There was a story here. Liqian, if you say it slowly I think that the name answers my question. Is it Leeqeean, or Legion perhaps? That would make sense. I had to think back, had I heard anything about a battle where a Roman legion might have lost and been taken captive? I think that I might have it, could these be a remnant of the war fought with and lost to the Parthians five decades before the birth of my Lord? Over 10,000 Roman soldiers were captured and never accounted for, is it possible that some escaped and came east instead of going back to Rome?
“Appius, don’t you have any tales about the start of your city?”
The Prefect had his eyes half closed, “I only remember what my great grandfather told me. He said that his great grandfather told him that he was brought here as a prisoner and that at the time there was nothing here. Their captors took them to this empty wilderness and told them to live or die as they chose. Then they rode off to the north, never to be seen again.”
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