It is 73 AD; A time of civil and economy upheaval. Lanista [Gladiator Owners] from all over the country strive to defeat their adversaries and crown themselves as lords of the arena. For hundreds of years Rome has grown not through the might or talent of their leaders or tacticians, but through the sheer numbers of slaves stolen and imprisoned for various unsavory means by the Roman Empire from all over the known world. The world itself is in disarray, and various Ludii [Gladiator Training Camps] have already been destroyed by so-called 'bandits', though reports are generally scarce on the matter despite the public outcry surrounding. Some say, despite the reports of bandits pillaging and burning over a dozen Ludii to the ground and capturing slaves, that it is the work of the missing slaves themselves, as the corpses of these slaves were never found. Several new Ludii were founded, and those fortunate enough to survive from times past built on the ashes of the haunted pasts of the Empire; Built upon bloodied sands steeped monumentally high, the flesh of the gladiators past and present, those that fought to survive and to built upon reputation, those who sought personal gain, and those who sought only to save others from their own fate. All those lives forsaken and destroyed for the bloodlust of the Roman Empire.
A skilled young thracian warrior by the name of Spartacus is one of the many new slaves to be purchased by the likes of Lentulus Vatia, a noted roman lower aristocrat and skilled Lanista, and his wife Luseria, a woman of good standing who is noted for her diplomatic talent and silver tongue, as well as her devious nature. With plot and ploy they purchase Spartacus and numerous other talented slaves at the cost of selling numerous heirlooms and treasures to the empire for the dinari mint to supply them with food and lodgings for these new slaves. While talented in their ability to ward off the debt collectors and conspire against their kin, Vatia and Luseria seem to forget that keeping slaves, tormented and abused both physically and mentally in their home with only bare guard patrols every so often and a handful of talented house guards to keep the rabid beasts from their throats is a -very- unintelligent move.
A bloody feud is about to begin, a conflict which will take the lives of many of it's participants on either side and shatter the once noted peace that settled throughout Rome. The Third Servile War is about to begin, and Rome will forever be changed.
Main Characters, Rebellion: While I would PREFER that you keep to the characters, you CAN change them to a moderate degree. Just no making the teacher or Hero an evil douche or making the villain a lovable character. You can give them different sides, just don't make them entirely different.
Spartacus/Spartia: The hero or heroine of the story and an extraordinarily talented warrior who nearly led their forces to victory over their detested enemies, the Getai, until their capture by a roman praetor and general by the name of Titus Glabrus. A kind and just individual who only fights when he/she truly needs to. He/she is not the type to attack those who cannot defend themselves; In fact, they are generally helped instead of hindered.
Rival: In canon this is the role Crixus plays. The personality and back-story is up to you, but they must at first hate or simply resent Spartacus/Spartia for one reason or another; Should that be a male rival being rejected by Spartia or Spartacus, or a recent defeat at his hands, or perhaps it's just in his nature to despise the newbie.
Friend: Should be the same gender as the hero, but can easily be any gender. A kind and somewhat mellow person who enjoys the more fun things in life. They are not a Gladiator by force, but instead allow themselves this fate for one reason or another; As to this they are a very determined person who will go to great length to reinforce their dreams, or those of a friend. In canon, this is the role played by Varro.
Teacher: An older gladiator who, for one reason or another, no longer fights in the arena; Be this an act he committed, an illness he has/had, or an injury he sustained. Still, he is a ferocious and skilled gladiator noted to have never actually been defeated in battle or in the arena. He is a wise and talented teacher yet a strong and brave fighter, and is honored throughout the Ludus as Doctore, or head gladiator teacher. Other than Spartacus/Spartia he is the most morally just character, as well as the one with the most just reasons to rebel.
Fierce Female: A very rare Gladiatrix; A female gladiator from a small community 'somewhere near Hispania'. She is a fiery, fierce yet intelligent warrior who lives by her own code of honor. She hates to be dismissed as 'Just a female' as she is said to be just as powerful and just as able as any male gladiator, showing this by being the first female gladiator to defeat a male gladiator in armed combat.
Kind Boy: A young gladiator around sixteen or seventeen years of age who, despite being almost untrained and thrown into the local arena, has survived thus far. He hates his life and is very withdrawn; It is said however that he has a great amount of potential as both a warrior and a gladiator, if he could only get over his emotions and fear of violence. He is the younger sibling and only living relative of the 'Fierce Female' character.
Main Characters, Roman Empire: For all intents and purposes these characters are the villains. They're -supposed- to be mean-spirited, cruel, dark people who really don't care who they have to kill to get where they want to be.
Vatia: A vindictive and cold person with a sadistic streak matched only by his father and wife, thus why he married her. He is notable for his wily personality and his ability to get out of very sticky situation unscathed; He is no fool, and will always try to flip the tabled on anyone he can. The less people alive, the less competition for him, right? Sees Spartacus/Spartia as a way of getting the money he needs in short timing, and seems the teacher as a brother, trusting him with his life. The role played by Batiatus in the canon.
Luseria: An equally cold and deceptive person, thought not -quite- as dark as her husband. She would prefer to sweet-talk her way out any situation instead of slaughter her way out. Though cold to her gladiators, she is known to love her slaves like friends, treating them well with better food, finer clothes and hairstyles than the slaves of others. Hates Spartacus/Spartia for one reason or another, and would prefer if her husband just killed him/her. Noted to be extremely good-looking and for her distinctive flame-red hair. The role filled by Lucretia in the canon.
Titus Glabrus: A Roman General and Preator, a commander of men and politics. A cunning and truly manipulative man, and a person any man would be wise to not trust. Talented in tactics and swordplay, while young, he commands an entire legion of soldiers, heavily armored and heavily trained. Has an infatuation for Luseria and wishes to have Vatia killed so he can steal her away. Other than that he is a man who frankly ignores those of lower standing and shows little care for anyone that is not himself; Even going so far as ignoring his beautiful young wife, only marrying her to further his power, her father being a great politician.
Note: These set characters are the MAIN characters. You do --NOT-- have to make them. Repeat: YOU DO NOT NEED TO PLAY ONE OF THESE!!! You can make a slave of the ludus, a fellow politician, you can be another gladiator, and I will make it so you get your own stories and reality; You can be a main character if you play your cards right, I just want these here to make sure we get a proper story.
~~~ A God Graces the Ludus ~~~
300 x 300 goes in that tag. NO ANIME. NO UNDERAGE. You -MAY- use drawn if it's a damn good quality and LOOKS like a real person.
I am the one they call:
Name goes here. If you are a slave or gladiator then please place your name previous to capture and your current given name.
My role is thus
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I am thought to look..
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I look quite similar to..
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My Skills Include
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~~~ Between Thine Thighs ~~~
I am excited by fail
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I partial to
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And all sexual dislikes and such here.
~~~ And tainted sands grow nearer ~~~
I fight as a..
These are the gladiator types in this age. Please pick one. Obviously, delete this if you are a Roman and not a gladiator.