AD Date : 11/29/2006 Duedate: 12/12/2006 HOME GUARD DM-101 TURN-442 RANK TEAMS W L K % RANK TEAMS W L K % 1 REALMS TUFTS 71/1344 389 258 4 60.1 6 LORDS OF VAL 31/1208 41 46 0 47.1 2 STREET PIZZA 18/173 418 336 3 55.4 7 DRAKE'S BAR-B 15/313 167 188 5 47.0 WHY SELL THIS? 96/1390 DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO 33/1075 KILLING ME SOFTLY 96/1367 8-DARKMOON 12/1197 146 167 1 46.6 KILLING ME SOFTER 97/1368 9 JUST BECAUSE 38/1228 439 581 9 43.0 IT'S THE SAME MOVIE! 82/1382 10 REDHORSE 56/1325 283 412 1 40.7 WHY SELL THIS? 97/1391 MOSSRUNNERS 1/928 3 BLADES OF ICE 7/162 422 346 8 54.9 11 MY PETS 9/554 565 835 15 40.4 BLADES OF MIST 4/780 RHYME TYME 55/449 BLADES OF STEEL 17/1068 THE SEUSS HEUSS 24/804 4 ALL FINESSE 38/1236 234 208 2 52.9 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES 33/812 MANNEQUIN'S BEST 1/1227 12 KRILL CAVALR 11/1358 531 892 6 37.3 BATHTUB ARMADA 7/1196 CIRQUE DU MASQUES 58/1093 SWEORDMASTERS 1/1210 HOMICIDAL MANIACS 1/1082 SECOND BANANAS 47/1363 KRILL CAVALRY 24/1364 THE BLOODGUARD 2 96/1369 WHIPPERSNAPPERS 66/1097 5 WAY TO GO! I 73/1397 806 748 11 51.9 13 STEEL WOLVES 17/1392 0 1 0 0.0 '##/###' Avoid teams by their Team Id '-' Team did not fight this turn THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM Reflections by the Captain of the Guard Olaf, since you asked nicely for a column I will oblige you. It's the least I can do; I think this is the third or fourth time I've been the Captain of the Guard and I've never bothered to write a column until now. The first thing you will notice after reading this is that I did not defend my title. I have been transferred to Talahya, along with a couple of my stablemates. I am proud to have been the COG for the past few turns. In particular, I was very pleased to have taken the throne from R Is For Repugnant. R was a worthy foe and distinguished itself well in the most recent tourney. I haven't had that kind of success yet in the tournies but I will hope that my performances versus R (I won 2 of 3) point towards better days to come. I want to remind those of you in the lower ranks to keep your chins up. I think I entered the Guard with an 18-3-1 record. Very nice but my arena was small and I didn't have the skills to back up my record. I think I lost my first 12 or 13 fights (Ouch!) before I finally won. That's far worse than most Bloodgamers. I didn't start winning until I began picking up the skills I needed to compete. I'm close to maxing out my skills now and it shows on the sands. All it takes is a little perserverance and time. Good luck to you all in the future, Nutcracker P.S. Zlatina Anguelova, I am going to miss the easy wins and skills. May we one day meet again! REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER They tell me this is a new day. Couldn't prove it by me. I think it's an old day being recycled. For the tenth time, or maybe more. Blades of Ice got the most Avoids, from Drake's Bar-B-Q. Nobody got the most challenges. There were only two anyway. Nobody died. We had, by actual count, thirty-five active warriors! Free Blades has twice that many, and Debby Tonte never hesitates to gloat about it, either! Nineteen fights, with three standbys. It's pathetic. SNIPPER (66-3518) (22-18-0,55) of WHIPPERSNAPPERS fought FAT BACK (96-1610) (15- 16-4,84) of KILLING ME SOFTLY. SNIPPER slimly lost to FAT BACK in a popular 1 minute contest. If Snipper hangs around with Fat Back for long, he won't be "slim" for long. We'll have him losing obesely. MOUNTAIN GOAT (56-3700) (42-58-3,80) of REDHORSE fought VAXTON (17-2689) (19-25- 0,56) of STEEL WOLVES. MOUNTAIN GOAT savagely defeated VAXTON in a popular 1 minute bloody match. Goats more savage than wolves? Whatever next? PORK ROLL (97-1634) (14-17-5,83) of KILLING ME SOFTER fought HERMY (101-4) (0-0- 0,50) of Rotten Miserable Standbys. PORK ROLL devastated HERMY in an exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fight. Probably gave her gall stones. Or clogged arteries. Life can be tough. REDDI WHIP (97-1636) (16-15-7,79) of KILLING ME SOFTER fought BRICK WALL (1- 7478) (34-36-0,34) of HOMICIDAL MANIACS. REDDI WHIP handily defeated BRICK WALL in a 2 minute bloody mismatched bout. So... this must mean that even when you can't get blood from a stone, you can get it from a brick? Good to know. YOU'VE GOT SEATTLE (82-31563) (19-17-1,54) of IT'S THE SAME MOVIE! fought PINE LEAF (24-4580) (30-39-0,71) of KRILL CAVALRY. YOU'VE GOT SEATTLE overpowered PINE LEAF in a 1 minute uneven struggle. No surprise. If somebody dropped Seattle on your head, you'd be overpowered, too. BROKEN TOE (56-3683) (41-63-1,95) of REDHORSE fought HARLEY THE CADAVER (18- 5366) (19-32-3,48) of STREET PIZZA. BROKEN TOE overcame HARLEY THE CADAVER in an action packed 1 minute fight. Too bad. I was rooting for Harley. I always root for the dead guys. Fellow feeling, you know? HELM HAMMERHAND (31-5025) (37-27-0,132) of LORDS OF VALHALLA fought MISCHIEVOUS IMP (1-7627) (26-10-3,100) of SWEORDMASTERS. HELM HAMMERHAND bested MISCHIEVOUS IMP in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bout. How can you say Helm "got the best" of the Imp when he smashed him flat? Oh, well. Imps always come back. HUMMINGBIRD (56-3475) (40-49-0,134) of REDHORSE fought THEATRE BUM (101-6) (0-0- 0,130) of Rotten Miserable Standbys. HUMMINGBIRD devastated THEATRE BUM in an exciting 1 minute brutal mismatched conflict. These Rirorni, brutal right and left. What IS a "theater bum," anyway? AEDON (7-4295) (48-46-1,135) of BLADES OF ICE fought LINI DAWNWIND (11-5865) (26-25-1,106) of KRILL CAVALRY. AEDON luckily beat LINI DAWNWIND in an exciting 3 minute brutal fight. If that was luck, Aedon, you need to hit the practice room. HEBEE (38-4359) (24-19-0,133) of ALL FINESSE fought DRANDUS DE'VIR (71-4909) (23-14-0,94) of REALMS TUFTS. HEBEE was overpowered by DRANDUS DE'VIR in a 1 minute uneven match. What, a Tuft? This could be a sign of something. KONGOL (7-4524) (46-44-2,160) of BLADES OF ICE fought MOOSE (56-3459) (33-44- 0,160) of REDHORSE. KONGOL won victory over MOOSE in a popular 1 minute duel. Definitely a day for having an icy blade. Everything ELSE out there is icy. BUCK (1-2291) (57-116-0,174) of MOSSRUNNERS fought CEER (96-1537) (16-15-4,132) of THE BLOODGUARD 2. BUCK won victory over CEER in a 1 minute fight. Some of these old fossils are tough, Ceer. CROOKED HOOF (56-3493) (47-37-0,191) of REDHORSE fought GAR & BRILL (38-4252) (49-70-0,155) of JUST BECAUSE. CROOKED HOOF was handily defeated by GAR & BRILL in a 1 minute uneven melee. And why? Well... just because! HELLACIOUS (1-7541) (29-7-1,191) of MANNEQUIN'S BEST fought KOOKABURRA (33-4151) (74-105-4,164) of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. HELLACIOUS was devastated by KOOKABURRA in a 1 minute one-sided competition. Those Girl Scouts, always prepared. CAT IN THE HAT (24-3103) (36-13-1,205) of THE SEUSS HEUSS fought KATRINA (101-9) (0-0-0,170) of Rotten Miserable Standbys. CAT IN THE HAT lost to KATRINA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brutal fight. And that, Cat, was a rotten miserable thing to do. Bad cat! Bad! REDEMPTION (4-4868) (47-31-2,213) of BLADES OF MIST fought HALLIE O'DENE (58- 6018) (77-100-0,208) of CIRQUE DU MASQUES. REDEMPTION overpowered HALLIE O'DENE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match. So, is she Redeemed now? That should make the Obsessed Avenger happy. The challenges: OBSESSED AVENGER (15-2162) (46-54-1,180) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q challenged TENACIOUS (7-5337) (47-22-1,193) of BATHTUB ARMADA. Up 13. OBSESSED AVENGER was luckily beaten by TENACIOUS in a 17 minute Challenge melee. Unlucky number there, Obsessed. LUNA TYCK (33-5761) (38-44-1,184) of DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO challenged FEALOST (1- 3916) (60-84-1,195) of MOSSRUNNERS. Up 11. LUNA TYCK bested FEALOST in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome Challenge fight. Much luckier. And because our last Captain unaccountably failed to fight: MOD COD (55-2638) (84-108-3,214) of RHYME TYME fought BECKY (17-5782) (34-19- 3,184) of BLADES OF STEEL. MOD COD vanquished BECKY in a popular 1 minute mismatched Title brawl. This is terrible. Somebody come in and throw out that fish! Olaf CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY MOD COD 55-2638 85 108 3 229 RHYME TYME (449) KHALANI GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY REDEMPTION 4-4868 48 31 2 224 BLADES OF MIST (780) JHELUM GRAND CHAMPIONS W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY KOOKABURRA 33-4151 75 105 4 199 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (812) NIATOLI ISLAND LUNA TYCK 33-5761 39 44 1 196 DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (1075) NIATOLI ISLAND TENACIOUS 7-5337 48 22 1 195 BATHTUB ARMADA (1196) BONSUR HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018 77 101 0 194 CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093) DELARQ TOR GAR & BRILL 38-4252 50 70 0 189 JUST BECAUSE (1228) CLIFFHOME FEALOST 1-3916 60 85 1 184 MOSSRUNNERS (928) MORDANT CAT IN THE HAT 24-3103 36 14 1 181 THE SEUSS HEUSS (804) ZORPUNT GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162 46 55 1 180 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313) MALCORN BECKY 17-5782 34 20 3 178 BLADES OF STEEL (1068) ALJAFIR BUCK 1-2291 58 116 0 176 MOSSRUNNERS (928) MORDANT HELLACIOUS 1-7541 29 8 1 167 MANNEQUIN'S BEST (1227) MORDANT KONGOL 7-4524 47 44 2 166 BLADES OF ICE (162) BONSUR CROOKED HOOF 56-3493 47 38 0 163 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS MOOSE 56-3459 33 45 0 156 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS GRAND ADEPTS W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY HUMMINGBIRD 56-3475 41 49 0 144 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS HELM HAMMERHAND 31-5025 38 27 0 140 LORDS OF VALHALLA (1208) CHIMLEVTAL CEER 96-1537 16 16 4 138 THE BLOODGUARD 2 (1369) OLD VALAMANTIS AEDON 7-4295 49 46 1 137 BLADES OF ICE (162) BONSUR DRANDUS DE'VIR 71-4909 24 14 0 127 REALMS TUFTS (1344) KYR'TERR LINI DAWNWIND 11-5865 26 26 1 112 KRILL CAVALRY (1358) ARUAK CITY HEBEE 38-4359 24 20 0 106 ALL FINESSE (1236) CLIFFHOME GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY MISCHIEVOUS IMP 1-7627 26 11 3 100 SWEORDMASTERS (1210) MORDANT BROKEN TOE 56-3683 42 63 1 97 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS GRAND INITIATES W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY -DEO VOLENTE 19-4751 24 17 1 90 JAGUAR WARRIORS (1398) ZUWAYZA FAT BACK 96-1610 16 16 4 86 KILLING ME SOFTLY (1367) OLD VALAMANTIS GRAND INITIATES W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY PORK ROLL 97-1634 15 17 5 86 KILLING ME SOFTER (1368) SHADOW GROVE MOUNTAIN GOAT 56-3700 43 58 3 82 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS REDDI WHIP 97-1636 17 15 7 81 KILLING ME SOFTER (1368) SHADOW GROVE YOU'VE GOT SEATTL 82-31563 20 17 1 73 IT'S THE SAME MOVIE! (1382 DWES EG SNIPPER 66-3518 22 19 0 57 WHIPPERSNAPPERS (1097) TARRGIR VAXTON 17-2689 19 26 0 57 STEEL WOLVES (1392) ALJAFIR HARLEY THE CADAVER 18-5366 19 33 3 55 STREET PIZZA (173) TALCAMA PINE LEAF 24-4580 30 40 0 53 KRILL CAVALRY (1364) ZORPUNT -HEAD CHEESE 96-1920 11 0 3 52 WHY SELL THIS? (1390) OLD VALAMANTIS -BLOOD PIE 96-1918 9 2 5 38 WHY SELL THIS? (1390) OLD VALAMANTIS BRICK WALL 1-7478 34 37 0 36 HOMICIDAL MANIACS (1082) MORDANT -SCRAPPLE 97-1961 8 3 3 19 WHY SELL THIS? (1391) SHADOW GROVE '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE High Lord Bosk -- OMNE JUS STAT IN ARMIS! -- The Icelord Kramer -- Banana splits today! Gotta love 'em, lots of chocolate syrup, nuts... maybe forget the banana? After all, they're supposed to be "good for you." Oh, well. -- Hallie O'Dene P.S. I like 'em sliced crosswise into rounds. Much tidier. Fat Back -- Sorry, but I needed to grease a skillet. -- Lini Dawnwind Pork Roll -- I'm just a sucker for something like that.... -- Pine Leaf Mountain Goat -- Well, I can put up with your stinky presence for that many skills. Great stuff! -- Snipper P.S. For five skills, Olaf, I will gladly live with it. You've Got Seattle -- The Brick Wall does not appear to want seattle, and it bids you "consign seattle to landfill." -- Hallie O'Dene Olaf -- Ah, but if it was a movie, it was, at least, action packed. -- Hallie Yeahyeahyeah, they all say that. 2 November 2006 I received a Gift Certificate from someone. I'm assuming it's for entry into the Turf War 5. Whoever sent this to me...please email me at email@example.com. Thanks. 10 November 2006 The Quest of the Best has come to an end. Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest, wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners. Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the Quest. Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in the dust. Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink) Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions: 1) Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls 2) Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts! 3) Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts 4) D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen 5) Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation 6) Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders 7) D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights 8) D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights 9) The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion 10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their butt handed to them. Respect to All. Quest #1 host, Dark Knight Toker 14 November 2006 A Tale of Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution as told by Hammer the WordSmith SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the lingering wisps of memory from days gone by. From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation. Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence experience. The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times. Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities presently past and future. Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93. The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy. Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and gallantry before. Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike. History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes. Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and olden legends of times lost. [TIME JUMP] Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy, yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena! "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch Light!" Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81. Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind. From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn. Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand. Future events would lend themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for processing. Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM 28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!] Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena. After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then another group of hopefuls. After lengthy debate a third was cast aside. Deciding between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial Commission. The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney- worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager. [TIME JUMP] Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and now it was time to begin their training. The paperwork had been dispatched for registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which preparation was paramount! Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney Arena. Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red! Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No- Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly Expected!] Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his mind! When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night. These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had they fallen into the possession of most other managers! Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney Arena!] Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!] Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace! [TIME JUMP] Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting! Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81 [recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon graduation!] The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS stable managed by Sweety Pie. Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena! Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission. Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus] had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE. Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No- Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission. Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari! Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION. Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm. Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf. Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with GRIFFONRAWL MMA. Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!] Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!] Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in thought!] Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena. COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as to their intentions. Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was anybody's guess at the present time!] Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by! JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!] "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper" Hammer Minister of War LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS LUNA TYCK bested FEALOST in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome Challenge fight. OBSESSED AVENGER was luckily beaten by TENACIOUS in a 17 minute Challenge melee. MOD COD vanquished BECKY in a popular 1 minute mismatched Title brawl. REDEMPTION overpowered HALLIE O'DENE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match. CAT IN THE HAT lost to KATRINA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brutal fight. HELLACIOUS was devastated by KOOKABURRA in a 1 minute one-sided competition. CROOKED HOOF was handily defeated by GAR & BRILL in a 1 minute uneven melee. BUCK won victory over CEER in a 1 minute fight. KONGOL won victory over MOOSE in a popular 1 minute duel. HEBEE was overpowered by DRANDUS DE'VIR in a 1 minute uneven match. AEDON luckily beat LINI DAWNWIND in a exciting 3 minute brutal fight. HUMMINGBIRD devastated THEATRE BUM in a exciting 1 minute brutal mismatched conflict. HELM HAMMERHAND bested MISCHIEVOUS IMP in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bout. BROKEN TOE overcame HARLEY THE CADAVER in a action packed 1 minute fight. YOU'VE GOT SEATTLE overpowered PINE LEAF in a 1 minute uneven struggle. REDDI WHIP handily defeated BRICK WALL in a 2 minute bloody mismatched bout. PORK ROLL devastated HERMY in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fight. MOUNTAIN GOAT savagely defeated VAXTON in a popular 1 minute bloody match. SNIPPER slimly lost to FAT BACK in a popular 1 minute contest. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |STRIKING ATTACK 8 LUNGING ATTACK 56 - 35 - 0 62 | |LUNGING ATTACK 7 PARRY-RIPOSTE 9 - 6 - 0 60 | |TOTAL PARRY 5 STRIKING ATTACK 46 - 37 - 0 55 | |PARRY-LUNGE 3 AIMED BLOW 42 - 38 - 1 53 | |AIMED BLOW 3 SLASHING ATTACK 19 - 21 - 0 48 | |SLASHING ATTACK 3 BASHING ATTACK 20 - 25 - 0 44 | |WALL OF STEEL 3 TOTAL PARRY 25 - 32 - 0 44 | |BASHING ATTACK 2 PARRY-LUNGE 10 - 13 - 0 43 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 WALL OF STEEL 27 - 37 - 1 42 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 PARRY-STRIKE 2 - 9 - 0 18 | Turn 442 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: LUNGING ATTACK 6 - 1 STRIKING ATTACK 3 - 5 5 STRIKING ATTACK PARRY-LUNGE 2 - 1 AIMED BLOW 1 - 2 1 LUNGING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 3 - 2 SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 2 1 BASHING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 WALL OF STEEL 1 - 2 1 PARRY-LUNGE PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 1 AIMED BLOW 1 PARRY-STRIKE TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK MOD COD 55-2638 85 108 3 229 RHYME TYME (449) STRIKING ATTACK REDEMPTION 4-4868 48 31 2 224 BLADES OF MIST (780) BASHING ATTACK KOOKABURRA 33-4151 75 105 4 199 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (812) PARRY-LUNGE LUNA TYCK 33-5761 39 44 1 196 DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (1075) TOTAL PARRY TENACIOUS 7-5337 48 22 1 195 BATHTUB ARMADA (1196) AIMED BLOW HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018 77 101 0 194 CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093) PARRY-STRIKE OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162 46 55 1 180 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313) SLASHING ATTACK CROOKED HOOF 56-3493 47 38 0 163 REDHORSE (1325) WALL OF STEEL LINI DAWNWIND 11-5865 26 26 1 112 KRILL CAVALRY (1358) The overall popularity leader is MOD COD 55-2638. The most popular warrior this turn was HELM HAMMERHAND 31-5025. The ten other most popular fighters were LINI DAWNWIND 11-5865, OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162, KONGOL 7-4524, BROKEN TOE 56-3683, REDDI WHIP 97-1636, MOUNTAIN GOAT 56-3700, MOD COD 55-2638, REDEMPTION 4-4868, AEDON 7-4295, and HUMMINGBIRD 56-3475. The least popular fighter this week was TENACIOUS 7-5337. The other ten least popular fighters were VAXTON 17-2689, PINE LEAF 24-4580, HELLACIOUS 1-7541, BRICK WALL 1-7478, HARLEY THE CADAVER 18-5366, HEBEE 38-4359, CEER 96-1537, CROOKED HOOF 56-3493, HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018, and SNIPPER 66-3518. Arena (Number) W L K Arena (Number) W L K Arena (Number) W L K MORDANT(1) 1 4 0 ZORPUNT(24) 0 2 0 DELARQ TOR(58) 0 1 0 JHELUM(4) 1 0 0 CHIMLEVTAL(31) 1 0 0 TARRGIR(66) 0 1 0 BONSUR(7) 3 0 0 NIATOLI ISLAND(33) 2 0 0 KYR'TERR(71) 1 0 0 ARUAK CITY(11) 0 1 0 CLIFFHOME(38) 1 1 0 DWES EG(82) 1 0 0 MALCORN(15) 0 1 0 KHALANI(55) 1 0 0 OLD VALAMANTIS(96) 1 1 0 ALJAFIR(17) 0 2 0 ROCANIS(56) 3 2 0 SHADOW GROVE(97) 2 0 0 TALCAMA(18) 0 1 0 TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA W L K PNTS TEAM NAME CITY FEALOST 1-3916 60 85 1 184 MOSSRUNNERS (928) MORDANT REDEMPTION 4-4868 48 31 2 224 BLADES OF MIST (780) JHELUM TENACIOUS 7-5337 48 22 1 195 BATHTUB ARMADA (1196) BONSUR LINI DAWNWIND 11-5865 26 26 1 112 KRILL CAVALRY (1358) ARUAK CITY OBSESSED AVENGER 15-2162 46 55 1 180 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (313) MALCORN BECKY 17-5782 34 20 3 178 BLADES OF STEEL (1068) ALJAFIR HARLEY THE CADAVER 18-5366 19 33 3 55 STREET PIZZA (173) TALCAMA CAT IN THE HAT 24-3103 36 14 1 181 THE SEUSS HEUSS (804) ZORPUNT HELM HAMMERHAND 31-5025 38 27 0 140 LORDS OF VALHALLA (1208) CHIMLEVTAL KOOKABURRA 33-4151 75 105 4 199 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (812) NIATOLI ISLAND GAR & BRILL 38-4252 50 70 0 189 JUST BECAUSE (1228) CLIFFHOME MOD COD 55-2638 85 108 3 229 RHYME TYME (449) KHALANI CROOKED HOOF 56-3493 47 38 0 163 REDHORSE (1325) ROCANIS HALLIE O'DENE 58-6018 77 101 0 194 CIRQUE DU MASQUES (1093) DELARQ TOR SNIPPER 66-3518 22 19 0 57 WHIPPERSNAPPERS (1097) TARRGIR DRANDUS DE'VIR 71-4909 24 14 0 127 REALMS TUFTS (1344) KYR'TERR YOU'VE GOT SEATTL 82-31563 20 17 1 73 IT'S THE SAME MOVIE! (1382 DWES EG CEER 96-1537 16 16 4 138 THE BLOODGUARD 2 (1369) OLD VALAMANTIS PORK ROLL 97-1634 15 17 5 86 KILLING ME SOFTER (1368) SHADOW GROVE JANUARY FACE-TO-FACE IN TEMPE! Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2007. It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as last year by popular request. Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool. The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 before the block is released! (This is prime season for Phoenix, and several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.) Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet. We hope you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!