DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/23/2003    Duedate: 07/05/2003

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-461

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COL SALOMON
82ND ILLINOIS (421)
(17-5290) [16-11-1,114]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COL SALOMON                    EAGLES LAIR
82ND ILLINOIS (421)            WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
(17-5290) [16-11-1,114]        (17-6310) [2-2-0,36]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TY BRINSON                     CALIGULA
LO' DOWN (456)                 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-5777) [22-24-2,110]        (17-6283) [10-6-0,95]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    39
2. LUROCIANS ABC (508)         28      ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
3. MALICIOUS INTENT (372)      27      Unchartered Team
4. KINDRED OF KAOS (213)       21
5. JEKYLL'S BREW (486)         21      THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)

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)    4   1  0 80.0   1/ 2 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 12  3 0
 2/ 3 ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)    32  13  4 71.1   2/ 1*WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)   11  4 1
 3/ 2*WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)    14   6  1 70.0   3/ 3 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)     9  3 1
 4/ 5 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 136 107  5 56.0   4/ 4 SPECIAL ED (499)          7  6 1
 5/ 7 SPECIAL ED (499)         165 142  5 53.7   5/ 9 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       5  1 0
 6/ 8 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  16  15  0 51.6   6- 5*GROW (512)                5  3 0
 7- 9*GROW (512)                 8   8  0 50.0   7/10*ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)    5  5 0
 8/ 4*ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)     5   5  0 50.0   8/ 7 MIDDLE WAY (484)          5 10 1
 9/20*LUROCIANS ABC (508)        2   2  1 50.0   9/15 MALICIOUS INTENT (372)    5 10 0
10/10 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       86  94 10 47.8  10/ 6 RAGNAROK (282)            4 10 1
11/11 MALICIOUS INTENT (372)   154 177  6 46.5  11/ 8 LO' DOWN (456)            4 11 0
12-12 1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)   40  47  2 46.0  12/16 ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)    2  1 0
13/13 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)    233 290 20 44.6  13/12*THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)   2  1 0
14/14 LO' DOWN (456)           195 262  9 42.7  14/20*LUROCIANS ABC (508)       2  2 1
15/15 RAGNAROK (282)           157 211  9 42.7  15/11 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  2  3 0
16/16 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       46  62  4 42.6  16/18 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       2  4 0
17/17 MINIONS OF MILO (318)    233 359 25 39.4  17-17 1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)   1  1 0
18/18 MIDDLE WAY (484)         122 218  3 35.9  18/13 MINIONS OF MILO (318)     1  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19*FUND FAMILIES (513)        0  15  0  0.0  19/19*FUND FAMILIES (513)       0 12 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

Zukal and vicinity:

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

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #63 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Riztab:

     With all the snow of the winter just past, the lake was higher than usual.  At
least two feet higher, Spymaster Torric guessed, looking at the water that now stood
waist high in the doorway of the old arena records building.  He hadn't liked going
in there to hunt for old records when the water was barely up to his knees.  Now...
no.  No way he was going in there; anything could be hidden by that dark water.
     "What idiot made the decision to leave the records down there, anyway?" Jorja,
manager of Sweet Magic, asked.  "It's so stupid!"
     Torric shrugged.  "Gladiators and managers don't have the copyright on stupid,"
he said mildly.  "I'm not sure if it was Arenamaster Rillion or First Citizen Makrok
who made the decision, but the other one concurred in it."
     "Sounds like maybe the both had something to hide," Garfield, manager of Arena
Felines, murmured.  "I wonder what?"
     "Don't we all," Torric responded.  That Rillion tA and Makrok should have a
secret they had succeeded in hiding offended him.  He was supposed to be able to find
things out, and so far he hadn't scratched the surface on that.
     "Are the records even THERE?" Garfield asked.  "Maybe Rillion tA just said
they're stored down here to keep you from finding out that they're gone."
     "They were here a little while ago."  Torric frowned.  "Four years?  Five?
Something like that, I think--but I know the records still existed back then,
whenever, because I consulted them to find out about the earliest teams here.  For
Sleepy, that was.  Then something came up--the invasion, I think?  Anyway, I didn't
go back.  But--"  He jumped as a crazy howl floated over the water.  "I hate coming
here so late in the day," he muttered, glancing anxiously to the west.  The sun was
slipping behind a bank of clouds.
     "If somebody's messing around in the records storage, late in the day is the
time to watch for him.  Be glad we can't see in the dark and watch after sunset!"
Jorja advised.
     "Huh.  I wish now I hadn't mentioned that Jaguar saw someone down this way."
Garfield eyed the dark water with disfavor.  "Better I should have stayed at the
guildhouse and whacked him a couple of times for wandering around where he shouldn't
be."
     The howl came again, from far out over the lake.  A chorus, several voices
saluting the coming night.
     "Loons," Torric said uneasily.  "We always have some loons on this lake.
Horrible birds."
     "It sounds more like wolves to me," Jorja countered, "or even hounds."
     "Not on the lake!"
     "I know, but--"
     Another chorus of howls, this time accompanied by a deep-throated hunting horn.
     "It IS hounds!"  Garfield backed up a couple of steps.  "I don't like dogs."
     "And I don't like anything that can hunt on the surface of the lake," Jorja
agreed.  She backed up with him.  Spymaster Torric was already behind them and edging
farther back.  "But I'd like to know what it is."
     "It's us cats that are supposed to be curious," Garfield reminded her.
     "Yeah, but it kills you cats.  Don't want that--who'd I have to talk to?"  She
stiffened, staring out over the water intently.  With the sun sinking into the clouds
and the forest shadowing the lake anyway, it was hard to be sure, but she thought
something--bigger than any water bird--was moving out there.
     The horn blew once more, a long note with more chilling menace in it than
anything either manager had heard.  The horn call was backed by the baying of the
unnatural pack.  The twilight took the shape of a pack of tall hounds and three lean
horsemen sweeping forward across the glassy surface of the water.
     "They're headed for the old records building," Garfield noted in a steady voice.
"I don't think I want to hang around to welcome them."
     "Right."  Jorja joined his retreat.  She shivered a little in the night air.
"This calls for strong drink in a warm, crowded tavern."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 466): LIFE SENTANCE of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 462): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 462): MANAGER TC'S of IT'S JUST WRONG (LHI, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 460): COL SALOMON of 82ND ILLINOIS (Otto X. Frothingslosh)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 459): STEERFORTH of GO TO THE DICKENS! (Reverend Boz, 
                            acting mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 451): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 448): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): SLUGWORTH of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): FINN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 402): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 204): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 199): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 186): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 327): HAIRY TUB of MY BATHROOM (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 307): VLADIMIR TALTOS of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 352): BLACKMYTH of SHADOWS from ARUAK CITY (

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): none
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 466): ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 462): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 462): WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 460): WHEN EAGLES DARE (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 459): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 451): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 448): THE STORMLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 402): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 204): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 199): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 186): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 327): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 307): BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): none
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 352): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): INDIGO of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 465): WILD BILL of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 462): IMA MAROON of COLOR ME (Ghoti, mgr.)
                           GINGER BROWN of COLOR ME (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 459): SEAR ICECAP of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          BILLY LILLY of DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
              (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): SLUGWORTH of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
                (turn 445): DRY KEG of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): FINN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): DR. NO-NOOKIE of MASTER BLASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): KAMIKAZE of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, even though I left Killin' Stu on maintenance here, I suppose I should
write his Duelmaster column.  He's actually disappointed me some, what with only four
kills.  I was hoping to break a record with him, but alas....  I will make no
challenges or avoids, so whoever gets him....  And to Odin, in the immortal words of
Tupac, "Keep my name outch your mouf."  Or something like that.  I'd hate to have to
come back full time and slap your warriors around the arena and you in the
newsletter.  I swear you MF guys spend more time crying than the kids at the Recently
Reintroduced Into Society Clown Parade.  Grow a pair, boys.  Even if it is just one
pair between all of you.
     That is all.
     Keep Aljafr pure.

Klep, Minions of Milo

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt ALJAFIR will ever be the same.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as WHEN EAGLES DARE is pushed out of top team by HEROESANDFOUNDONES, who 
came from 2nd with a 4-1-0 this turn.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, for 
there are sorrows to drown for MINIONS OF MILO, whose 0-1-0 this turn dropped them by 
5 into 18th.  MALICIOUS INTENT stable has parlayed this turn's 3-2-0 into a 6 space 
move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 9th place.  Good work, guys!  The 
HEROESANDFOUNDONES guild has had a 4-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the 
future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, CALIGULA 
fought INBRED FRED and gained 25 points and contributed to HEROESANDFOUNDONES' 4-1-0. 
INBRED FRED has lost to CALIGULA, falling 27 points, while helping make SPECIAL ED a 
2-2-1 turn.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and COL SALOMON 
remains ALJAFIR's top warrior for another turn.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster 
that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Vile Vizier?   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  RAGNAROK has cause to stand tall, 
as they were ALJAFIR's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to 
beat.  And avoiding RAGNAROK more than any other team we find ALL THINGS FLOYD.  
ALJAFIR, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, 
take notice that ARTISAN from FUND FAMILIES was ALJAFIR's most challenged warrior 
this turn.  Well now, what do you expect when someone like SVEN from RAGNAROK 
challenges down 17 points to fight DIRTY OLD MAN of KINDRED OF KAOS?  I thought 
challenges were for warriors, not cowards looking for easy wins.  SVEN won victory 
over DIRTY OLD MAN, is nothing sacred?  JORRAM of MALICIOUS INTENT had better have a 
good reason for challenging down 11 points in a challenge which she won.  I thought 
JORRAM showed great skill and promise when she overcame CARMELLA.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  I guess it was coming sooner or later, MIDDLE WAY has lost ROLAND SALL, and 
ALJAFIR is bound to miss him.  For a little while, at least.  A brave warrior does 
not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  
Consider well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in ALJAFIR and I've a long road ahead of 
me.  Happy Trails.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- Alarond the 
Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COL SALOMON 5290             16  11  1   114       82ND ILLINOIS (421)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-R BAGGIO 4867                15   7  1   111       ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
 TY BRINSON 5777              22  24  2   110       LO' DOWN (456)
 FOGGY DEW 6235               16   7  1   103       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 CALIGULA 6283                10   6  0    95       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 ABATIS 5940                  19  10  0    93       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
 KILLIN' STU 4906             18  16  4    93       MINIONS OF MILO (318)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JORRAM 6018                  12  12  1    87       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
 INBRED FRED 6253             13   7  0    81       SPECIAL ED (499)
 PAN 6292                      9   4  0    79       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 TARLON 4153                  17  19  0    77       RAGNAROK (282)
 GHENGIS KHAN 6205            14   7  0    73       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 TOTTI 5991                    9   2  2    72       ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
 CARMELLA 6154                15  12  0    70       LO' DOWN (456)
-N- MOCK 5378                  9   8  0    70       1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)
 CAESAR 6258                   9   9  0    68       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TE'LAS THE SPIRE 6153         8   7  0    60       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIBERIOUS 6209               11  12  0    58       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TWO GLASS EYES 6272          11   8  0    55       SPECIAL ED (499)
-RED STRIPE 6066              11  15  0    54       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 WICKED PETE 6151              8   7  1    48       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 KARO LEE 6133                 8  23  0    47       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 CAPT KIRCHNER 6093            5   1  0    42       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 MOUSE NOYLE 6252              9  12  0    39       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 TORLYN UNA 6288               7   8  1    38       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-PHLEUM PRATENSE 6335          3   0  0    38       GROW (512)
 EAGLES LAIR 6310              2   2  0    36       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-N- FEAR 5398                  7   3  0    33       1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)
-N-DISPAIR 5394                6   0  1    30       1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)
 SVEN 4668                     5   7  0    26       RAGNAROK (282)
 EXODUS 6327                   4   1  0    26       THE OLD TESTAMENT (511)
 FLOYDIAN CRIT 6309            3   1  1    24       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
-ANCHOR STEAM 6248             3   1  1    24       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHERRY PITTER 6332            3   1  0    23       GROW (512)
 DUMB BLONDE 6377              3   0  0    23       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
 SULA 6378                     3   0  0    21       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 JUNIOR VASQUEZ 6313           3   1  0    20       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
 DREAM DATE FLOYD 6383         2   0  0    20       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
-OANIUN SETT 6331              1   2  0    20       GROW (512)
 QUACKING DUCK 6306            1   1  1    19       LUROCIANS ABC (508)
-N-FAITHLESS 5397              3   6  1    18       1ST NORTHERN ORCS (424)
 BRAUG 6361                    3   1  1    18       RAGNAROK (282)
-LT KAFKA 6075                 2   4  0    18       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 CLINT EASTWOOD 6376           3   0  0    17       WHEN EAGLES DARE (509)
-ELDAR BARRY 6334              1   1  0    17       GROW (512)
 WASTELAND WENDY 6355          4   1  1    16       SPECIAL ED (499)
-GREY MOUSER 6290              1   4  0    16       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 T.G.I. FLOYD'S 6379           1   1  0    13       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
 POOP IN A SOCK 6389           1   1  0    12       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 WARSTEINER 6300               2   2  0    11       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
 LT. OLSEN 6245                1   2  0    11       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
 GABBING GOOSE 6308            1   1  0    11       LUROCIANS ABC (508)
 SNOTMAN'S CAT 6356            2   3  0    10       SPECIAL ED (499)
 OMG-STFU 6390                 2   0  0     9       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 $6,000,000 FLOYD 6380         1   1  0     8       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
 JACOB NYGH 6357               1   4  0     7       LO' DOWN (456)
 GOUGED GRIMEYE 6401           1   0  0     6       MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
 DIRTY OLD MAN 6391            1   1  0     5       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 MIELLE RANTOR 6358            0   5  0     5       LO' DOWN (456)
 FANTASY FLOYD 6381            1   1  0     4       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
-LIL ACORN 6333                0   4  0     4       GROW (512)
 ARTISAN 6367                  0   3  0     3       FUND FAMILIES (513)
 WASATCH 6339                  0   2  0     2       FUND FAMILIES (513)
 FRANKENFLOYD 6382             0   2  0     2       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
 HOTOK 6398                    0   1  0     1       RAGNAROK (282)
 HOLY CRUD 6397                0   1  0     1       RAGNAROK (282)
 KAUFMANN 6368                 0   1  0     1       FUND FAMILIES (513)
 KURNOFF 6399                  0   1  0     1       LO' DOWN (456)
 CARLO DEAN 6402               0   1  0     1       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-ARTEMIS 6289                  0   1  0     1       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 WILD STRIKE 6400              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?
OSKSI NOBLE 628        0  1 0   1                   TORLYN UNA 6288       461 NONE    
ATHENA 6291            6  6 0 DEITIES & DEMIGOD 507 FOGGY DEW 6235        460         
JACOB INTERNET 6394    0  1 0 FUND FAMILIES 513     STONE GOLEM 651       461 NONE    
PAX 6395               0  1 0 FUND FAMILIES 513     WASTELAND WENDY 6355  461         
OAKMARK 6337           0  2 0 FUND FAMILIES 513     BRAUG 6361            460         
BEER GOGGLES 6323      0  1 0 JEKYLL'S BREW 486     MOUNTAIN TROLL 643    461 NONE    
ROLAND SALL 6275       2 17 0 MIDDLE WAY 484        QUACKING DUCK 6306    461         
BELLA CHEE 6324        2  5 1 MIDDLE WAY 484        FLOYDIAN CRIT 6309    460         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Odin and M.F. mouth-breathers -- I was passing through, checking out the Aljafir
newsletter, and I couldn't help but smell the poopstain that was your 'menacing' ad
to the League Arcane.  Quite a piece of work.  I'm impressed that you would bother to 
put so much effort into brow-beating a rival alliance when by the looks of you and
your hayseed rabble--all sporting decidedly sub-.500 winning percentages, very
impressive--you couldn't chew the paint off a wooden pencil.  Now I don't really even
know who is in the League Arcane, but I'd be pretty disappointed in them if they even
bothered to finish reading your pseudo-literate belchilization.  So, if it helps,
there are probably a few 'how-to' documents floating around that will make life
easier for you in the future...and I don't just mean 'how-to-manage-warriors'
manuals, you might want to investigate 'how-to-buckle-your-shoes', 'how-to-feed-
yourself', 'how-to-shower' and 'how-to-remove-stains-from-undergarments'.  I may have
to put a team in here just to prep a couple tourney guys so I can harvest skills from
your giant bipedal vegetables.  Ta-ta, bumpkins. -- Manray, Marquis d'Frothingslosh

Odin -- Let me spend a moment and respond to the "rules" that you posted last turn.
"Rule" #1 -- I cannot have myself (or my team) adjust to such strict specifications
while groveling.  In previous arenas my masters were no where near as exacting as you
apparently are, therefore, I and my warriors will forfeit the right to grovel before
you when you walk by.  Please only beat us to within 2 inches of our lives, as 1 inch
would remind us of something else having to do with you....
"Rule" #2 -- I expect nothing less from you or your group.  No quarter is asked, and
none shall be given.  BTW, I have no puppy, though some have accused Talon/Volksie of
being that to me, following me around waiting for scraps of managerial greatness to
fall off of me.  Word is, he's still waiting....
"Rule" #3 -- I expect nothing less from lesser managers who need to rely on cowardly
tactics to gain victory.  Luckily for you, I am a flexible manager who can adjust his
normally honorable ways to stoop to your level.  I've seen Beelzebub...if I did have
a dog I think it could rip off Beelzebub's arm (or whatever you call those
appendages) and beat him with it.
"Rule" #4 -- I personally don't care about ruling this (or any other) arena...only
you. -- Destitute Noble (mgr. of the still-waiting-to-get-in-the-win-column Fund
Families)

Pip -- I realize now that Oakmark was killed last turn because I had not written any
personals!!  You told me in January that bad things would happen when I did not,
which is a transgression I shall not allow to occur again! -- D. Noble

T/V -- That's 0-3 against you now in this arena.  Trust me, beating my warriors will
give you no satisfaction, only a lot of skills and a better win/loss record. -- D.
Noble

Ghost of Oakmark -- Heh.  You thought you had me, didn't you?  You were just
peppering away there in the second round weren't you?  You actually dreamed you were
going to win, didn't you?  Huh...huh, huh...ha...HA!  HA!  HA!  HA!  HAHAHAHA.... --
Braug

Pip -- What's the big idea of sending my chaps to the Dark Arena?  I knew it'd been a
while since the slaves washed them, but for those things to have been strong enough
to walk into the DA...geez!  Last time I drop something off at your Dry Cleaning
shop. -- Odin

Pip -- I think you might want to find the deepest, darkest hole you can find.  When
your buddies of League Arcane figure out what you've gotten them into here, they will
want a piece of your hide for their troubles.  Run, Troll-Boy, run! -- Odin, Mgr. of
Ragnarok

Jorja -- You dare compare the wretched rabbit to the sacred Chicken?  How dare you!!!
The chicken is a sacred animal that should be treated with respect and not soiled by
comparing it with a putrid rabbit.  Not only is the noble chicken a great dinner, it
makes an excellent party favor.  Bring in a batch, cut off their heads and watch them
go! -- Odin

Ghost of Oakmark -- ...HA!  HA!  HA!  HA!  HAHAHAHA.... -- Braug

Ghengis Khan -- If I were you, I'd go back to my blacksmith and demand a refund on my
armor.  'Cause yours sucked.  No, come to think of it, if I were you, I'd march my
butt right into the Dark Arena and repeatedly pound my ugly face into Shewish Giant's
Maul until my huge ass nose was sticking out the back of my head.  HA! -- Tarlon,
Disciple of The Midnight Foundation

Pheleum Pratense -- Thanks for taking it easy on me.  Odin told me to throw the fight
so I could get with in downchallenging range of the newbies.  Your chicken is in the
mail.  But next time we face off, be sure to bring some salt.  'Cause you're going to
be eating that Broadsword of yours. -- Sven

League Arcane -- As I said, "Welcome to Aljafir.  Property of The Midnight
Foundation."  You may be comforted to know that Oakmark's skull will serve as a flask
for ale, his skin a coat for a slave, and his bones ground to make our bread.
Remember, NO WHINING ABOUT HAVING YOUR POINTLESS LITTLE WARRIOR SACRIFICED TO THE
MIDNIGHT FOUNDATION!!!  BBBWWWAAAHAHAHA!!! -- Odin, Overlord of The Midnight
Foundation

Destitute Noble -- One other thing.  My spies tell me you have been practicing your
bowing and groveling.  That is good.  But also report that your forehead is 7 inches
above the ground as opposed to the required 6 inches as specified in the rules!  Fix
this error or suffer the consequences!  Geez!  It is so hard to get good subjects
these days! -- Odin

Ghost of Oakmark -- ...HA!...HA!  HA!  HA!  HA!  HAHAHAHA!  Ah.  I haven't had a
laugher like that in a while.  You know, it really does a black heart good to let
someone build themselves up only to bring them crashing down in a pool of their own
blood.  AHHHHH!!!!! -- Braug

Exodus -- I don't know why the arenamaster was disgusted.  I thought the fight took a
very good turn. -- Karo Lee
P.S.  Are you listed as neuter because you haven't cut your hair in your entire life,
and no one can TELL which you are?

Pan -- It's those damned pipes that did me in. -- Mouse Noyle the annoyed
P.S.  On account of one of my ancestors being from Hamlyn.

N-Faithless -- You sure are!  You aren't an Orc at ALL, and I think that's just WRONG
in a member of the 1st Northern Orcs.  Shame on you.  Get that fixed immediately! --
Torlyn Una

Capt Kirchner -- Oh, one of the soldier types.  I never get on with soldier types. --
Roland Sall the unregimented

Floydian Crit -- I hate it when things like that happen.  But at least you can carry
forth our style and prove its worth.  Onward! -- Ghost of Bella Chee

Sven -- I don't have to parry if I can attack. -- Mouse Noyle

Mouse -- Then you'd better learn to attack. -- Jorja

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

30 May 2003
Duelmasters Friends and Friendly Foes -- I am returning to the United States for the
summer.  Please direct any Snailmail to:
     Devon Hagy
     Open Skies Ministries
     Att: Hammer
     1515 E 7th St
     Okmulgee, OK 74447
     USA
Bro De is the founder and president of Open Skies Ministries [Prison Ministry] and a
newcomer to the world of Duelmasters. We minister together when I am in the area.
See you on the sands!
-- Daryl P Holloman aka Hammer
Flower Hammerz DM 28
Casino Hammerz DM 33
Fish Hammerz DM 54

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

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

Slaughterhouse Champion awaits!
     More info:  Master Darque, MasterDarqueDM@aol.com, or Jack Wolfspider,
russtulp@aol.com.  Or diplo Darque Forces (428) or Dynastic (433) in Arena 45.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JACOB INTERNET was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BEER GOGGLES was viciously butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute battle.
ARTISAN was overpowered by BRAUG in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud duel.
ABATIS was bested by TY BRINSON in a 5 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
TARLON was demolished by FOGGY DEW in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
PAN won victory over CAESAR in a exciting 1 minute master's Challenge fight.
JORRAM bested CARMELLA in a action packed 1 minute veteran's Challenge competition.
TOTTI vanquished TWO GLASS EYES in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
TE'LAS THE SPIRE vanquished KARO LEE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
WICKED PETE viciously subdued MOUSE NOYLE in a 1 minute gory Challenge fight.
SVEN beat DIRTY OLD MAN in a exciting 1 minute veteran vs. novice Challenge melee.
$6,000,000 FLOYD was subdued by SULA in a 4 minute amateur's Challenge competition.
FRANKENFLOYD was devastated by GABBING GOOSE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
T.G.I. FLOYD'S devastated MIELLE RANTOR in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
FANTASY FLOYD was viciously subdued by WARSTEINER in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
DREAM DATE FLOYD devastated JACOB NYGH in a 1 minute brutal uneven Challenge duel.
COL SALOMON bested KILLIN' STU in a popular 1 minute master's Title brawl.
INBRED FRED was savagely defeated by CALIGULA in a exciting 1 minute brutal match.
GHENGIS KHAN luckily beat M. CHARDINEE in a crowd pleasing 13 minute fight.
CAPT KIRCHNER bested EAGLES LAIR in a 1 minute contest.
TIBERIOUS overpowered FLOYDIAN CRIT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
TORLYN UNA murdered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven bout.
ROLAND SALL was viciously butchered by QUACKING DUCK in a 4 minute fray.
LT. OLSEN was defeated by EXODUS in a 3 minute fight.
JUNIOR VASQUEZ vanquished KAUFMANN in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WASATCH lost to OMG-STFU in a 1 minute novice's fight.
WASTELAND WENDY savagely slew PAX in a 3 minute gruesome novice's melee.
SNOTMAN'S CAT overcame CARLO DEAN in a 2 minute beginner's bout.
CLINT EASTWOOD beat HOTOK in a 2 minute beginner's competition.
DUMB BLONDE overpowered WILD STRIKE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
POOP IN A SOCK vanquished HOLY CRUD in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fray.
KURNOFF was defeated by GOUGED GRIMEYE in a exciting 1 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  14         WALL OF STEEL     35 -  22 -  1      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         LUNGING ATTACK    47 -  40 -  2      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         STRIKING ATTACK   42 -  43 -  0      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  22 -  3      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  16 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   42 -  59 -  1      42  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -  15 -  1      35  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  18 -  2      33  |

Turn 461 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  7         3  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  2     AIMED BLOW         2 -  5         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  5     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    COL SALOMON 5290           16  11  1  114 82ND ILLINOIS (421)
PARRY-STRIKE     FOGGY DEW 6235             16   7  1  103 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
LUNGING ATTACK   CALIGULA 6283              10   6  0   95 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
TOTAL PARRY      ABATIS 5940                19  10  0   93 MALICIOUS INTENT (372)
BASHING ATTACK   KILLIN' STU 4906           18  16  4   93 MINIONS OF MILO (318)
SLASHING ATTACK  INBRED FRED 6253           13   7  0   81 SPECIAL ED (499)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TY BRINSON 5777.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CALIGULA 6283.  The ten other most popular fighters were QUACKING DUCK 6306, 
EXODUS 6327, POOP IN A SOCK 6389, PAN 6292, JORRAM 6018, WASTELAND WENDY 6355, 
SNOTMAN'S CAT 6356, GOUGED GRIMEYE 6401, BEER GOGGLES 6323, and FOGGY DEW 6235.

The least popular fighter this week was GHENGIS KHAN 6205.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were KURNOFF 6399, WILD STRIKE 6400, CARLO DEAN 6402, PAX 6395, 
KAUFMANN 6368, FLOYDIAN CRIT 6309, INBRED FRED 6253, JACOB NYGH 6357, FANTASY FLOYD 
6381, and FRANKENFLOYD 6382.

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

TY BRINSON (17-5777) LO' DOWN (456)