DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/23/2005    Duedate: 01/05/2006

ARUAK CITY ARENA

DM-11    TURN-531

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ONEWOLF
WOLFBROTHERS (506)
(11-5505) [17-1-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ONEWOLF                        PATTON
WOLFBROTHERS (506)             LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
(11-5505) [17-1-0,116]         (11-6619) [3-2-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GLADIUS STARSTRYKE             ROMMEL
SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)          LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
(11-6127) [14-40-0,82]         (11-6621) [2-3-0,24]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MANIC MARVELS (456)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TUFT TUGGERS (305)          32
2. MANIC MARVELS (456)         29      COLORIFIC (511)
3. BULLDOGS (157)              24      Unchartered Team
4. THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)    22
5. ELFQUEST (515)              18      LETHAL HERITAGE (570)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 COLORIFIC (511)          234 121  5 65.9   1/ 2 MANIC MARVELS (456)      13  2 0
 2/ 3 MANIC MARVELS (456)       81  48  2 62.8   2/ 1 BULLDOGS (157)           10  4 0
 3/ 2 ANIMAL FARM (510)        971 580 34 62.6   3/ 7 ANIMAL FARM (510)         8  2 0
 4/ 5 BULLDOGS (157)           827 642 26 56.3   4/ 4 COLORIFIC (511)           7  3 0
 5/ 7 DO IT AGAIN (565)         28  22  1 56.0   5/11 DO IT AGAIN (565)         6  0 0
 6- 6 WAR-C-KERS (345)         175 148  9 54.2   6/ 3*LETHAL HERITAGE (570)     6  7 0
 7/ 8 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        78  70  7 52.7   7- 5 WAR-C-KERS (345)          4  4 0
 8/ 4*LETHAL HERITAGE (570)     12  11  0 52.2   8/12 TUFT TUGGERS (305)        4  5 0
 9/ 9 BALLAD OF THE BLAD (415)  26  24  0 52.0   9/10 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)    4  9 0
10/10 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)   696 680 19 50.6  10/ 6 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       4 11 0
11/11 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       644 632 20 50.5  11/14 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        3  0 0
12/12 DEADMAN'S HAND (505)      28  29  2 49.1  12/19 THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)  3  6 0
13/13 ELFQUEST (515)           217 236 11 47.9  13/ 9 NEVERWAKE (508)           3  7 0
14-14 IMMORTALS (85)           815 901 63 47.5  14/16 THE EARTHBOUND (571)      3  7 0
15/15 THE HEADCUTTERS II (412) 236 266  9 47.0  15/20 BALLAD OF THE BLAD (415)  2  1 0
16-16 THE LIVING DEAD (454)     70  81  5 46.4  16-15*I CARRY THEM (566)        2  3 0
17/17 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)    298 364 12 45.0  17-17*PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)  2  3 0
18-20 BLOOD GROG (173)         201 283 11 41.5  18/22 DEADMAN'S HAND (505)      2  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 NEVERWAKE (508)           70 100 11 41.2  19/18 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)     2  4 0
20-21*I CARRY THEM (566)         2   3  0 40.0  20-13 IMMORTALS (85)            2  8 0
21-22*PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)   7  11  0 38.9  21-21 THE LIVING DEAD (454)     1  1 0
22/23 THE EARTHBOUND (571)      32  54  0 37.2  22/23 ELFQUEST (515)            1  2 1
23/24 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      253 438  5 36.6  23- 8 BLOOD GROG (173)          1  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #13 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "We should split up," Vurand said.  "If we stay low, some of us might escape
detection and capture."
     "Better to stay together," Ashon Chang countered.  "If captured, we can escape
later, but to find each other in this wilderness of grass if we become separated--"
     "We should split up," Vurand repeated.  "If we don't, capture is certain, and
Rughal...."  He coughed suddenly and didn't go on.
     "Truth is truth," Rughal said from a different direction.  "I cannot survive in
captivity.  It is bred into my race."  His tone was matter-of-fact, very cold.  "It
is why our enemies are reluctant to corner us--we always fight to the death.  But not
always OUR deaths, because we are very good at fighting."
     "And that's the truth, too," Vurand said with feeling.
     "They have a magician--the other, bigger group does.  We can't hide from--"  She
paused.  Her greatest skills lay in the field of gathering information, and the study
of that almost automatically included the ways to block scrying and detecting spells.
"There are counter-spells, though.  Anti-detection shields.  Hmm."  She sorted
through her stock of spells, rejoicing in the strength of the arcanum she would be
able to draw on here.

     Time crawled by.  It felt good to lie in the sun and rest, but Ashon Chang would
rather have the fighting done first.  It was hanging over them, something they would
have to do.  Waiting seemed...no, not pointless.  But it stretched the nerves.  From
his position lying flat in the grass near the top of the slope he could see little.
The dozen men in the valley had passed across his field of view before they turned to
come up the slope.  If they turned.  He pressed his ear against the ground.
     Nothing.  A confused suggestion of distant sound, presumably the larger group
Shania had seen.  Where was Shania?  He couldn't see any of his companions.  That was
probably a good sign.  Maybe the slavers couldn't see them, either.  But it didn't
follow.  Not for certain.
     Soft clop of hooves near at hand, only a few.  The mounted men from the valley.
Coming closer, he thought, but not fast.  Wouldn't do to run a horse up this kind of
slope, especially with the tall grass to impede progress, too.
     The first horse came into sight, ten feet away, crossing his field of vision
from right to left below him on the slope.  Slim gray horse, slim dark man with elven
features, what he could see of them through the open front of the helmet.  Tunic of
chain mail visible through tears in a loose surcoat of broad vertical green and gold
stripes.  Blood splashes on the surcoat, and a bandage on the man's leg.  No spear,
bow in its case, so the immediate weapons were just the sword and dagger belted to
the man's waist.  It would be easy to take this man, if he were alone.  Which he was
not.  But the four of them--and the three prisoners if they cut in, but better not
count on that--could take this dozen, piecemeal.  Take their horses.  Could they get
away from the larger group then?  If only they'd had time to plan properly!
     "You're farthest upslope, the last one they'll pass."  Shania's voice,
whispering in his ear.  Or maybe in his mind.  "Get the one in front of you, and
we'll each do the same, then go for the rest of this group.  With the horses, we may
be able to escape."
     Was it a good plan, or not?  Hard to tell.  But one thing the samurai knew for
sure, if the others attacked and he didn't, that would be a betrayal and a disaster.
He came off the ground in a lunge, throwing himself at the mounted man he could see.
Because of the slope, the two men were almost on a level.  It was a complete
surprise, his opponent had no time to brace himself, and they both went off the horse
on the downhill side, rolling over and over through the grass.
     They fetched up against a rock, the elf underneath.  Ashon Chang banged him
against the rock a second time for good measure, then paused.  There was no mistaking
that particular limpness.  This opponent was dead.
     He scrambled to his feet and looked around.
     Confusion.
     At first glance, fighting all over the hillside.  Very few people were mounted
now, although some of the elves were still in the struggle.  He saw one pulled off
his horse by the two chained not-humans, some kind of lizard men they looked like,
and had a good idea what fate was in store for that elf.  Those fanged snouts held a
grim promise.
     Ashon Chang focused on the nearest elf still mounted and charged.

     Shania finished her opponent with a hard chop to the throat, crushing his
windpipe, and straightened, looking around.  All the elves had been dismounted, and
the struggle was winding down.  They had been victorious in this, but against the
larger group they would have no chance in a fight.  How best to handle it, then?
     She saw Ashon Chang near by and signaled him over.  The samurai was liberally
splashed with blood, but by the way he was moving, little of it was his.
     "We did better than I'd hoped, Lady," he said.  "With these horses--"
     "We still won't be able to escape the larger group," Shania finished.  "Not
unless we provide a further distraction."
     He looked at her, puzzled.  "What else could we--?"
     "You and Vurand and Rughal take the prisoners and the horses and run for...
wherever Rughal thinks you'll be most likely to find help."  She didn't give him a
chance to utter the protest she saw forming.  "I'll take just one horse and lead them
a merry magical chase.  By the time they catch me--"
     "No!  You can't--"
     "Yes, I can, and I would judge myself the best suited for this role, too.  I am
a woman and a fellow elf, which should offer me a measure of protection.  And I am
the only one who can use magic effectively to distract and mislead THEIR mage."  She
shook her head at him.  "If we took these horses, even though we'd have a spare each,
we would still be caught.  Not fast, maybe, but sooner or later.
     Ashon Chang was silent for several minutes, frowning.  She could almost see the
thoughts rushing around behind his face.  Finally he said, "Neither Rughal nor Vurand
will consent to this--"
     "They won't know until it's too late to stop me," Shania said.  "It's your job
to distract THEM till I get clear."  She caught up the reins of the nearest horse and
swung into the saddle.  "This truly is our best chance, my friend."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of ARUAK CITY!  Once again I've been called out of 
retirement for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Woof!  BULLDOGS were a 
bunch of dogs after MANIC MARVELS got through with 'em!  2nd 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, THE HEADCUTTERS II's 12th moved them up to 2-1-0 place.  Some people say 
I ramble too much, I don't say anything relevant.  I repeat myself.  I ramble.  Well 
ANIMAL FARM moved up 4, to 3rd.  What's with TREESTUMP?  He actually beat COLORIFIC's 
GOLDEN AURA, and walked away with 18 more points from the fight.  See how the 
Duelmaster challenged MANIC MARVELS' LORD BENNETT?  That sort of initiative is how he 
got where he is now.  LORD BENNETT was reminded on the sands why ONEWOLF is 
Duelmaster.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your 
fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  The most avoided team was 
NEVERWAKE.  Management must be dealin', as the boys at THE EARTHBOUND ain't reelin'!  
NEVERWAKE's mad!  What do people see in VIOLET VULTURE?  Hers 3-0-0?  ANIMAL FARM 
ain't talkin', but she's got 30 points.  WILLIE DIXON of THE HEADCUTTERS II knows how 
to pick 'em.  He challenged JO MOONCATCHER of KRILL CAVALRY who is up by 19.  Now was 
this a wise move?  WILLIE DIXON perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he overcame 
JO MOONCATCHER and ended up with 96 recognition points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Sending a warrior to the Dark Arena reminds the 
others they'd better shape up.  Tough beans, SIR BOB.  That's what a 5-13-0 gets you. 
We all knew it had to happen sooner or later.  A warrior can't stick around with a 
6-5-0, and TREESTUMP easily took care of GOLDEN AURA.  Here's some advice:  study 
your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  All 
work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Time for my medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, 
practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ONEWOLF 5505                 17   1  0   116       WOLFBROTHERS (506)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIG LOU 4971                 17   7  2   107       MANIC MARVELS (456)
-HALO 6189                    16   6  2   105       NEVERWAKE (508)
-CALFSKIN 6240                19  22  1   104       BULLDOGS (157)
-SUPERBEAST 4943              17  28  1   100       THE LIVING DEAD (454)
 REQUIEM 4472                 17  13  0   100       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
 MOO MOO 6474                 12   4  0    99       BULLDOGS (157)
 BUCKING BRAHMA 6372          18  11  0    98       BULLDOGS (157)
 WILLIE DIXON 6385             9  20  1    96       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
 LORD BENNETT 4974            18   5  0    95       MANIC MARVELS (456)
 YELLOW STREAK 6239           17   7  0    95       COLORIFIC (511)
-WARCHANT 4470                 6   1  0    94       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WIND RUNNER 5510             11   4  1    88       WOLFBROTHERS (506)
 BOOTSTRAP RIBEYE 6465        13  13  0    86       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 JO MOONCATCHER 6370          16  20  0    84       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 NATAS 6531                    8   2  0    84       DO IT AGAIN (565)
 TREESTUMP 6369               16  20  1    83       ELFQUEST (515)
-VENOMED VIXEN 2430           12  26  0    83       BLOOD GROG (173)
 GLADIUS STARSTRYKE 6127      14  40  0    82       SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)
 JEREMIAH JAY COOKE 6520      11   8  1    79       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-WYLDFYRE 2449                12  26  1    75       BLOOD GROG (173)
 ROCKIE DEE 6060              16  23  0    71       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 THE SINGING BANDIT 6349      17  19  0    70       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-GALLOWS POLE 5496             9   5  0    70       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)
 BLACK PLAGUE 6550             9   6  0    67       COLORIFIC (511)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TITANIUM 5137                 7   5  0    65       WAR-C-KERS (345)
-RICK DERRINGER 6463          10  11  0    64       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
 BIONIC BUFFALO 6570           8   1  0    64       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-MASTER GROG 2577             12  15  2    61       BLOOD GROG (173)
-DIRK DARKBLADE 6528           7   7  1    61       IMMORTALS (85)
 MR. B. 6249                   5   2  0    59       MANIC MARVELS (456)
-DELSBLUD 2540                14  15  0    57       BLOOD GROG (173)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILVER LINING 6339            8   7  0    53       COLORIFIC (511)
 JEB MERCLUE 6483             11  11  0    50       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 BLUE EYES 6594                4   3  1    48       COLORIFIC (511)
 JON FLEET 6415                7  26  0    47       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 BURST 6514                    5   5  0    45       NEVERWAKE (508)
-BAR-B-DOO 6614                5   1  0    45       WAR-C-KERS (345)
-PINK PUMA 6537                7   4  0    44       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 LITTLE CROW 6007              6   1  1    41       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)
 WINDCHASER 6469               6  20  1    39       KRILL CAVALRY (374)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TURQUOISE TIGER 6556          6   4  0    37       ANIMAL FARM (510)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PATTON 6619                   3   2  0    31       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
-TANGERINE TOAD 6603           5   0  0    30       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 VIOLET VULTURE 6612           3   0  0    30       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 SUN TZU 6620                  3   2  0    29       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
-BLUE SMASH 6553               6   5  0    28       IMMORTALS (85)
-JACKHAMMER 6613               3   1  2    27       NEVERWAKE (508)
 BULL HORN 6593                5   3  0    26       BULLDOGS (157)
-LOUIE C 6532                  5   4  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-TYRANNOSAURUS ED 6590         3   0  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-SARAYA STEEL 6545             5   7  0    24       IMMORTALS (85)
 ROMMEL 6621                   2   3  0    24       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TORRY FATEGIVER 6534          4   9  2    23       IMMORTALS (85)
 ELINAE SILVERBOW 6646         2   0  0    23       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 DOMINGO 6313                  6   0  0    22       MANIC MARVELS (456)
-HARLIN DOBBS 5486             5   5  0    22       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)
-STRATEGIC REPOSITION 5945     2   0  0    22       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
-DREAM KILLER 6559             2   2  0    22       WAR-C-KERS (345)
 DOGGY BAG 6628                3   1  0    21       BULLDOGS (157)
-SKIRMISH 5457                 2   2  0    21       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
-GHENGIS 6622                  2   1  0    21       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
 CHESTER 6630                  2   0  0    21       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
-COUP 5459                     3   1  0    20       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
-SNOTMAN 6577                  1   0  0    20       I CARRY THEM (566)
 KYLE THE PINCUSHION 6616      3   2  0    18       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627           2   1  0    18       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 NANCY WILSON 6615             1   3  0    17       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
-INFERNO 6575                  1   0  0    16       I CARRY THEM (566)
 KIRI DRAGONSPEAR 6643         2   1  0    15       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-INC STEIN 3434                3   1  0    12       BLOOD GROG (173)
 KORO CLOUD 6618               2   4  0    10       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-CANTICLE 4473                 2   2  0     9       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
 NAPOLEON 6623                 2   3  0     9       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
-LON BRADDOCK 6617             1   4  0     7       IMMORTALS (85)
 ADRIAN BELEW 6626             0   5  0     7       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
-STU D. BAKER 6580             1   3  0     6       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-LAMENTATION 4795              1   0  0     5       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
-FUGUE 4469                    0   5  0     5       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
-SANDMAN 6574                  0   1  0     5       I CARRY THEM (566)
 BEAVER 6632                   1   1  0     4       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
-HOMBRE 6576                   0   1  0     1       I CARRY THEM (566)
-SURRENDER 5911                0   1  0     1       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
 TREXIUS AURELIUS 6652         0   1  0     1       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-SOULTAKER 6573                0   1  0     1       I CARRY THEM (566)
 LUCID LARY 6649               0   1  0     1       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
 HAUNT 6657                    0   1  0     1       NEVERWAKE (508)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GOLDEN AURA 6558       6  5 0 COLORIFIC 511         TREESTUMP 6369        531         
SIR BOB 6642           5 14 0 THE EARTHBOUND 571    WURM KIN 495          531 NONE    
THUG 6633              1  2 0 THE EARTHBOUND 571    WURM KIN 495          531 NONE    
LORELEI 6596           2  2 0 GERFEL'S FRIENDS 253  JACKHAMMER 6613       528         
SLAG 6648              0  1 0 NEVERWAKE 508         SPYMASTER 490         531 NONE    
GOLEM PROTOTYPE 6654   0  1 0 TUFT TUGGERS 305      STONE GOLEM 494       531 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

I Carry Them -- Welcome to Aruak City!  I hope you find the company warm, if
obnoxious! -- Lord Xiang, mgr. Lethal Heritage

Platemail Politics -- Welcome back! -- Lord Xiang, mgr. Lethal Heritage

Blood Grog/The Earthbound -- Hope it was just a hiccup, and you'll be back this turn.
-- Lord Xiang

Violet Vulture -- Congrats on your TV!  Hope I can provide more of a challenge next
time we meet. -- Napoleon

Turquoise Tiger -- Pfft!  In Mordant, you'd be a throw-rug!  *grumble-grumble* --
Rommel

Torry Fategiver -- Holy COW!  I thought for sure you had me!  And with those two
kills in four wins, I felt I was a goner.  Hope we both learn better in our next
encounter. -- Patton

Kyle The Pincushion -- DE-FENSE!  *stomp-stomp*  DE-FENSE!  *stomp-stomp*  Gotta love
those defense skills! -- Sun Tzu

Blue Eyes -- From IKE?!?  That sorry @$%%#% lily-sniffer!  He couldn't give pointers
to save his life!  Never mind anyone ELSE'S!!  Why, back in the Hellenic Wars, I
commanded more respect from my slaves than I provide to that nincompoop! -- Patton

Kennelworth -- My thanks!  I do try to provide some 'stuff' to back up what my mouth
spurts.  It always helps when you're having fun, too! -- Lord Xiang

Doggy Bag -- Not always, no.  However, a win is a win! -- Napoleon

Tankesh -- I hope you and Adie had fun in Japan (where ever that land might be)!
Never made it over there, only Europe. -- Lord Xiang

Tankesh -- Broaden my horizons, eh?  Swords, spears, axes, etc. are NOT props!  They
are tools of war.  I can (and HAVE, mind you) accept that not all peoples look at
what should be the best training tool for an army (even an army of slaves) as sport.
Entertainment for the masses.  PHAH!!  Those entertainers of yours, once inducted to
the Isle, are training for the Last Battle.  To battle the creatures of Chaos
themselves!  Why?  Not so those conglomerates that own the arena can secure more gold
from ticket sales!  They will be there to FIGHT A WAR SO OUR FAMILIES CAN SURVIVE!
Why handicap them by not training them right NOW so Sheila Greywand won't have to
start over from scratch once they get to her?  Anyway, those are my opinions.  I will
help Aruak City entertain the masses, as I promised.  But PLEASE don't expect me to
enjoy the idea. -- Lord Xiang

Tankesh -- I...see.  Shall I run that through the Translator?  *evil grin* -- Lord
Xiang

Congratulations, Onewolf of Doc's Wolfbrothers.  Achieving Duelmaster in Aruak City
is a fine feat--and with such a great record!  Salute.  Duelmasters drink free at The
Bulldog Inn. -- Kennelworth, Proprietor

Lord Xiang -- I must admit that I and my associates enjoyed your Delarquan
interpretational rendition.  There is one interpretation that I think needs amending,
however; and that is the one that implies that tourists (read--everyone) drink free
at The Bulldog.  While it is true that certain honored folks drink free, (like
Duelmasters and all former Aruak City TC's) the establishment is in business to
profit ever so slightly while providing the social center for arena affiliated
clientele.  So, bring your full billfold or checkbook.  We even allow Amex. --
Kennelworth
P.S.  In my recent near one year hiatus, Lady Adie managed and directed the age-old
Bulldog Inn in my absence.  She made significant improvements, and enhanced the
status of the business, thereby becoming named minority partner.  Upon my demise, the
businesses becomes 100% hers no strings attached.

By the way, welcome back from Japan, Lady Adie. -- Kennelworth

Nuln, Tankesh -- Expecting a TOGS style commentary from The Nulnster may result in
nothing because that is what he has been reported to be providing in Aradi at the
moment. -- Kennelworth

Branford -- ANY fight I win is about pure luck, but I must admit I took extra special
pleasure at THAT luck!  (wink) -- Bucking Brahma (The Bucking Lucky Bull)

Bodel -- Yep.  Rode, and rode real heavy! -- Bucking Brahma

Koro Cloud -- Don't worry; I will put a tight tie on the bag. -- Doggy Bag

Dirk Darkblade -- Well, moo moo.  Who'd a thought it?  You Immortals have always been
our most difficult foes.  I am proud! -- Moo Moo

Singing Bandit -- My my.  Whoopee ti yi yo! -- Bucking Brahma

Uh, Mr. Xiang, what was that about "one more win"?  Next turn or two, huh?  Well,
this one will be number two. -- Kennelworth

Napoleon -- There must be some good use for a vulture after all? -- Violet Vulture

Rommel -- Both you AND Napoleon?  I used to know General Custard (and Colonel
Mustard!) pretty well.  Perhaps I could talk both of them into giving you two guys
some pointers? -- Turquoise Tiger

Nancy Wilson -- You were much easier than Domingo. -- Magenta Maggot

Thankee, Tankesh.  Bloody swell o' ye, landlubber!  Aye. -- Mino

Jeb Merclue -- Now THAT must have been embarrassing?!  Now just how many FE's more
than me do you have?  Perhaps it is the management? -- Blue Eyes, Proud Colorific

Burst -- Did you challenge ME?  You must have known that would be a loss.  Didn't Mr.
Steel clue you in?  I saw Gorge just bit the dust after losing.  Are you next? --
Golden Aura, Proud Colorific

Tankesh -- Well, duh!  I can see you are STILL working on it, Tank Boy.  Too much
sake, not enough smarts, I think. -- Purple People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Xiang Man -- You always slather up the words that much? -- Purple people Eater, proud
Colorific manager

Hey, Mino, you piddly pirate.  My colors have a better record that your critters.
Bow down, plank bait! -- Purple People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Requim -- Well son, at this point we know who's better, perhaps not down the road
however.  Got a feeling this next fight will be my last, we'll see.  Good
competition, well done, glad I won!  See ya! -- Bodel

Smash -- Guess it kinda went the other way this time.  Damn lucky I got my challenge
by the sounds of everyone in here wanting a piece of me. -- Mr. B.

Bootstrap -- I like my rib-eye medium, thank you.  Big Lou strikes again! -- B.L.

Honey -- Sure didn't feel like Honey. -- Lord Bennett

Sandman -- I am the sleep master. -- Domingo

All -- This is it my fellow warriors, this turn is my last fight.  Enjoyed fighting
most everyone of you.  Won't be moving on so decided to give you my #'s 10 (1)-13-10-
15-17-6-14 had a LO fave w/ mod, VH and just loved those dec. skills +2 def +4 dec AX
init Exp rip AX att Mas Def AX dec.  We'll see what my replacement looks like.  Good
luck, ya'll !!! -- Bodel

Doc Steele -- You caught Mr Zappa with his pants down.  He challenged Onewolf with a
slowed down strat but you got your challenge through against his "fave" strat and his
endurance failed him, despite ten hits (his damage doing failed him as well).  Now on
to another fact.  This is bringing up something very old but I must do it anyway.
You once pointed out that there was an average kill percentage of 6% in arena 18 and
4% here.  And stated that there was only a 2% difference in kill ratio, thus proving
our style of play did nothing to prevent kills just annoy many.
     A) That's a 50% increase in kill ratio not 2% and
     B) Have you noticed in your lengthy time here that kills indeed are greatly
reduced compared to the average arena?
     I'm not trying to be an pain in bringing this issue up.  I'm just asking to see
if you see yet the point that was made long ago, whether you agree with Aruakian
methodology or not? -- Street Legal

Barnabas -- A hearty welcome back to you, my friend!  Hope you'll find a reason to
stick around for an extended period of time.  I realize I have fallen out of touch as
of late but know that my thoughts have been with you!  I hope life is treating you in
a reasonable manner and that the future will bring new joys! -- Street Legal

Aruak City -- I have returned to the field and I have brought my legions with me.  I
am and ever have been a Delarquan, but I am here to finish what I started years ago.
I am here with a specialized legion in order to further relations with you Andorians
and the free cities.  While inside your walls I'll try to follow your rules and keep
down what you consider corruption, but you have so few things here that
satisfactorily entertain a 'larq so I may have some few "mishaps".  Then again no one
expects a politician to be virtuous anyway. -- Seraphim/Platemail Politicians

Lord Xiang -- Didn't expect to see another 'larq here.  I expected the excitement
from years ago would have died down by now.  If you have a moment, I'd like to buy
you a real drink; something a little stronger than the milk they serve at the local
establishments here.  I need some advice on how to keep my gladiators behaved. --
Seraphim

Adie and Tankesh -- We've spoken before, many years ago.  I hope we can resume
negotiations. -- Seraphim

Onewolf -- What took you so long!?!?  Heh heh, looks like one of Doc Steele's finally
made it to the top.  Three teams and how many years later...?  Well, enemy or not,
you're still the Duelmaster for now, so get your drinks at the Bulldog and enjoy! --
Tankesh

Xiang -- Hey, nice spot!  Despite all our hidden meanings or what not, as you
interpret it, at least we're diplomatic! -- Tankesh

Bulldogs -- Are you avoiding our newest 'Larq competitor already!  High praise for
Xiang! ;) -- Tankesh

Lord Xiang -- Thank you.  While I'm in Home Guard I'll be sure to spank the 'Larqs so
they know there isn't a difference in fighting skill between, as you say, 'battle'
and gladiating.  And when I get booted from the Guard, I'll probably spank people in
Andorak too. -- Kalidor the Bold

Blue Eyes -- Had to give it a shot before the BF ran out.  But hey, at least I've got
better targets being low ranked. -- Jeb

Surrender -- I think not.... -- Kiri

Lon Braddock -- Magic and arrows are my forte, not this little blade, not that you
could tell. -- Elinae

Xiang -- Looks like we're still building our team.  Got three, maybe four, but the
recruits have been good until now, I can't complain.  Aruaki rugs are a tough lot. --
Tankesh

Gallows Pole -- Don't look now, but you need to be taller for that. -- Jo Mooncatcher

JJ Cooke -- You're just getting so MEAN.  I'm all gazebo. -- Rockie Dee

     Is that like being all ears? -- Ed.

Bionic Buffalo -- You were shedding electronic bugs all over the sand, and they BITE.
-- Windchaser

Doggy Bag -- The concept is disgusting. -- Koro Cloud
P.S.  My dog doesn't accept leftovers.

Coup -- I'm amazed you made it that far without losing!  Good try, kid. -- Jon Fleet

Calfskin -- And the first thing you need to get on that shopping trip is glasses.
I'm not a girl. -- Jo Mooncatcher

Kalidor -- The Commission lists you as a golem. -- Shinketh

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SIR BOB was butchered by WURM KIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
THUG was murdered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
SLAG was murdered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
GOLEM PROTOTYPE was unbelievably slain by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena brawl.
VIOLET VULTURE narrowly defeated ROMMEL in a exciting 7 minute bloody Challenge fight.
ONEWOLF outwaited LORD BENNETT in a 28 minute veteran's Challenge Title duel.
BODEL overpowered HONEY in a popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
NATAS handily defeated ROCKIE DEE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
WILLIE DIXON viciously subdued JO MOONCATCHER in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge duel.
GOLDEN AURA was slaughtered by TREESTUMP in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BURST was handily defeated by BLACK PLAGUE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MR. B. demolished JON FLEET in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SUN TZU was unbelievably bested by TURQUOISE TIGER in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
LITTLE CROW subdued WINDCHASER in a 4 minute gory Challenge brawl.
NAPOLEON was overcome by MAGENTA MAGGOT in a 2 minute novice's Challenge conflict.
ADRIAN BELEW was overpowered by PATTON in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
NANCY WILSON handily defeated KORO CLOUD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
YELLOW STREAK outwaited CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a tiresome 15 minute one-sided brawl.
BIG LOU subdued BOOTSTRAP RIBEYE in a 2 minute veteran's bout.
REQUIEM overpowered THE SINGING BANDIT in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
JEREMIAH JAY COOKE was devastated by MOO MOO in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
GLADIUS STARSTRYKE was overpowered by BUCKING BRAHMA in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BIONIC BUFFALO overcame BLUE EYES in a 1 minute duel.
JEB MERCLUE handily defeated BULL HORN in a 2 minute one-sided contest.
DOMINGO outlasted KIRI DRAGONSPEAR in a popular 8 minute fight.
KYLE THE PINCUSHION vanquished TREXIUS AURELIUS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
DOGGY BAG viciously subdued LUCID LARY in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.
CHESTER vanquished HAUNT in a 1 minute uneven bout.
BEAVER was handily defeated by ELINAE SILVERBOW in a 1 minute uneven bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         TOTAL PARRY       41 -  26 -  0      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         WALL OF STEEL     32 -  21 -  3      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         AIMED BLOW        45 -  33 -  1      58  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         STRIKING ATTACK   39 -  37 -  3      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  56 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  20 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  15 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  35 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  30 -  0      35  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  11 -  0      31  |

Turn 531 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        6 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  6         4  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  3         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         5 -  3     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  5         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ONEWOLF 5505               17   1  0  116 WOLFBROTHERS (506)
STRIKING ATTACK  BIG LOU 4971               17   7  2  107 MANIC MARVELS (456)
LUNGING ATTACK   REQUIEM 4472               17  13  0  100 BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
BASHING ATTACK   BUCKING BRAHMA 6372        18  11  0   98 BULLDOGS (157)
AIMED BLOW       BIONIC BUFFALO 6570         8   1  0   64 DO IT AGAIN (565)
WALL OF STEEL    MR. B. 6249                 5   2  0   59 MANIC MARVELS (456)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GLADIUS STARSTRYKE 6127.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was ROMMEL 6621.  The ten other most popular fighters were SUN TZU 6620, 
KIRI DRAGONSPEAR 6643, WILLIE DIXON 6385, BIG LOU 4971, MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627, JEB 
MERCLUE 6483, DOGGY BAG 6628, LITTLE CROW 6007, NANCY WILSON 6615, and REQUIEM 4472.

The least popular fighter this week was LORD BENNETT 4974.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ONEWOLF 5505, YELLOW STREAK 6239, DOMINGO 6313, VIOLET VULTURE 
6612, BEAVER 6632, HAUNT 6657, LUCID LARY 6649, TREXIUS AURELIUS 6652, JEREMIAH JAY 
COOKE 6520, and THE SINGING BANDIT 6349.

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

BODEL (11-4970) MANIC MARVELS (456)
HONEY (11-6368) SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)