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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, normal of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever identified.
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The interior of the fortress was not as imposing as its exterior. In truth, Belisarius had been pressed for time, even with the aid of the cavalrymen, and so he had concentrated all effort on the outside walls and fortifications. Within those walls, the fortress was still just an empty parade ground, although it was covered now with the tents of his soldiers. He had not even built a command post for himself, but continued to use his tent as a headquarters. As soon as Belisarius dismounted and walked into his command tent, followed by the two brothers, Maurice made his appearance.
I’m serious about this, Maurice. Make certain the men understand my attitude. ” The general relented, slightly. “It’s not simply a matter of the conduct one expects from Christian soldiers, Maurice. If the men can’t understand that, then make sure they understand the practical side of it. You and I have both seen too many battles lost—or, at best, halfway won—because the troops got diverted at the critical moment. Allowing the enemy to escape, or rally for a counterattack, because they’re busy scurrying around for some silver plate and chickens to steal, or a woman to rape.
And Antonina will be the center of it all. She will set up residence at this villa near Daras and stay there. She will no longer accompany me with the army. She will assemble and oversee the weapons work. ” He waved down her developing protest. “I will help, I will help. But you are more than capable of all this, Antonina. You are at least as intelligent as any man I ever met. And these weapons are new to all of us. The methods of using them, as well. I will help, but I will not be surprised if your untrained intelligence does a better job of devising new forces and methods than my well-trained experience does.