Round 4 was the first round in which a school could win by reaching or exceeding 15 Prestige. All three of them could do it, although Secundus would have to win two bouts in which a novice defeated a skilled gladiator.
The Editor made his wishes known. Tertius had to provide a medium gladiator - the only option was Bremusa. Primus was asked for their most experienced gladiator, so the little dimacherius Philus took to the arena. And finally Secundus was asked for a light and selected Hippolytus.
The pairings ended up as:
Hippolytus (Retiarius) vs Memnon (Myrmillo)
Philus (Dimacherius) vs Mordax (Scissor)
Bremusa (Thraex) vs Alumnus (Hoplomachus)
Round 5 - Bout 1 - Hippolytus (Retiarius) vs Memnon (Myrmillo)
Both gladiators were unskilled, so neither would earn more than 2 Prestige from this bout. It also meant that Secundus couldn't earn enough Prestige to win in this round, even if Alumnus earned 3 Prestige for defeating Bremusa.
Memnon went on the offensive first, whilst Hippolytus was content to give ground.
Mordax is a scissor. I gave him the stats of a myrmillo, but the dimacherius special abilities. With only a 3 Attack these weren't as ecffective as when used by a dimacherius, but with more armour Mordax had a better selection of tactics compared to the all-attack dimacherius.
Philus stood up whilst Mordax struggled, and finished off the scissor.
Alumnus went straight into the attack.
Although very much behind Alumnus, the cowd spared Bremusa, who earned 1 Prestige for Tertius. Alumnus earned 3 Prestige for his victory over the famous Bremusa.
Are you keeping track of the Prestige? All three schools ended this round with 14 Prestige!
So the next round will see a winner - it all boils down to who can win the most Prestige by the end. Primus and Tertius are both poised to pick up bonus prestige if they field their most experienced gladiators and they survive - either would be awarded the wooden sword of freedom and earn an extra 2 Prestige for their school.
On to Round Six ...
Primus had to pick first, but was allowed a free choice. They went for Philus, looking to get him a fifth bout and the prestige of a wooden sword. Secundus had to put forward their best gladiator, so fielded Vocorix. And finally Tertius also had to put forward their best gladiator, and that saw Bremusa step into the arena for her fifth bout.
The matchups ended up as:
Philus (Dimacherius) vs Baccibus (Veles)
Vocorix (Dimacherius) vs Memnon (Myrmillo)
Bremusa (Thraex) vs Achillia (Myrmillo)
Round 6 - Bout 1 - Philus (Dimacherius) vs Baccibus (Veles)
Tertius had been very successful in the early rounds of the campaign, so only had one inexpereienced gladiator. But an inexperienced gladiator was needed to try and take down one of the famous ones in order to get enough Prestige to be in with a chance of victory. Baccibus was the only choice.
But not a bad one. So long as the veles could keep his distance from Philus, he could evade the dimacherius's lethal attacks and eventually find an opening for a thrown javelin or two.
Tertius earned nothing. The best he could hope for now was a draw with Primus if Bremusa won her fight and Primus not only lost the next bout but had his gladiator killed as well.
Round 6 - Bout 2 - Memnon (Myrmillo) vs Vocorix (Dimacherius)
Memnon went straight into the attack.
Primus had 19 Prestige. Secundus had 16 Prestige. The next bout woud be important.
Round 6 - Bout 3 - Achillia (Myrmillo) vs Bremusa (Thraex)
If Achillia could win this bout she would earn 3 Prestige for Secundus and tie the end result. If Bremusa won Tertius would pick up 4 Prestige and come in a strong second, with Secundus in third place.
Bremusa went straight for the win. Achillia adopted an attack stance, so Bremusa closed in rapidly, threw sand to distract her foe and tripped her as she countered the rush.
So the final scores:
Artemisia (Thraex) - 2 Bouts, +1 Speed
Memnon (Myrmillo) - 3 Bouts, +1 Defence
Culex (Veles) - 1 Bout
Secundus - 19 Prestige
Hippolytus (Retiarius) - 2 Bouts, +1 Attack
Alumnus (Hoplomachus) - 1 Bout
Tie-Break - Memnon (Myrmillo) vs Vocorix (Dimacherius)
And it worked. Memnon blocked a series of attacks, and then countered, but only drove his opponent back.