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July 8, 2016 at 8:09 am #1256
Gladiator 1: Smarticass of the Damnorii
Owner: Lucius Vitellius Triarius
Faction: Factio Veneta
Gladiator 2: Hamilax Carthaginis
Owner: Publius Iunius Brutus
Faction: Factio VenetaThe hot sun beat down on the Colosseum, filled to capacity with the cheering mob as they watched the procession of events that led to the opening of the gladiatorial events. However, it wasn’t so much excitement for the procession as it was for the gladiators about to fight in the arena.
It wasn’t long before the two men who were to fight entered from the underground tunnels that connected to the Ludus Magnus, or the gladiator fighting school. They both entered through the Gates of Life, symbolically representing their lives hanging in the balance as they entered the arena. From one end entered Smarticass of the Damnorii, a younger gladiator who had gained mediocre renown for his mastery of the extremely difficult style of the Dimachaerus, or fighting with two swords. From the other gate entered the Hoplomachus, Hamilax Carthaginis. He was a more seasoned gladiator, one who had seen his share of victory and defeats, but still lived to tell about it.
Up above them in the middle of the stands sat the Editor, a local Senator who was overseeing the games for this competition. He announced both of their presences, to a loud cheering of the crowd. After the introductions were completed, they were given the signal to begin the fight.
Mere moments after the signal was given, Smarticass launched himself forward, his right hand’s gladius coming down hard on his opponent’s shield that was in his left hand. The blow sent reverberations through both of their arms, but they were trained to endure. Hamilax pushed out with his shield to drive back Smarticass, and then shuffled backwards, trying to put some distance between himself and the very eager young Dimachaerus. He lunged out with his lance, which Smarticass turned aside with his left hand’s gladius which he used for defense when needed. He again struck out at Hamilax, his blade being turned aside once more. However, as he turned the blade aside with his shield, it went inward, slicing in his chest. The wound wasn’t deep, but it was enough to bleed a bit. The red blood hit the sand beneath them, soaking up the blood and staining it. The mere moment of the impact was enough of an opening for Smarticass, who slid his left hand’s blade down the shaft of the lance, pinning it to the ground. He used his opening to move forward and snap the lance in half with the weight of his foot coming down on it. He descended upon Hamilax, who was forced to abandon his lance and was able to draw his pugio (dagger). It was much, but as he was knocked to the ground by Smarticass, it was all he had. He used his shield and pugio to turn aside what blows he could, gaining plenty of cuts and gouges into his skin under the adrenaline fueled fury of Smarticass of the Damnorii. Within a minute, his body was a collection of bloodied cuts and gouges. He had been disarmed of his pugio in the onslaught, and it didn’t look good for him. Just as he was about to attack again a call went out from the spectators.
“Habet, Hoc habet!!” The call rippled through the crowd from one person to another, and Smarticass responded by stepping back from the wounded Hamilax. He had just enough strength to push himself to his knees, and set aside his small shield. He raised his left hand, to call for mercy from the crowd and the editor.
The Editor looked amongst the crowd to see their reaction, to decide what his fate would be. There was a mixed response. A little under half motioned for pollicem vertere (disapproval) by turning their thumbs upward and jabbing it towards their hearts. However, there was more a calling for pollicem premere (approval) by signaling with their thumb and forefinger together. After viewing these signs, the Editor passed judgement on the older gladiator. He raised his arm slowly and hid his thumb within his fist, motioning for the gladiator to be spared. Hamilax pushed himself to his feet, and both gladiator’s exited the arena through their respective Gates of Life, ending this round of the Gladiatoria Munera!
WINNER:SMARTICASS OF THE DAMNORII
LOSER:HAMILAX CARTHAGINIS (SPARED)
Stay tuned for the next round of the Quintilis Gladiatoria Munera bouts!
L. Aurelius CurioJuly 8, 2016 at 10:32 am #6137
Excellent, just excellent! Keep ’em coming, Curio! Great narrative!
(Trairius happily gets up to go get more Falernian and olives…)July 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm #6139
Very nice! Curio, superb commentary.
Poor Hamilax, once he heals I will need to reassess his future. Maybe he is past his prime? 😉
Congrats to Triarius and Smarticass! Well won!
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