Date   : 05/07/2003    Duedate: 05/20/2003


DM-15    TURN-459

This Weeks Top Honors


(15-4418) [11-2-2,93]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DIRT KNAP                      POSITION IS EMPTY
UNKNOWNS XX (436)              
(15-4418) [11-2-2,93]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HIGH GUN                       SHADOW MOTH
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-4386) [9-8-0,53]           (15-4455) [2-6-0,19]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          48
2. UNKNOWNS XX (436)            9      UNKNOWNS XX (436)
3. TRIPLE CROWN (382)           6      Unchartered Team
4. GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)        0
5. SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)     -3       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)    164 113 11 59.2   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)       10  5 0
 2/ 2 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         47  33  2 58.8   2/ 2 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        9  3 0
 3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       195 167 12 53.9   3/ 3 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         7  8 0
 4/ 4 GREENWARDENS (244)       261 352  5 42.6   4/ 4 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   3  9 0
 5/ 6 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   21  39  2 35.0   5- 5 GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)     0  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #59 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

On the coast north of Zukal:

     The half hour it took for Harlund to return with his rowboat seemed a lot
longer.  Ghenis had finished his examination of the tracks and returned to the beach
to stare again at Veleks' body on the rock.  He was reasonably sure that the running
footsteps belonged to his thief, Veleks.  But the hoofmarks....  Long and narrow,
almost triangular in outline, and as deep as those made by a galloping horse carrying
a fully armored knight.  He didn't like the possibilities those tracks hinted at.  If
they didn't come from a native and natural beast, what then?
     The rumor was that magic was in a state of major decline due to something or
other--not that he depended on magic for anything important.  He would have expected
that to mean that interdimensional Gates couldn't be opened.  But what if the reverse
was the case, and it meant that Gates couldn't be held shut?  What if they could--
should--expect a growing flood of alien creatures, maybe even another Chaos war?  He
didn't want to think it might be coming to that, but no intelligent, practical man
denied a possibility just because he didn't like it.  And Ghenis hoped that he was
both intelligent and practical.  He frowned at Harlund, who was rowing slowly closer
along the shore.  He'd have to question the beach walker, and from what he'd seen,
Harlund would demand money just to listen, and maybe more to answer.  Greedy wretch.
     Ghenis climbed into the rowboat and sat where Harlund directed him.  The water
was cold, he could feel the chill coming up through the bottom of the boat.  And
clearer than he'd expected.  Not that there was anything of interest to see on the
muddy bottom.  A rock or two, algae furred sticks...a crisp, green curve with a line
of bright gold showing?  He leaned over to look more closely.
     "You trying to tip us over?" Harlund demanded.
     "I thought I saw something down there."  He twisted to look back as the beach
walker kept rowing.
     Harlund glanced at the shore, straight back and to either side.  "You probably
did," he said finally.  "This must be near enough to where the _Light of Els_ went
     "Should we mark the place so you can salvage--?"
     "I wouldn't touch anything out of that ship," the beach walker said flatly.
"Nor would anyone else on this coast.  In the two hundred or more years since the
_Light_ sank, I don't think anyone's touched so much as a piece of driftwood from
     Ghenis raised his eyebrows but asked no more questions.  He didn't think Harlund
would answer them, and better not to show too much interest.  But when he got back to
Zukal, he would find out all he could about a ship named the _Light of Els_.  He
returned his attention to the bottom sliding past under them.  There might be
something he could use down there.
     As they neared the rock, the bottom fell away into opaque depths.  Ten feet,
Harlund had said, but for all he could see, it might as easily have been a hundred.
He looked at Veleks and saw that the thief was moving a little.  Still alive?
Amazing.  And gratifying.  Veleks could answer some questions, then.  He was looking
forward to that.

Ibizond, between Murska and Korga:

     The news from the east was confused, more rumor than definite report, but to
Lord Protectors with time on their hands, rumor was enough.  Aghtamar and Zilla, both
Korgans who had trained in Veastian, hatched the idea between them: that they should
go east toward Zuwayza and find out what really was going on.  There might be action,
and action was something lacking in their lives since graduation.  Fist of Kjarran, a
Zuwayzan visiting the team Korgan Crusade, decided that his duty was to go with them:
there would be a chance to serve the Glorious Empire and acquire merit in the eyes of
Kjarran and His Daughter Jayde.
     The journey south from Veastian to Ibizond, a matter of some thirty miles, was
straightforward but tedious.  Mile after mile of forest, with nothing but the
possibility of a wild Shew to break the monotony, was not exciting.  And apparently
all the wild Shews were hanging out around Veastian and contributing to the troubles
there, rather than keeping travelers from falling asleep on the road to the south.
     Ibizond itself, on the main traders' road from Zuwayza and Malcorn to Murska and
Zensu was bigger than Korga but much like it.  The population was a mixture of
Karnhorn types and Harkeny, the houses were built of stone and logs, and the
government was treading a careful line between independence and Karnhorn domination.
They reached it just before sunset.
     Fist of Kjarran looked at the wooden palisade critically.  "That might stop the
Shews," he said, "but any day the Glorious Empire truly wants to take Ibizond, it
will fall.  No two ways about that."
     Zilla snorted.  "Korga wasn't a pushover, what makes you think Ibizond would
     "The Glorious Empire needs Ibizond," Fist said calmly.  "Therefore, at the right
time it will take Ibizond."  He shrugged.  "But not today."  He looked around the
main plaza curiously.  "Let's find someplace to eat and then keep going.  We could
make it to Korga tonight, I bet."
     "Too far," Zilla said.  "Close to thirty miles, and it's hilly."
     "And you'd do well not to travel after dark," someone said behind them.
     All three spun around, hands going to their swords but not drawing.  The man
behind them was tall, with gray-streaked reddish brown hair and the indefinable but
unmistakable air of a gladiator.
     "Me and Zilla grew up around Korga," Aghtamar said.  "We know the area.  And
we're all gladiators, Lord Protectors.  Sure, there's more risk at night than by day,
     "There are new problems on the road," the man said.  "My name's Cadal, gladiator
from Murska, and I'd be glad to tell you about them.  The food at the Red Cow is
good," he added, gesturing toward a modest inn.  "I'll buy dinner.  And then I have a
proposition for you."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 464): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 462): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 458): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 458): HU MI of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): MERRY DEMENTE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 447): BLUEY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 444): TROTLINE of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 442): EYE OF THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 435): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 398): FLYING MARMOSET of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 202): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): RING D'BELL of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 323): COLDHEART of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 348): CHALICE of SUPERIOR FORCES from LAPUR (Manager, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 464): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 462): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 458): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 458): WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 456): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 227): BOXOROX (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 447): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 444): FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 442): JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 435): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 398): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 202): SPRITE'S ROGUES (Warsprite, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 323): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 348): WOLF PACK II, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 463): HOWLING LOON of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 455): PRIASA SON of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
                            BRAYL ICECAP of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): MERRY DEMENTE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 227): WIMPY WIND of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
                               VE of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 224): SAMPSA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                               BLADEFIST of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 442): EYE OF THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                            NO CHASER of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 396): LA BELLE SORCIERE of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): INSOLENT IDIOT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               ESPRESSO of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 303): JESSIE of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
                            LACONIC LEMON of GARDEN GUMBIES (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well here I sit again.  I need just eight turns to receive my call.  I have
heard that Dark Spirit has a surprise for the first graduate from this arena.  I
can't wait.  Well, Genuine Risk, you got The One again.  Well, hopefully you win this
turn and I can fight someone other than stand-ins.  Well, good luck to all; see you
all here next turn.

                    Dirt Knap, the Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in MALCORN!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  MVP award for BLACKLOCK?  
GREENWARDENS' proud of him after beating HIGH GUN and getting 20 points.  Talk about 
yer big time losers!  GETHSEMANI ALFREDO got smashed by THE ONE, and lost 11 points!  
Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think DIRT KNAP should let NEIGH! 
be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  Is the Duelmaster really being 
a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  TRIPLE CROWN was MALCORN's most avoided team.  Is there some award 
for that?  Is there some deep dark secret why UNKNOWNS XX's been avoiding TRIPLE 
CROWN so much?  Or is it just that they're too scared?  Like, is LITTLE CURRENT 
popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all of MALCORN!  He's got a 9-6-2, 
is that good?  SOOL TONG must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  It 
challenged SHADOW MOTH.  13 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I 
thought SOOL TONG showed great skill and promise when it bested SHADOW MOTH.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  I hear UNKNOWNS XX sent SHENA to the Dark Arena.  What, is that like not 
well-lit, or what?  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  I had a fun 
time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DIRT KNAP 4418               11   2  2    93       UNKNOWNS XX (436)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GENUINE RISK 4385             9   5  0    72       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
 LITTLE CURRENT 4371           9   6  2    71       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEIGH! 4363                  11  10  0    65       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
-THROAT 4398                   4   7  0    59       GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKLOCK 4459                6   1  0    55       GREENWARDENS (244)
 WOODWALKER 4433               4   6  1    55       GREENWARDENS (244)
 THE ONE 4389                 10   6  0    53       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 HIGH GUN 4386                 9   8  0    53       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
 STORMCLOUD 4379               8  11  0    51       GREENWARDENS (244)
 GETHSEMANI ALFREDO 4527       5   6  0    44       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 INNERVISION 4431              6   4  0    41       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 BURGATORY 4532                2  10  1    39       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 THE HOLY ROAST 4535           8   5  1    36       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 SOOL TONG 4430                8   3  0    35       UNKNOWNS XX (436)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIRDSONG 4434                 4   6  0    26       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAN O' WAR 4517               3   1  0    22       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
 SHADOW MOTH 4455              2   6  0    19       GREENWARDENS (244)
 MEATBALLELU-YAH 4546          1   0  0    15       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
-UNDERLING 4518                2   1  0    10       GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)
-POKI II 4542                  1   1  0     5       GRAVEYARD GLORY (394)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHENA 4390             7  9 0 UNKNOWNS XX 436       SPYMASTER 455         459 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Birdsong -- Yea, though I walk through the valley of your sense of humor, I shall Guf
no Faw.  Truly, all of my golems are "gelded" prior to fighting in the arena.  And
the remains sold to local bistros for top dollar.  But alas, Prayery Oyster shall
fight no more, nor shall its oysters be a source of curiosity for you. -- Klep, mgr.
Sacrilegious Meat

Triple Crown -- Something around here smells...old.  Familiar, yet old.  If you truly
are Sultan (and not his Great-Great-Great Grandson keeping the family traditions
alive) nice to see you're still around (i.e. breathing). -- Klep

Sool Tong -- What a dancer!  I just couldn't keep up with the steps, and I lost
track, couldn't remember if I was supposed to go to the right or the left.  Sorry to
mess up the pattern. -- Birdsong

Neigh! -- I wish! -- Blacklock
P.S.  You deafened me with your battle cry there at the beginning.
P.P.S.  Glad to finally have a loss.  I feel (unwisely, I'm sure) somewhat safer now.

Little Current -- (shaking head)  I just wasn't up for that fight.  About the only
thing I was ready for was a hammock.  And I think I'll go find one now, 'cause I'm
not up for anything else, either. -- Stormcloud

Who the heck is this Ambitious Guard, and more to the point, who'd be fool enough to
hire him to guard anything? -- Woodwalker

The Osksi Noble's a red-headed runt, and I hope the bookies catch him and break both
his legs.  What a nasty trick! -- Shadow Moth the unappeased

Genuine Risk -- Another challenge for me, thanks.  Congrats on the TV.  Better luck
for me in the future. -- The One

All -- Well the end has come for Shena everyone.  So like I promised I would do when
I DA.  Here are his numbers:  14(2)-20(2)-12-11(2)-19(2)-14(2)-5(1).  Eleven trains
is good with 18 FE but a 7-8-0 arena record don't cut it. -- Dark Spirit, mgr.
Unknowns XX, The Association

Sultan -- Nice challenge lately for you.  But it got me thinking about our W-L record
against each other.  But then I said why not do my W-L record against everyone.  So
here it is:
Vs.               My Wins     My Losses   My Kills
Triple Crown         12          11          1
Graveyard Glory       8           4          0
Greenwarden          13           6          0
The Rip-Offs          4           3          1
Legion of Doom        1           0          0
Sacrilegious Meat     1           2          0
Enjoy. -- Dark Spirit, mgr. Unknowns XX, The Association

30 April 2003
All -- Remember to put your arena number on your strategy sheets.  Strategies turned
in without an arena number run the risk of missing the turn. -- NAIEI

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SHENA was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
THE ONE outwaited GETHSEMANI ALFREDO in a dull 20 minute Challenge battle.
INNERVISION was demolished by LITTLE CURRENT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
SOOL TONG bested SHADOW MOTH in a 5 minute Challenge contest.
DIRT KNAP overpowered NEIGH! in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
BLACKLOCK devastated HIGH GUN in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
STORMCLOUD overpowered BURGATORY in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
WOODWALKER devastated THE HOLY ROAST in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided competition.
BIRDSONG won victory over CULT MEMBER in a 2 minute duel.
MEATBALLELU-YAH vanquished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   3 -  1      80  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         WALL OF STEEL     14 -   4 -  0      78  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  23 -  2      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY       19 -  17 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  13 -  1      35  |

Turn 459 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  DIRT KNAP 4418             11   2  2   93 UNKNOWNS XX (436)
LUNGING ATTACK   LITTLE CURRENT 4371         9   6  2   71 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
PARRY-STRIKE     NEIGH! 4363                11  10  0   65 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLACKLOCK 4459              6   1  0   55 GREENWARDENS (244)
TOTAL PARRY      THE ONE 4389               10   6  0   53 UNKNOWNS XX (436)
BASHING ATTACK   THE HOLY ROAST 4535         8   5  1   36 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HIGH GUN 4386.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SHADOW MOTH 4455.  The ten other most popular fighters were STORMCLOUD 4379, 

The least popular fighter this week was GETHSEMANI ALFREDO 4527.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were THE ONE 4389, THE HOLY ROAST 4535, BURGATORY 4532, HIGH GUN 
4546, and BIRDSONG 4434.