Date   : 09/17/2003    Duedate: 10/14/2003


DM-45    TURN-208

This Weeks Top Honors


(45-3625) [12-6-0,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

IPECAC                         ARROGANT WURM
EMETICS (406)                  FOREST PHALANX (452)
(45-3625) [12-6-0,110]         (45-3905) [7-2-0,62]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SNOWFALL                       BRECHTUR
(45-3473) [21-10-0,93]         (45-3842) [7-3-1,66]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)        40
2. AVID FANS (65)              35      MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
3. PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)       35      Unchartered Team
4. EMETICS (406)               35
5. MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)      31      MIKES MORGUE (460)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 THE SUNGOD XPERIEN (405)  18   5  1 78.3   1/ 1 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)   11  4 2
 2/ 1*MIKES MORGUE (460)         7   2  0 77.8   2/ 4 AVID FANS (65)           10  5 0
 3/ 3 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)    70  42  3 62.5   3/ 2 PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)     9  5 1
 4/ 4 DYNASTIC (433)            50  34  3 59.5   4/ 7 EMETICS (406)             8  7 0
 5- 5 RESCUE RANGERS (205)     130  90  4 59.1   5/12*MIKES MORGUE (460)        7  2 0
 6/ 6 PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)     49  34  4 59.0   6/ 6*MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      7  8 2
 7/ 0 SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)     35  25  2 58.3   7/ 5 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     6  8 0
 8/ 9*FOREST PHALANX (452)      18  15  2 54.5   8/13 THE IMPERIALS (347)       5  9 1
 9- 8 WALKING DEATH (197)       84  73  1 53.5   9/ 3 DYNASTIC (433)            5  9 0
10/ 7 DARQUE FORCES (428)      112  98  7 53.3  10/ 9*A DEAL'S DEAL (457)       5 10 0
11/10 AVID FANS (65)           107  96 10 52.7  11/ 8*FOREST PHALANX (452)      4  1 0
12-11 DESCENDENTS OF DAR (291) 267 249 11 51.7  12/17*MYTH TAKES (458)          4  6 0
13-12 KNIGHT BREED (403)        30  28  0 51.7  13/20*MOJO P@TROL (451)         3  2 0
14/13 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     78  76  1 50.6  14-14 THE SUNGOD XPERIEN (405)  2  0 0
15/18*MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      10  10  2 50.0  15-16 RESCUE RANGERS (205)      2  3 0
16/15*MOJO P@TROL (451)         17  18  1 48.6  16/ 0 SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)     2  3 0
17/16 EMETICS (406)             44  51  1 46.3  17/19 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     2  4 0
18/17 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     16  24  0 40.0  18/10 DARQUE FORCES (428)       2  9 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19*MYTH TAKES (458)           4   6  0 40.0  19-11 KNIGHT BREED (403)        1  0 0
20/20 THE IMPERIALS (347)       24  39  2 38.1  20-15 WALKING DEATH (197)       1  0 0
21/14*A DEAL'S DEAL (457)        5  10  0 33.3  21-18 DESCENDENTS OF DAR (291)  1  0 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                          STORMCROWE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Turn 1

     Mike's Morgue jumps out to an early lead out of the starting gate?  Can they
hold it and run the distance?  We'll see.
     Several of this turn's standings are tentative--due to an unforeseen problem.
The teams Superior Forces and Rescue Rangers returned to Stormcrowe after a long
absence, and there was no way I could tell whether their fights were against higher
or lower rated opponents since I don't have their starting recognition points.  Could
the owners of those teams and/or the opponents they met please contact me at
russtulp@aol.com or diplo me at Korgan Crusade DM 43 with those numbers?  What I did
this time was award 7 points to each winner of a fight that involved them to get an
idea of your tourney standings--but these numbers will be adjusted once I receive the
information; those affected who asterisks in the standings.  To make sure this
doesn't become a problem in the future, warriors facing warriors with FE from
returning teams that were not listed in the standings of Turn 206 will receive 7
points for a victory regardless of actual standing differences for the turn they
return only.  Hopefully that will make some sense.

                    TEAM STANDINGS

MIKE'S MORGUE, 2H, 2E, 34 points
PENDRAGON CYCLE, 1H, 2E, 1L, 29 points
AVID FANS, 2H, 1E*, 27 points
A DEAL'S A DEAL, 2H, 1E*, 27 points
MORDRED'S MADMEN, 1H, 1E*, 1L, 1N, 22 points*
THE IMPERIALS, 1H, 1L, 15 points
DYNASTIC, 1H, 1L, 15 points
MYTH TAKES, 2E, 14 points
RESCUE RANGERS, 1E*, 1L, 12 points*
SUPERIOR FORCES, 1H, 10 points
NORTHERN LIGHTS, 2L, 10 points
KNIGHT BREED, 1H, 10 points
EMETICS, 2L, 10 points
MUTANT HAMMERZ, 1LK, 10 points
FOREST PHALANX, 1L, 5 points

Legend:  H defeated higher rated opponent (10 pts), E even rated opponent (7 pts), L
Lower rated opponents (5 pts), N NPC (0 pts), K kill (doubles pts), D downchallenge
(0 pts)

     Good luck to all in the coming turn!

                     Jack Wolfspider

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #68 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     "It's moved into the old office building on the waterfront," Spymaster Torric
said.  "The one with the old arena records in it, you know?"
     "They, not it," Jorja corrected absently.  "More than one monster or whatever.
But I wonder why the office building?  It seems so unlikely: the Office Building of
Doom or something."
     Torric laughed but said, "It wasn't always an office building.  Forty or fifty
years ago, it was a merchant prince's palace.  Then the merchant went broke--don't
ask me how, because I do NOT want to know--and Tokken Makrok got the building as part
of the, um, settlement of debts, I guess.  And when the arena opened, he sold the
building to the Gladiatorial Commission, and then the lake rose and drowned the lower
floor...."  He shrugged.  "But it was built on a much older foundation.  Hundreds of
years older."
     "What was it then, hundreds of years ago?" Jorja asked.
     "I've got no clue, I wasn't around then," the Spymaster said.  "Heck, I wasn't
even around when the merchant prince was going broke; I heard about that from my
grandfather."  He topped up his stein from the pitcher on the table.  "What are you
going to do about it?  And where's Garfield--isn't that the guy that with you?"
     "Garfield's got interests all over Alastari, you can't expect him to hang around
Riztab just to investigate a haunted office building.  And besides, why should I, he,
or we do anything at all about it?"
     "It worries people," Torric said.  "There are, well, there are...noises.  At
night.  And sometimes people vanish from the lakefront...."
     "They do that anyway--vanish.  The lakefront isn't the safest place in Riztab
after dark," Jorja pointed out tartly.
     "And if the building belongs to the Commission now, THEY should be responsible
for whatever is going on," she went on relentlessly.
     "But they won't DO anything!"  Torric slammed his tankard down onto the table.
     Jorja shrugged.  "I have my own matters to attend to."
     "At best," the Spymaster went on, "they'll assign some Lord Protectors to
investigate and if possible rid the place of its monsters.  Why wait?  Why not send
some of yours, or call for volunteers, if more are needed and you don't want to go
     "If the Commission sends someone, they'll have to pay expenses," Jorja said.
"If we start on our own, they won't.  And I'm just breaking even as it is."

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     Aghtamar, Zilla, and Cadal sat or knelt, as each preferred, in a shadowy cavern
formed by the drooping branches of a pine.  Cadal had vetoed a fire, but they had
food--thick slabs of bread topped with ham and cheese, and water to drink.  They'd
taken position well before sunset, in case the killer was out early looking for HIS
position of ambush.
     "He doesn't use the same one each time?" Aghtamar asked.
     "No.  There may be some repeating, judging by where the bodies have been found,
but some are too far apart to have been ambushed from the same spot.  There's been a
general progression from east to west, too, as though the killer was coming from the
east coast, maybe from Zuwayza, and heading for the west coast by way of Murska and
Fratsfa.  This seems like about the right distance from the last body--"
     "I just hope the killer doesn't decide this tree would make a good ambush spot
for HIM," Zilla muttered.
     There was a period of silence while the three Lord Protectors alternately ate
and leaned forward to peer through the branches at the road.  Their position was in
the bottom of a small valley where the road crossed a steep, rocky stream on an
arched stone bridge.
     "I wonder where the priests of Kjarran found the monster," Aghtamar asked in a
tone of idle curiosity.  "I wonder if they have any control over it, or if they just
pointed it west at Korga and turned it loose?"
     "You think the priests are responsible for this?" Cadal asked, surprised.
     "Of course," she said.  "Who else?"
     "Some of the invaders might have released something that was caged," Cadal
suggested.  "If it really is a monster of some kind.  If it's just a killer, it could
be anyone.  Besides, if it was set by the Kjarranists, you'd think it would leave
their people alone, and it hasn't.  Well, we can't be sure about beliefs, but all
races have been attacked."
     "The people of Karnhorn race who died might have been followers of Serimna,"
Zilla said.  "The priests of Kjarran hate Serimnists more even than Karragit or Orcs
or Shews.  More even than Elves."
     "It doesn't matter," Cadal said finally.  "Monstrous or mortal, it's a killer
and our job right now is to stop it."
     Aghtamar was taking her turn peering out at the road.  The sun was down, at
least as seen from this location, and the valley was filling with shadows.  She
stiffened and whispered, "Somebody coming!"
     "Fist of Kjarran?" Zilla asked.
     "No, someone coming from the east.  Someone on a horse."
     "Bad time and place for an innocent traveler," Cadal said, moving up to join her
at the edge of their shelter.  "So let's hope it's the killer looking for a place to
set his ambush."
     Zilla crammed the last of her bread and cheese into her mouth, muttered
something indistinct, and began to climb the tree, keeping close to the trunk and
spiraling upward out of sight.
     The road, which was used by traders' wagons as well as foot and horse traffic,
looped back and forth across the steep hillside to get an easier grade, so it most of
it was hidden behind the trees.  All could hear the hoofbeats, though.  One horse,
coming steadily at moderate speed.  The last stretch above the bridge was in the
clear, however, and still lit, more or less, by the ruddy light of the setting sun
reflecting off clouds above the valley.
     A shadow moved at the top of the visible length of road, resolving into a large
hound.  Two large hounds.  Too large to be hounds, but they weren't horses, bears, or
cattle.  The darkness at the edge of the trees stretched out an arm which advanced,
detached, and became a vaguely seen man, or something man-like, on a horse, or nearly
a horse.  A third hound followed on his heels.
     "The killer," Cadal said, his voice little more than a ghost of sound.
"Couldn't be anything else."
     "It could be human and I wouldn't mind," Aghtamar countered as quietly.
"Because THAT surely is no human or any other race I ever met."
     What little they could see of the figure on the horse seemed tall as a Shew but
skeletally thin.  The flame-colored light of the setting sun--or something--made the
eyes of horse, rider, and hounds all reflect redly.  One of the hounds stopped, head
up and turning slowly.  It looked directly at the tree where the gladiators were
hiding and then pointed its nose at the sky and loosed a howl that would freeze the
blood of a salamander.  The rider turned to look toward the tree also, raised a
hunting horn and blew it.  Above them, Zilla gave a startled shriek and slid down in
a shower of bark and needles.
     "We'd better get on the road," Cadal said urgently.  "We're in a trap if we try
to fight from in here."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The dog charged Fist of Kjarran without finesse, just came straight at him.  It
seemed to grow unnaturally as it came closer, from as big as a pony to a beast that
towered like an elephant, and it bayed continually.  Fist wondered in passing where
it found the breath to keep howling like that as it ran.  No doubt that it was an
unnatural beast of some kind!  He muttered a quick prayer, wished for a boar spear,
and knelt, bracing his sword to receive the plunging monster.
     At the last moment, its breath already cold on his face, the beast swerved to
pass Fist to his left.  Fist twisted quickly and managed to slash across its ribs,
though the cut was only a shallow one.  The dog twisted, too, whining with frustrated
eagerness to kill.  Fist got back on his feet so that he could turn and keep his face
and blade to the circling hound.  Why it didn't leap in to attack, he could not
imagine.  It backed up out of blade's reach and bayed at him.  The sound was
unpleasant, but that was all--what was the fool creature doing?
     It bayed again, with vibrato and tricky overtones.  Abruptly Fist guessed that
it was trying to frighten him.  What the heck?  Could it ONLY kill through fear, or
at least only physically attack those who had been unmanned by fear?  He lunged
suddenly, and it scrambled back out of the way rather than meet the attack and
attempt to fight.  Kjarran and Jayde!  It was like the old motto: the only thing to
be feared was fear itself.  He leaped to the attack again, pressing the infernal
hound relentlessly.  The hound dodged and twisted agilely, and whenever it had a
moment, it howled.  Not the hunting call, but the howl of a dog voicing its woes.
     It was answered by a hunting horn from farther down the valley, and for the
first time since he'd seen the hound, Fist of Kjarran again noticed the sound of
battle down there.  Apparently the hound was calling for help.
     Kjarran and Jayde!  A beast of prey that was at least twice his size and still
needed help to kill him was not something to frighten a child, much less a Lord
Protector!  But there was no telling, the help it summoned might be more formidable.
Better to take care of the hound now, at once, and not have to fight hound and helper
together.  Besides, his assistance might be needed down at the bridge where the other
Lord Protectors were fighting the hound's master.  He made a determined attack on the
hound, pressing it back with his thrusts and slashes, attempting to corner it against
the low bank at one side of the road.  It yelped, snapped, and lunged back at him
     "Ah...I shoulda remembered," Fist muttered, dodging.  "Cornered rats and
all...."  He tried one last slash as the beast went by and laid open its hip to the
bone.  It screamed and fell.
     There was a wordless shout of fury from farther along, two human screams,
drumming hooves that approached his position faster than a horse should be able to
gallop up that slope.  Fist moved quickly to put his back to the low bluff beside the
road.  It would hamper his movement, but it would be a worse problem for the
horsemen; at least here he wouldn't have to worry about being ridden down.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     ...And so I live up to my name all the way to the throne of Stormcrowe,
undefeated and unshaken!  My journey to the top has been rather uneventful.
     Sungod first put me here to teach that reckless moron, Baphomet, a lesson.  All
his talk about hunting down and killing total parries was just that, all talk.  We
(Sungod and I) figured that my name would be enough to taunt anyone into challenging
me with the hopes of bringing down the one who claimed to be unbeatable.  And it
worked for a few turns.  However that quickly changed when everyone, warriors and
managers alike, realized that I wasn't budging.
     I made a few challenges, mostly to other Total Parries, just to prove that I
was, in fact, the scummiest of the scum here in Stormcrowe.  I was even challenged by
an Aimed Blow.  I went 14 mins with the inadequate little bugger and managed to come
out unscathed!  Amazing you say?  Not really, considering the lack of talent that
apparently breeds in most 4 week arenas, the only gladiator that even came close to
shutting down my streak was the statistician, a fine attempt, but, alas, I was again
the victor.
     I came here to try to reach the throne undefeated, with that accomplished, there
is nothing left for me now.  I suppose SunGod will let me run in the tourneys, but, I
think that I am done in Stormcrowe, so, I will graduate undefeated as well.  So, with
that said, I take my leave.

                    Can't Bring Me Down -- The Firm

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, STORMCROWE?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  If this keeps up, DARQUE FORCES, you'll 
have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 8 in the rankings?  MIKES MORGUE 
turned their 3-1-0 turn into a 5th place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better 
than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch AVID FANS' heads swell 
from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big deal.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see THE BEER VENDOR win a fight and gain 24 
points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, THE BEER VENDOR beat SUNFLASH and SUNFLASH lost 17 
points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Due to absence, and inability to defend the 
throne, CAN'T BRING ME DOWN has lost the Title of Duelmaster.  Start setting that 
alarm earlier!  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as IPECAC takes the Title 
and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  I'm not in a very good 
mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You want to know what's new, don't you, 
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  STORMCROWE, I am losing what little hope I had in you. 
MUTANT HAMMERZ the most avoided team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And 
who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It 
was MIKES MORGUE.  Ha ha ha ha!  DAMON was challenged more times this turn than the 
Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  Now look at this.  
ARROGANT WURM challenged down 24 against EMETICS' GARGLE SPEW.  What a weasel!  And 
sorry to say, ARROGANT WURM overcame GARGLE SPEW, leaving a bad feeling with the 
crowd.  I think exploitive snob is the term I'm looking for.  I notice DAGORA SAVON 
challenging down 19 points to fight SANGAN, MOJO P@TROL doubtless has some rotten 
excuse for such an insult to honor.  Question now is, will STORMCROWE accept this 
sort of tacky behavior?  DAGORA SAVON beating SANGAN.  The insult, the....yech!  I 
suspect either a 21 will or a 21 ego on this one, but HIT & MYTH has challenged up by 
29 in an attempt against COLOUR COMMENTATOR.  And sure, HIT & MYTH lost alright, but 
gained 3 recognition for his pains.  And pains they may indeed be!   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for STORMCROWE's 
morgue.  More variety.  Bye bye, warrior, bye bye...  ICE PRINCESS, a glorious 4-4-0 
fighter, has passed away.  Gee, too bad NORTHERN LIGHTS.  Nipped in the bud, you 
might say, was WHAT'S IT'S of A DEAL'S DEAL this turn.  Course, I wouldn't say that, 
so much as have a belly laugh.  Heh heh.  Not that I'll be buying the drinks, but 
I'll be glad to see DAGORA SAVON and MOJO P@TROL at The Shadow's Fountain tonight 
celebrating their bloodfeud victory over SANGAN.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it 
only shines through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this 
     What does the STORMCROWE arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Phlllt!  Just had to do that 
before I leave the fine city of STORMCROWE.  I feel much better now.  Glad to see the 
back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IPECAC 3625                  12   6  0   110       EMETICS (406)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAN'T BRING ME DOWN 3559     16   0  0   107       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (405)
 THE BEER VENDOR 1975         15  11  1   106       AVID FANS (65)
-SCORPIUS 3752                 9   2  0    98       KNIGHT BREED (403)
 SNOWFALL 3473                21  10  0    93       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHIP 3321                    14   5  0    86       RESCUE RANGERS (205)
 BINGE N PURGE 3567           13   7  0    86       EMETICS (406)
 BEDWYR 3835                  10   4  0    86       PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
-WRECKER 1402                 18  12  0    83       WALKING DEATH (197)
 NORA BATES 3883               7   4  0    83       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 SUNFLASH 3474                20  11  0    80       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 MING 3755                     8   9  1    80       DYNASTIC (433)
 UTHER 3691                   10   6  2    77       PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
-MARILYN 3712                 17  19  2    76       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 THE SMELL OF IT 3564          7  13  1    75       EMETICS (406)
-BALOO 3255                   12   9  0    73       RESCUE RANGERS (205)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRECHTUR 3842                 7   3  1    66       SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)
 BRYNN RUINGARD 3777           8   4  0    65       SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)
 SHARLA MANSON 3936            6   0  0    64       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 ARROGANT WURM 3905            7   2  0    62       FOREST PHALANX (452)
-MOTHER 3741                   9   5  1    58       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 FRIFFLE SNUFFPOT 3781         8   4  1    58       SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZINDELLA AZRON 3898           5   2  0    57       MOJO P@TROL (451)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STORM SERPENT 2416            7   4  0    56       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 IEILHALLA 3841                7   3  0    55       SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)
 CONVULSIVE HURL 3563          5  14  0    55       EMETICS (406)
-ROMANOV 3753                  9   7  2    53       DYNASTIC (433)
 PLANTAGENET 3756             12   5  0    50       DYNASTIC (433)
-ARIANA 3500                   5   0  0    50       DESCENDENTS OF DARK (291)
 HAPSBURG 3754                12   5  0    49       DYNASTIC (433)
 THE STATISTICIAN 2309        11  11  0    48       AVID FANS (65)
-LORD BATTLESTONE 3485         6   4  0    47       DESCENDENTS OF DARK (291)
-HOT LIPS 3743                11   3  0    44       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-WARSTRIKE 3436               10  13  1    44       DESCENDENTS OF DARK (291)
-JOGLI 1902                   10   4  0    43       WALKING DEATH (197)
-SKORG 1804                   10   7  1    42       WALKING DEATH (197)
 LEATHERBACK 3844              9   6  0    42       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 ALICE OSBORNE 3970            3   0  0    41       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
-RAYNOR 3549                   7   5  0    40       KNIGHT BREED (403)
-KERRIGAN 3545                 7   5  0    39       KNIGHT BREED (403)
 GARGLE SPEW 3902              4   4  0    38       EMETICS (406)
-HAWKINS 2905                  7   5  1    37       THE IMPERIALS (347)
 DAGORA SAVON 3896             4   3  1    37       MOJO P@TROL (451)
 SHARD 3507                    7  14  1    36       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAMON 2906                    5   8  1    33       THE IMPERIALS (347)
 ANGEL HAMMER 3962             3   1  2    33       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 32ND PTOLEMAIC 3940           4   2  0    32       DYNASTIC (433)
 COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951       3   0  0    32       AVID FANS (65)
 DRITZ 3299                    3   2  0    32       THE IMPERIALS (347)
-NIMNOLE 3439                  2   4  0    32       RESCUE RANGERS (205)
 MYTH OLOGY 3975               2   0  0    32       MYTH TAKES (458)
 THE JANITOR 2545              5   5  0    28       AVID FANS (65)
 A TALENT SCOUT 3950           2   1  0    27       AVID FANS (65)
 ASTOR SUNBRIGHT 3879          3   4  0    24       SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEAST HAMMER 3963             2   2  0    23       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 MALE DOMINANCE 2418           2  10  0    22       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 ARTHUR 3982                   2   1  0    22       PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
 CANNONBALL HAMMER 3960        3   1  0    21       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 JANE FAUST 3992               2   0  1    21       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
-BOMBSHELL 3914                3   4  1    20       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-BAMBI 3462                    2   2  1    19       RESCUE RANGERS (205)
 GALAHAD 4002                  1   0  0    18       PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
-GOBLIN RAIDER 3931            4   1  0    16       FOREST PHALANX (452)
 MYTHING LINK 3972             2   0  0    16       MYTH TAKES (458)
-LORD KNIGHTMARE 3618          4   0  0    15       DESCENDENTS OF DARK (291)
 FIFI 2481                     4   3  0    15       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 SANGAN 3938                   3   3  1    13       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 XAVIER MARTEK 3895            3   4  0    13       MOJO P@TROL (451)
-NANTUKO MENTOR 3903           2   3  0    13       FOREST PHALANX (452)
 BENEVOLENCE 3986              2   0  0    13       MIKES MORGUE (460)
 SYNJEN 3263                   2   6  0    13       THE IMPERIALS (347)
 LAN 3287                      3   3  0    12       THE IMPERIALS (347)
 VOR'EIV TAVERS 3916           3   3  0    12       MOJO P@TROL (451)
-MASOJ 2603                    2   0  0    12       WALKING DEATH (197)
-8 BALL CORNER POCKET 3561     1   1  1    12       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (405)
 BISHOP HAMMER 3993            1   1  0    12       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 CHUCKY MOHAWK II 4001         1   0  0    12       MIKES MORGUE (460)
-RAGE 3637                     1   1  0    11       DESCENDENTS OF DARK (291)
-NIMBLE MONGOOSE 3976          1   0  0    10       FOREST PHALANX (452)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961         1   3  0    10       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
-SCOURGE 3987                  1   0  0     9       MIKES MORGUE (460)
 USURIOUS 3989                 2   0  0     6       MIKES MORGUE (460)
 DOOR NUMBER 3 3966            1   2  0     6       A DEAL'S DEAL (457)
 ATTA-HERE ANNE 3967           1   2  0     5       A DEAL'S DEAL (457)
 CONCERTINA 3965               1   2  0     5       A DEAL'S DEAL (457)
 DIMINUTIVE 3990               1   1  0     4       MIKES MORGUE (460)
 LANCELOT 3994                 1   1  0     4       PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
-FUN WITH WAR HAMMERS 3562     1   1  0     4       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (405)
 HIT & MYTH 3974               0   2  0     4       MYTH TAKES (458)
 WHO'S IT'S 3968               0   3  0     3       A DEAL'S DEAL (457)
 SWINGANDAMYTH 3971            0   2  0     2       MYTH TAKES (458)
 NEAR MYTH 3973                0   2  0     2       MYTH TAKES (458)
 TEARSA 3954                   0   2  0     2       MOJO P@TROL (451)
 WALRUS 3995                   0   2  0     2       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
-THUMPER 3480                  0   2  0     2       RESCUE RANGERS (205)
-SLOW AND BEHOLD 3603          0   1  0     1       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (405)
-SADISTIC BASTARD 3560         0   1  0     1       THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE (405)
-HENGIST 3460                  0   1  0     1       WALKING DEATH (197)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
WHAT'S IT'S 3969       2  1 0 A DEAL'S DEAL 457     ANGEL HAMMER 3962     208         
A BOUNCER 2428         6  6 2 AVID FANS 65          ROMANOV 3753          204 REVENGED
THE SCOREKEEPER 2821   1  5 0 AVID FANS 65          BOMBSHELL 3914        204 REVENGED
OXY'S MORON 3988       0  1 0 MIKES MORGUE 460      ANGEL HAMMER 3962     207         
LUTHIEN MAGDA 3899     2  3 0 MOJO P@TROL 451       SANGAN 3938           204 JUST REV
PSYLOCKE HAMMER 3964   0  2 0 MUTANT HAMMERZ 456    DAMON 2906            206         
ICE PRINCESS 3911      4  5 0 NORTHERN LIGHTS 393   JANE FAUST 3992       208         
AURORA 3470           14 14 0 NORTHERN LIGHTS 393   MING 3755             205 JUST REV
SIORAF 3941            1  1 0 WILD HARPIES 441      DAGORA SAVON 3896     205         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

TS & CC -- On good days da hirelings kin cover tha ambassadorial duties ta da time n'
place.  But, I've a thick skin an if I'm seen "comin roun tha turn n' flippin over da
rail" a dis contest...well dats okay too. -- Applejack

Jack Wolfspider -- Pleasedchermeetcha.  Hmmmmm.....no kills first time out...dey's
more ta dis huntin heads fer tha purpose a executin opponents den meets da eye. --

All -- Dere is one tree dat's very tall, tha heart dat loves da very small.  <spin
around three times an a oak twig toss over tha right shoulder>  S'called "RUG
appeal." -- Applejack

     You forgot the libation. -- RUG #114

Ice Princess -- Well!?!  You're certainly cold shoulder material.  In fact the
dreaded "f" word comes readily to mind.  Missy! -- Annie

Arthur -- Let's figure my hat was too heavy and my cocoa's cold.  (No that don't even
work as a bad joke.)  Well, the boss' still pushin and I'm still rarin. -- Who's It's

Male Dominance -- Back to the figgers. -- What's It's

Shard -- Frightfully sorry to have inconvenienced you.  Taking you away from your
cultural acumen for a brief bit of arena work. -- Concertina
P.S.  No!  I'm not saying you fought in your briefs, ghastly notion that that is, it
was a brief fight.  What?!?  I'm a girl!  I don't wear briefs!  No! No! Noooo!!!!

Listen!  It...was...a...SHORT...fight.  Not shorts...SHORT, One-Track!!  Time-
wise...keep your pants on, we're talking TIME here.  Look!  Lets just forget the
whole thing, okay?

Lan -- Knew they's a reason fer it.  S'only way't I'da survived. -- Door Number 3

Jack Wolfarachnid & Master Dark -- A minor suggestion is that you should allow a
downchallenge by the DM and/or the Chartered Recognition leader to count for points.
Otherwise, you are saying those warriors shouldn't challenge anyone. -- Crip, mgr. of
Avid Fans

Jack -- I guess it looks like the Mad Woman, but most are named after their brothers
the Madmen. -- Abraxis

All -- Welcome to all the new teams here for the Slaughterhouse.  Let the sands flow
red.  As my will, so mote it be. -- Abraxis

VooDoo -- Come on bud, time to place in the contest, make C.F.H. and myself proud. --

All -- Sprite's Rogues are back.  But they are now under new ownership.  I don't know
how long I will be here.  Let's play it by ear. -- OU812, mgr. Sprite's Rogues

To All -- As you can tell MOJO P@trol took some time off due to Luthian's untimely
death.  (Damn you, Sangan.)  We took his body back to his home and gave him a good
funeral.  He will be missed.  We picked up a new member named Tearsa, an Orc.  Right
now she really has taken a liking to Vor'ein.  Much to his delight.  Hopefully she is
as good as she says she is.  See you all in the arena.  That is all... -- VooDoo

To Sangan -- Now that we back, Sangan, you are in big trouble, my friend; all the
members of MOJO P@trol want your blood for what you did.  We drew straws to see who
will be coming after you, and well I'm sorry to say that it will be...oops, you will
just have to wait.  That is all.... -- Voodoo

Door Number 3 -- Nice challenge...I'm looking forward to a rematch...Lan. -- The

Bombshell -- An interesting fight.  Have the Doctors released you from their care
yet?  (grin)  See ya on the sands.... -- Dritz, The Imperials

A Talent Scout -- Nice fight!  Thought I had that one till you pulled your "special"
move at the end.  (smirk) -- Synjen, The Imperials

CannonBall Hammer -- An interesting matchup for a bloodfeud.  I love to say I
wouldn't have expected top be challenged by you in particular...But I guess it didn't
matter anyway...looking forward to the next bloodfeud with you next turn. -- Danon,
The Imperials

Jack Wolfspider -- I will try and find the stories I wrote a long time ago
introducing myself to this arena...can't recall what turns they were on at the
moment...and send you a copy of them.  I would be interested in reading some about
you as well. -- Mordigan, The Imperials

Can't Bring Me Down -- (sighing)  You're prophetically named. -- Sunflash

Concertina -- I guess I'm just not much of a music-lover, you know? -- Shard

The Statistician -- I hate statistics.  Seriously hate 'em.  They're awful liars,
every one. -- Snowfall

Atta-Here Anne -- You wretched overstuffed ORC! -- Ice Princess

Mything Link -- Hmm, I don't think it's supposed to go like that, is it? -- Walrus

19 August 2003
     Citizens of Ghea (only the ignorant fail to note Lirith Kai is not in Alastari),
no new day is rising, but the sun is setting on just another beautiful evening.
While you were sleeping, an irksome rabble has entered the always fair Aruak City.
Of course they fought alongside our warriors, most not so treasured, as all
gladiators do.  They drank with themselves, and slept with themselves.  Whether they
had masks, who cares.
     Warriors, don't be afraid.  For years Aruak has been one of the safest cities in
Ghea, and that custom has been continually cultivated, and will continue to be by
those who have called it home for years and those who live, fight, and die by the
same ethics.  There is no contest, nor has there ever needed to be one for many
years.  A conflict of personalities has arisen, and the city has been 'invaded' by
     Any rules that are annouced will be purely for the joy of the lemmings' own
little world.  Those who are being targeted have no interest in participating except
to defend the integrity of an arena that is different from others.  Whether you
choose to come to Aruak, do it for your own reasons, not theirs.
    Competing in Aruak City has never been for the faint of heart or the weak willed.
Combat is combat, wherever you go.  Blood will flow as always, and now many innocents
will be caught in the middle, but those who defend Aruak's traditions never target
those who bring respect of Aruaki customs with them to our home.
    So ignore the private ranting announcement brought by the stuporous
Frothingsloshers.  If you choose Aruak City, do not choose it for an unsanctioned and
bogus 'contest', choose it for the tradition.  Choose it because Aruak is different.

Defenders of Aruak

25 August 2003
To any that care -- The CDC is back; our current roster is:
     Malaquar -- Minion of Guardian
     Pip the Troll -- Burly Enforcer Type
     mouse -- Official Sneaky Bastard
     Papa Bear -- Elder Statesmen
                     The Sealer says, "Hi, I'm the dealer."
                     Papa Bear says, "It's not my f****n fault."
Guardian -- Paper Figurehead

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SHADOWCAT HAMMER was bested by DAMON in a 4 minute Bloodfeud fight.
MING was bested by SNOWFALL in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge duel.
ARROGANT WURM overcame GARGLE SPEW in a 2 minute Challenge match.
LEATHERBACK was outlasted by STORM SERPENT in a unpopular 21 minute Challenge duel.
DAGORA SAVON devastated SANGAN in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ALICE OSBORNE demolished SHARD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
BEAST HAMMER overpowered FIFI in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
LAN was devastated by THE JANITOR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
JANE FAUST viciously butchered ICE PRINCESS in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge melee.
WHAT'S IT'S was slaughtered by ANGEL HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SWINGANDAMYTH lost to SYNJEN in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
HIT & MYTH was defeated by COLOUR COMMENTATOR in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
MYTH OLOGY overpowered MALE DOMINANCE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BISHOP HAMMER demolished WHO'S IT'S in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
NEAR MYTH was outwaited by USURIOUS in a 7 minute novice's Challenge contest.
SUNFLASH was demolished by THE BEER VENDOR in a 1 minute bloody one-sided brawl.
IPECAC handily defeated NORA BATES in a popular 1 minute uneven Title fight.
BINGE N PURGE devastated IEILHALLA in a 1 minute uneven duel.
UTHER was beaten by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute brawl.
BEDWYR viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a popular 1 minute brutal brawl.
FRIFFLE SNUFFPOT was savagely defeated by THE SMELL OF IT in a exciting 2 minute bout.
BRYNN RUINGARD overpowered 32ND PTOLEMAIC in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
THE STATISTICIAN was bested by ZINDELLA AZRON in a 3 minute bout.
SHARLA MANSON overpowered CONVULSIVE HURL in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
HAPSBURG savagely defeated DRITZ in a 2 minute gruesome fray.
PLANTAGENET was viciously subdued by BRECHTUR in a popular 4 minute brutal contest.
ASTOR SUNBRIGHT was overpowered by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
VOR'EIV TAVERS narrowly defeated CONCERTINA in a 7 minute gruesome fight.
A TALENT SCOUT overpowered XAVIER MARTEK in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
CANNONBALL HAMMER viciously subdued WALRUS in a 1 minute gruesome bout.
ATTA-HERE ANNE was outwaited by CHUCKY MOHAWK II in a 8 minute beginner's bout.
DOOR NUMBER 3 was savagely defeated by GALAHAD in a 2 minute beginner's competition.
MYTHING LINK savagely defeated LANCELOT in a 2 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
TEARSA was defeated by BENEVOLENCE in a 1 minute novice's match.
ARTHUR overpowered DIMINUTIVE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  14         AIMED BLOW        15 -   3 -  0      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 11         LUNGING ATTACK    81 -  44 -  6      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         TOTAL PARRY       56 -  36 -  2      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         STRIKING ATTACK   62 -  70 -  5      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         PARRY-LUNGE       21 -  27 -  1      44  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  24 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     14 -  21 -  1      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  25 -  2      39  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  39 -  2      37  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK    27 -  53 -  2      34  |

Turn 208 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         2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  4         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK    11 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  4     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  4         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  3         1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        4 -  4     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  5         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   IPECAC 3625                12   6  0  110 EMETICS (406)
SLASHING ATTACK  THE BEER VENDOR 1975       15  11  1  106 AVID FANS (65)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SNOWFALL 3473              21  10  0   93 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
STRIKING ATTACK  BEDWYR 3835                10   4  0   86 PENDRAGON CYCLE (426)
PARRY-LUNGE      SUNFLASH 3474              20  11  0   80 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
AIMED BLOW       SHARLA MANSON 3936          6   0  0   64 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
TOTAL PARRY      FRIFFLE SNUFFPOT 3781       8   4  1   58 SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)
BASHING ATTACK   IEILHALLA 3841              7   3  0   55 SPRITE'S ROGUES (436)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SNOWFALL 3473.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BRECHTUR 3842.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE SMELL OF IT 3564, 

The least popular fighter this week was LEATHERBACK 3844.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were STORM SERPENT 2416, CHUCKY MOHAWK II 4001, VOR'EIV TAVERS 3916, 
WALRUS 3995, and XAVIER MARTEK 3895.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

IPECAC (45-3625) EMETICS (406)

                                FACE-TO-FACE XXXII

     Our next Winter Face-to-Face will be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Friday 
through Sunday, 16-18 January 2004, at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, Arizona (4400 S 
Rural Rd).  Room rates are $119.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which includes breakfast.  
The rooms are blocked.  The reservations number is 480-897-7444; tell them you're with 
the "Reality Simulations Face to Face Convention" block.  Our room block will be 
released in mid-December, so please make sure you reserve your room before then.
     There is a free shuttle to the airport, as well as free parking.  The hotel is 
located down the freeway in Tempe.  All rooms have high speed internet (for an extra 
charge).  There is a fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool, and of course a bar and 
restaurant inside the hotel.  And there's Denny's right across the street.  Look for 
transportation info in the tournament information sheet.
     The tournament information sheet/strategy sheet should be out sometime in late 
November/early December. 
     If you haven't been to a Face-to-Face before, you're overdue.  If you have, 
you'll be back.  Don't miss this one, it'll be a blast!  See you there! 

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI Staff

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CAN'T BRING ME DOWN 3559 (14-0-0)      5  3  0         THE SUNGOD XPERIENCE 
CHIP 3321 (13-5-0)                     3  3  0         RESCUE RANGERS       
MERLIN EMBRIES 3689 (12-4-0)           2  3  0  DEAD   PENDRAGON CYCLE      
BINGE N PURGE 3567 (11-6-0)            0  3  0         EMETICS              
CONVULSIVE HURL 3563 (5-11-0)          0  3  0         EMETICS              
IPECAC 3625 (10-5-0)                   0  3  0         EMETICS              
THE SMELL OF IT 3564 (5-12-1)          0  3  0         EMETICS              

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SCORPIUS 3752 (8-2-0)                  2  3  0         KNIGHT BREED         
THE BEER VENDOR 1975 (12-11-1)         2  3  0         AVID FANS            

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HOT LIPS 3743 (11-1-0)                 4  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
TIWAZ THORSSON 3956 (0-0-0)            4  3  0         ODIN'S CHOSEN        
GARGLE SPEW 3902 (2-3-0)               3  3  0         EMETICS              
BEDWYR 3835 (7-4-0)                    1  3  0         PENDRAGON CYCLE      

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
32ND PTOLEMAIC 3940 (3-0-0)            1  3  0         DYNASTIC             
ANGEL HAMMER 3962 (1-0-0)              1  3  0         MUTANT HAMMERZ       
BEAST HAMMER 3963 (0-1-0)              1  3  0         MUTANT HAMMERZ       
CANNONBALL HAMMER 3960 (1-0-0)         1  3  0         MUTANT HAMMERZ       
PSYLOCKE HAMMER 3964 (0-1-0)           1  3  0         MUTANT HAMMERZ       
SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961 (1-0-0)          0  3  0         MUTANT HAMMERZ       

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951 (0-0-0)        6  3  0         AVID FANS            
A TALENT SCOUT 3950 (0-0-0)            2  3  0         AVID FANS