Date   : 07/12/2004    Duedate: 07/24/2004


DM-14    TURN-493

This Weeks Top Honors


(14-4129) [11-4-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE DEATH SQUAD (63)           SPQR (427)
(14-4129) [11-4-0,120]         (14-4223) [3-0-1,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

I ATE MY WORM                  VISIGOTH
(14-4053) [13-3-0,87]          (14-4214) [5-2-0,44]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DEATH SQUAD (63)        33
2. THE DOGHOUSE (188)          30      I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)
3. FLAMETHROWERS (428)          0      Unchartered Team
4. CLAN BATTLEAXE 6 (392)       0
5. I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)       0      SPQR (427)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*CLAN BATTLEAXE 6 (392)     1   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     11  4 0
 2/ 2 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)    13   4  0 76.5   2/ 2*SPQR (427)                8  7 2
 3- 3*FLAMETHROWERS (428)        2   1  0 66.7   3/ 3 THE DOGHOUSE (188)        8  7 0
 4/ 4 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     340 293 23 53.7   4- 6*CLAN BATTLEAXE 6 (392)    1  0 0
 5/ 5 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       287 356  8 44.6   5- 5*FLAMETHROWERS (428)       1  1 0
 6/ 6*SPQR (427)                10  17  3 37.0   6/ 4 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)    1  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[ Out of the Past #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Andorian Edition

Aruak City:

     The mirror was resisting, a thing that had never happened before.  Adeolar
wrestled with the spell, her entire attention concentrated on it.  The mirror spell
was PASSIVE, it shouldn't be doing this!  She took a deep breath and let it out
slowly, then stepped back mentally from her work.  Magical devices were no different
than mechanical ones in some ways, they could get "stuck" on a certain phase of
operation.  The mirror spell had simply gotten "stuck" on looking at Krael.  All she
needed to do was deactivate it, then start over with a different target.
     It was a simple matter.
     It should have been a simple matter.
     She couldn't shut the spell down.  She took another deep breath and ran through
the shut-down sequence again.  There were currents of unformed magic swirling around
her now, and most of them were from sources she would not touch.  Blood magic, from
the arena.  It seemed to be working against her, reinforcing the mirror's resistance,
if such a thing was possible.  Dammit, the mirror wasn't alive, it didn't have a
will, couldn't consciously resist...but that's what it felt like.  Or that someone
she'd been looking at had sensed the spell, seized it from the other end, and was
trying to use it to look at HER.  She was distantly aware of power--not a lot, but
some, enough to help--coming from outside her and reinforcing her efforts.  More
distantly, she realized that it was Segallion and Nila.  That power she could use.
She wove their offering into her own efforts and made a third attempt to shut down
the mirror spell.
     The resistance continued, maybe increased.  It was hard to be sure, because her
head was beginning to ache with the effort.  Not good!  If she made a slip through
weariness, the spell could escape her completely.
     Another strand of power, faint as starlight but just as pure, joined with hers.
Absolutely precise.  Familiar.  Shania!  The united effort bore down on the critical
points of the mirror spell.  Not the points SHE had chosen.
     *I can't hold this link for long* Shania thought to her.  *But without it, I
couldn't have reached you at all.  The high magics are fading with the Eyes, Adie.
Soon they'll be gone--*
     "Leaving nothing but blood magic and petty witchcraft," Adie agreed grimly.  "I
     *It's worse than you're thinking.*  Shania's thought was urgent.  *When there is
no high magic, there will be no protecting circles, demons will be unbound, all the
things that Sheila Greywand holds at bay will be loosed on Alastari!  Gates will open
as though they'd never been sealed.  ANYTHING could get loose!  There are residual
traces of Old Chaos in Alastari, and if they aren't bound--*
     "Disaster!"  It didn't occur to Adie to doubt Shania's assessment.  In matters
such as that, the elf seeress was unmatched.  "But without high magic, how can we
hold the bindings?  You don't suggest WE use blood magic?"
     *No.  Everything done with blood magic is tainted by it.  Even for a good end...
the result will be twisted.  Always.*
     Adie was aware of Shania's shudder of revulsion.  "There aren't a lot of other
     *I have a plan--it would take too long to explain now.*  Shania's mental voice
was fading.  *I'll be there soon.*  The link between them shivered.  *Break the
mirror!*  She was gone from Adie's mind.
     It was an effort for Adie to focus outward and look at the mirror.  The
reflective surface was a sheet of blood!  She couldn't disentangle her mind
completely from the spell and realized that the mirror had gone beyond resistance and
it--or something using it--was actively attempting to trap her.  Easier said than
done!  Most of her mental barriers had been lowered to work the spell, but she
slammed them back into place.  Which was more difficult than it should have been, but
she DID manage it.
     Her warrior Segallion staggered toward her, sword drawn.  Adie saw that Nila had
collapsed behind him.  Had they been seized by the spell, when it lost its grip on

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

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): ZERO THE HERO of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): FLAT TAX of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): CROCONAW of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): FLIMSY of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): DARK CHOCOLATE of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): SQUISH THE GERBIL of CRUEL PET NAMES (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): SADISTA FAIRBORNE of MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): BERKE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): MUTILATE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): LACHES of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SEXTANT of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHEROKEE of CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): TEN TON TOGAS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): BUMS 'R' US (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): RISEN FROM THE DEAD, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
                           GREY FOX of A.K.A. (?, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 491): BEEF BULLION of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                               SKYWISE of ELFQUEST (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 484): KANGAROO KATE of THE ZOO (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 340): BLACK EYE of JOKA MASHER! (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 146): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, 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.  Now let's all watch THE DOGHOUSE's 
heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big 
deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see DUM HAIRY THING win a fight and 
gain 12 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, DUM HAIRY THING beat SCIPIO AFRICANUS and SCIPIO 
AFRICANUS lost 11 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of 
life, TOBIR may be getting bland, as ZERO THE HERO stays top dog in the city.  I'm 
not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You want to know 
what's new, don't you, TOBIR?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  What's 
the big D?  THE DEATH SQUAD was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks like I BENT MY WOOKIE avoided them the 
most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  I ATE MY WORM 
was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or 
feared?  Heh, heh.  I guess I can give a little credit to DEAD MAN WALKING of THE 
DEATH SQUAD for challenging up by 23 to BOWSER.  DEAD MAN WALKING won to get 55 
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.   
     What does the TOBIR arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  Paste 
this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide 

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZERO THE HERO 4129           11   4  0   120       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 I ATE MY WORM 4053           13   3  0    87       I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANGRY SHEW 4201               7   3  0    65       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOWSER 4096                  12  19  1    56       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 PUSSYFOOT 4126               11  12  1    56       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 DEAD MAN WALKING 4220         5   0  0    55       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 THE THING 4185                9   4  0    50       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 VISIGOTH 4214                 5   2  0    44       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JUNO 4178                     6   8  0    31       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 HONEY PUP 4207                4   6  0    31       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 FLAVIUS MAXIMUS 4223          3   0  1    26       SPQR (427)
 REMUS 4218                    3   2  1    25       SPQR (427)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUM HAIRY THING 4215          2   5  1    21       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
-COLD FUSION 4227              2   1  0    17       FLAMETHROWERS (428)
 SCIPIO AFRICANUS 4221         2   1  1    10       SPQR (427)
-MER YERAN 3803                1   0  0     9       CLAN BATTLEAXE 6 (392)
 MARCUS ANTONIUS 4235          1   2  0     6       SPQR (427)
 CORNELIUS SULLA 4222          1   2  0     5       SPQR (427)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHIFTYEYED VOLUNT 492  0  1 0   1                   FLAVIUS MAXIMUS 4223  493 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Visigoth -- I could tell how it was, you wanted to sack my home!  But a good dog
doesn't allow that kind of thing. -- Bowser

Angry Shew -- You think YOU'RE angry, I'm mad enough to hiss and spit! -- Pussyfoot

Cold Fusion -- Does that mean ice in the drinks?  I like that. -- Dum Hairy Thing

Dead Man Walking -- Walk if you must, but stop swinging that sword! -- Juno

Cornelius Sulla -- I was going to make some kind of smart remark, I forget what now,
but Leeta wouldn't let me.  She said it was too rude. -- Honey Pup

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

12 July 2004
All Readers -- Due to the pressures resulting from preparing for and dealing with the
Face to Face, no spotlights will be written until it's over. -- the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

VISIGOTH slimly lost to PUSSYFOOT in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge fight.
DEAD MAN WALKING savagely defeated BOWSER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
ZERO THE HERO won victory over I ATE MY WORM in a 1 minute Title brawl.
ANGRY SHEW devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE THING outlasted REMUS in a slow 13 minute master vs. beginner competition.
JUNO devastated CORNELIUS SULLA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory mismatched match.
DUM HAIRY THING overcame SCIPIO AFRICANUS in a 3 minute melee.
HONEY PUP vanquished MARCUS ANTONIUS in a 1 minute uneven duel.
FLAVIUS MAXIMUS assassinated SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  10 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   5 -  2      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  15 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  10 -  1      58  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  10 -  2      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   8 -  1      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |

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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ZERO THE HERO 4129         11   4  0  120 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
STRIKING ATTACK  I ATE MY WORM 4053         13   3  0   87 I BENT MY WOOKIE (413)
SLASHING ATTACK  ANGRY SHEW 4201             7   3  0   65 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
TOTAL PARRY      THE THING 4185              9   4  0   50 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
PARRY-LUNGE      VISIGOTH 4214               5   2  0   44 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is I ATE MY WORM 4053.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was VISIGOTH 4214.  The ten other most popular fighters were PUSSYFOOT 4126, 
4129, ANGRY SHEW 4201, BOWSER 4096, I ATE MY WORM 4053, and CORNELIUS SULLA 4222.

The least popular fighter this week was REMUS 4218.  The other ten least popular