Date   : 07/01/2004    Duedate: 07/14/2004


DM-33    TURN-473

This Weeks Top Honors


(33-7043) [17-13-2,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CASINO HAMMERZ (576)           DARK TOADS II (598)
(33-7043) [17-13-2,115]        (33-7222) [5-0-0,83]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HEY, ZEUS!                     HAROLD O'DOOM
(33-7068) [14-15-0,73]         (33-7176) [9-7-1,85]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES (539)         53
2. CASINO HAMMERZ (576)        24      ARENA FELINES (539)
3. DARK TOADS II (598)         19      Unchartered Team
4. FOOD FIGHT (10)             15
5. CHAOTICDISORDER (585)       10      DARK TOADS II (598)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*SUICIDAL MANIA (595)       1   0  1  100   1/ 1 FOOD FIGHT (10)           9  3 0
 2/ 0 ARENA FELINES (539)      130  86  8 60.2   2/ 2 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      7  8 1
 3/ 9*DARK TOADS II (598)        6   5  0 54.5   3/ 4 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)    5  9 0
 4/ 3 CASINO HAMMERZ (576)      92  81 14 53.2   4/ 6*DARK TOADS II (598)       4  1 0
 5- 5 LUROCIANS II (92)        350 324 24 51.9   5/10*CHAOTICDISORDER (585)     4  4 1
 6/ 7 FOOD FIGHT (10)          158 149  5 51.5   6/ 0 ARENA FELINES (539)       3  2 0
 7/ 6 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)      139 132  4 51.3   7- 3*BLITZKRIEG (597)          3  3 0
 8/ 8 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)   150 151  4 49.8   8- 9 LUROCIANS II (92)         2  1 0
 9-10*BLITZKRIEG (597)           5   6  1 45.5   9/ 5 JOYS OF BOOZE (556)       2  7 0
10/12*CHAOTICDISORDER (585)      5   7  1 41.7  10-11*SUICIDAL MANIA (595)      1  0 1

    '*'   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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                        HAMMER RUN for the ROLLUPS ROLL CALL
                             Round by Round Recognition
                        P-ad Approved Style Masters Listings
                               "Be Bold! Wager Gold!"
                         (P-ad declarations in parenthesis)
                       [Manager name/Stable name in brackets]

     01.  Lucky Lady Hammer (T-440) [Hammer/Casino Hammerz]
     02.  W. (T-442) [Street Legal/Of Mythos And Men]
     01.  Hey, Zeus! (T-443) [Prophet/When Dogma Fails]
     02.  Career Criminal (T-455) [Philthy Phil/Jailbirds]
     01.  Stone Face Hammer (T-463) [Hammer/Casino Hammerz]
     01.  Siren (T-442) [Street Legal/Of Mythos And Men]
     02.  Gordie (T-463) [Kellog/Pig Battallion]
     03.  Bluffing Hammer (T-463) [Hammer/Casino Hammerz]
Slashers Category Now Closed for Hammer Run as of T-469
     01.  WINNER T-469 Light Da' Pyre (T-443) [Prophet/When Dogma Fails] WINNER T-469
Total Parodys
     01.  Doctor Lecter (T-444) [Philthy Phil/Jailbirds]
     02.  Mirikle (T-447) [Dameon Darkheart/Obsidian Hall]
     03.  Maverick Hammer (T-465) [Hammer/Casino Hammerz]
     01.  Piggy (T-455) [Kellog/Pig Battalion]
     02.  Cool Hand Hammer (T-463) [Hammer/Casino Hammerz]
     01.  Repeat Offender (T-447) [Philthy Phil/Jailbirds]
     02.  Joe Friday (T-448) [Kellog/Pig Battallion]
     01.  Luftschwein (T-452) [Kellog/Pig Battallion]
     01 Porkey LR (T-463)  [Kellog/Pig Battallion]

     Attention: Hammer Run is for 0 FE Basic Arena Warriors ONLY. Participants MUST
Be Declared in the P-ads On or Before their First DM 33 Basic Arena Fight to Qualify
as a Hammer Runner!  Winners of Each Category will receive 5 New Team Roll Up Gift
Certificates mailed from RSI courtesy of Hammer!  As of T-472 All Dead Contestants
have been Deleted from the Hammer Run Roll Call to make it easier for everyone to
read who is still Registered and which Categories are Closed due to Graduated

     MAHATSAWD the Mighty was well pleased with the performance by LUCKY LADY HAMMER
as she successfully defended her Duel Master Throne Title atop the Niytyole Island
pile of gladiators!
     He was fairly well satisfied that LUCKY LADY HAMMER now had the Skills and the
Experience to continue accumulating the Vicories/Political Points to Graduate/Marry
and then pursue WILD CARD HAMMER over in DM 106 for the bragging rights as the Best
Ripper of the CASINO HAMMERZ stable!
     What with Hammer receiving his newsletters overseas, it would necessitate LUCKY
LADY HAMMER to have to fight her last DM 33 fight without the knowledge of her
Favorite Weapon/Rhythms and entering DM 106 with the same handicap; however,
MAHATSAWD was confident that with the extra training and the Nuptial Celebrations
that his fiancee would do quite well in the days to come!

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #81 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The heavy bell-tone sounded again, and this time the wave-front came with a
light that was brighter than sunlight and sharper than needles.  Artemisia felt that
she was being raked over with a curry-comb.  It didn't feel bad, exactly, but if it
had been a little more forceful....  The tentacle holding her did not fare so well:
its flesh was ripped by the comb-teeth of sound and light.  A dark fluid that must
have been its blood splattered on the deck.
     The tilting deck.  There are just so many assaults of sound-light that any
wooden ship could take, and _The Golden Moon_ had taken them.
     Artemisia rolled free of the tentacle that had been pinning her down and looked
around, assessing options.  The tentacles seemed to be out of the fight, at least for
now.  The zombies, too--the bell's attack had shattered their flimsy bodies.  The
ship was coming apart around her.  But what about her crew?  The few men she could
see were dead.  They couldn't all have died but her, could they?  It certainly looked
like that was what had happened.  Maybe it was the Isle spells that had accompanied
her oath to the Greywand that had preserved her.
     Which didn't answer the immediate question:  What to do?  If she stayed with the
ship, no spell of physical toughness would preserve her from the possibility of being
crushed by a falling mast or the like.  And if she dived overboard...was the tentacle
thing killed or just injured?  But gladiators didn't make it to the Isle through
being indecisive.
     She sheathed her cutlass, gathered her limbs under her, and dived, cutting the
water cleanly and stroking away from the ship and toward the dark hump of Barikala
island.  They said that no one ever came back from Barikala these days, but she would
deal with that problem later.  She could feel turbulence in the water below her and
guessed that it might be more tentacles, and whatever it was they sprouted from.
Well, nothing she could do about it right this minute, but she vowed that if she
survived this, she would encourage the eating of giant octopus.  Or squid, as the
case might be.
     Her fingers grazed rock and something grasped her wrist.  She looked up, gasping
for breath and already twisting to reach her cutlass.
     There was a man kneeling on the rock and pulling her upwards.  An ordinary man.
The most beautiful sight she'd seen in hours.  She allowed him to help her onto the
rock, which she saw was part of the shoreline of the island.
     "I'm surprised you survived," the man said.  "And glad, of course, we see so few
new faces here!  My name's Eddystone, by the way--graduated from the arena here and
didn't get off-island fast enough."
     Artemisia gave up trying to wring water out of her hair and clothes.  "I'm a
Lady Protector myself," she admitted.  "What's going on here?  The zombies, the
tentacles, the bell...?"
     "Ah, well, it's a longish story," Eddystone muttered.  He squinted out across
the water.  "But I guess you're the only survivor on my section of the coast, so we
might as well head back to the Hall."
     "And you can tell me this long story on the way," Artemisia suggested firmly.
"Start with the short version, and we can go into detail later."
     "Yes, well...hmm.  I guess it began with the Invasion, or around the same time--
I don't know if they were connected.  But the Duke says that's when the Light-Keepers
started having trouble with--  Er, you HAVE heard of the TRUE Barikala Light, haven't
     Artemisia glanced inland toward the pillar of light that was visible over the
island every night and on cloudy days.  "Even if I hadn't heard of it then, I have
     "Well, the Light-Keepers started having trouble with the, uh, controls on it, I
guess you'd say.  Most of us didn't know a thing about it then, of course, but we've
all--everyone on Barikala--become, uh, well-informed, I guess you could say, since
then.  The Light got loose.  At least to the extent you see now.  Don't even ask what
happened to the Keepers on duty when that happened!  The Light isn't, well, Evil or
anything like that, but when it's loose, it strains things.  The fabric of the
Multiverse and so on.  Like having a lot of little temporary Gates around the place.
Well, the Duke's no fool, you know.  There were procedures.  Close off the island to
local traffic.  The power of the Light can be tapped, and it was used to set up a
Barrier.  Things can get in, but not out.  Because all these little Gates were
leaking...monsters.  Like the one you fought, we've had several of that type.  They
come from a place called, uh, Miskatonia or something like that.  Not always inside
the Barrier, but since the monsters are all drawn to the power of the Light, they all
come in, sooner or later.  And we kill them as fast as we can."  Eddystone grimaced.
"It isn't easy!  We kill monsters, but there are always more coming, and OUR
population is dropping, because since the Barrier went up and people realized that no
one was LEAVING Barikala, we haven't gotten people to replace the ones that die."
     "Sounds like what you need to do is close the Gates," Artemisia said.
     "That's easy to SAY," Eddystone agreed, "and we do when we can, although we're
running out of magicians.  But for every Gate we close, it seems like two more open.
It's the Light that makes all these Gates POSSIBLE, so what we NEED to do is get the
Light back under control.  And that isn't something anyone seems to know how to do."
     "Then we'd better find out," Artemisia said.

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): INSOMNIAC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): RUTHLESS of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): VILI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): MARILYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): CAPTAIN CAVEMAN of LAFFALYMPICS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): HENRY DEARE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): WOUNDWORT of DARKMOON from RIZTAB (Bobby Bigfoot)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 489): LUST MUPPETS (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 487): THE HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 486): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 478): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 472): FOOD FIGHT (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 379): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): JOSTLING JAGUAR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
                             PREDNIZONE of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                 (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 146): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hi again, everybody!  Hammer sends his greetings and I must say that the view
from the top is extraordinary!  Hammer has received his newsletter with my Title
match vs. HAROLD O'DOOM and it was a quick, but very satisfying read for my Veteran
     Checked back online and noticed that The Greek Guy reactivated his team which
gave me the honor of facing LADY KALDRA for the T-472 Title Match!  Will have to wait
for the newsletter to arrive here overseas to see what that one was like!  However,
just knowing that I have gained another victory with those precious DM Political
Points makes my Graduation/Wedding Plans even more exciting as the time draws nearer!
     Hammer has notified the Gladiatorial Commission as to my strategy for next cycle
and we will see who gets through to the Challenge and hopefully gives me more Skills
and Political Points so I can get Graduated and pursue WILD CARD HAMMER over in DM
106 for the bragging rights as the Best Ripper from the CASINO HAMMERZ stable!
     Now don't get too pushy and try to crowd your way up here to the DM Throne!
Just be patient and if you deserve to be perched atop the pile on Niytyole Island
then your time will surely come!

-- LUCKY LADY HAMMER Your Reigning Duel Mistress

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of NIYTYOLE ISLAND!  Know me for who I am, Zontani 
Sharp Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Fortune did not smile upon 
BLITZKRIEG this time out who this turn suffered a fall into 7th position in the wake 
of a 0-0-0 round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  
Witness how this week CHAOTICDISORDER went 2-0-0 to move up 5 in the rankings.  In 
one of the week's more notable duels, STONE FACE HAMMER put down PUERCO PIBIL, 
causing it to lose 8 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing has LUCKY 
LADY HAMMER in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week she's 
proven hers combat skill yet again.  Informants "close" to the city champion have 
told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  My inside sources tell me that the 
team to beat in NIYTYOLE ISLAND these days is WHEN DOGMA FAILS.  At least, most 
blades in town are looking to avoid them.  Apparently the stalwarts of FOOD FIGHT are 
catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the 
avoids.  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the 
knowledge that many fighters are after OLD MILLWATER.  Watch your back!  A match that 
raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that LIONESS posted a 
challenge against the more highly recognized GRUDGEBRINGER.  The results, you ask?  
Well, the firebrand LIONESS beat GRUDGEBRINGER.  Remember warriors, this is the 
discipline of steel.  I can not but mention with disdain the name of IRON CHEF who 
this week posted a TV challenge to a warrior a full 8 points below in the rankings.  
I thought IRON CHEF showed great skill and promise when he beat HEY, ZEUS!.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Perhaps even the strong cannot escape 
the vagaries of this world.  This week arena veteran BEER BELLY was slain, despite a 
9-3-0 record.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms.  One thing is 
sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     The girls are as pretty in NIYTYOLE ISLAND as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till 
we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no 
one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043       17  13  2   115       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRAY 6430                   21  18  0    96       ARENA FELINES (539)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAROLD O'DOOM 7176            9   7  1    85       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 IRON CHEF 6925               13   5  0    84       FOOD FIGHT (10)
-LADY KALDRA 5451              7   5  1    84       LUROCIANS II (92)
 GRUDGEBRINGER 6999           16  20  1    83       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
 LIONESS 7222                  5   0  0    83       DARK TOADS II (598)
 HEY, ZEUS! 7068              14  15  0    73       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUPOR 7094                  11  18  0    59       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITTER BOX LUCKY 7015         7   2  0    51       ARENA FELINES (539)
 SNARF! 7227                   8   2  0    49       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
-LADY WU 6815                  6   7  0    46       LUROCIANS II (92)
 NIMBLE NEUTER 6957            6   4  0    45       ARENA FELINES (539)
 STONE FACE HAMMER 7245        6   3  0    38       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 PASTA LA VISTA 7256           4   0  0    38       FOOD FIGHT (10)
 OLD MILLWATER 7173            7   5  0    36       JOYS OF BOOZE (556)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEMONICHELLION 7038           2   2  1    33       CHAOTICDISORDER (585)
 THUMP IT 7260                 2   2  0    25       WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SWILL 7187                    4   2  0    23       FOOD FIGHT (10)
 COOL HAND HAMMER 7243         5   4  0    22       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 AMORPHOUSBLOB 7042            3   2  0    21       CHAOTICDISORDER (585)
-CHAN 7202                     2   0  1    20       BLITZKRIEG (597)
 BLUFFING HAMMER 7244          4   5  0    17       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-BOMBAY 7201                   2   1  0    17       BLITZKRIEG (597)
 PUERCO PIBIL 7258             2   2  0    16       FOOD FIGHT (10)
 MAVERICK HAMMER 7242          3   6  0    15       CASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 PUREE EVIL 7264               1   0  0    15       FOOD FIGHT (10)
-VICTORIA BLACKHART 7192       1   0  1    14       SUICIDAL MANIA (595)
-BOOMER 7198                   1   1  0    14       BLITZKRIEG (597)
-LADY CLAIRE 7125              1   0  0    10       LUROCIANS II (92)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WRECHEDMISERY 7255            0   2  0     6       CHAOTICDISORDER (585)
-SEA MAN 7262                  0   1  0     1       BLITZKRIEG (597)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
OUTTA 9 LIVES 7269     0  1 0 ARENA FELINES 539     BLACK ORC 240         473 NONE    
CRAZY CAT 7118         0  1 0 ARENA FELINES 539     ARENAMASTER KAGHA 243 473 NONE    
JAGUAR 7205            1  3 0 DARK TOADS II 598     DEMONICHELLION 7038   472         
BEER BELLY 7127        9  3 0 JOYS OF BOOZE 556     LUCKY LADY HAMME 7043 473         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Niytyole Islanders -- Special Salute to All Summer Facers!  CASINO HAMMERZ will
continue to compete in the Hammer Run without the aid of Performance Enhancing
Tourneys! -- Hammer

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

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the 
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena 
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight 
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death 
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable 
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New 
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other 
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin 
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once 
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission 
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied 
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow 
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least 
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the 
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables 
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables 
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the 
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to 
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new 
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67 
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular 
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part 
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow 
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron 
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission; 
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New 
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall 
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor 
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part 
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by 
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by 
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death 
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena 
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to 
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding 
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie 
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being 
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the 
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to 
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to 
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name & 
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL 
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and 
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye 
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest 
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension 
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

OUTTA 9 LIVES was dealt death by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
CRAZY CAT was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER KAGHAL in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
IRON CHEF overcame HEY, ZEUS! in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge match.
LIONESS vanquished GRUDGEBRINGER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
PASTA LA VISTA outlasted OLD MILLWATER in a 14 minute Challenge fight.
PUERCO PIBIL was overpowered by STONE FACE HAMMER in a 1 minute Challenge struggle.
DEMONICHELLION unbelievably bested COOL HAND HAMMER in a 1 minute competition.
LUCKY LADY HAMMER slew BEER BELLY in a action packed 1 minute Title melee.
STRAY unbelievably bested HAROLD O'DOOM in a popular 2 minute uneven duel.
STUPOR was outwaited by LITTER BOX LUCKY in a slow 19 minute one-sided duel.
NIMBLE NEUTER overpowered THUMP IT in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
SNARF! overpowered CAPTURED ORC in a 4 minute bloody one-sided match.
AMORPHOUSBLOB viciously subdued MAVERICK HAMMER in a monotonous 10 minute contest.
BLUFFING HAMMER was outwaited by FRATSFA SLAVE in a 7 minute bout.
PUREE EVIL handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         WALL OF STEEL     20 -   7 -  0      74  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -   8 -  1      64  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       33 -  28 -  0      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  18 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  13 -  0      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  19 -  4      49  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  33 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -  12 -  0      37  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         2 -   4 -  1      33  |

Turn 473 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    STRAY 6430                 21  18  0   96 ARENA FELINES (539)
LUNGING ATTACK   HAROLD O'DOOM 7176          9   7  1   85 WHEN DOGMA FAILS (566)
STRIKING ATTACK  LIONESS 7222                5   0  0   83 DARK TOADS II (598)
TOTAL PARRY      LITTER BOX LUCKY 7015       7   2  0   51 ARENA FELINES (539)
SLASHING ATTACK  NIMBLE NEUTER 6957          6   4  0   45 ARENA FELINES (539)
PARRY-STRIKE     PASTA LA VISTA 7256         4   0  0   38 FOOD FIGHT (10)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HEY, ZEUS! 7068.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was HAROLD O'DOOM 7176.  The ten other most popular fighters were SNARF! 7227, HEY, 
ZEUS! 7068, LUCKY LADY HAMMER 7043, STRAY 6430, OUTTA 9 LIVES 7269, IRON CHEF 6925, 

The least popular fighter this week was STUPOR 7094.  The other ten least popular 
7258, GRUDGEBRINGER 6999, and CRAZY CAT 7118.