The Chronicles of Dly Drexxel
Before Dly Drexxel became a legend, he was an eleven year-old boy and son of a fisherman. When his fathers dies, he is thrust into the dark corridors of the arena to fend for his life in the Competition of the Rumps-a gladiator tournament between the other townships. With little training, the other participants were sure to crush him on the first day. But as each event concludes, Dly is still breathing.
Soon the crowd anticipates his presence and lifts up a roar and cheer upon his entrance into the circular dome. The arena floor is fraught with unforeseen perils as plans are interwoven between the shadows. When Dly wins the tournament he believes that is the end of his dangerous existence. If only that were true. The real danger begins the very next day when he's gagged, bound, and shipped off to the Academy.
For the next ten years the Academy would be his new home, and the only associates of the Academy: past gladiator winners. Behind the tall walls, within the shadowed dormitories and training grounds, the legend takes root. Dly's skill in martial and archaic arts grows until he becomes the most deadly assassin in the land of Forlar.
Until one day Vlandrax Xen walks through the twin oak doors and changes everything.