Date   : 01/20/2006    Duedate: 02/02/2006


DM-40    TURN-484

This Weeks Top Honors


(40-3995) [9-1-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

EXOTIC TASTES (397)            
(40-3891) [12-1-0,120]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLOOD BATH                     DARRON LINZ
(40-1748) [9-8-0,59]           (40-4159) [5-6-0,33]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BEYOND THE PALE (337)       32
2. EXOTIC TASTES (397)         27      EXOTIC TASTES (397)
3. PHILANTHROPISTS (211)        5      Unchartered Team

                                       MURDER BY MUSIC (200)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 EXOTIC TASTES (397)       40  14  1 74.1   1/ 1 PHILANTHROPISTS (211)    10  4 0
 2/ 2 PHILANTHROPISTS (211)     55  28  0 66.3   2/ 3 BEYOND THE PALE (337)     6  7 1
 3/ 3 BEYOND THE PALE (337)    406 592 15 40.7   3/ 2 EXOTIC TASTES (397)       4  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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Murska and vicinity:

     "Lord Protector Huw, Children of Llyr," Huw snarled.  He shouldn't have to be
identifying himself at Murska arena, and it was wasting time.  They didn't HAVE time.
There were demons rampaging through the town!
     The door opened just far enough to show one eye.  Washed out blue, with sandy
lashes.  Could be anybody, from what he could see.  "Are they still out there?"
     "Who?  Other gladiators trying to get in?  Yes--"
     "The demons!"  If the eye opened any wider, it would fall out of its socket.
     Huw took hold of his patience with both hands.  He didn't have TIME for this.
"Jamoak--it is you, isn't it?--there are demons out here, yes.  Or one demon and
several monsters.  The arena structure is readily defensible--IF there are people to
defend it.  Let the gladiators IN."
     "But some of them might be--"
     "Demons in disguise?  No.  This demon isn't bothering with disguises.  Let them
IN, Jamoak."
     The maintenance man was still hesitating when Huw's teammate, Lady Protector Ma
Gog, came up behind.  She put one hand on the door and leaned.  As Shews went, she
was modestly sized, but she was solid.  The door opened.  A crowd of gladiators,
Harkenes and Shews in the main, poured in.
     "No dwarves?" Jamoak asked.
     "They're all shut into the caves," someone said.
     "Fighting demons and monsters down there," someone else added.
     Jamoak turned pale.  Paler than he had been, anyway.  "Demons in the caves?" he
     "Why not?  This is happening all over," Huw said.  "Picture it as a slanted line
of demons from Kurukar down toward Riztab, maybe toward the Isle of the Eye.  All
through these hills.  And not just on top of 'em."
     "You think we can defend the arena?"
     "You've got a chance, anyway."  Huw, who was standing in the doorway, looked out
over the town.  Darkness and snow were coming down together, except where the fires
had bloomed.  He didn't know if those were accidental, or one side or the other had
started them on purpose.  He could hear occasional screams.  See shapes moving
against the flame-light, some of them monstrous and menacing.
     "But...aren't YOU staying?"
     "No.  I was with a guy when the demon attacked.  He got taken away.  I have to
go after him."
     "If the demon took him, he's dead, or as good as," one of the other gladiators
muttered.  "Why throw your own life away after his?"
     "He was a FRIEND, Llew.  We were as good as partners.  A man doesn't abandon a

Somewhere else:

     Tankesh's head ached, and his mouth tasted like the bottom of a birdcage, and he
was mad enough to bite someone.  This durance was about as vile as it could get.
Cold, too.  He groaned, rolled over, and sat up.  Either this place was in complete
darkness, or he had gone blind.  He decided it was dark.  He didn't want to think
about the problems that could come with being blind.
     No answer except an echo.  Well, maybe Huw hadn't been captured, or had been
stashed in some other dungeon.  Tankesh figured he had more immediate problems than
"what happened to Huw?"  Food, water, and avoiding hypothermia, for starters.  Then,
escape.  Finding out what was going on with these demons, and stopping them, stopping
whoever--the Black Kalive as the most likely culprit--was summoning them.
     But one thing at a time.  A few sweeps of his hand determined that there was
room to stand up and to move around here, wherever here was.  The place smelled like
cold stone and, faintly, mud.  Water.  The distant rushing sound which he had at
first thought was his own blood rushing through his ears might not be.  A cave with a
stream in it, that was the ticket, and this might be one.  He could hope so, because
a cave might mean someplace he could get out of easily.  Ah...relatively easily.  At
the least, it could mean "not a dungeon."
     He walked slowly, placing his feet with care, hands held out in front of him,
feeling for a wall.  It took, or seemed to take, a long time to find one, but he knew
that time could be hard to judge with nothing else to measure it against.  But the
wall was there.  Finally.  He leaned on it and told himself that he was just...glad
to have a wall to lean on.  He hadn't really kissed it.  It just came up faster than
he'd expected.  And it had been too long since he'd had down-time, rest and
relaxation in unadventurous territory.  He needed that.  Everyone needed it
     Blowing out his breath in a long sigh, the elf began to explore the wall with
his hands.  Stone, cold, barely damp.  Rough, but he could feel what were almost
surely tool marks.  He wished briefly for his colleague, Kilim Altaraxe.  The dwarf
would be right at home here.  Still, a worked cavern probably did mean dwarves, and
he'd always gotten along well enough with the hairy little engineers.
     So...now that he had a wall, what happened next?  He wasn't going to stand here
and wait for some dwarf to come along and help him out.  Tankesh flipped a coin
mentally, then turned to the right and started walking, left hand brushing the wall,
right hand on the hilt of his sword.

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 265): INOCHI of YAKUZA (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): BIG LOU of MANIC MARVELS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 532): LITTLE DEVIL of PLAYPEN (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 525): BROOKS AND DUNN of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 521): KING BROWN SNAKE of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 521): MENTAL of ERRATA (JE, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 519): BOUNCER of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 514): TRIPLE-X of LOVE LETTERS (Cunning Linguist, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 483): DRIZZT of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 475): 5 GOT PICKED of 072905R (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 465): SOLARIS of RUBY DRAGONS (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 213): INSOLENT IRIS of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 381): SPEEDY of THE MISGUIDED (?, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 369): HITCH HIKER of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 167): KAT of NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
                            (Street Legal, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 265): SMITHSONIAN (The Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): MANIC MARVELS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 532): PLAYPEN (KAT, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 525): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 521): KRILL CAVALRY (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 521): ERRATA (JE, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 519): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 514): THE A'S -- LOSERS II (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 483): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 475): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 465): BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 213): BLOOD AND GUTS! (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 381): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 369): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 167): NIGHTHAWKS (Savant, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 417): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 532): REQUIEM of BALLAD OF THE BLADE (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 513): MAD MAX of I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 474): PARNIAN of WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 464): FLINT HILLS of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 212): COLLAPSED LUNG of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 166): SOLAR SISTER of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon ZENSU, for I, 
Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Practice pays for PARANOID, who pummelled BRAISED 
BUFFALO, to pocket 16 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, BUTTERED 
BEAVER was winsome, after beating BLOOD BATH and seeing him lose 7 points.  Now I 
can't insult WHIPPED WEASEL, as he has gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new 
Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) Word has it one team in ZENSU is 
taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  If challenges were horses, GRILLED 
GRIZZLY could open up a fast food joint!  Place your bets!  CRAZY TRAIN is the long 
shot of the week:  they challenged GRILLED GRIZZLY, up by 45.  Soopreyes, soopreyes!  
CRAZY TRAIN emerges from the fray 1 points the richer.  Good show, CRAZY TRAIN!   
     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!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ZENSU is the highlight of my life.  As if buffeted 
by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Like a 
mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid ZENSU farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHIPPED WEASEL 3995           9   1  0   112       EXOTIC TASTES (397)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRILLED GRIZZLY 3891         12   1  0   120       EXOTIC TASTES (397)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRIZZT 4146                   9   5  0    89       PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
 BUTTERED BEAVER 4042          4   0  0    84       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 MARINATED MUSSEL 4057         7   0  0    82       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 O. POSTE 4107                14  28  1    71       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 CRAZY TRAIN 1750             10   7  0    71       PHILANTHROPISTS (211)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PARANOID 1747                13   3  0    66       PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
 BLOOD BATH 1748               9   8  0    59       PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
 BRAISED BUFFALO 3999          7   3  1    59       EXOTIC TASTES (397)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLACK JAW 4147               14   1  0    56       PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
 DELLIS LINZ 4157              5   7  0    49       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARRON LINZ 4159              5   6  0    33       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DURNIS 4172                   2   0  0    23       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 TILARIN 4171                  2   0  1    22       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MORDANT DESERTER 2     0  1 0   1                   TILARIN 4171          484 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Leeta -- I would love to be active here and have by deadly warriors get me some
BLOOD, but those SOB's in The Consortium have me on probation and I had to sign
documents that I would not manage for a minimum of three years.  If you can find a

way to get me out of this, or to kill off all those stodgy Andorian jerkballs, please
let me know.  This arena sure needs it!  Why in my day.... -- Pandora Of The Pretty

Philanthropists -- We haven't fought anybody but you or standbys all this year!  Is
there a message in this, do you think? -- Leeta, Beyond the Pale

Drizzt -- Well, they DID say it might spit precip.  I just didn't expect to see it
here-and-now.  I expect to see...sun, for instance.  Blue skies.  Spring flowers.
That sort of thing.  After all, it's the MIDDLE OF JANUARY.  It's been almost FOUR
WEEKS since the solstice! -- O. Poste

Blood Bath -- I knew somebody who tried that once, and it was a MESS.  Don't listen
when they tell you that it'll "keep you young" or some such nonsense.  It won't.  In
fact, it will probably shorten your life, because somebody who can't stand the smell
will probably stab you in the back.  It happens.  These are violent times. -- Dellis

Paranoid -- Ha!  You think you won, so all is now peaches and half-and-half?  Fat
chance, peanut!  We are all out to GET you because of your record. -- Darron Linz

A Shew who's barely five and a half feet tall?  Is this a joke?  I did laugh at him.
I couldn't help it.  He's ridiculous! -- Tilarin

So, that was an Embezzling Scribe.  Odd how much he looks like anybody else.  I
expected, I dunno, what ARE the stigmata of embezzlers?  At the least, sticky fingers
and shifty eyes.  But he was completely ordinary. -- Durnis the disappointed

Pandora -- Your plans for your significant other make me sorry that I will not be
attending this tourney.  Make sure to give us all a report! -- Leeta
P.S.  And you COULD run your team here, get some kills YOURSELF, you know.

30 December 2005
Just a reminder to all you online type people.  It is much appreciated if you send
your personals in PLAIN TEXT, rather than HTML or formatted text.  HAL, in his
infinite wisdom, doesn't DO formatting, which means having to unsnarl your personal
ads from bunches of extraneous...stuff.  So, if your e-mailer has a plain text
option, let it be your friend. -- Ed.
P.S.  Sometimes it's the formatted text which makes ads go astray.  Not often, but

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CRAZY TRAIN was devastated by GRILLED GRIZZLY in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
BLOOD BATH was vanquished by BUTTERED BEAVER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
PARANOID luckily beat BRAISED BUFFALO in a action packed 3 minute Challenge fight.
DRIZZT was devastated by WHIPPED WEASEL in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
MARINATED MUSSEL savagely defeated O. POSTE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute competition.
SLACK JAW luckily beat DARRON LINZ in a exciting 12 minute bloody struggle.
DELLIS LINZ handily defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute gruesome uneven fight.
DURNIS vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
TILARIN assassinated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  10 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  11 -  1      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 484 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-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   WHIPPED WEASEL 3995         9   1  0  112 EXOTIC TASTES (397)
AIMED BLOW       DRIZZT 4146                 9   5  0   89 PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
WALL OF STEEL    PARANOID 1747              13   3  0   66 PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
TOTAL PARRY      SLACK JAW 4147             14   1  0   56 PHILANTHROPISTS (211)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLOOD BATH 1748.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DARRON LINZ 4159.  The ten other most popular fighters were BRAISED BUFFALO 3999, 
DELLIS LINZ 4157, WHIPPED WEASEL 3995, DURNIS 4172, O. POSTE 4107, and TILARIN 4171.

The least popular fighter this week was SLACK JAW 4147.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DRIZZT 4146, BLOOD BATH 1748, CRAZY TRAIN 1750, TILARIN 4171, O. POSTE 
BEAVER 4042.