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The Veteran of the Arena background appeared in Dragon #386 as part of an article providing options for Goliath characters.

Goliath children are be frequent targets of slavers. The captured children are raised in brutal conditions and are often sold into servitude to gladiatorial schools, who then make their profit off of bets placed on the bloodsport. Even those goliaths who earn their freedom from such slaughterhouses find it difficult to adjust to a settled life, often becoming mercenaries or adventurers in the aftermath.

With this background, the history of brutal combat has shaped you, giving you athletic prowess and the ability to endure for long periods of time.

Associated Skills: Athletics, Endurance

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