Date   : 11/26/2003    Duedate: 12/09/2003


DM-29    TURN-463

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4395) [14-12-1,130]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDIE                         TREAD HEAD
CROC FILES (374)               TANKS A LOT! (387)
(29-4395) [14-12-1,130]        (29-4505) [2-1-0,41]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MONTY                          TREAD HEAD
CROC FILES (374)               TANKS A LOT! (387)
(29-4391) [13-15-3,109]        (29-4505) [2-1-0,41]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            36
2. TANKS A LOT! (387)          32      DEATH THREAT (376)
3. EQUESTORS (158)             30      Unchartered Team
4. BLACK SAMURAI (166)         23
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        13      PIG PEN (347)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*PIG PEN (347)              1   0  0  100   1/ 1 EQUESTORS (158)           9  6 0
 2/ 1 DEATH THREAT (376)        68  50  9 57.6   2/ 2 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 0
 3/ 2*TANKS A LOT! (387)        14  11  0 56.0   3/ 3*TANKS A LOT! (387)        7  3 0
 4/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         131 106 12 55.3   4/ 6 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       5  1 0
 5- 5 THE TAKEN (173)          601 539 29 52.7   5/ 7 DEATH THREAT (376)        5  5 0
 6- 6 VENUSIANS (321)          117 116  6 50.2   6/11 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      5  7 0
 7/ 7 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      234 238 20 49.6   7/ 9 MEN (356)                 4  2 0
 8/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          445 496 35 47.3   8- 5 THE TAKEN (173)           4  6 0
 9- 9 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    148 175 10 45.8   9/10*CRIMSON KINGS (388)       3  7 0
10/ 4*CRIMSON KINGS (388)        9  11  1 45.0  10- 8 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     2  3 0
11/10 MEN (356)                107 135  7 44.2  11- 4 VENUSIANS (321)           2  3 0
12/11 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     158 221  6 41.7  12/ 0*PIG PEN (347)             1  0 0
13/ 0*PERPETUAL MOTION (385)     0   1  0  0.0  13/ 0*PERPETUAL MOTION (385)    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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Charter Cities #96 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Between Morya and Rocanis originally, but now somewhere else:

     Iron Talon lay without moving, watching the monster eat her horse and cursing
herself for her impulsive act of creation.  There must be a way to defeat the thing,
but she couldn't think of one.  Yet.  She WOULD think of one.  If she had to turn her
sword on herself to kill it, then she would...but she hoped it didn't come to that.
Better if she could find a way to UN-create it.  Her thoughts focused abruptly.  Was
that possible?  She'd need another zone of magical sensitivity like the one that had
led to this monster's birth, but....
     She sat up, then glanced at the monster.  Gods, was it going to eat the WHOLE
horse for one meal?
     "Seems like that'd be bound to make it sluggish," Lugard murmured in her ear.
     Iron Talon stiffened, holding her breath.  That was Lugard's voice, truly
Lugard's voice.  But what did it mean?  Lugard had...almost certainly had died in the
     "I'm a ghost," the voice answered.  It sounded quite cheerful, as though being a
ghost wasn't different, in any way that mattered, from being a live man.  And Iron
Talon could think of a lot of ways it would matter.  The voice chuckled.  "Okay,
maybe not exactly a ghost, because I don't THINK I'm dead...exactly.  But there's a
problem with my body.  I, uh, seem to have mislaid it somewhere...."
     Iron Talon looked around wildly.  This couldn't be real.  NONE of it could be
real--the monster, the ghost, the world that wasn't HER world, the whole mess--
     "Real enough," Lugard assured her.  "And you've got to act like it's real, or
we're all lost."
     "Because it IS real.  Trust me, Ronnie."
     "What do you want me to do?"
     "Hug the monster."
     "WHAT?"  She glanced quickly at the monster, but it didn't react to her shout.
     "You heard.  Right now I'm linked to you.  Because, well, because I am.  But
that thing is, sort of, in my body.  Well, sort of my body.  You know what I mean!
With physical contact, I can transfer to THAT body."  A pause.  "At least, I think I
can.  I should be able to."
     "There's already somebody in that body," Iron Talon protested.
     "Yeah, makes it a challenge, doesn't it?"  Lugard was grinning, she could tell
from his tone.  "Let's give it a try, Ronnie.  After all, what else can you do?"

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #73 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     Fist of Kjarran rather liked being hailed as a hero in Korga.  It wasn't
something he'd expected, which made it even better.  Cadal explained to the people--
several times--that the hunter had not been destroyed, only driven off, and that the
road was still dangerous after dark, but the Korgans didn't seem to care.  They
fussed over Fist, cheered when he assured them that Aghtamar, herself a Korgan, had
been invaluable in the effort, and generally made a party out of the whole situation.
     Later that evening, when all the gladiators were so full of food they could
barely move (or didn't want to, at least), Fist drew Cadal aside.  "These people act
like all their troubles are over!" he worried.  "The hunter will still be out there,
maybe not right away, but he'll be back."
     "I know that," Cadal said, "and you know that, and more of the Korgans realize
it than you might think.  But there isn't anything else we can do about it without
help."  He smiled faintly.  "Even the kind of help you had is not exactly what we
need here.  It was enough for that night, but it was...."  He frowned, groping for
the right words, then shrugged.  "There was power enough, you understand, and the
will to help, but it wasn't really the best tool for the job."
     "What is the best tool, then?  If there is one at all."
     "I think there is a tool," Cadal said, "and I think the man who knows about it
is Lord Malcorn.  So in the morning we head for Malcorn, and we ask."


     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of 
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door of the old house and stepped toward Pelishtekan's
office, batting away the coil of incense that came up from the shrine below.  The
incense wasn't necessary, just window-dressing added to the cult worship by
Pelishtekan.  Ghenis didn't care for it.  Damned frills!  But it did seem to please
the lesser members, and of course it added to their "harmless crackpot" image.
     The Ferencian was waiting for him in the cult's office, simmering with
indignation.  As soon as the door was shut, he demanded, "What do you think you're
     Ghenis raised an eyebrow and smiled faintly, clearing off the other chair and
sitting down.  "Doing?  The cult's work, of course.  What did you think I was doing,
     "In sending Og and Veleks to Niatoli without consulting me, you were--"
     "--Doing as we agreed was necessary.  Niatoli can't be left out of our plans,
and we HAD agreed that we should send someone to lay the ground there."
     "And it was necessary to get Veleks out of the city before his fear broke the
nerve of other people.  Cousin Og will keep an eye on him."
     "If the thief's nerve is broken--"
     "He'll be fine on Niatoli.  The thing he fears doesn't seem to cross water
readily."  Ghenis leaned forward.  "Put aside your annoyance and listen to me,
Pelish.  The thing Veleks fears--let me tell you about it."  He launched into a
description of what he had seen north of Zukal, and of what Veleks had been able to
tell him.
     When Ghenis was through, the other man sat in silence for a long moment.  Then
he shook his head, seeming almost dazed.  "I had believed Alastari free of such
beings, unaccountable as that freedom had appeared.  I supposed it was the Grey
Witch's doing, that she had bound them long ago to keep them from interfering in her
plans.  Why would she loose them now?"
     "Who knows what the Witch would do?  But you do know what this monster--these
     "More or less," the Ferencian said, shrugging.  "They're remnants of the races
that inhabited Ghea before...whatever, the Old Gods or who knows what, started
meddling.  The ancient scrolls which I have seen in Ferencia speak of them as being
the rulers of the world when humans were still little more than beasts living in
caves and there were no elves or dwarves here at all."  He shrugged again.
"Unsupported myth, of course, but it does suggest that they are a very old race.
Frankly, if I'd thought of them at all, I would have supposed them destroyed here in
     "Destroyed in Alastari," Ghenis repeated.  "That implies that in other places--
such as Ferencia--they are not destroyed, and perhaps not even bound?"
     "They're BOUND, of course!"  Pelishtekan snapped, scandalized.  "Er...more or
less.  Differently in different places, of course.  But we couldn't leave them
     "I can see that," the gladiator agreed.  "So, we have these things loose here,
but they CAN be bound.  Okay, fine.  How do we do it?"
     The Ferencian blanched.  "WE don't do it, that is work for great wizards, high
priests, men of power--"
     "And no one in the cult has that amount of power?"  Scowling, Ghenis came to his
feet and leaned closer to the Ferencian, his hands braced on the desk between them.
He gathered up a fist-full of Pelishtekan's tunic.  "Are you telling me that the cult
doesn't have that kind of power?  That it's just a piddling little two-bit cult?"
     Pelishtekan paled further.  "No!  No, the cult has that power, but nobody HERE
can wield it!  And with the Arcanum so weak--"
     "The state of the Arcanum doesn't seem to be affecting the monsters," Ghenis
interrupted in a hard voice.  "Any dark god worth his worship should be able to take
care of a few monsters, Ferencian.  If I find that this is just a small time
operation for a small time demon after all, there will be HELL to pay, man, and I
will PERSONALLY see that you pay the first installment."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): E. VICTOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): SMELLY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 473): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 473): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): TWO GLASS EYES of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 470): TRAGIC TUESDAY of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): GOLDIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 459): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 457): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 450): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 413): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 338): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 318): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 363): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 473): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 473): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 470): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 459): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 457): OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 450): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 413): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 338): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 318): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 363): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): E. VICTOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
              (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): SMELLY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
                            BECKY of BLADES OF STEEL (Lord Andarus, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): COBRA of DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in LAPUR a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  So 
bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  Now keep the taverns open late 
tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for VENUSIANS, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped 
them by 7 into 11th.  CARDOW HUNTERS stable has parlayed this turn's 2-2-0 into a 5 
space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 6th place.  Good work, guys!  The 
CROC FILES guild has had a 4-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the future.  You 
never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, MONTY fought COBRA and 
gained 21 points and contributed to CROC FILES' 4-1-0.  COOKIE has lost to KOJIRO, 
falling 19 points, while helping make CROC FILES a 4-1-0 turn.  This turn GOLDIE 
challenged ALAN in what was LAPUR's Title bout.  Defending hers title for another 
turn, GOLDIE kept MEN's warrior, ALAN, from claiming the throne.  Can someone confirm 
a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing fighters do dishes at The 
Burning Tree until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  FORCE OF NATURE has cause to stand tall, as they were LAPUR's 
most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And avoiding FORCE 
OF NATURE more than any other team we find TANKS A LOT!.  LAPUR, are we going to 
accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, take notice that DARK 
ABYSS from DEATH THREAT was LAPUR's most challenged warrior this turn.  In a brave 
attempt, THE FIRE WITCH from CRIMSON KINGS challenged up 25 points to fight DARK 
ABYSS from the DEATH THREAT stable.  THE FIRE WITCH perhaps got hers just desserts, 
seeing as she was defeated by DARK ABYSS and ended up with 24 recognition points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  
You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in LAPUR, but never good to wear out my welcome.  Look 
for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in LAPUR again, farewell-- Alarond 
the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDIE 4395                  14  12  1   130       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MONTY 4391                   13  15  3   109       CROC FILES (374)
 SCRAPPA 4411                 12   5  2    99       CROC FILES (374)
 BINDI 4454                    6   3  0    96       CROC FILES (374)
 ALAN 4397                    13  13  0    91       MEN (356)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BUZZARD 3995                 19   6  0    90       THE TAKEN (173)
 LUCIUS 4406                  13   8  2    86       EQUESTORS (158)
-SUE NAMI 4097                11  16  0    85       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-ENOSHIMA 4349                22   6  0    78       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 SHAWN 4405                   13   9  1    78       MEN (356)
-HOPE 3988                    16  10  0    73       THE TAKEN (173)
 SCORPUS 4393                 17  10  2    71       EQUESTORS (158)
 GALBA 4389                   18  11  1    68       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGING FIRE 4407              8   3  0    59       DEATH THREAT (376)
-LYRA 4320                    11   8  0    58       VENUSIANS (321)
 DARK ABYSS 4417               7   2  1    57       DEATH THREAT (376)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TALL TREE 4380                7  25  0    50       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MACRINUS 4452                 4   5  2    48       EQUESTORS (158)
 KOJIRO 4456                   3   0  1    47       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-WHIRLWIND 4325                6   9  0    43       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 TREAD HEAD 4505               2   1  0    41       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 FRANK THE TANK 4488           5   0  0    40       TANKS A LOT! (387)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OTARU 4245                    6   5  1    31       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 FLINT EYE 4511                3   0  0    31       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-RAVAGE 4444                   5   5  0    30       THE TAKEN (173)
 THE MINCER 4490               3   1  1    30       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 MUCIANUS 4478                 3   4  0    28       EQUESTORS (158)
 SUGARPLUM 4432                7   6  0    27       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 COOKIE 4455                   5   4  1    26       CROC FILES (374)
-ASTRIAL 4328                  6   7  0    25       VENUSIANS (321)
-MENSA 4442                    5   4  1    25       VENUSIANS (321)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ENIGMA 4466                   4   3  0    24       THE TAKEN (173)
 THE FIRE WITCH 4489           2   2  0    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)
 POKIN' PERSHING 4499          3   1  0    23       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-ILL OMEN 4494                 3   1  0    21       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              3   9  0    20       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 UBER-PANZER 4498              3   1  0    19       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 MACHIGAI 4506                 3   0  0    17       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 FRACTURE 4491                 2   2  0    14       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-ZERO VISABILITY 4495          2   2  0    11       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-URSA 4508                     1   1  0    10       VENUSIANS (321)
 PRINCE RUPERT 4493            1   3  0     8       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 PETUNIA PIG 4066              1   0  0     7       PIG PEN (347)
 DYNAMO 4477                   0   1  0     7       PERPETUAL MOTION (385)
-RIP TIDE 4509                 0   1  0     7       DEATH THREAT (376)
-HAMBONE 4512                  0   1  0     1       THE TAKEN (173)
 FORMENTERA LADY 4513          0   1  0     1       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

'-' 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         
ABRAHMS LINCOLN 4485   0  5 0 TANKS A LOT! 387      DARK CHAMPION 389     463 NONE    
CARINA 4496            0  2 0 VENUSIANS 321         THE MINCER 4490       459 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I am way outclassed up here! -- Tread Head

Well, Sleepless never made it back from the Great Games.  Poor fellow...but at least
he's resting now.  And besides, we came across a delightfully wicked noblewoman on
our way home who seemed like a perfect addition to the troupe.  I'm sure you'll all
make her feel welcome. -- The Yellow Jester

At least they probably won't hit HER in the groin. -- Fracture

Fracture -- Shut UP! -- Prince Rupert

Cookie -- Ah, but I'm NOT a "cookie monster," so you're safe with me.  Alas. --
P.S.  A more cogent question is whether I'm safe with you.

Galba -- I knew I was in trouble when you came out wearing a lumberjack shirt. --
Tall Tree

Mucianus -- It's my considered opinion that if you hadn't dropped your weapon on your
own foot, you might've still pulled it out of the bag.  Your foot, that is.  What
were you doing with your foot in a bag, by the way? -- Black Tiger

     Cheaper than a sock? -- Ed.

Rip Tide -- In our little RIVER?  Not likely. -- Flint Eye

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ABRAHMS LINCOLN was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
GOLDIE devastated ALAN in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge Title duel.
MONTY demolished COBRA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
RAGING FIRE was devastated by SHAWN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
THE FIRE WITCH was overpowered by DARK ABYSS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
FRACTURE was devastated by FLINT EYE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
BINDI overpowered GALBA in a 2 minute gory mismatched brawl.
SCORPUS was handily defeated by SCRAPPA in a action packed 1 minute uneven melee.
LUCIUS vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
TREAD HEAD was unbelievably bested by TALL TREE in a 5 minute one-sided fight.
COOKIE was overpowered by KOJIRO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
MACRINUS demolished CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
SUGARPLUM was devastated by FRANK THE TANK in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
BLACK TIGER was bested by THE MINCER in a 2 minute bout.
MUCIANUS handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
MACHIGAI won victory over DYNAMO in a action packed 3 minute amateur's bout.
PRINCE RUPERT was viciously subdued by POKIN' PERSHING in a 3 minute amateur's bout.
UBER-PANZER overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
PETUNIA PIG beat FORMENTERA LADY in a 1 minute novice'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-STRIKE       4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    59 -  37 -  6      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  18 -  1      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  29 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  22 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  22 -  1      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    30 -  43 -  4      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         8 -  14 -  1      36  |

Turn 463 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  3                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDIE 4395                14  12  1  130 CROC FILES (374)
LUNGING ATTACK   SCRAPPA 4411               12   5  2   99 CROC FILES (374)
SLASHING ATTACK  SHAWN 4405                 13   9  1   78 MEN (356)
BASHING ATTACK   SCORPUS 4393               17  10  2   71 EQUESTORS (158)
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 
TREAD HEAD 4505.  The ten other most popular fighters were DYNAMO 4477, POKIN' 
GOLDIE 4395, FLINT EYE 4511, FRANK THE TANK 4488, and MONTY 4391.

The least popular fighter this week was FORMENTERA LADY 4513.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SUGARPLUM 4432, COOKIE 4455, GALBA 4389, RAGING FIRE 4407, ALAN 
4397, MACHIGAI 4506, MUCIANUS 4478, BLACK TIGER 4436, KOJIRO 4456, and LUCIUS 4406.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

GOLDIE (29-4395) CROC FILES (374)

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

COBRA (29-4355) DEATH THREAT (376)