DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/09/2004    Duedate: 02/21/2004

TOBIR ARENA

DM-14    TURN-482

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JERRY CURL
DA AFRO (220)
(14-2480) [15-7-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JERRY CURL                     MICHAEL PALIN
DA AFRO (220)                  MONTY PYTHON (312)
(14-2480) [15-7-0,100]         (14-2750) [3-1-0,56]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JERRY CURL                     LOGCHAIN
DA AFRO (220)                  THE DOGHOUSE (188)
(14-2480) [15-7-0,100]         (14-4111) [2-11-0,17]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DEATH SQUAD (63)        16
2. DA AFRO (220)               13      DA AFRO (220)
3. MONTY PYTHON (312)           9      Unchartered Team
4. I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)       7
5. THE DOGHOUSE (188)           1      MONTY PYTHON (312)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*TOTEM (422)               12   3  0 80.0   1/ 3 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)      6  9 0
 2/ 4*MONTY PYTHON (312)         3   1  0 75.0   2/ 2 THE DOGHOUSE (188)        5 10 0
 3/ 3*I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)     5   2  0 71.4   3- 4 PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)   4  1 0
 4- 5 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  228 136 15 62.6   4/ 7*I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)    3  0 0
 5- 6 PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)  110  85 11 56.4   5- 1*TOTEM (422)               3  2 0
 6- 7 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423)  236 198 16 54.4   6/ 9*MONTY PYTHON (312)        2  0 0
 7/ 0 DA AFRO (220)             52  47  3 52.5   7- 8 ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423)   2  1 1
 8/ 8 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     306 277 23 52.5   8/ 0 DA AFRO (220)             2  2 0
 9/ 9 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       265 323  5 45.1   9- 5 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)   2  2 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[ Andorians Abroad #23 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                         or
            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Off the coast of Andoria:

     Towers rising out of the misty dawn.  They had sailed due east from Skaithvarn,
so that had to be the coast of Andoria, but Raoul couldn't remember any coastal city
with such slender, pearl-colored spires.  Those looked more like the skyline of a
dream than practical stonework.  They caught the growing light and glowed.  They were
beautiful, but unearthly.  Unreal.  Not residences for practical folk.  Raoul thought
it a fitting destination for the boat Khaldren had made with his magic, though.  The
boat was, in its way, as dreamlike as the city ahead;  The hull was mother of pearl,
the sails were webs of cloud.  Magic, of course.  Powerful magic.  Raoul wondered
uneasily what Khaldren had done to assemble that power.
     The exiled Kraelian had already demonstrated that he was ruthless in pursuit of
his goals.  Raoul shifted slightly, uneasily aware of the waves of magic that seethed
throughout the uncanny vessel.  Khaldren had not hesitated to cast a spell on the
three gladiators when they entered his tower in Skaithvarn.  A binding of loyalty and
obedience, the Lord Protector guessed.  He had not resisted at the time.  In truth,
he had been taken completely by surprise.  But he sensed that the spell had not
gripped him so thoroughly as the wizard intended.  He was fairly sure he could break
it, and very sure that he wanted to be further away from Khaldren when he did that--
THIS spell, he could break, but what if the wizard immediately countered with
something stronger?  And the fate of the two women with him was unknown; they might
be as lightly held as he was, or belong to Khaldren body and soul.
     "That is Zorpunt," Jeri Northwind said.  Her voice was calm, emotionless.  Very
certain.
     Zorpunt?  Raoul blinked and controlled his impulse to question that statement.
True, there were towers in the coastal city, but nothing like those slender spires of
glass!  Without turning his head, Raoul looked sideways at the wizard.
     Khaldren's face was set in lines of effort, sheened with sweat.  Using his magic
to turn the work-a-day port city into this dream?  Wasteful of energy...unless he had
some inexhaustible source at hand.  And why?  "Krael shall be reborn," he muttered
through clenched teeth, "and Celestinvael, and Orgillat in the south.  But this shall
be my seat of power in the new world that will be...."
     The ship of pearl glided to a stop beside a dock that had been transformed
into...agate, Raoul decided.  Or something like that.  It was the kind of thing the 
Chaos contamination might have done in the recent past.  Maybe that was part of
Khaldren's power, that he could harness the residual Chaos energy?  Not a comfortable
thought, although the gladiator supposed it was better than using lives to fuel
magic.  So long as it didn't get loose.
     There was no one on the dock, no one moving anywhere in sight.  Khaldren stepped
ashore as an emperor might step ashore in conquered province.  The gladiators
followed, and the ship dissolved into mist behind them.
     The Assassins' Guild's Black Book appeared in the wizard's hands, and he smiled
at it coldly.  "I note that 'Arenamaster Kai' has a secret he would not like
advertised," Khaldren murmured.  "For a price, I will keep his secret between these
covers.  Bring him to me."  He didn't look at the gladiators at any point while he
spoke.
     Raoul felt the magic sliding around him, urging him forward, and he was willing
to go.  Once out of the wizard's sight, he would test the binding, but not here.  He
and the two women walked quietly into the city.  Jeri, a native of Zorpunt, was
slightly ahead of the older gladiators.
     The streets were filled with mist even though the sun must now be up.  The
buildings, even the street underfoot, showed the effects of transforming magic.  They
were ethereal, idealized.  Unreal.  Nothing and no one moved that Raoul could see.
     Jeri turned a corner.  Looking up the cross street, Raoul saw what he guessed
was the arena, although no arena of his experience had ever had those delicate arches
of gold-veined marble.
     Raoul stopped, setting his feet firmly when the magic tried to force him onward.
It scrabbled at his mind, feeling like a handful of energetic bugs.  But he wasn't a
puppet.  He would not BE a puppet, especially not for a man who should have been dead
centuries ago!  He served his manager Generalissimo Puerco, King Mickeal of Andoria,
and Sheila Greywand.  The oath he had taken when he first reached the Isle shimmered
in his mind.  Khaldren's magic shrieked against it, fingernails on a slate, then fell
away.  The wizard would--must--know that he'd broken free.  Raoul turned set off at a
run down the first street he saw.  A real street, this one, with cracked paving
stones, and rubbish piled against the curbs.
     Someone was running and panting beside him.  He risked a glance.  Hallie O'Dene,
the Delarquan Lady Protector.  But not Jeri.
     They ran for several minutes, but at the first sign of people ahead, living
people, they dropped to a walk without needing to discuss it.  Running people are
conspicuous.  Neither of them spoke of their problem, either.  Time enough for that
when they were out of the city.  Zorpunt was a narrow city, stretched along its
river; and they were crossing its axis.  There was a bridge ahead, which would put
them on the south bank and that much farther from the arena and the dock where they
had left Khaldren..  That much closer to the countryside.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Hallie O'Dene leaned back against one of the trees at the edge of the road.  She
was breathing hard.  "Do you think we're far enough away?"
     Raoul dropped onto the grass beside her and glanced back toward Zorpunt.  The
city's skyline, barely visible in the distance, shimmered slightly but otherwise
looked normal.  "I think so, doll," he answered.  "I hope so!"
     After a minute, Hallie sat up straighter.  "I wish we could have brought Jeri
away, too!  I didn't realize until it was too late that she wasn't with us."
     "I don't think we could've done it, doll," Raoul said quietly.  He took off his
hat and stared at the dusty crown for a moment, then put it back on.  "I think it's
Lady Greywand's magic that saved us--the oath we took when we got to the Isle.  Jeri
might be a Lady Protector, but she never went to the Isle.  She had no defense
against...his spell."  He found himself reluctant to speak the wizard's name here, as
though it might draw the man's attention.
     "People have to be warned--"
     "And there's only us to do it," Raoul agreed.  "I'm heading for Andor by the
fastest road."
     "And I for Delarq Tor.  We are menaced, too.  Celestinvael and Orgillat!  Gods 
protect us.  If they're anything like the histories say...."  She shook her head.
     "I've heard of Celestinvael," Raoul said slowly.  "It was between Ardivent and
the Federation, and it existed at about the same time as Krael.  But Orgillat?"
     "Near the mouth of the Selwin river," Hallie said.  "It was of the same time.
We remember it--when we must--as a place of power and fear.  If...that man would
recreate the Empire of Skorlos, he must be stopped!  By any means that we can."
     Raoul nodded.  "The legends of Krael are dark legends, too.  I should be able to
reach King Mickael with the warning.  Who would be equivalent in the Delarquan
Federation?"
     "No one has complete power," Hallie said, frowning.  "Princess Chrysanth, maybe,
but...."  She sighed and shrugged.  "It's a place to start."  She got to her feet and
held out her hand as Raoul rose also.  "Good luck."
     "To both of us, we'll need it," Raoul agreed, standing.  He grasped her hand
warmly for a moment.  "May all your gods go with you."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Arenamaster Kai of Zorpunt glared at the stranger, hands twitching with the urge
to reach for his sword.  But the damned wizard had already demonstrated that he could
get a spell off faster than even an arenamaster could attack.  At least, Kai supposed
it was a spell, even if it was like nothing he'd ever seen before.  And nothing he
ever wanted to experience again.  "What do you want?" he croaked.
     "Your obedience.  This 'arena'--it will now be run for me, instead of Sheila of
the Grey Wand.  The blood will be spilled in my name, not hers, the power from that
blood will come to me, not to her.  This will be the beginning of a new Alastari, and
I will rule it!"

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 481): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 481): WINDOW WING SIGN of PISSED PIZZA GUYS (wuapinmon, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 474): ROBERT BYRD of THE DEMOCRATS (Al Gore, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 470): TAZZY TIGER of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 470): SIAMESE SPY of KITTY KONSPIRACY (Poison Ivy, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Klondike Kate, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 432): CMOT DIBBLER of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 425): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): OPURT of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 187): RED EYE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 330): LIGHTNING IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 319): ELENA of SITTIN' ON ACES (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 142): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 367): SNOWY OWL of CALL OF THE WILD from KYR'TERR (Poison Ivy)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): PHOENIX FIRE (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 481): THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 481): THE DOGHOUSE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 474): CONSPIRACY INC. (Damion, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 470): AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 470): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 432): BEYOND THE PALE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 425): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 187): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 330): 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 319): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 142): SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 367): DA AFRO, etc. (?, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
               (turn 239): ABYSS of PHANTOM FORCES 2 (The Catalyst, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 481): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 480): RICK DERRIS of VIEW ASKEW (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 472): MONTY PYTHON of SERPENTINE INC. (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 470): CURTIS JOSEPH of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Klondike Kate, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 425): SKOWIE of SPRINGFIELD XIII (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): OPURT of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
                 (turn 418): BANANA JR of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 329): ACHONDROPLASIA of ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                          LLLENGEANCE of LUROCIANS VI (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
TOBIR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, TOTEM, since THE DEATH 
SQUAD took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Now keep the taverns 
open late tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for TOTEM, whose 0-0-0 this turn 
dropped them by 4 into 5th.  Ha!  I BENT MY WOOKIE turned their 1-0-0 turn into a 4th 
place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit 
lists.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see ISAAC HAYES win a fight and 
gain 17 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, CIVILIZED CRIMINAL beat CATKILLER and CATKILLER 
lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Due to absence, and inability to defend 
the throne, WINDOW WING SIGN has lost the Title of Duelmaster.  Start setting that 
alarm earlier!  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as JERRY CURL takes the 
Title and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Victory 
Tavern, humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  
From TOBIR's trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, LOGCHAIN was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.  I guess I can 
give a little credit to THE THING of THE DEATH SQUAD for challenging up by 19 to 
LOGCHAIN.  THE THING won to get 15 points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for TOBIR's 
morgue.  More variety.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  
Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     There's got to be a better place in TOBIR to get a drink than The Victory 
Tavern!  Any suggestions?  Just wait 'till next time I show up here, I won't be so 
nice!  So nyaaah!  Glad to see the back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JERRY CURL 2480              15   7  0   100       DA AFRO (220)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WINDOW WING SIGN 3876         9   2  3   111       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
 10% VIGORISH 4108            11   6  0    98       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
-MOLYNEUX 3921                18  10  0    91       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
-RUDE CUSTOMER 3810           15  12  1    91       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HYDE 3927                    17  10  2    82       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BUFFALO SOLDIER 1893          9  12  1    74       DA AFRO (220)
 ZERO THE HERO 4129            6   2  0    72       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MICHAEL PALIN 2750            3   1  0    56       MONTY PYTHON (312)
 I ATE MY WORM 4053            5   1  0    52       I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)
-$2 A GALLON GAS 3884          7   2  0    51       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
-PUMA 4139                     3   0  0    47       TOTEM (422)
 CATKILLER 4109               10   6  0    40       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
-ABBOTT 4131                   4   0  0    39       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BOWSER 4096                   8  12  0    36       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
-FAKE PHONE NUMBER 3839        8   9  1    34       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAROLD JOHNSON 4130           5   3  0    30       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 PUSSYFOOT 4126                6   6  0    24       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PEREGRINE 4138                2   1  0    23       TOTEM (422)
 ISAAC HAYES 3288              1   6  0    23       DA AFRO (220)
-THE COUGAREAT 3885            4   3  1    22       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
 JUNO 4178                     2   1  0    21       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 LOGCHAIN 4111                 2  11  0    17       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
-KILDA 4127                    3   6  0    15       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 THE THING 4185                1   1  0    15       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
-FERRET 4140                   3   0  0    14       TOTEM (422)
-SNOW LEOPARD 4142             2   1  0    14       TOTEM (422)
-WESTON 4137                   1   2  0    12       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
-BAMBAM MUN 4182               1   0  0    10       ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423)
-ROBIN 4179                    1   0  0     6       TOTEM (422)
 RICK JAMES 3337               1   2  0     5       DA AFRO (220)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STUD MUN 4183                 0   1  0     1       ALL THE MUN'S MEN (423)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BARBIE CHEWIT 4175     0  4 0 THE DEATH SQUAD 63    MOUNTAIN TROLL 509    482 NONE    
SPARROW 4141           1  1 0 TOTEM 422             THE GROPPER 4133      479         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pissed Pizza Guys, and especially Window Wing Sign -- What a way to return to the
arena, eh?  Glad to have you back. -- Leeta, The Doghouse

Zero the Hero -- You're a CAT.  That means you can't be a hero to ME. -- Catkiller

Harold Johnson -- May all your customers steal the sheets! -- Pussyfoot, not a good
loser

Barbie Chewit -- Oh...I thought I was supposed to chew on you.  Uh, well, that's the
way it goes. -- Logchain

I Ate My Worm -- Disgusting.  Filthy habit. -- Bowser

The Thing -- I know what to do with things!  Sweep them under the rug! -- Juno

10 January 2004
ZalCon2 Updates (1/9/04)

     The contest will be starting on the turn due February 23rd, 2004 and run for 20
turns.
     Only one team will be allowed for each manager in the contest, regardless of
whether additional teams are announced as contest entries.  No exceptions for any
reason.
     The Style Master points should read that there is +1 point for beating a member
of your own style even if the warrior is not registered for the contest.
     Rolling points for consecutive turns as Style Master means that your warrior
gets the extra point every turn after the first 3 that he continues to hold the
title.
     The points for Quality Wins should be clarified to read the winning warrior is
ranked below by the number of recognition points needed for each bonus point at the
start of the fight.  For example, Warrior A (3-2-0, 17) beats Warrior B (4-1-0, 35)
and receives 2 bonus points under Quality Win for the 18 point difference in the
ranking.
     I believe that is all the clarifications for the moment, please feel free to
email, diplo, call or write me with any other questions or concerns about the
contest.
          Robert Occhipinti aka Zalgor Prigg

10 January 2004
                *     *     *  Third Annual Turf War  *     *      *

     Come one and all to DM 47 (North Fork) for the Third Annual Turf War!  Rules of
the contest will be posted in Turn #208's newsletter (due date Feb. 23).  The contest
will begin on Turn #209 (due date March 22).
     So, get a team there and register!  To register, you must send me a donation of
one (1) rollup CERTIFICATE.  Then, declare your alliance and team in the North Fork
personals.  You may also declare a warrior as champion, and that warrior will earn
(or lose!) double points in the contest!
     Roll-up certs will be *ALL* awarded as prizes, in addition to:

*** Highest Scoring Alliance -- Gets to Rename DM 47 for 6 months!
*** Most returns from DA (Alliance) -- Rename DA monsters for 6 months!
*** Most listings as "Style Masters" (Alliance) -- Pick arena to host the April "05
    Grand Tournament!
*** Warrior with the most awards -- Arenamaster named after him for 6 months!
*** Alliance with the most awards -- Pick the slow arena for TW 4!
*** Team with most "Style Master" listings -- Discover favorites of one warrior on
    team!
*** Warrior with most "Style Master" listings -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns!
    (I'll transfer $7.50 to the manager's account)
*** Alliance with the most kills -- Rename the stand-ins for 6 months!
*** Highest scoring Warrior -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns.  (I'll transfer
    $7.50 to their manager's account.)

     The contest will run for 10 turns, with the winners announced on turn #220.  See
the Turn #208 North Fork newsletter for complete rules and scoring system!  Direct
"declarations" to:  A.D. in the personals, and prize pot entry donations to:
                      Jason Mazuch HSP H-2
                      P.O. Box 339 #924385
                      Sparta, GA  31087-0339
     By snail mail or diplo through RSI.
               Bloody Sands!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB

16 January 2004
                                    CHAOTIC WINDS
     Once, long ago, the four Winds of Time descended upon Alastari like a TEMPEST of
epic proportions, they slew everything within their all-encompassing reach.  They
left nothing.  In their wake lay smoldering ruins.
     In their haste they sped towards the center of this great land like a colossal
giant would step across an ocean.  The four storms picked up momentum on their way
towards each other.  A collision was eminent.
     The first storm wind, the oldest and wisest of the four was named APEXALUS.  The
second, FLAGGSTAFF, was the quickest and loudest entity ever created.  The third Wind
of Time was MATRIATIN, neither old or young, quick or slow, but fierce and feisty all
the same.  The forth wind, ASSAMITHIUS, the youngest yet most creative in its means
of destruction.
     When finally they merged at the center of ALASTARI, an incredible destructive
explosion occurred.  And when the smoke and debris cleared they were one.  CHAOS was
born.
     And Chaos spread across the diminished lands reeking havoc and doom with its
passing, and destroying allover again that which already lay in ruin.

F E A R    C H A O S    I N C.
M A T R I X

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BARBIE CHEWIT was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
HAROLD JOHNSON was vanquished by MICHAEL PALIN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
THE THING subdued LOGCHAIN in a 6 minute beginner vs. master upset Challenge fight.
ZERO THE HERO was devastated by JERRY CURL in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
10% VIGORISH demolished BUFFALO SOLDIER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
I ATE MY WORM overpowered BOWSER in a 1 minute bloody one-sided struggle.
CATKILLER was handily defeated by CIVILIZED CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PUSSYFOOT lost to ISAAC HAYES in a 2 minute duel.
RICK JAMES was vanquished by JUNO in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       14 -   7 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  14 -  1      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   7 -  2      61  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  23 -  1      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  20 -  1      29  |

Turn 482 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     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   JERRY CURL 2480            15   7  0  100 DA AFRO (220)
STRIKING ATTACK  10% VIGORISH 4108          11   6  0   98 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
LUNGING ATTACK   ZERO THE HERO 4129          6   2  0   72 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
WALL OF STEEL    MICHAEL PALIN 2750          3   1  0   56 MONTY PYTHON (312)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JERRY CURL 2480.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BARBIE CHEWIT 4175.  The ten other most popular fighters were LOGCHAIN 4111, 10% 
VIGORISH 4108, ISAAC HAYES 3288, JUNO 4178, JERRY CURL 2480, I ATE MY WORM 4053, 
HAROLD JOHNSON 4130, MICHAEL PALIN 2750, BUFFALO SOLDIER 1893, and RICK JAMES 3337.

The least popular fighter this week was THE THING 4185.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PUSSYFOOT 4126, CATKILLER 4109, BOWSER 4096, ZERO THE HERO 4129, RICK 
JAMES 3337, BUFFALO SOLDIER 1893, MICHAEL PALIN 2750, HAROLD JOHNSON 4130, I ATE MY 
WORM 4053, and JERRY CURL 2480.