Author has written 2 stories for Cold Case, and King Arthur.
For the story It All Started With The Falcon
1.0 - The Map of the Castrum with description included.
You have the walls and, along those, you get the Intervallum, which was a blank space used to put animals or carriage during normal time and, during attacks, it was necessary because it was were most projectile ended up falling and no one would be standing there.
Then you have the Legionaries Quarters (either tents or, in harsher climates like the one in Britain, stone and wood structures) who are split in the middle by the Via Sagularis which was a service road for the troops. The legionaries quarters were positioned there not only to act as a defense to the inner structures but also to allow the troops a quick access to the walls in case of attack.
Apart from the Via Sagularis, you have two big streets (counted by the Romans as four even though there were only two names) and a minor one.
Via Principalis (Main Street if you want) was the one that connected the Porta Principalis Dextra (Right Main Door) and the Porta Principalis Sinistra (Left Main Door) and the horizontal one going from east to west.
Via Praetoria (Officers Street) went from north to south and connected the Porta Praetoria (Officer Door, but actually the main gate of the Castrum) to the Porta Decumana (which I'm not sure what it translates to but was the gate equivalent of a back door).
Via Quintana (Fifth Street, since the big ones counted as four and via sagularis wasn't counted at all) was a road that divided half of the Castrum in four, giving way to three specific zones plus, in the cases where the Castrum had started either housing or working with local populations, a Public Market (to the last one I added a Roman tavern, an area for houses and the local brothel, which to me made sense put near both a tavern and a market).
Those three zones were:
Latera (“Lateral”), which housed the Arae (sacrificial altairs for any kind of divinity), the Auguratorium (were the auspices were read), the Tribunal (for military issues, though in Castrums who had contact with the locals the military court could judge locals too, if the Praetor whished it so), part of the Staff Quarters (mostly staff for the surrounding buildings), the Storehouses (for either grain or meat or other kinds of food if they managed to procure it) and the Armamentarium (a *really* long shed that contained the weapons that weren't mounted on the walls, the field weapons and spare weapons for the soldiers). I added a Church because while the Romans did respect old beliefs and other populations gods, by Arthur's time Christianity was wide-spread and already on his way to becoming huge.
Praetentura (“Stretching to the front”), which housed the Valetudinarium (the Healing Rooms for the men, who also housed the medical staff), the Veterinarium (the vet though the services of this one were limited to horses and any other kind of pet was to be taken care either on your own or with the help of your friends), the quarters for the Equites (the knights) and the Exploratores (the scouts) and the Fabrica (the wood and metal workshop and the place were smiths and wood-carvers resided).
Retentura (“Stretching to the rear”), which housed the already-talked-about Quaestorium (the military supply office), the quarters of the Statores (guards implied specifically in the Praetorium) and the holding area for political or war prisoners (Prison Cells).
On the other half of Via Principalis you head the Principia (Main square of the Castrum and the place I suppose they went to when they arrived with the boy Lucan and Dagonet's body). Around the Principia you had the Praetorium (where the Praetor and the headquarters-plus-barracks staff resided) divided into two main bodies so not to obstruct the Via Praetoria (this is where Arthur has his round table too, in my mind).
On the left side of the Principia and Praetorium, there was the Forum (the square were local roman affairs were discussed and treated and where men congregated to talk about almost anything) and the huge building (connected to the Praetorium) that contained the Barracks. Here you had the kitchens and their stores, the laundry room, the mess hall, the private (little) baths and private latrines (otherwise there were public ones who were mounted on the side of the road and open for all to see).
I found nowhere informations about were the public bath-house (which was huge and we'll talk more about it another time since it was made in a specific way and it will feature in the story) was put so I decided to put it there. Romans built their Castrums based on the access to fresh and flowing water and the first things they put down in building permanent ones (like the one in King Arthur is) were their version of pipes, sewers, aqueducts, wells and general access to water.
On the right side of the Principia and Praetorium, I'm not sure what you could find (because I found no informations about it). I took the liberty of deciding that this was were the Training Grounds were (they would have them both inside and outside, so that they could train under any condition and use outside training to learn how to battle in the local terrain and make it work for them). Also the Stables, because they should have been an auxiliary cavalry cohort and that supposes a huge presence of horses (I won't go now in how the movie was historically incorrect, you'll see the differences in the fic itself). I also put here both a little group of houses and Vanora's tavern (which is so big because it looked like it was huge with both outside and inside tables, a given considering the english weather).
2.0 Cast of Characters
I've been asked, in one of the reviews, how would Isobel look like if she was an Hollywood actress (who are not plain, but oh well XD). The reader wanted to know because she, like me, visualizes a lot so having a frame of reference can help to identify characters. Because that request is sensible and I quite agree with her on having a funnier and easier time by having a clear face in mind I've decided to put up links to both the canon characters from the movie and my OCs. I will add new characters who are supposed to be recurring from time to time, when they appear or get established as recurring (some I already know will come back, others may or may not since it depends on the needs of the plot).
Some people will look older than their real age. That is a deliberate choice on my part, since back in the these days (or even the last century) many people looked far older than what they actually were, because of the strain their life put on them, making them grow apparently older sooner. That is, except for Lamorak who looks older than his real age but is also much older than all the other knights. He departed older than the others, arrived late (because of problems with his batch of Sarmatians along the way) and has been there for a while, which is so much older than the others.
Please do remember that these pictures are just frames of reference to help you have clearer ideas on who's talking to who and who's looking like what. Isobel is supposed to be have a plain face but there is no real plain-looking actress so bear that in mind. I will borrow the faces from searches on Google Images. They may range from pictures who I think look the part (and may be fanart to a character in another fandom) to original designs (as far as I know) or sketches or photos of normal people from Google or photos of actor and actresses (mostly from either historical movies / tv miniseries or the Hollywood roster). I won't know who most of these pictures should be credited to, but if someone does please tell me and I *will* add the credit.
None of those designs or images are mine, I own nothing and I get no money for choosing them. Credit to the people who either snapped the photo, made the screencaps or put their hands to work to create the art.
Thank you very much for the attention.
2.1 Canon characters
2.2 OC characters
2.2.1 Roman Women
2.2.2 Briton Women
Ethelind (in a classic roman outside hallway)
2.2.3 Roman Men
Burkhard (he fights in full legionary armor, naturally)
Cador (who, luckily for Isobel's hormones, was dressed and a little filthy when she met him)
Caractacus (Same as for Cador)