Date   : 04/07/2006    Duedate: 05/04/2006


DM-28    TURN-266

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-3989) [16-5-0,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CAM SHAFT                      MAELLE
(28-3989) [16-5-0,109]         (28-4214) [4-3-1,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE PENTARCHY (397)            THE PENTARCHY (397)
(28-3620) [21-22-0,97]         (28-3620) [21-22-0,97]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OLD WANDERERS (483)         61
2. PHANTACITY (480)            29      THE PENTARCHY (397)
3. SISTERS OF SMASH (467)      28      Unchartered Team
4. DODGE BULLETS (126)         28
5. FILIPINA LADYZ (423)        22      OLD WANDERERS (483)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*THUNDER STORM (476)        2   0  0  100   1/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      10  3 0
 2/ 0*OLD WANDERERS (483)        4   1  0 80.0   2/ 1 DODGE BULLETS (126)       8  5 0
 3/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      228 159  5 58.9   3/ 3*LORDS OF DEATH (474)      8  7 0
 4- 3 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  24  17  2 58.5   4/ 4*THE ANIMALS (475)         7  8 0
 5- 4 VALHALLA (435)            71  52  4 57.7   5/ 7 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)    6  4 0
 6/ 5 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)   205 188  8 52.2   6/ 5 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      6  6 0
 7/ 6 DODGE BULLETS (126)      265 267 11 49.8   7/10*SISTERS OF SMASH (467)    5 10 2
 8/ 8*SISTERS OF SMASH (467)    16  19  3 45.7   8/ 0*OLD WANDERERS (483)       4  1 0
 9/ 9 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      75 104  5 41.9   9/11*PHANTACITY (480)          3  7 0
10/10*THE ANIMALS (475)         14  21  0 40.0  10- 6 VALHALLA (435)            2  2 0
11/ 7*LORDS OF DEATH (474)      10  15  1 40.0  11- 9 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  2  4 0
12/11*PHANTACITY (480)           3   7  0 30.0  12- 8*THUNDER STORM (476)       1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT


     "What the..."
     The large lady spun around to look at the black robed figure.
     "This is the best you could do?"  She was staring at the rundown building where
Blackstorm brought her.
     "What are we supposed to do with this...rubble pile?  Even Liam wouldn't come
near here!  I do believe that was a ghoul I saw slinking in the alley!"
     She stormed up the steps and kicked the double doors off the hinges, raising an
incredible amount of dust.  Blackstorm followed, trying really hard not to crack up
     "What do you expect, Chantal?  Times are tough, and this is S.O.S.'s secondary
     The other ladies came up the stairs, mumbling and grumbling and dropped the wood
crates on the floor.
     Blackstorm smiled and simply said, "Tomorrow you won't recognize the place.
Trust me."
     Chantal walked around and finally calmed down.  "So this will be the
headquarters of the S.O.S. services."  She wondered why they had to work a second job
as though gladiatorial combat wasn't enough.  Now they had to work as mercenaries as
well.  Did Blackstorm need gold?
     "No I don't need gold," says Blackstorm.  "Since I've freed you from the slave
pits of Niania, you've all been into too much trouble!!  Bar brawls, destroying
property, not to mention smacking too many men around.  These things cannot go on!"
He was walking around the great hall wildly flailing his arms over his head while
saying this.
     He turned and stated, "With this new place, we can put in a tavern, maybe even a
store where we can sell weapons and armor and since it's ours, I hope you gals won't
destroy it.  If mercantile work doesn't suit you, we also work jobs hiring out as
Grade A mercenaries, which, I hope, will keep you busy enough to stay out of
     All the sisters appeared to like this, since no one protested or hurled anything
at him.
     As he stood in silence several wagons started to pull up.  One wagon, full of
construction material had a sign, "Ork Konstruktion" as well as many orcs with saws
and chisels.  The other wagon had cleaning crews and painters.  Blackstorm walked out
with the Sisters of Smash and stood in the street.  The workers were already
renovating.  An Orc was busily planting a post by the stairs. Another put up a sign
on the post.  They all smiled at the sign.
     "This should be fun," said Chantal, as she slapped Blackstorm on the back, which
almost knocked him down.

          Need a drink?
          Need new equipment?
          Need to have something exterminated?
          Then come and see us at:

          S.O.S. Services

          But never touch the ladies, or will you be surprised!

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ On the Borders of Night #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Lady Protector Amelia of Dodge Bullets froze briefly, then moved to put the wall
at her back.  She hadn't expected anyone else to be out on this night, but it wasn't
impossible.  And she had definitely heard something other than the storm.  A voice,
though how she could hear anyone speak when there was thunder without end she could
not imagine.
     "Have you forgotten Wolf's teaching so quickly?" the voice whispered.
     Damn!  It was close.  Really close.  But she couldn't see anything.
     "Death is not the end of everything," the voice reminded her.  "Death is just
another kind of life."
     She had heard Uncle Wolf say that more times than she could count, but this was
not the old shaman.  Apparently it was a ghost or...something like that.  She took a
deep breath of rain-scented air and let it out slowly.  "I have not forgotten," she
said, "but neither was I expecting such an encounter.  May I see...some form?  I find
it disconcerting to talk to a disembodied voice."
     "On some other occasion, I would be glad to oblige," the ghost said, "but at the
moment I need all my energies to resist dissolution.  There are powerful forces at
work in this night--as you know--and not all of them are friendly or even indifferent
to the spirits."
     "Necromancers," Amelia muttered.  "There's been a lot of that going around.
When people are...alarmed for a long time, they'll try anything."  She looked around
carefully, peering into shadows and trying to see through the curtain of rain.
Nothing that she could see was out of place for here-and-now, so she stepped away
from the wall.  A name came to her, without any foundation in quotable fact, but she
suddenly knew.  "It's Nightshadow, isn't it?  What are you doing here?"
     "I might ask the same of you, Lady Protector!  This is not the Isle."
     "The Isle doesn't need my protection.  Morya might."
     When Amelia moved down the alley again, she had the itch between the shoulder
blades that meant someone else, someone unseen, was with her.  The ghost, she
supposed.  Maybe even more than one ghost, there had been deaths enough in Morya over
the years to fill the night with ghosts.  "You didn't answer my question."
     A long silence, no sounds but the rain beating on cobblestones, and bouts of
wracking thunder.  Amelia emerged from the alley onto the lakefront.  She knew the
lake was there only by the smell of so much water, and the way the wind, freed from
the confining buildings, shrieked over the open space.  Waves roared onto the shore
as though from a storm-lashed ocean, drenching her to the knees as soon as she
cleared the alley.  She grabbed at the wall to resist the tug of the water as it slid
     "I have been sent by the Lords of the Spirit Realms," the ghost said finally.
"There have been...problems.  Disappearances.  Intrusions.  Disturbances and
inexplicable disruptions."
     Very unclear and unhelpful, Amelia thought but did not say.  Besides, she had no
skills that would be of use in the Spirit Realms.  That was a job for Uncle Wolf.  "I
have heard that the Spirit Land has been closed to the living, to travelers and the
like," she said.  As she spoke, she groped her way along the buildings from handhold
to handhold.  The guildhouse had never seemed so far away.
     "That is a symptom of the problems," the ghost concurred.  "And the least of
them.  The Lords are at cross-purposes now.  The Spirit Land has been sealed against
the living, but some want to seal it even against the newly dead!"
     "I can see that this would be a bad thing," Amelia muttered, resting in a
doorway because the wind and current were getting stronger and harder to fight.  "But
what can *I* do about it?  I'm alive.  I am locked out of the Spirit Land, even if I
wanted to go there!"
     "Yes."  A pause.  "I need a posse of the Dead," the ghost said finally.  "Of
those dead who are prepared to fight.  And a few of the living as well--I have been
provided with...passes for a few living warriors who will fight for the rights of the

     "Amelia, this is insane.  An army of the dead?  Led by a few living warriors,
to...do who knows what in the Spirit Land?"  Young Joan shook her head.  "It isn't
that I doubt you!  Or Nightshadow," she added, nodding toward the faint mistiness
that marked the ghost's presence.  "But this isn't anything *I* know about, or you
either!  We need Uncle Wolf for this.  Or, hmm, Ghost Dancer.  Someone with shamanic
     "But we don't have them here, and you know what Wolf always said.  If you don't
have what you need to do a job, then figure out how to do the job with what you have.
There must be someone else in Morya with ideas about this."
     Amelia shrugged.  "Probably, but they might not be on our 'side', you know.
     "What?  How can anybody be against the peace of the dead?" Young Joan demanded.
     "There are necromancers," her teammate pointed out.  "And any magician who makes
golems.  And the Orphinacs, who want to abolish death entirely.  And--"
     "Enough, I get the point.  Okay, whatever I can do to help, I will.  But you'd
better come up with a plan!"

personals for dm 28 and 54, and probably 56

Readers -- I am rerunning the spotlight that started this storyline in order to
restart the stalled line.  At this point, I am going forward with it regardless of
who does or does not volunteer.
     If you have volunteers, please note that I will not see a diplo sent care of
this arena until the arena runs and mails out again.  A diplo sent to the Scribe, no
or any arena will reach me faster.  If you have email, a message to Livia at reality
dot com will also reach me quickly.
     This story will run only in Morya and possibly Trocar.  Well, and maybe Rocanis.
     Just so you know. -- the Scribe

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     Catching the horses had not been a problem.  Not for a Rirorni who'd grown up
with horses, anyway.  Shanks Pony caught them, and everybody mounted and rode off
down the little valley.  Nobody said anything.  Shanks hoped they were thinking
hard.  He was.  His companions had said the war-bird had been sent by a mage of some
kind, and they should know.  They had experience with such things.  All HE knew for
sure was that they had a powerful enemy who knew where to look for them.
     He was uncomfortably aware that while he had wanted an adventure, he had not,
perhaps, thought it through all the way.  He was not a coward, he knew that and his
companions knew it:  he had fought in the arena for a year, facing the possibility
of death every two weeks.  But that had been different.  A known risk, coming at him
from the front, giving him a fair chance at defense.  A demonic bird coming out of a
clear sky was...different.  It was going to take time for him to get used to such
     "Does that attack mean we're doing something right?" he asked.
     "Because someone tried to stop us?" Redfox asked.  When Pony nodded, the older
man shook his head.  "Not necessarily, especially not this early in the adventure.
More like...somebody thinks we might, eventually, do something right and doesn't
want to have to keep track of us until then."  He shrugged.  "Which in a way means
that going out to look for the sword is a 'right' move."
     "Would it be one of Volundagh's shamans that sent the bird?"
     "Not likely," Barudai said.
     "But not impossible," Ghost Dancer added.  "But if I had to guess, I would
suspect Bluesnake first.  He could have seen us set out, guessed what we were going
for, and decided to take steps."
     The four of them rode in silence for several minutes, each of them turning over
that in their minds.
     Finally Redfox said, "It doesn't matter who sent the bird.  Right now, all we
know and all we NEED to know is that we have an enemy who knows approximately where
we are."
     "So he could send another war-bird, or something else, after us?" Pony asked.
"Isn't there some way we could hide our presence?"
     "Such as a 'spell' in the way the city people use that word?" Ghost Dancer
said.  "No.  Even if I knew magic of that kind, which I don't, using magic leaves a
trail as clear as hoof prints in mud."
     "What about hunting charms?" Barudai asked suddenly.  "The kind that hide the
hunter from his prey.  If we are the hunters and our enemy is our prey...?"
     "It might work," Redfox answered, "but only if we truly did take our enemy as
prey and set out on a hunt."
     "That is true," Ghost Dancer agreed.  "A city-mage can make a spell of
concealment that is as mindless and neutral as a shield.  But a hunting charm to
conceal the hunter from his prey is more specific.  Our intentions would make it
work, or make it fail if they're not a hunter's intentions."
     "So we'd have to stop looking for the sword and find our enemy--Bluesnake or
whoever--first?" Shanks Pony asked.  "Do we even dare do that?  Bluesnake is a
shaman--"  He paused, then turned to Ghost Dancer.  "No offense, but you said
yourself that you're still in training, not a full shaman.  Can we fight a fully
trained shaman?"
     "Yes, if we have to.  And I think we do have to," Ghost Dancer said.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     A hunting charm was something Shanks Pony was prepared to use without a qualm.
He'd used them before, most Rirorni had.  They were as natural as using smoke to hide
your scent.  Any hunter could make one, although some were better than others.
Probably all three of his companions could do better ones than he could, because they
had more experience, but at least he would be able to understand what they were
     He was actually looking forward to that.  He would learn useful things.  A man
didn't pursue shamans and magical swords very often, but he could ALWAYS use a good
hunting charm.  "So we make hunting charms and..." the next part sent a shiver down
his spine, "go after Bluesnake?"
     "It would help if we had some idea where Bluesnake is likely to be," Redfox
     Barudai nodded.  "I've never had any luck with a charm if I didn't know
something about where to look for the deer to begin with," he agreed.  Both of them
looked at Ghost Dancer.
     The young shaman shook his head.  "The closest I could get is that he is
probably looking for the Black Sword, too."
     "That isn't much help," Shanks muttered.  "What do we...?"
     "It isn't as bad as it sounds," Redfox added after a moment.  "Apparently
Bluesnake doesn't know any more about the sword's location than we do:  that it was
in Taegskel a few years ago.  So he has to go there to look for it, same as we were
planning on."
     "He could just send somebody," Barudai suggested.
     "No."  Ghost Dancer was definite about that.  "If you want something like the
Black Sword for yourself, you don't send someone else to find it."  He smiled grimly.
"Anyone who would want the Sword for himself is going to have nothing but unreliable
     "Or dupes."
     Ghost Dancer hesitated, staring at the horizon and frowning, then shook his
head.  "Sending a dupe after the Sword would be a mistake, too.  The poor fool would
probably end up as the Sword's dupe, if I understand the nature of the Sword
     Shanks Pony straightened in his saddle, pulling his mount to a stop.  "Are WE
going to be in danger from the Sword when we find it?"
     "Yes."  That was Ghost Dancer and Redfox together.
     "Any person who is near a Black Sword is at risk," Ghost Dancer said.  "That is
the nature of the Sword.  After all, it's a gift, if you want to call it that, from
Mytori Iron-Hand.  What else would you expect?"
     "But what are we supposed to do when we find it?" the young nomad asked.
     "Pray to Shierah and watch each other closely," Barudai said.
     That was not what Shanks wanted to hear.  They were the Good Guys, they should
have some defense against an Evil Magic Sword.  Or in this case, an Evil Holy Sword,
he supposed.  He reviewed the ballads he'd grown up with, discarding all those with
tragic ends.  "Uh...maybe we'll be safe from Mytori because our hearts are pure?"
     Ghost Dancer choked, Barudai snorted derisively, and Redfox shook his head.  It
was Redfox who put the answer into words:  "Nobody's heart is pure.  We're all human,
and that means mixed motives, hidden sins, shameful desires, you name it.  But those
of us who are the 'Good Guys' do the best we can instead of the worst we can."
     That was an indigestible lump that Shanks Pony would have rejected if he could.
But it only took a moment's thought to realize that there were things on his
conscience which kept it from being 'pure'.  Little things, but maybe it didn't make
that much difference whether his mistakes had been little or big?  That seemed
unfair, but as his fellow tribesmen had often pointed out, life was unfair.  He
looked around the shallow, brush-choked valley and its grassy slopes, hoping for
something, anything, that would provide a different answer.
     And noticed the clumps of willows moving in a way not explained by the light

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): BANSHEE of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 532): CHARISMATIC of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 534): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 530): SUE SHEE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                                         Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 523): QUICK STINGER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 520): GRETH of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 518): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 510): BUMP 'N' JUMP of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 471): DAPHNE CAMISADO of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): ZOEY of A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 235): JACK MCFARLAND of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 222): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 399): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 378): SCYTHE of BLADES OF TERROR (Soultaker, mgr.)
                              (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): APPLE DANISH of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 335): CHESSARA of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 332): SAMURAI of I AM SAM (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 319): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 532): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 534): POWER LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): BALANCE OF TERROR (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 530): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 523): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 520): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 518): HALCYON DAZE (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 510): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 471): ROGUES' GALLERY (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 235): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 222): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 399): GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 378): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 364): GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): FAMILY JEWELS (Gem Genius, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 335): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 332): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 319): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 424): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): BANSHEE of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
               (turn 537): FELINE GRIN of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 262): BARTOFELES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KAMBARD MURH of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 520): M. A. FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
              (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 235): BOMBADIL of FREEDONIA (Mr. Snarky, mgr.)
                     (turn 234): ART PENDRAGON of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Baphomet, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): NEUMA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
                              FENDER GRALE of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 335): CHESSARA of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
                   (turn 318): JAMES of THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM this turn, 
and let's start with a look at some of the teams.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as DODGE BULLETS is pushed out of top team by THE PENTARCHY, who came 
from 2nd with a 2-2-0 this turn.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, for there 
are sorrows to drown for VALHALLA, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped them by 4 into 10th. 
SISTERS OF SMASH stable has parlayed this turn's 3-2-2 into a 3 space move up the 
rankings.  This brings them up to 7th place.  Good work, guys!  On their very first 
turn, OLD WANDERERS had a 4-1-0, and with this kind of luck or skill, should do well. 
TALL and gained 18 points and contributed to OLD WANDERERS' 4-1-0.  HESHER THE TALL 
has lost to CALBRAITH CHYRY, falling 11 points, while helping make LORDS OF DEATH a 
1-4-0 turn.  We should ask CAM SHAFT about the thrill of victory, and what being the 
new Duelmaster does for a warrior, he's now the one to ask.  Can someone confirm a 
rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing fighters do dishes at Arthur's 
Last Stand until they win.  Maybe?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  I also notice that the SISTERS OF SMASH 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM, what are 
you afraid of?  And avoiding SISTERS OF SMASH more than any other team we find THE 
ANIMALS.  SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of 
thing?  The most challenged warrior this turn was LORDS OF DEATH's warrior HECATE 
TRIOS.  More fighters challenged her than challenged the Duelmaster!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  
ANNE TENNA, does your manager know you're challenging down 16 points to fight LADY 
CONSOLACION from FILIPINA LADYZ?  Well, it only serves justice to see that ANNE TENNA 
was overcame by LADY CONSOLACION.  Heh, heh.  In a brave attempt, BODI from 
PHANTACITY challenged up 24 points to fight VINCENZO from the LORDS OF DEATH stable.  
BODI perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he won victory over VINCENZO and ended 
up with 25 recognition points.  FERRET of THE ANIMALS had better have a good reason 
for challenging down 10 points in a challenge which he won.  I thought FERRET showed 
great skill and promise when he won victory over HARUSPEK.  All right, so I slept 
through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Kudos go out to HECATE TRIOS this 
turn, for revenging LORDS OF DEATH's bloodfeud against SISTERS OF SMASH's warrior 
CHANTAL.  Well done.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to 
cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM and I've a long 
road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAM SHAFT 3989               16   5  0   109       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620         21  22  0    97       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 LADY CONSOLACION 3703        18  21  2    97       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REDWIND 4099                 18  11  1    89       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-IDUN 4169                    10  10  0    77       VALHALLA (435)
 FREDDY FENDER 3956           11  15  1    74       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 ANNE TENNA 4053              13   6  0    73       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 LADY DOMINGA 3702            13  26  0    70       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANKILLER 4279                7   2  0    56       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-VIPER 4185                    7   5  1    55       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 TYRANNOPATER 4285             4   2  0    50       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 FLO VALVE 4243                3   1  0    45       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
-STORM RIDER 4257              6   2  0    43       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 HUB CAPP 4168                 7   6  0    41       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 STORMDANCER 4278              6   3  0    36       DODGE BULLETS (126)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAELLE 4214                   4   3  1    33       SISTERS OF SMASH (467)
 LADY ELMA 4244                6   6  0    30       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
-GHOST CHANT 4184              4   4  0    27       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-HEIMDALL 4286                 6   0  0    25       VALHALLA (435)
-DONNAR 4275                   4   2  0    25       VALHALLA (435)
 BODI 4328                     1   1  0    25       PHANTACITY (480)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HECATE TRIOS 4288             3   2  0    23       LORDS OF DEATH (474)
 FERRET 4327                   3   0  0    22       THE ANIMALS (475)
-PARIS STORM 4298              2   0  0    22       THUNDER STORM (476)
 CATHIE 4217                   3   4  1    21       SISTERS OF SMASH (467)
 LE PLON 4326                  2   1  0    20       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 RAT 4297                      3   4  0    18       THE ANIMALS (475)
 CALBRAITH CHYRY 4346          1   0  0    18       OLD WANDERERS (483)
 PAULETTE 4216                 3   4  0    16       SISTERS OF SMASH (467)
 LADY EMY 4315                 3   3  0    16       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 SWARTWOUT MOUSE 4348          1   0  0    15       OLD WANDERERS (483)
-MAGNI 4287                    4   2  0    14       VALHALLA (435)
 CHANTAL 4218                  3   4  1    14       SISTERS OF SMASH (467)
 CALDER LEATHERS 4349          1   0  0    14       OLD WANDERERS (483)
 PUMA 4294                     3   4  0    13       THE ANIMALS (475)
 MARIE ALICE 4215              3   4  0    13       SISTERS OF SMASH (467)
 NEWALL EMINENCE 4350          1   0  0    13       OLD WANDERERS (483)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VINCENZO 4319                 3   1  1    11       LORDS OF DEATH (474)
 WEASEL 4295                   2   5  0    11       THE ANIMALS (475)
 REZI 4329                     1   1  0    11       PHANTACITY (480)
 CORLEJO 4333                  1   1  0    11       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 HARUSPEK 4334                 1   1  0    10       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 HESHER THE TALL 4289          2   3  0     9       LORDS OF DEATH (474)
-INFERNO SERVENT 4191          2   1  0     9       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 SABLE 4296                    1   6  0     9       THE ANIMALS (475)
-PAPER FLOWERS 4182            1   4  0     7       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 DIANA QUICK 4291              1   4  0     7       LORDS OF DEATH (474)
 LORD COWAN 4292               1   4  0     7       LORDS OF DEATH (474)
 UDRI 4332                     1   1  0     4       PHANTACITY (480)
 PREVARI 4330                  0   2  0     2       PHANTACITY (480)
 CEKAJ 4331                    0   2  0     2       PHANTACITY (480)
 SELEMA CAMPOND 4347           0   1  0     1       OLD WANDERERS (483)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
OSKSI NOBLE 326        0  1 0   1                   CATHIE 4217           266 NONE    
WOLVERINE 4293         2  2 0 THE ANIMALS 475       VINCENZO 4319         263         
CORONAVIRUS 4259       4  4 3 BAD GERMS 430         VIPER 4185            262 NOT REVE
MAC THE KNIFE 4290     0  1 0 LORDS OF DEATH 474    CHANTAL 4218          262 JUST REV
HARD TIMES 4318        2  2 0 THE PENTARCHY 397     MAELLE 4214           266         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A Convicted Assassin?  Moryans leave them running around loose here?  I can't say I
like that idea at all. -- Redwind

Lady Dominga -- I have nothing against other women. -- Mankiller

Le Plon -- The weather is on my side today.  Dark and stormy, water falling out of
the sky, stuff like that. -- Stormdancer

Cekaj -- The boss had to check and see if your team is run by Noachian, because of
the cool names, but *I* know it isn't.  I know all KINDS of things.  Such as that a
dwarf shouldn't be five foot eight inches tall, but anybody at all with a beard, the
Commission pegs 'em as a dwarf.  Single track minds. -- Haruspek
P.S.  Hi.

Udri -- That was...unpleasant.  Don't do it again. -- Corlejo

Zoo Keeper -- I think the length of your weapon is also dependent on the size of your
warrior.  Although not completely. -- Uncle Wolf, answering idly

Ms. Scribe -- Of course I'll be sticking around.  I'll try to be in on most turns.  I
sent in their "special" sheets; try and get those if they help.  I'm not the best
tale spinner by a long shot, but catch the team spotlight for a bit of useful
information. -- Blackstorm (S.O.S.)

Zoo Keeper -- Greetings to the master of beasts!  Nice to hear from you.  As far as I
know, the longspear is longer than the Halberd, and lots quicker.  We can't use the
LS but we do like the Halbards.  Luck. -- Blackstorm

Rattraveller -- May your stay be long and satisfying. -- Blackstorm

Liam -- Hey bud!  You should hire us as bodyguards vs. those damn vamp hunters. --

Pentarque -- Good advice.  I'll do that. -- Orage Noir
P.S.  Elles sont tous pitoyable sauf une.

Pentarque -- Yeah, the Taxman got me real bad this year.  I've got to move the team
payrolls around a bit myself. - Blackstorm

Phantacity -- Welcome to the arena.  Prevari and Bodi put up a good struggle.
Looking forward to more matches. -- Rattraveller, Lords of Death

Liam the Goth -- So, are you going to stay active here, after all? -- the Scribe,
trying to figure out who will be here to read whatever finally gets written

24 March 2006
A few notes about e-mailed personals:

You may submit personal ads, columns, spotlights, etc. electronically, either via e-
mail to ads at reality dot com (which doesn't need any more spam, thank you) or on
the web at http://www.reality.com/duel2/modules.php?name=Ads.  When you submit
something, you should get back a receipt from HAL at RSI.  If you do NOT get a
receipt, your ads may have gone astray (not all e-mail makes it to its destination
any more than all snail mail does).  If you DO get a receipt, it should, in the body
of the message, tell you what arena your stuff was filed in.  Check your receipt to
make sure your submission made it to the intended destination.  Also check to see
that everything you sent made it to the same place.  Sometimes HAL, who is rather
simple-minded in some ways, will send half your stuff to another arena if the name
or number of that arena shows up at the beginning of a line.  So if the word Ti
appears at the beginning of a line halfway through your ads, all the ads after that
may end up in Ti, which is closed and doesn't need ads.  As a side note, sometimes
things move slowly, so don't wait until the last minute to send your ads and all.
If they get held up along the way, they may not show up until next turn.  Happy
writing! -- Ed.

28 March 2006
We of the Desolate Empire Alliance want to welcome two managers to our fold.  Kon of
the Empire Rising, and Osiris!  May they be blessed with the blood of their enemies,
and give no quarter in War! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FREDDY FENDER was bested by REDWIND in a 1 minute master's Challenge fight.
ANNE TENNA was vanquished by LADY CONSOLACION in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
HUB CAPP was savagely defeated by MANKILLER in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
FLO VALVE devastated LADY ELMA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
RAT demolished PREVARI in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
PUMA lost to LE PLON in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.
WEASEL savagely defeated CEKAJ in a 6 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
SABLE was defeated by REZI in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
UDRI slimly lost to LADY EMY in a 1 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
BODI vanquished VINCENZO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
FERRET won victory over HARUSPEK in a exciting 4 minute novice's Challenge fight.
HECATE TRIOS overpowered CHANTAL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MR. CHOMP CHOMP was narrowly defeated by CAM SHAFT in a 3 minute Title competition.
LADY DOMINGA was subdued by M. CHARDINEE in a 3 minute one-sided brawl.
TYRANNOPATER handily defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
STORMDANCER vanquished MARIE ALICE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
HARD TIMES was slaughtered by MAELLE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fray.
CATHIE butchered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
PAULETTE beat OSKSI NOBLE in a exciting 1 minute match.
LORD COWAN was beaten by CALDER LEATHERS in a 1 minute novice's match.
DIANA QUICK was handily defeated by SWARTWOUT MOUSE in a 1 minute competition.
HESHER THE TALL was savagely defeated by CALBRAITH CHYRY in a 4 minute novice's duel.
CORLEJO vanquished SELEMA CAMPOND in a 1 minute mismatched fray.
NEWALL EMINENCE overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       22 -   5 -  0      81  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -   6 -  0      74  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  18 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    37 -  31 -  2      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  18 -  3      51  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  18 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK    26 -  34 -  4      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      15 -  29 -  0      34  |

Turn 266 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        2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  4         3  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1                                       2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  4                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    CAM SHAFT 3989             16   5  0  109 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
LUNGING ATTACK   ANNE TENNA 4053            13   6  0   73 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
SLASHING ATTACK  TYRANNOPATER 4285           4   2  0   50 THE PENTARCHY (397)
STRIKING ATTACK  FLO VALVE 4243              3   1  0   45 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
TOTAL PARRY      HUB CAPP 4168               7   6  0   41 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MR. CHOMP CHOMP 3620.  The ten other most popular fighters were HARUSPEK 

The least popular fighter this week was CEKAJ 4331.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SELEMA CAMPOND 4347, DIANA QUICK 4291, MARIE ALICE 4215, VINCENZO 4319, 
SABLE 4296, PREVARI 4330, LADY ELMA 4244, HUB CAPP 4168, ANNE TENNA 4053, and FREDDY 
FENDER 3956.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: