DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/22/2007    Duedate: 03/21/2007

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-280

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LADY MACBETH
SMITHSONIAN (245)
(8-4627) [15-6-0,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LADY MACBETH                   TROLL FIRE HAMMER
SMITHSONIAN (245)              ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
(8-4627) [15-6-0,113]          (8-4742) [6-2-2,63]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIEN                           BURPS FIRE HAMMER
YAKUZA (541)                   ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
(8-4672) [19-18-2,78]          (8-4741) [6-2-0,56]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. X-FORCE (484)               58
2. ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)     51      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. CANTERBURY TALES (586)      30      Unchartered Team
4. YAKUZA (541)                28
5. BAUBLES, INC. (583)         28      ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       37  15  2 71.2   1/ 5*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)  12  2 1
 2/ 3*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)   26  13  3 66.7   2/ 1 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202) 10  5 1
 3/ 4 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        87  50  0 63.5   3/ 9*BLOOD RITES (585)         9  6 0
 4/ 5 SMITHSONIAN (245)        534 347 13 60.6   4/ 3 SMITHSONIAN (245)         8  1 0
 5/ 2*BLOOD RITES (585)          9   6  0 60.0   5/10 X-FORCE (484)             8  7 2
 6/ 7 YAKUZA (541)             172 115 11 59.9   6/ 2 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        7  3 0
 7/ 8 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      240 184  6 56.6   7/13 YAKUZA (541)              7  3 0
 8/ 9 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)  163 128 14 56.0   8/ 6 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   7  7 0
 9/ 6*THE ANIMALS (576)         22  18  0 55.0   9/ 8*THE ANIMALS (576)         7  8 0
10/ 0*CANTERBURY TALES (586)     2   2  1 50.0  10/ 4 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       6  6 0
11/12 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    24  25  3 49.0  11/11 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     5 10 0
12/10 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     26  28  1 48.1  12- 7*DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      4  6 0
13/11 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202) 130 141 12 48.0  13/12 LEVIATHAN (556)           4  9 1
14/13 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       76  92  2 45.2  14/14*BAUBLES, INC. (583)       4 11 0
15-14*DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      20  25  2 44.4  15/15 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       3 12 0
16/15 X-FORCE (484)            170 214 16 44.3  16/ 0*CANTERBURY TALES (586)    2  2 1
17-16 ASSASSIN NATION (377)     34  52  5 39.5  17/19 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    2  2 0
18/17*THE LAST SAMURI (582)      2   4  0 33.3  18-16 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       2  3 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/18 LEVIATHAN (556)           27  59  2 31.4  19/18*THE LAST SAMURI (582)     2  4 0
20-19*TRAGIC DESIRE (575)        6  19  1 24.0  20-20 ASSASSIN NATION (377)     1  4 0
21/20*BAUBLES, INC. (583)       10  32  3 23.8  21-17*TRAGIC DESIRE (575)       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

                                    Sense of Loss

     "I don't know what else to do boss.  She keeps crying.  She has been nearly
catatonic since waking in the infirmary.  I can't even get her into the yard to
practice."
     Master Beru's wizened eyes surveyed the sprawling form in the room before him.
At some point she had torn her clothes and her muscled back shook as her body
responded to her grief.  He took a deep breath, wondering what lies he would have to
tell Ginglio this week when he stopped to check on the "prizes".
     "Let me talk to her.  Alone."
     Samresh bowed low, casting a last concerned look into the room.  There were
rumors about how close he was to the fighter, but they were all groundless.  He could
no more take advantage of the girl then Master Beru could fly to the moon.
     Stepping into the room, he closed the door.  Walking over, he kneeled next to
the tormented form bent over the single wooden bed frame and mattress.  Gently, he
rested his calloused right hand on her bare back.
     Her sobs continued, oblivious to his presence.  Softly he rubbed her back,
leaning close to her head.  His lips began to move as he soothed her as best he
could.
     This continued for several minutes, until her face came up looking him in the
eyes.  Her sobs renewed as her arms swung around his shoulders.  Her head buried into
his shoulder, he continued to tell her to let it out and that it would be fine.

     The evening was well and truly begun when Master Beru escorted a weak, UN-crying
Gingnia out of her quarters and down the hallway to the mess hall.  As they entered,
hopeful eyes looked up and smiles blossomed on faces all around.  Ruby was the first
to get up and cross to the doorway, but soon everyone else was as well.
     Master Beru pushed through the crowd to Samresh as words of encouragement and
hope were given to the girl.  Once to Samresh, he pointed to the far corner of the
room.  Grabbing his coat off the chair where he had left it, he began sliding into it
as he walked to the place he had indicated.
     "Samresh, I have to be leaving.  I know it was a short visit, but you have this
well in hand.  Watch the girl.  I think she is fine now, but keep an eye out just in
case."
     "Yes sir.  Any news of the 'lost ones'?"
     "Don't call them that!  We know exactly where they are so they are not lost."
     "Correct sir, but we can't get to them, can we?  Or is that changed?"
     "No.  That is not changed.  Rosemary is beside herself.  Those we found can come
and go freely through the gates, but they can not open them as far as we know and
they can not carry others with them either.  So for now we can bring them in and send
messages, but otherwise Freddie and the rest are still cut off from us."
     "I don't envy you the task of calming her down."
     "Thanks!  Actually she is an easy one.  I hand her a weapon and send her into
the arena.  Now the poor sots that have to share the arena with her, they are the
ones I pity."
     Samresh chuckled and both smiled at their whimsy.  Master Beru's face changed as
the mirth faded.  Samresh suddenly realized that he had not seen his boss this
concerned since their days on the other side of the gate.
     "Sir, is everything alright?"
     His eyes at first said he meant to lie, but then softened as he responded, "You
were always TOO good at reading me.  Most things are fine.  But I am getting
reports....  Listen, Da Champ is dead.  Totally dead.  Someone knows our secrets and
is figuring out ways around them.  Keep an eye out for anything or anyone unusual and
let me know immediately.  Understand?"
     Nodding, Samresh caught his boss's handshake before watching him pull open the
door and stride across the yard to the stables.  In front of the stables one of the
new stallions pranced eagerly waiting for his new master.  As Master Beru's bottom
hit the saddle, he touched his heels to the flanks of his steed.  He bobbed to the
sides for a second before settling into the new strides of his mount.  As he exited
the main gates, he touched his heels to the flanks again and the stallion broke into
a dead run.
     Turning back to the room, Samresh wondered how much of his new information he
should share.  Seeing a feeble smile on Gingnia, he decided he would have to wait.
He could not bear to see her cry again; especially so soon after she had been calmed.
He would wait until after the fights this time around.  Hopefully another victory
would help her take the news better.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ARKERS!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team CHAMPIONS OF STEEL was 
unseated this week as ACID FIRE HAMMERZ moved up from 5th ranking to take the top 
spot with a 4-1-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at LA PENTARCHIE's 
guildhouse after a 1-2-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 10th.  Dark 
Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness 
how this week BLOOD RITES went 2-3-0 to move up 6 in the rankings.  My praise to 
YAKUZA for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round 
deserving of notice!  BURPS FIRE HAMMER caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as she skillfully bested ZINGER and was awarded 23 points in recognition.  
In one of the week's more notable duels, ELIXIR put down MORE MOORE, causing him to 
lose 16 points of recognition in the process.  This time out LADY MACBETH made hers 
bid for the throne as she challenged THUNDAR THE CRUEL in an all out contest of skill 
for possession of the title!  This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  
All hail LADY MACBETH, Duelmaster of ARKERS!  Would you believe that over half of the 
old women in ARKERS seem to feel that they could fight better than you gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ARKERS.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  SMITHSONIAN is feared.  This much I can say.  If you didn't 
look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any of LA PENTARCHIE last 
week.  Busy avoiding SMITHSONIAN?  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it 
but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after WARPATH.  Watch your back!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Strange what qualities come forth in the face of certain doom.  
KYLUN has the town astir with the news of his Dark Arena victory!  My hearty 
congratulations GINGNIA, for thy revenge upon DWARF FIRE HAMMER, slayer of thy fallen 
comrade.  Next time she will know better, eh?  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and 
assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in ARKERS as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADY MACBETH 4627            15   6  0   113       SMITHSONIAN (245)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELIXIR 4815                  13  12  2   112       X-FORCE (484)
 TIMBER WALKER 3147           14   6  1   111       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
-HAMMURABI 4219               14  11  0    95       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 LIN MINMEI 4875              11   6  2    93       YAKUZA (541)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KISERU 4717                  17   8  1    90       YAKUZA (541)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598     21  25  0    88       LA PENTARCHIE (481)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ME CHEAT U LOSE 4854          8   3  0    87       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 MORE MOORE 4864              13   5  0    86       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 OL' GRIZ 4755                12   7  2    86       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 TIEN 4672                    19  18  2    78       YAKUZA (541)
 NYTHIA 4923                   8   3  0    69       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 SIR DAMAS 156                 8   3  1    68       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 FEORDIS INK 4746             16  19  0    67       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YOR DETHKALL 4850            12   9  1    66       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
-KIK BAKET OW TOE 4852         6   4  0    66       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 LORD BYRON 4935               5   1  0    64       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 TROLL FIRE HAMMER 4742        6   2  2    63       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
-ROCK GLAS HUT FUN 4851        8   3  2    61       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 CHAOS INVADER 4867           11   7  1    59       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 IMBER LACK 4748              13  19  0    58       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 SOHEI 4876                   10   7  2    58       YAKUZA (541)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BURPS FIRE HAMMER 4741        6   2  0    56       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 KYLUN 4984                    5   2  1    56       X-FORCE (484)
 SIR HEELIUS 159              11   3  1    54       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 ZIP 4383                     10   9  0    52       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743        5   3  0    52       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 UGLY KIDD JOE 4942            6   3  0    47       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 AERYN SUN 4811               10  12  0    45       LEVIATHAN (556)
-GOT CAT'S TONGUE 4855         8   3  0    45       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 ZINGER 4890                  10   4  0    42       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 THE AARDVARK 4983             4   0  1    41       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-ARAMIL DRALLION 4918          4   5  1    39       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 OUTLAW 4888                   7   7  0    37       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 DESPAYRE 5038                 4   0  0    35       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MEERKAT 4963                  6   2  0    33       THE ANIMALS (576)
 HUSK 4977                     4   4  2    33       X-FORCE (484)
-SWAMP FOX 4971                4   3  0    33       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 GINGNIA 5026                  2   2  1    33       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 MARSHMALLOW 4878              6  12  1    31       LEVIATHAN (556)
-ZERO 4658                     4   1  0    30       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-FAT CAT YUMMY 4863            7   2  0    29       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 RABBIT 4965                   6   2  0    28       THE ANIMALS (576)
 MORG POTTS 4868               6   9  0    27       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 MORNGRYM 4926                 6   5  0    27       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 BLACK WIND 4900               5   7  1    27       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
-HOSTILITY 4908                4   1  0    27       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 ZIPPETY 4889                  5  10  0    25       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 WARPATH 4960                  4   4  0    25       X-FORCE (484)
-ILLMYRN NAILO 4917            3   6  0    25       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
-THOG SKULLREAVER 4921         4   5  0    24       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZAERENA NAILO 4920            5   4  1    22       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 ZANZIBAR 5020                 4   0  0    22       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 DWARF FIRE HAMMER 4744        5   3  1    21       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
-NYMIRA NAILO 4961             3   4  0    20       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 DEATHWALKER 5050              3   0  0    19       BLOOD RITES (585)
-LORD TALIMAR 320              3   7  1    17       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
-EVATOR'S DESIRE 4954          3   2  0    17       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 BGAZ REDCLAW 4925             3   8  0    17       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 AROURA 4928                   2   9  1    17       LEVIATHAN (556)
 SKUNK 4964                    4   4  0    16       THE ANIMALS (576)
 SUN-PE 5018                   2   1  0    16       THE LAST SAMURI (582)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAPID FIRE HAMMER 5053        1   1  0    16       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 BRUISER 4985                  4   3  0    15       X-FORCE (484)
 BULL FROG 5022                2   2  0    15       THE ANIMALS (576)
 DIAMOND MINER 5057            2   0  0    15       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 GAARA 5054                    2   0  0    15       YAKUZA (541)
 THE PARSON 5061               1   0  0    14       CANTERBURY TALES (586)
 RUBY PENDANT 5025             2   7  0    13       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-ASPHYXIATE 4995               1   0  0    13       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
-DREYA 4969                    2   6  0    12       LEVIATHAN (556)
 BLACKHEART 5048               2   1  0    12       BLOOD RITES (585)
 THE HABERDASHER 5062          1   0  1    12       CANTERBURY TALES (586)
 ONIROMANCER 5023              2   2  0    10       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 UNHOLY TERROR 5051            1   2  0     9       BLOOD RITES (585)
-SIR GILMERE 157               1   6  0     9       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 BLOOD STAIN 5049              2   1  0     7       BLOOD RITES (585)
-BLAZING DESIRE 4957           1   4  0     7       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040             1   3  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 ALLEY CAT 5021                1   3  0     6       THE ANIMALS (576)
 CRIMSON MIST 5047             1   2  0     5       BLOOD RITES (585)
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058            1   1  0     4       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 BURIED TREASURE 5029          0   4  0     4       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-DREW'S DESIRE 4991            0   4  0     4       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
-MAIM 4993                     0   1  0     3       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
 SUN-NE 5017                   0   2  0     2       THE LAST SAMURI (582)
-MAIDEN OF PAIN 5052           0   1  0     1       TRAGIC DESIRE (575)
 PERKY PAM 5064                0   1  0     1       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-DEVASTATE 4994                0   1  0     1       ASSASSIN NATION (377)
-MAR 4996                      0   1  0     1       ASSASSIN NATION (377)

'-' 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
GINGLIO 5027           1  1 1 BAUBLES, INC. 583     DWARF FIRE HAMME 4744 278 JUST REV
SCAVENGER 5028         0  4 0 BAUBLES, INC. 583     AROURA 4928           279         
CLIPPED 5060           0  1 0 CANTERBURY TALES 586  WURM KIN 411          280 NONE    
CUT 5059               0  1 0 CANTERBURY TALES 586  MOUNTAIN TROLL 402    280 NONE    
SPYMASTER 406          0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          KYLUN 4984            280 NONE    
B.A.S.H. 4909          6  4 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     BLACK WIND 4900       278 REVENGED
SUN-GE 5019            0  1 0 THE LAST SAMURI 582   WURM KIN 411          280 NONE    
HOLGA KOBB 4898        4  4 1 MIDDLE WAY 11 546     ROCK GLAS HUT FU 4851 278         
GRIM SLAYER 5024       1  1 0 NORTHERN BADLANDS 397 HUSK 4977             278         
MALBORGIA III 5041     0  3 0 PENUMBRAL MISTS 571   THE HABERDASHER 5062  280         
DEADLY DESIRE 4956     1  3 1 TRAGIC DESIRE 575     THE AARDVARK 4983     277         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Frenchies did surround the Consortiumites in the Last 3 Turns record! -- Le
Pentarque

Will I get killed before I reach the 100 fights here? -- Baltimore the underdog

Congratulations to Thundar of Northern Badlands, Duelmaster Of Arkers. -- Curator

Thundar -- I go in peace.  Well fought. -- Helen Of Troy

Thundar The Cruel -- Well, I don't.  I want that title.  You are an usurper!  Gimme,
gimme! -- Lady Macbeth

Alpha Omega -- Hang in there.  Remember, feel free to e mail The Consortium Folk at
the e mail offered. -- Curator

Ghost of Holga Kobb -- This IS an Andorian arena.  This is an honorable Andorian
arena.  We do believe in Health.  Humility.  & Honor.  Therefore, there should be no
puzzle nor ethics question. -- Curator

V. Baltimore -- That was a good match between a pair of us old vets.  I merely lucked
out.  Salute. -- Hammurabi

Morngrim -- Nothing personal, I just like your style. -- Swamp Fox

Tien -- I feel perfectly fine defeating you, especially after all those victories
your slasher sister took from us.  (wink) -- Lady Macbeth

Skunk -- That was pretty much all I could take.  The smell was getting to me. --
Zippety

Blackheart -- I enjoyed that finish.  Did you? -- Zanzibar

Feodis -- A zinger a day keeps the doctor away--or something like that. -- Zinger

Bgaz -- Nope.  Like warhammers.  They're neat.  And Smith's age good things. --
Zippety

Thundar The Cruel -- Congrats on your title. -- The Z Man

All -- Sorry everyone , HAL has been getting the munchies these past few turns with
my PAs, I rely hope these come in fine. -- Blackstorm

Curator -- Thank you for the kind words; I do try my best. -- Blackstorm

Curator -- And the competition shall always be nice.  I learn so much watching you.
I seem to be getting a few more wins these days than in days of yore (haha). --
Blackstorm

Wretch -- Welcome to Arkers, remember Andorians always aim for the head and use 10
KD!! (wink) -- Blackstorm
P.S.  Not really though.  Well, not everyone, anyway!

Pentarque -- Nah the little battle is over.  Besides we all have more pressing
matters.

Black Wind says he's sorry and he'll be good now.  (grin)  Like he has much of a
choice, heheh.  Besides its not really my fault , a darn MU, but since it has
happened before I would have been disappointed if you didn't bang him up a bit.
(wink) -- Blackstorm

All -- Anyone else up for a little friendly with the "French Forces", in a purely
instructional and friendly way, besides it'll help me not to kill Pentarque's guys,
since I avoid him in such competitions. -- Blackstorm

Buried Treasure -- Yes you did good, you must be losing some close ones! -- Outlaw

Scavenger -- I told you that you had to check if the other guy was dead first, see
what happens. -- Black Wind

Michael Eldritch -- Well, I had to write this before viewing your diplo.  I have
always considered you a good guy, and I do believe Toker does too, but I must warn
you, that the others may balk!  You were willing to back our enemies last time and
seem to move from alliance to alliance.  I WILL put in a good word for you, but I
can't promise anything, and I will be in touch, no worry. -- Blackstorm
P.S.  What's this about lamb and goat chops? (hahaha)

Zaerna -- Yes girl, you should see the DE training facilities, not to mention casino,
taverns, stores and much, much more, and we get magic weap...whoops. -- Outlaw

Azaziel -- Welcome aboard, I couldn't wait for the diplo before writing this.  Do not
worry, we have special armor for you, and even a choice between heavy or light!
You'll have to let me know what you need info-wise and I'll set you up.  I do believe
I am to team up with you for the moment to follow your evolution.  We're gonna have a
blast!!  We may have an opening in the TW to replace Heathen if we can't find him.
Would you be able to mobilize for that if you can? -- Blackstorm

Nymira -- Well there was a too big gap in experience to cover for you, better luck. -
- Chaos Invader

Ghost of Holga Kobb -- Now that all depends on the Andorian in Question.  There are
all sorts, while most still frown on the DC, some don't. I am a proud Andorian that
usually won't DC except by accident or BF, but I don't hide the fact that killing
doesn't bother me either.  (grin) -- Blackstorm

Feordis -- Okay, but you're buying; I lost a lot of money when u beat me.  (smile-
toothless) -- Yor

For those interested ..... Helen Of Troy, the 9-12-10-17-17-8-11 mode slasher ended
up GA/VH/VL slash. -- Curator

Curator -- How did you know Helen of Troy was that close to going to ADM?  Is there
some kind of indicator?  I have sent 5 warriors and each time I was surprised.  None
of them had the same anything. -- Savant

Ol' Griz -- It looks like my persistence has finally paid off.  And I must say
against your team that doesn't happen very often. -- Elixir

Hammer -- I would be interested in a no tourney slow arena.  This is the first I
heard of it.  Just let me know when & where. -- Savant

Thundar the Cruel -- Congrats on the throne and your invite to the isle. -- Wretch

Helen of Troy -- Congrats on the invite to the isle. -- Wretch

Curator -- Thanks for the welcome.  We plan on sticking around and sharing our pagan
ways with all we meet. -- Wretch

Michael Eldritch -- Thanks for the welcome.  I will be glad to welcome you in 31 as
well and I think I have as Shimmer bested your Nomandatter. -- Wretch

Thog Skullreaver -- It seem that your name is well earned. -- Crimson Mist

Zanzibar -- Damn you and your tin can defense. -- Blackheart

Oniromancer -- I know I know I suck but I still won and that's all that matters. --
Blood Stain

Sun-Ne -- Well you dodged and you learned maybe next time you will win. --
Deathwalker

Warpath -- Seems like that fight was good for both of us.  Of course only one of us
could win. -- Unholy Terror

Michael Eldritch and Azaziel--Got both of your diplos.  Interesting situation we
have.  lol.  I've passed the proposition to the Dark Table for the others to add
their say, I cannot make decisions by myself, the DE has a vote system.  I have

diplos on their way but my mail sucks, I'm far away.  I will keep you both up to date
as I can.  At the moment the DE is not at war with anyone, so we can all stay calm,
just the TW in 47 which is our main priority at the time. -- Blackstorm

Michael Eldritch and Azaziel -- Whew , this should be the third and final PA from me
this turn for you guys, I was scared I wouldn't be able to keep you informed before
the due date.  I have GOOD news, after talking to Toker, we think both of you would
be welcome additions to the DE.  Diplos on the way with more info  I took it under my
responsibility, I hope you guys don't let me down.  (wink) -- DK Blackstorm

Chaos Invader -- Me thinks I wasn't quite prepared for the likes of you, and that
luck had much to do with the outcome.  Salute, and thank you for the offensive
lessons. -- Nythia

Despayre -- Hmm...that I will not.  I believe I have isolated a key factor. Well
fought. -- Bgaz

Swamp Fox -- Ya didn't have to visit, we remember you just fine.  *wince* -- Morngrym

Blood Stain -- A classic burnout... I salute your endurance. -- Oniromancer

Indior Landis -- I think I need to work on my endurance, and maybe my aim, too.  come
to think of it, I'm not really cut out for this whole gladiator thing... -- Malborgia
III

Hammer -- When and where?  I will most certainly take part in a Slow No Tourney
Arena.  I know at least one other who has stated a desire for such as well.  So, To
Whom It May Concern, Michael Eldritch is composing a stable (as yet to be named) for
placement in the Slow No Tourney Arena.  I await the call. -- Michael Eldritch

Blackstorm -- I'm beginning to think you Dark Knights dislike me... -- Michael
Eldritch

Feordis Ink -- Stop by Eldritch Arms and Armor, I'll show you a few of my new moves.
-- Nythia

DWARF FIRE HAMMER -- STOP RUNNING AROUND SO I CAN SEND YOU TO THE ABYSS!! -- Gingnia

DWARF FIRE HAMMER -- Actually, you might want to keep putting on armor around that
girl...  Scary what revenge can do... -- Master Beru

Aroura -- Alas, poor Scavenger...  Well met.  I will arrange a meeting with one of
our teammates to satisfy your debt to us. -- Master Beru

Dreya -- Thanks for your purchase.  I assure you the emerald will suit you nicely and
no those accusations you heard are totally unfounded. -- Ruby Pendant

BGAZ -- Hmm...  Well for the right customer...  ;') -- Ruby Pendant

ALL -- To celebrate the season of love, Baubles, Inc. is hereby offering most
products at half-price (making things only about 300% overpriced.)  Stop by today and
see what we can do for you. -- Ruby Pendant

Kerbin Notts -- So close...  SO VERY CLOSE!! -- Buried Treasure

Bullfrog -- Boy, I'm glad you didn't croak.  I hate it when frogs croak.  That is my
Achilles sole... -- Diamond Miner

All -- Please welcome our new addition, Perky Pam.  A word of warning, she was hired
primarily to help around the shop, but she is annoyingly cheerful.  (At least it
annoys me...) -- Master Beru

All -- HI YA'LL!!  I'm sooooooo glad to be here!!  I just can't wait to become
bestest friends with ya'll!! -- Perky Pam

See what I mean?  -- Master Beru

Zinger -- Zat iz ze zlowezt zing I have ever encountered.  More of a zzzzinnnng! --
Feordis Ink, well and truly zinged none the less

Illmyrn Nailo -- (shakes head in bemusement)  I don't know how you keep it together
like that.  If death had chosen ME, I'd be worried, and I wouldn't go near sharp
pointy implements of destruction. -- Morg Potts

Buried Treasure -- What a delightful concept!  Do you have a map? -- Kerbin Notts

Lin Minmei -- I guess it must be the werecat thing, and always landing on your feet.
I could NOT knock you down, and the gods know I TRIED. -- Imber Lack
P.S.  I couldn't even bowl you over with my charm.  Heck.

Malborgia Iii -- That's disturbing, that you're neuter and yet not a golem.  Were
you, as they say (so wrongly, I feel) "fixed"?  And if so, what were you before? --
Indior Landis, probably too curious for my own good, but there it is, I'm a werecat,
and curiosity is my middle name:  Indior Curiosity Landis

Zanzibar -- (sadly)  I'm attractive, cool, and courageous, but charisma is not in me,
alas. -- Kerbin Notts
P.S.  Thanks for the chocolates, though.

Zip -- (shies back a little)  The concept of so much mass "zipping" is, uh,
startling. -- Feordis Ink

Bgaz -- I should say NOT!  Some authorities claim that exposure to bright light, if
from the sun, is important to health.  You could be in real trouble. -- Morg Potts

Our congratulations to Thundar the Cruel and Helen of Troy. -- the Middle Way

The Aardvark -- Thought I was ready for the majors.  I think I will stay in the
minors for a while.  I'll be to see you again when I'm worthy. -- Sun-Pe

Deathwalker -- Thanks for that fine way of teaching me understanding. -- Sun-Ne

All -- Whoever sent me the diplo about joining this AOL Alliance, you forgot your
mgr. name and what team you are representing.  Please diplo me again.  I'm new, so
you're going to have to explain to me a little more before I sign the dotted line. --
Bushido Master, mgr. the Last Samurai

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....

29 January 2007
     HDFA Mission Statement
     "Show me the money!"
     This is the battle cry of a newly formed collection of like-minded individuals:
The High Dolla' Free Agent$.  We are not a tough guy alliance:  No...we offer no
battle without reward.  We search for victory and the prizes and accolades that
follow.  We are motivated by winning and will freely use whatever means necessary to
obtain our currency.  No stuffy rules, no mandates, no constitutions, no leaders,
only a few objectives:
     1) Win as often as possible
     2) Celebrate freely and revel in your victories; the more meaningless the
victory the more we celebrate.  Highsiding and chest thumping are encouraged.
Ostentatious endzone celebrations with prop usage are encouraged, regardless of
fines, penalties, suspensions or arrest by local authorities.  It is important to let
your opponent know how great you are; more importantly, you must let your own
alliance mates know how great you are.
     This is a 1-up alliance, let the performance of your fellow Free Agent$ motivate
you.  If a Free Agent wins a TV, win 2; if a Free agent wins a contest, win a more
prestigious one.
     Current members of the HDFA include:  CFH and Abraxis.  Inquires can be directed
to:  CFH/Rat Salad DM 47

14 February 2007
RSI is now taking rollups for a slow version of the No-Tournament arena.  Send your
rollup to RSI listing the arena as "Slow No Tournament".  Sign and send in the
following pledge:

* I pledge that I will not send warriors from this team to a Tournament, nor will I
  use a Tournament prize on a warrior from this team.
* I pledge to run a full team when I run turns in this arena.  If circumstances
  preclude my running less than a full team I will notify the Player Committee.
* I agree to abide by the decisions of the Player Committee.
* I understand that any warrior that participates in a Tournament shall be sent to
  the Dark Arena until they are dead.
* I understand that any warrior that receives a Tournament prize shall be send to the
  Dark Arena until they are dead.

The following are the rules for joining this No-Tournament arena

1.  No tournament play (Dead tournament or otherwise)
2.  One team per manager
3.  Team starts with new rollup (or a zero fight equivalent team is transferred into
    this arena.)
4.  No tourney prizes allowed to modify warriors in the arena
5.  20 teams required, per RSI
6.  Waivers are required to allow self-regulation on tourney ban, granting RSI
    authority to Dark Arena any warrior that participates in a Tournament (until the
    warrior is dead.)
7.  Rotating council to enforce tourney ban and maintain arena integrity.

Hammer will be the focal point for this arena's Player Committee.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KYLUN delivered the death blow upon SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CLIPPED was slaughtered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
CUT was murdered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
SUN-GE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
GINGNIA defeated DWARF FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute Bloodfeud fight.
BURIED TREASURE was subdued by AROURA in a 5 minute Bloodfeud competition.
LADY MACBETH luckily beat THUNDAR THE CRUEL in a 6 minute Challenge Title struggle.
ELIXIR overpowered MORE MOORE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
LIN MINMEI vanquished NYTHIA in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SIR DAMAS viciously subdued FEORDIS INK in a 7 minute gory one-sided Challenge duel.
SIR HEELIUS beat AERYN SUN in a 2 minute Challenge melee.
LORD BYRON overpowered IMBER LACK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
THE AARDVARK demolished MARSHMALLOW in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
BRUISER was devastated by DESPAYRE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
BGAZ REDCLAW was unbelievably bested by ZANZIBAR in a 12 minute Challenge bout.
RUBY PENDANT was overpowered by WARPATH in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
SUN-NE was handily defeated by BULL FROG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
BLACKHEART savagely defeated KERBIN NOTTS in a 2 minute novice's Challenge bout.
DIAMOND MINER narrowly defeated INDIOR LANDIS in a 4 minute novice's Challenge match.
CRIMSON MIST was bested by ONIROMANCER in a 2 minute novice's Challenge contest.
SUN-PE overpowered ALLEY CAT in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
TIMBER WALKER viciously subdued V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT in a 1 minute expert's duel.
OL' GRIZ luckily beat TIEN in a popular 1 minute gruesome fight.
KISERU overpowered CHAOS INVADER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
ZIP was savagely defeated by TROLL FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute brutal bout.
YOR DETHKALL vanquished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gruesome uneven bout.
SOHEI beat MEERKAT in a exciting 1 minute fray.
ZINGER was viciously subdued by BURPS FIRE HAMMER in a exciting 5 minute gory duel.
RABBIT was overpowered by FAIRY FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
UGLY KIDD JOE overpowered ZIPPETY in a popular 1 minute gory one-sided match.
BLACK WIND was overpowered by CIVILIZED CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
OUTLAW handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MORG POTTS lost to MORNGRYM in a 5 minute fight.
SKUNK was devastated by HUSK in a 1 minute bloody one-sided battle.
MALBORGIA III was executed by THE HABERDASHER in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
BLOOD STAIN was savagely defeated by THE PARSON in a crowd pleasing 3 minute match.
DEATHWALKER viciously subdued PERKY PAM in a 1 minute gruesome novice's bout.
UNHOLY TERROR was luckily beaten by GAARA in a 2 minute novice's competition.
RAPID FIRE HAMMER won victory over VIRTUOUS SCRIBE in a 4 minute novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  13         TOTAL PARRY       46 -  31 -  1      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 11         AIMED BLOW        26 -  20 -  2      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         SLASHING ATTACK   50 -  40 -  1      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         LUNGING ATTACK    45 -  41 -  6      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  15 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         STRIKING ATTACK   53 -  54 -  9      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         BASHING ATTACK    64 -  66 -  6      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  12 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  40 -  1      26  |

Turn 280 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 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     8 -  5     AIMED BLOW         1 -  4         3  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  4     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  5     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  5                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  5                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      LADY MACBETH 4627          15   6  0  113 SMITHSONIAN (245)
STRIKING ATTACK  ELIXIR 4815                13  12  2  112 X-FORCE (484)
SLASHING ATTACK  TIMBER WALKER 3147         14   6  1  111 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
LUNGING ATTACK   MORE MOORE 4864            13   5  0   86 LA PENTARCHIE (481)
BASHING ATTACK   OL' GRIZ 4755              12   7  2   86 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
AIMED BLOW       NYTHIA 4923                 8   3  0   69 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    SIR HEELIUS 159            11   3  1   54 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
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 
BURPS FIRE HAMMER 4741.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE PARSON 5061, 
UNHOLY TERROR 5051, TIMBER WALKER 3147, TIEN 4672, LIN MINMEI 4875, SIR DAMAS 156, 
DIAMOND MINER 5057, SUN-PE 5018, SOHEI 4876, and UGLY KIDD JOE 4942.

The least popular fighter this week was ZANZIBAR 5020.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were FEORDIS INK 4746, MORNGRYM 4926, RAPID FIRE HAMMER 5053, BLOOD STAIN 
5049, MALBORGIA III 5041, SKUNK 4964, MORG POTTS 4868, BLACK WIND 4900, RABBIT 4965, 
and ZINGER 4890.

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

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