DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/20/2003    Duedate: 10/03/2003

WILLAF ARENA

DM-16    TURN-469

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PUN DAT
PUNNY AMINALS (305)
(16-4789) [14-34-0,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PUN DAT                        CAEDDAR
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            SILK AND STEEL (537)
(16-4789) [14-34-0,103]        (16-5173) [7-2-1,55]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TONYA THE RAGER                LASARIC
BROWN'S BLADES (539)           SILK AND STEEL (537)
(16-5183) [6-4-0,40]           (16-5172) [7-2-0,32]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BROWN'S BLADES (539)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DARK TIDES (546)        43
2. PROJECT MAYHEM (542)        30      LOOK OUT! (530)
3. SILK AND STEEL (537)        27      Unchartered Team
4. THE BLACK COMPANY (459)     23
5. PHOENIX (536)               21      OXYMORONS (544)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*OXYMORONS (544)            4   1  0 80.0   1/ 4 BROWN'S BLADES (539)      8  4 0
 2/ 1 LOOK OUT! (530)           24   8  1 75.0   2/ 1 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       8  7 1
 3/ 3 WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)  44  27  4 62.0   3/ 9*PROJECT MAYHEM (542)      8  7 1
 4/ 5 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    26  17  2 60.5   4/11 THE DARK TIDES (546)      8  7 0
 5/ 4*SILK AND STEEL (537)      27  18  2 60.0   5/ 2*SILK AND STEEL (537)      8  7 0
 6/ 6 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    59  46  6 56.2   6/ 3 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    7  5 1
 7/ 7 BROWN'S BLADES (539)      23  18  0 56.1   7/ 8 PHOENIX (536)             6  6 0
 8- 8 GEN KHAN (485)           140 122  6 53.4   8/ 5 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     5  2 0
 9/10 THE DARK TIDES (546)      39  36  3 52.0   9/ 7 WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)  5  4 1
10/ 9 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     59  56  2 51.3  10/12*OXYMORONS (544)           3  0 0
11-11 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)    314 333 22 48.5  11/ 6 WAY OF THE SWORD (304)    3  4 0
12/18*PROJECT MAYHEM (542)      12  13  2 48.0  12-14 GEN KHAN (485)            2  3 0
13/12 PHOENIX (536)             22  24  1 47.8  13/10 YAMABUSHI (432)           2  4 0
14/ 0*AXIS (85)                  8   9  0 47.1  14/19 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   1  1 1
15/14 YAMABUSHI (432)           69  89  7 43.7  15/ 0*DARK FEDERATION (13)      1  1 0
16/ 0*DARK FEDERATION (13)       6   8  1 42.9  16/15 LOOK OUT! (530)           1  1 0
17/15 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      319 485 11 39.7  17/13*THUNDER CLAP (543)        1  8 0
18/13*THUNDER CLAP (543)         7  11  0 38.9  18/ 0*DARK WARRIORS (551)       0  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/17 THE BLACK COMPANY (459)   14  24  1 36.8  19-17 THE BLACKHEARTS (356)     0  2 0
20/ 0*DARK WARRIORS (551)        0   4  0  0.0  20/ 0*AXIS (85)                 0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #68 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Riztab:

     "It's moved into the old office building on the waterfront," Spymaster Torric
said.  "The one with the old arena records in it, you know?"
     "They, not it," Jorja corrected absently.  "More than one monster or whatever.
But I wonder why the office building?  It seems so unlikely: the Office Building of
Doom or something."
     Torric laughed but said, "It wasn't always an office building.  Forty or fifty
years ago, it was a merchant prince's palace.  Then the merchant went broke--don't
ask me how, because I do NOT want to know--and Tokken Makrok got the building as part
of the, um, settlement of debts, I guess.  And when the arena opened, he sold the
building to the Gladiatorial Commission, and then the lake rose and drowned the lower
floor...."  He shrugged.  "But it was built on a much older foundation.  Hundreds of
years older."
     "What was it then, hundreds of years ago?" Jorja asked.
     "I've got no clue, I wasn't around then," the Spymaster said.  "Heck, I wasn't
even around when the merchant prince was going broke; I heard about that from my
grandfather."  He topped up his stein from the pitcher on the table.  "What are you
going to do about it?  And where's Garfield--isn't that the guy that with you?"
     "Garfield's got interests all over Alastari, you can't expect him to hang around
Riztab just to investigate a haunted office building.  And besides, why should I, he,
or we do anything at all about it?"
     "It worries people," Torric said.  "There are, well, there are...noises.  At
night.  And sometimes people vanish from the lakefront...."
     "They do that anyway--vanish.  The lakefront isn't the safest place in Riztab
after dark," Jorja pointed out tartly.
     "But--"
     "And if the building belongs to the Commission now, THEY should be responsible
for whatever is going on," she went on relentlessly.
     "But they won't DO anything!"  Torric slammed his tankard down onto the table.
     Jorja shrugged.  "I have my own matters to attend to."
     "At best," the Spymaster went on, "they'll assign some Lord Protectors to
investigate and if possible rid the place of its monsters.  Why wait?  Why not send
some of yours, or call for volunteers, if more are needed and you don't want to go
yourself?"
     "If the Commission sends someone, they'll have to pay expenses," Jorja said.
"If we start on our own, they won't.  And I'm just breaking even as it is."

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     Aghtamar, Zilla, and Cadal sat or knelt, as each preferred, in a shadowy cavern
formed by the drooping branches of a pine.  Cadal had vetoed a fire, but they had
food--thick slabs of bread topped with ham and cheese, and water to drink.  They'd
taken position well before sunset, in case the killer was out early looking for HIS
position of ambush.
     "He doesn't use the same one each time?" Aghtamar asked.
     "No.  There may be some repeating, judging by where the bodies have been found,
but some are too far apart to have been ambushed from the same spot.  There's been a
general progression from east to west, too, as though the killer was coming from the
east coast, maybe from Zuwayza, and heading for the west coast by way of Murska and
Fratsfa.  This seems like about the right distance from the last body--"
     "I just hope the killer doesn't decide this tree would make a good ambush spot
for HIM," Zilla muttered.
     There was a period of silence while the three Lord Protectors alternately ate
and leaned forward to peer through the branches at the road.  Their position was in
the bottom of a small valley where the road crossed a steep, rocky stream on an
arched stone bridge.
     "I wonder where the priests of Kjarran found the monster," Aghtamar asked in a
tone of idle curiosity.  "I wonder if they have any control over it, or if they just
pointed it west at Korga and turned it loose?"
     "You think the priests are responsible for this?" Cadal asked, surprised.
     "Of course," she said.  "Who else?"
     "Some of the invaders might have released something that was caged," Cadal
suggested.  "If it really is a monster of some kind.  If it's just a killer, it could
be anyone.  Besides, if it was set by the Kjarranists, you'd think it would leave
their people alone, and it hasn't.  Well, we can't be sure about beliefs, but all
races have been attacked."
     "The people of Karnhorn race who died might have been followers of Serimna,"
Zilla said.  "The priests of Kjarran hate Serimnists more even than Karragit or Orcs
or Shews.  More even than Elves."
     "It doesn't matter," Cadal said finally.  "Monstrous or mortal, it's a killer
and our job right now is to stop it."
     Aghtamar was taking her turn peering out at the road.  The sun was down, at
least as seen from this location, and the valley was filling with shadows.  She
stiffened and whispered, "Somebody coming!"
     "Fist of Kjarran?" Zilla asked.
     "No, someone coming from the east.  Someone on a horse."
     "Bad time and place for an innocent traveler," Cadal said, moving up to join her
at the edge of their shelter.  "So let's hope it's the killer looking for a place to
set his ambush."
     Zilla crammed the last of her bread and cheese into her mouth, muttered
something indistinct, and began to climb the tree, keeping close to the trunk and
spiraling upward out of sight.
     The road, which was used by traders' wagons as well as foot and horse traffic,
looped back and forth across the steep hillside to get an easier grade, so it most of
it was hidden behind the trees.  All could hear the hoofbeats, though.  One horse,
coming steadily at moderate speed.  The last stretch above the bridge was in the
clear, however, and still lit, more or less, by the ruddy light of the setting sun
reflecting off clouds above the valley.
     A shadow moved at the top of the visible length of road, resolving into a large
hound.  Two large hounds.  Too large to be hounds, but they weren't horses, bears, or
cattle.  The darkness at the edge of the trees stretched out an arm which advanced,
detached, and became a vaguely seen man, or something man-like, on a horse, or nearly
a horse.  A third hound followed on his heels.
     "The killer," Cadal said, his voice little more than a ghost of sound.
"Couldn't be anything else."
     "It could be human and I wouldn't mind," Aghtamar countered as quietly.
"Because THAT surely is no human or any other race I ever met."
     What little they could see of the figure on the horse seemed tall as a Shew but
skeletally thin.  The flame-colored light of the setting sun--or something--made the
eyes of horse, rider, and hounds all reflect redly.  One of the hounds stopped, head
up and turning slowly.  It looked directly at the tree where the gladiators were
hiding and then pointed its nose at the sky and loosed a howl that would freeze the
blood of a salamander.  The rider turned to look toward the tree also, raised a
hunting horn and blew it.  Above them, Zilla gave a startled shriek and slid down in
a shower of bark and needles.
     "We'd better get on the road," Cadal said urgently.  "We're in a trap if we try
to fight from in here."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The dog charged Fist of Kjarran without finesse, just came straight at him.  It
seemed to grow unnaturally as it came closer, from as big as a pony to a beast that
towered like an elephant, and it bayed continually.  Fist wondered in passing where
it found the breath to keep howling like that as it ran.  No doubt that it was an
unnatural beast of some kind!  He muttered a quick prayer, wished for a boar spear,
and knelt, bracing his sword to receive the plunging monster.
     At the last moment, its breath already cold on his face, the beast swerved to
pass Fist to his left.  Fist twisted quickly and managed to slash across its ribs,
though the cut was only a shallow one.  The dog twisted, too, whining with frustrated
eagerness to kill.  Fist got back on his feet so that he could turn and keep his face
and blade to the circling hound.  Why it didn't leap in to attack, he could not
imagine.  It backed up out of blade's reach and bayed at him.  The sound was
unpleasant, but that was all--what was the fool creature doing?
     It bayed again, with vibrato and tricky overtones.  Abruptly Fist guessed that
it was trying to frighten him.  What the heck?  Could it ONLY kill through fear, or
at least only physically attack those who had been unmanned by fear?  He lunged
suddenly, and it scrambled back out of the way rather than meet the attack and
attempt to fight.  Kjarran and Jayde!  It was like the old motto: the only thing to
be feared was fear itself.  He leaped to the attack again, pressing the infernal
hound relentlessly.  The hound dodged and twisted agilely, and whenever it had a
moment, it howled.  Not the hunting call, but the howl of a dog voicing its woes.
     It was answered by a hunting horn from farther down the valley, and for the
first time since he'd seen the hound, Fist of Kjarran again noticed the sound of
battle down there.  Apparently the hound was calling for help.
     Kjarran and Jayde!  A beast of prey that was at least twice his size and still
needed help to kill him was not something to frighten a child, much less a Lord
Protector!  But there was no telling, the help it summoned might be more formidable.
Better to take care of the hound now, at once, and not have to fight hound and helper
together.  Besides, his assistance might be needed down at the bridge where the other
Lord Protectors were fighting the hound's master.  He made a determined attack on the
hound, pressing it back with his thrusts and slashes, attempting to corner it against
the low bank at one side of the road.  It yelped, snapped, and lunged back at him
desperately.
     "Ah...I shoulda remembered," Fist muttered, dodging.  "Cornered rats and
all...."  He tried one last slash as the beast went by and laid open its hip to the
bone.  It screamed and fell.
     There was a wordless shout of fury from farther along, two human screams,
drumming hooves that approached his position faster than a horse should be able to
gallop up that slope.  Fist moved quickly to put his back to the low bluff beside the
road.  It would hamper his movement, but it would be a worse problem for the
horsemen; at least here he wouldn't have to worry about being ridden down.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

It's been a long, long road, but I'm headed for a glorious retirement now.
Wednesday, good luck, and for Vryce's sake, I hope you can keep him from ascending to
the throne.  Farewell folks! -- Pa Ell

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to WILLAF once again!  Woof!  PUNNY AMINALS were a bunch of dogs 
after BROWN'S BLADES got through with 'em!  2nd ain't so sweet as 1st!  Phhbltt!  Too 
much drinking and too little dodging gave WAY OF THE SWORD a 0-2-0!  I got a good 
laugh out of it!  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I 
think I'm gonna be...  Well, THE DARK TIDES' 4th moved them up to 4-1-0 place.  
BLACKHEART'S AXE showed WILLAF what they were made of as they fought with a vengeance 
to walk off with 3-1-0.  A new team, DARK WARRIORS, fought the first time, and 
learned what fighting at WILLAF is all about.  0-4-0 speaks for itself, eh?  What's 
with MURGEN?  He actually beat PUNNY AMINALS' CHOCCONUT, and walked away with 23 more 
points from the fight.  Laughs were big at BLACKHEART'S AXE while they watched 
AMBROSIUS clobber GRIZZ.  He lost 19 points and got bruised from objects thrown from 
the stands.  What a role model for WILLAF's young 'uns!  VRYCE becomes Duelmaster, 
but don't bother to fight no more!  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for PUNNY 
AMINALS' outstanding member, Duelmaster PUN DAT.  Wouldn't it be nice to have live 
subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted 
prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, PHOENIX!  The bums at WYLDERNESS WYLD couldn't face the challenges from 
PHOENIX!  No excuse for that!  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, PUN DAT!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.  Taunt your opponent PUN DAT!  That was my lucky charm when I was unfairly 
challenged.  (and by 20 points!)  RABID CHINCHILLA! should have an easy win.  RABID 
CHINCHILLA!'s gonna be practicin' hard this week, after PUN DAT, lower ranked by far, 
mashed him!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Death is no stranger to a warrior.  PUNNY AMINALS' CHOCCONUT 
led a good life before leaving WILLAF.  Many would be proud to leave behind a 9-4-0.  
Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day?  To die so young, so 
gloriously!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
WILLAF is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  I don't 
want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUN DAT 4789                 14  34  0   103       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VRYCE 5141                   12   2  2   121       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 WEDNESDAY 5254               12   3  2   102       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 MURGEN 5065                  11  11  1    98       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRIMSON 5197                  8   1  0    81       PHOENIX (536)
 RABID CHINCHILLA! 5118        9   3  0    79       LOOK OUT! (530)
-PYOA 5090                     9   4  0    79       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
-HIMEI 4402                   15  12  3    77       YAMABUSHI (432)
-TAREX 4865                   10   5  0    72       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANYA 5160                     6   4  1    62       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
-ANTEZEL 4988                  9   9  1    57       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAEDDAR 5173                  7   2  1    55       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-WORVER 5234                   5   1  1    55       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 LONG TOM 5169                 8   2  0    54       PHOENIX (536)
 MUKAARTH 5156                 7   3  1    52       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
-TARRANT 5145                  7   7  0    51       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 ELESAURIS 5200                6   3  0    50       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 AMBROSIUS 5158                5   5  0    47       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 B'EKA STORMEYE 5182           6   4  0    45       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
-SHOCHU 4912                   5   4  1    45       YAMABUSHI (432)
 CALIAPHUS 5159                7   3  0    43       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 TONYA THE RAGER 5183          6   4  0    40       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 MICROSOFT WORKS 5239          4   1  0    39       OXYMORONS (544)
-KUROHANA 5128                 7   1  0    36       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALENNA TRYSHAND 5184          6   4  0    33       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
 LASARIC 5172                  7   2  0    32       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113            6  14  0    32       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-ENDEX 5187                    7   3  0    30       WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (532)
 GELRON 5175                   5   4  0    30       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-GRAE 596                      4   0  0    30       AXIS (85)
 NEZUME 4379                   7   7  0    29       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AZAKA 5216                    4   2  0    28       GEN KHAN (485)
 JOAN OF ARC 5287              2   1  0    27       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 LOTANA 5174                   5   4  1    25       SILK AND STEEL (537)
 POR Q. PINE 5149              4   1  0    25       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRIZZ 5218                    6   2  0    23       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 YUSHIMO 5101                  5   6  1    22       YAMABUSHI (432)
 KYLA SKINFLAYER 5203          5   3  0    20       BROWN'S BLADES (539)
-BLIND DRIVER 5121             3   2  0    20       LOOK OUT! (530)
-SASAKI 5277                   2   0  1    20       GEN KHAN (485)
 GHENGIS KAHN 5252             3   7  0    19       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 PRANDTL 5224                  2   3  1    19       PROJECT MAYHEM (542)
 METAL HEAD 5170               2   8  0    18       PHOENIX (536)
-NEVRON 5231                   2   1  0    18       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-HALF-WAY 594                  3   1  0    17       AXIS (85)
 ORAN JI 5299                  1   2  0    17       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 RANDOM 5171                   3   6  0    15       SILK AND STEEL (537)
-EQUINOX 592                   1   3  0    15       AXIS (85)
-ELMO 4453                     1   0  0    15       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-ZORG 27                       2   2  1    14       DARK FEDERATION (13)
 NAVIER 5225                   3   2  1    13       PROJECT MAYHEM (542)
 TYLER 5279                    2   2  0    13       PROJECT MAYHEM (542)
 IKEA BOY 5286                 2   1  0    13       PROJECT MAYHEM (542)
-SLOK 26                       2   1  0    12       DARK FEDERATION (13)
 MISCHIEVIOUS IMP 5318         1   0  0    11       THE DARK TIDES (546)
-FLAMMABLE BABY! 5122          2   2  0     9       LOOK OUT! (530)
 DARK PRIEST 5319              1   0  0     9       THE DARK TIDES (546)
-LAREX 5274                    2   1  1     8       WAY OF THE SWORD (304)
 PEACH NUTT 5298               2   1  1     8       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 COMPOST HEAP 5320             1   0  0     8       PROJECT MAYHEM (542)
 DESTROYER 28                  1   1  0     8       DARK FEDERATION (13)
 FLICKER 5211                  0   8  0     8       PHOENIX (536)
-MURDOX 5228                   2   1  0     7       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-TROM 30                       1   2  0     7       DARK FEDERATION (13)
 TONIUS 5229                   1   3  0     6       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 PRAXEL 5230                   1   3  0     6       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 BENMAR 5227                   1   3  0     6       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-BALANCIA 595                  0   2  0     3       AXIS (85)
 ACROMATIUS 593                0   3  0     3       AXIS (85)
-GU GU 5275                    0   2  0     2       GEN KHAN (485)
 ZOLKER 29                     0   2  0     2       DARK FEDERATION (13)
-SILENT 4452                   0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-MERCY 4455                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
-BAKA NEKO 5285                0   1  0     1       GEN KHAN (485)
 LIN MAEHARRA 5296             0   1  0     1       DARK WARRIORS (551)
-RAVEN 4451                    0   1  0     1       THE BLACK COMPANY (459)
 SAM FIREHEART 5297            0   1  0     1       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 CUTTING EDGE 5295             0   1  0     1       DARK WARRIORS (551)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
LITTLE HORN 5253       5  4 0 THE DARK TIDES 546    ANYA 5160             467 REVENGED
FINAL STRYKE 5294      0  1 0 DARK WARRIORS 551     PRANDTL 5224          469         
BI GI 5214             2  2 0 GEN KHAN 485          LOTANA 5174           465 NOT REVE
HU BOI 5276            0  1 0 GEN KHAN 485          NAVIER 5225           466 REVENGED
DARIUS 5167            4  2 1 PHOENIX 536           CAEDDAR 5173          465 NOT REVE
CONUNDRUM 5223         1  3 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 542    PEACH NUTT 5298       468         
JACK'S COLON 5226      1  1 0 PROJECT MAYHEM 542    LAREX 5274            466         
CHOCCONUT 5140         9  4 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     MURGEN 5065           469         
PUNJ ENT 5219          1  4 0 PUNNY AMINALS 305     SASAKI 5277           466         
MEAT 16B 5305          0  1 0 WAY OF THE BLADE  532 ARENAMASTER KHARA 539 469 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MEAT 16 5304           0  1 0 WAY OF THE SWORD 304  WURM KIN 543          469 NONE    
MEAT 16C 5306          0  1 0 WAY OF THE SWORD 304  BANDIT PRINCE 541     469 NONE    
RESH 4978              5  4 1 WAY OF THE SWORD 304  HIMEI 4402            465 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I come upon these sands with honor and integrity, any means of hostility will
pay dearly--I will become a powerful ally my "intelligent" warriors are ready to
prove their worth on the sands! -- Arcane's Den

Wednesday -- I'm coming.... -- Katrina the Red

Benmar -- Well, my boy, I've fought four people of your style and you were the first
that I have beaten.  I think that should tell you something. -- Ghengis Kahn

Anya -- Well, you slipped by that time but let's see what happens next time. --
Wednesday

Ambrosius -- Good fight.  I'll practice more and then see you again later. -- Joan of
Arc

Tarrant -- Nobody is better than chocolate and nuts.  Nobody. -- Chocconut

Prandtl -- And well the audience should boo you!  Four consonants in a row?  That is
difficult to pull off even for the experts, and your choice was poor, very poor.  Ah,
the follies of youth! -- O. Pun Pleez

Caliaphus -- Come up with a good pun, and you can win next time. -- Pun Dat

B'eka Stormeye -- What a cute little thing you are!  And so helpful, too.  Because we
all know that if THIS team had gone five-oh, Jorja might have fainted, and she'd have
hated that.  So, er, feminine or something. -- Oran Ji
P.S.  Of course, I, too, helped in preventing that catastrophe by fighting my
worst....

Conundrum -- Gosh, I didn't mean to do that!  I didn't know I even COULD do that. --
Peach Nutt the remorseful

Greetings and salutations from Thunder Clap and I, team manager Sunwake.  We hope our
stay here amongst you is a pleasant one. -- Sunwake

Ghengis Khan -- Ouch!  What was that you were saying? -- Benmar

25 August 2003
To any that care -- The CDC is back; our current roster is:
     Malaquar -- Minion of Guardian
     Pip the Troll -- Burly Enforcer Type
     mouse -- Official Sneaky Bastard
     Papa Bear -- Elder Statesmen
                     The Sealer says, "Hi, I'm the dealer."
                     Papa Bear says, "It's not my f****n fault."
Guardian -- Paper Figurehead

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MEAT 16 was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MEAT 16B was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHARAK in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
MEAT 16C was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
GHENGIS KAHN was overpowered by ANYA in a 1 minute bloody mismatched Bloodfeud duel.
RABID CHINCHILLA! was overpowered by PUN DAT in a 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
MICROSOFT WORKS devastated METAL HEAD in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge brawl.
NEZUME slimly lost to TONYA THE RAGER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge match.
JOAN OF ARC handily defeated PEACH NUTT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
POR Q. PINE slimly won victory over YUSHIMO in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
WEDNESDAY vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MURGEN assassinated CHOCCONUT in a 1 minute gory uneven match.
CRIMSON overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
CALIAPHUS was bested by CAEDDAR in a 1 minute conflict.
GRIZZ was devastated by AMBROSIUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided battle.
O. PUN PLEEZJ was overpowered by B'EKA STORMEYE in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
MUKAARTH overpowered KYLA SKINFLAYER in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
ALENNA TRYSHAND was handily defeated by LONG TOM in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
ELESAURIS bested LASARIC in a exciting 4 minute fight.
GELRON demolished FLICKER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
LOTANA overpowered ZOLKER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody mismatched fight.
RANDOM was beaten by ORAN JI in a 1 minute fight.
PRANDTL slaughtered FINAL STRYKE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
NAVIER overcame LIN MAEHARRA in a 1 minute beginner's duel.
BENMAR was bested by IKEA BOY in a popular 1 minute novice's bout.
TONIUS was savagely defeated by MISCHIEVIOUS IMP in a popular 3 minute novice's duel.
PRAXEL was savagely defeated by DARK PRIEST in a 2 minute gruesome novice's bout.
ACROMATIUS was beaten by DESTROYER in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
TYLER beat CUTTING EDGE in a 2 minute novice's fray.
SAM FIREHEART was viciously subdued by COMPOST HEAP in a 4 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 16         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -   4 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         LUNGING ATTACK    80 -  62 -  8      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         TOTAL PARRY       25 -  22 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         STRIKING ATTACK  105 -  98 -  6      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        14 -  22 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  15 -  0      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  22 -  1      37  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  23 -  0      30  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  26 -  1      19  |

Turn 469 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:

LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  9         4  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  WEDNESDAY 5254             12   3  2  102 THE DARK TIDES (546)
STRIKING ATTACK  CRIMSON 5197                8   1  0   81 PHOENIX (536)
LUNGING ATTACK   LONG TOM 5169               8   2  0   54 PHOENIX (536)
TOTAL PARRY      ELESAURIS 5200              6   3  0   50 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TONYA THE RAGER 5183.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LASARIC 5172.  The ten other most popular fighters were YUSHIMO 5101, B'EKA 
STORMEYE 5182, MISCHIEVIOUS IMP 5318, COMPOST HEAP 5320, NEZUME 4379, TONYA THE RAGER 
5183, TYLER 5279, AMBROSIUS 5158, LOTANA 5174, and IKEA BOY 5286.

The least popular fighter this week was CUTTING EDGE 5295.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SAM FIREHEART 5297, PRAXEL 5230, BENMAR 5227, LIN MAEHARRA 
5296, FINAL STRYKE 5294, ZOLKER 29, FLICKER 5211, KYLA SKINFLAYER 5203, GRIZZ 5218, 
and CHOCCONUT 5140.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GNU WORLD ORDER 3948 (60-53-3)         3  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NIRFAUNA 4214 (31-45-3)                6  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     
GREW SOME SHREW 4135 (46-40-2)         4  3  0         HELPLESS ANIMALS     
POINTY 4427 (31-22-0)                  3  3  0         HOMERIC MMMMMMS...   
THE BISMARCK 4481 (28-12-1)            0  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LEITZITH 4444 (20-17-0)                1  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      
THE CONGA 4803 (22-14-0)               1  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MATTAHOOPLE 4203 (6-1-1)              16  1  0         GIFTED GODS          
ARGINASE 4137 (5-3-1)                  2  3  0         ENZYMES              
THE MECHANIC CRAZY 4977 (9-8-0)        2  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      
DARLING TATIANA 5052 (14-12-0)         1  3  0         ARCHERS OF LOAF      
RR SANTO 4204 (6-1-0)                  1  3  0         GIFTED GODS          

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MANAGER TC'S 4885 (9-1-0)             13  3  1         IT'S JUST WRONG      
PSYCHO GRANDMA! 5120 (10-1-1)          4  3  0  DEAD   LOOK OUT!            
SEXY FLANDERS 5087 (6-1-1)             2  3  0         HOMERIC MMMMMMS...   
ARTEMIS ENTERI 2899 (9-5-0)            0  3  0         WAY OF THE SWORD     

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CAPTAIN BLAKE 5094 (4-3-1)             4  3  0         ALL-TIME GREATS      
VRYCE 5141 (8-2-2)                     4  3  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   
TARRANT 5145 (6-3-0)                   2  3  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
RABID CHINCHILLA! 5118 (6-1-0)         7  3  1         LOOK OUT!            
MUKAARTH 5156 (3-1-1)                  5  3  0         BLACKHEART'S AXE     
RESH 4978 (4-3-1)                      5  3  0         WAY OF THE SWORD     
ANYA 5160 (2-2-0)                      4  3  0         BLACKHEART'S AXE     
CALIAPHUS 5159 (3-1-0)                 3  3  0         BLACKHEART'S AXE     
ENDEX 5187 (5-0-0)                     3  3  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   
AMBROSIUS 5158 (2-2-0)                 0  4  0         BLACKHEART'S AXE     

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WORVER 5234 (1-0-0)                    0  3  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KEAGYER 5233 (0-0-0)                   3  3  1         WAY OF THE BLADE 1   
PURAGATORIUS 5209 (0-0-0)              1  3  0  DEAD   HOLY HERETICS