DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/03/2008    Duedate: 05/30/2008

CHIMLEVTAL ARENA

DM-31    TURN-291

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CERIDWEN
SOL INVICTUS (469)
(31-5636) [17-10-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CERIDWEN                       PIGEON
SOL INVICTUS (469)             RAPTOR (616)
(31-5636) [17-10-1,115]        (31-6179) [2-1-0,30]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LOWLY WORM                     CORNELIUS
AVENGERS (146)                 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
(31-5383) [15-29-1,75]         (31-3485) [12-3-0,111]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WAR (613)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)    65
2. SOL INVICTUS (469)          31      RETRIBUTION (608)
3. MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)          24      Unchartered Team
4. RAPTOR (616)                24
5. RETRIBUTION (608)           21      RAPTOR (616)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 CHAOS (611)               36   9  4 80.0   1/ 1 WAR (613)                12  3 0
 2/ 0 RETRIBUTION (608)         13   4  2 76.5   2/ 4 SOL INVICTUS (469)        9  5 0
 3- 2 PESTILENCE (612)          38  13  2 74.5   3/ 3 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)   8  7 0
 4/ 3 WAR (613)                 43  17  3 71.7   4/ 8*RAPTOR (616)              8  7 0
 5- 4 DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)   39  21  3 65.0   5- 2 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)      7  2 0
 6/ 5 FAMINE (610)              24  18  1 57.1   6/ 9 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)  7  5 0
 7/ 6 SOL INVICTUS (469)       206 162 18 56.0   7/ 5 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)   5 10 0
 8- 7 THE STORMGUARDS (78)     715 583 31 55.1   8/ 7 FAMINE (610)              4  0 0
 9/11*RAPTOR (616)               8   7  0 53.3   9/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)        4 11 0
10/ 8 LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)  290 265 16 52.3  10-12 PESTILENCE (612)          3  1 1
11- 9 MILITARY MAYHEM (89)     256 238 17 51.8  11-11 THE STORMGUARDS (78)      3  6 0
12/10 THE STORMBRINGERS (359)  440 425 34 50.9  12/ 0 RETRIBUTION (608)         2  0 0
13/12 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)  77  75  3 50.7  13/14 AVENGERS (146)            1  2 0
14/13 AVENGERS (146)           190 194 16 49.5  14-10 DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)   1  2 0
15-14 SNAKE PIT (213)           35  43  6 44.9  15-15 CHAOS (611)               1  2 0
16/15 THE ANIMALS (574)         56  94  4 37.3  16/13 THE ANIMALS (574)         1  9 0
17/16 MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)       111 221  2 33.4  17-16 SNAKE PIT (213)           0  5 0
18/ 0*THE BULLTAMERS (520)       0   1  0  0.0  18/ 0*THE BULLTAMERS (520)      0  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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     "You'll have to move away from the wreckage so the salvagers can get at it,
sirs," one man said to them.  He was as lean and ragged as the rest of the
Barikalans, but had the unmistakeable air of a minor official.
     One of the sailors off their ship, Bosk thought he probably was the official
captain, opened his mouth to... protest, most likely.
     Jehanvar silenced him with a hard look.  "The ship has served us well, Captain
Rikmar," he said, "but it is now worth nothing but salvage.  And what would you do
with bits of wood and canvas and rope?  Leave these people to it."
     "I could have made some smaller vessel to take us away from here," Rikmar
protested.
     "No one can leave Barikala," the salvage official said.
     "That is going to change."  The Icelord turned from his survey of the sky and
the sea behind them.  "It is to break open the barrier around the island that we have
come."
     "Ah... you'll have to talk to Lord Warhal about that," the official said.
     "Then let us do so at once."
     They followed him along the beach and up a stairway cut into the bank and
reinforced with weathered timber from other wrecks.  The conversation of the gleaners
behind them, and the smash and hiss of the waves, faded as they moved inland.  There
was no faintest movement of the air, and the sky was a pearly dome like bright mist.

     The town of Barikala presented an appearance of confusion.  To the antique
stonework left by the Van from before the last Chaos War, and the somewhat younger
but still centuries-old buildings that came later had been added a shanty-town built
mostly of driftwood and dating no farther back than the closing of the barrier around
the island, litte more than ten or fifteen years.  Despite their relative youth, even
the shanties had a settled look, as though they had survived enough storms to have
proved their strength.  There were people coming and going, more than The Icelord
would have expected for the original population of Barikala.  But there had been
shipwrecks before theirs, and some of the sailors must have survived to be added to
the population.  They were plainly clothed, and often the fabric was patched.  Small
carts passed them hauling driftwood, baskets of fish, some kind of root crop he
didn't recognize.  No one bore arms beyond a dagger, that he could see.
     Perhaps noting his attention, the guide said, "Everyone works here, that is
necessary.  We can't import food, you see.  So all the interior of the island must be
farmed, and we fish along the shores, too, especially after a storm.  If you can
dissolve the barrier...."  He hesitated for several moments.  "I scarcely remember
the time Before, I was just a child then.  I don't really remember what it was like
here then.  It's true that our life here is shaped by our limited resources, but we
don't have the disturbances of the Outer World, either."
     Beside him Jehanvar said, "When we break open the barrier around the island,
there will be changes.  Not all of them will be good.  There will be confusion,
discomfort, and strife.  But the total effect on your island and population will be a
good one.  Men are not meant to be so circumscribed."
     Which was both true and not true, The Icelord knew.  Some men were more
comfortable in a strictly limited setting.  But they were not the men who made the
world happen; they were followers only.  Soon or late, those here whose nature was
active and aggressive would find themselves fighting each other, and in the end, all-
-even the followers--would lose by it.  "How many former gladiators remain here?" he
asked.
     The Barikalan shrugged.  "I don't know, nobody talks about that anymore.
Maybe... a hundred?"
     "Out of what total population?"
     "Two thousand seven hundred forty-nine, plus whatever number came ashore from
your ship."
     The Icelord nodded.  Of course they would know exactly.  They were almost
certainly rationing food and would have to know.  "How many able-bodied men?"
     "About nine hundred, that varies.  There are sometimes injuries, you see, though
we have been spared any serious disease."
     "It must be a constant worry," Jehanvar remarked, "whether any particular wreck
will bring a plague."
     "Lord Warhal and his council are concerned about that, it isn't my department,"
the official said.  They turned a corner and he gestured ahead to a stone building.
Old stonework, if not the oldest, and sprawling into fair-sized complex of buildings.
"You'll find Lord Warhal there."  With which he turned on his heel and left.
     "Damned rude!" Bosk muttered.
     "We make him uneasy," The Icelord observed.
     "And there is no wonder to that," Jehanvar added.  "We are threatening to
destroy his reality when we speak of opening Barikala to the world again."
     "Let us hope that Lord Warhal is more flexible."

     Such records as High Lord Bosk recalled would put Lord Warhal of Barikala's age
at fifty-five or sixty.  He looked older.  Lots older.  And worried.  But he was
courteous and willing to give them a hearing, which was a start.  The Icelord and
Jehanvar did the talking, and Bosk left them to it happily enough.
     When they had finished, the old man leaned back and sighed.  "I have some
concern for the magical balances which might be disturbed by your efforts," he said.
     "The balances in Alastari and on Ghea as a whole--" Jehanvar began.
     "Those are of only academic concern to me," Warhal said.  "So long as the
barrier is up, I do not believe an disruption of the Arcanum in the Greater World can
affect this island.  But your attempt will be made from inside the barrier, and
whether it succeeds or fails, we'll have to live with that result.  It could, if you
fail, make things much worse here than they are now."  He sighed again.  "And yet I
must allow, even encourage! your efforts.  A disruption of magic is a concern, but it
is not the greatest one.  Barikala's resources are too limited to sustain this
population for much longer."
     "You're concerned that your people will start dying--"
     "Everyone dies," Warhal said.  "I'm concerned that they'll start eating each
other."
     There was a moment of shocked silence.
     Bosk ventured a comment.  "They didn't look so desperate.  Thin, maybe, but not
starving, and everyone was busy."
     "They are busy," Warhal said.  "I've seen to that--keeps them from worrying too
much.  Thinking too much.  I hope none, well, no more than a few, have realized where
this will end up if we aren't relieved."
     "You fear a panic," Jehanvar said.
     "Yes.  Desperate men take desperate measures, and this island cannot support
more than a third of its current population without outside resources.  Everyone
works together now, well enough, but let them realize that some will begin starving
by the end of this year..."  He shrugged and looked away.  "There are many hard men
here, and some are clever enough to argue that it would be a 'mercy' to kill off the
weak before they began dying of starvation.  I will not have it, so long as there is
anything I can do."
     "There is a thing that can be done," The Icelord said.  "I can do it, Jehanvar
can help in the doing.  We can take the barrier down and bring the island of Barikala
back into the world."
     "At which time, if I understand the records correctly, the unregulated power of
the Light here will endanger all Alastari," Warhal said.  He raised an eyebrow.
     "You are correct," Jehanvar said.  "And we are hoping for just that risk."
     "The current problems with the magical Arcanum of Ghea are susceptible to
alleviation by the actions of Sheila Greywand," The Icelord said.  "She has not
bestirred herself to do anything.  Yet.  But all the evidence suggests that if
Alastari, the actual physical land itself, not the people or the political entities,
is endangered, she will act.  So we will make it clear to her that she MUST act.  I
would expect such action to reharness the Light of Barikala as well as stablize the
Arcanum generally.  In fact," he frowned, "the energy of the Light may be necessary
to that stabilization."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): PARMEIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): MOSSROCK of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): LOCUST of PESTILENCE (Lord of Pestilence, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): NORILTENNE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): JAMMIES of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 592): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 592): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 498): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 586): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 588): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 587): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 292): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 578): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 290): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 572): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 563): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 526): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 453): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 431): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 417): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 197): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 387): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 385): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 372): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 479): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 590): KOOL-AID DRIKER of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 585): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 291): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 577): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 289): ULL STORMHELM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 574): GELEN of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
                 (turn 261): ROISIN DUBH of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                             SUCCULANT of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 440): WRATH LIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr)
                                   HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
                       (turn 439): ALLAN JOHNSON of TPW FOREVER (Anti, mgr.)
                                   WHITE WITCH of CRAZY CREEPS (Crazy Creepster, mgr)
                                   LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly CHIMLEVTAL games.  There were bitter words at DEATH'S 
DISCIPLES' guildhouse after a 0-0-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 
14th.  Dark Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the 
corner!  Witness how this week RAPTOR went 3-2-0 to move up 4 in the rankings.  My 
praise to CAESAR'S POOL HALL for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a 
skillfully fought round deserving of notice!  MARLENUS caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested FREKI and was awarded 20 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, MARLENUS put down FREKI, 
causing him to lose 11 points of recognition in the process.  The city has turned out 
in honor of CERIDWEN, for with hers arena victory she may now lay claim to the 
highest position in the city!  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in 
duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city CHIMLEVTAL.  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat in 
CHIMLEVTAL these days is RAPTOR.  At least, most blades in town are looking to avoid 
them.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the 
better part of last week avoiding RAPTOR.  Indeed it was LORDS OF VALHALLA.  Loose 
talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many 
fighters are after OSWELL QUIRN.  Watch your back!  THERMOPYLAE must really be 
harboring a grudge against the THE STORMBRINGERS guild!  Merciless, 34 challenged 
down ULTHAR REDBLADE points this week to duel with it.  All the city knows the duel 
went in favor of THERMOPYLAE.  I shall not fail to spread the word in other cities of 
this "mighty" victory.  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it 
seems that DIRDEN I posted a challenge against the more highly recognized CERIDWEN.  
The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand DIRDEN I lost to CERIDWEN.  Remember 
warriors, this is the discipline of steel.  I can not but mention with disdain the 
name of PARCHED who this week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 9 points below 
in the rankings.  I thought PARCHED showed great skill and promise when she beat 
OSWELL QUIRN.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena 
there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in CHIMLEVTAL as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of 
a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle 
walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- 
Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CERIDWEN 5636                17  10  1   115       SOL INVICTUS (469)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CORNELIUS 3485               12   3  0   111       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
 EXECUTIONER 5951              8   3  2   106       RETRIBUTION (608)
 THERMOPYLAE 5991             10   2  0   105       WAR (613)
-CHOLERA 5984                 11   3  0   100       PESTILENCE (612)
 LES NAYLE 5044               15  52  0    97       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
-BEDLAM 5979                   9   2  1    93       CHAOS (611)
 KOLUM MAROD 5344             18  25  1    91       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ENTROPY 5975                  5   1  1    88       CHAOS (611)
 DIRDEN I 5654                14  15  0    87       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 VINDICATOR 5950               5   1  0    86       RETRIBUTION (608)
-MAJOR PAIN 5463               9   6  0    85       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 ANTIOCH 5987                 10   2  1    83       WAR (613)
 LOWLY WORM 5383              15  29  1    75       AVENGERS (146)
-ULTHAR STORMHELM 5556        15  20  2    74       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 ULTHAR REDBLADE 5802          9  14  2    68       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
-AZRAEL 5966                   8   3  0    68       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
-PYTHON 1587                   8   7  2    67       SNAKE PIT (213)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LODEN NORVIS 5693            11  17  0    66       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 HLOTHYN 5853                 11   6  0    66       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 SALAMIS 5988                  9   3  1    66       WAR (613)
-BLACK PLAGUE 5986            10   3  0    62       PESTILENCE (612)
 EAGLE 5578                   15  15  0    60       THE ANIMALS (574)
-BOA 1583                      8   8  0    59       SNAKE PIT (213)
-ULTHAR THE PIOUS 5753        12  11  0    58       THE STORMGUARDS (78)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TARVOS TRIGARANOS 5884        8   6  0    55       SOL INVICTUS (469)
-RAT'S NEST 5976               6   3  1    55       CHAOS (611)
 BADGER 5576                  11  19  1    53       THE ANIMALS (574)
-GRIM REAPER 5963              7   3  0    51       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
-BANSHEE 5967                  8   5  0    47       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
-PRIVATE LAPDANCE 5656         4   1  0    43       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 ALESIA 5989                   8   4  1    41       WAR (613)
 ULL BLOODSTORM 5897           9   9  1    39       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
-INFLUENZA 5983                4   3  0    39       PESTILENCE (612)
-HUNGER 5969                   7   3  0    37       FAMINE (610)
-RATTLER 1586                  7   9  2    36       SNAKE PIT (213)
-DEARTH 5968                   6   2  0    35       FAMINE (610)
-BUSHMASTER 1585               6  10  2    34       SNAKE PIT (213)
-TYPHUS 5992                   4   1  0    34       PESTILENCE (612)
-COLONEL O'CORN 6171           3   0  0    34       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STARVATION 5971               3   6  0    33       FAMINE (610)
-BOOMSLING 1584                6   9  0    31       SNAKE PIT (213)
 PIGEON 6179                   2   1  0    30       RAPTOR (616)
 LE'LORINEL 6159               4   2  0    29       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 NORBEL PERDE 5934             5  10  0    27       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
-COMMODORE AMIGA 5748          2   1  0    27       MILITARY MAYHEM (89)
 PARCHED 6161                  2   1  0    27       FAMINE (610)
 BOB CAT 5959                  4   6  0    25       THE ANIMALS (574)
-DEPRIVATION 6162              1   1  0    25       FAMINE (610)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VULTURE 6183                  3   0  0    23       RAPTOR (616)
 MUSH OX 5961                  2   8  0    22       THE ANIMALS (574)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DELIUM 6187                   3   0  0    21       WAR (613)
 MARLENUS 6184                 1   0  0    20       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
-DEATH KNIGHT 6007             4   6  1    19       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 LYNX 5960                     4   6  0    18       THE ANIMALS (574)
 BUZZARD 6182                  2   1  0    17       RAPTOR (616)
 HIISI 6202                    1   0  0    16       SOL INVICTUS (469)
 FLAVIUS 6198                  1   0  0    15       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
 CRASSUS 6188                  1   0  0    15       CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
 SIGURD 6148                   2   5  0    14       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
-SAMAEL 6168                   1   1  0    14       DEATH'S DISCIPLES (609)
 ULL HELMSPLITTER 6158         3   3  1    13       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 ULL HARDHAMMER 6170           3   2  0    13       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 OSWELL QUIRN 6150             2   5  0    11       MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)
 FREKI 6169                    2   3  0     9       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 CUMULUS 6201                  1   0  0     8       THE STORMBRINGERS (359)
 AZALIN 6178                   1   3  0     6       LORDS OF VALHALLA (508)
 GULL 6181                     1   2  0     5       RAPTOR (616)
-YZRX THE YETI 6167            0   4  0     4       THE STORMGUARDS (78)
 BRAGON 4866                   0   1  0     1       THE BULLTAMERS (520)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DUD 6203                0  1 0 CAESAR'S POOL HA 350 LIGHTBRINGER          291  NONE
THANATOS 5964           8  4 1 DEATH'S DISCIPLE 609 LOCUST 5980           290  NONE
PERRIGREN 6180          0  3 0 RAPTOR 616           HIGH ELF              291  NONE
PILUMUS KELTOI 6001     5  6 0 SOL INVICTUS 469     BLACK ORC             291  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I wish to thank you all for the welcome you have shown to my aerie and share
with you some wisdom.  He who demands mercy and shows none, burns the bridge he must
soon cross. -- Owlin the Wise, mgr. Team Raptor

Sigurd -- We know a bird by his song and a warrior by his talk....  Great challenge.
I look forward to meeting you in the sand! -- Buzzard

Ceridwen -- Good fight. -- Les Nayle

Hlothyn -- Good fight. -- Loden Norvis

Alesia -- Good fight. -- Norbel Perde

Ull Hardhammer -- Good fight. -- Oswell Quirn

Thermopylae -- Good fight. -- Kolum Marod

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PILUMUS KELTOI was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PERRIGREN was murdered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
DUD was murdered by LIGHTBRINGER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CORNELIUS viciously subdued LES NAYLE in a popular 2 minute master's Challenge brawl.
THERMOPYLAE demolished ULTHAR REDBLADE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
DIRDEN I was bested by CERIDWEN in a 1 minute master's Challenge Title match.
ALESIA was overpowered by LODEN NORVIS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
ULL HELMSPLITTER was vanquished by PIGEON in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SIGURD was defeated by VULTURE in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
AZALIN was vanquished by BUZZARD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
PARCHED overpowered OSWELL QUIRN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
DELIUM defeated ULL HARDHAMMER in a crowd pleasing 5 minute novice's Challenge match.
EXECUTIONER handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
SALAMIS was demolished by KOLUM MAROD in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
LOWLY WORM was handily defeated by ANTIOCH in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
VINDICATOR vanquished VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
HLOTHYN outwaited EAGLE in a 8 minute fray.
TARVOS TRIGARANOS savagely defeated BADGER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody brawl.
ULL BLOODSTORM defeated NORBEL PERDE in a exciting 1 minute bout.
LYNX was overpowered by LE'LORINEL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
BOB CAT was defeated by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute conflict.
MUSH OX bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute contest.
FREKI was overpowered by MARLENUS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
GULL was overpowered by HIISI in a 1 minute uneven fray.
CRASSUS handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute one-sided contest.
FLAVIUS demolished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CUMULUS viciously subdued BRAGON in a action packed 2 minute gory novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 11         WALL OF STEEL     21 -  17 -  0      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         STRIKING ATTACK   68 -  61 - 10      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         LUNGING ATTACK    61 -  58 -  4      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         TOTAL PARRY       40 -  41 -  0      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         AIMED BLOW        39 -  44 -  2      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  13 -  0      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  16 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  20 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  32 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   6 -  0      25  |

Turn 291 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       CERIDWEN 5636              17  10  1  115 SOL INVICTUS (469)
LUNGING ATTACK   CORNELIUS 3485             12   3  0  111 CAESAR'S POOL HALL (350)
STRIKING ATTACK  EXECUTIONER 5951            8   3  2  106 RETRIBUTION (608)
TOTAL PARRY      HLOTHYN 5853               11   6  0   66 SOL INVICTUS (469)
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 CORNELIUS 3485.  The ten other most popular fighters were ULL HARDHAMMER 6170, 
CUMULUS 6201, EAGLE 5578, TARVOS TRIGARANOS 5884, THERMOPYLAE 5991, CERIDWEN 5636, 
BUZZARD 6182, EXECUTIONER 5951, VINDICATOR 5950, and ULL BLOODSTORM 5897.

The least popular fighter this week was BRAGON 4866.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GULL 6181, LYNX 5960, BADGER 5576, HLOTHYN 5853, SALAMIS 5988, OSWELL 
QUIRN 6150, AZALIN 6178, SIGURD 6148, ULL HELMSPLITTER 6158, and ALESIA 5989.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

LES NAYLE (31-5044) MIDDLE WAY 7 (536)

                                 THE STOMPING GROUNDS

The new all-basher arena will be in Seam, DM 20.  Only new teams (0FE) may 
participate.  The only rule is that all of your warriors must be bashers.

The first turn of the contest will be due on Monday, April 28.  It will be a slow 
turn-around arena.  If you wish to enter a team, please submit your new team and first 
turn strategies before then.  Only one team per manager, please.  

This arena will stay open indefinitely, providing there is interest (i.e., this is not 
a contest that runs a set number of turns, although there are prizes scheduled after 
the first 15 rounds).  For more information, see details in the first newsletter or on 
the forums. 

                                          -- RSI 

  Zeb Karan looked around the table at the rest of Dwes Eg's staff.  Arenamasters,

standby and Dark Arena warriors, stewards and infirmarians, even the maintenance crew.  
There was wine and beer on the side-table, even sandwiches, but no one was partaking.
      "Stop looking like your dog died," Lew Voth said.  He had once been the 
arenamaster of Sentern and had taken his turns overseeing the fights in Dwes Eg.  "We 
all knew this day would come.  When are they closing us down?"
      "Immediately after the tourney, according to the information I was given."
      "Short notice," Jame Rinvar, another arenamaster commented.
      "No offense intended, these things just creep up on people.  Tourneys make it 
worse, I suppose, all the new teams being entered."  Zeb grimaced.  "Some of the file 
cabinets have exploded from over-stuffing, you know, and it takes so long to run 
through all the registered gladiators to find those who are planning to fight on any 
given day that the day is OVER by the time we're ready to start."
      "Which is why they closed down Sentern, Cimmeriac, and Firehold," Lew pointed 
out.  "This is the same thing all over again."
      "Cycles," Jame said.  "Things happen, and then later they happen again.  We live 
with it.  And Dwes Eg did last for, what, eight and a half years before it reached the 
explosion point.  That isn't bad.  That's forever, speaking practically."
      "Eight or nine years is not forever--"
      "The only thing that's real is today, and maybe, up to a point, tomorrow.  I 
don't see a problem with this.  What are the new parameters, Zeb?"
      "Dwes Eg remains open, existing teams can run and can recruit new members.  BUT, 
no new teams will be accepted.  New teams will go into a new arena, DM 84, running its 
first turn on the seventh of May.  A regular two-week cycle."
      "So Dwes Eg isn't actually being closed, just closed to new teams.  Okay.  This 
works," Jame said again.  "Number 84... does this mean it'll be out at that Blackstone 
place?  Rotten weather half the year, but I suppose you could say that about any site.  
What about regional allegiance?"
      "None specified in the data I received.  Probably a personal-choice situation," 
Zeb said.
      "Transfers?" Lew asked.
      "I don't know about transfers IN," Zeb said, "but I'd guess yes, they would be 
allowed.  No transfers OUT, though.  None out of DM 82, for that matter.  Once you're 
in 82 or 84, the only way out is death or graduation."
      "That fairly describes most arenas," Jame said.  "Anyone who takes up the 
gladiatorial life has already accepted that."