Date   : 11/22/2003    Duedate: 12/19/2003


DM-31    TURN-233

This Weeks Top Honors


(31-4368) [16-9-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SODOM                          MILKY WAY
DARQUE FORCES (422)            CANDIES (537)
(31-4368) [16-9-0,120]         (31-5059) [4-2-2,38]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

OBAN                           NEON SHADOW
SINGLE MALTS (501)             KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
(31-4530) [11-11-1,95]         (31-4290) [7-8-0,46]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WORDS TO THE WISE (545)     41
2. MILITARY MAYHEM (89)        39      UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
3. DARQUE FORCES (422)         38      Unchartered Team
4. UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)      35
5. KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)       27      WORDS TO THE WISE (545)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*WORDS TO THE WISE (545)   15   2  1 88.2   1/ 1*WORDS TO THE WISE (545)  13  2 1
 2/ 2 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)   135  64 10 67.8   2/ 3 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     10  5 1
 3/ 3 SOL INVICTUS (469)        70  52  8 57.4   3/ 2 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)      10  5 0
 4/ 5 NUMBERS GAME (403)       198 160 13 55.3   4/ 4 STORMWATCH (440)         10  5 0
 5/ 6 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  146 119 10 55.1   5/ 5 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)   10  5 0
 6/ 7 DARQUE FORCES (422)      115  94  6 55.0   6/13 SOL INVICTUS (469)        8  7 3
 7/ 8 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     559 460 22 54.9   7/11*CANDIES (537)             7  8 2
 8/ 9 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378) 260 218  9 54.4   8/10 ASSASSIN NATION (515)     7  8 1
 9/11 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  298 282 23 51.4   9/ 7 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)   7  8 0
10/12 ASSASSIN NATION (515)    343 330 48 51.0  10/ 8 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)   7  8 0
11/13 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)     206 206 13 50.0  11/12 DARQUE FORCES (422)       6  4 0
12/17*CANDIES (537)             15  15  3 50.0  12/ 9 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378)  6  7 0
13/14 OVERLORDS (509)          315 322 19 49.5  13/22 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)      5  3 1
14/15*WOODPILE (521)            19  20  2 48.7  14/20*WOODPILE (521)            5  4 1
15/16 WILLBENDERS (479)         67  73  4 47.9  15/14 WILLBENDERS (479)         5 10 1
16/19 STORMWATCH (440)         122 142  9 46.2  16/16*COUP D'TAT (543)          5 10 1
17/18*COUP D'TAT (543)          11  13  3 45.8  17/15 SINGLE MALTS (501)        5 10 0
18/21 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)      236 314 33 42.9  18/ 6 OVERLORDS (509)           5 10 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/23 SINGLE MALTS (501)        47  66  1 41.6  19/18 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        5 10 0
20/26 KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)     29  45  0 39.2  20/23 KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)     4  6 0
21/28 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        36  57  1 38.7  21/17 NUMBERS GAME (403)        4  9 0

    '*'   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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                               THE REVENANT (part 15)

     I look down at my undead servant.  It is destroyed.  It happened to be close at
hand when anger came upon me.  It matters not.  My anger, though, is justifiable.  I
have been disrespected.
     I see all in black and white.  There is no color in my world.  My black cloak
and cowl hide my true features.  I have the strength of twenty men and my dark powers
are rivaled by few.  I am now back on my homeworld, Polaris.  I am now back in my
stronghold, The Keep of the family Berrymore.  My powers are returning after my
ignominious defeat on Ghea at the hands of The Icelord, High Lord Bosk and Polar
     It is good to be back on Polaris.  It is good my vast powers are returning.  It
is good I am in my ancestral stronghold.  It is good my undead minions are assembled
for the coming of my enemies.  It is good my allies from the Dark Forest have been
summoned.  It is good that I will, on my territory, face my hated enemies, The
Icelord, Bosk and Polar Bear once and for all.  This is all good.
     I am enraged at their audacity!  After I escaped destruction at their hands on
Ghea and returned here, I knew they would quickly pursue and attempt to defeat me in
my weakened state.  Anyone with any brains would want to take advantage of my defeat
and weakness and immediately attempt to deliver the final blow to destroy me.  But
these foul cretins disrespect me!  ME!
     Yes, they traveled to Polaris.  But my powers have ascertained they went to
R'Shann.  There I saw the Druidess Polar Bear go off on her own!  Foul Elf!  Then the
wizard and warrior went into the city.  Did they immediately gather provisions and
forces to travel here to do battle?  No.  They carouse!  They swill ale and frolic
with wenches!  They dally in the city!  Only after I uncovered this did The Icelord
deem to mask their actions from my view with his magic.  They laugh at me!  They
display confidence.  They disrespect me!  They will come.  I have no doubt of this.
They will regret their arrogance.  They will regret their disrespect of my dark and
unholy powers.  I am a Revenant and I will be victorious...and respected.

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #73 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     Fist of Kjarran rather liked being hailed as a hero in Korga.  It wasn't
something he'd expected, which made it even better.  Cadal explained to the people--
several times--that the hunter had not been destroyed, only driven off, and that the
road was still dangerous after dark, but the Korgans didn't seem to care.  They
fussed over Fist, cheered when he assured them that Aghtamar, herself a Korgan, had
been invaluable in the effort, and generally made a party out of the whole situation.
     Later that evening, when all the gladiators were so full of food they could
barely move (or didn't want to, at least), Fist drew Cadal aside.  "These people act
like all their troubles are over!" he worried.  "The hunter will still be out there,
maybe not right away, but he'll be back."
     "I know that," Cadal said, "and you know that, and more of the Korgans realize
it than you might think.  But there isn't anything else we can do about it without
help."  He smiled faintly.  "Even the kind of help you had is not exactly what we
need here.  It was enough for that night, but it was...."  He frowned, groping for
the right words, then shrugged.  "There was power enough, you understand, and the
will to help, but it wasn't really the best tool for the job."
     "What is the best tool, then?  If there is one at all."
     "I think there is a tool," Cadal said, "and I think the man who knows about it
is Lord Malcorn.  So in the morning we head for Malcorn, and we ask."


     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door of the old house and stepped toward Pelishtekan's
office, batting away the coil of incense that came up from the shrine below.  The
incense wasn't necessary, just window-dressing added to the cult worship by
Pelishtekan.  Ghenis didn't care for it.  Damned frills!  But it did seem to please
the lesser members, and of course it added to their "harmless crackpot" image.
     The Ferencian was waiting for him in the cult's office, simmering with
indignation.  As soon as the door was shut, he demanded, "What do you think you're
     Ghenis raised an eyebrow and smiled faintly, clearing off the other chair and
sitting down.  "Doing?  The cult's work, of course.  What did you think I was doing,
     "In sending Og and Veleks to Niatoli without consulting me, you were--"
     "--Doing as we agreed was necessary.  Niatoli can't be left out of our plans,
and we HAD agreed that we should send someone to lay the ground there."
     "And it was necessary to get Veleks out of the city before his fear broke the
nerve of other people.  Cousin Og will keep an eye on him."
     "If the thief's nerve is broken--"
     "He'll be fine on Niatoli.  The thing he fears doesn't seem to cross water
readily."  Ghenis leaned forward.  "Put aside your annoyance and listen to me,
Pelish.  The thing Veleks fears--let me tell you about it."  He launched into a
description of what he had seen north of Zukal, and of what Veleks had been able to
tell him.
     When Ghenis was through, the other man sat in silence for a long moment.  Then
he shook his head, seeming almost dazed.  "I had believed Alastari free of such
beings, unaccountable as that freedom had appeared.  I supposed it was the Grey
Witch's doing, that she had bound them long ago to keep them from interfering in her
plans.  Why would she loose them now?"
     "Who knows what the Witch would do?  But you do know what this monster--these
     "More or less," the Ferencian said, shrugging.  "They're remnants of the races
that inhabited Ghea before...whatever, the Old Gods or who knows what, started
meddling.  The ancient scrolls which I have seen in Ferencia speak of them as being
the rulers of the world when humans were still little more than beasts living in
caves and there were no elves or dwarves here at all."  He shrugged again.
"Unsupported myth, of course, but it does suggest that they are a very old race.
Frankly, if I'd thought of them at all, I would have supposed them destroyed here in
     "Destroyed in Alastari," Ghenis repeated.  "That implies that in other places--
such as Ferencia--they are not destroyed, and perhaps not even bound?"
     "They're BOUND, of course!"  Pelishtekan snapped, scandalized.  "Er...more or
less.  Differently in different places, of course.  But we couldn't leave them
     "I can see that," the gladiator agreed.  "So, we have these things loose here,
but they CAN be bound.  Okay, fine.  How do we do it?"
     The Ferencian blanched.  "WE don't do it, that is work for great wizards, high
priests, men of power--"
     "And no one in the cult has that amount of power?"  Scowling, Ghenis came to his
feet and leaned closer to the Ferencian, his hands braced on the desk between them.
He gathered up a fist-full of Pelishtekan's tunic.  "Are you telling me that the cult
doesn't have that kind of power?  That it's just a piddling little two-bit cult?"
     Pelishtekan paled further.  "No!  No, the cult has that power, but nobody HERE
can wield it!  And with the Arcanum so weak--"
     "The state of the Arcanum doesn't seem to be affecting the monsters," Ghenis
interrupted in a hard voice.  "Any dark god worth his worship should be able to take
care of a few monsters, Ferencian.  If I find that this is just a small time
operation for a small time demon after all, there will be HELL to pay, man, and I
will PERSONALLY see that you pay the first installment."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): LADY DEATHSTRIKE of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): SILVER BELLE of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): none
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): none
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Rumor has it an incurable disease has swept the stable of OVERLORDS.  
Note their drop in the rankings from 6th to 18th.  Watch out!!!  What's a move up by 
9 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to 
MILITARY MAYHEM.  Practice pays for SIR PELLEAS, who pummelled LOVELY BONES, to 
pocket 27 points.  A certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice 
more, after losing 15 points to PHOENICIA.  (Discrete enough, VOMITO?) You could cut 
the tension with a scimitar as SODOM of DARQUE FORCES met the Duelmaster.  In 
CHIMLEVTAL, nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new 
Duelmaster, SODOM.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and 
ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  Perhaps the warriors of STORMWATCH should 
take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of good 
breeding scorns the "warriors" of WILLBENDERS, so did that sorry team shy from 
STORMWATCH If challenges were horses, DUKE GORLOIS could open up a fast food joint!  
Take heed CHIMLEVTAL, of the unprincipled action of UNCAS.  By challenging GOMORRAH, 
24 points below him, UNCAS besmirches the noble art of dueling.  Warriors of 
CHIMLEVTAL!  Do you wish your reputations tainted by the base challenge of UNCAS?  
SNICKERS found herself challenged by a warrior 22 below:  GENERAL PURPOSE.  GENERAL 
PURPOSE of MILITARY MAYHEM kept his wits as he bested SNICKERS.  Willing to win at 
any cost is ZARENDARGAR, who challenged GAZA, 11 points junior.  Our sympathies, 
GAZA!  I thought ZARENDARGAR showed great skill and promise when he defeated GAZA.  
All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  THE RAGE MAN 
in the Dark Arena wasn't enough for PEKKO of SOL INVICTUS.  Maybe that certain 
serving girl(?) at The Mourngrym Inn and Tavern will be!  Alas, poor LOVELY BONES.  
We all know UNFIT TO BE ORCS' retirement plan isn't the best in the world.  SIR 
PELLEAS, may you be as missed when your time comes.  You've heard about ZARLIFF THE 
LICH of THE STORMBRINGERS.  Death plays no favorites, and neither do I.  What was a 
5-5-0 doing on the fields in the first place?  Does SOUTH PARK care so little for 
their fallen comrade, BUTTERS?  MALICE was heard at The Mourngrym Inn and Tavern 
sneering...  Charity is unknown in CHIMLEVTAL, and rightly so.  ASSASSIN NATION 
exacted their revenge against COUP D'TAT.  Ask not for whom the sword slashes; it 
slashes for thee.   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid CHIMLEVTAL farewell-- 
Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SODOM 4368                   16   9  0   120       DARQUE FORCES (422)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MACIOBELLY 4392              19   6  2   114       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 PHOENICIA 4502               12   8  1   109       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 SIR PELLEAS 4352             14  14  1   106       WILLBENDERS (479)
 HUNGRY BONES 4720            12   6  1   103       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 FREY 4197                    18  17  2   101       STORMWATCH (440)
 LAPHROAIG 4529               12  11  0   101       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 UNCAS 4189                   21  17  0   100       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 TIGBASA 4868                 14   4  0   100       STORMWATCH (440)
 STIGMA OF STUPID 4948         8   3  1    99       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 OBAN 4530                    11  11  1    95       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 PEKKO 4227                   15  10  4    94       SOL INVICTUS (469)
-POPCORN KERNEL 3313          19  28  0    93       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 SUBOTAI 4380                 16  13  0    92       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 GAELIN BLACKTALON 4140       15  22  5    92       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 PALLADICE 3968               18  32  3    91       STORMWATCH (440)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VOMITO 4840                  13   7  0    86       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 TOBIAS HAWKWIND 4941          8   7  1    79       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 VILI 4597                    13  10  1    78       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOMORRAH 4337                11  15  1    77       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 LUCKY 7 4895                 11   6  0    77       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 NAPULAK 4467                 17   6  0    75       STORMWATCH (440)
 DEE-DEE 4354                 11  17  1    71       WILLBENDERS (479)
 HELM HAMMERHAND 5025          8   3  0    71       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 MALICE 4986                   8   6  1    70       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 DASKON 4464                  12  12  1    69       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 REZOS THE THRACIAN 4993      10   4  0    69       OVERLORDS (509)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INMAR 4388                   10  12  0    66       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 TRASHIUS 4980                 9   6  0    66       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 CHERRY 2000 4994              9   4  0    62       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 TALISKER 4923                 9   8  0    59       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 GLENLIVET 4528                7  16  0    59       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 DROKK 4014                    8   6  2    58       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 BRILLIANT ORANGE 4961         7   6  0    58       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VALKYRIE 4958                 9   6  1    56       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 ZARENDARGAR 4888              8  10  1    54       OVERLORDS (509)
 GREYSCALES 4917              11   6  0    53       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 RYU-KISHIN 5033               7   3  0    52       OVERLORDS (509)
 SIR SAGRAMOR 5146             4   0  0    51       WILLBENDERS (479)
 MAGOG 5031                    6   3  1    49       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 KIRKEN TUORNIN 4849           9  10  1    47       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 SIR VILLARS 4351              9  19  0    47       WILLBENDERS (479)
 NEON SHADOW 4290              7   8  0    46       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 PLOTINUS 4341                 7   5  0    46       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 ALT 4839                     11   9  0    45       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 ONE HIT WONDER 5000           6   6  4    45       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 ABYSSINIAN 4918               9   8  0    41       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 PARADOXE 4287                 7   8  0    39       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 JO LUDAN 5046                 9  10  1    38       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 MILKY WAY 5059                4   2  2    38       CANDIES (537)
 PSYCH MAJOR 5018              4   2  1    38       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 GAZA 4571                     9   9  0    36       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 MENDAL OMSHIL 5043            7   7  0    36       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 KAMBARD MURH 5045             8  11  0    35       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 LES NAYLE 5044                6  13  0    34       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPATHA 4996                   9   3  1    33       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 GENERAL PURPOSE 5124          2   1  1    33       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 LAGAVULIN 5019                5   6  0    31       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 NORGEN PELH 5042              6   8  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 SHALLOW THREAT 4329           5   7  0    26       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 ROBES-PIERRE 5134             4   1  0    26       COUP D'TAT (543)
 CAPRICIOUS 5143               3   0  0    26       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 RAUNI 5035                    5   4  0    24       SOL INVICTUS (469)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARYAN BARBARIAN 4877          5   2  1    23       WOODPILE (521)
 COOL HAND LUKE 4920           3   4  1    23       WOODPILE (521)
 MA BARKER 5073                4   1  0    22       WOODPILE (521)
 UBER ALLES 4505               2   3  0    21       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 SNICKERS 5060                 3   3  0    20       CANDIES (537)
 STARBURST 5061                2   4  0    20       CANDIES (537)
 JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR 5085       4   3  0    19       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 LEXICON 5142                  3   1  0    19       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 IGOMINY 5144                  3   0  1    18       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 POLL POTT 5131                2   2  0    18       COUP D'TAT (543)
 WROUGHT-HIDE GOUL 5088        4   0  0    17       WOODPILE (521)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PERFORATE 5100                3   3  0    17       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 ARCHETYPE 5140                3   0  0    17       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 FAOLAN AP GRYFFYDD 5152       3   0  0    17       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 PRODIGIOUS 5141               3   1  0    16       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 URACCA EVENSTAR 5148          2   2  0    14       STORMWATCH (440)
 COMMANDER SPUD 5149           1   2  0    14       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 LAJINN THE GENIE 5126         2   3  2    13       OVERLORDS (509)
 GENERAL ELECTRIC 4889         2   7  0    13       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 ANDERS DIEMED 5174            1   0  0    12       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 CALLEIGHT 5128                3   2  0    11       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 COL. KA DA FEE 5132           2   3  2    11       COUP D'TAT (543)
 BARTOFELES 5173               1   0  1    11       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 IDI A MEAN 5133               2   3  0     9       COUP D'TAT (543)
 SIR BREUNIS 5145              2   2  0     8       WILLBENDERS (479)
 MANI 5102                     1   4  0     7       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 JOLLY RANCHER 5183            1   0  1     6       CANDIES (537)
 DUKE GORLOIS 5153             1   2  0     5       OVERLORDS (509)
 TAFFY 5182                    1   0  0     3       CANDIES (537)
 LOVE POTION #9 5151           0   3  0     3       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 EUA 5154                      0   3  0     3       COUP D'TAT (543)
 TARLOF KO-RO-BA 5170          0   1  0     1       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 TEFLON DON 5175               0   1  0     1       WOODPILE (521)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CONSUME 5171           0  1 0 ASSASSIN NATION 515   BARTOFELES 5173       233         
EN PASSANT 5172        0  1 0 ASSASSIN NATION 515   JOLLY RANCHER 5183    233         
SARCOPHAGUS 4766      16 10 1 ASSASSIN NATION 515   PHOENICIA 4502        229 NOT REVE
TEMPEST 5125           0  3 0 ASSASSIN NATION 515   COL. KA DA FEE 5132   231 JUST REV
SKITTLES 5058          4  1 0 CANDIES 537           ONE HIT WONDER 5000   232         
HOT TAMALE 5155        0  2 0 CANDIES 537           IGOMINY 5144          232         
JULIUS C. 5130         1  1 1 COUP D'TAT 543        LAJINN THE GENIE 5126 230 JUST REV
THE RAGE MAN 359       0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          PEKKO 4227            233 NONE    
HEIMDAHL 5101          1  5 0 LORDS OF VALHALLA 508 THE RAGE MAN 359      233 NONE    
GEFION 5024            5  6 0 LORDS OF VALHALLA 508 ARENAMASTER LEVTA 358 233 NONE    
DIME A DOZEN 5181      0  1 0 NUMBERS GAME 403      PREACHER 353          233 NONE    
ZARLIFF THE LICH 5032  5  5 0 THE STORMBRINGERS 359 PSYCH MAJOR 5018      233         
LOVELY BONES 4850     10  5 3 UNFIT TO BE ORCS 450  SIR PELLEAS 4352      233         
DA 5169                0  1 0 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 378 WURM KIN 362          233 NONE    
SIR CYRUS 4407        10 12 2 WILLBENDERS 479       GAELIN BLACKTALO 4140 229 NOT REVE
BIG TUNA 4881          2  5 0 WOODPILE 521          MILKY WAY 5059        232         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Icelord & High Lord Bosk -- We have known each other for over 20 years.  The
Council of Lords is based on friendship, trust, loyalty and honor.  These are things
Mr. Darque and his "Cartel" will never understand.  Salute. -- Polar Bear &

Archetype -- How rude!  If you would be so kind as to challenge someone else, I would
appreciate it.  I am trying to fight the cartel.  Thank you. -- Uracca Evenstar

Lajinn the Genie -- And it was well struck!  Salute. -- Stormwatch

Abraxis -- You can continue to write silly personal ads and we will simply continue
to beat up your warriors. -- Stormwatch

High Lord Bosk -- Indeed.  I do have RUSH IN RIO and listen to it now as I enjoy a
cold Moosehead and complete my turns.  I like what they did with "By-tor and the

Snowdog."  It very much mirrors the "Vapor Trails" tour we caught in LA last year.
The power trio is in good form. -- The Icelord (I still think "All the World's a
Stage is the greatest live album ever.)

Commander Spud -- If it helps the cause, I'm happy.  Thanks. -- Faolan Ap Gryffydd

Crip -- I am interested in what is the most Lord Protectors you have graduated from a
slow arena team.  I know you have me beat but I'm curious if I might catch you. --
The Icelord

Wordsmith -- Welcome to Chimlevtal.  I look forward to crossing swords with you.  I
hear Mino is active in Aruak City.  Hope the old pirate fares well. -- The Icelord

Ghab -- No excuses, sorry if you can't understand that.  I have heard some
unflattering things about you also.  <shrug>  Why don't we just both give it a rest?
-- The Icelord

Maciobelly -- I would love to know your stats! -- The Icelord

Shau'nin Snowbeard -- Old friend, don't trust Manager Darque. -- The Council of Lords

Abraxis -- Be silent, clown. -- Faolan Ap Gryffydd

The COL presents Chimlevtal History Facts:  On 11/20/89 turn #51:  DM:  Raoul
Ironfist of The Devastators.  CH REC LDR:  Raoul Ironfist of The Devastators.  UNCH
REC LDR:  Black Mass of South of Heaven.  POP LDR:  Lone Wolf of The Canucks.  WEEK'S
FAV:  Chaos of Mongol Horde.  CURRENT TOP TEAM:  Bushmasters.  #1 TEAM ON THE MOVE:
The Canucks (58).  TOP CH TEAM:  Briteron By.  TOP UNCH TEAM:  South of Heaven.
There were 52 listed teams.  The most popular style was LU with 27.

Manager Darque -- I am sure The Jimbo decides when and if you reply to an ad. -- The

Manager Darque -- Shall I list all the managers you have brought to this arena that
have spouted exactly what the current VC leadership wants them to?  Bring your other
manager personas back (Phantasm & Omnimancer) or are they still in hiding?  I will DC
and avoid any and all members of the Crying Cartel because I laugh at you every time
you whelps start sobbing and whining about it.  Don't tell me how to play the game.
-- The Icelord

Manager Darque -- How silly you are to call anyone a coward.  Ichabod Frothingslosh
made a public challenge to you to square off with him one on one.  Since you wanted
your Crying Cartel members to fight your battles (as usual) you declined.  I don't
need a spy report to tell me you are a coward. -- The Icelord

Goat -- There was a typo in the zip code.  It said 98298.  It should have been 98208.
Any mail already sent will probably get there a little late, but it should get there.

Victory Tavern -- Thanks for the drinks. -- Wordsmith

Mr D. Noble, Council of Words, Mr Bobby Bigfoot -- Thanks for the rousing welcome. --

Gaelin Blacktalon -- Congratulations for winning the Duelmasters Title. -- Words To
The Wise

Uracca -- Might I say, "Wham.  Bam.  Thank you, ma'am!" -- Archetype

Idi A Mean -- I love you long, slow, sultry dancers. -- Capricious (Ambi and proud of

Rauni -- I was no match for your superior skills.  Salute. -- Lexicon

Col. Ka Da Fee -- I do fine with the brass (a Col. and a Commander) but have trouble
with royalty.  (A sir) -- Prodigious

Candies -- Mea Culpa.  In no way did I mean to do that.  I find it hard to believe I
was capable, may Hot Tamale fight well in that Great Arena In The Sky. -- Igominy

All -- A team rollup $5.00, fighting a tournament $7.00, a full team's turn $10.75,
pushing Icelord's buttons priceless! -- Abraxis

The Icelord -- Let's watch the whelps fall by the wayside.  We know from our long,
storied history in Chimlevtal, that most of the mouths will be gone within a year!
Omne jus stat in armis and est sularis oth mithas, My Brother!!! -- High Lord Bosk

Polar Bear -- Blackmore's Night has a new cd out, Ghost of a Rose.  Most hussah!
Salute to you, Mi'Lady. -- High Lord Bosk

Abraxis -- Your time is nearly up.  Time to say bye bye. -- High Lord Bosk

Wordsmith -- Welcome to Chimlevtal.  I used to compete with Mino in Seam. -- High
Lord Bosk, Lords of Valhalla

Bosk -- Ummm...you don't feel he needs your help, but when I "pick a fight" with him
you feel you need to help him...Right...For the record, I didn't pick any fights.  I
am responding to downchallenges from members of your alliance! -- Ghab/Assassin

Ice -- You and Bosk keep telling me to be silent?  I tell you what; I have nothing
more to say to the two of you.  An old proverb says to never argue with idiots, they
always bring you down to their level.  I am done arguing with the two of you.  You
keep downchallenging and I'll keep responding to your cheap tactics on the sands.
End of story! -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

Mani -- Apparently it was a dulled weapon.  I have taken care of the problem and have
continued on my murderous ways. -- One Hit Wonder

Goat -- Let's call a truce. -- Skullagrim
P.S.  I'll let you know what HW game I'm going into when I start it.  Ask to get in
with me next 4 weeks if you want to start it with me.

Ghab -- Awaiting your bloodfeud, in fact I have double challenged "Perforate" this
turn.  Good luck in your future endeavors.  May you never be hit with rotten fruit
intended for the Council of Fools. -- Goat

High Lord Bath, Grandfather of Fools -- Your names are misnomers; the Cartel has
never granted you the right to the Titles you falsely claim.  The only claim to war
is from your confused nithling Ice Board, you speak like a lost Andorian puppy of
Rules; like all of your puppets you do not even know who is pulling your strings.
Until you shape up or ship out, deal with "Coup D'Tat" a stable with no wits above
11. -- Warriors of Delarquan
P.S.  All I have is time, so keep your weapons sharp along with your scribe.

Lajinn the wienie -- We all know "Storm Watch" did not even bloodfeud me, as for your
match up with me from what I have seen from beyond, you were threatened just to get
you to the arena to fight me.  As I am (was) V.C., you were the draw.  You never sent
a challenge to the arena master or one of the greatest to run a stable in Chimlevtal,
"Goat."  None of your council did.  So save it. -- Ghost of Julius C.

Les Nayel -- Thank you for teaching me so well.  As for 9 Minutes, I'm sure you can
do much better than all that silence that surrounds you. -- Idi A Mean

Egil -- 0-5 ouch.  Missed every challenge.  Lucky for the Council of Fools.  What
rhythm were you running with that Bash tactic?  Aryan Barbarian really rocked. --

V.C. -- "Cartel:  1.  A combination of independent organizations formed to regulate,
exchange information on production, pricing and marketing of goods by members.  2.  A
political group united in a common cause.  3.  Supporting a member of an alliance
with stable info so that members do not cut or kill each other's prices.  4.
Matching kill for kill when a member is unable to.  At least a win."  The only
support I have received is from our Dark Leader.  Your actions of your lack of even
attempting to help a member of the V.C. get set up in our home arena is unsettling.
I have been here 4 turns, nothing as of Turn 232.  Are you paranoid?  At least act
with some unity.  Getting ticked on and off. -- Goat

Brilliant Orange -- (blinking)  Quite blinding, in fact.  Why should you be an Orc in
Orange? -- Kambard Murh

Gefion -- Er, ah...a junior lord, perhaps?  Somehow I just don't see you as a "lord
of valhalla."  There's the style thing, for one, and then...you lost to me? -- Mendal
P.S.  I mean, if we're equal in skill, you're in trouble.

Alt -- (pained look)  You didn't have to live up to your team name with QUITE so much
enthusiasm, did you? -- Les Nayle

Aryan Barbarian -- YOU are what's in the woodpile?  I would never have guessed.
-- Jo Ludan

Neon Shadow -- I think it's the strobe effect that really got me. -- Norgen Pelh

Psych Major -- I dunno, are you giving me something? -- Mendal Omshil (only one ell)
P.S.  It's a family name, used to be Om's Hill--where one of our ancestors came from, 
but you know how names get worn down over the generations.

Bandit Prince -- I'm on a winning streak.  I really like night fights. -- Pekko

Helm Hammerhand -- Strong challenge, sir.  After that, I must rethink my default
strategy. -- Inmar

Abyssinian -- You are not the type of match I was looking for. -- Spatha

Lexicon -- You were the very definition of persistence and endurance.  My manager's
advice about not varying attack location was invaluable to my eventual success
against you. -- Rauni

Faolan Ap Gryffyd -- You sure turned that fight right around on me; next time, give
up already! -- Mani

All -- I'm sorry not to have an episode for you today, but there was no time to write
a worthy one, and I wouldn't give you second rate. -- the Scribe

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PEKKO butchered THE RAGE MAN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
HEIMDAHL was slaughtered by THE RAGE MAN in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
GEFION was easily killed by ARENAMASTER LEVTANI in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
DIME A DOZEN was slaughtered by PREACHER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
DA was assassinated by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
POLL POTT demolished LAJINN THE GENIE in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud competition.
STIGMA OF STUPID vanquished PALLADICE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
UNCAS beat GOMORRAH in a 2 minute master's Challenge brawl.
SODOM overpowered GAELIN BLACKTALON in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title melee.
HUNGRY BONES won victory over SUBOTAI in a 2 minute expert's Challenge duel.
LOVELY BONES was slain by SIR PELLEAS in a 1 minute expert's Challenge duel.
PHOENICIA overpowered VOMITO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
VILI handily defeated DROKK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
TOBIAS HAWKWIND demolished DASKON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
BRILLIANT ORANGE handily defeated JO LUDAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
GREYSCALES unbelievably bested NEON SHADOW in a 5 minute Challenge bout.
ZARENDARGAR handily defeated GAZA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
PARADOXE was defeated by KIRKEN TUORNIN in a 3 minute Challenge struggle.
VALKYRIE overcame ALT in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
ZARLIFF THE LICH was viciously butchered by PSYCH MAJOR in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
RAUNI was overpowered by PLOTINUS in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
COOL HAND LUKE was luckily beaten by LES NAYLE in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
URACCA EVENSTAR overcame LOVE POTION #9 in a 5 minute Challenge competition.
IGOMINY devastated MANI in a action packed 3 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
GENERAL ELECTRIC was demolished by MENDAL OMSHIL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR lost to CAPRICIOUS in a 4 minute Challenge fray.
UBER ALLES bested CALLEIGHT in a popular 1 minute novice's Challenge bout.
DUKE GORLOIS was overpowered by COMMANDER SPUD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
FAOLAN AP GRYFFYDD narrowly defeated SIR BREUNIS in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
MA BARKER subdued STARBURST in a 4 minute novice vs. expert upset Challenge melee.
COL. KA DA FEE was unbelievably bested by PERFORATE in a 3 minute Challenge bout.
GENERAL PURPOSE vanquished SNICKERS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
TIGBASA overpowered HELM HAMMERHAND in a 1 minute uneven duel.
OBAN defeated DEE-DEE in a popular 2 minute gory veteran's match.
LAPHROAIG overpowered REZOS THE THRACIAN in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
FREY was unbelievably bested by MACIOBELLY in a action packed 2 minute master's match.
NAPULAK bested CHERRY 2000 in a exciting 2 minute battle.
LUCKY 7 devastated GLENLIVET in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MALICE overpowered SIR VILLARS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TRASHIUS handily defeated KAMBARD MURH in a 1 minute uneven match.
ABYSSINIAN was outlasted by SIR SAGRAMOR in a 12 minute expert vs. novice upset bout.
INMAR demolished ONE HIT WONDER in a 1 minute uneven competition.
TALISKER was outlasted by RYU-KISHIN in a 7 minute fight.
MAGOG demolished NORGEN PELH in a 1 minute uneven duel.
MILKY WAY bested SHALLOW THREAT in a 1 minute match.
LAGAVULIN was overcome by SPATHA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gory duel.
LEXICON devastated OSKSI NOBLE in a 2 minute mismatched match.
ARCHETYPE overcame OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute conflict.
PRODIGIOUS luckily beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 4 minute gory match.
ROBES-PIERRE demolished TEFLON DON in a 1 minute gory uneven fight.
IDI A MEAN was savagely defeated by ANDERS DIEMED in a 6 minute novice's fray.
WROUGHT-HIDE GOUL subdued TARLOF KO-RO-BA in a 2 minute amateur's match.
EUA was outlasted by TAFFY in a slow 11 minute novice's battle.
CONSUME was executed by BARTOFELES in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
EN PASSANT was barely slain by JOLLY RANCHER in a 1 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  22         AIMED BLOW        32 -  24 -  4      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 20         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     16         STRIKING ATTACK  113 -  93 -  8      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         TOTAL PARRY       76 -  63 -  1      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         PARRY-STRIKE      45 -  39 -  4      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         BASHING ATTACK    40 -  42 -  1      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         SLASHING ATTACK   62 -  66 -  6      48  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK   118 - 142 -  8      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         WALL OF STEEL     45 -  63 -  5      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  32 -  1      33  |

Turn 233 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

AIMED BLOW         4 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  5         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY       10 -  6     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  5         1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK    12 - 10                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK   10 - 10                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  3                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SODOM 4368                 16   9  0  120 DARQUE FORCES (422)
BASHING ATTACK   MACIOBELLY 4392            19   6  2  114 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
AIMED BLOW       HUNGRY BONES 4720          12   6  1  103 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
TOTAL PARRY      UNCAS 4189                 21  17  0  100 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
STRIKING ATTACK  TIGBASA 4868               14   4  0  100 STORMWATCH (440)
WALL OF STEEL    PEKKO 4227                 15  10  4   94 SOL INVICTUS (469)
PARRY-STRIKE     SUBOTAI 4380               16  13  0   92 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is OBAN 4530.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
NEON SHADOW 4290.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIR SAGRAMOR 5146, 
4530, FREY 4197, LAGAVULIN 5019, and LOVE POTION #9 5151.

The least popular fighter this week was TAFFY 5182.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were EUA 5154, TALISKER 4923, ABYSSINIAN 4918, IDI A MEAN 5133, PRODIGIOUS 
and NORGEN PELH 5042.

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

FREY (31-4197) STORMWATCH (440)


     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff