By Simon Morden
Rome used to be the guts of the main robust empire the realm had ever visible, yet that didn't cease it falling to Alaric the Goth, his horde of barbarian tribesmen and their wild spell-casting shamen. Having break up the partitions with their sorcery and slaughtered the population with their axes, the victors carved up the empire right into a sequence of bickering states which have been by no means greater than an insult clear of war.
A thousand years later, and Europe has turn into a virtually civilized position. The rulers of the previous Roman palatinates confine their struggle to the fast summer season months, exchange thrives alongside the rivers and roads, and farming has turn into much less back-breaking, all because of the magic, bestowed through gods, that infuses day-by-day life.
Even the barbarians' gods were tamed: the place as soon as human sacrifices poured their blood onto the floor, there are events and picnics, ingesting and making a song, healthy for warm humans and their children.
But it feels like the gods are going to have the final chuckle earlier than they slip quietly into ill-remembered obscurity...
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Arcanum by Simon Morden