DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/06/2008    Duedate: 10/03/2008

XOCHITHLAN ARENA

DM-39    TURN-251

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

POSITION IS EMPTY

Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              BART
                               WACKY (450)
                               (39-3807) [4-0-0,56]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MORI NEB                       BUG
THE MIDDLE WAY (385)           WACKY (450)
(39-3728) [24-15-2,96]         (39-3806) [3-2-2,29]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WACKY (450)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WACKY (450)                 22
2. KIWI CONNECTION (449)       15      KIWI CONNECTION (449)
3. THE MIDDLE WAY (385)         4      Unchartered Team
4. DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)        0
                                       WACKY (450)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 KIWI CONNECTION (449)     25   8  6 75.8   1/ 1*WACKY (450)              10  5 0
 2/ 1*WACKY (450)               18   6  3 75.0   2- 2 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)     6  2 0
 3- 3 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)    164 119 12 58.0   3/ 4 KIWI CONNECTION (449)     6  3 1
 4/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     266 293 11 47.6   4/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      6  9 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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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 604): WAIF of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): DOLOVOR of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 608): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 607): GERDIG IBBINS of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): LONG BEACH LILA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 603): OZZY of SABBATH (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): SALLI VOSS of MIDDLE WAY 13 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): BLACKHAWKZ of RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 442): FREON NECROPHILIA of DEE CEE (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 486): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 604): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 608): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 607): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 603): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr,(
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): WACKY (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 442): GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 486) POWER PLAY et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                          GRUNT of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 607): LEONIDAS of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): N'ORLEANS NORA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 608): ERASMUS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
                (turn 594): SHEWISH WHALER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 249): HOT AIR DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
               (turn 541): CHRISTELLINA of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 492): FEAR OF THE DARK of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
                             VOICES IN MY HEAD of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 236): MOUSETRAP of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 441): JAGGED SHIV of GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
XOCHITHLAN brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see WHAKAPAPA win a fight and gain 11 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
WHAKAPAPA beat RENNOR SIMM and RENNOR SIMM lost 8 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  
Due to absence, and inability to defend the throne, DUCK A L'ORANGE has lost the 
Title of Duelmaster.  Start setting that alarm earlier!  The Warty Toad, humph!  I've 
tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From XOCHITHLAN's 
trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  What's 
the big D?  KIWI CONNECTION was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks like WACKY avoided them the most this 
turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm frightfully 
impressed, XYOKOR YAHL was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego 
swell, sports fans.  I guess I can give a little credit to D'URVILLE of KIWI 
CONNECTION for challenging up by 19 to DEELA ELLIS.  D'URVILLE lost to get 65 points 
of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for XOCHITHLAN's 
morgue.  More variety.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  
Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need 
the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DUCK A L'ORANGE 3607         13   7  1   145       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 MORI NEB 3728                24  15  2    96       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 DEELA ELLIS 3796             11   7  0    96       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PEKING DUCK 3632             11   3  0    80       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 WHAKAPAPA 3801               10   1  3    70       KIWI CONNECTION (449)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 D'URVILLE 3800                7   4  1    65       KIWI CONNECTION (449)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BART 3807                     4   0  0    56       WACKY (450)
 RENNOR SIMM 3784             10  11  0    50       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
-DUCK WITH SWORDS 3726         4   1  0    50       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 COLLINGWOOD 3798              8   3  2    42       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 BAT 3808                      5   0  0    42       WACKY (450)
 XYOKOR YAHL 3767              7  19  0    40       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUG 3806                      3   2  2    29       WACKY (450)
 BENCH 3805                    3   2  1    27       WACKY (450)
-SCROOGE MCDUCK 3719           4   3  0    25       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUNNY 3804                    3   2  0    17       WACKY (450)
 SAML TYNE 3815                1   2  0     5       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
QUITO RIBBEL 3803       2  2 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 385   BENCH 3805            248  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Duck a l'Orange -- So very duck, so very orange.  I was honored to receive your
challenge, though somewhat pained as an ultimate result. -- Deela Ellis

Duck With Swords -- Ah, this is in memory of Ski Mask, the president and whatever of
Ducks With Swords?  Long may he remain inactive, the foul fowl.  Not that you're a
fowl of any kind, being a golem.  I can't even attempt to pluck you or clip your
wings.  Drat. -- Xyokor Yahl

If that's an Elite Assassin, I can't imagine how anyone comes to fear assassins.
Although maybe in real life he's allowed to use elvish stealth to sneak up on his
targets, and thus does better. -- Mori Neb

Bench -- Perhaps you should be on one?  Of course, that was a gross mismatch. --
Rennor Simm
P.S.  Ah, I see it all now, the handicapper decided you needed a loss to teach you
humility.  Glad to oblige.

Bunny -- I was hoping you'd be of the female persuasion and inclined to, ahem, play.
Guess not. -- Saml Tyne

Duck a l'Orange -- I'm allergic to feathers.  I had to quit while I could still
breathe. -- Mori Neb

Duck a l'Orange -- Seriously, you do NOT want to encourage the return of Ski Mask.
He was such a pain! -- Jorja and the Middle Way

Ed. -- Well, the spit and open fire would take care of greasy, if the River Spirit
hasn't sucked it all off the carcass.  The grease can just drip into the fire and
help keep it going in the face of all this rain. -- Xyokor Yahl

     Certainly worth a try. -- Ed.

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
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                **********************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

D'URVILLE was devastated by DEELA ELLIS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
WHAKAPAPA demolished RENNOR SIMM in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
COLLINGWOOD defeated XYOKOR YAHL in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
MORI NEB bested RIRORNI ASSASSIN in a popular 1 minute one-sided contest.
BART demolished NATIVE LOOTER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
BAT viciously subdued CAPTURED NOMAD in a 2 minute brutal amateur's fight.
BENCH was bested by CAPTURED NOMAD in a 1 minute novice's competition.
BUG slimly lost to NATIVE LOOTER in a action packed 5 minute gruesome melee.
BUNNY won victory over SAML TYNE in a 1 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   3 -  3      81  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -   8 -  3      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     17 -   8 -  3      68  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK   17 -  16 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   9 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 251 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    MORI NEB 3728              24  15  2   96 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
SLASHING ATTACK  DEELA ELLIS 3796           11   7  0   96 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
STRIKING ATTACK  WHAKAPAPA 3801             10   1  3   70 KIWI CONNECTION (449)
LUNGING ATTACK   BART 3807                   4   0  0   56 WACKY (450)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MORI NEB 3728.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BUG 3806.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEELA ELLIS 3796, BAT 3808, 
WHAKAPAPA 3801, MORI NEB 3728, COLLINGWOOD 3798, BART 3807, BUNNY 3804, D'URVILLE 
3800, XYOKOR YAHL 3767, and SAML TYNE 3815.

The least popular fighter this week was BENCH 3805.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were RENNOR SIMM 3784, SAML TYNE 3815, XYOKOR YAHL 3767, D'URVILLE 3800, 
BUNNY 3804, BART 3807, COLLINGWOOD 3798, MORI NEB 3728, WHAKAPAPA 3801, and BAT 3808.

                                  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."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     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.