DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/09/2003    Duedate: 11/05/2003

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-236

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ABYSS
PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
(8-3178) [17-12-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ABYSS                          FIRE FLY
PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)         PHOENIX FIRE (532)
(8-3178) [17-12-0,106]         (8-4533) [4-0-0,28]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MISS STEP                      YMIR BLOODRAVEN
LADIES IN WAITING (115)        NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
(8-3978) [17-14-0,73]          (8-4369) [4-2-0,36]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TREE PEOPLE (511)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BONDAGE (469)               45
2. BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)       39      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. Z GLADIATORZ (519)          34      Unchartered Team
4. HAPLESS WAIF (515)          30
5. PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)       15      PHOENIX FIRE (532)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        32  14  0 69.6   1/ 2 TREE PEOPLE (511)        10  3 0
 2/ 1 BONDAGE (469)             83  48  7 63.4   2/ 4 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        8  4 0
 3/ 2 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)    231 143 22 61.8   3/ 5 BONDAGE (469)             8  6 0
 4/ 0 SMITHSONIAN (245)        469 315 13 59.8   4/ 9 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)     8  7 1
 5/ 0 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   92  69  7 57.1   5/ 1 WIMPS OF PERIL (504)      8  7 0
 6/ 3 LADIES IN WAITING (115)  294 241 12 55.0   6/ 3 X-FORCE (484)             7  8 1
 7/ 6 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        41  35  1 53.9   7/ 7 LADIES IN WAITING (115)   7  8 0
 8/ 4 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      121 104  3 53.8   8/ 6*PHOENIX FIRE (532)        7  8 0
 9- 5 DOGPOUND (477)            46  41  2 52.9   9/ 8 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       5  8 0
10/ 7 WIMPS OF PERIL (504)      66  67  4 49.6  10/ 0 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        4  1 0
11/ 9 TREE PEOPLE (511)         45  47  1 48.9  11-10 DOGPOUND (477)            2  0 0
12/ 8*PHOENIX FIRE (532)        13  14  1 48.1  12-11*CHAOS REAVERS (520)       2  1 1
13-10*CHAOS REAVERS (520)       11  12  1 47.8  13/ 0 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   2  1 0
14-11*TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)     16  18  3 47.1  14/ 0 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    2  3 0
15/ 0 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    64  77  7 45.4  15/14*PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)     2  8 1
16/12 X-FORCE (484)             76 106  7 41.8  16/ 0 SMITHSONIAN (245)         1  3 0
17-13 DYSERAY (456)             97 151  2 39.1  17-12 DYSERAY (456)             1  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
18-14 WOLFBANE (521)            30  56  1 34.9  18-13 WOLFBANE (521)            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

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Aruaki Clanhold #119 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Tobir:

     Karanjal of Zorpunt held the invitation to adventure while Daisy January swung
the hammer with more determination than skill.  He would have felt safer if HE had
been the one with the hammer, but there was no arguing with a determined woman who
didn't want to listen.  But if "safe" had been something that really mattered to him,
he'd never have become a gladiator.
     "You really expect someone to respond to this...invitation to disaster?" he
asked.
     "Not anyone with YOUR attitude.  It's an invitation to ADVENTURE.  To explore
the whole issue of why Krael is attacking coastal towns.  And yes," Daisy said
calmly, "I DO expect people to respond."  She glanced over her shoulder at him, then
stepped away from the wall.  "You should know how bored warriors can get on the Isle,
after all.
     Karanjal shrugged, but he could hardly argue with that.  "You'd better have a
definite plan," he warned her.
     "I do.  I'll tell you about it over lunch."  She set off briskly toward a small
cafe the gladiators in Tobir favored.
     "Tell me while we walk," he suggested.  "I can't bear to wait that long."
     "Ha ha.  Like this was some huge city that it would take more than ten minutes
to walk across."  She frowned straight ahead, then shrugged slightly.  "Okay.  This
won't be the first time gladiators have investigated Krael, you know.  There was a
group from Point and Iaye that set out to do that several years ago--"
     "I don't think I ever heard of that," Karanjal admitted.  "What happened?"
     "It was hard to find out."  She ducked under the awning that protected the front
of the cafe and made for a booth against the far wall.  When Karanjal slid in across
from her, she said, "I had a hard time finding any information about it--"  To the
waiter she said, "Pizza with everything, I don't want to piss off the pizza guys."
     Her companion frowned.  "Is this a joke?"
     "Hey, the Pizza Guys here in Tobir carry swords!  I don't want them mad at me!"
     "If you say so.  What about Krael?"
     "I did manage to find one of the gladiators that went on that expedition, and he
said--well, he said a lot of stuff, but the important thing was that some kind of
time shift occurred, and when they came back to OUR time from the last days of Krael,
someone from then came too."
     "Oh...shoot," Karanjal said softly.  "I don't like where I think this is going.
There were a lot of wizards in Krael, especially in the 'last days'.  If one of THEM
came to our time...."
     "Exactly.  Quite a possible adventure, don't you think?"

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Istoreth, Skaithvarn:

     From the ship, Istoreth was a city of spires, white marble and dark pines
climbing a cliff together above a crowded harbor.  Silent, beautiful, not quite
familiar.  Close up, with the Iayen ship moving restlessly against the worn stone of
a wharf, it was more familiar, less beautiful, and not at all silent.  The basic
nature of a waterfront is not changed by the language of the people inhabiting it.
     Goff was arguing with somebody who acted official, probably a harbormaster,
Raoul decided.  No doubt there would be docking fees or something of that kind, and
they might have to identify themselves and their purpose, register somewhere as
visiting foreigners.  None of that stuff was his problem.  Goff could handle the
harbormaster, he was doing that already.  And Berdan could make himself useful
dealing with any other officials.  The Fratsfan looked like somebody who could deal
with officials, maybe even enjoyed it.  If he'd been a gladiator, he would probably
have been a total parry....
     The ex-assassin was talking to another man a little farther along the dock.
Raoul saw money change hands, and Berdan accepted a package from the stranger.  The
gladiator frowned, watching the stranger walk away quickly.  Berdan wasn't supposed
to know anybody here...except the other assassin, Peranis.  And that man was not
Peranis.  Was this an indication of the wide contacts Raoul had suspected all along
that Berdan had?  Probably.  But was it a sign of treachery, or at least that Berdan
was playing his own game as well as theirs?  Possibly.  The man was an ex-assassin,
which automatically made him...not exactly untrustworthy, perhaps, but someone to be
watched carefully.  The assassins had been spies, as well as killers.  Concealing
their purposes was second nature.  And he was a Fratsfan, besides, a race noted for
the labyrinthine complexity of their thoughts and schemes.  But he and Jeri and Goff,
and by extension King Mickeal, had to trust somebody.
     Still, Raoul watched very closely as Berdan came back toward Goff's boat.  The
man was holding his package, still unopened, very carefully, on the palm of his
opened hand and well away from his body.
     "I need a bucket of water," Berdan said quietly.  "I need it rather quickly," he
added when the others gaped at him.  "I don't think this will explode until I open
it, but I can't be sure...."
     Jeri jumped and reached for a bucket, Raoul took it from her and dunked it over
the side, then held it out.
     "Set it over there, away from us all," the ex-assassin said.  "There are even a
few explosive devises which are activated by water, though I don't think this is
one."  He wasn't quite whispering.  "They're...tricky to handle, and Peranis had to
leave this in the hands of a stranger who might be careless.  It should be something
simple, perhaps not even magical."  When the bucket was positioned to his
satisfaction, and Goff had drawn the staring harbormaster out of the way, Berdan
lowered the package gently into the water and sprang back.
     "If it's magical, what difference will water make?" Jeri asked.
     "More than you might think," Berdan answered.  "Water is amazing stuff and
washes out many things."  The bucket suddenly erupted into a plume of dark foam.
"Ah!  I wondered what Peranis might have available.  That he would risk using black
ice tells us that he is truly desperate."  As he spoke, the plume reached the height
of a man, collapsed, and dissolved the end of the dock before falling into the
harbor.
     "The other ships!" the harbormaster exclaimed, looking around frantically.
     "They're not in danger," Berdan said.  "The black ice has exhausted itself.  You
see?"  He pointed downward.  "It is dissipating."
     "You said it would be safer to put the package into water," Jeri muttered in a
shaky voice.
     "It is, it was, young lady.  Had black ice been exposed to air before water, the
results would have been disastrous."
     "It's disastrous as it is!" the harbormaster wailed.  "My dock!"  He turned on
Berdan fiercely.  "You brought this here--"
     "I did nothing of the sort," the ex-assassin answered coldly.  "It was handed to
me but moments ago by one of YOUR men."
     Before the harbormaster could respond, a squad of soldiers thundered onto the
dock.  "Everyone here is to see Lord Dankilvan immediately!" the leader commanded.

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Possibly Zuwayza:

     It seemed to take Tankesh forever to fall out of the Gate, his motion slowed to
the point where he wasn't even sure he was moving at all.  And then there was a sort
of soundless click, and the floor came up fast and hard, knocking the breath out of
him as he hit and rolled.
     Voices speaking akkhadic, upper-class accents.  Shouting.  No time to sort
things out.  Gasping for breath but too well-trained to pause, he rolled to his feet
with his sword out, ending crouched and ready for anything.  By the grace of all the
gods, he was face to face with the Karnhorn vizier, Khannarth.  The man who had
betrayed his city and his ruler, plotted with the Satrap's First Wife to turn over
the Zuwayza to the minions of Inzolas, tried to have the Satrap's Second Wife and
Tankesh killed.....  Ah, it was GOOD to be here, now, and ready.
     The Vizier was looking past him and commanding someone to "get him!"
     Right, voices, plural.  Other people in the room.  Probably guards.  Tankesh
took a quick slash at the retreating Vizier; not a killing blow, but he felt the
resistance of clothing and flesh.  Continued the motion into a turn.  Right, guards.
Two...three.  Startled by his arrival out of nowhere, not expecting him to come
around so fast.  The first man would never have a chance to adjust his thinking; the
slash aimed at HIM gutted him and nearly cut him in two.  The second was a little
farther back.  He might recover, if he got the bleeding stopped in time.  But with
only one hand left to use, that wasn't likely.  Shocked by the unexpected and extreme
violence, he was out of the fight.  Khannarth was screaming orders behind him, and
the third man was leveling his spear for a charge.  Stupid weapon to carry indoors,
maybe it was tradition, maybe it was just ornamental, didn't matter.
     Tankesh edged to the right, drawing the spearman's attention with him.  When the
man was fully committed, all his momentum focused into the charge, Tankesh ducked to
the left.  Tripped over his first victim but rolled and came up again, whacked the
spear in two in passing, kicked the man in the belly as his charge brought him within 
range, and turned to face Khannarth again.
     The Vizier was holding his robes against a bleeding chest wound with one hand
and tugging on a bell-pull with the other.  Tankesh lunged closer and cut through
bell rope.
     And then froze as a man with a cocked and ready crossbow appeared in the doorway
behind the Vizier.  More than one man, and several with crossbows.  Karnhorns, of
course.  Damn.  They were all dressed alike, no doubt a uniform, but not the same as
worn by the three guards he'd just dealt with.  Khannarth began babbling out
accusations and orders.
     The first of the newcomers silenced him with a curt word.  "You will BOTH
explain yourself to the Exalted Satrap, may His justice be swift and sure," the man
said.  He gestured them out into the hallway with his crossbow.  "Now."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Arkers,

Well, my belated reawakening has led to a quicker invite than expected.  As I'm going
into permanent retirement now, here are a few facts and figures about me:

I'm an 11(1)-18(1)-8-17-17-8-7 WS.  Great End, Take Tremendous, Do GOOD (I got lucky
there, didn't I!).  Current skills (learnt/base) are 18(12)-5(?)-19(8)-14(4)-8(?)-
5(?).  So far mode across the board in skills, maybe -1 or 2 Def though as yet
unconfirmed.  My faves are Mod/V.Low, Learn ini, weapon Battle Axe.  I've a tourney
record of 12-9-0 from 3 tourneys; best effort a 5-3-0 in the Novices way back.

Overall I'd say I've probably underachieved my boss' (high) initial expectations...
but a high 60's % win/loss ratio and over 2 skills/FE overall is hardly too shabby.

Not sure whose going to take over from me here when I leave.  I'm going after the top
contender, Meltdown and avoiding the other two.  Let's see if Meltdown deserves this
top spot.

Oddjob

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
ARKERS.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Say 
good-bye to WIMPS OF PERIL, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the 
TREE PEOPLE stable.  For every winner there is a loser.  Speaking of losers, lets 
take a look at DYSERAY, who went down to 12th from 17th.  Life is tough.  Coming up 
with a solid 5-0-0 outing, BLACKTHORN ORCS has advanced 5 places in the rankings.  
HAPLESS WAIF is no joke as it posted a 3-1-0 week advancing from 4th place to 2nd 
place.  Hey everybody, watch out for LUMBERING WAIF, who flew up 26 points in the 
rankings after mashing MISS STEP like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And 
falling like a basher in the top ten was MISS STEP, who dropped 23 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with LUMBERING WAIF.  Unlike most arenas, 
ODDJOB managed to get his challenge off against the 16-3-0 MELTDOWN.  Our battling 
duelmaster ODDJOB has managed to hold the title, fending off MELTDOWN's none too 
subtle advances.  Better luck next time, X-FORCE.  Advice to bashers--never force 
anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
big, bad WIMPS OF PERIL?  Big bad WIMPS OF PERIL.  Big bad WIMPS OF PERIL.  ARKERS' 
afraid of the big bad WIMPS OF PERIL.  Tra la la la la!  For those of you who like 
math, try this one:  WIMPS OF PERIL + Weapons That go Boom = BONDAGE + Avoid City.  
And who is this PSYLOCKE you ask, with 33 points and a 3-5-1 record.  Ooh, the tales 
I could tell!  In a mismatch, our friend GOLDENEYE of BONDAGE got heroic notions and 
challenged RANCID WAIF.  What did it get it?  A 8-2-0 record, that's what.  I heard 
GOLDENEYE laughed all the way to the inn as its new point total of 96 was posted in 
the arena.  I guess beating RANCID WAIF really pays!  In a touching display by a 
'touched' warrior, G. WHIZ went after FIRE FLY, who was higher by 23 points.  Well, 
when the dust settled, G. WHIZ was beat by FIRE FLY.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  In the 'Oops, What Have I Done?' category, 
PSYLOCKE was mashed by CLOSED MIND, who let PSYLOCKE know that killing members of 
BLACKTHORN ORCS is a no-no.  Congrats to BAD 2 THE BONE for revenging the death of 
his teammate (but more importantly, feeding CERNUNNOS a bit of dirt).  Here's some 
advice:  warriors with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the 
Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  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                  
 ABYSS 3178                   17  12  0   106       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUNGRY WAIF 4349              9   9  1    99       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 GOLDENEYE 4479                8   2  0    96       BONDAGE (469)
 LUMBERING WAIF 4346          10   8  0    95       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 MELTDOWN 4353                16   4  0    92       X-FORCE (484)
 CLOSED MIND 4429             12   5  0    91       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZIG ZAG 4384                 10   2  0    90       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 3865       19  15  0    86       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 RANCID WAIF 4413             10   7  0    85       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 NIGHT BLACK 3174             12  16  0    84       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 MISS TOOK 4091               12   9  1    75       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 MISS TREE MEAT 4418          10   2  0    75       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 SQUIFFY 4490                 10   2  0    74       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
 MISS STEP 3978               17  14  0    73       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
-THOG 4399                     9   9  0    69       WOLFBANE (521)
 FRENZIED WAIF 4345           11   7  0    68       HAPLESS WAIF (515)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WOLFHOUND 4158               10   4  0    66       DOGPOUND (477)
 MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118        9   8  0    65       LADIES IN WAITING (115)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BORZOI 3983                  10   6  0    59       DOGPOUND (477)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ASH 4307                     10  10  1    54       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 L'ORC BLEU 4352               9  11  0    54       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 HOOF HEARTED 4503             7   4  0    53       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
-REBECCA RAVEN 4308            6   1  0    53       TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)
 SASHA BAL TOR 4034           15   7  0    52       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 ZZZZ'S 4381                  10   3  0    51       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 ZIP 4383                      5   3  0    51       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-JENDAR ILLKEN 4112           12  14  0    50       DYSERAY (456)
 MISS CONSTRUED 4419           4   8  0    50       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 REDWOOD 4304                 12   6  0    49       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 CASTOR BEAN 4442             10   5  0    49       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 ZIT 4385                      7   1  0    47       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-BLACK LAB 4265                7   2  0    45       DOGPOUND (477)
 RICHARDTHELIONHEART 4023      8  10  1    40       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-SONYA 4397                    7   8  0    40       WOLFBANE (521)
 KAMEN THE HUNTER 4259         6   4  2    40       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
-ANGELA DEATH 4310             4   3  1    39       TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)
 PUSSY GALORE 4467             4   2  0    39       BONDAGE (469)
-DAMSEL OF DOOM 4309           3   4  1    37       TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)
 YMIR BLOODRAVEN 4369          4   2  0    36       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 TOM SAWYER 4281               3   4  0    34       SMITHSONIAN (245)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PSYLOCKE 4470                 3   5  1    33       X-FORCE (484)
-MATARA WENTTRO 4266           6  10  0    32       DYSERAY (456)
 SLICK 4495                    6   6  1    29       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 QUEUE 4549                    5   3  1    29       BONDAGE (469)
 CHIKEN HEARTED 4502           5   6  0    28       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
 FIRE FLY 4533                 4   0  0    28       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 ESTUPIDO 4572                 4   2  0    27       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)
 EMM 4588                      2   1  0    26       BONDAGE (469)
-SIDESWIPE 4585                1   0  1    25       CHAOS REAVERS (520)
 HAMMURABI 4219                4   3  0    24       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 JAGUARMAN 4532                3   3  0    24       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 MORRIGAN 4557                 2   3  1    24       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POLARIS 4547                  5   3  0    22       X-FORCE (484)
 WEEDS II 4577                 4   0  0    22       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 TOBACCO ROSE 4529             2   4  1    21       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
-LADY GHOST 4391               3   1  0    19       CHAOS REAVERS (520)
-MARKS CLOAKER 4481            3   2  0    18       DYSERAY (456)
 DART 4586                     3   0  0    18       X-FORCE (484)
-MOMMA CASKET 4311             2   5  1    18       TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)
-MIST DANCER 4387              4   2  0    16       CHAOS REAVERS (520)
 SPRITE 4600                   1   0  0    15       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 MOTEL DU LAC 4580             2   2  0    14       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-CRONUS 4550                   2   1  0    14       WOLFBANE (521)
 BAD 2 THE BONE 4583           2   2  0    14       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-WITLESS WAIF 4347             1   3  0    14       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
-KAZANDRA KRUEL 4460           1   0  0    14       TRIAL BY COMBAT (512)
 HAZY DAISY 3577               3   3  0    12       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 KNAVE OF NAUGHT 4602          1   0  0    12       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 THORN BE GONE 4601            1   0  0    12       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 CERNUNNOS 4556                2   3  1    10       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 LUGH 4559                     2   3  1    10       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 DREAM STEALER 3576            2   4  0    10       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
-IRON FIST 4390                2   3  0     9       CHAOS REAVERS (520)
 NIGHT THORN 4596              1   1  0     9       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-GORM 4488                     1   5  0     8       WOLFBANE (521)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHOW 4552                     0   2  0     6       DOGPOUND (477)
 GRYPHOS 4582                  1   2  0     5       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 CALLIECH 4558                 0   5  0     5       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 BRIGID 4555                   0   5  0     5       PAGAN MYSTERIES (533)
 MAPLE-WOOD 4587               1   1  0     4       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 ZYGLOT 4382                   0   4  0     4       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-DUSTY 4579                    0   2  0     2       DYSERAY (456)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598      0   2  0     2       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 G. WHIZ 4594                  0   2  0     2       WIMPS OF PERIL (504)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BIG BAD BUBBA 4575     0  1 0 BLACKTHORN ORCS 425   MORRIGAN 4557         232 REVENGED
LAZY BONES 4584        2  1 0 BLACKTHORN ORCS 425   PSYLOCKE 4470         235 JUST REV
THORNWOOD 4589         0  1 0 BLACKTHORN ORCS 425   CERNUNNOS 4556        234 JUST REV
POODLE 4517            2  2 0 DOGPOUND 477          TOBACCO ROSE 4529     232 REVENGED
BILL BALOUD 4581       2  1 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     SIDESWIPE 4585        235         
FAERIE DRAGON 4534     3  3 0 PHOENIX FIRE 532      DARK CHAMPION 408     236 NONE    
WEAPON 2 4599          0  1 0 X-FORCE 484           DARK CHAMPION 408     236 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Oddjob -- I feel like I've been pushed aside effortlessly.  Congrats on the invite.
-- Miss Step

Jaguarman -- I'd like to think I'm not as bad as my record looks. -- Miss Construed

Rancid Waif -- The ladies are impressed.  Of course all that means is that the
challenges will keep coming. -- Miss Commune Kate

Frenzied Waif -- You are no Rancid Waif. -- Miss Took

     Good thing.  There's only so much rancidity a person can stand! -- Ed.

Slick -- There's always going be a lady who'll get the better of you. -- Miss Tree
Meat

Good evening to all you fine managers.  The Smithsonians are pleased to have returned
to Arkers.  The Quest and Crusades were long, but we are quite happy to be back on
home soil.  A salute to all our friends--old and new. -- Curator, Smithsonian

Slugbait, my long lost friend, are you mad at the Dark Arena or something?  It seems
as though that is the only team you challenge these days? -- Curator

Polaris -- I suggest you continue to search for your star. -- Chiken Hearted

Faerie Dragon -- You forgot to light your breath.  You were cold. -- Estupido

Weeds II -- Ouch, ouch.  I didn't have a chance.  Now with increased hit points I
might come after you in the near future. -- G. Whiz

Hungry Waif -- I hate you waif characters.  Oh well, my attack is now much better. --
Hoof Hearted

L'Orc Bleu -- Never have cared much for you frogs. -- Squiffy

Arkers -- Please welcome the return of Phantom Forces 2.  For the past six years
Hiddukel has kept the team of warriors locked away in the abyss, torturing them for
their overly bad performances in the arena.  Having finally escaped they recruited a
new manager, The Catalyst.  Are you ready to embrace change? -- The Catalyst

Mist Dancer -- You clearly don't like dancing with me...why?? -- Pussy Galore

Tobacco Rose -- I'd give up smoking...don't you know it's bad for you?? -- Emm

Ash -- I knew that'd be over quickly.  Wasn't so sure of the result, but glad I got
the right one! -- Goldeneye

Redwood -- Didn't realize your wood was so slippery and hard to nail! -- Queue

Miss Step -- Thought you'd finish me off in minute one there...however my Con saved
me one more time!!  Thanks. -- Oddjob

Lazy Bones -- Rest in peace. -- Psylocke
P.S.  I can't believe that happened.

Chicken Hearted -- I knew this was coming. -- Polaris

Closed Mind -- I believe you are the most vicious opponent I have ever faced. --
Meltdown

Miss Construed -- If you keep fighting that ferociously, your record will jump past
50/50 real soon! -- Jaguarman

Estupido -- Three skills learned is quite a rarity for those of your ilk, is it not?
-- Faerie Dragon

Emm -- Huzzah to the bold challenger of more highly ranked foes, and to the most
valorous victor of armed combat!  'Tis endeavors as this that get one talked about in
all the right circles. -- Tobacco Rose

Dart -- My manager and I incorrectly guessed your style, based on your 1-0-0, 14
record. -- Gryphos

Dusty -- That match was certainly unfavorable for you recognition wise; nonetheless,
I was relieved to draw first blood from you instead of the other way 'round. -- Fire
Fly

Arkers -- For those among you who have the sight, blessed be the Samhain.  And for
those who see only shadows of the past, Happy Halloween.  All are invited to Phoenix
Fire's Guildhall for warm spiced cider to take the evening's chill away, and for
festive merry making to lighten the spirits. -- Bobby Bigfoot and all at Phoenix Fire

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It

remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FAERIE DRAGON was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
WEAPON 2 was dispatched by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
CLOSED MIND handily defeated PSYLOCKE in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match.
BAD 2 THE BONE won victory over CERNUNNOS in a 6 minute amateur's Bloodfeud brawl.
SQUIFFY defeated MISS COMMUNE KATE in a 5 minute Challenge match.
PUSSY GALORE was outwaited by REDWOOD in a dull 9 minute Challenge brawl.
ODDJOB overpowered MELTDOWN in a 3 minute bloody one-sided Challenge struggle.
GOLDENEYE overcame RANCID WAIF in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
MISS TREE MEAT vanquished HOOF HEARTED in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
MISS CONSTRUED vanquished CHIKEN HEARTED in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
ASH slimly lost to FRENZIED WAIF in a 2 minute brutal veteran's Challenge fight.
G. WHIZ was handily defeated by FIRE FLY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
EMM savagely defeated POLARIS in a unpopular 11 minute bloody Challenge match.
MAPLE-WOOD was bested by MOTEL DU LAC in a 2 minute novice's Challenge battle.
MISS STEP was devastated by LUMBERING WAIF in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
ABYSS viciously subdued SIR FRANCIS DRAKE in a popular 2 minute expert's Title fight.
NIGHT BLACK lost to ZIG ZAG in a crowd pleasing 6 minute bloody veteran's fray.
MISS TOOK was devastated by HUNGRY WAIF in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
SASHA BAL TOR narrowly defeated ESTUPIDO in a tiresome 30 minute gory bout.
TOM SAWYER was viciously subdued by ZZZZ'S in a unpopular 33 minute gory competition.
RICHARDTHELIONHEART was defeated by CASTOR BEAN in a exciting 5 minute duel.
L'ORC BLEU savagely defeated QUEUE in a 2 minute gruesome fray.
YMIR BLOODRAVEN was unbelievably bested by ZIT in a popular 5 minute brutal contest.
ZIP overpowered SLICK in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KAMEN THE HUNTER overpowered TOBACCO ROSE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
JAGUARMAN overpowered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
DREAM STEALER was vanquished by MORRIGAN in a 1 minute uneven bout.
HAZY DAISY was viciously subdued by HAMMURABI in a 1 minute gruesome bout.
CALLIECH was luckily beaten by NIGHT THORN in a 4 minute beginner's competition.
LUGH was overpowered by SPRITE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BRIGID was handily defeated by KNAVE OF NAUGHT in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
WEEDS II narrowly defeated V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.
GRYPHOS was luckily beaten by DART in a 7 minute beginner's bout.
ZYGLOT was demolished by THORN BE GONE in a 1 minute uneven contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                     15         WALL OF STEEL     21 -  13 -  0      62  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         TOTAL PARRY       57 -  37 -  2      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         LUNGING ATTACK    34 -  35 -  1      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         BASHING ATTACK    25 -  27 -  2      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  24 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         STRIKING ATTACK   45 -  50 -  8      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         AIMED BLOW        31 -  38 -  0      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -  21 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  18 -  2      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  17 -  1      29  |

Turn 236 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:

WALL OF STEEL      4 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        7 -  8         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  2     AIMED BLOW         3 -  5         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    ABYSS 3178                 17  12  0  106 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDENEYE 4479              8   2  0   96 BONDAGE (469)
BASHING ATTACK   LUMBERING WAIF 4346        10   8  0   95 HAPLESS WAIF (515)
TOTAL PARRY      MELTDOWN 4353              16   4  0   92 X-FORCE (484)
SLASHING ATTACK  CLOSED MIND 4429           12   5  0   91 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
AIMED BLOW       RANCID WAIF 4413           10   7  0   85 HAPLESS WAIF (515)
LUNGING ATTACK   MISS STEP 3978             17  14  0   73 LADIES IN WAITING (115)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MISS STEP 3978.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was YMIR BLOODRAVEN 4369.  The ten other most popular fighters were 
RICHARDTHELIONHEART 4023, ABYSS 3178, NIGHT BLACK 3174, ASH 4307, MOTEL DU LAC 4580, 
CALLIECH 4558, MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118, FRENZIED WAIF 4345, HUNGRY WAIF 4349, and ZIT 
4385.

The least popular fighter this week was ZZZZ'S 4381.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TOM SAWYER 4281, ESTUPIDO 4572, SASHA BAL TOR 4034, POLARIS 4547, 
REDWOOD 4304, BAD 2 THE BONE 4583, DART 4586, CERNUNNOS 4556, PUSSY GALORE 4467, and 
ZYGLOT 4382.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

ODDJOB (8-3920) BONDAGE (469)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes 

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

GATEWAY TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CHRISTINE 4225 (26-10-0)               1  4  0         MUSICAL CHAIRS       

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DEE DEE 384 (130-45-2)                 5  3  0         CHESSMEN             
MASQUERADE 2297 (103-54-0)             1  4  0         THE MERCENARIES      

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GRAZ'ZT 2769 (60-17-0)                 0  3  0         THE BROTHERHOOD      

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MISS ERABLE 2766 (39-30-3)             5  3  0         LADIES IN WAITING    

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FANTA FUELED FUZZ 4092 (24-7-0)        5  3  0         BLACKTHORN ORCS      
DOMINO 3994 (14-4-3)                   2  3  0         BONDAGE              
FRENZIED WAIF 4345 (8-6-0)             1  3  0         HAPLESS WAIF         
HUNGRY WAIF 4349 (6-8-1)               0  3  0         HAPLESS WAIF         
LUMBERING WAIF 4346 (8-6-0)            0  3  0         HAPLESS WAIF         
RANCID WAIF 4413 (7-6-0)               0  3  0         HAPLESS WAIF         

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WITLESS WAIF 4347 (1-3-0)              1  3  0         HAPLESS WAIF         

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SQUIFFY 4490 (7-1-0)                   8  3  0         WIMPS OF PERIL       
HOOF HEARTED 4503 (5-2-0)              6  3  0         WIMPS OF PERIL       
MISS TREE MEAT 4418 (6-2-0)            1  3  0         LADIES IN WAITING    
MISS CONSTRUED 4419 (2-6-0)            0  3  0         LADIES IN WAITING    

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FALLEN ANGEL 4198 (0-0-0)              3  3  0         POISON               
KAZANDRA KRUEL 4460 (1-0-0)            3  3  0         TRIAL BY COMBAT      
CHIKEN HEARTED 4502 (3-4-0)            1  3  0         WIMPS OF PERIL