DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/29/2004    Duedate: 07/12/2004

KALTOS ARENA

DM-5    TURN-499

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HOWLER
THE TAKEN (370)
(5-3591) [14-8-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HOWLER                         DOG
THE TAKEN (370)                ON THE FARM (478)
(5-3591) [14-8-0,116]          (5-4576) [3-2-1,38]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BELISS DON                     HOWLER
THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)         THE TAKEN (370)
(5-4558) [16-16-0,87]          (5-3591) [14-8-0,116]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE TAKEN (370)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE TAKEN (370)             52
2. BLITZKRIEG (481)            25      MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)
3. ON THE FARM (478)           19      Unchartered Team
4. JOHNS (379)                 16
5. THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)      13      ON THE FARM (478)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 HOUSE OF PANCAKES (471)   10   2  0 83.3   1/ 1 THE TAKEN (370)          10  4 0
 2/ 3 MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)    38  13  1 74.5   2/10 RENEGADES II (180)        6  4 0
 3- 4*OF WOLF AND MEN 4 (403)    6   3  0 66.7   3/ 3*ON THE FARM (478)         5  2 1
 4/ 5*ON THE FARM (478)          8   5  1 61.5   4/ 4 JOHNS (379)               5  7 0
 5/ 9 THE TAKEN (370)           57  46  3 55.3   5/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)    4 10 0
 6/ 6 TECHNOLOGY (283)         464 392 30 54.2   6/ 5 MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)    2  1 0
 7- 7 PARTY ANIMALS (324)      111  96  7 53.6   7/ 8*BLITZKRIEG (481)          2  2 0
 8/ 8 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)   165 146  7 53.1   8-11 PARTY ANIMALS (324)       1  0 0
 9/10 RENEGADES II (180)       267 248 18 51.8   9- 6*OF WOLF AND MEN 4 (403)   1  0 0
10/ 1*BLITZKRIEG (481)           2   2  0 50.0  10- 7 HOUSE OF PANCAKES (471)   1  0 0
11/11 JOHNS (379)              191 308  8 38.3  11/ 9 TECHNOLOGY (283)          1  2 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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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
rounds
     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
Spotlights!].
     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 #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Delarquan Edition

Old Valamantis and away:

     Smeds and Shamu didn't wait for the others to solve THEIR problems, they set out
for the mountains and Khalhums, by way of Mordant and Caer, hitching a ride on a
wagon full of tanned hides.
     Shamu sprawled on the pile of leather and grimaced as the wagon jolted into and
out of a pothole.  Both Dwarves bounced and rolled.  "This is just about
unacceptable."
     "It could be worse," Smeds offered.  "They could be GREEN hides instead of
tanned ones!"
     "Yuck," the Cliffhomer said absently.  "But that wasn't what I meant--the road.
How can we expect to send dozens, maybe even scores of wagons over a road like this?
They'd be shaken to bits if they hurried, and the ice would melt if they didn't."
     "These are the roads we've got to work with," Smeds answered.  "And they aren't
THAT bad."  An especially deep set of ruts sent them bounding wildly over the back of
the wagon.  "Okay, maybe they ARE that bad, but they're STILL the roads we have to
work with."  He was silent for a moment, then shrugged--and grabbed for the side of
the wagon as it rocked and tilted over more ruts.  "This wouldn't be so bad if we
hadn't had two weeks of rain to make really big muddy ruts, and then a couple of
months dry, you know.  Maybe if it rains again--"
     "Oh, joy, wagons stuck in the mud from Khalhums to Valamantis."  Shamu frowned
at the road and at the forest passing on the left (the Feyranse River was on the
right).  There was nothing like a technical problem to get a Dwarf thinking.  "We
need to corduroy the road.  There are trees enough.  Organize parties to work out of
Mordant in both directions, and the road might be passable by the time the ice wagons
are coming down."
     "A corduroy road won't last," Smeds warned, "not where the ground's as wet as it
is here.  The logs will rot."
     "It'll last all summer, at least, and that's all we need.  If we haven't gotten
enough cold water to Old Valamantis to wash out those bloodstains by then, we're
going to be in too much trouble to worry about the road."
     Smeds sighed and then laughed.  "I can't BELIEVE we're taking Debby Tonte's
advice on this!"
     "Well, nobody else had any suggestions at all."

     Nobody paid attention to them when they entered the resurrected city of Old
Valamantis, but that wasn't reassuring.  There were a lot of people around, more than
they'd expected, and somebody SHOULD be paying attention.
     "It's a trap," Ka D'Argo muttered.  "They know something we don't.  Something
that means we're walking right into the frying pan."
     "So what?" Goblin asked.  "We know something THEY don't, too.  Something that
means anybody who attacks US is in for a really big surprise."  The Kaltosian
gladiator fingered his sword and bared his pointed teeth in a hungry grin.  "I hope
they start something SOON."
     "I don't," Sputter grumbled.  "Better to put off till tomorrow the blows you can
avoid today.  And spells are even worse."
     "They won't attack us until we get near the arena," Tensekai said.  The Silver
Mage squinted at the sky, which was a dome of glaring white haze, and then at the
battered wall of the Bloodgames arena looming over the lesser structures a mile away.
"Okay, they might attack physically before then, but...I think they'd rather have our
blood spilled close to the center of their spell-working."
     "So our blood can feed their spells, too?  Great, just great.  What I always
wanted to do," Lavender Lance said.  She sighed heavily.  "And I'm SURE they won't
appreciate us properly."  She drew herself up into a stance that had made more than
one male gladiator falter at the wrong moment as pearly flesh strained against violet
lace.  "I've heard that wizards are BLIND to the finer nuances."
     Tensekai coughed and wrenched his gaze away, blushing.  "Not all of us," he said
in a strangled voice.  "Not...BLIND, anyway."

     "I really don't think we should be doing this," Alta Chess muttered.  She looked
back over her shoulder at the patchwork wall of modern Valamantis longingly.  "I
don't WANT to be doing this...."
     "Nonsense!  Don't be such a coward, Alta," Chip Enser said.  "This is ADVENTURE.
Things are HAPPENING in Old Valamantis.  Do you want to be nothing more than a
SPECTATOR?"
     "Wizard things," his teammate countered.  "And what do we know about wizard
stuff?  Yeah, I'd lots rather be just a spectator.  Lots rather."
     "There's gladiators involved in this; it isn't ALL wizards.  And not all of them
are Lord Protectors, either."  Chip sighed ostentatiously.  "I suppose I couldn't
expect better from a GIRL.  But we can at least get close enough to WATCH, can't we?"

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 498): JEJUNE of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 383): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 503): HARALDUR of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 499): STANLEY'S CUP of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 498): FRIED TWINKIE of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 502): SERENGETI of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 500): TASTY HANGNAIL of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 494): LENNY BAXTER of TOWNSVILLAINS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 486): PURPLE FIREFISH of BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): SYRANO BLOODBANE of THE BLOODBANES (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): PINK BEAR of LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 450): STEVEN SCIMITAR of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): DUCK TAPE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 436): GUNSLINGER of KING'S KREW (King Ralph, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 385): 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 334): YOU of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 148): CANNONBALL of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 378): SLEEPLESS PARANOIA of PARENTHOOD from DWES EG (TUM)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 498): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 384): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 503): AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 499): ORCCON THUGS (DMobster, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 498): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 502): BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 500): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 494): PRAETORIAN GUARD (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 486): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): CARNAGE CANARIES (Carnage Canary, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 450): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): ATMAN PROJECT (Kosmos, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 436): HIGHER PURPOSE (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 385): ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 182): THE MUPPETS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 170): ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 334): SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 148): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 378): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 497): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 384): ONE BROW of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, 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 494): LENNY BAXTER of TOWNSVILLAINS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): SYRANO BLOODBANE of THE BLOODBANES (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): PINK BEAR of LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): MISS CON DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 436): GUNSLINGER of KING'S KREW (King Ralph, mgr.)
               (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

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  What's a move up by 8 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause 
for celebration, according to RENEGADES II.  Practice pays for GOBLIN, who pummelled 
FAST FORWARD, to pocket 24 points.  A certain someone should cut down on the drinking 
and practice more, after losing 13 points to GOBLIN.  (Discrete enough, FAST 
FORWARD?) FRIED TWINKIE found out being KALTOS' Duelmaster isn't all nuts and 
berries, receiving 2 challenges!  In KALTOS, nothing is permanent (except Death), and 
we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, HOWLER.  Word has it one team in KALTOS is using 
psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Perhaps the warriors of RENEGADES II 
should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of good 
breeding scorns the "warriors" of THE TAKEN, so did that sorry team shy from 
RENEGADES II Willing to win at any cost is HORSE, who challenged ERLOI GILL, 11 
points junior.  Our sympathies, ERLOI GILL!  I thought HORSE showed great skill and 
promise when it bested ERLOI GILL.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  DOG of ON THE 
FARM sends HANS JOILICE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 goes to the Weary Warrior's Retirement 
Home.  KALTOS has no place for weaklings!  Questions are being raised about the 
disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in KALTOS would I 
avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  As the seasons change, and the creatures 
of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave this place.  Like a mixed 
metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid KALTOS farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOWLER 3591                  14   8  0   116       THE TAKEN (370)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAPTAIN CRUNCH 4330          11   5  1   116       TECHNOLOGY (283)
-BULL DURHAM 4324             10   2  0   114       PARTY ANIMALS (324)
 SILENT 4600                  12   4  1   100       THE TAKEN (370)
 FRIED TWINKIE 4562           18   5  0    97       MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)
-BEATLE BAILEY 3745           13   8  0    97       PARTY ANIMALS (324)
-ROSE 4603                    11   3  2    97       THE TAKEN (370)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BELISS DON 4558              16  16  0    87       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 HOFFA 4348                    8  53  0    77       JOHNS (379)
-TONY TWILO 4525              10   2  0    68       HOUSE OF PANCAKES (471)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOBLIN 4605                   6   8  0    62       THE TAKEN (370)
 PRIME 3882                    9   2  1    59       RENEGADES II (180)
-MOUSE DAVIS 4379              6   1  1    58       PARTY ANIMALS (324)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAST FORWARD 4484             9   8  0    51       TECHNOLOGY (283)
-ICE FOX 3877                  6   3  0    47       OF WOLF AND MEN 4 (403)
 THE LIMPER 4639               4   0  0    42       THE TAKEN (370)
 NEO 4602                      3   2  1    42       TECHNOLOGY (283)
 DOG 4576                      3   2  1    38       ON THE FARM (478)
 HORSE 4575                    3   2  0    34       ON THE FARM (478)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLYNN 4624                    4   3  1    33       JOHNS (379)
 ELECTRIC SHEEP 4595           3   0  0    30       TECHNOLOGY (283)
 SPONGE II 3897                5   0  0    27       RENEGADES II (180)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZAKAU 4623                    4   3  0    20       JOHNS (379)
 HOFFA 4622                    4   3  0    18       JOHNS (379)
 FERGHAN HOHL 4633             1   4  0    18       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 ERLOI GILL 4620               4   4  0    16       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 VINNY THE JET 3889            4   2  0    14       RENEGADES II (180)
 FENRIS 4530                   2   2  0    14       RENEGADES II (180)
-COW 4577                      2   1  0    13       ON THE FARM (478)
-GATOR BAIT 4609               1   0  0    13       BLITZKRIEG (481)
 BRAND 4651                    1   0  0    11       RENEGADES II (180)
-SPONGE BOB 4608               1   0  0    11       BLITZKRIEG (481)
-INSANITY 4625                 1   1  0     8       MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)
-SAMANTHA FOX 4574             1   3  0     6       PARTY ANIMALS (324)
 MARIGON ORRIS 4645            0   2  0     2       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
COPPERHEAD 4611        0  1 0 BLITZKRIEG 481        ARENAMASTER TROKT 619 499 NONE    
BATTLE SCAR 4610       0  1 0 BLITZKRIEG 481        BLACK ORC 616         499 NONE    
MELLENKAMP 4621        2  1 2 JOHNS 379             NEO 4602              495 NOT REVE
HANS JOILICE 4606      5  9 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 453  DOG 4576              499         
JAD LADRUE 4559       11 17 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 453  ROSE 4603             495 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dog -- I suppose you smelled my cat, huh?  Darn. -- Hans Joilice

Horse -- Bad enough you kicked sand in my face, you didn't have to STEP on me. --
Erloi Gill

Howler -- You want me deaf, don't you?  I can tell. -- Beliss Don

Zakau -- Oh, hey, that was really neat!  I want to win AGAIN! -- Ferghan Hohl

Sponge II -- Cheese, I didn't know I was going to meet somebody terribly experienced
my first time out.  I wasn't ready for you. -- Marigon Orris
P.S.  So how come I only learned one skill?  I was paying attention, when I wasn't
crying from exhaustion.

Fried Twinkie -- It's probably some kind of curse.  I had a warrior once who had met
all the requirements, and the Commission kept passing over him.  I think, myself,
that it was a basic reluctance to graduate a belligerent Duck, which is probably not
your problem.  But sometimes warriors slip through the cracks.  I had one who slipped
out of sight even more definitively, since the Duck did finally graduate.  One who
graduated, fought a few times in Talahya, and then totally disappeared from the
Commission's rolls!  I've offered to agitate on her behalf (she's a lot nicer than
the Duck), but she says she likes the retirement.... -- Nick

Elizumir -- Hi back at you. -- Nick, Middle Way 5
P.S.  "Beating gladiators senseless" presupposes that they have sense.  You may find
yourself in difficulty in that respect.

Ahh.  Technology took the turn off.  Pity.  I'm sure Otto X will be excited I'm back.
-- Elizamir

Goblin -- Nice try. -- Prime

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

COPPERHEAD was butchered by ARENAMASTER TROKTAI in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BATTLE SCAR was viciously butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
HORSE demolished ERLOI GILL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DOG butchered HANS JOILICE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
VINNY THE JET was overpowered by FLYNN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SPONGE II bested FERGHAN HOHL in a 3 minute novice's Challenge duel.
FRIED TWINKIE was viciously subdued by HOWLER in a 9 minute master's Title match.
SILENT handily defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
HOFFA was vanquished by BELISS DON in a action packed 3 minute gory uneven fight.
FAST FORWARD was overpowered by GOBLIN in a 1 minute uneven match.
THE LIMPER luckily beat THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a tiresome 15 minute brutal fight.
PRIME bested NEO in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
ELECTRIC SHEEP subdued HOFFA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
ZAKAU overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
FENRIS defeated MARIGON ORRIS in a 1 minute novice's duel.
BRAND bested PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a exciting 1 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       26 -   5 -  0      84  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  13 -  2      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  12 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  15 -  4      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL      1 -  11 -  0       8  |

Turn 499 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-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  HOWLER 3591                14   8  0  116 THE TAKEN (370)
TOTAL PARRY      FRIED TWINKIE 4562         18   5  0   97 MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (476)
PARRY-LUNGE      PRIME 3882                  9   2  1   59 RENEGADES II (180)
LUNGING ATTACK   FAST FORWARD 4484           9   8  0   51 TECHNOLOGY (283)
SLASHING ATTACK  NEO 4602                    3   2  1   42 TECHNOLOGY (283)
BASHING ATTACK   DOG 4576                    3   2  1   38 ON THE FARM (478)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BELISS DON 4558.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was HOWLER 3591.  The ten other most popular fighters were BELISS DON 4558, FERGHAN 
HOHL 4633, ELECTRIC SHEEP 4595, BRAND 4651, SILENT 4600, PRIME 3882, BATTLE SCAR 
4610, HORSE 4575, FLYNN 4624, and ZAKAU 4623.

The least popular fighter this week was THE LIMPER 4639.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HOFFA 4622, FAST FORWARD 4484, FRIED TWINKIE 4562, VINNY THE JET 3889, 
HANS JOILICE 4606, ERLOI GILL 4620, COPPERHEAD 4611, MARIGON ORRIS 4645, NEO 4602, 
and GOBLIN 4605.