Hi all! Today’s update focuses on the center of the action here in book #4, Steel Praetorian.
If you don’t want to read spoilers, don’t read ahead! Just enjoy looking at this lovely little map so you know where the action will be taking place!
Large chunks of action in Book #4 occur in this territory, disputed between the loyalist forces of Constantine (or Sabinus, depending whose side you’re on) and the rebel forces of Sabinus (or loyalist, ha!). Octavia and her allies have fallen back from Rome, and our trying to hold onto the territory (and hearts and mind of the people) while dealing some damage to our fratercide’s men. Dux Tzmisces and General Regillus are busy launching counterattacks with whatever men they can scrounge up, and their plans don’t always go off as expected!
Here’s a snippet (and by snippet I mean intercepted communications!)
MESSAGE RECIPIENT: GENERAL REGILLUS, COMMANDER TASK FORCE NARONA.
DESTINATION: TASK FORCE NARONA HQ – NARONA
HEADER: ENEMY FLEET SIGHTED
MESSAGE: GENERAL – ENEMY PROVISION RESUPPLY FLEET SIGHTED…STOP… FLEET NUMBERS 400 SHIPS OR MORE…STOP…HAVE RETREATED DUE SOUTH TO DYRRACHIUM…STOP… ADVISE ALTERNATE RETREAT PLANS…STOP…WILL ADVISE AS POSSIBLE… STOP…. GODS HELP YOU…STOP…
MESSAGE ORIGINATION – TASK FORCE FLEET, CAPTAIN TULER, HMAS NEPTUNE RISING.