The modern Coliseum dates to the Foundation Wars period, but an arena of varying grandeur has stood on the same grounds since the middle of the Thulian dynasty. Today, hundreds die each year on the sands of the arena to entertain the crowds in some of the greatest spectacles seen on the continent. While slavery is technically illegal, indentured servants are permitted with little to differentiate them from the slaves of old. Captured prisoners are sold to merchants in foreign lands and once they are brought back they must repay their purchasers the debt owed, a splitting of hairs to which most authorities turn a blind eye. Such a servant may choose whether or not to fight in the Coliseum or serve in more conventional ways, but many are drawn to the Coliseum as they can pay their debt in a few years rather than over a lifetime if they win. Freeman also fight in the arena, for their is much glory, wealth, and fame to be had, though gladiators are considered lowly and have little social standing.