Date   : 12/26/2012    Duedate: 01/08/2013


DM-81    TURN-156

This Weeks Top Honors


(81-1710) [29-8-0,133]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BALTAIRE                       DESTROYER OF WORLDS
(81-833) [21-16-0,143]         (81-1940) [2-1-0,19]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RENTON                         QUARTON
(81-1623) [15-16-1,118]        (81-827) [9-11-0,38]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OTTO'S DINER (96)           55
2. SAVAGE HORDE (134)          44      BOND-AGE (133)
3. MONSTER MANUAL (87)         33      Unchartered Team
4. BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)      33
5. FURRY FURY (25)             30ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BOND-AGE (133)            95  65  5 59.4   1/ 6 SAVAGE HORDE (134)       11  4 0
 2/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       449 321 18 58.3   2/ 4 WARMASTERS (15)          10  5 0
 3/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      222 167  8 57.1   3/ 2 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       9  3 0
 4/ 4 SUMMERBORN (104)         210 175 20 54.5   4/ 7 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      9  6 1
 5- 6 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  39  34  2 53.4   5/10 FURRY FURY (25)           8  4 1
 6/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    413 362 12 53.3   6/ 1 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        8  6 0
 7/ 7 DARQUE AGES (29)         352 311 16 53.1   7/11 OTTO'S DINER (96)         8  7 0
 8/ 8 OTTO'S DINER (96)        244 221  8 52.5   8/ 3 BOND-AGE (133)            7  8 2
 9/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      399 377 16 51.4   9/ 5 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       7  8 0
10/10 WARMASTERS (15)          390 375 31 51.0  10/12 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    6  3 0
11/13 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    58  65  3 47.2  11/ 9 FARSEERS (137)            6  7 2
12/14 FURRY FURY (25)          242 275 15 46.8  12/14*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)  6  7 0
13/12 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      45  52  4 46.4  13/ 8 DARQUE AGES (29)          6  9 0
14/11*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)   6   7  0 46.2  14/13 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       6  9 0
15/15 LITERATE LOONS (40)      352 411 14 46.1  15/20 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      5 10 0
16/18 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        49  60  3 45.0  16/15 SUMMERBORN (104)          4  2 0
17/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      220 273  8 44.6  17/21 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    4  6 0
18/16 FOOD (130)                67  87  3 43.5  18-19 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  3  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   122 172  9 41.5  19/16 FOOD (130)                3  6 0
20/20 FARSEERS (137)            18  30  2 37.5  20/17 LITERATE LOONS (40)       2 10 0
21/21 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      19  36  0 34.5  21/18 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     2 13 0
22-22*VINCERE AUT MORI II (91)   5  16  0 23.8  22-22*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

                                Arcane's Christams

     The exotic towers of Shadowspire cast their silhouettes against the sparkling
night sky.  The moon's glowing face was full of promise, and very bright.  The
Southwest Forest Road reflected its brilliance as it left the sturdy and heavily
barred Merchant's Gate and descended gently down the long slope and swept into the
     The road was wide and true; its rough paving stones had been cast as hexagons
and were securely set.  A couple of kilometers from the gate, just before the road
vanished under the thick black cover of spruce and pine, a man suddenly appeared.  He
glided silently out of the cold, dark forest like an armored ghost.  The breath from
his nostrils cast a silvery white shadow behind him as he moved toward the city gate
with a purposeful air.
     He was a brawny man with grizzled, short-cropped hair bristling from a squarish
skull.  He wore a curious suit of ringmail that seemed a bit odd.  There was the
tempered steel coil that served as a collar behind the thick neck of the man, for one
thing.  Also, imbedded in the padded sweep of supple leather across his back and
shoulders laid a curious pattern of overlapping steel triangles that hinted of
ancient geomancy and armies long vanished from the world.
     The naked blade of a falchion dangled casually from the man's calloused right
hand.  A pair of bodies scraped and squirmed awkwardly against the paving stones as
they dragged behind him.  Their ankles were bound together with a leather belt; the
end of the belt was twisted in the man's left hand.
     A screeching wail pierced the silent night, causing the burly man to mouth a
silent curse and drop the legs of the men he had been towing.  He sheathed his blade
and folded his arms across his broad chest as a ribbon of light formed in the frigid
night air, a mere meter away, then disappeared abruptly.  In its place, a slender
youth stood in the road.
     Instead of armor, the youth wore a knee-length blue linen toga embroidered along
its edges with tiny runes stitched in gold thread.  The runes glittered brightly in
the moonlight.  The youth did not appear to notice the coldness of the night.
     He stood and smiled at the brawny man who, in turn, appraised the youth with a
crooked frown.  After a few moments the youth shrugged, set his hands on his hips,
and rocked back and forth.  His sandals scraped softly against the rough paving
     "Well now, Havoc, what are you doing out here at this hour of the night?" the
youth asked.
     "As if ya didn't know," growled Havoc through gritted teeth.  "Whatta ya doin'
here, Kid?  Goin' to open the gates for me?  Be an honest help for once in yer
miserable life?"
     The Arcane Kid grinned and waved a slender hand in the air.  "I see you have
some company."  He nodded to the two silent forms lying in the road.  "Care to tell
me about it?"
     Havoc swelled slightly, then he blew a long stream of breath out his nose and
glared up into the clear night sky.
     "Kid, ya ain't my momma."
     "No no," the Kid shook his head and raised his hands, palms out.  "I'm not
trying to pry.  I apologize if it seems that way."
     "If yer tellin' me ya ain't spyin' on me, yer a damn liar!"
     "No no," protested the Arcane Kid.  "I've been looking for you, that's true, but
I'm not spying on you."
     "Yeah?"  Havoc's head jutted forward slightly.  "What do ya need me for?"
     "Well..." the Kid sighed and rubbed his slender hands together.  "I've heard a
few rumors about Master Darque, and perhaps a few other managers...  and then I had a
talk with some of the men at the barracks..."
     "Yeah?!" Havoc seemed a little startled by that news.  He took a menacing half-
step toward Arcane.  "Whatta ya doin' pokin' your pointy nose in the barracks, Kid??
Ya don't call that spyin'?!"
     "Just concerned, that's all," muttered Arcane absently.  He was trying to keep
one eye on Havoc while studying the twisted and slack features of the dead men in the
     Havoc sighed, closed his eyes briefly, and shook his head.  When he opened them
again he met the bright glowing eyes of the Arcane Kid head on, without flinching.
     "These men are complete strangers, yes?" the Kid asked.
     "Naw, I don't know these guys," muttered Havoc with a small shake of his
grizzled head.  "So ya think Darque is upset that yer  tryin' to steal his deal with
the Council of Chimlevtal?"
     A glimmer of a smile flitted across the Kid's narrow face before he frowned down
at the dead men.  "It doesn't seem like his way, does it? Sending out a pair of sheep
to be slaughtered like this."
     "Whatta ya mean?"  Havoc snorted a white spume of air.  "These guys look
harmless now, but they were feelin' full o' piss and vinegar about 30 minutes ago!!"
He said indignantly.
     The Arcane Kid moved closer and frankly stared down at the pair of corpses.
They had both been wearing armor, but were now only wearing padded leather gambesons.
Both had been stabbed through the chest.  Death had been immediate.  Their armor had
been ineffective in stopping or deflecting Havoc's falchion.  Arcane could have
warned them that this would be the case, had they bothered to stop and ask him.  The
Kid smiled to himself.
     "Master Darque is a creature of shadows, Havoc.  He communes with powers I don't
quite understand..." The Kid lost his smile and frowned up at the moon.  "But I
seriously doubt that he would waste two men like these to attack you."
     "Yeah?" Havoc seemed unconvinced.
     "Well, we've kept our eye on him for a while," sighed Arcane.  "I must believe
that he's kept an eye on us too.  That being the case--"
     "He knows what he's dealin' with, huh?" interjected Havoc with a wry chuckle.
     "Nnnoooooo, I wouldn't go that far," muttered Arcane under his breath.  "But I'm
sure he knows enough to realize that you're no ordinary gladiator or bodyguard."  The
Kid met Havoc's skeptical frown with a chuckle of his own.  "Yes, Havoc.  I'm certain
Master Darque knows that you're much too dangerous to kill with just a couple of
hired thugs.  "
     "Yeah?" Havoc seemed to brighten up.  "Ya really think so?"
     The Kid laughed quietly to himself, causing Havoc to grunt and grit his teeth.
Finally, the Kid sighed and took a smooth step closer to Havoc and his cargo.
     "Besides, while many managers enlist the services of merc guilds for the odd
service," mused Arcane,  "Master Darque prefers to lean on his own people."  The Kid
nudged one of the corpses with his sandal.  "Or so I've heard."
     "So he didn't send these losers?" Havoc ruminated briefly.  After a few moments
he shrugged and bent down and picked up the belt he had dropped.
     "Where are you off to?" Arcane asked.
     "Just goin' to leave these guys off at the public mortuary.  A pauper's grave is
more'n they deserve, but I'm in a generous mood today, so..."
     Havoc dropped his chin and gestured with his free hand.  The Kid slid smoothly
to the left.  Havoc began walking the Southwest Forest Road again; the moonlight
threw his shadow a pace ahead.  The Kid fell in beside him.  The bodies slithered in
the road behind them.
     "You've been disappearing a lot lately," Arcane said after several minutes of
walking in silence.  "The past few evenings, if I'm not mistaken, you've been gone
for hours at a time."
     Havoc stopped briefly and shot an angry scowl in the Kid's direction, then he
faced Shadowspire and began walking again.
     "And I've noticed a lot of odd packages are stacking up in the supply room..."
     Havoc froze.  He turned to face Arcane.  The veins in his calloused hands stood
out as he clenched them.
     "KID!! What are YOU doin' in my supply room??!!" Havoc bellowed.
     The Arcane Kid shrugged apologetically.  "I'm just wondering what all those
packages are for," he said matter-of-factly.  "You seemed to have gotten a hold of a
slew of decorations and party favors.  There are crates of canned meats and spices,
and many crates within crates, with foil-wrapped boxes inside."
     Havoc stared, speechless.  Anger swirled across his wide face.
     "I couldn't help but notice," Arcane continued, "that you managed to label
several of the boxes with gladiators' names.  But, I didn't see any packages with MY
name on them.  Why is that?"
     Havoc looked into the moon's white countenance and muttered a foreign curse in
an obscure tongue.  Then he cast a hard frown at his companion.
     "It don't always have to be about YOU, okay??"
     The Arcane Kid nodded reasonably.
     "True.  True.  But still..." He looked expectantly into Havoc's eyes.  Havoc
rolled his eyes and resumed his trek.  The Kid simply stood and watched Havoc as he
dragged the bodies behind him.
     After a while the Merchants' Gate came into view.  Havoc paused and squinted
behind him.  The Arcane Kid had disappeared, this time without the usual banshee
squeal that usually heralded his arrival and departure.  Havoc shook his head and
uttered a dry chuckle.  He managed to get the Night Guard to open the gates without
much more than a small bribe and an implied threat of violence.

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     The morning's chill damp air was softened and warmed by the roaring fire.
Despite the early hour everyone was awake.  The gladiators sat with crossed legs on
furs and soft rugs laid out in a circle on the stone floor before the fireplace.
Deep mugs were in their hands; smiles were on their faces.  Havoc kneeled before a
tall fir tree and pulled many gaily-wrapped boxes from under it.  He passed the gifts
out to the men, who chattered like children as they hefted and shook the boxes and
held speculative arguments about their contents.  Presently each warrior had a small
pile of boxes beside him.  Their laughter was loud; their cheerfulness was all
consuming.   As each warrior unwrapped a gift from his pile the others watched,
practically mesmerized with anticipation.  Meanwhile, Arcane stood aloof and watched
coolly from a corner of the room.
     The tree glittered with various metallic decorations.  There was a tiny
gladiator in burnished bronze plate armor brandishing his greatsword above his head.
Opposite him, dangling from another branch, a scum clasping a pair of medium shields
stood poised to parry a blow from any direction.  Many such trinkets covered the
tree's branches throughout its girth, along with silver globes and streamers of
glittery foil that caught the light from the torches and the fireplace and scattered
them back into the room.  Tiny bells, hanging from ribbons adorning the chandelier,
tinkled merrily in the slight draft, while dozens of small candles, cunningly
attached to its boughs, caused the tree to twinkle and radiate cheerfulness from the
center of the room.
     "Well, I guess that's it," growled Havoc as he stood.  He shot a toothy grin in
Arcane's direction.  The Kid's face was cast in an expressionless stare.
     "Ah, but wait a minute.  What's this?"  Havoc winked at the Kid and reached deep
into the recesses of the tree, past the candles and tinsel and decorations.  "Just
one more present left, I see."
     He pulled out a small blue box from behind a gold figurine wearing a loincloth
and flourishing a scimitar.  The box fit neatly in his meaty palm as he held it out
toward the Kid, who suddenly seemed unsure what to do.  His eyes blazed brightly as
he stared into Havoc's face and lopsided smile.
     "Yeah, Kid.  It's for you."  Arcane glided forward until he stopped in front of
Havoc's outstretched hand.  His eyes had been glued to Havoc's face, but now they
fixed on the blue box.
     "Take it, Kid.  It's from all of us."  Arcane looked up into Havoc's eyes
briefly, then swung his gaze around at the men on the floor, who had suddenly grown
quiet.  They were all looking up and smiling expectantly into the Kid's narrow face.
     Gravity Vortex nodded.
     "You heard the man, Boss.  It's from ALL of us, right?" The warriors of Search
the Sky roared a cheer of assent.  The Kid sighed and reached out and gently took the
box from Havoc's hand.  He opened it.  Against a bed of blue velvet, a delicate gold
band clutched a large oval ruby.  The ring shone vibrantly in the candlelight.
     "I know ya don't go for a lot of traditions, Kid.  But the manager of a stable
usually has a ring, or seal, or somethin' like that.  I guess it's a graduatin' ring
of sorts.  Ya gotta let people know you've arrived."
     "We sent all the way to Xochithlan for that thing," chimed Celestial Steel.
     Moonstruck raised his mug.  "To the Arcane Kid!" he yelled.
     "Hip hip, hurrah!" The team chorused.  "Hip hip, hurrah!!"  Havoc peered closely
at the Kid, who held the open box with a trembling hand.
     A sudden loud screech, as from a thousand tortured souls, split the air and
caused the men to shiver unexpectedly.  Simultaneously, a brilliant kaleidoscope of
color forced the men to squint and turn their heads away.  When they blinked their
way back into the room, the Arcane Kid was gone.
     Havoc chuckled thoughtfully to himself as some of the men stuck their fingers in
their ears and tried to pop them back into 'normal' hearing.  'Lotsa luck with that',
he thought.
     "Never mind him; he'll be back later," Havoc reassured the men.  "Who's up for
some eggs 'n bacon?  I'm starvin'!!"

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Greetings and long live the Shadowspiracy!  That's three turns down and five
more to break Gigi Divine's record, but who's counting?  My visit with Little Darling
last week was immensely enjoyable.  That girl is such a... well... darling.  She can
talk your ear right off!  We had quite a lengthy conversation covering a broad range
of topics, including the build quality of modern scimitars.  She seems to think it's
lacking and I tend to agree.  We ended up playing patty-cake for about ten minutes,
which was great fun.  I hope my next guest is as entertaining as Little Darling was!

                                                       Gremlin Stew

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  The boys at LA PENTARCHIE left the arena 
dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by SAVAGE HORDE.  Good show!  LA 
PENTARCHIE after a sorry 0-4-0 might want to consider abandoning the sands and taking 
up singing the 'Can't fight no more' blues!  What's a move up by 5 you ask?  
(alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to SAVAGE HORDE.  
FURRY FURY posted a nice gain, to come in 5th.  Everybody loves a winner...  Practice 
pays for SYE THE BEARDED, who pummelled THE BLACK PRINCE, to pocket 26 points.  A 
certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 20 
points to SYE THE BEARDED.  (Discrete enough, THE BLACK PRINCE?) Like a flirtacious 
debutante, SHADOWSPIRE's Duelmaster GREMLIN STEW found himself the man of the hour, 
being "invited to dance" 5 times!  Duelmaster GREMLIN STEW from OTTO'S DINER is going 
for the gold, as he challenged CLAN LONGBEARD's REDDIG.  Ooh, the excitement!  
GREMLIN STEW successfully staved off a grab for the roses by REDDIG of CLAN 
LONGBEARD.  Does SHADOWSPIRE have no one talented enough to dethrone him?  Word has 
it one team in SHADOWSPIRE is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed 
     And how sociable are SHADOWSPIRE's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Like the noble 
eagle soaring amongst the mountaintops, so stand the warriors of FURRY FURY, alone 
and unchallenged.  Like a pup with its tail between its legs, WARMASTERS scurried 
away from FURRY FURY.  Oh, the shame!  Place your bets!  IRONHEAD is the long shot of 
the week:  they challenged MARTILN, up by 27.  The gods smiled upon IRONHEAD, in his 
upset fight against MARTILN.  IRONHEAD gets a win, 22 points, and a free drink on me. 
(Next week, OK?)  
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  Q:  What's a record like 18-13-0 get you?  A:  A free trip to the Dark Arena!  
This week's winner:  KRONSTEEN of BOND-AGE!  Death (in the form of CAT N TONIC of 
FURRY FURY) knocked on KENAI's door.  What will DRAGONBANE GUILD do?  The suspense is 
killing me.  Never one to advocate diplomacy and restraint, I was pleased to see 
OTTO'S DINER retaliate against BRIDGE BURNERS in bloodfeud!  Ask not for whom the 
sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  
Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid SHADOWSPIRE farewell-- 
Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            29   8  0   133       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALTAIRE 833                 21  16  0   143       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
-FLAVOR TO GO 1633            10   5  0   123       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 RENTON 1623                  15  16  1   118       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 REDDIG 1838                  17   5  0   103       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-QUINN 1634                    8   7  1   102       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 SUMNER 1624                  18  13  0   101       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 IRONHEAD 1722                21  15  0    97       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-HARE BINGER 1790             15  11  1    96       FURRY FURY (25)
 FEOHR 1737                   17  18  1    94       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 CAZADOR 1578                 23  23  0    92       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DROW 1774                    19  13  0    92       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746         14  20  1    92       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 WORD THIEF 1849              11   6  0    91       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KNUT SUNDERHELM 1569         20  27  3    90       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            15  25  2    87       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 HOMONCULOUS 1851             11   7  0    87       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 MARTILN 1742                 20  13  0    85       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1688         18  19  2    84       FOOD (130)
 TROLL HAND 1825              12  10  1    84       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 SORRY 1891                   11   9  0    83       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 TURDUCKEN 1784               14  16  1    82       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 ZADIE SMITH 1701             18  20  0    76       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 IRWEHN 1785                  16  14  0    75       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 PURPLE WORM 1775             14  18  1    72       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 LADY GODIVA 1782             18  12  0    69       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ONION RINGS 1684             15  22  0    67       FOOD (130)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783       14  16  1    67       DARQUE AGES (29)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAILED DOG TRICK 1798        11  13  0    66       FURRY FURY (25)
 SYE THE BEARDED 801          11  10  0    66       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 KAMAL KHAN 1883               9   4  1    66       BOND-AGE (133)
 REAVER 1879                   8   6  0    66       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 SKULLCLEAVER 1877             8   6  0    66       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 THE CRISCO KID 1912           6   3  0    66       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 TRUTTS 1889                  11   9  1    64       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 THE DRONE 1862               10   7  1    63       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 AGORIX 1842                  13   8  2    59       WARMASTERS (15)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894              6   6  2    58       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            10  27  0    57       FOOD (130)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LONGFANGS 1881                7   6  1    55       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 INGRAT 1805                  12  14  0    50       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 GLABRIO 1800                 11  15  2    50       WARMASTERS (15)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886               8   4  0    49       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 STORM GIANT 1819             12  12  0    48       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KALAM 1888                    9   7  1    47       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 THE BLACK PRINCE 1841        12   9  0    45       DARQUE AGES (29)
 PICKER 1890                   7  12  1    45       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
-CICADA SONG 1911              5   2  0    44       SUMMERBORN (104)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             10  13  0    43       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 CAEDMON 1873                  9   6  0    43       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ORTING 1815                  10  12  0    42       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
-GAMBLE 1635                   8   7  0    39       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 QUARTON 827                   9  11  0    38       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 BLUE NOVA 1898                6   5  0    35       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 RAMIRUS 1935                  5   0  0    34       WARMASTERS (15)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT N TONIC 1870              5   7  1    33       FURRY FURY (25)
 ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920        5   2  0    33       FURRY FURY (25)
 CABICHON 1914                 5   4  0    33       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 MAY DAY 1947                  3   1  0    33       BOND-AGE (133)
 SUMMER BAY SHOT 1884          4   7  1    30       SUMMERBORN (104)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             4  16  0    28       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923          6   2  0    26       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975            5   5  0    26       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ADISSA 1949                   2   0  0    26       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 TARR 1938                     2   3  0    25       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PISTORIUS 1916                4   3  0    23       WARMASTERS (15)
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876             4  10  0    22       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 VIXEN 1951                    2   0  1    22       FARSEERS (137)
 REGAL 1904                    5   5  0    20       FARSEERS (137)
 MOONSTRUCK 1929               4   3  0    19       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940      2   1  0    19       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            3   7  0    16       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 GRIMSTONES 1937               2   2  0    16       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 WARG RIDER 1926               4   3  0    15       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 GRAVITY VORTEX 1895           1  10  0    13       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 CELESTIAL STEEL 1931          3   3  0    12       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
-NINTRA 1081                   1   1  0    12       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
 WHITE PROPHET 1946            3   1  1    11       FARSEERS (137)
 ULTIMATE LAWS 1941            1   1  0     9       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 STARRY VOID 1958              1   0  0     9       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
-PREATORIA 1024                1   3  0     8       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
 INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL 1939      2   1  0     7       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
-LAP OF ADAMANT 1934           1   1  0     6       SUMMERBORN (104)
 HUGO DRAX 1948                1   3  0     6       BOND-AGE (133)
-ASTINIUS 1021                 1   3  0     6       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
-ILYENA 1023                   1   3  0     6       VINCERE AUT MORI III (91)
 STUMBLE OVER TRUTH 1942       1   2  0     5       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 ANTONIUS 1960                 1   0  0     5       WARMASTERS (15)
 BAWNDY 1963                   1   0  0     4       FARSEERS (137)
 NOSY 1952                     1   1  0     4       FARSEERS (137)
 TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943       0   2  0     2       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 HAULIN' OATS 1957             0   1  0     1       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 HARUN-AL-RASHID 1961          0   1  0     1       DARQUE AGES (29)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BAD 1962                0  1 0 BOND-AGE 133         SPYMASTER             156  NONE
KRONSTEEN 1748         18 14 0 BOND-AGE 133         ARENAMASTER           156  NONE
TOBIAS 1927             1  6 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    STONE GOLEM           156  NONE
GENSERIC 1953           0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       WHITE PROPHET 1946    155   
KENAI 1901              7  3 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  CAT N TONIC 1870      156   
PASTA ALL DENTY 1837    8 12 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      TRUTTS 1889           154  JUST REVENGED

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SCIPIO 1900             6  3 1 WARMASTERS 15        KAMAL KHAN 1883       154  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Seems my last turn did not make it on time so my challenges are voided. -- The

DeGotti -- Good luck with your next experiment. -- The Catalyst

Primus Star -- Two turns in a row?  Maybe third time is the charm? -- White Prophet

Pistorius -- Down challenge?  Half the fight experience?  Are you such a coward? --
Shadow Wolf

Longfangs -- I was hopeful to BF, not become the challenged.  Good win for you. --

All -- When dueling, what are the better offhand parry weapons?  If my main is SC,
would it be smart to use a smaller SH for offhand, or another SC? -- The Catalyst,
mgr. Farseers

On the Shoulders of -- Welcome to Shadowspire.  May you enjoy your encounters here.
-- The Catalyst

Bridge Burners -- Nice 4-1 turn! -- Farseers

Celestial Steel -- It seems that the law of heavenly steel is the ultimate one -- Law

Adissa - When two sad warriors meet it looks I am the sadder. -- Catherdral

Summer Bay Shot -- I was hoping to destroy your record.  Oh well. -- Worlds

Tobias -- Now I know how you got such a long beard.  All those long fights. --

Hugo Drax -- Why do I think that our fight could have gone either way? -- Truth

Vanek  -- Hey, I can respect the fact that you want to match blood for blood, do what
you need to do.  What I can't respect, though, is writing a personal ad painting
yourself as some "victim" emphasizing certain words.  When I down-challenged and
killed Eborius, it was a HUGE down-challenge, and when I down-challenged and killed
Scipio, it was a LARGE one, and it was POOR Scipio.  But when you down-challenged me,
it was just "a couple of down-challenges," failing to mention that one of yours was
like 17 FE to 9, and 24 pts down, and I whipped up on ya.  Trust me, no one in this
arena sees you as a victim, and I doubt if anyone here sheds a tear if any of your
warriors get killed.  But I will say this, get your licks in quick as my interest in
this game is at an all-time low.  I make warriors in this arena styles less suited to
what they should be just for boredom's sake, and if I don't get some really
interesting roll-ups this turn, you may be left wanting. -- Hombre 

All -- Kronsteen: 17-8-5-12-21-14-7 Basher.  Adex Attack and Adex Decise.  Very Hi /
Mod and the War Flail.  Really thought it was Maul.  Oh yeah, defense favorite learn
so that's awesome.  Sigh. -- Hombre

Gremlin stew?  Again?  Could we have something else for Christmas? -- LP

Merry Christmas, fellow Shadowspirians! -- LP

Why did I challenge Renton?  What a crappy exit... -- Clergeon

Thanks for the tip, Julian... -- Al Zheimer

Happy Holidays, All! -- DeGotti

I hope my warriors show this turn.  The results were late last time and caused me to
send in my strats later then I normally would. -- DeGotti

Floyd and Den -- Welcome back to the Shadowspire mix! -- DeGotti

Turning Cathedral -- You Giant!  You sure can take some damage! -- Adissa

Cat n Tonic -- You hit pretty hard.  Some day I'd like to show you what I can do--if
I ever get the chance! -- Moonstruck

Ultimate Laws -- That was just an unlucky matchup.  I'm sure you'll do better next
time. -- Celestial Steel

Orting -- You call that "fighting"?!  All you did was stand around and pose for
Polaroids! -- Blue Nova

Eye of the Deep -- Believe it or not, but I'm getting better! -- Gravity Vortex

White Prophet -- Unchartered Recognition Leader?  I guess you deserve it.  But I
predict "doom" for you! -- Ghost of Primus Star

Bad Borscht -- Eh, it was worth a try.  I thought I would at least learn something
new. -- Regal

Darque Ages -- Bad starting match for Genseric.  Hopefully there will be no hard
feeling? -- White Prophet

Pistorius -- Shadow Wolf was hard of hearing so he ventured into the Dark Arena not
hearing that fight start either.  Now he will never hear again. -- The Catalyst

All -- What are the common challenge rules for the Shadowspire sands?  Is down
challenging supposed to be taboo?  Are there some allowable cases outside of
Bloodfueds and title matches? -- The Catalyst

Gentle Ben -- What team do you have in 32?  Mine is Liveship Traders. -- The Catalyst

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

KRONSTEEN was butchered by ARENAMASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
TOBIAS was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena battle.
BAD was easily killed by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
GLABRIO was overpowered by KAMAL KHAN in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud duel.
THE CRISCO KID viciously subdued TRUTTS in a popular 1 minute brutal Bloodfeud fight.
GREMLIN STEW bested REDDIG in a popular 3 minute expert's Challenge Title brawl.
FEOHR was viciously subdued by RENTON in a 2 minute bloody master's Challenge match.
RYAK RAZORSAW was overpowered by LITTLE DARLING in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
IRONHEAD won victory over MARTILN in a 5 minute expert's Challenge duel.
DROW overpowered LADY GODIVA in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
HOMONCULOUS defeated ZADIE SMITH in a action packed 1 minute Challenge match.
WORD THIEF beat TURDUCKEN in a exciting 1 minute Challenge fight.
PURPLE WORM was savagely defeated by SORRY in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
TROLL HAND demolished THE DRONE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
IRWEHN overpowered ONION RINGS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
FAILED DOG TRICK overpowered AL ZHEIMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
BAD BORSCHT devastated EDNA MILLAY in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
AGORIX bested TOSSED SALAD in a popular 2 minute master's Challenge brawl.
QUARTON was luckily beaten by STORM GIANT in a exciting 4 minute Challenge match.
LONGFANGS overpowered CABICHON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
SKULLCLEAVER devastated INGRAT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
PICKER overpowered PISTORIUS in a popular 1 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge duel.
TARR lost to RAMIRUS in a 3 minute amateur's Challenge fray.
CAT N TONIC assassinated KENAI in a 1 minute gory one-sided Challenge match.
REGAL lost to EYE OF THE DEEP in a 1 minute Challenge match.
INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL was savagely defeated by MOONSTRUCK in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
VIXEN savagely defeated CELESTIAL STEEL in a 1 minute gruesome Challenge match.
MAY DAY overpowered HENRY MILLER in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
STUMBLE OVER TRUTH was handily defeated by SUMMER BAY SHOT in a 1 minute bout.
ADISSA vanquished SYFTAR TRAFF in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
BALTAIRE overpowered BRUSSEL SPROUTS in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
KNUT SUNDERHELM was overpowered by SUMNER in a 1 minute gory one-sided match.
CAZADOR was savagely defeated by JOSEPH MITCHELL in a 1 minute veteran's bout.
JULIAN OF NORWICH bested KALAM in a 2 minute gory duel.
REAVER devastated BLUE NOVA in a 1 minute bloody one-sided battle.
THE BLACK PRINCE was overpowered by SYE THE BEARDED in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
ORTING was savagely defeated by CAEDMON in a monotonous 18 minute gruesome conflict.
ROADKILL SURPRISE overpowered GRAVITY VORTEX in a popular 1 minute uneven bout.
WARG RIDER overcame MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute match.
AELA FIREBLADE overcame GRIMSTONES in a exciting 1 minute duel.
THE SEAMSTRESS savagely defeated TURNINGS CATHEDRAL in a 3 minute gruesome battle.
DESTROYER OF WORLDS unbelievably bested WHITE PROPHET in a 6 minute novice's struggle.
ULTIMATE LAWS overcame HUGO DRAX in a exciting 3 minute amateur's fight.
NOSY was viciously subdued by STARRY VOID in a tiresome 8 minute amateur's melee.
ANTONIUS defeated HAULIN' OATS in a 2 minute gruesome novice's battle.
HARUN-AL-RASHID was beaten by BAWNDY in a tiring 6 minute beginner's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 20         STRIKING ATTACK  110 -  90 -  4      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     10         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  35 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   44 -  41 -  3      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         WALL OF STEEL     52 -  54 -  2      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         AIMED BLOW        34 -  37 -  0      48  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         PARRY-RIPOSTE     20 -  23 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         BASHING ATTACK    47 -  55 -  3      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  12 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    7         PARRY-STRIKE      31 -  39 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  43 -  2      43  |

Turn 156 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   13 -  7     AIMED BLOW         3 -  4         4  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  4     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  5         1  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  9         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       5 -  4     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GREMLIN STEW 1710          29   8  0  133 OTTO'S DINER (96)
STRIKING ATTACK  BALTAIRE 833               21  16  0  143 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
SLASHING ATTACK  REDDIG 1838                17   5  0  103 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
AIMED BLOW       DROW 1774                  19  13  0   92 MONSTER MANUAL (87)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    MARTILN 1742               20  13  0   85 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
PARRY-STRIKE     IRWEHN 1785                16  14  0   75 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
LUNGING ATTACK   REAVER 1879                 8   6  0   66 SAVAGE HORDE (134)
BASHING ATTACK   TRUTTS 1889                11   9  1   64 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CAEDMON 1873                9   6  0   43 DARQUE AGES (29)
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 
QUARTON 827.  The ten other most popular fighters were REDDIG 1838, TOSSED SALAD 
1929, JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783, RENTON 1623, and MARTILN 1742.

The least popular fighter this week was ORTING 1815.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CAEDMON 1873, BAWNDY 1963, NOSY 1952, DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940, 
BLUE NOVA 1898, and SYFTAR TRAFF 1876.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


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

KRONSTEEN (81-1748) BOND-AGE (133)