Name: Georgivs Ativs Albinvs Rank: Optio Origin: Cosentia, Lucania et Brutii, Italia
I am Georgivs Ativs Albinvs, a proud Optio in the 10 th legion. I come from the mountainous region of Lucania et Brutii, home to at least six generations of my forefathers. My father was a centurion under Emperor Vespasian with Legio X Fretensis and left me at a young age. Fate led him to his death in the fall of Jerusalem, where he died bravely fighting the Jewish rebels called zealots, a wound that will never heal.
As I grew older my mother sent me to a ludus and learned Latin along with Greek. Years passed by and I focused my energy on soldiering and bettering myself in matters of discipline and strength, both mentally and physically. Following in my father’s footsteps, I joined the Legio X Fretensis upon reaching adulthood. My mentor, a retired Optio that goes by the name of Antonivs Qvintvs Viator who was also an old friend to my father, introduced me to his beautiful daughter Helena Qvintvs Flora. With flowers in her hair honoring her Goddess, our souls bonded together like a fish is bound with water. We’ve been lovers ever since.
Being brighter than most, my centurion who has been serving for quite a long while, selected me to be his second in command with the rank of Optio, making me responsible for the discipline and drill of my centuria in the legion, leading with respect rather than fear.
Nickname (Agnomina) – The men know me by my cognomen ‘Albinus’, which literally means white for my pale skin.