Valeria Valerius Terza

Valeria is the the youngest sister of Commondus Valerius Perseius (Clay) and Marcus Valerius Volusi (Rob). Marcellus Valerius Commondus was her father. He was poisoned when she was ten.

Valeria has spent most of her youth training as a priestess of Juno in Rome. Valeria is dedicated to the sect of priestesses honoring the three guardian faces of Juno. Priestesses of this sect are expected to travel with those who enhance and protect the glory of Rome. Valeria and the other priestesses of the guardian order honor Juno Regina - queen of the gods, who represents authority, leadership, and the fury of thunder. They honor Juno Sospita - Savior - the patron goddess of the state, armed with spear and shield, and representing the glory of Rome, pride of country, and the defense of the motherland. They honor Juno Moneta, the Goddess who Warns, who governs prophecy; is the mother of the muses and all words of warning, instruction, and inspiration; and protectress of funds and resources. These priestesses testify that Juno is the state - Rome - and she assures that her priestess' words and songs echo with holy thunder, and guide and inspire for the glory of the motherland. They carry Sospita's spear and shield, speak with Regina's thunderous command, and sing Moneta's guiding choruses. [Mechanically, they are often bards or paladins.]

Valeria's reputation as a prophetess was established when she predicted the arrival of her brothers with the ships of wheat during a period of famine. Some divine force (Juno?) seized control of her during her recitation of her "prophecy" about her brothers, and led her to foretell a glorious destiny for them both.

At the age of 15, Valeria is sent to Alexandria, ostensibly to accompany her brother Marcus who is going to study there, but primarily with the goal of making a match with Octavian Augustus whose family fears he is too much under Cleopatra's influence. In Egypt, the most powerful temples to Juno are dedicated to her power over fertility - both human fertility and the fertility of plants and animals - a crucial function in Alexandria's role as the bread basket of the empire. Along with the other priestesses, Valeria learns to revere the maternal and fertile faces of Juno - Juno Lucina - goddess of light and childbirth. When a child was born it was said to have been "brought to light." These priestesses untie knots and unbraid their hair lest these entanglements symbolically block delivery. These priestesses also revere Juno Caprotina who governs fertility itself - female fertility, and also goats and figs, and Juno Opigena who governs the fertility and abundance of crops and keeps the wheat crop abundant so that Alexandria can continue to feed Rome. These priestesses tend to serve within temples, recognizable by their long, unbound hair, and white un-knotted robes. [Mechanically, they are often clerics with light and healing domains.] In this environment, Valeria researches the most powerful magics governing fertility in the marriage bed.

She is obsessed with a plan to assure that Commodus' children rule Rome. She is determined to marry Octavius, heir to Rome, and to close her womb to him, while assuring she can be impregnated by the brother whom she has loved passionately her whole life.

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