Date   : 08/20/2003    Duedate: 09/02/2003


DM-29    TURN-456

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-3994) [16-3-0,185]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MR. YUCK                       BROTHER EZKIEL
THE TAKEN (173)                TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)
(29-3994) [16-3-0,185]         (29-4463) [1-0-0,15]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MR. YUCK                       MONTY
THE TAKEN (173)                CROC FILES (374)
(29-3994) [16-3-0,185]         (29-4391) [10-11-3,94]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FORCE OF NATURE (312)       42
2. THE GUILD (208)             27      HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)
3. CROC FILES (374)            26      Unchartered Team
4. THE TAKEN (173)             20
5. TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)        19      TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)  18   9  1 66.7   1/ 2 THE GUILD (208)           9  6 2
 2/ 2 DEATH THREAT (376)        59  43  8 57.8   2/ 4 THE TAKEN (173)           8  7 0
 3/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         112  90 12 55.4   3/ 6 EQUESTORS (158)           7  7 3
 4/ 4 THE TAKEN (173)          587 523 29 52.9   4/ 3 VENUSIANS (321)           7  7 0
 5/ 5 VENUSIANS (321)          106 103  6 50.7   5/ 1 DEATH THREAT (376)        6  2 1
 6/ 6 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      224 234 20 48.9   6/ 5 CROC FILES (374)          6  9 3
 7/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)          426 480 34 47.0   7/ 7 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       5  1 1
 8/ 8 THE GUILD (208)          508 589 22 46.3   8/ 8 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     5  9 0
 9/ 9 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    137 163 10 45.7   9/ 9 MEN (356)                 4  2 0
10/10 MEN (356)                 98 130  7 43.0  10/10 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      4  8 0
11/11 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     147 204  5 41.9  11-11*FORLORN (382)             2  3 0
12-12 ECHL-EAST (313)            9  13  0 40.9  12-12 ECHL-EAST (313)           1  0 0
13-13*FORLORN (382)              2   3  0 40.0  13/ 0*TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)      1  4 0
14/ 0*TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)       1   4  0 20.0  14/ 0 HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)  0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #67 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Zukal:

     After the thing--shadow, demon, whatever it was--left, Ghenis sat and stared 
into the night for a long time.  He kept the fire up, even though he didn't need it 
for heat; fire might be a defense, and the thing might come back.  He stayed awake 
just in case that happened; this wouldn't be the first night he'd gone without sleep.  
Better to be tired in the morning than dead.  And he had some serious thinking to do.
     He glanced around his campsite quickly.  The horse was calm enough now, no need 
to worry about it running off.  Besides, it would have to get past him to get out of 
the enclosure formed by the broken walls.  Veleks was asleep, or unconscious, and 
just as well.  The little thief was a useful tool, but not for thinking.
     What was this thing that he'd seen, that had driven Veleks, who feared water, to 
risk drowning rather than be caught?  He'd been thinking of it as a sort of demon, 
but what sort?  His defenses here would stop natural predators such as wolves, but 
not demons; for that, he should have needed something magical.  Could his amulet have 
been protection enough?  He didn't think so, especially since he hadn't called on the 
power behind it.  So was this... thing some kind of natural predator?  And if so, 
where had it come from?  Why had it appeared now when there was no indication of such 
a creature prowling the area in the past?
     And what would it DO to its victims besides drive them into a frenzy of terror?  
Was that all it wanted, or would it have killed Veleks if it had caught him?
     And most important of all, what use could he and his masters make of this new 
     Come morning, and even the gray and rainy light was welcome, though.  Ghenis 
wanted to get back to Zukal as quickly as possible.  With Veleks riding double with 
him on his one horse, that wasn't as quickly as he hoped for.  He thought of leaving 
his henchman at one of the smaller towns outside the city--his cult had contacts in 
several of them, and there were hangouts for thieves in general where the man would 
have been accepted if not welcomed.  But Veleks wouldn't have it.  He would stay with 
his leader who had rescued him from the monster, and not in some flimsy village inn.  
Suggestions that they part company always resulted in the little thief bursting into 
tears, which was damned embarrassing.
     Veleks was being a nuisance, so much so that Ghenis found himself wishing the 
little thief had died yesterday.  The man's nerve had been broken, and Ghenis was 
beginning to wonder whether the break might be permanent.  That would spell trouble 
for all involved.  There was no place for a broken man among the servants of the dark 
     The obvious thing would be to kill the wretch.  But the gladiator found it hard 
to follow through on that while Veleks was looking at him so gratefully.  It would be 
like kicking a puppy, and while he was prepared, in theory, to kick puppies if that's 
what needed doing, it wasn't an easy thing to contemplate in cold blood.  Perhaps he 
could send Veleks somewhere far away, to some place where the little thief could be 
sure of never meeting one of the monsters again.  Hmm, if water provided safety, 
perhaps he could send Veleks along with a mission to Niatoli Island that was in 
     Yes, Niatoli Island would be the place for Veleks now.  He'd see about getting 
the thief onto the next ship headed that way.

Near Malcorn:

     Blackie, Lord Malcorn of Malcorn, stood next to the ancient stone and waited for 
the moon to rise.  It would be full tonight, and he knew, because he knew most of the 
natural world around Malcorn, that when it reached a certain height above the 
horizon, it would shine through the hole in a more distant rock and strike squarely 
onto the face of the rock beside him, revealing carvings that had been old when the 
first Lord Malcorn came to this land.  The records of his ancestors said that the 
Dregur were accustomed to gathering here when the moon was just so.
     "I must be insane," Tiljanz muttered behind him.
     "Courage and a sense of responsibility often looks like madness," Blackie 
agreed, "even to the people exhibiting it.  You didn't have to come here tonight, but 
you felt it was the right thing to do.  I can respect that in a man.  A lot."
     "Will it do any good?" the young Karnhorn asked curiously.  "We've turned the 
Dregur loose, and I'd think it hard if not impossible to rein them back in."
     "We turned them loose under terms," Blackie said.  His voice hardened, becoming 
the voice of the Lord of Malcorn.  "They have not kept those terms.  They were to 
attack only those who came here following Inzolas.  That a few innocents might get 
caught in that net by accident was... almost inevitable.  But some of the Dregur have 
been actively hunting those not indicated by the terms of their release."  He was 
silent for a long moment, then shrugged.  "I'm not certain that we can put an end to 
these... excesses.  But I am very certain that if we don't protest, the situation 
will become worse.  A failure to protest will be seen as an admission of weakness."
     Tiljanz shrugged.  It sounded like politics as usual, or at least, the politics 
of those he dealt with, the lesser lords within the Glorious Empire.  Vicious 
infighting was the order of the day in those circles.  "I trust your judgment in 
this, as I must, of course."  He glanced at the sky uneasily.  "And I should think we 
don't have much longer to wait...."
     "No."  Blackie watched the moonlight appear in the eye of the distant stone and 
slant across the clearing, creeping along the face of the stone beside him.  It 
wouldn't be long now.
     The finger of light slid across the surface and touched the worn carvings, which 
leaped into sudden clarity.  The little clearing, which had been empty except for the 
two of them, was suddenly full of shadows.  Or something.  Tiljanz could feel the 
weight of a dozen minds thinking about him--calculating minds, hostile minds, hungry 
ones.  He held himself still and quiet with difficulty.  This was Lord Malcorn's 
meeting; he himself was just present as a witness.
     Words came out of the darkness, hollow as caves, clear as trumpets.  "Why are 
you here, Malcorn?"

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): PA ELL of WAY OF THE SWORD (? mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): DUSK of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): PICKLED PIGSKIN of BUFFY'S DINER (Alfredo Frothingslosh)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 449): APATHY of WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): 4-0 PROLENE of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): ON MY WAY of SADISTS F2F (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): JUSTICE of PEACE MAKERS (Solomon, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): WYLDERNESS WYLD (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): UGLY URBAN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 449): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): COMIC MAYHEM (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 468): LIFE SENTANCE of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 464): MALASION of THE BLACKHEARTS (Nunzio Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           N.D. GRASSE of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KILLIN' STU of MINIONS OF MILO (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): BATMANNING (28-3402) CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229):ODYSSEUS of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KRAC D'CHEVALIERS of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               BABBS BUNNY of LOONY TOONS (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
                   (turn 228): SIR YDER of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               BONEGRIN DEVAR of BUSHMASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 450): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 448): RYANATOR of OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
                            LEMON DROP of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 205): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): ZEEL BEBUB of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                               INCREDIBLE SULK of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                               MARY ANN of SCREEN DREAMS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 135): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                            MOONSTONE of FLAMING FIST (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     What?  No challenges?  Now come on, Lapur, I know you have more guts than that!  
Bring on the challenges wimps!  I don't want to be fighting a scrub stand-in!  Two 
more turns, just two more turns.  Can I hold onto the throne?  We will see hehe.

                                                   Your tasty Duelmaster,
                                                   Mr. Yuck

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  LAPUR needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Like, DEATH THREAT had 
to be so embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by THE GUILD!  Way to go THE 
GUILD!  I don't wanna hurt anybody's feelings or anything, but DEATH THREAT really 
goofed with their 2-0-0.  EQUESTORS like really fought hard to move up to 3rd from 
6th.  Way to go!  One team deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 0 after 
going 3-1-0.  Keep it up, FORCE OF NATURE!  MVP award for SHAWN?  MEN's proud of him 
after beating HOPE and getting 23 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  LUCIUS 
got smashed by HOPE'S END, and lost 12 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is 
being unfair?  I think MR. YUCK should let SACRIFICIAL KNIFE be Duelmaster for a 
while, without fighting about it.  Who was the wiseguy that said LAPUR's Duelmaster 
was paying for drinks at The Warty Toad?  Don't look at me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  THE TAKEN was LAPUR's most avoided team.  Is there 
some award for that?  I don't know what BLACK SAMURAI's been doing.  They certainly 
haven't been accepting many fights from THE TAKEN, that's fer sher.  Can CROC FILES' 
SCRAPPA be more popular than me?  He was challenged the most, but is that really the 
same?  RAGING FIRE is being unfair.  He's challenged down 18 against TALL TREE.  I 
don't know why they let this stuff go on.  (I'd better shut up) I was sorry to see 
such an unfair "fight" in LAPUR.  RAGING FIRE got 3 points after beating TALL TREE, 
18 points below him.   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All LAPUR ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  Like was that some Bloodfeud, or what?  (DOWN POUR vs. GALBA, 
that is.) SUE NAMI bloodfeuded (is that a word?) VAGAN for revenge over some guy's 
bad fortune.  Was it really worth it?  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can 
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  Its been 
really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MR. YUCK 3994                16   3  0   185       THE TAKEN (173)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COBRA 4355                   12   5  1   112       DEATH THREAT (376)
 ENOSHIMA 4349                19   3  0    98       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 MONTY 4391                   10  11  3    94       CROC FILES (374)
 SACRIFICIAL KNIFE 1302       12   4  1    93       HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUZZARD 3995                 15   4  0    86       THE TAKEN (173)
 MATSURI 4256                 15  10  0    85       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 SCRAPPA 4411                  8   2  2    80       CROC FILES (374)
 GOLDIE 4395                  10   9  1    77       CROC FILES (374)
-FURY 3872                     8   3  0    75       ECHL-EAST (313)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOPE'S END 4031               8   6  0    64       THE GUILD (208)
 ALAN 4397                     9  10  0    57       MEN (356)
 RAGING FIRE 4407              6   0  0    57       DEATH THREAT (376)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHAWN 4405                    8   7  1    56       MEN (356)
 SCORPUS 4393                 13   7  2    55       EQUESTORS (158)
 SUE NAMI 4097                 8  14  0    53       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 LUCIUS 4406                   9   5  2    52       EQUESTORS (158)
 HOPE 3988                    12   8  0    50       THE TAKEN (173)
 GALBA 4389                   13   9  1    49       EQUESTORS (158)
-SNOWBLIND 1291                4   3  0    48       HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 TALL TREE 4380                6  19  0    38       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-OTARU 4245                    6   4  1    35       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LYRA 4320                     7   7  0    33       VENUSIANS (321)
 WHIRLWIND 4325                4   6  0    33       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 DOWN POUR 4323                3   7  0    33       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-DARK ABYSS 4417               4   2  1    31       DEATH THREAT (376)
 VAGAN 4082                    5   5  1    28       THE GUILD (208)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COOKIE 4455                   2   0  1    26       CROC FILES (374)
-FREE FALL 4400                1   1  0    25       DEATH THREAT (376)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZARGAS 4425                   4   3  0    23       THE GUILD (208)
 ASTRIAL 4328                  5   3  0    22       VENUSIANS (321)
 SUGARPLUM 4432                4   2  0    22       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MENSA 4442                    3   1  1    22       VENUSIANS (321)
-KOJIRO 4456                   1   0  1    22       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 BINDI 4454                    1   1  0    18       CROC FILES (374)
 BROTHER EZKIEL 4463           1   0  0    15       TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)
 RAVAGE 4444                   2   2  0    13       THE TAKEN (173)
-BAD TRIP 1290                 1   0  0    13       HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)
 SOLAR FLARE 4427              3   3  0    12       VENUSIANS (321)
 JUMPING SPIDER 4431           3   3  0    12       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ZOT 4464                      1   0  1    12       THE GUILD (208)
 MACRINUS 4452                 1   1  1    12       EQUESTORS (158)
 ZORCH 4465                    1   0  0    11       THE GUILD (208)
-SCORPIO RISING 1293           1   0  0    10       HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)
-FOREDOOM 4448                 1   0  0    10       FORLORN (382)
 ENIGMA 4466                   1   0  0    10       THE TAKEN (173)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              1   4  0     7       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-FORTE 4447                    1   0  0     5       FORLORN (382)
-FORWARD 4451                  0   1  0     1       FORLORN (382)
 TUSKER 4460                   0   1  0     1       TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)
-FORTITUDE 4449                0   1  0     1       FORLORN (382)
-FORCIBLE 4450                 0   1  0     1       FORLORN (382)
 MAUGRIM 4462                  0   1  0     1       TEAM ARPHINOUS (383)
-DRAFT DODGER 1292             0   1  0     1       HAND ON YOUR HEART (163)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BINDI 4422             4  3 0 CROC FILES 374        COBRA 4355            454         
HILARUS 4387          10 12 1 EQUESTORS 158         GOLDIE 4395           455         
SONNY DAZE 4453        0  2 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312   MACRINUS 4452         456         
MISTY WATERS 4428      2  2 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312   GALBA 4389            454 JUST REV
TYE FOON 4433          2  2 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312   VAGAN 4082            455 JUST REV
KINSORROW 4051         7  3 0 THE GUILD 208         SCRAPPA 4411          455         
CINA 4426              1  3 0 THE GUILD 208         MENSA 4442            453 REVENGED
PAUL 4342             19 16 0 MEN 356               MONTY 4391            453         
FOOK 4443              0  1 0 THE TAKEN 173         DELPHINA 4434         453 REVENGED
STINKY AYAZ 4459       0  1 0 TEAM ARPHINOUS 383    DUSKBLOOD TROLL 383   456 NONE    
ANDINUS 4461           0  1 0 TEAM ARPHINOUS 383    ZOT 4464              456         
DELPHINA 4434          1  3 1 VENUSIANS 321         KOJIRO 4456           455         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lapur -- Here's the numbers of the recent Force of Nature dead.  Misty Waters, Basher 
13-11-9-17-13-10-11, and Tye Foon, Aimed Blow 9-5-11-17-16-9-17.  I didn't take the 
time to figure where they were blessed or hosed.  Not really enough fights under 
their belts for that. -- Storm Front

Argh, another death to the Force of Nature stable.  And me without the properly 
trained warriors to avenge them. -- Storm Front, Mgr, Force of Nature

Forte -- I can handle a loss to the likes of you when I learn like that.  Next 
meeting will be different! -- Sonny Daze

Vagan -- I hate losing Aimed Blows.  I will blood feud with Sue Nami.  Good luck to 
you. -- Storm Front

Sugarplum -- Well fought.  Good luck to you in the future...unless you face me. -- 

Shawn -- I had to challenge someone...too bad it was you. -- Down Pour

Lucius -- Well fought.  I never should have opened my big mouth about my success 
against you folks.  :) -- Hope's End

Scrappa -- Well, there is little doubt that was intentional.  With the relative youth 
of my current team, I am unsure whether I have anyone capable of taking you down, but 
rest assured I will do my best to eliminate the threat you pose to my youngsters. -- 

Astrial -- I would have thought that match-up favored you.  Adrenaline can be a 
wonderful thing. -- Zargas

Force of Nature -- Please allow me to extend a heartfelt apology.  I am so sorry that 
my lack of discipline resulted in Tye's death, and will make myself available for 
your bloodfeud. -- Vagan

Force of Nature -- If it helps, Vagan had a 5 KD and was aiming for a limb. -- Guido

Equestors -- Can we consider ourselves even?  You killed Bluey, I unintentionally 
returned the favor... -- THawk

Equestors -- Oops, sorry about that.  Didn't mean to bite off THAT much... 
-- Goldie

Persistent Beggar -- That'll teach you to stay so close to crocodile infested 
waters... -- Cookie

The Guild -- Ack!  Sorry about that.  I wasn't watching where I chomped down on.  I 
definitely didn't mean to kill him... -- Scrappa

Three kills in one turn... just our luck... -- Croc Files

Ravage --I have heard about you from Astrial...I am glad that I got first strike or 
the outcome may have been questionable. -- Lyra

Kojiro -- Delphina was starting to show some real promise, I will mourn her loss 
deeply.  I am sending Lyra to try and best you, I can't afford to loose any more of 
my newer warriors.  -- Venus

Zargas -- Can I have my arm back now? -- Astrial

     But... you've got two!  Surely you can spare one.

Forward -- Not bad, not bad at all...you certainly gave me a workout. -- Mensa

Forcible -- Wow!  I wasn't expecting to learn anything from such a young pup. -- 
Solar Flare

All -- I just gotta ask.  What's with all the killers out there?  You know you CAN 
win without killing.  Here is a secret -- lower your kill desire, don't aim for vital 
spots, and then maybe more people will come to Lapur to join us.  For those of us who 
play advanced and Primus, an arena with a bunch of killers is not the place to be.  I 
for one, would like to see my warriors make it out alive. -- Stillgard

Enoshima -- Arrrrrgggggghhhhhh!  Wow, that was a surprise challenge.  We must try 
that again with a few minor fight adjustments hehe.  Nice fight. -- Buzzard

Tall Tree -- I am so sorry.  I didn't mean to hurt you.  I wish you luck on your next 
fight. -- Hope

Lyra -- You are a tough one for sure.  Nice fight. -- Ravage

Whirlwind -- Wow, you blew me off my feet!  And since I didn't have anybody ELSE's 
feet handy to stand on, I lost.  Good work. -- Sugarplum

Hope -- I wish *I* got to hope for stuff.  Like wins and lots of skills.  (sigh)  Oh, 
well, at least I didn't DIE.  Yet. -- Tall Tree
P.S.  Actually, I think I'm so mediocre I may survive to graduation.  It's us middle-
quality guys who have staying power, you know.

Fortitude -- Think of those skills as a gift from the welcome wagon, eh? -- Jumping 

Marcinus -- At last, somebody I can defeat!  Not that my win over your total lack of 
experience is much to boast about, but one boasts where one can. -- Black Tiger

26 July 2003
     Citizens of Alastari, a bright dawn has risen.  While you slept, a pernicious
force has entered the once-fair City of Aruak.  It fought alongside their treasured
warriors, it drank with their fans, and it slept with their women.  Now the masks are
coming off.
     Warriors, be afraid...be very afraid.  After years of Andorian managers ranting
that Aruak is the safest city in Alastari, the Frothingslosh Syndicate has selected
Aruak City as the home for its next epic 'contest'--Murder by Numbers II.  Our spies
have selected the warriors for extermination, and the executioners have had several
months to prepare.  Now a new age of darkness will descend upon Aruak, as the
Syndicate and its allies bring an entirely new level of competition to the arena!
Downchallenges!  Assassinations!  Small poodles as hors d'oeuvres!
     The Murder by Numbers II 'rules' will be announced next cycle.  However, we
invite all managers, from all corners of Alastari, to come to Aruak City and take
part...in one way or another.  Help defend the honor of a long heralded haven for the
pure, or join the forces of change in their siege of the ice-cream and cake
stronghold of the Dukes of Nerf-Dueling!
     This exercise is not for either the faint of heart or the weak willed.  Blood
will flow, brains will leak, and beer will be chugged.  Either way, we welcome you
with open arms and gleaming blades.
     This public service announcement has been brought to you by Frothingslosh Epic
Contests (tm), the number 86, and the letter 'K'.

The Frothingslosh Syndicate

29 July 2003
           *     *     *     *The Third Annual Turf War*     *     *     *
     Yes, it's time again for alliances to go to war!  TW3 will be held in DM 47
(North Fork) at a date to be  specified later--right after Crip's Incomprehensible
Contest is over...but I'm sure everyone wants to get their teams there soon!  Here
are the rules:

1.  Each alliance must have a leader declare the arrival of his alliance.  The leader
    will be responsible for verifying any and all teams/managers who declare to the
    alliance he/she is leading.
2.  Each manager, team declaring for the contest must have approval of the leader,
    donate one Roll-up Certificate ($5) to the prize pot (send it to me by diplo, by
    snail, or a note to customer service), and declare his/her team by diplo, p-ad or
3.  Each team may declare one warrior as champion.  All points scored by a champ are
4.  Prizes are as follows (mostly...there WILL be some things added as the prize pot
    grows with entry donations--this list is not final!)
    *  Highest scoring alliance -- Rename Arena 47 for a period of 6 months, one half
       of the total prize pot donated; roll-up certs.
    *  The Alliance with the most returns from the DA will get to re-name the DA
       monsters for a period of 6 months.
    *  The alliance with the most warriors listed as style masters will get to pick
       the Alastari city/arena to host the next Grand Tournament.
    *  The warrior with the most front page honors/awards will have the Arenamaster
       named after him for a period of 6 months.
    *  The Alliance with the most front page Honors/Awards will have the honor of
        picking the *slow* arena to host the Fifth Annual Turf War.
    *  The team with the most listings as Style Master will find out the favorites of
       one of their warriors.
    *  The warrior with the most listings as Style Master will fight at my expense
       for five turns (I will transfer to the manager's account).
    *  The Alliance with the most kills will be able to re-name the stand-in warriors
       for a period of 6 months.
    *  The warrior that scores the most total points will fight at my expense for 5
       turns (I will transfer $7.50 to the manager's account).
    *  The team that scores the most total points will receive an extra share of
       roll-up certs from the prize pot.
     There may be more categories to come, and the prize pot still has to be
divided...I'm open to category/prize ideas--and further donations to the prize pot.
     The contest will run for *TEN* turns; prizes will be awarded at the end of the
11th turn.
     Scoring will be as follows:
* 5 points per fight, doubled for each of the following conditions met:
     -- Two Alliance     -- Champion
     -- Challenge        -- Two Champions
     -- Bloodfeud        -- Challenger losing
     -- Kill
     (Note:  DA losses are exempt, but DA wins will be *tripled*!!!  Ex:  Happy
Slasher goes to the DA and dies, no points are lost.  If he wins, his team scores 60
points!  If he was a champ, he scores 120 points!)
     Use the following chart to calculate scores:
Conditions Met:       0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7
Points Per Fight:     5    10    20    40    80   160   320   640
* Awards/Honors and Style Masters will each be awarded points also.  Find the total
number of each (do note add Awards and Style Masters together) and consult the graph
below.  Champs that score an award or style master count as two.
     1 --   5      7 --  320
     2 --  10      8 --  640
     3 --  20      9 -- 1280
     4 --  40     10 -- 2560
     5 --  80     11 -- 5280
     6 -- 100     (x2 for each extra)
Note -- These categories *count as "triple"*--they will be figured for each team,
*AND* again for each alliance *as well as* for each warrior!
*  Each and every mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points...period.
*  TVs will be scored on the same scale as Awards/Style Masters, but the total points
will be x10.  TC's will be scored as TV's, but x10 more.
Number of TV/TC's          Points Scored (TV/TC)
     1      50/ 500
     2     100/1000
     3     200/2000
     4     400/4000
     +     x2/ x2 (for each extra)
     Each alliance will start with 5000 points, scores for *fights* will be added to
the winner's total *AND* deducted from the losers.
     Come  one and all, defend your turf and the honor of your alliance...or your

                    Asmo Dius, TCB
                    Arenas, DM 47, DM 73

1 August 2003
     Assurnasirbanipal invites you to Talcama to participate in the third BATTLE
ROYAL contest.  It is a Delarquan contest so brutal that even some of Talcama's most
notable managers will refuse to participate.  The rules are simpler than any other
contest:  You may not avoid any other contest team.  There are no silly rules for who
can and can't compete.  Any team in Talcama is eligible to compete.  The scoring is
also quite simple (+1 for a win, +1 for a kill (+1 for the win), -1 for a loss) and
the first team to reach 25 points is the winner.
     Scoring will be live--the results for the turn posted in the newsletter.  The
winner will be able to fight their contest team in Talcama for free for 6 months but
more importantly will win a contest against some of the best managers who play the
game in one of the hardest contests in the game.
     First turn for BATTLE ROYAL 3 is Talcama Turn 465, which is due August 30.

19 August 2003
     Citizens of Ghea (only the ignorant fail to note Lirith Kai is not in Alastari), 
no new day is rising, but the sun is setting on just another beautiful evening.  
While you were sleeping, an irksome rabble has entered the always fair Aruak City.  
Of course they fought alongside our warriors, most not so treasured, as all 
gladiators do.  They drank with themselves, and slept with themselves.  Whether they 
had masks, who cares.
     Warriors, don't be afraid.  For years Aruak has been one of the safest cities in 
Ghea, and that custom has been continually cultivated, and will continue to be by 
those who have called it home for years and those who live, fight, and die by the 
same ethics.  There is no contest, nor has there ever needed to be one for many 
years.  A conflict of personalities has arisen, and the city has been 'invaded' by 
     Any rules that are annouced will be purely for the joy of the lemmings' own 
little world.  Those who are being targeted have no interest in participating except 
to defend the integrity of an arena that is different from others.  Whether you 
choose to come to Aruak, do it for your own reasons, not theirs.
    Competing in Aruak City has never been for the faint of heart or the weak willed.  
Combat is combat, wherever you go.  Blood will flow as always, and now many innocents 
will be caught in the middle, but those who defend Aruak's traditions never target 
those who bring respect of Aruaki customs with them to our home.
    So ignore the private ranting announcement brought by the stuporous 
Frothingsloshers.  If you choose Aruak City, do not choose it for an unsanctioned and 
bogus 'contest', choose it for the tradition.  Choose it because Aruak is different.

Defenders of Aruak

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STINKY AYAZ was butchered by DUSKBLOOD TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SCRAPPA was devastated by COBRA in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
SUE NAMI handily defeated VAGAN in a action packed 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match.
DOWN POUR viciously subdued GALBA in a 2 minute gory Bloodfeud contest.
MONTY was outlasted by ENOSHIMA in a crowd pleasing 7 minute master's Challenge match.
RAGING FIRE viciously subdued TALL TREE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge fight.
WHIRLWIND unbelievably bested ZARGAS in a 3 minute gory Challenge competition.
SONNY DAZE was easily killed by MACRINUS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
BINDI vanquished BLACK TIGER in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
MR. YUCK vanquished SACRIFICIAL KNIFE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
BUZZARD beat GOLDIE in a 2 minute melee.
MATSURI overpowered ALAN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
LUCIUS was viciously subdued by HOPE'S END in a crowd pleasing 4 minute conflict.
HOPE was demolished by SHAWN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided brawl.
LYRA was overpowered by SCORPUS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ASTRIAL bested JUMPING SPIDER in a 1 minute duel.
SUGARPLUM overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute bout.
SOLAR FLARE was devastated by COOKIE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
MENSA luckily beat RAVAGE in a 2 minute novice's bout.
TUSKER was overpowered by ZORCH in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ANDINUS was assassinated by ZOT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched conflict.
MAUGRIM was overpowered by ENIGMA in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BROTHER EZKIEL subdued EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute beginner's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  38 - 10      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         TOTAL PARRY       24 -  19 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    29 -  31 -  5      48  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  13 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   17 -  19 -  1      47  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  30 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW        10 -  16 -  0      38  |

Turn 456 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MR. YUCK 3994              16   3  0  185 THE TAKEN (173)
LUNGING ATTACK   COBRA 4355                 12   5  1  112 DEATH THREAT (376)
TOTAL PARRY      ENOSHIMA 4349              19   3  0   98 BLACK SAMURAI (166)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    MATSURI 4256               15  10  0   85 BLACK SAMURAI (166)
PARRY-LUNGE      HOPE'S END 4031             8   6  0   64 THE GUILD (208)
SLASHING ATTACK  SHAWN 4405                  8   7  1   56 MEN (356)
BASHING ATTACK   SCORPUS 4393               13   7  2   55 EQUESTORS (158)
AIMED BLOW       HOPE 3988                  12   8  0   50 THE TAKEN (173)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MR. YUCK 3994.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MONTY 4391.  The ten other most popular fighters were LUCIUS 4406, HOPE'S END 
4031, RAGING FIRE 4407, ZARGAS 4425, MR. YUCK 3994, SHAWN 4405, ZOT 4464, COBRA 4355, 
SUE NAMI 4097, and DOWN POUR 4323.

The least popular fighter this week was MAUGRIM 4462.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TUSKER 4460, SOLAR FLARE 4427, LYRA 4320, BLACK TIGER 4436, SONNY DAZE