The Hectorius Family
The Hectorius family descends from the old tribal chieftains of the Trinovantes — rulers like Addedomarus, called Aedd the Great by the Britons. Sometime in the second century, one branch of the family took the name “Hectorius,” claiming that their ancestors came to Britain from Troy, and that they themselves were descended from Hector and Andromache.
Caius Hectorius (the Elder)
Caius Hectorius became the first King of Camulodunum during the Revolution. He was a close ally of Gaius Ambrosius Aurelius. When Vortigernos gave the territory of the Cantiaci to the Saxons, Hectorius joined Ambrosius’s side in the civil war against Vortigernos. Caius fought alongside Ambrosius at the Battle of Wallop, where Ambrosius was killed. Caius was captured and executed by Vortigernos. He left behind two sons: Titus and Gnaeus.
Titus Hectorius, Caius Hectorius’s elder son, succeeded his father as king of Camulodunum. Titus was more interested in ruling his kingdom well than throwing it into a new civil war pursuing a path of vengeance against Vortigernos, so he was able to cooperate with the High King. Camulodunum fought alongside him against the Saxons in the war that followed. When Ambrosius Aurelianus returned and became rex Romanorum, Titus became a close ally. Titus still reigns in Camulodunum, though he is now old, and has no apparent heir. Rumors circulate that on his death, Camulodunum may fall under Londinium’s control.
Gnaeus Hectorius/Uther Pendragon
Gnaeus Hectorius, Caius Hectorius’s younger son, was committed to pursuing vengeance for his father. He went to Gaul to find allies, a search which eventually brought him to the court of Flavius Aëtius, where he became friends with Ambrosius Aurelianus. Gnaeus operated on both sides of the Channel, bringing him into close contact with the Dumnonii and the Belgae.
It was then that Gnaeus met a bard from Moridunum, known only as Moridunus. Moridunus possessed a great deal of knowledge, and at times even seemed to know the future. He encouraged Gnaeus to embrace more of his Celtic heritage. Gnaeus eventually fell in love with Eigyr, the wife of Elaphius, king of the Belgae. The Romans had settled a great number of Saxons in Belgic territory, and Elaphius had often relied on the Saxons in his realm to defend his shores and protect the maritime trade that his kingdom depended on. He spoke their language, and had mediated the deal between Hengist and Vortigernos. With the war now raging in Ceint, many Britons considered Elaphius a traitor. Spurred by jealousy and desire for Eigyr, Gnaeus began to spread that idea to anyone who would listen, gathering allies from among the Imperialists as well as anyone else disappointed with Vortigernos’ handling of the Saxons, gathering support against the High King and Elaphius.
Finally, Gnaeus had enough support to bring to Aegidius in Gaul. Aegidius did not have much to offer, but he did send Ambrosius Aurelianus back home with Gnaeus, along with a few soldiers. Gnaeus’s allies joined Ambrosius and his men from Gaul on an attack on Ceint’s coast. Several of the British leaders died in the battle, but it helped turn the tide in the war. Vortigernos offered Ambrosius the title of magister militum, which Ambrosius accepted. Gnaeus was outraged that Ambrosius would accept such a position from his hated enemy, but Ambrosius told him that the war against the Saxons was more important than revenge.
Two years later, Vortigernos died of old age, and Ambrosius Aurelianus became rex Romanorum. He made Gnaeus his successor as magister militum. Gnaeus finally convinced Ambrosius to attack Elaphius. Elaphius took refuge with Lucius Cunomorus in Dumnonia, but Gnaeus managed to take the royal hall at Din Tagell, slaying Elaphius and Lucius Cunomorus. They were each succeeded by their sons, Caratacus Strongarm and Marcus Cunomorus, but that victory ended the war. Gnaeus married Eigyr, and established his headquarters at an old hillfort in Durotrigan territory, set between Dumnonia and the Belgae. He named it Camulod, after his father’s city. During the victory celebrations, Moridunus pointed to a comet in the sky, describing it as a dragon heralding Gnaeus’s glory, and led the soldiers in acclaiming him by the Brythonic name Uther Pendragon.
Uther had two sons. He named the eldest Caius, after his own father; the younger, he named Aulus. He sent his sons to live with his brother Titus in Camulodunum. Moridunus went with them. Uther continued to oversee Ambrosius’s war against the Saxons in Ceint. A new warlord from the continent named Ælle began agitating Germanic populations along the Saxon Shore. Though quite old, Uther insisted on leading his troops personally to retake the fort at Anderitum after Ælle took it. Uther died of illness shortly thereafter.