There is an epilogue that sort of connects it with other works at least as some naming like met d'Oc, or events like Perimadeia 's destruction, and the siege of Mezentia etc go, though all those are in the far future of the events here which are set in the write 's faux Byzantine setting, though this time the empire 's dominant race is named as the Robur- otherwise the City has the usual Byzantine stuff including the blue and green factions ( though here they fight in the arena Roman style in addition to chariot racing), the bureaucracy, Senate, emperor etcThe main hero, colonel Orhan, chief of engineers is the only " barbarian " that has some moderately high rank- he is often a member of " security council " of the empire in this quality but he is arely invited to the meetings of course ( the usual name for most barbarians is " milkface ", though the term is illegal under Robur law as is " blueskin ", the derogatory term the subjugated people of the Empire use for the Robur, though of course while prosecutions for using milkface are non-existent as after all the Robur would never ever use such a term, the ones for using blueskin happen often as Orhan informs us, since as all know the milkfaces are uncouth, coarse and deserve their roles as subjects, indentured servants- the empire abolished slavery but replaced it with the even better, indentured servitude, manpower for the armies and menial work, or for their me to work in the " entertainment business " as again Orhan puts it so nicely); as the memoi begins on we find out Orhan 's past ( at least in so far we can trust his narration- as KJ parker 's heroes go he reminds of Saloninus though he is much less self-important and amoral), how he got to e a colonel and commander of engineers ( the short of it, he is to good at doing stuff despite the bureaucracy and engineers for once are the ones where stuff really needs to be done) and eve more; and then stuff happens and as the blurb has it Orhan has to protec the City against an unknown enemy that seems to have annihilated all the Imperial armies, destroyed or blockaded the Imperial fleets and isolated the City without any real soldiers inside, few war weapons ( as blades and the like are galore of course), few provisions, no ships arriving at the docks and no one in authority present ( the Senators, of course, do n't count as they know only how to talk ...), enemy that seems bent not on conquest but on total destruction ... But big events present big opportunities, so Orhan who is somewhat of an idealist at heart may be reluctan to se tha to bring on the " just society " where everyone from the low to the high ( even including milkfaces and women) has a stake- though the people of City still do n't like jumped up milkfaces ... A few choice quotes: " The Robur pride themselves on their good manners, and, besides, calling a milkface a milkface is Conduct Prejudicial and can keep you court-martialled.
On the other hand, several dozen auxiliary officers have been tried and cashiered for calling an Imperial a blueskin, so you wil see just how wicked and deserving of contempt my lot truly are. " " It ’ s just occurred to me that maybe you don ’ t now to much about the Themes.
Really all you fee is that there are two rival groups of supporters in the Hippodrome, one lot with blue favors, one lot with green, and they cheer for their side in the sword fighting and the chariot races.
Instead the Greens started organizing the labor at the docks, the Blues did the same in haulage and the civil service, lower grades.
Her grandfather was a trustee of the Greens fund, and really a big man in the movement; did a lot of ad guy and a lot of ba ones, until he neglected to sidestep in the Hippodrome and got skewered.