Vorenus and Pullo lead their column of men right through an impressive gateway arch into the Forum, greeted by nobody but a flock of chickens. They ride their horses right up to the steps of the Senate house and dismount. Vorenus opens that scroll case he's been carrying all this time, and prepares to follow Mark Antony's swaggering order while the voice of Caesar reads the proclamation in voice-over: "These are the words of Gaius Julius Caesar, direct descendant of Venus, Proconsul of Gaul, Glorious Imperato of the Northern Legions." Well, aren't we impressed with ourselves. "Citizens, I have returned to Italy with the sole intention of claiming my legal and moral rights. I have no desire for unlawful powers." Vorenus takes a nail and rips down one of the several notices that are already hanging on the Senate door -- which I think kind of diminishes the impact of this one -- and produces a claw hammer out of thin air, with which he nails up the proclamation like an unfortunate Gaul. Caesar's voice continues as Vorenus descends the steps: "I will name no man an enemy who does not so declare himself. Even so, the property of those enemies will not be appropriated and their person will remain inviolate as long as their opposition be peaceful. Moreover, to any man that has taken arms against me and now regrets it, I gladly offer total amnesty." What a softy. "However, those that continue to use violence to oppose their legal right, they will receive that which they seek to give. Under the auspices of Jupiter Capitolinus, these are the words of Gaius Julius Caesar."
By now, Vorenus is walking across the Forum and throwing aside his weapons. Pullo follows, asking what he's doing. "I have done my duty," Vorenus says. But isn't part of scouting reporting back? I'm no military man, but I can't help wondering what good scouting does if the person you're scouting for never hears another word from you. Vorenus continues, "I have sinned enough. I resign." Pullo says that's desertion. "I'm a traitor and a rebel," Vorenus chuckles. "Why not a deserter as well?" Pullo says he can't just leave. Vorenus turns and hands his sheathed sword to his sidekick. "Goodbye, Pullo," he says, and disappears down a narrow lane.
Vorenus's next stop is at a shrine to Venus, where he sincerely asks the goddess to make Niobe love him. Never hurts to ask, I guess. He cuts open his hand and lets the blood drip into the candle flame. Okay, so I was wrong.
Niobe, meanwhile, is apparently making some kind of offering of her own at home, judging by the recently extinguished but smoldering candles she's presently kneeling before. A hand touches her on the shoulder, and she starts. Vorenus, good student that he is, apologizes for startling her, talking like he's addressing a skittish horse. She rises, wondering who this guy is in her house who looks like her husband but doesn't act like a complete ass.