The Dragon's Teeth
Balic‘s infamous gladiatorial arena attracts thousands of Balicans every day. On the surface, the games sate the crowd’s decadent thirst for violence and gore. Underneath, however, it is a political minefield: a noble’s or a merchant lord’s gladiator champion is his proxy. A win at the arena can invite glory and wealth, not only for the gladiator, but also for his sponsor (or owner). A spectacular loss, on the other hand, can lose both fighter and sponsor a great deal of face, and even their lives. Furthermore, gambling is par for the course, and match-fixing – in the bloodiest of ways – is common.