Princes of the East

Or, How The Barbarians Conquered Rome

Main Characters

The Princes

(Khan) Saheris El Maduc - "Heri" 395-485 , born Saherius Primus Bellianus, 7th son of Priscus Septimus Bellianus and Sahera Al-Alana, only daughter of the Khan Saher El Maduc, heir of Rurik and Munduk, Khan of Western Asia and Bithynia. Ruled 410-453, lived in exile from 453-485. 396-399 adopted by Byriac Arianus, renamed Saheris El Maduc. 399 adopted by Saher El Maduc, named heir to Khanate.

Sahelis El Bleda "Eosa" 396-461, a.k.a. Eosa Sahelius Bellianus, only son of Byriac Arianus (d. 399) and Sahera Al-Alana (d. 405), adopted son of Priscus Septimus Bellianus

 Sahelis lived 14 years beyond his reported death as Maduc’s brother Eosa, and was executed by the court of Valentinian III. Saheris lived 29 years in exile beyond his reported death as Khan El Maduc as Madoc Marcian, in northwest Gaul, near what is now Brittany. He died of poison at the hands of is 54th wife, a Gaul in service to the Saxons, upon the suspicion that he had been unfaithful.

The Khan

Saher El Maduc, 325-410, son of Sahera Al Alcal, an Alan noble, and Valeris, grandson of the Illyrian (Daner El Maduc), known to the Roman empire as Roman Emperor Diocletian, successor to Carinus and Numenian (285-305.) Abdicated 305. Official death recorded as 316, died 345 at Illyricum. Saher was educated by Daner between 335 and 340, after Valeris’ death in battle in 335. Saher was the youngest issue of Daner’s family ; Daner’s daughter Valeria bore six daughters before her death; Valeris had five sons and seven daughters. Zoser was Valeris’ heir to the kingdom of Bithynia, granted under the Tetrarch of Constantius Augustus in 320. Zoser inherited Bithynia in 330 as co-regent with Valeris; Valeris died in battle in Moesia in 335, Zoser was killed in border skirmishes with the Vandals in 336, having ruled for one year. Daner then took the regency and granted it to Saher at the age of 11, at which point Daner intensified his education to prepare for military and civil leadership. Saher’s brothers were killed in battle with the barbarians in defense of Bithynia and Illyria between 336 and 345. The provincial government of the two nations was moved between Illyricum and Maduc on the Euxine Sea several times between 336 and 345, at which time Saher established his capital at Maduc with a secondary garrison at Illyricum to defend the western frontier.

The Khanate

The Khan, known to his foreign retainers as the Great King, retained mostly foreigners in his household, for reasons of multiculturalism and to educate his family on the diversity of the empire which they collectively served; and to prepare them for the arranged hostage takings that occurred within the Khanate with foreign peoples, primarily Rome, and the Gothic and Visigothic peoples.

Suwetus - Saher’s Roman secretary, his wife’s cousin and relative of Priscus, who was sympathetic to the eastern empire.


Arrus - Cliny was a Greek, Arrus a Roman, served as Saher’s personal guards, spies, and scribes, assisting Suwetus in intelligence-gathering in his personal service. Both served as diplomats for their respective governments before being retained by Saher.

Heklitis - Saher’s family physician, a Greek Jew and refugee from an early sack of his home in Thessaloniki while a student; retained by Saher while still a youth; later he served Saheris and trained a cadre of physicians who served Saheris’ armies in their campaigns against Rome and Constantinople.

Attalus Priscus - father of Priscus Septimus Bellianus, regent of Ravenna before and during the reign of Valentinian III, a nephew and favorite of Emperor Julian, a linguist and scholar. Raised to the purple in (year) as Caesar. Friend to Saher during the reign of Julian.

Augustus Valentinian (Valentinian III), emperor-regent of Western Rome during the reign of Saheris El Maduc.

Priscus Septimus Bellianus, namesake and son of Attalus Priscus, who briefly ascended to the throne of the Western empire, the 7th son of Julian, great-grandson of Diocletian and 2nd cousin to Saher El Maduc.

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