Date   : 10/29/2003    Duedate: 11/11/2003


DM-29    TURN-461

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-3995) [19-5-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MONTY                          TREAD HEAD
CROC FILES (374)               TANKS A LOT! (387)
(29-4391) [12-14-3,117]        (29-4505) [2-0-0,43]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MONTY                          HOPE
CROC FILES (374)               THE TAKEN (173)
(29-4391) [12-14-3,117]        (29-3988) [16-9-0,90]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE TAKEN (173)             67
2. TANKS A LOT! (387)          28      DEATH THREAT (376)
3. CRIMSON KINGS (388)         20      Unchartered Team
4. FORCE OF NATURE (312)       20
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        18      TANKS A LOT! (387)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 DEATH THREAT (376)        65  46  9 58.6   1/ 4 THE TAKEN (173)           9  6 0
 2/ 9*TANKS A LOT! (387)        11   9  0 55.0   2/ 5*TANKS A LOT! (387)        9  6 0
 3/ 4 CROC FILES (374)         123 104 12 54.2   3/ 6*CRIMSON KINGS (388)       8  7 1
 4/ 2*CRIMSON KINGS (388)        8   7  1 53.3   4/ 2 EQUESTORS (158)           8  7 1
 5/ 5 THE TAKEN (173)          601 534 29 53.0   5/ 7 VENUSIANS (321)           8  7 0
 6/ 6 VENUSIANS (321)          117 116  6 50.2   6/ 1 CROC FILES (374)          7  8 0
 7/ 7 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      230 238 20 49.1   7/ 3 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     6  9 0
 8/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          438 493 35 47.0   8/10 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       4  2 0
 9-10 THE GUILD (208)          517 595 22 46.5   9/12 MEN (356)                 4  2 0
10/11 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    148 175 10 45.8  10/ 9 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      3  9 1
11/12 MEN (356)                105 133  7 44.1  11/11 DEATH THREAT (376)        2  2 0
12/13 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     154 217  6 41.5  12- 8 THE GUILD (208)           2  3 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[ The Charter Cities #94 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Between Morya and Rocanis originally, but now somewhere else:

     Iron Talon immediately abandoned trying to draw her sword and threw herself off
her horse on the other side.  Not difficult, since the horse was rearing and
screaming.  And the monster which was not Lugard was immediately distracted, turning
its claws on the frantic beast instead.  Iron Talon landed and rolled to her feet,
and now she did have time to draw her sword.
     The monster had the horse down and was ripping at its belly, making a bloody
mess without killing the poor beast.  Iron Talon cut the horse's throat quickly as
she circled.  The monster didn't notice when the horse stopped screaming and
thrashing, didn't notice the furious woman coming up behind it with a sword.  Its
stupidity surprised her, but she didn't mind.  It was fine with her, in fact.  She
glided in and sank her blade into the monster's kidney.  She felt the blow as a near-
paralyzing stab in her back.
     Apparently the monster didn't have kidneys, and that purple stuff on her blade
was not blood.  It whirled, batting at her sword with one...paw.  It looked less like
Lugard than it had at first, for which she was grateful.  And it didn't seem to know
anything about intelligent fighting, either--grab and claw-slash seemed to be the
extent of its abilities.  When her sword was knocked out of line by its first blow,
she twisted a little and let her self fall and roll in that direction, glad enough to
go down until the pain faded a little.  Then she came back to her feet to hack at its
neck.  By chance--she was sure it was not an intentional block--it threw up one arm
and took the edge of her blade there.  Her sword cut to the bone, but the monster
didn't seem to notice.  Her sword dropped from a hand suddenly strengthless as pain
ripped through her own arm.
     Iron Talon lurched back out of the way and wondered what she was going to do if
the thing was unkillable.  Silly question.  She'd die, that's what.  As she watched,
the damaged arm healed.
     The monster straightened up, taking a more man-like posture, swaying as though
with some internal struggle, and its features...flowed like softened wax, shaping
themselves into Lugard's face again.  The claws became less obvious, the teeth less
like a shark's as it grimaced.  But its eyes remained black, doorways into the Pit.
     "I will not harm you," the monster said.  The movements of its lips did not
quite match the words.  "You gave me entry into this shape, creatrix.  But you must
not attempt to harm me.  You must not deny me what I need.  That is no part of a
creator's duty.  You must provide for me, as you provided this meat.  I will eat, and
you will stay here and not harm me, and then you will give me water to drink.  You
will take me to more meat.  This is your duty."
     "I'll die first," she growled.  "I'll kill you if I die in the attempt."
     "You will die," it said.  "We are bound together by your act of creation." 
Fires blazed in the darkness of its eyes.  "You will wait where you are until I have
fed," it commanded.
     Furious, Iron Talon bent to pick up her sword again.  And cried out, as fire
wrapped around her.  She had never known such pain, and when it suddenly stopped,
that was pain of another kind.  She lay on the gravelly ground, gasping for breath.
     "You will not attempt to harm me," the monster said.  "It will not be

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #71 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     "There was something out there," Tillouisa whispered, squinting into the moonlit
distance.  "I SAW it moving across the water."
     "Somebody night-fishing in a rowboat," Song of Summer said in a normal voice.
"Everything isn't monsters, Til."
     "Ha!  That just shows how much YOU know."  Tillouisa abandoned her whisper and
scowled at her teammate triumphantly.  "I've SEEN monsters, Summer.  I know what I'm
talking about.  There are ALWAYS monsters around water--"
     "In the Shagornan Desert, maybe, but--"
     "Everywhere!  Water's tricky, Summer.  You can't TRUST it," the Rirorni woman
stated positively.
     Before Song of Summer could reply to that, a cry floated to them from the dark
lake.  Not a human cry, nor the call of any nightbird that either woman had heard
before.  There was a little of the wolf howling in it, but what wolf would be in the
middle of miles of water?  And even the howl of a wolf did not chill the blood quite
so effectively.
     After a moment, Song of Summer swallowed twice and said, "It might not be a
monster even so."  She didn't sound like she believed that.  "It might be...just some
strange creature out there."
     There was another cry from the lake, this time all too human, shrill with terror
and despair.  Splashes accompanied it.
     "I guess there was a night-fisherman out there, after all," Tillouisa noted.
     "You don't have to sound so cheerful about it!  That poor man probably died
     "He would've heard the rumors of monsters same as we did," Tillouisa said,
shrugging.  "If he chose to risk the lake anyway, well, what did he expect?"  She
turned away from the waterfront.
     "I don't suppose there's anything we could do to help him?"
     "I don't suppose so.  He's probably dead by now.  Come on."  Tillouisa grabbed
her teammate's arm and started towing her back up the sloping street.
     "Where are we going?"
     "Around this block of buildings.  They're all collapsed, and we couldn't get
through them.  I want to check out the old records building now while the monster's
out on the lake."
     "Til!  You're INSANE!  We don't know there's only ONE monster."
     "We can find out, then."


     "It looks like somebody laid a plate, or a shield, or, I dunno, a cartwheel or
something on the field," Blacklock said doubtfully.
     "If plates, shields, or cartwheels came twenty feet across, yes, it surely
does," Birdsong agreed.
     Blacklock moved to study the circle of flattened grain--which was to have been
cut today--from another angle.  Not that there was anything different to see.
Perfectly circular, perfectly flat.  "It'd be hard to cut grain that's been trampled
down like that, wouldn't it?"
     "Yeah, really hard--like impossible, and that's a lot of grain.  It isn't like
we've got so much to spare, you know."  Birdsong knelt and touched the smashed
stalks, drawing her hand back quickly.  "They're frozen!"
     "A twenty-foot cartwheel of ice?" Blacklock speculated doubtfully.  "Well,
anyway, it's too bad, but it happened.  What caused it, and what do we do about it?"
     "I don't know to both, but I think..." Birdsong stood and frowned at the ruined
grain.  "I think we tell Lord Malcorn."
     "Oh, SH-- uh, shoot!  You think he's been dabbling in magic and did this?"
     "Of course not!  Lord Malcorn isn't careless or destructive," Birdsong stated
positively.  "But he'll know what to do."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Lord Malcorn, Blackie in more informal situations, was staring at another circle
of smashed crops.  Hay, this time, and a couple of rabbits who had been so unlucky as
to be inside the circle when disaster fell.  He knew, in a general sense, what had
caused it--when he had loosed the Dregur from the Silent Place, other things had
escaped also.  From the Silent Place, and from other restraints elsewhere.  He didn't
know exactly which "other things" had caused this, but he was sure that the ultimate
blame attached to him.  That was the trouble with taking drastic measures to counter
drastic problems.  You never knew what secondary effects might occur.  Or what kind
of measures would be required to deal with the secondary problems, and what tertiary
problems might arise from THAT.  He could spend the rest of his life cleaning up
after the results of releasing the Dregur....  But then, he could have spent the rest
of his life cleaning up after the invaders, too.
     He sighed and turned to the farmer.  "Keep your livestock and your workers out
of the fields," he directed.  "There may be more of these, and it will require a
complicated bit of work to put a stop to it."

Warriors and managers of the Free Cities, your participation in these events is
invited.  An email to Livia@reality.com or a personal is all it takes. -- the Scribe

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): ROYCE GRACIE of SADISTS-OCTAGON (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): ALPHABETIZED AL of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): none
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 455): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
                 (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly LAPUR games.  Fortune did not smile upon CROC FILES 
this time out who this turn suffered a fall into 6th position in the wake of a 1-4-0 
round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness how 
this week THE TAKEN went 4-1-0 to move up 3 in the rankings.  My praise to TANKS A 
LOT! for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round 
deserving of notice!  SUE NAMI caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission 
as she skillfully bested GALBA and was awarded 20 points in recognition.  In one of 
the week's more notable duels, TREAD HEAD put down SOLAR FLARE, causing her to lose 
16 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not present for the title 
fight this week as GOLDIE boldly challenged BUZZARD in order to strive for the 
Duelmasters honors?  Although GOLDIE made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to 
topple the reign of victorious BUZZARD.  Informants "close" to the city champion have 
told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In LAPUR "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this 
week's challenge seeking began.  FORCE OF NATURE is feared.  This much I can say.  
Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part 
of last week avoiding FORCE OF NATURE.  Indeed it was TANKS A LOT!.  Loose talk at 
the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters 
are after MUCIANUS.  Watch your back!  Give HOPE credit for hers courage.  Did you 
note how she challenged ENOSHIMA despite the 27 point difference in their rankings?  
I must admit to some joy.  Before my very eyes the underdog in this contest, HOPE, 
defeated ENOSHIMA to claim victory and recognition.  A match that raised a few 
eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that SCRAPPA posted a challenge against the 
more highly recognized ALAN.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand SCRAPPA was 
overcame by ALAN.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.  I can not but 
mention with disdain the name of RAGING FIRE who this week posted a TV challenge to a 
warrior a full 14 points below in the rankings.  I thought RAGING FIRE showed great 
skill and promise when he bested TALL TREE.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big 
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears 
arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in LAPUR.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till 
next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different 
story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUZZARD 3995                 19   5  0   106       THE TAKEN (173)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MONTY 4391                   12  14  3   117       CROC FILES (374)
 GOLDIE 4395                  12  12  1   100       CROC FILES (374)
 ALAN 4397                    12  12  0    98       MEN (356)
-HOPE'S END 4031              10   7  0    91       THE GUILD (208)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOPE 3988                    16   9  0    90       THE TAKEN (173)
 COBRA 4355                   14   6  1    90       DEATH THREAT (376)
 SUE NAMI 4097                11  16  0    85       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 SHAWN 4405                   12   8  1    81       MEN (356)
 ENOSHIMA 4349                21   6  0    70       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BINDI 4454                    4   3  0    65       CROC FILES (374)
 SCRAPPA 4411                 10   5  2    63       CROC FILES (374)
 GALBA 4389                   17  10  1    62       EQUESTORS (158)
 LUCIUS 4406                  11   8  2    61       EQUESTORS (158)
 RAGING FIRE 4407              8   1  0    61       DEATH THREAT (376)
 SCORPUS 4393                 16   9  2    60       EQUESTORS (158)
 LYRA 4320                    11   8  0    58       VENUSIANS (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZARGAS 4425                   7   3  0    48       THE GUILD (208)
 WHIRLWIND 4325                6   9  0    43       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 TREAD HEAD 4505               2   0  0    43       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 TALL TREE 4380                6  24  0    42       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 DARK ABYSS 4417               5   2  1    40       DEATH THREAT (376)
 RAVAGE 4444                   5   4  0    39       THE TAKEN (173)
-VAGAN 4082                    6   7  1    34       THE GUILD (208)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUGARPLUM 4432                7   4  0    33       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 COOKIE 4455                   4   3  1    32       CROC FILES (374)
-OTARU 4245                    6   5  1    31       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 ENIGMA 4466                   4   2  0    29       THE TAKEN (173)
 FRANK THE TANK 4488           4   0  0    29       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 MACRINUS 4452                 2   5  2    29       EQUESTORS (158)
 THE FIRE WITCH 4489           2   1  0    27       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-KOJIRO 4456                   2   0  1    26       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 ASTRIAL 4328                  6   7  0    25       VENUSIANS (321)
 MENSA 4442                    5   4  1    25       VENUSIANS (321)
-ZORCH 4465                    3   1  0    24       THE GUILD (208)
 THE MINCER 4490               2   1  1    24       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLAR FLARE 4427              6   5  0    23       VENUSIANS (321)
 DOWN POUR 4323                4  11  0    23       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 ILL OMEN 4494                 3   1  0    21       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 POKIN' PERSHING 4499          2   1  0    18       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-ZOT 4464                      2   2  1    15       THE GUILD (208)
 FLINT EYE 4511                1   0  0    15       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              2   8  0    14       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 FRACTURE 4491                 2   1  0    12       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 ZERO VISABILITY 4495          2   2  0    11       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 UBER-PANZER 4498              2   1  0    11       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 URSA 4508                     1   1  0    10       VENUSIANS (321)
 MUCIANUS 4478                 2   3  0     9       EQUESTORS (158)
 MACHIGAI 4506                 1   0  0     7       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLEEPLESS 4492                1   2  0     5       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 PRINCE RUPERT 4493            1   2  0     5       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 ABRAHMS LINCOLN 4485          0   4  0     4       TANKS A LOT! (387)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
JUMPING SPIDER 4431    5  5 1 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    MACRINUS 4452         460         
GERM 4510              0  1 0 THE TAKEN 173         BLACK ORC 385         461 NONE    
SQUIRMIN' SHERMA 4484  1  1 0 TANKS A LOT! 387      JUMPING SPIDER 4431   459 NONE    
CARINA 4496            0  2 0 VENUSIANS 321         THE MINCER 4490       459 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lucius -- (recoiling)  You...you smacked my hand!  Was I such a bad girl?  Is that
why I didn't learn anything?  I'll be good next time, honest! -- Sugarplum

Solar Flare -- My leaves wither in the glare of your brilliance.  I hate it when that
happens. -- Tall Tree

MacRinus -- That's the Scottish for Son of the Nose, right?  It figures.  Go take
your nose somewhere else. -- disgruntled ghost of Jumping Spider
P.S.  See what you did?  Now I can't be bloodfeuded.

Ravage -- You can ravage me any time, little lady. -- Black Tiger, blushing but eager

The Yellow Jester -- I think it's all the Dwarf hair in the drains.  That'd frustrate
any housewife. -- Uncle Wolf, who is not concerned with drains, or Dwarf hair either,
for that matter (the very thought of it!)

Whirlwind -- My dear lady (You are a lady, aren't you?  Or at least female?
Otherwise disregard this personal.), come over to our guildtent (we live in tents
outside of town, being nomads and all) and blow me down any time you want. -- Tall

Storm Front -- I don't think so.  The Spider used to say, rather often, that all
merchants were swindlers.  At least, all the ones who do business in cash.  He seemed
to figure that anyone who wouldn't take a sheep in trade for a sword and two sacks of
beans didn't know how to do business properly. -- Sugarplum
P.S.  We will always talk, especially if someone answers.

Lyra -- Alas, the news comes too late for us. -- Dashing but Ghostly Jumping Spider

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GERM was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
RAGING FIRE vanquished TALL TREE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
GOLDIE was subdued by BUZZARD in a 1 minute expert's Challenge Title fight.
SCRAPPA was devastated by ALAN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
HOPE viciously subdued ENOSHIMA in a popular 2 minute bloody expert's Challenge brawl.
BINDI was beaten by SHAWN in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
COOKIE was handily defeated by LYRA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DARK ABYSS viciously subdued MACRINUS in a action packed 2 minute gory Challenge duel.
FRACTURE was vanquished by RAVAGE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
THE MINCER savagely defeated ZERO VISABILITY in a 3 minute beginner's Challenge match.
THE FIRE WITCH overpowered MUCIANUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
SLEEPLESS slimly lost to POKIN' PERSHING in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge conflict.
MONTY demolished COBRA in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
GALBA was handily defeated by SUE NAMI in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
WHIRLWIND was viciously subdued by LUCIUS in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gruesome bout.
SOLAR FLARE was handily defeated by TREAD HEAD in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
SCORPUS bested SUGARPLUM in a popular 3 minute brutal brawl.
FRANK THE TANK savagely defeated BLACK TIGER in a 1 minute brutal bout.
ASTRIAL was overpowered by ENIGMA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched fight.
DOWN POUR was bested by MENSA in a 2 minute bout.
ABRAHMS LINCOLN was defeated by MACHIGAI in a 3 minute novice's duel.
PRINCE RUPERT was narrowly defeated by UBER-PANZER in a 8 minute beginner's fray.
ILL OMEN bested URSA in a 2 minute novice's bout.
FLINT EYE overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK    62 -  39 -  8      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  22 -  2      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  32 -  2      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        13 -  15 -  1      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  26 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    30 -  44 -  4      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     18 -  27 -  1      40  |

Turn 461 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

AIMED BLOW         1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  7         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  3                                       2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  3     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      BUZZARD 3995               19   5  0  106 THE TAKEN (173)
AIMED BLOW       HOPE 3988                  16   9  0   90 THE TAKEN (173)
LUNGING ATTACK   COBRA 4355                 14   6  1   90 DEATH THREAT (376)
SLASHING ATTACK  SHAWN 4405                 12   8  1   81 MEN (356)
STRIKING ATTACK  BINDI 4454                  4   3  0   65 CROC FILES (374)
BASHING ATTACK   GALBA 4389                 17  10  1   62 EQUESTORS (158)
PARRY-LUNGE      RAVAGE 4444                 5   4  0   39 THE TAKEN (173)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MONTY 4391.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
HOPE 3988.  The ten other most popular fighters were DARK ABYSS 4417, SCORPUS 4393, 
ABRAHMS LINCOLN 4485, URSA 4508, and GOLDIE 4395.

The least popular fighter this week was UBER-PANZER 4498.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BLACK TIGER 4436, SOLAR FLARE 4427, GALBA 4389, COBRA 4355, 
GERM 4510.