DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/16/2004    Duedate: 06/29/2004

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-474

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STYLISH
SARATOGA GLORY (352)
(32-4116) [12-2-1,131]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STYLISH                        ARGONAUT
SARATOGA GLORY (352)           BLITZKRIEG II (354)
(32-4116) [12-2-1,131]         (32-4135) [5-1-0,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MAY FISTAFOLES                 STYLISH
DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)          SARATOGA GLORY (352)
(32-3852) [19-15-1,82]         (32-4116) [12-2-1,131]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SARATOGA GLORY (352)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)     68
2. SARATOGA GLORY (352)         7      SARATOGA GLORY (352)
3. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)        3      Unchartered Team
4. CALL THE PRIEST (344)        0
5. BUFFY'S DINER (346)          0      BLITZKRIEG II (354)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SARATOGA GLORY (352)      54  21  6 72.0   1/ 1 SARATOGA GLORY (352)     10  5 1
 2- 2 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     63  33  4 65.6   2/ 3 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   8  5 0
 3/ 3 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    737 438 39 62.7   3/ 2*BLITZKRIEG II (354)       7  4 0
 4- 5 BUFFY'S DINER (346)       29  21  0 58.0   4/ 4 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     5 10 0
 5/ 4*BLITZKRIEG II (354)       15  11  0 57.7   5- 6 BUFFY'S DINER (346)       2  0 0
 6/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  295 420 10 41.3   6- 5 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     1  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     <)]H[(> + -----:----- + <)] The Free Cities #79 [(> + -----:----- + <)]H[(>

Near Barikala:

     The pillar of light over Barikala was not an attack in any obvious way, but
Artemisia found no comfort in that.  It was probably magical.  No, it was definitely
magical.  No one had been able to explain it in the months, the years since the
Invasion, but they'd figured out that early on.  Well, what else could it be?  And
it, or something connected to it, was deadly dangerous, because no ship or single
visitor had returned from Barikala after the pillar first appeared.  Those ship
captains who normally used Zukal's port had long since worked out the limits of
safety in the waters around Barikala, and The Golden Moon was well outside that 
limit.  But...the zombies were something new on the chart.
     A man screamed behind her, along the ship's other rail, and she whirled.  There
was movement beyond the rail, black on near black, hard to make out.  Lanterns lit
the ship's deck but cast no significant light beyond it.  She could see one of her
sailors staggering toward the rail with some kind of dark cable wrapped around the
middle of his body, but not what lay beyond and pulled him.
     She didn't need to see.  She crossed to that side of the deck, her cutlass
whistling down on the cable.  The blade bit, but not deeply, the cable was more
rubbery than a normal rope.  It wasn't a rope, of course.  She saw with disgust
rather than fear that it was a tentacle, though what creature would have a tentacle
four inches thick at any point was not something she cared to think deeply about.
The Lady Protector hacked downward again.
     There were more cries.  Fear, loathing, terror.  More tentacles reaching up and
over the ship's side.  Tentacles on one side of the ship, zombies on the other.
Neither group of sailors could abandon their own task to aid the other.  Both
attacking forces were stronger than Artemisia had expected.  She began to wonder if
her crew and her ship would survive at all.

Niatoli Island:

     Lord Protector Ghenis walked along the waterfront of the island's only real town
and looked over the shipping on hand.  He wasn't sure what he was looking for, but he
figured he'd know it when he saw it.  Some people might have taken him for a tourist
and considered robbing him, or selling him the kind of trash that hustlers always
sold to strangers and rubes, but...not here.  This town had an arena, and they knew
that kind of walk, that assured and dangerous stance.  He could be a hick with hay
growing out his ears, but as long as he was a Lord Protector, no one would mistreat
him so.  At least, no one but another Lord Protector.  And since he wasn't such a
hick....  He smiled, a baring of his teeth that drove human rats out of his path.
     Ah.  There was a man on the street ahead of him, talking to a probably ship
captain.  A man who, like himself, was unmistakably a Lord Protector.  Tall, hard,
maybe not quite human, although Ghenis couldn't put his finger firmly on the
difference.  Something in the way he stood, maybe.  Not that it matter.  This looked
like a man he could work with.
     When the man turned away from the sailor, Ghenis was there, nodding his head in
a move as close to a bow as he ever got.  "I'm Ghenis, from Zukal," he said, and
raised a questioning eyebrow.
     The other frowned.  Odd, at this close distance, he seemed almost...scaled.
"Agro, Lapur," the man said shortly.
     Ghenis noted that the sailor was moving away, clearly dissociating himself from
the two gladiators.  "I have control of a ship," Ghenis said, "and I am minded to
make a raid on the invaders at Monuntial.  You look like a man who might be
interested in that."
     Agro's frown deepened, but he smiled, baring pointed, over-large teeth.  "I'm
interested," he agreed.

Rocanis:

     Lady Protector Eleven Blade, Leven to her friends, stood on Spirit Ridge and
stared southward.  What should have been rolling, increasingly arid grasslands to the
distant horizon was now a bank of...fog, maybe.  Dark, sharp as a wall at its base,
the top of it working like porridge boiling in a pot.  And no more than fifteen miles
away, probably less.  Ten.  "I've never seen anything like it," she admitted.
"Strange weather...if it is weather."
     "It's partly weather," her companion said slowly, "but not entirely."  He was a
Lord Protector from Morya, Ghost Dancer by name.  "I have been studying it for two
months now.  It began...I don't know where.  Somewhere in the far south.  It was a
hundred miles south of here when I first saw it."
     Leven glanced at the man sharply.  She didn't really know him, but there was
nothing in his face or manner that suggested he was lying.  "It's moved ninety miles
in two months?  At that rate, it could be on Rocanis within a week!"
     "Its speed is irregular," Ghost Dancer said.  "Some days it moved scarcely a
mile, other days it raced north like wildfire.  But yes, it could be on Rocanis...
any time."  He was silent for a moment, as though debating whether he should say
more.  With a faint shrug, he went on, "I have not been able to find an end to the
line of it and get around behind.  I have no idea what lies behind in the ground it
has already covered.  But I would not expect to find anything really GOOD where that
has passed."
     Obviously not, Leven agreed silently.  The unknown never seemed to be
benevolent.  It was probably a natural law.  "You couldn't get around an end," she
said.  "Did you try going straight through?"
     Ghost Dancer paled a little.  "Yes," he said very quietly.  "I survived, but I
didn't get very far into it.  Or I would never have come back, I think.  It was like
being caught in a whirlwind, in part.  But I was not the only thing in the grip of
the walking storm, and the others were....  Some of them were beasts, mad with terror
and striking blindly.  Others were," he hesitated, "things.  The sort of things a
priest of the Mytori might call out of the Darkness."
     "Do you believe it's a natural phenomenon?" Eleven Blade asked.
     "No."
     "Good.  If it's unnatural, it was made by men.  Or something like men, anyway.
And what men can make, they can undo.  Let's find out how, and then...undo."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 493): INSOMNIAC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): JOSTLING JAGUAR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 487): THE GOVERNATOR of POLITICALY INCORRECT (The Dark One)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 488): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 486): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 485): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 477): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): VILI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 473): STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 471): LUCKY LADY HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 464): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 211): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 198): TOM SMITH DISEASE of STRANGE TUNES (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 352): CAPTAIN CAVEMAN of LAFFALYMPICS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 332): TRENT LOTT of DEATH BY STUPIDITY (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 378): HEL of ARCTIC GUARDS from DWES EG (Yukon Cornelius)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 493): SOLITAIRE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 487): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 488): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 486): THE HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 485): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 477): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 473): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 471): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 464): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 211): ALL-STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 198): STRANGE TUNES (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 352): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 332): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 378): BLADES OF GRASS (Lord Andarus, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): JOSTLING JAGUAR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 490): THE TICK of THE CITY (Berylstar, mgr.)
                           BARRY of THE CITY (Berylstar, mgr.)
                           PHANTAST of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 486): BIRDSONG of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 485): TORLYN UNA of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 210): TENT IN QUARANTINO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                               BLACK JACK SHELACK of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                               100% COLUMBIAN of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 351): ANDREW of ROLE MONSTERS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 146): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in ARVAT!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  MVP award for TAD DEVILLE?  
DEVIL ADVOCATES' proud of him after beating PRETTY WILD and getting 19 points.  This 
Duelmaster is like something else!  STYLISH stopped LIL ETH dead in hers tracks!  I 
hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want 
photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  CALL THE PRIEST was ARVAT's most avoided team.  Is 
there some award for that?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are DEVIL ADVOCATES?  CALL 
THE PRIEST, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an 
invitation!  Like, is BASKERVOLE popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all 
of ARVAT!  He's got a 12-27-0, is that good?  See if I ever talk to TIA M. ATT again! 
BASKERVOLE was so low when She challenged she.  Hhmph!  BASKERVOLE is a real man!  He 
was challenged by TIA M. ATT, 25 points above, and BEAT her!  Dark Arena, anyone?  
NAUTILUS must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  He challenged 
TASSALTER.  12 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought 
NAUTILUS showed great skill and promise when he was beat by TASSALTER.  All right, so 
I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  I had a fun 
time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STYLISH 4116                 12   2  1   131       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STARBREAKER 4039             14   2  1   142       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-PICKLED PIGSKIN 4051         12   0  0   130       BUFFY'S DINER (346)
 SOLAR MAN 4115               11   5  1   108       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
-PRIVATE PROPERTY 4029        11   6  1   104       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 TRADEMARK 4114               11   3  1    97       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BASKERVOLE 4071              12  27  0    89       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 MAY FISTAFOLES 3852          19  15  1    82       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 LIL ETH 4093                 14   7  2    79       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 DIETER KWAN 4092             14   8  0    75       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 TIA M. ATT 4095              12   8  3    75       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARGONAUT 4135                 5   1  0    66       BLITZKRIEG II (354)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MISS AMERICAN PIE 4058        4   0  0    50       BUFFY'S DINER (346)
 TAD DEVILLE 4140              7   2  0    47       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 PRETTY WILD 4113             11   5  1    39       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 SAVORY 4143                   3   1  1    38       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
-EDIBLE UNDIES 4052            4   3  0    34       BUFFY'S DINER (346)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TASSALTER 4112                4  12  0    33       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-KILLING MACHINE 4139          4   2  0    32       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 BOATMAN KU 4130               5   6  1    29       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-LOGGERHEAD 4133               2   2  0    28       BLITZKRIEG II (354)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAHLGREN 4132                 2   2  0    23       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 NAUTILUS 4134                 4   2  0    22       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 LITTLE RAINBOW 4146           2   0  0    22       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 DESERT FOX 4131               2   4  0    18       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 JOLO-DAN 4147                 1   0  0    15       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SILVER MINNOW 4128     4  7 0 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 PRETTY WILD 4113      471         
LEVEE LOAFER 4129      5  4 0 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 SAVORY 4143           472         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Pretty Wild -- Yeah, the match up stunk but...I did get 3 skills out of it. --
Dahlgren (prepped and ready just in case his manager is desperate at the face)

Trainer -- I run in quite a few.  And a lot of my teams don't use the Blitzkrieg
name.  My home arena is JHANS DM 36.  I encourage you to come and check us out.  Our
Capture The Flag contest begins right after the Face. -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg

Argonaut -- I wouldn't really have ripped your face off.  I'm couth.  But tough. --
Baskervole

Desert Fox -- Ah, so sorry!  Cannot sail boat where is only desert. -- Boatman Ku

Nautilus -- Exercise equipment?  Is this a hint? -- Tassalter

A good beginning, that.  I hope nothing worse befalls me. -- Little Rainbow

25 May 2004
                                 TEN TURNS OF HELL:
                        The KLK Capture The Flag Competition

In the spirit of the ongoing effort to make arena play what it used to be (FUN!!), I
am proud to announce the KLK Capture The Flag Competition.  The competition will be
held in Jhans (DM-36, which has, by the way, grown in size equal to Talcama already).
:)  We are announcing this contest early to allow managers time to prep.

Rules:
     -- On turn 462 (due 8/4/04) the lowest ranked warrior on your team is given your
team's 'flag' (he is your initial flag defender).
     -- Starting on turn 463 (due 8/18/04) flags will be defended every turn and turn
463 is the turn scoring will begin.
     -- Fights involving flags are winners-take-all and a warrior can carry as many
flags as he can win.
     -- If a warrior holding a flag either A) goes inactive, B) loses to a stand-by
warrior or C) gets DA'd, he forfeits all flags he has and they are returned the their
original team's lowest ranked warrior.
     -- If you hold your own flag on an inactive warrior you receive NO POINTS that
turn.
     -- If a warrior graduates to AD holding flags starting on the next turn those
flags will be defended by the lowest ranked warrior on the team of the graduating
warrior.
     -- Scoring as follows for each turn:
          2 pts -- possession of your own team flag
          1 pt -- possession any other flag
          1 pt -- for each win
          1 pt -- for each kill
          1 pt -- for each award you receive in the newsletter
     -- You may enter as many teams as you like (per RSI rules) but each team is its
own entry.
     -- Tie-Breaker goes to the team that had the most points from flags.
     -- If still tied the tie-breaker will be the team that had the most points from
kills.  (It's the Delarq way.)
     -- The contest lasts 10 turns and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
(based on highest point totals)

Prizes: (what you've been waiting on)
1st -- 3 know favorites potions*
       DA warrior named after winning manager
2nd -- 2 know favorites potions*
3rd -- 1 know favorites potion*

* These are full favorite potions (weapon, rhythms and tactics) and can only be used
on warriors with at least 4 FE.

     How's that for paying out? (grin)  Even if you think that it's all about the TC,
these prizes should be enough to draw you in.  (You know who you are.)
     I hope to see friend and foe alike come to Jhans.  Legion, Froths, and all the
others...this is your personal invite.  Can you win?  Can you survive 10 turns of
Hell in Jhans?
     Note:  Special thanks to RSI for helping make this contest possible.  Thanks
guys!

Bookie
KLK Alliance
Director Jhans' Board of Tourism
Warden of the Froth Circle (grin)
D.R.C. 4 Life

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the 
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena 
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight 
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death 
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable 
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New 
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other 
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin 
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once 
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission 
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied 
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow 
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least 
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the 
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables 
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables 
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the 
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to 
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new 
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67 
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular 
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part 
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow 
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron 
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission; 
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New 
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall 
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor 
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part 
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by 
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by 
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death 
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena 
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to 
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding 
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie 
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being 
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the 
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to 
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to 
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name & 
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL 
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and 
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye 
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest 
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension 
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SAVORY was devastated by ARGONAUT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
TIA M. ATT was viciously subdued by BASKERVOLE in a 2 minute Challenge battle.
NAUTILUS was subdued by TASSALTER in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
DESERT FOX was viciously subdued by BOATMAN KU in a 2 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
STYLISH savagely defeated LIL ETH in a exciting 2 minute bloody Title fight.
SOLAR MAN devastated DIETER KWAN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
TRADEMARK bested MAY FISTAFOLES in a 2 minute match.
PRETTY WILD slimly lost to TAD DEVILLE in a popular 4 minute competition.
LITTLE RAINBOW overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute beginner's melee.
JOLO-DAN vanquished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   2 -  1      80  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        12 -   4 -  1      75  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -   8 -  0      68  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  12 -  1      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  13 -  0      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  10 -  1      44  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   7 -  0      36  |

Turn 474 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   STYLISH 4116               12   2  1  131 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
STRIKING ATTACK  SOLAR MAN 4115             11   5  1  108 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRADEMARK 4114             11   3  1   97 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
PARRY-LUNGE      MAY FISTAFOLES 3852        19  15  1   82 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
WALL OF STEEL    LIL ETH 4093               14   7  2   79 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
AIMED BLOW       SAVORY 4143                 3   1  1   38 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MAY FISTAFOLES 3852.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was STYLISH 4116.  The ten other most popular fighters were PRETTY WILD 4113, 
TRADEMARK 4114, TIA M. ATT 4095, BASKERVOLE 4071, BOATMAN KU 4130, ARGONAUT 4135, 
TASSALTER 4112, LIL ETH 4093, SOLAR MAN 4115, and TAD DEVILLE 4140.

The least popular fighter this week was DIETER KWAN 4092.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DESERT FOX 4131, SAVORY 4143, MAY FISTAFOLES 3852, NAUTILUS 
4134, JOLO-DAN 4147, LITTLE RAINBOW 4146, TAD DEVILLE 4140, SOLAR MAN 4115, LIL ETH 
4093, and TASSALTER 4112.