By Sam Barone
The chief of a band of marauding barbarians, Thutmose-sin is a warrior talented by way of the gods with notable conception and crafty. to outlive, he and his humans plunder and pillage, killing and enslaving the dirt-eaters who reside in villages around the plains. yet Thutmose-sin additionally secretly fears those enemies, for they own a weapon a long way deadlier than any bow or lance: the foodstuff they coax from the floor that enables them to multiply. sometime, he concerns, there may be such a lot of of them that even his warriors will be unable to kill all of them. And in a wealthy payment close to the headwaters of the Tigris, his suspicions are approximately to return precise . . . made up our minds to maintain their lifestyle, the peaceable humans of Orak refuse to escape the oncoming barbarians. in its place, they create a daring, untested plan of safeguard: construct a wall round the village excessive and powerful adequate to repel the invaders. below the tips of an outcast barbarian named Eskkar and his real love, a fascinating and clever slave woman named Trella, the villagers start the wall's building and look ahead to the epic conflict that may pit them opposed to the unstoppable barbarians—a conflict whose consequence will switch the area perpetually. a captivating historic novel of struggle, passionate love, braveness, and savagery, sunrise of Empire tells in sweeping prose and with heroic, unforgettable characters the tale of an historical people's triumph—an awesome feat that marked the construction of the 1st walled urban and the start of an period that gave upward thrust to a few of history's maximum civilizations.
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First, you must build a wall around the village. A real stone wall, something that cannot be pulled down or burned, at least four times the height of a man. ” “The nobles have talked about building such a wall before, Eskkar, but nothing ever came of it. There was no need, and the cost and effort were too great. Now the barbarians come. ” “Yes, of course. ” “Second, all the huts and farmhouses outside this new wall must be torn down, removed completely, the ground leveled and stripped bare, and the farms and ﬁelds ﬂooded again.
Whether Orak could transform itself remained to be seen. Orak resembled every other village Eskkar had seen. Small huts built from river mud and straw accounted for most of the dwellings, though the homes of the rich merchants and nobles tended to be much larger or twostory affairs. A fence surrounded the village, but numerous huts and tents had sprung up outside the stockade, including some that, against Nicar’s orders, butted up against the structure. As for the villagers, they, too, were much the same as people everywhere.
I don’t even know if such a wall can be built before they arrive. But if it can, then we may have a chance. Whether it’s a good chance or not, we’ll ﬁnd out in the coming months. If we put our hearts and bodies into the preparation, we may have a fair chance, perhaps an even chance. If we don’t prepare well, then we know what will happen. “That is the best hope I can offer you, Nicar. As I said, the price you will pay to defend the village may be more than it’s worth or more than you can afford.
Dawn of Empire: A Novel by Sam Barone