Date   : 06/17/2004    Duedate: 06/30/2004


DM-3    TURN-503

This Weeks Top Honors


AESIR (164)
(3-6325) [15-4-0,152]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HARALDUR                       KNICK-KNACK PATTY
AESIR (164)                    SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)
(3-6325) [15-4-0,152]          (3-6378) [4-0-0,47]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DREUBRA                        DAVID CONE
THE BALROGS (121)              BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
(3-6092) [18-14-0,114]         (3-5795) [9-7-1,72]


AESIR (164)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE CONFUSED (584)          52
2. AESIR (164)                 32      BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
3. SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)       17      Unchartered Team
4. BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)    14
5. GAMES LIBRARY (340)          7      SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*VEGGIES (591)              7   4  0 63.6   1/ 1 AESIR (164)              11  4 0
 2/ 0 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  60  36  4 62.5   2/ 2 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       8  7 0
 3/ 3*SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)     13   9  1 59.1   3/ 6 THE CONFUSED (584)        6  4 1
 4- 2 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)    155 116 10 57.2   4- 3 SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)     4  3 1
 5/ 4 THE NUKES (580)           50  42  4 54.3   5/ 5*SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)     4  3 0
 6/ 0 THE BALROGS (121)        535 450 22 54.3   6/ 0 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)  3  2 0
 7- 5*BLITZKRIEG (581)           8   7  1 53.3   7- 4*VEGGIES (591)             3  2 0
 8/ 8 THE CONFUSED (584)        24  22  4 52.2   8/ 7 THE NUKES (580)           3  8 2
 9/ 7 AESIR (164)              565 565 40 50.0   9/ 8 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  3 10 0
10- 9*GREEN WITH ENVY (467)     13  16  0 44.8  10- 9*GREEN WITH ENVY (467)     2  2 0
11/10 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      344 534  8 39.2  11-10*BLITZKRIEG (581)          2  3 1
12/11 AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)  81 146  3 35.7  12/ 0 THE BALROGS (121)         1  4 0
13-13*BRIGHT (578)               0   1  0  0.0  13-13*BRIGHT (578)              0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                                   HAMMERZ HERALD
             Death Fest Dada Data Edition/Diabolical Delarq Declaration
                                      by Hammer

         Behold, they belch out [insults] with their mouths; swords [of sarcasm,
ridicule, slander, and lies] are in their lips, for who, they think, hear us? --
Psalms 59:7  Amplified Bible

     Sensational News about Hammer negotiating the Re-Opening of Delarq Tor DM 58 as
a Slow Arena "Prize Package" for the DM 59 Death Fest Illis Iron Stable Award Winners
was spreading all across the Delarq Federation quicker than Dragon Fire!!!!!
     Delarq Tor DM 58 would be Re-Opened as a Slow Arena by the Gladiatorial
Commission as a Special Prize Awarded to the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners on the
following conditions:
     1.  At least 20 of the stables entered in the DM 59 Delarq Death Fest beginning
July 29th Must Complete a Minimum of 67 of a possible 75 fights over the course of 15
     2.  At least 20 of those Iron Stable Managers Must Enter a New Team Roll Up into
DM 58 Delarq Tor Without Cannibalizing Any of Their Active Stables
     3.  A Minimum of 15 Stables are Required to Remain Active Each Cycle for the
First Six Months to Ensure Exclusive Competition for the Duel Master and Team Awards
[Free Fights!] Without Any Other Stables Being Allowed to Enter the Newly Re-Opened
DM 58 Slow Arena [Until the First Six Months Have Expired in May 2006].
     Hammer was Alerting the entire Delarq Federation Regular and Slow Arenas; as
well as the Andorian and Free Blades Slow Arenas; Extending to Every Manager from
Newbie to Jaded Veteran His Personal Invitation to Compete in the DM 59 Delarq Death
Fest; with the Understanding that Delarq Tor DM 58 would be Re-Opened as a Slow Arena
[If More Than Enough Managers Would Compete for the Opportunity to Re-Open Delarq
Tor!]; Thus Carving a New Chapter in the Alastari Historical Archives; While
Fulfilling Their Own Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     One of the things Hammer enjoyed most about Hosting/Promoting New Contests
Was/Is the Transformation/Enlargement of the Chosen Arena Site; Especially
Anticipating the New Stable Names/Managers Who Answer the Call to Cross Blades and
Match Wits in a Hammer Hosted/Sponsored Contest.
     Offering 25 points to each Death Fest competitor who writes a minimum 15
paragraph Team Spotlight [including their Stable Name and Managerial Alias]; while
Highlighting a Storyline of their own choosing as they Answer the Call to Cross
Blades and Match Wits in a Hammer Sponsored Slow Arena Contest; would be One of
Hammer's Most Anticipated Aspects of Hosting the Delarq Death Fest in DM 59.
     It would be Interesting to see Who was able to Write their Spotlight and Email
it in a Format that would NOT be Cut Off by HAL; plus Who would be able to Submit
their Hand Written [or Typed] Spotlight in Time for the RSI Typist to have Time to
Type It into the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter; Otherwise, those 25 points would be
Forfeited Due to the Fact that Hammer and Other Interested Persons would be Deprived
of the Pleasure of the Potential Entertainment of Reading Countless Team Spotlights
on the Opening Round of the Delarq Death Fest [because of Missing or Partial Team
     Hammer also was Interested in Who would have the Foresight to Place Their Stable
on Team Maintenance or Warrior Maintenance to Ensure Their Stable Would NOT Miss a
Death Fest Round; thus Forfeiting Both an Additional 25 points for fighting 67 of a
possible 75 fights over the course of 15 rounds AND the Opportunity to Start a New
Stable in Delarq Tor DM 58 as an Illis Iron Stable Award Winner; Once the Death Fest
Contest Concluded in August 2005 and Qualified Managers were Listed with the
Gladiatorial Commission to Send RSI a New Team Roll Up to Register a New Stable in DM
58 Delarq Tor:
     Thus Qualifying those New Stables to Compete in the Rookies 2005 Fall Mailer
Tourney Before Competing in the Historic First Turn of the Newly Re-Opened Delarq Tor
DM 58 Slow Arena on November 3rd 2005.
     Hammer Had Done His Best to Send Out the Call for the Devious, the Diabolical,
the Dangerous and the Down Challenging to Cross Blades and Match Wits in Competition
for the Top 10 Prize Categories and Illis Iron Stable Award [Where Everyone Wins the
Right to Compete in the Newly Re-Opened Delarq Tor DM 58 Slow Arena on November 3rd
2005] All Sanctioned by the Gladiatorial Commission!
     Delarq Tor DM 58 Awaits Those Who are Brave Enough to Endure the Delarq Death
Fest in DM 59 [Beginning July 29th 2004 T-172; Concluding August 25th 2005 T-186] By
Completing a Minimum of 67 Fights Out of a Possible 75 Fights Over the Course of 15
Rounds of Dastardly Delarq Dog-Fighting!

  ***** Consult the DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by Hammer for a Complete
                Listing of Death Fest Rules/Prize Allocations! *****

The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definitions:
     Dada:  A movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and
negation of traditional artistic values.
     Data:  Factual information (as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for
reasoning, discussion, or calculation.
     Diabolical:  Devilish, Fiendish.
     Declaration:  To make known formally or explicitly.

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!" -- Hammer/Death Fest Host/
Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension Family in
DM 28

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Delarquan Edition

Old Valamantis:

     The group of gladiators moved toward the edge of the risen city as slowly and
carefully as they would have approached a sleeping dragon... that maybe wasn't
sleeping after all.  There was a partial wall separating the buildings from the
countryside around them, but it must be outside the area of effect, because it was
not in good condition.  There were gaps and fallen stones, even trees growing between
them where the ages had trapped dirt.
     Smeds of Mordant patted one of the stones thoughtfully.  "Honest stonework
here," he murmured.
     "And more recent than the ruins," Shamu of Cliffhome agreed.  "Six hundred
years, I'd say."  He glanced at Smeds, and the other Dwarf nodded agreement.
     "Built just before the most recent Chaos War," the Silver Mage said, "to keep
things in the ruins from getting out.  Brought down by that war, at least in part.
But..." he touched several stones lightly and smiled a little, "not completely
useless even now and against this enemy.  Honest stonework, as you say, but there is
a barrier spell bound within the stones, and it remains."
     "If the spell is still working, why are we worrying about the ruins?" Smeds of
Mordant demanded.
     "Because the spell will not keep working much longer."  Tensekai frowned across
the wall into the city.  "It was a good wall and a good spell, but it won't hold
Folstrom forever.  Nothing--"  He stopped and looked uncomfortable.
     "You were going to say that nothing will hold the Folstrom forever?" Sputter of
Dwes Eg asked.
     Tensekai shrugged.  "No absolute statement like that should be trusted, but I
can honestly say that nothing we've found so far, except raw Chaos, will stop them.
We have new spells, of course, but what was there to test them on?  We don't know."
     "Yes, okay, but what are we supposed to be DOING here, then?" Lavender Lance of
Illis asked.
     "You must observe," the Silver Mage answered promptly.  "And I must go with you,
because there are some things ONLY a mage can observe.  If we can find the keystone
of the spell that holds the towers up, we could destroy it, yes, and it might be a
good thing to do so, but the towers are just a symptom.  There are more dangerous
things in Old Valamantis than just the towers."
     "Those things being?" Smeds cut in.
     "The wizards, obviously," Lavender Lance snapped.
     "Again, just a symptom," Tensekai said.  "Dangerous, yes, very dangerous,
     Ka D'Argo, who had never been described as stupid, even by his enemies, nodded
slightly.  "The wizards in Old Valamantis were resurrected along with the city," he
said slowly.  "You think there might be some way for them to reach other wizards,
other Folstrom, of THIS time, don't you?  That's what we have to prevent."
     Tensekai nodded.
     "How?" Smeds demanded.
     "I'm not sure," the Silver Mage admitted.  "Killing the resurrected wizards
might do it."
     "But you don't think that's enough, do you?" Goblin said.
     "No.  I think we'll have to destroy the old city again," Tensekai answered.
"And that won't be easy with all the blood that's been spilled there.  Not when blood
magic is at its strongest, as now."
     "But it can be done?" Smeds asked.
     "To get rid of bloodstains, soak in cold water and hand-wash," Lavender Lance
     Tensekai turned toward her slowly, eyes wide.  "WHAT did you say?"
     The Illisni gladiator backed up a couple of steps in the face of his intensity.
"It's how you get bloodstains out of cloth.  Soak it in cold water--"
     "Yes!"  The mage stared around almost feverishly.  "We'll need a LOT of cold
     "Ice," Smeds suggested.  "From the mountains above Khalhums.  Dwarves can do
that."  He glanced at Shamu, who nodded.  "We're on it."  The two Dwarves stepped
aside, muttering together about sledges and sawdust.
     "If the wizards now in Old Valamantis realize we're trying to... quench the
blood magic, they'll move to stop us," Ka D'Argo said.  "So securing the arena and a
route of access will be our job."
     "And if any wizards get killed in the process..." Goblin bared his fangs, "too
bad for them."

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                                   Delarquan Edition

Old Valamantis:

     Smeds of Mordant and Shamu of Cliffhome, both Dwarves, drew off to the side from
the rest of the group.  Harvesting and transporting tons of ice from the peaks above
Khalhums was the kind of technical problem they relished, a true Dwarven sort of
problem.  Let the others worry about fighting resurrected wizards.
     "Can we quarry ice like stone?" Smeds wondered.  "There's always heat associated
with breaking rock, what if it melts the ice?"
     "It'd only melt some," Shamu guessed, "and we could stand that, especially if it
made things go a little faster.  And there are plenty of Dwarves in Khalhums who'd be
glad of a little work these days."
     "Closing the arena didn't close down the town!" Smeds protested.
     "Up to a point," Shamu agreed, squinting into the distance.  With the heat and
humidity over the Feyranse basin, the mountains weren't visible, but any Dwarf could
sense them.  Why, they probably weren't much more than a hundred miles away!  Well,
no more than two hundred, anyway.  "But how are we going to HAUL all that ice down
here before it melts?"
     "Wagons.  One thing that did drop to a trickle in the last couple of years is
trade through the mountains," Smeds answered.  "I've got friends up there, and I've
heard.  There are LOTS of carters eager for a load."
     "Right, and woodcutters in Caer who'd be glad to supply sawdust to pack it in, I
bet." Shamu agreed.  "We can do this!"

     "But I don't know ANYTHING about magic!" Lavender Lance of Illis was protesting,
     "That's all right, I know lots about magic," Tensekai the Silver Mage said.  He
patted her back in what he hoped was a soothing manner.  "You've got something just
as good in a situation like this:  you're a lucky guesser.  Between my knowledge and
your luck, we should do well.  Now..." he glanced around at the other gladiators, Ka
D'Argo, Sputter, and Goblin, "you do all understand the plan?"
     "Kill everybody in Old Valamantis who isn't us," Goblin answered promptly.
     Ka D'Argo suppressed a sigh and glanced sideways at the gladiator from Kaltos.
To Tensekai, he said, "We're to secure the Bloodgames arena and a corridor of
approach, hold it till the ice gets here, keeping the wizards out."
     "It's the part about keeping the wizards out that worries me," Sputter of Dwes
Eg muttered.  "Easy to SAY that, but they're WIZARDS.  How are we supposed to stop


     There were no ruins around Xochithlan to rise up at the wizard's call, because
the modern city was the old city, continuously lived in for longer than most
Alastarian cities had existed.  There was, perhaps, a tendency for certain long-
buried residents to stir in their graves, but if any came out to walk the streets, it
was not immediately obvious.
     What was obvious was the forest.
     There had been a forest around Xochithlan for a long time, but it had been
burned away during the Rirorni War.  Replanting efforts had been ongoing for the last
eight years, but eight years is not long enough to bring back a major forest.  And
what surrounded the city now, pressing in against the walls and disturbing the newer
suburbs, was a major forest.
     Not, however, a forest such as the Xochithlani remembered.
     This was a Forest Primeval.
     This was a forest that might hide...anything.
     And according to the scholars of ancient texts consulted by King Feyen of
Xochithlan, it probably did.

     "But I don't trust gladiators!" King Feyen protested.  "Why should I give them
this important job?"
     "Because no one else will take it," Chancellor Leldys said.  "The merchants will
not set their guards to clearing the road, each one fears that the others will hold
back men and attack those who strip their Houses of defense."
     "The army, then," Feyen said.  "What do I pay them for, anyway?"
     "You pay them to defend Xochithlan and your dynasty, Sire.  We dare not set the
army to the task of clearing the road, thus leaving the palace defenses understrength
now, when your half-brother Ferhis is showing his teeth.  An army could be lost in
that Forest...or could change allegiance to avoid going into it.  No, gladiators are
your best resource for this.  Set them to clearing the Forest back from the road so
that we can resume our regular coming and going with the rest of the Federation--"
     The king scowled and stroked his thin mustache.  "I notice there hasn't been any
problem with THEM getting in contact with us--the Shagair."
     The chancellor shrugged.  "Their methods are not something I would recommend.
To use the old magic so freely...dangerous.  Very dangerous.  And surely you don't
want to see the Shagair as our only contact with the rest of the world!"
     "Well, they ARE our kin."
     "I have kin I wouldn't trust.  And the Shagairn ideas of what constitutes proper
payment for the Rirorni War Debt is not...."
     "Not something we can pay.  I know."  Feyen sighed.  "Oh, all right, we'll ask
the gladiators to clear the road.  Land grants for every ten-mile stretch cleared to
a bow-shot back on each side...."
     The chancellor blanched.  "Land grants?  Sire, you can't go handing out land as
though it was an endless resource!  You--"
     "SMALL landgrants, Leldys.  I am NOT an idiot, you know.  If you're thinking of
the unfortunate incident with the oryx and the lotus tank, I assure you that it was
all Tirisha's doing!"
     "And I believe you, of course," the chancellor murmured.  "But things would be
so much easier, Sire, if you had an heir--"
     "I am NOT going to get married just to make things easier for you," Feyen cut
in.  "There's plenty of time.  Let's think about getting the road cleared first."

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

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 497): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 383): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 502): HARALDUR of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 498): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 497): FRIED TWINKIE of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 501): SERENGETI of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 499): PTI of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 493): HOLY BULL of THOROUGHBREDS (DRF, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 484): MAINE COON CAT of MEOW MIX (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 458): PINK BEAR of LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 449): STEVEN SCIMITAR of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 195): DUCK TAPE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 435): GUNSLINGER of KING'S KREW (King Ralph, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 384): APPLE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 182): MOUSETRAP of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 170): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 333): BET OR NOT DIE of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 147): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 497): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 383): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 502): none
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 498): ORCCON THUGS (DMobster, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 497): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 501): BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 499): SUGAR AND SPICE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 493): DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (Assamite, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 485): BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 484): CARNAGE CANARIES (Carnage Canary, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 458): SUICIDAL DREAMS (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 449): DENNY'S BKFAST (T'Loi, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 195): ATMAN PROJECT (Kosmos, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 435): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 384): FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 182): THE MUPPETS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 170): ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 333): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 147): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 377): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 497): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 496): SMEDS of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 498): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 499): PTI of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 492): VAPID VANNA of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 483): MR. TWISTER of IRONIC TAILS (Mr. Twister, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 457): KATHLEEN of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 448): UHLEK of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 194): TAMMY FAYE of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 435): ANN ARTICHOKE of DELVERS (Nick, mgr.)
                           YANKEE DAN of CLOWNING AROUND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 182): MERGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 147): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to OSKSI once again!  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings always 
change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, THE CONFUSED's 3rd moved them up 
to 4-1-0 place.  What's with LEFTISTS BLOW?  He actually beat AMERICAN APPRAISAL's 
DAT NGUYEN, and walked away with 17 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at 
BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES while they watched BUD SMITH clobber TWITCH.  He lost 13 points 
and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  TERRY MULHOLLAND was reminded 
on the sands why HARALDUR is Duelmaster.  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up 
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  OSKSI thinks SIMPLY 
DESSERTS and their 155-116-10 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up... 
The bums at THE BALROGS couldn't face the challenges from SIMPLY DESSERTS!  No excuse 
for that!  What do people see in THE GOALIE?  His 5-29-0?  GAMES LIBRARY ain't 
talkin', but he's got 44 points.  BRUENOR of AESIR knows how to pick 'em.  He 
challenged THE GOALIE of GAMES LIBRARY who is up by 23.  Now was this a wise move?  
BRUENOR perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he bested THE GOALIE and ended up 
with 50 recognition points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  AMOK of THE BALROGS didn't know when to quit.  When 
you've got a 4-12-1, that's a good sign.  Now she's dead.  The ultimate victory is 
one that results in death.  GOMER of knows this.  Will THE BALROGS attempt a 
Bloodfeud?  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, places to go...   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARALDUR 6325                15   4  0   152       AESIR (164)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DREUBRA 6092                 18  14  0   114       THE BALROGS (121)
 GRAPH 6073                   18  41  0   106       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-WOLF SPIDER 6324             13   5  1   102       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 PETE HARNISCH 3750           17   7  0    98       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
-SUNBURN 6345                  9   4  1    97       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
 LEFTISTS BLOW 6356            8   2  2    97       THE CONFUSED (584)
 SIMEARTH 6155                23  25  0    94       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 TERRY MULHOLLAND 3747        13   1  0    93       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUD SMITH 6022               10   2  2    89       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 DAT NGUYEN 6216              16  20  0    86       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 FROSTY 6314                  12   8  0    82       THE NUKES (580)
 TWITCH 6316                  10  10  1    79       THE NUKES (580)
 NOT HOYLE 6208               11  25  0    72       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 DAVID CONE 5795               9   7  1    72       BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
 DEWEY 6363                    9   4  0    72       GAMES LIBRARY (340)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A. COLMES 6357                5   5  0    61       THE CONFUSED (584)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SAPPHIRE STAR 6352            4   1  0    55       SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOMER 6326                   14   5  1    54       THE NUKES (580)
 DROMI 6408                    7   3  0    54       AESIR (164)
 YROHK 6191                   12  11  0    50       THE BALROGS (121)
 BRUENOR 6420                  4   4  1    50       AESIR (164)
 KNICK-KNACK PATTY 6378        4   0  0    47       SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)
 THE GOALIE 6229               5  29  0    44       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-CARROT 6416                   3   0  0    43       VEGGIES (591)
 BOOKIE 6394                   4   3  1    38       THE CONFUSED (584)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHELM 6261                    8   3  0    33       THE BALROGS (121)
 SAGA 6447                     3   0  0    30       AESIR (164)
-MARY JANE 5332                5   1  0    26       GREEN WITH ENVY (467)
-BUD GREEN 5434                3   2  0    26       GREEN WITH ENVY (467)
 DIANE MACK 6435               3   2  0    25       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
-COMEANDGETSOME 5334           4   2  0    24       GREEN WITH ENVY (467)
-GREEN BEAN 6419               2   2  0    24       VEGGIES (591)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SAND CRAWLER 6434             3   1  0    23       SIMPLY DESSERTS (555)
-SKULL CRACKER 6333            3   0  0    21       BLITZKRIEG (581)
 JEFF DUNKLE 6391              3   7  0    20       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 C. SCHUMER 6422               2   3  0    20       THE CONFUSED (584)
-BAHAMA MAMMA 6350             3   4  0    17       SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)
 YMIR 6446                     2   1  0    16       AESIR (164)
-BONES 6337                    2   1  0    14       BLITZKRIEG (581)
-KRONIC BLAZE 6423             1   0  0    12       GREEN WITH ENVY (467)
-TINY TIM 6359                 1   0  1    11       BLITZKRIEG (581)
-SQUASH 6418                   2   2  0     8       VEGGIES (591)
 FHIRDOK 6413                  1   1  0     5       THE BALROGS (121)
-IVAN THE GREAT 6336           1   2  0     5       BLITZKRIEG (581)
-LITTLE JOE 6335               1   2  0     5       BLITZKRIEG (581)
 RAY MORAN 6436                0   5  0     5       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
-SUSIE LAROUGH 6351            0   1  0     1       SUICIDAL DREAMS (583)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
JOHN MAHER 6218       12 21 2 AMERICAN APPRAISA 559 WOLF SPIDER 6324      501         
AMOK 6228              4 12 1 THE BALROGS 121       GOMER 6326            503         
THE SUN 6307           0  1 0 BRIGHT 578            TINY TIM 6359         501         
M. MOORE 6354          4  4 0 THE CONFUSED 584      STONE GOLEM 630       503 NONE    
SAND CRABS 6308       13  7 2 SIMPLY DESSERTS 555   TWITCH 6316           501 REVENGED
SHALYA MCNASTY 6395    1  1 1 SUICIDAL DREAMS 583   BOOKIE 6394           501         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Graph -- The following Leftists murdered over 100 Million people:  Stalin, Lenin,
Trotsky, Mao Tse Tung, Hitler, Pol Pot, Milosovich, and Hussein.  Can you name me one
"Rightist" that murdered even 1/10th of 1% of this Leftist total? -- Leftists Blow

Sorry I missed last turn, I was slow getting to The Pony Express. -- Shocking Toad,
the Manager

Dat Nguyen -- I find you horribly intimidating.  I'm sure I don't know why, but so it
is.  I believe I should delete your genotype from the gene pool. -- SimEarth

Sunburn -- Now I'm peeling! -- Graph

Dromi -- By your gear you were declared.  Your intentions were... Not Hoyle

Wow, "Dangerous Criminal" is right!  That wretch tried to steal my goal! -- The
(shocked) Goalie

Gomer -- I believe your exposure to strange radiations has lowered your intelligence,
since you seem unable to grasp the simple principles of my system. -- Dewey

Misfit -- Welcome back!  Great to see ya here.  I just started back up a few months
ago myself, after a three-year break.  As for alliances, GAPPDA sorta faded away
about five years ago, but there's still a few of us around. -- Buri

Frosty -- Yer fans want their money back! -- Haraldur

Not Hoyle -- They weren't supposed to be matchin me against dinosaurs! -- Dromi

Sand Crawler -- Ye'll have to hit a lot harder than that to do more than scratch me
armor. -- Bruenor

Wolf Spider -- You get my challenge this turn.  With my 14th win I just need to
fights to graduate, so let us match the best two records in Osksi! -- Haraldur

25 May 2004
                                 TEN TURNS OF HELL:
                        The KLK Capture The Flag Competition

In the spirit of the ongoing effort to make arena play what it used to be (FUN!!), I
am proud to announce the KLK Capture The Flag Competition.  The competition will be
held in Jhans (DM-36, which has, by the way, grown in size equal to Talcama already).
:)  We are announcing this contest early to allow managers time to prep.

     -- On turn 462 (due 8/4/04) the lowest ranked warrior on your team is given your
team's 'flag' (he is your initial flag defender).
     -- Starting on turn 463 (due 8/18/04) flags will be defended every turn and turn
463 is the turn scoring will begin.
     -- Fights involving flags are winners-take-all and a warrior can carry as many
flags as he can win.
     -- If a warrior holding a flag either A) goes inactive, B) loses to a stand-by
warrior or C) gets DA'd, he forfeits all flags he has and they are returned the their
original team's lowest ranked warrior.
     -- If you hold your own flag on an inactive warrior you receive NO POINTS that
     -- If a warrior graduates to AD holding flags starting on the next turn those
flags will be defended by the lowest ranked warrior on the team of the graduating
     -- Scoring as follows for each turn:
          2 pts -- possession of your own team flag
          1 pt -- possession any other flag
          1 pt -- for each win
          1 pt -- for each kill
          1 pt -- for each award you receive in the newsletter
     -- You may enter as many teams as you like (per RSI rules) but each team is its
own entry.
     -- Tie-Breaker goes to the team that had the most points from flags.
     -- If still tied the tie-breaker will be the team that had the most points from
kills.  (It's the Delarq way.)
     -- The contest lasts 10 turns and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
(based on highest point totals)

Prizes: (what you've been waiting on)
1st -- 3 know favorites potions*

       DA warrior named after winning manager
2nd -- 2 know favorites potions*
3rd -- 1 know favorites potion*

* These are full favorite potions (weapon, rhythms and tactics) and can only be used
on warriors with at least 4 FE.

     How's that for paying out? (grin)  Even if you think that it's all about the TC,
these prizes should be enough to draw you in.  (You know who you are.)
     I hope to see friend and foe alike come to Jhans.  Legion, Froths, and all the
others...this is your personal invite.  Can you win?  Can you survive 10 turns of
Hell in Jhans?
     Note:  Special thanks to RSI for helping make this contest possible.  Thanks

KLK Alliance
Director Jhans' Board of Tourism
Warden of the Froth Circle (grin)
D.R.C. 4 Life

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the 
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena 
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight 
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death 
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable 
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New 
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other 
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin 
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once 
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission 
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied 
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow 
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least 
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the 
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables 
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables 
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the 
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to 
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new 
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67 
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular 
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part 
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow 
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron 
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission; 
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New 
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall 
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor 
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part 
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by 
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by 
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death 
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena 
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to 
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding 
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie 
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being 
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the 
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to 
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to 
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name & 
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL 
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and 
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye 
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest 
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension 
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

M. MOORE was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BOBBY BROWNLIE was slaughtered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
LEFTISTS BLOW viciously subdued DAT NGUYEN in a popular 2 minute Challenge match.
BRUENOR bested THE GOALIE in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
BOOKIE overpowered YMIR in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SAGA devastated JEFF DUNKLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
HARALDUR devastated TERRY MULHOLLAND in a 1 minute mismatched Title match.
FROSTY was handily defeated by GRAPH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
TWITCH lost to BUD SMITH in a 1 minute duel.
PETE HARNISCH unbelievably bested SIMEARTH in a action packed 4 minute veteran's duel.
DREUBRA overpowered NOT HOYLE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
DEWEY handily defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute brutal one-sided bout.
DROMI was savagely defeated by DAVID CONE in a crowd pleasing 6 minute competition.
YROHK was subdued by A. COLMES in a 2 minute match.
WHELM was bested by KNICK-KNACK PATTY in a 4 minute bout.
GOMER easily killed AMOK in a 3 minute one-sided conflict.
FHIRDOK lost to C. SCHUMER in a action packed 4 minute gruesome amateur's bout.
DIANE MACK beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's brawl.
RAY MORAN was bested by MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   9 -  0      59  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   34 -  28 -  2      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  25 -  3      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -  17 -  1      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        13 -  15 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  19 -  1      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  25 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     10 -  20 -  1      33  |

Turn 503 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        2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  3     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  HARALDUR 6325              15   4  0  152 AESIR (164)
PARRY-STRIKE     DREUBRA 6092               18  14  0  114 THE BALROGS (121)
TOTAL PARRY      PETE HARNISCH 3750         17   7  0   98 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
LUNGING ATTACK   BUD SMITH 6022             10   2  2   89 BOMBAY BUMBLE BEES (308)
AIMED BLOW       FROSTY 6314                12   8  0   82 THE NUKES (580)
SLASHING ATTACK  DEWEY 6363                  9   4  0   72 GAMES LIBRARY (340)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    GOMER 6326                 14   5  1   54 THE NUKES (580)
PARRY-LUNGE      BOOKIE 6394                 4   3  1   38 THE CONFUSED (584)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DREUBRA 6092.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DAVID CONE 5795.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIMEARTH 6155, C. 
SAGA 6447, DREUBRA 6092, DEWEY 6363, and A. COLMES 6357.

The least popular fighter this week was WHELM 6261.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were RAY MORAN 6436, AMOK 6228, FHIRDOK 6413, GOMER 6326, NOT HOYLE 6208,