Date   : 07/19/2017    Duedate: 08/01/2017


DM-81    TURN-272

This Weeks Top Honors


(81-2659) [19-13-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HORRID                         LAST
(81-2659) [19-13-0,112]        (81-2925) [2-0-0,22]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STRABO                         STRABO
DARQUE AGES (29)               DARQUE AGES (29)
(81-2689) [18-11-0,110]        (81-2689) [18-11-0,110]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CULT OF BACCHUS (4)         55
2. BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)      47      SHANGHAIED (161)
3. WICKED MARTYRS (148)        39      Unchartered Team
4. MONSTER MANUAL (87)         33
5. DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)       30      BIG LAKE SOLUTION (178)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SHANGHAIED (161)         133 102  6 56.6   1/ 9 WICKED MARTYRS (148)     10  5 0
 2/ 3 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)      526 407 19 56.4   2- 1 PRAY THE GODS (155)       9  1 0
 3/ 4 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    705 596 19 54.2   3/ 7 THE MONSANTIS (112)       9  6 1
 4/ 5 DARQUE AGES (29)         595 522 22 53.3   4/ 4 OTTO'S DINER (96)         9  6 0
 5/ 6 WICKED MARTYRS (148)     243 214 10 53.2   5/ 6 THE COMMODORES (150)      9  6 0
 6/ 7 OTTO'S DINER (96)        536 498 26 51.8   6/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       8  7 0
 7/ 9 THE COMMODORES (150)     211 200  6 51.3   7/ 2 DARQUE AGES (29)          7  8 1
 8/ 8 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      545 518 21 51.3   8/11 KILL EM ALL (173)         7  8 0
 9/11 FROM THE LEFT (166)       40  39  3 50.6   9/12 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       6  8 1
10/12 KILL EM ALL (173)         52  53  3 49.5  10/10 FROM THE LEFT (166)       6  8 1
11-10 FURRY FURY (25)          436 445 21 49.5  11/ 5 SEARCH THE SKY (136)      6  9 0
12-13 PRAY THE GODS (155)      138 150 11 47.9  12/ 3 SHANGHAIED (161)          6  9 0
13/14 THE MONSANTIS (112)      151 165 14 47.8  13/15 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)       5  9 2
14/15 MONSTER MANUAL (87)      465 567 19 45.1  14/16 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     4  6 0
15/16 SEARCH THE SKY (136)     187 266  9 41.3  15-13 INEBRIATION (27)          4  6 0
16/ 1*BIG LAKE SOLUTION (178)    4   6  0 40.0  16/14*BIG LAKE SOLUTION (178)   4  6 0
17/ 0*BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)     2   3  1 40.0  17/ 0*BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)    2  3 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
18-17 INEBRIATION (27)         162 254 13 38.9  18-17 FURRY FURY (25)           0  1 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 fog rolled into town just after midnight.  The dregs of society seemed to 
flourish.  Shady deals, secret meetings, and strange disappearances always occurred on 
nights like these in Shadowspire. So much so, that the residents here hardly seemed to 
notice anymore.
     A man approached the SYP offices.  He wore a crimson robe and a matching 
feathered hat.  Someone like this would naturally stick out like a sore-thumb, but he 
walked with confidence and purpose, like he belonged there.  One might think he was 
just another eccentric spyreporter.  He walked up the steps to the door and produced a 
skeleton key.  As he inserted and turned the key there was an audible click.  The door 
creaked open.  The man entered disappearing into the darkness and closed the door. 
     The SYP offices were not unlike what you might expect:  Neat stacks of paper, 
bins, books, and filing cabinets.  There were also unkempt stacks of paper distinctly 
marked with the word "tomorrow" written upon them.  Weirdo surveyed the area.  
Although the stairway to the second-floor was inviting, he approached a door off to 
the side.  He opened the door and began his descent down the staircase to the basement 
level.  He manifested himself in a long hallway of many doors, each labeled with a 
name or title.  As he walked down the corridor, he passed by a closed door that read 
"Huard DePriest" follow by another door that was left partially open ahead.  He could 
see stacks of newspaper that had been stuffed into brown paperbags through the crack 
in the door.  As he drew closer he could see the word "Unknown" engraved upon the 
     Raucous laughter erupted further down the hallway followed by giggling voices.  
As Weirdo slowly approached the next door, he read the inscription "Deep Con Caves" 
and quietly moved on by, leaving the people inside to their own personal affairs. 
     Finally, at the end of the corridor he reached a prominent oak door.  Etched into 
the name plate was "Phineas Rannulf, SYP Editor-in-Chief."  Weirdo knocked twice as he 
pulled out a small pouch and dropped it at the door.  He had already taken two deft 
steps away from the door before the purse of coin hit the ground. 
     He made his way back down the hallway and up the stairs.  He exited through the 
front door of the building. 
     After he closed the door behind him he scanned his surroundings slowly from left 
to right.  Satisfied, he stepped down the stoop and headed southward at a brisk pace, 
disappearing into the fog.

                                      *  *  *  * 

                                Gossip at the Fountain

     A burly, short-cropped man strolled through the leatherworkers' marketplace in 
the late afternoon.  His gait was smooth and quick, despite the weight of his knee-
length, coal-black byrnie and a sturdy broadsword that swung at his hip.  He passed 
the merchants, craftsman, and tanners hawking their wares; his dark eyes danced all 
around him.  He looked at nothing and saw everything, wending his steady way through 
the busy booths.
     Just past the leatherworkers' booths lay a small oasis of cobblestones. This 
section was nestled neatly in an odd juncture between the marketplace, one of the 
paved roads that fed into the main street, and a small collection of warehouses that 
rented out space to various merchants. A few tall trees and the buildings along its 
eastern side shaded the area.  It was about 20 meters in diameter --- five granite 
benches and a handful of nameless shrines clustered in front of an old marble 
fountain.  The fountain was set upon a square block of granite that acted as a 
stepping-stone.  Its basin was fashioned to resemble an antiquated design of drinking 
bowl still used in various ceremonies; a pair of thick marble columns supported it.  
Tiny cracks and chips throughout hinted at its age.  A bronze statuette of a naked, 
winged man stood in the marble bowl.  His body was lean; his muscles were sharply 
defined. He brandished a broken lance toward the sky, his wings spread wide, as he 
stared blindly into a ragged spew of water that shot up from a small brass jet at his 
     The man in the blackened byrnie glided atop the block and stared down into the 
bowl. With a small sigh, he dug out a small coin from his belt and tossed it into the 
fountain.  Satisfied, he stepped down and sat at the end of a nearby bench, taking 
care to arrange his broadsword so that it could be drawn swiftly if necessary.  
Vigilant yet relaxed, he waited.
     After about an hour the shadows from the trees and booths stretched across the 
cobblestones.  The merchants began to pack their goods.  A beam of orange-tinged 
sunlight angled straight into the sightless eyes of the bronze winged man in the 
marble bowl. 
     A gnarled, gray-haired man with a brisk, stern air limped briskly into the 
deepening shadows and stopped in front of the fountain.  A pair of small combs kept 
his shoulder-length hair swept back from his broad face.  He wore a sleeveless black 
leather brigandine over a faded red tunic.  His arms rippled with layers of sinewy 
muscle.  Polished steel rivet-heads formed an intricate diamond pattern across his 
chest and back, somewhat disguising the faint outlines from the rectangular metal 
plates attached underneath. 
     A large knife with a wide, thick hilt jutted out from his belt behind a simple 
pewter ring that served as a buckle. Muttering under his breath, the gray-haired man 
awkwardly stepped up to the basin and stared down into it.  With a grunt he tossed a 
pair of small coins into the fountain at the statuette's feet. Then, gesturing rudely 
toward the winged fountain god, the man limped down off the granite block.  He lurched 
toward another nearby empty bench and sat down.  He looked around, but didn't let his 
gaze settle on anything or anyone.  He ignored the marketplace merchants as they 
bustled about their booths.
     After a few minutes the stocky warrior in chain mail tossed a coin from where he 
sat.  It bounced off the chest of the bronze statuette with a dull twang and plopped 
into the gurgling water.  The gray-haired man chuckled under his breath.
     "You been waiting long?" he grinned.
     "Long enough," replied Havoc.
     The gray-haired man glanced around them again; there was no one nearby.  A few 
lingering leather merchants were hurriedly packing, intent on leaving the area before 
night had settled in.
     "Well," sighed the gray-haired man.
     He shrugged and smiled. "I presume the Kid couldn't make it this time?"
     "Not 'couldn't'," corrected the man in chain mail.  "More like 'wouldn't'."
     "Yesss..." The gray-haired man's head swiveled back and forth as his eyes raked 
over the area.  He nodded.  "Let's get this over with." 	
     With the other man's eyes fastened to him, Havoc slowly drew a felt pouch from 
his belt.  He gave the pouch a brief shake; the muted clink of coins crossed the dimly 
lit space between them. With a lazy motion Havoc tossed the pouch into the gray-haired 
man's lap.         
     "I'm a bit taken aback," grinned the man.  "You haven't even seen my report.  
What if it's not everything you hoped it would be?"
     "Look buddy, I got other problems waitin' at home, okay?  Just make yer drop at 
the usual place, and this time try to get us more details," growled Havoc.
     "I'll do what I can," muttered the gray-haired man.  He stood awkwardly, then 
limped back to the fountain and dipped his hands into its basin.  He rubbed his wet 
hands together, and then turned to face Havoc as he ran his fingers down through his 
long hair. "But I can't help wondering if it's wise to tamper in others' squabbles."    
     "Yea," frowned Havoc.  "I hear ya."

                                      *  *  *  *  

     The sun was hidden behind the fringe of the western forests.  Dark shadows spread 
and pooled throughout Shadowspire.  The lamplighters scurried to complete their 
rounds, lighting the giant oil lamps that swung from carven stone pillars along the 
city's main streets.  Many of the side roads and alleys were now abandoned by most of 
the citizenry.  In some areas small, flickering lights beckoned the bolder individuals 
down dark byways with the promise of various amusements.
     Havoc strode smoothly through several crooked streets.  The feeble light from the 
scattered lamp stands created many long murky shadows.  Sometimes he would come across 
other armed and armored individuals moving cautiously through the night.  They gave 
each other a wide berth and a silent nod.
     After a couple of kilometers of steady walking a wave of fetid air washed through 
the chill evening.  Havoc had almost reached the end of a dark, narrow alley.  From 
the street intersecting the alley, a pair of city oil lamps shone with a bright 
promise.  Havoc paused to curse, wretch, and spit repeatedly.
     Pushing ahead, he came out of the alley.  Across the street, about 60 meters 
away, he faced a tall curb in front of a wide, brightly painted building.  Though 
unseen, Havoc knew there was an ancient, albeit popular, stable located to his left.  
With shallow breaths he made his way to the building.
     A large sign that read "Otto's Diner" was propped up on the roof, facing the 
street. Swarms of insects came into view as he drew near.  The noxious odors from the 
stable began to lessen at the same time, though they were still discernable.  A sign 
above the doorway read:  "Otto's Diner -- Home of Shadowspire's Finest Warriors."
     Havoc snickered as he fanned the insects away from his face and entered the 
diner.  A few insects came in behind him and immediately disintegrated in a flash of 
sparkling light.  Havoc scanned the large, dimly lit room.  A slender arm gestured 
from a small booth in the far left corner.  Havoc sauntered toward the booth, aware 
that at least a dozen pairs of eyes were on him as he approached the Arcane Kid.
     "Took you long enough," complained the Kid as Havoc slipped into the booth.  He 
sat across the table from Arcane, his back to the wall.
     "Don't get yer panties in a knot," muttered Havoc.  "It got done okay, and that's 
what matters, right?"
     The Kid sniffed in disdain and sipped an effervescent emerald liquid from a tall, 
narrow glass.  The bubbles glittered as they broke the surface.  The waitress drifted 
purposely toward their table.  Her outfit consisted of old leather armor, hacked apart 
and resewn in a haphazard fashion to reveal various aspects of her tattooed, skinny 
     "What'll it be, Hon?" She smiled at Havoc.  She didn't bother to look at Arcane.  
The Kid ignored her.
     "A mug of the house brew," Havoc replied.  He placed a coin on the table, but 
hesitated for a moment before taking his hand away.
     "For HUMAN consumption."
     The waitress shrugged without comment and deftly snatched the coin off the table 
as she turned and left.
     "I don't know how you tell the difference between Otto's home-brewed beverages -- 
it's beyond me," said the Kid.  "They all smell equally vile."
     "To each his own," replied Havoc with a tinge of irritation.
     "I don't see Den nor Vlad in here bitchin' about each other. Do ya suppose 
they've kissed and made up?"
     The Kid smiled enigmatically into his glass.  "Who can say? I don't see Stik or 
Manta either.  I suppose the big tournament has preoccupied most of Alastari."
     The two sat quietly and avoided looking at each other.  The sounds and smells of 
the diner swept around them.  The conversations had resumed shortly after Havoc sat 
down.  They were muted, but apparently the Kid was able to catch fragments of their 
discussions.  His bright eyes dimmed as he focused on the gossip around them.
     The waitress returned with a pair of mugs on a tray.  She placed them both in 
front of Havoc.
     "This way I save a couple of steps," she explained with a wry grin.  Havoc smiled 
up at her and placed a smaller coin on the table.
     "See ya later, Bobbi."
     "Sure thing, Big Spender."  The waitress slipped the coin off the table and 
ambled away.  The Kid waited until Havoc had drained most of the first mug before 
     "So there were no problems?"
     "Naw." Havoc wiped froth from his mouth with the back of his hand.  "It's all 
     Arcane nodded absently and sipped from his glass.  Havoc suddenly noticed that 
the level of green, sparkling liquid never seemed to drop.  He shook his head with a 
frown and drained his first mug.  Pushing it away and taking up the second, he paused 
to eye the Kid across the rim.  Arcane looked up and met his gaze squarely.  Havoc 
placed the mug down and shook his grizzled head.
     "Go ahead and ask," sighed the Kid.
     "Well, why are we doin' this?! None of us cares a hot damn what goes on between 
any of these other managers. Why start snoopin' around?  Why get involved in an 
argument that ain't got nothin' to do with us?!"
     "Who says it doesn't?!" Arcane snapped.  His eyes blazed with an unearthly light.  
"What if someone IS playing loose with the rules of the Shadowspire arena?  Should we 
turn a blind eye to that?"
     Havoc grimaced and took a long pull from his mug.  "I don't seem to recall any of 
us even noticing anything funny, Kid.  That is, not until Den had somethin' to say."
     Arcane shrugged and waved a slender hand in dismissal.  "Potato, To-mato."    
     "Really? And what if it turns out that there's somethin' goin' on ya don't like?  
What then?  Wave a few pennants from yer box office seat?"
     "Well, lobby for some changes, at the very least..."  Arcane shifted uneasily in 
his seat as Havoc glared into his bright eyes.
     "Havoc, Havoc, Havoc..." Arcane sighed.  "There are a multitude of  complex 
issues involved with this situation, I'm sure.  I can't possibly explain them all to 
you.  You'll just have to trust me."
     Havoc frowned and took another long pull from his mug. "We're not backin' out of 
this arena again, are we?"
     "Oh no, not that."  Arcane sighed and glanced up at the smoke-tinged ceiling.  
"We have too many resources committed to this enterprise.  In fact, I was hoping we 
could soon open another branch in the second 'No Tourney' arena...."
     "Yeah."  Havoc sighed also and looked around the diner.  "I'll believe that when 
I see it," he said wistfully.
     Arcane allowed a ghost of a smile to flit across his narrow face.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

DM Column -- DM#81 Turn#272

Well, well, well...I'd be lying if I said I expected to be DM of 
Shadowspire this early in my career! I'd also be lying if I said I 
expected to KILL the outgoing DM! I know I have some skill, but 
realistically, I don't expect to be here next turn, but hey, stranger 
things have happened!

DeGotti thought he knew my favorite weapon, but is now having second 

You guys have been a bit tough on my team the past 4 turns or so, but I 
guess cycles like that happen, look at Vlad's team, who have been on fire 
as of late.

Being so early in my gladiatorial career, I really don't know what else to 
talk about. 

Until next time.

Your humble Duelmaster,


                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome to the madhouse that is known throughout the land as Shadowspire!  I have 
been doing this spy reporting gig for a long time, and I must admit the last few turns 
in this arena have been some of my favorites to watch.  Murder, intrigue, and trash 
talk abound!  Okay, not so much murder, but there is a little intrigue and lots of 
trash talk.  Let's take a look at the action for turn 272. 
     To say we had a shocking title match last turn would be an immense 
understatement.  We had a rock 'em - sock 'em death match for the ages as the 
departing Lord Protector Fast Hack 'em 9 bloodfeuded Blythe.  In a shocker, Blythe 
killed Fast Hack 'em 9 and took the throne.  All seemed well and good, until Blythe 
looked beneath him and noticed a pack of attention-starved Challenger Champions 
licking their lips and seeking their chance at glory -- at Blythe's expense!  Horrid 
got lucky and got the call from the Commission to face Blythe in the title fight.  It 
wasn't even close as Horrid takes the throne away from young Blythe in 1 minute.  
Congrats to our new Duelmaster, Horrid.  Horrid is managed by DMobster. 
     The most avoided team for the turn was Cult of Bacchus.  Ironically, it was 
Wicked Martyrs that avoided them the most.  For those slow on the uptake, see the 
above title fight discussion for the irony... or is it just coincidence?  Ah well, it 
was strange to say the least.  The most challenged warrior for the turn was our former 
Duelmaster Blythe.  I have already related to you how that fight ended (hint:  not 
well for Blythe).  I want to say welcome to the new team, Bloodhammer Clan.  May your 
stay in Shadowspire be glorious and storied! 
     Death was a familiar, if unwelcome friend, in Shadowspire this turn.  We 
witnessed 11 deaths this turn, and the majority of them took place on the regular 
arena sands.  Needless to say, turn 272 was bloody!  Leading the line to the 
undertaker's office is Den.  His new Big Lake Solution team will be burying 3 of its 
members this turn.  Difficult and Final matched up randomly in the Initiates and were 
killed during their bouts.  The other death came via a down challenge from The 
Monsantis.  Silent Spring went down 32 points and 9 arena fights to kill Hopeful.  
Everyone knows there is no love loss between these guilds, so it will be interesting 
to watch things unfold.  There were 2 other notable deaths (notable because of the 
fighter's experience levels).  Alpaca Sweater has fought his last in Shadowspire.  
Zayla, our newest Lord Protector, challenged up 17 and killed last turn's highest 
ranked Aimed Blow.  The other surprising death was a random match up between Sphinx of 
Monster Manual and Sonny Croquette of Otto's Diner.  Sadly, Sonny did not walk out 
alive from this match.  Condolences to the dead, and luck to those who seek revenge 
for their memories! 
     Pray the Gods were absent this turn, so they fall from the number 1 spot.  
Jumping up 8 places to seize the lead is Wicked Martyrs.  The Monsantis climbed into 
the top 5 and occupy the 3rd slot, while Otto's Diner and The Commodores close out the 
top 5 teams.  The largest gain belongs to the aforementioned Wicked Martyrs.  The 
biggest loss for the turn goes to Shanghaied, who fell 9 places from 3rd to 12th.  The 
new addition to the arena, Bloodhammer Clan, debuts with a respectable 2-3-1 record. 
     What did I tell you?  It was an exciting turn, wasn't it!?!?  I can't wait until 
next cycle to see how some of these bloodfeuds play out.  People have been mouthing 
off in the arena.  They have been talking trash to one another between turns!  Isn't 
it glorious?  This is what dueling is supposed to be about:  complete and utter 
disdain for one's enemies!  Blood, sweat, and more blood!  Hmph, I'm getting the cut 
sign, so I better bottle up all this excitement.  I will hopefully see you next turn!

                                          -- Huard DePriest

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HORRID 2659                  19  13  0   112       WICKED MARTYRS (148)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRABO 2689                  18  11  0   110       DARQUE AGES (29)
 KROW 2504                    26  17  0   109       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
-SHEM 2719                    13  11  2   108       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 ZAYLA 2695                   16  10  1   105       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
-NEETA 2702                   14  11  0   103       PRAY THE GODS (155)
-SCHENDLE 2596                19  15  3   102       PRAY THE GODS (155)
-JANNA 2581                   20  17  1   100       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 TRISTAN 2669                 13  11  1    97       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 JET-BOOT JACK 2741           18   4  0    94       THE COMMODORES (150)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRAGON SCARRED 2644          18   8  0    91       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AGENT ORANGE 2762            12   6  3    90       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 STORMCLAW 2569               19  15  1    87       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-BARSTOOL BRAD 2706           14  12  1    87       INEBRIATION (27)
 BLYTHE 2829                   8   5  2    85       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 PLAN COLUMBIA 1612           20  23  1    84       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 CLARA D'ANDUZA 2780          15   5  0    84       DARQUE AGES (29)
 TWO-TON TIMMONS 2578         22  17  0    83       SHANGHAIED (161)
 MUTANT CAMEL 2678            18  13  0    75       THE COMMODORES (150)
 DESTINY 2703                 13  14  0    73       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
-PLUG-IN CAR 2588             11   4  0    73       FROM THE LEFT (166)
 MISFORTUNE COOKIE 2783       12   7  0    69       OTTO'S DINER (96)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ECLIPSE 2565                 17  15  0    66       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 PSYCHO STYX 2771             12   9  1    66       KILL EM ALL (173)
 SPHINX 2755                   8   9  2    66       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 POWDER MONKEY 2683           15  13  1    59       SHANGHAIED (161)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHOKE 2767                   10  11  0    56       KILL EM ALL (173)
 MALAKAI 2768                 11  10  0    51       KILL EM ALL (173)
 MELLOW JELLO 2784            14   5  0    50       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 SRI PONNA 2874                4   3  0    48       DARQUE AGES (29)
 THREE SHEETS 2869             6   2  1    45       SHANGHAIED (161)
 SLAYCIA 2850                  4   7  1    44       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 THYME LORD 2752              11  10  0    43       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 SUBPAR SUE 2812               9   7  0    43       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
-VIDHI 2840                    6   3  1    42       PRAY THE GODS (155)
 ORLANDO 2688                  9  11  0    41       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 PAVIL 2270                   11   7  0    40       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 WYRM CRUSHER 2814             4   5  0    38       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 HYDRA 2753                    7  10  0    37       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 BRACKISH 2782                 8  12  0    36       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 SILENT SPRING 2825            6   5  1    36       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 FEAR MONGER 2590              8   7  0    35       FROM THE LEFT (166)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PROTEST FOR HIRE 2597         5   9  2    33       FROM THE LEFT (166)
 TOMORROWLAND 2841             7   4  0    31       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 NO-TEETH KEITH 2852           7   4  1    30       SHANGHAIED (161)
 STAR STREAK 2872              5   3  0    30       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
-TOM COLLINS 2790              5  13  1    29       INEBRIATION (27)
 TARLEE 2891                   2   4  0    29       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 SIR RACHA 2853                5   4  0    28       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 FERRO CHAOS 2884              5   2  0    26       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 PIERCER 2854                  3   4  0    26       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
-HAMM 2879                     1   5  0    25       INEBRIATION (27)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAST 2925                     2   0  0    22       BIG LAKE SOLUTION (178)
-HARE DOWNER 2843              3   0  0    21       FURRY FURY (25)
 BENJAMIN 2905                 2   2  0    20       WICKED MARTYRS (148)
 MIGHTY MIXON 2870             4   3  0    19       CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
 ZURRAY 2892                   3   3  0    19       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 GRENHELM 2934                 1   0  1    17       BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)
-RED DOG 2878                  4   2  0    16       INEBRIATION (27)
-PALE AL 2839                  2  10  0    16       INEBRIATION (27)
 MODUIN 2909                   3   1  1    14       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ORC 2914                      1   2  0    14       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 FLEDRAT 2931                  1   0  0    13       BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHING 2890                    3   3  0    12       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 FERDOWSI 2867                 2   6  0    12       DARQUE AGES (29)
 FERRO BELUA 2908              3   1  0    10       SEARCH THE SKY (136)
 RUSSIAN HACKER 2928           1   0  0    10       FROM THE LEFT (166)
 BUCKTOOTH RUTH 2893           1   5  0     8       SHANGHAIED (161)
 CAPTAIN FIZZ 2917             2   1  0     7       THE COMMODORES (150)
 ORIN SCRIVELLO 2899           1   4  0     7       KILL EM ALL (173)
 MAD NURSE 2930                1   0  0     6       THE COMMODORES (150)
 QUICK 2926                    1   1  0     4       BIG LAKE SOLUTION (178)
 WINEDRAK 2935                 0   1  0     1       BLOODHAMMER CLAN (179)
 AQUA MALLEO 2936              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?
DIFFICULT 2924          1  1 0 BIG LAKE SOLUTIO 178 GRENHELM 2934         272   
FINAL 2922              0  2 0 BIG LAKE SOLUTIO 178 MODUIN 2909           272   
HOPEFUL 2923            0  2 0 BIG LAKE SOLUTIO 178 SILENT SPRING 2825    272   
RUG 2454B 2929          0  1 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    DARK CHAMPION         272  NONE
ALPACA SWEATER 2585    10  6 0 FROM THE LEFT 166    ZAYLA 2695            272   
BLOODLUST 2769          7 14 2 KILL EM ALL 173      DARK CHAMPION         272  NONE
SONNY CROQUETTE 2799    9  7 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      SPHINX 2755           272   
TRASHMAN 2920           0  2 0 THE COMMODORES 150   WURM KIN              272  NONE
GRAB N STAB 2901        2  2 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    PROTEST FOR HIRE 2597 272   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Brackish -- Great fight!  I've wanted to see us match-up for a long time.  It was 
really entertaining.. mostly because I won. -- Malakai

Vidhi -- You platemail wearing freak! -- Choke

Havoc -- A woman divides. -- Weirdo

DeGotti -- Ok, NOW we're finished, sigh.  -- Hombre

Vlad -- Damn! I bet you ruined Laser Discs too! -- DeGotti

Weirdo -- The commission has something against Krow fighting consecutive turns for 
some reason! -- DeGotti

    Everyone:  Check your IDs and makes sure you're writing the right arena number on 
    your strategy sheet.  We've had way too much of that, lately.  And maybe mail a 
    day earlier. -- GC Lackey #7  

Psycho Styx -- Sounds like you try too hard and aren't skilled enough! -- Slaycia

Visionist -- I hope you blew your fingers off over the 4th.  Then you couldn't pick 
your nose with the sick zeal you usually do.  Oh, I enjoyed watching my rookies mow 
down your dinosaurs last turn. -- Den

Womanta -- So, strange deal, I was walking to the arena with a whistle on my lips as I 
usually do.  Then I noticed the wind whipping through the trees and several leaves 
were sprung free and cast across my path.  As I watched them, a fleeting thought went 
through my mind, it was an empty thought void of any importance and I wondered why it 
was even there.  Then I smiled as I realized, I must have been thinking of you. -- Den

Vlad -- Send your down challenges my way, it will save me the trouble of wasting a 

challenge on your garbage.  Oh, don't let your lack of integrity prevent you from 
those rare up challenges either.  They would impress your little friends Tiny Stick 
and Womanta, probably even get you a nice hug from them. -- Den

Hombre -- I don't have time this week, but next week I plan to really pick on you.  
Better let your mom know you will need a hug then. -- Den

BloodLust -- Walk softly and carry a big stick didn't work this time. -- Pavil

Last -- Hopefully the LAST time I see you on the sands! -- Whing

Difficult -- Damn swing first, Swing last crap.  Tanks fer nuttin. -- Zurray

Trashman -- YES I FINALLY WON!!!!!  Ohh sorry, well fought big guy. -- Tarlee

SYP -- Thanks for the Special Report.  Good to see the Longbeards still on the lists 
after being away for 2 years.  As always keep up the good work. -- Visionist and Clan 

Blythe -- Congrats at taking the title so early in your career. -- Clan Longbeard

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BLOODLUST was barely slain by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
TRASHMAN was slaughtered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
EXILED CLANSMAN II was murdered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
EXILED CLANSMAN I was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
RUG 2454B was murdered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
HORRID vanquished BLYTHE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
KROW savagely defeated DRAGON SCARRED in a popular 3 minute master's Challenge brawl.
JET-BOOT JACK won victory over CLARA D'ANDUZA in a 6 minute Challenge duel.
ZAYLA slaughtered ALPACA SWEATER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
POWDER MONKEY lost to DESTINY in a 5 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
ECLIPSE was savagely defeated by MUTANT CAMEL in a 26 minute Challenge melee.
MELLOW JELLO savagely defeated PAVIL in a unpopular 22 minute Challenge competition.
BRACKISH was subdued by THREE SHEETS in a 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
SILENT SPRING executed HOPEFUL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
SIR RACHA overpowered FERDOWSI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
NO-TEETH KEITH overcame MIGHTY MIXON in a 4 minute Challenge bout.
BUCKTOOTH RUTH was devastated by ZURRAY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
PROTEST FOR HIRE assassinated GRAB N STAB in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
ORIN SCRIVELLO was overpowered by ORC in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
QUICK was overpowered by BENJAMIN in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
STRABO viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a action packed 4 minute veteran's bout.
PLAN COLUMBIA was savagely defeated by STORMCLAW in a 8 minute expert's fray.
TWO-TON TIMMONS was overpowered by TRISTAN in a popular 1 minute one-sided match.
MISFORTUNE COOKIE was vanquished by AGENT ORANGE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
PSYCHO STYX viciously subdued WYRM CRUSHER in a popular 1 minute brutal fight.
SRI PONNA was unbelievably bested by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute bout.
HYDRA was luckily beaten by SUBPAR SUE in a exciting 3 minute bloody fray.
SPHINX slaughtered SONNY CROQUETTE in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
ORLANDO defeated FERRO CHAOS in a 2 minute duel.
CHOKE handily defeated THYME LORD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
MALAKAI subdued PIERCER in a 1 minute fight.
TOMORROWLAND was defeated by SLAYCIA in a 2 minute bout.
FEAR MONGER overpowered WHING in a 1 minute uneven bout.
STAR STREAK demolished CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven contest.
TARLEE overpowered CAPTAIN FIZZ in a exciting 1 minute one-sided struggle.
FERRO BELUA was outwaited by LAST in a tiring 7 minute beginner's bout.
MODUIN killed FINAL in a 1 minute amateur's match.
DIFFICULT was savagely slain by GRENHELM in a 1 minute gory novice's duel.
FLEDRAT vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 2 minute mismatched bout.
MAD NURSE subdued AQUA MALLEO in a 6 minute brutal beginner's competition.
RUSSIAN HACKER overpowered WINEDRAK in a 2 minute uneven battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         PARRY-RIPOSTE     28 -  18 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  13         TOTAL PARRY       54 -  44 -  0      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   10         WALL OF STEEL     40 -  33 -  3      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         LUNGING ATTACK    65 -  63 -  3      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       7         PARRY-LUNGE       28 -  29 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     6         AIMED BLOW        35 -  41 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    6         BASHING ATTACK    59 -  71 -  5      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -  21 -  0      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  17 -  2      35  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  50 -  1      29  |

Turn 272 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-LUNGE        3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         3 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  4     BASHING ATTACK     5 -  8         3  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4     PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  6     PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  4         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   HORRID 2659                19  13  0  112 WICKED MARTYRS (148)
PARRY-LUNGE      STRABO 2689                18  11  0  110 DARQUE AGES (29)
WALL OF STEEL    KROW 2504                  26  17  0  109 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZAYLA 2695                 16  10  1  105 CULT OF BACCHUS (4)
AIMED BLOW       TRISTAN 2669               13  11  1   97 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
TOTAL PARRY      JET-BOOT JACK 2741         18   4  0   94 THE COMMODORES (150)
BASHING ATTACK   AGENT ORANGE 2762          12   6  3   90 THE MONSANTIS (112)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    STORMCLAW 2569             19  15  1   87 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STRABO 2689.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
STRABO 2689.  The ten other most popular fighters were STORMCLAW 2569, HYDRA 2753, 
2874, DESTINY 2703, NO-TEETH KEITH 2852, and JET-BOOT JACK 2741.

The least popular fighter this week was MELLOW JELLO 2784.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PAVIL 2270, ECLIPSE 2565, MUTANT CAMEL 2678, LAST 2925, FERRO 
WHING 2890.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:


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