Cestus

A cestus is a heavy gauntlet, worn by a hand clenched into a fist. It weighs about six pounds and had bronze (or iron) spikes jutting out, either in an orderly pattern or at random. It is strapped on and difficult to remove in a hurry, used to bludgeon and puncture an opponent. Some have longer spikes or even knifelike blades jutting forward like extended fingers. Cestii are most effective when worn on both hands, as many maneuvers require two. However, it has been known for a single cestus to be used alone or as a secondary weapon.

Basic familiarity with a cestus is knowing how to avoid stabbing yourself in the chest or hip with the spikes, as well as the simplest punching motions with the extra weight on your hand. It also means unlearning some basic habits like scratching your nose during a match.

Taught by Ariston
Skills/Actions Difficulty Hands Range Wound To Rank SP Cost (1st slot) SP cost (2nd Slot)
Cestus Easy - - - 85 10 / 5 13 / 6
Cestus Weaving Stance Average 2 - - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Feint Average Either Short - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Cross Block Average Either - - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Low Cross Difficult 2 - - 85 17 / 9 20 / 10
Cestus Ducking Cross Block Difficult 2 - - 85 17 / 9 20 / 10
Cestus Simple Block Average Either - - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Weaving Block Average 2 - - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Jab Easy Either Short Pierce 85 10 / 5 13 / 6
Cestus Spike Slash Easy Either Short Cut 85 10 / 5 13 / 6
Cestus Spinning Backhand Average Either Short Cut 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Vital Gouge Difficult Either Short Pierce 85 17 / 9 20 / 10
Cestus Double Jab Average 2 Short Pierce 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Stab Average Either Short Pierce 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Triple Slash Difficult 2 Short Cut 85 17 / 9 20 / 10
Cestus Tumble Lunge Average 2 Long Pierce 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Weapon Trap Difficult Either Short - 85 17 / 9 18 / 8
Cestus Upward Thrust Average Either Short Pierce 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Short Upcut Easy 2 Short Pierce 85 10 / 5 13 / 6
Cestus Rear Upcut Average 2 Short Pierce 85 15 / 7 18 / 8
Cestus Upcut Spin Difficult 2 Short Pierce 85 17 / 9 18 / 8
Cestus Accuracy Difficult - - - 75 17 / 9 20 / 10
Cestus Form Impossible - - - 75 19 / 11 22 / 12
Cestus Blade Block Average Either - - 85 15 / 7 18 / 8

Directions to Ariston: walk to bronze, Ex2, NEx2, N, Ex4, N, W

Skill Requirements:

  • Cestus Spinning Backhand: Rank 20 Cestus Spike Slash
  • Cestus Vital Gouge: Rank 10 Cestus Jab
  • Cestus Double Jab: Rank 20 Cestus Jab
  • Cestus Triple Slash: Rank 30 Cestus Spike Slash
  • Cestus Short Upcut: Requires being in Cestus Weaving Stance
  • Cestus Rear Upcut: Requires being in Cestus Weaving Stance
  • Cestus Upcut Spin: Requires being in Cestus Weaving Stance, Rank 20 Cestus Short Upcut and Rank 20 Cestus Rear Upcut

Available Weapons:
-Marius' Shop:

  • A left-hand studded leather cestus
  • A right-hand studded leather cestus
  • A left-hand bronze cestus
  • A right-hand bronze cestus
  • A left-hand iron cestus
  • A right-hand iron cestus

Cestus Weaving Stance

Usage: weave

The wielder swings his cestus-hand in a figure-eight before him, keeping the elbow "ahead" of the weight at all times to ensure maximum maneuverability. From this stance, any attack is slightly more likely to succeed. Failure means it was done too slowly or clumsily to be effective and amounts to little more than a wasted motion.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak attempts to weave is cestii in a figure eight before him, but it comes out as clumsy and slow.

In a series of deft motions, a man in a hooded cloak swiftly weaves his cestii in a figure eight before him until they begin to blur together.

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Cestus Feint

Usage: feint <target>

Similar to the fake jabs and sucker punches thrown by any good brawler, the gladiator leans forward and uses his cestus to distract his opponent. The difficulty for a feint to be used is dependant on the opponents overall fighting ability, a less skilled opponent will fall for a feint easier then a more skilled warrior.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, feigning a thrust at a thug with his iron cestus.

A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, feigning a thrust at a thug with his iron cestus!

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Cestus Cross Block

Usage: passive

In a motion similar to Spike Slash, the gladiator casts the blades of his cestii to the side in an attempt to catch or deflect incoming blows.

When you see this in use you see:

With a quick sideways motion, a man in a hooded cloak catches a thug's tin dagger with the blades of his cestus!

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Cestus Low Cross

Usage: passive

The gladiator squats down quickly and crosses his arms, the interlocked cestii hopefully absorbing any low-aimed attack or strike.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak squats and crosses his arms before him, blocking a thug's attack with his cestii!

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Cestus Ducking Cross

Usage: passive

During the course of the gladiator's matches, he often finds himself on his knees or in another similar prone position. Ducking Cross is similar to Low Cross but done above the head to absorb strikes coming down from a standing opponent.

When you see this in use you see:

As he kneels, a man in a hooded cloak crosses his arms above his head, blocking the attack with his cestii!

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Cestus Simple Block

Usage: passive

The wielder blocks a cutting or stabbing strike with the cestus, which can absorb a lot more punishment than an unarmored arm can. An untrained wielder has no chance of blocking a weapon with that much extra weight on his arm.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak raises his arm before a thug's dagger, absorbing the brunt of the attack with his cestii!

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Cestus Weaving Block

Usage: passive

The gladiator applies a weaving stance to a deft defensive movement in front of the upper body, knocking aside or deflecting high-aimed strikes. It is very useful against any slashing, chopping, or swatting attacks, but is nearly useless against stabbing and jabbing strikes. Against someone who doesn't know this, however, it can be very effective.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak rapidly deflects a thugs tin dagger using a swift weaving motion of his cestii!

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Cestus Jab

Usage: jab <target>

The wielder learns how to punch with the added weight on his arm, eventually learning how to land quick jabs using the blades and spikes along the cestus' knuckles.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak jabs at a thug with a swift punch using his iron cestus, but misses.

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Cestus Spike Slash

Usage: slash <target>

The wielder swings his fist sideways, trying to score a shallow gouge on the opponent's body or armor with the cestus' spikes or blades. Though the attack causes little damage, it's difficult to block, as the human arm bends, unlike most weapons.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak swings a cestus covered fist sideways, lashing out at a thug with the blades of his weapon, but misses.

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Cestus Spinning Backhand (requires 20 ranks in Cestus Spike Slash)

Usage: spin <target>

The wielder pivots on one foot, turning all the way around. The attack is time-consuming, but strikes with greater force if it lands. This is best used when the opponent is too off-balance or stunned to strike during the moment of opportunity. It is a real crowd-pleaser, obviously dangerous.

When you see this in use you see:

Arms extended, a man in a hooded cloak pivots backwards on one foot, his cestus slashing wildly at a thug, but misses.

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Cestus Vital Gouge (Requires 10 ranks in Cestus Jab)

Usage: gouge <target>

Combining his ability to punch using the cestus' weight with first-hand experience of the body's weak points, a gladiator attempts a 'hook' punch which, if successful, gouges deep into the opponent's body with the cestus' blades. Aimed towards the vital organs and areas of the waist, chest, neck, and head, a successful blow is often incapacitating and always bloody.

When you see this in use you see:

In a heavy raking punch, a man in a hooded cloak viciously gouges at a thug with the blades of his cestus!

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Cestus Double Jab (Requires 20 ranks in Cestus Jab)

Usage: doublejab <target>

The gladiator has become proficient enough at punching with cestus-covered fists to be able to perform conventional combination punches. Double jab is a heavily armored version of the standard one-two double punch.

When you see this in use you see:

With a rapid one-two punch, a man in a hooded cloak jabs quickly at a thug with both cestii! He suffers a puncture to his right thigh.

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Cestus Stab

Usage: stab <target>

The gladiator has become used enough to the weight of the cestus to throw heavier, underhand punches, attempting slower and more powerful stabbing motions with the cestus' spikes.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak sends a heavy underhand punch towards a thug, stabbing at him with the blades of his cestus!

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Cestus Triple Slash (Requires 30 ranks in Cestus Spike Slash)

Usage: tripleslash <target>

Similar to Spinning Backhand but with two cestii, the wielder steps back and pivots on his rear foot, effectively whirling in place with his bladed fists extended. This highly dramatic attack can cause up to three powerful slashing strikes against an opponent in rapid succession.

When you see this in use you see:

With both arms extended, a man in a hooded cloak spins in place, striking at a thug with the cestus on each hand! He suffers a cut to his right arm. He suffers a cut to his right thigh. He suffers a shallow cut to his chest.

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Cestus Tumble Lunge

Usage: lunge <target>

In a skillfull show of acrobatics, the gladiator dives forward from a distance, rolling on the ground towards his opponent while keeping his cestii locked together, then does a rapid low double-punch at his opponent as he rises. A very flashy way of quickly closing the distance with your target (the flashy way is usually the better way when in the arena), the maneuver leaves the wielder temporarily vulnerable and on his knees following the attack. At this point, Ducking Cross might become useful.

When you see this in use you see:

Diving forward, a man in a hooded cloak rolls into the ground towards a thug, before rising up with a double punch with his twin cestii! He suffers a severe puncture to his right leg. He suffers a severe puncture to his left thigh.

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Cestus Weapon Trap

Usage: trap <target>
Conditions: Target must be wielding a weapon.

The wielder catches a blade or haft between two long spikes or blades of the cestus and tries to trap them. If successful, the opponent's weapon is temporarily entangled, but so is the cestus. Both the wielder and the opponent can free the weapon (Type: free <weapon>).

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak thrusts his arm forward and twists, but fails to catch a thug's tin dagger in the blades of his cestus.

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Cestus Upward Thrust

Usage: upthrust <target>

From a kneeling position, the wielder leaps upwards, bringing up his forward fist in a rapid and powerful uppercut. This maneuver is a crowd-pleaser, as the rising uppercut is visibly dramatic to distant onlookers.

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak rises up with a quick upward stabbing motion at a thug with his bronze cestus, but misses.

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Cestus Short Upcut (Requires knowledge of weaving stance)

Usage: upcut <target>

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak dips his lead hand and throw a quick uppercut at a thug with his bronze cestus! He suffers a punture to his left thigh.

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Cestus Rear Upcut (Requires knowledge of Weaving Stance)

Usage: rupcut <target>

When you see this in use you see:

Arm extended, a man in a hooded cloak pivots backwards on one foot, his boison cestus arcing a vicious slash across a thug! He suffers a severe cut to his head.

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Cestus Upcut Spin (Requires knowledge of Weaving Stance, 20 ranks in Cestus Rear Upcut and 20 ranks in Cestus Short Upcut)

Usage: upspin <target>

When you see this in use you see:

A man in a hooded cloak bobs down and darts towards a thug, spinning both hands upwards in a series of rapid, upward body shots. He suffers a puncture to his waist. He suffers a punture to his waist. He suffers a punture to his left thigh.

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Cestus Accuracy

Usage: passive

With enough training in Accuracy, you are able to raise your perception in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great perception.

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Cestus Form

Usage: passive

With enough training in Form, you are able to raise your dexterity in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great dexterity.

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Cestus Blade Block

Usage: passive

When you see this in use you see:

A thug makes a quick stabbing motion at a man in a hooded cloak with his tin dagger, but misses. A man in a hooded cloak deftly catches a thug's tin dagger with the blades of his bronze cestus and diverts the attack to the side!

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