You awake with a start. You didn't realise you'd fallen asleep!
Guess where you are right now...
[[Where?->2]]You're in our classroom. Right in the middle of one of Mr Pettit's more boring lessons...
[[Yawn.->3]]You yawn loudly and the other children laugh. Mr Pettit rolls his eyes and carries on his lesson. You try to listen but it's just so dull.
You try to pay attention but you feel your eyes start to close.
[[Fight the urge to fall asleep.->3b]]
[[Give in and fall asleep.->4]]You do your best to stay awake but it's just no use. Your eyes close and you feel yourself [[slipping away...->4]](text-style:"blur","buoy")[Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...]
(live: 5s) [[[Wake up!->5]]]You wake up but not to the sight of the ICT suite...
The sun beats down from high above you. The sound of people fills the air. You find yourself stood in an enormous stadium filled with thousands of cheering Romans. There's a sword in your hand.
[[Grip it tightly.->6]]The sound of rattling chains fills the air and a gate starts to open in the stone wall opposite you. From the passageway a gladiator walks forward, holding an enormous trident in one hand and a fishing net draped over his other. He points it at you menacingly. The crowd goes wild.
What is this type of gladiator called? Think carefully. A right answer could save your life...
That's not the right type of gladiator!
With no knowledge to help, you are quickly attacked by the gladiator. You fall in the colluseum as the crowds cheer...
[[Try again.->6]]That's right! You remember that the //retiarius// was often pitted against the //secutor//, another type of fighter that carried a large shield. Sure enough, when you turn around you find a large armoured man running toward you shouting. It seems you picked up his sword!
Dropping the weapon, you run for the gateway as the two gladiators attack each other to the cheers of the audience.
[[Try to climb the wall into the crowd.->7b]]
[[Try to dart under the closing gateway from where the gladiator emerged.->8]](enchant:?page,(background:red))
You scramble and claw at the walls but they're too tall and smooth. As you turn around to try the gateway you realise the gladiators have stopped fighting.
And turned to face you...
You manage to slide under the closing gate just in time. Now you stand in a dark hallway as the sound of the crowd becomes distant behind you. A long row of doors stand in front of you, each numbered with Roman numerals.
Which one should you choose?
[[V->8c]]The door (text-style:"shudder")[rattles...]
[[Try again.->8]]The door opens and a shout comes from inside.
"Go away!" the voice cries.
You shut the door quickly and decide to [[try again->8]].The door opens to reveal a kitchen area. A fire burns in the corner with a large pot of stew bubbling on top. On the main table a whole banquet of food lies ready to be taken.
Your stomach rumbles and you realise how hungry you are. Just as you are about to reach for something to eat, you spot a sign in Latin: (text-style:"emboss","blink")[venenum]. Maybe you should work out what the word means before you continue?
[[Okay, I've checked and I'm ready to move on.->10]]Now you know what the sign says the decision seems obvious!
[[Eat the stuffed doormouse.->10b]]
[[Eat the honey-soaked figs.->10b]]
[[Eat the coarse brown bread.->10b]]
[[Eat the steaming bowl of soup.->10b]]
[[Don't eat anything.->11]]You take the sign's warning and avoid eating any food. Instead, you walk on through to the next room, finding an amazing airy space with an open roof and a small pool of water in the floor at the center. You look back and see a sign saying CULINA leading to the room behind you. CULINA must mean kitchen!
What on earth could this new room be called? Careful - if you get it wrong, your adventure may come to an end...
[[Vestibulum->11b]]Delicious! But something is wrong. You feel sick. Everything is going black...
[[Try again.->10]](enchant:?page,(background:red))Hmmm, that doesn't sound right!
Suddenly an angry looking Roman bursts into the room.
"What are you doing here in my home?" he yells.
Oh dear, it looks as if you story is over.
[[Try again.->11]]This is the atrium, that's right! A greeting room where Romans would say hello to their guests. This must be a Roman's home... Perhaps the owner of the colluseum had his house built into the bottom of the stadium?
But that doesn't seem right...
You quickly go to leave the house, spotting the front entrance by the bright, sun-filled windows. You reach the door, turn the handle and then step out into...
(live: 5s) [[[A Roman army camp!->13]]]What is going on? Every door you pass through seems to teleport you to another Roman scene. First the colosseum, then a Roman house, now an army camp.
Tents cover the floor and a dark, sinister forest surrounds you. Roman soldiers sit by fires talking or sharpening their weapons. Before they can spot you - you dart behind a nearby log and hide. It's cold here and you feel yourself begin to shiver. This must be Gaul - Barbarian lands!
Peering over the log you spot lots of different types of soldiers. Can you remember what the name of a commander of 80-100 men was called?
That title doesn't seem to be the right one...
While you're thinking, a snapped branch sounds from behind you.
You turn to see a fierce BARBARIAN rushing toward you, axe swinging in their hands.
[[Try again.->13]]A centurion! You can actually see one in the camp, bossing their men around.
Suddenly, you hear a twig snap behind you. A shout cuts through the quiet of the evening. You watch in amazement as a wave of furious barbarians rush toward the camp, weapons held high, bare-chests covered in war paint and furs.
You need to get out of here!
[[Try to hide on the other side of the log.->14b]]
[[Rush to the Roman soldiers for help.->14c]]
[[Hide in one of the tents.->15]](enchant:?page,(background:red))Did you really think that hiding behind a log would help? They've already seen you!
The horde of fighters wash over you, trampling you under the feet.
As you run for help you feel a sharp pain in your back. An arrow! One of the attackers has shot you.
Tripping to the floor, everything starts to go dark...
[[Try again.->14]]Great idea! If every door in Ancient Rome seems to magically teleport you somewhere, maybe the flap of the tent will as well?
Sure enough, as you jump through the tent you are magically whisked away to [[a very strange place indeed.->16]]You find yourself on a great mountain top. The freezing wind whips around you and you feel your eyes begin to water. For a moment you think you are alone in the endless white snow, but then you hear laughing...
[[Try to see who the voice belongs to.->17]]"I am Jupiter!" the voice roars, as a tall, bearded man wrapped in a toga appears before you. Thunderbolts dance between his hands as if he were juggling them. Around him more and more people appear, each more strange and fantastic than the last.
A blur comes to rest as a man with winged sandals appears as if from thin air.
A giant clad in red armour grips an enormous sword and mace in each hand.
An ethereal woman holding a bow has the symbol of a moon etched onto her armour.
A tall, muscular woman with dark hair holds a shield and tall staff.
Could it be... the Roman Gods?
"Sometimes we like to play with mortals," Jupiter bellows, chuckling with laughter. "We pluck them from time as they sleep and give them a test. If they pass, then they get to go home. If not...well, then they don't."
The other gods and goddeses laugh at this.
"Have I passed the test?" you ask.
"[[We'll see->18]]," Jupiter says with a dark smile."Your final test is a famous Roman riddle. If you answer it you may go home. If you get it wrong..."
His voice trails off menacingly as one of the other gods steps forward. This one has grey skin and purple robes.
"I'm in the beginning of eternity,
And the end of time and space,
Also the beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.
What am I?"
You think hard. What could it be?
(Give your answer to Mr Pettit and if you're right, he'll tell you the code to unlock the right answer.)
[[Go back to the beginning of the code.->18]]What's the next digit?
[[80->18b]]What's the next digit?
[[830->18b]]What's the next digit?
"Ha ha, you're not as foolish as you look!" Jupiter says with a grin. "You have passed the test and may join us in our feast. Sit with us a while, eat our food and rest. When you're ready. Just go back to sleep... you'll wake up back in your class."
(Go to Mr P for your food : ) )
[[I've finished eating, time to go to sleep...->23]](text-style:"fade-in-out")[[[Zzzzzzzzzzz->1]]]