"Snare...Stab...Release...Repeat. Snare...stab...release...repeat! Snare-stab-release, repeat! Snore-slab-grease-Repeat! Shore-flab-...No...wait, wait a bit here..."S-score...grab?...geese?"? No, doesn´t sound right, does it? "Store...Snab?...fleece?"? Maybe? Wait...no, no, no...Wasn´t it " Bare-King´s crab and Peace?"?? Was that right? "Flare-"? "Spare-"? "Care-"? No, no...no... "Love affair-Hermit Crab-Disease"?..."
"....FAREN! Help! What was it I was supposed to remember again?!"
---Dumas, practicing during the journey to Tolaine---
"This is the unfortunate truth which have come to light in the duration of the Millenia War raging across the world against the drach. One which slowly creeps and claw at the heart and soul of the people, slowly dragging them into despair as the constant reminder and imaginary horrors of what might happen if the drach reach the respective countries of Grande de Arme´s alliance in their advances...A fear which can destroy the minds of man far worse than the actual emergency itself...
As the situation calls for it, one of the domains of Grande Arme´s alliance, the Empire of Roma, decided to solve this problem and save their people from themselves and their paranoia...
An escape from the everyday fear in the spirit of entertainment and excitement in form of the very thing they feared, in a far smaller scale.
The gladiator games of Roma...for the people, fueled by the people and the spectacular circus of the capital where danger only existed in the arena.
Where the people became nothing but spectators to the war, instead of unwilling participants within it.
The Gladiator games and Beast fights reached a high peak of popularity with the tens of millions people within the capital and the empire itself, drawing them like flies to the theater of the spectacle "Circus Colossus", the establishment for the people´s escape away from the grim reality darkening their distant horizons.
However, due to the fragile nature of man, the rush of the battle on the arena ended far too quickly and soon mere skirmishes between man was not enough to satisfy the audience who demanded more and more. But instead of sacrificing people to a disatisfying slaughter, the "Organization" of Grande Arme´s main division, provided the Empress of the time, (Juno Ceasar I) with a solution to their problems...
Under the guidance of the men in black togas, the surgeons, the gladiator subjects, a mixed source of convicts, slaves and even people who willingly underwent the hybridization in search for glory, gold and out of despair, went through the operation of becoming the feared half-yoma hybrids sent out on the front-line of the war. Due to the danger of discrimination if the hybrids walked around the people outside the games, the hybrids themselves had no other choice but to spend the rest of their lives within the Circus, forever fighting on the arena, away from the people who could only love them as spectators... A life of constant battle.
The fate of those who willingly abandoned their own humanity in order to become the "Argentum Gladiatores".
The popularity of the hybrid matches spiked and attained great fame, as without the fragile nature of man stopping the silver gladiators, the battles could reach heights and bloodshed far vaster than a mere battle between to people ever would. The diversity between each and every silver-gladiator, their unique abilities, their skills and power and tactics and match-up between each other and the monsters of the world, provided the people with a never-ending rush depraved completely from any possible boredom as bets on the winner took place between every single match.
The dangers of the hybridized men and women who fought and earned their wages on the arena in terms of releasing too much of their yoki, didn´t diminish the enjoyment of the people in the slightest, as the first time an awakened being awakened on the stage in the middle of a fight, the capital of Roma went deaf for a moment from the peoples´ roaring cheers as a team of female gladiators went in to fight and subdue the beast in a true life and death struggle.
From that incident, the disposal of male silver gladiators who hit their limits sooner than their female co-combatants, became nothing but part of the program, with even a popularity voting to spur the gladiators in performing better as the one on the bottom of the list, every month, would face forced awakening to satisfy the masses and cut losses of the Circus...
Another factor to drive their motivations, was the possibility for the combatants to use their earned money and by better and more equipment in accordance to their ranks and performance on the field earning them the right of customization regarding their armor and adding their touch of individuality to themselves, (and making them far more recognizable by the people cheering for their favorites.)...
The Silver Gladiator games of Roma granted the world the escape it needed as its soldiers fought against the drach on the front to keep the country free of their numbers.
And due to the strict training program which developed within Circus Colossus due to the people´s demands and the popularity of the games, the Silver Gladiators themselves became a full-worthy force of military might to be reckoned with. Sometimes even sent off to the front as elite combatants and if they survived, they were sent straight back to the Circus for their next match.
Female gladiators promoted into preatorian guard for the empresses if proven their worth on the arena in terms of survival and power for long enough time.
After all, the "Argentum Gladiatores" existed solely for combat from the day they are created, knowing nothing else but how to kill and put everything into their minds on doing so without holding back.
And in contrast to popular belief, there exists no regret within their numbers about the life they gave up in exchange for their powers...
...as the within the circus, the thousands of "Argentum Gladiatores" developed their very own community instead.
A society of acceptance of their own kin, a ground for bonds and rivalries to sprout and flourish as some become "Brothers and Sisters in Arms" or contrary, bitter enemies...
The drama between individuals only encouraged as it provides its very own unique flare on the arena where "holding back" is an "insult" to the fellow combatant sharing the grounds for the day with the fighters.
"One world lost and another gained in its place..."
The life of the Argentum Gladiatores
Name: Giovanni-Battista Dumas
Alias: "Dumas the Dense"
Number: 8 (First Male Generation)
Faction: Mainland (The Argentum Gladiatores)
Y.I.D: (Ouroborus Cataphractus)
Trivia: Giovanni-Battista Dumas was the last male of the "First Male Generation"(sans Blanc) to awaken out of all of his fellow brothers-in-arms, three-hundred and forty-three years after the Organization´s Re-establishment.
(As a result, he, out of all the male warriors in his collected generation, had it the easiest from pulling back from approaching his limits, as he felt absolutely "none" of the "pleasure" that doing so always entailed. No temptation, no reason of awakening by accident.)
Character art of Dumas as a warrior, an Oc from the "Silver Eyed Angel" (Link in other artworks.)
Got a bit of history from the verse there as well...just a little bit. (just saying.)