DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/16/2005    Duedate: 01/12/2006

TROCAR ARENA

DM-54    TURN-202

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SILVERBOLT
RUNNING AMOK (238)
(54-2554) [12-8-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SILVERBOLT                     THOR RAVENBLADE
RUNNING AMOK (238)             CARESS OF STEEL (301)
(54-2554) [12-8-0,107]         (54-2781) [5-4-0,60]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SILVERBOLT                     WRONG WAY
RUNNING AMOK (238)             OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
(54-2554) [12-8-0,107]         (54-2754) [7-4-0,48]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

JANIX (298)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OF WOLF AND MAN (296)       63
2. TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)     32      GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
3. HOLD THAT TIGER (300)       29      Unchartered Team
4. CARESS OF STEEL (301)       21
5. EYE OF THE STORM (221)      18      CARESS OF STEEL (301)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 INDULGENT DRINKS (256)    80  49  4 62.0   1/ 1 JANIX (298)              10  5 3
 2/ 4 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)  145  99  9 59.4   2/ 4 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)   9  6 2
 3/ 3*CARESS OF STEEL (301)     26  18  0 59.1   3/ 6 SPARF! (310)              8  7 0
 4/ 5 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     28  22  0 56.0   4/10 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)   8  7 0
 5/ 8 JANIX (298)               29  23  3 55.8   5/11 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     8  7 0
 6/ 6 SPARF! (310)              73  59  3 55.3   6/ 5 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     8  7 0
 7- 9 DARK PENTAGRAM (305)      28  23  1 54.9   7/ 2*CARESS OF STEEL (301)     8  7 0
 8/13 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     30  25  1 54.5   8/ 7*LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        8  7 0
 9/ 7 SEA DOGS (294)            27  23  3 54.0   9/ 8 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    7  7 0
10/12 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  178 170  8 51.1  10/ 3 SEA DOGS (294)            7  8 1
11/11 RUNNING AMOK (238)        68  65  7 51.1  11- 9*BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     6  4 0
12/14 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    54  55  5 49.5  12/13 MILLENIUM METAL (304)     6  9 0
13/10 STEEL REIGN (309)         25  26  4 49.0  13/16 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    5  5 0
14/15*LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        19  21  1 47.5  14/12*MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)    5 10 0
15-16*BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     15  20  0 42.9  15/14 STEEL REIGN (309)         4 11 0
16/17 MILLENIUM METAL (304)     68  95  4 41.7  16-15 INDULGENT DRINKS (256)    3  2 0
17/19 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    22  43  3 33.8  17/18 RUNNING AMOK (238)        2  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
18/18*MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)    15  30  0 33.3  18-17 DARK PENTAGRAM (305)      1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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

Well, seven turns have come and gone and it's shaping up to be a three team race, at
this point.  We also had a new team--well, not new, just belated--enter the fray.
Welcome to fellow Vendetta Cartellian Fizban's Indulgent Drinks!  To let you all
know, the number in parentheses next to your total score is your total score for
rounds 6-10 for the next 4 RUs to be awarded and Rillion's in the mix again, folks!
Now I'll get right into it.  Here're your turn seven standings:

Janix               4-1-1-0 +1=+5 12+5=17 ( 6)
Gryffindor House2   4-1-1-0  0=+4 11+4=15 ( 6)
Caress of Steel     4-1-0-0 +1=+4 11+4=15 ( 8)
Sea Dogs            3-2-1-1 +1=+2  7+2= 9 ( 6)
Steel Reign         1-4-0-0 +1=-2  9-2= 7 (-2)
Of Wolf and Man     1-4-0-0 +1=-2  9-2= 7 (-1)
Hold that Tiger     3-2-0-1 +1=+1  6+1= 7 ( 3)
Sparf!              3-2-0-0  0=+1  6+1= 7 ( 1)
Battle Beasts2      3-2-0-0 +1=+2  3+2= 5 ( 2)
Leaky Teepee        1-4-0-0 +1=-2  6-2= 4 (-1)
Millenium Metal     1-4-0-0 +1=-2  5-2= 3 (-2)
Indulgent Drinks    3-2-0-0  0=+1  0+1= 1 ( 1)
Memorial Hammerz    3-2-0-0 +1=+2 -8+2=-6 ( 1)
Eye of the Storm    2-3-0-1 +1=-1 -7-1=-8 ( 1)
Pompous Paladins    3-2-0-0  0=+1 -9+1=-9 (-4)

Kills:
Steel Reign         3     Of Wolf and Man     1
Sea Dogs            3     Pompous Paladins    1
Gryffindor House2   2     Leaky Teepee        1
Janix               2

Total Fights for teams yet eligible for Iron Manager:
Janix               34
Eye of the Storm    33
Battle Beasts2      30
Pompous Paladins   OUT
Everyone else with the full 35!

Dog Soldiers II have withdrawn from the contest due to an alleged scoring error.  It
was never brought to my attention or I would have checked into it.  Alas, I regret
that they felt they must withdraw from the contest.  Good luck this turn and to quote
those immortal words of the silver screen spoken by Mr. Valentine:  "MERRY NEW YEAR!"

Street Legal

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ A Darque Tale #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Xochithlan:

     "YOUR business?" Princess Illayina demanded.  "You have no business here in the
palace, wizard!  It is *I* who command here."
     "I would have said, it is Feyen who commands here.  And whoever is his current
vizier.  You dare not allow yourself to be seen, after all, and that must be a
limiting factor."  Raigavor shrugged faintly.  "But have it your own way."  He
glanced over at Master Darque.  "Our business lies this way," he said, stepping
around the woman toward a narrow corridor.
     Master Darque hesitated.  The woman was dangerous.  He could feel the power in
her, less than his own but still enough to cause damage.  And she was in a blind
fury.  So blind that she was not likely to distinguish between Raigavor who had
provoked her and Darque who had the sigil she needed.  Passing close to her did not
seem like a good idea, nor leaving her behind to do whatever irrationally destructive
thing occurred to her.  The wisest course might be to blast her into non-existence
here and now.  He cursed the impulse that had made him agree to a temporary
partnership with Raigavor, because it meant that he didn't know enough about the
situation and the Red Wizard's plans.  Was this ill-tempered princess important to
them?  He scowled at her and at Raigavor with equal annoyance.
     At that moment the wizard, now behind Illayina, looked over his shoulder at
Master Darque and winked.
     Winked at him, master of darkness and half a demon by birth!  No respect, that's
what was wrong with wizards today.  No respect at all.  This was probably a
contributory circumstance, if not the total cause, to the decline in the Arcanum.
Demons managed these things much better.  The weak bowed to the strong in strict
sequence.  If--
     The elven woman stepped between Darque and Raigavor.  She now had an expression
he'd seen on other women, that of someone prepared to go to amazing lengths to
achieve a goal.  It could be amusing, but after a while it got old.  And he already
knew what Illayina's goal was: power and the rule of this and/or its sister city.
     Which thought gave him pause.  He knew and understood this woman's goal and had
the measure of how far she would go to achieve it.  Raigavor was at least in part a
mystery, and infected with benevolent notions.  He, Darque, would actually be better
off working with Illayina.
     He smiled back at her as Raigavor vanished around a corner.  She needed him,
alive and willing, if she was to use the master sigil currently held in his brain.

     When Raigavor the Red had gotten far enough away that he judged neither of the
two behind would hear him stop, he leaned against the wall of the narrow passage and
let out a sigh of relief, grinning widely.  He had not felt, not for an instant, that
Darque could be trusted, but the sigil was essential.
     Fortunately, Darque knew nothing about it, and Illayina scarcely more.  The
sigil had to be within a certain distance of the Gate to be opened, and it would work
best if directly applied to the magical structure.  But that last detail was not
crucial.  If the sigil was simply near, he himself would be able to open the Gate
without possessing it.  And he proposed to do just that.  He knew where the Gate
could be formed, where Illayina would have to bring the half-demon and his sigil for
her own purposes, and Raigavor proposed to be there ahead of them and through the
Gate between the worlds before either knew it was happening.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Rocanis:

     Wolf turned to scan the whole assembly of shamans before speaking.  Then he
shrugged.  "If I thought we could kill Bluesnake, here and now, I would attempt it.
At this moment, he is a greater enemy to us than Volundagh and the Black Sword of
Mytori."
     "The others wouldn't stand for--" Rain Caller began.
     "Which is why I'm not doing it."  Wolf glanced at the group around the Saarda
shaman again, and his lip curled into a sneer worthy of his totem animal.  "Did you
think I held off out of fear of Bluesnake?"
     Rain Caller snorted.  "None think that who know what happened at the Buffalo
Gate."  Then he sighed and added, "But many of the young men do NOT know of that."
     Wolf swept that away with a gesture and turned to his younger companion.  "Go
find Redfox, Ghost Dancer.  Bring him to me here."
     Ghost Dancer went, but reluctantly.  He had never heard of a Buffalo Gate, and
he had hoped that one or the other shaman would tell that story.  How could he learn
if such information was not passed along?  Of course, he knew what his mentor would
say, that if he really wanted to know, he would hunt the information as another man
might hunt a deer.

     When Ghost Dancer was gone, Wolf turned to Rain Caller again.  "You know what we
have to do."
     "I don't know any such thing," the old shaman muttered.  He shifted uneasily,
causing the tiny steel cones sown to his cloak to chime against each other.  "Why
should there be only one course open?  There might be other ways to kill the Sword."
He shifted again, not looking like a man who believed in 'other ways'.  "Why didn't
you tell your apprentice?"
     "He's been...away," Wolf said.  Then he grimaced.  "On the Isle of the Eye.  It
is not a good thing for the tribe, this dabbling in foreign magics, but the young men
must have some way to prove themselves worthy as warriors, and now that we live in
civilized lands, this is hard to find."
     Rain Caller sighed.  "Yes, I have seen it here.  Since the war...."  He shook
his head.  "Now they hang on the fringes of the city-lands, and they become brawlers
and bandits and very nearly beggars.  If they could only be united, all the broken
tribes into one, and led to a new land...."  The old man sighed again.  "Just a
dream, that."
     "Perhaps, or maybe not."
     Rain Caller stared at him.  "Wolf, you know that killing the Sword will take--
and release--enormous amounts of energy.  Everyone involved will die, more likely
than not.  How can you suggest--"
     "Never go into a battle expecting the worst," Wolf said.  "That will bring the
worst down on you.  It is not in the nature of the Great Powers to do otherwise."  He
smiled, a thin, grim smile, but genuine.  "And I have it in mind that the energies
released might be put to a good use."

     Redfox lowered his practice sword and turned to face Ghost Dancer.  He had been
glad to get off the Isle and back among the tribesmen, glad to hone his true
warrior's skills, which he knew from bitter experience were quite different those
needed by a gladiator.  But the appearance of a shaman, even a junior shaman such as
Ghost Dancer, promised nothing but trouble.  He raised an eyebrow, putting the burden
of opening talk onto the young shaman.
     "Uncle Wolf wants you," Ghost Dancer said.  He gestured toward the circle of
spirit poles at the edge of the main Rirorni encampment.  "Over there."
     "Wants me for what?"
     "He did not tell me."
     "Guess."
     Ghost Dancer looked uncomfortable.  Had he been a pure warrior instead of
already half a shaman, Redfox might have taken pity on him.  As it was...no.  Shamans
were necessary for the good of the tribe, Redfox knew that, but he had no wish to get
sucked into their business.  Uncle Wolf had sent him off "adventuring" once before,
and he had nearly died of it.  His teammate and one-time sword-brother, Madbull, had
been driven totally insane in the course of that business.  What would be the cost of
a new adventure?
     "Uncle Wolf wants you to come to him," Ghost Dancer said again.
     Redfox blew out a breath and shed his practice gear.  This boy was a messenger.
Nothing would be gained by hitting him, however strong the urge.  "All right."

     Barudai was surprised to see so many spirit poles standing on the campground at
Rocanis.  There had been a of hand shamans present when they'd sent him scouting
toward Jhans, and they had expected more to come, maybe another hand.  But this
many--!  Nearly ever shaman still living must be present, he had never heard of such
a gathering.  That was good, because the news he had was bad, and the more shamans
present to deal with it, the better.  He encouraged his weary horse to a faster pace.
The sooner he had cast this burden onto the shoulders of those better suited to carry
it, the happier he would be.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out TROCAR to see 
what's new.  I don't wanna hurt anybody's feelings or anything, but SEA DOGS really 
goofed with their 2-3-0.  The guys at TRADERS OF TROCAR like really pulled together 
to get a 4-1-0 this turn, moving up by 6.  Cut this out and put it in your 
scrapbooks, OF WOLF AND MAN!  'Cause they got 5-0-0 and moved up to 5th!  MVP award 
for THOR RAVENBLADE?  CARESS OF STEEL's proud of him after beating HARPOONER and 
getting 22 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  HARPOONER got smashed by THOR 
RAVENBLADE, and lost 20 points!  And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's 
habit of...(!)  Oh well, welcome SILVERBOLT.  Aren't RUNNING AMOK proud.  (Oh, my.) I 
hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want 
photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  What a bummer!  FINNIGAN got wasted by 
NEVILLE!  But with a 3-10-0, I guess POMPOUS PALADINS aren't too bummed.  DARK 
PENTAGRAM let SOLID GONE of STEEL REIGN kill GHOLAM unpunished.  That's really low.  
(Even if GHOLAM was kind of a jerk...) Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can 
do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  TROCAR is like such a dump, and you guys smell 
too much!  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVERBOLT 2554              12   8  0   107       RUNNING AMOK (238)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NICKLEBACK 2815              13  16  1   103       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 VIRET 2727                   14   6  0    94       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 VIKING RAIDER 2885            6   2  0    93       SPARF! (310)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WIMPERETTA 2655              18  13  1    79       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-RAVEN CLAW 2461               9  11  1    79       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 SWASHBUCKLER 2743             7   3  2    77       SEA DOGS (294)
 CHAOS WARRIOR 2069           11  12  2    75       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 WICKED SLICE 2876             7   4  0    72       STEEL REIGN (309)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODS 2776                    6   4  0    66       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 TONY THE 2778                 9   1  0    62       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 MADAM VENUSIA 2887           12  10  0    60       SPARF! (310)
 THOR RAVENBLADE 2781          5   4  0    60       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
-SLOW GIN FIZZ 2556            9   4  0    58       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
 SOLID GONE 2879               6   5  3    58       STEEL REIGN (309)
 WASTELANDER 2134             11   6  1    57       EYE OF THE STORM (221)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRON TALON 2460              12  14  0    56       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 FACELESS MAN 2753             8   3  0    53       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 SNIR 2784                     9   1  0    49       JANIX (298)
 WRONG WAY 2754                7   4  0    48       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 BLACK FLAGGER 2746            4   6  0    48       SEA DOGS (294)
 SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618         8   5  1    47       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 NYALL BLOODGRIN 2782          7   2  0    46       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 SHELLBACK 2744                6   4  0    40       SEA DOGS (294)
 XYCO 2899                     6   2  1    39       JANIX (298)
 WET NOODLE 2844               6   2  0    38       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 HARPOONER 2747                5   5  1    38       SEA DOGS (294)
 PHOENIX 2909                  5   2  0    38       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
-RASPUTIN 2898                 4   0  0    38       DARK PENTAGRAM (305)
 NEVILLE 2908                  5   2  1    37       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 ENVI 2786                     4   6  0    37       JANIX (298)
 EVERGREY 2801                 9   4  0    36       MILLENIUM METAL (304)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FUNGI WARRIOR 2848            5   3  1    36       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 HERMOINE 2855                 7   8  0    35       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
-THE FORSAKEN 2826             6   5  0    35       DARK PENTAGRAM (305)
 SIR CASWALLAWN 2617           6   7  1    34       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEVER DIE 2756                6   5  1    33       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
-FIREFLASH 2459                6   6  2    32       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 GRUNGE GRL HAMMER 2794        6   3  0    31       MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)
 SLASH 2836                    5   2  0    31       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
-WHITE RUSSIAN 2652            5   1  0    31       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
 RUNNING WATER 2846            4   4  0    31       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 PENELOTHE 2838                4   5  0    30       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-SNOW LEOPARD 2759             4   2  0    30       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
-JAWS 2788                     4   2  0    29       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 VENTURIA 2878                 7   4  0    28       STEEL REIGN (309)
 SKORINDELLE 2742              7   5  1    27       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-RED EYE 2542                  7   6  0    27       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
 DARISTAM 2837                 4   5  0    27       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-EMILY THE STRANGE 2832        4   4  0    27       DARK PENTAGRAM (305)
 MOCHAOMHOG 2616               3  10  1    26       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 VICTORIAN MANDARIN 2911       3   3  0    26       SPARF! (310)
 HIGHER 2755                   5   6  0    25       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 2802        3  10  0    25       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 SIRIUS BLACK 2921             3   0  0    25       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 LEE FAMILY HAMMER 2792        2   7  0    25       MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)
 SHARK 2777                    5   5  0    24       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLAUGHTER HAMMER 2790         3   6  0    22       MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)
 OLGERD VLAD 2780              6   3  0    21       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 RUNE KNIGHT 2915              4   0  0    21       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 DANI 2918                     3   1  1    21       JANIX (298)
-CERBERUS 2835                 2   4  0    21       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 SYSTEM OF A DOWN 2897         6   2  0    20       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
-THUNDERBIRD 2555              5   5  0    20       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
 HONOR RICH HAMMER 2793        3   6  0    20       MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)
 BENGAL 2775                   3   7  0    20       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 WRENN 2877                    3   6  0    17       STEEL REIGN (309)
 WALLAMALOOS 2912              3   2  0    17       SPARF! (310)
 HAVELOCK THE DANE 2614        2  11  0    17       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 KESTUTIAS 2920                2   1  0    17       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 TORC 2919                     2   1  1    15       JANIX (298)
 WET DOG 2845                  3   5  0    14       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
-BLACK CANDLE 2820             1   0  0    13       DARK PENTAGRAM (305)
-WASP 2761                     3   3  0    12       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 YELLOW SNOW 2847              1   7  0    12       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 FASC DROOL HAMMER 2791        1   8  0    11       MEMORIAL HAMMERZ (302)
-LIQUID COCAINE 2695           1   0  0    11       INDULGENT DRINKS (256)
-PIT VIPER 2834                2   4  0    10       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 GINNY WEASLEY 2924            1   1  1     6       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 LANDLUBBER 2926               1   0  0     6       SEA DOGS (294)
 STORM ANGEL 2916              0   4  0     4       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 IN YOUR TANK 2925             0   1  0     2       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 LOOPY 2923                    0   2  0     2       SPARF! (310)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ERIK THUNDERHEAD 2783  3  6 0 CARESS OF STEEL 301   CONJURED DEMON 26     202 NONE    
GHOLAM 2827            7  2 0 DARK PENTAGRAM 305    SOLID GONE 2879       198 NOT REVE
DOOMRUNNER 2070        8 14 1 EYE OF THE STORM 221  HARPOONER 2747        201         
DEMENTOR 2913          0  3 0 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 308 TORC 2919             200         

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CUB 2774               5  4 0 HOLD THAT TIGER 300   XYCO 2899             201         
PUTZ 2910              2  2 0 JANIX 298             FUNGI WARRIOR 2848    199         
JUUNK 2804             1  9 0 MILLENIUM METAL 304   CONJURED DEMON 26     202 NONE    
FINNIGAN 2615          3 10 0 POMPOUS PALADINS 277  NEVILLE 2908          202         
MAN OVERBOARD 2914     1  3 0 SEA DOGS 294          GINNY WEASLEY 2924    201         
SCEPTRE 2917           0  4 0 STEEL REIGN 309       DANI 2918             202         
INCLINE 2880           2  3 1 STEEL REIGN 309       SWASHBUCKLER 2743     198 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I was locked away again. --
Sirius Black of Gryffindor House2

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I was busy studying for my
O.W.L.S. -- Hermione of Gryffindor House2

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I was busy burning into a pile of
ashes. -- Phoenix of Gryffindor House2

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I was busy dying in the Chamber
of Secrets.  I got better. -- Ginny Weasley of Gryffindor House2

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I forgot. -- Neville of
Gryffindor House2

All -- My apologies for the lack of ads last time.  I was busy placing third in the
Dead Champions Tournament.  See you soon! -- Oliver Wood of Gryffindor House2

All -- Be prepared for two turns worth of Blackstorm Babble.  (Getting roasted by the
mail again.)

Viret -- Well, we both knew that would happen.  Duh. -- Chaos Warrior

Woods -- Man, you young guys must be good.  I have 3 Ad Ex's and 2 Ex's and you guys
are smacking me silly. -- Wastelander

Skorindale -- Take that, you Kannar!!! -- Doomrunner, wondering where those two
criticals came from

Sirius Black -- I am still pretty certain you turned into a dog and tried to tear my
arm off.  Or was I dreaming? -- Storm Angel

Wasp -- That was it?  Grow some muscles or something. -- Rune Knight

Victorian M. -- You're just sore after losing to me. -- The Rune (polite) Knight

Wimperetta -- Yeah....  Typos. -- Wastelander (looks confused)

Most popular, Me?  The walking dead guy?  Three wins in a row.  Wow. -- Doomrunner

Xyco -- You child killer!  How could you?  Yet a baby and you "offed" a kid?  You are
such a scuzz to society.  A mere cub?  You and your heartless manager should be very,
very ashamed. -- Vet, Hold That Tiger Manager (mourning the senseless killing of CUB)

Fungi Warrior -- It was too hot for me to meet up with a fungus.  Now I suppose you
will be in my droppings? -- Hold That BENGAL Tiger

A Wren(n)?  How could a mere bird expect to fight a shark?  You are lucky I didn't
gulp you in one whole tiny worthless piece! -- Hold That Tiger SHARK

System Of Down -- Got off of those Wheaties.  No more Cocoa Puffs.  Oatmeal sucks.
Golden Grahams are for Yuppie losers.  Get out those Sugar Frosted Flakes and fly
with the angels.  They're grrrreeaatt! -- Hold That TONY THE Tiger

     Hmmmm...I suspect they may be an acquired taste. -- Ed.

Wet Dog?  Perhaps you play better dry?  Another one up win for the Tiger. -- Hold
That Tiger WOODS

Penelothe -- Like the Frosted Flakes, you'll never know until you try.  Hold me;
you'll like it!  I'm cuddly.  And cute.  And filled with sugar. -- Hold That TONY THE
Tiger

Ravenblade -- But, but, aren't you still a kid? -- Hold That TONY THE Tiger

We have too many useless tools in this arena. -- Vet, Manager Hold That Tiger

Nickelback -- Better results for you this time, but I'll take the skills. -- Solid
Gone

Kat and Janix -- Congrats on your lead.  Five turns left.... -- Stik and Steel Reign

Wastelander -- Don't be too mystified.  There's a lot of good warriors floating
around here these days! -- Wicked Slice

Kestutias -- (resentfully)  No, I don't gotta!!! -- Sceptre the underachieving

Killswitch Engage -- Wow, I'm surprised you outjumped me.  I was lucky I was able to
recoup. -- Jaws

Skorindelle -- A well deserved win for you!  I believe I left some scales on your
weapon.... -- Pit Viper

Never Die -- My poor record required a change in strategy.  It worked, but barely.
Good fight. -- Cerberus

Trocar Tribute Teams -- Have a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year with your
Family! -- Lee Family Hammer

Wallamaloos -- Hopefully these matchups won't happen to me often.  Did you see me
trying to hit back though?  NICE! -- Kestutias

Cerberus -- Man I tire too easily.  Need to tone it down a notch, I guess. -- Never
Die

Olgerd Vlad -- I don't know how I got those weapons!  I gotta pay more attention. --
Higher

Pheonix -- I hope we meet again! -- Faceless Man

Nyall Bloodgrin -- Dang!  I can usually take a hit or two, NICE! -- Wrong Way

Shellback -- Aw, you fall down go boom.  So sorry. -- Snir (Janix)

Ghost of Cub -- Fare-thee-well in a future Dead Tourney.  Your death was not in vain
--after all, I got points for it! -- Xyco (Janix)

Peneloth -- I thought your name was 'Penne Sloth'--and anything named after pasta and
vermin must go. -- Envi (Janix)

Loopy -- Loopy and Dani.  Dani and Loopy.  Sound more like a puppy love relationship
than a fight between two ferocious gladiators.  However, maybe we can market this.
"Dani Loopies".  No idea on the product, but the masses will LOVE it! -- Dani (Janix)

Wait a minute, why am I fighting like two hours before the arena usually opens?  I
mean it's still dark outside.  How will I see my opponent in the arena?  Oh wait a
minute...oh no, hang on here, I know what's going on.  Dag nab it you SOBs wouldn't
let me win; I mean, I'm like +3 DEF and do great damage and yet I couldn't get a
single win here.  May you all rot in hell! -- Juunk

Is it possible we have finally rid ourselves of the foul stench that is the warrior
named Juunk?  I can only hope.  My locker is right next to his and the stench was
beginning to affect my performance in the arena! -- Evergrey

Viking Raider -- Such a relief!  I wasn't sure I could bring myself to stand up in
public and speak a second time, or "write a column," which is what they CALL it but
it really IS standing there addressing the "congregation" in the arena before the
next cycle of fights.  Not my "bag." -- Viret

Swashbuckler -- (crossly)  But you weren't CARRYING a buckler!  How could I swash it?
-- Wimperetta

Envi -- Oh, I DO.  You're so tall!  I wish *I* was tall. -- Penelothe
P.S.  And so red-headed.  It's dramatic and statuesque.

Havelock the Dane -- I think your problem was that you chose to fight left-handed.
There's a REASON why most gladiators favor the RIGHT hand, you know! -- Daristam

     Natural inferiority? -- Ed.

Pit Viper -- My momma done tol' me, avoid snake pits.  And I do.  I figure she
probably knows what she's talking about, seeing that she was a "snake lady" in a
circus. -- Skorindelle

Tony the Tiger -- Can't do it.  Wheat allergy. -- Penelothe

Chaos Warrior -- I am strong.  I can master the chaos in your blood.  Once it becomes
MY blood, anyway. -- Wimperetta

Steel Reign -- Thanks for your good words.  As to the young whipper-snappers....
(shrug)  That's the way it goes. -- Viret

Kat -- Good showing but you took my free turn from me, ya bugger. -- Maximillian

Wrong Way -- Did you take a wrong turn at Albuquerque? -- Nyall Bloodgrin

Venturia -- We looked like twins out there. -- Thor Ravenblade

Running Water -- A well fought and honourable fight. -- Slash

Higher -- I don't take after the regular scum theory, can you tell? -- Olgerd Vlad

Never Die -- You could try some plating but I can hit very hard, you know. -- Nyall
Bloodgrin

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ERIK THUNDERHEAD was dealt death by CONJURED DEMON in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
JUUNK was slaughtered by CONJURED DEMON in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
VIKING RAIDER was subdued by SILVERBOLT in a 1 minute expert's Title fight.
NICKLEBACK overpowered WICKED SLICE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fight.
VIRET won victory over SWASHBUCKLER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute fight.
SOLID GONE was overpowered by WIMPERETTA in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
SNIR was savagely defeated by TONY THE in a dull 19 minute gruesome melee.
NYALL BLOODGRIN was vanquished by WOODS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MADAM VENUSIA won victory over SLAVE-WARRIOR in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
CHAOS WARRIOR overpowered IRON TALON in a popular 3 minute gory uneven match.
HARPOONER was demolished by THOR RAVENBLADE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WASTELANDER viciously subdued SHELLBACK in a 2 minute brutal contest.
SIR LOIN OF BEEF demolished KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
HERMOINE was viciously subdued by WRONG WAY in a popular 4 minute gruesome conflict.
BLACK FLAGGER overpowered SKORINDELLE in a 1 minute gruesome uneven struggle.
XYCO was narrowly defeated by FACELESS MAN in a crowd pleasing 5 minute bloody brawl.
WALLAMALOOS was overpowered by PHOENIX in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SHARK was savagely defeated by NEVER DIE in a exciting 2 minute gory bout.
NEVILLE easily killed FINNIGAN in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
FUNGI WARRIOR overpowered CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SIR CASWALLAWN subdued SLAUGHTER HAMMER in a action packed 3 minute gruesome bout.
MOCHAOMHOG was overcome by VICTORIAN MANDARIN in a popular 1 minute brutal contest.
ENVI defeated LEE FAMILY HAMMER in a 2 minute fight.
WET DOG was outwaited by HIGHER in a slow 19 minute match.
HONOR RICH HAMMER slimly lost to VENTURIA in a 2 minute fight.
GRUNGE GRL HAMMER defeated WRENN in a action packed 1 minute match.
EVERGREY overpowered FASC DROOL HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
WET NOODLE overpowered HAVELOCK THE DANE in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
SLASH handily defeated YELLOW SNOW in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
DARISTAM defeated BENGAL in a 1 minute fight.
PENELOTHE viciously subdued SYSTEM OF A DOWN in a popular 3 minute brutal fray.
RUNNING WATER demolished OLGERD VLAD in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
GINNY WEASLEY was beaten by KESTUTIAS in a 2 minute novice's fray.
RUNE KNIGHT bested IN YOUR TANK in a 2 minute novice's duel.
STORM ANGEL was devastated by TORC in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
SCEPTRE was butchered by DANI in a 1 minute gory uneven bout.
SIRIUS BLACK demolished TROCARAN DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
LOOPY was subdued by LANDLUBBER in a popular 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         TOTAL PARRY       69 -  38 -  1      64  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     12         PARRY-LUNGE       20 -  17 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         LUNGING ATTACK    49 -  44 -  5      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         STRIKING ATTACK   63 -  57 -  4      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         WALL OF STEEL     44 -  40 -  3      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  29 -  1      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     24 -  30 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         AIMED BLOW        31 -  42 -  3      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    35 -  52 -  2      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  13 -  0      35  |

Turn 202 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  4     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  4         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  5         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  3                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
BASHING ATTACK     5 -  5                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  6                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SILVERBOLT 2554            12   8  0  107 RUNNING AMOK (238)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    VIRET 2727                 14   6  0   94 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
SLASHING ATTACK  VIKING RAIDER 2885          6   2  0   93 SPARF! (310)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       WIMPERETTA 2655            18  13  1   79 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
BASHING ATTACK   WOODS 2776                  6   4  0   66 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
TOTAL PARRY      TONY THE 2778               9   1  0   62 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
PARRY-LUNGE      MADAM VENUSIA 2887         12  10  0   60 SPARF! (310)
LUNGING ATTACK   SOLID GONE 2879             6   5  3   58 STEEL REIGN (309)
WALL OF STEEL    FACELESS MAN 2753           8   3  0   53 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
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 WRONG WAY 2754.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIR CASWALLAWN 2617, 
CHAOS WARRIOR 2069, PENELOTHE 2838, FACELESS MAN 2753, NEVER DIE 2756, SILVERBOLT 
2554, GRUNGE GRL HAMMER 2794, IN YOUR TANK 2925, LOOPY 2923, and ERIK THUNDERHEAD 
2783.

The least popular fighter this week was WET DOG 2845.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HIGHER 2755, SNIR 2784, TONY THE 2778, SCEPTRE 2917, STORM ANGEL 2916, 
OLGERD VLAD 2780, SYSTEM OF A DOWN 2897, YELLOW SNOW 2847, HAVELOCK THE DANE 2614, 
and FASC DROOL HAMMER 2791.

                   MAIL-IN TOURNEY XL

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WOLFINMYCLOTHES 961 (222-121-9)        5  3  1         SIS BOOM BAA         

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FRED WEASLEY 2868 (24-7-0)             7  3  0         GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2    

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
IRON TALON 2460 (12-12-0)              0  2  0         RUNNING AMOK         

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
RASPUTIN 2898 (4-0-0)                  1  3  0         DARK PENTAGRAM       

DEAD CHALLENGERS TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SLIPPERY NIPPLE 2478 (14-10-1)         0  2  0         INDULGENT DRINKS     

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
OLIVER WOOD 2849 (7-6-0)              10  3  0         GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2    
SILVERBOLT 2554 (10-8-0)               9  3  0         RUNNING AMOK         
BUFFALO KNIGHT 2888 (6-5-1)            0  2  0         SPARF!               
INVISIBLE INK 2021 (3-4-0)             0  1  0  DEAD   USELESS TOOLS        

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BATTLEBLADE 2071 (10-7-0)              2  3  0         EYE OF THE STORM     

DEAD INITIATES TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DARA 2765 (2-3-0)                      0  2  0         JANIX                

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GLUM 2766 (1-2-0)                      0  2  0         JANIX