Date   : 09/24/2015    Duedate: 10/07/2015


DM-56    TURN-647

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-4594) [9-1-0,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OVECHKIN                       POSITION IS EMPTY
MISSING TEETH (470)            
(56-4594) [9-1-0,103]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DRACO (465)                    DRACO (465)
(56-4546) [9-6-0,55]           (56-4546) [9-6-0,55]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MISSING TEETH (470)         31
2. SKULL SQUADRON (28)         21      SKULL SQUADRON (28)
3. DRACO (465)                  8      Unchartered Team
4. MEN OF STEEL (131)           2
5. THEM (433)                   0      JUST A REM SONG (350)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SKULL SQUADRON (28)      412 331 24 55.5   1/ 1 MEN OF STEEL (131)        6  7 2
 2- 3 THEM (433)               158 153 13 50.8   2/ 3 SKULL SQUADRON (28)       6  9 0
 3/ 4 DRACO (465)                9   9  0 50.0   3/ 2 MISSING TEETH (470)       5  4 0
 4/ 6 MISSING TEETH (470)       18  20  0 47.4   4- 4 THEM (433)                2  0 1
 5/ 5 MEN OF STEEL (131)       292 339 41 46.3   5/ 6 DRACO (465)               1  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Rao of the Skull Squadron stable entered Mylar's tavern. 

The innkeeper behind the bar called out to him. "Welcome to Mylar's!" 

The yeasty smell of ale and hard liquor permeated the air. To the left of the room, a 
curved bar with recessed shelves held small kegs and bottles. At the end of the bar 
was a small, tapped keg. Larger, barrel sized kegs of ale were stacked in one corner. 
To the right a burning hearth with a stag mounting hung overhead. Circular metal 
chandeliers suspended by chains lit the room. Round wooden tables were scattered 
throughout the room and could easily sit six people each. A few barmaids were taking 
and delivering orders. A stairway led to the second floor.

The tavern was a burst of talk and laugher with the tinkling of plates and glasses. 
Rao spotted his teammate the Mytori Priest and Duelmaster of Rocanis at a table near 
the burning hearth. 

Mylar came up to him and gestured towards the Duelmaster. "You have to do something 
about your friend."

Rao looked at him and said, "I doubt he calls me amongst his friends."

"Yes, well, he's ruining my table digging his sword into it."

"Ah, I'll see what I can do."

Rao walked up to the Duelmaster's table. 

"What do you want, spy?" Mytori Priest grumbled.

Rao snorted and assumed it'd be the same old argument again. "Harbinger thought I was 
a spy--"

"Harbinger knew you were a spy," Mytori Priest retorted cutting him off.

Rao tried to change the subject. "Grimwood indicated some new Rirorni arrived from the 
plains. Two of them showed promise."

"Great, more spies," Mytori Priest mumbled. 

"I'm not here to argue. There is nothing I can say that will convince you I'm not a 

"Your words, not mine." 

The Mytori Priest let the blade of his sword fall again against the edge of the table. 
He stroked his long side moustache downward to his goatee, deep in thought. He had 
recently shaven his head, which highlighted a strong widow's peak and appeared as if 
he had a black skull cap on. 

"You looked better with longer hair," Rao said.

"Hair is a weakness in battle. It gives your enemy something to grab onto," Mytori 
Priest replied.

Rao also saw a large number of drinks, all full, at the Duelmaster's table. The mugs 
and shot glasses were pushed to one side. Not one had been touched. He sat across from 
the Duelmaster. Normally, he'd ask to sit, but knew the Mytori Priest would have said 

"I see you have some fans," Rao said gesturing to the beverages.

"People buying you drinks is a perk of being the Duelmaster and now it seems with 
Harbringer gone, I'm the new popularity leader in Rocanis."

"Nice perk."

"I don't drink."

"I see..Do you mind?" Rao asked as he motioned towards a shot glass.

The Mytori Priest shrugged with indifference.

Rao downed it. It was good quality. He grabbed two more.

The two gladiators from Skull Squadron sat in silence for several heartbeats.

"It's my fault Harbinger is dead," Mytori Priest muttered.

"You didn't thrust a spear through her jaw," Rao said, then thought his words may have 
been too graphic. 

He saw the Mytori Priest's mouth flinch at the mention of Harbinger's loss. "It was my 
decision not to blood-feud One-Eye's death. If I had, she'd still be alive."

"Harbinger out-sped Locky, but missed with a wild attack, and lost the initiative. It 
was a mistake that cost her life."


"You can 'if' all you want, but it doesn't change anything. It doesn't matter 'if' you 
didn't blood-feud, 'if' she hadn't missed with a wild attack, or 'if' the flap of a 
butterfly's wings a league away caused her to not react in time." 

"Yes, it does matter."

Rao saw a fly land on the tabletop.


Several patrons looked up as Rao wiped the fly's remains on the table.

"Killing this fly has no bearing on the outcome of anything or what you do next. You 
need to spend your attention on who is responsible for killing Harbinger, which is 
Locky and him alone. He's a formidable opponent and you won't win easy. Now, you can 
sulk in Mylar's with a tableful of drinks, or you can train to meet Locky on the sands 
next turn," Rao said.

"Truthful words. Even if they came from a spy," Mytori Priest said and made eye 
contact with Rao and rose. 

"Locky is responsible." The Duelmaster thrust the point of his sword into the 
tabletop, which shook and spilt a few of the drinks. "Locky showed no remorse killing 
One-Eye and no remorse killing Harbinger. I'll issue my blood-feud challenge and when 
we meet on the sands, neither will I."

                                        * * *

Later that evening, Rao saw two Rirorni entered Mylar's tavern. They were Bosh and 
Cosh, twins, and his older brother, Warlord Bannok's, personal bodyguards. He kicked 
up his feet at the Duelmaster's old table and continued to enjoy the abandoned free 
drinks. The new arrivals saw him and joined him at the table.

In a whispered tone, Bosh said, "Warlord Bannok sends his greetings."

Rao shot him a dangerous glance. "Don't use his name. Now, what does my big brother 

"He has become.. concerned with your need to prove yourself in the Alastarian 
gladiator arena," Cosh said.

"Concerned or frustrated?" Rao asked.

"Both," the twins said in unison.

"Frustrated at first, but is now concerned with your number of losses. 
Especially, with the last one almost costing your life," Cosh said.

"I'm learning their fighting style. It's not the same as riding on horseback with a 
bow. I'm starting to get the hang of things, so there is no need to worry. Besides, I 
like it here," Rao said and then motioned the two towards the multitude of drinks.

They each took one and drank. Rao noticed smiles creep at the edge of their mouths.

"For everything I loathe about Alastari, the one thing I like is Rocanis does brew the 
best spirits," Rao said as he grabbed another.

"Yes, but if anything happens to you, your big brother will bring his army and raze 
this city to the ground," Bosh said.

"Where is he now?"

"Close," the twins said in unison.

Rao raised his glass in a toast and said, "Then for Rocanis' sake, let's hope nothing 
happens to me." 		 	   		  

                               -- by Grimwood, aka Mark G. Manley, mgr. Skull Squadron

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     All men die, some sooner than others.  I'm coming for you, Locky.  I'm coming.  

                                          -- Mytori Priest of Skull Squadron
                                             Duelmaster of Rocanis  	

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in ROCANIS a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  And let's see, BOSH fought 
SIMONETTI and gained 18 points and contributed to SKULL SQUADRON's 3-2-0.  LOCKY has 
lost to STAMKOS, falling 9 points, while helping make MEN OF STEEL a 0-3-0 turn.  And 
all eyes were on OVECHKIN this turn as he ascended to the throne of Duelmaster.  
ROCANIS has a new victor!  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, 
cramped under the table at The Wanton Troll?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  I also notice that the THEM stable was the most avoided team 
this turn.  Come on ROCANIS, what are you afraid of?  And avoiding THEM more than any 
other team we find SKULL SQUADRON.  ROCANIS, are we going to accept, or respect this 
sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, take notice that LOCKY from MEN OF STEEL was 
ROCANIS' most challenged warrior this turn.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover 
or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     I like this place, ROCANIS, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Always good to rest in ROCANIS, but never good to wear out 
my welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in ROCANIS again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OVECHKIN 4594                 9   1  0   103       MISSING TEETH (470)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYTORI PRIEST 4559           12   4  1    79       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
 STAMKOS 4598                  7   3  0    77       MISSING TEETH (470)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DA1 4599                      6   2  1    61       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 LOCKY 4581                    6  10  2    57       MEN OF STEEL (131)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IOTA DRACONIS 4546            9   6  0    55       DRACO (465)
 JOMMY 4539                   11  12  1    52       MEN OF STEEL (131)
-T BONES 4551                  5   1  1    44       THEM (433)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GREYLOCK 4605                 4   2  0    31       MEN OF STEEL (131)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAO 4607                      4   6  0    22       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
-THUMPS 4641                   1   0  1    21       THEM (433)
-POPS 4642                     1   0  0    20       THEM (433)
 BOSH 4649                     1   0  0    18       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
-NARROW MIND 4633              1   0  0    15       THEM (433)
 COSH 4651                     1   0  0    11       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
-VISITOR 4562                  2   2  0     8       THEM (433)
-STAJAN 4612                   1   3  0     6       MISSING TEETH (470)
 SIMONETTI 4647                1   1  0     4       MISSING TEETH (470)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DA1 4652                0  1 0 MEN OF STEEL 131     HAKKON TAIN           647  NONE
HARBINGER 4561          7  8 0 SKULL SQUADRON 28    LOCKY 4581            646   
ONE EYE 3578            6  9 0 SKULL SQUADRON 28    LOCKY 4581            645   
OPEN TRYOUT #3 4650     0  1 0 SKULL SQUADRON 28    NAIRON                647  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rocanis -- I'm still holding open tryouts for the last position in my stable. 
Auditions will begin at dusk, so be sure to bring a torch. -- Grimwood, mgr. Skull 

Greylock -- For our third meeting, I'll try something a little different. -- Rao  

Ovechkin -- Thank you for the match. I now feel like I've earned the title of 
Duelmaster. Apologies for the blemish on an otherwise perfect record. Now, on to 
Locky. -- Mytori Priest, Duelmaster of Rocanis 		 	   		  

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA1 was dealt death by HAKKON TAIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
OPEN TRYOUT #3 was dispatched by NAIRON in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
MYTORI PRIEST was demolished by OVECHKIN in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
STAMKOS devastated LOCKY in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
JOMMY was viciously subdued by IOTA DRACONIS in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
RAO overpowered TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
SIMONETTI was devastated by BOSH in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
COSH overcame PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     19 -   7 -  0      73  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   5 -  0      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    10 -   6 -  1      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  25 -  3      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  27 -  0      36  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   6 -  0      33  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         3 -   6 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  12 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 647 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  3         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    OVECHKIN 4594               9   1  0  103 MISSING TEETH (470)
TOTAL PARRY      MYTORI PRIEST 4559         12   4  1   79 SKULL SQUADRON (28)
LUNGING ATTACK   STAMKOS 4598                7   3  0   77 MISSING TEETH (470)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is IOTA DRACONIS 4546.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was IOTA DRACONIS 4546.  The ten other most popular fighters were OVECHKIN 4594, 
STAMKOS 4598, OPEN TRYOUT #3 4650, COSH 4651, RAO 4607, BOSH 4649, DA1 4652, JOMMY 
4539, MYTORI PRIEST 4559, and LOCKY 4581.

The least popular fighter this week was SIMONETTI 4647.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LOCKY 4581, MYTORI PRIEST 4559, JOMMY 4539, DA1 4652, BOSH 4649, RAO 
4607, COSH 4651, OPEN TRYOUT #3 4650, STAMKOS 4598, and OVECHKIN 4594.

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 15-17, 2016.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-897-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception, free airport 
shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--code RSI.  

Please make your reservations now if you plan to go.  
Online registration site:  http://tinyurl.com/FF56-Tempe  
This is prime season for Phoenix and the hotel tends to fill up quickly.  

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!


For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament. 

                        NINOS HEROE (23-4516) SKI TAOS  (388) 
                WINNING ISNT EVRTHNG (43-3604) FEARLESS LOSERS  (359) 
                      FRENCH KISS (73-590) WORLDWIDE GORE  (36) 
                       8TH ATTEMPT (82-11378) BELOW PAR  (1651) 
                  CHANGING BUFFALO (82-18031) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (2759) 
                   REAL REALITY (84-10296) SUPE FORCES 0907  (1855) 
                       SPICY TRICEP (84-13301) 051410A  (2337) 
                 BARETTA NANO (84-27549) STORMY'S TROOPERS 11  (4888) 
                BEUFORD ANDERSON (84-28184) MEDAL OF HONOR 1A1  (5005) 
                      LIFE IS GOOD (84-36076) AL BUMS IX  (4438) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes