Village, Week 17: "Everyone look busy - Senator Gallio is coming!"

Senator Quintus Furvus Gallio has called his trusty Secretary Omar to join him in Rome for the closing down of his business and home, and to help with preparations for the long journey to his Villa in the Rubicon Valley. Thus, the Villagers are left to carry on the work of building and preparing for the arrival of the household, and to manage their own affairs as best they can. The Senator has let us know that he and his household will be arriving in two to three weeks and that he expects to find the Villa structures complete at that time. Thank goodness we are not expected to have it decorated and furnished as well, but to arrange for a Market Day soon after the family's arrival so that his wife, Petronia, may choose decorations for the Villa herself.

The news from Rome is that anxiety is mounting; no-one is certain of what lies ahead as the powerful General Caesar draws ever closer to Rome, the heart of the mighty Roman Republic. Surely he wouldn't dare to lead his troops across the Rubicon, and so declare war, but then again, he has become so powerful that there is no knowing WHAT he will do! Many in the upper classes, including members of the government itself, are packing up to leave the city for the relative safety of their country Villas, abandoning the lower classes to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, we entrusted with building a Villa and Village for Senator Gallio, who is himself leaving Rome, continue to build - hoping against hope that we will finish in time for his arrival and that someday we will be given time to attend to the building of our homes and families....

Another great week in Village!

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