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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ghosts of Carrhae

Ghosts of Carrhae - 

Chapter I
54 BC

Cast of Characters

Marius - Centurion, 5th cohort, 6th legion. main character of the story.
Crassus - General in charge of the Roman army
Publius-  Son of Crassus , in charge of Roman cavalry.
Cassius - sub-commander of the Roman cavalry
Surena - General in charge of Parthian army.
Nirenas - Marius' wife


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"Why not stay? Our bed is warm, you have enough money to last us a lifetime, and yet you clamor to don your armor at the first notice of war. Do you like killing so much? Your ignorance of these long absences leads me to think you do not care for me..." His wife said, her gorgeous features contorted in a sad pout. Her caramel skin contrasted the sheerness of the Egyptian cotton, the vivid, erotic images momentarily overwhelming Marius' obligation to duty. He knelt beside the bed, placed his lips upon the soft skin of her forehead, and promised to return. Crassus had called for him, the time for war had come.

Marius donned his chain-mail cuirass, fastened his arm-guards, and prepared to re-enter the other world, the Camp. His life with Nirenas, one of relaxation and pleasure, was but a distant memory in the face of constant diligence and disciplinary obligations. He ruled his cohort with an iron fist, but the strain of command wore at the lifelong soldier. He had seen action first in Spain, before joining Caesar for the campaigns in Gaul. After helping defeat Vercingetorix, Marius had moved on, into the army of Pompey, and finally, upon entry into Syria, was bribed into the service of Marcus Licinius Crassus.

Legionary centurion Gaius Marius Africanus served all three members of the Triumvirate, but he only bore affection for one of the generals. He saw, firsthand, the demeanor of each man in battle, and Caesar alone stood firm in the face of danger. Pompey was a fine general, fluent in the art of tactics and strategy, but he did not lead from the front. Even less could be said for Crassus, usually tucked safely away from danger, counting his hordes of wealth. Marius, like almost all Romans, knew of the vast sums available to his commander. Little could be said of his military acumen.


 (teaser pic from Rome - Total War)
 


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