Aelora: Blood and Glory
Most assume the Dockside started as something of a practical joke. It didn’t, actually. It grew from a hobby the dockworkers enjoyed. They’d set out floating buoys and boards and platforms, and try to wrestle one another off into the water. It’s good exercise, it’s great fun. Somewhere along the line, one of the more enterprising longshoremen figured he could make money from organizing it. Now they’ve quite the organized little group going. The Dockside’s a series of platforms, ranging from 10’ by 10’ to 25’ by 25’. With a wide variety of interconnections: logs, planks, nets, anything you’d expect. They tend to have something going on every night, most nights it’s just friendly wrestling matches. Some nights, though, they have an official arena bout. To make things more dangerous, they layer the water with thin, easily tangled nets. Since these fights are generally to the death, if you fall off a platform you’re likely to get caught up in the nets. Many have lost fights because of this, as it really is easy to shoot fish in a barrel.
One last important thing about Dockside. A lot of stables will rent nights here, especially when a major tournament season is coming up. It’s the closest in format to the Cistern which makes it valuable if the team actually has any hope of progressing to that bracket. Of course, the dockworkers make good money from these rentals.