By Eric Flint, David Drake,
Basically 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, common of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever recognized.
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Let that happen, and pretty soon you don’t have an army anymore. ” He eyed Maurice. ” “Hung ’em yesterday, sir. All four. The girl’s surviving brother was able to identify them, once he got over his terror at being here. ” Maurice grimaced. “Yes. They’ve agreed to take care of the girl, as best they can. But they don’t expect she’ll recover, and—” Another grimace. ” “As well they might. ” “Not the execution itself, no. At least, not the army as a whole. A lot of them did, of course. But I gave orders to let the bodies sway in the breeze, until the heat and the vultures make skeletons out of them.
Leaning against a pole, he stared through the open flap at the camp. As always, his expression was hard to read. But Maurice, watching, knew the general was not happy with his orders. The orders, received by courier a week earlier, were plain and simple: Move to Mindouos and build a fort. Simple, clear orders. And, Maurice knew, orders which Belisarius considered idiotic. Belisarius had said nothing to him, of course. For all the general’s casual informality when dealing with his Thracian retinue, he maintained a sharp demarcation with regard to matters he considered exclusively reserved for command.
The parley had taken place in the no-man’s-land which marked, insofar as anything did, the border between Roman and Persian territory. A brief discussion, on a patch of barren landscape, between six men on horseback. Belisarius and the brothers Bouzes and Coutzes had spoken for the Roman side. The Medes had been represented by Firuz, the Persian commander, and his two principal subordinates, Pityaxes and Baresmanas. Firuz had demanded the parley. And then, at the parley, demanded that the Romans dismantle the fortress which Belisarius’ army had almost completed.
An Oblique Approach by Eric Flint, David Drake,