Date   : 05/12/2003    Duedate: 05/24/2003


DM-17    TURN-458

This Weeks Top Honors


(17-5664) [18-16-2,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

(17-5664) [18-16-2,108]        (17-6310) [1-0-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LO' DOWN (456)                 GROW (512)
(17-6116) [17-13-1,96]         (17-6335) [1-0-0,12]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)      74
2. RAGNAROK (282)              51      DELTA DOOM (492)
3. SPECIAL ED (499)            24      Unchartered Team
4. GROW (512)                  24

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)    2   0  0  100   1/ 1 SPECIAL ED (499)         10  3 0
 2/ 0*WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)     3   2  0 60.0   2- 2 KANTO FORCE (373)         7  3 1
 3- 2 KANTO FORCE (373)         34  25  2 57.6   3/ 7 RAGNAROK (282)            6  2 1
 4/ 3 DELTA DOOM (492)          72  59  4 55.0   4/ 4 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)     6  5 0
 5/ 4 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 124 104  5 54.4   5/ 6 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)  6  8 0
 6/ 6 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  14  12  0 53.8   6/ 3 LO' DOWN (456)            6  9 0
 7/ 5 SPECIAL ED (499)         158 136  4 53.7   7/ 5 MIDDLE WAY (484)          4 11 0
 8- 7 RAZOR GRACE (343)         16  17  2 48.5   8/ 0*WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)    3  2 0
 9/ 0 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       84  90 10 48.3   9/ 8 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  3  3 0
10- 8 MALICIOUS INTENT (372)   149 167  6 47.2  10/13*GROW (512)                3  5 0
11/ 9 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)    224 287 19 43.8  11- 9 MALICIOUS INTENT (372)    3  7 0
12/11 RAGNAROK (282)           153 201  8 43.2  12/11*THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)   2  0 0
13/10 LO' DOWN (456)           191 251  9 43.2  13/12 MINIONS OF MILO (318)     2  1 0
14-12 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   42  63  2 40.0  14/10 DELTA DOOM (492)          2  3 0
15/13 MINIONS OF MILO (318)    232 357 25 39.4  15-14 RAZOR GRACE (343)         1  0 0
16/15*GROW (512)                 3   5  0 37.5  16/ 0 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       1  2 0
17/14 MIDDLE WAY (484)         117 208  2 36.0  17-15 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   0  3 0
18-16*FUND FAMILIES (513)        0   3  0  0.0  18-16*FUND FAMILIES (513)       0  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

   >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] Revolt in Veastian #11 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

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

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #60 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Korga and vicinity:

     Aghtamar pushed back her bowl with a sigh of satisfaction.  She'd probably eaten
better venison stew, but she couldn't remember when.  "So tell us about the new
danger on the road here," she invited.
     Cadal drained his tankard of ale and folded his arms on the table.  "We don't
know what it is," he said, "but there have been more than a dozen travelers' deaths
between here and Mirkon [the next town east of Korga] that can't be accounted for by
any of the usual hazards.  All but one instance were lone travelers, all were moving
after dark.  A courier, a couple of traders, the rest we're not sure about.  Two
female, the rest male.  Karnhorns, mostly, but three Harkenes, a couple westerners,
Convincian, maybe.  All armed, four mounted and the others on foot."
     "A mixed lot," Fist of Kjarran said, nodding.  "Nothing to link them together--"
     "Except the way they died.  The doctor here that examined some of the bodies
called it 'heart failure'."  Cadal grimaced.  "Those of us that have been patrolling
the road and found the bodies call it 'dead of fear'.  The looks on their faces...."
He shook his head slightly.  "Whatever they met terrified them.  All but the oldest
two had run long and hard before they dropped.  We figure the oldest ones simply died
on the spot where they met...whatever it was."
     "Not a lot to go on, if you're thinking we can help you hunt this killer," Zilla
said critically.  "I suppose there aren't any tracks?"
     "Nothing we can be sure of," Cadal admitted.  "My idea is to bait them--send a
likely traveler along the road after dark and follow, hoping to come on something."
     "Damned big risk you're asking your decoy to take," Aghtamar pointed out.
     "Yes, that's why I only want Lord Protectors on this."
     "I can do this," Fist of Kjarran said briskly.  "For the glory of the Empire and
in the service of Kjarran and His Daughter Jayde, I will serve as bait to lure out
this killer who preys on innocent travelers!"

Zukal and vicinity:

     It was harder to get Veleks into the boat than Ghenis had expected.  Dead, it
might have been awkward, but alive...the little thief turned suddenly hysterical,
shrieking and weeping, trashing wildly, and begging not to be given to "the burning
eyes and flashing teeth."  Ghenis finally had to knock Veleks out so that he and
Harlund drag him into the rowboat.
     "He's nuts," Harlund growled, leaning into his oars as he drove the boat back
toward the shore.  "Burning eyes and flashing teeth.  Sounds like some kind of kid's
nightmare.  He do some kind of drugs?"
     "Veleks?  No.  He's got a few bad habits, but not drugs.  He must have seen
something real...but maybe not really what he thinks he saw."
     "He couldn't've seen something like that, not on the beach he couldn't.  There
aren't any monsters in the woods around here."  Harlund paused and looked around
uneasily, looked down into the water, which was filling with the shadows of sunset
faster than the sky was.  "Might be different if he'd been in a boat to start with,"
the beach walker muttered.  "He might've seen something over the water...."
     "Veleks can't swim and had no boat.  He was not on the water," Ghenis said
firmly.  "Besides, I found what are probably his tracks.  He was on the shore road
and left it to run toward the beach, and I do mean run--flat out.  Something
terrified him.  Veleks is no hero, but he wouldn't run without a reason."
     Harlund opened his mouth to argue further, then looked at Ghenis and shut it
again.  Smart move.
     "Just get us to shore, man.  Then I'll pay you, and you can go home.  It isn't
your problem."


     Blackie, Lord Malcorn of Malcorn, sat in his study and stared into the fire.  He
was alone, and it was very late.  A bottle of wine and a goblet sat on the table at
his elbow, but he didn't reach for them.  Getting drunk might make him forget his
problems for the night, but in the morning, the problems would still be there, and
he'd have Shew-sized hangover to go with them.  Better to pass on the wine.
     Had he done the right thing in releasing the Dregur from the Silent Place?  Yes.
Or at least, releasing them wasn't a wrong thing.  Caging them because the Karnhorns
didn't know how to live with them and hadn't the power to kill them had been a wrong
thing.  Blackie believed with his whole heart that death was better than a cage.  And
he had known the risks he was taking--the risks he was subjecting everyone in the
area to--when he released the Dregur.  Some innocent people would die of encounters
with the Dregur...as innocent people were dying every day at the hands of the
     Blackie's eyes went to the wine bottle.  That was what haunted him, the innocent
people.  Hell, even some of the invaders were innocent in all the ways that counted,
drafted from their Eastern homes at the command of some powerful lord and sent to
Alastari to fight and die.  Telling himself that fewer innocents would die this way
was cold comfort.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 465): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 463): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 459): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 459): GINGER BROWN of COLOR ME (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 456): NUTT BRITTLE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 448): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 445): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 443): SEDEN of PATH OF THE BLADE (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 436): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 399): FLYING MARMOSET of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 203): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): RING D'BELL of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 324): NESSUS of ACT OF MALICE (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 349): CHALICE of SUPERIOR FORCES from LAPUR (Manager, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 465): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 463): ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 459): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 459): WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 457): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 456): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 448): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 445): FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 443): JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 436): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 399): THE FAMILY (Don John, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 203): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 324): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): DRAKE'S TELEVISION (Drake, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 349): WOLF PACK II, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 463): MIDNIGHT DANCER of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): MERRY DEMENTE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
              (turn 227): WIMPY WIND of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
                               VE of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 224): SAMPSA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                               BLADEFIST of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 442): EYE OF THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                            NO CHASER of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 436): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): INSOLENT IDIOT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               ESPRESSO of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 303): JESSIE of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): KAMIKAZE of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
                            LACONIC LEMON of GARDEN GUMBIES (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Well, it looks like my long reign over you pathetic losers is over.  What's it been, 
6 turns?  C'mon, people, there's these things called skills, you all should learn 
some.  Anyway, on to business.

Kikui, you wanted a shot at the throne, I'll do you one better and give it to you; 
assuming my challenge made it to the Commission in time and you can take my open hand 
no offense strategy.  Let's see what you do at the top.  You want to be the hero, but 
remember, heroes get beat up.  A lot.

I see we got a few new teams here, it won't be long before you realize you don't have 
the stones to hack it here.  But we welcome you anyway, whatever the duration of your 

I bid you farewell Aljafr, my glory days here are over; I'm off to serve eternally as 
a slave in Greywand's army.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly ALJAFIR games.  There were bitter words at DELTA 
DOOM's guildhouse after a 2-3-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 14th. 
Dark Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  
Witness how this week RAGNAROK went 3-2-1 to move up 4 in the rankings.  The city 
turned out in welcome to meet the banners of a new guild, WHEN EAGLES DARE, as they 
entered the city this week. May victory find you!  EAGLES LAIR caught the eye of many 
in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested CHERRY PITTER and was awarded 
31 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, EAGLES LAIR put 
down CHERRY PITTER, causing her to lose 9 points of recognition in the process.  Who 
here was not present for the title fight this week as ASH boldly challenged LAWN DART 
GOALIE in order to strive for the Duelmasters honors?  Although ASH made a valiant 
effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious LAWN DART GOALIE.  Heed 
this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city 
shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ALJAFIR "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat 
in ALJAFIR these days is KANTO FORCE.  At least, most blades in town are looking to 
avoid them.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the 
better part of last week avoiding KANTO FORCE.  Indeed it was HEROESANDFOUNDONES.  
Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that 
many fighters are after INBRED FRED.  Watch your back!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  DA has sworn to take up religion upon 
living to tell of his recent bout with the Dark Arena horrors.  A rare thing indeed!  
Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there is only the 
brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BONEY OLD BEHIND 5664        18  16  2   108       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ADOBE 6033                   22   6  0   107       DELTA DOOM (492)
 10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST 6213    15   6  2   100       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 DUSK 6119                    10   7  0    97       DELTA DOOM (492)
 SEAR ICECAP 6116             17  13  1    96       LO' DOWN (456)
-DOTEGAWA 4089                13   3  0    96       KANTO FORCE (373)
 TY BRINSON 5777              20  23  2    95       LO' DOWN (456)
 KILLIN' STU 4906             17  14  4    94       MINIONS OF MILO (318)
 ASH 6145                     11   4  0    92       DELTA DOOM (492)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ABATIS 5940                  18   8  0    88       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
-JORRAM 6018                  11  10  1    86       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
 INBRED FRED 6253             11   6  0    81       SPECIAL ED (499)
 FOGGY DEW 6235               13   7  0    78       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 PAN 6292                      7   3  0    71       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
-SIGIL CAMISADO 5703           9  15  0    70       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 TARLON 4153                  16  17  0    69       RAGNAROK (282)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KIKUI 4086                   10   6  1    66       KANTO FORCE (373)
 TWO GLASS EYES 6272          10   6  0    66       SPECIAL ED (499)
 CREME A. SHUN 6152           10   6  1    64       DELTA DOOM (492)
 ATHENA 6291                   6   4  0    63       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 CARMELLA 6154                14  10  0    62       LO' DOWN (456)
 GHENGIS KHAN 6205            12   6  0    58       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIBERIOUS 6209                9  11  0    55       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-ISTVAN 3647                   3   1  0    54       RAZOR GRACE (343)
 RED STRIPE 6066              11  14  0    53       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
-QUIVRA NGEDO 5705            12  14  0    50       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 CAESAR 6258                   7   8  0    49       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 KARO LEE 6133                 7  21  0    42       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-YANASE 4666                   5   0  0    42       KANTO FORCE (373)
-TE'LAS THE SPIRE 6153         6   6  0    41       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
 WICKED PETE 6151              7   6  1    40       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 CALIGULA 6283                 7   6  0    40       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 MOUSE NOYLE 6252              8  10  0    34       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SVEN 4668                     4   5  0    33       RAGNAROK (282)
-ETIEN HAXAN 5772              6   7  0    31       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 EAGLES LAIR 6310              1   0  0    31       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
 DA 6360                       1   0  1    29       RAGNAROK (282)
 OANIUN SETT 6331              1   1  0    28       GROW (512)
-ANCHOR STEAM 6248             3   1  1    24       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 MORTICIA 6297                 3   2  0    24       DELTA DOOM (492)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROLAND SALL 6275              2  14  0    23       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 TORLYN UNA 6288               4   8  0    20       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-ENDO 6342                     2   0  1    20       KANTO FORCE (373)
 EXODUS 6327                   2   0  0    18       THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)
-GREY MOUSER 6290              1   4  0    16       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 FLOYDIAN CRIT 6309            1   0  0    15       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
 WASTELAND WENDY 6355          2   0  0    14       SPECIAL ED (499)
 JUNIOR VASQUEZ 6313           1   0  0    14       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
-ARGUS AZAZEL 6314             1   0  0    13       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 PHLEUM PRATENSE 6335          1   0  0    12       GROW (512)
 BRAUG 6361                    1   0  0    11       RAGNAROK (282)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BELLA CHEE 6324               2   3  1    10       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-SHIMIZU 6341                  1   1  0    10       KANTO FORCE (373)
 ELDAR BARRY 6334              0   1  0     7       GROW (512)
 CHERRY PITTER 6332            1   1  0     4       GROW (512)
 WARSTEINER 6300               1   1  0     4       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 JACOB NYGH 6357               1   1  0     4       LO' DOWN (456)
 SNOTMAN'S CAT 6356            0   2  0     2       SPECIAL ED (499)
 LIL ACORN 6333                0   2  0     2       GROW (512)
 MIELLE RANTOR 6358            0   2  0     2       LO' DOWN (456)
-MESTA WOEBEGONE 6354          0   1  0     1       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
-ARTEMIS 6289                  0   1  0     1       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
-MERCOLCAN VOTO 6353           0   1  0     1       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MOUNTAIN TROLL 643     0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          DA 6360               458 NONE    
BITEMEFRANCE 6370      0  1 0 HEROESANDFOUNDONE 475 HIGH ELF 644          458 NONE    
TESS 4664              1  1 0 KANTO FORCE 373       BELLA CHEE 6324       454 REVENGED
THE ANVIL 6074         1  3 0 RAGNAROK 282          STONE GOLEM 651       458 NONE    
ANDORIAN IDIOT 6280    6  6 1 SPECIAL ED 499        KIKUI 4086            455 REVENGED
TALONS TERROR 6312     0  1 0 WHEN EAGLES DARE 509  MOUNTAIN TROLL 643    458 NONE    
DESTITUTE NARLEY 6311  0  1 0 WHEN EAGLES DARE 509  SPYMASTER 647         458 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pip -- Come on, Pip.  Don't let that nimrod Elephant fool you.  Elephant is no more a 
member of The Midnight Foundation then Klep is a member of the Dark Circle.  You've 
known the Midnight Foundation long enough to know that (A) the Foundation proudly 
proclaims our teams and (B) we are the most hated and feared alliance in all of 
Alastari but we do it with style and class.  Ellie May is just your average, no-
class, know nothing, newbie asshole.  Heck, he's not even orginal.  Some other nimrod  
proclaimed himself "CEO of The Midnight Foundation" over in Arena 19 before Ellie May 
was.  We figured considering how low these guys were below the respect radar, no one 
respectable and with half a brain would pay attention to them.  But seeing as how 
you're the first manager with half a brain to acknowledge them, I thought I'd say 
something.  The members of the Midnight Foundaton are: Carnage, Bird, Jekyll, Cajun, 
Big Bear, and myself, Odin.  That's it and no more.  Its a shame these newbies don't 
respect some of the unwritten rules of the Personal Ads.  Like proclaiming that they 
are members of Alliances that they are not members of.  Next thing you know, they'll 
start writing stuff and putting someone else's name to it, maybe even yours.  At that 
point, no one will know who wrote what and who to respond to.  Then the personals 
will be filled with "Pip -- Why did you call me a jerk? -- Jorga" "Jorga -- Hey, I 
didn't say that.  Somebody else wrote that and signed my name to it. -- The REAL Pip"  
The personal ads will become pointless and half the fun of the game will be gone. -- 
Odin, mgr. of Ragnarok, Overlord of the Midnight Foundation

     Odin -- Alliances can be hard to keep track of, but if anybody signed a personal 
     "Jorga," Our Esteemed Ed. would catch it.  She doesn't spell it that way.  No, 
     seriously, if people start signing the wrong manager names to their personals, 
     some may slip by, but sooner or later--and probably sooner--they will be caught.  
     Ed. is on the ball, and this is not the sort of thing the Commission is likely 
     to ignore. -- Temp Ed.

     Managers of Aljafir -- It is a Commission policy that the newsletters of a given 
     arena are for the players active in that arena.  Sometimes we print personals 
     from players who are not in the arena in question, and sometimes we don't.  In 
     my judgment, the personals which were submitted to this newsletter by an 
     absentee manager added nothing to the quality of the newsletter.  So I pulled 
     them.  I will be gone and it will be Our Esteemed Ed. next time, if anyone wants 
     to try them again. -- Temp Ed.

Elephant -- Team name please.  Chicken spit tool, get a team in here so I can kick 
your grass. -- Pip

Odin -- What's going on here?  Musical blunderlords?  You guys need to organize a 
little better there, chump.  And you know playing here while bird's not active to 
protect you is bad for your w/l%. -- Pip
P.S.  If your warriors stopped dropping their blades onto their feet, you wouldn't 
have to clean up after those mighty rivers of blood.

Caligula -- That was not enjoyable.  Aren't we supposed to be having FUN here?  (And 
if not, why NOT, eh?) -- Karo Lee

Two Glass Eyes -- You're some kind of freak, yes?  I don't DO freaks, buster. -- 
Mouse Noyle

And yonder goes the Mouse's winning record.  I guess he doesn't do winning records 
either. -- Jorja

Yanase -- Wow, were there a lot of skills around, or what?  Good work for both of us, 
huh? -- Torlyn Una

The Anvil -- Guess I wasn't The Hammer.  Oh, well. -- Roland Sall

Mielle Rantor -- What the heck was the low down idea of deflecting my blows?  I 
worked HARD to get those blows JUST RIGHT. -- Bella Chee

Trainer -- Do whatever you must.  We of the Middle Way don't seek kills, nor do we 
avoid bloodfeuds.  As to the personals, we call them as we see them. -- Bella Chee

30 April 2003
All -- Remember to put your arena number on your strategy sheets.  Strategies turned
in without an arena number run the risk of missing the turn. -- NAIEI

10 May 2003
To All -- Fellow managers, I humbly request your help.  My team (Ex Oblivione) was
started in Monuntial (DM 34) back in '92.  They were active for seven months.  I have
lost all early traces of them.  If any of you can help with copies of relevant
newsletters or, if you fought one of my warriors, copies of the fights, I would
greatly appreciate it.  I only have one of my original warriors left from the early
team now active in DM 60.  You can diplo me with any info here in the wonderful city
of Aradi.  Thank you in advance. -- Enigma, manager Ex Oblivione

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

THE ANVIL was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
DA viciously butchered MOUNTAIN TROLL in a action packed 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
BITEMEFRANCE was assassinated by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
TALONS TERROR was viciously butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute contest.
DESTITUTE NARLEY was assassinated by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena match.
ADOBE viciously subdued 10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST in a 10 minute veteran's Challenge duel.
ASH was devastated by LAWN DART GOALIE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
DUSK viciously subdued INBRED FRED in a 2 minute expert's Challenge melee.
GHENGIS KHAN was defeated by PAN in a action packed 1 minute Challenge duel.
CAESAR overpowered KARO LEE in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CALIGULA was handily defeated by ATHENA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SVEN savagely defeated MOUSE NOYLE in a 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
SEAR ICECAP was overcome by BONEY OLD BEHIND in a 1 minute veteran's Title contest.
TY BRINSON bested M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
FOGGY DEW handily defeated TARLON in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CREME A. SHUN was overpowered by KILLIN' STU in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
CARMELLA was handily defeated by TWO GLASS EYES in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
RED STRIPE was bested by TIBERIOUS in a 2 minute veteran's fight.
WICKED PETE subdued MORTICIA in a exciting 1 minute bout.
TORLYN UNA was overpowered by OANIUN SETT in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
EXODUS viciously subdued SNOTMAN'S CAT in a popular 3 minute gory contest.
ROLAND SALL vanquished MIELLE RANTOR in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WARSTEINER was handily defeated by JUNIOR VASQUEZ in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BELLA CHEE was bested by BRAUG in a 2 minute gory novice's bout.
CHERRY PITTER was overpowered by EAGLES LAIR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LIL ACORN was defeated by WASTELAND WENDY in a popular 1 minute novice's duel.
JACOB NYGH was savagely defeated by PHLEUM PRATENSE in a 8 minute novice's melee.
ELDAR BARRY was overpowered by FLOYDIAN CRIT in a 1 minute one-sided fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                 13         WALL OF STEEL     35 -  20 -  0      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         STRIKING ATTACK   45 -  40 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  18 -  2      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  17 -  1      48  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   48 -  56 -  2      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    30 -  38 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -  17 -  0      37  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -  11 -  0      35  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW         3 -   8 -  1      27  |

Turn 458 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  8         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  6     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BONEY OLD BEHIND 5664      18  16  2  108 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
TOTAL PARRY      ADOBE 6033                 22   6  0  107 DELTA DOOM (492)
WALL OF STEEL    10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST 6213  15   6  2  100 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
STRIKING ATTACK  DUSK 6119                  10   7  0   97 DELTA DOOM (492)
BASHING ATTACK   KILLIN' STU 4906           17  14  4   94 MINIONS OF MILO (318)
SLASHING ATTACK  INBRED FRED 6253           11   6  0   81 SPECIAL ED (499)
PARRY-STRIKE     FOGGY DEW 6235             13   7  0   78 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SEAR ICECAP 6116.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PHLEUM PRATENSE 6335.  The ten other most popular fighters were DA 6360, 
6151, BELLA CHEE 6324, BRAUG 6361, and WASTELAND WENDY 6355.

The least popular fighter this week was ADOBE 6033.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were JACOB NYGH 6357, ELDAR BARRY 6334, LIL ACORN 6333, CHERRY PITTER 6332, 
4153, and CALIGULA 6283.

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

10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST (17-6213) KINDRED OF KAOS (213)

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn: