DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/19/2008    Duedate: 10/16/2008

ILLIS ARENA

DM-59    TURN-226

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KONA QUAIL
ISLANDERS (247)
(59-2666) [21-8-0,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KONA QUAIL                     GISBORNE
ISLANDERS (247)                KIWI CONNECTION (301)
(59-2666) [21-8-0,119]         (59-2709) [7-0-0,58]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROSE SHELL                     ROSE SHELL
ISLANDERS (247)                ISLANDERS (247)
(59-2658) [17-17-0,84]         (59-2658) [17-17-0,84]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ISLANDERS (247)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KIWI CONNECTION (301)       21
2. ISLANDERS (247)             15      ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
3. ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)       11      Unchartered Team
4. CHAPEL ROCK (287)            0
5. HANGOVERS (265)              0      KIWI CONNECTION (301)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 NOT QUITE (240)           30  16  1 65.2   1/ 3 ISLANDERS (247)          10  5 0
 2/ 2 ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)     43  31  4 58.1   2/ 2*KIWI CONNECTION (301)     6  5 0
 3- 4 HANGOVERS (265)          151 117 14 56.3   3/ 4 ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)     5  8 0
 4- 5 CHAPEL ROCK (287)        226 179 14 55.8   4- 5 CHAPEL ROCK (287)         2  1 0
 5/ 3*KIWI CONNECTION (301)     15  12  1 55.6   5- 1 HANGOVERS (265)           2  3 0
 6/ 6 ISLANDERS (247)          250 361  8 40.9   6- 6 NOT QUITE (240)           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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 605): JETSAM of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): DOLOVOR of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): LAMERIDHOR SKO of GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 609): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): TIFFINAL of WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 612): MICHELIN of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): LONG BEACH LILA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 604): LUNAR COYOTE of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): SALLI VOSS of MIDDLE WAY 13 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): DIONYSUS of OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): BILGE RAT of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): BLACKHAWKZ of RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KONA QUAIL of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 443): WOLF RIDER of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): PORKY PIG of MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 487): NEOSPHINCTER of WASTELAND (TMM, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 605): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 487): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 609): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 612): THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 604): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 568): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 558): OLD SCHOOL (Abraxis, mgr,(
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 250): WACKY (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 493): DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 237): RAPTORZ (Owlin the Wise, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 225): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 443): GRIM OBITUARY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 201): MEAT YOUR MAKER (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 487) POWER PLAY et al (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 613): MARY JANE of GREEN WITH ENVY (Misfit, mgr.)
              (turn 612): SOLDIER 2 of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                          GRUNT of OUR HIGHEST HONOR (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 608): TIFFINAL of WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
                           SASHA of CASSEY'S CREW (Dartor, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 611): OL SMOKEY of THE VOLS (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 609): N'ORLEANS NORA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 608): ERASMUS of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 595): JB BLAH of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
                (turn 594): SHEWISH WHALER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 594): KNOTHANDLER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 249): HOT AIR DUCK of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 542): CHEESY SQUEEZER of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
               (turn 541): CHRISTELLINA of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 492): FEAR OF THE DARK of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
                             VOICES IN MY HEAD of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 236): MOUSETRAP of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     M. Chardinee gave it a good try, but not good enough.  Probably the knowledge
that even if he won, he wouldn't be allowed to claim the title through him off his
stroke.

                                     Kona Quail

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  HANGOVERS?  Who?  ISLANDERS is the top team 
these days, buddies!  HANGOVERS after a sorry 0-0-0 might want to consider abandoning 
the sands and taking up singing the 'Can't fight no more' blues!  ALL-STAR NANA'S had 
cause to celebrate, after LA JOLLA got 19 points by beating STINGAREE.  A certain 
someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 7 points to 
SCRAWNY GEORGE.  (Discrete enough, FLUFFY BUNNY?) CONVICTED ASSASSIN found out that 
ILLIS isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  Word has 
it one team in ILLIS is taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent to death. 
I'll bet it works.   
     And how sociable are ILLIS' warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Ask not for 
whom the sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  More important duties call me.  Like a mixed 
metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid ILLIS farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KONA QUAIL 2666              21   8  0   119       ISLANDERS (247)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JUDAS PRIEST 2506            11   3  3   112       CHAPEL ROCK (287)
-IMMACULATECOLLECTION 2632    14   2  0   111       CHAPEL ROCK (287)
-NAZARETH 2503                13   8  0   101       CHAPEL ROCK (287)
-I MOTHER EARTH 2504          12  10  0    92       CHAPEL ROCK (287)
-RED RED WINE 2481             9   4  1    92       HANGOVERS (265)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WISE OLD WAYNE 2427          11   5  0    90       NOT QUITE (240)
 KIRRALA 2691                 11   8  0    89       ISLANDERS (247)
 ROSE SHELL 2658              17  17  0    84       ISLANDERS (247)
-LONG ISLAND 2500             11   1  0    75       HANGOVERS (265)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHURCH OF RISING SUN 2657     6   4  1    62       CHAPEL ROCK (287)
 GISBORNE 2709                 7   0  0    58       KIWI CONNECTION (301)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BANANA 2702                   5   2  2    55       ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
 RAVE 2701                     4   3  1    53       ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
-FLAMING MOE 2420             11  11  0    50       HANGOVERS (265)
 LA JOLLA 2703                 7   5  1    45       ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
-MARGARITA 2633                5   5  0    45       HANGOVERS (265)
 STINGAREE 2698               11   8  0    41       ISLANDERS (247)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLUFFY BUNNY 2714             3   3  0    31       ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IRISH FLAG 2674               2   2  0    24       HANGOVERS (265)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAPARANGI 2710                4   3  0    23       KIWI CONNECTION (301)
 CHERVIL BEN 2723              1   2  0     7       ISLANDERS (247)
 BUXTON 2724                   0   1  0     1       KIWI CONNECTION (301)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
PARTY TIME 2717         0  1 0 ALL-STAR NANA'S 299  IRON JUDGEMENT        226  NONE
KALABOOSHA 2699         8  3 0 ISLANDERS 247        BANANA 2702           223  JUST REVENGED
PANGURU 2716            0  1 0 KIWI CONNECTION 301  MOUNTAIN TROLL        226  NONE
POKERE 2715             0  1 0 KIWI CONNECTION 301  IRON JUDGEMENT        226  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Banana -- I would never have expected a banana to learn that well.  They always
struck me as a slow and unintelligent type of fruit. -- Kirrala

Rave -- You're supposed to parry some of those, you know! -- Rose Shell

La Jolla -- That's a beach, right?  I haven't been there.  Maybe I should check it
out. -- Stingaree

Paparangi -- Ouch?  Uh, I should say more, shouldn't I?  Hmm.  Good fight? -- Chervil
Ben

8 July 2008
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PARTY TIME was dealt death by IRON JUDGEMENT in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
PANGURU was slaughtered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
POKERE was murdered by IRON JUDGEMENT in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
KONA QUAIL devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
ROSE SHELL overpowered RAVE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome mismatched match.
KIRRALA overpowered BANANA in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
FLUFFY BUNNY was devastated by SCRAWNY GEORGE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
GISBORNE vanquished TITUS PULLO in a 2 minute gruesome uneven duel.
STINGAREE was defeated by LA JOLLA in a action packed 1 minute duel.
PAPARANGI overpowered MINI-PUMPKIN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CHERVIL BEN slimly won victory over BUXTON in a 2 minute brutal novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW         9 -   2 -  0      82  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   3 -  1      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  13 -  3      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  12 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |

Turn 226 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     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       KONA QUAIL 2666            21   8  0  119 ISLANDERS (247)
SLASHING ATTACK  KIRRALA 2691               11   8  0   89 ISLANDERS (247)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    GISBORNE 2709               7   0  0   58 KIWI CONNECTION (301)
STRIKING ATTACK  BANANA 2702                 5   2  2   55 ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
PARRY-STRIKE     RAVE 2701                   4   3  1   53 ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
LUNGING ATTACK   LA JOLLA 2703               7   5  1   45 ALL-STAR NANA'S (299)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROSE SHELL 2658.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ROSE SHELL 2658.  The ten other most popular fighters were KIRRALA 2691, GISBORNE 
2709, LA JOLLA 2703, CHERVIL BEN 2723, KONA QUAIL 2666, PAPARANGI 2710, BUXTON 2724, 
PARTY TIME 2717, PANGURU 2716, and POKERE 2715.

The least popular fighter this week was BANANA 2702.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were STINGAREE 2698, FLUFFY BUNNY 2714, RAVE 2701, POKERE 2715, PANGURU 
2716, PARTY TIME 2717, BUXTON 2724, PAPARANGI 2710, KONA QUAIL 2666, and CHERVIL BEN 
2723.

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The summer tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

                  *-------*-------*-------*-------*-------*-------* 

     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of 
September, 2008.  If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please 
contact RSI Customer Service.  The charge for a name change is $1.