Date   : 02/18/2010    Duedate: 03/17/2010


DM-8    TURN-319

This Weeks Top Honors


(8-5066) [18-14-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WAR BOND                       SALIVA
SMITHSONIAN (245)              HEAD BANGERS (595)
(8-5066) [18-14-0,118]         (8-5163) [4-5-0,41]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KERBIN NOTTS                   JACKSON
MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)            GENERALS (590)
(8-5040) [15-28-0,76]          (8-5127) [6-3-2,56]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SMITHSONIAN (245)           30
2. DREAD EMPIRE (597)          19      CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
3. MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)         11      Unchartered Team
4. GENERALS (590)              10
5. YOU PAY I SLAY (373)         9      DREAD EMPIRE (597)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*DREAD EMPIRE (597)         1   0  0  100   1/ 1 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        7  4 1
 2/ 1 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)      77  23  2 77.0   2/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       7  6 0
 3/ 2 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       168  82  1 67.2   3/ 6 SMITHSONIAN (245)         5  3 0
 4/ 3 SMITHSONIAN (245)        619 400 13 60.7   4/ 2 GENERALS (590)            4 11 1
 5/ 4 YOU PAY I SLAY (373)      36  30  2 54.5   5/ 3*HEAD BANGERS (595)        4 11 0
 6- 5 DOGPOUND (477)            58  50  3 53.7   6/ 4 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)      3  1 0
 7/ 6 GENERALS (590)            28  34  5 45.2   7/ 8 YOU PAY I SLAY (373)      3  8 0
 8/ 8 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)      147 211  3 41.1   8- 7 DOGPOUND (477)            2  0 0
 9/ 7*HEAD BANGERS (595)        17  27  1 38.6   9/ 0*DREAD EMPIRE (597)        1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #43 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the mountains west of Fratsfa:

     Fandil waited, poised, for the demon to take its next form.  Carefully not
thinking what that next form might be, lest he give it a clue against him.  Nothing
appeared.  Was it through?  Surely not!
     A shimmer in the air and a twist of iris-colored smoke.  One of the sharps in
his epsilon shield shrieked and went flat.  The orthodox response to that called for
blank verse in a blue-and-magenta palette, which was a good argument for taking a
different direction.  And fast, his opponent was too good--and too dangerous--for
"stop and think."  Acting on an instinct he didn't question, Fandil shifted to a
ballad form in earth tones, with a hint of paprika wave at the end.
     The little cloud of smoke flashed red, flashed black, and fell in on itself,
leaving a robed and hooded figure in its place.  Not the demon, there was no sulfur
in its signature.  The mage, his opponent.  Very tall, very thin, stiff and unmoving
once it appeared.  The sigil over its heart (if it was put together in human pattern)
was Folstrom.
     "Begone," the hooded mage intoned.  "You interfere with my necessary work!  The
ways must be opened for the Masters to return--"
     "The Folstrom?  I don't think so," Fandil snapped.
     "The Masters will know how to deal with the prancing elves and the Aruaki
     "I seem to recall that the Folstrom idea of good government and cultural
stability was to have everyone submissive to them, and that more than half the
population of Alastari at that time died in their Chaos Games."
     "They brought order and unity!" the mage shrieked.  "And I have seen the Chaos
Games, and they are a performance of beauty, not like the bloody holocaust of the
arena system.  The Folstrom understand the order that lies in the heart of Chaos--"
     "And that has driven them mad," Fandil said.  "The Folstrom are insane."
     "No!"  Where the mage had stood was now a shaft of intensely violet light.
     Fandil could feel the power of it burning against his shield, but he had
expected this, or something like it.  He was ready.  His will reached down through
his feet to grip the bedrock of the mountain top, up through his raised hands into
the clouds that boiled black overhead.  He seized the lighting and pulled it down
onto his enemy.

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #44 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     "So," Lenpro said, "we have two basic--linked but distinct--problems.  The
chaotic magic, and the civil war.  Is that correct?"
     Lady Fern nodded.  "Over-simplified, but correct."
     "And Fandil is going to have to be the one to deal with the magic--"
     "I have heard of the mage Fandil, of course," Herlas cut in, "and I would guess
he has as good a chance as any and better than most, but... will he do it?  Will he
do it in TIME?"
     "He's working on it now," Fern said.
     The younger man blinked and looked around the room blankly.  "Already?  But how
did he know?"
     Fern laughed.  "That is a question I prefer not to ask my brother, along with
'what are you doing?'.  It is sufficient to know that he is working on it."  She sat
even straighter in her chair.  "Your obvious intention, Lenpro, is to state that we
here in this room must begin to deal with the civil war side of the problem."
     "Preferably before it becomes an outright civil war," the manager from Iaye
said.  "At the moment, it's more of a palace coup.  If we can stop it now--"
     "Ah..." Herlas shifted a little in his chair, "that may not be possible.
Cutting it off before it becomes an outright civil war.  The tensions and irritations
that Korneth has been working with are real enough, and by now they're probably--
almost certainly--inflamed enough that bringing them to a halt short of violence
is....  I don't think it can be done."
     "Just what, exactly, 'tensions and irritations' are you talking about?"  Lenpro
scowled.  "The Andorian League is probably the best place to live in all Alastari--"
     Herlas sighed, looked at Outcast Orchid almost helplessly for a moment, then
squared his shoulders.  Definitely a 'you aren't going to like this' gesture.
"Korneth may have come out of nowhere I've ever heard of, but he gained local support
quickly.  Very quickly--and more than you might think, especially in Convincia.  The
Great Thane has been... cool, but he hasn't made any effort to stop the drift of many
of his lesser thanes into the..." a vague gesture, of one groping for words, "the
isolationist camp, I might call it.  And at a lower level still, among the ordinary
people, farmers, small merchants, the foundation of Convincian strength, there's a
lot of resentment against, well, the Aruaki first.  They don't like how powerful the
Aruaki are in the League.  They don't like Aruaki wanting to marry their sons and
daughters and 'taint' their own family bloodlines.  They just--"
     "They don't like the Aruaki," Fern finished.  She looked thoughtful and glanced
at Lenpro.  "What has been your experience on Iaye?  It is officially under the
government of the Aruaki Clanhold, is it not?"
     "Officially... sort of."  Lenpro got up and started walking around the room,
finding an outlet for his own irritation in the activity.  With obvious reluctance,
he said, "We don't see many of the Aruaki on Iaye, and if some official were to come
and try to give orders... they probably wouldn't be well received.  But that's a long
way from civil war!"
     "It's the soil that a civil war can grow in," Fern said.  "The werefolk are not
welcomed with open arms here in Fratsfa, either, especially since the plague.  Some
of the plague-driven shape-changes and the associated personality shifts were," she
sighed, "frankly disastrous.  But it isn't the fault of the Aruaki themselves!"
     "It doesn't need to be," Sizzling Sunflower cut in.  "It isn't the fault of the
river if someone's house gets flooded, but no intelligent person builds too close to
it even so."
     "Yes, exactly so."  Herlas nodded.  "Even people who aren't hostile to the
Aruaki have taken to avoiding them--"
     "We don't see it in the arenas," Lenpro said.
     "Yes, well, they're avoiding the gladiators, too, I bet," Orchid said.  "Nobody
was giving gladiators the benefit of the doubt up in Andor just recently."
     "There's also hostility toward gladiators," Herlas admitted.  "Many people see
them as tools of the Grey Wand, which they fear outright.  And, again, they resent
the effect of the arenas on their sons and daughters.  That it draws them away from
what their parents consider the proper life and duties--"
     "A lot of jealousy, huh?" Orchid asked.
     Herlas nodded again.  "A lot of people have trouble accepting the typical elvish
lifespan, but at least elves can be killed.  Add in the guarantee of resurrection...
jealousy, resentment, even religious outrage.  There was a lot of dissatisfaction
that Korneth could strike a match to."
     "It's all well and good to SAY these things," Orchid growled, taking her turn to
stamp up and down the room.  "But what can we DO about them?  The Aruaki aren't going
to go away.  The arenas aren't going to go away.  The elves, and the Grey Wand,
aren't going to go away.  All this stuff you're SAYING isn't telling us what we can
     Herlas smiled, though there was little amusement in the expression.  "Korneth's
solution is to kill or 'cast out' the Aruaki--send them back to Ratan, apparently.
Get rid of the arena system, kill Lord Protectors whenever they turn up and destroy
the bodies so that they can't be resurrected, and direct the energies of the
remaining Andorians toward a war with the Karnhorn Empire."
     "Scapegoats," Lady Fern said.  Her expression suggested that if she wasn't a
lady, she'd spit on the floor.
     "Cut off Korneth's legitimacy by providing a ruler that all can accept as--"
     "But can 'all' accept Alonj?" Orchid asked.
     "As an alternative to a civil war, yes, I think so.  If we get the message on
that out before emotions become so inflamed that nobody wants a reasonable
alternative to civil war.  But these irritations... they won't go away, because they
do have a real foundation," Lenpro nodded acknowledgement at the Zensovian mage, "but
they've become exaggerated.  Inflamed," he repeated, liking the word.
"So we need anti-inflammatories."  Fern nodded.  "It won't be easy, but--"
     "Maybe if the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors help out people, all kinds of
people--the ordinary ones you were talking about," Sunflower began.
     "No."  Fern and Lenpro spoke together, and immediately.  Lenpro gestured for his
sister to continue.  "If we add the burden of gratitude to the resentments already
festering, it will make things worse.  No, better if we find some way for the
ordinary mortal human Andorians to help out the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors, that
might do better."
     Sizzling Sunflower looked dubious, but she shrugged and sat back, accepting her
manager's perception as being wiser than her own.  "How, then?"

       + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Report from the Tourney #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here once again, with more interviews from the tourney.  This time I'm
talking to a new manager, so new he doesn't even have a manager name.  "Sir... what
would you like me to call you, by the way?"
     "Why do you have to call me anything?  I don't understand why you want to
interview me.  There are lots of great managers here who could probably tell you
     "I'm looking for a new perspective, the point of view of someone who is just
starting out with the gladiatorial games."
     "Oh.  Well, I guess that would be me."
     "Absolutely right!  Tell me, what do you think of the tourney?  This is your
first, right?"
     "Right, my first," the young man agreed.  "And it's GREAT!  Everyone is just
great here!  I mean, most of these managers, they're, like, legends, you know?
Everybody's heard of them, and they have stables of HUNDREDS of gladiators, and
they've been polishing their tricks for YEARS, and I didn't figure I had much of a
chance, you know?"
     "The popular view is that no matter how much you know, the arena can always
throw a surprise at you--"
     "Yeah, yeah, I've heard that.  I don't know if I believe it, but I've heard it.
But that isn't the best thing about this tourney.  The best thing is that everyone
here has been GREAT.  Or else I didn't meet them--the ones that might not have been.
But I think I met just about everyone, and--"
     "And they were great.  I'm glad.  But perhaps you could tell our readers a
little more, maybe tell them how these experienced managers were great to you?"
     "Well, yeah, okay.  It's that everyone was so friendly and helpful, see?  The
ENTIRE Consortium talked to me about warrior design, for instance.  I learned a lot
there.  And, well, there was Mannequin, and The Greek Guy, and I actually met
Manager, too!  And they were all really helpful.  Advice, you know, and charts, and
all that stuff that was so confusing.  It was just the best experience!  I'm going to
do it again, for sure!"

       * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): WAR BOND of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): FLOPEAR of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): HATE MY LIFE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 628): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): COROT TORO of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): DIGGITY DOG of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 585): JOFRE MAINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 581): RED DAWG of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): NOT SO HOT of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 220): FOUR EYES of TOTAL CHAOS (Marma Duke, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 524): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 628): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 585): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 581): WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 220): DOGS OF WAR (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 523): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 637): PITCH of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                 (turn 571): SIS of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     What?!  Curator wants to know why a team member has to write a DM column after
the team went 1-1-0-1?  After some other general assassinated D.D. Eisenhower?  He
seems pretty choked up about it.  Oh, my!
     I, on the other hand, think winning the Duelmaster Crown is a great honor for
the team, and while it may not make up for the loss of a fine warrior and future
president, it helps.  So, I am writing.
     At the moment, there are only three of us Smithsonians--Me, War Bond, Geronimo,
and Alamo.  Curator hired a recruit at The Face in Tempe, but, not surprisingly, he
cannot remember the guy's name, type, or whatever.  And the papers for the
replacement for Eisenhower have not yet arrived.  So we fight short on numbers.
     I shall do my best to retain the title in this tumultuous time for Smithsonians.
I will challenge carefully and with lengthy strategic thought.  Hopefully I will also
sell a few war bonds in the process.
     I leave you with this thought ..... War is hell.
               War Bond, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Coming up with a solid 3-1-0 outing, MIDDLE WAY 11 has advanced 3 
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 SOUL CATCHER, who flew up 19 points in the rankings after mashing 
ROMMEL like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And falling like a basher in the 
top ten was KOTTER NAHL, who dropped 8 points after a disappointing (to say the 
least) bout with ZEPHYR.  CONFIDENCE got through to the Duelmaster this turn.  No 
doubt he was more than anxious to kick WAR BOND's tail out of the throne!  Going for 
the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was CONSANGUINEOUS' 
CONFIDENCE, who was turned away from the Duelmastership by WAR BOND.  4 out of 5 
gladiators surveyed protect the body, so try and avoid aiming at that location.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ARKERS arena.  Did you 
hear that GENERALS was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal 
hygiene of GENERALS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  Okay, so I may not be funny, but 
catch Z GLADIATORZ's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at 
running from GENERALS.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, DEAD LEE would 
be president.  Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to win.  Was it guts or 
an overtaxed mental capacity that had KORN challenge up 31 points in the rankings to 
take on ALAMO?  A Carrion Bird Sellout:  KORN 3-6-0 fights ALAMO 8-3-0.  (BYOB) In a 
touching display by a 'touched' warrior, BAT OF LASHES went after NORM QUESHA, who 
was higher by 25 points.  Well, when the dust settled, BAT OF LASHES was beat by NORM 
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Big deal, so IMA SLAYER got mashed in the Dark Arena.  
With hers face she was more at home with the trolls than with us. (Waka waka).  IMA 
SLAYER says to hers dog--'Who should I fight this week?'.  Dog says 'STONE GOLEM'.  
So the gal dies.  Moral?  Put lying dogs to sleep.  Yes, and another newbie bites the 
dust as ZIGGY goes down under the sword of AMBITIOUS GUARD.  Thanks to this, 
AMBITIOUS GUARD now has 40 recognition points.  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.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  Its been real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been real 
fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WAR BOND 5066                18  14  0   118       SMITHSONIAN (245)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058           19  22  0   105       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 CONFIDENCE 4894              17   6  0    97       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
-BLACK LAB 4265               10   4  0    97       DOGPOUND (477)
-BORZOI 3983                  13   7  0    96       DOGPOUND (477)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WOLFHOUND 4158               13   6  0    82       DOGPOUND (477)
-GERONIMO 5125                 6   4  0    78       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040            15  28  0    76       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 ZILCH 5081                   12   8  0    72       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 ZITHER 5153                  13   1  0    69       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 DEAD LEE 3142                 2   2  0    68       YOU PAY I SLAY (373)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONFESSION 4895              13   7  0    65       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
 ALAMO 5151                    8   3  0    58       SMITHSONIAN (245)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JACKSON 5127                  6   3  2    56       GENERALS (590)
 SALIVA 5163                   4   5  0    41       HEAD BANGERS (595)
 KUBLA KHAN 5126               6   3  0    38       GENERALS (590)
 NORM QUESHA 5171              9   6  0    34       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOTOR HEAD 5205               4   2  0    28       HEAD BANGERS (595)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORN 5160                     3   6  0    23       HEAD BANGERS (595)
 ZEPHYR 5204                   4   1  0    22       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-CHOW 4552                     1   4  1    19       DOGPOUND (477)
 SOUL CATCHER 5174             1   0  0    19       DREAD EMPIRE (597)
-ZORK 5195                     3   0  0    18       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 SLIP KNOT 5162                3   6  0    15       HEAD BANGERS (595)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KOTTER NAHL 5197              2   6  0    12       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
-JACK RUSSELL 4877             1   0  0     9       DOGPOUND (477)
 TZU 5210                      1   2  0     7       GENERALS (590)
 BAT OF LASHES 5207            1   3  0     6       HEAD BANGERS (595)
 PLYMOUTH ROCK 5218            1   0  0     5       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 PATTON 5219                   0   1  0     1       GENERALS (590)
 ROMMEL 5220                   0   1  0     1       GENERALS (590)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HANNA KEENE 5187        2  6 1 MIDDLE WAY 11 546    ZIGGY 5194            317   
D.D. EISENHOWER 5196    3  2 0 SMITHSONIAN 245      JACKSON 5127          318   
SLINK IT! 5217          0  1 0 SMITHSONIAN 245      SPYMASTER             319  NONE
IMA SLAYER 2884        10  5 2 YOU PAY I SLAY 373   STONE GOLEM           319  NONE
SEE YA 5222             0  1 0 YOU PAY I SLAY 373   BLACK ORC             319  NONE
SLIM 5221               0  1 0 YOU PAY I SLAY 373   ARENAMASTER SHER      319  NONE
ZIGGY 5194              3  1 1 Z GLADIATORZ 519     AMBITIOUS GUARD       319  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jackson -- And to think I once admired you?  But you assassinate D.D. Eisenhower?
This made me very, very sad. -- Curator

R.I.P. Eisenhower.  May he battle well in That Great Arena In The Sky.  We will miss
him.  11-6-10-15-9-12-21 +4 Init striker, who was 3-2 in the arena and 0-3 in
tournaments.  Salute! -- Curator and The Smithsonians

War Bond -- I am proud of you for winning the Title. -- Curator

What happened to Consanguineous?  Such floozies! -- Curator

Congratulations to the new Duelmaster War Bond. -- The Zee Man

Dead Lee -- I was lucky.  I neither paid, nor was slayed.  How about you? -- Zither
(plucking away happily)

Black Lab -- Well, you hounded the dung out of me, and I ended up with zilch.  How
appropriate. -- Zilch

Korn -- You banged and I couldn't rise.  A salute to the better warrior, -- Zephyr

Bat Of Lashes -- I am pleases to report that your eyes were not what I was staring
at, hence, I got what I wanted. -- Zork

Tzu -- That isn't a name, you know.  It's a title.  Not that I mind, since I won.
People who lose to me can do little wrong. -- Kotter Nahl

Ima Slayer -- So it would seem.  Not me, I hope. -- Indior Landis

Wolfhound -- Do I look like a wolf, dammit?  Ah, maybe you'd better not answer that
one.  But next time, don't *bite* me.  I had to get the whole deal with rabies shots,
and I hate that. -- Kerbin Notts

Slip Knot -- Looks like you slipped on that one. -- Norm Quesha

9 February 10
All -- I know you all thought the old Wiz that is Fiz went off to die somewhere.
Well, I didn't.  Now I'm back to befuddle and frustrate you with my senseless
ramblings.  I look forward to reconnecting with all my old friends and enemies alike.
-- Fizban the Famous

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

IMA SLAYER was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SEE YA was murdered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
SLIM was assassinated by ARENAMASTER SHEROVAN in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
SLINK IT! was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CONFIDENCE was savagely defeated by WAR BOND in a 2 minute Challenge Title match.
ZILCH was overpowered by INDIOR LANDIS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
JACKSON was unbelievably bested by ZITHER in a action packed 3 minute Challenge fight.
SALIVA was vanquished by DEAD LEE in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
KORN was vanquished by ALAMO in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
TZU was savagely defeated by MOTOR HEAD in a popular 1 minute gory Challenge melee.
BAT OF LASHES was demolished by NORM QUESHA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
KERBIN NOTTS overcame NOBLE ASSASSIN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.
CONFESSION devastated KUBLA KHAN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute mismatched bout.
ZIGGY was savagely slain by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gory duel.
KOTTER NAHL was viciously subdued by ZEPHYR in a action packed 1 minute brutal duel.
SLIP KNOT was devastated by STRAY CATMAN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SOUL CATCHER savagely defeated ROMMEL in a exciting 2 minute brutal bout.
PATTON was beaten by PLYMOUTH ROCK in a 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                   8         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  13 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW         7 -   5 -  1      58  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -  11 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  1      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  24 -  2      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK    30 -  37 -  2      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  13 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  1      33  |

Turn 319 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-LUNGE        2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  3         3  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  6         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  4         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    WAR BOND 5066              18  14  0  118 SMITHSONIAN (245)
LUNGING ATTACK   CONFIDENCE 4894            17   6  0   97 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
SLASHING ATTACK  ZILCH 5081                 12   8  0   72 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
TOTAL PARRY      ZITHER 5153                13   1  0   69 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
PARRY-LUNGE      CONFESSION 4895            13   7  0   65 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
BASHING ATTACK   ALAMO 5151                  8   3  0   58 SMITHSONIAN (245)
STRIKING ATTACK  KUBLA KHAN 5126             6   3  0   38 GENERALS (590)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KERBIN NOTTS 5040.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JACKSON 5127.  The ten other most popular fighters were WAR BOND 5066, KUBLA 
PATTON 5219, IMA SLAYER 2884, INDIOR LANDIS 5058, and DEAD LEE 3142.

The least popular fighter this week was PLYMOUTH ROCK 5218.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SLIP KNOT 5162, BAT OF LASHES 5207, SALIVA 5163, SLINK IT! 
5217, SLIM 5221, SEE YA 5222, KOTTER NAHL 5197, KORN 5160, ZITHER 5153, and ZIGGY 

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: