Blood of my Blood
The Sangunii in Minnovium
The Sangunii were latecomers to the Valley of the Minno, Minnovium. The first families to colonize Minnovium were the Fulvii and Velii (Velius) whom came to the valley before it was a province of Rome. They spent a few generations eking out an existence among constant fighting with the wildlings of the north and the muck dwellers in the fens. The valley first came into the focus of the Empire when most of the rest of the country was colonized and provinced. The barbarians of the valley would raid through the passage at Delirci and on river south using the Minno. Avium was established and the Velii moved in to guard the river mouth. The Fulvii formed Altemis to try to stem back the barbarians. But still raids came, and the empire was rather unhappy. The Fulvii’s strong-handed tactics did nothing to stem the barbarians so the then-Emperor Claudius Quintis spent a good chunk of the coffers in building the ridiculous fortress at Delirci, sometimes referred to as the Pride that Built a Mountain. The fortress is a monstrous 10 story affair that fills the entire mountain pass, an overcompensation for the previous other fortress that had been overrun. The land for miles around was raped bear to try to feed and cloth the huge army that was housed therein, and the Empire flowed gold in the coffers of the Fulvii to keep their castle going and safeguard the pass.
In the meantime an old family, the Sangunii, relocated to Minnovium to escape old ghosts of Rome and was put in charge of Altemis by the then Prefect. It was a fool’s errand as the barbarians were savagely attacking the city regularly but Sanguinus Aggripa, then head of the Sangunii, forged an alliance with the barbarians based on mutual trust and respect. With the raids prevented through diplomacy the wealth being sent to the Fulvii to maintain the fortress at Delirci dried up, leaving them with the huge hulking fortress and no money to upkeep it. The Sanguinii were made Praetors of Minnovium for bringing peace to the province and the country, and moved to Avium. The Velii were relocated up to Mira, to an old mountain prison and quarry where they built their own castle. Sangunii married into Egnatii, another family with close ties to them, and to this day Egnatii rule at Altemis. Ogdem, by agreement, is Roman but ruled by a local tribal leader from the fen.
Until recently Connexio, the heart of Minnovium in many ways, was ruled by Dorini, another small family with ties to the strong merchant presence there. However the last of their family failed to have any boy children and their eldest daughter married Velius Grumio after her betrothed from the Sangunii, their oldest, ran off to the clergy before he was old enough to wed. The marriage would have secured the Sangunii’s position in Minnovium but now the Velii and Fulvii have a hold on the belt of Minnovium. Many merchants find themselves stopped on the roads as they head up from Avium to Altemis, and south from Altemis. Sometimes they get charged special tolls and taxes even. Talk of the original colonies having rights on the rule of Minnovium is common from Mira to Delirci, and even in Avium graffiti appears with the Sanguinni drawn as thieves stealing the lands of the rightful rulers in the night. Even words such as Tyrant can be seen on the walls.