DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/05/2004    Duedate: 07/17/2004

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-488

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SIGIL CAMISADO
BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
(17-5703) [10-17-0,97]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SIGIL CAMISADO                 DREAM DATE FLOYD
BALANCE OF TERROR (472)        ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
(17-5703) [10-17-0,97]         (17-6383) [6-0-1,51]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MOUSE NOYLE                    DARK MAGICIAN
MIDDLE WAY (484)               LET'S DUEL! (519)
(17-6252) [20-28-0,88]         (17-6417) [8-2-0,83]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE HORDE (537)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BALANCE OF TERROR (472)     45
2. ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)      38      ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
3. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    35      Unchartered Team
4. LET'S DUEL! (519)           30
5. DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)    20      ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*DANCE OF DEATH (535)       8   2  2 80.0   1- 2*DANCE OF DEATH (535)      8  2 2
 2/ 2 ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)    35  15  4 70.0   2/ 1*THE HORDE (537)           6  9 0
 3/ 7*ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)    12   8  2 60.0   3/ 8 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)  5 10 0
 4/ 9*CLAN BATTLEAXE 2 (480)     3   2  0 60.0   4/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)          5 10 0
 5/ 3*THE HORDE (537)           11   9  0 55.0   5/ 5*ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)    4  1 1
 6/ 4 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 198 164  6 54.7   6/ 0 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   4  1 0
 7- 6 SPECIAL ED (499)         192 170  7 53.0   7/11 LET'S DUEL! (519)         4  6 1
 8/ 8 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  40  38  2 51.3   8/ 9 ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)    3  0 0
 9-10 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       89  97 10 47.8   9/10*CLAN BATTLEAXE 2 (480)    3  2 0
10-12 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)    268 306 21 46.7  10/ 7 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)  3  4 0
11/11 LET'S DUEL! (519)         20  23  1 46.5  11- 4 KINDRED OF KAOS (213)     2  0 0
12/ 0 BALANCE OF TERROR (472)   51  68  2 42.9  12- 6 JEKYLL'S BREW (486)       1  1 0
13/13 MIDDLE WAY (484)         175 300  3 36.8  13-13 SPECIAL ED (499)          0  4 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 #81 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The heavy bell-tone sounded again, and this time the wave-front came with a
light that was brighter than sunlight and sharper than needles.  Artemisia felt that
she was being raked over with a curry-comb.  It didn't feel bad, exactly, but if it
had been a little more forceful....  The tentacle holding her did not fare so well:
its flesh was ripped by the comb-teeth of sound and light.  A dark fluid that must
have been its blood splattered on the deck.
     The tilting deck.  There are just so many assaults of sound-light that any
wooden ship could take, and _The Golden Moon_ had taken them.
     Artemisia rolled free of the tentacle that had been pinning her down and looked
around, assessing options.  The tentacles seemed to be out of the fight, at least for
now.  The zombies, too--the bell's attack had shattered their flimsy bodies.  The
ship was coming apart around her.  But what about her crew?  The few men she could
see were dead.  They couldn't all have died but her, could they?  It certainly looked
like that was what had happened.  Maybe it was the Isle spells that had accompanied
her oath to the Greywand that had preserved her.
     Which didn't answer the immediate question:  What to do?  If she stayed with the
ship, no spell of physical toughness would preserve her from the possibility of being
crushed by a falling mast or the like.  And if she dived overboard...was the tentacle
thing killed or just injured?  But gladiators didn't make it to the Isle through
being indecisive.
     She sheathed her cutlass, gathered her limbs under her, and dived, cutting the
water cleanly and stroking away from the ship and toward the dark hump of Barikala
island.  They said that no one ever came back from Barikala these days, but she would
deal with that problem later.  She could feel turbulence in the water below her and
guessed that it might be more tentacles, and whatever it was they sprouted from.
Well, nothing she could do about it right this minute, but she vowed that if she
survived this, she would encourage the eating of giant octopus.  Or squid, as the
case might be.
     Her fingers grazed rock and something grasped her wrist.  She looked up, gasping
for breath and already twisting to reach her cutlass.
     There was a man kneeling on the rock and pulling her upwards.  An ordinary man.
The most beautiful sight she'd seen in hours.  She allowed him to help her onto the
rock, which she saw was part of the shoreline of the island.
     "I'm surprised you survived," the man said.  "And glad, of course, we see so few
new faces here!  My name's Eddystone, by the way--graduated from the arena here and
didn't get off-island fast enough."
     Artemisia gave up trying to wring water out of her hair and clothes.  "I'm a
Lady Protector myself," she admitted.  "What's going on here?  The zombies, the
tentacles, the bell...?"
     "Ah, well, it's a longish story," Eddystone muttered.  He squinted out across
the water.  "But I guess you're the only survivor on my section of the coast, so we
might as well head back to the Hall."
     "And you can tell me this long story on the way," Artemisia suggested firmly.
"Start with the short version, and we can go into detail later."
     "Yes, well...hmm.  I guess it began with the Invasion, or around the same time--
I don't know if they were connected.  But the Duke says that's when the Light-Keepers
started having trouble with--  Er, you HAVE heard of the TRUE Barikala Light, haven't
you?"
     Artemisia glanced inland toward the pillar of light that was visible over the
island every night and on cloudy days.  "Even if I hadn't heard of it then, I have
since."
     "Well, the Light-Keepers started having trouble with the, uh, controls on it, I
guess you'd say.  Most of us didn't know a thing about it then, of course, but we've
all--everyone on Barikala--become, uh, well-informed, I guess you could say, since
then.  The Light got loose.  At least to the extent you see now.  Don't even ask what
happened to the Keepers on duty when that happened!  The Light isn't, well, Evil or
anything like that, but when it's loose, it strains things.  The fabric of the
Multiverse and so on.  Like having a lot of little temporary Gates around the place.
Well, the Duke's no fool, you know.  There were procedures.  Close off the island to
local traffic.  The power of the Light can be tapped, and it was used to set up a
Barrier.  Things can get in, but not out.  Because all these little Gates were
leaking...monsters.  Like the one you fought, we've had several of that type.  They
come from a place called, uh, Miskatonia or something like that.  Not always inside
the Barrier, but since the monsters are all drawn to the power of the Light, they all
come in, sooner or later.  And we kill them as fast as we can."  Eddystone grimaced.
"It isn't easy!  We kill monsters, but there are always more coming, and OUR
population is dropping, because since the Barrier went up and people realized that no
one was LEAVING Barikala, we haven't gotten people to replace the ones that die."
     "Sounds like what you need to do is close the Gates," Artemisia said.
     "That's easy to SAY," Eddystone agreed, "and we do when we can, although we're
running out of magicians.  But for every Gate we close, it seems like two more open.
It's the Light that makes all these Gates POSSIBLE, so what we NEED to do is get the
Light back under control.  And that isn't something anyone seems to know how to do."
     "Then we'd better find out," Artemisia said.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 495): INSOMNIAC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 493): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 489): RUTHLESS of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): LUCKY 7 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 475): STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 473): LUCKY LADY HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 466): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): MARILYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 354): BROKEN TOE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 334): TAIL IN THE AIR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 148): RED HOT CHILE PAPA of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): WOUNDWORT of DARKMOON from RIZTAB (Bobby Bigfoot)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 495): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 493): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 489): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): LUST MUPPETS (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): THE HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 475): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 473): FOOD FIGHT (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 466): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 354): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 334): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 148): DEMONIC (?, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 493): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
                          STUPID SMILEY of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): DIXIE SCUM of LOONY TOONS (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
                   (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
                             PREDNIZONE of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                 (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I wouldn't REALLY call your life worthless, Idun.  But it would be worth more if
you'd taught me some skills.
     Let's see, what is the procedure here...?  Ah, right, boast of my prowess.
Okay.  I, Karo Lee, Duel-Too-Ess of Aljafir, am the hottest thing since sliced
pomegranates!  I am so terrible, er, terrifying in the arena that strong managers run
screaming for me to be sent to the Dark Arena!  Despite appearances to the contrary,
I am NOT all corn syrup and vanilla!  Etc.
     Thinking of boasts is harder than I'd expected.

                                        Karo Lee

P.S.  Oh, wait, how about this one?  I, Karo Lee, am so intelligent and so literate
that I can write personals without assistance!

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of ALJAFIR.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  He who laughs last 
didn't get the joke.  Speaking of laughing at jokes, observe KINDRED OF KAOS.  Last 
week they got 0-0-0 to drop by 7!  What's a move up by 5 you ask?  (alright, maybe 
you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to HEROESANDFOUNDONES.  Say what 
you will about blind luck and dirty fighting, but ALL THINGS FLOYD will tell you 
12-8-2 is nothing to laugh at...  Now I can't insult SIGIL CAMISADO, as he has 
gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on 
too thick) So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging 
dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of HEROESANDFOUNDONES should 
take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  Like a pup with its tail 
between its legs, LET'S DUEL! scurried away from HEROESANDFOUNDONES.  Oh, the shame!  
If challenges were horses, TABETA UNIS could open up a fast food joint!  IDUN 
challenged DARK MAGICIAN!  Who says DEITIES & DEMIGODS are just a bunch of wimps!  
IDUN of DEITIES & DEMIGODS kept hers wits as she defeated DARK MAGICIAN.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  The audience 
gave a nice round of rasberries to ANHUR of DEITIES & DEMIGODS, for expiring in such 
an ungraceful fashion.  6-8-0, indeed!  Ask not for whom the sword slashes; it 
slashes for thee.   
     All good things must come to an end.  More important duties call me.  Do not 
despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIGIL CAMISADO 5703          10  17  0    97       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KARO LEE 6133                18  40  0    94       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 IDUN 6396                    12   8  1    94       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 TOTTI 5991                   12   4  2    93       ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOUSE NOYLE 6252             20  28  0    88       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-DIRTY OLD MAN 6391            8   6  0    85       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 DARK MAGICIAN 6417            8   2  0    83       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-POOP IN A SOCK 6389          12   3  1    78       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)
 QUIVRA NGEDO 5705            15  14  0    73       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
-OMG-STFU 6390                12   3  0    67       KINDRED OF KAOS (213)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RED STRIPE 6066              12  15  0    60       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)
-WICKED PETE 6151              9   8  1    57       JEKYLL'S BREW (486)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DREAM DATE FLOYD 6383         6   0  1    51       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
 NAPOLEON 6578                 8   3  0    50       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 TABETA UNIS 6405              8  19  0    43       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 LA JINN 6419                  3   5  1    43       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 DARON EL 6414                 8  18  0    42       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 RENOWN 6600                   3   1  0    42       THE HORDE (537)
 VALTANA 5879                  3   0  0    36       CLAN BATTLEAXE 2 (480)
 ETIEN HAXAN 5772              8   8  0    35       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LONGSWORD LAMBADA 6553        2   0  0    29       DANCE OF DEATH (535)
 ARGUS AZAZEL 6314             3   1  0    28       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
 PURPLE HEART 6590             4   5  0    27       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 T.G.I. FLOYD'S 6379           3   3  0    24       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHORTSWORD SOFTSHOE 6555      2   0  1    22       DANCE OF DEATH (535)
 STONEBLADE 6599               2   2  0    21       THE HORDE (537)
 ACHILLES 6612                 2   1  0    20       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 GEARFRIED 6573                3   3  0    18       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 DIAMONDMACE 6601              3   1  0    18       THE HORDE (537)
-WAR HAMMER WALTZ 6554         2   0  1    18       DANCE OF DEATH (535)
 FLOYD BANDYLEGS 6613          1   0  1    16       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
-GREY MOUSER 6290              1   4  0    16       DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
 MCARTHUR 6611                 1   3  0    15       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 GRACEFUL CHARITY 6586         2   2  0    13       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 PIP THE TROLL 6597            2   4  0    10       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 WARLEADER 6603                2   2  0     8       THE HORDE (537)
-$6,000,000 FLOYD 6380         1   1  0     8       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
 VURZHAL UR 6618               1   1  0     6       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 OUTLANDER 6602                1   3  0     6       THE HORDE (537)
-BROADSWORD BALLET 6556        1   1  0     6       DANCE OF DEATH (535)
 FORCAS 6538                   1   1  0     4       BALANCE OF TERROR (472)
-LEATHER LAPDANCE 6552         1   1  0     4       DANCE OF DEATH (535)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FRANKENFLOYD 6382             0   2  0     2       ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 629  0  1 0   1                   FLOYD BANDYLEGS 6613  488 NONE    
COAR 5878              0  2 0 CLAN BATTLEAXE 2 480  WAR HAMMER WALTZ 6554 487         
ANHUR 6544             6  8 0 DEITIES & DEMIGOD 507 LA JINN 6419          488         
CHURCHILL 6598         1  1 0 HEROESANDFOUNDONE 475 DREAM DATE FLOYD 6383 484 NOT REVE
MAGIC MAN 6617         0  1 0 LET'S DUEL! 519       ARENAMASTER KARGH 648 488 NONE    
JUDGE'S SECRETAR 6615  0  1 0 SPECIAL ED 499        SHORTSWORD SOFTS 6555 486         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Totti -- So!  Anti-Mouse, are you?  We've got your name, you carnivore!  We'll be
watching you closely! -- Mouse Noyle

Purple Heart -- Hmm, "soak in cold water and hand-wash"? -- Daron El

Wicked Pete -- You sure are! -- Tabeta Unis

Pip The Troll -- How come I'm listed as a Shew?  So I'm nearly seven feet tall, I
have a Karnhorn type name!  I shouldn't be a stinking Shew! -- Vurzhal Ur
P.S.  Good fight.
P.P.S.  Well, *I* liked it.

     Perhaps you were adopted? -- Ed.

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission;
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name &
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MAGIC MAN was butchered by ARENAMASTER KARGHAL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
TOTTI viciously subdued MOUSE NOYLE in a exciting 1 minute expert's Challenge battle.
IDUN won victory over DARK MAGICIAN in a crowd pleasing 5 minute Challenge brawl.
DREAM DATE FLOYD overpowered DARON EL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NAPOLEON devastated TABETA UNIS in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
PURPLE HEART was bested by VALTANA in a 2 minute Challenge match.
T.G.I. FLOYD'S devastated PIP THE TROLL in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
MCARTHUR vanquished OUTLANDER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
KARO LEE was vanquished by SIGIL CAMISADO in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
QUIVRA NGEDO vanquished RENOWN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ANHUR was executed by LA JINN in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
ETIEN HAXAN defeated STONEBLADE in a 1 minute veteran vs. amateur match.
GEARFRIED was overcome by DIAMONDMACE in a 6 minute contest.
FORCAS was savagely defeated by GRACEFUL CHARITY in a 2 minute gory amateur's match.
ARGUS AZAZEL handily defeated VURZHAL UR in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
WARLEADER was vanquished by ACHILLES in a 1 minute gruesome mismatched bout.
FLOYD BANDYLEGS easily killed PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -   5 -  1      72  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  11 -  1      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -  18 -  2      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK   28 -  32 -  0      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       13 -  16 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  12 -  0      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   9 -  0      31  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         2 -   7 -  0      22  |

Turn 488 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         1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  3         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  5         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      IDUN 6396                  12   8  1   94 DEITIES & DEMIGODS (507)
BASHING ATTACK   TOTTI 5991                 12   4  2   93 ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
SLASHING ATTACK  DARK MAGICIAN 6417          8   2  0   83 LET'S DUEL! (519)
LUNGING ATTACK   DREAM DATE FLOYD 6383       6   0  1   51 ALL THINGS FLOYD (517)
PARRY-STRIKE     NAPOLEON 6578               8   3  0   50 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MOUSE NOYLE 6252.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DARK MAGICIAN 6417.  The ten other most popular fighters were IDUN 6396, 
VALTANA 5879, T.G.I. FLOYD'S 6379, GRACEFUL CHARITY 6586, TOTTI 5991, NAPOLEON 6578, 
PURPLE HEART 6590, GEARFRIED 6573, MCARTHUR 6611, and SIGIL CAMISADO 5703.

The least popular fighter this week was DIAMONDMACE 6601.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were WARLEADER 6603, VURZHAL UR 6618, ANHUR 6544, RENOWN 6600, KARO 
LEE 6133, OUTLANDER 6602, PIP THE TROLL 6597, TABETA UNIS 6405, DARON EL 6414, and 
FORCAS 6538.