The son of the man who lost the Eagle of the Ninth would never be allowed a first command of his very own fort, would he?
Marcus is posted not to Isca Dumnoniorum, but to a wretched and run-down garrison north of the Wall. There he finds that he is the new centurion of a group of scouts and spies, all of them British. He has few supplies and no experience. His men distrust him. His superiors despise him. His second-in-command is an incompetent drunkard. And the local tribes are determined to kill all of them.
But the worst thing of all is one of Marcus' soldiers. He is an enigmatic, dangerous, and insubordinate man by the name of Esca, who makes Marcus yearn for terrifying things he has never before wanted and can never, ever let himself have...
- Part 1 of Chosen Man
A story set in the universe of "Chosen Man," in which Marcus and his optio Esca go to Calleva for the holiday of Saturnalia, and Marcus learns valuable lessons about making assumptions about what other people know about your religious observances. Also there is cuddling.
- Part 2 of Chosen Man