Date   : 11/05/2003    Duedate: 11/18/2003


DM-15    TURN-472

This Weeks Top Honors


(15-4517) [11-2-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MAN O' WAR                     RONNIE RAY GUN
(15-4517) [11-2-0,112]         (15-4574) [3-0-0,22]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BURGATORY                      SPANK-A-SAURASS
(15-4532) [8-17-1,77]          (15-4592) [1-1-0,14]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)     34
2. UNKNOWNS XX (436)           24      UNKNOWNS XX (436)
3. TRIPLE CROWN (382)          17      Unchartered Team
4. THE WAVE (34)               12

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*POLITICALY INCORRE (461)  10   5  0 66.7   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)        9  6 0
 2/ 2 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         90  55  3 62.1   2/ 2 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         8  7 1
 3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       218 194 14 52.9   3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        7  2 0
 4/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)       289 389  8 42.6   4/ 4 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   5 10 1
 5/ 6 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   46  71  3 39.3   5/ 5*POLITICALY INCORRE (461)  3  3 0
 6/ 0*THE WAVE (34)              9  17  1 34.6   6/ 0*THE WAVE (34)             1  0 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): ROYCE GRACIE of SADISTS-OCTAGON (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): ALPHABETIZED AL of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): none
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 455): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
                 (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Burgatory, thanks for the raft of skills and letting me win!  Really, you're too
kind!  No challenges this turn.  You're all free to come and get me.  Oh wait a
minute, no one can reach me.  What a shame!  Best of luck in the tourney. -- Man O'

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Well, 
everybody's pal MAN O' WAR moved his record to 11-2-0 by defeating BLACKLOCK in the 
Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 9 recognition points.  An apple a day keeps the 
doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't avoid SACRILEGIOUS MEAT, please raise you 
hand.  Wow.  Does MALCORN really have that many liars?  Okay, so I may not be funny, 
but catch TRIPLE CROWN's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at 
running from SACRILEGIOUS MEAT.  In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, 
ABRA-HAM! went after STORMCLOUD, who was higher by 18 points.  Well, when the dust 
settled, ABRA-HAM! subdued STORMCLOUD.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and 
take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, there's the manager of the MALCORN giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  Its been real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been real fun...-- The 
Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAN O' WAR 4517              11   2  0   112       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEIGH! 4363                  17  17  1   101       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKLOCK 4459               13   7  1    78       GREENWARDENS (244)
 BURGATORY 4532                8  17  1    77       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 ABRA-HAM! 4563                8   3  0    77       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 BIRDSONG 4434                11  12  1    72       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STORMCLOUD 4379              14  18  0    60       GREENWARDENS (244)
 LITTLE CURRENT 4371          12  16  2    58       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SLICK BILLY 4576              3   1  0    41       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODWALKER 4433               6  17  1    40       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STALKING HORSE 4569           4   6  1    35       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMOKED SOLOMON 4589           3   0  0    30       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
-THE GOVERNATOR 4578           3   1  0    26       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
 WARRIOR 4593                  2   0  1    26       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 TWETTER 4590                  3   0  0    25       UNKNOWNS XX (436)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONNIE RAY GUN 4574           3   0  0    22       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
 BLOG 32                       2   4  1    21       THE WAVE (34)
 CRUNCH-TIME 4579              2   3  0    15       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 VERTIKI 4572                  4   2  0    14       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 SPANK-A-SAURASS 4592          1   1  0    14       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
-GORR 31                       2   3  0    13       THE WAVE (34)
-REYNARD 35                    2   3  0    13       THE WAVE (34)
-TRAXIS 269                    2   1  0    12       THE WAVE (34)
-EXETER 270                    0   3  0     3       THE WAVE (34)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
OSKSI NOBLE 436        0  1 0   1                   BLOG 32               472 NONE    
SNAFU 4594             0  1 0 POLITICALY INCORR 461 WURM KIN 460          472 NONE    
MARY MAGDALINGUI 4588  1  2 1 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT 456 WARRIOR 4593          472         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Vertiki -- An unusual name, what does it mean?  My first guess is bipedal mongoose,
but that hardly seems likely. -- Stalking Horse

Kung-phooey Master. -- Blacklock

Right, what he said. -- Stormcloud

Little Current -- Some days I really wish someone would make you into a little
currant jelly. -- Woodwalker
P.S.  But it obviously won't be me.

The Userous Merchant is a joke.  I laugh. -- Birdsong

All -- Don't mean to ignore responding to p-ads, but am just a tad too busy these
days.  Best of luck in the tourney!  I hope to be soon more active in the personals.
Til then.... -- Sultan

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CRUCIFRIED STEAK was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SNAFU was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BURGATORY was demolished by NEIGH! in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
ABRA-HAM! overpowered STORMCLOUD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
RONNIE RAY GUN bested SPANK-A-SAURASS in a exciting 5 minute novice's Challenge fight.
MAN O' WAR devastated BLACKLOCK in a 1 minute uneven Title brawl.
LITTLE CURRENT was overpowered by BIRDSONG in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
WOODWALKER was unbelievably bested by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute competition.
STALKING HORSE slimly won victory over CRUNCH-TIME in a 2 minute gruesome melee.
BLOG slaughtered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MARY MAGDALINGUICA was slaughtered by WARRIOR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
VERTIKI was overpowered by SMOKED SOLOMON in a 1 minute uneven match.
TWETTER overpowered MORDANT DESERTER 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|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   4 -  2      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   5 -  0      72  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  22 -  1      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         AIMED BLOW         9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   9 -  1      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  14 -  0      42  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  10 -  1      33  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  20 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 472 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MAN O' WAR 4517            11   2  0  112 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLACKLOCK 4459             13   7  1   78 GREENWARDENS (244)
AIMED BLOW       ABRA-HAM! 4563              8   3  0   77 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BURGATORY 4532.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SPANK-A-SAURASS 4592.  The ten other most popular fighters were WOODWALKER 4433, 
4563, MAN O' WAR 4517, TWETTER 4590, NEIGH! 4363, and LITTLE CURRENT 4371.

The least popular fighter this week was VERTIKI 4572.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MARY MAGDALINGUICA 4588, BLACKLOCK 4459, RONNIE RAY GUN 4574, 


     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff