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Date   : 11/29/2006    Duedate: 12/12/2006

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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 rbaphomets@yahoo.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!