Date   : 02/26/2007    Duedate: 03/10/2007


DM-46    TURN-495

This Weeks Top Honors


(46-3459) [16-5-3,125]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

FANDILS (75)                   WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
(46-3459) [16-5-3,125]         (46-3978) [1-2-0,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FANDILS (75)                   FANDILS (75)
(46-3459) [16-5-3,125]         (46-3926) [10-7-0,53]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. INFERNAL LORDS (8)          38
2. WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)    19      TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
3. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)     13      Unchartered Team
4. TUFT-TASTIC! (265)           9
5. ERRATA (357)                 5      ERRATA (357)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*ERRATA (357)               3   1  0 75.0   1/ 1 FANDILS (75)             11  3 0
 2/ 3 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)       107  71  2 60.1   2- 2*THE BEARS II (355)        6  1 3
 3- 4*THE BEARS II (355)        15  10  3 60.0   3/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   5  9 0
 4/ 5 FANDILS (75)             828 627 27 56.9   4/ 5 TUFT-TASTIC! (265)        4  5 0
 5/ 6 INFERNAL LORDS (8)       195 163 11 54.5   5/ 7*WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)  4 11 0
 6/ 7 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  398 641 13 38.3   6/ 6*ERRATA (357)              3  1 0
 7/ 8*WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)   4  11  0 26.7   7/ 8 INFERNAL LORDS (8)        3  2 1

    '*'   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[ Cities by the Shore #12 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Lord Jerrofil, whose manor was near Point, supplied the horses and--he insisted
on it--an armed escort.  "The roads aren't safe," he said.  "There's been a lot of
banditry, random violence," he sighed, "and beggars everywhere.  I can't remember a
time like this, not here.  Down south, during and right after the Rirorni War, but
not here."
     "We aren't helpless," Adie told him sharply.
     "I'm sure you're not," Jerrofil agreed, "but unless you want to exhaust
yourselves by fighting hourly, you will accept the escort, my lady.  Then you might
not have to fight at all; few of the bandits are so desperate--yet--that they will
attack a party of armed men.  Also, well, you might need a guide.  The earth tremors
have disrupted the roads, and some areas are impassable now."
     Fandil raised an eyebrow.  "I hadn't realized the tremors were so severe, away
from Krael.  The ones three days ago--"
     "Were not the only ones, or the worst ones," Jerrofil said.  "Things have been
especially bad around Seam, but according to the latest news from travelers, anywhere
within sixty miles of Point and Krael has been hit to some degree.  Some buildings
have fallen or are no longer stable, trees have come down here and there, at least
one stream has changed course, but the worst are the bridges.  Most of them are
fallen or unsafe."
     Adie frowned, one hand going automatically to twist a lock of hair.  It was
perhaps forty miles from Point to Aruak City, a day's ride if they met no problems...
though it was well into the morning, and she had hoped for an early start.  But it
was beginning to sound like "forty miles over good roads" was too optimistic.  Her
mouth set in a stubborn line.  If anyone...such as Khaldren, thought such obstacles
would turn her aside, that person was in error.  But maybe it would be better if old
Fandil didn't have to undertake what sounded like a wearing journey, and besides,
someone should keep an eye on Cho.  She turned to Fandil.
     "Don't even think it," the Ardiventi mage said.  "I'm coming with you."
     Adie looked at him for a minute, then shook her head.  Not in denial, but she
knew an immovable object when she saw one.  Fandil was coming.  So be it.
     "And best if we get moving quickly," the old man went on.  "We've got a window
here where we can leave unobserved, we should take it."
     "How--?" Jerrofil began.
     "Cho is creating a distraction.  We don't figure it will hold the Kraelians's
attention for more than an hour, though, so...."
     "Yes, of course.  I commend you to my Captain of Horse, Tollisker," Lord
Jerrofil said, "and he to you.  May you guard each other for safe journeying."
     The captain, a young man who looked Convincian rather than Aruaki, nodded
soberly and signaled to his men,  Five horsemen led the way out of Point, two fanned
out to the right and two to the left, and another five brought up the rear, Tollisker
riding with the two mages in the middle of the mounted group.  "Have you a preferred
route, my lady and lord?"
     "Whatever will get us there most quickly," Adie said.
     Tollisker looked to the side, though she didn't think he was studying the
overgrown field.  After a moment, he looked back and said, "We will begin by trying
the straight road, then, and diverge only when we must."
     Cho had only promised Fandil an hour to get clear in, and he was glad of that.
The illusion he had created to distract the Kraelian mages was fighting his control
like a live thing, and he feared it might become one if he fed any more power into
it.  That was the trouble with doing any kind of magic in an area where the lines
power and reality were so tangled together:  you could never be sure what would
     He forced his unreal leviathan back from the seawall that protected lower Krael
from the lake.  Cursed his tendency to build in too much detail; it made the illusion
more convincing, but also gave it more reality from within, and this...thing he had
made was absorbing the chaotic energies around the drowned city and becoming more...
solid.  But he was no apprentice to lose his grip on a spell, and he pinned it with 
his will and began to dismantle the web of forces that sustained it.
     They rode for an hour without problems, though less rapidly than Adie wished.
Tollisker held them to a steady pace, walk and trot and walk again. He said that they
could not count on finding remounts short of Aruak City, therefore they weren't going
to ride these horses into the ground, that the time gained at a gallop would be lost
when they were afoot.  Adie acknowledged the sense of that, but she chaffed at the
     Along the Point peninsula, through land which, Tollisker said, was all under the
wardenship of Lord Jerrofil.  If so, it spoke well of Jerrofil's stewardship.  There
were fields that had been abandoned, one saw them everywhere in recent years, but
fewer than she'd expected.  Farmsteads and hamlets occupied and in good condition,
people who paused in their work to watch the troop pass and raised a hand in greeting
and salute to Jerrofil's banner.
     "Things are better here than I expected," Fandil said quietly.
     Tollisker shrugged.  "Most of the people here are Convincian, not Aruaki.  And
Point arena is closed.  So we haven't been hit as hard as the Clanholds.  It's bad
enough, though.  You'll see, soon."
     "See what?"  Adie glanced around, looking for the unexpected or the out-of-
place.  But it was much the same as they'd seen all the way from Point, fields and
patches of woods, a farmstead tucked under a hill.  Watchers on the hilltops.  More
hilltops than farther west, the land rose into a chain of rugged hills at the end of
peninsula, then would fall away into the river valley where Aruak City was located.
     "Around the next hill," Tollisker said.  He was tense, Adie saw, like a man who
is not only ready for trouble but actually expects it at any moment.
     It made her tense, too, and she began gathering sunlight against...whatever need
might arise.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I am so thrilled!  I cannot believe I actually defended the title.  Wow!  I was
a little lucky to be matched to one of Jehzra's style, but, on the other hand, I
would bet her physicals are far, far better than mine.  Just you all wait until I can
reveal them.  Just wait.
     It is good to see a new team in The Arena Of The Red Sands.  I want to
personally welcome Woe To Whitechapel.  Glad you are with us in Ardivent.
     I want to pay some compliments to my teammates for four of five of us ascending
to stylemaster.  Neat!  Way to go Davy, Juanita, and Dr.S!  And if our slacker, Earl,
would have fought, the likelihood is very good that The Fandils would have held 5
spots.  Your bad, Earl.
     Life is good.  And it is also precarious, especially in Ardivent, The Arena Of
The Red Sands.  I pray that I make it unscathed to graduation.
          Hugs and Kisses
          Mary Catherine

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in ARDIVENT this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, FEAR VECTOR fought BANNIR 
PARK and gained 18 points and contributed to WOE TO WHITECHAPEL's 2-3-0.  EARL has 
lost to JACINTHE, falling 15 points, while helping make FANDILS a 4-1-0 turn.  
Defending hers title for another turn, MARY CATHERINE kept TUFT-TASTIC!'s warrior, 
JHEZRA STEELBLADE, from claiming the throne.  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I have 
heard from unimpeachable sources that The Victory Tavern uses trolls in their stew.  
Talk about gristle!   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  I also notice that the CYNICAL 
DELUSIONS stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on ARDIVENT, what are you 
afraid of?  And avoiding CYNICAL DELUSIONS more than any other team we find FANDILS.  
ARDIVENT, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged 
warrior this turn was FANDILS' warrior DR STEINBURGER.  More fighters challenged him 
than challenged the Duelmaster!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Is it really true that ARDIVENT has 
more dishwashers per capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     I like this place, ARDIVENT, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls. 
Who could ask for more?  Always good to rest in ARDIVENT, but never good to wear out 
my welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in ARDIVENT again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARY CATHERINE 3459          16   5  3   125       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DR STEINBURGER 3442          28   9  0   104       FANDILS (75)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TEMPTATION 3314               9   5  0    89       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 DAVY PRIVETTE 3447           19   7  0    84       FANDILS (75)
 LOTHAR LIGHTSWORD 3650        7   6  0    83       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
 JHEZRA STEELBLADE 3017       11  11  0    76       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
-TERRENCE WYCLIFF 3433         8   2  0    73       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ANNETTE TEVERLY 3651          8   3  1    65       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)
 EUROQ 3901                    8   6  0    65       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-TUVOLD 3946                   7   0  0    58       TUFT-TASTIC! (265)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JACINTHE 3892                 5  25  0    54       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-HAIRY BEAR 3939               4   2  0    54       THE BEARS II (355)
 JUANITA 3926                 10   7  0    53       FANDILS (75)
 BROQUS 3947                   6   3  1    47       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
 DEBRA CONKLIN 3890            7  25  0    46       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-IRONWOLF 274                  5   1  0    42       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 EARL 3951                     7   4  0    41       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-UNBEATABLE 3949               2   0  1    33       THE BEARS II (355)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FEAR VECTOR 3978              1   2  0    20       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
-UG 271                        4   2  1    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
-KROKUS 272                    4   2  0    19       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 CADDO SCOT 3975               4   1  0    19       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-FUZZY 3967                    2   0  1    19       THE BEARS II (355)
 ANCHORMAN 3971                2   0  0    19       ERRATA (357)
-TARAMON 270                   3   3  0    18       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 MEMNOCK 3982                  1   0  0    18       INFERNAL LORDS (8)
-WEASEL 273                    4   2  0    15       BARBARIAN HORDE (47)
 BONE MILL 3977                2   1  0    14       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
-GODZILLA 3969                 1   0  1    12       THE BEARS II (355)
 BANNIR PARK 3981              2   2  0     8       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BAXTER 3970                   1   1  0     8       ERRATA (357)
 UP FROM THE SEA 3979          1   2  0     5       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
 PERCHED THING 3976            0   3  0     3       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)
 WISP IN DARKNESS 3984         0   2  0     2       WOE TO WHITECHAPEL (358)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ZELLIT 3948            5  7 1 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS 74 BROQUS 3947           493         
PELLOZOEN 3961         1  5 0 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS 74 HAMMER 3962           491 NOT REVE
KITTY PARKIN 3985      0  1 0 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS 74 FUZZY 3967            494         
NEVER SLEEP 3980       0  1 0 WOE TO WHITECHAPE 358 GODZILLA 3969         493         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Adie -- Yes, indeed; it looks like we split a couple of tufts one turn past.  But
this last turn, oh my!  I do believe my Fandils are collecting tufts. -- Fandil The

Lothar -- I will just bet that you or your manager saw that challenge coming so I
feel even that much better for the win. -- Davy Privette

Jhez -- I know the newsletter said "mismatched", but I believe the editor is full of
a whole cart of manure.  Salute. -- Mary Catherine

Noble Assassin -- It was a real treat for me to spend a pleasurable fourteen minutes
pulling your teeth one by one. -- Dr Steinburger

Jacinthe -- I was very, very lucky.  I hope you taught me a lot. -- Juanita

DeGotti -- Two very solid warriors coming in here?  How did you do that?  You are not
trading on the black market are you?  Our optimum seems to be mediocre-at-best, so
congrats to you. -- WOF

Eclipse -- Your guys sure do like to chugalug!  (wink) -- Fandil The Wise

Health.  Humility.  Honor. -- Fandil The Wise

Wise ol' Fandil -- I have to admit that Spanish Flower has put some sort of spell
over me.  She is back in Spain now and I am back in Ardivent. -- DeGotti

Adie -- Like I said last turn the two warriors I have coming in are both better than
Rhythm Wizard ever was.  So it's not a total loss. -- DeGotti

Woe to Whitechapel -- Welcome to Ardivent.  Arena of the Red Sands! -- DeGotti

Eclipse -- I think you need to discipline your warriors a little more.  Two turns in
a row they have been MIA. -- DeGotti

Hairy Bear -- Ptew!  That is, like, such a complete mess!  Surely you can get, I
don't know, some kind of greasy kid stuff for it? -- Debra Conklin

Fear Vector -- Ouch!  You shocked and terrified me there for a minute.  Fortunately,
the fight lasted long enough for me to recover my equanimity and win.... -- Caddo

Juanita -- Oh, thank you!  I needed a win today.  I'd tell you all about it, but my
manager is cursing something called an expletive-deleted keyboard and won't allow us
to go on at much length. -- Jacinthe

Futstsy -- I'd spell your name correctly, but that key is one that won't work.  It's
the pits, apparently, but not, I am glad to say, MY problem.  Ha!  Anyway, for
similar but not identical reasons to the ones that are keeping our personals short, I
won't be returning in my new carnation until next time.  Then, LOOK OUT. -- Ghost of
Kitty Parkin

Bone Mill -- Gotta thank you for that.  Seems like it was a point of honor or
something, you know?  Well, if you don't know, it's okay, because I'm not real sure
about it myself.  Anyway, buy you a beer? -- Bannir Park

Tuvold -- Well, that's easy to fix.  Just lose a lot so you don't rise fast. -- Debra

All -- I've been on the road for several days and now have an uncooperative keyboard
at the wrong height, so I can't promise an episode in here today.  I will if I can,
but Our Ed only waits just so long.  Fortunately, she's taking a nap right now, so...
we'll see. -- the Scribe

29 January 2007
     HDFA Mission Statement
     "Show me the money!"
     This is the battle cry of a newly formed collection of like-minded individuals:
The High Dolla' Free Agent$.  We are not a tough guy alliance:  No...we offer no
battle without reward.  We search for victory and the prizes and accolades that
follow.  We are motivated by winning and will freely use whatever means necessary to
obtain our currency.  No stuffy rules, no mandates, no constitutions, no leaders,
only a few objectives:
     1) Win as often as possible
     2) Celebrate freely and revel in your victories; the more meaningless the
victory the more we celebrate.  Highsiding and chest thumping are encouraged.
Ostentatious endzone celebrations with prop usage are encouraged, regardless of
fines, penalties, suspensions or arrest by local authorities.  It is important to let
your opponent know how great you are; more importantly, you must let your own
alliance mates know how great you are.
     This is a 1-up alliance, let the performance of your fellow Free Agent$ motivate
you.  If a Free Agent wins a TV, win 2; if a Free agent wins a contest, win a more
prestigious one.
     Current members of the HDFA include:  CFH and Abraxis.  Inquires can be directed
to:  CFH/Rat Salad DM 47

14 February 2007
RSI is now taking rollups for a slow version of the No-Tournament arena.  Send your
rollup to RSI listing the arena as "Slow No Tournament".  Sign and send in the
following pledge:

* I pledge that I will not send warriors from this team to a Tournament, nor will I
  use a Tournament prize on a warrior from this team.
* I pledge to run a full team when I run turns in this arena.  If circumstances
  preclude my running less than a full team I will notify the Player Committee.
* I agree to abide by the decisions of the Player Committee.
* I understand that any warrior that participates in a Tournament shall be sent to
  the Dark Arena until they are dead.
* I understand that any warrior that receives a Tournament prize shall be send to the
  Dark Arena until they are dead.

The following are the rules for joining this No-Tournament arena 

1.  No tournament play (Dead tournament or otherwise)
2.  One team per manager
3.  Team starts with new rollup (or a zero fight equivalent team is transferred into
    this arena.)
4.  No tourney prizes allowed to modify warriors in the arena
5.  20 teams required, per RSI
6.  Waivers are required to allow self-regulation on tourney ban, granting RSI
    authority to Dark Arena any warrior that participates in a Tournament (until the
    warrior is dead.)
7.  Rotating council to enforce tourney ban and maintain arena integrity.

Hammer will be the focal point for this arena's Player Committee.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JUANITA viciously subdued DEBRA CONKLIN in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge fight.
FEAR VECTOR demolished BANNIR PARK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BONE MILL defeated BAXTER in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge duel.
MARY CATHERINE devastated JHEZRA STEELBLADE in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
DR STEINBURGER outlasted LOTHAR LIGHTSWORD in a 12 minute mismatched competition.
DAVY PRIVETTE defeated EUROQ in a 2 minute struggle.
EARL was beaten by JACINTHE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
BROQUS overpowered AMBITIOUS GUARD in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
ANCHORMAN vanquished WISP IN DARKNESS in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CADDO SCOT unbelievably bested PERCHED THING in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight.
UP FROM THE SEA was handily defeated by MEMNOCK in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       29 -   8 -  1      78  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -   6 -  2      77  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  11 -  3      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  10 -  2      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -  18 -  0      28  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         4 -  12 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  14 -  0      13  |

Turn 495 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   MARY CATHERINE 3459        16   5  3  125 FANDILS (75)
TOTAL PARRY      DR STEINBURGER 3442        28   9  0  104 FANDILS (75)
WALL OF STEEL    DAVY PRIVETTE 3447         19   7  0   84 FANDILS (75)
STRIKING ATTACK  EUROQ 3901                  8   6  0   65 INFERNAL LORDS (8)
SLASHING ATTACK  JUANITA 3926               10   7  0   53 FANDILS (75)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MARY CATHERINE 3459.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JUANITA 3926.  The ten other most popular fighters were LOTHAR LIGHTSWORD 
3971, PERCHED THING 3976, FEAR VECTOR 3978, BONE MILL 3977, and BAXTER 3970.

The least popular fighter this week was DR STEINBURGER 3442.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were UP FROM THE SEA 3979, WISP IN DARKNESS 3984, JHEZRA STEELBLADE 
3892, EARL 3951, and BAXTER 3970.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: