitor. He tells you that he
recognizes you and that you are his grandsons, sons of his daughter, Rhea Silvia, and Mars. Together
you kill Amulius who stole Numitor's position as king of Alba Longa using the money he inherited
from Aeneas of Troy. Numitor becomes king once again and you and Romulus decide to start a new
city of your own. Go to 37.
42. You agree with Romulus, the Palatine hill would be the best place to start the new city. Go to 44.
43. You tell Romulus that you think it would be better if the city was built on the Aventine hill. You
decide to do auguries. You see six vultures and Romulus sees twelve. You saw yours first though.
Eventually it is decided that Romulus had the superior augury and that the city should be built on the
Palatine Hill. Go to 44.
44. Romulus builds fortifications around the Palatine Hill.
• If you jump over Romulus' fortifications and ridicule them, go to 45.
• If you tell Romulus that you should rightfully rule the city, go to 46.
45. You make fun of and ridicule Romulus' wall by jumping over it. In rage Romulus attacks and kills
you crying, “So perish every one that shall hereafter leap over my wall!”
The End
46. You tell Romulus that you should rightfully rule the city. You decide to do auguries. You see six
vultures first but Romulus sees twelve vultures. Romulus is chosen a the true ruler of the city. He
builds a trench around the hill. You obstruct the work. In rage Fabius, Romulus' commander, hits you
in the head with a shovel killing you.
The End
47. You are put in a small trough and a man carries you toward the River Tiber but he sees that it is
flooded and is afraid to go any nearer so he leaves you on the bank. The river rises until it lifts the
trough up and carries it to a place called Cermanus. Nearby is a fig tree. Here a she-wolf and
woodpecker feed and watch over you. Go to 33.
48. You were tossed into the Tiber River, but you survive and Luperca, the Wolf-Goddess, cares for you
in her cave called the Lupercal. Go to 33.
49. You are left in a basket on the bank of the river. The river rises and the river deity Tiberinus makes
the basket you are in catch in the roots of a fig tree in a swamp. You are found and cared for by Lupa, a
wolf, and Picus, a woodpecker. Go to 33.

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