Date   : 03/14/2007    Duedate: 03/27/2007


DM-65    TURN-390

This Weeks Top Honors


POSSE (718)
(65-6868) [12-7-2,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSSE (718)                    KANE'S BANE (519)
(65-6868) [12-7-2,129]         (65-4764) [1-1-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MADE IT HOME                   MADE IT HOME
(65-6671) [20-16-0,95]         (65-6671) [20-16-0,95]


POSSE (718)

Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SAND DANCERS (233)          35
2. TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)  19      OZ 2 (556)
3. STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)       18      Unchartered Team
4. MIGHTY DUCKS (720)          15
5. OZ 2 (556)                  13      KANE'S BANE (519)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*THE BLACK CHORUS (520)     1   0  0  100   1/ 1 POSSE (718)              10  5 1
 2/ 2 OZ 2 (556)                 8   2  0 80.0   2/ 4 SAND DANCERS (233)        9  5 1
 3/ 3 GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  91  38  4 70.5   3/ 3 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)        9  6 0
 4- 4*MARY'S SOAPS (719)        17  10  1 63.0   4/ 2 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724)  7  8 2
 5/ 5 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)       229 199  6 53.5   5- 5*MARY'S SOAPS (719)        4  1 0
 6/ 6 POSSE (718)              156 145 12 51.8   6/10 OZ 2 (556)                2  0 0
 7/12*KANE'S BANE (519)          1   1  0 50.0   7/ 8 REFUGEES (377)            2  1 0
 8/ 7 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724) 309 327 30 48.6   8/ 7 GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  2  1 0
 9/ 8 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)    125 139 12 47.3   9/ 6 STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)     2 13 1
10/ 9 SAND DANCERS (233)       802 929 21 46.3  10- 9*THE BLACK CHORUS (520)    1  0 0
11/10 REFUGEES (377)           419 522 14 44.5  11/12*KANE'S BANE (519)         1  1 0
12-11*ERRATA (726)               0   2  0  0.0  12-11*ERRATA (726)              0  2 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 [(< * >)] Til Death Do Us Part [(< * >)] H [(< *

Dal Shang:

     "No lifiting, no jumping, no sparring.  Your stitches need more time to heal,"
the doctor said to Synthia as she slid her feet into her boots.  "We don't want to
see you back here with an infection or a re-opened wound because you felt you needed
to teach someone a fancy attack move."
     Synthia stood, wincing a bit before she took the pen and signed the release
form.  "You don't have to worry," she said, smiling a little as she handed back his
     "Very well, then."  He opened the door for her.  "You're lucky, you know.  That
wound would have killed many people.  The gods are smiling on you."
     Her smile was more of a grimace now.  "I'll have to pray more, then," she said,
sarcasm obvious in her voice.
     The doctor frowned.  "I'll see you in one week," he said, following her into the
hallway.  "Be safe, young woman."  With a curt nod, he strode down the hallway to the
     Synthia turned to the right.  Killjoy was waiting for her in the lobby area when
she emerged from the back of the clinic.  Pacing.  Synthia's mouth twitched into a
smile.  How like Joy!  Synthia limped over to her.  "Let's go home."
     Killjoy had a carriage waiting, so that Synthia wouldn't have to walk, even
though it was only a couple of miles.  And once she had her friend carefully
installed on the seat, she told Synthia everything that had happened while she had
been in the hospital.  How Hobgoblin had stolen the sword Windsong from the
guildhouse, and Aranthar had taken Octavia and set out to hunt him down.  How Sitha
Nisanli and Bobika Vhett had gotten help from Wild Weasel and Lameto and Jinx to
catch up to them.  And how she herself had stayed behind to gather more help and
information in order to find the rest of the swords.  And finally how their dear
friend Valarion had been killed in the arena.
     "A lot has happened while I was away," Synthia said.  "What can I do to help?"
     "Nothing!" Killjoy said sharply.  "We are going to get you better first."
     Synthia smiled, shaking her head a little.  Both of them knew that was easier
said than done.  Things would come up.  They always did.  The two women rode in
silence the rest of the way.

In the North Woods, not far from the castle of Tennerus:

     Smoke rose above the trees behind them as the eight warriors approached the
castle.  They were walking their horses, no hurry, no agitation.  They were here to
do a job of work.  Man-O-War, Sitha Nisanli, and Bobika Vhett were in the front,
behind them came Octavia and Triss, and Wild Weasel, Lameto, and Jinx brought up the
     Triss leaned in close to Octavia so that only her companion could hear.  "Only
me and Aranthar know what you did," she said.  "We have agreed not to tell the
others."  She straightened again, not waiting for any answer.
     Octavia closed her eyes.  Shame for what she had done rose up in her again, but
this time she knew that she had true friends.
     "Looks like Hobgoblin is already there," Aranthar called back to the others.
"We need to hurry."
     Everyone spurred their horses into a sprint.

Dal Shang, Til Death Do Us Part guildhouse:

     Killjoy and Synthia walked into the house to find bags sitting in the front
hall.  They looked at each other and shrugged, mystified.
     Salicia, Valarion's wife, came out of the back of the hall, holding the hand of
her five-year-old son Victor.  "I'm sorry," she said, eyes on the floor.  "I had
hoped to be gone before you got back, but Victor needed to go to the bathroom.  It...
it's a long trip back to Simtakka."
     "Back to Simtakka?  Why?" Killjoy asked.
     "We are from there."  Salicia lifted her head proudly.  "I will need to find
work, and it will be easier there."
     "Nonsense!"  Killjoy shook her head firmly.  "You will stay here."
     "I couldn't intrude--"
     "And you wouldn't be."
     "Joy, we are not your burden to carry."
     "There is no burden, Salicia.  You are family to us."
     "But... the agreement you had with Valarion...."
     "What?  The Armory?  The stables?  He wanted to do those things, Salicia, he was
never obligated to do them."  Joy took Salicia by the hand and walked her into her
office, leaving Victory and Synthia in the hall.
     "I don't understand," Salicia said.  "The agreement for us to stay here was that
he would work for you.  Was that not true?"
     "In a way.  We did make that agreement," Killjoy said.  "But it was long after I
had already allowed you to move in.  I agreed to let him have his blacksmith shop,
and you know how much he loved the horses.  Salicia, it would be my pleasure, it
would please all of us, to have you and Victor remain in the house."
     "I couldn't do so without some form of payment," Salicia said.  "I must earn my
     "Okay, then.  Synthia will need a lot of help as she is recovering from an
injury.  You will take care of her and make sure she heals properly.  This is very
important, Salicia.  She will not like it and will resist, she would ignore the
injury if she could.  You'll have to stand firm and never back down from her.  Do you
accept this task?"  Killjoy stood silent while Salicia thought it over, studying the
taller woman.
     After a few moments, Salicia nodded.  "I do accept it."  She smiled.  "And thank
you, Joy."
     Killjoy nodded back.  "Okay.  Let's get started, then."

The castle of Tennerus:

     Man-O-War called the group to a halt before the gate and dismounted, handing his
horse's reins to Sitha.  One look through the gate was enough to tell them that
Hobgoblin had been and gone.  The courtyard was filled with dead bodies and parts of
bodies scattered widely, and the stench was nearly unbearable.  A quick scan revealed
no obvious clues.
     "We'll have to search more carefully," he said.  "Groups of two.  Do not
separate from each other.  Octavia, you are with me."
     Everyone paired up, Sitha with Bobika, Weasel with Triss, and Lameto with Jinx,
each pair exploring a different part of the castle.
     Man-O-War had Octavia lead him to the rooms used by Tennerus.  Nothing in his
bedroom.  They moved on to what Octavia said he had called his study.  It was a large
room, and it had been wrecked.  There were books thrown all over; the glass-fronted
cases they had come from had been smashed, adding broken glass to the debris.  A
broken sword, the blade near the door, the hilt next to the outer wall under a
window.  Scratched on the floor next to the hilt were the words:  "Twisted Lands,"
and then "Ini Palel."
     "Twisted Lands?"  Man-O-War frowned as he said it.  "What does Hobgoblin need
     Octavia shrugged.  "Who knows?  But I have a feeling that we need to reach him
before he gets there."

to be continued....

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  What's a move up by 4 you ask?  (alright, 
maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to OZ 2.  SAND DANCERS posted 
a nice gain, to come in 2nd.  Everybody loves a winner...  A certain someone should 
cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 12 points to KORKA THE 
HAIRY.  (Discrete enough, BETTER DUCK?) Like a flirtacious debutante, DAL SHANG's 
Duelmaster REVEREND BLOOD found himself the man of the hour, being "invited to dance" 
4 times!  The arena was more crowded than usual this time, as AMORE' faced DAL 
SHANG's Duelmaster.  REVEREND BLOOD successfully staved off a grab for the roses by 
AMORE' of STUMBLIN' DRUNK.  Does DAL SHANG have no one talented enough to dethrone 
him?  Word has it one team in DAL SHANG is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead 
a charmed life!   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of STUMBLIN' DRUNK should 
take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  Like a pup with its tail 
between its legs, GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS scurried away from STUMBLIN' DRUNK.  Oh, the 
shame!  Take heed DAL SHANG, of the unprincipled action of MADE IT HOME.  By 
challenging IRISH CREAM, 25 points below him, MADE IT HOME besmirches the noble art 
of dueling.  MADE IT HOME beat IRISH CREAM with a point difference of 25.  So this is 
what DAL SHANG calls a duel.  This will make an interesting tale.  LUCKY DUCK 
challenged CHIANA!  Who says MIGHTY DUCKS are just a bunch of wimps!  LUCKY DUCK of 
MIGHTY DUCKS kept his wits as he won victory over CHIANA.   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  You've heard about MODORAM of REFUGEES.  Death plays no favorites, and neither 
do I.  What was a 7-11-0 doing on the fields in the first place?  Never one to 
advocate diplomacy and restraint, I was pleased to see TIL DEATH DO US PART retaliate 
against POSSE in bloodfeud!  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 DAL SHANG farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REVEREND BLOOD 6868          12   7  2   129       POSSE (718)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRIAR DUCK 6865              14   6  0   109       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 OCTAVIA 6890                 11   3  2    98       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 MADE IT HOME 6671            20  16  0    95       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
 MAN-O-WAR 6810               13   9  3    95       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMORE' 6879                  10   6  2    90       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 TOBIAS BEECHER 5035           8   2  0    90       OZ 2 (556)
 SCREWDRIVER 3541             13  12  2    89       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 SIXKILLER 6795               13   9  0    80       POSSE (718)
 IRISH CREAM 3065             15  22  2    71       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 LONESTAR 6901                 5   3  2    70       POSSE (718)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-B.B. SAGE 6661                5   2  1    58       MARY'S SOAPS (719)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUCKY DUCK 6903               4   5  0    46       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 STEELHORSE 6900               7   1  0    45       POSSE (718)
 CHIANA 6807                   9  11  0    38       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOJITO 6896                   3   8  1    33       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 LORIN TEN KORO 6916           2   2  0    32       SAND DANCERS (233)
 BETTER DUCK 6889              7   7  0    31       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 KARZIN TYRN 6911              5   1  0    31       SAND DANCERS (233)
 JOEVINA SARIL 6904            4   3  0    28       SAND DANCERS (233)
 SWIFTSTEEL 4764               1   1  0    24       KANE'S BANE (519)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MERRO DOSH 6912               4   2  1    20       SAND DANCERS (233)
 DUCK AND COVER 6923           2   0  0    18       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-COCONUT 6791                  2   1  0    18       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
-LILAC 6664                    3   1  0    11       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
 KILLIAN TEN VIR 6926          1   0  0    11       SAND DANCERS (233)
 BOBIKA VHETT 6914             2   4  0    10       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
-BLACK GARGOYLE 4771           1   0  0    10       THE BLACK CHORUS (520)
 BLACK VELVET 6913             1   5  0     8       STUMBLIN' DRUNK (356)
 DECOY 6915                    1   3  0     6       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 KARMA 6925                    1   1  0     6       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
-SKEEZER 6910                  0   2  0     6       ERRATA (726)
-LEMON 6885                    1   0  0     5       MARY'S SOAPS (719)
 BLACKJACK 6924                0   2  0     2       POSSE (718)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HERROL TWO-FINGER 1    0  1 0   1                   MERRO DOSH 6912       390 NONE    
MODORAM 6880           7 11 0 REFUGEES 377          MOJITO 6896           390         
LISSANE TYL DRU 6881  10  6 0 SAND DANCERS 233      OCTAVIA 6890          388         
LONDEL TYL SARH 6895   5  4 0 SAND DANCERS 233      SCREWDRIVER 3541      386 NOT REVE
VALARION 6808         10  9 0 TIL DEATH DO US P 724 LONESTAR 6901         388 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Steelhorse -- You're on our list, so one of us must have fought you, but I don't see
a personal addressed to you in this year's archives.  THEREFORE!  *I* get to say,
probably for the second time but only the first this year, "Cool name."  But what
does a steel horse eat? -- Lorin ten Koro
P.S.  Besides skills.

B.B. Sage -- Are you going to suggest that this was all in "good, clean fun"?  If
so... well, I won't hit you, because you'd just hit me back, but I'll pout. --
Joevina Saril

Coconut -- Wow, you're as slippery as a bar of soap, too!  I was just thinking, "Now,
there's a cute little thing," and wham, you're hitting me already. -- Merro Dosh

Bobika Vhett -- That was a tricky one.  Let's try it in the practice room with
blunted blades where we don't have to worry about killing each other, eh?  I bet we
could learn stuff. -- Karzin Tyrin

Mojito -- Ah, you could be one of us! -- Modoram
P.S.  Although Jorja would probably tell you not to drink before the fight.  She says
it doesn't really help.

Bobika -- Yes!  And very, very clean.  If you don't mind the scent of sage. --

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MADE IT HOME bested IRISH CREAM in a action packed 2 minute master's Challenge fight.
AMORE' was handily defeated by REVEREND BLOOD in a 1 minute Challenge Title match.
LONESTAR was devastated by OCTAVIA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
LUCKY DUCK overpowered CHIANA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
BLACKJACK was bested by KARMA in a 2 minute novice's Challenge duel.
FRIAR DUCK viciously subdued SCREWDRIVER in a crowd pleasing 3 minute master's match.
SIXKILLER was viciously subdued by MAN-O-WAR in a 2 minute expert's melee.
TOBIAS BEECHER overpowered SWEET ANELLA in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BETTER DUCK was overpowered by KORKA THE HAIRY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
STEELHORSE overcame LORIN TEN KORO in a popular 3 minute brutal bout.
MODORAM was savagely slain by MOJITO in a 3 minute bloody competition.
KARZIN TYRN devastated BOBIKA VHETT in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
SWIFTSTEEL devastated BLACK VELVET in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
JOEVINA SARIL handily defeated HERROL TWO-FINGER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MERRO DOSH assassinated HERROL TWO-FINGER in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
DECOY was viciously subdued by KILLIAN TEN VIR in a 1 minute amateur's bout.
DUCK AND COVER defeated BERVAN THE TINKER in a 2 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   3 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  17 -  3      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  27 -  2      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  19 -  5      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        14 -  15 -  0      48  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  11 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  23 -  0      39  |

Turn 390 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-LUNGE        2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  4                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  REVEREND BLOOD 6868        12   7  2  129 POSSE (718)
PARRY-STRIKE     FRIAR DUCK 6865            14   6  0  109 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
BASHING ATTACK   MADE IT HOME 6671          20  16  0   95 GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
SLASHING ATTACK  MAN-O-WAR 6810             13   9  3   95 TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
LUNGING ATTACK   TOBIAS BEECHER 5035         8   2  0   90 OZ 2 (556)
AIMED BLOW       SIXKILLER 6795             13   9  0   80 POSSE (718)
WALL OF STEEL    STEELHORSE 6900             7   1  0   45 POSSE (718)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MADE IT HOME 6671.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MADE IT HOME 6671.  The ten other most popular fighters were MAN-O-WAR 6810, 

The least popular fighter this week was BLACK VELVET 6913.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BOBIKA VHETT 6914, BETTER DUCK 6889, CHIANA 6807, DECOY 6915, 
MERRO DOSH 6912, KARMA 6925, LONESTAR 6901, AMORE' 6879, JOEVINA SARIL 6904, and