Date   : 10/06/2005    Duedate: 10/19/2005


DM-3    TURN-537

This Weeks Top Honors


(3-4861) [16-4-1,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WIRLITZ                        MITOCHONDRIAC
(3-4861) [16-4-1,111]          (3-4971) [0-1-0,15]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ELWERTH                        HEARTS
(3-4127) [17-16-1,105]         (3-6485) [12-18-1,66]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SORCERY COVENANT (52)       50
2. GAMES LIBRARY (340)         30      SORCERY COVENANT (52)
3. JGW BIOWARFARE (438)        15      Unchartered Team
4. AESIR (164)                 12

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600)   2   0  0  100   1/ 1 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       9  6 0
 2/ 0 SORCERY COVENANT (52)    501 426 17 54.0   2/ 0 SORCERY COVENANT (52)     5  0 0
 3/ 4 AESIR (164)              640 629 44 50.4   3/ 2 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     4  4 0
 4/ 3 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     15  15  0 50.0   4/ 4 AESIR (164)               3  7 0
 5/ 5 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      402 638  9 38.7   5- 3*SOUTHERN DISCOMFOR (600)  2  0 0
 6/ 0*JGW BIOWARFARE (438)       0   1  0  0.0   6/ 0*JGW BIOWARFARE (438)      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

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Arenamistress Sitalva leaned on the parapet of the Silver Mage's tower and
watched the ships moving away from the docks of Valamantis.  Tensekai was down in one
of his working rooms, working magic.  Probably stewing in anger, too.  But she'd
warned him that Shanmarrik wouldn't just sit by and wait for someone else to come up
with an "appropriate" action.
     The ships of the city were going to attack the tower that was menacing their
trade.  There were fishermen and merchants, some that might be part-time pirates, and
Shanmarrik's official navy, which wasn't large but had managed to hold its own
against the Transel pirates.  She had never seen or heard of such unity of effort
here, and against any normal foe, they should be effective.  Against a tower that
appeared from who-knew-what-dimension...well, who knew what would happen?
     There was a muffled blast from under her feet, a little smoke seeping through
the trapdoor, and a suggestion of very angry words.  It occurred to her that Tensekai
might be making a big mistake, trying to work some spell while angry, but who was she
to criticize a mage?  He wouldn't thank her for it.
     The movement of the fleet was orderly, considering its miscellaneous
composition.  The best-armed ships took the lead and spread into a crescent around
the landward side of the black tower, the fishers and merchants backing them up.
Another fleet, rather smaller but just as heterogeneous, came in from the outer bay
and curved to meet the Valamantans end to end.  Sitalva raised an eyebrow; they were
flying the green-and-black banner of Kordos.  The island kingdom of Kordos was
nominally a part of the Mordanti Alliance, but it was a direct fief from Queen
Talissen and did not usually act together with the major members.  If Talissen was
going to take a hand and put the strength of the whole Alliance behind the effort to
get rid of the black tower--
     Another, more powerful explosion caused Tensekai's tower to shudder.  Sitalva
gripped the stone parapet and looked down, trying to decide where she might most
safely jump if she had to.  Before she could make up her mind, the black tower
flashed very dark purple, and bolts of dark lightning blasted outward from it.  Two
of Shanmarrik's warships blew up, and one of the leading Kordan vessels.  She could
hear screams as men were hurled into the water or ripped apart by splinters of the

     Rossanarth, the Ambitious Guard, grabbed M. Kargaed Chardinee as the ship under
them blew apart.  Ross was an elf, and Kargaed was Rirorni, a race much hated by the
elves of the south, but that was politics and history.  This was a question of
immediate survival, and it was Ross's opinion that of all the people on the doomed
_Pride of Dawn_, Kargaed was the smartest and, with the possible exception of the
Veteran Mercenary, Skomaenedh--also a Rirorni, the damned nomads were everywhere you
looked these days--had the strongest survival instinct.  Sko was smart, too, but he
could swim.  Kargaed couldn't.  And the Chardinee (it was some kind of semi-secret
society) was near at hand.  Ross couldn't see the Mercenary anywhere.
     Kargaed's fingers bit into the Guard's arm, but he didn't panic--quite--as they
were blown into the water, went under, and finally surfaced amid the wreckage.  He
coughed and blinked the water from his eyes, looked around.  "I think Shanmarrik made
a mistake," he said hoarsely.  "Thanks for catching me before I drowned."
     Rossanarth would have shrugged, had circumstances permitted.  "I figure we're in
this together," he said, "and the two of us together will have a better chance of
getting OUT of it than either one alone."
     "Probably true," Kargaed said.  From their position low in the water--just their
heads out of it--he couldn't see much.  Waves kept slapping him in the face, for one
thing.  Bits of wood floated near them, and he grabbed one to leave Rossanarth with
both arms free.  He thought he glimpsed at least one intact ship, but it wasn't near.
He noticed the Guard thrust himself upward out of the water almost to his waist, look
around quickly, and sink back, going under briefly and emerging.  "What's our
     "No ships close enough to hail, nobody else alive in the water that I can see--
but I wouldn't have spotted us if I were somebody else--and there seems to be a
current carrying us toward the black tower."
     The Rirorni frowned, then nodded.  "I think it may be our duty to pay a visit to
the tower, then.  Mine, at least, I will choose no desperate mission for others."
     "I'll go with you," Rossanarth said.

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

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 528): BRICK WALL of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 414): MELLITA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 536): BLACK WIDOW of MISTRESS 4 XMAS (Angus, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 532): VANGUARD of ORCCON THUGS (DMobster, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): BULL DURHAM of PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 535): COOKIE FOR THE SOUL of HOLE IN THE WALL (The Muffin Man)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): HAILSTORM of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 527): SIR REALISTIC of SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): ALTON of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 518): ASHANDAR of AGE OF EMPIRE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 492): NIKITA of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 482): SIR LICKSALOT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 212): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 469): OSTMAN of WAY OF THE SWORD A3 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 418): WILLIE MCGEE of ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): EVANGELION of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 367): DOC FELLE of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 163): DRUWEZ of GLACIATION GUILD II (Sir Chester, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 411): WIGGLER of THUNDR + LITENING from TALCAMA (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 528): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 414): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 536): GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 532): HARMONY (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 535): THE LADY'S LIST (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 527): SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 518): AGE OF EMPIRE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 492): ABSTRACT (Xerxes, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 482): JINDA-BAN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 212): LITERATI (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 469): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 418): RONIN (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 199): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): CHAPEL ROCK (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 367): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 163): TWISTED SISTERS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 411): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 413): YOBER of OF WOLF AND MAN 6 (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 531): CYCLONE of FURY'S EDGE (Fury, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 531): BULL DURHAM of PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
               (turn 530): THE IMPECCABLE PIG of JUST DON'T CARE (The Muffin Man)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 533): HAILSTORM of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 526): QUADRICEPS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
                           IVAN MASHMINAPLP of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 519): ALTON of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                            BILLY THE SQUID of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
                (turn 518): WILL THE BIKER of NEXT GENERATION (Assurnasirbanipal)
                            PREBIRTH of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 198): FRED WEASLEY of GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (Godric Gryffindor)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 187): EVANGELION of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
OSKSI brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see MUMBLEDY PEG win a fight and gain 17 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
HODUR beat SHARAN KHOR and SHARAN KHOR lost 16 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  
And it's out with the old, in with the new, as WIRLITZ takes the Title and last 
week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Elefont, humph!  I've tasted 
better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From OSKSI's trash dumps?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
What's the big D?  AESIR was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks like MISTRESS 4 XMAS avoided them the 
most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm 
frightfully impressed, SKADI was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego 
swell, sports fans.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave 
team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before 
I leave the fine city of OSKSI.  I feel much better now.  I see the crowds are 
getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WIRLITZ 4861                 16   4  1   111       SORCERY COVENANT (52)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOTTHUR 4740                 18   6  1   105       SORCERY COVENANT (52)
 ELWERTH 4127                 17  16  1   105       SORCERY COVENANT (52)
-DAT NGUYEN 6216              19  22  0    97       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK WIDOW 3662              8   2  0    88       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
 ULDI SHOON 4951               8   4  0    82       SORCERY COVENANT (52)
 ALFJAR 6512                   9   6  0    69       AESIR (164)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEARTS 6485                  12  18  1    66       GAMES LIBRARY (340)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MUMBLEDY PEG 6510             9  10  0    51       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 URU 6538                      6   1  1    50       AESIR (164)
-DIANE MACK 6435               5   5  0    42       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
-JEFF DUNKLE 6391              6   9  0    34       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HODUR 6530                    6   3  0    33       AESIR (164)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YATZEE 6568                   2   1  0    18       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 CIRRUS 6029                   2   0  0    18       SORCERY COVENANT (52)
 DOMINO JOE 6562               2   1  0    16       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 SHARAN KHOR 6561              2   1  0    15       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 MITOCHONDRIAC 4971            0   1  0    15       JGW BIOWARFARE (438)
-RAY MORAN 6436                1   9  0    13       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 MISCHA 6560                   3   1  0    10       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
-KUNG FU REDNECK 6518          2   0  0    10       SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (600)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ISABELLA 6556                 1   1  0     7       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
-REIKO 6553                    1   1  0     4       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
-BLACK MAGIC 5210              0   1  0     1       BLACK ATTACK (453)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SKADI 6558             0  3 0 AESIR 164             STONE GOLEM 630       537 NONE    
VIGRID 6557            0  3 0 AESIR 164             BANDIT PRINCE 629     537 NONE    
HELLEN 6574            0  1 0 MISTRESS 4 XMAS 304   SPYMASTER 626         537 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Domino Joe -- Actually what I'm really needin' is a cold Bud Light and some venison
with fried rice!  Keep yapping, bubba, and I'm gonna slap you with my Five Fingers of
Death as if I were yer Pa. -- Kung Fu Redneck

Alfjar -- I'm just glad you didn't bring the WHOLE jar, dear boy. -- Hearts
P.S.  Just as a matter of purest curiosity, and rather idle, too, would that
translate approximately to "elf-spear"?

Uru -- My life is NOT worthless!  It is NOT! -- Mumbledy Peg

Hodur -- My turn to win again, eh?  I like it. -- Sharan Khor

Mordant Deserter?  Pah. -- Yatzee

I don't always agree with Yatzee, but he's right about the Mordant Deserter.  If I
was the Mordanti, I wouldn't want him back. -- Domino Joe

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

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SKADI was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
VIGRID was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
HELLEN was easily killed by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
BLACK WIDOW was overpowered by WIRLITZ in a 1 minute bloody mismatched Title duel.
NOTTHUR overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ELWERTH devastated ALFJAR in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
ULDI SHOON overpowered CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
HEARTS savagely defeated URU in a action packed 3 minute gruesome uneven melee.
MUMBLEDY PEG vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
SHARAN KHOR was overpowered by HODUR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CIRRUS unbelievably bested MISCHA in a 7 minute brutal novice's bout.
DOMINO JOE demolished MITOCHONDRIAC in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
YATZEE devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -   6 -  1      74  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW        17 -  11 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     12 -   9 -  2      57  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 537 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  WIRLITZ 4861               16   4  1  111 SORCERY COVENANT (52)
LUNGING ATTACK   NOTTHUR 4740               18   6  1  105 SORCERY COVENANT (52)
AIMED BLOW       BLACK WIDOW 3662            8   2  0   88 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
BASHING ATTACK   ULDI SHOON 4951             8   4  0   82 SORCERY COVENANT (52)
STRIKING ATTACK  URU 6538                    6   1  1   50 AESIR (164)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ELWERTH 4127.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was HEARTS 6485.  The ten other most popular fighters were MISCHA 6560, ULDI SHOON 
4951, MUMBLEDY PEG 6510, WIRLITZ 4861, NOTTHUR 4740, ELWERTH 4127, URU 6538, HODUR 
6530, DOMINO JOE 6562, and YATZEE 6568.

The least popular fighter this week was CIRRUS 6029.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MITOCHONDRIAC 4971, SHARAN KHOR 6561, ALFJAR 6512, BLACK WIDOW 3662, 
HELLEN 6574, VIGRID 6557, SKADI 6558, YATZEE 6568, DOMINO JOE 6562, and HODUR 6530.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: