Date   : 04/07/2006    Duedate: 05/04/2006


DM-54    TURN-206

This Weeks Top Honors


(54-2069) [14-13-3,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

EYE OF THE STORM (221)         
(54-2069) [14-13-3,108]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VIRET                          WET NOODLE
(54-2727) [16-8-0,84]          (54-2844) [6-4-0,33]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HOLD THAT TIGER (300)       30
2. TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)     28      USELESS TOOLS (219)
3. JANIX (298)                 26      Unchartered Team
4. GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)     14
5. SPARF! (310)                14      DOG SOLDIERS (263)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 USELESS TOOLS (219)      183  87  6 67.8   1/ 9 MILLENIUM METAL (304)    10  5 1
 2- 2 CARESS OF STEEL (301)     34  23  1 59.6   2/ 1 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  10  5 0
 3/ 3 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)  154 109 11 58.6   3/ 4 JANIX (298)               8  7 2
 4/ 4 SPARF! (310)              82  64  3 56.2   4/10 STEEL REIGN (309)         8  7 0
 5/ 6 JANIX (298)               39  33  6 54.2   5/ 6 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)   7  7 2
 6/ 5 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     40  35  1 53.3   6/11 SPARF! (310)              6  3 0
 7- 7 RUNNING AMOK (238)        73  66  7 52.5   7/ 5 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    6  8 1
 8- 8 SEA DOGS (294)            34  31  3 52.3   8/ 2 OF WOLF AND MAN (296)     6  9 0
 9/ 9 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  191 177  8 51.9   9- 3 CARESS OF STEEL (301)     5  3 1
10/10 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     35  35  0 50.0  10- 7 SEA DOGS (294)            5  5 0
11/12 STEEL REIGN (309)         35  36  4 49.3  11- 8 BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     4  6 0
12/11 EYE OF THE STORM (221)    62  66  6 48.4  12/14 HOLD THAT TIGER (300)     4 11 0
13/13 LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        20  23  1 46.5  13-12 RUNNING AMOK (238)        3  1 0
14-14 BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)     22  28  0 44.0  14-13 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    3  5 0
15/15 MILLENIUM METAL (304)     79 104  5 43.2  15/15 USELESS TOOLS (219)       2  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
16-16 POMPOUS PALADINS (277)    27  50  3 35.1  16/16 LEAKY TEEPEE (307)        1  2 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[ On the Borders of Night #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Lady Protector Amelia of Dodge Bullets froze briefly, then moved to put the wall
at her back.  She hadn't expected anyone else to be out on this night, but it wasn't
impossible.  And she had definitely heard something other than the storm.  A voice,
though how she could hear anyone speak when there was thunder without end she could
not imagine.
     "Have you forgotten Wolf's teaching so quickly?" the voice whispered.
     Damn!  It was close.  Really close.  But she couldn't see anything.
     "Death is not the end of everything," the voice reminded her.  "Death is just
another kind of life."
     She had heard Uncle Wolf say that more times than she could count, but this was
not the old shaman.  Apparently it was a ghost or...something like that.  She took a
deep breath of rain-scented air and let it out slowly.  "I have not forgotten," she
said, "but neither was I expecting such an encounter.  May I see...some form?  I find
it disconcerting to talk to a disembodied voice."
     "On some other occasion, I would be glad to oblige," the ghost said, "but at the
moment I need all my energies to resist dissolution.  There are powerful forces at
work in this night--as you know--and not all of them are friendly or even indifferent
to the spirits."
     "Necromancers," Amelia muttered.  "There's been a lot of that going around.
When people are...alarmed for a long time, they'll try anything."  She looked around
carefully, peering into shadows and trying to see through the curtain of rain.
Nothing that she could see was out of place for here-and-now, so she stepped away
from the wall.  A name came to her, without any foundation in quotable fact, but she
suddenly knew.  "It's Nightshadow, isn't it?  What are you doing here?"
     "I might ask the same of you, Lady Protector!  This is not the Isle."
     "The Isle doesn't need my protection.  Morya might."
     When Amelia moved down the alley again, she had the itch between the shoulder
blades that meant someone else, someone unseen, was with her.  The ghost, she
supposed.  Maybe even more than one ghost, there had been deaths enough in Morya over
the years to fill the night with ghosts.  "You didn't answer my question."
     A long silence, no sounds but the rain beating on cobblestones, and bouts of
wracking thunder.  Amelia emerged from the alley onto the lakefront.  She knew the
lake was there only by the smell of so much water, and the way the wind, freed from
the confining buildings, shrieked over the open space.  Waves roared onto the shore
as though from a storm-lashed ocean, drenching her to the knees as soon as she
cleared the alley.  She grabbed at the wall to resist the tug of the water as it slid
     "I have been sent by the Lords of the Spirit Realms," the ghost said finally.
"There have been...problems.  Disappearances.  Intrusions.  Disturbances and
inexplicable disruptions."
     Very unclear and unhelpful, Amelia thought but did not say.  Besides, she had no
skills that would be of use in the Spirit Realms.  That was a job for Uncle Wolf.  "I
have heard that the Spirit Land has been closed to the living, to travelers and the
like," she said.  As she spoke, she groped her way along the buildings from handhold
to handhold.  The guildhouse had never seemed so far away.
     "That is a symptom of the problems," the ghost concurred.  "And the least of
them.  The Lords are at cross-purposes now.  The Spirit Land has been sealed against
the living, but some want to seal it even against the newly dead!"
     "I can see that this would be a bad thing," Amelia muttered, resting in a
doorway because the wind and current were getting stronger and harder to fight.  "But
what can *I* do about it?  I'm alive.  I am locked out of the Spirit Land, even if I
wanted to go there!"
     "Yes."  A pause.  "I need a posse of the Dead," the ghost said finally.  "Of
those dead who are prepared to fight.  And a few of the living as well--I have been
provided with...passes for a few living warriors who will fight for the rights of the

     "Amelia, this is insane.  An army of the dead?  Led by a few living warriors,
to...do who knows what in the Spirit Land?"  Young Joan shook her head.  "It isn't
that I doubt you!  Or Nightshadow," she added, nodding toward the faint mistiness
that marked the ghost's presence.  "But this isn't anything *I* know about, or you
either!  We need Uncle Wolf for this.  Or, hmm, Ghost Dancer.  Someone with shamanic
     "But we don't have them here, and you know what Wolf always said.  If you don't
have what you need to do a job, then figure out how to do the job with what you have.
There must be someone else in Morya with ideas about this."
     Amelia shrugged.  "Probably, but they might not be on our 'side', you know.
     "What?  How can anybody be against the peace of the dead?" Young Joan demanded.
     "There are necromancers," her teammate pointed out.  "And any magician who makes
golems.  And the Orphinacs, who want to abolish death entirely.  And--"
     "Enough, I get the point.  Okay, whatever I can do to help, I will.  But you'd
better come up with a plan!"

Readers -- I am rerunning the spotlight that started this storyline in order to
restart the stalled line.  At this point, I am going forward with it regardless of
who does or does not volunteer.
     If you have volunteers, please note that I will not see a diplo sent care of
this arena until the arena runs and mails out again.  A diplo sent to the Scribe, no
or any arena will reach me faster.  If you have email, a message to Livia at reality
dot com will also reach me quickly.
     This story will run only in Morya and possibly Trocar.  Well, and maybe Rocanis.
     Just so you know. -- the Scribe

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     Catching the horses had not been a problem.  Not for a Rirorni who'd grown up
with horses, anyway.  Shanks Pony caught them, and everybody mounted and rode off
down the little valley.  Nobody said anything.  Shanks hoped they were thinking
hard.  He was.  His companions had said the war-bird had been sent by a mage of some
kind, and they should know.  They had experience with such things.  All HE knew for
sure was that they had a powerful enemy who knew where to look for them.
     He was uncomfortably aware that while he had wanted an adventure, he had not,
perhaps, thought it through all the way.  He was not a coward, he knew that and his
companions knew it:  he had fought in the arena for a year, facing the possibility
of death every two weeks.  But that had been different.  A known risk, coming at him
from the front, giving him a fair chance at defense.  A demonic bird coming out of a
clear sky was...different.  It was going to take time for him to get used to such
     "Does that attack mean we're doing something right?" he asked.
     "Because someone tried to stop us?" Redfox asked.  When Pony nodded, the older
man shook his head.  "Not necessarily, especially not this early in the adventure.
More like...somebody thinks we might, eventually, do something right and doesn't
want to have to keep track of us until then."  He shrugged.  "Which in a way means
that going out to look for the sword is a 'right' move."
     "Would it be one of Volundagh's shamans that sent the bird?"
     "Not likely," Barudai said.
     "But not impossible," Ghost Dancer added.  "But if I had to guess, I would
suspect Bluesnake first.  He could have seen us set out, guessed what we were going
for, and decided to take steps."
     The four of them rode in silence for several minutes, each of them turning over
that in their minds.
     Finally Redfox said, "It doesn't matter who sent the bird.  Right now, all we
know and all we NEED to know is that we have an enemy who knows approximately where
we are."
     "So he could send another war-bird, or something else, after us?" Pony asked.
"Isn't there some way we could hide our presence?"
     "Such as a 'spell' in the way the city people use that word?" Ghost Dancer
said.  "No.  Even if I knew magic of that kind, which I don't, using magic leaves a
trail as clear as hoof prints in mud."
     "What about hunting charms?" Barudai asked suddenly.  "The kind that hide the
hunter from his prey.  If we are the hunters and our enemy is our prey...?"
     "It might work," Redfox answered, "but only if we truly did take our enemy as
prey and set out on a hunt."
     "That is true," Ghost Dancer agreed.  "A city-mage can make a spell of
concealment that is as mindless and neutral as a shield.  But a hunting charm to
conceal the hunter from his prey is more specific.  Our intentions would make it
work, or make it fail if they're not a hunter's intentions."
     "So we'd have to stop looking for the sword and find our enemy--Bluesnake or
whoever--first?" Shanks Pony asked.  "Do we even dare do that?  Bluesnake is a
shaman--"  He paused, then turned to Ghost Dancer.  "No offense, but you said
yourself that you're still in training, not a full shaman.  Can we fight a fully
trained shaman?"
     "Yes, if we have to.  And I think we do have to," Ghost Dancer said.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Sword #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

     A hunting charm was something Shanks Pony was prepared to use without a qualm.
He'd used them before, most Rirorni had.  They were as natural as using smoke to hide
your scent.  Any hunter could make one, although some were better than others.
Probably all three of his companions could do better ones than he could, because they
had more experience, but at least he would be able to understand what they were
     He was actually looking forward to that.  He would learn useful things.  A man
didn't pursue shamans and magical swords very often, but he could ALWAYS use a good
hunting charm.  "So we make hunting charms and..." the next part sent a shiver down
his spine, "go after Bluesnake?"
     "It would help if we had some idea where Bluesnake is likely to be," Redfox
     Barudai nodded.  "I've never had any luck with a charm if I didn't know
something about where to look for the deer to begin with," he agreed.  Both of them
looked at Ghost Dancer.
     The young shaman shook his head.  "The closest I could get is that he is
probably looking for the Black Sword, too."
     "That isn't much help," Shanks muttered.  "What do we...?"
     "It isn't as bad as it sounds," Redfox added after a moment.  "Apparently
Bluesnake doesn't know any more about the sword's location than we do:  that it was
in Taegskel a few years ago.  So he has to go there to look for it, same as we were
planning on."
     "He could just send somebody," Barudai suggested.
     "No."  Ghost Dancer was definite about that.  "If you want something like the
Black Sword for yourself, you don't send someone else to find it."  He smiled grimly.
"Anyone who would want the Sword for himself is going to have nothing but unreliable
     "Or dupes."
     Ghost Dancer hesitated, staring at the horizon and frowning, then shook his
head.  "Sending a dupe after the Sword would be a mistake, too.  The poor fool would
probably end up as the Sword's dupe, if I understand the nature of the Sword
     Shanks Pony straightened in his saddle, pulling his mount to a stop.  "Are WE
going to be in danger from the Sword when we find it?"
     "Yes."  That was Ghost Dancer and Redfox together.
     "Any person who is near a Black Sword is at risk," Ghost Dancer said.  "That is
the nature of the Sword.  After all, it's a gift, if you want to call it that, from
Mytori Iron-Hand.  What else would you expect?"
     "But what are we supposed to do when we find it?" the young nomad asked.
     "Pray to Shierah and watch each other closely," Barudai said.
     That was not what Shanks wanted to hear.  They were the Good Guys, they should
have some defense against an Evil Magic Sword.  Or in this case, an Evil Holy Sword,
he supposed.  He reviewed the ballads he'd grown up with, discarding all those with
tragic ends.  "Uh...maybe we'll be safe from Mytori because our hearts are pure?"
     Ghost Dancer choked, Barudai snorted derisively, and Redfox shook his head.  It
was Redfox who put the answer into words:  "Nobody's heart is pure.  We're all human,
and that means mixed motives, hidden sins, shameful desires, you name it.  But those
of us who are the 'Good Guys' do the best we can instead of the worst we can."
     That was an indigestible lump that Shanks Pony would have rejected if he could.
But it only took a moment's thought to realize that there were things on his
conscience which kept it from being 'pure'.  Little things, but maybe it didn't make
that much difference whether his mistakes had been little or big?  That seemed
unfair, but as his fellow tribesmen had often pointed out, life was unfair.  He
looked around the shallow, brush-choked valley and its grassy slopes, hoping for
something, anything, that would provide a different answer.
     And noticed the clumps of willows moving in a way not explained by the light

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

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

 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 541): MESSIAH of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 425): GOLDEN SHARK of THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 549): HEARTS of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 545): FORK BALL of F BALLS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 544): SAMANTHA FOX of PARTY ANIMALS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 548): JUSTIN of THE LADY'S LIST (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 545): PINK NOSE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 540): SADIE of SPRINGBORN (Still, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 531): ODDLY SHAPED BOOB of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 530): SCYTHE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 504): OLIVE OYL of OLD SCHOOL TOONS (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 494): GROUCHO of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 219): HOT AIR DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 482): FOUR OF SPADES of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 430): ZALGEI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 205): NICKLEBACK of MILLENIUM METAL (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 193): SOUL SCOURGE of VILE REAVERS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 379): DIED of SRETSAMLEUD (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 170): 2 PHAT 2 of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
                             Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 541): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 425): THE GOLDEN FISH (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 549): GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 545): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 544): SPORTS GREATS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 548): THE LADY'S LIST (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 545): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 540): QUBIT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 531): SHEPHERDS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 530): D.R.I. (Var, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 504): OLD SCHOOL TOONS (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 494): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 219): CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 482): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 430): RONIN (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 205): none
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 193): ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 379): LEGION OF LEGEND (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 170): MILCHAMAH (Hammer, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 423): BLACK PRIMERS, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 544): ALL LICKERED UP of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 544): NORLE PARTH of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Nick, mgr.)
               (turn 543): HOFFA of JOHNS (Dear, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 531): ODDLY SHAPED BOOB of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 504): OLIVE OYL of OLD SCHOOL TOONS (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 494): GROUCHO of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
                  (turn 493): HARANDUR of JINDA-BAN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 481): KANGAROO LIFEBOAT of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 429): SPIDER-MAN of WENSINWASIN M.H. (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 204): SILVERBOLT of RUNNING AMOK (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 193): SOUL SCOURGE of VILE REAVERS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                          WIMPIRA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  We now have a 
new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  MILLENIUM METAL now holds the crown 
and they are betting they can keep it.  A stormcloud is brewing over the OF WOLF AND 
MAN guildhouse.  Rumor says any more weeks like this ones 1-4-0 may send the team to 
the Dark Arena.  Coming up with a solid 4-1-1 outing, MILLENIUM METAL has advanced 8 
places in the rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for DANI, who flew up 27 points in 
the rankings after mashing SOLID GONE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And 
falling like a basher in the top ten was FACELESS MAN, who dropped 16 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with SHARK.  In front of all the crowds, CHAOS 
WARRIOR took the Duelmaster's crown for its own.  I give the bum two weeks.  An apple 
a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the TROCAR arena.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  The audience likes blood and there was 
plenty of it covering SOLID GONE as he was driven to an early grave by DANI of the 
JANIX.  On a sad note, SOLID GONE found an early retirement at the hands of DANI this 
week.  I wonder what STEEL REIGN will be doing about it?  Here's some advice:  
warriors with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     Well, there's the manager of the TROCAR giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  See ya next time 
I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAOS WARRIOR 2069           14  13  3   108       EYE OF THE STORM (221)

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            8   2  0   105       SPARF! (310)
 MOUSETRAP 2521               18   9  1    92       USELESS TOOLS (219)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THOR RAVENBLADE 2781          7   5  1    89       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 NICKLEBACK 2815              15  18  1    87       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 WIMPERETTA 2655              20  15  1    86       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-NYALL BLOODGRIN 2782         10   2  0    85       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 VIRET 2727                   16   8  0    84       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 WICKED SLICE 2876             9   6  0    84       STEEL REIGN (309)
 MADAM VENUSIA 2887           15  10  0    81       SPARF! (310)
-RAVEN CLAW 2461               9  11  1    79       RUNNING AMOK (238)
-IRON TALON 2460              14  15  0    76       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 NEVILLE 2908                  7   4  2    73       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 PHOENIX 2909                  8   3  0    70       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
 PENELOTHE 2838                8   5  0    68       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HARPOONER 2747                8   5  1    66       SEA DOGS (294)
 WRONG WAY 2754               10   5  0    61       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 VENTURIA 2878                10   5  0    58       STEEL REIGN (309)
 HERMOINE 2855                10   9  0    57       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DANI 2918                     6   2  2    56       JANIX (298)
 TONY THE 2778                11   3  0    54       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 WOODS 2776                    7   7  0    53       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 SHARK 2777                    8   6  0    51       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
-BLACK FLAGGER 2746            4   9  0    50       SEA DOGS (294)
 WASTELANDER 2134             12   9  1    48       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 SYSTEM OF A DOWN 2897        10   2  0    47       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
-SHELLBACK 2744                8   5  0    47       SEA DOGS (294)
 XYCO 2899                     7   5  1    47       JANIX (298)
-MOCHAOMHOG 2616               5  11  1    47       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 SNIR 2784                    11   3  0    46       JANIX (298)
 ENVI 2786                     6   8  0    45       JANIX (298)
 SKORINDELLE 2742             10   6  1    43       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 EVERGREY 2801                10   7  0    43       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
-SNOW LEOPARD 2759             6   3  0    43       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 2802        5  12  0    43       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
-HAVELOCK THE DANE 2614        4  12  0    42       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 FACELESS MAN 2753            10   5  0    40       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
-RUNNING WATER 2846            5   4  0    40       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
-FUNGI WARRIOR 2848            5   3  1    36       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
-SIR LOIN OF BEEF 2618         9   7  1    35       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-OLGERD VLAD 2780              9   3  0    33       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 WET NOODLE 2844               6   4  0    33       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 VICTORIAN MANDARIN 2911       5   4  0    33       SPARF! (310)
-FIREFLASH 2459                6   6  2    32       RUNNING AMOK (238)
 DARISTAM 2837                 6   7  0    32       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
-CERBERUS 2835                 4   5  0    32       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 YAHOO WAHOO 2733              3   3  0    32       USELESS TOOLS (219)
-JAWS 2788                     6   3  0    31       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 WALLAMALOOS 2912              5   3  0    31       SPARF! (310)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEVER DIE 2756                7   8  1    30       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
-SIR CASWALLAWN 2617           6  10  1    30       POMPOUS PALADINS (277)
 RUNE KNIGHT 2915              6   2  0    30       EYE OF THE STORM (221)
 KESTUTIAS 2920                5   2  0    29       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 HIGHER 2755                   6   9  0    27       OF WOLF AND MAN (296)
 DISTURBED 2929                2   2  1    27       MILLENIUM METAL (304)
 WRENN 2877                    4   9  0    24       STEEL REIGN (309)
 BENGAL 2775                   3  11  0    24       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LANDLUBBER 2926               3   1  0    21       SEA DOGS (294)
-SLASH 2836                    5   5  0    20       CARESS OF STEEL (301)
 TORC 2919                     4   3  3    18       JANIX (298)
-WASP 2761                     4   5  0    17       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
 USURPER 2928                  3   1  0    15       STEEL REIGN (309)
-WET DOG 2845                  3   5  0    14       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 SIRIUS BLACK 2921             3   4  0    13       GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
-PIT VIPER 2834                2   7  0    13       BATTLE BEASTS 2 (297)
-YELLOW SNOW 2847              1   7  0    12       LEAKY TEEPEE (307)
 IN YOUR TANK 2925             1   4  0     7       HOLD THAT TIGER (300)
 PIN YIN 2939                  0   1  0     1       SPARF! (310)

'-' 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         
STORM ANGEL 2916       1  7 0 EYE OF THE STORM 221  CAPTIVE RIRORNI 24    206 NONE    
HAND OF DOOM 2940      0  1 0 EYE OF THE STORM 221  DISTURBED 2929        206         
GINNY WEASLEY 2924     2  3 2 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 308 CHAOS WARRIOR 2069    205         
FINNIGAN 2615          3 10 0 POMPOUS PALADINS 277  NEVILLE 2908          202 NOT REVE
SWASHBUCKLER 2743      7  6 2 SEA DOGS 294          THOR RAVENBLADE 2781  205         
LOOPY 2923             0  4 0 SPARF! 310            TORC 2919             204         
SOLID GONE 2879        7  8 3 STEEL REIGN 309       DANI 2918             206         
SCEPTRE 2917           0  4 0 STEEL REIGN 309       DANI 2918             202 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We are so disgusted with our results last round that we are taking a hiatus from
excessive personals. -- Hold That Tiger WOODS, SHARK, IN YOUR TANK, Hold That BENGAL,

We are sorry to see that the NCAA wimped out and did not place certain local teams on
probation.  What is this world coming to? -- Vet, Manager, Hold That Tiger

0-5!  Consortium Elders, we suggest that getting rid of manager Vet might help.
Clearly there can be no problem with the warriors. -- Hold That Tiger WOODS, Hold
That Tiger SHARK, Hold That Tiger IN YOUR TANK, Hold That BENGAL Tiger, Hold That

You are all wimps!  Get with it!  Kill Mommy dearest. -- The Con Man

Out Of TP -- Thank you for the bloodfeud challenge.  It was important to me to get
all the easiest matches I could get.  Wal-Mart Forever! -- Slash Prices

Norman Bates -- Find someone on a team you think you can beat, Bud.  Meanwhile, chug
one for me! -- College Bash

TPing Feline -- That was a totally wrong!  And yet another reason as to why all cats
should e annihilated. -- Tot Al Parri

Maximillian -- Arrgh!  I think I'm going to personally blame you for sabotaging our
team's attempted appearance last turn and throwing a monkey wrench into Crip's plans
for me.  He says he mailed in his last turns from your reasonable vicinity on 25 Feb,
which should have been in plenty of time to make the deadline, but the friendly
neighborhood scribe at RSI tells us the strategy sheets didn't arrive until 15 Mar.
Now I'm going to have to fight this turn in order for the team to qualify for the
iron manager award, and the boss didn't want that to happen. -- Viking Raider

Kat -- And Kat got my tongue too!  Although Crip's crap may have missed turns in 28,
59, 7 and 21 because of Maximillian's sabotage, we see that Hal let ads/dm columns go
through for the other slow arenas, but let you intercept the ones destined for here.
Aargh! -- Madam Venusia

Stik -- There's actually at least 3 of my warriors that I'd like to keep fighting
outside the contest, and I have no knowledge whatsoever about the replacement for
Loopy, so I'm going to hold back on divulging the information.  The reason I brought
Sparf! here was because I was interested in getting them some experience, and I
wasn't going to move them out of Seam without just cause. -- Crip

Trocar -- But those that have been on Sparf! during the contest, well that's another
story.  Loopy -- 17-9-11-17-9-12-9 Poor Endurance, Good Damage Basher, 0-4 here,
getting killed by Torc.  Mel -- 15-11-6-5-15-21-11 Good Endurance, Normal Damage
lunger that went 5-0 here before getting DA'd.  Krazy Kangaroo, 8-14-10-21-10-8-13
Poor Endurance, Normal Damage Parry Strike, former DM of Seam that went 0-3 here,
getting killed by Wimperretta.  The Borg -- 12-15-10-17-7-8-15 Poor Endurance, Normal
Damage Parry Rip who was 1-1 getting killed by Solid Gone. -- Crip, mgr. of Sparf!

Kat and Janix -- Barring some miracle, you're coming out the winner of this little
shindig.  Congratulations to you on a well fought year, enjoy the rewards!! -- Stik
and Steel Reign

Evergrey -- I beat a TP!  I can die happy now... -- Solid Gone

Disturbed -- Gaaghhh!!  Was that YOUR girlfriend?!??  You trying to turn me into a
woman or something?!?? -- Usurper

Silverbolt -- I would have to run into the outgoing Duelmaster, no doubt trying out
his new faves.... -- Wicked Slice

All -- As promised, here's my lot as of the 11th cycle, I hope others have heeded the
call and submitted their stuff.  If not here, you can post it on the D2 site:

Solid Gone, LU 13-6(+1)-11-21-15-8-11 norm end/good dam., 25/14/14/9/17/10, 0-2 in
tourneys coming in, 7-7-3.  Did well early on and was a killer, but despite doing
good damage and a LO likely fave, was unable to take down most scum, and STILL hasn't
learned a single attack skill.  Disappointing for my flagship warrior....

Wicked Slice, SL 12-10(+1)-10-14(+1)-17-6-17, good/good, 15?/7/18/7/16/10, no
tourneys, 9-5-0.  A nice SL who showed some knack despite being hosed in init and
looking mode everywhere else.  Was going to burn WT to 15 but he shot up fast and had
a lot of fights against higher FE guys, so stuck with skills.  I'd like to graduate
him some day.

Venturia, PS 11-13-11-17-13-4-15, norm/norm, 11/7/8/18/8/13, no tourneys, 9-5-0.
Again with surprising knack, he started off 6-0 running hot but then hit a skid,
recovering when I switched to a more defensive strat to counter all the strikers.  I
love pikers, and he did well overall.

Wrenn, PL 9-11(+1)-14-15-15-4-17, norm/good, 13/7/17/19/10/4 +1 att +1 par, no
tourneys, 3-9-0.  One of my downfalls, damn I suck at these!  Should've used my DA on
him right away but the numbers looked good....  No strat seemed to work well, he
couldn't take down scum and got jumped and pummeled by everyone else, couldn't lock
on a fave weapon either.

Usurper, AB 11-10-8-15-9-10-21, poor/good, 8/9/17?/6/9/9 +? att, no tourneys, 2-1-0.
A decent replacement for my dead godling, Sceptre.

My two dead:

Sceptre, SL 15-3-13-21-15-6-11, norm/great, 14/7/20/1/7/10 +1 att, died at 0-4.  Is
there anything worse than a pud godling??  I couldn't believe my luck getting this as
a replacement for Incline at the time.  Three embarrassing scummings and then he gets
pasted by Kat's striker.  Had no knack to speak of and couldn't hit anything,
should've made him a striker with that 3 CN/15 WL.  My biggest mistake in this
contest aside from trying to salvage my plunger....

Incline, AB 13-13-8-15-7-7-21, norm/norm, 7/7/15/8/11/7, 3 tourney Fe, died at 2-3-1.
Not much to say, another decent dead aimer.

This was an old existing team I transferred in from Malcorn for the contest.  Should
have had a good TP and/or striker on board like most everyone else, then I might have
stayed in contention.  I'm disappointed with my overall performance given the good
starting numbers of these guys, but it was an honor to run in the contest, I'm glad I
did!  Here's to you, Rich.  Blades UP!!!

All -- It was a great time dueling with you all here this past year.  I'd like to
stay active but money says not right now, so I return to Sunset.  Hope to see you
there, everyone! -- Stik

Street -- Fine contest, and a fitting tribute. -- Kat

Cerebrus -- Be glad I was in such a giving mood.  Don't make me angry.  You wouldn't
like it when I'm angry. -- Torc (JANIX)

Storm Angel -- Alas, you don't hit well, but at least you make up for it by not
parrying well either. -- Envi (JANIX)

Pit Viper -- I went 'ZING', and you were all like, 'CLANG', then I went, 'WHOOSH',
and you went all 'ZIP' then 'PRANG', which made me have to pull out a, 'WHACK-WHACK'
--and you just couldn't handle it, could ya? -- Dani (JANIX)

Never Die -- More like 'Never Quit'.  Dang, you're persistent! -- Snir (JANIX)

Skorindelle -- You can be my wingman anytime. -- Xyco (JANIX)

Dani -- Ahhh...the story of my short life. -- Pit Viper

Harpooner -- Well, at least it was action packed. -- Snow Leopard

All -- Certainly hope Rillion got the paperwork in to get me brought back to life and
entered onto the sands in time for this turn's fights. -- Oliver Wood of Gryffindor

All -- This is in case Oliver did not get brought back and we need to make sure we
got a personal ad in from an active warrior. -- Hermoine of Gryffindor House2

Nickleback -- You can just TAKE your old nickel and shove it where the sun don't
shine! -- Wimperetta, seriously annoyed at having been confronted with a bloodless

Neville -- You're a half elf?  I would NEVER have guessed that.  No pointed ears, not
even HALF pointed.  So (winking), does that mean the OTHER half of you is elvish? --

Shellback -- What's the deal with the backs?  Nickleback, shellback, probably others.
Backs aren't what count.  It's the front where stuff happens, decisions are made,
actions taken, all that stuff. -- Penelothe

Xyco -- You're saying I should have bought that stock when it was available?  You
might be right.  But that would have been sensible, and I don't do sensible things.
I'm a gladiatress, after all.  How not-sensible can you get? -- Skorindelle

Wasp -- Sorry to get carried away like that, but I've got this "thing" about wasps.
-- Daristam
P.S.  Funny, you always hear about the nasty things lady wasps do, but what about the
men?  ARE there any male wasps?  Other than the ones wearing suits and working in

Chaos Warrior -- But then chaos tipped in MY favor again.  It's all back and forth,
no steady advance.  Of course, as a cat, I am well able to deal with apparent chaos,
using my superior feline ability to see beyond the surface to the reality beneath. --
P.S.  If the hatchet works for you, then by all means use it.

Blackstorm -- (pause to search back and see what we were talking about)  Ah!  No, I
mean the really bad Bad Guys who rip the helpless souls out of....  Oh!  You ARE one
of them.  Gosh.  Well...how does Doomrunner feel about being made into a golem?  Lots
of people would rather go on to whatever their gods offer as an afterlife, you know,
especially when they've earned a Safe Pass to the better neighborhoods. --
P.S.  But if Doomrunner's soul was consenting, I guess it's okay.  It's the "against
their wills" bit that's really bad.

Wastelander -- I don't know what the question was, but the answer is:  to be bitten!
I will be glad to oblige you but a little nip now and then. -- Wimperetta

Xyco -- Good!  The post office thanks you. -- Skorindelle

Wastelander -- Sorry the sight of my opponent's blood just...makes me grin. -- Nyall

Viret -- All the warriors of Caress of Steel were named for famous warriors from our
manager's past stables, just another small way to honor my friend Rich.  Now, if you
hold still a moment I'll give him a 21 bash salute. -- Thor Ravenblade

All -- Three or four turns with no personals, running only four warriors the last
half of the contest, not really paying attention, equals one lost contest. --

Sea Dogs -- A pirate is never as good a fighter on solid ground, Swashbuckler never
had a chance. -- Thor Ravenblade

Wrenn -- A bad matchup for you, too bad. -- Olgerd Vlad

All -- It appears that my hot-headedness has gotten me disqualified.  I realized just
after I dropped off the envelope.  Not that I'm sorry or anything.  It's just too bad
that it was more of a kill-fest than a friendly tournament, but dat was de rules!  I
will apologize to our host for the ungracious BF challenge I made to Rillian.  At
least I got some satisfaction from seeing Ginny cut to pieces. -- Blackstorm

Ginny Weasley -- I thought such a remark would come from you.  Well now you can have
nightmares forever and ever. -- Chaos Warrior

Daristam -- (wink)  Wasn't personal at all.  Cats are nice, but I'm a dog lover
myself.  Know any were-dogs or maybe a rare were-wolf? -- Storm Angel

Street Legal -- Thanx a bunch.  I was pretty sure too, but like I said, I'm all o'er
the place.  Sorry I disqualified myself, but my bloodlust got away from me. --
P.S.  I'll not interfere until the end (i.e. challenging).

Envi -- Ow, ow, ouch!  I see torchlight coming soon. -- Storm Angel

Sir Loin of Beef -- Tough meat makes me poot a lot.  Nice try. -- Rune Knight

Phoenix -- I have to stop using Decise Tactic.  Not bad, but I can do better. --

Bengal -- Meoow, hiss, hiss, scratch. -- Rune Knight

Rillion -- Well sir, one more turn and you will have your own chance.  Do you
remember your remarks when you killed Battleblade?  I still don't understand how you
killed him that easily.  Same vs. Steel Nightmare.  There was no chance your Slasher
should have even gotten the jump, let alone kill.  You must be one "good" manager. --

Skorindale -- It seems my spirit shall never die, unlike those golem suits.  Yes, you
can put me in an adventure in any way you wish.  I'm retiring. -- Spirit of

24 March 2006
A few notes about e-mailed personals:

You may submit personal ads, columns, spotlights, etc. electronically, either via e-
mail to ads at reality dot com (which doesn't need any more spam, thank you) or on
the web at http://www.reality.com/duel2/modules.php?name=Ads.  When you submit
something, you should get back a receipt from HAL at RSI.  If you do NOT get a
receipt, your ads may have gone astray (not all e-mail makes it to its destination
any more than all snail mail does).  If you DO get a receipt, it should, in the body
of the message, tell you what arena your stuff was filed in.  Check your receipt to
make sure your submission made it to the intended destination.  Also check to see
that everything you sent made it to the same place.  Sometimes HAL, who is rather
simple-minded in some ways, will send half your stuff to another arena if the name
or number of that arena shows up at the beginning of a line.  So if the word Ti
appears at the beginning of a line halfway through your ads, all the ads after that
may end up in Ti, which is closed and doesn't need ads.  As a side note, sometimes
things move slowly, so don't wait until the last minute to send your ads and all.
If they get held up along the way, they may not show up until next turn.  Happy
writing! -- Ed.

28 March 2006
We of the Desolate Empire Alliance want to welcome two managers to our fold.  Kon of
the Empire Rising, and Osiris!  May they be blessed with the blood of their enemies,
and give no quarter in War! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STORM ANGEL was viciously butchered by CAPTIVE RIRORNI in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
NICKLEBACK was vanquished by CHAOS WARRIOR in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
VIKING RAIDER subdued VIRET in a crowd pleasing 1 minute expert's fight.
PHOENIX was bested by MADAM VENUSIA in a exciting 3 minute one-sided fight.
WICKED SLICE was unbelievably bested by MOUSETRAP in a action packed 5 minute brawl.
WIMPERETTA devastated TONY THE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WRONG WAY slimly lost to NEVILLE in a 2 minute gruesome fight.
PENELOTHE won victory over WASTELANDER in a 1 minute duel.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN unbelievably bested WET NOODLE in a popular 6 minute gruesome duel.
SKORINDELLE viciously subdued YAHOO WAHOO in a popular 4 minute brutal fight.
FACELESS MAN was overcome by SHARK in a 6 minute bout.
RUNE KNIGHT was savagely defeated by ENVI in a 5 minute brutal match.
WALLAMALOOS was devastated by WOODS in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SOLID GONE was murdered by DANI in a 1 minute mismatched match.
SNIR was savagely defeated by HERMOINE in a unpopular 17 minute gory conflict.
VENTURIA viciously subdued XYCO in a 3 minute bloody bout.
EVERGREY viciously subdued HIGHER in a exciting 5 minute bloody fray.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE devastated NEVER DIE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
VICTORIAN MANDARIN savagely defeated BENGAL in a 2 minute brutal match.
DARISTAM beat TORC in a popular 1 minute match.
WRENN overcame SIRIUS BLACK in a 3 minute competition.
KESTUTIAS devastated IN YOUR TANK in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
DISTURBED slaughtered HAND OF DOOM in a 1 minute one-sided match.
USURPER handily defeated PIN YIN in a 2 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                     12         TOTAL PARRY       71 -  44 -  1      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  13 -  0      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         WALL OF STEEL     44 -  36 -  3      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    47 -  41 -  4      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   65 -  61 -  8      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         AIMED BLOW        30 -  29 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  29 -  2      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  26 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    33 -  55 -  3      38  |

Turn 206 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     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  6                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  CHAOS WARRIOR 2069         14  13  3  108 EYE OF THE STORM (221)
SLASHING ATTACK  VIKING RAIDER 2885          8   2  0  105 SPARF! (310)
TOTAL PARRY      MOUSETRAP 2521             18   9  1   92 USELESS TOOLS (219)
AIMED BLOW       WIMPERETTA 2655            20  15  1   86 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    VIRET 2727                 16   8  0   84 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
PARRY-LUNGE      MADAM VENUSIA 2887         15  10  0   81 SPARF! (310)
BASHING ATTACK   NEVILLE 2908                7   4  2   73 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (308)
WALL OF STEEL    PENELOTHE 2838              8   5  0   68 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
PARRY-STRIKE     VENTURIA 2878              10   5  0   58 STEEL REIGN (309)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VIRET 2727.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
WET NOODLE 2844.  The ten other most popular fighters were WICKED SLICE 2876, 

The least popular fighter this week was SNIR 2784.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HERMOINE 2855, SHARK 2777, PIN YIN 2939, HAND OF DOOM 2940, NEVER DIE 
2756, HIGHER 2755, SOLID GONE 2879, WALLAMALOOS 2912, RUNE KNIGHT 2915, and YAHOO 
WAHOO 2733.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

VIKING RAIDER (54-2885) SPARF! (310)