Date   : 05/08/2006    Duedate: 05/20/2006


DM-46    TURN-474

This Weeks Top Honors


(46-3404) [14-8-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GLOW-ROOM                      POSITION IS EMPTY
FANDILS (75)                   
(46-3404) [14-8-0,100]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(46-3850) [14-19-1,62]         (46-3888) [9-7-0,66]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. INFERNAL LORDS (8)          27
2. FANDILS (75)                25      FANDILS (75)
3. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)      6      Unchartered Team
4. CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)      0
5. DEATH (349)                  0      NATURAL WONDERS (188)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)  211 131 12 61.7   1/ 1 FANDILS (75)             10  2 1
 2/ 2 FANDILS (75)             776 596 26 56.6   2/ 3 INFERNAL LORDS (8)        6  3 0
 3/ 3 INFERNAL LORDS (8)       169 140 10 54.7   3- 2 CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)   4  1 0
 4/ 4 RUBY DRAGONS (336)       107  99  2 51.9   4/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   2 13 0
 5/ 5 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  371 566 11 39.6   5/ 5 RUBY DRAGONS (336)        1  2 0
 6- 6*DEATH (349)                2   8  1 20.0   6- 6*DEATH (349)               1  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #20 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Eclipse looked at Stepharoo and wondered what comments he could make without
getting them into trouble.  Such as, will the footsteps guide us the whole way?  And
if not, what happens when they stop?  He was a little uneasy even thinking those
questions, lest the Mythicum or whatever it was should read his mind and bring them
about; for sure he wasn't going to say anything like that.  Such as, is the whole
quest going to take place in this unpopulated limbo with neither day nor night?
     Stepharoo stopped.
     Eclipse stopped.
     The footprints they were following split in front of them and went in two
     The two gladiators looked at each other in confusion, then at the ground again.
There was no doubt about it, from directly in front of them, one line of footprints
became two which diverged quickly.
     Eclipse knelt to study the prints, glad he had taken the time to do so when they
began this walk.  If one set was not quite the same as the other--  But they were
identical in all features he could see, size, shape, depth, even length of stride
between one step and the next.  So much for thinking ahead.  "No difference," he
said.  "Do we flip a coin?"
     "It seems so UNFAIR that we should have to choose without any hint at all!"
     Eclipse opened his mouth to point out that life was unfair, then hesitated.  Was
unfairness mythic?  He didn't think so.  "This is a test, too," he said after a
moment.  He reached across and took both her hands in his.  "I think this is a
serious test: whether we stay together or split up."
     "The Magician said we should stay together."
     "But he was half light, half dark.  Do we trust him, or ourselves?"
     Stepharoo was silent for several minutes.  Finally she said, in a quiet voice,
"I don't want to go off by myself."
     "I'm not thrilled about it either," Eclipse admitted.  "But I think this is what
we have to do.  Separate, meet a test on our own, and then come together again up
     She sighed.  "Yeah, I think you're right, but I still don't like it."
     "I suppose if it was fun, it wouldn't be a test."
     "It could be," Stepharoo argued.  "I don't see why not!"
     "It isn't traditional.  If this is mythic, we can't defy tradition."
     "I don't see why not!  New is good sometimes."
     "New myths?" Eclipse said cynically.  "Don't delude yourself!  We have to do
this by the book.  You take the high road and I'll take the low--"  He slapped his
hand over his mouth, but it was too late.  The ground in front of them didn't change,
it simply was different, as though the two lines of footprints had always gone one up
and one down a slope.  He shrugged.  "Nothing for it, I guess."
     "I guess not."  Stepharoo looked at the path on the left, which angled upward,
and sighed.  "At least it isn't very steep.  See you soon!"  She set her foot on the
rising ground, shifted her shield, which was blazing like a sun, to the fore, and set
     Eclipse looked at his own path, which plunged downward to the right.  "It isn't
as steep as it looks, I bet."  The angle adjusted a little, though not as much as
he'd hoped for.

     Stepharoo followed her set of footprints around a shoulder of rock--she seemed
to be in the mountains now, without warning or preliminary foothills--and came to a
stop.  She could actually see the person in front of her now, the one making the
footprints.  It was a tarot Fool, dressed in red and blue motley.  Vividly she
remembered a tarot card she'd seen once, in which the Fool was about to step off a
cliff.  No way!  There were other renderings, she had heard that, and she wished now
that she knew more about them.  But they showed...she was sure they showed the silly
Fool walking along a road.  No cliffs.  Walking off a cliff wasn't mythic, it was
just stupid.
     She started walking again, placing each foot with care on the narrow path,
shining the light of her shield ahead to make sure there was a path present when her
foot came down.

     Eclipse still had the leafy staff he'd used crossing the chasm, and he put it to
use here aid his footing on what was not much of a path.  It was a lot steeper than
was really safe, if not QUITE vertical, it jinked back and forth along the face of a
cliff, and it was graveled with little round pebbles that kept rolling under his
feet.  Someone WANTED him to fall here.  But he was not going to do it.
     He reached a bend where the path switched back the other way, turned to follow
it, and paused.  There were no footprints on this length of the path.  He looked
back.  No footprints behind him, either.  It hadn't occurred to either of them to
check behind them when they were walking along the plain, so he didn't know if this
was a point of sinister significance, or if the footprints went away after they'd
been passed.
     There was a fading footprint on the bend of the path, though.  He stepped back
to it and looked around.  "A guide should be a little more obvious," he growled.
     The footprint slid forward, over the edge of the path, and drifted down, fading
as it went.  But he could see that there was another one on the angle of the path
where it ran below and further down.  At least, it was something oblong and glowing,
the distance was too great to make out the details.
     But if that was the only clue he had....
     He jumped.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Lucky me.  Lucky me!  I may graduate yet before someone kills me.  And with my
abilities, I'm in a hurry!
    Tournament?  We sent one.  And old Davy did not glow in his 1-3.  I may as well
have gone myself.
     I hear it is Baltimore in July.  I sure hope I am immortal by that time.  I want
outta here.  Too much stress.
     I've taken a shine ("glow"--get it?) to this Duelmaster thing.  I sure do hope
you all will keep giving it to me.
     Wish me well.
     Your Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in ARDIVENT since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  What's with EUROQ?  It 
actually beat BLUVALLEY WARRIORS' COOLIN SCOT, and walked away with 15 more points 
from the fight.  Major screwup at RUBY DRAGONS.  SMILING MOUNTAIN lost 1 points to 
DAVY PRIVETTE.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe SMILING MOUNTAIN will provide 
more easy wins...  KUNG-FU MASTER was reminded on the sands why GLOW-ROOM is 
Duelmaster.  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your 
fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  ARDIVENT thinks INFERNAL 
LORDS and their 169-140-10 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  
The bums at FANDILS couldn't face the challenges from INFERNAL LORDS!  No excuse for 
     Warriors of ARDIVENT unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Many a warrior 
has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
ARDIVENT is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  I don't 
want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLOW-ROOM 3404               14   8  0   100       FANDILS (75)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BREAK POINT 2741             22  13  0    89       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
 DR STEINBURGER 3442          14   2  0    81       FANDILS (75)
-TEMPTATION 3314               8   5  0    75       INFERNAL LORDS (8)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LORI COLLIN 3888              9   7  0    66       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BECKER COLLIN 3850           14  19  1    62       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AZGUD 3253                    9  13  0    54       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-MARY CATHERINE 3459           7   2  2    52       FANDILS (75)
-IRONWOLF 274                  5   1  0    42       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 DAVY PRIVETTE 3447            8   1  0    39       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RYTHYM WIZARD 3357            5   1  0    33       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 SMILING MOUNTAIN 3896         4   3  0    30       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
-SPARROW-BLASTER 3900          2   0  0    28       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FIIZ 3332                     3   5  0    22       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-UG 271                        4   2  1    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
-KROKUS 272                    4   2  0    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 EARL & SISSY 3478             2   1  1    19       FANDILS (75)
-TARAMON 270                   3   3  0    18       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 DEBRA CONKLIN 3890            3   8  0    17       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 EUROQ 3901                    1   1  0    16       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-WEASEL 273                    4   2  0    15       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 JACINTHE 3892                 2   7  0    13       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-THORN 3904                    1   1  0    12       DEATH (349)
 COOLIN SCOT 3897              2   5  0    11       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-GALOOT 3907                   1   0  0     7       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
-DREAD 3902                    1   1  1     5       DEATH (349)
-QUAR-RAL 3898                 1   0  0     3       CYNICAL DELUSIONS (218)
-HELLSPAWN 3903                0   2  0     2       DEATH (349)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
QUARANTEEN 3899        0  1 0 CYNICAL DELUSIONS 218 EARL & SISSY 3478     473         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mary Catherine -- Well the fight went as expected, bloody, with a whole lot of damage
being done to me and my armor.  It's a bit expensive to have all the dents and holes
fixed every two weeks.  Eclipse is definitely keeping an eye on the repair budget.
I'm trying to learn how to attack more and defend less, I've always been a slow
learner. -- Break Point

Fandil the Wise -- Ok, I suggest you start aiming for the legs and not my warriors'
heads and hearts.  This is so costly, and it's turning into a blood match every week.
Well, prepare for the Blood Feud, it won't be break point though.  I'm wondering if
holding the title was a jinx, I would check your weapons for poison tips, and I will
be checking my warriors' food for suspicious spices. -- Eclipse

Degotti -- Well, it seems that I do have a team that will definitely "haunt" you.
Literally.  I might make up a team of dead warriors, and have them hang out around
your stable. -- Eclipse

Earl and Sissy -- Where's the Sissy, did Earl come to fight this time, is that why I
had to die. -- QUARANTEEN
P.S.  I was the experiment on the team.

Coolin Scot -- Haven't we met already? -- Sparrow

EUROQ -- Actually it looks like I ROQ. -- Quar-ral

Polite Begger -- You didn't have to be that polite.  Man up, and swing that sword a
bit. -- Galoot

Eclipse -- Glad to see you well after the murderous outlaw attack.  Health. Humility.
Honor. -- Fandil The Wise

DeGotti -- Your call, of course, about Temptation, but I find it hard to comprehend
that she is "worse" than the Glowing Duelmaster. -- WOF

Fiiz -- I am not!  I'm not mean.  I'm just dangerous.  Live a little on the wild
side. -- Mary Catherine

Snotman = Wild Cards.  Yes. -- Fandil The Wise

Becker Collins -- You can do with that hip what the boss did with his.  (3 times)
Replace it.  Meanwhile, let me drill on your cavities.... -- Dr Steinsburger

Quaranteen -- Oh, no!  Not again!  Another untimely death on The Arena Of The Red
Sands.  Mea culpa.  Mea maxima culpa. -- Earl & Sissy

Debra -- You sure are a pretty little thing.  (wink) -- Davy Privette

Break Point -- You are way too good for me. -- Mary Catherine

Lori Collin -- Daggone, that was my lucky day. -- Glow-Room

Eclipse -- Looks like your team of my nightmares is getting dismantled by Fandil's
crew of butchers. -- DeGotti

Leeta -- Yeah you are correct it is Snotman who runs Wild Cards. I don't know what I
was thinking. -- DeGotti

Fandil -- This group of guys is rather horrible. I have one warrior here who has only
learned skills in 2 of the 6 possible areas and only 1 of them is really relevant. --

Glow-Room -- An, a title shot!  Not that I have any great desire to shoot a title. --
Lori Collin
P.S.  For a neuter golem, you're rather...forward, aren't you?

Dr Steinburger -- A stein and a burger?  Sounds good to me. -- Becker Collin

Rhythm Wizard -- That's peculiar, the way you just, I can't describe it.  But your
rhythm was wicked! -- Jacinthe

Davy Privette -- That's like a private corvette, right?  Totally cool! -- Debra

Sparrow-Blaster -- Does it work?  I've got some sparrows you could try it on. --
Coolin Scot

Eclipse -- Ah...the dog ate your strategy sheets?  (sympathetic nod)  Dogs are like
that. -- Leeta

Fandil -- Fair compensation for being preserved in amber for years? -- the Scribe

DeGotti -- You're welcome.  I always assume that somebody is reading and enjoying,
but it helps to see it said now and then. -- the Scribe/Judith

11 April 2006
To all those lookin' for some easy pickins:  I, Elfwine, manager of The Shallowship,
the most feared team in all of Jhelum, invite all who seek wide open spaces for pubs
and other such establishments of limited debauchery, to visit this deserted city and
help me clear up some of the dust.  I'm just about ready to have my guys face off
against each other to get some new action.  Guess I'd better join a tournament or
something...hmmmm, there's a thought.

3 May 2006
All -- I've seen what's on the forum.  So I'm prey, am I, Max.  You and all your
devious buddies will become my prey, even those I thought okay.  I don't have to
explain anything I do, much like yourselves so bring it on.  Feel free to come over
to 31 for a thrashing.  Oh, by the way, I am also in a new alliance.  They tend to
share my sentiments about the VC.  If they follow me or not, we will see; I'm not at
liberty to talk for them.  The VC may be on their last stand!!!! -- Blackstorm

6 May 2006
The 2006 Mordanti Alliance Olympics are off to a grand start!  With seventeen teams
declared, running under eight different flags (not to mention six additional non-
Olympic teams present), it is looking to be as tough as any previous Olympiad, if not
more!  Olympians petitioned the Commission to make an allowance for late entries, and
the Commission agreed, and will allow new entrants to partake, as long as they are
active by Round 3 (T546, due May 29th).  So if you wish to enter, please email your
intentions to amicitia@gwi.net with team name, manager name, and affiliation
(alliance name or independent), or show up in Mordant (DM-1) on, or before, May 29th
and place your declarations in the newsletter!

Amicitia Primoris (Lord Xiang, Dameon Darkheart, JGW, Seraphim)

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FIIZ viciously subdued JACINTHE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
EUROQ demolished COOLIN SCOT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
GLOW-ROOM overpowered KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
DR STEINBURGER luckily beat LORI COLLIN in a exciting 4 minute bloody fight.
BECKER COLLIN was bested by NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 4 minute duel.
DAVY PRIVETTE defeated SMILING MOUNTAIN in a 2 minute struggle.
RYTHYM WIZARD savagely defeated DEBRA CONKLIN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gory brawl.
EARL & SISSY overcame TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   4 -  0      81  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK     8 -   4 -  2      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   2 -  1      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -  17 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   8 -  0      20  |

Turn 474 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   GLOW-ROOM 3404             14   8  0  100 FANDILS (75)
TOTAL PARRY      DR STEINBURGER 3442        14   2  0   81 FANDILS (75)
SLASHING ATTACK  LORI COLLIN 3888            9   7  0   66 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
WALL OF STEEL    DAVY PRIVETTE 3447          8   1  0   39 FANDILS (75)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BECKER COLLIN 3850.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LORI COLLIN 3888.  The ten other most popular fighters were FIIZ 3332, 

The least popular fighter this week was DEBRA CONKLIN 3890.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were COOLIN SCOT 3897, DAVY PRIVETTE 3447, BECKER COLLIN 3850, DR 

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

GLOW-ROOM (46-3404) FANDILS (75)