Tournament 43. Shade's Arena: morituri te salutant (in Contests)

AdminShade September 18 2009 1:26 PM EDT

Tournament 43: morituri te salutant.

Those who are about to die, salute you!

Now is the time to spill blood, real blood! Say farewell to your wife and children, say goodbye to freedom and poverty. Welcome thy neighbours in the Arena and spill their guts.

In the arena you will be stripped of all of your private property and given a weapon to start your combat with. The weapon you will be given is the most abundant weapon ever produced: A Whip! You will be treated as a slave and you will become one!

With just your one minion and your Whip you will face your opponents, both foe... and friend! Battle among your fellow Tournament Entrants to gain favours from the Emperor and the people.

Your goal: become the Rudiarius, the free gladiator.

To advance through the ranks to become Maximus Carnagius Blenderius, this is the Rudiarius or the free gladiator, you will have to be involved in many different training programs as well as asking favours of The Emperor and The Gods themselves to increase your experience in combat.

The system of unlocking tiers involves you paying the first fee listed. This is a per player fee, so while player 1 would unlock a better Melee weapon, player 2 can unlock a better Ranged Weapon and player 10 could unlock another Minion. After unlocking a certain tier 1, you can then unlock a tier 2. To keep things interresting, I am not showing the higher tiers until the previous tier has been unlocked, so you'll never know what will be the last tier in the beginning, and will not know if it is really worth your while.

These monetary ways of becoming more powerful, are not the only ways however. By showing you are worthy, the people, The Emperor or The Gods might deem you worthy of unlocking a tier of their picking for free. How to show you are worthy, is mainly up to you, but if a hint has to be given, thinking like a Gladiator and fighting worthy foes would certainly be one way.

And then your most valued prize.

The prize for the winner will be all the items equipped on the character Carnagius Blenderius. At this moment the item list is not yet complete, but Tourney Prizes is aquiring the last few items of the set for the true victor of the title.

How to win? The player who will fight the most Gladiatorish will win this Tournament, this will be a combination of MPR along with obtaining the favour of the gods.

The Tournament will last for 2 weeks

250 BA to start, no BA cap. But beware, that does not mean you have an advantage. If nobody earns their freedom, all will die at the thumb of The Emperor and the Wrath of The Gods.

Paegniarius, the Whip fighter.

You start out as a measly Paegniarius, a Whip Fighter. The Whip is the easiest weapon to master as all it takes is lashing out at your opponent from a distance or wrapping it around the neck of your unsuspected assailer.
This also will be the only weapon you will be allowed to use as they could inflict more damage to yourself than to others when used wrongly.

Weapons of all sizes, from tiny to huge!

Velites, Archers and Venatores

The second discipline you will be able to acquire is that of using Ranged Weapons. In this discipline, there are 4 tiers to be trained.
You start not knowing how to use any Ranged Weapon, you weren't fit to fight before entering the Colosseum.

Children's toys or arcane ballistae?

Murmillones, Samnites and their Armouring.

Using weapons is not everything, Gladiators also need armaments for protection. Ranging from just the rags which are given you on entry of the Colosseum to the epic protection the Armours of the ancient Murmillones will give you.
Initially you only are wearing rags which offer you no protection at all and you can find no better Armor anywhere either.

Having Armor being crafted or imported.

Why fight alone when you can fight with many

Why fight alone when you can rally a few fellow combatants into fighting along side of you.
This set of tiers will finally enable you to have a corporeal advantage to your opponents, unless they make the same decision to bribe others into looking the other way as well.
After bribing your benefactor, you will have to enlist the minion yourself.

Fight fair and alone? Bribe people, fight with more!

Even the gods will meddle themselves in this Arena

So you think this Arena Tournament is all about getting the best weapon and bash some heads in with it?
Guess again, even the gods of Blenderius Carnagius will make their appearance and bestow you the arcane powers to enhance your own traits, or diminish those of your opponents.
Because you have been raised a Heathen, The Gods do not know you and you cannot use any Enchantments.

Pray to the gods for Protection or Destruction

Hone thy skills, train them well

So you think using just weapons and enchantments will be enough? The priests and monks of the ancient world will want to have a word with you.
By performing certain tasks for them, they will teach you their ancient and hidden powers.
Never having seen a monk or priest before, your best trick is a card trick. Your opponent will not be fooled enough by it to work in your favour.

How skillful are you?

AdminShade September 18 2009 5:20 PM EDT

The Emperor enters the crowded Colosseum and waves his hands:

"Let the games begin, food and plays for everyone."

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- September 18 2009 5:27 PM EDT

Love it. Gladiator is one of my all time favorite movies, and shade gets MAD kudos for this gem of a tournament.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] September 18 2009 5:29 PM EDT

Nice tourney Shade :)

NooneKnows September 18 2009 5:31 PM EDT

mad props. wish I could join.

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 18 2009 5:56 PM EDT

Bless you Shade!
This is the first tourney that has started DURING my holidays!
May the best gladiator win!

ceslis September 18 2009 5:58 PM EDT

Sounds like fun you can count me in =)

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 18 2009 6:04 PM EDT


I will not win, but I simply cannot stay out of this one.

alaskanpsyko September 18 2009 6:36 PM EDT

dont be stupid and disregard the lower posts xD awesome love the oblivion theme

Vaynard [Fees Dirt Cheap] September 18 2009 6:36 PM EDT

Adrastos (means Undaunted according to an internet site I found lol) shall be selling his worldly possessions and entering the gladiatorial arena for me! Might I beseech the tournie gods for a whip to aid my warrior?

Messbrutal September 18 2009 6:54 PM EDT

I can't wait to get slaughtered in the arena or maybe it will be the other way around, who knows?

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 18 2009 8:17 PM EDT

Ak's Detroyer(T43)

So can we upgrade out whip and are we to only fight other gladiators?

Yay this tourny will be most wicked

Demigod September 18 2009 10:54 PM EDT

It's my first tourney, so I'll probably screw it up and break CB. Oh well, it's on!

Messbrutal September 18 2009 11:02 PM EDT

Q:Are you going to allow restart and late entries?

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] September 18 2009 11:16 PM EDT

Are the whips being passed out or do we have to hope that a whole bunch more spawn in the store in the next little bit?

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 18 2009 11:35 PM EDT

Whips have been given out so far.

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 19 2009 12:01 AM EDT

It begins.

TinyOne September 19 2009 12:03 AM EDT

Not everyone has gotten whips yet, are they being sent out?

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 19 2009 12:23 AM EDT

awaiting whip.

DoS September 19 2009 12:26 AM EDT

Ahh this tourney is going to be sooo win :D

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] September 19 2009 12:37 AM EDT

Even without a whip I shall fight! /me dies... hmmm let me check the store again.

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 [SHIELD] September 19 2009 12:39 AM EDT

Whips sent

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 19 2009 12:40 AM EDT

thank you slayer :).

Demigod September 19 2009 12:41 AM EDT

Nope, still no whip...

Demigod September 19 2009 1:01 AM EDT

I'm about to crash for the night, but I really don't want to lose 250 BA. Any chance I can get a whip sent out ASAP?

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] September 19 2009 1:06 AM EDT

I declare that I shall only fight other gladiators no matter how hard this may prove to be.

DoS September 19 2009 1:35 AM EDT

^Let me interpret

No matter how hard it will prove to be, I will use an easy fight list.

BHT September 19 2009 1:35 AM EDT

I would like a whip to please.

Demigod September 19 2009 1:39 AM EDT

BHT, that's the best little grammar error ever.

A "whip to please" and a "whip too, please" mean slightly different things... and your version is far better. :)

KrossOut September 19 2009 1:41 AM EDT

whip please =)

AdminShade September 19 2009 4:50 AM EDT

All entrants should have a Whip now.

Some people have asked how to obtain a new Tier. You should have the amount of money on your character in which an Admin (Shade, Slayer or another Admin who is on-line and willing to help) will remove the money from your character and you can use the tier.

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- September 19 2009 7:13 AM EDT

Can we get an realtime list of players and the tiers that they are on to prevent cheating? It would just require an admin to update the list everytime he moves a player to the next tier...

I see someone already with a non whip and I highly doubt they have moved up a tier :S

AdminShade September 19 2009 7:36 AM EDT

I was working on that :)

Who do you see then, is the character retired?

AdminShade September 19 2009 8:12 AM EDT

About favour of The Gods:

Fighting specific targets and letting The Emperor (being me) know, could enable you to get nice rewards in return. There are other ways, but you'd have to ask me direct questions, Gladiators don't just fight, they need to plan and think also :)

{cb2}Dinh September 19 2009 8:48 AM EDT

is it too late to sign up Shade?

AdminShade September 19 2009 8:51 AM EDT

Of course not, I would hope to see more people entering throughout the day and perhaps even next week.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 19 2009 9:51 AM EDT

Q: Am I allowed to buy an item I cannot use?

Or does buying a tier unlock both buying and using?

AdminShade September 19 2009 10:08 AM EDT

Tough one.

Initially I had intended the tier to unlock both buying and using but I think I can have nothing against people trying to plan ahead.
Unlocking a Tier and never having the chance to get the item afterwards sounds silly.

You may buy the item but may not equip it.

AdminShade September 19 2009 11:38 AM EDT

Paegniarii DoS and The Hatchetman both have unlocked Melee Weapon Tier 1, both contestants have become Short Edged Gladiators!

The Emperor has updated the scrolls to display the next Melee Tier.

AdminShade September 19 2009 11:55 AM EDT

The Tanners are please with the gift from Paegniarius Poutinus Gravius, they will now sell him Leather Armor to his size and fitting. The first step of becoming a Murmillon has begun.

Paegniarius Gladiator Clone has received sufficient training to become a Short Edged Gladiator, congratulations.

The scrolls of rules have updated to display the 2nd tier for Armour.

AdminShade September 19 2009 12:09 PM EDT

Through training in Short Edged Weaponry, Gladiator Clone has become a Tier 2 Gladiator!

Paegniarius Kefeck has received proper training and has become a Tier 2 Gladiator as well!

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 19 2009 12:34 PM EDT

Haha! It is now time to begin my become the ultimate display of gladiatorial fashion!

AdminShade September 19 2009 2:37 PM EDT

Paegniarius ceslis has received sufficient training to become a Short Edged Gladiator, congratulations.

AdminShade September 19 2009 4:01 PM EDT

Gladiator DoS has been taught how to be Bloodlusted by the Priest of insanity, may the other contestants fear him!

The Emperor has decreed that the next Sills Tier be revealed.

AdminShade September 19 2009 4:11 PM EDT

Both Paegniarii Freekius and Veinte Sacraria have received proper training and have joined the ranks of Tier 2 Gladiators.

AdminShade September 19 2009 4:24 PM EDT

Ignus of Tyriel has joined the games in the Arena and from today onward be known as Tyriel the Bloodlusted!

The priest recognised a fierce but wise man and taught him the skill for free.

AdminShade September 19 2009 6:30 PM EDT

Both Paegniarii Spartacus and anera have received proper training and both can now use 1-handed Short Edged Melee Weapons.

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- September 19 2009 7:52 PM EDT

Wish there was some more availability on Katanas, or even bastard swords... *sigh*

AdminShade September 20 2009 4:34 AM EDT

Paegniarii Xout, Adrastos and Messbrutal have received training in 1-handed Short Edged Weapons, a Gladiator they will be!

Gladiator ceslis used money to persuade the tanners to produce and sell Leather Armor.

AdminShade September 20 2009 4:56 AM EDT

Gladiator AoD had been given a Whip, the monks were watching him try hard to wield it appropriately but his hands were too big and clumsy for the puny whip. Fellow contestants were mocking his clumsiness, but the Monks saw determination in combat, this Gladiator wasn't meant to wield weapons.
They have taught him the arcane skills of Unarmed Combat instead!

AdminShade September 20 2009 5:20 AM EDT

Hatchet buying Katana from Nayab which is not allowed.

As per the decree of general Tournament rules, Gladiator Hatchetman shall be punished for buying a weapon from a fellow contestant. Such behaviour is intolerable and his ability to use the Katana has been revoked. He shall need additional disciplinary training to wield it again!

AdminShade September 20 2009 6:57 AM EDT

Gladiator Dinh has been trained in melee weapons sufficiently for Tier 1.

TheHatchetman September 20 2009 9:27 AM EDT

stupid me forgot to check the seller >.< Got the 50k again though if anyone wants to take it so i can re-equip though

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] September 20 2009 9:46 AM EDT

what can i say shade, all those time dealing with my Reaper gives you big strong hands :D
so i thank you for this dude

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 20 2009 10:51 AM EDT

I humbly beg for training in the arts of Velites, Archers and Venatores
100k is all I can offer. (admin please)

AdminShade September 20 2009 4:48 PM EDT

Gladiator Demi Maximus and Paegniarii Ak's Gladiator and Kefeck have finished the first training needed to become a member of the Velites and now are Veles apprentices, may their pebbles pummel their opponents well.

Paegniarius Poutinus Gravius has received training in the arts of swordsmanship and is now a Short Edged Gladiator. Sharpen thy sword well.

From darkest Hispania David el Rey emerges and is welcomes to the Arena!

Ceslis has been bloodlusted after visiting the priest for consultation.

Gladiator Hatchetman has underwent his disciplinary training and has renewed his abilities in the arts of swordsmanship.

AdminShade September 20 2009 5:05 PM EDT

Gladiator Freekius had requested to be trained the mystic powers of influencing strength and dexterity for both good and evil, so it shall be done.
Giant Strength, Haste and Ethereal Chains are available for him now.

AdminShade September 20 2009 5:44 PM EDT

The Gods have heard the prays and seen the offering of Gladiator Clone and have offered the Enchanting powers of manipulation of both Strength and Dexterity.

AdminShade September 21 2009 1:22 AM EDT

Many requests were made for unlocking tiers and the Gladiators have received training.

Updated Armor Tier 3.

AdminShade September 21 2009 11:10 AM EDT

Gladiator DoS has received additional training in the arts of combat and has unlocked the ability to use larger 1-handed Edged Melee weapons.

Gladiator Clone and Gladiator Kefeck both have witnessed the priests turn bloodlusted and have now inherited this skill after being stolen from their purses.
The priests attempted to steal the purse of Gladiator Dinh but when they found out his purse was empty, they walked away.

The monks in the monastery have taught Gladiator Hatchetman to turn his skin into iron and to use his armor with full effect. Armor Proficiency he has learned.

note: Melee Tier 3 and Skills Tier 3 have been written on the parchments to be viewed by the contestants.

AdminShade September 22 2009 1:05 AM EDT

Gladiator Angel of Death has offered gold to the local tanners, they will sell him Leather Armor now.

Veles apprentice Demi Maximus has received training in weapon arts, he is now known as a Gladiator!

Messbrutal September 22 2009 8:22 AM EDT

Q: Does tier2 for armor include every possible gloves and boots?

AdminShade September 22 2009 10:44 AM EDT

A: No, Tier 2 of Armor only includes Gloves.

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 22 2009 11:26 AM EDT

I would like to learn the second tier of archery.

AdminShade September 22 2009 11:52 AM EDT

Then trained in combat of the Short Bow, Long Bow and Light Crossbow you shall be.

TheHatchetman September 22 2009 9:38 PM EDT

Just went to buy a Gi in auctions for my tourney char, bid with the wrong char... -.- I'll work out a time with the previous high bidder to reput it in auctions with a BIN of their last bid.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 22 2009 9:54 PM EDT

BTW, the first tier of Armor states that it enables the use of leather armor, but are the other tiers also limited to leather?

TheHatchetman September 22 2009 10:00 PM EDT

Just realised that my plan to rectify the situation would require special permission of the outbid player to buy from me as a tourney participant. I don't feel as if that would be out of line in this particular instance, as I'd be doing so in such a way that the only thing even remotely effected would be my main char losing a very small amount of money (we'll call it a 12k stupidity tax) with nobody on the tourney side gaining or losing anything.

AdminShade September 23 2009 1:08 AM EDT


The first tier lets you use any armor which is leather, be it leather boots, gloves, armor, cap.

The other tiers unlock all of the items from that armor class. i.e. tier 2 unlocks any cloak, including rare, and gloves, including rare.

Hatch: I don't think I can find it offensive to let someone else buy it.

AdminShade September 23 2009 1:24 AM EDT

Gladiators anera and Veinte Sacraria turned their hopes to the Gods and prayed for their powers. And so they received them.

Gladiator Poutinus Gravius allows the Blacksmiths to turn him into a Murmillon and the next tier has been revealed.

SparTick has become a Short Edge Gladiator while Gladiator Kefeck has proven himself worthy of being taught Armor Proficiency.

AdminShade September 23 2009 3:13 PM EDT

Gladiator Tiny has finally learned how to wield weapons better than the Whip.

Gladiator AoD is on his way to become a Murmillon, tier 2 has been unlocked.

Gladiator Freekius has performed the ceremony of Steel and now can cast Steel Skin.

AdminShade September 24 2009 1:04 AM EDT

Paegniarius Rudiarius Maximus has finally learned the way of becoming a Gladiator.

Gladiator Freekius was wealthy and donated enough to unlock tier 2 of Armor. Wear thy silks well ;)

Gladiator Nayab is a Veles apprentice but shall be protected by the Leather Armors from the tanners.

Gladiator Adrastos has found fun in fighting bloodlusted raging bulls.

AdminShade September 24 2009 12:15 PM EDT

Veles David el Ray has received sufficient training to become a Veles Gladiator, armed with Short Edged Melee weapons.

Gladiator Clone has also aqcuired the funds to have the Tanners and Merchants support him with Leather Armors and any Cloaks and Gloves.

AdminShade September 25 2009 1:21 AM EDT

Gladiator Clone has become a Samnite Warrior and can use all but the last tier of Armors.

Gladiator Freekius and Gladiator Hatchetman have become Murmillonii and have unlocked Armor Tier 3.

Gladiator SparTick has persuaded the Tanners for their Leather Armors.

AK's Destroyer is a Veles.

The gods grant Dinh the power to control Strength and Dexterity.

AdminShade September 25 2009 10:30 AM EDT

Gladiator AoD finally had the coins he needed to pay the tanners and blacksmiths to make him the Combat Gi he wanted so much.

AdminShade September 25 2009 2:54 PM EDT

Gladiator DoS has prayed to the gods. While he was praying, a nifty thief stole his coins and the gods laughed about it. He kept on praying without even paying attention though.
They now aid him to cast Haste to catch up with the thief, and Giant Strength to help him get his money back while he can use Ethereal Chains to make the thief suffer.

AdminShade September 25 2009 8:22 PM EDT

Gladiator Veinte Sacraria has persuaded the tanners to let him shop through the colourful cloaks and firm gloves department.

AdminShade September 26 2009 5:10 AM EDT

Gladiator David el Ray has prayed to the gods to aid him in combat and Gladiator Messbrutal has been taught to be Armor Proficient.

AdminShade September 27 2009 5:17 PM EDT

Veles Gladiator David el Ray has become a true Venatores which will now show the requirements for tier 4 of Ranged Weapons! :)

AdminShade September 27 2009 5:25 PM EDT

Young Gladiator DoS has prayed to the gods in East and West until his feed bled and his purse emptied. He has unlocked both tier 2 and 3 of Enchantments and has them to his disposal.

This has revealed the last and final Tier of Enchantments, look it up in the scroll up above.

AdminShade September 27 2009 5:47 PM EDT

Gladiator Demi Maximus should consider having himself renamed to Gemini Maximus considering he bought himself a helper in the Tournament.

AdminShade September 28 2009 11:11 AM EDT

Gladiator Ak's Destroyer has finally achieved to master Short Edged Melee weapons.

Gladiator Rudiarius Maximus has made an offer to the tanners, now providing him with Leather Armors.

AdminShade September 28 2009 12:57 PM EDT

Lowered price for Ranged Tier 4.

AdminShade September 30 2009 4:26 PM EDT

The Emperor took the liberty to have the herald write down _all_ of the tiers.

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] October 1 2009 4:00 PM EDT

Gladiator AoD defeated Mythical Hydra after 9 rounds of combat
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