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The world is constantly watched by four brothers... Each an emperor of their domain. Each emperor has a liking for certain entertainment. The first emperor absolutely loves arena battles... to watch contestants battling to the max of their abilities just to survive is a magnificent thing. Brutal and cruel... yet magnificent. He is constantly looking for new contestants to add to his battling stock pile.

As each emperor is immortal, and yields power so vast it cannot be comprehended... The first emperor realises the perfect way to have an unbeatable competition. He would resurrect the first thirteen combatants that come to his head. Each of these combatants are famous and extraordinary in fighting strength, agility and stamina.

The first he thinks of is Achilles... A warrior that is similar to a Greek hoplite. His favourite tools in fighting being a type of gladius (similar to a sword), a short spear, and a shield. Achilles was a handsome, quick and extremely skilled fighter. During his age, his skill was unmatched. His greatest feat defeating the legendary Hector of Troy. His death was caused by arrow piercing his heel; the Achilles tendon which had gotten infected. Through the ages Achilles would become a myth sounding stronger and better by each century.

The Second, the emperor thinks of is Guan Yu... A Chinese warrior born on the year 160 and dying on the year 219. Guan Yu was declared the god of war as he was virtually unbeatable in skill and power. He was described as having a beautiful long beard earning him many renowned nicknames. Guan Yu's weapon was the Guandao named the Green Dragon Crescent blade. Guan Yu fought for the kingdom of Shu and his friend (who he called a brother) Liu Bei. Guan Yu was eventually captured and executed by Sun Quan of the Wu kingdom.

The third warrior to be thought of was Miyamoto Musashi... A Japanese Swordsmen who was never beaten by anyone. He was famous for his unique style and many wins in duels. His father Munisai was proclaimed the best in Japan from whom Musashi learnt many of his great skills. Musashi was born in 1583 and died in 1645 of lung cancer. Rumours are that Musashi actually lived longer than stated but there was little proof. Musashi was the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu style of swordsmanship.

The fourth fighter was named Genghis Khan (Real name: Temuchin)... A fearless, terrifying Mongolian warlord. While he was best known for his ruthlessness and strategic skill, little did many people know that he was a brilliant fighter. His weapon being a single sword which almost resembled a scimitar. Although he most commonly fought from horseback, Genghis khan could easy defeat enemy's on foot. Genghis Khan took over a large portion of China and even proceeding some distance west of Mongolia. His skills were impressive as a strategist, warrior and archer. Genghis Khan was born in 1158 (despite rumours of different times) and died in 1227 when he became ill and fell from his horse.

The fifth incredible warrior to be thought of was Leonidas... A Spartan king with years of training and aged experience. Leonidas being a Spartan found humour pointless, luxury a weakness and wasting time a sin. He was born on the year 521BC and died on the year 480BC. Leonidas was responsible for taking only three hundred of his personal guard and with the help of Greek fighters, managed to hold off a certain pass which led to Sparta and the rest of Greece. It at was at this place (Thermopylae) where he was eventually slain after being betrayed. Leonidas, like normal Spartan warriors, used a pike measuring approximately eight feet. He also wielded a shield bearing the Spartan emblem. Finally due to his ranking, he held an officer's sword named a Spatha.

The sixth fighting legend that came to the emperor's mind was Spartacus... A Roman/Thracian slave that fought as a gladiator. He was born on the year 111BC and died on the year 58BC. He was responsible for saving and freeing countless slaves from Roman grip and whips. He formed a congregation of slave warriors to attempt to overthrow their captors: the Roman Republic. His attempts were unsuccessful and he was crucified as a result. Originally he was a Thracian soldier serving the Roman Empire but after his desertion he was caught and sold as a slave-gladiator. As a gladiator, he preferred no weapon over another... he was trained in many styles at a Lentulus Batiatus gladiatorial school. He was a righteous and freedom-loving man that inspired many around him.

The seventh warrior brought up in the emperor's mind was Hone Heke... A Maori chief and war leader in New Zealand. He trained with various weapons including muskets. His main weapon however was a Taiaha, which was six feet in length. It was a wooden weapon with imbued iron ore. One end of the weapon flattened out to a blade whilst the other encloses to a point allowing lethal moves either end. Hone Heke was born in 1810 and died of tuberculosis in 1850. His strength was incredible but his swiftness and skill would prove to be his greatest asset. Hone Heke was the primary leader in the flagstaff war where he cut down the British flag above Kororareka four times.

The eighth fighter to be chosen was Catalina De Erauso... A female who dressed as a man. She was originally destined to be a nun until she fled from the place she would take her vows. Called the Lieutenant Nun, Catalina was fierce man-like figure who wielded swords, knives and pistols. Born on 1586 and died of natural causes on 1653. She participated in many battles and killed many foes in times of both peace and war. She was once pronounced an outlaw until given a full pardon from the church.

The ninth warrior which intrigued the emperor was Erik the Red... A Norse Chieftain would have killed many in Norway before being exiled. He was born in 950 and died of natural causes in 1001. He was famous for his thick red hair and his brutal killings of several people before coming Chieftain. His temperament was what led him into many quarrels (which he would always come out on top of) and fights. In Iceland he was convicted of manslaughter and therefore pronounced an outlaw. Erik used various weapons in his life, the most common being an axe and round shield. Other weapons included swords, daggers, pikes and so forth.

The tenth warrior in mind was Anne Bonny... A female pirate who sailed the Caribbean Sea. She was the most famous female pirate for her fighting ability and plundering of other sea faring vessels. She was Irish and born in 1695 and died of sickness in 1748. Her favourite weapon was a pistol and a scimitar which she used vigorously. In 1720 her ship was eventually captured. Only she and her friend Mary fought to defend her ship whilst the rest of her crew fled to the lower decks. For her bravery and courage, she was pardoned and freed whilst her crew were all trialled then hanged. Soon after she began another spree of low-key piracy before settling down on land.

The eleventh combatant to be chosen was Sir William Wallace... A Scottish knight and patriot. He fought two main battles in which one he was a glorious victor and the other where he was shamefully defeated. The first battle which included Wallace's army of Scottish and the English army was widely known as the battle of Stirling Bridge. Wallace was vastly outnumbered but due to luck, skill and tactics he managed a glorious, clear victory. He was born in 1276 and was executed by Edward Longshank's executioners in 1305. During his battles he used a variety of weapons like flails, maces, swords but his favourite weapon was a two handed sword which could cut a man in half due to its size and weight.

The twelfth fighting legend to be thought of was Richard the Lionhearted... An English King and brilliant fighter. He fought in many battles and was the main name in the crusade to the holy land where his main enemy was Saladin. Richard led a very busy and travelled life where he moved from England to Jerusalem to Germany to various other places. He was born in 1157 as the third son of King Henry. Both older brothers would pass away to allow him right to rule. His tools of battle were similar to those of any English knight. He wielded a long sword, heavy armour, a heater (type of shield), and two daggers. He was a brilliant fighter and his bravery was unmatched... This made Saladin, his enemy so impressed that they would become relatively close friends. During Richard's last years, he would get an incurable infection from an arrow wound that would slowly take his life.

The last and thirteenth warrior that the emperor decided upon was Saladin... The Egyptian/Arabian warrior and first Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt. He was a generous, calm and extremely merciful man that even his opponents loved. He was born in 1138 and died of natural causes in 1193. He was to be probably the most successful (apart from Genghis Khan) of the thirteen combatants in wins. He took over the holy city of Jerusalem, he held conquests of Egypt and annexation of Syria. In victory he never allowed looting nor did he kill any men he captured...(except one). He was looked upon as a god and a saint. Although his kindness was staggering, his battle skill was something of absolute wonder. He wielded only a blackened scimitar which he used to his quickly kill foes.

These were the thirteen warriors that the emperor knew would be brilliant fighters. He therefore decided to use his powers to bring these mighty souls back to their prime, skilled condition. Each with their exact personality as they died with. He would tell them their situation and grant them the titles: God of Warriors... God of Weapons... God of Fighting if they managed to beat one another and become the last man or woman standing. One by one he brought them back to the world of the living...