DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/08/2005    Duedate: 04/04/2005

ERINIKA ARENA

DM-73    TURN-157

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ABASHI
BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)
(73-4151) [17-18-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ABASHI                         LUG
BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)          DUDS (602)
(73-4151) [17-18-0,112]        (73-5316) [2-3-1,14]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ABASHI                         BIMBO
BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)          DUDS (602)
(73-4151) [17-18-0,112]        (73-5325) [1-1-0,4]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DUDS (602)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)       25
2. WORLDWIDE GORE (36)         13      THE BULLS (43)
3. K.B.W.F II (435)            11      Unchartered Team
4. THE BULLS (43)               2
5. DOG SOLDIERS II (527)        0      DUDS (602)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 THE BULLS (43)           151  77  8 66.2   1/ 1*DUDS (602)                5  4 1
 2/ 4 BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)     91  75  6 54.8   2/11 BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)     4  2 0
 3/ 6 WORLDWIDE GORE (36)      390 326 32 54.5   3- 3 FLAMING FIST (65)         3  1 0
 4/ 5*DUDS (602)                13  11  1 54.2   4/ 6 K.B.W.F II (435)          3  1 0
 5/ 8 K.B.W.F II (435)          14  12  2 53.8   5/12 WORLDWIDE GORE (36)       2  1 0
 6- 9 DOG SOLDIERS II (527)     20  20  0 50.0   6- 2 DOG SOLDIERS II (527)     2  2 0
 7-10 THE BEGINNING (355)      107 128  6 45.5   7-10 THE BEGINNING (355)       1  1 0
 8-11 FLAMING FIST (65)        123 149 12 45.2   8/13 THE BULLS (43)            1  3 0
 9-13*DARK RUNES (615)           2   4  0 33.3   9- 0 MIXED-UP MIXERS (618)     0  2 0
10-14 AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)     11  29  0 27.5  10-14*DARK RUNES (615)          0  2 0
11/ 0 MIXED-UP MIXERS (618)      8  31  0 20.5  11- 9 AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)     0  1 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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): MECHANISM of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): ARNIE'S ARMY (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BADGER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                     (turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  He who laughs last didn't get the joke.  Speaking of laughing at jokes, 
observe DOG SOLDIERS II.  Last week they got 0-0-0 to drop by 4!  Nothing works for a 
team like victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as BAATANAR'RITEZU can 
attest...  WORLDWIDE GORE had cause to celebrate, after APPLE DANISH got 13 points by 
beating CULT MEMBER.  A certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice 
more, after losing 7 points to ANDRAMELOCKAMON.  (Discrete enough, BIMBO?) A certain 
someone saw YANKEE DOODLE at The Welcome Wench with the shakes, and now he fails to 
show up to defend his throne.  What a pathetic slob!  In ERINIKA, nothing is 
permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, ABASHI.  So who was 
the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's 
got a basic problem...   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from 
the lion, so did the "warriors" in ERINIKA avoid DOG SOLDIERS II.  The warriors of 
DOG SOLDIERS II found their efforts at combat frustrated as BAATANAR'RITEZU 
apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for 
fifteen minutes, and CHINESE SIMIAN is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't 
K.B.W.F II proud!   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Questions are being raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A 
certain tavern in ERINIKA would I avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ERINIKA is the highlight of my life.  As if 
buffeted by forces of nature beyond my control, I must take my leave of this place.  
Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ABASHI 4151                  17  18  0   112       BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MONGOL HORDE 4001            14   8  3   124       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-BULL FROG 4547               14   7  0   117       THE BULLS (43)
-RED HOT CHILE PAPA 3358      22  13  1   113       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
 CHINESE SIMIAN 3859          13   8  2   109       K.B.W.F II (435)
-YANKEE DOODLE 3605           21  19  0   107       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-CROSS CZECH 4008             14  14  2    98       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-BASE ON BULLS 3101           16   6  2    97       THE BULLS (43)
-EUROPEAN HAND BULL 3099      18  11  0    91       THE BULLS (43)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BULL MARKET 4124             19  10  1    88       THE BULLS (43)
 DEMOGORGON 4145              13   9  0    79       BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)
-HARI-KARI 3049               10   4  0    79       WAY TO GO! II (346)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EVE 3232                     12  10  0    52       THE BEGINNING (355)
-TZENORITZE 4652               4   5  0    51       DOG SOLDIERS II (527)
-LET THERE BE LIGHT 3162       2   4  0    48       THE BEGINNING (355)
 MOLOCH 4142                   6   6  0    47       BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)
-ENDU ENDU 5242                6   0  0    36       DUDS (602)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHELTOWEE 4653                8   3  0    30       DOG SOLDIERS II (527)
 SILVER BULL ION 5149          2   2  0    30       THE BULLS (43)
-JAEGER 5007                   4   2  0    29       FLAMING FIST (65)
-YLW JACKET HAMMER 5330        2   0  0    29       AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)
 APPLE DANISH 5247             4   2  0    28       WORLDWIDE GORE (36)
-FENRIS 5019                   2   4  0    27       FLAMING FIST (65)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAWKEYE HAMMER 5338           3   9  0    24       AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KAREL PROSEK 4712             5   6  0    22       FLAMING FIST (65)
-DUNCE 5256                    1   1  0    20       DUDS (602)
-ADAM 4648                     1   4  0    17       THE BEGINNING (355)
 ANDRAMELOCKAMON 4271          2   3  0    15       BAATANAR'RITEZU (471)
-HYDROGEN 4647                 1   6  0    15       THE BEGINNING (355)
-TIME 5020                     1   0  0    15       THE BEGINNING (355)
 LUG 5316                      2   3  1    14       DUDS (602)
-CRAZY HORSE 4654              3   4  0    13       DOG SOLDIERS II (527)
-MARRED TEENY 5391             1   3  0    13       MIXED-UP MIXERS (618)
-FRIENDLY GIANT 5053           1   0  0    11       FLAMING FIST (65)
-YA SLO 4651                   2   3  0     9       DOG SOLDIERS II (527)
-SHE HULK HAMMER 5331          2   0  0     7       AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)
-SYLVESTER 5244                1   0  0     6       K.B.W.F II (435)
-DARK DANDELION 5317           1   0  0     5       DARK RUNES (615)
-B 3856                        0   1  0     5       K.B.W.F II (435)
 BIMBO 5325                    1   1  0     4       DUDS (602)
-LEGEND 5320                   1   1  0     4       DARK RUNES (615)
-3 MI. ISLE COFFEE 5389        0   1  0     3       MIXED-UP MIXERS (618)
-WASP HAMMER 5329              0   2  0     2       AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)
-FALCON HAMMER 5328            0   2  0     2       AVENGER HAMMERZ (616)
-REVOLTING BLOB 3855           0   1  0     1       K.B.W.F II (435)
-JONAS 5324                    0   1  0     1       FLAMING FIST (65)
-THOR THE DARK ONE 5321        0   1  0     1       DARK RUNES (615)
-DARK RHINO 5318               0   1  0     1       DARK RUNES (615)
-DAMING FLRAMBUIE 5388         0   1  0     1       MIXED-UP MIXERS (618)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MAMMON 4521            0  2 0 BAATANAR'RITEZU 471   LUG 5316              157         
TATADAHO 4650          2  3 0 DOG SOLDIERS II 527   CRACKER 5080          154         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Congratulations to Willie Makit, Erinika's only TV at the Face.  What a man is that 
Willie!  If he had better management at the FTF, he may have really gone far. -- Amy 
A. Airhead, Duds Princess

Rhino -- That's a silly name.  Why is it dark?? -- Bimbo

Karel Prosek -- You sure had a lot more experience than me.  It showed, huh? -- Lug

Silver Bull Ion -- You smart -- XXX! -- Dunce

Chinese Simian -- Not until after The Mailer for you and Endu Endu. -- Amy A Airhead, 
Duds Princess

Mr. Baphomet -- It was a nice Holiday for a princess.  My friends had one too. -- Amy 
A Airhead, Duds Princess

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ANDRAMELOCKAMON bested BIMBO in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
MAMMON was viciously butchered by LUG in a 1 minute brutal Challenge duel.
CHINESE SIMIAN handily defeated DEMOGORGON in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ABASHI devastated BULL MARKET in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
MOLOCH overpowered SILVER BULL ION in a 1 minute mismatched match.
APPLE DANISH devastated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        11 -   3 -  1      79  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   6 -  0      78  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  18 -  3      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  2      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  12 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   4 -  1      20  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 157 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    CHINESE SIMIAN 3859        13   8  2  109 K.B.W.F II (435)
TOTAL PARRY      BULL MARKET 4124           19  10  1   88 THE BULLS (43)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ABASHI 4151.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
BIMBO 5325.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHINESE SIMIAN 3859, 
ANDRAMELOCKAMON 4271, LUG 5316, DEMOGORGON 4145, ABASHI 4151, MOLOCH 4142, APPLE 
DANISH 5247, MAMMON 4521, BULL MARKET 4124, and SILVER BULL ION 5149.

The least popular fighter this week was SILVER BULL ION 5149.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BULL MARKET 4124, MAMMON 4521, APPLE DANISH 5247, MOLOCH 4142, 
ABASHI 4151, DEMOGORGON 4145, LUG 5316, ANDRAMELOCKAMON 4271, CHINESE SIMIAN 3859, 
and BIMBO 5325.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

CHINESE SIMIAN (73-3859) K.B.W.F II (435)

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The winter 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 March.
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, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)