Date   : 12/05/2007    Duedate: 12/18/2007


DM-29    TURN-568

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4805) [18-9-3,136]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GOLDIE                         GUAT
STREET WALKERS (97)            DEATH MOB (437)
(29-4805) [18-9-3,136]         (29-5017) [3-2-0,19]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

AMIE                           RAGE WATERS
CROC FILES (374)               FORCE OF NATURE (312)
(29-4718) [13-24-2,71]         (29-4983) [4-5-0,32]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            46
2. ESCAPADE (417)              32      STREET WALKERS (97)
3. ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)      26      Unchartered Team
4. FORLORN (382)               20
5. SWEETNESS (431)             15      DEATH MOB (437)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      461 292 39 61.2   1/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      13  2 1
 2/ 3 METAL MINCERS (256)      502 342 12 59.5   2/ 3 VENUSIANS (321)          10  5 0
 3- 5 GODS OF WAR (424)         79  60  7 56.8   3/ 2 MID EARTH (223)           9  6 2
 4/ 6 ESCAPADE (417)            78  66  3 54.2   4/12 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 2
 5/ 7 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      340 310 21 52.3   5/ 4 SWEETNESS (431)           8  7 1
 6/ 9 MID EARTH (223)          355 334 13 51.5   6/14 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      7  7 0
 7/ 8 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)    70  66 11 51.5   7/ 5 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)    7  8 4
 8/10 CROC FILES (374)         352 355 25 49.8   8/ 8 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     7  8 0
 9/11 EQUESTORS (158)          644 677 47 48.8   9/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)           6  9 0
10/12 VENUSIANS (321)          211 227 11 48.2  10/ 6 ESCAPADE (417)            6  9 0
11/14 SWEETNESS (431)           23  25  3 47.9  11-10 ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)      5  5 0
12/13 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    247 280 15 46.9  12/ 9 FORLORN (382)             5  9 0
13/15 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     388 470  9 45.2  13/13 METAL MINCERS (256)       4  4 0
14/17 NO QUARTER (433)          33  41  1 44.6  14/15 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       3  3 0
15/16 MEN (356)                155 197 10 44.0  15/18 ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)    3  9 0
16/18 FORLORN (382)             35  47  1 42.7  16/16 MEN (356)                 2  1 0
17/19 ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)    58  78  4 42.6  17-11 GODS OF WAR (424)         2  2 1
18-20 ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)      39  53  3 42.4  18/19*DEATH MOB (437)           2  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/21*DEATH MOB (437)            8  17  0 32.0  19/22 NO QUARTER (433)          1  2 0
20-23*RIPPERS (73)               0   1  0  0.0  20-23*RIPPERS (73)              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[ Edge of Night #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The Bad Apples guildhouse was on the edge of the town, it smelled faintly of the
uncured hides that had once been stored in it, the roof leaked, and the winter wind
whistled through more than a few cracks in the walls and gaps around windows and
doors.  The fireplace smoked, although not badly.  He felt right at home.  The
gladiators gathered there were a typically mixed lot, more numerous than Redfox had
expected.  Apparently many of the graduates of this old team had remained in the
area, or had left it and then returned.  And most of them were willing to help with
this... problem that Uncle Wolf had set them.
     They were insane.  It must be something in the water.
     Redfox sighed.  He must have been drinking the water himself.  "Here's the
deal," he said.  "I don't know what the problem is exactly, what we're supposed to
do, exactly."
     "Then what's the point of talking to us?" one of the younger gladiators
demanded.  His tone was hard and unfriendly.
     Redfox squinted across the firelit circle of chairs and floor cushions at him.
Hawthorn, that would be.  A good-looking man, and he knew it, maybe traded on it.
Hard to say.  But he had a faintly untrustworthy air.  Not someone you'd want to
guard your back, if there were other possibilities.  "I know what my job is," he
said, "and that is to talk to you and assemble a small team to be ready for whatever
use Uncle Wolf has in mind.  A small team," he repeated.  "You don't need to be part
of it."  He looked around at them.  "Buck Fever, I think.  Delice the Red,
Jonathannie."  They were all lord protectors, proven men and women.  Wolf had told
him to get someone currently active, as well.  Five men, and none of them really good
choices.  "And Gaffer Smith," he said, naming the newest recruit.  "My teammate
Whitewing will stay here and oversee organizing the rest of you to defend the area."
     "Against what?"
     Bitter Vetch that was, another graduate, not as hostile as young Hawthorn. But
he'd need persuading.  Redfox shrugged and spread his hands.  "Whatever happens.
     "Not much we can do against earthquakes."
     "No, but you can help reduce the panic during and after," Whitewing said.  He
was beyond the outer circle of seated gladiators, not really visible even if you were
facing that way.  Easy to forget he was there.  Some of the Bad Apples twitched at
his voice.
     "Caravan raiders," someone muttered.  A snicker went around the circle.
     "What about these earthquakes, anyway?"  That was Woodworm, active here, fully
Rirorni, but a studious type.  "Earthquakes are new around here," he said.  "Not
     "Speculation on the Isle is that they're a result of the depletion of the
Arcanum," Redfox said.  "Don't ask me how that could cause the earth to shake, but
that's what people are saying."

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Cardow Hunters ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Moving away from Lapur:

     There was no north or south in the Spirit Lands, no sunrise or sunset, no stars
to guide a traveler.  Travelers weren't encouraged.  But someone who knew what he was
doing could reach his goal.  Wolf had never decided whether it was because there was 
some fixed, invisible geography and one observed it with a sixth sense, like a
migrating bird, or whether it was simply that a clear goal, firmly pursued, simply
placed itself in the path of the voyager.  He might have dismissed it as a pointless
speculation, except that sometime--soon, he thought--someone was going to have to
reach a goal without any clear concept to pursue.  And that someone might be him, at
the least it would be some gladiator he had trained.
     For the moment, he knew exactly where he was going.  There was a place, some
people called it a temple, on the edge of Night.  A place where the living could meet
the dead on an equal footing.  Where a shaman could meet with a Guardian of Night and
neither have cause to fear the other.  Wolf had been there twice before in his long
life, and escaped.  Many shamans said that no one ever escaped it a third time.  That
was a risk he would have to take.
     He walked.  There was no measuring time or distance in the Spirit Lands, but his
muscles felt that he walked a long way.  His legs told him, though his eyes denied
it, that he had come mostly uphill.  This was proper.  The place he was seeking lay
on what passed for "high ground" here.
     If this were the "real" world, Wolf would call the air misty, foggy in spots.
There was a drifting haziness, anyway, and that, too, was proper for the region he
called "the edge of Night."  It was darker on the other side.  Still a Spirit Land,
he supposed, but not the outer Spirit Land that most people heard about, the one he
had just come through.  This was just a preliminary.  On the other side was the true
home of the Dead and the spirits that were associated with them.
     The temple was in front of him.  Without warning, as though it had materialized
at that moment.  Perhaps it had.  It was black, a place of columns and arches like a
great forest.
     Once he stepped between the pillars, he could hear water splashing in a fountain
and smell the dampness of it.  Water, and the need for water, did not exist in the
Outer Land, but now the old shaman was aware of thirst.  He looked at the fountain.
The water arched and danced, splashed and dripped; it was silver.  Not with trapped
or reflected light, the water was the color of silver.  It smelled fresh, and he knew
it would be cool to the touch.  Looking, hearing, smelling, his thirst was great.  He
would sooner drink poison than dip into that fountain without permission.  He turned
away from it.
     "So you came."
     Wolf turned to face the voice, but did not answer.  What was there to say?  Of
course he had come.  Light rippled and condensed, became a glowing mist between two
of the pillars.  One of the Servants of Balance; he did not know its name, if it had
one, but he recognized the pattern.  He called it Dalon, the Blue One.  "What would
the Dark Lord have of me?"
     "There has been trouble.  Disturbances.  Raids on the outlying marches, souls
stolen and wrongfully used.  It must stop."
     "Necromancers."  The name was a curse in the old shaman's mouth.  Some acted in
ignorance of the damage they did, others knew and did not care.  "There are always
necromancers around.  Most have little power and can be dealt with by the Guardians,
even the Lesser Guardians, or so I have understood."
     "Yes.  But one has come who is greater, and causes much trouble.  And beyond the
trouble that one causes, others seek to copy it, or to shelter under its wings.  It
must stop, or there will be no peace for the True Dead, who have earned it, and no
souls for rebirth."
     "It would help if I had some way to identify this Master Necromancer," Wolf
     "We do not know the person," the Blue One answered, "only the damage in its
wake.  But it is working mostly in that small realm you call Alastari."
     "Lesser necromancers are as thick as fleas on a dog in Alastari," Wolf said.
"The Grey Witch seems to attract them.  A greater one could hide among them for a
long time."
     "The Night Hunters will aid you."
     Wolf bit back a curse.  He was to loose the Wild Hunt on Alastari?  The cure
might be worse than the problem.  "I will talk to them," he said.  "Tell them I'm

Near Morya:

     The wind poured over the graveyard in a dark river, driving clouds across the
moon, rags of fog across the ground.
     Cloudrider hunched deeper into his cloak.  "What are we waiting for?"
     "Something is going to happen," Young Joan said.  "Something we need to
witness."  As she turned her head, the moonlight glinted off the silver pins holding
her hair in a coiled crown.  "Haruspek wasn't clear."
     "How could he be?  He's dead."
     "I don't want to go over that again with you, 'Rider," Joan said.  "It was a
dream, okay?  And no, not my imagination working after hours.  Gods, this language.
There should be different words for meaningless dreams, true dreams, prophetic
dreams--so many kinds.  Whatever.  Trust me, it was a true dream, and Haruspek--
There!"  She turned to face the northern edge of the graveyard.
     Trees already leafless with the turning season were silhouetted against the sky,
clouds like dim pearls and glittering stars.  Cloudrider couldn't see anything else
there.  An aurora condensed and rippled, spears of blue light shooting upward.  A
shadow moved, drifting closer.  Man-shaped, but the movement was a boneless glide.
He took a step back, away from it, and was brought up short by Joan's grip on his
     The Lady Protector spoke, her words half chant and wholly unfamiliar.  Short
sentences, with rhymes hammering down at the end of every other one like spikes
driving into a post.  Something in the night tightened like a bowstring or a harp
string, humming, pitch climbing higher and higher into silence as the tension built.
     It was magic of some kind, and Cloudrider wanted nothing to do with it.  What he
wanted had... nothing to do with it.  He glanced sideways at Joan.  Her face was
pale, strained.  Resolute.  Whatever this spell meant, she was going through with it,
and he had promised to stay with her to the end.  He regretted that promise, but it
had been made and must be kept.
     No, he took back the 'damn', that might be too close to the reality of this
night and this... ghost for anyone's comfort.  As Joan chanted, the vague form drew
together, taking definite shape.  Definitely a man, even a man someone might
recognize, though it was no one Cloudrider had known.
     The tension in the night eased.  Beside him, Joan sighed.  "I greet you,
Nightwind," she said.  "How may the living aid the dead?"
     Cloudrider thought the ghost spoke, but the message was not for him.  All he
heard was a murmur of sound, a whisper of wind, a slur of fallen leaves against the
ground, a hiss of blown sand or snow.  The rhythms were Rirorni, but they twisted
away from the dialects he knew.  He didn't understand the words, but he knew what he
was hearing:  This was the way the shamans of the tribes talked to the dead and the
Greater Spirits, the way they were answered.
     How had Young Joan learned to understand?  Uncle Wolf might have taught her, if
there was good reason.  And why?  If she had learned for this... effort which lay
before them, what did that say about its importance?  Things he didn't want to hear,
probably.  Not that it mattered what he wanted, because he could tell that he was in
this now, and that even a death in the arena wouldn't free him from the task to be
     As he watched, fighting the urge to retreat, ghostly hands came forward and
clasped Joan's, the aurora danced and faded, and then the ghost turned to him.
Cloudrider wanted to retreat, but his limbs were frozen.  The ghost... embraced him.
He gasped and breathed in mist that was not quite mist.  Something settled inside
him, and sighed, and stretched.  Cloudrider saw his own arms stretch out, his hands
open and close, watching as though it was a remarkable occurence.  There was a voice
in his mind, but he closed his awareness against it, slammed the doors of his soul
against the Thing that had invaded him.
     "Relax," Young Joan advised.  "Don't fight it.  We need this help to--"
     "Easy for you to say!  YOU don't have--"
     "I also bear the spirit of a teammate who has passed through to the next world.
She was once known as Selumia.  We need their help," Joan said, "just as they need
     "Don't make Nightwind take control by force," she warned.  "It should be a
partnership, not a domination."
     Shaking, Cloudrider whispered, "I'm afraid."
     "Do not fear me," the other in his mind whispered.  "I seek no unlawful
possession.  But others do, others among the living and the not-fully-dead--
necromancers!"  The last word came from Nightwind as a curse.  "What a necromancer
may do with the carcases we leave behind is... abominable, a travesty of life.  What
they do to the living souls that have departed their material existence is... much
worse.  A slavery of the darkest kind.  But we, the dead, dare not attempt to stop
them directly, for they will simply seize us and add us to their victims.  Only the
living can fight them, but only we, the dead, can bring you to where they are."
     "This is the best time to begin."  Young Joan's voice seemed to come from a
great distance.  "At this season, the barrier between the worlds is thinnest."  The
voice, it wasn't quite Joan's, though Cloudrider could not have defined the
difference, paused, then went on.  "And there are other reasons for acting now that
are... difficult to explain to one who has not a shaman's training."

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 582): BRUJAH of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 582): KOOL-AID DRINKER of CULTS-R-US (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): STRADA of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 578): PENNY LOPE of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 576): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 574): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 287): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 567): DIRTY SANCHEZ of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 564): BELLE ZEYBUL of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                                   Michaels 'The Rake', mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 553): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): THOMAS FOWLER of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 262): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): RHIANNON of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 243): HARRY MONSTER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 443): THE QUAM ZONE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 430): BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 421): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 406): KILLIAN TEN VIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 192): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 378): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 375): ZAGWE BANSHEE of HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 362): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 582): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 582): CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): TERMINUS (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 578): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 576): DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 574): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 287): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 567): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 285): SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 564): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 562): KLKASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 553): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 262): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 243): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 443): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 430): UNDERDOGS (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 421): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 406): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 192): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 378): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 375): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 362): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 468): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): STRADA of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 574): AIM SEDUCE HAMMER of AIM 4 ISLE HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 567): DIRTY SANCHEZ of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
                               KATANA of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 563): TED ICKENS of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 551): JUNGLE KING of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): THOMAS FOWLER of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): SMOKESCREEN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 243): HARRY MONSTER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 443): THE QUAM ZONE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 191): WANSTEAD of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, 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 GODS OF WAR, whose 0-0-0 this turn 
dropped them by 6 into 17th.  CROC FILES stable has parlayed this turn's 4-1-2 into a 
8 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 4th place.  Good work, guys!  
And let's see, MURRY fought CLOUD TIGER and gained 20 points and contributed to CROC 
FILES' 4-1-2.  A.A. SHOCK has lost to REESES, falling 13 points, while helping make 
FORCE OF NATURE a 1-4-0 turn.  This turn DIRTY SANCHEZ Dark Arena Challenged BLACK 
ORC in what was LAPUR's Title bout.  The crowds were amazed this turn, as BLACK ORC 
killed the Duelmaster, DIRTY SANCHEZ, leaving STREET WALKERS in mourning.  This 
incredible death has allowed, I might add, GOLDIE from STREET WALKERS to ascend to 
the throne of Duelmaster, and I hear DARK ARENA is not happy.  By the way, was that 
our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Burning Tree?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  I also notice that the STREET WALKERS stable 
was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on LAPUR, what are you afraid of?  And 
avoiding STREET WALKERS more than any other team we find METAL MINCERS.  LAPUR, are 
we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged warrior this 
turn was MID EARTH's warrior YURIS.  More fighters challenged him than challenged the 
Duelmaster!  Building dreams on hope, REWRITE challenged up 44 points this turn to 
take on BUZZSAW from ESCAPADE stable.  Sad to say, REWRITE lost to BUZZSAW, and the 
attempt ended up costing REWRITE 2 recognition points.  In a brave attempt, ALUMINUM 
AWL from METAL MINCERS challenged up 18 points to fight ELDACAR from the MID EARTH 
stable.  ALUMINUM AWL perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was beat by ELDACAR 
and ended up with 85 recognition points.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Had I not seen it, it would be hard to believe.  KYOKO was sent to 
the Dark Arena and lived to tell about it!  Makes you think, no?  MID EARTH has lost 
YURIS to the arena in the sky, but they don't seem to be worried.  What do you expect 
from 4-5-2?  CLOUD TIGER has departed LAPUR, leaving CARDOW HUNTERS without their 
10-8-0 warrior.  Question, just what was his team doing at the taverns last night?  
Seriously now, is it really honorable for URD from WILL DUEL 4 MEAD to kill YURIS and 
give MID EARTH the chance to bloodfeud?  Mmmm, could be.  CROC FILES, with any luck 
DEATH MOB will successfully bloodfeud AMIE for killing such a warrior as SMASHER.  
Have a little decency, will ya?  Kudos go out to URD this turn, for revenging WILL 
DUEL 4 MEAD's bloodfeud against MID EARTH's warrior YURIS.  Well done.  Is it really 
true that LAPUR has more dishwashers per capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd 
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in LAPUR again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDIE 4805                  18   9  3   136       STREET WALKERS (97)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUZZSAW 4852                 16   6  1   133       ESCAPADE (417)
 ELDACAR 3483                 19  12  1   117       MID EARTH (223)
-JUNIBAN 4599                 26   7  0   107       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-MIDNIGHT RUIN 4959           13   6  1   106       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 BRICKHOUSE 4131              25   9  0   104       STREET WALKERS (97)
 MENSA 4442                   18  32  1   104       VENUSIANS (321)
 SPARKLE FARKLE 4853          15   7  1   101       ESCAPADE (417)
 ZERO VISABILITY 4495         19  26  0    95       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-CAMULUS 4865                 13  15  2    91       GODS OF WAR (424)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANKAA 4806                   16  12  0    90       VENUSIANS (321)
 JON 4764                     17  15  2    89       MEN (356)
 PETUNIA 4837                 15   9  0    88       ESCAPADE (417)
 KYOKO 2929                   14  14  4    88       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-ENYALIUS 4863                13  11  1    87       GODS OF WAR (424)
 ALUMINUM AWL 4238             9   7  1    85       METAL MINCERS (256)
 JASON 2985                   15  15  1    80       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 MURRY 4755                    9  15  2    79       CROC FILES (374)
 REWRITE 2926                 17  11  1    77       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-SILVER SCINTERER 4211        12   8  1    75       METAL MINCERS (256)
 ARONWE 4883                  12   9  0    73       MID EARTH (223)
 URD 4987                      7   2  3    73       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 AMIE 4718                    13  24  2    71       CROC FILES (374)
 PLATINUM PEENER 4298          9   6  1    70       METAL MINCERS (256)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHROME CRIMPER 4296          15   8  0    66       METAL MINCERS (256)
-DAEMON 4953                   6   3  0    65       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 JURASSIC JORDON 5008          7   0  1    64       STREET WALKERS (97)
 URAT 4889                    15   5  1    58       MID EARTH (223)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WEIPA 4793                    9  12  2    56       CROC FILES (374)
 FORWARD 4451                  8   9  0    49       FORLORN (382)
-AKUMU 4674                    9  11  0    48       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 FIREFLY 4950                  8   3  1    47       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 FORGET 4981                   5   3  0    45       FORLORN (382)
 LONGINUS 4908                 7  11  0    44       EQUESTORS (158)
-PEITON 4966                  10   4  0    42       NO QUARTER (433)
 TURTLE 4974                   7   3  1    40       ESCAPADE (417)
-PHOENIX RISING 4960           9  10  1    39       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 FOREDOOM 4448                 6  11  0    39       FORLORN (382)
 LYSIAS 4947                   7   4  0    38       EQUESTORS (158)
 FRENCH SILK 4942              5   5  1    36       SWEETNESS (431)
-VELOON 4963                   3   2  0    36       NO QUARTER (433)
 CELADUS 4948                  8   3  1    34       EQUESTORS (158)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984          6   3  2    34       STREET WALKERS (97)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VELUNA 4971                   7   6  0    33       NO QUARTER (433)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         5   2  1    32       METAL MINCERS (256)
 RAGE WATERS 4983              4   5  0    32       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 MOSSMAN 5045                  2   1  0    31       CROC FILES (374)
 FORTE 4447                    6  11  1    30       FORLORN (382)
 SOLAR ERUPTION 5031           5   1  2    30       VENUSIANS (321)
 NEOPOLITAN 4944               5   5  1    28       SWEETNESS (431)
 LUCY 4922                     6   8  0    27       CROC FILES (374)
-QETESH 5026                   3   2  1    26       GODS OF WAR (424)
 AVA LANTCH 5030               2   4  0    26       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 VANILLA 5005                  4   3  0    25       SWEETNESS (431)
 PETRIFIED SPONGE 5023         4   1  0    25       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 ANSHIN 4861                   3   0  0    24       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 HANNICHI 4860                 2   1  1    24       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ATHENA 4990                   5   2  0    22       GODS OF WAR (424)
 ROCKY ROAD 4941               5   5  0    20       SWEETNESS (431)
 LITERNIUS 5049                2   2  0    20       EQUESTORS (158)
 GUAT 5017                     3   2  0    19       DEATH MOB (437)
 REESES 5046                   2   1  1    19       SWEETNESS (431)
 HULIK 4992                    4   5  1    18       MID EARTH (223)
-KIKUZO 4913                   4   5  0    18       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 DYSNOMIA 5050                 2   1  0    16       VENUSIANS (321)
-LORAUC 4985                   3   5  0    14       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 DAX 5015                      2   3  0    13       DEATH MOB (437)
 CALLISTO 5036                 2   3  0    13       VENUSIANS (321)
 APONIUS 4980                  1   8  0    13       EQUESTORS (158)
-MYRIAD 4986                   2   6  0    12       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 FURY 5028                     1   0  0    11       NO QUARTER (433)
 SONNY DAZE 5035               1   4  1     8       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054               1   1  0     7       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 MEPHOL 5033                   0   4  0     7       DEATH MOB (437)
 SINGING WATER 5057            1   0  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 BOAR TUSK 5056                1   1  0     4       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 DEMON D*KE 5034               0   4  0     4       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 RED BULL 5062                 0   1  0     2       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 TORI 5048                     0   2  0     2       DEATH MOB (437)
 MIU 5060                      0   1  0     1       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 IPPO 5061                     0   1  0     1       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-JACK 507                      0   1  0     1       RIPPERS (73)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
D.O.A. 5058             0  1 0 ARMY OF DARKNESS 283 ARENAMASTER KYAL      568  NONE
ROSEMARY 2984          12 15 1 ARMY OF DARKNESS 283 SPARKLE FARKLE 4853   565   
AALAIYA 5003            4 10 0 BLOOD KNIGHTS 436    MAD DOG MONTANA 4984  565   
CLOUD TIGER 4903       10  9 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   MURRY 4755            568   
RED LILY 4836          12 13 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   GOLDIE 4805           567   
SKY FALLING 4949        3  6 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   HULIK 4992            566   
WHITE APE 5039          0  3 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   REESES 5046           566   
MOSSMAN 4982            1  3 0 CROC FILES 374       SONNY DAZE 5035       564  REVENGED
DUSKBLOOD TROLL         0  0 0 DARK ARENA           KYOKO 2929            568  NONE
SMASHER 5032            2  2 0 DEATH MOB 437        AMIE 4718             568   
ROCK LOBSTER 5059       0  1 0 ESCAPADE 417         HEINOUS BEAST         568  NONE
AFTER SHOCK 5051        0  1 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  QETESH 5026           566   
FORTITUDE 4449          8  7 0 FORLORN 382          URD 4987              567   
LUNATIC 3017            0  1 0 LUNATIC FRINGE 285   SOLAR ERUPTION 5031   565   

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
PSYCHO 3013             1  1 0 LUNATIC FRINGE 285   YURIS 4991            565   
YURIS 4991              4  5 2 MID EARTH 223        URD 4987              568   
DIRTY SANCHEZ 4802     19 10 0 STREET WALKERS 97    BLACK ORC             568  NONE
REBECCA 5022            2  1 0 SUNSTRIDERS 438      FRENCH SILK 4942      565   
VEGA 4870              12  6 0 VENUSIANS 321        KYRA 5002             565   
SKULD 5029              1  4 0 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 YURIS 4991            567  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Scion, Roadkill -- There are so many great examples of the "unusual" warriors like
you presented which have done amazingly well.  Thanks for sharing.  This is one of
the reasons why our Consortium friends "run em all". -- Ora

So many Mincer personals missing last turn. ...... Hal must have been a hungry,
hungry hippo. -- Ora and all The Metal Mincers

Lazarian -- Such a nice, poetic thing to say!  Thank you. -- Ora, Oremaster and The

Champeen!  Dirty Sanchez, me Mincers salutes ye!  Aye, Dirt 'n all!  Dag nab jealous
we be! -- Oremaster

Petrified Sponge -- I thought you might be one, and now I know for sure and am a
winner.  I'm pretty potent stuff, eh? -- Inconel Indenter

Amie -- Geez, gal, you put up a terrific fight, but I polished you off. -- Chrome

Merry Christmas to all.
And to all a good fight! -- Ora and Oremaster

Roadkill -- Scrape'd him off the pavement, fer sure.  It's a Piker's life. -- Scion

Eldacar -- Well, I guess it doesn't get any more embarrassing than that.  Meeting a
master with his mastered.  I was just fooling around, you know, experimenting as it
were.  Maybe I'll stick to my preferred weapons from now on. -- Petunia

Jurassic Jordon -- No you didn't catch me in the "first loss" doldrums...I'm always
in the doldrums.  I like it that way. -- Turtle

Brickhouse -- For reals, I'm not kidding.  The invite clearly stated, "drinks with
Rewrite and his donkey."  Silly me to assume the donkey was transportation, which he
was, but...well, let me put it this way, that donkey can really put it away.  Made
for one of the most amusing rides home ever.  Did you know when I try to laugh and
sing at the same time I get the hiccups?  Did you know donkeys can sing?  Well not
really sing, per se, but they can vocalate harmonic modulations...s'really good at
the low notes too.  And as for my gracious host, his singing can best be described as
exuberant.  Fun night. -- Sparkle Farkle
P.S.  Needn't ask, both were perfect gentlemen...donkeys.

Dirty Sanchez -- Grats on keeping the throne another round, and on your invite. --
Storm Front, mgr. Force of Nature

To those who care... -- Here are Aftershock's numbers...he appeared in all of one
fight before falling to Qetesh.  16-3-10-21-5-12-17, AB.  His activity statement
actually showed a bit of being hosed.  I really did not expect him to live through to
Advanced.  I just figured it would be fun. -- Storm Front

Embezzling Scribe -- Thanks for the practice and confidence booster.  With the tough
fighters in Lapur these days I need all the help I can get to stay ahead of the game.
-- A.A. Shock

Kyoko -- Thanks for the honor of the challenge.  I am glad to see your manager finds
me a worthy opponent and keep sending you and your stablemates against me and mine.
Back to reality...I never would expect to win that fight. -- Zero

Myriad -- I hope to see your record turn around with time and experience. -- Ava

Solar Eruption -- Ummm, well...ok. That was a bad choice on my part. -- Sonny

Demon Duke -- We seem to teach each other fairly well.  Maybe we should try again
sometime. -- Rage

French Silk -- Aw, I didn't want to "overcome" you, I wanted to persuade you.
Dinner, a little dancing, something warm to remember if I have to go off adventuring
in the Spirit Lands, yes? -- Cloud Tiger

Goldie -- You Crocs really have it in for us, don't you? -- Ghost of Red Lily, now
confirmed for adventure in the Spirit Lands, dammit

Liternius -- Oh, my, do you have bad luck, or what? -- Firefly the sympathetic (up to
a point)

Jack -- What are you, some kind of golden oldie?  But hey, great match.  Did you see
that?  "Incredible swiftness and power."  That's ME.  Gotta love it. -- Boar Tusk

Croc Files -- Thinking about it.  What kind of afterlife do Crocs have? -- Uncle Wolf

Our congratulations to Dirty Sanchez, but...you do know they'll make you bathe before
they let you on the Isle? -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Congratulations to Bonnie for tourney victories. -- Jorja and the
Cardow Hunters

Dirty Sanchez -- We will be glad to gift you with your very own bar of soap as a
going-away present.  Use it, don't store it. -- Chetam, Odd-Job Man for Lapur Arena

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DIRTY SANCHEZ was barely slain by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
KYOKO viciously butchered DUSKBLOOD TROLL in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
D.O.A. was murdered by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
ROCK LOBSTER was butchered by HEINOUS BEAST in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
GORILLA BRIDE was slain by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
JASON was demolished by SPARKLE FARKLE in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud competition.
URD slaughtered YURIS in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
MENSA beat ZERO VISABILITY in a 3 minute master's Challenge brawl.
REWRITE was overpowered by BUZZSAW in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
ALUMINUM AWL was vanquished by ELDACAR in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CHROME CRIMPER was savagely defeated by PETUNIA in a 5 minute expert's Challenge duel.
WEIPA narrowly defeated TURTLE in a popular 3 minute gory Challenge melee.
LUCY was demolished by FIREFLY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HANNICHI was overcome by MAD DOG MONTANA in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
MOSSMAN devastated HULIK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
SONNY DAZE was handily defeated by LITERNIUS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DEMON D*KE was defeated by DYSNOMIA in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge struggle.
JON was handily defeated by GOLDIE in a 1 minute mismatched Title bout.
BRICKHOUSE unbelievably bested ANKAA in a exciting 2 minute brutal veteran's brawl.
PLATINUM PEENER overpowered FRENCH SILK in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
JURASSIC JORDON savagely defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute conflict.
ARONWE overpowered FORGET in a 1 minute uneven fight.
AMIE murdered SMASHER in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MURRY slaughtered CLOUD TIGER in a 1 minute mismatched fray.
FOREDOOM was defeated by URAT in a 3 minute match.
LONGINUS defeated AVA LANTCH in a action packed 1 minute fight.
CELADUS was savagely defeated by FORWARD in a action packed 2 minute gory fight.
LYSIAS overpowered FORTE in a 1 minute uneven match.
ROCKY ROAD was savagely defeated by RAGE WATERS in a action packed 10 minute duel.
VANILLA overcame CALLISTO in a 2 minute bout.
APONIUS was handily defeated by SOLAR ERUPTION in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
NEOPOLITAN overpowered IRRITATED HOUSEWIFE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
PETRIFIED SPONGE overpowered BOAR TUSK in a 2 minute one-sided match.
GUAT narrowly defeated RED BULL in a exciting 4 minute gory novice's fight.
MEPHOL was overcome by ANSHIN in a action packed 3 minute amateur's match.
DAX defeated MIU in a 2 minute novice's struggle.
REESES subdued A.A. SHOCK in a 1 minute novice's struggle.
TORI was unbelievably bested by SINGING WATER in a exciting 3 minute novice's fight.
FURY demolished IPPO in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  15         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  15         SLASHING ATTACK   63 -  50 -  4      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   11         AIMED BLOW        37 -  30 -  6      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         TOTAL PARRY       37 -  31 -  0      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         STRIKING ATTACK   44 -  41 -  3      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         WALL OF STEEL     59 -  57 -  4      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         BASHING ATTACK    80 -  94 -  7      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         LUNGING ATTACK    58 -  75 -  7      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  25 -  1      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  13 -  0      38  |

Turn 568 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:

TOTAL PARRY        4 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  9         3  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  5     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     8 -  7     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   GOLDIE 4805                18   9  3  136 STREET WALKERS (97)
SLASHING ATTACK  BUZZSAW 4852               16   6  1  133 ESCAPADE (417)
TOTAL PARRY      BRICKHOUSE 4131            25   9  0  104 STREET WALKERS (97)
LUNGING ATTACK   SPARKLE FARKLE 4853        15   7  1  101 ESCAPADE (417)
WALL OF STEEL    JON 4764                   17  15  2   89 MEN (356)
AIMED BLOW       JURASSIC JORDON 5008        7   0  1   64 STREET WALKERS (97)
STRIKING ATTACK  FIREFLY 4950                8   3  1   47 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
PARRY-STRIKE     TURTLE 4974                 7   3  1   40 ESCAPADE (417)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is AMIE 4718.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
RAGE WATERS 4983.  The ten other most popular fighters were RED BULL 5062, PETUNIA 
4837, ANKAA 4806, WEIPA 4793, JURASSIC JORDON 5008, MEPHOL 5033, FORWARD 4451, GUAT 
5017, TORI 5048, and FOREDOOM 4448.

The least popular fighter this week was ROCKY ROAD 4941.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were A.A. SHOCK 5054, FORTE 4447, CLOUD TIGER 4903, SMASHER 5032, FORGET 
4981, FRENCH SILK 4942, JON 4764, DEMON D*KE 5034, SONNY DAZE 5035, and HULIK 4992.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn: