DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/26/2013    Duedate: 07/09/2013

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-169

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

FAILED DOG TRICK
FURRY FURY (25)
(81-1798) [18-14-0,132]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

FAILED DOG TRICK               WHIPLASH
FURRY FURY (25)                ROGUES DEN (140)
(81-1798) [18-14-0,132]        (81-1992) [4-1-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TOSSED SALAD                   ADISSA
FOOD (130)                     CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
(81-1686) [16-34-0,92]         (81-1949) [9-6-0,47]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)       49
2. DARQUE AGES (29)            38      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. LA PENTARCHIE (11)          35      Unchartered Team
4. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       31
5. CLAN LONGBEARD (39)         30      ROGUES DEN (140)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*ROGUES DEN (140)          16   9  1 64.0   1/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    10  5 1
 2/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       481 354 19 57.6   2/ 2 FURRY FURY (25)          10  5 0
 3/ 2 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  77  58  2 57.0   3/ 8 DARQUE AGES (29)         10  5 0
 4/ 4 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      251 198  9 55.9   4/ 7 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       9  5 1
 5/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    450 389 14 53.6   5/ 4 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  9  5 0
 6/ 7 DARQUE AGES (29)         388 340 17 53.3   6/ 1 OTTO'S DINER (96)         9  6 1
 7/ 6 OTTO'S DINER (96)        281 249 10 53.0   7/ 3*ROGUES DEN (140)          9  6 0
 8/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      432 409 16 51.4   8/11 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     8  7 1
 9/ 9 WARMASTERS (15)          424 405 31 51.1   9/ 5 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)     8  7 0
10/10 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     25  25  5 50.0  10/13 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        7  8 1
11/11 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)     58  59  2 49.6  11/ 9 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    7  8 1
12/12 FURRY FURY (25)          267 288 16 48.1  12/10 WARMASTERS (15)           6  8 0
13/13 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    73  85  3 46.2  13/12 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       6  9 0
14-14 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)     121 144  2 45.7  14/20*7TH SANCTUM (141)         4  6 0
15/15 LITERATE LOONS (40)      369 441 16 45.6  15-14 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      3  7 0
16/16 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      246 312  8 44.1  16/16 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      3  7 0
17/17 FOOD (130)                80 104  3 43.5  17/19 THE WILLBURYS II (127)    2  1 0
18/18 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   150 204 10 42.4  18/15 FOOD (130)                2  4 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      46  69  1 40.0  19/17 LITERATE LOONS (40)       2  5 0
20/20*7TH SANCTUM (141)          4   6  0 40.0  20/18 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       2 13 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                   Freelancing

     I have a three-room apartment in the northwestern corner of Shadowspire, three
stories up, about three blocks from the arena, facing the harbor. (What can I say?
Three is my lucky number.)  If I had stayed in my apartment, I would have thrown open
the shutters on both sides of the place. The breeze from the harbor would eddy and
gust throughout the apartment all day.  Despite the sun being up, I might even have
talked the wife into some social recreation.  It would have been a good day.
     Instead, I found myself silhouetted in the first orange arc of sunlight, getting
dressed to go out --- putting aside my usual linen tunic in favor of my 'working
leathers'. Usually I don't walk around armored in leather and steel, but then again I
usually don't walk around the southeastern sections of Shadowspire.  I wasn't happy
about that, but as the old saying goes: "It is what it is."
     Coincidentally, the landlord, more punctual than the sun, is due next week.  My
charming wife often reminds me of his scheduled visits.  I'm not certain if I'm
attempting to earn money for my landlord, or simply trying to avoid my wife's
prompting, but in any case I surprised myself by taking a job I would normally have
passed by, since generally I'm unwilling to risk my life while slowly being roasted
to death. But a job is a job, and this client is a regular.  He pays well and on
time.  These are traits that are currently very important to me.
     My wife was uncharacteristically quiet this morning while she watched me
preparing for my day.  We had had plenty of words yesterday; maybe too many and too
loudly.  I don't like leaving 'domestic issues' unresolved, but on the other hand I
wasn't so sure I understood what those issues are.  So, I ignored her while I geared
up.
     The armor is simple and supple: small steel plates sewn between narrow strips of
tough pigskin going horizontally across my body.  These strips are then woven between
(and sewn) to a knee-length tunic of pigskin strips running vertically.  Oiled and
buffed, it's remarkably handsome and quiet, which is often more important than its
ability to stop sharpened steel from intruding into my body cavities.  Even so, it
offers a fair amount of protection for the weight.
     I slipped a shortsword and a hatchet into their respective sheaths, but I opted
to leave my padded helmet at home.  Instead, I chose a peaked archer's cap with a
long narrow brim, front and back.  It was made of a thin, stiff, breathable fabric
woven out of some sort of bison hair from the Rironi Plains.  Not much good if I got
knocked on the head again, but given the heat... I settled it snugly and promised
myself I'd be more careful this time.
     My wife knelt before me as I tightened my belt buckle.  She began to place my
thick-soled sandals on my feet, and I let her.  The breeze pushed steadily through
the northern windows.  The drapes fluttered and her skin puckered into finely
textured goose bumps.  As I watched her create the simple knots I resisted a sudden
urge to scoop her up and bury my face into her neck.  She finished her task and
looked up at me with an air of uncertainty, but before she could say anything I
thanked her brusquely and left.
     When I passed the looking glass that hung on the wall I saw a wide, sullen,
unshaved face on a middle-aged man, half-shadowed by the brim of his cap, with his
longish salt-and-pepper hair curled up slightly at the nape of his neck and tucked
back behind his small, tapered ears.  As I unlatched the door and lifted the bar, I
wondered if that grumpy buffoon would manage to return home in one piece before
sunset.  I sincerely hoped so.
     I paused for a few moments on the landing.  I started down the stairs once I
heard my wife drop the bar back into its place across the door.
     About four hours later I began wending my way towards The Leering Orc stable.
The air was warm and slightly uncomfortable.  By now I had met with a half dozen
acquaintances and paid out over 25 gold denarii.  Some of the information was
overpriced, but in the interests of expediting my investigation I figured I'd just
pass the costs on to my employer.  He can afford it.  Besides, walking around on the
cobblestone streets of Shadowspire was going to be a tortuous affair by noon, and
noon was only a couple of hours away.
     Fortunately for me, Otto's Diner was probably going to be my last stop for the
day.  Otto's is a privately owned establishment run by one of the many eccentric
arena managers.  It's a popular gathering spot for gladiators and managers, but not
all who come here are directly involved in the fight game. The menu is spare and more
of an offer than a pat statement.  The rumor is that almost anything can be had at
Otto's --- for the right coin.  Not surprisingly, the place is a hotbed for intrigue.
     A dedicated squadron of flying bugs escorted me from the nearby stable to the
diner.  I guess insects have no sense of smell.  A swirling kaleidoscope of fellow
insects met us at the doorway; some had nasty-looking stingers.  However, the moment
I yanked on the door a strange surge of air shoved the bugs up and away from me.  I 
entered quickly, unmolested and bug-free.
     I took a few seconds to let my eyes adjust to the dim, cool interior.  The bar
was where it always is since the last renovation, against the far wall from the door.
The giant mirror filling most of the wall behind the bar reflected a variety of eyes
coolly looking me over, but no one at the bar or in the booths bothered to wave to
me.
     Once I had my bearings I headed for the far wall.  I counted off three aisles
from the wall and slid onto a bench in the third booth from the end.  There was
nobody else in the booth.  I loosened my shortsword in its sheath and reconnoitered
my environment.  It was the usual sort of crowd.
     Three managers were drinking together two booths ahead.  A tall pitcher, half-
wet with condensation beading down its curves, stood in the middle of their table,
accompanied by three carved wooden cups. Despite the hour I figured they weren't
drinking ice water.  I recognized Nomad and Stik.  The third was new to me.  Nomad
was pounding the table and demanding that managers unite to put pressure on the
Gladiatorial Commission for better tourney prizes and recruits.  The other two
muttered agreement and nodded like wobbly-head puppets.  That pitcher probably wasn't
their first.
     Some guy with a fancy doublet (the manager for Le Pentarchie, I believe) was
making googly eyes with a striking brunette at a corner booth to my right.  I'd seen
her a few months ago at a more refined dining establishment - The Acropolis.  At that
time she was laughing and squirming in Hawk's lap.  That joke got old, I suppose.
     Jugger and Hombre were hunched over a couple of napkins at the bar, writing down
numbers and arguing softly about skills and break points.  Despite that, their
reflections told me that they were very interested in the brunette, too.  They each
had a small, leather-bound notebook laid out in on the bar.  Not what I was looking
for, but close.
     A few gladiators were scattered around, each accompanied by a nondescript
citizen or two and generally minding their own business.   We exchanged brief glances
as I settled myself.  I took my cap off and felt the heat and sweat rise up off my
damp scalp.
     A lanky waitress strolled toward me in a loose-jointed, tired, yet purposeful
stride.  Her hair was blonde and thick and fell to her shoulders.  Its blondeness
might have been genuine, once, but now it was just like her smile.  She had tucked a
pair of small wooden combs into her hair on each side of her head to keep it away
from her sharp eyes and pinched face.  She wore scruffy leather armor offering too
much cleavage.  The armor, like her, had seen better days.  The sleeves and
everything below her sternum had been cut away. The tattoo that ran across her
scarred abdomen was disfigured. The name "Bobbi" was stenciled over her right breast.
Her fingernails were dyed a deep blue to match her eye shadow, reminding me of a
lurid story involving a water demon.  A desperate one, I decided.
     "What'll you have, Darlin'?"
     I actually turned and looked over at the menu board tacked carefully against the
wall next to the door.  It was a new one.  I noted that Otto had finally gotten
around to adding a disclaimer regarding food-borne illnesses, but I didn't see
anything about breakfast or anything to drink.  I was feeling a little hungry, but
decided I didn't need anything heavy.
     "You guys quit serving breakfast?"
     "Naw," Bobbi replied.  "It's just that we ran out of room on the menu.  We're
probably always goin' to have that, Darlin'." She blinked a couple of times, which I
suppose was her way of fluttering her eyelashes, then offered me another
disinterested smile, which I returned.
     "Great.  I'd like two scrambled eggs, some fried potatoes, and a slice of toast,
please.  And how about a glass of iced tea with lemon?"
     "Sure thing, Sweetie."  Bobbi ambled off toward the kitchen. She began yelling
through the serving window while she was still a few paces away. "Hey Francis!  I
need Adam and Eve on a raft, wreck'em.  Add Murphy with a sunburn, and a spot with a
twist and some gravel!"
     A muttered growl echoed loudly from somewhere within the kitchen.  It didn't
sound exactly human.  I attempted to distract myself from wondering who or what was
preparing my food by discretely studying the other patrons.  I ignored the occasional
peeps and peeks in my direction.
     Bobbi didn't take too long; she brought the iced tea first.  It was a large
glass and it was surprisingly good, or maybe I was just really thirsty. I didn't get
much of a chance to enjoy it, though.  That's when my client and his bodyguard showed
up.

+ + + + + + + + +  to be continued  + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

                                      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 OTTO'S DINER was 
unseated this week as DRAGONBANE GUILD moved up from 6th ranking to take the top spot 
with a 3-2-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at OTTO'S DINER's 
guildhouse after a 1-4-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 6th.  Dark 
Arena anyone?  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness 
how this week 7TH SANCTUM went 3-2-0 to move up 6 in the rankings.  My praise to DOC 
LEGRAND'S LAB for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought 
round deserving of notice!  XIOMBURG caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as it skillfully bested DROW and was awarded 25 points in recognition.  In 
one of the week's more notable duels, JULIAN OF NORWICH put down CAT N TONIC, causing 
him to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  As is fitting, the most sought 
after warrior on the challenge boards this week was none other than Duelmaster FAILED 
DOG TRICK himself.  This time out GLABRIO made his bid for the throne as he 
challenged FAILED DOG TRICK in an all out contest of skill for possession of the 
title!  Although GLABRIO made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the 
reign of victorious FAILED DOG TRICK.  Informants "close" to the city champion have 
told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In SHADOWSPIRE "art" is a word that 
has long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to 
beat in SHADOWSPIRE these days is MONSTER MANUAL.  At least, most blades in town are 
looking to avoid them.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard 
pressed to find any of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB last week.  Busy avoiding MONSTER MANUAL?  
As a gladiator gets older, the icy grip of fear lays hold of its heart.  True, 
GAMBLE?  Who could miss your "brave" challenge of STORM GIANT?  An upset indeed!  
GAMBLE found itself outmatched as it was beat by STORM GIANT.  There is no place left 
further down for GAMBLE but the burial mound!  Give LYCANTHROPIC LYNX credit for hers 
courage.  Did you note how she challenged RYAK RAZORSAW despite the 26 point 
difference in their rankings?  I must admit to some joy.  Before my very eyes the 
underdog in this contest, LYCANTHROPIC LYNX, defeated RYAK RAZORSAW to claim victory 
and recognition.  I can not but mention with disdain the name of BRAIN EATER who this 
week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 9 points below in the rankings.  I 
thought BRAIN EATER showed great skill and promise when he was overcame by PHYNN.  
All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  My sources at SEARCH THE SKY stable claim they've 
never seen the guild bitterer.  This as a result of the untimely demise of SCALPERE 
FATI.  Beware SANTA CLAUS!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable 
with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAILED DOG TRICK 1798        18  14  0   132       FURRY FURY (25)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IRONHEAD 1722                28  21  0   124       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 GREMLIN STEW 1710            36  14  0   122       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 HARE BINGER 1790             19  15  1   113       FURRY FURY (25)
 CABICHON 1914                14   8  0   113       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783       22  21  1   109       DARQUE AGES (29)
 LYCANTHROPIC LYNX 52         16   8  1   105       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 THE CRISCO KID 1912          14   8  0   101       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876            13  14  0    97       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 BLUE NOVA 1898               13  10  0    96       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            20  32  2    94       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            16  34  0    92       FOOD (130)
 LADY GODIVA 1782             24  19  0    91       DARQUE AGES (29)
 DROW 1774                    23  22  0    91       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NYDERAWYN 1046               20  22  0    90       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 ONION RINGS 1684             19  31  0    88       FOOD (130)
 CAEDMON 1873                 16  12  0    87       DARQUE AGES (29)
 GLABRIO 1800                 18  21  2    86       WARMASTERS (15)
 THE DRONE 1862               15  15  1    86       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CAT N TONIC 1870             10  10  2    86       FURRY FURY (25)
 STORM GIANT 1819             18  19  0    85       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886              14  11  0    85       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 XIOMBURG 1964                 9   4  0    83       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 HOMONCULOUS 1851             15  16  0    80       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 GAMBLE 1635                  15  13  0    76       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
-LIGDISH BANG 983             13  34  0    76       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 INGRAT 1805                  18  21  0    75       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920       10   5  0    75       FURRY FURY (25)
 AGORIX 1842                  19  15  2    74       WARMASTERS (15)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894             12  13  2    73       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 RAMIRUS 1935                 14   4  0    69       WARMASTERS (15)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SENSUAL SHREW 49             15   9  0    66       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 GRIMSTONES 1937               8   9  0    66       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             14  22  0    64       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 ORTING 1815                  14  21  0    63       THE WILLBURYS II (127)
 EREKOSE 1965                 10   3  0    63       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 HAULIN' OATS 1957             8   6  1    63       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 QUARTON 827                  15  17  0    62       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923         12   9  0    53       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 SACRED SABLE 335             10  11  0    51       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             7  26  1    51       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-SAFFORD 1564                  7   5  0    49       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 ADISSA 1949                   9   6  0    47       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 BEORDIN 1980                  5   3  0    47       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 VLAD TEPES 1979               8   2  1    43       DARQUE AGES (29)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975            9  13  0    40       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORSHOK 1159                  6   4  3    39       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 LADY ORIEL 1984               7   1  0    38       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 PHYNN 1971                    5   7  0    37       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 DIABOLOS 1156                 6   4  0    34       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            6  16  0    34       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SANTA CLAUS 1966              6   7  1    33       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 FURIO 5 1998                  4   1  1    33       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 MISTRESS MINK 1988            4   2  1    33       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 MAIMONIDES 1987               4   4  0    33       DARQUE AGES (29)
-JEX 1628                      3   5  0    31       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-TREMERUS 1974                 6   4  0    30       WARMASTERS (15)
 MYNOCK MAELSTROM 2006         3   2  1    30       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ROBO 1158                     5   5  2    26       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 STARRY VOID 1958              6   7  0    25       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 BRINDLE BADGER 2004           4   1  0    25       FURRY FURY (25)
 WHIPLASH 1992                 4   1  0    24       ROGUES DEN (140)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAIN EATER 1161              6   3  0    23       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 NIGHTLEAF 2008                3   1  0    23       ROGUES DEN (140)
 MOLE 1993                     3   2  0    21       ROGUES DEN (140)
 OSIRUS 2016                   2   1  0    19       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 VRATH 2026                    2   0  0    19       ROGUES DEN (140)
 TOLIVER 2027                  2   0  0    14       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BERSERKER MU 2025             1   1  0    14       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 MYSTIC MEERKAT 2020           2   0  0    11       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 HOWLER ARIES 2023             1   1  0    11       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 THIEF SIX 2024                1   1  0    11       7TH SANCTUM (141)
-WIND RAIN 1997                2   3  0     9       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 GARBAGE TRUCK 1994            2   3  0     9       ROGUES DEN (140)
 CASSIOPEIA 2005               2   2  0     9       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 MONOCEROS 2034                1   0  0     8       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 BOKRUG 1222                   1   4  0     7       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 MCGREGOR 2013                 1   2  1     6       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 KING MAGMATAP 2021            1   1  0     4       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 PSEUDO DRAGON 2014            0   3  0     3       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 QAHRIE 2017                   0   3  0     3       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 ULRICH 2028                   0   2  0     2       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 NEGAGHOUL 2022                0   2  0     2       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 DRIZKILL 2012                 0   2  0     2       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 VERRES 2033                   0   1  0     1       WARMASTERS (15)
 CLOUD JUMPER 2031             0   1  0     1       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
WORRIED WILDEBEE 1989   2  2 0 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB 6  MYNOCK MAELSTROM 2006 167   
HOTHEAD 2030            0  1 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  WURM KIN              169  NONE
JOURNEYMAN 1967         6  4 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  CAT N TONIC 1870      166  REVENGED
ST. HUGH 2007           0  3 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  GORSHOK 1159          168   
SAMMY NELLA 2029        0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      BANDIT PRINCE         169  NONE
SARGON 1991             2  1 1 ROGUES DEN 140       MCGREGOR 2013         167  REVENGED
SCALPERE FATI 2002      3  2 1 SEARCH THE SKY 136   SANTA CLAUS 1966      169   
BLAH 2032               0  1 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 0 128 WURM KIN              169  NONE
TACOMA 1869             1  7 0 THE WILLBURYS II 127 MISTRESS MINK 1988    166   
SEPTIMIUS 2001          2  3 0 WARMASTERS 15        FURIO 5 1998          168   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

     I'm sitting here at the writing golem sweating, and every time the sweat falls
     on the golem, it sizzles and sparks.  Plus, the sky is sizzling and sparking
     while it thinks about having a storm.  Not my favorite day for doing a spy
     report, and since y'all aren't clamoring loudly for one, I'm going to sneak out
     and find me a cool breeze and a long drink.  Some other day, okay? -- Larkin the
     over-heated
     P.S.  Keep up the good work here, personals and spotlights, ole!

Thanks for the Menu, Otto!  Splendid place, I will recommand it to the gladiatorial
world! -- LP, who needs some nice dinners after all these defeats...

Ramirus -- I have petitioned Doc LeGrand to allow me to challenge you to avenge my
loss on turn 168, but he went into the no-eye contact muttering mode and rambled
about fight equivalent differential as a function of skill learning.  I told him I
learned 3 skills to your one, but there is no reasoning with that man once he has
focused on some ancient "data theorem."  Maybe next turn. -- the Shrew

Ryak -- I do not understand anyone who goes into a fight without a weapon.  I tried
it last turn and you almost killed me.  Back to regular weapons for me. -- the Lynx

Grimstone -- Doc LeGrand rented Kung Fu Panda as a way to keep his grandkids
distracted while he resequenced some ferret DNA to include sea otter size genes.
There I saw Master Shifu and Po spar at length with quaterstaves.  I was stunned when
our match had none of the rhythmic clack clack of Kung Fu Panda, only the sickening
sound of your staff striking my flesh. -- the Sable

Pseudo -- Doc LeGrand was fascinated by you, as he has had poor results generating
viable warrior clones based on any specimen of Dragon.  Of course that means we will
be seeing even less of him, as he reviews stacks upon stacks of old failed
experiments.  I am happier to be based on a stable gene sequence. -- The Mink

Qahrie -- Mine was longer than yours, and that made all the difference. -- the
Meerkat

7th Sanctum -- Welcome to Shadowspire!  Enjoy your victory over Drizzkill, he will be
a good one later on! -- DeGotti

Vanek -- Septimius couldn't finish the job!  He hesitated, allowed Furio to engage
him and paid the ultimate price!  Which of your PSs will I get to face first? --
DeGotti

Mole, Mole, Guacamole! -- Of course I know what Furio is saying about me.  He is
constantly yelling it, while I train!  No need to go down to the Skulduggery, that
place is a dump anyway! -- Beordin

Garbage Truck -- Pretty sure that's what I did! -- Furio 5

Psst!  I hear the 'ground meat' at Otto's comes form the Dark Arena! -- The Mole

Ulrich -- You fight good.  I better today. -- Whiplash

Bokrug -- Tet's go for a ride! -- Garbage Truck

Thief six -- My thanks, as always. -- Nightleaf

Berserker -- Hmmm... -- Urath

Lady Oriel -- You are one tough broad. -- Phynn

Robo -- Yeah, I hate ya! -- Osiris

Mystic Meerkat -- Ohhh so close. -- Qahrie

Whiplash -- In time you will be the one begging for mercy. -- Ulrich

Howler Aries -- Why are you breathing so hard? <grin> -- Toliver

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SAMMY NELLA was viciously butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
HOTHEAD was murdered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
BLAH was assassinated by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
AGORIX slimly lost to FURIO 5 in a exciting 6 minute bloody one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
GLABRIO was devastated by FAILED DOG TRICK in a 2 minute Challenge Title duel.
IRONHEAD savagely defeated GREMLIN STEW in a slow 36 minute master's Challenge brawl.
CAT N TONIC was vanquished by JULIAN OF NORWICH in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
GAMBLE was defeated by STORM GIANT in a popular 5 minute gory expert's Challenge duel.
SYFTAR TRAFF savagely defeated LADY GODIVA in a 9 minute veteran's Challenge melee.
GRIMSTONES was demolished by AL ZHEIMER in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
LYCANTHROPIC LYNX devastated RYAK RAZORSAW in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
RAMIRUS unbelievably bested HAULIN' OATS in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge bout.
SENSUAL SHREW overpowered EDNA MILLAY in a 2 minute bloody one-sided Challenge duel.
SACRED SABLE was unbelievably bested by ORTING in a 4 minute veteran's Challenge fray.
DIABOLOS was bested by HENRY MILLER in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
VLAD TEPES demolished AELA FIREBLADE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
BRAIN EATER was beaten by PHYNN in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
BRINDLE BADGER was viciously subdued by LADY ORIEL in a 16 minute competition.
MISTRESS MINK luckily beat THE SEAMSTRESS in a exciting 6 minute Challenge duel.
KING MAGMATAP was overpowered by MYNOCK MAELSTROM in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fray.
DRIZKILL was devastated by THIEF SIX in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
SCALPERE FATI was assassinated by SANTA CLAUS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MYSTIC MEERKAT savagely defeated PSEUDO DRAGON in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
CABICHON overpowered HOMONCULOUS in a exciting 1 minute gruesome uneven match.
THE CRISCO KID handily defeated ONION RINGS in a 1 minute uneven bout.
HARE BINGER overpowered CAEDMON in a 2 minute brutal uneven competition.
THE DRONE overpowered CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
INGRAT was handily defeated by TOSSED SALAD in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
DROW was savagely defeated by XIOMBURG in a exciting 4 minute gory one-sided fight.
BAD BORSCHT was handily defeated by BLUE NOVA in a 1 minute mismatched match.
EREKOSE won victory over BEORDIN in a 4 minute fight.
ROADKILL SURPRISE devastated QUARTON in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
EYE OF THE DEEP devastated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute uneven bout.
ADISSA savagely defeated WHIPLASH in a exciting 6 minute veteran vs. amateur match.
GORSHOK overpowered STARRY VOID in a 1 minute uneven bout.
MOLE was beaten by MAIMONIDES in a 1 minute competition.
ROBO demolished NEGAGHOUL in a 1 minute uneven competition.
CASSIOPEIA beat QAHRIE in a 2 minute novice's fight.
NIGHTLEAF vanquished CLOUD JUMPER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
GARBAGE TRUCK was subdued by HOWLER ARIES in a 1 minute beginner's conflict.
MCGREGOR was unbelievably bested by TOLIVER in a 3 minute brutal amateur's fight.
OSIRUS handily defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute mismatched melee.
BOKRUG was demolished by VRATH in a 1 minute one-sided match.
BERSERKER MU demolished ULRICH in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
VERRES was savagely defeated by MONOCEROS in a crowd pleasing 7 minute novice's fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                     12         WALL OF STEEL     42 -  29 -  2      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 11         STRIKING ATTACK   75 -  56 -  2      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         LUNGING ATTACK    64 -  48 -  4      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-STRIKE      35 -  34 -  1      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         SLASHING ATTACK   43 -  43 -  5      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         AIMED BLOW        33 -  35 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     7         TOTAL PARRY       52 -  61 -  0      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         BASHING ATTACK    51 -  62 -  3      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  31 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  27 -  1      31  |

Turn 169 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  FAILED DOG TRICK 1798      18  14  0  132 FURRY FURY (25)
TOTAL PARRY      IRONHEAD 1722              28  21  0  124 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
WALL OF STEEL    HARE BINGER 1790           19  15  1  113 FURRY FURY (25)
LUNGING ATTACK   JULIAN OF NORWICH 1783     22  21  1  109 DARQUE AGES (29)
AIMED BLOW       DROW 1774                  23  22  0   91 MONSTER MANUAL (87)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CAEDMON 1873               16  12  0   87 DARQUE AGES (29)
BASHING ATTACK   AL ZHEIMER 1886            14  11  0   85 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
SLASHING ATTACK  XIOMBURG 1964               9   4  0   83 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
PARRY-STRIKE     AGORIX 1842                19  15  2   74 WARMASTERS (15)
PARRY-LUNGE      SENSUAL SHREW 49           15   9  0   66 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
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 ADISSA 1949.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAULIN' OATS 1957, 
SACRED SABLE 335, MONOCEROS 2034, GAMBLE 1635, SYFTAR TRAFF 1876, XIOMBURG 1964, 
FURIO 5 1998, MISTRESS MINK 1988, AGORIX 1842, and THE SEAMSTRESS 986.

The least popular fighter this week was GREMLIN STEW 1710.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were IRONHEAD 1722, BRINDLE BADGER 2004, LADY ORIEL 1984, LADY 
GODIVA 1782, VERRES 2033, ULRICH 2028, BOKRUG 1222, CLOUD JUMPER 2031, NEGAGHOUL 
2022, and STARRY VOID 1958.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

FAILED DOG TRICK (81-1798) FURRY FURY (25)
GREMLIN STEW (81-1710) OTTO'S DINER (96)