After Kaw’s defeat at Cat Coit Celidon, Aulus Hectorius’s army headed to Din Eidyn, the capital of Guotodin, to winter in the court of King Lot. A number of other dignitaries were gathering there, as well — from the Picts, their king, Nechtan, along with Gogfran, Gartnaich, and his advisor, Theodora; from Novant, Queen Corotica and Abbot Galam; from Ystrad Clud, King Dumnagual; and from Dál Riata, Fergus mac Eirc. Hectorius’s plan for his northern campaign was to win enough battle to forces the various kings of the north to gather at Din Eidyn to establish peace in the north, for the first time ever.
Lot had a delicate problem, though, so he turned to his son, Lugh Striking-Hand, to settle it quietly. The bandit Vorcunos had been making trouble in Guotodin. If any harm came to any of the rulers traveling to Din Eidyn, it would bring shame on Lot — sending the message that he could not keep his own kingdom safe, and possibly hinting at weakness to his enemies. By the same token, taking the matter directly to Hectorius would do much the same thing. Instead, Lugh went with Vorcunos’s long-lost son, Peredur, as well as Badiovirus, Caius Hectorius, and Titus Drustanus. They encountered Vorcunos and managed to run him off, eliminating the threat to the traveling dignitaries, but Vorcunos escaped.
Back at Din Eidyn, Lot managed to reconcile some of the deep rifts in his family. Badiovirus, looking for a wife, married Corotica, offering her a Christian king to use as a figurehead, deterring Abbot Galam’s efforts to overthrow her. Titus, an old rival of Fergus’s, stole several of his men from under his nose. Together, the knights succeeded in negotiating a treaty that brought peace to the north.
Meanwhile, Gwenhwyfar arrived with news that Ambrosius Aurelianus had died. She began working with Myrddin and Lugh to move more quickly on their plans to make sure Aulus succeeded Ambrosius as High King of Britain. They pointed to the incompetence and selfishness of Ambrosius’s heir, Ambrosius Aurelianus Brittanicus.