Date   : 02/25/2004    Duedate: 03/09/2004


DM-22    TURN-477

This Weeks Top Honors



Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader

                               THE POISON CLAN (692)
                               (22-6121) [7-0-0,35]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROBERT BYRD                    TURKEY JOE
THE DEMOCRATS (202)            THE ZOO (205)
(22-6039) [14-8-0,116]         (22-5825) [20-35-0,104]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DEMOCRATS (202)         44
2. THE ZOO (205)               37      KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
3. SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)       35      Unchartered Team
4. THE REPUBLICANS (103)       16
5. KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)       15      HOT WHEELS (686)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*HOT WHEELS (686)           1   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE REPUBLICANS (103)    10  5 0
 2/ 1*THE POISON CLAN (692)     23  12  1 65.7   2/ 2 THE DEMOCRATS (202)      10  5 0
 3/ 2 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)     98  54  4 64.5   3/ 4 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)    10  5 0
 4/ 3*JUST CHILLIN (699)        15  10  1 60.0   4/ 3 BIBLE BELTERS (364)       9  6 1
 5- 4 ROCK ETTS (595)          404 282  7 58.9   5/ 6*JUST CHILLIN (699)        8  7 1
 6/ 5 CONSPIRACY INC. (100)    134  98  8 57.8   6/ 7*THE POISON CLAN (692)     7  8 0
 7- 6 LOST SOULS 1 (300)        44  37  3 54.3   7/ 5 CONSPIRACY INC. (100)     6  9 0
 8/ 8 THE REPUBLICANS (103)    330 296 23 52.7   8/ 9 THE ZOO (205)             6  9 0
 9/ 7 BIBLE BELTERS (364)       21  19  1 52.5   9/ 8*CHINESE CONNECTION (700)  5  9 0
10/11 THE DEMOCRATS (202)      121 116  8 51.1  10/11*SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)     4 11 1
11-10 MIRROR IMAGE (72)         25  24  3 51.0  11-10 LOST SOULS 1 (300)        1  0 0
12/13 THE ZOO (205)            335 447  4 42.8  12/ 0*HOT WHEELS (686)          1  0 0
13/14*CHINESE CONNECTION (700)   7  11  0 38.9  13/15*OXYMORONS (698)           0  2 0
14/15*SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)      7  23  1 23.3  14-16 MIRROR IMAGE (72)         0  1 0
15/16*OXYMORONS (698)            0  10  0  0.0  15-14 ROCK ETTS (595)           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 #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Hallie O'Dene did not stay in Valamantis.  She hadn't been able to get an
audience with the ruler of the city-state, Garlor Shanmarrik, and the clerk to whom
she had given her warning had been...disbelieving.  Had, in fact, threatened her with
imprisonment if she "stirred up unrest."  A very proper bureaucrat, he'd been.
Hallie considered slicing off his ears and nailing them to the wall, or possibly 
nailing the man's ears to the wall without slicing them off, but such action would
serve no purpose but to express her anger, so she didn't.  There really wasn't any
point in that.  She gave her warning to Arenamistress Sitalva, who was at least
polite, and then went on her way.  Carefully circling wide around the ruins of Old
Valamantis and ghosts of the ancient city that came and went unstably above them.
The people of Valamantis, in the person of the Lord's clerk, had chosen to ignore her
warning, and there were others she had to find and warn, others who might listen.
     Arenamistress Sitalva did not exactly believe Hallie's warning about the danger
from the Bloodgames, but she didn't disbelieve, either.  She had already seen the
mirage-like ancient towers above the bloody ground.  She had seen those ghostly
towers before, after other Bloodgames, had accepted them as a normal illusion there.
     Maybe she needed to re-think "normal."
     She couldn't imagine anyone resurrecting Old Valamantis for any kind of GOOD
     The oldest levels of the city were Folstrom.
     And saturated with dark magic.


     Mordant was like a stirred up hive of bees, full of activity, and hostile to any
stranger who had the misfortune to get in the way.  She guessed that she wouldn't
have any more luck getting in to see Queen Talissen of Mordant than she had in
Valamantis.  Which was frustrating, since it was a serious warning she had to
deliver.  Well, she hadn't expected this to be easy....
     After a moment's thought, she headed straight for the arena, bypassing the
palace entirely.  There would be people who'd listen to her at the arena, because she
was one of them.  Kakar was arenamaster in Mordant, she'd met him once.  A grim man,
but who wouldn't be if they had to live in Mordant?  She avoided looking at the
pitted black stone that most of the city was built of, and the windowless
architecture.  The Mordanti were a grim people all around.
     The arena was seething with activity and speculation, though it wasn't fight
day.  Rumors were flying; before she managed to locate the arenamaster, Hallie heard
seven different versions of "an attack on the Queen!" which had been foiled by a
gladiator, or maybe more than one gladiator, or maybe it had been made by a
gladiator, or only reported by a gladiator, or....  The attack on the Queen, if it
had happened at all, was the main topic, but there was a froth of other rumors in the
background: monsters in various likely or unlikely places, out in the swamp, down in
Valamantis, in the Syrinwald lake, or up in the mountains.  A war that might or might
not be happening between two different kingdoms in the south, and even the supposed
participants kept changing--Trocar, Rocanis, Xochithlan, the wild Rirorni.  Banditry
around Tricorus; she shrugged that one off.  There was always banditry around
     Arenamaster Kakar was closeted with a sober looking man, tall for a Kannar, and
richly dressed.  Kakar didn't actually refuse to listen to Hallie, but he made it
clear that he didn't have much time to spare.
     Hallie shrugged.  The way things had been going since she'd set out to spread
the warning, his attitude was no surprise.  She wondered in passing whether Khaldren
could have managed some kind of spell that made people unwilling to listen.  Not that
it mattered at the moment.  "I bring word of a powerful wizard who has come out of
the past to spread disaster in our time," she began.  "He is a wizard from drowned
Krael, and he claims the intention to resurrect Celestinvael and other lost cities
and build a new empire in Alastari."
     The tall man leaned forward, suddenly frowning.  "Celestinvael is five hundred
years dead," he stated.  "How can this be 'resurrected'?"  Celestinvael was also,
Hallie knew, the closest of the dangerous ruins to Mordant, unless you counted Old
Valamantis--which Khaldren hadn't mentioned.
     "I'm no wizard," she answered.  "I don't know.  But he stated his intention to
use 'blood magic' to do it, which he believes will work even with the Arcanum in
flux."  She shrugged.  "I don't know about magic, but he seemed confidant, and I saw
him work spells of great power."
     "No doubt we've mages around who can confirm or deny this possibility," the tall
man said.  "I will carry the warning to Queen Talissen and set our magicians to
work."  Seeing her surprise, he added, "I am Allech Rabo, Her Majesty's Herald.  I
have the authority to take these steps."
     "Good!  You might pass word to Valamantis, too--I couldn't get to see anyone but
a damned clerk.  If it's blood magic at work, well, there was a lot of blood spilled
in Old Valamantis just over a month ago--"
     "Mordan!"  The Herald leaped to his feet.  "The Bloodgames!  If blood magic
still works, then the danger is extreme!  I must go to the Queen at once!"
     "And I will speak to the gladiators of this city about the dangers ahead," Kakar
said when the Herald had gone.  "Doubtless they will be called upon to take arms
against enemies of Mordant."


     The first ground tremors made people uneasy, but no more than that.  There had
been small earthquakes for months now, mostly centered on Seam and its underground
disturbances.  They posed no threat to the island, except in the case of those boats
who were just coming into the docks when tremor-waves hit.  And even that...the
sailors of Iaye were skilled, and they had learned to deal with it.
     But the mild tremors didn't stop, they were replaced by serious jolts, and the
ground underfoot shivered like jelly in a bowl.  All the sailors who could took their
ships out of the harbor and around the island toward the center of the Trier.  No one
wanted to get caught by a bigger wave than usual and shoved onto a rocky shore.
     Once the ships were safely away from the land, alarm turned to eager
speculation.  Did this herald new geysers for Seam?  Would a volcano erupt and
destroy the town entirely?  Bets were placed.  After all, Seam wasn't THEIR town....
Or maybe this quake would strike a little closer to home, like the one that had
cracked open the Ogre's Tomb in Point.  That thought sobered people.  There had
been...things in the Tomb, and it had taken all the warriors who could reach Point to
deal with them.  What else might be down there, to be released by a fresh earthquake?
They didn't really want to know.
     Most of the ships were strung out parallel to the coast north of Point and Iaye.
Far enough apart not to damage each other if something went wrong, close enough to
pass messages along.  The message that came up from the southern end of the line near
sunset was unexpected, and more than a little alarming.  Everyone knew there were
ruins under the lake between Point and the island of Iaye.  But nobody had expected
them to rise.
     And none of the half-remembered stories of Krael made people happy about the
great city's reappearance.

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): CLOSED MIND of BLACKTHORN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 483): BLIND LEMON of THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 483): 10% VIGORISH of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 476): BLOOD MOON of LOST SOULS 1 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 472): TAZZY TIGER of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 472): ABSOLUCIOUN of CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 473): DIESEL of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): SNOTMAN of I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): QUEENSRYCHE of THAT 80'S METAL (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 427): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 421): PURPLE SASH of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): GRIM GLADIOLA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 332): LIGHTNING IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 321): ELENA of SITTIN' ON ACES (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 143): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
                            (JRK, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 483): MORAL FIBER (Nunzio Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 483): THE DOGHOUSE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 476): none
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 472): AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 472): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 473): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): WIMPS MOST FOWL (Wimpy, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 427): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 421): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 332): none
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 321): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 143): SHADOW SONGS (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 369): DA AFRO, etc. (?, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
               (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 482): GOLDEN MOMENT of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 475): GARY CONDIT of THE DEMOCRATS (Al Gore, mgr.)
                           JUSTICE of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Klondike Kate, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): QUEENSRYCHE of THAT 80'S METAL (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): RED EYE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 331): ACUTE of THIEVES GUILD (Hombre, mgr.)
                          GAZREKK of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 320): WANDERING JO of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out SOLVEN to see 
what's new.  One team deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 0 after going 
4-1-0.  Keep it up, THE DEMOCRATS!  MVP award for TERMINATOR?  SAVAGE HEARTS 2's 
proud of him after beating THE SCORPION and getting 21 points.  Talk about yer major 
upsets!  ICE COLD's match with GIREFFY cost her a loss of 15 points!  What a putz!  
BLOOD MOON fights so hard to be Duelmaster, then quits fighting and loses the title.  
No one said he was a genius...  Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his 
teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  CONSPIRACY INC. was the most 
avoided team.  Is a 134-98-8 record really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors 
are JUST CHILLIN?  CONSPIRACY INC., an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get 
them to accept an invitation!  Like, is GIREFFY popular, or what?  He was challenged 
the most in all of SOLVEN!  He's got a 3-9-0, is that good?  People were asking me 
did KELLUMBOZO'S DADS REALLY challenge RUFUS?  (all right, maybe they didn't, but it 
sounded good!) It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but RUFUS wants me to 
write about it since he bested KELLUMBOZO'S DADS.  Satisfied?  IRON MONKEY must not 
be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  She challenged THE LOTUS.  13 is a 
big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought IRON MONKEY showed great 
skill and promise when she was defeated by THE LOTUS.  All right, so I slept through 
it!  Big deal!   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All SOLVEN ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a 
job, that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  Remember 
you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DARKSIDE 2714                11   6  0   137       LOST SOULS 1 (300)
 BEAR MARKET 6010             14  14  1   116       THE DEMOCRATS (202)
 ROBERT BYRD 6039             14   8  0   116       THE DEMOCRATS (202)
-BLOOD MOON 3270              10   5  2   113       LOST SOULS 1 (300)
 MAXIMUS 5966                 20  10  3   106       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
 TURKEY JOE 5825              20  35  0   104       THE ZOO (205)
 SCHWARZENEGGER 6050          12   8  1    94       THE REPUBLICANS (103)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SKEEMER 5965                 17  13  0    90       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
 RUMSFELD 6032                11  12  0    90       THE REPUBLICANS (103)
 GEORGE BUSH 1708             14   8  0    86       CONSPIRACY INC. (100)
 KANGAROO KATE 5900           17  31  1    83       THE ZOO (205)
 BLIND GIRL 6041              16   5  0    82       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
-PLATINUM 5677                12  27  1    68       ROCK ETTS (595)
-FALLING STAR 3260             8   6  1    67       LOST SOULS 1 (300)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLAT TAX 5998                13  16  0    61       THE REPUBLICANS (103)
-ECLIPSE 3258                  7   3  0    60       LOST SOULS 1 (300)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NANCY PELOSI 6076             9   6  1    50       THE DEMOCRATS (202)
 SNAKE CHARMER 6169            7   0  0    49       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
-TWIN 562                      6   3  3    44       MIRROR IMAGE (72)
 GIDEON 3308                   5   5  0    44       BIBLE BELTERS (364)
-BRIGHT STAR 2715              7   9  0    42       LOST SOULS 1 (300)
 DARRELL ISSA 6108             7   4  1    39       CONSPIRACY INC. (100)
 CHENEY 6153                   5   2  0    38       THE REPUBLICANS (103)
 ILSA SHE-WOLF 6107            8   3  1    36       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
 THE TOAD 6121                 7   0  0    35       THE POISON CLAN (692)
 HANNAH 6144                   5   2  0    34       BIBLE BELTERS (364)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EASY BREEZE 6173              3   2  1    33       JUST CHILLIN (699)
 GIREFFY 6102                  3   9  0    33       THE ZOO (205)
 ANTHONY SCALIA 6103           9   3  0    32       CONSPIRACY INC. (100)
 NO HURRY 6174                 3   2  0    31       JUST CHILLIN (699)
 CAROL M. BRAUN 6146           3   5  0    31       THE DEMOCRATS (202)
 RUFUS 6180                    4   1  0    28       BIBLE BELTERS (364)
 TERMINATOR 6158               2   4  0    28       SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)
 CHUNG' FOW 6184               2   2  0    25       CHINESE CONNECTION (700)
 ANN COULTER 6168              6   1  0    24       CONSPIRACY INC. (100)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAVAGE DRAGON 6155            2   4  1    23       SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)
-DROOLMASTER 660               6   3  0    21       MIRROR IMAGE (72)
 ZOOIE 6152                    3   5  0    19       THE ZOO (205)
 WHAT UP 6172                  4   1  0    18       JUST CHILLIN (699)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAYBE LATER 6176              2   3  0    18       JUST CHILLIN (699)
 THE LOTUS 6208                2   0  0    18       THE POISON CLAN (692)
 THE SCORPION 6117             5   2  0    17       THE POISON CLAN (692)
-SHATTER 561                   3   7  0    16       MIRROR IMAGE (72)
 KALAMAZOO 6116                3   6  0    15       THE ZOO (205)
-PING' LEE 6188                2   1  0    15       CHINESE CONNECTION (700)
 THE LIZARD 6120               3   4  1    14       THE POISON CLAN (692)
 JOSIAH 6201                   2   1  0    13       BIBLE BELTERS (364)
-REFLECTIONS 702               1   3  0    13       MIRROR IMAGE (72)
 KUJOE 6217                    1   0  0    13       SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)
 JEHORAM 6209                  1   1  1    12       BIBLE BELTERS (364)
 ICE COLD 6175                 3   2  0    11       JUST CHILLIN (699)
 D.O.A. DOMINANCE 6162         0   5  0    11       OXYMORONS (698)
 LING' LON 6187                1   3  0    10       CHINESE CONNECTION (700)
 365 GTB4 6054                 1   0  0    10       HOT WHEELS (686)
-SANDSTONE 6056                2   1  0     8       ROCK ETTS (595)
 LIA' KIAN 6185                1   3  0     8       CHINESE CONNECTION (700)
 IRON MONKEY 6186              1   2  0     8       CHINESE CONNECTION (700)
 SAMURIA SAM 6200              1   2  0     5       SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)
 KELLUMBOZO'S DADS 6181        0   3  0     3       OXYMORONS (698)
 ALIEN 6218                    0   1  0     1       SAVAGE HEARTS 2 (697)
 2ND AMENDMENT 6211            0   1  0     1       THE REPUBLICANS (103)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
WESLEY CLARK 6210      0  2 0 CONSPIRACY INC. 100   JEHORAM 6209          477         
RUSH LIMBAUGH 6167     2  3 0 CONSPIRACY INC. 100   EASY BREEZE 6173      475 REVENGED
CHOCO TACO 6219        0  1 0 THE DEMOCRATS 202     MOUNTAIN TROLL 401    477 NONE    
THE CENTIPEDE 6118     3  4 0 THE POISON CLAN 692   MOUNTAIN TROLL 401    477 NONE    
THE SNAKE 6119         3  2 0 THE POISON CLAN 692   SAVAGE DRAGON 6155    475 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Last three turns:  4-1 then 1-4 then 4-1.  Just call us Inconsistency, Inc. from now
on. -- Damion

Easy Breeze -- Coulter I could understand, but whacking Rush ?!?  Too much Oxycontin
must have kept him from knowing how hard he was hit!  My pardons, but everybody wants
a shot at you in revenge. -- Damion, Conspiracy, Inc.

Bear Market -- Congrats on getting some revenge on my last turn. -- Lord Protector

Kellumbo -- It looks like I am not the only one who is less than impressed with your
style of play. -- Judge

No Hurry -- Interesting challenge.  I may not be great, but I am not going to lose to
someone with 3 FE. -- Flat Tax

All -- The unsolicited slandering of my good manager name in "spots" has me quite
vexed.  Ok, good may have been an overstatement, nevertheless, I'm feeling inclined
to take pen in hand and recount my own version of some of these tales. <grin> --

Silver Stroke -- That was the shortest killing spree in DM history.  Someone has the
Dragon's number.  Heheh. -- Woelfe

Savage Dragon -- There, there now...nothing to fear from toads. -- Woelfe

Samuria Sam -- Yes, very good show, Sam.  Lots of flashy business with the sharp
sword and the eloquent way you hack and slash about.  I especially like the

costume...and although long braided hair is generally reserved for women, somehow you
manage to pull off the look.  Hmmm, still need to learn how to actually HIT someone
with that sword of yours though. -- Josiah

Samuria Sam -- Respect your elders, whelp. -- Woelfe

Centipede -- The only place you have potential is the dead column.  <laughs heartily>
-- Hannah

Al Gore -- Don't tempt me!  <grin>  I have been known to bite a democrat or two. --

Sentinel -- For a guy whose warriors haven't seen the sands in two turns, you sure
have a lot to say! -- Woelfe

Anthony Scalia -- Meriam, bless her heart, always said you brought both skill and
luck to the sands.  I see our battle was no different, as both have served you yet
again.  Congrats. -- Gideon

All -- Now that is a first, losing the fight yet becoming the unchartered popularity
leader.  Who says no one loves a loser, eh? -- Woelfe

The Lotus -- Anyone that can take that type of beating and win has my respect.  Well
met. -- Jehoram

Pansy Dragon -- Wow, you couldn't even beat a Democrat.  You must have cheated
somehow to kill the Snake. -- The Toad

Robert Tyrd -- Talk about boasting.  I'm surprised that at your age, you have yet to
learn your place. -- Master Tazo, Mgr. The Poison Clan

Kelljumbo -- So you're saying, if I ask nicely, you'll stop calling me taco.  I just
do not believe you.  I do not think that you can stop thinking about food long enough
to change your ways.  Perhaps a little Jenny Craig. -- Master Tazo
P.S.  The trench coat does not really hide the flab.

Silver Stroke -- Thanks for saving us the trouble of beating down your two "so-
called" fighters, Kujoe and Alien.  Perhaps you would consider sending Terminator and
Pansy Dragon after them. -- The Toad

Blood Moon -- You definitely need some dancing lessons! -- Blind Girl

Gary Condit -- Now that you are retired, could you please spill the beans on why you
would choose to use that terrible weapon, and waste that great rating you have in
attack.  It just doesn't make sense to me.  Seems that any of the bashing weapons
would have worked better.  Did you try them very much, if at all at the end of your
career? -- A Curious Detective Kellumbo

Schwarzenegger -- Sir, it is always a pleasure when we do battle.  Good fight.  Let's
do it again soon with similar results. -- Skeemer

Nancy Pelosi -- For just a minute there (well, ok, half a minute) I felt like one of
them super dodging lungers.  Well done.  At least you knocked me back down into the
inits! -- Ilsa

It's a shame when Visiting Orc puts up a better fight than all of my other opponents.
-- Snake Charmer

Mr. Freeze -- 0-5!  Ouch.  Do you feel like you've been left out in the cold?  Get
it?  Left out in the cold...Mr. Freeze...Bwahahahaahahhaahhaaa. -- Detective Kellumbo

Sentinel -- This obsession you have with me must end.  Don't make me get a
restraining order for you.  At least fight if you are going to hassle me with 28
lines of PA's. -- Kellumbo

Silver Stroke -- You mean I can't challenge guys in the dead column...erase, erase,
erase.... -- Ilsa She-Wolf

By the way.  Do you realize how..."wrong" the name Silver Stroke sounds?  Makes me
think of getting a big ole can of silver paint, some romantic novels, and a glass of
wine for one. -- DK

Sentinel and Silver...it's just so hard to say...ok, ok, ok...Silver *Stroke* -- You
do realize that I am a woman, and as such, I HAVE NO SACK OR NADS, YOU MORONS!
mumble, mumble, just because your mothers did...I am surrounded by idiots.... -- Miss
Detective Kellumbo

Lia' -- 'Tis a strange tactic you use also flailing all around me and falling to the
ground in exhaustion.  Do they call you Sleepy? -- Iron Head

Good man, Rufus!  Seems you scared the Sentinel right out of the arena. -- DK

Al Gore -- That's the right attitude.  Go get that Tazo and string him up good! -- DK

Robert -- The only way you get to dance again is if you last longer.  If we are in
range this turn, go ahead and drop a challenge my way.  I'll not avoid, and I'll get
an "If challenged" strat going so we can be on equal footing for the rematch. --
Blind Girl

Judge -- Congrats on graduating Justice.  Just think, it was an innocent challenge by
him that started the whole feud thing between us over a year ago. -- Kellumbo

George Bush -- Ouch!!!  I guess Rush was a close friend or something.  Don't you have
better things to do than pick on us youngsters?  Say invade a third world country or
something?  I know it was a bloodfeud but seriously to fight down 62 points, are you
sure you are not one of Kellumbo's Kids in disguise? -- take it Easy on the Breeze

Wolfe -- Thanks for the welcome.  I was starting to feel at home in Solven until this
last go round.  I guess Solven hospitality only goes so far. -- Mr. Freeze

DK -- Ha!  Seriously though, does DK actually stand for "Don't Know" as in maybe
Don't Know who your daddy is? -- I'm still Mr. Freeze and I'm Just Chillin

Kellumbo -- My fingers are too fat to dial Blind Girl's number. -- Al Gore

Judge -- Congrats on Justice.  At least I beat him before he graduated. -- Al Gore

Kangaroo Kate -- Thanks for the easy win and skills. -- Robert Byrd

Ilsa She-Wolf -- That's how we treat dirty ill-mannered dogs around here. -- Al Gore

The Centipede -- Muwahahaha! -- C.M. Braun

Rumsfield -- Ah, I see your plan, you greedy old man!  You want a winning record, and
you think you'll use ME to get one.  (sigh)  Quite likely, too. -- Turkey Joe

Ling'Lon -- At first I thought you were Scottish.  Got the accent wrong, you see:
thought it was Lyn Glon, some Scottish lake, probably with monsters in it.  It'd
probably be more fun than being Chinese. -- Zooie

     I don't know, the Chinese have better food.  And they have fireworks. -- Ed.

Robert Byrd -- I hope a cat gets you! -- Kangaroo Kate
P.S.  Democrats don't rule.  That would be undemocratic.

Cheney -- Lon? -- Kalamzoo

Ann Coulter -- Can we count you as a non-politician?  Or are you conspiracy buffs
just another stripe of the same conniving breed? -- Gireffy

Ling' -- Er, I don't sing.  All my teammates have specifically asked me not to sing.
-- Zooie

No Hurry -- No worry. -- Kalamazoo

Maximus -- Why should Master Tazo make excuses for me?  My manager is Leeta. --
Kangaroo Kate

Ed. -- (with dignity)  You're thinking of something else. -- Kalamazoo

     Ah, I suspected as much.  I often am.  Thinking of something else, that is. --
     Ed. the very tired

Rufus -- It's a town whose name appealed to my manager for some inscrutable reason.
I think it's in Michigan, or maybe Wisconsin.  Somewhere around there, anyway. --

Gary Condit -- What's bad about being retired?  Sounds like a cushy deal to me. --
Turkey Joe

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

3 March 2004

     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:
     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,


5 March 2004
Style Masters Symposium
Hosted by Hammer

     The years have slipped by and many DM Managers have come and gone since the last
Hammer's Handbook was compiled and printed.
     There is now a stirring within me to begin writing and editing yet another
Handbook with a distribution date sometime in 2005.
     This Handbook will be made available via Email with a possibility of burning the
info to a CD for distribution.
     Special arrangements will be made to provide the information via printed page to
those contributors who are serving sentences behind bars.
     The working title of this new Handbook is "Style Masters Symposium Hosted by
     Distribution of this Handbook is projected to be MAINLY for those DM Managers
who contribute information/articles to Hammer by June 2004.
     Informative and entertaining articles should focus on insights regarding Any or
All 10 Style Masters for both the Basic and ADM arenas as well as Tourney
     Articles focusing on Weapons/Armor are also encouraged for inclusion.
     Whether you are a Newbie Manager without a clue or a Jaded Veteran; everyone has
discovered something about this gaming experience that is both Insightful and
     Email Your Articles to HammerDM@fastermail.com or send them via Diplo to either
Flower Hammerz (372) in DM 28 or Casino Hammerz (576) in DM 33.
     Length and Content of the Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer will be
Determined by the Quality and Quantity of Contributors Combined with the Literary
Efforts of Hammer who is currently overseas for an indefinite period of time.
     Articles Contributed for this Project should be of Sufficient Length and Content
to Warrant being Included to Receive the Finished Document when Hammer has completed
this literary work to His satisfaction.
     Managers contributing articles are also requested to include a DM Bio of
Themselves along with any Notable Successes and/or Failures during Their DM Career in
Basic, ADM and/or Tourney Play.
     A listing of Active Stables would also be Helpful for Anyone Seeking to Reply to
Contributors via Diplo, Email or Snailmail.
     May Your Blades Be Sharp And Your Wits Sharper!
     -- Hammer of Flower Hammerz (372) DM 28 and Casino Hammerz (576) DM 33

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

THE CENTIPEDE was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CHOCO TACO was killed by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
ANTHONY SCALIA was overpowered by EASY BREEZE in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud duel.
THE TOAD slimly won victory over SAVAGE DRAGON in a slow 5 minute Bloodfeud fight.
ROBERT BYRD devastated SKEEMER in a 2 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
BEAR MARKET overpowered RUMSFELD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
SCHWARZENEGGER handily defeated KANGAROO KATE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
GEORGE BUSH lost to MAXIMUS in a action packed 3 minute expert's Challenge duel.
SNAKE CHARMER luckily beat DARRELL ISSA in a 4 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
GIDEON was defeated by FLAT TAX in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
ICE COLD was overpowered by GIREFFY in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
CHENEY demolished MAYBE LATER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
THE LIZARD was bested by ANN COULTER in a exciting 1 minute Challenge battle.
TERMINATOR devastated THE SCORPION in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
CHUNG' FOW overcame JOSIAH in a 4 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
WESLEY CLARK was assassinated by JEHORAM in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
KELLUMBOZO'S DADS was handily defeated by RUFUS in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
IRON MONKEY was bested by THE LOTUS in a 3 minute novice's Challenge brawl.
LIA' KIAN was beaten by ZOOIE in a 1 minute Challenge match.
LING' LON luckily beat SAMURIA SAM in a 3 minute novice's Challenge bout.
TURKEY JOE savagely defeated BLIND GIRL in a 3 minute master's conflict.
NANCY PELOSI savagely defeated HANNAH in a exciting 1 minute gory duel.
NO HURRY handily defeated KALAMAZOO in a 1 minute uneven duel.
ILSA SHE-WOLF devastated D.O.A. DOMINANCE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
CAROL M. BRAUN overpowered POLITE BEGGAR in a 3 minute uneven fight.
WHAT UP overpowered 2ND AMENDMENT in a 1 minute gory uneven fight.
365 GTB4 overpowered ALIEN in a 1 minute uneven match.
KUJOE overpowered FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         STRIKING ATTACK   51 -  32 -  2      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         PARRY-LUNGE       28 -  19 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         WALL OF STEEL     31 -  24 -  1      56  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         TOTAL PARRY       44 -  37 -  0      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  24 -  1      48  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE      14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    42 -  53 -  3      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  21 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  29 -  1      33  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         3 -  13 -  0      19  |

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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ROBERT BYRD 6039           14   8  0  116 THE DEMOCRATS (202)
TOTAL PARRY      MAXIMUS 5966               20  10  3  106 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
PARRY-LUNGE      SCHWARZENEGGER 6050        12   8  1   94 THE REPUBLICANS (103)
WALL OF STEEL    SKEEMER 5965               17  13  0   90 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
STRIKING ATTACK  CHENEY 6153                 5   2  0   38 THE REPUBLICANS (103)
PARRY-STRIKE     HANNAH 6144                 5   2  0   34 BIBLE BELTERS (364)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROBERT BYRD 6039.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TURKEY JOE 5825.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROBERT BYRD 6039, 

The least popular fighter this week was THE TOAD 6121.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ALIEN 6218, 2ND AMENDMENT 6211, D.O.A. DOMINANCE 6162, KALAMAZOO 6116, 
6117, and MAYBE LATER 6176.

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