DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/04/2009    Duedate: 08/31/2009

SCOMSS SWAMP ARENA

DM-47    TURN-279

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MOTHER THERESA
OLD HABITS (566)
(47-5136) [7-1-0,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MADAME BUTTERFLY               TRENT
THE OPERA (613)                THE SKULLS (705)
(47-5792) [19-13-0,132]        (47-6946) [0-2-0,2]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SWAMP BOGG HAMMER              TEN LORDS ALEAPIN
ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)        ROYAL FLUSH (48)
(47-6306) [13-19-0,62]         (47-6433) [14-9-1,95]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE OPERA (613)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARQUE FORCES (396)         54
2. KAOS (695)                  52      OLD HABITS (566)
3. OLD HABITS (566)            47      Unchartered Team
4. THE FALLEN (696)            45
5. ROYAL FLUSH (48)            44      THE SKULLS (705)

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/ 3 THE OPERA (613)          11  4 0
 2/ 2 OLD HABITS (566)         129  70  9 64.8   2/ 2 LAND OF OZ (217)         10  5 1
 3/ 4 KAOS (695)                32  18  0 64.0   3/ 1 INDIFFERENCE (611)        9  4 2
 4/ 3 LAND OF OZ (217)         573 365 17 61.1   4/ 8 SECOND BANANAS (573)      9  6 0
 5/ 5 MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)   335 220 25 60.4   5/16 KAOS (695)                8  3 0
 6/ 6 SECOND BANANAS (573)     185 125 18 59.7   6/12 DARQUE FORCES (396)       8  4 0
 7/ 7 SPOONERTIKS (523)        151 104  8 59.2   7/ 4 ROYAL FLUSH (48)          8  5 0
 8/ 8 THE OPERA (613)          110  76  3 59.1   8/13 THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)    8  7 0
 9/ 0 DEVIATION (708)           64  45  1 58.7   9/ 5 RAPTOR (674)              8  7 0
10/ 9 THINGS I DROOL IN (614)   93  69  6 57.4  10/20 THE BEAR'S PAW (150)      7  5 0
11/10 ROYAL FLUSH (48)         721 569 38 55.9  11/ 7 SPOONERTIKS (523)         7  8 0
12/17 THE FALLEN (696)          30  24  3 55.6  12/10 OLD HABITS (566)          6  3 0
13/11 GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)     62  52  3 54.4  13/18 THE FALLEN (696)          6  4 1
14/12 DARQUE FORCES (396)      165 144 14 53.4  14/ 6 ABYSMAL RITES (215)       6  5 0
15/13 THE BEAR'S PAW (150)     442 405 41 52.2  15/19 MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)    5  4 0
16-14 CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)      65  61  5 51.6  16/11 OF WOLF AND MAN (603)     5  6 0
17-15 DARK PINNACLE (598)       80  76  6 51.3  17- 9*IDIOT COMMITEE (703)      4  1 1
18-19 LIFE'S LESSONS (562)     121 118  9 50.6  18-23 LIFE'S LESSONS (562)      3  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20 OF WOLF AND MAN (603)     78  77  5 50.3  19-17 X-MEN II (660)            3  1 0
20/18 ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)  132 131  8 50.2  20/24 WARHAMMERS (75)           3  6 0
21-21 SMOKED OUT!!! (637)       30  30  4 50.0  21/14 FORCE OF WILL (670)       3  7 0
22/16 FORCE OF WILL (670)       42  43  4 49.4  22/27 AN EPHRAIM (32)           3 11 0
23/22 INDIFFERENCE (611)       118 121  9 49.4  23/15 ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)   3 12 0
24/24 CHEERS (659)              41  47  2 46.6  24/ 0 DEVIATION (708)           2  3 0
25/23 RAPTOR (674)              53  63  2 45.7  25-29 SMOKED OUT!!! (637)       2  3 0
26/26 AN EPHRAIM (32)          178 212 17 45.6  26-21 STRANGE BREW (661)        2  8 0
27-27*DEAD GAWDS (543)          19  23  0 45.2  27-28 DARK PINNACLE (598)       1  0 0
28/28 WARHAMMERS (75)          293 377 14 43.7  28-33*HOBBITS IN THE HOO (615)  1  0 0
29/29 ABYSMAL RITES (215)       67  87  3 43.5  29-22 CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)      1  3 0
30-30 STRANGE BREW (661)        55  74  6 42.6  30-25*DEAD GAWDS (543)          1  4 0
31-31 X-MEN II (660)            57  83  6 40.7  31/31 CHEERS (659)              1  6 0
32/32 THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)   118 183  2 39.2  32/26 THINGS I DROOL IN (614)   1  9 0
33-33*HOBBITS IN THE HOO (615)   1   2  0 33.3  33/30 GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)     0  3 0
34/34*THE SKULLS (705)           0   3  0  0.0  34/34*THE SKULLS (705)          0  3 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 9
                       SUMMARY COMMENTS

1.   YOURBAGD won the round with 31 points.  They are CHARGING!  The race has
     tightened to only 74.
2.   RAPTORS (Owlin The Wise)) had the only 5-0 round this turn.  Well done!  A
     change in landscape.
3.   DREADNAUGHTS posted a .800 (8-2-0) w/l record, leading to an Alliance 2nd place
     round this turn.  More changes in the landscape!
4.   YOURBAGD took home the most total Spy Mention points, a whopping 16 of 18!  KAOS
     leads again!  Are they paying the arena administrators and publicists, or what?
     (Probably the "or what.")
5.   How did SCOMSSS Shire acquire the round's top total stylemaster/duelmaster
     points--(8)--with such massive influence as YOURBAGD seems to have?
6.   Key 0verall accumulative individual leaders after nine rounds are:
     Wins 34 (Oz)
     W/L Record 34-11-1 .756 (Oz)
     Fight Points 66 (Oz)
     Spy Mention Points 40 (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)
     A "5-0" (Mannequin, Grim, Oz, Oz, Father O'Malley, Owlin The Wise)
7.   Ten point DA kills continue to be the way of life in the swamp, with this
round's going to LAST CALL of Indifference.

"ALLIANCE" SCORING STATUS
                     TOTAL 1st Half   (6)  (7)  (8) (9)            TOTAL
SCOMSSS Shire                  227    33   68   37   6             371
YOURBAGD                       164    13   70   19  31             297
Dreadnaughts                   -19    -2   27   -4  12              14
Slaughterhouse Syndicate        13     3    1    1  -5              13
BOB                             -2     2   10   -3   0               7

INDIVIDUAL TEAM RESULTS

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

SCOMSSS Shire (24, 50, 69, 44, 40, 33, 68, 37 ,6= 371)
    Land Of Oz              0,4,0, 0 =  4          66,16, 8, 50 = 140
    Old Habits             -0,0,0, 0=   0          35,12,12, 25 =  84
    Second Bananas          1,0,0, 0 =  1          38,20, 6,  0 =  64
    Royal Flush             2,2,0, 0=   4          33, 8, 8,  0 =  49
    Spoonertiks             1,2,2, 0=   5          14, 8, 4,  0 =  26
    Mystic Orc Feast        2,0,0, 0=   2          10, 0, 8,  0 =  18
    Things I Drool In     -10,0,0, 0= -10         -14, 0, 4,  0 = -10

YOURBAGD (23, 19, 54, 28, 40, 13, 70, 19, 31 = 297)
    Kaos                    7,0,6, 0=  13          24, 0,40, 50 = 114
    Of Wolf & Man          -4,0,2, 0=  -2          26,16,28,  0 =  74
    The Opera               4,4,2, 0=  10          24,18,10,  0 =  52
    Indifference            8,2,4, 0=  14          27,16,12,  0 =  55
    Darque Forces           1,0,0,0=    1          -7, 0,12,  0 =   5
    The Bear Paw            0,0,0, 0=   0         -15, 6,10,  0 =   1
    Cheers                 -7,0,2, 0=  -5         -18, 2,12,  0 =  -4

Dreadnaughts (-1, 4, -5, -13, -4, -2, 27, -4, 12 = 14)
    The Fallen               0,0,0, 0 =  0          -13, 0, 8,25 = 20
    Raptor                   8,2,0, 0  =10          - 4,14, 0, 0 = 12
    Gothic Ministry          0,0,0, 0  = 0            1, 0, 8, 0 =  9
    Dark Pinnacle            0,0,0, 0  = 0          -18, 4,12, 0 = -2
    Force of Will            0,0,0, 0  = 0          -14, 0, 8, 0 = -6
    Smoked Out!              0,0,0, 0  = 0           -6, 0, 0, 0 = -6
    The Middle Way 3         2,0,0, 0  = 2          -17, 0, 4, 0 =-13

Slaughterhouse Syndicate (8, -5, 9, 4, -3, 3, 1, 1, -5 = 13)
    Abysmal Rites            0,2,0,0 =   2            3,20, 8, 0 = 31
    Shadow Magic             0,0,0,0 =   0            1, 0, 2, 0 =  3
    Life's Lessons           0,0,0,0 =   0          - 5, 0, 4, 0 = -1
    Strange Brew            -2,0,0,0 =  -2           -4, 0, 0, 0 = -4
    Swamp Hammerz           -5,0,0,0 =  -5           -4, 0, 0, 0 = -4
    JGW Perishable           0,0,0,0 =   0          -14, 0, 2, 0 =-12

B. O. B. (16, -18 -3, 3, 0, 2, 10, -3, 0  =   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           0,0,0,0 =   0            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

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

SCOMSSS Shire (11-12-0-1 .478   Total 175-103-5-3 .629)
    Land Of Oz                     2-3-0-0       34-11-1-0          9/9
    Second Bananas                 3-2-0-0       31-14-1-0          9/9
    Old Habits                     0-0-0-0       25-10-1-0          7/9
    Royal Flush                    2-1-0-0       25-15-0-0          9/9
    Spoonertiks                    3-2-0-0       25-18-0-0          9/9
    Mystic Orc Feast               1-0-0-0       21-17-1-2          9/9
    Things I Drool In              0-4-0-1       14-18-1-2          7/9

YOURBAGD (14-13-1-1 .518   Total 132-113-7-19 .539)
    Indifference                    2-2-1-0       26- 9-3-1         8/9
    Kaos                            3-0-0-0       23-14-0-0         9/9
    The Opera                       3-2-0-0       23-18-0-6         9/9
    Of Wolf & Man                   1-2-0-1       21-19-2-9         9/9
    The Bear Paw                    2-2-0-0       17-25-1-1         9/9
    Darque Forces                   3-1-0-0       13-12-0-1         6/9
    Cheers                          0-4-0-0        9-16-1-1         6/9

Slaughterhouse Syndicate ( 5-9-0-0 .357   Total 88-97-0-7 .476)
    Swamp Hammerz                   1-4-0-0       22-20-0-1         9/9
    Abysmal Rites                   3-2-0-0       19-18-0-3         8/9
    Strange Brew                    1-3-0-0       19-25-0-3         9/9
    Life's Lessons                  0-0-0-0       14-16-0-0         7/9
    JGW Perishable                  0-0-0-0        8-14-0-0         5/9
    Shadow Magic                    0-0-0-0        6- 4-0-0         3/9

Dreadnaughts (8-2-0-0 .800   Total 101-130-4-10  .437)
    Raptor                          5-0-0-0       23-22-1-2         9/9
    Force of Will                   0-0-0-0       19-21-2-2         8/9
    The Fallen                      0-0-0-0       18-21-1-4         8/9
    The Middle Way 3                3-2-0-0       16-29-0-0         9/9
    Gothic Ministry                 0-0-0-0       14-11-0-0         7/9
    Dark Pinnacle                   0-0-0-0        6-16-0-2         7/9
    Smoked Out!                     0-0-0-0        5-10-0-0         3/9

B. O. B. ( 0-0-0-0 .000   Total 58-77-4-17 .430)
    Chaotic Beasts                  1-3-0-0       18-19-1-0         8/9
    Christian Rock 2                0-0-0-0       13- 7-0-1         4/9
    I Hate Them                     0-0-0-0       13-15-1-5         6/9
    They Must Die                   0-0-0-0        5-14-0-8         4/9
    Soldiers of Rome                0-0-0-0        5-15-1-3         4/9
    The Lurocian Devils             0-0-0-0        4- 7-1-0         3/9

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 Master Darque and Oz,
with commentary from somewhere inside Dorothy's basket.

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                                       Part 111

     Morngrym was nervous.  He wasn't typically the sort given to such an emotion,
being a rather analytical tinker, and not much for baseless emotional responses.
However, the Tourney of the Dead was proving to be an exception to the rule.
     Michael had decided to try and bring Nyan'ti back from the dead, and therefore
had entered her into the 'dead tourney'.  Because of the upcoming Turf War and some
other matter, which Morngrym hadn't been privy to, had come up, Michael hadn't been
able to attend in person.  So Morngrym had taken it upon himself to offer his help.
If Nyan'ti DID come back, she was going to need some guidance in the early hours of
her resurrection--apparently being dead played havoc with your mental state.
     Fortunately, there were others here that Morngrym knew.  Scarlet Rose was a
firecracker of a lass, and though she'd recently gained, and lost, the Duelmastery of
Morya, she was still her hot-headed self, and proving to be an able distraction to
Morngrym's overactive imagination.  That Experientia gal was another matter entirely,
though.  She was one of the 'Northwight' group.  It would be bad enough if they
really WERE Northwights, since the race was notoriously high-minded, but she was
actually one of those selected from Hel's realm, and they were a chilly lot to say
the least.  Still, maybe he'd be able to bring some good news.  If ANY of the girls
managed to secure a win, Michael would be pleased, especially if Nyan'ti pulled off
her resurrection.  The inside line was that she'd assume the Champion status for
Force of Will if she made it.
     As he considered the implications of one of Michael's entries making the cut,
his mind drifted to the latest contraption Michael had asked for his help on.  He was
dabbling in some really obscure stuff.  The sentium thing was a long shot, but at
least there had been precedent for it.  This 'Chronolyzer' thing was completely off
the charts.  Time was not a very malleable element--at least not in retrospect.  The
future was always flexible, but the present had a tendency of crystallizing the past.
Michael bought into the 'alternate reality' theory pretty heavily, though.  He
believed that by utilizing extremely precise calculations, one should be able to look
at the hypothetical parts--the 'what ifs'--and by tapping those alternate realities
at exact points one could reveal what had taken place as a result of an alternate
action.  Morngrym could make perfect sense of Magitech's highly symbolic and often
abstract formulae and schematics, but the stuff Michael was spinning off might as
well have COME from another reality.  Morngrym had to build a separate device just to
allow Michael to put his schematic into a visual format--it was that convoluted.
     Ironically enough, it looked to be working--at least in a controlled
environment.  The upcoming Turf War would provide the necessary data to test its true
capabilities.  Still, the whole principle of trying to work around a universal law
disturbed Morngrym.  Whoever or whatever created the cosmos had good reasons for
those laws, and it seemed almost sacrilegious to invent a way to circumvent them.
What really concerned Morngrym, though, was Michael's true motives.  Granted, such a
device would prove unbelievably useful for gladiatorial competition, but it bordered
on outright cheating, and Michael frowned on those sorts of things.  So WHY was he
trying to find a way to reveal potential actions or the potential repercussions of
actions that MIGHT have happened?
     Morngrym scowled.  He liked a mystery, but this was way out of his league, and
it disturbed him to be working on a project whose full ramifications he couldn't
comprehend.
     He was just about to grab a messenger to contact Michael about the matter, when
the announcement was made to commence the Tourney.  He sighed and put his
magnification glasses on.  It was time to play cheerleader.  What a day.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 623): BLHU MURTHER of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 625): SKELETON of THE UNDEAD (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 619): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 621): SILVIA MINNO of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 619): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 618): STEWIE GRIFFIN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 309): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 611): LUNA of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 307): ULTHAR STORMHELM of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 607): AGONY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 605): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 596): MANDOLIN WIND of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 559): BITT BETRO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 284): MERCY FOR NONE of PACIS EX NEX (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): CHINA MILKMAID of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 486): PURPLE KITTEN of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 473): SHMEGMA of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 453): DECAY of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 450): GRIZOLPOP of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 214): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 414): NIGHTMARE STEED of GEMSTONE CREATIONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 406): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 396): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 512): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS ( ?, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 623): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 625): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 619): DARK CREATION (Howard Phillips Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 621): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 619): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 618): THE MAGNIFICIENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 309): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 611): VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 307): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 607): ANGELS OF PAIN (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 605): RAVAGOMG LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 596): URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 559): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 284): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 264): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 486): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 473): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 453): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 450): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 214): SUPERSTARS (?, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 414): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 406): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 396): VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 512): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 624): PROTAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 618): GERMANICUS of GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 308): YAU (DARKFACE) of ZULU NATION (Zulu, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 611): NEEDS SALT of BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
              (turn 610): LITERNIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 607): MADNESS of ANGELS OF PAIN (The 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 558): QUEEN RANDI of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 278): LURKING FEAR of ABYSMAL RITES (Reaper, mgr.)
                 (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.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
                  (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias Skyhawk, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 473): SHMEGMA of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
                       (turn 472): BLACK WIDOW XLIII of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud)
                                   SAMANTHA HAIN of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 450): GRIZOLPOP of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 413): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I am China Milkmaid, and I have worked my way to the top of this Swampy
nightmare place.  Now get me out of here!  It is a dirty, grimy, damp, musty, smelly
land.  It has many people like that Managerr who stumbles around inadvertently (Or is
it purposely?) breaking or messing up things.  I like clean, crisp, delicate, pretty,
and orderly things.  I must get home to the place I love.  As my friend Dorothy says,
"There's no place like home."  Perhaps this little quip from Wicky-history will
present you with better understanding.
     "There are worse things in the world than being a Scarecrow."  That is the now
wise Scarecrow's conclusion after the friends travel through the land of dainty
china.  The Tin Woodsman builds a ladder so they can all climb the over the wall that
protects the small country.  When they reach the top of wall and peer into the land
they each say, "Oh, My!"  Before them lies a land filled with living china figurines.
The figurines are beautiful and delicate but also very fragile.  Once Dorothy and her
friends have climbed over the wall, they quickly learn they are not welcome in the
country.  The figurines are dreadfully afraid that the strangers will break them
either accidentally or on purpose.  During their brief journey through the land, they
encounter a china milkmaid and her cow....
     Pray for my safe return before someone breaks or kills me.  Then I would have to
sic Frank L, himself, on them.  I would.

          China Milkmaid, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of SCOMSS SWAMP!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team INDIFFERENCE was 
unseated this week as THE OPERA moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top spot with a 
5-0-0 record for the round.  I have begun to suspect trickery on the part of KAOS.  
How else weeks like this one's 4-0-0?  How else the sudden move to 5th team?  There 
were bitter words at ABYSMAL RITES' guildhouse after a 0-1-0 showing this week which 
dropped the stable into 14th.  Dark Arena anyone?  My praise to THE FALLEN for their 
5-0-1 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of 
notice!  TEN LORDS ALEAPIN caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as 
it skillfully bested PUDDY and was awarded 23 points in recognition.  In one of the 
week's more notable duels, RERUN put down FRASIER, causing it to lose 16 points of 
recognition in the process.  The city has turned out in honor of MOTHER THERESA, for 
with his arena victory he may now lay claim to the highest position in the city!  No 
confirmation, but my sources claim that the top team has gained their position using 
magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In SCOMSS SWAMP "art" is a word that 
has long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to 
beat in SCOMSS SWAMP these days is KAOS.  At least, most blades in town are looking 
to avoid them.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent 
the better part of last week avoiding KAOS.  Indeed it was CHEERS.  Loose talk at the 
arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are 
after MEDEE.  Watch your back!  For some warriors honor is not important--only empty 
victory.  See, gladiators, how KODIAK of THE BEAR'S PAW challenged down 16 points to 
NIGHTSHADE.  Few would not have guessed the outcome of the bout as NIGHTSHADE was 
bested by KODIAK.  Is this what passes for courage in SCOMSS SWAMP?  As a gladiator 
gets older, the icy grip of fear lays hold of his heart.  True, MEDEE?  Who could 
miss your "brave" challenge of KURGER BING?  The weight of the challenge fell hard 
upon KURGER BING and predictably he was beat by MEDEE.  This is how to arouse the 
anger of an entire guild!  ATTERY must really be harboring a grudge against the ALL 
SWAMP HAMMERZ guild!  Merciless, 26 challenged down SWAMP TURF HAMMER points this 
week to duel with he.  All the city knows the duel went in favor of ATTERY.  I shall 
not fail to spread the word in other cities of this "mighty" victory.  As a gladiator 
gets older, the icy grip of fear lays hold of hers heart.  True, DAFNE?  Who could 
miss your "brave" challenge of TRENT?  The weight of the challenge fell hard upon 
TRENT and predictably he was overcame by DAFNE.  This is how to arouse the anger of 
an entire guild!  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it seems 
that KORTALIA posted a challenge against the more highly recognized SEB WITE.  The 
results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand KORTALIA was beat by SEB WITE.  Remember 
warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  This week marked the last days of MY 
HUCKLEBERRY who at 9-14-1 was dispatched to the Dark Arena by the command of AN 
EPHRAIM's demanding management.  SHUFFLE must hold silent, for this week he was 
humbled in the arena by a successful Bloodfeud won by PENEMUE of THE FALLEN.  Hail 
PENEMUE for thy victory!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable with 
fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in SCOMSS SWAMP.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must 
I keep, indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of 
Alastari await me!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, 
but a maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOTHER THERESA 5136           7   1  0   113       OLD HABITS (566)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MADAME BUTTERFLY 5792        19  13  0   132       THE OPERA (613)
 MEDEE 5642                   28  10  0   128       THE OPERA (613)
 WINKIE 6401                  16   8  2   120       LAND OF OZ (217)
 VYNMORGATH 6646               7   1  0   116       KAOS (695)
 THE LION KING 6360           17   7  0   113       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 IVAN POISY 5112              18  19  0   109       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-ITHYIC THING 6292            12  12  0   108       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
-JENNA 5099                   17  21  4   106       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 SALSA ELEMENTAL 6312         12   6  0   106       DARQUE FORCES (396)
 KODIAK 6487                  13  10  4   102       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 QUEEN OF TARTS 5980          10   9  0    97       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
 TEN LORDS ALEAPIN 6433       14   9  1    95       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 SPECTRE 5654                 13   9  1    95       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 RERUN 6651                    9   2  0    94       SECOND BANANAS (573)
-BLOOD RAYNE 5489             20  12  1    93       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 SPARROW 6411                 13  10  0    92       RAPTOR (674)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHINA MILKMAID 6502          12   2  0    89       LAND OF OZ (217)
 PUDDY 6295                   22  10  0    88       SECOND BANANAS (573)
-HIGH TEST 6239               18   9  0    88       STRANGE BREW (661)
 AFRICAN QUEEN 6424           11  10  0    87       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 SEB WITE 6668                 9   3  0    87       SPOONERTIKS (523)
 MICE CREAM 6265              12   4  1    86       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-DROW 5674                    16   8  1    85       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 SMOKEY BEAR 6354             17  14  1    84       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 SISTER MARYJANE 6416         14   0  0    77       OLD HABITS (566)
 OBESE CAT 6695                7   4  0    77       KAOS (695)
 MY SHADOW 6649                6   2  0    77       KAOS (695)
 KURGER BING 6669              9   3  0    75       SPOONERTIKS (523)
 TARZAN 5542                  10  16  1    74       AN EPHRAIM (32)
 NIGHTSHADE 6536              11   6  1    72       RAPTOR (674)
-BARLEY 6377                   8   9  3    72       STRANGE BREW (661)
 FRASIER 6224                 12   7  0    71       CHEERS (659)
 ROIS ANIN 6068               13  21  1    69       WARHAMMERS (75)
-STORM 6234                   13  16  0    69       X-MEN II (660)
-DEMONIC HEX 5530             14   7  0    68       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORTALIA 6365                 9   8  3    66       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 FGC 6648                      7   4  0    66       KAOS (695)
 PROWL 6460                    5   4  0    66       DARQUE FORCES (396)
 BUMBLEBEE 6436                5   3  0    66       DARQUE FORCES (396)
 RONDOL QUIGLO 4978           14  22  0    64       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 BAD NEWS BEAR 6486           14   9  0    64       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 SWAMP BOGG HAMMER 6306       13  19  0    62       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHAOS BOAST 5780             10  11  1    62       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 ATTERY 6705                   7   2  0    62       OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
 JACK KNIFE 6694               7   3  0    61       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
 NIN QUIRE 5281                9  11  0    60       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
-HOMEY D. CLONE 5637           9   7  0    60       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 EARVLING KLASH 6547          10   6  1    59       FORCE OF WILL (670)
-CRYSTAL 5895                 10   6  0    59       DARK PINNACLE (598)
-BONECLAW 5857                 5   7  0    58       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
-A TALE OF PAIN 6531           8   2  0    57       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
-NORM 6227                     6  12  1    57       CHEERS (659)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CARLA 6225                    8  10  0    54       CHEERS (659)
 GADREEL 6659                  6   5  1    54       THE FALLEN (696)
 STRAFE 6693                   6   4  0    54       RAPTOR (674)
 PENEMUE 6657                  8   3  0    53       THE FALLEN (696)
-CHEECH 5930                   6   6  2    53       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
-BOGBANE 5500                 12  15  1    52       DARQUE FORCES (396)
 PARIAH 6364                  11   6  0    51       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 STINGO RARR 6507              9  10  0    51       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-LABATTS 6548                  6   4  0    51       STRANGE BREW (661)
-POLARIS 6230                 12  13  1    50       X-MEN II (660)
 XXL 6178                      9   6  0    49       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-MR NICE GUY 5931              6   6  1    49       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 SISTER MARY-KATE 6491         5   3  0    49       OLD HABITS (566)
-CHONG 5927                    7   5  0    48       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)
 DEATH KISS 5751              11   7  1    47       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 EMILEI LOIT MATCHES 6710      3   5  0    45       THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
 LUMINOUS LOX 6495             7   6  0    44       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-DEATH 4957                    5   4  0    44       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 BULL SHANNON 6582             8   6  0    43       SECOND BANANAS (573)
-COLOSSUS 6356                 6  10  2    43       X-MEN II (660)
 FLOUR CHILD 6869              5   3  0    43       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-SISTER BERNICE 6485           5   5  1    42       OLD HABITS (566)
 AGARIC 6509                  10  11  0    41       WARHAMMERS (75)
-PFM 6645                      5   6  0    41       KAOS (695)
 SWAMP TURF HAMMER 6565        8   8  0    40       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
-MIRAGE 5912                   6   6  0    40       DARK PINNACLE (598)
 MOLOCH 6888                   4   2  1    40       THE FALLEN (696)
-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)
 SWAMP MOSS HAMMER 6567       10   6  0    36       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
 LATKA 6940                    3   0  0    36       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 RAZOR 6573                    5   9  0    34       RAPTOR (674)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SONNY URK 6827                4   7  0    33       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 AGOSERIS 6709                 4   5  0    33       WARHAMMERS (75)
 PROFESSOR MARVEL 6891         4   3  0    33       LAND OF OZ (217)
 SWAMP BURN HAMMER 6566        8   8  0    32       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
 ASBEEL 6660                   7   4  0    32       THE FALLEN (696)
 HILROC IBBINS 6875            4   5  0    32       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
 SCOMSSS'S NIGHTMARE 6934      4   0  0    32       THE OPERA (613)
-DAHAK 4961                    4   4  0    32       DEAD GAWDS (543)
-PAIN KILLER 6257              4   4  1    31       DARK PINNACLE (598)
-PINT 6851                     4   4  0    31       STRANGE BREW (661)
-NIGHTCRAWLER 6706             4   2  0    30       X-MEN II (660)
-SHIFTER 5909                  3   5  0    30       CHAOTIX BEASTS (610)
 PAUL 6861                     3   1  0    30       CHEERS (659)
 FOUR ARMS 6697                4   3  1    29       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-SGT STANDANKO 5929            5   7  0    28       SMOKED OUT!!! (637)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHRONALISS 6672               4   8  0    28       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 DAFNE 6899                    5   2  0    27       THE OPERA (613)
-ASPHYXIA 6330                 4   4  0    27       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 JOE-SIX 6937                  4   0  0    26       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-OTIS THE SKUNK 6924           2   0  1    26       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 KANA BALLISTIC 6976           4   2  0    25       DEVIATION (708)
 GAUNTLYN 6363                 4  13  0    25       FORCE OF WILL (670)
 PUCK 5919                     3   8  0    25       AN EPHRAIM (32)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CUPS 6614                     4   4  1    23       THINGS I DROOL IN (614)
 GOLDEN CAP 6890               4   3  0    23       LAND OF OZ (217)
 BLUSHING CROW 6846            2   6  0    23       SPOONERTIKS (523)
-HADES 4959                    6   3  0    22       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 KISS OF DEATH 6977            4   3  0    22       DEVIATION (708)
-SPED 6847                     3   3  0    22       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
-BAPHOMASHER 5849              4   5  0    21       LIFE'S LESSONS (562)
 SWAMP SONG HAMMER 6860        6   2  0    20       ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (594)
 SHUFFLE 6938                  1   1  1    20       INDIFFERENCE (611)
-TRIPWHINE 6923                2   0  1    19       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 YOURBAGD FOREVER 6968         1   0  0    19       THE OPERA (613)
-GILGAMESH 6886                1   1  0    18       DARK PINNACLE (598)
-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)
 VELMA XAVIL 6828              1  10  0    13       THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (506)
-BLIGHT'S BURDEN 6903          0   3  0    13       ABYSMAL RITES (215)
 MOTHER MAYI 6966              0   1  0    13       OLD HABITS (566)
-ASTER 6667                    2   1  0    12       GOTHIC MINISTRY (592)
 TWISTER SISTER 6984           1   0  0    11       DEVIATION (708)
 ACE OF BASE 6905              0   3  0    11       ROYAL FLUSH (48)
-YAMA 6384                     3   1  0    10       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 TREE ANEMONE 6985             1   0  0    10       AN EPHRAIM (32)
 SUN BEAR 6965                 1   0  0    10       THE BEAR'S PAW (150)
 DAUBER 6914                   2   3  0     9       SECOND BANANAS (573)
 LANFEAR 6986                  1   0  1     9       THE FALLEN (696)
 EVISCERATE 6935               2   2  0     8       RAPTOR (674)
 BASKET 6956                   1   1  0     8       LAND OF OZ (217)
 UNFORGIVEN 6958               1   0  0     7       OF WOLF AND MAN (603)
-EASY CHEESY 6902              1   3  0     6       MYSTIC ORC FEAST (416)
-ARAWN 6415                    1   3  0     6       DEAD GAWDS (543)
 GIZMO 6941                    0   1  0     5       DARQUE FORCES (396)
-DEFECTIV KELUMBO 6926         1   1  0     4       IDIOT COMMITEE (703)
 BLOOD ON THE SUN 6971         0   1  0     3       DEVIATION (708)
 JUDGEMENT DAY 6973            0   2  0     2       DEVIATION (708)
 TRENT 6946                    0   2  0     2       THE SKULLS (705)
-STOUT 6957                    0   1  0     1       STRANGE BREW (661)
 THISTLE MAN 6959              0   1  0     1       AN EPHRAIM (32)
 ALEXIS 6943                   0   1  0     1       THE SKULLS (705)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MORDANT DESERTER        0  0 0                      LANFEAR 6986          279  NONE
DA BAIT 6987            0  1 0 ABYSMAL RITES 215    DARQUE BEAST          279  NONE
MY HUCKLEBERRY 5636     9 15 1 AN EPHRAIM 32        NEUTERED KAT          279  NONE
CLIFF 6226              9  7 0 CHEERS 659           DROW 5674             276   
COACH 6967              0  1 0 CHEERS 659           FABULOUS FATHER       279  NONE
LAST LAUGH 6949         0  1 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 603  NEUTERED KAT          279  NONE
MOANDAR 6969            0  1 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 603  FABULOUS FATHER       279  NONE
CINDY BEAR 6637         5  5 0 THE BEAR'S PAW 150   NORM 6227             275  NOT REVENGED
BAAL 6907               2  2 0 THE FALLEN 696       SHUFFLE 6938          277  JUST REVENGED
THE DROOLYMPICS 6910    1  1 0 THINGS I DROOL I 614 TRIPWHINE 6923        278   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A Justice For All, now, now.  You didn't really think we would honor your "last
request" and allow Medee and ScumManagerr to take over the throne, did you?  After
all, SCOMSS Swamp does have its reputation to watch out for.  I am pleased to report
that the actual events led to a conclusion which brings honor and glory to The Swamp.
Allow me to introduce a real Duelmaster--China Milkmaid. -- Oz The All-Proud
P.S.  AND, it was a fine DM Column.  Thanks for posting.

All, clearly the Spyreport system is broken or compromised.  Was it a political bent
towards YOURBAGD or merely that financially elite faction's ability to inject assets
to manipulate?  Nine mentions and eight were BAGGERS?  When there are far more
interesting and amiable folk in DREADNAUGHTS or SLAUGHTERHOUSE SYNDICATE, or even,
cough, B.O.B.?  I shall be pressing for a full-scale investigation. -- Oz The All-
Justice Seeking

SCOMSSS Shire Fellows, we fell down on the job last round.  We must all accept the
punishments, including the lashing with wet noodles or whiffle-of-choice.  We must
savor the punishments and penance to show our worthiness.  Father, will you please
lead the prayer? -- Oz The All-Humble
P.S.  But we shall not allow ourselves to accept the belittling banter from that
dirty, rotten, no-good, dungheap called YOURBAGD!  Nay.  The pen is mightier than the
sword!

A salute to new Lord Protector Lurking Fear, who, along with his manager, showed that
in that last battle with Winkie "dey de men"!  Well done. -- Oz The All-Praising

Master Darque -- The mentorship is working well.  From your last post ("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") I can see that Managerr has trained you well on waffling words.  He is the
master. -- Oz The All-Observant

Secret-Admirerling -- Very well stated about my great Nikko.  Feel free to make it
Admirer rather than mere secret-admirerling. -- Oz The All-Open minded

Arenamaster Okel, thanks for the handshake.  I would not have accepted more from you
in these economic times anyway.  (And the other graduates didn't deserve any more
than that.) -- Nikko, Lord Protector

     You're welcome.

Mondorhoid -- When we started you looked like the basket-case, but by the time that
fight ended, I was.  Shucks!  (Offers the winner his hand, er, ah, handle.) -- Basket

Barney Bear -- We showed 'em, didn't we?  But you showed most.  I grudgingly salute
you. -- Professor Marvel

Kokiak -- I am sure there are days when you could decimate me.  But NOT this day. --
China Milkmaid

Paul -- I enjoyed having that cup of latte with you.  Next time let's add a bagel? --
Golden cap

Lurking Fear -- You still lurk, I fear. -- Winkie (looking over his shoulder)

As the Turf War comes down to its final week shortly after The Face, I wish to
congratulate everyone on the spirit and intensity of the competition.  It is a fine
event.  Good luck to you all in Round 10 and at The Face in Cleveland.  Wish we were
there. -- Oz The ll-Thankful

As to the anticipated closing events:
1.  Full manual reporting from the Face will be reported to the moderators through
Managerr, Crip, and Lee, and results will be in the 10th round scoring.
2.  The 10th and final round will run Aug4ish, and from Lee's advance news to the
moderators, a "full court press" will be placed on final, official, results posting.
On-line posting at The Site will occur first, of course and probably just after the
electronic 10th round is posted on line.
3.  A final official-official report will be in the early Sept newsletter.  This will
list winners and "prizes."
4.  By then an "official letter" will be in Lee's hands posting the approved RSI
prizes.  Each winner will then contact Lee for the winnings.  Feel free to e-mail or
copy e-mail Oz at wfms101@aol.com if any issues
5.  By then Master Darque will have mailed the Roll-up Cert winnings to the winning
Captain, who is responsible to distribute appropriately them within the Alliance.
     Oz and His Consortium Buddies
ads for dm 47

All -- The last turn, turn #278, Team Raptor 5-0-0 turn, two fighters in top ten
popularity, top point gain... and ZERO mentions in spy report.  Priceless! -- Owlin
the Wise
P.S.  Not that it would have changed much in the "Grand Scheme(ing) of this Turf War!

Dreadnaughts -- Thanks for all of your efforts.  We'll try it again... sometime! --
Raptor

Congratulations, all!

Oedin -- Great turn, buddy.  Let them eat feathers in your wake.  Sorry Lee and I
were not here last turn.  Lee was laid off from his job, so what money he does have
is for Hyborian War.  As for me, I went from five days a week to four days a week,
and from eight hours a day to six hours a day, and from $0.95 an hour to $0.65 an
hour.  So I can run one guy every other month, as most of my funds go to HW as well.
Lee, Malik, and I have put in for a new HW friens game if you want to get into it as
well--Lee will be Turan, Malik is Asgard, and I am Ophir this time around.  Still
waiting on the other friends game with you to start, maybe this month?  My last turn
you were 9th place. -- Liam the Goth

Michael -- Nice spot!  Money is tight right now and all of California is hurting.  So
the only city that I'll be in is here, when Lee has more money he'll be here as well.
He'll be in HW for now, we can't help it at this time.  Az and you did great in the
Turf and it was an honor to run with the two of you and it's good to have you as
allies and friends. -- Liam

Jorja -- Well, if you think it will help, send me a letter, send me a letter, send me
a letter, send me a letter.  Hey, thanks for running with us in the Turf.  You have
also been a good, no an out-of-this-world ally and friend.  I'll be here as I can,
we'll just have to see what fate has set up for Lee and myself.  How's the side
project coming along? -- Liam

Master Darque -- Yes, let us hope, it is good to see you on the sands.  Will you be
staying in 47 after the Turf or are you going to be in 45? -- Liam 

Oz -- Well, I see you have done it again.  Nice showing in the Turf! -- Liam
P.S.  And, yes, Jorja's been on one.

Toker -- Thanks for running with us for the Turf, it's been good. -- Liam

Congrats to all the grads the last few turns.  Way to rep. the city. -- Liam

I don't know about king of the duel but thanks. -- Hex

Justice for All -- Story of my life.  Good for you and have fun in retirement. --
Spectre

Azgouz -- I do not know if I'll be running Corpse Rot in the next tourney.  He's in
DM 20 at the moment; may move that team to DM 52.  We'll see. -- Liam

!!Indifference is top team!!  (Is that something?  Do we care?)

(e)Attery -- Hobbits are coming for you.  (and they're hungry.)

Like this, Liam -- "Damn it, woman!  I need you Jorja!  Need you to get a move on!"
-- jest tryin' to helpling

Ah Justice Four Balls -- Neutered Kat killed you.  You and your four(4!) speed.
You're no Nikko; he had five.  (But seriously, the fight was fixed.)

     I hadn't realized it was broken in the first place! -- Okel

Ten Lords Alepin -- Dance on my grave, and I'll be... -- Your Hucklezombie (Inspiring
you softly with his song? - Bombadil's DM column leap to your namesake?)

Why Madam Scribe -- It goes to show that straight beat curly:  longsword beats
scimitar.  (But is an epee faster tahn a gnaaarly quarterstaff?  Winkiepedia!)

Swampfold -- I think we're turning Japanese, I really think so:  18 strikers?! --
Changeling

Winkie lover, not fighter!  (Get off Tarzan!)

(What in the winkiepedic world does SCOMSS stand for, again, anyway? -- Aphasialing

!Cups! -- Upset?  I'll drink to that! -- Puck *3*-7-0  (Keep those challenges coming,
Swampkin...)

Reaper -- I'm back and ready to rock...Wrecking Two? -- Marma Duke

Hello everyone... Deviation here!  I'm an old school manager returning to the game
after a very long absence... I plan on getting well acquanted with your warriors on
the sands very soon.  Until then... -- Marma Duke

All -- Just a quick note.  Force of Will is going to remain semi-active for the near
future (every other turn).  Dreadnaughts, it was fun, but we definitly need work.
*wry grin*  Oz, you're a riot and then some, and an Ephriam, your manager is a queer
one--in a purely British sort of way.  Luck to all! -- Michael Eldritch, mgr. Force
of Will

*Bamph!*  That's all folks! -- The Grandstanding Imp

All -- My gratitude and respect to all teams, warriors, and managers that
participated in this Turf War!  I truly enjoyed myself.  My special thanks goes out
to Owlin the Wise, for making it possible for not only myself but also for Michael.
As for the future? my team the Fallen will continue on in this arena, but on an
extremely erratic pattern.  It seems I must learn to juggle bankers during bailouts,
but I will let everyone know when stability returns to the stable!  Dread naught my
friends, for we are Legion. -- Azaziel, mgr the Fallen

As the blood washes the land, the sound of the Fallen's wings is heard by all men,
then with a flash of bright crimson light, the dark angel Azaziel vanishes in the
night. -- The Mad Prophet

Do you ever get the feeling--say for months at a time--that you're running at top
speed and STILL losing ground? -- Jorja

Carla -- You're a neuter golem?  That sure explains something. -- Rondol Quiglo

Blushing Crow -- And so you should be!  Coming out dressed like that--gods, I didn't
know where to look. -- Sonny Urk
P.S.  But wherever I looked the view was FINE.

Blight's Burden -- Ah, now, it's only a burden if you don't have someone to share it
with, ma'am. -- Hilroc Ibbins

Xxl -- Ha, you call that a name?  Definitely a case of managerial indifference. --
Nin Quire

Swamp Burn Hammer -- If your mother really named you that, she must've been really
upset when she got her first look at you. -- Velma Xavil, who would never name a
child something so ugly

Congratulations to Lurking Fear, long may you lurk elsewhere. -- Jorja and the Middle
Way

I shall remain active here in North Fork unless something comes up--something more, I
mean. -- Jorja, the Middle Way

Lurking Fear -- Why do they think I should reward you?  Go lurk on the Isle, I'm sure
you can find a good alley or whatever for that purpose, and darken our thoughts no
more. -- Arenamaster Okel

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MY HUCKLEBERRY was dealt death by NEUTERED KAT in a 5 minute Dark Arena fight.
MOANDAR was murdered by FABULOUS FATHER M in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
LAST LAUGH was slain by NEUTERED KAT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
COACH was butchered by FABULOUS FATHER M in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA BAIT was assassinated by DARQUE BEAST in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
PENEMUE devastated SHUFFLE in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud brawl.
VYNMORGATH overpowered SPARROW in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
FGC overpowered STINGO RARR in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
PROWL vanquished BULL SHANNON in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
MOLOCH overpowered CUPS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
KODIAK overpowered NIGHTSHADE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MEDEE viciously subdued KURGER BING in a tiresome 43 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SALSA ELEMENTAL devastated IVAN POISY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
SMOKEY BEAR subdued TARZAN in a 3 minute master's Challenge match.
RERUN overpowered FRASIER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
MY SHADOW overpowered STRAFE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ATTERY bested SWAMP TURF HAMMER in a action packed 3 minute Challenge duel.
PARIAH was overpowered by OBESE CAT in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
KORTALIA was beaten by SEB WITE in a exciting 1 minute Challenge match.
LUMINOUS LOX was overpowered by BAD NEWS BEAR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
DEATH KISS was bested by SISTER MARY-KATE in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
CHRONALISS was beaten by XXL in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
GAUNTLYN was vanquished by LATKA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BLUSHING CROW was viciously subdued by SCOMSSS'S NIGHTMARE in a 2 minute duel.
GADREEL devastated AGARIC in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
FOUR ARMS overpowered VELMA XAVIL in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DAFNE overpowered TRENT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
PAUL overpowered DAUBER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
PROFESSOR MARVEL luckily beat PUCK in a action packed 4 minute gory Challenge duel.
JOE-SIX handily defeated EVISCERATE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
CHINA MILKMAID was vanquished by MOTHER THERESA in a 1 minute one-sided Title bout.
WINKIE overpowered ROIS ANIN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SPECTRE was defeated by MADAME BUTTERFLY in a 1 minute veteran's match.
QUEEN OF TARTS was savagely defeated by THE LION KING in a 3 minute veteran's fight.
MICE CREAM handily defeated NIN QUIRE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
PUDDY was viciously subdued by TEN LORDS ALEAPIN in a 5 minute master's fight.
SISTER MARYJANE outwaited JACK KNIFE in a tiring 7 minute expert's bout.
AFRICAN QUEEN demolished SWAMP BOGG HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
RONDOL QUIGLO was demolished by BUMBLEBEE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
RAZOR was overpowered by EARVLING KLASH in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
AGOSERIS slimly lost to EMILEI LOIT MATCHES in a crowd pleasing 4 minute match.
ASBEEL won victory over ACE OF BASE in a 2 minute match.
KISS OF DEATH was overpowered by FLOUR CHILD in a 1 minute uneven battle.
SWAMP MOSS HAMMER slimly won victory over GOLDEN CAP in a 13 minute struggle.
SWAMP BURN HAMMER lost to SONNY URK in a popular 3 minute conflict.
HILROC IBBINS viciously subdued SWAMP SONG HAMMER in a crowd pleasing 5 minute match.
KANA BALLISTIC overcame MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute match.
JUDGEMENT DAY was beaten by BASKET in a popular 5 minute novice's fight.
MOTHER MAYI was vanquished by TWISTER SISTER in a 3 minute one-sided bout.
YOURBAGD FOREVER handily defeated GIZMO in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
UNFORGIVEN outlasted ALEXIS in a tiresome 7 minute amateur's match.
BLOOD ON THE SUN was demolished by TREE ANEMONE in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
SUN BEAR overpowered THISTLE MAN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
LANFEAR put to death MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 24         TOTAL PARRY      130 -  96 -  0      58  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         WALL OF STEEL     75 -  58 -  3      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         STRIKING ATTACK  143 - 121 -  5      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  13         AIMED BLOW        58 -  51 -  2      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                      11         SLASHING ATTACK   63 -  73 -  7      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  9         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  22 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         BASHING ATTACK    71 -  97 -  6      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    87 - 128 -  2      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  38 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  17 -  0      15  |

Turn 279 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:

STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  8     AIMED BLOW         5 -  6         4  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  6     SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  5         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     5 -  8         2  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        7 -  7     WALL OF STEEL      3 -  6         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  3         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  MOTHER THERESA 5136         7   1  0  113 OLD HABITS (566)
LUNGING ATTACK   MADAME BUTTERFLY 5792      19  13  0  132 THE OPERA (613)
TOTAL PARRY      MEDEE 5642                 28  10  0  128 THE OPERA (613)
STRIKING ATTACK  WINKIE 6401                16   8  2  120 LAND OF OZ (217)
WALL OF STEEL    THE LION KING 6360         17   7  0  113 ROYAL FLUSH (48)
PARRY-STRIKE     SPARROW 6411               13  10  0   92 RAPTOR (674)
AIMED BLOW       SEB WITE 6668               9   3  0   87 SPOONERTIKS (523)
BASHING ATTACK   NIGHTSHADE 6536            11   6  1   72 RAPTOR (674)
PARRY-LUNGE      SISTER MARY-KATE 6491       5   3  0   49 OLD HABITS (566)
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 TEN LORDS ALEAPIN 6433.  The ten other most popular fighters were PUCK 
5919, SONNY URK 6827, EMILEI LOIT MATCHES 6710, HILROC IBBINS 6875, MY HUCKLEBERRY 
5636, SWAMP TURF HAMMER 6565, OBESE CAT 6695, THE LION KING 6360, JUDGEMENT DAY 6973, 
and VYNMORGATH 6646.

The least popular fighter this week was KURGER BING 6669.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MEDEE 5642, SWAMP MOSS HAMMER 6567, GOLDEN CAP 6890, SISTER 
MARYJANE 6416, ALEXIS 6943, UNFORGIVEN 6958, THISTLE MAN 6959, BLOOD ON THE SUN 6971, 
MOTHER MAYI 6966, and BASKET 6956.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

MADAME BUTTERFLY (47-5792) THE OPERA (613)
IVAN POISY (47-5112) SPOONERTIKS (523)
CHINA MILKMAID (47-6502) LAND OF OZ (217)

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

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

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XLIII

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JACK VALTRAEDS 407 (124-75-2)          0  3  0         ROYAL FLUSH          

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WINKIE 6401 (15-8-2)                   6  3  0         LAND OF OZ           
SALSA ELEMENTAL 6312 (11-6-0)          2  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
THE LION KING 6360 (16-7-0)            2  3  0         ROYAL FLUSH          
ITHYIC THING 6292 (12-12-0)            1  3  0         ABYSMAL RITES        
LURKING FEAR 1755 (19-11-0)            1  3  0         ABYSMAL RITES        
IVAN POISY 5112 (18-18-0)              0  3  0         SPOONERTIKS          

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
A TALE OF PAIN 6531 (8-2-0)            2  3  0         ABYSMAL RITES        
AFRICAN QUEEN 6424 (10-10-0)           2  3  0         ROYAL FLUSH          
BOGBANE 5500 (12-15-1)                 1  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
SISTER MARYJANE 6416 (13-0-0)          1  3  0         OLD HABITS           
VYNMORGATH 6646 (6-1-0)                1  4  0         KAOS                 
CARLA 6225 (8-10-0)                    0  3  0         CHEERS               
SANITY LOSS 6518 (7-8-1)               0  1  0  DEAD   ABYSMAL RITES        

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FGC 6648 (6-4-0)                      14  3  0         KAOS                 
PROWL 6460 (4-4-0)                     8  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
OBESE CAT 6695 (6-4-0)                 4  3  0         KAOS                 
SEB WITE 6668 (8-3-0)                  4  3  0         SPOONERTIKS          
BUMBLEBEE 6436 (4-3-0)                 2  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
MY SHADOW 6649 (5-2-0)                 2  3  0         KAOS                 
JACK KNIFE 6694 (7-2-0)                1  3  0         ROYAL FLUSH          
SISTER MARY-KATE 6491 (4-3-0)          1  3  0         OLD HABITS           
KURGER BING 6669 (9-2-0)               0  3  0         SPOONERTIKS          

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PAUL 6861 (2-1-0)                      5  3  0         CHEERS               
DAFNE 6899 (4-2-0)                     3  3  0         THE OPERA            
SCOMSSS'S NIGHTMARE 6934 (3-0-0)       2  3  0         THE OPERA            
GOLDEN CAP 6890 (4-2-0)                1  3  0         LAND OF OZ           
BLIGHT'S BURDEN 6903 (0-3-0)           0  3  0         ABYSMAL RITES        
BLUSHING CROW 6846 (2-5-0)             0  3  0         SPOONERTIKS          
DOC STEELE 6678 (1-0-0)                0  3  0         FLATUTEN MANAGERS    

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BASKET 6956 (0-1-0)                    1  3  0         LAND OF OZ           
ACE OF BASE 6905 (0-2-0)               0  3  0         ROYAL FLUSH          

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
YOURBAGD FOREVER 6968 (0-0-0)         15  1  0         THE OPERA            
MOTHER MAYI 6966 (0-0-0)               8  3  0         OLD HABITS           
SNORCERER 6964 (0-0-0)                 5  3  0         THE HEXECUTIVES      
COACH 6967 (0-0-0)                     3  3  0         CHEERS               
GIZMO 6941 (0-0-0)                     1  3  0         DARQUE FORCES        
LAST LAUGH 6949 (0-0-0)                1  3  0         OF WOLF AND MAN      
UNFORGIVEN 6958 (0-0-0)                1  3  0         OF WOLF AND MAN      
MOANDAR 6969 (0-0-0)                   0  3  0         OF WOLF AND MAN      

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 15 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                     WHITE THUNDER (4-6040) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (120) 
                       SISONGOEN (12-5168) LUROCIANS IV  (438) 
                JUMPINJACK FLASH (13-5143) PERFECTION QUEST 13  (527) 
                  HARD DAYS KNIGHT (38-2369) BUBBA LOVES CHESS  (193) 
                     POWDERED SOAP (82-2837) MY BUTT HURTS  (392) 
                    HICHAM (82-18389) SUPERIOR FORCES 1306  (2829) 
                    DEADLA (82-20623) SUPERIOR FORCES 3201  (2263) 
                  CLEVELAND STEAMER (82-25002) OHIO EXPRESS  (3993) 
                   YELLOW POST-IT (82-26131) WORK WITH THIS  (4213) 
                  CHARLOTTE (82-29266) SUPERIOR FORCES 3402  (4771) 
                    YELLOW BRICK TOAD (82-32755) 12/19/04J  (5407) 
                    SOULSNARE (82-37248) OBLIVION CLEAVERS  (6167) 
                      MARV (82-41424) 4-LETTER KNOCKOFFS  (6915) 
                   KAORU MOTO (82-48418) MEDAL OF HONOR AA1  (2722) 
                       RENTAL PERMIT (82-51256) 101607C  (8628) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes