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"If there is one thing I have learned from Zeus, is that it is those who despite their fate will be able to defy it. Look where I am now..."
- AntarosAntaros, also referred to as the Mysterious Servant, is the narrator and a major character in The Rat of Mapping's Rome's Legacy.
Being born sometime in the mid 4th century BC, somewhere in Greece under the Macedonian Empire, Antaros eventually joined the Macedonian Army. Yet, with some divine intervention from Zeus, Antaros managed to live to the age of at least 940, outliving the rise of the Constantinian Empire.
Antaros is generally depicted as a neutral figure, yet can be helpful at times. However, he does have a thirst for blood of those he deems evil, proving a strong sense of justice.
Early Life in Macedon
This section is mostly speculative, based off of evidence in the series, and fan theories.
Antaros was likely born from 350-340 BCE, considering the life expectancy of the Iron Age was 26. Considering the fact that Antaros is a Greek name, and Antaros describes himself as Hellenic, he was more than probably born in mainland Macedonia; northern Greece today. Antaros may have even been born on Mount. Antaros, as he shares many ties with the location. He was likely born into a peasant family, as he joined the ranks of the Macedonian Army. A noble at this time would not have been a common foot soldier.
Gedrosian March and Discovery of Zeus' Stone
In 326 BCE, Alexander the Great punished his army for mutinying and refusing to march east at the Hyphasis River, as the army had been away from home for eight years. To do this, he divided his forces in half. The more loyal and stronger troops were to sail to Susa. The more expendable troops, including Antaros, were to march with Alexander to Babylon, through the Gedrosian Desert. According to Antaros, three-quarters of his army died during the 60-day journey.
Some time during the Gedrosian March, Antaros became so fatigued that he was no longer able to walk. He was abandoned by his general and left to die. Antaros managed to crawl his way into a cave, hoping it could cool him down. In this cave, he found Zeus' Stone, and was immediately greeted by Zeus himself. While Antaros initially cowered in fear, presuming Zeus was under the assumption that Antaros would steal The Stone, Zeus explained that it was his intention for Antaros to find The Stone, and that Antaros posses a duty. That duty was to deliver The Stone directly to Alexander the Great, as "his reign needed to be eternal in order to maintain the Hellenic Empire", to quote Zeus. Antaros accepted, yet Zeus gave him the condition that The Stone could not be used in any way other to nourish Antaros.
Assassination of Alexander the Great
Using Zeus' Stone, Antaros was quickly able to catch up to the army, who were still trekking through the the Gedrosian Desert. Antaros initially wanted to obey Zeus' command, yet he began to wonder what would be his own fate once Alexander had his hands on The Stone and no more use for him. Antaros then waited until the march was over to hand over The Stone, to see if he was even given enough food and water to make it to Babylon. He wasn't, so he was forced to supply himself using The Stone. Yet by this point, Antaros began to distrust that Alexander the Great was a fit ruler. In Antaros' words, Alexander took all the credit from the soldiers who fought the battles for him. Antaros began playing the idea of keeping The Stone for himself and proclaiming himself the divine ruler of Macedon.
By the time the Macedonians had returned to Babylon, Antaros had full intention of seizing the throne. He entered Alexander the Great's private chamber and told him that he would be Alexander's usurper. Alexander took this as challenge, and began to duel. Antaros summoned a spear made of pure energy, and hurled it at Alexander, killing him instantly.
Zeus immediately intervened and was angry at Antaros for defying him. While Antaros attempted to defend his points, Zeus shut him down. He told Antaros that he could keep the stone, yet he was burdened with a curse that he could not take a life.
Antaros' Time as a Historian
Soon after, Zeus manipulated the humans and made them believe that Alexander had died due to malaria. Macedon began to fade into obscurity soon after. Antaros left Babylon and moved to Egypt, which at the time was ruled by the Ptolemaic Dynasty. The Dynasty was under the rule of one of Alexander the Great's former generals, and the two quickly became close friends. The general was the first person Antaros told about Zeu's Stone. To attempt to ease his mind, the general gave Antaros historical records of conquests he had made while being a Macedonian General, and encouraged him to become a historian. The general argued that since Antaros was immortal, history could be far better preserved through him. Antaros took up the occupation as a historian.
After a couple of decades, the general died, and Antaros didn't get along with his successor. Antaros left Edgypt and returned to Greece. There, he witnessed and recorded the Macedonian Wars, and began to feel anger and frustration towards the Romans. After that, Antaros lived in Germania (East Germany and Western Poland), occasionally recording history, however he began to lose his passion and drive as a historian. Sometime, Antaros also met a Saxon priest named Eburwin, who he took a liking to.
In 284 AD, the Roman Empire split into East and West. The Western Roman Empire began falling, and by the times the Odoacers invaded, Antaros began recording history once more. He was now eager to be a historian as he believed revenge would be served for the Romans deposing of Hellenic culture. Antaros patiently waited for the Germanic tribes to completely remove Roman culture from Europe.
After the Byzantine and Sassanian Empire defeated the Tenebrae Khanate, they began to understand that negotiating a treaty would be difficult. Antaros intervened and offered to write up a treaty for them. The empires both accepted, and the borders of Europe and Asia were transformed.
Search for Antaros and Zeus' Stone
In 578 AD, Antaros decided that the Syagrius Dynasty was too dangerous, and decided to intervene. He managed to get into contact with his old friend Eburwin, and asked him to remove Syagrius from power. When Eburwin asked how he could accomplish such a feat, Antaros revealed The Stone and offered to give it to him. Antaros explained that he had a curse that prevented him to take the lives of others, otherwise he would kill Syagrius himself. Antaros tells Eburwin to travel to Mount. Antaros (the exact location is unknown, yet it is somewhere in Northern Macedonia) when Syagrius' mental state completely collapses, and that he will receive the stone then and there. Antaros then retreats, and warns Eburwin to leave the territory immediately, for risk of his life.
However, a Syagrius Dynasty soldier heard their entire conversation, and relayed the information back to Emperor Syagrius. Eburwin was tracked down and interrogated for the information of Zeus' Stone. Syagrius managed to find the location and killed Eburwin. Antaros learned of this and reasoned that although he would be exposed to Syagrius, the curse may not apply in self-defense scenarios, and therefore Antaros may be able to kill Syagrius. He later claims to be looking forward to Syagrius' arrival, claiming that taking the lives of tyrants satisfies him, just as it satisfied him to kill Alexander the Great.
Duel with Syagrius and Death
In the year 584 AD, Syagrius IV temporarily abdicated to obtain Zeus' Stone. This left the Syagrius Dynasty to turn into the Second Roman Republic, and it quickly fell to external invasions. Syagrius, however, was successful in locating The Stone, and met Antaros for the first time. Antaros trapped him in a barrier made of pure energy, and explained his life story. Antaros then challenged Syagrius in a battle to the death. Using The Stone, Antaros easily overwhelmed Syagrius, and was ready to end his life, when Zeus stepped in and began to banish him to Tartarus. Antaros pleaded for his life, and promised to serve Zeus forever, yet he was killed anyway. Syagrius then obtained Zeus' Stone.
Escape from Tartarus
After Emperor Maurikios II defeated Syagrius, Zeus offered for Maurikios to take The Stone and to become his right hand man; the Olympian ambassador to the mortal realm. Antaros, however, somehow managed to escape Tartarus, even without The Stone, a feat which only Heracles and Orpheus have achieved. He convinced Maurikios II to ignore Zeus and destroy The Stone, removing the last connection the Olympians had to the mortal realm. Maurikios destroys the stone and Zeus faded, never to be cared about by any human again.
Antaros thanks Maurikios II for his work against Syagrius and Zeus, and tells him that he will write the future of Europe. Antaros then claims that he still possess immortality, and will likely continue wondering around Europe, after Maurikios asks him what his intentions are without The Stone. Antaros then gives Maurikios all the records he wrote since Odoacers invaded Western Rome, on the condition that Maurikios creates a new identity instead of simply using the Roman one. Maurikios forms the Constantinian Empire, and Antaros seems satisfied. He then wonders off into Greece, with the future unknown.
Despite maintaining a seemingly innocent and even frail facade throughout the majority of the series, Antaros immediately displays the vast power he has received courtesy of Zeus' Stone. Not accounting for his military training under Alexander the Great, Antaros is extremely powerful compared to the average human, easily hurling Syagrius IV several feet away during their duel.
However, Antaros' greatest feat by far is his escape from Tartarus. Judging by Antaros' phrasing in his conversation with Maurikios II, Antaros managed to escape the underworld just before entering Tartarus. The only way he could do this is by defeating Charon, who is proven to exist in the series, as Antaros mentions him in his duel with Syagrius IV. The full extent of Charon's power is unknown, yet considering the fact that Charon is the son of Erebus, a primordial deity, it is possible that Charon posses the similar power, making him virtually immeasurable in power. However, based off of feats made by Olympian Gods, which are similar to power in the primordials, it is safe to assume that Charon is a mountain buster at best, making Antaros at least on par with him. To compare, Antaros would be a High Tier 7-A in the VS Battles Tier System.
- Despite Antaros killing Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, the Gedrosian March was in 326 BCE. This is likely a plot hole on the Rat of Mapping's part.
- Despite Zeus' Stone not granting the ability of omnipotence, Antaros knows of the death of Eburwin without anyone telling him. This may have been an ability he picked up, or he may have used the Stone to somehow give him the ability. Similarly, Antaros cheated Death by escaping Tartarus before he was cast in there. This can be explained with the Absorption Theory of The Stone.
- In Greek Mythology, Anteros is the god of requited love. This is likely a coincidence.