DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/04/2008    Duedate: 09/17/2008

NIATOLI ISLAND ARENA

DM-33    TURN-582

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RICO SAVVY
BAD COMPANY (145)
(33-6567) [18-15-3,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RICO SAVVY                     POSITION IS EMPTY
BAD COMPANY (145)              
(33-6567) [18-15-3,129]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RICO SAVVY                     SMIRK SMACKMORE
BAD COMPANY (145)              BAD COMPANY (145)
(33-6567) [18-15-3,129]        (33-7538) [7-3-1,73]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BAD COMPANY (145)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BAD COMPANY (145)           58
2. STORM BRINGERS (423)         0      BAD COMPANY (145)
3. KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)       0      Unchartered Team
4. RAVAGING LORDS (44)        -13
                                       ODDITIES (575)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BAD COMPANY (145)        279 255 33 52.2   1/ 1 BAD COMPANY (145)        11  4 1
 2- 2 STORM BRINGERS (423)     136 140 10 49.3   2- 2 STORM BRINGERS (423)      7  3 0
 3- 3 KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)   215 222 16 49.2   3/ 3 RAVAGING LORDS (44)       5 10 0
 4/ 4 RAVAGING LORDS (44)      199 228 19 46.6   4- 4 KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)    3  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 599): MORAVIA MAUVE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 601): DEMOCRITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 595): WIND RIDER of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 597): 24 CARAT of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): NOVELUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 594): PETE MOSS of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): VORTEX of FLYING MONKEYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): MOSSMAN of CROCS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 295): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (Lord of Retribution, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 583): CANNIBALISTIC COW of BARN OF HORRORS (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 581): THE MANIAC of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 572): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 535): LEO POWERS of MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 272): TUNDRA of ARCTIC WASTES (Wretch, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 266): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 253): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 462): WONDER BUBBLE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 449): BOY GEORGE of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 440): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 426): MERRO DOSH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 202): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 396): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 394): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 488): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 599): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 601): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 595): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 597): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 595): CYNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): BOHICA (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 295): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 583): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 581): BAD COMPANY (Bill, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 572): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 535): POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 272): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 266): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 253): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 462): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 449): ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 440): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 426): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 202): MONGOL HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 396): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 394): PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 488): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 598): BLU JON of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 601): HERACLITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 596): NOVELUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
                (turn 595): TAMARIN MELLIRN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 594): PETE MOSS of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 297): TROOPER TED of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
              (turn 296): XANAX of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 587): MOSSMAN of CROCS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 586): TURTLE of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 582): LARRY of LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 571): UGLY GENTLEMAN of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 265): BARBARINO of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                             JACK & JILL of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                             RHIANNON of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 252): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 461): TYI VELWIC of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 448): I OWN INDIMAR of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 425): BETTER DUCK of MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, first off I would like to congratulate myself on a fine job I did winning
back the throne.  It was a job well done, considering the competition I had.  But now
I must tell of the recent events that have transpired here.  The other evening I saw
Ikillu leaving the inn, drunk, as usual, and he proceeded to mount his camel for his
journey home.  Then he spied Hammer leaving a lingerie store, his eyes then squinted
and his mouth grimaced and he let out a growl.  Hammer saw him, turned white with
fear and the chase was on!  Hammer's personables were flying from his packages as he
gave ground to Ikillu's chase.  Incredibly, Hammer was putting distance between the
two as Ikillu was whipping his camel's haunches for more speed.  Everything was going
well until Ikillu's head met that low branch which abruptly dismounted him.  He got
off the ground, chased his camel then kidney punched it, leaving the beast bellowing
in pain.  Ikillu took up the chase on foot which was now turning uphill.  Hammer
raced up the volcano, hoping to elude his pursuer, but there was no such luck, Ikillu
knew he now had him cornered, no place for him to hide.  Hammer started rolling
boulders at Ikillu, they were bouncing off Ikillu's body, and his head, but he just
kept coming.  They met at the volcano's edge and before Hammer had a chance to beg,
Ikillu grabbed him by his wrist and his ankle, twirled around like an insane
whirligig and released him!  You could hear Hammer scream for miles as his body arced
into the flaming abyss.  The sun sparkled from Ikillu's tooth as he smiled.  He then
proceeded downhill, picked up and carried his camel home.  I saw Hammer emerge from
the volcano, his hair singed, face blackened and his clothes charred and smoking.
And that's the way it happened.  Ahh, but it is good to sit on this throne....
                  The Maniac

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in NIATOLI ISLAND!  I still haven't told Mom I'm 
writing Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  MVP award for SMIRK 
SMACKMORE?  BAD COMPANY's proud of him after beating THE MONK and getting 14 points.  
Talk about yer big time losers!  THE MONK got smashed by SMIRK SMACKMORE, and lost 9 
points!  Boo, hoo!  RICO SAVVY slew (slaught?  slet?) THE MANIAC!  Actually I never 
liked him much.  He just wanted to fight all the time.  Is the Duelmaster really 
being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  STORM BRINGERS was the most avoided team.  Is a 
136-140-10 record really that scary?  Is there some deep dark secret why BAD 
COMPANY's been avoiding STORM BRINGERS so much?  Or is it just that they're too 
scared?  Can RAVAGING LORDS' THE MONGOL be more popular than me?  He was challenged 
the most, but is that really the same?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  NIATOLI ISLAND is like such a dump, and you 
guys smell too much!  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RICO SAVVY 6567              18  15  3   129       BAD COMPANY (145)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TEMPEST 5443                 12  13  1    97       STORM BRINGERS (423)
-PITT 7615                    10   5  1    95       STORM BRINGERS (423)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SNAKE EYES HAMMER 7593       14   9  0    90       KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 THE TUSKER 7568              17  13  0    84       RAVAGING LORDS (44)
-DARK JOURNEY 7596             7  11  0    81       STORM BRINGERS (423)
-BEAR CREEK HAMMER 7366       16  20  0    78       KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-ACE HEARTS HAMMER 7493       21  13  0    76       KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)
-DUCK CREEK HAMMER 7360       13  23  1    73       KLKASINO HAMMERZ (576)
 SMIRK SMACKMORE 7538          7   3  1    73       BAD COMPANY (145)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE MONK 7595                10  11  1    61       RAVAGING LORDS (44)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEX LIMBHEWER 7523            8   4  0    51       BAD COMPANY (145)
-TALON STORM 7616              8   6  0    35       STORM BRINGERS (423)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HEAD HUNTER 7600              8   9  0    33       STORM BRINGERS (423)
 THE CYCLOPS 7627              4   7  0    31       RAVAGING LORDS (44)
 HOSTILE HOBO 7535             5   6  1    28       BAD COMPANY (145)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MIGHTY KASHITZ 7636           3   0  0    15       BAD COMPANY (145)
 THE MONGOL 7634               1   4  0     7       RAVAGING LORDS (44)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
KROG SLOBBERNOX 7555    5  1 0 BAD COMPANY 145      THE MONK 7595         579  JUST REVENGED
THE MANIAC 7588        13  6 1 RAVAGING LORDS 44    RICO SAVVY 6567       582   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

9 August 2008
All -- We are currently looking for capable manager that will give the Desolate
Empire Alliance a full roster for the Turf War.  We currently have four (4) roster
slots that are open to capable managers without questionable morals.  If interested
for the Turf War, contact:  Lamar Treas-Wilson, Dok Sik, Dok Sik Killas DM 47

8 July 2008
                *****************************************************
                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MIGHTY KASHITZ bested THE MONGOL in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge fight.
THE MANIAC was murdered by RICO SAVVY in a 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
THE MONK was narrowly defeated by SMIRK SMACKMORE in a crowd pleasing 6 minute duel.
THE TUSKER savagely defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute bloody veteran's fight.
LEX LIMBHEWER viciously subdued THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute gory duel.
HOSTILE HOBO was bested by THE CYCLOPS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -   8 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     13 -   8 -  1      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  25 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  10 -  1      47  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         TOTAL PARRY        7 -  11 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -  11 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 582 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   RICO SAVVY 6567            18  15  3  129 BAD COMPANY (145)
PARRY-LUNGE      THE TUSKER 7568            17  13  0   84 RAVAGING LORDS (44)
STRIKING ATTACK  SMIRK SMACKMORE 7538        7   3  1   73 BAD COMPANY (145)
WALL OF STEEL    LEX LIMBHEWER 7523          8   4  0   51 BAD COMPANY (145)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RICO SAVVY 6567.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SMIRK SMACKMORE 7538.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE MONGOL 7634, 
THE TUSKER 7568, THE MONK 7595, HOSTILE HOBO 7535, LEX LIMBHEWER 7523, RICO SAVVY 
6567, THE CYCLOPS 7627, MIGHTY KASHITZ 7636, THE MANIAC 7588, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was THE MANIAC 7588.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MIGHTY KASHITZ 7636, THE CYCLOPS 7627, RICO SAVVY 6567, LEX LIMBHEWER 
7523, HOSTILE HOBO 7535, THE MONK 7595, THE TUSKER 7568, THE MONGOL 7634, SMIRK 
SMACKMORE 7538, and  0.

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

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     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.