GURPS 4e Gladiators Arena
Venatores were no gladiatorial armatura and had no specific weapons or armor that made them recognizable. They specialized in fighting wild beasts in the arena. Some of them may have run great risks facing lions, bears, and wolves with nothing more than daggers or swords. Most of them had less dangerous tasks, going into the arena armed with shields and spears.
Venatores were expected to win. The beast in the Roman arena was not an equal and respected opponent, but a representative of wild and dangerous nature and thus needed killing, either in fights against other beasts or at the hands of professionals. Their opponents were therefore given the possibility to escape if the situation got out of hand – a fourth-century ivory carving showsman-sized baskets bristling with spikes for the venatores to flee into – and the audience cheered at even senseless slaughter of defenseless animals by archers shooting fromsafe positions. The point was not a real contest but a spectacular show, a way of killing animals in the most impressive manner possible.
In This Campaign, there mayebe some events, when PC Gladiators will face furious beasts in arena, but no real proffesiona Venatores are trained in Ludus Batiatus for such a kind of show.