Back in Europa, the Romans had successfully repelled a large number of the Thrungian tribes, with the only major tribe to settle in Roman lands being the Vandals and Saxons. The final major test of this period was, rather inevitably, the Hunnic invasions. In the 450's, the Huns overran large portions of Eastern Europe, with the majority settling east of Bohemia. While the Ostrogoths managed to only have to pay tribe to the Huns, the other Thrungian tribes were not so lucky. The Huns managed to carve out an Empire of vassals and conquered people for themselves by 458. It was then that they turned their attentions to Roman lands.
In 460, a Roman princess by the name of Valoria, was caught up in a scandal that was in reality had nothing to do with her, but Imperial politics forced her family to have her banished to serve as a keeper of the Solar Flame in some distant province. Not wanting this kind of a fate, she had a message sent out to the king of the Huns, a man named Clothodus promising her hand in marriage and rule of the Empire to him if he could rescue her from her prison. Clothodus, probably the greatest Hunnic king, immedialty saw the potential for profit and power and set out to "rescue" the foolish princess. In 461, Clothodus's massive army attempted to cross the Rhine when it was at its lowest. He was met by several Roman generals whom almost managed to stop him. However, ata key moment in the battle the lead general was killed by a stray arrow, and his army broke and fled. While Clothodus could not take advantage of this turn of events, he did have access to the lands of the Empire now, and was pressing hard into Roman lands, pillaging and raiding. The result was the utter devastation of much of northern Gaul, areas of which took nearly 150 years to recover from. The Huns were finally brought to battle again near Trier in 463. The Roman Emperor Julianus arrived with a large army at the city of Trier about three days before the Huns showed up. The battle itself has largely been lost to history except for the fact that it was a truly titanic massacre. It was said that the Mosel River was said to be clogged with gore and red with the blood of the slain for 2 weeks. The result of the battle was the death of Clothodus, the annihilation of a large portion of his army, and the destruction of nearly 2/3 of the Roman forces. However the Romans pull off the victory, no matter how Pyrrhic it was.
In the resultant chaos, the Vandal foderati and other Christian populations of Baetica rebelled. When the Romans sent what forces they could to put down the revolt the Vandals outmaneuvered them, sending a large portion of their fleet into North Africa, where they conquered the Christians of Carthage and the surrounding lands. This marked the permanent loss of North Africa and its rich food stores.
Over the next 120 or so years, the peoples of Europa have done their best to stabilize the borders of their respective kingdoms. Even with the Avar incursions and their invasion of Dacia, general peace has somewhat returned to Europe, in the West anyways. The Western (and by this point only) Roman Empire is a much changed beast from its former self. The Temple of Sol Invictus is the highest law of the land, having replaced many of the institutions that were held by the Emperors of the previous age. The current Emperors are usually the High Invokers (male) or Keepers of the Light (female). It is also the place where knowledge is kept, with manuscripts, scrolls, codesies, and other such items of learning kept there... usually behind locked doors/reserved for the nobility. The army has significantly changed its scope, from that of a professional infantry force to one based around cavalry, usually heavy knights and horse archers. So it has turned into a Holy Roman Empire of sorts. () The Thrungians have been slowly unifying over the past 100 or so years. The greatest of the tribal kingdoms are those of the Franks, the Ostrogoths, and the Dann.