The Great Pendragon
The last remnant of the Roman merchant classes
The city wall is nearly 3 miles long, 20 ft high, and 8 ft thick. It is still reasonably intact, and has defenders on, however inside the walls is an eerie feeling: The buildings are empty, collapsing in on themselves and over-grown with trees. Stone masons ‘mine’ the derelict edges of the city; the city population today is perhaps only a fifth of what it was at its peak: Despite this, closer to the river, the city soon revives. As the tumbled building give way to tended gardens and even a few cleared fields, The buildings are in excellent repair, and house a population of over 10,000 people! All modern city facilities are here including temples to Jupiter (near the forum) , Isis (Southark) and Mithras (Peters hill) which are still in daily operation. They live side by side with the christian churches of St Cecillia’s (on the Kingsroad -the locals still call it ‘imperial road’ or ‘emperors road’), and the Bishops palace (with its public chapel) on Tower Hill.
Around 50 or 60 wealthy merchant families manage to maintain a traditional Roman lifestyle here, inhabiting villas in the southeastern corner of the city. These enormous, well-equipped, stone buildings still have rich adornments such as wall paintings, floor mosaics and sub-floor hypocausts; demonstrating the wealth of the elite. The Roman houses at Billingsgate are built next to the waterfront and has its own bath! it is from these families that the Forty Families who rule London and speak for the Romano British population are selected.
in 490 AD There has a been recent influx of Roman Citizens from the mainland, some fleeing the Franks in Gaul, others fleeing the rising tide of anti-Pagan feeling being led by Bishop Galsius in Rome itself.