DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/07/2004    Duedate: 07/20/2004

SUNSET ARENA

DM-21    TURN-486

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

THE BUTCHER
NASTY MOB (456)
(21-5374) [16-5-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE BUTCHER                    GRAVITY THIEF
NASTY MOB (456)                KILL AT WILL (491)
(21-5374) [16-5-0,116]         (21-5627) [7-2-2,51]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MAINE COON CAT                 PLAGUE OF FEATHERS
MEOW MIX (466)                 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
(21-5358) [16-12-0,105]        (21-5902) [2-4-0,16]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SWORD OPERA (323)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLITZKRIEG (443)            32
2. IRONIC TAILS (484)          29      REAL BEER (424)
3. SWORD OPERA (323)           27      Unchartered Team
4. GRIM FANDANGO (454)         26
5. NASTY MOB (456)             25      THE DARK PATH (507)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 REAL BEER (424)           96  51  7 65.3   1/ 3 SWORD OPERA (323)         9  6 0
 2/ 3 COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)    42  24  1 63.6   2/ 4*THE DARK PATH (507)       8  6 0
 3/ 1*THE DARK PATH (507)       12   7  0 63.2   3/ 2 IRONIC TAILS (484)        8  7 0
 4/ 4 MEOW MIX (466)            73  44  1 62.4   4/ 5*KILL AT WILL (491)        7  2 0
 5/ 5 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     57  45  4 55.9   5/ 7 GRIM FANDANGO (454)       6  9 0
 6/ 8 NASTY MOB (456)           67  56  4 54.5   6/ 1 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)    6  9 0
 7/ 9 THE BLOODBANES (474)      61  53  1 53.5   7/ 8 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)     5  2 0
 8/ 6 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)   116 101  9 53.5   8/13 NASTY MOB (456)           4  2 1
 9-11 STORM WARNING (472)       88  80  4 52.4   9/ 9 COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)    4  4 0
10/10*KILL AT WILL (491)        22  20  5 52.4  10/ 6 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)       4  5 0
11/12 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)      351 320 34 52.3  11/15 THE BLOODBANES (474)      3  0 0
12/14 GRIM FANDANGO (454)      164 170  4 49.1  12/12 REAL BEER (424)           3  5 1
13-15 TRANSGRESSORS (492)      100 110  5 47.6  13/11 MEOW MIX (466)            2  1 0
14/16 IRONIC TAILS (484)        69  80  6 46.3  14-16 TRANSGRESSORS (492)       2  1 0
15-17 RAGE (501)                47  56  2 45.6  15/19*BLITZKRIEG (443)          2  3 0
16-19 OUTSIDERS (468)           17  24  4 41.5  16-20 STORM WARNING (472)       1  1 0
17/20 SWORD OPERA (323)        409 585 15 41.1  17-18 OUTSIDERS (468)           1  3 1
18/21 KANO CLAN (106)          136 208  8 39.5  18/22 KANO CLAN (106)           1  5 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/22 THAT 70'S TEAM (476)      28  48  1 36.8  19-14 RAGE (501)                1  7 0
20/13*BLITZKRIEG (443)           2   4  0 33.3  20/21 THAT 70'S TEAM (476)      0  3 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 #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Delarquan Edition

Old Valamantis and away:

     Smeds and Shamu didn't wait for the others to solve THEIR problems, they set out
for the mountains and Khalhums, by way of Mordant and Caer, hitching a ride on a
wagon full of tanned hides.
     Shamu sprawled on the pile of leather and grimaced as the wagon jolted into and
out of a pothole.  Both Dwarves bounced and rolled.  "This is just about
unacceptable."
     "It could be worse," Smeds offered.  "They could be GREEN hides instead of
tanned ones!"
     "Yuck," the Cliffhomer said absently.  "But that wasn't what I meant--the road.
How can we expect to send dozens, maybe even scores of wagons over a road like this?
They'd be shaken to bits if they hurried, and the ice would melt if they didn't."
     "These are the roads we've got to work with," Smeds answered.  "And they aren't
THAT bad."  An especially deep set of ruts sent them bounding wildly over the back of
the wagon.  "Okay, maybe they ARE that bad, but they're STILL the roads we have to
work with."  He was silent for a moment, then shrugged--and grabbed for the side of
the wagon as it rocked and tilted over more ruts.  "This wouldn't be so bad if we
hadn't had two weeks of rain to make really big muddy ruts, and then a couple of
months dry, you know.  Maybe if it rains again--"
     "Oh, joy, wagons stuck in the mud from Khalhums to Valamantis."  Shamu frowned
at the road and at the forest passing on the left (the Feyranse River was on the
right).  There was nothing like a technical problem to get a Dwarf thinking.  "We
need to corduroy the road.  There are trees enough.  Organize parties to work out of
Mordant in both directions, and the road might be passable by the time the ice wagons
are coming down."
     "A corduroy road won't last," Smeds warned, "not where the ground's as wet as it
is here.  The logs will rot."
     "It'll last all summer, at least, and that's all we need.  If we haven't gotten
enough cold water to Old Valamantis to wash out those bloodstains by then, we're
going to be in too much trouble to worry about the road."
     Smeds sighed and then laughed.  "I can't BELIEVE we're taking Debby Tonte's
advice on this!"
     "Well, nobody else had any suggestions at all."

     Nobody paid attention to them when they entered the resurrected city of Old
Valamantis, but that wasn't reassuring.  There were a lot of people around, more than
they'd expected, and somebody SHOULD be paying attention.
     "It's a trap," Ka D'Argo muttered.  "They know something we don't.  Something
that means we're walking right into the frying pan."
     "So what?" Goblin asked.  "We know something THEY don't, too.  Something that
means anybody who attacks US is in for a really big surprise."  The Kaltosian
gladiator fingered his sword and bared his pointed teeth in a hungry grin.  "I hope
they start something SOON."
     "I don't," Sputter grumbled.  "Better to put off till tomorrow the blows you can
avoid today.  And spells are even worse."
     "They won't attack us until we get near the arena," Tensekai said.  The Silver
Mage squinted at the sky, which was a dome of glaring white haze, and then at the
battered wall of the Bloodgames arena looming over the lesser structures a mile away.
"Okay, they might attack physically before then, but...I think they'd rather have our
blood spilled close to the center of their spell-working."
     "So our blood can feed their spells, too?  Great, just great.  What I always
wanted to do," Lavender Lance said.  She sighed heavily.  "And I'm SURE they won't
appreciate us properly."  She drew herself up into a stance that had made more than
one male gladiator falter at the wrong moment as pearly flesh strained against violet
lace.  "I've heard that wizards are BLIND to the finer nuances."
     Tensekai coughed and wrenched his gaze away, blushing.  "Not all of us," he said
in a strangled voice.  "Not...BLIND, anyway."

     "I really don't think we should be doing this," Alta Chess muttered.  She looked
back over her shoulder at the patchwork wall of modern Valamantis longingly.  "I
don't WANT to be doing this...."
     "Nonsense!  Don't be such a coward, Alta," Chip Enser said.  "This is ADVENTURE.
Things are HAPPENING in Old Valamantis.  Do you want to be nothing more than a
SPECTATOR?"
     "Wizard things," his teammate countered.  "And what do we know about wizard
stuff?  Yeah, I'd lots rather be just a spectator.  Lots rather."
     "There's gladiators involved in this; it isn't ALL wizards.  And not all of them
are Lord Protectors, either."  Chip sighed ostentatiously.  "I suppose I couldn't
expect better from a GIRL.  But we can at least get close enough to WATCH, can't we?"

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 499): TALON of FLOYDS FAN CLUB (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 384): TOOFLESS of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 504): GRAPH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 500): STANLEY'S CUP of SPORTZ! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 499): HOWLER of THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 503): ZEP of IRON BROTHERS (Dan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 500): TASTY HANGNAIL of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 495): QUIETUS of QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 486): PURPLE FIREFISH of BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): SYRANO BLOODBANE of THE BLOODBANES (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): PINK BEAR of LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 450): STEVEN SCIMITAR of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): DUCK TAPE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 437): STUPID SEXY FLANDERS of I'M SO SEXY (Muffy, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 385): APPLE of FRUITS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 183): LAWYER of PLAGUES (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 171): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 335): YOU of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 148): CANNONBALL of X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 378): SLEEPLESS PARANOIA of PARENTHOOD from DWES EG (TUM)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 499): CLAN BATTLEAXE (Mithril, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 384): GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 504): AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 500): none
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 499): THE TAKEN (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 503): BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 500): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 495): CLAN BATTLEAXE (Mithril, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 486): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): CARNAGE CANARIES (Carnage Canary, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 450): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): ATMAN PROJECT (Kosmos, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 437): HIGHER PURPOSE (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 385): ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 183): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 171): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 335): SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 148): X-POSSE (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 378): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 384): ONE BROW of GLORY BOUND TROLLS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 504): HARALDUR of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 503): ZEP of IRON BROTHERS (Dan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 499): PTI of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 495): SULTAN OF SWING of TERRAPIN STATION (Floyd, mgr.)
               (turn 494): LENNY BAXTER of TOWNSVILLAINS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 485): SYRANO BLOODBANE of THE BLOODBANES (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 459): PINK BEAR of LITTLE GIRLS LIKE... (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 196): MISS CON DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 437): EL RIPPOFF of DELVERS (Nick, mgr.)
               (turn 436): GUNSLINGER of KING'S KREW (King Ralph, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 182): MERGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 171): HOFFA WITH HAIR of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 147): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Hail to one and all from the throne!

     At last I have taken my deserved place at the top of the pile!  My thanks to
Maine Coon Cat for not wussing out and avoiding me like everyone else that's been
Duelmaster for the last five turns or so.  I knew it would only take one cycle as DM
to get me my invite to the Isle after sitting in the CC's for so long.  I won't
divulge all my secrets, but suffice to say that I'm Stik's crowning achievement in
the slasher realm thus far.  No other has dominated as I have (at least once I found
my favorite weapon).  I am a trip 17, +4 att that actually didn't die or underachieve
for a change, he says.  Whatever that means.  I just go out and try to hit 'em with
the pointy end.  Having an advanced master+ in attack doesn't hurt, either.
     And so with my leaving, The Bloodbane's run here ends.  Unless my incoming
cousin really kicks some ass, then he may show up from time to time for tourney
timing.  Seth and Simon are both nice warriors but just couldn't get the job done for
some reason.  My sister, Sonja, was the only other to truly bring honor to our name.
     My final challenges will go out to the wastes in the CC's, it's just too much
fun to pound on them!  So long all, keep your blades and your wits sharp!!

Syrano Bloodbane
Duelmaster of Sunset

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, SUNSET?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, CARNAGE CANARIES, since 
SWORD OPERA took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Now keep the 
taverns open late tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for CARNAGE CANARIES, whose 
0-5-0 this turn dropped them by 5 into 6th.  Ha!  NASTY MOB turned their 2-0-0 turn 
into a 8th place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get 
put on hit lists.  Gee, I'm impressed, a 3-1-0 is nice, but don't get cocky, COSMIC 
FREAK OUT, the Fates teach humility, and the Fates are proud.  Of course, we're all 
terribly impressed to see HI-JINX win a fight and gain 21 points, terribly.  Tsk, 
tsk, I SEE SOUNDS beat MIRANDA GRACE and MIRANDA GRACE lost 11 points.  You're 
breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, SUNSET may be getting bland, 
as SYRANO BLOODBANE stays top dog in the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, 
but why am I telling you this?  You want to know what's new, don't you, SUNSET?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
What's the big D?  GRIM FANDANGO was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks like COSMIC FREAK OUT avoided them the 
most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm 
frightfully impressed, I ATE A PUTY TAT was this turn's most challenged warrior.  
Watch that ego swell, sports fans.  Now here's guts and stupidity all rolled into 
one, HORNS challenged up 26 to take on SKA-D-LITE of MINISTRY OF SKA.  Not that I'm 
surprised or anything, but HORNS was bested by SKA-D-LITE, leaving the latter lower 
for recognition points.  And we have LITTLE FUJIKO in a challenge, going down 14 
points for the fight.  Guess what?  I thought LITTLE FUJIKO showed great skill and 
promise when it bested BELLY JELLY.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only 
shines through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before 
I leave the fine city of SUNSET.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your 
scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BUTCHER 5374             16   5  0   116       NASTY MOB (456)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BODDINGTON'S 5035            16   9  0   108       REAL BEER (424)
 MAINE COON CAT 5358          16  12  0   105       MEOW MIX (466)
 SKA-D-LITE 5682              14   7  0   105       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-EMNITY 5748                  14   4  0   103       RAGE (501)
 RUDI JAMOS 5428              23  20  0    99       SWORD OPERA (323)
 I ATE A PUTY TAT 1512        23  20  0    97       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
 SKULL STROKER 5590           13   9  0    93       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAZOR MELODY 5577            15  15  2    90       IRONIC TAILS (484)
-HURRICANE 5404               15  19  1    88       STORM WARNING (472)
-INERTIA 5761                 10   4  0    88       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 RUDE BUDDHA 5765             13   7  0    86       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-ROGAN 5755                   14  12  1    84       RAGE (501)
 POISON BEAK 5827              8   7  0    84       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
 BELL BOTTOMS 5493            16  21  0    81       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
 HI-JINX 5778                  8   5  0    79       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-WILD THING 5649              17  24  1    76       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
-UGLY FOG 5414                17  17  0    75       STORM WARNING (472)
 I SEE SOUNDS 5704             9   5  1    74       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 C. CANARY 5766               11  10  0    73       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
 HORNS 5770                    7   5  0    73       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
 CAT KABOB 5802                9   8  1    71       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIQUID GOLIATH 5800          12   6  0    66       IRONIC TAILS (484)
 LUGO BELOSKI 5566            16  15  2    65       SWORD OPERA (323)
 THAT! 5272                    8   5  2    64       REAL BEER (424)
 BAD ACID 5700                10   4  0    59       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
-ASYLUM 5786                   7   3  1    59       BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
-SKA-BOOM 5743                 6  10  2    59       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
 MIRANDA GRACE 5552           12  20  1    57       SWORD OPERA (323)
-BASS 5262                     6   1  1    57       REAL BEER (424)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EXECUTIONER 5734              7   5  0    55       NASTY MOB (456)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE HIPPY 5701                6   5  0    54       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 DRANE 5833                   10   3  0    53       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-SIMON BLOODBANE 5490          9   9  1    53       THE BLOODBANES (474)
 GRAVITY THIEF 5627            7   2  2    51       KILL AT WILL (491)
 ACE 5732                      7  17  0    50       SWORD OPERA (323)
-WRATHCHILD 5747               7  13  1    48       RAGE (501)
 MORDRAITH 5631                4   5  2    48       KILL AT WILL (491)
-COMPACTOR 5647                9  15  2    44       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
 SKYDANCER 5834                7   6  0    43       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
 STELLA ARTOIS 5560            7   3  0    42       REAL BEER (424)
-BRAND 5322                    5   7  0    42       OUTSIDERS (468)
-PERFERATOR 5741               5   7  0    41       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
 MINAMI KAZE 5164              8  15  1    40       KANO CLAN (106)
 TOAD LICKER 5830              9   4  0    39       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
-AGENT 99 5840                 4   1  0    37       MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
-TIGER'S TAIL 5638             3   0  0    34       MEOW MIX (466)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 METARU YONA 5350              6  15  0    33       KANO CLAN (106)
-B. BREAKER 5811               4   2  1    33       NASTY MOB (456)
 HERETIC 5867                  4   0  0    33       THE DARK PATH (507)
-MORRIS 5835                   3   4  0    33       MEOW MIX (466)
-INCISION 5911                 2   2  1    33       OUTSIDERS (468)
-SLAUGHTER PRST 5781           6   6  0    32       STORM WARNING (472)
 TRIPPY HIPPY 5829             8   5  0    31       COSMIC FREAK OUT (498)
 BALTIMORE HAYSEED 5093        2   1  0    30       BLITZKRIEG (443)
 BLASPHEMER 5868               3   1  0    29       THE DARK PATH (507)
 LITTLE FUJIKO 5630            6   3  0    28       KILL AT WILL (491)
-MOMORO WA 5514                8   1  0    25       KANO CLAN (106)
 BLEVINS 5900                  2   4  0    24       GRIM FANDANGO (454)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MUSHIKU BO 5713               5   3  0    23       KANO CLAN (106)
-MOON BEAM 5745                3   7  0    22       RAGE (501)
-MATSUDA KAO 5712              5   0  0    21       KANO CLAN (106)
-SOLOMON BLOODBANE 5475        4   8  0    20       THE BLOODBANES (474)
-BULLY 5822                    1   2  0    19       NASTY MOB (456)
-SQUALL 5852                   1   1  0    19       STORM WARNING (472)
 PEPPER BANDIT 5929            1   1  0    19       IRONIC TAILS (484)
 INFIDEL 5865                  3   1  0    16       THE DARK PATH (507)
 PLAGUE OF FEATHERS 5902       2   4  0    16       CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
-HOEGARDEN 5554                2   6  0    16       REAL BEER (424)
 JOHN DARLING 5932             1   0  0    15       SWORD OPERA (323)
 PLUMP FRICTION 5903           4   2  0    14       IRONIC TAILS (484)
 DEFILER 5864                  2   2  0    12       THE DARK PATH (507)
 DAZEY 5904                    3   2  0    11       GRIM FANDANGO (454)
-PERCOLATOR 5918               1   0  0    11       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
-SUPER FRIENDS 5757            1   0  0    11       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
 RON RON CLOU 5787             2   2  1     9       KILL AT WILL (491)
-CONTORTER 5853                0   3  0     9       TRANSGRESSORS (492)
-CANDY*EYESLUGGER 5733         1   3  0     8       KILL AT WILL (491)
 BELLY JELLY 5928              1   1  0     4       IRONIC TAILS (484)
-POWER THRUSTER 5914           0   4  0     4       OUTSIDERS (468)
-FRUSTRATION 5838              0   2  0     2       RAGE (501)
-WATERGATE 5836                0   1  0     1       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)
-SUPER HOST 5758               0   1  0     1       THAT 70'S TEAM (476)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SPUD 5090              0  1 0 BLITZKRIEG 443        BLACK ORC 407         486 NONE    
FLOOD 5091             0  1 0 BLITZKRIEG 443        MR. TWISTER 405       486 NONE    
SCUD 5094              0  1 0 BLITZKRIEG 443        DARK CHAMPION 411     486 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CRAPTASTIC 5930        0  1 0 GRIM FANDANGO 454     SHEWISH GIANT 408     486 NONE    
RED EYE LOVE 5832      4  8 1 IRONIC TAILS 484      MINAMI KAZE 5164      484 REVENGED
TALPER 5784            6 13 0 SWORD OPERA 323       INCISION 5911         485         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dazey -- I need more power?  I do awesome, thank you very much. -- Power Thruster

Mordraith -- Been A LONG time since I got a down challenge from you! -- Sylvester

Syrano -- I knew you'd beat me.  Congrats on the throne and good riddance! -- MCC

C. Canary -- Yeah, your 40ish FE waste beat a 20 FE LU; something to be proud I'm
sure.... -- Inertia

Executioner -- Take that.  And your manager, too! -- Drane
P.S.  Thanks for the skills, and the rating!

Infidel -- Nice challenge, I owe you now! -- Dazey

Welcome back Crip and Real Beer and Blitzkrieg!  Doubtless you'll do your usual
disappearing act, but it's nice to have you for a while anyway. -- Stik

Tazo -- Welcome to Sunset.  We'll probably be bumping into each other once in a while
with most of my crew being down there. -- Ironic Tails

Stik -- Thanks for the congrats.  I must have missed the window for personal ads.
Anyhow, I think I was just lucky in the MoTS, but here goes... 13-11-15-17-9-4-15 ex
ini; ad ex att, dec; +3 dec; weapon is LS, high oe/low al; decise tactic; learns
attack. -- Mr. Twister

Rude Buddha -- A nice surprise to get matched up with you and win!  I was avoiding
you with that impressive record. -- Mr. Twister

Maine Coon Cat -- Drat!  The Razor Melody stopped and you took the chair I wanted.
Oh well & good luck.  Maybe try taking out that Emnity guy while you're up there. --
Razor Melody

Blevins -- Two shakes of a lamb's tail. -- Plump Friction

C. Canary -- How come it's the loser who gets to rest?  I could've used some rest,
but do I get any?  Noooo, I get to work harder. -- Rudi Jamos

Skydancer -- Damned hotshot. -- Ace

Incision -- (heavy sigh)  I guess there's more to building a career as a hero than I
thought. -- Ghost of Talper

Slaughter Prst -- And to think I once--briefly--had a winning record.  No, wait!
Good gods, I won?  How extraordinary!  I've only got, what, not quite three times
your fights.... -- Miranda Grace

The Fratsfa Slave is a DWARF?  Somehow that seems shockingly wrong.  Can't we do
something about this?  Maybe if I were to kill him, we could get a REAL Fratsfan? --
Lugo Beloski

Ed. -- I can do an evil laugh that will chill your marrow, but I was tired that day.
-- Lugo Beloski, professional villain of the stage and screen, whatever the "screen"
part means

     You stand behind one of those folding screens and do shadow plays? -- Ed.

C. Canary -- I have long since made all the sacrifices for my art that I want to.
It's time for other people to sacrifice for my art. -- Lugo Beloski
P.S.  Not you.  We've been through that one before, haven't we?

Sylvester -- Not a good turn for you!  Ha ha! -- C. Canary

Rudi Jamos -- No luck the second time.  Ah well, next time. -- C. Canary

Skull Stroker -- LMAO! -- C. Canary

Heretic -- SCUM!  Way too many scum in our great arena.  I would have won if I could
have broken your other shield. -- C. Canary

Rogan -- SCUM are not supposed to fight back!  Know your role next time! -- C. Canary

That! -- Take that That. -- C. Canary

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

SPUD was dealt death by BLACK ORC in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CRAPTASTIC was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
FLOOD was easily killed by MR. TWISTER in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
SCUD was viciously butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
THE BUTCHER overpowered I ATE A PUTY TAT in a 2 minute Challenge Title fight.
MAINE COON CAT devastated POISON BEAK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
HORNS was devastated by SKA-D-LITE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
CAT KABOB was overcome by RAZOR MELODY in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
STELLA ARTOIS lost to EXECUTIONER in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
GRAVITY THIEF vanquished MINAMI KAZE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DRANE unbelievably bested MORDRAITH in a popular 3 minute Challenge fight.
TOAD LICKER was luckily beaten by ACE in a popular 6 minute gory Challenge melee.
LIQUID GOLIATH demolished LUGO BELOSKI in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LITTLE FUJIKO handily defeated BELLY JELLY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
BALTIMORE HAYSEED demolished DEFILER in a 2 minute bloody one-sided Challenge brawl.
BLEVINS viciously subdued INFIDEL in a action packed 2 minute gory Challenge fight.
BLASPHEMER devastated PLUMP FRICTION in a 6 minute uneven Challenge duel.
RON RON CLOU was overpowered by PEPPER BANDIT in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
SYRANO BLOODBANE devastated RUDE BUDDHA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RUDI JAMOS demolished C. CANARY in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SKULL STROKER overpowered THAT! in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched fight.
MIRANDA GRACE was devastated by I SEE SOUNDS in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
BELL BOTTOMS was demolished by HI-JINX in a 1 minute uneven bout.
BAD ACID viciously subdued SKYDANCER in a 2 minute bloody fray.
METARU YONA was overpowered by HERETIC in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TRIPPY HIPPY luckily beat PLAGUE OF FEATHERS in a exciting 10 minute gory duel.
DAZEY was viciously subdued by JOHN DARLING in a exciting 5 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         AIMED BLOW        17 -  10 -  1      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         SLASHING ATTACK   45 -  31 -  2      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  16 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  13 -  0      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    64 -  63 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       41 -  42 -  0      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   32 -  33 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      14 -  22 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -  11 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  27 -  2      33  |

Turn 486 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         4 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  7         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   THE BUTCHER 5374           16   5  0  116 NASTY MOB (456)
AIMED BLOW       SKA-D-LITE 5682            14   7  0  105 MINISTRY OF SKA (496)
WALL OF STEEL    RUDI JAMOS 5428            23  20  0   99 SWORD OPERA (323)
SLASHING ATTACK  SKULL STROKER 5590         13   9  0   93 BLACKEST PRIDE (71)
STRIKING ATTACK  POISON BEAK 5827            8   7  0   84 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
PARRY-STRIKE     CAT KABOB 5802              9   8  1   71 CARNAGE CANARIES (147)
BASHING ATTACK   LUGO BELOSKI 5566          16  15  2   65 SWORD OPERA (323)
TOTAL PARRY      DRANE 5833                 10   3  0   53 GRIM FANDANGO (454)
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 PLAGUE OF FEATHERS 5902.  The ten other most popular fighters were MORDRAITH 
5631, JOHN DARLING 5932, TOAD LICKER 5830, BLEVINS 5900, THE BUTCHER 5374, PLUMP 
FRICTION 5903, BAD ACID 5700, MAINE COON CAT 5358, BALTIMORE HAYSEED 5093, and SKULL 
STROKER 5590.

The least popular fighter this week was TRIPPY HIPPY 5829.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DAZEY 5904, BELL BOTTOMS 5493, MIRANDA GRACE 5552, RUDE BUDDHA 
5765, RON RON CLOU 5787, BLASPHEMER 5868, BELLY JELLY 5928, LUGO BELOSKI 5566, ACE 
5732, and MINAMI KAZE 5164.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

THE BUTCHER (21-5374) NASTY MOB (456)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

SYRANO BLOODBANE (21-5720) THE BLOODBANES (474)