Date   : 02/14/2004    Duedate: 03/12/2004


DM-31    TURN-237

This Weeks Top Honors


(31-4720) [15-7-1,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TIGBASA                        LEXICON
STORMWATCH (440)               WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
(31-4868) [18-4-0,124]         (31-5142) [6-2-0,48]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

OBAN                           LAPHROAIG
SINGLE MALTS (501)             SINGLE MALTS (501)
(31-4530) [12-14-1,89]         (31-4529) [13-14-0,98]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BUSHMASTERS (164)           45
2. SOL INVICTUS (469)          40      UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
3. WILLBENDERS (479)           39      Unchartered Team
4. STORMWATCH (440)            33
5. STYX AND BEYOND (550)       33      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)   27   6  1 81.8   1/ 3 STORMWATCH (440)         12  3 1
 2- 2*SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)      4   1  0 80.0   2/ 1 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378) 10  2 0
 3/ 4 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)   146  70 12 67.6   3/ 2*WORDS TO THE WISE (545)   8  3 0
 4/ 5*WHY DID I DO IT (540)      7   4  2 63.6   4/ 6 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)    8  6 1
 5/ 3*RESPECT THE DEAD (546)     9   6  0 60.0   5/18*WHY DID I DO IT (540)     7  4 2
 6/ 6 SOL INVICTUS (469)        80  60  9 57.1   6/ 9 SOL INVICTUS (469)        7  6 0
 7/ 7 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4  (378) 274 220 10 55.5   7/12 DARQUE FORCES (422)       7  7 2
 8/ 0 TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)     36  29  3 55.4   8/15 OVERLORDS (509)           7  8 0
 9/ 8 NUMBERS GAME (403)       204 167 13 55.0   9/16 5 BELOW ZERO (518)        7  8 0
10/ 9 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     568 471 22 54.7  10/19 NUMBERS GAME (403)        6  3 0
11/10 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  155 130 10 54.4  11/ 8*RESPECT THE DEAD (546)    6  4 0
12/11 DARQUE FORCES (422)      123 105  8 53.9  12/22 WILLBENDERS (479)         6  8 0
13/ 0 BUSHMASTERS (164)        163 140  9 53.8  13/ 4 THE STORMGUARDS (78)      6  9 0
14/12 5 BELOW ZERO (518)        26  23  0 53.1  14/ 7 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)   6  9 0
15/ 0 SAMURAI KIDS II (551)     92  87  9 51.4  15-14 WOODPILE (521)            5  4 0
16/13 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  307 293 24 51.2  16/11 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)       5  9 1
17/ 0 LOONY TOONS (206)        175 168 15 51.0  17/24 ASSASSIN NATION (515)     5 10 2
18-14 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)     211 208 14 50.4  18/ 5 SINGLE MALTS (501)        5 10 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/15 ASSASSIN NATION (515)    348 345 50 50.2  19/10 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)   5 10 0
20-16 WOODPILE (521)            24  24  2 50.0  20-17*SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)     4  1 0
21/ 0*FEMMES FATALES (432)      10  10  1 50.0  21-20*COUP D'TAT (543)          4  6 0
22/17 OVERLORDS (509)          322 334 19 49.1  22/ 0 LOONY TOONS (206)         3  1 0
23/18 STORMWATCH (440)         137 147 10 48.2  23-13 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)      3  1 0
24/19 WILLBENDERS (479)         73  81  4 47.4  24/ 0 TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)     3  2 0
25-20*DJ'S HIT SQUAD (523)      15  18  0 45.5  25/ 0 SAMURAI KIDS II (551)     3  7 0
26-21*COUP D'TAT (543)          15  19  3 44.1  26/ 0*STYX AND BEYOND (550)     2  3 0
27/24 THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)      244 325 34 42.9  27/ 0 BUSHMASTERS (164)         2  3 0
28/22 SINGLE MALTS (501)        57  76  1 42.9  28/23 KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)     2  8 0
29/ 0*STYX AND BEYOND (550)      2   3  0 40.0  29/21 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        2 13 0
30/25 KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)     33  56  0 37.1  30/ 0*FEMMES FATALES (432)      1  4 0
31/26 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        40  73  1 35.4  31-26*DJ'S HIT SQUAD (523)      0  1 0
32-27*WAR MONGERS (547)          0   1  0  0.0  32-27*WAR MONGERS (547)         0  1 0

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

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                               Part I: Retirements End
                                    By The Jimbo

     The Jimbo sat in the office of CHOIR trying to study this week's financial
record, while the lady gladiator called Famine sat on his lap, doing her best to
distract him.  The receipts were way up (as was the Jimbo).  Both happenstances were
the result of his team of former succubi warriors now possessing female human
bodies. The girls' strong appetites attracted a lot of attention.  Once, the arena
had taken all his focus.  Now, the day to day operations of the Cartel House Of Ill
Repute (the CHOIR) dominated his time.  The wheeling, dealing and girls filled his
days and nights (quite nicely).  He thanked the fates for his new life as he ran his
hand up the smooth and supple leg of the squirming girl on his lap.
     His attention was diverted by the sound of three firm knocks at the office
door. "Come in!" he ordered without pausing from nuzzling Famine's neck.  The door
opened and a small figure entered the room.  The figure was no bigger than a child,
but the demon like visage inspired neither the joy nor mirth that children bring,
except in the Jimbo.  "Darque!" the Jimbo greeted his half-demon son, Master Darque,
warmly, as he rose to his feet, nearly dumping the girl on his lap to the floor.
"Run along!" he dismissed Famine with a pat on the behind.
     Master Darque never really understood what it was that the Jimbo felt for him.
It wasn't the fear and awe that his appearance inspired in others.  It wasn't simply
respect.  It was something else.  He had grown up at his mother's side learning the
arts of power.  Her, he understood.  He was an asset to her.  His father understood
his power, but cared little about it either way.  He sought neither to control his
son nor to undermine him.  It was odd, this human way.  He had been instrumental in
having his father imprisoned in hell for several years.  Even now his father wore a
body of a young warrior priest who had come to Chimlevtal and made the mistake of
trusting Darque, because of those actions.  His father had simply accepted the
action as necessary for his son's continued existence outside of hell.  As a result
of knowing this man with his weakness of the flesh, deep sorrows and unbridled joys,
Master Darque felt something for this human.  Something alien to his demon nature--a
spark of humanity.  It was a weakness, Master Darque was aware, but something about
the grin that his father always had when he walked into the room evoked one of his
own.  The man was an infection on Master Darque's soul.  Some day he was aware he
would have to kill his father to stop the infection from growing, but that was for
another day.  Today, he smiled back.  An expression that would have made most wince
in terror, but not the Jimbo, who rushed forward ignoring his outstretched hand to
hug the half-demon.  Master Darque cringed in response.  Yeah, some day he would
have to kill the man.
     "So what brings you by our fine establishment?" the Jimbo asked.  "You don't
think I'm cooking the books?"
     "No!" was all the response Master Darque offered.  Indeed the Jimbo was well
trusted by the Cartel.  Every member was getting more money than they had ever
imagined that such a place could bring in a city like Chimlevtal.  Vice pays, as the
Jimbo always said.  "It's about the Strong Arm Senate resigning from the
organization and then wanting to change their mind." Master Darque said pouring
himself a glass of brandy from his father's private stock.
     "Yeah, I understand, I was the only one who said we should let them return."
     "Well, just about!" Master Darque commented sipping the sweet liquor.  "With
them gone, we are short-handed in Chimlevtal.  And there is another concern!"
Master Darque paused to look at his father.  "The arena has become weak.  It is
being overrun by the noncombatants.  Last cycle 101 warriors competed--eighteen were
     "What!!??"  The Jimbo's eyes flashed with anger.  "Chimlevtal, the greatest
fighting arena in Alastari is being overrun by scum!!  How could this happen?  Have
all the managers of Chimlevtal lost their fighting spirit?  Have they became a bunch
of weak kneed sissies??"
     "It's funny you should say that!"  Master Darque had anticipated his father's
response.  "Some have said the same of you!"
     "What do you mean?" the Jimbo blustered with anger.  "I was fighting in
Chimlevtal, when most of them were suckling on their mothers' breasts.  I have run
two TP scum in my life.  I have never had a losing record in Chimlevtal.  Hell, the
last team I ran here I had a 55% winning record, when I retired to run the CHOIR!"
     It was so easy!  Master Darque smiled to himself.  "Well, Icelord has been
saying that in your last turn in Chimlevtal one of his warriors killed your lady,
Death, and you ran in fear."
     "Are you kidding me?  She's a succubus in a human body.  You can't kill her.
She's working right now.  You can kill the host, but not her.  Besides, you know as
well as I do the fight was fixed.  IceJerk paid off the commission to arrange that
'random' match up.  How else does my eleven fight warrior get matched up with a
warrior that is so far above her in the standings that she could not have even
challenged him.  How else does my eleven fight warrior get matched against Icelord's
thirty-five fight warrior.  Thirty-five fights!!  I've never had a warrior take that
long to graduate.  IceJerk couldn't manage his way out of a three sided barn with a
map and an instruction manual!  The fight was fixed!"
     "Well, people are talking is all I'm saying!" the half-demon goaded his father.
     "The arena holds no great joy for me anymore!  That's why I was happy to take
over managing the CHOIR!" the Jimbo explained, "I'll get the women together.  We're
going back to war."
     "No, that's not necessary!"  Master Darque played him like a harp.  "If you've
lost your edge, you've lost your edge.  We can handle the war without you."
     "Boy, I was managing gladiators when you were still slapping around imps for
their lunch money!"
     "Well, if you're sure you want to do this!  I'll let the Cartel know the Jimbo
is coming back!" the half-demon said gleefully.
     "Yeah, tell them I'm coming back! And I want something else, too."
     "What's that, Dad?" Master Darque asked.  This was an unexpected turn!
     "I want you to help me resurrect Crimson!" the Jimbo said, mentioning the name
of the other originator of the Cartel.
     Master Darque had heard the story many times.  His father's warrior, Elvish
Parsley had killed one of Bosk's warriors.  When Bosk had bloodfeuded, Elvish almost
killed another of Bosk's warriors.  The Jimbo had diplo'd Bosk to suggest that
Elvish, the greatest warrior his father had had to that time, might be too good for
the newbie's team and suggested that, if he wanted to start a friendly rivalry that
his newbie friend ,Crimson Knight, might make a good choice.  That all went well.
The two of them, Bosk and the Jimbo wrote back and forth for sometime.  The Jimbo
helping to teach Bosk what he could.  Then Icelord decided to get into the act.
Bullying the newbie, Crimson Knight.  When The Jimbo had learned that Icelord
planned on declaring war on his newbie friend, his father had trumped him and
declared war on Icelord first.  It was the first shot in a war that has carried on
for years!  Crimson had mysteriously died at the hands of an assassin, while his
father had been trapped in hell.  "Maybe Crimson won't want us to disturb his rest!"
     "Nonsense, we'll wake him!  Then if he wants to stick around we'll hunt him up
a new body!  If not, we can always send him back!  Maybe he can produce evidence
that Icelord hired that assassin!" the Jimbo added happily!  "We could find the
assassin and force him to talk.  Then maybe the hangman could shut IceJerk up
     "OK!" Master Darque agreed, knowing full well that the assassin had been long
dead as well by his hand!  What his father didn't know was who had hired the
assassin, but Master Darque did!  After all, the half-demon could not risk having
the only person with a better claim return to try and rule the Vendetta Cartel.
That would have spoiled his plans!  But now that his power was fully entrenched, he
could let Crimson return from the dead.

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                                Part II: Resurrection
                                  By Crimson Knight

     An eldritch vapor encircled the gravesite and a faint rumbling could be heard 
from deep within the bowels of the earth.  An armour clad hand sprung forth from the
ground and clawed the soil to free the being that was entombed beneath it.  A giant
of a man clad in sinister looking spiked armour stained red with old blood slowly
rose out of the earth.  Two brimstone embers fueled by hell's fire could be seen
eerily glowing within the demonic looking helm.  A hauntingly hollow voice bellowed
out in anguish "Who disturbs my rest ?"
     Jimbo shifted uneasily from one foot to another, making sure that the perimeter
was secure.
     The dark robed figure called out "It is I, Master Darque that has called you
forth from the grave."
     "My dear friend..." replied the armour clad hellion, "Why haven't the souls of
Icelord and Bosk been sent to me for eternal torture and damnation?  Have they not
yet been crushed under foot?"
     "No Crimson, they have not.  The war still rages on." retorted Master Darque.
     In a furious tone, the Crimson Knight angrily shouted with fetid breath
"This...is unacceptable !!!"
     "I knew that you would feel this way.  The Cartel could use your strength
again.  They have bolstered their numbers and we likewise should do the same.  What
say you, old friend?" quipped Master Darque.
     "It has been years since I had the pleasure of watching one of their warriors
gutted like a pig upon the arena sands.  It is time for us to let the lands know
that we ARE the strongest alliance." Crimson Knight stated defiantly.
     "There is a slight problem.  Your old stable disbanded and traveled elsewhere
since your fated night with that assassin at the Boar's Head Inn." interjected
Master Darque.
     Crimson Knight laughed heartily and replied, "There is no problem.  Death has
only made me stronger and my new infernal gifts should prove useful.  Not to mention
that I have made new friends from the lower planes of Hades that I shall rally as my
new stable of warriors."
     "New friends?  ...like demonic friends?" Jimbo asked.
     "Yes...demonic allies.  But don't worry, friend...wouldn't you rather have them
fighting for us under my control instead of against us?" Crimson prodded.
     "Of course I would...by any chance, do any of them know me?" Jimbo asked
     "I don't believe so, but then again, I don't remember which succubi you knew.
In the passing of 6 moons I shall find the appropriate bodies for possession by the
demonic hosts.  Chimlevtal will once again tremble with fear !!!" Crimson bellowed
with confidence.
     Crimson gave an ear-piercing whistle of banshee magnitude.  The whinnying of a
horse and a thunderous gallop could be heard across the stillness of night.  A solid
black stallion with flaming sulphurous hooves appeared from out of the unnatural fog
that surrounded the graveyard.  Crimson slowly mounted himself into the saddle of
his infernal horse and turned once more towards Master Darque and Jimbo.
     "Vengeance will once again be ours.  Icelord and Bosk will pay dearly for their
insolence." spewed Crimson.
     With that, Crimson pulled out a wicked looking serrated sword and raised it
straight up into the air while rearing his horse onto its hind legs.  A thunderous
crack of lightning split the sky asunder and the Crimson Knight disappeared with his
steed into the unnatural surrounding mists.
     "Uhhh...Master Darque?" asked Jimbo.
     "Yes...." replied Master Darque.
     "Do you really think it was a good idea to summon Crimson from the dead?"
wondered Jimbo.
     Master Darque retorted, "Sure it was...Icelord and Bosk will never see it

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                               The Revenant (part 18)

     It was late afternoon when High Lord Bosk and The Icelord arrived at their
destination.  They had flown over the Dark Forest and as the woods gave way to open
land and the estate of Berrymore, they reconnoitered the area.  Seeing the great
mansion of the family of Berrymore brought back memories.  Many years back they had
ended the line of that foul family.  The manor and lands then were magnificent and
well kept.  Now the house was decrepit, dilapidated and haunted.  The fields were 
untilled and filled with weeds.  The fruit bearing trees and grape vines were long
dead and stood in silence.  The cobbled road leading to the estate was covered with
various vegetation.  The iron fence and gate that once guarded the Lord of this land
were rusted and bent.  The great lawn was now a weed and vine choked wilderness.
Several windows in the two-story building were broken and a pale tattered curtain
flapped slowly from the wind in one of them.  There were signs that the house had
suffered fire damage.  The forlorn keep stared at Bosk and The Icelord as they
dismounted from their Dragonhorses.  Not a bird sang as the sun began its departure
for this day.  The air itself had the feeling of evil and death.
     The Dragonhorses, in contact with the two Overlords via mindspeak, flew up and
off.  Bosk with a look of grim determination drew his sword and stared at the
haunted house.  The Icelord tossed two figurines to the ground.  They transformed
into a pair of full-grown sabertooth tigers, one male, and the other female.
"Secure the perimeter." whispered the Mage.  The great cats bound off in opposite
directions.  They showed no hesitation to enter the Dark Forest.  The Icelord then
leaned against his staff, closed his eyes and began a quiet chant.  The hair on the
back of Bosk's neck stood up as he felt a duel arcane begin between his blood-
brother and the evil undead being that was holed up in the great house.  He clasped
the medallion of his great Gnomish God, The Golden One, and began using his clerical
powers to counter the foul one and grant them greater strength in the coming battle.
     The Icelord and The Revenant continued their magical duel for nearly an hour.
Bosk growled and paces to and fro while keeping an eye on The Icelord.  The Mage
continued to quietly chant as he leaned against his staff.  Bosk looked from the
house in front of them to the evil forest behind.  His magical sword glowed softly
as did his medallion.  The waiting was torment to the Battlelord.  He wished to
close with the enemy and cleave him in half.  The gloom of twilight enveloped them
as the sun departed.  Perhaps a mile away the sound of one of the great cats filled
the air with a blood-curdling scream.  The Dragonhorses were nowhere in sight.  The
Gnome feared not the night.  His infra-vision and great skills made him confident in
any night battle.  The waiting was nearly too much for him to bear though.  He
picked up a rock and hurled it toward the foe's stronghold.  It flew through the
night and stopped at the border marked by the iron fence.  With a slight crackle of
blue light it fell straight to the ground.  The Icelord continued to quietly chant
his magic.  "That shield is coming down." rumbled Bosk as a sliver of the moon casts
a pale glow on the landscape.

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #77 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The Golden Moon, Lady Protector Artemisia commanding, was approaching the Urt
Delta from the northeast as the day drew to a close.  Her goal was Zukal, but as
as the ship came within sight of land, she would anchor and wait for daylight.  The
maze of channels and islands that formed the delta was not something to attempt at
night.  At least, not now.  A decade ago there had been an intricate network of
beacons that a skilled and familiar pilot could use to reach the city's docks at any
hour, but the invasion from the East had put an end to that.  The defenders had
destroyed the beacons to hamper their foes, and the triumphant invaders of Zukal had
neither the knowledge or desire to restore the system.
     Artemisia's lip curled.  The Easterners called the people of Alastari
barbarians, because many of their cultures were young.  But if the 'civilized' old
cultures of the East didn't--or couldn't--restore safe shipping, who was the true
     The lookout shouted that land was in sight, and Artemisia turned to squint into
the setting sun.  But she was lower than the man on the mast and couldn't see the
dark line of the shore yet.  With a shrug, she turned to look the other way,
searching the sky for a warning of the sudden storms that had given this great lake
its name.  That horizon was clear, also.  She didn't quite trust it, but...the sky
was clear and the wind was steady.  Good enough, for now.
     When she turned to the west again, she could see land herself, the long, dark
hump of Barikala Island, silhouetted against the crimson sky.  The sun vanished from
sight, and its light was replaced by the broad, slightly greenish beam that shot
straight upward from the center of Barikala.  Around her, the sailors moved to place
the ship in a safe position and run out the anchors for the night; her first officer
needed no instructions to handle that.
     That beam of light over Barikala was also new since the invasion, and Artemisia
wished her friend Beag Magda were here.  The Elf understood such things.  Or at
knew how to think about them, because nobody understood just what that blazing
was...other than dangerous.  No one who had landed on Barikala in the last few years
had returned from there to tell what they'd seen.
     The lookout called down something else that she couldn't hear over the bustling
sounds of sails being lowered and anchor chains creaking off their drums.  One of
sailors halfway down the mast below him shouted up, got an answer, and came hurrying
     "Koro says there's something coming out through the delta," the sailor
"He isn't sure what, the light's about gone, but it might be a group of canoes.
aren't in a main channel, anyway."
     Artemisia glanced to the side.  Her first officer was there, as he should be.
"We may have an attack coming up," she said quietly.
     He nodded and moved off to make sure the crew was ready.
     Artemisia tapped her fingers on the hilt of her cutlass, reviewing
possibilities, then shrugged.  It was useless to speculate without more information,
and dangerous to formulate plans under such circumstances.  She would have to wait
upon events.


     Ghenis glared down into the alley where the last of the soldiers were marching
past.  Nothing had happened.  The dark god he had believed he served had not
responded.  The Ferencian was lying to them all.  But somewhere, he knew, there was
such a dark demongod, and he vowed to find it.  And the Ferencian liar would be the
first sacrifice....
     He withdrew carefully from the roof above the alley.  It would be a good idea
get out of Zukal for a while.  Out from under that liar Pelishtekan's eye, so that
could think and lay his plans in relative safety.  Niatoli Island, that's where he
would go.  The false cult already had a 'mission' there, and Cousin Og would be his,
Ghenis's, first recruit.

The Isle of the Eye:

     Beag Magda sat at a small table near the back of the Two Lilies and swirled the
last of the tea in her cup moodily.  She had no fault to find with the Lilies, they
knew her here and always gave her the same table.  And the tea, as usual, was
excellent.  Something was wrong somewhere, but it was less definite--and more
important--than a problem with the service, or a mediocre cup of tea.  She was
afraid to look into her cup.
     That was nonsense.  It was only the unknown that should be feared, and once she
read the tea leaves, the problem would not be unknown.  Well, it would not be
completely unknown, but tea leaves were a very imprecise method of diagnosis and
prognostication.  With a little shake, she threw off the dark mood, emptied the last
swallow of tea into the saucer, and peered into the cup at the leaves clinging to
bottom and sides.
     She could feel the hair trying to rise on the back of her neck.  The leaves
seemed to be swimming in a web of shadows.  The patterns they formed all indicated
plainly as tea leaves could that something very dark was impending.  But nothing was
clear.  Who was menaced, and by what?  How soon?
     Beag Magda set the cup down very carefully, because her hand was trying to
shake, and laid coins beside it to pay for the tea.  She needed more information,
she couldn't get it here.


     Lord Protector Ipecac stalked ashore and glared around for someone to share his
outrage.  Anyone who recognized him in time--and Stormcrowe was a small island with
limited population who generally DID recognize one another--departed hastily.  Lady
Protector Snowfall wasn't quite fast enough.  "Do you know what HAPPENED?" Ipecac
     Looking distinctly queasy, Snowfall shook her head.
     "My ship was ATTACKED," the warrior from Emetics snapped.  He didn't notice
the shapely woman flinched from his vehemence; people were always doing that around
him.  He stalked closer, dropping his voice for privacy.  "Monsters," he hissed.
"Demons out of the waves.  Half shark, half man, you might say.  Others like kraken.
They were summoned by a dark wizard on a black ship.  We have to do something about
     Snowfall swallowed a couple of times, then said, "Why?  And how?"
     Ipecac raised his eyebrows.  "You want to live on nothing but fish caught in
harbor?" he asked.  "They could blockade us!  And what if they decide to come ashore
and attack us here on the island?"  He frowned thoughtfully.  "Probably it's part of
some Karnhorn plot, and if we don't nip it in the bud, they'll be all over us,
murdering and enslaving.  Can't have that."
     "No," Snowfall agreed faintly, "we can't have that.  But how do we stop them?"
     "We fight, of course!"  He hesitated, perhaps realizing that such a plan was
lacking in useful details.  "All the ships will have to be armed with...catapults,"
he suggested.  "And...none of them going out alone.  Yes.  And we need to find any
wizards on the island and recruit them to help fight, and more importantly to find
out what we're up against.  That's a beginning."  He nodded firmly.  "We need to
start right away!"
     Snowfall turned quickly to the rail at the edge of the dock and fed the fish
lunch, then straightened.  "Yes, I can see that.  Wizards, catapults, convoys.  No
time to waste...."

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 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 486): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 484): XXL STRETCH PANTS of HELL-MART (Ebenezer Frothingslosh)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 480): ABRA-HAM! of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): HIMEI of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 479): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 477): TMARACK of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): ZACHARIAH of RED IRON KNIGHTS (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): THE FIRE WITCH of CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): HUNGRY BONES of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 466): LOCKED IN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 420): SPACE BABOON of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): MING of DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): 100% COLUMBIAN of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): TENACULUM of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 325): TAIL IN THE AIR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 486): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 484): THE CITY (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 480): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 479): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 477): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 466): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 464): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 420): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): THE JESUITS (Goat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 325): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 370): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 479): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 480): PUN DAT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
                           CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
               (turn 479): MUKAARTH of BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 478): CAESAR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 469): SACRIFICIAL KNIFE of HAND ON YOUR HEART (Manray, Marquis
                          d'Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               PALLADICE of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 457): BRAN AP CADAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 456): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                           IRON-HIDE of FERROUS MEN (Ironbutt, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 208): UR BRAIN ON EGG of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 207): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 345): 4-0 PROLENE of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt CHIMLEVTAL will ever be the same.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! is pushed out of top team by STORMWATCH, who came 
from 3rd with a 5-0-1 this turn.  I want to know who's buying the drinks for who 
tonight at The Victory Tavern, seeing as WHY DID I DO IT's 7-4-2 has earned them 5th 
place in the ranks.  Our condolences (or sneers, as the case may be) go out to SINGLE 
MALTS for their drop to 18th from 5th.  A 1-4-0 can do that.  The SOL INVICTUS guild 
has had a 3-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the future.  You never know where 
this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, MAGOG fought HELM HAMMERHAND and gained 
18 points and contributed to DARQUE FORCES' 2-3-1.  HELM HAMMERHAND has lost to 
MAGOG, falling 13 points, while helping make LORDS OF VALHALLA a 2-3-0 turn.  LUCKY 7 
challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, attempting to dethrone UNFIT TO BE ORCS' 
warrior.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and HUNGRY BONES 
remains CHIMLEVTAL's top warrior for another turn.  Can someone confirm a rumor for 
me?  I hear the top team makes their losing fighters do dishes at The Victory Tavern 
until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  ASSASSIN NATION has cause to stand tall, as they were 
CHIMLEVTAL's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And 
guess who avoided ASSASSIN NATION stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was THE 
STORMGUARDS.  Anyone surprised?  Well, sports fans, take notice that MAGOG from 
DARQUE FORCES was CHIMLEVTAL's most challenged warrior this turn.  I don't know about 
you, but TIGBASA challenging down 23 points to THE NIGHTHAWKS' TOBIAS HAWKWIND, is 
not really worthy of STORMWATCH.  I thought challenges were for warriors, not cowards 
looking for easy wins.  TIGBASA won victory over TOBIAS HAWKWIND, is nothing sacred?  
In a fit of brilliance or of stupidity (hard to say sometimes), DASKON challenged 
VOMITO today, facing a 34 difference in recognition.  And though DASKON lost to 
VOMITO, the valiant attempt earned him 1 worth of recognition.  Foolhardiness can 
sometimes pay.  Building dreams on hope, INMAR challenged up 37 points this turn to 
take on STIGMA OF STUPID from UNFIT TO BE ORCS stable.  And crowds were on their feet 
when INMAR claimed a victory from STIGMA OF STUPID, and now has 107 points for hers 
efforts.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  ZARENDARGAR, does your manager know you're challenging down 
20 points to fight BLISTER from 5 BELOW ZERO?  We're not surprised to hear that 
ZARENDARGAR beat BLISTER, but I bet it would be interesting to hear why OVERLORDS 
made such a challenge.  Well now, what do you expect when someone like BLUE from 5 
BELOW ZERO challenges down 20 points to fight TARL OF KO-RO-BA of THE STORMBRINGERS?  
It pains me to see warriors take advantage of the system like this.  BLUE won victory 
over TARL OF KO-RO-BA, as if it surprises anyone.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  PALLADICE must have surprised 
STORMWATCH this turn, after they sent her to the Dark Arena, but the Dark Arena 
couldn't hold her!  The grave that DARQUE FORCES had dug for SODOM may yet be filled 
with the body of LIGHTBRINGER.  Seldom are the likes of this to be seen.  SODOM lives 
still!  KOSMOS'S MATRIX made what looks to be a tough decision this turn, as they 
sent SHALLOW THREAT, with a record of 5-9-0, to SHALLOW THREAT death.  Farewell, his. 
I guess it was coming sooner or later, THE STORMGUARDS has lost JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR, 
and CHIMLEVTAL is bound to miss him.  For a little while, at least.  5 BELOW ZERO has 
lost ? to the arena in the sky, but they don't seem to be worried.  What do you 
expect from 4-6-0?  Seriously now, is it really honorable for KIRKEN TUORNIN from THE 
NIGHTHAWKS to kill ? and give 5 BELOW ZERO the chance to bloodfeud?  Mmmm, could be.  
I wish to point out for WORDS TO THE WISE that there is but a single turn before 
WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! and their warrior, ALT, will get away with killing CAPRICIOUS.  
Is it really true that CHIMLEVTAL has more dishwashers per capita that fighters?  
Just thought I'd ask...   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUNGRY BONES 4720            15   7  1   113       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIGBASA 4868                 18   4  0   124       STORMWATCH (440)
 VOMITO 4840                  17   7  0   112       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 UNCAS 4189                   23  19  0   108       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 NAPULAK 4467                 21   6  0   107       STORMWATCH (440)
 SIR PELLEAS 4352             16  15  1   107       WILLBENDERS (479)
 INMAR 4388                   13  13  0   107       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 LAPHROAIG 4529               13  14  0    98       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 LUCKY 7 4895                 12   8  0    98       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 DIXIE SCUM 2958              23  11  0    96       LOONY TOONS (206)
 SYWINELL 2832                14  11  0    96       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 EVANDIS ETHUM 2462           18  10  0    95       BUSHMASTERS (164)
 TRASHIUS 4980                13   6  0    95       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
-POPCORN KERNEL 3313          19  28  0    93       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 MAGOG 5031                   10   3  1    92       DARQUE FORCES (422)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALICE 4986                  10   8  2    90       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 OBAN 4530                    12  14  1    89       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 TOBIAS HAWKWIND 4941         10   9  1    88       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 DROKK 4014                   11   7  2    86       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 CHERRY 2000 4994             11   5  0    83       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 STIGMA OF STUPID 4948        10   4  1    82       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 SUBOTAI 4380                 17  16  0    81       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 VILI 4597                    14  13  1    78       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 ABYSSINIAN 4918              13   8  0    78       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 DASKON 4464                  13  15  1    75       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 TALISKER 4923                11  10  0    75       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 BRILLIANT ORANGE 4961         9   7  0    75       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
-BUSTER BUNNY 2862            11  21  2    73       LOONY TOONS (206)
 HELM HAMMERHAND 5025         10   5  0    70       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 GLENLIVET 4528               10  17  0    69       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 ALT 4839                     14  10  1    68       WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
 REZOS THE THRACIAN 4993      11   6  0    68       OVERLORDS (509)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEE-DEE 4354                 12  19  1    65       WILLBENDERS (479)
 ZARENDARGAR 4888             10  12  1    61       OVERLORDS (509)
 GREYSCALES 4917              13   8  0    59       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 WAR 4160                      7   6  1    59       TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)
 SIR SAGRAMOR 5146             6   1  0    59       WILLBENDERS (479)
 KIRKEN TUORNIN 4849          12  11  2    57       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 PLOTINUS 4341                 9   6  0    57       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
 RYU-KISHIN 5033               9   5  0    57       OVERLORDS (509)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NINJATO 5244                 11   8  2    55       SAMURAI KIDS II (551)
-PSYCH MAJOR 5018              5   3  1    51       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 TAXES 4159                    7   6  0    49       TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEXICON 5142                  6   2  0    48       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 LAGAVULIN 5019                8   7  0    47       SINGLE MALTS (501)
 RAUNI 5035                    8   5  0    47       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 MANI 5102                     3   6  0    46       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 NEON SHADOW 4290              8  10  0    45       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
-GENERAL PURPOSE 5124          3   1  1    45       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 JO LUDAN 5046                10  13  1    44       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 PARADOXE 4287                 8  10  0    44       KOSMOS'S MATRIX (474)
-ARCHETYPE 5140                6   0  0    44       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
-COMMANDER SPUD 5149           3   2  0    42       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 KAMBARD MURH 5045             9  14  0    41       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 SPATHA 4996                  10   6  1    40       SOL INVICTUS (469)
-MA BARKER 5073                6   1  0    40       WOODPILE (521)
 FAMINE 4157                   7   6  1    38       TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)
 BIJIN 5238                    8   6  0    36       SAMURAI KIDS II (551)
 LES NAYLE 5044                6  17  0    36       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 ONE HIT WONDER 5000           7   9  4    35       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 MENDAL OMSHIL 5043            8  10  0    34       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 RUMPLESTILTSKIN 4855          8   2  0    34       5 BELOW ZERO (518)
 IGOMINY 5144                  7   0  1    34       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
 PESTILENCE 4556               5   2  1    34       TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLOND MOMENT 5095             3   0  2    33       WHY DID I DO IT (540)
 OPHEELIA 5167                 3   0  0    33       RESPECT THE DEAD (546)
 NORGEN PELH 5042              7  11  0    32       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
-COOL HAND LUKE 4920           4   5  1    32       WOODPILE (521)
 URACCA EVENSTAR 5148          4   4  0    32       STORMWATCH (440)
 BLUE 4852                     6   4  0    31       5 BELOW ZERO (518)
 BAMBOO 5235                   6   2  3    30       SAMURAI KIDS II (551)
 PRODIGIOUS 5141               5   3  0    30       WORDS TO THE WISE (545)
-LUIGI 4893                    4   3  0    30       DJ'S HIT SQUAD (523)
 BLISTER 4853                  5   4  0    29       5 BELOW ZERO (518)
-ARYAN BARBARIAN 4877          6   3  1    28       WOODPILE (521)
-GUIDO 4890                    2   5  0    28       DJ'S HIT SQUAD (523)
 FLORID PSYCHO 5192            1   2  1    27       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
-GENERAL ELECTRIC 4889         3   8  1    26       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 CALLEIGHT 5128                5   4  0    24       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
-COL. KA DA FEE 5132           4   3  2    24       COUP D'TAT (543)
 SYLVESTER 4154                3   1  0    24       LOONY TOONS (206)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RYUU DRAGONMASTER 5198        3   0  0    23       STORMWATCH (440)
 FAOLAN AP GRYFFYDD 5152       6   1  0    22       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 BARTOFELES 5173               3   2  1    22       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 JUANETTE 3836                 4   0  0    21       FEMMES FATALES (432)
 CLAUDETTE 3833                2   2  0    19       FEMMES FATALES (432)
 GOT HAMMERED 5091             0   2  0    19       WHY DID I DO IT (540)
-WROUGHT-HIDE GOUL 5088        5   1  0    18       WOODPILE (521)
 SIR BREUNIS 5145              3   3  0    18       WILLBENDERS (479)
 IT FELT GOOD 5093             2   0  0    18       WHY DID I DO IT (540)
 NOOKIE 5196                   2   1  0    18       5 BELOW ZERO (518)
-POLL POTT 5131                2   4  0    14       COUP D'TAT (543)
 TOMBSTONE 5210                1   1  1    14       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
-IDI A MEAN 5133               3   4  0    13       COUP D'TAT (543)
 AJIHAD 5168                   2   1  0    13       RESPECT THE DEAD (546)
 BAALBEROTH 5228               1   0  0    13       STYX AND BEYOND (550)
 ORCUS 5227                    1   0  0    13       STYX AND BEYOND (550)
-TONY 4957                     3   3  0    12       DJ'S HIT SQUAD (523)
 WAS DRUNK 5094                2   0  0    12       WHY DID I DO IT (540)
 LOVE POTION #9 5151           1   5  0    12       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 DAMHAIN THE SATYR 5197        2   1  0    11       OVERLORDS (509)
 VALKYRIE 5229                 1   0  0    11       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SCORPION TORNADO 5205         1   0  0    11       SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)
-PREYING MANTIS 5202           1   0  0    11       SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)
 DEFCON 1 5267                 1   0  0    10       NUMBERS GAME (403)
-SHADOW SQUIRREL 5206          1   0  0    10       SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)
 SVEIN FORKBEARD 5187          2   2  0     9       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
-TERRIBLE TWO 5195             1   0  0     9       NUMBERS GAME (403)
 DUKE GORLOIS 5153             1   6  0     9       OVERLORDS (509)
 HARALD FAIRHAIR 5188          2   2  0     8       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 THE THING 5189                1   3  1     7       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 ANDERS DIEMED 5174            1   4  0     7       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 TARL OF KO-RO-BA 5170         1   4  0     7       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 PAPER CUT KING 5211           1   1  0     7       UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
 DOVE FALCONHAND 5201          2   0  0     6       RESPECT THE DEAD (546)
 TAZ 5200                      1   0  0     6       LOONY TOONS (206)
 FORESHADOW 5186               1   3  0     6       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
-BATTLIN' RATTLER 5204         1   0  0     5       SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)
 TRIG 5190                     1   2  0     5       RESPECT THE DEAD (546)
 DEATH 5218                    1   0  0     4       TRIAL BY COMBAT (460)
 TORAST 5269                   1   0  0     4       THE NIGHTHAWKS (43)
 DISOBEDIENCE 5209             0   2  0     2       ASSASSIN NATION (515)
 GOG 5199                      0   2  0     2       DARQUE FORCES (422)
 MEPHISTOPHELES 5224           0   1  0     1       STYX AND BEYOND (550)
 UR 5221                       0   1  0     1       DARQUE FORCES (422)
-ZIPPY THE SLUG 5203           0   1  0     1       SATAN'S KINGDOM (548)
 SIR TRISTAN 5223              0   1  0     1       WILLBENDERS (479)
 ASTEROTH 5225                 0   1  0     1       STYX AND BEYOND (550)
 SALEM 5222                    0   1  0     1       DARQUE FORCES (422)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
? 4857                 4  6 0 5 BELOW ZERO 518      KIRKEN TUORNIN 4849   237         
CONSUME 5171           0  1 0 ASSASSIN NATION 515   BARTOFELES 5173       233 JUST REV
TARBOK 4566            2  3 0 BUSHMASTERS 164       STONE GOLEM 361       237 NONE    
DA 1 5219              0  1 0 BUSHMASTERS 164       BANDIT PRINCE 360     237 NONE    
DA 5220                0  1 0 BUSHMASTERS 164       ARENAMASTER LEVTA 358 237 NONE    
ROBES-PIERRE 5134      4  3 0 COUP D'TAT 543        FLORID PSYCHO 5192    236         
EUA 5154               1  4 0 COUP D'TAT 543        BLOND MOMENT 5095     236         
LIGHTBRINGER 357       0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          PALLADICE 3968        237 NONE    
LIGHTBRINGER 357       0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          SODOM 4368            237 NONE    
LAURETTE 3980          1  1 1 FEMMES FATALES 432    LIGHTBRINGER 357      237 NONE    
RONNETTE 3878          1  2 0 FEMMES FATALES 432    LIGHTBRINGER 357      237 NONE    
LYNETTE 3835           2  2 0 FEMMES FATALES 432    STONE GOLEM 361       237 NONE    
SHALLOW THREAT 4329    5 10 0 KOSMOS'S MATRIX 474   HIGH ELF 354          237 NONE    
UBER ALLES 4505        2  6 0 KOSMOS'S MATRIX 474   LIGHTBRINGER 357      237 NONE    
THURSDAY NIGHT 3890    5  4 1 LOONY TOONS 206       ARENAMASTER LEVTA 358 237 NONE    
VALKYRIE 4958         10  8 1 LORDS OF VALHALLA 508 MALICE 4986           236         
LAJINN THE GENIE 5126  2  4 2 OVERLORDS 509         GENERAL ELECTRIC 4889 234         
URESIA 5166            1  2 0 RESPECT THE DEAD 546  HIGH ELF 354          237 NONE    
YAZUAC 5164            0  1 0 RESPECT THE DEAD 546  THE THING 5189        234 REVENGED
BIDDY 5231             0  1 0 SAMURAI KIDS II 551   PREACHER 353          237 NONE    
JAN PREMYSL OTOK 5085  5  6 0 THE STORMGUARDS 78    BLOND MOMENT 5095     237         
IMPLING 5226           0  1 0 STYX AND BEYOND 550   BLACK ORC 355         237 NONE    
LOVELY BONES 4850     10  5 3 UNFIT TO BE ORCS 450  SIR PELLEAS 4352      233 REVENGED
NO IDEA 5092           0  2 0 WHY DID I DO IT 540   TOMBSTONE 5210        237         
CAPRICIOUS 5143        3  1 0 WORDS TO THE WISE 545 ALT 4839              234         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

COL -- Nice year in review. -- Slugbait

Sir Pellas -- Close fight and you got to be DM. -- Hungry Bones

Glenlivet -- Bad challenge on my part. -- Less the Brilliant

Dove Falconhand -- If popularity were wins, I'd be happy. -- Sad Psycho

Uberalles -- I thought you had me for a minute, but my rage was too much for you. --
Aryan Barbarian

Archetype -- The good news is, the beating I took has completely wiped that fight
from my memory. -- Goul

Robes-Pierre -- Revenge is very sweet.  What do you got to say to that, Frenchy? --
Cool Hand Luke

Goat -- My Lunger, Ganglare, was victorious in the stylemaster contest in the Zalcon.
I missed two turns and had to fight three on maintenance but he overcame. -- Egil

Mr. Darque -- As usual, you haven't a clue. -- Stormwatch

Abraxis -- On turn #235 our personal to you said "we are 9-2 against your
Willbenders."  A fact.  On turn #236 you state to us "You lie, I am 11-15 against
your alliance."  We realize reading is beyond you, but hire a scribe a listen once
again.  We are still 9-2 against your Willbenders.  Lies are what your alliance is
all about. -- Stormwatch

Frey -- I got edited and omitted last turn, so let me clarify what I was saying.  You
can blood feud the DM if you are in the CCs (which I was).  However, it is still
impossible because he was leaving the arena due to graduation. -- Sodom

Ice -- I definitely got edited, so you can just fill in the blanks and guess what I
was saying. -- Master Darque
P.S.  "Luck" into the throne?  No, that would be running a warrior to his nearly 50
FE limit in Basic DM and just happen to end up on the throne.  (IE, your warriors.)
We actually fight for it and our warriors aren't forced graduated through "too much
FE" rules (IE, once again, your warriors).  I don't use the term sand baggers for
your warriors because that is something good managers do with good warriors.
Obviously you would know nothing about that.

COL -- Tribute?  Come to C.H.O.I.R. and we'll give you a "tribute."  We will give a
"tribute" performance of how the citizens of Chimlevtal actually view the COL.  Of
course, all of the actors will be speaking from their sphincters, but you will
probably come expecting that, won't you?  Now if I could just figure out how to
produce a rash upon the buttocks area of the actors that SOOOO reminds us of each COL
member.  Nothing fatal, by any stretch of the imagination, just a bothersome
irritation that stays put.  Maybe I could find something in the Great Library.  WHAT?
Polar Bear took the book and the crayons!  Oh well, maybe next time. -- Master Darque

All -- For those that are interested in such things:  Sodom, LU 11(+1)-12-8-17-15-9-
13.  Naturally adept with SS, favors High/Very High, Dodge, and learns Decise.  My
third LU overall and first from this team. -- Master Darque

Council of Lords -- I come back to the arena, because our proud fighting arena is
being overrun by TP scum and who do I find is behind it!  Why am I not surprised?
Out of 24 of your current warriors (if you can call them that) between 7 and 13 of
them are TP scum.  Have you no shame?  For a group who likes to give a lot of lip
service to honor, you never seem to display any!  Why is it that a group that claims
criminal ties seems to have a lot more honor than a group of alleged nobles.  I don't
say never run a TP.  I've graduated one.  I have run a couple of others, but more
than 25% of 5 teams.  Shame on you!  You spit in the face of Chimlevtel's warrior
tradition.  Now you're going to tell me I should not lecture you on what's honorable.
Well, someone should.  Apparently, your mommas didn't, and no experience in your
lives has taught you about honor.  Perhaps there is someone in you can blame for your
lack of understanding.  Never mind!  Keep running furniture instead of warriors, but
if you do--kindly stop speaking of honor--the concept is beyond your comprehension.
Three other points of information.  Pride is a sin!  Close-minded is not a
compliment.  And pomposity is not a virtue! -- The Instructive Jimbo

Jimbo -- Do you really believe that the COL's sanctimonious infantile intellects can
really understand what you just said?! -- Crimson Knight

Crimson -- One can only explain to the ignorant--comprehension is up to them.  "He
who knows not and knows he knows not is a child--teach him!  He who knows not and
knows not that he knows not is a fool--shun him!" -- The Wise Jimbo

Jimbo -- But such sharp words might be damaging to their fragile hubris! -- Crimson

Crimson -- Allow their egos to run wild at the risk of their souls!?  How can I do
that? -- The Benevolent Jimbo

Sodom -- You think that you can't Bloodfeud the Duelmaster?  Last cycle I noted in
the newsletter that "Hungry Bones savagely defeated Sir Pelleas in a 3 minute
Bloodfeud Title competition."  Hungry Bones is the Duelmaster, having taken the title
in a BF match.  Like your manager, Dorque, you know so little.  Both of you are fools
and cowards. -- Lord Protector Frey

All -- Well, I have returned, hopefully for good.  It looks like it will be one slow
arena and one fast arena and I couldn't pass up DM 31 which was my original home slow
arena.  I will be sending 3 to DA to start and graduating my PL and TP fairly soon.
I look forward to once again plying my combat skills in the best slow arena in the
game. -- Tripwire

Rumplestiltskin -- I've got your number, er, a, name.  I have it indeed! -- Archetype

Rumplestiltskin -- A hammer a day brings the doctor into play. -- the Editor, Word To
the Wise

     Hmmm...didn't you used to be Wordsmith? -- Ed.

Poll Pott -- Perhaps that wasn't the best match up for you.  I must salute your
diligence as a warrior. -- Igominy

Prodigious -- You dork!  I handled my NPC; where were you?  Losing to Dangerous
Criminal?  They should lock you up! -- Lexicon

A fluke!  A fluke, I say! -- Prodigious (head bowed low)

Hungry Bones!  Orcs!  Way to go, Slugbait!  Is there a doctor in the house? -- The

My dear Man; not the rotting flesh of long dead beasts, but merely the living body
and soul of losers. -- Igominy

Master Darque -- Perhaps I should ask?  Was Alexander Pope Catholic? -- Igominy
(stirring the pot)

Congratulations to Lord Protectors Sodom and Palladice. -- All us Words To The Wise

Oran Ji -- Why wasn't that "our" song?  I rather enjoyed the whizzing of my longspear
as my weapon sang its way into the hamstring of your leg. -- Leena Windsong

Bunko -- What?!  What do you mean my insurance policy has lapsed?  I was told I would
be covered! -- Tel-Jilad

     Here, have a blanket. -- Ed., feeling terribly helpful for some reason

All -- Is it just me, or do there seem to be fewer and fewer gladiators each turn? --
Dark Warriors

Grizz -- You're (*hic*) lucky you (*hiccup*) challenged that dwarven to a (*hic*)
drunken contest, or else (*hic*), I wouldn't have fallen an go boom.  Me tired now
and sleepy time. -- Leena Windsong (in a drunken slumber)

COL -- You guys may or may not have heard about me but no matter.  I am Fizban and I
have just recently joined the Vendetta Cartel so now I will be taking my feeble
knowledge of this game that I have picked up over the years and will join my brothers
in this war so to speak.  Then while I beat you in more than 50% of our fights
together I will also entertain you with my light banter and mild insults.  You see
this is what I live for in this game.  I love the game and all the feuds and
rivalries that go with it.  I hold no hard feelings after the fight but will go after
rivals with gusto.  I don't seek downchallenges but I do seek out my opponents and
the most favorable match up against that opponent so if your downchallenged by some
of my guys please don't take it personally.  With all that said I do really wish you
the worst of luck against me and my brothers. -- Fizban the fanatic
P.S.  So go ahead and insult away; let's see what you've got.

Icelord -- Well, since I'm the top of the food chain, I guess that makes you frozen
food.  Ha Ha, I kill me. -- Fizban

Polarbear -- Just in case you're slow that makes you frozen food too. -- Fizban

High Lord Bosk -- I guess you can be junk food.  Ha! -- Fizban

Everyone especially COL -- I would like to introduce my team to your arena, 'Why did
I do it'.  I've been fighting in 47 for several years now and some of you already
know me.  Howdy, Slugbait.  To all my VC brothers and sisters I say let's kick some
butt. -- Fizban

Goat -- Sorry about the RIP; good luck with the bloodfeud and teach me well. -- Blond

Tombstone -- Very nice fight.  Drinks are on me. -- Was Drunk

Shadow Squirrel -- Bloody no good rodents anyway. -- No Idea(what just happened)

Gog -- If it's any consolation. -- It felt good
P.S.  Really it did

Battlin Rattler -- My team 4-0-1 vs. this arena 0-2-0 against your team.  Grrrrrr. --
Got Hammered

Abraxis -- Hello, nice to see you again.  Same to you, Goat. -- Fizban

Congrats to all the inducted into the HOF.  Huzzah!!! -- D. Noble

Hungry Bones -- I'm ready to step to the table and roll the dice, I'll be one of the
many placing challenges against you this turn.  Odds are heavy in your favor...but I
feel a good roll coming on.... -- Lucky 7

Polar Bear -- Manager Dorque is pathetic.  He is lucky we respect the laws of the
city or he would of been flogged and thrown from the city walls long ago.  We allow
the Criers to duel here because we respect the laws of Chimlevtal. -- The Icelord

Lord Protector Frey -- Like his Manager, Dorque, Sodom knows little about
Duelmasters.  Like all the Criers they have had everything about Duelmasters handed
to them on a silver platter.  Salute. -- The Icelord

Stormwatch -- On turn #235 you state to Abraxis the simpleton, "We are 9-2 against
your Willbenders."  Simpleton replies on turn #236, "You, lie I am 11-15 against your
alliance."  No one is as confused as this clod.  Keep punting the Criers.  Salute. --
The Icelord

High Lord Bosk -- Well said, warrior.  You are, of course, correct on this matter.  I
will address it below.  OMNE JUS STAT IN ARMIS. -- The Icelord

Manager Dorque -- Happy New Year!  In the spirit of the new year The COL will make
you a generous offer.  To end this war the VC must do the following:  Admit the VC
started the war when "dad" flamed High Lord Bosk when he first came into the game.
Apologize for all the garbage and lies your alliance has spewed in the personals for
the past 9 years.  Personally surrender your sword to our most junior stablehand's
cheapest bar wench.  All VC teams will depart and transfer out of Chimlevtal.  And
last, since your newly recruited clones want to run their mouths:  The Crying Cartel
will pay a tribute of 15,000 tons of gold per month to High Lord Bosk, Polar Bear and
myself for 15 years.  This is more than you deserve, but it is a new year and we are
being generous.  If you and your puppets start lipping off in the personals, it will
just get worse for you.  Accept it and be silent, little mageling. -- The Icelord

Bobby Bigfoot -- I would have liked to see Pekko get #6. -- The Icelord

Slugbait -- Thanks. -- The COL

VooDoo -- Welcome to Chimlevtal.  Hopefully you haven't bought into the bull that
Manager Darque shovels to all his new alliance members.  I am sure he told you
something that would convince you to ride into our fair city and fight his battle for
him.  He is a coward and likes to dish it out but can't take it.  That seems to be a
requirement to be a member of the Crying Cartel.  I would hope you would
independently analyze the facts before you come into this city and start talking
about kicking anyone's butt.  Blaze your own trail, do not make your legacy as yet
another blind follower of Darque and his failed ambitions. -- Duke Gorlois

The Scribe -- Hope you're feeling better.  Lord Protector Krac D'Chevaliers of The
Stormguards and Lord Protector Ve of The Lord of Valhalla volunteer for this mission.
-- The Icelord

Has anyone played RSI's "Forgotten Realms?" if so, any thoughts? -- The Icelord

Ma Barker -- How could someone who never stopped talking learn five skills?  Not that
I grudge them to you, ma'am, but still. -- Mendal Omshil

Cherry 2000 -- There are too many of you. -- Kambard Murh
P.S.  But very attractive for someone with such a temper.

Rauni -- Hmm.  The boss says she's GLAD I fought you and lost to you, and she's going
to make a note of your name "just in case."  I'd worry if I was you. -- Les Nayle
P.S.  I don't think she'll actually DO anything at this point, but she "likes to be
prepared."  Hmm.  Strategy changes would be a good kind of preparation....

Alt -- You whammoed me, and you thuddaed me, and then you compared me unfavorably to
a rubber duckie.  I don't think I made a good impression.... -- Jo Ludan

Calleight -- How about if I don't.  How about if I just callseven or something? --
Norgen Pelh
P.S.  I hate being the trailer in an oh-fer turn.  I get all the blame, and most
unfairly, too!

All -- Respect The Dead played hard, so they parted hard too.  Got so drunk that they
missed a fight.  We also found Dave Falconhand with Uresia and Ophelia.  Way to go,
my man.  We won't miss any more.  That's all. -- Voodoo

All -- Well, well, I'm leaving this place and going to challenge the DA.  I have
faith that I'll win and go on to bigger and better things. -- Uresia

25 February 2004
Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden
lack of episodes.  I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the

3 March 2004

     Mongo, aka Matt McIntosh and ex-Warden of the Dark Circle, is auctioning off his
entire collection of Duelmasters warriors and stables.  Don't miss out on this chance
to own some fantastic warriors!  There are ADM warriors available in every class from
Primus to Freshmen, as well as over a dozen Basic stables.
     Does a Slasher with +4 attack, +4 decisiveness, +3 initiative and +2 riposte
sound good?  How about a Lunger who received the benefit of a TC prize, has TVed
three times after graduating--and still hasn't maxed out his skills!?  How about a
Striker in the Freshmen class who has decisiveness for a favorite learn and the MAUL
for a favorite weapon!?
     Or perhaps you prefer playing in Basic.  Then how does a stable with four Adept
class warriors who have a combined record of 41-19-9 sound?  Or maybe a stable with
three 21-Will warriors?  Or perhaps a stable with four Initiates and a Rookie who
have a combined record of 23-6-1?
     The quality of the lots is excellent.  All you need to view and bid on the lots
is go to:
     If you want to be on the mailing list to receive regular updates on the auction,
just send an e-mail to JVMerlino@aol.com. Merlin, aka John Merlino and also an ex-
Warden of the Dark Circle, will be running this auction for me.  I just moved to New
Orleans and am likely currently stumbling around the French Quarter...because it's
Mardi Gras!  So I have named my auction in honor of this occasion.
     The auction will start on Saturday, March 13th, 2004, and will continue for
several weeks.  But you should get your bids in early if you want your best chance at
owning any of these fantastic warriors and stables.
     Many thanks to all for your interest and your bids,


5 March 2004
Style Masters Symposium
Hosted by Hammer

     The years have slipped by and many DM Managers have come and gone since the last
Hammer's Handbook was compiled and printed.
     There is now a stirring within me to begin writing and editing yet another
Handbook with a distribution date sometime in 2005.
     This Handbook will be made available via Email with a possibility of burning the
info to a CD for distribution.
     Special arrangements will be made to provide the information via printed page to
those contributors who are serving sentences behind bars.
     The working title of this new Handbook is "Style Masters Symposium Hosted by
     Distribution of this Handbook is projected to be MAINLY for those DM Managers
who contribute information/articles to Hammer by June 2004.
     Informative and entertaining articles should focus on insights regarding Any or
All 10 Style Masters for both the Basic and ADM arenas as well as Tourney
     Articles focusing on Weapons/Armor are also encouraged for inclusion.
     Whether you are a Newbie Manager without a clue or a Jaded Veteran; everyone has
discovered something about this gaming experience that is both Insightful and
     Email Your Articles to HammerDM@fastermail.com or send them via Diplo to either
Flower Hammerz (372) in DM 28 or Casino Hammerz (576) in DM 33.
     Length and Content of the Style Masters Symposium Hosted by Hammer will be
Determined by the Quality and Quantity of Contributors Combined with the Literary
Efforts of Hammer who is currently overseas for an indefinite period of time.
     Articles Contributed for this Project should be of Sufficient Length and Content
to Warrant being Included to Receive the Finished Document when Hammer has completed
this literary work to His satisfaction.
     Managers contributing articles are also requested to include a DM Bio of
Themselves along with any Notable Successes and/or Failures during Their DM Career in
Basic, ADM and/or Tourney Play.
     A listing of Active Stables would also be Helpful for Anyone Seeking to Reply to
Contributors via Diplo, Email or Snailmail.
     May Your Blades Be Sharp And Your Wits Sharper!
     -- Hammer of Flower Hammerz (372) DM 28 and Casino Hammerz (576) DM 33

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PALLADICE viciously butchered LIGHTBRINGER in a 4 minute Dark Arena fight.
SODOM murdered LIGHTBRINGER in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
THURSDAY NIGHT was assassinated by ARENAMASTER LEVTANI in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
SHALLOW THREAT was assassinated by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
UBER ALLES was butchered by LIGHTBRINGER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena brawl.
LAURETTE was assassinated by LIGHTBRINGER in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena struggle.
RONNETTE was easily killed by LIGHTBRINGER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
URESIA was slaughtered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
TARBOK was savagely slain by STONE GOLEM in a action packed 3 minute Dark Arena duel.
LYNETTE was luckily killed by  STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
IMPLING was executed by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
DA 1 was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
BIDDY was butchered by PREACHER in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
DA was murdered by ARENAMASTER LEVTANI in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena brawl.
VILI was overcome by MALICE in a 1 minute veteran's Bloodfeud conflict.
ONE HIT WONDER won victory over BARTOFELES in a 2 minute Bloodfeud bout.
TIGBASA handily defeated TOBIAS HAWKWIND in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
LUCKY 7 was unbelievably bested by HUNGRY BONES in a 2 minute Challenge Title brawl.
UNCAS was beaten by SIR PELLEAS in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge bout.
NAPULAK luckily beat LAPHROAIG in a 3 minute master's Challenge conflict.
MAGOG overpowered HELM HAMMERHAND in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
DASKON was overpowered by VOMITO in a 2 minute gruesome uneven Challenge fray.
INMAR devastated STIGMA OF STUPID in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
GREYSCALES was overpowered by BRILLIANT ORANGE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
LEXICON beat LAGAVULIN in a action packed 3 minute Challenge fight.
ZARENDARGAR overpowered BLISTER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SPATHA was viciously subdued by RYU-KISHIN in a action packed 4 minute Challenge bout.
PRODIGIOUS was savagely defeated by RUMPLESTILTSKIN in a 27 minute Challenge fray.
CALLEIGHT lost to URACCA EVENSTAR in a popular 5 minute Challenge bout.
FAOLAN AP GRYFFYDD was overpowered by MANI in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
OPHEELIA outlasted DAMHAIN THE SATYR in a exciting 8 minute Challenge match.
BLUE overpowered TARL OF KO-RO-BA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BLOND MOMENT savagely slew JAN PREMYSL OTOKAR in a 4 minute gruesome Challenge bout.
DISOBEDIENCE was subdued by PAPER CUT KING in a 3 minute beginner's Challenge contest.
RYUU DRAGONMASTER slimly won victory over ANDERS DIEMED in a 1 minute battle.
NOOKIE overcame HARALD FAIRHAIR in a 2 minute novice's Challenge fight.
WAS DRUNK subdued THE THING in a 4 minute gruesome novice's Challenge conflict.
GOG was beaten by SVEIN FORKBEARD in a 3 minute beginner's Challenge bout.
IT FELT GOOD savagely defeated DUKE GORLOIS in a 5 minute Challenge competition.
DIXIE SCUM won victory over OBAN in a exciting 3 minute veteran's match.
TALISKER was viciously subdued by TRASHIUS in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brutal duel.
CHERRY 2000 handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
ABYSSINIAN savagely defeated REZOS THE THRACIAN in a 11 minute veteran's brawl.
SUBOTAI was overcome by SYWINELL in a popular 2 minute veteran's match.
EVANDIS ETHUM subdued DROKK in a popular 3 minute gory expert's fight.
ALT handily defeated BIJIN in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
TAXES lost to SIR SAGRAMOR in a exciting 1 minute match.
GLENLIVET overcame FAMINE in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
DEE-DEE savagely defeated LES NAYLE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute veteran's fight.
KIRKEN TUORNIN put to death ? in a crowd pleasing 5 minute match.
PLOTINUS demolished MENDAL OMSHIL in a 2 minute mismatched battle.
NEON SHADOW defeated NORGEN PELH in a 2 minute brawl.
RAUNI subdued KAMBARD MURH in a 2 minute battle.
PARADOXE was bested by WAR in a popular 2 minute brawl.
JO LUDAN defeated FLORID PSYCHO in a 2 minute duel.
NINJATO bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute fight.
IGOMINY defeated GOT HAMMERED in a crowd pleasing 4 minute brawl.
BAMBOO viciously subdued CLAUDETTE in a 2 minute brutal bout.
PESTILENCE overpowered LOVE POTION #9 in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
SIR BREUNIS demolished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
TRIG was outwaited by TORAST in a unpopular 15 minute novice's fight.
FORESHADOW was savagely defeated by JUANETTE in a tiring 15 minute beginner's duel.
AJIHAD was defeated by SYLVESTER in a 1 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
DOVE FALCONHAND outlasted SALEM in a dull 13 minute gory novice's battle.
NO IDEA was assassinated by TOMBSTONE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
MEPHISTOPHELES lost to DEATH in a 4 minute novice's contest.
ASTEROTH was overpowered by VALKYRIE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SIR TRISTAN was overpowered by DEFCON 1 in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ORCUS devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
BAALBEROTH overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
UR was subdued by TAZ in a exciting 1 minute amateur's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 23         TOTAL PARRY       93 -  70 -  2      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     22         STRIKING ATTACK  102 -  88 -  6      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  21         BASHING ATTACK    38 -  34 -  3      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                    11         AIMED BLOW        30 -  27 -  5      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 11         PARRY-STRIKE      44 -  44 -  4      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  11         SLASHING ATTACK   49 -  51 -  6      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   10         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         LUNGING ATTACK    98 - 119 -  7      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         WALL OF STEEL     40 -  54 -  6      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  36 -  0      28  |

Turn 237 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        3 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK    10 - 11         3  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  7         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK   12 - 11     SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  7         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  7         1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY       11 - 11                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  5                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       HUNGRY BONES 4720          15   7  1  113 UNFIT TO BE ORCS (450)
STRIKING ATTACK  TIGBASA 4868               18   4  0  124 STORMWATCH (440)
TOTAL PARRY      UNCAS 4189                 23  19  0  108 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
WALL OF STEEL    SIR PELLEAS 4352           16  15  1  107 WILLBENDERS (479)
LUNGING ATTACK   LUCKY 7 4895               12   8  0   98 NUMBERS GAME (403)
PARRY-LUNGE      SYWINELL 2832              14  11  0   96 BUSHMASTERS (164)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRASHIUS 4980              13   6  0   95 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
PARRY-STRIKE     SUBOTAI 4380               17  16  0   81 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
BASHING ATTACK   ALT 4839                   14  10  1   68 WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (378)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    RAUNI 5035                  8   5  0   47 SOL INVICTUS (469)
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 
LAPHROAIG 4529.  The ten other most popular fighters were LUCKY 7 4895, GOT HAMMERED 
5091, OPHEELIA 5167, IT FELT GOOD 5093, PARADOXE 4287, RYU-KISHIN 5033, OBAN 4530, 
REZOS THE THRACIAN 4993, DROKK 4014, and ? 4857.

The least popular fighter this week was RUMPLESTILTSKIN 4855.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PRODIGIOUS 5141, FORESHADOW 5186, TORAST 5269, DOVE FALCONHAND 
OTOKAR 5085, and DEATH 5218.

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


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

SODOM (31-4368) DARQUE FORCES (422)