DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/09/2008    Duedate: 03/07/2008

CHIMLEVTAL ARENA

DM-31    TURN-288

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COMMANDER SPUD
MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
(31-5149) [13-8-1,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COMMANDER SPUD                 THERMOPYLAE
MILITARY MAYHEM (89)           WAR (613)
(31-5149) [13-8-1,118]         (31-5991) [8-1-0,105]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LOWLY WORM                     ULL BLOODSTORM
AVENGERS (146)                 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
(31-5383) [14-27-1,70]         (31-5897) [8-7-1,39]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MILITARY MAYHEM (89)        37
2. MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)          36      DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
3. FAMINE (610)                32      Unchartered Team
4. DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)     30
5. SOL INVICTUS (469)          27      WAR (613)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 CHAOS (611)               35   7  4 83.3   1/ 1 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  10  5 1
 2- 2 PESTILENCE (612)          35  12  1 74.5   2/ 3*WAR (613)                 9  6 1
 3/ 3*WAR (613)                 31  14  3 68.9   3/ 5 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)   7  8 1
 4/ 4 DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)   38  19  3 66.7   4/16 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        6  9 0
 5- 5 VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)      45  25  5 64.3   5/11 THE ANIMALS (574)         6  9 0
 6/ 6 SOL INVICTUS (469)       197 157 18 55.6   6- 2 PESTILENCE (612)          5  1 0
 7/ 7 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     712 577 31 55.2   7/12 DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)   5  3 0
 8/ 9 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  285 255 16 52.8   8/ 4 SOL INVICTUS (469)        5  9 0
 9/10 FAMINE (610)              20  18  1 52.6   9- 6 CHAOS (611)               4  0 0
10/ 0 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)     249 236 17 51.3  10/13 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)  4  5 0
11/11 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  432 418 34 50.8  11/ 7 THE STORMGUARDS (78)      4 11 0
12-12 SHERMANS STABLE (578)     88  88  2 50.0  12/ 0 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)      3  2 0
13/13 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)  70  70  3 50.0  13- 9 STORMWATCH (440)          3  2 0
14-14 OVERLORDS (509)          443 445 28 49.9  14- 8 SHERMANS STABLE (578)     3  7 0
15/15 AVENGERS (146)           189 192 16 49.6  15-15 AUTUMN LIGHTNING (615)    2  1 1
16-16 AUTUMN LIGHTNING (615)   314 336 24 48.3  16/20 FAMINE (610)              2  4 0
17-17 STORMWATCH (440)         235 254 14 48.1  17-18 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)    1  0 1
18-18 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)    14  16  1 46.7  18-17 VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)      1  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 THE ANIMALS (574)         55  85  4 39.3  19/19 AVENGERS (146)            1  3 0
20/20 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)       107 210  2 33.8  20-10 OVERLORDS (509)           1  4 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

         + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ A Tale of Two Cities #30 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Bosk sat up, rubbing a head that ached with one hand, and looked around.  At
nothing, some sort of limbo.  At least his other hand still held his sword.  He
couldn't see any of the others, and he felt his temper heating.  Someone was playing
with them.  Nishtar or some other, but whoever it was, there would be blood for this!
     "Illusion," The Icelord's voice announced.
     "Strong," Jehanvar's voice agreed, "but definitely illusion."
     "Mechanical," Nishtar added.  "An automatic defense of some sort."
     "Defense against what?" Bosk demanded.  "Who have we threatened?  We've barely
been keeping our feet most of the time!"
     "At a guess, the Grey Witch," Nishtar answered.  "We threatened her by
recognizing her link to the problem."
     "I could shatter this illusion," The Icelord said after a moment of silence.
"But Sheila Greywand has a history of not tolerating anyone who demonstrates a power
approaching hers."  A snort of not-quite-laughter.  "A magician can have, or believe
he has, a power of that magnitude, I don't believe she cares what anyone THINKS.  But
we can't use it here, or we'll find ourselves locked in combat against her."
     "Would this be bad?" Bosk asked.  "If you're stronger--"
     "It would be bad," Jehanvar said.  "For several reasons.  First, two magicians
of even moderate power battling each other can devastate vast areas beyond easy
recovery.  Look at the Twisted Lands between Alastari and Lirith Kai!  That was once
a populous and prosperous country, according to the oldest records.  Now... a
wasteland.
     "Second, the Grey Witch would be fighting on her own ground, able to draw upon
her own ground for strength and defense.  Not one of us here who might attempt to
match her is native to Alastari, so we would be at a grave disadvantage in that.  Not
to mention the damage she could do to Alastari by drawing on it in a fight!  Her
relationship with the land is almost vampiric.
     "Third, she is not sane.  She never has been 'sane' in the way most people mean
it, she has always had very different concerns.  People are not her concern.  But now
she has become unpredictable even on her own terms.  I can readily imagine her
willing to destroy Alastari rather than yield a single degree of control to anyone
else.  All must live and prosper or fail by her own will."
     "So you're saying we CAN'T fight her?" Bosk asked indignantly.  He was not
accustomed to believing that there was any enemy he couldn't tackle if it seemed like
the thing to do.  He didn't like the idea that there was.
     "I believe what Jehanvar is coming around to saying is that we must be subtle,"
The Icelord said.  "Subtlety is often a waste of effort when it comes to a battle,
but we can do subtle if we must."
     "Just so," Jehanvar agreed.  "And the fourth point I would make is that all the
Lord Protectors would side with her if it came to a struggle, which is a thing we do
not want."  He held up a hand to stop Bosk's protest, which drew the gnome warrior's
attention to the fact that the illusion was fading.  "I know that many might not want
to take her side in such a matter.  They would have no choice.  All take an oath upon
arriving at the Isle of the Eye, do they not?  Did you think it was mere words?  Not
so, it is a binding spell which submits them to her command."
     Bosk looked at The Icelord.  His sword-brother was nodding.  This was true?  How
could they have allowed the men they'd trained to be trapped into such an oath?
     The Icelord raised an eyebrow as he met Bosk's eyes.  "It seemed like a good
idea at the time," he said, "and I believe that I can break the binding at need.  For
those who were first oath-linked to us, at least.  For the thousands of others...?
Probably not."
     "Damn."
     "Just so," Nishtar agreed.  When Bosk glared at him, he shrugged.  "I would have
been glad to have use of those gladiators who 'graduated' from Monuntial, but they
are sealed away from me by the Grey Witch.  I know this.  I have tested the spell."
     Bosk's scowl deepened.  "You have not rehearsed all this just to explain why we
can do nothing."
     "No," Jehanvar agreed.  He exchanged a glance with Nishtar, who nodded slightly.
"The Grey Witch must be persuaded to see this instability as threatening the very
existence of Alastari, the land she cherishes.  As it does, but not immediately.  Our
best course, I believe, is to make the situation... worse.  To encourage the
destruction until she is forced to act to bring it to an end."
     There was a long silence while everyone considered what this might mean.
     The Icelord was the first to speak.  "Tricky.  Do you have a plan, or even the
idea of a plan?"
     Jehanvar shrugged.  "Nothing so definite even as an idea," the Ferencian said.
"But I feel we might be able to do something with Barikala."
     "Barikala has been sealed away from the rest of the world for years," Bosk said.
     "Truly, and why?  Because the power welling up on that island is too great for
safety.  If the barrier that contains the power were to fail because of the problems
with the Arcanum, a large part of Alastari would be at risk form the power spill.  I
do not believe that the Grey Witch could ignore it."
     Bosk looked around to give himself time to think.  The last of the illusion was
fading like wisps of fog, and he could see the two ships, feel the deck under his
feet, hear the storm that roared around their bubble of calmness.  "How long would it
take to evacuate the coastal areas?" he asked.
     "Immaterial.  We could do nothing to soften the impact on Alastari," the Icelord
said.  His voice was as cold as the ice he was named for.  "The risk must be
genuine."
     "Many will die," Jehanvar agreed.  "But if all works as we hope, the world will
not end, and so many also will live."  He cleared his throat.  "I have no personal
knowledge of Barikala and its Light of power, so--"
     "Reaching the island will not be difficult," Nishtar said.  "Ships do sometimes
get sucked into the barrier there.  They never come out, but I don't believe they're
all destroyed utterly.  People must land alive on Barikala, even now."
     "Never to leave," Jehanvar said.
     "Until we break the barrier," The Icelord finished.  "If these two ships were to
be stranded on that island, we who have power and knowledge, it would be... expected
for us to attempt to escape.  Which would require bringing down the barrier and,
incidentally, releasing the power."  He stared out at the boiling clouds and nodded
sharply.  "Let's do it."
     "Now?"
     "Certainly now.  In a storm like this, there'd be no surprise at two ships
getting thrown into forbidden waters.  And the longer we wait, the more dangerous the
whole situation becomes."  The Icelord swept both ships with his gaze.
     One by one, every person present nodded agreement.
     "Let's do it," he said.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 586): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 586): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 580): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 582): PENNY LOPEZ of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): SOLSTICE of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 289): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): OBERON of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 568): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 566): THE CLAW of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 557): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTONW (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 447): LELLADORIN of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 425): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 194): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 379): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 586): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 586): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 580): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 582): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 289): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 568): BIG LAKE NOMADS (Den, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 566): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 557): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 447): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 425): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 194): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 379): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 567): ROLAND of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI (turn 564): SHANNON D'ANJELISA of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 378): SLUGBAIT of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Like a chunk of francium heaved into a wet pond, MIDDLE WAY 7 blew up 
the rankings to 12!  WAR had cause to celebrate, after THERMOPYLAE got 20 points by 
beating SEPTIMIUS.  SEPTIMIUS certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after 
losing to THERMOPYLAE and losing 14 points in the process!  In CHIMLEVTAL, nothing is 
permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, COMMANDER SPUD.  So 
who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds 
like a PR stunt to me.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of CHAOS should take up some 
hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  Like a pup with its tail between its 
legs, THE ANIMALS scurried away from CHAOS.  Oh, the shame!  If challenges were 
horses, PARCHED could open up a fast food joint!  Them's the breaks, PARCHED.  
Expecting fair challenges from THE STORMGUARDS is evidently too much to ask.  Next 
time DEATH KNIGHT walks with his head high remind him of the fight where he 
challenged down 26 points and lost to PARCHED.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen 
into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in CHIMLEVTAL is the highlight of my life.  As if 
buffeted by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  
Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for CHIMLEVTAL?  On that 
giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COMMANDER SPUD 5149          13   8  1   118       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BEDLAM 5979                   9   1  1   116       CHAOS (611)
 THERMOPYLAE 5991              8   1  0   105       WAR (613)
-ULTHAR ES 5418               16  16  0   104       STORMWATCH (440)
 ULL STORMHELM 5559           18  10  4   100       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 CERIDWEN 5636                14  10  1    96       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 THANATOS 5964                 8   3  1    96       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
 LES NAYLE 5044               15  49  0    94       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
-CHOLERA 5984                 10   3  0    94       PESTILENCE (612)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LOCUST 5980                   8   1  1    90       PESTILENCE (612)
-ULTHAR URUV 5409             23  16  4    89       OVERLORDS (509)
 CORNELIUS 3485                9   3  0    83       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
-BLACK PLAGUE 5986            10   2  0    82       PESTILENCE (612)
 SEPTIMIUS 3484                8   4  0    82       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
 KOLUM MAROD 5344             17  23  1    81       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 LOWLY WORM 5383              14  27  1    70       AVENGERS (146)
-ULF STORMHELM 5612           14   7  0    69       STORMWATCH (440)
-AZRAEL 5966                   8   3  0    68       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
 DIRDEN I 5654                13  13  0    67       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SALAMIS 5988                  7   2  1    66       WAR (613)
 ULTHAR STORMHELM 5556        14  19  2    65       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
-ENTROPY 5975                  4   1  1    63       CHAOS (611)
-RUDE AWAKENING 234           12   4  3    62       VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)
 ULTHAR REDBLADE 5802          8  12  2    59       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 EAGLE 5578                   15  13  0    58       THE ANIMALS (574)
-RAT'S NEST 5976               6   2  1    58       CHAOS (611)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE MAD OBOIST 238           12   4  2    56       VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)
-MAIDEN DAQUERIE 236          11   7  0    56       VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)
 ULTHAR THE PIOUS 5753        11  10  0    56       THE STORMGUARDS (78)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HLOTHYN 5853                  9   5  0    53       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 ANTIOCH 5987                  7   2  1    53       WAR (613)
-ULTHAR REDBEARD 5843          7   4  1    53       STORMWATCH (440)
 BADGER 5576                  11  17  1    51       THE ANIMALS (574)
 LODEN NORVIS 5693             9  16  0    51       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 BANSHEE 5967                  8   5  0    47       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
 MAJOR PAIN 5463               7   6  0    47       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
-GRIM REAPER 5963              6   3  0    46       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
-ATLANTA 5713                 10  12  0    45       SHERMANS STABLE (578)
-HERUGRIM 5653                 8   9  0    45       STORMWATCH (440)
 TARVOS TRIGARANOS 5884        6   5  0    45       SOL INVICTUS (469)
-ULTHAR CYAZARES 5880          8   4  0    42       OVERLORDS (509)
-BONE GOLEM 5870               5   2  3    42       STORMWATCH (440)
-TWINKIE THE SQUID 480         4   4  0    40       VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)
 ULL BLOODSTORM 5897           8   7  1    39       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
-INFLUENZA 5983                4   3  0    39       PESTILENCE (612)
-HARRY POTTER 4378             1   0  1    36       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)
 DEARTH 5968                   6   2  0    35       FAMINE (610)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHELBY 5958                   5   4  0    33       SHERMANS STABLE (578)
 BOB CAT 5959                  4   4  0    33       THE ANIMALS (574)
-STARVATION 5971               3   6  0    33       FAMINE (610)
-THALFI HALF-EAR 5920          8   2  0    32       OVERLORDS (509)
-HUNGER 5969                   5   3  0    30       FAMINE (610)
 PRIVATE LAPDANCE 5656         2   1  0    30       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
-SLOCUM 5919                   7   6  0    29       SHERMANS STABLE (578)
 ALESIA 5989                   6   3  1    28       WAR (613)
 LYNX 5960                     4   4  0    28       THE ANIMALS (574)
 NORBEL PERDE 5934             4   8  0    27       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
-TYPHUS 5992                   3   1  0    26       PESTILENCE (612)
 ULL HELMSPLITTER 6158         3   0  1    24       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BILSKIRNIR 5921               5   5  2    22       OVERLORDS (509)
-MARCH 5998                    5   3  1    19       SHERMANS STABLE (578)
 MUSH OX 5961                  1   7  0    19       THE ANIMALS (574)
 PARCHED 6161                  1   1  0    19       FAMINE (610)
 PILUMUS KELTOI 6001           4   4  0    18       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 OSWELL QUIRN 6150             2   2  0    17       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 DEATH KNIGHT 6007             3   5  1    15       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 LE'LORINEL 6159               2   1  0    13       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 SAMAEL 6168                   1   0  0    13       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
 MODIUS 6174                   1   0  0    13       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
 COMMODORE AMIGA 5748          1   0  0    13       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 COLONEL O'CORN 6171           1   0  0    13       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
-CONTORTED ELF 237             2   3  0     9       VOODOO ZOO ETC. (42)
-AZAES 6000                    2   3  0     9       OVERLORDS (509)
-BADSCUM BASHER 6021           1   0  0     7       AUTUMN LIGHTNING (615)
 DEPRIVATION 6162              0   1  0     7       FAMINE (610)
-RON WEASLEY 4406              1   3  0     6       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE (482)
 SIGURD 6148                   1   3  0     6       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 FREKI 6169                    1   1  0     6       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 ULL HARDHAMMER 6170           1   1  0     4       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 YZRX THE YETI 6167            0   2  0     2       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 HROTHGAR ERICSON 6166         0   2  0     2       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 AZALIN 6178                   0   1  0     1       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
VENOMOUS CONCUBI        0  0 0                      ULL STORMHELM 5559    288  NONE
OVIDIUS 6172            0  1 0 CAESAR'S POOL HA 350 SHEWISH GIANT         288  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CANAAN 5962             4  3 0 DARQUE FORCES 422    ULTHAR REDBLADE 5802  285   
VALKYRIE 5351          22 23 0 LORDS OF VALHALL 508 CERIDWEN 5636         284  REVENGED
ARDUINNA 5903           4  5 0 SOL INVICTUS 469     ANTIOCH 5987          286  REVENGED
MINATUARION 6164        0  1 0 SOL INVICTUS 469     HIGH ELF              288  NONE
STEPHEN 5460           24 13 0 THE STORMBRINGER 359 DISCORD 5977          285  NONE
TORQ BLUEGEM 6143       1  2 0 THE STORMBRINGER 359 HARRY POTTER 4378     286   
YZRX THE YETI 6157      0  1 0 THE STORMGUARDS 78   ULL HELMSPLITTER 6158 286   
6 DAY WAR 6177          0  1 0 WAR 613              BLACK ORC             288  NONE
MARATHON 5990           3  3 0 WAR 613              ENTROPY 5975          284  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sherman's Stable -- Condolences to you for the death of Omar.  Oberon was out for
skills, and a victory by way of knockdown, not blood.  He ran with a 6 K.D.,
targeting RL.  What sucks worse is that Oberon was sucked off of the throne to ADM,
thus there will be no bloodfeud opportunity.  I hope you find a strapping
replacement, full of sand, with godspeed. -- Bobby Bigfoot, Autumn Lightning and Sol
Invictus

The Icelord -- Tal Warrior!  Well met and est sularis oth mithas! -- High Lord Bosk

     Is it possible for you to set your e-mail program to send plain text?  It's
     sometimes difficult to pick your ads out of the formatting that surrounds them.
     -- Ed.

Alesia -- You are a fine opponent.  Well fought. -- Sigurd

Cornelius -- Is that what's known as an old school butt whuppin?  OUCH! -- Ulthar
Redblade

Parched -- You narrowly escaped death.  You won't be so lucky next time! -- Ull
Helmsplitter

Geri -- A last hurrah, eh?  Well, why not? -- Les Nayle

Thermopylae -- The Hot Gates, huh?  I can believe it.  The way you melted all the
snow off the lower row of seats was remarkable. -- Kolum Marod

Atalanta -- Hmphf.  They offered me some golden apples to roll out in front of you,
but I got all righteous and said that would be cheating, and look where it got me. --
Loden Norvis

Le'Lorinel -- (gasping with astonishment and falling back in shock)  I won?  That's
totally amazing. -- Oswell Quirn
P.S.  I didn't know winning would feel this good.  Maybe I should do it again.

Thalfi Half-ear -- Doesn't seem to affect your hearing any. -- Norbel Perde

Pilumus Keltoi -- (shrug)  Such is a gladiator's life. -- Norbel Perde

15 January 2008
                                 Order of Lost Souls

     Where there is a beginning, there is an end.  Where there is a whole, there is a
part.  Where there is light, there is dark.  All these are found to be true and along
with the most important, when something is lost it can always be found.
     Many a person has walked this land in one form or another.  Some truly believe
that here is there and there is here but who really knows?  Among the peoples of this
great land many have felt lost in time and in place.  Some have gone as far as to be
lost of soul....
     Although most are thought to have been born into this world in a mortal way, no
one can be sure.  Life is something they have in a way but a torturous joke to them
in all others.  They live in a sense as they are here and now and having mind and
knowledge.  They are flesh and blood of one sort of another.  They cast a shadow as
all things living do.  Blood courses through their veins.
     These beings have become wraiths drifting here and there, knowing that they
truly belong nowhere.  Searching for that one thing that they seem to be missing or
the one thing in them that puts them beyond others.  These people have become masters
of many things as time seems to have no hold.  For not even time can find those that
are truly lost.  Many of these beings have drifted toward the gladiatorial games.  In
the blood and chaos of the arenas something holds them like no other.  It's the loss
of something they have never had or something they had so long ago it seems to have
never been.  LIFE.
     A few of the more shall we say "human" of these beings have settled into many
arenas around the land.  The loss of life and the crazed emotions of the arenas
giving them glimpses of things they longed for but seemed incapable of attaining.
     A number of these lost ones saw in each other something that might be able to
help the other.  They spent many a day traveling to and fro, for what is time to one
who it doesn't touch.  The more time they spent together the more they seemed to
change.  No one noticed the change in the others but each recognized it in himself.
Years passed and the changes stopped.  Each had been changed in different ways but
all felt more whole.  A discussion ensued between them.  They came to a realization
that in each other they had found parts of themselves that had been missing.  Then
came the next thought.  If they could find more of like minded lost ones they might
eventually find what they always wanted, their true selves.
     The group settled down to think things through.  They finally came up with an
idea they all could accept.  They would form an organization that through their
arenas through out the land they would seek out other lost ones.  If they were of
like mind they would be invited to join the group and seek that special something
they all desired.
     This was how it began and how it still is.  The Order of Lost Souls was formed
and the search began.  The original members numbered six.  They were Baphomet,
Blackstorm, Hammer, JGW, Reaper and Wretch.  These members of the Order spread their
gladiator stables through out the realm seeking others like them.  Through blood and
death they lived through others.  One day hoping to live for themselves.  For as they
all know what is lost must eventually be found....

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

6 DAY WAR was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
OVIDIUS was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
MINATUARION was easily killed by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
CORNELIUS vanquished ULTHAR STORMHELM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
THERMOPYLAE overpowered SEPTIMIUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
DIRDEN I viciously subdued HLOTHYN in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge brawl.
BANSHEE luckily beat ULL BLOODSTORM in a exciting 4 minute bloody Challenge struggle.
DEARTH overcame LYNX in a action packed 4 minute Challenge fight.
DEATH KNIGHT lost to PARCHED in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
PILUMUS KELTOI slimly lost to BOB CAT in a popular 3 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
FREKI lost to OSWELL QUIRN in a 1 minute novice's Challenge fight.
ULL HARDHAMMER was overpowered by NORBEL PERDE in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
ULL STORMHELM savagely slew VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute master's match.
COMMANDER SPUD demolished SALAMIS in a 1 minute mismatched Title match.
LES NAYLE was overpowered by CERIDWEN in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
THANATOS overpowered LOWLY WORM in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
KOLUM MAROD vanquished EAGLE in a 1 minute bloody one-sided fray.
MAJOR PAIN was viciously subdued by TARVOS TRIGARANOS in a popular 1 minute brawl.
BADGER was demolished by ULTHAR REDBLADE in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
LODEN NORVIS overpowered ALESIA in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
ULTHAR THE PIOUS devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
ANTIOCH savagely defeated PRIVATE LAPDANCE in a action packed 2 minute gruesome bout.
MUSH OX handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
ULL HELMSPLITTER demolished HROTHGAR ERICSON in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LE'LORINEL vanquished DEPRIVATION in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SIGURD was vanquished by MODIUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
YZRX THE YETI was subdued by COMMODORE AMIGA in a 2 minute melee.
SAMAEL overpowered AZALIN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
COLONEL O'CORN overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         STRIKING ATTACK   85 -  61 - 10      58  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         TOTAL PARRY       54 -  50 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         LUNGING ATTACK    71 -  72 -  6      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  17 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         AIMED BLOW        46 -  53 -  3      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  21 -  1      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  25 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  22 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    20 -  39 -  2      34  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   4 -  0      33  |

Turn 288 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:

BASHING ATTACK     5 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  6         4  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  5     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  COMMANDER SPUD 5149        13   8  1  118 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
LUNGING ATTACK   ULL STORMHELM 5559         18  10  4  100 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
AIMED BLOW       CERIDWEN 5636              14  10  1   96 SOL INVICTUS (469)
BASHING ATTACK   THANATOS 5964               8   3  1   96 DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
SLASHING ATTACK  SEPTIMIUS 3484              8   4  0   82 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
TOTAL PARRY      ULTHAR THE PIOUS 5753      11  10  0   56 THE STORMGUARDS (78)
WALL OF STEEL    MAJOR PAIN 5463             7   6  0   47 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LOWLY WORM 5383.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ULL BLOODSTORM 5897.  The ten other most popular fighters were ANTIOCH 5987, LYNX 
5960, BOB CAT 5959, DIRDEN I 5654, PILUMUS KELTOI 6001, ULL STORMHELM 5559, TARVOS 
TRIGARANOS 5884, ULTHAR REDBLADE 5802, CORNELIUS 3485, and THERMOPYLAE 5991.

The least popular fighter this week was AZALIN 6178.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SIGURD 6148, DEPRIVATION 6162, HROTHGAR ERICSON 6166, ALESIA 5989, 
BADGER 5576, EAGLE 5578, LES NAYLE 5044, SALAMIS 5988, HLOTHYN 5853, and SEPTIMIUS 
3484.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

COMMANDER SPUD (31-5149) MILITARY MAYHEM (89)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 47 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                   LAND OF FLUSH (11-4373) of CONSORTIUM CRAP (408)
                    LORD KRONOS (11-6111) of MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
                         NATAS (11-6531) of DO IT AGAIN (565)
                      TOTTI (17-5991) of ITALIAN FOOTBALL (407)
                 SIXTH SICK SHIEK (18-2940) of TONGUE TWISTERS (265)
                    SOLSBURY HILL (18-8558) of STREET PIZZA (106)
                        CAFFREY'S (21-4748) of REAL BEER (424)
                         LEE (30-4255) of LHI'S ANGELS (406)
                    PRIVATE ROOM (31-3620) of MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
                      OBERON (31-6133) of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (615)
                  PADISHAR CREEL (36-2208) of BIG LAKE BASHERS (23)
                      BLUE-GREY (55-3370) of ALL AMERICAN (362)
                    RUBBER KNIFE (57-2546) of USELESS TOOLS (345)
                       SVETLANA (57-4040) of MORDYKR KEEP (466)
                DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (68-4666) of BLOOD 4 THE MASSES (447)
                  CATASTROPHE (71-6273) of THE BROTHERHOOD 98 (708)
                        BIGFACE (82-237) of RUPTURE FARMS (43)
                        SHORT-TEMER (82-980) of LIFESPAN (165)
                        FOGGED IN (82-1298) of TEMPE '99 (225)
                           SINISTER (82-3298) of EVIL (450)
                        I-10 (82-5256) of TRIP TO TEMPE (711)
                   CAL RIPPER JR (82-6799) of ORIOLE MADNESS (967)
                 TINY ARCHIBALD (82-8174) of THE POINT GUARDS (1183)
                     LARG JOHN (82-8616) of THE MUSIC MAN (1256)
                          0002 (82-13973) of JAN 2002 (2073)
                    DEIRDRE (82-15176) of TOADS OF AMBER 2 (2276)
                 OOPSIDIDITAGAIN (82-15292) of LUROCIANS XVII (2294)
                    TV EATS MY LIFE (82-17438) of RESCUE ME (2667)
                   FLUFFY BUNNY (82-18105) of OFFENDED SANDY (2774)
                  COLLEEN (82-18383) of SUPERIOR FORCES 1305 (2828)
                 ICHIRO TRICKLE (82-19442) of NASCAR NINJAS II (3009)
                    STURM PYRE (82-19644) of DARK TOADS 03A (3046)
                     BOTTACELLI (82-22958) of HER ALTEREGO (3659)
                   UNHOLY GERBIL (82-24046) of CROSS BREED! (3837)
                       HANA (82-24461) of 4-LETTER GIRLS (3901)
                    TEEVELLA (82-24954) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (3983)
                         1001 (82-25095) of DUMB PUDS (4011)
                OPEN UP, POLICE (82-25801) of DONT ANSWER THAT (4148)
              CRACKED AND LEAKING (82-28597) of STREET PIZZAD XXI (4657)
                     VAMPIRE (82-29366) of DARK TOADS 04V (4791)
                      WYVERN (82-29373) of DARK TOADS 04W (4792)
                  MEGALODON (82-32285) of DEVILS OF THE DEEP (5329)
                     CONCRETE (82-33162) of LUROCIANS III (5473)
                  DESSERT (82-34664) of SUPERIOR FORCES 1505 (5709)
                TURNIP TORNEDO (82-35257) of GARDEN OF EVIL II (5807)
                            XRIS (82-36974) of WOW (6113)
                        FREAKSHOW (82-38749) of 072905O (6445)

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes