In search of ever more lands in the face of draught and shortages, the Alannic kingom invades the free Roman republic of Saragossa. A strange polity, where the Latin-speaking population still revere the old gods of Rome. Pagan temples have returned to service, away from the authority of Christian emperors, and the peasants joyfully celebrate their apostasy in several pagan festivals throughout the year. Divorce law has reverted to the good old easy divorce days of the pre-Christian era, and the Saragossans citizens are arguably now more Roman than the Roman.
Their pagan commune has had its heyday, however, as the overwhelming might of Alanya forces the civic authorities to surrender. Saragossa continues to be a self-governing Roman city, but must pay a burdensome fee in kind to the Alans for the privilege.