Date   : 01/18/2010    Duedate: 01/30/2010


DM-14    TURN-637

This Weeks Top Honors


(14-4572) [18-21-0,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PITCH                          STALLONE
THE DOGHOUSE (188)             ACTION HEROS (467)
(14-4572) [18-21-0,105]        (14-4600) [6-2-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PITCH                          STALLONE
THE DOGHOUSE (188)             ACTION HEROS (467)
(14-4572) [18-21-0,105]        (14-4600) [6-2-0,33]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DOGHOUSE (188)          46
2. MIDGAR (468)                42      OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
3. OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)     10      Unchartered Team
4. ACTION HEROS (467)           4
                                       ACTION HEROS (467)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  413 271 30 60.4   1/ 3 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       10  5 0
 2/ 2*ACTION HEROS (467)        23  17  3 57.5   2/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  10  5 0
 3/ 3 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       634 715 10 47.0   3/ 2*ACTION HEROS (467)        9  6 1
 4/ 4*MIDGAR (468)              12  22  2 35.3   4/ 4*MIDGAR (468)              5  9 1

    '*'   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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #42 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the mountains west of Fratsfa:

     Elosjon had almost all his attention on the spell he was using.  A little on the
bear-golem itself, too, but spells had to be watched closely or they ran away from
you and did things you didn't expect.  And he didn't have to worry about secondary
attacks, not with someone like Fandil to watch his back.  That was just amazing--
Fandil, who had a high reputation among the experienced magicians of the Andorian
League, was watching HIS back!  If he survived, he'd have something really impressive
to tell his friends.  But that was for later; for now, he had to hold his ball of
lightning steady as it flew into the arms of the bear-golem.  It was getting a little
loose, trying to unravel.  He remembered his instructor warning him about that:
warning him that lightning didn't really want to form a ball, so he was going to have
to hold it together with his own will.  He could do that... if his attention didn't
stray.  He tightened it up and resisted the temptation to push it a little faster.
"Speed is the enemy of coherence in a lightning spell," his instructor had said.
Move it too fast and it would come apart.
                         *****   ***   *****   ***   *****
     Fandil watched the youngster for a moment and then nodded.  Elosjon lacked
experience, but his instincts and training were good.  If he survived this
expedition, he would be a fine magician, someday.  One to be reckoned with.  And for
the matter in hand, he was doing very well.  The boy could be left to it while he
himself did other things.
     Such as watched for other guards.  True, he had said this bear-golem had been
made almost casually to frighten away ordinary people.  He believed that.  But he
also believed that there would be at least one genuine, dangerous watchdog.  Maybe a
real demon, maybe a more carefully-made golem--
     A sudden scent of sulfur-and-something announced the arrival of the real guard.
Fandil scanned the hillside quickly and saw it condense out of a drift of mist or
smoke.  A true demon--it had the classic markers: red skin, hooves, horns, tail,
wings, nasty disposition.  Not an impressive demon, probably one of the lowest rank.
But still, a demon, and even the least of them required careful handling.
     Try simple things first.  He had dealt with true demons before and knew the
drill.  First a spell of banishment, with a little extra magical muscle behind it.
It... twitched.  Twitched?  Fandil's mustache bristled.  The demon should have
vanished in a cloud of saffron smoke!
     He took a deep breath and coughed a little at the sulfur fumes.  Not just as
simple as it looked, then.  Well, he could STILL handle it.  Fandil narrowed his eyes
and traced out the patterns, the ripples, in the Arcanum that had resulted from the
encounter between demon and spell.  Odd.  A flat in the key of aleph, a kink in
gimel, and... a medusa-knot in the tertiary subtext?  That should not be possible.
Medusa-knots were totally incompatible with the key of aleph.  No one but a Chaos-
mage would even attempt--
     Fandil's mind stumbled.  A Chaos-mage.  He had been worried about one earlier,
but he'd let that concern lapse.  Big mistake.  Maybe very big mistake, if this semi-
demon was alert and skillful enough to grasp him through center of the medusa-knot.
No time to try to close it now, even if he could.  The important thing was to get OUT
of the key of aleph before--  No.  He brought his unruly thoughts under control.
Don't even think about what could be done against him, because a truly skilled
opponent could pluck that right out of his mind.  More than one mage had defeated
himself that way.
     Key of epsilon, that's what he wanted.  Seven right-hand sharps and a tremolo.
Twist of lemon if there's time... yes!  There came the counter through the medusa-
knot:  the three-legged asp.  It rammed into the epsilon shield, was shredded,
twisted, and sent back.  Strong, though.  Even stopping it depleted his energies.
     The demon's form shifted, flowing through a truly disgusting ape into something
unearthly but compellingly female.  Fandil took refuge in humor, which no demon
understood:  What would his sister Fern call this?  A Calamitous Calla?  The shape
wobbled and fell in on itself.


     "Okay," Lenpro said, "not better a bad ruler than none.  How do you propose to
make sure we get a good ruler, though?  Or even tell if someone will make a good
ruler or not?"
     "Emperor Alonj of Fratsfa--"
     "Will not be acceptable to most people, because they believe he's either crazy
or a half-wit."
     "He is NOT crazy or a half-wit," Fern answered.  "And he has one thing that
others don't: legitimacy.  It would be legitimate for Alonj to govern the whole
     "But he doesn't want to," Sizzling Sunflower protested.  "We've all heard that."
     "And sometimes we have to do things we don't want to," her teammate Outcast
Orchid said.  "We've all heard that, too.  If Emperor Alonj can hold off whatever
this Korneth is trying to do until Andoria finds its feet, well, I figure he's got a
     Sunflower ignored that.  Pointedly.  "And if Emperor Alonj doesn't want to do
something, his wife will back him up," she went on.
     "Unless she sees it as his duty," Orchid said.  "Very strong on duty, Empress

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

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

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 317): CONFIDENCE of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 637): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): HELENA of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 621): JILLIAN NORMAN of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 626): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 621): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 620): DEATH RATTLE of ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 618): SPUD of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 583): CORBIE LEK of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): HELL HOUND of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 570): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 265): NOT SO HOT of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 469): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 522): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 317): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 637): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 621): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 626): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 621): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 620): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 618): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 583): MEDAL OF HONOR Z1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 570): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 265): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 469): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): INSECTOSOIDS (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 521): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): HELENA of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
              (turn 635): TYNE of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 620): RAVING LUNATIC of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 619): SHORT ORDER JOE of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 618): HERSHEL WILLIAMS of MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): COUNTRY RHODES of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 264): NUMBSKULL of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            BRAIN TUMOR of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PULLED HAMSTRING of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, 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 MIDGAR's heads 
swell from their 3-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big deal.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see BOND win a fight and gain 20 points, 
terribly.  Tsk, tsk, PENRICH beat BROWN BEAR and BROWN BEAR lost 8 points.  You're 
breakin' my heart.  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as PITCH 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?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for TOBIR's 
morgue.  More variety.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     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!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I 
must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PITCH 4572                   18  21  0   105       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUSTER 4597                   8   8  0    79       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 FLOPEAR 4598                  9   1  0    75       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YELLOW DOG 4587               8  12  0    58       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENRICH 4590                 13   5  0    56       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BROWN BEAR 4596               9   7  0    44       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STALLONE 4600                 6   2  0    33       ACTION HEROS (467)
 RED XIII 4607                 3   4  0    27       MIDGAR (468)
 MAIA 4610                     3   1  0    26       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 VINCENT 4605                  2   5  0    24       MIDGAR (468)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WILLIS THE BRUCE 4602         4   4  0    23       ACTION HEROS (467)
 CLOUD 4606                    3   4  1    23       MIDGAR (468)
 JCVD 4604                     5   3  2    21       ACTION HEROS (467)
 BOND 4623                     1   0  0    20       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 ARRNOLD 4601                  5   3  1    19       ACTION HEROS (467)
 YUFFY 4609                    3   4  0    19       MIDGAR (468)
 ROSLYN 4599                   4   5  0    17       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BUMPHELQUAT 4603              3   5  0    14       ACTION HEROS (467)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TIFA 4608               1  5 1 MIDGAR 468           JCVD 4604             636   
BARR 4595               2  4 0 OTAGO HIGHLANDER 348 CLOUD 4606            633  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tyne -- Aw, whoosh, I didn't like that so much.  Still, a dog takes it as it comes.
-- Flopear

Helena -- You didn't have to kick me when I was down.  I wouldn't have jumped on you
a second time, honest. -- Pitch

Penrich -- Well, huh.  I thought you were a rooster, I was SURE you were a rooster,
so of course I jumped on you and bit you all over.  And then you weren't one.
Confusing. -- Buster

Arrnold -- Gosh, Buster says HE was confused, that was nothing to me.  I thought you
were a girly man, no, really I did!  I think it's that smelly stuff you put on your
face after you took the hair off. -- Brown Bear

Maia -- If you wanted a lady's dog, you should have looked elsewhere.  That is not
me. -- Yellow Dog

Our congratulations to Helena. -- Jorja and the Doghouse

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HELENA was devastated by PITCH in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
FLOPEAR viciously subdued NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 2 minute gory match.
BUSTER vanquished NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PENRICH defeated BROWN BEAR in a 2 minute fight.
YELLOW DOG demolished JCVD in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched competition.
STALLONE defeated YUFFY in a exciting 3 minute bloody struggle.
VINCENT handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CLOUD won victory over ARRNOLD in a 2 minute duel.
ROSLYN slimly lost to WILLIS THE BRUCE in a popular 5 minute duel.
RED XIII vanquished BUMPHELQUAT in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MAIA overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven match.
BOND overpowered TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -   9 -  2      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   3 -  2      63  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        19 -  15 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  13 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  11 -  0      39  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  12 -  1      29  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 637 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  FLOPEAR 4598                9   1  0   75 THE DOGHOUSE (188)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    PENRICH 4590               13   5  0   56 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
STRIKING ATTACK  BROWN BEAR 4596             9   7  0   44 THE DOGHOUSE (188)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PITCH 4572.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
STALLONE 4600.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROSLYN 4599, FLOPEAR 4598, 
YELLOW DOG 4587, PITCH 4572, BUSTER 4597, PENRICH 4590, RED XIII 4607, CLOUD 4606, 
BOND 4623, and BROWN BEAR 4596.

The least popular fighter this week was BUMPHELQUAT 4603.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MAIA 4610, WILLIS THE BRUCE 4602, ARRNOLD 4601, VINCENT 4605, 
YUFFY 4609, JCVD 4604, BROWN BEAR 4596, BOND 4623, CLOUD 4606, and RED XIII 4607.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

PITCH (14-4572) THE DOGHOUSE (188)

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