Jerusalem – about 3 AD
Dignitaries from a rival eastern empire have arrived in Jerusalem professing to be in search of a king who has recently been born. They say this heir to the Jewish throne was brought to their attention because of a star that designates his existence and they want to worship him.
Herod has been speaking with them on diplomatic terms, but sources from inside the Palace say he and his advisers are extremely concerned about the political ramifications of such declarations of kingship. Priests and scribes are being consulted about ancient prophecy to aid in locating the baby, ostensibly so that Herod will be able to go pay homage himself. Further meetings are being held behind closed doors.