In other news: I'm playing with the idea of a drabble series with Caranthir post-Alqualonde. Partly because recent political events make me want to play out how someone might react to the might-makes-right mentality I can see the Feanorians struggling against, and partly because I've wanted to write him again since I did a vignette with him last spring (I built up a characterization I want to play with some more). But let's be honest: it's also because I want something to title "Civis Romanus" as much as anything. I've had a West wing quote stuck in my head for three days now, and I want to play with the concept.
Bartlet: Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the Earth unharmed, cloaked only in the protection of the words civis Romanus -- I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens. Where was Morris's protection, or anybody else on that airplane? Where was the retribution for the families, and where is the warning to the rest of the world that Americans shall walk this Earth unharmed, lest the clenched fist of the most mighty military force in the history of mankind comes crashing down on your house?
Of course, Jed Bartlett is slapped down for that sentiment and rightly so. But it's one I see more and more these days, and one worth engaging. Perhaps a Feanorian who seems more dwarven and less *ahem* suited to court life than his brothers might provide some interesting fodder.
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