Thus, for eighty years did the Empire of Rome seek some bitter revenge for so great
a loss, causing that Commodus III should send into the lands of South Africa, five
full divisions of the Roman Army, having in each division some ten legions; and unto
this did he also add six armored battalions, fiercely armed.
Summary: During the First Track of the world of the First Power, the regions of
South Africa were under the dominion of the empire of Rome. The Emperor of Rome,
Commodus III, sought to retake the continent of Antarctica, which the Drakonian Empire
had acquired through battle some eighty years previous (3:24:5-6). When Drakonian
intelligence discovered that Rome was planning an attack against the Antarctic port-city
of Neropolis, military leaders gathered in the fortress city of Trajenium to devise
a strategy to counter Rome’s impending siege (3:24:7-14).
It was determined by Seti-Kahn and other high ranking military commanders, that Drakonia
should launch an immediate attack against South Africa before the Roman military
could complete preparations for their assault. After hearing all the details of the
strategy, the Emperor asked his Strategic Advisor, Kronus Maximillius, what he thought
of the plans, but Seti-Kahn interrupted, claiming Kronus was too young to understand
the intricacies of the situation (3:24:28-30). Ignoring Seti-Kahn’s objections, the
Emperor once again asked Kronus of his perspective. When Kronus requested two days
to study the plans, Markus Tobias (the Chief Adjutant General) objected, claiming
a delay would compromise their advantage. Nevertheless, the Emperor granted Kronus’
After two days, Kronus revealed a strategy that would not only defend Antarctica,
but would allow Drakonian forces to sack the cities of South Africa and rob the treasuries
therein of great wealth. The Emperor embraced the new strategy with enthusiasm, which
enraged Tobias and Seti-Kahn, as it was evident that Kronus had the Emperor’s favor
The counter-offensive strategy devised by Kronus was successfully executed according
to the command of the Emperor. Rome suffered a devastating defeat, as its military
not only failed to capture Neropolis, but was unable to prevent South African treasuries
from being plundered by Drakonian forces (3:25:1-11, 22).
Drakonian Emperor, Drakonus Maximillius, minted a new platinum coin in celebration
of the great victory (3:25:12-13). The Emperor honored Kronus Maximillius by appointing
him to the office and rank of Imperial Knight, and assigning him to the role of First
Imperial Counselor to the Emperor (3:25:18-19).
Hoping to dodge blame for the embarrassing defeat, Roman Emperor Commodus III purged
the entire military of all who participated in the failed siege. The decorated Roman
General, Sulla Cornellius, was crucified along with all of his sons (3:25:37-40).
• The original plan put forth by Drakonian commanders estimated a loss of 200,000
men and a cost of 500,000 gold talents. Implementing the strategies of Kronus, Drakonia
only lost “some three hundred men” in the siege against South Africa (3:25:14).
Thus did there flow into the treasuries of Drakonia, an overabundance of wealth;
for there came out of the cities altogether some nineteen million talents of gold,
four million talents of platinum, fifty-four million talents of silver.
And unto all these riches was there added also some 236 tons in diamonds, emeralds,
rubies, sapphires, opals, topaz, amethyst and a great many pearls besides.