DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/01/2014    Duedate: 10/14/2014

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-202

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PSEUDO DRAGON
MONSTER MANUAL (87)
(81-2014) [16-20-1,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

POSITION IS EMPTY              TITUS
                               DE'JA KREW (153)
                               (81-2250) [4-3-1,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PSEUDO DRAGON                  TITUS
MONSTER MANUAL (87)            DE'JA KREW (153)
(81-2014) [16-20-1,107]        (81-2250) [4-3-1,32]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE COMMODORES (150)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       79
2. SEARCH THE SKY (136)        42      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. WARMASTERS (15)             38      Unchartered Team
4. CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)         29
5. CULT OF BACCHUS (4)         20      DE'JA KREW (153)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       571 422 21 57.5   1/ 1 THE COMMODORES (150)     11  4 0
 2- 2 AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)     242 183 14 56.9   2/ 2 WARMASTERS (15)          10  5 0
 3/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      345 264 10 56.7   3/ 8 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       9  4 1
 4/ 5 WICKED MARTYRS (148)      60  49  3 55.0   4/10 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     9  6 0
 5- 4 SOME KINDA HATE (102)    107  91 10 54.0   5/16 CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)       8  6 0
 6/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    538 464 15 53.7   6/ 5 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       8  7 1
 7/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)        364 331 15 52.4   7/ 6 WICKED MARTYRS (148)      8  7 1
 8/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      513 491 20 51.1   8/ 3 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       8  7 0
 9/ 9 WARMASTERS (15)          505 485 35 51.0   9-13 THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)    6  4 0
10/11 THE COMMODORES (150)      38  37  0 50.7  10- 4 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     6  4 0
11-12 THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)   146 149  4 49.5  11/ 9 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    6  8 1
12-13 FURRY FURY (25)          331 344 20 49.0  12/14 ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)    6  8 0
13/14 CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)       33  37  1 47.1  13/ 7 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        6  9 0
14/15 LITERATE LOONS (40)      421 491 18 46.2  14/12 ABOMINATION (146)         6  9 0
15/16 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      317 402 13 44.1  15-15 AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)      5  0 0
16/17 ABOMINATION (146)         46  62  6 42.6  16/19 LITERATE LOONS (40)       4  2 0
17/18 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   211 305 16 40.9  17/18 WAR MACHINE (26)          4 10 0
18/19 ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)    43  63  2 40.6  18/11 OTTO'S DINER (96)         4 11 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/21 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      70 109  2 39.1  19/17*DE'JA KREW (153)          4 11 0
20/23 WAR MACHINE (26)          52  96  6 35.1  20/22 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      3 11 0
21/22 INEBRIATION (27)          28  52  3 35.0  21-20 FURRY FURY (25)           2  3 0
22/20*DE'JA KREW (153)          12  23  1 34.3  22-21*DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)  2  3 0
23-24*DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)   4  11  0 26.7  23/24 INEBRIATION (27)          0  4 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                   Death Wager

     Havoc had warned him. It was a different sort of crowd at night.  He had been
told to ignore everything and everyone outside his immediate surroundings, but
Valeris couldn't help glancing up into the bleachers as he followed the other
fighters through the barbed gate and out onto the circle of sand.
     Raucous catcalls chased the gladiators across the sands as they lined up,
shoulder-to-shoulder, facing the Duelmaster. They stood about a meter apart, not
looking directly at each other. There were just four of them enrolled in tonight's
games. The other three were experienced fighters, compared to him: Humble Pie,
Sisyphus, and Drunken Stupor.
     All four shifted their weight from foot to foot, awkward and self-conscious,
their weapons and armor clinking and rustling while the official speaker declared
their faults and rationalized their presence.  He was loud, as one would expect an
orator should be.  Still, he had to use the large megaphone in the upper tier, even
though the night crowd was only about 25% the size of a daytime audience.  They were
a noisy bunch.
     Once the orator was finished, a pair of gray-robed priests, followers of the
Lady, stepped onto the sands from their private door.  Their faces were well hidden
within the shadows of their cavernous hoods. They circled the gladiators while
swinging smoky bronze censers by thick, black ropes of twined hair.  Their pace was
slow but steady, keeping rhythm with their solemn chanting in a meaningless tongue.
     Valeris stifled a sneeze.  The smoke had an acrid smell that irritated his
nostrils and made his eyes water.  However, whenever a stray puff of wind temporarily
swept the smoke out of their faces, it left a sweet, cloying smell that stuck to the
gladiators. It reminded Valeris of a cat that he used to own--until it sprayed his
leather armor.  He regretted killing that cat; it had been a good ratter.  And
anyway, the smell never did come out...
     After circling the fighters three times, the priests stood between the
Duelmaster and the gladiators and raised their censors towards the bleachers.  They
shook the censors with a shout, which most of the audience echoed.  Valeris, caught 
off-guard, shuddered.  The echoes from the stands were still reverberating against
the stars as the priests, now muttering as if to themselves, half stalked, half
swaggered across the arena and disappeared through their small, iron door in the wall
beneath the Duelmaster's chair.
     Valeris caught a glint of light out of the corner of his left eye.  Mobs of
orcish-looking things gathered in the bleachers above the gladiators' iron gate began
yowling and crooning to themselves.  They waved pewter flagons and thick-glassed
bottles; some gnashed their fangs and clicked their long nails together, staring at
the gladiators through half-drunken leers and undecipherable chittering.  Their
intense scrutiny brought an uncomfortable stray thought to mind.  Sometimes, it was
rumored, unwanted gladiators were sold as mere meat to some of the more brutish races
of Alistari.  Valeris murmured a quick, devout prayer and hoped that rumor was just
an urban myth!
     A few shrill screams punctuated the general caterwauling, but it was hard to
decide if they were cries of pleasure or pain. He indulged his curiosity, squinting
against the torchlight as he tried to pierce the shadows above them.  Despite the
smaller audience, it seemed to Valeris that there were more women at the night games.
Most of them were half-naked and loudly vulgar, spewing profanity and tawdry terms
indiscriminately around them.  Many seemed only barely human.
     Valeris swallowed hard and tried to get the residual smoky smell and taste out
of mouth.  If he dwelled on it, he realized he could probably work up a decent vomit.
NO!  He shook his head irritably and tried to focus.  That's what Havoc had told him,
over and over.  Focus!
      "Valeris, I know this'll be tough, but ya gotta stay focused!  Ya gotta do yer
part, do ya HEAR ME??!!  Ya gotta go longer than a minute, and ya gotta get to the
middle of the arena!  LISTEN! Ya wanna live through this?? Don't worry 'bout being
sick, or scared, or tired, or nuthin'!  The Kid and I have got the details covered,
understand?  Just stay FOCUSED and do what I say!"
     Valeris grit his teeth and fought to swallow another rush of bile as it boiled
up from his gut and into his mouth.  At the trumpet sound he turned, in unison with
the other three fighters, and stoically, stiffly, paced around the arena as the
opening ceremony came to its climax. The smell of wet sand, freshly raked and
sprinkled with lemon juice, mingled with the smells from the tar-streaked torches,
the lingering incense of the priests, and the bestial odors from the crowd.
     Valeris shivered and tried to spit the sour, acidic taste from his mouth.  He
just had to live through the first minute!  He had to fight his way to the middle of
the sands and stay there! He had to trust Havoc...
     A slight chill swept over his sweaty body as a damp breeze whisked in from the
harbor.  At any other time it would be a welcome break from the glaring heat of the
day, but now it seemed to freeze his blood.
     Occasionally an empty bottle or two was cast from the stands.  They landed near
the gladiators' feet, followed by raucous laughter. The bright torches, on their tall
poles along the periphery of the sands, hid the culprits from Valeris's eyes, but he
didn't worry too much.  The last time a gladiator had been struck by a fan, the
Duelmaster himself had given a command and a half-dozen bowmen had perforated the
overzealous gladiator aficionado in an instant. This was well known and, though not a
recent event, it was, apparently, not forgotten.
     Ragged, half-feral children scampered out onto the sands to retrieve the bottles
and other debris as the gladiators ducked through the low door.  The barbed gate
clattered shut behind them; they took their seats on sturdy benches inside a cramped
room.  Other than a sputtering oil lamp on a pedestal in the corner, the only light
came from the guttering torches outside the bars of the gate.
     They heard the crowd gasp as a blinding, garish light was thrown into their
small room, causing the fighters to narrow their eyes and blink.  A bright ball of
flame had appeared in the middle of the arena; it flickered away after a few seconds,
leaving motes of light swimming before everyone's eyes.  The Dark Arena Champion,
Wurm Kin, came into view, alone on the sands.  He brandished his weapon above his
head.
     The gate opened up as the audience howled and gave a thunderous applause.
Humble Pie rose obediently in response to a tired old troll who gestured with a hook
where his left hand had once been.  The troll's eyes were yellow and the swarthy skin
of his face was partially hidden by scars and a perpetual grimace of distaste.
Humble Pie left the undersized cell and strode purposefully toward the Duelmaster's
chair; the troll chuckled and slammed the gate back into place.  He didn't bother to
lock it.
     The veteran gladiator didn't look back; he simply stared up at the Duelmaster,
Haulin' Oats, as he strode toward Wurm Kin and bared his steel.  Ignoring his
opponent, Humble Pie took his stance where they had all been standing just a few
minutes earlier, and sketched a sign in the air before him.  The DM barely nodded an
acknowledgement.
     'Well', Valeris thought, 'how tough is THAT?!  Your own teammate gets to preside
over your death match!!' He wondered what the rest of Otto's Diner thought about
that, but there wasn't much time to dwell on it.  Wurm Kin was fast and ruthless.
     Humble Pie toppled to the sands in under a minute, after first being flung back
off his feet by the force of his opponent's blows.  The spectators loved it, of
course.  There were screams from men and women and everything in-between, a howling
chorus of bloodlust that shook the small room and caused Valeris to shiver just a
bit.
     'It's that night air off from the harbor,' he told himself. 'I hope I don't come
down with a virus or anything.'
     Wurm Kin struck a pose for the fans as a Ratani and a Half-Elf, barefooted and
their tunics streaked with blood, ran out to retrieve the remains of Humble Pie.  Two
Golems wielding enormous bronze rakes shambled behind them.  They quickly turned and
spread the bloody sands until there was hardly a trace of bloodshed.  As they
furiously attacked the sands, the sounds of the audience changed from a wild
boisterousness to a general mutter as money changed hands and a new flurry of debate
and wagering took place.
     "Ya gotta go longer than a minute, and ya gotta get to the middle of the arena!"
Havoc had been emphatic.  Valeris tried to focus on that as Sisyphus rose and stiffly
made his way past the old troll.  Drunken Stupor was actually snoring, slumped back 
against the wall.
     Sisyphus was another veteran; he had over a dozen fights under his belt.  Unlike
HP, he lacked an inscrutable expression.  His face was a wet sheen of sweat; his eyes
were darting in all directions as he plodded in front of Valeris, who stood by the
gate, too nervous to sit any longer.
     Sisyphus trudged toward the center of the arena in a fatalistic fashion; his
shoulders bowed forward while his weapon hung, lifeless and limp, in his hands.
     SpyMaster wasn't the type to flaunt a grand entrance.  His arrival had been so
low key that he caught Valeris, and most of the spectators, by surprise. He simply
stood in the center, waiting for his opponent with a nonchalant air of disdain. A
mask of fine wire mesh hid his face, but his laughter was loud enough, and
undisguised.
     Sisyphus made the obligatory salute to the Duelmaster, then took his pose and
waited for the bell.  When it rang, SpyMaster was already moving toward his opponent.
     Sisyphus parried and dodged while the spectators booed and jeered.  SpyMaster
was using his epee with a delicate skill that highlighted his smooth lunges and quick
recoveries.  Occasional spurts of red erupted through Sisyphus' ringmail as he tried
frantically to dodge, parry, and keep his distance from his foe.
     Valeris thought it was odd, though, that Sisyphus never backed up in a straight
line.  Even though he sometimes suffered a blow or a cut because of it, Sisyphus kept
circling left and right.  He never moved backward (or forward) but always left or
right, shuffling madly and kicking up sand while the fans stomped their feet in the
bleachers.
     The dull chimes signaling the second minute hurled a metallic clatter into the
night air.  A few fans whistled and cheered in response.
     'Probably some arena bums got lucky on a long shot bet', thought Valeris
somberly. 'I wonder if anyone will bother to bet on me.'
     At the sound of the chimes, SpyMaster began a genuine effort to exert himself to
his limit.  His breath hissed through the wire mesh across his face as he shifted
back and forth, building up a crescendo of jabs and lunges that Sisyphus soon found
impossible to avoid. Suddenly, SpyMaster charged forward, arcing his epee in a flash
of deadly light that ended abruptly in Sisyphus' throat!
     Sisyphus froze for two long seconds, then his body crumpled onto the sands. The
arena audience, briefly spellbound by the action, began a cacophony of hellish
delight that shook the soul within Valeris. He stared at the still form in surprise.
Sisyphus had been doing well up until the second minute chimes...
     If Valeris hadn't been staring intently at the body, he wouldn't have caught it.
He saw a brief, surging glow of dark purplish light that seemed to rise from the sand
and encapsulate the body of Sisyphus. It was there a scant moment, and then it
dissolved back into the sands below!
     Valeris trembled. "Ya gotta go longer than a minute, and ya gotta get to the
middle of the arena!" Havoc had bellowed. "The Kid and I have got the details
covered, understand?"  He had been most emphatic.
     Valeris remembered the joke: If things ever got too tough out on the sands,
there was always that secret escape route, that trapdoor in the middle of the arena,
the one next to the can of striped paint...
     "LISTEN!" Havoc had roared, waving his knotty fist in Valeris' face. "Ya wanna
live through this?? Don't worry 'bout being sick, or scared, or tired, or nuthin'!
Just stay FOCUSED and do what I say!"
     This time the old troll offered a sinister sneer to go with his hook gesture.
Valeris swallowed another glob of thick saliva as his stomach danced and the body of
Sisyphus was dragged off the sands.  The corpse looked empty, a mere shell... Valeris
looked back into the dim cell.  Drunken Stupor, curled up against the wall, continued
to snore.  The old troll stepped forward and kicked the bench out from under him,
knocking the sleeping gladiator onto the floor, startling him.  Drunken Stupor
struggled to get his blade free of its sheath; the troll laughed and kicked him back
against the wall.
     Valeris, ignoring them both, walked through the gate.  The Golems were raking 
and scraping away at the sand.  On the far side of the arena, a burly figure in a
suit of scalemail stood waiting for him under the Duelmaster's sharp gaze.  He drew a
longsword from its sheath and shrugged a medium shield onto his left arm.  The orator
announced him as Dark Champion, a Harkeny Parry-Lunger.
     The crowd bellowed and clapped as Valeris neared his opponent.  He muttered a
prayer and checked the straps on his leather armor, and then twisted hard on the grip
of his shortspear to get the sweat off his hands.
     Two minutes? Stay in the middle of the arena? Stay focused? Hell, he could do
that!!

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Dear Shadowspire,

     The sky is falling!  Have I been away too long?  The girl who used to be a
Maneater (some men) is bigger than both of us.  She'll never let me go, but sometimes
a mind changes.  Don't leave me alone with her.  <whew>  She's gone.  The woman comes
and goes.  It doesn't matter anymore, because at pleasure beach, every day will be
like a holiday.  Dreamtime!  Let me be the one to Thank you for...for you.  Someone
like you.  Don't change. 
     Time won't pass me by.  I can dream about you.  This possession obsession is
heavy rain when the morning comes.  Wait for me.  Hold on to me.  After the dance.
Promise ain't enough.  Do it for love.  Soul love.  One on one.  I'm a man on a
mission, and I'm in a Philly mood.  Getaway car!

Forever for you....

                                                          Haulin' Oats

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  SHADOWSPIRE needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  I couldn't 
believe it.  Did CLUB CUTTHROAT really go up by 11?  If only those guys didn't have 
so may missing teeth...  Gross!  Uncool, OTTO'S DINER.  I mean 0-5-0 is bad.  Will 
they will be allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training practice!  One team 
deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 1 after going 4-1-0.  Keep it up, 
WICKED MARTYRS!  MVP award for AXEL VON SPIRE?  DRAGONBANE GUILD's proud of him after 
beating MICKEY SLIM and getting 27 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  MICKEY 
SLIM got smashed by AXEL VON SPIRE, and lost 21 points!  PSEUDO DRAGON thinks his 
16-20-1 and studly character is good enough to face up to the Duelmaster.  Any bets?  
And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh well, welcome 
PSEUDO DRAGON.  Aren't MONSTER MANUAL proud.  (Oh, my.) Who was the wiseguy that said 
SHADOWSPIRE's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Welcome Wench?  Don't look at 
me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  SOME KINDA HATE was the most avoided team.  Is a 
107-91-10 record really that scary?  I don't know what CLUB CUTTHROAT's been doing.  
They certainly haven't been accepting many fights from SOME KINDA HATE, that's fer 
sher.  Like, is GNOMETRADAMUS popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all of 
SHADOWSPIRE!  He's got a 8-4-0, is that good?  I'm not so sure BOOGER STANG knew all 
the facts when he challenged BLAGO GRUNGE of DRAGONBANE GUILD.  I saw BOOGER STANG 
stumbling and dribbling at The Welcome Wench last week...  BOOGER STANG lost to BLAGO 
GRUNGE, but he got 7 points.  BLAGO GRUNGE won, and got 3 points.  I don't get it.  
MR. SHHH is being unfair.  He's challenged down 20 against SOLON.  I don't know why 
they let this stuff go on.  (I'd better shut up) A lotta people lost a lotta money in 
a lotta bets, when MR. SHHH challenged SOLON, 20 points below and lost!  Send 'im to 
the Dark Arena!  CALIGULA must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  
He challenged HOMINID.  9 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I 
thought CALIGULA showed great skill and promise when he defeated HOMINID.  All right, 
so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really 
should stop.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PSEUDO DRAGON 2014           16  20  1   107       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VILMAR 2105                  18   9  1   114       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 GERTRUDE STEIN 2127          17   6  1   114       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-'71 MACH ONE 952             21  12  0   105       AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)
 BEORDIN 1980                 23  18  0    97       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 OSIRUS 2016                  18  18  0    97       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 AXEL VON SPIRE 2068          13  17  1    96       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DIRTY WHITE MOTHER 2145      14   8  1    94       WICKED MARTYRS (148)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BRINDLE BADGER 2004          20   9  0    86       FURRY FURY (25)
-DJEREE THE DJERK 623         18  19  0    86       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 MCGREGOR 2013                15  21  1    86       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 THE SEAMSTRESS 986           15  40  0    85       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
-BEAR NAKED 2052              14   9  1    83       FURRY FURY (25)
 SON OF SEITAN 2180           11   7  2    83       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-SLIM CHANCE 2157             12   7  1    82       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 LOST LETTER 2188             12   5  0    81       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 WARDEN KINCHLOE 82            9   5  0    80       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 BLOODY JAKE 369              12  14  1    76       WAR MACHINE (26)
 CALIGULA 2233                 8   4  0    76       WARMASTERS (15)
-BAHBI 621                    14  23  1    75       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 MICKEY SLIM 2144             16   6  0    70       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
-MYKUL 1018                   12  13  0    69       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 BLAGO GRUNGE 2089            20   8  0    68       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THELONIUS 2174               12   6  0    66       WARMASTERS (15)
 JUIBLEX 2274                  5   0  0    66       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 POUDREUX 2187                10   7  0    65       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 GERON 2139                   10  12  0    64       ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)
 BLINK DOG 2066               13  18  1    63       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 AGRIPPA 2161                 12   8  1    63       WARMASTERS (15)
-LIZZIE 2118                  12   9  0    58       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 BRONKO 560                    6   6  0    57       WAR MACHINE (26)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KIMBHULEE 1019               15  10  0    55       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 LIME RICKEY 2147             11  11  1    53       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 MARBARITA 2146               11  11  0    52       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 HADRIAN 2255                  6   2  0    51       WARMASTERS (15)
 HOMINID 2195                  8   7  0    50       THE COMMODORES (150)
 RING LARDNER 2183            10   8  0    48       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2132         12  10  1    47       ABOMINATION (146)
 GROND 80                      7   7  1    47       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 KONSTANTIN 2190               7  10  0    47       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DRUECKE SPACE 2252            7   1  0    45       THE COMMODORES (150)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APYKO 2136                   11  11  0    44       ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)
-DRY MOUTH MAX 2072            8  13  0    43       FURRY FURY (25)
 OOLONG 2258                   4   3  0    43       THE COMMODORES (150)
 BAD ROLL-UPS 2130            10  11  0    41       ABOMINATION (146)
 BOOGER STANG 78               4  10  0    41       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 OBAMACARE 2134                8  14  2    40       ABOMINATION (146)
 KETOS 2138                    7  15  0    40       ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)
 SOME KINDA PATE 2224          5   9  0    39       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 TROG 466                      9  11  0    38       WAR MACHINE (26)
 DAVE LEBEIS 2237              8   2  0    38       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 POLITELKOREKNES 2227          8   5  2    36       ABOMINATION (146)
 RECRUDESCENCE 81              8   5  0    36       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)
 29 PALMS 2156                 7  13  1    35       ABOMINATION (146)
 RED CLAY CLOD 2197            8   7  0    34       THE COMMODORES (150)
 SKILORD 2186                  6  11  0    34       LA PENTARCHIE (11)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MONOCEROS 2034                5   9  0    33       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 NERO 2257                     4   3  0    33       WARMASTERS (15)
 TITUS 2250                    4   3  1    32       DE'JA KREW (153)
 GNOMETRADAMUS 2225            8   4  0    31       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 WRECKLESS FURY 2267           4   2  0    31       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-DR. CHUD 2206                 7   7  0    30       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 HAVANA BLACK 561              5   7  0    30       WAR MACHINE (26)
-MR BRAIN SMASHER 2234         5   5  0    29       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 MAD SCIENTIST 2230            4   7  1    27       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
-'69 GTX 1715                  4   3  0    26       AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)
 DEADMAN'S FLOAT 375           4   6  0    25       CLUB CUTTHROAT (12)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GUNNER 2249                   2   5  0    23       DE'JA KREW (153)
-MORDECAI MOUSE 2152           5   7  0    22       FURRY FURY (25)
 DIRE PATIENCE 2232            4   8  1    21       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ALLEZLES KEUS 2256            4   3  0    21       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 LEGIONE STELLA 2100           3   4  0    21       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 SHAMINO 2285                  3   0  0    18       THE COMMODORES (150)
-BROOSS 1287                   1   1  0    18       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
-SIMO HAYHA 2261               3   3  0    17       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
-'69 GTO JUDGE 1772            2   0  0    17       AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)
 DERYN 2286                    2   0  1    16       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 SOLON 2287                    1   1  0    16       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 MR. SHHH 2245                 3   5  1    15       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 GARGANTIA 2300                1   0  0    15       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
-LURKER 2263                   1   2  0    15       DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)
 DICKY TOURVILLE 2276          3   2  0    12       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 PAVIL 2270                    3   3  0    12       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 LUDWIG 2246                   2   5  0    11       DE'JA KREW (153)
 NAGA 2281                     2   2  0    11       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
-ZEALOT 2264                   1   2  0    11       DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)
 ASTRI 2288                    1   1  0     9       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 CREDITS 2280                  2   2  0     8       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 WHITT 2295                    1   1  0     8       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-KITTY TANTRUM 2241            1   2  0     7       FURRY FURY (25)
 VICTUS 2271                   1   3  0     7       ANTHROPOS KRATOS (147)
 ULFORD 2294                   1   1  0     7       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-'69 CHARGER 2290              1   0  0     6       AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)
 PHOENIX 2282                  1   3  0     6       DE'JA KREW (153)
-'67 FIREBIRD 1773             1   1  0     6       AMERICAN MUSCLE (43)
-SIEGE TANK 2262               1   2  0     5       DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)
 KASIDIE 2278                  1   2  0     5       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
-RINE 2265                     0   3  0     3       DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)
 JOE GITS YEU 2293             0   2  0     2       DE'JA KREW (153)
-TRASH 2284                    0   1  0     1       DEER LAKE BONEYARD (154)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAELSTROM 2299                0   1  0     1       SEARCH THE SKY (136)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FORCE O'ONE 2259        1  1 0 CULT OF BACCHUS 4    MAD SCIENTIST 2230    198  REVENGED
GUSTAV 2247             2  3 0 DE'JA KREW 153       MR. SHHH 2245         200  REVENGED
SKYE ROSE 2248          1  2 0 DE'JA KREW 153       POLITELKOREKNES 2227  198  NOT REVENGED
DARK TEMPLAR 2266       1  1 0 DEER LAKE BONEYA 154 TITUS 2250            198  NOT REVENGED
MILLER 467              5  5 0 INEBRIATION 27       STONE GOLEM           202  NONE
NOTENUFFHOPS 2298       0  1 0 INEBRIATION 27       STONE GOLEM           202  NONE
ARCHE 2283              2  2 0 LA PENTARCHIE 11     WURM KIN              202  NONE
TROLL FOOD 2296         0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      BLACK ORC             202  NONE
WURM FOOD 2297          0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      HIGH ELF              202  NONE
CASSIOPEIA 2005        10  6 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   VILMAR 2105           201   
CRAZY JAY 2292          0  1 0 WAR MACHINE 26       DERYN 2286            201   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Kid Arcane -- We feel bad about that, but Vanek has been passing those bogus coupons
all over town.  Remember--genuine coupons are always marked with authentic Otto's
Diner grease spots. -- Otto X

Bahbi -- Baby, I'd love to give you a shot at the throne, but since you fell out of
range, I can't go for that.  No can do. -- Haulin' Oats

Dirty White Mother -- Yeah, do it again! Damn golems. -- Osirus

All -- Good to see the old guilds return for the turn 200 celebration. -- Visionist

Djeree the Djerk -- Had me worried for a minute. -- Vilmar

Allezles Keus -- Thank the commission for the matchup. <grin> -- Pavil

Agrippa -- If I had learned like that when I lose I would have been gone from here
long ago. -- Osirus

Cassiopeia and Search the Sky -- Sorry, her death was not intended.  I await your
revenge. -- Vilmar

Dave Lebeis -- Good workout, wish I had won  though. -- Pavil

Embezzling Scribe -- Who put PEDs in your Wheaties!?! -- Ulford

Mordant Deserter -- Thanks for the easy win and tutoring. -- Whitt

All -- I failed to mention in the HOF Veterans all arena ad that the deadline for the
HOF Veterans voting is 11/11/14 or the due date for turn 205.  Please take 5-10
minutes and vote.  If you have an questions please contact me via email or diplo. --
Visionist

Otis -- Come on back!  The water is warm (around Otto's warriors, when they swim),
the air is clean (when you aren't down wind from the Warmasters), and the more
competition the better (because these guys in the lower ranks are stingy with the
skills!). -- DeGotti

Gnometradamus predictions and observations;

1)  The recent increases in the Gladiatorial Commission raids and consequent shutting
down of some guild halls for PEDs and the return of Search the Sky are actually
connected.
2) Otto's Diner will get at least 45 demerits from the Health District on the next
inspection, but will remain open anyway.
3) Havoc is gearing up to launch a petition to eliminate the "power styles" from the
warrior selection process to make things an even playing field!
4) Hombre was late with his PAs because he was upgrading from a Commodore to a new
Apple Phablet!

That is all at this time -- Gnometradamus

War Machine -- Did Crazy Jay donate blood before our fight?  He didn't seem to bleed
"that" much! -- Deryn

Vilmar -- That was most unfortunate.  In order to avoid killing, I believe my
unaggressive strategy helped cause Cassiopeia's death.  Well... she was a little
crazy sometimes, anyway.  Let's see how this bloodfeud works out. -- Kid Arcane

Shamino -- Watching Cassie die was just, just... *sigh*  It took the heart out of me.
And was that victory jig really necessary? -- Legione Stella

Ketos -- I think that term "overpowered" was a trifle liberal.  Time to change the
numbers once again! -- Monoceros

Everyone -- I don't know why Astri didn't run last time.  I'm fairly certain I placed
her sheet in the envelope with the rest of 'em.  She's supposed to run in this next
turn.  I didn't mean to hold anyone back, so if there was a challenge that fell short
because of her absence, I apologize.  It was unintentional. -- Kid Arcane

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MILLER was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ARCHE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
WURM FOOD was easily killed by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
TROLL FOOD was slaughtered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
NOTENUFFHOPS was slain by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
MONOCEROS was devastated by VILMAR in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud brawl.
PSEUDO DRAGON defeated HAULIN' OATS in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge Title struggle.
THE SEAMSTRESS was overpowered by OSIRUS in a 2 minute uneven Challenge melee.
DIRTY WHITE MOTHER won victory over SON OF SEITAN in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
POUDREUX was savagely defeated by WARDEN KINCHLOE in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
CALIGULA overpowered HOMINID in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
SOME KINDA PATE was overpowered by BLINK DOG in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
JUIBLEX demolished HUMAN CENTIPEDE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
BOOGER STANG was bested by BLAGO GRUNGE in a 2 minute Challenge battle.
HADRIAN subdued OOLONG in a popular 4 minute bloody Challenge brawl.
AGRIPPA handily defeated KETOS in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DAVE LEBEIS luckily beat TITUS in a action packed 8 minute Challenge struggle.
GROND savagely defeated GNOMETRADAMUS in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge brawl.
MAD SCIENTIST overpowered CREDITS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MR. SHHH was beaten by SOLON in a 2 minute brutal Challenge bout.
LEGIONE STELLA savagely defeated PAVIL in a 5 minute Challenge conflict.
NERO overpowered DICKY TOURVILLE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
DIRE PATIENCE was subdued by RED CLAY CLOD in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
ALLEZLES KEUS slimly won victory over LUDWIG in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
GUNNER was luckily beaten by POLITELKOREKNES in a popular 3 minute Challenge match.
JOE GITS YEU slimly lost to VICTUS in a 2 minute novice's Challenge match.
DERYN won victory over WHITT in a exciting 3 minute novice's Challenge fight.
MICKEY SLIM was vanquished by AXEL VON SPIRE in a 1 minute uneven bout.
BEORDIN overcame M. CHARDINEE in a exciting 1 minute uneven bout.
BLOODY JAKE was overcome by MCGREGOR in a popular 1 minute veteran's duel.
GERTRUDE STEIN savagely defeated LOST LETTER in a action packed 2 minute gory duel.
THELONIUS was beaten by KHALHUMS DWARF in a popular 3 minute match.
GERON overpowered SKILORD in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
APYKO was overpowered by BRONKO in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
OBAMACARE was devastated by LIME RICKEY in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MARBARITA devastated DEADMAN'S FLOAT in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
29 PALMS was bested by DRUECKE SPACE in a 3 minute bout.
BAD ROLL-UPS was handily defeated by KONSTANTIN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RING LARDNER narrowly defeated TROG in a exciting 2 minute gruesome conflict.
RECRUDESCENCE beat HAVANA BLACK in a action packed 2 minute bout.
WRECKLESS FURY overpowered NAGA in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
KASIDIE was overcome by SHAMINO in a popular 1 minute novice's duel.
PHOENIX was subdued by ASTRI in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
ULFORD viciously subdued MAELSTROM in a 1 minute gruesome amateur's match.
GARGANTIA handily defeated PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  16         AIMED BLOW        59 -  46 -  1      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 15         STRIKING ATTACK   60 -  51 -  3      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   12         SLASHING ATTACK   61 -  60 -  4      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         LUNGING ATTACK    72 -  72 -  3      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     41 -  42 -  1      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         TOTAL PARRY       51 -  53 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         BASHING ATTACK    24 -  30 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  15 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE      15 -  22 -  3      41  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  33 -  0      30  |

Turn 202 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       4 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  9         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4     WALL OF STEEL      4 -  8         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  7     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  4         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     VILMAR 2105                18   9  1  114 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
LUNGING ATTACK   GERTRUDE STEIN 2127        17   6  1  114 LITERATE LOONS (40)
WALL OF STEEL    BEORDIN 1980               23  18  0   97 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
STRIKING ATTACK  SON OF SEITAN 2180         11   7  2   83 OTTO'S DINER (96)
AIMED BLOW       JUIBLEX 2274                5   0  0   66 MONSTER MANUAL (87)
TOTAL PARRY      POUDREUX 2187              10   7  0   65 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PSEUDO DRAGON 2014.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TITUS 2250.  The ten other most popular fighters were OOLONG 2258, ALLEZLES 
KEUS 2256, THELONIUS 2174, WARDEN KINCHLOE 82, GROND 80, LEGIONE STELLA 2100, 
GERTRUDE STEIN 2127, LUDWIG 2246, GUNNER 2249, and WHITT 2295.

The least popular fighter this week was PAVIL 2270.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DAVE LEBEIS 2237, MAELSTROM 2299, NAGA 2281, BAD ROLL-UPS 2130, DRUECKE 
SPACE 2252, OBAMACARE 2134, APYKO 2136, SKILORD 2186, MICKEY SLIM 2144, and DICKY 
TOURVILLE 2276.

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

HAULIN' OATS (81-1957) OTTO'S DINER (96)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament. 

                           STINGER (30-4098) RANDOM  (391) 
                    BUCK ROGERS (82-53730) LUROCIANS T108  (9073) 
                      FRIED DUCKPINS (82-52331) 120507F  (8812) 
                      JESSICA (82-53734) LUROCIANS T108  (9073) 
                   7TH SAMURAI (82-54800) SUPE FORCES 1801  (9246) 
                     STEAMING EARL (82-24992) SAUNA TIME  (3991) 
                    ARNOLD LAYNE (82-52842) ROOKIE PINK 1  (8905) 
                       HORMONE HOAGIE (82-55291) 01808X  (9340) 
               MINGE THE MARVELOUS (82-44835) HOLE IN THE WALL  (7539) 
                   CHILI CHEESE (82-19622) NOTHING BUT DIP  (3042) 
                 POST OFFICE BUILDING (84-4780) S. FORCES 7804  (916) 
                   HANNIBAL LECTER (84-8637) STATE OF MIND  (1582) 
                        BUTT GOBLIN (84-14415) 060310M  (2531) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes