DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/13/2005    Duedate: 10/10/2005

FRATSFA ARENA

DM-52    TURN-209

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COLLAPSED LUNG
OTTO'S PARTS (150)
(52-3380) [14-9-2,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COLLAPSED LUNG                 POSITION IS EMPTY
OTTO'S PARTS (150)             
(52-3380) [14-9-2,105]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PANDEMIC                       MUTILATE
DARK RAIDERS (78)              ASSASSIN NATION (186)
(52-3319) [7-13-0,72]          (52-3375) [14-10-2,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)      70
2. FLOWER GIRLS (189)          54      FLOWER GIRLS (189)
3. ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)        32      Unchartered Team
4. ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)         29
5. DARK RAIDERS (78)           27      ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)       14   7  1 66.7   1/ 2*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)      13  2 0
 2/ 3 FLOWER GIRLS (189)       380 236 10 61.7   2/ 1 OTTO'S PARTS (150)       10  5 0
 3/ 0*SITTEES (359)             12   8  1 60.0   3/ 7 DARK RAIDERS (78)         9  6 2
 4- 4*BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)       9   6  3 60.0   4/ 6 ASSASSIN NATION (186)     9  6 1
 5/14*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)       5   4  1 55.6   5/11 FLOWER GIRLS (189)        8  5 0
 6/ 1*THE CHURCH (369)          13  12  0 52.0   6/ 5*SILVER KNIGHTS (361)      8  7 0
 7/ 5 INCARNATIONS (281)       107 101  4 51.4   7/ 8*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     7  8 1
 8/ 6 OTTO'S PARTS (150)       229 223 12 50.7   8/ 9*FORCE OF FIVE (367)       7  8 0
 9/10*FORCE OF FIVE (367)       10  10  0 50.0   9/ 3*THE CHURCH (369)          7  8 0
10/ 8 ASSASSIN NATION (186)    142 160 22 47.0  10- 4*BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)      6  4 2
11- 9 LETHAL WEAPONS (74)       38  43  3 46.9  11/13 SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)    6  8 1
12/11 DARK RAIDERS (78)        134 153  7 46.7  12/16*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)      5  4 1
13/ 7*SILVER KNIGHTS (361)      14  16  0 46.7  13/14*RED KNIGHTS (370)         5 10 0
14/12*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     10  14  1 41.7  14/12*ICELANDERS (371)          5 10 0
15/15 SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)    36  54  3 40.0  15/ 0*SITTEES (359)             3  2 1
16/16*RED KNIGHTS (370)          5  10  0 33.3  16-10 LETHAL WEAPONS (74)       3  2 0
17/13*ICELANDERS (371)           5  10  0 33.3  17/17 INCARNATIONS (281)        3  8 0
18/17*BLEAK LEGION (364)         5  15  1 25.0  18/15*BLEAK LEGION (364)        3 12 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19-18*THE FALLEN (373)           1   4  0 20.0  19-18*THE FALLEN (373)          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

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     Not much to say about Otto's Parts.  A team created once upon a time when I
(Crip) wanted to attempt to create an alter ego manager in three different arenas,
Otto's Parts here in Fratsfa, Otto's Motives in DM60, and Otto's Mechanics in DM19
(Later moved to DM28), so that I could try and fool a couple of friends by trying a
different managerial alias (in case you hadn't guessed, Otto).  The team has long had
a on-again-off-again status here in Fratsfa, but if there was going to be a arena
contest going on here in our beloved little arena, the team could be brought out of
hiatus to enjoy the party.
     Bloody Nose had been sitting on 16 political points for ages, and since it would
have taken ages for it to turn into a bona fide challengers tournament hopeful, this
is a suitable diversion to abort that mission.
     Bloody Nose started life as a 9-9-14-15-17-5-15 Plunger, and has suffered
through an intolerably low learning rate, having only picked up about 50 skills in
total.  Perhaps that's from his previous life as a boxer.  Favourites include the
epee, very low/moderate rhythm, with a tendency to learn parry skills (18 of 50
skills are of that variety).  (Caveat, currently on the road with work and unable to
access the accurate information, so the numbers above are off the top of my head and
not guaranteed accurate.).  Although Bloody Nose recently participated in the
Freshmen tournament in St. Louis, his fighting days are going to be over.
     Collapsed Lung, injured in a transportation accident, is probably one of the
more appropriately named warriors on the team, however, beware its maul, as it moves
quickly and hits hard.  Hopefully it wins another few fights to hold the throne, and
then will also be off to retirement.
     Cauliflower Ears, formerly a second row rugby player, may have the opportunity
to prolong its duelling career should he be able to graduate from Fratsfa.
     Brain Tumour, not to be confused with Brain Tumor, a previously typo'd name
warrior who was one of the Otto's Parts squad years ago, is off to an interesting
start on the sands.  Management is very interested to see this trend continue.
     The newest addition to the team, is an middle-aged softball player, Pulled
Hamstring.  Unable to run, he keeps his activity level low.  But every now and again,
he decides to turn it up a notch, and pop goes the hammy yet again.
     There will be someone new joining the parts list in the very near future, but
you'll have to stayed tuned to Fratsfa to find out just exactly who.

Crip, Mngr. of Otto's Parts

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     Reverend Bob left the smoking ruins of his church in North Fork and headed to
the swamp.  The church had been his life and without it he had chosen not to live!
His plan was to walk into the swamp and never return.
     As he approached the marsh, out of the water rose a figure of a man.  The man
stood there stoically blocking Bob's path.  The Reverend stopped before the man and
an idea came to him.  He would start a new church and this man would be his Elder,
the rock the church would be built on.  As Bob turned to walk away the silent one
followed him.
     Walking back to town Bob spotted another man.  This one was passing out flyers.
Bob took one and read it.  He also asked the man to follow him.  That is how he found
the Usher!
     The flyer was about a contest in Fratsfa, what a Godless city.  He decided to
start a church there.  Bob took the Elder and the Usher and undertook the journey.
     Outside town on the road, Bob spotted a man feeding birds. This man joined their
party.  He is known as The Deacon!
     A few miles further along there was a group of singers!  There was one man
leading the singers and another taking up a collection.  Bob spoke to both of these
men and they joined him.  So were born Choir Director and The Steward.  The Reverend
and his team of five made their way on to Fratsfa.

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Jhans:

     The Pit; fortress stronghold of all The Fallen guilds throughout Alastari.
Inside Lord High Commander Azrael's throne room.  Azrael is sitting upon his dais
looking down at his "Quester's" from Fratsfa.  To say he isn't happy after his first
cycle in Fratsfa would be a grand understatement.  His champion Badda Bang stands 
next to him casually leaning on her longspear.  She grins at her teammates as they
kneel in the bow position Azrael prefers, right knee on the ground with right
knuckles pressed to the ground left hand on opposing hip and left thigh parallel to
the ground.  It was not comfortable.  As she looked at each one she thought of the
circumstances that brought them to serve Lord Azrael.
     Pringel had been found in a can behind a tavern busted up by some thieves.  She
had leaped at the chance to get the skills to get her vengeance.  Six months later
she had sent all but one to the afterlife.  She left him crippled in a garbage can.
She learned very well and was very adept at the warrior life, so Azrael had named her
his scout for this contest.  She was in the most trouble by far.
     Graendel was from Kati Tei and had always worked as a mercenary until Lord
Azrael had convinced her to come work for him.  At an considerable rate of course.
She had quickly come to appreciate working for a cause and had signed on permanently.
She still pulled a going rate equal to the Crimson Guard.  She understood punishment
though and would survive what was to come.
     Trammel was to stupid to bother with.  But he made a good door stop hence his
former position as a bouncer in the Loucas Lounge in Jhans.  Azrael had made a
considerable investment in time to make him arena worthy.  He might survive.
     Trampel on the other hand, would not.  The mess in the corner would take a
little while to clean up.  His replacement would need to learn from this.
     Badda Bang reflected on herself for a moment. She was second-in-command of the
Crimson Guard, Azrael's personal guard.  And the First Commander of the Silver Guard.
What they did was top secret.  She had  returned to arena fighting for a short period
of time to bring glory to her beloved Commander.  She hoped her team would perform
better in the future.  She saw Azrael nod.  She hefted her spear and started down the
dais.
     It was time for the punishment to begin.

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     Fangthayne sat in a padded chair looking out at his assembled stable.  He held
the letter accepting the Dark Raiders stables entrance into "Frastfa's Quest for the
Best" crumpled in his right hand while he drummed the fingers of his left on the arm
of his chair.  As he sat, he thought about how it all began....
     He had originally come to Alastari to evade an assassination attempt by his
father.  Once here, he had been convinced by DEST to take co-ownership of a stable of
gladiators in Zorpunt.  Shortly after he had sold his interest in the stable to DEST
and left Zorpunt to strike out on his own.  He wandered Alastari somewhat aimlessly
before settling down in Fratsfa.
     He had bought this rundown old stable house on an outer street; close enough to
the arena to make travel practical for his gladiators, but far enough away that he
could have some peace for his studies.  Renovations had been done by him and his
original gladiators, several of whom had become Lord Protectors.  As the renovations
had come along, Fangthayne designated the portion of the first floor facing the
street as an apothecary to help offload things he gathered in his personal studies.
From his shop, he sells all manner of herbs, medicines, and potions.  For more
discerning clients, the shop offers a wide assortment of unusual animals and plants.
Anything is available for the right price.  In fact, he had only just returned in the
last hour with a very unusual plant for a customer.  Finding the plant had taken him
longer than anticipated and kept him away from Fratsfa for weeks.
     This last thought brought Fangthayne back to the matter at hand.  He scanned the
assembled host before him.  After a quick glance over his apprentices he looked to
his current stable of gladiators.  Pandemic and Sorrow were fencing with a pair of
practice blades while Psychosis watched and the Shewish giant twins, Malice and
Gangrene, were occupying themselves by taking turns punching each other.  They all
stopped and turned toward him as Fangthayne cleared his throat.
     "It would appear that even in my absence Dark Raiders still managed to enter the
"Quest for the Best," Fangthayne began.  "Although I am pleased with your initiative
in this matter and your showing in the first round," he paused eyeing each gladiator
in turn, "I am most disappointed in fight selection while I was gone.  You all know
how I feel about extreme down challenging."
     Fangthayne paused to watch as his gladiators fidgeted uncomfortably under his
glare.  He also noticed that one of his apprentices, Albrecht, squirming as well.
"As penance, we shall make no challenges this week.  You fight whoever you happen to
be matched up against."
     Fangthayne dismissed the stable with a wave of his hand.  As they left, he
whispered, "That was an excellent job of forging my signature on the entry and
challenge forms while I was away, Albrecht."
     "Thank you, my Lord," Albrecht responded to the compliment.
     "However, it will never happen again," commented Fangthayne.  With a wave of his
hand, Albrecht burst into brilliant green flames.  Albrecht screamed briefly as the
flames quickly consumed his body.
     As the remains collapsed into a small pile of ash, Fangthayne stood up and left
the room; he could use a drink and there was a new tavern in town.  He also needed
more rose petals for a potion and an urn for the new human ashes he had just found.

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                               Quester's Contest Info!

     I look forward to this contest spot every turn.  Unfortunately with my being on
vacation as this turn comes, this one will be brief.  There were numerous errors in
the contest standings last turn.  Hopefully they will be posted correctly this turn.
(Keeping my fingers crossed)  Good luck next turn, and if your spot wasn't printed by
this turn, sorry no points!  The bonus points will show on next turn's standings.
     Place shows this turn's place first, followed by last turn's place.  (LT) is for
last turn's score, (TT) is for this turn's score, and (Total) is for total score.

Place     Team/#/Mgr.                                    (LT)    (TT)  (TOTAL)
1/1  Otto's Parts (150) mgr. Crip                         12       8       20
     Scout -- Brain Tumor (#3502)
     Champion -- Cauliflower Ear #3424
     (Rec. pts for thie breaker 100)
2/2  Odin's Chosen (368) mgr. Heathen Hatebred            12       8       20
     Scout -- Kykensteinburg #3613
     Champion -- Bloodeagle #3631
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 24)
3/5  Assassin Nation (186) mgr. Ghab                       7      10       17
     Scout -- Mayhem #3537
     Champ -- Vicious #3508
4/3  Dark Raiders (78) mgr. Fanthayne                     10      -1        9
     Scout -- Psychosis #3651
     Champion -- Sorrow #3571
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 78)
5/4  Blood & Guts! (365) mgr. Le Pentarque                 9       0        9
     Scout -- Tonnelle #3634
     Champion -- Igor Molmort #3594
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 28)
6/6  Silver Knights (361) mgr. D.K. Toker                  2       6        8
     Scout -- Lord Davos #3577
     Champion -- Ser Artur Dayne #3575
7/14 Bronze Knights (362) mgr. D.K. Wasby The Great       -5       9        4
     Scout -- Ser Jamie #3578
     Champ -- Lord Jon Snow #3580
8/10 Flower Girls (189) mgr. Lady Fern                    -1       3        2
     Scout -- Insolent Iris #3323
     Champ -- Rambling Rose #3659
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 73)
9/7  The Church (369) mgr. Reverend Bob                    2       0        2
     Scout -- The Elder #3618
     Champion -- The Deacon #3619
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 27)
10/8 Black Knights 2 (363) mgr. Dark Knight Goat           0       0        0
     Scout -- Ser Fercas #3583
     Champ -- Lord Soth #3585
11/9 Demons & Devils (?) mgr. Tripwire                     0       0        0
     Scout -- Spinagon #?
     Champion --
13/0 Uni (?) mgr. Muscle Bum                               0       0        0
     Scout -- Bob "Stinky" M. #3669
     Champ -- J "Army" Moore #3670
14/0 The Fallen (373) mgr. Azrael                          0      -2       -2
     Scout -- Graendel #3654
     Champ -- Badda Bang #3656
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 13)
15/12 Force of Five (367) mgr. Wulfhere Skullsplitter     -3       1       -2
     Scout -- Gord the Rogue #3607
     Champ --
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 12)
16/0 Odd Odious Orcs (374) mgr. Slugbait                   0      -2       -2
     Scout -- Abhorrent Ant #3668
     Champ --
     (Rec. pts for tie breaker 10)
17/13 Icelanders (371) mgr. Staghorn                      -4       1       -3
     Scout -- Skjald Borg #3638
     Champ --
18/0 Incarnations (281) mgr. Papaiz                        0      -5       -5
     Scout -- Step-up!! #3627
     Champ --
19/11 Red Knights (370) mgr. Dok Sik                      -2      -8       -10
     Ser Red Scar #3623
     Champ -- Lord Red Scorpion #3625
20/15 Bleak Legion (364) mgr. Expatriate                  -7      -7       -14
     Scout -- Old Grim #3593
     Champion --
21/16 Springborne Fair (305) mgr. Still the Distilled    -14      -6       -20
     Scout -- Oragami Orc #3091
     Champion -- Gnarly Gnome #2918

     In case of a tie, the stable wtih the highest recognition leader will win the
tie breaker.

QUESTIONS!
     I didn't see any questions this turn.  If I missed oen or more please bring it
to my attention.  As always you can contact me at:  darkknighttoker@yahoo.com, p-ads,
or by diplo to Silver Knights (361).

                              Good luck!
                              Your Contest Co-hosts, Toker and Wasby

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     I plan on leaving the list of requirements, scoring formula, and prize printed
throughout the contest for easy reference.

Requirements!
1)  Only ONE team per manager entered in the contest.  Only one active team in
    Fratsfa during the contest, PERIOD!
2)  Only one TP on your team at a time.  (If it dies, then you may replace it.)
3)  You must declare (1) warrior as your team scout.  Points will not be scored until
    a scout is declared!!!
4)  You do not need (3) three warriors in the initiates class to compete.  FE does
    not play a factor for eligibility!!!!
5)  If you bloodfeud, you must use a different warrior each time to score the FB
    points.  (If a warrior is used twice, he will only be awarded the points for the
    win or point subtracted for the loss on the second bloodfeud.
6)  You must declare your team in the p-ads to be entered.
7)  A champion and scout cannot be the same warrior.
8)  Champions are not required (manager's choice).  Champions must be declared on
    their first fight of the contest!

Now to the scoring formula:
Wins + Kills - Losses = Base score
Base score + Variant score = Total score

BASE SCORE POINTS:
Win = +1 pt
Kill = +1 pt
Loss = -1 pt

VARIANT SCORE POINTS:
Scout Win = +2 pts
Scout Loss = -2 pts
Scout death = -5 pts
Champion win = +3 pts
Champion loss = -3 pts
Stylemaster for turn = +1 pt
Most avoided team = +2 pts
Successful Bloodfeud = +2 pts
Failed Bloodfeud = -2 pts

     Let's say (A) team goes 3 - 2 - 2 = 3 wins + 2 kills - 2 losses = + 3 base
score.  Team (A)'s champion won (+3 pts) and is style master for the turn (1 pt).
His scout lost (-2 pts) for a total turn score of +5 pts.
     Now, let's say team (B) goes 1 - 4 - 1 = 1 win + 1 kill - 4 losses = - 2 pts
base score.  His scout won (+2 pts) and the scouts win was a successful bloodfeud (+2
pts).  So, the total points for this turn would be +2 pts.  (There was no champion on
this team.)
     +25 bonus points will be given to managers that submit a brief history (5
paragraph minimum) including manager alias and stable name by the contest's third
turn.  These  points will be added to the team by T-210.

**** On to the list of prizes ****
1st Place "Fratsfa's Ultimate Victor"
   1)  Twelve (12) Rollup gift certificates transferred to 1st place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Fratsfa arena for six (6) months.
   3)  Renaming  of Dark Arena monsters:  Wurmkin, Bandit Prince, and Black Orc.
   4)  One (1) favorite's potion. *
   5)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **
2nd place
   1)  Eight (8) rollup gift certificates transferred to 2nd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Dark champion and High Elf.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **
3rd Place
   1)  Four (4) rollup gift certificates transferred to 3rd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Mountain Troll and Shewish Giant.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) skill bonus potion. **
4th Place
   1)  Three (3) gift certificates transferred to 4th place manager.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Stone Golem.
5th Place
   1)  Two (2) Rollup certs
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Spy Master.
6th Place
   1)  One (1) rollup cert.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
7th-10th Place
   1)  One (1) favorite's potion *

     All teams who fight at least 67 of the possible 75 fights will get (1) free
tournament entry for a warrior of the team that competed in Fratsfa in the first
tournament after the completion of Fratsfa's Quest for the Best.

****NOTE****

* -- All potions must be used within (2) turns of the contest end, and on an initiate
(tournament class) or higher character on the same team that competed in Fratsfa;
this is non-transferable.

* (1) One favorites potion gives all faves:  Rhythm, tactic and weapon.
** (1) One + 1 skill bonus potion gives +1 to one skill

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     The air shuddered and with a crackle of light, Ghab stepped into the plane of
Alastari.  It had been many years since he had personally entered into this world,
mostly communicating via scribes and soothsayers; fielding reports and sending orders
for his devoted warriors to follow.
     Assassin Nation had been in existence for seventeen years.  Its initial purpose
as to groom assassins for use against the forces of his half-brother, the usurper.
With his half-brother now deposed and in hiding it seemed a shame.  The warriors of
Assassin Nation were now more deadly than ever before.
     The last time Ghab had personally visited an arena city it had been that of
Krill, an arena whose sands no longer hosted conflicts.  That team now resided in
Chimlevtal, and although currently idle, had amassed a total of 51 kills in 358 wins
during slow arena play.
     His team in Fratsfa was even deadlier than the one now in Chimlevtal, and two of
Ghab's lord protectors from the arena came with him to train their neophyte
"siblings" in additional elements of the art of slaughter.  Maelstrom led the way.
He had graduated with a record of 17-11-3 and had an additional two kills in
tournament play.  He was followed by Possessed, whose arena total had been 16-11-2.
     The current stable was magnificent, Ghab thought.  Mutilate was the "old man",
having fought his first fight in Fratsfa some 44 turns before.  He had been
designated the team captain and did his best to train the younger warriors of the
stable.  He found now, however, that most of the younger warriors were now teaching
him things instead.  His kill the turn before had put him in good graces with Ghab,
so he didn't worry about the fact that his record was the worst on the team.
     Vicious was currently the apple of Ghab's eye.  He had returned from a
tournament last year with the most kills Ghab had ever had with one warrior in a
single event.  He had finished the tournament with a record of 11-3-3.  Ghab hoped
that Vicious could learn a few things under the combined tutelage of Maelstrom and
Possessed.  He was already one of the most skilled warriors Ghab had ever had at this
age, which as one of the reasons he had been declared the Champion of the team over
the team captain.
     Torment was sitting, a little miffed by his rather quick exit from the throne of
the arena.  In all honesty, he knew that he was probably a couple of turns ahead of
himself when he had found himself at the top of the stack.  Collapsed Lung was just
too much for him at this point of his career, although he wondered if that was true
of some of the others on his team.  He was on the verge of turning the corner on
becoming a dominant fighter.
     Mayhem was a promising fighter.  A large man, who could fell an ox with his bare
hands, he preferred the point of a spear and the edge of a sword.  He had been made
the scout because of his perceived potential.  Severity was the "youth" on the team.
It seemed funny to him, due the fact that a large percentage of the warriors in the
arena were far below him in the standings.  He was skilled and he knew it.  He felt
sorry for anybody who challenged him thinking he would be a pushover.
     Ghab gathered his clan together.  "Tonight we eat and drink.  Enjoy yourselves!
Tomorrow, you will all train harder than you ever have," Ghab proclaimed.  "I am
pleased with the level to which you have represented yourself so far in this
tournament.  If we are to win, however, we are going to have to fight our way through
some pretty tough competition.  I have faith!"
     The team all nodded in agreement.  Blades were sharpened, even while the first
drinks were being passed.

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     As the ship came along side of the pier, Muscle Bum and his one fighter Bob
"Stinky" M. made preparations to depart.
     There was so much to do before they could start out on their quest to win the
contest in Fratsfa, not the least of which was finding four more fighters to fill his
stable.
     This is what was on Muscle Bum's mind when "Stinky" raised the alarm, when he
looked out along the pier he saw a fight in progress, which didn't really concern him
that much, until he spotted an old friend of his right in the middle of the melee.
     Even before the ship had fully reached the dock, he and Stinky were rushing to
his friend's aid.  This was more out of a need for a fighter than for long lost
friendship, but if the two ideals could work together then all the better.  "Stinky"
and Muscle Bum  had the situation in hand and had run off the street rabble that were
attacking Bob "Gummy" Jr.  As it turned out "Gummy" wasn't in the best of spirits.
It hurt her pride to have to have someone help her in a fight, but even the most
skilled fighter will fall to numbers and five to one is not the best odds.
     After they helped to clean "Gummy" up some and tried to find out what exactly
was going on, they were surrounded by the local Constable and his deputies took
"Gummy" to the stockade.
     "Stinky" was in favor of just leaving her there, but Muscle Bum was aware of her
talents in the arena, and thought that just maybe a bargain could be struck with
"Gummy."
     So, they checked into a local Inn for the night.  Muscle Bum told "Stinky" that
he would be back later, that he wanted to do some checking and see if something could
be worked out with "Gummy."
     So, Muscle Bum headed out to the stockade to see if he could strike a deal.

To Be Cont.

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Morning was as overcast as the night had been.  There was no sunrise, just a
fading of the sky from black to gray.  The air was colder than it had any right to be
at this altitude and season.
     Huw studied the clouds, the mountain, the river, and muttered incredulously,
"It's going to snow."
     The elf came to stand beside him on the brink of the hill.  "In the summer?"
     "I don't think it IS summer here now."  He shivered.  He'd brought a poncho,
because it was always cold in the mountains at night, but this was colder than he'd
planned for.  Colder than he had expected, or could believe possible even while it
was happening.  "Do you suppose the Black Kaliv can control the weather?"
     Tankesh duplicated his study of sky, mountains, and river.  "Apparently."  He
frowned.  "That's the trouble with blood magic.  A man has to be unscrupulous to use
it, but then it gives him a LOT of power for his unscrupulous purposes."
     Huw felt a chill that had nothing to do with the weather.  "Why would he want to
make it winter in the middle of summer?"
     "Who knows?"  He stared at the mountain opposite their position without seeing
it, studying the decision he had made in the night.  It felt like the right decision,
finally--so many things had shoved him one way or another since he'd left Andor, but
now, finally, the choice was in his hands.  This is where he would stop.  The demons
would chase him, or drive him, no further.  His hand went to his sword without
conscious thought, not drawing it, just touching the hilt.  Killing demons wasn't
easy, but it could be done.  He would do it here.  Somewhere right around Murska.
     Huw was still staring at the town.  Finally he sighed.  "There was a rumor in
Riztab saying that all the dwarves had retreated underground, and I don't see any in
the streets.  I guess it's true."  He paused, still watching the people not so far
below them.  "Lots of Shews, though, more than used to be normal."
     Tankesh didn't know much about Shews.  The ones he'd met in the arena tended to
be slow-moving and not too bright, but did that apply to the race as a whole?  It
seemed unlikely.  "Could the unnatural winter have brought them out of the hills and
forests?"
     Huw shrugged.  "Maybe.  Or the demons."
     "Will the Shews help fight the demons, if we get to needing more men?"
     Huw glanced at him and then away.  "Ah...maybe.  They don't like demons--who
does?  But they don't like Andorians, much, either, and they really don't like
Fratsfans...and elves."
     Tankesh raised an eyebrow.  Elves were the goodest of the good guys, everyone
knew that--even when it wasn't true.  "And this would be because...?"
     "There was a war, a long time back, how long depends on who you ask.  The
Fratsfans throwing their weight around, and the Shews didn't like it.  They fought
all over this part of Alastari.  I guess it got bad, even for a war, and Serimna
knows the 'best' war is bad enough.  And Shews have long memories."
     "I don't recall hearing about such a war.  Who won?"
     "The Karnhorns.  Isn't it usually third and fourth parties who come out ahead
after a war?"
     One of the clouds turned inky black, and a bolt of blackness shot from it to the
mountain peak.  Thunder roared.  Pine trees exploded into purple fire.  Rocks
shattered and slid downward.  A second bolt of darkness joined the first, which had
not faded.
     "The demons have arrived." Tankesh said.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     What can I say?  Just like the previous DM, I am surprised to be here, but not
for the same reasons as my predecessor.  In this case, my manager figures I am the
least survivable design on the current team, and he is rather surprised that I
haven't been killed off yet.  Here's hoping that his wishes don't come true.
     Collapsed Lung
     Otto's Parts
     Duelmaster of Fratsfa

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  OTTO'S PARTS?  Who?  ODIN'S CHOSEN is the top 
team these days, buddies!  THE CHURCH after a sorry 0-5-0 might want to consider 
abandoning the sands and taking up singing the 'Can't fight no more' blues!  What's a 
move up by 6 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, 
according to FLOWER GIRLS.  Good things come to those who fight well, as ODD ODIUS 
ORCS can attest, moving up by 4.  ODIN'S CHOSEN had cause to celebrate, after SIGURD 
got 17 points by beating SER HAWKWING.  A certain someone should cut down on the 
drinking and practice more, after losing 11 points to PULLED HAMSTRING.  (Discrete 
enough, SKJOTT HIFNA?) Those who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by 
HORRID HOLLY, of FLOWER GIRLS, who despite a 11-8-0 couldn't overcome FRATSFA's 
Number 1.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering 
milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  To quell some nasty rumors, the guys in ODIN'S 
CHOSEN are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need to avoid 'em.  Like a pup 
with its tail between its legs, ICELANDERS scurried away from ODIN'S CHOSEN.  Oh, the 
shame!  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and YOUNG GRIM is it right now.  Most 
challenged warrior.  Isn't BLEAK LEGION proud!  GARBLE GOBLIN challenged SEVERITY!  
Who says SPRINGBORNE FAIR are just a bunch of wimps!  GARBLE GOBLIN of SPRINGBORNE 
FAIR kept his wits as he bested SEVERITY.  Mismatched by 13 points, LORD DAVOS was 
overcame by GUTHHILD MIDWALL.  Is this really worth noting?  I thought GUTHHILD 
MIDWALL showed great skill and promise when she defeated LORD DAVOS.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  I hear CHOIR DIRECTOR of THE CHURCH tired of the battles and was thinking of 
becoming a priest.  GNARLY GNOME of SPRINGBORNE FAIR saved him the effort of getting 
references.  More than one waitress at The Victory Tavern was spilling more drinks 
than usual last week, as THE STEWARD's early demise became known.  What will THE 
CHURCH do???  Justice was served as TENTPEG TROLL fought TONNELLE in bloodfeud.  Well 
done, SPRINGBORNE FAIR!  Questions are being raised about the disposing of severed 
body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in FRATSFA would I avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  More important duties call me.  Can 
anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for FRATSFA?  On that giddy 
note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLLAPSED LUNG 3380          14   9  2   105       OTTO'S PARTS (150)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424        13   8  0   100       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 TORMENT 3523                 10   4  1    95       ASSASSIN NATION (186)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MUTILATE 3375                14  10  2    90       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
-SHOCKER 588                  14   5  0    89       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 INSOLENT IRIS 3323           13   7  0    89       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 VICIOUS 3508                  8   3  1    80       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 PANDEMIC 3319                 7  13  0    72       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 GANGRENE 3344                 8   4  1    70       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 HORRID HOLLY 3334            11   8  0    69       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
-WILD THING 382               10  13  0    67       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAIN TUMOUR 3502             8   1  0    66       OTTO'S PARTS (150)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GARBLE GOBLIN 2932            9   6  0    56       SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
 MAYHEM 3537                  10   3  1    55       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 MALICE 3343                   7   5  0    49       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 GNARLY GNOME 2918            10   7  1    48       SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
 SEVERITY 3538                 8   5  1    45       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 SORROW 3571                   5   1  0    42       DARK RAIDERS (78)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611         3   1  0    33       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 SHY ANN 3562                  2   2  1    33       SITTEES (359)
 TENTPEG TROLL 3663            2   0  0    32       SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
 PULLED HAMSTRING 3554         3   3  0    30       OTTO'S PARTS (150)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SER ARTUR DAYNE 3575          4   2  0    29       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 BLOODEAGLE 3631               3   1  0    28       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 VOLATILE VERBENA 3536         2   2  0    28       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 SER STURM 3574                4   2  0    27       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-PUMPKINHEAD 1244              2   1  0    26       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 KYKENSTIENBURG 3613           4   0  1    25       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 GRAENDAL 3130                 3   6  0    25       INCARNATIONS (281)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAS DE QUARTIER 3633          2   2  0    22       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 LOKI 3604                     3   1  0    21       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 BASHER ZAZLUK 3605            3   1  0    21       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 LADY RED HAWK 3624            2   1  0    21       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 SIGURD 3648                   2   1  0    21       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 RAMBLING ROSE 3659            2   0  0    20       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 SUE SOON 3572                 2   1  0    20       SITTEES (359)
 LOATHSOME LUMMOX 3665         2   0  0    20       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
-SER STEEL 3579                2   1  1    19       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
-C.H.U.D. II 1848              2   1  1    19       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 SER ILYN PAYNE 3573           2   4  0    17       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 OAK LEE 3563                  3   1  0    16       SITTEES (359)
-SER GREGOR CLEGANE 3650       2   0  1    16       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 BLACK VIPER 3590              2   2  0    16       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 IGOR MALMORT 3594             1   3  0    16       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 LITTLE DEATH 3649             2   1  0    15       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 NERVOUS NEOPHITE 3664         1   1  0    15       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
-SER JAIME 3578                2   1  0    14       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 MERCILESS MUM 3675            1   0  0    14       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 THE ELDER 3618                4   1  0    13       THE CHURCH (369)
 DERANGED DIAMOND 3666         2   0  1    13       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 BASHER GAMUK 3606             2   2  0    13       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
-BADDA BANG 3656               1   0  0    13       THE FALLEN (373)
 BYRON 3559                    3   1  0    12       SITTEES (359)
 LORD DAVOS 3577               3   3  0    12       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-LORD JON SNOW 3580            2   1  1    12       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 LORD RED SCORPION 3625        1   2  0    12       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 TONNELLE 3634                 3   1  1    11       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 BOB LE CANADIEN 3632          3   1  0    11       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 GUNGNIRSDOTTIR 3610           2   2  0    11       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 OLD GRIM 3593                 1   3  1    11       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 AUBIN L'AUROUGE 3596          1   4  0    11       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 PSYCHOSIS 3651                2   1  2    10       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 TWISH N SHOUT 3647            2   1  0    10       INCARNATIONS (281)
 GORD THE ROGUE 3607           1   3  0    10       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 THE DEACON 3619               2   3  0     9       THE CHURCH (369)
 FUNOR DREPA 3661              2   0  0     9       ICELANDERS (371)
 SKJALD BORG 3638              1   2  0     9       ICELANDERS (371)
 SER HAWKWING 3576             1   5  0     8       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 THE USHER 3620                1   4  0     7       THE CHURCH (369)
 ORIGAMI ORC 3091              1   4  0     7       SPRINGBORNE FAIR (305)
 SKJOTT HIFNA 3660             1   1  0     7       ICELANDERS (371)
-SER LORAS TYRELL 3582         1   2  0     5       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 SER RED SCAR 3623             1   2  0     5       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 LIST KRAPTR 3639              1   2  0     5       ICELANDERS (371)
 SER RED IRON 3622             1   2  0     5       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 BRENT WOOD 3588               1   1  0     4       SITTEES (359)
 YOUNG GRIM 3589               0   4  0     4       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 VILE 3592                     0   4  0     4       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 SER RED HAND 3621             0   3  0     3       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 ABHORRENT ANT 3668            0   2  0     2       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 STEP-UP!! 3627                0   2  0     2       INCARNATIONS (281)
-PRINGEL 3657                  0   1  0     1       THE FALLEN (373)
-GRAENDEL 3654                 0   1  0     1       THE FALLEN (373)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TRAMMEL 3655                  0   1  0     1       THE FALLEN (373)
 ATHLETE'S FOOT 3678           0   1  0     1       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 HASKISON 3676                 0   1  0     1       ICELANDERS (371)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HOPELESS 3591          0  1 0 BLEAK LEGION 364      KYKENSTIENBURG 3613   206         
CHOIR DIRECTOR 3630    3  1 0 THE CHURCH 369        GNARLY GNOME 2918     209         
THE STEWARD 3616       3  2 0 THE CHURCH 369        SHY ANN 3562          209         
NASTY NASTURTIUM 3307  7  6 0 FLOWER GIRLS 189      MUTILATE 3375         208         
FELLWYNN 3679          0  1 0 FORCE OF FIVE 367     PSYCHOSIS 3651        209         
HASKI HAGGUR 3635      0  2 0 ICELANDERS 371        LORD JON SNOW 3580    208         
SKJOTT DREPA 3636      0  1 0 ICELANDERS 371        PSYCHOSIS 3651        207 REVENGED
FUNDR HIFNA 3637       0  1 0 ICELANDERS 371        SER GREGOR CLEGA 3650 207         
KIRRA 3629             0  2 0 INCARNATIONS 281      SHEWISH GIANT 21      209 NONE    
GRR 3677               0  1 0 INCARNATIONS 281      SHEWISH GIANT 21      209 NONE    
TWO-STEP 3628          0  1 0 INCARNATIONS 281      DERANGED DIAMOND 3666 208         
CHRISTINE 1849         1  1 0 LETHAL WEAPONS 74     OLD GRIM 3593         206 REVENGED
ARYAN BARBARIAN 3614   0  1 0 ODIN'S CHOSEN 368     SER STEEL 3579        206 REVENGED
SHREWISH SHREW 3662    1  1 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  ARENAMASTER LATHRO 23 209 NONE    
GRIMALKIN 3092         1  2 0 SPRINGBORNE FAIR 305  TONNELLE 3634         207 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sorry all, I won't be making the contest after all.  Financial restraints plus I am
already in too many contests including the upcoming Zalcon 3.  I look forward to
seeing you all in other contests.  Good luck! -- Tripwire

We will miss Nasty Nasturtium, a 11-4(+1)-14-15(+1)-16(+1)-6-21 slasher who was
blessed with great headlights and great damage and +2 attack/init.  She was
nationalized by Mutilate, and under normal circumstances she would have loved it.
However.... -- Lady Fern

Step-Up!! -- Who would have thought it?  We were made for each other!  Thanks for
letting me be on top.  (wink) -- Rambling Rose

Young Grim -- I showed you some fancy tricks in the arena.  Now, if you'll visit me
at The Flower Shoppe, I'll show you ALL I've got.  (giggle) -- Volatile Verbena

Cauliflower -- I know I should have tied you up and worked you over when I had the
chance! -- Insolent Iris

I like Orcs.  I eat them for lunch.  And dinner.  And....  (wink) -- Horrid Holly

La Pentarque -- Welcome home.  My newest ladies are hungry for some French action!
You know what I mean, Studmuffin.  (blows him a kiss) -- Lady Fern

Slugbait -- My girls are looking forward to tussling with you and yours.  You bring
the pills, Dearie. -- Lady Fern

Toker -- You handsome joker!  Married men are some of my very best customers.  See
you at the Shoppe, Luv. -- Lady Fern

Muscle Bum -- We love your strong style.  Come on over to The Flower Shoppe and work
out those sexy aggressions! -- Lady Fern

Collapsed Lung!  Duelmaster!  No wonder my girls want a piece of you.  (wink) -- Lady
Fern

Gangrene -- You rarely infect the brain, stick to the toes you know best. -- Brain
Tumour

Torment -- What a nice little gift wrapped throne you gave me.  Much appreciated; it
will let me rest a bit. -- Collapsed Lung

Insolent Iris -- I couldn't hear anyone telling me to stop, so I had to keep going.
-- Cauliflower Ears

The Steward -- Quit shifting back and forth please; I am having trouble keeping up
with you. -- Pulled Hamstring

Lady Fern -- As you can see, I've been distracted by a wild patch of Brown-Eyed
Susan. -- Crip

All -- I declare Skjott Hifna as my champion. -- mgr. Staghorn

Toker -- This turn 209 makes the third in a row that I have submitted a spotlight and
personals that have just disappeared. -- Reverend Bob

All -- This must be an evil city.  My sermons keep getting stolen and do not run
here!  God bless. -- Reverend Bob

Dark Knight Toker -- The Godless Hal ate my last two sermons.  I assure you they were
submitted! -- Reverend Bob

Heathen -- You are about Hate.  I am about Love.  Accept my love or I will shove it
down your throat! -- Reverend Bob

Shadowy Slug -- Ya couldn't ee-lude my presence...not presents, you Slug.  Tromp ya
with my Shrew-boots...waffle pattern. -- Shrewish

Trammel -- It's a great op, BF'n.  Suppose I should be proud.  I just wanna fight. --
Tentpeg Troll

Ser Hawkwing -- Hooboy.  Not the best day to show up for work in these dismal
recesses of crawling danger...and that's just the staging area. -- Garble

Mayhem -- Viscous...I mean vicious. -- G. Gnome

Heathen -- I have made it my goal to kill that tank you call a scout. -- The
Expatriate

All -- We have a contest going on.  Why is everyone so quiet? -- The Expatriate

Bod Le Canadian -- You have made my master's list of warriors to kill. -- Black Vipes

Skjott Hifna -- You didn't win, you just outlasted me. -- Old Grim

Pringel -- I guess you can't tell me to pick on someone my own size, can you? --
Little Death

Toker -- First of all, nice challenge, though it doesn't appear that it went as you'd
hoped and I'm glad!  (grin)  I had sent some personals in last turn, but Hal has
obviously eaten them, so hopefully these ones will make it through.  I guess I had
misunderstood your point system because I thought I would be leading after turn one!
I'm assuming that the fight between Bloodeagle and The Deacon on turn 207 only
counted for +4 points (+1 for a win and +3 for champion) and not the +7 I'd thought.
I was assuming that my beating a champion would also score me +3 as The Deacon has
lost to me.  Obviously I was wrong.  I'll have to revamp my game plan.  The second
thing I wanted to address is the tie breaker you've outlined--recognition points are
so arbitrary that determining a winner by that seems a bit anticlimactic.  I say this
with the knowledge that all of my warriors will likely be at the top of the arena at

the end of 15 turns and I would not want to win in that way.  I propose a one turn
fight-off between anyone who ties to settle the victor.  This of course, is merely a
suggestion as I will honor your rules as they are, come what may! -- Heathen Hatebred

Staghorn -- You don't have to be scared of me.  I'm just a newbie!  (grin)  It's Crip
you really have to worry about!! -- Heathen, having fun

Goat, Goat?  GOAT!  Where are you?  Hope all is well wherever you are. -- Heathen

Ser Steel -- Well fought!  I didn't see that one coming, but then Heathen doesn't
know what he's  doing half the time anyway! -- Sigurd

Deacon -- I just wanted to see if it was a fluke the first time or not.  Now I'm off
to fight that Ser Steel guy, so wish me luck! -- Bloodeagle

Jile -- Noble attempt, but I'm really not the average scummy type--nor am I a
"monster" as your manager claims!  I'm just an average Hassidic neuter, a bit
unorthodox, but otherwise your typical enigma. -- Kykenstienburg

Lady Red Hawk -- Thank you for the training.  I really needed that! -- Gungniasdottir

Ser Ilyn -- What are you doing parrying like that?  Somehow I think I was very
fortunate to win that fight!  Thank you for the skills as well! -- Guthhild

Crip -- Every time I turn around there you are!  Well I'm not having it anymore!
It's time to give up the top spots here!! -- Heathen

Ghab -- I've got my eye on you! -- Heathen

Le Pentarque -- You too! -- Heathen

Lady Fern -- Your name has come up countless times in conversations with my wife.
And just yesterday, I received a dispatch from Talcama.  In it my wife said as long
as I have my fun with an ageless beauty such as yourself, she has no quarrels.  See,
we are swingers by nature, but usually in groups.  So this will be my first without
her.  So be gentle! (grin) -- Dark Knight Toker (smiling sheepishly) lol

Papaiz -- Welcome to the Quest, and good luck! -- Toker, Quest co-host

Slugbait -- Good to see you here.  I hope you enjoy our lil' contest.  May the sands
be stained with your foes' blood! -- Toker

Az -- Glad to see your team made it this turn.  I wish you klk buddies would have
come with you.  I always enjoy Talon (Bookie).  Good luck, and enjoy! -- Toker, Quest
co-host

Muscle Bum -- Glad to see you back on the sands. What's it been--three, four years.
Goat isn't here yet, but he will be.  And Skully isn't sure if he can make it yet.
Good luck! -- Toker

Toker -- Might I suggest a better tie breaker be the overall win-loss of the team
during the tournament?  Using the highest warrior's recognition points is not an
accurate gauge of the overall team performance.  Not all of the warriors started with
the same FE and a team can be penalized by this in the long run.  Maybe a second tie
breaker could be the record between the two teams in question. -- Ghab/Assassin
Nation

Flower Girls -- Although I often run strategies designed to kill I am always saddened
when one of your warriors falls under my team's blades.  That was a rotten random
matchup for Nasty Nasturtium.  I await the bloodfeud! -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

Pandemic -- You're quick.  Luckily for me this game isn't all about getting the jump
on your opponent (although it does often help). -- Vicious

Collapsed Lung -- I wasn't looking for you.  I expected your counterpart on the sand.
Congratulations on the throne.  Keep it warm, as I have to have it again some day. --
Torment

Gnarly Gnome -- The challenge was based on your FE, not your recognition points.
Ghab rarely sends an order to downchallenge unless a precedent is set.  With this
arena the top is kind of crowded.  You being an entrant in the tournament made your
fair game. -- Mayhem

Gnarly Gnome -- You're a golem, by the way. -- Mayhem

Malice -- Wasn't expecting your challenge.  Good for you on the surprise.  Seemed I
had another surprise in store for you though.... -- Severity

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SHREWISH SHREW was butchered by ARENAMASTER LATHRON in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
KIRRA was dispatched by SHEWISH GIANT in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
GRR was assassinated by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
STEP-UP!! slimly lost to DERANGED DIAMOND in a 6 minute novice's Bloodfeud contest.
TENTPEG TROLL devastated TONNELLE in a popular 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud brawl.
OLD GRIM was unbelievably bested by KYKENSTIENBURG in a 7 minute Bloodfeud match.
INSOLENT IRIS unbelievably bested VICIOUS in a 3 minute expert's Challenge fight.
TORMENT vanquished PANDEMIC in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
MAYHEM lost to GANGRENE in a popular 1 minute Challenge duel.
GARBLE GOBLIN defeated SEVERITY in a 1 minute Challenge match.
GRAENDAL was unbelievably bested by BLOODEAGLE in a 2 minute gory Challenge bout.
GUTHHILD MIDWALL demolished LORD DAVOS in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge match.
VOLATILE VERBENA devastated IGOR MALMORT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
SER HAWKWING was devastated by SIGURD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
SER ARTUR DAYNE handily defeated GORD THE ROGUE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
PULLED HAMSTRING overpowered SKJOTT HIFNA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
SER ILYN PAYNE bested SKJALD BORG in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.
GUNGNIRSDOTTIR was unbelievably bested by BASHER ZAZLUK in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
LOATHSOME LUMMOX overpowered AUBIN L'AUROUGE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
FUNOR DREPA defeated SER RED HAND in a 2 minute amateur's Challenge conflict.
ABHORRENT ANT was devastated by LORD RED SCORPION in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
RAMBLING ROSE vanquished SER RED IRON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
TWISH N SHOUT overcame YOUNG GRIM in a 4 minute beginner's Challenge duel.
PAS DE QUARTIER viciously subdued THE ELDER in a 5 minute novice's Challenge bout.
VILE was defeated by BOB LE CANADIEN in a slow 4 minute novice's Challenge duel.
COLLAPSED LUNG vanquished HORRID HOLLY in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
CAULIFLOWER EARS savagely defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a action packed 2 minute duel.
MUTILATE viciously subdued BRAIN TUMOUR in a crowd pleasing 4 minute gruesome bout.
MALICE overpowered SUE SOON in a action packed 1 minute one-sided fight.
SORROW overcame SER STURM in a exciting 1 minute fight.
GNARLY GNOME murdered CHOIR DIRECTOR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE STEWARD was executed by SHY ANN in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
LOKI handily defeated BRENT WOOD in a 1 minute mismatched match.
THE USHER was unbelievably bested by BASHER GAMUK in a 3 minute amateur's fight.
SER RED SCAR was subdued by LITTLE DEATH in a 1 minute novice's struggle.
LADY RED HAWK overpowered LIST KRAPTR in a 1 minute one-sided match.
THE DEACON was handily defeated by NERVOUS NEOPHITE in a 1 minute uneven match.
BLACK VIPER overpowered ORIGAMI ORC in a 1 minute uneven bout.
PSYCHOSIS killed FELLWYNN in a 3 minute bloody novice's competition.
OAK LEE vanquished ATHLETE'S FOOT in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BYRON subdued HASKISON in a 1 minute beginner's duel.
MERCILESS MUM devastated FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  19         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  11 -  1      68  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         AIMED BLOW        14 -   7 -  2      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         LUNGING ATTACK    54 -  43 -  3      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  14 -  2      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         SLASHING ATTACK   25 -  24 -  2      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   8 -  0      47  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  30 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  41 -  2      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  15 -  0      29  |

Turn 209 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:

PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  5         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         4 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    7 -  3     TOTAL PARRY        3 -  5         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK    11 -  8     STRIKING ATTACK    2 - 11         1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   COLLAPSED LUNG 3380        14   9  2  105 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
LUNGING ATTACK   CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424      13   8  0  100 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
SLASHING ATTACK  TORMENT 3523               10   4  1   95 ASSASSIN NATION (186)
TOTAL PARRY      INSOLENT IRIS 3323         13   7  0   89 FLOWER GIRLS (189)
PARRY-LUNGE      GANGRENE 3344               8   4  1   70 DARK RAIDERS (78)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PANDEMIC 3319.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MUTILATE 3375.  The ten other most popular fighters were VICIOUS 3508, OLD GRIM 
3593, DERANGED DIAMOND 3666, CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424, GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611, YOUNG GRIM 
3589, GUNGNIRSDOTTIR 3610, TWISH N SHOUT 3647, PAS DE QUARTIER 3633, and COLLAPSED 
LUNG 3380.

The least popular fighter this week was BOB LE CANADIEN 3632.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were THE ELDER 3618, HASKISON 3676, ATHLETE'S FOOT 3678, PSYCHOSIS 
3651, ORIGAMI ORC 3091, THE DEACON 3619, LIST KRAPTR 3639, BASHER GAMUK 3606, BRENT 
WOOD 3588, and BRAIN TUMOUR 3502.