Date   : 08/11/2010    Duedate: 08/24/2010


DM-81    TURN-94

This Weeks Top Honors


(81-996) [24-14-2,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ARIOCH                         NOTAXESTEXAS
OF WOLF AND MAN (57)           THE MONSANTIS (112)
(81-996) [24-14-2,118]         (81-1323) [5-2-0,59]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MIDNIGHT SUN                   PIT FIEND
SUMMERBORN (104)               MONSTER MANUAL (87)
(81-1211) [13-9-0,108]         (81-1344) [3-2-0,11]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. JUNGLELAND (103)            71
2. CLAN LONGBEARD (39)         63      SUMMERBORN (104)
3. OF WOLF AND MAN (57)        47      Unchartered Team
4. THE MONSANTIS (112)         36
5. ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)         35      THE MONSANTIS (112)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SUMMERBORN (104)          68  42  2 61.8   1/ 7 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     11  3 0
 2/ 1 CAPITAL CARTEL (93)       94  60  4 61.0   2/ 4 JUNGLELAND (103)         11  4 0
 3/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       274 191  9 58.9   3/ 8 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       10  4 2
 4/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)  52  38  0 57.8   4- 6 DARQUE AGES (29)          8  2 0
 5/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    262 204  9 56.2   5/12 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     8  5 1
 6- 6 DARQUE AGES (29)         204 165  6 55.3   6/11 LITERATE LOONS (40)       8  7 1
 7/ 7 WARMASTERS (15)          242 221 20 52.3   7/ 1 CAPITAL CARTEL (93)       8  7 0
 8/ 8 RODENT CLAN (37)         172 161 10 51.7   8/ 9 WARMASTERS (15)           8  7 0
 9/14*THE MONSANTIS (112)       18  17  0 51.4   9/ 2 SUMMERBORN (104)          8  7 0
10/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      241 228 13 51.4  10/ 3 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)  8  7 0
11/10 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     224 219 11 50.6  11/13 RODENT CLAN (37)          7  8 1
12/11 JUNGLELAND (103)          55  57  1 49.1  12/10 THE RED BLADES (88)       7  8 1
13-12 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      69  76  1 47.6  13/15*THE MONSANTIS (112)       7  8 0
14/15 LITERATE LOONS (40)      217 251  8 46.4  14/ 5 FUZZY BUNNIES (110)       6  8 1
15/16 THE RED BLADES (88)       81 104  5 43.8  15/18 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       6  9 0
16/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       81 109  3 42.6  16/14 OTTO'S DINER (96)         6  9 0
17/19 OTTO'S DINER (96)         65  90  1 41.9  17/22*FAR TRAVELERS (113)       5  9 0
18-20 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   118 166  9 41.5  18/16 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       5 10 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/18 JOSEFINS HEROES (105)     32  48  1 40.0  19/17 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       3 12 1
20/22 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       99 151  6 39.6  20/23*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)       3 12 1
21/25*FAR TRAVELERS (113)        5   9  0 35.7  21/19 JOSEFINS HEROES (105)     2  8 0
22/23 FUZZY BUNNIES (110)       19  35  1 35.2  22-24 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    1  0 0
23/24*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)        8  32  2 20.0  23-21 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      0  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                 The Good Samaritan

     Havoc slowly picked himself up off the forest floor and carefully brushed the
pine needles and dirt off his body.  His left shoulder had taken most of the brunt of
the impact.  His left hip must have struck a rock or something after his upper body
bounced off the tree trunk. He rolled his left arm in its socket, but gently.  He
winced as a stabbing pain arced from the point of his left clavicle to his elbow.
Maybe a fracture? A ligament torn? His left arm was relatively useless to him for a
while, at any rate.
     He put his hand on his hip and touched the handle of his sword instead.  An ugly
thought occurred to him. The handle must have been forced into his hip; it was in the
right place.  He pulled his falchion from its sheath and held it at arm's length.
Tilting it to catch the sunlight's reflection along the blade, he looked for nicks,
or other signs of damage.  There were none, and the blade was true. Sighing slowly, 
he sheathed the sword and unbuckled his sword belt, swinging it over his right
shoulder instead to take the pressure off his hip.
     His padded chain mail had absorbed much of the force of the collision and
subsequent fall, but not all of it.  Havoc could feel the muscles in his neck and
upper back already begin to stiffen. He was probably lucky to be alive, but Havoc
didn't trust it; luck was too random to be relied on.
     If he had to guess, he was about six or seven kilometers deep into the forest.
That would mean that he was about more than halfway to Pandora's Box.  A great place
for an ambush. He wondered briefly why he WAS alive.  It seemed as if someone had
made a terrible mistake...
     He tried to ignore the spasms of pain crawling across his back. He had to twist
his body more than his head to find his horse.
     "Damn!" he muttered.
     There it was, only a few meters away.  It lay on its left side with its eyes
half-lidded and its teeth grimacing in a silent neigh. Havoc shook his head savagely
and took a deep breath.  The horse was dead, of course, but it seemed likely that it
had suffered.  Its rear legs had churned the ground around it.  Its forelegs were
broken, with the bones splintered up through the skin.  There was a rough, dark halo,
an irregular blotch on the ground under its head.
     "Hhhmmph!" grunted Havoc.  Someone had taken the time to put the horse out of
its misery.  For that he would give them a swift death.
     Havoc limped toward the horse cautiously, eyes and ears open.  This forest trail
was relatively wide and straightforward, but there were plenty of long curves and
small hills. Also, it was hemmed in by at least a thousand kilometers of forest on
either side.  If the enemy was nearby, there were plenty of places to hide.
     When he reached the horse Havoc slowly circled it, occasionally stopping to
squat carefully to examine the ground for sign.  No one seemed to have approached the
horse from either side of the trail, yet the saddlebags were missing. There was no
boot print, no sharp-edged heel mark, no rounded moccasin toe nor bare footprints.
     Part of the trail was hard-packed sand and coarse dirt and clay, with gravel
added by the spade-full here and there to offer purchase for the wagons, but most of
it was imprinted with the stuff that one would expect -- a smattering of dead pine
needles; twigs and odd branches; various types and conditions of fecal matter churned
into the trail by hoof prints and wheel ruts. There was nothing out of the ordinary,
other than a dead horse at the side of the trail.
     "Hah!" Havoc chuckled grimly at his own joke.  In some places he'd been,
neglected carcasses lying around were as common as bad manners.  It begged the
question: The chicken or the egg?
     He came back around to the front of the horse.  The log was about a meter long;
it had been partially buried in the trail. Triangular teeth were carved into it to
enhance its effect.  An iron ring was imbedded in either end.  Two thin lines, woven
out of horsehair most likely, were tied to them, one to each ring.  The lines
stretched out on opposite sides of the trail.
     Havoc followed the closer end.  It was tied firmly to a tree trunk close by the
trail.  His features twisted in pain, Havoc slowly limped back across the trail,
running the line through his fingers.  He found the counterweight on the other side,
a pair of thick tree trunks, sizeable pieces.  They were tied together and had been
precariously balanced about three meters up in a branching fork of an elm.
     Havoc studied the layout.  A sinewy string was struck by his horse as it
galloped down the trail.  The string yanked the trigger out of the way.  The logs
dropped about out of the tree, pulling mightily on the line.  The log with the jagged
edges was torn out of its shallow trench in the trail and slammed lengthwise about a
meter and a half, smashing the horse's forelegs out from under it in one stroke.  It
was simple, devious, and horribly effective.
     The massive weight of the tree trunks tied together -- that would more than
explain its ruthless strength and speed.  Havoc hadn't had any time at all to see the
trap sprung; there was only the brief, sudden tilt of the horse, a sick sensation of
dread, the collision with the tree trunk, and then blackness.  He glanced up.  The
sun was still more or less where he left it before this unwanted adventure began,
almost directly above the trail, but just starting to fall to the west.  The shadows
from the left tree line were lengthening towards the middle of the trail, but they
didn't seem much longer than he last remembered.
     Havoc tried to decide if he should hide his saddle and harness in the forest and
continue to head for the tavern, or camp there on the trail for the night.  There was
fresh meat easily available, at least.  He had no desire to hunt or forage; the
muscles in his neck and back were more rigid now.  The pain was sharper, more
     Havoc grit his teeth and thought about it.  Supplies and visitors traveled
regularly to Pandora's Box via this unmarked plains route; sooner or later someone
was due to come by.
Supposedly there was another hidden passage between the Box and the coastal city of
Cirina, which lay at the far edge of the Nhirivin woods.  Most of Pandora's clientele
were either roaming pirates or adventurers, or murky figures from Cirina herself.
But unless they wished to pass through to the Rirorni Plains, or head towards
Shadowspire, there would be no traffic coming from that direction.
     Havoc ran his fingers under his sword belt.  He still had a little coin, anyway.
His emergency stash.
     He had just finished dragging his saddle off of the road kill when he heard the
creak and clop of a slow wagon.  He straightened hesitantly with a small groan; his
back and neck were definitely tightening up.  He pulled his falchion halfway out of
its scabbard just to make sure it was still there, resheathed it, and turned to face
the sounds.
     It took a few minutes before it came into sight around the elongated curve.  It
was a large, sturdy, open-topped wagon loaded with broad barrels tightly stacked and
packed in a dozen rows, and tied together in a criss-cross pattern of rough hemp
rope.  Four mammoth 'domesticated' buffalo of the local variety pulled the wagon.
Their thick horns had been cut back; their wickedly sharp ends had been reduced to
thickly padded stumps wrapped in red leather braid.  Their heads were lurching
rhythmically in their blocky yokes as they trudged their way around the long curve.
They caught the smell of death about the same time that they saw it, stopping and
going into a wide stance, rolling their eyes and making their characteristic
challenge.  They grunted and snorted and repeatedly thrust their hornless heads in
powerful plunging motions.
     A lanky man in stained leather breeches and a soiled red shirt saw Havoc and the
dead horse and gaped stupidly until the reins were almost yanked from his hands.
      "I need a ride," Havoc called out, smiling grimly.  "You're delivering to
Pandora's Box, aren't you?"
     "Uh, yeah, that's right," nodded the man uncertainly.  The buffalo were quieted
somewhat, but they continued to shake their heavy yokes and swing their massive heads
in all directions, testing the wind.  Havoc measured the distance between them; these
monsters' heads were almost even with his.  It wouldn't be a good idea to get too
close; horns or no they could toss him like a failed lottery ticket.  After that, he
thought wryly, he'd be worth about as much.
     "I'm not 'sposed to take on passengers," the man said as Havoc walked gingerly
towards him.
     "I'll make you a deal," Havoc replied. "What's your name?"
     "My name's Jack," grunted the lanky man as he struggled with the reins.
     "My name's Havoc," came the gruff reply.  "Look, Jack, I'm sorry about this.
How about a little coin, 'kay?  Plus, I'll buy you a steak dinner when we get to the
Box, alright?"
     The man ran his eyes up and down Havoc's frame.  He took in the old-school
byrnie that hung to Havoc's knees, the heavy boots, the sword, and most importantly,
the look in his eyes.
     For his part, Havoc noted the long, broad-bladed utility knife sheathed at the
other man's hip, and the way his eyes flickered down toward the seat.  An unwelcome
thought came to mind.  With a grimace, Havoc fumbled with the hidden lining of his
sword belt, then tossed up a large coin.
     Jack caught it deftly but seemed surprised.  Cautiously taking his eyes off
Havoc, he appraised the coin.  It was shiny and heavily embossed, and as broad as his
palm. On one side he saw the Delarquan crest, on the other the outline of a city,
with stairs and an aqueduct running through its center. He turned it over in his
hands a few times, and then looked down at Havoc with a puzzled frown.
     "What's this supposed to be?"
     Havoc offered a tight smile. "C'mon, Jack; you've been around. It's a centius,
of course.  Worth a hundred denari. Minted in Osksi."  The man studied the coin for a
few more seconds. Havoc hoped he wouldn't have to take the wagon away.  He knew he
couldn't move quickly without a lot of pain.  In an hour or less, he wondered if he'd
be able to move at all.
     "Don't tell me you've never heard of Osksi," Havoc said.
     "Yeah, yeah," Jack nodded.  "Used to be one of the more popular cities in the
Delarquean empire... but it ain't what it was, is it?"  He offered a gap-toothed
     "The money's good, though," Havoc replied.
     Jack shrugged and tucked the coin into his shirt. "Yeah, sure; climb aboard,
     Havoc sighed and slowly walked to his saddle.  The harness was tied to the
saddle horn in a neat bundle.  He crouched and lifted it up with clenched teeth and
carried it to the back of the wagon.  He slung it over the back gate and was
surprised that it made it over.  He made sure it was wedged in place and then came
     Jack scooted off the bench on the opposite side as Havoc climbed aboard.  He
patted and soothed the buffalo as he began to lead them in a wide arc around the dead
horse.  The wagon tilted suddenly as it went halfway up the grassy edge of the trail.
Havoc felt like his back was tearing in half; he realized he couldn't bend his neck
or drop his chin if his life depended on it.  A rattle from under the seat caught his
     The edge of a crossbow, its quarrel placed and strung, clattered into view.
Havoc checked to make sure that Jack was busy and had his back turned, then he hooked
his boot under the string and kicked it off the wagon.
     Jack pulled and pushed his buffaloes forward.  They snorted and plunged a bit
within their harness, but they allowed themselves to be guided around the horse and
back onto the trail.  Jack patted their sides as they moved past him, and then
smoothly climbed aboard the wagon.
     Havoc grit his teeth and steadied himself on the rough bench as the wagon rocked
and lurched; stabbing pain echoed up his arm, back, and neck.
     "How long 'til we get there?" asked Havoc.
     "Oh, maybe a couple of hours.  Maybe a little less."
     "Ugh. You're serious?  That's a long ride."
     "What's the matter? Not used to the smell?" Jack's smile grew a little broader.
Havoc saw he had fewer teeth than he first supposed. "These buffalo don't walk fast
at all, but they pull strong," Jack nodded cheerfully.  "Take you about eight or ten
horses to pull this load!  And they wouldn't be movin' much faster, no sir!"
      Havoc grunted and spent the next half hour feeling his back turn into an
unyielding block of agony.  Jack whistled nonchalantly; his face set forward, though
Havoc could see his eyes slide sideways from time to time.  "Uh, pardon my curiosity
but... what the hell happened back there?"
     "I'm not sure myself, to tell you the truth," sighed Havoc.
     "Got a look at yer horse as I passed by," mused Jack.  "You musta been going a
good clip to get yer horse bashed like that."
     "Yeah," growled Havoc.  "I'm meetin' a guy tonight at Pandora's.  Thought I'd
get in early and maybe get a nap before dinner."
     "Izat so?" Jack spared a brief glance up at the tree-edged ribbon of sky .
"It's still a good six hours 'till sunset."
     "Well, maybe I wanted to get in some fun before that nap," Havoc admitted with a
dry chuckle.
     Jack offered a small, but genuine smile.  "Yeah, I know what you mean, buddy -
er, Havoc."  Havoc thoughtlessly tried to nod in reply, but his neck was a solid
piece of iron, now.
      "But that was then," admitted Havoc. "Right now I just want to lay down --
maybe see if there's a healer around somewhere."
     "At the Box?" Jack tilted his head thoughtfully.  "I believe there's a couple of
'em livin' there," he nodded.  "They tend to spill a lot of blood in that place, from
time to time."  Jack gave Havoc another gap-toothed grin.  "What'd you need one of
them for?"
     "When my horse got its legs smashed I was thrown off and into a tree."
     Jack studied him more openly. "I'll bet that hurt," he shrugged.  "But you seem
     "Yeah?" Havoc grimaced.  "Well, thanks, Jack.  I feel better now."
     "Hey now fella, calm down.  It's not my fault, you know."
     "Yeah, I know that," acknowledged Havoc.  "But I still hurt like hell, okay?
And now...."  Havoc pursed his lips and then clicked his teeth together suddenly.
     "What's that?"
     "I'm in a little pain here, Jack," wheezed Havoc.  "This bumpy ride isn't
     "Boy, you love to complain, don't ya?  How'd you get to be a gladiator with an
negative attitude like that?"
     "Who said I was a gladiator?"
     "I got eyes," Jack said.
     Havoc grunted. "Clean livin' and pure thoughts, Jack.  That's all it takes to
make it in the arena."
     Jack cackled appreciatively. "That's a good 'un. Uh huh." He worked the reins
and ignored him while Havoc brooded and stared off blindly into the forest.  A sudden
strong jounce of the wagon yanked him into the present and forced an involuntary
     "Really hurts, huh?"
     "Yeah," Havoc winced.  "I think it's getting worse."
     "Uh huh," nodded Jack to himself.  He turned and gave Havoc a piercing stare,
then he reached under the bench.  He fumbled for a few seconds as Havoc inhaled
sharply and waited for Jack to realize that he was missing a crossbow.  He was in too
much pain to draw his sword quickly enough in these tight quarters.  He steeled
himself to throw his body toward Jack and do his best to shove the blade, scabbard
and all, down his throat.  At the very least he'd knock him off the wagon.  From
there, who knew?
     Instead, Jack pulled up a large leather canteen.  The outside was rough and
hairy; there was a thick strap gathered and tied into a neat bundle at the neck.  He
handed it to Havoc with a wink.
     "Try that on for size," he said.  "It might help."
     Havoc was caught off-guard by the weight of the canteen.  He almost dropped it
when it fell into his hand.  The cap was stained with what Havoc hoped was just rust,
but it screwed off easily.  He sniffed the mouth of it uncertainly.
     "Smells like flowers, or fruit or somethin'," Havoc said.  "What is this stuff?"
     "Oh, it's my personal recipe for what ails you," chuckled Jack.  "I make it from
the stuff I haul out here," he pointed behind them with his thumb.  "Don't be a
scaredy-cat; it won't kill you.  Here!"
     Jack snatched the canteen out of Havoc's hand.  With a well-practiced movement
he swung it by its shortened strap onto his crooked arm, raising his elbow while
using the arm to support the canteen.  He took a few loud gulps, then he swung it
down deftly and shoved it back into Havoc's hand.  He smacked his lips a few times as
Havoc sniffed the mouth of the canteen again.
     "Oh, what the hell," muttered Havoc after a brief mental struggle.  He took a
timid mouthful, rolling his tongue around in the liquid before swallowing it
completely. It tasted like the sickly-sweet shaved-ice treats the vendors sold the
kids at the arena, but it burned like a torch in his throat as it trickled down.
     "Not bad," Havoc choked out at last.
     "You sound a surprised," chuckled Jack.  "I told you: it's my personal recipe."
     "Yeah - smooth,"  Havoc coughed.  He took a few more swallows, deeper ones, then
handed back the canteen.  Jack took a healthy swig and then capped it and dropped it
under the bench.
     Havoc wondered which would kill him first: his injuries or the poison Jack had
just given him.  It reminded him of Jhelum's Justice, but it was much, much sweeter,
and didn't have the woody aftertaste.
     After a few minutes, Havoc noticed that the buffalo were moving more slowly, and
the jouncing, jarring ride had become smoother, somehow.
     He hardly felt it when he tumbled off the wagon the first time.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     My friend and recent graduate, Titus, passed on some words of wisdom to me after
gaining the throne several turns ago.  He said "You know what Viridio?  Sometimes
it's better to be lucky than good!"  At first I thought that sounded a little bit
weird, especially since he graduated with a 20-11-3 record.  I mean, what's lucky
about that?  He was a good warrior, right?  Sure, but then he went on to explain that
there have been many, many worthy warriors here in Shadowspire who could have held
the throne but were never able to.  Some just never got any challenges thru or had an
opportunity to claim the title.  Others may have gotten a title fight, but lost due
to a poor style match up or an unlucky weapon break.  His point was simple
though....take advantage of every opportunity you get as there may not be another
     I have taken those words to heart.  Hummingbird was an extremely good gladiator
and definitely worthy of all the accolades and success he received here, and I
certainly tip my hat to him.  But then that advice I received kicked in.  "Better to
be lucky than good".  Am I a better warrior overall than Hummingbird?  Probably not.
Am I lucky that I was able to get my challenge thru for the title and take advantage
of the champ's inherent style vs style disadvantage.  Absolutely.  When Vanek pulled
me into his office after a loss that placed my record at 5-9-0 he told me that my
poor performances where all in my head.  On paper I was a very fine warrior.  A few
strategy tweaks and a long run of great learns helped turn things around and start me
on my current 10-3 run.  Will I be able to maintain my lucky streak and hold the
throne?  Hopefully, but only time will tell.  Let's face it, there are A LOT of very
good warriors right behind me in the standings, many of whom are licking their chops
hoping for a shot at me.  Well I say bring it on!  I know I have the biggest bull's
eye in Shadowspire painted squarely on my chest right now, but with a little more
luck, maybe I can enjoy the view from the top for another 2 weeks!  I look forward to
the challenges ahead and am certain that whomever I fight for the title defense next
turn will be a worthy opponent.  As for me, I will try to increase my chances by
sending out challenges to Book Mark and Regina Spectre as I have owned almost every
Striker I have run across.  Hopefully if I do cross swords with either of them, the
luck doesn't fail me.  But then again, Lady Luck is fickle and loves to surprise us
all from time to time with a big surprise when we least expect it.
     I look forward to hopefully addressing you all again next turn from the throne!
 May luck stand by all your sides this turn (except for my opponent!)


                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of SHADOWSPIRE!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team CAPITAL CARTEL was 
unseated this week as OF WOLF AND MAN moved up from 7th ranking to take the top spot 
with a 5-0-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at FUZZY BUNNIES' 
guildhouse after a 1-4-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 14th.  Dark 
Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness 
how this week DRAGONBANE GUILD went 4-1-0 to move up 7 in the rankings.  My praise to 
FAR TRAVELERS for their 3-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought 
round deserving of notice!  NARYAK caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested MACKAPACKA and was awarded 26 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, NARYAK put down MACKAPACKA, 
causing it to lose 24 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not present 
for the title fight this week as ARIOCH boldly challenged VIRIDIO in order to strive 
for the Duelmasters honors?  This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All 
hail ARIOCH, Duelmaster of SHADOWSPIRE!  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if 
exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  My inside sources tell me that the 
team to beat in SHADOWSPIRE these days is SUPERIOR FORCES NT.  At least, most blades 
in town are looking to avoid them.  Apparently the stalwarts of RODENT CLAN are 
catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the 
avoids.  Mighty fighters cannot but expect competition from those below.  LIFE PATENT 
take warning!  You have more than a few enemies in SHADOWSPIRE.  I cannot but express 
pride for the fearlessness of SELENA SPECTRE who cast caution to the winds and 
challenged AUGUST, a fighter 32 points higher.  I must admit to some joy.  Before my 
very eyes the underdog in this contest, SELENA SPECTRE, defeated AUGUST to claim 
victory and recognition.  Give MIDNIGHT SUN credit for hers courage.  Did you note 
how she challenged BOOK MARK despite the 26 point difference in their rankings?  The 
SUMMERBORN stable will be up late tonight, for indeed it was MIDNIGHT SUN who claimed 
victory in the contest, ascending 19 in recognition!  At the gambling halls I have 
started to bet money on MAGIC RAT.  He has got the courage it takes.  Witness his 
challenge this turn against XORN!  Do not the gods reward courage?  MAGIC RAT it was 
that claimed victory in the bout, while also rising 28 points in recognition.  I can 
not but mention with disdain the name of MUSSE PIGG who this week posted a challenge 
to a warrior a full 11 points below in the rankings.  I thought MUSSE PIGG showed 
great skill and promise when he was subdued by CICERO.  All right, so I slept through 
it!  Big deal!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Look no more for BROWN BETTY in the arena or on 
the streets of SHADOWSPIRE.  Hers fate was sealed in the Dark Arena.  Inevitable for 
one at 7-13-1.  CARIEC TOM must hold silent, for this week he was humbled in the 
arena by a successful Bloodfeud won by BOBBY JEAN of JUNGLELAND.  Hail BOBBY JEAN for 
thy victory!  My hearty congratulations NOTAXESTEXAS, for thy revenge upon CYRIL 
WYRMSLAYER, slayer of thy fallen comrade.  Next time he will know better, eh?  Walk 
proud, warriors of FAR TRAVELERS!  By striking down BEASTIER WEE you have avenged the 
honor of your dead.  Your virtue is known to all in SHADOWSPIRE.  Dark alleys may 
hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel. 
Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms 
no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARIOCH 996                   24  14  2   118       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REGINA SPECTRE 1194          15   9  0   108       THE RED BLADES (88)
 MIDNIGHT SUN 1211            13   9  0   108       SUMMERBORN (104)
 PHILIP K. DICK 848           26  22  0   104       LITERATE LOONS (40)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VIRIDIO 1145                 15  13  0   101       WARMASTERS (15)
 SELENA SPECTRE 1192          15   9  1    98       THE RED BLADES (88)
 AZAGHAL 1223                 14   9  0    98       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117          15  16  1    97       THE RED BLADES (88)
 CHUPUCASUPERIOR 1229         13   5  0    96       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 ZEVRAN 1258                  12   5  0    91       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 W.S. GILBERT 995             18  20  3    90       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-FAN ZHEN 1288                 8   3  1    90       DARQUE AGES (29)
-MARTIN LUTHER 718            21  19  0    86       DARQUE AGES (29)
-HUGH CAPET 690               20  23  3    86       DARQUE AGES (29)
 MAGIC RAT 1317                7   3  0    86       JUNGLELAND (103)
 BOOK MARK 1058               16  14  0    85       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 BLUE MARBLE 1030             20  15  0    83       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 EVELYN WAUGH 1070            20  13  0    81       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 OUTLAW PETE 1200             15   8  0    80       JUNGLELAND (103)
 BOBBY JEAN 1197              13  10  0    80       JUNGLELAND (103)
 KID CHARLEMAGNE 1193         10  14  2    80       THE RED BLADES (88)
 FIMNAR 1053                  16  18  1    79       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 CARIEC TOM 984               18  21  2    77       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BRICK MOUSE 987              17   7  0    75       RODENT CLAN (37)
 AUGUST 1212                  14   8  1    75       SUMMERBORN (104)
 ELTHOR 1237                  13   8  0    75       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234         11  10  0    74       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 THE SUPERIOR CAT 1230        13   5  0    72       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 XORN 1015                    19  14  0    71       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
-ONYB ENGLVAR 903             15  13  0    69       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-RYAK RAZORSAW 597            14  24  2    68       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 GOULASH 1215                 13  10  0    68       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BERSERKER 1047               11  20  2    66       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 VACA 1210                    13   9  0    64       SUMMERBORN (104)
 LIMP IN 1057                 16  15  0    63       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
-NYDERAWYN 1046               10   8  0    61       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 PINK BUNNY 1300               8   3  0    60       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
 CLASSIC NAPALM 1262           8   7  0    59       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 NOTAXESTEXAS 1323             5   2  0    59       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 CTUCHIK 1242                 10  10  1    58       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 CICERO 1266                   8   5  0    57       WARMASTERS (15)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SYE THE BEARDED 801          10   9  0    54       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 MICE AND DICE 1247            5   1  0    52       RODENT CLAN (37)
 NARYAK 1296                   7   5  1    51       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 SHAVIOLA 1322                 7   2  0    51       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
-ELILAD 1055                  11   6  0    48       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 SUPERIORBANE 1226            10   8  0    48       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
-BRIARSMILE 944                9  16  1    48       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 KISS MY GRITS 1252           12   7  0    43       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 A.E. HOUSMAN 1306             6   4  0    42       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-LIGDISH BANG 983              9  14  0    41       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 SMACKY BUNNY 1298             5   6  1    39       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
-QUARTON 827                   9   9  0    36       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 MUSSE PIGG 1259               8   5  0    35       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 PRONATE 1320                  6   3  0    35       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEINRIK 1257                  7  11  1    33       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267         7   7  1    33       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 LILLEKATT 1217                8   8  0    32       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 JEHGAN 1295                   8   4  0    31       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIAM O'SUPERIOR 1302          6   3  0    31       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 SCRAWNIE RONNIE 1285          7   6  1    30       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 MACKAPACKA 1218               5  11  0    30       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 ZOG CORNERSTONE 1319          6   3  0    29       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 WALLI 1219                    6  10  0    28       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 VIRGINIA WOOLF 1263           3  12  1    26       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 SHILLELAGH TOR 1294           6   6  0    24       THE RED BLADES (88)
 JAGER VON DRACHEN 1341        3   3  0    24       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 AMULIUS 1380                  2   0  1    24       ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIFE PATENT 1340              3   3  0    22       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 LUGHNASSADH 1330              5   3  1    19       SUMMERBORN (104)
-CHARLES MARTEL 1346           3   2  0    19       DARQUE AGES (29)
-AELA FIREBLADE 975            4   4  0    18       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 PIZZARRHEA 1348               3   2  0    18       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 URMAR 1373                    2   1  0    18       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 ROUNDUP 1388                  1   0  0    18       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 GUTTER BALL 1361              3   1  0    17       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 JUSTICE THOMAS 1326           4   3  0    16       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 EVANDER 1368                  2   1  0    16       WARMASTERS (15)
-MARCO POLO 1375               2   0  0    16       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ALEKSANDR 1372                2   1  0    15       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
-THE SEAMSTRESS 986            2   6  0    15       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 DOPPLEGANGER 1382             2   0  0    14       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 PIT FIEND 1344                3   2  0    11       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 MADAM MARIE 1356              3   2  0    11       JUNGLELAND (103)
 RATLING GUN 1389              1   0  1    11       RODENT CLAN (37)
 NUMITOR 1379                  1   1  0    11       ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)
 BEASTIER WEE 1362             2   2  1    10       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 HYPOGEE BLEVE 1364            1   3  0    10       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 IRN BRU 1393                  1   0  0    10       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ARCHON 1390                   1   0  0    10       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 PIOTR COTTONTAIL 1352         2   3  0     9       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
 ANGER MOUSE 1347              2   2  0     8       RODENT CLAN (37)
 CHILI SUPERIOR 1363           2   2  0     8       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 ASSERIUS 1377                 1   1  0     8       WARMASTERS (15)
 VICTOR 1369                   1   2  0     7       WARMASTERS (15)
 BLOOMAGE 1378                 1   1  0     7       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 HANA 1370                     1   2  0     6       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 BUGS 1360                     1   3  0     6       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
 PUNT 1366                     1   2  0     5       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 IMA CHEERLEADER 1353          0   5  0     5       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 HAUNTED MOUSE 1384            1   1  0     4       RODENT CLAN (37)
 CHINGACHGOOK 1371             0   3  0     3       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 DEADHEAD STICKER 1397         0   1  0     1       SUMMERBORN (104)
 HAGGIS 1391                   0   1  0     1       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 MIMMI PIGG 1386               0   1  0     1       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
KID ME NOT II 1395      0  1 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111    ARENAMASTER            94  NONE
KIDMENOT III 1396       0  1 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111    SPYMASTER              94  NONE
LYCURGUS 1381           0  2 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111    BANDIT PRINCE          94  NONE
HEAD BAND 1056         15 12 2 CAPITAL CARTEL 93    HUGH CAPET 690         90  NOT REVENGED
AVERROES 853           13 11 1 DARQUE AGES 29       SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117    90  REVENGED
ANDIKAN 1374            0  2 0 FAR TRAVELERS 113    BEASTIER WEE 1362      93  JUST REVENGED
VORPAL BUNNY 1398       0  1 0 FUZZY BUNNIES 110    RATLING GUN 1389       94   
RAINEY WILLIAMS 1394    0  1 0 JUNGLELAND 103       ARENAMASTER            94  NONE
ROSALITA 1198           9 13 0 JUNGLELAND 103       CARIEC TOM 984         93  JUST REVENGED
MEDUSA 1383             0  2 0 MONSTER MANUAL 87    VIRGINIA WOOLF 1263    94   
BROWN BETTY 1233        7 14 1 OTTO'S DINER 96      MOUNTAIN TROLL         94  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CHOP SUEY 1338          3  2 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      SMACKY BUNNY 1298      93   
FELIX 1307              0  3 0 TEAM SLUDGE 107      LUGHNASSADH 1330       91   
DDT 1325                2  3 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267  92  JUST REVENGED
MATO GRASSO 1387        0  1 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    AMULIUS 1380           94   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A.E. Houseman -- I take your criticism to be a sort of science.  I am surprised at
how unbalanced was your treatment of me.  Whatever "errors" you might find in my text
have occurred naturally and you really have no say in it.  You seem to think that
there is some certainty up there in your lofty perch.  What you don't have a sense of
is how air becomes thinner the higher you are and heating it up does not help.  What
I mean to say is that your victory was certain as far as it concerns what you were
already certain of.  Style is important but mystery is irresistible.  Not that I
should complain. -- Justice Thomas

Wyrmslayer -- Worth a try.  Still, you got nothing. -- Life Patent

Mice and Dice -- You should be able to get the jump a little better than that.  Where
was your initiative?  Oh well, someone had to finish the job. -- Notaxestexas

Rodent Clan -- Keep it coming chumps. -- The Monsantis

Angry Mouse -- You are sure one enduring rodent.  What a tussle!  Salute. -- Gutter
Ball  (Who somehow or another pulled off a turkey.)

Jehgan -- I really appreciated the challenge.  Who would have thought that, eh?  I
enjoyed the win.  Wanna go for a run? -- Pronate

Azaghal -- I feel lucky that I was able to pull that off against a great warrior of
your calibre. -- Book Mark

Midnight Sun -- It really showed, didn't it?  You are reborn, and I remain yet a
limper.  I sure wish I could have drawn your cards. -- Limp In

Numitor -- You took the best I had and showed me who was the real warrior. -- Punt
(Who really feels the need to punt.)

Congratulations to Warmaster's Viridio, Duelmaster of all Shdowspire.  Kudos. --
Agent (Come and see me if you want a REAL contract.)

"Limp In -- Damned smithy cost me that one! -- Naryak"  Sort of the idea, wasn't it.
Watch out for that Smithy. -- Agent, Capital Cartel

What an interesting start to the Tripwire Saga.  Very interesting, indeed.  Nicely
written, Trip. -- Agent, Capital Cartel

Tripwire's story will probably continue every other turn or so.  Time is pretty
sparse. -- Tripwire

Vaca -- I am not as think as you slow I am. -- Zevran

Elthor -- Argh!  That was a good fight.  Not the best style matchup for me but I gave
it a good effort despite the 12 point fight difference. -- Shaviola

Doppleganger -- Ugh, Not sure how long I will be here if I can't even keep the init
being what I am and all. -- Bloodmage

August -- Blood must have gotten in your eye eh?  At least I swung!  Even if it was
with my fist and the end there I actually drew a backup.  I almost passed out from
amazement. -- Arioch

Viridio -- Let's do this!  I claim the top WS in this house partner. -- Arioch

Congrats to Viridio... again a young and brilliant duelmaster! -- Le Pentarque

Farewell, Shadowspire! -- Average Joe, a little better than average, after all...

Condolences for Rosalita.  I didn't see the fight yet, but I hope you got a good
replacement.  I guess my guys needed the taste of blood to start (hopefully!) winning
again. -- LP

WeeWee -- Me come for you now.  Make dead friend happy. -- Urmar

Snake lady -- you ugly. -- Urmar

Lugh -- I thought victory was mine.  You are stout. -- Chingachgook

Evander -- I cannot abide that outcome.  Again!

Jager -- Vodka helps with the recovery.  Prosit! -- Shadowspire

Managers -- I thank you for the warm welcome.  Stay deadly, my friends. -- Obregon

Argh!  Rosalita bites the dust.  She was my first double-21 and I had big plans for
her.  World dominance and such.  She was a 6(5)-9-10-21-21-5-13 LU who was initially
hampered by little damage and throughout her career by poor weapon selection.  But
she was a great deal of fun to manage and was always an eager learner.  I will sorely
miss her. -- Bartender, mgr

Cariec Tom -- Since the kill was the result of my challenge I won't blame you for it.
I will, however, make sure that Rosalita's death is avenged.  Here comes Bobby Jean!
(And hopefully she will stay alive...) -- Bartender

Philip K. Dick -- 41 minutes?  The time is definitely out of joint! -- Outlaw Pete

Amulius -- Cannot believe I didn't see that coming. And I call myself a psychic.
Welcome to the arena, though, and good luck to you in the future.  You're gonna need
it. ;) -- Madam Marie

Hmm, two NPC fights last turn.  I thought this was Shadowspire!  But, hey, since
those were my only two wins last turn, I can't complain. -- Bartender

     And the standbys had NOT been to or benefited from a tourney.

Congrats to the new Duelmaster!  Warmasters seems to be making a habit of claiming
the top spot lately. -- Nomad and the Guild

Aleksandr -- Nice challenge.  You go that one. -- Jager von Drachen

Life Patient -- Next.  The death was not intentional, but you must realized that when
fighting with baldes these things can happen.  Any time you lose a death is possible,
so if you insist on continuing these bloodfeuds I can not be held responsible for
whatever happens. -- Cyril

Regina Spectre -- Go fight Azaghal, leave me alone. -- Blue Marble

Book Mark -- Hmmm, perhaps I need to modify that strategy a bit.  Losing to a
bibliophiles note is a bit embarassing. -- Azaghal

Viridio -- Congrats on the throne.  So you are what like the 5th or 6th Warmaster to
hold the throne? -- Gentleben

Average Joe and Hummingbird -- Sorry for the late congrats but CONGRATS on your

invitations.  I was going to give you two invitations to a party but you two had
already left so I gave them to the cleaning girls instead, they were cute. ;) --

Goulash -- I told you before I do not like goulash I do not like it Goulash you are,
I will not eat it in the park I will not eat it in the dark, I will not eat in a
fight I will not eat it at night, I do not like goulash in sand I do not like it Otto
my man. -- Ctuchik

Naryak -- See that is how the first meeting was supposed to go, so to answer your
question: "yes, I did expect to win." -- Scrawnie Ronnie

Evelyn Waugh -- What?  Again with the Waugh?  I will beat you one of these days, nice
fight and thanks for the skillage. -- Duchess of Erat

Hypogee Bleve -- That was not as one sided as the newsletter made it sound so watch
your back. -- Ima Cheerleader

Andican -- Is now And-he-can't, I guess you should have kept on traveling. --
Beastier Wee

All -- Sorry for the lack of PAs last turn, time got away from me. -- Gentleben

Hummingbird -- Well fought, madam! -- Viridio

Pink Bunny -- Seriously?!?  I lost to a Pink freaking Bunny?  REALLY!?!  Vanek's
going to be pissed! -- Cicero

Shillelagh Tor -- I was so close to a major upset early in that fight, I could almost
taste it.  Ah well, apparently the 10-1 FE advantage kicked in and you pulled out a
close one there.  Maybe down the road sometime in the future I'll call you up for a
rematch. -- Victor

Pit Fiend -- Wow, I thought I had you early in that one!  Nice comeback, sir. --

Wow, well done, La Pentarchie!  The 55 point gain was quite impressive! -- Vanek,
Manager of Warmasters

Capital Cartel -- Hat's off to you sir for snatching the Current Top team award!
Well done. -- Vanek

Arioch -- Blocking with your face isn't a bad strategy as long as you win!  Good
luck. -- Liberius

Shadowspire -- Just a reminder that turn 100 is quickly approaching!  Let's do our
best to make that the longest newsletter in Duel2 history.  I for one would love to
get a 25 page report that turn!  Start working on your personals and stories now.
Also, if you know any of the managers that have played here recently, but have
disappeared, drop them a line and get them back here for turn 100.  Kellumbo, if
you're still reading these newsletters, I'm calling you out.  Come back for turn 100,
even if it is only for 1 turn.  We miss Shadowspire's most hated villian! -- Vanek

     Oh, gee, thanks. -- the Editor, bleary-eyed at the thought of it
     P.S.  Send me the spotlights in advance, please.

Congrats to Average Joe and Hummingbird, have a good boat ride. -- Monster Manual

Bloomage -- You sound like Pauley Shore's favorite flowers.  "Hey buuudies, check out
the Bloomage on my petunias... I'm the Weeaasel."  Amazing, the power of a "D,"
Bloomage becomes Bloodmage, two completely different pictures in my mind.  Keep the
Name, Trip, it's funnier. -- Doppleganger

LP -- We liked Ettin, but he was expensive.  Two sets of braces (Grimm wouldn't give
us a discount) 2 pair of glasses (thank you, Lenscrafters), and it cost us 4 coins to
get him across the River Styx. -- DT and the Monsters

Kiss My Grits -- Kiss my Halbard. -- Berserker
K.C.  Welcome to the team. -- Bill the Bard

Victor -- You couldn't have been too pleased with that. -- S. Tor

Hugh -- Nice thought.  Congrats to Viridio, eh? -- Serafin

Blue Marble -- You always seem to make me feel better. -- Regina

Fan Zhen -- Ouch.  Well done. -- Selena Spectre

26 July 2010
     Some managers have attempted to send personals and columns to hal, and hal has
been refusing to acknowledge their content.  I don't know what hal's problem is,
specifically, but for best success, send PLAIN TEXT (dot txt) in the body of the
email.  Not attachments.  Thank you. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BROWN BETTY was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
LYCURGUS was slaughtered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
RAINEY WILLIAMS was murdered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
KIDMENOT III was butchered by SPYMASTER in a popular 1 minute gory Dark Arena contest.
KID ME NOT II was murdered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
BOBBY JEAN won victory over CARIEC TOM in a 2 minute master's Bloodfeud fight.
NOTAXESTEXAS overpowered CYRIL WYRMSLAYER in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
URMAR unbelievably bested BEASTIER WEE in a 4 minute beginner's Bloodfeud melee.
ARIOCH narrowly defeated VIRIDIO in a popular 4 minute expert's Challenge Title duel.
KID CHARLEMAGNE was savagely defeated by AZAGHAL in a 3 minute Challenge melee.
SELENA SPECTRE demolished AUGUST in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
ZEVRAN savagely defeated THE SUPERIOR CAT in a popular 3 minute Challenge brawl.
MIDNIGHT SUN handily defeated BOOK MARK in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
BLUE MARBLE bested DUCHESS OF ERAT in a exciting 4 minute expert's Challenge duel.
ELTHOR devastated LIMP IN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
BRICK MOUSE savagely defeated GOULASH in a 8 minute brutal veteran's Challenge bout.
BERSERKER was defeated by OUTLAW PETE in a 2 minute master's Challenge conflict.
FIMNAR devastated CTUCHIK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MAGIC RAT vanquished XORN in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge match.
MICE AND DICE vanquished SCRAWNIE RONNIE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fray.
MUSSE PIGG was overpowered by CICERO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
PRONATE was overpowered by PINK BUNNY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SHILLELAGH TOR was overpowered by A.E. HOUSMAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
JAGER VON DRACHEN overpowered ANGER MOUSE in a 3 minute uneven Challenge match.
MEDUSA was executed by VIRGINIA WOOLF in a 2 minute uneven Challenge duel.
PUNT was beaten by ALEKSANDR in a 2 minute novice's Challenge fray.
EVANDER handily defeated IMA CHEERLEADER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
HYPOGEE BLEVE was defeated by LIFE PATENT in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
NUMITOR lost to LIAM O'SUPERIOR in a slow 4 minute brutal Challenge fray.
MADAM MARIE savagely defeated BUGS in a 6 minute brutal novice's Challenge fight.
ASSERIUS savagely defeated CHINGACHGOOK in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge bout.
PIOTR COTTONTAIL lost to PIZZARRHEA in a exciting 1 minute amateur's Challenge fight.
W.S. GILBERT was demolished by REGINA SPECTRE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
EVELYN WAUGH was overcome by CHUPUCASUPERIOR in a exciting 3 minute fight.
SERAFIN GAWAIN was subdued by PHILIP K. DICK in a 3 minute veteran's conflict.
VACA overpowered SMACKY BUNNY in a 1 minute uneven bout.
SUPERIORBANE outlasted CAPTURED ORC in a 9 minute veteran vs. amateur competition.
KISS MY GRITS outlasted WALLI in a dull 22 minute battle.
CLASSIC NAPALM vanquished HEINRIK in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
MACKAPACKA was handily defeated by NARYAK in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
LILLEKATT was overpowered by SHAVIOLA in a 2 minute one-sided brawl.
JEHGAN overcame LUGHNASSADH in a 3 minute melee.
GUTTER BALL was viciously subdued by ZOG CORNERSTONE in a tiresome 11 minute match.
JUSTICE THOMAS subdued VICTOR in a action packed 5 minute fight.
CHILI SUPERIOR was savagely defeated by IRN BRU in a 3 minute gory beginner's bout.
HANA overcame DEADHEAD STICKER in a 2 minute novice's duel.
BLOOMAGE subdued HAGGIS in a exciting 1 minute novice's conflict.
AMULIUS murdered MATO GRASSO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
PIT FIEND was outwaited by ARCHON in a exciting 8 minute amateur's contest.
DOPPLEGANGER devastated MIMMI PIGG in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
HAUNTED MOUSE was devastated by ROUNDUP in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
RATLING GUN murdered VORPAL BUNNY in a 1 minute mismatched battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 23         TOTAL PARRY       84 -  71 -  1      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     17         WALL OF STEEL     50 -  44 -  1      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         STRIKING ATTACK  109 - 102 -  6      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW        48 -  45 -  0      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         PARRY-STRIKE      22 -  25 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK    51 -  59 -  3      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-LUNGE       27 -  32 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         SLASHING ATTACK   36 -  43 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  23 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         BASHING ATTACK    62 -  98 -  6      39  |

Turn  94 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         6 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  8         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  6         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY       11 -  6     BASHING ATTACK     0 - 10         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK   12 - 11                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  4                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    ARIOCH 996                 24  14  2  118 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
STRIKING ATTACK  REGINA SPECTRE 1194        15   9  0  108 THE RED BLADES (88)
TOTAL PARRY      PHILIP K. DICK 848         26  22  0  104 LITERATE LOONS (40)
LUNGING ATTACK   SELENA SPECTRE 1192        15   9  1   98 THE RED BLADES (88)
PARRY-LUNGE      AZAGHAL 1223               14   9  0   98 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
AIMED BLOW       ZEVRAN 1258                12   5  0   91 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
SLASHING ATTACK  AUGUST 1212                14   8  1   75 SUMMERBORN (104)
BASHING ATTACK   DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234       11  10  0   74 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SHAVIOLA 1322               7   2  0   51 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
PARRY-STRIKE     MUSSE PIGG 1259             8   5  0   35 JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MIDNIGHT SUN 1211.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PIT FIEND 1344.  The ten other most popular fighters were DUCHESS OF ERAT 
ZEVRAN 1258, VICTOR 1369, VIRIDIO 1145, ARIOCH 996, and SELENA SPECTRE 1192.

The least popular fighter this week was WALLI 1219.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KISS MY GRITS 1252, GUTTER BALL 1361, ZOG CORNERSTONE 1319, LIAM 
1356, and BRICK MOUSE 987.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ARIOCH (81-996) OF WOLF AND MAN (57)


Please note that all new teams created at the Face-to-Face were temporarily placed in 
a temporary Tournament Arena, DM 85.  If you requested that your team be placed in a 
specific arena, it has already transferred to that arena.  Any teams not transferred 
out of DM 85 by October 1 will be deleted.  If you have questions about any of your 
teams, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI 

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 14-16, 2011.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $129.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free 
airport shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 22 
before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and people have been
unable to book rooms because they waited too long.)  Look for the tournament info 
sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope you're all looking forward to 
it and that we will see you there!