On the Rhine frontier, the loyal Praetorian Prefect of Gaul, Jovinus, has become unwilling traitor to Constantine III and is now styled as Emperor of the Romans. Backed by the Burgundians, settled on the Roman frontier, Jovinus's court is dominated by the barbarian kings Goar and Gundahar. With the Burgundians at his side, Jovinus now seems a powerful player in the contest for power in the western empire. He has been joined by Constantine's northern forces, seeking a new usurper to break the apparent stalemate.
5,000 British Legionaries defect, a Roman pretender is now present in Burgundian lands in Germania Minor.