DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/12/2005    Duedate: 11/08/2005

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-235

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HOT LIPS
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-3743) [32-7-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HOT LIPS                       ROSE GUARD
DARQUE FORCES (428)            AMOEBA (425)
(45-3743) [32-7-0,116]         (45-3684) [3-2-0,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FROSTBITE                      WALRUS
NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)          NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
(45-4014) [3-24-0,33]          (45-3995) [9-20-0,48]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARQUE FORCES (428)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)       42
2. AVID FANS (65)              36      SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
3. NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)       23      Unchartered Team
4. SUPERIOR FORCES (310)       15
5. AMOEBA (425)                 5      AMOEBA (425)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*EDIFICE (413)              1   0  0  100   1/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)       9  4 1
 2/ 2 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     77  55  0 58.3   2/ 4 AVID FANS (65)            8  7 0
 3/ 3 DARQUE FORCES (428)      185 147 10 55.7   3/ 6*AMOEBA (425)              7  2 0
 4/ 4 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)   126 117  6 51.9   4/ 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     7  8 0
 5/ 5 AVID FANS (65)           135 129 11 51.1   5/ 3 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     5  4 0
 6/ 6*AMOEBA (425)              12  12  1 50.0   6/ 5 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     5 10 0
 7/ 7 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    131 158  3 45.3   7/ 7 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)    3  8 0
 8/ 8 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     57  93  5 38.0   8- 8*EDIFICE (413)             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

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aljafir:

     Korranjal was reluctant to go out to face the storm and the monsters again, but
not so reluctant that he stayed behind.  At least he had armor on, and some training.
Many of the dock workers that were rushing out had neither.  He had lost track of
Shagrath in the upheaval of the crowd, but knew the assassin would be out there, too.
The dwarf was no coward.
     Green lightning burst against a shield of black force in the harbor as the
creature summoned by the Great Temple struck at the Black Ship again.
     "Fools!"
     It was a shriek of fury coming from someone behind him.  Korranjal stepped to
the side in case the infuriated shrieker charged forward with blind rage and a sword.
Then he looked back, though there was little chance of seeing much in this rainy
night.  Glowing red eyes.  Korranjal flinched.  That meant either a manager or a
cultist, and he didn't know which would be worse.
     "Cursed fools that don't see beyond their blind obeisance to Kjarran," the voice
muttered.
     The Guard recognized it now, it was Mejandr, a cultist who sometimes fought as a
standby in the arena.  "Kjarran is the greatest god, the most powerful--"
     "And you're a fool, too, if you believe that!"  The cultist gestured with a
blade that glowed red along its cutting edge.  "Kjarran is one god among many who are
his equals, and some who surpass his power by many degrees."  He was trotting forward
toward the monsters as he spoke.  "Yes, yes, I know this is not authorized belief!
Spare me your childish fears!  The priests know the truth."
     "If that is truth," Korranjal said, keeping pace with the cultist, "then why
don't they say so?  You don't expect me to believe the priests would LIE, do you?"
     "They would lie in a heartbeat," Mejandr said, hacking at some unidentified
obstacle in the darkness, "if that lie would increase their own power and authority!"
     "And they'll kill you for saying so," another voice snarled.  It was Terregolis,
the Dangerous Criminal from the arena.  The Commission called him a dwarf, because he
had a beard, but Korranjal suspected him of being Shewish.  Who ever heard of a dwarf
over six feet tall?
     "Only if they can catch me," Mejandr said.  He sounded breathless--he'd been
hacking steadily for the last minute or two--but smug.  "We of the Nameless Cult make
no extravagant claims for our god, but He protects us just the same."
     Korranjal expected Terregolis to make some sarcastic remark to that, it was
known that nothing was sacred to the Dangerous Criminal (that's what made him so
dangerous), but he got his own comment in first.  "Why do you call them fools, here
and now, Mejandr?"
     The crimson-edged sword gestured widely, then hacked into another monster.  "If
the priests had let well enough alone, we would have lost the ship in the harbor and
no more.  But the summoning of the Temple provided the precedent and opened the door
to the summoning of monsters from the Black Ship.  As they should have known!"
     Korranjal faltered in his progress as he grappled with that concept.  "Are you
saying...the Black Ship couldn't have brought or released its own monsters, if the
Temple hadn't brought in a monster first?"
     "Yep."  They had reached the water's edge by now, and the cobbles were slippery
with blood and ichor from the battle that was still taking place.  The cultist paused
to brace himself against a bollard.  "The first monster's always the hardest, but it
opens the road for others, even others from different, ah, planes or monstrous
realms."  The glowing red eyes turned toward him.  "This is basic stuff, Lej.  Anyone
who gets past his novitiate in the Temple should know it."
     Another, more violent explosion illuminated the night.  Korranjal looked around,
appalled.  The waterfront was piled with bodies and pieces of bodies, human and
monster, dead and not quite dead, like ghastly storm wrack.  There were more monsters
in the water, bobbing around uncertainly.  And the Black Ship, locked against the
dying courier vessel, with arcane fire playing around both of them.  And beyond them
the magic had ripped the clouds aside, displaying a sky full of stars, and two moons.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Stormcrowe:

     Dothalne the Beggar frowned up at the Guard.  "Do demons have livers?  That
seems so...ordinary.  Livers.  And what kind of steel?  One hears things on the
streets, too, and people usually say COLD steel.  What if it's a hot day?  And what
if--"
     Morgron thumped the beggar's head again.  "You want to take down a demon," he
said severely, "you got to have FAITH.  In your tools and your targets and yourself.
No what-ifs."
     "But I just want the facts!"
     "What good will that do?  People tell you stuff they say is a fact, and what
they mean is, THEY think it's PROBABLY true."  The guardsman shook his head.  "Forget
what 'they say', Doth.  Go with what YOU say.  What you know or what you guess.  Like
the old saying: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.  Well, it IS, you know!"
     After a moment, the beggar said, "I think that's heresy.  Or maybe lese majesty.
Something like that, anyway.  Where would we all be if people went around saying they
were just as good as anybody else?"
     "We'd be in a good place," Morgron said firmly.
     "I don't know, there are aspects to this you're missing.  For instance, if you
and I are as good as anyone else on this island, why, there's no reason but cowardice
or treason for us not to do what we can to stop the Black Ship.  Go to Vithicar and
dig them out, or fight demons right here on the bay, or whatever it takes.  That's
the whole IDEA behind having, well, nobles and stuff.  So THEY can do the dangerous
things."
     It was the Ambitious Guard's turn to be silent for a long moment.  Finally he
said, "I think you've got something wrong in there, Doth, but I can't put my finger
on it right now."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): ALEXANDER THE GREAT of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): KRAMER of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): PRONGHRON of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): KIT-KAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): AGE OF EMPIRES (The Historian, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): GILIA HARN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in STORMCROWE this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  AMOEBA stable has parlayed this turn's 3-2-0 
into a 3 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 3rd place.  Good work, 
guys!  And let's see, FROSTFLARE fought PYROTECHNICS and gained 29 points and 
contributed to NORTHERN LIGHTS' 2-3-0.  PYROTECHNICS has lost to FROSTFLARE, falling 
16 points, while helping make SUPERIOR FORCES a 2-1-0 turn.  This turn ALICE OSBORNE 
Dark Arena Challenged SPYMASTER in what was STORMCROWE's Title bout.  The crowds were 
amazed this turn, as SPYMASTER killed the Duelmaster, ALICE OSBORNE, leaving 
MORDRED'S MADMEN in mourning.  This incredible death has allowed, I might add, HOT 
LIPS from DARQUE FORCES to ascend to the throne of Duelmaster, and I hear DARK ARENA 
is not happy.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their 
losing fighters do dishes at The Shadow's Fountain until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  MORDRED'S MADMEN has cause to stand tall, as they were 
STORMCROWE's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And 
guess who avoided MORDRED'S MADMEN stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was 
AMOEBA.  Anyone surprised?  Well, sports fans, take notice that MOTHER from DARQUE 
FORCES was STORMCROWE's most challenged warrior this turn.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Congratulations go out to AVID FANS, with A TALENT SCOUT revenging a 
bloodfeud against MOTHER of DARQUE FORCES.  We'd like to remind certain teams not to 
rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in STORMCROWE, but never good to wear out my welcome.  
Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in STORMCROWE again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOT LIPS 3743                32   7  0   116       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951       9   6  1   104       AVID FANS (65)
 DEATH FOG 4017               19   7  0   100       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
-JANE THE RIPPER 4096         12   5  0    94       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 THE STATISTICIAN 2309        16  19  0    91       AVID FANS (65)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A TALENT SCOUT 3950          10   6  0    90       AVID FANS (65)
 ZOEY 4126                     9   5  1    89       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
 FROSTFLARE 4112               9   7  0    89       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 SHARD 3507                   19  29  1    87       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 PYROTECHNICS 4018            21   5  0    68       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 THE JANITOR 2545             10  10  0    67       AVID FANS (65)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ICELINIA 4092                11   8  1    64       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148             10   1  0    56       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 AUNTY MACASSAR 4137           5   7  0    53       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
-FRANCINE KRUGER 4015          9  16  0    49       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 WALRUS 3995                   9  20  0    48       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 LULU 4135                     7   5  0    47       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 ASU 4105                      7   2  0    42       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FROSTBITE 4014                3  24  0    33       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 BERTHA 4168                   6   3  1    32       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
 ROSE GUARD 3684               3   2  0    27       AMOEBA (425)
-AMY YATES 4145                7   4  1    26       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 SANTA 3680                    3   2  1    24       AMOEBA (425)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRANK SINATRA 3683            4   1  0    22       AMOEBA (425)
 AN ARENA DOCTOR 4175          1   1  0    20       AVID FANS (65)
-JEANIE VORHES 4169            2   5  0    11       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
-EMPEROR 3602                  1   0  0    10       EDIFICE (413)
 VANILLA 3681                  1   4  0     7       AMOEBA (425)
 EMILY STRANGE 4177            0   1  0     1       DARQUE FORCES (428)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BLASTER 4176           0  2 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   DARK CHAMPION 24      235 NONE    
FISHMONER 4178         0  1 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   SPYMASTER 22          235 NONE    
DISNEY 3682            1  3 0 AMOEBA 425            BANDIT PRINCE 25      235 NONE    
THE BEER VENDOR 1975  18 19 1 AVID FANS 65          MOTHER 3741           233 JUST REV
ALICE OSBORNE 3970    14 16 1 MORDRED'S MADMEN 409  SPYMASTER 22          235 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Beer Vendor -- They usually are, but things get topsy-turvy when you throw
alcohol into the mix. -- Mother

Death Fog -- I meant to comment last month, but I forgot.  Anyway, I haven't been
avoiding you much.  MD looked it up, he's only given us orders four times this year
and it looks like Mordred's Madmen were challenging me pretty consistently.  If you
can teach me Riposte or Defense skills to meet graduation requirements, I'll gladly
fight you. -- Hot Lips

Hmmm, okra (deep fried and seasoned). -- MD

     I don't know about that.  Anything that has to be deep fried to be edible might
     as well NOT be edible.  But that's just me. -- Ed., not a fan of deep-fried
     anything

Frostbite -- A good give n' take contest.  One of those "check" fights, like in I
gotta check that strat n' those weapons. -- Bertha

Walrus -- Nice mustache. -- Zoey

Icelina -- A worthy battle from two who were worthy.  C'eptin the wrong party won.
But I'll take the experience.  (And man can you dish it out!) -- Aunty Macassar

The Statistician -- That seems an odd avocation for an orc.  Are you any good at it?
-- Shard

Francine Kruger -- You're enough to turn a guy off women.  Secret hint:  The rolling
eyes and foaming at the mouth don't attract guys.  And the blood dripping down your
chin?  Don't do it.  We're not STUPID, you know. -- Frostflare

Zoey -- You sure know how to show an old man a hard time, girl. -- Walrus

Bertha -- Well, that'll keep your neck warm, maybe, but I'll get you on the fingers
and toes! -- Frostbite

Aunty Macassar -- (disdainful look)  But *I* don't use greasy kid stuff, so you have
no way to get ME. -- Icelinia

A Talent Scout -- Well, yes, actually I do.  How did you know? -- Icelinia

The Janitor -- (wounded look)  I had to do SOMETHING. -- Walrus

Ed. -- (nodding)  Okay, I grant you okra.  I try not to think about it, you know, and
it slipped my mind. -- Walrus
P.S.  Of course, there's rutabagas.
P.P.S.  And kale.  Awful stuff, kale.  Too much sulfur.

     If only kale weren't so darned healthy.  It's got that whole dark green veggie
     thing going in spades.  Bleah. -- Ed.

Lady, er, Lord Protector Alice Osborne -- It says here that you ARE a male, which I
find disturbing in conjunction with your female name and mode of dress.  It isn't
that I'm biased--  Well, yes, maybe it IS that I'm biased.  Sue me.  Which is, of
course, beside the point.  It says here that the Gladiatorial Commission offers you
"lands."  Fine.  Let them give you lands.  There is no land here on the island
belonging to the Gladiatorial Commission; even the arena is rented.  Take it up with
the Grey Witch when you get to the Isle. -- Arenamaster Nhor

Lady Protector Mother -- Gladiating, and killing for that matter, hardly seems an
appropriate career for a mother.  Why do you do it?  Is it because of the darqueness
in your soul?  Well, that is merely personal curiosity and neither here nor there.
Until you answer, and then we're somewhere, but it isn't why I'm here today.  I'm
here today because it's my job to be here, of course.  You didn't think I came out in
this cold rain for FUN, did you?  In the immortal words of Debby Tonte, As if!  No,
I'm here to tell you that there are no lands on the island of Stormcrowe which have
your name on them.  Unless, of course, you want to BUY something.  There are probably
people who would sell, if you offered enough. -- Arenamaster Nhor
P.S.  Can you cook?  You might lure some old widower into marriage and then inherit
his lands.

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

12 October 2005
Magic Man -- You are a fellow Canadian, are you not?  Where do you hail from?  I live
in Kelowna, B.C. -- Maximillian, 8,13, 28, 47, 54

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ALICE OSBORNE was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BLASTER was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
DISNEY was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
FISHMONER was assassinated by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
A TALENT SCOUT viciously subdued MOTHER in a 2 minute veteran's Bloodfeud contest.
COLOUR COMMENTATOR was unbelievably bested by HOT LIPS in a 5 minute Challenge brawl.
THE STATISTICIAN was beaten by DEATH FOG in a popular 1 minute master's brawl.
SHARD was handily defeated by ZOEY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
PYROTECHNICS was viciously subdued by FROSTFLARE in a popular 4 minute gruesome duel.
ICELINIA won victory over LULU in a 2 minute fight.
THE JANITOR overpowered BERTHA in a 1 minute uneven match.
AUNTY MACASSAR overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RAGGEDY ANN luckily beat WALRUS in a crowd pleasing 7 minute bloody competition.
FROSTBITE was subdued by ASU in a 1 minute match.
FRANK SINATRA unbelievably bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute amateur's bout.
VANILLA was overpowered by AN ARENA DOCTOR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SANTA devastated EMILY STRANGE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
ROSE GUARD overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  15 -  0      68  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  13 -  2      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  11 -  0      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  28 -  1      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        14 -  23 -  0      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  26 -  0      37  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   7 -  0      22  |

Turn 235 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      HOT LIPS 3743              32   7  0  116 DARQUE FORCES (428)
LUNGING ATTACK   COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951     9   6  1  104 AVID FANS (65)
AIMED BLOW       DEATH FOG 4017             19   7  0  100 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZOEY 4126                   9   5  1   89 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FROSTFLARE 4112             9   7  0   89 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
WALL OF STEEL    ICELINIA 4092              11   8  1   64 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FROSTBITE 4014.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was WALRUS 3995.  The ten other most popular fighters were COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951, 
FROSTFLARE 4112, A TALENT SCOUT 3950, DEATH FOG 4017, HOT LIPS 3743, ZOEY 4126, 
ICELINIA 4092, ASU 4105, AN ARENA DOCTOR 4175, and BLASTER 4176.

The least popular fighter this week was EMILY STRANGE 4177.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were VANILLA 3681, FRANK SINATRA 3683, FROSTBITE 4014, BERTHA 4168, 
PYROTECHNICS 4018, SHARD 3507, THE STATISTICIAN 2309, FISHMONER 4178, DISNEY 3682, 
and ROSE GUARD 3684.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

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