Vederius Ligustus is a much decorated Centurion who, as a matter of honour, engineers the assassination of a Tribune making a mortal enemy of General Falco. The General demands the Emperor executes him. Instead Vederius is given an all or nothing mission to free the Imperial Legion from corruption and seize barbarian treasure during the coming war. Vederius pulls together a specialist team to carry out the task but tensions between them seems destined to tear them apart before they succeed. It doesn’t help when he falls for a beguiling enemy spy, hunted by Imperial security and intent on preventing him seizing the treasure. Vederius must employ all the tricks he knows to turn a weak and frightened cohort into fighting soldiers before he leads them into battle. As the barbarian war boils into life, the conflict in his team comes to a head when he leads a reckless mission during the siege of a barbarian fortress. Vederius’s team eventually come together and are rewarded by finding the barbarian treasure. After the war, they smugly revel in their success until Victor rescues the enemy spy from slavery and discovers it was all just a decoy. He is forced to side with the spy when her confession is intercepted by the General who sets out to find the treasure. In pursuit, Vederius finds his friend and other officers of the General's Legion murdered. He finally realises the General intends to steal the treasure and claim the Empire. He must defeat the General and his Legion with a small number of men but has no idea how to overcome the odds. In a desperate attempt to deliver the Emperor’s legacy, Vederius turns to his dead friend to put things right but the General's right hand man has other ideas and intends to kill Vederius even in his hour of triumph.
A Butcher’s Wilderness Q. Vederius Ligustus P Pilus Legi XXX Ulpia n. Italica Turditania Hispania
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The Diaries of Vederius Ligustus

Finding the diaries

The diaries tell Vederius Ligustus’s story and were discovered in the small cave at the back of this photo of Herculaneum. It’s an intriguing story kept out of the press by the local authorities.
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VEDERIUS THE MAN

Background to Vederius Ligustus Vederius Ligustsus: c.64-c.143 AD Born in Spain. Father a merchant, mother from Belgic Gaul. Lived most of his life in Herculaneum. Family killed in the eruption of Vesuvius 79 AD. Holds the gods in contempt for this, only worships the Roman god of vengeance (Mars Ultor). Ran away to Sri Lanka (Taprobane). Returned and joined the army. Started as a private soldier (Munifex), promoted to scout on pay and a half (Caligatus sesquiplicarius of the Speculatores), promoted to soldier on double pay (Caligatus Duplicarius), promoted to watch commander (Tesserarius), promoted to acting standard bearer (Signifier). Decorated with a civic crown (Corona Civica) and a grass crown (Corona Obsidionalis) – the highest award. Named as hero of Bodotria by General Agricola. Becomes Regional Centurion of the Ninth Legion the “fighting Spanish” at Eburacum – ancient York. He is summonsed back to Italy where Trajan promotes him to First Spear (Primus Pilus) Centurion of the Thirtieth Ulpian Legion, third most senior officer and top soldier in his family’s Legion at the start of the second century AD and gives him a secret mission. Capable of great brutality he’s the servant of a code of honour based on brotherhood, virtue and glory and sees himself as the father of a military family that he deeply cares for. He’ll take any step necessary, including deception and murder to ensure orders are obeyed and virtue is maintained and his god is worshiped.
The Dacian war: The Dacian Wars (101–102, 105–106) were two military campaigns fought between the Roman Empire and Dacia during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule. The conflicts were triggered by the constant Dacian threat on the Danubian Roman Provinces of Moesia and Pannonia and also by the increasing need for resources for the economy of the Roman Empire.
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Vederius Ligustus is a much decorated Centurion who, as a matter of honour, engineers the assassination of a Tribune making a mortal enemy of General Falco. The General demands the Emperor executes him. Instead Vederius is given an all or nothing mission to free the Imperial Legion from corruption and seize barbarian treasure during the coming war. Vederius pulls together a specialist team to carry out the task but tensions between them seems destined to tear them apart before they succeed. It doesn’t help when he falls for a beguiling enemy spy, hunted by Imperial security and intent on preventing him seizing the treasure. Vederius must employ all the tricks he knows to turn a weak and frightened cohort into fighting soldiers before he leads them into battle. As the barbarian war boils into life, the conflict in his team comes to a head when he leads a reckless mission during the siege of a barbarian fortress. Vederius’s team eventually come together and are rewarded by finding the barbarian treasure. After the war, they smugly revel in their success until Victor rescues the enemy spy from slavery and discovers it was all just a decoy. He is forced to side with the spy when her confession is intercepted by the General who sets out to find the treasure. In pursuit, Vederius finds his friend and other officers of the General's Legion murdered. He finally realises the General intends to steal the treasure and claim the Empire. He must defeat the General and his Legion with a small number of men but has no idea how to overcome the odds. In a desperate attempt to deliver the Emperor’s legacy, Vederius turns to his dead friend to put things right but the General's right hand man has other ideas and intends to kill Vederius even in his hour of triumph.
© jdamfPUBLISH a wholly owned subsidiary of Snoozing Dogs Productions© jdamfpublish@jdamf.co.uk Made with Xara
A Butcher’s Wilderness Q. Vederius Ligustus P Pilus Legi XXX Ulpia n. Italica Turditania Hispania

The Diaries of Vederius Ligustus

Finding the diaries

The diaries tell Vederius Ligustus’s story and were discovered in the small cave at the back of this photo of Herculaneum. It’s an intriguing story kept out of the press by the local authorities.
Learn more
The Dacian war: The Dacian Wars (101–102, 105–106) were two military campaigns fought between the Roman Empire and Dacia during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule. The conflicts were triggered by the constant Dacian threat on the Danubian Roman Provinces of Moesia and Pannonia and also by the increasing need for resources for the economy of the Roman Empire.

VEDERIUS THE MAN

Background to Vederius Ligustus Vederius Ligustsus: c.64-c.143 AD Born in Spain. Father a merchant, mother from Belgic Gaul. Lived most of his life in Herculaneum. Family killed in the eruption of Vesuvius 79 AD. Holds the gods in contempt for this, only worships the Roman god of vengeance (Mars Ultor). Ran away to Sri Lanka (Taprobane). Returned and joined the army. Started as a private soldier (Munifex), promoted to scout on pay and a half (Caligatus sesquiplicarius of the Speculatores), promoted to soldier on double pay (Caligatus Duplicarius), promoted to watch commander (Tesserarius), promoted to acting standard bearer (Signifier). Decorated with a civic crown (Corona Civica) and a grass crown (Corona Obsidionalis) – the highest award. Named as hero of Bodotria by General Agricola. Becomes Regional Centurion of the Ninth Legion the “fighting Spanish” at Eburacum – ancient York. He is summonsed back to Italy where Trajan promotes him to First Spear (Primus Pilus) Centurion of the Thirtieth Ulpian Legion, third most senior officer and top soldier in his family’s Legion at the start of the second century AD and gives him a secret mission. Capable of great brutality he’s the servant of a code of honour based on brotherhood, virtue and glory and sees himself as the father of a military family that he deeply care for. He’ll take any step necessary, including deception and murder to ensure orders are obeyed and virtue is maintained and his god is worshiped.
Learn more