General Mark Antony (83 BCE–37 BCE) was a suspect in the murder investigations of Chieftain Katurix in Stranded in Gaul (Case #2 of Travel in Time) and High Priest Pelagios in A Greek Tragedy (Case #4 of Travel in Time) before being murdered in Egypt Is Burning (Case #5 of Travel in Time).
Antony was a 46-year-old general of the Roman Republic. He had black eyes and short black hair adorned with a silver laurel wreath. He wore a navy blue body armor with a silver-plated insignia of an Aegis over a blue tunic. Additionally, he sported brown fur over his shoulders.
In his first appearance, it is known that Antony ate gooseberries and used soap and chalk.
In his second appearance, it is discovered that he was good at archery and knew chemistry.
Events of Criminal Case
Antony became a suspect after Zara and the player learned that he was in the medical tent. Commending the player for solving Caesar's murder, he was asked about Chieftain Katurix's murder. He said that the murder had sped up the negotiations between the Gauls and the Romans, which pleased him as he equated the Gauls' peace agreement to their surrender to the Roman Empire.
Antony was spoken to again about his poem from Caesar which had been found in the Gallic village. He told the team that Katurix had stolen the poem from him, greatly angering him. He then branded the Gauls as sneaks and schemers.
Antony was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Venextos for Katurix's murder. After the team failed to find the gold needed to fix their time machine, Zara and the player questioned Antony about the location of the gold. He informed the team that Octavian had ordered them to hand over their spoils, meaning that the gold had been transported to Rome.
Antony became a suspect again after Zara and the player learned that he was in Greece on his way to reunite with Queen Cleopatra, his girlfriend, in Egypt. When questioned, he told the team that he had never seen the victim, only stopping in Greece to acquire a souvenir for Cleopatra. He then asked the team about their investigation in Rome and ranted about Octavian parading the spoils of war that Antony had earned as if they were his own.
Antony was spoken to again about his ominous message to the victim. He expressed his dissatisfaction with Pelagios as, when using him as a medium to consult Zeus about the future prospects of Egypt, Pelagios had suggested that things would go awry for him. He then told the team that everyone knew that he was never to be told that he would fail.
Antony was found to be innocent again after the team incarcerated Zosime for Pelagios' murder. Later, he requested the team's help in retrieving an important message from Egypt that had been lost in the garden. After Penelope decoded the message, Jack and the player relayed the message that "Octavian will burn Egypt" to Antony. Deeply angered, Antony told the team that he would leave for Egypt at once and face Octavian in battle.
Antony's body was found with his throat slashed on Cleopatra's warship. Janis determined that his killer snuck up on him from behind, held his head back, and slit his carotid artery with a sword. Janis also found traces of blue lotus, a mild form of opium, in his hair. Since Antony did not have any blue lotus in his system, Janis concluded that the killer consumed blue lotus.
Later, Jack, Nebet, and the player found a bloody sword hidden under a smoldering pile of debris in the wreck of Cleopatra's palace. Janis confirmed the sword to be the murder weapon and identified the sword as Antony's own weapon. Janis identified a strange scent on the hilt, which Nebet confirmed to be perfume. Since Antony was not wearing perfume, Janis concluded that the killer wore perfume.
Relationship with suspects
Antony joined forces with his girlfriend, Cleopatra, in the war against the Roman Empire. However, he wanted to run away with her and start new lives in Gaul, which she refused. Before arriving in Egypt, Antony took priestess Euterpe with him from Greece as his personal diviner, unaware that she was falling in love with him. His opponent, Octavian, had a personal vendetta against him, detesting the fact that everyone loved Antony and ignored him. Roman soldier Brutus also harbored a lot of resentment against Antony as he had refused to recognize him as the true heir to Caesar, prompting him to march alongside Octavian.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be Cleopatra.
Upon admitting to her crime, Cleopatra said that she and Antony had realized that they were going to be defeated by Octavian's forces. Knowing that Antony wanted an honorable death, Cleopatra helped him, slashing his sword against his throat after sharing one final kiss. The team then surrendered Cleopatra to the Romans so that Octavian could hold her trial. Octavian then announced she would be dragged through the streets of Rome and fed to the lions at the Circus Maximus. Refusing the sentence, Cleopatra committed suicide via serpent bite.
- Antony is one of the characters to appear as a suspect twice.
- Antony is one of the characters to appear as a suspect in the second-to-last case of a time period, only to be murdered in the very time period's finale.
- Outside the Criminal Case universe, Mark Antony was a Roman politician and general who played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic.
- Stranded in Gaul (Case #2 of Travel in Time)
- When in Rome (Case #3 of Travel in Time; mentioned)
- A Greek Tragedy (Case #4 of Travel in Time)
- Egypt Is Burning (Case #5 of Travel in Time)
- Back to the Future (Case #16 of Travel in Time; mentioned)
- Bash of the Year (Case #18 of Travel in Time; mentioned)
- Time's Up (Case #31 of Travel in Time; mentioned)