Date   : 09/15/2006    Duedate: 09/28/2006


DM-11    TURN-550

This Weeks Top Honors


(11-6646) [12-4-0,122]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)         
(11-6520) [20-12-2,135]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROCKIE DEE                     DONALD DUNSEN
KRILL CAVALRY (374)            TUFT TUGGERS (305)
(11-6060) [20-38-0,103]        (11-6787) [5-2-0,29]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STEEL AND SILK (584)        40
2. BULLDOGS (157)              36      JGW EXPIRATION (572)
3. GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)      31      Unchartered Team
4. VOLTRON (589)               30
5. MILITANT LEGION (586)       24      MILITANT LEGION (586)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MILITANT LEGION (586)     14   4  2 77.8   1/ 2*MILITANT LEGION (586)    11  2 1
 2/ 2 JGW EXPIRATION (572)      55  25  1 68.8   2/ 1 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       10  5 1
 3/ 3 COLORIFIC (511)          264 148  7 64.1   3/ 6 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)    9  3 0
 4/ 4 ANIMAL FARM (510)        %1018 601 34 62.9   4/ 3 ANIMAL FARM (510)         8  2 0
 5/ 0*VOLTRON (589)              3   2  1 60.0   5/ 5 BULLDOGS (157)            8  5 0
 6/ 5 DO IT AGAIN (565)         43  31  1 58.1   6/ 9 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)  5  1 1
 7/ 6 BULLDOGS (157)           878 670 28 56.7   7/ 4 ELFQUEST (515)            5  7 0
 8- 7 FISH MONGERS III (502)    26  21  1 55.3   8/11 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       5 10 0
 9- 8 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        84  72  7 53.8   9/ 8 JGW EXPIRATION (572)      5 10 0
10/11 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507) 156 148  7 51.3  10/ 7 COLORIFIC (511)           4  6 0
11/10 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)   736 706 21 51.0  11/ 0*VOLTRON (589)             3  2 1
12/ 9 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       683 659 23 50.9  12/13 DO IT AGAIN (565)         2  1 0
13/14 ELFQUEST (515)           251 281 12 47.2  13-14 MARVEL HEROES (394)       2  2 0
14-15 MARVEL HEROES (394)       43  49  2 46.7  14-18 FISH MONGERS III (502)    1  0 0
15/16 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)    315 397 17 44.2  15-12 WOLFBROTHERS (506)        1  0 0
16-17 NEVERWAKE (508)           81 116 11 41.1  16-19 THAT ARUAKI TEAM (416)    1  1 0
17/18 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      273 507  5 35.0  17/20*THE RED HAND (579)        1  3 1
18-19 THAT ARUAKI TEAM (416)    10  22  1 31.3  18-10 NEVERWAKE (508)           1  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-21*THE HORDE (581)            2   8  0 20.0  19/21*STEEL AND SILK (584)      1  9 1
20/22*STEEL AND SILK (584)       5  25  1 16.7  20-23*THE HORDE (581)           0  5 0
21/23*THE RED HAND (579)         1   7  1 12.5  21/22 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)     0  5 0

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                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Chronicles of Andoria #4 ]H[ + ---:--- +  ]H[ +

Aruak City, 10 years ago:  Prelude

     A couple of years after our last story of Amon's adventures, I had become a
staple of Aruak City, graduating well known and successful gladiators, such as
Khazakh, a minotaur who would eventually become the bodyguard and  head of security
for the King of Andoria.  And Belana Bladesinger, a rogue  who dueled her way to
become the first Tournament Champion of my team.  The following is the story of a
threat that emerged in the early days of King Mikael, before the Andorian League
became a Kingdom.  There were forces in motion to destroy Sheila Greywand and usurp
her power.  Here we follow one thread of those activities, enveloping my gladiators,
adventurers in their own right, and eventually myself in what was to be one of the
first blows to Alastari.  Andoria was one of the biggest obstacles to any successful
attack on Ghea....

                              WHAT EVIL WE DO NOT KNOW
                                       PART I

     Aruak City.  The Heart and Soul of Andoria.  The largest of Andoria's cities,
Aruak has always played center stage for the kingdoms.  Whether as the capital of the
league in years past, or as the center of scholarly and magical research in all of
Alastari, Aruak has always set the pace for its clan holdings as well as all of
     Aruak City is old.  Within its sprawling network of cobbled streets, lined with
ancient slate-roofed houses, lies a manicured landscape tailored over a period of
four hundred years.  The streets and alleys are wide, with parks and temples dotting
the city.  Within the ancient inner city walls, mostly torn down from lack of
necessity, lies the wheelwork pattern of roads housing magnificent buildings, ranging
from the theater, to the grand palace, to the sprawling temple complexes of Demnat.
     But as the heart and soul of the Andorian League, Aruak City also draws the
deadliest fire from its enemies....
                               *          *          *
     The view was spectacular.  The only building with a higher vantage point was the
vaulted tower of Demnat.  But access to that happened to be...hindered.  The beast
god would not allow his own entry into the holy temples.  But no matter.  The palace
bell tower would do.
     Looking across the city, one could only admire the effort and the number of
lives expended to develop such a horrendously beautiful and sprawling city as this
over four hundred years.  It was no wonder this city was once the home of the High
King of Andoria, and if things went as planned, it would be again.  But only to his
highness' detriment.  The palace servant stretched out and peered over the edge.  The
palace grounds sprawled out beneath him.  To the west was the vacuous archival space
of the Great Library.  Beside that spread the multiplex buildings of the temple to
Demnat, not to mention the other three temples dedicated to the beast god whose
structures pierced the skyline.  On the north stood the arena.  Most of the secular
sections of the city resided over there amongst the gladiators and managers.
     The servant's sharp eyes caught the sable field and rampant lion of the surcoat
of a temple guard, the constables of the city.  Hopefully that illusion of security
would help to lure the Andorian King here.  But enticing the King to leave Andor was
up to the others.  The final trap was all his.
     The servant came down out of the tower.  His shift having ended, he worked his
way though the palace grounds and headed north.  Passing through the north gate-keep
of the old city wall, the servant made his way to the  site of the largest number of
potential hazards to his plans...The Bulldog Inn.
                               *          *          *
     Two Lord Protectors walked into the Bulldog Inn that evening.  The air was dry
and it augmented the incense and kitchen fragrances drifting aimlessly about the
room.  One, a black bearded dwarf, headed for the bar as the other, a young, lithe,
human brunette paused by the Aruak City Hall of Fame trophy wall.  She stood up next
to the pictures on the wall and tapped one.
     "Hey, Torin.  What do you think?  Is this rendition of me a little too
becoming?"  The Lady Protector, known as Belana Bladesinger, looked her drawing over.
The plaque read, 'Adept Tournament Champion of Aruak City'.
     Belana was of average height for a lady.  But at 5'4" she was short for a
gladiator.  But like many gladiators, she was in excellent shape.  A slender,
beautiful, woman, she was not very tough, but her muscles were strong.  She could
best most men in an arm wrestling contest.  Her long, curly, mahogany hair, and warm
brown eyes did wonders to conceal the flagrant and energetic personality held within.
     Torin, the dwarf woodsman, a contradiction of terms, glanced over his shoulder
to look over his companion, "Well lass, I reckon ya don't really have a problem with
a pecture thaut shows off yer bosom.  Sooo...no."  Torin turned back around, "Hey,
Kennelworth.  Gev me soma yer finest, ol' friend."
     Kennelworth, owner and proprietor of the famous Bulldog inn, welcomed his guest
with a smile, "It's good to have one of my best customers back in town."  He grinned,
"Not to mention a good friend."
     Torin adjusted the seat height for his small stature and climbed up.  The dwarf
beamed at the infamous barkeep, "I sure do mess thes place."  He set his beaverskin
hat down, the tail flopping over the edge of the bar, and adjusted his lumberjack
     Kennelworth set an ale before the burly dwarf, "So, is Adie still 'enlarging'
you so that your height qualifies for the commission?"
     "Yer not makin' fun o' me size now, are ya?" asked Torin as he knocked back the
     The elder manager just smiled and served up another ale.  "What about your
inventions?" he added.
     "Oh, there coming along.  I'll bring 'em by sometime."
     "So what brings you to town?"
     Belana hopped up on a stool, "Yeah, Torin.  Why ARE we here?"
     "Well, besides the brew, Adie asked me if I'd like ta look ento some occurrences
that Kennelworth's various sources turned up.  She thought being immortal Protectors
could keep us from serious permanent harm.  So's I volunteered ya."
     "Geez.  I'm overwhelmed with love and warm feelings from you," quipped Belana in
as sarcastic a tone as she could muster.  "Thanks.  But what are we dealing with
     Torin finished his mug in one downing, then took a deep breath...the foreboding
kind.  "Well, here's a hint.  Adie gave me thes for us to study.  She said she wasn't
sure why she felt it necessary to give it to us.  Some problem with divining.
Anyway, I dunno how she gets such thengs...."
     Torin drew forth an ancient, dusty, leathery book from his sack.  Belana  and
Kennelworth leaned over to read the title.  Belana's eyes widened.  She gasped and
brought her hand to cover her mouth.  Kennelworth turned the book to better focus on
the archaic words scrawled on the cover:
          Agonar's Tome of Demonology
          Volume I
          Souls from the Void
     Kennelworth looked at the two, "You gonna need some help...?"

                                       PART II

     Now what's this?  Something new, the servant thought.  Lord Protectors here for
a graduation ceremony would be common.  But to have two randomly walk in...and look
     The palace servant crouched back deeper into the shadows of his corner table and
turned an ear to listen.
     "Whoa, whoa, WHOA!"  Belana jumped off her stool and stepped back raising a
finger, "Wait a minute.  We have to deal with DEMONS!  Lord Protectors, and even
chaos creatures, are one thing, but...," Torin  opened the book, "YUCK!!"
     She leaned closer to look, "That...that's disgusting."
     "Belana," it was Kennelworth, "there's still the possibility that you'll
encounter no demons at his place."
     "Wait, whose place?"
     "The wizard found dead on the beach.  He was into demonology and conjurative
magics.  He has, or had, a place outside of town."
     "Yeah?  And who do you think killed him, huh?"
     "Hey, lass.  Calm down.  Adie's getting more help as we speak."  Torin motioned
to his mug to have it filled, and Kennelworth gladly obliged.  "We're just here
because she wanted ta get the investigation goin'."
     The dwarf continued, "Besides, I dunna think we'll be checkin out  the house."
He turned to Kennelworth, "Yous mentioned it at the meeting of managers, an' everyone
will be heading there.  Actually, Adie, for some reason, suggested that we head into
them woods if you dunna have anything else?"
     The barkeep nodded, "The other points of interest ARE being covered.  You might
as well look elsewhere for clues.  And I'd trust in Adie's magic."

     Alara, a waitress in the Bulldog Inn, walked past one of her patrons  in the
corner and noticed his mug empty.  She headed for the bar and  quickly returned with
a pitcher to refill his cup, only to find nothing but a copper jer-hawk and the mug.
Alara looked to the door and saw nothing.  He had just disappeared.
     Shrugging, the waitress went back to her duties and cleared off the table, never
noticing the white smoke drifting past her feet.
     "But I remember from my gladiator days here in Aruak that the Hurinwood is
haunted."  Belana obviously didn't want any of this.
     "Dunna worry, lass.  I know me way around the woods."
     "You do?" asked Belana, always skeptical of Torin's claim of woods skills.  He
was, after all, a dwarf.
     "Suren you trust me as much as me inventions."
     Belana narrowed her eyes at the dwarf, recounting his strange ideas for
inventions.  They all had worked however.  "OK.  As long as you've got it under
control, I'm not worried."
     The Lady Protector headed for the door while Torin finished his drink.
Kennelworth took the mug, "I didn't know you've been through those woods."
     "I havena.  But dunna tell her that."
     "You always were mischievous," he said grinning.  He turned serious, "Be
     Torin slapped his hat on, pulled it tight, and fastened the strap.  Placing a
pair of jer-hawks on the counter, Torin winked at Kennelworth  and headed after
                               *          *          *
     Jharian Dellon, of the clan Dellon, High Champion of the Temple of Demnat, and
Captain of the Aruak City guards, reached across his desk and snatched the list from
his personal aide's hand.  "Another ten people!?"
     "Yes sir, two families sir.  Both live west of town on the farms behind the
     "But we had doubled our night patrols."  Jharian stood quickly, scanning over
the list.  "This situation has become intolerable.  Has his Eminence mentioned
anything about his attempts to divine the situation?"
     "No sir."
     "The farmers are frightened and restless because of the presence of slavers, and
his Eminence has nothing to help?!"  Jharian's temper was rising quickly.
     "You know sir that there's no proof that it's slavers."
     Jharian stormed past his aide and the man followed in suit.  "People are
disappearing.  What more proof do you need?"
     The aide was practically running to keep up with his captain.  "There are no
signs of struggle or signs of passage sir.  It appears as if they never existed."
     "All the more reason to gain Demnat's advice."
     His Eminence, the High Priest of Demnat, Orn Olharin, unclasped his  brooch and
hung his cloak and mantel in his armoire.  The duties of the position were very
numerous and demanding, but to give the people what they needed was worth the effort.
Orn was looking forward to a bit of a rest after this morning's service when the
steward entered the room.  He bowed with reverence, "Your Eminence, Captain Jharian
seeks an audience."
     Orn turned, about to respond, only to see Jharian striding through the door.
     "Please, feel free to enter."  Orn said jauntily.  He would normally berate any
who sauntered in unannounced, but Jharian was one of his closest friends and was an
exception to the rule.  His expression changed when he saw the look on Jharian's
     The Captain of the guard turned to his aide, "Wait outside."
     Orn waved off his steward as well, before the man could speak out against the
intrusion.  Jharian was obviously upset over something as he waited and remained calm
until the door was shut.
     Jharian stepped forward with the notice, "I apologize for the intrusion, but
this is infuriating."  He handed over the notice.
     Orn took it and quickly read over the contents.  He crinkled it in his hand, "By
Demnat.  Ten more."  He shook his head.
     "Have you learned anything, your Eminence?"
     "No.  But this has to be more than just common slavers."  The High Priest turned
and paced the room, "My vision by Demnat is blocked on this matter, and my own magics
in divining and scrying are being misguided."
     Orn took a deep breath, "We're going to have to resort to different methods of
tracking this problem down.  Your men won't find anything."
     Jharian, by this point, had calmed down.  Seeing his Eminence react so quickly
and decisively, and seeing him think it through, had a calming effect on the soul.
His speech was smooth and steady, and his voice was never raised.  Jharian waited
patiently for Orn to finish.
     "Jharian, my friend.   I want you to go to the Academy and gather some volunteer
sorcerers.  Make sure they're war wizards, their loyalty is assured.  Keep this
quiet."  Orn switched his pace.  "Assign one to each of your patrols tonight.  You'll
need them to track these 'slavers'."  The High Priest turned and faced Jharian with a
determined look, "To fight magic, one must wield magic."
                               *          *          *
     The Tuft Tuggers guild house was getting quite full in Andorak, and this
particular resident didn't like to draw attention to herself.  Normally quite shy,
she was more quiet than usual because of the obnoxious nature of a few of her team
mates whose attention she did not want.
     Her voice was soft, almost a whisper, "Adie?"  Alaina slowly peered around an
open door, "Adie."
     She looked about the shrine she was peering into.  Centered against the rear
wall of the room was a large basin of water. Around that burned a multitude of lit
candles on the surrounding dais.  A large circular, stained glass window, centered
with a golden disk with rays reaching out, sat above the basin.  The window faced the
east, and at this time of morning the sun shown down into the room, illuminating it
in golden autumn colors.
     Adie stood before the basin, a halo of light about her, illuminating her hair
and white gown into an aura of warmth.  When Adie spoke, Alaina had to blink to bring
herself back to reality.
     "I'm here Alaina."
     Adie brought her hands to her sides and turned around to face Alaina, "What can
I do for you?"
     "I didn't mean to interrupt."
     "I was just relaxing.  My prayers were finished at sunrise."
     Alaina smiled hesitantly.  "Well, I heard about your call for assistance, and
you've been busy with rituals.  I was wondering what was going on.  Maybe I could
help you."
     Adie stepped down from the dais.  "Come, we'll talk over breakfast."
     Adie, manager of the Tuft Tuggers and its off-shoot teams, was technically a
chaos creature since she came to Ghea from another plane, or dimension, or...
whatever.  She was quite human though.  Well, actually half-elven and half-human.
About 5'5", Adie was of typical build for a woman who traveled worlds through
adventure.  Not very strong in appearance, her build was slight but well toned from
foot travel.  Her hair was a fiery orange auburn, and mid-back length.  She wore it
in a variety of fashions, all femininely elegant.  Eyes of blue-violet complemented
the fall colors she was fond of wearing.  Lastly, she always wore her holy symbol, a
gold disk with a sun burst pattern, for she was a priestess.  Some people theorized
her god was related to, or was, Ankor, the southern sky god.  But the most noticeable
aspect of her being was her incredible kindness.
     Adie turned from the stove she was now working over.  "I hope you like southern
cookin?" she said in her best terran 'southern' accent.
     "You mean from the Federation?"  Alaina was thinking Alastari
     Adie couldn't help but smile, "No.  Never mind."  The priestess finished the ham
and grits and served some up.
     "Adie, why don't you hire someone else to cook?" Alaina asked.  "You seem to
have an endless amount of money when you need it."
     "Is that how it appears?" asked Adie with a grin.  She shrugged, "I just like to
do it.  Why, you don't like my cooking?"
     "No, its excellent.  It's just time consuming."
     Adie shrugged again and sat down, "I guess it's like many things.  'Why do it
yourself?'" she asked rhetorically, "People do things for various reasons.  In this
case, it brings me joy because, in the end, the experience is worth it."  She gave a
mischievous grin, "Besides, what does a Lady Protector have to worry about time for?"
     "But you're not even a gladiator, much less an LP."
     Adie smiled and shrugged nonchalantly.  "Well, down to business."  Settling into
her chair, Adie nibbled on her food before continuing.  "Normally, I attempt to leave
the affairs of the people of Ghea in their own hands.  It's a self imposed rule I use
everywhere I travel.  I don't want to accidentally alter destiny or history.  The
reason for my recent activities is this.  I have to help my friends.  It's in my
nature to, and here in Alastari, as a manager of several teams, I've gained many good
friends."  Adie took a sip of her orange juice.  "Usually I help them in minor ways.
Funding, shelter, and even transportation, assuming that none of this affects the
world balance. But things have changed a bit."
     Adie finished her orange juice.  "Many strange happenings have hinted at a
possibly large threat in Aruak.  I attempted to divine the situation, but only
received cryptic answers.  But they led me to believe something big is in the wind.
I could never forgive myself if I let my home arena city, and all of my friends who
live there, get injured, or worse.  So I'm going to help my warriors and others get
to the bottom of this.  I'll use my magic if I have to.  I've just got a bad feeling
about this and I'm not a pacifist."  She took a deep breath, "Besides, I'm kind of
realizing that this world has been, and is easily influenced by outsiders.  I'm going
to be one of them eventually."
     Alaina thought about everything that was said for a moment.  "I understand.
I'll help if I can.  Aruak is home to me also."
     Adie nodded, "Torin and Belana are already on the case.  They're  pretty much
working blindly.  I'm hoping that my cryptic divination will lead them to more clues.
They ARE going to turn something up, and your local lore of Aruak City could be quite
useful.  Thank you for the offer."
     A small, warm smile graced Alaina's kind face.
                               *          *          *
     Belana wiggled under her pack, "I can't believe you got me to carry all this
crap."  She continued to shift under the bulky frame-pack that Torin built.  "How the
heck did you fit all this garbage on me?"
     "Just a little imagination, besides, you can never be over prepared, lass."
Torin was scanning the edge of the woods.  Morning dew dripped from the maple trees,
but the grass at their feet also held it and had drenched their shoes during the long
hike out here.  Thankfully though, 'Torin's Instant Sealant', a concoction he brewed
up, kept their feet dry.
     "That goo you put on our boots worked good," said Belana, thinking out loud.
Brushing some of her curly brown hair from her face, she looked around.  "So, this is
the Hurinwood.  Looks quite beautiful actually."  Belana shouldered her pack again to
get it snug.  "Well, lead on."
     Torin glanced around, adjusted his beaver-skin hat, and picked a random entrance
to the woods.

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #24 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "We have no time to waste standing here," Adie said.  "We have work to do in 
Aruak City and elsewhere.  Now."  She stalked into the alley, the intensity of her 
purpose shimmering around her.
     The two men followed, Fandil hurrying to catch up with her in case any of the 
crazed Aruaki attacked, Cho keeping a watch behind them.  Even so, they were no more 
than two yards apart at any time.
     When they were clear of the recent small battlefield, which now contained 
nothing but the dead and one half-changed Aruaki who was still attempting to claw 
himself and his surroundings, Fandil said, "You were explaining why Lady Sheila might 
have wanted this bloodlust to develop, Cho.  Continue."
     Pausing only to search the dead mage for his magical tools and make sure they 
were smashed, the Adantri said, "Yes.  First, as I said, she is old beyond any normal 
     Adie began assembling a fist-sized ball of solar fire.  "The elves--"
     "The elves are not immortal," Cho said.  "Yes, their lives are long, but three 
thousand years is old for even an elf, and Sheila is not an elf.  Remember that.  She 
is NOT an elf, and there is no reason to suppose that her natural lifespan would be 
anything like as long as she has already lived.  Unless great care and forethought is 
taken long before the maximum natural age is reached, the personality becomes... 
aberrant.  Values and priorities change.  It is a normal part of aging, of course, 
but if not checked in those who extend their lifespans, it results in a personality 
that is not sane by the standards of ordinary people.  It becomes a personality that 
sees ordinary people as 'lesser', as tools and resources rather than people with 
rights.  I believe Sheila has reached this condition, maybe reached it long ago."
     They all paused as they came to an intersection.  Adie peered in one direction, 
a miniature sun blazing in her fist.  Fandil, magical staff at the ready, looked down 
the other side of the cross-street.  Cho searched the shadows in the alley behind 
     "Someone crossing farther down," Fandil reported.  "We'd better wait till 
they're out of sight.  Do you really believe Lady Sheila is insane, Cho?  Simply 
because she's old?"
     "Sane, insane, not-sane, who can draw a line?" the Adantri said.  "I believe 
that Sheila should be counted as not sane in a human sense, yes.  Her age is only the 
first reason.  There is the Grey Wand, also.  The Grey Wand is not the source of her 
power, as both of you must know."
     "Gods, I hope it isn't!" Fandil said.  "I've only been near it twice, but that's 
more than enough to know that it's... tainted."
     "Yes.  The Grey Wand has great power, but it's a tool of Chaos.  Much of 
Sheila's power goes to containing that of the wand and keeping it from wrecking havoc 
on Ghea.  But being constantly near it is--"
     "Being near it is tainting HER, isn't it?" Adie said quietly.  "Great magical 
instruments affect those who are in constant association with them, bending their 
bearers to the alignment of the device.  It takes time, of course, but--  How long 
has she had the Grey Wand?"
     "No clear records remain," Cho said, "but--"
     "Move now," Fandil commanded.
     The three of them darted out and across the street, into another alley that 
seemed to be going in the right direction.
     "--But she's had it at least since the last Chaos War.  Five hundred years."
     Adie winced.  "Not good."
     "But she set up the arena system to develop warriors who could protect Alastari 
from another Chaos invasion," Fandil protested.
     "There are so many arguable points in that.  Such as, can't the Gates just be 
closed?  How is Alastari benefited by having thousands of its young adults--and older 
ones, sometimes--die in the arena?  DO the arena warriors develop the skills needed 
to fight in the Gates?  I could argue on the value of a quite different skill set, 
one putting value on teamwork, for instance."
     Adie, in the lead, held up her hand, and the others stopped.  Gestures guided 
them to one side of the current alley, while she took the other.  There was no 
obvious danger, just a muddy alley strewn with unidentifiable rubbish.  Because of 
the angle at which the alley climbed the slope toward Point, and the height of the 
walls on either side, there was only a narrow bar of sunlight down the center.
     A bar of sunlight?  Moved by the same realization, Fandil and Cho looked up.  A 
strip of sky, veiled by light clouds, and no sun.  The angle was wrong for sun to lie 
on the ground in this alley.
     Cho hissed and pointed up the alley to the next bend.  "There is a Gate up 
there, and this light is coming through it."
     "I don't see the Gate," Adie muttered.  "But I know the light is wrong."
     "The Gate itself is screened by an illusion," Fandil said.  "Whoever is handling 
it got careless about the light."
     "But he need not be careless about other things," Adie finished.  "We may 
already be observed, and if we move closer, we will definitely be observed."
     "And we can't go backward," Cho said.  "There has been increasing activity on 
the street that crosses this alley behind us."
     Adie glanced up at the walls on either side.  Mud-stained stonework, more than 
head-height in all places and much higher in some, but broken at the tops, cracked, 
leaning and bulging and generally looking unreliable.
     "Don't even think of climbing out," Fandil said.  "Well, okay, maybe you could, 
but neither Cho nor I is of a wall-climbing age."
     "I haven't climbed a wall in fifty years," Cho agreed.
     "Climb or fight," Adie countered.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Aruak City:

Well, that was unexpected.  There are hordes of 'scum' out there for me to challenge
and fight, and they must all be avoiding me, for here I am after fighting the
Duelmaster (an unfavorable match) and winning!  I wasn't expecting that, but I will
take it!  We shall see how long I can stay on top.  The selection of challenges below
me certainly looks excellent!

A bit about me... let me see, I prefer to fight with the Aimed Blow style.  Well, the
newsletter says that, but do you know why?  I am an elven spell archer.  It takes
brains to be a sorceress, and agility to be as good with a bow as I am.  I have both.
I like precision and accuracy, always taking the best shot.  Hence, aimed blow came
naturally to me.  It is too bad magic and arrows are not allowed on the sands.

Not here in Aruak, but elsewhere that I shall not disclose at this point, I own a
tavern and inn called the Cloak and Dagger.  Cliche, right?  Wrong.  If I am here
next turn, I will tell you why.

Elinae Silverbow, Spellarcher

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Say good-bye to TUFT TUGGERS, as they are 
pushed from the coveted top team spot by the MILITANT LEGION stable.  It was a tough 
week for NEVERWAKE, to drop 8 places in the rankings.  Coming up with a solid 0-0-0 
outing, FISH MONGERS III has advanced 4 places in the rankings.  Advancing in the 
rankings was MILITANT LEGION who went from last turn's 10-4-2, to this week's record 
of 14-4-2.  Drawing on all of hers experience as a 9-6-0 warrior, MAGENTA MAGGOT went 
for the Duelmastership against ELINAE SILVERBOW this week.  Going for the gusto and 
coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was ANIMAL FARM's MAGENTA MAGGOT, who was 
turned away from the Duelmastership by ELINAE SILVERBOW.  Can you believe they are 
paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
CITY's afraid of the big bad JGW EXPIRATION.  Tra la la la la!  For those of you who 
like math, try this one:  JGW EXPIRATION + Weapons That go Boom = ANIMAL FARM + Avoid 
City.  Well just about everybody wants a piece of WINDCHASER, who was this week's 
most challenged warrior.  Was it guts or an overtaxed mental capacity that had 
SCARLET ROSE challenge up 26 points in the rankings to take on FIREBASE?  Trading 
many whacks on the head and a loss for 3 recognition points, SCARLET ROSE shows that 
a gal doesn't have to be good to get places.  In a touching display by a 'touched' 
warrior, SILVER LINING went after RICHARD HENDRIX, who was higher by 20 points.  
Well, when the dust settled, SILVER LINING overcame RICHARD HENDRIX.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  DAMASCUS defied all odds and slew SHEWISH GIANT in the 
Dark Arena.  The only ones displeased were the buzzards, as SHEWISH GIANT's meat is 
notoriously tough.  Yes, and another newbie bites the dust as HARRY TOESTACK goes 
down under the sword of BLACK LION.  Thanks to this, BLACK LION now has 20 
recognition points.  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time is a 
very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've 
got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELINAE SILVERBOW 6646        12   4  0   122       TUFT TUGGERS (305)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JEREMIAH JAY COOKE 6520      20  12  2   135       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-ONEWOLF 5505                 23   3  0   129       WOLFBROTHERS (506)
-YELLOW STREAK 6239           20  12  0   108       COLORIFIC (511)
 VIOLET VULTURE 6612          16   4  0   104       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 ROCKIE DEE 6060              20  38  0   103       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 TURQUOISE TIGER 6556         18   8  0   103       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 TREESTUMP 6369               23  32  1   102       ELFQUEST (515)
 BULL HORN 6593               16   9  1    97       BULLDOGS (157)
-TANGERINE TOAD 6603          14   3  0    91       ANIMAL FARM (510)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER LINING 6339           12  11  1    90       COLORIFIC (511)
 MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627           9   7  0    89       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 AIRK ARCSTONE 6778            7   2  2    89       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-WIND RUNNER 5510             11   4  1    88       WOLFBROTHERS (506)
 NATAS 6531                   13   9  0    84       DO IT AGAIN (565)
 KIRI DRAGONSPEAR 6643        11   6  0    82       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 ARIES 6695                   10   5  0    80       BULLDOGS (157)
 DESIGNATED SLACKER 6786       6   1  1    76       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 JON FLEET 6415               11  41  0    74       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 WHITE LIE 6659                8   4  0    73       COLORIFIC (511)
-CRYSTAL 4229                 10  10  0    70       MARVEL HEROES (394)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINDCHASER 6469              10  35  1    66       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 CHOPSTICK SURGEON 6785        6   0  0    66       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 RICHARD HENDRIX 6672         12   4  0    65       JGW EXPIRATION (572)
 WOLFBROTHER 6706              9   7  0    63       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)
-CAPTAIN MARVEL 4318           9   4  0    60       MARVEL HEROES (394)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MOONSTAR 4295                 8   6  1    56       MARVEL HEROES (394)
 ROD GRIZZARD 6673            10   6  0    54       JGW EXPIRATION (572)
-ALL 4476                      5   3  0    54       THAT ARUAKI TEAM (416)
 JUMPIN' 6704                  9   7  2    51       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JEAN FELIX 6740               7   6  1    51       JGW EXPIRATION (572)
 RON STEELE 6670              13   3  0    49       JGW EXPIRATION (572)
 KAELEN THUNDERHEART 6777      6   3  1    49       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 CHUCK DAVIS 6671             12   4  0    48       JGW EXPIRATION (572)
-WANDA GOBY 5471               6   5  0    48       FISH MONGERS III (502)
-MAN'S BEST FRIEND 6694       12   3  0    45       BULLDOGS (157)
-FARSHOT 6713                  4   1  0    44       NEVERWAKE (508)
 DELIA'S GONE 6707             8   8  0    41       ELFQUEST (515)
-CARP 6102                     4   0  0    39       FISH MONGERS III (502)
-NIGHT CRAWLER 4484            3   0  0    38       MARVEL HEROES (394)
-JACKHAMMER 6613               5   4  2    37       NEVERWAKE (508)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FIREBASE 6817                 4   0  2    33       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 DAMASCUS 6798                 1   5  1    33       STEEL AND SILK (584)
 KORO CLOUD 6618               3  22  0    31       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 CARMEL CAMEL 6784             4   3  0    30       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 BARRICADE 6819                4   0  0    30       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 DONALD DUNSEN 6787            5   2  0    29       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-CTENO POMA 5864               4   4  0    29       FISH MONGERS III (502)
 TWO-S0PEAR 6700               6  10  0    28       ELFQUEST (515)
 WALK THE LINE 6708            6  10  0    28       ELFQUEST (515)
 ONE-EYE 6711                  5  11  2    28       SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)
 PLATOON 6829                  3   0  0    28       MILITANT LEGION (586)
-LOUIE C 6532                  5   4  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-TYRANNOSAURUS ED 6590         3   0  0    25       DO IT AGAIN (565)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK LION 6839               1   0  1    20       VOLTRON (589)
 FLEA BAG 6804                 6   1  0    19       BULLDOGS (157)
 FIREWALL 6818                 3   1  0    18       MILITANT LEGION (586)
-ANSORGII 5990                 2   3  0    17       FISH MONGERS III (502)
 BULL MARKET 6751              2   3  0    17       BULLDOGS (157)
-CULHAN CARAND 6743            1   0  1    17       THE RED HAND (579)
-EXCUSE ME EVERYONE 4478       2   1  0    16       THAT ARUAKI TEAM (416)
 GOLDEN GLOW 6803              1   4  0    13       COLORIFIC (511)
-HAUNT 6667                    3   3  0    12       NEVERWAKE (508)
 COLD CAST 6802                0   6  0    12       STEEL AND SILK (584)
 PONY 6820                     2   3  0    10       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 VELVET FINISH 6800            2   4  0    10       STEEL AND SILK (584)
 SCARLET ROSE 6801             0   6  0     8       STEEL AND SILK (584)
 TUCK PADWHIN 6747             0   2  0     7       THE RED HAND (579)
-STU D. BAKER 6580             1   3  0     6       DO IT AGAIN (565)
-THAT ARUAKI GUY 6781          1   1  0     6       THAT ARUAKI TEAM (416)
 GREEN THUMB 6830              1   0  0     5       COLORIFIC (511)
 GREEN LION 6843               1   0  0     5       VOLTRON (589)
 YELLOW LION 6841              1   0  0     3       VOLTRON (589)
-SNAGA 6768                    0   2  0     2       THE HORDE (581)
-GRISHNAHK 6765                0   2  0     2       THE HORDE (581)
-ZUGZUG 6764                   0   2  0     2       THE HORDE (581)
-SLEDGE 6821                   0   2  0     2       NEVERWAKE (508)
 BLUE LION 6842                0   1  0     1       VOLTRON (589)
 DAVEY JONES 6837              0   1  0     1       STEEL AND SILK (584)
-MADMAN 6822                   0   1  0     1       NEVERWAKE (508)
 DEKLAN IRONMIND 6823          0   1  0     1       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHEWISH GIANT 489      0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          DAMASCUS 6798         550 NONE    
HURT 6709              7  5 1 ELFQUEST 515          DESIGNATED SLACK 6786 546 NOT REVE
HARRY TOESTACK 6809    2  1 0 GERFEL'S FRIENDS 253  BLACK LION 6839       550         
GORBAG 6766            1  1 0 THE HORDE 581         FIREBASE 6817         549         

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHAGRAT 6767           1  1 0 THE HORDE 581         CULHAN CARAND 6743    549         
LEETAH 6710            6  9 2 SCARLET KNIGHTS 375   KAELEN THUNDERHE 6777 549         
RAYEK 6712             5  8 1 SCARLET KNIGHTS 375   AIRK ARCSTONE 6778    547         
PALADIUM HAZE 6799     2  3 0 STEEL AND SILK 584    JUMPIN' 6704          548         
RED LION 6840          0  1 0 VOLTRON 589           EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 473 550 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Platoon -- Now look what you have done!  The Bear Market is loose.  You should have
been kinder to me. -- Bull Market

Tuft Tuggers -- A 13-2-2!  Even better!  And Elinae as Duelmistress?!  Salute.  The
Lady is taking over Aruak city! -- Kennelworth
P.S.  Elinae, Duelmasters drink free at The Bulldog Inn.

Delia's Gone -- You are more enduring than I thought, you endearing Lady. -- Flea Bag

Jeremiah Jay Cooke -- A salute to your fine win. -- Bull Horn

Jean Felix -- I hope you don't think me a bully for that!  Nor as a dog for winning
either.  (wink) -- Aries

Windchaser -- You can call me Taurus if you wish, but the stars are really not
aligned correctly for it. -- Aries

THAT Hannibal!  Too bad he couldn't have TC'd.  He certainly had great people
proxying him. -- Kennelworth

Embezzling Scribe -- Thanks for being there. -- Golden Glow

Ron Grizzard -- See.  You should have spoken the truth. -- White Lie

Airk?  Airk?  What kind of silly name is that?  Orc?  Or worse? -- Silver Lining

Richard Hendrix -- It was a long hunt.  Sorry you couldn't last until the end. --
Turquoise Tiger

Rockie Dee -- I hope you had fun hopping around with me. -- Tangerine Toad

Avast, ye Mates!  Me critters bea a bitin'.  Aye. -- Mino

Kennelworth and G. Puerco -- I have been very busy of late (IRL) but I will work to
arrange the exhibition tournament as soon as I may. -- Adie

Kennelworth -- Yes, Tankesh has done a fine job recently of managing the team.  Even
better last turn!  I have never seen a winning streak as great for the Tuft Tuggers
as the last four turns.  I don't know what he did, but he found recruits who were
ready to take the Tuft Tuggers to a new level. -- Adie

Q.O.W. -- For those interested, I thought I might, since my team has been on such a
good roll, post all my warriors ability scores....  I wonder if there are any
interesting patterns that Michael Eldritch might notice:
ST: 7,8,8,9,12    CN: 9,10,12,13,13    SZ: 9,9,11,11,12    WT: 15,15,17,17,21
WL: 9,15,17,17,21    SP: 4,5,5,9,14    DF: 5,11,11,15,21
Any patterns?  Low to moderate Strength, Constitution, and Size.  Are these
important?  Strength in this case tends to match size, totaling around 20, which
usually gives good damage.  That can be important.  Strength of 9 and 11 equals good
weapon selection.  Note the 8s are one train from 9.  Constitution, is important for
defensive warriors.  I might have a few of those...but it's good for endurance too,
which LUs, WSs and SLs need.  BAs, PLs to a lesser extent.  Size?  Well, you get what
you get, but my sizes look good enough for good damage and the ability to use two
handed weapons (you need a 9 for that).  But I like smaller ones because they are
often highly skilled.  Wit, higher is better!  Fast learners make great warriors.
Will, higher is better!  Some styles that have low endurance burn can get away with
lower endurance levels.  Hmm, maybe that's why I have one 9 on the list.  Speed, its
main skill is decise.  It is not important if wit and will are high enough, which
also give decise at the higher end.  I don't add to speed usually.  Deftness.  11 is
the breakpoint for skills and weapon use.  It tends to suffer if it starts low and
you need to put points in wit/will.  What can I say, I'm at the extremes a bit there.
ABs love DF, as do PRs.  Hmm...do I have any of those styles?  My Duelmaster is an
AB, and usually I don't make them with less than 17....  I hope that is a bit
informative...but not too much!  Good luck everybody. -- Tankesh

13-2-2!  Holy bejeezes!  NEVER has the Tuft Tuggers (or any of Adie's teams, which
are particularly few) done that great before.  Well, it sure can't last, but I'm
enjoying it!  Except the kills that is, where'd those come from?  Crap, those are our
alliance mates warriors!  Ok, who's killing.... <cracks his knuckles> -- Tankesh

Tankesh -- I swear I didn't mean to.  He was coming to kill me and I defended myself
with poor aim.  Tell Armalias to keep his warriors on a leash! -- Kaelen

Tankesh -- Same here! -- Airk

Pauly -- You are certainly welcome to stay awhile and join in our fabulous Aruaki
Andorian culture.  Please do so. -- Adie

Windchaser -- I certainly know there is a big difference between a ram and a bull.
But from the Bulldogs perspective, they are similarly related enough to utilize any
terms that might reference them.  They are both four legged, temperate climate,
hooved herbivores that love to lock horns and charge. -- Adie

Silver Lining -- POW!  One more strike against Colorific and his ruffians!  Another
hit for Jeb!  You didn't see me comin' did you, you cur?! -- Airk

John Fleet -- The victory and battle were excellent. -- Kiri

Armalias -- I am deeply sorry for Leetah's death.  It was an unexpectedly hard and
brutal fight.  I am glad to have survived it myself, for your gladiators are too
bloody.  You need to change their ways if you will not be managing them directly,
especially since you are part of the Cadre, an ANDORIAN alliance. -- Kaelen

Treestump -- Sorry I didn't mention you in the column, but there wasn't much to say,
it was a quick fight, and you probably won't reply anyway. -- Elinae

Firewall -- Shucks, and I saw just warming up! -- Donald
P.S.  I'm thinking you'll be gnidiova me in the future.

The Horde -- I'm really sorry that Culhan killed Shagrat.  Especially since I'm not
fighting Culhan since he's on his number for the next tourney.  Hopefully there's no
hard feelings.  I honestly fought with a low KD and attacked the LL so I wouldn't get
in this situation.  Again, sorry about dodging the blood feud. -- Pauly

Tangerine Toad -- Cool!  I've got orange warts now, and they just totally clash with
my hair.  Which means, I have to change my hair color, which I just LOVE to do.
There are so many possibilities.... -- Rockie Dee

Kiri Dragonspear -- Some days, I'm just not up for teaching.  Take it as it comes,
child. -- Jon Fleet

Designated Slacker -- May I call you Desi?  You are beyond question one of the best
students I've encountered, you bring out the best of my teaching ability. --

Ron Steele -- A golem?  Hmm, does that mean that "ron" is a kind of steel, just like
"carbon" or "stainless"? -- Koro Cloud

Grishnahk -- If you can't move faster than that, you'll end up as street pizza
beneath my hooves.  I wouldn't want that to happen.  It makes the horses nervous anis prone to mess up the shoes. -- Pony
P.S.  Not to mention what a drag it becomes, cleaning up where they walk.

Violet Vulture -- Well, of course!  I just love your feathers. -- Rockie Dee
P.S.  Such elegance, you know?
P.P.S.  Better than warts, really, no matter what color they are.
P.P.P.S.  The feathers OR the warts.

Kiri Dragonspear -- You can't be sure, just because I look human, you know.  There
are spells. -- Windchaser

Airk -- How is it odd?  It's a name.  Koro, member of the Cloud family. -- Koro Cloud

26 August 2006
The Avengers of Light.  Another VC lackey?  What's the matter VC, are you scared?
Bringing in reinforcements.  It matters not, bring your avengers and they shall be
crushed!  I am Dark Knight Blackstorm and I represent the Desolate Empire and can
easily be found in 8, 28, 31, 47, 54, and 106.  I reply with steel and your women
shall cry when they start the body count!!!!!!!!!  Remember to sign your posts to
whoever from the VC wrote that earlier Ad. -- Dark Knight Blackstorm

4 September 2006
Civil War/The Crusades

The next edition of the Civil War series is to be held in Tobir, arena 14, beginning
November 25th with a round where all participating managers must DA all 5 of their
warriors; in addition all warriors must be prefixed with an A an F or a D in the
following manner:  A-Broke Stroker or (A) Broke Stroker.  Names simply beginning with
the letter of your federation will NOT count as properly prefixed!  Existing teams
are welcome but no warrior who survives the DA who had prior Fight Experience (arena
or tourney) will be allowed to score or challenge into the contest teams.  There will
be an equal number of teams set up for each of the three factions (Andorian, Free
Blades, and Delarquan) to create sides as equal as possible.  This along with the DA
round should set up pretty equal footing for all managers.  After the DA there will
be another round where you can either DA again or fight your new, or surviving,
warriors so they will be set up to challenge an opponent beginning on round 1.  So as
a recap DA round, turn 0, then turn 1 it begins with the following rules:

The Civil War to be held in arena 14.
- The contest runs for 10-28 turns (barring ties).
- No tourney participation allowed.  Teams with warriors participating in any
  tournament are disqualified.
- An even number of teams per faction worked out by the Faction Leaders.  No later
  substitutions are allowed.
- If a manager brings in a second team and challenges into the contest he is DQ'd and
  his side will fight one team short!
- Three factions will be participating:  Andorian, Delarquan, Free Blades
- Everyone prefixes their warrior with A-, F-, or D- (No prefix = disqualification of
  the warrior)
- Turn DA:  (The DA Round) November 25, 2006.  Every warrior must DA.  (Warriors not
  DA'd on Turn 0 are disqualified)
- Turn 0:  December 9th, 2006.  There will be no scoring this turn it is meant to
  allow for challenges on turn 1.
- Turn 1+:  Scoring as detailed below
- Each team gets 1 point for defeating a warrior from an opposing team.
- Fights against warriors on your team do not generate points in any situation.
- The team with the most points each turn gets a Battle Point (if there is a tie for
  the most points then no Battle Points are accrued)
- The first team to 10 Battle Points wins the war
- Managers of teams on the winning side each receive a +1 bonus potion to be used on
  a warrior on their contest team.  This must be applied within a month of the
  conclusion of the contest and the team must have been active on the last turn of
  the contest.

Anyone wishing to participate, and feels they can probably stick around for the
duration (don't want to handicap a side, of course unforeseeable events cannot be
planned for), should either diplo me at THE DEATH SQUAD(63) in Tobir (arena 14) or
place a personal ad in the arena.  You may also contact me via the Duel2.com boards!
Let me know which faction you would like to fight for!  This contest is intended to
be open to ALL managers wishing to pit themselves against each other to try and
determine which faction has the best managers! -- Street Legal

14 September 2006
     I am back in the arena and thinking back to those days in 1984 where I was a
novice and clueless manager.
     Now, 22 years later it looks like I am an ancient and once again clueless
     I am looking to recover some old warriors.  Since none of them are Aimed Blows,
they are no threat to win anything.  I just want to see how they turned out.

The Couatl 2-17
Madam Butterfly 20-701
Gypsy Moth 20-703
King Crab 21-1
Priestess Python 26-1388

Please contact me at DekeYoung@Comcast.net if you know about any of these ancient
warriors, or just want to bs about the old, old, old times.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DAMASCUS viciously butchered SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
COLD CAST was subdued by JUMPIN' in a 1 minute Bloodfeud melee.
VIOLET VULTURE subdued TREESTUMP in a 1 minute expert's Challenge fight.
MAGENTA MAGGOT was devastated by ELINAE SILVERBOW in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
NATAS was defeated by BULL HORN in a 2 minute master's Challenge match.
KIRI DRAGONSPEAR was viciously subdued by ROCKIE DEE in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
DESIGNATED SLACKER overpowered WINDCHASER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
SILVER LINING overpowered RICHARD HENDRIX in a 2 minute uneven Challenge melee.
CHOPSTICK SURGEON vanquished ROD GRIZZARD in a 2 minute uneven Challenge duel.
KAELEN THUNDERHEART was defeated by WOLFBROTHER in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
BULL MARKET unbelievably bested PONY in a popular 4 minute brutal Challenge fight.
SCARLET ROSE was overcome by FIREBASE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
VELVET FINISH was overpowered by PLATOON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
JEREMIAH JAY COOKE devastated WHITE LIE in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
TURQUOISE TIGER subdued AIRK ARCSTONE in a popular 3 minute mismatched match.
JON FLEET was handily defeated by ARIES in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
RON STEELE outwaited WALK THE LINE in a unpopular 22 minute bout.
CHUCK DAVIS unbelievably bested DONALD DUNSEN in a exciting 7 minute bloody fray.
DELIA'S GONE outwaited CAPTURED ORC in a exciting 7 minute veteran vs. novice brawl.
JEAN FELIX overpowered KORO CLOUD in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ONE-EYE was overpowered by CARMEL CAMEL in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
TWO-S0PEAR was unbelievably bested by BARRICADE in a slow 14 minute gruesome bout.
GOLDEN GLOW was outlasted by FIREWALL in a dull 12 minute bout.
FLEA BAG unbelievably bested TUCK PADWHIN in a crowd pleasing 9 minute fray.
HARRY TOESTACK was assassinated by BLACK LION in a 1 minute one-sided match.
DEKLAN IRONMIND was outlasted by YELLOW LION in a slow 9 minute novice's duel.
GREEN THUMB unbelievably bested BLUE LION in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.
DAVEY JONES lost to GREEN LION in a 3 minute beginner's bout.
RED LION was easily killed by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 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|
|TOTAL PARRY                     15         TOTAL PARRY      104 -  47 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         AIMED BLOW        37 -  23 -  1      62  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         STRIKING ATTACK   38 -  45 -  5      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         BASHING ATTACK    27 -  33 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  48 -  7      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  17 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  15 -  0      40  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  33 -  2      39  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  29 -  2      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -  23 -  0      26  |

Turn 550 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:

AIMED BLOW         3 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         5  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY       12 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  6         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  4         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       ELINAE SILVERBOW 6646      12   4  0  122 TUFT TUGGERS (305)
TOTAL PARRY      VIOLET VULTURE 6612        16   4  0  104 ANIMAL FARM (510)
WALL OF STEEL    BULL HORN 6593             16   9  1   97 BULLDOGS (157)
SLASHING ATTACK  SILVER LINING 6339         12  11  1   90 COLORIFIC (511)
BASHING ATTACK   MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627         9   7  0   89 ANIMAL FARM (510)
PARRY-LUNGE      KIRI DRAGONSPEAR 6643      11   6  0   82 TUFT TUGGERS (305)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROCKIE DEE 6060.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DONALD DUNSEN 6787.  The ten other most popular fighters were TUCK PADWHIN 6747, 
6339, BLUE LION 6842, DAVEY JONES 6837, DAMASCUS 6798, and BULL HORN 6593.

The least popular fighter this week was WALK THE LINE 6708.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were RON STEELE 6670, FIREWALL 6818, BARRICADE 6819, YELLOW LION 
LION 6840, and HARRY TOESTACK 6809.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XLI

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
VENOM 3063 (62-75-1)                   2  3  0         REPTILIAN REBELS     

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SIR RICHARD 4051 (52-22-0)             4  3  0         TUFT TUGGERS         

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BART WELLENS 4848 (25-15-0)           13  2  0         INQUISITION GC 03    
CLOVIA SHIMMERMOON 4685 (21-7-0)       9  3  0         MANIACAL TUFTS       
ALBINO RAINBOW 6238 (30-28-2)          6  3  0         WAR-C-KERS           
COLWYN QUICKSILVER 4342 (35-18-2)      6  3  0         TUFT TUGGERS         
HALO 6189 (23-8-2)                     2  3  0         NEVERWAKE            
VIRGINIA'S SECRET 6295 (27-28-1)       1  3  0         WAR-C-KERS           

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BIONIC BUFFALO 6570 (19-3-0)           0  2  0         DO IT AGAIN          

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
2XZ 5002 (7-4-2)                       6  3  0         LUROCIANS EXTREME    
TITANIUM 5137 (7-5-0)                  5  3  0         WAR-C-KERS           
LAND OF FLUSH 4373 (9-11-0)            4  3  0         CONSORTIUM CRAP      
AXIOM 3918 (12-5-0)                    2  3  0         ERRATA               
CHARGING BUFFALO 5764 (7-7-3)          2  3  0         TRIBAL COUNCIL       

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NATAS 6531 (11-7-0)                    4  3  0         DO IT AGAIN          
BULL HORN 6593 (14-8-1)                2  3  0         BULLDOGS             
ALLY SHEEDY 6250 (5-3-0)               1  3  0         BRAT PACK II         
VIOLET VULTURE 6612 (13-3-0)           1  3  0         ANIMAL FARM          

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BULLETPROOF MONK 4999 (3-6-1)          7  3  0         LUROCIANS EXTREME    
FOXXY LOVE 6447 (2-3-0)                1  3  0         KELLUMBO'S KIDS      
SACRED WARS SMURF 776 (5-6-0)          1  3  0         DIRE FATE            

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JACKHAMMER 6613 (4-3-2)                4  3  0         NEVERWAKE            
LIME 6357 (3-0-0)                      2  3  0         BLADES OF STONE      
CHESTER 6630 (4-1-1)                   0  3  0         THE EARTHBOUND       

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SAND 6360 (0-1-0)                      4  3  0         BLADES OF STONE      
AGRAEDUS 6721 (0-0-0)                  0  3  0         PHILANTHROPISTS      
BASALT 6359 (0-1-0)                    0  3  0         BLADES OF STONE      

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
IS THAT TODAY? 6769 (0-0-0)            4  3  1         BASH BROS. HUSBAND   
METAMORPHIC 6792 (0-0-0)               4  3  0         BLADES OF STONE      
GOLDEN GLOW 6803 (0-0-0)               3  3  0         COLORIFIC            
BULL MARKET 6751 (0-0-0)               2  3  0         BULLDOGS             
SECRET AGENDA 6779 (0-0-0)             0  3  0         PLATEMAIL POLITICS   
SLEDGE 6733 (0-0-0)                    0  1  0  DEAD   NEVERWAKE