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INTRODUCTION
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER I - THE SWORD
CHAPTER II - MORAVIA
CHAPTER III - MARHAT
CHAPTER IV - TRIBECH
CHAPTER V - THE ARROW
CHAPTER VI – NITRAVA
CHAPTER VII - BOGATYGRAD
CHAPTER VIII – CLOTHAR
CHAPTER IX - DAGOBERT
CHAPTER X - RETALIATION
EXPLANATORY NOTES


PROLOGUE

Due to the declining power of Rome and Constantinople, tribes all over Eurasia saw an opportunity in an expansion into richer European lands, which led into the Migration Period. Everyone wanted to grab a part of Europe’s wealth.

Strong Hunnic tribal formations took over a significant part of Europe and spread destruction everywhere they stepped foot. After the death of Attila, the Empire was crushed to the ground by Germanic tribes, which opened the doors for something new to come.

A significant part in history was going to be played by the emerging Slavic people, in that time called Venedi, who survived all turmoils, waited for their chance, expanded into the mainland of central and south-eastern parts of Europe, while pushing Germanic and other tribes away and mixing themselves with the remnants of local natives.

They settled next to rivers, mountains, fertile lands and created several centers ruled by different tribes, which couldn’t stay unnoticed from other prospering cultures in Europe. One of the most thriving tribes settled around the river Morava and it was going to dominate the others culturally, commercially and militarily for many years to come.

But a new threat appeared on the horizon. Nomadic Avars coming from Asia crossed the Carpathian Mountains, conquering nearby tribes, pillaging settlements and trade routes along the river Danube. Word of Avar cruelty spread quickly.

Subjugated Venedian tribes had to fight on the side of Avars literally in first rows, so that Avars wouldn’t suffer many casualties during their conquests. Late at night Avar warriors lied down with Venedian women, which caused even more hatred towards the new tyrants.

Avars despised everything that was holy to the Venedian people. Gods were not pleased with the destruction of their temples and holy sites. They couldn’t look away from this contempt anymore.

PERUN, also addressed by locals as PAROM, highest god of all gods, had to witness his temples to be burned to the ground and thus he was especially furious. He sent deadly thunderstorms towards lands settled by Avars, but this just multiplied their rage and hostilities.

PERUN found a chosen one, who was worthy of restoring respect for the gods and regaining independence for his people. The chosen one was an arms trader from the Frankish lands called Samo.


INTRODUCTION
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER I - THE SWORD
CHAPTER II - MORAVIA
CHAPTER III - MARHAT
CHAPTER IV - TRIBECH
CHAPTER V - THE ARROW
CHAPTER VI – NITRAVA
CHAPTER VII - BOGATYGRAD
CHAPTER VIII – CLOTHAR
CHAPTER IX - DAGOBERT
CHAPTER X - RETALIATION
EXPLANATORY NOTES