Twelve the Events,
Twelve the Apostles,
Twelve the Demons,
Twelve the Crosses to stop them!
In 711 AD, the Berber general Tariq ibn Ziyad landed on the southern coast of Spain, near present-day Gibraltar, and defeated the troops of Roderic, last king of the Visigoths, on the banks of the sadly famous River Guadalete. Within the space of three years, Tariq’s Berber troops and the Arab troops of Emir Musa ibn Nusayr and his son Abd El Aziz had invaded the whole of Spain, with the exception of Asturias, Cantabria and part of Vasconia.
Some time later, a Visigoth nobleman called Pelayo recruited men from the high, snow-covered mountains of Asturias to make a last stand. His example was followed by Petro, Duke of Amaya, the ancient fortress in the Cantabrian mountain range, which was also still holding out against the Saracens.
At Valle de Autrigonia, on the border between Cantabria and Vasconia, Judge Hernando, brother-in-law of Duke Petro of Amaya, and his son Toribio are anxiously living out the declining days of Roman and Visigoth civilisation. Hernando is still a pagan, like many of the inhabitants of those remote villages, but his son has grown up in the Christian faith and been educated at the court of Amaya in accordance with the wishes of his mother Goswinta, a Visigoth noblewoman and sister of domnus Petro. Unfortunately, Goswinta died of the plague when Toribio was only ten years old.
Hernando and Toribio Del Valle do not yet know that Petro intends to invite them to fight in Asturias, but more importantly they are still ignorant of the mission that will be entrusted to them by the Apostle James, guardian of the Ruby Cross. The sacred symbol is due to appear at the Third Event, whilst the fateful battle of Covadonga is approaching.