Monday, 6 June 2016
End Of Empire
he has neither the power nor the will to issue such orders;
to disband the brotherhoods would be to open Armorica to renewed barbarian incursions;
by, first, leaving Britannia undefended and, secondly, engaging in civil war against powerful enemies, Constantinus is giving himself bigger problems than he can handle;
for all these reasons, Constantinus cannot impose his will on Armorica;
sending the centurion is a mere bluff and that officer had better leave immediately, with whatever protection Gratillonius can give him.
Gratillonius' sources of information are traders, couriers and the Church: Rufinus' and Corentinus' intelligence services. These enable him to tell the centurion that the Empire is dead.
"'We'll never build a legion, though,' Drusus said.
"'No,' Gratillonius sighed. 'The time for that is past. We don't live in the same world any more.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XXI, section 3, p. 421.
- as I no longer live in the world that my parents took for granted.