Once the Carthaginian forces were removed from Iberia, the reinforcements and supplies for Hannibal Barca dwindled to a trickle. Even so, Hannibal held onto the southwest quadrant of the Italian peninsula and remained a danger to the Republic. Although made rich from his conquests, the architect of the victory in Iberia retreated to Rome.
Too proud to serve under another General, but too young to be a Senator or a Consul/General, Cornelius Scipio acted the part of a civilian. But under the toga, he burned with the desire to face Hannibal in battle. While trading political favors, he grew, thanks to his wife, in popularity with the elites and the citizens of Rome. To what end, few knew, and even less would understand his impossible plan.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Mediterranean, Cretan Archer Kasia worked on a contract in a comfortable urban setting. But war was coming to Egypt. When the rebellion materialized, God/King Ptolemy IV would raise a Pharaoh’s army. And when the Pharaoh marched south, Jace Kasia would go with him.