No longer have the dead seen the end of war - now they wage it!
A chance remark, by a friend of mine, that zombies and Romans don't mix struck me as if i'd been hit by one of Jupiter's own great thunderous flashes of inspirational lightning that, actually, they do. And so, after much fervor was spent researching the life of the illustrious Gaius Julius Caesar, along with the other key players Mark Anthony, Brutus, Cicero, Cato and arch-rival Pompey Magnus in late Republican Rome, the script was finally born.
they died; they rose; they conquered.
Originally it was titled Caesar vs. Zombies but such a name implied more of a Plautine comedy than an alternate Livian history of the coming end of the Roman republic which is what the concept aimed to convey. The script was given a more fitting title after watching J.J. Abram'sOverlord which uses horror and fantasy elements within a movie that is set within a documented historical event. In Overlord's case, it is the Second World War, specifically, the allied invasion of Normandy code-named Operation Overlord.
No more do the valiant taste of death but once.
The Fall of Caesar begins in the year 52 B.C., in the town of Alesia in the newly annexed province of Gaul where Gaius Julius Caesar, the ambitious Roman general and politician finally crushes the resistant Gallic tribes under the failed leadership of Vercingetorix now Caesar's prisoner. The Senate of Rome, however, instead of heralding his great victory, proclaim him a war criminal citing his conduct of extreme plunder and killings as a violation of Rome's ancient customs. Caesar goes on the offensive, for his honour demands he is the first man in Rome, and marches with his loyal legion to the Eternal City to make peace with the Senate or engage in civil war.
I fear not well-fed long-haired men, but the pale and dead-looking.
The vengeful druid, Divitiacus, having convinced the Gallic Tribal Council led by the baleful but deliberate Ambiorix that he can bring back to life their dead fighters to kill Caesar and destroy Rome, casts an ancient spell, and resurrects the fallen Gallic warriors. Ambiorix leads the army of undead Gauls on an unstoppable murderous rampage against the occupying Roman forces. When messengers arrive in Rome with the news of the Gallic terror, the panic-stricken Senate votes for Caesar’s arch-rival Pompey Magnus to lead the legions against the Gaulish hordes but he and his entire army is utterly annihilated leaving the blood-thirsty undead to march on Rome.
The glorious dead shall rise. Gloriously the living shall fall.
While under house arrest awaiting prosecution for treason, Caesar learns from his trusted learned slave Philo in an obscure Greek text how to defeat the seemingly invincible "zombies" baying for his blood at the city gates, but can he convince his enemies in the Senate to grant him the powers he needs to save the Eternal City from destruction, and rebuild it in his image?
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"Damn you, Caesar! If the Gauls don't kill us, your ambitions will!"
"If the living could not bring Caesar to his knees, maybe the dead can."
"To die a free man or live as a slave, which do you choose?"
"Well, well, well, what news indeed. Rome's man of triumph is now Rome's man of treason."
"In times of war the innocent always suffer; it's a sin I will gladly bear for our freedom."
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