Date   : 02/07/2004    Duedate: 02/20/2004


DM-16    TURN-479

This Weeks Top Honors


(16-4402) [17-13-3,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HIMEI                          MEPHISKAPHELES
YAMABUSHI (432)                FORCES OF EVIL (557)
(16-4402) [17-13-3,109]        (16-5361) [4-1-0,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PUN DAT                        LEENA WINDSONG
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            DARK WARRIORS (551)
(16-4789) [18-40-1,95]         (16-5335) [5-2-0,32]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)       56
2. PHOENIX (536)               28      BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
3. LUST MUPPETS (188)          18      Unchartered Team
4. YAMABUSHI (432)             15
5. FORCES OF EVIL (557)        14      FORCES OF EVIL (557)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    53  30  4 63.9   1/ 1*DARK WARRIORS (551)       7  7 0
 2- 5 SAILS OF CHARON (419)     46  34  1 57.5   2/ 0 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     5  0 0
 3- 7 COLOR ME (350)           106  90  3 54.1   3- 4 THE DARK TIDES (546)      5  5 0
 4/ 0 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)     69  59  2 53.9   4/ 5 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)    5  7 0
 5/ 1*FORCES OF EVIL (557)       7   6  0 53.8   5- 6*KILL OR BE KILT (455)     4  0 1
 6/ 9 HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (454)  87  78  4 52.7   6- 3 COLOR ME (350)            4  1 0
 7/13 PHOENIX (536)             33  35  1 48.5   7/ 8 YAMABUSHI (432)           4  2 1
 8-11 THE DARK TIDES (546)      57  62  4 47.9   8/ 2 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       4 11 0
 9-12*KILL OR BE KILT (455)     11  12  1 47.8   9- 7 SAILS OF CHARON (419)     3  0 0
10/14 YAMABUSHI (432)           81  97  9 45.5  10/15 LUST MUPPETS (188)        3  1 0
11/15*DARK WARRIORS (551)       17  22  3 43.6  11/12 PHOENIX (536)             3  3 0
12/16 LUST MUPPETS (188)        54  73  0 42.5  12/10*FORCES OF EVIL (557)      3  5 0
13/17 THUNDER CLAP (543)        19  26  0 42.2  13/13 THUNDER CLAP (543)        3  6 0
14/18 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      339 515 14 39.7  14/18 HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (454)  1  2 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT


     Lately, the Dark Warriors had been considering all their actions on what to do
     "I don't get it," Cutting Edge said to his teammates as they listened by the
campfire.  "Just 'cause you kill the other team's warrior, the manager just goes nuts
on you!"
     Cutting Edge took a huge swig of his whiskey and threw it in the fire and said
"No more!  I had sent Thunder Clap a diplo of sincerity.  Let's just hope he joins
our forces.  He could become a wonderful and potential, like our friends with the
"Dark Tides."  So before we retire for the night, sharpen your blades, but just
remember, keep your mind sharper in combat 'cause your weapons aren't any good
without somebody to wield them."
     As Cutting Edge turned in and went to bed in his tent, his friends and teammates
let his words sink in.
     "He's been getting awfully soft, hasn't he?" Leena Windsong asked.
     "Yes, he's been 'bloodfeuded' twice, won both, but even he is becoming to
realize his mortality.  I can relate, as do I have more than a few enemies on my
     Once the group finished sharpening their blades, they eased their minds and went
to sleep as the fire died out.

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #76 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Various places in Zukal:

     "There are warriors coming.  Several of them from Free Blades, in fact," Kitala
the Bold, Lady Protector of Crysalis, reported.  She picked with most comfortable
chair in the Blue Moon guildhouse's common room with an unerring instinct and settled
into it.  "Maybe one or two from Crysalis, as well.  Me, anyway.  I'm getting bored
on the Isle."
     "When?" Jorja asked.  She didn't much like Kitala--they'd trained on the same
team in Lin Tirian years ago--but she could work with the woman.  Kitala had a
deserved reputation for getting things done.  Things no one else wanted to do, and by
Mantor's Shining Sword, dealing with Sekahos was not something Jorja wanted to do.
She hated politics.  "The sooner we get started, the sooner we'll be done with it."
     "Couple of weeks, probably," Kitala said after a moment's thought.  "These
things don't happen all at once.  People have to cancel their dental appointments,
sublet their apartments, find someone to walk their dogs, stuff like that.  Some of
'em even consult their managers!"  The Lubanese woman shook her head as at an
inexplicable marvel.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis crouched on a roof and looked down at soldiers marching through an alley.
They were some of Sekahos's men, heading for a brothel, not that it mattered.  Any
soldiers would do for this test.  When they were all in the alley and in his sight,
Ghenis clutched his talisman and muttered, "Stop these men, make them helpless to
prevent anything I would inflict on them in Your Name."  Then he held his breath,
waiting to see if the Dark God of the cult would answer his request.  If the Demongod
answered, then he would know that the cult was real, whatever fripperies Pelishtekan
dressed it in.  And if there was no answer....  The gladiator bared his teeth in a
silent snarl.  There was, somewhere, just such a Demongod.  He knew it.  And he would
find that Demongod and unleash it on the Ferencian and the others who would propose a
false cult, just for the money and power it gave them.  Let all false prophets
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     In the principal hall of Zukal's grandest palace, the man who was now calling
himself Prince Sekahos scowled at his advisors.  "It's outrageous!  Intolerable!
     "It has happened, even so, Prince," Amar Yayoi said.  He was the Prince's
battlemage and chief adviser.  "Some fool among the benighted heathen of this land
has let loose a tribe of Old Ones, dregur as they are called here, against us.  We
must re-bind--"
     "Why can't we get them on our side?" the Prince demanded.  "If these local
yokels bound them before, then the dregur must hate them even more than they hate us.
Why not form an alliance?"
     "A novel idea," the mage said slowly, "but I would recommend against it.  The
Old Ones are not noted for their willingness to accommodate to we who are the Younger
Peoples."  He watched closely as Sekahos considered this and felt a sinking in the
pit of his stomach.  His Prince was going to demand that the attempt be made.  It
could lead to the deepest disaster, and even if an alliance successfully forged, it
could not be depended upon.  The Old Ones were masters of that special treachery
which was produced by following agreements to the exact letter.
     Whatever Sekahos might have said next was swept aside by the entry of Vilardet,
the Prince's master of spies and assassins.  The dark-faced intriguer (he was half
Ferencian and half Kannar) sketched the formal sequences of bows and salutes and
plunged quickly into his report.  "The assassin sent against Kinnishan of Chimlevtal
failed, Prince.  Bad enough in itself, of course, but worse that it has alerted the
cursed Chimlevtans against further attempts."  What Vilardet did not say, but Yayoi
knew quite well, was that the spymaster had argued against that precipitate action.
But he was wise enough not to say "I told you so," not to THIS prince.
     "Kinnishan must die!" Sekahos shouted.  "He's a reactionary!  A cursed populist!
He is blocking my path of expansion, refusing to pay tribute, providing a base for my
     "All this is true," Yayoi said calmly, "but there are other ways to slay a tiger
than by charging it with a spear."
     "Let us set a trap for your enemy, Prince," Vilardet agreed.  "Let us lead him
to destroy himself, and not only himself but those who would ally with him against
     "This would be a great coup," the mage urged, taking up the argument in his
turn.  "Not only would your immediate enemies be removed, but their purpose in
opposing you would be so discredited that others will hesitate to rise against in the
     "And in the doing of it," Vilardet went on, "another danger might also be
reduced...if Kinnishan is brought to attack the Light of Barikala, for instance?"
     Even Sekahos hesitated over that suggestion.  Inzolas had dispatched men to take
Barikala early in the invasion.  They had succeeded, but soon afterward had ceased to
communicate.  Spies sent to that great island in the years since had never returned.
Ships passing too close to it had vanished without a trace.  No one knew what,
precisely, was happening there.  The only thing to be seen which might have a bearing
on the disappearances was a pillar of light, vast, brilliant, and unaccountable, that
rose from the center of the island.  What that pillar meant, was, or did was unknown.
"Would he be such a fool?" the Prince asked finally.
     The spymaster shrugged.  "It doesn't matter.  A situation can be contrived where
he has no CHOICE but to approach the Light.  That, or lose his throne and his allies,
which would serve our purposes well enough."
     There were several minutes of silence while all considered the possibilities.
"Do it," Sekahos said finally.

In and around Kurukar:

     He who was now known as the Black Kaliv stood behind the altar, waiting.  No
moon shone on Kurukar, nor had it since the Kaliv had come into his full power.  But
there was something in the sky which gave a blood-colored light.  The Kaliv said,
     A woman walked toward him through the icy night.  She had been a gladiator once,
before the closing of Kurukar's arena.  She was not afraid of pain and death.  But
she was afraid now.  Terrified, not for her life but for her soul.  She would have
run screaming into the dark forest had the spell not bound her limbs to the Kaliv's
will.  She would not have survived such a flight, for the men--the CREATURES--who
served the Black Kaliv were behind her.  But it would have been a cleaner death.
     She reached the altar and stopped, staring across it and awaiting the next
     Fingers half numb with cold fumbled at the fibula holding the white cloth around
her.  Like a winding sheet, it was.  She willed her fingers to seize the clasp, to
drive the long fang of metal into her own flesh and end it all now.  Her fingers
dropped the fibula onto the cloth at her feet.
     She could sense the creatures close behind her.  They were foul things, even the
one who was human.  But she wished one of them--any one of them--would reach out and
take her life.  Now.  Before it was too late.
     "Lie on the altar," the Kaliv said.
     She did so.
     The four creatures came forward, and each of them seized one of her limbs,
holding her in place though she wasn't struggling.  The Kaliv raised a dagger over
her; it burned red in the light of the not-moon in the sky.  With a single word, he
released the spell that bound her limbs to his will.
     She screamed and fought.
     Until the dagger came down.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Kholzern, Commander of the East for the Black Kaliv, stepped aboard his
flagship.  He wore a form that was nearly human, but his sailors were not deceived.
They had seen Kholzern in the heat of battle, when he wasted no energy on such
disguises.  But he always won those battles, so they accepted his alien origin, even
when it made their blood run cold.  Not that they had a choice.  Those who had
protested serving under Commander Kholzern had...vanished.
     "North," Kholzern said, "then east through the canal to Aljafir Bay.  Aljafir
and Stormcrowe must be subdued so that we may secure out outlet into the Storm Sea."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Tashart, Commander of the West, was not at all human and made no effort to
disguise that fact.  He gestured with a tentacle to the helmsman of his flagship.
"South," his piping voice ordered.  "All shipping which does not bear the standard of
Jhuizkhal is to be destroyed.  Three ships to blockade the mouth of North Fork's
river, the rest to invest Veastian.  Not a ship shall move along this coast without
my leave."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 484): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 482): TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 478): MUKAARTH of BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 475): TRAGIC TUESDAY of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 237): IDIOTIC INDIGO of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 467): BINDI of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 235): SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): JOHNNY B GOODE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 455): IRON-HIDE of FERROUS MEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 212): MING of DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): BLACK JACK SHELACK of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 343): TENACULUM of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 142): PRIZMATYK WAHL of MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 484): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 482): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 478): DARK WARRIORS (Arcane's Den, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 475): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 237): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 467): CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 235): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 462): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 455): STRONGHOLD (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 212): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): MY DAY (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 343): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 142): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 368): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 483): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 481): OCTAPUSSY of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
                            NEIGH! of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 477): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 466): MONTY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): JOHNNY B GOODE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
                                   Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                       (turn 461): OLD MAJOR of PIG BATTALION (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to WILLAF once again!  Hmmmph!  I always thought PUNNY AMINALS was 
an over-rated team and they proved it with a 0-5-0!  Ya gotta be quick on yer feet!  
Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  LUST MUPPETS is now 
ranked 10th with a 2-1-0 turn.  What's with GRIZZ?  He actually beat DARK WARRIORS' 
LEENA WINDSONG, and walked away with 23 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at 
DARK WARRIORS.  LEENA WINDSONG lost 16 points to GRIZZ.  Some new strategies, 
perhaps?  Maybe LEENA WINDSONG will provide more easy wins...  Another fighter (HIMEI 
17-13-3) challenged another Duelmaster (MUKAARTH 15-5-3).  Life goes on.  I can 
barely restrain my enthusiam for YAMABUSHI's outstanding member, Duelmaster HIMEI.  
Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is 
looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  WILLAF thinks DARK WARRIORS 
and their 17-22-3 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  Management 
must be dealin', as the boys at DARK WARRIORS ain't reelin'!  DARK WARRIORS' mad!  
What do people see in O. PUN PLEEZJ?  His 8-22-0?  PUNNY AMINALS ain't talkin', but 
he's got 46 points.  I hate going to the effort of writing about the kind of fights 
that MEPHISKAPHELES gets in.  He fights people like AMBROSIUS, 13 points below.  I 
thought MEPHISKAPHELES showed great skill and promise when he lost to AMBROSIUS.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  And this week the Duelmaster--whoops!  HELPLESS ANIMALS has 
one week left to avenge EWE R TAR's death by excessive hits on the part of PUN DAT of 
PUNNY AMINALS.  Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young 
rapscallions, take note!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HIMEI 4402                   17  13  3   109       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ANNIE PINKLEY 3713           15   9  2   106       COLOR ME (350)
 CRIMSON 5197                 15   4  0   105       PHOENIX (536)
 PUN DAT 4789                 18  40  1    95       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 ANYA 5160                    12   8  1    95       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 MUKAARTH 5156                15   5  3    93       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PYOA 5090                    10   4  0    90       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 CALIAPHUS 5159               14   6  0    83       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
 ANTEZEL 4988                 11  10  1    83       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELESAURIS 5200                8   3  0    65       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
 AMBROSIUS 5158               11   9  0    58       BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JOAN OF ARC 5287              5   7  1    55       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 LONG TOM 5169                12   8  0    52       PHOENIX (536)
-GHENGIS KAHN 5252             9  10  0    52       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 GRIZZ 5218                    8   3  0    52       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
-SHOCHU 4912                   6   4  1    52       YAMABUSHI (432)
-FREUD 4258                    9   8  0    49       LUST MUPPETS (188)
 MOOT 5075                     7   2  0    48       LUST MUPPETS (188)
-RUDDY JOE 5236                5   0  0    48       COLOR ME (350)
-AFF THE CUFF 4432             4   1  0    47       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
 O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113            8  22  0    46       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 MEPHISKAPHELES 5361           4   1  0    46       FORCES OF EVIL (557)
 KUROME 5342                   5   3  2    45       YAMABUSHI (432)
 CUTTING EDGE 5295             6   3  2    43       DARK WARRIORS (551)
-LAYETTE 4225                  4   2  0    41       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
-HAPPY FUN BALL 4259           7   8  0    38       LUST MUPPETS (188)
 POR Q. PINE 5149              7   2  0    38       WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
-QUARTERMASTER 4477            3   0  0    38       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
-YUSHIMO 5101                  9   9  1    37       YAMABUSHI (432)
-BLUU GNITE 5201               6   3  0    37       COLOR ME (350)
 UNEXPLAINED BACON 5105        5   2  0    37       HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (454)
-KUROHANA 5128                 7   1  0    36       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DARK PRIEST 5319              5   5  0    33       THE DARK TIDES (546)
 LEENA WINDSONG 5335           5   2  0    32       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 PEACH NUTT 5298               7   6  2    29       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 ORAN JI 5299                  6   7  1    27       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 CRUSHER 5293                  3   5  0    27       DARK WARRIORS (551)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALVO 5371                    2   0  0    22       THUNDER CLAP (543)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEVRON 5231                   5   4  0    21       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-SKITTERS 4431                 3   1  0    20       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
-URINAL FRESH 5099             1   4  0    20       HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (454)
-THE WEE BEASTIE 4429          1   4  1    19       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
-MURDOX 5228                   5   3  0    18       THUNDER CLAP (543)
 HECK S'NUTT 5337              4   6  0    18       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 LIN MAEHARRA 5296             3   6  1    16       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 BENMAR 5227                   3   6  0    15       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-TONIUS 5229                   2   7  0    13       THUNDER CLAP (543)
-OPHIDIAN 5370                 1   1  0    13       THE DARK TIDES (546)
-BLACK AND BLUE 5237           3   1  0    11       COLOR ME (350)
-COFFIN DODGER 5366            1   1  0    11       KILL OR BE KILT (455)
 BUNKO 5369                    1   0  0    11       LUST MUPPETS (188)
 PESTILENCE 5376               1   0  0    10       FORCES OF EVIL (557)
-BARNACLE 4339                 1   0  0     6       SAILS OF CHARON (419)
 TEL-JILAD 5372                0   2  0     2       DARK WARRIORS (551)
 FACE PLANT 5368               0   1  0     1       LUST MUPPETS (188)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
AQUA VELVET 5265       0  2 0 COLOR ME 350          ORAN JI 5299          476         
SEASICK BOB 5358       0  1 0 FORCES OF EVIL 557    WURM KIN 543          479 NONE    
BOZO NIGHTMARE 5359    0  1 0 FORCES OF EVIL 557    BLACK ORC 536         479 NONE    
SKAMAKAZE 5362         2  2 0 FORCES OF EVIL 557    THE WEE BEASTIE 4429  478         
PRAXEL 5230            2  6 0 THUNDER CLAP 543      CUTTING EDGE 5295     476         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Joan of Arc -- Tin can!?  I will have you know my armor is made of the best iron one
can buy.  A most beautiful ruddy red brown color.  It even has some minor silver
trimmings.  And as a side note....  How do you feel that being parried into
submission is beating on a tin can?  Your longsword barely touched me.  Maybe you
should consider retirement.  It seems you need more fiber in your diet.  Constitution
and some honor.  Mayhap you would like your entire team styles revealed and see how
you do in future style matchups?  Live well madame and consider your words carefully.
-- Ruddy Joe

Jorja -- Did you feel my Bloodfeud inappropriate?  I felt that if my warrior won
yours would certainly be spared.  And as that is all the effort I am prepared to make
of it under the "known" circumstances.  Sigh, does it truly appear I have gone over?
-- Ghoti
P.S.  I am neither forgetful nor vengeful when I know my adversary.

Ghengis Khan -- Oh, please!  Surely you have better things to do than come along and
make me look rotten!  You could ravage eastern Europe, for instance, or build a
stately pleasure dome and do your son in the eye. -- a disgruntled (and incompetent)
O. Pun Pleezj

Quartermaster -- Oook!  I'm glad I didn't meet up with the Half-Master! -- Heck

That Veteran Mercenary is getting more than a little long in the tooth.  Maybe he
should be retired, and replaced with an up-and-coming YOUNG mercenary that we would
all ENJOY beating up (because he would be so cocky). -- Pun Dat

Leena Windsong -- I don't think that's "our" song, somehow.... -- Oran Ji

Unexplained Bacon -- Do you come with unmentionable eggs? -- Peach Nutt
P.S.  Or how about inexplicable toast?
P.P.S.  I LIKE your name.  It has so many off-the-wall possibilities.

Tycron -- Whatever issues you are going through, bless you and may the spirits be
with you. -- Dark Warriors

Tycron -- When I diplo'd you before joining 'Dark Tides' or 'Dark Alliance' if you
will, anyway, you did not respond and kept attacking, and that's when 'Dark Alliance'
responded.  I took immediate actions. -- Dark Warriors

Skitters -- A worthy fight.  True swordsmanship.  A worthy adversary. -- Lin Maeharra

10 January 2004
ZalCon2 Updates (1/9/04)

     The contest will be starting on the turn due February 23rd, 2004 and run for 20
     Only one team will be allowed for each manager in the contest, regardless of
whether additional teams are announced as contest entries.  No exceptions for any
     The Style Master points should read that there is +1 point for beating a member
of your own style even if the warrior is not registered for the contest.
     Rolling points for consecutive turns as Style Master means that your warrior
gets the extra point every turn after the first 3 that he continues to hold the
     The points for Quality Wins should be clarified to read the winning warrior is
ranked below by the number of recognition points needed for each bonus point at the
start of the fight.  For example, Warrior A (3-2-0, 17) beats Warrior B (4-1-0, 35)
and receives 2 bonus points under Quality Win for the 18 point difference in the
     I believe that is all the clarifications for the moment, please feel free to
email, diplo, call or write me with any other questions or concerns about the
          Robert Occhipinti aka Zalgor Prigg

10 January 2004
                *     *     *  Third Annual Turf War  *     *      *

     Come one and all to DM 47 (North Fork) for the Third Annual Turf War!  Rules of
the contest will be posted in Turn #208's newsletter (due date Feb. 23).  The contest
will begin on Turn #209 (due date March 22).
     So, get a team there and register!  To register, you must send me a donation of
one (1) rollup CERTIFICATE.  Then, declare your alliance and team in the North Fork
personals.  You may also declare a warrior as champion, and that warrior will earn
(or lose!) double points in the contest!
     Roll-up certs will be *ALL* awarded as prizes, in addition to:

*** Highest Scoring Alliance -- Gets to Rename DM 47 for 6 months!
*** Most returns from DA (Alliance) -- Rename DA monsters for 6 months!
*** Most listings as "Style Masters" (Alliance) -- Pick arena to host the April "05
    Grand Tournament!
*** Warrior with the most awards -- Arenamaster named after him for 6 months!
*** Alliance with the most awards -- Pick the slow arena for TW 4!
*** Team with most "Style Master" listings -- Discover favorites of one warrior on
*** Warrior with most "Style Master" listings -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns!
    (I'll transfer $7.50 to the manager's account)
*** Alliance with the most kills -- Rename the stand-ins for 6 months!
*** Highest scoring Warrior -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns.  (I'll transfer
    $7.50 to their manager's account.)

     The contest will run for 10 turns, with the winners announced on turn #220.  See
the Turn #208 North Fork newsletter for complete rules and scoring system!  Direct
"declarations" to:  A.D. in the personals, and prize pot entry donations to:
                      Jason Mazuch HSP H-2
                      P.O. Box 339 #924385
                      Sparta, GA  31087-0339
     By snail mail or diplo through RSI.
               Bloody Sands!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB

16 January 2004
                                    CHAOTIC WINDS
     Once, long ago, the four Winds of Time descended upon Alastari like a TEMPEST of
epic proportions, they slew everything within their all-encompassing reach.  They
left nothing.  In their wake lay smoldering ruins.
     In their haste they sped towards the center of this great land like a colossal
giant would step across an ocean.  The four storms picked up momentum on their way
towards each other.  A collision was eminent.
     The first storm wind, the oldest and wisest of the four was named APEXALUS.  The
second, FLAGGSTAFF, was the quickest and loudest entity ever created.  The third Wind
of Time was MATRIATIN, neither old or young, quick or slow, but fierce and feisty all
the same.  The forth wind, ASSAMITHIUS, the youngest yet most creative in its means
of destruction.
     When finally they merged at the center of ALASTARI, an incredible destructive
explosion occurred.  And when the smoke and debris cleared they were one.  CHAOS was
     And Chaos spread across the diminished lands reeking havoc and doom with its
passing, and destroying allover again that which already lay in ruin.

F E A R    C H A O S    I N C.

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SEASICK BOB was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BOZO NIGHTMARE was barely slain by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
BENMAR was demolished by CUTTING EDGE in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
MOOT unbelievably bested O. PUN PLEEZJ in a slow 8 minute Challenge contest.
HIMEI defeated MUKAARTH in a 1 minute master's Challenge Title match.
MEPHISKAPHELES was bested by AMBROSIUS in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
CALIAPHUS was overpowered by CRIMSON in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
PUN DAT was devastated by ANYA in a action packed 1 minute one-sided competition.
ANTEZEL vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
PYOA savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a popular 2 minute gory expert's duel.
ELESAURIS beat KUROME in a 3 minute gory melee.
POR Q. PINE defeated ORAN JI in a 3 minute match.
LONG TOM demolished PEACH NUTT in a 1 minute bloody mismatched competition.
LEENA WINDSONG was demolished by GRIZZ in a popular 4 minute mismatched match.
UNEXPLAINED BACON handily defeated HECK S'NUTT in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
CRUSHER vanquished OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
LIN MAEHARRA lost to NEVRON in a 2 minute fray.
MALVO beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 3 minute amateur's brawl.
TEL-JILAD was devastated by BUNKO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
FACE PLANT was demolished by PESTILENCE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         TOTAL PARRY       30 -  15 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         STRIKING ATTACK   60 -  51 -  4      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  16 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    60 -  55 -  6      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   25 -  24 -  2      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  10 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  24 -  1      38  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         7 -  12 -  1      37  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  19 -  0      30  |

Turn 479 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   HIMEI 4402                 17  13  3  109 YAMABUSHI (432)
STRIKING ATTACK  CRIMSON 5197               15   4  0  105 PHOENIX (536)
SLASHING ATTACK  ANTEZEL 4988               11  10  1   83 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
TOTAL PARRY      ELESAURIS 5200              8   3  0   65 WYLDERNESS WYLD (514)
PARRY-LUNGE      AMBROSIUS 5158             11   9  0   58 BLACKHEART'S AXE (534)
PARRY-STRIKE     UNEXPLAINED BACON 5105      5   2  0   37 HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (454)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PUN DAT 4789.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LEENA WINDSONG 5335.  The ten other most popular fighters were PYOA 5090, KUROME 
5158, ANYA 5160, ANTEZEL 4988, and ELESAURIS 5200.

The least popular fighter this week was MOOT 5075.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were O. PUN PLEEZJ 5113, TEL-JILAD 5372, LIN MAEHARRA 5296, HECK S'NUTT 
5368, and MALVO 5371.

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