Date   : 06/27/2008    Duedate: 07/24/2008


DM-28    TURN-295

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-3989) [17-5-0,123]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CAM SHAFT                      CASH MEALS
(28-3989) [17-5-0,123]         (28-4532) [5-2-0,42]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STORMDANCER                    LORVANDIS
DODGE BULLETS (126)            DODGE BULLETS (126)
(28-4278) [19-19-1,77]         (28-4402) [14-11-0,77]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FREE MASONS (509)           54
2. FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)      29      THE PENTARCHY (397)
3. MEAN PEOPLE (514)           28      Unchartered Team
4. PHANTACITY (480)            27
5. GODS & GODDESSES (511)      25      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     19   6  0 76.0   1/ 2 THE ANIMALS (475)        11  4 0
 2/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      316 190  7 62.5   2/ 8 PHANTACITY (480)          9  6 0
 3/ 0*MEAN PEOPLE (514)          3   2  0 60.0   3/ 1 THE PENTARCHY (397)       8  7 0
 4/ 3 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  35  25  3 58.3   4/ 4 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)    8  7 0
 5/ 4 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)    61  44  5 58.1   5/ 5*EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     7  3 0
 6/ 0 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)   211 192  8 52.4   6/13*FREE MASONS (509)         7  6 1
 7/ 6 THE ANIMALS (475)         92  88  5 51.1   7/ 3 ZULU NATION (501)         6  5 0
 8/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)      333 338 12 49.6   8/11*GODS & GODDESSES (511)    6  9 1
 9/ 5 ZULU NATION (501)         32  33  3 49.2   9/10 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      5  7 0
10/ 8 PHANTACITY (480)          64  71  7 47.4  10/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)       5  9 0
11/15*FREE MASONS (509)          7   8  1 46.7  11/ 6*RAPTOR (508)              5 10 1
12/ 9 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      98 130  7 43.0  12/ 0*MEAN PEOPLE (514)         3  2 0
13/10 THE WOLVES (510)          15  21  2 41.7  13/ 0 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)    3  2 0
14/11*GODS & GODDESSES (511)     6   9  1 40.0  14-12 STEEL AND SILK (495)      2  3 0
15-12 STEEL AND SILK (495)      48  77  1 38.4  15/14 THE WOLVES (510)          2  4 0
16/13 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      27  48  1 36.0  16/ 9 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  2  7 1
17/14*RAPTOR (508)               9  18  1 33.3  17/15 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      1  2 1
18/ 0*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)       0   5  0  0.0  18/ 0*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      0  5 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K

    '*'   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[ Edge of Night #18 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The man with the cloak of souls had seen them.  Necroma was sure that they'd
been seen, and almost sure it was a man.  Well, male.  Anyone who would make or wear
such a cloak probably wasn't a man the way people meant it when they, well, turned
the word into a compliment.  She shoved that out of her mind.  What was he doing?
He'd changed course as soon as he'd seen them, moving into what in the real world
she'd call a badlands.  Weird.  So far as she'd thought about it at all, she'd
figured the Spirit Lands would be topographically uncomplicated.  But this was truly
a whole other world here.
     "I don't think he's just trying to stop us following by going in there,"
Cloudrider said.  "All the hunting I've done--a lot--when the quarry went into that
kind of terrain, it was to set an ambush."
     "What a cheerful thought," Joan muttered.  "But we can't just ignore this."
     "No, and we can't hang around out here debating, afraid to take a risk, either,"
Cloudrider said.  "Let's go."  He started forward.
     Necroma saw Joan draw breath to respond, then shake her head.  "He's right," the
older woman said.  "I don't like it, but what else can we do?"
     "We might be able to fight him," Necroma suggested.  "After all, HE is alive,
regardless of the souls in his cloak, and we outnumber him."
     "Then why do I have a really bad feeling about this?" Cloudrider asked.

Near Zuwayza:

     The Silent Place was well named.  It could also have been called the Hidden
Place.  A ruin embedded in a grove of ancient trees in the middle of a forest, with
only a fence of rusty iron posts and iron chains to separate the inner grove from the
outer forest.  All of the normal sounds of a forest at night, except for the wind in
the branches, had ceased before they reached the fence.  Even the fitful hum of
insects fell away, although Agro could see pale moths in the spaces beneath the
trees.  This part of the forest had an unwholesome air, not sick but uncanny and
dangerous.  The Croc would never have come here on his own; he didn't like being here
     And then Wolf led them around the edge of the Silent Grove to a place where two
of the pillars had been bent enough to make a gap a man could squeeze through.  Agro
looked at it uneasily.  If a man could get in, surely things could get out?  And how
had the old shaman known the gap was here?
     The gladiators crawled through and moved into the ruins.  The underbrush was
thinner inside the fence, and to Agro it looked like some crazy gardener had been
trimming it.  His breath hissed through his teeth.  Sometimes he envied mammals their
ability to snarl.  It would have expressed his feelings better.  But he followed the
humans anyway.


     They had separated  once they entered the badlands on the trail of their
opponent.  Not happily, choosing who would trail far enough behind to ambush the
ambusher had involved heated argument.  Not one of the three was happy with the final
result.  Necroma and Cloudrider were in the lead, with Young Joan coming behind by a
considerable distance.  She was far enough back, they hoped, that the ambusher
wouldn't see her when he sprang his trap, but close enough, they hoped, to see when
that happened.
     If that happened, Necroma reminded herself.  Cloudrider could be wrong.  She
didn't think he was, but he could be.
     "You should have stayed back," the young Rirorni muttered to her.  "You're the
only one with spells that might help fight this guy."
     She had been rehearsing spells in her mind, every one she could think of that
might possibly help them, and it seemed to her that she didn't know a single useful
thing.  Better not to say so, maybe.  Instead, she said, "Joan's not helpless, and
she's got more experience and judgment, I think."
     Cloudrider shrugged but made no response to that.  He seemed more tense, if that
was possible, and he was watching one patch of jumbled stuff, what in the real world
she would call rocks and brush, out of the corner of his eye.  Ahead of them a little
way, in a place they would have to pass.
     Necroma wouldn't have said anything could hide there, and she thought she would
have noticed, detected, sensed somehow, the cloak of souls if it was there.  But she
had no feeling of its near presence.  Could their opponent have abandoned it farther
ahead, as bait, and doubled back?  She sorted through her spells again.
     As they neared the ambush, several... things burst out of concealment.  Not the
man they were seeking, these were more like... wolves.  Wolves of the spirit, but
still--  Necroman seized the first spell that came to mind and cast it.  No effect.
One of the wolves leaped at her.  She threw up her arms to ward it off, if she could.
A wave of remorse flooded her:  memory of all the things she'd done that she should
not have done, all the things she had left undone and should have done, all the
errors in judgment.  The feeling was so strong that it paralyzed her.  A second wolf
lept.  Guilt tore through her, sharp as a sword, painful and crippling.  How could
anyone trust her?  She was the worst possible ally.  She would get her companions
killed.  It was all her fault....
     A flash of silver moonlight in front of her face, cleaner than anything she
could imagine.  No, a blade, impossibly reflecting the light of a moon that didn't
exist in this world.  A wolf shape made of shadows dissolved at its touch.
     A hand shook her shoulder.  "Fight back!  You have no such heavy sins on your
heart, do not let them destroy you."  Cloudrider's voice, except not, oh, the ghost
that rode with him.  But she didn't know how to fight this.
     Moonlight flashed again on her other side.  Who?  Oh, Young Joan had come up,
Necroma didn't remember the name of the ghost that she carried.  Couldn't grip her
own sword to help, if it would be any help.  Just as well, she'd be bound to muck
that up too, as badly as she'd done everything else in her life.  Why did they even
waste time on her?

Near Zuwayza:

     In the heart of the Silent Place was a small plaza.  The paving stones were
cracked, the pillars of the colonade around it broken or leaning crookedly, the
buildings beyond them confusing shapes in the moonlight and the profusion of vines
that covered them.  In the center of the plaza was a structure--fountain, pedestal,
small dais?  Agro couldn't tell.  Only even wondered in order to distract his mind
from what was on it.
     A dark shape, vaguely human-like but larger, heavy with power, cloaked with
menace.  "Why have you come?"  The words hit like catapult stones.
     "There is black sorcery abroad," Wolf said, "and a destruction of souls."
     "We know this.  What have you to do with it?"
     "We will stop it, if we can.  With your help."
     "You will not stop it without our help."  The presence became denser, darker.
"There is a price."
     "I know it."  The old shaman pulled something, a folded cloth, from within his
clothing and held it out, allowing the folds to fall away.  On it lay a c-shaped arm
ring that glinted gold; the way the moonlight lay on it hinted at carving.  "The
Great Ones Beyond sent this by my hand as command and pledge for your aid."
     A limb of darkness extended from the presence and gripped the ring, withdrawing
it into the denser shadow.  Agro thought Wolf shook when the arm brushed him.  After
a moment, the dark one said, "This is genuine and sufficient.  For now.  We will give
you our aid."  The shadowy form drew in on itself, becoming as dense as flesh or
stone to the eye, and more clearly defined than it had been, more manlike.  "Ask," it
said, now clearly speaking with a voice instead of, possibly, inserting its
communication into their minds.
     "The dark power must be fought at its heart first, then the limbs will wither,"
Wolf said.  "We do not know where that heart is."
     "Kurukar.  One is there who has trafficked with powers from Outside, tearing the
walls that contain existence without concern for the consequences."  Annoyance, maybe
even anger, entered the Dark Hunter's voice.  "We would have fought this long since,
save that we are bound here and cannot send out more than shadows of ourselves.  Open
the way for us, mortal!"
     "Release you freely into the world?"  Wolf actually sounded amused.  "The matter
is not so simple, as you well know.  The world is not what it was in the ancient days
when you were unbound.  Many know nothing of you, neither how to approach you nor how
to defend against you.  There must be guarantees given on your side, also."


     "I let you down," Necroma said, weeping.  "I'll always let you down--"
     "No."  Cloudrider now, but she could hear the echoes of Nightwind in his voice,
too.  "That is the wolves talking.  They defend the Spirit Land against the still-
living, and they do it by instilling despair.  Mortals have died under their attack,
which you did not.  And it is an attack, it isn't any kind of guilt that is proper to
you.  Few of the living know of the wolves, and you had no defenses, but that is not
something for which you should blame yourself."
     "The one we followed wasn't stopped," Necroma said.  "He didn't seem to feel any
great guilt."
     "The dead have gone beyond that zone of guilt," Joan said.  "It was only the
ghost we bear with us that allowed Cloudrider and myself to function.  And now we
know at least part of the reason for our enemy's cloak of souls," she added.  "It
would have provided him with some protection against the wolves, also.  He's too
clever for his own good, that one.  We have to go after him, he can't be up to any
kind of good.  And we *will* need your help, girl.  So pull yourself together and
let's keep moving."

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 596): SWEET BETSEY of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 501): OEDIPUS of MOMMY DEAREST (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 590): THE WITCH-KING of THE BLACK RIDERS (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 592): TAIKUTSU of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 591): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 589): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 294): XANAX of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 582): BRICKHOUSE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 578): MESHARR of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 576): THE MANIAC of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 530): J'KOROU of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 264): BARBARINO of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 251): RUBBER DUCKIE of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 457): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): 911 of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 435): FAIRUZA of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 421): TENDERIZED DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 199): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 391): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 389): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 374): MESSALIDA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 596): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 501): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 590): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 592): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 591): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 589): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 578): THE REPUBLIC (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 576): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 530): MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 270): NOSTALGIA (Crow, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 264): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 251): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 457): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 435): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 421): MIGHTU DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 291): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 389): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 374): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 483): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): GANGREL of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 591): PENNY LOPE of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 591): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 588): NIFTY NICKEL of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 294): SRAN3E of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
              (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 581): JON of MEN (A-sop, mgr.)
                          REWRITE of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                   (turn 291): LES NAYLE of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jojra, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 269): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 251): RUBBER DUCKIE of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): DUNNO of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
                                   RETRIBUTION XXIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud)
                       (turn 443): TYVEK of DEMONS OF DARNKESS 2 (Rillion, mgr)
                                   YELLOW JACKET of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-sop, mgr.)
                                   BURNT OFFERINGS of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the
                                   Bald, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 434): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Got it!  Thanks to Vaidisava for handing me over the baton....  I'll try to be worthy
of that honor.  My victory against Velvet Finish was of the miraculous kind, but I
really wanted to keep the throne in the team.  As a testimony, I will leave a brick.
     Xanax, the quiet one

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of MORYA.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  THE PENTARCHY?  Who?  
THE ANIMALS is the top team these days, buddies!  Those betting on RIDERS OF AHRINGOL 
lost their shirt, as RIDERS OF AHRINGOL lost their fighting abilities:  1-1-0.  
What's a move up by 7 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for 
celebration, according to FREE MASONS.  Say what you will about blind luck and dirty 
fighting, but PHANTACITY will tell you 64-71-7 is nothing to laugh at...  Practice 
pays for BLACK ROSE HAMMER, who pummelled MANKILLER, to pocket 26 points.  A certain 
someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 14 points to 
PUMA.  (Discrete enough, LE PLON?) Now I can't insult CAM SHAFT, as he has gloriously 
dueled to the top.  Oh great new Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) 
Word has it one team in MORYA is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed 
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the lion, so 
did the "warriors" in MORYA avoid FLOWERED HAMMERZ.  As a woman of good breeding 
scorns the "warriors" of ZULU NATION, so did that sorry team shy from FLOWERED 
HAMMERZ Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and CLOUDRIDER is it right now.  Most 
challenged warrior.  Isn't DODGE BULLETS proud!  Call 'im brash!  Call 'im brassy!  
Call 'im brave!  Call 'im sassy!  MINERVA will face OTHER, up by 26.  Aaaah, just 
call 'im dead meat.  Soopreyes, soopreyes!  MINERVA emerges from the fray 1 points 
the richer.  Good show, MINERVA!  My love of complete Spyreports dictates that I note 
the mismatched fight, OSTRICH and ZETA.  Are RAPTOR unwilling to engage in a fair 
fight?  I thought OSTRICH showed great skill and promise when he defeated ZETA.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  I get a special 
thrill from seeing innocent girl like ALBATROSS from RAPTOR get pointlessly killed.  
Good show, ALPHA!  (No mercy.) Nothing is certain except death and more death in 
these bloody arenas.  ALBATROSS of RAPTOR met hers fate at the hands of ALPHA.  Never 
one to advocate diplomacy and restraint, I was pleased to see FREE MASONS retaliate 
against RAPTOR in bloodfeud!  Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must 
needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in MORYA is the highlight of my life.  As if buffeted 
by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Do not 
despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAM SHAFT 3989               17   5  0   123       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROOPER TED 4443             18   3  1   107       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 VENUS TRAP HAMMER 4456       16   3  2   106       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 PUMA 4294                    18  18  0   105       THE ANIMALS (475)
-VORTEX 4423                  10   5  0   105       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 XANAX 4384                   15   4  0   101       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 LADY ELMA 4244               19  22  2    99       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
-VELVET FINISH 4441           13  12  0    94       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-SCARLET ROSE 4440            10  15  0    94       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 ANNE TENNA 4053              15   6  0    93       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK ROSE HAMMER 4339       14   8  1    83       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 LE PLON 4326                 21  10  0    78       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 MANKILLER 4279               20  18  0    78       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 STORMDANCER 4278             19  19  1    77       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 LORVANDIS 4402               14  11  0    77       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 AARD VARK 4404               18   6  0    72       THE ANIMALS (475)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREDDY FENDER 3956           11  17  1    71       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPASAN 4381                  11  12  0    66       PHANTACITY (480)
 ZOD 4525                      7   2  0    66       ZULU NATION (501)
 STORM RIDER 4257              9   4  0    64       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-EXPERIENTIA 4483              7   4  0    64       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 YAU (DARKFACE) 4519           6   3  0    61       ZULU NATION (501)
 CLOUDRIDER 4424              12  11  0    59       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 SECI 4464                    11   6  2    59       PHANTACITY (480)
 VIPER 4185                   10   7  2    58       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLO VALVE 4243                4   3  0    56       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 HUB CAPP 4168                 9   6  0    52       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 AARD WOLF 4411               11  12  1    47       THE ANIMALS (475)
 ARMADILLO 4503                9   5  0    47       THE ANIMALS (475)
 TARG 4575                     5   2  1    46       THE WOLVES (510)
 OWL 4453                     11   9  2    44       THE ANIMALS (475)
 CASH MEALS 4532               5   2  0    42       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 THORN STEM HAMMER 4500        7   7  1    38       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538           3   5  0    37       ZULU NATION (501)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRIAR STEM HAMMER 4481        8   9  0    33       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 ZAIRE 4488                    7   7  1    33       ZULU NATION (501)
 ECHO 4565                     3   1  0    33       FREE MASONS (509)
 OTHER 4536                    8   0  0    32       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 THE PACIFIST 4420             4  12  0    32       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-SURGICAL 4437                 5  13  0    30       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-GHOST CHANT 4184              5   6  0    30       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 ALPHA 4564                    1   2  1    27       FREE MASONS (509)
-PAPER FLOWERS 4182            3   5  0    26       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 CAL I. BURR 4574              3   1  0    26       THE WOLVES (510)
 OSTRICH 4553                  3   2  0    25       RAPTOR (508)
-PARKING FEES 4535             2   3  0    24       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RENTAL CAR 4534               3   0  0    22       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-INFERNO SERVENT 4191          4   2  0    21       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 POISON IVY HAMMER 4543        3   4  0    21       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 BONGO BOY 4537                4   4  0    20       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 HAWKEN 4549                   2   3  0    20       RAPTOR (508)
 MARS 4584                     2   1  1    19       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-ANFERROUS 4508                4   4  0    18       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 PIZDA 4599                    2   0  0    17       PHANTACITY (480)
 MORPHEUS 4582                 3   0  0    16       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-LADY BRENDA 4558              1   0  0    13       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 DUNN 4576                     3   2  1    12       THE WOLVES (510)
-ASSUNDRIES 4555               1   1  0    12       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 DARYTH 4596                   1   0  0    11       THE WOLVES (510)
 KLYDE SPECTRE 4612            1   0  0    10       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
 HECA 4606                     1   0  0    10       FREE MASONS (509)
 ATOMIC EARL 4609              1   0  0    10       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
 FOXTROT 4605                  1   0  0     8       FREE MASONS (509)
 PIGEON 4570                   1   3  0     6       RAPTOR (508)
 SID SICKLE 4608               1   0  0     6       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
-LADY AILYN 4560               1   0  0     6       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 PATULJAK 4590                 1   2  0     5       PHANTACITY (480)
 MINERVA 4581                  1   2  0     5       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 KESTREL 4550                  0   5  0     5       RAPTOR (508)
 ZETA 4597                     1   1  0     4       FREE MASONS (509)
 THE COCKROACH 4589            0   2  0     2       FLYING MONKEYS (493)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LADY CHISE 4559               0   1  0     1       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
-LADY LULU 4557                0   1  0     1       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 THE REPROPACHER 4610          0   1  0     1       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
 JENNSEN 4604                  0   1  0     1       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 SCARLET 4603                  0   1  0     1       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 GRATCH 4601                   0   1  0     1       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 CHANDALEN 4602                0   1  0     1       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 CHASE 4600                    0   1  0     1       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
RED HAWK 4485          10  5 0 DODGE BULLETS 126    LADY ELMA 4244        294   
DR ODDENSTEIN 4588      1  1 0 FLYING MONKEYS 493   MARS 4584             295   
BETA 4567               0  2 0 FREE MASONS 509      ALBATROSS 4571        293  JUST REVENGED
GAEA 4585               0  3 0 GODS & GODDESSES 511 MOUNTAIN TROLL        295  NONE
NEMESIS 4583            0  3 0 GODS & GODDESSES 511 HIGH ELF              295  NONE
UGH 4611                0  1 0 MEAN PEOPLE 514      MOUNTAIN TROLL        295  NONE
KASAP 4449              8  6 0 PHANTACITY 480       VIPER 4185            293  JUST REVENGED
ALBATROSS 4571          3  1 1 RAPTOR 508           ALPHA 4564            295   
BLOB 4607               0  1 0 THE PENTARCHY 397    SHEWISH GIANT         295  NONE
M. PROPRE 4598          0  2 0 THE PENTARCHY 397    WURM KIN              295  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Xanax -- Salute!  Another Pentarchy.  Is this domination, or what?  Well done to you
and your champion manager. -- Finance Manager

Vaidisava -- You did what you said, helping transfer the throne to a teammate.  Good
luck in The Big Time.  If anyone can slash with a quarterstaff, you can! -- Finance

My, my, my, Anferrous!  Did I run into a buzz saw I did not expect?  I salute your
skill and strategy. -- Assundries

Owl -- I really tried.  It was a hoot, but I knew I was over matched.  Why, I can't
even fly.  (Finance Manager sure won't allow big priced meals to fly.  No way!)  So,
shucks, and well done. -- Cash Meals

Gaea -- I think you were simply outclassed.  Perhaps you should try another other? --

SRAN3E -- And congrats on your invite. -- Finance Manager and his Expense Account

Valorous try, Scarler Rose!  See you on the Isle? -- Vaidisava
P.S.  Thanks to all the managers for their congratulations, I'll visit sometimes and
will pay for the beers.

I have some hard time finding decent warriors, so I will have to use some DA.  Team
undergoing reconstruction. -- Le Pentarque

Jorja -- It's nice to see you again.  We've not got together since the Noblish Island
days.  I'm pleased to be in the presence of your greatness. -- Silky

Nichael -- We're sure our say will only be as interesting as YOU make it! *all
grinning back* -- Gods & Goddesses

Sorry but Mercury has sent us word that we must go back to Mt. Olympus.  It's been
fun!! -- Gaea & Nemesis

Sran3e -- Know your fallen apple has taken root in the next life.  You have defeated
me in fair combat, may our swords rest at ease. -- Viper, Paladin of Ahringol

Experientia -- Well, well, well... A mighty battle you won, I would say your back-up
is your fav, see you around. ;) -- Storm Rider

Red Hawk -- You will be missed. -- Ghost Chant, Storm Rider

Finance Manager -- I've always liked Kennelworth and his "Health.  Humility.  Honor."
I didn't want to move Gothic Ministry out of Aruak City, but I needed a good team for
North Fork.  Funny Riders of Ahringol was to go to North Fork, but I sent it here
from Sunset.  I guess it all worked out for the best.  I did put a team back in to
Aruak City, so look for me time to time. -- Liam the Goth, mgr Grave Dancers (606) DM

Jorja -- Yes, I plan on staying here until the gold runs out.  The church of Ahringol
is not a rich fate, but they pay me all right. -- Liam the Goth, Il'chant, Black
Abbot of Morya
P.S.  Feel free to use my teams and self in your writtings, will diplo you in a bit.

Le Pentarque -- You're on a roll! -- Liam

Michael Eldritch -- Thanks for the welcome, I run in 2, 6, 8, 11, 18, 20, 21, 25, 28,
31, 45, 47, 52, 54, 72, 73 or I should say I have teams in there. -- Liam
P.S.  Forthcoming 26, 60.

Opasan -- Weird, I keep expecting you to come out in opalescent armor, and this
despite knowing that the opalescent enamel costs and arm and a leg and I can see that
you've still got all yours. -- Lorvandis, shaking his head in bemusement
P.S.  Have you considered training that stat?  What's the use of an unburned skill if
you can't win or even die?

Surgical -- I'm trying to avoid that kind of thing.  Besides, I'm hoping that a
string of quick, clean wins will bias my adventuring experience toward the positive.
Otherwise, I have a really bad feeling about being the only non-graduate on the team
there. -- Cloudrider

Venus Trap Hammer -- Lady, don't *do* that to me!  You wrapped your, um, "arms"
around me and I felt like a damned fly being smothered.  Even the days of bedrest in
the Infirmary didn't make up for it; the food there is awful. -- Stormdancer, badly
shaken by his experience

Trooper Ted -- You're the kind of man I want to kill.  You gave me two blows, *one*
skill, a loss, and a monstrous Infirmary bill.  You *took* from me a win, *six*
skills, and two ratings.  There's a name for people like you, and it isn't a pretty
one. -- Mankiller

Lady Elma -- Obviously, I didn't utter that prayer soon enough, or I addressed it to
the wrong deity.  I hate it when that happens. -- Ghost of Red Hawk

Le Plon -- Waiting for the rain is one thing.  A river that's already twelve feet
above flood stage with more rain on the way is another thing altogether.
Fortunately, we're on high ground. -- Stormdancer

Congratulations to Sran3e. -- Jorja and the Desperados

31 May 2008
Any and all who live in the 805 area, I would like for you to call me so we can get
together for BBQ's, softball games, and so on.  It has been a while since the last
get together (several years).  It was a blast and I am sure the next one will be
also.  We just have to do it.  All alliances are welcome.  Just because my warriors

leave your warrior beaten and bloody in defeat does not mean we can't have a beer or
five together.  I'll even buy the first round.  So call 805-588-3419 and ask for Dave
a.k.a. Misfit, former member of the Green and Purple Polka Dot Alliance (GAPPDA).

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GAEA was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
M. PROPRE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
NEMESIS was easily killed by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
UGH was assassinated by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
BLOB was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
OPASAN demolished VIPER in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud competition.
ALPHA viciously butchered ALBATROSS in a 1 minute bloody Bloodfeud fight.
TROOPER TED beat LADY ELMA in a 1 minute master's Challenge brawl.
ZAIRE was overpowered by CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
ZOE (DARKFACE) lost to AARD WOLF in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
KESTREL was unbelievably bested by BONGO BOY in a 8 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
OSTRICH vanquished ZETA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MINERVA was narrowly defeated by OTHER in a tiring 8 minute gory Challenge melee.
XANAX was savagely defeated by CAM SHAFT in a 6 minute master's Title match.
SRAN3E luckily beat LORVANDIS in a popular 4 minute bloody master's match.
LE PLON was handily defeated by PUMA in a 1 minute uneven fight.
VENUS TRAP HAMMER overpowered FREDDY FENDER in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
MANKILLER was handily defeated by BLACK ROSE HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
AARD VARK bested YAU (DARKFACE) in a 4 minute brawl.
ANNE TENNA overpowered STORMDANCER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
FLO VALVE was luckily beaten by STORM RIDER in a exciting 4 minute bout.
TARG overpowered HAWKEN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
HUB CAPP unbelievably bested THORN STEM HAMMER in a slow 9 minute bout.
OWL was vanquished by ZOD in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SECI handily defeated THE PACIFIST in a 3 minute bloody uneven duel.
ARMADILLO defeated CAL I. BURR in a 2 minute veteran vs. novice match.
CASH MEALS vanquished BRIAR STEM HAMMER in a action packed 1 minute one-sided match.
POISON IVY HAMMER defeated PIGEON in a 1 minute match.
DUNN was vanquished by ECHO in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MORPHEUS slimly won victory over THE REPROPACHER in a 6 minute brutal beginner's bout.
MARS easily killed DR ODDENSTEIN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
THE COCKROACH was defeated by SID SICKLE in a 2 minute beginner's fight.
PATULJAK was overcome by FOXTROT in a 2 minute novice's fight.
PIZDA demolished CHANDALEN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
GRATCH was overpowered by ATOMIC EARL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SCARLET was handily defeated by KLYDE SPECTRE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
JENNSEN was vanquished by DARYTH in a 2 minute brutal mismatched fight.
HECA demolished CHASE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 15         AIMED BLOW        35 -  21 -  1      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         PARRY-RIPOSTE     22 -  17 -  2      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         STRIKING ATTACK   56 -  45 -  3      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  14 -  2      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    7         LUNGING ATTACK    46 -  51 -  2      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  26 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         TOTAL PARRY       28 -  34 -  0      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  15 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         WALL OF STEEL     27 -  36 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  19 -  0      34  |

Turn 295 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         6 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  6         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  3         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  9         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  4         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      2 -  5         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  3         1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    CAM SHAFT 3989             17   5  0  123 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
STRIKING ATTACK  TROOPER TED 4443           18   3  1  107 THE PENTARCHY (397)
LUNGING ATTACK   XANAX 4384                 15   4  0  101 THE PENTARCHY (397)
TOTAL PARRY      AARD VARK 4404             18   6  0   72 THE ANIMALS (475)
AIMED BLOW       ZOD 4525                    7   2  0   66 ZULU NATION (501)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STORMDANCER 4278.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LORVANDIS 4402.  The ten other most popular fighters were XANAX 4384, CAM 
4464, ARMADILLO 4503, CASH MEALS 4532, and GAEA 4585.

The least popular fighter this week was HUB CAPP 4168.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MINERVA 4581, BONGO BOY 4537, OTHER 4536, THORN STEM HAMMER 4500, CHASE 
4600, SCARLET 4603, GRATCH 4601, CHANDALEN 4602, DR ODDENSTEIN 4588, and DUNN 4576.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


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

SRAN3E (28-4382) PHANTACITY (480)

                         SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN MINNEAPOLIS!

Our summer FTF will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 18-20, 2008.  It will be 
held at the Holiday Inn Select Minneapolis/St. Paul in Blomington, MN, just down the 
street from the Mall of America, at 3 Appletree Square (952-854-9000).  Rooms are only 
$105.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  There is a free 24-hour shuttle from the airport
and free shuttle service to the mall; free parking, free high-speed wireless internet
in all guestrooms.  There is a large fitness center, jacuzzi, and indoor pool.  The 
rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  There are tons of 
restaurants nearby at the Mall, as well as a cafe in the hotel.  

Hotel info:  www.himspairport.com
Mall of America:  www.mallofamerica.com

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!