Date   : 04/17/2013    Duedate: 04/30/2013


DM-81    TURN-164

This Weeks Top Honors


(81-1785) [23-15-0,147]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

IRWEHN                         MOLE
CLAN LONGBEARD (39)            ROGUES DEN (140)
(81-1785) [23-15-0,147]        (81-1993) [1-0-0,21]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TOSSED SALAD                   WORD THIEF
FOOD (130)                     CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
(81-1686) [13-32-0,78]         (81-1849) [15-10-0,103]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ROGUES DEN (140)            55
2. FURRY FURY (25)             49      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. SEARCH THE SKY (136)        48      Unchartered Team
4. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       36
5. LA PENTARCHIE (11)          31      ROGUES DEN (140)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*ROGUES DEN (140)           3   2  0 60.0   1/ 1 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128) 10  5 0
 2/ 1 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       471 339 18 58.1   2/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       9  6 0
 3/ 2 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  65  48  2 57.5   3/ 7 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        8  7 0
 4/ 3 BOND-AGE (133)           101  79  5 56.1   4/ 4 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     8  7 0
 5/ 4 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      237 188  8 55.8   5/ 6 WARMASTERS (15)           8  7 0
 6/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    437 378 13 53.6   6/ 3 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    8  7 0
 7/ 6 DARQUE AGES (29)         373 330 17 53.1   7/ 8 DARQUE AGES (29)          8  7 0
 8/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)        266 239  8 52.7   8/12 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       7  7 0
 9/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      420 396 16 51.5   9/13 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      7  8 0
10/ 9 WARMASTERS (15)          413 392 31 51.3  10/18 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       7  8 0
11-10 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      60  67  6 47.2  11/ 5 OTTO'S DINER (96)         7  8 0
12/14 FURRY FURY (25)          249 281 15 47.0  12/ 2 FARSEERS (137)            7  8 0
13/15 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)     116 134  2 46.4  13/21 FURRY FURY (25)           6  2 0
14/13 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    70  81  3 46.4  14/15 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      6  9 0
15-17 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        66  78  3 45.8  15/14 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    5  5 0
16/16 LITERATE LOONS (40)      364 431 16 45.8  16/11 LITERATE LOONS (40)       5  7 1
17/11 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)     42  50  1 45.7  17/19 BOND-AGE (133)            5 10 0
18/12 FARSEERS (137)            40  48  3 45.5  18/20 FOOD (130)                4  2 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/18 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      238 295  8 44.7  19-10 SAVAGE HORDE (134)        4  6 0
20/19 FOOD (130)                76  98  3 43.7  20/ 0*ROGUES DEN (140)          3  2 0
21/20 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   140 189  9 42.6  21-17 BRIDGE BURNERS (135)      2  3 0
22/21 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      38  57  0 40.0  22/16 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)     2  6 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                   Business Lunch

     It was a surreal moment, one of those brief pauses where the seconds seemed to
drag themselves apart while I watch from the sidelines.  I surprised myself; I found
I had time to give serious consideration to the hare-brained idea my wife had been
harping on for the past several weeks.  Maybe I WAS ready for a more mundane,
conservative job like managing one of the betting cages in the arena.  The pay was
modest, but regular as clockwork.  And as long as I kept my sticky fingers clean I
got to keep them attached to the rest of me.  Besides, the holiday and sick leave
benefits were generous, and hey!  Who wouldn't want free tickets to the arena?
     But as the Shag elf was looking me up and down, flaring his nostrils and
sniffing the cool spring air between us, I realized that I just don't like working
indoors.  I need to be moving; I need to see the sky. But that's not all of it
either.  I need to NOT be bored to tears. Being a talent scout for the arena has its
rough edges, sure, but boring it isn't.
     It's possible my wife just likes the idea of a husband that comes home at a
regular hour from a regular job.  A husband that comes and goes like the wind,
meeting various clients in various places at various hours, can get on a woman's
nerves, I suppose.  Maybe, in her maternal, overprotective way, she wants to keep me
     I squinted up into the cloudy, early-afternoon-type-of-sky and tried to ignore
the pair of orcish-looking muscle-heads that were staring at me.  Each guy was
carrying a greatsword as easily as if it were a baton.  They were waiting calmly for
a signal to either let me by or carve me up.  I felt REASONABLY safe, but not
entirely.  It's a slightly ticklish situation, and I rather like it. You just don't
get this kind of feeling looking through the bars of a teller's cage, knowing you can
yank a lever and drop an excitable customer down a long chute where brutes like this
brawny pair will sit you down and hammer some sense into you.
      On the other hand, maybe the wife just wants to know where I'm at and when to
expect me.  Maybe that new tenant, an ex-gladiator, of all things, is making eyes at
her.  She is human, more or less, and a few years younger, and there are times when I
have to leave town for days at a time...
     The Shag elf stepped back and my focus shifted immediately.
     "Welcome to The Acropolis, sir."  Sharagorn elves aren't generally known for
their warmth and humor, but nonetheless he managed to work up a small smile for me.
"I hope you have a pleasant meal." He returned my invitation with a slight flourish
and a small, mock bow.  I nodded and tugged the envelope out of his sissy white hand
and moved toward the door.
     I had to pause a moment while the two goons with greatswords made sure it was
okay for me to walk between them.  I had no problem with this; I wanted them to be
real sure.  Once it was established that my invitation was bona fide, they lumbered
away to flex and frown and do whatever else the elf told them to do, I guess.
     I ambled through the revolving glass door and was met by a tall, stoop-
shouldered man wearing red leather pantaloons with a matching vest.  His shirt and
slippers were both a deep brown, like his eyes, only softer looking.   Unlike the
other men running around the place, he also wore a wide crimson sash and a large
sallet made of silvery-sparkly cloth set at a rakish angle.
     "Good afternoon, sir," he bowed.  "My name if Felix.  Mr. Arcane is waiting.
Please follow me."  He gestured behind him as he turned and began to stride
imperiously between the tables.  I had to skip along a little to keep up.  I guess
Arcane, like most of the arena managers, doesn't have a lot of patience.  Too bad.
It's been a while since his last great fighter (a WASTE going by the name of
Patroclus, I believe) and I'm thinking it'll be a while longer until his next one
comes along...
     Felix must be part greyhound.  We crossed a gargantuan dining room in record
time, keeping fairly close to the gently curving wall while dodging cute gals and
harried-looking waiters as they scurried amongst the tables with their trays.
Finally, we walked around a pair of chefs grilling a gigantic fillet of something on
a spacious grill (a monstrous, heavy-looking thing on wheels!) and came face to face
with a wide, sweeping staircase that spiraled up alongside the wall and out of sight.
     My heart sank when I saw those marble steps. A table on the rooftop of The
Acropolis commands a great view at a premium cost.  I had been excited, though wary,
when I received my invitation.  Now, as I considered the long climb ahead of me, the
place began to lose some of its magic.
     Felix touched my arm and waved at me to follow.  He went around behind the
staircase and stepped into a round niche in the wall.  I followed and found myself
sharing a claustrophobic-sized closet with Felix.  I fought down a moment of panic as
he drew a curtain of hinged bars across the opening, which somehow caused the room to
lurch slightly and then began to smoothly rise.
     I resisted the urge to punch Felix in his smug little smile and focused on the
wall as it slid down in front of the doorway.  Every now and then a dining room would
come into view.  When it did a surge of air pushed through the bars. Most of the
place is ventilated via hundreds of meters of ductwork.  Dozens of 'volunteers' are
regularly culled from the city's prison population and deposited into a deep dungeon
chiseled out of the rock beneath the tower.  They walk for hours inside giant wooden
wheels, driving the gears that move the bellows that supply the tower with cool,
flowery-smelling air.  I think.  The flower scent might have come from Felix.
     Suddenly the closet rose into a welcome wave of sea breeze and sunlight.  It
rocked slightly as it came to a stop.  Felix pulled the hinged bars to the side and
stepped out; I was close behind him.  My stomach continued to rock a little as I
followed him to Arcane's table.
     Along the way I saw enough to make up for the trip.  For instance, I caught a
glimpse of a youngish brunette laughing loudly on the shoulder of Hawk, the manager
from Savage Horde. They shared a cozy table littered with plates and bottles of
various kinds. I don't know what he was whispering into her ear, but I know he's not
that funny.  The closest thing to a joke from him is when I've overheard him trying
to motivate his warriors from their arena dugout.  And I don't think that was his
wife.  She was a wild-eyed woman, buxom and bouncy in a tight-fitting leather corset
that offered a lot of deep cleavage to peruse.  Hawk was definitely perusing. They
both were probably a little tipsy.  I wondered why she seemed to look familiar.  She
might have been one of the fighters from a defunct team: GFE...
     I was distracted from wondering about that when I finally got a chance to peer
out between a pair of embrasures and get a good look at the city. I was spellbound.
It really is an incredible view.
     The Acropolis used to be an old watchtower. It's built on a colossal boulder of
rock reaching from the edge of the great forest to the remains of the original
fortifications of old Shadowspire.  The boulder acts as a natural barrier between the
forest and the city, and it's the highest real estate on the western side. It lifts
the tower up so that, from the roof, one may look over most of Shadowspire, as well
as gain an excellent view of the harbor to the north, and the great forest spanning
from the northwest to the south, as far as the eye can reach. The boulder also acts
as barrier between the tower and the other large buildings.  Who else would want to
chisel their foundations out of solid rock? Building it on the hardest ground
possible must have been a grueling and perverse project.  I understand the original
Lords of Shadowspire used lots of slave labor.
     Felix gave a quick tug on my arm.  I pulled my face away from a magnificent
vista of steeples and pennants and found myself walking up to the Arcane Kid's table.
It was small and set closer to the edge of the roof than the other tables, of course.
Well, Arcane has his ways.
     His glowing eyes, set close together in his narrow face, give him an eerie and
uncanny look.  I put off meeting them head on while Felix pulled out a chair made of
iron rods.  Wide, heavily padded strips of leather were woven together across the
back and seat.  I was skeptical, but when I sat down I discovered it felt luxurious,
yet supportive as well. The soft leather seemed to wrap itself around my back and
bottom.  I sighed and settled in.
     "Comfortable?" The Kid asked rhetorically.  He offered me one of his trademark
tightlipped smirks that have a way of offending most of the people with whom he
interacts.  I smiled and shrugged. Arcane raised one hand languidly and made an odd
sign. "Good. I find that business works better when all the little cogs are well
     A troupe of five beguilingly attractive ladies, wearing white silk togas that
clung to their young bodies the way I wanted to, scampered toward us.  Many silver
serving bowls with domed lids were placed on our table.  Bone china plates, tall,
narrow crystal glasses, and silver utensils were meticulously set out.  A couple of
bottles in ice-filled containers were set on the table as well.  I enjoyed the
smiling, lilac-perfumed service; the girls all found a reason to lean over me or
brush against me as they did their chores.  Most other guys would probably have just
enjoyed the moment, but there was something nibbling at the back of my mind that
stole away some of the glamour.
     "Where's Havoc?" I asked as the girls giggled away to wherever they came from.
     "Oh, he's busy." The Kid's narrow face twisted into a brief frown while his eyes
seemed to pulse a beat.  Then his traditional smirk reformed and he motioned towards
the meal.  I began to peek into the trays and help myself while the Kid talked.
     "He seems to find the cuisine at Otto's Diner more... palatable, of late."
     "Really?" I was surprised.  The veal cutlets were so tender they almost seemed
to disintegrate on the plate.  The spinach salad was delectable.
     "Well, perhaps he is enjoying the... unique view."  I couldn't decipher his
hints.  From where I was sitting I could look out and see half the harbor. If I
looked out at the other tables I saw a lot of well-heeled merchants and a sprinkling
of gladiator managers.  I wondered where this was going but I didn't slow down;
opportunities to eat like this are rare.  Still, I kept my eyes moving around, just
in case this was my last meal.  The Kid mused silently to himself while I devoured my
     Eventually, I decided I had to say something.  "You're spending an awful lot of
money just for the pleasure of my company," I mumbled through my Fettuccini Alfredo.
I swallowed. "You know my standard rates and services. I can give you a decent
evaluation of most of the established fighters by tomorrow, but if you want the dope
on one of the newbies, well.... They're always difficult to accurately appraise."
     "Don't talk like an idiot," Arcane snapped.  "I didn't ask you here for that."
He looked out at the other tables.  He tilted his head in a specific direction. "What
can you tell me about THAT manager?"
     I put down my fork so I could pick up my glass.  Pink bubbles scrambled up its
long sides.  They tasted crisp, dry, and delicious.  I turned slightly to face the
direction the Kid indicated.  A plump old man with a head full of tangled white hair
occupied a table by himself, sort of.  The table was set for six.  Food and drink
were laid out for six.  The man was carrying on a conversation as if there were five
others at the table, but I didn't see anyone else.
     The old man suddenly popped out of his chair and hustled to another seat at the
table.  He continued eating and carrying on his conversation, only now his mannerisms
and tone of voice were changed.  I chuckled to myself as I caught the Kid's bemused
     "That's Consortium," I said.  I toasted the Kid and prepared to look under a few
more silver lids.  A waiter hurried over and refilled my glass while I refilled my
plate.  Arcane looked at me and I got the impression he needed more.  "He's an old-
time manager, back when many of the current arenas weren't even built yet."  I took a
few moments to chew and swallow some roast lamb.  Then I looked around for the mint
jelly while I continued.
     "He's a genius, I guess.  A pioneer.  A giant.  But like all great men, he has
his --- idiosyncrasies."  I found the jelly, layered it on, and relished the
combination of flavors as they danced around in my mouth.  The Kid looked over at
Consortium the way a cat measures a distance it intends to jump, but isn't too sure
it can make it.
     "Multiple Personality Disorder?"
     "Hhhmmm."  The scalloped potatoes had a delicate crust of melted cheese across
their tender surfaces.  I served myself some more.  "You might say 'disorder'.
Someone else might say it's a higher order of thinking."
     "He's a madman," the Kid muttered.  "How can someone like this manage a team?"
     "He runs about a dozen, I think," I mumbled through my potatoes.  "Has a regular
lecture circuit too, if I'm not mistaken.  Offers classes for newbie managers."  I
had to stop chewing so I could hear myself think for a bit.  "I forget which persona
does the lectures.  Anyway, they're pretty good."
     "Hmph!" The Arcane Kid sat back in his chair and crossed his arms over his
chest.  He stared at the table while I continued enjoying the meal.  I had to slow
down and pace myself a little.  I watched Consortium bounce around to a few more
chairs, changing his voice and his gestures to match.  After a while the Kid looked
up; his glowing eyes focused squarely on my face.  I stopped with a fork full of sea
bass and dill relish about halfway to my mouth.
     "I want you to concentrate on this Consortium.  Get me data on his team in
Shadowspire."  The Kid nodded to himself.  "If you can find any fighters he's
rejected, interrogate them or point them out to me.  They might furnish an
interesting nugget of intel."
     "Consortium doesn't send anyone to the Dark Arena," I shrugged. "At least, not
that I've heard.  He seems to believe that there are no bad fighters, only
incompetent managers."
     Arcane's jaw moved around a little; I think he was grinding his teeth. "Just get
me that information!" he snapped.  "I need facts, not speculation."
     I tucked the fork full of food into my mouth.  "I'll get right on it," I mumbled
through the sea bass.
     "Yes.  Yes you will," muttered Arcane.  His eyes flared. "I suggest you go start
     The Kid raised his hand and made another gesture.  I managed to swallow and get
to my glass before another squad of waiters and waitresses made it to the table.
They emptied the table in the time it took me to empty my glass.  I handed it to a
nervous looking young man while a pair of nubile girls cleaned and wiped down the
     I watched them scurry away.  It was an impressive performance.
     "You're still here?" Arcane asked.  I shook my head and pried myself up out of
that wonderful chair.  It was tough on an overfull stomach, but I managed to scurry a
little anyway.  I took the stairs this time, though.  And I left through the back.
     I had most of the rest of the afternoon at my disposal.  Plenty of time to drop
by the Consortium's stable and make a few discreet inquiries. But first, I decided to
drop in on the wife a little early today.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in SHADOWSPIRE a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets 
poor.  So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  MONSTER MANUAL stable has 
parlayed this turn's 4-1-0 into a 8 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up 
to 10th place.  Good work, guys!  The FURRY FURY guild has had a 4-0-0 turn and 
deserves to be watched in the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can 
lead.  And let's see, BLUE NOVA fought AGORIX and gained 21 points and contributed to 
SEARCH THE SKY's 3-2-0.  AGORIX has lost to BLUE NOVA, falling 16 points, while 
helping make WARMASTERS a 3-2-0 turn.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have 
failed, and SYE THE BEARDED remains SHADOWSPIRE's top warrior for another turn.  Tell 
me, is nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Dripping 
Blade uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the WARMASTERS 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on SHADOWSPIRE, what are you afraid 
of?  And avoiding WARMASTERS more than any other team we find CULT OF BACCHUS.  
SHADOWSPIRE, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports 
fans, take notice that ONION RINGS from FOOD was SHADOWSPIRE's most challenged 
warrior this turn.  In a fit of brilliance or of stupidity (hard to say sometimes), 
LYCANTHROPIC LYNX challenged ONION RINGS today, facing a 30 difference in 
recognition.  But when the dust settled, LYCANTHROPIC LYNX had lost to  ONION RINGS, 
and DOC LEGRAND'S LAB left LYCANTHROPIC LYNX doing chores when they went to the 
tavern.  Better luck next time.  Building dreams on hope, MR. WINT challenged up 27 
points this turn to take on VLAD TEPES from DARQUE AGES stable.  Even though MR. WINT 
lost the fight, he at least came away with a gain of 6 points for challenging on of 
DARQUE AGES.  IRWEHN of CLAN LONGBEARD had better have a good reason for challenging 
down 11 points in a challenge which he won.  I thought IRWEHN showed great skill and 
promise when he subdued GREMLIN STEW.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  You gotta do what you gotta do.  
SEARCH THE SKY has sent GRAVITY VORTEX to the Dark Arena.  The deed is done.  Lift 
the ale, and toast the memory.  THE WILLBURYS II has lost RENTON to the arena in the 
sky, but they don't seem to be worried.  What do you expect from 20-19-1?  We'd like 
to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you 
are; and it's considered rude.   
     I like this place, SHADOWSPIRE, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in SHADOWSPIRE and 
I've a long road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in SHADOWSPIRE 
again, farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRWEHN 1785                  23  15  0   147       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SORRY 1891                   15  11  0   118       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 NYDERAWYN 1046               19  20  0   115       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 REDDIG 1838                  21   9  0   114       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            34  11  0   113       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 HARE BINGER 1790             16  13  1   105       FURRY FURY (25)
 JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746         19  23  2   104       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 FAILED DOG TRICK 1798        14  13  0   104       FURRY FURY (25)
 PURPLE WORM 1775             19  21  1   103       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 WORD THIEF 1849              15  10  0   103       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 IRONHEAD 1722                24  20  0   101       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 BLUE NOVA 1898               11   8  0    97       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 ONION RINGS 1684             18  27  0    93       FOOD (130)
 GLABRIO 1800                 16  18  2    93       WARMASTERS (15)
 QUINN 1634                   12  11  1    93       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 MARTILN 1742                 24  17  0    91       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TURDUCKEN 1784               19  19  1    90       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 DROW 1774                    23  17  0    89       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 ZADIE SMITH 1701             21  25  0    88       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 INGRAT 1805                  18  16  0    88       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 LADY GODIVA 1782             22  16  0    86       DARQUE AGES (29)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            18  29  2    86       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 FEOHR 1737                   20  23  1    84       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 THE CRISCO KID 1912          10   7  0    84       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-TROLL HAND 1825              16  13  1    83       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783       18  20  1    82       DARQUE AGES (29)
-KALAM 1888                   12  10  1    80       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
-REAVER 1879                  11  10  0    79       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            13  32  0    78       FOOD (130)
-TRUTTS 1889                  14  12  1    77       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 THE DRONE 1862               13  12  1    76       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886              12   8  0    76       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 JOURNEYMAN 1967               6   2  0    75       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 AGORIX 1842                  17  12  2    74       WARMASTERS (15)
 HOMONCULOUS 1851             13  13  0    72       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 KAMAL KHAN 1883              12   5  1    72       BOND-AGE (133)
 LIGDISH BANG 983             13  31  0    70       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAMIRUS 1935                 11   2  0    66       WARMASTERS (15)
 REGAL 1904                   10   8  0    66       FARSEERS (137)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876             9  13  0    66       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 SACRED SABLE 335              9   7  0    66       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 STORM GIANT 1819             15  17  0    62       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 CABICHON 1914                10   7  0    60       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CAT N TONIC 1870              7   8  1    58       FURRY FURY (25)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             13  18  0    57       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 CAEDMON 1873                 13  10  0    57       DARQUE AGES (29)
 WHITE PROPHET 1946            9   3  1    57       FARSEERS (137)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LYCANTHROPIC LYNX 52         12   7  1    56       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894              9  11  2    56       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 XIOMBURG 1964                 6   2  0    56       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
-SKULLCLEAVER 1877            11  10  0    55       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 QUARTON 827                  13  14  0    53       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ORTING 1815                  11  19  0    52       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923         10   6  0    52       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 SENSUAL SHREW 49             12   7  0    51       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 STARRY VOID 1958              6   3  0    50       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 GAMBLE 1635                  12  11  0    47       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
-PICKER 1890                  10  15  1    46       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
-LONGFANGS 1881               10  10  1    46       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 EREKOSE 1965                  7   1  0    44       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             5  23  1    43       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 SAFFORD 1564                  5   4  0    43       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975            7  10  0    41       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ADISSA 1949                   6   4  0    40       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            5  12  0    36       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920        6   4  0    34       FURRY FURY (25)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VLAD TEPES 1979               5   0  1    32       DARQUE AGES (29)
 PHYNN 1971                    3   4  0    32       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-WARG RIDER 1926               8   6  0    30       SAVAGE HORDE (134)
 MAY DAY 1947                  5   3  0    29       BOND-AGE (133)
 GRIMSTONES 1937               5   7  0    26       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 BAWNDY 1963                   5   4  0    26       FARSEERS (137)
 NOSY 1952                     5   5  0    26       FARSEERS (137)
 SANTA CLAUS 1966              4   4  0    26       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 HAULIN' OATS 1957             5   4  0    25       OTTO'S DINER (96)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TARR 1938                     4   7  2    21       BRIDGE BURNERS (135)
 MOLE 1993                     1   0  0    21       ROGUES DEN (140)
 TACOMA 1869                   1   5  0    19       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 LADY ORIEL 1984               3   0  0    18       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 WIND RAIN 1997                2   0  0    17       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 SARGON 1991                   1   0  0    13       ROGUES DEN (140)
 TREMERUS 1974                 3   3  0    12       WARMASTERS (15)
 HUGO DRAX 1948                2   6  0    12       BOND-AGE (133)
 WHIPLASH 1992                 1   0  0    12       ROGUES DEN (140)
 SEPTIMIUS 2001                1   0  0    10       WARMASTERS (15)
 SCALPERE FATI 2002            1   0  0    10       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 VERDE 1983                    2   2  1     9       FARSEERS (137)
 BEORDIN 1980                  2   1  0     9       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 JEX 1628                      1   4  0     7       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 MR. WINT 1977                 0   4  0     6       BOND-AGE (133)
 MAIMONIDES 1987               1   2  0     5       DARQUE AGES (29)
 STOLIDI PETRA 1995            0   2  0     2       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 WORRIED WILDEBEEST 1989       0   1  0     1       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 MISTRESS MINK 1988            0   1  0     1       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 JAWS 2000                     0   1  0     1       BOND-AGE (133)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GARBAGE TRUCK 1994            0   1  0     1       ROGUES DEN (140)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
THE BLACK PRINCE 1841  15 11 0 DARQUE AGES 29       JOSEPH MITCHELL 1746  161   
LIZARD KING 1999        0  1 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  BLACK ORC             164  NONE
VIXEN 1951              3  3 1 FARSEERS 137         TARR 1938             160  NOT REVENGED
TALL FALL 1534          4  6 0 PHILANTHROPISTS 85   HENRY MILLER 1846     162  REVENGED
DOMFE 1990              0  1 0 ROGUES DEN 140       STONE GOLEM           164  NONE
GRAVITY VORTEX 1895     5 14 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   DARK CHAMPION         164  NONE
BLAH 2003               0  1 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 0 128 BANDIT PRINCE         164  NONE
RENTON 1623            20 19 1 THE WILLBURYS II 127 KHALHUMS DWARF        164  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Recently I have been skipped over by the mail-fairy so I am running my team
based on second-hand information when doing challenges.  I do hope that this will be
worked out soon. -- The Catalyst, mgr. Farseers

Skullcleaver -- Wow.  Easier than I expected.  If you had held out a little longer,
you might have had to change your name to "Skull-Dente." -- Blue Nova

Eye of the Deep -- Hhhmmmmm.  A little closer there than it should have been, don't
you think? -- Gravity Vortex

Tremerus -- Nothing personal.  I just like challenging enemies who don't bother
hitting back.  Thank you for that.  Sincerely. -- Starry Void

Lady Oriel -- Are you a lady, or are you just a statue of a lady?  Do you even have a
pulse?? -- Stolidi Petra

Hum.... I guess my guys need a little more managing... I have been lazy with the
spotlights too! -- LP

     There's a lot of that going around.

Santa Claus is not as jolly as expected, but well done, Xiomburg. -- LP

It's awfully late, but welcome back to the returning teams!  We are still a nice
number... just lacking a real villain.  Kellumbo, where are you? -- LP

Spymasters -- Are you on Vanek's payroll? -- DeGotti

     There's a payroll?  How did I miss it? -- Larkin

Mr Wint -- I would have to say, experience was on my side there! -- Grimstones

Safford -- That teaches me not to make blind challenges anymore! -- Adissa

Sye -- Impressive column last turn!  The wit and one liners had us in stitches! --

Otto -- Just because you had to write 8 DM columns doesn't excuse you not to write
PAs! -- DeGotti

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GRAVITY VORTEX was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
LIZARD KING was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
DOMFE was savagely slain by STONE GOLEM in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Dark Arena duel.
BLAH was savagely slain by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
NYDERAWYN devastated TURDUCKEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
IRWEHN defeated GREMLIN STEW in a 5 minute veteran's Challenge Title struggle.
WORD THIEF overcame LADY GODIVA in a action packed 5 minute expert's Challenge fight.
REGAL was vanquished by INGRAT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
BLUE NOVA overpowered AGORIX in a 2 minute uneven Challenge duel.
IRONHEAD defeated QUINN in a action packed 6 minute gory veteran's Challenge fight.
THE DRONE was overpowered by PURPLE WORM in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
SENSUAL SHREW was handily defeated by TOSSED SALAD in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
SYFTAR TRAFF was subdued by MARTILN in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge brawl.
LYCANTHROPIC LYNX was handily defeated by ONION RINGS in a 1 minute conflict.
JOURNEYMAN won victory over LIGDISH BANG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
RAMIRUS unbelievably bested WHITE PROPHET in a exciting 4 minute Challenge fray.
SAFFORD was devastated by SACRED SABLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
ADISSA savagely defeated BAWNDY in a exciting 5 minute brutal Challenge match.
STARRY VOID overpowered ORTING in a unpopular 11 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
STOLIDI PETRA was savagely defeated by HAULIN' OATS in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
BEORDIN was savagely defeated by SANTA CLAUS in a 2 minute gruesome Challenge fray.
JEX was handily defeated by GRIMSTONES in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
LADY ORIEL luckily beat HUGO DRAX in a 2 minute gory Challenge fight.
MR. WINT was viciously subdued by VLAD TEPES in a 3 minute novice's Challenge match.
SYE THE BEARDED overpowered ZADIE SMITH in a action packed 1 minute one-sided bout.
JULIAN OF NORWICH was vanquished by FAILED DOG TRICK in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
JOSEPH MITCHELL handily defeated FEOHR in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
RYAK RAZORSAW was vanquished by HARE BINGER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
REDDIG defeated THE CRISCO KID in a action packed 1 minute duel.
RENTON was slain by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute gory veteran's match.
GLABRIO overpowered HOMONCULOUS in a 1 minute gory one-sided bout.
DROW handily defeated CAEDMON in a 1 minute mismatched match.
STORM GIANT outwaited HENRY MILLER in a exciting 7 minute master's fight.
BAD BORSCHT was demolished by AL ZHEIMER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
KAMAL KHAN handily defeated QUARTON in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
GAMBLE subdued NOSY in a 2 minute brutal conflict.
CAT N TONIC vanquished EDNA MILLAY in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
CABICHON overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
EYE OF THE DEEP overcame AELA FIREBLADE in a 3 minute duel.
THE SEAMSTRESS was overpowered by XIOMBURG in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
EREKOSE won victory over PHYNN in a 2 minute struggle.
ROADKILL SURPRISE savagely defeated TREMERUS in a action packed 3 minute conflict.
MAY DAY overpowered MAIMONIDES in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided brawl.
TACOMA handily defeated OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
VERDE beat MISTRESS MINK in a 2 minute novice's fight.
WIND RAIN savagely defeated JAWS in a 1 minute gory novice's duel.
MOLE handily defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
GARBAGE TRUCK was vanquished by SEPTIMIUS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WHIPLASH handily defeated PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a monotonous 4 minute one-sided bout.
SARGON overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
WORRIED WILDEBEEST was devastated by SCALPERE FATI in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 15         STRIKING ATTACK  100 -  66 -  2      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         LUNGING ATTACK    56 -  47 -  4      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  13         AIMED BLOW        40 -  35 -  0      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         WALL OF STEEL     44 -  40 -  2      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         PARRY-STRIKE      42 -  42 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  41 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         TOTAL PARRY       48 -  56 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         BASHING ATTACK    44 -  64 -  3      41  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    5         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  18 -  1      36  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  33 -  0      34  |

Turn 164 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   11 -  4     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  7         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     5 -  8         2  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         4 -  3     TOTAL PARRY        4 - 10         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  3         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     IRWEHN 1785                23  15  0  147 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
SLASHING ATTACK  REDDIG 1838                21   9  0  114 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
TOTAL PARRY      GREMLIN STEW 1710          34  11  0  113 OTTO'S DINER (96)
WALL OF STEEL    HARE BINGER 1790           16  13  1  105 FURRY FURY (25)
STRIKING ATTACK  FAILED DOG TRICK 1798      14  13  0  104 FURRY FURY (25)
AIMED BLOW       WORD THIEF 1849            15  10  0  103 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
LUNGING ATTACK   QUINN 1634                 12  11  1   93 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
PARRY-LUNGE      INGRAT 1805                18  16  0   88 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
BASHING ATTACK   THE DRONE 1862             13  12  1   76 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CAEDMON 1873               13  10  0   57 DARQUE AGES (29)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TOSSED SALAD 1686.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was WORD THIEF 1849.  The ten other most popular fighters were IRWEHN 1785, 

The least popular fighter this week was ORTING 1815.  The other ten least popular 
1989, GARBAGE TRUCK 1994, JAWS 2000, MISTRESS MINK 1988, EDNA MILLAY 1834, NOSY 1952, 
and QUARTON 827.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


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