By Eric Flint, David Drake,
In basic terms 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, basic of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever recognized.
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Belisarius wiped his face wearily. ” He stared ruefully at the grimy cloth in his hand. The rag was too soaked to do more than smear the sweat. He reached out and hung it on a peg to dry. “But there’ll be another incident,” he continued, after resuming his seat. “This army’s had too much rot infect it. Soon enough, there’ll be another incident. When it happens, Maurice, I’ll have the officer in command of the men strung up alongside them. I won’t accept any excuses. ” Maurice took a deep breath, then let it out.
Nothing worse than a skeleton army,” grumbled Maurice. “I found one infantry hundred that had all of twenty-two actual soldiers in it. With, naturally, a full complement of officers—a hecatontarch and all ten decarchs. ” He spit on the floor. “Four of those so-called decarchs didn’t have a single soldier under their command. ” Belisarius rose and stretched. “Well, that’s pretty much behind us. Within two more days, we’ll have this army shaken down into a realistic structure, with decent officers.
Chiseling on fodder and gear is common enough. But we’ve even found cases where the men’s pay was stolen. ” exclaimed Basil, one of the other cataphracts. “Bad enough these bastards sell off some of the food, but they were cheating at both ends. The food was shit to begin with. ” The third of the cataphracts chimed in. He was one of the few non-Thracians in Belisarius’ retinue, an Armenian by the name of Ashot. “What’s even worse is the state of the army as a whole. What’re we supposed to have, General?
An Oblique Approach by Eric Flint, David Drake,