Date   : 04/03/2009    Duedate: 04/30/2009


DM-28    TURN-305

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-4381) [16-15-1,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OPASAN                         MORTUUS
PHANTACITY (480)               SANGUIS MORI (488)
(28-4381) [16-15-1,102]        (28-4387) [5-3-1,34]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MANKILLER                      SCARLET
DODGE BULLETS (126)            D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
(28-4279) [24-24-0,96]         (28-4603) [7-4-0,61]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)         53
2. SANGUIS MORI (488)          39      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)       28      Unchartered Team
4. D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)        25
5. DODGE BULLETS (126)         13      ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)        4   1  1 80.0   1/ 2 PHANTACITY (480)          9  5 0
 2/ 3 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     35  18  0 66.0   2/ 1 STEEL AND SILK (495)      9  5 0
 3/ 4 THE PENTARCHY (397)      337 203  7 62.4   3/ 3 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      9  6 0
 4/ 7*SANGUIS MORI (488)        22  18  4 55.0   4/ 9*SANGUIS MORI (488)        8  2 0
 5/ 5 DODGE BULLETS (126)      360 360 12 50.0   5/ 5 DODGE BULLETS (126)       8  6 0
 6/ 2*THE CONDEMNED (520)        5   5  1 50.0   6/10 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     5  4 0
 7/ 6 PHANTACITY (480)          85  88  8 49.1   7/ 7*THE CONDEMNED (520)       5  5 1
 8/ 8 ZULU NATION (501)         50  54  4 48.1   8/ 4 ZULU NATION (501)         5  9 0
 9/ 9 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      26  29  4 47.3   9/ 8*PAX CLAN (522)            5 10 3
10/10 STEEL AND SILK (495)      75  94  1 44.4  10/ 0*ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)       4  1 1
11/11*PAX CLAN (522)             5  10  3 33.3  11/ 6 THE PENTARCHY (397)       2  4 0
12-13*CHILDREN OF WAR (517)      0   4  0  0.0  12-12*CHILDREN OF WAR (517)     0  2 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 #32 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the Spirit Lands:

     "Okay," Cloudrider said, "so we work on Uncle Wolf's project."  He looked around
at the dim landscape of ferny plains.  "How do we do that?"
     Young Joan closed her eyes; he guessed she was consulting her ghost partner,
Selumia.  "There should be a....  Damn, it isn't clear at all.  A zone of
     Cloudrider looked around, pointedly.  There was no variation in the scenery in
any direction.
     "There will be such a zone when we expect it to be there," Nightwind said in the
back of Cloudrider's mind.  "The geography here is not fixed as it appears in the
Outer Lands.  Expectation and belief are critical."
     "Okay," Joan said, and he figured she must have heard the same thing from her
ghost.  "We're climbing a long hill here, and when we get to the top, we'll see the
zone of transition beyond it."
     Looking at the ferny ground ahead of him, Cloudrider saw that it was, indeed, a
long slope with a crest somewhere ahead.  He could almost see a top to it.  This was
a relief, to have a definite, clear goal.  "So, let's get walking," he said.

     The two not-humans, the nighthunter and the other, looked up as Blackwind and
Agro approached.  Blackwind had an idea that hot words had been exchanged, something
in their postures hinted at hostile confrontation between them.  Maybe that would
work in their--his and Agro's and Redfox's--favor, that their enemies weren't likely
to combine against them.  Or maybe the living versus whatever was a stronger factor.
Trying to calculate all the angles made his head ache.
     The taller creature, the Other, fixed a burning gaze on the gladiator from
Malcorn.  Literally burning, it felt like.  Blackwind wondered how long it would take
for his face to blister from the heat.  "Why are you here?" the Other asked.
     The nighthunter laid a paw on Redfox, extending its claws like a cat.  "This is
MINE," it whined, "you bound it, that proves it was meant for sacrifice even without
the Words!"
     The Other's face changed color, going from a not-really-human sort of mauve to
near-black, and its eyes dilated and glowed hotter as it turned on the nighthunter,
teeth--fangs--bared.  "You dared?  You have broken the ancient contract, and you
dared to involve ME in this transgression?"
     The claws flexed and dug in, drawing blood.  "This is MINE!" it said again.
Whining, protesting, obstinate as the stupid and fearful can be.
     The Other roared something in a language the gladiators didn't recognize.  The
nighthunter burst into flames and fled, wailing and screeching, with lingering shouts
of, "MINE!"
     "That is a fool, as it has always been," the Other said.  "But you set a trap
for it, did you not?"
     Blackwind remembered advice from long ago:  if you don't know what lies will go
over, tell the truth.  "Yeah, we did," he said.  "What we were told, things were
getting out of hand, rules were being broken.  We wanted... names."
     "And that gave you mine?"
     "If your name is Arhazul, yeah.  The name was mentioned."
     "A fool, and always a fool.  I will unmake it.  But that is for later enjoyment.
You have my name, one of them.  You have found me.  What do you intend to try here?"
     It occurred to Blackwind that the Other had never once looked at Agro, or
addressed the Croc, and maybe it couldn't even see the cold-blooded gladiator?  Maybe
it thought the "we" referred only to himself and Redfox.  Interesting, but no time to
test it right now.  "Don't know," he said, shrugging.  It was damned hard to maintain
the casual attitude, but he had an idea it was the right one here.  "We were just
told to gather information.  Someone's been messing with, I didn't get this exactly,
but with the way people's souls travel after they die?  Something like that.  We were
sent out to get some names."
     "And that gave you mine?"  The Other seemed to swell with wrath.  "I will unmake
it slowly and use the parts after in ways it will die to regret.  But to you I say, I
swear on the Crimson Gates of Hell, I have not been 'messing' with the movement of
souls.  There are certain rules to which all agree, that existence may continue.  I
do not transgress them."
     And the worst of that was, Blackwind believed it.  Whatever was going on with
the souls, this Other was not part of the problem.
     "Who dared suggest that I might be involved?"
     "Eh?  Well, that nighthunter you chased off.  It was the first one to mention
your name."
     "Not enough.  Who sent you to ASK that one?"
     Oh, shit.  Feuds among the immortal demons?  JUST what they needed to get sucked
into.  Blackwind hesitated.  Maybe he could finesse this--
     "It was a Dark Stranger from the Silent Place near Zuwayza," Redfox said.  His
voice was hoarse but steady.
     A sizzling sound.  The Other, too angry even to swear promises of retribution,
fury coming off it like waves of heat off a forge.  "Silent Place!" it said finally.
"It will be silent no longer.  There will be screams!  THEY traffic in souls, never
doubt it, and it is THEY who are breaking the Rules!  THEY will pay for this infamy."
     "Yes, well, we can take that message back to the people in charge--"
     "What people are in charge?  How can humans interfere in this?"
     "Whoever's doing it is interfering with humans," Blackwind pointed out.  "Only
reasonable we should try to get it straightened out."
     "Well... Lord Malcorn, and...."
     "Oh.  Yes, the Malcorn... He would.  Yes.  He has the right, and a right is also
a duty.  He would involve Himself, He must."  The flaming eyes narrowed.  "And He
will see to it that the blame falls on the guilty, and not on those such as myself
who have kept the agreements.  Yes."  A decisive nod.  "I will conduct my own
investigation into this transgression, and you will aid me, human."
     "I will make it a bargain, according to the rules.  The life of this one," it
lifted Redfox easily and shook him as a child might shake a doll, "in return for your
     "Ah, don't these rules say you can't kill him without permission?"
     A mouth full of fangs, in what might be a smile.  "I cannot KILL him, take him
as a sacrifice, without the Words, but any mortal astray in this realm is at risk of
other things.  Many other things.  Which I could do, if I wish, without any Words
being spoken.  Because his presence here at all is a kind of permission."
     "That sounds a lot like the argument that nighthunter was making."
     "The cases differ.  That one was in your world, but you are in MY world.  It
makes a difference, you see it?"
     "Yeah."  Boy, did Blackwind see it.  They were all over a barrel here.  Not just
Redfox, he himself was here where he was at risk of the 'many other things', and Agro
as well, if the Other ever figured the Croc was present.  "Okay, I guess I don't like
the other choice much, so, what do you want us to do?"

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #33 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "It is these weasels from the Silent Place who have disturbed the balances,"
Arhazul said after a moment's thought.  "AND one of theirs who set you astray in
search of me and mine.  So.  They must be--"
     "We were told that there were out-of-control necromancers involved in this,"
Blackwind said.  He edged close enough to free Redfox's hands.
     "No doubt.  Humans will always meddle, it's what you do, is it not?  Even now,
you are meddling with ME.  But it is those eaters of souls at the Silent Place who
are MY concern, and if you would ever return to your own world, you will aid me as I
demand in dealing with MY enemies."
     "I guess we don't have much choice," Blackwind said again.  "Except... we won't
do anything that is going to mess up OUR world, you know."
     Arhazul waved what must be a hand, though the fingers were too long and thin and
it had claws instead of nails, still, more a hand than a paw.  Better not get in the
habit of thinking of this entity as an animal.  "That is understood.  We each have
our own agenda, that is the human phrase, is it not?  And we will each attempt to get
the best balance for our own purposes.  A struggle, but with rules.  It will be
     "Certainly.  To be what you call a 'demon' and live here doing what is
available, it becomes boring after a few eons.  A new activity is always welcome.
But come, we must begin."  It paused, clicking its clawed digits against each other.
After a moment, it said, "Yes, first--Chorzelan.  It will be a journey, I do not
consider it a long one.  You must be alert, there are dangers--for me as well as for
you."  The fangs flashed in something that might have been a grin.  "And if anything
happens to me, you will never get out of this world, nor will you long escape others
who might not have my scruples.  Therefore think with care before you consider
betraying me."
     "We've said we'd work with you," Blackwind answered sharply.  "That counts as an
oath in my book, and we aren't traitors."

     The half hour till moonrise seemed one of the longest Math op Owain had ever
experienced, and at the same time, one of the shortest.  No one spoke.  Once the
horses were saddled, they simply stood, each by his own mount, waiting for moonrise.
It was overcast, at least, Math could see no stars.  How would they even know when
the moon rose?  He opened his mouth to ask, looked around at his companions in the
light of the single candle, and changed his mind.  Lord Malcorn, Uncle Wolf, the Dark
Stranger--not people he wanted to question.  What was he, an ordinary human
gladiator, no longer young, doing in the company of these... powers?  He would be
glad to get out of this, go home, forget the whole business.  His feet were cold
clear up to his armpits.  But he didn't think he could find the way back from here,
and with strange beasts howling in the woods, he wasn't going to wander off on his
     And then the moon rose.
     Math couldn't see the moon, but light shot into the mausoleum from somewhere,
and Lord Malcorn was chanting words of power, and the inner door opened with a sound
of stone grinding on stone.
     Malcorn stepped through the doorway, leading his horse.  The Dark Stranger
hesitated, and Uncle Wolf crowded against him, forcing him to enter next.  Then the
shaman.  And Math wasn't going to stay here by himself.  He grabbed his horse's
bridle as much for the comfort of its large, warm presence as to make sure it came
along, and walked toward the inner door.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 614): HEMPEN JIG of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 616): PYTHAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 610): REDTHORN of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 612): BUDOKUMO of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 611): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 609): PUBLIUS of IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 304): MANKILLER of DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 602): DAISY CHAINS of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 302): LOWLY WORM of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 598): LUCIUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 587): BILBO BAGGINNI of MIDDLE ITALY (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 280): OPTIMUS PRIME of NOSTALGIA (?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 274): KODIAK of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 261): INGLEMORT JULS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 477): IN HIDING of YIELD (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 464): RAZOR XXV of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 444): GAROK of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 441): DOOMSDAY DEVICE of REIGNING DOOM (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 209): MALUS S'PROUT of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 406): DOLBY KLEE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 399): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 387): HALGAR SNAGTOOTH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 503): SISTER X of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 614): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 616): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 610): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 612): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 611): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 609): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 304): STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 302): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 598): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 596): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 587): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 550): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 280): MIKES HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 274): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 260): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 477): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 464): DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 444): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 441): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 209): BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 406): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 399): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 387): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 503): DO IT AGAIN et al (Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 616): PYTHAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
                           CORIANELLE of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 610): REDTHORN of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
                            ZIRCON of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 612): CRICKET of LEGENDS (Hombre, mgr.)
                           STINGING NETTLE of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
               (turn 611): ONDO FLEUR of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 608): BART SIMPSON of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 302): LE PLON of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
                          VELVET FINISH of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 302): LOWLY WORM of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 598): DEE T. EMTER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
              (turn 597): SNOWFLAKE of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 549): JEREMY CAMP of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 274): KILLING JOKE of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                 (turn 273): RED DRAGON of CHAOTIX BEASTS (Rillion, mgr.)
                             JETHRO of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 464): RAZOR XXV of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 441): DOOMSDAY DEVICE of REIGNING DOOM (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 209): MALUS S'PROUT of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
                (turn 208): GAFFER SMITH of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 406): DOLBY KLEE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 405): KOLBAN TEN TAHL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 386): SHANNA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                               CHELBAGHEERA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     What did you expect me to do, Yau?  You're a man, be glad I didn't kill you!
Yeah, I know, it isn't fair, you aren't the one who got me all stirred up, so who
said life was fair?  I can't get at the one I want to kill, so I make do with the
ones I can reach.


                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in MORYA. 
Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  It was a tough 
week for THE PENTARCHY, to drop 5 places in the rankings.  Coming up with a solid 
5-0-0 outing, SANGUIS MORI has advanced 5 places in the rankings.  Advancing in the 
rankings was DODGE BULLETS who went from last turn's 357-359-12, to this week's 
record of 360-360-12.  Call it luck at the right time or bribes in the right hands, 
but the new team ODIN'S CHOSEN scored a 4-1-1 record this week.  In front of all the 
crowds, OPASAN took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give the bum two weeks.  4 
out of 5 gladiators surveyed protect the body, so try and avoid aiming at that 
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
big, bad PHANTACITY?  Big bad PHANTACITY.  Big bad PHANTACITY.  MORYA's afraid of the 
big bad PHANTACITY.  Tra la la la la!  Okay, so I may not be funny, but catch STEEL 
AND SILK's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at running from 
PHANTACITY.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, MORTUUS would be 
president.  Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to win.  In a touching 
display by a 'touched' warrior, CASH MEALS went after EXPERIENTIA, who was higher by 
23 points.  Well, when the dust settled, CASH MEALS overcame EXPERIENTIA.  SURGICAL 
of STEEL AND SILK had better have a good reason for challenging down 13 points in a 
challenge which he lost.  I thought SURGICAL showed great skill and promise when he 
was subdued by LORVANDIS.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they 
will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     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?).  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  
Good luck in next week's fights.  Its been real, and its been fun, but it hasn't been 
real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPASAN 4381                  16  15  1   102       PHANTACITY (480)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASH MEALS 4532              10   5  0    98       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 MANKILLER 4279               24  24  0    96       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 YAU (DARKFACE) 4519          12   6  0    95       ZULU NATION (501)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LORVANDIS 4402               18  17  0    90       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 EXPERIENTIA 4483             12   8  0    85       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 SECI 4464                    15  10  2    73       PHANTACITY (480)
 CLOUDRIDER 4424              17  16  0    70       DODGE BULLETS (126)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SURGICAL 4437                11  16  0    69       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCARLET 4603                  7   4  0    61       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 ASSUNDRIES 4555               6   2  0    59       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PIZDA 4599                    8   1  0    56       PHANTACITY (480)
 ANFERROUS 4508               12   5  0    54       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 OTHER 4536                   12   4  0    53       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
-PARKING FEES 4535             3   3  0    46       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 ZOD 4525                     10   6  0    45       ZULU NATION (501)
 JENNSEN 4604                  6   5  0    38       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629          5   3  0    37       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 CRICTOR UNGERER 4640          3   2  0    37       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 BLOOD HAWK 4621               6   4  0    35       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 MORTUUS 4387                  5   3  1    34       SANGUIS MORI (488)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538           5  12  0    32       ZULU NATION (501)
 CAEDERE 4389                  5   3  1    30       SANGUIS MORI (488)
-TEZCATLIPOCA 4641             3   0  0    29       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 CASCELLA 4659                 3   2  0    27       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 CRUORIS 4388                  5   3  1    26       SANGUIS MORI (488)
 MESSORA 4427                  4   1  1    26       SANGUIS MORI (488)
 ZZ (DARKFACE) 4628            3   2  1    24       ZULU NATION (501)
 REIBISCH 4683                 3   0  0    24       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
-WHITE BECT 4645               2   1  0    24       THE PENTARCHY (397)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHANDALEN 4602                4   7  3    22       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 NENA VIXIN 4670               2   0  1    22       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 RENTAL CAR 4534               4   4  0    16       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 GUNGNITH 3566                 1   0  0    16       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 THOR THORSSON 3564            1   0  0    13       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 GUNGNARTH 3568                1   0  1    12       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 MORGANNA PAX 4679             1   2  0    12       PAX CLAN (522)
 VRTOGLAVA 4684                2   1  0    11       PHANTACITY (480)
 FORSETI 3567                  1   0  0    11       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 MELVIN PAX 4681               1   2  0    10       PAX CLAN (522)
 SICARIUS 4697                 1   0  0     9       SANGUIS MORI (488)
 FLEN ASAIL 4668               1   1  0     9       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 ZAIRE (DARKFACE) 4661         2   2  0     8       ZULU NATION (501)
 SARA PAX 4680                 1   2  1     6       PAX CLAN (522)
 BOBBY PAX 4678                1   2  1     6       PAX CLAN (522)
 DIANA PAX 4677                1   2  1     6       PAX CLAN (522)
 DEAEL 4671                    1   1  0     6       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 DASK RUIN 4667                1   1  0     4       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-MANGLER 4648                  0   2  0     2       CHILDREN OF WAR (517)
 LOURDEPATTE 4690              0   2  0     2       THE PENTARCHY (397)
-BEAVER 4649                   0   1  0     1       CHILDREN OF WAR (517)
 THORA THORSSON 3565           0   1  0     1       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
-WHISPER 4650                  0   1  0     1       CHILDREN OF WAR (517)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MEIFFERT 4627           2  4 1 D'HARAN EMPIRE 513   ZZ (DARKFACE) 4628    302  REVENGED
PATULJAK 4590           1  6 0 PHANTACITY 480       CHANDALEN 4602        302  REVENGED
SLOMI 4618              4  4 0 PHANTACITY 480       DARK CHAMPION         305  NONE
PLATINUM PEACH 4699     0  1 0 STEEL AND SILK 495   NENA VIXIN 4670       305   
WREN STAVELY 4669       0  2 0 THE CONDEMNED 520    GUNGNARTH 3568        305   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Patte -- Wow!  What a tussle!  Now THAT is what a real classic should look like.
Kudos to you.  It was a lucky, lucky win for me. -- Other
P.S.  And you learned so much!  I wish I could say the same for me.

Zod -- I wasn't really in that match, was I?  And to think I thought I was good?
Perhaps it was your vast experience?  Anyway, well done. -- Rental Car

Fratsfa Slave -- That was fun!  You are my favorite assundry. -- Assundry

Congratulations to Duelmaster Mankiller.  With a name like that, one SHOULD be
Duelmaster.  Salute. -- Finance Manager

Pappy Pax -- Nice spot.  And welcome to Morya.  I'll take that drink at The Drunken
Ox, I will.  Two pieces of advice:
          1. print legibly
          2. win; you can only die if you lose
Good luck.
     Finance Manager

All -- What is an youngster like me doing all the way up there in Champions?  Why, I
could get killed up there! -- Cash Meals (hoping his next meal isn't his last)

Le Pentarque -- A little punishment is good for everyone.  (wink)  Go visit The
Flower Girls at The Flower Shoppe in Fratsfa and work it out. -- Finance Manager

Michael -- Nice numbers and faves on Scarlet Rose.  A fine warrior! -- Finance

Jorja -- Bowling?  They do that in The Southwest these days? -- Finance Manager
(having spent many hours on the lanes himself)

Other is a handy name... you can imagine a lot!  Sturdy fellow anyway. -- Patte de

Good luck to Scarlet Rose, she has nice favorites! -- Le Pentarque

Nicely done, Mankiller, patience pays! -- Le Pentarque

ZZ -- Oh, selfish me!  Could be worse though.  I could be a loser too. -- Scarlet

Lorvandis -- Received everything I was after except the win.  Isn't taking that
contradictive to your generosity? -- Jennsen

Slomi -- I learned nothing!  You're dumb as a rock.  Send Seci back.  At least he can
teach. -- Chandalen

Morganna Pax -- Here I was trying to call on your sister when you have a crush. --
P.S.  Not bad.  Need skills now, yes?

Appreciate everyone's attention.  There's enough of me to go around. -- Reibisch

Bobby Pax -- That's the way!  Don't give in.  Glad I chose the right Pax though. --

Reibish -- Thanks for the welcome, but not the reception.  What's that make now?  2-0
in your favor.  Well I hope our next meeting I win as losses are hard to swallow.
Stop by the Drunken Ox for a drink on the house to show there is no ill will. --
Morganna Pax

Steel and Silk -- Thanks for your welcome, as a token of our graditude we invite all
of your gladiators to enjoy a round of drinks at the Drunken Ox. -- Poppy Pax

Cascella -- That was a lucky blow in our last match for this reason I challenge you
to a rematch. -- Bobby Pax

Zoe -- Not my choice, but I'll take it in a pinch. -- Anferrous

Kung-Fu Masters -- I would recommend that you all return to your monasteries before
you get seriously hurt. -- Experientia and Surgical

M. Chardinee -- I guess that fight makes you a one-hit wonder. -- Scarlet Rose, Lord

Congratulations to Mankiller for claiming the throne.  I appologize aforhand if
Experientia comes on strong this cycle.  A hearty welcome to the Condemned, and my
long lost friend Azaziel.  *wry grin*  On a closing note, please wecome Pyrite and
Platinum Peach, my newest recruits. -- Michael Eldritch, mgr Steel and Silk
P.S.  I note an error in the Free Blades Regional News.  My top team listing shows
Silky as the manager.  Silky manages Gods and Goddesses not Steel and Silk.  *wry

     Already fixed, and the relevant list corrected.

Opasan -- It was great to go out with a win--not something I could have counted on.
Please accept those skills as a token of my appreciation.  Besides, I won't be
needing them in retirement.  Well, probable retirement.  Ah, maybe retirement?  I'm
going to be sucked into Crysalis, aren't I?  Oh, well, I guess there are worse fates.
-- Stormdancer

Jennsen -- I wasn't trying to use magic on you, so of course you were easy.  Is it
possible that you have an input error?  If that weapon is a measure of your ST, your
options are limited, but you DO have options. -- Lorvandis

Seci -- It's a plot, isn't it?  You did this on purpose.  I'm probably going to end
up wading through quicksand or something in the dratted adventure. -- Cloudrider
P.S.  It's the short name, that's your secret weapon, right?

Pizda -- Ah... a very tall pizza maker?  I could eat a pizza.  At least, if you leave
off the anchovies, the olives, the pineapple, and ALL THE TOMATO JUNK.  Bread, meat,
cheese, I can handle that stuff. -- Blood Hawk

Finance Manager -- I can't say that the benefits plan seems "well done."  There
aren't any. -- Stormdancer

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SLOMI was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CASH MEALS bested EXPERIENTIA in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
SURGICAL was demolished by LORVANDIS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
JENNSEN was overpowered by CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
ZOE (DARKFACE) was devastated by ASSUNDRIES in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ZOD was subdued by SCARLET in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge competition.
CAEDERE overpowered FLEN ASAIL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
CHANDALEN was viciously subdued by MORTUUS in a 2 minute gory Challenge competition.
BOBBY PAX was handily defeated by CASCELLA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
ZZ (DARKFACE) viciously subdued VRTOGLAVA in a 2 minute novice's Challenge duel.
MESSORA vanquished DEAEL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MELVIN PAX was savagely defeated by CRUORIS in a 1 minute gory Challenge melee.
ZAIRE (DARKFACE) was overpowered by BLOOD HAWK in a 1 minute Challenge match.
MANKILLER was devastated by OPASAN in a 1 minute mismatched Title conflict.
SECI was savagely defeated by YAU (DARKFACE) in a popular 2 minute master's match.
OTHER handily defeated FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute uneven fight.
ANFERROUS outlasted PATTE DE SAGUAR in a 8 minute struggle.
CRICTOR UNGERER vanquished RENTAL CAR in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
SARA PAX was devastated by THOR THORSSON in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
REIBISCH defeated JAR JAR BINKS in a exciting 1 minute novice's bout.
LOURDEPATTE was overpowered by FORSETI in a 1 minute one-sided match.
DASK RUIN was handily defeated by GUNGNITH in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
WREN STAVELY was executed by GUNGNARTH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
NENA VIXIN murdered PLATINUM PEACH in a 1 minute gruesome uneven bout.
DIANA PAX was overcome by SICARIUS in a exciting 1 minute novice's contest.
MORGANNA PAX overpowered THORA THORSSON 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|
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         WALL OF STEEL     24 -  16 -  1      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         SLASHING ATTACK   36 -  24 -  2      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -   8 -  1      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         LUNGING ATTACK    41 -  33 -  3      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  18 -  0      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         PARRY-STRIKE      15 -  15 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         AIMED BLOW        24 -  26 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   29 -  33 -  1      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    29 -  34 -  6      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  11 -  1      31  |

Turn 305 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         3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     3 -  6         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  4         2  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  4                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      OPASAN 4381                16  15  1  102 PHANTACITY (480)
STRIKING ATTACK  CASH MEALS 4532            10   5  0   98 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
LUNGING ATTACK   YAU (DARKFACE) 4519        12   6  0   95 ZULU NATION (501)
SLASHING ATTACK  EXPERIENTIA 4483           12   8  0   85 STEEL AND SILK (495)
AIMED BLOW       CLOUDRIDER 4424            17  16  0   70 DODGE BULLETS (126)
BASHING ATTACK   ASSUNDRIES 4555             6   2  0   59 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
TOTAL PARRY      ANFERROUS 4508             12   5  0   54 STEEL AND SILK (495)
WALL OF STEEL    OTHER 4536                 12   4  0   53 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
PARRY-STRIKE     PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629        5   3  0   37 THE PENTARCHY (397)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MANKILLER 4279.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SCARLET 4603.  The ten other most popular fighters were YAU (DARKFACE) 4519, 

The least popular fighter this week was THORA THORSSON 3565.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DIANA PAX 4677, PLATINUM PEACH 4699, WREN STAVELY 4669, DASK