– Lavandri representative to Vine
A complete departure from the player character’s chosen career of abomination hunter, the Gladiator is as much an entertainer as a ruthless killer. They have competed in the recently re-opened Lavandri Deathmatch Tournament and decided that a future of fame and fortune is far more lucrative than hunting the abominable in the shadowy recesses of Scaffold 22.
Lavandri Arena Lobby
“It ain’t just about killing plebs…”
– Lavandri Employee to Vine, on the Arena
Every Arena contestant must either pay admission fees or accept support from a registered Arena sponsor. Thus the Gladiator, who has committed wholeheartedly to a career in the Arena, will be loyal either to their sponsor – or to their own arguably selfish interests. The mere act of competing in the Arena, which has only recently been legalized, will no doubt alienate them from certain groups who disdain legally sanctioned murder. Otherwise, they are free to engage in whatever activity they wish outside of their Arena obligations.
There is however no obligation for the Champion to enter in the pan-galactic competition, and some Arena Champions prefer to secure a relatively safe career in local tournament ladders. Whatever choice the Gladiator chooses, they are highly skilled fighters, and often highly recognizable public figures who have amassed considerable fortunes over their time in the Arena.
Wilkin’s Riptide Foyer
Arena Championship Even
Utterly dedicated to Bloodsports, some Gladiators endeavor to stage the most elaborately vicious deathmatches. Plamsa, gas, and shock eruptions combined with gruesome executions in close combat are sure to garner the audience’s approval – albeit not without risk to the contestant.
aving trained extensively with weapons and armor, some Gladiators put on seemingly picture-perfect performances, constantly on the move and incapable of error. Though less entertaining to watch, such conduct is often what allows a Gladiator to reach the Championship alive.
Experts at leveraging their fame and fortune to their benefit even outside the Arena, many Gladiators can arrange favorable deals, talk they way in and out of trouble, and – in the case of those who’ve earned their title in the Championship – even avoid laws lesser citizens are forced to abide by.