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30 Gladiators


Thirty Gladiators battleing away in the arena in front of you

1-The Willing

Whilst historically the vast majority of gladiators have been slaves with no say whatsoever in their choice of occupation, or else free men who joined up as their only possible way out of poverty, this man was rich and seemingly had a promising career as an officer in the Imperial Legions ahead of him, yet threw it all away to volunteer as a gladiator, much to the utter disgust of his family who cut off his inheritance. Nobody forced or blackmailed him into it, nor did he join whilst of unsound mind or not knowing what he was doing. He joined for the chance of fame and the promise of some of the prize money. Whilst like his fellow gladiators he had to take the gladiatorial oath, is locked up at night and even occasionally chained whilst being transported to the arena, he would not escape if he could do so with no penalty. He fights with the crest of his noble family on his shield and a noble longsword, and actually enjoys fighting and killing despite the danger that he is in when in the arena. His family have grown ever more estranged from him as his fame and wealth grows.

2-The Famous

At first a mere slave like most gladiators, he fought so well and dispatched so many of his challengers that he has become one of the most famous gladiators in the entire country. He has been moved as a result to the capital city and often fights in front of the Imperial Family. Here the fights are far more likely to result in death fort the loser since both the Emperor and the crowd are known for their bloodthirstiness. However, the food is better, the sleeping accommodation is better-no straw to sleep on, instead a bed fit for a noble, he gets to make love to many of his female fans, and best of all there is at least a chance that one day the Emperor will be so impressed with him that he will grant him a wooden sword and his freedom. His wounds that he often picks up in the ferocious fights are tended with care by the arena medicus, and his owner treats him well and even shares a small part of the prize money with him, as he is worth a lot of money to him. He fights with the finest armor and weapons and is well trained with the sword, trident and spear.

3-The Spartacus

This slave was once an officer in an army that fought against the Empire, and not just a junior officer either, but a colonel. Taken as a prisoner of war like many gladiators, he had time to rip off his epaulettes first before being captured,and none of his men betrayed his true identity to his foes. His general declined to do the same thing, and was paraded through the streets of the Empire's capital in an Imperial Triumph, before being ceremonially strangled and cremated on a pyre in front of the Imperial Palace. The former colonel wants revenge and is planning to help his fellow gladiators to escape. But he has bigger plans then that; he wants to create an army of freed gladiators, freed slaves and those amongst the poor and the downtrodden who will join him, and then wreak havoc on the Empire from inside. Ultimately he wants to capture the Emperor himself and have him strangled and cremated. He knows that the large numbers of slaves and poor people in the Empire could be it's downfall, if they could be organized into an army. Until then he fights with the gladius that he used when in his country's army and bides his time.

4-The Trainer

Enslaved like so many gladiators, after two decades and many, many fights the Emperor granted him the wooden sword and his freedom. But he knew little more then the gladiatorial arena and didn't want to go back to fighting in it. So he signed onto the staff of a gladiatorial training school and now he trains new gladiators how to fight, both by pointing out the basic kill zones on a board, and by personally fighting them when they are more advanced in their training with wooden weapons. He normally *beats* them, and then points out to them that if it was a real fight in the arena, they would either be dead or at least at the mercy of what the crowd thinks about them. Although he was once a slave himself, he now has a contempt for slaves, but it does not stop him from doing his job of training them to the best of his ability. He is well paid and fully trusted with the keys to the cells and the school's armoury. The Spartacus knows that he must be defeated for his revolt to be successful and that there is no chance of him willingly joining it.

5-The Emperor

The other gladiators dread it when

6-The Duelist

7-The Captured Soldier

8-The Injured

9-The Comedian

10-The Trainee

11-The Untrained

12-The Beast Fighter

13-The Brigand

14-The Skater

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Cheka Man
August 22, 2014, 14:37
Update: I'm making this viewable as maybe others can help me with it.


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When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

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