DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/02/2008    Duedate: 09/15/2008

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-609

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PETE MASTIFF
DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [23-9-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PETE MASTIFF                   POSITION IS EMPTY
DOGS OF WAR (115)              
(4-6387) [23-9-0,118]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PETE MASTIFF                   PETE MASTIFF
DOGS OF WAR (115)              DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [23-9-0,118]          (4-6387) [23-9-0,118]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DOGS OF WAR (115)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DOGS OF WAR (115)           51
2. FAUX TIDES (606)             0      REDLEGS (602)
3. REDLEGS (602)               -6      Unchartered Team

                                       ROCK-ETTS (552)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 REDLEGS (602)             46  28  3 62.2   1/ 1 DOGS OF WAR (115)        14  1 0
 2/ 2 DOGS OF WAR (115)        531 716 26 42.6   2/ 2 REDLEGS (602)             8  7 0
 3- 3 FAUX TIDES (606)          28  50  5 35.9   3- 3 FAUX TIDES (606)          1  4 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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 604): WAIF of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): DOLOVOR of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 608): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 607): GERDIG IBBINS of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): LONG BEACH LILA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 603): OZZY of SABBATH (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): SALLI VOSS of MIDDLE WAY 13 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): BLACKHAWKZ of RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 442): FREON NECROPHILIA of DEE CEE (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 486): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 604): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 608): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 607): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 603): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr,(
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): WACKY (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 442): GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 486) POWER PLAY et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                          GRUNT of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 607): LEONIDAS of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): N'ORLEANS NORA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 608): ERASMUS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
                (turn 594): SHEWISH WHALER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 249): HOT AIR DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
               (turn 541): CHRISTELLINA of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 492): FEAR OF THE DARK of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
                             VOICES IN MY HEAD of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 236): MOUSETRAP of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 441): JAGGED SHIV of GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     An unlucky match for you, Dunn.  Sorry you didn't learn more, but you just
weren't paying attention to my moves the way you should have been.  Not just in
failing to pick up the tricks I was demonstrating, either.  You should have dodged or
parried, you should have been faster off the mark.  What was your manager thinking?
Do I have to do all the teaching?  Eh, sorry, been a trying day here.

                                    Pete Mastiff

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome JHELUM.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have 
I fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  What's with MAT'ARI?  She 
actually beat JHELUM's EMBEZZLING SCRIBE, and walked away with 20 more points from 
the fight.  Major screwup at REDLEGS.  SPARKY lost 7 points to JOSEPH.  Some new 
strategies, perhaps?  Maybe SPARKY will provide more easy wins...  Try as he might, 
DUNN wasn't good enough at persuading PETE MASTIFF to step down from the Duelmaster's 
throne...  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  JHELUM thinks DOGS OF WAR 
and their 531-716-26 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  In my 
day, no team with a 526-716-26 would scare me off!  What's the problem, REDLEGS?   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting 
younger every day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  Are 
you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PETE MASTIFF 6387            23   9  0   118       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOVARNO 6424                 14   3  0   105       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOSEPH 6407                  16   7  0    81       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 DUNN 6425                     9   6  1    71       REDLEGS (602)
 GRIFFEY 6468                  6   2  0    68       REDLEGS (602)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPARKY 6469                   7   1  1    57       REDLEGS (602)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BROTHER TAO 6458              8   7  2    50       FAUX TIDES (606)
 RED HAMMER 6476               5   2  0    44       DOGS OF WAR (115)
-ONE EYED MACK 6459            9   6  0    42       FAUX TIDES (606)
 LARKIN 6467                   6   3  0    35       REDLEGS (602)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BASTOR 6453                   4   9  2    30       FAUX TIDES (606)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORGAN 6450                   5   6  0    23       REDLEGS (602)
 MAT'ARI 6482                  1   0  0    20       DOGS OF WAR (115)
-SMYD 6478                     2   1  0    18       FAUX TIDES (606)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Well, my friends, the arena is slow and this is the perfect time for my very
first team to take a rest at RSI database hotel.  It has been fun and I have learned
a ton.  Despite my love for these characters, they're (except Tao) nearly at their
peak and falling fast.  Look for Faux Tides II in DM 29 or my new investment,
Forsaken in DM 17. :)  I'm happy you enjoy my stories.  I hope to add more in a long
and colorful career. -- Gavin Rule
P.S.  Forsaken's manager is Garou.

Griffey -- Ah, man, too late to "reconsider the gladiator stuff" now.  But you could
reconsider how you handle it.  Good luck to you. -- Leonidas, headed for a well-
earned retirement

The Convicted Assassin, a wuss in wolf's clothing.  Ha.  Eat steel, Convicted
Assassin. -- Lovarno

Today, the Dangerous Criminal does not live up to his name.  This is good.  I did not
need a dangerous opponent. -- Joseph

Sparky -- Aaaah!  That stings! -- Red Hammer
P.S.  Getting buried in the sand afterward didn't help, either.

Harlock of Gwent, Master of Kung-Fu -- For that kind thought, I thank you.  Listen
up, everybody!  Teach me skills so I can graduate! -- Pete Mastiff

Morgarisiane of Xochithlan, called the Venomous Vixen -- It would be my pleasure to
remain in this area and pursue an acquaintance, ma'am. -- Leonidas

Lovarno -- If someone would offer me money for it, I would dearly enjoy getting you
into an alley. -- Trilibo of Sibikhas, Assassin Third Class

Joseph -- It's a bum rap.  I'm a nice guy.  No need for you to get so nasty, dude. --
Radziff the Hook, dangerous and criminal but there's no need to make a big deal of
that

Morgan -- I did warn you not to try to spend those bank notes actually *in* the bank.
-- Fat Dan, Scribe and Gambler

9 August 2008
All -- We are currently looking for capable manager that will give the Desolate
Empire Alliance a full roster for the Turf War.  We currently have four (4) roster
slots that are open to capable managers without questionable morals.  If interested
for the Turf War, contact:  Lamar Treas-Wilson, Dok Sik, Dok Sik Killas DM 47

8 July 2008
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
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                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PETE MASTIFF devastated DUNN in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
LOVARNO handily defeated GRIFFEY in a 1 minute one-sided match.
JOSEPH vanquished SPARKY in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
RED HAMMER overpowered MORGAN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LARKIN devastated OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
MAT'ARI overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW        11 -   3 -  1      79  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   4 -  1      73  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   5 -  0      72  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   32 -  18 -  1      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -  16 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 609 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PETE MASTIFF 6387          23   9  0  118 DOGS OF WAR (115)
BASHING ATTACK   LOVARNO 6424               14   3  0  105 DOGS OF WAR (115)
WALL OF STEEL    JOSEPH 6407                16   7  0   81 DOGS OF WAR (115)
LUNGING ATTACK   GRIFFEY 6468                6   2  0   68 REDLEGS (602)
AIMED BLOW       SPARKY 6469                 7   1  1   57 REDLEGS (602)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PETE MASTIFF 6387.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PETE MASTIFF 6387.  The ten other most popular fighters were LOVARNO 6424, 
JOSEPH 6407, RED HAMMER 6476, LARKIN 6467, DUNN 6425, MAT'ARI 6482, GRIFFEY 6468, 
SPARKY 6469, MORGAN 6450, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was MORGAN 6450.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SPARKY 6469, GRIFFEY 6468, MAT'ARI 6482, DUNN 6425, LARKIN 6467, RED 
HAMMER 6476, JOSEPH 6407, LOVARNO 6424, PETE MASTIFF 6387, and  0.

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.