<TITLE>DM 016 Newsletter</TITLE>


Date   : 05/03/2003    Duedate: 05/16/2003


DM-16    TURN-459

This Weeks Top Honors


COLOR ME (350)
(16-3584) [18-7-1,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

                               IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
                               (16-4885) [5-1-0,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BUBU                           AZLYA
GEN KHAN (485)                 NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
(16-5071) [15-8-0,120]         (16-5164) [0-1-0,1]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)      38
2. SILK AND STEEL (537)        33      WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
3. COLOR ME (350)              31      Unchartered Team
4. NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)       26
5. WAY OF THE SWORD (304)      23      BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)     4   1  1 80.0   1/ 1*WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)  7  7 1
 2/ 0*SILK AND STEEL (537)       4   1  0 80.0   2/ 3 COLOR ME (350)            7  8 1
 3/ 2*LOOK OUT! (530)           15   5  1 75.0   3/ 2 GEN KHAN (485)            6  9 0
 4/ 1*WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)  20   9  3 69.0   4/ 5 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     5  1 0
 5/ 0*IT'S JUST WRONG (511)      6   3  1 66.7   5/ 4 YAMABUSHI (432)           5  1 0
 6/ 3 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    41  28  5 59.4   6/ 0*BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    4  1 1
 7/ 4 GEN KHAN (485)           126  96  5 56.8   7/ 0*SILK AND STEEL (537)      4  1 0
 8/ 5 COLOR ME (350)            80  75  3 51.6   8/ 9 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    4  4 1
 9/ 0 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)    308 322 21 48.9   9/ 7 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       3 11 0
10/ 7 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    171 191 12 47.2  10- 8*TRANS CON (464)           2  0 0
11/ 8 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     38  46  2 45.2  11/ 0 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)     2  0 0
12/ 9 YAMABUSHI (432)           60  80  5 42.9  12/10*LOOK OUT! (530)           2  1 1
13-10*TRANS CON (464)            5   7  1 41.7  13/ 0*NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)     2  3 0
14/ 0*NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)      2   3  0 40.0  14/ 0*PHOENIX (536)             2  3 0
15/ 0*PHOENIX (536)              2   3  0 40.0  15/ 0*IT'S JUST WRONG (511)     1  0 0
16/11 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      300 456 10 39.7  16/ 0 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   1  0 0
17/ 0 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   12  20  0 37.5  17/ 0*BROWN'S BLADES (539)      1  4 0
18/ 0*BROWN'S BLADES (539)       1   4  0 20.0  18/ 6 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     1  7 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/ 0*PLACES TO BE (443)         0   5  0  0.0  19/ 0*CRIMSON WOLVES (538)      0  5 0
20/ 0*CRIMSON WOLVES (538)       0   5  0  0.0  20/ 0*PLACES TO BE (443)        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

   &gt;)]H[(&lt; + -----:----- + &gt;)] Revolt in Veastian #11 [(&lt; + -----:----- + &gt;)]H[(&lt;

     The southeast Quarter of Veastian houses the poorest of Veastian's residents and
is often called "Black Serimnas" by the locals.  Black Serimnas refers to the idols
of the nature goddess that once stood at major intersections, which had acquired a
dark patina from years of exposure to smoke and soot from the forges of the metal
foundries prevalent in the district.  During the years of Karnhorn occupation the
idols have been removed to less conspicuous sites but the name persists.  It is
perhaps inevitable that Veastian's revolt against Karnhorn rule would begin in that
sector.  Those who live their lives in daily desperation and own virtually nothing
have little to lose.
     The Karnhorn Navy kept strong garrisons in the Central and Western parts of the
city (the governmental offices and port respectively) but were stretched thin
throughout the residential districts.  When a couple of street gangs formed an
alliance and massed their memberships in hope of adventure and loot they were joined
by a throng of like minded citizens.  The small Karnhorn garrison was forced to take
shelter from hurled rocks and bottles behind a barricade.  Seeing the garrison
powerless before them, the crowd became increasingly emboldened by its strength.
Unwilling to charge the barricade they tried to taunt the Karnhorns into a
precipitous attack.  To entice the garrison out of its barricade, members of the
crowed began looting and setting fire to Karnhorn owned businesses.  The sailors
could only stand and watch.  Then the crowed heaped the ultimate indignity on the
Karnhorns.  They broke into the local Temple of Kjarran, dragged an idol of the
Karnhorn god out into the street, covered it with oiled rags and prepared to set it
ablaze before the eyes of the enraged garrison.  Whether the garrison would have
sortied out to certain death to avenge this insult will never be known because at
that moment a company of Marines arrived from the city center.
     Sailors are never particularly comfortable in land combat; their training is
geared to fighting at sea while keeping control of the movement of their vessel.
Marines, on the other hand, are amateur sailors at best, but thoroughly trained in
war tactics on both sea and land.  Every ship in the Karnhorn Navy has a Marine
contingent aboard, and in this case all of these contingents had been converged into
a single Marine unit with the express purpose of defending Karnhorn honor and
religion.  The Marines formed into line behind the barricade, locked shields, pointed
their longspears murderously outward and began a deliberate advance in step against
the insurgents.  With a cheer the sailors of the garrison formed a second line and
advanced out behind the Marines.
     As always, trained fighters working together as a team had little difficulty
putting the individuals of the mob to flight.  Quickly the formerly arrogant crowd
was transformed into a frightened mass.  And with good reason.  There is no greater
insult to a Karnhorn that the burning of an idol of his god by unbelievers.  For that
offense the Marines and sailors gave no quarter.  Those wounded by the Marines in the
front rank were put to the sword by the sailors coming up behind.  Many were caught
and died where they stood simply because there was no room to run.  Many others were
tramped in the ensuing panic and could only wait helplessly until the merciless spear
of a Marine or sword of a sailor put an end to their life.
     By the time the other healers and I arrived on the scene there was little we
could do.  We treated the few marines who had taken injuries, but as for the
insurgents--those who could not flee died.  The Karnhorns advanced as far as the main
square of Black Serimnas where under orders from their officers they halted and took
up defensive positions.  I estimated that about a hundred citizens had been killed,
though I suppose the exact number will never be known.
     The images of the dead haunted me as I returned to the Jaydeite Temple.  As far
as I was concerned, the rebellion had been crushed.  Admiral Arkossa had been
triumphant.  Veastian would now settle down uncomfortably to occupation and be
forcibly transformed in the image of the Empire.  What choice did they have?  It was
obvious that Arkossa's Marines were too potent a force to be defeated by a now
dispirited populace.  I shook my head sadly.  Perhaps this result had been
inevitable, but I couldn't help feeling pity for those who would have to live out
their lives with a foreign yoke around their necks.
     I was shaken out of my thoughts when two familiar hands grasped my shoulders
from behind.  "Come with me, Boz.  Kyreses needs your help," said Thystle urgently.
     "I was there at the battle, if you can call it that," I answered.  "Arkossa has
won.  If Kyreses needs help escaping from the city, perhaps I can help.  There's been
too much bloodshed already."
     Thystle smiled grimly.  "It's a good thing you're a priest and not a general.
You think the war is over after the first skirmish.  It's not.  No one is beaten
     "Perhaps I should be a general then.  I'd give up now--stop the killing and
negotiate a peace."
     "There's no peace without justice, Boz.  You should understand that.  Arkossa's
rule would destroy this city by burying everything good that the Shews and Harkenes
have to offer and replace it with a smoldering hatred.  The insurgents would destroy
this city by burying every improvement the Karnhorns have made.  Veastian is not a
Karnhorn city, but it's not Shewish or Harkene anymore either.  Only Kyreses has the
strength and vision to bring all those elements together.  Your friends Father Vartan
and A'Krill have realized that, and now I've come to realize it too.  I came here to
ask you to join us."
     "But Kyreses' operation is smuggling black kughas into the Empire," I exclaimed,
recalling my conversation with Arkossa.  "It seems to me that we are merely replacing
one evil with another."
     Thystle didn't answer the question directly but looked deep into my eyes.  "I'm
not offering you perfection--just the best option available.  Look, things are about
to move quickly and I want you on my side when they do.  If you'd rather stay neutral
or get out of town I'll understand, but if you're going to help Kyreses we need you
right now.  No more time to ponder.  Are you with us?"
     My manager, Jack Wolfspider, always said that I might have had a brilliant
career in the advanced arenas if it weren't for my lack of decisiveness.  Minus four
he used to call it.  I wanted more information.  I needed time to ponder the options.
How was I supposed to make a decision based on so little evidence?
     "Let's go," I heard myself saying.  "I'll do what I can to help restore
     Thystle leaned forward and gave me a kiss.  "That's what I love about you, Boz.
You have conviction.  Quick, follow me."
     I followed Thystle to the basement where she located the secret exit I had been
unable to find earlier.  I followed her out through the streets at a jog.  "That's
what I love about you, Boz?" she had said.  Did that mean...?

     &gt;)]H[(&lt; + -----:----- + &gt;)] The Free Cities #59 [(&lt; + -----:----- + &gt;)]H[(&lt;

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."

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

                        ---===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.

Homina homina homina.  N.D. Grasse, sorry for the beat down, but it was a random
matchup.  Hey there, Ginger baby, you don't want to play?  I'll challenge you again.
Don't be afraid!

Hey, too much partying to do to sit here yakkin'.  See ya later!

Hu Mi

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for WILLAF.  I talked to BLACKHEART'S AXE's 
manager before the fights.  He said, "We're gonna do good."  And look at this:  
4-1-1!  Psychic, or what!  Talk about hot teams!  SILK AND STEEL goes out, the very 
first time, and goes 4-1-0!  Like, what do you guys eat for breakfast?  MVP award for 
MANAGER TC'S?  IT'S JUST WRONG's proud of him after beating VRYCE and getting 16 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  VRYCE got smashed by MANAGER TC'S, and lost 
12 points!  Like COLOR ME's GINGER BROWN is sweating since she got challenged by 
Duelmaster HU MI!  And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  
Oh well, welcome GINGER BROWN.  Aren't COLOR ME proud.  (Oh, my.) 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.  MAXIMUM RESULTS was WILLAF's most avoided team.  Is there some 
award for that?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are COLOR ME?  MAXIMUM RESULTS, an 
easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Like, 
is ED REDBONE popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all of WILLAF!  He's 
got a 5-9-0, is that good?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All WILLAF ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  I hear WYLDERNESS WYLD sent POLLAR BARE to the Dark Arena.  
What, is that like not well-lit, or what?  Hey you guys, don't you think your 
families would like to hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  
Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GINGER BROWN 3584            18   7  1   120       COLOR ME (350)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUBU 5071                    15   8  0   120       GEN KHAN (485)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARTEMIS ENTERI 2899           8   5  0   105       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 MALASION 4321                14  11  1   104       THE BLACKHEARTS (356)
 PAZUZU 4318                  15  12  1   101       THE BLACKHEARTS (356)
 HU MI 5066                   17   8  0    99       GEN KHAN (485)
 IMA MAROON 3631              15   7  0    95       COLOR ME (350)
 N.D. GRASSE 4367             15  47  1    93       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMYTHEST 3446                16  24  0    86       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 ANNIE PINKLEY 3713            9   7  2    86       COLOR ME (350)
 PA ELL 2898                  11   4  0    84       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANAGER TC'S 4885             5   1  0    66       IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
 PUN DAT 4789                 11  27  0    65       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-ANTEZEL 4988                  9   7  1    61       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 MURGEN 5065                   9   7  0    61       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120          6   1  1    61       LOOK OUT! (530)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HIMEI 4402                   11  11  1    54       YAMABUSHI (432)
-SHOCHU 4912                   5   4  1    45       YAMABUSHI (432)
 SACRAFICED 5117               5   2  0    45       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 VRYCE 5141                    4   2  2    43       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 ED REDBONE 3721               5   9  0    40       COLOR ME (350)
 KUROHANA 5128                 6   0  0    36       YAMABUSHI (432)
 DAMIEN 5143                   6   0  1    34       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 TARRANT 5145                  3   2  0    34       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PYOA 5090                     4   3  0    32       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
-RABID CHINCHILLA! 5118        4   0  0    32       LOOK OUT! (530)
 TAREX 4865                    4   4  0    26       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
-O-TOWN 4854                   3   0  1    26       TRANS CON (464)
 RESH 4978                     3   0  1    25       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 YUSHIMO 5101                  3   2  1    24       YAMABUSHI (432)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLIND DRIVER 5121             3   2  0    20       LOOK OUT! (530)
-NEZUME 4379                   5   4  0    19       YAMABUSHI (432)
 HESSETH 5146                  4   2  0    19       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
-COSMIC HAMMER 4886            1   2  1    18       IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
 BAKA 5138                     2   1  0    16       GEN KHAN (485)
-ELMO 4453                     1   0  0    15       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113            2   8  0    14       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-DUVAL 4853                    2   1  0    14       TRANS CON (464)
 PRINCE ALEX 5163              1   0  0    13       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 MUKAARTH 5156                 1   0  1    11       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 LOTANA 5174                   1   0  0    10       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 CAEDDAR 5173                  1   0  0    10       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 CALIAPHUS 5159                1   0  0    10       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 LONG TOM 5169                 1   0  0    10       PHOENIX (536)
 PRINCESS ANN 5162             1   0  0    10       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 ANYA 5160                     1   0  0    10       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
-FLAMMABLE BABY! 5122          2   2  0     9       LOOK OUT! (530)
 JHO KAR 5130                  1   4  0     7       GEN KHAN (485)
-RIO 4312                      0   1  0     7       PLACES TO BE (443)
 DARIUS 5167                   1   0  0     6       PHOENIX (536)
 ALENNA TRYSHAND 5184          1   0  0     6       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 GELRON 5175                   1   0  0     6       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 LASARIC 5172                  1   0  0     6       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 SZROT 5157                    1   0  0     6       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 CHOCCONUT 5140                1   2  0     5       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ENDEX 5187                    1   0  0     5       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 SIDNEY 4919                   0   1  0     5       PLACES TO BE (443)
-BRIZZ 4852                    0   2  0     2       TRANS CON (464)
 AZLYA 5164                    0   1  0     1       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 SIERRA 5177                   0   1  0     1       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
 B'EKA STORMEYE 5182           0   1  0     1       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
-SILENT 4452                   0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 AMBROSIUS 5158                0   1  0     1       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 ANGELIUS OF NOT 5179          0   1  0     1       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
 RANDOM 5171                   0   1  0     1       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 WHITE QUEEN 5165              0   1  0     1       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 FAUN 5161                     0   1  0     1       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
-MERCY 4455                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-RAVEN 4451                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 STORMFETCHER 5178             0   1  0     1       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
 TONYA THE RAGER 5183          0   1  0     1       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 METAL HEAD 5170               0   1  0     1       PHOENIX (536)
 WRIGHTINESS 5176              0   1  0     1       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TALOS BLOODAXE 5181    0  1 0 BROWN'S BLADES 539    MOUNTAIN TROLL 534    459 NONE    
MONGO THE BRAVE 5185   0  1 0 BROWN'S BLADES 539    HIGH ELF 535          459 NONE    
GREENSTOK 5147         0  2 0 COLOR ME 350          SPYMASTER 538         459 NONE    
HU DU 5125             2  5 1 GEN KHAN 485          DARK CHAMPION 540     459 NONE    
RADICAL THEORY 5083    8  8 1 MAXIMUM RESULTS 311   ANTEZEL 4988          456 REVENGED
YELLOWJACKET 5166      0  1 0 PHOENIX 536           SHEWISH GIANT 537     459 NONE    
BLOWOUT 5168           0  1 0 PHOENIX 536           MUKAARTH 5156         459         
PUN CH'TRUCK 5114      1  6 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     HU DU 5125            456         
PUN K TILLIUS 5131     1  3 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     RESH 4978             458         
EOGRE 5186             0  1 0 WAY OF THE SWORD 304  ARENAMASTER KHARA 539 459 NONE    
JAY MOCK 5188          0  1 0 WYLDERNESS WYLD 514   STONE GOLEM 542       459 NONE    
LIZMANDER 5112         3  2 0 WYLDERNESS WYLD 514   PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120  457         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ima Maroon -- Hey, ya got dat right. -- Bubu

O Pun -- Grumble. -- Jho Kar

Chocconut -- Ar har har!!! -- Baka

Kurohana -- So seals my doom. -- Hu Du

All -- Please help me welcome six new teams to Willaf this turn.  Friends I'm hoping
will enjoy Duelmasters as much as I have in the past. -- Rian/Vhagar

Well, it took a year, but finally Way of the Blade 1 completed the long journey from
Vithicar to Willaf, but received a less than warm welcome here!  Ah well, I'll blame
it on jet-lag. -- Vhagar

Moonjumper -- Thank you for the warm greeting.  Incredibly sorry about Punk K
Tillius.  I gave Resh specific instructions to allow a dignified surrender, but
unfortunately he disregarded my wishes.  He has been chastised. -- Vhagar

Pun Dat -- Hey, wait a second.  You're Artemis's favorite opponent.  He's a little
annoyed at me, but wanted me to let you know that he will be back, after the FtF.  He
apparently thinks he needs to test the Adepts waters as opposed to the Champions.
Now...where's that N.D. Grasse.... -- Pa Ell

Kung-Fu Master -- HEY!  What the heck was that?  I'll Kung-Fu you, buddy!  Actually,
if there's anyway to avoid you, I'd certainly do it.  *rubs his aching head,
muttering about filthy martial arts and losing a perfect record* -- Vryce

Osksi Noble -- You don't fight much better than your brother did in Vithicar.  You
should stick with *betting* on warriors, as opposed to playing as one. -- Damien

Ed Redbone -- Okay, so that's how we're gonna play?  You beat me until I cry and
crawl away?  Alright, I see.  Thanks for the good ol' Willaf Welcome. -- Hesseth

Sacraficed -- Oooh.  I almost got the jump on you.  But I do appreciate you showing
me how to better harness my inner powers (and showing me a glimpse of my innards). --

Jho Kar -- I didn't appreciate your jhoke about who would win the fight, at least,
not until the end, when *I* won.  Then it was much better. -- O. Pun

Baka -- Well, we were a pair!  You didn't have any milk of human kindness, or you
wouldn't have hit me so many times, and I didn't have any milk of the coconut, and we
were just a milkless outfit entirely.  Which isn't to do with anything, but life is
like that, and so are personals, sometimes. -- Chocconut

Hu Mi -- Hu else? -- N.D. Grasse

Pa Ell -- (sigh)  Good fight. -- Pun Dat

Resh -- But I didn't want you to make it a death match.  Shouldn't I have a say in
that, too? -- Ghost of Pun K Tillius

Ghoti -- It has always been so, of course. -- Moonjumper

Annie Pinkley -- There was a warrior in Aruak City who got sent to the Dark Arena
five times before she graduated.  Look upon it as a challenge to better her record?
-- Moonjumper

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

POLLAR BARE was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHARAK in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HU DU was narrowly killed by DARK CHAMPION in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
GREENSTOK was assassinated by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
GONNA DIE BOY was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHARAK in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
TALOS BLOODAXE was slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
EOGRE was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHARAK in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena brawl.
MONGO THE BRAVE was savagely slain by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena struggle.
YELLOWJACKET was easily killed by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
JAY MOCK was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena duel.
PSYCHO GRANDMA! vanquished ED REDBONE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
HU MI slimly lost to GINGER BROWN in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge Title duel.
IMA MAROON beat N.D. GRASSE in a popular 1 minute veteran's Challenge melee.
DAMIEN luckily beat YUSHIMO in a 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
JHO KAR was unbelievably bested by TAREX in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
RESH devastated O. PUN PLEEZJ in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
BUBU handily defeated PA ELL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MALASION overpowered AMYTHEST in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
PAZUZU overcame M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute bout.
PUN DAT was devastated by ANNIE PINKLEY in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched brawl.
VRYCE was demolished by MANAGER TC'S in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
MURGEN overpowered TARRANT in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SACRAFICED devastated HESSETH in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
KUROHANA outwaited FRATSFA SLAVE in a tiring 10 minute match.
BAKA overcame B'EKA STORMEYE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute beginner's duel.
CHOCCONUT was overpowered by PRINCE ALEX in a 2 minute gory one-sided match.
SIDNEY was vanquished by LONG TOM in a 1 minute one-sided match.
PRINCESS ANN vanquished RANDOM in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
AZLYA was luckily beaten by ENDEX in a action packed 5 minute gruesome novice's melee.
WHITE QUEEN was savagely defeated by GELRON in a 1 minute novice's fray.
FAUN was savagely defeated by SZROT in a 2 minute gruesome novice's fight.
DARIUS overcame AMBROSIUS in a exciting 1 minute novice's fight.
BLOWOUT was assassinated by MUKAARTH in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
METAL HEAD was savagely defeated by ALENNA TRYSHAND in a 1 minute beginner's bout.
LASARIC won victory over SIERRA in a exciting 1 minute amateur's fight.
CAEDDAR demolished STORMFETCHER in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided struggle.
LOTANA overpowered WRIGHTINESS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ANGELIUS OF NOT was handily defeated by CALIAPHUS in a 1 minute uneven match.
ANYA overpowered TONYA THE RAGER in a 1 minute gory uneven bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 27         TOTAL PARRY       16 -   5 -  0      76  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  15         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  10 -  1      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  12 -  0      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  33 -  2      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         STRIKING ATTACK   38 -  38 -  4      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW        16 -  20 -  3      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -  14 -  1      36  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  12 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -  11 -  0      21  |

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    3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK   11 - 16         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         2 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  6     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  4         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    GINGER BROWN 3584          18   7  1  120 COLOR ME (350)
STRIKING ATTACK  BUBU 5071                  15   8  0  120 GEN KHAN (485)
LUNGING ATTACK   MALASION 4321              14  11  1  104 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)
AIMED BLOW       ANNIE PINKLEY 3713          9   7  2   86 COLOR ME (350)
TOTAL PARRY      KUROHANA 5128               6   0  0   36 YAMABUSHI (432)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BUBU 5071.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
AZLYA 5164.  The ten other most popular fighters were HU MI 5066, GINGER BROWN 3584, 
TRYSHAND 5184, SIERRA 5177, and HU DU 5125.

The least popular fighter this week was KUROHANA 5128.  The other ten least popular 
5170, BLOWOUT 5168, SIDNEY 4919, CHOCCONUT 5140, TARRANT 5145, PUN DAT 4789, and 

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXV

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NIRFAUNA 4214 (28-43-3)                2  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MATTAHOOPLE 4203 (6-1-1)              10  3  0         GIFTED GODS          

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANTEZEL 4988 (9-7-1)                   4  3  0         WYLDERNESS WYLD      

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120 (5-1-1)           7  3  0         LOOK OUT!            

ELIGIBLES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GNU WORLD ORDER 3948 (56-52-3)         1  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

ADM FOOLS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GREW SOME SHREW 4135 (45-38-2)         1  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

CHAMPIONS FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ARGINASE 4137 (5-3-1)                  0  3  0         ENZYMES              
GINGER BROWN 3584 (16-7-1)             0  3  0         COLOR ME             
IMA MAROON 3631 (14-6-0)               0  3  0         COLOR ME             

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BLIND DRIVER 5121 (3-2-0)              0  3  0         LOOK OUT!            

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CHEM 5126 (0-0-0)                      0  3  0         PHILANTHROPISTS      
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