Date   : 11/13/2003    Duedate: 11/26/2003


DM-43    TURN-413

This Weeks Top Honors


(43-1087) [20-13-0,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WIDOWMAKERS (115)              
(43-1087) [20-13-0,99]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CARLINE                        CARLINE
THE FAMILY (116)               THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4266) [12-11-1,69]         (43-4266) [12-11-1,69]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MEDS (432)                  41
2. KORGAN CRUSADE (392)        14      WENSINWASIN (428)
3. THE FAMILY (116)            12      Unchartered Team
4. WIDOWMAKERS (115)           11
5. TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)       0      THEIR OWN MINDS (189)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 WENSINWASIN (428)         34  15  1 69.4   1/ 1 KORGAN CRUSADE (392)     10  5 0
 2/ 3 MEDS (432)                33  20  1 62.3   2/ 3 THE FAMILY (116)          8  7 0
 3/ 2 KORGAN CRUSADE (392)     276 171 14 61.7   3/ 2 WIDOWMAKERS (115)         7  8 1
 4/ 4 WIDOWMAKERS (115)         78  80  3 49.4   4/ 4 MEDS (432)                6  3 0
 5- 6 TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)    79  91 10 46.5   5- 5 TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)    2  3 0
 6/ 7 THE FAMILY (116)         316 387  9 45.0   6/ 7 WENSINWASIN (428)         2  4 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #72 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.
     "Kjarran and Jayde guide my hand!" Fist shouted, and then the blow fell against
his blade with enough force that it drove him to his knees.  The hunter's blade was
white as bone, his own turned red as life's blood, and warmth came into his hands
from his two-handed grip on it, and down his arms, to counter the icy air that
cloaked his opponent.  He was a little surprised to find himself still alive after
such a blow, more surprised still to find his blade unbroken.  Nothing but the direct
intervention of his god Kjarran and the god's Daughter Jayde could have preserved his
life, he was sure.  And the only proper way to show appreciation of that aid was to
get up and fight.  Which he would do.
     As the hunter's blade was withdrawn and raised for another blow, Fist lurched to
his feet.  The hunter was thundering more of his evil-sounding words, they seemed to
streak toward him like arrows, like an icy hail or the bitterest wind of winter, and
it was hard to stand against them, the coldness and the hate and the fury.
Impossible to stand against another powerful sword-stroke delivered in their wake.
Fist did the only thing he could think of and threw himself forward under the falling
blade, slashing at the horse's forelegs where it reared high, then at its belly as he
rolled under it and out into the road.
     The horse screamed as cold-gleaming coils emerged from its belly and came down
on all four feet, stumbled when one of its front legs wouldn't hold, and fell.  The
hunter leaped free, but the fallen horse was now between him and his prey.  Cold
light, colder than moonlight and without that clean purity, shivered around him.
     The intestines that had spilled from the horse writhed like snakes, or like an
animated snare, coils twisting toward Fist.  If they caught him, the gladiator
believed they would be like a snare and would hold him for the vengeance of the
hunter.  He edged backward, not taking his eyes off the hunter but wondering uneasily
what had become of the hounds.  The idea of one or two of those hell-hounds coming up
behind was enough to shake the steadiest nerves.
     As though in answer to his worry, one of the hounds howled pain behind him.
     "We've got your back," Cadal said.  At that moment, the barbarian's voice was
the sweetest sound Fist could imagine.
     "Serimna shield us all with her mercy!" Zilla added.
     There were several butchery whacks interspersed with screams, and Aghtamar
growled, "What does it take to kill the damned thing?"
     The knowledge that his friends were at his back, ready to stand and fight beside
him, was more warming than sunlight.
     "The hounds won't close with us on their own," Cadal reported from close behind
him.  "If we can take out the hunter, we may be home clear on this."
     "That won't be easy," Fist of Kjarran observed.  "These things can be hurt, but
damned if I know what will kill them."  He staggered as one foot was dragged out from
under him.  Someone caught his arm and kept him from falling while he looked down.
And swore.  A loop of the horse's intestines had wrapped itself around his ankle.  He
slashed downward to free his foot, then threw himself to the side just as the hunter
struck.  Blades rang together as one of his comrades parried the blow.  The hunter
spoke more of his unknown words that might be spells or cursing.  Or really cursing,
if it came to that, really laying a curse.
     Fist pushed himself to his feet again and faced his opponent grimly.  "Kjarran
and Jayde, this has got to STOP."  He raised his sword, noting that the blade had
gone red again, and advanced on the dark shape of the hunter.  The blade burned as
hot as the hunter was cold and made a sound like a deep-voiced bell very far away.
Fist felt a presence, a force, move through his body, and without willing it he
lunged forward, driving the bright-burning blade toward the hunter.  There was a
roaring around him, and he felt as though he'd been caught in a twist of wind, or an
earthquake, something natural and violent and beyond his control.  It was a relief to

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): LADY DEATHSTRIKE of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): SILVER BELLE of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): MONGOL HORDE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 472): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 472): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 470): none
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 469): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 234): KESSEN (Iker, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 461): none
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 232): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 412): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 209): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 317): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): DHOOMZDEY (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 362): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 469): INBRED FRED of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 411): HEMERA AHKISAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of VEASTIAN!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Some people say I ramble too much, 
I don't say anything relevant.  I repeat myself.  I ramble.  Well MEDS moved up 0, to 
4th.  What's with PENICILLEN?  He actually beat WIDOWMAKERS' FACE BREAKER, and walked 
away with 19 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at MEDS while they watched 
PREDNIZONE clobber TIRO CUCKOO.  She lost 12 points and got bruised from objects 
thrown from the stands.  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for WIDOWMAKERS' 
outstanding member, Duelmaster SWORDBREAKER.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors 
and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  The most avoided team 
was WOLF RIDERS.  The bums at WENSINWASIN couldn't face the challenges from WOLF 
RIDERS!  No excuse for that!   
     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...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  VEASTIAN 
is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  I don't want to 
overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWORDBREAKER 1087            20  13  0    99       WIDOWMAKERS (115)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER BELLE 4269             9   5  0    89       WENSINWASIN (428)
 NHAVARL 4222                 15  18  0    83       THE FAMILY (116)
 PENICILLEN 4299              11   3  0    81       MEDS (432)
 FACE BREAKER 1099            18  13  0    75       WIDOWMAKERS (115)
 CARLINE 4266                 12  11  1    69       THE FAMILY (116)
 LIFETAKER 1520                8  10  1    67       WIDOWMAKERS (115)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAPHNE CAMISADO 3991         13  11  1    66       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)
 FLESHRENDER 1108             13  18  0    61       WIDOWMAKERS (115)
 NORPRAMINE 4296              10   5  1    59       MEDS (432)
 STILTZ 4265                   9  14  0    57       THE FAMILY (116)
 PREDNIZONE 4298               6   8  0    57       MEDS (432)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINTER WITCH 4283             6  13  0    51       KORGAN CRUSADE (392)
-ETHON EL KEER 3992            8  15  1    40       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPACE BABOON 4313             6   3  0    39       KORGAN CRUSADE (392)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIRO CUCKOO 4329              4   5  0    33       THE FAMILY (116)
 UGLY WITCHMONKEY 4343         3   0  0    26       KORGAN CRUSADE (392)
 NUNZIO THE APE 4345           2   0  0    26       KORGAN CRUSADE (392)
 THE NAUGHTY POPE 4332         6   2  0    25       KORGAN CRUSADE (392)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIRO COCOCO 4314              4   7  0    22       THE FAMILY (116)
 RIBSPLITTER 4330              3   1  0    21       WIDOWMAKERS (115)
-LADY MANTLE 4267              2   5  0    11       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)
-GALO THE RED 4268             2   2  1     9       WENSINWASIN (428)
-BISHOP 4272                   2   3  0     9       WENSINWASIN (428)
-RED VALERIAN 4274             0   5  0     5       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)
 PROTOMAS 4344                 0   2  0     2       WENSINWASIN (428)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SWAMPY THE GOBLI 4310  5  2 0 KORGAN CRUSADE 392    LIFETAKER 1520        411         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Silver Belle -- Definitely one of my better students. -- Nhavarl

Hemera Akhisar -- Sorry, but Silver Belle definitely deserved the title. -- Nhavarl

Fleshrender -- How vigorous of you.  I prefer to use a meat grinder, myself. --

Lifetaker -- Do you plan to take your own?  I only ask because I want to know. --

Dangerous Criminal?  Not much. -- Tiro Cuckoo

The Persistent Beggar should try quitting sooner. -- Tiro Cococo

Ugly Witchmonkey -- Indeed, your repetitious number bodes ill for you!  You know how
they say, "What goes around, comes around"?  With you, it will come around and around
and around.  Could be painful.  Good luck, you're going to need it. -- Carline,
amateur numerologist

Sungod Designed Me -- Congratulations!  You are the best I've ever seen come out of
this arena, with the possible exception of Tibby--run by Crow a few years back.  Now
give em hell in ADM! -- Jack Wolfspider

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003

All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SILVER BELLE was bested by SWORDBREAKER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Title fight.
NHAVARL subdued LIFETAKER in a 1 minute melee.
FACE BREAKER was demolished by PENICILLEN in a unpopular 8 minute uneven fight.
FLESHRENDER was viciously subdued by STILTZ in a exciting 2 minute veteran's fight.
CARLINE viciously subdued WINTER WITCH in a popular 4 minute bloody duel.
NORPRAMINE overpowered THE NAUGHTY POPE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PREDNIZONE overpowered TIRO CUCKOO in a action packed 3 minute uneven melee.
SPACE BABOON viciously subdued TIRO COCOCO in a popular 1 minute gruesome duel.
RIBSPLITTER won victory over PROTOMAS in a exciting 1 minute novice's fight.
NUNZIO THE APE handily defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
UGLY WITCHMONKEY demolished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       11 -   4 -  0      73  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    35 -  15 -  0      70  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  10 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   29 -  21 -  3      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  20 -  0      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         4 -   9 -  0      31  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -  13 -  0      19  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  16 -  0      16  |

Turn 413 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      2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    SWORDBREAKER 1087          20  13  0   99 WIDOWMAKERS (115)
LUNGING ATTACK   SILVER BELLE 4269           9   5  0   89 WENSINWASIN (428)
TOTAL PARRY      PENICILLEN 4299            11   3  0   81 MEDS (432)
PARRY-STRIKE     FACE BREAKER 1099          18  13  0   75 WIDOWMAKERS (115)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CARLINE 4266               12  11  1   69 THE FAMILY (116)
SLASHING ATTACK  NORPRAMINE 4296            10   5  1   59 MEDS (432)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CARLINE 4266.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CARLINE 4266.  The ten other most popular fighters were SILVER BELLE 4269, 

The least popular fighter this week was PENICILLEN 4299.  The other ten least popular 


     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff