Date   : 02/22/2006    Duedate: 03/07/2006


DM-35    TURN-508

This Weeks Top Honors


(35-3870) [12-2-3,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TAKE COVER                     POSITION IS EMPTY
THE BEARS (253)                
(35-3870) [12-2-3,120]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CADAL COONTZ                   HUCKLE CAT
(35-3901) [12-17-0,82]         (35-3874) [12-7-0,80]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)        24
2. THE BEARS (253)             13      BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
3. FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)        1      Unchartered Team
4. PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)      0
5. CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)      -3      TEAM THREE (314)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      60  41  5 59.4   1/ 1 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)    10  5 0
 2- 2 PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)  140 100  8 58.3   2/ 3 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      8  4 0
 3/ 4 THE BEARS (253)          366 271 26 57.5   3/ 2 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)    6  8 0
 4/ 5 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)     59  48  6 55.1   4/ 4 THE BEARS (253)           4  2 0
 5/ 7 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)   517 795 20 39.4   5- 7 PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)   0  2 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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Huw paused outside the arena and looked down at the town.  How to find Tankesh?
He'd been spirited away by what was probably a demon of some kind, at the least, by a
creature summoned and controlled by magic.  That was a clue that he would probably
need magic to find out where Tankesh was and to get to him.  A treacherous voice in
the back of his mind suggested that he barely knew the elf and had more
responsibility to Murska than to a virtual stranger, but he ignored it.  All that
"greatest good for the greatest number" business was a trick.  At its best, it worked
out to the greatest mediocrity of life for the greatest number, AND it deprived
individuals of responsibility for their own lives.  All of which was probably as
unreliable a guide as the "greatest good" thing, because life had to be lived on a
case by case basis.
     And right now, his case and responsibility was that he'd made a pact of
friendship and aid with a man who was carried off by a demon, so he'd better do what
he could to help HIM.
     But Murska WAS a mess right now, and if he saw a chance to do anyone a bit of
good on the way to the magicians' quarter, he'd do it.
     With a nod of relief at having that settled in his own mind, he set off at a
trot.  He knew where the magicians lived, most of them.  They had, well, not a
"quarter" exactly, but an area of concentration.  He even knew a couple of magicians
in a casual way.  They lived--oh, damn--over there where the fires looked worst.
Well, he was a gladiator, which meant he was tough and not distinguished by concern
for his own safety.  He set off at a trot.
     To a determined pedestrian, the streets offered little impediment despite the
chaotic look of things.  He detoured twice around fires and once around an
intersection that had been turned into an abattoir for a group of citizens who had
turned on a pair of monsters.  The Murskans were armed with household knives, a rug-
beater, two hatchets, and a steel-spoked umbrella, and they were getting the better
of monsters characterized by the size gorillas crossed with buffalo, impressive
fangs, patchy fur, and evident stupidity (i.e. they didn't run away).  Huw grinned
and waved as he hurried past, and an old woman waved her umbrella back at him, then
returned to beating the nearest monster about the head and shoulders.  He delayed
once to help chop up something that seemed to be all tentacles--no body that he could
see, and definitely no head, and once to rescue a cat from a burning building.  All
of this seemed to take a long time, but in fact did not.  It only took him half an
hour to reach the Street of Wands.
     Where he stopped.
     It might better be called the Street of Burning Brands, now.  Or the Hall of
     The arson in other parts of Murska had been haphazard, or even accidental.
This...had to be deliberate.  Someone didn't want magicians interfering with their
     Huw looked down the flaming corridor helplessly.  What could one ordinary man do
against that?
     Something touched his arm and he whirled, sword ready.
     It was a small, scorched man who skipped back nimbly, both hands held in plain
sight.  "You're that gladiator who visited Tregith, aren't you?"
     Huw frowned.  He didn't like being recognized.  Anything happening around here
now was suspicious, especially if it wasn't something he expected.  And Tregith...
that was the magician he knew best, not that he knew the man all that well.  It all
made him feel paranoid.  "Yeah.  Why?"
     "His house is burning, we can't get near it at all, but we think he's still
alive in there.  If you could--?"
     "Walk into a burning building?"
     "Well...not exactly."  The man waved his soot-smudged hands.  "We have to HURRY,
Tregith can't live for long in that smoke!"
     Against his better judgment, Huw found himself following the man.  It was
probably his urgency that did the trick.  "How 'not exactly'?" he asked.
     "The roof!  It isn't burning yet--wasn't, anyway, when I came out here to find
someone to help.  But there's a monster on the roof, and while I might..." he
hesitated, "well, I MIGHT jump from one roof to another to rescue a friend, a monster
is more than I can face."  He glanced over his shoulder apologetically.  "I'm a
coward about monsters, I admit it, okay?  I probably should have taken a, what do
they call it?  A twelve-step program to overcome the fear, but I didn't, and it's too
late now.  Will you help?"
     Huw sighed.  He should probably say something to this little magician to make
him feel better about his fear of monsters, but he just didn't have the energy for
it.  "Yes, I'll help."

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): CHIC SHEIK of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 529): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 532): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 530): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 528): JILL OPPY of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 521): MOLLY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): NINJATO of SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 515): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 507): TAKE COVER of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 469): TIRRAJ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 239): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): B.B. CROSS of FEATHERS FLYIN' (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 396): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 375): PITSPAWN FOULDOG of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
                              (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 169): APPLE DANISH of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): TREENVA TARAL of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 317): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 529): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 532): POWER LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 530): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 528): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 264): DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 521): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): SHERMANS STABLE (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 515): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 507): FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 469): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 239): ROAD WARRIORS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): THE OPERA (Impresario, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 396): RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 375): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 362): none
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 169): DARK RUNES (Liam the Goth, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 333): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 317): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 422): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): BLUE HAVEN of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): INSIGHTFULL INGIE of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
               (turn 534): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 531): GOLDEN ARCHES of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 529): MARSHALL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
                                         DAISY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 521): STONETOOTH of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): BARTOFELES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KAMBARD MURH of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 261): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): ELECTRIC EYE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
              (turn 516): SINNER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 506): MORPETH of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 238): SHARD of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): ACE METRIC of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                     (turn 232): TOTO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): STRYKER of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 332): LOQUE of FACING WORLDS (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): TREENVA TARAL of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 316): NATASHA of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Practice pays for HUCKLE CAT, who pummelled VETERAN MERCENARY, to 
pocket 17 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, THE USEROUS MERCHANT was 
winsome, after beating MR. FIXIT and seeing him lose 8 points.  Like a flirtacious 
debutante, MURSKA's Duelmaster TAKE COVER found himself the man of the hour, being 
"invited to dance" 2 times!  Duelmaster TAKE COVER from THE BEARS is going for the 
gold, as he challenged FLIPPERS ARCADE's BUMP 'N' JUMP.  Ooh, the excitement!  Those 
who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by BUMP 'N' JUMP, of FLIPPERS 
ARCADE, who despite a 12-9-1 couldn't overcome MURSKA's Number 1.  Word has it one 
team in MURSKA is taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent to death.  I'll 
bet it works.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the lion, so 
did the "warriors" in MURSKA avoid THE BEARS.  Like a pup with its tail between its 
legs, BUSY, BUSYTOWN scurried away from THE BEARS.  Oh, the shame!  As a confidence 
booster, FATHER CAT challenged DALLOW, down 21 points.  Do you also slay vicious 
rodents in your spare time, FATHER CAT?  FATHER CAT overcame DALLOW with a point 
difference of 21.  So this is what MURSKA calls a duel.  This will make an 
interesting tale.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Oh hard!  that 
to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAKE COVER 3870              12   2  3   120       THE BEARS (253)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DINGO DOG 3878               13   2  3   101       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 FATHER CAT 3875              11   2  1    95       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929           12   9  1    93       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CADAL COONTZ 3901            12  17  0    82       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 DIG DUG 3926                 15   8  1    81       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
 HUCKLE CAT 3874              12   7  0    80       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 KAI 3873                     16  21  0    71       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 DALLOW 3872                  15  22  1    68       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VEXED VIKING 3641             9   7  0    62       PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)
 Q*BERT 3928                  15   7  4    58       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HYPER VIPER 3646             12  13  0    51       PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)
 MR. FIXIT 3905                7  16  0    44       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 JUNGLE KING 3930              9  13  0    41       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
 PITFALL HARRY 3927            8  11  0    39       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STORM CLOUD 3923              4   5  1    30       THE BEARS (253)
-TOURNEY SCUM 3943             4   0  0    24       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GRIZZLY 3941                  3   0  0    23       THE BEARS (253)
-SIR PSYCHO 3707               1   0  0    20       PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)
-AHANTI GRAVETT 3747           1   0  0    13       PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (345)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BRANNIGAN 3952         1  3 0 CHILDREN OF LLYR 141  EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 5   508 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Take Cover -- You're a Bear?  Or...ah!  You're a Bare, and grabbing the nearest
cover, I see it now!  Good work.  Enjoy the top of the heap. -- Morpeth

Huckle Cat -- I have no particular wish to kill you, but the WIN...that was
enormously satisfying.  I especially enjoyed the look of surprise on the faces of the
bookies. -- Cadal Coontz, odds-off favorite

Dingo Dog -- Would it help if I threw you an ice cream bar? -- Kai
P.S.  At the beginning of the fight, when it could distract you and do me some good.
Not NOW, when it's all over.

Mr. Fixit -- Is fixing part of your golemic imperative?  Or is it just a name in some
strange language that SOUNDS to us like it means you fix things? -- Dallow

Convicted Thief.  (sigh) -- Brannigan

Ed. -- No, to keep geodesic domes away, you need dill pickles. -- Kai

     Really?  I'll have to remember to keep a good supply handy then. -- Ed.

Ed. -- We're allowed ARCHERY?  Oh.  That puts a different face on things.  Hmm. --
Children of Llyr

     Just because it isn't allowed in the ARENA.... -- Ed.

30 January 2006
We of the Desolate Empire Alliance want to announce with glad hearts that Heathen
Hatebred is no longer just a friend, but also an alliance-mate.  Heathen brings a lot
with him to our alliance.  His experience, talent, and loyalty will be a great
benefit to us all.  Welcome Heathen; may all our enemies' blood continue to flow
freely! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

22 February 2006
The Olympics have arrived!

The Mordanti Olympics, having been gone for six years, have returned to the Mordanti
Alliance, sponsored by Amicitia Primoris.  Teams have competed against each other for
recognition and notoriety four times in the past.  It is far past time for the fifth
Mordanti Olympics to be held.  The Mordanti Olympics shall be held in the Mordant
arena (DM-1) from May 1st (T544) through Oct 30 (T557).  There will be a
'registration period' lasting until T543, where teams will be allowed to register by
activating in Mordant and declaring their participation in the personals.  Rules will
be posted in the Mordant arena (DM-1) newsletter no later than T543, but shall be
available online before then.  An announcement will be made as to where they will be
posted.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Lord Xiang
Amicitia Primoris

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TAKE COVER devastated BUMP 'N' JUMP in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
DINGO DOG vanquished CADAL COONTZ in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
FATHER CAT demolished DALLOW in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
STORM CLOUD was unbelievably bested by JUNGLE KING in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
DIG DUG demolished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 3 minute mismatched competition.
KAI vanquished PITFALL HARRY in a 2 minute mismatched fight.
HUCKLE CAT savagely defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brawl.
Q*BERT slimly won victory over THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a action packed 5 minute melee.
MR. FIXIT was unbelievably bested by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 5 minute fight.
BRANNIGAN was viciously butchered by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     20 -   7 -  3      74  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    25 -  16 -  2      61  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   6 -  0      33  |

Turn 508 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 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  TAKE COVER 3870            12   2  3  120 THE BEARS (253)
LUNGING ATTACK   DINGO DOG 3878             13   2  3  101 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
WALL OF STEEL    DIG DUG 3926               15   8  1   81 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CADAL COONTZ 3901.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was HUCKLE CAT 3874.  The ten other most popular fighters were STORM CLOUD 3923, 
MR. FIXIT 3905, FATHER CAT 3875, KAI 3873, DINGO DOG 3878, DIG DUG 3926, Q*BERT 3928, 
TAKE COVER 3870, JUNGLE KING 3930, and BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929.

The least popular fighter this week was BRANNIGAN 3952.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PITFALL HARRY 3927, DALLOW 3872, CADAL COONTZ 3901, BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929, 
JUNGLE KING 3930, TAKE COVER 3870, Q*BERT 3928, DIG DUG 3926, DINGO DOG 3878, and KAI