August 4th, 2012

Sunset hounds

With a Strange Majesty

Words : 1676
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers and Sword at Sunset
Written for sutcliff_swap 2012 

Old Aquila's last battle : the Battle of Badon Hill, which led to forty years of peace between Saxon and Briton.

In The Lantern Bearers, we learn how the Roman British farm where Aquila grew up was burned by Saxon raiders, how Aquila was seized as a thrall, returned to Britain, escaped and became one of the High King Ambrosius's commanders against the invading Saxon threat. There he met Ambrosius's young nephew Artos - who we now know as King Arthur.

When Ambrosius died, Artos took over as the leader of the remnant of Roman Britain, and Aquila went with him to fight at the great battle of Badon Hill, as the commander of what had been the High King Ambrosius's bodyguard. Thanks to carmarthen for last minute beta reading.

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