DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 11/29/2006 Duedate: 12/12/2006 ARVAT ARENA DM-32 TURN-538 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS EVE ELWON DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) (32-4345) [18-4-1,127] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader EVE ELWON LAURA DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) LUROCIAN GUARD (378) (32-4345) [18-4-1,127] (32-4390) [7-2-2,90] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite JUSTICE GREMLIN ANGELS OF PAIN (360) FLAMING DEATH (347) (32-4217) [21-13-1,95] (32-4440) [0-1-0,1] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) 36 2. CAESAR'S THUGS (379) 36 CALL THE PRIEST (344) 3. ROMAN HEROES (73) 35 Unchartered Team 4. LUROCIAN GUARD (378) 34 5. FLAMING DEATH (347) 27 DISILLUSIONED (381) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1*DISILLUSIONED (381) 7 2 0 77.8 1/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) 10 5 0 2/ 2 CALL THE PRIEST (344) 182 91 8 66.7 2/ 2 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) 9 5 0 3/ 3 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) 912 538 48 62.9 3/ 3*LUROCIAN GUARD (378) 9 6 1 4/ 5 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) 110 72 4 60.4 4/ 4 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) 9 6 1 5/ 4*LUROCIAN GUARD (378) 27 18 3 60.0 5/ 7 ROMAN HEROES (73) 8 7 0 6/ 7 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) 33 23 6 58.9 6/ 8 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) 8 7 0 7/ 6 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) 71 53 2 57.3 7/ 9*DISILLUSIONED (381) 7 2 0 8/ 8 NOTORIOUS (71) 355 277 10 56.2 8/ 5 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) 7 8 1 9/ 9 ROMAN HEROES (73) 544 452 63 54.6 9/ 6 NOTORIOUS (71) 7 8 0 10/ 0 FLAMING DEATH (347) 15 15 1 50.0 10/11*THE REPUBLIC (380) 6 9 0 11/11 APOCALYPSE (385) 108 130 6 45.4 11/10 CALL THE PRIEST (344) 4 5 0 12-12*BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) 5 7 0 41.7 12/ 0 FLAMING DEATH (347) 2 3 0 13/14*THE REPUBLIC (380) 16 24 2 40.0 13-12*BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) 1 1 0 14/13 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) 395 624 13 38.8 14/13 APOCALYPSE (385) 1 7 0 15/15*CLASSIC SLAYER (376) 0 2 0 0.0 15/14*CLASSIC SLAYER (376) 0 2 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank SPY REPORT Good day, in ARVAT a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor. So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news. The CAESAR'S THUGS guild has had a 4-1-1 turn and deserves to be watched in the future. You never know where this kind of thing can lead. And let's see, LARS fought ANGUISH and gained 19 points and contributed to LUROCIAN GUARD's 2-3-0. HERON has lost to P.Y.T., falling 13 points, while helping make FISHERMAN'S WHARF a 2-3-0 turn. The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and EVE ELWON remains ARVAT's top warrior for another turn. By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Welcome Wench? I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling. A basher friend of mine assures me this is true. LUROCIAN GUARD has cause to stand tall, as they were ARVAT's most avoided team. A smart manager knows this is a team to beat. And avoiding LUROCIAN GUARD more than any other team we find DISILLUSIONED. ARVAT, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing? Well, sports fans, take notice that REIGN IN BLOOD from CLASSIC SLAYER was ARVAT's most challenged warrior this turn. UNITED from CALL THE PRIEST took a risk this turn by bravely challenging up 26 points in a challenge against ROLAND. And now nobody knows where ROLAND is right now, after giving UNITED 21 points worth of recognition. As quiet chuckles rise behind me. Well now, what do you expect when someone like SERVIUS from CAESAR'S THUGS challenges down 18 points to fight SARLOW of FISHERMAN'S WHARF? I thought challenges were for warriors, not cowards looking for easy wins. SERVIUS defeated SARLOW, is nothing sacred? I don't know about you, but APPIUS challenging down 23 points to CLASSIC SLAYER's REIGN IN BLOOD, is not really worthy of CAESAR'S THUGS. We're not surprised to hear that APPIUS subdued REIGN IN BLOOD, but I bet it would be interesting to hear why CAESAR'S THUGS made such a challenge. Tsk, tsk, tsk. SEXTUS, does your manager know you're challenging down 20 points to fight BALD SPOTS from DISILLUSIONED? It pains me to see warriors take advantage of the system like this. SEXTUS subdued BALD SPOTS, as if it surprises anyone. Well now, what do you expect when someone like SAPHRONICUS from ROMAN HEROES challenges down 20 points to fight IHAO of APOCALYPSE? I thought challenges were for warriors, not cowards looking for easy wins. SAPHRONICUS overcame IHAO, is nothing sacred? I don't know about you, but CYRUS challenging down 18 points to NOTORIOUS' EVERYTHING ZEN, is not really worthy of THE REPUBLIC. Well, surprise, surprise, CYRUS lost to EVERYTHING ZEN, and by the way, CYRUS now has a recognition score of 15. In a brave attempt, MALIGNANT TUMOR from APOCALYPSE challenged up 23 points to fight DEMMELL from the RILL'S GCSC2 stable. MALIGNANT TUMOR perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he lost to DEMMELL and ended up with 90 recognition points. A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once. Wise men know this to be true. Whatever bright future MACHINEHEAD may have had, it's all history now. The manager of NOTORIOUS has lost a promising 3-0-0 warrior. Is it really true that ARVAT has more dishwashers per capita that fighters? Just thought I'd ask... Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe. Dare to fight bravely. Always good to rest in ARVAT, but never good to wear out my welcome. Look for me in future turns. Until you see my quill in ARVAT again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME EVE ELWON 4345 18 4 1 127 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME DEMMELL 4318 17 8 0 120 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) IZUSU TROOPER 4062 11 6 1 112 FLAMING DEATH (347) TORMENT 4271 20 13 1 106 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) UNITED 4162 17 14 1 106 CALL THE PRIEST (344) JUSTICE 4217 21 13 1 95 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MALIGNANT TUMOR 4493 16 7 0 90 APOCALYPSE (385) LAURA 4390 7 2 2 90 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) ROLAND 4319 17 8 0 88 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) I.M. CEYTIN 4308 18 10 1 83 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245 18 5 1 79 CALL THE PRIEST (344) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME DEMETREN 4317 13 12 0 79 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) P.Y.T. 3421 7 5 0 73 NOTORIOUS (71) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SERVIUS 4410 11 3 0 59 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) LARRY 4391 7 2 1 58 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) MERIDIUS 4426 5 2 2 58 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PSYCHOTRON 3420 8 3 1 54 NOTORIOUS (71) HERON 4273 10 23 0 53 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) GELEN 4320 10 15 0 51 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) JERRY HAHN 4361 13 5 0 48 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) THUNDER ROAD 4326 8 5 0 48 CALL THE PRIEST (344) TED ICKENS 4436 3 2 0 40 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) SEXTUS 4427 6 1 2 39 ROMAN HEROES (73) VARIUS 4424 4 3 1 39 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) SARLOW 4346 7 15 0 36 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) SAPHRONICUS 4395 4 5 1 35 ROMAN HEROES (73) YUGO CV 4066 3 0 0 34 FLAMING DEATH (347) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME RAGE 4381 5 5 0 31 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) LORIE 4393 5 4 0 31 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) LARS 4392 3 6 0 31 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) APPIUS 4437 5 0 0 28 CAESAR'S THUGS (379) FOR THE GODLINGS! 3411 6 5 0 26 NOTORIOUS (71) DEVIL DIGGER 4350 6 3 0 25 CALL THE PRIEST (344) HEARING AID 4448 2 0 0 25 DISILLUSIONED (381) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME COMMODUS 4429 4 3 0 22 THE REPUBLIC (380) EVERYTHING ZEN 3473 2 2 0 20 NOTORIOUS (71) -PUSHING PRARIE DOGS 4310 2 1 0 20 BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) LARA 4394 5 4 0 19 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) ARTEMIDORUS II 4398 5 4 0 19 ROMAN HEROES (73) -GATHERING LEAVES 4324 1 0 0 17 BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) APOLLONIUS 4423 4 3 0 15 THE REPUBLIC (380) CYRUS 4428 3 4 2 15 THE REPUBLIC (380) REMUS 4523 1 1 0 15 ROMAN HEROES (73) -HUNCHBACK GROWLER 4313 0 3 0 15 BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) IHAO 4476 3 4 1 14 APOCALYPSE (385) ARTEMIDORUS III 4534 1 0 0 14 ROMAN HEROES (73) PETER PIQUIN 4434 3 3 0 12 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) ANGUISH 4466 3 1 1 11 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) BILL BERITH 4533 1 0 0 11 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) AEMILIANUS 4468 2 1 0 10 THE REPUBLIC (380) SENILE 4447 1 1 0 10 DISILLUSIONED (381) HAMMIR 4475 2 3 0 9 APOCALYPSE (385) -SQUATTING 4325 1 0 0 9 BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) -CONSTIPATED 4445 1 0 0 9 DISILLUSIONED (381) BALD SPOTS 4521 1 1 0 9 DISILLUSIONED (381) BIONIC HIP 4444 2 0 0 7 DISILLUSIONED (381) EUTYCHIUS 4525 1 1 0 7 THE REPUBLIC (380) -EVIL FANTASIES 4443 0 1 0 7 CALL THE PRIEST (344) -PASSING TIME 4323 1 0 0 6 BEHIND THE BUSHES (369) GEROGE ROFT 4537 1 0 0 5 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) FILLIS BOUY 4536 1 0 0 5 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288) REIGN IN BLOOD 4380 0 2 0 5 CLASSIC SLAYER (376) GREMLIN 4440 0 1 0 1 FLAMING DEATH (347) BICYCLE 4439 0 1 0 1 FLAMING DEATH (347) RYNER 4526 0 1 0 1 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) BRIDGESTONE 4441 0 1 0 1 FLAMING DEATH (347) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SOCIAL MISFIT 4535 0 1 0 1 APOCALYPSE (385) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? DEATH 4532 0 1 0 ANGELS OF PAIN 360 BLACK ORC 329 538 NONE DOC 4474 0 3 0 APOCALYPSE 385 DARK CHAMPION 333 538 NONE ANTONIUS 4409 2 5 1 CAESAR'S THUGS 379 BANDIT PRINCE 334 538 NONE DEATH ROW 4403 2 1 0 CALL THE PRIEST 344 CYRUS 4428 534 REVENGED FISHGIZ 4419 3 4 1 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 LARRY 4391 537 MACHINEHEAD 3474 3 1 0 NOTORIOUS 71 MERIDIUS 4426 538 ARCADIUS 4465 0 1 0 THE REPUBLIC 380 FISHGIZ 4419 535 NONE RYNIR 4470 0 1 0 RILL'S GCSC2 370 ANGUISH 4466 536 PERSONAL ADS Remus -- Could you have used the help of Romulus? I could have used twice the trains. Let me give you both a tip--disrobe, squat, and grunt. -- Constipated Eutychius -- Too bad they did not have bionics in your day. -- Bionic Hip Aemilianus -- And you think you are old? Well, you fought like it, eh? -- Senile Embezzling Scribe -- What's that you said? Oh, you give? -- Hearing Aid Salutations. I want to thank The Republic, Roman Heroes, RSI Stand-Ins, and Plain Old Luck for making my entry into Arvat so fulfilling. Don't mind us, and speak a little louder, if you will. -- The Old Man (Disillusioned) Eve Elwon -- Like I care anymore! I'm going fishing. -- Loggerhead Servius -- Darn, I thought with a name like that, maybe you'd be, you know, servile or something. My mistake. You aren't. -- Sarlow Larry -- ! That was WHOLLY uncalled for. I would have surrendered if you'd given me an opening. -- Annoyed Ghost of Fishgiz P.S. I bet nobody ELSE would teach you five skills while dying. You are screwed, buster brown. Artemidorus II -- Eleven minutes? Of COURSE I burned out. I'm a small hot pepper, I don't do Extended Fire. Cheese, the things people expect! -- Peter Piquin P.S. But hey, it's pizza night, so it isn't all bad. I get to eat breadsticks with garlic and cheese and then cough for two days. Who says life isn't exciting? Jerry Hahn -- You're fishbait, buddy. -- Heron Rillion -- Good luck, but does life ever get "caught up"? As soon as one thing gets settled, another pops up. It's the pits. -- Jorja 2 November 2006 I received a Gift Certificate from someone. I'm assuming it's for entry into the Turf War 5. Whoever sent this to me...please email me at email@example.com. Thanks. 10 November 2006 The Quest of the Best has come to an end. Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest, wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners. Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the Quest. Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in the dust. Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink) Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions: 1) Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls 2) Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts! 3) Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts 4) D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen 5) Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation 6) Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders 7) D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights 8) D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights 9) The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion 10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their butt handed to them. Respect to All. Quest #1 host, Dark Knight Toker 14 November 2006 A Tale of Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution as told by Hammer the WordSmith SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the lingering wisps of memory from days gone by. From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation. Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence experience. The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times. Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities presently past and future. Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93. The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy. Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and gallantry before. Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike. History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes. Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and olden legends of times lost. [TIME JUMP] Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy, yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena! "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch Light!" Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81. Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind. From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn. Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand. Future events would lend themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for processing. Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM 28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!] Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena. After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then another group of hopefuls. After lengthy debate a third was cast aside. Deciding between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial Commission. The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney- worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager. [TIME JUMP] Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and now it was time to begin their training. The paperwork had been dispatched for registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which preparation was paramount! Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney Arena. Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red! Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No- Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly Expected!] Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his mind! When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night. These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had they fallen into the possession of most other managers! Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney Arena!] Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!] Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace! [TIME JUMP] Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting! Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81 [recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon graduation!] The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS stable managed by Sweety Pie. Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena! Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission. Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus] had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE. Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No- Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission. Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari! Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION. Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm. Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf. Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with GRIFFONRAWL MMA. Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!] Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!] Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in thought!] Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena. COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as to their intentions. Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was anybody's guess at the present time!] Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by! JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!] "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper" Hammer Minister of War LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS ANTONIUS was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight. DOC was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel. DEATH was murdered by BLACK ORC in a exciting 1 minute gory Dark Arena melee. UNITED viciously subdued ROLAND in a popular 4 minute gory master's Challenge brawl. MALIGNANT TUMOR was subdued by DEMMELL in a 1 minute master's Challenge competition. SERVIUS overpowered SARLOW in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle. APPIUS viciously subdued REIGN IN BLOOD in a 1 minute novice's Challenge competition. SEXTUS vanquished BALD SPOTS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel. SAPHRONICUS won victory over IHAO in a 2 minute Challenge fight. VARIUS viciously subdued DEVIL DIGGER in a 2 minute gory Challenge duel. RAGE savagely defeated PETER PIQUIN in a action packed 2 minute gory Challenge match. CYRUS was defeated by EVERYTHING ZEN in a 1 minute Challenge match. LARA was subdued by FOR THE GODLINGS! in a 1 minute Challenge competition. HEARING AID viciously subdued ARTEMIDORUS II in a 2 minute brutal Challenge contest. REMUS savagely defeated SENILE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute novice's Challenge brawl. EVE ELWON overpowered LAURA in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel. IZUSU TROOPER devastated FREEWHEEL BURNIN' in a exciting 1 minute bloody uneven duel. TORMENT devastated VENOMOUS GIGOLO in a 1 minute one-sided brawl. DEMETREN overpowered PSYCHOTRON in a 1 minute one-sided match. I.M. CEYTIN outlasted KHALHUMS DWARF in a 8 minute bloody veteran's match. JUSTICE slimly won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a 7 minute one-sided contest. P.Y.T. demolished HERON in a action packed 1 minute uneven bout. GELEN was overcome by LARRY in a popular 2 minute brutal contest. MACHINEHEAD was assassinated by MERIDIUS in a 1 minute uneven fight. TED ICKENS was luckily beaten by THUNDER ROAD in a 3 minute fight. JERRY HAHN won victory over LORIE in a action packed 1 minute bout. ANGUISH was handily defeated by LARS in a 1 minute brutal uneven bout. YUGO CV handily defeated APOLLONIUS in a 1 minute one-sided duel. COMMODUS overpowered HAMMIR in a 1 minute uneven fight. EUTYCHIUS overcame BICYCLE in a 1 minute novice's fight. BIONIC HIP outlasted SOCIAL MISFIT in a tiresome 7 minute novice's fight. AEMILIANUS beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's bout. BRIDGESTONE was subdued by GEROGE ROFT in a 1 minute beginner's contest. GREMLIN was luckily beaten by FILLIS BOUY in a exciting 7 minute novice's struggle. RYNER was overpowered by BILL BERITH in a 1 minute one-sided fray. ARTEMIDORUS III demolished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 5 minute mismatched match. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 12 WALL OF STEEL 28 - 16 - 0 64 | |TOTAL PARRY 11 SLASHING ATTACK 38 - 28 - 5 58 | |SLASHING ATTACK 8 LUNGING ATTACK 58 - 44 - 7 57 | |STRIKING ATTACK 7 AIMED BLOW 26 - 24 - 1 52 | |AIMED BLOW 7 BASHING ATTACK 22 - 23 - 1 49 | |BASHING ATTACK 7 STRIKING ATTACK 29 - 33 - 3 47 | |WALL OF STEEL 6 PARRY-RIPOSTE 13 - 15 - 2 46 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 3 TOTAL PARRY 40 - 56 - 0 42 | |PARRY-LUNGE 2 PARRY-STRIKE 2 - 3 - 0 40 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 PARRY-LUNGE 6 - 12 - 0 33 | Turn 538 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: LUNGING ATTACK 8 - 4 AIMED BLOW 3 - 4 4 WALL OF STEEL WALL OF STEEL 4 - 2 BASHING ATTACK 3 - 4 2 SLASHING ATTACK SLASHING ATTACK 5 - 3 TOTAL PARRY 4 - 7 2 LUNGING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 4 - 3 PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 2 2 TOTAL PARRY PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 1 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME SLASHING ATTACK EVE ELWON 4345 18 4 1 127 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105) WALL OF STEEL DEMMELL 4318 17 8 0 120 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) LUNGING ATTACK IZUSU TROOPER 4062 11 6 1 112 FLAMING DEATH (347) TOTAL PARRY JUSTICE 4217 21 13 1 95 ANGELS OF PAIN (360) AIMED BLOW FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245 18 5 1 79 CALL THE PRIEST (344) PARRY-LUNGE DEMETREN 4317 13 12 0 79 RILL'S GCSC2 (370) BASHING ATTACK LARRY 4391 7 2 1 58 LUROCIAN GUARD (378) STRIKING ATTACK PSYCHOTRON 3420 8 3 1 54 NOTORIOUS (71) PARRY-RIPOSTE THUNDER ROAD 4326 8 5 0 48 CALL THE PRIEST (344) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is JUSTICE 4217. The most popular warrior this turn was GREMLIN 4440. The ten other most popular fighters were UNITED 4162, JUSTICE 4217, TED ICKENS 4436, GELEN 4320, RAGE 4381, REMUS 4523, IZUSU TROOPER 4062, LARRY 4391, SAPHRONICUS 4395, and VARIUS 4424. The least popular fighter this week was BIONIC HIP 4444. The other ten least popular fighters were ARTEMIDORUS III 4534, SOCIAL MISFIT 4535, I.M. CEYTIN 4308, RYNER 4526, BRIDGESTONE 4441, BICYCLE 4439, HAMMIR 4475, ANGUISH 4466, LORIE 4393, and MACHINEHEAD 3474.