Date   : 01/09/2004    Duedate: 01/22/2004


DM-51    TURN-373

This Weeks Top Honors


(51-5156) [16-4-0,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DROGOI                         POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK HORSEMEN (433)            
(51-5156) [16-4-0,115]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DROGOI                         HARZOGH
DARK HORSEMEN (433)            DARK HORSEMEN (433)
(51-5156) [16-4-0,115]         (51-5210) [1-2-0,18]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)         43
2. THE NEVYNS (364)            27      FRUITS (548)
3. DARK HORSEMEN (433)         26      Unchartered Team
4. FRUITS (548)                 2
5. AMAZON ELITE (536)          -2      ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)       12   1  1 92.3   1/ 1*ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)      12  1 1
 2/ 2 FRUITS (548)              18   4  1 81.8   2/ 3 DARK HORSEMEN (433)       6  6 0
 3/ 4 SORROW'S HARVEST (542)    72  40  2 64.3   3/ 2 FRUITS (548)              5  1 1
 4/ 5 AMAZON ELITE (536)        71  62  6 53.4   4/ 4 AMAZON ELITE (536)        3  3 0
 5/ 6 DARK HORSEMEN (433)      405 501 13 44.7   5/ 6 THE NEVYNS (364)          2  4 0
 6/ 7 THE NEVYNS (364)          14  21  0 40.0   6/ 7 SORROW'S HARVEST (542)    1  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     "Princess?  I didn't know she was a princess," Tolugat muttered.  "Princess
Tirisha?  This changes everything!"
     "Yeah."  Adabemis & Balmador nodded with satisfaction.  "This gives us, you
know, whatchit.  Not just a back-street cult.  We've got a princess."
     "She'll be picky," the priest objected.  "She'll want velvet cushions to kneel
on.  Good wine.  All that fancy stuff we can't afford--"
     "Hey, it makes a good show!" the gladiator protested.  "People like a good show.
Velvet cushions, okay, maybe not, but we have to have good wine.  And blood
sacrifices.  Lots of them."  His eyes glittered.  "Lots of blood...."
     Tolugat began to look uneasy.  "That could attract unfavorable attention.
Rulers don't like that, they shut down cults that do a lot of sacrificing, they--"
     "But Princess Tirisha's going to be the ruler," the gladiator pointed out.
"She's one of us.  She's on OUR side.  She LIKES a good bloody cult, I can tell."  He
grinned, the glitter in his eye becoming more pronounced.
     "Oh.  Oh, of course," the priest said faintly.  "Why didn't I think of that...."
     "And we'll have lots of gladiators," Adabemis & Balmador went on.  "Gladiators
like blood, too.  Gladiators are INTO dark cults, after all.  It'll be great!"
     "Right... great.  Of course," Tolugat muttered.  "Lots of...," he swallowed
hard, "lots of blood."

Mordant, the royal palace:

     Talissen, Queen of Mordant, threw down the spy's report and glared across the
breakfast table at her husband, King Samir of Trocar.  "You see!  I told you that if
we didn't deal with Sibikhas and Rodeki, there would be trouble."
     Samir shrugged and cut himself another slice of ham.  "If it gets out of hand,
you can crack down on things, but I like the idea of letting the contenders for
Overlord of Sibikhas fight it out among themselves.  Fewer discontented challengers
left around to make trouble later."
     "And I told you I thought it was a bad idea, on several counts," she snapped
back.  "That kind of chaos is not good for the nation, in the first place.  Second,
the winner could end up being TOO strong, and everyone knowing it.  Third, it ignores
the legal solution, that Morra of Jhans, as Gryzash's wife, should be regent until
his son is old enough to take the rule--"
     "She's got experience at being a regent," Samir remarked, frowning thoughtfully.
"Rather convenient, isn't it, that just when her job ends in Jhans, here comes
another one in Sibikhas...."
     "Coincidences DO happen sometimes.  That's why we have a name for them," the
Queen replied.  "And the fourth reason is that if there is to be some new rulers
among my vassals, *I* should be the one to choose them."
     "That's the best reason," Samir agreed.  He shrugged again.  "So choose one.
But if it isn't someone with the strength to defend the position, you'll have to
commit YOUR army to supporting him.  And if your army's not at home, then you could
be vulnerable."
     After a moment's thoughtful silence, Talissen said, "I need more information.
And I need some warriors to be bodyguards for whoever I do choose.  Gladiators, I
think.  Very useful people, gladiators."

This is a call for volunteers.  A personal, or an email to Livia@reality.com will do

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 485): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG RED of BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): SUX0R of MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): SPONGEBOB of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): RAISON D'ETRE of BATHTUB ARMADA (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): AERYN SUN of FARSCAPE (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): CADEX CFM of THE BIKE SHOP (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): MAC of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): SNAPPY GEORGE of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): MACAULIFFE of THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): MAUI WAUI of TACO GODS from ZENSU (The Sentinel, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 485): SOUL HAREM (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 371): BIG COUNTRY (Wally The Wacko, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 490): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 489): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): BIG MEAN FISH (Big Wave Dave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 472): RAGE (Myrrdin, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 446): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 423): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 372): ALL-UGLY TEAM (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 176): DREIHDENWALD (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 164): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 365): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): GO FISH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 486): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 485): AUTOMATON of TECHNOLOGY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 487): ALOHA ALICE of BEACH BABES (Nick, mgr.)
                           BUBBA of MORGAN'S BOYS (A-Sop, mgr.)
               (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 481): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 473): VIGO of ALCHEMY (Otto X. Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 437): 2 + 2 = 4 of JUST BECAUSE (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
                          GHASTLY MIGRAINE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 321): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     This time I battle a Convicted Assassin for the Duelmaster's title.  No wonder
people say Tricorus is a nest of criminals!  Who would want a Convicted Assassin on
the throne?  Fortunately, I defeated him, unfortunately, I didn't kill him.  Ah,


                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in TRICORUS a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  Defending his title for another 
turn, DROGOI kept TRICORUS' warrior, VETERAN MERCENARY, from claiming the throne.  By 
the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at 
The Blue Dolphin Inn?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  AMAZON ELITE has cause to stand tall, as 
they were TRICORUS' most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat. 
And avoiding AMAZON ELITE more than any other team we find ALL-UGLY TEAM.  TRICORUS, 
are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, take 
notice that APPLE from FRUITS was TRICORUS' most challenged warrior this turn.  In a 
brave attempt, SIROD EVOLI from THE NEVYNS challenged up 21 points to fight APPLE 
from the FRUITS stable.  SIROD EVOLI perhaps got hers just desserts, seeing as she 
subdued APPLE and ended up with 60 recognition points.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover 
or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in TRICORUS again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DROGOI 5156                  16   4  0   115       DARK HORSEMEN (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LURCH 5135                   13   2  1   123       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
 TSOMEGH 5132                 18  10  1    99       DARK HORSEMEN (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HANNAH 5059                   8   8  1    86       AMAZON ELITE (536)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIROD EVOLI 3315              5   4  0    60       THE NEVYNS (364)
 ORANGE 5168                   9   2  1    58       FRUITS (548)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APPLE 5169                    9   2  0    49       FRUITS (548)
-BELLONA 4986                  5   4  0    35       AMAZON ELITE (536)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GARGANTUAN APHID 5171         6   4  0    29       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
 WILLIE MCGEE 5212             3   0  1    29       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 KEVIN MCHALE 5216             2   0  0    29       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
-INANNIA 5183                  3   5  0    26       AMAZON ELITE (536)
 SAM CASSELL 5215              3   0  0    25       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARK MESSIER 5214             2   0  0    21       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 SLOUP TOO 3328                3   4  0    19       THE NEVYNS (364)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RAZOR WYRM 5179               2   2  0    19       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
 HARZOGH 5210                  1   2  0    18       DARK HORSEMEN (433)
 ROBERT PARISH 5213            2   1  0    16       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 KOLVEGH 5197                  2   5  0    11       DARK HORSEMEN (433)
 DAPHNE 4987                   2   2  0     8       AMAZON ELITE (536)
 JACINTHE 5211                 2   1  0     7       AMAZON ELITE (536)
-TORI'S ICICLE 5181            1   3  0     7       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTANT BEGGAR 4    0  1 0   1                   WILLIE MCGEE 5212     373 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Please excuse any downchallenging from my team.  I'll try to keep things in
the same general range, but there are so few warriors here that getting any challenge
(let alone a challenge that is up) will be difficult. -- The Sentinel

BTW, I manage those sexy fellows on the All-Ugly team. -- The Sentinel

Willie McGee -- Gods, you ARE ugly!  It completely threw me off my stroke...and not
YOUR stroke, unfortunately!  Good work. -- Kolvegh

Did you know the Venomous Concubine actually IS?  She consumes poisons every day
(having built up an immunity herself, of course), and her touch, much less her bite,
is deadly. -- Tsomegh, keeping a safe distance
P.S.  But what if her BREATH is poisonous, too?

Mark Messier -- Yep, you're ugly, too.  And even messier than your teammate. --

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SIROD EVOLI devastated APPLE in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
GARGANTUAN APHID was demolished by ORANGE in a 5 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SAM CASSELL defeated SLOUP TOO in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
MARK MESSIER devastated KOLVEGH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
DROGOI defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Title match.
TSOMEGH devastated M. CHARDINEE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
DAPHNE was overpowered by KEVIN MCHALE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
HARZOGH overpowered JACINTHE in a 3 minute gruesome uneven melee.
WILLIE MCGEE slaughtered PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
ROBERT PARISH vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   1 -  0      86  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   4 -  1      81  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -   6 -  1      78  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  12 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   6 -  0      14  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 373 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  DROGOI 5156                16   4  0  115 DARK HORSEMEN (433)
WALL OF STEEL    TSOMEGH 5132               18  10  1   99 DARK HORSEMEN (433)
STRIKING ATTACK  SIROD EVOLI 3315            5   4  0   60 THE NEVYNS (364)
TOTAL PARRY      ORANGE 5168                 9   2  1   58 FRUITS (548)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DROGOI 5156.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
HARZOGH 5210.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIROD EVOLI 3315, DROGOI 
MESSIER 5214, APPLE 5169, ORANGE 5168, and WILLIE MCGEE 5212.

The least popular fighter this week was JACINTHE 5211.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DAPHNE 4987, KOLVEGH 5197, SLOUP TOO 3328, GARGANTUAN APHID 5171, 
and KEVIN MCHALE 5216.

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

DROGOI (51-5156) DARK HORSEMEN (433)


     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff