Date   : 03/10/2006    Duedate: 04/06/2006


DM-54    TURN-205

This Weeks Top Honors


(54-2815) [15-17-1,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NICKLEBACK                     RUNNING WATER
(54-2815) [15-17-1,106]        (54-2846) [5-4-0,40]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

(54-2618) [9-7-1,35]           (54-2618) [9-7-1,35]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MILLENIUM METAL (304)       47
2. CARESS OF STEEL (301)       43      CARESS OF STEEL (301)
3. RUNNING AMOK (238)          30      Unchartered Team
4. OF WOLF AND MAN (296)       28
5. JANIX (298)                 25      LEAKY TEEPEE (307)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 USELESS TOOLS (219)      182  86  6 67.9   1/ 2 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)   9  6 0
 2/ 3 CARESS OF STEEL (301)     34  23  1 59.6   2/ 1 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     9  6 0
 3/ 2 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)  152 107 11 58.7   3/ 6 CARESS OF STEEL (301)     8  5 1
 4- 4 SPARF! (310)              79  62  3 56.0   4/ 7 JANIX (298)               8  7 2
 5/ 5 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     39  31  1 55.7   5/ 4 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    7  7 1
 6/ 8 JANIX (298)               37  30  5 55.2   6/ 5 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)   7  8 2
 7/ 9 RUNNING AMOK (238)        73  66  7 52.5   7/ 8 SEA DOGS (294)            7  8 0
 8/ 7 SEA DOGS (294)            34  31  3 52.3   8/12 BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     7  8 0
 9/10 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  187 176  8 51.5   9/13 MILLENIUM METAL (304)     7  8 0
10/ 6 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     33  32  0 50.8  10/11 STEEL REIGN (309)         7  8 0
11/11 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    61  62  6 49.6  11- 3 SPARF! (310)              6  3 0
12/12 STEEL REIGN (309)         32  34  4 48.5  12/14 RUNNING AMOK (238)        5  1 0
13/13*LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        20  22  1 47.6  13/10 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    5  7 0
14/14 BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     22  28  0 44.0  14/ 9 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     5 10 0
15/15 MILLENIUM METAL (304)     75 103  4 42.1  15-16 USELESS TOOLS (219)       1  1 0
16/16 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    27  50  3 35.1  16/15*LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        1  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     No excuses just an apology to all including "Ed." as my only recourse is to hand
write this.  Turn 10 has passed and KAT will take four RUs for turns 6-10.  You'll
see the last two turns combined in the standings.  Let's get right to it!

Janix                4-6-2-0          +2=+2               20+2=22 (13)
Gryffinder House     5-5-2-0          +1=+3               18+3=21 ( 9)
Of Wolf and Man      6-4-0-0          +2=+4               13+4=17 ( 8)
Caress of Steel      5-4-0-1           0= 0               14+4= 0 ( 3)
Sea Dogs             5-5-0-0          +2=+2                8+2=10 ( 3)
Hold that Tiger      5-5-0-0          +2=+2                7+2= 9 ( 5)
Sparf!               6-3-0-1          +1=+3                6+3= 9 ( 4)
Steel Reign          5-5-0-0          +2=+2                4+2= 6 (-3)
Battle Beasts        5-5-0-0           0= 0                6+0= 6 ( 5)
Leaky Teepee         0-0-0-0           0= 0                5+0= 5 ( 3)
Millenium Metal      3-7-0-0          +1=-3                2-3=-1 (-4)
Memorial Hammerz     0-0-0-0           0= 0               -8+0=-8 (-2)
Eye of the Storm     5-5-0-1          +2=+1               -5+1=-4 ( 2)
Pompous Paladins     4-4-0-0           0= 0               -9+0=-9 (-1)

     Teams with less than 50 fights are:  Janix 49, Caress of Steel 49, Sparf! 49,
Eye of the Storm 47; Battles Beasts, Leaky Teepee, Memorial Hammerz and Pompous
Paladins cannot reach the 54 necessary to get the +1 bonus.

Kills are:
Janix                5
Gryffindor House     5
Sea Dogs             3
Steel Reign          3
Of Wolf and Man      1
Leaky Teepee         1
Pompous Paladins     1

     Janix and Gryffindor are poised to split the last four RUs for kills.  The big
question is:  "Is Rillion kicking himself for not sending in personals for the
overall tie, or not?"
     Two turns to go so let's finish strong!  You'll forgive me if I've been secretly
rooting for my alliance-mates at the top.  However, all involved will, or would, make
worthy victors!

                                        Street Legal

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     Redfox turned in his saddle to look back toward Rocanis, but it had already
fallen out of sight behind the curve of the last hills.  There was nothing to see
except that rolling of the grassy land in all directions, nothing moving that he
could see.  A bird, maybe, at the limit of his vision.  He twitched his shoulders,
not quite a shrug.  "I think it's probably safe to talk now," he said.  He raised an
eyebrow at Barudai.
     Barudai, who called himself a scout and had functioned as a spy at need,
shrugged.  "We have to take some chances anyway," he said.  "But for the moment, yes,
probably no spies to hear us here."  He looked at Redfox, the oldest of the four
Rirorni.  "The shamans put you in charge.  What is our plan?"
     The older man laughed.  It sounded bitter.  "Plan?  You can't have a plan
without some facts."  He sighed and rubbed his face.  "Sorry, not your fault.  I
suppose we head for the last known location of the damned sword."
     "Taegskel?"  Shanks Pony sat a little straighter in his saddle.  "I've always
wanted to see that place."
     "Get a spyglass and turn it wrong way around, then look at a midden or an
anthill...or both," Ghost Dancer suggested.  "I have seen it, and I am not eager to
return there."
     "Then why go?  We're all volunteers," Shanks Pony began.  The other three
laughed.  He looked from one to another.  "We're not?"
     Ghost Dancer smiled a little.  "You are."
     "I've been on an 'adventure' before," Redfox said.
     "Right, that's why Uncle Wolf wanted you to go.  I heard him say so," Pony said.
     "Yeah, but you didn't hear me volunteering, did you?"
     "That's a selfish attitude," Shanks Pony said, but he sounded unsure of it.
     "No.  There are tens of thousands of gladiators on the Isle," Ghost Dancer said.
"Packed in like sardines in some parts of Talahya, and it would be GOOD for them to
get out and adventure, instead of leaving it to us few."
     Redfox laughed suddenly.  "No, if that's what they--or their managers--want to
do, I say let 'em do it.  They aren't hurting anyone else.  The Grey Witch seems to
be okay with it.  As for us...we're probably going to get into deep trouble at some
point, but today the sun is shining, it isn't cold or hot, we've got a lot of open
country to cover and good horses to cover it on, so let's enjoy--  Look out!"
     At which point Redfox, with better reflexes than many warriors his age could
boast, threw himself off his horse as a dark shape came screaming down out of the
sky.  The other three hit the ground seconds later, and their horses bolted, leaving
them afoot.
     Shanks Pony rolled over, trying to drag his sword free of its scabbard, and his
eyes widened.  It was big for a bird, but it had never hatched out of any natural
egg.  A flying war machine, maybe, made by a demented magician.  Vaguely bird-shaped,
claws like grappling hooks, even at the outer joint of the wings, and its wing-
feathers glittered along their edges like sword blades.  At least there was only one,
and the other three members of their party might be able to kill it while it was
destroying its first target.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     The war-bird screamed and snapped its toothy beak, thrashed through a turn, and
climbed back into the sky.  Shanks Pony stared after it, amazed by the suddenness of
the attack, by the bird, by its departure.
     "That dry stream we just crossed," Redfox said urgently, "back to it and get
down next to the bank.  The higher you are above the ground, the easier a target you
make."  He suited his actions to his words, racing back to the shallow gully and
throwing himself down into it.
     The others followed quickly, and barely in time, as the war-bird made another
dive.  Shanks Pony pressed himself against the ground, hearing the wind whistle
through the bird's steely feathers.  A cloud of arrows descending might sound like
that--just before men started dying.  It screamed again, and he saw its shadow veer
and waver.
     "It can't maneuver near the ground," Barudai noted.  "If we can bait it into
sword range--"
     "Arrows," Ghost Dancer answered firmly.  "Shoot it at a distance, that's what
arrows are FOR."
     "If an arrow will pierce it, I'll be surprised," Redfox said.
     Shanks Pony pressed himself toward a low, barely a foot high, ridge of sand in
the stream bed and risked a glance upward.  The war-bird was high again, circling for
another dive.  Even so, how could the other warriors speak so calmly?  He feared he
might choke on his excitement.  Not fear, the bird was too alien to fear now.  Later,
he was sure he'd be terrified at the memory.  If he survived.  And there were things
to be done, if they could figure out what.  He looked around for his companions.
     Each of them had a weapon in hand.  How did they do that, in the heat of leaping
off their horses and seeking cover?  Barudai just had his sword, but Ghost Dancer
must have seized his bow and quiver even as he dismounted, and Redfox actually had a
spear!  Pony managed to get his own sword out and wished for his shield.  Even a
small shield would be good to have right now.
     "We should separate," Barudai said.  "It can't get all of us."
     "It probably could get us all," Redfox countered.  "We stay together, which will
draw the bird to us, and then kill it."  He paused, looking upward.  "Not back to
back, but close.  Whoever is controlling that bird is not making best use of its
     "Controlling?" Pony asked.  "You think it's a golem or a sending?"
     "No."  That was Ghost Dancer.  "I would have sensed that.  But it might be mind-
     Pony watched it circle and begin another dive toward them.  It looked like it
was coming straight at HIM, but that was probably just his imagination.  He hoped it
was just his imagination.  "What's the difference?"
     "A golem," the young shaman said, fitting an arrow to the string of his bow, "is
a thing, a tool, made of matter and art.  It may be created with a brain of a sort--"
     "Golems in the arena have brains," the young gladiator protested.  "And no 'of a
sort' about them."
     "True, but they also have...souls.  Human souls, often enough.  Sometimes
demons.  They are an abomination.  Also, they can't always be controlled.  That's
what happens when something has a soul, it starts thinking for itself.  Thinking of
its own best interest."  He was tracking the bird with his arrow, pivoting in place.
"A sending is a creation wholly of magic and spirit and has no physical substance--"
     "A sending couldn't hurt us, then?"
     "It could kill anyone it was sent after," Ghost Dancer corrected.  "A sending is
power.  If it's a pure spell," he shrugged, "then the magician who sends it has about
as much control as I have over this arrow."  The war-bird had steadied in its course,
and he finished drawing his bow and released the arrow, immediately whipping another
into place.
     "And a mind-controlled bird is a real bird, however unnatural its breeding may
have been," Redfox said.  "The magician or shaman imposes his will on it.  If he's
smart, he just forces a purpose on the creature and lets it pursue that purpose with
its own skill."
     Pony couldn't be sure, but he thought the first arrow hit the bird's chest to
one side and glanced off.  Scary thought.  Would a sword glance off, too?
     "But this magician was NOT smart," Barudai finished as Ghost Dancer shot again.
"A bird that had chosen us as prey would be more dangerous than a man trying to use a
bird's assets.  Especially a man who has never watched a hawk hunting.  Ha!"
     The second arrow hit and lodged somewhere in the bird's chest.  It wobbled in
flight but kept coming.
     "A man with hunting skills would have dived the bird out of the sun," Redfox
agreed.  He had a two-handed grip on his spear and was pivoting to follow the bird's
course, which was toward Barudai.
     The scout stood firm, waiting.  Pony was impressed.  He didn't know whether he
himself would be able to stand so and await the diving predator.  Ghost Dancer fired
once more, at close range.  Pony could see the arrow hit under a wing, in what would
be the armpit on a man.  The head sank in, but not far.  Still, the force of the blow
knocked the bird off its course, and it skittered through the air, falling now as
much as swooping downward under control.  Redfox was on it with his spear, swinging
it around to use the butt as a club.  Barudai jumped forward with his sword, and with
a start, Pony tightened his grip and did likewise.
     It was like hacking at a stone.  Attempts to cut off the war-bird's head, or a
wing or taloned foot, were futile.  Its feathers were stronger than the best armor
scales.  At one point it managed to seize the tip of Barudai's blade in its beak and
bite through the steel.
     Redfox battered it with the butt of the spear and broke or dislocated one wing.
"Bash it with rocks," he suggested, panting.
     "Bury it under a cairn of rocks," Ghost Dancer added.  "We may not be able to
kill it, but this is a creature of the air, and if we can seal it under earth and
stone, that may be enough to stop it."
     "It will have to be!" Barudai said.  "We can do nothing if this lives and
follows us."
     "There's a sort of pit over that way," Pony said, pointing, "and if we want to
bury it...."
     "Good idea."  Redfox shifted around the bird until his blows were coming from
the other side and he could drive it across the ground toward the pit.
     Barudai laid aside his damaged sword and hurried to assemble stones beside the
pit; Pony went to help him.
     It seemed to take hours to force the bird into the pit and bury it.  Ghost
Dancer was standing over the cairn muttering and making invisible marks on the upper
stones with his fingers.
     Pony was surprised, afterward, to glance at the sun and see that no more than an
hour had passed.  Their horses, he saw, had not gone far; they were visible a mile
down the shallow valley.  And he was the youngest and least experienced member of the
group, which meant going after their mounts was his job.  He sighed.  "I'll get the
horses," he said, and started walking.

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
TROCAR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Now keep the taverns open late 
tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for SPARF!, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped 
them by 8 into 11th.  Ha!  BATTLE BEASTS 2 turned their 2-3-0 turn into a 8th place 
rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  
Now let's all watch MILLENIUM METAL's heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha 
ha ha!  Big shots, big talk, big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to 
see THOR RAVENBLADE win a fight and gain 26 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, IRON TALON 
beat TONY THE and TONY THE lost 15 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety 
is the spice of life, TROCAR may be getting bland, as SILVERBOLT stays top dog in the 
city.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think some of 
these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  What's 
the big D?  TRADERS OF TROCAR was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  
Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was STEEL REIGN.  Ha ha ha ha!   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  And what a stunning loss we have here, 
boys and girls, SWASHBUCKLER of SEA DOGS has added the final loss to his 7-5-2.  Tee 
hee!  I can't say as I'm proud to find out that EYE OF THE STORM's CHAOS WARRIOR has 
luck in their bloodfeud.  Not that I'll be buying the drinks, but I'll be glad to see 
CHAOS WARRIOR and EYE OF THE STORM at The Dripping Blade tonight celebrating their 
bloodfeud victory over GINNY WEASLEY.  We're all going to die in the end, so why 
worry if the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     There's got to be a better place in TROCAR to get a drink than The Dripping 
Blade!  Any suggestions?  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                  
 NICKLEBACK 2815              15  17  1   106       MILLENIUM METAL (304)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NO-STICK TAPE 2541           16   4  2   131       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-A.O. HELL 2523               16   5  1   130       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-RUBBER BULLET 2503           18   1  0   120       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-VIKING RAIDER 2885            7   2  0    98       SPARF! (310)
 CHAOS WARRIOR 2069           13  13  3    94       EYE OF THE STORM (221)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THOR RAVENBLADE 2781          7   5  1    89       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 WICKED SLICE 2876             9   5  0    88       STEEL REIGN (309)
 NYALL BLOODGRIN 2782         10   2  0    85       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 VIRET 2727                   16   7  0    83       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MOUSETRAP 2521               17   9  1    81       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-RAVEN CLAW 2461               9  11  1    79       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 IRON TALON 2460              14  15  0    76       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 PHOENIX 2909                  8   2  0    75       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 WIMPERETTA 2655              19  15  1    74       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-MADAM VENUSIA 2887           14  10  0    68       SPARF! (310)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARPOONER 2747                8   5  1    66       SEA DOGS (294)
 PENELOTHE 2838                7   5  0    66       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 WRONG WAY 2754               10   4  0    64       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 NEVILLE 2908                  6   4  2    64       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 TONY THE 2778                11   2  0    59       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FACELESS MAN 2753            10   4  0    56       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 SNIR 2784                    11   2  0    55       JANIX (298)
 SOLID GONE 2879               7   7  3    52       STEEL REIGN (309)
 XYCO 2899                     7   4  1    52       JANIX (298)
 BLACK FLAGGER 2746            4   9  0    50       SEA DOGS (294)
 VENTURIA 2878                 9   5  0    49       STEEL REIGN (309)
 WASTELANDER 2134             12   8  1    47       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 SHELLBACK 2744                8   5  0    47       SEA DOGS (294)
 MOCHAOMHOG 2616               5  11  1    47       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 HERMOINE 2855                 9   9  0    45       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 SNOW LEOPARD 2759             6   3  0    43       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
-WALLAMALOOS 2912              5   2  0    42       SPARF! (310)
 HAVELOCK THE DANE 2614        4  12  0    42       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 SYSTEM OF A DOWN 2897         9   2  0    41       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 RUNE KNIGHT 2915              6   1  0    41       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 WOODS 2776                    6   7  0    40       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 RUNNING WATER 2846            5   4  0    40       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 EVERGREY 2801                 9   7  0    38       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
-FUNGI WARRIOR 2848            5   3  1    36       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618         9   7  1    35       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 SKORINDELLE 2742              9   6  1    34       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 2802        4  12  0    34       MILLENIUM METAL (304)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OLGERD VLAD 2780              9   3  0    33       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
-YAHOO WAHOO 2733              3   2  0    33       USELESS TOOLS (219)
 NEVER DIE 2756                7   7  1    32       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
-FIREFLASH 2459                6   6  2    32       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 WET NOODLE 2844               6   3  0    32       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 CERBERUS 2835                 4   5  0    32       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 SHARK 2777                    7   6  0    31       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 JAWS 2788                     6   3  0    31       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 SIR CASWALLAWN 2617           6  10  1    30       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 ENVI 2786                     5   8  0    30       JANIX (298)
 DANI 2918                     5   2  1    29       JANIX (298)
-VICTORIAN MANDARIN 2911       4   4  0    29       SPARF! (310)
 DARISTAM 2837                 5   7  0    28       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 HIGHER 2755                   6   8  0    26       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KESTUTIAS 2920                4   2  0    23       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 BENGAL 2775                   3  10  0    23       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 LANDLUBBER 2926               3   1  0    21       SEA DOGS (294)
 DISTURBED 2929                1   2  0    21       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 SLASH 2836                    5   5  0    20       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 TORC 2919                     4   2  3    20       JANIX (298)
 WRENN 2877                    3   9  0    19       STEEL REIGN (309)
 WASP 2761                     4   5  0    17       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIRIUS BLACK 2921             3   3  0    15       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
-WET DOG 2845                  3   5  0    14       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 PIT VIPER 2834                2   7  0    13       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
-YELLOW SNOW 2847              1   7  0    12       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 STORM ANGEL 2916              1   6  0     9       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 USURPER 2928                  2   1  0     7       STEEL REIGN (309)
 IN YOUR TANK 2925             1   3  0     6       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
COLD HEARTED 2930      0  1 0 CARESS OF STEEL 301   TORC 2919             203         
DOOMRUNNER 2070        8 14 1 EYE OF THE STORM 221  HARPOONER 2747        201 NOT REVE
GINNY WEASLEY 2924     2  3 2 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 308 CHAOS WARRIOR 2069    205         
CUB 2774               5  4 0 HOLD THAT TIGER 300   XYCO 2899             201 NOT REVE
FINNIGAN 2615          3 10 0 POMPOUS PALADINS 277  NEVILLE 2908          202         
SWASHBUCKLER 2743      7  6 2 SEA DOGS 294          THOR RAVENBLADE 2781  205         
MAN OVERBOARD 2914     1  3 0 SEA DOGS 294          GINNY WEASLEY 2924    201 NOT REVE
LOOPY 2923             0  4 0 SPARF! 310            TORC 2919             204         
SCEPTRE 2917           0  4 0 STEEL REIGN 309       DANI 2918             202         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hold That Tiger!  Hold That Tiger!  Hold That Tiger! -- Woods, Shark, Tony, Bengal,
Tank (and more)

Swashbuckler -- You were too much buckle and not enough swash, my friend.  You need
to eat your sugar-frosted-flakes. -- Hold That TONY THE Tiger

Shellback -- I missed the fairway, the green, and the putt.  No wonder you won. --
Hold That Tiger WOODS

Dani, Dani, Dani -- You have been scammed by a Shark and I must admit it felt quite
exquisite. -- Hold That Tiger SHARK

Rune Knight -- How could you treat a royal Bengal that way?  You made me feel like a
pussycat! -- Hold That BENGAL Tiger

Usurper -- I hate you! -- Hold That Tiger IN YOUR TANK

Victorian Mandarin -- I swung!  A few more skills for me and it will get interesting.
Unfortunately the contest will be over before I am really going nuts. -- Kestuitas

Pit Viper -- Can't believe I tried training a skill, what the heck was that! --

Havelock the Dane -- Well struck!  You could have at least taught me something! --
Never Die

Hermione -- Dang, we just keep meeting up; I think you like me! -- Wrong Way

Harpooner -- I keep falling down! -- Faceless Man

Vet/All -- Am I to understand that the mentioned teams have been up to no good?  Some
cheating???  If that's the case for such good managers who have great records and
warriors then I am incredibly disappointed.  If it were up to me, in the case of all
such incidents would be sanctioned by the removal of their teams' prizes, titles and
any ability to participate in future events.  Cheating is dishonorable and goes
against most of what I believe in. -- Blackstorm
P.S.  If I was mistaken, then I apologize to those three mentioned teams.  If not--
stay away from me!

Viret -- See how chaos works?  It always gets you, sooner or later.  Also notice my
Shewish made hatchet.  I really like it--not what I wanted, but I'm keeping it. --
Chaos Warrior

Skorindale -- What bad guys?  Do you mean necromantic, black art dabbling, rune
engraving golem creating, and tearing demons from their worlds people such as I?
You'd be surprised what you find if you hang around the Chaos Gates as often as me.
I am fair, just and honorable as well.  I also respect others, so am I really a "bad
guy?" --  Blackstorm
P.S.  Doomrunner's soul was retried and put into my new Golem.

Wimperetta -- To be, or not to be.  What was the question??  (chaotic grin) --

Wasp -- You made me take my remark back.  You got muscles.  Ow.  I like the paint
scheme on your armor.  (stripes) -- Rune Knight

Trollbait -- You loser!  Can I keep the arm?  It smells real bad and tastes worse!
No wonder trolls follow you around. -- Steel Nightmare

Tiger -- Chivalry is dead.  The runes made me do it. -- Rune Knight

All -- It's almost over.  Or maybe if this gets there late.  Congrats to all.  'Twas
a nice little tournament and I hope we did honor to the Slaughter Priest.  I enjoyed
myself and hope you all did too.  I am also hoping a few of you stick around.  We
were down to three teams before the tournament started. -- Blackstorm and Eye of the

Nyall -- Must you grin that way when pounding me around?  It's real spooky. --

Torc and Dani -- What do you think?  Should I go SC with an off hand torch?  I think
I should. -- Storm Angel

Jaws -- Thanks for the rating, even if it's too little to late to save my sorry butt!
-- Wrenn

In Your Tank -- Gotta bob and weave, watch the head! -- Usurper

Envi -- Guess my strategy! -- Venturia, sporting a @#$% eating grin

Snir -- Story of my life recently.... -- Solid Gone the once mighty and feared

Vet -- My, you've been displaying a real vindictive streak for a Consortiumite
lately!  I like it! -- Stik

Crip and Sparf! -- Ah, go suck an egg.... -- Stik and Steel Reign, hurling insults
from the back of the pack

Madam Venusia -- Yep, survive long enough and it all comes back around!  Well feuded,
in that case. -- Solid Gone

Kestutias -- Well, you get an A for effort.  Actually make that a D, but at least you
spoke up! -- Stik

All -- I propose that next turn, everyone submit their warriors profiles (numbers/
skills/ratings) and any comments or insights on them and your team as a whole and its
performance in the Slaughter Challenge.  Maximillian brought this idea up on the D2
forum as well.  This would make a great and interesting final newsletter for the

contest and be an honor to Rich as well.  If you want to leave certain warriors out
for competitive reasons, that's cool, just do what you can.  I will be posting mine.
-- Stik

Vet -- I suppose we're the complete killers for four rounds now.  Shall we readdress
your spot on the list? -- The JANIX crew

Solid Gone -- Well fought, Dear Lad--and with a nice ending to boot! -- Snir (Janix)

Skorindelle -- That is an excellent way to get crossed off the holiday card list! --
Xyco (Janix)

Shark -- If the contest rules were a bit different, I'd come back to make that a best
of three. -- Dani (Janix)

Loopy -- Loopy head all loppy.  Why my friends all fall down? -- Torc (Janix)

Venturia -- Is your brother some kind of Pet Detective or something? -- Envi (Janix)

Oh no, I did a very bad thing, okay two bad things.  I forgot to write a personal ad
and I won in the Dark Arena.  Rillion is gonna kill me!  Oh wait, he can't anymore.
Perhaps I didn't do such a bad thing. -- Neville of Gryffindor House2

Iron Talon -- I did not think I could last that long without bursting in flames and
melting down. -- Phoenix of Gryffindor House2

Wrong Way -- Why do I always have to fight you?  It seems like way too many fights
with you, since they always turn out the wrong way for me. -- Hermoine of Gryffindor

Yahoo -- Hmprh, I certainly do not share the sentiment. -- Sirius Black of Gryffindor

Steel Nightmare -- Sorry but I don't like nightmares, I had to terminate this bad
dream. -- Ginny Weasley of Gryffindor House2

All -- Well, if there is any justice in the world I will lose this by one point,
which means if I had not forgotten personals twice, I would win. -- Rillion

All -- I fear my time for a night fight is soon approaching! -- Pit Viper

Venturia -- It will take a lot more than that to drop me. -- Olgerd Vlad

Torc -- Nasty little bugger, aren't you? -- The late Cold Hearted

Trocar -- We're getting close now.  It was fun while it lasted.  Glad you could come.
-- Maximillian

Nickleback -- Listen, you wretched golem, I want my whole DIME back, and no smart
remarks!  You have the NERVE to mock human form without having any blood.  You think
we will let this pass?  Oh, HA!  You will be waylaid in alleys and disassembled for
spare parts!  Your wretched "hide" will be made into armor for ME.  You can't get
away with this! -- Wimperetta

Thor Ravenblade -- A colorful, romantic name, but...color and romance isn't
everything, my friend.  There is also...winning.  The use of challenges and avoids
will stand you in good stead.  Or sit you in good stead, if that is your preference,
which under the circumstances it might be. -- Viret

Sir Loin of Beef -- Ah!  Nothing fancy, just a good cut of meat.  Onions with it, or
garlic if permitted, the fat around the edges all crispy and delicious, the meat
tender but still something to use the teeth on, maybe a baked potato beside it
(nothing fancy to detract from the MEAT), a little applesauce.  And no interruptions.
-- Penelothe, drooling
P.S.  I bet lots of women drool over you.

Xyco -- I know you get points for using the "tricky" letters, but is it worth it?
Life is too short to go around sounding like something that should be stenciled on
the side of a shipping container. -- Skorindelle

Storm Angel -- (injured look)  (very easily achieved)  I thought women LIKED cats.
My girlfriends all say that to me, you know, "I'm going to give up men and get a
cat."  So, look, I'm a werecat.  You can have the best of both, right?  Why are you
so mean? -- Daristam

Hold that Tiger WOODS -- (devilish smile)  I have the moves. -- Wimperetta

Higher -- I never sweat!  I'm a woman, and women glow, not sweat.  HORSES sweat.  Men
perspire.  Women glow.  Remember that. -- Skorindelle

Blackstorm -- Your score appears correct. -- Street Legal

Wallamaloos -- I had you, you SOB!  I'll get you next time! -- Evergrey

Landlubber -- That is NOT fighting! -- Disturbed

Lord (probably) Protector Silverbolt -- I am reliably told that to offer you "lands"
would be, besides insane (what King Samir might say to that!), pointless, as you are
"going on an adventure" sometime in the immediate future.  Which being so, I merely
wish you a pleasant trip until you encounter the adventure, and good luck (you'll
need it) afterward. -- Arenamaster Jareth Okara

22 February 2006
The Olympics have arrived!

The Mordanti Olympics, having been gone for six years, have returned to the Mordanti
Alliance, sponsored by Amicitia Primoris.  Teams have competed against each other for
recognition and notoriety four times in the past.  It is far past time for the fifth
Mordanti Olympics to be held.  The Mordanti Olympics shall be held in the Mordant
arena (DM-1) from May 1st (T544) through Oct 30 (T557).  There will be a
'registration period' lasting until T543, where teams will be allowed to register by
activating in Mordant and declaring their participation in the personals.  Rules will
be posted in the Mordant arena (DM-1) newsletter no later than T543, but shall be
available online before then.  An announcement will be made as to where they will be
posted.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Lord Xiang
Amicitia Primoris

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CHAOS WARRIOR butchered GINNY WEASLEY in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
SILVERBOLT demolished WICKED SLICE in a popular 2 minute gruesome one-sided melee.
NICKLEBACK devastated WIMPERETTA in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
TONY THE was savagely defeated by IRON TALON in a unpopular 4 minute bloody match.
NYALL BLOODGRIN vanquished SHAGORNAN WILD MAN in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
VIRET viciously subdued NEVILLE in a popular 3 minute gruesome competition.
SWASHBUCKLER was slaughtered by THOR RAVENBLADE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SHELLBACK was vanquished by PENELOTHE in a action packed 3 minute gory uneven fight.
HARPOONER defeated SNOW LEOPARD in a action packed 3 minute gory match.
WRONG WAY overpowered HAVELOCK THE DANE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
PHOENIX devastated WASTELANDER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
MOCHAOMHOG demolished SHARK in a 2 minute mismatched match.
VENTURIA beat WOODS in a 2 minute conflict.
SIR LOIN OF BEEF was outwaited by RUNE KNIGHT in a action packed 9 minute fight.
SKORINDELLE was overpowered by XYCO in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
BLACK FLAGGER slimly lost to FACELESS MAN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody bout.
EVERGREY was bested by SOLID GONE in a 3 minute fight.
SNIR luckily beat NEVER DIE in a 3 minute match.
HERMOINE luckily beat SIR CASWALLAWN in a exciting 8 minute gory bout.
WET NOODLE was overcome by SYSTEM OF A DOWN in a 2 minute competition.
OLGERD VLAD bested WRENN in a 4 minute bout.
WASP was defeated by DARISTAM in a 4 minute duel.
JAWS savagely defeated BENGAL in a 2 minute gruesome bout.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE viciously subdued HIGHER in a crowd pleasing 9 minute gory fray.
DANI subdued PIT VIPER in a 1 minute fight.
RUNNING WATER overpowered SIRIUS BLACK in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
TORC was defeated by CERBERUS in a 2 minute duel.
SLASH was luckily beaten by LANDLUBBER in a exciting 6 minute bout.
ENVI vanquished STORM ANGEL in a 1 minute uneven bout.
KESTUTIAS handily defeated IN YOUR TANK in a 3 minute uneven bout.
DISTURBED overpowered USURPER in a 1 minute uneven competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 14         TOTAL PARRY       73 -  40 -  1      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     11         WALL OF STEEL     48 -  37 -  3      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  41 -  4      55  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -  15 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         AIMED BLOW        31 -  30 -  1      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   67 -  65 -  7      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  30 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  13 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK    33 -  56 -  3      37  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  30 -  0      36  |

Turn 205 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        7 -  4                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  4                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  7                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   THOR RAVENBLADE 2781        7   5  1   89 CARESS OF STEEL (301)
SLASHING ATTACK  WICKED SLICE 2876           9   5  0   88 STEEL REIGN (309)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    VIRET 2727                 16   7  0   83 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
AIMED BLOW       WIMPERETTA 2655            19  15  1   74 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
LUNGING ATTACK   HARPOONER 2747              8   5  1   66 SEA DOGS (294)
WALL OF STEEL    PENELOTHE 2838              7   5  0   66 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
PARRY-LUNGE      WRONG WAY 2754             10   4  0   64 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
TOTAL PARRY      TONY THE 2778              11   2  0   59 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
PARRY-STRIKE     VENTURIA 2878               9   5  0   49 STEEL REIGN (309)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIR 
2838, HARPOONER 2747, SLASH 2836, SOLID GONE 2879, NEVER DIE 2756, and NYALL 

The least popular fighter this week was TONY THE 2778.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LANDLUBBER 2926, IRON TALON 2460, HIGHER 2755, USURPER 2928, STORM 

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn: