DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/25/2007    Duedate: 02/21/2007

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-279

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

THUNDAR THE CRUEL
NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
(8-4661) [14-12-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THUNDAR THE CRUEL              TROLL FIRE HAMMER
NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)        ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
(8-4661) [14-12-0,111]         (8-4742) [5-2-2,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIEN                           SKUNK
YAKUZA (541)                   THE ANIMALS (576)
(8-4672) [19-17-2,90]          (8-4964) [4-3-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. Z GLADIATORZ (519)          35
2. X-FORCE (484)               34      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)     32      Unchartered Team
4. CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)    21
5. NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)     20      BLOOD RITES (585)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 4 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       37  15  2 71.2   1/ 4 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202) 11  4 1
 2/ 3*BLOOD RITES (585)          7   3  0 70.0   2/ 2 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        9  1 0
 3/ 7*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)   22  12  3 64.7   3/ 7 SMITHSONIAN (245)         9  2 0
 4/ 6 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        86  47  0 64.7   4/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       9  5 2
 5/ 8 SMITHSONIAN (245)        532 347 13 60.5   5/10*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)   9  5 1
 6/ 5*THE ANIMALS (576)         21  14  0 60.0   6/ 5 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   9  7 1
 7/ 9 YAKUZA (541)             168 114 11 59.6   7/ 8*DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      8  7 0
 8/10 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      239 182  6 56.8   8/ 1*THE ANIMALS (576)         8  7 0
 9/11 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)  160 127 14 55.7   9/14*BLOOD RITES (585)         7  3 0
10/12 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     24  25  1 49.0  10/ 6 X-FORCE (484)             7  8 1
11/13 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202) 127 139 12 47.7  11/11 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     6  9 0
12-15 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    22  25  3 46.8  12/12 LEVIATHAN (556)           5 10 1
13/14 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       76  87  2 46.6  13/15 YAKUZA (541)              4  6 0
14/16*DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      20  25  2 44.4  14/17*BAUBLES, INC. (583)       4 11 2
15/17 X-FORCE (484)            166 213 15 43.8  15/ 9 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       4 11 0
16-18 ASSASSIN NATION (377)     34  52  5 39.5  16-16 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       2  3 1
17/ 1*THE LAST SAMURI (582)      1   2  0 33.3  17-18*TRAGIC DESIRE (575)       2  8 0
18/19 LEVIATHAN (556)           26  57  2 31.3  18/19*THE LAST SAMURI (582)     1  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-20*TRAGIC DESIRE (575)        6  19  1 24.0  19-21 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    1  3 0
20/21*BAUBLES, INC. (583)        8  29  3 21.6  20-20 ASSASSIN NATION (377)     1  4 0
21-22*GLANGEDDEN (581)           0   1  0  0.0  21-22*GLANGEDDEN (581)          0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                                    Loss and Hope

     Master Beru eyed the four warriors, concern plain upon his face.  Ginglio had
always been popular, and losing him suddenly like this added to their emotions
dramatically.  Add to this, the fact that there were mixed reports about the other
warrior's intent....
     He sighed as he stood.  The little bit of conversation died as eyes swung to
look at him.  Gingnia's eyes welled up again as she looked at him, anguish playing
across her face.
     "It is time to move forward.  Ginglio has been granted his gift and you will see
him again, but not now.  I know this will be harder for some of you than for others,
but we have to move forward."
     He saw expressions changing on a few faces, but not all.  His gaze also swept
over the staff in the back.  The mixed feelings were still there as well.  He needed
to connect with them all.
     "Gingnia, your request for the night fights is denied.  I know you want to be
with your twin, but that is not where I need you.  I need you here.  You will get
first shot at avenging him.  I release you from my mandate for moderation during
combat.  Further, I authorize you to use whatever force you deem necessary and
appropriate."
     Gingnia felt each instruction like a blow to her chest.  Each caused her breath
to fail.  Only at the end did she feel any relief, as she now had a purpose.  She
wasted no time sitting there, wishing instead to prepare.  She rose, grabbed the
style trainer she needed and left the room.  Within moments the sound of weapons in
the practice yard rang through the room.
     Master Beru watched her leave with a mixture of emotion.  Hammer was a good
manager and he did not want to make him angry, but Gingnia was like family.  She
needed to learn to stand on her own.  For now that meant that he needed to give her
something to focus on.  He could only hope that she would remember how she felt the
last time she killed and allow that to moderate her desire for blood.
     Returning to the room, he continued, "I have other news as well.  I have strong
evidence that our brothers and sisters who did not enter the gate are still alive."
     Gasps of shock and amazement were mixed with sudden tears and laughter as each
reacted to this news.  The group had become amazingly close over the years away, and
the loss of so many had been a terrible blow.  The prospect of getting them back was
huge to those gathered.
     "I'm....  I'm....  Quiet please....  Okay.  I'm glad that this is exciting to
everyone.  Now here is the tough news.  I am not sure if we can get them back....
But I am working on it.  Rosemary and her group are investigating the best chance
that I know of currently.  I guarantee you that I am making every effort to bring
them back if at all possible."
     The rest of his reassurances were lost on the group, as excited discussions
sprung up.  One staff member especially took note of these happenings, although very
careful about the questions and inquiries he raised.  His role was a new one and he
was commonly thought of as a well-intentioned and friendly person who merely wanted
to understand.  No one had any reason to suspect him, and that was what he wanted.

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                                    ARKERS ASYLUM
                                Chapter the Third 279
                               by Hammer the WordSmith

"The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and
godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten
tree]. -- Proverbs 10:31 Amplified

     HAMMER WAS GREATLY THRILLED THAT THE SHADOWSPIRE ARENA had indeed begun the New
Year with 40+ stables!
     The apparent early success of the New No Tourney Arena in DM 81 held Greater
Promise for a Proposed New No Tourney SLOW ARENA to be sanctioned for the enjoyment
of those managers who would abide by the same rules as the ShadowSpire Arena; thereby
petitioning the Gladiatorial Commission to select a Slow Arena site for the 20+
managers who would make good on their promise to populate such an Extraordinary SLOW
ARENA No Tourney Arena with their Continuous Support and Commitment to Finance such
an Entertaining Endeavor!
     Perhaps Hammer would find more managers in Arkers Arena who would join with the
15+ other managers who had voiced their support for the Proposed SLOW ARENA No
Tourney Arena in Good Faith prior to the first turn of ShadowSpire Arena!
     Obviously the Competition of Crossing Blades in a SLOW ARENA No Tourney Arena
would be too enjoyable for other Slow Arena managers to pass up!
     But what about the managers of Arkers Arena?
     Would they answer the Call to Cross Blades in a Proposed SLOW ARENA No Tourney
Arena and add to the Expected Enjoyment by Writing Spots and P-ads?
     There were Commitments from some of the Fabled Managers from Chimlevtal Arena
and North Fork Arena as well as Morya Arena!
     Not to mention the Newcomers who were also Excited to become a part of the
Historic SLOW ARENA No Tourney Arena!
     Would Arkers Arena be represented by anyone else other than The Consortium and
the other managers with stables in Arkers Arena who had already sent a stable to the
Historic No Tourney Arena known far and wide as ShadowSpire Arena?
     Arkers Arena Answer the Call to Cross Blades in the New SLOW ARENA No Tourney
Arena and Take Your Place in Alastari History this New Year!

"May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
Hammer
Minister of War

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Salutations to all.  It is an honor to be here as Duelmaster of Arkers.  I have
fought thrice for the throne and twice before lost to the great slasher Inochi.  This
time I was lucky to fare better against the lunger, Thundar The Cruel.
     I shall leave Arkers very shortly--either via death or the graduation
announcement expected next round.  Therefore, this day, I will reveal my inner
secrets,
     I am a 9-12-10-17-17-8-11 ambi slasher with good damage.  Those are my only two
blessings.  Otherwise I am not particularly special, mode they say, but I seem to
have what is called "knack".  I just simply seem to fight well.  Perhaps I was born
for the arena?
    I do feel comfortable with the scimitar, thank the gods, with a 31-113-21
crit/swing/extra value hit ratio.  I am now 14-5-0 in the arena and I only fought
once in a tournament (Initiates) going 7-3-2.  Like most slashers, I learn initiative
and attack easily.  On the other hand, I have earned only one defense skill to go
with the sparse amount I was born with.  As a whole, my skill-to-learn rate is very
mediocre at 1.63 per attempt.
     I wish you all well in my next and final two battles in Aruak City.  May you
live the credo--Health.  Humility.  Honor.
                          Helen Of Troy

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Say good-bye to THE ANIMALS, as they are pushed 
from the coveted top team spot by the CHAMPIONS OF STEEL stable.  A stormcloud is 
brewing over the THE ANIMALS guildhouse.  Rumor says any more weeks like this ones 
1-4-0 may send the team to the Dark Arena.  Coming up with a solid 4-1-0 outing, ACID 
FIRE HAMMERZ has advanced 5 places in the rankings.  It looks like the guys(?) at 
SMITHSONIAN had a good week as they went 3-1-0 to put them in 3rd place.  I guess 
steroids help!  Hey everybody, watch out for TIMBER WALKER, who flew up 25 points in 
the rankings after mashing KISERU like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And 
falling like a basher in the top ten was OL' GRIZ, who dropped 18 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with ELIXIR.  Unlike most arenas, HELEN OF TROY 
managed to get hers challenge off against the 13-12-0 THUNDAR THE CRUEL.  In front of 
all the crowds, THUNDAR THE CRUEL took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give 
the bum two weeks.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff? 
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad X-FORCE?  Big bad X-FORCE.  Big 
bad X-FORCE.  ARKERS' afraid of the big bad X-FORCE.  Tra la la la la!  Okay, so I 
may not be funny, but catch SMITHSONIAN's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to 
be fairly deft at running from X-FORCE.  And who is this LADY MACBETH you ask, with 
107 points and a 14-6-0 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  In a touching display 
by a 'touched' warrior, ZINGER went after FEORDIS INK, who was higher by 23 points.  
Well, when the dust settled, ZINGER beat FEORDIS INK.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  This week 10-10-1 MAX VON SCUM 
was sent to the Dark Arena.  I know a lot of fighters with similar records who might 
take notice of this.  In the 'Oops, What Have I Done?' category, BLACK WIND was 
mashed by MORE MOORE, who let BLACK WIND know that killing members of LA PENTARCHIE 
is a no-no.  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time is a very 
important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  And 
remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've 
heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THUNDAR THE CRUEL 4661       14  12  0   111       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADY MACBETH 4627            14   6  0   107       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 TIMBER WALKER 3147           13   6  1   106       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 MORE MOORE 4864              13   4  0   102       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 HAMMURABI 4219               14  11  0    95       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 ELIXIR 4815                  12  12  2    93       X-FORCE (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIEN 4672                    19  17  2    90       YAKUZA (541)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598     21  24  0    87       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 HELEN OF TROY 4603           14   6  0    87       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-ME CHEAT U LOSE 4854          8   3  0    87       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 KISERU 4717                  16   8  1    82       YAKUZA (541)
 NYTHIA 4923                   8   2  0    80       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 LIN MINMEI 4875              10   6  2    77       YAKUZA (541)
 OL' GRIZ 4755                11   7  2    68       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FEORDIS INK 4746             16  18  0    66       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
-ZIP 4383                     10   8  0    66       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-KIK BAKET OW TOE 4852         6   4  0    66       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 CHAOS INVADER 4867           11   6  1    62       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
-ROCK GLAS HUT FUN 4851        8   3  2    61       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 YOR DETHKALL 4850            11   9  1    60       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
-SIR DAMAS 156                 7   3  1    58       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IMBER LACK 4748              13  18  0    57       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZINGER 4890                  10   3  0    56       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 AERYN SUN 4811               10  11  0    55       LEVIATHAN (556)
 SOHEI 4876                    9   7  2    54       YAKUZA (541)
-LORD BYRON 4935               4   1  0    48       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 TROLL FIRE HAMMER 4742        5   2  2    46       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
-GOT CAT'S TONGUE 4855         8   3  0    45       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 DWARF FIRE HAMMER 4744        5   2  1    42       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
-SIR HEELIUS 159              10   3  1    41       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 RABBIT 4965                   6   1  0    40       THE ANIMALS (576)
 ARAMIL DRALLION 4918          4   5  1    39       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 UGLY KIDD JOE 4942            5   3  0    38       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743        4   3  0    35       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MEERKAT 4963                  6   1  0    33       THE ANIMALS (576)
 BLACK WIND 4900               5   6  1    33       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 BURPS FIRE HAMMER 4741        5   2  0    33       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 KYLUN 4984                    4   2  0    33       X-FORCE (484)
 SWAMP FOX 4971                4   3  0    33       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 THE AARDVARK 4983             3   0  1    31       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 MARSHMALLOW 4878              6  11  1    30       LEVIATHAN (556)
-ZERO 4658                     4   1  0    30       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-FAT CAT YUMMY 4863            7   2  0    29       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 OUTLAW 4888                   6   7  0    29       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 ZIPPETY 4889                  5   9  0    29       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-HOSTILITY 4908                4   1  0    27       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 MORG POTTS 4868               6   8  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 ILLMYRN NAILO 4917            3   6  0    25       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 DESPAYRE 5038                 3   0  0    25       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 THOG SKULLREAVER 4921         4   5  0    24       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUISER 4985                  4   2  0    23       X-FORCE (484)
 ZAERENA NAILO 4920            5   4  1    22       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 HUSK 4977                     3   4  2    21       X-FORCE (484)
 MORNGRYM 4926                 5   5  0    20       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 SKUNK 4964                    4   3  0    20       THE ANIMALS (576)
 NYMIRA NAILO 4961             3   4  0    20       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 ZANZIBAR 5020                 3   0  0    20       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-LORD TALIMAR 320              3   7  1    17       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
-EVATOR'S DESIRE 4954          3   2  0    17       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 DEATHWALKER 5050              2   0  0    17       BLOOD RITES (585)
 UNHOLY TERROR 5051            1   1  0    17       BLOOD RITES (585)
 BGAZ REDCLAW 4925             3   7  0    16       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 RUBY PENDANT 5025             2   6  0    16       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 AROURA 4928                   1   9  1    14       LEVIATHAN (556)
 WARPATH 4960                  3   4  0    13       X-FORCE (484)
-ASPHYXIATE 4995               1   0  0    13       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 DREYA 4969                    2   6  0    12       LEVIATHAN (556)
 BLOOD STAIN 5049              2   0  0    10       BLOOD RITES (585)
 GINGNIA 5026                  1   2  1    10       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 DIAMOND MINER 5057            1   0  0     9       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-SIR GILMERE 157               1   6  0     9       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
-BLAZING DESIRE 4957           1   4  0     7       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040             1   2  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058            1   0  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 ONIROMANCER 5023              1   2  0     5       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 BULL FROG 5022                1   2  0     5       THE ANIMALS (576)
 ALLEY CAT 5021                1   2  0     5       THE ANIMALS (576)
 BLACKHEART 5048               1   1  0     4       BLOOD RITES (585)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUN-PE 5018                   1   1  0     4       THE LAST SAMURI (582)
 CRIMSON MIST 5047             1   1  0     4       BLOOD RITES (585)
-DREW'S DESIRE 4991            0   4  0     4       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 GAARA 5054                    1   0  0     3       YAKUZA (541)
 BURIED TREASURE 5029          0   3  0     3       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-MAIM 4993                     0   1  0     3       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 MALBORGIA III 5041            0   2  0     2       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
-MAIDEN OF PAIN 5052           0   1  0     1       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
-DEVASTATE 4994                0   1  0     1       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 SUN-NE 5017                   0   1  0     1       THE LAST SAMURI (582)
-MAR 4996                      0   1  0     1       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
-DOH2 5010                     0   1  0     1       GLANGEDDEN (581)
 RAPID FIRE HAMMER 5053        0   1  0     1       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ELVEN FIRE HAMME 4745  3  2 0 ACID FIRE HAMMERZ 545 GINGLIO 5027          277 REVENGED
RACOON 4966            2  2 0 THE ANIMALS 576       MARTIN LUTHER 4987    276         
FROG 4967              1  2 0 THE ANIMALS 576       JUVENAL 4988          275 NOT REVE
SCAVENGER 5028         0  4 0 BAUBLES, INC. 583     AROURA 4928           279         
GINGLIO 5027           1  1 1 BAUBLES, INC. 583     DWARF FIRE HAMME 4744 278         
LRAPAUD PUANT 5056     0  1 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     DARK CHAMPION 408     279 NONE    
B.A.S.H. 4909          6  4 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     BLACK WIND 4900       278 JUST REV
GRILLIN TAR 4979       1  5 0 LEVIATHAN 556         MOUNTAIN TROLL 402    279 NONE    
HOLGA KOBB 4898        4  4 1 MIDDLE WAY 11 546     ROCK GLAS HUT FU 4851 278         
MAX VON SCUM 4737     10 10 1 NORTHERN BADLANDS 397 BLACK ORC 404         279 NONE    
GRIM SLAYER 5024       1  1 0 NORTHERN BADLANDS 397 HUSK 4977             278         
DEADLY DESIRE 4956     1  3 1 TRAGIC DESIRE 575     THE AARDVARK 4983     277         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Kerbin -- You ARE hot, but I like my partners charismatic and exotic.  But expect a
box of African chocolates to arrive at your door any day. -- Zanzibar

Feordis -- I can be friendly, but the way everyone discriminates against us big guys
gets to me some days.  I will work hard to be Zippier! -- Zip

Kylun -- Thanks for challenging me; I enjoyed being your first.  <zing> -- Zinger

Dreya -- Gee, another win.  They come so few and far between that I think I shall
frame them! -- Zippety

Maiden Of Pain -- Thanks for being my second.  I can get into pain. -- Zanzibar

Congrats, Curator, on your DM, Helen Of Troy.  You, too, Helen, babe! -- The Z Man

Champions Of Steel -- NICE round! -- Curator

Thundar -- Well, well, well; who would have thought that? -- Helen Of Troy

Aroura -- It was my day and I fought my best. -- Swamp Fox

Intent Desire -- I would be pleased to help with the development of your style.  But
diplos in slow arenas take so llloooooooooonnnggg.  And the design info is so
important to the development.  Send a message, with information and questions to
wfms101@aol.com, and our cohorts in The Consortium will comment/help. -- Swamp Fox
(and Curator)

Ol Griz -- You wanted some more?  Well, shucks; I shall take the freebies. -- Lady
Macbeth (Out, out brief candle; life is like a walking shadow...)

Blackstorm -- Perhaps out friendly competition will continue until we meet? --
Curator

Wretch -- A welcome to you and your Blood Rites.  May your stay in Arkers be long and
successful. -- Curator
P.S.  So, what's the book about?

Devastate -- Nice little fight we had.  Maybe next time it will go your way. --
Crimson Mist

Mar -- I don't like to spank people but sometimes it has to be done. -- Blackheart

Blazing Desire -- I got a little lucky there but sometimes being lucky is better then
actually being good. -- Blood Stain

Maim -- Your name describes what happened to you perfectly. -- Deathwalker

Assassin Nation -- Sorry if my team was the cause for a bad week. -- Wretch

Sun-Pe -- You ruined my team's perfect week.  But I guess it was my fault more then
yours.  I gotta remember, swing or move.  I forgot both. -- Unholy Terror

Good luck to Blackie in his continued assault on the sturdy Consortiumites! -- Le
Pentarque

You may have noticed that when we do not unite our forces, the Champions of Steel
tend to kill my guys...do we need anyone else to get a war going? -- Le Pentarque
again

Alpha Omega -- One of my guys killed one of yours, and I can read that you are
starting to get discouraged...do not !!  It's difficult to send a diplo covering this
subtle game of us, but you should try to use the web resources....  You could also
contact The Curator, or M. Z...both are fountains of wisdom.  Just two pieces of
advice here:  try to keep track of the tourney fights of your opponents...for
example, The Aardvark went 6-3 at the last tournament, so he has more skills than his
record shows...and do not use the war flail.  Actually few weapons are used by most
managers:  SC, LO, SS, shields, BS, BA, QS.... -- Le Pentarque

Blazing Desire -- I'm looking forward to finding out what Evator has to offer. --
Warpath

Illmrym -- And hopefully we will be for a long time. -- Husk

Holga Kobb -- I guess I must be out of practice, but I will work on it in the future.
-- Elixir

Dwarf Fire Hammer -- Well, that fight changed pretty quick, now didn't it? -- Master
Beru

Dwarf Fire Hammer -- YOU KILLED MY BROTHER!! -- Gingnia

Zaerena Nailo -- Sorry, Gingnia just found out her brother died, but I will mention
that you appear to have dodged and parried just enough. -- Master Beru

BGaz Redclaw -- I seem to be forgetting something in my attacks....  Oh yeah!  I'm
supposed to hit you!! -- Ruby Pendant, having an epiphany

Bullfrog -- Good fight.  I look forward to trying it again soon. -- Scavenger

Outlaw -- Boss says that went fairly well considering the difference in fights, but
I'm not sure I buy it. -- Buried Treasure

Blackwind -- I couldna hepp myself -- Scavenger

All -- I am new to the world of Alastari and its ways.  By some mysterious means I
have come to Arkers specifically.  I am to old to be a warrior of the sands, but
where I come from I am a warrior.  I have taken up the mantle of Stable manager and
have put together five good warriors to create the Last Samuri stable.  These
warriors have been trained with an ancient form of combat from my home world known as
Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, and they will fight honorably and accept all
challenges.  Good luck all stable managers here at Arkers and may your warriors bring
you glory in the sands. -- Bushido Master, mgr. Last Samuri (582)

Alpha Omea -- Sadly, Memento Mori passed away in tourney.  However, my research is
bearing fruit.  Good luck in your endeavors. -- Eldritch
P.S.  Nythia is a bit unusual, so her tactics might not help you much.  I do have a
nice little statistical compilation you could use though.  Watch for a diplo on turn
280.

Wretch -- Welcome to Arkers!  I believe you run Northern Lights as well, so see you
in Chimlevtal next turn. -- Michael Eldritch, mgr. Penumbral Mists [DM8], Steel and
Silk [DM 28], and Out of Niflheim [DM 31]

DK Blackstorm -- I've been trying to contact DK Toker via diplo and personal.  I am
interested in the Desolate Empire, but have had no response on the matter.  To this
end I'm diploing you too. -- Michael Eldritch
P.S.  Tell DK Goat that I DO know the difference between a lamb and a goat.  *wry
grin*

Ghab -- Welcome back.  I hope we can let bygones be bygones.  If you'll accept my
apologies, you have them.  In Animus Sincerus. -- Eldritch

Zippety -- Smiths AGE good things!?  Like what, rusted iron? -- Bgaz

Zippety -- Pay that steel peacock no mind.  I'm a smith of sorts myself. -- Morngrym

Morg Potts -- Yeah, I am a bit sensitive to bright light, but...HEY! That's not
funny. -- Bgaz

Ruby Pendant -- So, are you a merchant or merchandise? -- Bgaz

Feordis Ink -- Thank you.  Our fight confirmed a critical point for Michael.  Salute.
-- Nythia

Aeryn Sun -- Definitely YOUR win.  Well fought. -- Morngrym

Despayre -- Challenged the wrong one, didn't I? -- Oniromancer

Asphyxiate -- Ooo...tourney puts you out of my league. -- Malborgia III

Zippity -- I don't know about "Death" choosing you.  I was thinking more along the
lines of, stop by and let me choose something for you to wear! -- Aramil
P.S.  I like them big.  *wink*

Zinger -- Your endurance is amazing.  *sly grin* -- Zaerena

Outlaw -- Azaziel says we're all getting new gear thanks to your boss!  Want to help
me try it on?  *wink* -- Zaerena

Ghab -- Welcome back!  As you see I'm still here....  No, up here....  No, a little
higher....  There! -- Aramil
P.S.  Glad to see ya!  Veterans teach better.

DK Blackstorm -- Diplo on the way!  And yes, I accept!  But don't forget, I'll need
some armor that accounts for my wings. -- Azaziel

Sensei Jan -- Why so much bad blood in 31? -- Azaziel
P.S.  Did you receive the diplo?

Alpha Omega -- You're a Poet an' ya don't know it, but something tells me your
Longfellow don't show it. -- The Mad Prophet

Curator -- Thank you for the answer!  The only way to truly learn is from those
better than myself. -- Azaziel

Chaos Invader -- Wild ride!  I like it rough, but that was extreme! -- Nymira

Slugbait -- Now serving at "The Last Stop Tavern," turtle soup!  They're soft once
you break their shell. -- Aramil

Arkers Analysts -- Time is Running Out to Jump On Board the Charter Roster of the New
Historic SLOW ARENA No Tourney Arena! -- Hammer/Minister of War

Master Beru -- We Await Your Blood Feud with Sharpened Blades! -- Hammer/Minister of
War

Arkers Arena-ites -- Show Your [BURP!] Support for [BURP!]  the New [BURP!]  Proposed
[BURP!] Historic [BURP!] SLOW [BURP!] ARENA No Tourney [BURP!] Arena! -- Burps Fire
Hammer

Nythia -- Well, drat.  That was a classic style vs. style match, and I hated it.
Good work on your part, though. -- Feordis Ink
P.S.  So...you busy tonight?

Sir Heelius -- Heel!  Oh, wait, you're a were cat rather than a were dog.  I guess
that isn't the right command?  But I'll think of one, give me a little time. -- Imber
Lack

Rock Glas Hut Fun -- That may have been YOUR idea of fun, but it was not MINE. --
Ghost of Holga Kobb

Could somebody clear up a puzzle for me?  Has the "no-downchallenge" part of the
Andorian ethos been repealed?  I've noticed it getting increasingly less attention in
many Andorian and Adantri arenas. -- Ghost of Holga Kobb
P.S.  I'm not complaining, just checking to see if I SHOULD complain.

Alley Cat -- That must be some alley you come from!  They obviously teach you to be
darned mean. -- Kerbin Notts
P.S.  In fact, it seems like an alley cat could be equated with a junkyard dog.

Ugly Kidd Joe -- I think it's the way you wear your hair. -- Morg Potts the ever-
helpful

Zanzibar -- It depends on when and why, does it not? -- Kerbin Notts

Zip -- If I could have been elsewhere, I would have! -- Feordis Ink

Nythia -- For your kind words, my thanks, it means a lot.  But as long as I survive,
well, I can live with that. -- Imber Lack

Bgaz Redclaw -- (with enthusiasm)  Any time! -- Morg Potts

Yor Dethkall -- Suits me.  If it doesn't happen by random, we'll only meet at the
bar, then. -- Feordis Ink

24 January 2007
The Council of Lords would like to propose a rule change in ADM and Primus.  We
propose that Lord Protectors ranked "Grand Champions" and below (ADM) and "The Tower
Guard" and below (Primus) be allowed to fight in the Dark Arena.  This would not
impact the top rankings or title match.  Any managers who never got his fill or shot
at fighting Gateway monsters would have it as an option.  We believe it might spark
some interest in the ADM/Primus realm for some managers.  If interested, speak up in
the newsletters or on forums under the "rules changes" thread and let RSI know.  This
could even be something to try for 12 months and then be re-evaluated.  What say you,
managers of Ghea? -- The Icelord sends....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MAX VON SCUM was butchered by BLACK ORC in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
GRILLIN TAR was murdered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
LRAPAUD PUANT was slain by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
MORE MOORE devastated BLACK WIND in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud contest.
GINGNIA was overpowered by DWARF FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
HELEN OF TROY was devastated by THUNDAR THE CRUEL in a 1 minute Challenge Title duel.
ELIXIR devastated OL' GRIZ in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HAMMURABI overpowered V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
CHAOS INVADER slimly lost to NYTHIA in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
ZINGER outwaited FEORDIS INK in a crowd boring 10 minute Challenge fight.
OUTLAW lost to UGLY KIDD JOE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
KYLUN was defeated by AERYN SUN in a 3 minute gruesome Challenge match.
ILLMYRN NAILO beat MORG POTTS in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
SWAMP FOX demolished MORNGRYM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HUSK slimly lost to FAIRY FIRE HAMMER in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
BRUISER demolished ALLEY CAT in a 1 minute gory mismatched Challenge match.
RUBY PENDANT overcame DREYA in a 2 minute Challenge conflict.
SUN-PE was overpowered by THE AARDVARK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SCAVENGER was barely slain by AROURA in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
DESPAYRE overcame BGAZ REDCLAW in a 3 minute Challenge bout.
ONIROMANCER was unbelievably bested by BLOOD STAIN in a 4 minute Challenge brawl.
BURIED TREASURE was subdued by KERBIN NOTTS in a 1 minute novice's Challenge bout.
LADY MACBETH luckily beat TIEN in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bloody master's fight.
KISERU was overpowered by TIMBER WALKER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
LIN MINMEI demolished IMBER LACK in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MEERKAT was vanquished by YOR DETHKALL in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched fray.
SOHEI defeated ARAMIL DRALLION in a 1 minute fight.
MARSHMALLOW was vanquished by TROLL FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ZAERENA NAILO was overpowered by BURPS FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
NYMIRA NAILO was vanquished by RABBIT in a 1 minute uneven bout.
SKUNK was unbelievably bested by ZIPPETY in a action packed 6 minute brutal bout.
WARPATH was handily defeated by UNHOLY TERROR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
THOG SKULLREAVER overpowered CRIMSON MIST in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BULL FROG was overcome by DIAMOND MINER in a 2 minute novice's fight.
ZANZIBAR demolished BLACKHEART in a 2 minute one-sided fight.
MALBORGIA III was beaten by INDIOR LANDIS in a action packed 3 minute novice's bout.
DEATHWALKER demolished SUN-NE in a 1 minute uneven contest.
RAPID FIRE HAMMER was outlasted by GAARA in a tiresome 13 minute novice's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  12         AIMED BLOW        29 -  16 -  2      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 12         TOTAL PARRY       47 -  35 -  1      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   47 -  36 -  1      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         LUNGING ATTACK    48 -  41 -  5      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   6 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    7         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         STRIKING ATTACK   52 -  57 -  9      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         BASHING ATTACK    60 -  66 -  5      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  17 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  40 -  1      25  |

Turn 279 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         2 -  3         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  8         2  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  4     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  7         2  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  5         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     7 -  5                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   THUNDAR THE CRUEL 4661     14  12  0  111 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
TOTAL PARRY      LADY MACBETH 4627          14   6  0  107 SMITHSONIAN (245)
SLASHING ATTACK  TIMBER WALKER 3147         13   6  1  106 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
BASHING ATTACK   TIEN 4672                  19  17  2   90 YAKUZA (541)
STRIKING ATTACK  KISERU 4717                16   8  1   82 YAKUZA (541)
AIMED BLOW       NYTHIA 4923                 8   2  0   80 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TIEN 4672.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
SKUNK 4964.  The ten other most popular fighters were TIEN 4672, ONIROMANCER 5023, 
MALBORGIA III 5041, HUSK 4977, TROLL FIRE HAMMER 4742, CHAOS INVADER 4867, KYLUN 
4984, ILLMYRN NAILO 4917, FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743, and DESPAYRE 5038.

The least popular fighter this week was RAPID FIRE HAMMER 5053.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were GAARA 5054, ZINGER 4890, FEORDIS INK 4746, CRIMSON MIST 5047, 
WARPATH 4960, NYMIRA NAILO 4961, ZAERENA NAILO 4920, ARAMIL DRALLION 4918, IMBER LACK 
4748, and KISERU 4717.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

THUNDAR THE CRUEL (8-4661) NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
HELEN OF TROY (8-4603) SMITHSONIAN (245)