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If Arthur does not pay there will be war. Arthur also has to promise to protect the messenger’s lives on their return journey to the emperor because he’s a good king. By the way, Arthur is not about to pay Lucius tribute, especially since he believes he’s as powerful (and descended) from the great emperors of Rome (as a lot of rulers used to think – and still might in the 21st century)