majorhavoc wrote:I would travel back to 34 or 35 AD, materializing in the outskirts of Rome. I EDC a small folding knife. Nothing fancy; a Tool Logic SLPro with a small blade and a detachable miniature LED flashlight. It has solid scales that completely mask the blade within. A hinged knife was of course unknown at the time and no one from that era would perceive it as a weapon, especially as I would use the belt clip as a neck clasp to gather the folds of a robe I would steal from a pauper.
Using what rudimentary Latin I remember from college, I would seek an audience with Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus. I'm sure I could not demand the favor of such a nobleman directly, but I would demonstrate the flashlight to one of his counsel and advise that I have discovered the gift of starlight. And that I wish to bequeath it to a man more noble and wise than I.
Once his audience is gained, I would again demonstrate the flashlight. Which to men of that era would well and truly appear to be wondrous magic. But I would then suggest that its true power, as with real starlight, can only be perceived in darkness. Thus I would prevail upon him to have his servants draw heavy tapestries over the windows of his receiving chamber. In near darkness, the LED flashlight would seem dazzling. And as the light can be separated from the knife, no one would thus see me deploy the blade in my other hand. Which I would plunge into the neck of the nobleman, taking care to sever his carotid artery. Thus I would extinguish the life of the future father of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, better known to us as Nero, who in a moment of reckless hubris set torch to Rome, ushering its downfall. The raper of women, pillager of foreign lands, torturer of religious minorities and oppressor of his own citizens would thus never have been born.
My life would, of course, be forfeit at that point. But by then I would have accomplished my mission. Because surely this passage into the depths of history can have but one end, and such a journey can be seen as nothing if not a one way trip.
Probably either set off a paradox or bring into power someone worse. Thus changing history so that today's world emperor and supreme ruler is Pol Pot.
You should watch 'The Time Machine' remake. He tried to change resent history and couldn't do it, it all ended up the same. Or 'The Sound of Thunder', basically the butterfly effect across time with catastrophic results.
[Paradox] you kill Gnaeus, his son now can't burn Rome, so Cius Romanus doesn't die in that fire but instead he grows up to be a legionnaire, who kills Peotre Johansdaughter your great X 50 grandmother, when he was campaigning in northern Europe, so you're never born, so you can't go back in time to kill Gnaeus. [/paradox]
I'd go to Pompeii right before the eruption, heard it was a party town at that time.
Party til the fireworks started.
Build hang gliders for a living. Maybe hot air balloons too.