DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/20/2003    Duedate: 12/03/2003

NIYTYOLE ISLAND ARENA

DM-33    TURN-457

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MIKE TV
WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
(33-6965) [15-8-1,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MIKE TV                        NIGHTCRAWLER
WILLY WONKA INC. (550)         BAD MOON (460)
(33-6965) [15-8-1,111]         (33-5171) [4-2-1,44]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DARK DUMPLING                  DARTMAN
BAD BREAD (95)                 COLGATE DAYS (594)
(33-4949) [18-17-1,92]         (33-7161) [2-2-0,16]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OBSIDIAN HALL (192)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)      46
2. BAD BREAD (95)              32      PETS ON FIRE (573)
3. WILLY WONKA INC. (550)      25      Unchartered Team
4. SACKETT'S & CO. (552)       19
5. PIG BATTALION (226)         15      HARPERS (584)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*HARPERS (584)              2   1  0 66.7   1/ 3 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)       9  6 1
 2/ 2 PETS ON FIRE (573)       124  74  8 62.6   2/ 1 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      8  5 0
 3/ 1*COLGATE DAYS (594)         3   2  0 60.0   3/ 6 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)    8  7 1
 4- 3 CAVITY CREEPS II (398)    91  69  4 56.9   4/ 7 SACKETT'S & CO. (552)     7  1 2
 5- 4 PATH OF THE BLADE (558)   54  44  5 55.1   5/ 5 PIG BATTALION (226)       7  8 0
 6/ 6 SACKETT'S & CO. (552)     95  81 10 54.0   6/ 2 PETS ON FIRE (573)        6  4 0
 7/ 5 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      60  52 11 53.6   7/ 0 BAD BREAD (95)            3  0 0
 8/ 7 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)      313 283 29 52.5   8/12 FOOD FIGHT (10)           3  3 0
 9/ 8 FOOD FIGHT (10)          140 129  5 52.0   9/ 4 WILLY WONKA INC. (550)    3 12 0
10/ 9 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)      113 107  4 51.4  10/ 9*COLGATE DAYS (594)        2  2 0
11/10 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)   116 115  3 50.2  11-11 JAILBIRDS (590)           2  3 0
12/ 0*BAD MOON (460)            10  11  2 47.6  12/ 8 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)       2  4 0
13/ 0 BAD BREAD (95)           184 209 20 46.8  13-10 PATH OF THE BLADE (558)   1  0 0
14/11 PIG BATTALION (226)       67  83  4 44.7  14/ 0*BAD MOON (460)            1  3 0
15/12 WILLY WONKA INC. (550)    97 138  5 41.3  15/ 0 THE WRETCHED (572)        0  3 0
16-13 JAILBIRDS (590)           19  31  1 38.0  16-14 CAVITY CREEPS II (398)    0  1 0
17-14*KILLER JS (577)            2   4  0 33.3  17-13*KILLER JS (577)           0  1 0
18/ 0 THE WRETCHED (572)        19  42  3 31.1  18/ 0*HARPERS (584)             0  1 0

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

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Charter Cities #95 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

From Monuntial to Niatoli:

     Agro didn't know if the Usurper's men hadn't been able to get a boat moving fast
enough to do any good, or if they'd decided this little band of rebels wasn't worth
the effort, but nobody followed them out of Monuntial harbor.  Someone had mentioned
that the Usurper's men patrolled all around the peninsula, though, so maybe they
didn't feel there was any need for pursuit.  Not a comforting thought, but he'd been
a long time out of the egg since he expected things to go easily.  At least the
rebels seemed to know their way about this boat, or maybe it was a ship, and to know
the waters.  He'd heard that there were a lot of hazards in the lake in this area,
rocks under the surface, and wrecks that would rip the bottom out of an unwary boat
as fast as the rocks would.
     One of the men who had climbed up the mast yelled, "Ship coming!"
     Everyone looked back toward the shore, but the water was empty of other vessels.
The peninsula itself was merely a dark band of trees on the horizon, the city a
cluster of paler shapes.  Agro staggered as the deck underfoot shifted and tilted.
He glanced around and saw that the approaching ship was coming from farther out, and
it was big, and there were...he squinted, rather a lot of armed men on the deck,
sunlight winking off shields and helms and spear points.
     Tully, at the stern, was yelling commands to the two men up the mast, and they
were scrambling around doing things with ropes and sails.  Lots of sails.  The deck
tilted farther, and Agro, clinging to the railing, had a view of the Storm Sea's
clear, dark-green water rushing by close at hand.  It was laced with foam, very
decorative, and very uninviting.  He hoped the ship wasn't in the process of turning
over and dumping them into the lake.  He glimpsed things poking upward from the
bottom, some wrecked ship's timbers, maybe, or drowned trees.  They didn't quite
reach the ship he was on, but what if there were others reaching a little higher?  He
could swim, and Bindi could swim, but they preferred WARM water....
     The ship tilted the other way, not instantly, but it felt like a fast change
anyway.  Agro released the rail and allowed himself to slide toward the cabin in the
middle of the deck, pulled himself upright, and looked around to see what was
happening.  The rebels who weren't engaged in steering the ship were holding onto
whatever they could reach, and he guessed they were praying.  And the other ship was
approaching, not aiming directly at them, but the Croc could see that the two courses
were converging despite the crooked maneuvers Tully was sailing.
     The bigger ship was zigzagging, too.  Ah, trying to find a clear channel!  Of
course.  And being bigger, it would need a deeper channel.  That must be what Tully
was counting on, because it was a good bet they couldn't outrun the other.  The other
ship was so close that he could hear people in the front of it screaming warnings to
the steersman.  It was changing course, but slowly.  Well, you couldn't expect it to
skid around like a pony.  With any luck, it'd hit some snag and get the bottom ripped
out, a prospect Agro could view with enthusiasm.  Too bad there wouldn't be time to
go after some of the survivors....  The Croc licked his lips and sighed.  Oh, well,
another time.
     As he had that thought, the bigger ship seemed to jerk and shudder, slowing
suddenly.  Some of the rebels who knew how ships ought to behave cheered.
     One of them, scrambling along the deck, thumped Agro on the shoulder and
shouted, "Niatoli, here we come!  We'll be there in time for dinner!"

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #73 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Korga:

     Fist of Kjarran rather liked being hailed as a hero in Korga.  It wasn't
something he'd expected, which made it even better.  Cadal explained to the people--
several times--that the hunter had not been destroyed, only driven off, and that the
road was still dangerous after dark, but the Korgans didn't seem to care.  They
fussed over Fist, cheered when he assured them that Aghtamar, herself a Korgan, had
been invaluable in the effort, and generally made a party out of the whole situation.
     Later that evening, when all the gladiators were so full of food they could
barely move (or didn't want to, at least), Fist drew Cadal aside.  "These people act
like all their troubles are over!" he worried.  "The hunter will still be out there,
maybe not right away, but he'll be back."
     "I know that," Cadal said, "and you know that, and more of the Korgans realize
it than you might think.  But there isn't anything else we can do about it without
help."  He smiled faintly.  "Even the kind of help you had is not exactly what we
need here.  It was enough for that night, but it was...."  He frowned, groping for
the right words, then shrugged.  "There was power enough, you understand, and the
will to help, but it wasn't really the best tool for the job."
     "What is the best tool, then?  If there is one at all."
     "I think there is a tool," Cadal said, "and I think the man who knows about it
is Lord Malcorn.  So in the morning we head for Malcorn, and we ask."

Zukal:

     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
counted.
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of 
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door of the old house and stepped toward Pelishtekan's
office, batting away the coil of incense that came up from the shrine below.  The
incense wasn't necessary, just window-dressing added to the cult worship by
Pelishtekan.  Ghenis didn't care for it.  Damned frills!  But it did seem to please
the lesser members, and of course it added to their "harmless crackpot" image.
     The Ferencian was waiting for him in the cult's office, simmering with
indignation.  As soon as the door was shut, he demanded, "What do you think you're
doing?"
     Ghenis raised an eyebrow and smiled faintly, clearing off the other chair and
sitting down.  "Doing?  The cult's work, of course.  What did you think I was doing,
Pelish?"
     "In sending Og and Veleks to Niatoli without consulting me, you were--"
     "--Doing as we agreed was necessary.  Niatoli can't be left out of our plans,
and we HAD agreed that we should send someone to lay the ground there."
     "But--"
     "And it was necessary to get Veleks out of the city before his fear broke the
nerve of other people.  Cousin Og will keep an eye on him."
     "If the thief's nerve is broken--"
     "He'll be fine on Niatoli.  The thing he fears doesn't seem to cross water
readily."  Ghenis leaned forward.  "Put aside your annoyance and listen to me,
Pelish.  The thing Veleks fears--let me tell you about it."  He launched into a
description of what he had seen north of Zukal, and of what Veleks had been able to
tell him.
     When Ghenis was through, the other man sat in silence for a long moment.  Then
he shook his head, seeming almost dazed.  "I had believed Alastari free of such
beings, unaccountable as that freedom had appeared.  I supposed it was the Grey
Witch's doing, that she had bound them long ago to keep them from interfering in her
plans.  Why would she loose them now?"
     "Who knows what the Witch would do?  But you do know what this monster--these
monsters--are?"
     "More or less," the Ferencian said, shrugging.  "They're remnants of the races
that inhabited Ghea before...whatever, the Old Gods or who knows what, started
meddling.  The ancient scrolls which I have seen in Ferencia speak of them as being
the rulers of the world when humans were still little more than beasts living in
caves and there were no elves or dwarves here at all."  He shrugged again.
"Unsupported myth, of course, but it does suggest that they are a very old race.
Frankly, if I'd thought of them at all, I would have supposed them destroyed here in
Alastari."
     "Destroyed in Alastari," Ghenis repeated.  "That implies that in other places--
such as Ferencia--they are not destroyed, and perhaps not even bound?"
     "They're BOUND, of course!"  Pelishtekan snapped, scandalized.  "Er...more or
less.  Differently in different places, of course.  But we couldn't leave them
LOOSE."
     "I can see that," the gladiator agreed.  "So, we have these things loose here,
but they CAN be bound.  Okay, fine.  How do we do it?"
     The Ferencian blanched.  "WE don't do it, that is work for great wizards, high
priests, men of power--"
     "And no one in the cult has that amount of power?"  Scowling, Ghenis came to his
feet and leaned closer to the Ferencian, his hands braced on the desk between them.
He gathered up a fist-full of Pelishtekan's tunic.  "Are you telling me that the cult
doesn't have that kind of power?  That it's just a piddling little two-bit cult?"
     Pelishtekan paled further.  "No!  No, the cult has that power, but nobody HERE
can wield it!  And with the Arcanum so weak--"
     "The state of the Arcanum doesn't seem to be affecting the monsters," Ghenis
interrupted in a hard voice.  "Any dark god worth his worship should be able to take
care of a few monsters, Ferencian.  If I find that this is just a small time
operation for a small time demon after all, there will be HELL to pay, man, and I
will PERSONALLY see that you pay the first installment."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): LADY DEATHSTRIKE of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): SILVER BELLE of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): none
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): none
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!
     The time has come for Wild Card Hammer to Graduate!  Thanks to Everyone for
making this momentous occasion possible!
     Hammer is in the Middle East and preparing to journey to the Philippines in
December.  May be a while before Hammer can post my particulars to those of you who
crave such info, as it will be quite some time before the mail catches up with him
when he returns to Qatar.
     The View From The Top has been Great!  No Challenges and No Avoids and No Dark
Arena Monster for Wild Card Hammer this round, so the DM Throne in Niytyole Island is
for Whoever Makes the Grade!

-- Wild Card Hammer

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out NIYTYOLE ISLAND 
to see what's new.  Too bad, CASINO HAMMERZ, but OBSIDIAN HALL was just too good to 
be stopped.  Uncool, WILLY WONKA INC..  I mean 1-4-0 is bad.  Will they will be 
allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training practice!  FOOD FIGHT like really 
fought hard to move up to 8th from 12th.  Way to go!  One team deserves special 
mention 'cause they moved up 3 after going 4-1-1.  Keep it up, WHEN DOGMA FAILS!  MVP 
award for HEY, ZEUS!?  WHEN DOGMA FAILS' proud of it after beating NIGHTCRAWLER and 
getting 17 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  NIGHTCRAWLER got smashed by HEY, 
ZEUS!, and lost 13 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think 
WILD CARD HAMMER should let GRUDGEBRINGER be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting 
about it.  Who was the wiseguy that said NIYTYOLE ISLAND's Duelmaster was paying for 
drinks at The Don't Drop Inn?  Don't look at me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.  The warriors 
of PETS ON FIRE must be getting lonely.  They were the most avoided team.  Do you 
guys know something that I don't?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are SACKETT'S & CO.? 
PETS ON FIRE, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an 
invitation!  Like, is CHARLIE BUCKET popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in 
all of NIYTYOLE ISLAND!  He's got a 3-8-1, is that good?   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  MIKE TV bloodfeuded (is that a word?) 
PANDORA for revenge over some guy's bad fortune.  Was it really worth it?  Fight, 
fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MIKE TV 6965                 15   8  1   111       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROULETTE HAMMER 7044         11   3  3   110       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-MAD DOG 4568                 11   7  1   102       CAVITY CREEPS II (398)
-PUT OUT THE CAT 6793         18   9  1    98       PETS ON FIRE (573)
 SQUEEZE CHEESE 1302          22  23  0    95       FOOD FIGHT (10)
 DARK DUMPLING 4949           18  17  1    92       BAD BREAD (95)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOMB SCONE 5585              14   3  0    91       BAD BREAD (95)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OLD MAJOR 3149               15  15  0    90       PIG BATTALION (226)
 PANDORA 6898                 13  10  2    90       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
-ARANT 4604                    9   6  0    80       CAVITY CREEPS II (398)
 GRUDGEBRINGER 6999           12  10  0    77       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 BOOM CHICKEN BOOM 6798       16  12  0    76       PETS ON FIRE (573)
 LIGHT DA' PYRE 7063           8   6  1    75       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 SIN-EATER 6748                6   7  2    75       THE WRETCHED (572)
-SILK 6498                    12   8  0    70       PATH OF THE BLADE (558)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BRILL 6501                   10  10  0    66       PATH OF THE BLADE (558)
-VLAD 7119                     3   3  0    62       PATH OF THE BLADE (558)
 DIGITALIS 6862               14  14  1    59       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
-SHAR-PEI FLAMBE 6902         10   0  0    57       PETS ON FIRE (573)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEY, ZEUS! 7068               9   5  0    56       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 CATLOW 6990                   8   4  1    56       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
 ZIPPOPOTAMUS 6792            11   8  1    53       PETS ON FIRE (573)
-KID REDO 6899                 7   7  2    52       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
-TALOS 5919                    5   1  0    50       CAVITY CREEPS II (398)
 SPRYTE 7101                   5   9  1    47       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
 POKER FACE HAMMER 7057        7   7  2    46       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043        6   8  1    46       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-DOCTOR LECTER 7097            9   1  0    45       JAILBIRDS (590)
 NIGHTCRAWLER 5171             4   2  1    44       BAD MOON (460)
-LONIGAN 7022                  4   6  1    39       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
-RED HEAD 6073                 5   7  0    38       CAVITY CREEPS II (398)
 JOE FRIDAY 7130               5   3  0    38       PIG BATTALION (226)
-ICE-BOX 6749                  6   9  0    36       THE WRETCHED (572)
 DA SPINS 7011                 6   6  1    35       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLINCH 7133                   4   1  1    33       SACKETT'S & CO. (552)
 CHARLIE BUCKET 7095           3   8  1    33       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
-IRON CHEF 6925                7   2  0    32       FOOD FIGHT (10)
 STUPOR 7094                   7   6  0    32       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)
 BLASPHEMY 6750                3   5  0    28       THE WRETCHED (572)
 MYRIKLE 7128                  4   6  1    27       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
 HAROLD O'DOOM 7176            2   1  1    24       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 BLACK MARGOT 7153             2   4  0    24       OBSIDIAN HALL (192)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BASILISK 5173                 3   2  0    23       BAD MOON (460)
 FICKLEBERRY 7165              1   3  1    23       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
 PERISH DA THOUGHT 7177        2   0  0    22       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 RANDAL MORN 6996              2   1  0    20       HARPERS (584)
-REPEAT OFFENDER 7122          4   3  0    19       JAILBIRDS (590)
 DARTMAN 7161                  2   2  0    16       COLGATE DAYS (594)
 LUFTSCHWEIN 7154              1   4  0    13       PIG BATTALION (226)
-OGRE 5511                     1   0  1    12       BAD MOON (460)
 SLAYBAGEL 7105                1   0  0    11       BAD BREAD (95)
-CAREER CRIMINAL 7169          1   0  0    10       JAILBIRDS (590)
-FIRSTTIME FELON 7140          1   3  0     8       JAILBIRDS (590)
 PIGGY 7175                    1   2  0     7       PIG BATTALION (226)
 DAVE GAGNON 7158              1   0  0     7       COLGATE DAYS (594)
 HAMTON 7174                   1   2  0     5       PIG BATTALION (226)
 JUNK PILE 7178                0   1  0     1       WILLY WONKA INC. (550)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CULT MEMBER 226        0  1 0   1                   CLINCH 7133           457 NONE    
WRAITH 5170            2  3 0 BAD MOON 460          STONE GOLEM 246       457 NONE    
EPOCOLIPS 5523         0  1 0 BAD MOON 460          WURM KIN 247          457 NONE    
TRUE GRITS 7143        1  3 0 FOOD FIGHT 10         CHARLIE BUCKET 7095   454 JUST REV
TIM ALLEN 7098         3  6 1 JAILBIRDS 590         DA SPINS 7011         453 REVENGED
JEFF THOMPSON 6884     2  3 0 KILLER JS 577         CATLOW 6990           455         
SNOWBALL 3150          9 11 0 PIG BATTALION 226     ROULETTE HAMMER 7044  454         
ARNOLD Z. 7150         2  1 0 PIG BATTALION 226     FICKLEBERRY 7165      454 JUST REV
SQUARE DEAL SAM 7164   1  3 0 WILLY WONKA INC. 550  SPYMASTER 242         457 NONE    
ANDY 6769             18 21 1 WILLY WONKA INC. 550  PANDORA 6898          456 JUST REV
CHANCE 6981            1  2 0 THE WRETCHED 572      HAROLD O'DOOM 7176    457         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mr. Wonka (Distorted) -- You don't seem to fare too well against me in random
matchups, of course from my perspective it's a little payback for the massively
downchallenged bloodfeud of Myrikle.  Then again perhaps Pandora did you a small
favor.  I don't seem to recall an Andy in The Chocolate Factory.  I fully expect that
we will have a Mike TV vs. Pandora rematch this turn and likely for the title.  I
hope you don't expect the same result. -- D. Darkheart, IC

Stupor -- Ahhh, my dear sweet Stupor.  Thank you for the target practice and the many
pointers!  We'll have to get together again real soon, hun! -- Black Margot, Dark
Mistress of Terror

Lonigan -- Ouch! -- Myrikle

Zippopotamus -- That was a tough matchup for you, friend.  Nice try! -- Digitalis

Catlow -- I'm faster than you expected I bet, but obviously I need to work on
controlling the fight a bit better.  Nice contest! -- Spryte

Friends and Friendly Foes -- Just letting everyone know that I am alive and well in
the Middle East and will be journeying to the Philippines in December.  This means
that my DM correspondence will be greatly limited and updating contests in DM 28 and
DM 33 nearly non-existent for the next few months as my newsletters will be sent to
Qatar and I will not be back there until February.  I am living my real life dream as
a Missionary/Pastor and I pray everyone in the DM world enjoys their Holidays and
also have the opportunity to live their real life dreams as well.  I will be
deactivating my stables in DM 45 and DM 47 until further notice and just running in
DM 28 and DM 33 mostly on warrior maintenance, unless I am able to get some
duelsheets mailed from the Philippines.  Keep the Home Fires Burning! -- Hammer

Squeeze Cheese -- I am surprised you re-challenged me!  You were getting whipped up
by a warrior with 20 some less fights! -- Charlie Bucket

Wild Card -- Way to duck me, pal.  The throne would have been mine! -- Mike T.V.

Pandora -- I thank you for allowing Andy (A.K.A. Randy Hoyt) a noble and honorable
way out of the arena.  Anyway, he was like a piece of lint that won't go away. --
Distorted

Casino Hammer -- It can't be all skill to have constant success here without getting
the CRAP the RuGods drop on me.  What's the game here?  Who are you @#$!XX! --
Distorted
P.S.  I am really beginning to wonder if R.S.I. has their favorites...Hmmm.

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SQUARE DEAL SAM was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
WRAITH was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
EPOCOLIPS was killed by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SQUEEZE CHEESE won victory over CHARLIE BUCKET in a 2 minute Bloodfeud brawl.
MIKE TV overpowered PANDORA in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud Title match.
OLD MAJOR vanquished FICKLEBERRY in a exciting 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
DIGITALIS was bested by LIGHT DA' PYRE in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge competition.
CATLOW won victory over POKER FACE HAMMER in a action packed 1 minute Challenge duel.
SPRYTE vanquished DA SPINS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
BLACK MARGOT lost to STUPOR in a popular 3 minute Challenge fight.
DARTMAN was beaten by MYRIKLE in a popular 4 minute Challenge melee.
WILD CARD HAMMER narrowly defeated GRUDGEBRINGER in a 2 minute veteran's match.
ROULETTE HAMMER bested SIN-EATER in a exciting 2 minute master's conflict.
TOMB SCONE demolished KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute bloody one-sided brawl.
DARK DUMPLING viciously subdued BOOM CHICKEN BOOM in a 2 minute expert's fight.
NIGHTCRAWLER was viciously subdued by HEY, ZEUS! in a exciting 1 minute bloody fray.
ZIPPOPOTAMUS bested LUCKY LADY HAMMER in a exciting 4 minute brutal veteran's brawl.
JOE FRIDAY savagely defeated RANDAL MORN in a exciting 3 minute gory bout.
PERISH DA THOUGHT unbelievably bested BLASPHEMY in a 3 minute competition.
CLINCH executed CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute brutal uneven fight.
CHANCE was executed by HAROLD O'DOOM in a 1 minute uneven fray.
BASILISK unbelievably bested FRATSFA SLAVE in a monotonous 9 minute novice's contest.
LUFTSCHWEIN overpowered JUNK PILE in a slow 2 minute gruesome one-sided duel.
HAMTON was defeated by DAVE GAGNON in a 2 minute novice's bout.
PIGGY was unbelievably bested by SLAYBAGEL in a 1 minute beginner's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  15         BASHING ATTACK    25 -  22 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         LUNGING ATTACK    45 -  41 -  7      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  14 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  20 -  0      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       22 -  23 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -  20 -  2      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  32 -  1      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  16 -  1      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   5 -  0       0  |

Turn 457 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        5 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     8 -  7     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MIKE TV 6965               15   8  1  111 WILLY WONKA INC. (550)
STRIKING ATTACK  TOMB SCONE 5585            14   3  0   91 BAD BREAD (95)
PARRY-LUNGE      PANDORA 6898               13  10  2   90 OBSIDIAN HALL (192)
BASHING ATTACK   GRUDGEBRINGER 6999         12  10  0   77 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
SLASHING ATTACK  LIGHT DA' PYRE 7063         8   6  1   75 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DARK DUMPLING 4949.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DARTMAN 7161.  The ten other most popular fighters were LIGHT DA' PYRE 7063, 
BLACK MARGOT 7153, ROULETTE HAMMER 7044, RANDAL MORN 6996, CHARLIE BUCKET 7095, DARK 
DUMPLING 4949, LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043, JOE FRIDAY 7130, BLASPHEMY 6750, and WRAITH 
5170.

The least popular fighter this week was BASILISK 5173.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were JUNK PILE 7178, LUFTSCHWEIN 7154, NIGHTCRAWLER 5171, BOOM CHICKEN BOOM 
6798, DA SPINS 7011, FICKLEBERRY 7165, PANDORA 6898, CHANCE 6981, STUPOR 7094, and 
EPOCOLIPS 5523.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

WILD CARD HAMMER (33-6864) CASINO HAMMERZ (576)