Date   : 06/14/2003    Duedate: 06/27/2003


DM-16    TURN-462

This Weeks Top Honors


(16-4885) [8-1-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MALASION                       MANAGER TC'S
THE BLACKHEARTS (356)          IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
(16-4321) [15-13-1,103]        (16-4885) [8-1-0,116]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PAZUZU                         PA ELL
(16-4318) [15-15-1,89]         (16-2898) [13-5-0,102]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)    34
2. GEN KHAN (485)              29      LOOK OUT! (530)
3. NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)       24      Unchartered Team
4. LOOK OUT! (530)             22
5. WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)       21      IT'S JUST WRONG (511)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*SILK AND STEEL (537)       8   2  0 80.0   1/ 3*WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532) 10  5 0
 2/ 2 LOOK OUT! (530)           19   6  1 76.0   2/ 2 COLOR ME (350)            9  6 0
 3/ 3*IT'S JUST WRONG (511)      9   3  1 75.0   3/ 6 GEN KHAN (485)            8  7 0
 4/ 4*WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)  30  14  3 68.2   4- 5*PHOENIX (536)             6  4 1
 5- 5*BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)     9   6  1 60.0   5/ 7 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    6  5 0
 6/ 6 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    47  33  5 58.8   6/ 8*CRIMSON WOLVES (538)      6  8 3
 7/ 7 GEN KHAN (485)           134 103  5 56.5   7/13 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       6  8 0
 8- 8*PHOENIX (536)              8   7  1 53.3   8/16 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     5  5 0
 9/ 9 COLOR ME (350)            89  81  3 52.4   9- 1*BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    5  5 0
10/10 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)    309 328 21 48.5  10/12 LOOK OUT! (530)           4  1 0
11/11 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)    172 197 13 46.6  11- 4*SILK AND STEEL (537)      4  1 0
12/12 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     43  51  2 45.7  12/ 9*NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)     4 11 0
13/13 YAMABUSHI (432)           61  83  5 42.4  13/11*IT'S JUST WRONG (511)     3  0 0
14/14 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      306 464 10 39.7  14-10*BROWN'S BLADES (539)      3  5 0
15/15 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   13  21  0 38.2  15/14 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   1  1 0
16/16*CRIMSON WOLVES (538)       6  13  3 31.6  16/15 YAMABUSHI (432)           1  3 0
17-18*BROWN'S BLADES (539)       4   9  0 30.8  17/18 MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)     1  6 1
18/17*NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)      6  14  0 30.0  18/17 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)     1  6 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-19*PLACES TO BE (443)         0   6  0  0.0  19-19*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

   <)]H[(> + -----:----- + <)] Revolt in Veastian #12 [(> + -----:----- + <)]H[(>
                                   By Reverend Boz

     Thystle led me across an alley where Ed and Threngir were waiting.  The Harkene
and extra-large Shew nodded a greeting.  There seemed to be no particular resentment
that A'Krill and I had nearly killed them in a duel a week earlier.  Their wounds had
healed remarkably well and neither seemed hampered by his injuries.
     "I think it's time you told me who you really are, Thystle," I said.
     She cracked a mysterious smile.  "Not buying the story about me being a farm
girl from the Shewish Forest, huh?" she answered my question with a question.
     "You're not Harkene, you're Karnhorn," I stated.  "I've known that since our
meeting with Emir Kyreses.  You knew all the proper forms of greeting.  I didn't know
half of them myself, but then I'm a commoner.  Only a highborn Karnhorn could have
pulled that off.  You've dyed your hair and had a few minor alterations done to your
face to make you look Harkene.  Why?"
     Thystle ran a hand across her short blond hair.  "I had to shear off my long
black tresses to pass without suspicion in this city.  The sacrifices I have to make
for the Empire!  I am Lady Ryu of Karnhorn Intelligence.  Perhaps your friend Jack
Wolfspider has mentioned me to you."
     I searched my memory of conversations with Jack but could not recall her name
being spoken.  "I don't think he has mentioned you," I answered.  "What was your
connection with him?
     "Jack isn't one to talk about his past.  He and I were lovers once, engaged to
be married.  I had to use him and his team as cover for a spying mission in Lapur.  I
couldn't tell him about my job.  Eventually it all came out.  He couldn't forgive
what he thought was betrayal.  He stormed out of my life in one of those fits of
self-righteous fury he's so famous for.  He still loves me though.  I'm certain of
     My heart sank to the ground.  I had become very fond of Thystle and thought she
has some feeling for me.  But if she was in love with my friend Jack then there was
no possibility of a romance between us.  I tried to say something but words wouldn't
     Lady Ryu noticed my discomfiture and gave me a warm hug.  "I'm sorry, Boz.  In
my business I can't afford to love anyone--not you, not Jack, no one.  Like my hair,
it's another sacrifice I have had to made to serve the Empire.  I do like you very
much but that is something that's going to have to wait.  Right now the Empire needs
our help and we've got to give that our full attention.  Okay?"
     "Sure," I needed shaking off the disappointment as best I could.  "Tell me what
you need."
     Ryu nodded and her manner became businesslike.  "The Satrap is well aware of the
situation here in Veastian.  But the war against the Eastern Invaders must take
priority.  Only when they have been crushed and the sieges of our cities lifted will
we be able to turn our attention to the western part of our Empire.  Then that
traitorous Emir in Kurukar will pay for his rebellion and the situation here in
Veastian will be stabilized.  In fact, the Satrap has been besieged by letters, pleas
and petitions from the competing factions in this city--all of them claiming to be
working in the best interests of the Empire.  As if they serve the Empire by ripping
the city to pieces!  Anyway, the Satrap sent me along with one of our most powerful
wizards to assess the situation and solve it if we could."
     "Are you talking about the wizard who hired you and these other gentlemen to rid
the city of Dwarves?  What was that all about?" I asked recalling the incident.  "And
wasn't the wizard killed in the Inn explosion?"
     "Unfortunately yes," she replied.  "You see he was using high level magic, a
spell of Location.  Emir Kyreses had been imprisoned by Admiral Arkossa.  We wanted
to find out where Kyreses was being held.  Unfortunately, Dwarves radiate a strong
anti-magic field.  The Location spell is very sensitive to anti-magic.  Wherever
there was a Dwarf the spell was blocked out for a half mile radius.  There aren't
very many Dwarves in Veastian, but still much of the city was blacked out from the
spell because of them.  We couldn't locate Kyreses.  In desperation the wizard hired
Ed and Threngir here to clear the Dwarves out of town.  I posed as a hired thug and
accompanied them.  We were just looking to scare them out; we really didn't want to
harm them if possible.  Just our luck the first Dwarf we ran into was the Lord
Protector A'Krill and you were there to take his side.  You were too much for Ed and
Threngir and I decided the two of you were more valuable alive so I didn't kill you."
     "Kill us?!" I chortled thinking she had made a joke.  "I realize you weren't
fighting to your full ability, but you wouldn't have stood a chance against A'Krill
and me."
     There was a blur and the next thing I knew Ryu's epee rested uncomfortably
against my throat.  Another blur and the slender sword had returned to it scabbard.
I stood dumbfounded.  Never in my years in the arena had I witnessed speed and
precision anything like what had just happened.
     "Think again," said Ryu.  "The trouble with you gladiators who come up through
Greywand's system is that you never even consider that there might be other training
systems available more powerful than the one you know.  I have been taught in a very
different school of fighting."
     "No amount of training can make a fighter as fast as that.  Your blade has to
have some powerful magic worked into it to make it react like that."
     "Maybe," replied Ryu with a mysterious smirk.  "But magic or not, you'd have
been just as dead if I'd decided to kill you.  You were my conduit into the Jaydeite
Temple.  I had gathered from my sources that the Jaydeites were planning a rescue of
Kyreses.  I wanted to plant myself in the temple and find out why.  So I surrendered
meekly and demurely and turned on the charm.  Not only did that get medical attention
for Ed and Threngir, but I got myself a job as Temple housekeeper as well.  From
there I could snoop to my heart's content."
     "What about the wizard?  The explosion that destroyed the inn and killed all
those people?"
     "Since we hadn't cleared the Dwarves out of town I can only guess that he tried
raising the magical power he put into his spell to an unwisely high level to try to
counteract their presence and it backfired.  The explosion came as a shock to me.
Such a waste!"
     I sighed.  The plot was taking too many twists and turns for me to keep up with
it.  "All right.  Now what about the Jaydeite Temple assisting in Kyreses' escape.  I
was part of the Temple hierarchy and knew absolutely nothing about it."
     "No, it seems to have been the idea of Father Vartan.  He recruited his friend
A'Krill to help him and they succeeded.  As to how and why, you'll have to ask him."
     I rubbed my hand wearily over my face.  I was getting answers to my questions at
a fast and furious pace and the answers only led to more questions.  Only one more
question came to mind and I asked it.  "Why does the Satrap continue to support
Kyreses over Arkossa?  Kyreses was caught smuggling black kughas.  Under law, Arkossa
was required to depose him for that crime and take command of the city.  It seem to
me that he had no choice."
     Ryu smiled sadly and cooed, "Poor Reverend Boz.  So gullible.  So innocent of
the way the Empire really works.  Do you think the Satrap was unaware that Kyreses
was smuggling black kughas?  The smugglers here in Veastian only pose as a criminal
enterprise for appearances sake.  In reality it is a business wholly controlled by
the Empire.  How do you think we financed the war all these years?  Through the sale
of swamprice?  The Empire sells black kughas.  The Empire also condemns its sale.
Why?  Because that drives both the demand and price far beyond reason, and we control
the supply.  The stupid sons and daughters of our aristocrats spend fortunes to
obtain black kughas for use in the Pleasure Palaces.  That way they spend their
wealth on drugs rather than intriguing and buying political alliances that could be
harmful to the Empire.  And the beauty of it is that the proceeds go right back into
the Karnhorn Treasury.  Making the drug illegal is good business.  But there are
always going to be people like you and Arkossa who buy anti-drug propaganda all the
way.  I feel sorry for Arkossa, I really do.  He was placed in a difficult situation
and has done his best with it.  Unfortunately his best is not what the Empire needs
right now.  Kyreses needs to be restored and Arkossa removed.  I mean really removed.
Dead.  And I need your help to do it."
     I really didn't like the sound of what I was hearing.

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #62 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal and vicinity:

     It was harder to get Veleks into the boat than Ghenis had expected.  Dead, it
might have been awkward, but alive...the little thief turned suddenly hysterical,
shrieking and weeping, trashing wildly, and begging not to be given to "the burning
eyes and flashing teeth."  Ghenis finally had to knock Veleks out so that he and
Harlund drag him into the rowboat.
     "He's nuts," Harlund growled, leaning into his oars as he drove the boat back
toward the shore.  "Burning eyes and flashing teeth.  Sounds like some kind of kid's
nightmare.  He do some kind of drugs?"
     "Veleks?  No.  He's got a few bad habits, but not drugs.  He must have seen
something real...but maybe not really what he thinks he saw."
     "He couldn't've seen something like that, not on the beach he couldn't.  There
aren't any monsters in the woods around here."  Harlund paused and looked around
uneasily, looked down into the water, which was filling with the shadows of sunset
faster than the sky was.  "Might be different if he'd been in a boat to start with,"
the beach walker muttered.  "He might've seen something over the water...."
     "Veleks can't swim and had no boat.  He was not on the water," Ghenis said
firmly.  "Besides, I found what are probably his tracks.  He was on the shore road
and left it to run toward the beach, and I do mean run--flat out.  Something
terrified him.  Veleks is no hero, but he wouldn't run without a reason."
     Harlund opened his mouth to argue further, then looked at Ghenis and shut it
again.  Smart move.
     "Just get us to shore, man.  Then I'll pay you, and you can go home.  It isn't
your problem."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis had the idea that it would have been harder, maybe impossible, to get rid
of Harlund at any time earlier in the day.  But it was sunset, and the beach walker
seemed to have a strong aversion to being out on the shore at night.  Which probably
meant that the gladiator would be wise to get himself and Veleks off the shore before
dark, too.  Besides, he didn't want to meet his henchman's "burning eyes and flashing
teeth" with Veleks on his hands either unconscious or hysterical.
     He draped the little thief over the saddle of his rented horse and glared at the
beast.  It probably wasn't a bad horse, as horses went, but neither was it
outstanding in any way--it seemed unlikely, for instance, that it would take to
carrying double.  Which meant he himself was going to have to walk.  He toyed again
with the idea of buying a horse, a really GOOD horse.  But, as at other times, he
also thought about how much it cost to keep a horse in the city, whether he was
riding it or not.  His resources weren't infinite.  And he didn't really leave the
city and NEED a horse that often, so it wouldn't be a savings, not really.
     By the time Ghenis had reached this point, a familiar one, in his thoughts, it
was twilight and he was back on the coast road, leading the horse.  He paused before
stepping out into the open.  By the evidence of the tracks, Veleks had been on the
coast road in the dark when he met his monster.  Maybe it would be better to get
under immediate cover instead of heading straight back to Zukal tonight.  He'd passed
an abandoned farmstead--courtesy of the invasion, most likely--on his way to the
beach to meet Harlund.  It wasn't any palace, but it would provide shelter and a
defensive position, and it was nearby, a mile, maybe a mile and a half away.  He set
off in that direction, crossing the road and plunging into the brush along an
overgrown track.
     The farmstead was as Ghenis remembered it, a stone house with half a roof, two
or three wooden sheds that had mostly collapsed, a cluster of unpruned fruit trees.
He led the horse right into what had been the main room of the house and dumped
Veleks onto the ground.  By the dark powers, the little thief had better have
something useful to report after all this trouble!  Veleks could sleep now, but by
morning he'd better be coherent.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis sat over the fire he'd made from scraps of lumber and watched the full
moon ride across the sky.  The night seemed long for the time of year, but that was
subjective, he knew.  It was about midnight now, with the moonlight turning the
landscape into silver and soot.  There had been owls hooting earlier, some other kind
of night birds, rustlings outside the farmhouse that had nothing to do with the wind,
but the night was silent now.  He touched the amulet he wore under his shirt,
wondering if he would see Veleks' monster tonight.  That would be...interesting.
     A howl?  There were wolves around the delta country, they'd come down out of the
hills after the invaders had devastated the area.  A chorus of howls, must be a pack.
His horse was moving restlessly.  It had a right to be uneasy, a pack of wolves was
no joke.  Ghenis wished briefly that he had a crossbow, but he didn't.  He drew his
sword and put more wood on the fire, checked to make sure that the remaining walls of
the old house would protect him from the sides and rear.
     Another howl, closer, almost a hound-like baying.  Other wolf voices answering.
Definitely a pack, hunting in the moonlight.  He touched his amulet again.  The dark
powers would not protect him if he stupidly put himself in the way of danger.  Which
he had not done tonight, he had prudently gotten off the road and taken a defensible
shelter.  With one hand on his amulet and the other on his sword, he waited.
     Shadows moved in ways that wind and trees could not account for.  They gathered
around the shell of the farmhouse; he glimpsed them through the empty doorway and the
gaps in the wall.  The shadows blinked at him with eyes that were not burning but
cold as the moon overhead.  Wolves.  Big wolves, given how far off the ground those
pale eyes were.  A lot of big wolves.  But they weren't trying to get at him.  More
kept arriving, causing an ongoing stir of shadows.  He didn't try to count them.
Didn't really want to know how many wolves there were out there.
     And then, suddenly, there was something else, with eyes of flame and a spear
tipped with icy moonlight.  Human in shape, more or less, and mounted on something
that might be a horse but probably wasn't.  It lifted a horn and blew, and the sound
was a wave of fear.
     Veleks' monster.

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 467): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 465): WILD BILL of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 461): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 459): KILLIN' STU of MINIONS OF MILO (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 450): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 447): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 445): SLUGWORTH of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 438): FINN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 401): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 204): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 198): RING D'BELL of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): DR. NO-NOOKIE of MASTER BLASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 326): NESSUS of ACT OF MALICE (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 306): VLADIMIR TALTOS of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 467): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 465): ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 461): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 461): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 459): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 458): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 450): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 447): THE STORMLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 445): PATH OF THE BLADE (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 438): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 401): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 204): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 198): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 326): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 306): FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): none
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 351): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 465): WILD BILL of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
               (turn 464): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 460): BUBU of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
                           HU MI of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 459): SEAR ICECAP of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
                (turn 458): BONEY OLD BEHIND of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                            10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 457): NUTT BRITTLE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          BILLY LILLY of DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
              (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 445): DRY KEG of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 436): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 400): FLYING MARMOSET 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  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): DR. NO-NOOKIE of MASTER BLASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): KAMIKAZE of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, WILLAF?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, BLACKHEART'S AXE, since WAY 
OF THE BLADE 1 took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  If this 
keeps up, BLACKHEART'S AXE, you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop 
of 8 in the rankings?  WYLDERNESS WYLD turned their 3-2-0 turn into a 8th place rank 
in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see MALASION win a fight and gain 22 points, 
terribly.  Tsk, tsk, MALASION beat ANNIE PINKLEY and ANNIE PINKLEY lost 23 points.  
You're breakin' my heart.  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as MANAGER 
TC'S takes the Title and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  
Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think some of these guys 
win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  COLOR ME, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were 
this turn's most avoided team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And it 
looks like THE BLACKHEARTS avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be 
losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, AMYTHEST was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  Now hey, I like to see a death as much as 
the next guy, but hey WAY OF THE BLADE 1, whyja send DAMIEN to the Dark Arena, look 
at his record, huh?  It's about time STORMFETCHER got beat for picking on warriors 
like PUMJ ENT.  Bravo, PUNNY AMINALS.  See you at The Welcome Wench.  Honor is like a 
chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless 
rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANAGER TC'S 4885             8   1  0   116       IT'S JUST WRONG (511)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARTEMIS ENTERI 2899           8   5  0   105       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 MALASION 4321                15  13  1   103       THE BLACKHEARTS (356)
 PA ELL 2898                  13   5  0   102       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120          9   1  1    99       LOOK OUT! (530)
 VRYCE 5141                    7   2  2    99       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 N.D. GRASSE 4367             15  50  1    96       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 IMA MAROON 3631              17   8  0    95       COLOR ME (350)
 GINGER BROWN 3584            19   9  1    91       COLOR ME (350)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMYTHEST 3446                16  27  0    89       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
 PAZUZU 4318                  15  15  1    89       THE BLACKHEARTS (356)
 ANNIE PINKLEY 3713           11   8  2    81       COLOR ME (350)
 MURGEN 5065                  10   8  0    74       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 TARRANT 5145                  6   2  0    68       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAREX 4865                    7   4  0    64       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 PUN DAT 4789                 11  30  0    63       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 PRINCE ALEX 5163              4   0  0    59       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 ANTEZEL 4988                  9   9  1    57       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PYOA 5090                     6   3  0    51       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 HIMEI 4402                   11  12  1    47       YAMABUSHI (432)
-SHOCHU 4912                   5   4  1    45       YAMABUSHI (432)
 RABID CHINCHILLA! 5118        5   1  0    44       LOOK OUT! (530)
-KUROHANA 5128                 6   1  0    34       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MUKAARTH 5156                 3   0  1    33       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 YUSHIMO 5101                  4   3  1    26       YAMABUSHI (432)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHOCCONUT 5140                4   2  0    23       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 ENDEX 5187                    4   0  0    23       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
-DARIUS 5167                   3   0  1    23       PHOENIX (536)
-CRIMSON 5197                  2   0  0    22       PHOENIX (536)
 RESH 4978                     4   2  1    21       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113            4   9  0    21       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 LIL GREENIE 5212              2   0  0    21       COLOR ME (350)
 SACRAFICED 5117               5   5  0    20       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
-BLIND DRIVER 5121             3   2  0    20       LOOK OUT! (530)
 UKI 5196                      2   1  0    20       GEN KHAN (485)
-NEZUME 4379                   5   4  0    19       YAMABUSHI (432)
-AMBROSIUS 5158                2   1  0    19       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUU GNITE 5201               2   1  0    19       COLOR ME (350)
-COSMIC HAMMER 4886            1   2  1    18       IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
 ANIS 5189                     1   0  1    18       MAXIMUM RESULTS (311)
-CALIAPHUS 5159                2   1  0    16       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
-CAEDDAR 5173                  2   0  0    16       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-GELRON 5175                   2   0  0    15       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-ELMO 4453                     1   0  0    15       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-LONG TOM 5169                 2   1  0    13       PHOENIX (536)
 ANGELIUS OF NOT 5179          1   3  1    13       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
-B'EKA STORMEYE 5182           1   2  0    13       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 BI GI 5214                    1   0  0    12       GEN KHAN (485)
-METAL HEAD 5170               1   2  0    11       PHOENIX (536)
 BAKA 5138                     2   4  0    10       GEN KHAN (485)
-LASARIC 5172                  2   0  0    10       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-FLAMMABLE BABY! 5122          2   2  0     9       LOOK OUT! (530)
 PUMJ ENT 5219                 1   0  0     9       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 GRIZZ 5218                    1   0  0     8       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 STORMFETCHER 5178             1   3  1     7       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
-KYLA SKINFLAYER 5203          1   0  0     7       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 MISTY MORN 5204               1   1  0     7       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
-RIO 4312                      0   1  0     7       PLACES TO BE (443)
 AZLYA 5164                    1   3  0     6       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 PRINCESS ANN 5162             1   3  0     6       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 AZAKA 5216                    1   0  0     6       GEN KHAN (485)
-RANDOM 5171                   1   1  0     6       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 ELESAURIS 5200                1   1  0     6       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
-SIDNEY 4919                   0   2  0     6       PLACES TO BE (443)
-ALENNA TRYSHAND 5184          1   2  0     5       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
-TONYA THE RAGER 5183          1   2  0     5       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
-LOTANA 5174                   1   1  0     5       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-ANYA 5160                     1   2  0     5       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 POR Q. PINE 5149              1   1  0     4       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 FAUN 5161                     0   4  0     4       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 WHITE QUEEN 5165              0   4  0     4       NARNIAN KNIGHTS (535)
 TASHA THE QUICK 5220          0   1  0     1       CRIMSON WOLVES (538)
-SILENT 4452                   0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-MERCY 4455                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-RAVEN 4451                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-FLICKER 5211                  0   1  0     1       PHOENIX (536)
 SAVOX 5213                    0   1  0     1       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SIERRA 5177            2  2 0 CRIMSON WOLVES 538    ANIS 5189             462         
WRIGHTINESS 5176       1  2 1 CRIMSON WOLVES 538    DARIUS 5167           461         
IMA FOO 5215           0  1 0 GEN KHAN 485          ANGELIUS OF NOT 5179  462         
BLOWOUT 5168           0  1 0 PHOENIX 536           MUKAARTH 5156         459         
PUN K TILLIUS 5131     1  3 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     RESH 4978             458 NOT REVE
MILKI WEIGH 5195       0  1 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     STORMFETCHER 5178     460 JUST REV
HESSETH 5146           5  4 0 WAY OF THE BLADE  532 STONE GOLEM 542       462 NONE    
DAMIEN 5143            6  3 1 WAY OF THE BLADE  532 BLACK ORC 536         462 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

To all those in the Duelmasters area -- As Ginger is the approximate points leader
(with the exception of a non-active) Ginger is going to pretend she is boss and do
challenges accordingly. -- Ghoti

Technogeek -- It was a good fight between Ginger and Bubu, especially for Bubu.
Knowing Ginger was not going to get the jump, I tried a slight strat change and it
backfired horribly. -- Ghoti

Bubu -- You're just a brute!  You owe me some new armor -- Ima Maroon

Iver?, is it still Iver? -- Ghoti

Annie Pinkley -- Hey, ya stink!  You're spoiling my DM spot by being tied with me.  I
should thump ya! -- Ginger Brown

To the whining manager of Kurohana -- Wow, that was quite a long rant there, guy.
Next time save some trees and try and deal with the challenges thrown your way.  I
took my aimer and down-challenged your scum, who hadn't taken a loss yet.  He has a
loss now.  Too bad.  Running scum is dishonorable in and of itself, which you
neglected to mention.  Having a guy stand there and do nothing isn't fighting, so I
really don't see anything wrong with what I did.  I *would* have a problem with
someone down-challenging a REAL warrior 25 points below him.  I generally don't like
to do that in basic but sometimes it's called for.  It just depends on the situation.
-- The Muffin Man, who has seen a few fights in his day

The Saint -- If you want to have a lot of fun, why don't you list the current
managers of the arena and all of their current active teams...from every arena?  We
might have to change this arena to a slow turnaround in time for you to get all that
info. :) -- TMM

     *ppphhhlllbbbttt* -- The Saint, keeper of lists but not a _complete_ loon

Manager Tc's -- Pooh.  Pish.  You're the wrong style. -- N.D. Grasse
P.S.  Because if you'd been some other style, I would have won, maybe.  Or at least
learned something.

Tarrant -- Are you sure you got enough skills out of that?  You can always come at me
again. -- Pun Dat
P.S.  That was irony, not invitation.

Hesseth -- Should I say, "Thank the gods for Way of the Blade, we can count on having
someone to fight"?  Or is it just some kind of fluke?  I'm not complaining, I'm just
curious. -- O. Pun Pleez the dentist (I'd rather be denting, you know; it's my first love.)

Uki -- A win and skills!  How wonderful!  Let me buy you a drink! -- Chocconut

27 May 2003
A note to everyone regarding manager names and manager lists -- If you're running a
team incognito, all you have to do is let me know and I won't put your name on any
manager lists.  It has seemed though, that more people want their names listed, even
if they do not announce themselves, than the other way around.  Also, I do maintain
the list more or less by hand and errors do creep in.  You have but to say I've made
an error and no one will be the wiser (except thee and me, of course). -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

30 May 2003
Duelmasters Friends and Friendly Foes -- I am returning to the United States for the
summer.  Please direct any Snailmail to:
     Devon Hagy
     Open Skies Ministries
     Att: Hammer
     1515 E 7th St
     Okmulgee, OK 74447
Bro De is the founder and president of Open Skies Ministries [Prison Ministry] and a
newcomer to the world of Duelmasters. We minister together when I am in the area.
See you on the sands!
-- Daryl P Holloman aka Hammer

Flower Hammerz DM 28
Casino Hammerz DM 33
Fish Hammerz DM 54

3 June 2003
     The Company of Brothers want to take this opportunity to formally introduce
ourselves to all players.  Our play is NOT based on smack, rudeness, or anything less
than fair play (well...as fair as it gets!) and improving the knowledge base of the
game and the sharing of experimentation and information.  We are not concerned with
personal politics, ideals, etc.  We are players who enjoy the game.
     Currently, our membership includes:
     Asmo Dius, Baphomet, and Fahkry.
     We wish to welcome our newest member...Suiside.  May the gods smile upon you and
victory rest well on your team.  Any who wish to join us may contact one of our
members for info.

4 June 2003
     The last Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse was one of the closest and most exciting
contests ever held in Alastari.  Such an epic demands a sequel.  Therefore, Master
Darque and Jack Wolfspider are pleased to announce the return of the Stormcrowe
     Where?  Stormcrowe DM 45 (slow).  When?  The Slaughterhouse returns on Turn 207,
due August 19.  How can you get into the action?  Bring a team (one per entrant
please) to arena 45 and announce your intention to join the contest in the Personals.
     Rules:  This time around the rules are very simple.  Each warrior win against a
higher rated opponent (one or more points higher in the ratings) brings you 10
points, against even rated opponent 7 points, lower rated 5 points.  Wins against
NPCs or by a warrior who downchallenges are worth 0 points.  Points are doubled for
kills.  All warriors in the arena whether participating in the Slaughterhouse or not
are fair game.  Points are totaled weekly, and the contestant whose team has racked
up the most points at the end of 10 turns is declared Slaughterhouse Champion.
     Prizes:  To be announced; we're still talking with RSI about it.  Figure it will
be something pretty good.  But hey, who needs prizes when the honor of being
Slaughterhouse Champion awaits!
     More info:  Master Darque, MasterDarqueDM@aol.com, or Jack Wolfspider,
russtulp@aol.com.  Or diplo Darque Forces (428) or Dynastic (433) in Arena 45.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HESSETH was barely slain by STONE GOLEM in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
DAMIEN was murdered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
PSYCHO GRANDMA! overpowered AMYTHEST in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
PA ELL viciously subdued PAZUZU in a exciting 3 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
MANAGER TC'S devastated GINGER BROWN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title duel.
VRYCE devastated N.D. GRASSE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
TAREX viciously subdued PUN DAT in a action packed 1 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
RESH was vanquished by RABID CHINCHILLA! in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
BLUU GNITE overpowered BAKA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
IMA MAROON narrowly defeated MURGEN in a 2 minute fight.
ANNIE PINKLEY was overpowered by MALASION in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
TARRANT overpowered HIMEI in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ANTEZEL was devastated by PRINCE ALEX in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
PYOA demolished YUSHIMO in a 1 minute mismatched match.
SACRAFICED was luckily beaten by ENDEX in a 3 minute conflict.
CHOCCONUT overcame AZLYA in a 1 minute fight.
O. PUN PLEEZJ won victory over WHITE QUEEN in a 2 minute master vs. beginner bout.
POR Q. PINE was overcome by BI GI in a crowd pleasing 3 minute amateur's bout.
FAUN was devastated by UKI in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
PRINCESS ANN was beaten by GRIZZ in a 3 minute novice's bout.
SIERRA was narrowly killed by ANIS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute amateur's conflict.
STORMFETCHER was luckily beaten by PUMJ ENT in a 2 minute brutal beginner's fight.
ANGELIUS OF NOT executed IMA FOO in a 1 minute uneven fray.
LIL GREENIE outwaited MISTY MORN in a exciting 7 minute novice's contest.
ELESAURIS defeated TASHA THE QUICK in a 2 minute beginner's fight.
SAVOX was beaten by AZAKA in a 3 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 15         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  10 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         LUNGING ATTACK    48 -  41 -  0      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         STRIKING ATTACK   65 -  64 -  7      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         AIMED BLOW        15 -  16 -  3      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -  14 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  13 -  1      28  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  13 -  0      24  |

Turn 462 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  7     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  6     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MANAGER TC'S 4885           8   1  0  116 IT'S JUST WRONG (511)
STRIKING ATTACK  PA ELL 2898                13   5  0  102 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
AIMED BLOW       PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120        9   1  1   99 LOOK OUT! (530)
WALL OF STEEL    GINGER BROWN 3584          19   9  1   91 COLOR ME (350)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PAZUZU 4318.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
PA ELL 2898.  The ten other most popular fighters were BI GI 5214, HESSETH 5146, LIL 

The least popular fighter this week was MISTY MORN 5204.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SAVOX 5213, IMA FOO 5215, FAUN 5161, POR Q. PINE 5149, WHITE QUEEN 
5165, ANTEZEL 4988, HIMEI 4402, BAKA 5138, RESH 4978, and N.D. GRASSE 4367.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

IMA MAROON (16-3631) COLOR ME (350)
GINGER BROWN (16-3584) COLOR ME (350)


     For those of you who keep track of such things, 13 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                            STRYSON (12-1368) SHADOW LORDS
                              STEFEN (15-2052) WILD BOYS
                         FROG SLAYER (21-4021) THE GUARDIANS
                       VICTOR CALDERONE (60-5223) CLUB CULTURE
                          TYBALT (62-3696) GRAPHIC VIOLENCE
                         WESTON (65-5719) SUPERIOR FORCES 4I
                            FOGGY (72-4595) DARQUE FORCES
                              NORAF (82-3856) ENVENOMED
                          CHEOPS (82-4451) LEGENDS OF EGYPT
                      THE SCREAMING FANS (82-6495) WHY I PLAY DM
                            CRAB (82-11880) 4-LETTER STDS
                         BRAND (82-13289) TOADS OF AMBER III
                        SHERRI (82-15114) SUPERIOR FORCES 3201

                                          -- Green Eyes