DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/19/2003    Duedate: 01/15/2004

TROCAR ARENA

DM-54    TURN-176

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RUBBER BULLET
USELESS TOOLS (219)
(54-2503) [13-1-0,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RUBBER BULLET                  URS BOLLINGER
USELESS TOOLS (219)            BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
(54-2503) [13-1-0,109]         (54-2609) [7-2-0,52]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SILVERBOLT                     WIMPERETTA
RUNNING AMOK (238)             TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
(54-2554) [6-6-0,42]           (54-2655) [4-1-0,15]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DREIHDENWALD (279)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CLICHES (287)               46
2. TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)     42      USELESS TOOLS (219)
3. USELESS TOOLS (219)         40      Unchartered Team
4. DREIHDENWALD (279)          12
5. THE WHITE COMPANY (201)      5      CLICHES (287)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*CLICHES (287)              3   0  0  100   1/ 2*DREIHDENWALD (279)       10  4 0
 2- 1*MIKE'S MORTUARY (285)      2   0  0  100   2/ 4*PLAGUES (273)             9  6 0
 3/ 2 USELESS TOOLS (219)      147  73  3 66.8   3/ 5 USELESS TOOLS (219)       8  0 0
 4/ 3 INDULGENT DRINKS (256)    76  44  4 63.3   4/ 3*BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)     7  8 0
 5- 4 ELDRITCH FURY (268)       48  29  7 62.3   5/ 1 INDULGENT DRINKS (256)    6  5 0
 6/ 5*DREIHDENWALD (279)        23  16  0 59.0   6/ 9 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)   6  9 0
 7/ 6 THE MUPPETS (20)          67  51  4 56.8   7/ 6 THE WHITE COMPANY (201)   5  7 1
 8/ 8 THE WHITE COMPANY (201)   74  63  5 54.0   8/ 0*CLICHES (287)             3  0 0
 9/ 7*BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)     24  21  0 53.3   9- 7*POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    3  7 0
10/10 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  112 107  6 51.1  10/15 THE BLACK COMPANY (185)   2  2 0
11/ 9 RUNNING AMOK (238)        62  60  7 50.8  11- 8*WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)   2  3 0
12-11*WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)   15  15  0 50.0  12/13 RUNNING AMOK (238)        2  4 0
13/12 THE BLACK COMPANY (185)   78  94  2 45.3  13/12 THE MUPPETS (20)          2  8 0
14/13*PLAGUES (273)             19  26  0 42.2  14-11*MIKE'S MORTUARY (285)     1  0 0
15-15*POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    12  23  2 34.3  15-16 ELDRITCH FURY (268)       0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Charter Cities #97 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Niatoli:

     Agro squinted at the horizon, where an island was taking shape, gray stone and
the brown of winter-killed leaves.  "So that's Niatoli...."  His gaze dropped to the
water that still separated their ship from the new shore.  Water that was steel gray
and torn into ragged waves where the wind whipped it across drowned rocks.  He
glanced at Tully, who had taken charge of sailing their ship.  "Isn't there some kind
of safe channel of approach?"
     The sailor grinned at him.  "This is the safe channel," he said cheerfully.
"This is why people don't conquer Niatoli.  Too hard to get here, and we'll be
sitting ducks for catapults on the shore once we get closer, too."
     "What a thrilling prospect," the Croc growled.
     "Oh, they won't shoot US," Tully said.  "We've got a banner they'll recognize."
He gestured toward the ship's mast.
     Agro looked, and raised his eyebrows.  Apparently the rebels had saved one of
the Usurper's men when they took the ship back in Monuntial.  That man was now
hanging from the mast.  "An unusual sort of banner," he noted calmly.  If Tully had
hoped to shock him, the sailor would be disappointed.  Agro was a gladiator and had
seen death often enough, and more than that, he was a Croc.  He might look human,
outwardly, but his soul was that of a hunter who had eaten men.
     Tully blinked, then shrugged.  "Yeah, but it works.  There's a lot of people on
Niatoli that fled Monuntial at one time or another," he went on.  "Refugees and
rebels and...just people who couldn't take the Usurper's ways."
     "Will they fight?" Agro asked.
     "If someone has a plan--a good plan, mind you--and gives them a leader, yeah.
Most of 'em will fight.  Have you got a plan?"
     "We'll see," the Croc answered.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     For two days, Agro merely circulated among the refugees and listened.  Sometimes
he asked a question or two.  There was a lot of wild talk--that was among the more
recent refugees.  The ones who'd been on Niatoli for months had calmed down.  Or
maybe gotten resigned.  Not that it mattered which.  It was the calm ones he'd want
to talk to first, the ones who'd thrown off their initial indignation and could think
sensibly about ousting the Usurper.
     Because he had the beginning of a plan.
     He decided to start with a man named Riterrian, who had been a merchant in
Monuntial and was now working--and making good money--as a woodcutter.  Agro figured
that showed flexibility and enterprise, and he needed those qualities in the core of
rebel leaders he was going to forge.
     They met in Riterrian's woodyard, surrounded by stacked cords of firewood and
ankle-deep in sawdust.  Riterrian was wielding an axe himself, lopping limbs from a
tree that before sawing it into logs.  When he saw the Croc coming, Riterrian sent
his helpers away with a few muttered words, then waited, axe in hands.
     To 'flexible and enterprising', Agro mentally added 'intelligent'.  If the man
was willing, he'd make a good lieutenant.  "You've guessed why I'm here."
     "Yes, I think so.  There's been talk about you."  Riterrian's hands sifted a
little on the axe.  "Tully is sure you're going to lead a successful revolt against
the Usurper."  He was silent for a moment.  "Tully talks a lot."
     Agro shrugged.  "He's right."
     "Why?  You're not from Monuntial yourself, so why do you care?"
     "Would you believe I hold a personal grudge against the Usurper for what he
tried to do to me and Bindi?"
     "Maybe, but that wouldn't be enough to explain why--"
     "Because I'm from Lapur, which is allied with Monuntial--old Monuntial, not the
Usurper."  Seeing that Riterrian was still unconvinced, Agro frowned, searching his
mind for other reasons.  Finally he shrugged.  "I like a good fight."
     "Now, that one rings true," Riterrian said.  He turned and drove his axe blade
into a chopping block, then sat down on the trunk of tree where he'd been working.
"Have you got a plan, or are we making one together here and now?"
     Agro grinned, displaying rather more teeth than a human would.  "We're making a
plan now.  I can get fighters--gladiators, mostly--but you're the one who knows
Monuntial and its people.  I've only been there once."

Call for volunteers to help free Monuntial from the Usurper.  Contact the Scribe by
personal ad or diplo.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Xochithlan, the royal palace:

     Tirisha Dulake leaned closer to her cousin, King Feyen, and pouted.  "You can't
be so hard hearted, Pootles," she cooed.  "It isn't like I'm asking a LOT from
you...."
     Feyen was too dark skinned to blush noticeably, but he felt himself getting
rather warm under the collar.  "Don't call me that!" he hissed.  [It is a gift in the
royal family of Xochithlan to be able to hiss words which contain no esses.]  "You're
the only one who remembers that Mother used to call me that!  But what if someone
overhears?"  He peered around nervously.  Eavesdropping was the national pastime in
Xochithlan, but he thought his throne room was reasonably secure.  Still, if anyone
heard her say that name....  He shuddered.
     "If you'll give me the soldiers, dearest cousin, I'll be so busy and so far
away, I'm sure I'll forget."
     "But Tirisha, I can't!  If I sent Xochithlani Royal Guardsmen into Mordanti
territory, it could start a war, or at LEAST," he shuddered again, "Samir would send
that battlemage of his to 'make an official protest' and the man has NO sense of
style at all.  His hair, his beard!"  King Feyen stroked his own perfect little
mustache.  "It's impossible, Tirisha, you must see that!"
     "No, it is NOT impossible."  Her coo was getting ragged around the edges,
letting the iron determination show through.  She took a deep breath, noting that,
as with every other man who saw her do that, she had riveted Feyen's attention; after
all, they were only second cousins on one side.  "You don't need to send the whole
Royal Guard.  I'm sure I won't need a thousand men in Rodeki.  It's such a LITTLE
place.  A hundred will be enough to protect me, DEAR Feyen."  She blew in his ear.
     Feyen took his own deep breath and managed not to melt on the spot.  "Well...a
hundred men, then, but no more!  And not in Royal Xochithlani uniform, either!"
     "Of course not, coz."  She patted his arm as she straightened up.  "I wouldn't
want anyone to get the idea they were on YOUR business."  She slid out of reach just
a little ahead of King Feyen's reaching hands.  "You won't have any trouble at all
over this, dear coz."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Arenamaster Xoron, a practitioner of the Ancient Elvish Martial Art of Seelie-
Khuei, was deeply resistant to feminine wiles.  He was, however, extremely interested
in cash.  Tirisha had plenty of cash.
     "I guess I could find you a few gladiators to serve as a personal bodyguard," he
muttered, mentally fingering the coins Tirisha had placed on the table between them.
"I couldn't vouch for their reliability, though."
     "I will attend to that," Tirisha said briskly.  "Twenty ounces of gold for every
gladiator you can find me.  Payable when they sign up."

Warriors and managers are invited to accompany Tirisha Dulake to Rodeki, or wherever
she may end up going.  A note in the personals addressed to Scribe, or an email to
Livia@reality.com will do it.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Jhans:

     "That is a fight you cannot win, Princess Morra," Chancellor Ethylbyrr said.  He
leaned forward to emphasize his point, one hand on the report that had sparked the
discussion.  "It is better not to enter a battle you cannot win."
     "Darron wouldn't--"
     "Princess, your brother is no longer a boy, he is a young man now," the old man
said.  "He will not be pleased to receive...advice from his older sister, much less
commands.  Even without his new friends, he would be reluctant to--"
     "All right, you've made your point."  She looked away.  Looked out the window
across the city of Jhans, but she didn't really see it.  Didn't want to see it, if
the truth be told.  She was surprised to realize that what she really wanted to see
at this moment was her husband, Gryzash the Golden.  She had not felt strongly about
him one way or the other, theirs had been a marriage of political expediency.  But
Gryzash was--had been--a confident, decisive man.  One whose very presence would awe
these quarreling nobles of Jhans into obedience.  Unfortunately, Gryzash was dead.
Her thoughts shifted briefly to their son, Gorris.  She might have stayed in Jhans to
fight the treacherous 'advisors' of her brother, except...it was her first duty to
protect her son and defend HIS heritage.  Let Prince Darron worry about Jhans now.
It was time for her to leave him to it, for good or ill.
     "I must take Gorris to Sibikhas," she said finally.  "That is where my duty lies
now.  That city is his to rule, by rights, but it is easier to hold onto power than
to win it back after it's been lost.  Will you stay here and advise Darron?"
     Ethylbyrr laughed sadly and shook his head.  "The boy--the young man--wouldn't
have me," he said.  "His new friends won't want to share the influence, and...I am a
reminder of his youth.  Which he would prefer to forget as he strives to become a man
in his own eyes."
     "If you remain in Jhans without a royal post, your life won't be worth--"
     "It will be worth nothing at all," the old man said.  "I will be dead by the
time you clear the city's gates."
     She nodded.  There was no mercy in the Delarquan Federation for someone who fell
from power.  "Come with me to Sibikhas, then.  It would be a shame to waste your wit
and experience, old friend."
     The old man half rose from his seat across the table and bowed.  "I would be
honored to serve you in Sibikhas or elsewhere, Princess."  Seating himself again, he
said, "But you cannot simply decide to leave Jhans and then go.  You will need, at
the very least, bodyguards.  The Jhans Royal Guard you cannot take with you--they
belong here and will provide some protection from Darron, if he does not run
completely mad and dismiss them.  So you will need--"
     "Gladiators," she said firmly.  "Two or three, at least, as many as half a dozen
perhaps.  They are--"
     "They are crude men, for the most part," Ethylbyrr protested.
     "So?  They are less likely than any others to have political axes of their own
to grind.  I will have gladiators for bodyguards."  She grimaced.  "I will need
them."

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

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): MARY RETZLAFF of AMERICAN APPRAISAL (?, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): FREDERICK DOUGLASS of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): KATHLEEN of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): DRAXUS BREMOORE of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): DOONE of FLAGG 16 from RODEKI (Flagg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): BLOOD AND IRON (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): KNOT WHOLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): none
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): 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.)
              (turn 488): THE MAN of FAMOUS HITTERS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
                (turn 487): GRIZZLY ADAMS of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
               (turn 485): ISHINOMORI of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
                (turn 471): PEOPLE'S ELBOW of UNTOUCHABLES (Angus, mgr.)
                            ACK VERT of PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 435): EAGLE'S NEST of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, 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.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, TROCAR?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, INDULGENT DRINKS, since 
DREIHDENWALD took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Now keep the 
taverns open late tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for INDULGENT DRINKS, whose 
0-1-0 this turn dropped them by 4 into 5th.  Ha!  THE BLACK COMPANY turned their 
2-1-0 turn into a 10th place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, 
and you get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch TRADERS OF TROCAR's heads swell 
from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big deal.  TROCAR 
saw the first turn for CLICHES, a 3-0-0, and some teams are scared, others are too 
arrogant to notice.  Take note friends, take note.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see NAKED TRUTH win a fight and gain 20 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
JOKAROF TROCAR beat ODDMAN and ODDMAN lost 14 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And 
if variety is the spice of life, TROCAR may be getting bland, as BIRAN stays top dog 
in the city.  The Welcome Wench, humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where 
do they get this stuff?  From TROCAR's trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  
INDULGENT DRINKS, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided 
team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And who led the way in this mass 
act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was PLAGUES.  Ha ha ha ha!  
RUBBER BULLET was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the 
DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  I suspect either a 21 will or a 21 ego on this 
one, but RIZZO has challenged up by 27 in an attempt against NO-STICK TAPE.  But 
here's a pretty tale--RIZZO did lose the fight, but gained 4 worth of recognition.  
Some long shots can pay off, I guess.  I guess I can give a little credit to SAM of 
THE MUPPETS for challenging up by 21 to FIREANT.  SAM won to get 14 points of 
recognition.  And we have RUBBER BULLET in a TV challenge, going down 11 points for 
the fight.  Guess what?  I thought RUBBER BULLET showed great skill and promise when 
he subdued THE LIMPER.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for TROCAR's 
morgue.  More variety.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     What does the TROCAR arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  I see 
the crowds are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUBBER BULLET 2503           13   1  0   109       USELESS TOOLS (219)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MERGEN 1899                  13  10  1    95       THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
-MICROSOFT 2483               10   5  0    91       USELESS TOOLS (219)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CERISA 2414                  19  25  1    83       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 THE LIMPER 1844              16   9  0    82       THE WHITE COMPANY (201)
 CROAKER 1898                 10  12  0    82       THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
 RAVEN CLAW 2461               9  10  1    73       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 MOUSETRAP 2521                9   3  1    73       USELESS TOOLS (219)
 FOZZY 2398                   14   6  1    72       THE MUPPETS (20)
 RALPH 2397                    8  12  1    67       THE MUPPETS (20)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MS. S.C.U.M. 2544            11   3  0    63       ELDRITCH FURY (268)
-NIGHTSONG 2546               11   4  0    61       ELDRITCH FURY (268)
-GRUUMSH 2545                  8   7  1    61       ELDRITCH FURY (268)
-JOURNEY 1900                 12   9  0    59       THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
 COOKIE MONSTER 262           17   6  0    58       THE MUPPETS (20)
 NO-STICK TAPE 2541            8   2  0    57       USELESS TOOLS (219)
 A.O. HELL 2523                8   3  0    57       USELESS TOOLS (219)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IRON TALON 2460              12  12  0    52       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 URS BOLLINGER 2609            7   2  0    52       BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
 LORD HALIFAX 2625             8   0  0    49       DREIHDENWALD (279)
 IN-LAWS 2593                  6   3  0    47       PLAGUES (273)
 BALZ WEBER 2611               5   4  0    45       BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
 SILVERBOLT 2554               6   6  0    42       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 SLOW GIN FIZZ 2556            7   1  0    39       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
 LAWYER 2595                   5   4  0    34       PLAGUES (273)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASS 2629                     6   2  0    33       DREIHDENWALD (279)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RIZZO 2405                    7   6  0    32       THE MUPPETS (20)
-FIREFLASH 2459                6   6  2    32       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 DAROSHTAN 2602                6   4  0    32       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-SIR CASWALLAWN 2617           3   4  1    32       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
-FINNIGAN 2615                 2   5  0    31       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
-MU 2674                       1   1  0    31       WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)
 KILLER BEE 2596               3   6  0    30       PLAGUES (273)
 TALION 2626                   4   4  0    29       DREIHDENWALD (279)
 YVES CORMINBEUF 2654          3   3  0    29       BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
-RED EYE 2542                  7   5  0    27       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
-WARLEGGAN 2630                2   4  0    27       WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)
-SCUM III 2034                 8   2  0    26       THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
-THUNDERBIRD 2555              5   4  0    25       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
-WHITE RUSSIAN 2652            4   1  0    24       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
-LUR 2632                      4   2  0    24       WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLLY 2681                    2   0  0    23       DREIHDENWALD (279)
 WIMPLES 2640                  4   4  0    20       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 NAKED TRUTH 2687              1   0  0    20       CLICHES (287)
 FIREANT 2592                  3   6  0    19       PLAGUES (273)
 JOKAROF TROCAR 2682           1   2  0    19       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 MARK SCHUPPLI 2653            3   3  0    18       BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
-OLD MONKEY JUTE 2634          3   3  0    18       WOLFSPIDER'S GANG (280)
 SVEN DUMUSC 2612              4   5  0    17       BUTZBERG 'CROSS (276)
 LOCUST 2594                   2   7  0    17       PLAGUES (273)
-SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618         4   3  1    16       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
-MINA 2656                     1   0  0    16       ELDRITCH FURY (268)
 WIMPERETTA 2655               4   1  0    15       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-MOCHAOMHOG 2616               1   6  0    15       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
-SUM-TING RONG 2669            2   0  0    14       MIKE'S MORTUARY (285)
 SAM 2692                      1   1  0    14       THE MUPPETS (20)
-HAVELOCK THE DANE 2614        2   5  0    13       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 SOUR GRAPES 2688              1   0  0    13       CLICHES (287)
 PET PEEVE 2684                1   0  0    13       CLICHES (287)
 SAHARA 2387                   1   2  0    12       THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
 ANIAKIN 2386                  1   4  0    11       THE WHITE COMPANY (201)
 ODDMAN 2693                   1   1  0     8       DREIHDENWALD (279)
 TANK 2694                     0   1  0     1       THE WHITE COMPANY (201)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ALUM 2627              2  3 0 DREIHDENWALD 279      KATZEN JAMMER 2624    173         
SLIPPERY NIPPLE 2478  14 10 1 INDULGENT DRINKS 256  BIRAN 1927            175 NONE    
GASTOLPHO 2633         2  2 0 WOLFSPIDER'S GANG 280 SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618 172 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rubber Bullet -- Not exactly the homecoming party I was looking forward to having,
but well met. -- Mergen

Limper -- I see you're still limping about.  Good to see you, old friend. -- Mergen

Anaikin -- What, you think we run a home for wayward young pansies?  What you need is
a good foot in the arse.  Now go greet your fate wholeheartedly! -- Woelfe

All -- Greetings, warriors and managers of Trocar.  The Black Company has returned
once more to the sands of its home in Trocar after many seasons abroad. -- Woelfe,
mgr.

Silver -- I should have known I'd find you here.  Not even death would have you; she

turned you out even as you knocked on her door.  *grin*  Congrats to you and Biran on
the duelmastership (and our condolences to its former occupant).  May Biran go on to
be humbled on the isle. -- Woelfe

Slippery Nipple -- Well, I wanted to beat you, not make you fertilizer. -- Biran

Cookie Monster -- You have to stop eating those cookies; you've got no stamina. :) --The Limper

Woelfe -- You paw footed cretin, run some more warriors out of that stable. :) --
Silver Stroke

Lawyer -- You're so mean!  The way you find ALL the loopholes in my armor.  Ooooh. --
Wimples

Fireant -- Remind me to bring an anteater to the next fight. -- Jokarof Trocar

Ralph -- To have lost to someone named "Ralph" would have been too humiliating.
Therefore, I won. -- Cerisa

Sven Dumusc -- That win was a gift, and don't you forget it. -- Daroshtan
P.S.  It says right there, you were "granted" the win.  A gift, that's what it is.

Oddman -- Was that GARLIC you were carrying?  Unfair! -- Wimperetta

Silver Stroke -- Glad to see you, though I don't think I was here during your last
appearance.  Sometime during the Rirorni War, wasn't it? -- Nick, Traders of Trocar

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RUBBER BULLET devastated THE LIMPER in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
MOUSETRAP outlasted COOKIE MONSTER in a monotonous 16 minute Challenge melee.
A.O. HELL defeated BALZ WEBER in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
YVES CORMINBEUF was viciously subdued by SILVERBOLT in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
URS BOLLINGER narrowly defeated SLOW GIN FIZZ in a 17 minute Challenge competition.
KILLER BEE was overpowered by LORD HALIFAX in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
RIZZO was bested by NO-STICK TAPE in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
SAM narrowly defeated FIREANT in a 15 minute Challenge melee.
BIRAN overpowered CERISA in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
FOZZY was overpowered by SHAGORNAN WILD MAN in a 1 minute uneven match.
RALPH was savagely defeated by CROAKER in a exciting 1 minute bloody veteran's fight.
RAVEN CLAW was handily defeated by MERGEN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.
IN-LAWS outlasted CASS in a 8 minute conflict.
LAWYER handily defeated ANIAKIN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MARK SCHUPPLI was defeated by TALION in a 2 minute struggle.
LOCUST lost to WIMPLES in a 4 minute brutal fray.
DAROSHTAN devastated SVEN DUMUSC in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched brawl.
SAHARA was savagely defeated by MOLLY in a 2 minute brutal novice's bout.
WIMPERETTA savagely defeated TANK in a crowd pleasing 3 minute amateur's conflict.
JOKAROF TROCAR narrowly defeated ODDMAN in a 2 minute novice's duel.
SOUR GRAPES overpowered TROLLBAIT in a 1 minute uneven fray.
NAKED TRUTH handily defeated MAGE'S APPRENTICE in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
PET PEEVE demolished TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         TOTAL PARRY       56 -  26 -  0      68  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  11 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         AIMED BLOW        20 -  17 -  1      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  27 -  4      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  17 -  2      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   62 -  70 -  3      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         BASHING ATTACK    27 -  32 -  3      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  18 -  0      42  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  30 -  3      39  |

Turn 176 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        2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  4     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  4                                       2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  3     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    RUBBER BULLET 2503         13   1  0  109 USELESS TOOLS (219)
STRIKING ATTACK  MERGEN 1899                13  10  1   95 THE BLACK COMPANY (185)
TOTAL PARRY      THE LIMPER 1844            16   9  0   82 THE WHITE COMPANY (201)
LUNGING ATTACK   FOZZY 2398                 14   6  1   72 THE MUPPETS (20)
PARRY-LUNGE      A.O. HELL 2523              8   3  0   57 USELESS TOOLS (219)
SLASHING ATTACK  LAWYER 2595                 5   4  0   34 PLAGUES (273)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SILVERBOLT 2554.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was WIMPERETTA 2655.  The ten other most popular fighters were SILVERBOLT 2554, MOLLY 
2681, RUBBER BULLET 2503, CROAKER 1898, MERGEN 1899, LOCUST 2594, DAROSHTAN 2602, 
A.O. HELL 2523, NO-STICK TAPE 2541, and JOKAROF TROCAR 2682.

The least popular fighter this week was URS BOLLINGER 2609.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MOUSETRAP 2521, SAM 2692, SLOW GIN FIZZ 2556, COOKIE MONSTER 
262, FIREANT 2592, CASS 2629, TANK 2694, MARK SCHUPPLI 2653, ANIAKIN 2386, and RAVEN 
CLAW 2461.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

BIRAN (54-1927) THE WHITE COMPANY (201)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXII

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WOLFINMYCLOTHES 961 (184-110-4)        6  3  0         SIS BOOM BAA         

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LEVITICUS 1687 (16-14-2)               3  3  0         THE WHITE COMPANY    
MERCY 1797 (16-8-0)                    1  3  0         THE BLACK COMPANY    
FEATHER 1742 (17-12-2)                 0  1  0         THE WHITE COMPANY    
SABRETOOTH 2269 (19-12-2)              0  2  0         RUNNING AMOK         

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BIRAN 1927 (13-4-0)                    1  3  0         THE WHITE COMPANY    
MERGEN 1899 (12-9-1)                   1  3  0         THE BLACK COMPANY    
SLIPPERY NIPPLE 2478 (14-9-1)          0  2  0         INDULGENT DRINKS     
THE LIMPER 1844 (15-8-0)               0  2  0         THE WHITE COMPANY    

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SILVERBOLT 2554 (5-5-0)                0  2  0         RUNNING AMOK         

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
RUBBER BULLET 2503 (11-1-0)            8  2  0         USELESS TOOLS        
GALLOWS DWARF 2631 (3-3-0)             5  3  0  DEAD   WOLFSPIDER'S GANG    
FIREBOLT 2603 (5-2-0)                  3  2  0  DEAD   RUNNING AMOK         
LAWYER 2595 (3-4-0)                    4  3  0         PLAGUES              
WARLEGGAN 2630 (2-4-0)                 4  3  0         WOLFSPIDER'S GANG    
SLOW GIN FIZZ 2556 (6-0-0)             3  3  0         INDULGENT DRINKS     
CASS 2629 (5-1-0)                      2  3  0         DREIHDENWALD         
LORD HALIFAX 2625 (6-0-0)              2  3  0         DREIHDENWALD         
LUR 2632 (4-2-0)                       2  3  0         WOLFSPIDER'S GANG    
OLD MONKEY JUTE 2634 (3-3-0)           2  3  0         WOLFSPIDER'S GANG    
IN-LAWS 2593 (4-3-0)                   1  3  0         PLAGUES              
A.O. HELL 2523 (6-3-0)                 0  2  0         USELESS TOOLS        
GOTAN 2588 (3-1-0)                     0  2  0         FUSED SAIYANS        

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANIAKIN 2386 (1-2-0)                   1  3  0         THE WHITE COMPANY    
KILLER BEE 2596 (2-5-0)                0  2  0         PLAGUES              

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MU 2674 (1-1-0)                        6  3  0         WOLFSPIDER'S GANG    
SUM-TING RONG 2669 (2-0-0)             0  2  0         MIKE'S MORTUARY      

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PUS-HEAD 2679 (0-0-0)                  6  3  0         LEAVE SCARS          
CRIPPLER 2641 (0-0-0)                  2  3  0         WHO DAT?             
MOLLY 2681 (0-0-0)                     0  2  0         DREIHDENWALD         

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FUZZY NAVEL 2438 (11-3-0)              1  3  0         INDULGENT DRINKS     
INVISIBLE INK 2021 (3-4-0)             0  2  0         USELESS TOOLS        

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NAPPITZ 2590 (0-3-0)                   1  3  0         FUSED SAIYANS