Leg I – Canis Ferrous

The First Legion, In the years after the fall, millions died in the already wasteland of the Arizona desert, this is well known. What is also known are the groups that arose, all sought simple survival at first, though for some the old habits came back and they sought to take what they wanted via force. One such group arose during the early years, originally a group of like minded individuals who saw the writing on the wall they left the cities they figured would soon be death traps, they couldn't have been more right. First the water ran out, then the food and fuel. Five million people in Phoenix alone soon turned on each other and more bands of survivors began to surge out like locusts. In the months to follow the camp of this group had grown into a small village, but one that was under constant siege of refugees and raiders. Knowing their own supplies where limited they refused entry to all but those who either had trade or a valuable skill set, this quickly turned to violence as more and more of the ad-hoc groups where denied entry, barely a year after The Fall their gates shut completely and anyone approaching was driven off, violently more often then not. Though out numbered their supply of pre Fall equipment and weaponry gave them an advantage. Years passed and the camp become more xenophobic and hostile until one day a new leader was chosen. He was an elderly man, white haired before the bombs ever came crashing down, how he survived those first few months is a mystery. He had no survival training, was actually a professor from a school down South, history he proclaimed. What this man lacked in prowess he made up for in cunning and cruelty, over the following decade he transformed the small village into a twisted version of ancient Rome. It began quietly at first, adoption of their governmental ideas, even their dress which was easy to manufacture and did surprisingly well in the arid desert. As the military grade equipment wore out he began reshaping the small security force in the image of Old Romes armies as well. Armor was fashioned from whatever metal could be scavenged, firearms repaired as best as possible, the old military ranks replaced with older military ranks, old become new. New Rome it was called, the name changed as the first batch of new recruits where turned out and trained by a select few of the old guard. The rest had retired or decided to leave the city for unknown reasons. Weeks after he usurped control of the so called "Senate" and set his new police force on the population. The following five years are still seen as dark period. Crime disappeared only to be replaced by brutality, public execution and torture became the norm as did strict rationing and population control. You can only push people so far before they break, and in a fitting bit of irony the fighting began on March 15th. Though "Caesar" himself wasn't killed until weeks later, murdered by one of his Praetorian guard, his head staked to the flag pole where the tattered and burned SPQR flag flew. Life eventually returned for what passed as normal, many of the police force where driven our or murdered, little attempt was made to save their brethren by those that fought alongside the rebels, the population had suffered for years and were determined to take it out on someone. A few more years passed, the "Senate" was reformed, even the Guard and Army saw new life, though back under direct Senatorial command. The First Legion, Canis Ferreus was eventually back to their original fighting strength and soon another Legion was formed, and another, mainly made of recruits and Auxiliaries. The years passed, eventually the Senate grew restless, the Legions used to wage war on other groups of survivors, acquiring their land and resources, life was seldom pleasant for those that were conquered but atrocities were rare unless planned, too many remembered their own recent history. Rumors began to reach New Rome of a gathering of survivors in the deserts of Old California, soon a small team was dispatched, all from the First Legion and mostly comprised of those who had taken part in the brief civil war years before.