Some time before Clavius, a twenty-five year veteran of the Roman Army, is in charge of the troops assigned to Jerusalem. He has just finished putting down a revolt by Jewish Zealots when he is summoned before Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judaea at this time. Pilate orders him to go out to the site outside the city where crucifixions are done. One of the men being executed has caused a lot of uproar, and Pilate wants his death hurried along, especially since this is taking place at Passover, and it's almost the Sabbath. Clavius and his aide Lucius travel out to Golgotha where the crucifixion of three men is being watched by a large crowd, some mocking and some grieving. Clavius orders one of the soldiers to speed along the deaths by breaking the legs of two of the men, and driving a spear into the side of the third crucified man: Yeshua/ Jesus. When Jesus dies, a tremor shakes the earth. Afterwards, Clavius stands for a minute at the foot of the cross, looking up at the face of the dead man who caused all of this trouble.