The civitas of the Cantiaci was ruled by Marcus Badiovirus after the Revolution, a man with family from the Badiocassi in Gaul, who’d gained wealth as merchants, ferrying goods back and forth across the Channel. He did not reign long, however. Vortigernos handed his domain over to Hengist, a foederati chief and his magister militum. Marcus fled to Londinium, to seek the refuge of Ambrosius Aurelius, but his daughter, Anna, stayed and fought against the Saxons, earning her the British name Gwyar, meaning “the Bloody.”
|Durovernum Cantiacorum, civitas of the Cantiaci, during the reign of Marcus Badiovirus (410-450 AD)||Durovernum Cantiacorum in 493 AD.|
At first, Vortigernos blamed the meddling of Ambrosius Aurelius for why he had not fulfilled his obligations of payment to Hengist, but when he won the civil war and still refused to pay, Hengist decided that none of the Britons could be trusted, and rebelled. For two generations, Ceint was the center of the war between the Saxons and the Britons, sometimes going one way and sometimes the other. Ambrosius Aurelianus has stationed a series of units on Ceint’s borders, effectively containing it.
Many British institutions remained in the Saxon kingdom of Ceint. The Romans had stationed Saxons as foederati to help defend the shoreline for centuries, and simply considered them Britons. As upsetting as Vortigernos’s actions were to many across Britain, many in Cantium saw it as nothing more than the transfer of power from a Latin-speaking king to a German-speaking king. Hengist and his warband have tried to persuade the Saxons who were already living in Cantium that their loyalties should lie with them, and some of the old friends of Marcus Badiovirus see them all as traitors, but the reality was far more divided than that.
When Quintus Badiovirus returned in the winter of 494 to raise a rebellion against Æsc Hengistsson, those who remained loyal to his grandfather flocked to his banner. Before, Badiovirus had waged a guerrilla war against the Saxons; now, he came to the villages, where the majority of the Saxons cared little about the wars and conflicts of the warrior aristocracy, and told them that they were oppressed by an elite who hungered only for war and conflict. Many responded to that message, and with the training that Caius Hectorius provided, they created a force that was able to defeat Æsc’s warriors in battle. Octa Big-Knife’s betrayal of his father secured their victory, placing Quintus Badiovirus on the throne of a restored Cantium.
Now that Badiovirus has rejoined Aulus Hectorius’s army, though, leaving Octa in charge of the kingdom, with Ualcaved to watch him, what will happen to Ceint? Badiovirus dreams of creating a Pelagian kingdom, guided by Pelagian ideals, but most of his people are pagan Saxons.
Current Issue: Oppressed by Demons
Badiovirus dreams of creating a Pelagian kingdom, guided by Pelagian ideals. He sees the Saxon gods as demons, oppressing his people, by turning their minds towards destruction and war. He intends to convert his people to Pelagian Christianity — but will that only alienate his people further? And what of his magister militum, Octa Big-Knife, and the militantly pagan Frankish warriors who remain loyal to him? Will they convert — or will they once again see where the wind is blowing, and wait until Badiovirus alienates his people, to strike against him?