DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/12/2012    Duedate: 12/25/2012

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-155

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GREMLIN STEW
OTTO'S DINER (96)
(81-1710) [28-8-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BALTAIRE                       WHITE PROPHET
CULT OF BACCHUS (4)            FARSEERS (137)
(81-833) [20-16-0,134]         (81-1946) [3-0-1,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RENTON                         SUMNER
THE WILLBURYS II (127)         THE WILLBURYS II (127)
(81-1623) [14-16-1,112]        (81-1624) [17-13-0,91]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LA PENTARCHIE (11)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)    50
2. SAVAGE HORDE (134)          46      BOND-AGE (133)
3. FURRY FURY (25)             45      Unchartered Team
4. BRIDGE BURNERS (135)        42
5. WARMASTERS (15)             37ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 BOND-AGE (133)            93  62  5 60.0   1/ 7 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       11  4 0
 2/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       449 317 18 58.6   2/ 1 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      10  3 0
 3/ 4 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      219 166  8 56.9   3/ 6 BOND-AGE (133)           10  5 2
 4/ 5 SUMMERBORN (104)         208 175 20 54.3   4/ 5 WARMASTERS (15)          10  5 0
 5/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    412 358 12 53.5   5/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       9  6 0
 6/ 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  39  34  2 53.4   6/ 4 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        9  6 0
 7/ 7 DARQUE AGES (29)         350 308 16 53.2   7/15 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      8  7 1
 8/ 8 OTTO'S DINER (96)        241 219  8 52.4   8/ 2 DARQUE AGES (29)          7  8 0
 9/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      398 373 16 51.6   9/13*FARSEERS (137)            6  7 2
10/10 WARMASTERS (15)          387 373 31 50.9  10/14 FURRY FURY (25)           6  8 0
11/ 1*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)   4   4  0 50.0  11/10 OTTO'S DINER (96)         6  9 0
12/14 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      43  49  4 46.7  12/16 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    5  4 0
13/13 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    56  64  3 46.7  13/ 3 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       5 10 0
14/11 FURRY FURY (25)          239 275 14 46.5  14/19*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)  4  4 0
15/12 LITERATE LOONS (40)      351 408 14 46.2  15/11 SUMMERBORN (104)          4  5 0
16/16 FOOD (130)                67  84  3 44.4  16/12 FOOD (130)                4  5 0
17/15 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      216 272  8 44.3  17/17 LITERATE LOONS (40)       4  8 0
18/17 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        44  60  3 42.3  18/ 9 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     4 11 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/ 0 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   119 170  9 41.2  19/ 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  3  2 0
20/19*FARSEERS (137)            16  27  2 37.2  20/18 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      3 12 0
21/18 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      17  33  0 34.0  21/ 0 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    1  4 0
22-20*VINCERE AUT MORI II (91)   5  16  0 23.8  22-20*VINCERE AUT MORI II (91)  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

                              Lifting the Veil, Part 2

     They said little more than, "Yes, sir" or "No, sir" when addressed and often
gave only a nod or shake of the head.  Corga had managed to wrestle their names from
them.  The balding veteran, at least Corga assumed him to be a veteran, was called
Jall.  His remaining hair was graying and long enough to curl a finger's breadth
above the neck of his hardened leather armor.  He was human, or at least Corga
thought he was human, there was perhaps some dwarvish ancestry somewhere in the line.
His broad shoulders held the straps of his leather armor tenuously.  The armor itself
was well maintained, yet it dated, stylish over a decade ago in southern Andorian
lands.  A noticeable scar was worn on Jall's right cheek as both a badge of honor and
a warning.  The old wound extended from the corner of his mouth to the hairline just
behind his right ear.  Corga noted that top of his ear was missing.  The scar gave
Corga some hope that Jall was a seasoned warrior, or at the very least was not a new
recruit that could be frightened into inaction at the first sign of danger.  The
Commission officer was not as confident in the other guard.
     Jall's younger companion was of the nervous sort.  When Corga had asked his name
as they departed the Commission offices before sunrise, he stuttered for a few
moments and finally pushed out a rushed, "Egon."  Corga was not sure if being
assigned to a Commission official had the young man on edge or the knowledge of their
destination.  Whatever his anxiety, Egon was slow of tongue but quick of body in
their early morning jaunt through the city.  Corga noted a nimbleness to him that he
did not see in Jall.  Corga's opinion of the green recruit changed little,
attributing the sprightliness to youth rather than any formidable skill.
     The trio reached the Darque Ages guild promptly at sunrise.  Corga had tried for
weeks to no avail at scheduling an appointment with Damien Darque, known to the
gladiatorial world as Master Darque.  The steward of the guild house, an elderly
human named Leviticus, had been cordial with every conversation, yet evasive as to
the whereabouts of his employer or when he would return to Shadowspire.  Since formal
channels of communication were proving inadequate, Corga thought a more direct
approach was necessary.
     Early in the week, Corga learned through his various sources that Darque always
attended the fights in Shadowspire.  The forthcoming anniversary almost assured Corga
the half-demon would be in town.  Corga was intelligent enough to know Darque's mere
presence was not enough to insure a meeting.  Since it was Gladiatorial Commission
business, Corga took the time to draw up papers that demanded a meeting with Darque
or the forfeiture of rights for his Darque Ages guild to participate in the games.
The threat gained them access to the guild house foyer as Leviticus scurried down a
hallway and up a spiral staircase.  He returned moments later and signaled the trio
to follow him.
     Corga and the two Commission guards were led from the elegant foyer down an
equally impressive hallway.  Paintings, mostly landscapes adorned the walls.  Light
scones, illuminating with a magical yellowish hue, adorned the walls, lighting the
hallway and giving a soft aura to the paintings.  Corga was impressed with the decor.
Every anecdote Corga had heard concerning Darque was a twisted tale of vengeance and
destruction.  To see such refined tastes in art did not fit with Corga's preconceived
notions about the half-demon.  At the end of the hallway, Leviticus motioned them
into a parlor.  The steward offered the typical platitudes to the trio that accompany
waiting for someone and disappeared again.
     The guards who accompanied Corga did not appear bothered by the wait.  Corga
presumed waiting was a key aspect of their job and this delay was of little
consequence to them.  Whether they waited on a rain soaked wharf or in the comforts
of a cozy parlor as they now found themselves, only the settings changed and not the
necessity of waiting and watching.  They would be paid regardless.  The guards stood
as Corga slipped into a wingback chair to wait.  The group sat in silence for over an
hour before Darque entered the room, flanked by two dwarves.
     "Damien Darque, I presume?" Corga said with a raised eyebrow and pursed lips.
He tried to put on a stern face to display his unhappiness.  He had been warned at
the Commission offices earlier in the week concerning the wizard's hospitality, but
he meant to show that he would not stand for such treatment.  Jall and Egon did not
appear to share his dissatisfaction or bravery and their faces displayed no emotion.
The two men stood motionless, giving only the slightest recognition to Darque's
dwarven body guards.
     "You presume much coming here this early, more so than my identity," Darque
retorted without answering the question.  "What do you want, lackey?  It can't be too
serious or the Witch would have sent someone more..." he paused, eyeing Corga from
head to toe, "...capable," he finished.  He walked by Corga and the two Commission
guards without the exchange of common greetings.  Corga noted the disrespect and the
slightest whiff of sulfur brushed his nose as the half-demon passed.  "You have one
minute to tell me your business or poor Leviticus will spend his afternoon scrubbing
three stains from my parlor floor."
     Corga's confidence suddenly left him.  He had spent hours this morning steeling
himself for this confrontation, but fear wrapped itself around his heart as a vine
climbing a garden trellis.  He swallowed hard, looking to his guard escort for
support.  Jall and Egon were shifting uncomfortably and offered little support.
Corga stammered, "Well, I... I have been..."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hello again, my fellow Shadowspirators!  It is good to address you once again as
your duelmaster.  My bout with Knut was throroughly enjoyable.  He's a great
conversationalist but tends to get right to the point and our time together was over
rather quickly.  I do hope my next guest isn't in such a hurry to leave.  It makes me
doubt just how entertaining I really am.

                                                 Gremlin Stew

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly SHADOWSPIRE games.  Former top team CULT OF BACCHUS 
was unseated this week as LA PENTARCHIE moved up from 7th ranking to take the top 
spot with a 4-1-0 record for the round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always 
around the corner!  Witness how this week BRIDGE BURNERS went 3-2-0 to move up 8 in 
the rankings.  Did only my eyes note the 4-1-0 record which LA PENTARCHIE managed to 
post this round?  I don't doubt that such a record will draw challengers!  RYAK 
RAZORSAW caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully 
bested LADY GODIVA and was awarded 25 points in recognition.  In one of the week's 
more notable duels, QUINN put down DROW, causing him to lose 23 points of recognition 
in the process.  Unwilling to wait upon the will of others, Duelmaster GREMLIN STEW 
challenged LITTLE DARLING last week in a match to decide the fate of the throne.  
Although LITTLE DARLING made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign 
of victorious GREMLIN STEW.  No confirmation, but my sources claim that the top team 
has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     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 SEARCH THE SKY.  At least, most blades in 
town are looking to avoid them.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild 
it was that spent the better part of last week avoiding SEARCH THE SKY.  Indeed it 
was LA PENTARCHIE.  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms 
the knowledge that many fighters are after EDNA MILLAY.  Watch your back!  I cannot 
but express pride for the fearlessness of MAY DAY who cast caution to the winds and 
challenged INGRAT, a fighter 29 points higher.  In the end MAY DAY was beat by 
INGRAT, a "sharp" reminder that higher recognition is an indication of greater skill. 
Still, it was a worthy bout!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  NICK NACK has sworn to take up religion 
upon living to tell of his recent bout with the Dark Arena horrors.  A rare thing 
indeed!  This week marked the last days of MOUNTAIN GOAT who at 7-6-1 was dispatched 
to the Dark Arena by the command of THE MOTHERSHIP 011's demanding management.  My 
hearty congratulations GLABRIO, for thy revenge upon KAMAL KHAN, slayer of thy fallen 
comrade.  Next time he will know better, eh?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in SHADOWSPIRE.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the 
spires of a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a 
fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing 
only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            28   8  0   120       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALTAIRE 833                 20  16  0   134       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 FLAVOR TO GO 1633            10   5  0   123       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 RENTON 1623                  14  16  1   112       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 TRUTTS 1889                  11   8  1   105       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 MARTILN 1742                 20  12  0   102       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 QUINN 1634                    8   7  1   102       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 REDDIG 1838                  17   4  0   100       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 LITTLE DARLING 1700          21  16  0    99       SUMMERBORN (104)
 FEOHR 1737                   17  17  1    99       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 HARE BINGER 1790             15  11  1    96       FURRY FURY (25)
 KRONSTEEN 1748               18  13  0    95       BOND-AGE (133)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            15  24  2    93       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 CAZADOR 1578                 23  22  0    91       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 KNUT SUNDERHELM 1569         20  26  3    91       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688         18  18  2    91       FOOD (130)
 SUMNER 1624                  17  13  0    91       THE WILLBURYS II (127)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZADIE SMITH 1701             18  19  0    88       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 TURDUCKEN 1784               14  15  1    86       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 WORD THIEF 1849              10   6  0    84       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 DROW 1774                    18  13  0    78       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746         13  20  1    78       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 SORRY 1891                   10   9  0    78       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 LADY GODIVA 1782             18  11  0    76       DARQUE AGES (29)
 IRONHEAD 1722                20  15  0    75       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 PURPLE WORM 1775             14  17  1    75       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 HOMONCULOUS 1851             10   7  0    73       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 TROLL HAND 1825              11  10  1    72       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 THE DRONE 1862               10   6  1    72       LA PENTARCHIE (11)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ONION RINGS 1684             15  21  0    66       FOOD (130)
 GLABRIO 1800                 11  14  2    66       WARMASTERS (15)
 THE BLACK PRINCE 1841        12   8  0    65       DARQUE AGES (29)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886               8   3  0    64       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 IRWEHN 1785                  15  14  0    63       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783       13  16  1    63       DARQUE AGES (29)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            10  26  0    61       FOOD (130)
 REAVER 1879                   7   6  0    60       SAVAGE HORDE (134)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INGRAT 1805                  12  13  0    58       LA PENTARCHIE (11)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SKULLCLEAVER 1877             7   6  0    56       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 FAILED DOG TRICK 1798        10  13  0    54       FURRY FURY (25)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             10  12  0    52       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 KAMAL KHAN 1883               8   4  1    50       BOND-AGE (133)
 ORTING 1815                  10  11  0    48       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 KALAM 1888                    9   6  1    47       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 AGORIX 1842                  12   8  2    46       WARMASTERS (15)
 STORM GIANT 1819             11  12  0    45       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 CABICHON 1914                 5   3  0    45       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
-CICADA SONG 1911              5   2  0    44       SUMMERBORN (104)
 LONGFANGS 1881                6   6  1    42       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894              5   6  2    42       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 SYE THE BEARDED 801          10  10  0    40       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 GAMBLE 1635                   8   7  0    39       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 BLUE NOVA 1898                6   4  0    38       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 QUARTON 827                   9  10  0    37       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 THE CRISCO KID 1912           5   3  0    37       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 PISTORIUS 1916                4   2  0    34       WARMASTERS (15)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAEDMON 1873                  8   6  0    33       DARQUE AGES (29)
 PICKER 1890                   6  12  1    32       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 RAMIRUS 1935                  4   0  0    30       WARMASTERS (15)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             4  15  0    27       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 TARR 1938                     2   2  0    27       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920        4   2  0    25       FURRY FURY (25)
 KENAI 1901                    7   2  0    24       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT N TONIC 1870              4   7  0    23       FURRY FURY (25)
 GRIMSTONES 1937               2   1  0    23       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 SUMMER BAY SHOT 1884          3   7  1    22       SUMMERBORN (104)
 MAY DAY 1947                  2   1  0    22       BOND-AGE (133)
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923          5   2  0    21       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876             4   9  0    21       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 WHITE PROPHET 1946            3   0  1    20       FARSEERS (137)
 REGAL 1904                    5   4  0    19       FARSEERS (137)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975            4   5  0    17       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 CELESTIAL STEEL 1931          3   2  0    17       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 VIXEN 1951                    1   0  1    14       FARSEERS (137)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            2   7  0    13       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 STUMBLE OVER TRUTH 1942       1   1  0    13       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 MOONSTRUCK 1929               3   3  0    12       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 WARG RIDER 1926               3   3  0    12       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL 1939      2   0  0    12       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
-NINTRA 1081                   1   1  0    12       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
 GRAVITY VORTEX 1895           1   9  0    12       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 ADISSA 1949                   1   0  0    11       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 TOBIAS 1927                   1   5  0     8       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-PREATORIA 1024                1   3  0     8       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
-LAP OF ADAMANT 1934           1   1  0     6       SUMMERBORN (104)
-ASTINIUS 1021                 1   3  0     6       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
-ILYENA 1023                   1   3  0     6       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
 HUGO DRAX 1948                1   2  0     5       BOND-AGE (133)
 DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940      1   1  0     5       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 NOSY 1952                     1   0  0     5       FARSEERS (137)
 ULTIMATE LAWS 1941            0   1  0     1       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943       0   1  0     1       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MORDANT DESERTER        0  0 0                      VIXEN 1951            155  NONE
HITTIUS 1880            4  6 1 CULT OF BACCHUS 4    MOUNTAIN TROLL        155  NONE
GENSERIC 1953           0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       WHITE PROPHET 1946    155   
MISHAP 1906             2  3 0 FARSEERS 137         HITTIUS 1880          151  REVENGED
SHADOW WOLF 1932        1  3 0 FARSEERS 137         BLACK ORC             155  NONE
VERITY 1907             3  2 0 FARSEERS 137         BAD BORSCHT 1894      151  NOT REVENGED
DAA 1956                0  1 0 FURRY FURY 25        ARENAMASTER           155  NONE
HEALTH INSPECTOR 1955   0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      BLACK ORC             155  NONE
PASTA ALL DENTY 1837    8 12 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      TRUTTS 1889           154   
PRIMUS STAR 1945        0  3 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   SHEWISH GIANT         155  NONE
MOUNTAIN GOAT 1636      7  7 1 THE MOTHERSHIP 0 128 SHEWISH GIANT         155  NONE
ODDBALL 1747            2  4 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 0 128 MOUNTAIN TROLL        155  NONE
OXYGEN THIEF 1954       0  1 0 WARMASTERS 15        DARK CHAMPION         155  NONE
SCIPIO 1900             6  3 1 WARMASTERS 15        KAMAL KHAN 1883       154  JUST REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

     Managers and warriors of Shadowspire -- I'm not going to do a spy report today.
     Sorry, but I just don't have the energy. -- Larkin

Hittius -- That was a fun Bloodfeud fight, and we both are still alive too! -- Regal

Henry Miller -- Maybe I made a mistake challenging someone with so many more fights
than I. -- Shadow Wolf

Primus Star -- What an exciting first fight with tons of action for the audience to
cheer about. -- White Prophet

DeGotti -- Thanks for having Hittius stay around for us to finish out our feud. --
The Catalyst

Search the Sky -- Seems that I have started to close the gap in the rankings.  We
will see if my new conscripts can achieve a few victories and push us out of last
place and you back into it. -- The Catalyst, mgr. Farseers

All -- Only a few more turns before the Farseers will become Chartered! -- The
Catalyst

Otto -- Normally I am not much of a Pasta fan, but I did like All Denty.  Sorry about
the loss of one of your warriors. -- Trutts

Vincere Aut Mori -- I do believe you warrior Tranin 1080, was a casualty of bad
handwriting or and input error.  My warrior Hittius 1880 was supposed to fight in the
DA last turn but didn't show.  My apologies if it was poor penmanship that caused
this! -- DeGotti

Kid Arcane -- Nice spotlight.  Keep up the good work! -- DeGotti

Visionist -- Logs?  How dare you consider Meda a log!  She is a wonderful Parry-
learning, -4 Dec striker!  That never, ever used her favorite weapon, the SM!  Such a
pretty roll up, for such horrible favs!  11(1)-10-10-21-15-5-13, I guess good
replacements have their trade-offs! -- DeGotti

Black Prince -- Just wanted to see if my skills had increased since our last
encounter.  Nothing personal about the challenge. -- Word Thief

Word Thief -- I should have known that challenge was coming at some point.  Congrats
on the win. -- The Black Prince

Martiln -- Well, that was tense for a while!  Lots of back and forth and certainly
exciting!  I'm sure there was more than one spectator that missed our fight because
they decided to go to the bathroom or concession stand thinking we'd be boring.  How
wrong they were! -- Lady Godiva

Al Zheimer -- You have discovered my kryptonite, which is apparently winning. --
Julian of Norwich

Kenai -- While I do enjoy wins, it gets bothersome when I keep matching up with
warriors below me in the rankings that can teach me nothing new. -- Caedmon
P.S.  Of course, getting those match ups might cause me to prematurely die, so
perhaps I should not be so bummed.

RUGS -- Come on! -- Master Darque

Shadowspire -- I can't believe you let Otto take the throne <head shake>, now we will
never be able to shut him up. -- Gentleben

All -- How's it goin', Big S, looking a little sparse since I was here. -- Gentleben

Bond-Age -- Perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of the newest big rivalry in
Shadowspire?  After Nick-Nack made a huge down challenge and killed Eborius, I swore
I'd get my bloodfeud vengence later since I had nobody able to bloodfeud for me at
the time.  After a couple of downchallenges of my own towards you to return the
favor, you responded with another large down challenge to slay poor Scipio.  Despite
the fact that both were only mediocre Strikers, their loss was still felt as they
were both sporting pretty nice winning records at the times of their deaths.  I tend
to carry a grudge and have a long memory, so I suspect we will be seeing alot of each
other's warriors in the coming months/years as I intend to match blood for blood.
See you on the sands. -- Vanek, Manager of Warmasters

On The Shoulders Of -- Welcome to Shadowspire.  I hope you enjoy your time here as
much as I have.  Best of luck to you! -- Vanek

Failed Dog Trick -- That result surprised me.  I thought I'd win for sure if matched
against you.  Maybe next time. -- Agorix

Shadow Wolf -- Just a friendly tip for you.  When the Arenamaster yells "begin",
you're supposed to be ready to fight.  I hope that helps you out moving forward. --
Pistorius

ALL -- MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL IN ALASTARI!!!
May your year end in peace and the new year hold great things for you and your
families. -- Gentleben (Sunset-21, Morya-28, Arvat-32 and Talahya-100)

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NICK NACK butchered DARK CHAMPION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MOUNTAIN GOAT was narrowly killed by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute Dark Arena melee.
ODDBALL was savagely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute Dark Arena duel.
HITTIUS was savagely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
PRIMUS STAR was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
SHADOW WOLF was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
OXYGEN THIEF was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
DAA was butchered by ARENAMASTER in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena competition.
HEALTH INSPECTOR was easily killed by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
TURDUCKEN was vanquished by TRUTTS in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud duel.
GLABRIO overpowered KAMAL KHAN in a 2 minute uneven Bloodfeud duel.
REGAL was overpowered by BAD BORSCHT in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
GREMLIN STEW slimly won victory over LITTLE DARLING in a 17 minute Challenge bout.
CLERLEON was devastated by RENTON in a 1 minute brutal mismatched Challenge conflict.
KRONSTEEN demolished HOMONCULOUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
SORRY was handily defeated by REDDIG in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge conflict.
HARE BINGER devastated PURPLE WORM in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
WORD THIEF devastated IRWEHN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
THE DRONE overpowered EDNA MILLAY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
AL ZHEIMER overpowered STORM GIANT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
LONGFANGS was overpowered by THE BLACK PRINCE in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
MAY DAY was devastated by INGRAT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
RAMIRUS won victory over GRIMSTONES in a 4 minute novice's Challenge match.
PICKER lost to AGORIX in a crowd pleasing 4 minute gory Challenge fray.
KALAM narrowly defeated CAEDMON in a popular 5 minute Challenge fight.
WARG RIDER was vanquished by ROADKILL SURPRISE in a 3 minute Challenge match.
GRAVITY VORTEX lost to EYE OF THE DEEP in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
STUMBLE OVER TRUTH overpowered HUGO DRAX in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL outlasted TOBIAS in a 9 minute Challenge duel.
TARR handily defeated SYFTAR TRAFF in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
BALTAIRE overpowered JOSEPH MITCHELL in a 1 minute uneven competition.
LADY GODIVA was outlasted by RYAK RAZORSAW in a 7 minute veteran's fight.
KNUT SUNDERHELM was handily defeated by FLAVOR TO GO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
DROW was demolished by QUINN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SUMNER was savagely defeated by MARTILN in a action packed 6 minute veteran's bout.
FEOHR viciously subdued CAZADOR in a 2 minute bloody veteran's duel.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS demolished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ZADIE SMITH overpowered IRONHEAD in a exciting 6 minute brutal one-sided fray.
ONION RINGS was handily defeated by TROLL HAND in a 1 minute uneven match.
FAILED DOG TRICK was luckily beaten by JULIAN OF NORWICH in a 2 minute expert's bout.
THE CRISCO KID was handily defeated by REAVER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TOSSED SALAD viciously subdued THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute one-sided match.
SYE THE BEARDED was vanquished by SKULLCLEAVER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
QUARTON was demolished by CABICHON in a 1 minute uneven conflict.
ORTING outwaited BLUE NOVA in a crowd pleasing 7 minute fight.
HENRY MILLER was beaten by PISTORIUS in a 2 minute competition.
GAMBLE handily defeated AELA FIREBLADE in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
MOONSTRUCK was savagely defeated by CAT N TONIC in a 2 minute brutal fight.
SUMMER BAY SHOT savagely defeated DESTROYER OF WORLDS in a popular 5 minute gory duel.
THE SEAMSTRESS was overcome by KENAI in a 4 minute bout.
CELESTIAL STEEL handily defeated ULTIMATE LAWS in a 2 minute brutal one-sided duel.
WHITE PROPHET easily killed GENSERIC in a 1 minute brutal one-sided bout.
VIXEN assassinated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
NOSY bested CONVICTED THIEF in a unpopular 6 minute novice's conflict.
ADISSA demolished TURNINGS CATHEDRAL in a 3 minute gory mismatched battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 20         STRIKING ATTACK  109 -  87 -  5      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   13         TOTAL PARRY       38 -  34 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  12         SLASHING ATTACK   45 -  41 -  3      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -  11 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  9         BASHING ATTACK    50 -  52 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         PARRY-RIPOSTE     19 -  20 -  0      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         AIMED BLOW        34 -  36 -  0      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         WALL OF STEEL     50 -  57 -  2      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  43 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      27 -  42 -  2      39  |

Turn 155 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:

BASHING ATTACK     7 -  5     PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  5         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  4     TOTAL PARRY        4 -  5         3  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  4     WALL OF STEEL      5 -  8         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK   11 -  9     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  5         1  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         4 -  4                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GREMLIN STEW 1710          28   8  0  120 OTTO'S DINER (96)
STRIKING ATTACK  BALTAIRE 833               20  16  0  134 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
BASHING ATTACK   TRUTTS 1889                11   8  1  105 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
WALL OF STEEL    MARTILN 1742               20  12  0  102 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
LUNGING ATTACK   QUINN 1634                  8   7  1  102 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
SLASHING ATTACK  REDDIG 1838                17   4  0  100 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
PARRY-STRIKE     CAZADOR 1578               23  22  0   91 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
AIMED BLOW       WORD THIEF 1849            10   6  0   84 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RENTON 1623.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
SUMNER 1624.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLUE NOVA 1898, SUMMER BAY 
SHOT 1884, KALAM 1888, ZADIE SMITH 1701, GRIMSTONES 1937, RYAK RAZORSAW 597, MARTILN 
1742, ODDBALL 1747, PICKER 1890, and MOUNTAIN GOAT 1636.

The least popular fighter this week was GREMLIN STEW 1710.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were NOSY 1952, INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL 1939, LITTLE DARLING 1700, 
TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943, GENSERIC 1953, ULTIMATE LAWS 1941, KENAI 1901, THE 
SEAMSTRESS 986, DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940, and MOONSTRUCK 1929.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

LITTLE DARLING (81-1700) SUMMERBORN (104)
KRONSTEEN (81-1748) BOND-AGE (133)

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

NICK NACK (81-1750) BOND-AGE (133)
CLERLEON (81-1796) LA PENTARCHIE (11)

                            A DM TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

          12 political points a'pumpin'
          11 TVs a'workin'
          10 free duels of credit
           9 ABs to challenge
           8 criticals a'connectin'
           7 scums a'dyin'
           6 skills a'maxin'
           5 A.D. invites
           4 lucky warriors
           3 size on replacement
           2 proxied TCs
          And a quarterstaff from a pear tree.

                                   May your days be merry,
                                   And your wins be often.

                                             The Consortium