Date   : 10/22/2008    Duedate: 11/04/2008


DM-29    TURN-591

This Weeks Top Honors


(29-4296) [31-13-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

METAL MINCERS (256)            FAUX TIDES II (444)
(29-4296) [31-13-0,116]        (29-5146) [6-3-2,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WEIPA                          AYA
CROC FILES (374)               WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
(29-4793) [16-28-2,97]         (29-5159) [7-5-1,45]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. METAL MINCERS (256)         35
2. MID EARTH (223)             33      PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
3. BOHICA (449)                27      Unchartered Team
4. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        26
5. EQUESTORS (158)             23      BOHICA (449)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     11   6  0 64.7   1/ 1 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   11  4 2
 2/ 2*BOHICA (449)              21  12  0 63.6   2/ 2 EQUESTORS (158)          10  4 1
 3/ 3 METAL MINCERS (256)      541 359 12 60.1   3/ 5 METAL MINCERS (256)       9  1 0
 4/ 4 STREET WALKERS (97)      518 349 43 59.7   4/13 MID EARTH (223)           8  7 0
 5/ 5 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   143 102 18 58.4   5/ 3 VENUSIANS (321)           8  7 0
 6/ 7 ESCAPADE (417)           133 120  9 52.6   6/ 6 ESCAPADE (417)            8  7 0
 7/10 MID EARTH (223)          420 380 16 52.5   7/ 7 CROC FILES (374)          6  8 0
 8/ 9*FAUX TIDES II (444)       22  23  3 48.9   8/11 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     5  5 0
 9/12 CROC FILES (374)         400 421 28 48.7   9/16*PLATES (452)              5  6 0
10/13 EQUESTORS (158)          698 737 51 48.6  10/ 4 STREET WALKERS (97)       5 10 0
11/14 VENUSIANS (321)          263 289 15 47.6  11/ 9 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      5 10 0
12/15 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    293 340 21 46.3  12/ 8*FAUX TIDES II (444)       4  6 1
13/16 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     445 528 10 45.7  13/10*BOHICA (449)              3  5 0
14/17*PLATES (452)               5   6  0 45.5  14-14 THE ELEMENTALS (72)       2  3 0
15-18 THE ELEMENTALS (72)       13  33  0 28.3  15/17 PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     1  3 0
16/19*MURDER OF CROWS (447)      4  24  0 14.3  16/19*MURDER OF CROWS (447)     1  8 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #23 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     The gladiators pursued the man with the cloak of souls through a dark place that
grew darker as they moved.  It was impossible to see any tracks now, or any obstacle
until they ran into it.  So dark that only Necroma's training, and the ghosts that
Young Joan and Cloudrider bore made it possible to follow their quarry at all.  There
was no time in the Spirit Lands, but still the duration of the chase stretched out
farther and farther.  Necroma remembered that one of her teachers had said that it
was perilous to remain in the Spirit Lands for long, ah, durations, but she couldn't
remember why.  Young Joan said something, but she couldn't make out the words and
glanced over her shoulder.  Of course she couldn't see anything, but it was odd, Joan
had sounded quite far behind.  When had they become separated?  Surely they'd been
side by side just a little while ago?  Well, they had their ghosts to guide them and
would catch up soon enough.
     Something that in the living world might have been cold starlight was tempering
the darkness, so that pieces of the landscape which had merely been black masses
before now began to look like rocks and maybe trees.  Necroma stared into it, willing
more detail to emerge as they approached.  There seemed to be a warmer light behind
the nearer obstacles, and she thought the man with the cloak was moving toward it.
The idea of getting warm had a great appeal.  She hadn't realized how cold the Spirit
Lands were.  She began to put on more speed, after all, she could see better here, so
why not?  Voices called out behind her, but she barely heard them, they were nothing
to do with her.  They were far behind, anyway.  She wove through the dark columns of
great trees, felt the grass and brambles part for her.  Her passage was so swift and
easy, it was almost like flying.  She could see the door ahead, a massive double door
of some substance she couldn't identify, deeply carven all over but blurred with age
or mist, and a warm light coming through it.
     Yes.  This was the place she had been looking for.  This was the place where she
would find the answers she had sought all her life.  She leaped over the doorsill,
hands outstretched eagerly.
                     *****     ***     *****     ***     *****
     Young Joan and Cloudrider heard Necroma scream as the lights ahead winked out.
     "A trap!" Cloudrider gasped, trying to run faster in the darkness.  He tripped
     Joan dragged him back to his feet.  "A trap or some kind of obstacle," she
agreed.  "Our ghosts told us that we were coming to a dangerous place."
     "Right, and now Necroma's got into trouble in it.  She's just a kid, almost.  We
have to help her!"
     "We won't do that by rushing around blindly," Joan said.  "If we get trapped as
well, who will rescue all of us?"
     "We must use our wits," Joan said.  "Nothing less will serve us as well."  Her
voice might have been cast in iron.  At times like this, Cloudrider found it easy to
imagine her in another life as a general and a martyr.  "You have the rope in your
gear, I believe?"
     "Yes."  Fifty feet of silk rope, no more than a quarter of an inch thick, but
strong.  He hadn't been able to figure out why she wanted it along, but she was in
charge and he'd packed it as ordered.  He didn't know what she planned to do with it
now, either.  He pulled the bundle out of his pack and handed it to her.  "What is it
     "Rope has many uses," she said.  "This time, we're each going to tie an end to
our belts so that we can separate without losing each other in the darkness."
     "Oh... okay.  I guess that makes sense."  He took one end and tied it.  "Ah...
you did notice before the lights went what looked like trees?  Hard to get past them
if we're on two ends of a rope."
     "We'll deal with that when it arises.  If it arises.  I have certain suspicions
about those 'trees'.  They may not be a problem."
     "Of course they'll be a problem!  How could they not?"
     "This is the Spirit Lands, remember?  The rules are different here.  I think
there's a reasonable chance that if you disbelieve those trees firmly, they may not
be there.  I thought they had the earmarks of illusion, myself."
     "Illusion?  But--  Oh, I SEE.  Yes, illusion would make more sense than actual
trees, now that you mention it.  Huh.  Glad you thought of that, because it wouldn't
have occurred to me."
     "So, we separate to the ends of the rope and move forward.  Now.  Slowly!  There
may be other tricks and traps ahead of us."
     Cloudrider could feel the rope twitch and uncoil as Young Joan moved to her
right.  He moved left, taking up more slack.  He'd lost all sight and sound of his
companion before they had the rope all paid out.  It really was darker here than
anywhere else he'd been in the Spirit Lands.  So far.  Unless it was an illusion,
too?  Hmm, if he denied the darkness, maybe... no.  That wouldn't work.  The darkness
made it possible to deny the trees with conviction, but impossible to deny the lack
of life.  A trade-off.  In his mind, the ghost of Nightwind spoke, telling him that
the darkness was real "in the ways that matter to you."  Whatever that meant.  He
sighed and began moving forward, feeling blindly for each step.
                     *****     ***     *****     ***     *****
     Necroma stopped before she could run into a tree or a wall.  The sudden darkness
where she had seen warm firelight was disorienting.  Confusing, too, because you
couldn't blow out a fire the way you did a candle.  Someone laughed.  No, some
>thing< laughed, that sound had never come from a human throat.  She clenched her
teeth on a curse, realizing that she had run headlong into a trap.  But her manager
in Lin Tirian, Houdini, had told her that a trap was not a disaster but a challenge.
Right.  She was a gladiator, a lady protector, she could do challenges.  And she was
a trained (if inexperienced) adept of the necromantic art.  She took a careful
breath, calming her racing heartbeat, clearing the panic from her mind.
     She still couldn't see anything with the eyes of her body, but now that she was
paying attention, she could perceive the presence of bodiless souls.  Spirits of the
dead, no doubt, there were very few circumstances that could produce the bodiless
soul of the living, after all.  She could speak to those souls, it was the core of
necromancy.  She summoned the formulas from her memory, the words, and even more
important the tones and the rhythms, that would persuade the dead to speak to her.
Started framing her questions, because a properly designed question was crucial to
getting the kind of information she needed.  She had heard too many tales of
opportunities lost forever due to carelessness at this point.
     "I greet those who have died and are near me," she said.  "I ask that you tell
me what you can of the situation in which I find myself--"
     Soundless voices clammored around her.
     =we are bound to answer no questions=
     *bound only to answer no one who querries us from the world of flesh this one is
here among us the situation is different surely we can answer her*
     >surely surely...<
     =she is trapped as we are and can be of no help=
     >no help no help they have said it no help<
     *they dont know everything and this is a chance unlooked for let us take it*
     "What help I can give, I will.  That is why I am here," Necroma said.
     *one said he would need a place to stand if he would move the world and there is
no place to stand no standing at all in limbo*
     A place to stand?  She visualized the sacred grove north of Lin Tirian where she
had first spoken to the dead.  Red-brown pillars of great pines around the clearing,
slim white columns of the birches that formed a circle in that clearing, moss and
fallen leaves underfoot.  Smelled the pines and the damp earth as a wind sighed
through the trees.
     The spirits around her stirred.
     =this is power they will notice and come to torment us=
     *this is power she can help us*
     >they will come they will come<
     "How can I help you?"  And how can you help me, but one thing at a time....
     *defend yourself for they come*

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 603): MORAVIA MAUVE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 605): PAIN INTICER II of THE PAIN GANG (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 599): THULE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 601): GOLD BULLION of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 599): AURELIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 299): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 590): ALUMINUM AWL of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 296): CORNELIUS of CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 587): TED D. SEAVER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 585): THE TUSKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 576): CLYDE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 538): JEREMY CAMP of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 268): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 255): INGLEMORT JULS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 466): TWIG LITE ZONE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 453): BEAST XVII of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 429): UNLUCKY DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 204): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 398): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 375): MESSALIDA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                                Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 603): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 605): FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 599): DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 601): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 599): FORSAKEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 597): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 590): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 296): CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 587): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 585): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 576): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 538): POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 274): OF WOLF & MEN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 268): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 255): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 466): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 453): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 429): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 204): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 398): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 491): SILMARILLIAD et al (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 598): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 601): ANIS of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 596): HOT ROD II of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 590): ALUMINUM AWL of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
              (turn 589): AMIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 296): CORNELIUS of CAESAR'S POOL HALL (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 585): THE TUSKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 576): CLYDE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
                           DRENDAN O'KAI of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 273): TUNDRA of ARCTIC WASTES (Wretch, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 255): EVALON ELKHORN of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 453): SPIRITWALKER of DREAMTIME (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 203): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Awl short and sweet.  I am GONE!  I did it!  Outta here!  Alive!  Happy
retirement!  (Presuming awl pensions hold in this market crash.)
     Ora said I could tell you awl about me.  Here I am:
5-9-12-17-18(+1)-11-13 mode slasher
I presume the SH is a fave as it is awl I ever used or could use (e.g. 10-31-2
14-8-1 no tournaments (awl arena)
masters in init and attack plus expert decise (plus what I just learned)
Oremaster or Ora will post my faves, when the formal commission notifications awl
     I think I did far better than could have been expected--63% wins, outta here in
only 22, 3 DM crowns--awl the way to the golem bank!
                        Aluminum Awl

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of LAPUR!  Once again I've been called out of retirement for 
my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Phhbltt!  Too much drinking and too 
little dodging gave STREET WALKERS 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, MID EARTH's 4th moved them up to 5-0-0 place.  It seems so recently people were 
saying METAL MINCERS was washed up, finished.  But 3-0-0 moved them up 2.  I guess 
they're washed no more...  What's with RED HOT CHILI?  She actually beat WILL DUEL 4 
MEAD's LUNA, and walked away with 20 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at 
BOHICA while they watched RED HOT CHILI clobber LUNA.  She lost 17 points and got 
bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Har har har!  Did ALUMINUM AWL wimp 
out, or just get lazy?  Anyway, he's not Duelmaster anymore.  I can barely restrain 
my enthusiam for METAL MINCERS' outstanding member, Duelmaster CHROME CRIMPER.  
Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  LAPUR thinks WILL DUEL 4 
MEAD and their 143-102-18 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  
Management must be dealin', as the boys at MID EARTH ain't reelin'!  WILL DUEL 4 
MEAD's mad!  What do people see in MAKADOS?  His 7-3-0?  PHILANTHROPISTS ain't 
talkin', but he's got 50 points.  HIMEKO of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD knows how to pick 'em.  
She challenged ILLYRIA of VENUSIANS who is up by 24.  Now was this a wise move?  
HIMEKO perhaps got hers just desserts, seeing as she subdued ILLYRIA and ended up 
with 23 recognition points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  MAD JACK larned his lesson (DAISY CHAINS taught it 
well), and we right likely won't be seein' 'im fight any STREET WALKERS members with 
the same gusto.  Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, fight 
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHROME CRIMPER 4296          31  13  0   116       METAL MINCERS (256)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PLATINUM PEENER 4298         16  10  1   111       METAL MINCERS (256)
 SOLAR ERUPTION 5031          20   9  3   101       VENUSIANS (321)
 CELADUS 4948                 20  14  2    97       EQUESTORS (158)
 WEIPA 4793                   16  28  2    97       CROC FILES (374)
 HULIK 4992                   17  15  1    96       MID EARTH (223)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOOTCHY COOCHER 5119         13   5  1    90       ESCAPADE (417)
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984         16  16  4    86       STREET WALKERS (97)
 FHRAIN 5124                  10   4  2    80       MID EARTH (223)
 RED BULL 5062                15   9  0    77       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 DAISY CHAINS 5096            11  10  0    76       STREET WALKERS (97)
 BONZO 5132                    8   7  2    76       ESCAPADE (417)
 GLAUCO 5102                  11   9  1    72       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITERNIUS 5049               14  13  1    66       EQUESTORS (158)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054              10  15  1    66       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 RAGNAR 5146                   6   3  2    66       FAUX TIDES II (444)
 LIME 5178                     8   2  0    65       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         7   2  1    65       METAL MINCERS (256)
 COPPER COMPACTER 5092         9   6  0    60       METAL MINCERS (256)
 CALLISTO 5036                14  14  2    58       VENUSIANS (321)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NEEDS SALT 5206               5   0  0    51       BOHICA (449)
 CLOUDSHADOW 5154             10   4  0    50       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MAKADOS 4704                  7   3  0    50       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 YURI 5188                     6   2  2    50       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 RED HOT CHILI 5202            5   2  0    50       BOHICA (449)
 AYA 5159                      7   5  1    45       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 MAD JACK 5190                 5   2  1    41       FAUX TIDES II (444)
 ATRIA 5101                    9  11  1    40       VENUSIANS (321)
 CUDDLE ME TENDER 5205         6   1  0    39       BOHICA (449)
 MAD DOG 5125                  9   8  0    35       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 HORN ROCK 5113                8  11  0    35       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-SHANGGAR 4703                 3   3  0    34       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARRY NITE 5186              6   4  0    33       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 CAPELLA 5181                  4   7  0    33       VENUSIANS (321)
-STORM SHADOW 504              5   7  0    32       THE ELEMENTALS (72)
 ILLYRIA 5149                  8   6  0    30       VENUSIANS (321)
 4U2NV 5224                    2   0  0    29       PLATES (452)
 LUNA 5179                     6   4  0    28       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 THORNWILD 5144                4   5  0    27       FAUX TIDES II (444)
 DAX 5147                      4   5  0    26       FAUX TIDES II (444)
 NORMAN 5208                   4   4  0    26       CROC FILES (374)
 ICE SHARD 5191                4   5  0    24       FORCE OF NATURE (312)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FORGE DEATHWIND 5196          3   3  0    24       MURDER OF CROWS (447)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OCCY 5160                     5   8  0    23       CROC FILES (374)
 HIMEKO 5247                   3   1  0    23       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 VINDOCOMUS 5251               3   0  0    19       EQUESTORS (158)
 LUHAR 5244                    2   2  0    18       MID EARTH (223)
 ENCOLPIUS 5268                1   0  0    18       EQUESTORS (158)
 DANG IT DEBBIE 5217           5   2  0    17       STREET WALKERS (97)
 LUCY 5253                     2   1  0    17       CROC FILES (374)
-IZALOR 4702                   1   0  0    17       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-STAR FIRE 659                 3   2  0    16       THE ELEMENTALS (72)
 GALEN ELDACAR 5148            3   6  0    15       FAUX TIDES II (444)
-SCRUFFY PUFF 5207             3   3  0    14       BOHICA (449)
-LIGHTNING 505                 2   8  0    14       THE ELEMENTALS (72)
 GOT MILK 5203                 2   6  0    12       BOHICA (449)
-TORNADO 502                   2   5  0    11       THE ELEMENTALS (72)
 GILAN 5242                    2   2  0    11       MID EARTH (223)
 BLUIDDVL 5226                 1   1  0    11       PLATES (452)
-THUNDERBOLT 501               1   7  0    10       THE ELEMENTALS (72)
 SPANGLE 5241                  1   3  0     9       ESCAPADE (417)
 KROOGA 5195                   1   5  0     8       MURDER OF CROWS (447)
 CRABBY ABBIE 5252             2   1  0     7       ESCAPADE (417)
 NILITH 5243                   1   3  0     7       MID EARTH (223)
 STR82HEL 5227                 1   2  0     6       PLATES (452)
 WEREUOUT 5265                 1   0  0     3       PLATES (452)
 ROOK 5248                     0   2  0     2       MURDER OF CROWS (447)
 FIREBOW 5279                  0   1  0     1       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 RAVENSCOUT 5277               0   1  0     1       MURDER OF CROWS (447)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FIREWALKER 5122         8  9 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   YURI 5188             590   
CRESCENS 5157           4  7 0 EQUESTORS 158        AYA 5159              589   
MISSY CAPPER 5232       2  3 0 ESCAPADE 417         DARK CHAMPION         591  NONE
BLACK TORCH 5150        6  6 2 FORCE OF NATURE 312  GLAUCO 5102           589   
ATHENA 4990            11  8 0 GODS OF WAR 424      CALLISTO 5036         588   
BLUE MONK 5129          0  1 0 HILLTOP GURUS 442    FEBRUARY 5239         587  NOT REVENGED
BR8NGU 5225             0  2 0 PLATES 452           WYVERN                591  NONE
SKANK 5249              1  3 0 STREET WALKERS 97    HEINOUS BEAST         591  NONE
TINA COLADA 5229        3  1 1 STREET WALKERS 97    MAD JACK 5190         589  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hulik -- I would not have thought that outcome.  Awl is such a lucky fighter. -- Ora

Amie -- I wanted to be your last, babe. -- Chrome Crimper

Fhrain -- Our luck against you continues.  I suspect that the next of our matches
will go your way. -- Platinum Peener

Luna -- Idiot bea bloody fine word ye said about me Compacter.  Aye. -- Oremaster

Blimey!  3-0 'n yon Duelmaster.  Me borgs bea borgin'.  Yo ho ho. -- Oremaster

Will Duel For Mead -- 13-2-2!  I think that means lots of avoids are needed.  Salute.
-- Ora

Good luck to all in The Mailer. -- Ora and what's-his-face

The final, and official info/faves for Aluminum Awl were:  VH/VL, Broadsword,
Initiative fave -- The Mincer Publicity Office

Rook -- You call that a style?  *ahem* I mean...I like your style, the cut of your
jib. -- Crabby Abbie

Norman -- It looks like that might be it for Lapur's mighty-mite basher.  (me, down
here)  I think the manager's looking for a little more hitting intensity than my size
4 frame can deliver.  I can work a kneecap over something fierce though. -- Missy

Solar Eruption -- If there were ropes in the arena I'd've had you on them.  Then you
slithered away, you eel.  Another fishing tale brought to you by... -- Hootchy
P.S.  Go gettum, yer first runnerup.

Red Bull -- Now that was special.  Affinity between man and machine...weapon. --

Forge Deathwind -- A victory.  Multiplied ten-fold and maybe King-for-a-day will
start doling out with the respect. -- Spangle

Sporkis -- You've got the style-master in the Parry Striker style.  More power to
you.  I'm not currently running any Pikers, but I've sure had a lot of fun with them
over the years. -- Scion

Milk -- Despite my strategy and preparedness, I seemed to stand there and let you
strike me with no defense.  I guess I have a lot of things going through my head.
Personally, though, I don't see it as a "cheap" lesson. -- Galen Eldacar

Scion -- Aye mate!  Pass me the Sea Salt and fly specs.  Then get me a bucket of prop
wash for the plains <S>! -- Ragnar

Sporkis -- Why me?  I want to move up the ladder but I'd have to fight your crew...
sigh.  Alright then, come get some! -- Gavin
P.S.  Thanks for the diplo, I'll be good...I promise.

Road Kill -- I guess my boys are a bit rough with your women.  Perhaps you'd like to
consider working for us.  40-60%?  I'll be off and on due to penny pinching for the
tourney.  I'll try to remain available for a BF.  Good luck! -- Gavin
P.S.  *Someone* might have mentioned you're a fountain of useless knowledge,
especially concerning offensive TPs.  This rude person obviously couldn't have known
a Lapurian veteran such as you... <G>  Anyway, expect a diplo. :)

Lucy -- They say that chewing on reptile hide is good for sharpening the teeth, but
I'm not going for that.  Seems to me it'd be more likely to blunt 'em.  Still, a win
is always a good thing, so I'm okay with this. -- Mad Dog
P.S.  Feel free to lose to me some more.

Bonzo -- I can't stand clowns, they're even worse than mimes for driving me into a
frenzy.  Unfortunately, a frenzy isn't the best state of mind in the arena.... -- Red

A.A. Shock -- Still, better an A.A. shock than a New Madrid.  That one was an
unpleasant surprise. -- Horn Rock

Glauco -- Why doesn't this surprise me?  Ouch. -- Cloudshadow

Yuri -- Well, that was the pits. -- Ghost of Firewalker
P.S.  Jorja says it was "fated" because I was deficient in Ego.  What does she know?

Milk -- Wash your mouth out with soap!  I have never bagged sand in my life.  What
you see is totally what you get with us Cardow Hunters. -- Horn Rock

Cuddle Me Tender -- (tongue-lolling grin) -- Mad Dog

Our congratulations to Aluminum Awl. -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Aluminum Awl -- Everytime I meet you it turns into an awfull day.  Congrats on your
invite. -- Fhrain the Humbled

Crabby Abbie -- PMS'ing my dear? -- Nilith

Norman -- Wimpy Dwarf!?!  If I were you I would have someone's head for that comment.
-- Luhar

Vindocomus -- I was robbed. -- Gilan

Aluminum Awl -- A golem borg seems to make an awesome combination. -- Hulik

Platinum Peener -- Watch your back, someone may try and melt you down. -- Fhrain

Star Fire -- Well fought, even though that was a lucky shot. -- Nilith

Dang it Debbie -- Double dang it! -- Luhar

Bluiddvl -- Nice try. -- Gilan

Oremaster -- Wastes are not one of my favorite styles, so we have only made a
handful here in Lapur. -- Visionist

8 October 2008
Hail Alastarians!
     Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Vanek, manager of the Warmasters in the No-
Tourney arena of Shadowspire.  I come to you with a public service announcement.
Some of you may already be aware of Shadowspire and some of you may not realize what
exactly you're missing.  This isn't your average arena.  This is Shadowspire, a large
and very active arena where role-playing is encouraged; many managers are active both
the personal ads and the D2 forums online, and excitement reigns with many grudge
matches from turn to turn.
     If you haven't checked arena 81 out, I urge you to do so.  After returning to
the game almost 2 years ago, after a 15+ year hiatus, I was looking to try and
recapture the magic of the game I remembered from my youth.  After finding my first
two arenas lacking, I almost quit the game again.  That was until I found the newly
opening Shadowspire.  It was here that I found the magic and excitement that I
remembered.  I truly love this arena and am sure you will too if given a chance.
Rookie or experienced veteran, it matters not.  Both have come together here to
successfully make an arena with plenty of competition to challenge the vets, yet with
the no tourney format, friendly enough for the novices to get their feet wet and
learn (or relearn) the game.  When I say that even novices can find success here, I
speak from personal experience.  I still consider myself a "newbie" to the game but
have found plenty of success with my first two Duelmaster titles and two ADM
graduates to date.
     I encourage you all to check out the D2 forums at www.reality.com/duel2/ and
look over both the Shadowspire newsletter and DM-81 forum section at the bottom of
the page.  The forum banter and personal ads help to clearly show that the "old
school" feel for the game is still alive and well here in Shadowspire.
     Also, if you're a former Shadowspire manager who is currently away, I encourage
you to return and help continue to make this one of the most entertaining arenas in
the game today!
     I hope to see many new faces in the near future and am excited to see the return

of some of the old faces whom have been away!

8 October 2008
After 17 long years they are finally cutting the Cowboy loose.  Red & stinging, my
hand is now sufficiently slapped.  The state of Texas' boot print is stamped across
my ***... Uncle Damnit!  I am only 34 (think about it...) so plenty of time to
reinvent myself...prospects are great.  After wading through the culture shock I hope
to be amongst you soon, dishing out paper "w"itch slaps and taking my share of them
from you.  See you @ the Winter face '09?  Only time will tell.  Good luck. --
CFH/Rat Salad, 5 Below Zero and an assortment of other underachieving thugs.
P.S.  Contact info coming soon for those who want it; email and all that other fun
sh...stuff.  *grin*  Sorry Ed.

8 July 2008
                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MISSY CAPPER was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
SKANK was slaughtered by HEINOUS BEAST in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
MARION THE BARBARION was murdered by HEINOUS BEAST in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BR8NGU was butchered by WYVERN in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
DAISY CHAINS overpowered MAD JACK in a 2 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
CHROME CRIMPER bested SOLAR ERUPTION in a 4 minute expert's Challenge Title brawl.
BONZO was overpowered by HULIK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
A.A. SHOCK was bested by FHRAIN in a popular 1 minute Challenge competition.
WEIPA overcame MAD DOG MONTANA in a 1 minute expert's Challenge melee.
RAGNAR vanquished YURI in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge duel.
COPPER COMPACTER outwaited MAKADOS in a popular 7 minute brutal Challenge fight.
CUDDLE ME TENDER overcame HORN ROCK in a popular 1 minute Challenge bout.
NORMAN was subdued by ATRIA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.
DAX was handily defeated by CLOUDSHADOW in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
THORNWILD was beaten by AYA in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge conflict.
ICE SHARD defeated OCCY in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
STARRY NITE overpowered DANG IT DEBBIE in a dull 3 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
SPANGLE was overpowered by 4U2NV in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
ROOK was bested by NILITH in a 3 minute novice's Challenge fight.
HIMEKO outlasted ILLYRIA in a 15 minute novice vs. veteran upset Challenge bout.
PLATINUM PEENER bested CELADUS in a popular 1 minute veteran's contest.
GLAUCO was viciously subdued by HOOTCHY COOCHER in a 2 minute gory match.
CALLISTO was handily defeated by RED BULL in a 1 minute uneven duel.
LITERNIUS devastated MAD DOG in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
LIME overpowered CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute brutal uneven fight.
LUNA was overpowered by RED HOT CHILI in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
CAPELLA overpowered COMMON RIVERRAT in a 3 minute uneven match.
GOT MILK was beaten by VINDOCOMUS in a action packed 3 minute gory duel.
FORGE DEATHWIND handily defeated GALEN ELDACAR in a 2 minute mismatched bout.
KROOGA was vanquished by LUHAR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
STR82HEL was defeated by LUCY in a popular 1 minute beginner's duel.
BLUIDDVL overpowered FIREBOW in a 1 minute one-sided match.
GILAN defeated IRRITATED HOUSEWIFE in a 3 minute novice's bout.
CRABBY ABBIE was overpowered by ENCOLPIUS in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
WEREUOUT outwaited RAVENSCOUT in a unpopular 21 minute brutal novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   26 -  18 -  1      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  9         TOTAL PARRY       46 -  32 -  0      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       9         STRIKING ATTACK   60 -  43 -  4      58  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         AIMED BLOW        49 -  40 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-LUNGE       22 -  20 -  1      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         LUNGING ATTACK    42 -  44 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         PARRY-STRIKE      19 -  25 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         WALL OF STEEL     26 -  40 -  1      39  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  22 -  1      37  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         BASHING ATTACK    41 -  73 -  4      36  |

Turn 591 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 -  0     AIMED BLOW         4 -  5         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        4 -  5         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  4     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  4     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  6         1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      CHROME CRIMPER 4296        31  13  0  116 METAL MINCERS (256)
LUNGING ATTACK   PLATINUM PEENER 4298       16  10  1  111 METAL MINCERS (256)
WALL OF STEEL    SOLAR ERUPTION 5031        20   9  3  101 VENUSIANS (321)
BASHING ATTACK   CELADUS 4948               20  14  2   97 EQUESTORS (158)
SLASHING ATTACK  HULIK 4992                 17  15  1   96 MID EARTH (223)
STRIKING ATTACK  RED BULL 5062              15   9  0   77 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
AIMED BLOW       LIME 5178                   8   2  0   65 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
PARRY-STRIKE     AYA 5159                    7   5  1   45 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    MAD JACK 5190               5   2  1   41 FAUX TIDES II (444)
PARRY-LUNGE      CUDDLE ME TENDER 5205       6   1  0   39 BOHICA (449)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WEIPA 4793.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
AYA 5159.  The ten other most popular fighters were MAKADOS 4704, GOT MILK 5203, 
ROCK 5113, CLOUDSHADOW 5154, VINDOCOMUS 5251, and RAGNAR 5146.

The least popular fighter this week was RAVENSCOUT 5277.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were WEREUOUT 5265, HIMEKO 5247, ILLYRIA 5149, DANG IT DEBBIE 5217, STARRY 
NITE 5186, MAD JACK 5190, CRABBY ABBIE 5252, GILAN 5242, KROOGA 5195, and GALEN 

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


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