Date   : 04/23/2008    Duedate: 05/06/2008


DM-29    TURN-578

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4131) [33-11-0,138]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STREET WALKERS (97)            
(29-4131) [33-11-0,138]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

AMIE                           AMIE
CROC FILES (374)               CROC FILES (374)
(29-4718) [15-32-2,90]         (29-4718) [15-32-2,90]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STREET WALKERS (97)         49
2. MID EARTH (223)             33      STREET WALKERS (97)
3. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        29      Unchartered Team
4. VENUSIANS (321)             24
5. ESCAPADE (417)              21       (153)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      486 316 42 60.6   1/ 2 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   10  4 1
 2/ 2 METAL MINCERS (256)      517 348 12 59.8   2/ 1 ESCAPADE (417)           10  5 4
 3/ 3 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   105  80 15 56.8   3/ 3 MID EARTH (223)           9  4 0
 4/ 5 ESCAPADE (417)           103  85  8 54.8   4/ 4 VENUSIANS (321)           9  5 1
 5/ 4 GODS OF WAR (424)         89  75  9 54.3   5/ 5 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      9  6 0
 6/ 6 MID EARTH (223)          386 350 14 52.4   6/ 9 STREET WALKERS (97)       7  7 0
 7/ 0 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      342 313 21 52.2   7/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)           6  9 1
 8/ 7 CROC FILES (374)         374 383 28 49.4   8/10 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     6  9 0
 9/ 0 ELLISHOOD (443)           19  20  0 48.7   9/11 GODS OF WAR (424)         5 10 1
10/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          665 706 49 48.5  10/ 6 DEATH MOB (437)           5 10 0
11/ 9 VENUSIANS (321)          229 258 13 47.0  11/12 METAL MINCERS (256)       4  2 0
12/10 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    268 309 17 46.4  12/ 8 CROC FILES (374)          4 11 0
13/11 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     412 496 10 45.4  13/14 MEN (356)                 2  1 1
14/12 MEN (356)                162 200 11 44.8  14- 0 ELLISHOOD (443)           1  1 0
15/14 DEATH MOB (437)           26  38  0 40.6  15/ 0 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       0  3 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The gladiators avoided towns and villages and isolated farms as they made their
way north and east from Riztab.  If the enemy necromancer was tracking them and
creating zombies to stop them, it seemed like a good plan to avoid concentrations of
people who could be victimized in this fashion.
     When they stopped two nights later to rest and eat the deer Redfox had killed,
Agro asked, "Why aren't the beasts being made into zombies, too?"  He waved the
bloody haunch from which he was ripping mouthfuls of meat.
     Redfox shrugged.  "Don't know, but I've never seen it happen.  Uncle Wolf?"
     The old shaman shook his head and pulled back his roasting stick to check the
status of his meat.  Seared on the outside, possibly still half-raw within but at
least not dripping blood into the fire.  "Those living creatures we are pleased to
call 'lesser' tend not to make such an elaborate business of dying.  Technically,
they do experience the two deaths, but they generally pass from one to the next so
quickly that you couldn't slip a spell into the gap."
     "That would explain the scarcity of animal ghosts," Redfox said, "but it still
doesn't explain why no animal zombies."
     Wolf scowled at him.  "I was getting to that.  A ghost results when a soul dies
the first death but not the second.  A zombie, at least of the kind we saw in that
village, happens when a soul dies the second death without the first--"
     "That doesn't sound possible," Math said, "and there have been zombies made by
raising the long-dead bodies of those who must have died both deaths."
     "A zombie and an animated corpse are not precisely the same thing, despite the
popular perception.  They are not the same.  A zombie is in some ways still a living
being.  But he--or she, the necromancers have no bias here, except as a particular
body may be of more use for one task than another depending on gender, age, health
and so on--may appear quite normal.  If that is the instructions given it by the
necromancer.  It is a living shell, but an empty one."  He grimaced.  "Some can be
used to harvest other souls, because they hunger for what they have lost.  But it is
almost impossible to separate the deaths of an animal.  There are philosophical
discussions of this which I will spare you; nobody knows for sure what is the truth,
and philosophers can spin more threads from one point than any spider.  But except
for an occasional high-level predator, bears, wolves, occasionally some kind of
feline, maybe some crows, you need not ever concern yourself with the possibility of
an animal ghost or zombie either one."
     Agro swallowed the last of his meat and licked blood from his hands.  "That's
good to know, I guess.  But it brings up another question.  Seems like this
necromancer we're after can't make us into ghosts without killing us.  Okay.  But!
He could make us into zombies, couldn't he?  And if he knows we're out to get him,
I'd think that'd be a good move for him.  What would stop him?"
     "Certain protections which you have simply because you're a lord protector who
has fought on the Isle and sworn oath to the Lady Greywand," the shaman said.  "The
oath is not a simple one, and one of its clauses protects you from soul-theft."  His
gaze flicked to Redfox, who was opening his mouth to make a comment.  "I have my own
protections, Fox.  Don't worry about me turning on you."

     It took them a week.  They could have reached the border between Malcorn and the
southern Karnhorn nation near Zuwayza faster, if they'd been willing to travel openly
on the roads.  And to risk a lot of people turned into zombies to stop them.  Setting
aside the moral issue, which didn't weigh heavily on the Croc (What were humans to
him besides prey?), Agro didn't think the four of them could have made it if they'd
had to fight constantly.
     They made camp in the afternoon, in the forest a few miles off the road.
Redfox, as the designated hunter, supplied them with another deer.  Agro was hungry
enough to eat half of it but restrained himself.  He didn't need to be sated and slow
when things began happening--tonight.  Wolf said they were little more than an hour
from the Silent Place which was their goal, and that it was better approached in the
darkness.  So... tonight.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): TIMES of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): SOLDIER 4 of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): DUCK KA-BOB of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): GENERAL MILLS of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 586): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 584): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 525): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 267): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 248): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 416): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 386): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 371): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 478): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 590): KOOL-AID DRIKER of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 291): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 266): ANGEL HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
                 (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
                                   HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
                       (turn 439): ALLAN JOHNSON of TPW FOREVER (Anti, mgr.)
                                   WHITE WITCH of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
                                   LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in LAPUR since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen adapts 
to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Bein' on top is great while it 
lasts, ESCAPADE.  But how many friends do you have now?  Phhbltt!  Too much drinking 
and too little dodging gave DEATH MOB a 1-4-0!  I got a good laugh out of it!  Up 'n 
down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  
Well, STREET WALKERS' 6th moved them up to 4-1-0 place.  It seems so recently people 
were saying CARDOW HUNTERS was washed up, finished.  But 4-1-0 moved them up 0.  I 
guess they're washed no more...  What's with AMATSURATA?  He actually beat FORCE OF 
NATURE's ICE CRUST, and walked away with 17 more points from the fight.  Major 
screwup at GODS OF WAR.  QETESH lost 11 points to A.A. SHOCK.  Some new strategies, 
perhaps?  Maybe QETESH will provide more easy wins...  See how the Duelmaster 
challenged MID EARTH's URAT?  That sort of initiative is how she got where she is 
now.  Try as it might, URAT wasn't good enough at persuading BRICKHOUSE to step down 
from the Duelmaster's throne...  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to 
practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, WILL DUEL 4 MEAD!  In my day, no team with a 102-79-15 would scare me off!  
What's the problem, MID EARTH?  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, MOSSMAN!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.  WEIPA of CROC FILES knows how to pick 'em.  He challenged URD of WILL DUEL 4 
MEAD who is up by 19.  Now was this a wise move?  WEIPA perhaps got his just 
desserts, seeing as he was beat by URD and ended up with 66 recognition points.   
     Warriors of LAPUR unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Sending a warrior 
to the Dark Arena reminds the others they'd better shape up.  Tough beans, JUNIBAN.  
That's what a 26-7-0 gets you.  So BLACK SAMURAI sent JUNIBAN to the Dark Arena.  Big 
deal.  Plenty more fighters where JUNIBAN came from.  Dime a dozen...  Now, 
Spyreporters...  BONZO of ESCAPADE got 18 points for removing another young punk.  
Tough luck, WILL DUEL 4 MEAD!  Yeah, yeah, HOOTCHY COOCHER killed SALANTRA, who was 
"too young to die."  Well, she was a fighter, and that's what you have to face.  
CELADUS larned his lesson (MURRY taught it well), and we right likely won't be seein' 
'im fight any CROC FILES members with the same gusto.  PETUNIA was plum wore out 
after MAD DOG MONTANA pounded 'im silly in a Bloodfeud.  ESCAPADE'll have to get a 
little better before going after MAD DOG MONTANA again!  Someone told CAIERA that 
ESCAPADE never Bloodfeuded, that she'd have an easy kill.  Well, I'm sure whoever 
misled you is right sorry.  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting younger 
every day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRICKHOUSE 4131              33  11  0   138       STREET WALKERS (97)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JON 4764                     24  18  3   120       MEN (356)
 CHROME CRIMPER 4296          23  10  0   104       METAL MINCERS (256)
 REWRITE 2926                 24  14  1   103       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 TURTLE 4974                  14   5  1   103       ESCAPADE (417)
 ENYALIUS 4863                14  15  1    97       GODS OF WAR (424)
 URAT 4889                    23   7  1    96       MID EARTH (223)
 ARONWE 4883                  19  12  0    95       MID EARTH (223)
-ALUMINUM AWL 4238            10   7  1    92       METAL MINCERS (256)
 MOSSMAN 5045                  9   4  1    91       CROC FILES (374)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMIE 4718                    15  32  2    90       CROC FILES (374)
 CELADUS 4948                 14   7  2    90       EQUESTORS (158)
 URD 4987                     14   5  3    87       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 PETUNIA 4837                 18  15  2    71       ESCAPADE (417)
 MIU 5060                      9   2  1    68       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WEIPA 4793                   12  19  2    66       CROC FILES (374)
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984         11   8  4    66       STREET WALKERS (97)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054               7   5  0    64       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-PLATINUM PEENER 4298         10   8  1    61       METAL MINCERS (256)
-LEINAD 5139                   6   0  0    61       ELLISHOOD (443)
 SOLAR ERUPTION 5031          11   5  2    60       VENUSIANS (321)
 DAX 5015                      6   7  0    60       DEATH MOB (437)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HULIK 4992                    9  10  1    53       MID EARTH (223)
 CALLISTO 5036                 8   7  1    48       VENUSIANS (321)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         6   2  1    47       METAL MINCERS (256)
 MYRRH 5085                    7   3  0    46       MID EARTH (223)
 AKUMU 4674                    9  12  0    43       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 QETESH 5026                   5   5  2    43       GODS OF WAR (424)
-AKIRE 5141                    5   3  0    43       ELLISHOOD (443)
-HANNICHI 4860                 3   1  1    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 LITERNIUS 5049                8   6  1    39       EQUESTORS (158)
 RED BULL 5062                 7   4  0    37       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 AVA LANTCH 5030               6  10  0    37       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 COPPER COMPACTER 5092         4   1  0    37       METAL MINCERS (256)
 HOOTCHY COOCHER 5119          5   0  1    36       ESCAPADE (417)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ATHENA 4990                   7   5  0    33       GODS OF WAR (424)
 BONZO 5132                    2   0  2    33       ESCAPADE (417)
 DAISY CHAINS 5096             4   4  0    32       STREET WALKERS (97)
 ANSHIN 4861                   4   1  0    32       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 DYSNOMIA 5050                 5   8  0    30       VENUSIANS (321)
 SONNY DAZE 5035               6   9  2    29       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 GUAT 5017                     7   6  0    27       DEATH MOB (437)
 CRAGS 5087                    5   3  0    27       DEATH MOB (437)
 MAD DOG 5125                  3   1  0    25       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMATSURATA 5121               2   3  0    23       GODS OF WAR (424)
-KIKUZO 4913                   4   5  0    18       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 TORI 5048                     3   7  0    16       DEATH MOB (437)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLAUCO 5102                   2   5  0    16       EQUESTORS (158)
-ASSYLA 5143                   3   6  0    15       ELLISHOOD (443)
 FIREWALKER 5122               3   2  0    14       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ICE CRUST 5109                3   3  1    13       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 HORN ROCK 5113                3   3  0    12       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ATRIA 5101                    2   5  1    12       VENUSIANS (321)
 FHRAIN 5124                   1   0  0    11       MID EARTH (223)
 CLOUDSHADOW 5154              1   0  0    11       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SEXY CELIA 5134               1   0  0    10       STREET WALKERS (97)
 ANDRASTE 5153                 1   0  1     8       GODS OF WAR (424)
 AUSONIUS 5123                 1   3  0     6       EQUESTORS (158)
-ELYK II 5136                  0   1  0     1       ELLISHOOD (443)
 LUCY 5152                     0   1  0     1       CROC FILES (374)
 JOSIE WAILS 5151              0   1  0     1       STREET WALKERS (97)
 BLACK TORCH 5150              0   1  0     1       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 ILLYRIA 5149                  0   1  0     1       VENUSIANS (321)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
JUNIBAN 4599           26  8 0 BLACK SAMURAI 166    WYVERN                578  NONE
DANCING CLOUD 5114      1  1 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   ICE CRUST 5109        574  REVENGED
SINGING WATER 5057      2  8 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   CALLISTO 5036         577   
LUCY 4922              10 13 1 CROC FILES 374       CELADUS 4948          577  JUST REVENGED
SALANTRA 5126           2  1 0 DEATH MOB 437        HOOTCHY COOCHER 5119  578   
GRACCHUS 5116           0  5 0 EQUESTORS 158        ANDRASTE 5153         578   
LYSIAS 4947             9  8 0 EQUESTORS 158        QETESH 5026           574  REVENGED
CRATER 5108             2  1 0 ESCAPADE 417         CAIERA 5100           576  JUST REVENGED
MA KETTLE 5133          0  2 0 ESCAPADE 417         BLACK ORC             578  NONE
TYE FOONETTE 5115       1  3 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  BONZO 5132            577   
CAMULUS 4865           15 17 2 GODS OF WAR 424      JON 4764              577   
JURASSIC JORDON 5008   10  5 1 STREET WALKERS 97    PETUNIA 4837          576  JUST REVENGED
CAIERA 5100             4  3 2 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 BONZO 5132            578   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Brickhouse -- You don't really think "Tin Foil' aluminum Awl wants a piece of you, do
you?  Rumor has it, he knows a battle he cannot win.  (wink) -- Ora

Rewrite -- Now you owe me the mead, right?  I took an awful lot of punishment to get
it, you know? -- Chrome Crimper

Liternius -- Clearly I was not up to the task.  A salute to your skills. -- Copper

Scion -- Well, someone has to enjoy your humor, and I am sorry to say it was
Oremaster.  That man will laugh at anything! -- Ora

Brickhouse -- What?  Me fight?  You don't have a chance.  You should just give it to
me. -- Aluminum Awl

Roadkill -- Your team is pretty much road kill?  Rebuilding?  Ours has ALWAYS been
that way!  Take a look at these numbers:
     Metal Mincers Bared
     ST  5,11,13,13,21
     CN  9, 9,11,16,18
     SZ 11,11,12,12,20
     WT  5, 5,13,15,17
     WL  9,15,17,17,19
     SP  3, 4, 9,10,11
     DF  4,11,13,15,15
Struggling seems likely.  Indeed. -- Ora

Jorja -- We gal; this'n bea right fine arena.  Aye.  Right ye be! -- Oremaster

Daisy Chains -- Tough challenge and well fought fighter.  Team honor needs avenging,
I understand. -- Petunia

Weipa -- The early snarl gets the grarl.  Ha Ha Ha. -- Turtle

Brickhouse -- Sorry Champ, ...uhhhh, ...Duelmaster. <curtsey>  They're sneaking in
ahead of you.  You did give me a bit of enlightening before the harpooning though,
quite sporting.  And you'll note Miss Jurassic only got back what she herself dished
out.  But there's Daisy Chains and laughs (got to keep the loonies on the path) and
honor must be satisfied. -- Pet

Storm Front -- Ah, the experimental offensive.  Pretty ugly I'll agree.  Won't bring
back Tye Foonette but you have my assurance we weren't angling for anything more than
a moderate crippling and a few cheap wins.  Admittedly, the gang has lately gone on a
killing spree, these things happen from time to time, as your femme fatale fighter
found.  Here's to hoping the replacement is a trip 17...maybes a 21 deftness Piker
with strength and con...okay con. -- Scion

Brickhouse -- Jr.??  How can you be Mensa's junior, your butt alone is three times
the size of her?  Gasp!  I think we found the secret of your success.  It's hard to
hit anything else when in the ring with you. -- Urd
P.S.  I hear some men like that in a women.  Apparently Roadkill's one of them.

Scion -- Well if you want to get technical, Caiera didn't learn anything in her first
two fights so they were basically on equal footing....  Yeah I wouldn't buy that
either.  Feud away. -- Sporkis

Storm Front -- Fix the vote?  Please you pathetic little, little, little man child.
I did not have any plans to fix this most disliked award.  There was obvious no need.
I was planning to fix next year's!  And I would have gotten with it too, if it
weren't for you meddling kids. :) -- Sporkis
P.S.  Golden Chair, HA!

Ice Crust -- Stabbing.  Sporkis said since your team fights like a bunch of eunuchs
may as well make it true, and I'm trying to get a side degree in medieval medicine.
Recommend me to your friends. :) -- Holku

Enyalius -- Well that was interesting to say the least.  I'll say this, you're good
at avoiding those blows when you need to the most.  Even in repeat performances.
Might have to see what happens next time when I'm a bit more prepared.  Apparently
someone switched out my weapon.  I did so much better last time with it.  Still good
fight.  Good fight indeed. -- Urd

Atria -- *cough* Mee, mee, mee, mee. *cough*  Hemph...  Hello, again my friend.  It's
that time again.  I say yes, you say no.  I say hi, you say no no no.  You say why,
and I say I don't know.  You say stop and I say go, go, go.  Oh no.  You say goodbye
and I say hello.  Hello, hello.  I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello.
Hello, hello.  I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello.......  There!  Someone
owes me a %*!@ing drink now! -- Caiera

Ava Lantch -- Well what can I say?  Not a whole lot of snowfall in Force of Nature's
neighborhood this season I take it.-- Miu

Chrome Crimper -- Rewrite was told he probably get scummed with this fight.  That
wasn't exactly wasn't the definition he was thinking of.  Apparently running naked
would have been a plus this time.  Only in his favor, the rest of us would still
suffer very very horribly.  "Bouncy armor" is also no longer one of his favorite
terms. -- Will Duel 4 Mead

Murry -- Congrats.  Good luck.  Goodbye. Say hello to Kyoko for us in retired basher
AD. -- Will Duel 4 Mead

A.A. Shock -- We had some of that here recently--the Wabash Fault cut loose.  I knew
it was their fault.  Slackers.  They were supposed to pack it with WD-40 so it would
slide smoothly instead of jerking, but did they?  No, they said it would cost too
much! -- Red Bull
P.S.  In fact, we've got forces of nature all over the place this week.  The river's
three feet over flood stage, and you know what that means!

Callisto -- Ouch. -- Ghost of Singing Water

Amatsurata -- Ha!  About time somebody on our team got a win.  Glad it was me. --
Horn Rock

Gracchus -- You're lucky the arenamaster stepped in when he did, 'cause I was all set
to BITE you a good one. -- Mad Dog

Salantra -- Huh, you'd think this would be easier than walking through fire, wouldn't
you? -- Firewalker

Venus -- Good luck.  My experience has been that every time things get back to
"normal," someone redefines "normal."  For the worse. -- Jorja

     Amen! -- Ed.

Our congratulations to Murray. -- Jorja and those Cardow Hunters still alive

Congrats to Murry from all of us at the Gods. -- Sovereign

Roadkill -- Legos.  You have legos.  Must be nice.  With my current team, I have to
go back to Lincoln Logs.  Not a very bright bunch that I have here. -- Sovereign

Mensa -- You're welcome. You deserved to go out on top.  You will be missed. --

Red Bull -- That depends on how much of a bull you really are.  You'll have to beat
me one more time for both of us to really find out. -- Athena

Am I the only one that hasn't killed a Cardow Hunter? -- Sovereign

For all of you stat junkies, Camulus was a slasher 13-5-10-17(+1)-17-6-17.  He died
with 40 total fights including 8 tourney fights.  58 total skills learned.  Ad master
in initiative, master in attack, and experts in decise and riposte.  He was always
living on borrowed time, but I will miss him. -- Sovereign

Urd -- I don't know if that was skill or luck on my part, but thanks for helping me
bounce back from that defeat my Mensa. -- Enyalius

Mad Dog -- I don't know why Roadkill keeps bashing you.  You're pretty good.  At
least until you get hit. -- Qetesh

Solar Eruption -- That was quite humbling.  I'll have to remember not to do that
again. -- Athena

Horn Rock -- No fair.  There was sunlight in my eyes.  My boots were not tied.  My
hair was in my face.  My back up was poking my side.  I didn't have a good breakfast.
I lost my Lincoln Logs.  Gods, I really suck!  Sovereign's gonna kill me!!!! --

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JUNIBAN was viciously butchered by WYVERN in a 7 minute Dark Arena fight.
MA KETTLE was murdered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
MURRY overpowered CELADUS in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud duel.
MAD DOG MONTANA devastated PETUNIA in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
ATHENA was demolished by JON in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud competition.
BONZO butchered CAIERA in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
BRICKHOUSE viciously subdued URAT in a dull 9 minute expert's Challenge Title fight.
CHROME CRIMPER unbelievably bested ENYALIUS in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge duel.
AMIE slimly lost to REWRITE in a popular 3 minute brutal veteran's Challenge duel.
TURTLE overcame MOSSMAN in a 3 minute Challenge bout.
WEIPA was savagely defeated by URD in a 1 minute veteran's Challenge match.
QETESH was devastated by A.A. SHOCK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
COPPER COMPACTER unbelievably bested CRAGS in a 2 minute bloody Challenge bout.
GUAT was handily defeated by CALLISTO in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
HOOTCHY COOCHER delivered the death blow upon SALANTRA in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
TORI was devastated by RED BULL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
ARONWE overpowered M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
MIU overpowered LITERNIUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided match.
SOLAR ERUPTION bested HULIK in a popular 1 minute bout.
MYRRH won victory over ANSHIN in a popular 2 minute match.
AKUMU was handily defeated by DAX in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SONNY DAZE slimly lost to DAISY CHAINS in a 2 minute bout.
AVA LANTCH demolished HORN ROCK in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
DYSNOMIA vanquished CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ATRIA lost to GLAUCO in a popular 1 minute fight.
ICE CRUST was demolished by AMATSURATA in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
GRACCHUS was dispatched by ANDRASTE in a 2 minute novice's fray.
FIREWALKER viciously subdued ILLYRIA in a action packed 5 minute amateur's bout.
AUSONIUS was overpowered by MAD DOG in a 1 minute uneven fight.
FHRAIN handily defeated JOSIE WAILS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SEXY CELIA demolished LUCY in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
BLACK TORCH was overpowered by CLOUDSHADOW in a 1 minute uneven bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  11         PARRY-STRIKE      24 -  14 -  1      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         TOTAL PARRY       25 -  20 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         STRIKING ATTACK   46 -  37 -  5      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         SLASHING ATTACK   38 -  32 -  4      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -  15 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         WALL OF STEEL     47 -  51 -  4      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    52 -  62 -  7      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    35 -  44 -  3      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW        14 -  23 -  2      38  |

Turn 578 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      BRICKHOUSE 4131            33  11  0  138 STREET WALKERS (97)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    JON 4764                   24  18  3  120 MEN (356)
PARRY-STRIKE     TURTLE 4974                14   5  1  103 ESCAPADE (417)
SLASHING ATTACK  ARONWE 4883                19  12  0   95 MID EARTH (223)
STRIKING ATTACK  MOSSMAN 5045                9   4  1   91 CROC FILES (374)
BASHING ATTACK   CELADUS 4948               14   7  2   90 EQUESTORS (158)
AIMED BLOW       MAD DOG MONTANA 4984       11   8  4   66 STREET WALKERS (97)
PARRY-LUNGE      CALLISTO 5036               8   7  1   48 VENUSIANS (321)
LUNGING ATTACK   LITERNIUS 5049              8   6  1   39 EQUESTORS (158)
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 FIREWALKER 5122, REWRITE 2926, 
HULIK 4992, MYRRH 5085, JUNIBAN 4599, MOSSMAN 5045, CRAGS 5087, JON 4764, URD 4987, 
and CALLISTO 5036.

The least popular fighter this week was BRICKHOUSE 4131.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were URAT 4889, BLACK TORCH 5150, LUCY 5152, JOSIE WAILS 5151, AUSONIUS 
5123, ILLYRIA 5149, GRACCHUS 5116, HORN ROCK 5113, ANSHIN 4861, and TORI 5048.

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

MURRY (29-4755) CROC FILES (374)

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."