From dour deities to pious popes, Augusta is chock-full of weird and wondrous figures. Some might be historic, others mythic, and some either a blend of both or just completely made up by yours truly. Be it a hero from Ethiopia’s Kingdom of Aksum, a T. rex called Jiggles, or an ancient being powerful enough to turn aside meteors with merely her voice (Nildahgiiv OP, pls nerf), the supporting cast of this book really is quite immense.
To be fair, this is supposed to be an ‘ancient’ epic. Epics tend to have lots of peeps pop up in them, even if some appear only very briefly. Obviously, the story is focused in on a couple protagonists in particular. You don’t have to follow a hundred different timelines to understand what on earth is going on. I’m not that mean.
The point of this blog isn’t to give you the full backstory of those central characters so much as it is to tease at what’s in Augusta, to have you salivate at the glories to be revealed. (Are you salivating yet? If not, I’m gonna’ be pretty disappointed.)
Now that that’s established, I’m going to give you a slight tease of some of the characters that do appear. None of these are the main protagonist, and I won’t be revealing anything that isn’t either historical common knowledge or inconsequential to the overall narrative of the story, so spoilers shouldn’t be an issue.
Flavius Aetius- Perhaps the last great general of the Ancient World, Aetius was the leading commander of the Western Roman Empire’s military in the mid-fifth century and is most famous for his victory against Attila at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. He joined forces with the Visigoths and some other barbarian peoples to achieve this end, but let’s just say he may have had an extra helping hand.
Leo the Great: Pope at the time of Attila’s campaigns, Leo is famous for emerging from behind the walls of Rome when Attila stood poised to raze her to the ground and subsequently convincing Attila to turn aside. Saving his flock from certain death while the emperor hid away, Leo’s example would set a precedent for ages to come. Gone are the days of imperial rule, and soon the church shall hold higher power in Europe than any crown.
Fanefiru– The “historical” precedent for the Fafnir of Norse mythology, Fanefiru was a Swart Elf who was turned into a Dragon by the power of the cursed ring Anadavarenu. Yep, you heard that correctly; he turned into a Dragon. Your Mondays don’t sound so bad, now do they?
Jiggles- Yep, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a T. rex named Jiggles. Yep, that was a fan suggestion that- much to his amusement- I rolled with. Don’t worry, he’s got his moments worthy of tyrannosaurs everywhere.
Anyway, that’s it for this entry. Tune in next week to see what weirdness I blab about then.