Date   : 11/14/2008    Duedate: 12/11/2008


DM-28    TURN-300

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-4519) [10-4-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

                               FREE MASONS (509)
                               (28-4565) [6-3-0,40]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STORMDANCER                    PIZDA
DODGE BULLETS (126)            PHANTACITY (480)
(28-4278) [23-20-1,118]        (28-4599) [4-1-0,33]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHANTACITY (480)            39
2. GODS & GODDESSES (511)      38      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)        37      Unchartered Team
4. THE PENTARCHY (397)         37
5. THE ANIMALS (475)           33      D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     29  10  0 74.4   1/ 6 THE ANIMALS (475)         9  6 0
 2/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      328 196  7 62.6   2/ 1 DODGE BULLETS (126)       8  7 0
 3- 3 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  40  25  3 61.5   3/ 2 STEEL AND SILK (495)      8  7 0
 4- 4*FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)       3   2  1 60.0   4/ 3 THE PENTARCHY (397)       7  3 0
 5/ 6 THE ANIMALS (475)        104 101  5 50.7   5/ 5*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      6  9 2
 6/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)      347 349 12 49.9   6/12 PHANTACITY (480)          4  1 0
 7/ 8 ZULU NATION (501)         40  42  3 48.8   7/14*GODS & GODDESSES (511)    4  1 0
 8/ 9 PHANTACITY (480)          71  78  7 47.7   8/ 4 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     4  3 0
 9/11*D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      13  17  3 43.3   9/ 8 ZULU NATION (501)         4  4 0
10/10 STEEL AND SILK (495)      60  85  1 41.4  10/11*FREE MASONS (509)         4 11 0
11/14*GODS & GODDESSES (511)    12  18  2 40.0  11-10*FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)      3  2 1
12-12 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      33  54  1 37.9  12- 7 FLYING MONKEYS (493)      2  3 0
13/13*FREE MASONS (509)         14  26  2 35.0  13- 9 RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)  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

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #24 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The group broke up and went to their separate tasks.  Lord Malcorn had things to
do before he could leave his domain, Uncle Wolf and the gladiator Math op Owain had
supplies to gather for the next stage of their journey, and the two Greenwardens,
familiar with the local resources, went with them.  A gladiator Agro didn't know,
Redfox, and the Dark Stranger, stayed behind.
     Agro looked at the Dark Stranger.  If he'd been a mammal, his hackles would have
come up.  He knew a predator when he saw one, and he didn't trust the creature at
     The Stranger was looking at the third gladiator, who shrugged.  "I'm a Lord
Protector from here," he said.  "Blackwind, team Starbase 5.  Word's gone around what
you're going to try--"
     "So fast?"  If there was any emotion in the Stranger's question, Agro couldn't
hear it.
     Blackwind shrugged again.  "Waitresses aren't deaf or dumb, you know.  Anyway, I
figured your little business could use some local knowledge and an extra pair of
     Redfox looked at Agro and nodded.  "I reckon he's right."
     "The more people involved, the more chance for mistakes," the Stranger said.
"Still, have it as you will."
     "So what's the plan?" Blackwind asked.
     "It is of this that I wished to speak," the Stranger said.  "A bold stroke is
good, if it comes off, but there must be a plan."
     The two humans looked at him.  Or it.  "You are more familiar with our quarry
than we are.  What would you advise?" Redfox asked.
     Agro resisted an urge to hit the Rirorni gladiator.  What is it with humans that
they were disposed to trust anything that looked human, provided it wasn't actually
slavering and trying to kill them right that minute?  To these two men, the Dark
Stranger apparently looked like an older and more experienced human, dangerous but
comprehensible.  Idiots.  This was not human, and it was a predator.  One who was
used to and experienced in manipulating humans.
     "There are some points you will need to take into consideration," it said.
"First, you will need to set your trap in the right kind of place.  One where the
Night Hunters would expect to find an... offering."
     Blackwind raised his eyebrows in the human expression of surprise.  "Are there
such places here, around Malcorn, I mean?  I wouldn't think Blackie, ah, Lord Malcorn
would allow--"
     "There are indeed such places, and many of them.  Men have always tried to
appease or bind the Night Hunters, though they have done so less often since the Lord
Malcorn of that time sealed the Silent Place."  The Dark Stranger smiled, showing too
many teeth, too sharp, too... hungry.  But the voice was smooth as a river flowing in
the darkness.  "Even now, the offerings are made, back in the woods.  This will aid
you.  The Night Hunters may come anyway to bait, if it is tempting enough--"
     "Virgins?" Blackwind asked.
     "For some, yes, but not for those you seek."  A gesture that dismissed the
question as unimportant.  "They will come faster and less warily to a sacrifice, an
apparent sacrifice properly presented.  Any human offered will be acceptable to them,
but a strong warrior in the prime of life will be most tempting, most pleasing to
them."  The Stranger narrowed its eyes, staring into space, and licked its lips.
"Most pleasing."  The enveloping dark robe shivered.  "He must be bound to a proper
offering stone in such a way that he cannot escape, although if he is able to
struggle that will add... spice to the meal.  He should be bleeding, also, though not
from a fatal injury.  Scourging has been the choice normally.  One other live,
warmblooded person must be present, seen to be present, to make the bargain with the
Hunters.  And you must be careful not to spring your trap until the dark ones are
fully manifested."
     "And what, exactly, are we supposed to gain by traping one of these Night
Hunters?" Agro asked.  "Information, you said, Wolf said.  What kind of information?
About what?"
     "Names," the Stranger said, shivering again.  "Lines that can be followed back
to the Names that have taken control of this intrusion.  They do no one a service but
themselves, and they make the patterns of existence more difficult for all of us who
are Other.  This must be interrupted.  Stopped, if that can be done."  A bitter curl
of thin lips.  "If it can be stopped, Lord Malcorn will see to that, but he needs
information."  The black robe swirled, merged with the shadows, and was gone.
     Redfox looked at his companions.  "Let's go... somewhere else.  Someplace that
thing hasn't been."
     The other two rose immediately.  "There's a cafeteria in the arena basement,"
Blackwind said.  "I've got an idea these creatures out of the Silent Place and their
kind can't go there."
     "Sounds good."
     They went out the side door of the tavern and walked through the night, not
speaking.  Malcorn had less nightlife than the larger cities of Alastari, but there
was always someone around, and lanterns hung in front of most businesses.
     "Paradise for thieves," Redfox muttered.  "Enough lights to make shadows, not
enough to dispell them.  Enough people moving to hide footsteps--"
     "Enough Night Watch to catch anyone foolish," Blackwind added.  "Blackie doesn't
like thieves bothering his people."
     There was more activity around the arena than there'd been in the streets.  It
often amazed Agro how much went on all the time at arenas where the actual duels were
so few.  It was as though every gladiator registered at an arena, if not dead or
graduated, was trying to stay ready to step out on the sands at the first call from
his manager.  Maybe it was a human thing, and that's why he didn't understand it.
     They found a table in one corner of the cafeteria, ordered from a busy waitress,
and sat for a few minutes.  Agro was trying to sort out ideas, impressions, and
questions; he supposed the otherr two were doing the same.
     Blackwind stopped drawing circles on the table with the bottom of his cup and
looked at the other two.  "This Dark Stranger.  Can we trust him?  He seemed, I
dunno, he described that 'proper presentation of a sacrifce' with too much loving
detail to make me feel good about it."
     Agro nodded.  "It has received such offerings itself, almost certainly.  Maybe
hopes for more, if not now, later."
     "Likely enough," Redfox agreed, "but I don't think he--it--whatever is serving
as a procurer in this case.  Uncle Wolf didn't cut off the suggestion, so he, at
least, must think there's value in it."
     "We must ask him for more details before we separate," Agro said.
     "And one thing we have to ask about," the Croc went on, "is this 'make a
bargain' part of it.  Are we going to be binding ourselves, all of us, into some kind
of demonic bargain we never intended?"
     "Good question," Blackwind agreed.  "Will Redfox have to die?"
     Redfox shrugged.  "I hope not, but everybody dies eventually, even lord
protectors.  I don't like anything about this, but Uncle Wolf didn't forbid it, so
there may be something to gain.  And if I have to die....  The important thing is
that my death not be wasted."
     "Very high-minded," Blackwind said, "but it would be better if things didn't
come to that.  Is there any other way we could get at the names the Stranger wants?"
     They argued up and down and all around the topic, hours of talk.  Ate stew and
dark bread with cheese on it (Agro had steaks that were bleeding rare).  More than
once came to the brink of canceling the whole thing.
     Finally Redfox threw up his hands.  "We aren't getting anywhere, because none of
us knows the answers to our questions.  Let's ask Uncle Wolf.  He might know
something more."
     They found the old shaman at the Greenwardens's guildhouse, loading a backpack
while Math op Owain traced routes on a map.
     Redfox ignored the old man's frown at the interruption.  "Can we trust this Dark
     Wolf pursed his lips, looking at three different needles of bone side by side on
his palm.  After a moment, he said, "Yes, up to a point.  I don't know where that
point is.  But the form of summoning and binding with which we called it, him, forth
prevent the telling of outright lies.  Nothing prevents misdirection and failure to
mention details that will allow us to delude ourselves, of course.  That's the chief
hazard of dealing with these beings."
     "He spoke of some kind of bargain being expected by this Night Hunter creature,"
Blackwind said.  "I didn't like the sound of that.  What if--"
     The shaman cut him off.  "A bargain will be offered.  These transactions always
involve one.  It is not complete until it has been sealed with blood.  But if you're
wondering whether you'll be expected to keep it, yes.  If the bargain is made and
sealed, it will be binding.  If a bargain is made with Redfox's life being offered,
then it is forfeit, or worse will happen to..." he waved a hand, "the whole area.
And they will still take his life.  The creatures of the Dark Lands always keep their
bargains, to the letter, and will not allow anyone who deals with them to do
otherwise.  One does not trifle with the Dark."
     "We could still call it off," Blackwind said.  He looked at Redfox.  So did
Agro, but the Rirorni was expressionless, his opinion concealed.
     Wolf looked at the gladiator he had trained, also.  "That decision must be
yours, in the end, Redfox.  What will you do?"
     "Will something of use to us, to the living in general, be gained from this?"
     "I don't know," the old man said.  "My intuition says 'yes', but I don't know
what that gain might be.  But I believe that this is why Agro is present, to make
this trap possible."
     Redfox let out a long breath and nodded.  "We do it, then."
     Blackwind sighed, an unconscious echo of the Rirorni's reaction.  "Okay.  But we
need some kind of, I don't know what, some kind of safety net.  Something to tie the
three of us together so that if one goes or is taken away, the others can follow...
     Agro saw by Redfox's surprise that this was a new idea to him also.  But it was
a good one.  He looked at the old human.  "Yes.  Can you do this?"
     "Follow anywhere?" Wolf asked.  "Even into the Valley of Death, because it might
come to that?"
     "Even there," Blackwind said, and Agro nodded agreement.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 604): BLHU MURTHER of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 606): PAIN INTICER II of THE PAIN GANG (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 600): BOSS of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 602): BUDOKUMO of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 601): YAREK ZURN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 599): BART SIMPSON of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 299): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 592): HULIK of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 297): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 588): TED D. SEAVER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 586): THIMBELL of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 577): LUCKY of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 540): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 275): BOLT of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 467): HAWTHORN of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 454): BEAST XVII of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 461): UNLUCKY DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 204): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 399): VOLBAN TEN TAHL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 377): SHANA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 604): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 606): FURIES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 600): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 602): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 601): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 599): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 592): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 297): CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 588): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 586): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 577): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 540): POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 275): OF WOLF & MEN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 467): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 454): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 461): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 204): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 399): SAND DANCERS (Jorjga, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 377): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 493): SILMARILLIAD et al (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 606): PAIN INTICER II of THE PAIN GANG (?, mgr.)
                           DEMOCRITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 601): ANIS of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 598): TIMES of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 591): SOLAR ERUPTION of VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 296): CORNELIUS of CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 588): TED D. SEAVER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
                          BURLY REIVER of GEMSTONE BEASTS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 586): THIMBELL of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
                       (turn 585): THE TUSKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 576): CLYDE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
                           DRENDAN O'KAI of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                             FOLMOR GRIGG of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
                  (turn 255): EVALON ELKHORN of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 454): BEAST XVII of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
                       (turn 453): SPIRITWALKER of DREAMTIME (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 461): UNLUCKY DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 203): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

First and foremost, I sit on my throne with my crown on my head for everybody on

If anyone who doesn't sense this fundamental power of "Zulu Nation," then you will
never understand the power of a guerrilla fighter.

I will enter the tournament to hear the roars, and to smell the flesh of death all
around me!  I will now leave the throne with a loud roar so every team and manager
across the battle sand will know that I will return to claim my crown.

                           Long live the guerrilla fighter,
                                     Zulu Nation

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  THE ANIMALS now holds the crown and 
they are betting they can keep it.  A stormcloud is brewing over the FLYING MONKEYS 
guildhouse.  Rumor says any more weeks like this ones 0-0-0 may send the team to the 
Dark Arena.  Coming up with a solid 4-1-0 outing, GODS & GODDESSES has advanced 7 
places in the rankings.  Advancing in the rankings was PHANTACITY who went from last 
turn's 67-77-7, to this week's record of 71-78-7.  Hey everybody, watch out for OWL, 
who flew up 18 points in the rankings after mashing M. CHARDINEE like a melon.  Keep 
your eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was EXPERIENTIA, who 
dropped 7 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with LE PLON.  Unlike 
most arenas, YAU (DARKFACE) managed to get his challenge off against the 22-20-0 
MANKILLER.  Going for the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was 
DODGE BULLETS' MANKILLER, who was turned away from the Duelmastership by YAU 
(DARKFACE).  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the MORYA arena.  Did you 
hear that STEEL AND SILK was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal 
hygiene of STEEL AND SILK's warriors, I'm not surprised!  And you guys like to boo 
me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause THE ANIMALS beats feet every time STEEL AND 
SILK smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were 
votes, ECHO would be president.  Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to win. 
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally 
in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, there's the manager of the MORYA giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  See ya next time 
I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YAU (DARKFACE) 4519          10   4  0   118       ZULU NATION (501)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STORMDANCER 4278             23  20  1   118       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 VELVET FINISH 4441           15  14  0   113       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 SCARLET ROSE 4440            13  16  0    99       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 LE PLON 4326                 24  12  0    98       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-STORM RIDER 4257             11   4  0    94       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-VORTEX 4423                  12   6  0    93       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 ARMADILLO 4503               13   6  0    92       THE ANIMALS (475)
 MANKILLER 4279               22  21  0    91       DODGE BULLETS (126)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPASAN 4381                  13  13  0    84       PHANTACITY (480)
 CASH MEALS 4532               9   3  0    84       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 AARD WOLF 4411               14  14  1    80       THE ANIMALS (475)
-VIPER 4185                   12   7  2    80       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 AARD VARK 4404               20   9  0    79       THE ANIMALS (475)
 CLOUDRIDER 4424              15  13  0    79       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 OWL 4453                     14  11  2    79       THE ANIMALS (475)
 EXPERIENTIA 4483              9   6  0    78       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUMA 4294                    18  23  0    77       THE ANIMALS (475)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LORVANDIS 4402               15  15  0    65       DODGE BULLETS (126)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZOD 4525                      8   4  0    55       ZULU NATION (501)
-ASSUNDRIES 4555               4   1  0    54       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 SECI 4464                    12   8  2    50       PHANTACITY (480)
-GHOST CHANT 4184              6   6  0    48       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
-PARKING FEES 4535             3   3  0    46       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 ECHO 4565                     6   3  0    40       FREE MASONS (509)
 SURGICAL 4437                 7  15  0    37       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-THE PACIFIST 4420             5  13  0    37       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 OTHER 4536                    9   2  0    35       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PIZDA 4599                    4   1  0    33       PHANTACITY (480)
-THE COCKROACH 4589            3   2  0    32       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 BLOOD HAWK 4621               4   1  0    31       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 SCARLET 4603                  3   3  0    31       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 RENTAL CAR 4534               4   1  0    29       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 JENNSEN 4604                  4   2  0    28       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538           4   8  0    27       ZULU NATION (501)
 ANFERROUS 4508                7   5  0    26       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-PAPER FLOWERS 4182            3   5  0    26       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BONGO BOY 4537                4   6  0    22       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-INFERNO SERVENT 4191          4   2  0    21       RIDERS OF AHRINGOL (464)
 CHANDALEN 4602                3   3  2    21       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 MARS 4584                     3   3  1    20       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 HEPHAESTUS 4615               2   1  1    19       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629          3   1  0    18       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 MEIFFERT 4627                 2   2  1    18       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 SLOMI 4618                    2   1  0    18       PHANTACITY (480)
 ATHENA 4616                   2   1  0    18       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 MORPHEUS 4582                 4   2  0    15       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
-CU-CHULAINN 4635              1   0  1    14       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
 PATULJAK 4590                 1   4  0    13       PHANTACITY (480)
 CRICTOR UNGERER 4640          1   0  0    13       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-GOIDNIU 4634                  1   0  0    12       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
 TEZCATLIPOCA 4641             1   0  0    12       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 TETHA 4643                    1   1  0    10       FREE MASONS (509)
 MINERVA 4581                  1   5  0     8       GODS & GODDESSES (511)
 GAMMA 4638                    1   2  0     7       FREE MASONS (509)
-CROMM CRUAICH 4632            1   0  0     5       FEOLADAIRS GOB (516)
 WHITE BECT 4645               0   1  0     3       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-ASCALANTE 4620                0   2  0     2       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 ZULU 4652                     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?
CHASE 4600              0  2 0 D'HARAN EMPIRE 513   HECA 4606             296  REVENGED
GRATCH 4601             1  5 0 D'HARAN EMPIRE 513   WURM KIN              300  NONE
FOXTROT 4605            2  2 0 FREE MASONS 509      CHANDALEN 4602        298  REVENGED
HECA 4606               2  1 1 FREE MASONS 509      CHANDALEN 4602        297  REVENGED
INDIGO 4653             0  1 0 FREE MASONS 509      ARENAMASTER NOR       300  NONE
ZUMA (DARKFACE) 4642    1  1 0 ZULU NATION 501      MEIFFERT 4627         300   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A Userous Merchant always comes in handy for the things I need.  Morya contributes
one of the most accommodating. -- Assundries

Lorvandis -- I must admit that my manager had already written that challenge off with
all your experience and skills and all, but I was LLUUCCKKYY! -- Cash Meals

I'll be back!  (After the Mailer.) -- Other

Congratulations to Duelmaster Yau from the Expense Account. -- Finance Manager

Liam The Goth -- Yes, Oz seems to think this Turf War will be the best and most
competitive yet.  As to Spawn, he has long been a participant in North Fork/SCOMSS
Swamp, who took a hiatus for a while.  He was on the very first SCOMSS winning team.
(Fellowship Of The SCOMSS)  As you can see from his long-term record, he is a fine
one.  You may be interested to know that he resides in Great Britain, hence SCOMSSS
is quite international with managers from England, Canada, and the USA. -- Finance
Manager (Information provided by Oz The All-Knowing)

Michael -- Scarlet Rose was your first?  Well done and congratulations!  Yes, indeed,
you have come a long way from Aruak City.  Kennelworth (Bulldogs) and Mino (Animal
Farm) also send their congrats and regards. -- Finance Manager

Well, you sure finished me quickly, but that was not very velvet-like.  Arf. -- Le
P.S.  Lorvandis, I am honored to have been an incentive to all that thinking....

Thanks for your challenge, Jenssen!  I really enjoyed that long fight! -- Patte de
P.S.  Hum, Gratch, I seem to be a victory-stealer.

Congrats to the startlingly young Yau!  But could he explain the meaning of
"Darkface"? -- Le Pentarque

Liam and Michael -- Thanks again for your invites.  I will cheer for your guys in
this TW.  May you put down that nasty Consortium team! -- Le Pentarque

Mankiller -- Yau is my name, Darkface is my manager name.  So it should not be so
confusing now, I hope? -- Yau (Darkface)
P.S.  I am very human but I fight like a monster.  *smile*

Dodge Bullets -- I stopped putting personal ads in the newsletter cause some people
in Morya complained too much about what I wrote.  So like the gentleman in me, I will
always give what the crying kids want. -- Zulu Nation
P.S.  I must say that I like your sense of humor.  Expense Account and The Pentarchy
also have great sense of humor.  So you guys keep up the good work. 

Expense Account -- For a manager that did not know anything about Duel2, I'm doing
better, being that I am the Duelmaster so fast.
P.S.  I'm getting better at DM, so be careful.
P.P.S.  Your sense of humor is appreciated.

The Pentarchy -- I might be the Duelmaster now, but in my eyes, you're still the team
to beat. -- Zulu Nation

Steel and Silk -- "Wow" if that was your big plan (remember me?), well, you need to
get your money back, cause whoever is teaching you how to fight cannot fight himself.
-- Zulu Nation
P.S.  A challenge is part of the game, so embrace it and stop all the complaining,
cause teams get challenged all the time.  I got challenged three times in a row but I
accept it!  Because it's what DuelTwo is all about.
P.P.S.  I might stop playing cause you are taking the fun out of the game.

Liam -- Well said.  I even have a few bodies for usage. -- Lord Rahl

Patte de Saguar -- Not sure if it's you or the fight I dislike.  Maybe just your
record.  Next time my laces won't be loose. -- Jennsen

Michael Eldritch -- Yes, but we are creatures of habit and tend to revert at times.
That's prophecy for you!  The reason my faith is in myself.  Just need my skills to
carry over to the sands!  Well met, anyway. -- Lord Rahl

Lost my edge with all these games.  Been ordered to do real fighting so no more
playtime, kids.  See ya! -- Gratch

Stormdancer -- Wow!  Out of my league doesn't cover it.  Hurry up and graduate. --

Yau (Darkface) -- My planning was sound, but the bloody shield was not!  You WILL be
seeing me again, Zulu! -- Scarlet Rose

Blood Hawk -- That was an ugly fight, at least on MY part. -- Anferrous

Le Plon -- Well now, maybe I'm on to something finally.  No hard feelings I hope. --
Velvet Finish

Owl -- I much prefer our LAST meeting. *wince* -- Surgical

Finance Manager -- I assumed your sarcasm, but figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
*shrug*  Still, I'm now a VERY cautious (10% at a touch) 57% up this year with 88% in
cash or equivalent. *smile* -- M.E.

Liam -- I carry on in your absence, but Azaziel and I are TW ready.  Jorja, I know
I'm posting it everywhere, but I've got a story almost complete.  Just let me know.
Anyhow, back to Liam, I need some "manager profiles" for the Dread Naught members for
writing purposes.  All right, that's enough. -- M.E.

Yau (Darkface) -- Well done with Scarlet, but don't start avoiding me now. *wry grin*
-- Michael Eldritch

Cash Meals -- Do you find this works?  I mean, if you say, "I had a twenty dollar
meal and paid cash for it," don't you have to show a receipt?  Please enlighten me on
how this stuff works, because there's just no telling when I might need it. --

Anferrous -- Seems like tough stuff to me. -- Blood Hawk

Experientia -- And that was an experience for you, yes?  Why didn't you learn more?
Young punk not paying attention, huh?  Probably a bubble-brained blonde, besides!
Bah.  Women. -- Storm Dancer

Puma -- Cats like me and often do what I wish they would.  Not always, of course,
because they ARE cats, but still.  Thanks. -- Cloudrider

Aard Vark -- Go vark at an aard, if you must.  Silly creature. -- Mankiller

Finance Manager -- Piker!  When *I* was young, gas was twenty-five cents a gallon
WITHOUT gas wars. -- Jorja
P.S.  Been a long time since you could fill a twenty-gallon tank with five bucks.
Ah...the good old days.  Of course, minimum wage was down around a dollar an hour
then, too....

Le Plon -- Well, if you are going to dance in a storm, an important thing to remember
is:  Rubber shoes. -- Storm Dancer

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

GRATCH was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
INDIGO was butchered by ARENAMASTER NOR in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
YAU (DARKFACE) handily defeated MANKILLER in a 1 minute Challenge Title match.
SCARLET ROSE viciously subdued CASH MEALS in a 3 minute gory Challenge contest.
RENTAL CAR was defeated by ECHO in a 1 minute Challenge match.
PATTE DE SAGUAR was bested by BLOOD HAWK in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge brawl.
TETHA was unbelievably bested by CHANDALEN in a 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
ZUMA (DARKFACE) was easily killed by MEIFFERT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
VELVET FINISH vanquished CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
STORMDANCER vanquished AARD WOLF in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
AARD VARK luckily beat VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a action packed 3 minute veteran's fight.
ARMADILLO overpowered LORVANDIS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
EXPERIENTIA was demolished by LE PLON in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
OPASAN subdued PUMA in a crowd pleasing 3 minute veteran's brawl.
OWL handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute gory uneven fight.
SECI slimly won victory over SCARLET in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
ANFERROUS was beaten by PIZDA in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody brawl.
SURGICAL overpowered MINERVA in a 2 minute brutal one-sided bout.
OTHER was narrowly defeated by JENNSEN in a tiring 8 minute match.
MORPHEUS overcame PATULJAK in a 2 minute competition.
MARS devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
HEPHAESTUS vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ATHENA handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute uneven duel.
SLOMI devastated WHITE BECT in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
GAMMA was overpowered by TEZCATLIPOCA in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CRICTOR UNGERER narrowly defeated ZULU in a action packed 3 minute gory fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW        37 -  25 -  1      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  19 -  4      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         LUNGING ATTACK    49 -  44 -  4      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   27 -  26 -  0      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       28 -  29 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         STRIKING ATTACK   48 -  51 -  2      48  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  16 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  18 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  33 -  1      41  |

Turn 300 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        1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  6         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0                                       2  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         3 -  2                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  4                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   YAU (DARKFACE) 4519        10   4  0  118 ZULU NATION (501)
WALL OF STEEL    STORMDANCER 4278           23  20  1  118 DODGE BULLETS (126)
SLASHING ATTACK  VELVET FINISH 4441         15  14  0  113 STEEL AND SILK (495)
AIMED BLOW       ARMADILLO 4503             13   6  0   92 THE ANIMALS (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  CASH MEALS 4532             9   3  0   84 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
TOTAL PARRY      AARD VARK 4404             20   9  0   79 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 PIZDA 4599.  The ten other most popular fighters were OPASAN 4381, ZULU 
4652, SCARLET ROSE 4440, SECI 4464, CASH MEALS 4532, STORMDANCER 4278, PUMA 4294, 

The least popular fighter this week was JENNSEN 4604.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were OTHER 4536, GAMMA 4638, WHITE BECT 4645, MINERVA 4581, LORVANDIS 4402, 
AARD WOLF 4411, CLOUDRIDER 4424, ZUMA (DARKFACE) 4642, INDIGO 4653, and GRATCH 4601.