Tigris used to be a well-known gladiator during the reign of the emperor Commodus. He could not fully abandon his past glory, so he built an arena, gathered gladiator promoters whom his old friends introduced, and started to stage contests of gladiators along with the gambling. Countless contests were held, the blood of gladiator and tears of gambler soaked the ground. Although Tigris left the arena, he felt his fighting spirit still burning in the corner of his heart as he watched fierce battles.
One day, a roman slave trader as well as a sly promoter named Quintus came by and boasted how he tricked an officer and made him a victim of a fradulent gambling extorting his wealth and his family. Tigris listened without a word to Quintus' mockery and his confessioin to an evil deed. Then, Tigris suggested that he would buy the centurion, a victim of an evil deed and now a slave, as a gladiator.
Garden of Bacchus
More notorious for the nickname Parmenio, given by the emperor Caracalla naming after the Macedonian general, instead of his family name Gracchus, the corrupted noble Decius hired mercenaries and plundered many ships on the Mediterranean waters in his late teens. Later on, he indulged in folktales and charms he had plundered.Among the many gods he had indulged in, he worshipped Bacchus the most, the god of liquor and madness. Within his house, he built a garden that functioned as a shrine where he made blood sacrifices of countless animal, slave, and foreigner from plunders.
This garden was used as a secret arena for private contests. Unlike normal fights, there were no protection rules for the gladiators, and thus, fights were more fierce sometimes leading to death. Spectators, mostly nobles, wore masks to hide their identity and sometimes even the emperor Caracalla joined for the gambling.
Ruins of Old Carthago
The emperor Caracalla always sought new sorcery and power; one day he heard a rumor from a foreigner that the remains of Hannibal were secretly moved to his birthplace somewhere in the ruins of old Carthago. In order to extract the power and knowledge of Hannibal through black magic, the emperor ordered to Marcullus general to search for the remains. To hide the true purpose of the expedition, Marcellus lied to the natives that he came to Carthago to reconstruct some of the nearby ruins. He also sponsored contests among gladiators. For this, he invited his acquaintance, the promoter Quintus, from Rome.
Quintus devised a cruel arena where gladiators must stake their lives by fighting on the pillars of the ruins. While natives and foreigners were excited with the contest, Marcellus ordered his men to start the excavation of Hannibal's remains in careful manners.
The emperor Trajan(Reign 98~117) constructed an amphitheatre 'Empire Colosseum' near the colosseum of Rome in commemoration of his feat, the conquest of Dacia. The arena was smaller in size compared to the one that was constructed during the emperor Vespasian and Titus. However, it was comparable in its splendor and magnificence and many important contests of gladiators were held here. After the first fight, Empire Colosseum enjoyed its glory for 100 years, but after the death of the emperor Caracalla, for unknown reason, the colosseum met its final days.
On the day the emperor was murdered by royal guards, Empire Colosseum was suddenly engulfed in a thick fog and rainstorm. Strange, horrible battle sounds between someone and a huge, frightening being resounded from the colosseum throughout Rome. Terrified, roman citizens locked up behind their doors and were hesitant to come out. The blasphemous battle noise continued for a quarter of a day and finally stopped at night. Unearthly, disturbing, blood-freezing scream lasted a while and then the arena came down in a instant with a clap of thunder. Nothing remained except for crushed rocks and the Roman Senate disapproved of recording this event.