Roman brigand mistaken for Asterix by General Motus.
Villanus and Unscrupulus, a pair of Roman brigands wandering the paths of Gaul have come across some easy prey: two Gauls who have nodded off at the side of the road, leaving an imposing bag of provisions unguarded. Talk about taking candy from a baby
Except that the bag in question belongs to Asterix and Obelix and is for this reason being sought by every Roman garrison in the land! And as if that weren't bad enough, this pair of hoodlums match the admittedly fairly rough description issued to all of the legionaries stationed in Gaul: «a little man and a big fat man carrying a bag.» It goes without saying that Obelix is sure to appreciate this comment when he hears of it
Meanwhile, Villanus and Unscrupulus are duly captured and exhibited in the main square of Burdigala (Bordeaux) by a General Motus, hungry for revenge and determined to make an example of the pair he is convinced is Asterix and Obelix.
However, our real Gauls turn up slap-bang in the middle of their 'capture' celebrations and settle their account with the entire garrison, not forgetting in the process to recover the culinary specialities they had brought back from their journey. In the wake of the battle, Villanus and Unscrupulus are released by Motus, desperate that the whole sorry episode be forgotten
In which book ?
5 - Asterix and the Banquet