Date   : 07/21/2009    Duedate: 08/17/2009


DM-83    TURN-29

This Weeks Top Honors


(83-47) [25-4-1,128]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OLDIES (5)                     
(83-47) [25-4-1,128]           

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PARALDOXIA                     GUSHAN
ZEITGEIST (18)                 ZEITGEIST (18)
(83-112) [12-16-0,111]         (83-222) [12-9-0,103]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)         52
2. ZEITGEIST (18)              14      BAD SIGNS (24)
3. OLLIS HEROES (27)           13      Unchartered Team
4. OLDIES (5)                   8
5. THE ASCENDANTS (10)          0      FORGOTTEN REALMS (36)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BAD SIGNS (24)            93  46  4 66.9   1/ 1 OLDIES (5)               10  5 0
 2/ 2 OLDIES (5)                94  51  3 64.8   2/ 3 INVIDIOTS (16)            9  6 0
 3- 3 THE ASCENDANTS (10)       56  33  0 62.9   3/ 2 BAD SIGNS (24)            8  6 1
 4/ 4 INVIDIOTS (16)            86  54  6 61.4   4- 4 THE ASCENDANTS (10)       7  3 0
 5/ 6 OLLIS HEROES (27)         69  74  2 48.3   5/ 6 OLLIS HEROES (27)         6  8 0
 6/ 7 ZEITGEIST (18)            60  80  2 42.9   6/ 7 DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)       6  9 0
 7/ 8 DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)       58  87  1 40.0   7/ 5 ZEITGEIST (18)            5 10 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                                        Part 11

     Ebonariex's expression was difficult to read, in no small part due to his
draconic nature.  "So let me get this straight," he gestured to the seemingly chaotic
array of mechanical parts and complex schematics covering nearly every square inch of
wall space, "you believe that this 'contraption' will allow you to analyze events
from numerous periods in time simultaneously, and therefore test multiple strategies
in a 'real-time' environment."
     Michael nodded while thumbing through a somewhat hastily compiled 'manual'.
"That's the idea."  He glanced up, "Of course, I'll get a chance to test its veracity
in the upcoming Turf War.  What with the sheer amount of technical data that can be
obtained with so many skilled managers present, I should have more than enough input
to determine its accuracy."
     Azaziel brushed a black-nailed hand across an amber tinted crystal jutting out
from the contraption.  "Speaking of the War..." the crystal sparked momentarily,
"we're joining the 'Dread Naught' alliance, correct?"
     Michael frowned.  "That's correct."
     Azaziel turned his attention back to the machine.  "Well, what do we know about
our 'allies'.  Can they be trusted to follow through on this, and for that matter,
WHO are they?"
     Michael pinched the bridge of his nose in annoyance.  "Azaziel, we've covered
this before.  Liam the Goth is a trustworthy fellow.  He's got the experience to see
this thing through to its conclusion, and I've dealt with him both directly and
indirectly in many arenas."  Returning his attention to the manual, he continued, "As
for Buddy Lee, I have no reason to believe he's anything but sincere, and I KNOW he
comes with good credentials."
     Azaziel arched a thin eyebrow.  "Perhaps, but what about this 'Owlin the Wise',
and I hate to sound ungrateful, but Jorja's going to be a member?"
     Michael sighed, "Look, Sensei Jan helped teach our Alliance Captain, and his
associates," he held up a hand to forestall a retort, "and Owlin covered our entrance
fees.  As for Jorja, she may refuse to challenge, but I can speak from experience
that her warriors are rarely a push-over."
     Ebonariex looked intrigued.  "Sensei Jan, you say?"  He scratched his chin,
"Isn't she the one who provided us with that information regarding slashers back when
Inochi held Arker's throne?"
     Michael grinned.  "One and the same, and besides, Jan wasn't precisely popular
at the time we arrived, but she certainly helped US out when others were giving us
the cold shoulder."  Michael shrugged, "That counts for something in my book."
     Azaziel smirked.  "Not to play devil's advocate or anything, but I guess the
reliability of our newfound allies depends on who you ask, eh?"
     Michael tried to hide his annoyance.  "Look, Azaziel, you ARE the devil's
advocate, and I couldn't care less what others say, to a point.  The facts are Liam,
Owlin, and Buddy all come with good recommendations.  Personally, I think most of the
negativity that got thrown around about Sensei Jan was personal opinion, not
objective analysis."
     Azaziel seemed to be considering the merits of that argument when a brick red
imp appeared on his shoulder and proceeded to mutter something in a rapid, guttural
dialect.  His expression grew deadly serious in an instant.  "Michael, I do believe
you may be required to prove our early argument much sooner than you would prefer."
He muttered a few words to the imp, which nodded and was gone.  "You, meaning WE, may
have a serious problem."
     Ebonariex had a very distant look in his emerald eyes.  "An ancient enemy, or
perhaps an old friend... it makes no sense, either way."
     Azaziel spared a bemused glance for the seemingly entranced dragon.  "Whatever
that's supposed to mean."  He turned to Michael.  "Gather your strength and meet me
outside the Chimlevtal headquarters at sunset."
     As Azaziel stepped through the shadows and outside reality, Michael snapped his
fingers to get Ebonariex's attention.  "It seems you may have been right, old
friend."  Ebonariex turned slowly to face him.  "I'll do what I must, but I can't
promise what you ask.  Centuries have dictated my feelings on this matter, and only
time will tell if it is something I can overcome."
     Ebonariex began the gestures necessary to return him to his 'lair'.  "I pray to
whatever gods are listening that you do, Michael, because yours is not the only fate
that is being put in play here."  As his form rippled and contracted, his last words
echoed faintly through the lab, "Of that much I am certain...."
     Michael stood in contemplation for some time, his normally animated features
drawn and tense.  Finally, he nodded and began the incantation necessary to free his
sire's blade from its mystically bound 'tomb'.
     "You may regret that which you ask for, my old friend," ectoplasmic tendrils of
vermilion light began to spurt from a point between his cupped hands, "for even you
never knew me in the prime of my power."
     With a tortured shriek of unnatural power, a great blade of bone and jade
colored glass appeared in Michael's left hand.  As the residual energies tapered off,
he carelessly dropped his newest creation's 'manual' to the laboratory floor.
     "Time to hunt...."


     In the greater scheme of things, the drama surrounding Michael and his friends
would likely have little impact on the complex tapestry of Ghea.  The blood-fueled
scenarios of a world dominated by gladiatorial politics and managerial squabbles
dwarfed these matters.  Azaziel, Ebonariex, and Michael were all quite powerful in
their own rights, but this was a world where powerful individuals could be found in
nearly every city--sometimes, on every street corner.  Alastari had survived far
greater threats than the arrival of a single rogue mage--regardless of his power--and
it would survive this latest incursion.  For those directly involved, however, the
stakes were high, and in some cases, perhaps too high.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.  My last confession was two weeks ago, and
boy do I have a lot to tell you!
     How about I give you a few tidbits of Coach's life as it relates to the above?
1. He lived one block from the Catholic Church and Grade School in his younger life.
2. His confirmation name is Michael, taken from the church/school--St. Michael's.
3. He was at his own father's baptism. (His mom converted his dad.)
4. Every single morning in the summers he served at 6:30 communion.
5. There were eight in his Solemn Communion (graduation) from St Michael's Grade
6. His real nemesis was Sister Mary Sylvester.
7. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade were all in the same room. (as were 1, 2 and 3,4,5.)
8. His mother wanted him to be a priest.
     So there you go.  Boring, eh?  Well, then, challenge and beat me and write your
own doggone column.  Capiche?!
          Confession DM V

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  DEATH'S CHOSEN posted a nice gain, to come in 6th.  Everybody loves a 
winner...  Practice pays for MELANCHOLIA, who pummelled LUMP, to pocket 22 points.  A 
certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 18 
points to MELANCHOLIA.  (Discrete enough, LUMP?) GUSHAN found out that TELORINTHE 
isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  Word has it one 
team in TELORINTHE is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     And how sociable are TELORINTHE's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Like a horde of 
jackals fleeing from the lion, so did the "warriors" in TELORINTHE avoid ZEITGEIST.  
The warriors of ZEITGEIST found their efforts at combat frustrated as DEATH'S CHOSEN 
apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Everyone is famous for 
fifteen minutes, and STEAL HOME is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't BAD 
SIGNS proud!  STEAL HOME found itself challenged by a warrior 23 below:  CYCLIDIA.  
CYCLIDIA of ZEITGEIST kept hers wits as she was beat by STEAL HOME.  Mismatched by 10 
points, CUSTODIAN was subdued by PARALDOXIA.  Is this really worth noting?  I thought 
PARALDOXIA showed great skill and promise when she beat CUSTODIAN.  All right, so I 
slept through it!  Big deal!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not a spymaster 
for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious 
     Leave me now, you base fools!  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  
Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid TELORINTHE farewell-- 
Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONFESSION 47                25   4  1   128       OLDIES (5)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TORPORTLY 102                18  10  2   112       INVIDIOTS (16)
 PARALDOXIA 112               12  16  0   111       ZEITGEIST (18)
 GUSHAN 222                   12   9  0   103       ZEITGEIST (18)
 LETTER SWEATER 43            18  11  2   101       OLDIES (5)
 RIZZYN 104                   11  18  0    95       DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STEAL HOME 138               22   6  1    90       BAD SIGNS (24)
 CUSTODIAN 215                12  10  0    90       OLDIES (5)
 LOTUS-EATER 193              17   9  2    87       INVIDIOTS (16)
 MORWEL 210                   11  13  0    83       DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)
-TRAKE 72                     14   4  0    82       THE ASCENDANTS (10)
 DRAGGIN' MAIN 44             21   8  0    78       OLDIES (5)
 PEP RALLY 46                 15  14  0    78       OLDIES (5)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIMPLETONGUE 194             17   9  0    66       INVIDIOTS (16)
 CYCLIDIA 111                 12  16  1    66       ZEITGEIST (18)
 VODI 158                     12  17  1    66       OLLIS HEROES (27)
 ISHTAR 184                   10  18  0    61       DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)
-KALLOR 69                    10   8  0    61       THE ASCENDANTS (10)
 GENERICKY 100                16  12  0    60       INVIDIOTS (16)
 REVENANT 213                 10  13  0    59       DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOA JALLER 183               10  17  0    49       OLLIS HEROES (27)
 MELANCHOLIA 239               6  10  0    47       ZEITGEIST (18)
 WASNIS 224                   11   9  0    46       OLLIS HEROES (27)
 HELGA HOARFROST 237           9   9  0    43       ZEITGEIST (18)
 OUT FOR A DUCK 275            5   2  0    42       BAD SIGNS (24)
 YODA 274                      4   4  0    40       OLLIS HEROES (27)
-FENER 68                     10   8  0    38       THE ASCENDANTS (10)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ILEOSA 263                    5   8  0    32       DEATH'S CHOSEN (17)
-TREACH 218                    8   3  0    27       THE ASCENDANTS (10)
 LUMP 269                      7   4  0    25       BAD SIGNS (24)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MENDOZA LINE 278              3   2  0    17       BAD SIGNS (24)
 AVATAR 283                    1   1  0    16       OLLIS HEROES (27)
-COTILLION 282                 1   0  0    10       THE ASCENDANTS (10)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
YIELD 276               1  2 0 BAD SIGNS 24         LOMBARD 279            25  REVENGED
PRINS RIKARD 232        8  7 1 OLLIS HEROES 27      TORPORTLY 102          25  NOT REVENGED

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TOGG 234                4  3 0 THE ASCENDANTS 10    DELAYED FLIGHT 280     27  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Wretch -- We are all glad you are back and sticking around for a while.  May you
prosper and stay looooong. -- Coach and The Oldies

Wretch, again.  I just read your really very nice ad.  Thank you.  I want you to know
I wrote the above ad BEFORE I read yours.  Thanks again. -- Coach and his Consortium

Paraldoxia -- There is nothing wrong with being bald.  It expands your hat and cap
selections.  I think you would look best in a top hat.  And if you really want to
beat me, pray; and keep praying. -- Confession, DM

Azaziel -- Crying?  Who was crying?  There is no crying in DM! -- Coach

Ishtar -- Nah; I'm not the union type.  Besides, I own my own business.  (You, too,
it seems. --wink--) -- Custodian

Simpletongue -- My, my.  I must have been very lucky.  Rah, rah; sis boom bah!  Shall
we make it two out of three? -- Pep Rally

Morwel -- I admit to being antsy about that challenge.  But if one wants to be the
best, one must fight the best.  Right?  Anyway, it worked out for me.  Good thing I
tuned the engine before. -- Draggin' Main

Genericky -- I admit it was more fun cleaning your clock than it was cleaning the
toilets. -- Custodian

Rizzyn -- I tried to stay out of your scimitar's way so you wouldn't cut my nice new
sweater. -- Letter Sweater

Paraldoxia -- What's a DM to do?  Gotta challenge the good ones.  Keep on comin';
you'll get me yet! -- Confession

Wretch -- Delayed Flight had no future.  His "Is Stupid" comment meant from day one
that he was being sent to the Dark Arena once he either killed someone or reached the
Adepts.  I thought he'd last longer than that. -- Dark Oracle, purveyor of Bad Signs

Lotus-Eater -- With your style, I thought you'd be more like Vodi, who has handed me
two losses. -- Steal Home

Fener -- Did you make your opening move yet? -- Lump

Treach -- That matchup looked like you were cheated by a sticky wicket -- Out for a

Kallor -- Good to see an Ascendant take one.  Of course I'll pass on commenting on
the experience delta we have here. -- Mendoza Line

Azaziel -- My suggestion is to play this arena like an old-time arena.  Personal Ads
written for each warrior, even get a little snappy or pushy, but avoid actually
picking on anyone.  Old-time arenas were played for nothing but pride and the honour
of attaining the Duelmastership. -- Dark Oracle

These were delayed in the Commission office and should have been in last time; sorry
about that. -- the typist

Mendoza Line -- I hit you eight times in one minute.  You hit me once and I freak.
Typical. -- Melancholia

Fener -- There are no gods, or you'd be dead. -- Helga Hoarfrost

     I know that feeling.

Veteran Mercenary -- Don't feel bad, that fight was staged anyhow.  Drinks on me when
you get out of I.C.U. -- Gushan

Trake -- But I... I mean... ARUGH!!!  Next one's mine, you little twerp! -- Cyclidia,
the flustered

Confession -- Honestly, I don't mind the attention.  It gives me time to hedge my
bets a bit.  Besides, when it comes to dirty little secrets, I'm just getting
started. -- Paraldoxia

     I hedged a garden once.

All -- Hmm, Hal's still backlogging me, but here's to another fine turn... at least,
for everyone else.  *wry grin*  Ascendants, welcome back. -- Michael Eldritch
P.S.  To the Scribe, thank you on the story posting.  I'll send more (in a larger
font) soon.  Also, let me know if any of the "role play" ideas are feasible.

     You're welcome, especially when you go to a larger font.  I can handle the small
     one, but it requires the application of modern technology and time, time being
     in the shortest supply.  Also note that delays in getting your personals in are
     due to the extra transit time--very little gets typed in the Commission office
     these days, as there's no one to do it.  So it has to be physically forwarded to
     me.  Hence, delay. -- the Scribe and typist

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

VODI was devastated by TORPORTLY in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
PARALDOXIA won victory over CUSTODIAN in a 2 minute expert's Challenge battle.
RIZZYN slimly won victory over GOSSIPID in a 3 minute gory master's Challenge brawl.
CYCLIDIA was savagely defeated by STEAL HOME in a 3 minute master's Challenge match.
HELGA HOARFROST was vanquished by SIMPLETONGUE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
OUT FOR A DUCK was beaten by REVENANT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
ISHTAR defeated TOA JALLER in a action packed 1 minute expert's Challenge melee.
MENDOZA LINE was vanquished by YODA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
CONFESSION slimly won victory over GUSHAN in a popular 11 minute veteran's Title duel.
LETTER SWEATER handily defeated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
GENERICKY was demolished by MORWEL in a 1 minute mismatched match.
PEP RALLY was overcome by LOTUS-EATER in a exciting 3 minute veteran's contest.
DRAGGIN' MAIN viciously subdued KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bout.
ILEOSA was defeated by WASNIS in a 2 minute duel.
LUMP was overpowered by MELANCHOLIA in a 2 minute gruesome uneven struggle.
AVATAR overpowered PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -   8 -  1      67  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         TOTAL PARRY       26 -  15 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK    20 -  16 -  1      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  21 -  2      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    40 -  35 -  3      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE      11 -  11 -  2      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  37 -  1      36  |

Turn  29 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:

WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      CONFESSION 47              25   4  1  128 OLDIES (5)
LUNGING ATTACK   TORPORTLY 102              18  10  2  112 INVIDIOTS (16)
STRIKING ATTACK  GUSHAN 222                 12   9  0  103 ZEITGEIST (18)
SLASHING ATTACK  LETTER SWEATER 43          18  11  2  101 OLDIES (5)
WALL OF STEEL    STEAL HOME 138             22   6  1   90 BAD SIGNS (24)
BASHING ATTACK   CUSTODIAN 215              12  10  0   90 OLDIES (5)
PARRY-STRIKE     LOTUS-EATER 193            17   9  2   87 INVIDIOTS (16)
PARRY-LUNGE      SIMPLETONGUE 194           17   9  0   66 INVIDIOTS (16)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WASNIS 224                 11   9  0   46 OLLIS HEROES (27)
AIMED BLOW       OUT FOR A DUCK 275          5   2  0   42 BAD SIGNS (24)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PARALDOXIA 112.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GUSHAN 222.  The ten other most popular fighters were PARALDOXIA 112, CYCLIDIA 

The least popular fighter this week was CONFESSION 47.  The other ten least popular 
A DUCK 275, VODI 158, AVATAR 283, WASNIS 224, ILEOSA 263, and DRAGGIN' MAIN 44.

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




     For those of you who keep track of such things, 15 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                     WHITE THUNDER (4-6040) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (120) 
                       SISONGOEN (12-5168) LUROCIANS IV  (438) 
                JUMPINJACK FLASH (13-5143) PERFECTION QUEST 13  (527) 
                  HARD DAYS KNIGHT (38-2369) BUBBA LOVES CHESS  (193) 
                     POWDERED SOAP (82-2837) MY BUTT HURTS  (392) 
                    HICHAM (82-18389) SUPERIOR FORCES 1306  (2829) 
                    DEADLA (82-20623) SUPERIOR FORCES 3201  (2263) 
                  CLEVELAND STEAMER (82-25002) OHIO EXPRESS  (3993) 
                   YELLOW POST-IT (82-26131) WORK WITH THIS  (4213) 
                  CHARLOTTE (82-29266) SUPERIOR FORCES 3402  (4771) 
                    YELLOW BRICK TOAD (82-32755) 12/19/04J  (5407) 
                    SOULSNARE (82-37248) OBLIVION CLEAVERS  (6167) 
                      MARV (82-41424) 4-LETTER KNOCKOFFS  (6915) 
                   KAORU MOTO (82-48418) MEDAL OF HONOR AA1  (2722) 
                       RENTAL PERMIT (82-51256) 101607C  (8628) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes