DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/22/2007    Duedate: 04/18/2007

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-281

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LADY MACBETH
SMITHSONIAN (245)
(8-4627) [16-6-0,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TIMBER WALKER                  TROLL FIRE HAMMER
NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)        ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
(8-3147) [15-6-2,139]          (8-4742) [6-3-2,58]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TIEN                           ELIXIR
YAKUZA (541)                   X-FORCE (484)
(8-4672) [20-18-2,87]          (8-4815) [13-13-2,101]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

YAKUZA (541)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)     33
2. PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)       28      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. BAUBLES, INC. (583)         26      Unchartered Team
4. YAKUZA (541)                24
5. CANTERBURY TALES (586)      21      ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        89  50  0 64.0   1/ 7 YAKUZA (541)             11  4 0
 2/ 2*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)   27  17  4 61.4   2/ 5 X-FORCE (484)             9  6 1
 3/ 4 SMITHSONIAN (245)        536 348 13 60.6   3/ 1*ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)   9  6 1
 4/ 6 YAKUZA (541)             176 116 11 60.3   4/ 8 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)   8  4 1
 5/ 5*BLOOD RITES (585)         12   8  0 60.0   5/ 3*BLOOD RITES (585)         8  7 0
 6/ 7 LA PENTARCHIE (481)      242 186  6 56.5   6/ 4 SMITHSONIAN (245)         7  2 0
 7/ 8 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)  165 129 15 56.1   7/14 BAUBLES, INC. (583)       7  8 0
 8- 9*THE ANIMALS (576)         22  18  0 55.0   8/ 6 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        6  3 0
 9-11 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    24  25  3 49.0   9- 2 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)  5  5 0
10-13 CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202) 130 141 12 48.0  10/10 LA PENTARCHIE (481)       5  6 0
11/12 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     28  31  1 47.5  11/11 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     5 10 0
12/14 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       78  95  2 45.1  12/13 LEVIATHAN (556)           4  9 1
13/16 X-FORCE (484)            173 216 16 44.5  13/15 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       4 11 0
14/10*CANTERBURY TALES (586)     3   4  1 42.9  14/16*CANTERBURY TALES (586)    3  4 1
15/15 DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      21  29  2 42.0  15/12 DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)      3  7 0
16-18*THE LAST SAMURI (582)      2   4  0 33.3  16-17 CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)    2  0 0
17/19 LEVIATHAN (556)           28  63  2 30.8  17- 9*THE ANIMALS (576)         2  8 0
18/21 BAUBLES, INC. (583)       13  34  3 27.7  18-19*THE LAST SAMURI (582)     1  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                          The Origin of Maximillian

     "For crimes against the tribe, Maximillian we of the Tribal Council find you
guilty.  You are hereby stripped of privilege and citizenship offered to every member
of this tribe.  You are hereby stripped of your rank among our people.  Maximillian,
son of Morgul, you are exiled from our lands to the lands of the Southerners.  Should
you ever choose to return, you will be executed," the voice broke through the wintry
chill of the night.  The speaker, Jord Ironbull of the Tribal Council, rolled the
animal skin with the Council's judgment upon it and placed it in Maximillian's hand.
     Jord Ironbull was the elder member of the Council and Maximillian could see in
the old man's eyes that he did not take pleasure in his pronouncement.  Jord was as
old as the northern mountains, an elder among the people.  He would no doubt still be
the Badlander's chief if age had not taken its toll upon his body.  It was now Jord's
wisdom he offered to the Badlands tribe and not strength of arms.  That privilege
belonged to Ymir Bloodgrin.
     If Jord Ironbull was as old as the mountains, Ymir Bloodgrin was as tall and
strong as those same mountains.  His massive frame dwarfed even the largest warrior
of the Badlands tribe.  His arms and chest looked to be chiseled from stone and his
muscular frame was detailed under the heavy animal skins he wore.  He wielded a large
greatsword, fashioned in the ways of the Badland's tribe, but it bore a striking
resemblance to the southern Mordant greatsword.  The greatsword, or Polar-biter as it
was referred to among the Badlanders, was a few inches short of six feet with a keen
double edge.  A sturdy cross-tee hilt was adorned with rubies and emeralds.  Ymir
wielded the greatsword often with one hand and effectively.  His strength and skill
with the sword made him the Badland's chief and head of the Tribal Council.
     Maximillian was shocked at the verdict.  He knew his own failure and the crime
that had now cast him from his homeland forever.  He expected a death sentence.  "I
deserve a death sentence," he thought.  He then remembered the events that brought
him to the fate now before him.
     A force from a southern city, Kurukar had sent a troop into the Badland
territories.  The group was nothing more than a band of mercenaries hired by a
wealthy merchant to seek out spoils in the tribal lands of the Badlanders.
Maximillian, War-Master of the Badlands tribe, led his men to face the intruders, but
in the midst of the skirmish with the mercenaries, a second group, hired by the same
merchant from Snowbound came upon them.  Maximillian's forces were decimated on the
snowy hills of the Badlands.  He and his men were left for dead, yet when the scene
was discovered three days later, Maximillian, and only Maximillian, was still alive.
He was carried back to the Badlander's camp and nursed back to health for one
purpose; he was to stand trial for his failure as War-Master.
     Ymir Bloodgrin stood as Jord Ironbull returned to his seat.  "You look shocked
at the mercy this council has bestowed upon you nephew."  Ymir circled Maximillian as
he spoke, "Know this, your punishment is exile instead of death for one reason--I
willed it to be so!  You are the son of my sister, and I do not wish for the grief of
your failure to be a burden to her.  Depart from us!  Never return!"  Ymir turned
Maximillian to the tent entrance and pushed him through the opening.
     Maximillian picked himself up from the snowy ground.  The tribe had gathered
outside of the Tribal Council s tent.  No one would look at Maximillian.  As the
former War-Master made his trek to exit the camp, the Badlanders would turn their
backs to him.  Someone, his mother perhaps, had gathered his belongings and placed
them at the exit of the camp.  His winter furs and weapons were bundled together.  A
later discovery of dried meat, cheese, and water would confirm Maximillian's
suspicion that his own mother had prepared the travel pack of his possessions for
him.
     Maximillian traveled south, first to the land of Kurukar.  A wealthy merchant
was found dead some weeks after his arrival, but Maximillian was gone before he could
be questioned by the city's authorities.  He traveled further south through the
swamps of North Fork eventually moving southwest to Fratsfa.  From there he went to
the city of Arkers.  The snowcapped mountains reminded Maximillian of the northern
lands he once called home.  Here he would begin his new life among the Southerners he
so despised.  Here in Arkers, Maximillian would build his legacy.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     And you thought I was some insignificant, peaceful, noncompetitive Lady with a
royal birthright?  Well, now you can bow down to the highest power in the land.  Lady
Macbeth, Duelmaster and ultra-power in Arkers. 
     And to think you thought I was so insignificant?  Have you paid attention to my
past preachings? 
     "Out. Out, brief candle.  Life is but a walking shadow; a poor player who struts
and frets his hours upon the stage, and then is heard no more.  Tis a tale told by an
idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing."
     Perhaps you need yet another warning.  I want it all.  I shall have it.  Do not
cross my path.
          Lady Macbeth

                                      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 ACID FIRE HAMMERZ was 
unseated this week as YAKUZA moved up from 7th ranking to take the top spot with a 
4-1-0 record for the round.  Fortune did not smile upon THE ANIMALS this time out who 
this turn suffered a fall into 17th position in the wake of a 0-0-0 round.  
Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness how this week 
BAUBLES, INC. went 3-2-0 to move up 7 in the rankings.  Did only my eyes note the 
4-1-0 record which YAKUZA managed to post this round?  I don't doubt that such a 
record will draw challengers!  TIMBER WALKER caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested MORE MOORE and was awarded 28 points 
in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, THE AARDVARK put down 
KYLUN, causing him to lose 17 points of recognition in the process.  As is fitting, 
the most sought after warrior on the challenge boards this week was none other than 
Duelmaster LADY MACBETH herself.  Who here was not present for the title fight this 
week as ELIXIR boldly challenged LADY MACBETH in order to strive for the Duelmasters 
honors?  Not for nothing has LADY MACBETH in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's 
throne, and this week she's proven hers combat skill yet again.  No confirmation, but 
my sources claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  
Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ARKERS "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat 
in ARKERS these days is CHAMPIONS OF STEEL.  At least, most blades in town are 
looking to avoid them.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard 
pressed to find any of DEATH'S CHOSEN last week.  Busy avoiding CHAMPIONS OF STEEL?  
Give THOG SKULLREAVER credit for its courage.  Did you note how it challenged BURPS 
FIRE HAMMER despite the 32 point difference in their rankings?  I must admit to some 
joy.  Before my very eyes the underdog in this contest, THOG SKULLREAVER, defeated 
BURPS FIRE HAMMER to claim victory and recognition.  A match that raised a few 
eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that NYTHIA posted a challenge against the 
more highly recognized LIN MINMEI.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand NYTHIA 
was defeated by LIN MINMEI.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  I have seen warriors die in youth.  I have seen 
men cut down in their prime.  This week LA PENTARCHIE must mourn the loss of 13-6-0 
MORE MOORE to NORTHERN BADLANDS.  This week's duel proved deadly to MORE MOORE as he 
fell to the more renowned warrior, TIMBER WALKER.  How will LA PENTARCHIE find 
revenge?  Walk proud, warriors of BAUBLES, INC.!  By striking down AROURA you have 
avenged the honor of your dead.  Your virtue is known to all in ARKERS.  My hearty 
congratulations ONIROMANCER, for thy revenge upon THE HABERDASHER, slayer of thy 
fallen comrade.  Next time he will know better, eh?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She 
showers the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember 
this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in ARKERS.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till 
we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no 
one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADY MACBETH 4627            16   6  0   119       SMITHSONIAN (245)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIMBER WALKER 3147           15   6  2   139       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 ELIXIR 4815                  13  13  2   101       X-FORCE (484)
 LIN MINMEI 4875              12   6  2    98       YAKUZA (541)
 KISERU 4717                  18   8  1    95       YAKUZA (541)
-HAMMURABI 4219               14  11  0    95       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 OL' GRIZ 4755                13   7  2    94       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT 4598     22  25  0    91       LA PENTARCHIE (481)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIEN 4672                    20  18  2    87       YAKUZA (541)
 NYTHIA 4923                   8   4  0    72       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 FEORDIS INK 4746             16  20  0    68       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
-SIR DAMAS 156                 8   3  1    68       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-YOR DETHKALL 4850            12   9  1    66       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 LORD BYRON 4935               5   2  0    65       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 IMBER LACK 4748              14  19  0    63       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 THE AARDVARK 4983             5   0  1    61       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
-CHAOS INVADER 4867           11   7  1    59       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 TROLL FIRE HAMMER 4742        6   3  2    58       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 SOHEI 4876                   10   8  2    57       YAKUZA (541)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SIR HEELIUS 159              11   3  1    54       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 AERYN SUN 4811               11  12  0    53       LEVIATHAN (556)
 ZINGER 4890                  11   4  0    52       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ZIP 4383                     10   9  0    52       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743        5   4  0    47       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 THOG SKULLREAVER 4921         5   5  0    47       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 UGLY KIDD JOE 4942            6   4  0    44       NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
 HUSK 4977                     5   4  2    40       X-FORCE (484)
 KYLUN 4984                    5   3  1    39       X-FORCE (484)
 GINGNIA 5026                  3   2  1    39       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
-OUTLAW 4888                   7   7  0    37       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 BURPS FIRE HAMMER 4741        6   3  0    35       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 WARPATH 4960                  5   4  0    35       X-FORCE (484)
-DESPAYRE 5038                 4   0  0    35       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 ARAMIL DRALLION 4918          4   6  1    34       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MEERKAT 4963                  6   2  0    33       THE ANIMALS (576)
-SWAMP FOX 4971                4   3  0    33       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 THE PARSON 5061               2   0  0    33       CANTERBURY TALES (586)
 MARSHMALLOW 4878              6  13  1    32       LEVIATHAN (556)
 BGAZ REDCLAW 4925             4   8  0    32       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 MORG POTTS 4868               7   9  0    31       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
-ZERO 4658                     4   1  0    30       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-RABBIT 4965                   6   2  0    28       THE ANIMALS (576)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLACK WIND 4900               5   7  1    27       CHAMPIONS OF STEEL (202)
 RUBY PENDANT 5025             3   7  0    26       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 ZANZIBAR 5020                 5   0  0    25       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ZIPPETY 4889                  5  10  0    25       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 MORNGRYM 4926                 6   6  0    24       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DWARF FIRE HAMMER 4744        6   3  2    23       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
 ZAERENA NAILO 4920            5   5  1    23       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 ILLMYRN NAILO 4917            3   7  0    22       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
 ONIROMANCER 5023              3   2  0    22       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 GAARA 5054                    3   0  0    21       YAKUZA (541)
 BRUISER 4985                  5   3  0    20       X-FORCE (484)
-LORD TALIMAR 320              3   7  1    17       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 AROURA 4928                   2  10  1    17       LEVIATHAN (556)
-SKUNK 4964                    4   4  0    16       THE ANIMALS (576)
 NYMIRA NAILO 4961             3   5  0    16       DEATH'S CHOSEN (570)
-SUN-PE 5018                   2   1  0    16       THE LAST SAMURI (582)
-BULL FROG 5022                2   2  0    15       THE ANIMALS (576)
 BLACKHEART 5048               2   2  0    14       BLOOD RITES (585)
 DREYA 4969                    2   7  0    13       LEVIATHAN (556)
 UNHOLY TERROR 5051            2   2  0    13       BLOOD RITES (585)
 DEATHWALKER 5050              3   1  0    11       BLOOD RITES (585)
 DIAMOND MINER 5057            2   1  0    11       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 PERKY PAM 5064                1   1  0    11       BAUBLES, INC. (583)
 BLOOD STAIN 5049              3   1  0    10       BLOOD RITES (585)
 CRIMSON MIST 5047             2   2  0     9       BLOOD RITES (585)
 THE HABERDASHER 5062          1   1  1     9       CANTERBURY TALES (586)
-SIR GILMERE 157               1   6  0     9       CELESTIAL KNIGHTS (25)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040             1   4  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
-ALLEY CAT 5021                1   3  0     6       THE ANIMALS (576)
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058            1   2  0     5       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 WAR BOND 5066                 1   0  0     5       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 RAPID FIRE HAMMER 5053        1   2  0     5       ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
-SUN-NE 5017                   0   2  0     2       THE LAST SAMURI (582)
 MALBORGIA IV 5067             0   1  0     1       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 GUERNESEY 5065                0   1  0     1       LA PENTARCHIE (481)
 TRANCE 5068                   0   1  0     1       LEVIATHAN (556)

'-' 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
BURIED TREASURE 5029   0  5 0 BAUBLES, INC. 583     DWARF FIRE HAMME 4744 281         
GINGLIO 5027           1  1 1 BAUBLES, INC. 583     DWARF FIRE HAMME 4744 278 REVENGED
SCAVENGER 5028         0  4 0 BAUBLES, INC. 583     AROURA 4928           279 JUST REV
MUERTO 5070            0  1 0 CANTERBURY TALES 586  DARK CHAMPION 408     281 NONE    
MORE MOORE 4864       13  6 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     TIMBER WALKER 3147    281         
B.A.S.H. 4909          6  4 0 LA PENTARCHIE 481     BLACK WIND 4900       278 REVENGED
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 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ugly Kidd Joe -- I do not at all feel so zippety anymore.  You certainly unzipped me.
-- Zippety

Burps Fire Hammer and Troll Fire Hammer -- Well, harrumph!  Are you guys
discriminating against Z's?  How despicable.  Loosen up and be nice to us, you hear?
-- Zinger and Zip

Hammer -- You cad, even from a distance you have ruined my day.  No more prayers for
you, meanie! -- The Z Man

Bgaz Redclaw -- Thank the gods for you!  Had you not challenged Zanzibar, my Z
Gladiatorz would not have had a win.  Thank you.  Thank you! -- The Z Man
P.S.  Are you French?

Blackheart -- How mean of you!  Tin can defense?!  How demeaning!  My defense is made
of iron!  (and not that cheap French iron) -- Zanzibar

Bgaz -- I am not as easy as you had anticipated, am I? -- Zanzibar

Feordis -- Zings come in all sizes, shapes, and lengths.  (chuckle)  A zing is a zing
is a zing. -- Zinger

Well, well, we have our own Lady M to congratulate for the throne.  My, my. --
Curator

Imber Lack -- I had a very fine time with that poetic victory.  How about you? --
Lord Byron

Thunder -- I told you I wanted my spot, and I got it!  "Out, out damn spot.........."
-- Lady Macbeth

Kylun -- Well done!  A DA kill is a difficult task!  A very difficult task.  Salute!
-- Curator and The Smithsonians

Perky Pam -- We like your perpetual cheeriness.  We need more of that going around.
Tell that Beru to add your twin sister too! -- Curator

Savant -- There are ways to determine/know when a warrior will graduate.  (When you
have graduated 500+ warriors to ADM as The Consortium folk have done, you will have
experienced this often.)  To simplify it, and all else equal, when a warrior has 14
wins, and at least 20 fights, and has accumulated 17 political points (5 for a DM or
a TV; 2 for each turn listed in the Challenger Champs), and has earned an adex and an
expert in skills pertinent to his/her style, graduation will occur.  I watched
closely (as all Consortium managers do for all warriors, and knew where Helen Of Troy
stood in all qualifications.
     I hope this explanation has helped and has answered your question.  We are glad
to see you asking as you try to understand this simple, but complicated, competition.
-- Curator

Perky Pam -- For some reason you don't seem as perky as you used to be.  I can't
really pin down why but I know it has something to do with me. -- Deathwalker

Gaara -- Well that worked out well for you.  Maybe I will come pay you a visit when I
am more prepared. -- Unholy Terror

The Parson -- Very impressive debut.  I will hopefully not cross your path again any
time soon. -- Blood Stain

Kerbin Notts -- Thanks for standing in for the practice dummy.  You worked just about
as well as it does. -- Blackheart

Oniromancer -- Seems I made a bad challenge and paid for it.  Well done on your part.
-- Crimson Mist

Master Beru -- Seem we finally crossed blades and the first encounter went to my
team. -- Wretch

Zanzibar -- No I didnt enjoy the finish. I expect to go longer and harder. --
Blackheart

Blackstorm -- I never try to kill my opponents but I don't feel sorry for them if
they happen to expire either.  Thanks for the welcome. -- Wretch

Oniromancer -- I pride myself on my ability to go all night long/ -- Blood Stain

Master Beru -- I was introduced personally to Perky Pam and I think I may have solved
your problem for a little while any way. -- Deathwalker

Sun-Ne -- Indeed I was a good teacher for you.  Next you will have to learn my second
lesson and that is to win the fight. -- Deathwalker

Hum, that Timber Walker must be good at cutting wood...  OOchie. -- V. Baltimore, who
came home in little boxes.
P.S.  And, Hammurabi, let's say again you have been lucky, and let's not meet again!

Anyone heard the challenge from the French Forces?

This Perky Pam gal seems charming. -- Le Pentarque.

I will be waiting for you, ambitious Sun-Pe! -- The Aardvark.

More Moore -- It was probably luck on my part but I'll take it. -- Elixir

Skunk -- After what your team has put warpath thru, this felt good. -- Husk

Ruby Pendant -- Thanks for the challenge I probably would have lost mine. -- Warpath

Despayre -- It appears you are well named. -- Bruiser

Black Storm -- I apologize for my absense.  I've been travelling the realms,
gathering warriors for the New Slow No-Tourney Arena!  But now I have returned to
Alastari for the forseeable future.
     Q:  What are the specific style body locations attack/defend?  As well as any
and everything you would like to share.
     Q:  Is the TW a "slow" or "fast" arena?  due to prior committments, I only fight
in the slow arenas.  If it is a slow arena, let me know and I'll be on standby. --
Azaziel

Master Bleu -- I hope that Gingnia has recovered from her grief!  After all, the only
things that should drop on the sands are your enemies and their blood! -- Azaziel
P.S.  If I could be of some assistance, let me know.  I respond to all diplos sent.

Outlaw -- I hope you don't mind, but I cut a hole in the wall between our "dressing"
rooms.  (purrrrr) -- Zaerena
P.S.  Don't tell Illmryn.  He's very jealous!

Nythia -- You know, from where I stand in the arena, I can see right up your... wink)
-- Aramil
P.S.  I hope to be right behind you soon!

Lin minmei -- You definitely need to introduce me to your dance instructor.
Ruthlessly well fought. -- Nythia

Crimson mist -- If you could have held your pace, that fight was yours. --
Oniromancer

The Haberdasher -- We will meet again. -- Malborgia IV

Morg Potts -- I really need to work on my offensive tactics... Any ideas? -- Morngrym

Zanzibar -- If you are a bar, I don't like your drinks.  You Z fellas always give me
a headache. -- Bgaz Redclaw

Blackstorm -- I back your enemies and move from ally to ally?!  I have NEVER been an
alliance member, and lost my hand to found Out of Niflheim in Chimlivtal for no other
reason than to seek out the AOL...  I now know they were a farce, but I will seek to
stay at least somewhat active in 31 as a study in ruthlessness.  I need a hard-knocks
team, anyway.  Azaziel is the only "ally" I possess, as he is an old friend.  I await
more info on the matter, and I appreciate your support.  In Animus Sincerus. --
Michael Eldritch

Hammer -- For the record, both Michael Eldritch and Azaziel have requested teams for
the slow No-Tourney arena.  Azaziel's is yet to be named, but mine will go by
Zeitgeist.  See you there.  Salute. -- Michael Eldritch

I. Curiosity L. -- Malborgia is most certainly a golem.  It seems that his third
incarnation was life-like enough to fool the Commission.  I did, however, file his
proper race in the official census.  So yes, he is neuter, and yes, he has been
fixed--many times, in fact. -- Michael Eldritch

Canterbury Tales and the Last Samauri -- Welcome to the fine city of Arkers.  We
salute you! -- Gladiators of Penumbral Mists

Penumbral Mists -- Sorry about Malborgia III.  Killing someone was the last thing I
wanted to happen since I'm only here for two turns.  Hopefully you can satisfy your
revenge this turn.  But ya know, if you look on the brightside, this does open the
door for Malborgia IV. -- Pauly, mgr Canterbury Tales

Sir Damas -- You're a dogged one, I'll say that for you.  Well done, I guess. --
Feordis Ink

Lord Byron -- (reproachfully)  I expected a little finesse from you. -- Imber Lack

Blackheart -- Gods, you're in a nasty mood today!  Probably low blood sugar; you need
a doughnut. -- Kerbin Notts

Diamond Miner -- You're a DWARF?  Gods. -- Indior Landis
P.S.  No, I wasn't laughing at YOU.  Just, well, I guess at the Commission, who sees
hair on the face and immediately says "Dwarf."  But, I gotta tell you, that little
mustache is NOT you.

Morngrym -- I couldn't see what I was doing.  There was this mist all over.
Everything was gray.... -- Morg Potts

Curator -- Define "down-challenge," that is the question.  Is it points, is it
visible fights, or what?  We've seen it argued both ways, or simply ignored
completely. -- Ghost of Holga Kobb

Zinger -- A zinger a day keeps the blues away? -- Feordis Ink

Blackstorm -- Fair enough.  Our policy is to go with the flow as long as it isn't
outrageous.  What we're trying to figure out is which way the flow is going!  I
understand that this team's colleagues have been meeting down-challenges of late in
other Andorian arenas.  Some of the arenas in question are so small that there's
really no choice.  But in some cases it's plainly a "seeking the easy win," and
some, well, who can tell what might be in a manager's mind (assuming the manager in
question has a mind)  I died on a down-challenge from 7-3-1,51 to 4-3-1,43.
Carelessness, malice, or just not caring either way?  I have to wonder, you know?
There isn't much ELSE to do when you're dead. -- Ghost of Holga Kobb
P.S.  *I* don't care, it won't bring me back to life if people get indignant, but I
suppose it might spare some other poor goop.  But you can't expect us not to NOTICE a
down-challenge.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MUERTO was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
GINGNIA vanquished AROURA in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
ONIROMANCER demolished THE HABERDASHER in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
ELIXIR was outwaited by LADY MACBETH in a 7 minute veteran's Challenge Title contest.
NYTHIA was savagely defeated by LIN MINMEI in a 3 minute Challenge competition.
THE AARDVARK overpowered KYLUN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
ARAMIL DRALLION was devastated by IMBER LACK in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
ZINGER outwaited FAIRY FIRE HAMMER in a action packed 7 minute Challenge melee.
ILLMYRN NAILO lost to MORG POTTS in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
THOG SKULLREAVER luckily beat BURPS FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
RUBY PENDANT overpowered RAPID FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NYMIRA NAILO was handily defeated by HUSK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
DIAMOND MINER was savagely defeated by GAARA in a 5 minute amateur's Challenge match.
DEATHWALKER was devastated by WARPATH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
TIMBER WALKER butchered MORE MOORE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory mismatched bout.
OL' GRIZ vanquished SOHEI in a action packed 2 minute gruesome mismatched bout.
FEORDIS INK was overpowered by KISERU in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched brawl.
V.BALTIMORE-'W.BALT beat LORD BYRON in a exciting 1 minute one-sided match.
TIEN overpowered TROLL FIRE HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
AERYN SUN bested UGLY KIDD JOE in a popular 3 minute contest.
MORNGRYM was overpowered by CIVILIZED CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MARSHMALLOW was overpowered by THE PARSON in a 1 minute gruesome uneven fray.
DREYA was unbelievably bested by BRUISER in a exciting 1 minute bout.
BGAZ REDCLAW overpowered ZAERENA NAILO in a 1 minute uneven fight.
DWARF FIRE HAMMER killed BURIED TREASURE in a 1 minute fight.
KERBIN NOTTS slimly lost to BLOOD STAIN in a tiresome 14 minute novice's fight.
CRIMSON MIST narrowly defeated GUERNESEY in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
BLACKHEART was luckily beaten by ZANZIBAR in a crowd pleasing 3 minute novice's fray.
UNHOLY TERROR viciously subdued INDIOR LANDIS in a 1 minute gory novice's bout.
PERKY PAM vanquished TRANCE in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
WAR BOND beat MALBORGIA IV in a popular 3 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                  11         TOTAL PARRY       46 -  32 -  1      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         SLASHING ATTACK   54 -  41 -  2      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         AIMED BLOW        25 -  21 -  2      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  16 -  0      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         STRIKING ATTACK   54 -  54 -  8      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         LUNGING ATTACK    42 -  43 -  5      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         BASHING ATTACK    62 -  67 -  6      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  39 -  1      28  |

Turn 281 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       1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     5 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  5         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  5         2  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      LADY MACBETH 4627          16   6  0  119 SMITHSONIAN (245)
SLASHING ATTACK  TIMBER WALKER 3147         15   6  2  139 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
STRIKING ATTACK  LIN MINMEI 4875            12   6  2   98 YAKUZA (541)
BASHING ATTACK   OL' GRIZ 4755              13   7  2   94 NORTHERN BADLANDS (397)
AIMED BLOW       NYTHIA 4923                 8   4  0   72 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
LUNGING ATTACK   FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743      5   4  0   47 ACID FIRE HAMMERZ (545)
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 
ELIXIR 4815.  The ten other most popular fighters were UGLY KIDD JOE 4942, LIN MINMEI 
4875, MALBORGIA IV 5067, FAIRY FIRE HAMMER 4743, OL' GRIZ 4755, BLACKHEART 5048, 
KISERU 4717, ILLMYRN NAILO 4917, TIMBER WALKER 3147, and DREYA 4969.

The least popular fighter this week was BLOOD STAIN 5049.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ZINGER 4890, TRANCE 5068, BURIED TREASURE 5029, ZAERENA NAILO 
4920, MARSHMALLOW 4878, MORNGRYM 4926, TROLL FIRE HAMMER 4742, DEATHWALKER 5050, 
GAARA 5054, and DIAMOND MINER 5057.