Date   : 07/25/2007    Duedate: 08/07/2007


DM-30    TURN-554

This Weeks Top Honors


(30-4645) [14-7-2,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LENPROS (145)                  THE BRIGADE (441)
(30-4645) [14-7-2,101]         (30-4559) [7-0-0,62]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SLEEPS ALL DAY                 MARIS
GAMEHENDGE (299)               THE BRIGADE (441)
(30-4603) [12-11-1,91]         (30-4559) [7-0-0,62]


THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)  32
2. THE BRIGADE (441)           27      THE WARLOCKS (430)
3. RED DOG GANG (356)          25      Unchartered Team
4. THE WARLOCKS (430)          25
5. LENPROS (145)                8      THE BRIGADE (441)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THE WARLOCKS (430)       157  95  8 62.3   1/ 2 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431) 10  5 0
 2/ 2 LENPROS (145)            959 618 27 60.8   2/ 1 LENPROS (145)             9  3 0
 3/ 0*THE BRIGADE (441)         21  14  1 60.0   3/ 4 THE WARLOCKS (430)        9  5 0
 4/ 3 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431) 199 165  6 54.7   4/ 5 GAMEHENDGE (299)          9  6 0
 5/ 5 GAMEHENDGE (299)         180 159 11 53.1   5/ 6 RED DOG GANG (356)        8  7 0
 6/ 4 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)     51  47  2 52.0   6/ 3 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)     4  6 0
 7/ 6 RED DOG GANG (356)       503 678 11 42.6   7/ 0*THE BRIGADE (441)         3  2 1

    '*'   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[ Cities by the Shore #18 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aruak City:

     Adie waited long enough to count to ten in her mind, and nothing happened.  With
a faint shrug, she pressed with her thumb, heard the latch click open, and pushed.
The door moved silently, easily, swinging inward on darkness.  Cool, faintly ozone-
scented, as though lightning had struck recently and silently.  The silence was no
different from that of the hallway behind her where Fandil waited, but she sensed a
difference.  The hall had been empty of life except for the two of them.  This room
was...not empty.  Something waited here.  Some predator.
     Something that thought she was easy prey.
     She smiled grimly and pushed the door a little farther, stepping through into
the darkness.  "Something" was mistaken.  She would be glad of an enemy she could get
her teeth into after so long fighting shadows and phantoms.

     Fandil watched the door open, and the hairs on the back of his neck stood on
end.  The senses of the body reported nothing, but every magical faculty he had
shrieked of danger.  He reached out to catch Adie's sleeve; they should go into this
room together.  She slipped through his fingers, didn't hear his yelp of alarm.  He
tried not to think, to know, that his fingers had closed on nothing, as though he'd
tried to grasp an illusion.  She went into the darkness of the room as though passing
through a curtain, vanishing from his sight.
     He stepped forward, intending to follow.  And came up short against the
blackness within the doorway.  It felt like a wall, and like a wall, it would not let
him pass.
     It was a trap, and with a growing certainty he knew, as he searched for some
chink in the barrier, that they had been betrayed.  Not Kennelworth.  Never
Kennelworth.  The Shew in the wine merchant's cellar?  It seemed unlikely, but
betrayal always seemed unlikely.  Figure it out later.  Fandil reined in his anxiety
and his rage.  This room had been a trap for Adie.  There would be one for him.
Alertness and balanced judgment, those were his best tools to avoid...whatever came.
Or to combat it.  And he needed to avoid, to battle and win, if he was to help Adie.

     Two steps into the darkness Adie paused and swept the space with all her senses.
Whatever was waiting here had not reacted.  Maybe it couldn't until she got closer.
No need to rush into that.  She glanced over her shoulder to call Fandil in after
her.  And froze.  The darkness behind was as seamless as what lay ahead.  There was
no sign of the door she'd come through.  She had walked into a trap.
     That was not the disaster that some might think.  To catch her and to hold her
were two different things.  Since she was already in the trap, there was no need for
haste on her part, too late for that.  What she needed to do was to think.  One hand
went automatically to her flame-colored mane and began twisting a lock of hair around
a finger, untwisting, twisting again, and tugging thoughtfully.
     This trap had been aimed specifically at her, it had rejected Fandil.  Why?
Some difference in the magics they embodied and controlled?  She was a mistress of
fire magic and a priestess of the sun, Fandil was more of an all-around magician.
Was this trap designed to turn her strength, her mastery of fire and light, into a
weakness?  Hmm.  Dared she test it?  No, not yet.
     But how long should, and could, she wait before doing something?  Provoking

Underground near Point:

     "How does this sound as a plan," Senator Sedalia said, staring up at the magical
sigil carved on the ceiling.  "We will penetrate to the heart of this place under
Krael, marking the power nodes as we pass them.  Devise the destruction to work by a
remote signal after we're out again--"
     "GOOD idea!"
     "But in any case, move quickly," the senator finished.
     "Right."  Circ removed his backpack and began to take out small bottles, half of
them round, the other half cubical.  He passed the round ones to Gissanniah, the
square ones to Sedalia.  "These potions are inert by themselves," he said.  "Poured
together, one bottle of each, onto a double handful of lamb's wool," which he also
pulled from his pack, "they turn it into a clay-like mass that can be molded and
stuck to walls or ceilings.  Ten minutes after mixing, the result becomes rather
drastically explosive and should be enough to muck up any magical sigils they're
stuck to."
     Sedalia looked at one of the square bottles dubiously.  "I'm not sure I like the
sound of this procedure."
     "You'd be strange if you did," the magician Cho answered.  "But it'll work, and
everything else either of us can think of would take longer to set up."  He unrolled
the map and held it against the wall so they could all see it.  "We're here."  He
pointed to a node at the edge of the pattern of tunnels.  "This node over here is the
central one.  Blowing it is necessary but not sufficient to destroy Krael again.  For
sufficiency, for certainty, we need to take out at least three other nodes as well."
He traced a route with his finger.  "We'll go in this way and come back out by the
same path.  I know that isn't the wisest thing, but some the tunnels may be
impassable.  The ones we've already been through, we know will be open."  Under his
breath he added, "Probably they'll be open still."
     "We aren't going to argue," Sedalia said.  "Let's do it and get out."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Greetings loyal followers.  Yes, this makes the 6th DM crown for the Huntsman
House.  Only Bigfoots has been able to defeat me in a battle for the throne.
     So, as to my final offering, I shall tell you about me.
19(+2)-21(+2)-5-11(+2)-21(+3)-10(+1)-10(+3) mode TP
Got my expert (yes, expert) parry last round on the 21st Will train 
No other skill ratings
28-12-0 in arena; an ugly 2-9-0 in tournaments (I simply cannot joust!)
Awesome endurance; tremendous HP and carry; good damage
VL/LO/LS/Init (and I am too short to hold a long spear well?)
(I thought it might have been the BS which was 0/41/6 for me.
     There you have it.  I am now off to retirement.  Good luck to all.
          Lady Huntsman

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, IAYE?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens before? 
Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, LENPROS, since THE A'S -- LOSERS II 
took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Now let's all watch RED DOG 
GANG's heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, 
big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see KORG win a fight and gain 
18 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, IRISH CREAM beat PRIVATE PERNA and PRIVATE PERNA lost 
11 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Going for broke or broken, our Duelmaster 
FENCE POST challenged this turn.  And if variety is the spice of life, IAYE may be 
getting bland, as LADY HUNTSMAN stays top dog in the city.  The Rat Nest, humph!  
I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From IAYE's 
trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  WORLDLY DECLINE, I suppose you'll be glad to know you 
were this turn's most avoided team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And 
who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It 
was LENPROS.  Ha ha ha ha!  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, FENCE POST was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  And now a passing thought on a warrior 
dying young (DEPRESS DEPRESS of GAMEHENDGE):  You had your chance and now you're 
dead.  Oh well...  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  
Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CARDINAL ARIZPE 4645         14   7  2   101       LENPROS (145)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DON FRANCIS 4619              7   4  0    99       LENPROS (145)
 SLEEPS ALL DAY 4603          12  11  1    91       GAMEHENDGE (299)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE 4584       21  25  1    90       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 FENCE POST 4604              16  23  0    88       RED DOG GANG (356)
 THE BOY KING 4615            17  11  1    87       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
 KLINK 4647                   15   8  0    86       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 DR TRINAIRE 4606             18  19  0    76       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARIS 4559                    7   0  0    62       THE BRIGADE (441)
 OUT OF TIME 4681             10   7  1    60       GAMEHENDGE (299)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRISH CREAM 4654              8  12  0    46       RED DOG GANG (356)
 SAPPHIRE 4558                 5   2  0    34       THE BRIGADE (441)
 WINDSONG 4702                 4   6  1    34       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRIVATE PERNA 4690            6   4  0    33       LENPROS (145)
 OZZIE CANSECO 4723            3   0  0    28       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 JACK STRAW 4722               3   0  0    28       THE WARLOCKS (430)
 BAINES 4724                   3   0  0    26       GAMEHENDGE (299)
 KID MEDICATION 4713           3   3  0    26       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
 SLIPKNOT 4718                 2   1  0    24       THE WARLOCKS (430)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAJOR KOHLER 4716             3   1  0    23       LENPROS (145)
 KORG 4568                     2   1  1    22       THE BRIGADE (441)
 WORLD CHUMPS 4726             2   1  0    20       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 OLGA 4560                     4   3  0    19       THE BRIGADE (441)
-CELL BLABBER 4616             3   3  0    19       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
 LADY WOOF 4715                3   2  0    19       RED DOG GANG (356)
 SUIT OF ARMS 4720             2   1  0    19       GAMEHENDGE (299)
 CURVEBALL 4719                1   2  0    18       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 FRANKLINS TOWER 4725          2   1  0    15       THE WARLOCKS (430)
 AUSTERIC 4556                 2   5  0    13       THE BRIGADE (441)
 HELP ON THE WAY 4717          1   2  0     5       THE WARLOCKS (430)
 P.C. CENSORSHIP 4727          0   2  0     2       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DEPRESS DEPRESS 4721   2  1 0 GAMEHENDGE 299        KORG 4568             554         
DUKE OF WHIRLPOO 4704  3  2 0 LENPROS 145           OUT OF TIME 4681      550 REVENGED
FRENCH VETO 4618       1  7 0 WORLDLY DECLINE 445   MOUNTAIN TROLL 377    554 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Irish Cream -- Well, gee, we met again.  And I liked it. -- Private Perna

Slipknot -- Was that a square knot I tied you into? -- Major Kohler

Queen Chinee -- You were a fine Duelmistress, and I expect to be the same. -- Lady

Fence Post -- You were more than I could handle.  Apparently my sins were too big.
-- Cardinal Arizpe

Lady Woof -- Thank you, I think? -- Private Repan

Health.  Humility.  Honor Iaye forever. -- Lenpro (searching for the 1000)

Cardinal Arizpe -- Nope, I'm an agnostic.  The only thing I BELIEVE in is a good
solid posthole. -- Fence Post

Sleeps All Day -- In the bathtub?  Sounds dangerous. -- Dr Trinaire

Private Perna -- You DID laugh, for which I will delight in arrange that you have a
Major Embarrassment. -- Irish Cream the vindictive

Franklins Tower -- Huh, and you even LOOK like a tower.  Very strange.  Good thing
you're only middling (right now, at least) as a gladiator, because I never trained in
tower demolition. -- Windsong

Curveball -- Ah!  A familiar and much enjoyed game.  I love chasing balls.  Of
course, I also love chewing on them and ripping their covers off.... -- Lady Woof

The Lenpros -- We have that covered now.  New refrigerator.  Amazing. -- Jorja

Private Perna -- Take out an ad? -- Irish Cream

Our congratulations to Lady Huntsman.  Bigfoots will be waiting at the dock. -- the
Red Dog Gang

9 July 2007
I have not been receiving my physical turns in a reliable manner lately.  If there
are diplos with the turns that go missing, they're gone for good.  So if you send me
a diplo and do not see an acknowledgement of receipt in the personals, know that I
have not gotten it (yet).  If you have email, contact me at Livia AT reality DOT com.
If you don't have email, keep trying with the diplos.  We are working on this
problem. -- the Scribe/Jorja/Leeta
P.S.  If you email me, put "Re DM" on the subject line.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FRENCH VETO was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
LADY HUNTSMAN devastated FENCE POST in a dull 12 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
CARDINAL ARIZPE savagely defeated THE BOY KING in a 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE narrowly defeated VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 3 minute veteran's fight.
SLEEPS ALL DAY viciously subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a popular 1 minute bloody duel.
DR TRINAIRE beat OUT OF TIME in a popular 1 minute gruesome mismatched brawl.
KLINK viciously subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a action packed 4 minute gruesome duel.
MARIS overpowered KID MEDICATION in a popular 5 minute gory uneven duel.
PRIVATE PERNA was beaten by IRISH CREAM in a 1 minute melee.
WORLD CHUMPS was beaten by WINDSONG in a exciting 2 minute fight.
SAPPHIRE subdued MAJOR KOHLER in a 1 minute competition.
AUSTERIC was overcome by BAINES in a 6 minute contest.
OLGA was savagely defeated by CURVEBALL in a 2 minute bloody match.
KORG killed DEPRESS DEPRESS in a popular 1 minute gruesome amateur's conflict.
LADY WOOF defeated HELP ON THE WAY in a action packed 2 minute beginner's struggle.
SLIPKNOT devastated FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SUIT OF ARMS overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
JACK STRAW overpowered P.C. CENSORSHIP in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
OZZIE CANSECO overpowered FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
FRANKLINS TOWER devastated FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       7         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   4 -  3      76  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  11 -  0      61  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW        22 -  16 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  11 -  2      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       19 -  17 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  24 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   6 -  1      45  |

Turn 554 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       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         3 -  4         3  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   CARDINAL ARIZPE 4645       14   7  2  101 LENPROS (145)
LUNGING ATTACK   SLEEPS ALL DAY 4603        12  11  1   91 GAMEHENDGE (299)
AIMED BLOW       THE BOY KING 4615          17  11  1   87 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
PARRY-LUNGE      KLINK 4647                 15   8  0   86 THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
TOTAL PARRY      OUT OF TIME 4681           10   7  1   60 GAMEHENDGE (299)
WALL OF STEEL    SAPPHIRE 4558               5   2  0   34 THE BRIGADE (441)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SLEEPS ALL DAY 4603.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MARIS 4559.  The ten other most popular fighters were WINDSONG 4702, SLEEPS 

The least popular fighter this week was FENCE POST 4604.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were P.C. CENSORSHIP 4727, HELP ON THE WAY 4717, OLGA 4560, AUSTERIC 4556, 
4716, and PRIVATE PERNA 4690.

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