“What an artist dies in me.”
These are the words Nero reputedly spoke when he heard that his senate had declared him an enemy of the state and sentenced him to a public execution. Whether or not creator Nicholas Dave Amott found some inspiration in these words or not, it is Nero the artist, the one utterly consumed by the creation of spectacle that we are presented with.
Having fled the city that had turned its back on him, we find Nero in the villa of Phaon, an imperial freedman who is sympathetic enough towards the former emperor to shelter him for the night. There, instead of making plans to flee even further, he is convinced that he must prove himself to his people by creating a play about his life and why things had to happen the way that they did. As he drifts farther and farther away from reality, his servants must decide whether to abandon him or risk reeling him in safely to the shores of sanity.