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.
Saxons who ambush him. He manages to kill one, but the other defeats him, dragging him off to his ealdorman, .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
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 . 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, 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.