Intimidating cage fighting
The ringleaders and their surviving family members are crucified and those few villagers unfortunate enough to survive become the fodder for games in the arena. The tenth legion responds with murder, rape, and general mayhem.The villagers were herded to the communal well near the center of Tov Kepha. " Flavius Galarius bellowed at the cowering throng.There were some 80 to 100 people in the village but less than 40 adult males. None of them seemed to understand Latin so I repeated this in the native tongue.The soldiers grumbled at the delay, they normally ate their fistful of grain as they marched.The march resumed as soon as the prisoners were finished and continued without pause until we made our camp long after dusk.
A second donkey was procured for the village elder before all the livestock was slaughtered. A few heads were staked at the entrances of the village as a warning to any passerby.For the last two years we have been reduced to chasing thieves and fighting goat herders.Still it was better for the men than wasting their pay on cheap whores and cheaper wine: such was the curse of garrison duty. The morning would bring the slaughter that passed for battle these days.The century formed a phalanx around the prisoners and began the forced march to the Capitol.I studied the elder as we marched toward the capitol.
The crowed muttered and parted exposing an older man with a graying beard, his wife, son, and daughter stood by his side.