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From Hammer of the Gods: Since Lennart took his time invading, Empress Teodora has been arranging things on the other side to her liking. Her first order of business is getting rid of out-of-control general Brynhild Mattila, who also has Teodora’s daughter, the Archduchess Elektra in her care. Livilla Maxima is something like an archbishop and Teodora’s closest friend and adviser. Slightly edited from the published version. Teodora is speaking to her ruling council, who she’s kept in the dark so far:
“Our first step will be to remove the army from her control, though we must also ensure the safety of the archduchess. I’ve acted already in secret, since Mattila has agents everywhere.” Teodora left it unsaid that for all she knew, a few sat on this council.
“When will you do this?” someone asked.
“I’m doing it already,” Teodora said, wanting to laugh at their dumbstruck faces. “Two weeks ago, Livilla Maxima set out with a large sum of money and an even larger force guarding it. She bears my orders to Mattila, relieving her of command and releasing the archduchess into her care.”
“What if Mattila refuses?” a young count asked.
“I expect her to refuse,” Teodora kept her tone casual, “but her consent isn’t needed. She can call herself supreme general as long as she wants, but she will have no army to command.”
It was too much to include in the snippet, but the money will be used to pay off Mattila’s officer’s, who’ve already been prepped for the coup by Livilla’s minions serving as chaplains in her army.
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