Date   : 01/20/2006    Duedate: 02/02/2006


DM-11    TURN-533

This Weeks Top Honors


(11-6474) [14-4-0,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MOO MOO                        STRATEGIC REPOSITION
BULLDOGS (157)                 PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
(11-6474) [14-4-0,121]         (11-5945) [4-0-0,49]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(11-6127) [14-42-0,89]         (11-6370) [18-20-0,112]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)      47
2. PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)    42      COLORIFIC (511)
3. TUFT TUGGERS (305)          26      Unchartered Team
4. DO IT AGAIN (565)           20
5. COLORIFIC (511)             19      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)          236 124  5 65.6   1/ 2 BULLDOGS (157)            9  3 1
 2- 3 ANIMAL FARM (510)        973 581 34 62.6   2/ 1 MANIC MARVELS (456)       7  4 0
 3/ 2 MANIC MARVELS (456)       84  51  2 62.2   3/ 5 TUFT TUGGERS (305)        6  8 0
 4/ 5 DO IT AGAIN (565)         30  22  1 57.7   4- 3 ANIMAL FARM (510)         5  1 0
 5/ 4 BULLDOGS (157)           833 644 27 56.4   5/ 7 DO IT AGAIN (565)         4  0 0
 6- 6*I CARRY THEM (566)         5   4  0 55.6   6/16 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)    4  4 0
 7- 8 BALLAD OF THE BLAD (415)  27  24  0 52.9   7/ 4 COLORIFIC (511)           4  5 0
 8/ 9 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        79  71  7 52.7   8- 6*I CARRY THEM (566)        3  1 0
 9/10 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)   699 681 19 50.7   9/ 0 WHEN DOGMA FAILS I (535)  3  2 0
10/11 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       648 637 20 50.4  10/10*PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)  3  5 0
11-12 DEADMAN'S HAND (505)      28  29  2 49.1  11/11 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       3 12 0
12/14 ELFQUEST (515)           217 238 11 47.7  12-12 BALLAD OF THE BLAD (415)  2  0 0
13-16 THE HEADCUTTERS II (412) 236 266  9 47.0  13-15 THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)  2  1 0
14/ 0 WHEN DOGMA FAILS I (535)  20  23  1 46.5  14/14 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        2  1 0
15/18 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)    298 366 12 44.9  15/ 8*LETHAL HERITAGE (570)     2 10 0
16/13*LETHAL HERITAGE (570)     13  18  0 41.9  16-13 DEADMAN'S HAND (505)      1  0 0
17/19 NEVERWAKE (508)           70 104 11 40.2  17/18 ELFQUEST (515)            1  2 1
18/22*PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)  10  16  0 38.5  18-20 THE EARTHBOUND (571)      1  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-20 THE EARTHBOUND (571)      32  54  0 37.2  19/21 NEVERWAKE (508)           0  7 0
20/21 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      256 445  5 36.5  20/19 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)     0  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

     On behalf of The Consortium, and as the primary representative in Aruak City, I
have been chosen to speak on several matters.  They are:
         Doc Steele's lengthy dissertation and column
         A recent Animal Farm downchallenge
         The killing of Sun Tzu
As a Consortium Elder, I have been given full authority to both speak and act in the
whole organization's behalf.
     It was a pleasure to see Doc exhibit such an interest in Aruak City.  It took
time and great effort to respond in such a significant way to the inhabitants of The
Heart & Soul Of Andoria.  I wish to address several of the comments he made in a
short and simple format:
(1)  Three years/ten years, both are marathons.
(2)  Doc proved in Talcama that "over the years" he could greatly improve the W/L, so
     there is no reason to not believe he could/would do it here in Aruak City.
(3)  He has his "head screwed on straight", for his daughter's education is far more
     important than his W/L record in Aruak City. 
(4)  I am not the only one who has noticed and appreciates his willingness to attempt
     to live within the culture of Aruak City.  (Not down challenging and "reducing"
     kill desires)
(5)  He is definitely acting as a different "person" than the one who first came to
     Aruak City.
(6)  Andorians DO tend to see "most avoided" as an honor which indicated that the
     avoided team is "most respected".
(7)  The Bulldogs, as well as Animal Farm and Colorific make no bones about avoiding.
     We do it with honor and we generally avoid those we respect.
(8)  Burst did "almost upset" the now dead Golden Aura, and the presumed "response"
     tactic was a well-managed challenge.  Of course, that is what good managers do.
     Good luck to Burst "later on".
(9)  It is a pleasure to have Doc in this arena, not only because of the comments
     above, but because Consortiumites would rather compete with Doc (and win) than
     with any other Manager in the game.  Without Doc's "emotional" entry to "invade"
     Aruak City, Consortium Teams would probably not be running anywhere in Alastari
     Enough of Doc!  Mino, my good friend, your downchallenge entry for Violet
Vulture against one of Lord Xiang's was completely unacceptable.  Not only does this
dishonor the culture of The Heart & Soul of Andoria, but it also disregards the
Health-Humility-Honor Doctrine which encompasses The Consortium.  You must not let it
happen again.
     On Mino's behalf, he has apologized and he has recommitted to ensure no such
actions in the future.  He did indicate, and I believe him, that he truly had no
intention of downchallenging, and that he either entered an incorrect number, or made
the challenge in great haste.  He does, however, accept full responsibilities for his
actions.  He has enlisted The Consortium representative at The Tempe Face to "make it
up" to Lord Xiang.
     Lastly, let me speak of something that I hate to see happen, not just in Aruak
City, but in any arena across the land--the death of a warrior.  My own Bull Horn was
matched against Sun Tzu, a fine Lord Xiang warrior, and the resultant was the death
of the opponent in the first round.  It is a Consortium (and Aruak City) tradition to
apologize and honor the warrior.  I do so.  Animal Farm has done so in the personals.
     Interestingly, in this particular circumstance, Bull Horn was on an experimental
strategy with 2 KD in the 1st and aiming at the right arm.  It is possible (The
actual fight has not yet been reviewed.) that Bull Horn did go desperate, and his KD
in desperation was that same 2.  It is most likely that Sun Tzu died in the "infamous
low die roll" Aruak City infirmary.  The moral of this story may be "avoid the
infirmary" and the best way to do so is not to lose!
     Thank you for listening to my lengthy words.  The Bulldog Inn will be open
during The Face and all fights, all the way from The Tempe arena, will be
communicated via Fandil The Wise's magic mirror.  Come and watch.  The ale will flow
at no charge during this event.
     Kennelworth, Consortium Elder

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Murska and vicinity:

     "Lord Protector Huw, Children of Llyr," Huw snarled.  He shouldn't have to be
identifying himself at Murska arena, and it was wasting time.  They didn't HAVE time.
There were demons rampaging through the town!
     The door opened just far enough to show one eye.  Washed out blue, with sandy
lashes.  Could be anybody, from what he could see.  "Are they still out there?"
     "Who?  Other gladiators trying to get in?  Yes--"
     "The demons!"  If the eye opened any wider, it would fall out of its socket.
     Huw took hold of his patience with both hands.  He didn't have TIME for this.
"Jamoak--it is you, isn't it?--there are demons out here, yes.  Or one demon and
several monsters.  The arena structure is readily defensible--IF there are people to
defend it.  Let the gladiators IN."
     "But some of them might be--"
     "Demons in disguise?  No.  This demon isn't bothering with disguises.  Let them
IN, Jamoak."
     The maintenance man was still hesitating when Huw's teammate, Lady Protector Ma
Gog, came up behind.  She put one hand on the door and leaned.  As Shews went, she
was modestly sized, but she was solid.  The door opened.  A crowd of gladiators,
Harkenes and Shews in the main, poured in.
     "No dwarves?" Jamoak asked.
     "They're all shut into the caves," someone said.
     "Fighting demons and monsters down there," someone else added.
     Jamoak turned pale.  Paler than he had been, anyway.  "Demons in the caves?" he
     "Why not?  This is happening all over," Huw said.  "Picture it as a slanted line
of demons from Kurukar down toward Riztab, maybe toward the Isle of the Eye.  All
through these hills.  And not just on top of 'em."
     "You think we can defend the arena?"
     "You've got a chance, anyway."  Huw, who was standing in the doorway, looked out
over the town.  Darkness and snow were coming down together, except where the fires
had bloomed.  He didn't know if those were accidental, or one side or the other had
started them on purpose.  He could hear occasional screams.  See shapes moving
against the flame-light, some of them monstrous and menacing.
     "But...aren't YOU staying?"
     "No.  I was with a guy when the demon attacked.  He got taken away.  I have to
go after him."
     "If the demon took him, he's dead, or as good as," one of the other gladiators
muttered.  "Why throw your own life away after his?"
     "He was a FRIEND, Llew.  We were as good as partners.  A man doesn't abandon a

Somewhere else:

     Tankesh's head ached, and his mouth tasted like the bottom of a birdcage, and he
was mad enough to bite someone.  This durance was about as vile as it could get.
Cold, too.  He groaned, rolled over, and sat up.  Either this place was in complete
darkness, or he had gone blind.  He decided it was dark.  He didn't want to think
about the problems that could come with being blind.
     No answer except an echo.  Well, maybe Huw hadn't been captured, or had been
stashed in some other dungeon.  Tankesh figured he had more immediate problems than
"what happened to Huw?"  Food, water, and avoiding hypothermia, for starters.  Then,
escape.  Finding out what was going on with these demons, and stopping them, stopping
whoever--the Black Kalive as the most likely culprit--was summoning them.
     But one thing at a time.  A few sweeps of his hand determined that there was
room to stand up and to move around here, wherever here was.  The place smelled like
cold stone and, faintly, mud.  Water.  The distant rushing sound which he had at
first thought was his own blood rushing through his ears might not be.  A cave with a
stream in it, that was the ticket, and this might be one.  He could hope so, because
a cave might mean someplace he could get out of easily.  Ah...relatively easily.  At
the least, it could mean "not a dungeon."
     He walked slowly, placing his feet with care, hands held out in front of him,
feeling for a wall.  It took, or seemed to take, a long time to find one, but he knew
that time could be hard to judge with nothing else to measure it against.  But the
wall was there.  Finally.  He leaned on it and told himself that he was just...glad
to have a wall to lean on.  He hadn't really kissed it.  It just came up faster than
he'd expected.  And it had been too long since he'd had down-time, rest and
relaxation in unadventurous territory.  He needed that.  Everyone needed it
     Blowing out his breath in a long sigh, the elf began to explore the wall with
his hands.  Stone, cold, barely damp.  Rough, but he could feel what were almost
surely tool marks.  He wished briefly for his colleague, Kilim Altaraxe.  The dwarf
would be right at home here.  Still, a worked cavern probably did mean dwarves, and
he'd always gotten along well enough with the hairy little engineers.
     So...now that he had a wall, what happened next?  He wasn't going to stand here
and wait for some dwarf to come along and help him out.  Tankesh flipped a coin
mentally, then turned to the right and started walking, left hand brushing the wall,
right hand on the hilt of his sword.

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

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 265): INOCHI of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): BIG LOU of MANIC MARVELS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 532): LITTLE DEVIL of PLAYPEN (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 525): BROOKS AND DUNN of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 521): KING BROWN SNAKE of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 521): MENTAL of ERRATA (JE, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 519): BOUNCER of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 514): TRIPLE-X of LOVE LETTERS (Cunning Linguist, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 483): DRIZZT of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 475): 5 GOT PICKED of 072905R (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 465): SOLARIS of RUBY DRAGONS (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 213): INSOLENT IRIS of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 381): SPEEDY of THE MISGUIDED (?, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 369): HITCH HIKER of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 167): KAT of NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
                            (Street Legal, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 265): SMITHSONIAN (The Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): MANIC MARVELS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 532): PLAYPEN (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 525): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 521): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 521): ERRATA (JE, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 519): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 514): THE A'S -- LOSERS II (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 483): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 475): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 465): BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 213): BLOOD AND GUTS! (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 381): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 369): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 167): NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 417): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): REQUIEM of BALLAD OF THE BLADE (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 513): MAD MAX of I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 474): PARNIAN of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 464): FLINT HILLS of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 212): COLLAPSED LUNG of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 166): SOLAR SISTER of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Well, didn't get my challenge but ended up getting my shot at the Duelmaster.  Aruak
City I, Big Lou, am your new Duelmaster.  Onewolf, I did challenge you and would have
been running just a tad bit slower but am pretty sure the end result would have been
the same.  I will do my best at defending the throne.  So, warrior of Aruak, you come
looking for me, you best have your game face on.

                      Big Lou
                      Duelmaster, DM 11

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly ARUAK CITY games.  Former top team MANIC MARVELS was 
unseated this week as BULLDOGS moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot with a 
3-1-0 record for the round.  Fortune did not smile upon LETHAL HERITAGE this time out 
who this turn suffered a fall into 15th position in the wake of a 0-4-0 round.  Did 
only my eyes note the 3-1-0 record which BULLDOGS managed to post this round?  I 
don't doubt that such a record will draw challengers!  STRATEGIC REPOSITION caught 
the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested BURN DA WITCH 
and was awarded 21 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, 
STRATEGIC REPOSITION put down BURN DA WITCH, causing her to lose 20 points of 
recognition in the process.  Who here was not present for the title fight this week 
as MOO MOO boldly challenged BIG LOU in order to strive for the Duelmasters honors?  
This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail MOO MOO, Duelmaster of 
ARUAK CITY!  Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never 
fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ARUAK CITY.  ARUAK CITY, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of 
thy guilds is WOLFBROTHERS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  
Apparently the stalwarts of BULLDOGS are catching the bulk of jests down at the 
challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Mighty fighters cannot but 
expect competition from those below.  JO MOONCATCHER take warning!  You have more 
than a few enemies in ARUAK CITY.  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the games 
this week, it seems that THE SINGING BANDIT posted a challenge against the more 
highly recognized YELLOW STREAK.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand THE 
SINGING BANDIT bested YELLOW STREAK.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of 
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far off 
city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a 
rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani 
Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOO MOO 6474                 14   4  0   121       BULLDOGS (157)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JO MOONCATCHER 6370          18  20  0   112       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-HALO 6189                    16   6  2   105       NEVERWAKE (508)
 ONEWOLF 5505                 18   2  0   104       WOLFBROTHERS (506)
 THE SINGING BANDIT 6349      18  19  0    99       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 YELLOW STREAK 6239           17   9  0    96       COLORIFIC (511)
-WILLIE DIXON 6385             9  20  1    96       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
 CALFSKIN 6240                20  23  1    95       BULLDOGS (157)
-LORD BENNETT 4974            18   5  0    95       MANIC MARVELS (456)
 NATAS 6531                    9   2  0    94       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-WARCHANT 4470                 6   1  0    94       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
 BIG LOU 4971                 18   8  2    93       MANIC MARVELS (456)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLADIUS STARSTRYKE 6127      14  42  0    89       SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)
 BUCKING BRAHMA 6372          19  12  0    88       BULLDOGS (157)
-WIND RUNNER 5510             11   4  1    88       WOLFBROTHERS (506)
 BOOTSTRAP RIBEYE 6465        13  14  0    86       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-BLACK PLAGUE 6550            10   6  0    85       COLORIFIC (511)
-JEREMIAH JAY COOKE 6520      11   8  1    79       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 BIONIC BUFFALO 6570           9   1  0    74       DO IT AGAIN (565)
 ROCKIE DEE 6060              16  25  0    73       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 TREESTUMP 6369               16  22  1    72       ELFQUEST (515)
-GALLOWS POLE 5496             9   5  0    70       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MR. B. 6249                   6   2  0    66       MANIC MARVELS (456)
 BLUE EYES 6594                5   3  1    65       COLORIFIC (511)
-RICK DERRINGER 6463          10  11  0    64       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
 DAMNUALL 6278                 5   2  1    62       WHEN DOGMA FAILS II (535)
 JON FLEET 6415                8  27  0    58       KRILL CAVALRY (374)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JEB MERCLUE 6483             12  12  0    53       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-SILVER LINING 6339            8   7  0    53       COLORIFIC (511)
 STRATEGIC REPOSITION 5945     4   0  0    49       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
-PINK PUMA 6537                7   4  0    44       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 ELINAE SILVERBOW 6646         4   0  0    44       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 DA HERETIC 5978               5   2  0    43       WHEN DOGMA FAILS II (535)
 WINDCHASER 6469               6  22  1    41       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-LITTLE CROW 6007              6   1  1    41       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)
 PATTON 6619                   4   3  0    40       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
-VIOLET VULTURE 6612           4   0  0    40       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 BULL HORN 6593                7   3  1    39       BULLDOGS (157)
 BURST 6514                    5   6  0    36       NEVERWAKE (508)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TURQUOISE TIGER 6556          6   5  0    31       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-TANGERINE TOAD 6603           5   0  0    30       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627           3   1  0    30       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-SNOTMAN 6577                  2   0  0    30       I CARRY THEM (566)
 BURN DA WITCH 5975            4   5  0    29       WHEN DOGMA FAILS II (535)
-JACKHAMMER 6613               3   1  2    27       NEVERWAKE (508)
 KYLE THE PINCUSHION 6616      4   2  0    26       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LOUIE C 6532                  5   4  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-TYRANNOSAURUS ED 6590         3   0  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)
 FLYING NUN 6277               4   5  0    24       WHEN DOGMA FAILS II (535)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SKIRMISH 5457                 3   3  0    23       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)
 ROMMEL 6621                   2   5  0    23       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
 DOMINGO 6313                  7   1  0    22       MANIC MARVELS (456)
-HARLIN DOBBS 5486             5   5  0    22       DEADMAN'S HAND (505)
-SOULTAKER 6573                1   1  0    22       I CARRY THEM (566)
-DOGGY BAG 6628                3   1  0    21       BULLDOGS (157)
-GHENGIS 6622                  2   1  0    21       LETHAL HERITAGE (570)
-CHESTER 6630                  2   0  0    21       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
-SANDMAN 6574                  1   1  0    18       I CARRY THEM (566)
-NANCY WILSON 6615             1   3  0    17       THE HEADCUTTERS II (412)
-INFERNO 6575                  1   0  0    16       I CARRY THEM (566)
 KORO CLOUD 6618               2   6  0    12       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 ---?--- 6323                  1   2  0    12       WHEN DOGMA FAILS II (535)
 KIRI DRAGONSPEAR 6643         3   2  0    11       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 CHOPSTICK SURGEON 6656        1   0  0    10       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-CANTICLE 4473                 2   2  0     9       BALLAD OF THE BLADE (415)
-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)
-BEAVER 6632                   1   1  0     4       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
-HOMBRE 6576                   0   2  0     2       I CARRY THEM (566)
 BLEEDER 6658                  0   2  0     2       NEVERWAKE (508)
-LUCID LARY 6649               0   1  0     1       THE EARTHBOUND (571)
 WHITE LIE 6659                0   1  0     1       COLORIFIC (511)
 EMPTY PROMISES 6668           0   1  0     1       PLATEMAIL POLITICS (499)

'-' 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         
NAPOLEON 6623          2  5 0 LETHAL HERITAGE 570   BANDIT PRINCE 493     533 NONE    
RUGSACRIFICE 100 6669  0  1 0 LETHAL HERITAGE 570   DARK CHAMPION 492     533 NONE    
SUN TZU 6620           3  3 0 LETHAL HERITAGE 570   BULL HORN 6593        532         
HEP ME 6663            0  1 0 MANIC MARVELS 456     DEVELLAN JARA 491     533 NONE    
COUP 5459              3  3 0 PLATEMAIL POLITIC 499 SHEWISH GIANT 489     533 NONE    
TOO JADED 6675         0  1 0 TUFT TUGGERS 305      DARK CHAMPION 492     533 NONE    
GOLEM PROTOTYPE 6662   0  1 0 TUFT TUGGERS 305      DARK CHAMPION 492     533 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Doc Steele -- Wow, big changes.  I respect the changes in philosophy that you have
adopted and give you a lot of credit for begin willing to consider and implement some
changes.  It also sounds like these are honest changes in attitude and not just
surface changes begrudgingly accepted.  My hat to you. -- The Sentinel

Big Lou -- Congratulations.  It is a pleasure to see a Marvel on top.  Duelmasters
drink free at The Bulldog Inn. -- Kennelworth, Proprietor

Requiem -- Great challenge and great fighting.  You showed why you are going to The
Big Time and why I am not.  Salute. -- Calfskin

Yes, indeed, Requiem.  Congratulations and well-deserved. -- Kennelworth and All The

Treestump -- After what you did to Golden Aura, I am proud to have been able to come
out of that one on top.  Wow! -- Moo Moo

Rockie Dee -- I was sooooo lucky.  With all that experience and skill you have, only
luck was able to pull me through.  I'll take luck over skill any day! -- Bucking
Brahma, the bucking lucky bull

Lethal Heritage -- I am sorry.  I had no intention of killing Sun Tzu in that random
match up.  May he fight well in That Great Arena In The Sky. -- Bull Horn

Lord Xiang -- You do our establishment disservice with your inaccurate words.
Perhaps I should clarify.  All free drinks are, indeed, free at the Bulldog Inn.
(Seems like an unnecessary statement, doesn't it?)  The reigning Duelmaster and all
past Aruak City TC's drink free as much as they want at The Bulldog.  (We have
carried a few upstairs to the rooms for the night--also free--when they reached their
"limit"--chuckle.)  There are no cover charges to enter The Bulldog Inn, and one is
welcome to visit with friends without any pressure of spending a cent.  Those that
really need it can often con the bartender, almost always a former warrior or manager
of Aruak City, into a freebie anyway.  It would be difficult to term our meals
"overpriced" as they are some of the lowest in the city.  Lastly, no gratuities for
the "workers" reach the pockets of the owners or management.  Gratuities are
personalized and the property of the one who received them.  Profit?  Well, as my
Accountant says, "Is that a business or a hobby?"  I wonder what he means? --
Kennelworth, Proprietor

Skirmish -- And you thought a maggot was just a significant little thing?  Come to
think of it, you are probably right! -- Magenta Maggot(who really, really wanted to
be mahogany)

Avast ye, Lord Xiang!  This'n ole pirate done sends his'n blimey 'polergies.  He do.
Aye. -- Mino

Patton -- I growled like a big mean cat, but you showed me who's boss.  What can I do
but say "well done" and "pshaw"! -- Turquoise Tiger

Windchaser -- I hope I learned a LOT of skills along with that "clean up" win.
That's what we vultures do, you know? -- Violet Vulture

Lethal Heritage -- Smart avoid, pals.  Smart avoid. -- The Critters of Animal Farm

Lord Xiang -- I am sure my friend Mino is thrilled at your prediction that he will
hit 1000 wins on turn 539.  We do not believe that even he is capable of that.  Our
prediction is that he will continue to maintain at least W/L % and in doing so will
attain 1000 on turn 545.  We urge him to do it quicker, however! -- Kennelworth

Doc Steele -- Nice DM column.  I think your new policy of using avoids has already
paid off; I tried to bloodfeud Jackhammer twice, and didn't get it either time!  In
the end I just like my bloodfeuds served--cold or otherwise--and not getting that one
through was depressing.  Especially that one, you, you...villain! -- Generalissimo

Lord Xiang -- The way things are going, it'll likely be the spring tourney before I
get to win #700!  With the loss of Lorelei I'm in dire need of some enthusiasm for
this team right now. -- Generalissimo Puerco

Bull Horn -- Yep, I'd be havin' a pretty crappy streak these here days.  Yep. -- Jeb

Xiang -- Not only have the RUGS given me the cold shoulder on my last two
replacements, the Commission (read RSI) has even failed to run one of the ones that
was supposed to go to the DA, and now I have no new RU at all! -- Tankesh

Xiang -- You are one warped individual to think that "I" am not up to snuff, as you
say. -- Kalidor the Bold

Napoleon -- That was your Waterloo I suppose.  Pretty bad choice to challenge me....
-- Elinae

Oh the shame, beat by a captured Orc!  I beat on that guy, and he actually took it!
Tough little bugger. -- Jeb

Bleeder -- Excellent bout. -- Kiri (not very social)

Doc Steele -- You may remember me from our personal correspondence some time ago.
Let me just note that Tankesh is my alter ego, as you could say.  The teams are mine,
he manages for me.  Ego is putting it lightly when it comes to him.  I don't want to
give you the wrong impression by letting him answer, he'd probably just try to zing
you again.  But I would like to say on behalf of my Tuft Tuggers, that we are very
happy to hear of your new overall arena strategy shift for Aruak City.  Although I am
sure Tankesh will still zing you here and there, I can guarantee that I am quite
content and you will find us with no hatchet to speak of.  You've gone more than
halfway, and though you're still not anti-death, you are minimizing it in your own
way for your style, and you are not down-challenging.  It is a big change for you.
We were mighty impressed with what you had to say in the Duelmaster's column and I
have great respect for you and the course you have taken.  No doubt you will always
be a great rival and nemesis for our team, but it is now more than ever one of
competitiveness rather than cultural warfare.  I am glad you are enjoying Aruak, and
I'm sure Tankesh will be glad to have you for a foe.  I'll tell him to avoid any
future insults, but you may still get some zingers from him.  He's not always a good
sport, but I am.  Thank you for adding to this great city. -- Adeolar "Blackwood"
Marianka (a.k.a. Adie), Manager of Tuft Tuggers.  For Tankesh, day to day Manager of
Tuft Tuggers

Doc Steele -- What she said....  And I'll avoid the zingers since it's not your style
and the Gods know it's not so hard to zing me.  Good luck out there.  See you on the
sands. -- Tankesh

Doc -- Thanks for the welcome back, it's cool that a top notch manager recognizes a
manager such as myself. -- Barnabas

Kennelworth -- Glad to be back old buddy, feels good to be back on the sands in
Aruak.  Won't be a full crew but I'll try and stay active. -- Barnabas

Lord Xiang -- My apologies for not responding sooner to your welcome, been kinda
battling flood conditions out here and was out of electricity for a few days.  Things
under control now so away we go!  Haven't had a problem with a Delarquan that I can
think of in quite some time so see ya on the sands. -- Barnabas

Tankesh -- For what I was I kicked some butt, just had the knack and decise. >)

Jon Fleet -- I thought my hair was trimmed rather nicely, perhaps the sand in your
face blurred your vision. -- Mr. B.

Shinketh, Arena Agent -- It's Bodel pal, not Rodel as posted in last turn. -- Bodel
with a B

Rommel -- You dropped rather suddenly. -- Domingo

OneWolf -- Well my friend, I beat you this time around.  Your record shows you are a
true warrior, perhaps we'll meet again sometime. -- Big Lou

All -- Don't normally like to get involved but do have a little something to say.
There is no way we will all ever get along, there are good guys and bad guys, that's
what it's all about.  We have a common bond in this game, face it we're all addicts.
We are brothers in this game whether we like it or not.  We are competitors at its
finest and that's what drives us in this game.  I've gotten pissed at people (big
mistake on my part)--get pissed at the manager not the person, that's the key!  See
ya around. -- Barnabas

Doc Steele -- I thank you for the welcome to this fine city!  It warms the heart to
hear from another of our homeland.  Yes, I am a Delarquan, of the Mordanti
Federation, from Mordant City itself.  This is where we have most likely crossed
paths before.
     We share a few fine things in common, it seems, in our approach to playstyles.
At least in this city.  Your approach, in Andorian cities at least, springs from your
experience and respect of your opponents in their own region.  My first city was
Andorian, Lyratilan, and I also played heavily in the Lirith Kai regions when they
first appeared (there is something to be said about having that 2-digit ID Lord
Protector :D).  My play style has been greatly influenced by those experiences.
     I will challenge upwards, except in Bloodfeud or in reply to such treatment by
another.  In those circumstances, all bets are off.  I do use my avoids when
challenging, for the sole basis that it improves the odds of my challenges getting
through.  I always look at being Most Avoided as being accorded a large measure of
respect.  After all, if you weren't wary of my warriors, you would not avoid.
    As far as kill strats are concerned, I have toned down my normal strats here in
Aruak City for the duration, also.  There are many different ways to skin an
Andorian, and I seem to be doing well (with the exception of Consortium stables),
even accommodating myself to the local atmosphere.
     This is my normal play style, with the exception of the lethal strats being
bumped up, for all my other arenas.  I am a vocal manager, loving to bark, and have a
fair bite.  *grin*  I play mostly in the Basic Arenas for the flavor.  That and the
fact that the risk of death is always there, appealing to the Delarquan in me.  Be
well, and Sword High! -- Lord Xiang

Violet Vulture -- Um, Lord Xiang is our manager, as proven by the fact that he just
ripped us all new ones in our team meeting.  He even handed Napoleon a TORCH, fer
cryin' out loud! -- Rommel

Turquoise Tiger -- Bit the dust, indeed!  No thanks, and all the credit to Bull Horn.
-- Ghost of Sun Tzu

Mino -- Oh, I'd say your critters are about to be crit.  *evil grin*  -- Lord Xiang

Kennelworth -- I PROTEST!!!  When are you going to expulse Mino from your ranks?!?
He blocked the infirmary door for 45 minutes, preventing the healers from getting to
Sun Tzu while he bled out and died!!  Even Bull Horn was there, trying to help the
doctors get in to see him!  What you SHOULD do, if not get rid of him, is to take his
team under your management, and send Mino to Mordant to recruit a new team there,
where his bloodthirsty style will not be out of place.  His antics are just ruining
the reputation that The Consortium has built over the years.  Good lord, my friend, I
hope you are not blind to what this maniac is doing! -- Lord Xiang

PPE -- Please try and talk to Kennelworth about this Mino situation.  It is getting
out of hand! -- Lord Xiang

Kennelworth -- Status?  My status is GREAT!  Until you figure in my record versus
Consortium stables, that is.  *grumble* -- Lord Xiang

Tankesh -- Ya-ya-ya.  Okay, they are gladiators, putting on a show.  Should my
warriors get sponsors now?  Some footwear manufacturer can tattoo their logo on my
warriors back?  Paint a healer's address on my warriors' shields?  What about
painting their face on my warriors' shaved heads?  All for the gold piece? -- Lord
Xiang (hoping there is no war nearby anytime soon)

Turquoise Tiger -- Ah, a win!  I feel special, considering you're a Consortium
warrior! -- Patton

Domingo -- I must say, you could work for Manager! -- Rommel

Elinae Silverbow -- Well, Lord Xiang's giving me the boot after my last performance
with you.  Take care, and you'll probably see me washing dishes at the Bull Dog Inn
under an assumed name. -- Napoleon

Kennelworth -- Thanks for the welcome.  Glad to be here; in Health and Honor anyway.
-- Seraphim

Doc Steele -- Your post was riveting.  The leadership among the Delarquan community
is not what it once was, but I count myself lucky as a young Delarquan manager that
there are guildmasters like you to aspire to.  You should know that while I am a
'larq in an Andorian city it does not mean I have changed my principles.  Like you I
find the use of avoids a less than desirable style of play and don't use them myself,
and while I'm not here to specifically MAKE enemies, I certainly won't run if they
present themselves.  I apologize to you publicly that affairs on another continent
took me away two years ago.  If I could have stayed at your back I would have.  You
have my respect. -- Seraphim

Aruak -- Are the conscripts you offer in this city the same all over Andoria?  I have
yet to see more than one warrior I would count worthy of running in any of my
Delarquan stables, yet they seem to be the same quality no matter how many I request.
Either these losers are bred here or you are importing them in an attempt to make
living here undesirable.  Despite the fact I can't make a full stable with these
sorry excuses for warriors and the team's record is suffering from both the losses
they incur and the continuous usage of the Dark Arena I will continue trying.
Perhaps I can bribe some of the city officials into allowing me to call in some
Delarquan conscripts.  With all the rules around here, I doubt it; but it's worth a
try. -- Seraphim
P.S  I have ever been against the wanton use of dimwitted scum, I may have to revise
that precept here.  If for no other reason than to keep the dark arena fiends from
getting fat.

Violet Vulture -- (panting)  So that's how you do it, eh?  You hover around, waiting
for dinner to collapse in front of you?  Seems appropriate, I guess.  But I'd think a
zaftig lady like you, really, you orcs are so IMPRESSIVE that way, would be inclined
to a more active encounter.  For instance, dinner and dancing?  Or, of course,
dancing first and then dinner.  I'm easy on that. -- Windchaser
P.S.  As long as you don't see ME as dinner.

Sandman -- You carry them?  Or someone carries you?  Why?  It seems like such a waste
of energy.  Of course, I suppose golems have energy to spare--just add more
batteries--but the concept remains the same. -- Koro Cloud
P.S.  Of course, the ORDERLIES carried me.  To the Infirmary!

Bucking Brahma -- Well, what *I* think is that a dog should come out and bark at you!
You're a Bad Boy.  You don't know how to PLAY. -- Rockie Dee

Yellow Streak -- It was gold for me, and I appreciated it.  The only win on the team!
Leeta's used to us having that kind of turns, I don't think she even notices.  But
*I* notice.  You think I liked having that pathetic record?  Not much!  And it's
still pathetic, but not quite as bad. -- Jo Mooncatcher, celebrating while he can

Mr. B. -- Gosh, who was that masked man? -- Jon Fleet
P.S.  Couldn't resist.

Doc Steele -- An impressive column!  I look for lots of discussion from that. --
Leeta, not feeling discussive at the moment, and really, what could I say?

Kalidor -- Convincian, eh?  I'll make a note of it. -- Shinketh

Lord, or as the case might be Lady, Protector Requiem -- How about a nice cemetery
plot?  I know you won't die permanently, because of going to the Isle, but it's
always good to have a plot in the background, just in case. -- Shinketh, Arena Agent
P.S.  You could always use it to bury enemies.

Adie/Tankesh, Generalissimo, JRK -- Sorry not to have gotten more done this time, I
had the BEST resolutions.  But the power went off.  Probably because of the
electrician rewiring the house, but still, off is off. -- the Scribe
P.S.  And, to be honest, because of the tourney and trying to get things out early
Friday morning.

30 December 2005
Just a reminder to all you online type people.  It is much appreciated if you send
your personals in PLAIN TEXT, rather than HTML or formatted text.  HAL, in his
infinite wisdom, doesn't DO formatting, which means having to unsnarl your personal
ads from bunches of extraneous...stuff.  So, if your e-mailer has a plain text
option, let it be your friend. -- Ed.
P.S.  Sometimes it's the formatted text which makes ads go astray.  Not often, but

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NAPOLEON was viciously butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
COUP was barely slain by SHEWISH GIANT in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
TOO JADED was assassinated by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
HEP ME was butchered by DEVELLAN JARA in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
GOLEM PROTOTYPE was murdered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
RUGSACRIFICE 100 was slaughtered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ROMMEL slimly lost to BULL HORN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody Bloodfeud match.
MOO MOO overpowered BIG LOU in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title melee.
BOOTSTRAP RIBEYE was viciously subdued by JO MOONCATCHER in a 8 minute Challenge duel.
THE SINGING BANDIT vanquished YELLOW STREAK in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NATAS overpowered TREESTUMP in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BIONIC BUFFALO subdued ROCKIE DEE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.
BURST was handily defeated by JON FLEET in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
JEB MERCLUE bested PATTON in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge bout.
ONEWOLF unbelievably bested GLADIUS STARSTRYKE in a popular 2 minute expert's fight.
CALFSKIN viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran's fray.
BUCKING BRAHMA was bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute brutal veteran's fight.
DA HERETIC was overpowered by BLUE EYES in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
BURN DA WITCH was overpowered by STRATEGIC REPOSITION in a 1 minute conflict.
DAMNUALL devastated WINDCHASER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ELINAE SILVERBOW vanquished DOMINGO in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided match.
FLYING NUN won victory over BLEEDER in a 2 minute master vs. novice fray.
KYLE THE PINCUSHION demolished KORO CLOUD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SKIRMISH viciously subdued KIRI DRAGONSPEAR in a popular 3 minute gruesome match.
---?--- overpowered EMPTY PROMISES in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
WHITE LIE was vanquished by CHOPSTICK SURGEON 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|
|AIMED BLOW                      10         AIMED BLOW        48 -  31 -  1      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         TOTAL PARRY       35 -  28 -  0      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         WALL OF STEEL     24 -  20 -  4      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   36 -  32 -  3      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  18 -  0      51  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    47 -  48 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  33 -  0      35  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  19 -  0      34  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  33 -  0      27  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  11 -  0      21  |

Turn 533 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MOO MOO 6474               14   4  0  121 BULLDOGS (157)
TOTAL PARRY      ONEWOLF 5505               18   2  0  104 WOLFBROTHERS (506)
STRIKING ATTACK  BIG LOU 4971               18   8  2   93 MANIC MARVELS (456)
BASHING ATTACK   BUCKING BRAHMA 6372        19  12  0   88 BULLDOGS (157)
AIMED BLOW       BIONIC BUFFALO 6570         9   1  0   74 DO IT AGAIN (565)
WALL OF STEEL    BULL HORN 6593              7   3  1   39 BULLDOGS (157)
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 JO MOONCATCHER 6370.  The ten other most popular fighters were SKIRMISH 
and CALFSKIN 6240.

The least popular fighter this week was WHITE LIE 6659.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were EMPTY PROMISES 6668, KORO CLOUD 6618, BLEEDER 6658, DOMINGO 6313, 
6669, and HEP ME 6663.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

CALFSKIN (11-6240) BULLDOGS (157)

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