DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/28/2009    Duedate: 01/02/2010

DULLENS ARENA

DM-13    TURN-503

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WINDWALKER
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
(13-4648) [19-9-1,85]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WINDWALKER                     AVENGING ANTELOPE
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)
(13-4648) [19-9-1,85]          (13-5161) [4-0-0,68]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARKWIND                       ROBERTO LEATHAM
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
(13-4639) [18-14-1,80]         (13-5256) [1-1-0,4]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)      48
2. THE CONFESSIORS (562)       19      CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
3. HOUSE OF CARDS (561)         9      Unchartered Team
4. CHESS PIECES 13 (558)        0
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (445)       -17      SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)     6   2  1 75.0   1/ 0 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)      8  7 0
 2- 3*CHESS PIECES 13 (558)      1   1  0 50.0   2/ 3*SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)    3  2 1
 3/ 0 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)     248 274  5 47.5   3/ 0 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)      2  2 0
 4/ 0*THE CONFESSIORS (562)      2   3  1 40.0   4/ 0*THE CONFESSIORS (562)     2  3 1
 5/ 0 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)      39  60  2 39.4   5- 4*CHESS PIECES 13 (558)     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

     Avenging Antelope guided his horse slowly into the dusty town of Dullens.  It
had been a long, dry ride and he was eager to hitch the gray gelding to the post
outside the nearest saloon and order a whiskey.  He could imagine the burning
sensation as the liquor poured down his throat, refreshing his weary body....
     "Snap to it, Ante," growled the cranky voice of the team captain, Rampaging
Rhino, "We're almost there.  I want to get the supplies offloaded and see about
hiring some domestic help right away.  The Guildhouse is bound to be filthy after
what, ten years of absence?"
     Avenging Antelope winced.  He wanted a few hours to rest before dealing with
the issues that restoring the old Satan's Kingdom Guildhouse would bring.  He had
been in town a few years back for just a couple of fights, but he stayed at one of
the local inns during his stay.  He did make one trip out to the Guildhouse at the
request of one of the old Satan's Kingdom senior gladiators to pick up the old log
book.  The place had been filthy even then.  He hated to see what it looked like now.
     Still, RR was voted the team captain unanimously and Avenging Antelope found
himself nodding despite himself.
     "Okay, RR.  I also have to get over to the temporary Commission HQ and register
the team.  I have the official paperwork in my saddlebags.  It shouldn't be long."
He smiled a wry grin.  There were several saloons en route to the Commission HQ and
the arena.  There would be *more* than enough time to get that whiskey.
     The five riders trotted up to an old, tall stone tower near the center of the
oldest region of Dullens.  The gate was chained shut and a shutter clattered against
a windowframe in the swirling breeze.  A tumbleweed drifted slowly down the road
towards them, passing their supply wagon on the way.
     "This is it, boys," Rampaging Rhino shouted while dismounting, swinging his long
leg over the rump of his chestnut stallion.  "This is home."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 634): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 636): ACE of CARDS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 630): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 632): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 623): SAPHRONICUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 621): SMACK O'MALLEY of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 312): ULL BLOODSTORM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): ABBIE DONN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 607): FARTIOR of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 569): KING COREY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 289): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 270): KIRLA LORVIN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 497): EBRIA GANNET of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 484): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 464): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 460): *HAPPY PHANTOM* of LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Zalgor Prigg)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 219): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 420): TERREINE TYL TAHL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 414): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 406): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 522): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 634): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 636): SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 630): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 632): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 623): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 621): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 312): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): RAVAGOMG LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 607): BAD GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 569): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 289): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 284): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 270): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 496): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 484): TWILIGHT BRIGADE (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 464): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 460): CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 219): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 420): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 414): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 406): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 522): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 622): URSILA VINE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 621): COPPER COMPACTER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
              (turn 620): HORN ROCK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 311): MARLENUS of CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
                               ULL HARDHAMMER of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): ABBIE DONN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): MONOLYTH of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 606): FEEL THE BUZZ of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 569): KING COREY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 288): HALF of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 269): INGLEMORT JULS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 483): LASSIE of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 463): FALL PRINCESS of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 459): LUISENYA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     It was a good try, Oedipus, but you have to remember that fighting with both
shoes on is different.  And I'm afraid the arena stewards here are picky enough to
insist that you wear both shoes or none.  Tedious of them, but there it is.  They're
really into symmetry.

                                      Darkwind

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  SATAN'S KINGDOMS had cause to celebrate, after 
BLOATED BEAVER got 16 points by beating ROBERTO LEATHAM.  Win some, lose some.  
Speaking of which, BLOATED BEAVER was winsome, after beating ROBERTO LEATHAM and 
seeing him lose 9 points.  Out with the old, in with the new.  Enter GHOST OF ELDRAD, 
handily defeating DARKWIND.  With 85 points, WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS takes the 
position of DULLENS' Duelmaster.  Word has it one team in DULLENS is taking speech 
lessons to try to bore their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     And how sociable are DULLENS' warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
DULLENS would I avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in DULLENS is the highlight of my life.  Keep those 
sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir 

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINDWALKER 4648              19   9  1    85       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARKWIND 4639                18  14  1    80       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 AVENGING ANTELOPE 5161        4   0  0    68       SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAMSHORN 4633                12  20  0    56       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KALLI ELISABETH 5249          3   0  0    26       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKBUCK 5232                2   0  0    16       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 BLOATED BEAVER 5163           1   0  0    16       SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)
-BISHOP 5228                   1   1  0    14       CHESS PIECES 13 (558)
 CARNIVOROUS SHEEP 5162        1   0  1    12       SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)
 SCOURGE 5277                  1   0  1    11       THE CONFESSIORS (562)
 ROBIN DYAN 5250               1   0  0    11       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 THE BRANK 5278                1   0  0     5       THE CONFESSIORS (562)
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 5256          1   1  0     4       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 RAMPAGING RHINO 5164          0   1  0     1       SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)
 THE RACK 5274                 0   1  0     1       THE CONFESSIORS (562)
 THUMBSCREWS 5276              0   1  0     1       THE CONFESSIORS (562)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CASSY ELIZABETH 5245    0  1 0 HOUSE OF CARDS 561   SCOURGE 5277          503   
ODD OTTER 5160          0  1 0 SATAN'S KINGDOMS 550 THE PHONE BOOTH       503  NONE
THE PEAR 5275           0  1 0 THE CONFESSIORS 562  CARNIVOROUS SHEE 5162 503   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hmm.  I look at the dates on this newsletter, and I wonder, "What's up?"  These
golems appear to be easily confused. -- Jorja, Cardow Hunters

I don't know who this Koo Koo Kung Foo is, besides a rotten cook, but I don't like
him anyway. -- Little Ox

Now that Ox has brought it up, I don't care for this... person, either.  He teaches
poorly. -- Windwalker
P.S.  It is right that the crowd laughed at him.

I don't see why someone out there, such as a golem-specialist artificer-mage, doesn't
realize that your average neuter golem is NOT an effective impersonator.  Gendered
ones are more convincing, but, of course, they're much harder to control. -- Ramshorn

Golems don't make good salesmen, either, not that anyone is like to want to buy part
of Mordant.  Although I hear the place has a bridge that could be a good buy. --
Blackbuck
P.S.  The Commission seems to think I lack courage.  Little do they understand that
what they took as pussilanimity was actually simple prudence.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ODD OTTER was viciously butchered by THE PHONE BOOTH in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
DARKWIND was vanquished by GHOST OF ELDRAD in a 1 minute uneven battle.
LITTLE OX was demolished by GHOST OF ELDRAD in a 1 minute bloody uneven fight.
WINDWALKER bested DRUNKEN GUARDSMAN in a 2 minute Title fight.
AVENGING ANTELOPE overpowered RAMSHORN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
KALLI ELISABETH devastated BRUCE LEE'S BROTHER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ROBERTO LEATHAM was viciously subdued by BLOATED BEAVER in a 7 minute amateur's match.
BLACKBUCK viciously subdued THE RACK in a action packed 1 minute beginner's melee.
RAMPAGING RHINO was narrowly defeated by THE BRANK in a 2 minute gory beginner's duel.
CASSY ELIZABETH was assassinated by SCOURGE in a 1 minute uneven match.
ROBIN DYAN overpowered THUMBSCREWS in a 2 minute one-sided fight.
CARNIVOROUS SHEEP murdered THE PEAR in a 1 minute bloody mismatched competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  3      71  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   5 -  2      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   5 -  2      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  12 -  1      40  |

Turn 503 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      WINDWALKER 4648            19   9  1   85 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
PARRY-STRIKE     DARKWIND 4639              18  14  1   80 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
STRIKING ATTACK  AVENGING ANTELOPE 5161      4   0  0   68 SATAN'S KINGDOMS (550)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DARKWIND 4639.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ROBERTO LEATHAM 5256.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLOATED BEAVER 
5163, WINDWALKER 4648, BLACKBUCK 5232, ROBIN DYAN 5250, CARNIVOROUS SHEEP 5162, 
AVENGING ANTELOPE 5161, KALLI ELISABETH 5249, RAMPAGING RHINO 5164, SCOURGE 5277, and 
THE RACK 5274.

The least popular fighter this week was THE PEAR 5275.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were THUMBSCREWS 5276, CASSY ELIZABETH 5245, RAMSHORN 4633, DARKWIND 4639, 
ODD OTTER 5160, THE BRANK 5278, THE RACK 5274, SCOURGE 5277, RAMPAGING RHINO 5164, 
and KALLI ELISABETH 5249.

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

LITTLE OX (13-4540) CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

                          SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN CLEVELAND!

Our summer FTF will be an eastern one this time, located in Cleveland, Ohio  on July 
17-19, 2009.  It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, OH, at 15471 
Royalton Rd (440-238-8800).  Rooms are only $95.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  

There is a free shuttle from the airport, free parking, and free high-speed wireless 
internet in all guestrooms ($3/day in public space).  The hotel has an indoor pool, 
pool table, and hockey, and a fitness center.   The hotel is located 1/2 mile from the 
largest mall in Northeast Ohio, with indoor minigolf and pottery painting, and right 
next door to Iceland Arena, which offers open skate and skate rental.  They also have 
four bikes on property available for checkout, as the Metro parks are next door as 
well.  The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  There are 
many restaurants and nightspots nearby and at the Mall, as well as a cafe in the 
hotel.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLVIII

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JUMPINJACK FLASH 5143 (8-2-0)          2  3  0         PERFECTION QUEST 13  

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BLACK GENESIS 4223 (0-0-0)             2  3  0         THE BLACK CHAPEL     

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CRIMSON SHADOW 4241 (0-0-0)            4  3  0         BEDWYR               

DEAD CHALLENGERS TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CHRISTCHURCH 3929 (5-7-1)              1  3  0         KIWI CONNECTION      

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PRISONER SL 5024 (7-6-0)               1  3  0         DUNGEON CELL ZC3     

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next Winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 16-18, 2009.  It will be 
held at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, AZ at 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, 85282
(480-967-1441).  Rooms are only $139.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  There is a free 
24-hour shuttle from the airport, free parking, free high-speed wireless internet
in all guest rooms.  There is a fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-lifting 
equipment, a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, with poolside beverage delivery.  They 
have a bustling happy hour in the Kachina lounge, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
There are tons of restaurants nearby at the Mall, a Denny's across the street, and 
several fast food options nearby as well, as well as a restaurant in the hotel with 
room service.  

If you arrive early or stay late, don't forget that there is excellent golfing in 
the Phoenix area, with several championship courses nearby.  Winter is an excellent 
time to explore Arizona with a trip to the Grand Canyon or Sedona or any of our 
other scenic sites across the state.  

Hotel info:  http://www.fiestainnresort.com

The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.  

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 15 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                     WHITE THUNDER (4-6040) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (120) 
                       SISONGOEN (12-5168) LUROCIANS IV  (438) 
                JUMPINJACK FLASH (13-5143) PERFECTION QUEST 13  (527) 
                  HARD DAYS KNIGHT (38-2369) BUBBA LOVES CHESS  (193) 
                     POWDERED SOAP (82-2837) MY BUTT HURTS  (392) 
                    HICHAM (82-18389) SUPERIOR FORCES 1306  (2829) 
                    DEADLA (82-20623) SUPERIOR FORCES 3201  (2263) 
                  CLEVELAND STEAMER (82-25002) OHIO EXPRESS  (3993) 
                   YELLOW POST-IT (82-26131) WORK WITH THIS  (4213) 
                  CHARLOTTE (82-29266) SUPERIOR FORCES 3402  (4771) 
                    YELLOW BRICK TOAD (82-32755) 12/19/04J  (5407) 
                    SOULSNARE (82-37248) OBLIVION CLEAVERS  (6167) 
                      MARV (82-41424) 4-LETTER KNOCKOFFS  (6915) 
                   KAORU MOTO (82-48418) MEDAL OF HONOR AA1  (2722) 
                       RENTAL PERMIT (82-51256) 101607C  (8628) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes