“The Powhatan” is the story of Wannas Kittmaquand’s escape through the Roman lines to try to get help for his besieged city, Potomak. It’s set just before he shows up to bother/help Ursel Keiler in The Amber Arrow!
“The Powhatan,” a free short story set in the world of The Amber Arrow and The Dragon Hammer, is now posted at Baen.com. “The Powhatan” is also available in ebook version at Baen Ebooks. This is a tale of Wannas Kittamaquand, one of the secondary characters in The Amber Arrow, but one Tony really likes, and whose backstory he wanted to explore a bit more. Wannas is a Powhatan young man of seventeen from the city-state of Potomak (which is on the site of Washington, D.C., in the Wulf’s Saga North America). In the world of Wulf’s Saga, eastern North American Indians have done much better in standing off the Vikings than they did against the Europeans in real history. The Chesapeake Indian tribes formed successful city-states along the rivers, and specialized in trade. They are more politically advanced than the Vikings or the Romans colonials of North America, and live in budding democracies, much like the Italian city-states like Venice and Florence in the 1300s. In the book, and in this story, American Indians are known as “Skraelings,” which is what the Vikings did call them in the historical sagas in Icelandic which tell of Leif Eriksson’s journey to Nova Scotia.