[MAPS] Reveal: THE KOLOSEOPOLI
Swing by Fayrii and take in all the action, courtesy of Mike del Mundo.
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Now let’s see what Mike del Mundo brought to life, taking us to Fayrii to reveal a stunning scene from The Koloseopoli.
As the Arena Grandioza is to the royals, the Koloseopoli is to the masses. This is home to the great gladiatorial battles of the Glora Militisto, revered fighters whose fame often surpasses even that of the royals.
With a standing capacity of over a million, it is a city and culture unto itself:
The lowest levels closest to the fighting are inhabited by the Lojola, pledged enthusiasts who never leave the arena, and erect makeshift dwellings around their claimed seats; these are often passed down for generations. Their lives are devoted to the support of their house’s fighters, and they follow the battles with monk-like devotion.
The arena’s seating is divided by corresponding houses. While the original design saw the seats equally appropriated, during particularly boisterous tournaments it is not uncommon for one house’s supporters to conduct bloody stampedes into another’s area, claiming those sections for themselves. In fact, some of the greatest battles in the Koloseopoli through the ages have occurred not in the arena’s center, but in its stands.
While the great ring at its center hosts the day’s main events, a network of platforms erected on the backs of flying Horvathi that host simultaneous undercard battles to entertain those in the farther reaches. Fighters on those stages seek the crowd’s favor, and with enough support can find themselves promoted to the center by royal decree. This is known as a King’s Favor.
Surrounding the arena itself are the three renowned training grounds of the Glora Militisto -- Isafunti (Brutality), Ankilovilla (Precision), and Apiqua (Quickness). It is from these camps that the assassin schools of Heir are also descended.
You can duke it out with this and other amazing illustrations in [MAPS], also featuring 12 killer stories, maps, concept art, and world-building.
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We’ll have another [MAPS] reveal headed your way later this week. Stay tuned!