Names of people or places which are in italics are fictional or conjectural. Reconstructed Germanic names are marked thus '*' and given parenthetically in italics after their recorded Latin forms. All other names are historical.
Arminius (*Erminameraz)- Cheruscian chief and war-leader, son of Segimerus and brother of 'Flavus' (*Ermanagastiz). Also a Prefectus of cavalry in the Roman army who holds citizenship and the Roman rank of Knight.
Segimerus (*Sigimeriz) - Pre-eminent Cheruscian chief, father of Arminius and 'Flavus'.
Inguiomerus (*Ingomeriz) - Younger brother of Segimerus and unclee of Arminius.
'Flavus' (*Ermanagastiz) - Brother of Arminus and younger son of Segimerus. He took the Latin nickname 'Flavus' (The Fair-haired One) on joining the Roman army and his Germanic name is unrecorded. The Germanic name 'Ermanagastiz' is fictional.
Segestes (*Seugastiz) - Cheruscian chief and political rival of Segimerus and Arminius. Father of Thusnelda and Segimundus.
Thusnelda (*Thurazhilda) - Daughter of Segestes. She elopedd with Arminius against his will, causing the emnity between the two Cherusci chieftains.
Gudameraz - Cheruscian warrior and priest. Childhood friend of Arminius.
Dagameraz - High ranking Cheruscian warrior. Battle companion of Segimerus and leader of his personal retinue.
Gudafrith - Young Cheruscian warrior of Segimerus' retinue.
Hildirikaz - Young Cheruscian warrior. Childhood friend of Arminius and leader of his retinue. Auxiliary cavalry officer in Arminius Roman army unit.
Publius Quinctilius Varus - Ex-consul of Rome, aristocrat, lawyer and nephew by marriage to the Emperor Augustus. The new Legatus Augusti Pro Praetore of the province of Germania Magna.
Augustus - Aging Emperor of Rome. Adopted heir of Julius Caesar who had re-established the Roman state after years of civil war and expanded Roman territory throughout his reign.
Germanicus Claudius Drusus- 'Germanicus'. Nephew of the later Emperor Tiberius and brother of the Emperor Claudius.
Tiberius Claudius Nero - 'Tiberius'. He later suceeded Augustus as Emperor after serving as one of his most able generals. Uncle to Germanicus.
Marcus Vinicius - Former governor of Germania, friend and gambling partner of the Emperor Augustus.
Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus - Married to another of Augustus' nieces and former military commander (legatus exercitus) in Germania under Vinicius.
Polybius and Hilarion - Greek freedmen, secretaries and body servants to Augustus.
Quintus Varanius Fimus - Tent caput of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi - an eight man legionary squad of the Eighteenth Legion.
Gaius Naevius Liberalis - Fimus' second-in-command
Manius Oranius Gallio - Legionary of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi. Joker and troublemaker
Drusus Salonius Cico-Legionary of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi. Gallio's partner in crime.
Gnaeus Granius Belletor -Legionary of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi. Former street tough from Rome.
Lucius Olcinius Ambrosius-Legionary of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi. A farmer from Eturia.
Aulus Sestius Encratis - Legionary of the First Century, Eighteenth Legion, Contubernium Fimi. The unit's perpetual victim.
Marcus Aius - New recruit to the Contubernium Fimi. Loosely based on a legionary whose existance is indicated from evidence of the Varus disaster found in excavations at Kalkriese.
Marcus Caelius - Primus Pilus, or first centurion, of the Eighteenth Legion. His tombstone survives and is the only surviving monument to any of the fallen of the Varus disaster.
Numerius Pontidius Grumio - Optio of the Eighteenth Legion and Caelius' second in command.
Lucius Sergius Facilis - Veteran of the Eighteenth Legion and Aquilifier or standard bearer of the legion's sacred Eagle.
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