Arena combat is a good way to advance in experience. It also pays the bills. It's a bit risky though, since it doesn't increase social status, yet can cost it.

If you want to enter the arena roll 1D6, then subtract 3, then add 1 for each silver coin you want to get paid for the battle. the result is the number of social status points you lose, (if you run out, you die). You get paid whether you win or lose, (not more than 3 silver), and you gain 1 experience point if you win.

When you are done fighting, you can return to the market