I searched for a save game to post, just to prove that I'm not lying, but my autosaves have progressed far past this point (into the AD times). Unfortunately, I can't post anything to back it up. @Gibsie: That is strange behavior that I have not observed. I'm paying close attention to it, though, and I'll see if I end up getting attacked even if I don't get the popup. So far, that hasn't happened, though.