The Flavius family has a proud history within the city of Pompeii, their ancestors were amongst the first lanistas to establish a ludus within the city and their gladiators have been featured in many historic and epic contests throughout the years. But poor management and incompetence has brought dark fortunes to the name Flavius. What was once a exceedingly wealthy, and influential family with several ludi under it's control is now but a shadow of it's former self. Now, with the death of his father Titus, Lucius Flavius finds himself the Pater Familias of his family and it's remaining holdings.
With but a single ludus to his name and scant few gladiators Lucius and his family are facing the brink of total collapse. But there are many ways for a man to make his fortune and many paths to greater glory, for those who would have the courage to walk them. All hope is not lost for the Flavius name. Lucius still knows how to train superb gladiators, he still has a loyal family as well as loyal servants, and the most recent batch of slave purchases contains several slaves who seem to possess the potential to be great gladiators. So long as he can maintain control of his house, and his warriors do well in the arena there is a chance that Lucius can save his family's future....
Pompeii is a city of greatness, it is rich, secure, and its people are true loyal Romans. As one of The Republic's larger cities, Pompeii boasts a massive population, a constantly growing economy, and an ever growing hunger for entertainment. In order to better sate this hunger the city boasts a magnificent arena where anything from gladiatorial games to chariot races can be observed by both the lower and the upper classes of the population.The Villa
Standing just outside the city, the Flavius family's home is composed of the villa where the family itself lives, and the Ludus where it's gladiators are trained. Both the villa and the ludus were both built to the highest standards. The villa contains bedrooms, an expansive kitchen, two large baths, a single private bath, and several other rooms meant for aiding in a privileged lifestyle. While the ludus boasts cells for the gladiators, open areas for training, a small medical office, a rudimentary kitchen, a single moderately sized bathing room and even the capacity to erect a small mock arena for more formal practices.
So, this is my attempt to get a gladiator game started up. The game itself will focus on the lives of the Flavius family, their slaves, and their gladiators. As they all try to better their lots in life. It should be noted that this isn't going to be a 'slave rebellion' game. But rather a game focused on playing out and portraying the intrigue, lifestyle, pleasures, and sufferings of 'typical' Ancient Roman people, slaves and gladiators. That's not saying you can't play a gladiator or slave who is disobedient/etc. It just means that you shouldn't expect to get away with gathering a bunch of unhappy slaves together, grabbing some swords, and storming the Romans. The game will ideally contain scenes of training, plotting/planning, smut (obviously) and real gladiatorial fights. The setting I'm choosing to use is a SLIGHTLY dramatized version of the late republic (for us history buffs). I'm trying for an air of relative realism here (think Rome from HBO rather than Spartacus from Starz). That having been said there are some liberties taken with some historical facts such as the specific's of the gladiatorial matches(we are ignoring most of the rules/regulations said matches actually had), and a few other things (such as us having slightly more common female gladiators). Below is a list of the roles open so far and a very brief description of where they stand at game start. The roles listed in BOLD
are those I'd consider needed to start the game. The others are optional.
Also please bear in mind that the list a rough draft so if you have a specific type of character or a take on one of the roles in mind that you don't see listed please feel free to let me know and we will see if we can work it in.Pater Familias:
Urbanzorro as Lucius FlaviusWife:
EndofDevine as Aurelia FlaviusEldest Son:
SGTDan as Brutus Flavius
Son: Vanetias as Galvius FlaviusEldest Daughter
BarbaraGordon as Livia Flavius
Daughter Another of Lucius's daughters. Being prepared for life as a proper Roman woman
Daughter Another of Lucius's daughters. Being prepared for life as a proper Roman womanHead House Slave
Foxy Oni as IllyriaHouse Slave
Whtbitch4u2own as Amethyst
House Slave One of the many enslaved servants within the Flavius house hold.(may be male or female)
House Slave One of the many enslaved servants within the Flavius house hold.(may be male or female)Doctore
Kcrunch55 as MariusHouse Champion (Gladiator)
IrishWolf as Conchar
Full Gladiator GnothiSeauton as Ada
Full Gladiator TheLegionary as Julius Flavius Severus(pending required edits)
Full Gladiator A fully trained gladiator of the house Flavius, these warriors have completed their training, earned the mark of the gladiator, and now serve the family in the arena. (may be male or female)Gladiator Trainee
Odanrav as VissiusGladiator Trainee
Bubby as Ryann ap ElimGladiator Trainee
An as of yet untrained gladiator to be. Whether they succeed or fail in their training remains to be seen (may be male or female)
Here's the character sheet:
[floatleft][img]Your character's image link goes here[/img][/floatleft]
[glow=red,2,300][i][font=georgia]Character Name Here[/font][/i][/glow]
by [u]Player Name Here[/u]
[b]Role[/b]: Are they the wife? the daughter? son? slave? gladiator? etc? Yes females can be gladiators too.
[b]Gladiator Type:[/b] If they are a gladiator what style do they fight in? (list of styles provided later in post)
[b]Age:[/b] How old is your character?
[b]Gender:[/b] Are they male? Female?
[b]Orientation:[/b] What is your character's sexual orientation?
[b]Appearance Details:[/b] Anything about how they look that isn't included in their image. Such as scars, birth marks, tattoos, piercings, etc.
[b]Personality:[/b] What are they like? how do they behave?
[b]Bio:[/b] Who are they? Where are they from? What has their life been like up till now? How did they get here? etc.
[b]Character's Ons:[/b] What sort of sexual elements does your character enjoy
[b]Character's Offs:[/b] What sort of sexual elements does your character NOT enjoy (not to be confused with your offs)
[b]Player's Ons:[/b] What sexual elements do you hope to get your character into in this game?
[b]Player's Offs:[/b] What sexual elements do you not want to happen to your character in this game?
If you're interested in playing a gladiator here is a list of the different styles of fighting which you can choose to have your character be trained in. Please keep in mind that you can only choose one and that they aren't permanent (you can ask to have yourself switched around OOC and we can make it happen IC). I've tried to keep them as accurate to the actual historical styles as possible while still keeping them 'cool' Also, yes there are female gladiators in our setting if someone wants to play one.
O.O.C. ThreadI.C. Thread
Cestus: Armed with plated/spiked gloves
and boots. As well as metal gauntlets and shin guards. Wearing little to no armor the cestus style relies on natural strength and speed. In order to have success on the sand a cestus must focus on closing the distance with their opponent as quickly as possible, getting within the opponent's guard and using the shorter distance and time it takes to deliver a punch then the swing of a sword to their advantage. This style's strengths lie in offense at extremely close quarters where speed and raw power can make all the difference, and weapon type becomes less important.
Cestus gladiators rarely wear any form of armoring for their chests or heads and are expected to rely on their own skill and speed for defense from an enemy's attacks.
Armed with two swords and also lightly armored. The dimachaerus style focuses on skilled use of the blade for both offense and defense. A dimachaerus must learn to know when attack, when to defend, when to advance and when to fall back. A skilled dimichareus is a master at knowing where to move and when to move there, as well as at countering an enemy's mistake to the fullest advantage.
For protection Dimachaerus gladiators often wear a Manica
on one arm and can also wear a small chest plate. These items emphasize the style's reliance on the reaction speed and skill of the fighter in order to be made useful.
Armed with a one handed spear, a short sword, and a small circular shield in what is considered the 'Greek fashion" gladiators who fight in the Hoplomachus style are considered to be heavily armed and heavily armored. They are trained to advance cautiously, taking full advantage of the superior range their spear provides in order to force their opponent on the defensive. The best hoplomachi learn to instantly recognize when the time comes to abandon their spear and switch to their short sword.
The wear helmets, grieves, a manica, an occasionally a small chest plate for protection, making them one of the best protected gladiator fighting styles, though all this armor often comes at the cost of speed.
Armed with only a lasso and sword, to the observer with little knowledge of the gladiatorial arts the laqueraius may appear disadvantaged against other styles. However much like the retiarius the laqueraius is trained and equipped to strip their enemy of his advantages and delver a killing blow to an opponent who eventually finds themselves with no weapon or defense against the laqueraius's blade. The style is focused on maintaining proper distance with their opponent and using the lasso to either disarm or trip their opponent, thus opening the path for the laqueraius to charge in with their sword and claim victory.
In keeping with the style's focus on movement and the laqueraius often only wears a manica for protection.
Armed with a whip, short sword, and small shield. The style of the lorarium is similar to a highly aggressive laqueraius. However where a lorarium uses their lasso to entangle their opponent the lorarium uses their whip to throw the enemy onto the defensive, forcing them behind their shield or to attempt to block the whip with their blade as the lorarium advances in order to finish the battle with their blade. A skilled lorarium will attempt to force their enemy to block or grasp at the whip in order to disarm their enemy or force him off balance with a quick pull of the whip once it has been caught.
For protection the lorarium must rely on their shield and speed, as this style often wears little to no armor.
Armed with a sword and large square shield in 'legionary fashion' the murmillo is equally effective on defense as on offense. A murmillo can advance slowly behind their shield or charge in to close the distance quickly, as the situation calls. A skilled murmillo knows that their greatest strength lies in their ability to switch from offense to defense at a moments notice in order to blunt an enemy's attack or take advantage of a weak defense.
In addition to a shield murmillo gladiators wear a manica on their sword arm, large protective helmets, and a grieve on their forward leg.
Armed with a net, trident, and dagger the retarius is a style which focuses on forcing their opponent to the ground in disarray in order to delver the killing blow. Their greatest asset is the net and its ability, when used well, to entangle, hinder, and trip the retarius's opponent. The combination of net and trident allows the retarius to be most effective at long and moderate ranges while the dagger allows them to avoid being totally defenseless in close quarters.
The retiarius wears a manica for protection when attacked.
Armed with a sword and a specialized weapon unique to the scissor fighting style. An effective scissor must make use of their specialized weapon, taking advantage of it's hooked blade to tie up the weapon of their opponent while the design of its grip insures that the scissor will not be the one who is disarmed by such a situation. Scissors are trained to trust and block with their scissor blade while reserving the sword to parry a well placed strike by the enemy or deliver well placed strikes of their own when they have successfully tied up their enemy's primary weapon.
To accommodate the style's reliance on being attacked before being fully effective the scissor is heavily armored, often wearing a manica on the arm not protected by his weapon, a helmet, a and chest plate.
Armed with a small shield and curved Thracian sword. The thraex style has much in common with the murmillo, but focuses on further balancing speed as well as attack and defense. The key to a successful career as a thraex is to know which opponents must be met with defense, aggression, or evasion. As the thraex style is equally suited to any such attempt.
Like the murmillo the thraex also wears a large protective helmet, a grieve on their foreleg, and a manica on their sword arm to aid in the use of their shield for defense.
Armed with three throwing spears, a short sword, and shield. With similar weapons to a legionary skirmisher the velites style is meant to use its ability to attack from range to its advantage, throwing its spears at the opponent in order to injure or weaken them before closing in for use of their sword and shield. The velites focuses on quick movement and accurate tosses of the spear.
In keeping with its light style the velites wears only a light helmet, which many gladiators choose not to wear at all for what little defensive ability it provides.
Armed with a short sword and assisted by trained animals, a magistri belua is considered quite exotic and is often a rare sight within the games. The key to the magistri's success is proper training of what ever beast they will take into the area and knowing how to exploit the distraction said beast provides in order to advance and delver the finishing blow with their blade. The most common animals used by a magistri are dogs, and birds of prey, but other more exotic animals have also been known to be used.
The magistri belua makes use of only a helmet for protection.
Armed with their own native/cultural weaponry. Those gladiators classified as Non Orthodoxam are warriors who's native fighting style is considered interesting or exotic enough to warrant being displayed in the games. They can be anything from marauding celts, to numidian spearmen.
If you have any questions/comments please feel free to post them (as well as characters if you'd like to play)