Livia Drusilla

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Livia Drusilla was a human that lived during the Third Age.

She was given the rank of Prefect in the Zarosian Empire, and served as the commander of Kharid-et.

Following Zaros' betrayal by Zamorak, Livia was informed by that Zaros was personally coming to visit the fortress. Although she viewed it with suspicion, she nonetheless took the time to ensure all of her men were well maintained and disciplined in anticipation of his arrival. [1]

Instead, she was visited by the Pontifex Maximus and a Praetor, relieved that it was the friendly one and not the sadistic clown. She learned from the Pontifex Maximus that Zaros was defeated by his Legatus Maximus. She found it hard to believe, but accepted the truth as fact after seeing the Pontifex Maximus break down over his defeat. She then decided to inform her centurions of this, knowing that morale was necessary to keep her men together and prevent a mutiny. [2] The Pontifex Maximus then left to inform other fort commanders, but he left the Praetor and her praetorian guards as reinforcements.

While informing the centurions of Zaros' defeat with the Praetor, an Avernic demon charged at them in an assassination attempt, but was easily repelled due to the discipline of her men and the lack of skill from the assassin. She then interrogated the prisoner for answers, although it did not yield much results. Regardless, the assassination attempt prompted her to increase the fort's defences in anticipation for an incoming attack. [3]

Preparing for an imminent attack, Livia soon sent exploratores and speculatores out on every direction; the former to search for supplies and allies, and the latter to track enemy movements. [4] The exploratores were able to bring back a few supplies, while the speculatores discovered a massive Avernic war party converging on the fortress. [5]

Due to these preparations, Kharid-et was able to withstand most of the demonic attack, although their food supply began to run dangerously low, despite rationing among the garrison. Trindine ordered the civilians out to lessen the burden, although this was still not enough. She then ordered the prison's head custodian, Stepan Jovkai, to deal with the prisoners in any way possible. [6]

Realising the lack of intelligence their demonic enemies had, and with no other choice, Livia and her officers decided to intentionally weaken part of the fortress walls, and deactivate the shield pylon protecting the fortress to lure the demons in. Although there could be fighting in other, more secure areas of the fortress, it was the only way to repel the war party, and her officers anticipated heavy casualties. [7] Pater Lucius Castillius also informed her of a plan he had in the works and that he would fully disclose it to her, although she had been killed in the battle against the demons before he could tell her. [8] Fortunately, the plan was successful, as the war party was routed.

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  1. ^ Commander's log page 1, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "Couple that with the rumours that he has not been seen in public for many, many years, and I find this very hard to believe. Nevertheless, I shall ensure the troops are prepared and worthy of such a visit. I have relayed orders to my centurions - if any single soldier has but a strap out of place or an unpolished boot, they will find themselves guests of Stepan's 'guest quarters'. A visit from our lord would improve the troops' morale no end."
  2. ^ Commander's log page 2, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "And yet in delivering this news he seems broken, to such an extent that I know the words he speaks are truth even though I cannot believe them myself. Yet I must, for the legion needs to be informed of this. If I don't make an announcement soon, word will spread regardless, and nothing destroys morale more than rumour. Truth leads to trust, and I need their trust now more than ever. We all do."
  3. ^ Commander's log page 3, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "My soldiers managed to wrestle it to the ground before it could do so, however, which is just as well, for the place seems beyond our justice at this point, and I want answers. Based on what the Pontifex Maximus told me and now this, I fear for how widespread this uprising is. I had better have the fort prepare for the worst..."
  4. ^ Commander's log page 4, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "I have ordered the fort's exploratores and speculatores out in all directions. The former shall call back cohorts on active deployment and scavenge whatever resources and allies they can find. The latter will track any enemy troop movements and do what they can to harass them."
  5. ^ Praetorian's log page 2, written by Damis, RuneScape. "Field report, day 14: We reach the fort this morning. Intel delivered. Avernic war party, thousands strong, en route to Kharid-et. Only two of the explratores squads have returned, some with extra supplies, but not much."
  6. ^ Commander's log page 5, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "The demon siege continues. Even with rationing, our food stores are starting to run low, and there are too many mouths to feed. We cannot hold out like this forever, and we cannot rely on support from allies. I have also ordered the Custodian to deal with our prison contingent - they are a burden we can no longer support. I don't care how he deals with it, so long as it gets done."
  7. ^ Commander's log page 6, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "We'll periodically turn the shields back on, such that we can stall the enemy assaults to a trickle, then lower it again once each wave has been defeated. Only this way might we expect to rout them, though my officers still predict heavy losses, and there is a danger of stragglers spilling out into other parts of the fort."
  8. ^ Pater's log page 3, written by Lucius Castillius, RuneScape. "The Prefect is dead. Her soldiers are dead. The civilians are evacuated. Only a handful of us remain."