For my current campaign I altered history. Julian the Apostate won and is Julian the Just and Fair. Constantinople is Julianopolis. Instead of Christianity, the Roman pantheon is followed.
I have always wanted to read Gore Vidal’s novel about Julian, but it seems impossible to get hold of. Such a fascinating figure.
In terms of the game, here are some other thoughts that you could squeeze in:
- Greek fire and organs used to make noises to terrify the enemy
- an emphasis on ceremony that is heavy on the incense and chanting
- mutilation as a form of punishment
- holy icons with powerful in game effects.