Date   : 01/19/2007    Duedate: 02/01/2007


DM-11    TURN-559

This Weeks Top Honors


(11-6695) [17-7-0,148]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ARIES                          BLACK LION
BULLDOGS (157)                 VOLTRON (589)
(11-6695) [17-7-0,148]         (11-6839) [2-1-1,25]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JON FLEET                      CHOPSTICK SURGEON
KRILL CAVALRY (374)            GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
(11-6415) [11-50-0,83]         (11-6785) [9-4-0,95]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)      45
2. MANIACAL TUFTS (431)        34      COLORIFIC (511)
3. COLORIFIC (511)             25      Unchartered Team
4. SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)       24
5. VOLTRON (589)               18      VOLTRON (589)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*VOLTRON (589)             10   5  1 66.7   1/ 0 ORDO HERETICUS (593)     10  5 1
 2- 3*LINDTAL (591)             13   7  1 65.0   2/ 4 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)    9  5 1
 3/ 4 COLORIFIC (511)          285 158  9 64.3   3/ 1 COLORIFIC (511)           8  3 2
 4/ 5 ANIMAL FARM (510)        %1030 606 34 63.0   4/ 2 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)      7  3 0
 5/ 0 ORDO HERETICUS (593)      33  20  2 62.3   5/10*VOLTRON (589)             7  3 0
 6/ 1*BARHOPPERS II (587)        3   2  0 60.0   6/ 3 BULLDOGS (157)            7  7 0
 7- 7*GLEN PARK LODGE (590)     10   7  1 58.8   7/ 8 TUFT TUGGERS (305)        7  8 1
 8/ 8 BULLDOGS (157)           902 687 28 56.8   8/ 7 ANIMAL FARM (510)         6  2 0
 9/ 9 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)     107  83  3 56.3   9- 6*LINDTAL (591)             6  4 0
10-10*HITMEN OF THE CDC (538)    6   5  1 54.5  10/ 5 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       6  9 0
11/ 6 MILITANT LEGION (586)     21  18  3 53.8  11/11 ELFQUEST (515)            4  5 0
12/11 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)   757 720 22 51.3  12/12*BARHOPPERS II (587)       3  2 0
13/12 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       705 675 24 51.1  13/14 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)  3  3 0
14/13 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507) 161 161  8 50.0  14- 9*HITMEN OF THE CDC (538)   2  0 0
15/14 ELFQUEST (515)           264 300 12 46.8  15-13 THE RED HAND (579)        1  0 0
16/15 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)    316 405 17 43.8  16/16 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)     1  2 0
17-16 THE RED HAND (579)         9  13  1 40.9  17/17 MILITANT LEGION (586)     1  6 0
18/17 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      288 536  5 35.0  18-15*GLEN PARK LODGE (590)     0  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-18*ONE HIT WONDERS (588)      1   3  0 25.0  19-18*ONE HIT WONDERS (588)     0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Cities by the Shore #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Fandil scanned the mass pouring up from Krael, assessing the opposition.  Sixty
or so of the golem-Aruaki first.  They might be able to use weapons, or not,
depending on how much intelligence had been left to them, but they were a physical
menace even so:  sixty against three?  He knew that many gladiators believed
themselves invincible at any odds, and knew that was not true.  They were going to
need their magic to hold their own against the tide of bodies, and it might take all
they could do with this depleted Arcanum to draw upon.  And behind the golems were
the mages.  None of them major talents, as far as he could tell, but Cho had been
right:  destruction is the easiest kind of magic.
     He risked a sideways glance at Cho.  The old Adantri had sheathed his sword and
was holding his staff again, looking like the magician he could be when he put his
mind to it.  Thank the gods for that!  The deadliest swordsman could not hold back
this tide, but as a pair of magicians, aided by whatever strange power the gladiator
Eclipse had, they could make a good try.
     "We've got to change the odds here," Eclipse said.  He sounded calm.  Facing
death regularly in the arena could do that for you, sometimes.  "The people of Point
can't match the golems one on one, or even two on one, and they're just ordinary
people; they can't do a thing against the mages."
     "All true," Cho said.  "We need to kill as many golems as we can until the mages
get in range, and then concentrate on fighting their spells, leaving the golems to
     "If we haven't killed enough of the golems by then, we'll be overrun," Fandil
noted.  "And if we use our greatest power against the golems, when the mages come up,
we'll be too tired to match against them.  A pretty puzzle, eh?"
     "There is enough life left in these golems that their death will release blood-
power into the Arcanum," Cho said.
     "Tainted power," Fandil protested.
     "I'd use foul water to put out a fire, if that's what I had," Cho answered.
     Fandil didn't respond to that.  He knew it was true, that they might have to use
the blood-power when it came to it, but he didn't have to like it.

     Eclipse swept his shield-shadow across the front of the charging golems.  They
went down--didn't stay down, sure, but while they were on the ground, the ones behind
them were stumbling and falling on top of them.  It was a start.  The Kraelian
magicians were hanging back, out of reach of the shadow, though.  Too bad.  He would
have liked to bring THEM down, even temporarily.
     Heck, he'd like to know what all he could DO with this shadow business.  He had
no training in it, he was a gladiator, not a magician.  Ace of Shadows...what did it
actually mean?  He kept the shadow of his shield moving back and forth across the
golems while he pondered that.  Darkness, coolness.  Negative emotions?  What good
would those things do here and now?  Unreal appearances, forebodings?  Hmm.  "Hide in
shadows."  Concealment?  Not now, their enemies wouldn't be tricked into thinking
they were not here.  Would they?

     Adie knew the moment when the mood of the crowd changed from hostile to helpful.
It was still on the brink of being a bloodthirsty mob, but now it was one she could
direct.  Provided she and her companions could protect them from whatever the
Kraelian mages had in store.  "This way!" she called, waving them forward as she
turned to look back down at Krael.
     At the wave of spell-bound Aruaki and others being driven ahead of the
magicians.  Her heart sank at the sight.  Many people on both sides might die here,
and most of them innocent of major wrong-doing.  So be it.  She could see no other
way to deal with this.  These magicians had too firm a hold on Krael and on their
     But it would not remain so.  Krael would be destroyed again.  And the grip of
the Kraelians would be broken away from the Aruaki people.  This was the first step
on that road.  "Sweep them back into Krael!"
     The people of Point poured past her with more enthusiasm than she had expected.
Poured past, shoving and shouting.  She struggled to keep her feet.
     A hand gripped her arm, steadying her.  "They are angry, more angry right now
than they are afraid," Senator Sedalia said.  "Their anger has been growing for a
long time, while they feared to act on it."
     "A lot of them will die," Adie said.
     "Everyone will die eventually," Old Doc Circ said from her other side.  "It's
the common lot of men, even, eventually, of Lord Protectors.  But they will strike a
blow first at those who have all but destroyed their town and their way of life.  Who
knows, with the information we have, and the knowledge you and your companions have,
we may even sink Krael again and give Point back its port."
     "I know all that," Adie said crossly.  "But I don't have to like it, even when
it's necessary."  She spotted a stone beside the road, part of a wall, it looked
like, and climbed onto it to see farther.
     She stood on the lower edge of Point, what had once been its waterfront, and the
slope of the land let her look down across all of Krael that lay inside Point's
former harbor.  More of the ancient city lay out of sight to the west, toward Iaye,
and more, she was sure, was still drowned under the waters of the Trier.  But she
could see enough.  A jumble of ruined buildings layered with slime, here and there
the ribs of a sunken ship, and scattered areas that the Kraelians had been clearing
of debris.  Here the stump of a tower, there a plaza with a geometrically exact
shape, somewhere else a roadway that connected one bit of neglected ruin with
another.  A pattern in it teased at her mind, but it was incomplete, and she couldn't
guess what shape the final design would have.
     Only that it would be a design of power.  Her hand went to her hair
automatically, twisting a flame-colored lock, as she puzzled over it.  This was a
measure of Khaldren's confidence and ambition, that he would try to make all the
ruined city into some kind of spell-sigil; it was at least a mile across, maybe more.
It had to be stopped before he could charge it.  Something so big...once it was
powered, stopping it would be, not impossible, but nearly so, and as destructive as
allowing it to go to completion.
     There must be a way.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Cities by the Shore #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The battle was chaotic.
     Eclipse had no awareness of, no time to even wonder about, the course of the
struggle as a whole.  He ended up teamed with the old Adantri, Cho.  The gladiator
hadn't expected...what he got.  Cho was old, and he was some kind of magician.  But
apparently there was a factual basis in the tales of all Adantri learning to use a
sword as soon as they could lift one.
     The pair of them quickly developed a rhythm:  a sweep of the shadow-shield
brought down, temporarily, the mindless horde in front of them.  The both men stepped
forward to disable as many as they could.  Back behind...Eclipse didn't know what,
exactly, Cho was doing, but there was a shield of some kind that gave him time to
prepare for another shadow sweep.
     The shadow business was turning out to be more tiring than Eclipse had expected.
He'd thought at first it was the shield, but he had to put some of his own energy
into it somehow.  He was trying to focus his attention and strength as he did in an
arena fight, but...dammit, there must be a better way!  If, when, they got out of
this alive, he was going to sit down with someone, some magician, who could give him
a few pointers in using this Ace of Shadows stuff.  Unless it all went away.  That
might be a good thing, in the long run.  Just so it didn't go away in the next half
     It was exhausting.  His shield arm was as tired as his sword arm.  Fights
weren't supposed to go on this long.  He knew how to conserve his endurance in a
duel, but then, the other guy had the same problem.  Here, when one opponent went
down, another stepped forward fresh and ready to go.  He tripped over a body,
staggered, and collided with Cho.
     It was like being hit by lightning.  Eclipse was sure that his hair stood on end
and his eyes popped out on stalks.  Well, maybe not the eyes, although they hurt as
though they'd popped out and snapped back.  Several times.  The shadow-shield was
suddenly a lead weight dragging at his arm.  The shadow it cast was heavier, too,
somehow; it fell on the zombies in front of them like, well, a pillar of lead

     Fandil lost track of his companions.  Adie, he knew, was behind him somewhere,
keeping the Pointers aimed at their common enemies from Krael rather than herself,
himself, Cho, and the gladiator Eclipse.  Cho and Eclipse were off to his left, on
the other side of the river of zombies.  Too strong a river to dam with the meager
power currently available from Ghea's depleted Arcanum.  All they could do was hope
so that it could be turned aside or its force blunted before the entire town of Point
was swept away.  Where had all these zombies come from?
     Some, at least half, he could see were Aruaki who had been stripped of their
ability to shape-change, frozen into a half-changed state that made them
formidable...beasts.  Human intelligence had mostly gone with the ability to change.
He could not tell if they might ever be restored to normal.  It seemed wrong to kill
them as the dangerous beasts they now were, but the situation was kill-or-die.  At
least until he could reach the foul sorcerers behind them, who had twisted them,
controlled them and drove them forward.  There were people who deserved to die!
     He shouted spells in a voice of thunder, making them up as he went along,
anything to wring a shred of effect from the power at hand.  Heedless of the cost, he
would be useless for a week, at best, but that was better than being dead.
     A presence at his shoulder, supporting him.  A flood of honey-colored light.
"Fandil!  I don't know what to DO with this!  Can you use it?"
     He dared not risk the time now to look at Lady Protector Stepharoo, vanished
into an amber prison so long ago, but the power she was offering... "Yes!"

     Adie balanced on the low wall, her attention riveted on the action down-slope,
between Point and Krael.  She had gotten the people of Point headed in the right
direction, with the help of Senator Sedalia from Iaye.  But now--  She winced.  The
Pointers were cutting into the vanguard of the Kraelian slaves, but they were taking
     "This was inevitable, lady," Sedalia murmured beside her.  "As you know."
     "I know," Adie admitted.  "I don't like it."  She reached for the winter
sunlight, gathering it into ball of power, grimaced as she gauged distances and
resistances.  "As matters stand," she said, "I'd do well to reach the first of the
Kraelian sorcerers, and they've got shields up.  I'd end by hitting our own forces.
But there must be something I could...."  She studied the scene, gaze ranging to
either side of the battle.
     There!  To the west, creeping under the bluff that had been Point Headland,
movement where none should be.  And no shields that she could sense.  They were
probably leaving off the shields in order to remain unseen.
     But she'd only get one chance to strike them, and then they WOULD put up
shields.  Have to make it count, then.  She weighed the force vectors one more time
and launched her bolt.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Cream.  Cream.  Cream.  Yep, that is still me there at the top.  But you all
knew and expected that.  After all, I fought a surgeon and you all know they lack
deftness.  (Thanks, Gerfel, for having the Surgeon there for me.)
     I am not saying much else.  No, I am not going to reveal my secrets.  I am just
good.  No I am not going to give you a few clues to my make up.  Go get reborn; that
may help.  No, I am not going to talk about Health Humility Honor.  Kennelworth does
enough of that.
     I am simply going to revel in the delight that an arena like Aruak City knows
enough to have its very best on top.  Ta ta.
          Aries DMII

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ARUAK CITY?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, COLORIFIC, since ORDO 
HERETICUS took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  If this keeps up, 
KRILL CAVALRY, you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 5 in the 
rankings?  VOLTRON turned their 3-2-0 turn into a 5th place rank in the listings this 
turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch 
GERFEL'S FRIENDS' heads swell from their 4-1-1 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, 
big talk, big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see ONE-EYE win a 
fight and gain 24 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, WHITE LIE beat AIRK ARCSTONE and AIRK 
ARCSTONE lost 23 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of 
life, ARUAK CITY may be getting bland, as ARIES stays top dog in the city.  The 
Victory Tavern, humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this 
stuff?  From ARUAK CITY's trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  TUFT 
TUGGERS, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided team.  
Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And it looks like BULLDOGS avoided them 
the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm 
frightfully impressed, BLUE LION was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that 
ego swell, sports fans.  I guess I can give a little credit to KAELEN THUNDERHEART of 
TUFT TUGGERS for challenging up by 22 to BULL HORN.  KAELEN THUNDERHEART won to get 
102 points of recognition.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Bye bye, warrior, bye bye...  FIREBASE, a glorious 
5-4-2 fighter, has passed away.  Gee, too bad MILITANT LEGION.  We're all going to 
die in the end, so why worry if the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARIES 6695                   17   7  0   148       BULLDOGS (157)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TANGERINE TOAD 6603          20   3  0   118       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 WHITE LIE 6659               13   5  0   109       COLORIFIC (511)
 LORD KRONOS 6111             12   9  0   108       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
-VIOLET VULTURE 6612          16   4  0   104       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 TURQUOISE TIGER 6556         23   9  0   102       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 KAELEN THUNDERHEART 6777     11   5  1   102       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 BULL HORN 6593               22  11  1    98       BULLDOGS (157)
 CHOPSTICK SURGEON 6785        9   4  0    95       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 TWO-S0PEAR 6700              11  14  0    92       ELFQUEST (515)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINDCHASER 6469              15  39  1    89       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 AIRK ARCSTONE 6778           10   4  2    87       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 ZYN'KYR 6579                  9   2  0    87       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
 JON FLEET 6415               11  50  0    83       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 SPECIAL! 6526                 9   3  1    83       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
 TOBIUS 6905                  10   1  0    82       ORDO HERETICUS (593)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILVER LINING 6339           14  13  3    73       COLORIFIC (511)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627           9   9  0    65       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-FIONA STARMANTLE 5022         8  10  1    65       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
 GOLDEN GLOW 6803              8   5  0    64       COLORIFIC (511)
 DONALD DUNSEN 6787           10   6  0    60       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 ONE-EYE 6711                  6  19  2    60       SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOLFBROTHER 6706             12  13  1    56       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)
 JUMPIN' 6704                 11  14  2    56       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)
 MAN'S BEST FRIEND 6694       16   6  0    54       BULLDOGS (157)
 WALK THE LINE 6708           11  14  0    51       ELFQUEST (515)
 DELIA'S GONE 6707            11  14  0    49       ELFQUEST (515)
 GULLET 6907                   8   3  0    46       ORDO HERETICUS (593)
 KORO CLOUD 6618               6  28  0    46       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 THE FLYING PEASANT 6859       5   1  1    46       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 BARRICADE 6819                6   0  0    43       MILITANT LEGION (586)
-SON OF JERK 6095              3   0  0    39       HITMEN OF THE CDC (538)
 FLEA BAG 6804                11   5  0    38       BULLDOGS (157)
-BOBO 6039                     3   0  1    38       HITMEN OF THE CDC (538)
 YOUSEFF 6906                  6   5  0    37       ORDO HERETICUS (593)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PONY 6820                     7   7  0    33       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 FIREWALL 6818                 5   5  0    32       MILITANT LEGION (586)
-AUTOMATON 6756                5   2  0    31       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
-GORIN ROGAD 6749              1   2  0    29       THE RED HAND (579)
-BIG ETHEL 6846                3   1  0    28       GLEN PARK LODGE (590)
 SKALLY SKYDEWAYS 6861         3   2  0    27       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 BLACK LION 6839               2   1  1    25       VOLTRON (589)
 ARVIN LARN 6904               5   4  1    24       ORDO HERETICUS (593)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GOOBER DIAI 6852              3   1  0    23       LINDTAL (591)
-ALPHA DIAL 6853               3   1  0    22       LINDTAL (591)
-GADGET DIAL 6856              3   1  1    20       LINDTAL (591)
 YELLOW LION 6841              3   0  0    20       VOLTRON (589)
 GREEN LION 6843               3   0  0    19       VOLTRON (589)
-GREEN THUMB 6830              3   4  0    19       COLORIFIC (511)
 MIASIN 6871                   2   0  0    19       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-ROSIE VOLKERDING 6848         2   1  1    17       GLEN PARK LODGE (590)
 CABO WABO 6828                2   1  0    17       BARHOPPERS II (587)
 SUPERFICIAL HITMAN 6865       2   2  0    17       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-CULHAN CARAND 6743            1   0  1    17       THE RED HAND (579)
 FOXHOLE 6845                  1   1  0    16       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 BLUE LION 6842                1   2  0    12       VOLTRON (589)
 KASTEEN 6903                  2   1  1    11       ORDO HERETICUS (593)
 DAWNING DANIKA 6866           2   3  0    11       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-JESUS JONES 6834              1   3  0    11       ONE HIT WONDERS (588)
-SIM DIAL 6855                 3   1  0    10       LINDTAL (591)
-LAVERNE 6863                  2   2  0    10       GLEN PARK LODGE (590)
 HORSEFLY 6860                 1   5  0    10       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-EDDIE RUBBER LEGS 6847        1   1  0    10       GLEN PARK LODGE (590)
 GRAND MARNIER 6827            1   1  0    10       BARHOPPERS II (587)
-CLARENCE 6849                 2   2  0     8       GLEN PARK LODGE (590)
-JACK DIAL 6854                1   3  0     6       LINDTAL (591)
 AMBUSH 6870                   0   1  0     5       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 RED LION 6875                 1   1  0     4       VOLTRON (589)
 JOHNNY ASH 6874               0   2  0     2       TUFT TUGGERS (305)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHIEF SITTING BULL 6872       0   2  0     2       BULLDOGS (157)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BULL MARKET 6751       4  7 0 BULLDOGS 157          WOLFBROTHER 6706      556         
BLUE BLOOD 6873        0  2 0 COLORIFIC 511         KASTEEN 6903          559         
FIREBASE 6817          5  5 2 MILITANT LEGION 586   THE FLYING PEASA 6859 559         
AREL MALEVIN 6775      2  1 0 THE RED HAND 579      BOBO 6039             556         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Purple People Eater -- That Silver Lining is surely showing you up for the lack of
managerial talent you have.  Isn't that 2-0-2 for her recently?  Perhaps she deserves
YOUR job, rascal. -- Kennelworth

Aries -- Congrats on the duelmastership.  DMs drink free at The Bulldog Inn. --

Tankesh -- NO Face.  I don't want to see YOU, pal.  I want the cookies!  Sorry to
miss them. -- Kennelworth

Kronos -- You are a funny guy.  You were probably a dweeb as a mortal, and you are a
mere wimp as an undead.  Why, you even run from garlic, you dingleberry.  I rate you
as a freebie tuft. -- Bull Horn

Special!  That wasn't right.  Now I gave a tuft back!  (sigh) -- Man's Best friend

One-Eye -- That was fun.  You itched.  I scratched. -- Flea Bag

Yellow Lion -- Apparently you beum a better sitter than me.  You chief; me losem. --
Chief Sitting Bull

Ahoy mates!  2-0 fer me critters.  Aye! -- Mino

Yep, I got the Merc, and Tangerine Toad got the dwarf.  Ho hum. -- Turquoise Tiger

Shucks, Silver Lining, you CAN fight when you are motivated, can't you?  And just WHO
motivated you? -- Purple People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Tankesh -- I hear you calling.  I hear you calling.... -- Silver Lining

Koro Cloud -- Get over it.  I am good. -- Golden Glow, Proud Colorific

Venomous Concubine -- Of course I devastated you.  I like ravaging concubines. --
White Lie, Proud Colorific

Horsefly -- You bug me! -- Blue Blood, Proud Colorific

All -- It is with great anticipation that I, Kendric Stormblade, prepare to join this
fine arena.  It has been many years since last I brought a team onto the sands, but I
am eager to once again shepherd new warriors up through the ranks.  I look forward to
matching wits with the other managers here, and I know my warriors are afire with the
anticipation at the upcoming matches.  I would wish you all good luck (though
hopefully not as good as MINE) and would invite any as are interested to join me and
mine for a drink after our first turn. -- Kendric Stormblade, mgr. Darkover

All -- As a new member of the arena, I am not up to date on the happenings here in
Aruak City.  I would appreciate any information regarding storylines and/or recent
history to assist me in crafting my spotlights.  Please feel free to contact me via
diplo, PM at Duel2 Forums (KendricStormblade) or via email at kendric@ameritech.net
TIA. -- Kendric Stormblade

Bobo -- Ye scallywag!  Ye done kilt me camel inna Tempe port.  Blimey!  Ye gonna walk
yon plank, ye devil! -- Mino

Carmel Camel of Animal farm, a 11-11-10-15-7-9-21 ripper, was brutally slain by Bobo
of Hitmen Of The CDC in the Face-To-Face tournament.  He will be missed. -- The
Animal Farm Scribe

Golden Glow -- (gloomy sigh)  I know, I'm a laughing stock, aren't I?  It's the pits.
And I never have figured out what I did to deserve this.  Well, okay, I'm on the dumb
side, and I signed the contract, but why was a contract even offered to me?  I'm just
so depressed...maybe you'll come by the Infirmary and be my secret admirer?  I know
the beds there are narrow, but...I can be very inventive. -- Koro Cloud

Lord Kronos -- I freaked when you went for my throat.  Then I got a look at your
fangs, and I REALLY freaked.  Do you know how much a complete blood exchange,
necessary to prevent infection, COSTS?  Some places--like the arena infirmary--won't
even DO it. -- Jon Fleet, Freaked

Kaelen Thunderheart -- I heard you coming by the drumming of your heartbeat.  This
made it easier to dodge, or something.  Or possibly I was just lucky. -- Windchaser
P.S.  Yes, I know, your epithet is not meant to be taken literally, but the problem
is that I have a literal mind.  I will, however, TRY to think of you as Kaelen Born-
of-Thunder or something like that.

Son of Jerk -- Remember, this is Literal Minds R Us over here.  I don't know your
dad, but if you're a chip off the old blockhead, well, I don't need to, do I? -- Pony
P.S.  Thank the gods you're neutered and can't breed MORE like you!

Blue Blood -- Looks red to me.  (smacking his lips thoughtfully)  Tastes normal, too.
You sure you got the right name? -- Horsefly the solicitous

Aries -- Just watch out you don't get shorn, brother. -- Jon Fleet

Magenta Maggot -- Well... it WAS your challenge, after all!  You wouldn't want me to
weasel on you. -- Windchaser
P.S.  I think you should petition to be recognized as your true self, a Magenta
Magpie.  Much classier.

Fiona -- (reeling)  Oh...belated I feel faint!  Everything is going gray.... --

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CHOPSTICK SURGEON was bested by TURQUOISE TIGER in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
LORD KRONOS demolished WINDCHASER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
ZYN'KYR overpowered JON FLEET in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
KAELEN THUNDERHEART viciously subdued BULL HORN in a 5 minute gory Challenge fight.
GOLDEN GLOW subdued JUMPIN' in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
JOHNNY ASH was devastated by BLUE LION in a 1 minute bloody one-sided Challenge duel.
YELLOW LION luckily beat CABO WABO in a 4 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
CHIEF SITTING BULL was savagely defeated by DAWNING DANIKA in a 1 minute melee.
GREEN LION won victory over GRAND MARNIER in a 6 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
MIASIN slimly won victory over HORSEFLY in a 2 minute gory Challenge fight.
ARIES overpowered TWO-S0PEAR in a 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
AIRK ARCSTONE was overpowered by WHITE LIE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TANGERINE TOAD unbelievably bested SPECIAL! in a exciting 2 minute master's conflict.
TOBIUS outlasted VETERAN MERCENARY in a popular 9 minute brawl.
YOUSEFF was overcome by BARRICADE in a popular 3 minute conflict.
KORO CLOUD slimly lost to WOLFBROTHER in a action packed 1 minute master's bout.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND was viciously subdued by ONE-EYE in a 2 minute master's bout.
DELIA'S GONE luckily beat FLEA BAG in a tiresome 20 minute bout.
WALK THE LINE overpowered BLACK LION in a popular 2 minute one-sided bout.
DONALD DUNSEN handily defeated ARVIN LARN in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
GULLET won victory over FIREWALL in a popular 1 minute match.
PONY handily defeated FOXHOLE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
THE FLYING PEASANT delivered the death blow upon FIREBASE in a exciting 2 minute bout.
SUPERFICIAL HITMAN overpowered AMBUSH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SKALLY SKYDEWAYS overpowered RED LION in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BLUE BLOOD was slain by KASTEEN in a 1 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                     13         WALL OF STEEL     17 -   9 -  1      65  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         TOTAL PARRY       77 -  41 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  10 -  2      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         AIMED BLOW        13 -  10 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  14 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  37 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  28 -  3      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  28 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -  25 -  4      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  23 -  0      41  |

Turn 559 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:

BASHING ATTACK     4 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  4         3  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  7         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        8 -  5                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   ARIES 6695                 17   7  0  148 BULLDOGS (157)
TOTAL PARRY      TANGERINE TOAD 6603        20   3  0  118 ANIMAL FARM (510)
SLASHING ATTACK  LORD KRONOS 6111           12   9  0  108 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
WALL OF STEEL    BULL HORN 6593             22  11  1   98 BULLDOGS (157)
AIMED BLOW       CHOPSTICK SURGEON 6785      9   4  0   95 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
LUNGING ATTACK   AIRK ARCSTONE 6778         10   4  2   87 TUFT TUGGERS (305)
PARRY-STRIKE     ZYN'KYR 6579                9   2  0   87 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
PARRY-LUNGE      THE FLYING PEASANT 6859     5   1  1   46 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JON FLEET 6415.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FIREBASE 6817.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHOPSTICK SURGEON 6785, 
6860, GULLET 6907, CABO WABO 6828, and DONALD DUNSEN 6787.

The least popular fighter this week was FLEA BAG 6804.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DELIA'S GONE 6707, TOBIUS 6905, GREEN LION 6843, RED LION 6875, AMBUSH 
6870, FOXHOLE 6845, FIREWALL 6818, ARVIN LARN 6904, AIRK ARCSTONE 6778, and 
TWO-S0PEAR 6700.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ARIES (11-6695) BULLDOGS (157)
BULL HORN (11-6593) BULLDOGS (157)