DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/23/2004    Duedate: 03/06/2004

MORDANT ARENA

DM-1    TURN-490

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

FACELESS
THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
(1-7268) [20-7-1,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

FACELESS                       DOGMAN
THE BLACK COMPANY (544)        KING'S TEN (553)
(1-7268) [20-7-1,116]          (1-7430) [5-3-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FACELESS                       FACELESS
THE BLACK COMPANY (544)        THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
(1-7268) [20-7-1,116]          (1-7268) [20-7-1,116]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE BLACK COMPANY (544)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)   30
2. HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)     23      CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
3. MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)      21      Unchartered Team
4. KING'S TEN (553)            19
5. THE BLACK COMPANY (544)     16      KING'S TEN (553)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)     48  24  0 66.7   1/ 1 THE BLACK COMPANY (544)  10  5 1
 2/ 3 BLOOD OF THE SPIDE (540)  27  17  1 61.4   2/ 2*KING'S TEN (553)          8  7 0
 3/ 5 THE BLACK COMPANY (544)  346 294 26 54.1   3/ 3 HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)   5 10 0
 4/ 6*KING'S TEN (553)          20  19  1 51.3   4/ 6 BLOOD OF THE SPIDE (540)  4  0 0
 5- 7 TASTE THE PAIN (217)      63  60  3 51.2   5/ 7 MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)    4  3 1
 6/ 9 SWEORDMASTERS (138)      300 311 38 49.1   6/ 4 LAB EXPERIMENTS (261)     4  5 0
 7/10 LAB EXPERIMENTS (261)    225 279 23 44.6   7/ 8 SWEORDMASTERS (138)       3  7 1
 8/11 MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)    58  80  6 42.0   8- 5 TASTE THE PAIN (217)      2  0 0
 9/12 HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)  330 517 11 39.0   9/ 9 CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)     2  2 0
10/ 8*FLOYDS FAN CLUB (552)      1   2  0 33.3  10/10*FLOYDS FAN CLUB (552)     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

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt:

     If anyone was aware of a difference in the air of the city, or in the texture of
life and death in the arena, they did not mention it.  Of course, with a stranger
holding a wizard's staff and guarded by...some kind of monsters sitting in the
arenamaster's box, who was going to mention things, even if they DID notice?
     And who, dying messily in the Dark Arena, would mention strange lights and
unexplained whistling noises?  If Arenamaster Kai saw fit to lay down pentagrams and
other designs of colored sand on the arena floor before each fight...well, he WAS the
arenamaster.  No doubt he knew what he was doing.
     It was known that a few managers intended to protest that they had not ordered
the actual, literal death of their warriors, but only formal dismissal from the
gladiatorial system.  But when they came back from the arenamaster's office, they
looked pale and shaken, and they had nothing to tell anyone about the situation.  And
one or two of them didn't come back at all.
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There IS something going on," Penok muttered to Jessie June as they waited in
the ready area for their fight to be called.  "Something bad.  I can feel it in my
bones.  I don't care what the Rau says."  She jerked her head sideways slightly,
indicating Tijiss Rau, the arena steward waiting in the archway just ahead of them.
     "You know Rau," Jessie June muttered back.  "'All for the best in the best of
all possible worlds', that's Rau.  He wouldn't know 'something bad' if he ate it for
dinner and got sick right after."  She eyed the crystals set into the wall of the
arena.  About a third of them were black, the rest were blood red.  They reminded her
of the eyes of spiders.  "If those are purely ornamental, I'll eat 'em."
     "Magic," Cane Toad said flatly, coming up behind the two women.  "Blood magic.
You can smell it in the air.  At least, I can.  There's a lot of it down south where
I come from, and I'd know that smell anywhere."
     "I thought all magic was screwed up because of the Chaos and the Arcanum and
all!" Penok protested.
     The poisonous Toad shook his head firmly.  "Not blood magic.  You spill enough
blood, nothing else matters."
     "And there's always a lot of blood spilled in the arena," Jessie June whispered,
horrified at the possibilities.
     "And the arena's been bloodier since those crystals went up," Cane Toad said.
"There's something bad going down here."

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene went overland from Andoria to the Delarquan Federation.  It might
have been faster to sail--if she could have found a ship going where she needed to
go, or hired one.  But she found herself distrusting the Trier.  The mage Khaldren
had come out of the Trier, after all.  He might have some power over it.  And he was
bound to notice that she and Raoul hadn't come back from the errand he'd commanded.
But these were all logical reasons that she had arrived at to explain her decision to
herself.  In fact, she simply hadn't trusted the Trier at an instinctive level.  She
made her way on foot along the coast to Gelafan, then hired horses as needed for a
fast ride south.  Well...fast!  She might have laughed if she hadn't been so worried.
Six days to Valamantis.  What horrors might the mad wizard have accomplished in six
days?
     Her plan was to take a riverboat up the Feyranse past Mordant to Sibikhas, and
then go by horse again to Delarq Tor.
     But there were towers behind Valamantis, where no towers had been for hundreds
of years.  They had none of the dream-like unreality of the vision towers that
Khaldren had raised over Zorpunt, and that was alarming.  Valamantis was much older
than Zorpunt.  There had once BEEN towers--it was called Old Valamantis now, and it
was in ruins except for the arena where the Bloodgames were held.  On that thought,
Hallie froze briefly, horrified by the realization that there had been Bloodgames
recently, lakes of blood spilled on that ancient soil.  What might Khaldren have
conjured out of that?  She didn't think she wanted to know.

Aruak City:

     The return of a wizard from drowned Krael was news that should reach Andor as
quickly as possible.  It took Raoul two days to reach Aruak City from Zorpunt, longer
than he would have liked, but faster than he had feared.  The Aruaki countryside had
suffered badly during the civil war and from the Chaos contamination just before
that.  People were getting it back into shape now, but there were no horses to be
rented or bought.  Or stolen, come to that.  Walking was faster than riding a plow
horse would've been, even if he could've gotten hold of one of the plowhorses.
     But he was damned glad to see the towers (most of the towers, some were nothing
but stumps) of Aruak city ahead.  He compared their slightly battered appearance with
the towers of Khaldren's Zorpunt and found this much better.  This was REAL.  Maybe
not perfect, maybe not as beautiful as a dream, but real.  He'd take this over the
perfect illusion any day.
     His first goal in the city was the Bulldog Inn.  He needed news, he needed to
contact his manager, and he wanted to alert Adie, the manager of the Tuft Tuggers, to
the danger.  Adie was a magician of some kind--he'd never bothered with the details--
and she could be an important part of the opposition to the Kraelian.  EARLY
opposition, too, before the man got entrenched in Zorpunt.  That might make a
difference.
     The Inn was jammed.  Odd, that.  Aruak City had always had a vigorous dueling
community, but...this many gladiators?  He could barely SEE across the common room,
much less move quickly.  But there was a table of managers in an alcove at the back.
He'd find news there, if he could reach it.
     The Lord Protector took a last look at the crowd, shook his head, and plunged in
under the elbow of a Shew.  The man was too tall for most managers, but there were
always one or two who would give a large gladiator a chance.  From the looks of the
scars, this man had been at it a while, but he was nobody Raoul recognized.  Well,
he'd been away for a long time.  Quite a long time, actually.
     "Raoul!"
     He paused and looked toward the woman whose hand was on his sleeve.  Hair like a
sunrise and wide violet eyes.  "Lady Adeolar!  You're one of the people I wanted to
find.  There--"
     "Not here in the middle of the floor, Raoul."  She drew him to one side and
through an inconspicuous door.  "Jhordeal will be glad to know you are well, but
that's not what you came for, is it?"
     "Glad to know I'm...?"  When had he been in Aruak City last?  Mantor, it was
years ago!  Before the civil war, and he had died....  He took off his hat, looked at
the rounded, dusty crown, ran a hand over his head, and put the hat back on.  No time
to go into that now.  "No, doll, that's not why I came this way.  There's magical
trouble.  Serious magical trouble, I think."
     "You came from Zorpunt?"  She twisted a lock of hair between nervous fingers.
"I have felt something happening there--something dark--"
     He nodded briefly.  "I saw it start, and it's going to be damned dark," he
muttered.  Quickly, he sketched in what he and Hallie had learned of the wizard
Khaldren and his intentions.  "I don't know how he's doing that much magic," he
finished, "because everyone says the Arcanum is in decline and spells aren't working,
but--"
     "He's using blood magic."  The woman's beautiful face hardened.  "It is the
oldest magic and the most primitive.  Almost always used for darkness and
destruction," she muttered, frowning, "even though it doesn't have to be....  It's
the least dependent on the Arcanum, unfortunately, the easiest to pervert, and the
hardest to control once it gets started."  She frowned, twisting the lock of hair
harder.  "In the hands of a powerful wizard with no scruples...."
     "That's what me and Hallie figured," Raoul said, nodding.  "I'm headed for
Andor--the king has to be warned.  And Hallie's taking the warning to Delarq Tor."
     "Yes, of course.  Definitely the right thing to do.  But you need to see your
manager before you leave town, Raoul.  He's been worried about you."  She patted his
arm absently, still frowning.  "I will gather as much information about this wizard
and his spells as I can....  I wish Shania were here, she is so good at that.  Well,
I must work with what I have."  She patted his arm one last time and opened the door
to the inn's main room.  "Off with you, and tell the other managers that...tell them
I have things to do, and I'll add to your news later."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 489): FACELESS of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 374): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 494): DREUBRA of THE BALROGS (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 490): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 489): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): MEDUSA of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): CADEX CFM of THE BIKE SHOP (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): TAISHO of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 449): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 440): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): DUFF of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 325): HOLLY MACKEREL of FISH MONGERS (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): 2 PHAT TOO of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 368): LARGE SPINNY GUY of DIABLO TOO from TI (The Muffin Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 489): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 374): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 494): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 490): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 489): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): SUGAR AND SPICE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): none
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): SONS OF SATAN (Damion, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 449): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 440): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 325): THE DEN OF SWORDS (TMoney, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 368): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 488): MURGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
                            MUMPHY CHICK of LEGENDS OF STEELE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 493): THOR of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 489): G.A. CUSTER of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DELAPP of NIGHT TRAIN (BPR, mgr.)
                (turn 492): DARK THUNDER of DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
               (turn 484): SHYLAYLA MINOR of PRAETORIAN GUARD (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): HE HATE ME of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                            PEON NECROMANCER of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
                (turn 475): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): JADE of I MAGI (Street Legal, mgr.)
               (turn 474): VEG-O-MATIC of TRANSGRESSORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 142): MISSY MAYHAM of ANGELS OF CHAOS (Lord Chaos, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

My thanks to Wisper for the boost.  I'm sure she didn't expect to lose to me, being
ranked so much higher, but I was happy to disappoint her.  I plan to be here a couple
more turns, and graduate, but we'll see if Mr Goodbar had anything to say about that.
He beat Sylith handily but then she is pretty dumb, unlike myself.  I hope that will
make quite a difference.  I'd like to welcome Mannequin back to the arena.  He's been
somewhat sporadic of late.  Well, I'm due for guard-mount soon, so I'd better get my
armor ready.  See you on the sands....  (I'll be the one wearing the blank morion.)

Faceless

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Well, everybody's pal FACELESS moved hers record to 20-7-1 by 
defeating RAFFI THE GARROTE in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 2 recognition 
points.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the MORDANT arena.  Did you 
hear that CARNIVAL FREAKS was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the 
personal hygiene of CARNIVAL FREAKS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  Okay, so I may not 
be funny, but catch KING'S TEN's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly 
deft at running from CARNIVAL FREAKS.  And who is this SMEDS you ask, with 64 points 
and a 13-6-0 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  In a touching display by a 
'touched' warrior, DARK HELM went after WISPER, who was higher by 20 points.  Well, 
when the dust settled, DARK HELM beat WISPER.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Here's some advice:  warriors with little 
wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, there's the manager of the MORDANT giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  
Good luck in next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can 
pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FACELESS 7268                20   7  1   116       THE BLACK COMPANY (544)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MR. GOODBAR 6575             10   5  0   112       TASTE THE PAIN (217)
 DARK HELM 7242                8   3  0    95       BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYLITH 7357                  12   6  1    91       THE BLACK COMPANY (544)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WISPER 5753                  11   4  2    71       SWEORDMASTERS (138)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMEDS 7358                   13   6  0    64       THE BLACK COMPANY (544)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THINREDONE 5751               5   2  0    55       LAB EXPERIMENTS (261)
-GREY GHOST 7243               5   3  0    50       BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)
-LE PETIT MORT 6598            8   6  0    49       TASTE THE PAIN (217)
 JEJUNE 7386                   5   1  1    46       MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)
 SWALLOWTAIL 7387              6   4  0    45       MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)
 DOGMAN 7430                   5   3  0    45       KING'S TEN (553)
-TWO-HEADED FERRET 7193        4   1  0    40       CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
 2000 YR. OLD MAN 4521         7   4  0    39       CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
-FURIE 7244                    4   3  1    39       BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)
-DAISY DUKE 4292               3   1  0    36       CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
 HAYDAN 7356                   6  16  1    35       HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)
 WAR MACHINE 7241              5   4  0    35       BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)
-DEMONKIN 7240                 5   4  0    34       BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)
-DOO-DOO THE CLOWN 7237        4   0  0    34       CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOBO THE DOG BOY 7229         4   2  0    33       CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
 SMUDGE 7427                   4   4  1    32       KING'S TEN (553)
 FISH BOWL MAN 7429            3   4  0    31       KING'S TEN (553)
 THAI DEI 7393                 7   7  1    29       THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
 AEGLOS 7468                   2   0  1    25       SWEORDMASTERS (138)
 GOOEYDUCK 7434                2   0  0    25       LAB EXPERIMENTS (261)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TALON 7413                    1   2  0    21       FLOYDS FAN CLUB (552)
 SILENT WIND 7447              4   3  0    20       KING'S TEN (553)
 OUTLAW INLAW 7424             3   8  0    19       HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)
-CINNAMON GIRL 6648            3   0  0    16       TASTE THE PAIN (217)
 NUMBER TWO 7422               1  11  0    14       HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)
 ROTTEN HEADCOLD 7511          1   0  0    13       HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)
 BRICK WALL 7478               3   1  0    12       HOMICIDAL MANIACS (121)
 JULIA 7504                    1   0  0    10       KING'S TEN (553)
-PEACHPIT FIEND 6626           2   3  0     9       TASTE THE PAIN (217)
-OPIUM DREAM 7456              1   0  0     9       LAB EXPERIMENTS (261)
 SIMPLYSARA 7479               1   1  0     5       SWEORDMASTERS (138)
 MEELUN 7502                   0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
 DESTINY 7506                  0   1  0     1       SWEORDMASTERS (138)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FOOLCATCHER 7445       1  4 0 HOMICIDAL MANIACS 121 SMUDGE 7427           487         
WILLIAM TOLD 7487      1  1 0 HOMICIDAL MANIACS 121 AEGLOS 7468           489         
KING 7431              3  4 0 KING'S TEN 553        JEJUNE 7386           489         
21414917109 7507       0  1 0 LAB EXPERIMENTS 261   BLACK ORC 565         490 NONE    
111212219109 7508      0  1 0 LAB EXPERIMENTS 261   DARK CHAMPION 569     490 NONE    
1771592169 7509        0  1 0 MANNEQUIN'S BEST 537  THE AMAZON 570        490 NONE    
10101011101221 7505    0  1 0 SWEORDMASTERS 138     SHEWISH GIANT 566     490 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

2000 year old man -- Good skills but no stamina.  Try ginseng and caffeine.... --
Smeds

Swallowtail -- You are seriously just too good for me.  Maybe someday when I've
learned more.... -- Thai Dei

Jejune -- That was a cruel blow, though well-struck. Here's hoping you remain active
long enough for us to seek our vengeance. -- King's Ten

Thai Dei -- I certainly *did* respect you...that's why I was so careful not to give
you a chance to hit me! -- Dogman

Number Two -- You ought to have a little more respect for those smudges on my armor;
one of them used to be Foolcatcher. -- Smudge

Silent Wind -- You unspeakable oaf!  You're in league with my inlaws.  Don't try to
deny it, I can tell!  I can TELL!  You're just LIKE them.  And I won't put UP with
it! -- Outlaw Inlaw, foaming at the mouth

Silent Wind -- He does that "foaming at the mouth" business fairly well, doesn't he?
Not as well, perhaps, as the Man Next Door did, but well enough. -- Nick

Le Petit Mort -- That's a fallacy.  People tell themselves that it doesn't MATTER,
it's just ONCE, they can take it or LEAVE it, but it isn't true.  This sort of thing
is insidious.  You need to cleanse yourself with a diet of half-cooked oatmeal. --
Haydan
P.S.  And kiwi fruits.

Smudge -- (heavy sigh)  I don't suppose that will even draw anyone's attention to the
repeated smudging of my record.  It's not like my record is something to boast about,
after all.  Even though I DO try harder. -- Number Two
P.S.  I really should reconsider this gladiator business.

Bobo the Dog Boy -- Duh. -- Brick Wall

Bobo the Dog Boy -- Obviously, some people know when not to beat their heads against
brick walls.  Good work. -- Nick

Aeglos -- My wife sent you, didn't she?  She's annoyed because I had to shoot an
apple on our son's head and I spitted my son's head right through the center.  She's
so unreasonable!  That kind of accident can happen to anyone! -- Ghost of William
Told

Congratulations to you, Mergen. -- Nick and the Homicidal Maniacs

Sylith -- You'll have to fight Homicidal Maniacs, then.  They fight as well as
standbys but teach better. -- Nick
P.S.  Usually.

Darkfist -- It happens.  Maybe next time. -- Grammaw

TigerTiger -- It looks like there's no overlap on the most and least popular lists
this time, but we're certainly lunger-heavy here now! -- Nick

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

21414917109 was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
10101011101221 was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
111212219109 was easily killed by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
1771592169 was assassinated by THE AMAZON in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
SMUDGE was bested by JEJUNE in a popular 1 minute brutal Bloodfeud fight.
GOOEYDUCK bested TALON in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge brawl.
DARK HELM overpowered WISPER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
THINREDONE was bested by SMEDS in a popular 2 minute gruesome Challenge competition.
SILENT WIND lost to WAR MACHINE in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
BOBO THE DOG BOY vanquished THAI DEI in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SIMPLYSARA was defeated by OUTLAW INLAW in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
AEGLOS overpowered NUMBER TWO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
FACELESS savagely defeated RAFFI THE GARROTE in a 3 minute Title competition.
SYLITH savagely defeated CAPTAIN ELOY in a 2 minute bloody match.
2000 YR. OLD MAN was outlasted by SWALLOWTAIL in a 8 minute conflict.
HAYDAN was handily defeated by DOGMAN in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
FISH BOWL MAN was unbelievably bested by BLACK DEVIN in a action packed 1 minute duel.
BRICK WALL bested MEELUN in a 3 minute amateur's brawl.
DESTINY was overpowered by JULIA in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ROTTEN HEADCOLD overpowered GRALL THE DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -   9 -  1      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    46 -  40 -  4      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  12 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   17 -  24 -  2      41  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         BASHING ATTACK    14 -  22 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  36 -  0      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  15 -  0      38  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  12 -  1      25  |

Turn 490 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:

WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  3     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      FACELESS 7268              20   7  1  116 THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
STRIKING ATTACK  DARK HELM 7242              8   3  0   95 BLOOD OF THE SPIDER (540)
LUNGING ATTACK   SYLITH 7357                12   6  1   91 THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
SLASHING ATTACK  WISPER 5753                11   4  2   71 SWEORDMASTERS (138)
WALL OF STEEL    SMEDS 7358                 13   6  0   64 THE BLACK COMPANY (544)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SWALLOWTAIL 7387            6   4  0   45 MANNEQUIN'S BEST (537)
TOTAL PARRY      2000 YR. OLD MAN 4521       7   4  0   39 CARNIVAL FREAKS (192)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FACELESS 7268.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FACELESS 7268.  The ten other most popular fighters were THINREDONE 5751, WAR 
MACHINE 7241, SYLITH 7357, DOGMAN 7430, 10101011101221 7505, JEJUNE 7386, TALON 7413, 
SMEDS 7358, BOBO THE DOG BOY 7229, and SMUDGE 7427.

The least popular fighter this week was DESTINY 7506.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SWALLOWTAIL 7387, NUMBER TWO 7422, THAI DEI 7393, WISPER 5753, 
1771592169 7509, 111212219109 7508, 21414917109 7507, BRICK WALL 7478, 2000 YR. OLD 
MAN 4521, and SILENT WIND 7447.