Date   : 02/04/2004    Duedate: 02/17/2004


DM-29    TURN-468

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4454) [11-3-1,183]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BINDI                          THE FIRE WITCH
CROC FILES (374)               CRIMSON KINGS (388)
(29-4454) [11-3-1,183]         (29-4489) [7-2-0,91]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LUCIUS                         TREAD HEAD
EQUESTORS (158)                TANKS A LOT! (387)
(29-4406) [15-11-2,87]         (29-4505) [2-4-0,25]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            54
2. CRIMSON KINGS (388)         36SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
3. TANKS A LOT! (387)          24      Unchartered Team
4. SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)   17
5. DEATH THREAT (376)          10      CRIMSON KINGS (388)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*ANGRY ANIMALS (390)        7   2  0 77.8   1/ 1*CRIMSON KINGS (388)      10  5 0
 2/ 2 SHREW CAN IT BE NO (309)  56  36  6 60.9   2/ 4 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 1
 3/ 3 DEATH THREAT (376)        74  58 10 56.1   3/ 2 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      8  4 1
 4/ 4 CROC FILES (374)         143 119 14 54.6   4/ 3 EQUESTORS (158)           8  7 0
 5/ 6*CRIMSON KINGS (388)       22  22  1 50.0   5/ 9*TANKS A LOT! (387)        5 10 0
 6/ 5 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      240 242 20 49.8   6/ 7 DEATH THREAT (376)        4  6 1
 7/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)          460 506 35 47.6   7/ 5 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       3  3 0
 8/ 8*TANKS A LOT! (387)        19  21  0 47.5   8/ 8 SHREW CAN IT BE NO (309)  2  5 1
 9- 9 MEN (356)                109 140  7 43.8   9-10 MEN (356)                 1  2 0
10/10 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     171 228  7 42.9  10- 6*ANGRY ANIMALS (390)       1  2 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 #76 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Various places in Zukal:

     "There are warriors coming.  Several of them from Free Blades, in fact," Kitala
the Bold, Lady Protector of Crysalis, reported.  She picked with most comfortable
chair in the Blue Moon guildhouse's common room with an unerring instinct and settled
into it.  "Maybe one or two from Crysalis, as well.  Me, anyway.  I'm getting bored
on the Isle."
     "When?" Jorja asked.  She didn't much like Kitala--they'd trained on the same
team in Lin Tirian years ago--but she could work with the woman.  Kitala had a
deserved reputation for getting things done.  Things no one else wanted to do, and by
Mantor's Shining Sword, dealing with Sekahos was not something Jorja wanted to do.
She hated politics.  "The sooner we get started, the sooner we'll be done with it."
     "Couple of weeks, probably," Kitala said after a moment's thought.  "These
things don't happen all at once.  People have to cancel their dental appointments,
sublet their apartments, find someone to walk their dogs, stuff like that.  Some of
'em even consult their managers!"  The Lubanese woman shook her head as at an
inexplicable marvel.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis crouched on a roof and looked down at soldiers marching through an alley.
They were some of Sekahos's men, heading for a brothel, not that it mattered.  Any
soldiers would do for this test.  When they were all in the alley and in his sight,
Ghenis clutched his talisman and muttered, "Stop these men, make them helpless to
prevent anything I would inflict on them in Your Name."  Then he held his breath,
waiting to see if the Dark God of the cult would answer his request.  If the Demongod
answered, then he would know that the cult was real, whatever fripperies Pelishtekan
dressed it in.  And if there was no answer....  The gladiator bared his teeth in a
silent snarl.  There was, somewhere, just such a Demongod.  He knew it.  And he would
find that Demongod and unleash it on the Ferencian and the others who would propose a
false cult, just for the money and power it gave them.  Let all false prophets
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     In the principal hall of Zukal's grandest palace, the man who was now calling
himself Prince Sekahos scowled at his advisors.  "It's outrageous!  Intolerable!
     "It has happened, even so, Prince," Amar Yayoi said.  He was the Prince's
battlemage and chief adviser.  "Some fool among the benighted heathen of this land
has let loose a tribe of Old Ones, dregur as they are called here, against us.  We
must re-bind--"
     "Why can't we get them on our side?" the Prince demanded.  "If these local
yokels bound them before, then the dregur must hate them even more than they hate us.
Why not form an alliance?"
     "A novel idea," the mage said slowly, "but I would recommend against it.  The
Old Ones are not noted for their willingness to accommodate to we who are the Younger
Peoples."  He watched closely as Sekahos considered this and felt a sinking in the
pit of his stomach.  His Prince was going to demand that the attempt be made.  It
could lead to the deepest disaster, and even if an alliance successfully forged, it
could not be depended upon.  The Old Ones were masters of that special treachery
which was produced by following agreements to the exact letter.
     Whatever Sekahos might have said next was swept aside by the entry of Vilardet,
the Prince's master of spies and assassins.  The dark-faced intriguer (he was half
Ferencian and half Kannar) sketched the formal sequences of bows and salutes and
plunged quickly into his report.  "The assassin sent against Kinnishan of Chimlevtal
failed, Prince.  Bad enough in itself, of course, but worse that it has alerted the
cursed Chimlevtans against further attempts."  What Vilardet did not say, but Yayoi
knew quite well, was that the spymaster had argued against that precipitate action.
But he was wise enough not to say "I told you so," not to THIS prince.
     "Kinnishan must die!" Sekahos shouted.  "He's a reactionary!  A cursed populist!
He is blocking my path of expansion, refusing to pay tribute, providing a base for my
     "All this is true," Yayoi said calmly, "but there are other ways to slay a tiger
than by charging it with a spear."
     "Let us set a trap for your enemy, Prince," Vilardet agreed.  "Let us lead him
to destroy himself, and not only himself but those who would ally with him against
     "This would be a great coup," the mage urged, taking up the argument in his
turn.  "Not only would your immediate enemies be removed, but their purpose in
opposing you would be so discredited that others will hesitate to rise against in the
     "And in the doing of it," Vilardet went on, "another danger might also be
reduced...if Kinnishan is brought to attack the Light of Barikala, for instance?"
     Even Sekahos hesitated over that suggestion.  Inzolas had dispatched men to take
Barikala early in the invasion.  They had succeeded, but soon afterward had ceased to
communicate.  Spies sent to that great island in the years since had never returned.
Ships passing too close to it had vanished without a trace.  No one knew what,
precisely, was happening there.  The only thing to be seen which might have a bearing
on the disappearances was a pillar of light, vast, brilliant, and unaccountable, that
rose from the center of the island.  What that pillar meant, was, or did was unknown.
"Would he be such a fool?" the Prince asked finally.
     The spymaster shrugged.  "It doesn't matter.  A situation can be contrived where
he has no CHOICE but to approach the Light.  That, or lose his throne and his allies,
which would serve our purposes well enough."
     There were several minutes of silence while all considered the possibilities.
"Do it," Sekahos said finally.

In and around Kurukar:

     He who was now known as the Black Kaliv stood behind the altar, waiting.  No
moon shone on Kurukar, nor had it since the Kaliv had come into his full power.  But
there was something in the sky which gave a blood-colored light.  The Kaliv said,
     A woman walked toward him through the icy night.  She had been a gladiator once,
before the closing of Kurukar's arena.  She was not afraid of pain and death.  But
she was afraid now.  Terrified, not for her life but for her soul.  She would have
run screaming into the dark forest had the spell not bound her limbs to the Kaliv's
will.  She would not have survived such a flight, for the men--the CREATURES--who
served the Black Kaliv were behind her.  But it would have been a cleaner death.
     She reached the altar and stopped, staring across it and awaiting the next
     Fingers half numb with cold fumbled at the fibula holding the white cloth around
her.  Like a winding sheet, it was.  She willed her fingers to seize the clasp, to
drive the long fang of metal into her own flesh and end it all now.  Her fingers
dropped the fibula onto the cloth at her feet.
     She could sense the creatures close behind her.  They were foul things, even the
one who was human.  But she wished one of them--any one of them--would reach out and
take her life.  Now.  Before it was too late.
     "Lie on the altar," the Kaliv said.
     She did so.
     The four creatures came forward, and each of them seized one of her limbs,
holding her in place though she wasn't struggling.  The Kaliv raised a dagger over
her; it burned red in the light of the not-moon in the sky.  With a single word, he
released the spell that bound her limbs to his will.
     She screamed and fought.
     Until the dagger came down.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Kholzern, Commander of the East for the Black Kaliv, stepped aboard his
flagship.  He wore a form that was nearly human, but his sailors were not deceived.
They had seen Kholzern in the heat of battle, when he wasted no energy on such
disguises.  But he always won those battles, so they accepted his alien origin, even
when it made their blood run cold.  Not that they had a choice.  Those who had
protested serving under Commander Kholzern had...vanished.
     "North," Kholzern said, "then east through the canal to Aljafir Bay.  Aljafir
and Stormcrowe must be subdued so that we may secure out outlet into the Storm Sea."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Tashart, Commander of the West, was not at all human and made no effort to
disguise that fact.  He gestured with a tentacle to the helmsman of his flagship.
"South," his piping voice ordered.  "All shipping which does not bear the standard of
Jhuizkhal is to be destroyed.  Three ships to blockade the mouth of North Fork's
river, the rest to invest Veastian.  Not a ship shall move along this coast without
my leave."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 484): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 482): TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 478): MUKAARTH of BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 475): TRAGIC TUESDAY of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 237): IDIOTIC INDIGO of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 467): BINDI of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 235): SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): JOHNNY B GOODE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 455): IRON-HIDE of FERROUS MEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 212): MING of DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): BLACK JACK SHELACK of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 343): TENACULUM of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 142): PRIZMATYK WAHL of MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 484): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 482): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 478): DARK WARRIORS (Arcane's Den, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 475): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 237): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 467): CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 235): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 462): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 455): STRONGHOLD (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 212): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): MY DAY (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 343): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 142): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 368): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 483): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 481): OCTAPUSSY of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 478): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
                            NEIGH! of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 477): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 466): MONTY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 234): MACIOBELLY of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): JOHNNY B GOODE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
                                   Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                       (turn 461): OLD MAJOR of PIG BATTALION (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 141): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I must say it's quite an honor to sit here on the Duelmaster's throne.  Many thanks
to Pygmy Shrew who kept the seat warm after Goldie left.

-- Bindi (the youngest Croc to take the throne)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome LAPUR.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have I 
fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Phhbltt!  Too much drinking 
and too little dodging gave ANGRY ANIMALS a 0-0-0!  I got a good laugh out of it!  Ya 
gotta be quick on yer feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the 
pain!  TANKS A LOT! is now ranked 5th with a 3-2-0 turn.  What's with THE FIRE WITCH? 
She actually beat EQUESTORS' SCORPUS, and walked away with 22 more points from the 
fight.  Laughs were big at SHREW CAN IT BE NOW while they watched SHORT-TAILED SHREW 
clobber KOJIRO.  He lost 14 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the 
stands.  GALBA was reminded on the sands why BINDI is Duelmaster.  Wouldn't it be 
nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses 
of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  The most avoided team was 
CRIMSON KINGS.  In my day, no team with a 19-20-1 would scare me off!  What's the 
problem, TANKS A LOT!?  How well I know the feeling of being the most challenged 
warrior, SUGARPLUM!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt you.  TALL 
TREE didn't quite know what to make of a challenge he received from SOUTHEASTERN 
SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW, who is 25 points below him.  SOUTHEASTERN SHREW perhaps 
got his just desserts, seeing as he lost to TALL TREE and ended up with 43 
recognition points.  I hate going to the effort of writing about the kind of fights 
that UBER-PANZER gets in.  He fights people like LUCY, 11 points below.  I thought 
UBER-PANZER showed great skill and promise when he bested LUCY.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Death is no stranger to a warrior.  EQUESTORS' 
GALBA led a good life before leaving LAPUR.  Many would be proud to leave behind a 
22-12-1.  GALBA found himself really over-matched when he faced BINDI.  GALBA found 
himself grossly dead at the end of the match.  How long have I been here?  I got 
people to see, places to go...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BINDI 4454                   11   3  1   183       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGING FIRE 4407             11   4  1   119       DEATH THREAT (376)
 SCRAPPA 4411                 14   8  2    92       CROC FILES (374)
 THE FIRE WITCH 4489           7   2  0    91       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUCIUS 4406                  15  11  2    87       EQUESTORS (158)
-ENOSHIMA 4349                24   8  0    86       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 SCORPUS 4393                 19  13  2    74       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TALL TREE 4380               12  25  0    66       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 THE MINCER 4490               6   3  1    66       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHORT-TAILED SHREW 3747       6   3  0    55       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 FRANK THE TANK 4488           7   1  0    54       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 DARK ABYSS 4417               9   5  1    51       DEATH THREAT (376)
 FLINT EYE 4511                7   1  1    51       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MACRINUS 4452                 7   7  2    49       EQUESTORS (158)
 MUCIANUS 4478                 7   5  0    45       EQUESTORS (158)
 SOUTHEASTERN SHREW 3719       5   4  0    43       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 COOKIE 4455                   8   6  2    41       CROC FILES (374)
 SUGARPLUM 4432                9   9  0    36       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KOJIRO 4456                   3   1  1    33       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-TESTY TITMOUSE 4518           3   0  0    33       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 MACHIGAI 4506                 7   1  0    31       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-OTARU 4245                    6   5  1    31       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 LEAST SHREW 3513              5   4  1    28       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              5  12  0    27       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 POKIN' PERSHING 4499          4   3  0    25       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 TREAD HEAD 4505               2   4  0    25       TANKS A LOT! (387)
-SNAKE PIT 4467                1   2  0    24       DEATH THREAT (376)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FORMENTERA LADY 4513          2   4  0    22       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-FIGHTING COCK 4514            2   1  0    22       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 UBER-PANZER 4498              5   2  0    19       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 PRINCE RUPERT 4493            2   7  0    15       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 THRAK 4521                    2   1  0    15       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 ACCO 4535                     1   0  0    10       CROC FILES (374)
 LUCY 4520                     0   4  0     8       CROC FILES (374)
-STUBBORN ASS 4517             2   1  0     7       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
-RIP TIDE 4509                 0   1  0     7       DEATH THREAT (376)
-THE PLAGUE 4519               0   2  0     2       DEATH THREAT (376)
 TINY 4537                     0   1  0     1       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BOND SERVANT 372       0  1 0   1                   FLINT EYE 4511        468 NONE    
FRACTURE 4491          2  3 0 CRIMSON KINGS 388     COOKIE 4455           464 REVENGED
GALBA 4389            22 12 1 EQUESTORS 158         BINDI 4454            468         
SHAWN 4405            14 12 1 MEN 356               RAGING FIRE 4407      467         
DEAD SHREW 4536        0  1 0 SHREW CAN IT BE N 309 STONE GOLEM 391       468 NONE    
KERN 4534              0  1 0 TANKS A LOT! 387      DUSKBLOOD TROLL 383   468 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

With all of the worthy warriors around me, I'm sent to dispatch a captured orc?
That's pathetic. -- The Fire Witch

The Plague -- While Thrak wasn't very articulate, his description of your fighting
style was certainly accurate.  I'm thankful I was able to weather the storm, so to
speak. -- Formentera Lady

Tread Head -- Hey, you gotta figure, with a name like that, if you lie down, I'm
gonna walk on your head.  It one of those irresistible suggestions. -- Flint Eye

Frank the Tank -- So who said you could put a TIGER in that tank?  Ouch! -- Sugarplum

Snake Pit -- Think I'm going to climb down into a hole with a bunch of snakes?  Not
much, I'm not! -- Black Tiger
P.S.  Good try, though.

The Mincer -- Today is not my day to be sawdust, or even chipped wood. -- Tall Tree

Ed. -- Being crushed is counter-productive.  Don't do it! -- Black Tiger

     It depends on what you're trying to produce.  If it's juice, it's quite
     productive. -- Ed.

10 January 2004
ZalCon2 Updates (1/9/04)

     The contest will be starting on the turn due February 23rd, 2004 and run for 20
     Only one team will be allowed for each manager in the contest, regardless of
whether additional teams are announced as contest entries.  No exceptions for any
     The Style Master points should read that there is +1 point for beating a member
of your own style even if the warrior is not registered for the contest.
     Rolling points for consecutive turns as Style Master means that your warrior
gets the extra point every turn after the first 3 that he continues to hold the
     The points for Quality Wins should be clarified to read the winning warrior is
ranked below by the number of recognition points needed for each bonus point at the
start of the fight.  For example, Warrior A (3-2-0, 17) beats Warrior B (4-1-0, 35)
and receives 2 bonus points under Quality Win for the 18 point difference in the
     I believe that is all the clarifications for the moment, please feel free to
email, diplo, call or write me with any other questions or concerns about the
          Robert Occhipinti aka Zalgor Prigg

10 January 2004
                *     *     *  Third Annual Turf War  *     *      *

     Come one and all to DM 47 (North Fork) for the Third Annual Turf War!  Rules of
the contest will be posted in Turn #208's newsletter (due date Feb. 23).  The contest
will begin on Turn #209 (due date March 22).
     So, get a team there and register!  To register, you must send me a donation of
one (1) rollup CERTIFICATE.  Then, declare your alliance and team in the North Fork
personals.  You may also declare a warrior as champion, and that warrior will earn
(or lose!) double points in the contest!
     Roll-up certs will be *ALL* awarded as prizes, in addition to:

*** Highest Scoring Alliance -- Gets to Rename DM 47 for 6 months!
*** Most returns from DA (Alliance) -- Rename DA monsters for 6 months!
*** Most listings as "Style Masters" (Alliance) -- Pick arena to host the April "05
    Grand Tournament!
*** Warrior with the most awards -- Arenamaster named after him for 6 months!
*** Alliance with the most awards -- Pick the slow arena for TW 4!
*** Team with most "Style Master" listings -- Discover favorites of one warrior on
*** Warrior with most "Style Master" listings -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns!
    (I'll transfer $7.50 to the manager's account)
*** Alliance with the most kills -- Rename the stand-ins for 6 months!
*** Highest scoring Warrior -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns.  (I'll transfer
    $7.50 to their manager's account.)

     The contest will run for 10 turns, with the winners announced on turn #220.  See
the Turn #208 North Fork newsletter for complete rules and scoring system!  Direct
"declarations" to:  A.D. in the personals, and prize pot entry donations to:
                      Jason Mazuch HSP H-2
                      P.O. Box 339 #924385
                      Sparta, GA  31087-0339
     By snail mail or diplo through RSI.
               Bloody Sands!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB

16 January 2004
                                    CHAOTIC WINDS
     Once, long ago, the four Winds of Time descended upon Alastari like a TEMPEST of
epic proportions, they slew everything within their all-encompassing reach.  They
left nothing.  In their wake lay smoldering ruins.
     In their haste they sped towards the center of this great land like a colossal
giant would step across an ocean.  The four storms picked up momentum on their way
towards each other.  A collision was eminent.
     The first storm wind, the oldest and wisest of the four was named APEXALUS.  The
second, FLAGGSTAFF, was the quickest and loudest entity ever created.  The third Wind
of Time was MATRIATIN, neither old or young, quick or slow, but fierce and feisty all
the same.  The forth wind, ASSAMITHIUS, the youngest yet most creative in its means
of destruction.
     When finally they merged at the center of ALASTARI, an incredible destructive
explosion occurred.  And when the smoke and debris cleared they were one.  CHAOS was
     And Chaos spread across the diminished lands reeking havoc and doom with its
passing, and destroying allover again that which already lay in ruin.

F E A R    C H A O S    I N C.

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD SHREW was barely slain by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
KERN was killed by DUSKBLOOD TROLL in a exciting 1 minute gory Dark Arena melee.
THRAK was vanquished by COOKIE in a popular 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
SCRAPPA was overpowered by RAGING FIRE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SOUTHEASTERN SHREW was defeated by TALL TREE in a 2 minute Challenge struggle.
THE MINCER handily defeated DARK ABYSS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
FRANK THE TANK vanquished SUGARPLUM in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
POKIN' PERSHING slimly won victory over PRINCE RUPERT in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
UBER-PANZER won victory over LUCY in a popular 3 minute Challenge fight.
BINDI savagely slew GALBA in a popular 2 minute gory Title melee.
THE FIRE WITCH demolished SCORPUS in a 1 minute mismatched match.
LUCIUS handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
FLINT EYE murdered BOND SERVANT in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
SHORT-TAILED SHREW handily defeated KOJIRO in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
BLACK TIGER was vanquished by MUCIANUS in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
MACRINUS vanquished LEAST SHREW in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
TREAD HEAD was bested by MACHIGAI in a crowd pleasing 3 minute brawl.
FORMENTERA LADY savagely defeated CULT MEMBER in a exciting 1 minute brutal bout.
ACCO overpowered TINY in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   1 -  1      88  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         AIMED BLOW         6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  12 -  0      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   34 -  24 -  1      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  43 -  3      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  21 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  36 -  1      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  16 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  14 -  0      30  |

Turn 468 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 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  5     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  BINDI 4454                 11   3  1  183 CROC FILES (374)
LUNGING ATTACK   RAGING FIRE 4407           11   4  1  119 DEATH THREAT (376)
BASHING ATTACK   SCORPUS 4393               19  13  2   74 EQUESTORS (158)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  THE MINCER 4490             6   3  1   66 CRIMSON KINGS (388)
PARRY-STRIKE     FLINT EYE 4511              7   1  1   51 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LUCIUS 4406.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
TREAD HEAD 4505.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEAD SHREW 4536, 
4407, FORMENTERA LADY 4513, KERN 4534, COOKIE 4455, and THE MINCER 4490.

The least popular fighter this week was TINY 4537.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LEAST SHREW 3513, BLACK TIGER 4436, KOJIRO 4456, SCORPUS 4393, 
SUGARPLUM 4432, DARK ABYSS 4417, MUCIANUS 4478, FLINT EYE 4511, GALBA 4389, and