The best known of the Bructeri was their wise woman Veleda, the spiritual leader of the Batavi rising; her subsequent fate is not known, but it is generally believed that she was captured by the Romans.
Veleda was a völva (priestess and prophet) of the Germanic tribe of the Bructeri who achieved some prominence during the Batavian rebellion of AD 69–70, headed by the Romanized Batavian chieftain Gaius Julius Civilis, when she correctly predicted the initial successes of the rebels against Roman legions.
The name may be a generic title for a prophetess (cf. Old Norse vala). The ancient Germanic peoples discerned a divinity of prophecy in women and regarded prophetesses as true and living goddesses. In the latter half of the 1st century AD Veleda was regarded as a deity by most of the tribes in central Germany and enjoyed wide influence. She lived in a tower near the Lippe River, a tributary of the Rhine.
"BROK"" in the OLB:
Alsa is Athênia wrdon êlik en brokland anda hête landa, fol blodsûgar, pogga aend feniniga snâka, hwêrin nên maenniske fon herde sêdum sin fot navt wâga ne mêi.
Such is Athens become, like a morass in a tropical country full of leeches, toads, and poisonous snakes, in which no man of decent habits can set his foot.
Tha maenniska thêr to bek kêmon, gvngon alle binna tha hringdika thêra burgum hêma, thrvchdam et thêr buta al slyp aend broklând wêre.
The people who came back all lived within the lines of the citadel, as outside there was nothing but mud and marsh.
Bi mina jüged was-t ôre lând, thaet bûta tha hringdik lêid, al pol aend brok.
In my youth there was a portion of land lying outside the rampart all mud and marsh.
"small stream," O.E. broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from P.Gmc. *broka- which yielded words in German (Bruch) and Dutch (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."