Date   : 10/10/2007    Duedate: 11/06/2007


DM-45    TURN-261

This Weeks Top Honors


(45-4148) [27-9-0,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE BRIDE                      PANTHER
DARQUE FORCES (428)            THE LION'S DEN (479)
(45-4180) [17-8-1,147]         (45-4196) [3-4-1,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(45-3962) [13-8-2,90]          (45-3963) [12-9-0,103]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)        39
2. ARCTIC WASTES (486)         25      DARQUE FORCES (428)
3. SUDDEN FURY (487)           21      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE FORCES (428)         16
5. THE LION'S DEN (479)        13      THE LION'S DEN (479)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)     2   1  0 66.7   1/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)      11  4 1
 2/ 3 DARQUE FORCES (428)      262 192 14 57.7   2/ 3 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       6  9 3
 3/ 5 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      60  45  2 57.1   3/ 5 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      6  9 0
 4- 4*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)      4   3  0 57.1   4/ 7*THE LION'S DEN (479)      5  4 1
 5/ 6 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       29  24  5 54.7   5- 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     5  5 0
 6- 7*PSYCHO WARD (166)          1   1  0 50.0   6- 6*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)     4  3 0
 7/ 8*THE LION'S DEN (479)      14  16  2 46.7   7/ 9*SUDDEN FURY (487)         4  6 0
 8- 9 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       19  24  0 44.2   8- 8*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)    2  1 0
 9-10 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    181 230  4 44.0   9-10*PSYCHO WARD (166)         1  0 0
10/11*SUDDEN FURY (487)          8  23  1 25.8  10/11*EASTERN HORDE (489)       0  7 0
11/12*EASTERN HORDE (489)        0   7  0  0.0  11-12 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       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

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     The last fading light of the sunset released its grip on the island of its
namesake and darkness crept upon it, prompting candle and lamplight to appear,
glowing, from the many buildings in town.
     From the Broken Bone tavern came more than just that.  The music of a lute and
the voice of it's owner struggling to be heard over the din of mugs and plates,
raucous laughter and shouting, and the occasional ring of steel all drifted out to
the man known to most only as Nomad as he approached the establishment.  Just before
reaching the scarred double doors, he deftly stepped out of the way as they suddenly
burst open from within and a body hurtled out to crash into the street.  A muscled,
brutish man appeared, tossed a dagger after him, and yelled "I told you before, Yarl,
no knife fightin' on Tuesdays, now take your drunk ass home!"
     He scowled after the man as the drunkard picked himself up and weaved down the
street, cursing, then seemed to notice the shadowed, hooded figure standing quietly
to the side.  "Ah, Nomad, good to see you!  Come on in, the Old Man's been waitin'
for you!"
     "My thanks, Vulge," replied the manager coolly.  "I didn't know you had bouncer
duties on Tuesday night."
     The other snorted and laughed, "Neither did I!"
     The gladiator led the way in and through the crowded, noisy main room of the
tavern and up several steps to a sort of side balcony overlooking the entire place
where there were only a few tables.  Right now, only one of them was occupied.
     A rather gritty looking older gentleman sat eating a plate of steaming food, a
large mug of ale keeping him company as his pale blue eyes constantly swept the room
with a shrewd, calculating stare.  He was dressed in battered robes that might once
have been white, and a gnarled, nasty looking walking staff was propped against the
wall just behind him.  Grease from the capon he was consuming ran into his scruffy
grey beard as he gestured with it for Nomad to take a seat.
     "Good to see you again, my friend!" said the old man in a gruff but not
unfriendly voice, then motioned for a serving girl to come over.
     "And you as well, Stik," replied Nomad as he sat, pulled back his hood and
murmured "the usual, please, Lucinda" to the buxom waitress before she grinned and
sauntered off.
     The fire light reflected off Nomad's brown hair and beard, giving it a reddish
tinge.  Most would be hard put to guess his age, for he appeared neither young nor
very old, and his green eyes gave away little as he arranged his battered traveling
clothes to get comfortable.  Like Stik, he appeared unarmed, but many in Sunset,
Bonsur, and Shadowspire where he kept guildhouses knew that to be a painful
assumption to make.
     "I trust matters have been fine here in my absence?"
     "Yes, yes," Stik gestured somewhat irritably with his mug before taking a long
draught. "Bloody boring, actually, half the guildhouses in town have gone silent.
Many of the veteran managers' attentions are elsewhere at the moment, it seems..."
     Nomad shrugged and a small smile crept onto his face.  "You could join me in
Shadowspire, you know.  Plenty of action, I keep telling you."
     "So you do!" blustered Stik, looking mildly irritated.  "Problem is, I haven't
got time nor gold to spare anymore to go traipsing all over Alastari the way you like
to!  And I like my islands, be it here or Greywand's!"
     Nomad's grin widened a bit as Lucinda set down a mug of what appeared to be hot
mulled wine in front of him.  "Well then, I've got just the proposition for you.
Ever hear of another island?  One named Stormcrowe? It's a slow arena, Karnhorn.
Contest called the Slaughterhouse starting up there soon...good prizes, good
     Stik paused in mid bite, then mulled it over a bit moodily while Nomad sipped
his drink and looked around the tavern to see if any his gladiators were here
     "Slow arena, eh?  Free Blades area?  Last contest I was in was a slow arena,
too, also had something to do with 'Slaughter,' matter of fact. Great fun, it was..."
     Nomad said nothing, the small smile still playing at the corners of his mouth.
He was content to let his friend and ally digest his meal and the information.
Finally Stik pushed his empty plate away, looked around and picked up his ancient
looking staff.
     "Well," he said with a bit of a grin, "we'd better get going if we're going to
find you some recruits.  I've got a team of my own in mind that needs some action!"
     Nomad nodded and smiled as they made their way out of the Broken Bone and into
the chill island night.

From the frozen windswept north (Dakota!) come Nomad and Stik, with teams Phantom
Regiment and Old Man River, ready to cross blades with all in the Stormcrowe
Slaughterhouse!  Our team name is HIGH PLAINS DUELERS...see you in November!!

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         The DarkHorse Duelists
                  by Hammer the WordSmith

       [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly
and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will
also reap generously and with blessings.  -- Amplified

   SomeWhere BeYond the Realm of ElseWhere and ElseWhen in a Time FarAgo and LongAway
a familiar figure set aside the business of the day to enjoy a contemplative meal in
a peaceful establishment off the beaten path.
   The solitude of peace was a welcome respite from the pressures and demands of the
day, nourishment to the body and the quenching of the thirst on the evening of the
Holy Fast brought the welcome sense of self worth and balance from the troubles and
turmoils surrounding and pervading the atmosphere of the city.
   Tranquility of soul and clarity of mind and purpose were achieved and maintained
with delicate and precise implementation. The mood of the warrior and the whim of the
peacemaker each sought the prevailing focus with each passing hour and the divisions
of time within.
   Solitude gave way to the presence of a Winged Messenger who delivered the
anonymous message that was written on a torn scrap of parchment.
   Hammer furrowed his brow and set his jaw with an inward snarl as he studied the
contents of the anonymous message. What had been suspected was now set in motion.
   The veteran manager sipped his Elven Ginger Tonic before piling a few pieces of
silver (that had been discarded from his more valuable bag of gold) next to his
   Then thoughtfully fingering his selected Elven Orb of Transport as he formulated
an acceptable course of action, Hammer disappeared in a brilliant kaleidoscope of
colors along the corridors of the Space/Time/Dimensional Streams of Reality/Alternate
Reality in quest of the one kindred soul who would likely Answer the Call to Cross
Blades with a Capricious Collection of Adventurers and Glory Hunters unlike any
assembled in the history of the StormCrowe Arena Sands!
        [TIME JUMP]
   Hidden away in a Revolutionary Rectory in a self imposed exile from earlier days
in StormCrowe Arena, an almost forgotten (by the StormCrowe Citizenry that is) figure
huddled over a table laden with charts and graphs filled with an exhaustive and
seemingly limitless supply of equations for tracking and dissecting the intricacies
and idiosyncrasies of arena gladiators of the past and present woven together and
interspersed with the intermingling of spells and incantations to create a
metamorphosis of warriors for the future!
   So absorbed in his work to crack the code for enhancing even the most Dark Arena
accredited gladiatorial candidate on the sands was the mad genius who had spent
countless hours working his mind to a frazzle and his fingers to the bone to become a
legend in his own mind and one of the most formidable tacticians when he really set
himself to submitting to the blood lust raging within his managerial soul [pause for
a deep breath of air!] the Knight of Kinetic Knowledge aka Baphomet the Blade (and
assorted other titles accumulated from across Alastari over the time worn years)
barely flinched as the brilliant kaleidoscope of colors burst within his
Concentration Chambers to deposit his trusted friend and ally Hammer, who matter-of -
factly stepped forth unceremoniously from the channel that flowed to the veteran
manager's sought after destination in the Sanctum Sanctorum far from StormCrowe Arena
and the unpleasant memories wandering the corridors of megalomania mindstreams.
   Betrayal and Vengeance and Vindication were about to come full circle as Baphomet
had already alerted his scattered array of friends and acquaintances that stables
would soon be active in Arenas 45, 47, 54 and 59 [which is why Hammer needed to alert
his old friend regarding the aforementioned message on the torn parchment paper!]
   Baphomet beckoned to Hammer to peruse his latest charts and graphs while a fresh
brewed pot of Elven Tea was summarily brought forth as the two friends shared their
recent experiences while examining and re-examining Baphomet's latest surmisings and
charted conclusions.
        [TIME JUMP]
   "They've run Jorja out of StormCrowe!"
   Baphomet spat his indignation at the news Hammer bore from the procured parchment.
   Hammer had related how Uncle Wolf had not been treated with such contempt when the
veteran manager had co-hosted Maximillian's Morya Madness for 28 cycles in Arena 28
many years ago.
   "That's about the size of it my friend," Hammer stated with equal disdain. "Some
of the newcomers petitioned Darque to request Jorja remove her stable so their
contest stables would not run the risk of fighting her warriors and thus miss out on
valuable contest points because Darque decreed wins and kills against Jorja's stable
..... or any other non-contest stables for that matter ..... would not be credited
towards the overall contest standings!"
   Baphomet stared into his brew with a sullen frown of disdain at the news.
   "There has even been talk of having my stable removed because I have not declared
a partner for the SlaughterHouse 3 festivities! Some do not like the idea of any
Hammerz mercenaries running around the arena creating havoc among the ranks of those
who are shuffling their stables to StormCrowe! They like the idea of beating and
slaying my StormCrowe gladiators, but they are complaining about not receiving any
contest points for their accomplishments!"
   Baphomet shook his head and scribbled some notes on a nearby notepad to infuse new
ideas and inspiration into his manifold manuscripts to cross reference with the
revelations of his countless menagerie of rosters serving as active and inactive
examples of his graphs and charts.
   "StormCrowe won't be the same without Jorja!" spat Baphomet as he jotted another
thought to examine and track with his StormCrowe stable.
   "Yeah!" agreed Hammer as he sipped his Elven Tea. "Jorja is like family and she
always made sure each of her warriors addressed their previous cycle's opponents in
the personal ads! Such disrespect for someone who kept the spirit of StormCrowe Arena
alive with her wit and wisdom is intolerable!"
   Baphomet set his writing instrument aside and looked Hammer intently in the eyes
as an unspoken question formed within him.
   "So they evicted Jorja's stable to prevent the SS3 contestants from wasting fights
against a stable that was excluded from the point scoring format," fumed the
mathematical wizard, "and you say there are rumblings about evicting your Mutant
Hammerz stable if you refuse to declare for the contest [thoughtful pause] even
though your stable is one of the few that has kept StormCrowe from becoming a
complete gladiator ghost town? Then where in the schemes and dreams of those contest
managers does that leave my stable that is currently en route to StormCrowe Arena
even as we speak of such absurdities?
   A grim smile curled the corners of Hammer's mouth as Baphomet ranted and raved at
the very thought of his early trials and tribulations in StormCrowe Arena in days
gone by when certain managers had blamed him for their dark conspiracies and
manipulative misfortunes; thoughts and remembrances that the news Hammer brought
regarding the SS3 contest newcomers were stirring up from within the deep recesses of
Baphomet's  repressed memories!
   "Where Do You Think That Leaves Your Stable?" was Hammer's subtle reply.

"May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
Minister of War
Abattoir Scarlet Knight
StormCrowe SwashBuckler

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 578): ULTORINO of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 578): DEXTER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 572): THE GRINCH of DR. SEUSS (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 574): CHAUNCY of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 572): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 570): FLAVIUS VALERIUS of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 285): SHARAPOVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 563): TYE FOON of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 560): ROLAND of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 558): THE ANVIL of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 549): JUNGLE KING of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 511): ETTORE HSIDAR of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 261): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 255): SMOKESCREEN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): SWEET AIR of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 439): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 417): XANDER HAXAN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 404): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 190): KARATIA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 374): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 371): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 359): MIRIAL ADAMANT of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 464): ROCK A BYE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 578): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 578): HIGH HINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 572): DR. SEUSS (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 574): JLG (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 572): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 285): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 563): ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 283): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 560): BARN OF HORRORS (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 568): NOT A SPORT (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 549): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 511): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 261): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 255): THINGS I DROOL IN (Snuln, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 439): BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 426): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 417): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 404): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 190): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 374): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 371): DRAGONS KEEP (Chi'en, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 359): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 464): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 578): DEXTER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
               (turn 577): KRANKYKARL of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 574): CHAUNCY of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 570): FLAVIUS VALERIUS of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 283): ULTHAR THYDRIM of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               SVEIN FORKBEARD of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 559): PSYCHOTRON of NOTORIOUS (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 557): SOCIETY RED of JAILBIRDS (Philthy Phil, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 255): MY SLEEP of THINGS I DROOL IN (Snuln, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): SWEET AIR of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              GERRICK GRIMM of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 417): XANDER HAXAN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 403): STEELHORSE of POSSE (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 190): KARATIA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 373): VORGAN TEN TALH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 359): MIRIAL ADAMANT of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in STORMCROWE!  I still haven't told Mom I'm 
writing Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  THE LION'S DEN like 
really fought hard to move up to 4th from 7th.  Way to go!  MVP award for 
JAGERMEISTER?  SUDDEN FURY's proud of him after beating YUMALESCA and getting 16 
points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  VORTEX got smashed by PANTHER, and lost 10 
points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think RAGGEDY ANN should 
let BEAST HAMMER be Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  I hear the 
top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic 
fighters for PR photos.   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  The warriors of DARQUE FORCES must be getting lonely.  They were 
the most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  Hhmph!  What kind 
of warriors are MUTANT HAMMERZ?  DARQUE FORCES, an easy team to beat if I ever saw 
one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can SUDDEN FURY's VORTEX be more 
popular than me?  She was challenged the most, but is that really the same?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All STORMCROWE ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  Like, who is this guy???  WHITE WOLF gets sent to the Dark 
Arena, battles SHEWISH GIANT, and returns to tell of it!!!  I bet ARCTIC WASTES 
manager is surprised!  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really 
should stop.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148             27   9  0   110       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BRIDE 4180               17   8  1   147       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-B.F. GOODRICH 4143            7   2  0   105       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 BEAST HAMMER 3963            12   9  0   103       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WALRUS 3995                  16  38  0    90       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 ANGEL HAMMER 3962            13   8  2    90       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 AUNTY ENTITY 4253             9   5  1    87       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-DAN MACK GRU 4283             9   1  1    77       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961         9  12  0    66       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
-FROSTBITE 4014                7  45  0    66       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 YUFFIE 4291                   6   3  0    66       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TUNDRA 4280                   8   3  1    61       ARCTIC WASTES (486)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LADY WINTER 4231             11   8  0    54       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 BISHOP HAMMER 3993           11   8  0    52       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
-GELIDNIA HALE 4260            6   7  0    50       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
-WINSTON 4141                  5   5  0    39       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
-LYNX 4195                     3   1  0    35       THE LION'S DEN (479)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHITE WOLF 4309               2   1  2    33       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 GLACIER 4279                  6   5  1    29       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
-PUMA 4194                     3   1  0    29       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 PANTHER 4196                  3   4  1    26       THE LION'S DEN (479)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMACKY 4301                   2   0  0    23       SUDDEN FURY (487)
-HANNIBAL LECHTER 4271         1   0  0    19       PSYCHO WARD (166)
 YUMALESCA 4289                4   6  0    18       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 JAGERMEISTER 4302             1   1  0    17       SUDDEN FURY (487)
-JEFFERSON DAVIS 4348          1   0  0    17       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
-CLAUDE ELLIS 4345             1   0  0    17       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 CHEETAH 4343                  2   0  1    16       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 SEBASTIAN HAMMER 4355         1   0  0    16       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 VORTEX 4285                   2   5  0    15       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 OCELOT 4239                   2   5  0    15       THE LION'S DEN (479)
-BOL 4318                      1   1  0    11       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
-BOLOL 4319                    1   1  0    10       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
-BOLING 4317                   1   0  0     9       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
-POSSUMNATOR 4189              1   0  0     9       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
-BOLO 4315                     1   1  0     8       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
-BAMBI FAWNDEER 4197           0   2  0     2       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
-DENNIS WALKER 4344            0   1  0     1       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARCTIC FOX 4290        5  5 1 ARCTIC WASTES 486     WURM KIN 27           261 NONE    
SEA BEAR 4293          2  4 0 ARCTIC WASTES 486     BLACK ORC 20          261 NONE    
SHEWISH GIANT 21       0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          WHITE WOLF 4309       261 NONE    
LOFTON 4328            0  1 0 EASTERN HORDE 489     SHEWISH GIANT 21      261 NONE    
GUNIT 4354             0  1 0 EASTERN HORDE 489     BLACK ORC 20          261 NONE    
CANNONBALL HAMME 3960 14  6 0 MUTANT HAMMERZ 456    THE BRIDE 4180        260         
SPAZ 4299              0  2 0 SUDDEN FURY 487       GLACIER 4279          261         
BOB 4300               0  2 0 SUDDEN FURY 487       CHEETAH 4343          261         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Slaughterhouse Host -- Myself and Fionn Mac Cumhaill of Fianna will be partners for
your contest.  Gift certificates will be forthcoming. -- Arminius, mgr. Tuistos
Progeny, the Kindred

Fionn -- Let's put the Kindred on the map brother! -- Arminius

Master Darque and all in Stormcrowe -- Stik and Nomad announce their entry into the
Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse contest.  See our team spotlight this turn.  Looking
forward to crossing blades with everyone! -- High Plains Duelers

To answer a question I understand has been asked, my team here is going off
maintenance for this turn and will be inactive next turn and throughout the contest
here.  I wish you an enjoyable time of it. -- Jorja, Northern Lights

Aunty Entity -- Darned right I was grudging!  I bust my buns, figuratively speaking,
to teach you a bunch of skills, and what do I get?  Hospitalized with busted buns!
Takes the pleasure out of teaching. -- Frostbite

Beast Hammer -- Beastly of you.  But what one would expect of a werecat:  beasts to
the core.  Beasts AT the core, when you come down to it.  Pah. -- Dan Mack Gru

It bothers me that the Convicted Assassin is a golem.  People are building killing
golems?  Putting human assassins out of work with these artificial, unpaid
mechanisms?  It's infamous! -- Walrus

Tundra -- I leave it to you and your teammates at the Arctic Wastes to maintain the
importance, nay, dare I say the primacy? of winter.  I am called to exercise my
talents along that line in certain areas where (ha!) my manager happens to be
residing.  Is she in for a cold ride, or what? -- Gelidnia Hale
P.S.  Oh, right, almost forgot:  Bwahaha!

Glacier -- You'll have to do better than that. -- Lady Winter

Darque -- Tuning up for the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse 3 Contest at the expense of CannonBall Hammer I see! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/StormCrowe SwashBuckler 

Dan Mack Gru and the rest of Jorja's crew -- Heard you've been evicted from the
arena!  Your repartee and response to arena fights will be sorely missed over the
duration of the contest cycles! -- ShadowCat Hammer

Lady Winter and the rest of Jorja's roster splinter -- Your eviction from StormCrowe
Arena spares you from my droning as well as my generous skill learns! -- Bishop

Jorja -- You are Family and will be Greatly Missed Over the Course of the SS3
Festivities!  You Helped Preserve StormCrowe's Identity and Made Sure Your Gladiators
Spoke Up in the Personal Ads Every Cycle!  Your UnWritten SpotLights Seem Doomed to
Remain UnPrinted in StormCrowe Arena!  A Sad Day Is InDeed Upon Us! -- Hammer/
Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/StormCrowe SwashBuckler

SlaughterHouse PsychoPaths -- Those of You Who Lobbied for Master Darque to have
Jorja to Be Evicted from StormCrowe Arena During the SS3 Contest Should Be Required
to Write a Minimum of Five Personal Ads Each Cycle!  Jorja Faithfully Wrote Five
Personal Ads per Cycle and the Absence of Her Wit and Wisdom is a Tragedy! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/StormCrowe SwashBuckler

20 September 2007
Ok, ok, you can stop not-talking about TOGS VI already, it is coming, slowly but
surely, like a giant, over-fed, greased slug sliding down a gravely driveway.  We're
looking for new-comers, old-timers, in-betweeners, fence-sitters and Delarquans to
come on out and participate.  Just think, you could be the next Pinky & the Brain
pairing (a la Creepster & Manager), or maybe you'll be the team that crushes all in
its path on the way TO UTTER AND COMPLETE TOGS DOMINATION!!!!!!  [note:  insert
sinister cackle if it helps you complete the picture]

There will be a few minor changes, so let's recap the rules from top to bottom:

1.  Each TOGS team consists of two managers.  After the contest starts, there will be
no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your teammate wisely.  TOGS VI will last
for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.

2.  The TOGS entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per TOGS
team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no exceptions
being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or manager decides
to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
     a)  send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
          Paul Jokelson
          115 Moss Ave. #201
          Oakland, CA 94611
     b)  get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards
         and no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.

3. TOGS point system:


10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on your even challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on another TOGS warriors challenge.
 7 points for winning a random match-up against another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning a random match-up against a non-TOGS warrior.

Changes this TOGS: 

** 10 points for any challenge by the DM, UP OR DOWN!!
** 4 points for winning a random match-up against your TOGS partner's warrior.
To state the obvious, there are 0 points if you challenge your partner.

** 4 points for winning a bloodfeud attempt against you by a non-TOGS warrior

You will not get any points if you challenge or get challenged by a non-TOGS team
(with the exception of the above-stated rule if you get bloodfeuded), so use your
avoids wisely if you think someone is out to get you.


5 points for every spotlight written by any team member.  1 per manager per turn.

The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter
(that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and we will be completely firm on
this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will not be given points if
they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy related.
We will be the sole judge of this.  If you're unsure if we will judge something to be
Duelmasters or fantasy related, then e-mail me before you write the spotlight and
ask.  We reserve the right to take points away from a spotlight after they are given
if we judge at later time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.

-5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
personal ad.

4.  TOGS VI will start in arena 60 shortly after the Winter Face-to-Face (turn due
Feb 21, Aradi turn 436) and as mentioned before will last for 13 turns.  There will
be multipliers in the later rounds, which means that all points accumulated by a team
on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by each team
on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.

5.  Soultaker and Nuln will be the sole arbiters of any dispute that may arise, with
props to Sentinel for doing the score-keeping as always.  Whine all you like, we will
be glad to provide comfortable chairs and the cheese of your choice.

And there be the rules.  If you look closely, you'll notice there were a few minor
changes and additions made from the TOGS V rules.  They are as follows:

-- The Snotman & Nuln rule:  Last TOGS Snotman and Nuln randomly matched up something
like 4-5 times, so we basically decided out of pity to now give a small amount of
points (4 in this case) for winning a random against a teammate, so that you're not
completely screwed by having 2 of your 10 warriors get 0 zero points automatically.

-- Scaling Down Points for the DM:  Previously a TOGS DM would get 10 points *in
addition* to whatever challenge points they got.  This was to keep the DM from being
penalized for being at the top and give people something to fight for.  However, it
was a bit too much of an award and we decided to scale it back and eliminate the
bonus, but give full upchallenge credit whenever the DM challenges.

-- Bloodfeuds from outside TOGS teams:  This incident came up last TOGS, and it was
felt that if a person killed a non-TOGS warrior in a random, they shouldn't have to
be potentially locked into 4 turns of getting 0 points.  So we've added an additional
rule which now gives 4 points if you win when bloodfeuded by a non-TOGS warrior, at
least giving you some way to get points if you're locked into a non-TOGS bloodfeud
instead of being basically removed from the contest for 4 turns.

And lastly...

-- Team Names:  This was not listed in the rules, but to make things more festive, at
the suggestion of Manager we have decided to have the added dimension of team names!
Yes, no more boring rankings with Team 4 edging out Team 7.  Just picture reading a
TOGS turn report now, with something along the lines of "Team Fiery Starfish
obliterated Team Superior TOGSlings," just as one example.

We hope to see you all there....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ARCTIC FOX was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SEA BEAR was dealt death by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
WHITE WOLF viciously butchered SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena match.
LOFTON was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
GUNIT was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SHADOWCAT HAMMER was defeated by THE BRIDE in a 2 minute master's Bloodfeud match.
ANGEL HAMMER vanquished YUFFIE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
PANTHER beat VORTEX in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
RAGGEDY ANN luckily beat BEAST HAMMER in a 4 minute expert's Title melee.
TUNDRA was vanquished by AUNTY ENTITY in a action packed 1 minute gory uneven fight.
BISHOP HAMMER overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute uneven match.
GLACIER executed SPAZ in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
OCELOT was bested by SMACKY in a crowd pleasing 5 minute brutal conflict.
YUMALESCA was savagely defeated by JAGERMEISTER in a popular 5 minute bloody brawl.
BOB was easily killed by CHEETAH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SEBASTIAN HAMMER defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute beginner's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  16 -  2      64  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   8 -  1      62  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW        28 -  21 -  0      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  10 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   8 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  18 -  2      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  12 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    19 -  29 -  3      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 261 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      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      RAGGEDY ANN 4148           27   9  0  110 DARQUE FORCES (428)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE BRIDE 4180             17   8  1  147 DARQUE FORCES (428)
BASHING ATTACK   BEAST HAMMER 3963          12   9  0  103 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
STRIKING ATTACK  ANGEL HAMMER 3962          13   8  2   90 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
SLASHING ATTACK  AUNTY ENTITY 4253           9   5  1   87 DARQUE FORCES (428)
AIMED BLOW       YUFFIE 4291                 6   3  0   66 DARQUE FORCES (428)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ANGEL HAMMER 3962.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BEAST HAMMER 3963.  The ten other most popular fighters were JAGERMEISTER 
4302, OCELOT 4239, THE BRIDE 4180, WHITE WOLF 4309, AUNTY ENTITY 4253, SMACKY 4301, 

The least popular fighter this week was BOB 4300.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SPAZ 4299, YUFFIE 4291, SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961, GUNIT 4354, LOFTON 4328,