Date   : 08/16/2006    Duedate: 08/29/2006


DM-65    TURN-375

This Weeks Top Honors


(65-6317) [17-15-1,146]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

L.A. WOMAN                     B.B. SAGE
KILLER TUNES (191)             MARY'S SOAPS (719)
(65-6317) [17-15-1,146]        (65-6661) [4-2-1,54]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SAND DANCERS (233)             POSSE (718)
(65-6608) [23-21-1,98]         (65-6669) [15-4-1,91]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. COLOR CRAYONS (705)         80
2. KILLER TUNES (191)          27GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
3. MARY'S SOAPS (719)          15      Unchartered Team
5. SAND DANCERS (233)           6      MARY'S SOAPS (719)

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)  77  29  4 72.6   1/ 1 SAND DANCERS (233)       10  5 1
 2/ 0 COLOR CRAYONS (705)       74  41  3 64.3   2/ 2 POSSE (718)               6  9 1
 3/ 2*MARY'S SOAPS (719)        13   9  1 59.1   3/ 3 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)        6  9 1
 4/ 3 KILLER TUNES (191)       127 108  7 54.0   4/ 0 COLOR CRAYONS (705)       5  0 0
 5/ 4 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)       183 171  5 51.7   5/ 8*MARY'S SOAPS (719)        5  4 0
 6- 5 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)     97  94  7 50.8   6/ 4 REFUGEES (377)            5  6 0
 7/ 6 POSSE (718)              120 118  8 50.4   7- 5 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)     4  1 0
 8- 7 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724) 269 293 26 47.9   8/ 6 GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  4  2 0
 9/ 8 SAND DANCERS (233)       766 900 20 46.0   9/ 9 KILLER TUNES (191)        4  6 0
10/ 9 REFUGEES (377)           409 497 14 45.1  10- 7 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724)  3  2 1

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Til Death Do Us Part

     A dark woman stood with her hands on her hips.  She was not happy, and she 
didn't care who knew it.  "So you want me to become a gladiator?"  She almost snarled 
the words.
     "Octavia, dear, please don't look at it like that," Tenerus pleaded.  "You will 
be doing us a great favor."
     "Bah!"  This time anger overcame good manners and she spat on the floor.  "As a 
GLADIATOR, Tenerus?  Those games are barbaric."
     "They are crude, I'll admit that.  But this is the only way.  Triss has made 
friends with the warriors of Til Death Do Us Part.  So you must become one of those 
friends."  He poured two glasses of wine and held out one invitingly.
     She ignored it.  "Why me?  Surely you've got suitably 'barbaric' men in your 
     "She won't know you," Tenerus answered.  "She has seen several of my men around, 
I'm not sure which ones she might recognize.  And besides, she's more likely to make 
friends with a woman at this point."  He came around his desk and held the wineglass 
toward her insistently.
     She looked at the glass, then crossed her arms over her chest, making a point of 
not taking the wine.  "I thought you sent Hobgoblin to deal with her."
     "Yes.  Yes, I did.  He is certainly capable of this mission.  He is just a 
bit... messy.  Effective, but messy.  I don't want a lot of attention."
     "I think they're roster is full," she said, finally accepting the glass.
     "That is what Hobgoblin will take care of.  Drink up, Octavia.  A toast, to your 
new career.  You will be greatly rewarded for this."
     She was silent for a long moment, then took a token sip of the wine.  "Yes, 
m'lord."  She bowed and left the room.

At the arena:

     Long Shot was one of the youngest members of the team Til Death Do Us Part, and 
it showed in his impatience as he waited for his turn to fight.  He stood in the 
shade of the Gladiators' Gate, peering out into the hot sun.  Ugly Duckling versus 
Gobarl.  In his thoughts, he urged them to get it over with.  His own match against 
Kassal ten Dru was next, and he was ready for it.  He hated waiting.
     "Long Shot."  The voice was soft, almost a whisper.
     "Who said that?"  The young gladiator looked over his shoulder.  There weren't 
supposed to be spectators in this area, but there was someone back there in the 
     "I did."  The man took a step forward but was no easier to see.
     Long Shot squinted into the shadows.  The arena was very bright, a bar of 
brilliant sunlight shooting across the floor from the doorway, and the hallway very 
dark.  "What do you want?" he asked.
     "A drink with the duelmaster."
     "I'm about to go out there," the gladiator said automatically.  "Who are you?"
     "I'm a big fan, my name is Rix.  Please, just one?  I really wish...."
     "Okay."  Long Shot grabbed the cup from him and looked at it.  Wine, maybe six 
or eight ounces.  Not enough to make a problem.  "To victory," he said and drained 
the cup.
     "To victory," Rix agreed, smiling.  "Thank you, sir, and good luck."
     "Ha!  That Sand Dancer needs the luck," Long Shot said.  He handed the cup to 
Rix and stepped out onto the sands as his name was called.
     Kassal was already out there, swinging his weapon through a series of standard 
warm-up moves.
     The Sand Dancer looked good, but Long Shot knew himself to be just as good and 
probably better.  He started to smile in anticipation, but his vision blurred.  He 
blinked and shook his head to clear it.  Tried to focus on Kassal but couldn't.  He 
glanced back at the hallway, but saw no sign of Rix.  What's going on?  A fan should 
stay to watch.  It wasn't like he'd imagined Rix, was it?  No, of course not, he 
could still taste the wine in his mouth.  Sour... almost bitter.  He shook his head 
again and staggered.  Somebody spoke, but he couldn't make out the words.  Something 
moved toward him, but he didn't see it.  Thought he heard his name, didn't hear it, 
didn't hear anything.  Didn't feel himself collapsing toward the sand.

A few days later:

     Killjoy looked at the small group of people who had showed up for the small 
private service.  She cleared her throat and spoke.
     "Every gladiator knows the risk.  There is--always--a chance that you won't come 
back from the sands.  But knowing the risk never makes it easier to handle when a 
teammate falls.  Toben came to me begging to join Til Death Do Us Part.  I told him 
'no' several times before I finally agreed.  He was young, eager, and rash at times.  
He definitely kept us on our toes."
     She paused and looked out at the group.
     "Toben Shaq, I hope you are at peace," she finished and stepped down.
     The whole team was present, and a few others.  They hadn't been in Dal Shang 
long enough to make many friends yet.  She walked past Man-O-War and Sitha, who were 
talking quietly about something, but she didn't try to hear them.  Triss was sitting 
by herself; she seemed to be taking this hard.  And why not?  Long Shot was the 
closest thing to a friend she had on this team, he had rescued her from a very bad 
Killjoy paused beside Synthia.  "I'm going inside.  I have a letter to write."  When 
her friend nodded, she added, "See that I'm not bothered."
     Joy locked her door behind her and sat down at her desk, picked up a pen, found 
some paper, and then... nothing.  It was always hard to start these letters.  She 
thought about it for a few minutes, and then her mind started to drift.  Memories of 
her father.  The story Triss had told them about magic swords and dragons.  
Exhausted, she put her head down on her arm and drifted off to sleep.  She dreamed of 
glorious knights and magnificent dragons and a time long past....

A week later, near the harbor:

     The old warehouse was actually cool, a surprise in this heat wave.  Or maybe 
not.  It was as big as a cave, dark and empty, and water lapped at a loading dock.  
Three men and a woman sat on empty crates to decide their next move.
     "You have the opening you need," Hobgoblin hissed.
     It always surprised Octavia that he could make the most unsibilant words come 
out as a hiss.  It was... almost scary.  As though there was something really wrong 
about him... more than what she could see.  But she refused to show her fear and let 
sarcasm creep into her voice as she asked, "How did you do it?  Dark alley?"
     "That would have been more fun.  But no.  Rix drugged him before his fight.  
That Sand Dancer killed him for us."  He laughed.  "Killjoy will forgive him--she 
thinks the Sand Dancers are her friends!"
     "Poison.  That's new for you."  Octavia looked around the old warehouse.  "And 
for this... what did this cost?"
     "Only two bodies."  Hobgoblin smiled, showing his pointed teeth.
     Octavia did a little hissing of her own.  In annoyance.  "You keep killing 
people, someone will come looking for you," she said.
     "Let 'em."
     Octavia smiled.  She had never liked Hobgoblin; he was all business all the 
time--his definition of business.  Blood and death.  "All right, then.  Tell me about 
Til Death Do Us Part.  What do you know about Killjoy?"
     "I know everything about her."
     Octavia raised an eyebrow.  "And how do you know so much?"
     "I was on her original team!"

To be continued....

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

It has been exactly one hundred turns since I last sat on this throne.  This thing
still isn't any more comfortable than I remember.  By now you'd think someone would
have done something about that.  If I'm here again next turn maybe I'll get someone
in here to change it.  I didn't spend all this money on plastic surgery to sit on
some hunk of granite, I need a comfy chair.

Kassal gets my challenge again this turn as I'd like to stay on the throne one more
turn and see if I get my little invite.  Immortality sounds great, party all night
with no side effects.  That is, if I live through my next bout.  There seems to be a
rash of deaths in the upper ranks lately.

Silverbullet, I was not avoiding the bloodfeud.  Otis sent in everything we needed to
fight but there is something going against me/us in this arena where we don't fight
for some unexplained reason.  Hopefully you'll stick around and DUI can get a chance
to avenge Bicardi.  Besides I wouldn't kill off a guy like that.  Sounds like he was
a blast to hang around with, free rum and all.

Until next turn
LA Woman

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in DAL SHANG since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen 
adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  
Rankings always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, MARY'S SOAPS' 
5th moved them up to 2-2-0 place.  What's with BROWN?  He actually beat MARY'S SOAPS' 
LILAC, and walked away with 23 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at COLOR 
CRAYONS while they watched BROWN clobber LILAC.  She lost 16 points and got bruised 
from objects thrown from the stands.  Try as she might, JERI TAVAN wasn't good enough 
at persuading L.A. WOMAN to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  Wouldn't it be 
nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses 
of convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  DAL 
SHANG thinks KILLER TUNES and their 127-108-7 is too much!  If at first you don't 
succeed, give up...  In my day, no team with a 125-105-7 would scare me off!  What's 
the problem, MARY'S SOAPS?  What do people see in KASSAL TEN DRU?  His 23-21-1?  SAND 
DANCERS ain't talkin', but he's got 98 points.  UGLY DUCKING of MIGHTY DUCKS knows 
how to pick 'em.  He challenged KASSAL TEN DRU of SAND DANCERS who is up by 23.  Now 
was this a wise move?  UGLY DUCKING perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was 
overcame by KASSAL TEN DRU and ended up with 74 recognition points.   
     Warriors of DAL SHANG unite.  You have only your games to lose!  So MARY'S SOAPS 
sent PLUMERIA to the Dark Arena.  Big deal.  Plenty more fighters where PLUMERIA came 
from.  Dime a dozen...  Now, Spyreporters...  Someone told LONER that MARY'S SOAPS 
never Bloodfeuded, that he'd have an easy kill.  Well, I'm sure whoever misled you is 
right sorry.  How long have I been here?  I got people to see, places to go...   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  Are 
you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 L.A. WOMAN 6317              17  15  1   146       KILLER TUNES (191)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANNABEL BLACKHEART 6769      11   3  2   108       POSSE (718)
-DUI 3076                     22  17  0   104       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 LEPAR 6512                   13   3  0   103       COLOR CRAYONS (705)
 KASSAL TEN DRU 6608          23  21  1    98       SAND DANCERS (233)
 DEADWOOD 6669                15   4  1    91       POSSE (718)
 GIFT CERTIFICATE 6787        11   2  0    91       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KO LAO-DEN 6614              21  21  2    90       SAND DANCERS (233)
 GOBARL 6604                  20  29  0    89       REFUGEES (377)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UGLY DUCKING 6771             6   6  0    74       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEMORRHAGE 6420               8   4  1    66       KILLER TUNES (191)
-SCREWDRIVER 3541              7   3  1    66       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 JAEGO SARL 6709              15   8  0    58       SAND DANCERS (233)
 CRACKERMAN 6421               6   6  0    57       KILLER TUNES (191)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIGBAN 6710                  12  11  1    55       REFUGEES (377)
 B.B. SAGE 6661                4   2  1    54       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
 MADE IT HOME 6671            11  10  0    53       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
 FRIAR DUCK 6865               4   2  0    51       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 M2 MALLARD 6786               9   3  0    46       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
-IRISH CREAM 3065              9  13  1    41       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 SIXKILLER 6795                5   4  0    38       POSSE (718)
 LONER 6779                    5   6  1    35       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VALARION 6808                 4   2  0    32       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 REVEREND BLOOD 6868           3   3  1    32       POSSE (718)
 LISSANE TYL DRU 6881          3   0  0    29       SAND DANCERS (233)
-MAN-O-WAR 6810                5   2  1    25       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BROWN 6561                    1   0  0    23       COLOR CRAYONS (705)
 YOUNG GUN 6867                3   3  0    20       POSSE (718)
-AMORE' 6879                   1   0  0    15       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
-KRAJ 6869                     1   2  0    14       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 ANOTHER BRICK PT2 6475        3   3  1    13       KILLER TUNES (191)
 RED 6882                      1   0  0    13       COLOR CRAYONS (705)
 COCONUT 6791                  1   1  0    13       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
 GRAY 6557                     1   0  0    12       COLOR CRAYONS (705)
-GREY GOOSE 6878               1   0  0    11       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 GREEN 6556                    1   0  0    10       COLOR CRAYONS (705)
-CHIANA 6807                   2   3  0     9       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 LILAC 6664                    2   1  0     7       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
 PORK SODA 6870                0   2  0     6       KILLER TUNES (191)
 MODORAM 6880                  1   2  0     5       REFUGEES (377)
 DUCK SOUP 6884                0   1  0     1       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PLUMERIA 6660          2  1 0 MARY'S SOAPS 719      QUEEN OF STEEL 25     375 NONE    
BAY RUM 6662           4  1 0 MARY'S SOAPS 719      LONER 6779            374 JUST REV
M-1 MALLARD 6780       5  6 0 MIGHTY DUCKS 720      REVEREND BLOOD 6868   374         
BACARDI 3077          18 17 3 STUMBLIN' DRUNK 356   L.A. WOMAN 6317       371 NOT REVE
LONG SHOT 6815        17 15 5 TIL DEATH DO US P 724 KASSAL TEN DRU 6608   373         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- M-1 Mallard was as follows:  15-10-14-13-9-10-13 ST  Blessed in endurance.  No
apparent luck either way in skills.  The original rollup was 9-10-14-8-9-10-10.
Didn't see anything useful to make him so I made a dixie striker.  I was debating
sending him to the DA three or four turns ago, but I prefer they die in arena.  I'm
not sure who will bloodfeud. -- Woody

Assur -- Greatly increased popularity for Made It Home and Friar Duck!  That was
kinda cool.  Maybe we could give them no armor and whiffle-ball bats next time.

Friar Duck -- ...I still think you're boring...twerp.... -- Ghost of M-1 Mallard

Reverend Blood -- Hmmm...I think you may have demonstrated your favorite learn. --

Ghost of Bay Rum -- Sorry about that, I guess Loner will have to register his hands
as "deadly weapons" with the local constable. -- Woody

Sixkiller -- Just to let you know:  Ugly Duckling was running defensively.  You might
need a few more FE do guarantee a victory, even with the style matchup advantage. --

L.A. Woman -- You're a tough broad, no two ways about that! -- Kassal ten Dru

Oh, a standby, how thrilling. -- Jeri Tavan

Deadwood -- Well, if you're in the tub, I'm not surprised. -- Ko Lao-Den

Crackerman -- Ack, crumbs everywhere! -- Jaego Sarl

Coconut -- A pleasing scent.  What else do you offer? -- Lissane tyl Dru

Ed. -- Well...yes, that does have some merit.  And we could ask Stumblin' Drunk to
bring the beverages, and Killer Tunes could do the music....  Hmm.  Let me think
about this. -- Jaego Sarl

     Just make sure I'm invited; I like duck with orange sauce. -- Ed.

Young Gun -- (recoiling)  You're a cat!  I can't stand cats! -- Modoram

11 August 2006
All -- I support Vendetta Cartel's observation of The Dark Knights!  If war is
declared on V.C. by The Dark Knights, then war is also declared on The Dark Knights
of the Desolate Empire by The Avengers of Light!  We have been quietly awaiting such
a chance to expose ourselves (all interested parties contact me c/o The Barbarians:
DM 31, Attn: Timothias)!  Come, Vendetta Cartel, let us show these broke-down
"Knights" what true warriors are! -- Gemini Goldphoenix, Overlord of The Avengers of

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PLUMERIA was butchered by QUEEN OF STEEL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
B.B. SAGE devastated LONER in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
UGLY DUCKING was overcome by KASSAL TEN DRU in a popular 3 minute Challenge match.
CRACKERMAN was vanquished by KO LAO-DEN in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
SIXKILLER was luckily beaten by FRIAR DUCK in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
HEMORRHAGE demolished M2 MALLARD in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
COCONUT won victory over ANOTHER BRICK PT2 in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
PORK SODA was devastated by LISSANE TYL DRU in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge match.
L.A. WOMAN overpowered JERI TAVAN in a 1 minute uneven Title melee.
DEADWOOD was unbelievably bested by LEPAR in a popular 7 minute expert's duel.
ANNABEL BLACKHEART won victory over MASTER OF THE EDGE in a 2 minute fight.
GOBARL was savagely defeated by GIFT CERTIFICATE in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
SIGBAN was subdued by MASTER OF THE EDGE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody match.
JAEGO SARL devastated SAGAT OF PAIDAN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided battle.
MADE IT HOME overcame REVEREND BLOOD in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
YOUNG GUN vanquished FELTAR OF ILLIS in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
MODORAM lost to GRAY in a 1 minute novice's fray.
LILAC was devastated by BROWN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
GREEN overpowered DUCK SOUP in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
RED beat BERVAN THE TINKER in a popular 3 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-LUNGE       16 -   7 -  1      70  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   38 -  25 -  3      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         AIMED BLOW        19 -  16 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    30 -  27 -  1      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  19 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         TOTAL PARRY       11 -  15 -  0      42  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK     8 -  16 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 375 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:

PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     AIMED BLOW         1 -  4         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      L.A. WOMAN 6317            17  15  1  146 KILLER TUNES (191)
TOTAL PARRY      LEPAR 6512                 13   3  0  103 COLOR CRAYONS (705)
SLASHING ATTACK  HEMORRHAGE 6420             8   4  1   66 KILLER TUNES (191)
PARRY-STRIKE     JAEGO SARL 6709            15   8  0   58 SAND DANCERS (233)
AIMED BLOW       SIGBAN 6710                12  11  1   55 REFUGEES (377)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KASSAL TEN DRU 6608.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DEADWOOD 6669.  The ten other most popular fighters were KASSAL TEN DRU 
6608, RED 6882, KO LAO-DEN 6614, ANNABEL BLACKHEART 6769, LEPAR 6512, GIFT 
GRAY 6557.

The least popular fighter this week was DUCK SOUP 6884.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LILAC 6664, MODORAM 6880, GOBARL 6604, PORK SODA 6870, M2 MALLARD 6786, 
LONER 6779, YOUNG GUN 6867, REVEREND BLOOD 6868, MADE IT HOME 6671, and SIGBAN 6710.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

L.A. WOMAN (65-6317) KILLER TUNES (191)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn: