DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/10/2003    Duedate: 11/22/2003

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-471

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TWO GLASS EYES
SPECIAL ED (499)
(17-6272) [17-12-0,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TWO GLASS EYES                 BLACKEYE NED
SPECIAL ED (499)               BLOOD COAST (521)
(17-6272) [17-12-0,101]        (17-6447) [2-1-0,64]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FOGGY DEW                      SNOTMAN'S CAT
KINDRED OF KAOS (213)          SPECIAL ED (499)
(17-6235) [21-9-1,97]          (17-6356) [7-8-1,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MIDDLE WAY (484)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)    36
2. KINDRED OF KAOS (213)       34      DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
3. LET'S DUEL! (519)           31      Unchartered Team
4. FISH THANGS (505)           22
5. BLOOD COAST (521)            8       (169)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 9*BLOOD COAST (521)          2   1  0 66.7   1/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          8  7 0
 2/ 0*LET'S DUEL! (519)          2   1  0 66.7   2- 1*UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)      7  3 0
 3- 1 DELTA DOOM (492)          86  64  5 57.3   3/ 6 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)     6  2 0
 4- 2*DOUGH BOYS (518)           8   6  0 57.1   4/ 3 SPECIAL ED (499)          6  4 0
 5/ 3 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  27  22  1 55.1   5/10 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  4  2 0
 6/ 4 SPECIAL ED (499)         186 159  6 53.9   6- 4 DELTA DOOM (492)          3  1 1
 7- 5 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 152 130  5 53.9   7/ 8*FISH THANGS (505)         3  8 0
 8- 6*GROW (512)                10   9  1 52.6   8/ 0*LET'S DUEL! (519)         2  1 0
 9- 7 ARCTIC GUARDS (458)      148 136  4 52.1   9/12*BLOOD COAST (521)         2  1 0
10- 8*UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)      10  10  0 50.0  10- 5 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   2  3 0
11/10 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)    254 296 21 46.2  11/ 0 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       1  1 1
12/ 0 82ND ILLINOIS (421)       49  64  5 43.4  12- 9*GROW (512)                1  1 1
13-11 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   47  67  2 41.2  13-11*DOUGH BOYS (518)          1  3 0
14/12 MIDDLE WAY (484)         141 249  3 36.2  14- 7 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)  1  4 0
15/13*FISH THANGS (505)          6  14  0 30.0  15-13 ARCTIC GUARDS (458)       0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to
faint.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): LADY DEATHSTRIKE of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): SILVER BELLE of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): none
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): none
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Well howdy, boys.  Ash here, still holding the top spot.  If I didn't know any
better, I'd think you all except Two Glass Eyes were scared.  He was the only one to
fight in Challenger Champs.  Needless to say he got whooped.  Didn't even challenge
this turn, so bring it on.

                                          -- Ash

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Say good-bye to UNJUSTIFIABLES, as they are pushed from the coveted 
top team spot by the MIDDLE WAY stable.  For every winner there is a loser.  Speaking 
of losers, lets take a look at HEROESANDFOUNDONES, who went down to 7th from 14th.  
Life is tough.  Coming up with a solid 2-1-0 outing, DEITIES & DEMIGODS has advanced 
5 places in the rankings.  It looks like the guys(?) at KINDRED OF KAOS had a good 
week as they went 4-0-0 to put them in 3rd place.  I guess steroids help!  Don't 
these new hotshots make you sick (or, if they fought you, hurt)?  LET'S DUEL!, on 
their very first turn, went 2-1-0.  Hey everybody, watch out for TROUT TART, who flew 
up 20 points in the rankings after mashing TORLYN UNA like a melon.  Keep your eye on 
this beast.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was TORLYN UNA, who dropped 13 
points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with TROUT TART.  Try as hard as 
the DELTA DOOM stable might, they were unable to find their warrior (and 
ex-Duelmaster) ASH before this week's fights.  In front of all the crowds, TWO GLASS 
EYES took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give the bum two weeks.  Advice to 
bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad FISH  THANGS?  Big bad FISH 
THANGS.  Big bad FISH THANGS.  ALJAFIR's afraid of the big bad FISH THANGS.  Tra la 
la la la!  For those of you who like math, try this one:  FISH THANGS + Weapons That 
go Boom = DEITIES & DEMIGODS + Avoid City.  And who is this TORLYN UNA you ask, with 
48 points and a 11-14-1 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  In a touching display 
by a 'touched' warrior, SILKY SALMON went after TABETA UNIS, who was higher by 24 
points.  Well, when the dust settled, SILKY SALMON was defeated by TABETA UNIS.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Here's some advice:  warriors 
with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in ALJAFIR have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  Hasta la bye-bye.  (Loud choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown 
Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TWO GLASS EYES 6272          17  12  0   101       SPECIAL ED (499)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ASH 6145                     15   4  1   150       DELTA DOOM (492)
-GUNGNIR 5663                 14  15  0   101       ARCTIC GUARDS (458)
 FOGGY DEW 6235               21   9  1    97       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
-CAESAR 6258                  14  12  0    94       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-ADOBE 6033                   25   8  0    91       DELTA DOOM (492)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TIBERIOUS 6209               17  14  0    89       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-GHENGIS KHAN 6205            16  13  0    89       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-CREME A. SHUN 6152           12   8  1    81       DELTA DOOM (492)
 KARO LEE 6133                12  29  0    72       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-SIGIL CAMISADO 5703           9  17  0    72       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOUSE NOYLE 6252             14  17  0    66       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-QUIVRA NGEDO 5705            14  14  0    65       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 BLACKEYE NED 6447             2   1  0    64       BLOOD COAST (521)
-KARA 5769                     8  10  0    61       ARCTIC GUARDS (458)
 TROUT TART 6261               4   1  0    61       FISH THANGS (505)
 DIRTY OLD MAN 6391            6   3  0    58       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOTMAN'S CAT 6356            7   8  1    55       SPECIAL ED (499)
 IDUN 6396                     7   1  1    55       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 POOP IN A SOCK 6389           6   2  1    53       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 OMG-STFU 6390                 8   1  0    52       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 TORLYN UNA 6288              11  14  1    48       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 CAPT KIRCHNER 6093            6   2  0    45       82ND ILLINOIS (421)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OANIUN SETT 6331              3   2  1    33       GROW (512)
-ETIEN HAXAN 5772              7   8  0    31       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
-GNOCCHI 6412                  3   4  0    30       DOUGH BOYS (518)
 TABETA UNIS 6405              3   7  0    29       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-PHLEUM PRATENSE 6335          3   1  0    26       GROW (512)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHERRY PITTER 6332            3   1  0    23       GROW (512)
 LT. OLSEN 6245                2   3  1    21       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
-DO-GOODIN GARY 6528           2   2  0    20       UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)
 EXODIA! 6420                  1   0  0    20       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-THE ENTITY 6543               1   0  0    20       UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)
-BLACK-DOT DOTTIE 6526         3   1  0    18       UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)
-ARGUS AZAZEL 6314             2   1  0    18       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
-LT KAFKA 6075                 2   4  0    18       82ND ILLINOIS (421)
-CIABATTA 6409                 5   2  0    17       DOUGH BOYS (518)
-ELDAR BARRY 6334              1   1  0    17       GROW (512)
 DARON EL 6414                 3   6  0    16       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-GREY MOUSER 6290              1   4  0    16       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
-HYPERBOLIC HAL 6541           1   1  0    12       UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SEDENTARY SAL 6542            2   0  0    11       UNJUSTIFIABLES (533)
-RANNAROK 6063                 2   0  0    10       ARCTIC GUARDS (458)
 ANHUR 6544                    1   0  0    10       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 DARK MAGICIAN 6417            1   0  0    10       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-BLOWFISH 6262                 1   0  0     9       FISH THANGS (505)
 NINGAUBLE 7 EYES 6524         0   1  0     9       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 PIRANHA 6539                  1   2  0     6       FISH THANGS (505)
-PERICLES 6523                 1   3  0     6       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-FORCAS 6538                   1   0  0     6       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 SILKY SALMON 6537             0   4  0     4       FISH THANGS (505)
-LIL ACORN 6333                0   4  0     4       GROW (512)
-YGG 6062                      0   2  0     2       ARCTIC GUARDS (458)
-SPEAR MADIN 6091              0   1  0     1       ARCTIC GUARDS (458)
 LA JINN 6419                  0   1  0     1       LET'S DUEL! (519)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
NORTH FORK RABBLE 627  0  1 0   1                   LT. OLSEN 6245        471 NONE    
PAN 6292              12  8 0 DEITIES & DEMIGOD 507 ASH 6145              469         
FLOATING GOLDFIS 6545  0  1 0 FISH THANGS 505       DARK CHAMPION 649     471 NONE    
SPARTACUS 6413         2  4 0 HEROESANDFOUNDONE 475 OANIUN SETT 6331      469         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Creme A. Shun -- (sadly)  What a take-in.  I just love cream, and I had such
hopes.... -- Torlyn Una

Trout Tart -- Ha!  And I say again, Ha!  It was only because of my natural
superiority that you, a fish, a cold-blooded creature without hands or eyelids, was
able to learn six skills.  It isn't everyone who can teach a stupid fish six skills.
-- Mouse Noyle

Ciabatta -- A good try, but not good enough. -- Tabeta Unis
P.S.  I am unfamiliar with your namesake.  What is it?

Inbred Fred -- And with a nasty temper, too. -- Karo Lee

Hyperbolic Hal -- That was TOTALLY unjustified!  You...you UPSTART! -- Daron El

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FLOATING GOLDFISH was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BLACKEYE NED won victory over SNOTMAN'S CAT in a 3 minute Challenge battle.
TROUT TART demolished TORLYN UNA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
SILKY SALMON was bested by TABETA UNIS in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
PIRANHA was defeated by DARON EL in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
TWO GLASS EYES demolished MOUSE NOYLE in a 1 minute mismatched Title competition.
FOGGY DEW vanquished KARO LEE in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
OMG-STFU savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute master vs. novice brawl.
CAPT KIRCHNER lost to IDUN in a 2 minute duel.
DIRTY OLD MAN vanquished DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
POOP IN A SOCK vanquished CAPTURED ORC in a popular 1 minute brutal one-sided duel.
LT. OLSEN easily killed NORTH FORK RABBLE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
NINGAUBLE 7 EYES was demolished by DARK MAGICIAN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
EXODIA! handily defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
LA JINN was demolished by ANHUR in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         WALL OF STEEL     26 -  14 -  1      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW         9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK   45 -  35 -  3      56  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  19 -  2      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  14 -  1      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  17 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  33 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  14 -  0      39  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   8 -  0      33  |

Turn 471 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  TWO GLASS EYES 6272        17  12  0  101 SPECIAL ED (499)
PARRY-STRIKE     FOGGY DEW 6235             21   9  1   97 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    BLACKEYE NED 6447           2   1  0   64 BLOOD COAST (521)
AIMED BLOW       TROUT TART 6261             4   1  0   61 FISH THANGS (505)
LUNGING ATTACK   DIRTY OLD MAN 6391          6   3  0   58 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
TOTAL PARRY      IDUN 6396                   7   1  1   55 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
STRIKING ATTACK  POOP IN A SOCK 6389         6   2  1   53 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
WALL OF STEEL    OMG-STFU 6390               8   1  0   52 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FOGGY DEW 6235.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SNOTMAN'S CAT 6356.  The ten other most popular fighters were TABETA UNIS 6405, 
OMG-STFU 6390, CAPT KIRCHNER 6093, POOP IN A SOCK 6389, BLACKEYE NED 6447, TWO GLASS 
EYES 6272, DIRTY OLD MAN 6391, TROUT TART 6261, SILKY SALMON 6537, and DARON EL 6414.

The least popular fighter this week was LA JINN 6419.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NINGAUBLE 7 EYES 6524, KARO LEE 6133, MOUSE NOYLE 6252, TORLYN UNA 
6288, FLOATING GOLDFISH 6545, LT. OLSEN 6245, IDUN 6396, PIRANHA 6539, ANHUR 6544, 
and EXODIA! 6420.

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

ASH (17-6145) DELTA DOOM (492)
BECKY (17-5782) BLADES OF STEEL (470)

                       TOURNEY FREEZE CHANGE -- ADVANCE NOTICE

     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff