Morturi: Duel Series
The Duel Series Battle has no Entry Fee, save for the "Stake" as described below.
A "Duel Series" is a one-on-one duel.
In a Campaign, the Imperator advises the lanistae when he is iniating a "Duel Series".
A Lanista can then call out that he is "hosting a duel" and lays down a gladiator. This is called the Challenge. He also puts forward a sum of Denarii, called the "Stake". This sum can be any amount the Lanista can afford.
Any other Lanista who can complete this duel can then put forward a gladiator to "accept" the duel. If more than one Lanista puts forward gladiator, then the Lanista hosting the duel decides which one he would like to fight. The accepting school must match the "Stake" of the hosting school. To make things fair, all schools that want to "accept" should play their proposed gladiator simultaneously, laying them face down and then revealing all at once.
That battle is then fought.
After the battle, any Lanista can host another duel.
Note that a Lanista is never obliged to make or accept a challenge. If a challenge is made but no Lanista accepts, then that school may make another challenge.
If the Imperator wishes, he may state a maximum number of challenges that may be made by each Lanista. Generally, three challenges per campaign month per Lanista is plenty.
2000 Denarii to the winning school. Also, any Stake put into the match by either team is taken by the winning school.
The Battle is won by the School with the last man standing in the arena.
Arena and Deployment
The arena is 3 x 9 squares. The opposed gladiators start at opposite ends of this corridor, in the middle square of three.
No special conditions by default.
However, Imperators may want to consider adding special features, such as ranged central terrain, or replacing the outer walls with hazard squares.
As this is a one-on-one battle schools can't surrender by the default rules (as a minimum of one gladiator needs to be taken out of action). However, there should be an option for a school to yield - essentially, this is surrendering but with the requirement of the opposing school's permission.
The duels themselves are over quickly, and the prizes are only small, but its generally worth Lanistae fighting as many battles as they can to get experience on their gladiators.
Smart Lanistae know that there is a great deal of tactical advantage in being the accepter rather than the challenger, as you can pick your gladiator to meet the presented threat. However, when there are multiple schools interested in picking up the fight, things get interesting. Sometimes its worth presenting a seemingly weaker option to get the host to pick your gladiator as the one he fights.
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