Who is Ballo Lucius? I don’t recall who that is.
Amazing work.Unbiased History: Restorer of the West (IV)
"The tale of Rome had been wrought by hardships and bloodshed. From a small city state to a nation that stretches from West of Europe to Orients. We did not build Rome on conquest alone. We built it values and people who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of further improving it and making it a nation that kindles the future for everyone. Now, it pains me to see our beloved home fall apart. For centuries, complacency and degradation had crumbled Rome's strength and values, causing it to reach its current state that we see right now: on a brink of annihilation and to be consigned to oblivion. It was only able to get through through the bravery, courage and perseverance of men like Flavius Stilicho and Flavius Aetius, men who were of barbarian origins and yet they wish to uphold Rome within their hearts... which the greedy, the pathetic, the petty and the corrupt of the upper classes, the ones that were supposed to rule and guide us all had slain and brought down in the efforts to keep their delusions of grandeur and evil desires. Will they remain unpunished and untouchable as those who are righteous and just becomes yet another victim of their darkness? Will this nation die just because they only want to fatten their purposes and feel accomplished? I say, enough is enough. Rome will not just rise, no, it will become greater and grander than ever and those who wishes to destroy it, be it within or without shall be cast into the light and be punished for their depravity and evil. Be it Roman, half-Roman or even Barbarians who seek to be in the light of Rome, we will rise together no matter what! Rome after all had once brought in those who were not Roman and made them their own, why should that not apply to those willing to become like us? I, Majorian, your Emperor shall assure you all that we will all have a future together!"
During this speech, Majorian's body glowed and many Vandals who listened to his speech became more and more civilized. No longer do they speak in German or are they seeking for death and destruction. The demonic features still remained but they are now able to speak normally and think better.
Majorian's speech along with his newly acquired powers had was said to have successfully did what previous Roman Emperors had attempted to do but failed: civilizing the G*rms. The Vandals present had transformed during the speech, no longer desiring for the death of all civilizations. While some plebs in the modern era would try to use Majorian to prop up their pleb causes, do note that Majorian still advocates barbarian destruction... well for those who are truly irredeemable to be precise. Were the Ancient Trojans saw this, they would have been very proud of Majorian and how he wishes to integrate the barbarians.
Trojan: "See that Anchises, looks like there's no need to hate on the barbarians that much."
Anchises: "Fuck off."
Back at Italy, most of everyone from pleb to Patricians are celebrating. With the North African breadbasket retaken, Rome's future is now secured. No longer will they watch their kin starve to death as things fall apart. Marcellinus, Aegedius and Nepotianus celebrated at the news of this victory along with their men who are happy to know that victory was not only achieved but also showed that no matter how much the barbarians infest the lands, no matter how many shitty Emperors that rule, how incredibly plebeian the things are and no matter how frustrating things can get, Rome will always rise up from it, wiser and stronger than ever and ready to rise up no matter what. Marcellinus's nephew, Julius Nepos, a huge fanboy of Majorian by the way, declared that he will join in whatever the next campaign the Emperor will do.
We'll see more of the guy later... just you wait.
senator: "what does he have that i don't?!"
senator: "my sabine blood desires for betrayal and drama for the sake of it!"
senator: "we have to kill him before he takes all the women."
senator: "why can't we be better than him?!"
More virgin senators keep on bickering about things and feeling inadequate. One senator however, sitting far away and at the back of the senators who are suffering austismus is looking at every single one of the senators with disgust.
Chad Ferox Hispaniensis: "Why am I here with these retards? Seriously, they started a council for this? Our ancestors should have just purged these plebs instead."
Now, why did I say that most are celebrating right now? Well, our good old friends in the Senate are as per usual, having a bad case of small man complex and the desire to feel validated.
Ricimer on the other hand...
Ricimer went full barbar and started throwing shit everywhere inside his private chambers and speaking in barbar languages.
Yeah... he's not taking this well, not that it's a bad thing to be honest. He'll get his time later... much much later...
Gunthur on the other hand, is preparing the islands that are still held by his """"Kingdom"""". He made sure that his horde will not be infected by Majorian's light by enacting a Germanic black magic ritual that will fill the barbarians with enough darkness to be inoculated from the powers of the savior of the West. Little did Gunthur know, this ritual that he had performed has also created something...
In those islands... a great evil started to wrap within a child. The darkness and evils of Rome's past enemies slowly awakened by vile G*rm sorcery. I...
Image of Ballo Luccius standing atop a mountain of corpses of Romans as everything burn around him flashed for a second.
What... what was that? Damn it...
I just want to say in advance that for Honorius, I always imagined him as being a chad version of the original Honorius, only not fat.
Ballio Luccius isn't that important as of right now, but I have mentioned him a few times, starting from back in the days when Majorian and his troops were fighting on the Vandal islands. I've started mentioning him more following the War of 471. He will be a key player in Part 2 of this TL.Who is Ballo Lucius? I don’t recall who that is.
Hmm, though a campaign neither comparable to the grandeur of the civil war nor the importance of the Vandal campaign, at least Majorian managed to burn and shine one last time on the battlefield. Sadly though, it appears he would die bedridden and infirm.A/N: Hello all, I am finally back again with another Chapter! We are nearing the end of Majorian's story, though not the story as a whole, we are still far from done in regards to that. For now, lets enjoy one last glorious ride with Emperor Majorian.
One Last Ride
Majorian spent the early months of 474 preparing for an invasion into Armorica, intent on stabilising the frontier against the threat of a potentially resurgent Hunnic Empire.
Of course, Majorian did not want to fight needlessly if it could be helped. Though he gathered an army, it was only for a worst case scenario. Armorica was made from refugees of Britannia, seeking to avoid the Anglo-Saxons. Majorian hoped that the small state could be peacefully reincorperated into the Roman Empire.
Initially, things seemed to be going ok, as discussion between the two sides moved at a steady pace. Unfortunately, a Romano-Briton by the name of Aelius Valerius took over negotiations in mid June of 474. By August, talks have been shut down completely.
It is not quite known why discussions broke down during this time. It is thought that this came down to Valerius' own prejudice against the original Roman state, not seeing it as "legitimate". It is also likely that the Roman's abandoning of Britannia played into this resentment.
Not helping matters were a number of the Roman negotiators. Though most were willing to co-operate with the Armorican negotiators, a few of them felt Rome was above the Armoricans and did not need to negotiate. These few individuals on both sides stifled much of the discussion between the two sides, leading to developing tensions between the two sides.
Both Riothamus (the Armorican King) and Majorian worked in order to make sure cooler heads prevailed (especially as neither wanted to fight a pointless war). They replaced many of the more troubling members of their staff with more agreeable individuals, though perhaps foolishly on Riothamus' part, Valerius remained on the staff. It is thought by modern historian that Valerius remained on the staff due to his prestige and popularity with the army making him a threat to Riothamus' throne, thus Riothamus needed to keep him on board for the time being.
It was this factor that would prove to be the undoing of the discussions, as Valerius became even more bold in his dispute with the Roman negotiators. Though Riothamus would take the oppertunity to boot Valerius due to his brashness not long after, this would prove be the tipping point, as by September, the negotiations had broken down entirely.
With peaceful reintegration out of the way, the only way forward for Majorian was reconquest. On the 10th September, war was officially declared between Rome and Armorica.
Wanting to keep the provinces secured, Majorian only took the first 3 legions (Legio I Augusta, Legio II Triana and Legio III Aureliana) with him into the war. This force made for a total of 15,000 soldiers, many of them going into a proper war for the first time in their careers, being recruits called into the army to replace the veterans that departed following the War of 471.
Even still, Armorica was unable to match the Roman armies size, being able to pull in around 7,000 soldiers at that point. It is for this reason that instead of engaging the Roman forces in open battle, the Armoricans resorted to mainly using Guerrilla Warfare. They used the terrain in order to launch hit and run attacks. Their goal was to weaken and tired the Roman forces until they could be fought on open terrain.
However, on the 17th October, whilst the Armoricans (led by Riothamus at the time) camped near to the city of Darioritum (modern Vannes), Majorian sprung a surprise on the Armorican forces.
Majorian had been careful, keeping track of the Armorican movements constantly with his veteran scouts (a few of those scouting for Majorian here had been in the army since the Vandal campaign). The head of these were the lauded generals Alphonsus Caudex and Chlotharius Hispallus, the Magister Peditum and Magister Equitum (respectively) of the Legio III Aureliana. Also under this group of scouts was a young soldier (only a few years older than Luccius) named Gnaeus Scipio Gaullus. Majorian was intrigued by the young Scipio, as despite being rather young, he was alresy quite accomplished, having fought in the Roman army since the latter stages of the Great Roman Civil War and making a name for himself in the Frankish campaign of the War of 471, similar to Luccius (though not as prominently). Knowing of his families long and prestigious history, Majorian wondered if the boy could bring his family back to prominence.
The elite soldiers were able to carefully navigate through the Armorican terrain allowing for Majorian to move his soldier s in order into the right position to force and open battle. With no other choice, Riothamus quickly gathered his soldiers for a major battle. The Battle of Darioritum had commenced.
Majorian put the Legio I on the Left wing, the Legio II on the right and the veteran Legio III in the centre. Riothamus saw this and arranged his weakest soldiers in the centre with the stronger soldiers on the wings. cavalries engaged, with Chlotharius leading the charge into the cavalry frontlines. Chlotharius repeatedly drove off the Armorican forces, however they did not persue far, not wanting to go too far from the battle. Majorian led the armies, 12,000 Romans fought 6,000 Armoricans in close quarters.
The Romans began to advance in the centre, whilst the flanks remained locked in a stale mate. As Majorian prepared to make the final push into the weakened centre, he stopped. Riothamus was trying to pull a Hannibal by encircling the Roman forces. Realising what it was the Armoricans had planned. Majorian ordered the centre to halt, not wanting his centre to get trapped by the enemy.
Majorian ordered for the cavalry to send some of their forces to aid in the attack. Majorian had the message delivered by the young Scipio, keeping a copy in case the first message. Legend goes that Scipio Gaullus was almost caught by one of the Armorican generals, but was able to convince the general he was an Armorican soldier, before using th chaos of the fighting to slip out and deliver the message. Regardless of how he did it, the message was successfully retrieved by Chlotharius, who ordered half of his army to turn back on the enemy centre, whilst the rest chased the Armorican cavalry.
As Chlotharius persued the Armorican horsemen with 1,500 of his own, the rest fell upon the rear of the Armorican centre. With this, Majorian resumed his advance, trying to annihilate the centre as quickly as possible. It wasn't long before the centre collapsed under the combined pressure, Riothamus tried to reorganise the army, but was unable to prevent what was at that point inevitable. Those that were not killed fled the field en masse.
With the centre dispersed, Majorian turned his army around and toward both flanks. The flanks held for longer than the centre, but they to broke and fled eventually.
It was a decisive Roman Victory. 1,000 Armorican were killed and another 1,000 captured, with 500 Romans also perishing. Among those captured was Riothamus, though Valerius didn't join him, having fled the field. Riothamus willingly submitted to Majorian, not wanting to fight what he saw as a fellow Roman, as well as seeing that his cause was lost. Seeing this show of surrender, Majorian allowed Riothamus to join his army after the war was over. He was considering letting the Armorican leader retire, but he knew he still needed every man he could get, as whilst Rome was recovering, it was still unstable.
As for Valerius, after he fled, he seized the oppertunity to proclaim himself leader, gathering up the remaining soldier to make a last stand at the city of Gesoscribate (modern Château De Brest). The city was an ideal location, having natural defenses and a good harbour. He sent a message to Britannia, asking for reinforcements from his fellow Romano-Britons. Being more concerned with their own affairs in dealing with the likes of the Saxons and Angles pushing into their lands and not agreeing with the Armoricans decision to fight Rome, sent limited supplies, and no soldiers. In desperation to bolster his army, he then reached out to those same German tribes settling in Britain. In exchange for their help, Valerius promised land and gold. This was more well recieved, and thus 3,000 Germannic warriors comprised of Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians sailed south the port of Gesoscribate. To add to this, Valerius also drafted another 1,000 Armoricans into the army. The Armorican army did not take too well to this, especially the call for the same barbarians that drove them from their original homes, to show up at on their doorstep yet again. Valerius did not care however, he had dug himself into too deep a hole to be worried about the long term ramifications. This would however serve to alienate him from the army that he had once been so popular with.
These preparations would not come soon enough to stop Majorian and his army from arriving to the city however, and in mid November, the city of Gesoscribate would be besieged for 2 weeks. The situation only changed when the Germannic soldiers arrived. Now his army had been bolstered up to 8,000 soldiers, with 5,000 being Armorican and 3,000 being Germannic.
With this, Valerius moved out of the city, and prepared to fight Majorians 14,500 strong army at what is now know as the Battle of Gimonn. Majorian arrayed it similar to how he did at Darioritum, with the major difference being that the Legio II and Legio I had swapped positions. The reason being was that most of the deaths on the Roman side came from the Legio I, so Majorian hoped that Valerius would try to focus on the left wing where the Legio I was at Darioritum. As for Valerius, he placed his Germannic soldiers in the centre and his Armoricans on the wings. He hoped to use his Germannic soldiers to absorb the brunt of the Roman centre whilst his Armorican troops broke through the wings.
With most of the tactical planning coming before the battle, the battle itself came down to a battle of wills, with both sides trying desperately to outlast the other. Eventually, the Roman soldiers were able to gain the upper hand throigh sheer numbers and will, the germannic soldiers beginning to break and flee. Eventually even the Armoricans themselves began to breakdown in cohesion and flee. Victory was nearing closer and closer...
But then, Majorian began to feel... a familiar pain in his head. A pain that kept building and building in his head. The world went blurry, the pain nearly unbearable.
Then he fell from his horse, seizing up and shaking aboit fiercer than he ever had before. Normally, they passed after a couple of minutes, but this one was different, lasting longer and harder than any had before.
"The Imperator, HE'S SEIZING UP!" Was the last thing the emperor heard before pasing out...
A few hours later he woke up, his body left exhaused from the seizure he had just endured. It would be his generals that informed of how the battle played out.
Though Majorian's seized had reinvigorated the Armoricans to some extent, it only served to delay the inevitable, as the Armorican soldiers eventually broke properly. In the chaos, Valerius was stabbed to death, reported to be at the habds of his own soldiers.
The total losses were 1,500 Roman, 1,200 Armoricans and a further 400 Germannic soldiers.
Now Majorian was left to deal with the result. He started by showing clemency to the city and to the soldiers in order to win them over, a tactic that was very successful. Whilst the elites may have considered themselves a seperate entity from Rome, the citizens saw themselves as being Roman, just like that of Majorian's soldiers. He also offered the Germannic troops the chance to settle in the Roman empire, though they would divided up and keep under close surveillance, as was customary in better times. He then appointed Riothamus to govern the Province of Armorica, though now subject to not only Majorian, but also Syagrius (would administered all of Gaul). Riothamus was also "assured" by Majorian that should he lead a rebellion against the emperor that he would not show the same clemency as he did the first time.
Though Majorian was able to walk away from the brief Armorican War with his life, this would prove to be a major turning point in his life. The Battle of Gimonn would turn out to the last battle Majorian would ever take part in. Recognising his slowly failing body, Majorian allowed for others to step up to handle the frontiers themselves. Majorian wasn't fully done yet, as he still had one last massive project left to complete before his time came. With the borders (mostly) secure, Majorian could now finally set about making those plans a reality.
Finishing the Theodosian Codex perhaps?A/N: And that is all for now. I bet some of you thought this would be were he meets his end. Majorians still kicking for now, but he has now officially retired from the soldiers life due to his ailments. What will that project be? You'll have to wait to find out...
Also, this is the 1 Year Anniversary of my account. Exactly 1 earlier, I officially logged on to Alternatehistory.com for the very first time. It has been a wild ride in that 1 year, I looke forward to another years of stories and fun with you all! See you next Chapter!
You'll have to wait and see what that project is. I'll probably focus on the Eastern Roman Empire next Chapter, as we move into 475. I hope to get that one out on the 17th, which will be the 1 year Anniversary of Roma Renovata est itself.Hmm, though a campaign neither comparable to the grandeur of the civil war nor the importance of the Vandal campaign, at least Majorian managed to burn and shine one last time on the battlefield. Sadly though, it appears he would die bedridden and infirm.
Finishing the Theodosian Codex perhaps?
Hilarious with the knowledge of OTL Aspar's death.Despite knowing Ricimer was far less experienced at the game of shadows, his death reminded Aspar that his position was always vulnerable. He had worked to keep himself in control over Leo, taking advantage of his insecurites in order to make sure Leo did not go after him.
Are you referring to the first Anthemius here?Anthemius was initially known for being the grandson of the first Arcadius in the early 400's.
See you soon!See you next Chapter!
1: It most certainly isHilarious with the knowledge of OTL Aspar's death.
Are you referring to the first Anthemius here?
See you soon!
I assure you the dream is not dead.Hey there, just read it all.
A great narrative and got so many other reads from the thread.
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or Is the dream of Rome dead?