Date   : 07/05/2003    Duedate: 08/01/2003


DM-31    TURN-228

This Weeks Top Honors


(31-4428) [13-8-0,125]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GILGAMESH                      RELKIN
(31-4428) [13-8-0,125]         (31-5008) [5-1-1,48]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ODYSSEUS                       SARCOPHAGUS
OVERLORDS (509)                ASSASSIN NATION (515)
(31-4637) [21-21-1,120]        (31-4766) [16-9-1,99]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARQUE FORCES (422)         50
2. SOUTH PARK (539)            43      UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
3. WILLBENDERS (479)           40      Unchartered Team
4. SOLIPSISM II (458)          34
5. WOODPILE (521)              33      SOUTH PARK (539)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*CANDIES (537)              4   1  1 80.0   1/ 5 DARQUE FORCES (422)      11  4 1
 2/ 2 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)   120  58 10 67.4   2/ 4 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)   10  3 2
 3/17*SOUTH PARK (539)           9   6  0 60.0   3/ 2 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  10  5 0
 4/ 4 SOL INVICTUS (469)        58  39  5 59.8   4/ 1 THE STORMGUARDS (78)      9  6 0
 5/ 5 NUMBERS GAME (403)       192 148 13 56.5   5/18*SOUTH PARK (539)          9  6 0
 6- 7 DARKNESS FALLS (500)      15  12  1 55.6   6/ 8 OVERLORDS (509)           9  6 0
 7/10 DARQUE FORCES (422)      104  85  5 55.0   7/10 WILLBENDERS (479)         8  7 1
 8/ 6 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  132 108 10 55.0   8/ 9 STORMWATCH (440)          8  7 0
 9/ 8 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     544 450 21 54.7   9/11 SINGLE MALTS (501)        8  7 0
10/ 9 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378) 249 208  9 54.5  10/ 3 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378)  7  5 0
11/11 BUSHMASTERS (164)        161 137  9 54.0  11/15 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)       7  8 1
12-12 MYTH (497)                45  40  1 52.9  12/25*WOODPILE (521)            7  8 1
13-13 PLATOON (513)             67  60  6 52.8  13/ 6 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)   7  8 0
14/14 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  289 266 23 52.1  14/12*DRAGON BOYS (534)         7  8 0
15/15 ASSASSIN NATION (515)    333 316 46 51.3  15/ 7 SOL INVICTUS (469)        6  8 0
16/16 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)     199 198 11 50.1  16/23 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        6  9 0
17/21 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)    13  13  0 50.0  17/30*LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)   5  6 0
18/22*LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)   10  10  0 50.0  18/19 NUMBERS GAME (403)        5 10 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/18 OVERLORDS (509)          300 312 17 49.0  19/22 THE CANUCKS (58)          5 10 0
20/19 WILLBENDERS (479)         56  59  3 48.7  20-13 PLATOON (513)             4  0 1
21/31*WOODPILE (521)            14  16  1 46.7  21-21*CANDIES (537)             4  1 1
22/28*DRAGON BOYS (534)         14  17  1 45.2  22/24 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)      4  4 0
23/24 STORMWATCH (440)         107 132  9 44.8  23/17 SOLIPSISM II (458)        4  5 1
24/25 THE CANUCKS (58)         227 285 21 44.3  24/20 ASSASSIN NATION (515)     4 11 2
25/26 SOLIPSISM II (458)        65  83  6 43.9  25/16*DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)   4 11 0
26/27 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        29  39  1 42.6  26/27 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)    3  0 0
27/30 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)      219 306 32 41.7  27-14 MYTH (497)                3  3 0
28/33 SINGLE MALTS (501)        36  52  1 40.9  28/26 THE STORM REAVERS (408)   3 12 0
29/20*DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)   12  18  0 40.0  29/31 BUSHMASTERS (164)         2  2 0
30/32 THE STORM REAVERS (408)   81 122 11 39.9  30-28 DARKNESS FALLS (500)      1  1 0
31/ 0 BRIGANDS (352)            17  26  0 39.5  31/ 0*JUZTIZ HAMMERZ (541)      0  5 0
32-34 THE OTHER ONES (404)      43  66  2 39.4  32-34 THE OTHER ONES (404)      0  2 0
33/ 0*JUZTIZ HAMMERZ (541)       0   5  0  0.0  33/ 0 BRIGANDS (352)            0  1 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[ Blood Lines ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[+
                                   Part 1--Origins
                                      Chapter 1

     "Do you have the cube, Omni?" the rasping voice echoed anticipation.  He knew
the answer before asking the question, yet these matters called for a certain
protocol.  Of course he has the cube, he would not have returned if he did not,
Master Darque thought to himself.
     "Was there ever a doubt?" The Omnimancer replied.  "Interesting cube to say the
least, demon; you want to enlighten me as to what we are going to do with it?" he
questioned.  Darque assigned the task of the cube's retrieval to him nearly one month
prior.  Acquiring the cube was the easy part of the job, his problem lay in locating
the emerald stone.  Omni did not know the stone's importance, for Darque had not
divulged much information.  However, he guessed the artifact's power with the trials
he faced to bring the stone to his cohort.  The conjuror removed a leather pouch from
his belt and placed it gently in the necromancer's taloned hands.
     "Any troubles, my friend?" the demon asked as he removed the emerald stone and
pawed it with uninhibited lust in his eyes.  The cube was small and smooth.  It fit
easily in Darque's child-like hands.  The necromancer ran his fingers across the
surface and then tested the weight of the cube.
     "Do not feign concern for my person, demon, but if you must know, yes a
plethora of trouble surrounded the search for that stone!  I began in the Chimlevtal
as you suggested, but I collected nothing but wives' tales," Omni slid into the chair
facing Master Darque's desk.  The chair was small and uncomfortable, but he continued
with his ordeal.  "After chasing a dozen leads, wiping out a Shewish settlement near
North Fork, playing hide and go seek with a group of Narsh Utur Werewolves in
Lyratilan, and getting an irritating case of frostbite in Snowbound, my search
eventually lead me to a noble's manor in Morya."
     "Morya has nobles?  Wonders never cease." Darque added without taking his
attention away from the cube.
     "Anyway, a few murders later and the stone was mine.  The Moryan authorities
will be investigating those murders for the next century," the wizard added with a
     "Excellent!  When Phantasm arrives, we will be ready to begin the ceremony,"
Darque informed The Omnimancer as he returned the cube to the leather pouch.  "I
received word yesterday and he will be joining us shortly.  I'll begin the
preparations tonight so we may proceed quickly."
     "What exactly are we invoking, demon?" Omnimancer asked with a raised eye-brow.
     Master Darque glanced upward and took notice of the conjuror seated in front of
him.  His metallic features looked comical to the demon.  Omni had once been a
handsome man.  Chiseled features, flowing blonde hair, and a charm few ladies could
resist were bestowed upon him by the gods.  Aeril Delshire was born to a merchant
family in Aradi, he was sent to the finest schools money could buy.  He did not wish
to follow in his father's footsteps because he felt his influence and chance for
advancement would be limited.  Aeril instead chose the path of the mage, and quickly
rose through the various schools of wizardry before he began concentrating all of his
efforts upon conjuration.  The young Delshire was an apt pupil and excelled in every
endeavor he began in the realm of wizardry.  However, he could not find a master who
would take him as an apprentice.  His power and potential were great, yet he was
continually turned down by the arch-mages.  While they could sense Aeril's power,
they sensed something else in the young man, something sinister.  Aeril's potential
was only exceeded by his ambition, and the arch-mages knew he would use magic with
tragic results.  Master Darque also recognized these qualities and quickly recruited
the young man.
     His knowledge and power grew under the demon's instruction.  He became a wizard
of great power that nearly rivaled his instructor.  However one fateful day, his
ambition overstepped the boundaries of his power.  Invoking an ancient scroll he had
come across in Darque's library, Aeril Delshire was changed forever.  His body was
transformed into a living conduit of elements.  Aeril was given a great power at a
greater cost.  Stripped of his humanity, Aeril was changed into a walking transmuter,
an alchemist's dream.  He gained the ability to transform himself into any inorganic
material he touched.  From the hardness of a diamond to the density of dwarven steel,
no element was beyond his power.  He became known as The Omnimancer among the wizard
conclaves for his ability as a master conjuror.  The transmutation ability offers
many welcome advantages to the summoner; however, neither Master Darque nor the
summoner have found a method to return Aeril to his human form.
     "We are invoking strong magic, my friend.  This stone combined with the
artifact Phantasm is soon to bring me will open up a gate between Alastari and my
home plane.  It will be the a gate larger than any other, even the Chaos Gates,"
Darque informed Omni with a grin.
     "Are you not worried about attracting the attention of the Greywand?"
     "She is much too concerned with the magic crisis to take notice of our
activities, but the gate will only be open for a fraction of a second.  Any mages, if
any, who may notice the opening will view it as an anomaly and nothing more."  The
necromancer levitated to the top of his desk.
     "How many creatures do you hope to bring from the outer realm with such an
opening?" Omni looked at the demon confused.
     "Dear Omni, I do not plan on gating demons in from my home realm, I'm going to
destroy it!"

To Be Continued....

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Chimlevtal #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Chimlevtal, Hagrun's Rock:

     Tempus, having had time now to catch his breath, contemplated the half-demon 
manager for several minutes.  Finally he said, "If you don't want your home city 
turned into a battleground, have you considered reforming your ways?  Taking up Good 
Works and...."
     Master Darque seemed to swell, his red eyes burning hotter than flame.  "You 
speak frivolously!" he snarled.  "With the defense of Chimlevtal at stake, you are 
unable to put aside earlier quarrels, even for a short time--it speaks ill of YOUR 
true motives, gladiator!"
     "My motives aren't your concern," Tempus snarled back.  "I wouldn't expect you 
to understand them.  The Icelord will--"
     "The Icelord," Master Darque returned acidly, "may see Chimlevtal embroiled in 
civil war because he is too stiff-necked to accept a temporary alliance with one who 
differs with him on some trivial points of philosophy!"
     "Hardly trivial!" Tempus answered as hotly.  "We wouldn't dirty our hands--"
     "The offer has been withdrawn," Master Darque stated.  Ice crackled in the air 
around his words.  "I will have nothing to do with someone so short-sighted and 
bigoted."  He turned to his bodyguard.  "Let us leave this place at once, Sidon.  
There is nothing for us here."
     "How 'bout if I beat him up first?" the Dwarf suggested eagerly.  "I could take 
     "I have no time for your little amusements," the manager said.  "There is work 
to be done in Chimlevtal."  He moved toward the rowboat and stepped lightly into it.  
"Come, Sidon!"
     With a growl, the Dwarf followed and pushed their rowboat off the pebbly sliver 
of beach.
     Tempus ignored their departure except to be glad of it.  Now that the demon was 
gone, he could give all his attention to more important issues, such as how he might 
identify the man from Zukal who was dealing with Teledeg for an assassin.  Teledeg 
must know, but could the fish merchant be persuaded to tell?  He had to get back to 
Chimlevtal, and as quickly as possible.
     He scanned the horizon for the ship that should be coming in from Zarens this 

Chimlevtal, in the harbor and ashore:

     Sidon rowed for several minutes in silence, then said, "Did you really think one 
of The Icelord's warriors would work with you?"
     For a long time it seemed like the demon wouldn't answer, but then he shrugged.  
"I had hoped it.  After all, we have the same goal in the short term, and it would be 
more efficient to combine our efforts."
     Sidon had his own opinion as to how "efficient" it would have been to work with 
a goody-two-shoes underfoot all the time, but he knew better than to voice it to his 
manager.  Especially when his manager was looking annoyed; Master Darque didn't like 
misjudging situations.  Well, who did?  "Maybe Tyre will have some information," he 

     Points left dangling:  Tyre, another henchman of Master Darque, is pursuing the 
mysterious man who wants to buy Lord Kinnishan's death.  Master Janos and William 
Wallace are headed for Zarens to gather information.  And what is the Prince of Ar up 
to in Monuntial?  Tune in next month to see! -- the Scribe, in a hurry because of the 

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #62 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal and vicinity:

     It was harder to get Veleks into the boat than Ghenis had expected.  Dead, it
might have been awkward, but alive...the little thief turned suddenly hysterical,
shrieking and weeping, trashing wildly, and begging not to be given to "the burning
eyes and flashing teeth."  Ghenis finally had to knock Veleks out so that he and
Harlund drag him into the rowboat.
     "He's nuts," Harlund growled, leaning into his oars as he drove the boat back
toward the shore.  "Burning eyes and flashing teeth.  Sounds like some kind of kid's
nightmare.  He do some kind of drugs?"
     "Veleks?  No.  He's got a few bad habits, but not drugs.  He must have seen
something real...but maybe not really what he thinks he saw."
     "He couldn't've seen something like that, not on the beach he couldn't.  There
aren't any monsters in the woods around here."  Harlund paused and looked around
uneasily, looked down into the water, which was filling with the shadows of sunset
faster than the sky was.  "Might be different if he'd been in a boat to start with,"
the beach walker muttered.  "He might've seen something over the water...."
     "Veleks can't swim and had no boat.  He was not on the water," Ghenis said
firmly.  "Besides, I found what are probably his tracks.  He was on the shore road
and left it to run toward the beach, and I do mean run--flat out.  Something
terrified him.  Veleks is no hero, but he wouldn't run without a reason."
     Harlund opened his mouth to argue further, then looked at Ghenis and shut it
again.  Smart move.
     "Just get us to shore, man.  Then I'll pay you, and you can go home.  It isn't
your problem."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis had the idea that it would have been harder, maybe impossible, to get rid
of Harlund at any time earlier in the day.  But it was sunset, and the beach walker
seemed to have a strong aversion to being out on the shore at night.  Which probably
meant that the gladiator would be wise to get himself and Veleks off the shore before
dark, too.  Besides, he didn't want to meet his henchman's "burning eyes and flashing
teeth" with Veleks on his hands either unconscious or hysterical.
     He draped the little thief over the saddle of his rented horse and glared at the
beast.  It probably wasn't a bad horse, as horses went, but neither was it
outstanding in any way--it seemed unlikely, for instance, that it would take to
carrying double.  Which meant he himself was going to have to walk.  He toyed again
with the idea of buying a horse, a really GOOD horse.  But, as at other times, he
also thought about how much it cost to keep a horse in the city, whether he was
riding it or not.  His resources weren't infinite.  And he didn't really leave the
city and NEED a horse that often, so it wouldn't be a savings, not really.
     By the time Ghenis had reached this point, a familiar one, in his thoughts, it
was twilight and he was back on the coast road, leading the horse.  He paused before
stepping out into the open.  By the evidence of the tracks, Veleks had been on the
coast road in the dark when he met his monster.  Maybe it would be better to get
under immediate cover instead of heading straight back to Zukal tonight.  He'd passed
an abandoned farmstead--courtesy of the invasion, most likely--on his way to the
beach to meet Harlund.  It wasn't any palace, but it would provide shelter and a
defensive position, and it was nearby, a mile, maybe a mile and a half away.  He set
off in that direction, crossing the road and plunging into the brush along an
overgrown track.
     The farmstead was as Ghenis remembered it, a stone house with half a roof, two
or three wooden sheds that had mostly collapsed, a cluster of unpruned fruit trees.
He led the horse right into what had been the main room of the house and dumped
Veleks onto the ground.  By the dark powers, the little thief had better have
something useful to report after all this trouble!  Veleks could sleep now, but by
morning he'd better be coherent.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis sat over the fire he'd made from scraps of lumber and watched the full
moon ride across the sky.  The night seemed long for the time of year, but that was
subjective, he knew.  It was about midnight now, with the moonlight turning the
landscape into silver and soot.  There had been owls hooting earlier, some other kind
of night birds, rustlings outside the farmhouse that had nothing to do with the wind,
but the night was silent now.  He touched the amulet he wore under his shirt,
wondering if he would see Veleks' monster tonight.  That would be...interesting.
     A howl?  There were wolves around the delta country, they'd come down out of the
hills after the invaders had devastated the area.  A chorus of howls, must be a pack.
His horse was moving restlessly.  It had a right to be uneasy, a pack of wolves was
no joke.  Ghenis wished briefly that he had a crossbow, but he didn't.  He drew his
sword and put more wood on the fire, checked to make sure that the remaining walls of
the old house would protect him from the sides and rear.
     Another howl, closer, almost a hound-like baying.  Other wolf voices answering.
Definitely a pack, hunting in the moonlight.  He touched his amulet again.  The dark
powers would not protect him if he stupidly put himself in the way of danger.  Which
he had not done tonight, he had prudently gotten off the road and taken a defensible
shelter.  With one hand on his amulet and the other on his sword, he waited.
     Shadows moved in ways that wind and trees could not account for.  They gathered
around the shell of the farmhouse; he glimpsed them through the empty doorway and the
gaps in the wall.  The shadows blinked at him with eyes that were not burning but
cold as the moon overhead.  Wolves.  Big wolves, given how far off the ground those
pale eyes were.  A lot of big wolves.  But they weren't trying to get at him.  More
kept arriving, causing an ongoing stir of shadows.  He didn't try to count them.
Didn't really want to know how many wolves there were out there.
     And then, suddenly, there was something else, with eyes of flame and a spear
tipped with icy moonlight.  Human in shape, more or less, and mounted on something
that might be a horse but probably wasn't.  It lifted a horn and blew, and the sound
was a wave of fear.
     Veleks' monster.

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #63 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     With all the snow of the winter just past, the lake was higher than usual.  At
least two feet higher, Spymaster Torric guessed, looking at the water that now stood
waist high in the doorway of the old arena records building.  He hadn't liked going
in there to hunt for old records when the water was barely up to his knees.  Now...
no.  No way he was going in there; anything could be hidden by that dark water.
     "What idiot made the decision to leave the records down there, anyway?" Jorja,
manager of Sweet Magic, asked.  "It's so stupid!"
     Torric shrugged.  "Gladiators and managers don't have the copyright on stupid,"
he said mildly.  "I'm not sure if it was Arenamaster Rillion or First Citizen Makrok
who made the decision, but the other one concurred in it."
     "Sounds like maybe the both had something to hide," Garfield, manager of Arena
Felines, murmured.  "I wonder what?"
     "Don't we all," Torric responded.  That Rillion tA and Makrok should have a
secret they had succeeded in hiding offended him.  He was supposed to be able to find
things out, and so far he hadn't scratched the surface on that.
     "Are the records even THERE?" Garfield asked.  "Maybe Rillion tA just said
they're stored down here to keep you from finding out that they're gone."
     "They were here a little while ago."  Torric frowned.  "Four years?  Five?
Something like that, I think--but I know the records still existed back then,
whenever, because I consulted them to find out about the earliest teams here.  For
Sleepy, that was.  Then something came up--the invasion, I think?  Anyway, I didn't
go back.  But--"  He jumped as a crazy howl floated over the water.  "I hate coming
here so late in the day," he muttered, glancing anxiously to the west.  The sun was
slipping behind a bank of clouds.
     "If somebody's messing around in the records storage, late in the day is the
time to watch for him.  Be glad we can't see in the dark and watch after sunset!"
Jorja advised.
     "Huh.  I wish now I hadn't mentioned that Jaguar saw someone down this way."
Garfield eyed the dark water with disfavor.  "Better I should have stayed at the
guildhouse and whacked him a couple of times for wandering around where he shouldn't
     The howl came again, from far out over the lake.  A chorus, several voices
saluting the coming night.
     "Loons," Torric said uneasily.  "We always have some loons on this lake.
Horrible birds."
     "It sounds more like wolves to me," Jorja countered, "or even hounds."
     "Not on the lake!"
     "I know, but--"
     Another chorus of howls, this time accompanied by a deep-throated hunting horn.
     "It IS hounds!"  Garfield backed up a couple of steps.  "I don't like dogs."
     "And I don't like anything that can hunt on the surface of the lake," Jorja
agreed.  She backed up with him.  Spymaster Torric was already behind them and edging
farther back.  "But I'd like to know what it is."
     "It's us cats that are supposed to be curious," Garfield reminded her.
     "Yeah, but it kills you cats.  Don't want that--who'd I have to talk to?"  She
stiffened, staring out over the water intently.  With the sun sinking into the clouds
and the forest shadowing the lake anyway, it was hard to be sure, but she thought
something--bigger than any water bird--was moving out there.
     The horn blew once more, a long note with more chilling menace in it than
anything either manager had heard.  The horn call was backed by the baying of the
unnatural pack.  The twilight took the shape of a pack of tall hounds and three lean
horsemen sweeping forward across the glassy surface of the water.
     "They're headed for the old records building," Garfield noted in a steady voice.
"I don't think I want to hang around to welcome them."
     "Right."  Jorja joined his retreat.  She shivered a little in the night air.
"This calls for strong drink in a warm, crowded tavern."

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #64 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Ibizond, Korga, and in between:

     The sun was low in the sky, less than an hour from setting, Fist of Kjarran
calculated.  He glanced at his companions, a hastily assembled group of gladiators
from Murska and hunters from Ibizond.  They had all heard of the killer that stalked
this stretch of road at night--Cadal had insisted on telling them, just to make sure
they all knew, which Fist thought was a mistake--and they were nervous.  Well, it was
time for them to turn back, and their numbers should protect them from attack.
Cadal, with Aghatamar and Zilla, were somewhere ahead, waiting in ambush to attack
the killer if the killer attacked him, Fist of Kjarran.  Not a bad plan, he conceded
privately, even if it had come from a Murskan semi-barbarian.  The man was almost as
good as a true Karnhorn in his thinking....  But Cadal hadn't taken into account the
possibility that the killer might take one look at him and sheer off.  Fist caressed
the hilt of the sword at his side.  Even if the killer had never heard of him, the
Lord Protector knew that he was an impressive, even daunting, sight.  A stir among
his companions drew his attention outward again.
     "About time we turned back," one of the men said.  He seemed to be the leader,
what was his name...Finn, that was it.  "Most of these people aren't Lord Protectors,
and if the killer gets them, they're just plain dead."
     Fist nodded.  "Yes, you should have time to get back to Ibizond before dark," he
agreed.  "And we certainly don't need more deaths along here."
     They all came to a stop.  "Thing is, I don't like leaving you on your own," Finn
went on.  He looked uncomfortable about the whole situation, but of course he had no
belief in Kjarran to sustain him.  "I could stay...."
     "A generous offer," Fist responded, clapping him on the back.  It was good to be
reminded that even non-believers had courage and honor.  "But I'm supposed to be
alone, to be tempting bait for the killer.  That is the way it's planned, you know.
We can't change the plan at this late hour!"
     "I know," Finn agreed gloomily, "but I don't like it.  Well...I guess we turn
back now.  Good luck!"  He gestured to his group, and they turned back readily, even
eagerly, toward Ibizond, sturdy walls, lights, and companionship.  With a last
salute, Finn followed them, leaving Fist of Kjarran alone on the road.
     Fist of Kjarran watched them go and smiled to himself as he turned to go toward
Korga.  That was the best thing about adventures; you made new friends, met good
people you would never have encountered in your regular life.  Doing this service for
the people of the area, ridding the road of its killer, was a good thing, a worthy
effort, but making new friends was a warmer pleasure.  Whistling, he strode eastward
toward the prepared ambush.

Near Malcorn:

     Blackie, Lord Malcorn of Malcorn, stood next to the ancient stone and waited for
the moon to rise.  It would be full tonight, and he knew, because he knew most of the
natural world around Malcorn, that when it reached a certain height above the
horizon, it would shine through the hole in a more distant rock and strike squarely
onto the face of the rock beside him, revealing carvings that had been old when the
first Lord Malcorn came to this land.  The records of his ancestors said that the
Dregur were accustomed to gathering here when the moon was just so.
     "I must be insane," Tiljanz muttered behind him.
     "Courage and a sense of responsibility often looks like madness," Blackie
agreed, "even to the people exhibiting it.  You didn't have to come here tonight, but
you felt it was the right thing to do.  I can respect that in a man.  A lot."
     "Will it do any good?" the young Karnhorn asked curiously.  "We've turned the
Dregur loose, and I'd think it hard if not impossible to rein them back in."
     "We turned them loose under terms," Blackie said.  His voice hardened, becoming
the voice of the Lord of Malcorn.  "They have not kept those terms.  They were to
attack only those who came here following Inzolas.  That a few innocents might get
caught in that net by accident was...almost inevitable.  But some of the Dregur have
been actively hunting those not indicated by the terms of their release."  He was
silent for a long moment, then shrugged.  "I'm not certain that we can put an end to
these...excesses.  But I am very certain that if we don't protest, the situation will
become worse.  A failure to protest will be seen as an admission of weakness."

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #65 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Zukal:

     Ghenis grimaced at the wave of fear but set himself to defend his shelter,
himself, his horse, and Veleks.  The fear, he realized after a moment, was something
outside himself, something the monstrous hunter was attempting to impose on him.
That knowledge did not lessen the icy waves coming at him, but it let him set it away
from himself, make a space between fear and thought.  It would not find him an easy
     There was what seemed like a very long silence, with Ghenis in the ruined house
beside his fire, and the icy-eyed shadows outside.  The shadows seemed to be waiting
for something--for him to flee, screaming, probably.  And to be disconcerted by his
failure to do so.
     Ghenis reached up to touch his amulet again, then paused before his fingers
reached the cool stone.  It looked like he could handle this on his own, so better
not to invoke the dark powers.  But should he speak, demand what this shadow wanted
of him, or wait and let it be first to break the silence?  Better to wait; in a
contest of nerves, the first to break silence lost points.  He didn't have any
points, whatever they might be in this context, to spare.
     Sooner than he expected, a voice came out of the night.  It was cold, and
hollow, and deep as a cave, sounding distant, somehow, or not quite real.  Oh, it was
real, Ghenis knew that--out of the corner of his eye, he saw his horse flinch at the
sound.  But it was hard to imagine that any creature of flesh and blood might produce
such a voice.
     "Why do you not flee?"
     "Flee?  You think I should run away?"  The gladiator put as much surprise in his
voice as he could.  "Why?  I've got a fine location here, shelter from the wind and
rain, a fire for light and warmth.  Why should I leave before morning?"
     "Do you not fear me?  You should."  The voice dropped to a deeper, darker tone.
"I could rip life and soul from your puny mortal flesh--"
     "Sounds unpleasant," Ghenis agreed.  "But I'm a Lord Protector, and the Greywand
has a deal with Ahringol--he doesn't get to keep us Lord Protectors.  We get
resurrected on a regular--"
     "Ahringol!"  The name crackled like thunder in the darkness.  Scornful thunder.
"That foolish child?  These young gods have no sense of dignity, trafficking with
wizards as though they were mortal merchants!  Ahringol and Greywand are nothing to
me, what I take, I keep."
     "If you say so," the gladiator responded.  The statement that Ahringol, who had
a deal concerning gladiators, was not involved was disconcerting, but this was not
the time to show it.  "But if you could come here and get me, you'd already have done
it.  What's stopping you?" he added curiously.  "The fire, the steel, the fact that
I'm not afraid?"
     "Why should I tell you anything?"  The voice sounded annoyed now.  Almost sulky.
"You think too much."  It dropped to a note of menace.  "But one night you will be
without shelter, and then we will see what your brave words really mean."
     There was a stir in the shadows, a rushing wind of movement, and then Ghenis had
the night to himself.

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 466): LIFE SENTANCE of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 462): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 463): MANAGER TC'S of IT'S JUST WRONG (LHI, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 461): COL SALOMON of 82ND ILLINOIS (Otto X. Frothingslosh)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 460): STEERFORTH of GO TO THE DICKENS! (Reverend Boz, 
                            acting mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 452): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 448): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): SLUGWORTH of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): FINN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 403): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 205): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 199): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 186): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 327): HAIRY TUB of MY BATHROOM (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 307): VLADIMIR TALTOS of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): none
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 466): ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 462): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 463): WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 461): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 460): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 452): THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 448): THE STORMLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 403): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 204): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 199): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 186): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 327): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 307): BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 134): none
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 353): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 468): INDIGO of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 465): WILD BILL of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 462): IMA MAROON of COLOR ME (Ghoti, mgr.)
                           GINGER BROWN of COLOR ME (Ghoti, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 461): TY BRINSON of  LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 460): STEERFORTH of GO TO THE DICKENS! (Reverend Boz, 
                            acting mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 229): SHAWINIGAN SMURF of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          BILLY LILLY of DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
              (turn 228): NIGHTSHADE of CRYPT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 227): GRIFFIN of MYTH (Lightbringer, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 446): SLUGWORTH of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
                (turn 445): DRY KEG of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 439): FINN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 185): DR. NO-NOOKIE of MASTER BLASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 133): KAMIKAZE of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  We now have a new top team for all of you guys 
to dogpile on.  DARQUE FORCES now holds the crown and they are betting they can keep 
it.  Take a look at SOUTH PARK's act, as they have a 4-1-0 week and gain 13 places in 
the team ranking.  Rising in the ranks like a loaf of armored bread (okay, I admit 
it's corny) is WOODPILE, who swept up 13 places in the ranks.  Take a look at LEGION 
OF CHAOS 2's act, as they have a 3-2-0 week and gain 13 places in the team ranking.  
DARQUE FORCES is no joke as it posted a 4-1-0 week advancing from 5th place to 1st 
place.  Leg lag?  Cart sickness?  Poor fare at inns on the way to CHIMLEVTAL?  
Whatever the cause, JUZTIZ HAMMERZ will no doubt improve on their record.  Hey 
everybody, watch out for DELWYNNDWN, who flew up 36 points in the rankings after 
mashing GENERAL MOTORS like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a 
basher in the top ten was VOMITO, who dropped 15 points after a disappointing (to say 
the least) bout with GAELIN BLACKTALON.  Try as hard as the MYTH stable might, they 
were unable to find their warrior (and ex-Duelmaster) GRIFFIN before this week's 
fights.  In front of all the crowds, GILGAMESH took the Duelmaster's crown for his 
own.  I give the bum two weeks.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a 
bigger halberd!   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
Did you hear that THE STORMGUARDS was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the 
personal hygiene of THE STORMGUARDS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  And you guys like 
to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause DARQUE FORCES beats feet every time 
THE STORMGUARDS smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  And who is this PALLADICE you ask, 
with 86 points and a 18-27-3 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  Was it guts or an 
overtaxed mental capacity that had PHOENICIA challenge up 27 points in the rankings 
to take on PALLADICE?  To the crowd's chants of 'Bo-zo bo-zo bo-zo', PALLADICE was 
taken out by the lower-ranked PHOENICIA.  (Maybe it's time to think Dark Arena?).  
Well, it looks like SUBOTAI wasn't happy with last turn's rank, so he went for broke 
by challenging up 26 points.  No guts, no glory.  A Carrion Bird Sellout:  SUBOTAI 
13-11-0 fights SIR YDER 16-7-0.  (BYOB) Can any one out there say 'weasel'?  Oh well, 
just saying KRAC D'CHEVALIERS will do.  He challenged 20 points down to trash 
DEE-DEE.  Definition of petty:  KRAC D'CHEVALIERS defeated DEE-DEE, a mismatch of 20 
points.  Getting lots of flowers from sympathetic fans was SODOM, who was 
successfully challenged by FREY who had a mere 23 points more than SODOM.  Definition 
of petty:  FREY overcame SODOM, a mismatch of 23 points.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Big deal, so PI got mashed in 
the Dark Arena.  With his face he was more at home with the trolls than with us. 
(Waka waka).  This week 6-8-1 CLAMOR was sent to the Dark Arena.  I know a lot of 
fighters with similar records who might take notice of this.  Carrion Bird Cinematic 
Humor:  LAPU-LAPU II:  THE REMATCH.  The audience likes blood and there was plenty of 
it covering GENERAL MOTORS as he was driven to an early grave by DELWYNNDWN of the 
THE NIGHTHAWKS.  For those of you who missed it, Death showed up, grabbed CURAECEN by 
the ear and took him away to a place where he won't need a coat.  Yes, and another 
'Belly up' warrior silhouette goes on top of the THE NIGHTHAWKS guildhouse this week, 
as DELWYNNDWN dispatched GENERAL MOTORS.  Good going!  Remember:  alliances are 
great, but try and take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in CHIMLEVTAL have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  See ya next time I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GILGAMESH 4428               13   8  0   125       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR YDER 4353                16   7  0   123       WILLBENDERS (479)
 ODYSSEUS 4637                21  21  1   120       OVERLORDS (509)
 DELWYNNDWN 4141              12  20  3   118       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 FREY 4197                    15  15  2   117       STORMWATCH (440)
 MACIOBELLY 4392              15   5  2   117       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
-AIRBORNE 4729                19  10  2   106       PLATOON (513)
 KRAC D'CHEVALIERS 4345       15  10  0   106       THE STORMGUARDS (78)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SARCOPHAGUS 4766             16   9  1    99       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 BONEGRIN DEVAR 2400          21  11  1    97       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 LOVELY BONES 4850            10   2  3    96       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
-POPCORN KERNEL 3313          19  28  0    93       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 PEKKO 4227                   12   8  1    92       SOL INVICTUS (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAPTAIN KANGAROO 3947        15  16  1    90       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 SUBOTAI 4380                 13  11  0    90       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
-SYWINELL 2832                13  11  0    89       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 SIR CYRUS 4407               10  11  2    89       WILLBENDERS (479)
 GEORGE WEASLEY 4375           9   1  0    89       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)
 UNCAS 4189                   17  16  0    87       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 SODOM 4368                   12   9  0    87       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 GAELIN BLACKTALON 4140       11  21  4    87       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 PALLADICE 3968               18  27  3    86       STORMWATCH (440)
-CHIMERA 4509                 10   8  0    85       MYTH (497)
-EVANDIS ETHUM 2462           17  10  0    83       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 PHOENICIA 4502                9   7  0    82       DARQUE FORCES (422)
-SNIPER 4724                  16  13  0    80       PLATOON (513)
 DOOM HAMMER 3566             15  25  2    80       THE STORM REAVERS (408)
-UNICORN 4507                 10   8  0    77       MYTH (497)
 DEE-DEE 4354                 10  13  1    76       WILLBENDERS (479)
-BUSTER BUNNY 2862            11  21  2    73       LOONY TOONS (206)
-PANTOMIME 4527                7   3  1    72       DARKNESS FALLS (500)
 SIR PELLEAS 4352             12  11  0    70       WILLBENDERS (479)
 GOMORRAH 4337                10  12  1    69       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 LUCKY 7 4895                  9   4  0    68       NUMBERS GAME (403)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRASHIUS 4980                 7   3  0    66       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 VOMITO 4840                  10   5  0    63       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 DASKON 4464                  10   9  1    62       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 HUNGRY BONES 4720             8   5  1    61       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 LAPHROAIG 4529                8  10  0    61       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 STIGMA OF STUPID 4948         5   3  1    60       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 GREYSCALES 4917               8   4  0    57       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
-BALTA MALJA 4207              7   3  1    57       VALTARNA (466)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NAPULAK 4467                 12   6  0    56       STORMWATCH (440)
 TIGBASA 4868                  9   4  0    56       STORMWATCH (440)
 OIL CAN HARRY 3814            7   8  0    56       THE CANUCKS (58)
-RAVAGED 3592                 13   6  0    55       THE OTHER ONES (404)
 INMAR 4388                    8   9  0    55       SOL INVICTUS (469)
-ROGUE 3593                    9   9  0    54       THE OTHER ONES (404)
 OBAN 4530                     8   9  1    54       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 ZARENDARGAR 4888              5   8  1    52       OVERLORDS (509)
 DEATHWING 3921                9  14  2    51       THE STORM REAVERS (408)
 GAZA 4571                     9   5  0    51       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 REZOS THE THRACIAN 4993       7   2  0    50       OVERLORDS (509)
 RELKIN 5008                   5   1  1    48       DRAGON BOYS (534)
 GLENLIVET 4528                5  13  0    48       SINGLE MALTS (501)
-VALTA BORDA 4318              5   1  0    48       VALTARNA (466)
 KAMBARD MURH 5045             7   7  0    47       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 TALISKER 4923                 8   4  0    46       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 VILI 4597                     9   9  1    45       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 DROKK 4014                    6   3  2    44       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 KIRKEN TUORNIN 4849           6   8  1    41       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 VENGEANCE 4369                5   7  2    40       THE STORM REAVERS (408)
 ARL HAMMERHAND 5023           4   0  0    40       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 SIR VILLARS 4351              8  15  0    39       WILLBENDERS (479)
-ARKON 2986                    4   2  0    37       BRIGANDS (352)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JO LUDAN 5046                 7   7  1    36       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 LADY CHAOS 4557               5   1  0    36       LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)
 JENNIFER GARNER 5013          5   1  0    36       DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)
 VALKYRIE 4958                 6   4  1    35       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 CHERRY 2000 4994              6   3  0    35       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 IVAK 2950                     5   7  0    34       BRIGANDS (352)
 TOBIAS HAWKWIND 4941          4   6  1    34       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARYAN BARBARIAN 4877          5   1  1    33       WOODPILE (521)
 I'MIC 4583                    4   8  0    33       SOLIPSISM II (458)
 MAGOG 5031                    3   2  1    33       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 ABYSSINIAN 4918               7   5  0    32       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 LOCO 4991                     4   3  0    32       SOLIPSISM II (458)
 HELM HAMMERHAND 5025          4   2  0    30       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 ALT 4839                      7   8  0    29       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
-GURAK 2947                    4   5  0    28       BRIGANDS (352)
 RAKAMA 5009                   4   3  0    28       DRAGON BOYS (534)
-DEFIANCE 4262                 6   7  2    27       THE OTHER ONES (404)
 NORGEN PELH 5042              5   4  0    25       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 LES NAYLE 5044                5   9  0    25       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 MALICE 4986                   3   6  0    25       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 BRILLIANT ORANGE 4961         3   5  0    24       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 CURF 5034                     3   2  0    24       DRAGON BOYS (534)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPATHA 4996                   6   1  1    23       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 ONE HIT WONDER 5000           4   4  3    23       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 RAPTOR 4594                   4   4  0    23       THE CANUCKS (58)
 LAGAVULIN 5019                4   2  0    23       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 STAN 5076                     2   1  0    23       SOUTH PARK (539)
 PUNKIN CARVER 5081            2   1  0    22       THE CANUCKS (58)
 HEX 4558                      2   4  0    21       LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)
 MENDAL OMSHIL 5043            5   4  0    19       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 ZARLIFF THE LICH 5032         4   1  0    19       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 GENERAL ELECTRIC 4889         1   4  0    18       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 RYU-KISHIN 5033               3   2  0    16       OVERLORDS (509)
 COOL HAND LUKE 4920           2   3  0    16       WOODPILE (521)
-SHOOK 3205                    2   0  0    15       BRIGANDS (352)
 CARTMAN 5078                  2   1  0    15       SOUTH PARK (539)
-MILKY WAY 5059                1   0  1    15       CANDIES (537)
 BUTTERS 5089                  2   0  0    14       SOUTH PARK (539)
 T'POL 5052                    1   3  0    14       DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)
-SNICKERS 5060                 1   0  0    14       CANDIES (537)
 WROUGHT-HIDE GOUL 5088        2   0  0    13       WOODPILE (521)
 MR. GARRISON 5109             1   0  0    13       SOUTH PARK (539)
 BALAROK 4567                  2   4  0    12       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 SCARECROW 4593                2   6  0    12       THE CANUCKS (58)
 RAUNI 5035                    2   2  0    12       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 MA BARKER 5073                2   1  0    12       WOODPILE (521)
 PSYCH MAJOR 5018              1   1  0    12       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 JOLENE BLALOCK 5016           2   4  0    10       DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)
 JERI RYAN 5017                2   4  0    10       DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)
 BIG TUNA 4881                 2   4  0    10       WOODPILE (521)
 GEFION 5024                   2   4  0    10       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 LITTLE JANE 5072              1   0  0    10       LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)
 VIPRA 5096                    1   0  0    10       LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)
-SKITTLES 5058                 1   0  0     9       CANDIES (537)
-STARBURST 5061                1   0  0     9       CANDIES (537)
-TARBOK 4566                   2   2  0     8       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 JAK 5011                      1   5  0     8       DRAGON BOYS (534)
 KENNY 5090                    1   1  0     8       SOUTH PARK (539)
-SIDEWINDER 4990               1   4  0     7       PLATOON (513)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ESKIMO PIE 4872               1   4  0     7       THE CANUCKS (58)
-RON WEASLEY 4406              1   3  0     6       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)
 DINGUS 5055                   1   2  0     6       SOLIPSISM II (458)
 SYDNEY BRISTOW 5053           1   3  0     6       DESTRUCTIVE DAMES (535)
 SWAYNE 5070                   1   2  0     5       DRAGON BOYS (534)
 HEIMDAHL 5101                 1   0  0     5       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 THRALL 5074                   1   2  0     5       THE STORM REAVERS (408)
-LEMON HEAD 5062               0   1  0     5       CANDIES (537)
-GRIM 3259                     1   1  0     4       BRIGANDS (352)
 JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR 5085       1   1  0     4       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
-FUTILITY 4396                 0   4  0     4       THE OTHER ONES (404)
 PERFORATE 5100                0   1  0     1       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 LANTERN HAMMER 5107           0   1  0     1       JUZTIZ HAMMERZ (541)
 CHUCKLES 5099                 0   1  0     1       SOLIPSISM II (458)
-NEVILLE 4564                  0   1  0     1       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)
 QUICKSILVER 5111              0   1  0     1       LEGION OF CHAOS 2 (505)
 ARROW HAMMER 5108             0   1  0     1       JUZTIZ HAMMERZ (541)
 CANARY HAMMER 5105            0   1  0     1       JUZTIZ HAMMERZ (541)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CLAMOR 4875            6  8 1 ASSASSIN NATION 515   BLACK ORC 355         228 NONE    
RASCAL 4765           10 12 3 ASSASSIN NATION 515   AIRBORNE 4729         226         
SWANE 5010             0  3 0 DRAGON BOYS 534       DROKK 4014            225         
DARK JUZTIZ 2 5106     0  1 0 JUZTIZ HAMMERZ 541    LIGHTBRINGER 357      228 NONE    
DARK JUZTIZ 1 5104     0  1 0 JUZTIZ HAMMERZ 541    STONE GOLEM 361       228 NONE    
GENERAL MOTORS 3985   15 14 0 MILITARY MAYHEM 89    DELWYNNDWN 4141       228         
WYVERN 4508            7  9 0 MYTH 497              PANTOMIME 4527        225         
CURAECEN 4848          7  7 0 THE NIGHTHAWKS 43     SIR CYRUS 4407        228         
PI 4315               15 13 3 NUMBERS GAME 403      HIGH ELF 354          228 NONE    
10 UP ON TOP 5084      1  1 0 NUMBERS GAME 403      SHEWISH GIANT 356     228 NONE    
CAPITAL LETTER 5097    0  1 0 NUMBERS GAME 403      SHEWISH GIANT 356     228 NONE    
VOLATILITY 4759        0  1 0 THE OTHER ONES 404    1000 TO 1 5069        226 NONE    
COUNT BYZAS 5071       1  2 0 OVERLORDS 509         ONE HIT WONDER 5000   228         
SMART BOMB 5020        0  2 0 PLATOON 513           VENGEANCE 4369        224 REVENGED
SLAG 4568              9  5 0 SOLIPSISM II 458      LOVELY BONES 4850     226         
TEARGAS 4871           1  6 0 SOLIPSISM II 458      TELLAS ARIGO 3727     224 REVENGED
TIMMY 5077             1  1 0 SOUTH PARK 539        MAGOG 5031            227         
CAPTAIN CHAOS 5079     0  1 0 SOUTH PARK 539        ARYAN BARBARIAN 4877  226         
PLATOON 5110           0  1 0 THE STORM REAVERS 408 ARENAMASTER LEVTA 358 228 NONE    
OBERON 4874            1  4 0 THE STORM REAVERS 408 MILKY WAY 5059        227         
JUSTINIAN 4319        16  9 0 THE STORMGUARDS 78    SARCOPHAGUS 4766      226         
LAPU-LAPU 4555         6 10 0 STORMWATCH 440        HUNGRY BONES 4720     228         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Frey -- You're fast! -- Sodom

Abyssinian -- I've been trying for that challenge for cycles now. -- Gaza

Timmy -- Bad challenge for you.  Too bad it wasn't Kenny.  I'll be waiting for the
bloodfeud. -- Magog

Hex -- Kind of one sided for obvious reasons there.  I have never understood why the
Commission does that to such young warriors.  However, a win is a win, so thanks. --

Mendal Omshil -- I can show you how to be "darquer" as you put it.  But, you will
have to leave that goody-two-shoes Jorja for the indoctrination to be full and
complete. -- Master Darque

Pantomime -- I always enjoyed short little skits for the kids. -- Captain Kangaroo

Unicorn -- Hasn't anyone told you that cars are a much more comfortable mode of
transportation.  I hope you are at least happy with those skills. -- General Motors

Cartman -- A win?  Now there's something I've never seen before. -- General Electric

Starburst -- I think you were the gigantic watermelon that I saw on the commercial.
-- Psych!

Zarliff the Lich -- I can't believe I didn't get a turn to attack!  I'm usually
pretty good when I attack!  That first time a parried you, I though for sure it was
my turn, but you rudely took another turn! -- Cherry 2K

It's housecleaning time at our stable.  I'm sending everyone DA except Cherry and
Lucky 7 and will try to restock the team with warriors worthy of this arena.  Then
again, I've tried to send Pi twice (not squared) already, and he's come back both
times.... -- D. Noble
P.S.  Those 2 warriors (if they live through next turn) plus Pi if he returns from
the DA, plus any good recruits (if any) we get this turn will represent Chimlevtal in
the upcoming tourney which I have decided to attend.  Hope to see many of you there!

Jorja/Middle Way -- Thanks for the congratulations!  By the time you are reading this
the deed will be done.  Ghab will be a married man!  Best of luck at the FtF (if you
are going). -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

Griffin -- Glad you are out of here...Congratulations on the throne.  I wasn't
surprised to be knocked off so quickly, as I got there prematurely anyway. --

Gomorrah -- I am a dixie cup basher who has outlived my stay.  I'm on my way to see
how I fight in the dark.  Best of luck! -- Glamor

Norgen Pelh -- Next time I'll try to make it one hit. -- One Hit Wonder

Kambard Murh -- Oh, believe me...on the surface I look fine...deep down I am ravaged!
-- Ravaged/The Other Ones

C.O.L. -- Thank you, after almost two years in Chimlevtal you have shown me your
secret to maintaining a winning record: avoid any warrior near you, downchallenge
repeatedly and hide behind your friends.  I'll pass though, sounds too much like
cowardice to me.  As my will, so mote it be! -- Abraxis

All -- For months now, several individuals (3) have called me coward in these very
personals.  Take notice, one has fled, with his tail tucked between his legs, crying
for his mother.  The other two are still here and make a career of their cowardice.
They are admonished monthly in the spy report for downchallenging.  This is their way
and I accept, no, even welcome it.  So what I would like to know, is what is their
definition of cowardice! -- ABRAXIS

All -- Thought I'd send my Juztiz Hammerz over here for a turn or so to see if they
are interesting enough to continue running on a regular basis! -- Hammer/Vendetta
Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension Family in DM 28

Big Tuna -- You fight like a fish!...Oh...you are a fish, well then, never mind. --

Balarok -- The battle was long, the competition fierce, yet the hammer of the Gods
drove me to victory!  Good fight. -- Kenny

General Electric -- Good fight, but it was really no SHOCK!! -- Cartman

Lagavulin -- Well met, man!  Until we meet again, fare ye well. -- Stan

Darque Forces Management -- Congratulations on Magog's victory/kill.  He fought
honorably and shows he is a truly formidable foe.  My stable and I look forward to
the test which lay ahead in the bloodfeud.  Regardless of the outcome, I wish you
continual victory on your journey to the golden gates of far Valhalla. -- King

Curf -- Quicketst Dwarf I've ever seen. -- Sydney

Lapu Lapu -- I feel very lucky to get out of there with a win.  Nice fight. -- J.G.

Snickers -- Great, now I've been beaten by a candy bar--gotta get some insulin. --

Coutn Byzas -- Two more of those to add to a dazzling array of skills.  Thanks. -- T
Pol the Vulcan

Ryukishin -- I'll be making a note of that strategy in my books. -- 31 of D.D.

Stan -- Jolene Blalock was in YOUR dream and you "kicked" her butt?  You really are
in the fourth grade. -- 31

Bobby B -- I sent T Pol Spatha's way.  I guess we'll see if I get it. -- 31

CFH -- Thanks for your congrats.  Sampsa can be found in Free Blades regional, where
he is training for Freshman Tourney(s).  He will remain active there for some time to
come. -- Bobby Bigfoot

Sir Yder -- After losing badly to two fighters of your style lately, I need to change
up my strategy some. -- Pekko

Oil Can Harry -- Thanks for the challenge, an exciting fight, and for the skills. --

Jo Ludan -- It's rare enough to see someone of your size, but someone of your size
choosing your fighting style, that's a sight to see!  Know that my entire team will
be cheering you on. -- Spatha

Lady Chaos -- You completely overwhelmed me out there.  I'm just glad that I was able
to learn from the experience. -- Rauni

Vomito -- How can you hold your head up with a name like that?  (sigh)  Of course,
your record must help a lot....  Good challenge and good fight. -- Kambard Murh

Spatha -- (seriously)  You needed a loss.  It's too scary to get up in the ranks with
no loss. -- Jo Ludan

Raptor -- What, you're a hawk or something?  You don't look like a hawk, even though
you've got a beak for a nose. -- Les Nayle, renowned for his graceful compliments

Brilliant Orange -- Blinding, in fact. -- Mendal Omshil

Scarecrowe -- The thing is, I'm not a crow, see?  So I wasn't scared.  Much.  Okay,
every time I step out on the sands, I'm scared, but I wasn't any MORE scared against
you because, as I said, I'm not a crow. -- Norgen Pelh

CFH -- I challenge you to wrestle your team win/loss percentage below that of the
Middle Way!  We're headed down the rankings to our normal position at or near the
bottom.  No, seriously, thanks for the welcome.  I WOULD appreciate not having

warriors killed, because I hate recruiting.  That's one of the reasons why I run
everything.  Low-mediocre warriors last almost forever. -- Jorja, not in it for the

CFH and Blue -- (diffidently)  In your directing of personals to other managers, are
you not violating one of the fundamental principles of Solipsism?  Or are you just
talking to yourself? -- Jorja, in the word business

30 May 2003
Duelmasters Friends and Friendly Foes -- I am returning to the United States for the
summer.  Please direct any Snailmail to:
     Devon Hagy
     Open Skies Ministries
     Att: Hammer
     1515 E 7th St
     Okmulgee, OK 74447
Bro De is the founder and president of Open Skies Ministries [Prison Ministry] and a
newcomer to the world of Duelmasters. We minister together when I am in the area.
See you on the sands!
-- Daryl P Holloman aka Hammer
Flower Hammerz DM 28
Casino Hammerz DM 33
Fish Hammerz DM 54

3 June 2003
     The Company of Brothers want to take this opportunity to formally introduce
ourselves to all players.  Our play is NOT based on smack, rudeness, or anything less
than fair play (well...as fair as it gets!) and improving the knowledge base of the
game and the sharing of experimentation and information.  We are not concerned with
personal politics, ideals, etc.  We are players who enjoy the game.
     Currently, our membership includes:
     Asmo Dius, Baphomet, and Fahkry.
     We wish to welcome our newest member...Suiside.  May the gods smile upon you and
victory rest well on your team.  Any who wish to join us may contact one of our
members for info.

4 June 2003
     The last Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse was one of the closest and most exciting
contests ever held in Alastari.  Such an epic demands a sequel.  Therefore, Master
Darque and Jack Wolfspider are pleased to announce the return of the Stormcrowe
     Where?  Stormcrowe DM 45 (slow).  When?  The Slaughterhouse returns on Turn 207,
due August 19.  How can you get into the action?  Bring a team (one per entrant
please) to arena 45 and announce your intention to join the contest in the Personals.
     Rules:  This time around the rules are very simple.  Each warrior win against a
higher rated opponent (one or more points higher in the ratings) brings you 10
points, against even rated opponent 7 points, lower rated 5 points.  Wins against
NPCs or by a warrior who downchallenges are worth 0 points.  Points are doubled for
kills.  All warriors in the arena whether participating in the Slaughterhouse or not
are fair game.  Points are totaled weekly, and the contestant whose team has racked
up the most points at the end of 10 turns is declared Slaughterhouse Champion.
     Prizes:  To be announced; we're still talking with RSI about it.  Figure it will
be something pretty good.  But hey, who needs prizes when the honor of being
Slaughterhouse Champion awaits!
     More info:  Master Darque, MasterDarqueDM@aol.com, or Jack Wolfspider,
russtulp@aol.com.  Or diplo Darque Forces (428) or Dynastic (433) in Arena 45.

26 June 2003

All -- Would you be willing to proxy my lunger Ganglare at the Face-to-Face?  He's
fighting in the champions tourney.  Thanks.  Write:  Michael Rogers #25335-013, PO
Box 6000, Florence, Co 81226 -- Skullagrim

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PI was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
CLAMOR was viciously butchered by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
10 UP ON TOP was murdered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
DARK JUZTIZ 2 was butchered by LIGHTBRINGER in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
DARK JUZTIZ 1 was assassinated by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
CAPITAL LETTER was barely slain by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute Dark Arena brawl.
PLATOON was assassinated by ARENAMASTER LEVTANI in a 1 minute Dark Arena struggle.
UNCAS was savagely defeated by SARCOPHAGUS in a 4 minute master's Bloodfeud brawl.
KENNY lost to MAGOG in a action packed 3 minute gruesome Bloodfeud duel.
PHOENICIA overpowered PALLADICE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SUBOTAI was defeated by SIR YDER in a 1 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
KRAC D'CHEVALIERS overpowered DEE-DEE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
FREY overcame SODOM in a exciting 1 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
ODYSSEUS devastated BONEGRIN DEVAR in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
GEORGE WEASLEY vanquished DOOM HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
SIR PELLEAS slimly won victory over LAPHROAIG in a 5 minute veteran's Challenge fray.
GOMORRAH devastated KAMBARD MURH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NAPULAK outlasted KIRKEN TUORNIN in a tiresome 18 minute Challenge bout.
JENNIFER GARNER was savagely defeated by TIGBASA in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
HELM HAMMERHAND was devastated by GAZA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SIR VILLARS was viciously subdued by GLENLIVET in a 2 minute Challenge match.
GREYSCALES unbelievably bested OBAN in a popular 4 minute Challenge contest.
VILI was subdued by OIL CAN HARRY in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
TOBIAS HAWKWIND was vanquished by DASKON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
STIGMA OF STUPID vanquished DEATHWING in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LAPU-LAPU was murdered by HUNGRY BONES in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
CHERRY 2000 overcame BRILLIANT ORANGE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
RYU-KISHIN slimly lost to RAKAMA in a unpopular 15 minute gruesome Challenge bout.
I'MIC overpowered MALICE in a action packed 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LOCO overcame ZARLIFF THE LICH in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
SCARECROW was overpowered by NORGEN PELH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
RAUNI was overpowered by RAPTOR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
ONE HIT WONDER executed COUNT BYZAS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.
ARYAN BARBARIAN slimly won victory over HEX in a popular 3 minute Challenge duel.
JOLENE BLALOCK was savagely defeated by LAGAVULIN in a 1 minute Challenge match.
JERI RYAN was handily defeated by PUNKIN CARVER in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
BIG TUNA was savagely defeated by CURF in a 3 minute brutal Challenge conflict.
CARTMAN vanquished JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
T'POL slimly lost to SPATHA in a 4 minute bloody Challenge bout.
SYDNEY BRISTOW was subdued by BALAROK in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
GENERAL ELECTRIC was unbelievably bested by LES NAYLE in a 5 minute Challenge match.
PSYCH MAJOR viciously subdued ESKIMO PIE in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge match.
MA BARKER overcame JAK in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
CAPTAIN KANGAROO was viciously subdued by GILGAMESH in a 1 minute Title match.
GENERAL MOTORS was murdered by DELWYNNDWN in a 1 minute one-sided match.
LOVELY BONES demolished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PEKKO was beaten by MACIOBELLY in a popular 3 minute bloody expert's bout.
CURAECEN was slaughtered by SIR CYRUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
VOMITO was demolished by GAELIN BLACKTALON in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
INMAR was beaten by TRASHIUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
LUCKY 7 handily defeated DROKK in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ZARENDARGAR demolished IVAK in a 1 minute mismatched battle.
TALISKER outlasted JO LUDAN in a monotonous 12 minute brawl.
VALKYRIE was subdued by RELKIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute contest.
REZOS THE THRACIAN overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute uneven bout.
ABYSSINIAN was bested by ARL HAMMERHAND in a 4 minute fight.
ALT was defeated by LADY CHAOS in a 1 minute brawl.
VENGEANCE handily defeated MENDAL OMSHIL in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
GEFION was savagely defeated by COOL HAND LUKE in a action packed 7 minute fight.
SWAYNE was unbelievably bested by WROUGHT-HIDE GOUL in a 3 minute amateur's battle.
DINGUS bested QUICKSILVER in a 1 minute novice's fight.
THRALL bested CANARY HAMMER in a crowd boring 3 minute beginner's match.
STAN overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BUTTERS defeated CHUCKLES in a 1 minute beginner's melee.
PERFORATE was narrowly defeated by HEIMDAHL in a 3 minute gruesome novice's battle.
VIPRA overpowered ARROW HAMMER in a 4 minute brutal mismatched fight.
LANTERN HAMMER was vanquished by LITTLE JANE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
MR. GARRISON overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 4 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  27         STRIKING ATTACK  125 - 114 -  9      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 23         PARRY-STRIKE      49 -  45 -  2      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 16         TOTAL PARRY       52 -  52 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         SLASHING ATTACK   78 -  80 -  7      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   12         LUNGING ATTACK   134 - 139 -  8      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-RIPOSTE     19 -  20 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         AIMED BLOW        25 -  27 -  4      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    8         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  21 -  0      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         BASHING ATTACK    49 -  61 -  2      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     39 -  52 -  1      43  |

Turn 228 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     LUNGING ATTACK    13 - 14         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     7 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK   11 - 12         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  6     WALL OF STEEL      5 -  7         2  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        7 -  7     AIMED BLOW         2 -  4         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  6         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  6         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   GILGAMESH 4428             13   8  0  125 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
STRIKING ATTACK  SIR YDER 4353              16   7  0  123 WILLBENDERS (479)
BASHING ATTACK   MACIOBELLY 4392            15   5  2  117 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
WALL OF STEEL    BONEGRIN DEVAR 2400        21  11  1   97 BUSHMASTERS (164)
TOTAL PARRY      UNCAS 4189                 17  16  0   87 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRASHIUS 4980               7   3  0   66 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
AIMED BLOW       HUNGRY BONES 4720           8   5  1   61 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ODYSSEUS 4637.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SARCOPHAGUS 4766.  The ten other most popular fighters were OBAN 4530, COOL HAND 

The least popular fighter this week was KIRKEN TUORNIN 4849.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were NAPULAK 4467, RAKAMA 5009, RYU-KISHIN 5033, TALISKER 4923, 

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

SIR YDER (31-4353) WILLBENDERS (479)

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

GRIFFIN (31-4510) MYTH (497)