Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gaul Winter Games Match 2

Match 2
The editor stood to announce the next match. "For our next contest, we have Avitus the secutor of House Tyranus."
Avitus entered and stood in front of the closed door behind him, and looked across to the door his opponent would enter through. The crowd started to chant. Avitus could not tell what they were saying. He quickly found out, as the people were chanting his opponent's name.

The chanting became louder as the editor continued, "And from House Bellator, they introduce their own retarius, hailing from the frozen far eastern steppes of the world. Behold!!! The Mighty Nikolai!!!" The crowd erupted as Nikolai had to duck under the doorway as he entered the arena. Cassius leaned forward from the pulpit to gaze upon the giant from the east. He had never seen such a man before and estimated that he stood at least 7 feet tall. His secutor, Avitus would clearly be at a disadvantage. Nikolai held out his trident and swung his net around his head as the crowd chanted his name. He stopped to point his trident at Avitus. At this, Glabrio leaned over to Cassius saying, "Let's see how my own retarius does, eh?"

Avitus drew his gladius, lifted his shield and the editor cried, "Begin!"
Turn 1 Initiative-Nikolai
The giant retarius charged across the sand, casting his net. Avitus lifted his shield, catching it. Before Nikolai could pull it back, the secutor stepped forward and quickly cut the line. Avitus knew that if he got caught in his net, the bigger man would most assuredly finish him.

With the net on the ground behind him, Avitus moved forward to engage. He swung at the bigger man's legs, but his gladius was batted away by the haft of the trident. Nikolai followed it up with the butt of his weapon and struck Avitus in the head.

His helmet took the brunt of the attack, but the force of the giant's attack knocked him off his feet.

The huge retarius stepped forward. Before Avitus could recover from the force of the blow, Nikolai thrust down with his trident, impaling the secutor's upper left leg.

Attack Dice:
Nikolai 13
Avitus 6
Turn 2 Initiative-Avitus
Avitus knocked the trident away with his shield. Nikolai pulled his weapon back which gave Avitus the chance he needed to regain his feet. He rolled over and stood, but his leg was injured and defending himself on the ground took its toll. He already spent most of his energy. He decided to hold back his attack since he just regained his footing and waited for the giant to make his move.

Nikolai stepped back and swung his trident like a club, powerfully hitting the secutor's shield and forcing him back.

Attack Dice:
Nikolai 11
Avitus 3
Turn 3 Initiative-Nikolai
Nikolai pressed his attack once again. His trident struck forward again and again, but Avitus was able to deflect each blow with sword or shield. While not being struck, Avitus was nearly exhausted. He had one final attempt left in him.

He moved forward, but his condition and wounded leg caused him to move too slow. Nikolai blocked the secutor's gladius and swung the butt of his trident low past Avitus's large shield and thumped him on his wounded leg.

Avitus grunted from the contact and fell onto his back, exhausted. He had nothing left to give.

Attack Dice:
Nikolai 7
Avitus 0
Nikolai walked up and leveled his trident at the fallen secutor. The crowd once again began loudly chanting his name while he looked at the editor to await his opponent's fate. They continued to chant, but now pointing their thumbs down and shouting, "KILL, KILL, KILL!!!". The editor wanted to please the mob, so he agreed. Nikolai finished Avitus, then raised his trident with both arms over his head and gave a mighty roar.

As Nikolai passed under the doorway leading back to the holding area, Glabrio said, "Well, that evens things up a bit, eh?"
"He clearly had a size advantage", replied Cassius.
"Like your man, Tullio? I look forward to seeing your big fighter and what he can do."
So do I, Cassius thought to himself.
House Tyranus: 1
House Bellator: 1
Up Next, Match 3...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gaul Winter Games Match 1

106 A.D.
The Winter Games
Cassius looked over his small group of gladiators. This small town in northwest Gaul was as good a place as any to start his career as a lanista. He could hear the orator outside ready the crowd for the beginning of the contests.

"Citizens!!!" In honor of this year's harvest, we make our offering to the Gods!!! May we offer them blood and in turn may they offer us their good graces!!! Let the games begin!!!"

Cassius turned to his newest purchase. "'re first. Fight well and bring honor to my ludus."

Lurio gripped his trident, picked up his net and headed through the door to the arena sand. As he entered the arena, the crowd cheered and the orator announced, "The harvest games this year pit one ludus against another. Cassius Tyranus brings his fresh gladiators to face off against those of the honorable house of Glabrio Bellator. First match sees young retarius, Lurio from ludus Tyranus to be challenged by Flavius, the new secutor from ludus Bellator!!!"
The crowd cheered again as Flavius entered from the opposite door. He looked raw and untested. Lurio thought back to his training match against Salvanius and hoped he had learned enough since then to be successful his first time out as a member of a ludus.

1st Match
Lurio Rep 4 Retarius(20 Attack Dice) vs Flavius Rep 3 Secutor(15 Attack Dice)

Turn 1 Initiative-Lurio
The smaller Lurio moved forward and immediately tried to ensnare the secutor. He threw his net, making the secutor dodge to his left. But in doing so, the untested Flavius lost his balance and fell onto his back, perhaps not used to the weight of his large shield.
Lurio had the advantage. He pulled his net back and charged forward to attack the fallen secutor, but Flavius narrowly avoided the attack and Lurio's trident was thrust deep into the sand.

Flavius regained his feet while Lurio pulled his trident out of the arena floor. He swung wildly at Lurio's head and missed as he ducked. The momentum of his attack caused Flavius to turn slightly to his right and expose his left flank. Lurio stabbed down with his trident and caught Flavius's exposed left leg.
Attack Dice:
Lurio 11
Flavius 6

Turn 2 Initiative-Lurio

Flavius grunted from the pain and Lurio maintained the initiative. He knew that the lesser experienced secutor had lost a lot of energy after being off his feet. Lurio backed up and threw his net again. Flavius was ready this time and dodged to his right, avoiding it. But being a rookie gladiator, he was very tired already and hadnt much energy left to give.

Flavius threw what he had left into his final assault. Lurio avoided his outstretched gladius and stabbed at his left arm. Flavius deflected the blow with his shield and was knocked back.

The wound in his leg unbalanced him and he fell back into the sand once again, out of energy.

Lurio stepped forward and leveled his trident at the fallen secutor and looked to the editor of the games. The crowd is clearly displeased with the secutor and call for his death. The editor agrees and gives a thumb down. Lurio finishes his opponent and walks towards the door he entered from, victorius in his first match.

Lurio earned 3 AP for defeating the Rep 3 Secutor, and now also has 3 points of Fame to start his career.

Cassius grinned at Glabrio Bellator as House Tyranus claimed the first victory in the games.
"We've only just begun, Cassius", replied Glabrio. "Still four more to go."

Next up: Match 2