Date   : 04/02/2010    Duedate: 04/29/2010


DM-28    TURN-318

This Weeks Top Honors


(28-4640) [12-6-1,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE PENTARCHY (397)            DREAD EMPIRE (523)
(28-4640) [12-6-1,118]         (28-4687) [3-1-0,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SECI                           CHANDALEN
PHANTACITY (480)               D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
(28-4464) [21-15-3,99]         (28-4602) [7-15-4,59]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PHANTACITY (480)            27
2. DREAD EMPIRE (523)          24      EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
3. D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)        23      Unchartered Team
4. FORCE OF FIVE (524)         23
5. STEEL AND SILK (495)        10      DREAD EMPIRE (523)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*DREAD EMPIRE (523)         3   1  0 75.0   1/ 4 PHANTACITY (480)         11  4 2
 2/ 2 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     72  37  0 66.1   2/ 2 FORCE OF FIVE (524)      11  4 0
 3/ 3 THE PENTARCHY (397)      376 224 10 62.7   3/ 1 THE PENTARCHY (397)      10  5 0
 4/ 4 FORCE OF FIVE (524)       28  21  1 57.1   4/ 6 STEEL AND SILK (495)      7  8 0
 5/ 5 PHANTACITY (480)         116 104 10 52.7   5/ 3 DODGE BULLETS (126)       6  9 0
 6/ 6 DODGE BULLETS (126)      390 394 12 49.7   6/ 5 EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)     4  6 0
 7/ 8 STEEL AND SILK (495)     114 120  1 48.7   7- 8*RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)     4  6 0
 8/ 7 SONS OF MARS (526)        29  31  3 48.3   8/10 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      3  7 0
 9- 9 THE CONDEMNED (520)       29  35  2 45.3   9- 7 THE CONDEMNED (520)       3  7 0
10/10 D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)      45  65  6 40.9  10/ 9 SONS OF MARS (526)        3  7 0
11-11*RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)     11  31  0 26.2  11/11*DREAD EMPIRE (523)        2  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #51 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

The Silent Place:

     The cloud thing watched them come.  It still seemed wrong that a cloud should be
able to watch anything, or care about anything, but then, this cloud WAS wrong.  A
creature, not a cloud.  Blackwind raised his blade, caught a glint of light down it,
sunlight in this darkest place.  Where did you strike a cloud, where were its vitals?
     It roiled like a thunderstorm with internal winds, shifted right and left as
though trying to feint him out of position.  Or distract him from some partner
cutting in from behind--
     "Another one back here," Redfox muttered.  "I've got it covered, but don't back
     Ah, okay.  A good man at his back was better than armor.  Time to deal with his
own problem, then.  The eyes, that was probably the best target he'd have.  He
watched it twitching around in front of him for another few seconds and then lunged.
No warning, no flourishes, just the lunge, gleaming steel with all his weight and
speed behind it.
     The cloud recoiled and began to slide away.  Not fast enough.  The sword plunged
to the hilt in the roiling darkness, flaring sunbright just before it sheathed itself
in the cloudy body.  There was no resistance such as a body would offer, but the
internal currents of the thing wrenched at the blade, trying to tear it from his
grip.  He stumbled off-balance and went to one knee but locked his second hand over
the hilt to strengthen his hold.
     The talisman, which was still dangling from his off-hand by its chain, twirled
and then strained out parallel to the blade of his sword.  Fat silver-blue sparks
jumped from it to the sword, then ricocheted like lightning toward the cloud.  Which
winced away.  Blackwind wouldn't have thought a cloud could wince, but this one was
doing it.  Sliding off his blade, too, so that it dripped... something.  Milky and
glinting, falling to the ground and lying there like pearls.  Hailstones?  Well, why
not, if it was a cloud?
     He got to his feet again and followed, trying to keep pressure on the cloud that
was now retreating, and following the talisman as well.  He didn't dare look away
from the cloud to see if--
     "Right behind you," Redfox said.

The Spirit Land:

     Necroma, Young Joan, and Cloudrider hesitated on the edge of the cliff, studying
the possibilities.
     "You're sure we can't just *believe* a way down?" Cloudrider asked again.
     "No, I'm not sure," the young Necromancer said.  "Nobody can be sure about
things here.  You can try.  But I don't expect it to work--"
     "And your skepticism is part of the body of belief at work here," Young Joan
finished.  She pointed off to the side, where a seam in the rocky face of the cliff
suggested a path.  "Forget trying to create a way down and let's follow that ledge."
     Cloudrider muttered something about mountain goats but moved in the indicated
direction.  "What do we do when we get down into the valley, then?"
     "The Valley of the Shadow," Necroma corrected absently.  "I have no idea what
we're supposed to do."  She glanced at Joan and raised an eyebrow in question.
     "We'll ask Uncle Wolf," Joan said.
     "But he isn't here!" 'Rider protested.
     "He's down there."  They had come far enough along the cliff to have a different
view down into the valley, and Joan pointed.  A group of three riders were crossing
toward the flame-lit gates.  One of them was clearly the shaman Wolf in full
ceremonial regalia, one was a black-maned Shew, and the third seemed ordinary.
"Three isn't enough to storm the Gate of Hell, so I guess there will be something for
     "And six is enough?" Cloudrider muttered.  "Oh, joy."

Down in the Valley:

     Math looked at the huge gates and the shadows moving just within them.  Probably
demons, what else would you expect in the Gate of Hell?  He had, not for the first
time, the feeling of being out of his depth.  He opened his mouth to say so, then
looked at Wolf and Lord Malcorn, both focused on whatever they were planning to do,
and shut it again.  On the face of it, this task was impossible for any kind of
reason you could imagine:  the gate leaves were too heavy--well, he didn't know that,
but they looked heavy, and the forces or beings who had opened them were bound to
resist, and three was just too small a number to storm Hell.  But his companions were
going forward as though they had a chance, so he could hardly do less.  He tested his
sword to make sure it was loose in the scabbard and ready to come out, but he didn't
draw it yet.  A drawn sword was a declaration of intent to fight, and if this could
be solved short of combat, that suited him.

Coming through:

     The cloud dissolved as it came up against a building of some kind.  Blackwind
bit down on a curse--this didn't seem like a good place to be cursing.  But if that
thing was going around behind them and reforming--  He'd been following faster than
he had realized and didn't have time to stop before slamming into the wall.  Barely
had time to see that it was built of weathered stone, blotched with lichens that
glowed with a faint phosphorescence, carved into the niche-shape of a false door,
such as he had seen on temples elsewhere.  And then he slammed into the stones... and
fell through.
     A moment later, Redfox followed, but the Rirorni had had enough warning to jump
clear of his companion, and landed rolling just beyond.
     Blackwind scrambled to his feet--never good to meet a possible battle lying on
the ground--and looked around.  They were in a shadow-filled valley, almost a canyon,
and a little way on it was lit with a fiery gleam where brass-bound gates opened in
one of the canyon walls.  Three horsemen were approaching up the valley from the
other side of the gate.  One was big and black and solid, unexpectedly reassuring:
Lord Malcorn.
     "I think we're here," Blackwind said.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 640): LIP GLOSS of HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 642): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 515): ROBERTO LEATHAM of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 636): STARIEL of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 638): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 630): YAREK ZORN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 631): FARM WEEKLY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 317): CRICTOR UNGERER of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 628): LUCKY EIREANN of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 315): KOLUM MAROD of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 624): BILL P. GORE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                                                     (Bubba Ganoosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 613): ORION of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 576): PRINCE CONNOR of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 293): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 287): RONDOL QUIGLO of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 274): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 503): RIA ROSEDANCER of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 490): CLOUDGAZER of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 470): COUNTER OFFER of VIKING LINGO (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): LOEKER SMITH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 222): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 427): SPARTAN 1 of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 420): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 413): DEVONSHIRE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 529): JEANNE D'ARC of GORGEOUS GOBLINS (Bartender, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 640): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 642): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 515): HARRY POTTER AND THE (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 636): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 638): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 630): THE GENERALS (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 631): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 317): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 628): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 615): THE KINDRED (Godric Magnesson DaVinci, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 624): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 621): DIVINE HERITAGE (Bubba Ganoosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 613): URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 576): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 293): ASAIRE (?, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 287): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 274): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 503): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 470): DOCTORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 222): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 427): NUMB-ERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 420): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 413): J (?, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 529): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 515): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 630): YAREK ZORN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 316): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 627): JULIANUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 315): KOLUM MAROD of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 613): ORION of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
               (turn 612): MANDOLIN WIND of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 576): BITT BETRO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 292): WALRUS of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 274): HOOPS of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
                  (turn 273): KIRLA LORVIN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 503): RIA ROSEDANCER of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 489): IMOTO-CHAN of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 465): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

The presence of two columns is explained in the personals.  I'm leaving them both in 
to make the other arenas jealous. -- the Editor

     I made it!  No, I don't mean Duelmaster, not that I am not happy I made that
too, but I made it out of The Face-To-Face alive.  I am here!  Let me tell you about
     I was pleased with my 4-3 showing as a two-FE-short Champion.  I started out
well, besting a slasher, plunger and basher to go 3-0.  Then I ran into two strikers,
which I split.  Two final slashers, Shaderunner of Ghost Riders Too (DM18), and
Copsar of Jakari's TTO (DM84) finished me off.  I was really 5-3 as I ran in a grudge
Match against one of the TVs (lunger Love of Lords Of Virtue of DM74) and patiently
put love down in six.
     I am pleased to have been selected as a Lord Protector, and here is what is
known about me--before the announcement of my favorites.
     23-5-0 arena; 7-6-0 tournaments
     11-15-15-10-20-4-9 Wall Of Steel exercised to 13-17-15-11-21-6-11
     Good damage, great endurance at birth
     +3 Attack
     Skill learn rate 1.25
     Guessing my faves at SC, Low/Vlo
     Was 3/44/6 with SC
             4/63/2 with GA
             2/73/3 with all others
Retirement is in sight!
     I have one more fight to endure, so "bring it on"!
                     Other, Duelmaster III

                                        * * *

Finally!  That Other guy left!  I am very proud to be on the throne, even though my
title fight against the Kung-Fu Master was not the most glorious ever.  Humm... let
me think.  I was here once before, wasn't I?  Anyway, I'll try to stay longer this
time, and will leave another snake skin on the steps.

Crictor Ungerer.
867 ? 867 !?

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of MORYA!  Once again I've been called out of retirement for 
my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Biff!  Pow!  MORYA watched with glee as 
THE PENTARCHY got knocked off top spot by PHANTACITY!  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  
Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, PHANTACITY's 1st 
moved them up to 4-1-0 place.  FORCE OF FIVE showed MORYA what they were made of as 
they fought with a vengeance to walk off with 4-1-0.  What's with CALL OF THE SEA?  
He actually beat SONS OF MARS' QUINTUS MAXIMUS, and walked away with 24 more points 
from the fight.  Major screwup at SONS OF MARS.  QUINTUS MAXIMUS lost 21 points to 
CALL OF THE SEA.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe QUINTUS MAXIMUS will provide 
more easy wins...  STEEL AND SILK's hatred of THE PENTARCHY surfaced again as 
VALERIAN challenged MORYA's top dog.  VALERIAN was reminded on the sands why CRICTOR 
UNGERER is Duelmaster.  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, PHANTACITY!  In my day, no team with a 112-103-10 would scare me off!  
What's the problem, THE PENTARCHY?  What do people see in SCARLET?  Hers 13-9-0?  
D'HARAN EMPIRE ain't talkin', but she's got 86 points.  VRTOGLAVA didn't quite know 
what to make of a challenge she received from CHANDALEN of D'HARAN EMPIRE, who is 25 
points below her.  CHANDALEN perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he overcame 
VRTOGLAVA and ended up with 59 recognition points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, 
places to go...   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
The end of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Time for my 
medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRICTOR UNGERER 4640         12   6  1   118       THE PENTARCHY (397)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SECI 4464                    21  15  3    99       PHANTACITY (480)
 VALERIAN 4732                 8   3  0    92       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 ANFERROUS 4508               20  10  0    91       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCARLET 4603                 13   9  0    86       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 WHITE BECT 4645               9   4  0    85       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 RENTAL CAR 4534               9   9  0    82       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 BLOOD HAWK 4621              15   8  0    70       DODGE BULLETS (126)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEZCATLIPOCA 4641            11   4  2    66       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 PYRITE 4698                   9   4  0    66       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 PIPNI 4747                    4   0  1    61       PHANTACITY (480)
 CHANDALEN 4602                7  15  4    59       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 CASCELLA 4659                 8   8  0    57       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POGODI 4731                   6   2  0    53       PHANTACITY (480)
 CALL OF THE SEA 4687          3   1  0    53       DREAD EMPIRE (523)
-NENA VIXIN 4670               6   7  1    51       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-DASK RUIN 4667                6   7  1    51       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629         13   8  0    49       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 VRTOGLAVA 4684                8   3  0    44       PHANTACITY (480)
 JENNSEN 4604                  9  13  1    41       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 LOURDEPATTE 4690              7   7  0    41       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 CLOUDRIDER 4734               7   3  0    38       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 JUGGERNAUT 4694               7   3  1    37       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
-FLEN ASAIL 4668               7   6  0    34       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-LAUNDRY 4715                  7   3  0    34       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JAMIE LEE 4745                4   3  0    32       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 CINCINNATUS 4706              8   4  0    31       SONS OF MARS (526)
 QUINTUS MAXIMUS 4709          7   5  2    31       SONS OF MARS (526)
 LIZARD 4693                   5   5  0    30       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
-LUCKII DUVAL 4719             5   4  0    30       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 BOOMERANG 4696                6   3  0    27       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 MADELINE 4710                 5   8  0    27       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 PORCUPINE 4717                4   5  0    27       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 SABRETOOTH 4692               6   4  0    26       FORCE OF FIVE (524)
 POSTAGE 4750                  5   2  0    24       EXPENSE ACCOUNT (506)
 LUCIUS SULLA 4733             4   5  0    24       SONS OF MARS (526)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IWRON DESTUDE 4713            5   5  0    23       THE CONDEMNED (520)
-DEAEL 4671                    5   8  0    23       THE CONDEMNED (520)
 BESNI 4754                    2   2  0    23       PHANTACITY (480)
 STONEWALKER 4735              5   5  0    20       DODGE BULLETS (126)
-GIMLEE VAINE 4720             1   8  0    12       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 THERIAULT 4751                2   3  0    11       D'HARAN EMPIRE (513)
 MARCUS REGULUS 4756           2   4  0    10       SONS OF MARS (526)
 MANIUS DENTATUS 4755          1   5  1     9       SONS OF MARS (526)
-OOFGAR SHMID 4762             1   1  0     4       RAG-TAG MISFITS (527)
 LILY OF SARMATIA 4775         1   1  0     4       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 GARROT 4777                   0   1  0     1       STEEL AND SILK (495)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
XAVIAN 4759             0  2 0 BLACK WIDOW CLAN 529 MANIUS DENTATUS 4755  315   
LORVANDIS 4402         20 26 0 DODGE BULLETS 126    SECI 4464             316   
TRAINING 4749           3  2 0 EXPENSE ACCOUNT 506  PIPNI 4747            316   
MUSE 4773               1  1 0 STEEL AND SILK 495   BLACK ORC             318  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Uh, mea culpa.  This budget deficiency and the impending debt load is getting to me!
I helped Other pen his "extra" DM Column, having thought that the March results were
posted earlier this AM, when they were not.  I unsuspectingly reread the "old"
newsletter, and then posted.  It was not until I closely examined the 2nd fight, that
I noticed the same fights and challenges as last time.  So, enjoy the column, then
discard it!  I have learned some lessons:
     Read the dates and results CLOSELY before acting.
     Do not depend on RSI to post electronic results consistently "on time"--
especially on Mondays
     Finish the first cup of coffee before beginning the early morning activities
Anyway, until the results are REALLY posted, I remain,
     Finance Manager, Expense Accounts
P.S.  Expect some more personals LATER.

All -- Thanks for your compliments.  It was fun in the arena, but Spymaster gobbled
me up and spit me out!  Thank the gods for immortality!  Sayanora. -- Other

Pipni -- I already had you marked down as a successful bloodfeud when you hung me out
to dry.  I learned a valuable lesson.  Never underestimate the competition.  You are
very, very good.  Salute. -- Laundry

Lizard -- You may have been the force of five, but I was worth six!  Besides, I am
from the mighty USPS and I may not even have to work on Saturdays soon.  Hah! --

     In which case all the Saturday-run games will be rescheduled.

Colle Ketor -- "Stable Managers for Dummies" in another form is available on line at
the "Duel II" site or under "Terrablood."  If you cannot access them, then perhaps
our good friend Jorja can direct you to something of value.  Meanwhile, feel free to
ask questions in the personals. -- Finance Manager

Cloudrider -- You made my day with this personal ad.  "Postage -- Well, what did you
expect?  You are a stamp, so I licked you. -- Cloudrider". Yep. Made my day! --
Finance manager

The Mail-In Tournament is coming soon.  Good luck to all.  Bring home some honors to
Morya. -- Finance Manager
P.S.  We are fighting a little light in the arena at the moment as we have three
timed, including two rookies, going to The Mailer.

     And the best of luck to them.

Wow!!!!!  BIG point gain, Steel And Silk!  Wow!  We are avoiding! -- Finance Manager

Other was better on the sand than on paper.  Salute to the Manager!  He sure can
spare money. -- Le Pentarque

I could have won this one... well, Pogodi, you dont like my head, or you desperately
want it at your belt? -- Lourdepatte

All -- I seem to be having a lot of difficulty with Hal lately, so here's Surgical on
more time:  15(13)-5(4)-9-17-19(17)-14(13)-12(11), pretty much mode, QS, riposte
tactic, attack learn; master attack, adex initiative, & ex parry.  He is my first

wall of steel grad, but I'm only 861 Lord Protectors behind the Consortium now!  Oh,
his rhythm was mo/lo.  Well done Finance Manger. -- Michael Eldritch, mgr Steel and

     I think hal has formed a labor union of one entity and then gone on strike.

Marcus Gegulus -- Both of us wore the wrong armor for THAT match! -- Muse

Userous Merchant -- Consider that a warning, my userous friend. -- Pyrite, not Gold

Seci -- Graduate, or get out my way, bub! -- Balerian

Blood Hawk -- We really need to quit meeting like this, as your name give me the
shills. -- Anferrous

Crictor Ungerer -- Let's see if you deserve to keep that throne, eh? -- Valerian

Luckii Duval -- You may call that luck, but I don't. -- Madeline

Anferrous -- Not enough.  You have too much steel in your nature even so. -- Blood

Juggernaut -- An interesting speculation.  Are you "naut" because of a "jugger," or
do you set all juggers at naut when you meet them? -- Cloudrider

Flen Asail -- So, why were you condemned?  I hope it was for something really rich,
be ashamed to be condemned for a peccadillo. -- Stonewalker

Oofgar Shmid -- The bigger they are.... -- Lily of Sarmatia

Colle Ketor -- One of my colleagues runs a stable in Aruak City and Zorpunt, you
could try there. -- Jorja
P.S.  I am told she has some fine horses, not that I am thrilled by horses myself.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MUSE was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
VALERIAN was devastated by CRICTOR UNGERER in a 1 minute Challenge Title duel.
SECI narrowly defeated SCARLET in a 2 minute bloody expert's Challenge fight.
PIPNI devastated CLOUDRIDER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CHANDALEN subdued VRTOGLAVA in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
POGODI devastated JENNSEN in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
PYRITE devastated PATTE DE SAGUAR in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
JUGGERNAUT savagely defeated POSTAGE in a 9 minute gruesome Challenge melee.
SABRETOOTH was viciously subdued by LOURDEPATTE in a 3 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
THERIAULT was defeated by CINCINNATUS in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
TEZCATLIPOCA was defeated by RENTAL CAR in a 2 minute gruesome match.
ANFERROUS outlasted M. CHARDINEE in a 9 minute fight.
WHITE BECT savagely defeated BLOOD HAWK in a 2 minute bloody match.
CASCELLA handily defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute brutal one-sided contest.
QUINTUS MAXIMUS was devastated by CALL OF THE SEA in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
LIZARD overcame STONEWALKER in a 2 minute fight.
MADELINE vanquished MANIUS DENTATUS in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
PORCUPINE vanquished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a unpopular 5 minute one-sided fray.
LUCIUS SULLA devastated LILY OF SARMATIA in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
MARCUS REGULUS was overpowered by BOOMERANG in a 3 minute one-sided match.
BESNI overpowered GARROT in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK   44 -  29 -  2      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    48 -  33 -  2      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  16 -  1      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         AIMED BLOW        26 -  22 -  2      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       14 -  12 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  21 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   37 -  46 -  2      45  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    25 -  42 -  4      37  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   8 -  0      20  |

Turn 318 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CRICTOR UNGERER 4640       12   6  1  118 THE PENTARCHY (397)
SLASHING ATTACK  SECI 4464                  21  15  3   99 PHANTACITY (480)
BASHING ATTACK   VALERIAN 4732               8   3  0   92 STEEL AND SILK (495)
TOTAL PARRY      ANFERROUS 4508             20  10  0   91 STEEL AND SILK (495)
AIMED BLOW       PIPNI 4747                  4   0  1   61 PHANTACITY (480)
PARRY-STRIKE     PATTE DE SAGUAR 4629       13   8  0   49 THE PENTARCHY (397)
WALL OF STEEL    VRTOGLAVA 4684              8   3  0   44 PHANTACITY (480)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SECI 4464.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
CHANDALEN 4602.  The ten other most popular fighters were POGODI 4731, RENTAL CAR 
4534, WHITE BECT 4645, LIZARD 4693, CRICTOR UNGERER 4640, SECI 4464, PYRITE 4698, 

The least popular fighter this week was PORCUPINE 4717.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were POSTAGE 4750, GARROT 4777, MARCUS REGULUS 4756, LILY OF SARMATIA 4775, 
and BLOOD HAWK 4621.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

SECI (28-4464) PHANTACITY (480)