DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 09/23/2005 Duedate: 10/20/2005 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM ARENA DM-28 TURN-259 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS GRIM BLACKSMITH NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) (28-3961) [14-10-0,114] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader GRIM BLACKSMITH GHOST CHANT NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) (28-3961) [14-10-0,114] (28-4184) [4-2-0,40] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite WYATT BURP LE NETTOYE DODGE BULLETS (126) THE PENTARCHY (397) (28-3531) [22-23-0,103] (28-4069) [12-12-0,96] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. VALHALLA (435) 36 2. THE WARLORDS II (413) 34 THE PENTARCHY (397) 3. RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) 28 Unchartered Team 4. FILIPINA LADYZ (423) 18 5. SISTERS OF SMASH (467) 7 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 2*RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) 18 10 1 64.3 1/ 1 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) 11 4 0 2/ 1 THE PENTARCHY (397) 214 144 4 59.8 2/ 4 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) 8 4 0 3- 4 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) 128 98 6 56.6 3/ 2 DODGE BULLETS (126) 7 6 0 4/ 7 VALHALLA (435) 58 45 4 56.3 4/ 6*RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) 6 3 0 5/ 6 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) 118 92 3 56.2 5/ 8 THE WARLORDS II (413) 6 6 0 6/ 8 THE WARLORDS II (413) 86 69 5 55.5 6/13 VALHALLA (435) 5 2 0 7/ 5 BAD GERMS (430) 77 62 6 55.4 7/ 3 THE PENTARCHY (397) 4 7 0 8/11 DODGE BULLETS (126) 239 260 11 47.9 8/10 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) 2 1 0 9/12 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) 54 66 4 45.0 9/ 5 BAD GERMS (430) 2 3 1 10/13 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) 80 108 5 42.6 10- 7 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) 2 3 0 11/14 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) 62 87 4 41.6 11/11 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) 2 6 0 12/10*SISTERS OF SMASH (467) 6 9 0 40.0 12/14*SISTERS OF SMASH (467) 2 8 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[ A Darque Tale #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Trocar: 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." Master Darque stood near the edge of Raigavor's island and watched the wizard lock up his tower. It was natural that the wizard should want to lock it up--or seal it in some fashion--when departing for a lengthy journey, and courteous for he himself to stay out of the way while Raigavor was doing it. But he didn't have to like it. Manners were such a nuisance! He was sure that the Red Wizard was using some kind of spell, but he wasn't close enough to distinguish the details against the island's background of magical static. A new spell was rare, and probably would be useful at some point. Oh, well, he could steal it later if he needed it. Raigavor joined him at the shore, striding briskly while slinging a satchel, almost a backpack in size, over his shoulder. "The boat is there," he said, gesturing. A boat appeared out of a patch of mist and reeds. Master Darque conceded that the mist and reeds, if they were real and not illusion, might have been sufficient to conceal the little boat in a normal, non- magical way, and that the boat could perhaps be normal and non-magical. With a wizard like Raigavor, you couldn't be sure that what you were seeing was actually there. The manager followed Raigavor onto the much-too-small boat and sat gingerly where directed. The boatman, he saw, was a golem. Well, fine. Less likely to become hysterical if something went wrong. A well-made golem was the most reliable servant a magician could have. There was a carriage waiting on the shore. That was a relief; horses did not get along well with him, and to have to ride one all the way to Xochithlan...no. His two dwarvish servants were waiting with it, and one servant for Raigavor. Hard to tell what race that one was, perhaps an orc? But the coachman was human, wearing Trocaran Royal livery. "One of King Samir's coaches," Raigavor said. "As fast as any we could hire, and we won't be stopped. A royal coach is as good as a free pass at the border." As promised, there had been no delay at Trocar's formal border, nor at the point somewhat farther west where the land officially claimed by Xochithlan began. "It used to be forest all the way between the borders," Raigavor commented. "Burned during the Rirorni War. Replanted four times, and they all failed to take. I told Samir he should bet a greenwitch for it, but he said the elves didn't like that idea." The wizard snorted. "Typical of elves! Arrogant through and through, and they think they know more about growing things than anybody. That's a load of fertilizer, if you like!" "Plants are over-rated," Darque said. "Food for cattle." He bared distinctly non-herbivorous teeth. He turned his attention to Xochithlan, spies and domes rising over the hills ahead of them. Pastel and delicate. Very elvish. Boring. The sigil stirred in his mind. "What do we have to do in Xochithlan to use the sigil?" + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Jhans: Barudai the Rirorni moved sideways until he could put one shoulder against all that remained of his shelter. From here he could watch the tunnel that had appeared in the hillside behind him and the wall of water that fell from the sky in front. The tunnel beckoned with dryness and warmth, but he was not such a fool as trust himself to a magical passage. It was bound to be a trap. Better to run out into the storm than to venture into the depths of the hill. A disturbance in the glassy smoothness of the falling rain claimed his full attention. A man stepped through it, gaunt, clad in a few rain-soaked ribbons and draggled feathers, clutching a deeply carved staff. His face and body were tattooed with the symbols that marked him as a dark shaman, a follower of Mytori. The priests of Mytori had spells that could overpower the most accomplished swordsman, but Barudai raised his sword anyway, prepared to sell his life as dearly as he could. The shaman never looked at him. The burning eyes were fixed on the tunnel, the thin-lipped mouth stretched wide in the smile of a man who sees his dearest wish made real in front of him. The shaman prostrated himself at the entrance to the tunnel, began to chant, rose and entered it. Which meant that Barudai could escape his pursuer, but he was not as happy about that as he had expected to be. Whatever the shaman thought to find down there could not be good news for the ordinary people of the plains. The tunnel closed behind the shaman, and Barudai the Rirorni was glad to see that, even though his horse had vanished with it. Better to be on foot, better to be caught in the heart of the storm, than to have stepped into that trap. And far better to survive to take the warning to Rocanis where the shamans were gathered than that the renegade fall upon the tribes and the cities of southern Alastari without warning. Rocanis: For a bunch of shamans who would be needing all the help they could get to deal with a major menace, Ghost Dancer thought they looked truculent. Even hostile. Nobody actually said out loud that the problem was all Uncle Wolf's fault, but you could tell they were thinking it. Bluesnake, chief shaman of the Saargedai tribe, scowled at Wolf. His combination of body-paint and tattoos made this an alarming sight. "You made good time. We just sent the message to Morya." His look of annoyance deepened to suspicion. "And the word we're getting is that everyone ELSE is finding the Spirit Land closed to travel." Wolf looked back at him calmly. You couldn't tell from his expression that he distrusted the Saarda. "Your message must have missed me," he said. "I was already coming here for other reasons." Bluesnake smiled, baring incisors that had been filed to points and abnormally long canines. "Then we won't keep you from your other business--" "The good of the Maengedai will always be my first business," Wolf assured him. He glanced at the other shamans. "What is the news, Windrider?" The young shaman of the Vonsogedai shrugged, causing the feathers on his bandolier to flutter. "What you warned us of," he said. "Everyone has been dreaming of the Black Sword lately. I have dreamed it myself, and it is...bad." "Mind you, we're not SURE yet," another shaman said. Rain Caller was his name, of the Haimgedai, an old man in an embroidered cape sewn with rows of tiny steel chimes. "We've sent scouts--" "Very wise," Wolf said, cutting across the beginning of Bluesnake's derisive laugh. "What's the use of holding meetings?" another man asked. He was wearing an incongruous robe of silk, and his complexion was more golden than typical Rirorni bronze. Probably from one of the semi-civilized tribes of the Rithakar area. "Mytori is a GOD. No mortal can overcome a god's will." "This is true," Wolf said, cutting off the comment Bluesnake was about to utter. "And no group of a hundred shamans, however united in purpose they might be, could overcome a god--save by the aid of another god, and at the cost of their own lives. But Mytori must work through a human tool, and THAT we can fight and destroy." Bluesnake made an abrupt gesture, cutting off the buzz of comment that followed Wolf's statement. "We can fight it, if we're fools," he said. "The Black Sword is a tool? Well and good. WE can seize the tool and use it for the good of all Rirorni! After all, was it not YOU, Wolf, who said that a tool is just a tool, and it is the intent of the wielder that decides whether it is good or ill?" "I may be a fool, Bluesnake, or perhaps not," Wolf answered. "But I know full well--as you do--that only one man may wield a Black Sword. It is not the tool for a committee. And even a tool, if consecrated to a god, will have a bias in it to bend the wielder to the god's will. Mytori is not concerned with 'the good of all Rirorni' any more than you are." "Words! Just words--meant to mislead! You will take the Sword into your own hand, will you? Wield it for YOUR ends? Who are you to judge the interests of the Saargedai, the Vonsogedai, or any other tribe? I say we seize the Sword and use it to make the Rirorni great, to cast down those who have spurned us and warred on us for generations!" He turned to the assembled shamans. "Will you listen to this fool who wants to DESTROY the most powerful tool that has come into Rirorni hands in centuries? Or to me, who says that power comes to those who will use it? One who says that WE should use this Sword?" Comment and argument erupted among the shamans, who broke down into clusters, becoming more heated by the moment. "That's torn it," Wolf said quietly. DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. Mr. Chomp Chomp, I think you would be well-advised to learn to fight with your mouth closed. It is not actually necessary to chew on your own tongue like that. Young Joan SPY REPORT You elder fighters surely remember me. The younger ones may call me Olaf Modeen. I return to SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM once again! Hmmmph! I always thought THE PENTARCHY was an over-rated team and they proved it with a 0-3-0! Ya gotta be quick on yer feet! Keep your elbow off the table! Thrust! Block out the pain! VALHALLA is now ranked 6th with a 4-0-0 turn. It seems so recently people were saying THE WARLORDS II was washed up, finished. But 4-0-0 moved them up 3. I guess they're washed no more... What's with CLEOPATRA? She actually beat NORTHERN BADLANDS' WASTELAND WARLORD, and walked away with 18 more points from the fight. Major screwup at THE PENTARCHY. MR. CHOMP CHOMP lost 14 points to WYATT BURP. Some new strategies, perhaps? Maybe MR. CHOMP CHOMP will provide more easy wins... Apparently SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM isn't filled with as many gutless wonders as I thought. The Dreaded Duelmaster got 6 challenges this turn! NORTHERN BADLANDS' hatred of DODGE BULLETS surfaced again as GRIM BLACKSMITH challenged SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM's top dog. I'm sure SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM is excited about GRIM BLACKSMITH, the new Duelmaster from NORTHERN BADLANDS. (remember?) But when you've seen as many as I have... I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters? Tough! Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges... How well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team! Don't fall out of practive, RIDERS OF AHRINGOL! Management must be dealin', as the boys at RIDERS OF AHRINGOL ain't reelin'! RIDERS OF AHRINGOL's mad! Fighting is a better craft than farming, OL' GRIZ, but you have to pay your dues. Being challenged by GHOST CHANT, 19 points above you, is dues. GHOST CHANT defeated OL' GRIZ. I bet GHOST CHANT could beat two-year-olds, too. Well, NORTHERN BADLANDS knows who to set their sights on. Maybe SISTERS OF SMASH's MAELLE is one of those gals who likes pain, or something. That's what she'll get next week, after challenging up 28 to SUN TZU. I don't get it. MAELLE goes and challenges SUN TZU, way above her, but gets 1 points after she loses! Is this a new strategy? A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing. Some fighters don't accept this. The best do. Someone told CORONAVIRUS that VALHALLA never Bloodfeuded, that he'd have an easy kill. Well, I'm sure whoever misled you is right sorry. Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover stupor. You young rapscallions, take note! Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors. Any plans here? The end of another Spyreport! That's cause for celebration in my book! I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME GRIM BLACKSMITH 3961 14 10 0 114 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME WYATT BURP 3531 22 23 0 103 DODGE BULLETS (126) CAESAR 3974 20 8 0 101 THE WARLORDS II (413) LADY CONSOLACION 3703 15 17 2 98 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LE NETTOYE 4069 12 12 0 96 THE PENTARCHY (397) YOUNG JOAN 3534 24 20 1 93 DODGE BULLETS (126) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CLEOPATRA 3856 17 14 1 89 THE WARLORDS II (413) NYALL BLOODGRIN 3963 15 9 2 89 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) HENGIST 3788 13 18 1 85 THE WARLORDS II (413) DAISY HAMMER 3317 13 23 1 83 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620 19 17 0 80 THE PENTARCHY (397) -FROGGER 3656 12 13 0 80 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) WASTELAND WARLORD 3594 15 13 0 77 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) GARDENIA HAMMER 3871 14 15 3 73 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME REDWIND 4099 13 9 1 66 DODGE BULLETS (126) GALAXIAN 4188 9 4 1 62 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) IDUN 4169 8 7 0 59 VALHALLA (435) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CONJUNCTIVITIS 4129 8 7 0 54 BAD GERMS (430) LADY DOMINGA 3702 10 22 0 53 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) -STREPTOCOCCUS 4186 8 2 0 45 BAD GERMS (430) LADY EVELYN 4194 7 5 0 44 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) -QIX 4245 3 1 0 43 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) GHOST CHANT 4184 4 2 0 40 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) -FRAIL FREEBIRD 4192 7 4 0 38 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) SALMONELLA 4228 4 2 0 37 BAD GERMS (430) -PATHETIC PICACHU 4258 3 0 0 37 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) SUN TZU 4234 4 4 1 35 THE WARLORDS II (413) STORM RIDER 4257 3 1 0 34 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VIPER 4185 4 3 0 32 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) LE GROS AUJALD 4173 8 7 0 31 THE PENTARCHY (397) -PRINCESSE ADELAIDE 4248 3 1 0 28 THE PENTARCHY (397) -CRYPTOSPORIDIUM 4229 3 2 0 28 BAD GERMS (430) -INFERNO SERVENT 4191 2 0 0 25 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -ZAXXON 4172 4 7 1 22 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) LADY ELMA 4244 3 2 0 21 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) -STINK WEED HAMMER 4232 3 3 0 20 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) MARIE ALICE 4215 2 1 0 20 SISTERS OF SMASH (467) UGLY KID JOE 4246 3 0 0 18 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) CORONAVIRUS 4259 3 2 3 16 BAD GERMS (430) -LOOPY LIEVELING 4210 1 8 1 16 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) -DANDELION HAMMER 4116 0 16 0 16 FLOWER HAMMERZ (372) MAGNI 4287 1 0 0 15 VALHALLA (435) DONNAR 4275 1 0 0 14 VALHALLA (435) -CREAKY CHRONOS 4261 1 1 0 12 IDIOTIC ICCERS (398) OL' GRIZ 4250 3 2 0 11 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) CHANTAL 4218 2 1 0 10 SISTERS OF SMASH (467) -PAPER FLOWERS 4182 1 3 0 6 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464) CATHIE 4217 1 2 0 5 SISTERS OF SMASH (467) MAELLE 4214 1 2 0 5 SISTERS OF SMASH (467) HEIMDALL 4286 1 0 0 5 VALHALLA (435) STORMDANCER 4278 1 1 0 4 DODGE BULLETS (126) MANKILLER 4279 1 1 0 4 DODGE BULLETS (126) PAULETTE 4216 0 3 0 3 SISTERS OF SMASH (467) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? NIGHTSHADOW 4231 2 4 0 DODGE BULLETS 126 SUN TZU 4234 256 CROOKED WIND 4251 0 2 0 DODGE BULLETS 126 CORONAVIRUS 4259 255 NOT REVE RED CACTUS HAMME 4032 7 14 0 FLOWER HAMMERZ 372 GALAXIAN 4188 256 REVENGED BRAGI 4171 0 1 0 VALHALLA 435 CORONAVIRUS 4259 258 JUST REV HANNIBAL 4235 3 2 0 THE WARLORDS II 413 CORONAVIRUS 4259 256 PERSONAL ADS Maximillian -- Yeah, two years is a long time with a lot of work. Hands up to the two of you. -- Liam the Goth Red Wind -- Nice moves you have there. Will see you again when my skill base is better. -- Ghost Chant Ol' Griz -- Had so much fun our first dance, just had to do it again...you teach so well, love. -- Stormy Ugly Kid -- Ahhhhhhh! -- Paper Flowers Hammer -- Well three more turns for me before I must go once again. I'm needed in other arenas. You know how it is, master of one's way, yet forces beyond me pull at my being. -- Liam P.S. Buddy Lee tells everyone he's a dwarf, but I can tell you he's really a KENDER with a fake beard. *grin* Sun Tzu -- That was truly the art. -- Viper] Lady Dominga -- Hopefully you'll be lingering a little longer in our little town, for I do so love our little dances. -- Idun (Valhalla) Ghost Chant -- I believe your problem lies in your golem-hood. And, of course, with magic in this wretched state, you can't get some wizard to come along and turn you real with a blast of power. Or if you do, well, no telling WHAT kind of real you'll have, is there? -- Redwind Nyall Bloodgrin -- I'm afraid Wyatt can't write you a personal today, because he burped just as you were burying him in the sand and choked on it. He'll be all right, or as much as he ever is, but today, no personal from Wyatt. -- Redwind That's IT? The whole, entire sum of my first arena fight, and that's IT? I'm disappointed. -- Stormdancer I'd've killed that thief if some idiot hadn't stopped me. -- Mankiller Paper Flowers and Comany -- Oooo-kay. -- Young Joan Liam the Goth -- You should have gotten my diplo by now. -- Uncle Wolf Liam the Goth -- There's been a hitch at the scriptorium and will be no episode today, but your generous offer is appreciated. Can you send me a little information on those of your forces who are most eager to be involved? -- LP Amelia P.S. A diplo to Scribe, no team or arena specified, will probably reach me fastest. 15 September 2005 HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005. What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of selected arenas has become a far from fun experience. In other words Hammer has had it! The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from his planned sponsorship of any future contests. There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors. Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the time, effort and money spent over the past several years. May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today. Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history. 19 September 2005 I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for five years. Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord Xiang, D2-101 LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS IDUN devastated CORONAVIRUS in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight. GRIM BLACKSMITH vanquished YOUNG JOAN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title battle. SALMONELLA was unbelievably bested by LADY DOMINGA in a 2 minute Challenge brawl. GHOST CHANT overpowered OL' GRIZ in a 1 minute bloody one-sided Challenge fight. MAELLE was devastated by SUN TZU in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel. CHANTAL was devastated by VIPER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match. PAULETTE was overcome by LADY ELMA in a 1 minute Challenge fight. MR. CHOMP CHOMP was handily defeated by WYATT BURP in a 1 minute uneven melee. LE NETTOYE lost to CAESAR in a action packed 4 minute expert's fight. WASTELAND WARLORD was defeated by CLEOPATRA in a 1 minute veteran's fight. GARDENIA HAMMER was beaten by HENGIST in a exciting 1 minute veteran's fight. NYALL BLOODGRIN bested REDWIND in a exciting 1 minute master's conflict. DAISY HAMMER was demolished by LADY CONSOLACION in a 1 minute one-sided brawl. GALAXIAN slimly won victory over LADY EVELYN in a popular 3 minute gruesome conflict. STORM RIDER luckily beat LE GROS AUJALD in a 5 minute struggle. CATHIE was bested by UGLY KID JOE in a 4 minute amateur's brawl. MARIE ALICE overpowered MANKILLER in a 1 minute one-sided bout. STORMDANCER was beaten by DONNAR in a popular 1 minute novice's bout. HEIMDALL unbelievably bested CONVICTED THIEF in a 7 minute amateur's competition. MAGNI defeated JAR JAR BINKS in a 1 minute novice's duel. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 8 PARRY-LUNGE 23 - 12 - 0 66 | |BASHING ATTACK 8 TOTAL PARRY 33 - 26 - 0 56 | |WALL OF STEEL 5 PARRY-RIPOSTE 19 - 17 - 1 53 | |TOTAL PARRY 4 LUNGING ATTACK 42 - 39 - 2 52 | |STRIKING ATTACK 4 AIMED BLOW 15 - 14 - 1 52 | |SLASHING ATTACK 3 STRIKING ATTACK 39 - 39 - 3 50 | |PARRY-LUNGE 2 WALL OF STEEL 22 - 23 - 2 49 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 BASHING ATTACK 36 - 41 - 5 47 | |AIMED BLOW 1 PARRY-STRIKE 15 - 21 - 0 42 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 SLASHING ATTACK 17 - 27 - 2 39 | Turn 259 was great if you Not so great if you used The fighting styles of the used the fighting styles: the fighting styles: top eleven warriors are: AIMED BLOW 1 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 3 - 5 3 SLASHING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 4 - 0 BASHING ATTACK 3 - 5 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE SLASHING ATTACK 2 - 1 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 2 BASHING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 3 - 2 1 STRIKING ATTACK PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 1 LUNGING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 2 - 2 1 PARRY-STRIKE TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME STRIKING ATTACK GRIM BLACKSMITH 3961 14 10 0 114 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) TOTAL PARRY CAESAR 3974 20 8 0 101 THE WARLORDS II (413) PARRY-RIPOSTE YOUNG JOAN 3534 24 20 1 93 DODGE BULLETS (126) SLASHING ATTACK CLEOPATRA 3856 17 14 1 89 THE WARLORDS II (413) PARRY-STRIKE MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620 19 17 0 80 THE PENTARCHY (397) PARRY-LUNGE WASTELAND WARLORD 3594 15 13 0 77 NORTHERN BADLANDS (337) WALL OF STEEL REDWIND 4099 13 9 1 66 DODGE BULLETS (126) AIMED BLOW GALAXIAN 4188 9 4 1 62 CLASSIC ARCADE (415) LUNGING ATTACK LADY EVELYN 4194 7 5 0 44 FILIPINA LADYZ (423) 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 LE NETTOYE 4069. The ten other most popular fighters were GALAXIAN 4188, LADY EVELYN 4194, LE GROS AUJALD 4173, CATHIE 4217, GRIM BLACKSMITH 3961, CLEOPATRA 3856, NYALL BLOODGRIN 3963, GHOST CHANT 4184, LADY ELMA 4244, and WYATT BURP 3531. The least popular fighter this week was HEIMDALL 4286. The other ten least popular fighters were MANKILLER 4279, STORM RIDER 4257, DAISY HAMMER 3317, REDWIND 4099, PAULETTE 4216, CHANTAL 4218, MAELLE 4214, OL' GRIZ 4250, YOUNG JOAN 3534, and CORONAVIRUS 4259.