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Date   : 11/05/2003    Duedate: 11/18/2003

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DM-101    TURN-362

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  1 COLLEGE RADI 98/1223  114   60  0 65.5      THE FURIOUS FIVE 52/698               
    THE MOTHERSHIP 19/1148                   15 DRAKE'S LODG 73/1206  148  163  5 47.6
  2-MENAGERIE 26/1137      26   16  0 61.9      DRAKE'S COMICS 47/1112                
    THE ILLUMINATI 25/1179                      CISUM S. EKARD 31/1175                
    CALL TO THUNDER 7/1217                      DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q 15/313                
    CAER SIDHE 41/1218                          DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO 33/1075           
  3 SHADOW GOLD 71/1143   372  242  1 60.6   16 EMETICS 45/1242        26   29  0 47.3
  4 BLADES OF ICE 7/162   320  236  6 57.6      JOYS OF BOOZE 33/1209                 
    BLADES OF GRASS 33/1076                  17 THRILLZ & KIL 7/1211    8    9  0 47.1
    BLADES OF STEEL 17/1068                     SUPERIOR KILLS 98/1229                
  5 LUST MUPPETS 32/1099  237  175  1 57.5   18 GENOCIDE 51/1109      140  165  0 45.9
  6 QUBIT 10/1136         650  532  3 55.0      SCIENCE FICTION 6/1152                
    TOO GOOD FOR ME 65/1054                     RESURRECTION 2/1065                   
    TRIPLE CROWN 15/990                      19 TRIP OUT 30/1216       13   16  0 44.8
    VERMIN!! 82/1124                            UNTOUCHABLES 18/1190                  
    JOKA MASHER! 60/833                         BLIND LUCK 97/1183                    
    SIR AGLIO 10/788                         20 CARNIVAL 11/1105       43   55  0 43.9
    BRAINIAC 82/1234                            CARNIVAL 47/1238                      
    SNOTZI'S II 33/813                       21 JUNKYARD WAR 98/1140   16   21  0 43.2
  7 MAGICK 60/955         465  388  4 54.5   22 VIOLENT FEMS 35/972   374  501  9 42.7
    AND SO IT BEGINS 65/1062                    JUST BECAUSE 38/1228                  
    FORCE OF NATURE 75/747                   23-BOOK OF STIN 21/1239    5    7  0 41.7
    CARTOUCHE 71/1111                        24-HARLEQUINS 2/1186      56   89  1 38.6
    EDGE OF EXTINCTION 71/973                   WAR HAWKS 10/1026                     
  8 SWEORDMASTERS 1/1210   38   32  0 54.3      FREELANCERS 72/1232                   
    LAB EXPERIMENTS 1/1207                   25 MY PETS 9/554         434  698 11 38.3
  9-PARANOIA 65/1240       14   12  0 53.8      RHYME TYME 55/449                     
 10 YOU FEEL THA 82/1205  100   91  1 52.4      GIRL SCOUT COOKIES 33/812             
 11 SPARF! 20/1069        665  638  9 51.0   26 BLUE MOON 9/1025      396  687  3 36.6
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    OTTO'S MECHANICS 28/1073                    REFORMERS 64/1095                     
    ROYAL FLUSH 47/146                          CIRQUE DU MASQUES 58/1093             
    REAL BEER 21/1116                        27 SOLARAN BERSE 40/949   23   40  1 36.5
    DUCKS UNLIMITED 39/1221                  28 U.B.O.S.M. 11/1184     16   32  1 33.3
    NOT QUITE 59/1237                        29 POWERPUFF GI 12/1145   10   22  0 31.3
 12-BATTLE BEASTS 6/1235   11   11  0 50.0   30 THE REDBAERS 3/1180    11   26  0 29.7
    SAMURAI KIDS II 62/1182                     TOMATO ENFORCER 63/1193               
 13 OVERLORDS 20/30       105  107  1 49.5   31 MY DRUGS 98/1222        5   17  0 22.7
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/132                      SANDS OF TIME 38/1195                 
 14 PUERCO'S PINA 53/700   69   71  0 49.3   32 IKER'S CORPS 99/1225    0    7  0  0.0
    GERFEL'S FRIENDS 11/516                  33 PEACE MAKERS 73/1241    2    0  0  100
    ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY 30/1213              34 YOUNG JUSTIC 11/1244    0    1  0  0.0
    ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY 66/1123                 GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 11/1243             

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                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #67 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far North:

     "Errodan's grace, she destroyed the Eye!?!" Shatterstar whispered, breathless
with surprise.  He moved quickly to the now still form of the dragon, the hole in its
head giving off a constant swirl of green and black smoke.  He stopped just before
the beast's great head and stared at the fist-sized hole--not much to a creature the
size of this dragon, but more than enough to fell the beast.  He placed a hand
tentatively on the dragon's snout and used a trickle of magic to feel for life within
and found none.  The loss of the Eye of the North had been too much for the once
noble creature.
     Swash and Chi'en came up behind him, the sailor putting a hand on Shatterstar's
shoulder and clearing his throat to speak.  "Is it dead,  Shat?" he asked, his voice
hoarse from the earlier dunking in the sea and the subsequent battle.  "Did she kill
it?"
     Shatterstar turned to face them, his hand dropping loosely to his side and his
expression giving them their answer.  There was great sorrow etched on the general's
face, unmistakable sorrow in his eyes as he nodded a simple yes.  The elf then seemed
to remember something and moved off behind the other two, moving quickly to where
Phantazia and Sayn Vann were kneeling over the Jhadzia's limp body.
     Phantazia turned at her older brother's approach, her face beaming.  "She's
alive, Shat," she said, her voice full of relief.  She saw the change in his eyes
when she spoke and her smile widened to see it.  "And what's more, she appears to be
uninjured."
     "I've never seen anything like it," Calth whispered in awe.  "The blast should
have torn her to shreds, yet here she lays unscathed."
     "But unconscious," Chi'en said, coming up to join them with Swash in tow.  She
indicated Calth off to the side, his face pale and his leg bleeding again as he had
passed out and the tourniquet had worked its way loose.  "Let's get them both off the
ice and somewhere warm before we lose them."
     "What about her," Swash asked, indicating Camisole's body.
     "Bring her as well," Shatterstar said without hesitation.
     "Bring them where?" Phantazia asked, removing her cloak and using it to make a
litter to help move her friends.
     They all followed Shatterstar's gaze as he turned it towards the main gate of
the castle.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     It wasn't until after they had found the sleeping quarters that had been used by
the wizard that they found suitable beds for their companions.  All the other beds
were made for the Gargoyles and Northwights, and weren't at all suitable.  The
wizard's study was emptied of any valuables, as he had obviously come back to his
suite before departing, but there was a large bed for Calth and a smaller for Jhadzia
to use while they tried to get them some kind of healing.  Camisole they laid on
their cloaks off to the side, covering her dead body with a sheet taken from a linen
chest in the room.
     Jhadzia would have to wait, since Calth was by now in danger of losing his leg.
Sayn Vann had stayed with the man, trying to make sure the tourniquet wasn't too
tight, but also trying to make sure he didn't bleed to death.  It was a delicate
balance, but the experienced soldier managed to do what needed to be done.
Shatterstar took out a knife and cut away the fur coverings from Calth's leg, giving
them all a clear look at the wound.  A good part of the thigh was just gone, ripped
off by the teeth of the mighty dragon, and the bone was plain to see.  The gladiators
had all seen bad wounds before, but only Shatterstar and Sayn Vann could say they'd
ever seen anything this bad.
     "Can you help, General Dayspring?" Sayn Vann asked, his voice full of hope.  The
loss of even one of their companions weighed heavily on the man, but the though of
losing another bothered him even more.
     Shatterstar looked to the side where Camisole lay and shook his head.  "I am not
a healer of Camisole's skill, and even she, I think, would have had a difficult time
with such a wound."
     "You have to try, Shat," Phantazia said.  She and Chi'en were getting a fire
started and had found a basin of fresh water they could use to bathe the wound.
     The elf looked at his sister and nodded.  "You are right, of course," he said,
closing his eyes and falling once again into his magic.  It still felt different, but
it didn't feel like interference or feedback any longer.  He felt rejuvenated and
empowered.  Reaching into the natural healing ability of Calth's body, he began to
manipulate the muscles and skin, forcing them to speed up the healing process,
forcing the leg to regenerate itself.  It took a tremendous amount of willpower and
concentration to do it, but with each passing moment, her felt more and  more power
flowing through him, warming his body, his mind, and even his soul.  That warmth
spread to everyone throughout the room, everyone standing riveted by the sight of
Calth's leg literally growing new muscle and skin to repair the damage done by the
dragon.  No one noticed the intense amber glow coming from one of Jhadzia's hands.
     Shatterstar collapsed in a heap as the magic he'd been channeling suddenly fell
away.  At first he was worried that it was gone, that the ability to work magic had
left his body for good.  But after a moment's contemplation he realized that the
ability was still there.  He'd stopped casting because Calth's leg was completely
healed.
     The other's continued to stare in awe as Calth's breathing was deep and heavy,
his skin where he had been wounded fully healed without even the slightest hint of a
scar.  His face was no longer pale and he even appeared to be smiling, as if he was
having a pleasant dream.
     "How?" was all Swash could get out.
     Shatterstar looked at him, feeling more than a little intoxicated by the power
he'd felt.  "The Eye," was his only answer.
     "But Jhadzia destroyed the Eye to kill the dragon," Chi'en said, her voice
reflecting her doubts.
     Shatterstar simply shrugged in answer.  "There is no other possible
explanation," he replied quietly.  "During the battle, the very proximity of the Eye
allowed both Camisole and I to use our magic freely before the dragon turned the eye
on us and--"  He stopped, looking pained that he had survived but his she had not.
     "And overpowered you both," a husky woman's voice said from behind them.  They
spun to see Jhadzia sitting up, staring at them, her eyes aglow with rich amber
light.  Chi'en started forward but a look form her best friend stopped her in her
tracks.  Jhadzia smiled at her and the Adantri woman surprised herself by smiling
back.
     Jhadzia turned her attention back to Shatterstar.  "Only through the power of
your sword were you saved, Scion of Errodon," she said.  "It gives me great pleasure
to meet you, and greater pleasure still to thank you all for saving me from my former
Guardian."  Her gazed turned upon each of them one by one, making them all feel a
little uneasy.
     "Who are you, if not Lady Jhadzia Shimmermoon?" Shatterstar asked, his hand now
resting gently on the hilt of his sword.
     If Jhadzia notices, it didn't show.  "My name is unimportant after so long, but
you would know me as the Eye of the North."  As she spoke, she slowly raised her left
hand, palm upward, where she held a large amber that glowed more brightly than her
eyes.  "Jhadzia is here as well, for I am only using her body as a receptacle, for I
would be unable to speak to you otherwise."
     "And when can we expect Jhadzia back?" Chi'en asked, taking a step forward.
     Jhadzia stopped her in her tracks again, as she turned to look at her.  The glow
left her eyes and intensified in the stone, which now looked more looked a large,
gleaming cat's eye.  "Right now, Chi'en," she said, her voice now back to normal.
"The Eye meant no harm or offense, but only wanted to thank you herself."
     Swash stepped forward, sword and dagger drawn.  "How do we know it's really
you?" he asked the question that was on everyone else's minds as well.
     She turned a sideways grin his way and winked.  "Swash, if you don't put those
weapons away, I'll have to sheath them for you--in your belly."
     Phantazia chuckled and elbowed Swash in the ribs. "That's her all right," she
said.
     Swash, too, chuckled as he put his weapons away with a bow.  "My apologies, Lady
Shimmermoon, I meant no offense."
     "None taken."
     "So, what happened out there?" Sayn Vann asked, unable to wait any longer.  He
was a patient man, but even patient men have their limits.
     Jhadzia stood up and went to the washbasin and began washing her face as she
explained.  The others took the cue and did the same thing, getting the blood and
grime off their hands and faces at the least.
     "During the fighting, I got this really strange feeling that I should charge the
beast and attack it head on," she said.  "So I dropped my bow and did just that.
While the dragon was distracted by Swash and Chi'en, I jumped up and climbed its neck
to its head, where I had intended to run my sword through its eye and into its
brain."
     "Brave," Sayn Vann said, his voice full of respect.
     "Foolish," Chi'en said, disapproval in her voice at her friend's recklessness.
     Jhadzia smiled at them both as she continued talking.  "Once I got into position
and was about to drive my sword home, I realized I was about to make a huge mistake.
If I killed the dragon, who was in a symbiotic relationship with the Eye, I would
likely kill the Eye as well.  That isn't what we came here for."
     "Wait a second," Phantazia interrupted.  "What do you mean, kill the Eye?  Are
you saying...."
     "Yes," Jhadzia answered, smiling.  "The Eye of the North is alive; always has
been.  She was placed here by Lady Greywand after volunteering to serve here.  The
dragon was her companion, and for centuries they lived here together in peace and
harmony."
     "So what happened to ruin it," Sayn Vann asked.
     "A Folstrom wizard, presumably our friend with the fireball, came to them under
guise of one of Sheila's lieutenants.  He promised them that their time here was
almost over, but that Lady Greywand had cast a spell on them bonding them to this
location, which was why they'd never felt inclined to leave.  He would need them both
to lower their resistance to magic so he could release them from the spell.  It took
some convincing, but after centuries of service, even a dragon and a sorceress turned
into a magic Eye need a change.  They both agreed, and the wizard had them.  The
spell he cast didn't release them form anything at all, but instead enslaved the
dragon to the wizard's will.  The Folstrom have had a long time to develop more
powerful spells, and one of the things they did was modify their dragon control
spells.  Not only was the dragon enslaved, but the counterspell the Eye tried
backfired, forcing the symbiotic relationship between them.  She was absorbed into
the dragon's head and overpowered by the ancient creature' s will."
     "She wants to apologize for the magical overload she was forced to use on you
and Camisole, General Dayspring," Jhadzia said, turning to face Shatterstar squarely.
"She has a way to help restore Camisole as well, but there is a catch, so she won't
do it without your approval.  She keeps referring to you as 'Son of Errodan'--what
does she mean?"
     "You can communicate with her, then?" Swash asked, intrigued.
     "Yes, I can," Jhadzia answered.  "As can all of you.  She can hear what you say,
but you can only hear her if you are touching her.  Unless..."
     "I give her my permission to use Camisole as a host, right?" Shatterstar said,
his distaste sounding clearly in his voice.  "She wants to use her body for her own,
since she is now trapped in an immobile form.  I'll nev..."
     "Sir, she wants to talk to you," Jhadzia said, lifting the gem toward the
knight.  "She says that a Son--no, a Scion of Errodon should know what she intends.
She was once an elf, like you, after all.  Why does she keep calling you that?
What!?!"  Her face took on an incredulous look as she took a seat back on the bed.
Her expression changed several times, as if suffering some internal conflict, then
settled on bewildered as she numbly handed the Eye over to Shatterstar.  The elf took
it without hesitation and the gem flashed brighter still for a moment before
returning to the same level of brightness as before.
     Chi'en moved forward and sat with her friend, turning to look into her eyes.
Jhadzia looked up as if she was seeing her for the first time, through her arms
around the diminutive woman and began to cry, sobbing heavily into Chi'en's shoulder.
     Shatterstar stood briefly with the Eye held in his outstretched hand.  His
expression was grave and stayed that way even as Jhadzia started to cry. After only a
few minutes, he nodded, as if answering an unspoken question, and walked over to
Camisole's body.
     Gently, he uncovered Camisole's face and place the gem on the middle of her
forehead, where the glow intensified to its brightest yet.  Shatterstar backed away
slowly, still watching the gem's glow intensify.  He felt a small hand in his and
knew that Jhadzia had come to join him.  He turned his head for a moment, gazing down
at her, and wondered at how much alike the two of them really were.  He held her hand
tightly and turned back to face the magic being worked by the Eye.  The gem flashed
brightly one final time, a sound like wind chimes fading with the last of the light,
and all went still.  Shatterstar and Jhadzia approached the priestess, the others all
close behind, and saw that the Eye was now embedded in the center of Camisole's
forehead.  She, like Calth, was breathing normally and had full color back in her
cheeks.  Her eyes, all three of them, flitted open and she pushed herself up into a
seated position.  She looked at them all staring back at her, her once blue eyes now
amber with cat's pupils, and laughed aloud.
     With a leap she was on her feet, hugging both Shatterstar and Jhadzia, who were
both hugging her back.  She stepped back from them, her smile taking in everyone else
in the room.
     Shatterstar got everyone's attention when he spoke.  "Welcome back to the land
of the living, sister."
     To the astonishment of the all, Jhadzia embraced her once again and said, "Yes,
dear sister.  Welcome back."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Lirin Kiv:

     Shylock wasn't at all sure he approved of, much less liked, Master Dan Shao, the
approximate arenamaster of this place.  This place that was not Lirin Kiv, or the
Isle of the Eye, or anywhere else familiar.  Dan Shao was altogether too ready to be
familiar...with Clemenda.  And she wasn't pulling away in horror.  Best if she
remembered that she was HIS date and companion at present.  If necessary, he would
remind her.  In unmistakable terms.
     But at least Dan Shao had been willing to provide them with quarters here in
this arena complex, once Shylock had stated that they needed a chance to rest and
recover from the shock of the unexpected inter-dimensional transition.  He did,
indeed, need a quiet place where he could relax, but not from shock.  He needed time
to plan.
     Shylock had long been looking for a place to make his own.  Jade Mountain had
not been that place--definitely not.  The Lucan family was much too powerfully
entrenched.  And even if he had managed to become the highest power in the valley,
there was still the rest of Lirith Kai, the Emperor, and the Sun Legion.  No, not
Lirith Kai.  But Jade Mountain had served its purpose; it was there that he had
earned the Greywand's agelessness.  A tricky spell, agelessness, extremely complex
and requiring not only great power but peculiar and rare ingredients.  He was well
pleased to have let the Greywand incur that burden for him.  But his investigations
seemed to indicate that once agelessness had been bestowed, it was a stable
condition, which meant that he didn't NEED the Greywand any more.
     And Sheila Greywand had stood squarely between him and his goal of power.  So
long as she lived, the Isle of the Eye was not the place he was looking for.  And
killing her might be...difficult.  Very difficult.  A person didn't live to be five
thousand years old, or whatever she was, without learning how to defend herself.
     But here....  Shylock leaned back on the couch which seemed to be what these
people used for relaxing (the chair by the small table was simple, hard, and not the
place to loll) and smiled a little.  This place seemed to be quite different.  He
would need to do a detailed examination, of course, but just from the first scans
he'd made:  The Arcanum here was stable.  A little lower in energy levels than that
of Ghea in the good times, but sufficient for his needs.  There was no one--NO ONE--
within his zone of sensitivity who was making any use of magic at all!  He had been
able to feel the Greywand's presence for miles, even when she was apparently not
doing anything magical.  There was the sort of undifferentiated background shimmer
which he associated with groups of Adantri using their arts of hiu, probably
gladiators, or champions as they were called here, engaged in intensive practice.  It
had that texture to it.
     But the single, glorious fact was that this place appeared to have no
competition for him.  He could establish himself here, begin the subtle influencing
and control of people and events which he sought, and NO ONE WOULD KNOW.  He could be
the uncrowned king here, the emperor, he could be like a GOD here....
     But there were things he needed to do first.  He needed to make sure, absolutely
sure, that this world did not hold practitioners of magic who would be able to
challenge him.  And then he needed to find and close the Gate through which he and
Clemenda had arrived, to make sure that no competitors from Ghea followed.
     He leaped to his feet, eager to make a beginning.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Clemenda was not in the room assigned to her when Shylock checked it.  She was
walking in a garden with Arenamaster Dan Shao, and enjoying it.  If she felt a little
guilty at not waiting until Shylock was rested and ready to accompany her, well, she
had that guilt under control.  After all, it had only been a dinner date.  It wasn't
like they were seriously involved.  And she could always say that she was finding out
more about this world, which had the advantage of being true.
     As nearly as she could figure out, this world had a Lirith Kai in it that wasn't
too different from the Lirith Kai of Ghea.  But there was no Alastari.  And while
this place, this Liran Kiv, was on an island, it had the whole island to itself.  If
there was anything like the rest of the Isle of the Eye, any Darkholm, Andorak, Free
Blades, any Talahya, Home Guard, or Primus, it was somewhere else.
     She found it hard to imagine a world without Alastari.  She hadn't thought she'd
ever feel homesick for the crowding, jostling nations, the patches of old magic gone
bad from the days of the Chaos Wars, the confusion of races and languages made
possible by Alastari's numerous Gates.  It must be...very peaceful here.  Very...
boring?
     Dan Shao came to a stop in front of a monument of polished dark stone and paused
silently.  It was inscribed with rows of something, names, she guessed, in the
Adantri monumental script.
     Clemenda hadn't learned more than the minimum of the Adantri chancery cursive
script required for citizenship, and this angular, antique variation was beyond her
ability.  She glanced at Dan Shao questioningly.
     "It is a monument to those of our number who have fallen in our on-going war
with the Gray Witch of the East," he said.  "We have held the line so far, but unless
the people of the Middle Sea come in on our side..." he shrugged.  "There may be many
more names to add to this pillar before the matter has been settled."
     "An on-going war...."
     "It is the great burden on all the people of Aleth, though some refuse to
acknowledge it, or even welcome the Witch in her rule.  But we of Lirith Kai will
never yield to her, and it is for this that our Champions here are trained and
selected and trained further, sent to war, and..." he sighed, "many ultimately
perish."
     "Why is this Gray Witch an enemy?" Clemenda asked curiously.
     "Setting aside the matter of iniquitous taxation, her imposition of worship in
manners and of deities unworthy of our blood, and the horrible draft of young people
from the lands she controls to feed her machinery of power, she risks the very
integrity of our world, the stability of the cosmos, by her unbridled use of Gates
into other dimensions."
     "Gates such as the one Shylock and I came through."
     "Ultimately, yes, that is a case in point.  I have consulted the scholars, and
they feel that the Gate which brought you here, fair lady, was not opened
deliberately.  But that it opened at all is a sign of the degree to which her
tampering with the fabric of reality has weakened the wall between universes.  That
is why it is imperative that your Gate be closed--because it does weaken that fabric
and thus it imperils all existence, possibly that of your world as well as ours."

   * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[ As the Turns Whirl ]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

     Galen walked down the gangplank with the two Lord Protectors, Phetmolge the
troll-like creature and Khirza the cat-woman.  He was nervous.  After years of
searching, he was going to meet Jolane again.  Of course she was dead now, or rather
undead.  But still, he had a chance to settle an issue that had weighed on his soul
for three years.  He sighed as he stepped down the little stair onto the deck.
     Phetmolge looked down at him.  The gladiator was huge and gray and spotted here
and there with patches of short, oddly colored hair like lichen on a rock, but
according to a Commission memo Galen had seen, anatomically he was far more human
than troll.  The big gray man said, "So you have a history with this woman.  I'm
sorry.  Were you and she lovers?"
     "No," Galen said.  "No, not at all."  He followed Phetmolge across the deck to
the ladder leading down.  "She was a prostitute."  At Phetmolge's glance, he blushed
and added, "I wasn't a customer of hers either.  I met her one night in a police
station.  I was a little bit kind to her and she passed me a note.  It was written
with lipstick on a handkerchief, I couldn't make out what it said.  Someone had to
decipher it for me.  She was asking me to help her sister.  But I'd lost track of
this woman, Jolane, at the police station, I didn't know her name or where to find
her or her sister or what kind of help was needed... Later on, I met a person who may
or may not be her sister, a woman named Perdina."
     Khirza, bringing up the rear, dropped down from the ladder and said, "Perdina
the goddess of lost causes?  Or named after her?"
     Galen shrugged.  "The goddess herself, if she is a goddess.  Although I don't
know how a prostitute and a goddess could be sisters, or what kind of help Perdina
might need.  Maybe Jolane had more than one sister."
     "All questions we hope she'll answer today," rumbled Phetmolge as he pushed open
the door to the boiler room.
     To prepare for this interview, Galen had done a bit of research at the Korga
Khan Memorial Library.  The sirens of the Lake of Mist were undead, suicides who had
drowned themselves (or been eaten while attempting to drown themselves).  They had
the power to fascinate the opposite sex (or, if their victims were alternate-
lifestyle, the same sex).  Then they would drown their victims with a kiss and take
them to an underwater lair where the victim, quite dead, would be eaten.  Sirens had
a fixation on the issue over which they had ended their lives, and limited sentience
in regards to that issue although where anything else was involved they were pretty
much just nasty, murderous undead.  No one knew exactly what happened if a siren
succeeded in resolving its issue, because as far as it was known, none ever had.  The
most effective weapons against them were--
     "Galen!" said a sweet voice.  A long-legged blonde, even more beautiful and
voluptuous than she had been in life, held out her pale arms to him.  "I've waited so
long for you!"
     He wasn't ready.  The glory of her golden-brown eyes stunned and overwhelmed
him.  The vial of blessed earth tumbled from his fingers and shattered on the deck.
     He took a step forward and then a huge hand closed on the collar and back of his
coat and jerked him upward.  Dangling uncomfortably by the bunched-up fabric in his
armpits, Galen said, "Jolane, I'm here!"  Although his arms were somewhat
constricted, he struggled to tuck in his shirt; he wanted to present a neat
appearance to his lady-love.
     She rose from her bed of weedy ropes and walked toward him on her bare,
unbelievably graceful, precious white feet which he longed to kiss, swerving nimbly
around the cat-woman who was busy scooping something up off the floor.  She reached
for him; Galen managed to grab her hand although Phetmolge lifted him higher.  The
hand was wet and slipped from Galen's grasp.  Above the commotion of Galen and Jolane
calling to each other, the trollish man said, "We found her and locked her in this
room three days ago.  You'd think she would have dried out a bit."
     "Enchanted wetness," Khirza said, standing up with her cupped hand full of dirt.
"Too bad you can't bottle it, people could put it on their house plants when they go
on vacation."  With her free hand she tapped the siren's soggy white-clad shoulder.
"Ma'am, instead of killing him, don't you have something to tell him?"
     Jolane whirled, baring a mouthful of shark-like teeth, and snapped at Khirza,
who swiped with her claws, jumped way back, and drew a short sword.  Then Jolane
lunged for Galen.  Phetmolge, still holding the spyreporter up in the air by the
scruff of his neck, turned to protect his charge, pushed the siren away with his free
hand and then drew up his leg and attempted a side kick.  It was a grotesque thing to
watch, thought Galen, momentarily distracted from his obsession with Jolane by the
remarkable sight of an eight-foot, 300-pound humanoid attempting to fight like an
aimed blow.  The gray-skinned gladiator actually managed to get his leather-clad leg
up, deeply flexed and hip-swiveled so it was in position to lash out like a piston.
But then Jolane stepped to the side, Phetmolge attempted to pivot on his other foot
in order to keep her in range, and suddenly waved his free arm wildly in a frantic
effort to keep his balance.
     "Oh noooo!" Galen shouted as the huge man, evidently still trying to protect him
from Jolane, twisted around in order to fall on top of him.
     When Galen regained consciousness, it was rather dark and he felt like his head
was caught in a vise.  It was hard to breathe.  He could move one leg freely and
could wiggle all his fingers.  The other leg was pinned but nothing seemed to be
broken.  He realized that his head was being pressed between the deck and the massive
gladiator's chest.  Phetmolge was snoring gently.  Galen could see a narrow band of
lamp light, about the width of his own head, and some wooden decking.  There was the
edge of a pile of weedy ropes, so he thought he was still in the boiler room.  He
struggled briefly, trying to roll the gladiator off of him.  It was no use.
Phetmolge looked like about a 300-pounder, but maybe he was actually a lot heavier.
     Feet appeared in the lighted space: pale, graceful, wet feet.  Then a pair of
hands came down to the floor, along with a quantity of soggy white rags.  Then a
lovely white face with crimson lips and vivid amber-brown eyes.  She had to lie down
on the floor in order to look at him.
     "Galen, my love, come out of there," Jolane said.
     "I can't," Galen said.  "Not until he wakes up.  He must have hit his head."
     "But I want to kiss you."
     "I know!  I want it too, but we'll have to wait."  He was struck by a moment of 
sanity.  "Meanwhile, maybe we could talk."
     "I don't want to talk," she pouted.  "I want to kiss."
     "So do I, but...well, there you have it."  He would have shrugged helplessly.
"Tell me about your sister who needs my help.  Is it Perdina?"
     "You are far too late, my love, my failed hero, my miserable little rat of a
would-be rescuer.  Why didn't you help her before she was beyond all help?"
     "Because I didn't know who she was, or who you were, or where to find you so I
could ask you!"
     "Ignorance of the quest is no excuse."
     "It jolly well is so!"
     "I should have known you would let me down.  It is the nature of men."
     Normally, Galen's attitude toward women was very respectful...deferent...he
let them order him around...basically, it seemed to be his destiny to be pussy-
whipped.  However, being wedged between a hard deck and an unconscious behemoth was
having its effect on his attitude.  "Oh for pity's sake!  You have this in common
with your sister: you are very ready to hand out undeserved guilt.  Short of dying,
I'm willing to do what I can for your sister, if there's anything that can still be
done.  I don't happen to know what her problem is.  You forgot to mention that little
detail."  He made a little sound of discomfort and tried again, with no success, to
push the gray man off of him.  "Your sister is Perdina, right?"
     "Yes."  Lying on the deck and peering under Phetmolge's chest, Jolane gazed
thoughtfully at Galen.  "Do you promise to help her?"
     "No!  I barely know the woman and she hasn't been very nice to me.  I promise
I'll...I'll look into it, and help her if I can reasonably well do so."
     "That's not good enough," Jolane said.
     "Well, what is her problem?  If it's something simple then maybe I could make a
more comprehensive pledge."
     "She needs to get out of a sticky marriage."
     "Eh?  Is that why you killed yourself?  Because your sister wants a divorce?"
     "No, of course not."
     "Then why did you?"
     "It's none of your business."
     It was very hard to think clearly when his head was being squeezed.  However,
Galen definitely recalled reading that sirens were only rational (relatively
speaking) in regards to the subject that had made them commit suicide.  "Jolane, I
beg your pardon for pointing this out so bluntly, but you're dead.  Undead, rather.
Why are you still concerned about your sister's unhappy marriage?"
     "Isn't it just like a man to say such a cold-hearted thing!  Oh, I'm going to
kill you and be done with it!"  She reached under Phetmolge's chest, her graceful
hand becoming a clawed, bony talon as it slid towards his face.  He renewed his
effort to throw the huge gladiator off.
     Another clawed hand, this one covered with taffy-colored fur, seized the
attacking arm and dragged it away from him.  After that, all he could see was a
jumble of furred appendages and pale white ones tumbling and scrambling past his
narrow field of vision.  There was cursing, snarling, a shriek, and then a gagging
sound and some rhythmic thumping on the deck.
     Very suddenly, the weight was lifted from his head and body.  "I think it's safe
to let you up now," rumbled Phetmolge, rising to his feet.
     Galen sat up, appreciating the power of taking a deep breath.  The first thing
he saw was Khirza, crouching over Jolane's convulsing white body and holding her
mouth shut.  Jolane's hands clutched Khirza's forearms, which were covered with
bleeding scratches.  Galen watched, feeling no strong urge to interfere.
     When Jolane stopped twitching, Khirza stood up and took a step back.  The cat-
woman glanced at Phetmolge.  "Could you get a tarp?"
     With a nod, the great gray being left the room.
     "Thanks," Galen said.  He stared at the body.  There was dirt around Jolane's
red lips.  "You fed her the blessed earth?"
     "Yeah."
     "Actually it was only supposed to be sprinkled on her skin."
     "Oh well."
     He cleared his throat.  "I'm sure your method will be fine, though."
     He helped them roll her into the tarp, then watched as Phetmolge systematically
crushed the bundle and dumped the mess into the lake, where it was rapidly devoured
by schools of nasty little monsters.  The library book had not mentioned any special
methods of disposing of a slain siren, but this one seemed to ensure that if Jolane
could somehow resurrect herself, she would not be doing it anytime soon.
     "I don't understand it," Galen said as they all washed themselves in buckets of
clean water from a barrel.  "Why would she kill herself and become an undead over her
sister's marriage?"
     "You'd better let it go," said Phetmolge.  "You're out of it now, whatever IT
is.  You don't want to get sucked back in, do you?"
     Galen splashed cold water on his face, which still felt strange from being
squeezed.  "Well, evidently Perdina has a serious problem."
     Khirza said, "Galen, she may be a very minor goddess but she's still a goddess.
When someone asks you if you want to help a deity with their marital problems, you
say NO."
     "Yes of course, but still...I wish I understood why..."
     Khirza dipped a fresh bucket of water from the barrel and poured it over Galen's
head.  The rest of his comment was lost in sloshes and sputters.

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                       Reflections by the Captain of the Guard

     Olaf, I have a bit of a bone to pick with you.  First of all, when I fought and
earned my place as the current Captain of the Guard you admonished and chided me for
down-challenging and losing a fight which I won.  Were you in attendance, or were you
deep into your cups by then and going by the gossip in the taverns?  In any case, I
was steamed, to say the least.  Now it seems you want me to help you do your job by
writing a column as well.  Anything else?  Perhaps I should hawk your papers from a
street corner as well....
     You want to know a bit about me?  OK, I will indulge you.  I am the first
warrior run by my manager, Mannequin, to ever earn a spot as Captain of the Guard in
Home Guard.  I have been informed that I have out-lived my stay here and will be
transferred to Talahya at the split, along with my teammate, Nevermore.  I think this
has more to do with the 10-2 record I have rung up here more than the meager skills I
have learned or my performances in the last couple of tourneys.
     I anticipate meeting UU in a rematch this turn--I wonder if he will be able to
hit me often enough or hard enough to take me out before I put him on his back.  My
goal is simple; keep my spot on top until they send me on my way.
     Until chaos rules and the Isle sinks, farewell!
          Sorrow

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Here's a riddle for you:  If a smart manager knows that Harlequins are the team 
to beat, what does that make the manager of Royal Flush, who is avoiding them?  
Inquiring minds want to know.  Not that Alarond, the source of this bit of wisdom, 
counts as an inquiring mind.  He inquires a lot, but does he have a mind?  That's 
open to debate.  Uh, the question is open, not his alleged mind.
     Mummy got the most challenges, was this come kind of reverse Oedipus thing?  
Inquiring minds have no desire at all to delve into the psychological depths of the 
warriors of this arena.  Who wants to muck around in a swamp, after all?
     We had a mere forty-eight fights, possibly because everybody was home, like me, 
having a cold.  What do you have in the summer, a hot?  Anyway, forty-eight fights, 
of which fully half were challenge matches.  But only two of those were TV 
challenges.  One warrior died.  Three standbys fouth.  The longest fight was a mere 
nine minutes, although two tied for second at seven minutes.

     In relatively brief, because the spots are so long--
     UU DOEWANAKNO (73-1414) (23-7-1,217) of DRAKE'S LODGE TV challenged SORROW (1-
2863) (33-22-2,276) of SWEORDMASTERS.  Up 59.  UU DOEWANAKNO viciously subdued SORROW 
in a 2 minute Challenge Title fight.
     THREEKARD (47-4600) (14-10-1,62) of CARNIVAL TV challenged CARRIE NATION (64-
4054) (35-64-0,85) of REFORMERS.  Up 23.  THREEKARD was demolished by CARRIE NATION 
in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.

     APPLE JACK (47-4011) (29-18-4,198) of ROYAL FLUSH challenged EMERALD DRAGONFLY 
(60-2586) (62-59-2,189) of MAGICK.  Down 9.  APPLE JACK was overpowered by EMERALD 
DRAGONFLY in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
     TALOS (31-2069) (45-18-0,193) of THE STORMGUARDS challenged SPAZ GHOST (47-4161) 
(41-20-1,233) of DRAKE'S COMICS.  Up 40.  TALOS was devastated by SPAZ GHOST in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
     BEAUTY QUEEN (47-3352) (34-36-3,194) of ROYAL FLUSH challenged R'SHANN (20-577) 
(47-36-3,234) of OVERLORDS.  Up 40.  BEAUTY QUEEN bested R'SHANN in a 2 minute 
Challenge duel.
     OBSESSED AVENGER (15-2162) (39-40-1,204) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q challenged DIRT WORM 
(82-2315) (55-25-0,211) of VERMIN!!  Up 7.  OBSESSED AVENGER overpowered DIRT WORM in 
a 7 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.  Must've been a lot of evil in the Dirt 
Worm's heart to take the Avenger that long.
     STRONGEST #3 (40-173) (46-88-1,171) of SOLARAN BERSERK challenged 50 SUCKS (60-
4129) (53-31-0,205) of JOKA MASHER!.  Up 34.  STRONGEST #3 was defeated by 50 SUCKS 
in an action packed 4 minute Challenge melee.
     KYLIE (18-6057) (23-20-1,156) of UNTOUCHABLES challenged HAPPY JACK (19-4086) 
(36-26-2,172) of THE MOTHERSHIP.  Up 16.  KYLIE vanquished HAPPY JACK in a popular 1 
minute uneven Challenge duel.
     CRUSADER LORD (31-3946) (35-23-4,170) of THE STORMGUARDS challenged MASHER (60-
4553) (34-34-3,181) of JOKA MASHER!.  Up 11.  CRUSADER LORD was vanquished by MASHER 
in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
     STARBUCK (6-5387) (26-16-0,119) of SCIENCE FICTION challenged HALLIE O'DENE (58-
6018) (42-55-0,179) of CIRQUE DU MASQUES.  Up 60.  STARBUCK overpowered HALLIE O'DENE 
in a popular 2 minute gory uneven Challenge match.
     AVARICIOUS AVON (63-2388) (22-18-0,112) of TOMATO ENFORCER challenged PREACHER 
(7-5083) (22-9-2,117) of THRILLZ & KILLZ.  Up 5.  AVARICIOUS AVON was narrowly 
defeated by PREACHER in a 3 minute Challenge match.
     BURGER KING (47-4152) (29-24-2,131) of ROYAL FLUSH challenged NEVERMORE (1-5260) 
(22-20-2,145) of LAB EXPERIMENTS.  Up 14.  BURGER KING was handily defeated by 
NEVERMORE in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
     JOE KING (47-2223) (28-46-0,150) of ROYAL FLUSH challenged MIGHTY MITE (82-
13968) (20-24-0,115) of VERMIN!!  Down 35.  JOE KING was beaten by MIGHTY MITE in a 
crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge conflict.
     NED THE JANITOR (66-2973) (22-21-0,131) of ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY challenged QRAPPY 
(10-4761) (33-47-1,155) of QUBIT.  Up 24.  NED THE JANITOR was overpowered by QRAPPY 
in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
     PURPLE DONKEY (30-2751) (21-13-0,96) of TRIP OUT challenged QUIBBLE (10-4756) 
(16-34-0,86) of QUBIT.  Down 10.  PURPLE DONKEY viciously subdued QUIBBLE in an 
exciting 3 minute bloody Challenge fray.
     PERFECT TEN (47-4218) (24-19-1,97) of ROYAL FLUSH challenged BLUE (33-5776) (22-
13-1,143) of BLADES OF GRASS.  Up 46.  PERFECT TEN unbelievably bested BLUE in a 
popular 2 minute brutal Challenge brawl.
     HOCKEY DUCK (39-937) (24-14-1,55) of DUCKS UNLIMITED challenged SKI MASK (58-
5869) (28-50-0,80) of CIRQUE DU MASQUES.  Up 25.  HOCKEY DUCK was savagely defeated 
by SKI MASK in an exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
     FOREVER MAN (38-4168) (28-43-0,63) of SANDS OF TIME challenged KONGOL (7-4524) 
(29-16-2,98) of BLADES OF ICE.  Up 35.  FOREVER MAN was savagely defeated by KONGOL 
in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
     LUNA TYCK (33-5761) (30-32-1,70) of DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO challenged TUTANKHAMUN 
(71-3357) (17-10-0,75) of CARTOUCHE.  Up 5.  LUNA TYCK was beaten by TUTANKHAMUN in 
an action packed 2 minute Challenge fight.
     JUSTICE (73-4299) (14-8-1,53) of PEACE MAKERS challenged FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE (98-
809) (9-7-4,68) of COLLEGE RADIO.  Up 15.  JUSTICE demolished FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE in a 
1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
     ROGAN (97-980) (6-13-4,28) of BLIND LUCK challenged MUMMY (99-853) (7-9-5,22) of 
IKER'S CORPSES.  Down 6.  ROGAN vanquished MUMMY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge 
fray.
     KOGITSUNE MARU (1-5298) (19-15-1,45) of SWEORDMASTERS challenged XISS (11-1305) 
(24-30-4,49) of U.B.O.S.M.  Up 4.  KOGITSUNE MARU savagely defeated XISS in a popular 
2 minute gory Challenge match.
     GLORY HOLE (98-870) (7-9-4,53) of SUPERIOR KILLS challenged LETHE (9-4782) (25-
20-2,55) of BLUE MOON.  Up 2.  GLORY HOLE was vanquished by LETHE in a 1 minute one-
sided Challenge match.
     LIBERTY BELLE (12-5448) (19-25-0,76) of POWERPUFF GIRLS challenged KRAC 
D'CHEVALIERS (31-4345) (18-13-0,85) of THE STORMGUARDS.  Up 9.  LIBERTY BELLE 
overpowered KRAC D'CHEVALIERS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.

     And the randoms--
     FANNY BELT (28-1804) (38-24-1,191) of OTTO'S MECHANICS fought BLACK RHINO (71-
1834) (36-26-1,170) of EDGE OF EXTINCTION.  FANNY BELT unbelievably bested BLACK 
RHINO in an action packed 1 minute gruesome bout.
     PRIMUS (21-4975) (36-11-0,196) of REAL BEER fought ROLEX WATCH (32-3732) (40-32-
0,199) of LUST MUPPETS.  PRIMUS was savagely defeated by ROLEX WATCH in an exciting 4 
minute bloody fray.
     KAIDEN (35-3108) (74-75-2,205) of VIOLENT FEMS fought HOT HAZEL (98-608) (18-23-
4,186) of JUNKYARD WARS.  KAIDEN vanquished HOT HAZEL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
     COM DOT (65-6217) (38-22-0,195) of TOO GOOD FOR ME fought ARENAMASTER AZEEM 
(101-28) (0-0-0,200) of Local Louts.  COM DOT overpowered ARENAMASTER AZEEM in a 1 
minute uneven duel.  This is lessee majesty or something.
     STEVE MCQUEEN (47-3908) (30-33-1,186) of ROYAL FLUSH fought SIR CUITOUS (10-
4514) (38-23-0,203) of SIR AGLIO.  STEVE MCQUEEN savagely defeated SIR CUITOUS in an 
exciting 7 minute gory match.
     CAFFIENE ACHIEVER (15-2429) (36-41-4,159) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q fought LOOMING BIRD 
(82-424) (44-58-4,180) of YOU FEEL THAT!.  CAFFIENE ACHIEVER overpowered LOOMING BIRD 
in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.
     SPAZZ (33-6207) (36-26-0,164) of SNOTZI'S II fought SWEET TOOTH (11-3248) (21-
14-0,123) of GERFEL'S FRIENDS.  SPAZZ was savagely defeated by SWEET TOOTH in a 2 
minute gruesome contest.
     ROT TEN EGGS (47-3099) (33-31-0,119) of ROYAL FLUSH fought KOOKABURRA (33-4151) 
(44-55-2,105) of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.  ROT TEN EGGS narrowly defeated KOOKABURRA in an 
exciting 2 minute brutal struggle.
     JACK SPRAT (47-2954) (46-53-4,146) of ROYAL FLUSH fought VAL BEMERIKI (51-5018) 
(37-26-3,117) of GENOCIDE.  JACK SPRAT was bested by VAL BEMERIKI in a 2 minute bout.
     BUBBLES (12-4981) (24-42-1,145) of POWERPUFF GIRLS fought AVALANCHE (75-2213) 
(19-3-1,138) of FORCE OF NATURE.  BUBBLES was overcome by AVALANCHE in an exciting 1 
minute fight.
     DELICE THE RED (56-3401) (38-46-1,138) of BAD APPLES fought BEER GOGGLES (33-
6819) (22-16-1,103) of JOYS OF BOOZE.  DELICE THE RED was demolished by BEER GOGGLES 
in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
     W.T. POOH (33-4430) (56-42-0,119) of SNOTZI'S II fought PARADISE PARROT (71-
1735) (29-28-0,128) of EDGE OF EXTINCTION.  W.T. POOH outlasted PARADISE PARROT in a 
popular 9 minute bloody duel.
     EMILY (17-5753) (25-15-0,138) of BLADES OF STEEL fought MISER (71-3793) (36-16-
2,102) of SHADOW GOLD.  EMILY savagely defeated MISER in an action packed 2 minute 
brutal competition.
     TSUNAMI (75-2214) (21-3-1,113) of FORCE OF NATURE fought LORETTA (101-8) (0-0-
0,110) of Local Louts.  TSUNAMI overpowered LORETTA in an action packed 2 minute 
uneven battle.
     TICKLES (9-3486) (35-56-1,124) of MY PETS fought PUTZ'N ALONG (60-5437) (25-19-
0,94) of JOKA MASHER!  TICKLES was unbelievably bested by PUTZ'N ALONG in a crowd 
pleasing 3 minute match.
     ANDAR (11-1038) (20-15-1,73) of U.B.O.S.M. fought NEDIAM NORI (31-4069) (20-13-
1,75) of CISUM S. EKARD.  ANDAR handily defeated NEDIAM NORI in a 1 minute mismatched 
fight.
     ONE A DAY (98-799) (12-4-3,40) of MY DRUGS fought MOD COD (55-2638) (39-73-1,54) 
of RHYME TYME.  ONE A DAY was savagely defeated by MOD COD in an action packed 3 
minute competition.
     TORATORATORRES (11-726) (23-23-0,75) of U.B.O.S.M. fought FUNKY ELVIS (30-2754) 
(17-14-0,64) of TRIP OUT.  TORATORATORRES was savagely defeated by FUNKY ELVIS in a 
popular 2 minute match.
     FILI LIU (2-4968) (20-19-0,64) of RESURRECTION fought GLLEELLMANN (11-4514) (23-
9-0,78) of CARNIVAL.  FILI LIU was defeated by GLLEELLMANN in a popular 3 minute 
duel.
     GAR & BRILL (38-4252) (19-20-0,75) of JUST BECAUSE fought SUMTHING PAINFUL (11-
4735) (20-19-0,80) of U.B.O.S.M.  GAR & BRILL was overpowered by SUMTHING PAINFUL in 
a 1 minute one-sided fray.
     IPECAC (45-3625) (13-7-0,55) of EMETICS fought ODEN WARFIEND (11-1335) (25-22-
2,55) of U.B.O.S.M.  IPECAC was dispatched by ODEN WARFIEND in a 2 minute brutal 
match.  Dead, totally dead, in the short run.  That Oden really is a fiend!
     OURS ROUGE (3-6049) (17-24-1,78) of THE REDBAERS fought SIR VILE (10-4754) (19-
16-0,85) of SIR AGLIO.  OURS ROUGE handily defeated SIR VILE in an exciting 1 minute 
gory one-sided bout.
     EXILE (7-4618) (20-16-1,74) of BLADES OF ICE fought HIGH GUN (15-4386) (14-15-
1,41) of TRIPLE CROWN.  EXILE overpowered HIGH GUN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
     LYTA ALEXANDER (65-5021) (12-7-0,83) of AND SO IT BEGINS fought MEAN SPIRIT 
(101-5) (0-0-0,70) of Local Louts.  LYTA ALEXANDER was handily defeated by MEAN 
SPIRIT in a 1 minute mismatched match.

     Speaking of "relatively brief"--if you'd rather I talked longer, gave you the 
inside scoop here and there, pricked an ego or two, that usual stuff, say the word.  
I won't know if you don't speak up.

                                        Olaf Modeen

CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 UU DOEWANAKNO 73-1414       24   7  1  231  DRAKE'S LODGE (1206)       ERINIKA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SPAZ GHOST 47-4161          42  20  1  256  DRAKE'S COMICS (1112)      NORTH FORK
 OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162    40  40  1  232  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313)      MALCORN
 ROLEX WATCH 32-3732         41  32  0  219  LUST MUPPETS (1099)        ARVAT
 KAIDEN 35-3108              75  75  2  211  VIOLENT FEMS (972)         MURSKA

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586   63  59  2  210  MAGICK (955)               ARADI
 COM DOT 65-6217             39  22  0  209  TOO GOOD FOR ME (1054)     DAL SHANG
 BEAUTY QUEEN 47-3352        35  36  3  209  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 STEVE MCQUEEN 47-3908       31  33  1  209  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 50 SUCKS 60-4129            54  31  0  207  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI
 SORROW 1-2863               33  23  2  200  SWEORDMASTERS (1210)       MORDANT
 FANNY BELT 28-1804          39  24  1  196  OTTO'S MECHANICS (1073)    MORYA
 PRIMUS 21-4975              36  12  0  195  REAL BEER (1116)           SUNSET
-MISS WORLD 52-2370          29  29  1  195  THE FURIOUS FIVE (698)     FRATSFA
 MASHER 60-4553              35  34  3  194  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DIRT WORM 82-2315           55  26  0  193  VERMIN!! (1124)            DWES EG
 R'SHANN 20-577              47  37  3  192  OVERLORDS (30)             SEAM
 TALOS 31-2069               45  19  0  191  THE STORMGUARDS (132)      CHIMLEVTAL
 SIR CUITOUS 10-4514         38  24  0  191  SIR AGLIO (788)            KOLACT
-MUSILAR DE MITTEL 53-5753   33  17  0  186  PUERCO'S PINATA (700)      KHALHUMS
 APPLE JACK 47-4011          29  19  4  184  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
-WURP 10-18                  46  52  1  181  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 CAFFIENE ACHIEVER 15-2429   37  41  4  181  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313)      MALCORN

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 STRONGEST #3 40-173         46  89  1  180  SOLARAN BERSERK (949)      ZENSU
-SULTAN 10-4516              29   8  1  180  SIR AGLIO (788)            KOLACT
 KYLIE 18-6057               24  20  1  180  UNTOUCHABLES (1190)        TALCAMA
 HOT HAZEL 98-608            18  24  4  180  JUNKYARD WARS (1140)       SYVYN'S HILL
 BLACK RHINO 71-1834         36  27  1  175  EDGE OF EXTINCTION (973)   KYR'TERR
-SUNNY BRAE 53-5638          34  29  1  173  PUERCO'S PINATA (700)      KHALHUMS
 CRUSADER LORD 31-3946       35  24  4  163  THE STORMGUARDS (132)      CHIMLEVTAL
 STARBUCK 6-5387             27  16  0  162  SCIENCE FICTION (1152)     TRANSEL
 QRAPPY 10-4761              34  47  1  161  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
 LOOMING BIRD 82-424         44  59  4  159  YOU FEEL THAT! (1205)      DWES EG
 HAPPY JACK 19-4086          36  27  2  155  THE MOTHERSHIP (1148)      ZUWAYZA
 NEVERMORE 1-5260            23  20  2  155  LAB EXPERIMENTS (1207)     MORDANT
 SWEET TOOTH 11-3248         22  14  0  155  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (516)     ARUAK CITY

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 AVALANCHE 75-2213           20   3  1  148  FORCE OF NATURE (747)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 EMILY 17-5753               26  15  0  147  BLADES OF STEEL (1068)     ALJAFIR
 HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018       42  56  0  142  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR
 SPAZZ 33-6207               36  27  0  141  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-SILHOUETTE 26-2006          24   7  0  141  MENAGERIE (1137)           CALEAM
 BUBBLES 12-4981             24  43  1  140  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB
 MIGHTY MITE 82-13968        21  24  0  139  VERMIN!! (1124)            DWES EG
 VAL BEMERIKI 51-5018        38  26  3  138  GENOCIDE (1109)            TRICORUS
-THE FRATSFAN CHEF 30-4385   19   6  0  135  ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY (1213) IAYE
 BEER GOGGLES 33-6819        23  16  1  132  JOYS OF BOOZE (1209)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 W.T. POOH 33-4430           57  42  0  131  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PERFECT TEN 47-4218         25  19  1  131  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 JOE KING 47-2223            28  47  0  130  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
-MIME 2-4966                 22  14  3  130  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
 JACK SPRAT 47-2954          46  54  4  129  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 NED THE JANITOR 66-2973     22  22  0  127  ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY (1123) TARRGIR
 BURGER KING 47-4152         29  25  2  126  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 PREACHER 7-5083             23   9  2  126  THRILLZ & KILLZ (1211)     BONSUR
 PARADISE PARROT 71-1735     29  29  0  125  EDGE OF EXTINCTION (973)   KYR'TERR
 TSUNAMI 75-2214             22   3  1  125  FORCE OF NATURE (747)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 ROT TEN EGGS 47-3099        34  31  0  123  ROYAL FLUSH (146)          NORTH FORK
 BLUE 33-5776                22  14  1  120  BLADES OF GRASS (1076)     NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-X THE BOLD 10-16            54  51  1  119  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 PUTZ'N ALONG 60-5437        26  19  0  115  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI
 AVARICIOUS AVON 63-2388     22  19  0  115  TOMATO ENFORCER (1193)     AMEN-TEI
 DELICE THE RED 56-3401      38  47  1  112  BAD APPLES (1091)          ROCANIS
 MISER 71-3793               36  17  2  109  SHADOW GOLD (1143)         KYR'TERR
 TICKLES 9-3486              35  57  1  109  MY PETS (554)              ZUKAL
 KOOKABURRA 33-4151          44  56  2  108  GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (812)   NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-JUGGLER 2-4965              23  14  0  105  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
 PURPLE DONKEY 30-2751       22  13  0  101  TRIP OUT (1216)            IAYE

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KONGOL 7-4524               30  16  2  100  BLADES OF ICE (162)        BONSUR
-SECRET 11-5302              29  11  0   98  YOUNG JUSTICE (1244)       ARUAK CITY
-OSCAR 50-3153               28   6  0   96  OPEN SESAME (824)          SNOWBOUND
-ADAM AND STINK 21-3999      25  19  1   95  BOOK OF STINK (1239)       SUNSET
 LIBERTY BELLE 12-5448       20  25  0   95  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 OURS ROUGE 3-6049           18  24  1   95  THE REDBAERS (1180)        OSKSI
-SABLE 2-4950                26  15  2   93  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
-ISAWA TADAKA 7-5093         22   6  0   92  CALL TO THUNDER (1217)     BONSUR
 CARRIE NATION 64-4054       36  64  0   91  REFORMERS (1095)           KURUKAR

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SUMTHING PAINFUL 11-4735    21  19  0   90  U.B.O.S.M. (1184)          ARUAK CITY
-TOTURI 7-5051               20  11  0   90  CALL TO THUNDER (1217)     BONSUR
-SOUL SCOURGE 25-1223        20   9  2   89  THE ILLUMINATI (1179)      LYRATILAN
 ANDAR 11-1038               21  15  1   88  U.B.O.S.M. (1184)          ARUAK CITY
 QUIBBLE 10-4756             16  35  0   86  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
 SKI MASK 58-5869            29  50  0   85  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR
-ANGAR 10-4933               19  16  1   84  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 TUTANKHAMUN 71-3357         18  10  0   82  CARTOUCHE (1111)           KYR'TERR
 GLLEELLMANN 11-4514         24   9  0   81  CARNIVAL (1105)            ARUAK CITY
-TOTALLY PAR 82-5175         22   9  0   81  BRAINIAC (1234)            DWES EG
 ODEN WARFIEND 11-1335       26  22  3   80  U.B.O.S.M. (1184)          ARUAK CITY
-SON OF CAIN 18-6438         23  11  0   80  UNTOUCHABLES (1190)        TALCAMA
-VIZZERDRIX 6-5493           21   8  1   80  BATTLE BEASTS (1235)       TRANSEL
-GWYN AP NUDD 41-1210        20   4  0   79  CAER SIDHE (1218)          KATI-TEI
 FUNKY ELVIS 30-2754         18  14  0   78  TRIP OUT (1216)            IAYE
 EXILE 7-4618                21  16  1   77  BLADES OF ICE (162)        BONSUR
-CLOUDS AWAY 50-3332         16   5  2   77  OPEN SESAME (824)          SNOWBOUND
-NEVILLE 11-4498             18  18  1   73  GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (1243)   ARUAK CITY
 JUSTICE 73-4299             15   8  1   73  PEACE MAKERS (1241)        ERINIKA
-ROWDY YOBBO 20-3429         21  21  1   72  SPARF! (1069)              SEAM
 FOREVER MAN 38-4168         28  44  0   71  SANDS OF TIME (1195)       CLIFFHOME
 SIR VILE 10-4754            19  17  0   71  SIR AGLIO (788)            KOLACT
 FILI LIU 2-4968             20  20  0   70  RESURRECTION (1065)        NIANIA
 KRAC D'CHEVALIERS 31-4345   18  14  0   70  THE STORMGUARDS (132)      CHIMLEVTAL
-BAYUSHI KACHIKO 7-5235      18   7  0   69  CALL TO THUNDER (1217)     BONSUR
 LUNA TYCK 33-5761           30  33  1   68  DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (1075) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 GAR & BRILL 38-4252         19  21  0   67  JUST BECAUSE (1228)        CLIFFHOME
 NEDIAM NORI 31-4069         20  14  1   66  CISUM S. EKARD (1175)      CHIMLEVTAL
 LYTA ALEXANDER 65-5021      12   8  0   66  AND SO IT BEGINS (1062)    DAL SHANG
 LETHE 9-4782                26  20  2   65  BLUE MOON (1025)           ZUKAL
 TORATORATORRES 11-726       23  24  0   65  U.B.O.S.M. (1184)          ARUAK CITY
 MOD COD 55-2638             40  73  1   62  RHYME TYME (449)           KHALANI
-MR. HOOPER 50-3318          17   9  1   61  OPEN SESAME (824)          SNOWBOUND
 THREEKARD 47-4600           14  11  1   58  CARNIVAL (1238)            NORTH FORK
-JARRAC 72-5294              17  15  2   57  FREELANCERS (1232)         DRAGONHEAD
 HOCKEY DUCK 39-937          24  15  1   56  DUCKS UNLIMITED (1221)     XOCHITHLAN
 KOGITSUNE MARU 1-5298       20  15  1   55  SWEORDMASTERS (1210)       MORDANT
-NASTY NITTERS 63-2383       17  23  2   54  TOMATO ENFORCER (1193)     AMEN-TEI
-TORLEC 10-5018              15  11  2   54  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 IPECAC 45-3625              13   8  0   52  EMETICS (1242)             STORMCROWE
 FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 98-809    9   8  4   52  COLLEGE RADIO (1223)       SYVYN'S HILL
-KATANA 62-3769              11  13  0   47  SAMURAI KIDS II (1182)     VALAMANTIS
 GLORY HOLE 98-870            7  10  4   46  SUPERIOR KILLS (1229)      SYVYN'S HILL
 XISS 11-1305                24  31  4   43  U.B.O.S.M. (1184)          ARUAK CITY
 HIGH GUN 15-4386            14  16  1   40  TRIPLE CROWN (990)         MALCORN
 ONE A DAY 98-799            12   5  3   39  MY DRUGS (1222)            SYVYN'S HILL
 ROGAN 97-980                 7  13  4   36  BLIND LUCK (1183)          SHADOW GROVE
 MUMMY 99-853                 7  10  5   14  IKER'S CORPSES (1225)      SOUTH RIDGE

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
IPECAC 45-3625             13   8  0 EMETICS 1242           ODEN WARFIEND 11-1335  362

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Managers of Home Guard and Spymaster Olaf Modeen -- Here is a thought.  Let me know
what you think.  I note that in Gateway many messages are being brought forth of the
boldness and increasing danger from Chaos monsters.  All of Ghea seems to be
threatened.  A call has gone up for the Lord Protectors of the Gate to go forth and
deal with this growing danger.  Sadly, not enough have sallied forth to face the
chaos beings.  Now, the veterans of Home Guard have always led the way on fighting
against all odds.  I will petition Lady Greywand.  I will find out if it is possible
for her to open the gate one time and allow Lord Protectors from Home Guard to go
forth and for one turn fight these chaos monsters.  Perhaps a bold showing of our
willingness to defend Ghea will wake up the Gate Lord Protectors to the dangers we
all face.  Though it would most likely be a "suicide" mission, our enemies would
perhaps pause in their aggression knowing the numbers that would face them.  I would
send at least ten Lord Protectors from Home Guard who have stated they are willing to
defend Ghea and show Lady Greywand they appreciate the gift of immortality.  If this
is possible, if the Lady could use her magic one time to make this happen, would any
be willing to venture forth with my warriors?  This would be a historical event in
Duelmasters.  I appreciate your thoughts on this.  Salute. -- The Icelord

Spymaster Olaf Modeen -- I send forth my above thoughts to the Lady Greywand.  I ask
for your thoughts on this and for your support.  Is this possible? -- The Icelord

     I haven't a clue, but we can ask.

Ski Mask -- What was that, a duck and run?  I'm coming back after you with a quack
and a feather.  Do stop avoiding me!  My challenges are obviously not getting
through. -- Hockey Duck, the one true duck

Starbuck -- I heard you get a sex-change in the new series. -- Drake

Liberty Belle -- I've got 41 cents, old gum wrapped in foil and some pocket lint.
Now, why did you want to know what I've got? -- Drake

Mojo Jojo -- Vile and foul villain!  Callous, criminal chimp!  You shall not get away
with your maniacal, monkey-like mischief!  I shall see to it that your sinister
simian scheming shall NOT be gotten away with!  For I *am* the protector of the
people, the defender of the downtrodden, the capturer of criminals.  I walk the
darkness where none dare tread!  I avenge those who cannot avenge themselves for I AM
the Obsessed Avenger!

Overlords -- Probably most of the Challenger Champs and a few of the Champs. -- Drake

Carrie Nation -- Hey!  Hey!  You're not supposed to be using 'demonic fury'!  You're
a fraud!  You're not prim and pure and proper!  You--you're--you're evil!  Evil, I
tell you! -- Luna Tyck

Evil?  Where!?  What foul evil stalks the fine people of this arena?  Evil cannot be
allowed to fester here in the Guard and it shall not so long as I, The Obsessed
Avenger, have anything to say about it; for I am Wrangler of the Wicked, the Tamer of
the Tasteless and the Noogier of the Naughty!  I AM the Obsessed Avenger!

Torlec -- You know, ladies generally prefer a little more staying power in their
dance partners. -- Iron Maiden

Dirt Worm -- You may have gotten away this time, evildoer, but do not rest easy.
For, so long as dirty dealers, scandalous scoundrels and wicked wrongdoers stalk the
streets, I shall be there to ensure that they do not get away with their bad
behavior!  I am the Righter of Wrongs, the Adequater of the Inadequate, the Satisfier
of the Unsatisfactory, and the Alliterater of the Illiterate!  I AM the Obsessed
Avenger!

Masher -- Hey, no fair hitting me while I'm still stirring my coffee! -- Caffeine
Achiever

     Yeah, but that stir-stir-stir for fifteen minutes would drive anyone nuts!

Primus -- Uhm, wow.  That's *really* not what I expected when I challenged you.
That's an unusual strategy you were employing there.

Beauty Queen -- If it's any consolation, you were quite fetching as I stabbed you in
the kidneys. -- Uu Doewanakno

Clouds Away -- Oh, I dunno, what if the clouds mean warm weather?  We've got it clear
here, and COLD.  Damned invading Canadian air mass.  What do we pay the Border Patrol
for, anyway? -- Lethe

Luna Tyck -- I know what you're up to!  You make people THINK you're sucking blood
(filthy habit, and I would recommend you stop), but you're really sucking up ALCOHOL!
-- Carrie Nation

Nasty Nitters -- Stupid tomato!  To think YOU have what it takes to defeat a DUCK?
Hah, and again HAH! -- Ski Mask, Founder and President, Ducks With Swords

Kaiden -- Your violence is unfeminine. -- Hallie O'Dene

Looming Bird -- May all your worms turn to dragons and BITE you, Fowl Fiend. --
Delice the Very Angry

Nediam Nori -- Sorry, I had a date and was running it close.  Had to shower and
change, you know. -- Lethe

To Hallie -- Another time, another place...another dance perhaps with you. -- #3

To Overlords -- I suspect so. -- #3

To Joka -- I just could not resist trying for 50.  I still dig Pooh. -- #3

Glleellmann -- Do they spell your name right? -- Threekard

Threekard -- And why would they not? -- Glleellmann

Glleellmann -- Just curious. -- Threekard

Threekard -- Are you moving up? -- Glleellmann

Glleellmann -- Yes!  Stepping on Drake and Crip all the way to the top.  And you? --
Threekard

Threekard -- Good plan.  After you Mr. Glleellmann. -- Threekard

Gleellmann -- No!  No.  After you Mr. Threekard. -- Glleellmann

Mummy -- Oh, mummy good fight.  As you can see either hand can be dangerous.  Justice
was served with steel! -- Goat

Strongest #3 -- W.T. Pooh, #1 fan

R'Shann -- That come-back was too easy!  Well done, nonetheless. -- Sir Cuitous

Overlords -- Just had to see if you were still paying attention.  Truly glad that you
are.  I'd hate to see all that hot air of mine just escape into the atmosphere
unnoticed. -- Sultan/Sir Aglio

     Hah, so all this global warming stuff is YOUR fault, eh! -- Ed.

     Global warming?  Where?

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

UU DOEWANAKNO viciously subdued SORROW in a 2 minute Challenge Title fight.
THREEKARD was demolished by CARRIE NATION in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
APPLE JACK was overpowered by EMERALD DRAGONFLY in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
TALOS was devastated by SPAZ GHOST in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BEAUTY QUEEN bested R'SHANN in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
OBSESSED AVENGER overpowered DIRT WORM in a 7 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
STRONGEST #3 was defeated by 50 SUCKS in a action packed 4 minute Challenge melee.
KYLIE vanquished HAPPY JACK in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
CRUSADER LORD was vanquished by MASHER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
STARBUCK overpowered HALLIE O'DENE in a popular 2 minute gory uneven Challenge match.
AVARICIOUS AVON was narrowly defeated by PREACHER in a 3 minute Challenge match.
BURGER KING was handily defeated by NEVERMORE in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
JOE KING was beaten by MIGHTY MITE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge conflict.
NED THE JANITOR was overpowered by QRAPPY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
PURPLE DONKEY viciously subdued QUIBBLE in a exciting 3 minute bloody Challenge fray.
PERFECT TEN unbelievably bested BLUE in a popular 2 minute brutal Challenge brawl.
HOCKEY DUCK was savagely defeated by SKI MASK in a exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
FOREVER MAN was savagely defeated by KONGOL in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
LUNA TYCK was beaten by TUTANKHAMUN in a action packed 2 minute Challenge fight.
JUSTICE demolished FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
ROGAN vanquished MUMMY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fray.
KOGITSUNE MARU savagely defeated XISS in a popular 2 minute gory Challenge match.
GLORY HOLE was vanquished by LETHE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
LIBERTY BELLE overpowered KRAC D'CHEVALIERS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
FANNY BELT unbelievably bested BLACK RHINO in a action packed 1 minute gruesome bout.
PRIMUS was savagely defeated by ROLEX WATCH in a exciting 4 minute bloody fray.
KAIDEN vanquished HOT HAZEL in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
COM DOT overpowered ARENAMASTER AZEEM in a 1 minute uneven duel.
STEVE MCQUEEN savagely defeated SIR CUITOUS in a exciting 7 minute gory match.
CAFFIENE ACHIEVER overpowered LOOMING BIRD in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.
SPAZZ was savagely defeated by SWEET TOOTH in a 2 minute gruesome contest.
ROT TEN EGGS narrowly defeated KOOKABURRA in a exciting 2 minute brutal struggle.
JACK SPRAT was bested by VAL BEMERIKI in a 2 minute bout.
BUBBLES was overcome by AVALANCHE in a exciting 1 minute fight.
DELICE THE RED was demolished by BEER GOGGLES in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
W.T. POOH outlasted PARADISE PARROT in a popular 9 minute bloody duel.
EMILY savagely defeated MISER in a action packed 2 minute brutal competition.
TSUNAMI overpowered LORETTA in a action packed 2 minute uneven battle.
TICKLES was unbelievably bested by PUTZ'N ALONG in a crowd pleasing 3 minute match.
ANDAR handily defeated NEDIAM NORI in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
ONE A DAY was savagely defeated by MOD COD in a action packed 3 minute competition.
TORATORATORRES was savagely defeated by FUNKY ELVIS in a popular 2 minute match.
FILI LIU was defeated by GLLEELLMANN in a popular 3 minute duel.
GAR & BRILL was overpowered by SUMTHING PAINFUL in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
IPECAC was dispatched by ODEN WARFIEND in a 2 minute brutal match.
OURS ROUGE handily defeated SIR VILE in a exciting 1 minute gory one-sided bout.
EXILE overpowered HIGH GUN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
LYTA ALEXANDER was handily defeated by MEAN SPIRIT in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  28         PARRY-LUNGE       34 -  19 -  1      64  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   15         PARRY-STRIKE      26 -  21 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         TOTAL PARRY       46 -  41 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      9         WALL OF STEEL     77 -  71 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         LUNGING ATTACK   114 - 109 -  2      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         SLASHING ATTACK   22 -  22 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         BASHING ATTACK    57 -  57 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         AIMED BLOW        22 -  25 -  0      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   58 -  78 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  12 -  0      40  |

Turn 362 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     10 -  5     LUNGING ATTACK    13 - 15         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     4 -  5         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  5     AIMED BLOW         2 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  4     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  UU DOEWANAKNO 73-1414      24   7  1  231 DRAKE'S LODGE (1206)
TOTAL PARRY      SPAZ GHOST 47-4161         42  20  1  256 DRAKE'S COMICS (1112)
PARRY-STRIKE     OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162   40  40  1  232 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313)
WALL OF STEEL    ROLEX WATCH 32-3732        41  32  0  219 LUST MUPPETS (1099)
LUNGING ATTACK   KAIDEN 35-3108             75  75  2  211 VIOLENT FEMS (972)
SLASHING ATTACK  EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586  63  59  2  210 MAGICK (955)
AIMED BLOW       STEVE MCQUEEN 47-3908      31  33  1  209 ROYAL FLUSH (146)
BASHING ATTACK   MASHER 60-4553             35  34  3  194 JOKA MASHER! (833)
PARRY-LUNGE      NEVERMORE 1-5260           23  20  2  155 LAB EXPERIMENTS (1207)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HOCKEY DUCK 39-937         24  15  1   56 DUCKS UNLIMITED (1221)

The overall popularity leader is KAIDEN 35-3108.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162.  The ten other most popular fighters were PARADISE 
PARROT 71-1735, TICKLES 9-3486, MOD COD 55-2638, ROLEX WATCH 32-3732, PREACHER 
7-5083, STEVE MCQUEEN 47-3908, PURPLE DONKEY 30-2751, SIR CUITOUS 10-4514, STRONGEST 
#3 40-173, and BLUE 33-5776.

The least popular fighter this week was HIGH GUN 15-4386.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SIR VILE 10-4754, NEDIAM NORI 31-4069, HOT HAZEL 98-608, KRAC 
D'CHEVALIERS 31-4345, MUMMY 99-853, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 98-809, APPLE JACK 47-4011, 
THREEKARD 47-4600, LYTA ALEXANDER 65-5021, and GAR & BRILL 38-4252.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           2  1 0  SUNSET(21)           0  1 0  ROCANIS(56)          0  1 0  
NIANIA(2)            0  1 0  MORYA(28)            1  0 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       1  1 0  
OSKSI(3)             1  0 0  IAYE(30)             2  0 0  ARADI(60)            4  0 0  
TRANSEL(6)           1  0 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  4 0  AMEN-TEI(63)         0  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            3  0 0  ARVAT(32)            1  0 0  KURUKAR(64)          1  0 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  2  4 0  DAL SHANG(65)        1  1 0  
KOLACT(10)           1  3 0  MURSKA(35)           1  0 0  TARRGIR(66)          0  1 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       5  2 1  CLIFFHOME(38)        0  2 0  KYR'TERR(71)         1  3 0  
RIZTAB(12)           1  1 0  XOCHITHLAN(39)       0  1 0  ERINIKA(73)          2  0 0  
MALCORN(15)          2  1 0  ZENSU(40)            0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    2  0 0  
ALJAFIR(17)          1  0 0  STORMCROWE(45)       0  1 0  DWES EG(82)          1  2 0  
TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  NORTH FORK(47)       5  5 0  SHADOW GROVE(97)     1  0 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          0  1 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  0 0  SYVYN'S HILL(98)     0  4 0  
SEAM(20)             0  1 0  KHALANI(55)          1  0 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SORROW 1-2863               33  23  2  200  SWEORDMASTERS (1210)       MORDANT
 FILI LIU 2-4968             20  20  0   70  RESURRECTION (1065)        NIANIA
 OURS ROUGE 3-6049           18  24  1   95  THE REDBAERS (1180)        OSKSI
 STARBUCK 6-5387             27  16  0  162  SCIENCE FICTION (1152)     TRANSEL
 PREACHER 7-5083             23   9  2  126  THRILLZ & KILLZ (1211)     BONSUR
 TICKLES 9-3486              35  57  1  109  MY PETS (554)              ZUKAL
 SIR CUITOUS 10-4514         38  24  0  191  SIR AGLIO (788)            KOLACT
 SWEET TOOTH 11-3248         22  14  0  155  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (516)     ARUAK CITY
 BUBBLES 12-4981             24  43  1  140  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB
 OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162    40  40  1  232  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313)      MALCORN
 EMILY 17-5753               26  15  0  147  BLADES OF STEEL (1068)     ALJAFIR
 KYLIE 18-6057               24  20  1  180  UNTOUCHABLES (1190)        TALCAMA
 HAPPY JACK 19-4086          36  27  2  155  THE MOTHERSHIP (1148)      ZUWAYZA
 R'SHANN 20-577              47  37  3  192  OVERLORDS (30)             SEAM
 PRIMUS 21-4975              36  12  0  195  REAL BEER (1116)           SUNSET
 FANNY BELT 28-1804          39  24  1  196  OTTO'S MECHANICS (1073)    MORYA
 PURPLE DONKEY 30-2751       22  13  0  101  TRIP OUT (1216)            IAYE
 TALOS 31-2069               45  19  0  191  THE STORMGUARDS (132)      CHIMLEVTAL
 ROLEX WATCH 32-3732         41  32  0  219  LUST MUPPETS (1099)        ARVAT
 SPAZZ 33-6207               36  27  0  141  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 KAIDEN 35-3108              75  75  2  211  VIOLENT FEMS (972)         MURSKA
 FOREVER MAN 38-4168         28  44  0   71  SANDS OF TIME (1195)       CLIFFHOME
 HOCKEY DUCK 39-937          24  15  1   56  DUCKS UNLIMITED (1221)     XOCHITHLAN
 STRONGEST #3 40-173         46  89  1  180  SOLARAN BERSERK (949)      ZENSU
 IPECAC 45-3625              13   8  0   52  EMETICS (1242)             STORMCROWE
 SPAZ GHOST 47-4161          42  20  1  256  DRAKE'S COMICS (1112)      NORTH FORK
 VAL BEMERIKI 51-5018        38  26  3  138  GENOCIDE (1109)            TRICORUS
 MOD COD 55-2638             40  73  1   62  RHYME TYME (449)           KHALANI
 DELICE THE RED 56-3401      38  47  1  112  BAD APPLES (1091)          ROCANIS
 HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018       42  56  0  142  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR
 EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586   63  59  2  210  MAGICK (955)               ARADI
 AVARICIOUS AVON 63-2388     22  19  0  115  TOMATO ENFORCER (1193)     AMEN-TEI
 CARRIE NATION 64-4054       36  64  0   91  REFORMERS (1095)           KURUKAR
 COM DOT 65-6217             39  22  0  209  TOO GOOD FOR ME (1054)     DAL SHANG
 NED THE JANITOR 66-2973     22  22  0  127  ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY (1123) TARRGIR
 BLACK RHINO 71-1834         36  27  1  175  EDGE OF EXTINCTION (973)   KYR'TERR
 UU DOEWANAKNO 73-1414       24   7  1  231  DRAKE'S LODGE (1206)       ERINIKA
 AVALANCHE 75-2213           20   3  1  148  FORCE OF NATURE (747)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 DIRT WORM 82-2315           55  26  0  193  VERMIN!! (1124)            DWES EG
 ROGAN 97-980                 7  13  4   36  BLIND LUCK (1183)          SHADOW GROVE
 HOT HAZEL 98-608            18  24  4  180  JUNKYARD WARS (1140)       SYVYN'S HILL
 MUMMY 99-853                 7  10  5   14  IKER'S CORPSES (1225)      SOUTH RIDGE

                       TOURNEY FREEZE CHANGE -- ADVANCE NOTICE

     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff