despite the fact that it is typically rather deserted around the outskirts of iscantir, there is one structure that attracts a relatively steady amount of people -- and even crowds, at times. usually the arena is used for what it says; training - whether for magic practice or with weapons and the like. sometimes, however, the whole town schedules fights, and everyone gathers to watch. these fights can be voluntary -- people wanting to pit themselves against others. some fights, however, are used as punishment for offenders; criminals will often be thrown into the arena with no weapons, or put against someone with magical powers though they hold no powers themselves. often these criminals die, and most of the town sees it as great entertainment. the lives of criminals aren't worth much, after all. the arena itsef is set up similar to a coliseum, though on a much grander scale. only about a fourth of the town, if that, can fit inside at once, so usually during these big events people crowd around the outside as well. when no events are going on the arena is stocked with weapons and anything else you might need to train, so it is quite useful.