A rudis is a wooden sword—a gift to a gladiator as proof of his achieved freedom. It signifies his ascent from being a slave to becoming a freeman. The memorable past battles of a Gladiator are carved into the blade of the sword. A stipulation disclosed in the show is that a gladiator must always have the rudis on his person or risk receding into slavery
Timarchides - Received his rudis after purchasing his own freedom.