DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/24/2004    Duedate: 03/08/2004

KOLACT ARENA

DM-10    TURN-486

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BLING BLING
TERRAPIN STATION (189)
(10-5084) [15-6-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLING BLING                    DANTAVIUS
TERRAPIN STATION (189)         DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
(10-5084) [15-6-0,116]         (10-5270) [5-2-1,57]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CLEO                           ART ERY
THE MOONDOGS (97)              BLOODSHED (502)
(10-4996) [12-28-2,66]         (10-5324) [1-6-0,9]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THOROUGHBREDS (469)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. QUBIT (464)                 38
2. BLOODSHED (502)             36      ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
3. THOROUGHBREDS (469)         32      Unchartered Team
4. THE MOONDOGS (97)           29
5. SCOUT (504)                 28      SCOUT (504)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     13   8  2 61.9   1/ 3 THOROUGHBREDS (469)      11  4 0
 2/ 4*SCOUT (504)                6   4  0 60.0   2/ 2 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)       9  6 1
 3/ 2 FARSCAPE (425)            31  21  1 59.6   3/ 1 SIR AGLIO (296)           9  6 0
 4/ 5 TERRAPIN STATION (189)   468 347 21 57.4   4/ 5 QUBIT (464)               8  4 1
 5/10*THE JERKS (508)            4   3  0 57.1   5/ 9 MEGAWARRIORS (47)         7  8 0
 6/ 6 SIR AGLIO (296)          619 469 27 56.9   6/ 8 THE MOONDOGS (97)         7  8 0
 7/ 3*DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    17  14  2 54.8   7/13*SCOUT (504)               6  4 0
 8/ 9 THOROUGHBREDS (469)       33  30  1 52.4   8/12*BLOODSHED (502)           6  9 1
 9/ 8 QUBIT (464)              393 358 13 52.3   9/10 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     6  9 0
10/14 FEAR LESS (460)            6   6  0 50.0  10/ 6*DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    6  9 0
11-11 WAR HAWKS (11)           270 280 16 49.1  11/11 SPRINGBORN (358)          5 10 0
12-12 INFECTIOUS (372)          22  25  2 46.8  12/16*THE JERKS (508)           4  3 0
13/13 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)     272 329 19 45.3  13/17*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)      4  6 0
14/15 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)      121 151  7 44.5  14/ 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)      4  9 0
15/17 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     61  79  7 43.6  15- 7 WAR HAWKS (11)            3  5 0
16/18 MEGAWARRIORS (47)        107 139  7 43.5  16/18 FEAR LESS (460)           2  0 0
17/16 SPRINGBORN (358)         301 392 20 43.4  17/21 TERRAPIN STATION (189)    2  1 0
18/19*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)       4   6  0 40.0  18/14 FARSCAPE (425)            2  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/21 THE MOONDOGS (97)        198 346  9 36.4  19/15 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     1  2 0
20/22*BLOODSHED (502)           11  24  1 31.4  20-22 INFECTIOUS (372)          0  3 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt:

     If anyone was aware of a difference in the air of the city, or in the texture of
life and death in the arena, they did not mention it.  Of course, with a stranger
holding a wizard's staff and guarded by...some kind of monsters sitting in the
arenamaster's box, who was going to mention things, even if they DID notice?
     And who, dying messily in the Dark Arena, would mention strange lights and
unexplained whistling noises?  If Arenamaster Kai saw fit to lay down pentagrams and
other designs of colored sand on the arena floor before each fight...well, he WAS the
arenamaster.  No doubt he knew what he was doing.
     It was known that a few managers intended to protest that they had not ordered
the actual, literal death of their warriors, but only formal dismissal from the
gladiatorial system.  But when they came back from the arenamaster's office, they
looked pale and shaken, and they had nothing to tell anyone about the situation.  And
one or two of them didn't come back at all.
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There IS something going on," Penok muttered to Jessie June as they waited in
the ready area for their fight to be called.  "Something bad.  I can feel it in my
bones.  I don't care what the Rau says."  She jerked her head sideways slightly,
indicating Tijiss Rau, the arena steward waiting in the archway just ahead of them.
     "You know Rau," Jessie June muttered back.  "'All for the best in the best of
all possible worlds', that's Rau.  He wouldn't know 'something bad' if he ate it for
dinner and got sick right after."  She eyed the crystals set into the wall of the
arena.  About a third of them were black, the rest were blood red.  They reminded her
of the eyes of spiders.  "If those are purely ornamental, I'll eat 'em."
     "Magic," Cane Toad said flatly, coming up behind the two women.  "Blood magic.
You can smell it in the air.  At least, I can.  There's a lot of it down south where
I come from, and I'd know that smell anywhere."
     "I thought all magic was screwed up because of the Chaos and the Arcanum and
all!" Penok protested.
     The poisonous Toad shook his head firmly.  "Not blood magic.  You spill enough
blood, nothing else matters."
     "And there's always a lot of blood spilled in the arena," Jessie June whispered,
horrified at the possibilities.
     "And the arena's been bloodier since those crystals went up," Cane Toad said.
"There's something bad going down here."

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene went overland from Andoria to the Delarquan Federation.  It might
have been faster to sail--if she could have found a ship going where she needed to
go, or hired one.  But she found herself distrusting the Trier.  The mage Khaldren
had come out of the Trier, after all.  He might have some power over it.  And he was
bound to notice that she and Raoul hadn't come back from the errand he'd commanded.
But these were all logical reasons that she had arrived at to explain her decision to
herself.  In fact, she simply hadn't trusted the Trier at an instinctive level.  She
made her way on foot along the coast to Gelafan, then hired horses as needed for a
fast ride south.  Well...fast!  She might have laughed if she hadn't been so worried.
Six days to Valamantis.  What horrors might the mad wizard have accomplished in six
days?
     Her plan was to take a riverboat up the Feyranse past Mordant to Sibikhas, and
then go by horse again to Delarq Tor.
     But there were towers behind Valamantis, where no towers had been for hundreds
of years.  They had none of the dream-like unreality of the vision towers that
Khaldren had raised over Zorpunt, and that was alarming.  Valamantis was much older
than Zorpunt.  There had once BEEN towers--it was called Old Valamantis now, and it
was in ruins except for the arena where the Bloodgames were held.  On that thought,
Hallie froze briefly, horrified by the realization that there had been Bloodgames
recently, lakes of blood spilled on that ancient soil.  What might Khaldren have
conjured out of that?  She didn't think she wanted to know.

Aruak City:

     The return of a wizard from drowned Krael was news that should reach Andor as
quickly as possible.  It took Raoul two days to reach Aruak City from Zorpunt, longer
than he would have liked, but faster than he had feared.  The Aruaki countryside had
suffered badly during the civil war and from the Chaos contamination just before
that.  People were getting it back into shape now, but there were no horses to be
rented or bought.  Or stolen, come to that.  Walking was faster than riding a plow
horse would've been, even if he could've gotten hold of one of the plowhorses.
     But he was damned glad to see the towers (most of the towers, some were nothing
but stumps) of Aruak city ahead.  He compared their slightly battered appearance with
the towers of Khaldren's Zorpunt and found this much better.  This was REAL.  Maybe
not perfect, maybe not as beautiful as a dream, but real.  He'd take this over the
perfect illusion any day.
     His first goal in the city was the Bulldog Inn.  He needed news, he needed to
contact his manager, and he wanted to alert Adie, the manager of the Tuft Tuggers, to
the danger.  Adie was a magician of some kind--he'd never bothered with the details--
and she could be an important part of the opposition to the Kraelian.  EARLY
opposition, too, before the man got entrenched in Zorpunt.  That might make a
difference.
     The Inn was jammed.  Odd, that.  Aruak City had always had a vigorous dueling
community, but...this many gladiators?  He could barely SEE across the common room,
much less move quickly.  But there was a table of managers in an alcove at the back.
He'd find news there, if he could reach it.
     The Lord Protector took a last look at the crowd, shook his head, and plunged in
under the elbow of a Shew.  The man was too tall for most managers, but there were
always one or two who would give a large gladiator a chance.  From the looks of the
scars, this man had been at it a while, but he was nobody Raoul recognized.  Well,
he'd been away for a long time.  Quite a long time, actually.
     "Raoul!"
     He paused and looked toward the woman whose hand was on his sleeve.  Hair like a
sunrise and wide violet eyes.  "Lady Adeolar!  You're one of the people I wanted to
find.  There--"
     "Not here in the middle of the floor, Raoul."  She drew him to one side and
through an inconspicuous door.  "Jhordeal will be glad to know you are well, but
that's not what you came for, is it?"
     "Glad to know I'm...?"  When had he been in Aruak City last?  Mantor, it was
years ago!  Before the civil war, and he had died....  He took off his hat, looked at
the rounded, dusty crown, ran a hand over his head, and put the hat back on.  No time
to go into that now.  "No, doll, that's not why I came this way.  There's magical
trouble.  Serious magical trouble, I think."
     "You came from Zorpunt?"  She twisted a lock of hair between nervous fingers.
"I have felt something happening there--something dark--"
     He nodded briefly.  "I saw it start, and it's going to be damned dark," he
muttered.  Quickly, he sketched in what he and Hallie had learned of the wizard
Khaldren and his intentions.  "I don't know how he's doing that much magic," he
finished, "because everyone says the Arcanum is in decline and spells aren't working,
but--"
     "He's using blood magic."  The woman's beautiful face hardened.  "It is the
oldest magic and the most primitive.  Almost always used for darkness and
destruction," she muttered, frowning, "even though it doesn't have to be....  It's
the least dependent on the Arcanum, unfortunately, the easiest to pervert, and the
hardest to control once it gets started."  She frowned, twisting the lock of hair
harder.  "In the hands of a powerful wizard with no scruples...."
     "That's what me and Hallie figured," Raoul said, nodding.  "I'm headed for
Andor--the king has to be warned.  And Hallie's taking the warning to Delarq Tor."
     "Yes, of course.  Definitely the right thing to do.  But you need to see your
manager before you leave town, Raoul.  He's been worried about you."  She patted his
arm absently, still frowning.  "I will gather as much information about this wizard
and his spells as I can....  I wish Shania were here, she is so good at that.  Well,
I must work with what I have."  She patted his arm one last time and opened the door
to the inn's main room.  "Off with you, and tell the other managers that...tell them
I have things to do, and I'll add to your news later."

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

                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 489): FACELESS of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 374): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 494): DREUBRA of THE BALROGS (Poppa Balrog, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 490): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 489): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): MEDUSA of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): CADEX CFM of THE BIKE SHOP (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): TAISHO of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 449): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 440): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): DUFF of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 325): HOLLY MACKEREL of FISH MONGERS (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): 2 PHAT TOO of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 368): LARGE SPINNY GUY of DIABLO TOO from TI (The Muffin Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 489): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 374): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 494): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 490): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 489): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): SUGAR AND SPICE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): SIR AGLIO (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): none
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): SONS OF SATAN (Damion, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 449): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 440): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 325): THE DEN OF SWORDS (TMoney, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 368): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 488): MURGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
                            MUMPHY CHICK of LEGENDS OF STEELE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 493): THOR of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 489): G.A. CUSTER of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DELAPP of NIGHT TRAIN (BPR, mgr.)
                (turn 492): DARK THUNDER of DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
               (turn 484): SHYLAYLA MINOR of PRAETORIAN GUARD (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 476): HE HATE ME of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                            PEON NECROMANCER of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
                (turn 475): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): JADE of I MAGI (Street Legal, mgr.)
               (turn 474): VEG-O-MATIC of TRANSGRESSORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 142): MISSY MAYHAM of ANGELS OF CHAOS (Lord Chaos, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to KOLACT once again!  Woof!  SIR AGLIO were a bunch of dogs after 
THOROUGHBREDS got through with 'em!  3rd ain't so sweet as 1st!  Up 'n down.  Up 'n 
down.  Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, SCOUT's 
7th moved them up to 3-2-0 place.  It seems so recently people were saying 
MEGAWARRIORS was washed up, finished.  But 4-1-0 moved them up 4.  I guess they're 
washed no more...  What's with SILENT KNIGHT?  He actually beat DEVIL'S ADVOCATE's 
JACK-O, and walked away with 25 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at SIR 
AGLIO.  SIR PENT lost 12 points to SULTAN OF SWING.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  
Maybe SIR PENT will provide more easy wins...  I'm sure KOLACT is excited about BLING 
BLING, the new Duelmaster from TERRAPIN STATION.  (remember?)  But when you've seen 
as many as I have...  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I 
hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  The most avoided team was 
PROJECT MAYHEM.  The bums at DEVIL'S ADVOCATE couldn't face the challenges from 
PROJECT MAYHEM!  No excuse for that!  What do people see in NEVENGAR?  His 12-12-0?  
MEGAWARRIORS ain't talkin', but he's got 102 points.  OJO TANGO of TOWNSVILLAINS 
knows how to pick 'em.  He challenged SIR PRISE of SIR AGLIO who is up by 19.  Now 
was this a wise move?  OJO TANGO perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was 
subdued by SIR PRISE and ended up with 67 recognition points.   
     Warriors of KOLACT unite.  You have only your games to lose!  I like to see 
warriors put young whippersnappers in their place.  I guess you could say 
BLOODSHED'SILENT KNIGHT did just that.  Right DEVIL'S ADVOCATE?  Here's some advice:  
study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLING BLING 5084             15   6  0   116       TERRAPIN STATION (189)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LENNY BAXTER 5064            15  12  0   112       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 NEVENGAR 491                 12  12  0   102       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 SULTAN OF SWING 5076         16  10  1    92       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 SIR PRISE 3573               17  14  2    91       SIR AGLIO (296)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VAPID VANNA 5147             10   8  0    86       SPRINGBORN (358)
 REPENT 4992                   8   2  0    85       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUIETUS 5165                  9   5  1    80       QUBIT (464)
 SIR INGOMYELIC 5119          12   6  1    77       SIR AGLIO (296)
 SIR PENT 5089                 8   9  1    73       SIR AGLIO (296)
 HOLY BULL 4974                8   3  1    73       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 PAPPY WHAPPY 5045            14  12  1    71       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 OJO TANGO 5046               14  13  2    67       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLEO 4996                    12  28  2    66       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 POINT GIVEN 4964              7   4  0    66       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 TYCHO 4997                   10  30  0    60       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 STORMBLADE 2210               8  11  1    60       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 GOGO PATROL 5228              7   4  0    60       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 DANTAVIUS 5270                5   2  1    57       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR OCCO 5079                13   8  0    55       SIR AGLIO (296)
 SILENT KNIGHT 5322            4   3  1    54       BLOODSHED (502)
 CYCLONE 2057                 10   6  0    50       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 GRACIE 5125                  10  10  1    47       SPRINGBORN (358)
 ALEKTOROPHOBIA 4696           5   3  0    47       FEAR LESS (460)
 LUNELLE 5252                  8   4  0    45       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 THE UNKNOWN LU 4709           6   4  1    43       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 BAILEY O'BEAD 5253            6   6  0    43       THE MOONDOGS (97)
-JIMMY PLAGUE 3496             4   6  0    40       INFECTIOUS (372)
 OCTAVIAN 5210                 7   6  1    35       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 VULGAR 5251                   6   6  1    35       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 XTRA HEAT 4975                5   6  0    35       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 CUTTHROAT 2019                7  11  2    34       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE UPRIGHT MAN 5185          9   5  0    32       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 BLOODY MARY 5321              3   4  0    31       BLOODSHED (502)
 QUANTUM 5246                  6   4  0    30       QUBIT (464)
 SIR PLUTZ 5207                5   8  0    30       SIR AGLIO (296)
 DIE NASTY 5319                4   4  1    29       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 CHIEF 5368                    2   0  0    27       SCOUT (504)
 SAFFIRE 5274                  4   3  1    25       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 DEEMONICA 5343                3   3  0    25       MEGAWARRIORS (47)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KAMI 5243                     3   2  0    23       WAR HAWKS (11)
 GRAND SLAM 5382               2   1  0    22       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 QAEDA, AL 5302                4   2  1    21       QUBIT (464)
-JOHN CRICHTON 4269            2   2  0    21       FARSCAPE (425)
 RIVERWIND 2714                2   7  0    19       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 RUBICON 5271                  4   3  0    17       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 QUADRICEPS 5326               3   3  0    17       QUBIT (464)
 TROJAN ROC 5364               3   1  0    17       THE MOONDOGS (97)
-AZIK 5348                     2   1  0    17       WAR HAWKS (11)
-SUAVE 5183                    2   0  2    16       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 CHINA DOLL 5287               4   2  0    14       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 CHOBOJA SAMURAI 5365          2   2  0    14       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 LIGHTNING 5367                2   0  0    13       SCOUT (504)
 TENDER 5369                   2   0  0    13       SCOUT (504)
 OPTI-GRAB 5396                2   0  0    11       THE JERKS (508)
-PA'U ZOTOH ZHAAN 4297         1   1  0    11       FARSCAPE (425)
 SLAPSTICK 5389                1   1  0    11       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 OIL CAN 5393                  1   1  0    11       THE JERKS (508)
 DRIP 5359                     2   3  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
 ART ERY 5324                  1   6  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
 DOGMA 5323                    1   6  0     9       BLOODSHED (502)
 CORVINA 5355                  2   2  0     8       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPECIAL PURPOSE 5394          1   1  0     8       THE JERKS (508)
-BOGYPHOBIA 4697               1   1  0     8       FEAR LESS (460)
 FLAGG 5381                    1   2  0     7       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 LONG SHOT HERO 5388           1   1  0     7       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 QUAINT, TOO 5352              0   1  0     7       QUBIT (464)
-LUCINCH 5380                  1   0  0     5       WAR HAWKS (11)
 BUM RUCKUS 5392               1   1  0     4       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 QUIRKY QUICK 5399             1   1  0     4       SPRINGBORN (358)
 EL SCORCHO 5391               1   1  0     4       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-JAEILL 5347                   0   3  0     3       WAR HAWKS (11)
 MINERVA 5403                  0   2  0     2       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 BRAVE 5371                    0   2  0     2       SCOUT (504)
 LITTLE CHIEF 5370             0   2  0     2       SCOUT (504)
 CIPHER 5423                   0   1  0     1       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
JACK-O 5273            4  2 0 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE 498  SILENT KNIGHT 5322    486         
CHIANA 4271            0  2 0 FARSCAPE 425          SHEWISH GIANT 523     486 NONE    
STREPTO 3497           5  5 0 INFECTIOUS 372        PAPPY WHAPPY 5045     484         
MAXIMUS MINOR 5357     1  3 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 6    QAEDA, AL 5302        486         
SLOGETTE 5398          0  2 0 SPRINGBORN 358        STONE GOLEM 528       486 NONE    
THE OLD BEAN'R 5420    0  1 0 SPRINGBORN 358        BLACK ORC 522         486 NONE    
DUST DEVIL 1896        7 13 1 THUNDERSTRIKERS 220   OJO TANGO 5046        482 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sultan -- Not incognito per se, just wanted to come in swords blazing, and being a
rookie manager I really didn't know how to post messages up to now. -- Assamite

Upright Man -- Not so upright afterwards eh? -- Jack - O

Bailey O' Bead -- Maybe I should stop bathing in the sea, gotta watch the sharks....
-- Jack - O

Die Nasty -- Geez, who's yer friend?  Revampin, are ya?.  *Note* scrape them heels.
-- Gracie

Assurnasimyrpalto -- May you extend into the dimensions of hither-too barely trod
upon vistas of gladiatorial enhancement and enlightenment, here on the isle.  Or
something like that. -- Still

Saffire -- I assume you challenged me for skills.  Sorry to disappoint you:  can't
teach what I don't know yet. -- Sir Occo

Maximus Minor -- Heck of a fight! for a couple of Initiates.  Thanks for the workout.
-- Quadriceps

Matrix -- Thanks.  And when I graduate and post my numbers, I think you'll agree it's
a wonder I have a .500 record. -- Sir Pent, the snake

Matrix -- I'm quite sure I won't be going to Zalcon II.  Best of luck to you, though.
-- Sultan

Matrix -- I'm glad to hear it.  I welcome all challengers, especially those I best.
-- Qaeda, Al

Matrix, again -- Thanks for the explanation on Casimir's weapon.  I'm curious what it
says in ADM when he uses the scimitar.  Does it still say "marginally effective?"
BTW, nice FREAK! -- Sultan

Zeus -- Last I tried a lunger using a scimitar it was marginally effective.  The
point I was going after was that a lunger, as far as I am aware, cannot now receive
the scimitar as a favorite weapon. -- Sultan

All -- Other than a SC for a LU years ago, has anyone received a favorite weapon
which is marginally effective for a warrior's style? -- Sultan

Zeus, again -- Ah, yes, the good old days, when strategies somehow seemed to randomly
work from time to time, and when "Zues" was misspelled!  Things were quite a bit
different 15 years ago.  The game has changed a little, but our knowledge of its
subtleties has grown immensely, thanks in large measure to the internet and email.
The single greatest change I have observed in Basic play is an almost universal
reliance on all out offense.  Last turn, for instance, my aimed blow outjumped and
beat a lunger on the lunger's challenge; my 15-fight slasher outjumped and beat a 24-
fight basher on the basher's challenge; my opponent's aimed blow outjumped and beat
my decise-modified lunger; and my decise-modified lunger was outjumped by a 2-fight
parry riposte!  My suggestion to you or anyone else seeking help is to get one of
several available manuals, get on the internet, ask questions, experiment, go to
Faces and ask questions, experiment some more, etc.  There's no easy way.  Those of
us who have played for so long have earned what little advantage is available out
there.  Good luck and, most importantly, enjoy the game! -- Sultan
P.S.  I have no manuals and no internet access myself.  Sorry.

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CHIANA was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SLOGETTE was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
THE OLD BEAN'R was easily killed by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
REPENT was defeated by NEVENGAR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge duel.
OJO TANGO was devastated by SIR PRISE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
HOLY BULL demolished CLEO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
GOGO PATROL was vanquished by VAPID VANNA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
PAPPY WHAPPY overpowered TYCHO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
DANTAVIUS defeated GRACIE in a action packed 1 minute Challenge melee.
THE UPRIGHT MAN was vanquished by BAILEY O'BEAD in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
XTRA HEAT overpowered CHOBOJA SAMURAI in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
DEEMONICA was defeated by THE UNKNOWN LU in a 2 minute brutal Challenge fight.
ALEKTOROPHOBIA handily defeated SAFFIRE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
QUANTUM demolished RUBICON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
MAXIMUS MINOR was barely slain by QAEDA, AL in a 3 minute brutal Challenge contest.
DRIP was demolished by SIR PLUTZ in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
LITTLE CHIEF was handily defeated by SLAPSTICK in a 2 minute Challenge conflict.
BRAVE lost to LONG SHOT HERO in a 3 minute amateur's Challenge bout.
BUM RUCKUS was unbelievably bested by QUADRICEPS in a 1 minute Challenge fray.
SPECIAL PURPOSE was beaten by RIVERWIND in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
OPTI-GRAB unbelievably bested ART ERY in a exciting 6 minute brutal Challenge fight.
AERYN SUN was overpowered by BLING BLING in a 1 minute one-sided Title bout.
LENNY BAXTER overpowered SIR INGOMYELIC in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SULTAN OF SWING devastated SIR PENT in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
QUIETUS demolished KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven bout.
SIR OCCO was bested by POINT GIVEN in a exciting 1 minute bout.
STORMBLADE savagely defeated OCTAVIAN in a action packed 2 minute brutal fight.
CYCLONE overpowered GRAND SLAM in a 3 minute gory one-sided duel.
LUNELLE demolished CUTTHROAT in a 2 minute one-sided melee.
JACK-O was slaughtered by SILENT KNIGHT in a 2 minute one-sided fray.
VULGAR viciously subdued DOGMA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome bout.
BLOODY MARY overpowered QUIRKY QUICK in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
DIE NASTY vanquished EL SCORCHO in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
CHINA DOLL was overpowered by CHIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TENDER defeated MINERVA in a 1 minute novice's bout.
LIGHTNING beat CORVINA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute novice's fray.
FLAGG viciously subdued CIPHER in a 4 minute brutal amateur's fight.
TROJAN ROC luckily beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute novice's struggle.
OIL CAN handily defeated QUAINT, TOO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  24         LUNGING ATTACK   111 -  86 -  6      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  9         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  20 -  1      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         WALL OF STEEL     28 -  24 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         TOTAL PARRY       30 -  29 -  0      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  21 -  1      45  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  21 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         SLASHING ATTACK   32 -  50 -  1      39  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  15 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         AIMED BLOW        21 -  36 -  0      37  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  42 -  2      33  |

Turn 486 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        3 -  5         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK    16 -  8     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  4         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  6         1  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  4         1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  4         1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BLING BLING 5084           15   6  0  116 TERRAPIN STATION (189)
AIMED BLOW       LENNY BAXTER 5064          15  12  0  112 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SULTAN OF SWING 5076       16  10  1   92 TERRAPIN STATION (189)
BASHING ATTACK   REPENT 4992                 8   2  0   85 THOROUGHBREDS (469)
WALL OF STEEL    OJO TANGO 5046             14  13  2   67 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SILENT KNIGHT 5322          4   3  1   54 BLOODSHED (502)
SLASHING ATTACK  ALEKTOROPHOBIA 4696         5   3  0   47 FEAR LESS (460)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CLEO 4996.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ART ERY 5324.  The ten other most popular fighters were STORMBLADE 2210, CORVINA 
5355, DANTAVIUS 5270, THE UNKNOWN LU 4709, MAXIMUS MINOR 5357, VULGAR 5251, SLOGETTE 
5398, QAEDA, AL 5302, QUIETUS 5165, and NEVENGAR 491.

The least popular fighter this week was DRIP 5359.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were QUAINT, TOO 5352, TROJAN ROC 5364, CHINA DOLL 5287, EL SCORCHO 5391, 
QUIRKY QUICK 5399, SIR PENT 5089, SIR INGOMYELIC 5119, OPTI-GRAB 5396, BRAVE 5371, 
and LITTLE CHIEF 5370.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

AERYN SUN (10-4268) FARSCAPE (425)