DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/02/2008    Duedate: 01/29/2008

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-264

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RAGGEDY ANN
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-4148) [30-9-0,128]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE BRIDE                      JEFFERSON DAVIS
DARQUE FORCES (428)            JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
(45-4180) [20-8-1,170]         (45-4348) [3-0-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BEAST HAMMER                   TUNDRA
MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)           ARCTIC WASTES (486)
(45-3963) [12-12-0,101]        (45-4280) [10-4-1,82]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARQUE FORCES (428)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ERRATA (490)                56
2. KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)       36      SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
3. OLD MAN RIVER (494)         35      Unchartered Team
4. THE LION'S DEN (479)        34
5. MAIDEN JAPAN (504)          29      OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)     12   5  0 70.6   1/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)      11  4 0
 2/ 2 SRETSAMLEUD II (500)      23  11  1 67.6   2/ 2 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       9  6 0
 3/ 4*NOSTALGIA (506)            6   3  1 66.7   3/ 7*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)     8  2 0
 4/ 6*DDR SUPERNOVA (502)        4   2  0 66.7   4/ 9 SRETSAMLEUD II (500)      7  3 0
 5/15*ERRATA (490)               6   4  2 60.0   5/12*NOSTALGIA (506)           6  3 1
 6/ 5*PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)     6   4  0 60.0   6/14*ERRATA (490)              6  4 2
 7/ 0*RAPTOR (508)               3   2  0 60.0   7/ 8*PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)    6  4 0
 8/ 7 DARQUE FORCES (428)      273 196 14 58.2   8/ 6 THE LION'S DEN (479)      6  8 1
 9/ 9 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       38  30  5 55.9   9/ 5*SHATTERPOINT (497)        6  9 1
10/ 8 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      64  56  3 53.3  10/20*OLD MAN RIVER (494)       5  5 1
11/20*OLD MAN RIVER (494)        5   5  1 50.0  11/16*MAIDEN JAPAN (504)        5  5 0
12/16*MAIDEN JAPAN (504)         5   5  0 50.0  12/11*MISFIT TOYS K (505)       5  5 0
13/ 3*MISFIT TOYS K (505)        5   5  0 50.0  13/ 4 SUDDEN FURY (487)         5  9 0
14/11*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)     6   7  0 46.2  14/10*DDR SUPERNOVA (502)       4  2 0
15/13 THE LION'S DEN (479)      20  24  3 45.5  15/21*KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)     4  5 0
16-12 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       20  25  0 44.4  16/15*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)    4  6 0
17/21*KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)      4   5  0 44.4  17/ 3 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      4 11 1
18/10*SHATTERPOINT (497)         6   9  1 40.0  18/ 0*RAPTOR (508)              3  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/17*THE DAMNED II (493)        6  14  1 30.0  19/13*DARKSTORM (507)           3  7 0
20/14*DARKSTORM (507)            3   7  0 30.0  20/17*PACIS EX NEX (499)        3  9 0
21/18 SUDDEN FURY (487)         13  32  1 28.9  21/19*THE DAMNED II (493)       2  8 1
22/19*PACIS EX NEX (499)         3   9  0 25.0  22-18 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       1  1 0
23/ 0*DISCO DWARVES (68)         2   8  0 20.0  23/ 0*DISCO DWARVES (68)        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 Morya MadMen
                                         by
                                Hammer the WordSmith

         Is not MY word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the
test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most
stubborn resistance]? -- Jeremiah 23:29 Amplified

     The mysterious cloaked figure pondered upon his unspoken thoughts as he
finished his hearty meal in a secluded corner of the snow covered tavern.
     Patrons paid the mysterious one no mind or rather diverted their attention
with nervous concern as such a one had not been seen since the local arena had
been abandoned by the Gladiatorial Commission years ago!
     The serving wench felt awkward knowing that she was in the presence of
someone who was once known throughout the locality, but hard times had fallen
upon Vithicar and those who chose to remain had quietly boarded up all memories
of past glories to cope with the cold environment of their respective realities.
     What the local patrons had failed to realize was the fact that the person
wiping his plate clean before depositing a generous stack of gold coins on the
table had the ability to melt into the shadows when the attention of others need
not be directed his way!
     A shudder of relief swept over the patrons as the snow driven wind slammed
the door shut as the mysterious cloaked figure made his unceremonious exit from
the tavern. He pulled his cloak tight against the icy wind, pulling a souvenir
hat from an unspeakable campaign low over his eyes as he kept his face focused
towards the ground, watching for hidden holes that were so characteristic of the
bitter climate that had served his purpose in the arena realm untold cycles ago.
     A young boy pulled at his mother's dress and short coat sleeve, pointing to
the man as he made his way out of town along a usually well traveled route that
was choked with snow drifts that hindered the progress of the ancient
traffickers.
     "Hush Son!" barked the woman as the bitter cold bit her vocal chords. "He
is of no concern to us. Leave well enough alone."
     On the outskirts of town a horse-drawn wagon slowly made its way past the
mysterious figure who trudged through the drifts with a casual indifference to
the hostile environment that surrounded the once-thriving populace.
     "Climb aboard stranger!" the bewhiskered driver cheerfully invited the
cloaked figure. "The journey is much better with a friendly face and a tale to
tell to pass the time!"
     The cloaked figure paused for a moment to study the situation with a calm
intent ..... then climbed aboard the wagon ..... bound for adventure .......

[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 other assorted titles accumulated from
across Alastari over the time worn years) barely flinched as his self absorption
dulled his outer senses to the impending crisis of a fluctuating Reality Rift
that unceremoniously swallowed the gladiatorial numbers cruncher and removed him
from the forthcoming dueling field of the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse!
     As Baphomet disappeared from the Realm of Alastari a silent alarm in his
Revolutionary Rectory triggered a latch to the cage of a special messenger that
slipped through the cracks of concentration to alert his suddenly former SS3
partner Hammer that said Baphomet was unexpectedly unavailable to return to
StormCrowe and thus the veteran manager Hammer was advised to petition Master
Darque  to qualify by unexpected default for another SS3 partner before the SS3
Opening Round was due to begin .......

[TIME JUMP]
     "Name's PhewlsGoldd and I'm not yer ordinary Dwarf, no sir ree bob!" spat
the driver of the wagon as his newly acquired passenger sat passively peering
into the distance of the driving snow.
     The spittle seemingly froze in mid air and clung to the Dwarf's beard like
a small child clutching a favorite toy in the shy company of doting adults.
     "I'm on a mission fer a certain veteran manager who used to inhabit these
parts in his early years," continued the Dwarf as he urged his steed onward
through the dissipating sleet and snow. "Seems he has need of some Elven relics
he had stashed in one of his Elven Treasure Troves here in Vithicar Arena and
..... "
     PhewlsGoldd sputtered to an indiscernible mutter as the icy stare of his
newfound companion made it plain that he had already spoken too much  .. the
unspoken question beggaring who else the Dwarf had spoken to about these
secretive matters .....

[TIME JUMP]
     Hammer received the cryptic message dispatched by the Reality Rifted
Baphomet and quickly set about petitioning Master Darque to allow the veteran
manager to select another partner before the SlaughterHouse contetst got
underway.
     Several options presented themselves on the same day of intervention, but
Hammer chose to partner with his former alliance mate and Morya Madness co-host
Maximillian the Mad to form the rather unexpected team of The Morya MadMen to
ply the sands of StormCrowe Arena during the Bloody Madness of the StormCrowe
SlaughterHouse that would soon begin.
     Max had dropped off the Alastari Arena Radar for quite some time and Hammer
decided that teaming with Maximillian the Mad would be just what the doctor
ordered for Maximillian to once again Experience the Thrill of the Kill during
the 13 cycles of the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse!
     Other worthy partners such as Phat Phat and Michael Eldritch would have
made the SS3 an Entertaining Experience for the veteran manager, but the
illogically logical choice continually pointed to bringing Maximillian back into
the fold as a worthy partner!

[TIME JUMP]
     Master Darque rubbed his hands together with demonically inspired glee as
he and Kat exchanged knowing glances! Hammer was an obstacle that must be
circumvented by both managers in quest of winning the SS3 contest and they were
delighted that Hammer had agreed to partner with their alliance mate
Maximillian.
     "Perhaps Max can persuade Hammer to strike a bargain with us that will
prevent an antagonistic outburst from our former alliance mate," reasoned Kat as
he surveyed the Recognition Rankings to determine what Hammer might be prone to
do during the opening rounds of the SS3 contest. "He surprised me on my
challenge with Ocelot against Sebastian Hammer! That was an Accident that Only
the RollUp Gods can Rectify!"
     "Hammer is a Loose Cannon that must be dealt with delicately and
discreetly," muttered Master Darque. "Now I Have a Blood Feud Still Raging with
that MadMan! Not Sure if He Will Just Let It Go or Pay the Penalty of Another
Loss!"
     "You know how stubborn that Hammer can be," purred Kat who was pondering
the best resolution to follow in determining if and how to pursue a Blood Feud
against his former alliance mate. "Purely UnPredictable!"
     "I Noticed He Refused to Send Any of His Mutant Hammerz to the recent
tourney," mused Master Darque. "Knowing Hammer over the years I am certain that
he plans to send ShadowCat Hammer to Blood Feud and lose for the third straight
time against Raggedy Ann in an attempt to get my DuelMaster graduated and force
me to face all the Prize Hungry New Comers with a Graduate Replacement in the
Initiates!"
     "That sounds like our friend Hammer all right," growled Kat as he scratched
himself in deep thought regarding his own Blood Feud against Sebastian Hammer.
"Do I run the risk of killing his new replacement in a Blood Feud for those easy
SS3 scoring points and having one of his upper Recognition Ranking warriors
clubbing another one of my precious paper warriors to death  .. or do I let the
Blood Feud go and feed Sebastian Hammer to those Prize Hungry New Comers you
just mentioned?"
     "Maybe with a little persuasion our friend Max can fix matters in our
favor," responded Master Darque with his legendary gleam in the eye snarling
smile. "But I have a feeling that Hammer is the least of our worries to winning
this SlaughterHouse contest!"

[TIME JUMP]
     TripWire and Kellumbo lifted their tankards of ale in their customary
salute when plotting the demise of those who got in their way while seeking to
claim Prizes of Worth on Display in contest arenas!
     "DownChallenging is the Delarquan Way!" bellowed TripWire as his alliance
mate the Detective agreed with a generous gulp from his tankard.
     "This Master Darque has a Master Plan for winning his own contest,"
surmised Detective Kellumbo, "but perhaps his recent sparring with that OddBall
Hammer has given the devious imp a false sense of security!"
     "Something we could exploit at the first opportunity," sneered TripWire as
a serving wench brought four more tankards of ale for the conspiring comrades to
consume.
     "We do have some surprise stables of our own to employ in this contest to
get some precious Gift Certs for a future Facer!" chuckled the Detective as he
jotted down some notes and passed them to his alliance mate for further review.
     TripWire glanced at the roster of registered SS3 teams and studied the
notes that Kellumbo had pushed to his end of the table.
     "Exactly What I Was Thinking!" TripWire whispered as he took a deliberate
sip from a new tankard of ale. "Great Minds Think Alike  .. and this is what I
was thinking we should do    "

[TIME JUMP]
     JGWellington and Wretch were trading their usual jibes at one another as
they grew increasingly restless for the SS3 contest to get underway.
     They had been the first to declare themselves as team partners and the
first to get their Gift Certificates sent to Master Darque as the First
Registered SS3 team.
     Wretch had dispatched Arctic Fox and Sea Bear to the Dark Arena to position
himself with a better collection of warriors to battle the anticipated New
Comers who were expected to flock to the SS3 contest in the coming weeks.
     Not Fully Satisfied with the results, he dispatched another loser to the
Dark Arena and with cold affection dubbed the hapless warrior Die.
     JGW was quite content with the stable he had assembled and enjoyed mocking
Wretch as to who had the better set of gladiators to compete during the Opening
Round of the SS3 Blood Letting!
     Wretch merely replied with his customary, "You $&@%*^*&(*&%&$#^(*)(*(#$!"

[TIME JUMP]
     ShadowDragon and Reaper were a contrast in partner goals. ShadowDragon was
determined to make a good showing in his first contest endeavor and Reaper was
all about having fun with his warriors bloodying the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse
sands!
     Yet on the previous cycle it was evident that both partners had decided
they needed better quality warriors as Reaper dispatched two gladiators to the
Dark Arena  while his teammate ShadowDragon decided to go for Double or Nothing!

[TIME JUMP]
     "My Daddy was losing his mind in the silver mines," explained the Dwarf as
he guided the horse and wagon to a hidden cavern where he had been instructed to
take the precious cargo, "so when I was born he gave me the moniker PhewlsGoldd
and the irony of my name is that my daddy struck it rich and left me quite a
tidy inheritance."
     His hooded companion merely nodded a reply to proceed with the story.
     "But somewhere along the way I fell upon hard times ..... and this certain
veteran manager provided a way for me to fulfill my destiny ..... and fill my
pockets and coffers with more valuables than I could ever imagine ....."
     PhewlsGoldd thought he heard a familiar chuckle from under the hood of his
companion, but dismissed it as the whistling of the wind as the wagon drew near
to its destination ..... with the Dwarf choosing his words carefully regarding
the matter at hand .....

[TIME JUMP]
     The High Plains Duelers team of Nomad and Stik studied their warriors as
they prepared for the upcoming opening round of the SS3 in StormCrowe Arena.
     Cool and Calculating were the Duelers Duo from The High Plains who
alternated between coaching the gladiators from each others stables and studying
the newly updated list of Registered SS3 Teams that Master Darque had releaseded
in recent days.
     A total of Ten Registered SS3 Teams brought the promise of Gift Cert Prizes
for Tourney or Basic Arena Implementation to the Winningest Managers plus a few
surprises along the way upon which the assembling managers would wallow in their
competitive juices for the next 13 cycles!
     The High Plains Duelers had devised a plan of action since the completion
of the Fall Tourney and the Tempe Facer beckoned with further promise that Nomad
and Stik would take full advantage of every opportunity against all comers
during the Future SS3 Cycles!

[TIME JUMP]
     Mr Mojo and JE had plans for the future and a Precious Pile of Gift Certs
would go a Long Way to Pursuing those Dreams!
     Yet it was the Intrigue of Matching Wits and Crossing Blades with some of
the managers they had come to respect and enjoyed battling against in various
arenas over the past several cycles that prompted them to team together!
     Toss in the names of those they knew nothing about and the SS3 was just too
good a contest to let pass by for the coming New Year!

[TIME JUMP]
     Returning to Alastari in time to scramble around for a worthy SS3 partner
was what gladiatorial fate had thrown together for Phat Phat and Haunt in recent
weeks!
     The lure of the Slow Arena and the Resurrection of the Traditional Classic
SlaughterHouse Contest in StormCrowe Arena under the guidance of Master Darque
was more than each new returnee to the arena sands had hoped for!
     A New Twist would be added to the Chemistry and Atmosphere Developing in
StormCrowe Arena and Phat Phat and Haunt were certainly preparing their stables
to Stir that Mixture to the UtMost Proportions!

[TIME JUMP]
     PhewlsGoldd stared in awe at the glassy surface that greeted the
WagonMaster deep within the bowels of the Hidden Elven Cavern that Spread Far
BeYond the OutSkirts of the Long Abandoned Vithicar Arena.
     As he pondered his next move his mysterious cloaked companion stood up and
pointed directly at the huge surface and boldly proclaimed, "Drive Straight
Through Yon Elven Mirror of Migration!"
     The Dwarf did not need to be told twice as his steed snorted as it began to
disappear into what had previously appeared to be a hard, smooth glass surface
.....

[TIME JUMP]
     Apex and Master Beru had their goals set to lay claim to the Gift Cert
Prizes that Master Darque had Proclaimed along with the Assorted Gladiatorial
Commission Approved Prize Potions and Favorites Knowledge that were Dangling as
Bait for the Ravenous Wolves Who Thrived On Such Prize Offerings!
     Toss in the Challenge of Competing Against the Managers Listed Before Their
Declaration and Both Apex and Master Beru were Intent on Proving Themselves as
the Best Team Ever to Cross Blades in a StormCrowe SlaughterHouse!
     Fresh off a Rookies TC in the Fall Tourney it was Master Beru who seemed to
have some ExtraOrdinary Momentum UnderWay and Apex was Ready to Harness that
Energy and Ride out the Win for EveryThing Their PartnerShip Could Gain!

[TIME JUMP]
     PhewlsGoldd was Amazed at how easy the transition from one region to
another was transversed via the Elven Mirror of Migration!
     But NOT As Amazed as to Discover that his wagon was now positioned in an
underground training facility beneath the island of StormCrowe that was actually
shifted into another Time/Space/Dimension by such Elven Artifacts as those that
were transported in his wagon at the direction of the veteran manager who now
stood revealed from under the Elven War Cloak that had disguised his features
and presence while trudging through the snows of Vithicar .....

[TIME JUMP]
     Master Darque and Kat had accurately described their longtime friend Hammer
as a Loose Cannon, but the declaration of the Registered Partnership BeTween
their former alliance mate Street Legal and Rake who had been allied with Hammer
during their early days on Noblish Island and transfer to Niytyole Island would
Most Certainly ReDefine the Term known as Loose Cannons!
     Especially as it pertains to the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse during the
Course of 13 Cycles!
     Clearly There Were No Clear Favorites to Run Away with the Contest Prizes
and Knowing the Heritage of Previous StormCrowe SlaughterHouse Contests there
were Certain to Be Some Additional Surprises in Store for the Assembled
Competitors!
     Plus the Possibility of as yet UnDeclared Last Minute Registrations to Add
to the Turmoil Brewing in StormCrowe Arena as .....

[TIME JUMP]
     "Let me introduce you to my Mutant Hammerz gladiators," responded Hammer
with a wide grin as the perplexed Dwarf and WagonMaster known as PhewlsGoldd
reeled at the revelation that Hammer had secretly monitored the progress of the
transition of his Elven Treasure Trove from Vithicar Arena in person!
     It had been a long time since Hammer had pulled the wool over the eyes of
his longtime friend PhewlsGoldd and the veteran manager was enjoying every
minute of it as he introduced his gladiators.
     "They all seem pretty raw to me!" scoffed PhewlsGoldd as he surveyed the
Recognition Rankings Reports for each Mutant Hammerz gladiator. "No matter where
they rank in the arena!"
     "Then You Realize the Magnitude of Your New Assignment," the veteran
manager retorted. "GrimmDorr is Busy in Telorinthe Arena and You Being a Miner
of Sorts Should Be Well Able to Excavate Their Talents from Whence Their
Gladiatorial Riches are Buried SomeWhere Deep WithIn Their Warrior Souls!"

[TIME JUMP]
     Morgron the Ambitious Guard and his buddy Dothalne the Persistent Beggar
briefed their StormCrowe Arena Stand By Comrades as to the Importance of Their
Role in Disrupting the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse Contest during the Next 13
Cycles!
     "According to the rules of the contest," Morgron explained for the
umpteenth time, "Fights Against Us Stand Bys Garner NO POINTS for the
Competitors! So Let's Get Out There and Infiltrate the Sands!"
     Captured Orc, Convicted Assassin, Cult Member, Dangerous Criminal,
Embezzling Scribe, Kung Fu Master, M Chardinee, Mordant Deserter and The Userous
Merchant nodded their heads in agreement as they gathered up their Weapons and
Armor to Prepare for the Opening Round Fights.
     But the Persistent Beggar known as Dothalne was indeed persistent in his
response, "So why is it so important that we match up with the gladiators that
have assembled for the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse contest anyways?"
     Morgron thumped the beggar's head for the umpteenth time and repeated,
"Because We Are the True Loose Cannons in This Contest and We Have the Power and
the Ability to Determine Which Teams are the Contenders and Which Teams are the
Pretenders By Our Random MatchUps!"

"May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
Hammer
Minister of War
Abattoir Scarlet Knight
DarkHorse Duelist
Swamp Psycho
StormCrowe SwashBuckler
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath
Turf War Tuffie
Morya MadMan
North Fork Fanatic
Niatoli Nuisance

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                        ****Slaughterhouse Scoring TURN 1****

Team            This Turn's Score            Last Turn's Score            Total

Team 7               21                            0                       21
    Phat Phat
    Haunt

Team 5               17                            0                       17
    Mr. Mojo
    JE

Team 8               15                            0                       15
    Tripwire
    Det. Kellumbo

Team 4               15                            0                       15
    Kat
    Master Darque

Team 6               12                            0                       12
    Shadowdragon
    Reaper

Team 1               12                            0                       12
    JGW
    Wretch

Team 9               9                             0                        9
    Master Beru
    Apex

Team 3               9                             0                        9
    Hammer
    Maximillian

Team 2               9                             0                        9
    Nomad
    Stik

Team 10              6                             0                       6
    Street Legal
    Rake

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     Second Round Scribings
             by
        Hammer the WordSmith

       The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He
makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in
terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble,
suffering, or responsibility]!  -- Habakkuk 3:19  Amplified

     "Let me introduce you to my Mutant Hammerz gladiators," responded Hammer with a
wide grin as the perplexed Dwarf and WagonMaster known as PhewlsGoldd reeled at the
revelation that Hammer had secretly monitored the progress of the transition of his
Elven Treasure Trove from Vithicar Arena in person!
     It had been a long time since Hammer had pulled the wool over the eyes of his
longtime friend PhewlsGoldd and the veteran manager was enjoying every minute of it
as he introduced his gladiators.
     "They all seem pretty raw to me!" scoffed PhewlsGoldd as he surveyed the
Recognition Rankings Reports for each Mutant Hammerz gladiator. "No matter where they
rank in the arena!"
     "Then You Realize the Magnitude of Your New Assignment," the veteran manager
retorted. "GrimmDorr is Busy in Telorinthe Arena and You Being a Miner of Sorts
Should Be Well Able to Excavate Their Talents from Whence Their Gladiatorial Riches
are Buried SomeWhere Deep WithIn Their Warrior Souls!"
     PhewlsGoldd furrowed his brows in a deep scowl at the thought of being thrust
into an arena contest without a stable of talented newcomers to develop from scratch
and train them before they ever developed the bad habits on the arena sands that this
crew of Mutany Hammerz obviously had developed without proper contest training
guidance!
     "Name's PhewlsGoldd and I'm not yer ordinary Dwarf, no sir ree bob!" spat the
newly anointed gladiator trainer as the spittle foamed with the fury of his passion
to transform this Hammer stable from pretenders to contenders. "Before the sun sets
you will be begging for a chance to try your luck in the Dark Arena!"
     Hammer smiled grimly as he watched Angel Hammer, Beast Hammer, ShadowCat Hammer,
Bishop Hammer and Sebastian Hammer begin their vigorous transformation under the
heavy hand and watchful eye of PhewlsGoldd as the Dwarf began implementing new
strategies and techniques for the Mutant Hammerz stable to put into action during
their second round sand battles in the StormCrowe SlaughterHouse 3 contest to begin
the New Year!

[TIME JUMP]
     Hammer thoughtfully examined the Elven artifacts as the ancient relics were
unloaded from the wagon that was now positioned in an underground training facility
beneath the island of StormCrowe that had actually been shifted into another
Time/Space/Dimension by such Elven Artifacts as those that were transported in the
wagon driven by PhewlsGoldd at the direction of the veteran manager who now stood
knee deep in the secreted treasures and reflected upon the importance of the task at
hand for the coming year and what was needed to implement the change to come!
     As Hammer arranged the artifacts for present and future use, he pondered upon
the absence of Maximillian and his Red Necks stable. Max had been rumored to be seen
in the company of Master Darque and Kat prior to the opening round of the contest,
but no sign of his stable had been reported anywhere near the SS3 arena!
     Was this some diabolical plan initiated by the half-demon? Hammer dismissed the
thought as if he were swatting a pesky fly. Darque was more honorable than that ploy,
especially as the host of the SS3 contest. No, thought Hammer, there is some other
force interfering with Maximillian and his absent stable. Afterall, the veteran
manager's first SS3 partner Baphomet had been swallowed by a Reality Rift and there
could be any number of reasons why the Red Necks had failed to arrive in time for the
SS3 opening round of competition. Plus there were rumors of other failures to arrive!

[TIME JUMP]
     Master Darque scratched his head in bewilderment as he and Kat pondered upon the
failure of Maximillian and his Red Necks stable to make an SS3 opening round
appearance, along with a number of other competitors.
     "Perhaps Hammer somehow blames us for Max failing to arrive for the contest and
the repercussion might be an antagonistic outburst from our former alliance mate,"
reasoned Kat as he surveyed the SS3 opening round Recognition Rankings to determine
what Hammer might be prone to do as a retaliatory reaction
     "Hammer is a Loose Cannon that must be dealt with delicately and discreetly,"
muttered Master Darque. "But although I Have a Blood Feud Still Raging with that
MadMan, I am Certain that our former alliance mate is above petty accusations!"
     "You know how stubborn that Hammer can be," purred Kat who was considering
whether or not pursuing a Blood Feud against his former alliance mate was in his best
interest to score more contest points. That MadMan isPurely UnPredictable!"
     Darque studied his fight reports and muttered to himself as the stench of fire
and brimstone got thicker and thicker the more he read the reports!
     "Well I thought that Hammer would send ShadowCat Hammer to Blood Feud and also
send Beast Hammer to lose for the third straight time against Raggedy Ann in an
attempt to get my DuelMaster graduated and force me to face all the Prize Hungry New
Comers with a Graduate Replacement in the Initiates, but he sends Angel Hammer
instead to Blood Feud and still loses! And that Beast Hammer lost and Raggedy Ann
still shows No Signs of Receiving Her Graduation Notice! I will Gladly Receive those
SS3 points from Hammer continuing to Challenge my Raggedy Ann"
     Kat scratched himself thoughtfully before offering an appropriate response to
the half-demon who had begun throwing papers in every direction as he continued
reading the reports from StormCrowe Arena!
     "That sounds like our friend Hammer all right," growled Kat as he continued
scratching himself in deep thought regarding his own Blood Feud possibility against
Sebastian Hammer. "I see that Sebastian Hammer ended up beating your warrior
Yumalesca and is now temporarily out of reach of those Prize Hungry New Comers!"
     Darque glared at his alliance mate before snarling his brimstone scented reply,
"At least that random matchup resulted in both of our gladiators leaving the arena
alive! All I Need is Another Blood Feud with that MadMan to Disrupt My SS3
Strategies!
     Kat nodded in agreement as the SS3 partners began plotting their coordinated
efforts.
     "Maybe our friend Max and some of those other absent managers will show up for
the second round and divert Hammer's attention so we can focus our attention on
overtaking those teams that are ahead of us!"
     Master Darque and Kat brooded upon the possibilities as they continued to
strategize into the wee hours of the next morning!

[TIME JUMP]
     One of the newly revived StormCrowe Taverns was especially busy this particular
night as an assortment of managers and gladiators were hotly contesting with one
another in a Dart Throwing Contest while wagering on the fortunes and misfortunes of
the SS3 contest teams!
     Points leaders Phat Phat and Haunt were the hot topic among many of the wagerers
as to whether or not they would be able to maintain their lead (21 points) over the
rest of the SS3 contenders.
     As gold and silver continued to exchange hands throughout the night it was
evident that many in the tavern were expecting Mr Mojo and JE (17 points), Tripwire
and Detective Kellumbo (15 points) and Kat and Master Darque (15 points) to widen the
gap from the rest of the pretenders.
     Lost in the free flowing ale bubbling and crowding the judgement capacity of the
revelers, was the reality that only one round of the SS3 had been completed. Many of
these same wagerers would soon be losing their bets just a few mere rounds from now!

[TIME JUMP]
     Morgron the Ambitious Guard and his buddy Dothalne the Persistent Beggar were
congratulating Embezzling Scribe for his role in disrupting the SS3 hopes of the JGW
Perishables 1 and DarkStorm stables on the opening round.
     All the Wild Card StandBys had gathered in a warehouse down by the StormCrowe
Arena docks to party hearty and pump themselves up for the second round of points
disruptions in a mere few days!
     "Somebody needs to take out that imposter from the Errata stable," snorted the
Persistent Beggar as Morgron the Ambitious Guard thumped Dothalne good naturedly on
the noggin for the obvious reference to the gladiator named Standby.
     Captured Orc, Convicted Assassin, Cult Member, Dangerous Criminal, Embezzling
Scribe, Kung Fu Master, M Chardinee, Mordant Deserter and The Userous Merchant nodded
their heads in agreement as they hoisted up another brew in unison as they broke out
in their SS3 cheer:
     "We Are the True Loose Cannons! Fights Against Us Stand Bys Garner NO POINTS for
the Competitors! So Let's Get Out There and Infiltrate the Sands!"
     Their boisterous laughter rang out through the foggy night air as a dark ship
slowly and silently made its way into port ..... Slavers ..... Delivering New Meat
..... for the SS3 Arena .....

"May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
Hammer
Minister of War
Abattoir Scarlet Knight
Order of Lost Souls
DarkHorse Duelist
Swamp Psycho
StormCrowe SwashBuckler
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath
Turf War Tuffie
Morya MadMan
North Fork Fanatic
Niatoli Nuisance

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): SOMNAMBULANT of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): N- MOCK of 1ST NORTHERN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): SRAN3E of PHANTACITY (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): LARRY of LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MASHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): RHIANNON of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 422): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): KILLIAN TEN VIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HOLLY HEPATITIS of ONE NIGHT STANDS (Soultaker)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): KLKASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): VILLAINOUS LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 421): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): DREW'S BOYS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): STRADA of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DROGRA of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
                (turn 577): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
                            VINN WULF of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
                          ELDACAR of MID EARTH (Dirmael, mgr.)
                          BUZZSAW of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 285): ULTHAR UTHERYDES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               KATANA of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): BELLE ZEYBUL of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): THOMAS FOWLER of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): SMOKESCREEN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                  (turn 243): HARRY MONSTER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
                            SOURCRAB of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
                            MANDORALLEN of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
                (turn 443): THE QUAM ZONE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Suffering under a 0-5-0 record and dropping 
from 3rd to 17th place were the MUTANT HAMMERZ.  Keep trying!  ERRATA is no joke as 
it posted a 4-1-2 week advancing from 14th place to 6th place.  Hey everybody, watch 
out for MARTA, who flew up 18 points in the rankings after mashing WHITE WOLF like a 
melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was 
SHADOWCAT HAMMER, who dropped 9 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout 
with TUNDRA.  Drawing on all of his experience as a 12-11-0 warrior, BEAST HAMMER 
went for the Duelmastership against RAGGEDY ANN this week.  Our battling duelmaster 
RAGGEDY ANN has managed to hold the title, fending off BEAST HAMMER's none too subtle 
advances.  Better luck next time, MUTANT HAMMERZ.  4 out of 5 gladiators surveyed 
protect the body, so try and avoid aiming at that location.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the STORMCROWE arena.  Here's 
a song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad OF WOLF & MAN  4?  Big bad OF WOLF & 
MAN 4.  Big bad OF WOLF & MAN 4.  STORMCROWE's afraid of the big bad OF WOLF & MAN 4. 
Tra la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause 
JGW PERISHABLE 1 beats feet every time OF WOLF & MAN 4 smiles at them.  Try farming, 
eh?  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, MEALTWIST would be president.  
Although it may be a contest he doesn't want to win.  Can any one out there say 
'weasel'?  Oh well, just saying REALITY will do.  He challenged 28 points down to 
trash PANTHER.  Definition of petty:  REALITY bested PANTHER, a mismatch of 28 
points.  REV. BUBBA FLAVEL of MISFIT TOYS K had better have a good reason for 
challenging down 14 points in a TV challenge which he won.  I thought REV. BUBBA 
FLAVEL showed great skill and promise when he won victory over OLD SORROWS.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Well, the dead guy CANNONBALL 
HAMMER just took MUTANT HAMMERZ off his Christmas card list.  The poor guy's 
bloodfeud just expired with zippo results.  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they 
will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  And remember, you can pick your 
friends and you can pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The 
Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148             30   9  0   128       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BRIDE 4180               20   8  1   170       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-B.F. GOODRICH 4143            7   2  0   105       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 BEAST HAMMER 3963            12  12  0   101       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 AUNTY ENTITY 4253            11   6  1    96       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANGEL HAMMER 3962            14  10  2    93       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TUNDRA 4280                  10   4  1    82       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961        10  14  0    71       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REALITY 4383                 12   4  0    66       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 YUFFIE 4291                   8   4  0    63       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 GLACIER 4279                  9   5  1    61       ARCTIC WASTES (486)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BISHOP HAMMER 3993           11  11  0    44       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 LYNX 4195                     4   2  0    41       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 PUMA 4194                     5   2  0    40       THE LION'S DEN (479)
-WINSTON 4141                  5   5  0    39       ROAD WARRIORS (476)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PANTHER 4196                  4   6  1    33       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 HALF 4384                     4   2  0    31       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 JEFFERSON DAVIS 4348          3   0  0    31       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
-SMACKY 4301                   4   0  0    30       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 SEBASTIAN HAMMER 4355         3   1  1    30       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 LYNN THAO 4332                3   2  0    30       THE DAMNED II (493)
 BOLOL 4319                    3   1  0    30       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 ATL 4310                      2   0  0    27       ERRATA (490)
 STANDBY 4314                  1   1  1    27       ERRATA (490)
 MARTA 4313                    1   1  0    27       ERRATA (490)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YUMALESCA 4289                5   8  0    23       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 BOL 4318                      3   1  0    23       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 MERCED 4341                   1   1  0    23       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 VORTEX 4285                   3   7  0    22       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 SPY 4380                      3   0  0    22       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 121 4312                      2   0  1    22       ERRATA (490)
 BEULAH BALBRICKER 4410        1   1  0    22       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 CHEETAH 4343                  3   2  2    20       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 BOLING 4317                   3   0  0    20       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 OPTIMUS PRIME 4417            2   0  0    20       NOSTALGIA (506)
 MORINDICHA 4358               2   1  1    19       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 ROBOGIRL 4392                 2   0  0    19       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 MEALTWIST 4400                2   0  0    19       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
 TIGRIS 4339                   1   1  1    19       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
-BAMBI FAWNDEER 4197           1   3  0    19       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 CLAUDE ELLIS 4345             1   2  0    19       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 WRATHCHILD 4407               2   0  0    18       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 REV. BUBBA FLAVEL 4411        2   0  0    18       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 FROST BITE 4415               2   0  0    17       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 THE RED 4340                  2   0  0    17       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 WASTED YEARS 4408             1   1  0    17       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 LORAX 4359                    1   2  0    16       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 BONES 4349                    2   0  0    15       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 WHITE WOLF 4309               3   3  2    14       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 ANGEL DUST 4331               2   2  1    14       THE DAMNED II (493)
 CYBELL TROUPE 4346            1   1  0    14       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 BOLO 4315                     2   2  0    13       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 JAGERMEISTER 4302             1   4  0    13       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 HARPY 4438                    1   0  0    13       RAPTOR (508)
 THE NILE 4338                 1   1  0    13       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 PROWLER 4350                  2   0  0    12       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 BOLI 4316                     1   1  0    12       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 TRUCIDO SOMNIUM 4403          1   1  0    12       PACIS EX NEX (499)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PT CRUISER 4311               0   2  0    12       ERRATA (490)
-STUMPY JOE 432                2   0  0    11       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 RUNNING FREE 4406             1   1  0    11       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 JACOB MARLEY 4351             1   1  0    11       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 SLIPPERY KITTEN 4432          1   0  0    11       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
-THE OTHER SIDE 4395           1   0  0    11       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 DEVASTATOR 4419               2   0  0    10       NOSTALGIA (506)
 NAUGHTIA 4433                 1   0  0    10       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
-L.E.F. 4394                   1   0  0    10       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 ICHABOD CRANE 4352            0   2  0    10       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 DICE 4381                     2   1  0     9       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 ARROW 4421                    1   1  0     9       DARKSTORM (507)
-POSSUMNATOR 4189              1   0  0     9       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 PAC MAN 4420                  1   1  1     8       NOSTALGIA (506)
 HARPY 4423                    1   1  0     8       DARKSTORM (507)
 LUMP 4427                     2   0  0     7       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 BUZZARD 4435                  1   0  0     6       RAPTOR (508)
 JAMIE FORD 4347               0   2  0     6       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 LASOMBRA 4422                 1   1  0     5       DARKSTORM (507)
 T'KALA 4357                   1   2  0     5       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 POLAR FOX 4376                1   2  0     5       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 CARACAL 4386                  1   1  0     4       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 MR. CARTER 4414               1   1  0     4       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 TWILIGHT ZONE 4409            1   1  0     4       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 TU 4379                       1   1  0     4       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 MERCY FOR NONE 4370           1   1  0     4       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 WITHER FAITH 4371             1   1  0     4       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 DESTRO 4418                   1   1  0     4       NOSTALGIA (506)
 STRIX 4436                    1   0  0     3       RAPTOR (508)
-MAD HATTER 433                0   1  0     3       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 SIR MARIUS 4334               0   3  0     3       THE DAMNED II (493)
 FANTASY FRED 431              0   3  0     3       DISCO DWARVES (68)
-RIBBONS 429                   0   2  0     2       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 MRS. MORRIS 4412              0   2  0     2       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 CHARLOTTE THE HARLOT 4405     0   2  0     2       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 RHODE HOUSE 4425              0   2  0     2       DARKSTORM (507)
-ZIPPY 430                     0   2  0     2       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 CRUCIATUS 4404                0   2  0     2       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 OLD SORROWS 4372              0   2  0     2       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 MARIE 4428                    0   1  0     1       THE DAMNED II (493)
-ROY FOCKER 4416               0   1  0     1       NOSTALGIA (506)
 OSPREY 4434                   0   1  0     1       RAPTOR (508)
-2 GIRLS 1 CUP 4397            0   1  0     1       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
 KING KONG IPA 4431            0   1  0     1       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
-RED ZONE 4396                 0   1  0     1       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
-XEPHER 4393                   0   1  0     1       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 JAGLAVOX 4429                 0   1  0     1       THE DAMNED II (493)
 REDLINE 4444                  0   1  0     1       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 HESPERORNIS 4437              0   1  0     1       RAPTOR (508)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ANGUS 4424              0  2 0 DARKSTORM 507        PAC MAN 4420          264   
DENNIS WALKER 4344      1  2 0 JGW PERISHABLE 1 495 TIGRIS 4339           264   
BRIAN SCHWARTZ 4413     1  1 0 MISFIT TOYS K 505    ANGEL DUST 4331       264   
CANNONBALL HAMME 3960  14  6 0 MUTANT HAMMERZ 456   THE BRIDE 4180        260  NOT REVENGED
EUPHRATES 4342          0  2 0 OLD MAN RIVER 494    CHEETAH 4343          264   
ANCIENT HERO 4353       1  1 0 PHANTOM REGIMENT 496 121 4312              264   
DEUS NON 4360           1  2 0 SHATTERPOINT 497     STANDBY 4314          264   
BOB 4300                0  2 0 SUDDEN FURY 487      CHEETAH 4343          261  REVENGED
FRED 4430               0  1 0 SUDDEN FURY 487      SPYMASTER             264  NONE
SPAZ 4299               0  2 0 SUDDEN FURY 487      GLACIER 4279          261   

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
OCELOT 4239             2  6 0 THE LION'S DEN 479   SEBASTIAN HAMMER 4355 262   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Someone in this arena seems to be running one of my warriors every turn.  As a
matter of fact he even challenged Vortex last turn.  Vortex, I'm not sure who did it
but it wasn't me, the manager of Bambi.  You folks need to check your warriors and
see if you have a warrior with same number as mine, 4197.  RSI is going to track this
warrior and see who is running her, it is someone who is calling in their turn as far
as RSI can tell.  Thanks. -- Barnabas

Congrats to Phat Phat and Haunt for their turn 1 lead!  Bullseye's on you!! -- Stik

Nomad -- Sorry to be holdin' you down, bud.  I'll try to redeem myself this cycle! --
Stik

MD and Kat -- Nice spots! -- Stik

Bolo -- Honestly, I was expecting a bit more from one of Tripwire's crew.  But, I'll
take the lone win gladly. -- The Red (river of the north, that is!)

Caracal -- Watch where you swing that toothpick, son, youch! -- Tigris

White Wolf -- I'm sorry what???  Sorry, my ears are still ringing...perhaps again
sometime. -- The Nile

Prowler -- Ok, great, now...let's try and fight the OTHER teams, cool? -- Euphrates

121 -- All that work, for what?!?? -- Merced

Happy New Year to all in Stormcrowe and the Slaughterhouse 3!! -- High Plains Duelers

Master Darque -- Oops, my team is the Damned II (493) not Grave Dancers (493), all my
names will be Grave Dancers ofter the next name-change-o-rama in the Spring.  At
least I got the team number right. -- Liam the Goth

Buddy Lee -- You know Mike Eldritch needs a partner.  You would be the right kind of
manager for the job. -- Liam

Mike Eldritch -- My brother may be the answer for you. -- Liam

All -- May you have a bloody good time, I know I will. -- Liam

Lynx -- Good one! -- Lynn

Rev. Bubba -- That was a long sermon, being a paladin of Ahringol I did my best to
stay awake but sadly I fell asleep. -- Angel Dust

Master Darque -- Expecting a ThrowBack to the SlaughterHouse Contests of YesterYear!
Thanks for Resurrecting the Bloody Tradition!  May There Be More in the Future! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/
StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North
Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

SlaughterHouse PsychoPaths -- You Know Who You Are!  Welcome to the Port of Pain! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/
StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North
Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Michael Eldritch -- Alas Your Request Reached My Attention on the Same Day a
Confirmed Partnership with Maximillian plus a Request from Phat Phat also Arrived My
Way!  You Would Have Made a Worthy Partner!  Not Having Online Connections Places You
at a Disadvantage!  My Recent Observances are that You Play Exclusively in Slow
Arenas!  Another Disadvantage to an Offline Manager When Seeking a Contest Partner!
The UpComing TOGS Contest in the Fast Arena in Aradi Arena 60 begins in February
after the Tempe Facer, so If You Decide to Enter a Stable There I Suggest You Contact
the TOGS Contest Sponsors Immediately to Help You Acquire a Partner!  My Condolences
for Your Failure to Acquire a Partner for the SS3 Contest Here in StormCrowe Arena!
Perhaps the Success of the Current SS3 will Produce a Future SS4 and You Will Perhaps
Have Plenty of Time to Secure a Partner for That One! -- Hammer/Minister of War/
Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli
Nuisance

Jorja -- I Do Plan to Have Fun Here!  Uncle Wolf Says You Are In Charge of His Dodge
Bullets Stable Over in Morya Arena!  See You There! -- Hammer/Minister of War/
Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli
Nuisance

Kat -- I Understand Your Sentiments Regarding Plenty of Compensation in the P-ads
with Jorja's Forced Exile!  However She is One of a Kind and Will Be Sorely Missed in
This Arena!  Some Would Say that Pawns Must Be Sacrificed for Better Moves and
Success in the Game of Chess!  Jorja is Much More Than a Mere Pawn!  She Will Not Be
Forgotten! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/
North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Darque & Kat & Wretch -- Without the Previous Newsletter Fights to Review Over Here
My Gladiators Will Refrain from Commenting This Cycle! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli
Nuisance

Kat -- I Await the Blood Feud for Sebastian Hammer Slaying Your Fallen Warrior Ocelot
Last Cycle!  A Prelude to the Carnage to Come!  My Gladiator was Expected to Serve as
Blood Feud Bait for the SS3 Contest and Sebastian Hammer Surprised Me!  How BeFitting
the Death was a Result of Your Challenge!  Your Move!  Choose Wisely! -- Hammer/
Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

JGW & Wretch -- You Were the First to Declare!  The First to Submit Gift Certs!  Will
You Now Draw First Blood...or...? -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/
DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf
War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Nomad & Stik -- Welcome to the High Plains Duelers!  Enjoy the Blood on the Sands! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/
StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North
Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Maximillian -- I Checked Arkers and Your Stable Did Not Arrive There!  Deactivated
Acid Fire Hammerz for This Cycle Because I Was Bored with the Arena!  Am Counting On
Your RedNecks Stable to Arrive with a Thirst for Blood and Slaughter!  May The
Madness Spread Throughout This Arena! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Kat & Master Darque -- The Majority of My Mutant Hammerz MatchUps Will Most Likely Be
Against Your Stables!  Unless SomeOne Else Snuck a Stable Between Us Loaded with
Recognition Rankings! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse
Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War
Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Mr Mojo & JE -- Looking Forward to Your Performance on the Sands!  Unless You Send a
Seasoned Stable My Warriors Will Just Wait for Yours at the Top of the Pile! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/
StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North
Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

ShadowDragon & Reaper -- All the Talk on Baphomet's WebSite Now Transforms into More
Meaningful Dialogue!  We Salute Your Efforts on the Sands! Enjoy! -- Hammer/Minister
of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Arminius & Fionn Mac -- Your Absence is Conspicuous on Darque's D2 Forum Posting for
Teams which Qualified for the Opening Round by Received Gift Certs! Thus Once Again
Your Absence from Mention in My Spot for This Cycle! -- Hammer/Minister of War/
Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli
Nuisance

Phat Phat & Haunt -- Glad to See a Former Alliance Mate Return and Find Another Long
Lost Dueler to BeCome Partners for a Classic Contest Revival in StormCrowe! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/
StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North
Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

TripWire & Kellumbo -- Ah the DownChallenger and the Detective! Makes Me Glad to
Remain Active in StormCrowe for the Entertaining Spots and P-ads to Most Likely
Generate from Your Highly Competitive Natures! Run Red the Sands of StormCrowe Arena
My Friends! DownChallengers are Most Welcome Here! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Apex & Master Beru -- A Hearty Welcome to Two of the Masters for Brewing Trouble!
What Better Place to Produce Your Brand of Mischievous MayHem! The Port of Pain
Awaits Your Spots and Blades! Looking Forward to Your P-ads! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/
SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli
Nuisance

Street Legal & Rake -- Two More Former Alliance Mates from Different Times and
Realms! The Plot Thickens! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/
DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf
War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Michael Eldritch -- After deep thought and consulting with the other SS3
participants, the following has been decided.  You may join the SS3 competition, but
the following criteria must first be met:  1)  You must find a partner.  2)  Both you
and your partner must submit a RU Cert.  Once those two conditions are met, I can
begin scoring your team.  The scoring will not be retro-active, but will begin on the
turn when both of those conditions are met.  To further explain so there is no
confusion:  If you find a partner and both of you submit a RU Cert prior to Turn 3,
then your scoring will begin on Turn 3.  I cannot give you credit for any of your
fights for Turn 1 and Turn 2.  I understand this will put you at a disadvantage in
the scoring, but it is the only provision that can be made that will allow you to
participate and not violate the integrity of the contest.  The decision is yours to
make.  I can be reached by Diplo here in DM 45 (Darque Forces), DM 60 (Devil's
Workshop), DM 81 (Darque Ages), and DM 83 (Pantheon).  You may also mail me snail
mail at Ashe Gibson; PO Box 279; Grimesland, NC  27837. -- Master Darque

All -- I mailed P-ads, DM Column, and Spotlights to multiple sources this time hoping
that they post correctly. -- Master Darque

SS3 Participants -- Excellent 1st turn!!!!  If you are at the top, watch out for the
competition!  If you are on the bottom, the top is NOT out of reach! -- Master Darque

SlaughterHouse PsychoPaths -- You Know Who You Are! Welcome to the Port of Pain! Last
Cycle's 18 Messages were Lost in CyberSpace! My Sources at the Gladiatorial
Commission Confirm the Receipt of My Duplicates! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Erudite Ed. -- As Is My Custom [After the First Round of the Contests I Participate
In] Please Reveal the Identities of the Movers and Shakers Who Manage the Stables
Listed in Last Cycle's StormCrowe SlaughterHouse 3 Opening Round Newsletter! Thank
You! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

     And as seems to be custom around here, we just moved to the land of much rain
     and my main computer is still in its box.  Ask me again next round and I'll be
     able to oblige! -- The Saint, keeper of lists

Reaper -- Glad You Enjoyed the Spot as it was One of My Best Spots Written This Past
Year! The Odds Used in the Spot were from Those Posted By JGW on Master Darque's
Forum! As a Member of The Order I Would Give You Better Odds and ShadowDragon is a
Better Opponent than the Odds Decree! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance
P.S.  The Spot that Should Have Been Printed Last Cycle Should Be in This Newsletter!
Should All Go According to Plan a Second Spot Should Also Appear! Must Write the
Second Spot in the Next Few Days!

Stik -- Looking Forward to More Spots as Promised in Your Message! Jorja Being
Dismissed from StormCrowe Arena Allows Me to Capitalize on Some Great Material for
Spot Writing and Message Posting! No Plans to Participate in SunSet Arena! But I Sent
Stables to Some Other Arenas to Activate in January Where Jorja  is Active! As for
Crossing Blades with Me and Baph the Reality Rift has Swallowed Baphomet [see Hammer
Spot titled The Moray MadMen] and You May Get to Cross Blades with My New Partner
Maximillian the Mad Whenever He Shows Up with His Red Necks Stable! To Cross Blades
with My Stable You Either Must Get Your Warriors to Rise in the Recognition Rankings
or Rely on Master Darque to Get His Warriors to Kill Mine! With Raggedy Ann Hogging
the Throne There Is No Telling When My Warriors Will Graduate! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Wretch -- Am Waiting to Read the Fights from Morya and Telorinthe Where More of My
Warriors Have Been Slain! But with All Due Respect to The Order and the FrameWork of
the SS3 Contest I Look Forward to Killing Any Warriors No Matter Who Manages Their
Stables! You and Darque have a Shot at Slaying the Gladiators of My Stable So Do Your
Worst to Bring Death to Pass! Looking Forward to Reading Such Fights! Plus Creating
More Deadly Foes for My SS3 Opponents! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Liam the Goth -- Looking Forward to Your Arrival in StormCrowe! The More the Merrier!
Exercise Your Pen and Write a Spot to Entertain Us! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Owlin the Wise -- During the SS3 Contest Which Way Will You Be Running? Helter or
Skelter?  Seriously! Glad to Know You are Among the Expected NewComers to StormCrowe
Arena! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Nomad -- Not Too Difficult to Compete with My Message Writing When My Messages
Disappear in CyberSpace! A Total of 18 Messages Failed to Print Last Cycle! This is
Message Number 8 and I Still Have More to Write! Combining Every Message from Every
Manager Makes for a Great Newsletter Bundle! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Master Darque -- The SS3 Contest is Expected to Be Quite Enjoyable! Write Your Spots!
Others Write Theirs! Plus Mine! Multiply the Messages in the Personal Ads! Mix It Up
on the Sands! Get Your Warriors Graduated Soon! InFlux of New Stables! Looks Like Me
and You for the Time Being! Enjoy! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

The Bride -- I Drew Another Straw! Looking Forward to Your Words of Wisdom for Angel
Hammer After His Loss To You Last Cycle! -- ShadowCat Hammer

Raggedy Ann -- Now That You Hold the New Record Why Not Celebrate Your Accomplishment
By Graduating? My Celebration is the Free Fights! -- Beast Hammer

Aunty Entity -- Drew Another Straw Last Cycle! Perhaps Another Time? A Dance for
Graduation Seems Appropriate! -- Angel Hammer

Reaper -- Mutant Hammerz have been in StormCrowe for Quite Some Time! They Activated
a Number of Months Ago on a Whim! My Original Stable was Lethal Ladies! A Group of
Experimental Total Parodys! But That Was Far Ago and Long Away! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Master Beru -- Brave Words! A Worthy Foe! Ascend the Recognition Rankings to Cross
Blades with My Gladiators! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Rev Bubba Flavel -- Pitch Your Tent and Preach Your Revival to the Masses! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

JGW -- New Year! New Odds! Looking Forward to Your Spot Monitoring and Spot Updates!
-- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Kat the Ferocious Feline -- Your Reputation and Lack of a BloodFeud was a Pleasant
Surprise! I Live to Fight Another Day! -- Sebastian Hammer

Yumalesca -- Yet Another Pleasant Surprise! Random Match Against a Contest Qualified
Gladiator! I Get the Win! You Get the Skills! I Be the Villain in Name! You Be the
Villain in the Skill Raping Game! You Will Need Those Skills Against All Those
Initiates! Will You Survive the Experience? Only Time Will Tell for Sure! --
Sebasttian Hammer

Glacier -- Another Skill Raper! Gloat While You are Able! My Challenge! My Strategy!
No CheckMate! At Least I Am Still Alive! -- Bishop Hammer

Tundra -- Thank You for the Dance! Quite Different from The Bride! Perhaps You Will
Match with Her After the BloodFeud Finishes! We Both Benefitted with What We Might
Need to Contend with The Bride! -- ShadowCat Hammer

The Bride -- No Wonder ShadowCat Hammer was Glad to Draw Another Straw! The Angel of
Death Visited Me in the Infirmary! Our Discussion Led to a New Vision! - Angel Hammer

Raggedy Ann -- Would That I Knew What Skills to Impart to You to Facilitate Your
Graduation! At Least I Gain SS3 Points as the This Weeks Favorite Warrior! Plus
Provide Free Fights for Hammer! Free Fights Warm His Heart Greatly! But What Would
Bring Joy to Hammer is Your Graduation! What a Surprise were I to Graduate Before You
Do! Hammer has No Clear Record of My Political Points! -- Beast Hammer

Haunt -- Congratulations on Gaining Valuable SS3 Points from Destro as Least Popular
Warrior for the SS3 Opening Round Last Cycle! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

JE -- Congratulations on Gaining Valuable SS3 Points for Team On The Move Last Cycle
in the SS3 Opening Round Last Cycle! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Darque -- Enjoyed Reading Your Spot in the Newsletter! SomeThing About Reading Spots
in the Newsletter! More Enjoyable than Reading on Your Forum! Too Bad My Spot Failed
to Arrive in the Newsletter for the Off Liners to Enjoy! Should Be There This Cycle!
Need to Write the Follow Up in the Next Few Days! -- Hammer the WordSmith/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Kat -- Your Spot was Also Refreshing to Read in the Newsletter! Looking Forward to
More from You and Darque! -- Hammer the WordSmith/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Stretsamleud II -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Phat Phat has Prevented Darque from
Gaining a Free Fight as Top Chartered Team! Beware the Wrath of Darque! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Misfit Toys K -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! How About a Spot About Your Stable
Master Beru? Always Enjoy Your Writing! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Nostalgia -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Haunt the Halls of Glory Haunt and Enjoy
Your Stay! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Phantom Regiment -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Nomad has Wandered into the
Competition! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse
Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War
Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

DDR SuperNova -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Mr Mojo Exchanges Stables for the
SlaughterHouse Competition! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

DarkStorm -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Rake My Old Friend it is Good to Have You
Among the Competitors in the SlaughterHouse! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Errata -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! JE Manages to Migrate from Niatoli Island to
Join the Competitors in the SlaughterHouse! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir
Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Maiden Japan -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Street Legal Brings His Brand of Sarcasm
to the SlaughterHouse! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse
Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War
Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

The Damned II -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Are You Registered for the
SlaughterHouse Contest? Good Timing to Wander into a Newly Revived Arena! --
Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Pacis Ex Nex -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Reaper Brings His Brand of The Order to
the SlaughterHouse Competition! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Old Man River -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! Stik is a Formidable Foe! High Plains
Dueler to Make His Presence Known in the SlaughterHouse! -- Hammer/Minister of
War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe
SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork
Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Kellumbo's Kids -- Welcome to StormCrowe Arena! The Detective and the Dark Arena!
Quite a SlaughterHouse Combination! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Barnabas -- Looks like you and your Road Warriors are serving as spoilers! Too Bad
you were unable to team up with Michael Eldritch for the opening round festivities! -
- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Michael Eldritch -- Shattered Dreams for your ShatterPoint stable as you also seem to
be relegated to the role of SS3 spoiler! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Maximillian -- Hopefully You and Your Gang of Red Necks are Showing Up for the Second
Round of the SS3 Festivities! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet
Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse
PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Embezzling Scribe -- Congratulations on Embezzling SS3 contest points from JGW and
Rake! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Morgron the Ambitious Guard -- You Must Be a Striker or at Least a Striker Wannabe
for all the times you keep hitting your buddy Dothalne the Persistent Beggar! --

Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Dothalne the Persistent Beggar -- You Must Be Some Kind of Scum for all the times
Morgron the Ambitious Guard has been Knocking You in the Head and You Refuse to Fall
Down and Stay Down! -- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse
Duelist/Swamp Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War
Tuffie/Morya MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

SlaughterHouse PsychoPaths -- In Celebration of the SS3 contest here in StormCrowe
Arena for the Second Round Newsletter You were Heralded with a Combined 45 Personal
Ads in Salute to the Arena 45 Participants from Hammer and his Mutant Hammerz stable!
-- Hammer/Minister of War/Abattoir Scarlet Knight/DarkHorse Duelist/Swamp
Psycho/StormCrowe SwashBuckler/SlaugherHouse PsychoPath/Turf War Tuffie/Morya
MadMan/North Fork Fanatic/Niatoli Nuisance

Hammer -- Received your letter as did Buddy lee.  Back at you.  I'm in 8 and here,
running in two other RSI games (Forgotten Reams turn 20 and my Hyborian War game with
friends is about to start) so off and on in Arkers and the whole contest here in
Stormcrowe.  It is good to hear from you my friend a Christmas gift of stores.  As
for Lee he's playing in 28 for now, maybe here but hard to say.  Good luck in 553
buddy. -- Liam the Goth, mgr. the Damned II (493)

Dice -- NO dice, but if you were aiming where you hit I give you points for accuracy!
-- T'Kala

Puma -- I hate being outclassed. *wince* -- Morindicha

Jagermeister -- Ha, ha!  One shot for me...green label or yellow? -- Lorax

Smacky -- The Lorax made me do it. -- Deus Non

All -- Unofficial congratulations to Phat Phat and Haunt.  You currently lead by a 4
point margin.  Mr Mojo and JE are your closest rivals.  Cheers for the underdogs on
turn 1.  Congratulations to you as well Raggedy Ann, by now we're getting use to you
Duelmastery.  Now onto turn 2... -- Michael Eldritch, solo compiler of matters arcane

22 December 2007
All -- Just that tired old reminder to check your e-mail settings when you send ads
and such.  Please send stuff as plain text rather than as HTML or formatted text.
HAL, being the simple golem it is, doesn't know what to do with anything other than
plain text.  Note, this also means it doesn't know what to do with "smart" or "curly"
quotes, whether single or double, em-dashes (rendered here as two hyphens "--") or
everyone's favourite ellipsis (..., aka three dots). -- A public self-service
announcement from your Ed.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FRED was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ANGEL HAMMER was viciously subdued by THE BRIDE in a 2 minute Bloodfeud battle.
REV. BUBBA FLAVEL outlasted OLD SORROWS in a unpopular 20 minute Challenge duel.
BEAST HAMMER was bested by RAGGEDY ANN in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge Title fight.
SHADOWCAT HAMMER was subdued by TUNDRA in a 6 minute master's Challenge competition.
REALITY devastated PANTHER in a 4 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HALF handily defeated CLAUDE ELLIS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
BOLI was unbelievably bested by TRUCIDO SOMNIUM in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
BOLO slimly won victory over MRS. MORRIS in a 2 minute gory Challenge duel.
ATL vanquished VORTEX in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
THE NILE defeated LASOMBRA in a action packed 6 minute gory Challenge match.
ICHABOD CRANE was narrowly defeated by RUNNING FREE in a 4 minute Challenge match.
MERCED devastated MERCY FOR NONE in a 4 minute brutal mismatched Challenge conflict.
BRIAN SCHWARTZ was savagely slain by ANGEL DUST in a 3 minute Challenge brawl.
LORAX was overcome by JEFFERSON DAVIS in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
SPY vanquished JAMIE FORD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
DICE won victory over RHODE HOUSE in a 1 minute bloody novice's Challenge fray.
ANCIENT HERO was butchered by 121 in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
ARROW savagely defeated DESTRO in a 5 minute brutal novice's Challenge match.
JACOB MARLEY beat WITHER FAITH in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge fight.
PROWLER unbelievably bested CARACAL in a 3 minute novice's Challenge contest.
PAC MAN narrowly killed ANGUS in a 3 minute gory novice's Challenge duel.
DEUS NON was easily killed by STANDBY in a 1 minute bloody uneven Challenge duel.
CYBELL TROUPE overpowered SIR MARIUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
ROBOGIRL overpowered CHARLOTTE THE HARLOT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
TWILIGHT ZONE was vanquished by BEULAH BALBRICKER in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
EUPHRATES was murdered by CHEETAH in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge melee.
MR. CARTER was handily defeated by MEALTWIST in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
OPTIMUS PRIME overpowered T'KALA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge competition.
TIGRIS executed DENNIS WALKER in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge fight.
AUNTY ENTITY handily defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SEBASTIAN HAMMER was demolished by GLACIER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
YUFFIE overpowered THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
LYNN THAO was bested by LYNX in a 2 minute gory duel.
BISHOP HAMMER was bested by PUMA in a 1 minute battle.
BOLOL savagely defeated YUMALESCA in a exciting 4 minute gruesome struggle.
BOL defeated PT CRUISER in a 1 minute match.
BOLING demolished MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute one-sided conflict.
MARTA vanquished WHITE WOLF in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
JAGERMEISTER slimly lost to THE RED in a 4 minute bloody bout.
POLAR FOX was demolished by WRATHCHILD in a 1 minute uneven competition.
TU was overpowered by WASTED YEARS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
MORINDICHA won victory over HARPY in a 2 minute amateur's duel.
BONES demolished KING KONG IPA in a 1 minute uneven conflict.
CRUCIATUS was unbelievably bested by STRIX in a tiresome 9 minute amateur's fight.
FANTASY FRED was overcome by DEVASTATOR in a 2 minute novice's conflict.
FROST BITE overpowered REDLINE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LUMP outlasted HESPERORNIS in a tiring 17 minute novice's duel.
JAGLAVOX was handily defeated by NAUGHTIA in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
MARIE lost to BUZZARD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute novice's match.
SLIPPERY KITTEN overpowered OSPREY in a popular 1 minute one-sided battle.
HARPY overpowered CONVICTED THIEF 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                  23         WALL OF STEEL     20 -   9 -  2      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 20         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  16 -  2      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  17 -  0      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         LUNGING ATTACK    44 -  38 -  4      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                      10         AIMED BLOW        30 -  27 -  1      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -  14 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         BASHING ATTACK    21 -  35 -  3      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  42 -  2      37  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  13 -  0      35  |

Turn 264 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:

SLASHING ATTACK    7 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    9 - 11         3  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  3     AIMED BLOW         4 -  6         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  6         2  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  4                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK    12 - 11                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      RAGGEDY ANN 4148           30   9  0  128 DARQUE FORCES (428)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE BRIDE 4180             20   8  1  170 DARQUE FORCES (428)
SLASHING ATTACK  AUNTY ENTITY 4253          11   6  1   96 DARQUE FORCES (428)
STRIKING ATTACK  ANGEL HAMMER 3962          14  10  2   93 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
AIMED BLOW       YUFFIE 4291                 8   4  0   63 DARQUE FORCES (428)
BASHING ATTACK   GLACIER 4279                9   5  1   61 ARCTIC WASTES (486)
PARRY-LUNGE      LYNX 4195                   4   2  0   41 THE LION'S DEN (479)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BEAST HAMMER 3963.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TUNDRA 4280.  The ten other most popular fighters were BOLOL 4319, LASOMBRA 
4422, THE BRIDE 4180, BEAST HAMMER 3963, SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961, ICHABOD CRANE 4352, 
MERCED 4341, ANGEL DUST 4331, JAGERMEISTER 4302, and DEVASTATOR 4419.

The least popular fighter this week was OLD SORROWS 4372.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were REV. BUBBA FLAVEL 4411, HESPERORNIS 4437, LUMP 4427, STRIX 
4436, CRUCIATUS 4404, THE NILE 4338, JAGLAVOX 4429, REDLINE 4444, KING KONG IPA 4431, 
and HARPY 4423.