September 30th, 2011

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Very Far From Home

Although this week has been somewhat frantic with visitors and much roleplaying, I still found myself infected by the second ninth-eagle fanmedia challenge.  ( I wonder if antibiotics would help? ).  This required more research into very early second century Dacia and goggling at photos of Trajan's Column than I really had time for, but I still had much fun with it.    Though now I look back on it, the writing is rather choppy and it probably needs another polish really.  Oh well. 

Title: Very Far from Home
Inspired By: Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth, with a nod to Gillian Bradshaw's Island of Ghosts, another nod to Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin  and most immediately, this photo
Rating: gen
Length: 2,422 words

Summary : When Marcus Flavius Aquila arrived at Isca Dumnoniorum to take command, there was an auxiliary troop of Dacian light cavalry already there, led by Lutorius, who struck Marcus as 'reserved to the point of sullenness with all men' until the tribal revolt where Marcus was injured, and Lutorius was killed. This story tries to explain why Lutorius was so grumpy, how Marcus dealt with that, and why Marcus had so many problems with arguments between his Gauls and the Dacians...

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