If Carthage had won the Second Punic War, would it have treated the Romans to the same burnt buildings and genocide it received? Or would a different empire have arisen from the culture that invented the alphabet, advanced mathematics, and ruled the oceans?
240 years later, a more benevolent civilization burgeons into an industrial society encompassing Europe and half of Africa. But it also brings a different set of faults and failings.
In the first storyline, we meet Lt. Rakharbal al’Gadriel, a senator’s son who chafes to break out of his cushy life and prove his worth to the empire.