Attila the Hun Modelby Peter D'Aprix (CC BY-SA). Attila fled into the greater Gauls." His intelligence was keen; he was full of energy; a superb horseman, a fine shot with an arrow and tireless with the lance. Attila took control of the Hunnic forces when his uncle Rua died in 433 CE. [80][81] Ultimately this has led mainstream scholarship to agree that Jordanes' description of the Battle of the Catalaunian fields is distorted, even if they do not agree with a pro-Hunnish interpretation of the outcome. Meghan McEvoy, also, indicates[119] that Aetius' successful construction and utilization of the federates in Gaul was a testament to his diplomatic and administrative skills, as well as to the influence of his military success. This claim is countered, however, by the fact that Attila retreated back to his home regions as quickly as possible after realizing that Aetius was no longer a threat. [71][72][73], It has been suggested by Hyun Jin Kim that the entire battle is a play on the Battle of Marathon, with the Romans being the Plateans on the left, the Alans the weak Athenian center, and the Goths the Athenian regulars on the right, with Theodoric as Miltiades and Thorismund as Callimachus. This latter view is rather widely accepted, although the outcome remains in disagreement as a whole.[77][78]. The very wise Priscus the Thracian wrote about this war." [26] This siege is confirmed by the account of the Vita S. Aniani and in the later account of Gregory of Tours, although Sangiban's name does not appear in their accounts. Attila died only two years later and his Hunnic Empire was dismantled by a coalition of their Germanic vassals after the Battle of Nedao in 454. Ancient History Encyclopedia. [110] This has been disputed recently by Meghan McEvoy, who argues that Valentinian III wanted to be an active emperor and simply needed to remove his manager, and that there was no real direct cause for Aetius' murder.[111]. The invading Huns seemed to have no other objective than destruction and looting, and Rome had no means of fighting off a force which seemed to appear out of nowhere to ravish the land and then vanish as quickly as they had come. Conor Whately1 [Note: University of Winnipeg ] During the first fifteen years or so of Justinian’s reign not only had the empire grown, but the state had also been quite successful on the field of battle. Thorismund agreed to this proposal and left the field. He states that there were also other unquantifiable military costs such as defensive installations, equipment, logistical supplies, paper, animals, and other costs. Aetius allegedly persuaded both Thorismund and the Goths, and the Franks as well, to leave the battle and return home. Davis writes: By halting the Hun expansion, the battle at Chalons kept Attila from dominating western Europe. The Hunnish king Octar was defeated by a force of 3,000 Neckar Burgundians who would later come under Hun subjugation, and Heather estimates that both the Gepids and the Amali Goths could have each fielded a maximum of 15,000 men at the Battle of Nedao in 454. As he feared that disaster had befallen them, he spent the rest of the night with his Gothic allies. The Visigoths held the ridge when the Huns launched their full attack in the afternoon. Lanning writes: Relying on mobility and shock effect, Attila rarely committed his soldiers to close, sustained combat. At this same time, in the latter part of the 4th century CE, the Huns had been dislodged from their homeland in the region of Kazakhstan by the Mongols, and their initial displacement soon took on the form of an invading force living off the lands and destroying the populace of whatever regions they came into. (91). [68], After the battle, the allies decided what to do next, and resolved to place Attila under siege for a few days while they discussed the matter. Some of the Goths, later called the Visigoths, moved into the Roman Empire, the other part (Ostrogoths) remained under the domination of the Huns. [51], "The Huns broke the peace and plundered the Gallic provinces. Rome carried the torch of civilization into the barbarian darkness, and after the unpleasantness of conquest, Rome brought law, architecture, literature, and similar benefits to the conquered peoples...there is now an alternative view, which suggests that Rome became the only civilization in the Mediterranean area by destroying half a dozen others. The climactic battle was the siege of Aurelaniaum itself. There, he inflicted and suffered defeat and then withdrew to his homeland." 587.[47]. [80] However, in the Roman sources, like those of Procopius and Victor Tunnensis, Aetius remains the central figure of pride and importance.[114]. The Visigoths under Theodoric had only joined his cause because they felt the Huns were a greater threat than Rome. New York: Kim, Hyun Jin. He placed his Ostrogoth forces to his left, and what was left of his Gepid troops to his right; his Hun warriors would take the center. Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, (ad 451), battle fought between the Huns under Attila and a mixed Roman and Visigoth force under Aetius and Theodoric I; it checked the Hunnic advance in Europe. So Aetius persuaded Thorismund to return home quickly and secure the throne for himself, before his brothers could. This page was last edited on 2 December 2020, at 00:45. Whatever negotiations may or may not have gone on between Aetius and Attila, the sources make clear that the field was abandoned by the Roman forces after the Huns had been driven into their camp. [99][100] Therefore, the total Hunnic forces could have plausibly been in excess of 48,000 men. The Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II had been so confident that the Huns would keep the treaty that he refused to listen to any council that suggested otherwise. - Hydatius, Chronicon, 150.[52]. (62). Thompson expresses his suspicions that some of these names are drawn from literary traditions rather than from the event itself: The Bastarnae, Bructeri, Geloni and Neuri had disappeared hundreds of years before the time of the Huns, while the Bellonoti had never existed at all: presumably the learned poet was thinking of the Balloniti, a people invented by Valerius Flaccus nearly four centuries earlier. [98] Their barbarian allies, however, do receive mentions at other times in other sources: in 430 CE. Uldin, however, demanded too high a price, and so the Romans opted to buy off his subordinates. [62] Macdowall goes as far as to identify the Roman alliance's camp site being placed at Fontvannes, a few kilometers west of the proposed battlefield, and places Attila's camp on the Seine at Saint-Lyé. [112] On the other hand, Kim argues that the Battle led to the decline of Roman influence in north Gaul, and strengthened the position of the Salian Franks and the Burgundians. He required a legitimate excuse for an invasion, however, and found one in a very unlikely ally. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, Fields, Battle of Chalons or the Battle of Maurica, took place on June 20, 451 AD between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Hydatius, a historian who lived at the time of Attila's invasion, reports the number of 300,000 dead. Although it seems an increasingly popular trend among modern scholarship to attribute to Attila a certain nobility and culture, no ancient accounts record any kind of substantial Hunnic civilization. Up to this point, Attila had won an uninterrupted series of victories across Francia, but he struggled to take the city. Had he gained his objective, he would have been in a strong position to subdue the Visigoths in Aquitaine, but Aetius had put together a formidable coalition against the Hun. Knowing that Attila was low on provisions and "was hindered from approaching by a shower of arrows placed within the confines of the Roman camp", they started to besiege his camp. [51][114] This is also noted by Barnish, who claims that Cassiodorus and Jordanes works intended to portray Clovis, who had been at war with the Ostrogoths, as a new Attila and Theodoric the Great as a new Aetius. This assessment is also corroborated by Hughes, Bachrach, and Kim, all of whom argue that the real turning point of the invasion of Gaul was the successful defense of Orleans. The battle was fought when he was in full retreat, and its value lay in damaging his prestige as an invincible conqueror, in weakening his forces, and in hindering him from extending the range of his ravages.[122]. Aetius was allegedly so disoriented by the day's battle that he became lost and almost wandered into the Hun encampment. He was magnanimous in his behaviour and never swayed in his judgement by the advice of unworthy counsellors. [93] Sidonius offers a more extensive list of allies: Rugians, Gepids, Geloni, Burgundians, Sciri, Bellonoti, Neuri, Bastarnae, Thuringians, Bructeri, and Franks living along the Neckar River. Attila crossed the Rhine early in 451 with his followers and a large number of allies, sacking Divodurum (now Metz) on April 7. While this may be, it is also possible that Aetius and his forces were not in position until about that time. For only $5 per month you can become a member and support our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. Dispositions - Battle of Catalaunian Fieldsby Dryzen (Public Domain). "[96] Lindner argues that by crossing the Carpathians to the area of modern Hungary the Huns had forfeited their best logistic base and grazing grounds, and that the Great Hungarian Plain could only support 15,000 mounted nomads. The Huns had tried to take the ridge in the center of the field earlier in the day (the reports only give 'morning' but no specific time) but were driven back by the Visigoths under Thorismund, son of Theodoric. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains is given its first modern historical perspective by Edward Gibbon, who called it the last victory achieved in the name of the Western Roman Empire. Kim's suggestion of Jordanes paralleling Herodotus has been noted by prior scholarship. He has taught history, writing, literature, and philosophy at the college level. Aetius and his army held the field against an enemy who had never known defeat by Roman forces, an army of greater size and certainly much greater reputation for savagery, and kept them from their objective of further slaughter and carnage. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/article/995/. Once the Ostrogoths were defeated by the Visigoths on the left flank, the Visigoths then descended on the Huns in the center. [95], Thompson remarks in a footnote, "I doubt that Attila could have fed an army of even 30,000 men. No single nation dominated either side; rather, two alliances met and fought in surprising coordination for the time. The place chosen by the Huns to turn and fight was known as the Catalaunian Plains. [76], However, other authors consider the battle to have been indecisive. Army of Attila the Hunby The Creative Assembly (Copyright). [115] The first individual historical survey of the battle was given by Edward Creasy, who heralded it as a triumph of the Christian Europe over the pagan savages of Asia, saving classical heritage and European culture.[116]. The Roman values Aetius fought so hard for would not last much longer. This method of keeping the peace was successful and would become the preferred practice for the Romans in dealing with the Huns from then on. Without depreciating the achievement of Aetius and Theoderic we must recognise that at worst the danger they averted was of a totally different order from the issues which were at stake on the fields of Plataea and the Metaurus. Books In 451 CE, Attila began his conquest of Gaul with an army of probably about 200,000 men, although sources, such as Jordanes, set the number higher at half a million. Mark, published on 20 December 2016 under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. MacDowall, Simon. No satisfactory answer has ever been given to explain this, but some scholars, such as J.F.C. The size of the army in 450 AD therefore must have been significantly reduced from its status in the late 420's.[92]. Arguing in favor of the enemies of Rome, historian Philip Matyszak writes: Until recently it was automatically assumed that roman civilization was a Good Thing. Historian Thomas Hodgkin located the site near Méry-sur-Seine. Emperor Diocletian (284-305 CE) reunited these entities under his rule but found the empire so vast and difficult to rule effectively that he divided it into the Western Roman Empire with the capital at Ravenna and the Eastern Roman Empire whose capital was Byzantium (later Constantinople). No account of the Huns suggests they were interested in improving the lives of others or elevating other regions through any kind of cultural advancement; all they brought was death and destruction. Desc: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, also called the Battle of the Campus Mauriacus, Battle of Châlons, Battle of Troyes or the Battle of Maurica, took place on June 20, 451 AD, between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the Huns and their vassals commanded by their king Attila. The line of effective Roman control ran from Cologne to Ami… – Prosper, Epitoma Chronicon, s.a. Tackholm makes a distinct note of the increasing prominence of the battle in Gothic history. A great many cities were taken. According to Jordanes, the Alan king Sangiban, whose Foederati realm included Aurelianum, had promised to open the city gates. Both armies consisted of combatants from many peoples. They foretold that disaster would befall the Huns, but one of the enemy leaders would be killed. Ancient History Encyclopedia. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields), also called the Battle of the Campus Mauriacus, Battle of Châlons, Battle of Troyes or the Battle of Maurica, took place on June 20, 451 AD, between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the Huns and their vassals commanded by their king Attila. [59] The garbled Chronicle of Fredegar states that in a prior battle on the Loire, 200,000 Goths and 150,000 Huns were slain. He thinks this may have been the point at which the Goths gained the same status of an independent kingdom that Gaiseric had. [86] Drinkwater adds that a faction of Alamanni may have participated in the battle, possibly on both sides like the Franks and Burgundians. It took place in Châlons-sur-Marne, in northeast Gaul (nowadays France). The Roman Empire in the year 451 A.D. was much different from what it once was during its glory days. Roman legions commanded by Flavius Aetius allied with Visigoth soldiers led by Theodoric I, to defeat the armies of Attila the Hun.. Attila's armies consisted mainly of horsemen. The loss of Africa resulted in the loss of funding for 40,000 infantry and 20,000 cavalry in the Roman army, in addition to previous losses, which was enough to permanently cripple Roman military capacity after 439 AD. Attila sent captured riches back to his homeland and drafted soldiers into his own army while often burning the overrun towns and killing their civilian occupants. The only time Attila had been turned back from a conquest was by the Sassanids - an event the majority of the people of Rome were unaware of - and his reputation for slaughter and invincibility preceded him as he moved through Gaul. He preferred to approach his enemy using the terrain to hide his troops until he was within arrow range. Download this stock image: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields) aka the Battle of the Campus Mauriacus, Battle of Châlons or the Battle of Maurica, June 20, 451 AD, between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the Huns. [50], The primary sources give little information as to the outcome of the battle, barring Jordanes. And Aetius had such great foresight that, when fighting men were hurriedly collected from everywhere, a not unequal force met the opposing multitude. [123], Despite his views on the battle, it is noteworthy that Bury, who does not believe the Battle of Chalôns to be of macrohistorical importance, characterizes Aetius' rule thus: "From the end of the regency to his own death, Aetius was master of the Empire in the west, and it must be imputed to his policy and arms that Imperial rule did not break down in all the provinces by the middle of the fifth century." The invasion of the Huns in Europe began in the 370s, when nomadic tribes from Asia, unknown to Europe, attacked the Germanic tribes in the Northern Black Sea Coast, opening a new period of history – the Great Migration. Ancient History Encyclopedia Limited is a non-profit company registered in the United Kingdom. The darkness of night interrupted the fighting. [118] Arther Ferrill notes[citation needed] that, aside from the Battle of Qarqar (Karkar), this was the first significant conflict that involved large alliances on both sides. Aetius had lived among the Huns as a hostage in his youth, spoke their language, and understood their culture. "Catalaunian Fields AD 451, Rome's Last Great Battle." Along with his brother, Bleda (also known as Buda), Attila made clear that Rome was now dealing with an entirely new enemy whose vision included a vast Hunnic empire. Both armies fell into confusion as darkness descended, and neither side knew the outcome of the battle until the following morning. Jordanes explains that the Visigoths held the right side, the Romans the left, with Sangiban of uncertain loyalty and his Alans surrounded in the middle. Although he would regroup and invade Italy the following year, Attila's aura of invincibility evaporated after Chalons, and he would actually concede and withdraw from Italy the following year. Alaric, wounded by a saggita in the engagement, died. The Battle of the Catalaunian plains took place in 451 A.D. between a coalition led by the Romans and the Huns led by Attila. – Chronica Gallica Anno 511, s.a. [105] By the nature of its grave goods, it was initially thought to be the burial of Theodoric, but Hodgkin expressed skepticism, suggesting that this elite burial was that of a princely Germanic warrior who had lived in the 5th century. Another conflict leading into the war was that in 449, the King of the Franks (possibly Chlodio) had died and that his two sons argued over the succession: while the older son sought Attila's help, the younger sided with Aetius, who adopted him. While one rank fired at high angles to cause the defenders to raise their shields, another fired directly into the enemy lines. He shows that contemporary sources state the battle was inconclusive and give credit to Aetius, while later sources cast the battle as a Gothic victory and a major point of Gothic pride. The traditional understanding of the battle as a Roman victory makes the most sense in that Attila did not attain his objective of forcing Rome to his will even though, as Devries observes, he was able to leave the battlefield "without further loss of life and with his wagons of bounty intact" (215). Otherwise, why did not Attila attack him after Thorismund left or why did not Aetius follow up Attila's retirement and cut off his foragers? Attila's attacks on the Western empire were soon renewed, but never with such peril to the civilized world as had menaced it before his defeat at Châlons; and on his death, two years after that battle, the vast empire which his genius had founded was soon dissevered by the successful revolts of the subject nations. According to Jordanes, Aetius feared that if the Huns were completely destroyed, the Visigoths would break off their allegiance to the Roman Empire and become an even graver threat. On the other hand, Thompson believes that the presence of Burgundians on the Hunnic side is credible, noting that a group is documented remaining east of the Rhine; likewise, he believes that the other peoples Sidonius mentions (the Rugians, Scirii, and Thuringians) were participants in this battle. Battle of the Catalaunian Plains Battle. If Attila had succeeded in his campaign, he would probably have been able to compel the surrender of Honoria, and if a son had been born of their marriage and proclaimed Augustus in Gaul, the Hun might have been able to exercise considerable influence on the fortunes of that country; but that influence would probably not have been anti-Roman. Visigoth Warriorsby The Creative Assembly (Copyright). [103] This draws on the earlier work of M. Girard, who was able to identify Maurica as the "les Maures" ridge of Montgueux, based on the second Additamenta Altera to Prosper's Epitoma Chronicon, which states it took place five Roman miles from Tecis or Tricasses, the modern Troyes. 33 – The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains The French History Podcast History Listen on Apple Podcasts. The name of the Huns ceased for some centuries to inspire terror in Western Europe, and their ascendancy passed away with the life of the great king by whom it had been so fearfully augmented. A modern narrative based these sources can be found in Thompson, Edward Arthur (1996) [1948], The various hagiographies are summarized in Hodgkin, Thomas (1967) [1880–1889], Michael Frassetto, Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation. A small stream near the battlefield that runs to Troyes is known as "la Riviere de Corps" to this day. [17][Note 2] Other contemporary writers offer different motivations: Justa Grata Honoria, the sister of the emperor Valentinian III, had been betrothed to the former consul Herculanus the year before. That night, the sources relate, was one of complete confusion among the Roman ranks as soldiers - Aetius among them - stumbled about in the dark not knowing who had won the day or what they were supposed to do next. Both sides were manipulated into the battle by the Tenctrama so as to achieve maximal casualties. Two years after the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields, Attila was dead and his sons, who inherited his empire, fought with each other for supremacy. Attila died similarly, carried off by a nasal hemorrhage while he slept at night with his Hunnic concubine. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains was a major battle between the Roman army and the Huns.It took place in AD 451 in Gaul between Orléans and Chalons near Catalaunum, which was incorporated into the Hun camp.. Attila returned to invade the Western Roman Empire in 452, which was more successful than his invasion of Gaul. "[32] The insignificant number of Roman troops reported is due to the fact the majority of Aetius' army was stationed in Gaul. Visigoth warriorsby The Creative Assembly (CC BY-NC-SA). Hughes, Ian. After the painting The Huns at the Battle of Chalons by French artist Alphonse de Neuville, 1835 - 1885. [44], According to Jordanes, the Catalaunian plain rose on one side by a sharp slope to a ridge; this geographical feature dominated the battlefield and became the center of the battle. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2012. [14] The parts of Gaul still securely in Roman control were the Mediterranean coastline; a region including Aurelianum (present-day Orléans) along the Seine and the Loire as far north as Soissons and Arras; the middle and upper Rhine to Cologne; and downstream along the Rhône. Theodoric was killed in this engagement, but contrary to the Hun's expectations, this did not demoralize the Visigoths but only made them fight harder. The Huns continued their invasion of the region, and as historian Herwig Wolfram writes, citing the ancient source of Ambrose, the chaos this caused was widespread: "the Huns fell upon the Alans, the Alans upon the Goths, and the Goths upon the [tribes of] the Taifali and Sarmatians" (73). (61). Both sides were manipulated into the battle by the Tenctrama so as to achieve maximal casualties. The Scourge of God descends upon Gaul. The road in the region is known as the "Voie des Maures", and the base of the ridge is known as "l'enfer" to the locals. The primary sources give little information as to the outcome of the battle, barring Jordanes. [33] Aetius immediately attempted to persuade Theodoric I, king of the Visigoths, to join him. Bury viewed Aëtius as a great military commander, and giant figure of history, he does not consider that the battle … The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains is also called the Battle of Chalons, because it took place near today's town of Châlons-en-Champagne, France. "The Battle of the Catalaunian Fields." Clue: Fighter in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. 451. The most important effect of the battle is usually considered to be its impact on long-term Hunnic hegemony in Europe, of which there are differing opinions. 451. – Additamenta ad Chronicon Prosperi Hauniensis, s.a. Ferrill writes: After he secured the Rhine, Attila moved into central Gaul and put Orleans under siege. The identification of the battlefield is controversial. Otherwise, civil war would ensue among the Visigoths. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields), also called the Battle of the Campus Mauriacus, Battle of Châlons, Battle of Troyes or the Battle of Maurica, took place on June 20, 451 AD, between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the H This excludes the inevitable servants and camp followers who usually escape mention in the primary sources. "Aetius and the Battle on the Catalaunian Fields.". Attila chose a site near the Marne River, a wide plain which he positioned his men across, facing north, his headquarters in the center and toward the rear. [Note 4] Many other cities also claim to have been attacked in these accounts, although archaeological evidence shows no destruction layer dating to the timeframe of the invasion. [113] This would ultimately lead to his service during the final years of the Western Roman Empire and his establishment of a Kingdom of Italy. US Army Lt. Col. Michael Lee Lanning comments on this, writing: Attila and his brother valued agreements little and peace even less. For decades Germanic tribes have been invading the Roman Empire, due to the fact they were previously pushed out by the Huns, a semi-nomadic people whose origins are widely debated (personally I believe they're descendants of the Xiongnu who were pushed out by the Han Dynasty in China … Service in the army once conferred citizenship on non-Romans, but after Caracalla, this was no longer an incentive and the military had to recruit soldiers from beyond Rome's borders. This set the Franks up for dominance in Gaul and put Odoacer back in power as king of the Scirii. Aetius and Theodoric arrived at Orleans in time to disperse Attila's forward ranks, break the siege, and compel Sangiban to join them. Attila withdrew to the north to find ground more to his liking, leaving behind a contingent of 15,000 Gepid warriors to cover his retreat; according to Jordanes, this force was completely destroyed in a night attack orchestrated by Aetius, who then followed after Attila. [90] According to Herwig Wolfram, with an annual revenue of 40,000 pounds of gold in 450 AD, the Western Empire would have had to spend almost two thirds of its income to maintain an army of 30,000 men. In 370 CE they conquered the Alans; by 376 CE they had driven the Visigoths under Fritigern into Roman territory and by 379 CE those under the leadership of Athanaric to the Caucalands. Please note that content linked from this page may have different licensing terms. Tackholm, Ulf. [94] E.A. Modern authors have mostly moved away from this viewpoint though, some categorizing it as a battle that broke the myth of Hunnish invincibility. There was no avarice in him and even less cupidity. All emphasize the casualty count of the battle, and the battle became increasingly seen as a Gothic victory, beginning with Cassiodorus in the early 6th century. [83][84][85] Halsall argues that the Rhine limitanei and the old British field army composed the forces of the Armoricans, and Heather suggests that the Visigoths may have been able to field about 25,000 men total. The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields), also called the Battle of Châlons (also spelled "Chalons" or "Chalon") or Battle of the Campus Mauriacus, took place in 451 between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I on one side and the Huns and their allies commanded by Attila on the other. Together, they will fight Western Rome’s last great battle against Attila and his Huns. For the battle of Aurelian against Tetricus I, see, Traditional view: battle was of macro-historical importance. [29] Contrary to Jordanes, the Alans were never planning to defect as they were the loyal backbone of the Roman defence in Gaul.[30][31]. (2016, December 20). Finally the Alans and the Visigoths under Thorismund fought their way up and secured the center of the ridge, holding it against Attila. [21] Allegedly, Attila interpreted it as offering her hand in marriage, and he had claimed half of the empire as a dowry. Aetius, alone now with his loosely organized force, gathered them under his command and quietly left the field as well. Recently, I finished reading Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire. This crossword clue was last seen on June 28 2020 in the The Atlantic Crossword Puzzle. (2). Once secure in their camp, Hun archers were able to drive off the attackers and the battle came to a close. It was a fixed point in time.. 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