DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/28/2004    Duedate: 03/26/2004

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-195

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

NASSE
DARK SIDHE (288)
(50-3307) [20-17-1,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NASSE                          CAPT. FRIENDLY
DARK SIDHE (288)               TEAM VIRTUE (371)
(50-3307) [20-17-1,109]        (50-3421) [4-3-0,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

NASSE                          NO-PAIN-4U
DARK SIDHE (288)               EXTREMISTS (252)
(50-3307) [20-17-1,109]        (50-2359) [9-1-1,84]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TEAM VIRTUE (371)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MARVEL MADNESS (153)        22
2. DARK SIDHE (288)            18      MARVEL MADNESS (153)
3. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          18      Unchartered Team
4. TEAM VIRTUE (371)           17
5. EXTREMISTS (252)             9      TEAM VIRTUE (371)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*TEAM VIRTUE (371)         23   8  0 74.2   1/ 1*TEAM VIRTUE (371)        11  3 0
 2/ 0 MARVEL MADNESS (153)     107  80  5 57.2   2/ 2 DARK SIDHE (288)         10  5 1
 3- 2*LEAVE SCARS (373)          8   6  1 57.1   3/ 4 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       5 10 0
 4/ 3 DARK SIDHE (288)         291 271 18 51.8   4/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        5 10 0
 5/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        66  69  1 48.9   5/ 5 STRANGE TUNES (369)       5 10 0
 6- 5 IRON CURTAIN (299)       128 138  9 48.1   6- 6 IRON CURTAIN (299)        4  1 0
 7/ 6 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       48  58  3 45.3   7- 3*LEAVE SCARS (373)         4  5 0
 8/ 7 STRANGE TUNES (369)       31  39  1 44.3   8/ 0 EXTREMISTS (252)          1  0 0
 9/ 0 EXTREMISTS (252)          36  51  4 41.4   9/ 0 MARVEL MADNESS (153)      1  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

                                     ARENA WARS

The Disclaimer:

     Allow me to preface this by saying, I am privy to no special information and I
have not spoken to anyone at RSI about this idea.  So I don't know how much or if any
of the following is even possible.  I thought it better to throw the idea around with
the players and see how they would feel about it, before I brought it up to RSI.  I
have bounced it around the Cartel news group and gotten a positive response.  I could
have put it on the Duelgroup, but I'm not a member anymore and I thought it better
that it actually be discussed in the newsletter than on the internet, because not
everyone is in the duelgroup or even online.  I have been on hiatus for a while and
am returning to DM.  I am arranging to get my team in Arena #8 back from my son, so I
do have an interest in my own idea.

The Idea:

     That said, without further ado the grand arena combining fiasco idea a.k.a.
Arena Wars.  I was looking around the various newsletters on the Terrablood site.
When I noted that only eleven teams ran in arena 8, I was checking out an arena that
my son likes, arena #39, and noted only 5 teams ran in there.  I noted that the two
arenas ran only 2 days apart which got me thinking.  I found, that what was once my
second DM home, (Chimlevtal 31 is my home) #50 Snowbound, had only 6 teams run that
turn.  So, let's play what if?  What if the three arenas, all slow, each representing
a different political affiliation could be combined.  For a year the 3 arenas would
alternate hosting the games.  Records are kept.  Regional competition is encouraged.
Perhaps a team from one region could claim affiliation with another.  I might very
well choose to fight for Free Blades even though my team is from Arkers.  Perhaps
that might make the Andorians view me as a traitor, which might be fun too!  At the
end of a year the region with the highest win percentage would win the honor of
hosting the arena for the next year.

The Duelmaster Title:

     I would object to one gladiator being declared Duelmaster over two other
standing Duelmasters, so I would propose a two turn playoff for the title containing
the three Duelmasters and the Highest recognition contender of the three arenas.  The
highest recognition Duelmaster vs. the contender and the Duelmaster #2 vs. Duelmaster
#3 in combined turn #1.  The winners in round one play off for the title in round.
Pretty simple!  Pretty fair!

Finally:

I think this idea might be workable, though the actual process of moving the teams
from one arena to the next would probably be accomplished by simply renaming an arena
every month.  The combined arena for the month I looked at would look like this: 18
lungers, 18 total parries, twelve strikers, 9 slashers, 9 walls of steel, 8 bashers,
8 aimed blows, 7 parry ripostes, 6 parry strikers and 5 parry lungers.  It would make
for an interesting arena.  (Too many tps for my tastes, but interesting.)  Further,
it would make for a lot more interesting play than another round of arena closures.

A Last Word:

I am not privy to any information concerning any further arena closures, so nobody
panic.  I just thought this sounded like a fun idea to put some life back into some
near comatose arenas.  I brought this idea up to you, the players, first to see get
your input, so don't be too angry with me.  I will be watching the newsletters for
your response or if anyone wants to cuss me out in a more immediate manner you could
email me at zartchi@yahoo.com

By The Jimbo -- founder of the Vendetta Cartel

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #76 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Various places in Zukal:

     "There are warriors coming.  Several of them from Free Blades, in fact," Kitala
the Bold, Lady Protector of Crysalis, reported.  She picked with most comfortable
chair in the Blue Moon guildhouse's common room with an unerring instinct and settled
into it.  "Maybe one or two from Crysalis, as well.  Me, anyway.  I'm getting bored
on the Isle."
     "When?" Jorja asked.  She didn't much like Kitala--they'd trained on the same
team in Lin Tirian years ago--but she could work with the woman.  Kitala had a
deserved reputation for getting things done.  Things no one else wanted to do, and by
Mantor's Shining Sword, dealing with Sekahos was not something Jorja wanted to do.
She hated politics.  "The sooner we get started, the sooner we'll be done with it."
     "Couple of weeks, probably," Kitala said after a moment's thought.  "These
things don't happen all at once.  People have to cancel their dental appointments,
sublet their apartments, find someone to walk their dogs, stuff like that.  Some of
'em even consult their managers!"  The Lubanese woman shook her head as at an
inexplicable marvel.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Ghenis crouched on a roof and looked down at soldiers marching through an alley.
They were some of Sekahos's men, heading for a brothel, not that it mattered.  Any
soldiers would do for this test.  When they were all in the alley and in his sight,
Ghenis clutched his talisman and muttered, "Stop these men, make them helpless to
prevent anything I would inflict on them in Your Name."  Then he held his breath,
waiting to see if the Dark God of the cult would answer his request.  If the Demongod
answered, then he would know that the cult was real, whatever fripperies Pelishtekan
dressed it in.  And if there was no answer....  The gladiator bared his teeth in a
silent snarl.  There was, somewhere, just such a Demongod.  He knew it.  And he would
find that Demongod and unleash it on the Ferencian and the others who would propose a
false cult, just for the money and power it gave them.  Let all false prophets
beware!
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     In the principal hall of Zukal's grandest palace, the man who was now calling
himself Prince Sekahos scowled at his advisors.  "It's outrageous!  Intolerable!
It--"
     "It has happened, even so, Prince," Amar Yayoi said.  He was the Prince's
battlemage and chief adviser.  "Some fool among the benighted heathen of this land
has let loose a tribe of Old Ones, dregur as they are called here, against us.  We
must re-bind--"
     "Why can't we get them on our side?" the Prince demanded.  "If these local
yokels bound them before, then the dregur must hate them even more than they hate us.
Why not form an alliance?"
     "A novel idea," the mage said slowly, "but I would recommend against it.  The
Old Ones are not noted for their willingness to accommodate to we who are the Younger
Peoples."  He watched closely as Sekahos considered this and felt a sinking in the
pit of his stomach.  His Prince was going to demand that the attempt be made.  It
could lead to the deepest disaster, and even if an alliance successfully forged, it
could not be depended upon.  The Old Ones were masters of that special treachery
which was produced by following agreements to the exact letter.
     Whatever Sekahos might have said next was swept aside by the entry of Vilardet,
the Prince's master of spies and assassins.  The dark-faced intriguer (he was half
Ferencian and half Kannar) sketched the formal sequences of bows and salutes and
plunged quickly into his report.  "The assassin sent against Kinnishan of Chimlevtal
failed, Prince.  Bad enough in itself, of course, but worse that it has alerted the
cursed Chimlevtans against further attempts."  What Vilardet did not say, but Yayoi
knew quite well, was that the spymaster had argued against that precipitate action.
But he was wise enough not to say "I told you so," not to THIS prince.
     "Kinnishan must die!" Sekahos shouted.  "He's a reactionary!  A cursed populist!
He is blocking my path of expansion, refusing to pay tribute, providing a base for my
enemies--"
     "All this is true," Yayoi said calmly, "but there are other ways to slay a tiger
than by charging it with a spear."
     "Let us set a trap for your enemy, Prince," Vilardet agreed.  "Let us lead him
to destroy himself, and not only himself but those who would ally with him against
you."
     "This would be a great coup," the mage urged, taking up the argument in his
turn.  "Not only would your immediate enemies be removed, but their purpose in
opposing you would be so discredited that others will hesitate to rise against in the
future."
     "And in the doing of it," Vilardet went on, "another danger might also be
reduced...if Kinnishan is brought to attack the Light of Barikala, for instance?"
     Even Sekahos hesitated over that suggestion.  Inzolas had dispatched men to take
Barikala early in the invasion.  They had succeeded, but soon afterward had ceased to
communicate.  Spies sent to that great island in the years since had never returned.
Ships passing too close to it had vanished without a trace.  No one knew what,
precisely, was happening there.  The only thing to be seen which might have a bearing
on the disappearances was a pillar of light, vast, brilliant, and unaccountable, that
rose from the center of the island.  What that pillar meant, was, or did was unknown.
"Would he be such a fool?" the Prince asked finally.
     The spymaster shrugged.  "It doesn't matter.  A situation can be contrived where
he has no CHOICE but to approach the Light.  That, or lose his throne and his allies,
which would serve our purposes well enough."
     There were several minutes of silence while all considered the possibilities.
"Do it," Sekahos said finally.

In and around Kurukar:

     He who was now known as the Black Kaliv stood behind the altar, waiting.  No
moon shone on Kurukar, nor had it since the Kaliv had come into his full power.  But
there was something in the sky which gave a blood-colored light.  The Kaliv said,
"Come."
     A woman walked toward him through the icy night.  She had been a gladiator once,
before the closing of Kurukar's arena.  She was not afraid of pain and death.  But
she was afraid now.  Terrified, not for her life but for her soul.  She would have
run screaming into the dark forest had the spell not bound her limbs to the Kaliv's
will.  She would not have survived such a flight, for the men--the CREATURES--who
served the Black Kaliv were behind her.  But it would have been a cleaner death.
     She reached the altar and stopped, staring across it and awaiting the next
command.
     "Disrobe."
     Fingers half numb with cold fumbled at the fibula holding the white cloth around
her.  Like a winding sheet, it was.  She willed her fingers to seize the clasp, to
drive the long fang of metal into her own flesh and end it all now.  Her fingers
dropped the fibula onto the cloth at her feet.
     She could sense the creatures close behind her.  They were foul things, even the
one who was human.  But she wished one of them--any one of them--would reach out and
take her life.  Now.  Before it was too late.
     "Lie on the altar," the Kaliv said.
     She did so.
     The four creatures came forward, and each of them seized one of her limbs,
holding her in place though she wasn't struggling.  The Kaliv raised a dagger over
her; it burned red in the light of the not-moon in the sky.  With a single word, he
released the spell that bound her limbs to his will.
     She screamed and fought.
     Until the dagger came down.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Kholzern, Commander of the East for the Black Kaliv, stepped aboard his
flagship.  He wore a form that was nearly human, but his sailors were not deceived.
They had seen Kholzern in the heat of battle, when he wasted no energy on such
disguises.  But he always won those battles, so they accepted his alien origin, even
when it made their blood run cold.  Not that they had a choice.  Those who had
protested serving under Commander Kholzern had...vanished.
     "North," Kholzern said, "then east through the canal to Aljafir Bay.  Aljafir
and Stormcrowe must be subdued so that we may secure out outlet into the Storm Sea."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Tashart, Commander of the West, was not at all human and made no effort to
disguise that fact.  He gestured with a tentacle to the helmsman of his flagship.
"South," his piping voice ordered.  "All shipping which does not bear the standard of
Jhuizkhal is to be destroyed.  Three ships to blockade the mouth of North Fork's
river, the rest to invest Veastian.  Not a ship shall move along this coast without
my leave."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 485): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 483): KNOTHEAD of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 479): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 479): HIMEI of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): GHENGIS KHAN of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 476): TMARACK of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): ZACHARIAH of RED IRON KNIGHTS (Woelfe, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 468): BINDI of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): HUNGRY BONES of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 465): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 463): SPRYTE of OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 456): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 419): LIFETAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): MING of DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): BLACK JACK SHELACK of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 344): TENACULUM of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 324): ELKIN HEMROCK of D.A.X.'S RUNNERS (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 369): SETHRA LAVODE of CASTLE BLACK from KYR'TERR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 485): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 483): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 479): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 479): DARK WARRIORS (Arcane's Den, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 477): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 476): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 238): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 468): CRIMSON KINGS (The Yellow Jester, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 465): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 463): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 456): STRONGHOLD (Silver Stroke, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 419): WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 213): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): MY DAY (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 194): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 344): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 324): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 143): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 369): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 479): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
                (turn 478): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
                            NEIGH! of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 479): MUKAARTH of BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 236): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               PALLADICE of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 464): JOHNNY B GOODE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 462): SQUEEZE CHEESE of FOOD FIGHT (Ebenezer
                                   Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 456): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                           IRON-HIDE of FERROUS MEN (Ironbutt, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 418): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 207): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 323): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     This orc still rules.  Ellita Fess, thanks for testing my spear tip out.  Hope
it meets with your approval.  Maybe next time I get you good.  Maybe you get lucky
and I get to test Fender Grale's armor again.  Hopefully he will teach as well as
you.

                                             Nasse, The Great Nasty Orc

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, SNOWBOUND?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, 
for there are sorrows to drown for LEAVE SCARS, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped them by 
4 into 7th.  Ha!  MIDDLE WAY 6 turned their 3-2-0 turn into a 4th place rank in the 
listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Gee, I'm 
impressed, a 4-1-1 is nice, but don't get cocky, DARK SIDHE, the Fates teach 
humility, and the Fates are proud.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see 
MR. CHEERFUL win a fight and gain 14 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, SILVER SURFER beat 
FATHER HUMILITY and FATHER HUMILITY lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And 
if variety is the spice of life, SNOWBOUND may be getting bland, as NASSE stays top 
dog in the city.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think 
some of these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  What's the big D?  DARK SIDHE was the most avoided 
team?  Bunch of lily livered... grumble... mumble... curse...  And it looks like TEAM 
VIRTUE avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask 
me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, STRYKER was this turn's most challenged 
warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  I could say I saw this coming, but so could anyone 
else.  Anyway, this turn it came.  NICK FURY's 6-5-0 has earned him the Dark Arena.  
Ya gotta go sometime, and SHAME ON THE NIGHT's time was this time.  Hmmm, not a bad 
fighter, had he lived... (what?  me pity?).  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only 
shines through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     There's got to be a better place in SNOWBOUND to get a drink than The Victory 
Tavern!  Any suggestions?  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before I leave the fine city 
of SNOWBOUND.  I feel much better now.  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NASSE 3307                   20  17  1   109       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAEGOLOS 3312                20  15  1   100       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NO-PAIN-4U 2359               9   1  1    84       EXTREMISTS (252)
 ELLITA FESS 3392             15  12  0    77       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 TOM SMITH DISEASE 3400        8   6  0    77       STRANGE TUNES (369)
 FENDER GRALE 3389            10  11  1    72       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-30 3320                       8   2  1    69       IRON CURTAIN (299)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VANWAFEA 3338                13  13  1    66       DARK SIDHE (288)
 OBSIDIAN 2484                 7  16  1    62       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 GILIA HARN 3391              13  14  0    61       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 CINDER 3380                  13   4  0    59       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARLEN ABELI 3387             12  15  0    55       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-31 3322                       6   4  0    55       IRON CURTAIN (299)
 CAPT. FRIENDLY 3421           4   3  0    53       TEAM VIRTUE (371)
 HAPPY 3399                    6   8  1    49       STRANGE TUNES (369)
 MR. CHEERFUL 3424             4   1  0    47       TEAM VIRTUE (371)
 HOLLAN INNIS 3388             9  11  0    46       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 EXISTENTIAL BLUES 3402        4  10  0    46       STRANGE TUNES (369)
 NEVERMORE 3401                4  10  0    42       STRANGE TUNES (369)
-10 3321                       4   5  0    42       IRON CURTAIN (299)
-FUAMATU 3288                 10   9  0    39       IRON CURTAIN (299)
 DR. HONORABLE 3420            7   0  0    36       TEAM VIRTUE (371)
 NEUMA 3406                    5   8  0    34       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVER SURFER 3250            5   1  0    29       MARVEL MADNESS (153)
 YAIWE 3414                    8   1  0    28       DARK SIDHE (288)
 STRYKER 3404                  5   9  0    28       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
-MR. JIGGLEY 3435              2   0  0    28       LEAVE SCARS (373)
 MISS FAITH 3423               4   3  0    27       TEAM VIRTUE (371)
-BLUNGEON 2436                 4   1  0    25       EXTREMISTS (252)
-BEGGERS BLOOD 2729            3   0  0    24       EXTREMISTS (252)
-ZERO 3397                     3   2  0    24       IRON CURTAIN (299)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KALDOR 2522                   3   1  2    22       EXTREMISTS (252)
-THE FALLEN 3448               2   0  0    16       LEAVE SCARS (373)
-SASSY 3434                    1   2  0    15       LEAVE SCARS (373)
-DAWN 3433                     2   1  1    13       LEAVE SCARS (373)
 FATHER HUMILITY 3437          2   1  0     9       TEAM VIRTUE (371)
-SLEDGE 3431                   1   2  0     9       LEAVE SCARS (373)
 BLAZE 3412                    1   5  0     8       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449         1   1  0     6       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 MANDO 3306                    0   1  0     1       MARVEL MADNESS (153)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
NICK FURY 3134         6  6 0 MARVEL MADNESS 153    SHEWISH GIANT 21      195 NONE    
ROUGE 3282             0  2 0 MARVEL MADNESS 153    SHEWISH GIANT 21      195 NONE    
SHAME ON THE NIG 3398  9  5 0 STRANGE TUNES 369     VANWAFEA 3338         195         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stryker -- You have a hitch in your swing.  Come on over to the clinic.  I can help.
Meanwhile, I appreciate your contribution. -- Dr. Honorable

Sassy -- I truly am sorry that you have all those scars.  Boy Scout told me I had to
leave scars, so I left them with you. -- Miss Faith

Yaiwe -- It was nice to avenge my only loss.  I can cheerfully admit that you look
better with one also. -- Mr. Cheerful

Nevermore -- Let's get one thing straight.  There was no way I could have dodged that
initial crit, and then another swipe and then took over.  Or was there?  Maybe Boy
Scout made me earn a special merit badge? -- Capt Friendly

Sledge -- In all humility, I thought I would end up on my knees saying penance.  But,
no, the gods of virtue intervened and I felt exonerated.  That, or else Boy Scout
cheated!? -- Father Humility

Thank you all for helping Team Virtue become so successful early on.  You guys are
cool! -- Boy Scout

Vanwafea -- Ma'am, you shouldn't let others tell you that your mere height makes you
ugly.  Never let others decided on a point like that. -- Fender Grale
P.S.  But you sure are a beanpole, aren't you?

Nasse -- It isn't every woman who can look good in a chainmail bikini, but you
manage.  I'm jealous! -- Ellita Fess

Tom Smith Disease -- That is, indeed, a strange one. -- Gilia Harn

Obsidian -- I can see the shape of this turn for us, and I am SOOOO glad I'm not the
last fighter on our team!  Thanks for the skills, anyway. -- Hollan Innis

Shame on the Night -- Boy, you said it!  I get the dubious honor of capping our oh-
fer turn. -- Arlen Abeli

Ellita Fess -- You're an elf?  Have some pride in your race. -- Maegolos

Mr. Cheerful -- You wrecked my winning streak.  Hope you're happy.  At least I did
not bow before you. -- Yaiwe

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

25 February 2004
Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden
lack of episodes.  I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the
Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NICK FURY was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ROUGE was dispatched by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
NEUMA was subdued by HOLLAN INNIS in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
CAPT. FRIENDLY bested EXISTENTIAL BLUES in a popular 4 minute Challenge contest.
VANWAFEA assassinated SHAME ON THE NIGHT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
YAIWE slimly won victory over MISS FAITH in a slow 29 minute bloody Challenge duel.
DR. HONORABLE beat STRYKER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
NASSE defeated ELLITA FESS in a 1 minute expert's Title melee.
MAEGOLOS vanquished FENDER GRALE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
TOM SMITH DISEASE overpowered OBSIDIAN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
NO-PAIN-4U defeated CINDER in a action packed 3 minute gory veteran's fight.
ARLEN ABELI overpowered KARRAGIT SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
GILIA HARN viciously subdued HAPPY in a exciting 2 minute brutal master's conflict.
NEVERMORE was devastated by MR. CHEERFUL in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
SILVER SURFER handily defeated FATHER HUMILITY in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BLAZE was luckily beaten by DONNEGIL NOBLE in a 2 minute gruesome struggle.
ROXANNE DE'MORRE unbelievably bested MANDO in a 4 minute amateur's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       34 -  12 -  0      74  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   8 -  1      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW        13 -  10 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  28 -  2      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  24 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  19 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  17 -  2      35  |

Turn 195 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   NASSE 3307                 20  17  1  109 DARK SIDHE (288)
STRIKING ATTACK  NO-PAIN-4U 2359             9   1  1   84 EXTREMISTS (252)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    ELLITA FESS 3392           15  12  0   77 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
TOTAL PARRY      CINDER 3380                13   4  0   59 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
SLASHING ATTACK  CAPT. FRIENDLY 3421         4   3  0   53 TEAM VIRTUE (371)
BASHING ATTACK   MR. CHEERFUL 3424           4   1  0   47 TEAM VIRTUE (371)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is NASSE 3307.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
NO-PAIN-4U 2359.  The ten other most popular fighters were CAPT. FRIENDLY 3421, MANDO 
3306, GILIA HARN 3391, STRYKER 3404, BLAZE 3412, NICK FURY 3134, HOLLAN INNIS 3388, 
HAPPY 3399, NASSE 3307, and ROUGE 3282.

The least popular fighter this week was MISS FAITH 3423.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were YAIWE 3414, FATHER HUMILITY 3437, OBSIDIAN 2484, FENDER GRALE 3389, 
ELLITA FESS 3392, SHAME ON THE NIGHT 3398, NEVERMORE 3401, CINDER 3380, NEUMA 3406, 
and ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

NASSE (50-3307) DARK SIDHE (288)