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Glein

The first battle was at the mouth of the river called Glein…

Aulus Hectorius rides with his army from Camulod along the old Roman road, towards the Fens. On the marsh’s western edge, he plans to strike, separating the revolt that Winta is leading in Lindum from Icel in Icenia.

Content Not Found: badiovirus_ scouts out a good location for battle, and finds one: a bend in the River Glein, near two hills that the cavalry can use to charge. Unfortunately, Badiovirus doesn’t notice the Saxons who ambush him. He manages to kill one, but the other defeats him, dragging him off to his ealdorman, _Content Not Found: paega.

When Badiovirus does not return, Aulus sends Caius Hectorius and Lugh Striking-Hand to find what happened to him. They seek out a Saxon village, where they meet an ealdorman named Content Not Found: willelm. He sends his nephew, Ælfwine, to aid them as a tracker. Ælfwine doesn’t speak much Latin, but when Willelm explains the situation to them, he realizes what the best location would be, and leads them to the same location Badiovirus found. There, they find the trail, and Ælfwine leads them to Pæga’s village. Lugh throws a rope into the feasting hall for Badiovirus to escape, while Caius rides into the center of the village, offering battle. They all manage to escape, but not before Caius and Pæga both leave their marks on one another.

Back at camp, a discussion begins about how to draw out the Saxons. Badiovirus says that there are no loyal villages, only those waiting for the right time to strike; they should burn them all out now, and gather their enemies together. Lugh, impressed by the example he saw of Willelm today, argues that they should seek allies where they can find them. Lugh calls on Myrddin, who tells the story of the insurrection Ælle led in this region, and how Uther Pendragon’s response made it grow, leading to one of Ælle’s greatest victories — only when Lucius Adeodatus went from ealdorman to ealdorman to rekindle old family bonds did the Saxons turn on Ælle and cast him out of the land. Ultimately, Lugh prevails. Lugh and Caius, with Badiovirus and Caratacus Strongarm (because they can speak the Saxon language), are to ride out to the Saxon villages the next morning to call for all the Saxon ealdormen to meet Aulus. They expect that this will draw out the ones loyal to Winta to attack Aulus.

That night, Lugh and Badiovirus, and their warbands, drink together. Caratacus joins them, and tells them about his kingdom. They ask, if Britons and Saxons are equals in his kingdom, why is his warband made up entirely of Saxons? Caratacus tells them that in his kingdom, the Britons are the civilians, and the Saxons are the army. The Belgae, he says, are not wild and warlike, like Lugh’s northern tribe, the Votadini. He claims the southern tribes are not good warriors. He points to the Cantiaci as an example, saying they were cowardly to surrender Ceint to the Saxons. Badiovirus challenges Caratacus to a duel to defend the honor of his tribe. When the duel starts to look like it may result in serious harm to one (or both) of them, Lugh sparks a general brawl among the watching warbands, giving Caius a good excuse to intervene and break it up.

Later that night, the camp is attacked by Saxons. The battle is general chaos, with heavy casualties. Lugh finds the leader of the attack, an ealdorman named Content Not Found: wulfric, and slays him in battle. They discover a larger Saxon force nearby, but manage to defend the camp. Aulus realizes that they will attack at first light. Determined to control the ground for the confrontation, he has Badiovirus guide the army, in the night, to the location he scouted before. Before leaving, Badiovirus booby-traps the campsite.

The next day, the rest of the Saxon army meets Aulus and his force at the location Badiovirus scouted. The cavalry charge breaks their line, and the river impedes their retreat. The rebellious ealdormen are killed, and the remaining Saxons pledge their loyalty to Aulus.

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Camulod

493 AD

For over 20 years, Ambrosius Aurelianus has reigned as Rex Romanorum of the Britains. For the entirety of that time, he has waged a long, grueling war against the Saxons. The king grows old, though, and can no longer carry on the war himself. He has recently appointed a Trinovantian prince named Aulus Hectorius as his magister militum. Aulus has a plan to end the war: reconstitute the post of the Comes Britanniarum with a cavalry force able to respond to raiders anywhere in the country. The call has gone out to the kings of Britain, to send their greatest knights to Camulod.

Aulus’s brother, Caius Hectorius, is hostile to many of his brother’s Pelagian ideals, including his round table, but nothing is more important than family. At that table, Aulus planned his first strike with his brother. They decided to strike at the Wash, separating Winta and his sympathizers in Lindum from his kinsmen, Frioðulf, Frealaf, and Finn, in Icenia. Once separated, they would need to drive them all out of the island. Aulus left his brother in charge of training the men, to make sure they were ready for the campaign ahead.

Badiovirus arrived with his warband, including the young Peredur, and met Aulus. Lugh Striking-Hand arrived shortly thereafter, escorting Gwenhwyfar, Aulus’s betrothed. Gwenhwyfar instructed Lugh to join Aulus’s army. Caius tried to get the newly arrived warbands to train together, but Badiovirus objected to his intent, and Lugh refused to take commands from Caius unless instructed to do so first by Aulus himself. Badiovirus suggested that they test their resolve together in actual combat. To the east lay the kingdom of the Belgae, whose king, Caratacus Strongarm, had betrayed the Britons by making common cause with the Saxons — or so many Britons believed, including Badiovirus.

The knights found a tiny village of Saxons. They rode in, routed their warriors, and set their village ablaze. Lugh captured a slave, and they left only children alive, running into the woods for their life. When they returned to Camulod, they were met by Aulus, but when they told him about their adventure, the commander was not pleased. He said that Caratacus was a client of Ambrosius Aurelianus, and subject to his protection. On the eve of his campaign, they may have sparked a war.

The feast to welcome Gwenhwyfar to Camulod was already beginning, so Aulus told them to go to the feasting hall, and that he would deal with Caratacus in a few days’ time. He took the slave Lugh had captured, intending to offer her to Caratacus as a gift. During the feast, Badiovirus tried to flirt with Lugh. Lugh deflected his advances by pointing him to Aedan, a handsome prince in his warband. While Badiovirus and Aedan went off, Peredur got so drunk that he tried to flirt with Gwenhwyfar. Instead, he simply threw up on her. Gwenhwyfar told Lugh to fight him for her honor. Lugh beat him soundly in front of the whole assembly, forcing Peredur to beg her forgiveness. Gwenhwyfar instructed Peredur to serve Lugh as one of his warband.

A few days later, Caratacus came to Camulod. Caius took responsibility for the attack, and so Caratacus asked for his execution. Badiovirus, enraged by a Briton working with the Saxons as much as his request for Caius’s death, lost his temper and berated the king in the Saxon language. Lugh challenged Caratacus to join with Aulus in his war. Caratacus accepted, joining Aulus’s army personally, along with his gesith of 20 West Saxon warriors.

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The Witch of Noviomagus

491 AD

Uther Pendragon was forced to break off the war against Winta and travel south when word came that the Saxon warlord Ælle had begun laying siege to the old Saxon Shore fort at Anderitum.

By the time Uther’s army arrived, Ælle had already taken the fort. Uther had fallen ill during the journey, and died soon thereafter. Rumors circulated that the Saxons had employed a witch to aid their siege and strike down Pendragon with illness. Caius Hectorius swore to take revenge on the witch, so Lugh Striking-Hand and Badiovirus agreed to join him on his quest. Together they rode to the territory of the Regenses to find the witch and slay her to avenge Uther Pendragon.

Lugh found her hut in the forest first. The witch was beautiful. She begged Lugh to protect her from his friends. Lugh returned to them, telling them there was no witch, and not to harass a poor woman living by herself in the woods. Enraged, Caius challenged Lugh. They agreed on Peredur as an impartial and observant judge. Just as Caius was about to strike a killing blow, Peredur called the match, saying that the witch had clearly ensorcelled Lugh. Caius and Badiovirus rode into the wood, found the hut, and slew the witch.

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Winta's War

490 AD

Two years after the confrontation at Cunotigernos’s monastery, Winta, the Anglian warlord invited to Britain by Einion ap Mark, had recruited an army around Lindum. Badiovirus had spent his time preparing for this, recruiting warriors from Eboracum. An army assembled by Ambrosius Aurelianus arrived, under the command of Caius Hectorius. Caius was unsure about his shadowy ally in the wilds, but they terrorized the Angles, driving them right into Caius’s trap. The combination proved so deadly that Winta sent his best warriors after the two leaders, and managed to capture them both. The two warleaders finally met, as captives in Winta’s camp.

King Lot had sent his son, Lugh Striking-Hand, south to help Uther Pendragon, in the hopes of securing his aid against the Picts. Uther sent Lugh to Winta’s camp to bargain for the release of his son. When he arrived in the camp, however, Lugh recognized Badiovirus, and rather than deliver the ransom, decided to rescue the two warleaders. Together, the three knights cut their way out of Winta’s camp, leaving such casualties behind that Winta had no choice but to end his insurrection.

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The Knight from Isurium

489 AD

After his father was killed in battle, Peredur was raised by his mother, who moved into a hut in the woods outside of Isurium Brigantum, the former civitas capital of the Brigantes. She wanted to keep her son away from the violent outside world that had claimed his father. That all ended when Badiovirus rode through on his way to Isurium, hoping to recruit warriors to fight against the Saxons. Peredur begged Badiovirus to let him join his band. The other warriors laughed at the boy, but when Peredur maintained his determination even after Badiovirus warned him of the dangers, he relented and agreed to let Peredur join them.

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Enemies of God

488 AD

King Lot’s long-lost son, Cunotigernos, returned to Din Eidyn as a monk to condemn his father’s paganism. Lot was enraged by this. His son, Lugh Striking-Hand, rode forth to avenge his father. He tracked his nephew to a monastery, arriving in the middle of the wedding of a procurator from Eboracum named Firactus. Badiovirus had come to the wedding with a small band of warriors, intent on killing Firactus for his collaboration with an Anglian warlord named Winta. As Lugh and his warriors knocked in the doors and set fire to the monastery, Badiovirus and his warriors joined them. They burned the monastery to the ground and slew many of Firactus’s warriors, though both Firactus and Cunotigernos escaped with their lives.

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