DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/20/2004    Duedate: 06/16/2004

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-244

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MISS STEP
LADIES IN WAITING (115)
(8-3978) [18-15-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MISS STEP                      KOOL GREEN
LADIES IN WAITING (115)        ENTENTER (534)
(8-3978) [18-15-0,100]         (8-4568) [5-3-0,28]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MONGOOSE                       ZYCONIAN
A.K.A. (346)                   LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
(8-2663) [15-17-0,96]          (8-3201) [6-2-0,59]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TEN TON TOGAS (536)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. YAKUZA (541)                61
2. A.K.A. (346)                41      BONDAGE (469)
3. HAPLESS WAIF (515)          39      Unchartered Team
4. PHOENIX FIRE (532)          28
5. ENTENTER (534)              18      ENTENTER (534)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        49  26  0 65.3   1/ 2 TEN TON TOGAS (536)      13  2 1
 2/ 0 BONDAGE (469)             86  53  7 61.9   2/ 1 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      10  5 0
 3/ 2 LETHAL JUSTICE (375)      62  39  1 61.4   3/ 4 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    9  6 1
 4- 3 SMITHSONIAN (245)        486 323 13 60.1   4- 3 SMITHSONIAN (245)         6  1 0
 5- 4 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)    242 162 22 59.9   5- 5 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)     6  4 0
 6/ 5 TEN TON TOGAS (536)      101  75  7 57.4   6/ 6 YAKUZA (541)              6  9 1
 7/ 7 PHOENIX FIRE (532)        30  23  1 56.6   7/ 9 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        5  4 0
 8/ 6 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      146 116  3 55.7   8/12 PHOENIX FIRE (532)        5  5 0
 9/ 0 LADIES IN WAITING (115)  296 248 12 54.4   9/11 A.K.A. (346)              5  9 0
10/ 8 YAKUZA (541)              88  74  3 54.3  10- 7 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        4  2 0
11/ 9 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        55  51  1 51.9  11/ 8 X-FORCE (484)             4 11 1
12/10 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    84  95  8 46.9  12/13 TREE PEOPLE (511)         3  7 0
13/11 TREE PEOPLE (511)         52  63  1 45.2  13/10*ENTENTER (534)            2  8 1
14/12 A.K.A. (346)              70  88  6 44.3  14/14 LETHAL JUSTICE (375)      1  1 0
15/13 X-FORCE (484)             93 123  8 43.1  15/ 0 BONDAGE (469)             1  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
16/14*ENTENTER (534)            11  18  1 37.9  16/ 0 LADIES IN WAITING (115)   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[ Out of the Past #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Andorian Edition

Aruak City:

     "First, gather information," Adeolar muttered.  It was one of the basic rules 
that the more information you had relevant to your problem, the better your chance 
was of solving it.  She frowned at her gilt-framed magic mirror, twisting a lock of 
hair thoughtfully as she considered how to make best use of it.  It was still 
working, after a fashion, but the reddish film tainting the glass was stronger.  It 
confused the images, and she suspected that it also indicated something more 
dangerous than misreading a scene: that the spell which it embodied was being 
contaminated by blood magic, as well.  Contaminated, and maybe distorted, maybe even 
subverted.  Did she dare use the mirror spell now?
     Did she dare NOT use it?  She needed information to plan her campaign against 
Khaldren.  She shook her head and wiped at the red-tinged glass once more.  She would 
just have to--
     "Ma'am?"
     She glanced over her shoulder as Segallion Sundancer, one of her warriors, 
looked into the room.  His countrywoman Nila was with him.
     "Nila and I were wondering if we could help, ma'am.  You being a sun priestess, 
and us being temple staff of the Sun Temple on Korvant Isle, well, we thought we 
might be... compatible."
     "Oh.  Hmm."  Adie frowned, her fingers automatically going to one of her curls 
and twisting it as she considered the possibilities.  The worship of the sun as 
performed in the western Karian states was not at all like that of her own tradition, 
but it might work.  It might, at least, be worth trying.  "Perhaps," she said 
finally.  "Let's set it up this way:  I'll start on my own, and if I don't need your 
help, you keep out of it--  It's too dangerous to mix in if you aren't needed," she 
added sternly as Segallion opened his mouth to protest.  "But you be READY, and if I 
need help, I'll signal you."  Maybe she would, but maybe not.  It WAS dangerous, and 
neither gladiator had achieved Shelia Greywand's immortality yet.  But she understood 
the need to be helpful, and she might not have to make use of their aid.
     When both gladiators nodded agreement, she turned back to her mirror.  
Carefully, with every aspect of the spell observed meticulously--something that 
wasn't necessary under better times, because spells were normally all of a piece and 
could "take a hint," as it were--she began the incantation that would activate the 
mirror.  The surface shimmered crimson silver, glittering and trembling.  This was 
NOT the normal behavior of a mirror spell!  It felt as though she was trying to lift 
a great weight with her mind.  She had never thought of the veil between HERE and 
THERE as a weight before....
     Abruptly the glass cleared, or nearly so, a reddish film remained.  And there 
was risen Krael as she had seen it before.  But this time she was not interested in 
the general view.  It was an accepted law of magic that for every strength a magician 
or wizard had, there was a corresponding weakness.  Khaldren had come into the 
present from Krael, and somewhere in that city she hoped to find a clue to his power 
and his weakness.
     There was the ancient city, mud-stained and battered by the centuries it had 
spent sunk beneath the Trier.  There the survivors, moving about their tasks which 
seemed inexplicable but must be linked in some way to Khaldren.  She selected one of 
the better-dressed men and began to follow him through the ruins.  His course was 
erratic, she thought at first it was to avoid the obstacles presented by the city's 
decrepit state.  But he climbed over the mound of rubble that represented a fallen 
wall, and splashed through a knee-deep pool of water and mud.  There were easier ways 
to get from one point to another, so why...?
     The man met up with another, handed over a... she couldn't see what, a crystal 
of some sort, and sat down on a stone to wring out the hem of his robe.  The other 
man set off across the rubble.  With a cold shock, Adie realized that the movement of 
these men, and others in Krael, were themselves parts of a spell.
     What kind of spell would be produced by somatic components on such a scale?  A 
very powerful one....  Were the other "risen cities" involved in this?  Celestinvael 
had been mentioned, and Old Valamantis.  Adie turned her mirror-sight to the south.
     She was marginally aware that behind her the two gladiators began to dance and 
chant.

Near Ardivent:

     Master Cho, former manager of the Bluvalley Warriors of Ardivent and Chan Chi 
Monastery of Khalhums, sipped his wine and nodded approval.  "Very good.  Quite 
drinkable, in fact."
     Fandil, former manager of the Fandils, laughed and poured wine into his own cup.  
"Like you wouldn't drink it anyway, you old bandit?"  He sobered.  "What brings you 
down from the mountains, Cho?  The rumors about Celestinvael?"  The ancient city lay 
in the forested no-man's-land between Ardivent and the Delarquan Federation, and 
woodsmen had been bringing tales of marvels and minor disasters for weeks now.  That 
it was a matter for concern, a matter that would bear watching, was undeniable, but 
Fandil had seen nothing to indicate that it was urgent.
     "Celestinvael is enough to worry about," Master Cho answered, nodding, "and it 
is indirectly what brought me here.  If you think about what the city was like in its 
last days...!  But my immediate concern is young Adeolar up in Aruak City."
     "I may be retired," old Fandil said stiffly, "but I'm not COMPLETELY out of 
touch, Cho!  Adeolar is a very competent woman, and Kennelworth is not worried about 
her--he'd have mentioned it in his last letter.  She can handle anything she's likely 
to meet."
     "No doubt... one on one.  But that fool Khaldren has invoked and involved 
wizards from a dozen centuries.  Not all of them will work together--as well try to 
get cats to run in step!  But some will, and can she handle two, or six, or ten, if 
they're all working together?"
     "Ah."  Fandil was silent for several minutes, stroking his beard slowly as his 
mind raced.  "Ah.  That could be... bad.  Very bad."  He set his wine cup down 
carefully.  "You're quite right.  We'll have to assist her, or at least be ready to 
do so.  Now?"
     "What better time?"

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 243): RANCID WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 488): NIXIE SEASPRITE of SCARLET KNIGHTS (Talon Warsmith)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 488): I ATE MY WORM of I BENT MY WOOKIE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 481): SKEEMER of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 477): CROCONAW of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 477): SOVEREYN of CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 478): AMEE of HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 473): GAZELLE HOUND of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Poison Ivy, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 439): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 432): TORA HAMLIN of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 425): ZACK of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 191): GRIM GLADIOLA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 337): THORNE of FA CHING (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 326): ELENA of SITTIN' ON ACES (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 145): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 373): MONICA VIRTUESHIELD of KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE from ARUAK CITY
                            (JRK, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 243): LA PENTARCHIE (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 488): GERFEL'S FRIENDS (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 488): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 481): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 477): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 477): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 478): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 473): RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 439): none
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 432): MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 425): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 191): OHIO (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 337): HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 326): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 145): CASTLE BLACK (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 373): SUNNYDALE, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 243): RANCID WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
                           NIGHT BLACK of PHANTOM FORCES 2 (The Catalyst, mgr.)
                           TAISHO of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
               (turn 242): CLOSED MIND of BLACKTHORN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 488): STEEL MONKEY of VELVET GREEN (Manray, Marquis
                               d'Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                               B.B. KING of THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 487): HYDE of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 480): MAXIMUS of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 476): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 476): XYLZ AREE of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 478): DIESEL of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
               (turn 477): SAPPER of SHERWOOD FOREST (Papaiz, mgr.)
                           OMNIBOOK 500 of AT WORK (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 472): CHERKO of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
                         BLOODY MOUTH of BLOOD OATH (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 439): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
                          SIANNA of BEYOND THE PALE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 424): DODGER of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 191): GRIM GLADIOLA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 337): THORNE of FA CHING (DeGotti, mgr.)
              (turn 336): MICHAEL J'EH FOX of INGRATE WHITE NORTH (Crazy Canuck)
                          THE AYL'M'ER of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
                          QUICKSAND of NATURAL DISASTERS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 144): LOKI of ARCTIC GUARDS (Yukon Cornelius, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in ARKERS since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Woof!  LA PENTARCHIE were 
a bunch of dogs after TEN TON TOGAS got through with 'em!  2nd ain't so sweet as 1st! 
Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna 
be...  Well, PHOENIX FIRE's 8th moved them up to 4-1-0 place.  Some people say I 
ramble too much, I don't say anything relevant.  I repeat myself.  I ramble.  Well 
HAPLESS WAIF moved up 2, to 7th.  What's with MISS STEP?  She actually beat PHANTOM 
FORCES 2's DREAM STEALER, and walked away with 26 more points from the fight.  Major 
screwup at PHANTOM FORCES 2.  DREAM STEALER lost 23 points to MISS STEP.  Some new 
strategies, perhaps?  Maybe DREAM STEALER will provide more easy wins...  Apparently 
ARKERS isn't filled with as many gutless wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded 
Duelmaster got 4 challenges this turn!  Another fighter (AARNS 17-15-3) challenged 
another Duelmaster (RANCID WAIF 16-9-0).  Life goes on.  Try as he might, AARNS 
wasn't good enough at persuading RANCID WAIF to step down from the Duelmaster's 
throne...  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  The most avoided team 
was LA PENTARCHIE.  The bums at PHANTOM FORCES 2 couldn't face the challenges from LA 
PENTARCHIE!  No excuse for that!  Keep challenging up 37 points, MONGOOSE, and I 
won't have to write about you much longer.  NIGHT BLACK always accepts those kind of 
challenges...  MONGOOSE won victory over NIGHT BLACK (MONGOOSE getting 27 points, 
too!)--Ooh baby!  Now dat I likes!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Yeah, yeah, JEALOUSY killed L'AUBERGISTE, who was "too young 
to die."  Well, he was a fighter, and that's what you have to face.  TAISHO killed 
MISS TREE MEAT, and expects revenge from LADIES IN WAITING.  The dead are better off 
dead--they have no worries.  MISS TREE MEAT found herself really over-matched when 
she faced TAISHO.  MISS TREE MEAT found herself grossly dead at the end of the match. 
Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day?  To die so young, so 
gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  The end 
of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Remember--a good 
fighter needs both good skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISS STEP 3978               18  15  0   100       LADIES IN WAITING (115)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TOM SAWYER 4281               9   4  0   100       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 MONGOOSE 2663                15  17  0    96       A.K.A. (346)
-GOLDENEYE 4479                8   2  0    96       BONDAGE (469)
 L'ORC BLEU 4352              16  12  0    95       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 FRENZIED WAIF 4345           13  13  0    94       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 HUNGRY WAIF 4349             10  16  1    94       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 AARNS 4622                   17  15  3    92       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 SENSEI JAN 4676              15   7  0    92       YAKUZA (541)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MURDER-MEX 3016              15   5  0    90       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
-ZIT 4385                     12   2  0    86       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ZIG ZAG 4384                 14   5  0    80       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ZZZZ'S 4381                  15   5  0    78       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 DREAM STEALER 3576            9   5  0    78       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 KAMI 4683                    21  10  0    73       YAKUZA (541)
 GREY FOX 2880                14  12  1    71       A.K.A. (346)
 MISS TOOK 4091               13  10  1    71       LADIES IN WAITING (115)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FULL PLATE 3135              10   2  0    62       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
 FIRE FLY 4533                 7   0  0    62       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
-MRS MURDERMEX 3066           10   4  0    61       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
 REDWOOD 4304                 15   8  0    59       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 ZYCONIAN 3201                 6   2  0    59       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
 FALCON 3422                   6   6  0    57       A.K.A. (346)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HELEN OF TROY 4603            5   1  0    54       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-RICHARDTHELIONHEART 4023      9  11  1    52       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-HAMMURABI 4219                8   5  0    52       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 JULIANA 4618                  7   1  0    52       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 TOBACCO ROSE 4529             7   7  1    51       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 QUEUE 4549                    7   3  1    48       BONDAGE (469)
-ZIP 4383                      7   6  0    48       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 SPRITE 4600                   5   4  0    48       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118        9   9  0    46       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 DART 4586                     9   1  0    46       X-FORCE (484)
 PSYLOCKE 4470                 5   9  1    45       X-FORCE (484)
 CASTOR BEAN 4442             11   9  0    44       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 MOTEL DU LAC 4580             7   5  0    44       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 JEALOUSY 4652                 3   0  1    43       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 MISS CONSTRUED 4419           4  10  0    42       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
-WITLESS WAIF 4347             2   3  0    39       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 LUXOR 4619                    5   4  0    37       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 GRYPHOS 4582                  3   2  0    36       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 ZABABA 4633                   4   0  0    35       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 PUSSY GALORE 4467             4   4  0    34       BONDAGE (469)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JAGUARMAN 4532                6   8  0    32       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 TIEN 4672                     6   6  0    30       YAKUZA (541)
 POLE CAT 3111                 6  10  1    29       A.K.A. (346)
 ROMULUS 4616                  3   0  1    29       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 KOOL GREEN 4568               5   3  0    28       ENTENTER (534)
 WEEDS II 4577                 4   4  0    24       TREE PEOPLE (511)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAPLE-WOOD 4587               3   4  0    22       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 SHRIEK 4651                   1   2  0    21       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 BASILISK 4659                 2   1  0    20       A.K.A. (346)
-BLISSFULL SPEED 4694          1   0  0    20       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598      4   6  0    19       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 AUJARD 4639                   3   1  0    16       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 EMM 4588                      2   3  0    15       BONDAGE (469)
 TITILLUS 4617                 2   1  0    15       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 HARDWIRE 4701                 1   0  1    15       X-FORCE (484)
-LADY MACBETH 4627             1   2  0    15       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-MAID OF MUD 4692              1   0  0    11       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-LUKE 4566                     2   4  0    10       ENTENTER (534)
 RETRO ACTION 4635             2   1  1     9       ENTENTER (534)
-KANAGE FETIA 3279             2   1  0     9       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
-GLOW BUG 4693                 1   0  0     9       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-FAILED FOOL 4691              1   0  0     9       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-BEAM 4565                     1   3  0     6       ENTENTER (534)
 SUNSPOT 4663                  0   2  0     2       X-FORCE (484)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
AURIC GF 4610          1  1 0 BONDAGE 469           HARDWIRE 4701         244         
L'AUBERGISTE 4614      4  2 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     JEALOUSY 4652         244         
MISS TREE MEAT 4418   10  4 0 LADIES IN WAITING 115 TAISHO 4690           244 NONE    
JUPITER 4637           1  1 0 TREE PEOPLE 511       ROMULUS 4616          244         
SILKE 4662             0  2 0 X-FORCE 484           RETRO ACTION 4635     244         
YUCK 4702              0  1 0 YAKUZA 541            ARENAMASTER SHERO 407 244 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jaguarman -- Hey thanks for ending my losing streak!  Your check is in the mail... -- 
Sprite

Romulus -- Nice fight, you could have let me in on it though.  All I got to do was -- 
Shriek

Retro Action -- Not a wise action on your part.  I know you love the way I fight and 
are just drooling with -- Jealousy

ZZZZ's -- Will you ever learn?  I'm glad to have contributed to your lovely loss 
column! -- Night Black

Arkers -- It has been a great time fighting with such cowar... er I mean courageous 
warriors!  Here's hoping our blades shall meet again! -- Night Black

Kami -- Bad luck for you friend, I hope this doesn't sour your taste for fighting, 
you could have been a contender...  Hope you don't get nightmares! -- Dream Stealer

6 May 2004
                                     DEATH FEST

     The ferocious ghosts of former glories whispered across the wind swept sands of
DM 59; agonizing incessantly due to the diminutive demise of the Delarq arena known
as Illis.
     Tattered banners and forgotten memories wailed in the wind for a dynamic death
march to dawn once more upon the blood stained sands of the Delarq slow arena.
     The distant call crying for  a declaration of restoration amidst the ruin of the
all but forgotten Delarq arena carried to the far corners of Alastari; drawing the
Devious, the Diabolical, the Dangerous and the Down Challenging to cross blades and
wage warfare among an assemblage of new stables managed by the Known and Unknown;
willing to spill fresh blood, while carving their destiny during 15 Rounds of contest
driven combat to be known as the "Illis Incredibly Diabolical Delarq Death Fest".
     A lone cloaked figure huddled by lamplight in a remote outpost near the
crossroads of ElseWhere and ElseWhen; feverishly formulating the foundational
framework for the dawning of the Delarq Death Fest in DM 59, complete with
Gladiatorial Commission sanctioned prizes to promote the growing thirst for a Delarq
Slow Arena Death Festival.

     Delarq Death Fest Opening Round debuts the first turn immediately following the
Summer 2004 F2F Tourney and continues through the completion of 15 consecutive
rounds.
     Death Fest points are Won or Lost ONLY in the DM 59 Delarq Slow Arena [Tourneys
DO NOT Add or Subtract from the Death Fest Point Scoring System]:

Death Fest Scoring Format:
Win =3D +2 pts
Loss =3D -1 pt
Kill =3D +5 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
Death =3D -3 pts [in addition to 1 pt for Loss]
Dark Arena Kill =3D +10 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
Dark Arena Death =3D -5 pts [in addition to 1 pt for Loss]
Revenged Blood Feud =3D +5 pts [successful Revenged Blood Feud provides Death Fest
contestants the opportunity to cancel out 3 pts for Death and 1 pt for Loss; while
gaining +1 pt overall for the Revenged Blood Feud in addition to the +2 pts for Win]

    DEATH FEST PRIZES will be awarded to the Top Ten Death Fest Stables on the basis
of Total Points*** accumulated during the 15 rounds of competition as follows:

1.  Favorite Weapon Knowledge for 1 (one) warrior ranked Initiate or higher on the
Final Round to be revealed by RSI to each of the Top Ten Death Fest Stables
2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters and NPCs [yet to be determined according to how
many DA Monsters and NPCs are available in DM 59 for Renaming]
3.  The Top Five Death Fest Stables will receive New Team Rollup Certificates as
follows:  1st (10), 2nd (8), 3rd (6), 4th (4) and 5th (2)
4.  Renaming Illis Arena for 6 months plus Receiving 6 months Free Play courtesy of
RSI will be awarded to the manager of the 1st Place Death Fest Stable
5.  Discussions are underway regarding a possible Special Award granted to the Illis
Iron Stable qualifiers who compete in 67 of a possible 75 fights during the course of
the 15 consecutive rounds of the Death Fest [Key Factor is How Many (?) stables will
be competing in the Death Fest without drawing away participation by current managers
in the remaining slow arenas!]  Therefore, it is important for all managers entering
stables in DM 59 for the upcoming Death Fest to contact RSI as soon as possible
regarding their participation in this contest so that a Final Ruling on the proposed
Illis Iron Stable Award can be issued by RSI.

***TieBreaker is determined on the Final Round by the DM 59 Newsletter Recognition
Rankings.  The stable with the Highest Ranked Active Gladiator is granted the
decision.  [Example: Warrior A and Warrior B are both listed in the Recognition
Rankings with 87 pts; however, because Warrior A is listed in the Recognition
Rankings ahead of Warrior B, then Warrior A is granted the TieBreaker Decision for
His/Her stable!]

     Opening Round Team Spotlight Bonus [minimum 15 paragraphs!]  Each Delarq Death
Fest competitor who writes a Team Spotlight featuring their Stable (Name) and
Managerial Alias [Gladiatorial Names Optional] in regards to competing in the Delarq
Death Fest will receive 25 pts added to His/Her opening round score.
     Illis Iron Stable Bonus [in addition to the proposed award awaiting RSI
approval!]  Any manager whose stable competes in at least 67 of the possible 75
fights during the 15 rounds of Death Fest receives 25 points added to His/Her final
overall score [this allows each stable the cushion of missing one round of
competition; plus up to 3 additional fights due to waiting for replacement rollups
from Deaths suffered either in Tourneys or during the Death Fest contest in DM 59
over the course of 15 rounds of competition!]

Delarq Death Fest
Hosted by Hammer
[Who Else?]

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

YUCK was butchered by ARENAMASTER SHEROVAN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
AARNS was vanquished by RANCID WAIF in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
MONGOOSE demolished NIGHT BLACK in a 2 minute uneven Challenge fight.
KAMI slimly lost to FRENZIED WAIF in a popular 4 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
SENSEI JAN devastated GREY FOX in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
CASTOR BEAN was savagely defeated by FIRE FLY in a 2 minute brutal Challenge struggle.
JULIANA devastated PSYLOCKE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
POLE CAT was handily defeated by TOBACCO ROSE in a 4 minute uneven Challenge melee.
JEALOUSY slaughtered L'AUBERGISTE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MAPLE-WOOD slimly lost to ZABABA in a popular 3 minute brutal Challenge fight.
WEEDS II was overcome by LUXOR in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
TIEN savagely defeated V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 1 minute brutal Challenge match.
JUPITER was barely slain by ROMULUS in a 3 minute brutal amateur's Challenge conflict.
SHRIEK demolished AUJARD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
TAISHO put to death MISS TREE MEAT in a popular 1 minute conflict.
DREAM STEALER was vanquished by MISS STEP in a 1 minute mismatched Title bout.
L'ORC BLEU vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
HUNGRY WAIF devastated MISS TOOK in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
MISS COMMUNE KATE was defeated by FALCON in a 2 minute bout.
REDWOOD subdued MISS CONSTRUED in a 6 minute brutal bout.
PUSSY GALORE was overpowered by MOTEL DU LAC in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
ZYCONIAN viciously subdued DART in a popular 3 minute gory contest.
QUEUE vanquished JAGUARMAN in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SPRITE handily defeated FRATSFA MERCENARY in a 1 minute uneven duel.
EMM was devastated by GRYPHOS in a popular 1 minute gory one-sided bout.
KOOL GREEN vanquished VIRTUOUS SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TITILLUS vanquished SUNSPOT in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BASILISK demolished POLITE BEGGAR in a 2 minute one-sided melee.
SILKE was dispatched by RETRO ACTION in a 1 minute novice's fray.
AURIC GF was easily killed by HARDWIRE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW        37 -  25 -  0      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         TOTAL PARRY       59 -  42 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      7         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  15 -  2      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-LUNGE       26 -  23 -  3      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  19 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         BASHING ATTACK    20 -  22 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  10 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  45 -  0      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   31 -  41 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  21 -  1      32  |

Turn 244 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      3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        5 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  4         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  4         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  3                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  5     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MISS STEP 3978             18  15  0  100 LADIES IN WAITING (115)
PARRY-LUNGE      L'ORC BLEU 4352            16  12  0   95 LA PENTARCHIE (481)
STRIKING ATTACK  AARNS 4622                 17  15  3   92 TEN TON TOGAS (536)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SENSEI JAN 4676            15   7  0   92 YAKUZA (541)
AIMED BLOW       DREAM STEALER 3576          9   5  0   78 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
WALL OF STEEL    KAMI 4683                  21  10  0   73 YAKUZA (541)
BASHING ATTACK   MISS TOOK 4091             13  10  1   71 LADIES IN WAITING (115)
TOTAL PARRY      REDWOOD 4304               15   8  0   59 TREE PEOPLE (511)
SLASHING ATTACK  ZYCONIAN 3201               6   2  0   59 LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MONGOOSE 2663.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ZYCONIAN 3201.  The ten other most popular fighters were FRENZIED WAIF 4345, 
MAPLE-WOOD 4587, KAMI 4683, FIRE FLY 4533, LUXOR 4619, MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118, 
MONGOOSE 2663, TOBACCO ROSE 4529, BASILISK 4659, and JULIANA 4618.

The least popular fighter this week was REDWOOD 4304.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were AURIC GF 4610, SILKE 4662, JAGUARMAN 4532, PUSSY GALORE 4467, MISS 
CONSTRUED 4419, MISS TOOK 4091, DREAM STEALER 3576, AUJARD 4639, V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 
4598, and L'AUBERGISTE 4614.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

NIGHT BLACK (8-3174) PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
RANCID WAIF (8-4413) HAPLESS WAIF (515)
TAISHO (8-4690) YAKUZA (541)