Date   : 09/25/2003    Duedate: 10/08/2003


DM-56    TURN-334

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-3684) [14-12-0,92]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DUMPLING                       LADY MANTLE
BAD APPLES (187)               HUNTERS AND PREY (399)
(56-3684) [14-12-0,92]         (56-3713) [2-1-0,19]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DUMPLING                       LADY MANTLE
BAD APPLES (187)               HUNTERS AND PREY (399)
(56-3684) [14-12-0,92]         (56-3713) [2-1-0,19]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ACT OF MALICE (264)         36
2. SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)       28      SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
3. REDHORSE (207)              20      Unchartered Team
4. BAD APPLES (187)             7
5. GENERAL SURGERY (267)       -1      HUNTERS AND PREY (399)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)     24  12  2 66.7   1/ 1 REDHORSE (207)           10  5 0
 2/ 3 ACT OF MALICE (264)       76  57  9 57.1   2/ 3 ACT OF MALICE (264)       8  4 0
 3/ 1*HUNTERS AND PREY (399)     8   7  3 53.3   3/ 2 BAD APPLES (187)          7  8 1
 4/ 4 REDHORSE (207)           315 360 13 46.7   4/ 4 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     7  8 0
 5/ 5 BAD APPLES (187)         258 364 14 41.5   5/ 5*HUNTERS AND PREY (399)    3  7 1
 6/ 6 GENERAL SURGERY (267)     49  74  1 39.8   6/ 6 SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)     2  0 1

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #69 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<


     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door and stepped toward Pelishtekan's office.

Near Malcorn:

     The finger of light slid across the surface of the tall stone and touched the
worn carvings, which leaped into sudden clarity.  The little clearing, which had been
empty except for Lord Malcorn and Tiljanz al Burgos, the young Karnhorn diplomat, was
suddenly full of shadows.  Or something.  Tiljanz could feel the weight of a dozen
minds thinking about him--calculating minds, hostile minds, hungry ones.  He held
himself still and quiet with difficulty.  This was Lord Malcorn's meeting; he himself
was just present as a witness.
     Words came out of the darkness, hollow as caves, clear as trumpets.  "Why are
you here, Malcorn?"
     "To demand that you enforce your side of the agreement we made, Dregur," the
lord of Malcorn replied.  If a great tree had spoken, its voice might have sounded
like that.
     "Our side?  What have we, the true and original lords of all the land between
the lakes, to 'enforce' at the command of an ephemeral like you?"
     "Do not play games with me.  A deal was made and sworn under just such a moon,
that the dregur would attack only those who entered this land at the command of the
Easterner Inzolas.  In return for this, you were released from the Silent Place."
     "And if we choose now to disregard that 'deal' you speak of?"  Idle inquiry.
     "The Silent Place is still there."
     "You think you could return us to that captivity?"  Scorn and amusement.  "You?"
     "If you do not keep your side of the agreement," now Malcorn's voice was like
iron, cold black iron, "I will return you to that captivity.  Me."  At that moment,
Tiljanz did not doubt that Blackie would do just that, whatever the cost to himself.
     "We did make an oath."  The voice was the same, but different.  A different
dregur speaking, Tiljanz thought.  "The oath is a binding already.  He could do it."
Warning, cool consideration.
     "Because a few of us have chosen to Hunt freely, as we used to?  Unfair!  This
land was OURS.  If we stretch out our hand to take it back, where is the injustice in
that?"  Passion.
     "The injustice is in the breaking of our oath.  The land itself will reject an
oathbreaker.  It has always been so."  Stern command.  "We must keep our part of the
bargain, or by our failure we release Lord Malcorn from his.  And he could then
return us to the Silent Place, if he is willing to pay the price."  A pause.  "And
you can see that he is so willing."
     Objection.  "Those who Hunt alone will not be called back to the kennel, even by
     Unyielding command.  "Then I myself will lead a Hunt against them."

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Hey everybody, watch out for ROYCE GRACIE, who 
flew up 16 points in the rankings after mashing TENACULUM like a melon.  Keep your 
eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was WILD INDIGO, who 
dropped 12 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with NURSE ELAINE.  
Unlike most arenas, BESOT managed to get his challenge off against the 15-7-0 
GAZELLE.  Well, everybody's pal BESOT moved his record to 17-12-1 by defeating 
GAZELLE in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 12 recognition points.  Can you 
believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Here is other news that is of note.  And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't 
avoid REDHORSE, please raise you hand.  Wow.  Does ROCANIS really have that many 
liars?  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause HUNTERS 
AND PREY beats feet every time REDHORSE smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well just 
about everybody wants a piece of NURSE ELAINE, who was this week's most challenged 
warrior.  In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, ISARITH went after CHUX, who 
was higher by 18 points.  Well, when the dust settled, ISARITH beat CHUX.  ASAUN of 
ACT OF MALICE had better have a good reason for challenging down 10 points in a 
challenge which he won.  I thought ASAUN showed great skill and promise when he 
bested SUZIE SUE.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  We might as well mark the 
passing of CATCHFLY, who was relatively new to the arena at 2-1-1.  Probably killed 
before his first shave.  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes 
and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you 
enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be 
leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUMPLING 3684                14  12  0    92       BAD APPLES (187)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GAZELLE 3701                 15   8  0    85       REDHORSE (207)
 4-0 PROLENE 2570             19  12  0    79       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 ROYCE GRACIE 3686             8   0  0    79       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
 ELEVEN BLADE 3721             9   3  0    71       GENERAL SURGERY (267)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WORMY 3706                   10  11  2    61       BAD APPLES (187)
-DAN SEVERN 3690               6   1  0    59       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
 SANITY'S DEMISE 3722          6   5  0    58       ACT OF MALICE (264)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TENACULUM 3735                5   3  0    57       GENERAL SURGERY (267)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PAT MILETICH 3688             6   1  1    56       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
 BROKEN TOE 3683              13  14  1    55       REDHORSE (207)
 MOUNTAIN GOAT 3700           12  11  3    55       REDHORSE (207)
 DEADFALL 3685                 5  21  0    36       BAD APPLES (187)
-NINDIL SOL 3679               4   0  1    36       ACT OF MALICE (264)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MATT HUGHES 3717              4   0  1    33       SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
 APPLEMINT 3736                6   2  1    29       BAD APPLES (187)
 JAVELINO 3728                 5   4  0    26       REDHORSE (207)
 HEDGEHOG 3748                 4   0  0    25       REDHORSE (207)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JONATHANNIE 3747              2   2  0    22       BAD APPLES (187)
 LADY MANTLE 3713              2   1  0    19       HUNTERS AND PREY (399)
 NURSE ELAINE 2955             2   1  0    19       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 CHUX 3726                     4   6  0    18       GENERAL SURGERY (267)
 ISARITH 3746                  1   3  0    17       ACT OF MALICE (264)
 ASAUN 3750                    2   0  0    16       ACT OF MALICE (264)
 WILD INDIGO 3712              2   1  1     8       HUNTERS AND PREY (399)
 HELLEBORE 3715                1   2  1     6       HUNTERS AND PREY (399)
 SUZIE SUE 3711                1   2  0     5       HUNTERS AND PREY (399)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 4    0  1 0   1                   APPLEMINT 3736        334 NONE    
CATCHFLY 3714          2  1 1 HUNTERS AND PREY 399  MATT HUGHES 3717      334         
SHAYLA 3640           12 19 3 REDHORSE 207          BESOT 2449            330 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Besot -- Woo hoo!  Thanks for all the skills!  Trust me, I'll use them well. --

Wormy -- What a disgusting display that was!  Don't you know, you're not supposed to
do that to someone of my style?  Plus, you copied a bunch of my skills.  I feel so
used! -- Mountain Goat
P.S.  At least you got your bloodfeud out of the way.  I don't think we're going to
be able to avenge Shayla.
P.P.S.  May the early bird get you.

Tenaculum -- That was embarrassing, losing to someone with six fights.  Have you had
a lot of tourney fights? -- Broken Toe

Deadfall -- I wish you wouldn't. -- Broken Toe

Jonathannie -- I predict that you'll go far.  Soaking up skills like a sponge is
always a good omen. -- Javelino

Chux -- No one is disposable, except maybe managers.  I sure know Mila hasn't done
Redhorse any good. -- Javelino

Hellebore -- You had me worried.  But in the end, I always overcome.  I am Hedgehog,
hear me roar! -- Hedgehog

3-0 Prolene -- I don't think you'd improve my gravy at all.  Nothing personal,
everyone has their places and purposes, but yours is not to be part of dumpling
gravy. -- Dumpling
P.S.  Actually, as a sweet apple dumpling, I have a sauce rather than a gravy.

Isarith -- I can't take any credit for that, not really.  I saw that when you came
out of the starting gate, a horsefly bit you, and that is bound to have thrown you
off your stroke.  Horseflies are like that. -- Applemint

Mountain Goat -- I take FULL credit for beating you, because hairy, stinky old goats
make me furious.  And when I get furious, I ATTACK.  So there. -- Wormy

Chux -- I think your name may be a jinx, Chuxie baby.  If golems can by jinxed, which
I certainly hope they can.  Anything else would be grossly unfair.  It probably
leaves you with the idea that your manager is just waiting for the right moment to
throw you away.  And you're probably right.... -- Deadfall

Javelino -- Ho!  That, most incredibly, wraps up a five-oh turn for us!  That is not
something we're used to, but we LIKE it.  Lots. -- Jonathannie

Besot -- I feel it incumbent upon me of all the Bad Apples to congratulate you on
your graduation.  And I do so.  Good work. -- Dumpling

Eleven Blade -- (severely)  That's my nose. -- Wormy

Mountain Goat -- Yeah, sure, you would say that.  Does anyone believe you? -- Delice
the Red for Bad Apples

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BESOT devastated GAZELLE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
SANITY'S DEMISE vanquished DEADFALL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
LADY MANTLE was outlasted by HEDGEHOG in a 7 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
ISARITH bested CHUX in a 5 minute Challenge fight.
CATCHFLY was assassinated by MATT HUGHES in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HELLEBORE was devastated by JAVELINO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
ASAUN beat SUZIE SUE in a 3 minute amateur's Challenge brawl.
DUMPLING savagely defeated ELEVEN BLADE in a 2 minute gruesome Title melee.
TENACULUM was vanquished by ROYCE GRACIE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
4-0 PROLENE defeated WORMY in a popular 1 minute expert's duel.
BROKEN TOE overpowered JONATHANNIE in a 1 minute uneven match.
MOUNTAIN GOAT overpowered AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
APPLEMINT murdered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
WILD INDIGO was viciously subdued by NURSE ELAINE in a 7 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  10 -  0      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   5 -  2      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK    30 -  20 -  3      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         AIMED BLOW         6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  16 -  1      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   7 -  2      42  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  16 -  0      30  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   5 -  0      29  |

Turn 334 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     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    DUMPLING 3684              14  12  0   92 BAD APPLES (187)
TOTAL PARRY      GAZELLE 3701               15   8  0   85 REDHORSE (207)
LUNGING ATTACK   ROYCE GRACIE 3686           8   0  0   79 SADISTS-OCTAGON (397)
AIMED BLOW       SANITY'S DEMISE 3722        6   5  0   58 ACT OF MALICE (264)
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 LADY MANTLE 3713.  The ten other most popular fighters were DUMPLING 3684, 4-0 

The least popular fighter this week was WILD INDIGO 3712.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were NURSE ELAINE 2955, CHUX 3726, HEDGEHOG 3748, JONATHANNIE 3747, 
TENACULUM 3735, SUZIE SUE 3711, CATCHFLY 3714, ISARITH 3746, DEADFALL 3685, and 

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

BESOT (56-2449) ACT OF MALICE (264)

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

GATEWAY TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANGEL 612 (174-114-0)                  5  3  0         PITT GLADIATORS      
BLACKTHORN 839 (135-116-3)             6  4  0         PITT GLADIATORS      
CARNIVOROUS SLOTH 1073 (119-67-3)      2  3  0         PITT GLADIATORS      
DEATH 666 (104-92-2)                   1  4  0         INCARNATIONS         
DOC'S EGO 3364 (46-27-2)               1  4  0         DOOMCORPS PRIDE      
TIME 513 (109-39-1)                    1  4  0         INCARNATIONS         

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MANWE SULIMO 3338 (21-10-0)            1  4  0         SONG OF ILUVATAR     

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SPARAFUCILE 1431 (50-47-2)             0  3  0         STAR GUARDIANS       

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CARE-LESS 3356 (40-11-0)               2  3  0         CARE PACKAGE         

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CALIS 3426 (6-11-0)                    0  3  0         MEN OF STEEL         

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MATT HUGHES 3717 (3-0-0)               4  3  0         SADISTS-OCTAGON      
DAN SEVERN 3690 (6-1-0)                2  3  0         SADISTS-OCTAGON      
ROYCE GRACIE 3686 (6-0-0)              2  3  0         SADISTS-OCTAGON