Again from wikipedia, to set the spirit:
"Tacitus wrote that many officers were sacrificed by the Germanic forces as part of their indigenous religious ceremonies, cooked in pots and their bones used for rituals. However, others were ransomed, and the common soldiers appear to have been enslaved."
The cavalry attempted to escape. Big move. Run from the Germans cavalry in a forest under heavy rain.
"the highest-ranking officer next to Varus, Numonius Vala, abandoned the troops by riding off with the cavalry; however, he too was overtaken by the Germanic cavalry and killed"
Hm, I could play an eques. Horse lost, and ashamed for having fled. Can hardly be worse.
No reaction at all to my suggestion about Aliso (or just an isolated villa)?