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Gaius Julius Decuminus
Fictional Character
by Laura Frankos
"Merchants of Discord"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Roman Empire
Date of Birth: 2nd century
Occupation: Inn-keeper
Affiliations: Roman Army

Gaius Julius Decuminus was a retired Roman soldier and inn keeper at Brocolitia on the Wall.[1] His inn received barely welcome guests in the form of four merchants: Secundinius, Brocco, Tertullus, and Flavius Antigonus Papias. All four generally disliked each other, and so their brief stay was a stressful time for Decuminus. He received some direct support from the first decurion, Quintus Vestinus Corvus, especially after the squabbling among the merchants eurpted into a fist-fight.[2]

Things came to a head when Tertullus murdered Secundinius after attempting to curse him. Tertullus initially framed Papias, but with some minor help from the observant Decuminus, among others, Corvus uncovered Tertullus' guilt.[3]

References[]

  1. Crime through Time III, pg. 31, mmp.
  2. Ibid., pg. 32.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 36-45.
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