DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/23/2016    Duedate: 12/06/2016

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-255

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TU DU
THE MONSANTIS (112)
(81-1652) [18-9-4,172]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TU DU                          B FEUD BAIT HAMMER
THE MONSANTIS (112)            AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
(81-1652) [18-9-4,172]         (81-461) [6-3-1,52]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RYK THE DRAGON                 JANNA
BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)         PRAY THE GODS (155)
(81-2371) [22-22-2,131]        (81-2581) [11-10-0,54]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MONSANTIS (112)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KILL EM ALL (173)           35
2. DARQUE AGES (29)            34      SHANGHAIED (161)
3. SHANGHAIED (161)            33      Unchartered Team
4. OTTO'S DINER (96)           29
5. ABOMINATION (146)           28      AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SHANGHAIED (161)          89  66  2 57.4   1/ 3 THE MONSANTIS (112)      12  3 4
 2/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      485 369 15 56.8   2/ 5 DARQUE AGES (29)         11  4 0
 3/ 5 SOME KINDA HATE (102)    239 200 18 54.4   3/ 8 THE COMMODORES (150)     10  4 0
 4/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    680 571 18 54.4   4/ 2 INEBRIATION (27)         10  5 2
 5/ 7 WICKED MARTYRS (148)     200 173 10 53.6   5/ 4 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      10  5 0
 6/ 8 DARQUE AGES (29)         550 482 20 53.3   6/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)         9  6 0
 7/ 9 OTTO'S DINER (96)        493 461 26 51.7   7/ 1 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     8  6 0
 8/10 THE COMMODORES (150)     160 167  6 48.9   8/13 PRAY THE GODS (155)       8  7 1
 9/13*AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)    22  23  3 48.9   9/15*AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)    8  7 1
10/ 4*THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)       11  12  0 47.8  10/ 9*THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)       8  7 0
11/11 THE MONSANTIS (112)      115 133 12 46.4  11/11*KILL EM ALL (173)         7  8 0
12/12 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      443 532 18 45.4  12/10 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       6  9 0
13/14 PRAY THE GODS (155)       95 116  7 45.0  13/ 6 WICKED MARTYRS (148)      6  9 0
14/18*KILL EM ALL (173)          9  11  1 45.0  14/18 SOME KINDA HATE (102)     5 10 1
15/15 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   335 446 26 42.9  15/12 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      5 10 0
16/16 ABOMINATION (146)         80 112 10 41.7  16/14 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    5 10 0
17/17 SEARCH THE SKY (136)     154 219  8 41.3  17/19*NO MEANING 2 (174)        4  6 1
18/ 1*NO MEANING 2 (174)         4   6  1 40.0  18/16 SHANGHAIED (161)          4  6 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20 INEBRIATION (27)         133 203 13 39.6  19/21*WARBOW (170)              4 11 0
20/21*WARBOW (170)              13  22  0 37.1  20/20*DEVIL'S BAG (172)         2  8 0
21/19*DEVIL'S BAG (172)          2   8  0 20.0  21/17 ABOMINATION (146)         1 14 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                   Painful Meeting

     Life is full of 'hard little truths'.  I remember when I first figured that out; 
I think I was ten or eleven.  We were sitting around the table: my mother, my father 
(this was before he took off), myself and my three sisters.  We were eating a 
delicious stew, which was a welcome surprise. It was our first 'meat' meal in a week. 
For the past few days dinner had been 'stinky cheese' omelettes mixed with potatoes 
diced fine.  (That's how you get three eggs to feed five.)  We were scraping by, but 
we were getting by.  However, neither of my parents seemed especially happy or hungry 
that day, but my sisters and I really digging into that yummy stew.
     Meanwhile my parents, with their unique brand of quiet intentness, argued in 
harsh whispers, hard looks, and half-mumbled curses.  When she wasn't glaring into my 
father's dark eyes, my mom kept looking at us, in a weird, brooding fashion that was 
unsettling.  My sisters and I were chomping away, and I crunched down on a bit of 
bone, and looked around for Maxie.  He loved bones.
     That's when I noticed that my dog was missing...  Yeah oh yeah.  There are trade-
offs in life. 
     Like living in Shadowspire, for instance.  This place has certain advantages and 
problems that just wouldn't exist in a simple hamlet like the place where I grew up.  
For one thing, since its economy is largely based on the gladiators, Shadowspire 
offers a certain amount of leniency towards the unsavory characters that make up its 
gladitorial games.  That allows all sorts of people to rub shoulders (and blades) with 
each other, which means that the city always has a little 'friction' happening 
somewhere.  I guess the city council feels they have to bend a little here and there 
if they plan on making any sort of money.  And they do make a lot of money.  Even 
though the 'golden age' of the arena games are long gone, there's still a respectable 
amount of loot to be made from the phenomenon of death, skillfully administered.  I 
guess that can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.
     On the more positive side, there's the Citizens' Health and Welfare Program that 
is  funded, in part, by the gladiators themselves (taken as a sort of 'tax' from their 
winnings).  One example of the benefits of the program are the clinics scattered 
across Shadowspire.  They take anything and everything for payment, and if they think 
you have a chance at recovering, they'll let you pay in installments.
     Two days ago I had stumbled into the Southside clinic, torn and broken and trying 
hard to press the blood back into my ruptured gut. I managed to drag out my purse from 
its hiding place and tossed it onto the floor.  I fell down next to it. 
     Thanks to the gladiators in Shadowspire, there is no short supply of doctors with 
a fair amount of experience in trauma of all kinds.  And they know better than to 
waste time and energy asking pointless and annoying questions.  I was sewn up like a 
tough old leather breastpiece, and placed in a clean bed in one of the back rooms of 
the clinic.
     Of course, I knew when I dragged myself across their threshold that their magics 
and safeguards would guarantee that I was genuinely hurt and unarmed.  All I had to do 
was hold off passing out until I made it inside; I knew I would be safe, then -- at 
least for a while. 
     There isn't a lot of consensus amongst the powers-that-be in this city, but ONE 
thing everyone seems to agree about is the idea that clinics, hospitals, and the 
people inside are 'untouchable'.  A sort of 'neutral zone'.
     I took shallow breaths; my ribs insisted that I do so.  I hoped I didn't have to 
puke any more; I didn't want to tear the stitches that ran diagonally across my upper 
abdomen and my lower back. I breathed deep and tried to keep the room from spinning.  
The doctors had told me that there is always a little nausea accompanying a 
concussion.  Yeah oh yeah. The negative aspects of living in a city like Shadowspire.  
Trade-offs.
     I had given the seal to the doctor and told him where to deliver it.  He was 
hesitant, but the sharp-eyed brunette nurse was very interested in the promise of 
payment.  She practically snatched it out of my blood-splattered hand and scurried out 
of the clinic.  I let myself go back to sleep at this point.  I had done all I could. 

                                      * * * * *

     The glowing eyes of the slender youth studied the bandaged form sleeping on the 
modest cot.  However, the youth's stocky, scowling companion merely spent a quick 
glance at the sleeping man before contemplating their surroundings.  They stood in a 
thin-walled stall, with only a sheet draped across the opening for privacy.  It was at 
one end of a long, rectangular room, with five similar stalls around them; all but two 
were empty.  The burly man's grizzled flattop gleamed in the lamplight as he paced 
with a slow, measured gait back and forth between the foot of the cot and the sheet.  
His coal-black byrnie appeared to be a thick mesh of sturdy rings, heavy and 
ponderous, but the frowning warrior moved in a fluid, effortless fashion. 
     "Calm down, Havoc.  We're probably very safe here."
     "Calm down my ass!" Havoc replied in a gravel-like harsh whisper.  "I hadda leave 
my battle axe in the little booth outside; I ain't happy!"
     "Well, you weren't the one stabbed and clubbed, were you?" The Arcane Kid studied 
the blank, wide face, bristly with two days of beard speckled with white.  He rubbed 
the blue enameled seal as he turned it over and over in his hand.  "I wonder who he 
ran into," mused the Kid.
     "Not, 'who'.  It's 'whom'."
     Arcane looked up and threw a quizzical expression at Havoc. "Since when did you 
become a grammarian?"
     Havoc shrugged.  "It was more than one guy.  See?"  His thick fingers jabbed the 
air above the sleeping patient.  "Here's where he got clubbed.  Heavy, blunt-force 
trauma.  A war hammer, I'm guessing.  A mace would'a smashed through the leather armor 
better; would'a left some tears and rips in it, anyways."
     "You checked his armor?"
     "Yeah."  Havoc shrugged his broad shoulders.  "All his clothes and stuff is in a 
bag on a coatrack over there."  He nodded toward the outer area.  "I just did a quick 
inventory, sort of."
     The Kid pursed his thin lips and tilted his head. "So the abdominal injuries...?"
     "The lower one 'cross the left o' his spine, just above the hip..."  Havoc waved 
his open hand over the lower half of the unconscious form.  "That's too shallow to be 
a sword cut, even a glancin' blow would look different.  This was from a dagger.  
Standard issue arena-type, if ya ask me."
     "I suppose I did," snapped Arcane.  "You were peeking at the charts, too, weren't 
you?  How did you manage that?!"
     Havoc sighed deeply and shook his head.
     "And that hole in his gut kinda overlaps the cut from behind.  Looks more like an 
arrow wound to me, Kid.  Likely he pulled it outta hisself."
     "Ridiculous," muttered Arcane, shaking his head.  "Ridiculous."  He turned his 
attention to the seal in his hand.   With a slow, careful motion he lifted the gold 
badge toward the oil lamp hanging from the ceiling; it fit neatly into his slender 
palm.  Its design displayed a sturdy falchion of gold, with a silver star blazing 
above it, inlaid into an indigo blue enamel, and smeared with dried blood that had 
seeped into its tiny crevices.  

                                      * * * * *

     "I don't believe that Darque would get his slimy paws dirty," Arcane muttered.  
"Besides, I've had a few people drop by that pawnshop.  There's an imp behind the 
counter, and a couple of ex-gladiators doing security inside.  Everything seems 
normal."
     "All these 'lesser' imps look the same," I groaned.  My head ached; my ears were 
pounding away with every heartbeat. I wasn't certain about the cause.  Could be the 
beating I took three days ago.  Could be the idiotic questions the Kid kept tossing at 
me.
     "Yes, well..." Arcane looked out the barracks window and stared at the men 
training in the sand pit.  He stared for a long while.  I closed my eyes and tried to 
slow my heartbeat, hoping that it might ease the explosions in my head.
     "You said that you went into the pawnshop after you saw a flash of light, yes?  
You saw the imp lying in a puddle of rust-colored blood, you said?"
     I didn't even bother to open my eyes.  "Yeah, yeah," I murmured.  "Darque called 
to the dwarf with the spear," I recited again.  "He went into the shop.  There was 
another flash of light, similar to the first one I saw.  After a few minutes I decided 
to look inside."  I took a break and did some deep breathing, nice and slow.
     "The imp was spread out on the counter, face turned away from the door, but very, 
very dead."
     "The pool of blood told you that?" the Kid sneered.
     "The shortsword sticking out of his chest was my first clue," I whispered.  "But 
yeah, all that blood... his robe was soaked with it, drenched with it, and it kept 
dripping down onto the floor..."
     "Hhhmmm."  The Kid didn't sound like he placed a lot of faith in my story.  I was 
tempted to feel bad about that, but I had bigger problems to deal with first.
     "Look, I'm not saying it's not crazy.  I get that."  I felt the pounding behind 
my eyes, as if the pressure from my heart was actually pushing away at them from 
inside my skull.  "But look, it all fits.  The Cult's little rituals go awry, and they 
end up with four weapon breaks in five fights."
     "Yes, but to be fair, DeGotti is known to be a bit shoddy when it comes to the 
correct phrasing, tonality, and gestures of his conjuring."
     I opened my eyes in surprise.  The Kid was still staring out the window.
     "How do you know this?"
     "You're not the only informant on my payroll," Arcane scoffed with his 
contemptuous smile.  "Of course, it doesn't help that he's almost as cheap as Havoc 
when it comes to buying his weapons."
     I didn't mean to laugh. I didn't want to chuckle.  I couldn't help myself, 
however, and ended up almost crying from the pain racking my ribs and shooting through 
my gut.
     "I think he'd argue that he's more 'frugal' than cheap," I gasped.
     "Whatever," Arcane waved a slender hand in a dismissive gesture.  He was still 
watching the men training.  "The fact is, strange things are happening across 
Alastari, and Master Darque is somehow pulling on a variety of strings from the center 
of it."
     "That almost makes sense," I muttered.  That's all I remembered for a while.

     
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                               Shadowspire Sword Shoppe

     Hammer had every intention to deactivate his Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz stable, but when 
he found the time to do so, the clerk at the Shadowspire Arena Gladiatorial Commission 
was 'Out To Lunch', or so the sign hanging in the window of the locked building 
stated.
     As fate would have it, not only did Hammer get side tracked from deactivating his 
stable, but Commander Hammer had succeeded in slaying Bad Match-Ups of the Abomination 
stable.
     Talk about Irony!  This was the same pattern of misfortune that had occurred in 
Morya Arena, when Hammer had considered deactivating his Flowered Hammerz stable.
     Hammer was not so vindictive as to continue running a stable for the sake of a 
Blood Feud, as was the case a few weeks back when after deactivating his Bonsur Long 
Names stable, for some inexplicable reason his lone warrior The Arena Stalker was sent 
out by the Bonsur Gladiatorial Commission to face Ms. Refinement of Ladies Of Quality.  
You guessed it, my friends!  The Arena Stalker now stalks no more!  Slain on the 
Bonsur Arena sands!
     Hammer figured that it must be a new policy for stables who have a Free Fight to 
have the top warrior from that stable go out on the arena sands to fight for free!  
     The same thing was transpiring in North Fork Arena, where Swamp Bogg Hammer was 
still fighting, even though Hammer asked the Gladiatorial Commission to deactivate his 
All Swamp Hammerz stable.
     Swamp Bogg Hammer currently held the Popularity Leader position and was also 
fighting for free!  Hammer had decided to allow Swamp Bogg Hammer to continue fighting 
in North Fork Arena, as long as he continued to qualify for a Free Fight every month.  
However, the veteran manager decided against activating his Bonsur Long Names just for 
the sake of Avenging a Blood Feud. But this new development in Shadowspire Arena was 
another matter entirely!  
     As in Morya Arena, the veteran manager decided against deactivating his stable, 
allowing for his warrior to face the possible Blood Feud from the Abominations stable.  
Therefore, instead of deactivating Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz, the veteran manager chose to 
remain active in Shadowspire Arena.
     Hammer gathered his five warriors together to inform them of his decision, plus 
introduce them to a Shagornan Elf maiden in his employ, one Dusk Blade, who was to be 
the proprietor of the newly opened Shadowspire Sword Shoppe.  Dusk Blade would serve 
as the eyes and ears of Hammer in and around Shadowspire Arena, while his five 
warriors continued to operate the Aaarrgh 2 Armory.
     Hammer had other business to attend to in Seam.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome to the land of no tournaments, Shadowspire arena!  It is good to see each 
of you here for this cycle's action.  There are various festivals and celebrations 
taking place throughout the lands, but it looks as if Shadowspire was just as busy as 
ever with fights, feuds, and death!  It was a great turn for some and a disappointment 
for others!  Where did you find yourself on turn 255?
     TU DU of THE MONSANTIS has been our stalwart champion these past few turns.  He 
took the throne by killing the reigning Duelmaster on turn 253, fending off a 
bloodfeud on turn 254, and he actively challenged a Challenger Champion this turn.  TU 
DU fought BLOODY MARIA of WICKED MARTYRS and came out victorious to keep the throne 
for the third consecutive turn.  For his mastery in the arena, TU DU has also been 
invited to the Isle of the Eye.  Congrats for being Duelmaster once again and on the 
issuance of your Lord Protectorship!  TU DU is managed by MANTA (should I add the 
CLAUS for the holiday season)?
     The most avoided team is THE COMMODORES, who are managed by Hombre.  The team 
avoiding most this cycle is WICKED MARTYRS.  The golems say that SHEM of PRAY THE GODS 
was the most challenged warrior this turn.  It looks as if SHEM was on the receiving 
end of a bloodfeud this turn from STRABO of DARQUE AGES.  SHEM lost to STRABO in a 2 
minute bout.  There were a few down challenges this turn as well.  For those that 
don't like me talking about the down challenges, might I suggest you stop doing them 
if you don't want to hear about it.  I'll start at the top where PLAN COLUMBIA down 
challenged AGLAIA by a mere 32 points.  No surprises as PLAN COLUMBIA of THE MONSANTIS 
beat AGLAIA of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS in a one-sided fight.  The next one was minor by 
recognition and questionable by FE as KNIFEFIST of WARBOW down challenged REPULSIVE of 
WICKED MARTYRS by 4 points.  DMobster has shown himself to be ambivalent concerning 
down challenges.  The final one witnessed ASPIRE 2B GREAT of BIG LAKE OUTCASTS going 
down 10 points to face PETRUS RIGA of DARQUE AGES.  ASPIRE 2B GREAT's face can only be 
described "in disbelief" as PETRUS RIGA won in a 2 minute bout.
     There was some significant movement in the team rankings this turn.  THE 
MONSANTIS takes over the top spot with an 12-3-4 record. Take a long look at that 
record!  You can clearly see THE MONSANTIS are more likely to kill you than to lose!  
Huard warned you last turn, and I will echo his words this turn, steer clear!  DARQUE 
AGES moved into 2nd place after a 5-0-0 turn.  THE COMMODORES enter the top 5 with a 
4-0-0 finish this cycle.  PRAY THE GODS and AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ made significant steps 
in the rankings as well with the former moving 5 spots up to 8th and the latter 
jumping 6 places into 9th.  The biggest losses for the turn belong to WICKED MARTYRS 
and DRAGONBANE GUILD.  WICKED MARTYRS slipped by 7 in the rankings to 13th after a 1-
4-0 turn.  Our former number 1 team, DRAGONBANE GUILD, moved down to 7th after a 2-3-0 
effort.
     I hope Arenamaster has a surplus of torches lying around because they burned long 
and bright last night after 9 Dark Arena fights. There were many repeat customers as 
ABOMINATION sent 4 and SEARCH THE SKY sent 2 to fight by torchlight.  Most 
participants were new warriors with the occasional Apprentice and a single Initiate 
level fighter.  There was only one death during the regular fights.  It is no surprise 
that THE MONSANTIS scored that kill.  DEACON JIM of THE OUTLAWS 7 fought his last 
fight against AGENT ORANGE.  There were 6 bloodfeuds this turn as well.  The results 
were equally favorable for the challengers and defenders at 3-3 for the turn.
     It is nice to see all the new and returning team in the arena. Welcome to each of 
you!  If you have not introduced yourself, please do so (WARBOW, NO MEANING 2, and 
KILL EM ALL)!  A hearty welcome to Chad, who has identified himself in the personal 
ads this turn as the manager of DEVIL'S BAG.  I would also like to congratulate TU DU 
and BRUTAL GRUNGE for their invites and forthcoming immortality.  TU DU enters the 
ranks of top PARRY STRIKE with a 66.67% W/L at graduation. He is tied for 2nd with 
SANTA CLAUS of LA PENTARCHIE, and both are behind VILMAR of CLAN LONGBEARD's 70.00% 
record.  BRUTAL GRUNGE becomes DRAGONBANE GUILD's 5th Wall of Steel to earn 
immortality and their 20th graduate overall.  Congrats to you both! It is time for me 
to bid you adieu!  Whatever your customs may be in your various city-states and 
provinces, I hope each of you have safe travels and joyous celebrations!  If you do 
not have any celebrations planned, then may you have a joyous time in-between cycles!  
I hope to see each of you again for turn 256!

                                          -- Phineas Rannulf

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TU DU 1652                   18   9  4   172       THE MONSANTIS (112)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE DRAGON 2332             23  28  0   132       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 RYK THE DRAGON 2371          22  22  2   131       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 THE EMPRESS WU 2164          32  17  0   114       DARQUE AGES (29)
 HOLLOWSOUL 2414              18  19  2   106       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 SWABBIE SAM 2632             13   4  0   102       SHANGHAIED (161)
 WYLD TURKEY 2505             15  16  2    97       INEBRIATION (27)
 BLACKJACK JOHNSON 2595       14   7  1    96       SHANGHAIED (161)
 SUPERWEED 1675               14  12  2    95       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 KOSTAGART 2667               10   5  1    95       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 BRUTAL GRUNGE 2390           25  15  0    94       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLOODY MARIA 2536            16  13  1    90       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 POLITELKOREKNES 2227         15  14  4    90       ABOMINATION (146)
 ALCESTE 2355                 22  23  0    89       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 WARWULF 2580                 14   7  0    87       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 ZATHOG 2399                  18  22  1    85       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 KROW 2504                    18  11  0    79       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 WHITE LIGHTNING 2486         17  16  2    75       INEBRIATION (27)
 PLAN COLUMBIA 1612           14  15  1    68       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 STORMCLAW 2569               13  11  1    68       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 BRONTAY 2707                  6   2  0    67       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRABO 2689                   8   4  0    62       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ZAYLA 2695                    7   2  0    61       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 SCHENDLE 2596                10   8  2    60       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 FIREBALL 2705                 8   2  0    59       INEBRIATION (27)
 HELLBRAISER 2693              7   5  1    58       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 FAST HACK 'EM 9 2653          7   9  0    58       THE COMMODORES (150)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUIPADA 2721                  6   2  1    55       DARQUE AGES (29)
 JANNA 2581                   11  10  0    54       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 B FEUD BAIT HAMMER 461        6   3  1    52       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TWO-TON TIMMONS 2578         13  10  0    49       SHANGHAIED (161)
 POWDER MONKEY 2683            7   5  0    49       SHANGHAIED (161)
 HORRID 2659                   8   7  0    48       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 ORLANDO 2688                  6   4  0    48       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ECLIPSE 2565                 11   5  0    44       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 DRAGON SCARRED 2644          11   5  0    43       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 TRISTAN 2669                  8   6  0    39       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 LUXLORD BLACK 2608            8  13  1    38       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 KYBURN 2668                   9   6  0    37       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 ZIM SALA BIM 2708             4   6  0    37       THE COMMODORES (150)
 STARSMILE 2731                3   2  0    37       WARBOW (170)
 AGLAIA 2609                   7  14  0    35       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 COMMANDER HAMMER 459          6   3  1    35       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 MUTANT CAMEL 2678             8   6  0    34       THE COMMODORES (150)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CYCLOTRODE X 2673             9   5  1    33       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 SHEM 2719                     4   4  1    33       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 AGENT ORANGE 2762             3   1  2    33       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 MISFORTUNE COOKIE 2783        3   0  0    30       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 BARSTOOL BRAD 2706            7   3  1    29       INEBRIATION (27)
 LOOKOUT LARRY 2656            7   8  0    29       SHANGHAIED (161)
 DESTINY 2703                  6   4  0    28       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 DARK ACT 2717                 4   4  1    27       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 THYME LORD 2752               3   2  0    27       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 PERFECT 10 HAMMER 462         5   4  0    25       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 STORMGIRL 2712                2   5  0    25       WARBOW (170)
 TOM COLLINS 2790              2   0  1    24       INEBRIATION (27)
 GOTTERDAMMERUNG 2787          2   0  0    24       KILL EM ALL (173)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELF CHICK 2774                2   0  0    23       NO MEANING 2 (174)
 HILL GIANT 2694               5   7  0    22       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 SPHINX 2755                   4   1  1    22       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 NEETA 2702                    4   5  0    22       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 SEDUCTION HAMMER 458          3   6  1    20       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 DEE GIGGLE GIRL 2772          1   1  1    20       NO MEANING 2 (174)
 JET-BOOT JACK 2741            4   1  0    19       THE COMMODORES (150)
 NALA 2700                     3   6  1    19       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 EMMETT DALTON 2761            2   2  0    17       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 KNIFEFIST 2714                2   5  0    17       WARBOW (170)
 PETRUS RIGA 2786              1   1  0    17       DARQUE AGES (29)
 MALAKAI 2768                  3   1  0    14       KILL EM ALL (173)
 CLARA D'ANDUZA 2780           2   1  0    14       DARQUE AGES (29)
 HALFBUCK 2710                 3   4  0    13       WARBOW (170)
 TEMPTRESS HAMMER 460          2   7  0    13       AAARRGH 2 HAMMERZ (61)
 CHOKE 2767                    1   3  0    13       KILL EM ALL (173)
 MELLOW JELLO 2784             3   0  0    12       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 LITTLE HAMMER 2792            1   1  0    11       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 ANN BASSETT 2745              3   1  0    10       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 MALLEOS PRIMUS 2764           2   2  0    10       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 BLOODLUST 2769                2   2  1     9       KILL EM ALL (173)
 HYDRA 2753                    2   3  0     9       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 BOB DALTON 2748               2   3  0     9       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 ASPIRE 2B GREAT 2750          2   3  0     9       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 NIGHTCLOUD 2732               1   4  0     7       WARBOW (170)
 PSYCHO STYX 2771              1   3  0     6       KILL EM ALL (173)
 CIGAR COWBOY 2776             1   1  0     6       NO MEANING 2 (174)
 BELLE STAR 2778               1   2  0     5       THE OUTLAWS 7 (171)
 REPULSIVE 2781                1   2  0     5       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 SABPOCK 2756                  1   1  0     4       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 BRACKISH 2782                 0   3  0     3       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 CAJUN FRY 2773                0   2  0     2       NO MEANING 2 (174)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NYBRAS 2759                   0   2  0     2       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 BLUE DOT ORK 2775             0   2  0     2       NO MEANING 2 (174)
 NEON PLASMA 2791              0   2  0     2       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 SERAPHIM 2760                 0   2  0     2       DEVIL'S BAG (172)
 DEUMUS 2758                   0   2  0     2       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 MATCH-UPS 2743      2  2 0 ABOMINATION 146      COMMANDER HAMMER 459  254   
BAD ROLL-UPS 2130      21 15 0 ABOMINATION 146      TU DU 1652            253   
DA10 2796               0  1 0 ABOMINATION 146      WURM KIN              255  NONE
DA7 2789                0  2 0 ABOMINATION 146      HIGH ELF              255  NONE
DA8 2794                0  1 0 ABOMINATION 146      DARK CHAMPION         255  NONE
DA9 2795                0  1 0 ABOMINATION 146      SPYMASTER             255  NONE
HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2132   18 18 2 ABOMINATION 146      TU DU 1652            252   
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  JUST REVENGED
MALATESTA 2763          0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       CAELUMI 2765          252  REVENGED
DUST 2757               1  1 0 DEVIL'S BAG 172      WURM KIN              255  NONE
PYRAT 2615              7 11 1 INEBRIATION 27       KOSTAGART 2667        253  REVENGED
OLD EDITION 2798        0  1 0 MONSTER MANUAL 87    STONE GOLEM           255  NONE
PHASE-SPIDER 2754       1  3 0 MONSTER MANUAL 87    BARSTOOL BRAD 2706    254   
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  REVENGED
FUZZY SOMETHING 2797    0  1 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      DARK CHAMPION         255  NONE
S.O.S. 2766             1  2 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      AGENT ORANGE 2762     254   
CAELUMI 2765            2  2 1 SEARCH THE SKY 136   ARENAMASTER           255  NONE
FLARE 2736              1  3 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   DARK ACT 2717         253  REVENGED
MOONSHADOW 2735         2  4 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   SHEWISH GIANT         255  NONE
SYZYGY 2633             1  4 0 SEARCH THE SKY 136   NALA 2700             251  REVENGED
MAMA LLAMA 2742         3  1 0 THE COMMODORES 150   DEE GIGGLE GIRL 2772  254  JUST REVENGED
DEACON JIM 2777         2  1 0 THE OUTLAWS 7 171    AGENT ORANGE 2762     255   
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  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Malleos Primus -- What lies ahead is better off dead.  So easily led?  Don't lose yer 
head. -- Bloodlust

Horrid -- Congratulations on your challenge victory and thanks for the skill learns! 
-- Temptress Hammer

Misfortune Cookie -- Your challenge victory almost cost me my Life! -- Seduction 
Hammer

Sphinx -- You might reconsider challenging me in the future! -- B Feud Bait Hammer

Tristan -- You are a rough sand dancer! -- Perfect 10 Hammer

Bad Match-Ups -- What Can I Say?  Bad Match Up!  You Die! -- Commander Hammer

Abomination -- As per my Team Spot, the Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz will remain active and 
afford you the opportunity for a Blood Feud vs Commander Hammer! -- Hammer, mgr 
Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz

Kid Arcane and Search the Sky -- Thank you for the welcome and culinary advice! -- 
Hammer, mgr Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz

Degotti -- Thank You for welcoming me back to the 'Finest Arena Around' and as per my 
Team Spot it seems that my stable will still be around for a while longer! -- Hammer, 
mgr Aaarrgh 2 Hammerz

Caelumi -- See here, I was going to be content with wiping the sands with your sorry 
hide only once.  Now, you went and mouthed off and turned this into a matter of honor.  
As to our last fight, I hit where I was aiming.  I didn't realize a single shot to 
your leg was "trying hard to kill you."  I'll put some effort into it this time so you 
can later tell the difference... if you live. -- Luipada

Shem -- You didn't mouth off, but since yours was a challenge kill against our stable 
mate, we have to put more effort into the feud than if it was a random. -- Strabo and 
the Darque Ages guild

Hollowsoul -- :::shrugs::: -- The Empress Wu

Neon Plasma -- Typical man!  You think the size of the stick is going to impress, but 
if you don't know how to use it, darling, you might as well stay home. -- Clara 
D'Anduza
P.S. In case I wasn't clear, it's not me, it's you.

Deacon Jim -- Not much to say on our bout.  It was rather one sided and certainly all 
in your favor. -- Petrus Riga

Hammer -- Welcome back!  I can't remember if I said it or not in here! -- Master 
Darque

New, Old, and Returning Managers -- Introduce yourselves or re-introduce yourselves to 
the arena.  It makes it easier for everyone to know who they are fighting, and it 
helps me and the other spy reporters to include you in the reports. -- Phineas 
Rannulf, SYP Editor and regular DM 81 Spy Reporter

Moonshadow -- Oh really?  Dude, shut it or I'll shut it for you. -- Agent Orange

Kid Arcane -- Oh.  By 'face down' you meant I would get tired from filling your little 
Don Quixote outfit with bloody holes.  Right.  Now I see. -- Dark Act

Abomination -- Somebody is going to get killed if we keep this up.  I'd rather it 
wasn't me. -- Tu Du

Den -- Quiet?  Good.  Keep it up and I'll stop picking on you. -- Manta Claus

Starsmile -- Uhm, thanks?  I'll smile at the stars for that one.  Just looking for 
skills or did you really think you had a shot at that one? -- Stormclaw

Zathog -- I'll take that one.  I was surprised at how short that fight was. -- Brutal

Perfect 10 Hammer -- Nomad says "welcome" to your boss!  I say "thank you" for the 
win.  Is the "aaaarrrgh" bit just what you say after hitting the sand? -- Tristan

No Meaning -- An interesting name.  But whether it means anything or not, welcome to 
Shadowspire, the center of "real dueling" in Alastari! -- Dragonebane Guild

Only four Pikers in all of Shadowspire?  Come on, let the Pikers represent!

Tu Du -- Well it was worth a shot.  Besides I'm the only warrior left on the team. -- 
Politelkoreknes

Commander Hammer -- I'd say my teammates will avenge me but apparently my team is 
short of warriors right now. -- Ghost of Bad Match-Ups

Elf Chick -- Ugh!  Again.  I'm supposed to go to the DA and yet the RUG's have decided 
to let me fight once in the regular arena. -- DA7

It's getting kinda dangerous around here.

Degotti -- Not sure what a TDO team is... so no on that. -- Chad, Devil's Bag

     Chad -- "TDO" is The Dark One, manager of many Devil's this, that and the other 
     teams. -- NAIEI

Ryk the Dragon -- Those scimitar crits were just too much for me to overcome! You were 
my better last cycle! -- Warwulf

Two-Ton Timmons -- Tore through your defenses and armor like a meatloaf sandwich from 
Otto's does to your digestive system! -- Brontay

The Empress Wu -- Need to fire my weapon smith! -- Hollowsoul

No Meaning 2 -- I'd welcome you to Shadowspire, but it sounds like you may be a group 
of Nihilists and wouldn't care anyway! -- DeGotti  

Manta -- How is it that you get so close to me that you can smell my sweat?  I better 
start locking the doors at night again, I thought the Consortium was the only creeper 
around, I didn't know you subscribed to that habit as well. -- Den

DeGotti -- You sent your war puppy after my dragon?  That was stupid. -- Den

Hammer -- How joyous that you have returned to the sands.  Now I can bolster my 
already impressive record with additional wins against you.  Just as Scorpio has left 
the game, you return, how fortuitous for those of us that enjoy wins. -- Den

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CAELUMI was butchered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MOONSHADOW was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
DA7 was viciously butchered by HIGH ELF in a popular 1 minute Dark Arena match.
DUST was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
DA9 was narrowly killed by SPYMASTER in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA10 was murdered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
FUZZY SOMETHING was slaughtered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA8 was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a popular 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
OLD EDITION was easily killed by STONE GOLEM in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
RYK THE DRAGON won victory over POLITELKOREKNES in a 1 minute expert's Bloodfeud duel.
WHITE LIGHTNING was vanquished by KOSTAGART in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
STRABO beat SHEM in a popular 2 minute Bloodfeud melee.
FAST HACK 'EM 9 overpowered DEE GIGGLE GIRL in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match.
HYDRA was devastated by BARSTOOL BRAD in a 2 minute mismatched Bloodfeud conflict.
NEON PLASMA was demolished by DARK ACT in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
TU DU beat BLOODY MARIA in a popular 1 minute master's Challenge Title conflict.
WYLD TURKEY lost to BLUE DRAGON in a action packed 2 minute master's Challenge bout.
STORMCLAW was overpowered by BLACKJACK JOHNSON in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
BRONTAY was defeated by ZATHOG in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
PLAN COLUMBIA overpowered AGLAIA in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
LUXLORD BLACK was overpowered by HORRID in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
POWDER MONKEY viciously subdued KYBURN in a 3 minute gory Challenge bout.
DESTINY was vanquished by LUIPADA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
ZAYLA viciously subdued ORLANDO in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory Challenge fray.
MUTANT CAMEL luckily beat THYME LORD in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
KNIFEFIST vanquished REPULSIVE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
HILL GIANT was demolished by ZIM SALA BIM in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SPHINX won victory over HALFBUCK in a 2 minute Challenge fray.
PSYCHO STYX was narrowly defeated by MALLEOS PRIMUS in a 3 minute Challenge fray.
BLUE DOT ORK was vanquished by JET-BOOT JACK in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
ASPIRE 2B GREAT was overpowered by PETRUS RIGA in a 2 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CIGAR COWBOY was defeated by NALA in a 1 minute brutal Challenge match.
TOM COLLINS overpowered TEMPTRESS HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NIGHTCLOUD was beaten by MALAKAI in a 1 minute novice's Challenge fray.
BRACKISH was devastated by CHOKE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
BELLE STAR was devastated by STORMGIRL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
SERAPHIM was viciously subdued by EMMETT DALTON in a 2 minute Challenge bout.
DEACON JIM was murdered by AGENT ORANGE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
THE EMPRESS WU outlasted WARWULF in a tiring 21 minute veteran's duel.
SUPERWEED lost to HOLLOWSOUL in a exciting 1 minute master's bout.
KROW was handily defeated by SWABBIE SAM in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BRUTAL GRUNGE defeated ALCESTE in a action packed 3 minute expert's battle.
TRISTAN was devastated by FIREBALL in a 1 minute mismatched match.
HELLBRAISER viciously subdued ECLIPSE in a 2 minute gory conflict.
DRAGON SCARRED unbelievably bested CYCLOTRODE X in a 2 minute bloody match.
SCHENDLE handily defeated LOOKOUT LARRY in a exciting 1 minute one-sided conflict.
JANNA savagely defeated STARSMILE in a popular 4 minute veteran vs. beginner battle.
TWO-TON TIMMONS was viciously subdued by B FEUD BAIT HAMMER in a 5 minute bloody bout.
NEETA lost to COMMANDER HAMMER in a 1 minute brutal match.
PERFECT 10 HAMMER overcame CAJUN FRY in a exciting 1 minute bout.
SEDUCTION HAMMER demolished DEUMUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BLOODLUST was handily defeated by MISFORTUNE COOKIE in a 1 minute mismatched contest.
ELF CHICK overpowered SABPOCK in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
NYBRAS was subdued by CLARA D'ANDUZA in a 3 minute novice's brawl.
MELLOW JELLO bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute novice's match.
GOTTERDAMMERUNG devastated ANN BASSETT in a popular 2 minute one-sided brawl.
BOB DALTON was viciously subdued by LITTLE HAMMER in a 6 minute novice's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  17         WALL OF STEEL     52 -  40 -  2      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     15         TOTAL PARRY       53 -  42 -  3      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  15         AIMED BLOW        31 -  27 -  0      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 13         STRIKING ATTACK   50 -  45 -  1      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   10         BASHING ATTACK    46 -  53 -  7      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    9         PARRY-RIPOSTE     29 -  34 -  1      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         SLASHING ATTACK   42 -  50 -  4      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-LUNGE       26 -  34 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      6         LUNGING ATTACK    57 -  77 -  4      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         PARRY-STRIKE      16 -  22 -  2      42  |

Turn 255 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:

SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  7         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  5         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  4     LUNGING ATTACK     6 -  9         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        8 -  7     PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  4         1  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     4 - 13         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     TU DU 1652                 18   9  4  172 THE MONSANTIS (112)
TOTAL PARRY      THE EMPRESS WU 2164        32  17  0  114 DARQUE AGES (29)
LUNGING ATTACK   SWABBIE SAM 2632           13   4  0  102 SHANGHAIED (161)
STRIKING ATTACK  BLACKJACK JOHNSON 2595     14   7  1   96 SHANGHAIED (161)
BASHING ATTACK   SUPERWEED 1675             14  12  2   95 THE MONSANTIS (112)
WALL OF STEEL    BRUTAL GRUNGE 2390         25  15  0   94 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    STORMCLAW 2569             13  11  1   68 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
AIMED BLOW       BRONTAY 2707                6   2  0   67 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
PARRY-LUNGE      STRABO 2689                 8   4  0   62 DARQUE AGES (29)
SLASHING ATTACK  HELLBRAISER 2693            7   5  1   58 OTTO'S DINER (96)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RYK THE DRAGON 2371.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JANNA 2581.  The ten other most popular fighters were WYLD TURKEY 2505, 
THYME LORD 2752, ANN BASSETT 2745, STRABO 2689, PSYCHO STYX 2771, ALCESTE 2355, 
EMMETT DALTON 2761, HELLBRAISER 2693, BLUE DRAGON 2332, and POWDER MONKEY 2683.

The least popular fighter this week was THE EMPRESS WU 2164.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were WARWULF 2580, TWO-TON TIMMONS 2578, LITTLE HAMMER 2792, BOB 
DALTON 2748, MELLOW JELLO 2784, SABPOCK 2756, BLOODLUST 2769, DEUMUS 2758, NEETA 
2702, and LOOKOUT LARRY 2656.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

TU DU (81-1652) THE MONSANTIS (112)
BRUTAL GRUNGE (81-2390) DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY LXII

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ODDJOB 1766 (49-33-1)                  4  3  0         BOND-AGE             

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MACEO 928 (49-41-1)                    6  3  0         FUCHI OWNED          
ORC CHOPS 490 (27-18-0)                3  3  0         FUCHI OWNED          
LYON BEAR 2412 (20-16-1)               0  2  0         THE COMMODORES