DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/28/2011    Duedate: 01/10/2012

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-674

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PRIORE
MID EARTH (223)
(29-5628) [20-13-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PRIORE                         MS JACKSON
MID EARTH (223)                STANKONIA (477)
(29-5628) [20-13-0,116]        (29-5738) [1-0-1,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ULPHOR                         CLAYBANK
MID EARTH (223)                CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-5671) [16-11-4,104]        (29-5699) [9-13-0,66]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MID EARTH (223)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STANKONIA (477)             74
2. MID EARTH (223)             58      METAL MINCERS (256)
3. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        13      Unchartered Team
4. TREKKERS (462)               7
5. BOHICA (449)                 0      STANKONIA (477)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*STANKONIA (477)            4   1  1 80.0   1/ 1 MID EARTH (223)          11  4 1
 2/ 1 METAL MINCERS (256)      671 448 19 60.0   2/ 6 OPEN HAND (466)           8  6 0
 3- 2 BOHICA (449)             118  82  2 59.0   3/ 3 TREKKERS (462)            8  7 0
 4/ 4 MID EARTH (223)          639 567 31 53.0   4/ 2 METAL MINCERS (256)       6  5 1
 5/ 5 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      363 334 22 52.1   5/ 4 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       5  7 0
 6- 6 CLAN CROW (456)          136 149 11 47.7   6/ 0*STANKONIA (477)           4  1 1
 7/ 7 TREKKERS (462)           147 164  5 47.3   7/ 8 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      4 11 0
 8/ 8 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     626 752 14 45.4   8- 7 BOHICA (449)              3  4 0
 9/ 9 OPEN HAND (466)           58  74  3 43.9   9- 5 CLAN CROW (456)           3  6 1

    '*'   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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): CANDIED YAMS of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): FARMERS ALMANAC of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): BISMUTH BENDER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): RED ALERT of PUBLIC ENEMY (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): TUNA SALAD of PARKING LOT 4 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): MO J of J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 674): KAIREEN LAMAR of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr)
                            REAPER of ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Uh, I'm worried.  This is NOT the place to be.  Too many people out there would
like to annihilate The Bender.  All I really want to do is to try one more tournament
to add to my TC and TV, and to get out of here alive-- and hopefully undefeated.
     I would defer, but I really want one more FE to optimize, and I have to hope I
am not "pulled" unexpectedly early.  But here I am getting ahead of myself, because I
am in danger and could lose that next fight and even be killed.  And to think, all I
ever wanted out of life is a retirement package and a beach full of bikini beauties.
(I should have been a government employee-- not a gladiator!)
     I would finish with a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, but like
Oremaster, I don't believe in that nonsense.  But now, Ora, she'd be tellin' me I
have to say it.  So consider it said, under duress.  That's what the life of a
gladiator is-- duress.
          Bismuth Bender DMI, TCI, TVI

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt LAPUR will ever be the same.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, for 
there are sorrows to drown for CLAN CROW, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped them by 4 
into 9th.  OPEN HAND stable has parlayed this turn's 2-2-0 into a 4 space move up the 
rankings.  This brings them up to 2nd place.  Good work, guys!  On their very first 
turn, STANKONIA had a 4-1-1, and with this kind of luck or skill, should do well.  
Welcome to LAPUR.  And let's see, SOLWYN fought MAGDALA and gained 20 points and 
contributed to MID EARTH's 5-0-0.  ANSHIN has lost to CLAYBANK, falling 12 points, 
while helping make BLACK SAMURAI a 1-3-0 turn.  And not without some honor, PRIORE 
now claims the title and throne of Duelmaster of LAPUR.  By the way, was that our 
Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Burning Tree?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  BLACK SAMURAI has cause to stand tall, 
as they were LAPUR's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to 
beat.  And avoiding BLACK SAMURAI more than any other team we find MID EARTH.  LAPUR, 
are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged warrior 
this turn was CARDOW HUNTERS' warrior GRASSFIRE.  More fighters challenged her than 
challenged the Duelmaster!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  MS JACKSON must have surprised 
STANKONIA this turn, after they sent her to the Dark Arena, but the Dark Arena 
couldn't hold her!  Kudos go out to CAPTAIN KIRK this turn, for revenging TREKKERS' 
bloodfeud against CARDOW HUNTERS' warrior GRASSFIRE.  Well done.  We'd like to remind 
certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's 
considered rude.   
     I like this place, LAPUR, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Always good to rest in LAPUR, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in LAPUR again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRIORE 5628                  20  13  0   116       MID EARTH (223)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CASIMIR PULASKI 5435         12   6  0   110       BOHICA (449)
 ULPHOR 5671                  16  11  4   104       MID EARTH (223)
 DARIUS 5467                  15   8  0    94       OPEN HAND (466)
-KICKER MURPHY 5622            9   9  2    93       CLAN CROW (456)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BISMUTH BENDER 5692          12   1  0    90       METAL MINCERS (256)
 BAHRAM 5445                  12  16  1    84       OPEN HAND (466)
 AKUMU 4674                   15  18  1    76       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAIRRAIG AMADAN 5518         12   6  0    66       CLAN CROW (456)
 CLAYBANK 5699                 9  13  0    66       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 CAPTAIN KIRK 5754             6   2  1    66       TREKKERS (462)
 NERO 5707                     9  11  0    63       TREKKERS (462)
 SULU 5705                    12   9  0    58       TREKKERS (462)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669         12   6  0    55       METAL MINCERS (256)
 GRASSFIRE 5715               12   8  1    54       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-BAG OF BONES 5460             7   3  0    53       BOHICA (449)
 SOLWYN 5753                   6   3  0    52       MID EARTH (223)
 ANSHIN 4861                  11   5  0    50       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 TANE 5480                     9  10  0    43       OPEN HAND (466)
-SPIN MCDUECAN 5728            4   1  0    43       CLAN CROW (456)
 GOWRON 5719                   8   9  1    41       TREKKERS (462)
-IRYANA 5492                   7  10  0    40       OPEN HAND (466)
-PUB O'CONNOR 5702             6   5  0    38       CLAN CROW (456)
 MAGDALA 5474                  8  12  1    37       OPEN HAND (466)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MS JACKSON 5738               1   0  1    33       STANKONIA (477)
-CALYPSO 5710                  8   3  0    31       BOHICA (449)
 LEAD LANCER 5768              2   0  0    29       METAL MINCERS (256)
 WENIEN 5758                   3   4  0    27       MID EARTH (223)
 STEEL SHARPENER 5748          4   5  0    24       METAL MINCERS (256)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOTHIAS 5780                  2   0  0    22       MID EARTH (223)
 CHISAHARU 5180                5   2  0    17       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 GASOLINE DREAMS 5739          1   0  0    13       STANKONIA (477)
 BOB 5742                      1   0  0    11       STANKONIA (477)
-DOUBLE MCDIPPER 5767          1   0  0    10       CLAN CROW (456)
 SEIDAI 5766                   2   1  0     7       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 SO CLEAN 5740                 1   0  0     6       STANKONIA (477)
 GUL DUKAT 5770                0   3  0     3       TREKKERS (462)
 WINDFLOWER 5772               0   3  0     3       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SNOWFLAKE 5781                0   2  0     2       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 WINTERSONG 5783               0   1  0     1       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-BRASS BANDER 5773             0   1  0     1       METAL MINCERS (256)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HARDWOOD 5611          14 20 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   ULPHOR 5671           673   
STORMRIDER 5520        18 25 1 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   ULPHOR 5671           671   
SWEET BIRCH 5691       13  9 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   KICKER MURPHY 5622    672   
SHEWISH GIANT           0  0 0 DARK ARENA           MS JACKSON 5738       674  NONE
SALLE 5736              5  3 0 MID EARTH 223        CAPTAIN KIRK 5754     670  REVENGED
SO FRESH 5741           0  1 0 STANKONIA 477        BLACK ORC             674  NONE
KHAN 5717               8  7 0 TREKKERS 462         GRASSFIRE 5715        670  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Open Hand -- That was a very nice Team On The Move point gain.  Well done.  I salute
you, even though it was my pretty Mincers you beat out. -- Ora

Ulphor -- On your kill intent message to me last round-- "Bismuth Bender -- Going for
the kill!?!  Have you no shame! -- Ulphor", I just want you to know that, for me, it
is not so much a matter of shame, but rather a matter of lack of control. -- Bismuth
Bender

Kicker Murphy -- Old buddy, well I did challenge, and I was lucky, but I am not so
sure I want to be HERE.  It feels mighty dangerous! -- Bismuth Bender

Ansin -- Much to my amazement, you just plain waxed me at my own game.  I salute my
better.  Kudos, you Meanie! -- Plutonium Punch

Windflower -- My steel was sharper, but you sure smelt good. -- Steel Sharpener

Blimey!  Yon Black Samurai done bea back!  Aye.  Me tip o' yon hat ta ye Blackies! --
Oremaster

Gul Dukat -- Well, I'm not much of a Borg, but it is cool to know I can beat
somebody. -- Lead Lancer

Sedai -- No matter what Oremaster said, I, for one, am NOT glad you all are back.  I
hate you! -- Brass Bander

Now, now Brassie, let's be sportsmanlike here. -- Ora

Ora, ye lovely wench, ye be best stay ta outta yon man's game.  Aye -- Oremaster

Metal Mincers news publication:  It appears Ora and Oremaster have cancelled their
Christmas vacation to Aruba and will be spending The Holidays on their family
counselor and psychologist couch.  (Separately) -- The Metal Mincer Publicist

Cairraig Amadan -- Sometimes life requires armor, sometimes it don't.  I'm still
trying to figure out how to tell the difference.  Looks like I got it right this
time.  How about those crowds, eh?  Bloodthirstiest bastards I ever seen. -- Bahram

Casimir Pulaski -- Clever stab that stuns the fans!?!  Stuns the fans!  They don't
know the half of it! -- Darius

Pub O'Conner -- I got knocked down!  But I got up again!  Nothing's gonna keep me
down! (while "stirring the pot" to Chumbawumba).  After losing seven of the last ten
bouts, I get pretty excited about pulling victory from the jaws of defeat. -- Magdala

Claybank -- Did you see my fight with Pub O'Conner?  He knocked me down and out of
desperation I pulled myself onto my feet and won!  I was so proud. -- Magdala

Chisaharu -- These fights really help me get out my hatred and malevolence.  Don't
take it personally, I got issues. -- Tane

Captured Orc -- What can I say?  Thanks for making me look good.  Maybe I'll take out
Ambitious Guard and you can escape. -- Iryana

Jorja -- My condolences the recent loss of your teammates.  I just fought Hardwood.
He was tough.  Certainly didn't go down easy.  Stormrider was a crowd favorite for a
while and must have been close to immortality. And Sweet Birch seemed to have such
promise. -- Open Hand

Lapur -- Happy Holidays!  Hope the New Year brings you whatever you hope the New Year
brings you! -- Open Hand

Cairraig Amadan -- What?  Why should I...?  It wasn't you who killed me.  And
besides, we never challenge at ALL hardly, I think the one challenge per year that
Jorja allows herself (laughing as she says it, the wretch) has been used up.  Not to
worry, I'm not. -- Ghost of Sweet Birch

Ulphor -- I am, I assure you.  It's a relief. -- Ghost of Stormrider

Gowron -- Oh, really, those stewards!  Not "viciously subdued," surely?  I just won,
that's all.  And a good job, too. -- Grassfire

Ulphor -- Heck.  You really burned me up.  I cringe to think what I might be reborn
as. -- Ghost of Hardwood

Nero -- Of course.  "Narrowly defeated by Nero."  How else? -- Claybank

Steel Sharpener -- I suppose you're one of those wretched blades that can "sharpen
the wind," as they say.  I don't much like it. -- Windflower

Mothias -- Well, they told me I'd find it hot here.  Be interesting to see how long I
last. -- Snowflake

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SO FRESH was viciously butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MS JACKSON murdered SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
CAPTAIN KIRK savagely defeated GRASSFIRE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Bloodfeud duel.
AKUMU savagely defeated NERO in a crowd pleasing 2 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
GOWRON was viciously subdued by PLUTONIUM PUNCH in a 7 minute bloody Challenge fight.
LEAD LANCER overpowered CHISAHARU in a 1 minute gory mismatched Challenge brawl.
BISMUTH BENDER was handily defeated by PRIORE in a 1 minute uneven Title melee.
ULPHOR viciously subdued BAHRAM in a action packed 1 minute gruesome veteran's duel.
DARIUS overpowered DEADLY ASSASSIN in a action packed 1 minute gory one-sided fight.
ANSHIN was defeated by CLAYBANK in a exciting 5 minute bloody match.
MAGDALA was handily defeated by SOLWYN in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
TANE subdued BOND SERVANT in a 3 minute veteran vs. amateur brawl.
SULU handily defeated STEEL SHARPENER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
WENIEN overpowered GUL DUKAT in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
SNOWFLAKE was handily defeated by BOB in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
WINDFLOWER was bested by SO CLEAN in a 1 minute novice's brawl.
SEIDAI was overpowered by MOTHIAS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
GASOLINE DREAMS beat WINTERSONG in a 3 minute match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  14 -  3      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  11 -  1      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  24 -  3      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         BASHING ATTACK    33 -  36 -  1      48  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        17 -  19 -  0      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -  20 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       11 -  15 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  15 -  0      35  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 674 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  5         3  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   PRIORE 5628                20  13  0  116 MID EARTH (223)
LUNGING ATTACK   ULPHOR 5671                16  11  4  104 MID EARTH (223)
STRIKING ATTACK  DARIUS 5467                15   8  0   94 OPEN HAND (466)
PARRY-LUNGE      SULU 5705                  12   9  0   58 TREKKERS (462)
TOTAL PARRY      PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669       12   6  0   55 METAL MINCERS (256)
WALL OF STEEL    GRASSFIRE 5715             12   8  1   54 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ULPHOR 5671.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
CLAYBANK 5699.  The ten other most popular fighters were AKUMU 4674, CAPTAIN KIRK 
5754, ULPHOR 5671, SO FRESH 5741, DARIUS 5467, TANE 5480, GASOLINE DREAMS 5739, 
WINTERSONG 5783, PLUTONIUM PUNCH 5669, and LEAD LANCER 5768.

The least popular fighter this week was SNOWFLAKE 5781.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GOWRON 5719, SEIDAI 5766, WINDFLOWER 5772, GUL DUKAT 5770, STEEL 
SHARPENER 5748, MAGDALA 5474, BISMUTH BENDER 5692, CHISAHARU 5180, BOB 5742, and 
ANSHIN 4861.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

DARIUS (29-5467) OPEN HAND (466)

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

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     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI