The Roman Baths Edit
In 106 AD, the Romans conquered some regions of modern day Romania. The province, Dacia Traiana, covered parts of Transylvania, Banat and Oltenia. Even after two thousand years, evidence of their history remains in the mountainous valleys.
Elsewhere in Dacia, the Romans made way as they did across most of Europe during this period, but in Bacas County there was a more nefarious reason to their presence.
In Rome, the Emperor, Senate and Praetorian Guard were being corrupted by Lilith. She knew of a great power in Dacia and slowly gained control over the government. Dancing to her tune, the emperor decided to find this unknown energy and learn its secrets. Lilith had the Emperor under her thumb, as well as his son, a high ranking officer in the Roman army. She arranged for his military units to be under her control rather than that of the Emperor directly.
One such unit, along with builders, tenders and servants, was deployed to the Custirii mountains. Here, they built structures to support the Roman lifestyle, such as shrines, baths, cisterns and bridges. A few farms were established to supply food to the small community. The Romans who lived here were happy and mimicked life in Rome as best they could. To begin with, Lilith accepted their frolics as those of children who had found a new playground.
Her patience wouldn't last.
Eager to get to the point of the expedition, she arranged for most of the men to be sent away only a few years after they arrived, leaving the outpost and Bacas County to a single centuria of eighty men and a commanding officer. With a change of focus, these men would search for the slumbering force deep beneath the earth.
The excavation attempts didn't last long, abruptly halted by the officer himself.
The ruins of the Roman baths high up in the mountain mark the site where the soldiers dug in their attempt to unearth the secrets of the region. Never completed and never a beautiful structure, it has endured the wind and snow for millennia as a lonely, bleak reminder of their presence here.