POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Atlantis (naturalized), probably born in Greece|
Balthasar Sinapis was a colonel in the Atlantean Army during the Atlantean Servile Insurrection. An immigrant from Eastern Europe who cursed in Greek when exasperated, Sinapis was haunted by the memories of battles waged in his native continent. Despite the fractious debate in Atlantean society over the question of slavery, Sinapis did not convey any viewpoint on the matter, preferring to concentrate on military strategy rather than politics (though Consul Jeremiah Stafford suspected him to be against slavery). His no-nonsense demeanor helped the Army initially check Frederick Radcliff's advance, but his unfamiliarity with the terrain of southwest Atlantis cost them several battles. After months of warfare, Sinapis' confidence was shaken by a string of defeats and his leadership was lacking, until Stafford lit a fire under him through a subtle reminder of Sinapis' failures in Europe. Though the tide briefly turned in the Army's favor, Stafford's prodding went too far as he pushed Sinapis into a huge rebel ambush, costing them the war.