Abyssus, I'm Adrian Celtica of the Gaul. It's been a decade since Caeser and Rome conquered us, but I still remember that one-sided war well. We lost battle after battle and were defeated almost every point. The only real resistence against the Romans is up at Hadrians Wall which I believe is still standing only because Rome is busy elsewhere. I do remember once me and my tribe came upon an abandoned roman fort. It was the most enlightening experience I've known and will ever know. It was the first time I had contact with Roman culture on anywhere other than a battlefield. It was then I realized we had never had a chance in this war. From the battlefield I already knew that the Romans were much better equipped than us. Where we had just a shield and a leather helmet, they have metal body armor they call lorica, a square shield or scutum, and a metal helmet called a cassis. They fought in a disciplined manner unlike our wild attacks lead by a hero. Their thrusts with their gladius beat or crazy slashes with our longswords. When we throw our spiraled javilens they just come right back at us. The Romans spears, or pilums, that we laughed at because of how weak it was, broke on impact so we couldn't throw them back. Even though we had all those disadvantages I believed that eventually we would find the power to strike back and win the war. That all changed when we found the fort.
The first thing we saw when we came upon the fort was this building built over a natural hot spring. It had a strange word on the side of it "Balneae". When we went inside we found three pools of water. One was mildly warm (for someone who bathes in rivers), the next was warm, and the last was really hot. Then we figured what the building was... it was where the Romans bathed! The one thing that we didn't understand was a bunch of holes. To figure out what they were for we sent one of our tribe down there. When he came back up he said that it was where the Romans pooped! Amazing, they had to have this special place to take a dump? Then I realized that it wasn't that they had to, it was that they could. After that we tried another buildingoutside the fort. It was easy to tell what it was without even going inside. All we needed to do was to smell the air to tell it was a leather-workers shop.
After that we went into the fort. The first place we went in there was a bunch of buildings that all looked the same. The words on the side said "Centuriae I". When we went inside we realized that this was where all the soldiers lived. We found lots of beds that were stacked on top of each other. At one end of the building was a big room that was a little nicer than the rest. At the other end of the building we found some strange cubes that had numbers on them. We learned later after we were conqurered by Caeser that the dice are used to gamble. After that we explored the rest of the small buildings. They were all basically the same as thye first one.
Next, we tried a few slightly larger buildings that had signs that said "Fabricae". The first one was a place where food was suplied. Another was a place where the Romans repaired their carts and wheels. The next shop turned out to be a carpenters shop. The last building we came to was a forge. This forge was much more advanced than the one we had had at our village, but there we recognized most of the tools.
The next building we went to was much nicer looking and had a sign that said "Praetorium". It was huge and was centered around a court yard. There was this strange see-through substance on the side so that people could look out. It was very lavish and filled with luxuries we had never heard of. We decided this must be the commanding officer's house.
The final place we looked at was what really showed me that we had absolutely no chance in this war. This building was called the "Principia". We decided that this was the main building. In the middle of the room was a raised platform that had a whipping post. In the corner we found a table with a map on it. This map showed all of the Romans empire. We were catapult-shocked, The Empire was HUGE. A small point on the map showed us how small we were.
Now, that we are under the rule of the Empire I feel much safer. They have advanced our technology beyond anything we have ever dreamed of and they keep us safe. Now that you see this, tell anybody that detests Roman rule this story and ask them, "Would you rather fight the Empire and refute all the gifts they have given us and die, or live with the gifts, for the small price of taxes?"
Adrian Celtica, Gaul, 94 AD