Date   : 05/06/2004    Duedate: 05/19/2004


DM-75    TURN-283

This Weeks Top Honors



Chartered Recognition LeaderUnchartered Recognition Leader

                               THAT'S US (271)
                               (75-3088) [1-0-0,52]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SAND DANCERS (67)              SAND DANCERS (67)
(75-2694) [18-42-1,110]        (75-3072) [1-4-0,7]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. I AM SAM (267)              56
2. SAND DANCERS (67)           27      DARK TOADS (240)
3. PARANOID ASYLUM (234)       22      Unchartered Team
4. LEGALESE (253)              21
5. THAT'S US (271)             -1      THAT'S US (271)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK TOADS (240)         214 118  5 64.5   1/ 1 DARK TOADS (240)         11  4 0
 2/ 0*THAT'S US (271)            3   2  0 60.0   2/ 2 SAND DANCERS (67)         7  8 0
 3/ 2 LEGALESE (253)           119 119  6 50.0   3/ 0*THAT'S US (271)           3  2 0
 4/ 4*I AM SAM (267)             9  10  1 47.4   4/ 3 LEGALESE (253)            3  8 0
 5/ 3 PARANOID ASYLUM (234)     98 112 11 46.7   5/ 4*I AM SAM (267)            2  2 1
 6/ 5 SAND DANCERS (67)        546 840 16 39.4   6/ 5 PARANOID ASYLUM (234)     2  3 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #6 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Lirith Kai Edition

On the Trier near Dal Shang:

     Lord Protector Amplitur scowled impartially at the mist-shrouded new island off
the coast and his fellow Dalshani and sometime opponent Damoreth Stenn.  "I never
heard about any 'lost city' around here."
     "It was lost a long time ago," Stenn said, shrugging.  "Why should you?"
     "You knew it was there!"
     Stenn shrugged and lifted his oars out of the water.  "I knew there was
SOMETHING there, 'cause it's a navigation hazard," he corrected.  He glanced over his
shoulder at the risen island, then at the shore, gauging their speed.  "I'd expect to
find wrecked ships on it, once we get there.  IF we get there.  The current's tricky.
But I never heard about it being a CITY, and I don't think it is.  That island can't
be more than a mile the long way, and that's too small for a real city."
     Amplitur, who was facing forward, focused his attention through the jewel he
wore on his forehead.  Its effect in this instance was to enable him to see through
the mist that veiled the mysterious island.  "Maybe not a city," he said after a
moment, "but it's built up--in fact, the whole island from the waterline on up seems
to be built over.  No bare rock.  Well, maybe...there is a lot of mud.  But I'd bet
on no unbuilt ground.  Structures--towers--"
     "Probably what wrecked ships when it was sunken."
     "Probably.  Walls, domes, bridges between towers, narrow roads."  He paused to
examine the approaching island very carefully.  "I don't sense anything living.  No
warmth.  No...I don't think there's any movement...."
     "Don't second-guess," Stenn advised.  "Just report what you see."
     "It might be mist drifting between the...drifting around.  Or birds.  Gulls?
They'd be looking for anything edible in the mud, wouldn't they?"
     Stenn checked their position and movement again.  He had stopped rowing, and the
current was drifting them closer to the island, but not on a direct course to it.
"Gulls are alive," he pointed out.  "You just said there wasn't anything alive.  And
gulls are noisy, too.  We'd hear 'em."
     Amplitur opened his mouth to answer, then collapsed with a groan as his jewel
suddenly flared sun-bright.  At the same time, the boat began moving toward the
island more rapidly.  Stenn cursed and bent to the oars, battling the sudden current.
There was no time to check on his friend, not if he didn't want them both shipwrecked
on the island, but he could see that Amplitur was still breathing.  For now, that
would have to be enough, because the current was strong and the risk of stranding
great.  As he rowed, he cursed himself silently.  He should have expected the new
island to disturb the currents along this coast.  Well, in a way, he had, but he
hadn't expected a current that drove right toward the island.  It defied logic, not
that logic had a lot to do with sailing, sometimes.  But...no.  This was too pat.
This said "planning."  Someone or something wanted them to land on that island, and
it was his automatic response to resist any such manipulation.
     But the current was very strong.

Dal Shang, Provincial Archives:

     "Okay, let's go over this one more time," Marian of Ravenskeep said.  Her voice
was tight with controlled irritation.  "There are maps in your files that actually
SHOW this 'new' island.  It's even got a name: Kaseltor.  But you have NOTHING else
that tells anything about it, that even mentions it.  No deeds, no tax rolls, no--"
     The archival clerk raised his eyebrows slightly and looked down his nose at her.
Marian wondered how much of his unhelpfulness was because she had lived in for some
time (long enough to graduate from the arena) in Mordant, how much was a taste for
petty tyranny, and how much was actual lack of information.
     Her companion Whatchamacallit laid his axe carefully on the counter and leaned
toward the clerk.  "It's important she gets the information," he growled.  One blunt
finger tapped the letter of introduction she had brought with her.  "The Lord
Governor wants her to find out about this island."  He scowled, bushy eyebrows
meeting over a hooked nose.  "I wouldn't want to think you were dragging your feet."
     Had the situation been less urgent, Marian might have laughed at the clerk's
expression.  Whatcha was a Dwarf (or in Adantri terms, a very short, very hairy human
who liked being underground), and this did not endear him to the most orthodox of the
city's citizens.  And a clerk in the Archives was bound to be orthodox.  But Whatcha
was also the Duelmaster, and even those citizens of the city (they were numerous) who
didn't attend the fights heard about them.  It might be dangerous to annoy a
duelmaster....  Of course, if Whatcha killed the clerk, he would be arrested,
duelmaster or no, but what good would that do for a dead clerk?
     "We don't have anything about that island," the clerk muttered, "but you might
find something at the Ko Shang Monastery."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                        *--=== LIRITH KAI REGIONAL NEWS ===--*

 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 315): WHATCHAMACALLIT of BUENO FER NADA (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 270): ONE-EYE TEO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 315): SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 288): THE FINAL FANTASY (Kefka, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 282): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 270): TREE PEOPLE (Elderberry, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 246): OVERLORDS, etc. (The Icelord, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 314): JEANINE of TOO GOOD FOR ME (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 281): HAROLD of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 269): BLANK of TREE PEOPLE (Elderberry, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  I AM SAM had cause to celebrate, after SAMICH 
got 28 points by beating TALK-TO-DEATH.  A certain someone should cut down on the 
drinking and practice more, after losing 24 points to DISMISSED 2.  (Discrete enough, 
WONDERFUL?) So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering 
milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  To quell some nasty rumors, the guys in 
LEGALESE are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need to avoid 'em.  Like a pup 
with its tail between its legs, DARK TOADS scurried away from LEGALESE.  Oh, the 
shame!  Is it charming personality?  Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  
Whatever it is, VOLTO LEENI is the most challenged warrior.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Ask not a 
spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an 
unconscious stupor.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant prattling 
may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Do not despair!  I shall 
return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ESSINA TYL VERN 2694         18  42  1   110       SAND DANCERS (67)
 WOODY 2503                   11  67  0   110       SAND DANCERS (67)
 CYRUS 3022                   13   5  0    96       DARK TOADS (240)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RED MOSQUITO 2794            10   6  1    88       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
 ARDEN 3025                   11   6  0    87       DARK TOADS (240)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARIA 3012                    11   8  0    67       DARK TOADS (240)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YERIX 2782                    6   7  0    58       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DISMISSED 2 3024              7   7  2    52       LEGALESE (253)
-SAMSARA 3055                  4   0  0    52       I AM SAM (267)
 WITCH 3088                    1   0  0    52       THAT'S US (271)
 TABATAN 3040                  8   5  0    47       SAND DANCERS (67)
 MOCKINGBIRD 3073              3   1  0    38       DARK TOADS (240)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WONDERFUL 3083                0   1  0    31       THAT'S US (271)
 MONKEY KING 2904              4   4  0    29       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
 SAMOSET 3043                  2   1  0    29       I AM SAM (267)
 SAMICH 3046                   1   0  1    28       I AM SAM (267)
 WRIT OF MANDAMUS 2940         5  12  0    27       LEGALESE (253)
 VOLTO LEENI 3038              5  10  0    27       SAND DANCERS (67)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRRELEVANT 3034               5   8  0    23       LEGALESE (253)
 WORRIED 3086                  1   0  0     8       THAT'S US (271)
 TREENVA TARAL 3072            1   4  0     7       SAND DANCERS (67)
 SAMARIUM 3071                 0   1  0     7       I AM SAM (267)
 WANTON 3089                   1   0  0     5       THAT'S US (271)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TALK-TO-DEATH 5        0  1 0   1                   SAMICH 3046           283 NONE    
GRENDLE 3082           0  1 0 DARK TOADS 240        CHAO-SO TALLTREE 21   283 NONE    
GEOFFRY 3069           1  1 1 DARK TOADS 240        DISMISSED 2 3024      279 REVENGED
DA 3090                0  1 0 I AM SAM 267          STORMFALL 27          283 NONE    
MAD AS HELL 3074       0  1 0 PARANOID ASYLUM 234   JADE WARRIOR 26       283 NONE    
SALVAGE 3092           0  1 0 PARANOID ASYLUM 234   JADE WARRIOR 26       283 NONE    
WIRED 3084             0  1 0 THAT'S US 271         HAGAR NORTHMAN 24     283 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Essina Tyl Vern -- I am hoping you can graduate here shortly.  I'll try to curb my
warriors' enthusiasm in the future.... -- TigToad

Volto Leeni -- I'm a Toad at heart; my name is a distinguished one, if not warty. --

Essina -- Dinner at the Twisted Oak?  Is that a reasonable enough offer for you? --

All -- Hey now, lets get some bodies in here!  Where did everyone go?

All -- Hey, I'm keeping myself from being Duelmaster...I'm sure that isn't in the
script. -- TigToad

Harold -- Not to put the shine off your win, or anything small-souled like that, but
boy HOWDY do I have an input error there!  Wow! -- Woody

Arden -- (wailing)  Is this how you show your love for me? -- Essina tyl Vern

Writ of Mandamus -- So how does that affect the issue of attempted botanicide? --
P.S.  Floricide?

Irrelevant -- Absolutely! -- Treenva Taral
P.S.  Does this mean I can get the loss taken off my record, because it's irrelevant?

Stupid standbys. -- Volto Leeni

14 April 2004
CHAOS Inc. proudly announces our newest member, Silver Stroke.  He becomes the
seventh brother of Chaos.  We shall indeed be better for his joining.

6 May 2004
                                     DEATH FEST

     The ferocious ghosts of former glories whispered across the wind swept sands of
DM 59; agonizing incessantly due to the diminutive demise of the Delarq arena known
as Illis.
     Tattered banners and forgotten memories wailed in the wind for a dynamic death
march to dawn once more upon the blood stained sands of the Delarq slow arena.
     The distant call crying for  a declaration of restoration amidst the ruin of the
all but forgotten Delarq arena carried to the far corners of Alastari; drawing the
Devious, the Diabolical, the Dangerous and the Down Challenging to cross blades and
wage warfare among an assemblage of new stables managed by the Known and Unknown;
willing to spill fresh blood, while carving their destiny during 15 Rounds of contest
driven combat to be known as the "Illis Incredibly Diabolical Delarq Death Fest".
     A lone cloaked figure huddled by lamplight in a remote outpost near the
crossroads of ElseWhere and ElseWhen; feverishly formulating the foundational
framework for the dawning of the Delarq Death Fest in DM 59, complete with
Gladiatorial Commission sanctioned prizes to promote the growing thirst for a Delarq
Slow Arena Death Festival.

     Delarq Death Fest Opening Round debuts the first turn immediately following the
Summer 2004 F2F Tourney and continues through the completion of 15 consecutive
     Death Fest points are Won or Lost ONLY in the DM 59 Delarq Slow Arena [Tourneys
DO NOT Add or Subtract from the Death Fest Point Scoring System]:

Death Fest Scoring Format:
Win =3D +2 pts
Loss =3D -1 pt
Kill =3D +5 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
Death =3D -3 pts [in addition to 1 pt for Loss]
Dark Arena Kill =3D +10 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
Dark Arena Death =3D -5 pts [in addition to 1 pt for Loss]
Revenged Blood Feud =3D +5 pts [successful Revenged Blood Feud provides Death Fest
contestants the opportunity to cancel out 3 pts for Death and 1 pt for Loss; while
gaining +1 pt overall for the Revenged Blood Feud in addition to the +2 pts for Win]

    DEATH FEST PRIZES will be awarded to the Top Ten Death Fest Stables on the basis
of Total Points*** accumulated during the 15 rounds of competition as follows:

1.  Favorite Weapon Knowledge for 1 (one) warrior ranked Initiate or higher on the
Final Round to be revealed by RSI to each of the Top Ten Death Fest Stables
2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters and NPCs [yet to be determined according to how
many DA Monsters and NPCs are available in DM 59 for Renaming]
3.  The Top Five Death Fest Stables will receive New Team Rollup Certificates as
follows:  1st (10), 2nd (8), 3rd (6), 4th (4) and 5th (2)
4.  Renaming Illis Arena for 6 months plus Receiving 6 months Free Play courtesy of
RSI will be awarded to the manager of the 1st Place Death Fest Stable
5.  Discussions are underway regarding a possible Special Award granted to the Illis
Iron Stable qualifiers who compete in 67 of a possible 75 fights during the course of
the 15 consecutive rounds of the Death Fest [Key Factor is How Many (?) stables will
be competing in the Death Fest without drawing away participation by current managers
in the remaining slow arenas!]  Therefore, it is important for all managers entering
stables in DM 59 for the upcoming Death Fest to contact RSI as soon as possible
regarding their participation in this contest so that a Final Ruling on the proposed
Illis Iron Stable Award can be issued by RSI.

***TieBreaker is determined on the Final Round by the DM 59 Newsletter Recognition
Rankings.  The stable with the Highest Ranked Active Gladiator is granted the
decision.  [Example: Warrior A and Warrior B are both listed in the Recognition
Rankings with 87 pts; however, because Warrior A is listed in the Recognition
Rankings ahead of Warrior B, then Warrior A is granted the TieBreaker Decision for
His/Her stable!]

     Opening Round Team Spotlight Bonus [minimum 15 paragraphs!]  Each Delarq Death
Fest competitor who writes a Team Spotlight featuring their Stable (Name) and
Managerial Alias [Gladiatorial Names Optional] in regards to competing in the Delarq
Death Fest will receive 25 pts added to His/Her opening round score.
     Illis Iron Stable Bonus [in addition to the proposed award awaiting RSI
approval!]  Any manager whose stable competes in at least 67 of the possible 75
fights during the 15 rounds of Death Fest receives 25 points added to His/Her final
overall score [this allows each stable the cushion of missing one round of
competition; plus up to 3 additional fights due to waiting for replacement rollups
from Deaths suffered either in Tourneys or during the Death Fest contest in DM 59
over the course of 15 rounds of competition!]

Delarq Death Fest
Hosted by Hammer
[Who Else?]

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA was butchered by STORMFALL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MAD AS HELL was dealt death by JADE WARRIOR in a exciting 3 minute Dark Arena duel.
GRENDLE was viciously butchered by CHAO-SO TALLTREE in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
WIRED was slaughtered by HAGAR NORTHMAN in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
SALVAGE was dealt death by JADE WARRIOR in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
ARDEN was overpowered by ESSINA TYL VERN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CYRUS was unbelievably bested by WOODY in a popular 3 minute bloody duel.
RED MOSQUITO overpowered MING-CHANG THE SLY in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
ARIA defeated TABATAN in a 2 minute melee.
WITCH vanquished IRRELEVANT in a 1 minute uneven duel.
YERIX vanquished VOLTO LEENI in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MONKEY KING lost to MOCKINGBIRD in a 3 minute fight.
WONDERFUL was overpowered by DISMISSED 2 in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
WRIT OF MANDAMUS was overpowered by SAMOSET in a 1 minute one-sided match.
TREENVA TARAL was unbelievably bested by WORRIED in a 5 minute amateur's conflict.
SAMICH butchered TALK-TO-DEATH in a 1 minute bloody mismatched bout.
SAMARIUM was luckily beaten by WANTON in a crowd pleasing 7 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         TOTAL PARRY       16 -   3 -  0      84  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         BASHING ATTACK    10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  16 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  14 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -  13 -  3      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW         8 -  19 -  0      30  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  11 -  0      27  |

Turn 283 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     CYRUS 3022                 13   5  0   96 DARK TOADS (240)
STRIKING ATTACK  RED MOSQUITO 2794          10   6  1   88 PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
SLASHING ATTACK  ARDEN 3025                 11   6  0   87 DARK TOADS (240)
PARRY-LUNGE      ARIA 3012                  11   8  0   67 DARK TOADS (240)
LUNGING ATTACK   WITCH 3088                  1   0  0   52 THAT'S US (271)
BASHING ATTACK   TABATAN 3040                8   5  0   47 SAND DANCERS (67)
TOTAL PARRY      MOCKINGBIRD 3073            3   1  0   38 DARK TOADS (240)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ESSINA TYL VERN 2694.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TREENVA TARAL 3072.  The ten other most popular fighters were SAMARIUM 3071, 
CYRUS 3022, MAD AS HELL 3074, MONKEY KING 2904, ARIA 3012, WOODY 2503, TABATAN 3040, 
YERIX 2782, DISMISSED 2 3024, and GRENDLE 3082.

The least popular fighter this week was WANTON 3089.  The other ten least popular 
3034, ARDEN 3025, WIRED 3084, DA 3090, WONDERFUL 3083, SALVAGE 3092, and SAMICH 3046.