By William Napier
AD 441: The Roman Empire, notwithstanding bruised and battered, is way from defeated. although her coffers are empty, the Visigoths and the Vandals are settling peacefully inside her borders, now not enemies. it really is one other tribe that might carry down this thousand-year-old colussus: a tribe from some distance to the East - united lower than one chief for the 1st time. For Attila has returned...
In exile, he has wandered for thirty years together with his anger and ambition turning out to be day-to-day. Now he has again to grab the throne. he'll assemble the entire Hunnish clans around the colossal desolate tract of Scythia, and hammer them right into a unmarried mightly military. in simple terms then will he eventually flip to stand the tottering Roman Empire.
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To the Chinese, we are “the Stinking Ones”. We drink nothing but milk and eat nothing but meat, they say, and we stink like animals and they wrinkle their delicate noses at us. In Chinese, our very name is traduced! And we Huns, we Hunnu, we the People, become the Xioung Nu. And what does this make us in the language of the Chinese? ’ Their blood boiled within them. Their horses champed and whinnied, stepping their forefeet nervously in the long wet grass. Voices rose from the huddled men in an angry, buzzing murmur.
The servant watched the people. One fellow, a youth of no more than twenty, took a step forwards towards the tent, as if willing to go after his king. Orestes smiled almost imperceptibly to himself. One wall of the tent collapsed as the wooden supports within gave way, and the roar of the flames grew more furious. People stepped back from the intense heat. Some looked to Chanat but he did not stir. Flames gouted high into the louring shield-grey sky, sparks erupting still higher, ash and scraps and tatters of blackened felt spiralling up to heaven like some deranged offering to the gods.
Chanat smiled proudly. ’ He ruminated. ’ ‘I don’t doubt it,’ said Attila. The king rode with the long lance over his shoulder, the mangled burden of old king Ruga’s head impaled on the end, dripping pink rain. At last he stopped and twirled the heavy burden around as if it were no more than a straw, and stuck the butt of the lance into a marmot hole in the ground. The severed head with its gaping mouth, its fine earrings still hanging from its lobes, its remnants of hair plastered flat to the great skull, silver raindrops beaded in its beard, stared back at them through the grey bars of rain.
Attila: The Gathering of the Storm by William Napier