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Peter
Fictional Character
Shared Universe Story
"The Fake Pandemic"
POD: 535 C.E.
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Eastern Roman Empire
Occupation: Sailor
Military Branch: Roman Navy

Peter was the Roman naval commander in Clysma. He'd been exiled there for some prior bad act. His red eyes were evidence that he drank too much.[1]

When quaestor Tribonian arrived to oversee plans to prevent the arrival of the plague, Peter was cynical and dubious, especially as he didn't believe plague was an issue. He was particularly horrified by Tribonian's proposal to shut down sea trade in the fourth, fifth, and sixth indictions (that is the years 540, 541, and 542), as shutting down trade would kill the town. When Tribonian darkly asked if Peter was refusing his orders, Peter assured Tribonian that he would give the orders, but that his men might ignore them rather than risk letting their family go hungry. Tribonian informed Peter that there would be more imperial ships in the Red Sea proper. He also made it clear to Peter that if there was any interference with the communications between Clysma and the imperial ships, he would hold Peter responsible.[2]

References[]

  1. Lest Darkness Fall & Timeless Tales Written in Tribute (second edition), pgs. 400, loc. 5252, ebook.
  2. Ibid. pgs. 400-401, loc. 5252-5269.
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