Galvados: The Pillar of the Roman Empire

Galvados: Roman Warrior

Time Period and Place

During the Ancient Roman era in 1st Century B.C. during the reign of Julius Caeser, Galvados lived.  Galvados went from a slave in the gladiator arena to a decorated bronze knight of the Roman Republic.  Galvados rose to fame during the Gladiator War (Third Serville War) where he fought against the slaves and Spartacus.

Interview Questions

What is your Name? Gender? Race? Religion? Age?

Lentulus Batiatus my lanista named me Galvados after I saved his life.  I am a Thracian born in the land of Thrace on 90 (B.C.).  I lost faith in the gods after I killed one of them.

You seem like a man of few words, am I right?

*Grunts*.

Were you a slave? Which God did you kill?

My tribe was ambushed by Glaber and I was sold to Batiatus after I killed 40 Romans in the arena.  I ended the life of Spartacus.

Spartacus was not a god to many people, was he not a fellow Thracian and a brother in the Arena?  Why did you not fight alongside your gladiator brethren during the war?

Spartacus was a god to the slaves.  He tried to train skimpy slaves to wield sticks while fighting against Romans covered in iron.  I had won my freedom in the arena and Crassus offered to train me as a centurion to later become a Legatus.  I fought in the front lines while leading my men to push Spartacus toward the mountains in Petelia.

Last events of the war in 71 BC
What year is it now? What are your plans now that the war is over?

It is 50 (B.C.) and I have been asked to watch guard over Gaius Julius Caesar.

What about your parents and how you were growing up, did you struggle and if so in what way?

*Grunts then laughs*.  You really know nothing of Thracians do you.

Well then, how would someone stereotype you at a glance?

My bronze armour.

Where did you get the armour? It seems custom made.

I told Crassus that I wanted to fight alongside my men.  He did not want me falling in battle and ordered several Blacksmiths to create this suit of armour.  The large two handed sword was forged a by a master blacksmith and he named it Nerio after the goddess of war.

What about the Helmet? I have been told that you never take it off.  You are even wearing it now.

I lost my identity the day I became a slave.  The man you see in front of you now is a Roman warrior.  My face was that of a slave.

You seem lonely, do you have a significant other? Best friends?

Glaber took my wife as his house slave when he invaded my tribe.  He killed her when I was still in the arena after I threw a spear at him as he sat in the imperial box watching my fight.  I killed him during an ambush by Spartacus and his men on Mount Vesuvius.  Spartacus let me leave unharmed.  You could say that Spartacus was my only friend.

I am interested in you relationship with Spartacus.  He was your friend and a brother in battle.  You say you ended his life, but his body was never found?

Spartacus and his men are dead.  We are members of the same barbaric tribe that is near its extinction.  The relationship we have is the same as you and other people of your race.  Is this an interview about me or Spartacus?

You, I am sorry.  What is your economic situation?

Money is not something I value.  I worked under the richest man in Rome (Crassus).  As long as my armour does not rust and my sword is sharp I will be a happy man.

What was your relationship with Crassus?  How has his death affected you these past 3 years?

Crassus saw my skill as a man-slayer after I almost killed my doctore (gladiator teacher).  He saw to it that I had my freedom and I was looked after.  After his death I guarded his sons until the Republic asked me to help Julius Caesar.

Crassus ruled with an Iron fist, he revived decimation and punished his troops.  He ordered the crucifixion of over 6,000 slaves to teach Rome from ever rebelling again.  Other people saw him as a tyrant, what do you say now?

I am not other people.

What about the decimation, having troops kill their own comrades?

We won the war, even when we were outnumbered by the slaves.

Where does your allegiance lie? Can you be trusted by your friends? What are your vices?

Right now I fight for the Roman Republic.  The men under my command can trust me.  Friends and women just make men weak.

You seem like you live for battle, do you enjoy killing other men?  What gives you contentment?

I enjoy the thrill of fighting.  Slashing a man’s chest to see his intestines bleed out is gratifying.  I miss the roar of the fans in the arena when you decapitate your enemy.

I guess that means that you do not fear death?

I fear I will not die a noble death.  If a man is able to best me in combat, he is worthy to take my life.

What is one secret about you that no one knows about you?

*Grunts*.  This interview is over.

Biography

  • Given Name: Galvados.  Meaning: Protector.  Comes from the word galvanization
  • Birth Name: Aspios.  Meaning noble, power, grace, beauty, strength and freedom.
  • Born: Thracian/Thrace
  • Current Location: Rome
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 240lbs with armour 300lbs with sword 325lbs
  • Religion: None
  • Hair Colour: Brown
  • Skin Colour: Light Brown
  • Eye Colour: Unknown
  • Language: Latin, Greek and Thracian Language

Strengths

  • Super human strength
  • Sword mastery
  • Champion of gladiator combat
  • Expert hand to hand combat skills
  • Insane endurance
  • Dominant personality during leadership
  • Powerful military leader
  • Intimidating presence

Weaknesses

  • Intimidating presence
  • Unknown identity
  • Not good with women and children
  • Barbaric personality
  • Armour makes him slower
  • Trouble with relationships and human contact
  • Blood thirsty
  • Years of war and battle will take a toll on his body and his mind
  • Fairly emotionless outside of battle

Personal History/Story Arc

Galvados was born in a barbaric tribe known as the Thracians.  A man’s strength in battle proved his worth as a human.  Weaker men were considered women and left to do feminine tasks.  Galvados became a great warrior by helping his fellow men protect the tribe against other barbarians.  He falls madly in love with a beautiful Thracian woman named Naevia.  She becomes his world shortly after their marriage.  Galvados was once an amiable man who cared about his tribe and its defence.  Only few knew him as ‘Aspios’, his birth name.

Map of Ancient Rome

During a large scale battle with another barbaric tribes, the Romans ambush the town absent of its warriors and drag the slaves over the Mediterranean Sea to Rome.  When Galvados accompanied by Spartacus and other Tracians arrive to their town they are ambushed by Gaius Claudius Glaber and his small army.  Tied up and placed on a boat headed straight for the Arena, Galvados and Spartacus’ lives were about to change.  Galvados and Spartacus were both concerned about their wives and grew a brotherly bond at this point.  They tried to fight their Roman captors and escape several times, but were only met with punishment by a whip.

When they arrived in Rome they were sent to the Arena to test their skills in combat.  Spartacus and Galvados fought side by side and took out a mix of 40 Roman warriors.  Glaber demanded they be executed but Batiatus wanted to purchase these slaves.  It is well known to many Romans that Thracians are barbaric individuals that hold honour in battle and answer to no one.  Training a Thracian is a near impossible task, yet Batiatus just purchased two of them.

While in Batiatus’ ludus (gladiator school), Galvados and Spartacus were trained by the doctore Oenomaus.  At the time the current undefeated champion was Crixus, he was one of Batiatus’ top gladiators.  Spartacus was a difficult man, and constantly fought with his captors and the other men.  Galvados on the other hand was eager to learn and fight.  He had heard of Gannicus, one of Batiatus old gladiators who was granted his freedom.  Galvados was told if he became the champion, he would be given his freedom so he could look for his wife.

Spartacus was in a similar predicament however, Batiatus told him that he would look for Spartacus’ wife in return for his obedience.  Batiatus on the other hand had found Spartacus’ wife and ordered her dead.  In one of Galvados’ previous battles, he saw Glaber watching and threw a spear towards him, missing by an inch.  Enraged Glaber killed  Galvados’ wife and sent the head to Batiatus.

One of the slaves in the house attempted to kill Batiatus, Galvados reacted quickly and saved Batiatus’ life.  Batiatus rewarded Galvados by naming him Galvados instead of referring to him as the Thracian.

When the time came, Galvados had bested Crixus in combat and his next match was one with his good friend and teacher Oenomaus.  Before the battle Spartacus had found out that Batiatus had killed his wife and wanted revenge.  Spartacus was planning a rebellion and wanted Galvados to help them.  Galvados refused and went on to fight his last battle.  During that battle Galvados bested Oenomaus and Batiatus pleaded to the Arena Master to spare Oenomaus’ life.

Marcus Licinius Crassus (General and Politician) was in the VIP crowd and saw Galvados match.  He granted his freedom and gave him a job.  Back at the ludus, Spartacus had found the head of Galvados’ wife and that Batiatus was hiding it from him.

At this point Spartacus had started his rebellion and later killed Batiatus.  Galvados was in Rome being trained as a Centurion and was being taught how to lead an army from Crassus.

A year passed and Spartacus was looting and pillaging while creating an army of slaves.  Galvados was sent by Crassus to eliminate Spartacus.  He was sent to work with a small unit to Vesuvius where Spartacus was hiding.  He was told to fight alongside Glaber’s men.  Spartacus had anticipated them and ambushed them.  Only Glaber and Galvados were spared.  Spartacus told Galvados about how Glaber killed his wife.  Galvados ripped Glaber apart and spread his body parts around Vesuvius.

Without anything to live for Galvados told Spartacus to end his life.  Spartacus convinced him to join their cause.  Galvados told Spartacus that he would not be able to win this war, and the only thing he could do was escape and save as many lives.  They then planned to retreat in a mountain pass where they would escape through a series of tunnels where a boat awaits to take them away from Rome.  Galvados volunteered to go back to the Roman army to help their plan.  Galvados returned to the Roman army with the news of Glaber’s death and the position of Spartacus’ troops.  He lead the attack killing many slaves and innocent men.

Galvados was slowly going mad.  First his enslavement, then the death of his wife and now the endless murder of many people.  The war was coming to an end and Galvados was becoming more and more robotic.  Crassus let him lead the battle ordering him to bring Spartacus’ head to him as a test of his loyalty.

During the battle, Galvados had cornered Spartacus and what was left of his men in the mountains.  Spartacus and his men began to escape as planned.  Galvados asked Spartacus to end his life in one final battle.  Spartacus refused.  Galvados mentioned that Crassus would probably kill him for not bringing the head of Spartacus.  Spartacus then began to carve out his flesh ripping out his slave mark along with his Thracian tattoo.  He dropped his bloodied skin on the lap of Galvados and left.

Galvados became a hero and the slayer of a God.  He received several accolades and gained to the rank of Legatus.

Defining Moments

  1. When Galvados became a slave he had forsaken his old identity.  He put on a helmet and became a ruthless gladiator.  He went from becoming a patriotic Thracian to a bloodthirsty monster who needed to kill for his freedom.  The only thing driving his rage was the idea that he would find and save his wife.
  2. Once Galvados entered Vesuvius with Glaber and he was ambushed by Spartacus was his last major defining moment.   He had always hated Glaber and once he found out he had killed his wife, Galvados went into an unstoppable rage.  At this point life was meaningless to him, yet Spartacus did not want him to die.  Galvados became a shell of his former self after this point.  He simply followed orders, like a robot.

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