Date   : 03/09/2006    Duedate: 03/22/2006


DM-56    TURN-398

This Weeks Top Honors


(56-3111) [16-0-1,137]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ZIPPER                         VESTIGIAL TAIL
RESCUE RANGERS (338)           EVILUTION (422)
(56-3111) [16-0-1,137]         (56-3934) [3-0-0,40]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

YUL                            BURST APPENDIX
REDHORSE (207)                 EVILUTION (422)
(56-3868) [15-15-0,64]         (56-3935) [2-1-0,14]


GET (419)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GET (419)                   33
2. RESCUE RANGERS (338)        21      RESCUE RANGERS (338)
3. WENSINWASIN MI (410)        19      Unchartered Team
4. REDHORSE (207)              18
5. BAD APPLES (187)            15      WENSINWASIN MI (410)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*PHILANTHROPISTS (420)      2   0  0  100   1/ 2 GET (419)                 9  4 0
 2/ 0*WENSINWASIN MI (410)       1   0  0  100   2/ 1 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      9  6 1
 3/ 2 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      50  18  4 73.5   3/ 3 BAD APPLES (187)          7  8 0
 4/ 4 GET (419)                 20   8  1 71.4   4/ 4*EVILUTION (422)           6  3 0
 5/ 3*EVILUTION (422)            6   3  0 66.7   5/ 6 REDHORSE (207)            5 10 0
 6- 5 YIELD (405)               27  29  6 48.2   6- 7*PHILANTHROPISTS (420)     2  0 0
 7/ 6 REDHORSE (207)           458 520 16 46.8   7- 5 YIELD (405)               2  3 0
 8/ 0 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)       29  34  2 46.0   8/ 0*WENSINWASIN MI (410)      1  0 0
 9/ 7 BAD APPLES (187)         392 543 14 41.9   9/ 0 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)       1  4 1
10/ 0*COWBOYS FROM HELL (349)    0   5  0  0.0  10/ 0*COWBOYS FROM HELL (349)   0  1 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 Black Sword #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the plains:

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in ROCANIS!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  Too bad, RESCUE RANGERS, but GET 
was just too good to be stopped.  MVP award for MS STALGIA?  WENSINWASIN MI's proud 
of her after beating WINDSWEPT and getting 19 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  
ZANDER's match with TREEKILLER cost him a loss of 8 points!  This Duelmaster is like 
something else!  ZIPPER stopped EATS GRASS dead in his tracks!  Is the Duelmaster 
really being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  The warriors of BAD APPLES must be getting lonely.  They were the 
most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  Is there some deep dark 
secret why RESCUE RANGERS' been avoiding BAD APPLES so much?  Or is it just that 
they're too scared?  Can BAD APPLES' TREEKILLER be more popular than me?  He was 
challenged the most, but is that really the same?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What a bummer!  PIEFACE got wasted by DALE!  But with a 12-16-0, I guess 
BAD APPLES aren't too bummed.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  ROCANIS is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZIPPER 3111                  16   0  1   137       RESCUE RANGERS (338)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CONTRABAND 3827              10   2  3   105       YIELD (405)
 TOE 3896                      9   1  1    98       GET (419)
 DALE 3112                    10   2  1    95       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
-WISHLIST 3816                 9   8  2    94       YIELD (405)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHIP 3114                    10   4  1    87       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 EATS GRASS 3853              17  18  0    70       REDHORSE (207)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NIKALA 3443                   7   5  0    66       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 YUL 3868                     15  15  0    64       REDHORSE (207)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IN HIDING 3902                3   0  1    52       YIELD (405)
 IT 3900                       3   1  0    51       GET (419)
 LARGE DOG 3848                6  32  0    50       BAD APPLES (187)
 BENT 3908                     6   2  0    48       GET (419)
 TEMB 3907                     5   3  1    43       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 TREEKILLER 3927               4   0  0    41       BAD APPLES (187)
 VESTIGIAL TAIL 3934           3   0  0    40       EVILUTION (422)
 VANESSA 3483                  5   3  0    36       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GODGET 3110                   6   5  0    31       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 JONNA THANE 3903              8   6  0    30       BAD APPLES (187)
 MICHELLE 3458                 5   7  0    28       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 ZANDER 3440                   6   7  1    26       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 MEABEER 3899                  2   1  0    25       GET (419)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ALDALDON 3913                 2   0  0    21       PHILANTHROPISTS (420)
 MS STALGIA 3840               1   0  0    19       WENSINWASIN MI (410)
 BURST APPENDIX 3935           2   1  0    14       EVILUTION (422)
 RED FILLY 3924                1   3  0    14       REDHORSE (207)
-PREHENSILE TOES 3938          1   0  0    13       EVILUTION (422)
 PRESTON 3604                  1   2  1    12       ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
 GRAY COLT 3917                1   5  0     8       REDHORSE (207)
 WINDSWEPT 3925                1   3  0     6       REDHORSE (207)
 THORN 3939                    1   2  0     5       BAD APPLES (187)
-WISDOM TEETH 3937             0   1  0     1       EVILUTION (422)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PIEFACE 3875          12 16 0 BAD APPLES 187        DALE 3112             398         
PRIVET 3867           17 11 0 BAD APPLES 187        WISHLIST 3816         395         
JOHN WAYNE GACY 3212   0  1 0 COWBOYS FROM HELL 349 PRESTON 3604          398         
RIVER REED 3918        1  1 0 REDHORSE 207          IN HIDING 3902        394 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dale -- That was very painful.  Well struck, I guess. -- Yul

Aldaldon -- Whew!  Guess I was lucky to survive that one.  I think I need a strategy
change. -- Gray Colt

Vestigial Tail -- The last thing you need is more power in your blows!  Especially
you shouldn't be training something like that so early in your career.  Skills, man,
skills! -- Windswept

Toe -- Your manager has a very strange choice of names, I think. -- Eats Grass

Treekiller -- I didn't steal my father's armor and weapon, no.  But I did borrow my
headpiece from my sister. -- Red Filly

It -- No, and I don't want to, either.  The very idea!  I'd much rather get...uh,
well, maybe I shouldn't say here.  The cnesor, you know.  Ed. will come along with
her cnesors and just SNIP it right out if I say that. -- Large Dog, not a prude, but
not a fool, either (you know how dogs are)
P.S.  Oh, heck, let's face it, cnesor or no cnesor, I really, really want a bone.

Temb -- Gods, you don't know how hard it was for me to resist!  You went to your
knees, and then you bowed your head, and the TARGET that presented!  My foot itched
with the urge to, ahem, you know. -- Pieface

Bent -- Have you tried chiropracty? -- Jonna Thane
P.S.  Or the rack?  That'd straighten you out in no time!

Meabeer -- Oh, of course you're a man, what else would you be?  Bah. -- Thorn

Red Filly -- Falling down was the WRONG move, because I was aiming low.  You're lucky
you came out of that alive, young woman! -- Treekiller

Godget -- The record for most losses?  Which one?  The most CONSECUTIVE losses is, I
think, sixty-seven or eighty-seven, and I have no chance at that one!  But the most
TOTAL losses is ninety-some, ending in the fatal loss of life.  Me, I'm just a rotten
gladiator, but not classically bad. -- Large Dog

Windswept -- LIKE it better?  No, but I hate it slightly less. -- Treekiller
P.S.  There is a difference.

Chip -- The arenamaster hates me. -- Gardrik Hookhand, Master of Kung-Fu

22 February 2006
The Olympics have arrived!

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

Lord Xiang
Amicitia Primoris

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

IT devastated LARGE DOG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
VESTIGIAL TAIL vanquished GODGET in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
BURST APPENDIX was subdued by MEABEER in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
ZIPPER devastated EATS GRASS in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
TOE demolished RIRORNI ASSASSIN in a 1 minute gruesome mismatched competition.
DALE assassinated PIEFACE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
CHIP viciously subdued NIKALA in a 2 minute gory competition.
YUL overcame TEMB in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
BENT defeated MICHELLE in a 1 minute duel.
ZANDER was vanquished by TREEKILLER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
VANESSA was savagely defeated by RIRORNI SOLDIERS in a popular 1 minute gory melee.
JONNA THANE subdued GRAY COLT in a 2 minute match.
PRESTON butchered JOHN WAYNE GACY in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
THORN was demolished by RED FILLY in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WINDSWEPT was overpowered by MS STALGIA in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK   26 -   9 -  1      74  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  14 -  2      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  11 -  2      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         7 -   8 -  1      47  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY        3 -  10 -  0      23  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  11 -  0      21  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   9 -  0      10  |

Turn 398 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  ZIPPER 3111                16   0  1  137 RESCUE RANGERS (338)
STRIKING ATTACK  TOE 3896                    9   1  1   98 GET (419)
BASHING ATTACK   DALE 3112                  10   2  1   95 RESCUE RANGERS (338)
TOTAL PARRY      NIKALA 3443                 7   5  0   66 ELEVENTH HOUR (372)
AIMED BLOW       IT 3900                     3   1  0   51 GET (419)
LUNGING ATTACK   TREEKILLER 3927             4   0  0   41 BAD APPLES (187)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is YUL 3868.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
BURST APPENDIX 3935.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHIP 3114, YUL 3868, 
3900, MEABEER 3899, and TOE 3896.

The least popular fighter this week was WINDSWEPT 3925.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were THORN 3939, JOHN WAYNE GACY 3212, GRAY COLT 3917, ZANDER 3440, MICHELLE 
3458, TEMB 3907, PIEFACE 3875, EATS GRASS 3853, GODGET 3110, and LARGE DOG 3848.