Date   : 11/25/2006    Duedate: 12/08/2006


DM-16    TURN-552

This Weeks Top Honors


(16-5602) [19-5-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDEN BEAR                    TEN OF SWORDS
(16-5602) [19-5-0,108]         (16-5664) [3-3-0,39]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

O PUNCHA                       TEN OF SWORDS
PUNNY AMINALS (305)            PANDORA'S CARDS (585)
(16-5531) [19-27-0,84]         (16-5664) [3-3-0,39]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. POWER LEGION (579)          30
2. LOTHARIOS (590)             25      GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
3. GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)     21      Unchartered Team
4. SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)     16
5. YAMABUSHI (432)              3      PANDORA'S CARDS (585)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  414 208  9 66.6   1/ 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)  12  1 1
 2/ 0 POWER LEGION (579)        51  34  2 60.0   2/ 2 PUNNY AMINALS (305)       5  9 0
 3/ 4 SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)  104 110 12 48.6   3/ 3*PANDORA'S CARDS (585)     4  1 1
 4/ 5 YAMABUSHI (432)          158 169 14 48.3   4/ 0 POWER LEGION (579)        3  2 1
 5/ 6*PANDORA'S CARDS (585)     13  14  3 48.1   5/ 9*LOTHARIOS (590)           3  4 1
 6/10*LOTHARIOS (590)            3   4  1 42.9   6/ 5 SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)   3  8 1
 7/ 8 PUNNY AMINALS (305)      477 699 16 40.6   7- 7*HELLBENDERS (591)         2  3 0
 8- 9*HELLBENDERS (591)          2   3  0 40.0   8/ 8 YAMABUSHI (432)           2  5 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Ok, Ok, I have to say something, right?  In that case I will give you some stats:
     Total arena record of us five Glads--33-8-0
     Total tournament record--13-15-0
     Total kills--0
     Stats (at birth)
     ST-- 8, 9,11,14,15
     CN-- 6, 6, 8,16,17
     WT-- 5, 8,15,15,17
     WL-- 9, 9,15,19,19
     SP-- 3, 4, 8,10,11
     DF- 10,13,15,17,21
     Amount in Midas' gold vault--priceless.

     Golden Bear, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Nothing works for a team like victory (How's 
that for a perceptive observation?) as LOTHARIOS can attest...  SHROUD IN MYSTERY had 
cause to celebrate, after HUSAM AL DIN got 17 points by beating CHAUNCY.  CHAUNCY 
certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to HUSAM AL DIN and 
losing 15 points in the process!  Duelmaster GOLDEN BEAR from GOLDEN GLADIATORS is 
going for the gold, as he challenged YAMABUSHI's KUROHANA.  Ooh, the excitement!  
GOLDEN BEAR successfully staved off a grab for the roses by KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI.  
Does WILLAF have no one talented enough to dethrone him?  So who's the team that's 
been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me. 
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst 
the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of YAMABUSHI, alone and unchallenged.  Like a 
pup with its tail between its legs, GOLDEN GLADIATORS scurried away from YAMABUSHI.  
Oh, the shame!  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and PENNY LOPE is it right 
now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't PUNNY AMINALS proud!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Q:  What's a 
record like 12-6-0 get you?  A:  A free trip to the Dark Arena!  This week's winner:  
NATURE of POWER LEGION!  Hey POWER LEGION!  Is there some deep dark, unmentionable 
secret as to why NATURE has been sent to the Dark Arena?   12-6-0 isn't so shabby!  
Will NOBLE ON FIRE never avenge LIP SERVICE's death???  Oh brave(?) new world, that 
has such people in it!  'Tis new to me!  Ask not for whom the sword slashes; it 
slashes for thee.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  More important duties call me.  Do not despair!  
I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDEN BEAR 5602             19   5  0   108       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KNOWLEDGE 5610               11   8  0    96       POWER LEGION (579)
 KUROHANA 5128                22  13  0    91       YAMABUSHI (432)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TANOSHII 5488                18   6  0    88       YAMABUSHI (432)
 O PUNCHA 5531                19  27  0    84       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUSAM AL DIN 4422            10  17  1    62       SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 24 CARAT 5694                 5   2  1    56       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 GOLDEN DOME 5634              7   1  0    46       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
 TAIKUTSU 5564                11   9  0    43       YAMABUSHI (432)
 CHAUNCY 5636                 10   8  0    39       PUNNY AMINALS (305)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEN OF SWORDS 5664            3   3  0    39       PANDORA'S CARDS (585)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SADIGH FURY 5668              5   4  2    30       SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)
-GOLDEN GIRL 5703              4   0  0    29       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-BUDOKUMO 5635                 6   2  0    27       YAMABUSHI (432)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHOCK 5647                    3   2  0    22       POWER LEGION (579)
 GOLDEN FLEECE 5723            2   0  0    22       GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
-ACE OF CUPS 5663              3   2  3    21       PANDORA'S CARDS (585)
 JULIO 5709                    2   0  0    21       LOTHARIOS (590)
 JUDGEMENT 5665                4   2  0    19       PANDORA'S CARDS (585)
 JOLT 5726                     1   0  1    16       POWER LEGION (579)
 RENALDO 5706                  1   1  1    14       LOTHARIOS (590)
 PENNY LOPE 5722               2   1  0    10       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
 MONA KORIN 5724               1   1  0     7       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-TOMASO 5705                   0   1  0     7       LOTHARIOS (590)
 PENNY LOPEZ 5725              1   1  0     6       PUNNY AMINALS (305)
-FAHORL 5710                   1   0  0     6       HELLBENDERS (591)
-QUAIINHA 5713                 1   0  0     5       HELLBENDERS (591)
 PHILLIPE 5707                 0   2  0     2       LOTHARIOS (590)
 LADY OPULENT 5720             0   2  0     2       SHROUD IN MYSTERY (433)
 OHM 5700                      0   2  0     2       POWER LEGION (579)
-WELSKHYN 5711                 0   1  0     1       HELLBENDERS (591)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
THE USEROUS MERCH 526  0  1 0   1                   24 CARAT 5694         552 NONE    
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 520  0  1 0   1                   JOLT 5726             552 NONE    
GOOD AS GOLD 5670      4  3 1 GOLDEN GLADIATORS 362 SADIGH FURY 5668      550         
NATURE 5607           12  7 0 POWER LEGION 579      SHEWISH GIANT 537     552 NONE    
VOLOSO FURY 5672       2  5 0 SHROUD IN MYSTERY 433 ACE OF CUPS 5663      551         
NISHIME 5655           0  5 0 YAMABUSHI 432         RENALDO 5706          552         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Uh, YamaBushOfRottenApples, wasn't that 3-0 the Golden Glads were against your Tiddly
Winks?  Uh, I don't mean to rub it in or anything (Scratch that!) but, aw, gee! --
Midas, Manager and King Of The Golden Gladiators

Kurohana -- So I wasn't the only lucky Golden Gladiator to draw a Yama?  The MUGs are
so nice to us. -- Golden Bear

And me too!  Wow, what a lucky draw in Taikutsu.  The MUGs are great! -- Golden Dome

And me too!  Wow, what a lucky draw in Nishime.  The MUGs are great! -- Golden Girl

Jeez, and I drew the hard one in The Embezzling Scribe?  You guys are soooooooo
lucky! -- Golden Fleece

Hasam Al Din -- Now THAT was a fight.  I was mighty lucky to get away with that.
Your team has some fine competitors.  Salute. -- 24 Carat

Jorja -- Are you perhaps implying it is an arena of one?  (smirk) -- Midas

Lady Opulent -- Both of our polishes did get some blood and tarnish, did they not?
You truly did look, well, er, opulent.  I will talk with Midas about a donation. -- 
Golden Girl

Sadigh -- Well, as a replacement I am a notch below what Good As Gold was, but I am
considered doable.  I wonder what that means? -- Golden Fleece (because Good As Gold
was fleeced!)

All -- Of all the bum stinking luck, I get jammed with 3 out of 4 fights against ol'
pukeface himself, Midas of the Goldey Gayidiots.  Will be taking this one up with the
goof balls at RSI.  There's just NO excuse for getting matched against the same team
like that. -- Yamabushi

Hey Midas the mentally challenged one!  Willaf used to be such an active and vibrant
arena with a long list of competing teams.  And now because of you and your sickening
behavior so many good teams are gone or don't like to play here.  Thanks for driving
out more players than are willing to participate.  Keep it up moron, and you'll
eventually have it all to yourself.

Golden Girl -- Oh yeah!  23 points to 3.  Was there ever any doubt who was going to
win that one?  My other losses have been similar; 16 to 2 and 19 to 1.  Because of
RSI's primary determining factor in success or defeat (their stupid little points
system), I haven't yet seen the LUCK like you seem to get. -- Nishime

Golden Bear -- LOL!!  Pure LUCK with this win as well and learned nothing!  Serves
you right, pinhead. -- Kurohana

Golden Dome -- Dunno what happened here, but congrats for having a better Con and
Will than me.  That's the only possible factor that took you over the top. --

All -- 1-3 was not really the start I was looking for in your fair city.  The boys
wanted to introduce themselves but I think I'll make them post a winning turn before
sounding off in the personals. -- Indimar Fallon, manager of Lotharios

Tanoshii -- Welcome back, stranger! -- O Puncha

Sadigh Fury -- You know, all that fury just CAN'T be good for your blood pressure.
And high blood pressure is probably why you were bleeding so badly from those
piffling little cuts.  So, what I'm saying here is, fury loses you fights.  Lose the
fury.  Come into the arena calm, alert but cool, like me. -- Chauncy, not lacking in

Tomaso -- Good GODS, man, have you no restraint?  I mean, I'm not worried about your
blood pressure, but cheese, groping me in the middle of a fight?  Dumb move,
especially since it presented me with a target right there close at hand (you will
pardon the pun!). -- Penny Lope

Julio -- Wow, you don't kid around, do you?  Straight for the vitals.  It's enough to
turn me off gladiating at the very beginning. -- Mona Korin

Welskhyn -- (panting heavily)  Golly.  You really know how to use that thing.  Good
thing I have a few ideas about how to use mine, eh? -- Penny Lopez, not to be
confused with Penny Lope, who is a whole different person

Golden Bear -- We did read your column, yes.  Had to get out the magnifying glass,
because this is not a "good eye day" here, but we did read it.  Usually we do.  And
we'll see to it that you get all the physhe around. -- Punny Animals

2 November 2006
I received a Gift Certificate from someone.  I'm assuming it's for entry into the
Turf War 5.  Whoever sent this to me...please email me at rbaphomets@yahoo.com.

10 November 2006
     The Quest of the Best has come to an end.  Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest,
wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners.
     Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the
Quest.  Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in
the dust.  Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink)
     Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions:

1)  Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls
2)  Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts!
3)  Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts
4)  D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen
5)  Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation
6)  Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders
7)  D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights
8)  D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights
9)  The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion
10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair

     Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the
managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their
butt handed to them.
                                                           Respect to All.
                                                           Quest #1 host,
                                                           Dark Knight Toker

14 November 2006
                                      A Tale of
                        Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution
                                     as told by
                                Hammer the WordSmith

     SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the
lingering wisps of memory from days gone by.
     From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and
flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources
of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation.
     Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness
embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the
influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time
and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence
     The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that
spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had
metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and
paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet
posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times.
     Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings
possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities
presently past and future.
     Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the
corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the
sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93.
     The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi
faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever
instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch
that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory
and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the
virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered
their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the
sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant
gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior
and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy.
     Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the
reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of
gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and
gallantry before.
     Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers
numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing
the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of
visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike.
     History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded
to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new
arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants
pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades
and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes.
     Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the
gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly
divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens
determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and
olden legends of times lost.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located
SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy,
yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena!
     "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he
sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is
nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the
arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded
mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch
     Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already
deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High
Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and
depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81.
     Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable
candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind.
     From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by
     Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising
stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn.
     Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the
hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand.  Future events would lend
themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was
now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for
     Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the
worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New
Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM
28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!]
     Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the
sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for
fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena.
     After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then
another group of hopefuls.  After lengthy debate a third was cast aside.  Deciding
between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected
candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could
live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered
out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial
     The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other
managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney-
worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney
experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such
matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager.
         [TIME JUMP]
     Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and
now it was time to begin their training.  The paperwork had been dispatched for
registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which
preparation was paramount!
     Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being
offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney
     Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial
community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to
escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red!
     Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No-
Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously
increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up
stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly
     Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could
for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his
     When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each
Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in
the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night.
     These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had
they fallen into the possession of most other managers!
     Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than
being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney
     Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than
for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!]
     Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace!
         [TIME JUMP]
     Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting!
     Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered
such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81
[recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli
Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon
     The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS
stable managed by Sweety Pie.  Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was
seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena!
     Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and
KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission.
     Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and
longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus]
had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE.
     Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No-
Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission.
Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it
the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute
Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari!
     Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION.
     Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF
BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm.
     Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and
RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf.
     Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with
     Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a
penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!]
     Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to
registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!]
     Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a
stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in
     Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and
Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to
officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena.
     COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending
stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as
to their intentions.
     Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New
Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was
anybody's guess at the present time!]
     Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and
alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating
with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena
was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None!
had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors
rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by!
       JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans
join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between
some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!]
                 "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper"
                                          Minister of War

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NATURE was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
GOLDEN BEAR viciously subdued KUROHANA in a 15 minute expert's Challenge Title battle.
GOLDEN DOME unbelievably bested TEN OF SWORDS in a 4 minute Challenge brawl.
HUSAM AL DIN overpowered CHAUNCY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
RENALDO butchered NISHIME in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
JULIO bested PENNY LOPE in a 2 minute bloody amateur's Challenge match.
LADY OPULENT was defeated by MONA KORIN in a 2 minute beginner's Challenge melee.
O PUNCHA was vanquished by KNOWLEDGE in a 2 minute gory uneven duel.
TAIKUTSU won victory over SADIGH FURY in a 3 minute duel.
24 CARAT slew THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute fight.
SHOCK narrowly defeated PENNY LOPEZ in a 2 minute gory melee.
JUDGEMENT defeated PHILLIPE in a 2 minute brutal match.
OHM was bested by GOLDEN FLEECE in a 1 minute amateur's conflict.
JOLT murdered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute gory mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         AIMED BLOW        34 -  16 -  0      68  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       30 -  24 -  2      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  13 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  20 -  3      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  14 -  2      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  23 -  1      32  |

Turn 552 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:

BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         5  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GOLDEN BEAR 5602           19   5  0  108 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
AIMED BLOW       KNOWLEDGE 5610             11   8  0   96 POWER LEGION (579)
SLASHING ATTACK  24 CARAT 5694               5   2  1   56 GOLDEN GLADIATORS (362)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is O PUNCHA 5531.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TEN OF SWORDS 5664.  The ten other most popular fighters were JULIO 5709, MONA 
5665, RENALDO 5706, O PUNCHA 5531, and SADIGH FURY 5668.

The least popular fighter this week was GOLDEN BEAR 5602.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were KUROHANA 5128, OHM 5700, TAIKUTSU 5564, CHAUNCY 5636, LADY 
OPULENT 5720, PENNY LOPE 5722, NISHIME 5655, HUSAM AL DIN 4422, NATURE 5607, and JOLT