Date   : 05/29/2003    Duedate: 06/11/2003


DM-19    TURN-458

This Weeks Top Honors



Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader

                               NATURE'S WRATH (395)
                               (19-4691) [2-1-0,23]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KANDY KANES                    KANDY KANES
CARNIVAL (101)                 CARNIVAL (101)
(19-4329) [11-7-0,63]          (19-4329) [11-7-0,63]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CARNIVAL (101)              33
2. NATURE'S WRATH (395)        12      ILL STRATEGY (354)
3. ACT OF MALICE (272)          9      Unchartered Team
4. ILL STRATEGY (354)           1
5. THE SIERRAS (393)            0      NATURE'S WRATH (395)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*NATURE'S WRATH (395)       6   3  0 66.7   1/ 1 CARNIVAL (101)            8  7 0
 2- 3*THE SIERRAS (393)         18  12  0 60.0   2- 2*THE SIERRAS (393)         6  3 0
 3- 4 GO TO THE DICKENS! (330) 169 132  6 56.1   3/ 4*NATURE'S WRATH (395)      6  3 0
 4/ 0 ILL STRATEGY (354)        11  10  1 52.4   4/ 3 ACT OF MALICE (272)       4  6 0
 5/ 5 CARNIVAL (101)           294 318 11 48.0   5- 6 ANARCHY (342)             3  3 0
 6- 6 ANARCHY (342)            136 158 21 46.3   6/ 5 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      2  4 0
 7/ 7 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      33  41  1 44.6   7- 8*SEINFELD (388)            1  1 0
 8- 8*THE LORDS (382)            3   4  0 42.9   8- 9 GO TO THE DICKENS! (330)  0  2 0
 9/ 9 ACT OF MALICE (272)      129 181 15 41.6   9/ 0 ILL STRATEGY (354)        0  1 0
10-10*SEINFELD (388)             3   5  0 37.5  10-10*THE LORDS (382)           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 #61 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Ibizond, Korga, and in between:

     Aghtamar and Zilla had argued with Fist of Kjarran, but not for long.  After
all, someone to play bait WAS needed, and he WAS a Lord Protector and therefore had
guaranteed resurrection....  The Murskan, Cadal, suggested that they all get a good
night's sleep here in Ibizond, look over the area where they wanted to set their trap
tomorrow by daylight, and then run the bait tomorrow night.  This seemed such a
sensible suggestion that Aghtamar hesitated to accept it; there was sure to be an
unpleasant catch in it somewhere.  But Zilla was for it, and even Fist, not one to
wallow in luxuries, agreed, so she shrugged and nodded.
     They stayed at the inn where they'd eaten, the Red Cow, and it seemed to
Aghtamar that the night was endless.  She dozed and woke and dozed and woke and it
was still dark.  Maybe the sun had forgotten to rise.  Maybe she was caught in some
magical time loop.  Maybe she was worrying too much.  Maybe she had insomnia.  She
rolled over and thumped her pillow and tried to go to sleep again.  Really asleep
this time.  But there were so many things that could go wrong....
     By the time morning came--reluctantly, with lots of clouds and a cold, damp
wind--Aghtamar was a rag.  Squinting at the imperfect mirror in the small bedroom,
she amended that to a depressed, grumpy rag.  Or hag.  The kind of rag or hag that no
right-thinking gladiator would want as a companion on an adventure.  She was going to
be as second-rate at adventuring as she had been in the arena.  She was just working
up a really good depression when Zilla pounded on the door.
     "Come on," Zilla urged, bouncing on her toes once the door was opened.  "The
guys are waiting."
     "Maybe it would be better if I didn't--"
     "They're WAITING for us, Aghtamar.  Come ON."  Zilla grabbed her arm and dragged
her out into the inn's tiny hallway.  "I kind of LIKE having a couple of men waiting
for us," she confided.  "Even though Cadal is OLD, he must be forty or even FIFTY,
he's a very HOT-looking old man...."
     At that, Aghtamar laughed.  "I didn't know you had a thing for older men,
     "Well, he's a Lord Protector, so he won't get any older than he IS, after all,
and I bet he knows lots of INTERESTING things."  She glanced sideways at her friend.
"I bet he knows some men he could introduce to you."
     "Uh...Zilla, I'm not really looking for--"
     "You should be.  It's great exercise!"
     "Jack told me to watch out for you," Zilla said.  "He likes you.  I like you.
Lots of people like you.  He was, we were all worried you might get depressed again.
You take things too seriously, Aghty."
     "What kind of nickname would YOU suggest I make out of Aghtamar?  Why you ever
let your folks--or Jack if it was him--saddle you with such a mouthful of a name...."
Zilla squinted at her thoughtfully.  "Maybe I'll call you 'Sunshine'.  Would that be
     By this time, they had arrived at the ground floor, where Fist of Kjarran and
Cadal were, indeed, waiting.  "I've got horses for us all," Cadal said the moment
they appeared, "and lunches packed.  Let's go, we're burning daylight here."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Basically, the part of the Traders' Road that ran between Ibizond and Korga was
just like the parts between Korgan and Malcorn and between Ibizond and Murska.
Unpaved, rutted, hilly, muddy in the low spots, with trees crowding close on both
sides most of the way.  Many of the steepest hills had been cut down to make the
grade easier, with the road passing through dirt-walled notches--great places for an
ambush, as Fist of Kjarran observed cheerfully.
     Cadal nodded, but he looked gloomy.  "Great places," he agreed, "but our killer
doesn't use 'em, mostly.  Out of the dozen we think are victims of the same killer,
only two were attacked at a road cut like this."  He looked up at the steep, muddy
banks with their shaggy topping of brush and sighed.  "One in six isn't significant.
That would be too easy.  Our killer doesn't seem to need ambuscades."
     "But we do," Zilla said.  "So, which ones do you favor, and how do you expect us
to get the killer to attack Fist where we're watching?"
     "There is no way," Aghtamar muttered.
     "Sure there is.  Fist sets out in a group--say four people--from Ibizond about
sunset.  As he approaches the spot we've picked as best for our purposes, the other
three turn back, leaving him to enter the target zone alone.  So far, the killer has
never attacked a group as big as four, and besides, we can probably get enough out-
of-work gladiators from Murska, gods know there are plenty of them, to do the escort.
But my figuring is that he won't be attacked till he's alone.  And if he gets beyond
the optimum area without an attack, he turns and comes back, and if he gets all the
way back through it without being attacked, we join him and call it a night and go
back to Ibizond."
     "I wouldn't like to go back to the inn and leave a job undone," Fist of Kjarran
     "But doing the job needs the cooperation of our killer, so we're not totally in
control of that," Zilla pointed out.  "This sounds like a decent bet.  Let's do it."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 466): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 464): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 460): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 460): BUBU of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 457): NUTT BRITTLE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 449): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 446): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 444): RYANATOR of OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 437): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 400): FLYING MARMOSET of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 203): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 198): RING D'BELL of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): DR. NO-NOOKIE of MASTER BLASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 325): NESSUS of ACT OF MALICE (Carnage, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 305): VLADIMIR TALTOS of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 466): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 464): ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 460): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 460): SILK AND STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 458): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 457): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 449): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 226): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 446): FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 444): PATH OF THE BLADE (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 437): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 400): THE FAMILY (Don John, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 203): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 198): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 325): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 305): FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): DRAKE'S TELEVISION (Drake, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 350): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 464): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 463): MIDNIGHT DANCER of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 460): BUBU of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
                           HU MI of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
                            10-11-8-15-17-14-9ST of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                (turn 457): LAWN DART GOALIE of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 457): NUTT BRITTLE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
              (turn 227): WIMPY WIND of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
                               VE of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 436): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 400): FLYING MARMOSET of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): INSOLENT IDIOT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               ESPRESSO of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, 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.)
                (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
                            LACONIC LEMON of GARDEN GUMBIES (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

MH -- I'm here to report that Zuwayza's own DM Nutt Brittle is off to the Isle.  Joy
reigns.  The Serras had a 3-1 turn and deserves to be watched in the future.  I have
here the DM himself.  May I congratulate you sir?

NB -- Thank you very much.  But, I'm most proud of this award I'm carrying.  It came
all the way from Lyratilan.  The W.A.K. award (Without A Kill).

M.H. -- You should be proud.  Anything else?

NB -- Interesting trivia.  I'm the first Carny to graduate without a single parry
skill.  I regret I can't reach Kung-Fu Master anymore.  Has a lot of potential.
Thank you very much. 

MH -- Everyone, Nutt has left the arena.

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon ZUWAYZA, for 
I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Practice pays for WOEDICA, who pummelled 
PERSISTENT BEGGAR, to pocket 15 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, 
AVALANCHE was winsome, after beating CERBERUS and seeing him lose 9 points.  M. 
CHARDINEE found out that ZUWAYZA isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be 
Duelmaster here!  Word has it one team in ZUWAYZA is taking speech lessons to try to 
bore their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Perhaps the warriors of CARNIVAL 
should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of good 
breeding scorns the "warriors" of ACT OF MALICE, so did that sorry team shy from 
CARNIVAL Is it charming personality?  Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  
Whatever it is, SHOEFLY PIE is the most challenged warrior.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Charity is unknown in 
ZUWAYZA, and rightly so.  CARNIVAL exacted their revenge against DRAGON JUNKIES.  Oh 
hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ZUWAYZA is the highlight of my life.  Keep those 
sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I 
now bid ZUWAYZA farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BARRAGE 3339                 18  14  2    96       ACT OF MALICE (272)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TMARACK 4651                  5   0  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
-STEERFORTH 4570              12   6  1    77       GO TO THE DICKENS! (330)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MYSTIC 4348                   6   7  2    65       ANARCHY (342)
-BLUE 4647                     5   3  0    65       THE SIERRAS (393)
 KANDY KANES 4329             11   7  0    63       CARNIVAL (101)
 LURE 4535                     9   8  0    63       CARNIVAL (101)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAWKINS 4649                  4   1  0    55       THE SIERRAS (393)
-THE BLUE NUN 4021             5   3  0    54       ILL STRATEGY (354)
-MADAME DEFARGE 4503           9  13  0    49       GO TO THE DICKENS! (330)
-CALLISTA 4575                 9   6  0    47       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-MALKIA 4571                  13   3  0    46       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 SIR AUSTIN RIPPER 4671        3   3  1    37       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
-COSMO 4498                    3   1  0    37       SEINFELD (388)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SAMUVAL 4598                  2   0  1    33       ANARCHY (342)
 SHOEFLY PIE 4704              2   0  0    28       CARNIVAL (101)
 PROFESSOR BOOTY 4024          5   6  0    25       ILL STRATEGY (354)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CYCLONE 4691                  2   1  0    23       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 AVALANCHE 4687                3   0  0    21       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
-DOUBLE-DEALING 4379           3   1  0    20       THE LORDS (382)
 WOEDICA 4706                  1   1  0    16       ACT OF MALICE (272)
-MAYLS 4612                    1   0  0    16       ANARCHY (342)
 GLAIVE 4695                   2   1  0    14       ACT OF MALICE (272)
 FIRE SPRITE 4690              1   2  0    13       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 CERBERUS 4611                 2   2  1    11       ACT OF MALICE (272)
-MURPHY 4703                   1   0  0    10       THE SIERRAS (393)
-JIMMY JAMES 4025              1   1  1     9       ILL STRATEGY (354)
-SIMPLE SIMON 4631             1   1  0     9       ANARCHY (342)
-SLOW BURN 4630                1   1  0     6       ANARCHY (342)
-VANILLA SCOOP 4380            0   3  0     3       THE LORDS (382)
 ONETRIK FONY 4694             0   3  0     3       CARNIVAL (101)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
KAT FISH 4328         10  5 0 CARNIVAL 101          SIR AUSTIN RIPPE 4671 455 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Glaive -- What's wrong with you?  You just lost your shot of ever getting a DM title
fight from me. -- One Trik

Kung-Fu Master -- You are worthy of another title match. -- Nutt Brittle

Tmarack -- You are good.  Too bad you can't be DM. -- Kandy Kanes

Blue -- No I don't think so.  Over ruled because of a cheap shot. -- Lure
P.S.  Sorry but rules are rules.

All -- A big hand for Shoefly. -- Pitch Man

All -- Free pie for everyone. -- Shoefly Pie

Arena -- We want Kandy!  We want Kandy! -- Fans

The Lords -- Welcome back!  Do well! -- Carny

Seinfield -- Stick around. -- Carny

King Love -- Odds on you were low. -- Klumsy

Teris -- You used the wrong hand!  The wrong hand! -- Big Bop

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

15 May 2003
Assurnasirbanipal invites all to use his computerized warrior management tool.  The
program is the most extensive management tool ever created.  It was meant to run on a
PALM OS PDA, but will run (emulated) on a PC or MAC.  You can get this program on the
web at: http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SIR AUSTIN RIPPER was devastated by LURE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
FIRE SPRITE was demolished by SHOEFLY PIE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
AVALANCHE luckily beat CERBERUS in a unpopular 14 minute bloody Challenge duel.
NUTT BRITTLE overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fight.
KANDY KANES devastated FRATSFA SLAVE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
PROFESSOR BOOTY was bested by CYCLONE in a 2 minute gory competition.
WOEDICA handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven melee.
ONETRIK FONY slimly lost to GLAIVE in a 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   4 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       22 -  13 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    43 -  33 -  0      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  20 -  2      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  21 -  2      42  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   8 -  1      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  25 -  0      24  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   4 -  0      20  |

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

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   KANDY KANES 4329           11   7  0   63 CARNIVAL (101)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KANDY KANES 4329.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was KANDY KANES 4329.  The ten other most popular fighters were CYCLONE 4691, 

The least popular fighter this week was AVALANCHE 4687.  The other ten least popular 
4694, SIR AUSTIN RIPPER 4671, GLAIVE 4695, WOEDICA 4706, LURE 4535, SHOEFLY PIE 4704, 
and CYCLONE 4691.

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