The Eagle of the Ninth - Study Guide Chapter 3 Attack! Summary & Analysis

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Two nights later, the Duty Centurion wakes Marcus from a sound sleep. He reports noises outside the walls, towards the town. It is only stray cattle, but Marcus is extra cautions, mindful of the Druid in the area, and a new moon to boot. Marcus is well aware that the gods show themselves in new moons, seed-time, harvest and solstice. If an attack comes, it will likely be during at such a time. He orders the Centurion to get the cohort into fighting position as quietly as possible.

In moments, the tribesmen storm the walls, screaming as if all Tartarus has broken loose. Marcus's second in command, Drusillus, assures Marcus the fortress can hold them off for several days until reinforcements arrive from Durinum. However, the older man is worried because the heavy mist prevents the signal fire from being seen. Marcus worries about a...

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