Date   : 02/13/2008    Duedate: 02/26/2008


DM-29    TURN-573

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4755) [13-16-3,151]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MURRY                          POSITION IS EMPTY
CROC FILES (374)               
(29-4755) [13-16-3,151]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

AMIE                           AMIE
CROC FILES (374)               CROC FILES (374)
(29-4718) [15-27-2,83]         (29-4718) [15-27-2,83]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FORLORN (382)               53
2. CROC FILES (374)            48      STREET WALKERS (97)
3. EQUESTORS (158)             37      Unchartered Team
4. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        29
5. METAL MINCERS (256)         23      BAD MOON RISING (69)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      474 304 42 60.9   1/ 1 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   11  4 2
 2/ 2 METAL MINCERS (256)      509 345 12 59.6   2/ 2 MID EARTH (223)          10  5 1
 3/ 3 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)    89  72 14 55.3   3/ 3 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 2
 4/ 5 MID EARTH (223)          373 341 14 52.2   4/ 6 EQUESTORS (158)           9  6 1
 5/ 4 ESCAPADE (417)            85  78  3 52.1   5/ 4 STREET WALKERS (97)       7  8 1
 6/ 7 CROC FILES (374)         366 366 28 50.0   6- 5 BLACK TIDE (440)          5  5 0
 7- 6 BLACK TIDE (440)          70  70  9 50.0   7/ 8 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     5 10 1
 8/ 0*BAD MOON RISING (69)      15  15  0 50.0   8/ 9 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      5 10 0
 9/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          657 689 48 48.8   9/13 METAL MINCERS (256)       4  2 0
10/ 9 VENUSIANS (321)          218 245 12 47.1  10/14 FORLORN (382)             4  4 1
11/10 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    257 295 16 46.6  11/11 VENUSIANS (321)           4 11 1
12/12 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     397 486 10 45.0  12/15 MEN (356)                 3  0 0
13/13 MEN (356)                158 199 10 44.3  13-12 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)      3  2 1
14-14 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)     115 149  7 43.6  14- 7*DEATH MOB (437)           3  2 0
15/17 FORLORN (382)             41  57  2 41.8  15/10 ESCAPADE (417)            2  7 0
16-16 ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)      39  55  3 41.5  16-18 ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)      0  2 0
17-18*DEATH MOB (437)           16  24  0 40.0  17/ 0*BAD MOON RISING (69)      0  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                          Lapurian Awards Votes for Sporkis

Here's most of my votes for the Lapurian Awards.  Sorry for the delay, but
considering all you know why.  I still have a few left to decide; hopefully I'll get
them in next turn since it is the last one where we can vote right?

Best Duelmaster -- BELEG -- We had several notable runners in this category over the
year.  Why Beleg?  Three straight turns as DM for starters.  Something only a couple
of others have done this year.  But it's who he defeated for that throne that really
puts him over.  Connie, Solar Flare, Your Mama.  Three hardcore vets who all have
more than twice as many fights than him and a hell of lot more experience and he
still batted them away with a sharp stick.  :)

Most Pathetic Duelmaster -- WHIRLWIND -- Why?  Well have to pick someone.  He was the
only DM to capture the throne with a losing record.  Granted it was only one fight
difference from losing to breaking even, but it's a losing record.

Favorite Warrior -- MENSA -- Hard to pick one here.  I have a lot of personal
favorites, not including my own guys.  Mensa gets it just because no matter who I
send up against her win or lose.  They all learn like they had a 21 Wit, how can you
not love that?  :)

Most Disliked Warrior -- TYE FOON -- He knows why, dammit.

Most Feared Team -- I fear no one!!  Seriously.  I think I've only avoided once and
it was just more to anger the person than out of fear.  If I have to choose.  STREET
WALKERS.  Don't fear them but I know every time we meet it will be a bloodbath.  I'm
amazed we haven't killed each other more often.

Least Feared Team -- Everyone else.  Bottom line you may win some over us, you may
lose some from us.  But we'll make you hope your warrior came out of it alive.  :p

Best or Funniest Team Name or Theme -- WILL DUEL 4 MEAD -- Now I didn't want to vote
for myself on anything it's just arrogant.  But no other TEAM name strikes me as
funniest or what not.  Yeah Street Walkers is nice, but ours is better.  I mean it's
not only a team name, but a lifestyle choice...well I guess that could apply to
Street Walkers as well but at least our parents can have a smidgen of pride in our
lifestyle choice.  :)

Best or Funniest Warrior Name -- SPARKLE FARKLE -- How can you not love it?

Best Personals Writer -- ROADKILL -- Besides myself?  Lol.  No really hard choice
here.  Escapade was a very close second, since they make about as much sense I do
sometimes.  :)  But, really everyone in the arena brings so much to the place it's
hard to pick one.  I love reading the comments from Escaped, Mid Earth, Force of
Nature, everyone!  Reason I picked Roadkill is simply he makes me chuckle now and
again especially when it's in reference to us.

Best Spotlight Writer -- UNCLE WOLF -- Hands down.  You have to give honors to Uncle
Wolf, Jorja, & the Cardow Hunters.  I like to write spotlights and what not but I can
hardly find the time to most of the time.  You've really got to admire how they do it
constantly especially considering everything and what not.  :)

Style Awards:

AB -- JURRASIC JORDAN -- Well I didn't want to name Tessa with her being my own.  I
was going to name Miss Conduct II, but after I thought about it I decided on Jordan.
Any AB that can go 8-0, and not only survive but nearly kill an slasher with nearly 4
times the fight experience deserves a nod.  That and by my count she should be dead
in a couple of turns.  :)

BA -- ELDACAR -- Goldie & Morrigan deserve honor mentions.  For me it this came down
to personal experience.  Fought all of them, and while I did hold a win or two over
Eldacar, he had just as many over me if not more.  He was just scary how he would rip
into you with great accuracy to boot.

PL -- We had a Parry Lunge??

PR -- We had a Parry Riposte?!?!?!?  REALLY?!?!?!  :)

PS -- S'TOU -- No contest.  We all know why.

LU -- KOJRO & SPARKLE FARKLE -- This was a little bit hard, since no lunger really
stood out to me.  I couldn't really choose between these two.  Kojro, I only know
from the newsletters.  He was gone shortly after I started to play, and while he did
DM 3 times in a row the pickings weren't as tough for challengers then as they are
now.  Farkle while never DM had some great success, he fought tooth & claw against
some hard competition and left with a great record.  So it's a tie for my vote here.

SL -- DIRTY SANCHEZ -- Fought some good slashers over the year.  I give the nod to
Sanchez only because he managed to not only beat a really good scum , but did lasted
a whole 7 minutes to do it.  Anyone who's ran a successful one would love a slasher
that could go 7 minutes or themselves for that matter.  But that's another story.  :)

ST -- BELEG -- Now while he clearly won out best DM, best striker was way closer.  We
had a lot of good strikers.  Agasaya was very note worthy, with one being the
youngest DM we had this year.  He beat Tessa out, 11-2 to 12-3 dam it.  Both had very
excellent records and were not to be taken lightly.  But again what gave Beleg the
edge was who he fought and beat.  Very impressive.

TP -- BRICKHOUSE -- The scum other scums fear.  Nuff said.

That's it for now.  I'll the last few out next turn.  That is if I don't blank out
and forget.

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In another place:

     Cloudrider watched in fascinated dread as they approached the great "waterfall."
Young Joan was still ahead of him; he waited to see what she and her assisting ghost
would do about it, because, if he understood Nightwind correctly, they would have to
get past this in order to do whatever came next.  The Lord Protector leaped upward as
though reaching for a tree limb or the like,  There were no trees here.  But her
hands appeared to close on something, and she clambered upward as though climbing an
invisible ladder.  It seemed impossible.  It was impossible.  He couldn't do it.
     "You can do it," Nightwind said in his mind.  "Look as I do."
     That was easier said than done, but Cloudrider tried.  Should he concentrate, or
completely unfocus his mind.  Did he need to--
     "You think too much," Nightwind said.  "Have you seen the bridge in Chagar
     "Between Morya and Rocanis?  Sure, but--  Oh."  The gladiator squinted,
remembering.  The bridge at Chagar was a strange combination of crossing and
switchback, taking people up at an angle from one side of the gorge to the other.
Then a new segment taking them back to the first side, but higher still.  He forgot
how many times the bridge cut back and forth across the canyon in the process of
taking the trail up the waterfall, four?  Five?  He preferred to ride around the
canyon and the whole knot of hills if he could.  But if he squinted just so... there
was a sort of spidery switchback up the face of THIS cascade, too.  It looked to be
made of glass, faintly glowing bluish.  "This doesn't look like what Joan was, um,
     "No, she found a different metaphor.  This one is for you.  It's quite safe.
Well, safer than not going forward, anyway.  You need to move quickly so we don't get
separated," Nightwind added.
     "Well, go then!  You're in control--"
     "Not until you relax again."
     "Oh."  Cloudrider sighed, blinked, and tried to relax in the face of an obvious
cause for fear: being high in the air with no apparent means of support.  He bit his
tongue to keep from panic when his body began to run along the first course of the
glass bridge.
     After a while, it seemed like there'd never been anything but running along the
glass... staircase now, with a tundhering void on his left hand and a ghostly silent
cascade on the right.  He couldn't see top or bottom to the cascade, nor anything in
the depths of the void, nor anything at all in his personal universe beyond those two
and the endless stairway of glass.
     Sound.  A shriek, plainly audible even through the thundering silences around
     "You will need your sword for this," Nightwind said.
     "What?"  Cloudrider was gasping and sweating with the effort of climbing these
stairs.  He wasn't sure he could hold a sword firmly, much less use it as it should
be used.  And on what?
     "There."  Nightwind turned his attention toward the void and upward.  Something
moved.  Shadowy lights.  Small clouds that changed shape as they circled closer.
"They are natural denizens of this... place.  Scavengers, of a sort.  You might think
of them as... like vultures.  If you do not drive them off, we will both regret it.
Briefly.  A silver sword would be best for this, but there was no time to have one
made, and iron will do well enough."
     Cloudrider watched the shadowy lights coming closer.  Where did you strike them
to disable or "kill"?  He slowed down.  Fighting while running up a flight of stairs-
     "Don't stop!" Nightwind said.  "Movement confuses them, but a stationary target
is easy!"
     A cloudy shape swooped down on him, and he swung the sword instinctively,
sheering through mist, staggering at the lack of resistance and the nails-on-a-
blackboard shriek.

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Between Lapur and Dullens:

     Annie went completely still.  She had heard about the multiple incarnations of
Bindi, it was almost a legend among the Croc teams.  But she'd never thought of it in
those terms before.  A soul?  She didn't know what a soul was, but if Bindi had one,
then... she herself must have a soul, too.  How strange.
     "I don't know about this 'soul' business," Agro said, his voice rough.  "But if 
Annie's at risk, then we get her somewhere warm and safe and she STAYS there.  Your
ghost had no business drawing her into such a mess."
     "No doubt the Ghost Lily had what seemed to her like good reasons."  That was
the one called Math again.  "As to a warm safe place...."  A gesture half-seen
through the fire.  "Do you know where we can find one out here?"
     "There's a cabin about two miles from here."  That was the one behind her,
Redfox.  "I could find it, come morning.  There should be firewood, too.  It was a
stage stop on the old Dullens to Jhans route, before they changed the road, and it's
always been kept supplied, even after it went out of service."
     "Good--" Agro began.
     "No."  Math.  "What if this business needs a Croc involved for some reason?"
     "What reason?"  Agro, skeptical.
     "I don't know.  But it isn't impossible."
     "Hardly persuasive, Math."
     "I don't KNOW.  I've picked up a little about this kind of thing, but I'm not a
     Silence for the length of several breaths.  "Okay, if a Croc is that important,
*I* will go along with you," Agro said.  "I'm a Lord Protector, that might help...
somehow.  Gives me a little safety net, anyway.  We'll park Annie somewhere safe--"
     That sounded to Annie like a great idea, but she wasn't going to admit it.  "Why
shouldn't I come along?  I was the one chosen."
     "Graduate and come after us," Agro said.  "This is bound to take longer than
anyone expects."
     Redfox laughed behind her.  "That's for sure!  But seriously, miss, this is
likely to be dangerous in ways that even being a gladiator isn't--"
     "Especially if it involves necromancy," Math finished.  "I agree that we should
arrange a safe refuge for your young teammate, possibly with someone to keep her
company and guard her back.  And then we should be on about our business."
     Annie blinked and accepted another bowl of hot stew.

     "Okay," Agro said, hunching into his cold-weather gear.  "That's one thing taken
care of."  He glanced over his shoulder at the old stage building.  It had been
exactly what Redfox said it was:  abandoned, in reasonably good repair, and supplied
with firewood and even basic food staples.  For now, the safest place Annie could be.
"I suspect that was the easiest thing, too.  What now?"
     "You mean, how do we 'go on about our business'?"  Redfox swept the snow off his
horse's saddle and mounted.  "I have no idea.  Math?"
     "We ride north and east until Uncle Wolf finds us," the older man said.  "And
don't bother making remarks, I don't like that plan any better than you do.  But it's
the only one we have."
     "The riding is the part I like least," Agro growled.  "Well, after the 'being
out in the winter snow' part."  He climbed onto his horse.  He had been riding this
particular horse for two days now, but the beast had not noticeably relaxed in his
presence.  Why should it?  To a Croc, a horse was prey, and any sane horse must
realize that.  "Let's get it over with."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): TANOSHII of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): SOLSTICE of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): OBERON of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): HOPALONG of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
                            MATT of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  LAPUR needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Uncool, DEATH MOB.  I 
mean 0-0-0 is bad.  Will they will be allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training 
practice!  METAL MINCERS like really fought hard to move up to 9th from 13th.  Way to 
go!  MVP award for FOREDOOM?  FORLORN's proud of him after beating LONGINUS and 
getting 27 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  JURASSIC JORDON got smashed by 
STRIKE BREAKER, and lost 21 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  
I think MURRY should let FIREFLY be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about 
it.  I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want 
photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  WILL DUEL 4 MEAD was LAPUR's most 
avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Is there some deep dark secret why 
METAL MINCERS' been avoiding WILL DUEL 4 MEAD so much?  Or is it just that they're 
too scared?  Like, is MENSA popular, or what?  She was challenged the most in all of 
LAPUR!  She's got a 18-37-1, is that good?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All LAPUR ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  I'm always kinda bummed when a decent warrior gets killed.  
FIREFLY, of CARDOW HUNTERS had a 12-4-1 when she got bumped off by MURRY.  What a 
bummer!  LONGINUS got wasted by FOREDOOM!  But with a 10-13-0, I guess EQUESTORS 
aren't too bummed.  I see FIREFLY got killed by MURRY of CROC FILES.  Now I want to 
see some serious Bloodfeud action out there!  Hey you guys, don't you think your 
families would like to hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  LAPUR is like such a dump, and you guys smell 
too much!  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MURRY 4755                   13  16  3   151       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ELVIRA MADIGAN 3366          13   7  1   140       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 ARONWE 4883                  16  10  0   120       MID EARTH (223)
 BRICKHOUSE 4131              28  11  0    97       STREET WALKERS (97)
 URD 4987                     12   2  3    95       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 JON 4764                     20  17  2    94       MEN (356)
 MENSA 4442                   18  37  1    92       VENUSIANS (321)
-ALUMINUM AWL 4238            10   7  1    92       METAL MINCERS (256)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MIDNIGHT RUIN 4959           13   7  1    89       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 CHROME CRIMPER 4296          19   9  0    88       METAL MINCERS (256)
 REWRITE 2926                 20  13  1    86       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 AMIE 4718                    15  27  2    83       CROC FILES (374)
 URAT 4889                    19   6  1    75       MID EARTH (223)
 MOSSMAN 5045                  6   2  1    72       CROC FILES (374)
 JURASSIC JORDON 5008         10   2  1    71       STREET WALKERS (97)
 PETUNIA 4837                 15  13  0    69       ESCAPADE (417)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAEMON 4953                   6   3  0    65       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
-VON GROV 3337                12  11  0    61       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
-PLATINUM PEENER 4298          9   7  1    61       METAL MINCERS (256)
 LUCY 4922                     9  10  1    61       CROC FILES (374)
 FOREDOOM 4448                 8  13  1    61       FORLORN (382)
 CELADUS 4948                 10   6  1    59       EQUESTORS (158)
 SOLAR ERUPTION 5031           8   3  2    58       VENUSIANS (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITERNIUS 5049                6   3  1    56       EQUESTORS (158)
 WEIPA 4793                   10  16  2    54       CROC FILES (374)
 FORTE 4447                    8  13  1    54       FORLORN (382)
 HULIK 4992                    7   7  1    51       MID EARTH (223)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         6   2  1    47       METAL MINCERS (256)
 TURTLE 4974                   9   5  1    41       ESCAPADE (417)
 MIU 5060                      5   1  1    41       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984          9   5  4    40       STREET WALKERS (97)
 LYSIAS 4947                   9   7  0    40       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PHOENIX RISING 4960           9  10  1    39       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GUAT 5017                     5   3  0    33       DEATH MOB (437)
-SALAMANDER 4165               3   2  0    33       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 MYRRH 5085                    4   1  0    32       MID EARTH (223)
 SONNY DAZE 5035               4   6  2    31       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-CRAGS 5087                    3   0  0    31       DEATH MOB (437)
 CALLISTO 5036                 4   6  0    27       VENUSIANS (321)
-TORI 5048                     2   3  0    26       DEATH MOB (437)
-POISON PEN 5069               6   2  0    24       BLACK TIDE (440)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UGHH 5094                     1   2  1    23       MID EARTH (223)
-DAX 5015                      3   5  0    21       DEATH MOB (437)
 DANCING CLOUD 5114            1   0  0    21       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-PROUD MARY 487                5   1  0    20       BAD MOON RISING (69)
 RED BULL 5062                 3   3  0    20       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054               4   3  0    19       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-FORTUNATE SON 484             4   2  0    18       BAD MOON RISING (69)
-GRIM RIPPER 5065              2   1  0    18       BLACK TIDE (440)
 AVA LANTCH 5030               3   8  0    17       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-RAW 4173                      3   1  0    16       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 HOLKU 5099                    2   0  0    16       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-LORAUC 4985                   3   6  0    15       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
-RETALIATION 5064              2   1  0    15       BLACK TIDE (440)
 ATRIA 5101                    2   0  1    13       VENUSIANS (321)
 DYSNOMIA 5050                 2   6  0    12       VENUSIANS (321)
-MYRIAD 4986                   2   6  0    12       ABYSSAL PLAINS (432)
 DAISY CHAINS 5096             2   1  0    12       STREET WALKERS (97)
 COPPER COMPACTER 5092         1   0  0    11       METAL MINCERS (256)
-MIDNITE SPECIAL 485           2   4  0    10       BAD MOON RISING (69)
 ICE CRUST 5109                1   0  0    10       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 SINGING WATER 5057            1   5  0     8       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-CATANIA 5098                  1   0  0     8       BLACK TIDE (440)
 FORMALIZE 5112                1   0  0     6       FORLORN (382)
 CAIERA 5100                   1   1  1     5       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 GLAUCO 5102                   1   1  0     4       EQUESTORS (158)
-BOOKABOUTBIRDS 4787           0   2  0     2       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
-LOCO OUIE 5095                0   2  0     2       BLACK TIDE (440)
 HORN ROCK 5113                0   1  0     1       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 FORGE 5110                    0   1  0     1       FORLORN (382)
 FORSOOTH 5111                 0   1  0     1       FORLORN (382)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CLEARWATER 535          1  4 0 BAD MOON RISING 69   ATRIA 5101            573   
BOAR TUSK 5056          1  5 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   SONNY DAZE 5035       572   
CLOUD TIGER 5088        1  3 1 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   MIU 5060              572   
FIREFLY 4950           12  4 1 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   MURRY 4755            573   
LONGINUS 4908          10 13 0 EQUESTORS 158        FOREDOOM 4448         573   
TECHTONIC TINA 5082     2  2 0 ESCAPADE 417         SHEWISH GIANT         573  NONE
TIMBERLINE 5093         1  1 0 ESCAPADE 417         RIVER MONSTER         573  NONE
RAGE WATERS 4983        4  9 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  LITERNIUS 5049        572   
FORGET 4981             6  5 0 FORLORN 382          LUCY 4922             571   
FORWARD 4451            8 11 0 FORLORN 382          MOSSMAN 5045          570   
HONEY MOONER 5091       0  4 0 STREET WALKERS 97    DARK CHAMPION         573  NONE
VANILLA 5005            4  4 0 SWEETNESS 431        MAD DOG MONTANA 4984  569  NOT REVENGED
ANKAA 4806             16 15 0 VENUSIANS 321        ELVIRA MADIGAN 3366   571   
IPPO 5061               0  2 0 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 CLOUD TIGER 5088      569  REVENGED
REN 5090                1  1 0 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 UGHH 5094             571  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lysias -- You may have thought the RUGS gave you an incontinent, but rather it was
Inconel The Indenter and he is a pretty hard-hitting borg. -- Ora

Congrats ta yon Murry o' Crocs--Lapur Champeen.  Aye. -- Oremaster

Firefly -- I am not sure you fly like a butterfly, but you surely sting like a bee!
Salute. -- Chrome Crimper

Zero Visibility, Lord Protector -- Well done! -- Ora

All -- What!?!  Why didn't someone tell me the holidays were over?  (gotta do
everything around here myself) -- Scion

Solar Eruption -- Well, you won the rematch, both fights were similar, but you sure
do not live up to your name. -- Longinus

Force of Nature -- Well, what a shame.  Another fighter who did not live up to his
name.  Would you believe I was trying to hit his arms?  I will be awaiting your
bloodfeud. -- Liternius

Weipa -- Boy, that fight turned around in a hurry. -- Celadus

Captured Orc -- Now you're free! -- Montana

Bad Dog!!  Bad Dog Montana! -- Roadkill

Visionist -- Uhmmmm, maybe you were right after all. -- Roadkill

Mensa -- Ahh, a good old fashion scum-fest, it's been a while. -- Brickhouse

Grim Ripper -- Let me make a few adjustments and we'll try that dance again. -- Daisy

Venomous Concubine -- I was really hoping you would have knocked me down in the
rankings a bit.  When I look at all the other fighters around me, I get the sense I
really don't belong up here. -- Jurassic Jordan

Platinum Peener -- I think if you and the other golems look back you'll find our
teams have a pretty even record against each other.  I cringe every time I see Walker
vs. Mincer simply because I know your manager is better than me. -- Roadkill (And
yes, we also have great respect for your stable.)

Glauco -- Thanks, thanks a lot...you know you could've just killed me and saved me
the trouble of bothering some monster in the dark arena! -- Honey Mooner

CONGRATS TO ZERO VISABILITY ON YOUR INVITE. -- Roadkill and the Street Walkers

Miu -- Bummer.  I think I'll spend a while in limbo before taking reincarnation
again.  This kind of thing is the pits. -- Ghost of Cloud Tiger
P.S.  Do you have a problem with your aim?  Seemed like you were all over the place.

Chrome Crimper -- I feel it's only right that you should experience crimping
yourself.  You need to know what you're doing to others.  And I was, of course,
totally glad to demonstrate. -- Firefly

Sonny Daze -- Huh, I didn't think I was that vulnerable to sunburn.  But I actually
got blisters on my teeth.  Terrible, just terrible. -- Ghost of Boar Tusk

Callisto -- Uh...moons confuse me?  They make my head feel funny. -- Red Bull

Catania -- You have to realize that the horror your team name invokes in someone such
as myself is a potent weapon! -- Singing Water

Our congratulations to Zero Visibility. -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Cardow Hunters -- I apologize for the taking of Boar Tusk from your stable.  Although
it looks as if I may have done you a favor, I await your honorable bloodfued. --
Sonny Daze

Liternius -- You actaully saved me from having to requesision a night fight in the
Dark Arena with Rage Waters.  But, since I love bloodfueds I will still send the
others against you.  Win or lose, good luck. -- Storm Front, mgr. Force of Nature

Myrrh -- Oh, don't look so please with yourself.  You're just another in a long line
that has bested me. -- Ava

Retaliation -- I wish you luck in this arena. -- A.A.

For those who keep track of such things -- Zero finally got his invite--thank the
commission.  HE will retire, but here are his worthless vitals.  11-11-8-11-15-17-11,
Ad Ex in Int, Ex in Att,  BS, MO/VL, Uses Slash tactic and favors Def learning.  He
is my second Waste to grad and neither of them seem to have shead any light on the
style for me.  I am open to tips on how to run that style (of course I am sure the
first tip will be to use a better roll up). -- Storm Front, mgr. Force of Nature

Rewrite -- Sorry for hitting you in the groin, I was getting a bit frustrated. --

Amie -- I must have fallen asleep during the 3rd minute.  Well fought. -- Urat

Lucy -- Your leather armor makes you look thinner. -- Hulik

Ava Lantch -- Thank the gods I wore a helm and a cup. -- Myrrh

Urd -- Ughh scared. Ughh sorry for boom boom on Ren. -- Ughh

15 January 2008
                                 Order of Lost Souls

     Where there is a beginning, there is an end.  Where there is a whole, there is a
part.  Where there is light, there is dark.  All these are found to be true and along
with the most important, when something is lost it can always be found.
     Many a person has walked this land in one form or another.  Some truly believe
that here is there and there is here but who really knows?  Among the peoples of this
great land many have felt lost in time and in place.  Some have gone as far as to be
lost of soul....
     Although most are thought to have been born into this world in a mortal way, no
one can be sure.  Life is something they have in a way but a torturous joke to them
in all others.  They live in a sense as they are here and now and having mind and
knowledge.  They are flesh and blood of one sort of another.  They cast a shadow as
all things living do.  Blood courses through their veins.
     These beings have become wraiths drifting here and there, knowing that they
truly belong nowhere.  Searching for that one thing that they seem to be missing or
the one thing in them that puts them beyond others.  These people have become masters
of many things as time seems to have no hold.  For not even time can find those that
are truly lost.  Many of these beings have drifted toward the gladiatorial games.  In
the blood and chaos of the arenas something holds them like no other.  It's the loss
of something they have never had or something they had so long ago it seems to have
never been.  LIFE.
     A few of the more shall we say "human" of these beings have settled into many
arenas around the land.  The loss of life and the crazed emotions of the arenas
giving them glimpses of things they longed for but seemed incapable of attaining.
     A number of these lost ones saw in each other something that might be able to
help the other.  They spent many a day traveling to and fro, for what is time to one
who it doesn't touch.  The more time they spent together the more they seemed to
change.  No one noticed the change in the others but each recognized it in himself.
Years passed and the changes stopped.  Each had been changed in different ways but
all felt more whole.  A discussion ensued between them.  They came to a realization
that in each other they had found parts of themselves that had been missing.  Then
came the next thought.  If they could find more of like minded lost ones they might
eventually find what they always wanted, their true selves.
     The group settled down to think things through.  They finally came up with an
idea they all could accept.  They would form an organization that through their
arenas through out the land they would seek out other lost ones.  If they were of
like mind they would be invited to join the group and seek that special something
they all desired.
     This was how it began and how it still is.  The Order of Lost Souls was formed
and the search began.  The original members numbered six.  They were Baphomet,
Blackstorm, Hammer, JGW, Reaper and Wretch.  These members of the Order spread their
gladiator stables through out the realm seeking others like them.  Through blood and
death they lived through others.  One day hoping to live for themselves.  For as they
all know what is lost must eventually be found....

28 January 2008
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TIMBERLINE was butchered by RIVER MONSTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HONEY MOONER was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
TECHTONIC TINA was killed by SHEWISH GIANT in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
ZERO VISABILITY was narrowly defeated by LITERNIUS in a 3 minute Bloodfeud duel.
REWRITE overpowered UGHH in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
URD slimly won victory over MENSA in a popular 3 minute bloody Challenge duel.
CHROME CRIMPER luckily beat AMIE in a popular 3 minute master's Challenge brawl.
MOSSMAN vanquished HULIK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
LUCY vanquished MAD DOG MONTANA in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
AVA LANTCH was overpowered by MYRRH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
A.A. SHOCK was handily defeated by MIU in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MURRY killed FIREFLY in a 1 minute Title match.
JURASSIC JORDON was devastated by STRIKE BREAKER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
ARONWE savagely defeated BRICKHOUSE in a 2 minute gory master's match.
URAT overcame SOLAR ERUPTION in a 3 minute conflict.
PETUNIA was overpowered by JON in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
WEIPA was bested by CELADUS in a action packed 1 minute brutal duel.
FOREDOOM butchered LONGINUS in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched brawl.
LYSIAS subdued CALLISTO in a exciting 1 minute bout.
FORTE savagely defeated TURTLE in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bloody fight.
SONNY DAZE devastated DYSNOMIA in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
RED BULL vanquished GLAUCO in a action packed 1 minute gruesome one-sided match.
SINGING WATER was overcome by DAISY CHAINS in a 3 minute contest.
CLEARWATER was slain by ATRIA in a 1 minute novice's match.
HOLKU defeated FORGE in a 1 minute novice's duel.
CAIERA was defeated by COPPER COMPACTER in a 5 minute novice's duel.
ICE CRUST overpowered FORSOOTH in a 1 minute uneven match.
FORMALIZE narrowly defeated HORN ROCK in a 2 minute gory beginner's duel.
DANCING CLOUD handily defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   48 -  32 -  4      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  23 -  0      58  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         STRIKING ATTACK   45 -  39 -  5      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         BASHING ATTACK    73 -  66 - 12      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL     52 -  54 -  2      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  11 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         AIMED BLOW        24 -  30 -  5      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  23 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         LUNGING ATTACK    47 -  70 -  6      40  |

Turn 573 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       2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  4         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     AIMED BLOW         1 -  5         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     5 -  5     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  ARONWE 4883                16  10  0  120 MID EARTH (223)
TOTAL PARRY      BRICKHOUSE 4131            28  11  0   97 STREET WALKERS (97)
WALL OF STEEL    JON 4764                   20  17  2   94 MEN (356)
STRIKING ATTACK  MOSSMAN 5045                6   2  1   72 CROC FILES (374)
AIMED BLOW       JURASSIC JORDON 5008       10   2  1   71 STREET WALKERS (97)
BASHING ATTACK   CELADUS 4948               10   6  1   59 EQUESTORS (158)
LUNGING ATTACK   LITERNIUS 5049              6   3  1   56 EQUESTORS (158)
PARRY-STRIKE     TURTLE 4974                 9   5  1   41 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 
AMIE 4718.  The ten other most popular fighters were FORTE 4447, TURTLE 4974, 
LITERNIUS 5049, URD 4987, ARONWE 4883, TECHTONIC TINA 5082, LUCY 4922, RED BULL 5062, 
CAIERA 5100, and MENSA 4442.

The least popular fighter this week was COPPER COMPACTER 5092.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FORSOOTH 5111, FORGE 5110, GLAUCO 5102, DYSNOMIA 5050, PETUNIA 
4837, SOLAR ERUPTION 5031, URAT 4889, JURASSIC JORDON 5008, A.A. SHOCK 5054, and AVA 
LANTCH 5030.

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