Date   : 07/15/2004    Duedate: 08/11/2004


DM-8    TURN-246

This Weeks Top Honors


(8-4479) [9-2-0,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDENEYE                      BARNEY THE BASHER
BONDAGE (469)                  KILLER TOYS (542)
(8-4479) [9-2-0,110]           (8-4700) [2-0-0,14]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HAPLESS WAIF (515)             NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
(8-4345) [13-15-0,88]          (8-4369) [5-3-0,43]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)      41
2. TREE PEOPLE (511)           37      BONDAGE (469)
3. YAKUZA (541)                35      Unchartered Team
4. BONDAGE (469)               27
5. X-FORCE (484)               23      KILLER TOYS (542)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 BONDAGE (469)             92  55  7 62.6   1/ 4 PHOENIX FIRE (532)        8  3 0
 2- 4 LETHAL JUSTICE (375)      62  39  1 61.4   2/ 3 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    7  3 1
 3- 6 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)    242 164 22 59.6   3/ 1 TEN TON TOGAS (536)       7  5 1
 4/ 8 PHOENIX FIRE (532)        34  25  1 57.6   4/10 BONDAGE (469)             7  5 0
 5/ 7 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   98  73  8 57.3   5/ 8 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   6  4 1
 6/ 9 TEN TON TOGAS (536)      104  79  7 56.8   6/ 7 YAKUZA (541)              6  4 1
 7/ 1*KILLER TOYS (542)          5   4  0 55.6   7/11 LADIES IN WAITING (115)   6  8 0
 8/10 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      150 122  3 55.1   8/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       6  9 0
 9/12 YAKUZA (541)              91  76  3 54.5   9/ 9*KILLER TOYS (542)         5  4 0
10/11 LADIES IN WAITING (115)  301 252 12 54.4  10/ 6 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        4  3 0
11/13 HAPLESS WAIF (515)        56  54  1 50.9  11-12 A.K.A. (346)              4  6 0
12/14 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)    88  96  8 47.8  12/15 X-FORCE (484)             4 11 1
13/16 TREE PEOPLE (511)         55  70  1 44.0  13/18 TREE PEOPLE (511)         4 11 0
14-15 A.K.A. (346)              71  92  6 43.6  14-14*ENTENTER (534)            3  2 1
15/17 X-FORCE (484)             96 130  8 42.5  15-17 LETHAL JUSTICE (375)      1  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
16-18*ENTENTER (534)            12  20  1 37.5  16- 5 BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)     0  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

            + ]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--
     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

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?"

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Andorian Edition

Aruak City:

     The mirror was resisting, a thing that had never happened before.  Adeolar
wrestled with the spell, her entire attention concentrated on it.  The mirror spell
was PASSIVE, it shouldn't be doing this!  She took a deep breath and let it out
slowly, then stepped back mentally from her work.  Magical devices were no different
than mechanical ones in some ways, they could get "stuck" on a certain phase of
operation.  The mirror spell had simply gotten "stuck" on looking at Krael.  All she
needed to do was deactivate it, then start over with a different target.
     It was a simple matter.
     It should have been a simple matter.
     She couldn't shut the spell down.  She took another deep breath and ran through
the shut-down sequence again.  There were currents of unformed magic swirling around
her now, and most of them were from sources she would not touch.  Blood magic, from
the arena.  It seemed to be working against her, reinforcing the mirror's resistance,
if such a thing was possible.  Dammit, the mirror wasn't alive, it didn't have a
will, couldn't consciously resist...but that's what it felt like.  Or that someone
she'd been looking at had sensed the spell, seized it from the other end, and was
trying to use it to look at HER.  She was distantly aware of power--not a lot, but
some, enough to help--coming from outside her and reinforcing her efforts.  More
distantly, she realized that it was Segallion and Nila.  That power she could use.
She wove their offering into her own efforts and made a third attempt to shut down
the mirror spell.
     The resistance continued, maybe increased.  It was hard to be sure, because her
head was beginning to ache with the effort.  Not good!  If she made a slip through
weariness, the spell could escape her completely.
     Another strand of power, faint as starlight but just as pure, joined with hers.
Absolutely precise.  Familiar.  Shania!  The united effort bore down on the critical
points of the mirror spell.  Not the points SHE had chosen.
     *I can't hold this link for long* Shania thought to her.  *But without it, I
couldn't have reached you at all.  The high magics are fading with the Eyes, Adie.
Soon they'll be gone--*
     "Leaving nothing but blood magic and petty witchcraft," Adie agreed grimly.  "I
     *It's worse than you're thinking.*  Shania's thought was urgent.  *When there is
no high magic, there will be no protecting circles, demons will be unbound, all the
things that Sheila Greywand holds at bay will be loosed on Alastari!  Gates will open
as though they'd never been sealed.  ANYTHING could get loose!  There are residual
traces of Old Chaos in Alastari, and if they aren't bound--*
     "Disaster!"  It didn't occur to Adie to doubt Shania's assessment.  In matters
such as that, the elf seeress was unmatched.  "But without high magic, how can we
hold the bindings?  You don't suggest WE use blood magic?"
     *No.  Everything done with blood magic is tainted by it.  Even for a good end...
the result will be twisted.  Always.*
     Adie was aware of Shania's shudder of revulsion.  "There aren't a lot of other
     *I have a plan--it would take too long to explain now.*  Shania's mental voice
was fading.  *I'll be there soon.*  The link between them shivered.  *Break the
mirror!*  She was gone from Adie's mind.
     It was an effort for Adie to focus outward and look at the mirror.  The
reflective surface was a sheet of blood!  She couldn't disentangle her mind
completely from the spell and realized that the mirror had gone beyond resistance and
it--or something using it--was actively attempting to trap her.  Easier said than
done!  Most of her mental barriers had been lowered to work the spell, but she
slammed them back into place.  Which was more difficult than it should have been, but
she DID manage it.
     Her warrior Segallion staggered toward her, sword drawn.  Adie saw that Nila had
collapsed behind him.  Had they been seized by the spell, when it lost its grip on

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

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): ZERO THE HERO of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): FLAT TAX of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): CROCONAW of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): FLIMSY of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): DARK CHOCOLATE of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): SQUISH THE GERBIL of CRUEL PET NAMES (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): SADISTA FAIRBORNE of MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): BERKE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): MUTILATE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): LACHES of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SEXTANT of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHEROKEE of CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): TEN TON TOGAS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): BUMS 'R' US (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): RISEN FROM THE DEAD, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
                           GREY FOX of A.K.A. (?, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 491): BEEF BULLION of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                               SKYWISE of ELFQUEST (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 484): KANGAROO KATE of THE ZOO (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 340): BLACK EYE of JOKA MASHER! (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 146): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Thanks to Mongoose for sending me off in the direction of the Isle.  It has been
a long trip, and I wasn't sure I was ever going to make it, but finally, after three
turns on the throne, I'm deemed able enough to proceed.
     For those of you who care about numbers, I am a 11(1)-6(1)-11-16(1)-18(1)-13-13
Lunger, with Master in Attack (+4), Master Init (Mode), AdEx Defence (Mode) and
Expert Riposte (Mode) on 62 learned skills.  Doing only normal damage really seemed
to hold me back.  Faves are Shortsword, High/Very High, learning Attack skills.  Oh,
and to Sensei Jan, or anyone else who would care, Miss Tree Meat was also -4 in
Attack, as well as -4 in Init (or maybe that was Decise, but I thought Bashers could
only be mode in Decise)

Miss Step
Ladies In Waiting

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for ARKERS.  Like, TEN TON TOGAS had to be so 
embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by PHOENIX FIRE!  Way to go PHOENIX 
FIRE!  BONDAGE like really fought hard to move up to 4th from 10th.  Way to go!  One 
team deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 1 after going 4-1-0.  Keep it up, 
PHANTOM FORCES 2!  MVP award for JULIANA?  TEN TON TOGAS' proud of her after beating 
FIRE FLY and getting 22 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  FIRE FLY's match with 
JULIANA cost her a loss of 19 points!  The Duelmaster isn't going to stop just cause 
she's Number One!  STONE GOLEM knows this.  He was Dark Arena Challenged by the 
Duelmaster.  The crowds were amazed this turn, as STONE GOLEM killed the Duelmaster, 
MISS STEP, leaving LADIES IN WAITING in mourning.  GOLDENEYE gets to be new 
Duelmaster.  But doesn't this mean people might try to kill it, too?  I hear the top 
team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters 
for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  LA PENTARCHIE was the most avoided team.  Is a 
150-122-3 record really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are BONDAGE?  LA 
PENTARCHIE, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an 
invitation!  Like, is V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT popular, or what?  He was challenged the 
most in all of ARKERS!  He's got a 5-7-0, is that good?  Ooh!  Did KAMI really know 
what she was doing when she challenged HUNGRY WAIF?  A 22-10-0 speaks volumes.  
(Zontoni said that.  I don't know what it means.) Do you think KAMI knew something 
before she challenged HUNGRY WAIF?  She got a win and 20 points.  What will the gal 
do next?  People were asking me did MISS TOOK REALLY challenge FRENZIED WAIF?  (all 
right, maybe they didn't, but it sounded good!) It wasn't a spectacular fight, or 
anything, but FRENZIED WAIF wants me to write about it since she was defeated by MISS 
TOOK.  Satisfied?   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  Like was that some Bloodfeud, or what?  
(L'ORC BLEU vs. JEALOUSY, that is.) What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  
I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  I had 
a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDENEYE 4479                9   2  0   110       BONDAGE (469)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 L'ORC BLEU 4352              18  12  0   108       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 KAMI 4683                    22  10  0    93       YAKUZA (541)
-MONGOOSE 2663                15  18  0    93       A.K.A. (346)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MURDER-MEX 3016              15   5  0    90       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
 MISS TOOK 4091               14  11  1    88       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 FRENZIED WAIF 4345           13  15  0    88       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 DREAM STEALER 3576           10   5  0    88       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 HUNGRY WAIF 4349             11  17  1    87       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 SENSEI JAN 4676              15   8  0    85       YAKUZA (541)
-AARNS 4622                   17  16  3    72       TEN TON TOGAS (536)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SASHA BAL TOR 4034           17   7  0    66       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 JULIANA 4618                  8   2  0    66       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 SPRITE 4600                   6   4  0    63       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
-FULL PLATE 3135              10   2  0    62       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
-MRS MURDERMEX 3066           10   4  0    61       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)
 REDWOOD 4304                 15  10  0    59       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 DART 4586                    11   1  0    59       X-FORCE (484)
 QUEUE 4549                    8   4  1    59       BONDAGE (469)
-ZYCONIAN 3201                 6   2  0    59       LETHAL JUSTICE (375)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUSSY GALORE 4467             6   4  0    56       BONDAGE (469)
 JAGUARMAN 4532                8   8  0    55       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 CASTOR BEAN 4442             12  10  0    53       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 LUXOR 4619                    6   5  0    52       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
-TOBACCO ROSE 4529             7   7  1    51       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
-MISS CONSTRUED 4419           5  10  0    51       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118       10  10  0    50       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 JEALOUSY 4652                 3   1  1    49       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FIRE FLY 4533                 8   1  0    47       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 PSYLOCKE 4470                 5  11  1    47       X-FORCE (484)
-FALCON 3422                   6   7  0    43       A.K.A. (346)
 YMIR BLOODRAVEN 4369          5   3  0    43       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
-ROMULUS 4616                  4   0  1    42       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
 KAMEN THE HUNTER 4259         7   5  2    41       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
-WITLESS WAIF 4347             2   3  0    39       HAPLESS WAIF (515)
 TIEN 4672                     7   6  0    36       YAKUZA (541)
-ZABABA 4633                   4   0  0    35       PHOENIX FIRE (532)
 GRYPHOS 4582                  4   3  0    34       PHOENIX FIRE (532)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EMM 4588                      4   3  0    31       BONDAGE (469)
-POLE CAT 3111                 6  11  1    30       A.K.A. (346)
 SIR KILLALOT 4660             2   0  1    29       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 MOTEL DU LAC 4580             7   7  0    28       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 SHRIEK 4651                   2   2  0    26       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598      5   7  0    25       LA PENTARCHIE (481)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KOOL GREEN 4568               5   4  0    21       ENTENTER (534)
 AUJARD 4639                   4   2  0    20       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-RETRO ACTION 4635             3   1  1    17       ENTENTER (534)
 MISS MATCHED 4709             1   1  0    15       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 BARNEY THE BASHER 4700        2   0  0    14       KILLER TOYS (542)
 PALM 4719                     1   0  0    13       TREE PEOPLE (511)
 HICKORY 4712                  1   1  0    13       TREE PEOPLE (511)
-MAID OF MUD 4692              1   1  0    12       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
 HARDWIRE 4701                 1   2  1    11       X-FORCE (484)
 KISERU 4717                   1   0  0    11       YAKUZA (541)
 WEAPON 6 4715                 1   0  0    11       X-FORCE (484)
-LUKE 4566                     2   4  0    10       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)
-BLISSFULL SPEED 4694          1   1  0     9       BLACKTHORN ORCS (425)
-TITILLUS 4617                 2   2  0     8       TEN TON TOGAS (536)
-BASILISK 4659                 2   2  0     8       A.K.A. (346)
-BEAM 4565                     1   3  0     6       ENTENTER (534)
 MIRAGE 4721                   1   0  0     5       PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
 PTSD JOE 4699                 1   1  0     5       KILLER TOYS (542)
 ZODIAC BARBIE 4697            1   1  0     4       KILLER TOYS (542)
 FLYING PETROCK 4698           1   1  0     4       KILLER TOYS (542)
 THUNDAR THE BARBARIA 4661     0   2  0     2       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 WEAPON 5 4714                 0   1  0     1       X-FORCE (484)
 ROSA KLEBB 4713               0   1  0     1       BONDAGE (469)
 COTTONWOOD 4720               0   1  0     1       TREE PEOPLE (511)
-GADGET 4695                   0   1  0     1       ENTENTER (534)
 ALAIN DRAGOON 4716            0   1  0     1       LA PENTARCHIE (481)

'-' 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 JUST REV
KUSH GRENEDA 4696      0  1 0 KILLER TOYS 542       SIR KILLALOT 4660     245         
L'AUBERGISTE 4614      4  2 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     JEALOUSY 4652         244 JUST REV
MISS STEP 3978        19 16 0 LADIES IN WAITING 115 STONE GOLEM 410       246 NONE    
JUPITER 4637           1  1 0 TREE PEOPLE 511       ROMULUS 4616          244         
SILKE 4662             0  2 0 X-FORCE 484           RETRO ACTION 4635     244         
DA 4718                0  1 0 YAKUZA 541            MOUNTAIN TROLL 402    246 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mongoose -- Such a nice send off; I wish you success in your hunt for a snake. --
Miss Step

Hungry Waif -- OK, Obviously I was wrong, back to the drawing board. -- Miss Took

Gryphos -- I'm not necessarily the pud my record makes me out to be.  Oh wait, I'm
going into the adepts tourney without so much as an expert, so let me take that back
please. -- Miss Construed

Juliana -- This is no Monuntial, so I doubt you'll be seeing easy wins from here on
in. -- Miss Commune Kate

Barney the Basher -- I'm bleeding purple! -- Miss Matched

Tobacco Rose -- In my case you have to be. -- Dart

Bondage -- You did win.  But you hardly softwired me. -- Hardwire

Northern Badlands -- Hi Max!  Will try to stay awhile here.  Hope you do the same! --
Sensei Jan

Ed. -- Would you be kind enough to post a list of the managers' names here?  Thank
you! -- Sensei Jan

     These are teams listed in last turn's newsletter.  If I've gotten anyone's name
     wrong, just let me know and I'll fix it. -- The Saint, keeper of lists
     A.K.A.             ?                    NORTHERN BADLANDS  Maximillian
     BLACKTHORN ORCS    Slugbait             PHANTOM FORCES 2   The Catalyst
     BONDAGE            Spawn                PHOENIX FIRE       Bobby Bigfoot
     ENTENTER           Highlander           SMITHSONIAN        The Curator
     HAPLESS WAIF       Berylstar            TEN TON TOGAS      Keldon Blackfang
     KILLER TOYS        Slaughter Priest     TREE PEOPLE        Elderberry
     LA PENTARCHIE      The Pentalque        X-FORCE            Savant
     LADIES IN WAITING  Crip                 YAKUZA             Sensei Jan
     LETHAL JUSTICE     Eclipse              Z GLADIATORZ       Mr. Zee

Miss Step -- I wouldn't want to miss commune kate or have any information miss
construed.  It seems you have miss took me for the likeness of someone else.  I am
indeed miss matched with yourself, for the time, however some of the younger ladies
might make a miss step if they were to challenge me. -- Dream Stealer, who unlike
that other Phantom Force, has no kills posted to his name and is much more sensitive
guy all around, the chicks dig that!  *wink* *wink*

Crip -- It's good to see you back on the sands!  Speaking of that old Phantom Force,
there are some new forces in town, still Phantom, but not quite the killing machine
that the team once was.  After years of fighting in the Abyss as punishment for their
bad record, the team was rescued and is under new management.  They do not have the
same thirst for blood they once had after their experiences in the Abyss, be wary
however, just because they don't thirst for it doesn't mean they've forgotten.... --
The Catalyst
P.S.  Just disregard the recent kill the team got, that was due to Jealousy....

Jaguarman -- If you really think that will help....  *offers an epee* -- Sprite

Bobby Bigfoot -- I wondered why I heard an echo when the personals came out.  I
thought it was the silent treatment or something.  Spooky I tell ya, just plain
spooky!  I do my ads online and they haven't lost them yet.  -- The Catalyst

Mongoose -- I shouldn't have let my curiosity get the better of me on my last fight
in the arena...but then curiosity is the key to learning, so thanks for the learns!
Good fight! -- Night Black

Aujard -- My savior, I was heading to the DA if I didn't win that fight; sorry the
incentive to whoop you was just too great. -- Shriek

The Pentalque -- We are sorry for the loss of L'Aubergiste, he was a fine warrior.
It just goes to show Jealousy kills, even if it's unintentional. -- The Catalyst ***
Phantom Forces 2, its Manager, and affiliate teams cannot be held legally responsible
for deaths resulting from low con, wit, or will.  All deaths are final unless
otherwise reinstated by RSI for whatever reasons they may deem appropriate. ***

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

12 July 2004
All Readers -- Due to the pressures resulting from preparing for and dealing with the
Face to Face, no spotlights will be written until it's over. -- the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MISS STEP was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA was narrowly killed by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
L'ORC BLEU demolished JEALOUSY in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
KAMI slimly won victory over HUNGRY WAIF in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
MISS TOOK devastated FRENZIED WAIF in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge brawl.
REDWOOD slimly lost to SASHA BAL TOR in a 19 minute master's Challenge match.
DART unbelievably bested LUXOR in a action packed 7 minute Challenge melee.
CASTOR BEAN won victory over YMIR BLOODRAVEN in a popular 6 minute Challenge duel.
TIEN won victory over V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 1 minute gory Challenge duel.
HARDWIRE was defeated by EMM in a 1 minute Challenge match.
MISS MATCHED handily defeated ZODIAC BARBIE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
PTSD JOE was demolished by GRYPHOS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SENSEI JAN was handily defeated by GOLDENEYE in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
DREAM STEALER demolished QUEUE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided brawl.
FIRE FLY was overpowered by JULIANA in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MISS COMMUNE KATE was bested by PUSSY GALORE in a 2 minute duel.
KAMEN THE HUNTER was handily defeated by SPRITE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
PSYLOCKE was devastated by JAGUARMAN in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided brawl.
MOTEL DU LAC was overpowered by CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
AUJARD was overpowered by SIR KILLALOT in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
THUNDAR THE BARBARIA was devastated by WEAPON 6 in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SHRIEK vanquished COTTONWOOD in a 1 minute one-sided match.
FLYING PETROCK was outwaited by HICKORY in a unpopular 12 minute beginner's duel.
BARNEY THE BASHER overpowered ALAIN DRAGOON in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WEAPON 5 was defeated by MIRAGE in a 2 minute novice's duel.
KISERU overpowered ROSA KLEBB in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
PALM overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  10 -  2      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         AIMED BLOW        33 -  23 -  0      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         TOTAL PARRY       53 -  37 -  0      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -   9 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-LUNGE       26 -  27 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  18 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   35 -  42 -  1      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    20 -  24 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  50 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  18 -  1      36  |

Turn 246 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

TOTAL PARRY        5 -  1     AIMED BLOW         2 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK     1 - 11         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDENEYE 4479              9   2  0  110 BONDAGE (469)
PARRY-LUNGE      L'ORC BLEU 4352            18  12  0  108 LA PENTARCHIE (481)
WALL OF STEEL    KAMI 4683                  22  10  0   93 YAKUZA (541)
BASHING ATTACK   MISS TOOK 4091             14  11  1   88 LADIES IN WAITING (115)
AIMED BLOW       DREAM STEALER 3576         10   5  0   88 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SENSEI JAN 4676            15   8  0   85 YAKUZA (541)
TOTAL PARRY      SASHA BAL TOR 4034         17   7  0   66 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
LUNGING ATTACK   QUEUE 4549                  8   4  1   59 BONDAGE (469)
SLASHING ATTACK  JEALOUSY 4652               3   1  1   49 PHANTOM FORCES 2 (400)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FRENZIED WAIF 4345.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was YMIR BLOODRAVEN 4369.  The ten other most popular fighters were LUXOR 4619, 
4532, WEAPON 5 4714, L'ORC BLEU 4352, MISS TOOK 4091, and DART 4586.

The least popular fighter this week was SASHA BAL TOR 4034.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were REDWOOD 4304, HICKORY 4712, FLYING PETROCK 4698, ROSA KLEBB 

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

GREY FOX (8-2880) A.K.A. (346)