Date   : 03/22/2006    Duedate: 04/04/2006


DM-35    TURN-510

This Weeks Top Honors


(35-3929) [13-9-1,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BUMP 'N' JUMP                  POSITION IS EMPTY
FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)          
(35-3929) [13-9-1,108]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CADAL COONTZ                   KAI
(35-3901) [13-18-0,103]        (35-3873) [18-21-0,97]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)      61
2. FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)       28      BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
3. BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)        -9      Unchartered Team
4. THE BEARS (253)            -29
                                       JUNK (105)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      63  42  5 60.0   1/ 1 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)    8  6 0
 2/ 2 THE BEARS (253)          367 273 26 57.3   2/ 3 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      6  2 0
 3/ 3 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)     62  50  6 55.4   3/ 2 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)     6  4 0
 4/ 4 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)   524 798 20 39.6   4/ 4 THE BEARS (253)           2  3 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 #13 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Zensu:

     Crystal's blade made a clean strike, killing the lizard man instantly.  She
shifted her attention to the next in line, marginally aware that Raoul was being just
as effective at the other end.  Warned by his companion's demise, the second lizard
managed to parry her first blow.  His movements were slow, though his body language
projected desperation.  She hesitated a moment, contemplating asking him to
     That was a mistake.  Slow with cold he might be, but the lizard was no coward
and no fool.  He threw himself toward her right, and the one behind him came toward
her left; they would box her between them if they could.
     If the lizards had been able to move faster, the tactic might have worked.  But
they could not move faster, and Crystal Fireblade had been a warrior all her adult
life, trained in a hard school.  She feinted, gliding farther to her right to draw
the lizard man that way, waited until his slow reactions had turned him.  Then a
shift to the left, drawing her blade across him in a disemboweling slash.  Farther
left, hamstringing the second lizard man just as Raoul beheaded it from behind.
     The two gladiators faced each other over the body of their last opponent.
     "These can't have been all that was following us, doll," Raoul said.  He picked
up a handful of leaves from the forest floor and began to wipe his blade.  "They were
brave enough, and in the summer they'd probably have been a serious threat, but...
here and now?"  He shook his head.  "I bet they didn't come after us on their own,
either.  Someone stirred 'em up and threw them at us."
     Crystal nodded.  That was her thought, too.  These lizards had no reason that
she could imagine to be here at all, much less to have tracked them and attacked
them.  They were just tools, and the wrong tools for the job.  "They were looking
behind themselves," she recalled, "as though whoever was driving them wasn't far
     Raoul nodded.  "You said it, doll.  Killing these lizards was necessary.
Getting my hands on the man who put them here will be a pleasure."
     "He--whoever--might be close behind."
     Without further consultation, they separated again and faded into what cover
there was, crossing the shallow stream and drifting silently along the backtrail.
     A human male was walking along the trail left by the lizards, poking at the dead
leaves with a carved staff and muttering under his breath.  He seemed young, in his
twenties, maybe, and he was weedy and unappealing, with a weak chin and close-set
eyes.  If he weren't a mage, he would be negligible, but that was a magician's staff
he was carrying, and those were definitely mystic symbols embroidered on his robe.  A
mage, but also a fool who had to advertise lest someone overlook him.  It was easy to
assume that such a twerp wouldn't be a good mage, but dangerous.  She had known
twerps who could do a lot of damage with magic.
     She slid smoothly in behind him and noted that Raoul was coming in just as
silently on the twerp's other side.  They nodded at each other and stepped out.
Raoul pounced on the magician, and Crystal grabbed his staff, easily pulling it out
of his grip.
     The young mage squawked and thrashed ineffectively.  After a moment, he seemed
to remember his art and said, "I am a mage!  I can turn you into toads if you don't
let me go AT ONCE!"
     "Turning people into toads isn't easy," Raoul said, "and with the Arcanum so
depleted, I don't think you can do it.  I'm willing to take that chance, anyway."
     "And as a knight in direct service to His Majesty the King of Andoria," Crystal
added, "I command you to tell us your name and your purpose in being here."
     "The king won't matter once Lord Hermes has taken hold!" the twerp answered.  He
spoke with an air of bravado that rang false on Crystal's ear.
     She could see Raoul's fingers tightening where he held the magician by the back
of the neck.  She shared his outrage, but they needed information.  "That may or may
not happen," she said coldly, "but you won't be alive to see it."
     The young mage rolled his eyes, white-rimmed with fear, and made a wordless
whinnying sound.  He pried at Raoul's fingers, to no effect.
     Crystal raised an eyebrow.  "Oh, you have something to say?"  She nodded at
Raoul.  "Let him talk."
     Raoul shook him a little.  "It's your life on the line," he growled, "so make it

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #14 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Huw hooked an arm around the chimney stack and stretched the other one down
toward Tankesh.
     The elf twisted as he hit the roof and caught Huw's hand in a strong grip, then
climbed upward until he could reach the chimney anchorage for himself.  "Fancy
meeting you here!" he gasped.  "Good thing, too."  He spent a few moments gulping in
air, which was not as cool as he would have liked, but it was what he had.  A quick
glance around, hampered by fire and smoke, told him that he was back in Murska.  What
part of Murska, other than not-the-arena, he didn't know.  "What are we doing here?"
he asked.
     "This is the mages' quarter," Huw said.  "I was trying to find someone who could
send me after you.  Glad I didn't have to!  Now what?"
     "Still need a mage," Tankesh answered.  "The Black Kaliv is causing this."  He
stopped to cough as the wind shifted and blew smoke over their position.  "We have to
stop HIM."
     "There's monsters and maybe real demons here."
     "And if we kill them or drive them off, the kaliv can just summon more.  We have
to stop HIM."
     "Good point."  Huw looked across the area.  The fires were multiplying and
escalating.  They could still--with luck--retreat from this roof, but they couldn't
go forward.  "I don't think we'll find one here, though."
     "Not now," Tankesh agreed.  He squinted into the billowing smoke.  "The next
closest place is probably Zensu."
     Huw hesitated, staring into the burning town.  Then he shook himself like a dog
coming out of water.  "Right.  There isn't much I can do here, nothing that someone
else couldn't do just as well.  We need a magician to stop this invasion."  He was
speaking quietly, more to himself than his companion.  He shook himself again.
"Zensu," he said.  "I'm with you on that.  Let's go."

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

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 537): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): CHIC SHEIK of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 533): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 531): VURZHAL UR of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 529): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
                                         Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 522): QUICK STINGER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 517): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 509): TAKE COVER of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 470): DAPHNE CAMISADO of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): ZOEY of A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 234): JACK MCFARLAND of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 398): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 377): PITSPAWN FOULDOG of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
                              (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): APPLE DANISH of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 331): SHORT ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM  9 ZUKAL (turn 537): THE MONGOLOIDS (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): MEAT MARKET (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 533): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 531): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 529): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 522): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 517): HALCYON DAZE (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 509): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 470): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 234): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 398): GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 377): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 363): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): FAMILY JEWELS (Gem Genius, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 334): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 331): SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 423): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): FELINE GRIN of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 536): MARX of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 521): STONETOOTH of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 262): BARTOFELES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KAMBARD MURH of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 2e4): ART PENDRAGON of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Baphomet, mgr.)
                     (turn 233): ACE METRIC of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): NEUMA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
                              FENDER GRALE of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 220): STRYKER of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): JAMES of THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in MURSKA since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  What's with KAI?  He 
actually beat FLIPPERS ARCADE's DIG DUG, and walked away with 15 more points from the 
fight.  Major screwup at FLIPPERS ARCADE.  DIG DUG lost 10 points to KAI.  Some new 
strategies, perhaps?  Maybe DIG DUG will provide more easy wins...  Apparently MURSKA 
isn't filled with as many gutless wonders as I thought.  The Dreaded Duelmaster got 2 
challenges this turn!  Another fighter (BUMP 'N' JUMP 13-9-1) challenged another 
Duelmaster (TAKE COVER 13-3-3).  Life goes on.  I'm sure MURSKA is excited about BUMP 
'N' JUMP, the new Duelmaster from FLIPPERS ARCADE.  (remember?)  But when you've seen 
as many as I have...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about 
your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, THE BEARS!  The bums at BUSY, BUSYTOWN couldn't face the challenges from 
THE BEARS!  No excuse for that!  Taunt your opponent DALLOW!  That was my lucky charm 
when I was unfairly challenged.  (and by 26 points!)  FATHER CAT should have an easy 
win.  FATHER CAT subdued DALLOW.  I bet FATHER CAT could beat two-year-olds, too.  
Well, CHILDREN OF LLYR knows who to set their sights on.  Fighting is a better craft 
than farming, CADAL COONTZ, but you have to pay your dues.  Being challenged by DINGO 
DOG, 30 points above you, is dues.  Just who can DINGO DOG beat?  I mean, the last 
matchup with lesser-ranked CADAL COONTZ shoulda been a piece of cake!   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, 
places to go...   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
Are you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm 
writing it before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good 
skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929           13   9  1   108       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CADAL COONTZ 3901            13  18  0   103       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 KAI 3873                     18  21  0    97       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 FATHER CAT 3875              12   2  1    97       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 TAKE COVER 3870              13   3  3    93       THE BEARS (253)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUCKLE CAT 3874              13   7  0    86       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 DINGO DOG 3878               13   3  3    75       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 DALLOW 3872                  15  24  1    74       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 DIG DUG 3926                 15   9  1    71       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
 Q*BERT 3928                  16   7  4    69       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MR. FIXIT 3905                8  16  0    53       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
 PITFALL HARRY 3927            9  11  0    51       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
 JUNGLE KING 3930              9  14  0    41       FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STORM CLOUD 3923              4   5  1    30       THE BEARS (253)
 FARON 3954                    2   0  0    27       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
-TOURNEY SCUM 3943             4   0  0    24       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALIN 3955                    2   0  0    21       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
-GRIZZLY 3941                  3   1  0    10       THE BEARS (253)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Take Cover -- Hey, wait!  You're just going to TAKE it?  That was my grandmother's
quilt!  You could at least pay me for it! -- Dallow the indignant

Nobody said the Venomous Concubine could SPIT her poison!  That stuff BURNS. -- Cadal

Cadal just doesn't know how to handle her.  Firm, but courteous. -- Kai

Grizzly -- Is it always like this? -- Balin the seriously alarmed

Can I fight standbys all the time?  I think that's my best bet, yes? -- Faron

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

FATHER CAT bested DALLOW in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
BUMP 'N' JUMP bested TAKE COVER in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge Title duel.
DINGO DOG was handily defeated by CADAL COONTZ in a 1 minute Challenge match.
DIG DUG was devastated by KAI in a 3 minute gory one-sided contest.
HUCKLE CAT subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a crowd pleasing 1 minute competition.
Q*BERT defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 4 minute brutal struggle.
JUNGLE KING was viciously subdued by FRATSFA SLAVE in a 8 minute competition.
PITFALL HARRY slimly won victory over DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 3 minute gory duel.
MR. FIXIT viciously subdued DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 3 minute gory duel.
BALIN defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a tiring 4 minute beginner's match.
FARON overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     18 -   6 -  1      75  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   5 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  13 -  1      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  12 -  0      40  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 510 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     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0                                       2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929         13   9  1  108 FLIPPERS ARCADE (366)
SLASHING ATTACK  FATHER CAT 3875            12   2  1   97 BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
WALL OF STEEL    DIG DUG 3926               15   9  1   71 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 KAI 3873.  The ten other most popular fighters were HUCKLE CAT 3874, MR. 
BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929, Q*BERT 3928, FARON 3954, and DINGO DOG 3878.

The least popular fighter this week was JUNGLE KING 3930.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BALIN 3955, DIG DUG 3926, DALLOW 3872, DINGO DOG 3878, FARON 
3954, Q*BERT 3928, BUMP 'N' JUMP 3929, FATHER CAT 3875, PITFALL HARRY 3927, and CADAL 
COONTZ 3901.