DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/26/2016    Duedate: 11/08/2016

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-253

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TU DU
THE MONSANTIS (112)
(81-1652) [16-9-4,159]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TU DU                          STARSMILE
THE MONSANTIS (112)            WARBOW (170)
(81-1652) [16-9-4,159]         (81-2731) [3-0-0,44]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RYK THE DRAGON                 BLOODY MARIA
BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)         WICKED MARTYRS (148)
(81-2371) [20-22-2,111]        (81-2536) [16-11-1,101]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE MONSANTIS (112)         50
2. CULT OF BACCHUS (4)         46      CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
3. WICKED MARTYRS (148)        44      Unchartered Team
4. OTTO'S DINER (96)           40
5. THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)         27      THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 SHANGHAIED (161)          85  60  2 58.6   1/ 1 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    13  2 0
 2/ 2 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      480 364 15 56.9   2/ 2 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      10  5 1
 3/ 3 SOME KINDA HATE (102)    236 193 18 55.0   3/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      10  5 0
 4/ 4 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    675 567 18 54.3   4/ 9 THE MONSANTIS (112)       9  6 4
 5/ 5 WICKED MARTYRS (148)     197 166 10 54.3   5/ 8 WICKED MARTYRS (148)      8  6 0
 6/ 6 DARQUE AGES (29)         541 481 20 52.9   6/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)         8  7 0
 7/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)        487 457 26 51.6   7/12 THE COMMODORES (150)      8  7 0
 8/ 8 THE COMMODORES (150)     153 165  6 48.1   8/ 4 INEBRIATION (27)          7  8 1
 9/18*THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)        6   7  0 46.2   9/10 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     7  8 1
10/ 0*AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)    16  19  2 45.7  10/ 6 DARQUE AGES (29)          7  8 0
11/ 9 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      440 525 18 45.6  11- 5 SHANGHAIED (161)          6  4 0
12/13 THE MONSANTIS (112)      107 131 10 45.0  12/16*THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)       6  7 0
13/12 PRAY THE GODS (155)       89 112  7 44.3  13/11 ABOMINATION (146)         6  9 1
14/11 ABOMINATION (146)         80 102 10 44.0  14/15 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    6  9 0
15/14 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   332 439 26 43.1  15/14 PRAY THE GODS (155)       5 10 2
16/15 SEARCH THE SKY (136)     150 213  8 41.3  16/17*KILL EM ALL (173)         4  6 1
17/10*WARBOW (170)              10  15  0 40.0  17/13 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      3 12 1
18/16*KILL EM ALL (173)          4   6  1 40.0  18/ 0*AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)    2  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/ 0*DEVIL'S BAG (172)          2   3  0 40.0  19/ 0*DEVIL'S BAG (172)         2  3 0
20/17 INEBRIATION (27)         125 201 11 38.3  20/18*WARBOW (170)              2  8 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                A New Morning Routine

     The dawn light, preceding the sun's presence on the horizon, had finally begun to 
make itself apparent.  The overlapping circles of warm, flickering light given off by 
a half-dozen lanterns, hanging from poles along the front edge of the sand pit, began 
to fade and merge into the surrounding luminescence.  Although many wide, dark pools 
of shadow remained, scattered amongst the buildings and the rest of the training 
grounds, the light in the pit, reflected and enhanced by the white sand, grew stronger 
as the fighters grunted and sweat and breathed hard through flared nostrils.  They 
appeared to be moving in slow motion while in a state of severe discomfort.  Their 
legs were spread apart and trembling as their arms made protracted gestures suggesting 
that the fighters were warding off or deflecting a series of attacks.  The warriors 
shifted their weight from one foot to the other with a deliberate, unhurried calm.  
Their torsos gradually twisted as their thick-soled boots made light troughs in the 
sand to mark where they pivoted.  Meanwhile, their arms moved in sluggish patterns 
suggesting they held either invisible or imaginary blades.  Though they wore neither 
weapons nor helmet, all five gladiators DID wear raggedy old suits of platemail -- 
veteran armor that had somehow survived dozens of forays in the arena.  This 
"experience', coupled with the casual neglect of the average gladiator, was evident.  
The armor was heavy, battered, and every suit had sections where at least one violent, 
passionate thrust had rent a thin gap in a potentially fatal area.  
     Havoc, his frugal eye always on the lookout for a bargain, had haggled the 
"training armor' from every surrounding gladiator guildhouse and "open tent sale' in 
Shadowspire.  Under strict supervision, fledgling warriors had cleaned, polished, and 
repaired their used equipment as best as they were able, although the smells that 
emanated from within, once the metal became warm through sun and exertion, was 
sometimes difficult to stomach.
     A banshee shriek erupted, scattering startled birds in a cacophony of  squawks 
and the fluttering of frantic wings.  Its ear-splitting pitch hurtled up the sonic 
scale and teetered for a brief moment at its apex, then dissolved into the dying, 
pitiful wail of damned souls.  The warriors, grimacing at the ear-piercing screech, 
resolutely focused on the stern face and warning glare of the warrior who led their 
exercise, ignoring the youth with incandescent eyes as he materialized at the edge of 
the pit.  His long, dark hair was swept back from his sharp features and held back by 
a pair of pearl-encrusted combs carved from polished tortoise shell.  He wore a short-
sleeved suit of burnished ringmail that hung halfway to his knees.  A shortsword and 
dagger, sheathed in decorative brass scabbards, dangled at a jaunty angle from a thin 
leather belt which had an intricate design worked into its polished surface.  It was 
worn low and cinched tightly above the youth's narrow hips.  His slender arms were 
crossed; his face wore a puckered smirk that stood in contrast with the intensity of 
his scrutiny as he watched the warriors move and shuffle with slow, methodical 
precision in the sand.
     The Arcane Kid stood still for several moments, staring at the group of 
gladiators as they shifted from pose to pose at a leisurely pace; their movements in 
near-fluid unison.  He noted the sheen of sweat drenching their faces, the trembling 
legs and arms, their heavy breathing.  He shrugged and made a deep sigh, dropping his 
arms as he started toward the fighters.
     Arcane seemed to glide as he strolled around the pit.  Small stones set into the 
hilts of his weapons glittered in the strengthening light.  His armor seemed to glow.  
The Kid stopped just behind the burly fighter who stood in front of the other five, 
facing them, wearing a black byrnie of heavy chainmail.  "Are you about finished?" 
Arcane murmured.  "It seems they are done."
     The broad shoulders made a few elaborate shrugs as the stocky warrior breathed 
deeply.  "Yeah," replied Havoc.  He clapped his hands, then gestured at the gladiators 
as they sagged in front of him.  "You kids can take a break -- get some breakfast, but 
not too much."  He waved toward the obstacle course; the mannequins hanging from their 
posts seemed to wave back in the dissipating gloom of the early morning.
     "Meet me at the Blood Pit in half an hour!"
     Havoc turned and headed back to the office; his pace was quick but, like Arcane, 
his gait was smooth.  The Kid had no problems keeping up; he entered the office close 
behind Havoc's wide back and settled himself into one of the two  plush armchairs with 
an appreciative sigh. "The "Blood Pit'?  That's a trifle melodramatic," chuckled 
Arcane.
     Havoc had maneuvered around the massive desktop, which took up a good quarter of 
the room, and thrown himself into a padded swivel chair.  He glanced over the 
hodgepodge and frowned at the Kid, who was studying the scattered documents and 
accessories with an expression of distaste.  "Yeah, well, they tend to bleed a lot in 
there."  He dropped his eyes to the heaps and stacks of debris.  "Ya got a problem 
with that?"  Arcane waved a slender hand at the mass of paperwork.  "Do YOU have a 
problem?"
     The desk was almost completely covered with numerous uneven piles of unraveled 
scrolls.  At least a dozen thick folders, crammed with odd notes scribbled on scraps 
of parchment, lay stolidly in the middle of the mess, mingled with assorted quills, 
pots of various inks, seals, stamps, and wax tapers.  A slim pamphlet with the title: 
"Tai Chi, the Grand Ultimate Fist' lay on top.  Two large, hooded oil lamps, suspended 
by brass chains, threw a warm, bright cone of light over the entire collection of 
clutter.  "Well, wadda ya have to say?" growled Havoc.  "Go ahead; spit it out!"
     Arcane tilted his head and caused the pearls in his hair to gleam.  He thrust his 
chin at the cluttered desktop.  "You sure you have a handle on this?" 
     "Yeah, I do!" Havoc reached down and opened a lower drawer.  He fished around 
inside and pulled up a large bottle.  He kicked the drawer shut and, without offering 
any to his guest, he twisted off the cap and took a healthy swig. 
     Arcane shook his head in resignation.  "What do you plan to do about that 
bloodfeud?"  
     Havoc wiped his mouth with the back of his calloused hand.  "Which one? Ours or 
theirs?"
     The Kid shrugged and offered a small smile.  "Both, I suppose.  But, if I may, 
I'd like to suggest that you send Eclipse down to handle OUR revenge."
     "Yeah?  Well first of all, ain't you the guy who's always bitchin' about managers 
that down-challenge every chance they get?"  Havoc paused while the Kid shifted 
uncomfortably in his chair.  "Second, ain't you worried about him gettin' himself 
killed?  Nala will likely be lookin' for just this kinda move."  
     Arcane raised a bony finger into the air.  "First, their team name of "Pray the 
Gods' isn't just a whim," Arcane smirked.  "They seem to base their strategy on luck 
and esoteric rituals more than skill."  He shook his narrow head and raised another 
finger.  "Second, no, I'm not worried about Eclipse in that matchup.  Down-challenging 
to bloodfeud isn't exactly smiled upon, but as long as we send an idiot like Eclipse, 
who has damn little chance of killing anyone, I think we'll be okay with our "public 
image'.  Okay?" 
     Havoc tilted backward in his chair; it squeaked out a complaint but it was 
ignored.  He took another deep swallow, capped the bottle, and held it in a languid 
hug. "Well, it don't really matter how that team works its fighters, right?  I mean, 
with our record, ya can't exactly say we're basin' our strategies on the old "tried 
and true'.  Yer always tinkerin' with --" 
     "I like to experiment with different tactics!" The Kid interjected.  "So what?  
How else can we learn anything useful?  I refuse to base my strategies solely on the 
ancient writings within the Enchiridion---"
     "Nobody said ya did!" 
     "Besides, I'm not the only one who likes to try different things." Arcane pointed 
a finger at Havoc. "I noticed you've been reading that pamphlet I sent you--" 
     "Yeah, well, I'm desperate!"  Havoc unscrewed the top off of the bottle and took 
another swig.	
     "Just send Eclipse, Havoc.  He probably won't kill anyone --"
     "Yeah, probably, yer right.  But that ain't it!" Havoc growled. "Spit it out, 
Kid!  Yer worried about the OTHER bloodfeud, ain't ya?  Yer worried about Master 
Darque, am I right?" 
     The Arcane Kid stared at Havoc for a few moments.  His eyes flared with an 
intrinsic light, but Havoc was not intimidated and he did not look away.      
"'Worried' isn't the word I would choose," Arcane frowned.  "I'm realistically 
concerned." 
     "Uh-huh.  About what? Fighters die in the arena, Kid.  New fighters die the 
most."  Havoc leaned forward and placed the bottle on a smaller pile of papers.  "We 
didn't challenge and we didn't have nothin' to do with the match-up," he sighed as he 
leaned back again.  "Darque'll know this." 
     "Yes, I know."  The Kid rose and drifted to the window.  "But there are rumors... 
many rumors.  An odd rustling of energy is infusing the cosmos -- I can feel it.  And 
this month has some special 'magical' properties, I've been told." 
     Havoc snorted.  "We've been here long enough to know that's true!" 
     "Yes, well..." Arcane sighed and studied the sun as it peered over the horizon.  
"There are rumors of a witch, or witches, that have been hired by the Commission for 
some odd purpose -- and I believe that Darque is somehow involved in these 
circumstances."
     Havoc lifted both calloused palms up in a pantomime of surprise.  "And we should 
care... because??"
     The Arcane Kid twisted his thin face into a sour expression.  "Because he's a 
little freak of nature, steeped in local politics and no doubt well-versed in occult 
practices, and I don't trust him!"
     "Uh-huh," nodded Havoc.  He grabbed the bottle, yanked open the bottom drawer, 
tossed it inside and shoved the drawer closed. "Yer not exactly from around here, 
neither," Havoc snorted.  "And Darque probably ain't the only manager with his creepy 
hands up some witch's skirt."
     The Kid turned from the window; his glowing eyes bored into Havoc's 
expressionless face for a few moments.  "True enough," he chuckled.  "Still, make sure 
that concertina wire is secure.  And add some more stakes to the wooded areas near the 
footpath to the outhouses."  The Kid turned to look outside the window again; he faced 
the dawn with a small smile.  "It doesn't matter where they originate; I just don't 
like surprises."
     
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Prior to Turn 252

     "Stand still, this will not hurt," an annoyed voice barked.  A child-like figure 
stood before a muscular gladiator, intricately working his hands and fingers in arcane 
gestures.  Clad in a green hooded robe with black, embroidered edges, the small-bodied 
wizard finished his incantation and uttered, "HAIMORROUSA!"  The gladiator jolted as 
magical energies released upon him, but recovered quickly as the surge dissipated.  A 
warmth overtook Malatesta, a euphoric feeling flowed through his body.
     Shaking his head and not sure what just happened to him, the gladiator looked 
down at the wizard.  He opened his mouth to speak, but the half-demon interrupted him.  
"It is a protection spell.  Your first turn in the arena can be a scary experience.  
No worries now," Darque gave a brief black-fanged smile.  "Now go in with the others," 
Darque gave a dismissive gesture the fighter immediately obeyed.
     "Why did you to lie to him?"  The question originated from a darkened corner of 
the room.  A bald, beardless dwarf emerged from the shadows to stand beside Darque.  
Joining the pair from the darkness of another corner came a similar looking dwarf.  
The twins, Sidon and Tyre, served as Darque's personal bodyguards.  One did not see 
the wizard in public without the pair of Lord Protectors. 
     The wizard looked to Sidon with a feigned look of surprise.  "Whatever do you 
mean?" 
     "I've been with you long enough to know that was not a protection spell.  He 
isn't long for this world, is he?"  As a dwarf, Sidon possessed no magical 
inclinations.  He hated the Arts; however, Sidon had been employed by the half-demon 
for decades.  Only a fool spent time around a wizard and ignored the everyday 
occurrences around him.  Tyre only nodded in agreement with his brother.  While Sidon 
questioned Darque often, he was content to observe and kill the occasional assailant 
that tried to harm the tiny wizard. 
     Darque chuckled, "Very observant.  As to why I lied, it is what I do.  Do you ask 
the wasp why it stings?"  Sidon shrugged and conceded to the wizard's point, but 
Darque could tell other questions swirled in his mind.  "I will answer the question 
you did not ask though by asking you a question.  How would the authorities respond if 
someone were to perform a sacrifice on the sands of the arena?" 
     Sidon did not ponder the question, but answered immediately.  "The local 
authorities would swarm the place, the game might be shut down, and they would 
probably call for the Witch to launch an investigation."  Sidon paused and reflected 
on his answer and how it related to the spell Darque cast moments ago on the rookie 
gladiator.  His head began to bob up and down as he pieced it all together.  "But, if 
a gladiator dies in the arena during the fights, no one will bat an eye." 
     "Excellent!" Darque hissed.  "It is good to know the continued education on the 
Witch's Isle of the Eye is not a complete waste.  I need blood to spill.  How it is 
done is of no importance.  The rites have already been performed, now we wait."  The 
wizard levitated to Sidon's eye level, "The fights will start soon.  I assume all the 
proper paper work has been submitted?"  He did not wait for an answer and glided 
toward the exit.  Sidon nodded, but realized his master did not wait for an answer.  
He instinctively followed behind the half-demon.  His brother, Tyre, joined him and 
they walked statuesquely behind the wizard like two moving columns of chiseled stone.  
     They exited the private room, which connected to the gladiator holding room 
underneath the arena structure.  The Pen, as the gladiators called it, was a large 
open area heavy with the smell of sweat and weapon oil.  The gladiators made their 
final preparations before the games began in this area.  A rhythmic sound of 
sharpening stones sliding across blades mixed with low murmurs and the occasional pop 
of a buffing cloth.  Private rooms encircled the Pen and allowed managers to give last 
minute instructions to their gladiators away from probable opponents and their 
teammates. 
     Leaving the gladiators' waiting area and heading to Darque's private viewing box 
took the trio through the mass of gladiators.  Most parted, unsettled by the sight of 
a half-demon levitating through their midst.  The arena veterans continued chatting, 
only giving Darque and his retinue a glance and room to move through to the exit.  As 
they passed the new gladiators, Sidon reached over and patted the newest recruit to 
the Darque Ages stable on the shoulder and gave an approving nod.  Malatesta smiled 
and returned the nod. 
     Darque turned and gave a mocking grin to Sidon, "Youre such a sentimentalist." 

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                Forewarned Is Forearmed -- Old Latin & English Proverb
     
     On the outlying outskirts of town, far from the maddening crowd of Shadowspire 
arena, stood an all-but-forgotten structure sporting a sun-faded sign announcing to 
passersby: Aaarrgh 2 Armory.  Inside could be found the five original stablemates, 
honing their skills, while debating the worth of awaiting the return of the veteran 
manager, who had disappeared oh so many long years ago.
     "I hear that Hammer is still considering activating another stable," stated 
Seduction Hammer, as she practiced her moves in case the Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz stable 
received the call to reactivate.  
     "Rumor has it that Hammer activated All Swamp Hammerz in North Fork," Perfect 10 
Hammer purred, "but he deactivated them after one outing."
     "No guarantee that he will reactivate our stable!" boomed B Feud Bait Hammer.
     "I heard that Hammer deactivated Bonsor Long Names as well," chimed in Temptress 
Hammer, "also after activating them for one outing!"
     "I got word from Telorinthe," interjected Commander Hammer, "that Hammer has 
indeed activated Aaaarrgh Hammerz."
     "Did they get deactivated after one appearance?" purred Perfect 10 Hammer.
     "No!" Commander Hammer emphatically answered without hesitation. "They are still 
active!"
     There was the light of hope in the faces of all five warriors, as they renewed 
their efforts to be well prepared for the call to compete on the Shadowspire sands, 
should Hammer truly decide to reactivate his Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz stable, after so many 
long years of absence of competing upon the arena sands!

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Finally!  At long last the throne is mine!!  As was prophesied.

As for my opponent Hollowsoul maybe you should change your name to Hollowvessel  
seeing as after the beating you took I don't think there is any blood left in your 
body.

Well I will be graduating soon.  Hope to stay on top until I do.

                                          Your humble DuelMaster,
                                          Bad Roll-Ups

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good afternoon duel fans!  Great to see you in the best no-tourney arena in the 
game!  The original!  Accept no substitutes!  This is Shadowspire.  You gentlemen (and 
any ladies present) have been deadly the last few turns.  This deadliness is not from 
a numeric perspective either, but one of experience.  Many experienced warriors have 
lost their lives since last turn.  Phineas is off getting ready to report on the 
tourney, so you are stuck with me, Huard DePriest, arena color commentator and spy 
reporter extraordinaire!  The old goat can have that assignment!  I have no interest 
in being around so many walking dead.  A funny, personable guy like me could lose his 
head in such a crowd.  Let's take a look at this turn's action.
     We had a rarity occur on the sands of Shadowspire this turn in the title fight.  
Bad Roll-Ups was sitting comfortably upon the throne as of last turn.  Below him, he 
witnessed the carnage that took the lives' of many gladiators.  One of those 
gladiators, Human Centipede, was a teammate that fell by the blade of Tu Du from The 
Monsantis.  Bad Roll-Ups decided to take up his fallen teammate's honor and challenge 
Tu Du in a bloodfeud.  Duel fans, it was not a good decision as Bad Roll-Ups was 
assassinated and Tu Du takes over the throne.  To this reporter's knowledge, Bad Roll-
Ups is only the 2nd sitting Duelmaster to die defending the throne (excluding deaths 
after graduation notices).  Trivia question:  Who was the only other non-immortal 
Duelmaster to die in defense of the throne?
     The most avoided team this turn was... well, it would have been Shanghaied if 
they were active.  Instead, the most avoided and active team was Inebriation and the 
team avoiding them most was actually a 3-way tie between Cult of Bacchus, Wicked 
Martyrs, and Darque Ages.  The most challenged warrior this turn was Hrotsvitha.  I 
never bothered to learn how to pronounce her name.  That was a wise decision on my 
part because she is now dead, killed by Shem from Pray the Gods.
     I mentioned it was another deadly turn.  It was not as deadly as last turn when 
we lost three 30+ FE warriors, but turn 253 will certainly be discussed at Otto's 
Diner this week.  As mentioned, our former Duelmaster was killed.  His death was 
perhaps the most shocking and newsworthy.  Bad Roll-Ups' final tally in the arena was 
21-15-0.  Another veteran warrior, Pyrat from Inebriation, also bid his final farewell 
to the arena crowds this week.  He leaves with a 7-11-1 record.  Flare, a young 
warrior from Search the Sky, died this turn too.  There were no random deaths this 
turn.  Every death involved a challenge.  Is there some omen attached to such 
weirdness?  'Tis the season for such things, I suppose.
     Before talking about the team rankings, let me first welcome Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz 
back to Shadowspire.  I'd also like to welcome the new team, Devil's Bag, to the arena 
as well.  I know that Hammer manages Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz and has just recently returned 
to Alastari.  To Devil's Bag, introduce yourself and make yourself at home.  You will 
find the place... mostly friendly.  
     Dragonbane Guild remains the top team in the arena.  Shanghaied and Inebriation 
drop out of the top 5, and they are replaced by The Monsantis and Wicked Martyrs.  The 
Monsantis and The Commodores (apparently you need "the" article to be successful this 
turn) had the biggest gains by jumping up 5 spots.  Through inactivity, Shanghaied 
fell the farthest with a 6 place fall, while among active teams, Inebriation took the 
largest drop, falling 4 to 8th.
     That does it for me, duel fans!  I hope you had a wonderful time in the arena 
this cycle.  I will most likely see you again next turn as Phineas wraps up his 
tourney coverage.  Does Abomination have anyone or anything to avenge their fallen 
teammates against Tu Du?  Four bloodfeuds saw honor restored this cycle from previous 
turns' slayings.  Are the fallen avenged or will the feuds continue?  Join us next 
turn to find out!

                                          -- Huard DePriest

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TU DU 1652                   16   9  4   159       THE MONSANTIS (112)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUPERWEED 1675               13  11  2   131       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 BLUE DRAGON 2332             21  28  0   119       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 RYK THE DRAGON 2371          20  22  2   111       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 THE EMPRESS WU 2164          30  17  0   107       DARQUE AGES (29)
 BLOODY MARIA 2536            16  11  1   101       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 KOSTAGART 2667                9   4  1   100       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 WARWULF 2580                 14   5  0    97       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 HOLLOWSOUL 2414              17  18  2    95       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 POLITELKOREKNES 2227         15  12  4    95       ABOMINATION (146)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WYLD TURKEY 2505             14  15  2    89       INEBRIATION (27)
-BLACKJACK JOHNSON 2595       13   6  1    88       SHANGHAIED (161)
 BRUTAL GRUNGE 2390           23  15  0    87       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ALCESTE 2355                 22  21  0    87       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
-SWABBIE SAM 2632             12   3  0    87       SHANGHAIED (161)
 ZATHOG 2399                  17  21  1    76       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 KROW 2504                    17  10  0    70       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHITE LIGHTNING 2486         16  15  2    65       INEBRIATION (27)
 FAST HACK 'EM 9 2653          6   8  0    65       THE COMMODORES (150)
 STORMCLAW 2569               12  10  1    64       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-TWO-TON TIMMONS 2578         13   8  0    59       SHANGHAIED (161)
 BRONTAY 2707                  5   1  0    57       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HELLBRAISER 2693              6   4  1    56       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 PLAN COLUMBIA 1612           12  15  1    54       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 STRABO 2689                   6   4  0    53       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ORLANDO 2688                  6   3  0    53       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ECLIPSE 2565                 10   4  0    51       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 STARSMILE 2731                3   0  0    44       WARBOW (170)
 TRISTAN 2669                  7   5  0    42       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 SCHENDLE 2596                 8   8  2    41       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 AGLAIA 2609                   7  12  0    41       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 CYCLOTRODE X 2673             9   3  1    40       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 LUXLORD BLACK 2608            8  11  1    38       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ZAYLA 2695                    5   2  0    38       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 JANNA 2581                    9  10  0    37       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 FIREBALL 2705                 6   2  0    36       INEBRIATION (27)
 KYBURN 2668                   8   5  0    35       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 LUIPADA 2721                  4   2  1    35       DARQUE AGES (29)
 DRAGON SCARRED 2644          10   4  0    34       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHEM 2719                     4   2  1    33       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 TEMPTRESS HAMMER 460          2   5  0    30       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 PERFECT 10 HAMMER 462         4   3  0    29       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
-POWDER MONKEY 2683            5   5  0    28       SHANGHAIED (161)
-LOOKOUT LARRY 2656            7   6  0    27       SHANGHAIED (161)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DESTINY 2703                  5   3  0    27       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 HILL GIANT 2694               5   5  0    26       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 HALFBUCK 2710                 3   2  0    26       WARBOW (170)
 HORRID 2659                   6   7  0    25       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 MUTANT CAMEL 2678             6   6  0    24       THE COMMODORES (150)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 B FEUD BAIT HAMMER 461        4   3  1    22       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 BARSTOOL BRAD 2706            5   3  0    21       INEBRIATION (27)
 NALA 2700                     2   5  1    21       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 BAD MATCH-UPS 2743            2   1  0    21       ABOMINATION (146)
 MAMA LLAMA 2742               3   0  0    20       THE COMMODORES (150)
 ZIM SALA BIM 2708             2   6  0    20       THE COMMODORES (150)
 SPHINX 2755                   3   0  1    19       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 NEETA 2702                    3   4  0    19       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 BLOODLUST 2769                2   0  1    18       KILL EM ALL (173)
 THYME LORD 2752               2   1  0    17       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 ASPIRE 2B GREAT 2750          2   1  0    17       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ANN BASSETT 2745              2   0  0    16       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 COMMANDER HAMMER 459          4   3  0    15       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 DARK ACT 2717                 3   3  1    15       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 SEDUCTION HAMMER 458          2   5  1    15       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 SABPOCK 2756                  1   0  0    14       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 BOB DALTON 2748               2   1  0    13       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 PSYCHO STYX 2771              1   1  0    13       KILL EM ALL (173)
 DEACON JIM 2777               1   0  0    12       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 MISFORTUNE COOKIE 2783        1   0  0    10       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 AGENT ORANGE 2762             1   1  0     9       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 HYDRA 2753                    2   1  0     8       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 JET-BOOT JACK 2741            2   1  0     8       THE COMMODORES (150)
 CAELUMI 2765                  1   1  1     7       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 S.O.S. 2766                   1   1  0     7       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 KNIFEFIST 2714                1   4  0     7       WARBOW (170)
 MOONSHADOW 2735               1   3  0     6       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 DUST 2757                     1   0  0     6       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 MALLEOS PRIMUS 2764           1   1  0     6       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 MELLOW JELLO 2784             1   0  0     6       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 NIGHTCLOUD 2732               1   2  0     5       WARBOW (170)
 PHASE-SPIDER 2754             1   2  0     5       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 REPULSIVE 2781                1   0  0     5       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 STORMGIRL 2712                0   5  0     5       WARBOW (170)
 MALAKAI 2768                  1   1  0     4       KILL EM ALL (173)
 NASTY PELOSI 2733             0   4  0     4       ABOMINATION (146)
 CHOKE 2767                    0   2  0     2       KILL EM ALL (173)
 EMMETT DALTON 2761            0   2  0     2       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 CLARA D'ANDUZA 2780           0   1  0     1       DARQUE AGES (29)
 BRACKISH 2782                 0   1  0     1       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 BELLE STAR 2778               0   1  0     1       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 DEUMUS 2758                   0   1  0     1       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 SERAPHIM 2760                 0   1  0     1       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 NYBRAS 2759                   0   1  0     1       DEVIL'S BAG (172)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BAD ROLL-UPS 2130      21 15 0 ABOMINATION 146      TU DU 1652            253   
DA5 2785                0  1 0 ABOMINATION 146      SPYMASTER             253  NONE
HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2132   18 18 2 ABOMINATION 146      TU DU 1652            252   
DARQUE SMELLS 2779      0  1 0 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS 19 DARK CHAMPION         253  NONE
HATEFUL DESIRE 2457    16 17 2 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS 19 POLITELKOREKNES 2227  252  JUST REVENGED
HROTSVITHA 2730         3  2 0 DARQUE AGES 29       SHEM 2719             253   
MALATESTA 2763          0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       CAELUMI 2765          252  JUST REVENGED
PYRAT 2615              7 11 1 INEBRIATION 27       KOSTAGART 2667        253   

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BLITZ 2770              0  2 0 KILL EM ALL 173      STONE GOLEM           253  NONE
CELERY STALKER 2676     7  4 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      SUPERWEED 1675        252   
CURD BURGLAR 2598      11  7 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      WHITE LIGHTNING 2486  252  JUST REVENGED
FLARE 2736              1  3 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   DARK ACT 2717         253   
SYZYGY 2633             1  4 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   NALA 2700             251  JUST REVENGED
DELLA ROSE 2746         0  1 0 THE OUTLAWS 7 171    BLOODLUST 2769        252   
EMMETT DALTON 2744      0  1 0 THE OUTLAWS 7 171    SPHINX 2755           251   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Outlaws 7 -- See waste.  See waste's first cycle.  See waste killed by a...  What 
a waste! -- Bloodlust

Tu Du -- Right!  My friends are gonna get you for that!!! -- Ghost of Human Centipede

Ghost of Hateful Desire -- Oops!  Guess I don't know my own strength. -- 
Politelkoreknes

Mutant Camel -- Given your "noticeable" deficiencies it was no wonder I won.  What I 
am wondering is why you aren't playing in the DA?  Just saying... -- Bad Match-Ups

Aspire 2B Great -- Can you hear it? I can.  It's coming! -- Nasty Pelosi

All -- I have contacted the Gladiatorial Commission to reactivate my stable here in 
Shadowspire!  They will remain active for the foreseeable future! -- Hammer, mgr 
Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz

The Outlaws 7 -- I like The Outlaws 8 at least one better than you. -- Den

Politelkoreknes -- Seriously?  How in the world a warrior of your style gets that many 
kills is crazy.  Quite a feat, but now I have to kill you for killing my brother. -- 
Ryk the Dragon

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BLITZ was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
DARQUE SMELLS was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena duel.
DA5 was murdered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
BAD ROLL-UPS was assassinated by TU DU in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud Title duel.
RYK THE DRAGON viciously subdued POLITELKOREKNES in a 2 minute Bloodfeud fight.
ECLIPSE unbelievably bested NALA in a popular 4 minute bloody Bloodfeud duel.
HELLBRAISER beat WHITE LIGHTNING in a 2 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
LUIPADA overpowered CAELUMI in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud melee.
EMMETT DALTON lost to SPHINX in a 1 minute beginner's Bloodfeud duel.
WYLD TURKEY was defeated by WARWULF in a action packed 4 minute Challenge duel.
PLAN COLUMBIA was narrowly defeated by STORMCLAW in a 5 minute Challenge fight.
PYRAT was executed by KOSTAGART in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge fight.
BRONTAY devastated DRAGON SCARRED in a 2 minute brutal mismatched Challenge conflict.
FAST HACK 'EM 9 demolished CYCLOTRODE X in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
SCHENDLE was overcome by STRABO in a popular 1 minute Challenge conflict.
AGLAIA was vanquished by KROW in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
ZAYLA viciously subdued HALFBUCK in a 4 minute brutal Challenge fray.
ZIM SALA BIM was devastated by TRISTAN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
DESTINY defeated THYME LORD in a 3 minute Challenge bout.
DARK ACT killed FLARE in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
SHEM killed HROTSVITHA in a 3 minute Challenge match.
NEETA defeated HYDRA in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
ASPIRE 2B GREAT bested S.O.S. in a 5 minute novice's Challenge contest.
NIGHTCLOUD was defeated by BARSTOOL BRAD in a 5 minute Challenge duel.
AGENT ORANGE savagely defeated MOONSHADOW in a 2 minute beginner's Challenge bout.
BLOODLUST overcame MALLEOS PRIMUS in a 2 minute novice's Challenge contest.
MALAKAI was subdued by BOB DALTON in a 5 minute novice's Challenge fight.
STORMGIRL was vanquished by PSYCHO STYX in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BRUTAL GRUNGE was vanquished by BLUE DRAGON in a exciting 5 minute one-sided fight.
SUPERWEED savagely defeated ZATHOG in a popular 2 minute gruesome expert's duel.
THE EMPRESS WU was savagely defeated by BLOODY MARIA in a 3 minute competition.
ALCESTE was savagely defeated by HOLLOWSOUL in a popular 3 minute expert's duel.
LUXLORD BLACK was luckily beaten by STARSMILE in a 3 minute fight.
JANNA was handily defeated by ORLANDO in a action packed 1 minute mismatched match.
KYBURN defeated B FEUD BAIT HAMMER in a 5 minute brutal struggle.
FIREBALL subdued COMMANDER HAMMER in a exciting 2 minute struggle.
HORRID was overcome by PERFECT 10 HAMMER in a 2 minute fight.
SEDUCTION HAMMER was subdued by HILL GIANT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
MUTANT CAMEL was savagely defeated by TEMPTRESS HAMMER in a popular 4 minute duel.
JET-BOOT JACK viciously subdued CLARA D'ANDUZA in a 8 minute brutal amateur's bout.
MAMA LLAMA handily defeated DEUMUS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BAD MATCH-UPS defeated SERAPHIM in a 2 minute beginner's battle.
ANN BASSETT won victory over PHASE-SPIDER in a 1 minute novice's struggle.
NASTY PELOSI was handily defeated by DEACON JIM in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
CHOKE was defeated by MELLOW JELLO in a 3 minute novice's brawl.
KNIFEFIST was handily defeated by SABPOCK in a 1 minute brutal mismatched melee.
NYBRAS was overpowered by MISFORTUNE COOKIE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BELLE STAR was defeated by REPULSIVE in a 2 minute novice's duel.
DUST beat BRACKISH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute novice's fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  14         TOTAL PARRY       44 -  32 -  2      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         WALL OF STEEL     45 -  37 -  2      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 12         AIMED BLOW        33 -  30 -  0      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     11         BASHING ATTACK    42 -  39 -  6      52  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         STRIKING ATTACK   47 -  44 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    9         PARRY-RIPOSTE     27 -  33 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         LUNGING ATTACK    56 -  71 -  4      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      6         PARRY-LUNGE       27 -  36 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         SLASHING ATTACK   36 -  48 -  5      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  23 -  2      36  |

Turn 253 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     TU DU 1652                 16   9  4  159 THE MONSANTIS (112)
BASHING ATTACK   SUPERWEED 1675             13  11  2  131 THE MONSANTIS (112)
TOTAL PARRY      THE EMPRESS WU 2164        30  17  0  107 DARQUE AGES (29)
WALL OF STEEL    BRUTAL GRUNGE 2390         23  15  0   87 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
PARRY-LUNGE      ALCESTE 2355               22  21  0   87 SOME KINDA HATE (102)
LUNGING ATTACK   WHITE LIGHTNING 2486       16  15  2   65 INEBRIATION (27)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    STORMCLAW 2569             12  10  1   64 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
AIMED BLOW       BRONTAY 2707                5   1  0   57 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
SLASHING ATTACK  HELLBRAISER 2693            6   4  1   56 OTTO'S DINER (96)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZAYLA 2695                  5   2  0   38 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
The overall popularity leader is RYK THE DRAGON 2371.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BLOODY MARIA 2536.  The ten other most popular fighters were WYLD TURKEY 
2505, SUPERWEED 1675, TEMPTRESS HAMMER 460, RYK THE DRAGON 2371, BLUE DRAGON 2332, 
HOLLOWSOUL 2414, LUXLORD BLACK 2608, NALA 2700, FIREBALL 2705, and WARWULF 2580.

The least popular fighter this week was MALAKAI 2768.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NIGHTCLOUD 2732, NYBRAS 2759, KNIFEFIST 2714, NASTY PELOSI 2733, 
PHASE-SPIDER 2754, SERAPHIM 2760, DEUMUS 2758, MUTANT CAMEL 2678, BRUTAL GRUNGE 2390, 
and STORMGIRL 2712.