A proud Varangian of the 12th century, Torben is stationed at Constantinople as a Byzantine palace guard. It's good work, an honest job, but since he is the new guy he must work most weekends and virtually all of the holidays. If there is one thing that Byzantium believes in, it is holidays. But, they are a colorful people, and always scheming against their leaders, so there is plenty of work for Imperial bodyguards to do. He wonders why they have to behead everyone who offers a bribe. It seems like you could let some of them off with a warning, but rules are rules.