The offer turned out to be a trap. When the unarmed Lusitanians, among them Viriathus, tried to reclaim the lands promised by Galba, many were killed. Viriathus was among those who escaped.
Viriathus never forgot the Roman treachery. Later, when some Lusitanian leaders prepared to make a new agreement with the Romans after a major loss of lives to the Roman army of Caius Vetilius, Viriathus reminded them of Galba's trick and proposed a Lusitanian War against the Romans. The Lusitanians cried with joy.
Viriathus organized an attack against Caius Vetilius in Tribola. Since the Romans were better armed, he organized guerrilla tactics and sprung imaginative ambushes. Charging with iron spears, tridents and roars, the Lusitanians defeated Vetilius. After him, the Lusitanians clashed with the armies of Caius Plancius, Unimanus and Caius Nigidius.
To complete the pacification and humiliation of Lusitania, Rome sent Fabius Emilianus, with 15,000 soldiers and 2,000 horses to strengthen Caius Lelius. The Romans lost most of these reinforcements in Ossuma. When Emilianus risked combat again, he was totally defeated near what is today the city of Beja in Alentejo. This defeat gave the Lusitanians access to todayâ€™s Spanish territory, modern Granada and Murcia.
Learning of these events, Rome sent one of its best generals, Servilius Cipianus, to Iberia. Near Sierra Morena, the Romans fell into a Lusitanian ambush. Viriathus did not harm the Romans and let the soldiers and Servilianus go. Servilianus declared Viriathus to be a \"Friend of Rome\" and recognized the Lusitanian rule over their own lands.
The Roman senate did not accept the treaty made by Servilius Cipianus with the Lusitanians. However, the Romans did things differently this time. Knowing that the Lusitanian resistance was largely due to Viriathus' leadership, Marcus Pompilius Lenas bribed Audax, Ditalcus and Minurus, three Lusitanians sent by Viriathus as an embassy to establish peace. These ambassadors returned to their camp and killed Viriathus while he was sleeping. When they returned to the Roman camp for their reward, the consul Servilius Cipianus ordered their execution, declaring, \"Rome does not pay traitors\".
With the death of Viriathus, the Lusitanian resistance began to end, although total pacification of Lusitania was only achieved under Augustus. Under Roman rule, Lusitania and its people gradually acquired Roman culture and language.
This is a resume, and you can read much more in the links (and even much more in other links on those pages). In chronology, the mud action happens some years after Galba's trap, when Viriathus was forming an army gathering soldiers in the multiple tribes of Iberia, and already attacking Rome's armies (at that time both Rome and Lusitanian armies were kind of balanced, just based in the quantity of victories/defeats). The action also happens in Iberia.
This mud starts in Iberia, in a small and limited portion of terrain at first. Depending on the dimension we want for this mud, nothing prevents us for code and create a world that can even include Italy and Rome. At start, you live in Iberia during the Lusitan war, but who stops us, in the future, make a player live in Rome and be a soldier of a legion, a consul or even the Emperor of Roman Empire?
On a side note, Lusitanian wars existed and so did Viriathus (or someone that at a given time was able to face Roman legions), even though many things written about him are much folk lore, romanticized along the years.
Viriato (João Afonso)
Iberia MUD administrator