Date   : 09/22/2005    Duedate: 10/05/2005


DM-3    TURN-536

This Weeks Top Honors


(3-3662) [8-1-0,94]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLACK WIDOW                    KUNG FU REDNECK
(3-3662) [8-1-0,94]            (3-6518) [2-0-0,10]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HEARTS                         URU
GAMES LIBRARY (340)            AESIR (164)
(3-6485) [11-18-1,54]          (3-6538) [6-0-1,55]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GAMES LIBRARY (340)         20
2. AESIR (164)                 18      MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
3. MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)       10      Unchartered Team

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*NEED FOR SPEED (598)       2   0  0  100   1/ 2 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       7  5 0
 2/ 2*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600)   2   0  0  100   2/ 1 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     6  3 0
 3/ 3 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     15  12  0 55.6   3/ 4*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600)  2  0 0
 4/ 4 AESIR (164)              639 625 44 50.6   4/ 5 AESIR (164)               2  3 0
 5/ 5 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      398 637  9 38.5   5- 3*NEED FOR SPEED (598)      1  0 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[ Nightfall #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the south coast of the Ardivent Peninsula:

     Two men stood on the roof of the manor house and stared out at the bay.  A black
tower rose from the water near the string of rocky islands that narrowed the channel
between Ardivent and Kaltos.  Near the islands, but not on them.
     "I can't make out what it's standing on," Harbad Kore said.  The Guard was
Ambitious, but his inclinations had not led him to study charts of the bay.  He felt
there was more scope for him on land.
     "Not an island, not a charted rock," Ternas d'Aleen said.
     D'Aleen had shipping interests, or maybe just was interested in ships and boats,
but at least he was likely to know about the waters here.  You'd never take him for
an Assassin, and now that the Assassins' Guild had been outlawed again, he didn't
practice.  Although how he supported himself based on occasional appearances in the
arena as a standby...maybe he really was a shipper.  Kore shrugged that off.  It
wasn't his business, anyway.  "Okay, then what IS it standing on?"
     D'Aleen raised an eyebrow.  "How should I know?  But it arrived courtesy of
magic, so maybe it has a magical foundation, as well."
     "Magic."  The guard considered that for several minutes.  "And it's threatening
Ardivent's shipping, right?  Probably the Transelites did it."
     "An unfounded assumption," the assassin said.
     "No it isn't!  Transel's got loads of magicians, and the whole island lives off
piracy.  Seems reasonable to me that they're doing this."  His hand went to his
sword.  "We should Take Steps.  Those pirates can't be allowed to get away with
     "We all know you're a bit of a fool, Kore," the assassin said coldly.  "But you
don't need to keep demonstrating it.  And fortunately for us all, you are not the one
who must make the decision.  That is the Baron's prerogative.  We are merely here to
observe and report."
     Kore twitched his shoulder.  The comment about him being a fool he decided to
ignore; practicing or not, D'Aleen WAS an assassin.  "Okay, fine, I know I'm not the
diplomatic type, but mark my words, we'll end up going to war with Transel over this.
I just wish...."  He glanced down at the building beneath them uneasily.
     "Oh, I agree," D'Aleen said.  "I would much have preferred almost any other
vantage point, but this IS the best place for observing the black tower."
     "That statue in the front hall--"  The guard shivered.
     "I believe it isn't actually a statue," D'Aleen said after a moment.  "I seem to
have heard that it is actually a living person, preserved in amber.  A Lady
Protector...Stepharoo, or something like that."
     "It isn't decent," Harbad Kore said.  "She should be, I don't know, put out of
sight at the least, or buried, or something.  Just having a naked woman standing
there in the hall...."
     "Not buried," D'Aleen said.  "If she's a Lady Protector, which is what I
remember, then even if she's dead she isn't really dead.  To be buried alive..." he
shuddered.  "But if we have to use this place again, I would agree that we can move
her into a closet or something."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in OSKSI. 
Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  GAMES LIBRARY now holds the crown 
and they are betting they can keep it.  Hey everybody, watch out for SHARAN KHOR, who 
flew up 18 points in the rankings after mashing HODUR like a melon.  Keep your eye on 
this gal.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was HEARTS, who dropped 12 points 
after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with ALFJAR.  Our battling duelmaster 
BLACK WIDOW has managed to hold the title, fending off KUNG-FU MASTER's none too 
subtle advances.  Better luck next time, OSKSI.  An apple a day keeps the doctor 
away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the OSKSI arena.  Here's a 
song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS?   Big bad MISTRESS 4 
XMAS.  Big bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS.  OSKSI's afraid of the big bad MISTRESS 4 XMAS.  Tra 
la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause 
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT beats feet every time MISTRESS 4 XMAS smiles at them.  Try 
farming, eh?   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Knowing when to use the right tactics at 
the proper time is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     Well, there's the manager of the OSKSI giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and 
I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, 
I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK WIDOW 3662              8   1  0    94       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAT NGUYEN 6216              19  22  0    97       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALFJAR 6512                   9   5  0    73       AESIR (164)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 URU 6538                      6   0  1    55       AESIR (164)
 HEARTS 6485                  11  18  1    54       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-DIANE MACK 6435               5   5  0    42       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 MUMBLEDY PEG 6510             8  10  0    34       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-JEFF DUNKLE 6391              6   9  0    34       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARAN KHOR 6561              2   0  0    31       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-PEREGRINE FALCON 6495         2   0  0    28       NEED FOR SPEED (598)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISCHA 6560                   3   0  0    19       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
 HODUR 6530                    5   3  0    18       AESIR (164)
-RAY MORAN 6436                1   9  0    13       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 KUNG FU REDNECK 6518          2   0  0    10       SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600)
 YATZEE 6568                   1   1  0     9       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 DOMINO JOE 6562               1   1  0     8       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-ISABELLA 6556                 1   1  0     7       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
-REIKO 6553                    1   1  0     4       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
 VIGRID 6557                   0   2  0     2       AESIR (164)
 SKADI 6558                    0   2  0     2       AESIR (164)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
KEIRA 6559             0  1 0 MISTRESS 4 XMAS 304   MOUNTAIN TROLL 622    536 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

I won't tell the Fratsfa Slave what he was doing wrong, at least, not in public.  I
don't want to shame the boy. -- Hearts

That Ambitious Guard has lost all sense of proportion.  He was supposed to LOSE. --
Mumbledy Peg

Mischa -- Are you comfortable allowing your manager to objectify you?  I can see that
you are FULL of aggression and hostility, so why not direct it at HIM.  Your manager.
Show him what's what, eh? -- Yatzee

Kung Fu Redneck -- Hmm, maybe you need a stronger sunscreen. -- Domino Joe

Oh, a convicted thief.  Pooh. -- Sharan Khor

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KEIRA was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BLACK WIDOW won victory over KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute Title battle.
ALFJAR demolished HEARTS in a 1 minute uneven fight.
URU devastated MUMBLEDY PEG in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
HODUR was overpowered by SHARAN KHOR in a 1 minute mismatched match.
KUNG FU REDNECK viciously subdued VIGRID in a 1 minute bloody novice's duel.
SKADI was beaten by MISCHA in a 2 minute amateur's brawl.
YATZEE defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's melee.
DOMINO JOE won victory over MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -   6 -  1      75  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        17 -  11 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   9 -  2      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   5 -  0      17  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 536 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       BLACK WIDOW 3662            8   1  0   94 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
SLASHING ATTACK  ALFJAR 6512                 9   5  0   73 AESIR (164)
STRIKING ATTACK  URU 6538                    6   0  1   55 AESIR (164)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HEARTS 6485.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
KEIRA 6559.  The ten other most popular fighters were URU 6538, SHARAN KHOR 6561, 
HEARTS 6485, MISCHA 6560, and MUMBLEDY PEG 6510.

The least popular fighter this week was SKADI 6558.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were VIGRID 6557, HODUR 6530, MUMBLEDY PEG 6510, MISCHA 6560, HEARTS 6485,