ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 01/14/2004    Duedate: 01/27/2004

HOME GUARD

DM-101    TURN-367

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 COLLEGE RADI 98/1223  116   62  0 65.2   12 NINJAS 7/1060         152  174  1 46.6
  2-CHAMPIONS 4/930       373  243  1 60.6      SCIENCE FICTION 6/1152                
    SHADOW GOLD 71/1143                         FROM THE FACE 18/1265                 
  3 MAGICK 60/955         482  396  4 54.9      RESURRECTION 2/1065                   
    FORCE OF NATURE 75/747                   13-CARNIVAL 11/1105       48   58  0 45.3
    AND SO IT BEGINS 65/1062                    CARNIVAL 47/1238                      
    CARTOUCHE 71/1111                        14 VIOLENT FEMS 35/972   379  506  9 42.8
    EDGE OF EXTINCTION 71/973                   JUST BECAUSE 38/1228                  
  4 QUBIT 10/1136         680  561  4 54.8   15 MY PETS 9/554         442  705 11 38.5
    VERMIN!! 82/1124                            GIRL SCOUT COOKIES 33/812             
    TRIPLE CROWN 15/990                         RHYME TYME 55/449                     
    JOKA MASHER! 60/833                      16 HARLEQUINS 2/1186      60   97  2 38.2
    SIR AGLIO 10/788                            WAR HAWKS 10/1026                     
    VERMIN! 82/1267                             ASTRONOMICAL 7/1264                   
    SNOTZI'S II 33/813                       17 TOWNSVILLAIN 10/1252   17   29  0 37.0
  5 ANARCHY 19/1151        18   16  0 52.9      POWERPUFF GIRLS 12/1145               
    INDIFFERENCE 7/1250                      18 THRILLZ & KIL 7/1211   10   17  1 37.0
    INSIGNIFICANCE 74/1266                      SUPERIOR KILLS 98/1229                
  6-YOU FEEL THA 82/1205  102   92  1 52.6      SHAO-LIN HEROES 14/1253               
  7-THE GREENHOU 30/1219   72   71  0 50.3      WORLDWIDE PANIC 36/1263               
    GERFEL'S FRIENDS 11/516                  19 BLUE MOON 9/1025      409  699  3 36.9
    ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY 66/1123                 BAD APPLES 56/1091                    
  8 OVERLORDS 20/30       113  115  1 49.6      REFORMERS 64/1095                     
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/132                      CIRQUE DU MASQUES 58/1093             
  9 SWEORDMASTERS 1/1210   42   43  0 49.4   20 U.B.O.S.M. 11/1184     24   48  1 33.3
    MANNEQUIN'S BEST 1/1227                  21-THE GUARDIANS 19/176    3    7  0 30.0
    SUGAR AND SPICE 7/1231                      THE GUARDIANS 21/939                  
 10 CISUM S. EKA 31/1175  155  168  5 48.0      MYTH AND MIGHT 2/714                  
    DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q 15/313                   22 MY DRUGS 98/1222        8   21  0 27.6
    DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO 33/1075                 SANDS OF TIME 38/1195                 
 11 EMETICS 45/1242        31   34  0 47.7   23-IKER'S CORPS 99/1225    3    8  0 27.3
    JOYS OF BOOZE 33/1209                 

    '##/###' Avoid teams by their Team Id     '-'  Team did not fight this turn

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #71 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Ashon Chang studied the coastline.  It was barely visible in the twilight, but
close enough that he could smell turned earth and mown hay.  "We're taking a risk
anchoring here," he murmured.  "Even if we're not seen from the land, I would expect
passing ships...."
     "You have a better idea?" Werre growled.
     Startled, the samurai glanced over his shoulder.  He hadn't realized that anyone
was near enough to hear him.  "No, I was talking to myself.  Worrying out loud."
     "Plenty to worry about," the Adantri agreed.  "But it's a wasted effort.
Doesn't change anything.  Know the risks and what could go wrong, know what your
options are in dealing with them, and then relax."
     Ashon Chang glanced farther along the rail, to where Rughal was pacing and
looking about as relaxed as a tiger in a cage.  "Easy to say, not so easy for some to
do...."
     Werre followed his gaze and laughed.  "Too bad there's no way to harness that
energy!  The people who took Shania had better watch out--Rughal will be nearly
berserk by the time we get there."
     "Assuming we can find her," the samurai said somberly.  "We don't have much to
go on."
     Werre laughed again.  "We can use Rughal as a hunting dog, if we have to!"  Then
he sobered, too.  "If she's still alive, we'll find her.  But I wish we knew more
about the people we'll be dealing with."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "These people are insane!" Shania muttered.  She kept her head down for the
properly submissive appearance, but that didn't stop her from seeing and hearing
enough of what was going on around her.  They were crossing a medium-sized plaza
overlooking the inner harbor.  It was crowded with jostling merchants and sailors and
housewives shopping, petty nobles surrounded by their retinues of servants and
soldiers.  A colorful crowd, and a noisy one, and a crowd that seemed unmoved by the
sacrifices being carried out on a raised platform to one side.  "They're killing
children," she hissed.  "Babies!"
     Zakar, who had one hand locked around her wrist, pulling her forward steadily,
shrugged slightly.  "They're desperate.  And most of the babies wouldn't live to
their second birthday anyway.  None will, if the Arcanum isn't stabilized.  End of
the world as we know it.  Besides, being sacrificed is an honor.  Ask any of the
priests."  He towed her into an alley behind the sacrificial platform, along the
narrow way at a fast trot that left her breathless, and out into another, smaller,
plaza.
     "They're killing babies.  It isn't--"
     Zakar stopped, forcing her to look at him.  "Fair?  Is that what you were going
to say?  LIFE isn't fair.  We couldn't have saved any of those babies, woman.  We'd
just have added our deaths to theirs--which might have amused the gods, but it
wouldn't have accomplished anything worth doing."
     "But--"
     "They tell me you're centuries old, elf woman.  How did you last so long without
recognizing the facts?  Life is HARD, woman.  The universe is a cannibal.  It brings
us to life, and then it eats us without a qualm.  There is no such thing as 'fair' in
life."
     "If you really believe that, why do anything at all?  Why not just curl up and
die?"
     "Because I won't give the universe, or the gods, or the priests, or ANYBODY the
satisfaction of seeing ME surrender.  I am nobody's easy meat!"  Apparently
considering the subject closed, he glanced up at the sky, gauging time by the stars.
"Almost dawn.  We wouldn't get ten steps trying to leave the city before dawn, but
after it...we've got a chance."
     "Good!  The sooner I'm out of this city, the better I'll feel," Shania muttered.
     Zakar laughed.  "Me, too!  I feel like a mouse trying to move inconspicuously
through a crowd of cats."  He glanced around the plaza, which was nearly deserted,
and picked a doorway to darkness on the left, heading in that direction.
     Once through the arch, the darkness was as complete as blindness.  The air was
cold, uninhabited, and smelled faintly of old blood.
     "We can wait for dawn here," Zakar said.  "No one will disturb us.  You said you
can contact your companions, if you have a place to be quiet and concentrate.  This
is it.  Tell 'em we're leaving the city on the west side and will move along the
shore till we meet them."
     "I may be able to contact them," Shania corrected him.  She reached out her free
hand, found a wall, and slid down to a sitting position.  "I will try, but I make no
promises."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #19 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Various places in the Multiverse:

     The Dwarf scowled across his desk, a slab of polished granite that would have
looked over-large in front of a giant.  His chief wizards looked back at him calmly.
Their employer was a hard man, but he didn't penalize messengers for the bad news
they brought.  Usually.  "It's HER, isn't it?  This it the kind of low, underhanded,
nasty action I'd expect from someone who's part Orc and part Elf.  The two worst
races you could find!  How bad is it?"
     "She's found all the obvious gates," the wizard Skaefin said.  "From the power
flux, I assume she plans to close them.  This will cause more problems for her than
for us, but still..." his frown was almost as formidable as the Dwarf's.  "It's a
matter of principle!  We should strike back!"
     "Could be dangerous, that," the sorceress Lilinith murmured.  "Now that she's
terminating her Kaikwok project, she'll have the manpower to do...many violent
things.  We don't NEED that kind of trouble.  Sir."
     "The real problem will be our manpower."  The lizard mage Frilz's voice was dry,
as always, but there was a hint of genuine concern.  "Those of our people who
immigrated here from Ghea may find themselves dragged back against their wills.  It
could weaken our defense."
     "She can retrieve the immigrants?"  The Dwarf visibly shrugged off his anger to
concentrate on the immediate threat.  "What are the parameters?"
     "Not as bad as it might be," Skaefin said promptly.  "My researches indicate
there's a time limit.  I don't know what, exactly, that limit is--the flux between
dimensions makes it difficult to--"
     "Don't make excuses," the Dwarf snapped.  "I assume you did your best.  What's
the approximate time limit?"
     "Six months or so, I think."  Skaefin glanced at his fellow wizards for
confirmation.
     Both nodded.
     "More or less," Frilz confirmed.  "It depends on how much of her own power she
wants to expend.  Those who came of their own choice and were properly integrated
will be resistant even if they haven't been here long.  The ones who stumbled through
gates accidentally...."  He spread his hands in the gesture that served his race for
a shrug.
     "Loss of the involuntary immigrants won't be a problem," Lilinith agreed.  "But
there is a chance, a good one I believe, that people who are closely associated with
them when they are, shall we say, retrieved may be hauled away with them."
     "And because they came by chance, we don't know where they are," the Dwarf
finished, "or who they're with."  He shrugged.  "If that's all she can do, we'll be
fine.  She needs us more than we need her.  But she's got more than one trick up her
sleeve.  The situation will have to be watched closely."
     The Dwarf's fourth adviser, the giant Hadrubal, stirred finally.  "We might send
a counter-force into HER universe," he rumbled.
     "No."  The Dwarf's voice was emphatic.  "Right now, we're in the right.  WE
aren't taking hostile actions, we're the DEFENDERS.  That gives us a potent edge in
the forum of multiversal opinion.  I won't risk that unless I can be sure that such a
stance would gain us much more.  There will be no invasion from here.  Not now,
anyway."

     Scarlatti had expected them to go by ship to some other island, or to the
mainland of this world, whatever it was.  But the lizard men were leading the way to
high ground, and from the arrangement of the trees and stones on that knoll, he
realized that the transportation was going to be magical.  Teleportation, perhaps--he
had to remind himself that the instability that made teleportation on Ghea so
dangerous did not apply here.  Wherever here was.  Possibly a true Gate.  Would that
mean that the home of the lizard folk was in a different world, just as Ghea was in a
different world from this one?
     "If they can open this Gate," Carris Fallstar muttered, "they can open a Gate to
Ghea."
     "It's easier to open a Gate that is already there," Fizban pointed out.  "As
this one which will lead us to their home clearly is.  The Gate to OUR home will have
to be found or created first.  We must do this their way--their Gates first."
     "That is the bargain we agreed to," Rogan added.
     "I wasn't suggesting we break it," Carris snapped.  "You humans are too damned
touchy about things like that--which shows your race's basic unreliability.  I was
just making an observation."
     The oldest of the lizard men, the one that might be a wizard, though his regalia
of bones and shells and odd bits of this and that seemed more like the gear of a
witchdoctor, gestured them forward.  They took positions at his direction, along with
an equal number of lizard warriors.
     The old lizard shook his rattle and whistled a call into the sky.  Power rippled
around him.  Around them.  The world faded to gray.

     Power rippled across the sea, turning blue water to steel gray and the clear sky
to a dome of white glass.
     "Sorcery!" the ship's captain gasped.  He made a sign to avert ill fortune.
     A futile sign, Shylock knew.  The power that gripped this ship, the power he
could feel all around him, was too great for such a simple preventive measure.  There
was power enough here to turn the world inside out.
     And that was what it was doing.

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

Captain of the Guard again?  Excellent!  I had so much fun celebrating the last time.
Kaiden, it was a pleasure crossing swords with you...well, axe and spear technically,
but that doesn't sound as cool, you know.  We seem to be pretty evenly matched.
Perhaps we'll match up again and fight the tie-breaker.  Poison Ivy was busy mixing
potions for the Gate war and didn't get back in time to issue challenges for me.

Well, I've got to cut this short.  All those hunky Lord Protectors are back from
defending the Gate and there's going to be a big party to celebrate.  I've got to go
get my hair done and pull my fine jewelry (emeralds, of course) out of the safe
deposit box.  A girl's got to look her best, you know.  After all that fighting and
dying, I'm sure they'll appreciate the finer things in life...like dancing with me.
:-)

Emerald Dragonfly
Captain of the Guard

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  RHYME TYME had cause to celebrate, after MOD 
COD got 48 points by beating AVALANCHE.  A certain someone should cut down on the 
drinking and practice more, after losing 37 points to MOD COD.  (Discrete enough, 
AVALANCHE?) SUMTHING PAINFUL found out that HOME GUARD isn't a democracy.  You've 
gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  So who was the warrior seen charging into 
immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     And how sociable are HOME GUARD's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Like a horde of 
jackals fleeing from the lion, so did the "warriors" in HOME GUARD avoid FORCE OF 
NATURE.  As a woman of good breeding scorns the "warriors" of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q, so did 
that sorry team shy from FORCE OF NATURE Is it charming personality?  Conversational 
abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, HALLIE O'DENE is the most challenged 
warrior.  Call 'im brash!  Call 'im brassy!  Call 'im brave!  Call 'im sassy!  
BUBBLES will face DIRT WORM, up by 26.  Aaaah, just call 'im dead meat.  It's not 
whether you win or lose, but how many points you get (8).  Right, BUBBLES?  Word has 
it MIME suffered a romantic setback.  Note how he challenged HALLIE O'DENE, 28 points 
his senior.  Not to smear a reputation, but CIRQUE DU MASQUES must be a little 
surprised, as HALLIE O'DENE blew it when facing MIME, 28 points below her.  Take heed 
HOME GUARD, of the unprincipled action of TUM.  By challenging KOGITSUNE MARU, 19 
points below him, TUM besmirches the noble art of dueling.  TUM subdued KOGITSUNE 
MARU.  The whole thing leaves a bitter memory.  As a confidence booster, FILI LIU 
challenged LETHE, down 28 points.  Do you also slay vicious rodents in your spare 
time, FILI LIU?  FILI LIU subdued LETHE with a point difference of 28.  So this is 
what HOME GUARD calls a duel.  This will make an interesting tale.  Place your bets!  
SATOSHI KUNO is the long shot of the week:  they challenged LYTA ALEXANDER, up by 45. 
Fixed fights?  Paybacks?  Blind luck?  Whatever, SATOSHI KUNO challenged LYTA 
ALEXANDER, SATOSHI KUNO the underdog by 45 points.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
HOME GUARD would I avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in HOME GUARD is the highlight of my life.  My fingers 
tire and I fear my incessant prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable 
character.  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for HOME 
GUARD?  On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586   67  60  2  221  MAGICK (955)               ARADI

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DIRT WORM 82-2315           58  28  0  200  VERMIN!! (1124)            DWES EG
 50 SUCKS 60-4129            56  34  0  197  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI
 STARBUCK 6-5387             30  18  0  195  SCIENCE FICTION (1152)     TRANSEL
 KAIDEN 35-3108              79  76  2  192  VIOLENT FEMS (972)         MURSKA
 SPAZZ 33-6207               39  29  0  185  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 MASHER 60-4553              38  36  3  183  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 QRAPPY 10-4761              37  49  1  180  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
 MOJO JOJO 10-4643           29  27  2  180  TOWNSVILLAINS (1252)       KOLACT
 BUBBLES 12-4981             25  47  1  180  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB
 MIME 2-4966                 24  14  4  180  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
 WURP 10-18                  46  54  1  177  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 MOD COD 55-2638             45  73  1  174  RHYME TYME (449)           KHALANI
 HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018       44  59  0  152  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR
 BLACK RHINO 71-1834         39  29  1  152  EDGE OF EXTINCTION (973)   KYR'TERR

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 AVALANCHE 75-2213           23   5  1  143  FORCE OF NATURE (747)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 DELICE THE RED 56-3401      41  49  1  140  BAD APPLES (1091)          ROCANIS
-NED THE JANITOR 66-2973     23  22  0  137  ANDORIAN UNIVERSITY (1123) TARRGIR
 W.T. POOH 33-4430           60  44  0  134  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-NEDIAM NORI 31-4069         24  14  1  131  CISUM S. EKARD (1175)      CHIMLEVTAL
 HYSTERIAS 19-4047           27  28  3  129  ANARCHY (1151)             ZUWAYZA
 TICKLES 9-3486              37  60  1  123  MY PETS (554)              ZUKAL
-MISER 71-3793               36  18  2  122  SHADOW GOLD (1143)         KYR'TERR
 LIBERTY BELLE 12-5448       23  27  0  121  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB
 KOOKABURRA 33-4151          45  60  2  119  GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (812)   NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 BEER GOGGLES 33-6819        24  20  1  119  JOYS OF BOOZE (1209)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TUTANKHAMUN 71-3357         21  12  0  111  CARTOUCHE (1111)           KYR'TERR
-CADDY JACKKNIFE 11-4288     22   9  0  110  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (516)     ARUAK CITY
-W.M. DARKHEART 19-1242      29  24  3  109  THE GUARDIANS (176)        ZUWAYZA
 PUTZ'N ALONG 60-5437        28  22  0  108  JOKA MASHER! (833)         ARADI
 JUGGLER 2-4965              24  15  0  108  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
 TUM 18-7380                 17  12  2  103  FROM THE FACE (1265)       TALCAMA

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-GLLEELLMANN 11-4514         27  10  0  100  CARNIVAL (1105)            ARUAK CITY
 IPECAC 45-3625              17   9  0  100  EMETICS (1242)             STORMCROWE
 GAMBLE 7-4884               17   8  2   99  INDIFFERENCE (1250)        BONSUR
-THE WALL 21-2660            23  15  1   98  THE GUARDIANS (939)        SUNSET
 CARRIE NATION 64-4054       39  66  0   97  REFORMERS (1095)           KURUKAR
 SIR VILE 10-4754            21  20  1   97  SIR AGLIO (788)            KOLACT
 SABLE 2-4950                26  17  2   95  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
-LUNA TYCK 33-5761           32  35  1   94  DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (1075) NIYTYOLE ISLAND

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SKI MASK 58-5869            32  52  0   91  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FILI LIU 2-4968             23  22  0   89  RESURRECTION (1065)        NIANIA
 ANGAR 10-4933               20  17  1   89  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 SATOSHI KUNO 7-5229         17  10  0   88  NINJAS (1060)              BONSUR
 DITCH RAT 82-15360          18  17  3   78  VERMIN! (1267)             DWES EG
 QUIBBLE 10-4756             18  38  0   77  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
 LYTA ALEXANDER 65-5021      16   9  0   77  AND SO IT BEGINS (1062)    DAL SHANG
-MUMMY 99-853                10  11  5   75  IKER'S CORPSES (1225)      SOUTH RIDGE
 QUONSET 10-4990             22  12  0   73  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
-BACKLASH 4-4870             18  10  1   73  CHAMPIONS (930)            JHELUM
 ISHINOMORI 7-5390           16   6  1   72  NINJAS (1060)              BONSUR
 KOGITSUNE MARU 1-5298       22  18  1   71  SWEORDMASTERS (1210)       MORDANT
-THREEKARD 47-4600           16  13  1   71  CARNIVAL (1238)            NORTH FORK
-CASTOR 7-4989               15  16  3   71  ASTRONOMICAL (1264)        BONSUR
 FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 98-809   11  10  4   69  COLLEGE RADIO (1223)       SYVYN'S HILL
-LEGION 2-3340               25  31  0   67  MYTH AND MIGHT (714)       NIANIA
-VALLISNERIA 30-3226         15   8  1   61  THE GREENHOUSE (1219)      IAYE
 NUTMEG 7-5167               17  13  1   58  SUGAR AND SPICE (1231)     BONSUR
 LETHE 9-4782                28  23  2   52  BLUE MOON (1025)           ZUKAL
 GROUND POUNDER 74-3058      14  11  1   52  INSIGNIFICANCE (1266)      DAIYLA KIV
 GAR & BRILL 38-4252         20  25  0   50  JUST BECAUSE (1228)        CLIFFHOME
-TORLEC 10-5018              15  12  2   49  WAR HAWKS (1026)           KOLACT
 CIARAN 1-7176               16  10  1   47  MANNEQUIN'S BEST (1227)    MORDANT
 HIGH GUN 15-4386            15  20  1   44  TRIPLE CROWN (990)         MALCORN
 MORADOR 2-5089              17   6  0   41  RESURRECTION (1065)        NIANIA

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018      44  59  0 CIRQUE DU MASQUES 1093 MIME 2-4966            367
GROUND POUNDER 74-3058     14  11  1 INSIGNIFICANCE 1266    SIR VILE 10-4754       367

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Sultan -- I was an independent from '85-'95.  In '96, High Lord Bosk and myself
organized an alliance that became The Council of Lords.  I am still in The COL.  Are
you a member of the VC? -- The Icelord, manager of Overlords

Threekard -- You're disgusting and despicable.  Gambling is almost as bad as strong
drink, and when they go together, it is Much Worse. -- Carrie Nation

Dirt Worm -- How could you do that to me when I'm on an adventure?  I fear the worst!
-- Hallie O'Dene
P.S.  Good fight, though.  I believe I need to work on the wind sprints.

Olaf -- (grim look)  I will talk to YOU after the fights.  In an alley. -- Hallie
O'Dene

Juggler -- (merry smile)  But you should NOT try to juggle apples at the same time!
-- Delice the Red
P.S.  I was NOT vicious and brutal!  Olaf and the rest of the arena staff have it IN
for me.

Fountains of Wayne -- Peculiar, to be sure.  Definitely peculiar. -- Lethe
P.S.  The moon was basically somewhat yellowish, not blue.  Do you suppose Olaf is
right?

Ground Pounder -- I give you the Curled Beak of Scorn.  The Fleering Feather of
Something-For-Which-Mammals-Have-No-Name.  Hah! -- Ski Mask, Founder and President of
Ducks with Swords and Supreme Duck of Alastari

P.S.  Indeed, Olaf Modeen was correct.  Your obsessive pounding of the ground,
probably due to your chagrin at not being winged, was a factor in your downfall.  Of
course, my Duckly superiority was the MAIN factor, but the pounding did play a part.

W.T. Pooh -- Let us find our rural paradise together! -- Hallie O'Dene

Sultan -- Icelord and the Stormguards/Overlords are not in any way, shape, or form
associated with The Overlords of The Midnight Foundation.  No disrespect intended
toward Icelord but other than a similarity in belief in role-play in Alastari (his
being still ongoing ours being stagnant as of late) our respective alliances are
spectrums apart.  As a matter of fact, The Foundation has been flying solo with only
myself still flying the banner for almost a year now but will hopefully be at least
3-4 strong come the Summer Face in the South this year.  Nice to know that Old Man
River still has a "soft" spot in his heart for the bastards that everyone loves to
hate. :) -- Jekyll; Anarchy, etc..../Overlord of The Midnight Foundation

10 January 2004
ZalCon2 Updates (1/9/04)

     The contest will be starting on the turn due February 23rd, 2004 and run for 20
turns.
     Only one team will be allowed for each manager in the contest, regardless of
whether additional teams are announced as contest entries.  No exceptions for any
reason.
     The Style Master points should read that there is +1 point for beating a member
of your own style even if the warrior is not registered for the contest.
     Rolling points for consecutive turns as Style Master means that your warrior
gets the extra point every turn after the first 3 that he continues to hold the
title.
     The points for Quality Wins should be clarified to read the winning warrior is
ranked below by the number of recognition points needed for each bonus point at the
start of the fight.  For example, Warrior A (3-2-0, 17) beats Warrior B (4-1-0, 35)
and receives 2 bonus points under Quality Win for the 18 point difference in the
ranking.
     I believe that is all the clarifications for the moment, please feel free to
email, diplo, call or write me with any other questions or concerns about the
contest.
          Robert Occhipinti aka Zalgor Prigg

10 January 2004
                *     *     *  Third Annual Turf War  *     *      *

     Come one and all to DM 47 (North Fork) for the Third Annual Turf War!  Rules of
the contest will be posted in Turn #208's newsletter (due date Feb. 23).  The contest
will begin on Turn #209 (due date March 22).
     So, get a team there and register!  To register, you must send me a donation of
one (1) rollup CERTIFICATE.  Then, declare your alliance and team in the North Fork
personals.  You may also declare a warrior as champion, and that warrior will earn
(or lose!) double points in the contest!
     Roll-up certs will be *ALL* awarded as prizes, in addition to:

*** Highest Scoring Alliance -- Gets to Rename DM 47 for 6 months!
*** Most returns from DA (Alliance) -- Rename DA monsters for 6 months!
*** Most listings as "Style Masters" (Alliance) -- Pick arena to host the April "05
    Grand Tournament!
*** Warrior with the most awards -- Arenamaster named after him for 6 months!
*** Alliance with the most awards -- Pick the slow arena for TW 4!
*** Team with most "Style Master" listings -- Discover favorites of one warrior on
    team!
*** Warrior with most "Style Master" listings -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns!
    (I'll transfer $7.50 to the manager's account)

*** Alliance with the most kills -- Rename the stand-ins for 6 months!
*** Highest scoring Warrior -- Fights at my expense for 5 turns.  (I'll transfer
    $7.50 to their manager's account.)

     The contest will run for 10 turns, with the winners announced on turn #220.  See
the Turn #208 North Fork newsletter for complete rules and scoring system!  Direct
"declarations" to:  A.D. in the personals, and prize pot entry donations to:
                      Jason Mazuch HSP H-2
                      P.O. Box 339 #924385
                      Sparta, GA  31087-0339
     By snail mail or diplo through RSI.
               Bloody Sands!
                    Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ISHINOMORI devastated CIARAN in a action packed 2 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
NUTMEG subdued MORADOR in a exciting 1 minute Challenge melee.
BUBBLES was defeated by DIRT WORM in a crowd pleasing 6 minute Challenge duel.
LIBERTY BELLE was viciously subdued by W.T. POOH in a 6 minute Challenge fight.
MIME butchered HALLIE O'DENE in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven Challenge brawl.
SABLE was savagely defeated by PUTZ'N ALONG in a unpopular 135 minute Challenge brawl.
TUM handily defeated KOGITSUNE MARU in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
FILI LIU vanquished LETHE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
GAMBLE vanquished QUONSET in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ANGAR overpowered FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SATOSHI KUNO defeated LYTA ALEXANDER in a exciting 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
EMERALD DRAGONFLY handily defeated SUMTHING PAINFUL in a 1 minute Title contest.
CRUSADER LORD demolished OBSESSED AVENGER in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
TALOS defeated DREIHDENSMURF in a popular 5 minute bloody duel.
R'SHANN vanquished ONE A DAY in a crowd pleasing 5 minute bloody one-sided fray.
50 SUCKS devastated T'AN SUNG in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
STARBUCK savagely defeated QRAPPY in a exciting 3 minute gory bout.
WURP was viciously subdued by SPAZZ in a crowd pleasing 4 minute gory competition.
KAIDEN overpowered KRAC D'CHEVALIERS in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
MOJO JOJO handily defeated ANDAR in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gory uneven duel.
TORATORATORRES was savagely defeated by MASHER in a popular 1 minute gruesome fight.
AVALANCHE was overpowered by MOD COD in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
XISS was overpowered by TUTANKHAMUN in a exciting 1 minute gruesome uneven match.
BLACK RHINO handily defeated BEER GOGGLES in a 1 minute uneven bout.
ODEN WARFIEND was savagely defeated by HYSTERIAS in a 1 minute competition.
DELICE THE RED overpowered KOOKABURRA in a action packed 1 minute gory uneven fight.
JUGGLER beat CARRIE NATION in a popular 1 minute match.
IPECAC was defeated by TICKLES in a exciting 1 minute bout.
GLORY HOLE was beaten by QUIBBLE in a 2 minute fray.
DITCH RAT demolished GAR & BRILL in a 1 minute uneven contest.
GROUND POUNDER was slain by SIR VILE in a 1 minute struggle.
SKI MASK savagely defeated HIGH GUN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brutal match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  14         PARRY-LUNGE       20 -  16 -  2      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   11         PARRY-STRIKE      22 -  18 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         TOTAL PARRY       41 -  34 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  21 -  1      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         BASHING ATTACK    52 -  46 -  2      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         LUNGING ATTACK   112 - 106 -  3      51  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         WALL OF STEEL     66 -  65 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        23 -  24 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   51 -  63 -  2      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  14 -  0      26  |

Turn 367 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:

BASHING ATTACK     9 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      4 -  7         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        4 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  7         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  7     AIMED BLOW         0 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586  67  60  2  221 MAGICK (955)
TOTAL PARRY      DIRT WORM 82-2315          58  28  0  200 VERMIN!! (1124)
WALL OF STEEL    50 SUCKS 60-4129           56  34  0  197 JOKA MASHER! (833)
LUNGING ATTACK   STARBUCK 6-5387            30  18  0  195 SCIENCE FICTION (1152)
BASHING ATTACK   SPAZZ 33-6207              39  29  0  185 SNOTZI'S II (813)
STRIKING ATTACK  MOJO JOJO 10-4643          29  27  2  180 TOWNSVILLAINS (1252)
AIMED BLOW       HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018      44  59  0  152 CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)

The overall popularity leader is KAIDEN 35-3108.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BUBBLES 12-4981.  The ten other most popular fighters were DREIHDENSMURF 11-4821, 
SPAZZ 33-6207, LIBERTY BELLE 12-5448, R'SHANN 20-577, STARBUCK 6-5387, LYTA ALEXANDER 
65-5021, MOJO JOJO 10-4643, DIRT WORM 82-2315, TALOS 31-2069, and ISHINOMORI 7-5390.

The least popular fighter this week was PUTZ'N ALONG 60-5437.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SABLE 2-4950, GAR & BRILL 38-4252, AVALANCHE 75-2213, KRAC 
D'CHEVALIERS 31-4345, SUMTHING PAINFUL 11-4735, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 98-809, QUONSET 
10-4990, LETHE 9-4782, KOGITSUNE MARU 1-5298, and GROUND POUNDER 74-3058.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  2 0  TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       1  1 0  
NIANIA(2)            3  2 1  ZUWAYZA(19)          1  0 0  ARADI(60)            4  0 0  
TRANSEL(6)           1  0 0  SEAM(20)             1  0 0  KURUKAR(64)          0  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            4  0 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       2  1 0  DAL SHANG(65)        0  1 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  2  2 0  KYR'TERR(71)         2  0 0  
KOLACT(10)           4  3 1  MURSKA(35)           1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       0  1 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       0  6 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    0  1 0  
RIZTAB(12)           0  2 0  STORMCROWE(45)       0  1 0  DWES EG(82)          2  0 0  
TOBIR(14)            0  1 0  KHALANI(55)          1  0 0  SYVYN'S HILL(98)     0  3 0  
MALCORN(15)          0  2 0  ROCANIS(56)          1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KOGITSUNE MARU 1-5298       22  18  1   71  SWEORDMASTERS (1210)       MORDANT
 MIME 2-4966                 24  14  4  180  HARLEQUINS (1186)          NIANIA
 STARBUCK 6-5387             30  18  0  195  SCIENCE FICTION (1152)     TRANSEL
 GAMBLE 7-4884               17   8  2   99  INDIFFERENCE (1250)        BONSUR

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TICKLES 9-3486              37  60  1  123  MY PETS (554)              ZUKAL
 QRAPPY 10-4761              37  49  1  180  QUBIT (1136)               KOLACT
 BUBBLES 12-4981             25  47  1  180  POWERPUFF GIRLS (1145)     RIZTAB
 HIGH GUN 15-4386            15  20  1   44  TRIPLE CROWN (990)         MALCORN
 TUM 18-7380                 17  12  2  103  FROM THE FACE (1265)       TALCAMA
 HYSTERIAS 19-4047           27  28  3  129  ANARCHY (1151)             ZUWAYZA
 SPAZZ 33-6207               39  29  0  185  SNOTZI'S II (813)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 KAIDEN 35-3108              79  76  2  192  VIOLENT FEMS (972)         MURSKA
 GAR & BRILL 38-4252         20  25  0   50  JUST BECAUSE (1228)        CLIFFHOME
 IPECAC 45-3625              17   9  0  100  EMETICS (1242)             STORMCROWE
 MOD COD 55-2638             45  73  1  174  RHYME TYME (449)           KHALANI
 DELICE THE RED 56-3401      41  49  1  140  BAD APPLES (1091)          ROCANIS
 HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018       44  59  0  152  CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093)   DELARQ TOR
 EMERALD DRAGONFLY 60-2586   67  60  2  221  MAGICK (955)               ARADI
 CARRIE NATION 64-4054       39  66  0   97  REFORMERS (1095)           KURUKAR
 LYTA ALEXANDER 65-5021      16   9  0   77  AND SO IT BEGINS (1062)    DAL SHANG
 BLACK RHINO 71-1834         39  29  1  152  EDGE OF EXTINCTION (973)   KYR'TERR
 GROUND POUNDER 74-3058      14  11  1   52  INSIGNIFICANCE (1266)      DAIYLA KIV
 AVALANCHE 75-2213           23   5  1  143  FORCE OF NATURE (747)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 DIRT WORM 82-2315           58  28  0  200  VERMIN!! (1124)            DWES EG
 FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 98-809   11  10  4   69  COLLEGE RADIO (1223)       SYVYN'S HILL