DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/07/2009    Duedate: 08/03/2009

SCOMSS SWAMP ARENA

DM-47    TURN-278

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CHINA MILKMAID
LAND OF OZ (217)
(47-6502) [12-1-0,147]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CHINA MILKMAID                 OTIS THE SKUNK
LAND OF OZ (217)               IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
(47-6502) [12-1-0,147]         (47-6924) [2-0-1,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SWAMP BOGG HAMMER              MADAME BUTTERFLY
ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)        THE OPERA (613)
(47-6306) [13-18-0,61]         (47-5792) [18-13-0,125]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

INDIFFERENCE (611)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. RAPTOR (674)                61
2. ABYSMAL RITES (215)         40      LAND OF OZ (217)
3. KAOS (695)                  34      Unchartered Team
4. SECOND BANANAS (573)        30
5. THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)      29      IDIOT COMMITEE (703)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*IDIOT COMMITEE (703)       8   2  2 80.0   1/ 2 INDIFFERENCE (611)       10  3 2
 2- 2 OLD HABITS (566)         126  69  9 64.6   2/ 1 LAND OF OZ (217)         10  5 1
 3/ 3 LAND OF OZ (217)         570 363 17 61.1   3/ 8 THE OPERA (613)          10  5 0
 4/ 8 KAOS (695)                28  18  0 60.9   4/ 6 ROYAL FLUSH (48)          9  4 0
 5/ 4 MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)   333 218 25 60.4   5/12 RAPTOR (674)              9  6 0
 6/ 5 SECOND BANANAS (573)     183 122 18 60.0   6/13 ABYSMAL RITES (215)       9  6 0
 7/ 6 SPOONERTIKS (523)        150 100  8 60.0   7/ 3 SPOONERTIKS (523)         9  6 0
 8/ 9 THE OPERA (613)          105  76  3 58.0   8/ 4 SECOND BANANAS (573)      9  6 0
 9/ 7 THINGS I DROOL IN (614)   92  68  6 57.5   9/17*IDIOT COMMITEE (703)      8  2 2
10/10 ROYAL FLUSH (48)         718 567 38 55.9  10- 7 OLD HABITS (566)          8  2 0
11-11 GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)     62  50  3 55.4  11/ 5 OF WOLF AND MAN (603)     7  5 1
12/12 DARQUE FORCES (396)      162 143 14 53.1  12/20 DARQUE FORCES (396)       7  6 0
13/13 THE BEAR'S PAW (150)     438 405 41 52.0  13/15 THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)    7  8 0
14-14 CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)      65  61  5 51.6  14-11 FORCE OF WILL (670)       6  4 0
15-16 DARK PINNACLE (598)       80  76  6 51.3  15/10 ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)   6  9 0
16-17 FORCE OF WILL (670)       41  39  4 51.3  16/25 KAOS (695)                5  6 0
17-18 THE FALLEN (696)          25  24  2 51.0  17-22 X-MEN II (660)            4  5 0
18/15 ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)  131 127  8 50.8  18- 9 THE FALLEN (696)          4  6 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-20 LIFE'S LESSONS (562)     121 118  9 50.6  19/14 MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)    4  6 0
20/19 OF WOLF AND MAN (603)     76  75  5 50.3  20/26 THE BEAR'S PAW (150)      4  8 0
21-21 SMOKED OUT!!! (637)       30  30  4 50.0  21/16 STRANGE BREW (661)        4 11 0
22/24 INDIFFERENCE (611)       115 120  9 48.9  22-23 CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)      3  5 1
23/27 RAPTOR (674)              53  58  2 47.7  23-24 LIFE'S LESSONS (562)      3  5 0
24/22 CHEERS (659)              40  45  2 47.1  24/30 WARHAMMERS (75)           3  6 0
25-25*SHADOW MAGIC (701)         7   8  0 46.7  25-31*DEAD GAWDS (543)          3  7 0
26/26 AN EPHRAIM (32)          177 208 17 46.0  26/29 THINGS I DROOL IN (614)   3 10 0
27-28*DEAD GAWDS (543)          19  23  0 45.2  27/32 AN EPHRAIM (32)           3 11 0
28/29 WARHAMMERS (75)          293 374 14 43.9  28-33 DARK PINNACLE (598)       2  0 0
29/31 ABYSMAL RITES (215)       67  86  3 43.8  29-21 SMOKED OUT!!! (637)       2  3 0
30/30 STRANGE BREW (661)        55  74  6 42.6  30-28 GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)     2  3 0
31-33 X-MEN II (660)            57  83  6 40.7  31/19 CHEERS (659)              2  7 0
32/34 THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)   116 180  2 39.2  32-18*SHADOW MAGIC (701)        1  0 0
33-35*HOBBITS IN THE HOO (615)   1   2  0 33.3  33-35*HOBBITS IN THE HOO (615)  1  0 0
34/ 0*THE SKULLS (705)           0   1  0  0.0  34/ 0*THE SKULLS (705)          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

              TURF WAR RESULTS AFTER ROUND 8

                      SUMMARY COMMENTS

 1.  SCOMSSS Shire won the round with 37 points.  That makes six round wins and a tie
     for The Shire.
 2.  LAND OF OZ (Oz) has the only 5-0 round this turn. (5-0-1)  Rumor has it that a
     lost challenge from INDIFFERENCE (Jekyl) made the difference between one or the
     other going 5-0.
 3.  LAND OF OZ (Oz) sets the new record for best fight point round at 19, one more
     than that previously held by Tripwire.
 4.  YOURBAGD took home the most total Stylemaster and Spy Mention points (8 and 10
     respectively), eking out SCOMSSS Shire s 8 and 8.
 5.  The race expands somewhat as SCOMSSS Shire's lead is now 99.
 6.  It is great being a Champion as Champions went 10-1 this round.  Attery OF WOLF
     AND MEN was the unfortunate one.
 7.  Key 0verall accumulative individual leaders after six rounds are:
     Wins 32 (Oz)
     W/L Record 32-8-1 .800 (Oz)
     Fight Points 66 (Oz)
     Spy Mention Points 34 (Grimm)
     Stylemaster Points 20 (Mannequin)
     TV Points 50 (Grim, Oz)
     Best Point Round (w/o TV pts) 24 (Tripwire)
     Best Fight Point Round 19 (Oz)
     Best W/L Round 5-0 (Mannequin, Grim, Oz, Oz, Father O Malley)
 8.  Ten point DA kills continue to be the way of life in the swamp, with this
     round's going to outgoing Lord Protector Nikko of LAND OF OZ.

"ALLIANCE" SCORING STATUS
                    TOTAL 1st Half   (6)  (7)  (8)               TOTAL
SCOMSSS Shire                  227    33   68   37                 365
YOURBAGD                       164    13   70   19                 266
Slaughterhouse Syndicate        13     3    1    1                  18
BOB                             -2     2   10   -3                   7
Dreadnaughts                   -19    -2   27   -4                   2

INDIVIDUAL TEAM RESULTS

Name                 (Fights/Styles/Mentions/TVs/Total)    Grand Total

SCOMSSS Shire (24, 50, 69, 44, 40, 33, 68, 37 = 365)
   Land Of Oz             19,2,0, 0 = 21          66,12, 8, 50 = 136
   Old Habits             -1,2,2, 0 =  3          35,12,12, 25 =  84
   Second Bananas          6,0,4, 0 = 10          37,20, 6,  0 =  63
   Royal Flush             3,2,0, 0 =  5          31, 6, 8,  0 =  45
   Spoonertiks             1,2,0, 0 =  3          13, 6, 2,  0 =  21
   Mystic Orc Feast        2,0,0, 0 =  2           8, 0, 8,  0 =  16
   Things I Drool In      -9,0,2, 0 = -7          -4, 0, 4,  0 =   0

YOURBAGD (23, 19, 54, 28, 40, 13, 70, 19 = 266)
   Kaos                   -2,0,4, 0 =  2          17, 0,34, 50 = 101
   Of Wolf & Man          -1,4,0, 0 =  3          30,16,30,  0 =  76
   The Opera               5,2,2, 0 =  9          20,14, 8,  0 =  42
   Indifference            3,2,0, 0 =  5          19,14, 8,  0 =  41
   Darque Forces           1,0,4, 0 =  5          -8, 0,12,  0 =   4
   The Bear Paw           -5,0,0, 0 = -5         -15, 6,10,  0 =   1
   Cheers                  0,0,0, 0 =  0         -11, 2,10,  0 =   1

Slaughterhouse Syndicate (8, -5, 9, 4, -3, 3, 1, 1 = 18)
   Abysmal Rites            3,2,0,0 =  5            3,18, 8, 0 = 29
   Shadow Magic             0,0,0,0 =  1            1, 0, 2, 0 =  3
   Swamp Hammerz           -2,0,0,0 = -2            1, 0, 0, 0 =  1
   Life's Lessons           5,0,0,0 =  5          - 5, 0, 4, 0 = -1
   Strange Brew            -7,0,0,0 = -7           -2, 0, 0, 0 = -2
   JGW Perishable           0,0,0,0 =  0          -14, 0, 2, 0 =-12

B. O. B. (16, -18 -3, 3, 0, 2, 10, -3  =   7)
   Christian Rock 2         0,0,0,0 =  0           -1, 0, 0,25 = 24
   I Hate Them              0,0,0,0 =  0            5,10, 6, 0 = 21
   Chaotic Beasts          -3,0,0,0 = -3            0, 4, 4, 0 =  8
   The Lurocian Devils      0,0,0,0 =  0           -5, 0, 4, 0 = -1
   They Must Die            0,0,0,0 =  0          -22, 0, 0, 0 =-22
   Soldiers of Rome         0,0,0,0 =  0          -31, 2, 6, 0 =-23

Dreadnaughts (-1, 4, -5, -13, -4, -2, 27, -4 = 2)
   The Fallen             -11,0,0, 0 = -11          -13, 0, 8,25 = 20
   Gothic Ministry         -2,0,2, 0 =  0            1, 0, 8, 0 =  9
   Raptor                   2,2,0, 0 =  4          -12,14, 0, 0 =  2
   Dark Pinnacle            2,0,0, 0 =  2          -18, 4,12, 0 = -2
   Force of Will           -4,0,0, 0 = -4          -14, 0, 8, 0 = -6
   Smoked Out!             -1,0,0, 0 = -1           -6, 0, 0, 0 = -6
   The Middle Way 3         4,0,2, 0 =  6          -19, 0, 4, 0 =-15

W/L Records
(Fight each of ten turns and 45 minimum fights)

SCOMSSS Shire (20-13-1-1 .606   Total 164-91-5-2 .643)
   Land Of Oz                     5-0-1-0       32- 8-1-0          8/8
   Second Bananas                 4-1-0-0       28-12-1-0          8/8
   Old Habits                     3-2-0-0       25-10-1-0          7/8
   Royal Flush                    3-2-0-0       23-14-0-0          8/8
   Spoonertiks                    3-2-0-0       22-16-0-0          8/8
   Mystic Orc Feast               2-2-0-0       20-17-1-2          8/8
   Things I Drool In              0-4-0-1       14-14-1-1          6/8

YOURBAGD (13-13-1-1 .500   Total 118-100-6-18 .541)
   Indifference                   4-1-1-0       24- 7-2-1          7/8
   Kaos                           1-3-0-0       20-14-0-0          8/8
   The Opera                      3-2-0-1       20-16-0-6          8/8
   Of Wolf & Man                  2-2-0-1       20-17-2-8          8/8
   The Bear Paw                   1-3-0-0       15-23-1-1          8/8
   Darque Forces                  2-2-0-0       10-11-0-1          5/8
   Cheers                         0-0-0-0        9-12-1-1          5/8

Slaughterhouse Syndicate ( 8-11-0-1 .421   Total 83-88-0-7 .485)
   Swamp Hammerz                  1-4-0-0       21-16-0-1          8/8
   Strange Brew                   1-4-0-1       18-22-0-3          8/8
   Abysmal Rites                  3-2-0-0       16-16-0-3          7/8
   Life's Lessons                 3-1-0-0       14-16-0-0          7/8
   JGW Perishable                 0-0-0-0        8-14-0-0          5/8
   Shadow Magic                   0-0-0-0        6- 4-0-0          3/8

B. O. B. ( 1-3-0-0 .250   Total 58-77-4-17 .430)
   Chaotic Beasts                 1-3-0-0       18-19-1-0          8/8
   Christian Rock 2               0-0-0-0       13- 7-0-1          4/8
   I Hate Them                    0-0-0-0       13-15-1-5          6/8
   They Must Die                  0-0-0-0        5-14-0-8          4/8
   Soldiers of Rome               0-0-0-0        5-15-1-3          4/8
   The Lurocian Devils            0-0-0-0        4- 7-1-0          3/8

Dreadnaughts (13-14-0-1 .481   Total 93-128-4-10  .421)
   Force of Will                  2-3-0-0       19-21-2-2          8/8
   The Fallen                     1-4-0-1       18-21-1-4          8/8
   Raptor                         3-2-0-0       18-22-1-2          8/8
   Gothic Ministry                0-1-0-0       14-11-0-0          7/8
   The Middle Way 3               4-1-0-0       13-27-0-0          8/8
   Dark Pinnacle                  1-0-0-0        6-16-0-2          7/9
   Smoked Out!                    2-3-0-0        5-10-0-0          3/8

CHAMPIONS LIST:
SCOMSSS: China Milkmaid, Jack Knife, Sister Mary Jane, Luminous Lox
YOURBAGD: Vynmorgath, Attery, SCOMSSS Nightmare
SLUGHTERHOUSE: Kelly Carpenter, Labatts, Swamp Song Hammer, Homie D. Clone, A Tale Of
     Pain
DREADNAUGHTS: (none)
B.O.B.; Slugbait

NOTE:  The facts and figures and comments are brought to you by Oz and Master Darque,
with commentary from somewhere near the Scarecrow's corn field.

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                                        Part 11

     Ebonariex's expression was difficult to read, in no small part due to his
draconic nature.  "So let me get this straight," he gestured to the seemingly chaotic
array of mechanical parts and complex schematics covering nearly every square inch of
wall space, "you believe that this 'contraption' will allow you to analyze events
from numerous periods in time simultaneously, and therefore test multiple strategies
in a 'real-time' environment."
     Michael nodded while thumbing through a somewhat hastily compiled 'manual'.
"That's the idea."  He glanced up, "Of course, I'll get a chance to test its veracity
in the upcoming Turf War.  What with the sheer amount of technical data that can be
obtained with so many skilled managers present, I should have more than enough input
to determine its accuracy."
     Azaziel brushed a black-nailed hand across an amber tinted crystal jutting out
from the contraption.  "Speaking of the War..." the crystal sparked momentarily,
"we're joining the 'Dread Naught' alliance, correct?"
     Michael frowned.  "That's correct."
     Azaziel turned his attention back to the machine.  "Well, what do we know about
our 'allies'.  Can they be trusted to follow through on this, and for that matter,
WHO are they?"
     Michael pinched the bridge of his nose in annoyance.  "Azaziel, we've covered
this before.  Liam the Goth is a trustworthy fellow.  He's got the experience to see
this thing through to its conclusion, and I've dealt with him both directly and
indirectly in many arenas."  Returning his attention to the manual, he continued, "As
for Buddy Lee, I have no reason to believe he's anything but sincere, and I KNOW he
comes with good credentials."
     Azaziel arched a thin eyebrow.  "Perhaps, but what about this 'Owlin the Wise',
and I hate to sound ungrateful, but Jorja's going to be a member?"
     Michael sighed, "Look, Sensei Jan helped teach our Alliance Captain, and his
associates," he held up a hand to forestall a retort, "and Owlin covered our entrance
fees.  As for Jorja, she may refuse to challenge, but I can speak from experience
that her warriors are rarely a push-over."
     Ebonariex looked intrigued.  "Sensei Jan, you say?"  He scratched his chin,
"Isn't she the one who provided us with that information regarding slashers back when
Inochi held Arker's throne?"
     Michael grinned.  "One and the same, and besides, Jan wasn't precisely popular
at the time we arrived, but she certainly helped US out when others were giving us
the cold shoulder."  Michael shrugged, "That counts for something in my book."
     Azaziel smirked.  "Not to play devil's advocate or anything, but I guess the
reliability of our newfound allies depends on who you ask, eh?"
     Michael tried to hide his annoyance.  "Look, Azaziel, you ARE the devil's
advocate, and I couldn't care less what others say, to a point.  The facts are Liam,
Owlin, and Buddy all come with good recommendations.  Personally, I think most of the
negativity that got thrown around about Sensei Jan was personal opinion, not
objective analysis."
     Azaziel seemed to be considering the merits of that argument when a brick red
imp appeared on his shoulder and proceeded to mutter something in a rapid, guttural
dialect.  His expression grew deadly serious in an instant.  "Michael, I do believe
you may be required to prove our early argument much sooner than you would prefer."
He muttered a few words to the imp, which nodded and was gone.  "You, meaning WE, may
have a serious problem."
     Ebonariex had a very distant look in his emerald eyes.  "An ancient enemy, or
perhaps an old friend... it makes no sense, either way."
     Azaziel spared a bemused glance for the seemingly entranced dragon.  "Whatever
that's supposed to mean."  He turned to Michael.  "Gather your strength and meet me
outside the Chimlevtal headquarters at sunset."
     As Azaziel stepped through the shadows and outside reality, Michael snapped his
fingers to get Ebonariex's attention.  "It seems you may have been right, old
friend."  Ebonariex turned slowly to face him.  "I'll do what I must, but I can't
promise what you ask.  Centuries have dictated my feelings on this matter, and only
time will tell if it is something I can overcome."
     Ebonariex began the gestures necessary to return him to his 'lair'.  "I pray to
whatever gods are listening that you do, Michael, because yours is not the only fate
that is being put in play here."  As his form rippled and contracted, his last words
echoed faintly through the lab, "Of that much I am certain...."
     Michael stood in contemplation for some time, his normally animated features
drawn and tense.  Finally, he nodded and began the incantation necessary to free his
sire's blade from its mystically bound 'tomb'.
     "You may regret that which you ask for, my old friend," ectoplasmic tendrils of
vermilion light began to spurt from a point between his cupped hands, "for even you
never knew me in the prime of my power."
     With a tortured shriek of unnatural power, a great blade of bone and jade
colored glass appeared in Michael's left hand.  As the residual energies tapered off,
he carelessly dropped his newest creation's 'manual' to the laboratory floor.
     "Time to hunt...."

                                      Interlude

     In the greater scheme of things, the drama surrounding Michael and his friends
would likely have little impact on the complex tapestry of Ghea.  The blood-fueled
scenarios of a world dominated by gladiatorial politics and managerial squabbles
dwarfed these matters.  Azaziel, Ebonariex, and Michael were all quite powerful in
their own rights, but this was a world where powerful individuals could be found in
nearly every city--sometimes, on every street corner.  Alastari had survived far
greater threats than the arrival of a single rogue mage--regardless of his power--and
it would survive this latest incursion.  For those directly involved, however, the
stakes were high, and in some cases, perhaps too high.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 621): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 623): PROTAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 617): VARPULIS RUKH of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 619): MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 618): SALARA LORMIN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 616): ARCHIPPUS of TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 609): NEEDS SALT of BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 306): ULL HARDHAMMER of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 605): AGONY of ANGELS OF PAIN (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 603): TEMPEST of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 594): MURSKAN PATRIOT of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 557): PRINCESS EMILY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 484): AIRSLICER DAN of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 471): SHMEGMA of HIT ME WITH... (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 451): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 448): GRIZOLPOP of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 213): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 412): NIGHTMARE STEED of GEMSTONE CREATIONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 404): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASSYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 394): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 510): DEFIANCE of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 621): HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 623): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 617): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 619): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 618): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 616): TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 609): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 306): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 605): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 603): STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 594): URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 557): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 263): CRIMINAL MINDS (Black Guard, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 484): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 471): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 451): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 448): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 213): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 412): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 404): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 394): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 510): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 621): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 617): VARPULIS RUKH of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
                (turn 616): STUMP of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 618): GERMANICUS of GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (Zulu, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): CHOLERA of PESTILENCE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 603): TEMPEST of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 594): MURSKAN PATRIOT of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 557): PRINCESS EMILY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
                   (turn 282): SHADOWCAT HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                             LAST CALL of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                             SISTER MARY SUEELLEN of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             BOB'S COMIC COLLECTN of THINGS I DROOL IN (Nuln, mgr.)
                 (turn 276): NIKKO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias Skyhawk, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 451): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 447): OCTAVIA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Nice fight, Spectre, that seems to be how I win most of my fights.  Well, Swamp, I am
off to the Isle retirement for sure.  I have decided to try to best the Dark Arena
beasts before I go.  My partner was able to pull it off.  Let's hope I can do the
same.  I leave here LU, 11(+1)-12-11-17-17-4-13, Good End/Good Dam, Nothing fancy.
VH/MO, LS, Riposte Favorite Tactic, Parry favorite Learn.  I think with that tactic I
could have won a lot more fights but alas I never used it.  Good luck to Last Call
and Medee, hopefully you can get the throne after I leave.  We need it.

Duelmaster of the Swamp, And Justice for All

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Nothing is certain in SCOMSS SWAMP, with changing loyalties, changing 
Duelmasters.  Write this down:  new top team--INDIFFERENCE.  Thinking about sending 
their team manager to the Dark Arena is CHEERS, after suffering a 12 drop in ranking. 
Nothing works for a team like victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as 
KAOS can attest...  Say what you will about blind luck and dirty fighting, but IDIOT 
COMMITEE will tell you 8-2-2 is nothing to laugh at...  Practice pays for STRAFE, who 
pummelled SWAMP BOGG HAMMER, to pocket 20 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of 
which, ITHYIC THING was winsome, after beating SEB WITE and seeing him lose 13 
points.  Well, Duelmaster JUSTICE FOR ALL Dark Arena Challenged DARK ARENA's NEUTERED 
KAT.  Is a 18-12-0 good enough?  The crowds were amazed this turn, as NEUTERED KAT 
killed the Duelmaster, JUSTICE FOR ALL, leaving OF WOLF AND MAN in mourning.  The 
audience got their money's worth, as they witnessed CHINA MILKMAID attain the throne 
at the cost of JUSTICE FOR ALL's life!  So who's the team that's been walking into 
taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst 
the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of KAOS, alone and unchallenged.  The 
warriors of KAOS found their efforts at combat frustrated as SPOONERTIKS apparently 
had more important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, 
and PUCK is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't AN EPHRAIM proud!  Place 
your bets!  LURKING FEAR is the long shot of the week:  they challenged WINKIE, up by 
36.  The gods smiled upon LURKING FEAR, in his upset fight against WINKIE.  LURKING 
FEAR gets a win, 15 points, and a free drink on me.  (Next week, OK?) Take heed 
SCOMSS SWAMP, of the unprincipled action of MEDEE.  By challenging AFRICAN QUEEN, 48 
points below him, MEDEE besmirches the noble art of dueling.  Warriors of SCOMSS 
SWAMP!  Do you wish your reputations tainted by the base challenge of MEDEE?  Call 
'im brash!  Call 'im brassy!  Call 'im brave!  Call 'im sassy!  PUDDY will face 
MADAME BUTTERFLY, up by 28.  Aaaah, just call 'im dead meat.  It's not whether you 
win or lose, but how many points you get (1).  Right, PUDDY?  My love of complete 
Spyreports dictates that I note the mismatched fight, DAFNE and FLOUR CHILD.  Are THE 
OPERA unwilling to engage in a fair fight?  I thought DAFNE showed great skill and 
promise when she was overcame by FLOUR CHILD.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big 
deal!   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
FABULOUS FATHER M in the Dark Arena wasn't enough for LAST CALL of INDIFFERENCE.  
Maybe that certain serving girl(?) at The Welcome Wench will be!  Oh hard!  that to 
strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant prattling 
may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Do not despair!  I shall 
return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHINA MILKMAID 6502          12   1  0   147       LAND OF OZ (217)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MEDEE 5642                   27  10  0   125       THE OPERA (613)
 MADAME BUTTERFLY 5792        18  13  0   125       THE OPERA (613)
 LURKING FEAR 1755            19  11  0   123       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
 ITHYIC THING 6292            12  12  0   108       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
 IVAN POISY 5112              18  18  0   107       SPOONERTIKS (523)
 WINKIE 6401                  15   8  2   107       LAND OF OZ (217)
-JENNA 5099                   17  21  4   106       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 THE LION KING 6360           16   7  0   105       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 VYNMORGATH 6646               6   1  0   103       KAOS (695)
 SPARROW 6411                 13   9  0   102       RAPTOR (674)
-QUEEN OF TARTS 5980          10   8  0    98       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-SPECTRE 5654                 13   8  1    97       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
-MOTHER THERESA 5136           6   1  0    94       OLD HABITS (566)
-BLOOD RAYNE 5489             20  12  1    93       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 KODIAK 6487                  12  10  4    93       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SALSA ELEMENTAL 6312         11   6  0    89       DARQUE FORCES (396)
 HIGH TEST 6239               18   9  0    88       STRANGE BREW (661)
 PUDDY 6295                   22   9  0    87       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 FRASIER 6224                 12   6  0    87       CHEERS (659)
-DROW 5674                    16   8  1    85       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 SEB WITE 6668                 8   3  0    85       SPOONERTIKS (523)
 AFRICAN QUEEN 6424           10  10  0    83       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
-MICE CREAM 6265              11   4  1    81       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
 SMOKEY BEAR 6354             16  14  1    79       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 NIGHTSHADE 6536              11   5  1    77       RAPTOR (674)
 TARZAN 5542                  10  15  1    76       AN EPHRAIM (32)
-SISTER MARYJANE 6416         13   0  0    75       OLD HABITS (566)
 TEN LORDS ALEAPIN 6433       13   9  1    72       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 BARLEY 6377                   8   9  3    72       STRANGE BREW (661)
 RERUN 6651                    8   2  0    72       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 KURGER BING 6669              9   2  0    70       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-STORM 6234                   13  16  0    69       X-MEN II (660)
-DEMONIC HEX 5530             14   7  0    68       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROIS ANIN 6068               13  20  1    68       WARHAMMERS (75)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONDOL QUIGLO 4978           14  21  0    66       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 SANITY LOSS 6518              7   8  1    66       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
-MY SHADOW 6649                5   2  0    66       KAOS (695)
-KORTALIA 6365                 9   7  3    64       FORCE OF WILL (670)
-PARIAH 6364                  11   5  0    63       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 NIN QUIRE 5281                9  10  0    63       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
-CHAOS BOAST 5780             10  11  1    62       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 STRAFE 6693                   6   3  0    62       RAPTOR (674)
 SWAMP BOGG HAMMER 6306       13  18  0    61       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
-HOMEY D. CLONE 5637           9   7  0    60       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 ATTERY 6705                   6   2  0    60       OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
-CRYSTAL 5895                 10   6  0    59       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 OBESE CAT 6695                6   4  0    58       KAOS (695)
-BONECLAW 5857                 5   7  0    58       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 A TALE OF PAIN 6531           8   2  0    57       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
-JACK KNIFE 6694               7   2  0    57       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 NORM 6227                     6  12  1    57       CHEERS (659)
-FGC 6648                      6   4  0    57       KAOS (695)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AGARIC 6509                  10  10  0    54       WARHAMMERS (75)
 CARLA 6225                    8  10  0    54       CHEERS (659)
-LUMINOUS LOX 6495             7   5  0    54       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
 PROWL 6460                    4   4  0    54       DARQUE FORCES (396)
-CHEECH 5930                   6   6  2    53       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 BAD NEWS BEAR 6486           13   9  0    52       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 BOGBANE 5500                 12  15  1    52       DARQUE FORCES (396)
-EARVLING KLASH 6547           9   6  1    52       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 BULL SHANNON 6582             8   5  0    52       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 LABATTS 6548                  6   4  0    51       STRANGE BREW (661)
-POLARIS 6230                 12  13  1    50       X-MEN II (660)
 STINGO RARR 6507              9   9  0    50       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-MR NICE GUY 5931              6   6  1    49       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 MY HUCKLEBERRY 5636           9  14  1    48       AN EPHRAIM (32)
-PENEMUE 6657                  7   3  0    48       THE FALLEN (696)
-CHONG 5927                    7   5  0    48       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 XXL 6178                      8   6  0    47       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-DEATH KISS 5751              11   6  1    46       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 BUMBLEBEE 6436                4   3  0    46       DARQUE FORCES (396)
-DEATH 4957                    5   4  0    44       DEAD GAWDS (543)
-COLOSSUS 6356                 6  10  2    43       X-MEN II (660)
-SISTER BERNICE 6485           5   5  1    42       OLD HABITS (566)
 AGOSERIS 6709                 4   4  0    42       WARHAMMERS (75)
 PFM 6645                      5   6  0    41       KAOS (695)
-MIRAGE 5912                   6   6  0    40       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 RAZOR 6573                    5   8  0    40       RAPTOR (674)
 BARNEY BEAR 6512             10   9  0    39       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
-T.H.C. 5928                   6   6  1    39       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 ORCO 6583                     4   5  0    38       OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
-GET THE POINT? 5097           6  12  1    37       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
-SISTER MARY-KATE 6491         4   3  0    36       OLD HABITS (566)
 SWAMP TURF HAMMER 6565        8   7  0    34       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWAMP MOSS HAMMER 6567        9   6  0    33       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
-GADREEL 6659                  5   5  1    33       THE FALLEN (696)
 PUCK 5919                     3   7  0    33       AN EPHRAIM (32)
 FLOUR CHILD 6869              4   3  0    32       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-DAHAK 4961                    4   4  0    32       DEAD GAWDS (543)
-MOLOCH 6888                   3   2  1    32       THE FALLEN (696)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EMILEI LOIT MATCHES 6710      2   5  0    32       THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
 SWAMP BURN HAMMER 6566        8   7  0    31       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
-PAIN KILLER 6257              4   4  1    31       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 PINT 6851                     4   4  0    31       STRANGE BREW (661)
-ASBEEL 6660                   6   4  0    30       THE FALLEN (696)
-NIGHTCRAWLER 6706             4   2  0    30       X-MEN II (660)
-SHIFTER 5909                  3   5  0    30       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
-SWEET PEA 6879                3   0  0    30       SHADOW MAGIC (701)
 GOLDEN CAP 6890               4   2  0    29       LAND OF OZ (217)
-NUM-NUM 6876                  2   2  0    29       SHADOW MAGIC (701)
-SGT STANDANKO 5929            5   7  0    28       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
-CHRONALISS 6672               4   7  0    27       FORCE OF WILL (670)
-ASPHYXIA 6330                 4   4  0    27       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 LATKA 6940                    2   0  0    27       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 SCOMSSS'S NIGHTMARE 6934      3   0  0    26       THE OPERA (613)
 OTIS THE SKUNK 6924           2   0  1    26       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 BLUSHING CROW 6846            2   5  0    26       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-GAUNTLYN 6363                 4  12  0    24       FORCE OF WILL (670)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHUFFLE 6938                  1   0  1    23       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-HADES 4959                    6   3  0    22       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 CUPS 6614                     4   3  1    22       THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
-SPED 6847                     3   3  0    22       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 PROFESSOR MARVEL 6891         3   3  0    22       LAND OF OZ (217)
 SWAMP SONG HAMMER 6860        6   1  0    21       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
-BAPHOMASHER 5849              4   5  0    21       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 HILROC IBBINS 6875            3   5  0    21       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 PAUL 6861                     2   1  0    20       CHEERS (659)
 FOUR ARMS 6697                3   3  1    19       INDIFFERENCE (611)
 TRIPWHINE 6923                2   0  1    19       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 DAFNE 6899                    4   2  0    18       THE OPERA (613)
-GILGAMESH 6886                1   1  0    18       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 JOE-SIX 6937                  3   0  0    17       INDIFFERENCE (611)
 VELMA XAVIL 6828              1   9  0    17       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 SONNY URK 6827                3   7  0    16       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 MONDORHOID 6925               2   0  0    16       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 ICKYFOT 6927                  1   1  0    16       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
-FRIZODO WITH A 40 5664        1   2  0    15       HOBBITS IN THE HOOD (615)
 DAUBER 6914                   2   2  0    14       SECOND BANANAS (573)
-GLORFINDAL 6880               1   2  0    14       SHADOW MAGIC (701)
 BLIGHT'S BURDEN 6903          0   3  0    13       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
-ASTER 6667                    2   1  0    12       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
-GOR-GOR 6909                  1   0  0    11       SHADOW MAGIC (701)
-YAMA 6384                     3   1  0    10       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 EVISCERATE 6935               2   1  0     8       RAPTOR (674)
-EASY CHEESY 6902              1   3  0     6       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-ARAWN 6415                    1   3  0     6       DEAD GAWDS (543)
-ACE OF BASE 6905              0   2  0     6       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 DEFECTIV KELUMBO 6926         1   1  0     4       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
-BABY POOH 6878                0   3  0     3       SHADOW MAGIC (701)
 RIGOLETTO 6950                0   2  0     2       THE OPERA (613)
 TRENT 6946                    0   1  0     1       THE SKULLS (705)
 BASKET 6956                   0   1  0     1       LAND OF OZ (217)
 STOUT 6957                    0   1  0     1       STRANGE BREW (661)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ELVEN NOBLELADY 6917    0  4 0 AN EPHRAIM 32        DWAYNE THE DOG        278  NONE
WILL-O-THE-WISP 6889    0  2 0 AN EPHRAIM 32        MOLOCH 6888           274  REVENGED
CLIFF 6226              9  7 0 CHEERS 659           DROW 5674             276   
SSCOMSS 6692            3  2 1 DARQUE FORCES 396    EARVLING KLASH 6547   274  REVENGED

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
JUSTICE FOR ALL 5534   18 13 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 603  NEUTERED KAT          278  NONE
SKYDANCER 6572          2  7 1 RAPTOR 674           SISTER BERNICE 6485   274  REVENGED
CINDY BEAR 6637         5  5 0 THE BEAR'S PAW 150   NORM 6227             275   
BAAL 6907               2  2 0 THE FALLEN 696       SHUFFLE 6938          277   
THE DROOLYMPICS 6910    1  1 0 THINGS I DROOL I 614 TRIPWHINE 6923        278   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

SCOMSSS Shire Fellows -- Another top-notch round.  You guys are the best. -- Oz The
All Emotional

Michael -- Great spot!  Keep the great words rolling. -- Oz The All Praising

Fabulous Father M -- Who's your daddy? -- Nikko

Justice For All -- A well-done, terrific undefeated run.  A salute to you and your
manager. -- Oz The All Praising

Medee -- I milked you for all you were worth.  (Not much, I admit.) -- China Milkmaid

Four Arms -- It was my magic elixir that did it.  Thank you for the challenge and the
win.  Your gift was the difference between a Land Of Oz 5-0 and an Indifference 4-1.
-- Professor Marvel (chucklingly)
P.S.  I take back that comment about your manager's momma wearing combat boots and a
jock strap.  She probably doesn't.  But your manager does wear high heels.

Puck -- I wore the hat in that match! -- Golden Cap

Tarzan -- You Tarzan; me Jane.  Jane always comes out on top. -- Winkie

Orco -- This "match" allows and even rewards DCs.  I salute your manager for doing
that which presents the optimum for his alliance.  Well done. -- Golden Cap

Enquiring Minds .... speaking of Baphomat, I recently received a magic electronic
diplo indicating he is alive, well, and recovering from a disaster.  He did not
indicate where or when, but he is planning a reappearance.  (after the TW) -- Oz The
All Informing

Liam The Goth -- I could never forget Frank Baum nor W. W. Denslow.  Thanks for the
reminder. -- Oz The All Thankful

Jorja, Liam, those evil trees may be everywhere, but with a 4-1, the Middle Way 3
felled a few of them.  Salute. -- Oz The All Avoiding

SCOMSSS Nightmare and Managerr, we welcome dreams.  Those in first place sleep well.
Those behind stay up all night and plot.  And plot.  Thank you for naming a warrior
after the SCOMSSS Shire.  We will not forget the touching gesture. -- Oz The All
Appreciative

Arenamaster Okel -- A shine?!  A golem?!  Why, I am a great winged-monkey.  The
greatest of the rare.  As my grandpa used to say when it came to rewards, promotions,
and winnings--"Jest send money!" -- Nikko, Lord Protector Winged Monkey

     Ah, I had you confused with those Tin guys. -- Okel

Congrats to all ....
JUSTICE FOR ALL (47-5534) OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
LAST CALL (47-5606) INDIFFERENCE (611)
SISTER MARY SUEELLEN (47-5671) OLD HABITS (566)
BOB'S COMIC COLLECTION (47-5658) THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
A well-deserved Lord Protectorship is yours!  Salute. -- Oz and Land Of Ozers
everywhere

Jack Knife -- I have no idea.  I look good on paper, but my performance in the arena
and in tournaments is something to be desired.  I guess I'm just another example of
how loopy the recognition system can be at  times. -- Prowl

Liam -- Thanks.  It's a rather limited capacity at the moment, but hopefully that
will change soon. -- Master Darque

Michael Eldritch -- Please do not read any animosity into my continued blood feud
against Earvling.  It is nothing personal, but I need the extra points for my team.
-- Master Darque

Luminous Lox -- Hrmm, nicely done.  I think I shall send you a challenge in return.
I tweaked my strat a bit, let's see if it works out. -- Attery

Swamp Moss Hammer -- I seem to be tearing your style up with that weapon. -- Orco

Vynmorgath -- Gotta respect your Canuck Gusto.  We'll jump for joy. -- Ten Lords
Aleapin'

Justice For All, Last Call, Sister Mary Sueellen, Bob's Comic Collection --
Communative Congrats to a collection of North Fork's finest, however, you'll soon be
replaced by another fine batch. -- Crip, Mgr of Royal Flush

Rois Anin -- Seems you've been cursed with Banana Sluggishness. -- African Queen

Velma Xavil -- Welcome to the winning column.  Care to let me join? -- Ace of Base

Mice Cream -- I scream, you scream, we all scream for Mice Cream.  Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrr-
rrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!  You are stillsticky between the toes. --
The Lion King

Death -- That was a see-saw battle.  Good thing I can handle quick changes in
Direction. -- Jack Knife

!!Liam and Demonic Hex -- High Kings of the Duel!!

Madam Scribe -- Cryptographers say tiny writing indicates concentration ability.  But
no one really knows what is indicated by excessive underlining. -- The Jabberwocky,
President, Michael Eldritch Fan Club

     An elevated sense of self-importance, perhaps? -- the typist, snidely :P

     Nah, a slip in editorial attention.  Who'd've thought a mere curly quote could
     do all that?  This time I was careful to replace all quotation marks in the
     proofing.  With luck, that's fixed it. -- the Editor

Velma Xavil -- We deserve finer... ("YOU VELMA!  ME TARZAN!  When Fred home?")... we
can do better... spell better... do better spells... type better than we fight...
underline less...  Let us away to another world... -- Elven Noblelady

(A notherworld??  Arena 81? -- WinknBlinknNodling)

Golden Nap -- Can't you read?!  The sign says: *NO SUNBATHING WHILE DUELING* -- Puck!

     You want to take all the fun out of it for the spectators, do you? -- Okel

Oz -- Now let me get this straight:  A 5-speed wanna-be striker supplicates Your
Ozness.  "If only I weren't a slug!" and you name him Nikko?!  (which he never lives
down) and he discovers he's had decisiveness all along and goes 13-3?!! -- Secret
Admirer-ling

Moloch Sally -- You've got to slow that Achilles heel down, or I'll be... Your Huckle
Mary

(Liam the Goth -- Father O'Really?  Uses only the fresh *marries*... -- Pan o'the
cloth)

(Azaziel -- "... a vicious wrenching motion..."? -- Hokey Porky, President,
Crystaltear Fan Club

Hobbits -- The dining hall's past the arena to the left... -- Antoine couldeatnolean"
Marionette (Mannequin's brother)

Aitery -- Yeah, it's a good one to the slower and more heavily armored, if you have
the strength... therein lies my dilemna. -- Razor

Jorja and the Middle Way -- Nice point gain!  Keep up the good work.  Don't be so
hard on yourself.  That, I'm told, attracts wayward pines! -- Raptor
P.S.  Besides, it's not like we have a lot to brag about.

Sister Bernice -- Thank you.  Hopefully this feudal business will help a fallen
comrade rest in pieces... the way you left him. -- Nightshade

Time for North Fork again already?  Damn.  About two weeks--at least--seems to have
dropped out of my life.  Can I blame it on short-circuits in the brain due to the
humid heat? -- Jorja, not at all sure where the time WENT

Ace of Base -- If you say so.  Pretty darned basic. -- Velma Xavil, glad to get a win
P.S.  Has your team had a Ten Sion yet?  Or Ten Ement?

Swamp Turf Hammer -- That was practically a gimme, and I'll take it. -- Rondol Quiglo

Bumblebee -- Somehow, you don't seem "darque."  Of course, you ARE a bee, and I'm
allergic to bees, so I had to swat you fast. -- Nin Quire

Hades -- Been there, got the tee-shirt, and there is no way I'm going back if I can
possibly avoid it. -- Sonny Urk

Swamp Song Hammer -- Nope, swamps do NOT make me sing.  Especially "along with"--that
humming is just bugs, with frogs for the percussion, right? -- Hilroc Ibbins

Liam -- I'm not sure your courtesy is the right approach.  How about a little
impatience, maybe even some nagging?  My intentions are generally excellent and
timely, and then... things come up. -- Jorja

Congratulations to, er, lots of graduates. -- Jorja and the Middle Way

Four graduates at once?  I'm not getting into this.  You all get a handshake and well
wishes on your journey, and that is it. -- Arenamaster Okel

Wow!  As nearly as I can tell, all that underlining in the teamspots, dm column, and
spy report is because I missed a set of 'curly quotes' in proofing, instead of
replacing them with 'straight quotes'.  It just goes to show something or other. --
the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JUSTICE FOR ALL was dealt death by NEUTERED KAT in a 4 minute Dark Arena fight.
LAST CALL murdered FABULOUS FATHER M in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
ELVEN NOBLELADY was assassinated by DWAYNE THE DOG in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
LURKING FEAR devastated WINKIE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
ITHYIC THING demolished SEB WITE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
MEDEE won victory over AFRICAN QUEEN in a exciting 3 minute master's Challenge fight.
HIGH TEST slimly won victory over SMOKEY BEAR in a 6 minute Challenge competition.
TARZAN was vanquished by IVAN POISY in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
PUDDY was savagely defeated by MADAME BUTTERFLY in a 5 minute expert's Challenge duel.
RERUN savagely defeated A TALE OF PAIN in a popular 5 minute gory Challenge melee.
NIGHTSHADE demolished ROIS ANIN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
AGARIC overcame BOGBANE in a 5 minute brutal Challenge contest.
STINGO RARR was demolished by SANITY LOSS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
MY HUCKLEBERRY was handily defeated by TEN LORDS ALEAPIN in a 1 minute conflict.
STRAFE vanquished SWAMP BOGG HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
AGOSERIS was outwaited by BAD NEWS BEAR in a 9 minute brutal Challenge fray.
CARLA was viciously subdued by RONDOL QUIGLO in a 5 minute master's Challenge brawl.
PFM beat EMILEI LOIT MATCHES in a 4 minute Challenge match.
DAFNE was overpowered by FLOUR CHILD in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
PUCK overpowered CUPS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
FOUR ARMS was devastated by LATKA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
BLUSHING CROW vanquished SONNY URK in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge match.
GOLDEN CAP won victory over PAUL in a crowd pleasing 6 minute gory Challenge fray.
BLIGHT'S BURDEN was savagely defeated by HILROC IBBINS in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
RIGOLETTO was beaten by EVISCERATE in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
DAUBER was luckily beaten by SCOMSSS'S NIGHTMARE in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
THE LION KING demolished BARLEY in a 2 minute one-sided melee.
FRASIER was viciously subdued by VYNMORGATH in a 3 minute veteran's fray.
CHINA MILKMAID handily defeated KODIAK in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
BOB'S COMIC COLLECTN was savagely defeated by SPARROW in a 5 minute expert's fight.
SALSA ELEMENTAL overpowered NORM in a 1 minute one-sided match.
XXL was savagely defeated by NIN QUIRE in a exciting 3 minute gory bout.
KURGER BING outwaited MASTER DARQUE in a unpopular 17 minute match.
LABATTS slimly lost to ATTERY in a 7 minute master's fight.
BARNEY BEAR outlasted PROFESSOR MARVEL in a unpopular 20 minute match.
SWAMP TURF HAMMER was beaten by BUMBLEBEE in a 1 minute fray.
PROWL defeated ORCO in a 2 minute match.
BULL SHANNON subdued PINT in a exciting 5 minute gruesome conflict.
OBESE CAT overpowered SWAMP MOSS HAMMER in a 2 minute gory uneven bout.
RAZOR viciously subdued SWAMP SONG HAMMER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gruesome match.
SWAMP BURN HAMMER beat VELMA XAVIL in a 2 minute fight.
THE DROOLYMPICS was narrowly killed by TRIPWHINE in a 2 minute bloody beginner's duel.
OTIS THE SKUNK demolished STOUT in a 1 minute uneven conflict.
MONDORHOID overcame BASKET in a 2 minute brutal amateur's fight.
DEFECTIV KELUMBO was viciously subdued by CONVICTED THIEF in a 7 minute melee.
ICKYFOT overpowered MAXIMILLIAN in a 3 minute one-sided fight.
JOE-SIX overpowered TRENT in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 18         WALL OF STEEL     78 -  54 -  3      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     18         TOTAL PARRY      131 -  95 -  0      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  12         AIMED BLOW        58 -  47 -  2      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         STRIKING ATTACK  131 - 125 -  4      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         SLASHING ATTACK   61 -  72 -  7      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  22 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    7         BASHING ATTACK    71 -  95 -  7      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         LUNGING ATTACK    87 - 137 -  2      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  38 -  1      32  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  17 -  0      15  |

Turn 278 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:

AIMED BLOW         5 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        8 - 10         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  7         3  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK   10 -  8                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     6 -  6                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  CHINA MILKMAID 6502        12   1  0  147 LAND OF OZ (217)
TOTAL PARRY      MEDEE 5642                 27  10  0  125 THE OPERA (613)
LUNGING ATTACK   MADAME BUTTERFLY 5792      18  13  0  125 THE OPERA (613)
BASHING ATTACK   LURKING FEAR 1755          19  11  0  123 ABYSMAL RITES (215)
WALL OF STEEL    THE LION KING 6360         16   7  0  105 ROYAL FLUSH (48)
PARRY-STRIKE     SPARROW 6411               13   9  0  102 RAPTOR (674)
AIMED BLOW       SEB WITE 6668               8   3  0   85 SPOONERTIKS (523)
SLASHING ATTACK  XXL 6178                    8   6  0   47 INDIFFERENCE (611)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SWAMP BOGG HAMMER 6306.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was MADAME BUTTERFLY 5792.  The ten other most popular fighters were RERUN 
6651, AFRICAN QUEEN 6424, PAUL 6861, SPARROW 6411, BULL SHANNON 6582, VYNMORGATH 
6646, NIN QUIRE 5281, HILROC IBBINS 6875, RAZOR 6573, and SMOKEY BEAR 6354.

The least popular fighter this week was PROFESSOR MARVEL 6891.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BARNEY BEAR 6512, KURGER BING 6669, DEFECTIV KELUMBO 6926, 
ATTERY 6705, BAD NEWS BEAR 6486, TRENT 6946, BASKET 6956, STOUT 6957, SWAMP TURF 
HAMMER 6565, and XXL 6178.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

LURKING FEAR (47-1755) ABYSMAL RITES (215)

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

JUSTICE FOR ALL (47-5534) OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
LAST CALL (47-5606) INDIFFERENCE (611)
BOB'S COMIC COLLECTN (47-5658) THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
SISTER MARY SUEELLEN (47-5671) OLD HABITS (566)