In 376 AD word reached the Roman world of a fierce people far in the east. Goth witches, it was said, had been driven from their own tribes and had then coupled with malign spirits to produce half-men who lived their entire lives on horseback. These creatures were monsters with the faces of devils, horned and strange. More frightening still, the Goths themselves were begging for sanctuary within the Empire. The new terror was, of course, the Huns. They were a completely nomadic people from the wide-open steppes, and one of the most successful to ever emerge from the wilderness to threaten more 'civilized' people. They may even have been the Hsiung-Nu who threatened China.
Wherever they come from, the Huns strike terror into their enemies and have absorbed weaker tribes, such as the Alans, into their ranks. They are the finest horsemen in the world, trained to ride almost before they can walk, and armed with the most effective form of composite bow known in Asia or Europe. They are, simply, a terrible threat to any who stand against them: a vigorous warrior people.
Historically, however, the Huns didn't overrun the former Roman empire. They were fantastically successful but even Attila couldn't subdue Roman power. The Huns found no resting place in Imperial lands, although they did take Hungary and were eventually driven back to the steppes by the Germans.
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