DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/30/2004    Duedate: 07/13/2004

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-493

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RIFT
SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
(12-3922) [21-13-1,168]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RIFT                           OWEN
SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)           ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)
(12-3922) [21-13-1,168]        (12-5656) [6-0-1,75]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RIFT                           ARISTOTLE
SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)           DREAMERS (142)
(12-3922) [21-13-1,168]        (12-6002) [0-2-0,6]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HIGH JINKS (584)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE LAWMEN (148)            65
2. HIGH JINKS (584)            34      SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
3. DREAMERS (142)              33      Unchartered Team
4. ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)      23
5. BLOODSUCKERS (416)          16      ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)     8   2  1 80.0   1/ 1 HIGH JINKS (584)         13  2 2
 2- 1 MASTER OF DOOM (512)      10   3  0 76.9   2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (177)      11  4 1
 3/ 4 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)     134  82  5 62.0   3/ 9 THE LAWMEN (148)         10  5 0
 4/ 6 THE CITY (570)            75  50  6 60.0   4/ 7 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)      6  1 0
 5/ 7 HIGH JINKS (584)          43  31  5 58.1   5/14*ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)    5  1 0
 6/ 8 ARENA FELINES (177)      653 484 62 57.4   6/ 5 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)     5  8 0
 7/ 9 THE LAWMEN (148)         480 357 29 57.3   7/ 2*DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)    5  9 1
 8-10 LUROCIANS IV (438)       158 123  6 56.2   8/ 6 SWEET MAGIC (267)         5  9 0
 9/11 DARKMOON (448)           155 156  7 49.8   9/17 DREAMERS (142)            5 10 1
10-12 TEAM GNASTY (460)         73  77  8 48.7  10/ 8 BLOODSUCKERS (416)        5 10 0
11/13 DREAMERS (142)           924 984 83 48.4  11/10 THE CITY (570)            4  4 0
12/14 BLOODSUCKERS (416)       326 354 30 47.9  12- 4 TEAM GNASTY (460)         4  5 0
13/ 3*DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)     9  10  2 47.4  13-13 LUROCIANS IV (438)        3  1 0
14/16 POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)    150 236  4 38.9  14/11 DARKMOON (448)            3  6 0
15/18 SWEET MAGIC (267)        328 529  9 38.3  15/16 WANDERING MONSTERS (575)  3  9 0
16/17 WANDERING MONSTERS (575)  20  33  0 37.7  16-12*DRAGON RIDERS (588)       2  7 1
17-19*DRAGON RIDERS (588)        9  18  1 33.3  17-18 MASTER OF DOOM (512)      1  0 0
18-20*DRAKE'S GAMES (593)        1   2  0 33.3  18-20*DRAKE'S GAMES (593)       1  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-21 SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (506)  28  66  2 29.8  19-21 SUPERIOR FORCES 22 (506)  1  3 0
20-22*MELANCHOLIC MAFIA (585)    0   1  0  0.0  20-22*MELANCHOLIC MAFIA (585)   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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #81 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The heavy bell-tone sounded again, and this time the wave-front came with a
light that was brighter than sunlight and sharper than needles.  Artemisia felt that
she was being raked over with a curry-comb.  It didn't feel bad, exactly, but if it
had been a little more forceful....  The tentacle holding her did not fare so well:
its flesh was ripped by the comb-teeth of sound and light.  A dark fluid that must
have been its blood splattered on the deck.
     The tilting deck.  There are just so many assaults of sound-light that any
wooden ship could take, and _The Golden Moon_ had taken them.
     Artemisia rolled free of the tentacle that had been pinning her down and looked
around, assessing options.  The tentacles seemed to be out of the fight, at least for
now.  The zombies, too--the bell's attack had shattered their flimsy bodies.  The
ship was coming apart around her.  But what about her crew?  The few men she could
see were dead.  They couldn't all have died but her, could they?  It certainly looked
like that was what had happened.  Maybe it was the Isle spells that had accompanied
her oath to the Greywand that had preserved her.
     Which didn't answer the immediate question:  What to do?  If she stayed with the
ship, no spell of physical toughness would preserve her from the possibility of being
crushed by a falling mast or the like.  And if she dived overboard...was the tentacle
thing killed or just injured?  But gladiators didn't make it to the Isle through
being indecisive.
     She sheathed her cutlass, gathered her limbs under her, and dived, cutting the
water cleanly and stroking away from the ship and toward the dark hump of Barikala
island.  They said that no one ever came back from Barikala these days, but she would
deal with that problem later.  She could feel turbulence in the water below her and
guessed that it might be more tentacles, and whatever it was they sprouted from.
Well, nothing she could do about it right this minute, but she vowed that if she
survived this, she would encourage the eating of giant octopus.  Or squid, as the
case might be.
     Her fingers grazed rock and something grasped her wrist.  She looked up, gasping
for breath and already twisting to reach her cutlass.
     There was a man kneeling on the rock and pulling her upwards.  An ordinary man.
The most beautiful sight she'd seen in hours.  She allowed him to help her onto the
rock, which she saw was part of the shoreline of the island.
     "I'm surprised you survived," the man said.  "And glad, of course, we see so few
new faces here!  My name's Eddystone, by the way--graduated from the arena here and
didn't get off-island fast enough."
     Artemisia gave up trying to wring water out of her hair and clothes.  "I'm a
Lady Protector myself," she admitted.  "What's going on here?  The zombies, the
tentacles, the bell...?"
     "Ah, well, it's a longish story," Eddystone muttered.  He squinted out across
the water.  "But I guess you're the only survivor on my section of the coast, so we
might as well head back to the Hall."
     "And you can tell me this long story on the way," Artemisia suggested firmly.
"Start with the short version, and we can go into detail later."
     "Yes, well...hmm.  I guess it began with the Invasion, or around the same time--
I don't know if they were connected.  But the Duke says that's when the Light-Keepers
started having trouble with--  Er, you HAVE heard of the TRUE Barikala Light, haven't
you?"
     Artemisia glanced inland toward the pillar of light that was visible over the
island every night and on cloudy days.  "Even if I hadn't heard of it then, I have
since."
     "Well, the Light-Keepers started having trouble with the, uh, controls on it, I
guess you'd say.  Most of us didn't know a thing about it then, of course, but we've
all--everyone on Barikala--become, uh, well-informed, I guess you could say, since
then.  The Light got loose.  At least to the extent you see now.  Don't even ask what
happened to the Keepers on duty when that happened!  The Light isn't, well, Evil or
anything like that, but when it's loose, it strains things.  The fabric of the
Multiverse and so on.  Like having a lot of little temporary Gates around the place.
Well, the Duke's no fool, you know.  There were procedures.  Close off the island to
local traffic.  The power of the Light can be tapped, and it was used to set up a
Barrier.  Things can get in, but not out.  Because all these little Gates were
leaking...monsters.  Like the one you fought, we've had several of that type.  They
come from a place called, uh, Miskatonia or something like that.  Not always inside
the Barrier, but since the monsters are all drawn to the power of the Light, they all
come in, sooner or later.  And we kill them as fast as we can."  Eddystone grimaced.
"It isn't easy!  We kill monsters, but there are always more coming, and OUR
population is dropping, because since the Barrier went up and people realized that no
one was LEAVING Barikala, we haven't gotten people to replace the ones that die."
     "Sounds like what you need to do is close the Gates," Artemisia said.
     "That's easy to SAY," Eddystone agreed, "and we do when we can, although we're
running out of magicians.  But for every Gate we close, it seems like two more open.
It's the Light that makes all these Gates POSSIBLE, so what we NEED to do is get the
Light back under control.  And that isn't something anyone seems to know how to do."
     "Then we'd better find out," Artemisia said.

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): INSOMNIAC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): RUTHLESS of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): VILI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 472): LUCKY LADY HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): MARILYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): CAPTAIN CAVEMAN of LAFFALYMPICS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): HENRY DEARE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): WOUNDWORT of DARKMOON from RIZTAB (Bobby Bigfoot)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): LUST MUPPETS (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): THE HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 472): FOOD FIGHT (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): JOSTLING JAGUAR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
                             PREDNIZONE of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                 (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 146): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of RIZTAB!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Phhbltt!  Too much drinking and too 
little dodging gave TEAM GNASTY a 0-0-0!  I got a good laugh out of it!  Ya gotta be 
quick on yer feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  
ENGLISH FOOTBALL is now ranked 5th with a 2-0-0 turn.  THE LAWMEN showed RIZTAB what 
they were made of as they fought with a vengeance to walk off with 5-0-0.  What's 
with DESCARTES?  He actually beat DRYNN'S PRETTIES' SADIE, and walked away with 22 
more points from the fight.  Major screwup at THE CITY.  BAT MANUAL lost 22 points to 
JUDGE PARKER.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe BAT MANUAL will provide more easy 
wins...  BLOOD BUD was reminded on the sands why RIFT is Duelmaster.  Advice to 
fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  
RIZTAB thinks BLOODSUCKERS and their 326-354-30 is too much!  If at first you don't 
succeed, give up...  Management must be dealin', as the boys at DARKMOON ain't 
reelin'!  BLOODSUCKERS' mad!  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, DANCING ELF!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.  CAT TAGIOUS didn't quite know what to make of a challenge it received from 
BADGER of HIGH JINKS, who is 21 points below it.  BADGER perhaps got his just 
desserts, seeing as he bested CAT TAGIOUS and ended up with 80 recognition points.  I 
hate going to the effort of writing about the kind of fights that PITCHPIPE PETE gets 
in.  He fights people like BASS REEVES, 12 points below.  I thought PITCHPIPE PETE 
showed great skill and promise when he was bested by BASS REEVES.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  STEADY EDDIE looked pretty sick and surprised when he learned 
BLOODSUCKERS is sending him to the Dark Arena!  Whadd'he expect with a 10-13-0?  
DASTARDLY DAN larned his lesson (TOM SMITH taught it well), and we right likely won't 
be seein' 'im fight any THE LAWMEN members with the same gusto.  Is it my 
imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day?  To die so young, so 
gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  The end 
of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Remember--a good 
fighter needs both good skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RIFT 3922                    21  13  1   168       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JUDGE PARKER 5845             8   8  0   103       THE LAWMEN (148)
 CROUCHING TIGER 5899          9   5  0   100       ARENA FELINES (177)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WAX HOSTILE 5888              9   6  1    90       HIGH JINKS (584)
 BATAAKAPPU 5698              20  20  1    87       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 BRIARTHORN 5671              10   7  0    87       DARKMOON (448)
-G.I.I.L. 5155                15  15  0    86       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
-BARBARIAN 4783                4  34  0    82       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 BAT MANUAL 5660              12  13  1    81       THE CITY (570)
 BADGER 5940                   7   3  1    80       HIGH JINKS (584)
-SAURON 4847                   9   1  0    78       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
 OWEN 5656                     6   0  1    75       ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)
-AF BOX GNASTY 5417           13   3  0    74       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 BLOOD BUD 5774               16  10  0    73       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
-SISONGOEN 5168                9  17  1    71       LUROCIANS IV (438)
 FAST TRACK 5820               8   5  0    69       SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAINSAW VIGILANTE 5775      13   7  2    66       THE CITY (570)
 CAT TAGIOUS 5900              9   5  3    66       ARENA FELINES (177)
 TOM SMITH 5876                6   5  0    66       THE LAWMEN (148)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STANK SHANK 5863              8   7  0    54       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 SCREAMING PIXIE 5797          8   5  0    53       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-DIRTY SANCHEZ 5725            8   4  0    50       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 HAMSTER GIRL 5911             7   4  0    45       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 DASTARDLY DAN 5887           10   5  1    44       HIGH JINKS (584)
-FREAKY BARBER 5283            8  10  2    44       TEAM GNASTY (460)
-RIPSAW MCGRAW 5588            7   2  0    44       LUROCIANS IV (438)
 TWANGY TONYA 5959             7   1  1    41       HIGH JINKS (584)
 TWIGGY 5912                   5   6  0    41       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
 DREB 3 5947                   4   3  0    39       THE LAWMEN (148)
-KUNG PAO 5753                 3   1  1    38       LUROCIANS IV (438)
-GNASTY EDGAR 5867             6   4  1    37       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 NOREEN 5783                   4  25  0    37       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 AGLIBOL 5848                  3   2  0    34       DARKMOON (448)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WILSIE 5415                   4   1  0    33       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 BASS REEVES 5901              4   2  0    33       THE LAWMEN (148)
 SNARLING GNOLL 5793           5   5  0    32       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-SHORT TERM 2 5787             2   0  0    30       LUROCIANS IV (438)
 CAT SCAN 5976                 3   1  0    28       ARENA FELINES (177)
 IVY 5972                      3   1  1    27       DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)
 SHEARER 5791                  2   1  0    27       ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)
 FELINE GRIN 5956              6   2  0    26       ARENA FELINES (177)
 LUNG ROCKET 5967              4   1  0    26       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 PITCHPIPE PETE 5977           2   2  0    24       HIGH JINKS (584)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DESCARTES 6004                1   1  0    23       DREAMERS (142)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLAPAHO 5978                  2   2  1    21       BLOODSUCKERS (416)
 DANCING ELF 5919              2   8  0    18       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
 PLATO 6003                    2   0  0    18       DREAMERS (142)
 SUGAR JANE 5948               4   5  0    17       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-LILLIANA 5930                 3   3  1    16       DRAGON RIDERS (588)
 KAMEANANANAMOE 5963           1   5  0    16       DREAMERS (142)
 CHRISTINE 5974                2   2  0    15       DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)
-LOST GERBIL 5686              2   2  0    14       LUROCIANS IV (438)
-TURD FERGUSON 5979            2   1  0    12       TEAM GNASTY (460)
 DAVE COOK 5999                2   0  0    12       THE LAWMEN (148)
-MORGOTH 4850                  1   2  0    11       MASTER OF DOOM (512)
 CAT SCRATCH FEVER 6006        1   0  0    11       ARENA FELINES (177)
 MENACING TROLL 5966           1   4  0    11       WANDERING MONSTERS (575)
-NON-FACTOR 5519               1   0  0    11       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)
 SADIE 5970                    3   1  0    10       DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)
-KRUSK 5931                    2   4  0    10       DRAGON RIDERS (588)
-RESSER 5933                   2   4  0    10       DRAGON RIDERS (588)
 AUTUMN LEAVES 5975            2   3  0     9       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-PHEONIX 5964                  2   2  0     8       DRAGON RIDERS (588)
 ALOURIN 5987                  2   1  0     7       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 ANGEL 5971                    1   3  1     7       DRYNN'S PRETTIES (592)
-CHAZ LAVINE 5895              0   1  0     7       MELANCHOLIC MAFIA (585)
 ARISTOTLE 6002                0   2  0     6       DREAMERS (142)
 KIM 5986                      1   2  0     5       POWERPUFF GIRLS (522)
-TRAVAILLER 5980               1   1  0     4       DRAKE'S GAMES (593)
 SOCRATES 6001                 0   2  0     2       DREAMERS (142)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
STEADY EDDIE 5785     10 14 0 BLOODSUCKERS 416      ARENAMASTER RILLI 496 493 NONE    
GLUTTONOUS ORC 6005    0  1 0 DARKMOON 448          GORASH THE ORC 493    493 NONE    
THE SUCCUBUS 5969      0  2 0 DRAGON RIDERS 588     IVY 5972              491         
ICE 5973               0  3 0 DRYNN'S PRETTIES 592  HEZDLAT THE GIANT 494 493 NONE    
BILL TILGHMAN 5854     4  5 0 THE LAWMEN 148        DASTARDLY DAN 5887    491 JUST REV
JULIE BEAN 5869        7  6 0 POWERPUFF GIRLS 522   WAX HOSTILE 5888      491         
POT BELLY 5819         5  8 1 SPIRITUAL GIFT 402    CAT TAGIOUS 5900      491         
LITTLE EM 5961         1  3 0 SWEET MAGIC 267       ANGEL 5971            490         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Gnasty Edgar -- Your face, it's not weasely enough to attend the meetings, suck in
your cheeks more.  <shake of head>  Forget it.  You'd never get through the door.
See, it takes a true ferret-face (like me) to hold down a moniker like "Badger".
Haven't been carded yet. -- Badger

Hamster Girl -- Take me away on wings of steel. -- Wax Hostile

Tom Smith -- A fine, dastardly sized fight.  The ropes, you kinda had me on, till the
slightest flaw in an otherwise finely crafted...style exposed you to my dastardly
wrath. -- Dan

Feline Grin -- Grin all you want, how-some-ever, don't bother giving a thought to
tomorrow (lest it's Sunday) cause you can't blow your own horn after that fight. --
Pitchpipe Pete

Bass Reeves -- That audience might've groaned its disappointments, but I'm still
standing.  <right tough fight>  Oh well, nothing squandered nothing lost. -- Tonya

Twiggy -- I HATE skinny women! -- Noreen

Dreb 3 -- Ah...one of those names that makes you try harder? -- Sugar Jane

G.I.L.L. -- Not today, golem.  Today, I have graduated, this is my last fight here,
and I don't let anything cloud my sky. -- Tillouisa

Ice -- You're pretty?  Coulda fooled me. -- Alourin
P.S.  Well, okay, in a sort of colorless, flashy way, you are.  Eye catching, anyway.
But what if I like colorful and NOT flashy?

Descartes -- (severely)  You need to stop staring at the ceiling thinking profound
thoughts and spend more time in the gym. -- Autumn Leaves

Drynn -- A bloodfeud would be much too energetic for me.  I'd have to issue a
challenge. -- Jorja, Sweet Magic

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the 
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena 
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight 
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death 
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable 
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New 
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other 
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin 
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once 
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission 
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied 
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow 
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least 
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the 
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables 
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables 
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the 
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to 
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new 
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67 
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular 
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part 
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow 
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron 
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission; 
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New 
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall 
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor 
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part 
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by 
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by 
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death 
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena 
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to 
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding 
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie 
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being 
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the 
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to 
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to 
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name & 
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL 
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and 
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye 
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest 
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension 
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STEADY EDDIE was butchered by ARENAMASTER RILLION in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
ICE was slaughtered by HEZDLAT THE GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
GLUTTONOUS ORC was viciously butchered by GORASH THE ORC in a 1 minute match.
BATAAKAPPU was vanquished by WAX HOSTILE in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
TOM SMITH overpowered DASTARDLY DAN in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
BRIARTHORN lost to CROUCHING TIGER in a 2 minute master's Challenge fight.
JUDGE PARKER overpowered BAT MANUAL in a popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
BADGER viciously subdued CAT TAGIOUS in a action packed 1 minute Challenge duel.
PITCHPIPE PETE was defeated by BASS REEVES in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
HAMSTER GIRL vanquished NOREEN in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
AGLIBOL overpowered DANCING ELF in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
DREB 3 savagely defeated SNARLING GNOLL in a exciting 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
SHEARER overcame CHRISTINE in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
SLAPAHO demolished KIM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
DAVE COOK narrowly defeated ALOURIN in a 7 minute gory amateur's Challenge conflict.
RIFT vanquished BLOOD BUD in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title bout.
OWEN handily defeated SCREAMING PIXIE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched bout.
FAST TRACK devastated TWIGGY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CHAINSAW VIGILANTE subdued STANK SHANK in a 1 minute bout.
TWANGY TONYA beat IVY in a 1 minute match.
SUGAR JANE was defeated by LUNG ROCKET in a 1 minute conflict.
FELINE GRIN outwaited ARISTOTLE in a 7 minute veteran vs. novice contest.
KAMEANANANAMOE was subdued by CAT SCAN in a action packed 3 minute gruesome bout.
SADIE was handily defeated by DESCARTES in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
ANGEL was narrowly defeated by MENACING TROLL in a 4 minute gruesome novice's fight.
AUTUMN LEAVES was savagely defeated by PLATO in a 6 minute gory beginner's fight.
SOCRATES was overpowered by CAT SCRATCH FEVER in a 1 minute uneven match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  14         WALL OF STEEL     27 -  12 -  1      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         TOTAL PARRY       26 -  20 -  0      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK   101 -  88 -  7      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         STRIKING ATTACK   33 -  31 -  4      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE      19 -  18 -  1      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   17 -  19 -  2      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         BASHING ATTACK    43 -  54 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW        14 -  27 -  1      34  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  12 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -  14 -  0      33  |

Turn 493 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  3     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     8 -  6     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  2     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   RIFT 3922                  21  13  1  168 SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)
SLASHING ATTACK  WAX HOSTILE 5888            9   6  1   90 HIGH JINKS (584)
WALL OF STEEL    BRIARTHORN 5671            10   7  0   87 DARKMOON (448)
STRIKING ATTACK  OWEN 5656                   6   0  1   75 ENGLISH FOOTBALL (400)
BASHING ATTACK   STANK SHANK 5863            8   7  0   54 BLOODSUCKERS (416)
PARRY-STRIKE     DASTARDLY DAN 5887         10   5  1   44 HIGH JINKS (584)
AIMED BLOW       AGLIBOL 5848                3   2  0   34 DARKMOON (448)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RIFT 3922.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ARISTOTLE 6002.  The ten other most popular fighters were DREB 3 5947, CAT SCAN 5976, 
TOM SMITH 5876, CROUCHING TIGER 5899, JUDGE PARKER 5845, AUTUMN LEAVES 5975, BADGER 
5940, PITCHPIPE PETE 5977, RIFT 3922, and OWEN 5656.

The least popular fighter this week was FELINE GRIN 5956.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DAVE COOK 5999, SOCRATES 6001, PLATO 6003, SADIE 5970, SUGAR 
JANE 5948, TWIGGY 5912, ALOURIN 5987, KIM 5986, DANCING ELF 5919, and NOREEN 5783.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

RIFT (12-3922) SPIRITUAL GIFT (402)