Name: Baersun (Son of Bear)
Nationality: Germanic (He originates from the north of current day Denmark. Several hundred years later the Vikings descended from his people.)
Height: 1.82 meter (6'1”)
Weight: 87.5 kilograms (192.5 lbs)
Hair: Very light blond, almost white. Used to reach until his shoulders before his capture. Was cut short to jaw-length in the Ludus. He used to have a full beard as well, which had the same color as his hair, but now he shaves every other day. Generally he has a stubble.
Eyes: Clear green color, they contrast with his hair color and stand out in his face. These days it's rare to see his eyes twinkle.
Face: He has a slightly crooked nose, after breaking it twice in battle. The druid managed to set it nearly completely straight and despite that it healed well, this is still visible. He has a broad jawline; full cheeks; light colored lips which are only a little darker than his skin color; full eyebrows which are just as blond as the hair on his head; and large ears which are half covered by his hair. His teeth are mostly, though not completely, straight. Overall he has a handsome face, despite the minor flaws.
Body: His skin color is suntanned Caucasian. Below the southern European sun, his skin turned darker than it used to be where he originated from. In turn, this made his hair color contrast even sharper with his body color.
He has broad shoulders, a muscled chest and muscled arms, due to his many hours of training and working out. His chest hair is abundant, but not very visible since it's the same light blond color as his hair. It makes his chest feel like soft fur.
His arms and legs have just as much body hair, but this is also not very visible since it's light blond. Though he's very muscled, his abs aren't very visible. He has by no means a belly, but a small layer of fat formed on his abdomen due to the regular meals he gets.
His hands are callused from the many years of wielding arms.
His legs are fit and lean. Where he came from horses were a rarity and his tribesmen were used to running and marching for days on end, making his legs lean, rather than very muscled.
Clothes: He wears the barest minimum of clothes, typically only loincloth, unless he's training or participating in the arena. There are two reasons for this; first of all, even after living in Rome for two years he's still not used to the heat, and secondly, it's custom. His tribe always went to battle nearly nude. (More about this in the biography.)
Blemishes: No tattoos. He has a several minor scars on his chest, from battle wounds. Due to the care his druid gave him these were kept small, rather than large. He had one large scar on his right leg from a Roman sword, and he has several minor scars on his arms and back from all the combat he saw. Carries the brand mark of the House on his right thigh.
Personality: Loyal to comrades; used to be good-natured; used to joke a lot; strategist; calculated; intelligent; vengeful; partially lost his will to live; religious; honorable; dominant; has trouble with authority; lives to die in battle; misses his family a lot; alcoholic.
They say that only in battle warriors are born and only in battle true warriors die. For the tribe of Baersun this was very much true. When the Romans had conquered nearly all of North Europe, his people persisted, and for a while even thrived. Their unorthodox battle tactics were very tough for the Romans to deal with, and initially their resistance was too great to overcome.
The tribesmen of Baersun covered themselves in a combination of coal and mud before battle, blackening their bodies, so that only the white of their eyes, teeth and hair stood out, giving them a demonic appearance. The druids drugged them, which allowed them to enter a collective rage and armed with nothing but axes, swords and the occasional buckle, they charged the organized Roman armies nude. Their loud battle cries and the ferocious frenzy they attacked with, unsettled even the most veteran soldiers.
Due to the drugs and adrenaline that coursed through their body, they could sustain more wounds than the average man, before they went down in battle. Their greatest weakness was also their greatest strength; the lack of clothing and armor made them agile and flexible in combat, not being slowed down by any additional weight. The Roman battle tactics were not prepared to deal with this style of fighting, and it cost them dearly. In fact, it was only due to these fearsome attacks that the tribes of the north had survived for such a long time, but eventually even their will to die in battle couldn't stop the mars of the Roman campaign.
One by one their villages burned; their women were raped; and their children were enslaved. Most of the warriors were executed, and only a few were spared to serve as gladiators in the arena. Baersun was the cousin of their chief. He was taken prisoner after the few remaining tribes were overwhelmed by wave after wave of Roman auxiliary. His chief and sons were prized possessions for the Romans and displayed to the good citizens of Rome as trophies of war and crucified in the arena. Depending on how one looked at it, Baersun was luckier and instead sold as a slave to battle as a gladiator. This happened two years ago. Recently the house of Magnus purchased him to fight for the honor of Augustus Magnus.
Baersun's father was a druid, that served their god Woadan, which later became known as Woden, Wodan or Odin. As such, Baersun is deeply religious and also learned how to treat battle wounds and set broken bones. His people is familiar with stitching wounds, and his father had mastered a technique that allowed for wounds to heal with minimal scarring. In general scars were carried with pride by his people, but the danger of festering wounds was also recognized.
His religion revolves around combat and those who do not die in glorious battle will not go to Valhalla either. According to his religion, women and children that die do go to Valhalla. When Baersun was captured he was forced to watch his wife getting raped by the soldiers, and then later taken away along with his two children. According to the latest news he heard, they were brutally slaughtered a month later, when they tried to escape.
Most of his tribesmen were either killed in battle, or shortly afterwards. Only those who were relatively unscathed were saved. All those who sustained too many wounds to make them fit for the arena were crucified on the spot. The same happened to the elderly, like this father and mother.
As a result he carries a deep resentment against all Roman citizens in general, but especially their soldiers.
Baersun longs to see his wife and children in Valhalla, but knows that he can only die in honorable combat, if he wants to enter Valhalla. On the one hand, he lost the will to live, but on the other hand, he wants to live so he can kill as many Romans as possible before he dies himself. Dying any other way than in combat terrifies him.
Other: The tribe I described of Baersun actually existed in the past and fought the way as described as well, but I wasn't able to find details back of them. Without the drugs administered Baersun fights just like any other man and when he sustains wounds he won't be able to ignore them either. He has also taken to wearing armor in combat now. During his capture, he sustained a sword wound from a Roman sword, which didn't heal as well as his other wounds, since he had to treat it himself, rather than letting his father handle it. It gives him a slight limp and he's not been able to run as fast as before he sustained the wound. On particular cold days he feels the old wound better than on normal days.
Due to all he's been through, he tries to drink traumas away, and finds comfort in being drunk.