By Harry Turtledove
Because the Roman legion were mysteriously transported to this global of magic, tribune Marcus Scaurus had served the rulers of war-torn Videssos good. He have been mostly chargeable for ousting the Pretender and placing Thorish Gavras at the throne. That, in fact, made him a hero.
For Rome or Videssos, although, Fortune was once a fickle goddess.
Now he and the legion have been returning in triumph to Videssos the town after defeating a well-entrenched military of insurgent mercenaries. yet Marcus, betrayed by means of the single closest to him, was once returning to be seized, dragged earlier than the Emperor, and puzzled less than truth-drug like a traitor.Of the court docket, purely Alypia Gavra caught by means of him -- yet consorting with the Emperor's niece used to be harmful. it may possibly bring about exile -- or death!
Yet Alypia used to be appealing. And Marcus used to be lonely . . .
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It is going to no longer be lengthy now, a number of days at such a lot. Lankinos Skylitzes, good padded with fats cushions, was once drowsing, ignoring the occasional jounce of a wheel bumping over a rock. He snored. Gorgidas set the stylus relocating back. “It isn't a surprise, then, that the Arshaum must have succeeded in using the Khamorth to the japanese component to the steppe, which extends additional west than any man’s wisdom of it; the previous people has tailored itself extra thoroughly to the nomadic lifestyle than the latter. The very tents of the Arshaum, ‘yurts,’ of their dialect, are set upon huge wheeled carts. therefore no time is wasted pitching or breaking camp. They their flocks perpetually, like dolphins in a faculty of tunny. ” The comparability happy him. He translated it into Videssian for Goudeles. The pen-pusher rolled his eyes. “ ‘Sharks’ could he better,” he acknowledged, and that with a muttered, “Barbarians! ” Gorgidas selected to imagine that comment used to be intended to use to the Arshaum and never to him. He resumed his scribbling: “Because the plainsfolk don't act as a unmarried country, either Videssos and Yezd try and win them over extended family by means of extended family. through attracting such well-known khagans as Arghun to their facet, they wish to persuade less significant leaders to affix the faction that appears to be a winner. ” He positioned his stylus down, requested Goudeles, “What do you believe this Bogoraz is as much as? ” Skylitzes opened one eye. “No sturdy for us, I’m sure,” he acknowledged, and went again to sleep. “I worry he’s right,” Goudeles stated, sighing. The Yezda ambassador had additionally come to woo Arghun. until eventually their khagan selected one facet or the opposite, the Arshaum have been conscientiously retaining Bogoraz and his retainers cut loose the Videssian occasion. idea failing him, Gorgidas stowed pill and stylus and fixed his head out the flap of the yurt. Agathias Psoes, using beside the felt tent on wheels, nodded a greeting; he saved his squad on alert, now not counting on the nomads to maintain Bogoraz and his handful of retainers from mischief. The Greek grew to become to the younger plainsman guiding the yurt’s staff of horses. “May your herds increase,” he stated in well mannered greeting, utilizing up a great deal of what he had discovered of the sibilant Arshaum tongue. “May your animals be fat,” the nomad responded. Like such a lot of his humans, he used to be brief and lean, with a wiry energy to him. He was once flat-faced, swarthy, and virtually with out a beard; a fold of dermis on the nook of every eye gave them a slanted glance. whilst he smiled, his tooth have been very white. Suede fringes and brightly dyed tassels of wool ornamented his sheepskin trousers and leather-based coat. He wore a curved sword and dagger and a quiver on his again; his bow used to be beside him at the wood seat. He smelled strongly of the stale butter he used to grease his immediately, coarse black hair. It was once later than Gorgidas had suggestion. The sunlight was once sliding down the sky towards a low diversity of hills that hardly serrated the western horizon. They have been the 1st blemishes at the skyline he had visible for weeks. past them used to be merely extra steppe.