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#13141885 Mar 20, 2017 at 04:42 PM · Edited 4 years ago
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Posted around the Exiled lands.

Ludus by Kellaxe Warrior, on Flickr

I am including this brief OOC clan summary up front to make it easier for potential new members to see. If this looks good to you please read the full post:

Members of the clan will be provided with a residence in the Ludus.
Members will be expected to eventually dismantle any pre-existing homes or bases after joining the Ludus. (Subject to individual circumstances)
Members are free agents and can do as they wish in the exiled lands outside of RP story arch's. Everyone is here by their choice, even if you RP a criminal serving justice or a slave gladiator, you are still here by your choice. We will not ask you to do anything you do not consent to.
Members have access to equipment and resources difficult to obtain on your own, especially at earlier levels.
Members are expected to contribute resources to the Ludus. There is plenty of stone, coal, wood, and iron nearby. Even just 3-5 minutes of harvesting goes a long way to maintaining and growing the clan.
Members will be granted extra access to building, event planning, story plots that fit within the theme of the Ludus.

Where the Ludus is located:

Ludus Magnus is a Gladiator training school clan. We are self-contained and interested in adding a neutral RP story arch into the politics and diplomacies of the server. The intent is two-fold; a clan that will allow players interested in playing several roles within a Gladiator theme, and as a RP hub for the server. The Red Sands Arena is the central spot for Gladiator events, but we also house an arena that our gladiators will train and hold smaller community RP events. Ludus Magnus is a great place for new exiles to start their journey on the Bones of Acheron Server. We provide you with a safe place to train and advance your skills. We supply you with a bed and food and all the supplies you need. You pay your debt and are free to do as you please.

Being true to Gladiator history, Gladiators were often criminals, slaves, and general vagabonds pressed into fighting, but they also allowed free people to indenture themselves into service, fighting for the schools. For many poor families and individuals, the arena was the only choice to earn a fortune. Most died before even making it to the arena, but those who survived thrived and went on to become wealthy and powerful citizens of the Roman Empire. This is the story arch we want to follow with Ludus Magnus (although there is room to RP the criminal and slave aspect for other clans to collaborate with, we can be your jailor until justice is served!)

In Hyboria, Gladiator arenas are prevalent across all countries, but none more so than in Koth. We will expand upon this lore and use it to create our own deep lore the entire server can be active in. As well, with the hint of possible chariots as mounts, expect the Ludus Magnus to be heavily involved in creating a Chariot racing arena and the Games of ‘Circus Maximus’.

There are several roles to fill within the clan concept:

Lanista: Owner and master of the Ludus (Currently filled by Judha) Judha has earned his Rudis and spent his fortune building a Ludus back in Koth, only to be betrayed by the mad King of Koth for the king saw Judha as competition for the state run Ludus and cutting into his profits. He had Judha exiled and crucified.

Felictas: (Currently filled by Kauket). This will be a heavily diplomatic based community liaison and the role that will be needed to keep the community involved and engaged in arena events both at the Red Sands Arena, and the Ludus arena. The Felictas will also manage the gambling side of the Gladiator fights, rating fighters, creating gambling odds, and managing the money. The Felictas will have to maintain the clan “bank” where each player’s and the clan’s wealth are stored.

Doctores: Trainer of the Gladiators (Currently Open).

Rudiarius: A gladiator who already won their freedom and presented a Rudis. They continue to fight willingly and often are granted special benefits within the Ludus; companions, wine, luxuries, anything to keep them fighting for the Ludus. A Ludus retaining Rudiarius were highly prized in tournaments and the payout was greater because they featured such great fighters. The thrill of seeing a champion of so many fights risking their life long after their debt had been paid. The citizens viewed them as immortal, but the risk of seeing them fall drove attendance. (This is a rank that players will have to earn through fighting their way to freedom)

Rudis: Often former Gladiators named after the wooden sword granted to Gladiators who earned their freedom, they refereed fights after retiring from the arenas. (Another rank needed to be earned)

We also need players to fill the role of “students”, Gladiators in training who will earn their way into advancement roles within the clan. Each Student will have a debt to payoff to earn their freedom. Paying off their debts will be a system that calculates victories and wealth. When a student earns enough, their debt will be considered paid in full. They are free to choose a new role in the clan, be truly free and leave the clan to seek opportunity elsewhere or whatever they wish. Of course, any former student is always welcome to stay with the clan and Ludus.

Current Roster: Felix, Silwynn, Baisdruith, Vintris, Macden

[b]Conventional roles within the Ludus:

Medicus: The clan apothecary and healer. (Currently filled by Dryadae) They tend to the wounded, keeping the fighters healthy and ready for their next match.

Master Smith: The clan weaponsmith and armorer. They provide the best equipment for the fighters (Currently filled by Macden)

Taskmaster: Providing Thralls and guards to keep the Ludus operational. (Currently filled by Malgris)

PermaDeath: One would think Perma-Death is mandatory in such a brutal setting, but each player has control over their own destiny. If they decide a fight to the death, it must be mutually agreed upon by all parties and has IC consequences. If no Perma-Death is agreed upon, then a fight is assumed to end as the loser being wounded and the winner reaping the bounties of victory. Wounded challengers may not challenge others within the clan or fight in the arena for 1 week as they recover from their wounds. Challenge with caution as being wounded slows down your chances of earning more.

Community Participation: Ludus Magnus is going to rely on the community to be involved to make this a great RP line for all on the Bones of Acheron server. Attendance at the Red Sands Arena during Community events will help bring the community together, allow us to RP out conflicts in a neutral setting and stimulate the server economy through gambling, trading, intrigue and espionage. We welcome at arena events, a champion from each clan to fight each other and to fight the Gladiators of Ludus Magnus.

The Ludus is fully finished complete with the Gladiator compound and dormitory, crafthall, temples and our Great Hall of champions.

Training Compound:

Mess Hall:

Craft Hall:

Great Hall:

We are going to play a neutral role within the server politics (it’s hard to profit when you alienate yourself from any one side). We are going to be a respectful, mature themed clan. We will not cause drama; our grievances are settled in the arena. In times of war, players that are active in the clan but wish to be released to fight the cause may be allowed special reprieves from their debt (interest being accrued of course  ) until any such server conflict is settled. We are also going to be a clan, so will do clan activities, excursions into the undead ruins, and anything else the game offers to be done in groups. I want to create both a tight group to game with, as well as further bring the community as a whole together. Who doesn’t love watching some blood sport and gambling?

Interested? Join now as those who enter early can establish themselves within the clan in unique roles and be a part of a clan that plans to be very active in the Server community as a whole. Imagine the glory and fame as you attend a RP event throughout the server. All will recognize you as the Champion Gladiator and swoon at your awesomeness!

Fortune & Glory!
#13141893 Mar 20, 2017 at 04:44 PM · Edited 4 years ago
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I welcome all comments and suggestions and looking for collaborative help on this project.

If interested, PM me and we can chat more.

#13141987 Mar 20, 2017 at 05:36 PM
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Very nice. I have a question though: Can non clan members sponsor a gladiator or say hire an exhibition match? These were both prevalent practices and might make for some interesting RP dynamics. I can definitely see the potential to sentence criminals to the ludus but what about having political rivals one up each other by having "their" gladiators fighting in the arena or commemorating a significant event by hosting the games?

I am very interested to see how this works out.
#13142006 Mar 20, 2017 at 05:46 PM
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Wow, that is such an impressive build! I can't wait to see it. While Adira would not be a gladiator, I would also ask Tika's question!
#13142037 Mar 20, 2017 at 06:08 PM · Edited 4 years ago
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To answer Tika's question, yes, non clan members can be involved, sponsor fighters, participate in fights, send their misfits to the Ludus for corrective conditioning.

If a specific clan wants to host games, we can work out the details. The Ludus is going to maintain a neutral stance and work with all clans who wish to participate.

I want this to be very community driven. Part of the interest of the Gladiators all of the intrigue and politics behind the scenes. The more involvement by the community the better.

Other clans or players can come and go from the Ludus as fits RP story lines.

We will also have community events at the Arenas that are not PVP. The server admins when available will spawn in monsters to fight int he arena for battles of glory. They can be team fights, competitions, etc, to add some gladiator flare.
#13142718 Mar 21, 2017 at 04:02 AM
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As a former Gladiator in other mmos, i fully support this clan!
Audaces fortuna juvat!

(Funcom give us alts.....please)
#13142781 Mar 21, 2017 at 04:46 AM
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Very nice indeed!
And a nice alternative to perma-death for less savory characters being caught red-handed.
"Making Kargotron.exe bug since 10.000BC"
#13142837 Mar 21, 2017 at 04:59 AM
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I like indeed!
#13143360 Mar 21, 2017 at 09:26 AM
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Very very nice!!

Amazons will send captured criminals and prisoners your way in the future!
#13143583 Mar 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM · Edited 4 years ago
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Thanks for the feedback. I have not officially created the Clan in game, just built the Ludus. So far it is just me. I am holding off creating the clan to see what levels of interest there is.

I am totally fine running this as a solo RP hub as well, but thought I would wait to see how the community wants to utilize this idea. I may keep it clan neutral so that at some point, I might be able to join another clan without losing the Ludus. If that were to happen, I would make the Ludus open to the public (remove the doors) and it could be a central RP spot the entire community could utilize, but I am happy with the concept and feedback so far.

#13143674 Mar 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM
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Keep in mind that the upcoming decay system will be hard on none-owned buildings
#13143681 Mar 21, 2017 at 11:54 AM
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Also when you do make a clan make sure to present this awesome introduction at 👍
#13143750 Mar 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM
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Good points.

#13144185 Mar 21, 2017 at 04:26 PM
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I believe that having the Ludus will maybe entice more nefarious characters to role play the consequences of their misadventures if the option to join a clan (even if only temporarily) and become a gladiator is presented to the player. Few players that are not ready to re-roll their characters are prepared to accept being imprisoned or executed. The ludus is great as it can allow the player to continue interesting and meaningful play.

I can certainly understand not wanting to make it a formal clan unless there is interest, but if there is heavy interest, structuring as a clan could make the Ludus work more organically as people enter and leave the Ludus the way most gladiators did with only what they wore on their backs or managed to pocket away.
#13144685 Mar 21, 2017 at 09:15 PM
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Tika, all great points.With coordination from other clans, there can be people coming and going from the Ludus clan and add some depth to players caught, punished, but not executed and allow them to earn their freedom back.
#13158569 Mar 28, 2017 at 06:45 PM
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I'm off for spring break with the family, and my plan is to start advertising the Ludus more now that I have a majority of what I want built... built.

I hope to get some activity going around it once I get back. I will probably host an event, try to get some other clans engaged, etc... once I return.

Don't rob me while I'm gone! (I'll be back late next week)

#13159690 Mar 29, 2017 at 10:36 AM
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Updated OOC information per City of Uresh...

I hope Tika doesn't mind me copying the theme. I think this is great OOC information for a clan to post so that expectations are clear, and that we work to clean up the server of unwanted structures, clear understandings of clan expectations and interactions, etc...

#13181056 Apr 08, 2017 at 05:42 PM
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MacDen and Kanz are now "members" of the Ludus.

Look forward to RP'ing with you both!

#13181114 Apr 08, 2017 at 06:39 PM
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Jessica Vega was sent your way too ;)
#13181231 Apr 08, 2017 at 08:51 PM
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Alright, I will have to reach out to Jessica...

Also welcome to Barrik, a willing joiner of the Ludus!