Date   : 08/14/2003    Duedate: 08/27/2003


DM-56    TURN-331

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-2449) [14-12-1,89]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BESOT                          POSITION IS EMPTY
ACT OF MALICE (264)            
(56-2449) [14-12-1,89]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DUMPLING                       4-0 PROLENE
BAD APPLES (187)               GENERAL SURGERY (267)
(56-3684) [12-11-0,77]         (56-2570) [18-10-0,84]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. REDHORSE (207)              37
2. ACT OF MALICE (264)         21      SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
3. SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)        7      Unchartered Team
4. BAD APPLES (187)             4
5. GENERAL SURGERY (267)       -1      NOSTALGIA (365)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)     22  12  1 64.7   1/ 1 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     7  5 0
 2/ 2 ACT OF MALICE (264)       68  53  9 56.2   2/ 3 BAD APPLES (187)          7  7 0
 3/ 3 REDHORSE (207)           305 355 13 46.2   3/ 4 REDHORSE (207)            7  8 2
 4/ 4 BAD APPLES (187)         251 356 13 41.4   4/ 2 ACT OF MALICE (264)       5  7 1
 5/ 5 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     42  66  1 38.9   5/ 5 SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)     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

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Charter Cities #89 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +


     Equestor Valarrian, ruler of Morya, glared at the man across the desk from him.  
Zebaalad was Ferencian, and probably a mage, and his allegiance was to Bey Nishtar, 
the man who was now ruler in all but name of Monuntial.  Valarrian considered 
Zebaalad a source of unrest among the Moryan population, though he couldn't prove it.  
Nishtar and his agent Zebaalad would like to see him, Valarrian Kiyle, fall from 
power so that they could suck Morya into subordination under Monuntial.  They had no 
understand for the realities of life at this end of the Storm Sea: it would be much 
better if Monuntial were subordinated to Morya, and he meant to see that happen.
     "I repeat," Zebaalad said, "that I am not, nor is Bey Nishtar, responsible for 
the, ah, disruption along the lakeside."
     "It's some kind of magic," the Equestor growled.  "And--"
     "Ahem, it is NOT magic," Zebaalad countered firmly.  "Not exactly, anyway.  And 
I do not believe that an effect which must be based on great power would even be 
possible given the current state of the Arcanum.  No... not magical...."
     "Then what?" Valarrian demanded, exasperated.
     Zebaalad stared at him, unblinking, for a long moment.  (Like a damned lizard, 
Valarrian thought.)  "I believe that it is something that is happening BECAUSE the 
Arcanum is declining," the Ferencian said finally.  "It seems that the decline in the 
Arcanum is being accompanied by an increase in the permeability of the 
interdimensional membrane--"
     "For the gods' sake, man, put it in plain language!"
     Zebaalad shrugged.  "The towers which are now sometimes seen on the lakeshore," 
he said, "exist in a different universe than ours, one that has begun to... link with 
ours intermittently."
     "A different universe?"  Valarrian had a horrible vision of armored hordes 
pouring out of a hole in the world to conquer HIS empire before he had a chance to 
build its strength.  "Is there some way to stop it happening?"
     "None that is known to me, or that I have ever heard of," the Ferencian said.  
"Perhaps the Greywand could do something... if she wasn't busy with other matters 
that seem more pressing to her."
     "We don't want her involved!" the Equestor snapped.  Perhaps the delicate glass 
towers he had seen--all Morya had seen--fading in and out on the shore meant that the 
people on the other side of the hole were not warlike.  Maybe they were a bunch of 
wimpy Elves like the old ruler of Monuntial, Quetzal.  In that case... perhaps the 
armored hordes could go in the OTHER direction.  He saw himself as a glorious 
conqueror receiving ambassadors from TWO worlds.  But he would need more information 
about the other world, the Glass Tower World he called it in his own mind.  
Information was as good as another legion when it came to battle.  And, his lips 
curved into a faint smile, who better to send into the unknown than the gladiators 
who had been swaggering around the city making pests of themselves?  Gladiators 
fancied themselves as peerless explorers, didn't they?  Yes....

Near Morya:

     Uncle Wolf moved slowly in a circle, colored sand sifting through his fingers to 
mark the limits of his working space on the ground.  One of his gladiators, Lord 
Protector Ghost Dancer, stood in the center of the circle and watched closely.  
Though a breeze stirred the willows that edged the little clearing by the lake, the 
powders fell straight downward and did not shift once they were in position.
     The old man finished his circle and picked up a willow switch, peeled to slick 
whiteness.  "You're sure you want to do this?  I may not be able to bring you back."
     "I'm sure," the young warrior said firmly.  "I know the risks--"
     "Nobody knows the risks except Shierah, and even She may not know what lies in 
another world," Uncle Wolf snapped.  "This is the UNKNOWN, boy."
     "I don't know the risks then," Ghost Dancer said patiently.  "But I still want 
to do this."
     Uncle Wolf sighed.  "All right."  He used the willow switch to scratch cryptic 
patterns into the dust around the edge of the circle, then stood back.  "The Glass 
Towers will be coming again soon," he said finally, "and when they return to their 
own place, you'll go with them.  So long as you carry that amulet," he nodded at the 
carved bone pendant his warrior wore on a neck thong, "I should be able to find you 
and bring you back in..." he glanced at the sky consideringly, "two days as time 
passes here.  I don't know how long that will be in the other place."
     Ghost Dancer nodded also, touched the pendant, touched his sheathed sword but 
didn't draw it.  "I'm ready."

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #66 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Ibizond, Korga, and in between:

     Fist of Kjarran strode briskly along the road that ran east from Ibizond.  It
would eventually reach Malcorn and then Zuwayza, but that was several days away even
if nothing came of this effort to catch the killer.  What kind of man, he wondered
would haunt a lonely stretch of road and kill only single travelers after dark?  A
coward, for one thing.  But it might be useful to consider the other factors; after
all, the ambush ahead that was supposed to catch the killer might fail.  He could end
up fighting alone.  His hand caressed the hilt of his sword.  And he'd do very well
by himself, if he had to.
     The Murskan, Cadal, believed the killer was a non-human monster of some sort,
perhaps a demon.  It would be a feather in his cap to kill a demon....  But he had to
remember that he wasn't out here for glory, even when the glory would honor mighty
Kjarran, and his daughter Jayde, too, of course.  He was here to rid the area of a
killer.  He peered sharply into the trees on either side of the road.  Though the sun
had not yet vanished behind the western hills, the woods were already filled with
shadow.  Anything could be hiding there.
     In fact, Aghtamar, Zilla, and Cadal were hiding there, somewhere a little
farther ahead.  No human would detect them, Fist believed.  Cadal might be a semi-
barbarian, as all the Murskans were, and a second-rate gladiator (for a Lord
Protector), but he knew what he was doing in the woods.  Fist sighed and shook his
head.  What the Murskans should be doing in the woods was cutting down the trees and
planting beans.  Oh, well.  Doubtless that would come in time, as they absorbed
civilization from their more enlightened neighbor, the Glorious Empire.
     Meanwhile, there was the killer.  The sun was balanced on the rim of the hills,
and the shadows were stretching out of the forest and across the road.  It was time 
for the killer to appear.
     As though his thought had conjured the sound, he heard hoofs on the road ahead
of him.  No one had mentioned the killer being mounted.  Could this be a chance
victim?  Some unfortunate traveler from the east who didn't know the risk he was
taking?  The rider was still out of sight, as the road ahead curving and slanting
into a valley dark with trees.  That valley would be a good place for the killer to
set his ambush....  Or for Cadal to set his!  Fist had a sudden vision of the killer
and the gladiators facing each other across the road, waiting for a victim to walk
into their trap.  He resisted the urge to laugh; after all, it could be true!  He
also resisted the urge to break into a run, which would tire out him right when he
might be needing his full strength.
     Somewhere ahead, but farther away than the horseman, a hound bayed, answered by
two more.  At least, Fist of Kjarran was fairly sure they were hounds, and not
wolves.  But it was enough to make anyone's blood run cold, and that alone might have
scared a timid traveler to death.  And who would be hunting with hounds along this
road at night?  Fist wasn't a country boy, but something seemed out of step in this.
Maybe the killer used the hounds to terrify his victims?  In any case, the horsemen
in the valley was in danger.
     Fist paused to listen.  He had lost track of the hoofbeats when he'd heard the
baying, but now he picked them up again.  They were faster-paced, but...they didn't
seem to be getting any closer.  He shuddered in sympathy for the rider as he hurried
ahead.  It must be like one of those nightmares where you run and run and can't
     Darkness filled the little valley like a pool of water.  Fist had the
unreasonable feeling that he should hold his breath as he descended.  There was a
thin wail from below, then shouts and the clangor of swords.  He broke into a trot.
Some other traveler must have drawn the killer and sprung the ambush before he got
     At the bottom of the valley, the road crossed a stream.  The woods were broken
there so that some moonlight came down onto the bridge and the struggle going on
there.  Swords flickered in reflected moonlight, and shadows surged back and forth.
Fist drew his sword.  One shadow detached itself from the struggle.  It was
silhouetted briefly against the white foam of the stream: a gigantic hound, black as
hate except for crimson ears and eyes that burned like fire.  It bayed as it raced
along the road toward Fist of Kjarran.
     Fist shuddered.  You didn't have to be timid for that sound and sight to freeze
your blood!  But he was a gladiator, a Lord Protector, a faithful follower of Kjarran
and Jayde.  No dog was going to intimidate him.  He steadied his sword to receive the

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): PA ELL of WAY OF THE SWORD (? mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): DUSK of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): MR. YUCK of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): PICKLED PIGSKIN of BUFFY'S DINER (Alfredo Frothingslosh)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 449): APATHY of WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): 4-0 PROLENE of GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): ON MY WAY of SADISTS F2F (SunGod, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): JUSTICE of PEACE MAKERS (Solomon, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 469): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 465): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 466): WYLDERNESS WYLD (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): UGLY URBAN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 455): DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229): UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 451): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 449): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 442): COMIC MAYHEM (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 406): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 206): DYNASTIC (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 330): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 310): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 136): WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 356): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 471): BLUE DUCK of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 468): LIFE SENTANCE of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 464): MALASION of THE BLACKHEARTS (Nunzio Frothingslosh, mgr.)
                           N.D. GRASSE of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 464): KILLIN' STU of MINIONS OF MILO (Kleptov Grenufelbitz)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 463): KANDY KANES of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 231): BATMANNING (28-3402) CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 229):ODYSSEUS of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KRAC D'CHEVALIERS of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               BABBS BUNNY of LOONY TOONS (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
                   (turn 228): SIR YDER of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               BONEGRIN DEVAR of BUSHMASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 450): LIGHTNING of HARBINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 448): RYANATOR of OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
                            LEMON DROP of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 205): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 200): ZEEL BEBUB of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                               INCREDIBLE SULK of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                               MARY ANN of SCREEN DREAMS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 187): CLOUDS AWAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 135): PUNCH DRUNK of WAY TO GO! II (Spawn, mgr.)
                            MOONSTONE of FLAMING FIST (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail ROCANIS!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  The REDHORSE guild has had a 4-1-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the 
future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, GAZELLE 
fought ROCANI TURNCOAT and gained 14 points and contributed to REDHORSE's 4-1-0.  
WORMY has lost to ELEVEN BLADE, falling 9 points, while helping make BAD APPLES a 
2-3-0 turn.  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to RIRORNI SABOTEUR, 
and 4-0 PROLENE has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  With 4-0 PROLENE clearing the 
throne, ACT OF MALICE of BESOT takes a proud seat as ROCANIS' new Duelmaster, by 
virtue of recognition points.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last 
night, cramped under the table at The Wanton Troll?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  BAD APPLES has cause to stand tall, as 
they were ROCANIS' most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And guess who avoided BAD APPLES stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was ACT OF 
MALICE.  Anyone surprised?  The most challenged warrior this turn was BAD APPLES' 
warrior DUMPLING.  More fighters challenged her than challenged the Duelmaster!   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Is it really true that ROCANIS has more dishwashers per capita that 
fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in ROCANIS again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BESOT 2449                   14  12  1    89       ACT OF MALICE (264)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 4-0 PROLENE 2570             18  10  0    84       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 GAZELLE 3701                 14   6  0    79       REDHORSE (207)
 DUMPLING 3684                12  11  0    77       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELEVEN BLADE 3721             8   1  0    66       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 ROYCE GRACIE 3686             7   0  0    63       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
-DAN SEVERN 3690               6   1  0    59       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PAT MILETICH 3688             6   1  1    56       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700           10  10  3    55       REDHORSE (207)
 WORMY 3706                    9   9  2    55       BAD APPLES (187)
 BROKEN TOE 3683              11  13  1    47       REDHORSE (207)
 TENACULUM 3735                3   2  0    43       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 SANITY'S DEMISE 3722          4   4  0    41       ACT OF MALICE (264)
-NINDIL SOL 3679               4   0  1    36       ACT OF MALICE (264)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEADFALL 3685                 4  19  0    31       BAD APPLES (187)
 APPLEMINT 3736                4   1  0    25       BAD APPLES (187)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MATT HUGHES 3717              3   0  0    21       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
 JAVELINO 3728                 3   3  0    17       REDHORSE (207)
 CHUX 3726                     3   4  0    13       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 JONATHANNIE 3747              1   0  0    13       BAD APPLES (187)
-FRANKIE 2204                  3   2  0    11       OF MICE AND MEN (4)
 HEDGEHOG 3748                 1   0  0     3       REDHORSE (207)
 GROMALAD 3745                 0   1  0     2       ACT OF MALICE (264)
 ISARITH 3746                  0   1  0     1       ACT OF MALICE (264)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GERITH GRIMEYE 3661    8  7 1 ACT OF MALICE 264     SHAYLA 3640           329 REVENGED
APPLE FRITTER 3708     8  7 0 BAD APPLES 187        MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700    329 REVENGED
SHAYLA 3640           12 19 3 REDHORSE 207          BESOT 2449            330         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Besot -- Oh, that sucked.  Thanks for killing the only semi-good warrior on the team. 
-- Mila, mgr. Redhorse

Tenaculum -- Good fight.  Guess I've got to work on that second minute. -- Broken Toe
P.S.  You should always be able to believe it when you've beaten someone from 
Redhorse.  I guess the only really good warrior we had on this team was Mila's kid 
Royland, and he's long since gone to the Isle.

How anticlimactic to beat a stand-in.  They told me the Rirorni Thug can't even read, 
so there's no point in writing an ad to him. -- Gazelle

     We'll get somebody to read it to him.

4-0 Prolene -- Good luck with that skill.  Wish I'd fought you instead of a stand-in. 
-- Gazelle

Wormy -- Oh poot!  You weren't supposed to beat me.  When I found out I was facing 
you, I bet on myself.  Now I have to... to get a... JOB, to pay off my gaming debt.
-- Mountain Goat

Bad Apples -- Sorry for killing Apple Fritter.  We don't fight with a high kill 
desire, ever (the Commission rates mine at a 4).  I've sent flowers to the funeral.  
Let me know if there is something I can do for his family. -- Mountain Goat

Sanity's Demise -- I hate those butt hits.  That kind of attack always does me in.  
I've got to get them to make me some butt armor. -- Javelino

Applemint -- You think javelinos are tasty?  Well, I think apples are tasty.  Maybe 
we should get together and taste each other? -- Javelino

4-0 Prolene -- Well....  Well, I suppose I didn't really WANT to be duelmistress, or 
I'd have fought harder, wouldn't I?  I understand that there's a lot of attention on 

the duelmistress, people watching her, drawing pictures of her, stuff like that.  I'd 
have had to lose weight, wouldn't I?  Hmm.  Better that it isn't me, then. -- 

Mountain Goat -- May you get worms in your hooves. -- Wormy

Eleven Blade -- (sigh)  You just mow us down, right, left, and center, don't you? -- 

Chux -- You see what happens?  Get me stirred up--maybe it wasn't you who did
the stirring, but that doesn't matter, not really--and I fall on things and
crush them horribly.  So watch out! -- Deadfall

18 July 2003
To All Managers -- I would like to take this time to announce that my alliance, The
Association, is no more.  Due to the dead weight managers of the alliance and their
lack of participation, DarkSpirit and I have formed a new alliance:  The Firm.  We
have taken on two members so far and are looking for a few more.  If you would like
to find out more about The Firm, you can diplo Dark Spirit, Unknowns XX in arena 15
or myself, Sungod, Sadists F2FII in arena 62.
                               --*  The Firm *--
                    Sungod -- Sadists F2FII -- 62
                    Dark Spirit -- Unknowns XX -- 15
                    Youngblood -- Wensinwasin -- 43
                    Tripwire -- Of Wolf and Man -- 1

26 July 2003
     Citizens of Alastari, a bright dawn has risen.  While you slept, a pernicious
force has entered the once-fair City of Aruak.  It fought alongside their treasured
warriors, it drank with their fans, and it slept with their women.  Now the masks are
coming off.
     Warriors, be afraid...be very afraid.  After years of Andorian managers ranting
that Aruak is the safest city in Alastari, the Frothingslosh Syndicate has selected
Aruak City as the home for its next epic 'contest'--Murder by Numbers II.  Our spies
have selected the warriors for extermination, and the executioners have had several
months to prepare.  Now a new age of darkness will descend upon Aruak, as the
Syndicate and its allies bring an entirely new level of competition to the arena!
Downchallenges!  Assassinations!  Small poodles as hors d'oeuvres!
     The Murder by Numbers II 'rules' will be announced next cycle.  However, we
invite all managers, from all corners of Alastari, to come to Aruak City and take
part...in one way or another.  Help defend the honor of a long heralded haven for the
pure, or join the forces of change in their siege of the ice-cream and cake
stronghold of the Dukes of Nerf-Dueling!
     This exercise is not for either the faint of heart or the weak willed.  Blood
will flow, brains will leak, and beer will be chugged.  Either way, we welcome you
with open arms and gleaming blades.
     This public service announcement has been brought to you by Frothingslosh Epic
Contests (tm), the number 86, and the letter 'K'.

The Frothingslosh Syndicate

29 July 2003
           *     *     *     *The Third Annual Turf War*     *     *     *
     Yes, it's time again for alliances to go to war!  TW3 will be held in DM 47
(North Fork) at a date to be  specified later--right after Crip's Incomprehensible
Contest is over...but I'm sure everyone wants to get their teams there soon!  Here
are the rules:

1.  Each alliance must have a leader declare the arrival of his alliance.  The leader
    will be responsible for verifying any and all teams/managers who declare to the
    alliance he/she is leading.
2.  Each manager, team declaring for the contest must have approval of the leader,
    donate one Roll-up Certificate ($5) to the prize pot (send it to me by diplo, by
    snail, or a note to customer service), and declare his/her team by diplo, p-ad or
3.  Each team may declare one warrior as champion.  All points scored by a champ are
4.  Prizes are as follows (mostly...there WILL be some things added as the prize pot
    grows with entry donations--this list is not final!)
    *  Highest scoring alliance -- Rename Arena 47 for a period of 6 months, one half
       of the total prize pot donated; roll-up certs.
    *  The Alliance with the most returns from the DA will get to re-name the DA
       monsters for a period of 6 months.
    *  The alliance with the most warriors listed as style masters will get to pick
       the Alastari city/arena to host the next Grand Tournament.
    *  The warrior with the most front page honors/awards will have the Arenamaster
       named after him for a period of 6 months.
    *  The Alliance with the most front page Honors/Awards will have the honor of
        picking the *slow* arena to host the Fifth Annual Turf War.
    *  The team with the most listings as Style Master will find out the favorites of
       one of their warriors.
    *  The warrior with the most listings as Style Master will fight at my expense
       for five turns (I will transfer to the manager's account).
    *  The Alliance with the most kills will be able to re-name the stand-in warriors
       for a period of 6 months.
    *  The warrior that scores the most total points will fight at my expense for 5
       turns (I will transfer $7.50 to the manager's account).
    *  The team that scores the most total points will receive an extra share of
       roll-up certs from the prize pot.
     There may be more categories to come, and the prize pot still has to be
divided...I'm open to category/prize ideas--and further donations to the prize pot.
     The contest will run for *TEN* turns; prizes will be awarded at the end of the
11th turn.
     Scoring will be as follows:
* 5 points per fight, doubled for each of the following conditions met:
     -- Two Alliance     -- Champion
     -- Challenge        -- Two Champions
     -- Bloodfeud        -- Challenger losing
     -- Kill
     (Note:  DA losses are exempt, but DA wins will be *tripled*!!!  Ex:  Happy
Slasher goes to the DA and dies, no points are lost.  If he wins, his team scores 60
points!  If he was a champ, he scores 120 points!)
     Use the following chart to calculate scores:
Conditions Met:       0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7
Points Per Fight:     5    10    20    40    80   160   320   640
* Awards/Honors and Style Masters will each be awarded points also.  Find the total
number of each (do note add Awards and Style Masters together) and consult the graph
below.  Champs that score an award or style master count as two.
     1 --   5      7 --  320
     2 --  10      8 --  640
     3 --  20      9 -- 1280
     4 --  40     10 -- 2560
     5 --  80     11 -- 5280
     6 -- 100     (x2 for each extra)
Note -- These categories *count as "triple"*--they will be figured for each team,
*AND* again for each alliance *as well as* for each warrior!
*  Each and every mention in the Spy Report is worth 5 points...period.
*  TVs will be scored on the same scale as Awards/Style Masters, but the total points
will be x10.  TC's will be scored as TV's, but x10 more.
Number of TV/TC's          Points Scored (TV/TC)
     1      50/ 500
     2     100/1000
     3     200/2000
     4     400/4000
     +     x2/ x2 (for each extra)
     Each alliance will start with 5000 points, scores for *fights* will be added to
the winner's total *AND* deducted from the losers.
     Come  one and all, defend your turf and the honor of your alliance...or your
                    Asmo Dius, TCB
                    Arenas, DM 47, DM 73

1 August 2003
     Assurnasirbanipal invites you to Talcama to participate in the third BATTLE
ROYAL contest.  It is a Delarquan contest so brutal that even some of Talcama's most
notable managers will refuse to participate.  The rules are simpler than any other
contest:  You may not avoid any other contest team.  There are no silly rules for who
can and can't compete.  Any team in Talcama is eligible to compete.  The scoring is
also quite simple (+1 for a win, +1 for a kill (+1 for the win), -1 for a loss) and
the first team to reach 25 points is the winner.
     Scoring will be live--the results for the turn posted in the newsletter.  The
winner will be able to fight their contest team in Talcama for free for 6 months but
more importantly will win a contest against some of the best managers who play the
game in one of the hardest contests in the game.
     First turn for BATTLE ROYAL 3 is Talcama Turn 465, which is due August 30.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BESOT bested DUMPLING in a 2 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
SANITY'S DEMISE vanquished DEADFALL in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
4-0 PROLENE was narrowly defeated by RIRORNI SABOTEUR in a 4 minute master's duel.
GAZELLE defeated ROCANI TURNCOAT in a exciting 3 minute bloody fight.
WORMY was viciously subdued by ELEVEN BLADE in a 1 minute gory duel.
ROYCE GRACIE devastated BROKEN TOE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MOUNTAIN GOAT overcame TENACULUM in a 2 minute expert vs. beginner fight.
JAVELINO won victory over CHUX in a 2 minute duel.
APPLEMINT won victory over GROMALAD in a 3 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
ISARITH was outlasted by HEDGEHOG in a dull 12 minute novice's fight.
JONATHANNIE overpowered RIRORNI ARCHER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       18 -   6 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  1      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    29 -  20 -  2      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  13 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   6 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  14 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    3 -   7 -  0      30  |

Turn 331 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    BESOT 2449                 14  12  1   89 ACT OF MALICE (264)
TOTAL PARRY      4-0 PROLENE 2570           18  10  0   84 GENERAL SURGERY (267)
LUNGING ATTACK   ELEVEN BLADE 3721           8   1  0   66 GENERAL SURGERY (267)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DUMPLING 3684.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was 4-0 PROLENE 2570.  The ten other most popular fighters were MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700, 
BLADE 3721, TENACULUM 3735, DUMPLING 3684, and DEADFALL 3685.

The least popular fighter this week was HEDGEHOG 3748.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ISARITH 3746, GROMALAD 3745, CHUX 3726, BROKEN TOE 3683, WORMY 3706,