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Aurelia Senna

Aurelia Senna was born in Rome in the year 28 BC. She was the only daughter of a Senator, Marcus Flavius Senna, and his wife, Priscilla. She had two older brothers, Caius and Lucius Flavius. When she was sixteen years old, she married another Senator, a wealthy older widower named Quintus Varus. Varusís first wife had died without producing an heir. In 8 BC, when Aurelia was twenty, she gave birth to a son, whom she named Lucius, after her father and her favourite brother.

Quintus Varus died in 5 BC, at the age of fifty-five, leaving Aurelia a wealthy widow with a small son. Her father invited her to move back with him, now that her mother had died, but she decided to live in her own home. She was immediately inundated with ambitious suitors, but she chose not to remarry.

In 2 BC, Aurelia held a dinner party. She had always found the poet Simonides pleasant company, so she invited him. Simonides brought a friend, a mysterious man who called himself Corvus. Aurelia knew that "Corvus", which meant "Raven", was not the manís real name, but she could not get him to tell her about his past. This Corvus was a philosopher of sorts, and Aurelia found him fascinating. She began inviting him to many of her parties.

Aurelia soon realised that she was falling in love with Corvus and that, although they had never spoken about it, he was in love with her, as well. Before she could agree to marry him, though, she had to make sure that her father and brothers approved of him. So she introduced him to her family. Not only did they approve, but Corvus and Lucius Flavius became good friends.

Before Corvus would marry her, however, he had to tell her his deepest secret. He was an immortal sorcerer, who had lived 500 years. At first, she did not believe him. That is, until he thrust a knife into his heart and she saw the wound heal.

She told him that it did not matter Ė she loved him. Then he told her of his first wife, and how he had had to watch her die of old age, because he did not know then how to make someone immortal. He said that he now knew how to make Aurelia immortal, but that he had never done it before.

She agreed to try it. So Corvus performed the ritual, and Aurelia, too, became immortal. They decided not to do the same thing for young Lucius, until he was old enough to make his own decision.

Corvus and Aurelia married, and were happy together. Then, in 10 AD, Lucius joined the Legions. They told him their story, and offered him immortality. He declined it, wanting to prove his own bravery without the knowledge that he could not be killed.

Centurion Lucius Varus was slain in a minor skirmish against Gaullish bandits in 17 AD. Aurelia mourned and, although she and Corvus were happy together, some part of their relationship was forever changed. Aurelia was never to have other children. Neither knew whether the immortality ritual had caused her infertility.

They moved to Massillia, in southern Gaul, in 36 AD, knowing that their failure to age would cause comments otherwise. They lived there for twenty years, then moved back to Rome. From there, they moved to Alexandria in 63, and to Rome in 85. But when it came time to move again, in 97 AD, Aurelia decided that she would not be going with Corvus. They still loved each other, but a century together was enough. Corvus realised that Aurelia was right, and, sadly, they parted.

Aurelia travelled extensively in the next several years. She was in Sicily in 150, in Jerusalem in 223, in Londinium in 307. She was back in Rome when the city was sacked, but the knowledge of Magick she had acquired from Corvus, and what she had learned on her own, kept her safe.

She moved to Byzantium for a while, then on to Antioch and Damascus. She was in Baghdad when the followers of Mohammed took that city. She followed Islam for the next several centuries, living in Cairo, in Mosul, in Medina, and finally in Cordoba. She lived in various parts of Spain for many centuries, finally moving to France in 1492, after the last of the Muslims were driven from Granada.

She ran into Corvus in Florence not long after that. They spent a tender month together before he moved on. Aurelia became a wealthy Italian damma, a French grand dame, and a great English lady. She survived the Blitz and turned her time to charity in World War Two, just as she had done during the Great War.

By the end of the Twentieth Century, Aurelia felt restless again. She turned her eyes towards America. She had never been there; perhaps it was time for a visit.