Slavs in ThessalonicaEdit
The Slavs were the latest in a growing number of Barbarian peoples invading the Roman Empire. They were subjects of Avars, a nomadic people which had established a powerful Kingdom north of the Danube and were trying to expand southward at the Romans' expense. The city of Thessalonica was besieged by a great army of Slavs whom their Avar overlords relentlessly drove to attack again and again, even when they suffered great losses. Along with the human Slavs came their aggressive gods, demigods and various supernatural creatures, posing a mortal threat to both human Romans and to the old-established Greek supernatural creatures such as Satyrs and Centaurs, already greatly diminished by the advent of Christianity; these were driven into a fragile alliance with the people of Thessalonica, which proved the Slavs' undoing.
The people of Thessalonica did not know, nor greatly care, about differences between various Slavic nations and tribes. In fact, the Slavs attacking Thessalonica were probably among ancestors of the Bulgarias, who would prove permanent neighbours (unfriendly neighbours, on various historical occasions) into the Twenty-First century.
Slavs in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit
Germany conquered the Slavic nations during World War II. As the Nazi ideology considered Slavs Untermenschen, most Slavs were subjected to enslavement and genocide. German settlers moved into former Slavic lands with the exception of the Czechs and Croats which were regarded as western or Germanic despite their Slavic roots and merely occupied militarily. Bulgaria, which was a German ally, was exempted from the horrors visited on other Slav nations.