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The sewage runs down the middle of the narrow street, but the gibbous moon shines along its length allowing you to avoid most of it. It's warm between the buildings, but a cooling breeze rises from the nearby harbor driving away most of the smells. At least, the smells of the city. Rats play at the alley entrances, well-fed by the look of them. Candle and cooking fire lights glimmer out of the barred windows, but most are also shuttered and share little of the illumination. A beggar has found a corner to sleep in, mostly out of the street. He starts awake as you pass and puts his hand out.

The street turns. At the corner you can see in the distance the temple of great Artemis looming over the rest of Ephesus. The marble gleams and the gold glints in the moonlight. You've heard it's one of the most magnificent temples in all the world ruled by Nero, Imperator of Rome, and even with this poor view you believe it on first sight.

The road turns away and slightly down towards darkness, but ahead a short distance you can see the tula on a small rise, three stories of apartments rising up, the tavern on the first floor, barred windows full of light. Loud laughter, someone singing in latin. "Daughter of Nereus, Galatea mine, sweeter than Hybla-thyme, more white than swans, fairer than ivy pale ...."

The tavern door open and five people exit. Definitely soldiers, defintely romans, four of them. Two are drunk, the other two steer them. With them is a woman, not too sober herself, leaning on all of them in turns. They make their way in your direction.
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