DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/07/2013    Duedate: 08/20/2013

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-172

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LADY GODIVA
DARQUE AGES (29)
(81-1782) [26-20-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SYFTAR TRAFF                   MR PINK
DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)          MERCENARY INC (94)
(81-1876) [15-15-0,109]        (81-1062) [5-3-1,41]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TOSSED SALAD                   BLUE NOVA
FOOD (130)                     SEARCH THE SKY (136)
(81-1686) [17-36-0,90]         (81-1898) [14-12-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MONSTER MANUAL (87)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)      70
2. OF WOLF AND MAN (57)        40      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)    37      Unchartered Team
4. FURRY FURY (25)             35
5. SOME KINDA HATE (102)       30      ROGUES DEN (140)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       490 360 19 57.6   1/ 5 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      10  5 1
 2/ 1*ROGUES DEN (140)          23  17  2 57.5   2/ 1 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)    10  5 0
 3/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      257 207  9 55.4   3/16 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)      9  1 0
 4/ 4 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  81  66  2 55.1   4/ 6 FURRY FURY (25)           9  6 2
 5/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    458 395 14 53.7   5/ 2 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        9  6 0
 6/ 7 DARQUE AGES (29)         397 346 17 53.4   6/ 3 DARQUE AGES (29)          9  6 0
 7/ 8 OTTO'S DINER (96)        288 257 10 52.8   7/ 4 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     8  6 0
 8/ 0 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)    52  47  6 52.5   8/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       8  7 1
 9/ 5*MERCENARY INC (94)        21  19  1 52.5   9/15 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    8  7 0
10/ 9 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     343 320 13 51.7  10/ 7*ROGUES DEN (140)          7  8 1
11/12 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     31  29  5 51.7  11/10 OTTO'S DINER (96)         7  8 0
12/11 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)     68  64  2 51.5  12/17*MERCENARY INC (94)        6  4 0
13/10 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      440 416 17 51.4  13/14 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     6  4 0
14/13 WARMASTERS (15)          428 416 31 50.7  14/13*THE GOLDEN VOID (142)     6  9 1
15/15 FURRY FURY (25)          276 294 18 48.4  15/ 9 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       6  9 0
16/17 LITERATE LOONS (40)      372 444 16 45.6  16/11 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      6  9 0
17/18 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      256 317  9 44.7  17-19*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)  4  6 1
18/20 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   158 211 10 42.8  18/20 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)  4  8 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19 FOOD (130)                81 109  3 42.6  19/21 WARMASTERS (15)           4 11 0
20/21 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      52  78  1 40.0  20/12*7TH SANCTUM (141)         4 11 0
21/14*THE GOLDEN VOID (142)      6   9  1 40.0  21/ 0 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)    3  2 0
22/ 0*ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)     2   3  1 40.0  22/18 LITERATE LOONS (40)       3  3 0
23-23*ON THE SHOULDERS O (138)  11  17  1 39.3  23/ 0*ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)    2  3 1
24/22*7TH SANCTUM (141)          8  17  0 32.0  24/22 FOOD (130)                1  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                               Freelancing (part III)

     The Kid's eyes smoldered as he bent forward across the table.  "Just tell me
where I can find my merchandise," he purred.
     "You're gonna want to hear this story," I assured him.  "It's not too long."  I
gave up on Bobbi and my salsa and started shoveling eggs and potato into my mouth
again.  It was very tasty.
     Havoc's blush had faded; his customary scowl was back.  He leaned forward and
placed both meaty forearms on the table.  His big hands, heavily calloused, curled
together gently.  He gave off a menacing aura.
     "I'm waiting," Arcane said.  I nodded and threw the last two bites of toast and
eggs into the grinder.
     The paper napkins Otto gives out aren't much to talk about.  There's always a
black and white sketch of one of his current gladiators plastered across the front
(he has the nerve to call them 'collectible'!) but they're made of thin, tissue-cheap
paper.  This one had a picture of Haulin' Oats holding a pose with his weapon held
high.  Given H.O.'s record, I was a little surprised.  In any case, the napkin
disintegrated into sticky shreds as I used it to wipe my face and rub my hands
reasonably clean.
     "I'm still waiting," Arcane reminded me, his voice thin and brittle.  I rolled
my eyes and gave a deep sigh.
     "You've heard of Master Darque," I began.
     "So he's involved?" he asked.  The Kid nodded and traded a quick, hard look with
Havoc.
     "I never trusted that smelly little--"
     "I didn't say Darque was involved in this matter," I interrupted.  "However, he
might be--connected--to another demon, of a similar type, possibly a relative.  This
imp runs The Haughty Harlot pawnshop over in the southeastern section of the city.
Have you heard of it?"
     "There ain't much business in that part of the city," Havoc rumbled.
     I nodded.  "Mostly a slum.  But as for 'business'?" I shrugged. "There's always
a market for an energetic entrepreneur, especially if there are no--moral qualms--
with which to contend."
     Arcane sniffed in disgust.  "That area of Shadowspire is basically a maze of
shacks and apartments built up against the city wall."
     "A place drenched in mischief," I agreed.  I sat back and tossed the remains of
the napkin onto my plate. "I have a few contacts in the area that claim that your
pretty bauble showed up there two weeks ago."
     "You're certain?"  The Kid's eyes blazed into mine as he hunched forward a
little; Havoc leaned back from the table and drew his hands into his lap.
     "I cross-reference my contacts whenever possible," I replied.  I lightly twisted
my hands around my glass to wet them with the condensation that beaded its sides.
     "And then?" Arcane asked.
     "And then," I sighed, "if I deem the information is as reliable as it's going to
be, I move on from there."
     "If it ain't?" Havoc growled.
     "You know how that works," I shrugged.  "Anyway, the proprietor of The Haughty
Harlot was quite cooperative..."
     I took this opportunity to wipe my damp hands on the bottom edge of my tunic.
Not all the damp was from my half-empty glass of ice tea.  I stuck my hand into the
purse at my belt and fished out a slightly crumpled inventory of receipts.  I
smoothed it out and handed it over to Arcane, but Havoc snatched it with just a
couple of fingers and laid it out on the table between them.  I finished off my tea
and chewed a few lumps of ice while the two of them examined the list with meticulous
care.
     Havoc stabbed at the paper with a thick finger. "What'd ya buy for three gold
denarii?!"
     "A three minute peek at the demon's inventory book."
     "Yeah?" Havoc seemed skeptical.  "That's a lot of coin for a little peekin'!"
     I shrugged.  "You'll notice that there are many instances where I felt compelled
to offer--an inducement--in order to elicit cooperation."
     "That's MY general modus operandi," grinned Arcane.  "Who has the item now?"
     "I'm getting to that." I noticed Bobbi was back.  I held the glass up in the air
and shook the ice inside.  "How about a refill?"
     Bobbi straightened and wiped her narrow forehead.  She had been cleaning up
after Gremlin Stew and his buddies.  They left a lot of empty plates.  "Just a
minute, Hon," she called.
     I felt the sharp prick against my exposed knee just as I set my glass back on
the table.  I twitched reflexively, but knew better than to do more than that.
     "We ain't interested in hearin' all about yer day," rumbled Havoc.  "Just tell
us where it is, or who has it."
     "Yes," nodded The Kid.  "We can handle it from there."
     "Sure, sure." I gave a sick smile that didn't fool them at all.  I had begun to
perspire again.  "The thing is, it's changed hands quite a lot in the past ten days.
I'm thinking that you'll definitely want to know where it's been."
     Havoc and Arcane traded glances.  Arcane nodded at me to continue, but the
needle-sharp point of Havoc's dagger remained attached to my kneecap.
     "First it was Floyd..."
      "He's the manager for The Mothership, isn't he?" Arcane asked.  "I didn't think
he was connected with the darker aspects of Shadowspire."
     "Since when did shoppin' at a pawnshop make a guy evil?" Havoc muttered.  "I
always find lots of interestin' stuff in those places."
     "That's a fact," I said in a small, quiet voice.  "Apparently you've been window
shopping in many of Shadowspire's pawn shops lately."
     "Really?" The Kid cocked his head in Havoc's direction.
     Havoc gave me an odd, intense look.  I think he was trying to decide if he
should skewer me or not.  Arcane half-turned in the booth and had both of his glowing
orbs focused on Havoc.
     "Yes, well..." I straightened up a little in the booth.  "Floyd seems to have
been on an expedition.  It seems that he has had a brief interest in one of the
city's council members."  I slipped my hand inside my tunic, pulled out my little
notebook, and found the correct page.  "Your merchandise seems to have been used as a
gift for one of their wives."
     "Yeah, a young'un, I'll bet," cackled Bobbi as she reached for my glass to
refill it.  I felt the sting from the point of the dagger go away as Havoc leaned
back.  Arcane closed his eyes and made a little sigh.  The ridges around his mouth
told me he was probably biting down too hard.  Havoc began to look a little warm
again.
     The pitcher of iced tea resembled a bowling ball.  It looked full and very
heavy, but Bobbi carried that jug as if it were made of balsa wood.
     "Anything else I can do for ya?" Bobbi smiled, her free hand dropping to Havoc's
shoulder.  I shook my head and took a few gulps to cool my throat and give me a few
seconds to think. 
     "Thanks, Bobbi," muttered Havoc.  "I think we'll be okay for a while."
     "You let me know if you need anything, Darlin'."  Bobbi gave Havoc another
little pat on his shoulder as she ambled away.  We all waited for her to move down
the aisle before we began again.
     Arcane opened his eyes and frowned.  "Why would Floyd give something so valuable
to a member of the city council?"  He shook his head slightly.  "Or his wife, for
that matter," he muttered.  "That doesn't make any sense."
     I shrugged and consulted my notebook.  "Well, Floyd purchased the bauble from
The Haughty Harlot, and four days later SOMEBODY from the city council's social group
either sold or gave it to Buri, of The Aesir."
     "Hey, Kid, that's back in Osksi!"
     Arcane rolled his eyes.  "Really?"  He muttered sarcastically.  The Kid took a
deep breath and offered me a wisp of a smile.  "We're familiar with Buri and The
Aesir." He glanced up at the ceiling.  "We used to run a team in Osksi."
     "Astral Kin," I nodded.  "I know."  I sighed and shook my head.  "Well, there's
not much left of Osksi.  It's mostly a ghost town as far as the gladiator game is
concerned.  There's been talk of closing it down, but some of the wealthier local
merchants are willing to support a handful of teams rather than see the whole system
collapse."
     "I'll bet that's expensive.  I've heard the place is so run down they can't fill
more than a dozen seats," Havoc sneered. 
     "Why Buri?" Arcane mused.  "He doesn't have a team in Shadowspire."
     "Well, uh... I'm not sure." I thumbed through my notes.  "I discovered an odd
snippet of information..."  I found what I was looking for.  "Were you aware that
Buri was once connected to a group called GAPPDA?" 
     "Of course," Arcane curled his lip in a half smile.  "The Green And Purple Polka
Dot Alliance."
     Havoc chuckled.  "All fun, all the time," he snorted.  "They had some great
parties in Osksi, back in the day."  Arcane shot a withering glance in his direction,
but Havoc ignored him.
     "So are you saying that the GAPPDA are involved?" asked The Kid.
     "No.  I'm just trying to cover all the bases."
     "This sorta thing ain't their style," muttered Havoc in a husky whisper.  His
big hands clenched into tight, bony wrecking balls.
     The Kid sighed deeply.  "I wonder if they'll ever come back?"
     I shook my head.  "I doubt it.  With Poppa Balrog, Staplegun, and Lunatic out of
the picture, they'll probably never stage a comeback."  I took a few more swallows of
iced tea while Havoc chewed on that.  He and Arcane seemed to be distracted.  That
didn't last long.
     "So you don't think Buri had anything to do with the theft of our item?" asked
The Kid.  I shook my head.  Havoc relaxed his hands and leaned forward again.
     "Where did the blasted thing go after it left Buri's mitts?"
     "Two hostlers traveling with a caravan described the item perfectly.  They claim
it was in the hands of a gladiator wannabe."  I checked my little notebook again.
"Montugue."
     Arcane and Havoc traded frowns.
     "He didn't last long in the fight game," I smirked.  "He was sent to the D.A. in
Shadowspire, but popped up later in Osksi."
     "Which Shadowspire team?" Havoc whispered in a rumbly voice.
     "The Cult of Bacchus," I replied.   "I'm not sure how he acquired the
merchandise, but Montugue had it when he left Osksi and was, apparently, en route to
Xochithlan when he suffered an unfortunate accident somewhere on the Rirorni Plains."
     "This is gettin' ridiculous!"  Havoc slapped the table and made my glass dance.
I barely managed to keep it from falling off the table.
     The Arcane Kid tilted his head and gave me an appraising look.  "What sort of
accident are we talking about?" he asked.
     I shrugged.  "The sort where your body is identified by the armor and the hair
color," I replied.  Havoc grunted and traded another frown with The Kid.
     "It's not uncommon for warriors to sew labels inside their uniforms, in case of
just such an event," The Kid nodded.  "Who identified the... um... the remains?"
     I gave a little grin and leaned back.
     "A retired gladiator from Shadowspire.  You may have heard of him?"  I checked
my little book again. "Let's see... his name is: Patroclus."
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + +   to be continued  + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hey, everyone!  Thanks to a fluke of fate (coupled with hard work and some risk-
taking), I am sitting on a very wide, very ornate and cushy throne!!  The wine is
cold and the girls are as pretty as ever.  Well, the view is better from up here,
anyway.  Cabichon, no hard feelings, right?
     Yeah, I seriously doubt that I'll be able to maintain this glorious spot for an
additional turn, but I'll do my best (or possibly die trying)!  I won't challenge
anyone, but instead I invite anyone who's willing to step up.  I'm sure I'll be the
"most challenged."
     Now I know, I know...  It's said that Julian of Norwich was the "true" winner,
but he really doesn't quality, being a sort of "undead" now, right??  Well, in any
case, he couldn't stick around for the ceremony--a real shame, I guess, but it is
what it is.  We'll hoist a few for him later, if I can remember.
     I'll be available for autographs a couple of hours before the next games start.
It's a limited opportunity, folks, so get there early!

                                         -- Blue Nova

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail SHADOWSPIRE!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for 
your deeds.  It seems the training can make the difference, as DOC LEGRAND'S LAB is 
pushed out of top team by MONSTER MANUAL, who came from 5th with a 3-2-1 this turn.  
Now, what did these guys have for breakfast this morning?  OF WOLF AND MAN has turned 
a 5-0-0 into 3rd place from 16th.  Give me the recipe!  Now keep the taverns open 
late tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for 7TH SANCTUM, whose 0-5-0 this turn 
dropped them by 8 into 20th.  The THE MOTHERSHIP 011 guild has had a 3-1-0 turn and 
deserves to be watched in the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can 
lead.  And let's see, THETA fought BAD BORSCHT and gained 24 points and contributed 
to RAGNAROK'S WOLVES' 3-2-0.  BAD BORSCHT has lost to THETA, falling 21 points, while 
helping make OTTO'S DINER a 1-4-0 turn.  Well done, SHADOWSPIRE, the Duelmaster was 
this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps BLUE NOVA is not as thrilled, being 
challenged 5 times.  LADY GODIVA challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, 
attempting to dethrone SEARCH THE SKY's warrior.  We should ask LADY GODIVA about the 
thrill of victory, and what being the new Duelmaster does for a warrior, she's now 
the one to ask.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their 
losing fighters do dishes at The Swinging Aardvark until they win.  Maybe?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  I also notice that the MERCENARY INC stable 
was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on SHADOWSPIRE, what are you afraid of?  
And guess who avoided MERCENARY INC stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was CLAN 
LONGBEARD.  Anyone surprised?  In a fit of brilliance or of stupidity (hard to say 
sometimes), AGORIX challenged TOSSED SALAD today, facing a 27 difference in 
recognition.  And now nobody knows where TOSSED SALAD is right now, after giving 
AGORIX 16 points worth of recognition.  As quiet chuckles rise behind me.  In a brave 
attempt, VLAD TEPES from DARQUE AGES challenged up 25 points to fight SYFTAR TRAFF 
from the DRAGONBANE GUILD stable.  VLAD TEPES perhaps got his just desserts, seeing 
as he was bested by SYFTAR TRAFF and ended up with 71 recognition points.  MYSTIC 
MEERKAT of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB had better have a good reason for challenging down 8 
points in a challenge which she won.  I thought MYSTIC MEERKAT showed great skill and 
promise when she subdued PSEUDO DRAGON.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal! 
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  DROW must have surprised MONSTER MANUAL this turn, after they sent him to 
the Dark Arena, but the Dark Arena couldn't hold him!  Had I not seen it, it would be 
hard to believe.  HARE BINGER was sent to the Dark Arena and lived to tell about it!  
Makes you think, no?  WARMASTERS made what looks to be a tough decision this turn, as 
they sent TREMERUS, with a record of 6-6-0, to TREMERUS death.  Farewell, his.  The 
Swinging Aardvark declares a free round for PHYNN and all of CLAN LONGBEARD, for 
having revenged THE GOLDEN VOID's LIQUID LEN for killing one of their comrades.  Is 
it really true that SHADOWSPIRE has more dishwashers per capita that fighters?  Just 
thought I'd ask...   
     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                  
 LADY GODIVA 1782             26  20  0   106       DARQUE AGES (29)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SYFTAR TRAFF 1876            15  15  0   109       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 RYAK RAZORSAW 597            21  34  2   108       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 LYCANTHROPIC LYNX 52         18   9  1   105       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 SENSUAL SHREW 49             18   9  0   105       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 BENEDICT 1470                20  18  0   104       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 AL ZHEIMER 1886              16  12  0   102       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BLUE NOVA 1898               14  12  0    97       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 AGORIX 1842                  22  15  2    96       WARMASTERS (15)
 ROADKILL SURPRISE 1920       11   7  0    96       FURRY FURY (25)
 THETA 123                    14   6  2    95       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 INGRAT 1805                  20  22  0    94       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CAEDMON 1873                 18  13  0    93       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ONION RINGS 1684             19  34  0    91       FOOD (130)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOSSED SALAD 1686            17  36  0    90       FOOD (130)
 STORM GIANT 1819             20  20  0    86       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 THE DRONE 1862               16  17  1    86       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 CABICHON 1914                15  10  0    86       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 GLABRIO 1800                 19  23  2    82       WARMASTERS (15)
 CAT N TONIC 1870             11  12  2    82       FURRY FURY (25)
 GRIMSTONES 1937              10  10  0    80       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 QUARTON 827                  17  18  0    76       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 BAD BORSCHT 1894             14  14  2    75       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 GAMBLE 1635                  16  15  0    72       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 XIOMBURG 1964                10   6  0    72       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
 VLAD TEPES 1979              10   3  1    71       DARQUE AGES (29)
 BEORDIN 1980                  7   4  0    71       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 EDNA MILLAY 1834             15  24  0    69       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 PHYNN 1971                    8   7  0    68       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 EREKOSE 1965                 12   4  0    67       THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYNOCK MAELSTROM 2006         6   2  1    63       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 EYE OF THE DEEP 1923         14  10  0    61       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAMIRUS 1935                 14   7  0    56       WARMASTERS (15)
 HENRY MILLER 1846             9  27  1    55       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 AELA FIREBLADE 975           10  15  0    52       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 SANTA CLAUS 1966              9   7  1    49       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 STARRY VOID 1958              7   9  0    49       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 CASSIOPEIA 2005               5   2  0    49       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 BILEDRIVER 324                8   8  0    48       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 SACRED SABLE 335             11  13  0    46       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 FULL MOON SWOON 127          12   8  0    44       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986            7  18  0    43       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 BRAIN EATER 1161              8   3  0    41       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 DIABOLOS 1156                 7   5  0    41       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 ROBO 1158                     6   6  2    41       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 MR PINK 1062                  5   3  1    41       MERCENARY INC (94)
 LADY ORIEL 1984               8   3  0    40       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ADISSA 1949                  10   8  0    38       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 GORSHOK 1159                  7   5  3    37       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 MAIMONIDES 1987               5   6  0    37       DARQUE AGES (29)
 HAULIN' OATS 1957             9   8  1    36       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MR ORANGE 1065                6   2  0    33       MERCENARY INC (94)
 NIGHTLEAF 2008                5   2  1    33       ROGUES DEN (140)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FURIO 5 1998                  4   4  1    33       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 MYSTIC MEERKAT 2020           5   0  0    32       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 MCGREGOR 2013                 3   3  1    32       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 BEAR NAKED 2052               2   0  0    32       FURRY FURY (25)
 GARBAGE TRUCK 1994            4   4  0    28       ROGUES DEN (140)
 CHAKOR 1840                   3   1  0    28       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 BRINDLE BADGER 2004           6   2  0    27       FURRY FURY (25)
-STUMBLE OVER TRUTH 1942       3   3  1    26       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 MR BLUE 1064                  3   5  0    26       MERCENARY INC (94)
 LIQUID LEN 2038               2   1  1    25       THE GOLDEN VOID (142)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISTRESS MINK 1988            5   4  1    20       DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
 MOROS 1839                    2   2  0    19       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 WHIPLASH 1992                 5   3  0    18       ROGUES DEN (140)
 MR. PURPLE 1137               2   4  0    18       MERCENARY INC (94)
 MR. GREEN 1118                5   2  0    17       MERCENARY INC (94)
 TOLIVER 2027                  4   1  0    17       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BERSERKER MU 2025             2   3  0    17       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 BARON BROCK 2037              2   1  0    17       THE GOLDEN VOID (142)
 WEEZY 2048                    2   0  0    17       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 FIRE FANG MUTT 1188           2   2  0    17       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 OSIRUS 2016                   3   3  0    15       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-INSCRUTABLE&MAGICAL 1939      4   2  0    14       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 DA1 2060                      1   0  1    14       ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)
 DEVOEAUX 2049                 1   1  0    14       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 VRATH 2026                    4   1  0    13       ROGUES DEN (140)
-DESTROYER OF WORLDS 1940      3   3  0    12       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 QUIGLEY 2055                  1   1  0    12       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BOKRUG 1222                   2   5  0    11       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 BLINK DOG 2066                1   0  0    11       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 CHOP CHOP 2058                1   0  0    11       ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)
 MONOCEROS 2034                2   2  0    10       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 PXR5 2053                     1   1  0    10       THE GOLDEN VOID (142)
 THIEF SIX 2024                2   3  0     9       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 HOWLER ARIES 2023             2   3  0     9       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 PSEUDO DRAGON 2014            1   5  0     9       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 BIG COD PIECE 2051            1   1  0     9       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 LORD PEMBROKE 2047            2   1  0     7       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-ULTIMATE LAWS 1941            1   4  0     7       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 DRIZKILL 2012                 1   4  0     7       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 NEGAGHOUL 2022                1   4  0     7       7TH SANCTUM (141)
 MIS STACIA 2040               1   2  0     5       THE GOLDEN VOID (142)
 HUMBLE PIE 2061               1   0  0     5       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-TURNINGS CATHEDRAL 1943       0   5  0     5       ON THE SHOULDERS OF (138)
 WATCHER 2039                  0   3  0     3       THE GOLDEN VOID (142)
 CAELUM 2041                   0   3  0     3       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 JIVARO FRIENDLY 2056          0   1  0     1       ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)
 MACHO NACHO 2062              0   1  0     1       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 FLEUR DU MAL 2059             0   1  0     1       ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)
 RAHARGL 2057                  0   1  0     1       ME CUT YOUR HEAD (144)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MORDANT DESERTER        0  0 0                      DA1 2060              172  NONE
UMM, NO 2064            0  1 0 7TH SANCTUM 141      MOUNTAIN TROLL        172  NONE
QAHRIE 2017             1  5 1 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    DARK CHAMPION         172  NONE
ULRICH 2028             0  3 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    LIQUID LEN 2038       170  JUST REVENGED
VANITY SERF 2063        0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       ARENAMASTER           172  NONE
ST. HUGH 2007           0  3 0 DRAGONBANE GUILD 13  GORSHOK 1159          168  NOT REVENGED
ELVIS PARSLEY 2035      0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      NIGHTLEAF 2008        170   
STRAY MONGREL 1170      1  4 0 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES 21 ARENAMASTER           172  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MOLE 1993               3  5 0 ROGUES DEN 140       ARENAMASTER           172  NONE
SCALPERE FATI 2002      3  2 1 SEARCH THE SKY 136   SANTA CLAUS 1966      169   
HOUND MASTER 2036       0  1 0 THE GOLDEN VOID 142  STUMBLE OVER TRU 1942 170   
CLOUD JUMPER 2031       0  4 0 THE MOTHERSHIP 0 128 ARENAMASTER           172  NONE
FURIO 6 2065            0  1 0 WARMASTERS 15        DARK CHAMPION         172  NONE
SEPTIMIUS 2001          2  3 0 WARMASTERS 15        FURIO 5 1998          168  JUST REVENGED
TREMERUS 1974           6  7 0 WARMASTERS 15        MOUNTAIN TROLL        172  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Santa Claus -- Ho ho ho!  Let's give it another go! -- Starry Void

Cabichon -- That was close.  Can you do it again? -- Blue Nova

Verres -- I already warned you, spud.  You don't have what it takes to beat me.  Go
pester someone else. -- Monoceros

Mole -- Glasses would probably help.  You can't hit what you can't see, after all. --
Cassiopeia

Howler Aries -- I didn't hear anyone say "go"! -- Caelum

Ramirus -- Thank goodness you just stood there for target practice!  You're supposed
to swing back.. I am pretty sure, anyway. -- Benedict

Whiplash -- That went better than expected!  I didn't expect to have that much
stamina. -- Chakor

Turnings Cathedral -- Man, you're big!  Like my brother Chakor, I can't believe that
I went as long as I did.  Must be the management, for sure! -- Weezy

Howler Aries -- Phew!  I actually dodged the return riposte!  Wouldn't have been good
if I didn't.  Nicely fought -- Moros

Vrath -- Soooo close to a 5-0!  I was definately running a very weird strategy that
my manager didn't call for.  The pains of rushing the preparation cost me!   See you
soon. -- Deveoeaux

All -- Good to see some familiar and some new faces.  The the battles begin! --
Tripwire

Floyd -- Sincerest appologies for that Downchallenge, that's the last time I let
Brain Eater fill out his own challenge form.  He's barely a half-wit and probably
dyslexic (I meant to McGregor 2013, not Cloud Jumper 2031). -- Mordraith

Tripwire -- Good to see you back.  Time to stir up some trouble I think. -- Mordraith

Santa Claus -- It ain't over 'til it's over! -- Starry Void

Cabichon -- Using "decisiveness" changes everything, doesn't it? -- Blue Nova

Brindle Badger -- There are just TOO MANY scum in this arena.  I'm glad to help sort
some of you guys out. -- Cassiopeia

Mr. Green -- I think that ugly skin tint is due to poor blood circulation.  If you
would MOVE once in a while, it would probably help! -- monoceros

Big Cod Piece -- We all know where YOUR priorities lie, don't we? -- Caelum

Agorix -- Shall we finish this off the way it started? -- Furio 5

Vlad -- I'd much rather have the skills.  Yadda yadda yadda! -- Adissa

Edna Millay -- Your sword hath flash and cruelty in it.  Your helm contains hate and
protects thy thoughts.  The knowledge you shared will be shared once again.  Well
played, lady! -- Beordin

Tripwire -- Welcome back to Shadowspire!  You have always been a worthy opponent! --
DeGotti

Stumble Over Truth -- Thanks for bringing me back down to reality! -- Drizkill

All -- Well I am finally out of here.  It is kind of a shame as I hoped I would gain
the throne before I left.  I am good enough to compete on the Isle in time, so Grimm
wants to limit the info he tells you about me; however, I did hit SC fave and I was
+4 attack with defense fave learns. -- Lord Protector Hare Binger

All -- I must say I am getting sick of all the scum running here. -- Grimm

Ultimate Laws -- Were you looking at my junk? -- Bear Naked

Cassiop what ever your name is -- I will be better prepared next time.  See you
again. -- Badger

Blue Nova -- Grats, but I am challenging for the throne. -- Cat N Tonic

Clan Longbeard -- Sorry for your loss.  While I am not avoiding you, I am also trying
to avenge a loss of our own.  Fate and Steel will decide. -- Liquid Len

DeGotti & Master Darque -- Thank you for the greetings.  Our shells are new, but our
spirits old. -- Moribund, manager of The Golden Void

The Drone -- There is value in humility.  The best course of action is not bragging
about my "then" perfect record against your team. -- Caedmon

Nightleaf -- My manager is still far from impressed with my record, but I will take
the wins as I get them. -- Maimonides

Syftar Traff -- Double dipping so close to our last fight is frowned upon by our
stable.  A price will be extracted for the indiscretion. -- Lady Godiva

Gamble -- Sorry, my friend.  You were an insurance challenge (i.e. my second).  I
fully intended to unleash that fury on some one else. -- Vlad Tepes

Ironhead -- Thanks for the exiting win.  I know Gremlin Stew ran closer to faves for
his career, but that win supports my theory that I could have dethroned him.  Too
late to know now.  I'm off to retirement. -- Julian of Norwich

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DROW viciously butchered SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
HARE BINGER slaughtered DARK CHAMPION in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
TREMERUS was savagely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 6 minute Dark Arena duel.
QAHRIE was slain by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MOLE was murdered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
CLOUD JUMPER was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
STRAY MONGREL was executed by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
VANITY SERF was assassinated by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena melee.
UMM, NO was dispatched by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
FURIO 6 was assassinated by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
GLABRIO vanquished FURIO 5 in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
PHYNN handily defeated LIQUID LEN in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud bout.
HAULIN' OATS was savagely defeated by NIGHTLEAF in a 3 minute Bloodfeud match.
MONOCEROS was devastated by SANTA CLAUS in a 3 minute one-sided Bloodfeud battle.
LADY GODIVA slimly won victory over BLUE NOVA in a 6 minute Challenge Title bout.
ROADKILL SURPRISE vanquished QUARTON in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
GRIMSTONES was handily defeated by BENEDICT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
VLAD TEPES was devastated by SYFTAR TRAFF in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
AGORIX narrowly defeated TOSSED SALAD in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge match.
CAEDMON defeated ONION RINGS in a 2 minute master's Challenge conflict.
BEORDIN viciously subdued RAMIRUS in a 4 minute gory Challenge bout.
DIABOLOS lost to AELA FIREBLADE in a popular 3 minute Challenge match.
CASSIOPEIA handily defeated GARBAGE TRUCK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
MAIMONIDES was devastated by MYNOCK MAELSTROM in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MR BLUE was defeated by GORSHOK in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
MYSTIC MEERKAT overpowered PSEUDO DRAGON in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
ROBO overpowered MISTRESS MINK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
BRAIN EATER unbelievably bested SACRED SABLE in a 4 minute Challenge bout.
MR. PURPLE overpowered NEGAGHOUL in a 4 minute bloody one-sided Challenge fray.
BRINDLE BADGER outwaited MR. GREEN in a tiring 33 minute Challenge bout.
DEVOEAUX overpowered DRIZKILL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
PXR5 was overpowered by MCGREGOR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BEAR NAKED overpowered VRATH in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
LORD PEMBROKE was savagely defeated by OSIRUS in a 6 minute brutal Challenge fray.
TOLIVER bested BIG COD PIECE in a crowd pleasing 4 minute novice's Challenge duel.
BAD BORSCHT was demolished by THETA in a 1 minute mismatched match.
RYAK RAZORSAW overpowered STORM GIANT in a 3 minute brutal one-sided fray.
LYCANTHROPIC LYNX subdued CABICHON in a action packed 1 minute veteran's conflict.
SENSUAL SHREW overpowered THE DRONE in a 1 minute uneven bout.
AL ZHEIMER beat M. CHARDINEE in a 2 minute brutal competition.
CAT N TONIC was overcome by INGRAT in a 2 minute gory veteran's duel.
EDNA MILLAY was subdued by GAMBLE in a 2 minute expert's duel.
HENRY MILLER was devastated by XIOMBURG in a action packed 1 minute mismatched match.
EREKOSE viciously subdued LADY ORIEL in a 4 minute bloody fight.
THE SEAMSTRESS overpowered BERSERKER MU in a 2 minute uneven competition.
EYE OF THE DEEP viciously subdued MR ORANGE in a exciting 3 minute gory match.
ADISSA was subdued by BILEDRIVER in a 3 minute fight.
FULL MOON SWOON was vanquished by STARRY VOID in a 3 minute gruesome one-sided bout.
MR PINK savagely defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute gruesome competition.
BOKRUG was narrowly defeated by WHIPLASH in a crowd pleasing 11 minute brutal match.
THIEF SIX was demolished by FIRE FANG MUTT in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
HOWLER ARIES was overpowered by CHAKOR in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
BARON BROCK slimly won victory over MACHO NACHO in a 3 minute amateur's match.
WATCHER was demolished by WEEZY in a 2 minute gory mismatched battle.
MIS STACIA was bested by QUIGLEY in a crowd pleasing 2 minute novice's match.
CAELUM was devastated by CHOP CHOP in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
MOROS viciously subdued RAHARGL in a 1 minute gory novice's struggle.
FLEUR DU MAL was devastated by BLINK DOG in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
DA1 executed MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided match.
HUMBLE PIE subdued JIVARO FRIENDLY in a 4 minute novice's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 19         WALL OF STEEL     40 -  28 -  2      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         LUNGING ATTACK    62 -  46 -  2      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  12         STRIKING ATTACK   71 -  62 -  6      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                      10         TOTAL PARRY       62 -  62 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 10         PARRY-STRIKE      35 -  36 -  1      49  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         SLASHING ATTACK   44 -  46 -  5      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     9         AIMED BLOW        34 -  39 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         BASHING ATTACK    48 -  60 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    8         PARRY-RIPOSTE     26 -  33 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      7         PARRY-LUNGE       20 -  29 -  0      41  |

Turn 172 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:

PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  3     STRIKING ATTACK    7 - 12         2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         6 -  4     BASHING ATTACK     2 - 10         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  4                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        4 -  3                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        8 -  6                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  4                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      LADY GODIVA 1782           26  20  0  106 DARQUE AGES (29)
LUNGING ATTACK   LYCANTHROPIC LYNX 52       18   9  1  105 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
PARRY-LUNGE      SENSUAL SHREW 49           18   9  0  105 DOC LEGRAND'S LAB (6)
BASHING ATTACK   AL ZHEIMER 1886            16  12  0  102 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
STRIKING ATTACK  BLUE NOVA 1898             14  12  0   97 SEARCH THE SKY (136)
PARRY-STRIKE     AGORIX 1842                22  15  2   96 WARMASTERS (15)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CAEDMON 1873               18  13  0   93 DARQUE AGES (29)
AIMED BLOW       GAMBLE 1635                16  15  0   72 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
SLASHING ATTACK  XIOMBURG 1964              10   6  0   72 THE MOTHERSHIP 011 (128)
WALL OF STEEL    BEORDIN 1980                7   4  0   71 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
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 BLUE NOVA 1898.  The ten other most popular fighters were SACRED SABLE 335, 
TOSSED SALAD 1686, BIG COD PIECE 2051, DIABOLOS 1156, EYE OF THE DEEP 1923, BOKRUG 
1222, NIGHTLEAF 2008, QUIGLEY 2055, LADY GODIVA 1782, and AGORIX 1842.

The least popular fighter this week was MR. GREEN 1118.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BRINDLE BADGER 2004, WHIPLASH 1992, NEGAGHOUL 2022, HUMBLE PIE 2061, 
FLEUR DU MAL 2059, RAHARGL 2057, CAELUM 2041, MIS STACIA 2040, WATCHER 2039, and 
HOWLER ARIES 2023.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

RYAK RAZORSAW (81-597) BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)

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

DROW (81-1774) MONSTER MANUAL (87)
HARE BINGER (81-1790) FURRY FURY (25)