Date   : 04/06/2004    Duedate: 04/19/2004


DM-10    TURN-489

This Weeks Top Honors


(10-4974) [11-3-1,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

EYELASH VIPER                  JOLTEON
(10-4436) [12-5-0,118]         (10-5180) [5-2-0,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CLEO                           GABOON VIPER
THE MOONDOGS (97)              VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
(10-4996) [14-29-2,73]         (10-4438) [5-6-0,40]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THOROUGHBREDS (469)         73
2. LIGHTNING DECK (488)        29      ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
3. QUBIT (464)                 20      Unchartered Team
4. THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)       17
5. VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)       12      FLAGG'S FAMILY (509)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*FLAGG'S FAMILY (509)       1   0  0  100   1/ 5 THOROUGHBREDS (469)      10  5 1
 2/ 1 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     15   9  2 62.5   2/ 3 SIR AGLIO (296)           9  5 1
 3/ 2 FARSCAPE (425)            32  22  1 59.3   3/ 7 TERRAPIN STATION (189)    8  4 1
 4/ 4 TERRAPIN STATION (189)   476 351 22 57.6   4/11 VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)     7  2 0
 5/ 5 SIR AGLIO (296)          628 474 28 57.0   5/ 6 THE MOONDOGS (97)         7  8 0
 6- 6*THE JERKS (508)            9   7  0 56.3   6/ 2 QUBIT (464)               6  3 0
 7/ 9 THOROUGHBREDS (469)       43  35  2 55.1   7/ 1 MEGAWARRIORS (47)         6  8 0
 8/ 7 VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)     21  18  0 53.8   8/12 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    6  9 0
 9/ 8 QUBIT (464)              399 361 13 52.5   9- 8*THE JERKS (508)           5  4 0
10/10 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)    23  23  2 50.0  10- 9*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)      5  5 0
11/16*LIGHTNING DECK (488)      13  14  3 48.1  11/ 4 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)       5  7 0
12-13*PROJECT MAYHEM (507)       9  11  0 45.0  12/10 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     5 10 0
13/12 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)     276 338 19 45.0  13/20*LIGHTNING DECK (488)      4  4 0
14/14 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)      126 158  7 44.4  14/13*BLOODSHED (502)           4  6 0
15/15 MEGAWARRIORS (47)        113 147  7 43.5  15/16 PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)      4  9 0
16/17 SPRINGBORN (358)         305 403 20 43.1  16/14 SPRINGBORN (358)          4 11 0
17/18 THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)     66  89  7 42.6  17/19 ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)     2  1 0
18/19 THE MOONDOGS (97)        205 354  9 36.7  18/ 0*FLAGG'S FAMILY (509)      1  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20*BLOODSHED (502)           15  30  1 33.3  19/18 FARSCAPE (425)            1  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     There were just the four of them, or five if you counted Adabemis & Balmador as
two separate people, which Sue E. Syde didn't.  Not much of an army to arrest a
governor.  And just because "Princess Tirisha wants it done."  What did the woman
expect them to DO?  It was beginning to look like Adabemis & Balmador wasn't the only
crazy person around.  She glanced at her companions and wondered if there was any
point in commenting on this.  Not to the Dwarf with his two personalities, although
if one or the other didn't happen to like Tirisha....  No, not to him, or them.  And
she had a good idea that Captain Shirivien already knew it and didn't care, at least,
not enough to run counter to Tirisha's commands.  And her teammate Rob A. Ree...she
shook her head.  Better just to keep quiet for now.
     The streets of Rodeki were quiet, too.  Very few people were out, and they were
keeping close to the sides of buildings and fading down alleys at first sight of the
group from Xochithlan.  Expecting trouble, Sue guessed.
     The governor's palace in Rodeki was not as impressive as Sue had expected.
Large, yes, but so...ordinary.  It looked more like an office building than it did a
palace.  It was built against the side of the mountain that closed in Rodeki on the
north, maybe even built back into the mountain, and it went up three stories with a
sort of tower climbing higher back along the slope.  There were no majestic pillars,
no statues in niches (no niches), and only one balcony.  And it was grubby.  The
stone might have been light-colored originally, but years of the smelter smoke that
sometimes filled the valley had turned it blotched dark brown and sooty black.
Tirisha wasn't going to like this place at all; Sue E. Syde couldn't imagine her
living in it.
     But that wasn't today's problem.  Today's problem was taking it away from
Governor Milvares.  Who wasn't likely to be taken by surprise....
     One side of the big double door opened as the gladiators and Sirivien started up
the steps.  She didn't recognize the man who came out--a Kannar, late middle age,
looked like a man used to wielding authority.  It might be the governor himself.
When they were close enough to hear him without shouting, he said, "Why have you come
     The gladiators instinctively looked toward Captain Shirivien.  "On the order of
our lady, Princess Tirisha of Xochithlan," he said.  "She has commanded us to arrest
Governor Milvares."
     "On what grounds?"  The man's voice was still calm, but there was steel in it.
     Shirivien hesitated.  "The Princess has not offered us explanation.  It is not
our place to question, only to obey."
     A voice from overhead said, "We could drop things on them from here, even though
we don't have proper stuff like boiling lead."
     Sue glanced up.  There was a short woman in a Dwarven helmet on the balcony.
     A tall man in arena-issue mail came up behind her.  "Not yet, Gate Witch."  He
added something that the people on the steps couldn't hear, but the Dwarven woman
grinned and punched him on the arm.
     The man in the doorway reclaimed their attention, saying, "Your princess would
be better served if the people around her asked for explanations and offered advice.
She would be wise to return to Xochithlan."
     "Are you threatening Princess Tirisha?" Adabemis or Balmador demanded.
     "No, I'm offering her sound advice.  It would be a good move for her to leave
Rodeki.  She has no place here."
     "It sounds like a threat to ME."  That was definitely Balmador, the more hostile
of the two personalities.
     "If you think in terms of threats," the man said, "all things sound like
     Balmador opened his mouth to make a retort, but She and Shirivien moved in on
him from either side, and Sue put a hand over his mouth.
     "Your advice may be good," she said, "but we have our orders."
     The man made a sort of half bow and stepped back, pulling the door closed behind
     From the balcony, Gate Witch said, "NOW can we drop things on them, John?"
     "I thought you were looking forward to fighting them in the halls," the man
replied.  "If you drop things on them now, they'll never make it into the halls.
Which might not be a bad thing, when one comes to think about it...."
     "Spoilsport!"  Both gladiators on the balcony withdrew, and pulled that door
shut behind them also.
     Rob A. Ree, whose many flaws did not include major stupidity, looked at the
closed door of the palace, and at the windows on either side, which were fifteen feet
above the ground in front of them and barred, and said, "Anybody got a pocket
battering ram?"
     "I thought we were supposed to be able to just walk in," Adabemis added.  "Now

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Fratsfa:

     Gladiators sailed up the river from Kati-Tei through Andor, Fratsfa, and Zensu
to the Isle of the Eye.  Some came as tourists, some as newly-graduated warriors,
some to attend and participate in the Spring Tourney.  This was a steady source of
income for boatmen, and many of them made the trip two or three times a month; the
river and its shores were well known to them.
     "I don't remember a castle on that hill," one sailor muttered, squinting at the
shore.  "And I was along here just last week...."
     "There was no castle there," Lady Fern, manager of the Flower Girls in Fratsfa
confirmed.  "And a week is certainly not long enough to build one!"
     "There was one...eight hundred years ago," a voice murmured behind her.
     The statuesque manager glanced back at her gladiatress, Nasty Nasturtium.  The
woman was an Araoi, and elf of the purest blood, and Lady Fern supposed it was
possible that Nasturtium actually REMEMBERED a castle there, but she hoped not.  The
thought of having a warrior that old was unsettling.  "You're sure, Nasty?"
     The elfin blonde nodded firmly.  "Yes, my mother told me about it--one of her
brothers helped to bring the castle down.  The Castle of Storms, that was its name, a
place of the darkest arts.  It was the stronghold of Prince Illrienherthinil
Silverthorn, who was called the Ill Rain."
     Lady Fern glanced at the sky automatically.  It WAS getting cloudy, but that
was, must be, coincidence.  After all, changeable weather was common at this time of
     "That wasn't on Khaldren's list."  The short, stocky man removed his bowler and
extended a hand to Lady Fern.  "Raoul, Lord Protector In Gerfel We Trust."
     "Kennelworth has spoken of you," Lady Fern admitted.  "But what do you know of
this Castle of Storms?"
     "Not a thing, doll.  But I'm wondering if Khaldren's magic isn't raising more
ruins than he planned on--anyplace with enough of the wrong kind of magic
concentrated in it."
     "This Khaldren is...?" Nasturtium asked.
     "A wizard who escaped the sinking of Krael," Raoul explained.  "He wants to
bring Krael forward in time, or back from the dead, or something.  And other places
he knows about from that era."
     "That would take a great magic," Nasturtium protested.  "With the Arcanum in the
current low state, it should not be possible."
     "Adie in Aruak City says he could be using blood magic based on the arena
deaths, doll.  She seems to think that'd do it for him."
     The elf recoiled.  "It would!" she whispered, "and that would call to all sites
where dark magic has sunk deep.  This must be stopped!"
     "Well, I'm taking the warning to Lady Sheila--"
     "She can do nothing, even if she would," Nasturtium snapped.  "She dares not
touch blood magic, even to fight it, except in the most indirect fashion, and
indirection will not serve!  Not soon enough, anyway."
     "Adie will think of some way to fight Khaldren," Raoul said, a little uneasily.
He took a deep breath and put his hat back on.  "And until he's stopped, we will
fight everything he brings up from the past."
     "If we have to fight the Ill Rain," Nasty Nasturtium predicted, "it won't be


     Lord Protector Ka D'Argo, on a brief trip to his home on Kolact, had planned to
take ship at Valamantis.  But the port city was not as he had expected.  There was
always bustle, but now...it reminded him of a disturbed anthill.  And where had those
towers on the landward side come from?  They weren't something that could have been
built in a day, or even a year, and he'd been through here four months ago.
     "It's Old Valamantis," Arenamistress Sitalva said grimly.  "We've had word of
some kind of magic afoot aimed at ruined cities, and with all the blood spilled in
the recent Bloodgames, it would have been more surprising if something had NOT
happened there.  But understanding why doesn't help us now.  The oldest levels of Old
Valamantis," she said grimly, "were Folstrom.  NOBODY wants to see the Folstrom loose
in the world again."
     "Bringing the ruins back is one thing," the tall gladiator argued, "but the
people...?  Surely Ahringol won't release their souls because of a spell and some
     Sitalva watched the slight wavering of the resurrected towers and shivered,
though the day was already warm.  "We'll find out, when the city stabilizes.  The
Silver Mage says sometime in the next week and a half or two weeks.  But we can see
people moving around in there.  And even if they're zombies, it isn't going to be


     The fishing boats that had fled Iaye when the earthquakes began crept back one
by one as the Trier grew calm again.  Most of them followed the coast down toward
Point, not because they needed the guidance but to see for themselves if drowned
Krael had truly risen from the waves.
     It had.
     Lord Protector Goff, assistant manager of the Red Dog Gang, stood on the gently
rocking deck of his boat and stared through a spyglass at the rampart of buildings
that blocked what had been the strait between Iaye and Point.  He wasn't sure what he
had expected, but not this.
     Krael stood above the water, but not as it must once have looked.  Many of the
taller buildings showed broken tops, and all was slimed with mud and weed.  Here and
there, decaying wrecks lay in the streets or even on the roofs of houses.  The smell
of dead fish was obvious even from a mile away.  Krael LOOKED like a city that had
spent centuries under water.  The people who moved among those ruins didn't.  There
weren't enough of them to represent the entire population of the city at the time of
its disaster, he guessed at no more than two hundred.  But they looked...normal.
Alive.  And their activity--they seemed to be trying to clear one section of the city
of its mud and debris--were just what you'd expect.
     And they seemed to take the whole situation for granted.  They must KNOW, from
the state of Krael now, what had happened, but they just calmly went about cleaning
     That was the most unnerving thing of all.


     There were no ruins around Xochithlan to rise up at the wizard's call, because
the modern city was the old city, continuously lived in for longer than most
Alastarian cities had existed.  There was, perhaps, a tendency for certain long-
buried residents to stir in their graves, but if any came out to walk the streets, it
was not immediately obvious.
     What was obvious was the forest.
     There had been a forest around Xochithlan for a long time, but it had been
burned away during the Rirorni War.  Replanting efforts had been ongoing for the last
eight years, but eight years is not long enough to bring back a major forest.  And
what surrounded the city now, pressing in against the walls and disturbing the newer
suburbs, was a major forest.
     Not, however, a forest such as the Xochithlani remembered.
     This was a Forest Primeval.
     This was a forest that might hide...anything.
     And according to the scholars of ancient texts consulted by King Feyen of
Xochithlan, it probably did.


     Zuwayza was as old as Xochithlan, and there were as many dark secrets buried
under its streets.  The foundation of the city, Vekhirn knew, went back to the days
before the first humans.  There were Folstrom traces, but there was also something
older.  Maybe more than one something.  And they were all stirring.  Too much blood
had been spilled here, especially in the years since the invasion--during the
invasion itself, and in the slow beating back of the Eastern forces.
     And in other ways, or for other causes, as well.  The court wizard had sensed a
new feeling in the people of the old city.  Harder.  Crueler, perhaps.  Less patient,
less tolerant--and the Glorious Empire had never been noted for tolerance.  The woman
Jayde, who claimed to be the daughter of Kjarran, her death and her mysterious
apotheosis, had that been the start of this dark bitterness that gripped the people?
He shrugged that off.  Whatever the cause for the change of heart, blood had been
spilled.  And somewhere, someone had called on spilled blood to raise old evils, and
spilled blood everywhere had answered.

Aruak City:

     Adeolar stared into the gilt-framed mirror, frowning and twisting a lock of hair
between nervous fingers.  Nothing she was Seeing was good.  Not that the mirror was
the best way to See, but it was the only scrying device she had that was still
working.  There was a bloody film over the glass that could not be washed off, and
that, she suspected, was a sign of just how bad things were.  Blood magic, used to
excess, tainted everything.  There was no doubt that the wizard in Zorpunt was strong
and ruthless, but what he had started seemed to be taking on a life of its own.  And
no one, so far, seemed able to stop him.
     She would have to take steps herself.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Dal Shang:

     From the top tier of the arena, you could see a long way out to sea, because the
arena was built on a cliff above the harbor.  So was a lot of the rest of Dal Shang,
but except for the governor's palace, it mostly wasn't as high as the arena.
     Lord Protector Wais, who had come home to Dal Shang in a vague effort to boost
that beleaguered arena, was sitting on the top tier brooding.  The arena was
shrinking faster than a pool of water in the desert.  Promising warriors who were
looking for a career in the arena were not looking in THIS arena.  Fourteen active
warriors last time, and two of them had been retiring by way of a Dark Arena
appearance.  His own team, even, had gone inactive!  Something had to be done, but he
had no idea what.  Even the fans had deserted Dal Shang arena.
     With a sigh, he turned away from the empty arena to look out to sea.  And so he
saw the waters of the lake heave as though they were boiling, and a new--or very
old--island rise like a black reef no more than five miles off shore.  Five miles is
too far away to see the details, but there was something disturbingly regular about
the broken ridgeline of that island.  Like buildings....

A note for the people of the Free Cities and Lirith Kai:

     Some people say that if you get rid of magic, the world will be much simpler.
Some people say that the destabilization of the Arcanum will get rid of magic.  Ha!
High Magic, the stuff that highly educated wizards do, falters as the Arcanum
weakens.  But there are other kinds of magic.  Older.  Cruder.  Less vulnerable.
There's Blood Magic.  Spilling blood releases power.  The more blood, the more power.
     And a very powerful wizard of several centuries ago, Khaldren of Krael, who
decided that he didn't want to die when the city around him was dying, has come to
the present.  He's made a spell to bring Krael back from ruins, and he's tied it to
Blood Magic.
     But there's more blood being spilled around Alastari than he realized, and a lot
of Lost Cities that want to live again.  If you have some old ruins near your house,
and there's an arena where people are bleeding and dying, you've got trouble coming.
This is now your story, too.

     It's all a plot, and probably a dark one.  Where is Daylight Savings time when
you need it?

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

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

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 492): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 377): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 497): WHIP SCORPION of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 493): CHASM OF IGNORANCE of UTOPIA RELIGIOSO (Neon Necromancer)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 492): SUX0R of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 496): MEDUSA of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 493): DIGGER WASP of FLAGG'S CHAMPIONS (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 488): BLING BLING of TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 479): SCOURGE of THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 478): KITTY CHOWDER of CARNAGE CANARIES (C. Canary, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 452): HALO 14 of BLIND HYPOCRISY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 443): HARI CANE of JINDA-BAN (Zin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 193): TAMMY FAYE of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 430): GATE WITCH of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 378): APPLE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 179): MERGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 167): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 328): AKLAR of MITHRAL HALO (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 144): CONSTANTINE of AGELESS WONDER (Belyn, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 371): DOONE of FLAGG 16 from RODEKI (Flagg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 492): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 377): RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 497): THE NUKES (Fusion, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 493): THE DREIHDENS 2 (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 492): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 496): BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 493): FLOWER CHILDREN (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 488): MEGAWARRIORS (Matrix, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 479): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 478): CARNAGE CANARIES (C. Canary, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 452): KAMIKAZI (?, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 443): JINDA-BAN (Zin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 193): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 430): DELVERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 378): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 179): none
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 167): COLOUR GUARDS (Captain Crayola, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 328): MITHRAL HALO (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 144): none
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 371): LEGENDS OF STEELE (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 497): WHIP SCORPION of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 492): SUX0R of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 488): BLING BLING of TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 479): SCOURGE of THUNDR + LITENING (Doc Steele, mgr.)
                            PAUL of SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 478): WONDER BRA of THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
                            BOOTER of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 477): SONJA BLOODBANE of THE BLOODBANES (Stik, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in KOLACT!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  Like, MEGAWARRIORS had to be so 
embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by THOROUGHBREDS!  Way to go 
THOROUGHBREDS!  Uncool, TOWNSVILLAINS.  I mean 0-3-0 is bad.  Will they will be 
allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training practice!  VENEMOUS VIPERS like really 
fought hard to move up to 4th from 11th.  Way to go!  Cut this out and put it in your 
scrapbooks, LIGHTNING DECK!  'Cause they got 3-1-0 and moved up to 13th!  MVP award 
for POINT GIVEN?  THOROUGHBREDS' proud of him after beating DANTAVIUS and getting 17 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  SILENT KNIGHT got smashed by XTRA HEAT, and 
lost 13 points!  Like, HOLY BULL must be pretty gutsy!  He challenged the Duelmaster 
from TERRAPIN STATION.  Does this guy have a death wish or what!  Was that a tear I 
saw in HOLY BULL's eye, as he took over Duelmastership?  And wasn't BLING BLING fit 
to be tied!  I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  
They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  MEGAWARRIORS was KOLACT's most 
avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  I don't know what DEVIL'S ADVOCATE's 
been doing.  They certainly haven't been accepting many fights from MEGAWARRIORS, 
that's fer sher.  Can THUNDERSTRIKERS' RIVERWIND be more popular than me?  He was 
challenged the most, but is that really the same?  NOKANIA must not be a good enough 
fighter to get in fair fights.  She challenged DIABOLIC.  8 is a big difference.  
(Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought NOKANIA showed great skill and promise 
when she was bested by DIABOLIC.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  What a bummer!  RUBICON got wasted by 
LONGFELLOW!  But with a 4-6-0, I guess DEVIL'S ADVOCATE aren't too bummed.  Fight, 
fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  KOLACT is like such a dump, and you guys smell 
too much!  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOLY BULL 4974               11   3  1   117       THOROUGHBREDS (469)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EYELASH VIPER 4436           12   5  0   118       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
 VAPID VANNA 5147             12   9  0   103       SPRINGBORN (358)
 SULTAN OF SWING 5076         18  11  1    98       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
-LENNY BAXTER 5064            15  13  0    93       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 SIR PRISE 3573               18  15  2    92       SIR AGLIO (296)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUIETUS 5165                 11   6  1    89       QUBIT (464)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OJO TANGO 5046               16  14  2    87       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
-PAPPY WHAPPY 5045            15  13  1    86       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 SIR PENT 5089                10  10  1    86       SIR AGLIO (296)
 NEVENGAR 491                 13  14  0    79       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 POINT GIVEN 4964              9   5  1    76       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 CLEO 4996                    14  29  2    73       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 SIR OCCO 5079                16   8  0    72       SIR AGLIO (296)
 REPENT 4992                   9   4  0    72       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 STORMBLADE 2210              10  12  1    68       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR INGOMYELIC 5119          12   9  1    66       SIR AGLIO (296)
 TYCHO 4997                   11  32  0    65       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 GRACIE 5125                  12  11  1    63       SPRINGBORN (358)
 DANTAVIUS 5270                7   3  1    60       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR PLUTZ 5207                8   8  1    54       SIR AGLIO (296)
 XTRA HEAT 4975                6   8  0    54       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 GOGO PATROL 5228              8   6  0    49       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 THE UPRIGHT MAN 5185         11   6  0    48       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 GRAND SLAM 5382               5   1  0    48       THOROUGHBREDS (469)
 OCTAVIAN 5210                10   6  1    46       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 CUTTHROAT 2019                9  12  2    46       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 JOLTEON 5180                  5   2  0    46       LIGHTNING DECK (488)
 LUNELLE 5252                  9   6  0    44       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 THE UNKNOWN LU 4709           7   6  1    44       TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
 GABOON VIPER 4438             5   6  0    40       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
 CYCLONE 2057                 10   9  0    39       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 BLOODY MARY 5321              4   5  0    39       BLOODSHED (502)
 QUADRICEPS 5326               6   3  0    38       QUBIT (464)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VULGAR 5251                   7   8  1    33       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 SILENT KNIGHT 5322            4   5  1    33       BLOODSHED (502)
 JUMPING VIPER 4437            4   5  0    33       VENEMOUS VIPERS (437)
-SLAPSTICK 5389                3   1  0    31       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-QUANTUM 5246                  6   4  0    30       QUBIT (464)
 LONGFELLOW 5419               2   1  1    30       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 SAFFIRE 5274                  5   5  1    29       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
 FLAGG 5381                    3   3  0    29       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 TROJAN ROC 5364               6   1  0    28       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 BAILEY O'BEAD 5253            6   9  0    27       THE MOONDOGS (97)
 ELECTRABUZZ 5242              5   1  2    26       LIGHTNING DECK (488)
-OPTI-GRAB 5396                4   0  0    25       THE JERKS (508)
-CUP O'PIZZA 5397              2   0  0    24       THE JERKS (508)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QAEDA, AL 5302                5   4  1    23       QUBIT (464)
-DEEMONICA 5343                4   4  0    23       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 CHINA DOLL 5287               6   3  0    22       TERRAPIN STATION (189)
 PIKACHU 5176                  3   1  1    21       LIGHTNING DECK (488)
-JOHN CRICHTON 4269            2   2  0    21       FARSCAPE (425)
 REVENANT 5430                 2   1  0    18       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
-SUAVE 5183                    2   0  2    16       ALASTARIAN IDOL (489)
 DOGMA 5323                    2   7  0    16       BLOODSHED (502)
 RIVERWIND 2714                2  10  0    16       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
-SPECIAL PURPOSE 5394          2   2  0    15       THE JERKS (508)
-CIPHER 5423                   2   1  0    15       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 CHOBOJA SAMURAI 5365          3   4  0    13       THUNDERSTRIKERS (220)
 ART ERY 5324                  2   7  0    13       BLOODSHED (502)
-PA'U ZOTOH ZHAAN 4297         1   1  0    11       FARSCAPE (425)
 SIKOZU 5428                   1   1  0    11       FARSCAPE (425)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EX NIHILO 5407                1   0  0    10       FLAGG'S FAMILY (509)
 DIABOLIC 5438                 1   1  0    10       DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (498)
-OIL CAN 5393                  1   3  0     9       THE JERKS (508)
-BUM RUCKUS 5392               2   2  0     8       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-QUAINT, TOO 5352              0   1  0     7       QUBIT (464)
-LONG SHOT HERO 5388           1   3  0     6       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
-EL SCORCHO 5391               1   3  0     6       PROJECT MAYHEM (507)
 NOKANIA 5422                  1   2  0     5       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 AFFLICTION 5443               1   0  0     5       BLOODSHED (502)
 CHAOTIC EXP#1 5439            1   1  0     4       MEGAWARRIORS (47)
 RUN ABOUT RON 5426            0   3  0     3       SPRINGBORN (358)
-CAT JUGGLER 5424              0   1  0     1       THE JERKS (508)
 KOSIKA 5437                   0   1  0     1       PRAETORIAN GUARD (6)
 NO-ACCOUNT NOLAN 5442         0   1  0     1       SPRINGBORN (358)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
RUBICON 5271           4  6 0 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE 498  LONGFELLOW 5419       489         
JACK-O 5273            4  2 0 DEVIL'S ADVOCATE 498  SILENT KNIGHT 5322    486 REVENGED
TRAP HOLE 5440         0  1 0 LIGHTNING DECK 488    HIGH ELF 521          489 NONE    
DIE NASTY 5319         4  5 1 MEGAWARRIORS 47       SIR PLUTZ 5207        487         
ENDAIUS 5421           0  3 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 6    SPYMASTER 524         489 NONE    
MAXIMUS MINOR 5357     1  3 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 6    QAEDA, AL 5302        486 JUST REV
FLUER 5436             0  2 0 SPRINGBORN 358        SPYMASTER 524         489 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sultan -- I am a new manager.  I have no idea who the Dark One is, but I know that
the team name isn't exactly original.  It was to us when we thought it up, and
honestly it was Matrix's idea, us being real brothers and all.  I saw that someone
else had used it when I went scrolling through some of the ADM newsletters.  I
wondered why you seemed a little hostile towards me before. -- Assamithius

Cipher -- Chaos rookie warriors are not punching bags for those already established
in the alliance. -- Assamithius

Ojo Tango -- So we meet again.  Win or lose, it's always about the skills, and it
seems I get great skill ratings after a fight with you.  A real pleasure.  Congrats
on your rating as well! -- StormBlade

Bailey O' -- The path of a storm and the destruction it leaves behind; accidental, or
a willed desire?  Perhaps a mystery. -- StormBlade

All -- Since I am being challenged every turn anyway, I will gladly accept an UNARMED
OPEN-HANDED CHALLENGE to make things a bit more interesting.  As I have been
experimenting with back up weapons, it seems that they will usually draw the weapon
when things aren't going as planned, so, NO BACK-UP WEAPONS!  Those who know me, know
I will keep up my end of the bargain.  Bring 'em on! -- RiverWind

Floyd and Terrapin Station -- We're back!!  I see one of your mighty recruits holds
the throne here.  No surprise...Bling Bling is part of the League Arcane after
all.... -- Destitute Noble and Lightning Deck

Deemonica -- Pika pi???  Where did my attack ability go? -- Pikachu

Qubit -- The milestone of 400.  Splendid, s'party time.  We're also approaching a 400
millstone, you know...but it's not the same thing.  Display yours good health. --

Nick, Sultan -- Thanks for the responses and that does seem to be the word.  I was

rustlin maybe a slow slide through 2 -- 3 weapons as the career and proficiency/
experience progressed.  I've had other "maybes" about the subtleties of the game,
knacky-ness being a current obsession, I'll drop one every now and then. -- Still

Point Given -- Ya.  Nothin exquisite 'bout that.  Some'd say a cheap shot even.
<shrug>  Scale's n' the wash. -- Gerti

Zeus -- You're a fresh breeze from the trades, and I'm currently (in *ahem* other
arenas) developing scimitar wielding lungers.  Wellllll, one anyway...but as the
numbers fav. -- Still
P.S.  I wonder if strats are cyclical, can come full circle and regain their
successful ways against the more up-to-date counterparts.

Sultan -- That blankity-blank Bling-Bling blinged my vapid one.  I hope it says
something on it's way out too.  A good morningstar striker's coercions would be fun
to observe. -- Still

Zues -- Thanks.  I'm hoping to keep it going for a bit, so here's my name-sake! --

Gracie -- *fist shaking in anger* -- From the grave, Dead Nasty

Cleo -- What the H___ you tryin to say?!  My name's VULGAR, I'm not F_____ vulgar!!
-- Vulgar

Sultan -- Overgrown oaf or not, this should be interesting. -- Matrix

Pikachu -- Nice ta meet ya! -- Dee
P.S.  Consider that a bloodfeud fight.  I did. (You killed MATRIX of the Machine.)

Repent -- Not yet!  I want to wallow in my sins a while longer. -- Cleo

The Upright Man -- I hadn't realized you were a half-elf.  I guess you had your hair
combed over your ears. -- Tycho

The Unknown Lu -- You may be unknown, but you teach like a dream.  Thanks! -- Lunelle

Bloody Mary -- Do you HAVE to live up to your name like that?  I'm going into
eclipse! -- Bailey O'Bead

Special Purpose -- That makes us a pair, huh? -- Trojan Roc

Vulgar -- (modest bow) -- Cleo

Ser Pent -- Yep, just call me Laccoon Jr. -- Tycho

Xtra Heat -- Nothing like a 25 point downchallenge to restore one's confidence.  Try
it sometime; you might like it. -- Sir Occo, blowin' smoke

Octavian -- Well done. -- Qaeda, Al

Dogma -- Any chance that train will help you improve your ridiculously pathetic
record? -- Quadriceps, flexing

18 March 2004
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update

     We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre
kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start.  We are also pleased to announce that
in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark
arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills.  The contest is only 2
turns old and is still wide open.  There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill
each.  Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena.
     On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to
challenge the kLk dominance.  We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their
supposed home arena.  But, they were a no show.  Guess they proved what they are
really made of.  *evil grin*
     Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge.  We are
throwing down the gauntlet.  Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would
like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance.  If you don't show up,
Chaos, don't feel bad.  FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but
have chosen to pass on the offer.
     So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and
enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM
36.  We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a
storyline being actively worked on in the arena.  Whatever you like about DM you can
find it in JHANS.

mgr. of Suicidal Dreams
and Director Jhans Board of Tourism
kLk Alliance

27 March 2004
     This notice is to inform the DM world that CHAOS INC. has added CHEETO to its
ranks.  He joins APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and RUDE BUDDHA as the 6th member.
May your chaotic wings spread disaster and CHAOS for all your days!  Welcome CHEETO!!

27 March 2004
     Has anyone seen it in print that the "Goat" is leaving the "Cartel"?  There were
some diplos to the effect of a special branch of the Cartel being formed, like secret
societies, governmental agencies and alliances certain agendas are developed.  To
obtain the desired effect of any agenda only key personnel can be used.  The "Goat"
is "Cartel" so until you see it with me announcing that I am not Cartel, remember,
"The Agenda of the Core is for you to fight for."  I hope this stops the confusion.
-- Goat

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FLUER was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ENDAIUS was dealt death by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
TRAP HOLE was murdered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
OCTAVIAN subdued QAEDA, AL in a 2 minute gruesome Bloodfeud fight.
HOLY BULL devastated BLING BLING in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title contest.
SIR PENT demolished CLEO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
SULTAN OF SWING won victory over OJO TANGO in a 2 minute master's Challenge fight.
REPENT overpowered TYCHO in a popular 1 minute gruesome mismatched Challenge brawl.
POINT GIVEN won victory over DANTAVIUS in a action packed 1 minute Challenge duel.
THE UNKNOWN LU was vanquished by STORMBLADE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
GOGO PATROL was vanquished by SIR OCCO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
GRAND SLAM luckily beat BLOODY MARY in a 2 minute Challenge melee.
SAFFIRE was beaten by CUTTHROAT in a exciting 1 minute Challenge fight.
FLAGG was narrowly defeated by LUNELLE in a 4 minute Challenge competition.
JUMPING VIPER demolished BAILEY O'BEAD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
NOKANIA was beaten by DIABOLIC in a 5 minute amateur's Challenge conflict.
RUN ABOUT RON was defeated by PIKACHU in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
REVENANT defeated RIVERWIND in a 2 minute Challenge struggle.
LONGFELLOW executed RUBICON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
VAPID VANNA devastated KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
EYELASH VIPER demolished SIR PRISE in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
NEVENGAR defeated SIR INGOMYELIC in a 1 minute master's conflict.
QUIETUS devastated GRACIE in a action packed 2 minute brutal one-sided bout.
GABOON VIPER was luckily beaten by JOLTEON in a action packed 4 minute gruesome fray.
CYCLONE was bested by SIR PLUTZ in a 2 minute bout.
THE UPRIGHT MAN savagely defeated VULGAR in a popular 2 minute gruesome fight.
SILENT KNIGHT was overpowered by XTRA HEAT in a 2 minute uneven fight.
TROJAN ROC narrowly defeated CULT MEMBER in a tiresome 6 minute bout.
QUADRICEPS vanquished ART ERY in a 1 minute uneven bout.
DOGMA overcame CHOBOJA SAMURAI in a 1 minute bout.
CHINA DOLL viciously subdued CHAOTIC EXP#1 in a 1 minute bloody bout.
ELECTRABUZZ won victory over SIKOZU in a 2 minute bout.
EX NIHILO overpowered NO-ACCOUNT NOLAN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KOSIKA was overcome by AFFLICTION in a 3 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  22         WALL OF STEEL     31 -  22 -  1      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         LUNGING ATTACK   121 -  92 -  6      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  27 -  0      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  18 -  0      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  24 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   39 -  50 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  29 -  1      37  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  40 -  2      35  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW        16 -  35 -  0      31  |

Turn 489 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:

TOTAL PARRY        4 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  2     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK    11 - 11     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   HOLY BULL 4974             11   3  1  117 THOROUGHBREDS (469)
WALL OF STEEL    OJO TANGO 5046             16  14  2   87 TOWNSVILLAINS (457)
AIMED BLOW       SIR OCCO 5079              16   8  0   72 SIR AGLIO (296)
BASHING ATTACK   REPENT 4992                 9   4  0   72 THOROUGHBREDS (469)
TOTAL PARRY      JOLTEON 5180                5   2  0   46 LIGHTNING DECK (488)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    LUNELLE 5252                9   6  0   44 THE MOONDOGS (97)
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 
GABOON VIPER 4438.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE UPRIGHT MAN 5185, 

The least popular fighter this week was TROJAN ROC 5364.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SIKOZU 5428, CHAOTIC EXP#1 5439, ART ERY 5324, SILENT KNIGHT 5322, 
CYCLONE 2057, GRACIE 5125, RUBICON 5271, RUN ABOUT RON 5426, DIABOLIC 5438, and 

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



     For those of you who keep track of such things, 14 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                           ABE SIMPSON (9-4453) SPRINGFIELD 
                            PB-LEAD (23-4385) ROCK-ETTS IV 
                      RATTLESNAKE SHAKE (60-4242) METAL MELTDOWN 
                            CHIP (60-4413) RESCUE RANGERS 
                           SLAKE (82-12993) WORD OF THE DAY 
                          DIS-COMBOBULATE (63-2222) DIS-TEAM 
                        RETARD (68-7501) POLITICALLYINCORRECT 
                           DARKSIDE (22-2714) LOST SOULS 1 
                      ZHARRA TYL MEDAN (40-2586) SUPERIOR FORCES 
                         SMOOGIE (82-2247) STREET PIZZAD III 
                             ARATHEA (13-3318) THE ELITE 
                          PX (82-14364) SUPERIOR FORCES 1203 
                       MIKE, POWERFUL (82-7051) MIKE THE HUNTER 
                          DIS-FUNCTIONAL (63-2223) DIS-TEAM 

                                          -- Green Eyes