Date   : 05/16/2008    Duedate: 05/29/2008


DM-61    TURN-433

This Weeks Top Honors


(61-3422) [13-8-0,93]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)         
(61-3422) [13-8-0,93]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MARCUS                         LOCKENLOAD
(61-3434) [11-4-5,61]          (61-3422) [13-8-0,93]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)      28
2. MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)         11      CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
                                       Unchartered Team


The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)    62  38  8 62.0   1/ 1 CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)   10  4 0
 2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)       89  81  2 52.4   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)       7  6 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[ Darkfall #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the hills between Aljafir, North Fork, and Kurukar:

     Vekhirn, who had once been court magician to the Satrap of the Glorious Empire,
stared into the mirror-smooth surface of a rain-pool.  The reflected clouds shimmered
and darkened; a black tower emerged, distinct against the background of stormy sky as
though it shown with an anti-light.  As quickly as the image formed, it began to
twist and retreat, struggling to fade from his sight.  He had not needed information,
he would have let it go gladly; the Black Tower was painful to see even by this
means.  It was a wrongness, torn from a dimension alien to human senses.  It never
appeared precisely the same, though the magician did not know if that was due to some
mutability of its nature or to his own inadequacy of vision or if it was deceiving
his spells.  He wasn't sure that mattered.
     All of which aside, it was not the tower that he was attempting to observe now.
He had sensed for weeks now that a power was building in Kurukar, a great wave of
darkness that would spill disaster across northern Alastari.  But he had not, so far,
been able to pin it down and determine what form the catastrophe would take.
     The magician sat back with a sigh.  And this was going to be another failure.
     "No good again, huh?"
     Vekhirn glanced over at the sympathetic face of one of his most valuable
assistants.  Fool's Gold, he was called, a graduated gladiator from Willaf, and one
who took the title "Lord Protector" very seriously.  Graduated-and-retired gladiators
from all over northern Alastari had rallied to assist him with an enthusiasm and
dedication that still surprised him.  Most had assisted very well indeed, and this
Fool had been one of the best.  "Nothing," he said.  He held up a hand to stop the
apology he could see forming.  "It was through no fault of yours, nor of any member
of your team that set the amulets around the Tower.  Simply, the spell of concealment
is still too strong for me to pierce."
     "What if he never dissolves the shield?"
     "He will have to, once he begins to act.  No magician, however strong, can
project a spell through his own strongest shield.  No doubt he believes that by that
time, it will be too late for us to resist."
     "Well, he's wrong on that, isn't he?"  When Vekhirn didn't answer, the gladiator
repeated his question.  "We will be able to resist him when the time comes, won't
     Vekhirn sighed again, feeling older than his years, and he had a lot of years.
"I hope so," he said.  "But until we know what he's trying to do--"
     "He's invoking some kind of death magic."  Another gladiator, this one female,
emerged from the brushy hillside.  "I could tell that much, but not whether his
intent is to cause death, or to manipulate the dead, or--"  She let out her breath in
a hiss.  "I couldn't get close enough to tell, not if I didn't want to get sucked up
in it."
     "You took a hell of a chance, Moonjumper," Fool said.  "Don't do that again.  My
nerves can't take it."
     "Indeed, our friend Fool's Gold has the right of that!" Vekhirn said.  "Had I
known your intent, I would have--"
     "I'm not under your command," she snapped.
     "--tried to talk you out of it," the magician finished.  "I would not have any
of our company take such a risk unless, until we are sure there are no other courses
open to us.  But since you did... how close were you able to get to the Tower?"
     "Closer than I ever want to be again," she answered fervently.  "I think if I
had been fully human, the emanations would have broken my will.  A hundred and fifty
yards, maybe.  Close enough to be sure it was the Black Kaliv himself who came out.
I followed him to the necropolis and watched one of his rites."  She shivered.
"Another thing I don't want to repeat!  All blood and chained souls, it was.  When a
soul is trapped, it howls like a mad wolf.  May I never hear such again!"
     Vekhirn stood, tossing a handful of pebbles into the rain-pool to make sure the
link was destroyed.  "He is harvesting, trapping souls, then?"
     "That much I am sure of," she said.  "And you already discovered the human
sacrifices and that he is trafficking with demons.  Isn't that enough?"
     "Enough to know he must be destroyed, yes, but not enough to tell us HOW.  This
whole business is intensely frustrating.  Well, let us go back to camp and see what
other news has come in."

Note to readers and potential writers:  Feel free to use this storyline as a
springboard, to branch off in stories of your own, or play around with aspects that
appeal to your creativity.  Participation is not only allowed, it's invited.  Or
volunteer a gladiator or two, I'll try to make at least some use of anyone who steps
forward.  Those of you with teams in arenas dm 28: Morya and dm 29: Lapur may be
interested to know that this storyline is on a collison course with that one.

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Hey everybody, watch out for XAVAN YOLE, who flew up 16 points in the 
rankings after mashing THE USEROUS MERCHANT like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy. 
And falling like a basher in the top ten was CHAM DUGAN, who dropped 9 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with THE USEROUS MERCHANT.  Our battling 
duelmaster LOCKENLOAD has managed to hold the title, fending off VETERAN MERCENARY's 
none too subtle advances.  Better luck next time, JURINE.  Can you believe they are 
paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Here's some advice:  warriors 
with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick 
your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOCKENLOAD 3422              13   8  0    93       CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAIRUZA 3426                 17   4  0    83       CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARCUS 3434                  11   4  5    61       CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XAVAN YOLE 3476               4   5  0    50       MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)
 ZOE ALDEN 3478                4   4  0    40       MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAM DUGAN 3461               7   8  0    31       MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)
 TAKOLE URM 3479               2   6  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLACIER 3495                  5   0  0    22       CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
 ALETHA 3487                   3   4  0    13       CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
 TORKENE ULM 3506              0   1  0     2       MIDDLE WAY 16 (387)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Middle Way -- Ah the lonely arena.  Me and you and my poor duelmaster who is
struggling to get two more wins to get out of here.  Plenty of PPs but not enough
oomph.  Poor Fairuza is straining at the bit to be DM but Lockenload is blocking the
door.  Good luck with the standbys. -- Bjorn

Fairuza -- Gotta love these "even" fights, but at least I got a lot of skills out of
it. -- Zoe Alden

Marcus -- (reproachfully)  Anyone with that kind of record should teach better. --
Cham Dugan
P.S.  Good thing Noachian isn't here, he'd be so jealous of your five kills!

Aletha -- Not a word of truth in it. -- Xavan Yole

Aha!  An Embezzling Scribe.  Whatever bruises he took home, he earned. -- Takole Urm
P.S.  That is emphatically NOT my strategy!  One-one-two parry with a shortsword and
large shield?  For pete's sake!  I'm a basher!

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LOCKENLOAD viciously subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute Title fight.
FAIRUZA subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a 4 minute veteran's melee.
XAVAN YOLE overpowered THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
ZOE ALDEN was devastated by MARCUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CHAM DUGAN was demolished by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute competition.
TAKOLE URM vanquished ALETHA in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
GLACIER beat TORKENE ULM in a 2 minute amateur's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       16 -   5 -  0      76  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    14 -   9 -  2      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  2      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 433 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    1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   LOCKENLOAD 3422            13   8  0   93 CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
TOTAL PARRY      FAIRUZA 3426               17   4  0   83 CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
STRIKING ATTACK  MARCUS 3434                11   4  5   61 CLAN GHOST BEARS (385)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MARCUS 3434.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
LOCKENLOAD 3422.  The ten other most popular fighters were TORKENE ULM 3506, XAVAN 
YOLE 3476, MARCUS 3434, FAIRUZA 3426, TAKOLE URM 3479, GLACIER 3495, ZOE ALDEN 3478, 
CHAM DUGAN 3461, ALETHA 3487, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was ALETHA 3487.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CHAM DUGAN 3461, ZOE ALDEN 3478, GLACIER 3495, TAKOLE URM 3479, FAIRUZA 
3426, MARCUS 3434, XAVAN YOLE 3476, TORKENE ULM 3506, LOCKENLOAD 3422, and  0.