Special Sub-Topic: Ace, 'Obelix and Co'
|On arriving, I found myself in a Roman camp, a camp where the soldiers were unshaven, drinking merrily and doing their laundry. I met the Centurion of the camp, one Mr. Scrofulus - who explained to me that his men were just waiting for their 'relief,' having borne the brunt of the attacks by a Gaulish village! Which Roman camp was I in? |
Totorum. Totorum was one of the four Roman camps surrounding the village, the others being Compendium, Aquarium and Laudanum. Totorum was the only Roman camp mentioned in the book 'Obelix and Co.'
|Deciding to stay at the camp for a few days to study this 'side' of Roman military, I was quite surprised to see a fresh band of soldiers after a few days - soldiers who looked more like soldiers!
The men at Totorum were quite delighted at seeing this and left the camp in a way. I was filled in on the 'relief' system.
Who led the new band of soldiers?|
Ignoramus. 'Obelix and Co' was the book in the Asterix series which didn't have the name Asterix in the title! The soldiers in far away camps were constantly changed to provide relief to the existing ones and so that they could visit their families.
|Having heard so much about this village, I decided to check this village out and maybe stay there for a while.
On reaching the village, I saw all the villagers giggling in delight and whispering things amongst themselves - all except one really 'huge' one who seemed to have no clue what was going on.
I asked a villager what the reason for this excitement was; he told me that it was the birthday of Obelix (the huge guy) and they had a surprise gift for him.
I was quite shocked when I learned of their 'surprise' gift. What was it?|
Roman Soldiers. Obelix fell into a cauldron of a magic potion when he was a baby and hence he was quite strong, so strong that he thrashed the living daylights of an entire band of Roman soldiers led by Ignoramus.
|Wanting to know the mighty Caesar's approach to combating this little 'Menace,' I made a quick trip to his palace. He seemed quite disturbed and called upon a smart and educated man from his assembly to help him with this problem. The latter told the council that the only way that the village could be subdued was by 'profit' motive.
What was the name of this man?|
Caius Preposterus. Caius was a student of the LSE (Latin School of Economics) and he was of the opinion that the village could be split up by corrupting them with riches.
|Wanting to watch him (the educated man), I started to trail him. He first made his way to the Roman camp and then to the wood adjoining it. I saw him talking to Obelix and buying something from the latter. Obelix then carried the 'item' to the camp and was paid something in return. I was quite shocked at the price the educated man paid for that useless item. Wow...
What was the name of the item?|
Menhirs. Menhirs looked like an Egyptian obelisk except that it was made out of stone and the only person who made it was Obelix. Caius paid 200 Sestertii for the first menhir. Obelix was lured into making more menhirs when Caius was convinced that the more the money Obelix had, the more likely he was going to be the most 'influential' man in the village!
|Our educated man asked Obelix to make more 'items' (because the supply was not meeting the demand). I decided to talk to Obelix. He told me he had a problem -- if he made menhirs all day long, then who would kill boars for him?
Whom did Obelix delegate the work of killing boars to?|
Analgesix. Obelix offered him a handful of Sestertii and told Analgesix that he could become the second richest man in the village if he helped him!
|As I watched, the price of the 'item' kept increasing at a furious pace. More and more men were recruited by Obelix to help him in his business. Who amongst the following was NOT an 'employee' of Obelix?|
Asterix. After the price of menhirs rose to 1000 Sestertii, Obelix recruited the services of the other three for 'boar hunting.' Asterix was not buying this - he was quite unhappy with Obelix about this matter. Dogmatix, Obelix's pet dog was also unhappy!
|Obelix told me that to meet the surging demand and increasing prices (due to galloping inflation), he decided to start a new company to manufacture the 'item' on a large scale. What name did he give to the company?|
Obelix Quarry. 'Obelix Quarry - caution menhirs turning.' Asterix and Getafix were quite perplexed with this demand of menhirs by the Romans. Soon other villagers also got involved in the business - Geriatrix with his 'specially matured' menhirs, Unhygienic with his 'fresh' menhirs, and Fully automatic with his 'today's menhirs.'
|Of course, I decided to meet our 'educated' man once again to see what he was planning to do with all those 'items' he'd bought. He told me that he had Caesar's approval to sell the menhirs in the Roman market. By aggressive marketing, our 'educated' man was able to create demand and sell the 'items' like hot cakes!
However other 'manufacturers' also got the business, thus soon creating a market of only goods, no demand.
Who was the first of the Roman 'item' manufacturers?|
Meretricus. Meretricus menhirs were soon followed by different types of menhirs -de luxe menhirs, Egyptian menhirs, etc.
|I decided to extend my 'trip' for a few days more to see how this 'madness' would end. Our 'educated' man soon came back to the Roman camp and ordered everyone to stop buying the 'items'. Who was the first villager to learn that the 'items' were no longer being purchased?|
Unhygienix. Soon the others came to know - of course, the villagers got together to give Caius a 'thumping' parting gift. What a trip!
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