Date   : 06/21/2006    Duedate: 07/04/2006


DM-65    TURN-371

This Weeks Top Honors


POSSE (718)
(65-6669) [13-2-1,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

L.A. WOMAN                     POSITION IS EMPTY
KILLER TUNES (191)             
(65-6317) [15-15-1,125]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DAKORIL                        KASSAL TEN DRU
REFUGEES (377)                 SAND DANCERS (233)
(65-6596) [24-25-1,98]         (65-6608) [20-20-0,106]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KILLER TUNES (191)          70
2. POSSE (718)                 36GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
3. GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)  30      Unchartered Team
4. TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)  25
5. MIGHTY DUCKS (720)           0      OCTOBER RUST 55 (668)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  71  27  4 72.4   1/ 1 SAND DANCERS (233)       10  4 0
 2/ 2 KILLER TUNES (191)       123 102  7 54.7   2/ 4 POSSE (718)              10  4 0
 3- 3 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)       174 160  4 52.1   3/ 6 KILLER TUNES (191)        7  5 2
 4/ 0 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)     92  90  7 50.5   4/ 3 GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  5  3 1
 5/ 4 POSSE (718)              110 108  7 50.5   5- 2 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)        5  5 0
 6/ 5 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724) 265 287 25 48.0   6/ 8 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724)  4  5 0
 7/ 6 SAND DANCERS (233)       753 894 19 45.7   7/ 5 REFUGEES (377)            4  7 0
 8/ 7 REFUGEES (377)           403 489 14 45.2   8/ 0 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)     2  3 0
 9- 8*STEEL SYNDICATE (722)     19  24  1 44.2   9- 7*STEEL SYNDICATE (722)     0  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Somewhere in the mountains:

     "I don't know who he was!"  The man lay on his back on the ground, sweating and
scrabbling with his feet to push himself farther away from his pursuers.  His
captors.  He had thought the little mountain town would provide him with a chance to
escape.  He had been wrong.  Very wrong, when he turned down a narrow street, barely
a slit between buildings, hoping for concealment and a back way out into the country
again.  This alley was a dead end.
     Jerik and Tirol glanced at each other and sighed with heavy patience.
     "Then you are useless to us."  Jerik spat.
     Tirol reached for his sword.
     "Wait!  Wait...."  His mind raced to come up with a reason for them to keep him
     "Speak," Jerik said.
     "Gladiator...he had to be a gladiator," he said.  He closed his eyes in
expectation of an immediate death blow, but nothing happened.
     "Go on."
     He opened his eyes.  Jerik seemed interested.  But what else was there to say?
"Uh...he...he umm."
     Jerik spat again.  "Kill him," he said to Tirol.
     "NO...I can show you--"  He scrambled through his thoughts for something he
could show them.
     Jerik and Tirol exchanged a glance and then turned silently and started walking
toward their horses.
     The man on the ground had a brief spurt of anger.  Arrogant bastards.  He hadn't
liked the two of them when he hired on for the ambush, and he'd been right.  They'd
treat a horse with more respect than they did him.  But at least his trick had
worked.  By the time they wondered where he was leading them, what he was going to
show them, he'd have had a chance to escape.  He pushed himself up and began to brush
off his clothes.
     And glanced up just in time to see the arrow headed for his chest.  The force of
the blow knocked him back to the ground.  The last thing he saw as the two men riding
out of the alley.
     "Dal Shang is closer than Daiyla Kiv now," Jerik said to his partner.  "We'll go
there first."

At a way station along the main road:

     "Any way we can help you, sir?" one of the hostlers asked, tipping another
bucket of water into the trough.
     "You've done enough," Maadi said.  "May your god protect you."  He turned to
walk back to the leader of his group.  He and the other three men were following
wagon tracks--or word of the wagon's passage, since the road was mostly paved.  A
specific wagon thought to be carrying an important package:  a young woman named
     Maadi gathered his reins and looked up at his leader.  "You were right,
Eidolon," he said.  "They're heading for Dal Shang."
     "How are we sure it's the right wagon?"
     "It was the only one coming from the right direction at the right time.  One of
the men with it--the youngest one--was boasting about being a gladiator!"  The last
was said with a chuckle.
     "That would explain the campsite," Rix said.  He was younger than Maadi but more
     "Did you get any names?" Eidolon asked.
     "The driver of the wagon was named Aranthor."
     "Aranthor..." Eidolon repeated the name to himself.  "That sounds familiar to
me."  He stroked his beard.
     "Perhaps in the arena," Rix said.
     "There is no Aranthor in Dal Shang," Eidolon muttered.  "I'd know."
     "Not yet, anyway," said Circu, the muscular one.
     "Daiyla Kiv is that way," Rix said.  "Perhaps they're moving the team to--"
     Eidolon cut him off.  "Man-O-War," he said loudly.  "That's his arena name.  He
is a part of Til Death Do Us Part."
     The others exchanged glances.
     "Dal Shang, then."
     They turned their horses eastward out of the way station's courtyard and urged
them to a run.

Approaching Dal Shang:

     The road had been running along the top of the cliff, with the waters of the
Trier flashing in the sun below.  According to the map, that meant they were getting
near Dal Shang.  It should be possible to see it now.  Man-O-War squinted into the
distance.  There was something ahead that wasn't the road, was bigger than another
farmstead, was...bluer and brighter than one of the small forests that came down to
the shore, although it looked a little like both.  There were occasional glitters.
Well, Dal Shang was called the Crystal City by the poets, so maybe it did glitter, if
you squinted just so.  It was built where the Bell River notched the cliff and fell
to the level of the Trier, so maybe there were a lot of trees, too.  Why not?
     "I think I can see the arena," Man-O-War announced after a moment.
     Chiana was sitting up front with him, and Longshot and their new companion,
Triss, rode in the back.
     "That's a big city," he added.
     "Around twenty-five thousand inside the walls," Chiana said.  "That's what it
says in the guidebook."
     Longshot listened to the two up front for a while, then let their voices fade as
he turned his attention to Triss.  There were so many questions he wanted to ask her,
and he didn't know how to ask any of them.  She didn't talk about herself, either.
Hadn't said a word beyond "pass the water bottle" and "yes" and "no" since they'd
found her.  Since he'd rescued her.  That didn't count as conversation.  It wasn't
friendly.  He wanted her to be a friend.
     "Wake up, we're almost there," Man-O-War yelled into the back.  To Chiana he
added, "Toben must be asleep, I haven't heard him all day."  It had been peaceful
without the young gladiator talking, too, though he didn't say so.
     "Will Valaron be there already?" Chiana asked.
     "He should be.  He moved his wife and son there a few days before we left
     "I can't wait to see Victor again.  He is such a cute little boy."
     Man-O-War flicked the reins and smiled.  He couldn't wait to see Sitha again.

Til Death Do Us Part guildhouse:

     "Okay!  I'm sorry!  I didn't mean to be gone that long," Killjoy snapped.  She
squinted her eyes and pressed her hands to her forehead, trying to hold back the
pounding.  Synthia's constant nagging wasn't helping.  The younger woman had been at
it for hours.  If Joy had been feeling better, she would have put her foot down and
silenced the Lord Protector.  As it was--
     Someone knocked.  It sounded to Killjoy like someone using a sledgehammer.
     "I'll get that," Synthia snarled.  She stomped out of the room.
     Killjoy was relieved to get that small reprieve from Synthia.

     When Synthia opened the door, she was greeted with a familiar face.  "Hi,
Valaron!  I see you made it safely."
     "Oh, yes.  And the new place looks good."  Valaron stepped into the house.  "Is
Killjoy here?"
     "Yes, but she's feeling...unwell at the moment."  Synthia decided to leave it at
     "Too bad.  I'll leave her alone, then.  Do you think you can show me my work
     "Sure thing.  It's out in the back."  Valaron followed her through the house and
to the back yard.  Synthia pointed to a smaller building next to the stable.  "There
it is.  Have fun."
     He walked into what would soon be his blacksmith shop.  Mentally he placed a
forge here, an anvil there, a water barrel against that wall.  Next to the shop was
the stable.  It was home to only two horses at the moment, but soon it would be full.
Part of the agreement with Killjoy was that in return for letting him, his wife, and
his son move into the guildhouse, he would take care of the stable and the horses.
And he would be in charge of repairing armor and weapons.  Plus any work he could get
on the side.
     He couldn't wait to get started.

     Man-O-War called their horses to a halt in front of the guildhouse.  He was
relieved to have come to the end of traveling, and he knew that everyone else was,
too.  You forgot how big Lirith Kai was until you had to cross it.
     "Triss, are you sure you don't want to stay here for the night?" Man-O-War
     "No, sir, I have family here.  They will be glad to know I'm safe."  She glanced
over her shoulder toward the city wall.
     "Well, okay.  Do you need any...anything?"  He tried one last time to offer her
     "You have done more than enough for me, m'lord!"  She turned to Longshot, who
was just standing there looking at her.  "Thank you again, Toben.  I am forever in
your debt."  Then she turned and walked away.
     "Cheer up, Toben."  Man-O-War thumped him on the back.  "You'll see her again,"
he said, chuckling.
     "Aaaah, shut up."

     Triss walked for a while, making the turns without thinking about them.
Presently she came to an inn and restaurant and went in.  The restaurant part was
large and most of the tables were full.  All types of people, mostly just average, a
few upper class, a few shady types.  Triss paid no attention to any of them, but two
of them noticed her.
     "Hi, Azor, can I get a room and some dinner?  I'll pay you tomorrow--you know
I'm good for it."
     "Sure you can, Triss.  Would you like your special room?" the hefty innkeeper
     "Yes, please.  She took the key from Azor.  "Can you send the food up to the
     "You know I can.  Go get you some rest, child."
     "Thanks."  She smiled.

     One of the men who had watched her come got up and strolled across the lobby as
she made her way down the hallway.  He took special note of what room she went into,
but (he hoped) without drawing attention to himself.  When she closed the door, he
made his way back to the table and his companion.
     "Was it the girl?" Jerik asked.
     Tirol nodded.
     "She ordered food.  We will go then."

To be continued....

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

 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 543): MRI of SOLITAIRE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 543): NICK FURY of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 537): TENDER LOIN of MEAT MARKET (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 540): POT OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 538): THORIK of STEEL WOLVES (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 536): JILL OPPY of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                                         Martilyo, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 529): YEAR OF THE CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 266): JARL FORKBEARD of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 525): GRETH of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 523): THIMBELL of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 514): NOREASTER of DIRT DEVILS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 477): DAPHNE CAMISADO of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 243): FROSTFLARE of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 237): FIGHTING TREE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 224): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 404): TOE of GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 383): RANDY of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 370): DEADWOOD of POSSE (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 173): ENDU ENDU of DUDS (Amy A Airhead, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 341): REM of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 336): PRONGS of HOGWARTS EXPRESS (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 325): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 430): FUNNY BUNNY of RHYME TYME from KHALANI (Emerald Orbs)

                                      Top Teams
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 543): PHILANTHROPISTS II (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 543): none
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 537): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 540): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 538): STEEL WOLVES (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 536): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 268): OLD WANDERERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 529): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 266): SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 525): RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 523): DEATH PENALTY (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 514): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 477): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 243): THE FIVE RONIN (Bones, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 237): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 224): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 404): GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 383): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 370): SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 173): FAMILY JEWELS (Gem Genius, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 341): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 336): HOGWARTS EXPRESS (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 325): LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 430): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 543): NICK FURY of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
               (turn 542): AGGRANDIZIN ANNE of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
                                         Martilyo, mgr.)
                                         GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
                             (turn 267): MOONSHINE of LUNAE MILITES (The Omnimancer)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 528): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 266): JARL FORKBEARD of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               WARGASM of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 514): BUMP 'N' JUMP of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 477): DAPHNE CAMISADO of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 382): PITSPAWN FOULDOG of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 369): TEBAS TEN KOGAN of SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 341): REM of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 325): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     That win is dedicated to our last warrior Johnny Sin.  And my Bloodlust will
continue always against you Ko.  I'm sure we will fight again and again.  Rest
assured every time we do, I will be trying to kill you.
     Gobarl gets my challenge this turn.  Time to unleash some pain in these prissy
boy Dal Shang Bashers.
     Bring the noise.

                                                       Champion of The Shang

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail DAL SHANG!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for 
your deeds.  KILLER TUNES stable has parlayed this turn's 4-0-1 into a 3 space move 
up the rankings.  This brings them up to 3rd place.  Good work, guys!  The POSSE 
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, L.A. WOMAN fought BACARDI and 
gained 37 points and contributed to KILLER TUNES' 4-0-1.  JERI TAVAN has lost to LONG 
SHOT, falling 17 points, while helping make SAND DANCERS a 1-3-0 turn.  This turn 
DEADWOOD challenged GOBARL in what was DAL SHANG's Title bout.  The attempts to 
dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and DEADWOOD remains DAL SHANG's top warrior for 
another turn.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped 
under the table at The Blazing Unicorn?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the MIGHTY DUCKS 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on DAL SHANG, what are you afraid 
of?  And avoiding MIGHTY DUCKS more than any other team we find GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS. 
DAL SHANG, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, 
take notice that GOBARL from REFUGEES was DAL SHANG's most challenged warrior this 
turn.  Building dreams on hope, GIFT CERTIFICATE challenged up 30 points this turn to 
take on DAKORIL from REFUGEES stable.  And now nobody knows where DAKORIL is right 
now, after giving GIFT CERTIFICATE 26 points worth of recognition.  As quiet chuckles 
rise behind me.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  ANNABEL BLACKHEART, does your manager know you're 
challenging down 22 points to fight SIGBAN from REFUGEES?  I thought challenges were 
for warriors, not cowards looking for easy wins.  ANNABEL BLACKHEART won victory over 
SIGBAN, is nothing sacred?  MADE IT HOME of GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS had better have a 
good reason for challenging down 11 points in a challenge which he won.  I thought 
MADE IT HOME showed great skill and promise when he beat REVEREND BLOOD.  All right, 
so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  I guess it was coming sooner or 
later, STUMBLIN' DRUNK has lost BACARDI, and DAL SHANG is bound to miss her.  For a 
little while, at least.  This is the stuff legends are made of.  L.A. WOMAN has 
killed BACARDI, a 18-17-3 warrior of STUMBLIN' DRUNK.  I hear KILLER TUNES welcomes a 
bloodfeud challenge.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to 
cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     I like this place, DAL SHANG, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in DAL SHANG and 
I've a long road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in DAL SHANG 
again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEADWOOD 6669                13   2  1   121       POSSE (718)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 L.A. WOMAN 6317              15  15  1   125       KILLER TUNES (191)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROPICAL COOLER 3070         17   5  0   122       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 KASSAL TEN DRU 6608          20  20  0   106       SAND DANCERS (233)
 DUI 3076                     21  16  0    99       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 DAKORIL 6596                 24  25  1    98       REFUGEES (377)
 GIFT CERTIFICATE 6787         8   1  0    96       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
 LONG SHOT 6815               16  14  5    95       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOBARL 6604                  19  26  0    88       REFUGEES (377)
 JERI TAVAN 6615              22  16  1    83       SAND DANCERS (233)
 KO LAO-DEN 6614              19  19  2    83       SAND DANCERS (233)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-UGLY DUCKING 6771             5   3  0    66       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 ANNABEL BLACKHEART 6769       8   2  2    64       POSSE (718)
 SCREWDRIVER 3541              6   2  1    59       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEMORRHAGE 6420               7   3  1    55       KILLER TUNES (191)
 CRACKERMAN 6421               5   5  0    51       KILLER TUNES (191)
 JAEGO SARL 6709              13   6  0    45       SAND DANCERS (233)
 IRISH CREAM 3065              9  11  1    42       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
-M-1 MALLARD 6780              5   3  0    39       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 SIGBAN 6710                   9  10  1    38       REFUGEES (377)
 SIXKILLER 6795                4   1  0    37       POSSE (718)
 MADE IT HOME 6671             8   9  0    34       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
-M2 MALLARD 6786               6   2  0    34       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LONER 6779                    3   4  0    30       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 MAN-O-WAR 6810                4   1  0    27       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 ANOTHER BRICK PT2 6475        3   1  1    26       KILLER TUNES (191)
 VALARION 6808                 3   1  0    26       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IVAN 6790                     4   3  0    23       STEEL SYNDICATE (722)
-SALAZAR 6801                  3   1  0    20       STEEL SYNDICATE (722)
-MAURA 6797                    2   2  0    20       STEEL SYNDICATE (722)
 REVEREND BLOOD 6868           1   1  0    18       POSSE (718)
 YOUNG GUN 6867                1   1  0    15       POSSE (718)
-ROMULUS 6804                  2   1  0     8       STEEL SYNDICATE (722)
 CHIANA 6807                   2   1  0     7       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
-FRIAR DUCK 6865               1   1  0     6       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
-MAGNOLIA 6805                 1   1  0     4       STEEL SYNDICATE (722)
 KRAJ 6869                     0   1  0     1       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SKORDAHL 6792          3  6 0 REFUGEES 377          ANOTHER BRICK PT 6475 370         
BACARDI 3077          18 17 3 STUMBLIN' DRUNK 356   L.A. WOMAN 6317       371         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Please forgive my absence for a few turns, as I will be relocating across the
country.  I will return soon enough. -- Lucian, Mgr. Steel Syndicate

All -- Hello everyone.  My name is Killjoy, manager of Til Death Do Us Part.  Thank
you for letting us play in your fine arena since Simtakka arena closed.  I'm looking
forward to getting to know you all. -- Killjoy

Loner -- Seems I need to brush off a little rust.  Well fought. -- Man-o-War

SkorDah 2 -- Did I see that right?  You are a Duck?  I have never seen a Duck as tall
as you. -- Valerion

Teba Ten Kogan -- Humph.  You got lucky. -- Long Shot

And? -- Killjoy

Oh.  Congrats on the Invite. -- Long Shot

Salazar -- Ambitious, but well fought.  The Mighty Ducks always applaud ambition. --
M2 Mallard

Gobarl -- I object to the description "viciously subdued".  It was much closer than
that. -- Ugly Duckling

Gobarl -- Never mind Ugly Duckling.  He has little man syndrome. -- M-1 Mallard

Annabel Blackheart -- Woody is an idiot.  Hopefully he will make up his mind about
how I should fight before some fine warrior like you sends me to Arhingol's realm. --

Annabel -- Never mind Loner.  He's just a wimp. -- M-1 Mallard

Young Gun -- I have no idea why our fight was unpopular.  Doesn't anyone appreciate a
tactical chess match anymore? -- Friar Duck

Friar Duck -- The people have spoken.  You're boring.  Twerp. -- M-1 Mallard

Romulus -- Sorry pumpkin, I couldn't help myself. -- Six Killer

Loner -- Could have sworn I challenged someone this turn, but I don't think it was
you.  Regardless, it was going to be a beating either way.  Need some ice? -- Annabel

Magnolia -- I guess the man upstairs wasn't with you that fight.  Next time I'll give
you a one way ticket to him so you can ask him why. -- Rev. Blood

Otis -- A bit confused I am...you came back to graduate a warrior who is 14-15, when
you have a natural born killer column.  Don't cage that death machine; feed him
blood. -- Rosebud

Dakoril -- Your FE does worry me.  Your style, however, does not.  I guess if I got
unlucky you could squeeze a win out.  I'll take being the Duel 2 Dude.  Nice ring to
it. -- Deadwood

Deadwood -- Great fight, not even close!  No, that isn't sarcasm, you think I
*wanted* to be the Duel2Dude?  As if!  Good work, you like fine sitting up there on
the target. -- Ko Lao-Den

Crackerman -- Ritz, with sharp cheddar and slices of pepperoni, yes! -- Jaego Sarl

L.A. Woman -- Now, now, there's no need to get excited.  True, I'm leaving, and there
won't be anyone as couth as me left, but I'm sure something will turn up to keep you
company. -- Tebas ten Kogan

Standbys.  (sigh) -- Jeri Tavan

Hey, a win is a win.  I'll take a standby. -- Kassal ten Dru

Ivan -- I gave you plenty of chances, dammit.  Think I wanted to move into winning-
record-hood?  But you golems are all the same, just can't take a hint. -- Sigban

Another Brick Pt2 -- (fading scream)  Duck-eater! -- Ghost of Skordahl

Nothing wrong with fighting a standby that I can see. -- Dakoril

Ugly Duckling -- Yeah, but you'll turn into a goose one of these days, say along
about...Harvest Festival? -- Gobarl

Crackerman -- Don't need a shop vac, I've got a large dog.  Does the same job and
wags his tail besides. -- Jaego Sarl

26 May 2006
     The Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire want to announce the joining of a new
member who cherishes the same ideals, respect and loyalty that we hold dear.
     From this day forward let all know that Blackstorm is now a Dark Knight of the
Desolate Empire Alliance.  With him as our chosen brother, our alliance only becomes
stronger.  Let all his foes become ours, and ours his.  May all our enemies' blood
flow freely and give NO quarter in war.
     This is also a warning to any cowards, bullies, etc....  If you play with fire,
you WILL get burnt!!!

Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

6 June 2006
To those involved, no, I have not abandoned your stories.  But I've been letting them
drift, and that has to stop, so I am taking the time to make sure that I know where
they are going, more than just "what happens next" dreamed up on the fly, before
resuming work on them.  No new stories will be started until at least one of the old
ones has concluded, for the same reason:  quantity can't substitute for quality.
Your patience in this matter is appreciated. -- the Scribe

20 May 2006
Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire
Our newest Dark Knight disrespected?!?!?!  ARE THEY SERIOUS?!?!  If at all possible,
let's get over to 31.  I'm on the way.  Let's get 'em. -- Dark Knight Osiris

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEADWOOD devastated GOBARL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
GIFT CERTIFICATE vanquished DAKORIL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
ANNABEL BLACKHEART demolished SIGBAN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
HEMORRHAGE bested JAEGO SARL in a 2 minute gory Challenge fight.
MADE IT HOME luckily beat REVEREND BLOOD in a 2 minute Challenge competition.
DUI was viciously subdued by KASSAL TEN DRU in a 3 minute master's match.
JERI TAVAN was overcome by LONG SHOT in a 1 minute expert's melee.
BACARDI was barely slain by L.A. WOMAN in a 2 minute veteran's duel.
TROPICAL COOLER vanquished KO LAO-DEN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SCREWDRIVER overpowered ONE-EYED YOFAN in a 1 minute gory uneven match.
CRACKERMAN luckily beat IRISH CREAM in a 2 minute brutal match.
SIXKILLER bested VALARION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
ANOTHER BRICK PT2 demolished KRAJ in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CHIANA was savagely defeated by YOUNG GUN in a 2 minute gory amateur's conflict.
MAN-O-WAR vanquished OLTIMAL THE LAME in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         BASHING ATTACK    40 -  28 -  1      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  21 -  1      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -   9 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         AIMED BLOW        13 -  15 -  0      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  25 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY        9 -  12 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  20 -  1      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 371 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  DEADWOOD 6669              13   2  1  121 POSSE (718)
TOTAL PARRY      DUI 3076                   21  16  0   99 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
LUNGING ATTACK   LONG SHOT 6815             16  14  5   95 TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
AIMED BLOW       JERI TAVAN 6615            22  16  1   83 SAND DANCERS (233)
PARRY-STRIKE     JAEGO SARL 6709            13   6  0   45 SAND DANCERS (233)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DAKORIL 6596.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was KASSAL TEN DRU 6608.  The ten other most popular fighters were HEMORRHAGE 6420, 

The least popular fighter this week was CHIANA 6807.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KRAJ 6869, JERI TAVAN 6615, DAKORIL 6596, GOBARL 6604, MAN-O-WAR 6810, 
CRACKERMAN 6421, KO LAO-DEN 6614, DUI 3076, JAEGO SARL 6709, and SIGBAN 6710.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: