DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/14/2005    Duedate: 10/11/2005

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-234

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ALICE OSBORNE
MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
(45-3970) [14-15-1,125]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ALICE OSBORNE                  ROSE GUARD
MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)         AMOEBA (425)
(45-3970) [14-15-1,125]        (45-3684) [2-2-0,21]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ALICE OSBORNE                  ALICE OSBORNE
MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)         MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
(45-3970) [14-15-1,125]        (45-3970) [14-15-1,125]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARQUE FORCES (428)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. AMOEBA (425)                40
2. AVID FANS (65)              40      SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
3. MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)      15      Unchartered Team
4. EDIFICE (413)               10
5. THE LORDS OF WAR (477)       0      EDIFICE (413)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*EDIFICE (413)              1   0  0  100   1/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)      11  2 1
 2/ 1 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     75  54  0 58.1   2/ 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     8  7 0
 3/ 2 DARQUE FORCES (428)      183 144 10 56.0   3/ 3 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     5  4 0
 4/ 3 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)   126 116  6 52.1   4/ 6 AVID FANS (65)            5  5 0
 5/ 4 AVID FANS (65)           132 127 11 51.0   5/ 5 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     5 10 0
 6/ 0*AMOEBA (425)               9  10  1 47.4   6/ 0*AMOEBA (425)              4  0 0
 7/ 5 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    129 155  3 45.4   7/ 4 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)    3 12 0
 8/ 6 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     55  90  5 37.9   8/ 0*EDIFICE (413)             1  0 0
 9- 7 THE LORDS OF WAR (477)    11  22  1 33.3   9- 7 THE LORDS OF WAR (477)    0  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 Black Ship #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the coast near Willaf:

     "It was a dark and stormy night," Lady Protector Goldenrod protested.  "You
couldn't have seen anything, not really."
     "I saw enough," her teammate Old Gold replied darkly.  "When the shouts rang
out, the ship couldn't have been more than thirty yards away.  Then the woman
screamed, the clouds rolled away from the moon, and I saw!"
     "Yes, but WHAT?  You keep going on with the forebodings and don't give me any
DATA."
     Old Gold coughed heavily, then whispered, "It was the Black Ship."
     Goldenrod sighed sharply.  "A woman screamed on the Black Ship?  If there is
such a ship."
     M. Kawaldar Tisinju Chardinee, who had remained silent until now, said, "There
was some ordinary ship, a packet, I should think, out in the bay.  The woman was on
that ship, no doubt.  And she screamed when the Black Ship accosted it."  He was
silent for a moment, reviewing schedules.  "Probably the packet Taross of Var, out of
Zuwayza, that should have docked earlier this morning."
     "And there is definitely a Black Ship," Old Gold added.  "I saw it, and if I
can't trust my own eyes, whose can I trust?"
     "Yes, okay, I'll concede you a black ship for the moment.  What did it DO?"
     "It accosted--"
     "HOW?" Goldenrod screamed.  Having gotten her teammate's full attention, she
added more quietly, "Did it use a catapult, or--"
     "Rammed and boarded, from what I could see," Chardinee said.  "The moonlight
didn't last, and the rain started up again, but there WERE all those lightning bolts,
even though they were purple--"
     "Okay."  Goldenrod felt as though she'd been fighting a total parry for an hour,
but she was beginning to get a picture.  "There was a ship from Zuwayza--probably
from Zuwayza.  It was rammed and boarded by the Black Ship, and, I presume, the crew
of the Black Ship, since the ship ITSELF couldn't board--"
     The fourth member of their group, Lady Protector Peach Nutt, snorted at that.
     Goldenrod waved her to silence.  "--Rammed and boarded.  And then what?  Was the
packet ship sunk?  Burned, looted and turned adrift?"
     "Burned with magical fire in the heart of the storm," Chardinee said.  "Magic
lightning struck it.  I suppose it was looted first, but..." he shrugged, "we
couldn't really tell from the shore."
     Goldenrod nodded.  "Okay.  So, what do you want us to DO about it?  Wring our
hands and bemoan the event?  Salvage bits of wood on the beach?  Run up and down
tearing our hair and shrieking--"
     "Ah...that."  Chardinee smiled slowly.  "We saw where the Black Ship landed
itself," he said.  "Farther west under the cliff somewhere, and I think I could find
the spot.  And I think we should--"
     "We should go look!" Old Gold said.  "People keep talking about the Age of
Adventure being done, but it ISN'T!  We should go look for the Black Ship's anchorage
and maybe rescue the woman who screamed but at least capture all the pirates."

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aljafir:

     The trumpets blared again.  The tone was deeper than it had been the first time,
and stronger.
     Shagrath hunched deeper into his hooded cloak.  "Some poor sod has died for
that," the dwarf growled.  "What a waste!"
     "People of the True Blood go gladly to Kjarran at need," Korranjal answered.  He
pointed to the pillar of dark cloud and greenish lightning that was building over the
Temple of Kjarran.  "And you see, it's working!"  The figure that materialized had a
human torso and a head that was almost that of a bull, the lower part of its body
remained cloud.  "One of His Minions--I never thought I would be privileged to see
one!"
     Shagrath hunched deeper into his hooded cloak.  "You call that a privilege?" the
assassin growled.  "That thing's as likely to eat us as it is to attack the Black
Ship."  He had his sword in his hand and was inching along the wall away from the
sheltering doorway.
     "Where are you going?"  Korranjal tried to grab Shagrath's cloak, but the dwarf
slid farther away.  "We may be needed to help here!"
     "If the Vulture is sending His Minions, it's none of my affair," the assassin
said flatly.  "I don't mix with Minions.  And I don't care if the Black Ship does get
that courier, come down to it.  There's no one out there that's MY friend."
     "But..."  Korranjal groped for a response.  "Simple human feeling--"
     "I'm a dwarf," Shagrath reminded him.  "According to you Karnhorns, that means
I'm NOT human.  So why should I care about anyone who is?"  He snorted.  "Let the
Black Ship start attacking dwarven convoys, and I'll be just as concerned as you
could hope for."
     "But--"
     "Besides, I can't swim.  How could I be any help in a sea battle?"
     The Minion had naturally ignored the presence of the two Standby Gladiators on
the waterfront and sailed out over the harbor, as stately as any ship.  As it neared
the place where the two vessels were struggling, a sword, or something that looked
like one, materialized in its hand and was raised high.  Green light flowed along the
blade and dripped off it like water.  Purple-black lightning from the attacking ship
leaped to meet it.  The twisting column of light and darkness that marked the battle
between the two ships ruptured in an explosion that rocked the night.
     Korranjal reeled away until his back thumped the locked door behind him.  For
several minutes, he was effectively deaf and blind.  A vice gripped his arm, dragging
him sideways.  He stumbled and tried to hold back, but the grip was unbreakable and
the strength behind it great enough to move even his solid six-foot-four.  He became
aware of a voice bellowing from a great distance and shook his head.
     "We have to get away from here!" the voice commanded.  "The damned ship is
spilling demons all over the place!"

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Willaf:

     Lady Protector Goldenrod didn't like rowboats.  Oh, no doubt they were fine in
their place, no doubt they had their uses, but she didn't like being out in the
strait in one.  She said as much.
     "This isn't a ROW boat," Old Gold answered, panting.  Rowing called for a lot
more stamina than a fast arena fight did, and it used different muscles, too.  He had
the sinking feeling, no, cancel that, don't want to think about sinking right now, he
had the unpleasant feeling that he was going to regret this activity tomorrow.  "It's
a, what'd'ye'callit, a fishing punch?"
     "Smack?" Chardinee asked.  For a merchant, he was doing a lot better with HIS
oar.  It seemed unfair.  "Or maybe it's a dory," he added.  "I'm not familiar with
the technical terms.  But it's all the boat the two of us can handle, so...."  He
shrugged.
     "It's a boat, and you're rowing it," Goldenrod stated.  "So it's a rowboat.  And
why you think the Black Ship would bother to accost a ratty little rowboat like
this--"
     "When you scream, the pirates will know there's a woman on board," Old Gold
said, grunting with exertion.  "Pirates always want to capture women."
     "And women always prefer NOT to be captured!  If you had paid more attention to
landmarks--"
     "Let's not go into that again," Chardinee said quickly.  "The lightning was
deceptive.  What appeared to be reliable landmarks in the storm were not when we went
to check on the ground.  But we still know the general area, and Lady Peach and the
others are watching there to make CLEAR identification of the spot when the Black
Ship emerges to capture us, and they will be there when we are taken back to their
base."  The standby paused and licked his lips.  "Has it occurred to you, Old Gold,
that while the Black Ship may want to capture Lady Goldenrod, they may have no
interest in the two of us?"
     The new-made Lord Protector shrugged, but he looked uneasy.  "It's a gamble," he
muttered.  "It's the scrambled eggs thing.  You know, first you break the eggs."
     Goldenrod smiled, managing to look nasty at the same time.  "And all the king's
horses and all the king's men--"
     "Don't SAY that," Old Gold snapped.  He glanced at the dark water around them,
hoping that there were no sharks in this area.  Then at the sky, stars and a crescent
moon...and a mass of clouds boiling up out of north and spreading southward.  There
had been no clouds when they'd set out.
     "It's going to be a dark and stormy night," Goldenrod said.  She shivered.

     Lady Protector Peach Nutt leaned against a tree, which concealed her silhouette
from anyone who might be looking.  "It's clouding over," she said.  "It's going to be
hard to see what happens out there."
     "We figured on clouds," Lord Protector Fool's Gold told her.  He was sitting
nearby, giving a good impression of a boulder.  He had experience with adventures.
That he wasn't alarmed was reassuring.
     Peach's teammate, Lady Protector Moonjumper muttered something.  It sounded like
"exciting times."
     Fool's Gold laughed.  "Is there any other kind?"  A bolt of purple lightning
streaked across the sky from the headland above them to the clouds.  "Showtime!"

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aljafir:

     "Move, dammit!"  The vice gripping Korranjal's arm shook it once more and let
go.  "I'm not dragging you further.  I need both hands to fight with."
     Lej Korranjal blinked again and managed to clear his sight, more or less.  There
were still strangely colored spots of light drifting across his vision, but he could
make out the shape of Shagrath the Assassin moving away from him.  The dwarf was
twirling an axe in either hand, advancing on a less distinct shape that climbing over
the lip of the harbor into the street.  Korranjal fumbled his own blade out of its
scabbard.  He saw that another of the creatures was climbing out of the water a
little farther down and moved to cut off its efforts to get behind Shagrath.
     He didn't get a clear look at the creature, barely had time to block an arm that
ended in a scythe-like claw with his sword.  The arm had scales as well as claws, he
discovered as his blade slid along it with a nails-on-a-slate screech.
     "Back to back!" Shagrath shouted, whirling away from the wreckage of a monster
to put his own back against Korranjal's.  "We've got to work our way to the Water
Temple, there are too many for us here!"
     The gusty rain was coming down more heavily now, veiling the horde of creatures
crawling onto the waterfront, but this was familiar ground to Korranjal.  He could
find the Water Temple in pitch darkness, and a good thing that was.  No more than a
hundred yards, but they had to fight for every foot.  Whether they fought a few
monsters to the death or had passing encounters with a score he couldn't tell.
     The Water Temple was dedicated to one of Kjarran's lesser aspects--some people
said to a whole different deity--called Ksuuljin, a patron of ships and sailors.  The
small arcade was crowded with sailors, dock workers, and waterfront loungers who had
taken refuge first from the rain and then from the creatures loosed by the Black
Ship.  There were a lot of drawn blades around, and several people were shouting, but
Korranjal's height and strength opened a path for him and the assassin.
     "What's out there?" someone shrieked in his ear.
     Korranjal looked down.  The top of the priest's head only came to his shoulder,
and he could only be heard over the crowd and the storm when he screamed, but the man
still radiated dignity and authority.  "Some kind of monsters," Korranjal said.  "I
never got a clear look at one.  Seems like they came out of the Black Ship."
     "I didn't see 'em clear, either," Shagrath growled, "but I can tell you they're
mortal."
     "Good to know," the priest said.  "When the sacrifice bell rang at the main
temple, I feared the worst, for in this time spilled blood opens gates that might
otherwise remain closed.  Hoist me up!"  When Korranjal gaped, he added, "I need to
be above the crowd a little if I'm to speak to them and be heard.  Hoist me up!"
     Korranjal dropped to one knee and braced his other hand on the tiled floor.
"Climb onto my shoulders."
     The priest scrambled upward with an ease that suggested an earlier career as a
sailor.  When he was high enough, he clapped his hands sharply.  The sound was picked
up by the temple's acoustics and became a drumbeat.  "Friends!" he shouted, "those
are not demons, they are monsters of the flesh, and they can be killed.  Let us clear
our harbor of the scum!  Forward!"
     The crowd, boiling with fear and anger, swirled, roared, and poured back out
into the night.
     "A lot of them will die," Shagrath said as Korranjal lowered the priest.
     "All men die," the priest answered.  "Their bodies, at least.  These will die
fighting, which is the proper way for a man to go down, and their souls will soar
free.  There are worse fates."

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #6 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Stormcrowe:

     "How should I know what it is?" Dothalne the Beggar said.  "Do I look like some
kind of sage?"
     Guardsman Morgron, whose ambitions did not include being sassed by beggars,
however persistent, thumped his companion on top of the head and continued to stare
out at the bay and the peculiar storm.
     Dothalne rubbed his head and tried to glare at the orc, but he was more than a
foot shorter, and ended up merely glaring at the guardsman's breastplate.  Battered
by use but basically well-kept, he noted, and with a couple of badges that could be
detached easily enough and sold...IF he had happened to be a thief instead of a
beggar.  "Guardsman brutality," he said absently.  "Don't do that again, or I'll sue.
Probably some kind of magic," he added, referring to the turmoil out over the water.
"Nasty stuff, magic."
     "Tell me something I don't know, Doth!"  Morgron held a hand the size of a
shovel to his brow and peered under it.  "Some ship's in trouble out there, far's I
can see."
     "No ship from here is out tonight," Dothalne said promptly.  "I'd know."
     "A Karnhorn, then, and who cares about them?"  But he continued to stare
outward, and his voice lacked conviction.  "If it's pirates, the vulture-lovers can
fend for themselves, but what if it's demons?"
     "What?"  The beggar straightened sharply.  "Demons?  Why should it be demons?"
     "Because it might be the Black Ship," Morgron said, "and I heard the king saying
that the Black Ship carries demons."
     "But who--?"
     "That black-hearted kaliv at Kurukar."  He glanced down at his companion.  "A
person hears things, working at the castle.  The kaliv's been sending out black
ships, and he already controls the canal to the Trier.  The king figures he wants to
control this whole bay, besides, and then expand into the Storm Sea.  That means
trouble for us, even if he DOES attack the other Karnhorns first."
     "But why haven't the magicians at Vithicar done something about it?"
     The guard snorted.  "You think Vithicar's still there?  When was the last time
you heard anything about Vithicar?  I figure the Black Kaliv dropped more snow and
ice on it, and now it's buried forever."
     "But--"
     "So if we want to fight the black ships, we have to do it ourselves."
     "But we're not magicians!  To go fighting demons, well, that needs a mage--"
     "I never heard of a demon that didn't back off when you put a couple feet of
steel through its liver."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in STORMCROWE since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  What's with FROSTFLARE?  
He actually beat MORDRED'S MADMEN's FRANCINE KRUGER, and walked away with 16 more 
points from the fight.  Major screwup at MORDRED'S MADMEN.  FRANCINE KRUGER lost 14 
points to FROSTFLARE.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe FRANCINE KRUGER will 
provide more easy wins...  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for MORDRED'S MADMEN's 
outstanding member, Duelmaster ALICE OSBORNE.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors 
and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, MORDRED'S MADMEN!  The bums at AVID FANS couldn't face the challenges from 
MORDRED'S MADMEN!  No excuse for that!  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, SHARD!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt you.  
Keep challenging up 39 points, COLOUR COMMENTATOR, and I won't have to write about 
you much longer.  DEATH FOG always accepts those kind of challenges...  DEATH FOG 
must not been fighting well, cause it lost to COLOUR COMMENTATOR of AVID FANS.  
Sometimes you just have a bad day where things get, um, mixed up.  Maybe AVID FANS' 
THE STATISTICIAN is one of those guys who likes pain, or something.  That's what 
he'll get next week, after challenging up 48 to SHARD.  THE STATISTICIAN did pretty 
good last week in beating SHARD to get 19 points.  Why did SHARD lose, you ask?  
Simple:  he wasn't good enough.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Sending a warrior to the Dark Arena reminds the others they'd 
better shape up.  Tough beans, GREZELDA.  That's what a 4-7-0 gets you.  Many a 
warrior has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
Are you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm 
writing it before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good 
skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALICE OSBORNE 3970           14  15  1   125       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOTHER 3741                  22  16  2   114       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 HOT LIPS 3743                31   7  0   108       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 THE STATISTICIAN 2309        16  18  0   104       AVID FANS (65)
 COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951       9   5  1   103       AVID FANS (65)
 JANE THE RIPPER 4096         12   5  0    94       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATH FOG 4017               18   7  0    87       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 SHARD 3507                   19  28  1    86       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 PYROTECHNICS 4018            21   4  0    84       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 ZOEY 4126                     8   5  1    70       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A TALENT SCOUT 3950           9   6  0    66       AVID FANS (65)
 THE JANITOR 2545              9  10  0    62       AVID FANS (65)
 FROSTFLARE 4112               8   7  0    60       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 ICELINIA 4092                10   8  1    58       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148              9   1  0    53       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 FRANCINE KRUGER 4015          9  16  0    49       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 LULU 4135                     7   4  0    49       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 FROSTBITE 4014                3  23  0    48       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 WALRUS 3995                   9  19  0    46       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 AUNTY MACASSAR 4137           4   7  0    45       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
-SHADOW STALKER 4155           7   5  0    39       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
 BERTHA 4168                   6   2  1    35       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMY YATES 4145                7   4  1    26       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 ASU 4105                      6   2  0    24       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROSE GUARD 3684               2   2  0    21       AMOEBA (425)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRANK SINATRA 3683            3   1  0    20       AMOEBA (425)
 SANTA 3680                    2   2  1    19       AMOEBA (425)
 VANILLA 3681                  1   3  0    17       AMOEBA (425)
-DISNEY 3682                   1   2  0    14       AMOEBA (425)
-TERLIMON 4170                 1   0  0    13       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
 JEANIE VORHES 4169            2   5  0    11       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 EMPEROR 3602                  1   0  0    10       EDIFICE (413)
-JARA 4160                     2   2  0     9       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
-SMOKE 4154                    1   1  1     5       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
-CARA 4159                     0   2  0     2       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
 BLASTER 4176                  0   1  0     1       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
 AN ARENA DOCTOR 4175          0   1  0     1       AVID FANS (65)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GREZELDA 4131          4  8 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   WURM KIN 27           234 NONE    
THE BEER VENDOR 1975  18 19 1 AVID FANS 65          MOTHER 3741           233         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mother -- Killed by a shot to the groin.  I thought family zones were non-violent. --
The Beer Vendor

Francine Krueger -- Are you sure you have your style right?  Someone seemed quite
sluggish. -- Colour Commentator

Icelina -- Sounds like you live on a slippery slope. -- A Talent Scout

Death Fog -- What?  More than one skill in a fight?  How did you do that?  I must
research the numbers behind that. -- The Statistician

Walrus -- How dare you tusk me in the arm.  I am an expert in holding things, don't
you know. -- The Janitor

ASU -- S'what you get for bob bob bobbling along.  HAR HAR HAR. -- Bertha

Frostflare -- You've given me a bad rep and I'm reppin outta here. -- Grezzzelda

Jane the Ripper -- An egg I laid, an omelet even. -- Zoey

     If you lay an omelet, what happens to the shells?  Or don't I want to know. --
     Ed.

Amy Yates -- I'm starting a strong old legend here, taking folks into those second
minutes. -- Aunty Macassar

A Talent Scout -- Oh, but you haven't seen my from my GOOD side yet! -- Icelinia

Pyrotechnics -- What's so superior about that?  It's just flash and dazzle.  You
know, the old "sound and fury" stuff. -- Shard

The Janitor -- An avid fan, eh?  I bet you've found it very different from this side.
-- Walrus
P.S.  The gods know I have.

Raggedy Ann -- Have you tried hem-tape, or fray-check, or any of those products now
so plentiful to PREVENT a raggedy appearance?  It might pay. -- Frostbite

Grezelda -- Ah, now that was WELL done.  I like a woman who knows how to lose right
from the beginning. -- Frostflare

Ed. -- Yep.  The only worse thing that comes to mind offhand is eggplant. -- Walrus

     How about okra? -- Ed.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GREZELDA was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
A TALENT SCOUT was viciously subdued by MOTHER in a 1 minute veteran's Bloodfeud duel.
COLOUR COMMENTATOR defeated DEATH FOG in a 1 minute master's Challenge duel.
THE STATISTICIAN overpowered SHARD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
THE JANITOR was vanquished by PYROTECHNICS in a 8 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
HOT LIPS was viciously subdued by ALICE OSBORNE in a 7 minute Title competition.
JANE THE RIPPER vanquished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
FRANCINE KRUGER was narrowly defeated by FROSTFLARE in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
ZOEY overpowered WALRUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BERTHA was viciously subdued by FROSTBITE in a popular 5 minute brutal bout.
LULU savagely defeated AMY YATES in a 1 minute bloody competition.
ICELINIA viciously subdued AUNTY MACASSAR in a 2 minute brutal battle.
RAGGEDY ANN unbelievably bested DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 2 minute bloody bout.
JEANIE VORHES was viciously subdued by ASU in a 2 minute gruesome fight.
ROSE GUARD overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
FRANK SINATRA unbelievably bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 6 minute amateur's bout.
VANILLA overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute one-sided bout.
SANTA overpowered AN ARENA DOCTOR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
EMPEROR overpowered BLASTER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       33 -  15 -  0      69  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  25 -  2      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  11 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  16 -  2      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        15 -  21 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  28 -  1      35  |

Turn 234 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MOTHER 3741                22  16  2  114 DARQUE FORCES (428)
TOTAL PARRY      HOT LIPS 3743              31   7  0  108 DARQUE FORCES (428)
SLASHING ATTACK  JANE THE RIPPER 4096       12   5  0   94 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
AIMED BLOW       DEATH FOG 4017             18   7  0   87 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZOEY 4126                   8   5  1   70 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FROSTFLARE 4112             8   7  0   60 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
WALL OF STEEL    ICELINIA 4092              10   8  1   58 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     BERTHA 4168                 6   2  1   35 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ALICE OSBORNE 3970.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ALICE OSBORNE 3970.  The ten other most popular fighters were FROSTBITE 
4014, BERTHA 4168, MOTHER 3741, COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951, HOT LIPS 3743, FRANCINE 
KRUGER 4015, FROSTFLARE 4112, ICELINIA 4092, ASU 4105, and THE STATISTICIAN 2309.

The least popular fighter this week was PYROTECHNICS 4018.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FRANK SINATRA 3683, BLASTER 4176, AN ARENA DOCTOR 4175, VANILLA 
3681, JEANIE VORHES 4169, AUNTY MACASSAR 4137, AMY YATES 4145, WALRUS 3995, GREZELDA 
4131, and SHARD 3507.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ALICE OSBORNE (45-3970) MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
MOTHER (45-3741) DARQUE FORCES (428)