|Agent of Byzantium |
POD: c. AD 597
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Date of Birth:||c. 1290|
|Occupation:||Apothecary, Spy, Chemist|
Hilda was an apothecary from Angleland. She and her uncle Wighard were sent by King Oswy to Ispania to investigate the successful Franco-Saxon attacks on the Roman Empire. Hilda's task was to discover the spells they were using to summon the demons so that Angleland could do the same in their own defense.
The two pretended to be on a trading trip and staying in Tarrago when the Franco-Saxon attacked. She heard a loud roar, saw a cloud of foul smoke and then the locked gates came crashing down. The two of them escaped through another gate and hide in the graveyard a half mile to the west. Wighard scared off a squad of soldiers by suddenly rising up and shouting "Boo"!
Hilda and her uncle made their way south and west to New Carthage where they took up residence in Ioan's Inn and told their story to Basil Argyros. A few days later, the two set out into occupied territory to see what they could discover. They followed the old legionaries coastal road to the northeast, bypassing Tarrago, Barcilo and Empurias since they were all garrisoned and came to Pertuis. There, they were unsurprised to find Argyros.
Hilda, nonchalantly, said that the Emperor back in Constantinople must be displeased with the recent Franco-Saxon successes to which Argyros agreed. This prompted Wighard to explain that King Oswy was also outraged how the Franco-Saxons had defeated the Anglelander navy using their black magic. Argyros then stated the two were sent to see if they could discover anything in Ispania. Wighard agreed and, when asked, Argyros agreed that he was an Imperial agent.
Hilda pointed out that they had a common goal and were natural allies. Argyros did not go so far but did agree they had a common interest. Hilda then asked what he had discovered. Argyros showed them the blackened walls and pieces of pottery some with the mark of the Monastery of St. Gall. After some discussion, the three agreed to set out together to the monastery.