By Anthony Riches
Rome, advert sixty eight. Nero has devoted suicide. 100 years of imperial rule via the descendants of Julius Caesar has ended, and chaos principles.
His successor Galba dismisses the incorruptible Germans of the Imperial Bodyguard for the crime of loyalty to the useless emperor. Ordering them again to their place of birth he releases a Batavi officer from a Roman criminal to be their prefect. yet Julius Civilis isn't the unswerving servant of empire that he seems.
4 centurions, Batavi and Roman, can be stuck up within the intrigues and the battles that keep on with - as associates, as sufferers, as leaders and as enemies.
Hramn is First Spear of the Bodyguard. Fiercely pleased with his men's honour, and livid at their shame, he leads them again to the Batavi place of birth to stand an doubtful future.
Alcaeus is a centurion with the tribe's cohorts serving Rome at the northern frontier - males whose scuffling with talents end up the most important as Roman vies with Roman for the throne. A wolf-priest of Hercules, he wields the authority of his god and his personal scuffling with prowess.
Marius is a Roman, first spear of the 5th Legion: a self-made guy who hates politics, yet can't stay away from them in a yr of murderous intrigue.
Aquillius, former first spear of the 8th Augustan, like Hramn, is in shame for refusing to dishonour his oath of loyalty. yet their paths will cause them to contrary facets of an unforgiving war.
And Civilis, Kivilaz to his countrymen, heroic chief, Roman citizen and patriotic Batavi, will swap either the process the Empire's future and that of the centurions.
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