3. Punishing the deserters
Atilla was definitely not known for showing mercy, but double-crossing him meant not only that you’ll die, but that you’ll die slowly and in great pain. Many that resented his rise to power among the Huns decided it was wiser to run away and hide among the Romans. But in every peace treaty Attila demand return of the deserters. So some of them were caught and sent to him. Their punishment was being impaled on a wooden stake, while they were still alive, leaving them to die slowly and in great agony.