The life of a pit fighter is often extremely short, depending on the venue. Whether choosing to fight for the chance of glory, riches, and fame, or forced to fight as a slave, prisoner, or indentured servant, a Pit-Fighter most often gives their life for the entertainment of others. For those with the right combination of strength, skill, and luck, there can be life beyond the fighting pits. Some will go on to win their freedom while others become wealthy prize fighters, but more likely a Pit-Fighter will obtain employment outside the pits as hired muscle or enforcers. Even when a Pit-Fighter finds themselves to be the master of their own destiny, a true Pit-Fighter will discover that something within them is inexplicably drawn to the thrill of combat.
Pit-Fighting is a hazardous profession; however, it teaches a brutal yet simple principle: victory at any cost. When life and death are on the line, honor and virtue are cumbersome, only victory has any real value. But Pit-Fighters are not necessarily mindless brutes. They often begin battle in a state of heightened focus, quickly studying their opponent and sizing up their strengths and weaknesses. They will attempt to wear their opponent down, using every weapon at their disposal, all the while building up momentum. Then when the time is right, or when their focus is shattered by an untimely wound from their opponent, they will unleash their fury and mercilessly cut down their foe.
Fighting for sport is commonly perceived to be an uncivilized activity and so it is among the more barbaric cultures that most Pit-Fighters will be found. But amidst the seemingly uncivilized practice of Pit-Fighting, there is a proclivity for close quarters combat. In the right context, this style of combat can be highly effective outside of the fighting pits. While certainly of no use among rank-and-file troops, some armies have been known to train elite forces after the style of Pit-Fighters for specialist close-quarters operations such as boarding enemy vessels at sea. No matter the reason, anyone finding themselves facing off against a Pit-Fighter in a confined space likely has mere moments left to live.
During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results
Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth, Leather
Trainable Armor Proficiency: Mail, Plate
Natural Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Swords, Bludgeons, Axes, Hand Weapons, Polearms, Staves
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Swords (2-Handed), Bludgeons (2-Handed), Axes (2-Handed), Whips
Class Passives & Secondary Skill
Pit-Fighters use the following chart for levelling up:
- Re-calculate Fury Max each level
- New fury abilities require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. Berserker Strike -> Improved Berserker Strike), see Learning New Fury Abilities for details
- New focus abilities require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. Rank1 Heart Punch -> Rank2 Heart Punch), see Learning New Focus Abilities for details
Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Pit-Fighters may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use and/or one combat styles.
- Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Swords, Bludgeons, Axes, Hand Weapons, Polearms, Staves, Whips)
- Max one Combat Specialist skill (choose from: Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Peltast, Warder, Mounted, Pugilist, Physical Defense)
A Pit-Fighter’s rank and title is directly related to their successes in the arena or fighting pits. As they accrue victories to their name so does their renown and notoriety increase. While there are benefits to this progression, it is a lifestyle of great risk, for failure usually means death. Many Pit-Fighters begin their career in the pits but eventually either escape that life, or win their freedom. This leaves them with a very useful set of skills as a mercenary or adventurer for hire, but to truly progress they must always find their way back to an arena.
For some this is an easy choice, for they possess an unrelenting thirst for the glory of the arena and dream of one day becoming a living legend. For other there is no choice at all, for many are born into the fighting-pits, or sold as slaves and forced to live in a Ludus or other such training house for Gladiators. For these poor souls advancement maybe their only hope for a better life, either winning their freedom or at the least being granted the title of Doctore, and escaping the fate of the arena to train other young fighters.
The standard Renown based title ups for Pit-Fighters are as follows:
|Combatant||3||recognition by 5+ fans must have fought in at 3+ staged combats (non-lethal) or won at least 1 pit-fight (lethal)||+1 Brawler Secondary Skill Point|
|Gladiator||6||recognition by 50+ fans must have fought in 9+ staged combats (non-lethal) or won 3+ pit-fights (lethal)||Showmanship (passive) +1 Brute Secondary Skill Point|
|Champion||9||recognition by 500+ fans must have fought in 15+ staged combats (non-lethal) or won 5+ pit-fights (lethal) must have beaten at least 1 champion||Challenge (passive)|
|Pit Master||13||recognition by 5000+ fans must have fought in 24+ staged combats (non-lethal) or won 8+ pit-fights (lethal) must have beaten 3+ champions||+2 Focus ability pts +3 Fury max|
|Doctore||13||promoted by the owner of an arena, ludus, or fighting pits||+1 Trainer Secondary Skill Point allowed to manage and/or train other fighters|
|Legend||17||recognition by 50000+ fans must have fought in 36+ staged combats (non-lethal) or won 12+ pit-fights (lethal) must have beaten 5+ champions & at least 1 Pit Master one or more tale of your legendary exploits must be in circulation||+3 Focus ability pts +5 Fury Max +1% Melee Crit|
Outlaw titles for Pit-Fighters typically only apply to those who are forced into the life a Pit-Fighter, such as a slave, prisoner, or indentured servant. It could also apply to a Pit-Fighter that has willingly agreed to fight on a contractual basis, often as means of escaping economic hardship or to repay a debt. The outlaw titles represent such a fighter breaking away from the defined constraints of the Pit-Fighter title system, which is exclusively based upon fighting in an arena or fighting pit of some kind. A Pit-Fighter that chooses to fight without being compelled to do so (often referred to as a prize fighter) can step out of the title system at anytime, either permanently or temporarily retiring from the fighting pits, without any consequence but also not reaping its benefits.
A Rudarius is a slave or indentured Pit-Fighter who has won their freedom, through distinguished performance, completion of a contract, or as a prize for winning a particular fight. Henceforth they are no longer required to fight for others amusement and/or profit. If living in a communal training house such as a Ludus, they may finally set foot outside its walls as a free man or woman. This is only an outlaw title in the sense that, once attained the Pit-Fighter is longer required to follow the standard title system, however this also means they do not reap its benefits. For the most part a Rudarius is left to live their life as they see fit, but in some cases they may be required to prove that they lawfully won their freedom.
To that end, a Rudarius is often gifted a token that represents their freedom, usually called a Rudis. A Rudis can take many forms, but the most common is a simple wooden sword, carved with the tale of their victory. Among some cultures, failure to present a Rudis could result in a freed Pit-Fighter being labelled as Fugitivus.
A Fugitivus is a Pit-Fighter that has escaped servitude or violently rebelled against their masters. These are dangerous individuals, as they are trained killers who will stop at nothing to maintain their freedom. They also represent a danger in inspiring other slaves and indentured Pit-Fighters to likewise rebel. As such they are relentlessly hunted, and typically put to death on the spot. In some cases they may recaptured and branded as a Fugitivus. The life expectancy of a branded Fugitivus is even less than other Pit-Fighters, as they are usually sent back into the fighting pits to face execution by exhibition. This is a gruesome fate indeed, as the Fugitivus is forced to fight an unwinnable battles against numerous foes or a particularly powerful creature, slowly and painfully torn apart for the amusement of others.
|Outlaw Title||Qualifications||Rewards & Consequences|
|Rudarius||must have been a slave, indentured Pit-Fighter, or fighting as part of a contractual obligation won freedom through distinguished performance, completion of a contract, or as a prize for winning a particular fight||Retain any title rewards gained prior to becoming Rudarius No longer forced to fight in arenas, fighting pits, etc… If applicable, no longer required to live in a communal training house such as a Ludus typically granted a Rudis (token of your freedom)|
|Fugitivus||must have been a slave, indentured Pit-Fighter, or fighting as part of a contractual obligation escaped, rebelled against or otherwise broke the laws and/or contracts binding you to Fight for others amusement||Retain any title rewards gained prior to becoming Fugitivus become the master of your own fate relentlessly hunted if recaptured, will be branded as Fugitivus and likely put to death|