DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/10/2009    Duedate: 06/23/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-616

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STUMP
GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-4882) [23-31-0,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STUMP                          POSITION IS EMPTY
GREENWARDENS (244)             
(15-4882) [23-31-0,110]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VARPULIS RUKH                  STARLYN FYREFLY
STARBASE 5 (263)               STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-4863) [18-37-1,100]        (15-4983) [1-4-0,15]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          42
2. STARBASE 5 (263)             6      DARK CREATION (471)
3. PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)       0      Unchartered Team
4. DARK CREATION (471)        -19
                                       LEPER COLONY (271)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      305 259 16 54.1   1/ 2 GREENWARDENS (244)       11  4 0
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         283 281  9 50.2   2/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      10  5 2
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       625 747 14 45.6   3/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          4  8 0
 4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    74 124 12 37.4   4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    1  4 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[ Edge of Night #37 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the Spirit Lands:

     "Okay," Cloudrider said, "I don't like it, but we work on Uncle Wolf's project."
He looked around at the dim landscape of ferny plains.  "How do we do that?"
     Young Joan closed her eyes; he guessed she was consulting her ghost partner,
Selumia.  "There should be a....  Damn, it isn't clear at all.  A zone of
transition."
     Cloudrider looked around again, pointedly.  There was no variation in the
scenery in any direction.
     "There will be such a zone when we expect it to be there," Nightwind said in the
back of Cloudrider's mind.  "The geography here is not fixed as it appears in the
Outer Lands.  Expectation and belief are critical."
     "Okay," Joan said, and he figured she must have heard the same thing from her
ghost.  "We're climbing a long hill here, and when we get to the top, we'll see the
zone of transition beyond it."
     Looking at the ferny ground ahead of him, Cloudrider saw that it was, indeed, a
long slope with a crest somewhere ahead.  He could almost see a top to it.  This was
a relief, to have a definite, clear goal.  "So, let's get walking," he said.  To
himself he added, maybe they'd find Necroma, too.  He tried to focus--hard--on
expecting to find Necroma just over the crest of the hill.
     When he tripped for the second time, his foot catching on something, he looked
down.  How could ferns trip him?  Well, obviously they could, since--  There were
brambles twisting through the ferns.  He rubbed his ankle.  Thorny brambles.  The one
winding around his feet waved a leaf or two in the faint breeze (the first breeze he
could recall in a long time) and burst into bloom.  Roses?  What would roses being
doing here?  But the five-petaled flowers were unmistakable, and their scent drifted
upward, sweet, getting heavier by the minute as more blossoms appeared, spreading
through the ferns, turning the long slope ahead of them from dim brown ferns to a
carpet of white and pink.
     Young Joan coughed.  "It's a trap--"
     "Maybe not," Cloudrider said.  "Expectations are the important thing here, and
you don't want to go expecting traps wherever you turn.  This is probably just... the
landscape dressing up to look less dreary.  It's trying to be friendly.  Welcoming."
     The look Joan sent him just about shouted that she thought he was crazy, but at
least she didn't say anything discouraging out loud.
     The young gladiator patted one of the flowers and straightened to stare at the
horizon.  "I expect we'll find Necroma waiting for us just over that ridge," he said.
"I'm sure of it."
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Necroma poured all the energy she could command into the spell she'd cobbled
together.  She didn't know if it would work to summon herself to some other location,
but what else could she try?  What did she have to lose?  Limbo was boring.  She
wanted OUT.
     There was a feeling of... it was odd.  Strange.  Like being a pitcher tipped
over to let water pour out.  Or maybe a flowing stream plunging over a cliff.
Definitely movement.  For sure, of magical power from her through the spell.  Of
herself... hard to tell.  It wasn't like limbo gave you any reference points to
figure against.
     But something was definitely rushing somewhere.  It sounded more like wind than
running water, now that she thought about it.  Did birds hear rushing winds when they
flew?  Was she flying?  There was nothing to see, still, and she'd always thought the
best part of flying might be the view.
     The grayness of limbo began to change, so slowly that at first she didn't
realize what was happening.  Darker.  Going toward... reddish black "overhead," if
that term had meaning.  Reddish brown "below."  Or maybe she had the directions
reversed, and the reddish brown was her "sky," because pinky-white stars were winking
open across it.  Her movement changed, as well, so that she no longer felt she was
flying:  now, she was falling, and toward that white-starred brownness.
     She landed with a thump and a yelp as the briars embraced her.

Early June 09
Spotlight for 15, 28, 29

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #38 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere else:

     "Leave them be!" Arhazul roared.
     "They are interlopers--mortals!  They are our meat--"
     "They are mine, Triforos."
     "It is unlike you to refuse to share, Arhazul.  We have long been allies, have
we not?"
     "The matter is not simple.  They are... envoys from the mortal realm.  From...
the Malcorn."
     A long silence.  "Oh."  More silence.  "It is unlike the Malcorn to send others
to do his errands."
     "I believe the Malcorn to be fully occupied on another aspect of this problem--"
     "Leaving his mortal realm unguarded?"  The voice became eager.  "Perhaps we
could--"
     A third voice, heavier, darker.  "That is short-sighted.  So the Malcorn is busy
now.  It will return.  The Malcorn always returns.  What is the nature of the
problem, that it should concern us?"
     "It appears that Doors have been opened, and oaths have been broken, my Lord
Chorzelan.  Specifically, those Doors and oaths with which the Malcorn has always
been concerned.  I have questioned these mortals, and they are in agreement, further,
I can detect no deception in their answers.  Oaths have been broken by those who
dwell in the Silent Place--"
     "The Silent Place has long been sealed, so that only the most powerful of
necromancers could breach the barrier.  Surely no mortal would be so foolish?"
     "Surely mortals *would* be so foolish," the second voice, the one 'their' demon
called Triforos, countered.  "Such foolishness has always been their specialty.  It
is amazing that any survive."
     "They are not the only fools in the multiverse," Chorzelan said.  "All oath-
breakers are fools.  That those who dwell in the Silent Place have broken their oath
is not good, but what business is that of ours?  We are not charged with guarding the
oath.  It is the Malcorn's business."
     "The Malcorn cannot be in two places at once, any more than one of us can, and
doubtless it feels that, while closing the Door is critical--as we know it is--this
other matter is nearly as important."
     "Still, why should we--?" Triforos began.
     "I see a certain value in performing a service for the Malcorn.  In placing the
Malcorn in our debt."
     "I do not believe the Malcorn will think in terms of 'debt'," Chorzelan said.
"But a reputation for having been... helpful may stand as a shield to us at some
later date.  Tell us more exactly what the Malcorn wants."  Blackwind felt
Something's attention shift to him and Redfox.  "Or let these 'envoys' tell us."
     Blackwind braced himself.  He and Redfox--and Agro--didn't actually KNOW what
Lord Malcorn expected them to accomplish here, so how could they answer--
     "They were not told," Arhazul said.  "I determined it from the air that clung to
their skins."
     Blackwind blinked and glanced at Redfox.  The Rirorni shrugged.
     A limb, not quite a tentacle but not quite an arm, came out of... the "sky" or
somewhere else that seemed to be "above" them, and extended a digit.  Touched
Blackwind's head, the Redfox's arm where the nighthunter had clawed it, dabbling in
the blood.  Withdrew.
     "Yes," the Chorzelan voice said, "I perceive that you have deduced correctly.
Very well.  I authorize you, Arhazul, and also you, Triforos, to deal with this in
whatever way you must, up to... the Third Level of Force, I believe should be
sufficient.  I shall arrange that your authorization is declared in the proper
places.  Begin at once."
     Blackwind had the clear sense of a great pressure departing.  Or the pressure of
a great presence departing.  Anyway, it was easier to breathe now.  If they were
breathing and not just going through the motions in this weird place.
     "We will go to the Silent Place," Arhazul said.  "These two, being mortal, will
be our keys to open the way."
     "With blood?" Triforos asked.  Again that eager note.  A blood-hungry demon.
     Blackwind would prefer not to give his life--or Redfox's, or even Agro's--to
accomplish their mission, although, since they were all three Lords Protector,
resurrection was available to them.  Probably available.  If nothing happened to
their souls while their bodies were 'incapacitated'.  He could feel the hilt of his
sword pressing against his ribs as he lay on the surface, floor, whatever it was, and
that was a comfort.  If he did have to die, he wouldn't go easily.
     Arhazul's voice, cold, ironic.  "You see a long-term benefit in breaking the
Malcorn's chosen tools?"
     "The Malcorn might well die in closing the Door!"
     "So?  The Malcorn always returns.  Always, Triforos.  It is that you are young,
I suppose, scarcely half a millennia.  You will learn.  Come."
     Again the feeling of being drawn through the "air" by the collars.  This time it
seemed to Blackwind that they were going... down.  Not falling, but approaching
something that could be considered a "lower level."  Alastari, he hoped.
     A sudden rush of wind, real wind that smelled of night and trees.  Another
jolting impact, cushioned by drifted leaves.  They even smelled like leaves.  He took
a deep breath.  Oak and pine and twilight.  Nothing had ever smelled so good before.
Felt Agro let go of his ankle and roll away.
     "This is the Silent Place that we visited before with Wolf," the Croc said.  "I
did not like it then, but I am glad to be here now."
     "I'd really like to know why Wolf came here to begin with," Blackwind said.
"Why he brought the Dark Stranger to Malcorn.  It sounds like the Stranger might be
an enemy."
     "There will have been a good reason," Redfox said.
     "Yes, but didn't he say anything, give any explanation?" the Malcornishman
pressed.
     Redfox laughed, coughed, and sat up, one hand going to his neck.  The collar was
gone, Blackwind saw, and felt for his own.  Also gone.  "You don't know Uncle Wolf!
Explain a shaman's business to a mere warrior?  Not likely."  The Rirorni held up his
hand.  "And, no, I didn't really ask.  I don't understand a shaman's work, so how
could I expect to understand his answer?  But Lord Malcorn went along with it."
     A swirl of darkness.  "Yes, the barrier around the Silent Place is breached.  It
has been open for months."  Triforos, suddenly uncertain.  "Except that it is not
exactly open, just... not sealed.  I do not understand this."
     "Broken by someone who could close but not seal it," Arhazul said.  "Then more
recently opened and closed again.  No more than a handful of nights ago, the second
opening."
     "That would have been Uncle Wolf," Redfox said.  "We were here a few nights ago.
Uncle Wolf opened it, and the Dark Stranger came out.  We took the Stranger to Lord
Malcorn, and I suppose it is still with them, wherever they have gone."
     "A clever trap," Arhazul said.  "This one you call the Stranger would not
readily have entered the presence of the Malcorn, with oath-breaking on its heart,
save if it believed the sin unknown.  The Malcorn will know how to deal with it."
     "I hope that Stranger is bound in a place of torment for ages," Triforos said.
     "Truly, so do I," Arhazul agreed.  "It must have had knowledge of the oath-
breaking even if it did not act personally, for it is of high rank among those who
dwell in the Silence.  If it had knowledge and did nothing, then it gave consent.
Whereby all on our plane are endangered, from the lowest night-hunter to the greatest
of us, even Lord Chorzelan."
     "It is a bad thing," Triforos agreed.  "Let us abate it then, without further
nattering."
     A truly horrible sound that Blackwind decided was Arhazul's laughter.  "We deal
with the mortal realm now, Triforos, and 'nattering' is required."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 619): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 621): CARLOTTA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 617): MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 616): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 614): ARCHIPPUS of TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 607): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): ULL HARDHAMMER of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 603): ANDRONICUS of THE REPUBLIC (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 592): MURSKAN PATRIOT of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 555): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 263): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 482): SPLAT of THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 469): VIKI of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 449): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 446): OCTAVIA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 410): LIRINI TYL VARIN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): JAGINRU of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 392): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (NON, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 508): AIN GOBLINBANE of ECCENTRIC DWARVES (Banthius, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 619): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 621): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 617): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 616): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 614): TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): ODIN'S CHOSEN (Heathen Hatebred, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 607): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 603): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 592): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 555): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 262): CRIMINAL MINDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 482): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 469): ANDORIA (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 449): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 446): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 410): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 392): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 508): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
                          MANKILLER of DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 606): CALLISTO of VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): CHOLERA of PESTILENCE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 554): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): SHADOWCAT HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): NIKKO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                 (turn 275): NILES of SECOND BANANAS (Manniquin, mgr.)
                             BLACKENED of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                 (turn 274): KILLING JOKE of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 468): ACIDULOUS of ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 409): MORO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): JAGINRU of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome MALCORN.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have 
I fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Biff!  Pow!  MALCORN 
watched with glee as DARK CREATION got knocked off top spot by GREENWARDENS!  What's 
with STARIEL?  She actually beat STARBASE 5's APOK, and walked away with 20 more 
points from the fight.  Major screwup at STARBASE 5.  APOK lost 14 points to STARIEL. 
Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe APOK will provide more easy wins...  I'm sure 
MALCORN is excited about STUMP, the new Duelmaster from GREENWARDENS.  (remember?)  
But when you've seen as many as I have...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and 
dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  What 
do people see in STUMP?  His 23-31-0?  GREENWARDENS ain't talkin', but he's got 110 
points.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Hmm...  More surprises must remain in store for me, if QRYSYS 
can return from the Dark Arena.  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, 
places to go...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  MALCORN 
is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  Remember--a good 
fighter needs both good skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUMP 4882                   23  31  0   110       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VARPULIS RUKH 4863           18  37  1   100       STARBASE 5 (263)
 PIE EYED PIPER 4878          21  26  0    96       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REXROTH 4957                  8   4  0    87       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QRYSYS 4958                   7   5  1    65       DARK CREATION (471)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONEHEART 4972               6   2  0    53       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STARIEL 4963                  7   4  1    49       DARK CREATION (471)
 AGATE 4951                    9   7  0    43       GREENWARDENS (244)
 APOK 4964                     7   3  0    37       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRISTLECONE 4952              8   8  1    33       GREENWARDENS (244)
 TROGLODYTE 4978               5   2  2    31       DARK CREATION (471)
 ROCKWOOD 4984                 3   2  0    28       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983          1   4  0    15       STARBASE 5 (263)
-MARCUS 4967                   1   0  0    12       PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)
-KHAMUL 4033                   1   5  0     8       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
-NEMO 4648                     1   1  0     4       DOWN WITH THE SHIP (468)
-AKHORAHIL 4031                0   1  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
-ADUNAPHEL 4032                0   4  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SPYMASTER               0  0 0 DARK ARENA           QRYSYS 4958           616  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Varpulis Rukh -- Sometimes it's hard to imagine what it must have been like in the
old days when a gladiator faced strangers more often than not.  I dunno if that would
be good or bad.  Good for the variety, maybe, but a serious blow to the small-arena
intimacy we have here. -- Stump, waxing philosophical

     That's good, you should always keep your philosophicals waxed.  It protects them
     from excess humidity. -- Arenamaster Landon

Apok -- I've been meaning to ask:  If your manager, or maybe the clerk in the
Commission office, had felt like putting more letters in your name, would you have
been an Apokalips to go with the Necro version of that disaster who's camping out on
the throne?  Just an idle thought. -- Bristlecone
P.S.  Trees have lots of time for idle thoughts, especially bristlecone pines.

Stariel -- Hmm.  Agate is correct in his assessment that you are 
attractive.  But, ahem, succumbing to an attractive female is not my 
"thing," you know.  Far from it! -- Stoneheart
P.S.  Why didn't you learn something?  Weren't you paying attention?  I 
was demonstrating some good moves there.

Starlyn Fyrefly -- After getting trounced during a fit of admiring 
distraction by Stariel last time, I was wary.  Later, maybe the next day 
after the fight, I noticed that you're an attractive female--well, for 
an orccess.  The tusks are bit, um, startling, but the figure is 
excellent. -- Agate

May the Convicted Thief eat cold steel!  What did he want to go thieving 
for?  There are jobs that pay an honest, if small, wage. -- Rockwood

Our congratulations to Necropalypse. -- Jorja and the Greenwardens

Necropalypse -- I'm still no realtor, and I never was or wanted to be.  
Maybe when Lord Malcorn returns he'll appoint someone to that post for 
the arena, but for now, I don't have a clue where lands are concerned.  
I could buy you dinner, though? -- Arenamaster Landon

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

QRYSYS viciously butchered SPYMASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
NECROPALYPSE was luckily beaten by STUMP in a popular 4 minute veteran's Title melee.
REXROTH was viciously subdued by VARPULIS RUKH in a 3 minute gory contest.
PIE EYED PIPER overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
APOK was bested by STARIEL in a 2 minute duel.
STONEHEART defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute struggle.
TROGLODYTE was savagely defeated by AGATE in a 7 minute bloody brawl.
BRISTLECONE narrowly defeated STARLYN FYREFLY in a action packed 7 minute melee.
ROCKWOOD vanquished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        15 -   8 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   6 -  0      65  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   9 -  1      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   6 -  1      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   8 -  2      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  23 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 616 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    2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       REXROTH 4957                8   4  0   87 DARK CREATION (471)
STRIKING ATTACK  QRYSYS 4958                 7   5  1   65 DARK CREATION (471)
PARRY-LUNGE      STONEHEART 4972             6   2  0   53 GREENWARDENS (244)
SLASHING ATTACK  STARIEL 4963                7   4  1   49 DARK CREATION (471)
TOTAL PARRY      AGATE 4951                  9   7  0   43 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VARPULIS RUKH 4863.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was STARLYN FYREFLY 4983.  The ten other most popular fighters were STARIEL 
4963, QRYSYS 4958, STUMP 4882, VARPULIS RUKH 4863, REXROTH 4957, APOK 4964, AGATE 
4951, STONEHEART 4972, BRISTLECONE 4952, and ROCKWOOD 4984.

The least popular fighter this week was TROGLODYTE 4978.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PIE EYED PIPER 4878, ROCKWOOD 4984, BRISTLECONE 4952, STONEHEART 4972, 
AGATE 4951, APOK 4964, REXROTH 4957, VARPULIS RUKH 4863, STUMP 4882, and QRYSYS 4958.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

STUMP (15-4882) GREENWARDENS (244)

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

NECROPALYPSE (15-4950) DARK CREATION (471)

                          SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN CLEVELAND!

Our summer FTF will be an eastern one this time, located in Cleveland, Ohio  on July 
17-19, 2009.  It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, OH, at 15471 
Royalton Rd (440-238-8800).  Rooms are only $95.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  

There is a free shuttle from the airport, free parking, and free high-speed wireless 
internet in all guestrooms ($3/day in public space).  The hotel has an indoor pool, 
pool table, and hockey, and a fitness center.   The hotel is located 1/2 mile from the 
largest mall in Northeast Ohio, with indoor minigolf and pottery painting, and right 
next door to Iceland Arena, which offers open skate and skate rental.  They also have 
four bikes on property available for checkout, as the Metro parks are next door as 
well.  The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  There are 
many restaurants and nightspots nearby and at the Mall, as well as a cafe in the 
hotel.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!

                                  Daydream Believer

You once thought of me,
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be...

It's true.  I'm gone.  I've punched my ticket to Immortality and I'm off to the Isle.
I know a lot of you are wondering what it is about me that has made me so successful.
I wish I knew for sure.  I think it has more to do with intangibles (knack) than it
does with design, bonuses and favorites.  I'll let you decide.

Daydream Believer (PR) 17-14-4-17-7-8-17  Poor Endurance--Good Damage
I -- 8 (+1)  R -- 13  A -- 14 (+4)  P -- 14 (+4)  Df - 8  Dc - 6 (+3)

I know what you're thinking, "WTF, that guy looks like a 98 lb weakling!"  Sigh...I
prefer to think my physical characteristics are ideally suited for a finesse style.
As for my bases, I know they aren't much to look at.  After all, I am a PR.  I'm
fortunate to be blessed where I need it the most--attack and parry.

Okay, so I've got nice bases with bonuses in the right spots.  What about favorites?
Did I know them in advance or did I change them?  The answer is no, I had no idea
what they were for sure until I recieved my graduation announcement.  I would be
happy to tell you what my favorites are but I don't think my clone, Jumpinjack Flash,
would be very happy with me if I did.  Let's just say that from the moment I stepped
on the sands as a Rookie I used the same strategy in EVERY fight.  The only thing I
ever changed was armor (early on vs. TP's) and attack/defend locations.  That should
give those of you who have faced me more than once something to think about.

You may be interested to know that I am all natural.  I haven't had a prize of any
type used on me.  I'm a freak of nature.  It just goes to show you never know when a
guy like me will walk into your guildhouse looking for work as a gladiator.  It's up
to you to spot the potential and nuture it along.

I'm going to list my tourney results and records versus each style.  It isn't meant
to be a brag--I just thought you might find it interesting and a lot easier than
looking it up yourself.  Enjoy!
     Tourneys:  Rookies: 15-1-3 TC.  Initiates: 15-3-3 TV.  Adepts: 16-2 TC.
Champs: 13-1-1 TC.  Rookies--Champs record: 59-7-7 (.894)  Challengers: 9-3 TV.
Challengers: 15-1-1 TC.
 
Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)  Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up
(Teevella-LU)  Challengers: 7-3  Challengers: 11-3-2 TV  Challengers: 11-3-1 TV
 Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)

Challengers: 12-3 TV.  Challengers record: 104-25-4 (.806).  Career Tourney record:
163-32-11 (.836)  TC's: 4  TVs: 8 (3 Runner-ups)  Arena record: 5-0-1  Grudge
matches: 3-0

Total record: 171-32-12 (.842)  Tourney record vs all styles:  AB: 7-11  BA: 6-0-1
LU: 46-9-4  PL: 5-1-1  PR: 2-0  PS: ---  SL: 9-2  ST: 51-5-2  TP: 35-4-3  WS: 2-0

As you can see, the only style I had trouble with is the ABs.  I think that has more
to do with which ABs I fought rather than the style as a whole.  I was 3-1 vs ABs
early on (Rookies-Champs) and 4-10 in Challengers.  I was 1-5 vs Marv, 0-1 vs Marv Jr
and 0-3 vs Soulsnare.  I am going to make an educated guess and assume they all had
skills or prizes added to them to make them competetive at the Challenger level where
so few ABs are.  I could be wrong, though I doubt it.

See you on the Isle,
    Daydream Believer