The Darkness and the Dawn - The Darkness and the Dawn Written by Thomas B Costain Caden Dalton Humanities Mr Baldwin In the Bible God repeatedly says He

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The Darkness and the Dawn Written by Thomas B. Costain Caden Dalton Humanities Mr. Baldwin 4-14-2015
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I n the Bible, God repeatedly says He will watch over us. He also mentions that there have been many times he has watched over us. In most stories, the hero is triumphant in everything and seems to not need a Protector or Guide. In The Darkness and the Dawn , however, we are presented with a character who asserts that, if you love God, He will watch over you and guide you through conflict to a peaceful home. We get our first quick glimpse of our main character while a man talks with his daughter, Ildico. They happened to bring up Nicolan of the Idleburghs, and Ildico expressed her favorable opinion of him, even though he was carried off as a slave years before but escaped and started working for the Huns. It just so happens that Nicolan is our main character, and his story runs further and deeper than simply becoming a runaway slave. Nicolan, by age 8, had a loving father and mother, and lived on a valuable plot of land. At this time, Roman oppressors controlled this general area of land. They killed Nicolan’s father, and sold him and his mother to slave traders, who in turn sold Nicolan to the Roman leader Aetius. His mother, however, died in captivity shortly after being bought in the marketplace. Nicolan spent most of his life in Aetius’ service, eventually rising to become Aetius’ personal secretary. He was still a slave, but was the highest slave he could be. Being in such a prestigious position gave him the opportunity to meet another slave, Ivar. Ivar was from Britain and Nicolan’s best and only friend. Nicolan was falsely accused of leaking secrets of Aetius’ household. He was given fifty lashes and nearly died, then was placed in the household hospital. Ivar found Nicolan in his room, and together they planned to escape. They did escape, and sought out Attila the Hun. Upon finding this barbarian leader, Nicolan presented him with his own hand made map
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of the country, and his map was more accurate than Attila’s professional cartographers. It was here that Attila discovered that Nicolan had a gift. Nicolan was then elevated to be Attila’s chief military strategist. From then on he went by the name “Togalatus”, meaning “The Coated One.” He was called The Coated One because Aetius’ whipping had left Nicolan’s back scarred, so he always wore a tunic or cloak over his back to cover his horrendous scars. Nicolan scouted out his own land so that Attila could claim horses for war. Nicolan was distrusted in his lands for this reason, even by Ildico whom he had not met for years. Although Nicolan was Attila’s favorite soldier, his main job was routing Attila’s armies, which, in total, consisted of about half a million men. Attila made plans to attack Rome, and, outside of Rome, met Aetius and his armies in battle in 451 AD. It was a bloody battle, the like that Nicolan hadn’t imagined, as seen on page 399 when he stated, “In the interval I had been converted to a belief in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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