The Back Story – A few hundred years beyond the modern day, inflation and standard of living have caused the poor to basically become animals. Because of the way they live, it was declared that enslaving someone unable to meet the required standard of sustainable life was actually a blessing rather than a denial of freedom. Slaves basically became pets, either acting as companions, servants, bodyguards or entertainment. One of the main forms of slave entertainment is fighting to the death in gladiatorial style battles. Tnemrot is one of the arenas used for these fights.
The fights are the only form of entertainment left, due to humanity becoming illiterate as visual technology progressed, and this medium being abandoned after CGI advances eliminated the need for actors, yet soon breaking nearly every major production company and television network, due to expensive flops. Live productions regained popularity, but since it had been decades since acting was considered a position people could enter, and directors too used to CGI models that would do exactly as they wanted, theatre looked ready to die as well, until a fight broke out during one play. The audience loved it and soon plays were nothing but scripted fights, with the fighting bands developed to allow actors to perform beyond human abilities. Soon, these fights got boring, and so using their slaves, people began gambling on fights in stadiums. This eventually evolved into the sort of fights you see in the comic.
The Fighters – Most fighters who enter the battles are already physically fit, but these traits are enhanced by special accessories that they are made to wear in order to make the battles more interesting. The wrist and leg bands are designed to enhance strength to superhuman levels, while also giving muscles and bones the tolerance to withstands such feats. The collars, on the other hand, are designed to give full control to the fighter’s owner. Using special controllers, the owners control every movement of their fighter when the controller is activated.
Dae – After spending years evading the human dealers who wanted good wild stock to sell, he was eventually tricked and drugged, allowing the dealers to sell him. Even though he is only eighteen-years-old, he knows many forms of armed and unarmed combat, along with guerrilla war tactics he uses against large groups. He got this from being a part of a rebellion against the dealers, which was destroyed two years ago. Dae was the only one who was not captured or died in that attack and still holds some guilt over it. Currently has a secret agenda going on.
Mia – The eight-year-old daughter of a rich businessman who barely has time for her, she was given Dae as a pet so she had someone as a companion. She’s quite naive, not realising how serious the Tnemrot fights are, just thinking they are fun and games. She also knows so little that she accidentally forgot to give Dae his collar before his first match. She has several attachment issues, latching onto both Dae and Angel very quickly, due to a lifetime of neglect.
Angel – Dae’s first opponent. At seventeen, she has been undefeated since she set foot in Tnemrot. She currently lives with Dae, Mia and Haze, but is still struggling with the trauma of her time with Morris.
Morris – Angel’s former controller. He enjoys the Tnemrot fights, especially when he wins, and when they’re not on, he likes torturing his fighters. After losing Angel, he has been a primary antagonist for Dae.
Raid – One of Morris’ battlers. He initially fought Dae and Angel for fun, but has since found the benefits of working with them. Wants to leave Morris with June and is working with Dae and Tempest to make that happen.
June – One of Morris’ battlers. A skilled fighter in her own right, June prefers to spend her downtime eating fresh fruits and wearing expensive clothes. Wants to leave Morris with Raid and is working with Dae and Tempest to make that happen.
Haze – A friend of Dae’s from before. Haze was part of a resistance group with Dae, before they were attacked and Haze was captured. During that fight, he lost his lover, River, and has since been recklessly suicidal from grief.
Tempest - Morris’ newest fighter. A computer prodigy, she is part of Dae’s plan to get Raid and June away from Morris. She acts very naive and childish, fascinated by simple things, yet has a brilliant mind underneath. She was part of the resistance with Dae and Haze.
The Ref – Domain Tnemrot’s referee. He has very loose morals, ready to bend the rules in order to maximise profit and ticket sales at the slightest chance. Is currently trying to get revenge on Dae for beating up Morris and causing other competitors to want to back out of the matches.