DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/03/2005    Duedate: 06/30/2005

MORYA ARENA

DM-28    TURN-255

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MYSTIC ZEALOT
PRIMAL FURY (438)
(28-3804) [16-8-2,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MYSTIC ZEALOT                  POSITION IS EMPTY
PRIMAL FURY (438)              
(28-3804) [16-8-2,117]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WYATT BURP                     GARDENIA HAMMER
DODGE BULLETS (126)            FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
(28-3531) [20-21-0,86]         (28-3871) [13-12-2,82]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE PENTARCHY (397)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE PENTARCHY (397)         59
2. CLASSIC ARCADE (415)        38      THE PENTARCHY (397)
3. NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)     26      Unchartered Team
4. BAD GERMS (430)             25
5. FILIPINA LADYZ (423)        16       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      206 136  4 60.2   1/ 3 THE PENTARCHY (397)      10  4 0
 2/ 4 PRIMAL FURY (438)         60  44  7 57.7   2/ 1 BAD GERMS (430)          10  5 1
 3/ 3 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)     124  92  6 57.4   3/ 6 CLASSIC ARCADE (415)      8  7 0
 4/ 5 THE WARLORDS II (413)     78  60  4 56.5   4/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)       7  7 1
 5/ 7 VALHALLA (435)            53  42  4 55.8   5/ 5 THE WARLORDS II (413)     7  8 0
 6/ 6 BAD GERMS (430)           73  59  4 55.3   6/ 2 VALHALLA (435)            6  1 1
 7/ 8 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)  105  86  3 55.0   7/ 9 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      6  6 0
 8- 9 ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)   104  87  7 54.5   8/ 4 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)    6  7 0
 9/10 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)   196 184  8 51.6   9/14 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      6  9 1
10/ 0 CANADIAN BACON (383)     116 111 11 51.1  10/13 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)   5  6 0
11/12 DODGE BULLETS (126)      230 252 11 47.7  11/ 8 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      5 10 0
12/14 CLASSIC ARCADE (415)      50  63  3 44.2  12/10 PRIMAL FURY (438)         3  1 1
13/13 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      77  98  4 44.0  13/ 0 CANADIAN BACON (383)      1  4 0
14/15 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      53  80  4 39.8  14-15 ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)    1  4 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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Congratualtions to Coa Patty of Kessen! First Initiate Duelmaster

Aimed Blow Stylemaster Standings

Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
CONJUNCTIVITIS 4129     8     6     0     49     AB     BAD GERMS (430)
GALAXIAN 4188           5     3     0     41     AB     CLASSIC ARCADE (415)

Congratulations to Basher Stylemaster Ciaran Power of 50th Milk Ras!!

Congratulations to Lunging Stylemaster Rhinovirus of Bad Germs!!

Parry Lunger Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
IDUN 4169               5     6     0     38     PL     VALHALA (435)

Parry Rip Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804      15     8     2     115     PR     PRIMAL FURY (438)

Parry Strike Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
FREDDY FENDER 3956      9    13     1     51     PS     OTTOS MECHANICS (226)
RED CACTUS HAMMER 4032  6    13     0     34     PS     FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
ZAXXON 4172             3     7     1     17     PS     CLASSIC ARCADE (415)

Slasher Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
CLEOPATRA 3856          16    10    1     96     SL     THE WARLORDS II (413)

Total Parry Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
CAESAR 3974            17     6     0     71     TP     THE WARLORDS II (413)

Wall of Steel Stylemaster Standings
Gladiator             Wins Losses Kills  Recs  Style    Team
CENTIPEDE 3980         13     8     0    104     WS     CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
CAM SHAFT 3989         14     5     0    103     WS     OTTOS MECHANICS (226)
LADY DOMINGA 3702       8    19     0     43     WS     FILIPINA LADYZ (423)

Team                      Wins Losses Kills Percentage  Manager/Alliance
THE PENTARCHY (397)         76     53     2    58.9147  FIZBAN
THE WARLORDS II (413)       76     52     4    59.375   FIZBAN/FASCIST FEDERATION
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)        73     60     4    54.8872  THAWK
BAD GERMS (430)             71     55     3    56.3492  ASSUNASIRBANIPAL
DODGE BULLETS (126)         59     71     2    45.3846  UNCLE WOLF
PRIMAL FURY (438)           59     42     7    58.4158  SENSEI JAN/VENDETTA CARTEL
LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)       57     54     4    51.3514  BUM/VENDETTA CARTEL
OTTOS MECHANICS (226)       53     56     1    48.6239  CRIP
NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)     52     45     2    53.6082  MAXIMILLIAN
VALHALLA (435)              52     42     4    55.3191  KAT/VENDETTA CARTEL
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)        51     78     4    39.5349  LADY MARTILYO/VENDETTA CARTEL
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)        46     62     3    42.5926  STREET LEGAL/VENDETTA CARTEL
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)        43     74     3    36.7521  HAMMER/VENDETTA CARTEL

Team                    Wins Losses Kills     Percentage
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      51     78     4     39.5349
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      43     74     3     36.7521
DODGE BULLETS (126)       59     71     2     45.3846
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)      46     62     3     42.5926
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      73     60     4     54.8872
OTTOS MECHANICS (226)     53     56     1     48.6239
BAD GERMS (430)           71     55     3     56.3492
LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)     57     54     4     51.3514
THE PENTARCHY (397)       76     53     2     58.9147
THE WARLORDS II (413)     76     52     4     59.375

Team                    Wins Losses Kills     Percentage
PRIMAL FURY (438)         59     42     7     58.4158
THE WARLORDS II (413)     76     52     4     59.375
LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)     57     54     4     51.3514
VALHALLA (435)            52     42     4     55.3191
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      51     78     4     39.5349
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      73     60     4     54.8872
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      43     74     3     36.7521
BAD GERMS (430)           71     55     3     56.3492
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)      46     62     3     42.5926
THE PENTARCHY (397)       76     53     2     58.9147
NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)   52     45     2     53.6082
DODGE BULLETS (126)       59     71     2     45.3846
OTTOS MECHANICS (226)     53     56     1     48.6239

Team            Most Deaths Losses     Team            Most Deaths Losses
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)      6     62     OTTOS MECHANICS (226)     3     56
DODGE BULLETS (126)       5     71     THE PENTARCHY (397)       3     53
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      5     60     THE WARLORDS II (413)     3     52
BAD GERMS (430)           4     55     VALHALLA (435)            3     42
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      3     78     PRIMAL FURY (438)         2     42
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      3     74     LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)     1     54

Team     Turns as Top Team On The Move Team     Turns as Top Team On The Move
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)     2             THE PENTARCHY (397)      1
BAD GERMS (430)          2             OTTOS MECHANICS (226)    1
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)     2             THE WARLORDS II (413)    1
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)     2             PRIMAL FURY (438)        1

Team     Cumulative Top5 TOTM Points   Team     Cumulative Top5 TOTM Points
THE WARLORDS II (413)            338   IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)             201
LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)            303   OTTOS MECHANICS (226)            179
BAD GERMS (430)                  284   FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)             171
FILIPINA LADYZ (423)             277   VALHALLA (435)                   145
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)             241   NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)           97
THE PENTARCHY (397)              211   DODGE BULLETS (126)               70
PRIMAL FURY (438)                208

Team     Bloodfeuds Revenged           Team     Bloodfeuds Revenged
CLASSIC ARCADE (415)       5           THE WARLORDS II (413)      3
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)       5           FILIPINA LADYZ (423)       3
BAD GERMS (430)            4           VALHALLA (435)             2
THE PENTARCHY (397)        3           OTTOS MECHANICS (226)      1
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)       3           LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)      1
DODGE BULLETS (126)        3           PRIMAL FURY (438)          1

Team     Times Most Avoided            Team     Times Most Avoided
THE WARLORDS II (413)     5            IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      3
BAD GERMS (430)           5            NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)   1
THE PENTARCHY (397)       4            PRIMAL FURY (438)         1

Team     Times Most Avoiding           Team     Times Most Avoiding
PRIMAL FURY (438)          3           NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)    1
BAD GERMS (430)            3           OTTOS MECHANICS (226)      1
THE PENTARCHY (397)        1           VALHALLA (435)             1
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)       1           FILIPINA LADYZ (423)       1

Team       Turns Duelmaster            Team       Turns Duelmaster
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)      3            PRIMAL FURY (438)         2
THE PENTARCHY (397)       2            BAD GERMS (430)           1
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)      2            VALHALLA (435)            1
THE WARLORDS II (413)     2

Team     Gladiators Graduated          Team     Gladiators Graduated
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)        4          THE WARLORDS II (413)       1
THE PENTARCHY (397)         2          PRIMAL FURY (438)           1
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)        1          BAD GERMS (430)             1
NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)     1          VALHALLA (435)              1
DODGE BULLETS (126)         1

Team      Most Favorite Turns          Team      Most Favorite Turns
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)        2          THE PENTARCHY (397)         1
NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)     2          THE WARLORDS II (413)       1
BAD GERMS (430)             2          VALHALLA (435)              1
IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)        2

Team     Least Favorite Turns          Team     Least Favorite Turns
THE WARLORDS II (413)       3          FILIPINA LADYZ (423)        1
OTTOS MECHANICS (226)       2          IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)        1
LADZ OF LUGBURZ (444)       2

Team     Turns Most Challenged         Team     Turns Most Challenged
OTTOS MECHANICS (226)        3         BOXOROX (396)                1
DODGE BULLETS (126)          3         UGLY URBAN ORCS (425)        1
THE WARLORDS II (413)        2         PRIMAL FURY (438)            1
FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)         1         BAD GERMS (430)              1

Face to Face Tourney Points Leaders!
Team              Wins Kills   TVs   RUs   TCs  POINTS
LADZ OF LUGBURZ     20     1     2     0     0     140
THE WARLORDS II     17     0     1     0     0     100
FLOWER HAMMERZ      11     0     0     0     0      55
BAD GERMS           10     0     0     0     0      50
OTTOS MECHANICS      8     0     0     0     0      40
VALHALLA             7     0     0     0     0      35

Mail-In Tourney Points Leaders!
Team              Wins Kills   TVs   RUs   TCs  POINTS
PRIMAL FURY         18     0     0     0     0      90
LADZ OF LUGBURZ     11     0     1     0     0      70
BAD GERMS           11     0     0     0     0      55
THE WARLORDS II      6     0     0     0     0      30
IDIOTIC ICCERS       5     0     0     0     0      25
THE PENTARCHY        4     0     0     0     0      20
FLOWER HAMMERZ       1     1     0     0     0      15
CLASSIC ARCADE       3     0     0     0     0      15
OTTOS MECHANICS      3     0     0     0     0      15

Madness History of the Dead
Warrior                 Team                  Turn   Killer                 Revenged?
EROTIC EEEK 4141        IDIOTIC ICCERS 398     254   REDWIND 4099
LADY BEATRIZ 3704       FILIPINA LADYZ 423     254   BALDER 3778
NJORD 4061              VALHALLA 435           254   DAISY HAMMER 3317
STAPH. AUREUS 3752      BAD GERMS 430          254   MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804
BLUNT ARROW 4166        DODGE BULLETS 126      252   FLESHRIPPER 4213
RAMSES 4227             THE WARLORDS II 413    251   DAKIDES 4080
GIARDIA 3935            BAD GERMS 430          250   LAVA RUNNER 3864
GOLDENROD HAMMER 4219   FLOWER HAMMERZ 372     250   LOOPY LIEVELING 4210
NAPOLEON 4005           THE WARLORDS II 413    250   TALISMAN 3667
NIGHTWIND 4007          DODGE BULLETS 126      250   LADY CONSOLACION 3703
LADY MARIA 3701         FILIPINA LADYZ 423     249   CLAIR BLUE HAIR 4183
KOOKY KIEBITZ 4175      IDIOTIC ICCERS 398     248   NYALL BLOODGRIN 3963
TYGER LILY HAMME 4130   FLOWER HAMMERZ 372     248   NAPOLEON 4005
SNIKMAZH 4193           LADZ OF LUGBURZ 444    247   MOUTHY MICROTONE 4174
DORKY DAROOHA 4163      IDIOTIC ICCERS 398     246   NYALL BLOODGRIN 3963
LADY EMELITA 3700       FILIPINA LADYZ 423     246   DOLTON MCGUILTY 4118
MESMERIC FIEND 3801     PRIMAL FURY 438        246   CUBIC ZIRCONIUM 3777
MISSLE COMMAND 4127     CLASSIC ARCADE 415     245   GIARDIA 3935
HOME 3812               LEE FAMILY 440         244   RHINOVIRUS 3754
KOOKY KIEBITZ 4167      IDIOTIC ICCERS 398     244   ZAXXON 4172
UG 3811                 LEE FAMILY 440         244   MOONSHINE 3936
AXLE FOLEY 3454         OTTOS MECHANICS 226    243   MESMERIC FIEND 3801
GRAND MACHIN 4093       THE PENTARCHY 397      243   POISONOUS PEACH 4014
BLACK ORC 343           DARK ARENA 0           242   MADMAN 4138                  YES
FNAIL FREEBIRD 4140     IDIOTIC ICCERS 398     242   SAUCERHEAD 4145
SIF 3780                VALHALLA 435           242   YOUNG JOAN 3534              YES
SNEEZE LOUISE 4137      DODGE BULLETS 126      242   PUDDLES 4144                 YES
GRANITE 3507            BOXOROX 396            241   BALDER 3778                  YES
HIGH ELF 342            DARK ARENA 0           241   WHAT BOSS RAT WA 3837        YES
COA ANG 4003            KESSEN 443             240   OLD N GREY 4085              YES
EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 328   1                      240   MISSLE COMMAND 4127          YES
ENTEROCOCCUS 3973       BAD GERMS 430          240   COA COA 3829
MOONSAULT 4107          LUNAE MILITES 387      240   ASHZAG 4092
NIALL QUINLAN 3866      50TH MILK RAS 448      240   RHINOVIRUS 3754              YES
ASTEROIDS 3658          CLASSIC ARCADE 415     239   LADY CONSOLACION 3703
DES DESCARDO 3969       CRYPT KNIGHTS 191      239   BAD MOON RISING 4019
TORPEDO 3477            DODGE BULLETS 126      239   HOLY HAVOC 3901              YES
CLOST. PERFRINGE 3750   BAD GERMS 430          238   HENGIST 3788
POUM POUM 3957          THE PENTARCHY 397      238   MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804
RED ORCHID HAMME 4044   FLOWER HAMMERZ 372     238   VIVALDI 3639
SUBLIMINAL KID 4002     CANADIAN BACON 383     238   FREDDY FENDER 3956           YES
TOGS REJECT 4055        WIMPS OF MADNESS 433   238   LADY MARIA 3701
CAPTAIN CONUNDRU 4040   CANADIAN BACON 383     237   EAMON FINN 4060              YES
VENTRE DE FER 4058      THE PENTARCHY 397      237   MAN ON THE MOON 4074
GREIG 4063              ROOKS RAVENS 412       236   THRAKKLASH 3835              YES
MS. PAC MAN 4075        CLASSIC ARCADE 415     236   GOBLIN KING 4072
SELUMIA 3491            DODGE BULLETS 126      236   GARDENIA HAMMER 3871
BALROG-SHIN 3987        CRYPT KNIGHTS 191      235   MAGETA THE LION 4000
BUFFY 3679              TEAM SLAYER 419        235   CUBIC ZIRCONIUM 3777         YES
FIREBOLT 4064           PRIMAL FURY 438        235   ANGEL 4045                   YES
MOON UNIT 3475          LUNAE MILITES 387      235   CHOPIN 3642                  YES
SPIRIT 4013             SHADOW GATE 414        235   PEG-LEG BOUCHARD 3400        YES
DREAM 3651              SHADOW GATE 414        234   PEG-LEG BOUCHARD 3400        YES
FARKLE 3765             WIMPS OF MADNESS 433   234   POUM POUM 3957
FRIGG 3782              VALHALLA 435           233   CHOPIN 3642
MICA 3508               BOXOROX 396            233   TERRIBLE TOTOMAC 3569        YES
MOON ROCK 3937          LUNAE MILITES 387      233   DAKINI ROUGE 3687            YES
MR. INFINITY 4016       UGLY URBAN ORCS 425    233   TYR 3781                     YES
MUDDY MUDSKIPPER 3232   KILLALODEAN 361        233   LADY BEATRIZ 3704
DAWN 3853               TEAM SLAYER 419        232   THE MAN IN YELLO 3839        YES
GILES 3855              TEAM SLAYER 419        232   PRICKLY PEAR 3883            YES
LOUIS E. FUR 3696       CHAOSITECTS 422        232   GARDENIA HAMMER 3871         YES
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 327   1                      232   CHOPIN 3642                  YES
PHILIPPA 3691           ARCANA ESOTERIC 421    232   MOON ROCK 3937
SHEWISH GIANT 344       DARK ARENA 0           232   BACH 3643                    YES
MANIC MAGE 3862         MAGICAL MADNESS 417    231   GROTTRAK THE SNE 3831
POLE POSITION 3659      CLASSIC ARCADE 415     231   CLEOPATRA 3856               YES
COAREN 3827             KESSEN 443             230   USURPER 3843                 YES
LY TNING 3633           WRAITHS OF WRATH 411   230   CHOPIN 3642                  YES
PERL 3912               5 BELOW ZERO 436       230   NE1469 3889                  YES
SLASH 3820              GONDORS BASE 441       230   BOTTLE BOY 3727              YES
STAR 3776               SHADOW GATE 414        230   WHISPER 3964
ALLAN WRENCH 2856       OTTOS MECHANICS 226    229   LOONY LATEKNIGHT 3529        YES
ARTHUR 3789             THE WARLORDS II 413    229   ORGAN GRINDER 3802
DR. DNA 3941            ENIGMA 455             229   MEPHISTUS 3896               YES
GORGON 3913             CLASSIC ARCADE 415     229   BLAST RADIUS 3874
KIERAN MCMAHON 3867     50TH MILK RAS 448      229   R.D.X. 3589
RAZOR BACK 3790         5 BELOW ZERO 436       229   NE1469 3889                  YES
TALC 3506               BOXOROX 396            229   SHAWINIGAN SMURF 3431        YES
GRIM BEAVER 3838        GUARDIANS GAMBIT 445   228   PEG-LEG BOUCHARD 3400        YES
M. TRANSMISSION 2445    OTTOS MECHANICS 226    228   WIMPY WIND 3517              YES
MOONBEAM 3532           LUNAE MILITES 387      228   GHENGIS KHAN 3876
SHURLEE UJEST 3634      WRAITHS OF WRATH 411   228   GREEDY GRAPE 3880            YES
TEEN SHOCKER 3904       HITLIST XXVIII 450     228   GALO THE GREY 3796
TRON 3657               CLASSIC ARCADE 415     228   BLAST RADIUS 3874
TV 3887                 SRETSAMLEUD 431        228   BALDER 3778                  YES

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ A Darque Tale #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Trocar:

     "Trocar lies that way," Raigavor said.  "We can talk in comfort in my tower."
Again the teeth were bared; Darque was almost certain that it was meant as a smile
this time.
     "On your own ground, which has been prepared by you and steeped in your own
power?  I think not."
     "I maintain spells against unauthorized entry and attacks from without, but I
shall shut down the spells that prevent unauthorized departure."  When Darque did not
answer immediately, Raigavor added, "You hold the sigil.  If I kill you, it is lost,
and I cannot take it from you by force while you live.  At this time, anyway.  You
are safe enough."
     Darque sneered within his own mind.  Such a taunt might move a human to almost
any foolishness, but he was demon born.  He knew that there was no safety but what he
carved for himself, and he did not care what a human thought of his courage.  Still,
what he said about the sigil was true enough, and he seemed desperate enough to get
it that he probably could be trusted.  For now.  The half-demon nodded.  "Very well.
Let us go there."
     Raigavor had a carpet for transport.  Darque hadn't seen a flying carpet in
years.  Most mages considered it a toy for dilettantes.  But perhaps that very
simplicity was a strength now; it might be easier to keep a carpet flying properly
than most transportation spells; he knew that teleportation, for one, had achieved a
state of deep unreliability.  And this was an obedient carpet, for now, and of a
pleasing pattern and color.  He shrugged and stepped onto it; his two dwarven guards
followed and sat where the Red Wizard directed them to.
     Their course was eastward across the necropolis to the cliff that bordered the
valley of the Selwin River.  When they were high enough to give a broad view of the
landscape, Darque fixed the location of the necropolis in his mind.  You never knew
when you might need a graveyard for spell components and suitable locations, and one
so rich in years and powers, and yet unattended by guardians, was worth remembering.
He grabbed quickly at the sigil as it attempted to get away while his attention was
divided.
     Below the long line of the cliff, the Selwin glittered blue in the sunlight.
Metallic blue, and the lake was almost purple.  Darque glanced up quickly.  Water
reflected the color of the sky, so where had these colors come from?  The sky was
gray, typical of a winter day on the Rirorni Plains, but there was an iridescent
shimmer that came and went.  Some kind of magical effect, Darque realized.  Damned
odd.  If he didn't have to pay attention to the sigil, he would investigate it simply
to find out what was causing it and what it could be used for.
     From the front of the carpet, Raigavor said, "It's part of the current
instability of the Arcanum.  And the Materium as well."  This time when he bared his
teeth there was no suggestion that it might be a smile.  "It's that witch on the
Isle, meddling.  May the Hounds of Nurgol eat her soul!"  The carpet began to slant
downward toward a small island at the head of the lake and what was unmistakably a
wizard's tower.
     Darque didn't respond to Raigavor's outburst, but he noted it.  A mage who
became angry was a mage who was vulnerable.  It was worth knowing that there were
things that could stir this one to...irritation, at least.  He wasn't sure that the
Red Wizard was actually angry with the Greywand, but he seemed a man of fiery temper
who could be goaded to it if such should be necessary.
     He was not worried about Sheila Greywand.  True, the witch was powerful.  So
what?  He had destroyed powerful magicians before and would again, if he felt like
it.  She was vulnerable, too--she lacked judgment.  He sneered mentally.  She might
have been formidable...three thousand years ago.  Humans were weakened by age,
though, unlike demons who simply grew stronger.  And she was female.  There were
reasons why one saw so few female master-mages.
     The carpet flopped down onto the flat roof of the tower, interrupting Darque's
thoughts.  He tightened his mental grip on the sigil again.
     Raigavor snapped his fingers and part of the floor dissolved, revealing a
staircase spiraling downward.  "My sanctum is below."
     "But we could talk equally well here on the roof," Darque countered.
     Raigavor glanced up at the sky, which was quivering with iridescence.  "My
sanctum is private."
     Darque frowned and studied the sky himself.  Now that the topic was opened,
there was something strange about that shimmer, something more than the disturbance
of the Arcanum.  He didn't like being spied on, and he began to probe for the
identifying characteristics.
     "Priests of Mytori," Raigavor said.  "You may not have encountered them near
Chimlevtal, but we're bothered by them a lot down this way.  Nosy and malicious, but
they won't come here to my island."
     "I have never heard that they report to the Greywand."
     "They don't.  They've got their own ox to roast, but they'll use a fire someone
else has started."  Raigavor stepped down into the stairwell.
     With a final glance at the sky, Master Darque followed him.  A master mage
learned not to engage in needless combat--that kind of thing was the province of the
young and insecure.  He would save his strength for the battles that would make a
difference.  Such as with this Raigavor the Unholy, if it came to that point.
     The sanctum was on the first level below the roof, and it was luxurious.  Money
had been spent freely on the furnishings and the decor.  The only signs that a
magician worked here were the heavy glass-fronted bookcases (all with obvious locks),
and a complex circle-and-star pattern inlaid into the floor, now partly covered by a
rug similar to the flying carpet in pattern and color.
     "Tell me what you know of this sigil," Darque said, "and tell me why you want
it."
     "It's the key to a certain class of Gates," Raigavor said, "and I want it
because I'm a Red Wizard."
     "What does the Nai Shang Academy have to do with it?" Darque asked.
     Raigavor frowned.  "You really don't know?"
     "I know somewhat about the Academy, and it has not, to my knowledge, had much
interest in Gates."
     "Amazing," Raigavor murmured, "you really don't understand, and yet you knew
enough to seize the sigil...."  He shook himself and sighed.  "Some things you will
need to know.  First, that a Red Wizard may become a Nai Shang--it's a good disguise.
But one must be BORN a Red Wizard.  And we are not a numerous people, especially in
this world."
     "In this world," Darque repeated.  Many things were beginning to come into
focus.  "That's why you need the sigil, is it?  To go home."
     "Yes.  I had thought you a demon-lord native to that world, but now...?"
     "I may not be native to that world," Darque said, "but I will be a Demon Lord
there.  How is the sigil to be used?"
     "From Xochithlan."  Raigavor gestured toward one wall of his chamber.  "Trocar
has no points of direct contact, which would make for an easy Gate--we don't want to
arrive with half our powers exhausted."
     Darque nodded.  That made sense.  "So, there are points of 'direct contact' in
Xochithlan?  Good.  I had been going there anyway, to consult the royal library about
the sigil."
     "An excellent choice," Raigavor said.  Darque looked at him closely, but the
man--the Red Wizard--did not seem to be mocking him.  "We can reach there quickly
through the Spirit Land--"
     "Ah, no.  That route is closed now.  I spoke to some...creatures in the Spirit
Land who were very firm on the subject, even after I demonstrated my ability to
compel them.  Apparently there has been some kind of structural damage."  He
shrugged.  No need to admit that he was partly responsible for that damage, and he
wasn't sure that he was to blame anyway.  "What other methods of travel are there?"
     Raigavor sighed.  "I was afraid of that.  The Guardians have been getting more
restive and hostile for some time.  It leaves us with nothing but mundane options, as
my carpet is unreliable over such a distance."
     "Horses."  Darque pursed his lips as though to spit.  "I hate riding horses."

         + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ A Dark and Stormy Night ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "Exciting times?" Lord Protector Billy Lilly repeated, outraged.  "Morya is
going to lose some of its best farmland to flooding, if it weren't for the rain the
lightning would have started grassfires on every hand, there is a massive exodus of
residents from the cemeteries, the trade routes are impassable, the Rirorni are
getting restless, and all you can say is that it's 'exciting times'?"
     His teammate Lady Protector Amelia nodded, grinning.  "Isn't it grand?"
     "The Equestor's declared a national emergency--"
     "And with any luck at all, it'll bring down the whole Equestorian government!"
     "But--"
     "All his emergency measures are to help out the other Equestrians, and the
small-holders and the craftsmen and the merchants are mad clear through.  Given a
little guidance, they'll revolt!  Why, it might even bring down the whole slave-farm
system--"
     "Or just create a lot of dead malcontents and revolutionaries," Billy warned
her.  "Are you seriously intending to be involved in a revolution here?  Does Uncle
Wolf know?  Have you considered what will happen if you LOSE?"
     "Yes, no, and no because we aren't going to--don't dare--lose."
     "Hell."  Uncle Wolf had left him in charge of the team and the guildhouse, which
SHOULD mean that he was in charge of Amelia.  As if!  Why did this kind of thing have
to happen on HIS watch?  He sighed.  "I guess I'll have to help.  What about the
other gladiators?"
     "On our team?  I haven't asked--"
     "Other teams.  Are any of them going to be jumping into this fire with us?"
     "I haven't asked any of them, either, but...."  Amelia frowned at the floor,
then shook her head.  "Most of them are totally dependent on their managers, some of
them are actually slaves, for that matter, and they might get into more trouble from
their managers than from the Equestor.  If somebody volunteers, sure, but I won't go
recruiting.  Besides, a lot of them will be leaving because the contest is over."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 516): BLUE SUEDE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 516): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 510): LIL E. TEE of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 513): GOLDENROD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 511): DARK MAGICIAN of LET'S DUEL! (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 510): WHITE WOLF of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 254): DAISY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 502): DOMITIAN of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 252): TERRIBLE TWO of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 498): KILLING MACHINE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 496): SUCCOTASH of VEGGIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 489): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 452): VAHNZUR of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 230): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 224): OSLOBEN BENBOBEN of SKELETON KEY (Skallagrim, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 211): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 377): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 356): DELORES of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 159): DEMOGORGON of BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 403): THE BLOB of HORROR FILMS from ARUAK CITY (Garfield)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 516): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 516): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 510): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 513): YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 511): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 510): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 254): BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 502): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 252): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 498): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 496): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 489): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 452): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 230): SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 224): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 211): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 377): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 356): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 159): BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 403): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 515): TOM SMITH of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 254): CENTIPEDE of CLASSIC ARCADE (Street Legal, mgr.)
                          FOOLISH FOLGERS of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 253): BALDER of VALHALLA (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 501): CASSIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 252): MAGOG of DARQUE FORCES (Darque Forces, mgr.)
                   (turn 251): REZOS THE THRACIAN of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               TRASHIUS of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
                               ABYSSINIAN of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 497): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
                          TAD DEVILLE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 224): OSLOBEN BENBOBEN of SKELETON KEY (Skallagrim, mgr.)
                     (turn 223): LEVIATHAN OF LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 355): TAIL IN THE AIR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 158): ABASHI of BAATANAR'RITEZU (Asmo Dius, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Hammer asked me to address everyone from my View from the Top as he is quite busy
with many other things at the moment!

The last time Hammer had a Gladiator on the Duel Master Throne during the Madness was
when POPPY HAMMER was defeated by the Madness First Initiate Duel Master Winner!

Now I am facing an even More Pressurized Final Turn of the Madness as the T-255 Duel
Master Prize is up for grabs if anyone is able to take it from me!

Since Hammer is well known for his Ripper Tendencies it is my Honor to Challenge
Sensei Jan's Ripper for the T-255 Title Bout!

Hammer would rather a Ripper be Crowned the T-255 Madness Duel Master if I am unable
to successfully defend my position here at the Top!

After all, I am probably the only remaining Original Slasher left alive that Hammer
created in his first few months as a manager and he would rather a Ripper defeat me
than any other style!

Of course, I will do my Unorthodox Best to retain the Madness Duel Master Throne and
Bless Hammer with the Prize of my success!

Hammer also asked me to send a greeting of thanks to Maximillian for posting the
current standings this cycle in the T-255 newsletter Spotlight section!

Verifications will be double checked between Max and Hammer before the Gladiatorial
Commission is contacted by Hammer and Prize Certs are released from Hammer's account
to the Winners!

Hammer also assures me that I will have every opportunity to graduate before he
replaces our stable with another group of FLOWERED HAMMERZ sometime in the future!

My Rise to the Top has been Real and Fun, but NOT Real Fun!  After all, I have had
many trips to the Infirmary where I nearly Died!

Ironic that Kat's Total Parody was Killed on His Challenge last turn!  Guess it's
payback for his graduate Killing one of Lady Martilyo's Beloved Ladyz and then
exiting to the Isle!

GOTTA LUV IT as they say!

-- DAISY HAMMER [Who Surprised Every One Including Hammer By Taking The Throne Last
Cycle!]

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  MORYA needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Too bad, BAD GERMS, but 
THE PENTARCHY was just too good to be stopped.  I don't wanna hurt anybody's feelings 
or anything, but VALHALLA really goofed with their 1-0-0.  The guys at FLOWER HAMMERZ 
like really pulled together to get a 3-2-0 this turn, moving up by 5.  One team 
deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 3 after going 3-1-0.  Keep it up, 
NORTHERN BADLANDS!  MVP award for LE NETTOYE?  THE PENTARCHY's proud of him after 
beating ANNE TENNA and getting 24 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  ANNE TENNA's 
match with LE NETTOYE cost her a loss of 20 points!  And I was just getting used to 
the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh well, welcome CENTIPEDE.  Aren't CLASSIC 
ARCADE proud.  (Oh, my.) Who was the wiseguy that said MORYA's Duelmaster was paying 
for drinks at Arthur's Last Stand?  Don't look at me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  THE WARLORDS II was the most avoided team.  Is a 
78-60-4 record really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are NORTHERN 
BADLANDS?  THE WARLORDS II, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to 
accept an invitation!  Can PRIMAL FURY's MYSTIC ZEALOT be more popular than me?  He 
was challenged the most, but is that really the same?  People were asking me did MR. 
CHOMP CHOMP REALLY challenge HENGIST?  (all right, maybe they didn't, but it sounded 
good!) It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but HENGIST wants me to write 
about it since he was subdued by MR. CHOMP CHOMP.  Satisfied?  PRINCESSE ADELAIDE 
must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  She challenged SUN TZU.  11 
is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought PRINCESSE ADELAIDE 
showed great skill and promise when she was overcame by SUN TZU.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  I hear IDIOTIC ICCERS sent FOOLISH FOLGERS 
to the Dark Arena.  What, is that like not well-lit, or what?  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 know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  Its 
been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804           16   8  2   117       PRIMAL FURY (438)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YIP AGAIN 3512               24  18  2   107       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-CAM SHAFT 3989               14   5  0   103       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620         17  15  0    99       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 LE NETTOYE 4069              10  10  0    93       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 DAISY HAMMER 3317            12  20  1    92       FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YOUNG JOAN 3534              21  19  1    88       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 WYATT BURP 3531              20  21  0    86       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 CLEOPATRA 3856               16  11  1    85       THE WARLORDS II (413)
 GARDENIA HAMMER 3871         13  12  2    82       FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
 HENGIST 3788                 12  15  1    78       THE WARLORDS II (413)
 GRIM BLACKSMITH 3961         11   9  0    78       NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)
 NYALL BLOODGRIN 3963         13   7  2    74       NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)
 LADY CONSOLACION 3703        13  15  2    70       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 CAESAR 3974                  17   7  0    68       THE WARLORDS II (413)
 ANNE TENNA 4053              11   5  0    68       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 WASTELAND WARLORD 3594       12  12  0    67       NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FROGGER 3656                 11  13  0    61       CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
-ZITAN AL KHUM 3743           12  14  1    57       ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONJUNCTIVITIS 4129           8   7  0    54       BAD GERMS (430)
 REDWIND 4099                 11   7  1    53       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 FREDDY FENDER 3956            9  14  1    52       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 GALAXIAN 4188                 6   3  0    51       CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
 IDUN 4169                     6   6  0    51       VALHALLA (435)
 STREPTOCOCCUS 4186            8   2  0    45       BAD GERMS (430)
 QIX 4245                      3   0  0    45       CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
 LADY DOMINGA 3702             8  20  0    44       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 HUB CAPP 4168                 6   4  0    41       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 DOLTON MCGUILTY 4118          4   5  1    41       CANADIAN BACON (383)
 RED CACTUS HAMMER 4032        7  13  0    40       FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
 FRAIL FREEBIRD 4192           6   3  0    37       IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)
-GOBLIN KING 4072              6   5  1    34       PRIMAL FURY (438)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADY EVELYN 4194              5   3  0    33       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 LE GROS AUJALD 4173           7   4  0    30       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 SALMONELLA 4228               2   1  0    29       BAD GERMS (430)
 CRYPTOSPORIDIUM 4229          3   2  0    28       BAD GERMS (430)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MAGETA THE LION 4000          6   8  1    27       PRIMAL FURY (438)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZAXXON 4172                   4   7  1    22       CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
 DON CARNAGE 4119              3   6  0    22       CANADIAN BACON (383)
 MOUTHY MICROTONE 4174         2   9  1    20       IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)
-JEQUIE CONQUISTA 3738         4   6  1    19       ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)
 HANNIBAL 4235                 3   1  0    17       THE WARLORDS II (413)
 STINK WEED HAMMER 4232        2   2  0    17       FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
 SUN TZU 4234                  1   3  0    16       THE WARLORDS II (413)
 OL' GRIZ 4250                 1   0  0    15       NORTHERN BADLANDS (337)
 LOOPY LIEVELING 4210          1   6  1    14       IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)
-FLO VALVE 4243                1   1  0    14       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 PATHETIC PICACHU 4258         1   0  0    14       IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)
 DANDELION HAMMER 4116         0  14  0    14       FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
 CORONAVIRUS 4259              1   0  1    12       BAD GERMS (430)
 CBA 4187                      2   3  0    10       CANADIAN BACON (383)
 HARRY THE SNAKE 4179          2   4  0    10       CANADIAN BACON (383)
 NIGHTSHADOW 4231              2   3  0     9       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-KUKI BANE 4078                2   1  0     7       ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)
-DAKIDES 4080                  1   2  1     6       ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)
 LADY ELMA 4244                0   1  0     5       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 PRINCESSE ADELAIDE 4248       1   1  0     4       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-KATANA FURY 4079              0   3  0     3       ENDTIME PROPHETS (429)
 ALBERTA CLIPPER 4260          0   1  0     1       CANADIAN BACON (383)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
STAPH. AUREUS 3752    14 13 0 BAD GERMS 430         MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804    254         
CROOKED WIND 4251      0  2 0 DODGE BULLETS 126     CORONAVIRUS 4259      255         
BLUNT ARROW 4166       4  6 0 DODGE BULLETS 126     FLESHRIPPER 4213      252         
FOOLISH FOLGERS 3526  18 25 1 IDIOTIC ICCERS 398    ARENAMASTER NOR 346   255 NONE    
EROTIC EEEK 4141       6  7 0 IDIOTIC ICCERS 398    REDWIND 4099          254         
NJORD 4061            13  6 0 VALHALLA 435          DAISY HAMMER 3317     254         
RAMSES 4227            0  1 0 THE WARLORDS II 413   DAKIDES 4080          251 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

What a slaughterhouse!  I don't think I've ever seen so many old warriors killed on
the same turn.  Congrats to the butchers. -- Le Pentarque

I'm sorry I wasn't more active in the contest, but I hadn't any young warriors at the
start, and I was worried about the postal service. -- The Pentarque

Times are getting harder. -- Yip again

Yaaaa. -- Princesse Adilaode

Jan -- I can only hope that my futile attempt to bloodfeud exacts the kind of revenge
I desire.  'Tis my own fault, running on maintenance when I knew your challenges were
coming every turn, but such is life.  It is still very annoying! -- Assur

And so I do not even place in the final basher standings, but my bashers were the
only ones other than the winner who ended the contest with winning records!  Staph.
Aureus was decent, but learns plagued his career just as they did Giardia's.

Staph. Aureus 39FE -- 13-7-12-15-17-15-5 B, +1 ATT, +2-3 DEF, +1 INI Final skills at:
23/9/17/11/12/23 (learns: 11/2/10/12/9/11)

Thanks all for a great contest!  It was a blast, though losing 4 of the 5 I started
with is just a bit on the annoying side, especially since 2 of them were my bashers.

Conjunctivitis: 11(1)-18(1)-8-5-15(1)-9-21 AB
Streptococcus: 11(1)-14(1)-11-15(1)-17(1)-5-15 TP
Cryptosporidium: 11-14-17-11-19(3)-4-11 TP (Meant to send strats to change his train,
but never did)

Hammer -- I think I might have won the Mail In Tournament Points Award.  All the
leaders have been inactive and I passed them all.  Streptococcus went 2-3,
Cryptosporidium went 2-3, and Salmonella went 4-3.

Street Legal -- We'll see if Dameon Darkheart returns, but if not, the AB contest
will most likely fall to one of us.  I've sent Salmonella after your AB and avoided
your team across the board.  Perhaps not the most sporting way to win it, but I'm a
Delarq at heart, especially in contests.  My only regret, and it is a small one, is
killing your other young AB.  I've never been a fan of the deaths of warriors, mine
or others.  In a contest like this, though, all is fair. -- Assurnasirbanipal

Sensei Jan -- Congratulation on leading the Cartel!  You've brought honor to us all
with your fine showing! -- The Praising Persian, Kat

Daisy Hammer -- That hurt.  Njord was cruising towards top TP...before pushing-
Daisies Hammer comes along.  Ugh.  So goes a 10-17(1)-12-17-13-3-13 TP, + 4 DEF,
learning 43 skills (2.39/fight). -- The Ocelot of "Oh-My", Kat

Hammer & Max -- Thanks, So long, and thanks-for-all-the-fish! -- The Abysinnian of
Addams, Kat (how improbable!)

Mouthy Microtone -- Does this mean you're going to write personals?  I'll bait (but
not bate) my breath for that.  Actually (grimacing), it's your breath that seems to
have been baited.  Phew! -- Nightshadow

Cleopatra -- Just because you're statuesque is no reason to go throwing your weight
around. -- Young Joan, the slim, lithe type of girl
P.S.  When you're forty, if you should live that long, you'll sag.  Ha!

Centipede -- All those cold (erp!) feet!  Euwh!  Keep (erp!) them out of (erp!) my
bath and out of (erp!) my bed (besides, I (erp!) don't do (erp!) it with bugs). --
Wyatt Burp

Erotic Eeek -- You're kidding?  THAT is...?  You must know very strange women. --
Redwind

Qix -- So, how come you're not on the team Qubit?  They're always looking for ques.
-- Crooked Wind
P.S.  I think you should go JOIN that team, which is to say, leave this arena, okay?
I don't like you much.  Well, maybe it isn't so much that I don't like YOU, but I
don't like losing.  So, if you could fight me and lose sometime, I'm sure it would be
the start of a beautiful friendship.
P.P.S.  I'm sociable, we could go find a bar and get mokus together.

Morya -- It has been an honor fighting with you all for the last two years.  Thank
you to everyone for making this possible. -- Maximillian

Tourney points will be updated for the final spotlight next turn.  Online people will
get their tourney info this weekend, just didn't have the time. -- Maximillian

4 May 2005
Several questions have been asked about Slaughter's Challenge that I'd like to
address and clarify.
     1)  All Prizes must be used on the contest team, this includes the resurrection.
         Remember any fast arena team should be able to transfer to a slow arena
         (except for arena 82, I believe).
     2)  Warriors will be allowed to fight and run in the dead tourney, should there
         be one, and return if an opening can be made without breaking the rules
         (i.e. only one DA fight allowed per team).
     3)  If you win your single DA match you do not get another.  It's one use of the
         Dark Arena win or lose so if you want him/her/it dead be sure and throw the
         match!
     4)  The resurrection potion's longevity has been extended by the commission to 6
         months but the other potions (favorites, and +1 bonus) must still be used
         within 2 turns and on a 5 FE or higher warrior.  The resurrection can go on
         any warrior regardless of FE.
Street Legal

P.S.  My thanks to those already entered (Hammer, The Consortium, Tripwire, Stik, and
Shaman) and hope many more find a reason to come to arena 54.  Again, my email is
triumph1971@hotmail.com or you can diplo me in arena 14 at THE DEATH SQUAD (63) if
you need more info!

21 May 2005
Amendment for "Fratsfas Quest for the Best!"
     Managers that have teams already established in Fratsfa need not have (3) three
warriors in the initiates.  FE will NOT be a factor.  Stables may be entered at any
time.  Just announce your stable in the p-ads.
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     This in my invitation to all managers  who wish to prove their mettle against
managers from all over Alastari.  We have limited TP's in this contest to one a team
at a time.  We DO NOT want this contest to become a scum fest as many others have,
hence the Andorian arena.  Good luck to all who come to prove their skills.  "May
your enemies' blood flow freely" -- Dark Knight Toker, Desolate Empire Alliance

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FOOLISH FOLGERS was butchered by ARENAMASTER NOR in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
CONJUNCTIVITIS was vanquished by MYSTIC ZEALOT in a 1 minute Bloodfeud Title battle.
YIP AGAIN demolished CLEOPATRA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MR. CHOMP CHOMP devastated HENGIST in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
FROGGER was overpowered by WYATT BURP in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LE NETTOYE devastated ANNE TENNA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
IDUN bested FREDDY FENDER in a 2 minute Challenge match.
FRAIL FREEBIRD was viciously subdued by GALAXIAN in a 3 minute Challenge competition.
STREPTOCOCCUS was viciously subdued by LADY CONSOLACION in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
QIX overpowered LADY DOMINGA in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
LE GROS AUJALD overpowered DANDELION HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
ZAXXON beat LOOPY LIEVELING in a 4 minute brutal Challenge fight.
PRINCESSE ADELAIDE was subdued by SUN TZU in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
DAISY HAMMER was devastated by CENTIPEDE in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
CAESAR was viciously subdued by GARDENIA HAMMER in a 3 minute master's bout.
NYALL BLOODGRIN lost to YOUNG JOAN in a action packed 1 minute master's bout.
WASTELAND WARLORD viciously subdued DOLTON MCGUILTY in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bout.
REDWIND was devastated by GRIM BLACKSMITH in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
RED CACTUS HAMMER beat SALMONELLA in a 4 minute bout.
LADY EVELYN beat DON CARNAGE in a 1 minute fight.
HUB CAPP outwaited CAPTURED ORC in a slow 7 minute master vs. novice competition.
MOUTHY MICROTONE was unbelievably bested by CRYPTOSPORIDIUM in a 4 minute match.
HARRY THE SNAKE lost to STINK WEED HAMMER in a 1 minute fray.
NIGHTSHADOW was devastated by OL' GRIZ in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
HANNIBAL luckily beat ALBERTA CLIPPER in a 3 minute brutal beginner's fight.
CBA defeated LADY ELMA in a 2 minute novice's duel.
CROOKED WIND was assassinated by CORONAVIRUS in a 1 minute uneven match.
PATHETIC PICACHU beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 6 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         WALL OF STEEL     36 -  29 -  3      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-LUNGE       27 -  22 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-STRIKE      27 -  24 -  1      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         LUNGING ATTACK    51 -  46 -  3      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         SLASHING ATTACK   28 -  29 -  5      49  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   53 -  55 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         TOTAL PARRY       41 -  44 -  0      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         BASHING ATTACK    40 -  45 -  3      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW        21 -  25 -  0      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  23 -  1      44  |

Turn 255 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        3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  5         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  3     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  4                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  3                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    MYSTIC ZEALOT 3804         16   8  2  117 PRIMAL FURY (438)
BASHING ATTACK   YIP AGAIN 3512             24  18  2  107 THE PENTARCHY (397)
PARRY-STRIKE     MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620       17  15  0   99 THE PENTARCHY (397)
SLASHING ATTACK  CLEOPATRA 3856             16  11  1   85 THE WARLORDS II (413)
STRIKING ATTACK  GARDENIA HAMMER 3871       13  12  2   82 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372)
TOTAL PARRY      CAESAR 3974                17   7  0   68 THE WARLORDS II (413)
LUNGING ATTACK   ANNE TENNA 4053            11   5  0   68 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
AIMED BLOW       CONJUNCTIVITIS 4129         8   7  0   54 BAD GERMS (430)
WALL OF STEEL    REDWIND 4099               11   7  1   53 DODGE BULLETS (126)
PARRY-LUNGE      QIX 4245                    3   0  0   45 CLASSIC ARCADE (415)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WYATT BURP 3531.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GARDENIA HAMMER 3871.  The ten other most popular fighters were WASTELAND WARLORD 
3594, MOUTHY MICROTONE 4174, LADY CONSOLACION 3703, GALAXIAN 4188, WYATT BURP 3531, 
QIX 4245, SUN TZU 4234, SALMONELLA 4228, ALBERTA CLIPPER 4260, and MR. CHOMP CHOMP 
3620.

The least popular fighter this week was HUB CAPP 4168.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PATHETIC PICACHU 4258, CROOKED WIND 4251, NIGHTSHADOW 4231, DON CARNAGE 
4119, REDWIND 4099, DAISY HAMMER 3317, DANDELION HAMMER 4116, LADY DOMINGA 3702, 
HENGIST 3788, and CLEOPATRA 3856.

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

FOOLISH FOLGERS (28-3526) IDIOTIC ICCERS (398)
CENTIPEDE (28-3980) CLASSIC ARCADE (415)