DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/03/2004    Duedate: 03/16/2004

SUNSET ARENA

DM-21    TURN-477

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KITTY CHOWDER
CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
(21-5466) [20-11-1,123]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KITTY CHOWDER                  I SEE SOUNDS
CARNAGE CANARIES (147)         COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
(21-5466) [20-11-1,123]        (21-5704) [6-0-0,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MAINE COON CAT                 C. CANARY
MEOW MIX (466)                 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
(21-5358) [11-11-0,64]         (21-5766) [6-6-0,39]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CARNAGE CANARIES (147)      39
2. YAKUZA (475)                27      MEOW MIX (466)
3. THAT 70'S TEAM (476)        26      Unchartered Team
4. BLACKEST PRIDE (71)         22
5. MEOW MIX (466)              20      COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 MEOW MIX (466)            65  38  1 63.1   1/ 1*COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)    9  6 0
 2/ 1*COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)    17  11  0 60.7   2/ 4 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)    9  6 0
 3- 3 PUDDLE OF BLOOD (500)      6   4  0 60.0   3/ 5 GRIM FANDANGO (454)       9  6 0
 4/ 5 YAKUZA (475)              79  63  2 55.6   4/ 2 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     9  6 0
 5/ 4 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     42  35  4 54.5   5/ 6 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)       7  3 0
 6/ 6 SONS OF SATAN (20)       254 216 33 54.0   6/ 8 IRONIC TAILS (484)        7  8 1
 7- 7 NASTY MOB (456)           62  53  3 53.9   7/ 9 YAKUZA (475)              6  9 0
 8- 8 I MAGI (133)             315 277 20 53.2   8/10 THE BLOODBANES (474)      5  1 0
 9/ 9 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)    90  82  9 52.3   9/ 3 SONS OF SATAN (20)        5 10 1
10/10 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)      333 304 33 52.3  10/12 SWORD OPERA (323)         5 10 0
11-11 STORM WARNING (472)       80  74  4 51.9  11/13 MEOW MIX (466)            4  0 0
12/13 THE BLOODBANES (474)      54  52  1 50.9  12- 7 NASTY MOB (456)           4  2 0
13/12 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      146 145  4 50.2  13/11 RAGE (501)                4  6 0
14-14*FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)      1   1  0 50.0  14-14 STORM WARNING (472)       3  3 0
15-15 TRANSGRESSORS (492)       98 100  5 49.5  15-15 I MAGI (133)              2  1 0
16-16 FEVER PITCH (253)        133 136  4 49.4  16/16 THAT 70'S TEAM (476)      2  2 0
17/17 RAGE (501)                39  42  2 48.1  17-17*AIR ATTACK (502)          2  2 0
18-20*AIR ATTACK (502)           8  10  1 44.4  18-19*FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)     1  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 IRONIC TAILS (484)        46  58  5 44.2  19-20 FEVER PITCH (253)         1  1 0
20/21 SWORD OPERA (323)        389 560 15 41.0  20/22 KANO CLAN (106)           1  5 0
21/22 KANO CLAN (106)          132 196  7 40.2  21-18 TRANSGRESSORS (492)       0  6 0
22/23 THAT 70'S TEAM (476)      26  41  1 38.8  22-23 DIRTY SOUTH (465)         0  2 0
23-24 DIRTY SOUTH (465)         14  27  3 34.1  23-24 PUDDLE OF BLOOD (500)     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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt:

     If anyone was aware of a difference in the air of the city, or in the texture of
life and death in the arena, they did not mention it.  Of course, with a stranger
holding a wizard's staff and guarded by...some kind of monsters sitting in the
arenamaster's box, who was going to mention things, even if they DID notice?
     And who, dying messily in the Dark Arena, would mention strange lights and
unexplained whistling noises?  If Arenamaster Kai saw fit to lay down pentagrams and
other designs of colored sand on the arena floor before each fight...well, he WAS the
arenamaster.  No doubt he knew what he was doing.
     It was known that a few managers intended to protest that they had not ordered
the actual, literal death of their warriors, but only formal dismissal from the
gladiatorial system.  But when they came back from the arenamaster's office, they
looked pale and shaken, and they had nothing to tell anyone about the situation.  And
one or two of them didn't come back at all.
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There IS something going on," Penok muttered to Jessie June as they waited in
the ready area for their fight to be called.  "Something bad.  I can feel it in my
bones.  I don't care what the Rau says."  She jerked her head sideways slightly,
indicating Tijiss Rau, the arena steward waiting in the archway just ahead of them.
     "You know Rau," Jessie June muttered back.  "'All for the best in the best of
all possible worlds', that's Rau.  He wouldn't know 'something bad' if he ate it for
dinner and got sick right after."  She eyed the crystals set into the wall of the
arena.  About a third of them were black, the rest were blood red.  They reminded her
of the eyes of spiders.  "If those are purely ornamental, I'll eat 'em."
     "Magic," Cane Toad said flatly, coming up behind the two women.  "Blood magic.
You can smell it in the air.  At least, I can.  There's a lot of it down south where
I come from, and I'd know that smell anywhere."
     "I thought all magic was screwed up because of the Chaos and the Arcanum and
all!" Penok protested.
     The poisonous Toad shook his head firmly.  "Not blood magic.  You spill enough
blood, nothing else matters."
     "And there's always a lot of blood spilled in the arena," Jessie June whispered,
horrified at the possibilities.
     "And the arena's been bloodier since those crystals went up," Cane Toad said.
"There's something bad going down here."

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene went overland from Andoria to the Delarquan Federation.  It might
have been faster to sail--if she could have found a ship going where she needed to
go, or hired one.  But she found herself distrusting the Trier.  The mage Khaldren
had come out of the Trier, after all.  He might have some power over it.  And he was
bound to notice that she and Raoul hadn't come back from the errand he'd commanded.
But these were all logical reasons that she had arrived at to explain her decision to
herself.  In fact, she simply hadn't trusted the Trier at an instinctive level.  She
made her way on foot along the coast to Gelafan, then hired horses as needed for a
fast ride south.  Well...fast!  She might have laughed if she hadn't been so worried.
Six days to Valamantis.  What horrors might the mad wizard have accomplished in six
days?
     Her plan was to take a riverboat up the Feyranse past Mordant to Sibikhas, and
then go by horse again to Delarq Tor.
     But there were towers behind Valamantis, where no towers had been for hundreds
of years.  They had none of the dream-like unreality of the vision towers that
Khaldren had raised over Zorpunt, and that was alarming.  Valamantis was much older
than Zorpunt.  There had once BEEN towers--it was called Old Valamantis now, and it
was in ruins except for the arena where the Bloodgames were held.  On that thought,
Hallie froze briefly, horrified by the realization that there had been Bloodgames
recently, lakes of blood spilled on that ancient soil.  What might Khaldren have
conjured out of that?  She didn't think she wanted to know.

Aruak City:

     The return of a wizard from drowned Krael was news that should reach Andor as
quickly as possible.  It took Raoul two days to reach Aruak City from Zorpunt, longer
than he would have liked, but faster than he had feared.  The Aruaki countryside had
suffered badly during the civil war and from the Chaos contamination just before
that.  People were getting it back into shape now, but there were no horses to be
rented or bought.  Or stolen, come to that.  Walking was faster than riding a plow
horse would've been, even if he could've gotten hold of one of the plowhorses.
     But he was damned glad to see the towers (most of the towers, some were nothing
but stumps) of Aruak city ahead.  He compared their slightly battered appearance with
the towers of Khaldren's Zorpunt and found this much better.  This was REAL.  Maybe
not perfect, maybe not as beautiful as a dream, but real.  He'd take this over the
perfect illusion any day.
     His first goal in the city was the Bulldog Inn.  He needed news, he needed to
contact his manager, and he wanted to alert Adie, the manager of the Tuft Tuggers, to
the danger.  Adie was a magician of some kind--he'd never bothered with the details--
and she could be an important part of the opposition to the Kraelian.  EARLY
opposition, too, before the man got entrenched in Zorpunt.  That might make a
difference.
     The Inn was jammed.  Odd, that.  Aruak City had always had a vigorous dueling
community, but...this many gladiators?  He could barely SEE across the common room,
much less move quickly.  But there was a table of managers in an alcove at the back.
He'd find news there, if he could reach it.
     The Lord Protector took a last look at the crowd, shook his head, and plunged in
under the elbow of a Shew.  The man was too tall for most managers, but there were
always one or two who would give a large gladiator a chance.  From the looks of the
scars, this man had been at it a while, but he was nobody Raoul recognized.  Well,
he'd been away for a long time.  Quite a long time, actually.
     "Raoul!"
     He paused and looked toward the woman whose hand was on his sleeve.  Hair like a
sunrise and wide violet eyes.  "Lady Adeolar!  You're one of the people I wanted to
find.  There--"
     "Not here in the middle of the floor, Raoul."  She drew him to one side and
through an inconspicuous door.  "Jhordeal will be glad to know you are well, but
that's not what you came for, is it?"
     "Glad to know I'm...?"  When had he been in Aruak City last?  Mantor, it was
years ago!  Before the civil war, and he had died....  He took off his hat, looked at
the rounded, dusty crown, ran a hand over his head, and put the hat back on.  No time
to go into that now.  "No, doll, that's not why I came this way.  There's magical
trouble.  Serious magical trouble, I think."
     "You came from Zorpunt?"  She twisted a lock of hair between nervous fingers.
"I have felt something happening there--something dark--"
     He nodded briefly.  "I saw it start, and it's going to be damned dark," he
muttered.  Quickly, he sketched in what he and Hallie had learned of the wizard
Khaldren and his intentions.  "I don't know how he's doing that much magic," he
finished, "because everyone says the Arcanum is in decline and spells aren't working,
but--"
     "He's using blood magic."  The woman's beautiful face hardened.  "It is the
oldest magic and the most primitive.  Almost always used for darkness and
destruction," she muttered, frowning, "even though it doesn't have to be....  It's
the least dependent on the Arcanum, unfortunately, the easiest to pervert, and the
hardest to control once it gets started."  She frowned, twisting the lock of hair
harder.  "In the hands of a powerful wizard with no scruples...."
     "That's what me and Hallie figured," Raoul said, nodding.  "I'm headed for
Andor--the king has to be warned.  And Hallie's taking the warning to Delarq Tor."
     "Yes, of course.  Definitely the right thing to do.  But you need to see your
manager before you leave town, Raoul.  He's been worried about you."  She patted his
arm absently, still frowning.  "I will gather as much information about this wizard
and his spells as I can....  I wish Shania were here, she is so good at that.  Well,
I must work with what I have."  She patted his arm one last time and opened the door
to the inn's main room.  "Off with you, and tell the other managers that...tell them
I have things to do, and I'll add to your news later."

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

                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 490): FACELESS of THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 376): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 495): WHIP SCORPION of SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 491): MARCH MADNESS of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 494): MEDUSA of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): DIGGER WASP of FLAGG'S CHAMPIONS (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 486): BLING BLING of TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): WONDER BRA of THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 476): GLIMMOR of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 441): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 192): TAMMY FAYE of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): STERLING of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 376): ORANGE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): DUFF of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 326): AKLAR of MITHRAL HALO (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): 2 PHAT TOO of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 369): LARGE SPINNY GUY of DIABLO TOO from TI (The Muffin Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 490): THE BLACK COMPANY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 376): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 495): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 491): DIFFERENT HATS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 494): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): THE BEARS II (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 486): THOROUGHBREDS (DRF, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 476): COSMIC FREAK OUT (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 441): ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 192): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 376): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 178): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 166): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 326): THE DEN OF SWORDS (TMoney, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 143): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 369): DARK PANTHEON, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 490): DERBIE FOYLE of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 493): DELAPP of NIGHT TRAIN (BPR, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 491): ADAM of MORGAN'S BOYS (A-Sop, mgr.)
               (turn 490): RED NO. 40 of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 485): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 478): WONDER BRA of THE GUARDIANS II (Guardian, mgr.)
                            BOOTER of BURN N' PILLAGE (Jolly, mgr.)
                (turn 477): RAZOR HAWK of BEAST MASTERS (The Druid, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 475): JADE of I MAGI (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 450): TARGEN of IRON TIGERS (Jinx, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 191): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 428): STERLING of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
               (turn 427): PROBLEMATIC of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 375): TSOMEGH of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 142): MISSY MAYHAM of ANGELS OF CHAOS (Lord Chaos, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Salutations from the top, people!!  It feels good to be here, hopefully I can
hang on to it a turn or two until I can get my invite.  I've at least got a couple
teammates (or warriors also managed by Stik, anyway) to run interference for me to
help with that goal.
     Taisho, well fought, my friend.  Any time two decent wastes face off it's a
great duel for the crowd, and usually he who swings last also laughs last, and that
was me this time!  I don't doubt you'll be wanting another shot, but this turn I've
got other fish to fry if I can.
     Looks like a couple of the MOTS contestants are climbing the ladder, maybe it's
time to see what they've got if they're poking their heads into the challenger
champs.
     That's it for now, gotta go!  The Broken Bone's holding a wet chainmail T-shirt
contest tonight, and as reigning Duelmaster I've been asked to judge.  Oh, the
responsibilities one has to take on as The King, I tell you.  Personally I think
Sonja B's gonna win it.  We shall see!  Until next time, I am,

Glimmor
Duelmaster of Sunset

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Those betting on SONS OF SATAN lost their 
shirt, as SONS OF SATAN lost their fighting abilities:  0-5-0.  BLACKEST PRIDE posted 
a nice gain, to come in 5th.  Everybody loves a winner...  Practice pays for BELL 
BOTTOMS, who pummelled TAISHO, to pocket 26 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking 
of which, KAMI was winsome, after beating GERYON and seeing him lose 14 points.  The 
arena was more crowded than usual this time, as KITTY CHOWDER faced SUNSET's 
Duelmaster.  In SUNSET, nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a 
new Duelmaster, KITTY CHOWDER.  Word has it one team in SUNSET is taking speech 
lessons to try to bore their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     So much to report, so little time!  To quell some nasty rumors, the guys in 
NASTY MOB are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need to avoid 'em.  Like a pup 
with its tail between its legs, CARNAGE CANARIES scurried away from NASTY MOB.  Oh, 
the shame!  If challenges were horses, SYLVESTER F. could open up a fast food joint!  
MR. TWISTER challenged SYLVESTER F.!  Who says IRONIC TAILS are just a bunch of 
wimps!  MR. TWISTER of IRONIC TAILS kept his wits as he was bested by SYLVESTER F..  
Mismatched by 13 points, HI-JINX was beat by MAINE COON CAT.  Is this really worth 
noting?  I thought MAINE COON CAT showed great skill and promise when she won victory 
over HI-JINX.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Never one to advocate 
diplomacy and restraint, I was pleased to see YAKUZA retaliate against IRONIC TAILS 
in bloodfeud!  Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after 
you have fallen into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in SUNSET is the highlight of my life.  As the seasons 
change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave 
this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid SUNSET 
farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KITTY CHOWDER 5466           20  11  1   123       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYLVESTER F. 5620             7   3  1   109       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 SONJA BLOODBANE 5474         20   8  0   107       THE BLOODBANES (474)
-THE BUTCHER 5374             15   5  0   103       NASTY MOB (456)
 SYRANO BLOODBANE 5720        12   4  0   100       THE BLOODBANES (474)
 GLIMMOR 5503                 19   9  0    97       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 BELL BOTTOMS 5493            14  14  0    94       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
 KAMI 5521                    20   7  0    92       YAKUZA (475)
 RAZOR MELODY 5577            11  10  2    92       IRONIC TAILS (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GALE FORCE 5418              15  14  0    90       STORM WARNING (472)
-HURRICANE 5404               13  18  1    88       STORM WARNING (472)
-FANCY FEAST 5306             12   3  0    86       MEOW MIX (466)
 I ATE A PUTY TAT 1512        17  17  0    84       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
 ROGAN 5755                   12   8  1    84       RAGE (501)
 TAISHO 5485                  22   8  1    83       YAKUZA (475)
 RUDI JAMOS 5428              18  16  0    79       SWORD OPERA (323)
-BAUMGARTEN 4670              11  12  1    77       I MAGI (133)
 MR. TWISTER 5716             10   6  0    77       IRONIC TAILS (484)
 PERSIANA JONES 5682           9   5  0    76       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-WILD THING 5649              17  23  1    75       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
 EMNITY 5748                  11   3  0    75       RAGE (501)
 GERYON 1710                  10   9  1    74       SONS OF SATAN (20)
 SKA-BOOM 5743                 6   7  2    69       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-UGLY FOG 5414                15  16  0    66       STORM WARNING (472)
-GINA TAILIA 4817              7   4  0    66       FEVER PITCH (253)
 I SEE SOUNDS 5704             6   0  0    66       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 MAINE COON CAT 5358          11  11  0    64       MEOW MIX (466)
 RUDE BUDDHA 5765              8   3  0    62       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 LUGO BELOSKI 5566            12  10  2    57       SWORD OPERA (323)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONALD REAGAN 1588           10  11  0    55       SONS OF SATAN (20)
-SIMON BLOODBANE 5490          9   9  1    53       THE BLOODBANES (474)
 SKULL STROKER 5590            8   5  0    52       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 INERTIA 5761                  5   2  0    52       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 DRANE 5833                    5   0  0    48       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-COMPACTOR 5647                9  13  2    47       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
 LIQUID GOLIATH 5800           7   2  0    45       IRONIC TAILS (484)
-TVEDEN 4961                   6   4  0    45       I MAGI (133)
 SENSEI JAN 5619              11   7  0    44       YAKUZA (475)
 POISON BEAK 5827              3   3  0    43       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
 C. CANARY 5766                6   6  0    39       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
-PERFERATOR 5741               4   5  0    39       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
 MIRANDA GRACE 5552            7  16  1    38       SWORD OPERA (323)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MINOS 5805                    4   3  1    37       SONS OF SATAN (20)
 ASYLUM 5786                   4   1  0    37       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 HI-JINX 5778                  5   4  0    35       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 MORRIS 5835                   2   1  0    35       MEOW MIX (466)
 WRATHCHILD 5747               5   8  1    34       RAGE (501)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 METARU YONA 5350              6   7  0    33       KANO CLAN (106)
 CAT KABOB 5802                4   4  1    32       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
-YOUNG BLOOD 5723              6   4  0    30       PUDDLE OF BLOOD (500)
-EXECUTIONER 5734              4   4  0    30       NASTY MOB (456)
-BEORN 5044                    3   5  0    30       I MAGI (133)
-ROADKILL 5373                 6   4  0    28       DIRTY SOUTH (465)
 TIEN 5808                     5   3  0    28       YAKUZA (475)
 HORNS 5770                    3   3  0    26       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
-LIBERATOR 5775                1   3  1    26       AIR ATTACK (502)
-MOMORO WA 5514                8   1  0    25       KANO CLAN (106)
 ACE 5732                      5  10  0    25       SWORD OPERA (323)
-B. BREAKER 5811               3   1  0    25       NASTY MOB (456)
 DAMION 5831                   3   2  0    25       SONS OF SATAN (20)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MUSHIKU BO 5713               5   3  0    23       KANO CLAN (106)
 MINAMI KAZE 5164              4  11  0    23       KANO CLAN (106)
-PORK RIND 5480                4   1  0    23       FEVER PITCH (253)
 TALPER 5784                   3   8  0    23       SWORD OPERA (323)
 THE HIPPY 5701                2   2  0    23       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
-CORSAIR 5773                  2   2  0    23       AIR ATTACK (502)
-MATSUDA KAO 5712              5   0  0    21       KANO CLAN (106)
-SOLOMON BLOODBANE 5475        4   8  0    20       THE BLOODBANES (474)
 TOAD LICKER 5830              4   1  0    20       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 AGENT 99 5840                 2   1  0    19       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-SLAUGHTER PRST 5781           4   4  0    18       STORM WARNING (472)
 RED EYE LOVE 5832             2   3  1    15       IRONIC TAILS (484)
-MOON BEAM 5745                2   5  0    13       RAGE (501)
 BAD ACID 5700                 3   3  0    12       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 SKYDANCER 5834                2   3  0    12       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-WRECKER 5759                  1   8  0    11       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
-SUPER FRIENDS 5757            1   0  0    11       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
 BOOMERANG 5854                1   0  0    11       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-TIGER'S TAIL 5638             1   0  0    11       MEOW MIX (466)
 TRIPPY HIPPY 5829             2   3  0     9       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
-ONE TOO MANY 5393             1   1  0     8       FIZBANS FOLLIES (471)
-MOSQUITO 5843                 1   0  0     6       AIR ATTACK (502)
 GRAVE DIGGER 5855             1   0  0     5       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-BULLY 5822                    1   1  0     4       NASTY MOB (456)
-AVENGER 5774                  0   4  0     4       AIR ATTACK (502)
 SIMON COWELL 5850             0   2  0     2       SONS OF SATAN (20)
-WATERGATE 5836                0   1  0     1       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
-SUPER HOST 5758               0   1  0     1       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
-THUNDER BOLT 5826             0   1  0     1       AIR ATTACK (502)
 BIG BEER HUG 5856             0   1  0     1       IRONIC TAILS (484)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MOONSHINE 5386         3  4 2 DIRTY SOUTH 465       MINOS 5805            475         
STORMCHILD 5746        5  5 0 RAGE 501              LUGO BELOSKI 5566     474 JUST REV
UGLY 5857              0  1 0 YAKUZA 475            SHEWISH GIANT 408     477 NONE    
SHURIKEN 5842          0  2 0 YAKUZA 475            RED EYE LOVE 5832     476 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stik -- You had to go and open your mouth!  1-4-0!  It is very very hard to get rid
of that much rust.  At least everyone learned well. -- Damion

Kami -- Dang, couldn't close you out.  But I learned something.  Maybe I'll try
again.... -- Ronald

Ironic Tails -- Just doing my job! -- Damion, Sons of Satan

Cat Kabob -- Pick on somebody else?  If you can't pay the piper, little man, then
don't go killing my teammates (or my manager). -- Glimmor

Rudi -- I was hoping for more skills, man! -- Syrano Bloodbane, gearing up for the
spring tourney

Talper -- You came through for me!  Many thanks! -- Skydancer

Poison Beak -- Try me again when you can force me to break a sweat. -- Drane

Wild Thing -- For such a "wild thing," you're remarkably...(yawn)...tame. -- Sonja
Bloodbane

Puddle of Blood -- Good to see you back! -- Stik, GF and TB

     Stik -- Is it possible for you to set your e-mailer to send "text only" when you
     send in your ads and such?  If you can, that'd be perfectly splendid! -- Ed.
     P.S.  HAL doesn't speak HTML, so I get all the fun angle brackets and tags.

Ugly Fog -- I'm curious, what qualities do you posses that convince your manager that
you are worth keeping around?-- Inertia

Stik -- Don't concern yourself with my absence.  For all intents and purposes I have
eliminated myself from this contest already, despite being in the pole position.  At
16 FE I have far surpassed any warrior I've ever ran in learned skills and should be
around 130ish skills (and maxxed in DEC) for the Summer f2f adepts tournament.  With
only 4 FE left, I'll probably be inactive from late April until late July so....
Unless I can manage to kill Twister before he grads! :)  All will probably be for
naught considering my track record with my style in adept tournaments.... --
Sylvester "I wish I was a slasher" Frothingslosh

Persianna -- That what Michigan fans get! ;) -- Sylvester F.

I Ate a Puty Tat -- Congratulations on a very fun fight.  I appreciate the
opportunity to experiment with you.  I don't know if I can allow you to stand on the
last battle, two out of three perhaps? -- Rogan

Slaughter Priest -- Excellent volley, you are a worthy opponent but I do not believe
you can defeat me.  Until next time. -- Wrathchilde

Lugo Beloski -- Just be glad Rogan did not deem it necessary to come after you
himself.  Apology accepted. -- Emnity

Rogan -- "Pate?"  What the heck are you saying?  Man you're nuts. -- C. Canary

Street Legal -- Good to see you back.  Baumgarten was out classed though.  See you
around. -- C. Canary

Drane -- You took six blows to the head and still kept fighting.  You are either
stupid or strong, or both.  Man, I hate scum almost as much as I hate cats. -- C.
Canary

Horns -- Your stomach must be your weak spot for you went down hard after one shot.
-- C. Canary

Enmity -- Fair enough, lady.  Come again if you want.  I didn't seek your teammate's
death, but when the black rage comes on me, death happens.  It's right I should pay
for it. -- Lugo Beloski

Morris -- (hissing with fury)  Damned pussycat! -- Ace

Skydancer -- (wistfully)  That was beautiful.  Same as you are. -- Talper

Syrano Bloodbane -- Gods, with a nose like that, I suppose you HAVE to be a good
fighter. -- Rudi Jamos

Asylum -- I hate losing so easily.  Do you suppose I should be trying harder? --
Miranda Grace

To the holders of season tickets for Sunset's own opera company -- My apologies.
I've been busy, and then sick, but I WILL get that opera on the stage as soon as I
can. -- player behind Sword Opera

Butcher -- Interesting fight, but prefer wins and skills over the action.  See you
around. -- Razor Melody

Jade -- Where the heck did you come from?  I'm not going to lie and say I'll miss you
around here. -- Mr. Twister

Yakuza -- I was aiming at the arms w/o my KD cranked.  Or at least that is what I
recall.  For what that is worth.

Parabola Wiz -- Sorry pal.  Not sure how you got sent there on your first turn. --
Ironic Tails

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

25 February 2004
Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden
lack of episodes.  I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the
Scribe

3 March 2004
                   MONGO'S MARDI GRAS MADNESS DUELMASTERS AUCTION

     Mongo, aka Matt McIntosh and ex-Warden of the Dark Circle, is auctioning off his
entire collection of Duelmasters warriors and stables.  Don't miss out on this chance
to own some fantastic warriors!  There are ADM warriors available in every class from
Primus to Freshmen, as well as over a dozen Basic stables.
     Does a Slasher with +4 attack, +4 decisiveness, +3 initiative and +2 riposte
sound good?  How about a Lunger who received the benefit of a TC prize, has TVed
three times after graduating--and still hasn't maxed out his skills!?  How about a
Striker in the Freshmen class who has decisiveness for a favorite learn and the MAUL
for a favorite weapon!?
     Or perhaps you prefer playing in Basic.  Then how does a stable with four Adept
class warriors who have a combined record of 41-19-9 sound?  Or maybe a stable with
three 21-Will warriors?  Or perhaps a stable with four Initiates and a Rookie who
have a combined record of 23-6-1?
     The quality of the lots is excellent.  All you need to view and bid on the lots
is go to:
          http://members.aol.com/jvmerlino/mardigras.html
     If you want to be on the mailing list to receive regular updates on the auction,
just send an e-mail to JVMerlino@aol.com. Merlin, aka John Merlino and also an ex-
Warden of the Dark Circle, will be running this auction for me.  I just moved to New
Orleans and am likely currently stumbling around the French Quarter...because it's
Mardi Gras!  So I have named my auction in honor of this occasion.
     The auction will start on Saturday, March 13th, 2004, and will continue for
several weeks.  But you should get your bids in early if you want your best chance at
owning any of these fantastic warriors and stables.
     Many thanks to all for your interest and your bids,

Mongo

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

UGLY was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ROGAN vanquished LUGO BELOSKI in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
SENSEI JAN demolished RED EYE LOVE in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
MR. TWISTER was devastated by SYLVESTER F. in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
SYRANO BLOODBANE savagely defeated I ATE A PUTY TAT in a 2 minute competition.
KITTY CHOWDER savagely defeated GLIMMOR in a 3 minute Challenge Title struggle.
PERSIANA JONES was overpowered by SONJA BLOODBANE in a 4 minute Challenge melee.
KAMI vanquished GERYON in a action packed 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
I SEE SOUNDS vanquished RONALD REAGAN in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
DRANE luckily beat ASYLUM in a 4 minute brutal novice's Challenge fight.
MAINE COON CAT devastated HI-JINX in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
TOAD LICKER was bested by METARU YONA in a 2 minute amateur vs. master Challenge bout.
LIQUID GOLIATH overpowered MIRANDA GRACE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
C. CANARY viciously subdued DAMION in a 7 minute expert vs. novice Challenge duel.
BAD ACID was bested by TALPER in a 2 minute brutal Challenge fight.
HORNS demolished TRIPPY HIPPY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
THE HIPPY beat SKYDANCER in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
AGENT 99 viciously subdued MINAMI KAZE in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
TAISHO lost to BELL BOTTOMS in a 1 minute veteran's match.
EMNITY was viciously subdued by RAZOR MELODY in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
SKA-BOOM was bested by RUDI JAMOS in a 2 minute bout.
SKULL STROKER savagely defeated CAT KABOB in a 2 minute gory fight.
MINOS was vanquished by RUDE BUDDHA in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WRATHCHILD was vanquished by POISON BEAK in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
INERTIA vanquished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MORRIS handily defeated ACE in a 3 minute brutal uneven bout.
TIEN handily defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SIMON COWELL was overpowered by BOOMERANG in a 1 minute uneven fight.
GRAVE DIGGER overcame BIG BEER HUG in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         SLASHING ATTACK   41 -  30 -  1      58  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         STRIKING ATTACK   41 -  34 -  1      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         WALL OF STEEL     33 -  28 -  0      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK    81 -  72 -  2      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         AIMED BLOW        24 -  22 -  0      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  51 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  30 -  0      41  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  25 -  2      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  43 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   8 -  0      27  |

Turn 477 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     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  4         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  4     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  6         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  3     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   KITTY CHOWDER 5466         20  11  1  123 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
STRIKING ATTACK  SYLVESTER F. 5620           7   3  1  109 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SONJA BLOODBANE 5474       20   8  0  107 THE BLOODBANES (474)
SLASHING ATTACK  SYRANO BLOODBANE 5720      12   4  0  100 THE BLOODBANES (474)
WALL OF STEEL    GLIMMOR 5503               19   9  0   97 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
TOTAL PARRY      ROGAN 5755                 12   8  1   84 RAGE (501)
AIMED BLOW       PERSIANA JONES 5682         9   5  0   76 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
BASHING ATTACK   LUGO BELOSKI 5566          12  10  2   57 SWORD OPERA (323)
PARRY-STRIKE     MORRIS 5835                 2   1  0   35 MEOW MIX (466)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MAINE COON CAT 5358.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was C. CANARY 5766.  The ten other most popular fighters were SONJA BLOODBANE 
5474, KITTY CHOWDER 5466, I SEE SOUNDS 5704, SYRANO BLOODBANE 5720, PERSIANA JONES 
5682, ASYLUM 5786, BAD ACID 5700, AGENT 99 5840, RAZOR MELODY 5577, and MORRIS 5835.

The least popular fighter this week was BIG BEER HUG 5856.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SIMON COWELL 5850, ACE 5732, WRATHCHILD 5747, MINOS 5805, CAT 
KABOB 5802, EMNITY 5748, MINAMI KAZE 5164, SKYDANCER 5834, TRIPPY HIPPY 5829, and 
DAMION 5831.

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

SONJA BLOODBANE (21-5474) THE BLOODBANES (474)