Date   : 09/19/2008    Duedate: 10/16/2008


DM-28    TURN-298

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-4440) [12-15-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SCARLET ROSE                   CHANDALEN
STEEL AND SILK (495)           D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
(28-4440) [12-15-0,108]        (28-4602) [2-2-2,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DODGE BULLETS (126)            STEEL AND SILK (495)
(28-4278) [21-20-1,97]         (28-4483) [9-4-0,93]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)       39
2. FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)        33      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. DODGE BULLETS (126)         29      Unchartered Team
4. STEEL AND SILK (495)        20
5. THE PENTARCHY (397)         10      FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     27   7  0 79.4   1/ 6*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      9  6 2
 2/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      324 193  7 62.7   2/ 3 DODGE BULLETS (126)       9  6 0
 3- 3 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  39  25  3 60.9   3/ 1 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     8  1 0
 4/ 0*FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)       3   2  1 60.0   4/ 8 THE PENTARCHY (397)       8  3 0
 5- 4 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)    66  49  5 57.4   5/14 STEEL AND SILK (495)      7  3 0
 6- 5 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)   213 195  9 52.2   6/12 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      6  6 0
 7/ 6 THE ANIMALS (475)         98  97  5 50.3   7/ 7 THE ANIMALS (475)         6  9 0
 8- 7*MEAN PEOPLE (514)          5   5  0 50.0   8- 2 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)    5  5 0
 9/ 8 DODGE BULLETS (126)      342 344 12 49.9   9/13 ZULU NATION (501)         5  7 0
10/ 9 ZULU NATION (501)         37  40  3 48.1  10- 9 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  4  0 0
11-11 PHANTACITY (480)          67  77  7 46.5  11/ 5*FREE MASONS (509)         4 11 1
12/10*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)       9  11  2 45.0  12/ 0*FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)      3  2 1
13-12 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      98 131  7 42.8  13- 4 PHANTACITY (480)          3  6 0
14/13 STEEL AND SILK (495)      55  80  1 40.7  14-10 OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)    2  3 1
15-15 THE WOLVES (510)          16  25  2 39.0  15-11*MEAN PEOPLE (514)         2  3 0
16/16 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      33  54  1 37.9  16-15*GODS & GODDESSES (511)    2  8 1
17/14*FREE MASONS (509)         11  19  2 36.7  17-16 THE WOLVES (510)          1  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
18-18*GODS & GODDESSES (511)     8  17  2 32.0  18-18 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #20 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     "Do we continue to try following the man with the cloak of souls?" Young Joan
     "Can we still follow him?" Cloudrider asked.  "I mean, is there still any kind
of trail?"
     Both were silent for several minutes, consulting their ghosts, Necroma guessed.
She extended her own senses as she'd been taught, seeking, well, anything at all.
She didn't really know what she might find or feel.  Nothing.  How could there be
nothing?  That man was out there, and probably other things like the spirit-wolves
that no one had told her about.  She "looked" harder.  There must be something out
     A moving shadow, barely glimpsed in the distance.  But it had the texture of
clustered souls, and of pain.  The cloak of souls, or something like it, Necroma
decided.  She turned slowly, seeking a direction.  Yes.  There.  She opened her eyes
and saw that she was pointing into the darkness, and her two companions were staring
at her in expectation.  "That way."
     "Close?" Cloudrider asked.
     "No... it feels like very far."
     "Then we must go quickly," Joan said.  "Are you going to lose the 'scent' if we
     "I don't know, I've never done this before, but he's getting away.  We don't
have time to talk!"  She set out at a run, stumbled and almost fell over some
obstacle unseen in the murk, and slowed down to a jog.
     The others were trotting beside her.  "Just like they tell us in the arenas,"
Joan muttered, her words falling into the rhythm of her steps.  "Pace yourself.
Pacing is everything."
     "I got really tired of hearing that sometimes," Cloudrider added.
     Necroma huffed a laugh as she trotted.  "Me, too.  For all that it's true."  She
checked her perception of their quarry.  "I can still feel him ahead of us," she
reported.  "But I think... he's moving, too.  I wish we could run.  Who ever heard of
a chase at walking speed?"
     But they couldn't see well enough to run, so they kept walking, as the man they
were following seemed to be doing.  Slowly the distance between them closed.
     "He is having to find his way in the darkness," Cloudrider said.  Or maybe it
was Nightwind, his ghostly companion.  "The souls he has trapped in his cloak will
not aid him!  But we have only to follow his trail, and if we encounter some
obstacle, our soul-companions will warn--  Oof!"  He tripped, staggered, and just
caught himself from falling.
     "Unless you're being careless and not even trying to see your path," his
companion ghost remarked.  "Carelessness and over-confidence are their own rewards."
     Cloudrider didn't answer, which Necroma figured was smart on his part.  She
hoped he was paying attention to what he could see of the footing.  It seemed to be
getting worse.  Like tangled grasses changing to occassional brambles.  She didn't
know if that's what it really was, her training hadn't covered Botany of the Spirit
Lands, but that's what it felt like.  In fact, the brambles were getting a lot worse,
so that she had to slow down to a walk again.  But the man ahead of them was slowing
down, too.
     "We're catching up," Necroma said.  "And I think he's changing direction.
     "Good," Young Joan started slwoing, "because Selumia thinks we're coming to a
bad piece of ground.  Or... dangerous in some way, it isn't clear exactly what she
     Something that in the living world might have been cold starlight was tempering
the darkness, so that pieces of the landscape which had merely been black masses
before now began to look like rocks and maybe trees.  Necroma stared into it, willing
more detail to emerge as they approached.  There seemed to be a warmer light behind
the nearer obstacles, and she thought the man with the cloak was moving toward it.
The idea of getting warm had a great appeal.  She hadn't realized how cold the Spirit
Lands were.  She began to put on more speed, after all, she could see better here, so
why not?  Voices called out behind her, but she barely heard them, they were nothing
to do with her.  They were far behind, anyway.  She wove through the dark columns of
great trees, felt the grass and brambles part for her.  Her passage was so swift and
easy, it was almost like flying.  She could see the door ahead, a massive double door
of some substance she couldn't identify, deeply carven all over but blurred with age
or mist, and a warm light coming through it.
     Yes.  This was the place she had been looking for.  This was the place where she
would find the answers she had sought all her life.  She leaped over the doorsill,
hands outstretched eagerly.
     Joan and Cloudrider heard her scream as the lights winked out.

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #21 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The Lord Protector Whisperstep burst in the Tavern of the Black Axe and stopped
short.  His Greenwarden teammates had told him to make his report here, and he had
expected... other Greenwardens, and maybe a representative of Lord Malcorn.  Well,
there was one other Greenwarden present, Patterson Pine.  And Lord Malcorn *himself*
was sitting there just like an ordinary person, with a mug of ale in one hand.  But
also a couple of gladiators he didn't recognize, one of them Rirorni, and an older
Rirorni wearing shaman's gear, and a... lizardy sort of... person.  And... he
swallowed twice, someone or something who looked darkly elvish but had such an aura
of danger that Whisperstep almost turned around on the spot and left.
     Patterson Pine had seen his teammate enter and waved him over.  "Sit," he said.
     The Rirorni shaman fixed him with an imperative stare.  "You are the one who
stayed with the carcass of the bear," he said.  "What did you see?"
     Whisperstep sank into a chair and accepted the tankard handed to him.  "A
ghost," he said.  "It was bound to the bones of the bear.  I burned the bones and the
ghost went away.  Was freed, I hope."
     The shaman and the elf exchanged grim nods.  They'd been expecting this,
Whisperstep could tell.  And there was something more they weren't telling, probably
something worse.
     Lord Malcorn set his mug down.  "Tell me the rest of it," he said.  He was
normally so easy-going that it always came as a surprise when he spoke with that
regal authority that was his by right.  Whisperstep could feel himself sitting up
     Again the shaman and the--no, he was not an elf, whatever he was--the dark
stranger exchanged glances.  They didn't speak.
     One of the others, the older gladiator, sighed.  "This whole business--the
matter of the bear and other things we've seen since coming north--are just the edge
of the problem.  The first symptoms, you could say.  The problem appears to have its
root in Kurukar--"
     "Sunk deep into the soul of the Black Kaliv of Kurukar," the dark stranger said.
     "I am no worker of magic," the gladiator went on, "but I have studied many
things, and it appears that the Kaliv of Kurukar has opened some kind of gate that
would better have been left shut."
     "He has opened the Door that leads to the land of the soul-eaters," the dark
stranger said.  "As is their way, they are sure to have taken his soul first, making
him their creature to do their will.  Until that Door is closed again, no person
living or dead may walk in safety."
     Lord Malcorn nodded.  He was often called the Black Lord or Blackie, which
Whisperstep had figured was because of his black hair and swarthy skin.  Now he saw
that there was another reason for the nickname.  "The Door must be closed," he
agreed, his voice as hard and dark as wrought iron.  "There are certain arrangements
I must make; they will take much of the night.  We will leave in the morning."
     The shaman looked surprised.  "We do not expect you to come with us, Lord
Malcorn," he said.  "Surely you are needed here in your own lands?"
     "Surely he is," the dark stranger said, "any lord worthy of the name is needed
in the lands he guards.  But even more surely do we need him with us, Wolf."
     "There are certain responsibilities laid on my lineage," Malcorn said.  "You may
be able to close the Door, but only I can seal it."

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 600): MORAVIA MAUVE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 602): MARLOW of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 596): WIND RIDER of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 598): 24 CARAT of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): NOVELUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 594): PETE MOSS of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): VORTEX of FLYING MONKEYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): MOSSMAN of CROCS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 295): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (Lord of Retribution, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 584): CANNIBALISTIC COW of BARN OF HORRORS (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 582): RICO SAVVY of BAD COMPANY (Bill, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 573): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 535): LEO POWERS of MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 272): TUNDRA of ARCTIC WASTES (Wretch, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 267): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 253): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 463): WONDER BUBBLE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 450): BOY GEORGE of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 441): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 426): MERRO DOSH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 202): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 396): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 395): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 600): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 602): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 596): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 598): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 595): CYNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): BOHICA (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 295): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 584): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 582): BAD COMPANY (Bill, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 573): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 535): POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 272): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 267): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 253): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 463): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 450): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 441): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 426): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 202): MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 396): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 395): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 488): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 601): HERACLITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): NOVELUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
                (turn 595): TAMARIN MELLIRN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 594): PETE MOSS of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): TROOPER TED of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
              (turn 296): XANAX of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): MOSSMAN of CROCS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 586): TURTLE of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 584): ANGUISH of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 573): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 252): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 425): BETTER DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail MORYA!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  It seems the training can make the difference, as EXPENSE ACCOUNT is pushed 
out of top team by D'HARAN EMPIRE, who came from 6th with a 2-3-1 this turn.  Now 
keep the taverns open late tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for PHANTACITY, 
whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped them by 9 into 13th.  STEEL AND SILK stable has 
parlayed this turn's 3-2-0 into a 9 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up 
to 5th place.  Good work, guys!  The THE PENTARCHY guild has had a 3-0-0 turn and 
deserves to be watched in the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can 
lead.  And let's see, PARKING FEES fought THE USEROUS MERCHANT and gained 22 points 
and contributed to EXPENSE ACCOUNT's 2-0-0.  VELVET FINISH has lost to STORMDANCER, 
falling 15 points, while helping make STEEL AND SILK a 3-2-0 turn.  Well done, MORYA, 
the Duelmaster was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps VORTEX is not as 
thrilled, being challenged 4 times.  This turn VORTEX challenged SCARLET ROSE in what 
was MORYA's Title bout.  We should ask SCARLET ROSE about the thrill of victory, and 
what being the new Duelmaster does for a warrior, she'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?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the THE ANIMALS 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on MORYA, what are you afraid of?  
And guess who avoided THE ANIMALS stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was ZULU 
NATION.  Anyone surprised?  In a brave attempt, EXPERIENTIA from STEEL AND SILK 
challenged up 23 points to fight AARD VARK from the THE ANIMALS stable.  EXPERIENTIA 
perhaps got hers just desserts, seeing as she beat AARD VARK and ended up with 93 
recognition points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  
You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     I like this place, MORYA, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in MORYA and I've a long 
road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in MORYA again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCARLET ROSE 4440            12  15  0   108       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ANNE TENNA 4053              16   6  0   114       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
-BLACK ROSE HAMMER 4339       16   8  1   103       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 LE PLON 4326                 23  11  0   102       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 STORMDANCER 4278             21  20  1    97       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-STORM RIDER 4257             11   4  0    94       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VORTEX 4423                  12   6  0    93       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 EXPERIENTIA 4483              9   4  0    93       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 YAU (DARKFACE) 4519           8   4  0    93       ZULU NATION (501)
-VENUS TRAP HAMMER 4456       17   4  2    91       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUMA 4294                    18  21  0    89       THE ANIMALS (475)
 MANKILLER 4279               21  20  0    83       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-VIPER 4185                   12   7  2    80       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 LORVANDIS 4402               15  13  0    79       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 CASH MEALS 4532               8   2  0    76       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 VELVET FINISH 4441           13  14  0    75       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-OPASAN 4381                  12  13  0    75       PHANTACITY (480)
 AARD VARK 4404               19   8  0    74       THE ANIMALS (475)
-FREDDY FENDER 3956           11  18  1    69       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
 AARD WOLF 4411               13  13  1    68       THE ANIMALS (475)
 ARMADILLO 4503               11   6  0    67       THE ANIMALS (475)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLOUDRIDER 4424              14  12  0    60       DODGE BULLETS (126)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OWL 4453                     12  11  2    56       THE ANIMALS (475)
 ZOD 4525                      8   4  0    55       ZULU NATION (501)
-THORN STEM HAMMER 4500        8   8  1    52       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
-ASSUNDRIES 4555               3   1  0    49       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-HUB CAPP 4168                 9   7  0    48       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
-SECI 4464                    11   8  2    46       PHANTACITY (480)
 PARKING FEES 4535             3   3  0    46       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538           4   7  0    45       ZULU NATION (501)
-FLO VALVE 4243                4   4  0    45       OTTO'S MECHANICS (226)
-TARG 4575                     5   3  1    41       THE WOLVES (510)
 THE PACIFIST 4420             5  13  0    37       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-BRIAR STEM HAMMER 4481        8  11  0    35       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SURGICAL 4437                 6  14  0    33       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-RENTAL CAR 4534               4   0  0    33       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-OTHER 4536                    9   1  0    32       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 THE COCKROACH 4589            3   2  0    32       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 CHANDALEN 4602                2   2  2    31       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-GHOST CHANT 4184              5   6  0    30       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-PAPER FLOWERS 4182            3   5  0    26       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 BLOOD HAWK 4621               3   0  0    26       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-POISON IVY HAMMER 4543        4   5  0    24       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANFERROUS 4508                6   4  0    23       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-KLYDE SPECTRE 4612            2   0  0    23       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
 BONGO BOY 4537                4   6  0    22       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-PIZDA 4599                    3   1  0    22       PHANTACITY (480)
 SCARLET 4603                  2   2  0    22       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-INFERNO SERVENT 4191          4   2  0    21       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-CAL I. BURR 4574              3   2  0    21       THE WOLVES (510)
 ECHO 4565                     4   3  0    19       FREE MASONS (509)
 PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629          2   0  0    19       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-ATOMIC EARL 4609              2   0  0    18       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
 CU-CHULAINN 4635              1   0  1    14       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
-LADY BRENDA 4558              1   0  0    13       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 JENNSEN 4604                  3   1  0    12       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 GOIDNIU 4634                  1   0  0    12       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
-MORPHEUS 4582                 3   2  0    11       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-MARS 4584                     2   3  1    10       GODS & GODDESSES (511)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HEPHAESTUS 4615               1   1  1    10       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-SLOMI 4618                    1   1  0    10       PHANTACITY (480)
 GAMMA 4638                    1   0  0    10       FREE MASONS (509)
-MINERVA 4581                  1   4  0     7       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-PATULJAK 4590                 1   3  0     6       PHANTACITY (480)
-LYCOS 4614                    1   0  0     6       THE WOLVES (510)
 GRATCH 4601                   1   3  0     6       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-LADY AILYN 4560               1   0  0     6       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 CROMM CRUAICH 4632            1   0  0     5       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
 MEIFFERT 4627                 1   1  0     4       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-SID SICKLE 4608               1   1  0     4       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
-DARYTH 4596                   1   1  0     4       THE WOLVES (510)
-ATHENA 4616                   1   1  0     4       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 ASCALANTE 4620                0   2  0     2       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-LADY CHISE 4559               0   1  0     1       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
-SWINDLER STANG 4617           0   1  0     1       MEAN PEOPLE (514)
-LADY LULU 4557                0   1  0     1       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 PHI 4637                      0   1  0     1       FREE MASONS (509)
 DAGDA 4631                    0   1  0     1       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
 LUGH LAMHFADA 4633            0   1  0     1       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF         0  0 0                      CU-CHULAINN 4635      298  NONE
CHASE 4600              0  2 0 D'HARAN EMPIRE 513   HECA 4606             296  REVENGED
DR ODDENSTEIN 4588      1  1 0 FLYING MONKEYS 493   MARS 4584             295  REVENGED
DA BOUND 4636           0  1 0 FREE MASONS 509      MOUNTAIN TROLL        298  NONE
FOXTROT 4605            2  2 0 FREE MASONS 509      CHANDALEN 4602        298   
HECA 4606               2  1 1 FREE MASONS 509      CHANDALEN 4602        297   
ALBATROSS 4571          3  1 1 RAPTOR 508           ALPHA 4564            295  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Owl -- It is always a pleasure to take a winged one "out to lunch".  (wink) -- Cash

Poison Ivy Hammer -- No endurance, no glory. -- Other

Echo -- That bears repeating.  I like winning.  I like winning. -- Assundries

Vortex -- Congrats again for being on top of Morya.  Well done! -- Finance Manager

Liam -- Le Pentarque would be a great addition to you guys.  Yes, Spawn is in with
"SCOMSSS Shire" as now all seven who have been in The Fellowship are competing
together.  Oz is looking forward to seeing you.  Good luck. -- Finance Manager

Today I would like to congratulate all the managers:  all the personal ads are making
Morya a lively and beautiful place...long live Morya! -- Le Pentarque

It is my turn to leave this paradise.  Like Xanax, I didn't manage to grab the
supreme honor, but I liked all my fights here.  I was planned for retirement, but
well I appear to be a Fist specialist, and my manager finds it amusing.  Good luck to
you on the sand! -- Trooper Ted

Ack...it's getting chilly there...my four partners left, and I feel kinda lonely
surrounded by many valorous warriors. -- Le (puny) Plon

Finance Manager -- Thanks for the encouragements:  the two rookies are actually
interesting and will appear after the next tournament. -- Le Pentarque

Thanks for the proposal about TW 6, Liam, but I'm getting short on time and money...
perhaps another time? -- Le Pentarque, again

Well, Stormrider, Stormdancer...I should learn to handle storms! -- Le Plon

Liam -- Appreciate the welcome.  Had a little trouble at first, including harassment
from some pesky builders but hopefully they've learned nothing's free.  Otherwise,
city looks great.  Looking forward to making friends. -- Lord Rahl

Cockroach -- Could have swore I had you.  Everything was slipping through my fingers
that time. -- Gratch

Free Masons -- Lord Rahl's WILL be done.  Nothing personal with the rest of you. --

Foxtrot -- Do you believe in fate?  I was throwing down a gauntlet to you.  We were
thinking alike.  But everything must balance.  You won the challenge right.  I won
the fight.  We're even. -- Scarlet

Le Plon -- Ouch!  Not a good day for me, I guess, and you'd think it would be better.
There've been so many storms, I feel totally at home.  Huh, guess I might be spending
too much time dancing in them? -- Stormdancer

Armadillo -- We've been seeing some of your kind around our area lately.  Mostly as
roadkill, but that does imply there are live ones, too.  Be careful crossing the
street, okay? -- Mankiller

Xanax -- Ah...I guess it's an honor to get your exit fight.  But I wish I could've
won it. -- Lorvandis

Briar Stem Hammer -- Somebody told me that the briars needed to be "pruned back
hard."  So I did. -- Cloudrider

Hephaestus -- I'm not an anvil, bub, so watch it. -- Blood Hawk

Finance Manager -- Cut gas prices in half.  I don't know if it would help the stock
market, but it'd sure help everybody else. -- Jorja

Liam -- I hadn't given any thought to returning to North Fork, I mostly go inactive
during contests; easier for everyone.  But I'll give it serious thought.  I'm going
on vacation, well, when this arena runs, I'll BE on vacation, for a week, which will
give me time for serious thinking.  No promises, but it is hard to resist a personal
invitation. -- Jorja
P.S.  Hmm, and it would be sort of convenient, since the Edge of Night storyline will
be in that area....

Our congratulations to Trooper Ted. -- Jorja and Dodge Bullets

Liam -- Still thinking it over, but I thought I should just point out that I don't
issue challenges or avoids and so am not likely to add that much to the team score,
if I join you.  If it were TOGS and there were points for personals and spotlights,
yes, I could be an asset, but all I could promise regarding this contest would be my
presence.  You might do better with someone who manages more actively.  But if you're
willing to accept the handicap of a team which has been called, with some truth
"standbys you can challenge," then I would be honored to join you. -- Jorja
P.S.  I just checked and don't seem to have been active there for YEARS.  But my team
currently in place in North Fork is Middle Way 3.  Which was years ago, also, since
I'm up to Middle Way 20 in Noblish now.

Zoe -- After two full months on vacation, you STILL were challenging me?  I'll
remember that... -- Experientia

Bongo Boy -- Whew!  I wasn't sure I was gonna pull that one off.  Well fought! --

The Pacifist -- Nice moves, uh, Lady Wolf.  Now, drop the shield routine, 'cause you
don't need it. -- Surgical

Opasan -- Now THAT was a fight!  We'll have to do it again sometime, what do you say?
-- Scarlet Rose

Trooper Ted -- Glad to see that earned your graduation.  Now get you gone! -- Velvet

Finance Manager -- Actually, the market is a 'pet project' of mine.  115% increase in
'07.  This year's been rough, but I'm still up about 25% this year.  Diplo me if
you're not just being sarcastically in character. *wry grin* -- Michael Eldritch

Liam -- Harlequin contacted me, and I have passed word to Azaziel.  His team is now
ready, so if he IS an option, let me know post-haste.  I am still puzzling out a few
bugs with Force of Will, but will be ready when you (or Darque) is. -- M.E.

And, congratulations once again to Vortex.  Maybe this time I can catch you on the
sands and profit from it.  Good luck to you, and to the new/old faces as well! --
Michael Eldritch, mgr Steel and Silk

Seci -- You fought with heart and soul, you bring great honoor to Kasap.  The
question is will our two teams continue with this contest of arms?  Keep up the good
fight honored one. -- Viper, the red hand of darkness

Omega -- I take it you do not speak much?  Hope there is no bad blood between us, I
don't know you but look forward to things to come. -- Liam the Goth

Puma -- That was a good match!  I must say Liam was most impressed with you and the
Zoo Keeper, last I was here you and your teammates were just starting off in Morya.
Hope you continue with the winning ways. -- Storm Rider, Paladin of Ahringol

Vortex -- Congrats on the top seat of Morya, may you make it to portals and beyond.
-- Liam
P.S.  Who is your manager?

That goes for all the "?" on the manager list, hard to talk to people when you don't
have a name to call someone. -- Liam

Le Pentarque -- I see that you are going to have a new team here in a few, that has
to be hard on someone, no? -- Liam

Michael Eldritch -- Harlequin should have sent you a diplo on my behalf, I have your
info will get a diplo out to you soon.  I'll be here every other turn for a while. --

Rain God -- Good to hear from you buddy, keep that head up and see you back in DM 60
or are you running in DM 25 again? -- Liam
P.S.  Contact me in DM 47, 36, or 72, old teams, old names.

8 July 2008

                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.

     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA BOUND was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
FOXTROT was slaughtered by CHANDALEN in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
VORTEX was subdued by SCARLET ROSE in a 1 minute expert's Challenge Title fight.
EXPERIENTIA viciously subdued AARD VARK in a popular 4 minute brutal Challenge fight.
YAU (DARKFACE) devastated MANKILLER in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
CASH MEALS devastated ZOD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
ZOE (DARKFACE) was overcome by OWL in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
SURGICAL was vanquished by CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SCARLET lost to THE PACIFIST in a 3 minute beginner vs. expert Challenge fight.
GRATCH was savagely defeated by PATTE DE SAGUAR in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
THE COCKROACH defeated ECHO in a 2 minute Challenge match.
ASCALANTE was demolished by BLOOD HAWK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
LE PLON bested LORVANDIS in a 1 minute bloody veteran's battle.
TROOPER TED savagely defeated PUMA in a 1 minute gory master's conflict.
VELVET FINISH was vanquished by STORMDANCER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
ARMADILLO beat AMBITIOUS GUARD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
AARD WOLF bested CAPTURED ORC in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
PARKING FEES overpowered THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BONGO BOY was outwaited by ANFERROUS in a unpopular 14 minute competition.
JENNSEN beat DAGDA in a 6 minute beginner's fight.
MEIFFERT was subdued by GOIDNIU in a 2 minute gruesome beginner's bout.
CROMM CRUAICH overcame PHI in a 3 minute brutal novice's contest.
LUGH LAMHFADA was overpowered by GAMMA in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CU-CHULAINN executed CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  16 -  4      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW        35 -  28 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         STRIKING ATTACK   56 -  50 -  2      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         SLASHING ATTACK   28 -  25 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  17 -  0      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    48 -  49 -  3      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         TOTAL PARRY       29 -  34 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  16 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  37 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  18 -  0      33  |

Turn 298 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   LE PLON 4326               23  11  0  102 THE PENTARCHY (397)
WALL OF STEEL    STORMDANCER 4278           21  20  1   97 DODGE BULLETS (126)
AIMED BLOW       VORTEX 4423                12   6  0   93 FLYING MONKEYS (493)
SLASHING ATTACK  EXPERIENTIA 4483            9   4  0   93 STEEL AND SILK (495)
STRIKING ATTACK  LORVANDIS 4402             15  13  0   79 DODGE BULLETS (126)
TOTAL PARRY      AARD VARK 4404             19   8  0   74 THE ANIMALS (475)
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 EXPERIENTIA 4483.  The ten other most popular fighters were PATTE DE SAGUAR 
4629, DA BOUND 4636, ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538, OWL 4453, SCARLET 4603, THE COCKROACH 4589, 
STORMDANCER 4278, AARD WOLF 4411, YAU (DARKFACE) 4519, and LE PLON 4326.

The least popular fighter this week was BONGO BOY 4537.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ANFERROUS 4508, JENNSEN 4604, LUGH LAMHFADA 4633, PUMA 4294, LORVANDIS 
4402, SURGICAL 4437, ZOD 4525, AARD VARK 4404, FOXTROT 4605, and CU-CHULAINN 4635.

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



     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."


     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.