Date   : 09/30/2003    Duedate: 10/13/2003


DM-41    TURN-418

This Weeks Top Honors



Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader


Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PELICAN                        TORA HAMLIN
BIRDS (286)                    WANDERERS (329)
(41-3949) [7-4-0,54]           (41-3983) [2-2-0,9]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE FLINTSTONES (200)       45
2. BIRDS (286)                -12      BIRDS (286)
3. WANDERERS (329)            -13      Unchartered Team

                                       SHIMMERING STEEL (308)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BIRDS (286)               39  31  2 55.7   1/ 2 THE FLINTSTONES (200)    10  5 1
 2/ 2 THE FLINTSTONES (200)     27  26  3 50.9   2/ 1 WANDERERS (329)           9  6 1
 3/ 3 WANDERERS (329)          254 305  5 45.4   3/ 3 BIRDS (286)               3  5 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[ Andorians Abroad #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Istoreth, Skaithvarn:

     From the ship, Istoreth was a city of spires, white marble and dark pines
climbing a cliff together above a crowded harbor.  Silent, beautiful, not quite
familiar.  Close up, with the Iayen ship moving restlessly against the worn stone of
a wharf, it was more familiar, less beautiful, and not at all silent.  The basic
nature of a waterfront is not changed by the language of the people inhabiting it.
     Goff was arguing with somebody who acted official, probably a harbormaster,
Raoul decided.  No doubt there would be docking fees or something of that kind, and
they might have to identify themselves and their purpose, register somewhere as
visiting foreigners.  None of that stuff was his problem.  Goff could handle the
harbormaster, he was doing that already.  And Berdan could make himself useful
dealing with any other officials.  The Fratsfan looked like somebody who could deal
with officials, maybe even enjoyed it.  If he'd been a gladiator, he would probably
have been a total parry....
     The ex-assassin was talking to another man a little farther along the dock.
Raoul saw money change hands, and Berdan accepted a package from the stranger.  The
gladiator frowned, watching the stranger walk away quickly.  Berdan wasn't supposed
to know anybody here...except the other assassin, Peranis.  And that man was not
Peranis.  Was this an indication of the wide contacts Raoul had suspected all along
that Berdan had?  Probably.  But was it a sign of treachery, or at least that Berdan
was playing his own game as well as theirs?  Possibly.  The man was an ex-assassin,
which automatically made him...not exactly untrustworthy, perhaps, but someone to be
watched carefully.  The assassins had been spies, as well as killers.  Concealing
their purposes was second nature.  And he was a Fratsfan, besides, a race noted for
the labyrinthine complexity of their thoughts and schemes.  But he and Jeri and Goff,
and by extension King Mickeal, had to trust somebody.
     Still, Raoul watched very closely as Berdan came back toward Goff's boat.  The
man was holding his package, still unopened, very carefully, on the palm of his
opened hand and well away from his body.
     "I need a bucket of water," Berdan said quietly.  "I need it rather quickly," he
added when the others gaped at him.  "I don't think this will explode until I open
it, but I can't be sure...."
     Jeri jumped and reached for a bucket, Raoul took it from her and dunked it over
the side, then held it out.
     "Set it over there, away from us all," the ex-assassin said.  "There are even a
few explosive devises which are activated by water, though I don't think this is
one."  He wasn't quite whispering.  "They're...tricky to handle, and Peranis had to
leave this in the hands of a stranger who might be careless.  It should be something
simple, perhaps not even magical."  When the bucket was positioned to his
satisfaction, and Goff had drawn the staring harbormaster out of the way, Berdan
lowered the package gently into the water and sprang back.
     "If it's magical, what difference will water make?" Jeri asked.
     "More than you might think," Berdan answered.  "Water is amazing stuff and
washes out many things."  The bucket suddenly erupted into a plume of dark foam.
"Ah!  I wondered what Peranis might have available.  That he would risk using black
ice tells us that he is truly desperate."  As he spoke, the plume reached the height
of a man, collapsed, and dissolved the end of the dock before falling into the
     "The other ships!" the harbormaster exclaimed, looking around frantically.
     "They're not in danger," Berdan said.  "The black ice has exhausted itself.  You
see?"  He pointed downward.  "It is dissipating."
     "You said it would be safer to put the package into water," Jeri muttered in a
shaky voice.
     "It is, it was, young lady.  Had black ice been exposed to air before water, the
results would have been disastrous."
     "It's disastrous as it is!" the harbormaster wailed.  "My dock!"  He turned on
Berdan fiercely.  "You brought this here--"
     "I did nothing of the sort," the ex-assassin answered coldly.  "It was handed to
me but moments ago by one of YOUR men."
     Before the harbormaster could respond, a squad of soldiers thundered onto the
dock.  "Everyone here is to see Lord Dankilvan immediately!" the leader commanded.

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Possibly Zuwayza:

     It seemed to take Tankesh forever to fall out of the Gate, his motion slowed to
the point where he wasn't even sure he was moving at all.  And then there was a sort
of soundless click, and the floor came up fast and hard, knocking the breath out of
him as he hit and rolled.
     Voices speaking akkhadic, upper-class accents.  Shouting.  No time to sort
things out.  Gasping for breath but too well-trained to pause, he rolled to his feet
with his sword out, ending crouched and ready for anything.  By the grace of all the
gods, he was face to face with the Karnhorn vizier, Khannarth.  The man who had
betrayed his city and his ruler, plotted with the Satrap's First Wife to turn over
the Zuwayza to the minions of Inzolas, tried to have the Satrap's Second Wife and
Tankesh killed.....  Ah, it was GOOD to be here, now, and ready.
     The Vizier was looking past him and commanding someone to "get him!"
     Right, voices, plural.  Other people in the room.  Probably guards.  Tankesh
took a quick slash at the retreating Vizier; not a killing blow, but he felt the
resistance of clothing and flesh.  Continued the motion into a turn.  Right, guards.
Two...three.  Startled by his arrival out of nowhere, not expecting him to come
around so fast.  The first man would never have a chance to adjust his thinking; the
slash aimed at HIM gutted him and nearly cut him in two.  The second was a little
farther back.  He might recover, if he got the bleeding stopped in time.  But with
only one hand left to use, that wasn't likely.  Shocked by the unexpected and extreme
violence, he was out of the fight.  Khannarth was screaming orders behind him, and
the third man was leveling his spear for a charge.  Stupid weapon to carry indoors,
maybe it was tradition, maybe it was just ornamental, didn't matter.
     Tankesh edged to the right, drawing the spearman's attention with him.  When the
man was fully committed, all his momentum focused into the charge, Tankesh ducked to
the left.  Tripped over his first victim but rolled and came up again, whacked the
spear in two in passing, kicked the man in the belly as his charge brought him within 
range, and turned to face Khannarth again.
     The Vizier was holding his robes against a bleeding chest wound with one hand
and tugging on a bell-pull with the other.  Tankesh lunged closer and cut through
bell rope.
     And then froze as a man with a cocked and ready crossbow appeared in the doorway
behind the Vizier.  More than one man, and several with crossbows.  Karnhorns, of
course.  Damn.  They were all dressed alike, no doubt a uniform, but not the same as
worn by the three guards he'd just dealt with.  Khannarth began babbling out
accusations and orders.
     The first of the newcomers silenced him with a curt word.  "You will BOTH
explain yourself to the Exalted Satrap, may His justice be swift and sure," the man
said.  He gestured them out into the hallway with his crossbow.  "Now."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Khalhums Dwarf?  How sad.


P.S.  Slash tactic with a war hammer?  Who are they trying to kid?

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out KATI-TEI to see 
what's new.  Too bad, WANDERERS, but THE FLINTSTONES was just too good to be stopped. 
MVP award for PEBBLES?  THE FLINTSTONES' proud of her after beating RUTHLESS 
JAYWALKER and getting 20 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  PENGUIN's match with 
FRED cost him a loss of 14 points!  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost 
to KUNG-FU MASTER, and FOOTSORE has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  Is the 
Duelmaster really being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.  THE 
FLINTSTONES was KATI-TEI's most avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Hhmph!  
What kind of warriors are BIRDS?  THE FLINTSTONES, an easy team to beat if I ever saw 
one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can WANDERERS' BETHANNE GRACE be more 
popular than me?  She was challenged the most, but is that really the same?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What a bummer deal for LURETTA!  She just barely was getting hers 
"fighter feet" but got kill by BARNEE of THE FLINTSTONES!  Those're the breaks, I 
guess.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a job, that's 
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  I had 
a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PELICAN 3949                  7   4  0    54       BIRDS (286)
 JEHU 3963                     6   4  0    54       WANDERERS (329)
 PEBBLES 3936                  5   3  0    53       THE FLINTSTONES (200)
 BARNEE 3937                   6   2  1    50       THE FLINTSTONES (200)
 MR. BEDROCK 3939              4   4  0    42       THE FLINTSTONES (200)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRED 3935                     5   3  2    33       THE FLINTSTONES (200)
 J.L. GOTROCKS 3972            3   1  0    24       THE FLINTSTONES (200)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENGUIN 3951                  5   2  0    17       BIRDS (286)
 BETHANNE GRACE 3984           1   3  1    13       WANDERERS (329)
-OSTRICH 3970                  3   1  0    10       BIRDS (286)
 TORA HAMLIN 3983              2   2  0     9       WANDERERS (329)
-ROAD RUNNER 3986              0   1  0     1       BIRDS (286)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ROBIN 3985             0  1 0 BIRDS 286             BETHANNE GRACE 3984   416 JUST REV
LURETTA 3987           2  1 0 WANDERERS 329         BARNEE 3937           418         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Penguin -- That's what I GET for letting myself be distracted by the way you look in
that tux. -- Bethanne Grace
P.S.  Kinda dumpy, is how.

Pebbles -- Now you can be sand grains for a while.  It'll be relaxing. -- Jehu

Fred -- My DEAR man!  How could you think such a thing? -- Luretta

JL Gotrocks -- I'm so glad for you.  Rocks are something everybody should have, I'm
sure. -- Tora Hamlin

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PELICAN devastated BETHANNE GRACE in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
FOOTSORE lost to KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute uneven battle.
BARNEE murdered LURETTA in a 1 minute uneven fight.
JEHU bested MR. BEDROCK in a 2 minute contest.
PENGUIN was overpowered by FRED in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
PEBBLES devastated RUTHLESS JAYWALKER in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven brawl.
J.L. GOTROCKS luckily beat TORA HAMLIN in a 4 minute amateur's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -   6 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   8 -  2      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  18 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 418 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     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PELICAN 3949                7   4  0   54 BIRDS (286)
LUNGING ATTACK   JEHU 3963                   6   4  0   54 WANDERERS (329)
SLASHING ATTACK  PEBBLES 3936                5   3  0   53 THE FLINTSTONES (200)
WALL OF STEEL    BARNEE 3937                 6   2  1   50 THE FLINTSTONES (200)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PELICAN 3949.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TORA HAMLIN 3983.  The ten other most popular fighters were JEHU 3963, PEBBLES 
3936, PELICAN 3949, FRED 3935, BARNEE 3937, J.L. GOTROCKS 3972, BETHANNE GRACE 3984, 
LURETTA 3987, MR. BEDROCK 3939, and PENGUIN 3951.

The least popular fighter this week was PENGUIN 3951.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MR. BEDROCK 3939, LURETTA 3987, BETHANNE GRACE 3984, J.L. GOTROCKS 
3972, BARNEE 3937, FRED 3935, PELICAN 3949, PEBBLES 3936, JEHU 3963, and TORA HAMLIN 

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

FOOTSORE (41-3910) WANDERERS (329)