Date   : 11/05/2003    Duedate: 11/18/2003


DM-35    TURN-449

This Weeks Top Honors


(35-3629) [16-4-1,169]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KING BEAR                      WARM SESSION
THE BEARS (253)                TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
(35-3629) [16-4-1,169]         (35-3763) [6-2-0,49]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(35-3713) [18-14-1,74]         (35-3763) [6-2-0,49]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE BEARS (253)             34
2. TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)   18      THE BEARS (253)
3. CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)       3      Unchartered Team
4. COMIC MAYHEM (350)           0
5. LADY OF BATTLES (336)        0TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*COMIC MAYHEM (350)        26   8  1 76.5   1/ 2 THE BEARS (253)          10  3 1
 2/ 2*TENN. CLOVER BOTTO (351)  24  16  3 60.0   2/ 3*TENN. CLOVER BOTTO (351) 10  5 0
 3/ 3 THE BEARS (253)          308 229 19 57.4   3- 1*COMIC MAYHEM (350)        4  0 0
 4- 4 LADY OF BATTLES (336)     17  13  0 56.7   4/ 5 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)    2 10 0
 5/ 5 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)   405 616 16 39.7   5- 6 LADY OF BATTLES (336)     1  1 0
 6- 6*STRONGHOLD (282)           2   7  1 22.2   6- 4*STRONGHOLD (282)          1  4 1
 7- 7*LEGENDS OF SOL (354)       0   1  0  0.0   7- 7*LEGENDS OF SOL (354)      0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): ROYCE GRACIE of SADISTS-OCTAGON (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): ALPHABETIZED AL of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 477): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 475): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 471): none
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 471): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 468): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 460): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 457): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 455): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 448): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 336): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 316): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 361): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, 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  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
                 (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Say good-bye 
to COMIC MAYHEM, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the THE BEARS 
stable.  Hey everybody, watch out for TOM THUMB, who flew up 16 points in the 
rankings after mashing PLOUGHBOY like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, 
some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  OISAN was subdued by DART and 
drops 4 points.  Going for the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles was 
CHILDREN OF LLYR's BRAN AP CADAL, who was turned away from the Duelmastership by KING 
BEAR.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
MURSKA's afraid of the big bad LADY OF BATTLES.  Tra la la la la!  Okay, so I may not 
be funny, but catch THE BEARS' act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly 
deft at running from LADY OF BATTLES.  And who is this OISAN you ask, with 16 points 
and a 1-4-0 record.  Ooh, the tales I could tell!   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Here's some advice:  warriors with little 
wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in MURSKA have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Well, there goes another Spy 
Report.  Good luck in next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends 
and you can pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown 

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KING BEAR 3629               16   4  1   169       THE BEARS (253)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DINGO 3716                   13   7  0   104       THE BEARS (253)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-INANNA 3537                   9   5  0    86       LADY OF BATTLES (336)
 BRAN AP CADAL 3713           18  14  1    74       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PLASTIC MAN 3761              7   0  0    54       COMIC MAYHEM (350)
 WARM SESSION 3763             6   2  0    49       TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
 JACKSON 3766                  7   1  1    46       TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
-RAI 3778                      6   0  1    46       COMIC MAYHEM (350)
 GWALCHMAI 3749               10   6  1    40       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DA #1 2926                    1   0  1    33       STRONGHOLD (282)
-SOLOMON GRUNDY 3757           6   1  0    27       COMIC MAYHEM (350)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRUXTON 3764                  4   4  1    27       TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
 MERO 3800                     3   1  0    26       TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
 DART 3767                     3   0  0    25       THE BEARS (253)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOM THUMB 3791                2   1  1    21       THE BEARS (253)
 OISAN 3794                    1   4  0    16       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 PLOUGHBOY 3762                3   5  1    15       TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
-SINESTRO 3784                 3   1  0    15       COMIC MAYHEM (350)
-SPARHAWK 2927                 1   3  0     8       STRONGHOLD (282)
 BRANGWYN 3793                 0   5  0     5       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
-SOLKONG 3788                  0   1  0     1       LEGENDS OF SOL (354)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BASE POLTROON 3765     1  3 0 TENN. CLOVER BOTT 351 RAI 3778              445 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tom Thumb -- Next time, don't wear a flashy ring on your thumb.  It probably weighted
you down too much. -- Oisan

King Bear -- (crossly)  You could teach better.  I expect more skills from the
Duelmaster.  After all, you must HAVE them. -- Bran ap Cadal

Warm Session -- I sure wouldn't mind having a warm season here, but of course that
would mean lots of bugs next year.  (sigh)  Some days you can't win, and it's cold
besides. -- Gwalchmai

Mero -- Note that was only a TOKEN of surrender, not the real thing! -- Brangwyn

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOM THUMB devastated PLOUGHBOY in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
DART overcame OISAN in a 3 minute Challenge match.
KING BEAR overpowered BRAN AP CADAL in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
DINGO devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
GWALCHMAI bested TRUXTON in a 3 minute brawl.
WARM SESSION viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a crowd pleasing 4 minute fight.
JACKSON bested AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute competition.
MERO overpowered BRANGWYN in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         TOTAL PARRY       14 -   1 -  0      93  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL     18 -   8 -  0      69  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE      24 -  16 -  3      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  17 -  2      58  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   6 -  1      25  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK    1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   5 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 449 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   KING BEAR 3629             16   4  1  169 THE BEARS (253)
WALL OF STEEL    DINGO 3716                 13   7  0  104 THE BEARS (253)
PARRY-STRIKE     WARM SESSION 3763           6   2  0   49 TENN. CLOVER BOTTOM (351)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BRAN AP CADAL 3713.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was WARM SESSION 3763.  The ten other most popular fighters were TOM THUMB 3791, 
OISAN 3794, KING BEAR 3629, GWALCHMAI 3749, TRUXTON 3764, JACKSON 3766, DINGO 3716, 
MERO 3800, DART 3767, and PLOUGHBOY 3762.

The least popular fighter this week was BRANGWYN 3793.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BRAN AP CADAL 3713, PLOUGHBOY 3762, DART 3767, MERO 3800, DINGO 3716, 
JACKSON 3766, TRUXTON 3764, GWALCHMAI 3749, KING BEAR 3629, and OISAN 3794.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

KING BEAR (35-3629) THE BEARS (253)


     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff