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Grandmaster Training for Gladiator Adventurers
By Robert J. Schwalb

Grandmaster training is an alternate reward you gain in place of a magic item. Unlike magic items, you don’t find grandmaster training as treasure, but rather you fill a magic item slot you would have gained by gaining the training from a master. This article describes three gladiator masters you might seek out and the grandmaster training they can impart if you persuade them of your worth as a student. Each entry includes a description of the grandmaster, an overview of the training, and the specific grandmaster training available under his or her tutelage.

The tarek shifted from foot to foot, feinting and testing Loren. Its long arms and gnarled fingers hung almost to the ground, stirring up dust with each movement. Loren suspected its opponent was buying time, trying to catch its breath before renewing their contest. Whether he was or not, Loren could not afford to relax his guard lest the tarek add to the injuries already chewing away at Loren’s strength.

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    About the Authors

    Robert J. Schwalb is an award-winning game designer who has contributed design to or developed over one hundred roleplaying game titles for Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, Star Wars RPG, and the d20 system. Some of his more recent work for Wizards of the Coast can be found in Monster Manual 3, Player’s Handbook 3, and Martial Power 2 and in the pages of Dragon and Dungeon magazines. Robert lives in Tennessee.

    Special thanks goes to Walter M. Baas and Colin McComb whose ideas and inspiration from their excellent The Complete Gladiator’s Handbook made this article possible.