Date   : 07/24/2009    Duedate: 08/20/2009


DM-28    TURN-309

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-4532) [13-6-0,126]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CASH MEALS                     DASK RUIN
(28-4532) [13-6-0,126]         (28-4667) [3-3-1,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LORVANDIS                      CASCELLA
DODGE BULLETS (126)            D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
(28-4402) [19-20-0,77]         (28-4659) [5-4-0,55]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)       45
2. ZULU NATION (501)           35      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. PAX CLAN (522)              25      Unchartered Team
4. FORCE OF FIVE (524)         21
5. D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)        16      SONS OF MARS (526)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     47  23  0 67.1   1/ 6 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)    11  1 0
 2/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      349 209  8 62.5   2/ 2 STEEL AND SILK (495)     10  5 0
 3- 3*ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)       12   8  3 60.0   3/ 7 ZULU NATION (501)         9  5 2
 4/ 4*SONS OF MARS (526)        11   9  1 55.0   4/ 3 THE PENTARCHY (397)       9  6 1
 5/12*FORCE OF FIVE (524)        8   7  0 53.3   5/ 4*SONS OF MARS (526)        8  7 1
 6- 5 SANGUIS MORI (488)        29  26  4 52.7   6/ 1 PHANTACITY (480)          8  7 0
 7/ 6 PHANTACITY (480)          97  95  8 50.5   7- 5*ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)       6  4 2
 8/ 7 DODGE BULLETS (126)      367 372 12 49.7   8/11*FORCE OF FIVE (524)       6  4 0
 9/ 8 ZULU NATION (501)         60  62  7 49.2   9/10*THE CONDEMNED (520)       6  9 1
10/ 9 STEEL AND SILK (495)      88 101  1 46.6  10/ 9 DODGE BULLETS (126)       5  9 0
11/10 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      31  44  4 41.3  11/12 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      4 11 0
12/11*THE CONDEMNED (520)       12  18  2 40.0  12- 8 SANGUIS MORI (488)        3  7 0
13/13*PAX CLAN (522)             5  20  3 20.0  13-13*RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)     1  4 0
14-14*RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)      1   4  0 20.0  14/14*PAX CLAN (522)            0  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                                        Part 11

     Ebonariex's expression was difficult to read, in no small part due to his
draconic nature.  "So let me get this straight," he gestured to the seemingly chaotic
array of mechanical parts and complex schematics covering nearly every square inch of
wall space, "you believe that this 'contraption' will allow you to analyze events
from numerous periods in time simultaneously, and therefore test multiple strategies
in a 'real-time' environment."
     Michael nodded while thumbing through a somewhat hastily compiled 'manual'.
"That's the idea."  He glanced up, "Of course, I'll get a chance to test its veracity
in the upcoming Turf War.  What with the sheer amount of technical data that can be
obtained with so many skilled managers present, I should have more than enough input
to determine its accuracy."
     Azaziel brushed a black-nailed hand across an amber tinted crystal jutting out
from the contraption.  "Speaking of the War..." the crystal sparked momentarily,
"we're joining the 'Dread Naught' alliance, correct?"
     Michael frowned.  "That's correct."
     Azaziel turned his attention back to the machine.  "Well, what do we know about
our 'allies'.  Can they be trusted to follow through on this, and for that matter,
WHO are they?"
     Michael pinched the bridge of his nose in annoyance.  "Azaziel, we've covered
this before.  Liam the Goth is a trustworthy fellow.  He's got the experience to see
this thing through to its conclusion, and I've dealt with him both directly and
indirectly in many arenas."  Returning his attention to the manual, he continued, "As
for Buddy Lee, I have no reason to believe he's anything but sincere, and I KNOW he
comes with good credentials."
     Azaziel arched a thin eyebrow.  "Perhaps, but what about this 'Owlin the Wise',
and I hate to sound ungrateful, but Jorja's going to be a member?"
     Michael sighed, "Look, Sensei Jan helped teach our Alliance Captain, and his
associates," he held up a hand to forestall a retort, "and Owlin covered our entrance
fees.  As for Jorja, she may refuse to challenge, but I can speak from experience
that her warriors are rarely a push-over."
     Ebonariex looked intrigued.  "Sensei Jan, you say?"  He scratched his chin,
"Isn't she the one who provided us with that information regarding slashers back when
Inochi held Arker's throne?"
     Michael grinned.  "One and the same, and besides, Jan wasn't precisely popular
at the time we arrived, but she certainly helped US out when others were giving us
the cold shoulder."  Michael shrugged, "That counts for something in my book."
     Azaziel smirked.  "Not to play devil's advocate or anything, but I guess the
reliability of our newfound allies depends on who you ask, eh?"
     Michael tried to hide his annoyance.  "Look, Azaziel, you ARE the devil's
advocate, and I couldn't care less what others say, to a point.  The facts are Liam,
Owlin, and Buddy all come with good recommendations.  Personally, I think most of the
negativity that got thrown around about Sensei Jan was personal opinion, not
objective analysis."
     Azaziel seemed to be considering the merits of that argument when a brick red
imp appeared on his shoulder and proceeded to mutter something in a rapid, guttural
dialect.  His expression grew deadly serious in an instant.  "Michael, I do believe
you may be required to prove our early argument much sooner than you would prefer."
He muttered a few words to the imp, which nodded and was gone.  "You, meaning WE, may
have a serious problem."
     Ebonariex had a very distant look in his emerald eyes.  "An ancient enemy, or
perhaps an old friend... it makes no sense, either way."
     Azaziel spared a bemused glance for the seemingly entranced dragon.  "Whatever
that's supposed to mean."  He turned to Michael.  "Gather your strength and meet me
outside the Chimlevtal headquarters at sunset."
     As Azaziel stepped through the shadows and outside reality, Michael snapped his
fingers to get Ebonariex's attention.  "It seems you may have been right, old
friend."  Ebonariex turned slowly to face him.  "I'll do what I must, but I can't
promise what you ask.  Centuries have dictated my feelings on this matter, and only
time will tell if it is something I can overcome."
     Ebonariex began the gestures necessary to return him to his 'lair'.  "I pray to
whatever gods are listening that you do, Michael, because yours is not the only fate
that is being put in play here."  As his form rippled and contracted, his last words
echoed faintly through the lab, "Of that much I am certain...."
     Michael stood in contemplation for some time, his normally animated features
drawn and tense.  Finally, he nodded and began the incantation necessary to free his
sire's blade from its mystically bound 'tomb'.
     "You may regret that which you ask for, my old friend," ectoplasmic tendrils of
vermilion light began to spurt from a point between his cupped hands, "for even you
never knew me in the prime of my power."
     With a tortured shriek of unnatural power, a great blade of bone and jade
colored glass appeared in Michael's left hand.  As the residual energies tapered off,
he carelessly dropped his newest creation's 'manual' to the laboratory floor.
     "Time to hunt...."


     In the greater scheme of things, the drama surrounding Michael and his friends
would likely have little impact on the complex tapestry of Ghea.  The blood-fueled
scenarios of a world dominated by gladiatorial politics and managerial squabbles
dwarfed these matters.  Azaziel, Ebonariex, and Michael were all quite powerful in
their own rights, but this was a world where powerful individuals could be found in
nearly every city--sometimes, on every street corner.  Alastari had survived far
greater threats than the arrival of a single rogue mage--regardless of his power--and
it would survive this latest incursion.  For those directly involved, however, the
stakes were high, and in some cases, perhaps too high.

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #40 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

By the waters of the River of Sleep:

     The guardian of the bridge took the coin and bowed low, then stepped to the
side.  Off the bridge.  Math blinked and pressed the bag of juniper closer to his
face.  It looked like the guardian was standing in mid-air above the river!
     Malcorn bowed in return, not so low, maybe, but with obvious respect, and led
his horse onto the bridge.  Wolf nudged the reluctant Dark Stranger forward, followed
it, and beckoned to Math to bring up the rear.
     Math pressed the bag of juniper to his face and took a deep breath, glad of the
clean scent of it that cleared his head, and advanced toward the un-railed span.  He
could think of many things he'd rather be doing, almost anything, but they all
involved getting out of this place, and the only way to do that was to go forward.
Across the bridge.  He didn't turn to look behind them, because he had a suspicion
that there was nothing back there.  At the least, nothing that would be helpful or
     He wondered again how he had come to this pass:  being a gladiator, yes, that
was clear enough, he'd needed to eat, and it was at that time the only job going.
But to be here, on this adventure, was he insane?  Was it something in the water on
the Isle?  Maybe the crowding there had made him a little crazy?  Surely he wasn't
fool enough to accept an adventure out of BOREDOM?
     The stones of the bridge rang like bell-metal under his feet, making him jump.
He hadn't heard it when the others stepped onto the span.  Steam, or smoke, or some
kind of fumes came up from the water, swirling and drifting into shapes that he would
rather not see too clearly.  He took another breath of juniper-filtered air.  It was
one thing to study the uncanny, and something entirely different to experience it.
From now on, he'd be satisfied with study.  He kept his eyes firmly on the walkway
just ahead of his boots and tried not to think about what he might see if he looked
anywhere else at all.  One foot in front of the other, and soon this crossing would
be done.
     A hoarse cry and a scuffling sound jerked his attention up and forward.  The
Dark Stranger and Lord Malcorn were struggling on the narrow span.  What happened to
Malcorn's horse that had been between them, had it fallen in--?  No, it was in the
lead now, almost to the other bank.  Impossible to see from this distance who was
trying to do what to whom--jumping off the bridge, pushing someone off the bridge, he
couldn't tell.  Didn't care.  If it came to a choice between the Dark Stranger and
Lord Malcorn, he'd go with the Malcorn any day.  If there was anything he could do to
help.  He'd have to get passed the shaman Wolf's horse, and Wolf himself, and the
Dark Stranger's mount--
     But Wolf was already moving forward.  He just touched the Stranger's mount, and
it screamed and dissolved into a dark cloud that blew away.  He had something in his
hand that Math couldn't see.  Where was the bridge-keeper in all this?  Didn't he
have some responsibility to see to it that people who had paid the toll got across?
Apparently not, and Math wasn't going to look around and demand explanations.
     The struggle was becoming less ambiguous:  the Dark Stranger was wrenching at
Lord Malcorn's grip in an apparent effort to throw itself off the bridge into the
river.  Which was smoking or steaming more actively, almost reaching for the pair on
the bridge.  And the Stranger was trying to take Malcorn down with it.  Malcorn was
resisting, trying to keep the Stranger from jumping, himself from falling.
     What the heck?  Wasn't the Dark Stranger supposed to be an ally?
     The Stranger raked clawed hands across Malcorn's face, twisted again, and pulled
free.  Jumped--it looked almost like it expected to fly:  arms wide holding out the
cloak that fluttered along its trailing edge.
     A swan-dive sort of swoop, dipping toward the seething water and then upward
     Wolf shouting words like trumpet calls.
     The swirling vapor condensing into animal shapes, ragged but menacing.  Hounds,
or maybe wolves.  Leaping above the river.  Converging on the soaring Stranger.
     A wail of dismay or despair that came from no human throat as the hunting shapes
closed in.  The sound went on and on, long after the shapes blurred into mist and
faded away, taking the Stranger with them.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 622): BLHU MURTHER of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 624): PROTAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 618): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 620): SILVIA MINNO of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 619): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 610): LUNA of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 606): ARTEMIDORUS IV of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 604): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 595): EVINDAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 558): QUEEN RANDI of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 284): MERCY FOR NONE of PACIS EX NEX (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): CHINA MILKMAID of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 485): CHARLIE EKKSA of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 452): DECAY of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 449): GRIZOLPOP of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 213): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 405): SUNSET THUNDER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 395): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 511): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 622): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 624): THE UNDEAD (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 618): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 620): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 619): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 617): THE MAGNIFICIENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 610): TREKKERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 306): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 606): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 604): STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 595): URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 284): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 485): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 472): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 452): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 449): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 213): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 413): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 405): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 395): VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 511): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 621): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 617): VARPULIS RUKH of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 618): GERMANICUS of GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (Zulu, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 610): LITERNIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): CHOLERA of PESTILENCE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 603): TEMPEST of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 594): MURSKAN PATRIOT of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 558): QUEEN RANDI of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
                 (turn 557): PRINCESS EMILY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): LURKING FEAR of ABYSMAL RITES (Reaper, mgr.)
                 (turn 277): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                             LAST CALL of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                             SISTER MARY SUEELLEN of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             BOB'S COMIC COLLECTN of THINGS I DROOL IN (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
                  (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias Skyhawk, mgr.)
                                   SAMANTHA HAIN of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 451): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 447): OCTAVIA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 413): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome MORYA.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have I 
fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Bein' on top is great while 
it lasts, PHANTACITY.  But how many friends do you have now?  Hmmmph!  I always 
thought PHANTACITY was an over-rated team and they proved it with a 2-3-0!  Up 'n 
down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  
Well, EXPENSE ACCOUNT's 1st moved them up to 5-0-0 place.  Some people say I ramble 
too much, I don't say anything relevant.  I repeat myself.  I ramble.  Well FORCE OF 
FIVE moved up 3, to 8th.  What's with PIZDA?  She actually beat THE PENTARCHY's PATTE 
DE SAGUAR, and walked away with 21 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at 
PHANTACITY while they watched PIZDA clobber PATTE DE SAGUAR.  He lost 17 points and 
got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Apparently MORYA isn't filled with 
as many gutless wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded Duelmaster got 6 challenges this 
turn!  Another fighter (SECI 17-12-2) challenged another Duelmaster (CASH MEALS 
13-6-0).  Life goes on.  SECI was reminded on the sands why CASH MEALS is Duelmaster. 
I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  MORYA thinks SONS OF MARS 
and their 11-9-1 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  In my day, 
no team with a 9-6-1 would scare me off!  What's the problem, FORCE OF FIVE?  JENNSEN 
of D'HARAN EMPIRE knows how to pick 'em.  She challenged CRICTOR UNGERER of THE 
PENTARCHY who is up by 22.  Now was this a wise move?  JENNSEN perhaps got hers just 
desserts, seeing as she was bested by CRICTOR UNGERER and ended up with 27 
recognition points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover 
stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
Are you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm 
writing it before you read it.  Oh, well.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- 
Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASH MEALS 4532              13   6  0   126       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EXPERIENTIA 4483             15   9  0    97       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 SURGICAL 4437                14  17  0    92       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 SECI 4464                    17  12  2    91       PHANTACITY (480)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZOE (DARKFACE) 4538           8  12  1    84       ZULU NATION (501)
 LORVANDIS 4402               19  20  0    77       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 SCARLET 4603                  9   6  0    76       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PIZDA 4599                   10   3  0    66       PHANTACITY (480)
 OTHER 4536                   15   5  0    64       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 ZOD 4525                     12   8  1    64       ZULU NATION (501)
 ANFERROUS 4508               14   7  0    62       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 WHITE BECT 4645               4   2  0    57       THE PENTARCHY (397)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASCELLA 4659                 5   4  0    55       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 CRICTOR UNGERER 4640          6   3  0    53       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 TEZCATLIPOCA 4641             6   0  1    49       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629          8   4  0    46       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 BLOOD HAWK 4621               9   5  0    45       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-MESSORA 4427                  6   2  1    45       SANGUIS MORI (488)
-CAEDERE 4389                  7   4  1    41       SANGUIS MORI (488)
 RENTAL CAR 4534               6   4  0    41       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 PARKING FEES 4535             4   5  0    38       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CRUORIS 4388                  6   5  1    33       SANGUIS MORI (488)
-MORTUUS 4387                  6   5  1    31       SANGUIS MORI (488)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DASK RUIN 4667                3   3  1    31       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 PYRITE 4698                   3   1  0    31       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 CHANDALEN 4602                5  10  3    28       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 VRTOGLAVA 4684                5   2  0    28       PHANTACITY (480)
 JENNSEN 4604                  6   9  0    27       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 LAUNDRY 4715                  3   0  0    25       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THOR THORSSON 3564            3   1  1    23       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
-SICARIUS 4697                 2   2  0    23       SANGUIS MORI (488)
 MARCUS CAMILLUS 4705          2   2  0    22       SONS OF MARS (526)
 ZAB 4729                      2   0  0    21       ZULU NATION (501)
 BOOMERANG 4696                3   0  0    20       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 VALERIAN 4732                 2   0  0    20       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 QUINTUS MAXIMUS 4709          3   1  1    19       SONS OF MARS (526)
 NENA VIXIN 4670               2   4  1    18       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-GUNGNARTH 3568                3   1  1    16       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
-FORSETI 3567                  3   1  0    16       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 FLEN ASAIL 4668               3   3  0    13       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 REIBISCH 4683                 3   4  0    13       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 JUGGERNAUT 4694               3   0  0    13       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 JEBI1KENOBI 4711              2   1  0    13       PHANTACITY (480)
 CINCINNATUS 4706              2   2  0    13       SONS OF MARS (526)
 PORCUPINE 4717                1   1  0    12       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 DEAEL 4671                    2   4  0    10       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-LUCKII DUVAL 4719             1   0  0    10       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 CLOUDRIDER 4734               1   0  0    10       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 IWRON DESTUDE 4713            2   2  0     8       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 LOURDEPATTE 4690              1   5  0     8       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 LIZARD 4693                   1   2  0     7       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 STONEWALKER 4735              1   0  0     7       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-ANGRBODA 4730                 1   0  1     6       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
-THORA THORSSON 3565           1   3  0     6       ODIN'S CHOSEN (403)
 POGODI 4731                   1   1  0     4       PHANTACITY (480)
 MADELINE 4710                 0   4  0     4       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 SABRETOOTH 4692               0   3  0     3       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 DORTHY PAX 4724               0   1  0     2       PAX CLAN (522)
 DEBRA PAX 4725                0   1  0     2       PAX CLAN (522)
 ZIGGY (DARKFACE) 4716         0   2  0     2       ZULU NATION (501)
 BERTHGAR PAX 4726             0   1  0     1       PAX CLAN (522)
-GIMLEE VAINE 4720             0   1  0     1       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
-SLY DUVAL 4721                0   1  0     1       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
-THROM BORDEN 4723             0   1  0     1       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 LUCIUS SULLA 4733             0   1  0     1       SONS OF MARS (526)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ASSUNDRIES 4555         6  3 0 EXPENSE ACCOUNT 506  ZOD 4525              306  REVENGED
DAVIK PAX 4728          0  1 0 PAX CLAN 522         ARENAMASTER NOR       309  NONE
DYXALLI PAX 4727        0  1 0 PAX CLAN 522         BLACK ORC             309  NONE
DANGEL 4722             0  1 0 RAG-TAG MISFITS 527  ANGRBODA 4730         308   
APPIUS CLAUDIUS 4708    2  2 0 SONS OF MARS 526     DASK RUIN 4667        309   
GAIUS NERO 4707         2  1 0 SONS OF MARS 526     THOR THORSSON 3564    308   
PLATINUM PEACH 4699     0  1 0 STEEL AND SILK 495   NENA VIXIN 4670       305  REVENGED
WREN STAVELY 4669       0  2 0 THE CONDEMNED 520    GUNGNARTH 3568        305  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Crictor Ungerer -- You had me there, guy, but somehow I lucked one out.  Salute.
Terrific learns all around, eh? -- Other (luckily a winner rather than just an other)

Experimentia -- Whew! -- Cash Meals

Persistent Beggar -- Beg more! -- Laundry

     Now he'll hang around the arena office and whine.

Caedere -- I gave it my all, but you were just too much for me.  Well done. --
Parking Fees

Zulu Nation 48 points!  FORTY-EIGHT.  We are avoiding! -- Finance Manager
P.S.  Good luck to Yau (Darkface) in the Big Time.

L.P. -- Thanks, Big Guy. -- Finance Manager

We have been swarmed by the mighty Zulus... retreat! -- The Pentarchy.

Very different but still fearsome is that mysterious Other... what a powerful name
for an expense account! -- Crictor Ungerer

Finance Manager -- By award, I meant the Chartered teams glorious top spot... but
well... not mine anymore... -- le Pentarque

Thor Thorsson -- You have slain one of my favorite sons.  Now Quintus Maximus will
send you to your father in Valhalla. -- Mars

Jennsen -- You have a remarkable constitution for a woman.  But your record clearly
shows that you should be at home tending to the hearth and children, not in the
arena. -- Quintus Maximus

All -- As you would all have noticed by now, my team is dead.  Don't count us out
yet.  As our family is large and already five more members have stepped up to
compete.  I am even now registering them with the arena guildmasters and they will
soon be ready to compete for glory on the sands.  For those of you who care, the
Drunken Ox will [unclear, sorry] oxen.  So come one, come all. -- Pappy Pax

Assumdries -- That was not a swine flu that hit you, that was a "hit" from (Zulu
Nation). -- Zod

Congrats to Cash Meals!  Hope you have a good time on the throne. -- Zulu

Cash Meals -- Is that all you got?  I will see you again. -- Zod

Le Pentarque -- I see that your team is startin' to move back to the top again.  So
like I said, you are the team to beat. -- Zulu Nation

Michael E. -- I must send my congrats to Steel and Silk!  Your team is playing real
good. -- Darkface
P.S.  I'm looking for some action.

D'Haran Empire -- I did not forget about your team.  So *watchout* who is behind your
team, see you soon. -- Zulu

Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet... I'm calling you to the sand.  My sword has your
name on it. -- Yau (Darkface)

Mankiller -- Congratulations on moving to (AD).  I hope you do good in the next sand.
-- Yau (Darkface)
P.S.  Thanks for giving my wallet back.
P.P.S.  But what happen to my momeny that was in it?

Well, before leaving I want to give my best to all the managers and teams.  A special

thanks goes out to Steel and Silk, Expense Account, Pentarchy, Phantacity, but most
of all to (Dodge Bullets).  I give you my salute to your falling warrior
(Cloudrider).  I will give Mankiller my best.  (smile) -- Yau

Cash Meals -- You are very bold but not that good, so try me? -- Zoe (Darkface)
P.S.  Bring cash, not meals.

Lourdepatte -- I do things fast and easy, maybe next time I will enjoy it. -- Zab
P.S.  Want to try again over a drink or two?

White Bect -- Now, that was a good battle worth another fight. -- Zod
P.S.  Next time, you might not be so lucky.

Cloudrider -- Can't shadow what's dark to begin with, can I?  I guess you answer your
own question, stay away from darkness. -- Yau (Darkface)

Congratulations to Cash Meals for being the Duelmaster again.  I hope you enjoy your
stay at the top. -- Darkface

Boomerang -- You fight like the Etruscans of Veii.  But I conquered them in the end.
Our rematch will be epic. -- Marcus Furius Camillus

Pyrite -- I think you are not a dwarf but a rabid Gaul. -- Lucius Quinctius

     So you divided him into three parts, yes?

Mordant Deserter -- Sic semper deserters. -- Quintus Fabius Maximus

Steel and Silk -- In hindsight, maybe that kill wasn't worth it.  Maybe.  Well, time
to try something new.  And yeah, I'm gonna keep stacking Ls.  Hopefully they're
walking hand in hand with a bunch of learns. -- Nena Vixin

Other -- I'm not in on the conspiracy.  Consider this my contribution to the
corporate restructuring.  Congrats to Cash Meals on the throen. -- Jennsen

Experientia -- A traumatic travesty!  If only I'd shown up.  A victory well deserved.
-- Scarlet

Cruoris -- Ah!  A chink in the defenses.  You're not all invulnerable to my efforts.
-- Cascella
P.S.  The "Fold" had good bloodlines once they were brought to heel.

White Beat -- Good win.  Seems I need my ancestor spirits to help me change this
losing streak. -- Chandalen

Boomerang -- On your return trip, I'll have you on the end of my pike. -- Reibisch

Heathen -- Got your diplo, I sent one back to you this turn. -- Good luck! -- Azaziel

Cash Meals -- I'm hungry.  But all I've got is over-taxed credit.  You do accept
credit, don't you? -- Mortuus

All -- To all of those valorous fighters that defeated us, congratulations!  But
remember, from the ashes, a phoenix does rise and burns everything in its path!  So
beware, we come!!! -- Warriors of Sanguis Mori

All -- As I walked down the Moryan street, my only company, the sound of my shuffling
feet, when a great bright flame reached into the sky.  And the great obsidian dagger
was seen by every eye. -- The Mad Prophet

Nena Vixin -- Chin up, lass.  A much kinder sort is coming for ya next. -- Pyrite
P.S.  Better teacher, too.

Scarlet -- Consider that your "experiment" in XP mismatch.  Not pretty at these
levels. -- Experientia

Khalhums Dwarf -- Consider that bloodbath as payback for Cloudrider.  We owe him
one... or he does us.  *wry grin* -- Surgical


Pizda -- I thought I had you clean, but that forehead shot almost turned that around
for you.  Well fought! -- Anferrrous

Please welcome Valerian of Steel and Silk... -- M.E.

All -- Well done, Fman.  Cash Meals takes the crown and you pull a 3-0 outing.  Many
new faces coalescing out of the woodwork, hope to see all of you staying for some
time. -- Michael Eldritch, mgr. Steel and Silk
P.S.  I note your diplo, Snafu, but I'm crunched on time, so I may not get much out
this round.

Arenamaster Nor -- Just so you're not in the dark.  I sometimes play a "do-gooder" in
the regional periodicals. -- Michael Eldritch


Morya Arena -- Greetings and respects.  I'm coming to you to introduce five new
warriors in your list.  They have been collected from far and wide to test themselves
against the distinguished gladiators in this location.  May all so contests be clean
challenges and end in all being strengthtened. -- Colle Ketor, mgr. Rag Tag Misfits

Madeline -- If you insist on blocing my maul with your head, you might want to
consider investing in better head protection (and maybe a neck brace). -- Juggernaut

Rubbish -- I saw a lot of lunge but not much parry in your style. -- Boomerang

Lost personals last time.  Tragic news for some.  All those wise words and warnings
forever lost! -- Lord Rahl

     Some of them may have been in the stuff received late by the typist.  Not your
     fault, but if it has to be typed, get it to the office as early as you can,

Jorja -- Condolences for Cloudrider.  Jennsen says she never cared much for those
high-faluting types, but he seemed likeable enough. -- Lord Rahl

What's up with the confusion?  First I'm so loved everyone wants to dance with me,
then voted least popular again.  What's a girl to think? -- Jennsen

     Jealousy at work, no doubt.

Seci -- Congrats!  Compared to the first, that was humbling and frustrating! --

Deael -- Learn enough, you ruthless vampire? -- Chandalen

Pyrite -- A bit foolish?  But then, I'd expect foolishness from you!  Remember I'm an
ex-blacksmith. -- Cascella

Vrtoglava -- Good one but mostly luck. -- Reibisch

Lorvandis -- Hmmm...  I seem to have locked down my strats, but I've still got a few
things to learn. -- Surgical

Nena Vixin -- Enjoy the learns, and in the future, carry a backup.  Perhaps a
hatchet, eh? -- Anferrous
P.S.  The team's done picking on you.  Good luck from here!

Madeline -- Whew!  Desperation saved my butt in that match.  Well fought, sis. --

Cascella -- That was an evil lash you gave me.  Sorry I came calling. -- Pyrite, the

Cash Meals -- Somehow I knew that was coming, and it still didn't matter. *sigh*
Perhaps one of my teammates can counter those nasty strikes. -- Experientia

All -- Welcome Rag-Tag Misfits, to the fine city of Morya.  Might I assume you're
friends of our other recent arrivals?  If you have any questions, ask away.  Finance
Manager, your statistical analysis continues to confound my attempts at the throne.
Steel and Silk will continue to seek its winning average.  Until then, a salute to
all. -- Michael Eldritch
P.S.  Sanguis Mori, managed by Azaziel, actually likes you quite a bit, La Pentarque.
He's just got an unusual way of expressing his affection. *wry grin*
P.P.S.  I almost forgot to congratulate Yau on his graduation!  Well done, Darkface. 

Surgical -- Dammit, I had my appendix out already!  You didn't need to do it again.
-- Lorvandis

Yau (Darkface) -- Well, heck.  I hate to think what this is going to do to the
adventure, assuming the pressure of "real life" lets up and more writing happens. --
Ghost of Cloudrider
P.S.  Either you have a problem with aiming, or you've found a new attack location:

Cruoris -- Plenty of sanguis, but no mori, so I guess it counts as good.  I liked it,
anyway. -- Blood Hawk

Valerian -- Ah, I'm a victim of preconceptions!  I see your name and automatically
think of the herb called that.  It puts me off. -- Madeline

Yau (Darkface) -- Damn, why couldn't you have graduated before killing 'Rider?  Oh,
well, we congratulate you anyway. -- the remaining Dodge Bullets team

Yau (Darkface) -- I don't know what we might have in the way of graduation gifts.
Nobody tells me anything, and left to myself, I think you're getting plenty as it is.
That agelessness business, the guaranteed resurrection, what more, really, do you
need?  Have a good trip to the Isle. -- Arenamaster Nor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DAVIK PAX was butchered by ARENAMASTER NOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DYXALLI PAX was butchered by BLACK ORC in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
SECI was demolished by CASH MEALS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title fight.
SCARLET viciously subdued ANFERROUS in a 2 minute gory Challenge fight.
CASCELLA was subdued by OTHER in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge competition.
JENNSEN was overpowered by CRICTOR UNGERER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
DASK RUIN viciously butchered APPIUS CLAUDIUS in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
NENA VIXIN lost to VRTOGLAVA in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
ZAB vanquished LOURDEPATTE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
MARCUS CAMILLUS vanquished REIBISCH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ZIGGY (DARKFACE) was defeated by FLEN ASAIL in a 1 minute Challenge match.
CINCINNATUS slimly won victory over IWRON DESTUDE in a 5 minute Challenge bout.
POGODI was demolished by VALERIAN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
YAU (DARKFACE) devastated SURGICAL in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
EXPERIENTIA devastated ZOD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory mismatched bout.
LORVANDIS was vanquished by ZOE (DARKFACE) in a 1 minute gruesome mismatched bout.
BLOOD HAWK slimly lost to WHITE BECT in a 2 minute bout.
PATTE DE SAGUAR was devastated by PIZDA in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
TEZCATLIPOCA overpowered CHANDALEN in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided match.
PARKING FEES overpowered JEBI1KENOBI in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
RENTAL CAR devastated QUINTUS MAXIMUS in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
PYRITE vanquished DEAEL in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BOOMERANG slimly won victory over DEBRA PAX in a 3 minute beginner's duel.
JUGGERNAUT unbelievably bested DORTHY PAX in a popular 4 minute gory novice's bout.
MADELINE was vanquished by LAUNDRY in a 1 minute one-sided match.
LIZARD viciously subdued BERTHGAR PAX in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.
SABRETOOTH was viciously subdued by STONEWALKER in a 1 minute beginner's bout.
PORCUPINE handily defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a 4 minute mismatched bout.
LUCIUS SULLA was vanquished by CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         WALL OF STEEL     34 -  20 -  1      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  33 -  4      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  9         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  14 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  11 -  1      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         SLASHING ATTACK   34 -  33 -  2      51  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         AIMED BLOW        19 -  21 -  1      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   33 -  37 -  3      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  14 -  0      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    29 -  41 -  4      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  12 -  1      33  |

Turn 309 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:

LUNGING ATTACK     9 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     3 -  4         4  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         3  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  6     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  6         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  CASH MEALS 4532            13   6  0  126 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
SLASHING ATTACK  EXPERIENTIA 4483           15   9  0   97 STEEL AND SILK (495)
WALL OF STEEL    OTHER 4536                 15   5  0   64 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
AIMED BLOW       ZOD 4525                   12   8  1   64 ZULU NATION (501)
TOTAL PARRY      ANFERROUS 4508             14   7  0   62 STEEL AND SILK (495)
LUNGING ATTACK   WHITE BECT 4645             4   2  0   57 THE PENTARCHY (397)
BASHING ATTACK   CASCELLA 4659               5   4  0   55 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
PARRY-STRIKE     PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629        8   4  0   46 THE PENTARCHY (397)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LORVANDIS 4402.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CASCELLA 4659.  The ten other most popular fighters were DORTHY PAX 4724, SCARLET 
4621, DEBRA PAX 4725, LIZARD 4693, and STONEWALKER 4735.

The least popular fighter this week was PORCUPINE 4717.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LUCIUS SULLA 4733, SABRETOOTH 4692, MADELINE 4710, DEAEL 4671, QUINTUS 

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

YAU (DARKFACE) (28-4519) ZULU NATION (501)


PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GRIM REAVER 1356 (211-118-4)           8  3  0         THE RED REAVERS      

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
XANAX 4384 (29-15-0)                   0  3  0         THE PENTARCHY        

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CALL OF THE SEA 4687 (0-0-0)           2  3  0         DREAD EMPIRE         
CONFESSOR 4688 (0-0-0)                 1  3  0         DREAD EMPIRE         


     For those of you who keep track of such things, 15 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                     WHITE THUNDER (4-6040) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (120) 
                       SISONGOEN (12-5168) LUROCIANS IV  (438) 
                JUMPINJACK FLASH (13-5143) PERFECTION QUEST 13  (527) 
                  HARD DAYS KNIGHT (38-2369) BUBBA LOVES CHESS  (193) 
                     POWDERED SOAP (82-2837) MY BUTT HURTS  (392) 
                    HICHAM (82-18389) SUPERIOR FORCES 1306  (2829) 
                    DEADLA (82-20623) SUPERIOR FORCES 3201  (2263) 
                  CLEVELAND STEAMER (82-25002) OHIO EXPRESS  (3993) 
                   YELLOW POST-IT (82-26131) WORK WITH THIS  (4213) 
                  CHARLOTTE (82-29266) SUPERIOR FORCES 3402  (4771) 
                    YELLOW BRICK TOAD (82-32755) 12/19/04J  (5407) 
                    SOULSNARE (82-37248) OBLIVION CLEAVERS  (6167) 
                      MARV (82-41424) 4-LETTER KNOCKOFFS  (6915) 
                   KAORU MOTO (82-48418) MEDAL OF HONOR AA1  (2722) 
                       RENTAL PERMIT (82-51256) 101607C  (8628) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes