By Harry Turtledove
Foul sorcery had slain the Emperor. Now the military of Videssos, betrayed by way of one man's craven folly, fled in panic from the savage victors. yet there has been no panic within the Legion, mysteriously displaced from Gaul and Rome into this unusual international of magic.
Wearily, Tribune Marcus Scaurus led his males in the course of the chaos and enemy hordes looking for iciness quarters, to regroup and search to affix up with Thorisin Gavras, now rightful ruler of Videssos.
But in Videssos town, capital of the beleaguered realm, Ortaias Sphrantzes, whose cowardice had prompted their defeat, now sat upon the throne. There, at the back of nice partitions that had continuously made town impregnable to typhoon or siege, he governed with the aid of evil sorcery. Overthrowing him appeared impossible.
Grimly, Marcus Scaurus begun the lengthy march via antagonistic state towards that probably hopeless test.
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