The mighty Empire is still at the height of its power, and the gladiatorial games are still the most spectacular attraction of the ancient world. Every day, blood-thirsty mobs shout out for more death and destruction, and they will not be appeased until they have a true champion. Enter Magnus Scorpus, the one fighter who might stand a chance of fulfilling their rampant desire. He had started as a barbarian slave, but after years of brutal training, he has become a ruthless killing machine. But Magnus has a desire as well, and that is to become the greatest champion of the era, so that one day he can claim back his freedom.