Date   : 06/15/2005    Duedate: 06/28/2005


DM-32    TURN-500

This Weeks Top Honors


(32-4170) [8-2-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

                               FLAMING DEATH (347)
                               (32-4062) [6-1-0,47]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TASSALTER                      TASSALTER
(32-4112) [10-32-0,85]         (32-4112) [10-32-0,85]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SARATOGA GLORY (352)        45
2. CALL THE PRIEST (344)       40      SARATOGA GLORY (352)
3. THE STORMLORDS (337)        35      Unchartered Team
4. FOR THE SHIRE (359)         16
5. BARN OF HORRORS (358)       11      FLAMING DEATH (347)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*FLAMING DEATH (347)        8   3  0 72.7   1/ 2 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     9  6 1
 2/ 2 SARATOGA GLORY (352)     112  51 10 68.7   2/ 3 SARATOGA GLORY (352)      8  5 0
 3/ 0 FOR THE SHIRE (359)       17   8  0 68.0   3/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     7  8 1
 4/ 3 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     95  50  6 65.5   4/ 5 THE STORMLORDS (337)      7  8 0
 5/ 0 BARN OF HORRORS (358)     36  19  0 65.5   5/ 4 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   5  7 0
 6/ 4 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    791 471 41 62.7   6/ 6*FLAMING DEATH (347)       1  2 0
 7/ 5 THE STORMLORDS (337)     118 101 10 53.9   7/ 0 FOR THE SHIRE (359)       0  3 0
 8/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  343 499 10 40.7   8/ 0 BARN OF HORRORS (358)     0  3 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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     Last Turn (Turn 499) was the fourty-first turn since we here at Saratoga Glory
made our debut.  It was a rather nice debut, starting out at 3-2-1.  Since that day
we have really turned it on in going 108-50-10 in our first fourty-one turns.  I can
honestly say I never expected to have been this successful after all of this time.
It has been an honor and a privilege to have fought amongst the greatest managers
that Alastari has ever seen.  Here are some recaps to celebrate Arvat's 500th turn.

Records of Teams since Saratoga Glory's arrival:

Flaming Death-      6-  1- 0
Call The Priest-   48- 24- 3
Devil Advocates-   86- 56- 4
Fisherman's Wharf- 77-119- 1
The Stormlords-    24- 26- 1
Saratoga Glory-   108- 50-10

* Saratoga Glory was inactive from turn 481 through 488

Duelmasters since Turn 459

459-Starbreaker of Call the Priest (SL)
460-Fizgigg of Fisherman's Wharf (SL)
461-Fizgigg of Fisherman's Wharf (SL)
462-Fizgigg of Fisherman's Wharf (SL)
463-Tia M. Att of Devil Advocates (WS)
464-Johnny B Goode of Call the Priest (SL)
465-Starbreaker of Call the Priest (SL)
466-Locked In of Call the Priest (AB)
467-Locked In of Call the Priest (AB)
468-Locked In of Call the Priest (AB)
469-Locked In of Call the Priest (AB)
470-Dieter Kwan of Devil Advocates (LU)
471-Stylish of Saratoga Glory (LU)
472-Stylish of Saratoga Glory (LU)
473-Stylish of Saratoga Glory (LU)
474-Stylish of Saratoga Glory (LU)
475-Stylish of Saratoga Glory (LU)
476-Solar Man of Saratoga Glory (ST)
477-Solar Man of Saratoga Glory (ST)
478-Solar Man of Saratoga Glory (ST)
479-Baskervole of Fisherman's Wharf (PS)
480-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
481-Starbreaker of Call the Priest (SL)*
482-Private Property of Call the Priest (BA)*
483-Killing Machine of Call the Priest (AB)*
484-Tia M. Att of Devil Advocates (WS)*
485-Tia M. Att of Devil Advocates (WS)*
486-Killing Machine of Call the Priest (AB)*
487-May Fistafoles of Devil Advocates (PL)*
488-May Fistafoles of Devil Advocates (PL)*
489-May Fistafoles of Devil Advocates (PL)
490-Trademark of Saratoga Glory (SL)
491-Tad Deville of Devil Advocates (WS)
492-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
493-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
494-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
495-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
496-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
497-Savory of Saratoga Glory (AB)
498-Killing Machine of Call the Priest (AB)
499-Boatman Ku of Fisherman's Wharf (BA)

Number of Turns a Style held the throne:

BA-2     WS-4
ST-3     PR-0
SL-8     PS-1
LU-6     PL-3
TP-0     AB-14

Number of Turns each guild has held the throne:

Call the Priest-12
Fisherman's Wharf-5
Devil Advocates-8
Saratoga Glory-16

We would like to salute all of our great stables to help make Arvat 500 turns old.
We hope and expect to be here in another 500 turns.

Lords and Ladies of Arvat:  We Salute You!

Thank you all for listening,

the Trainer

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     The Dark One sat in the shadows of his expansive guildhouse in the dreary city
of Arvat, pondering the future.  This house had served his needs well, both as the
home for his dozens of gladiators from the city and as a distribution point for the
vast quantities of gold that his minions had extracted from the Seven Sister Mines in
the nearby hills.  Both the famous Devil Advocates dueling stable and the legendary
mines had made him fabulously wealthy and also provided a front over the years for
his wizardly studies.  All in all, it had been a remarkable run of success--to the
point of saving the world several times, first during the bizarre rupture of reality
which created an alternate universe and threatened to destroy all of existence and
then again when he sealed the chaos rift which had formed in Alastari.  True, those
episodes had taken place many years past, but both had been both taxing and most
     The question which he pondered now was where the future would take him?  Over
the passing of years--he had first arrived in Arvat seventeen years ago--much had
changed.  Looking out the lead glass window of his study, he gazed upon the long
abandoned Temple of Caesar, dredged up from the swamp by his sometime enemy, sometime
friend and left to crumble, untended.  Just down the street was the empty Road
Warriors guildhouse, vacant and unused.  And even more great guildhouses had been
torn down or converted into street front shops--The Philosophers, Legend of Steel,
the Rat Pak, Odonimus' Guard, Notorious, Wiccan Lords, Farfignewtons, Legends of
Troy, Team Banzai, Wooden Heads, a Tad Mundane, Venom, Cosmic Thang, the Cleavers,
Road Kill, Psychotic Supper, Club Heads, Harbingers, Storm Lords...and so many more
over the years.  All worthy foes on the sands that he had sent his warriors against
in glorious combat!  Most of them long gone....
     Yet so many goals had been achieved here as well.  Twenty-five Duelmasters and
26 Lord Protectors.  Nearly 800 victories.  The defeat of every interloping alliance
to ever challenge him.  Numerous Tournament Victors, including at the top end of the
dueling ranks.  Truly there were few who approached his achievements and certainly no
one in Arvat had ever come close.  There certainly was his legacy to consider.
     And Turn 500 was rapidly approaching.  The Dark One rose in the shadows and
hissed one word...'No.'  He would not fade into obscurity in his home city nor would
he allow his guildhouse to become a home for vermin.  He would stay and rebuild his
team into the powerhouse it had always been in the past.  He would help restore Arvat
to the glory of the past.  Sometimes it was possible to rekindle the flame.
     Throwing open the doors of the library he stormed into the guildhouse.
     "Rise and listen, my children!  Great deeds are afoot and the future is here!
Go forth unto the city and announce to all that beginning on Arvat's 500th turn,
there shall be no mercy!  The Devil Advocates shall reclaim the sands of the arena!"
     At that, it began.

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     A note from your Editor regarding the following two spotlights.
     Normally, neither of these would be published.  Though they are game related,
they are primarily "real-world" rather than Alastarian.  In general, and where
possible or known, we try not to print things which are non-Alastarian or non-
fantasy.  However, since we have both sides presenting their version of the same
events, these spotlights have been included in this newsletter.
     That's it though.  Both parties have had their say and further recriminations,
justifications, and explanations can be made privately, in an Alastarian context in
the personals, or on the sands.

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                                  A MATTER OF TRUST

     The Icelord, First Mage of The Council of Lords, sat at his great desk in the
fortified guildhouse of The Stormguards in Chimlevtal.  A crystal ball was before
him.  He drummed his fingers on the table and turned his thoughts to many matters at
hand.  His blood-brother, High Lord Bosk, had just been whisked away by foul
creatures through a magic gate.  The Arch-Mage was now about to depart to show these
creatures the err of their ways.  (this story line is in Chimlevtal)
     He thought of Arvat and then of this manager "Destitute Noble."  For many years
he had respected him.  That ended some two years ago.  The Icelord and Lord Bosk had
expanded their interests to Arvat and pursued a goal that would enable Bosk to
graduate an Aimed Blow style warrior.  Bosk would then have graduated all ten styles.
Freki of the Harbingers showed promise and was close to immortality.
     Bosk attended a face-to-face tournament and met Destitute Noble and Talon
Volksie.  Because Bosk TRUSTED D.N., he told them of his desire and goal to graduate
an AB.  He asked them to respect and honor his request to fight others and not
interfere with Freki's graduation.  A true warrior would of told him TO HIS FACE,
"no, we are going to go after Freki, use your avoids" if that was his intent.  These
two were not true warriors though.  They smiled like cheshire cats and betrayed the
TRUST Bosk had in them.  Maybe they got hacked because Bosk spilled a tankard of ale
on their table by accident.  Whatever the reason, the cheshire cats smiled and
plotted behind his back.
     Talon promptly challenged Freki and killed him.  (The two cheshire cats then
wrote an article braying of their great and honorable deed.)  T.V. fought one BF,
which his gladiator barely survived, and then went inactive saying he had "other
goals to pursue."  D.N. tried to justify betraying Bosk's TRUST and quickly sent a DA
creation named "Freki's Lover" to Chimlevtal.  What a class act.
     A few months later, one of D.N.'s gladiators slew one of The Icelord's warriors.
The next turn the coward sat out the gladiator and wouldn't BF at all, claiming he
was tourney prepping.  Certainly permitted by the rules but that was the final straw.
The Icelord had been busy during the next year:  he lead a fight against the undead
creature known as The Revenant and was focused on The COL-VC war in Chimlevtal.
     Now his focus was on Arvat.  He didn't like those who laughed at TRUST and (at
least in the game) friendship.  He would never stand for anyone disrespecting High
Lord Bosk.  He didn't like anyone who didn't have the guts to tell you to your face
that he was going to ridicule and cut you.  Bosk deserved an apology.  If one wasn't
forth coming The Icelord was prepared to expose the cheshire cat for the dishonorable
conduct they had displayed.  D.N.'s trustworthiness would be challenged.
     The Wizard rose.  He had tweaked and challenged enough to get his enemies
attention.  A little "Arvat Challenge 2005" seemed in order.  It would certainly
liven up Arvat for the rest of the year.  It would also let him show the cats what he
thought of their little game.
     Raoul the Rude stepped forth as he prepared to depart.  "I will ride to Arvat
and beat the snot out of the pud." stated the hulking mercenary.
     The Icelord chuckled.  "Just so.  But this is not going to be an alliance war,
my friend.  Just a little challenge.  I depart.  I need you to tend to matters here
in Chimlevtal, Bosk and I will return soon."
     "TRUST me." stated Raoul.
     "I do." replied The Icelord

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     Rather than take my time in the spotlight pointing fingers and calling names,
let me tell my fellow managers the course of events that led to this "war" between
Icelord and myself.  To fully appreciate the tale, you need to go back in time, I
believe 18 months, and transport yourself to Tempe....
     I believe it was Saturday, later in the day during a quiet moment of the
tournament, when High Lord Bosk (or Bosk as we'll call him) came strolling into the
room.  I'm not one to cast judgement on others.  Especially at times of great
jubilation and celebration, one should be given a free pass when one does not conform
to normal social standards.  It was obvious to Talon (my comrade in arms) and myself,
that Bosk had been celebrating a bit too hard (his odd lurching steps and slurred
voice quickly gave away the culprit of his condition).  He made the rounds in the
room, chatting with other managers.  As he approached and sat at our table, we
greeted him cordially, and chatted a bit about goings on in different cities.  He
told a tale of Freki (a warrior both Talon and I were familiar with since he hailed
from Arvat, an arena both Talon and I fielded a team in), the last best hope for
himself to graduate an aimed blow, the only style he had yet to graduate to AD.  How
Freki was within a few wins of getting the call, and achieving immortality for
himself and Bosk.  As Bosk continued, he managed to knock over one of our drinks (or
perhaps it was his--I don't remember) drenching many strategy changes for our
warriors.  He went on his merry way, and I don't believe I actually saw him for the
rest of the stay in Tempe.
     Deep down, we knew it was not the most noble of things to do--and I'm not sure
who brought it up first amongst us, but we both agreed that it was time for Freki to
go.  Not only because of the affront to us (the gods know I've been drunk many times
at face to face tournaments--but have never made a scene like this), but also to
carry on the tradition of the pain of warrior management.  That is, the ongoing
struggle to better oneself through combat a tradition older than the hills.  Talon
had managed to graduate all 10 styles before me in his career.  It took many years
for me to graduate a striker, and I had toiled many nights over how to look for a
warrior with striker potential, then managing to keep him alive long enough to
graduate.  We wanted to ensure Bosk remembered that this managerial life was never
meant to be an easy one.  Many of us grow fat and happy with our years of successes,
sometimes, it's good to know a bit of adversity every now and again.  James Hetfield
took that sense of security away from Bosk, and his not fighting after the kill was,
again, perhaps not the most noble of things to do, but he was indeed timing himself
for a tournament, and he did not like the matchups Bosk's team presented at the time.
Challenging down to beat/kill another's warrior is nothing new as far as my memory
serves for Bosk and crew, so it's still a mystery to me why this death seemed to
haunt him for so long.
     My subsequent chronicling of this incident, and various personal ads and
challenges back and forth here, and in other arenas have brought the situation to a
head--enough so where Bosk's greatest confidant The Icelord has picked up the
perceived gauntlet and slapped my face with it.  They've called me many names, and
questioned my manhood, yet I choose to go by that age-old adage--sticks and stones
may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.  I'm not sure whether this contest
will bring an end to the feud or not, and at this point I do not care.  My main goal
the rest of this year is to beat The Icelord here, and seek their group out in any
arena I'm fighting in and use challenges and avoids liberally to let them know of my
presence.  My being a historian is not a crime and I maintain that my words here are
the exact happenings and a reasoning for attacking Freki.  It was not a stab in the
back--we had no known non-challenge pact that either Talon or myself was aware of--
nor were we allies in any way, just cordial competitors.  Now we'll see where this
all takes us.
     Happy 500th Arvat--You've always been one of my favorites, and I'm proud (and
surprised) you've made it this long!!
          Destitute Noble

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     And what is this?  I am matched with a Killing Machine?  It was no worse than
the time my boat was caught on the edge of a whirlpool, so that I had to struggle
desperately to escape.  And I escaped alive this time, too, and even devastated the
Machine!  But I seem to have serious problems with my aim.  I must work on that, if
some other gladiator leaves me alive to do so.

                                Boatman Ku

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Say good-bye 
to DEVIL ADVOCATES, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the CALL THE 
PRIEST stable.  It looks like the guys(?) at THE STORMLORDS had a good week as they 
went 4-1-0 to put them in 4th place.  I guess steroids help!  Ya know, some days it 
doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  LITTLE RAINBOW was overcame by KUNG-FU MASTER 
and drops 21 points.  SILVER TRAIN got through to the Duelmaster this turn.  No doubt 
he was more than anxious to kick BOATMAN KU's tail out of the throne!  In front of 
all the crowds, SILVER TRAIN took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give the bum 
two weeks.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at 
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't avoid CALL THE PRIEST, please raise you 
hand.  Wow.  Does ARVAT really have that many liars?  And you guys like to boo me?  
Well, unsling your rasberries, cause THE STORMLORDS beats feet every time CALL THE 
PRIEST smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  And who is this SINNER you ask, with 28 
points and a 2-2-0 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!  In a touching display by a 
'touched' warrior, ELECTRIC EYE went after IZUSU TROOPER, who was higher by 21 
points.  Well, when the dust settled, ELECTRIC EYE won victory over IZUSU TROOPER.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Here's some advice:  warriors with little wit and will may 
encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick 
your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER TRAIN 4170             8   2  0   108       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975          24  19  1   108       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-HEADLESS CHICKEN 4204        13   7  0   102       BARN OF HORRORS (358)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOATMAN KU 4130              14  23  1    89       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 TASSALTER 4112               10  32  0    85       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 SENSOO O SURU 3979           22  17  0    83       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 LITTLE RAINBOW 4146          18  10  0    81       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 KILLING MACHINE 4139         13   5  1    71       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRATOSTAR 4173               7   3  0    70       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELECTRIC EYE 4156             6   2  0    66       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOGGERHEAD 4149              12  13  0    55       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 BEFORE THE DAWN 4148          7   1  0    51       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 IZUSU TROOPER 4062            6   1  0    47       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 CHARON 4103                   8   5  0    43       THE STORMLORDS (337)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREKI 4179                    6   2  0    30       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 SINNER 4165                   2   2  0    28       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 M. A. FISTAFOLES 4191         3   1  0    27       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNITED 4162                   1   4  1    23       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 LOU CYPHER 4188               4   3  0    21       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 TOPIARY 4219                  1   0  0    15       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 S. MOE DIUS 4180              2   6  0    12       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-YUGO CV 4066                  1   0  0    12       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 DEE SPADER 4192               2   2  1    11       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 PERSONAL LEGEND 4198          2   0  0     6       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
-VW BEETLE 4064                1   0  0     6       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 ULTHAR ULSAY 4199             0   2  0     2       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 DEMONIC EGG 4202              0   1  0     1       BARN OF HORRORS (358)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SILO OF DEATH 4201     0  1 0 BARN OF HORRORS 358   DARK CHAMPION 333     500 NONE    
BLOOD MILK 4203        0  1 0 BARN OF HORRORS 358   HIGH ELF 328          500 NONE    
NOT A DEVIL 4220       0  1 0 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   SHEWISH GIANT 330     500 NONE    
DAIHATSU 4141          0  1 0 FLAMING DEATH 347     WURM KIN 336          500 NONE    
DRAGON #1 4212         0  1 0 FOR THE SHIRE 359     DARK CHAMPION 333     500 NONE    
DRAGON #2 4209         0  1 0 FOR THE SHIRE 359     DARK CHAMPION 333     500 NONE    
PUFF 4208              0  1 0 FOR THE SHIRE 359     BANDIT PRINCE 334     500 NONE    
TODDLER 4218           0  1 0 SARATOGA GLORY 352    STONE GOLEM 335       500 NONE    
THOR 4169              3  6 0 THE STORMLORDS 337    UNITED 4162           498 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tassalter -- Whoa!  Just look at all of those skills!!!!!  My previous best was five.
This takes the cake though!  You are always welcome to give me a challenge if you so
desire.  I'll try and take it easier on you next time though. -- Silver Train

Before the Dawn -- It's nice to see I can pull the massive upset still.  I'm sure
we'll meet again.  The boss tells me that your manager isn't one to take challenges
lightly.  I'm sure I'll be seeing you again real soon. -- Stratostar

Ulthar Ulsay -- You can certainly go a long time.  Fortunately for me I can go a lot
longer. -- Personal Legend

Happy 500th Arvat!!!!!!

Baskervole -- No, it's not like the Gravy Train, smart guy.  Come on back to Arvat
where you belong so I can show you this time. -- Silver Train the peeved

Icelord/D. Noble -- I'm not looking to interfere with your challenge but if a
challenge that arises in my favor against either of you I'm going to take it.  Sorry,
I'm not looking to get my brains beat in by the Devil Advocates turn after turn. --
the Trainer
P.S.  Especially considering I owe Noble for years of abuse with his Notorious team
on my warriors.
P.P.S.  Also, now that all of Noble's tourney babies are long gone we are on an even
playing field.

"Arvat Challenge 2005" Update:
Stormlords 3-4-0
Call the Priest 4-3-1

Over/Under for the year again is:

Stormlords 43.5
Call the Priest 53.5

See Saratoga Glory for wagers.

Jorga -- We see that Fisherman's Wharf is only running at four warriors.  We hope to
see you back at a full five soon. -- the Trainer

Flaming Death -- Are you ever going to introduce yourself or are we going to have to
go and slap you around for you to say something?  Just let us know.  We'll be happy
to oblige you. -- the Trainer, mgr. Saratoga Glory

     If you're the welcome wagon, remind me not to be welcomed in Arvat! *grin* --

Killing Machine -- Good to see a DM Column out of you.  That is indeed an excellent
accomplishment.  You have a loooong way to go though before you would ever catch my
record and I have a feeling my guildmates would never allow that to happen.  If you
graduate, come on over to Free Blades so we can have that long awaited duel I had
been so looking forward to having with you.  May the best Ninja death-dealer win! --
Savory Lord Protector

the Dark One -- I am very impressed.  It is great to see you writing again.  Legend
has it you used to be a pretty darn good story writer in your younger days.  I would
very much like to see that side of you return. -- the Trainer

The Icelord -- It's great to see that you will be sticking around for a while.  We
would hate for you to not be here with us.  It is an honor to be dueling against you.
-- the Trainer

Boatman -- I didn't expect to see you as my opponent!  I suppose I should have
prepared a little harder, and discounted our last two meetings which I had easily
won.  Good dueling! -- Killing Machine

Dark One -- Thanks for not challenging us!  We'll observe the same for your team.
BTW, the Advocates are always a squad to be feared, experiment or no! -- D. Noble

Trainer -- Congrats on ending Dawn's undefeated record (he had started to be quite a
braggart about it).  Also, I appreciate your confidence in my abilities vs. Icelord.
It's good for me that I am not at war with you, as you've had my team's number since
you arrived. -- D. Noble
P.S.  WannBe's location is unbeknownst to me--though I'd love to see him again.

RTR -- Keep watching, you might learn something. -- D. Noble

Bosk -- I'd rather be called "Disparate Noble" if that's ok with you.  If you'd
rather you can also always feel free to call me "Destitute Noble" which has been my
moniker since about 1987 or so. -- D. Noble
P.S.  Or you can just cease dialog all together.

Arvat -- Happy 500th cycle!  We have donated a chest of gold and 50 kegs of Polarian
wicked ale for the festivities.  A raise of the blade and of the mug in honor of
Arvat. -- The Icelord and The Stormlords

Baskervole -- I will have to consider that. -- The Icelord

Raoul the Rude -- Well met, mighty one!  I thank you for your support and friendship.
I make the sign of the hammer and of the axe in your honor. -- The Icelord

the Trainer -- It should make for an interesting 2005 here in Arvat.  Salute. -- The

the Dark One -- I'm looking forward to your spotlight this turn!  And for many more!
-- The Icelord

Boatman Ku -- Let us try our skills on the river Styx. -- Charon 

Silver Train -- (groaning)  It isn't any better to be hit by a silver train than an
iron one.  I could've gotten along just fine without that. -- Tassalter

Sensoo O Suru -- A win I was pleased to see, but then, I'm always pleased to see a
win.  Thanks. -- Little Rainbow

Gods, that Kung-Fu Master is a sneaky little thing! -- Loggerhead

Stratostar -- Thanks.  I always like a win. -- Loggerhead

21 May 2005
Amendment for "Fratsfa's Quest for the Best!"
     Managers that have teams already established in Fratsfa need not have (3) three
warriors in the initiates.  FE will NOT be a factor.  Stables may be entered at any
time.  Just announce your stable in the p-ads.
     This in my invitation to all managers  who wish to prove their mettle against
managers from all over Alastari.  We have limited TP's in this contest to one a team
at a time.  We DO NOT want this contest to become a scum fest as many others have,
hence the Andorian arena.  Good luck to all who come to prove their skills.  "May
your enemies' blood flow freely" -- Dark Knight Toker, Desolate Empire Alliance

7 June 2005
I am in the process of moving house, and spotlight writing for the next two months
will be very hit-and-miss. -- the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SILO OF DEATH was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
TODDLER was barely slain by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
NOT A DEVIL was easily killed by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
DRAGON #1 was slaughtered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
DRAGON #2 was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BLOOD MILK was assassinated by HIGH ELF in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DAIHATSU was slaughtered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
PUFF was executed by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
SENSOO O SURU defeated UNITED in a 4 minute uneven Bloodfeud melee.
SILVER TRAIN vanquished BOATMAN KU in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title duel.
STRATOSTAR savagely defeated LOGGERHEAD in a action packed 2 minute Challenge duel.
ELECTRIC EYE overpowered IZUSU TROOPER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
S. MOE DIUS was overpowered by SINNER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LITTLE RAINBOW was subdued by KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute competition.
OBSIDIAN GOLEM devastated KILLING MACHINE in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
TASSALTER devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute mismatched bout.
CHARON vanquished LOU CYPHER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
BEFORE THE DAWN vanquished M. A. FISTAFOLES in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
FREKI devastated DEE SPADER in a 3 minute one-sided brawl.
ULTHAR ULSAY was outlasted by PERSONAL LEGEND in a tiresome 13 minute novice's match.
TOPIARY beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 6 minute amateur's fight.
DEMONIC EGG was bested by MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -   7 -  0      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  1      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  19 -  3      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  15 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  19 -  0      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  21 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  15 -  0      29  |

Turn 500 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SILVER TRAIN 4170           8   2  0  108 SARATOGA GLORY (352)
TOTAL PARRY      OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975        24  19  1  108 THE STORMLORDS (337)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    LITTLE RAINBOW 4146        18  10  0   81 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
AIMED BLOW       KILLING MACHINE 4139       13   5  1   71 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
SLASHING ATTACK  ELECTRIC EYE 4156           6   2  0   66 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
LUNGING ATTACK   IZUSU TROOPER 4062          6   1  0   47 FLAMING DEATH (347)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TASSALTER 4112.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TASSALTER 4112.  The ten other most popular fighters were STRATOSTAR 4173, 
THE DAWN 4148, DEE SPADER 4192, ELECTRIC EYE 4156, and SINNER 4165.

The least popular fighter this week was PERSONAL LEGEND 4198.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were TOPIARY 4219, LOU CYPHER 4188, KILLING MACHINE 4139, IZUSU 
TROOPER 4062, BOATMAN KU 4130, DRAGON #2 4209, DRAGON #1 4212, SILO OF DEATH 4201, 
ULTHAR ULSAY 4199, and FREKI 4179.


Summer Face-to-Face Tournament XXXV in St. Louis!  
Our next summer FTF will be held in downtown St. Louis, July 29-31, 2005.  It will be 
at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, St. Louis (800-925-1395--ask for the Reality 
Simulations room block). Room rates are $99.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy.  The rooms 
are blocked--please make your reservation by mid-June before the block is released! 
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  See you there!

Winter Face-to-Face Tournament XXXVI in Tempe!
Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 20-22, 2006.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $139.00 per night (same as last year!), 
1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's 
reception, free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), 
fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your 
reservation soon before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and
several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.)  
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  We hope you're all 
looking forward to it and that we will see you there!