ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 10/02/2003    Duedate: 10/15/2003

FREE BLADES

DM-103    TURN-360

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1-MEOW MIX 21/978       154   51  3 75.1      DEATHSGATE 7/977                      
    WOLF PACK II 32/968                      10 MISFIT TOYS 50/921    167  145  1 53.5
    DARKENED PRIDE 37/998                       ARCTIC GUARDS 82/944                  
    BLACKEST PRIDE 21/842                       STUFF I BROUGHT 71/918                
  2 SADISTS II 19/954       7    3  0 70.0      ARCTIC GUARDS 17/888                  
    SADISTS F2F 61/1020                         2ND ARCTIC GUARDS 71/1013             
    UNKNOWNS XIX 14/953                      11 LUROCIANS IV 12/865    81   73  2 52.6
  3 DSM4 9/461            464  283  7 62.1      LUROCIANS II 33/775                   
    PROJECT HAYSEED 82/973                   12 DEATH HORDE 33/952    194  176  8 52.4
    DARK ANGELS 74/989                          EASTERN HORDE 4/975                   
    GROOVE MERCHANTS 64/800                     EASTERN HORDE 75/990                  
    MISCELLANEA 15/712                          EASTERN HORDE 4 82/992                
    BLADES OF WONDER 22/1002                    EASTERN HORDE 33/813                  
    HEAVE HO! 70/926                            EASTERN HORDE 3 19/899                
  4 PITT GLADIATO 56/180 1269  845 17 60.0      EASTERN HORDE 12/777                  
    PITT GLADIATORS 103/567                  13 LOBOTOMATION 12/961    41   38  0 51.9
  5 SILMARILLIAD 13/146    23   16  0 59.0      HELPLESS ANIMALS 16/56                
    NIGHT'S GUARDIANS 48/981                 14 DARKMOON 12/911        90   98  1 47.9
  6-HALL OF GIANT 12/885  318  226  9 58.5      SOL  INVICTUS 82/919                  
    HEART OF DARKNESS 64/896                    SOL INVICTUS 31/974                   
  7 PETS ON FIRE 49/1001   37   27  0 57.8   15 IVER'S GIRLS 97/971   219  242  1 47.5
    HOMERIC MMMMMMS... 16/1000               16 BLOOD KNIGHTS 61/284  226  266  9 45.9
    22 ACACIA AVENUE 35/29                   17 GRAVEYARD GLO 15/936  119  141  0 45.8
    ESTIMATED PROPHETS 12/999                   MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE 67/915            
  8 MYTHICAL 58/779       416  345  6 54.7   18 BALLROOM BLIT 70/399  108  142  2 43.2
    HOUSE SLYTHERIN 18/947                      DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q 15/263                
    THE CHADS 36/946                         19 RHYME TYME 55/397     113  159  0 41.5
    BLOOM COUNTY 33/840                      20 UNDER DURESS 64/743   665  961  9 40.9
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 12/838                   DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY 33/764           
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 60/900              21 REDHORSE 56/823       172  280  2 38.1
  9 SHADOWS 11/960        110   93  3 54.2      ILLFANG PACT 13/254                   
    SHADOW X 33/980                             ROCANIS RIDERS 55/285                 
    CASTLE BLACK 71/988                      22 CROC FILES 29/951      22   37  0 37.3
    CRUSADE 58/894                              WOMEN OF REALITY 22/1014              
    CHAMPIONS 4/956                          23 UNKNOWNS XX 15/1019     1    2  0 33.3
    THE DANGER DOGS 7/959                    24 SWEET MAGIC 12/717    361  827  4 30.4
    SHADOW GOLD 71/987                          CARDOW HUNTERS 13/761                 
    SHADOW MOD 71/986                           PUNNY AMINALS 16/708                  
    LORDS OF SHADOWS 21/963                  25-LOONY TOONS 31/1021     1    1  0 50.0
    SHADOWCIRCLE 75/991                   

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #69 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal:

     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
counted.
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door and stepped toward Pelishtekan's office.

Near Malcorn:

     The finger of light slid across the surface of the tall stone and touched the
worn carvings, which leaped into sudden clarity.  The little clearing, which had been
empty except for Lord Malcorn and Tiljanz al Burgos, the young Karnhorn diplomat, was
suddenly full of shadows.  Or something.  Tiljanz could feel the weight of a dozen
minds thinking about him--calculating minds, hostile minds, hungry ones.  He held
himself still and quiet with difficulty.  This was Lord Malcorn's meeting; he himself
was just present as a witness.
     Words came out of the darkness, hollow as caves, clear as trumpets.  "Why are
you here, Malcorn?"
     "To demand that you enforce your side of the agreement we made, Dregur," the
lord of Malcorn replied.  If a great tree had spoken, its voice might have sounded
like that.
     "Our side?  What have we, the true and original lords of all the land between
the lakes, to 'enforce' at the command of an ephemeral like you?"
     "Do not play games with me.  A deal was made and sworn under just such a moon,
that the dregur would attack only those who entered this land at the command of the
Easterner Inzolas.  In return for this, you were released from the Silent Place."
     "And if we choose now to disregard that 'deal' you speak of?"  Idle inquiry.
     "The Silent Place is still there."
     "You think you could return us to that captivity?"  Scorn and amusement.  "You?"
     "If you do not keep your side of the agreement," now Malcorn's voice was like
iron, cold black iron, "I will return you to that captivity.  Me."  At that moment,
Tiljanz did not doubt that Blackie would do just that, whatever the cost to himself.
     "We did make an oath."  The voice was the same, but different.  A different
dregur speaking, Tiljanz thought.  "The oath is a binding already.  He could do it."
Warning, cool consideration.
     "Because a few of us have chosen to Hunt freely, as we used to?  Unfair!  This
land was OURS.  If we stretch out our hand to take it back, where is the injustice in
that?"  Passion.
     "The injustice is in the breaking of our oath.  The land itself will reject an
oathbreaker.  It has always been so."  Stern command.  "We must keep our part of the
bargain, or by our failure we release Lord Malcorn from his.  And he could then
return us to the Silent Place, if he is willing to pay the price."  A pause.  "And
you can see that he is so willing."
     Objection.  "Those who Hunt alone will not be called back to the kennel, even by
you."
     Unyielding command.  "Then I myself will lead a Hunt against them."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #65 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     The ship approaching them was running on oars; it had no mast that they could
see, but two banks of oars dipped and rose in practiced unison, glittering as
sunlight hit the water falling from the blades.  It was considerably longer than the
gladiators' vessel, and narrower in proportion, but there was still room on that lean
deck for a cluster of armed men.  It was headed straight for them, picking up speed
as it came.
     Vurand cursed.  "That's no pirate," the Orc said, turning to run toward the
stern of the ship.  "That's a damned warship, and it's going to ram us!"
     Ashon Chang and Werre had also seen the approaching ship, and Chang was running
toward the bow; he passed Vurand half way.  "Not enough wind to avoid them," he said
in passing.
     Jammies looked both ways, uncertain what it would be best to do, and decided to
wait for orders from someone more knowledgeable.
     Reaching Herlas and Rughal, who were glaring at each other near the bow, Ashon
Chang said, "We are about to be rammed by a warship.  Can either of you do anything
about it?"
     Both men jerked and looked toward the approaching vessel.
     "I can do little with the Arcanum in this state," Herlas said, "and nothing with
that barbarian watching me--"
     Rughal, who looked as though he hadn't eaten or slept since Shania disappeared,
glared at him suspiciously.  "What did you have in mind?"
     "I might be able to do something with...oh, fog, maybe, and wind," the Fratsfan
said thoughtfully.  "Weather is easily influenced, being naturally so unstable.  But
we could as well crash into those rocks ourselves, running blind," he added.
     Rughal glanced at the rocks, which were tall chimneys and small islands rising
straight out of the sea, then at the approaching warship.  "A fog to hide both us and
that other ship," he said, "and on a count of ten after the fog appears, a strong
wind at an angle to take us through that gap."  He indicated a passage between two
islands with a tilt of his head, not wanting to point and be seen from the attacking
ship.  "Ashon, tell Werre.  On the count of ten after the fog, change course--"
     "To pass between those two islands, which we won't see until we're right on
them, but you're correct, it's a chance worth taking."  The samurai turned and raced
back to the stern.
     "I don't know if I'll have the strength to hold the fog and especially the wind
for long," Herlas warned.  "I don't want to be rammed or captured, but my power has
limits."
     Rughal bared his teeth in a hard grin.  "I'll help you."
     "But--!"
     "Or stop you.  Your choice."
     Herlas said something under his breath.  It might have been swearing.  He put
his hands over his face for a moment, then straightened up and glanced at Rughal.
"Very well.  I begin."
     It began with a little haze, just the thinnest veil of sun-gilded mist.  Nothing
to cause the most wary of mariners any concern.  Rughal could see sweat forming on
Herlas' face and decided that it was time to join in.  He gripped the Fratsfan's
shoulders, focused his mind and hiu, and visualized himself as a wall at the man's
back, bracing him in the effort he was making.
     Herlas responded immediately.  The mist shimmered and suddenly turned to a heavy
fog.  Rughal began counting out loud while the wizard groped for the reins of the
wind.  The ship wallowed underfoot as the wind that had been driving it faltered,
then quickened again as the count reached ten.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Shania Silverstar stared at the stone for several minutes.  It was...no longer a
thing of power.  No longer the Eye of the West.  Dull-surfaced, lightless, dead.  She
set it gently back in the niche these people had appointed for it.  As soon as her
hands lifted from the stone, a faint crazing ran over the surface, deepened, and
suddenly the stone collapsed into a pile of dust.
     "Well, that is one question answered," she murmured.  "I won't have to tell the
people here that the stone is dead.  They'll be able to see for them--"
     She turned at a cry of alarm and fury from the doorway.
     The man, the priest, who had spoken to her before stood there, staring.  "Woman,
what have you done?" he demanded.
     Shania raised an eyebrow.  "I have absorbed the essence of the stone," she said
coolly.  "I am now...the Eye of the West."
     "No!  That's impossible!"
     "It's the truth."  It seemed likely that he would attack her in his shock and
rage, and she readied herself to defend.  She was a mage of no small ability, though
her power was currently much below normal, and the arena had trained her to use her
hands as weapons.  She was aware, also, that with the power from the stone had come
certain abilities--there was no time to explore the possibilities, but some of them
were bound to be useful in combat.  If this fool thought she was defenseless, he
would be surprised.  Very surprised.
     The man rushed at her and grabbed the front of her shift, presumably to shake
her.  She swept up one arm to block and break away his grip, chopped into the side of
his neck with the edge of her hand, and as he began to fall away, snapped a kick into
his side.  His collapse was gratifying, but there was no time to stand around and
admire her handiwork.  He had no sword but did carry a dagger, which she
appropriated.  An obsidian blade and a gold-inlaid handle.  Probably ceremonial.
Well, it would still kill at need, no doubt.  She took his outer robe, as well,
because it had a hood that would conceal her pale hair; she had a suspicion that
these people were all or mostly dark.
     By the time she'd gotten the robe off him, he was beginning to twitch.  Shania
looked at him thoughtfully, then hit him again on the side of the head behind his
ear, using the butt of his dagger.  He subsided.  She briefly contemplated tearing
his undergarment into strips and bind him, but it would take too long.  She had to be
away from here NOW, before the other priests--there were bound to be others--showed
up to assist at the sacrifice.
     She tucked the dagger into the sleeve of her borrowed robe, where it would be
instantly available at need, and opened the door.

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #13 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Lirin Kiv:

     The carriage moved through the streets slowly, as though the driver was feeling
his way in the fog.  The fog wasn't heavy enough to justify that kind of groping
progress, but Shylock kept quiet.  No point in berating the driver.  Besides, the
Lord Protector was also making full use of the chance to stare around.  So was
Clemenda, he noted, well, that was okay, too.  He didn't normally like people around
him to be TOO alert, but in this peculiar situation, no telling what might be
significant and who might notice it first.
     The temple to Somebody Who Wasn't Mantor vanished behind them.  Shylock counted
turns and blocks of buildings and finally set his teeth against possible disaster and
looked toward where the arena should have been.  Hmm.  Not the same structure, but
there were points of similarity.
     It might be an arena.
     He could hope so.  There were things about the gladiatorial system on the Isle
and off it that he didn't like, that he KNEW he could have arranged better, but at
least it would provide a point of contact where he and whoever lived in this world
could begin to understand each other.  And understanding--up to a point--was
important.  It was the first step to power and control.  And power and control were
essential; without them, a man was a mere puppet in the hands of others...such as
Sheila Greywand.  If this world had no Sheila Greywand...the possibilities were
enticing.  He might decide to stay here.
     But first, he had to establish contacts.
     Shylock stepped down from the carriage and turned to give Clemenda a hand.  Not
that she needed help, but it made a good appearance.  And so did she.  Her clothing
was more restrained than an Adantri would wear, but she looked good in it.  She would
also look good out of it....  He suppressed that thought sternly.  Not now.  Right
now, he needed to meet people and find out where they were, why, and what, if
anything, could be done about it.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     It was an arena, more or less.  But the warriors who competed here, Shylock
decided, could not reasonably be called "gladiators."  At least, Master Dan Shao, who
was approximately the arenamaster, rejected that term vigorously and with many
scornful comments about the "depravity of the Thallians, with their lust to see the
blood of others."
     "We are Champions," Dan Shao said sternly.  "Every member of this community is a
champion of his city and style.  We fight here as an offering to the great god
Mantor, and to further the development of our various styles."
     Shylock nodded.  Basically, that was the attitude that many of the warriors in
Lirin Kiv took, although the system itself didn't support such a position.  He
sometimes wondered how Lirith Kai had come to allow the arenas into its cities, since
the philosophy behind them was so alien to the native culture.  No doubt Sheila
Greywand had brought pressure to bear on the Emperor.  He'd heard she did things like
that, and he could believe it.  Sheila Greywand was definitely someone who understood
power and enjoyed using it.  That, too, was something to pursue at another time.  For
now....
     "I don't understand how you got here," Dan Shao said, scowling suspiciously.
"Magic, I suppose."  His voice became deeply disapproving.
     "I suppose it must have been," Shylock agreed.  "But it wasn't OUR magic.  We
had simply set out for dinner in a neighboring town, and the world as we knew it
vanished, leaving us here."
     "Some kind of interdimensional gate."  The arenamaster's disapproval deepened.
"What do you propose to do about it?"
     "In what sense?" Shylock asked cautiously.
     "An unregistered gate is a Bad Thing!" Dan Shao thundered.  "You, as the people
most closely connected with it, have the responsibility of closing it.  Best to waste
no time about it, either."
     "With us on the other side, I suppose," the gladiator grumbled.
     "Well..." Dan Shao looked at Clemenda appreciatively, "that isn't essential.
It's the gate itself that matters."

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                           Reflections by the Lord-Marshall

Hail, Free Blades!

     Well, six turns and counting on the throne other than Xerxes did give me a
little scare in our fight!  Good show!  However, it was not enough and I was able to
turn it around on him.  I am not sure who got my challenge this time, so it will be a
surprise to all.  Well, see you back here next turn...I hope!

                 -- Nemesis

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     We're OFFICIALLY fall now, did you know that?  I didn't realize, I mean, I knew 
it was, like, the end of the summer pretty much, but I didn't know it was OFFICIAL.  
I'll bet SHE came up with that.  And we're going to have the OFFICIAL fall tourney 
soon, too.  Just a social whorl.  Or something.  Except it was cloudly today, and the 
trees are all still green, like they aren't paying attention.  I wish *I* didn't have 
to pay attention.

     But anyway, here's some stuff that the scribes paid attention to for me.  
Blackest Pride was avoided by Demons of Darkness.  Is this supposed to be, you know, 
a surprise?
     Mojo-Jojo of Eastern Horde got the most challenges, but I don't know what he did 
with them.
     We had fifty-two fights, which is, like, down again.  Does this mean next time 
is up again, and we're going to go up and down like Olaf talks about?  I don't mind, 
I just want to know.  And twenty-eight challenge matches, but only FOUR TV challenges 
went through.  Gosh.
     Five fights were action-packed, ten were exciting (not the same ones), two 
standbys fought, one person died, and five fights tied for being longest at just four 
minutes.

     So, anyway, here is the fights.
     LOPING WOLF (56-1796) (52-93-0,56) of REDHORSE fought LUCIFREYJA (103-40) (19-
21-1,90) of Other People.  LOPING WOLF lost to LUCIFREYJA in a popular 2 minute 
struggle.  This made the standbys all feel good, so thank you.
     CENTURION (71-3432) (16-11-1,47) of 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS fought AGRO (29-4314) (22-
29-1,76) of CROC FILES.  CENTURION slimly lost to AGRO in a popular 4 minute gory 
brawl.  Only slim?  This should be, you know, a FAT loss.  Everybody likes a fat 
loss.
     RAVEN (71-3435) (16-20-0,75) of 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS fought DIRT KNAP (15-4418) 
(20-3-2,64) of UNKNOWNS XX.  RAVEN overpowered DIRT KNAP in an exciting 1 minute one-
sided brawl.  I didn't know about ravens in the arctic.  Arctic is like on the Great 
Glacier or something, right?  All white.  And I thought ravens are black.
     GRAHAM (29-4318) (27-21-0,94) of CROC FILES fought ON MY WAY (61-3154) (14-3-
0,61) of SADISTS F2F.  GRAHAM was overpowered by ON MY WAY in an exciting 2 minute 
bloody one-sided struggle.  Crocodile boots.  Or alligator.
     SWEET CHASTITY (35-504) (34-27-1,100) of 22 ACACIA AVENUE fought BRANGUS (16-
4162) (24-34-1,73) of PUNNY AMINALS.  SWEET CHASTITY overcame BRANGUS in a crowd 
pleasing 2 minute contest.  And he never even knew what hit him.  I could tell.
     CRYPT KEEPER (15-4146) (32-21-1,136) of GRAVEYARD GLORY fought ZENAR (12-4043) 
(24-19-1,143) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  CRYPT KEEPER was subdued by ZENAR in a popular 
3 minute gory battle.  Did you know that when a crypt keeper comes out into the air, 
he can't get a tan, just sunburned?  That is so sad!
     HERMES (58-6016) (18-8-0,129) of MYTHICAL fought LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966) (26-
28-0,100) of LUROCIANS II.  HERMES subdued LORD FIREFLASH in an exciting 1 minute 
conflict.  Gosh, and the sandals got all messed up.  I mean, it's hard to get blood 
off the little wings, even WITH cold water.  Do you foot wash instead of, you know, 
hand wash?
     REDFOX (13-4197) (41-60-0,123) of CARDOW HUNTERS fought SUPERIOR FORCES (33-
4543) (57-85-2,137) of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY.  REDFOX overpowered SUPERIOR FORCES in 
an exciting 1 minute uneven competition.  If he's going to retire, this is the time, 
because of actually winning a fight, and against a superior force, too.  Duplicated, 
even.
     SCOURGE (74-2857) (24-19-1,174) of DARK ANGELS fought SAMPSA (31-4233) (22-5-
2,104) of SOL INVICTUS.  SCOURGE beat SAMPSA in an action packed 1 minute bout.  I 
thought a scourge was like Attila the Hunk or something.
     TESSERACK (33-6641) (28-11-0,156) of SHADOW X fought MILA (55-29) (50-86-0,102) 
of ROCANIS RIDERS.  TESSERACK subdued MILA in an action packed 1 minute fight.  And 
folded the funny hat into five dimensions, which made it look very strange.
     CHAOS LICH (15-4132) (39-26-0,201) of GRAVEYARD GLORY fought HAYSEED X-IV (82-
6120) (18-9-1,159) of PROJECT HAYSEED.  CHAOS LICH was easily killed by HAYSEED X-IV 
in a popular 1 minute one-sided match.  Which just SHOWS that liches, or is it 
lichees?  Anyway, that they're kind of flimsy, you know?  Knocked down by hay.
     XERXES (67-2429) (42-35-2,201) of MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE fought TESEN (12-4211) 
(38-37-1,163) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  XERXES devastated TESEN in an action packed 1 
minute mismatched match.  It's the x thing.  I don't know why, but it is.  There's a 
note about it on the program.
     HOUSE MOUSE (55-221) (108-170-2,200) of RHYME TYME fought HEL (82-14331) (29-28-
0,198) of ARCTIC GUARDS.  HOUSE MOUSE was handily defeated by HEL in a popular 1 
minute mismatched duel.  Some people just do NOT want mouses in their houses, and I 
don't blame them, because mouses are not, you know, CLEAN around the house.  As if!
     KELOS (55-30) (53-78-3,188) of ROCANIS RIDERS fought DARK OMEGA (21-4983) (40-
41-0,165) of LORDS OF SHADOWS.  KELOS was vanquished by DARK OMEGA in an exciting 1 
minute mismatched duel.  You see?  This is what happens when you don't get enough 
sun.  A shadow comes along and vanquishes you.
     HINDENBIRD (49-1277) (38-21-0,196) of PETS ON FIRE fought CREED (64-3997) (66-
44-0,196) of GROOVE MERCHANTS.  HINDENBIRD was vanquished by CREED in an exciting 1 
minute one-sided match.  With a fire extinguisher.
     KOOSH BALL (71-3536) (36-25-0,192) of STUFF I BROUGHT fought MOONJUMPER (16-
3062) (55-89-1,191) of PUNNY AMINALS.  KOOSH BALL was savagely defeated by MOONJUMPER 
in an exciting 3 minute competition.  Well, of course.  I mean, I've SEEN people with 
koosh balls, and they DO get savage.  Vicious even.
     LORD GALRON (33-5450) (21-12-3,186) of LUROCIANS II fought JULIUS (64-3641) (66-
74-2,166) of UNDER DURESS.  LORD GALRON vanquished JULIUS in an action packed 1 
minute one-sided bout.  And duressed him a lot more.
     SHEA MAGEBORN (75-2273) (29-25-0,181) of SHADOWCIRCLE fought ELRORAN (12-4386) 
(41-31-2,180) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  SHEA MAGEBORN was overpowered by ELRORAN in a 
crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.  If you're overcome by a Demon of Darkness, 
does this mean you can't get a tan?
     BLADE RUNNER # (33-4544) (83-59-4,199) of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY fought SNAP 
CRACKLE PUP (49-738) (39-35-1,194) of PETS ON FIRE.  BLADE RUNNER # was subdued by 
SNAP CRACKLE PUP in an exciting 3 minute struggle.  Imagine when the Pup grows up to 
be a whole dog!
     AZREAL ELS III (4-4482) (26-15-2,206) of EASTERN HORDE fought NEBUCHADNEZZER 
(15-4097) (36-30-0,185) of GRAVEYARD GLORY.  AZREAL ELS III was bested by 
NEBUCHADNEZZER in a 2 minute battle.  One Neb, not both.  Is it the double zee that 
makes us have two?  Does the other one have two zees?
     BLACKMYTH (11-4018) (53-31-0,229) of SHADOWS fought MADBULL (13-4198) (50-79-
1,193) of CARDOW HUNTERS.  BLACKMYTH demolished MADBULL in a popular 1 minute uneven 
contest.  Oh, good, now he'll be REALLY mad, what with being demolished and all.  
Everyone will be so glad.  As if!
     TOUCH MY MONK, EH? (12-5112) (32-21-0,233) of ESTIMATED PROPHETS fought SMUG BUG 
(55-2900) (37-57-0,187) of RHYME TYME.  TOUCH MY MONK, EH? beat SMUG BUG in a 2 
minute fray.  Smug is never good it.  It's like a red flag that won't wash out, even 
with cold water.
     VALKYRIE (17-5544) (74-49-0,215) of ARCTIC GUARDS fought HATHU (103-32) (5-1-
0,250) of Other People.  VALKYRIE beat HATHU in a 2 minute bout.  And the other 
standby, which she lost.  So they're 1-1.  That isn't so bad, there are lots of 
people who'd like a record like that!
     STEEL CLOTH (56-1745) (97-103-3,258) of PITT GLADIATORS fought TRYURLUCK (61-
1029) (49-38-1,203) of BLOOD KNIGHTS.  STEEL CLOTH was overpowered by TRYURLUCK in a 
popular 1 minute gory one-sided match.  Does this mean Steel Cloth got rusty?

     And the challenge matches, which I had a TERRIBLE time getting them in order.  
At least, I hope they're in order, but if they aren't, then it's too bad.
     MILQUETOAST (33-5313) (65-39-2,240) of BLOOM COUNTY challenged E.A.POLECAT (15-
2644) (49-27-3,260) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q.  Up 20.  MILQUETOAST viciously subdued 
E.A.POLECAT in a popular 2 minute Challenge duel.  But Polecats can be vicious, too, 
without even a sword.  So watch out!

     BEAG MAGDA (12-4380) (42-26-2,199) of DARKMOON challenged MR. TESTOSTERONE (70-
1744) (41-53-4,210) of BALLROOM BLITZ.  Up 11.  BEAG MAGDA devastated MR. 
TESTOSTERONE in an exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.  I think this was 
probably because of Mr. wearing his ballroom dancing shoes, which are, you know, 
slippery.
     MIMR (82-3783) (46-35-2,216) of SOL  INVICTUS challenged RAVEN EYES (12-2709) 
(63-81-0,218) of SWEET MAGIC.  Up 2.  MIMR was defeated by RAVEN EYES in a 2 minute 
Challenge match.  Was it sweet?
     WOUNDWORT (12-4228) (43-33-0,197) of DARKMOON challenged LUMP O'GORE (13-1212) 
(87-79-5,203) of ILLFANG PACT.  Up 6.  WOUNDWORT viciously subdued LUMP O'GORE in an 
action packed 2 minute Challenge fight.  Worted him all over.  Worse even than Toads!

     ANTHRAXUS (33-5723) (26-18-1,184) of DEATH HORDE challenged LADY EMILY (33-6626) 
(21-12-1,184) of LUROCIANS II.  Straight across.  ANTHRAXUS was devastated by LADY 
EMILY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.  Did you make him drink tea with pink 
cakes?  I like the pink cakes, because they're strawberry.  Strawberry is good.
     D (82-44) (23-11-0,166) of EASTERN HORDE 4 challenged FUNNY BUNNY (55-1862) (81-
118-1,174) of RHYME TYME.  Up 8.  D was overpowered by FUNNY BUNNY in a 1 minute 
uneven Challenge fray.  *I* think this is because of him not having a real name.  And 
Funny laughed, and he was, you know, totally mogrified.
     PARTY'S OVER (75-2179) (37-30-0,236) of EASTERN HORDE challenged STEVE DALLAS 
(33-5314) (68-32-0,275) of BLOOM COUNTY.  Up 39.  PARTY'S OVER was handily defeated 
by STEVE DALLAS in a 3 minute Challenge fight.  You see?  Some people just have it.  
I mean, if Steve says the party is NOT over, it is totally still going on.
     ROCK A BYE (33-4653) (49-35-3,208) of EASTERN HORDE challenged LORD LIGHTSPEED 
(33-2928) (35-23-3,220) of LUROCIANS II.  Up 12.  ROCK A BYE bested LORD LIGHTSPEED 
in a popular 4 minute Challenge contest.  It was a good lullaby.  I went to sleep 
myself.
     TRASH QUAM (19-3751) (29-23-2,196) of EASTERN HORDE 3 challenged TYVIN (60-5382) 
(44-36-1,195) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2.  Down 1.  TRASH QUAM slimly won victory over 
TYVIN in a popular 3 minute brutal Challenge bout.  I kind of liked the Quam Master.  
Better than Trash, I mean, not that Trash is bad, if you put it in the litter 
barrels, but think what it would be like all over the beach!  Speckled tans.

     VENRIC (60-5709) (21-21-0,94) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 challenged BEER (71-3539) 
(18-20-0,38) of STUFF I BROUGHT.  Down 56.  VENRIC vanquished BEER in a 1 minute one-
sided Challenge fray.  Lots of warriors do that to beer.  And other things.  Without 
even umbrellas in it.

     NEBUCHADNEZZAR (22-5821) (19-14-0,94) of BLADES OF WONDER challenged ARTEMISIA 
(12-5096) (31-29-0,132) of DARKMOON.  Up 38.  NEBUCHADNEZZAR viciously subdued 
ARTEMISIA in a 3 minute Challenge bout.  Two zees again.  It's a plot.  I can tell.
     PARANOIA (9-4557) (16-4-1,193) of DSM4 TV challenged GNU WORLD ORDER (16-3948) 
(61-57-3,190) of HELPLESS ANIMALS.  Down 3.  PARANOIA viciously subdued GNU WORLD 
ORDER in a 4 minute Challenge fight.  But if, you know, EVERYONE is out to get you, 
that means the gnu order AND the old one, so what can you do?

     CHIM CHIM (12-4742) (19-14-0,57) of LUROCIANS IV challenged SANDY (22-5829) (22-
14-1,69) of WOMEN OF REALITY.  Up 12.  CHIM CHIM was overpowered by SANDY in a 1 
minute uneven Challenge duel.  She's like that.  Overpowering.
     LORD REDMOND (12-4109) (31-17-1,139) of LUROCIANS IV challenged NIGHTIE KNIGHT 
(12-4731) (41-28-1,137) of LOBOTOMATION.  Down 2.  LORD REDMOND was narrowly defeated 
by NIGHTIE KNIGHT in a 2 minute Challenge fight.  With embarrassment.  I mean, did 
you SEE what Nightie was wearing?  Or, you know, not wearing.
     RED BARON (33-1092) (31-28-3,163) of LUROCIANS II challenged LIMA BEAN FLAMBE 
(70-3118) (29-20-0,160) of HEAVE HO!.  Down 3.  RED BARON overpowered LIMA BEAN 
FLAMBE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Pizza rules.  I always knew that.

     DREAM WARRIOR (48-1040) (42-17-0,201) of NIGHT'S GUARDIANS TV challenged SEVERUS 
SNAPE (18-7146) (33-22-0,235) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN.  Up 34.  DREAM WARRIOR defeated 
SEVERUS SNAPE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge duel.  This is like, you know, 
is it a dream or is it a nightmare?  I guess it depends on who's got the umbrella.
     MELKOR (13-1821) (34-14-0,197) of SILMARILLIAD challenged PANIC ATTACK (9-3624) 
(25-13-1,213) of DSM4.  Up 16.  MELKOR subdued PANIC ATTACK in an exciting 1 minute 
Challenge bout.  Which is good.  I mean, everybody will tell you Panic is Bad.  So 
you have to subdue it.

     FERRET INFERNO (49-361) (40-31-2,207) of PETS ON FIRE challenged DR. SCUM (15-
1968) (49-46-2,248) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q.  Up 41.  FERRET INFERNO was demolished by DR. 
SCUM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.  Do you know how ferrets work?  Well, 
if you don't, you should be, you know, glad.
     POINTY (16-4427) (34-23-0,120) of HOMERIC MMMMMMS... challenged FRAIL WHALE (55-
1968) (99-153-3,148) of RHYME TYME.  Up 28.  POINTY viciously subdued FRAIL WHALE in 
a popular 4 minute gruesome Challenge match.  Well, you know, Frail is, like, totally 
frail some days.  This was one of them.

     BANKRUPT (71-3786) (40-15-0,191) of SHADOW GOLD TV challenged TRY ME NOW (61-
846) (54-48-1,193) of BLOOD KNIGHTS.  Up 2.  BANKRUPT was overpowered by TRY ME NOW 
in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge fight.  So, you know, it must mean the check really 
was in the mail.
     BLACK ANDARUS (71-3783) (20-10-0,184) of SHADOW MOD challenged ROYLAND (56-3380) 
(56-43-0,188) of REDHORSE.  Up 4.  BLACK ANDARUS was demolished by ROYLAND in a 1 
minute Challenge competition.  See?  It doesn't SAY he was vicious in the notes, but 
i can tell.  Or else why would he have demolished?  That's vicious.
     MORROLAN (7-4400) (35-42-2,177) of DEATHSGATE challenged MOONRACER (50-3206) 
(34-31-1,180) of MISFIT TOYS.  Up 3.  MORROLAN slimly won victory over MOONRACER in a 
popular 2 minute Challenge contest.  More slim.  Does this mean that Morrolan was 
slim-fast?  To beat a racer, I mean.
     MYMID EL NAIMIS (7-4420) (56-22-1,197) of THE DANGER DOGS challenged RILLION 
(36-5545) (31-15-1,203) of THE CHADS.  Up 6.  MYMID EL NAIMIS was beaten by RILLION 
in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.  This is Rillion tW, so Rillion tM 
should be pleased, right?  I mean, he won.  And the crowd was pleased.  So this is 
good, right?
     NEMESIS (4-5115) (50-8-0,332) of CHAMPIONS challenged GROGGY DOGGY (55-223) 
(113-170-0,211) of RHYME TYME.  Down 121 for being Lord Marshall.  Lord Marshalls get 
to do things like this and everybody says it's good that they're giving other people 
a chance.  It's the triple standard.  NEMESIS vanquished GROGGY DOGGY in a 1 minute 
mismatched Challenge Title fight.  The poor Doggy didn't even have a chance to wake 
up before the fight was over.
     PINE SCENTED WONDER (14-3682) (30-9-1,148) of UNKNOWNS XIX challenged ULTIMATE 
FURY (12-5020) (27-13-2,161) of LUROCIANS IV.  Up 13.  PINE SCENTED WONDER 
overpowered ULTIMATE FURY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.  With lots of 
sneezing.
     SETHRA LAVODE (71-4060) (23-3-0,207) of CASTLE BLACK TV challenged NORTHERN 
LIGHTS (19-3182) (61-29-1,208) of SADISTS II.  Up 1.  SETHRA LAVODE demolished 
NORTHERN LIGHTS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.  She didn't really demolish 
them, you know.  As if!  The bulbs burned out.
     WHITE KNIGHT (58-5971) (59-43-2,243) of CRUSADE challenged MOJO-JOJO (12-3867) 
(46-36-1,220) of EASTERN HORDE.  Down 23.  WHITE KNIGHT won victory over MOJO-JOJO in 
a 2 minute Challenge fight.  I bet MJ wishes somebody else's most challenge got to 
him instead.

     And the last one:  SUE (22-5828) (19-16-0,60) of WOMEN OF REALITY challenged 
JOELEAN (97-903) (12-13-4,83) of IVER'S GIRLS.  Up 23.  SUE beat JOELEAN in a 4 
minute Challenge fight.  Well, I knew Sue was, you know, tough.

     So there is everything, more or less, or at least all you're going to get.  And 
now I have to go find someplace where the sun is shinging (not here).  See you in two 
weeks.

                                        Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                 W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NEMESIS 4-5115              51   8  0  343  CHAMPIONS (956)            JHELUM

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 STEVE DALLAS 33-5314        69  32  0  292  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 DR. SCUM 15-1968            50  46  2  264  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 MILQUETOAST 33-5313         66  39  2  259  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 WHITE KNIGHT 58-5971        60  43  2  254  CRUSADE (894)              DELARQ TOR

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BLACKMYTH 11-4018           54  31  0  240  SHADOWS (960)              ARUAK CITY
 TOUCH MY MONK, EH? 12-5112  33  21  0  236  ESTIMATED PROPHETS (999)   RIZTAB
 SETHRA LAVODE 71-4060       24   3  0  233  CASTLE BLACK (988)         KYR'TERR
 RAVEN EYES 12-2709          64  81  0  230  SWEET MAGIC (717)          RIZTAB
 RILLION 36-5545             32  15  1  225  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 VALKYRIE 17-5544            75  49  0  223  ARCTIC GUARDS (888)        ALJAFIR
 ROCK A BYE 33-4653          50  35  3  222  EASTERN HORDE (813)        NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TRY ME NOW 61-846           55  48  1  218  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 CREED 64-3997               67  44  0  216  GROOVE MERCHANTS (800)     KURUKAR
 SNAP CRACKLE PUP 49-738     40  35  1  215  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           50  38  1  214  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 BEAG MAGDA 12-4380          43  26  2  213  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
 DREAM WARRIOR 48-1040       43  17  0  213  NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (981)    CAER
 WOUNDWORT 12-4228           44  33  0  211  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
-DESECRATION 21-4392         28  13  2  211  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MELKOR 13-1821              35  14  0  210  SILMARILLIAD (146)         DULLENS
 HEL 82-14331                30  28  0  210  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
 HAYSEED X-IV 82-6120        19   9  2  210  PROJECT HAYSEED (973)      DWES EG
 TRASH QUAM 19-3751          30  23  2  208  EASTERN HORDE 3 (899)      ZUWAYZA
-JOPPA CLUBFIST 12-3748      22  19  0  207  HALL OF GIANT (885)        RIZTAB
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          56  89  1  206  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 E.A.POLECAT 15-2644         49  28  3  205  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 NEBUCHADNEZZER 15-4097      37  30  0  205  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 XERXES 67-2429              43  35  2  204  MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE (915)  BARIKALA
 ROYLAND 56-3380             57  43  0  203  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       33  23  0  203  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
 PARTY'S OVER 75-2179        37  31  0  202  EASTERN HORDE (990)        JADE MOUNTAIN
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     35  24  3  202  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PARANOIA 9-4557             17   4  1  202  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        113 171  0  201  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 MOJO-JOJO 12-3867           46  37  1  200  EASTERN HORDE (777)        RIZTAB
 LADY EMILY 33-6626          22  12  1  199  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         25  14  1  198  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 LUMP O'GORE 13-1212         87  80  5  197  ILLFANG PACT (254)         DULLENS
 MYMID EL NAIMIS 7-4420      56  23  1  197  THE DANGER DOGS (959)      BONSUR
 ELRORAN 12-4386             42  31  2  196  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 BLADE RUNNER # 33-4544      83  60  4  195  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 NORTHERN LIGHTS 19-3182     61  30  1  195  SADISTS II (954)           ZUWAYZA
 MIMR 82-3783                46  36  2  195  SOL  INVICTUS (919)        DWES EG
 TYVIN 60-5382               44  37  1  195  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 STEEL CLOTH 56-1745         97 104  3  194  PITT GLADIATORS (180)      ROCANIS
 MR. TESTOSTERONE 70-1744    41  54  4  194  BALLROOM BLITZ (399)       SENTERN
 MADBULL 13-4198             50  80  1  192  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 HINDENBIRD 49-1277          38  22  0  192  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 LORD GALRON 33-5450         22  12  3  192  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 FERRET INFERNO 49-361       40  32  2  191  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 HOUSE MOUSE 55-221         108 171  2  190  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 GNU WORLD ORDER 16-3948     61  58  3  190  HELPLESS ANIMALS (56)      WILLAF
-DUBIJN 64-4092              36  10  0  190  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            37  58  0  189  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 MORROLAN 7-4400             36  42  2  189  DEATHSGATE (977)           BONSUR
 AZREAL ELS III 4-4482       26  16  2  189  EASTERN HORDE (975)        JHELUM
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         82 118  1  188  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 DARK OMEGA 21-4983          41  41  0  188  LORDS OF SHADOWS (963)     SUNSET
 KOOSH BALL 71-3536          36  26  0  187  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR
-MALICE 15-3729              34  29  0  186  MISCELLANEA (712)          MALCORN
 BANKRUPT 71-3786            40  16  0  184  SHADOW GOLD (987)          KYR'TERR

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-TITAN 21-5070               35  23  1  179  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 BLACK ANDARUS 71-3783       20  11  0  179  SHADOW MOD (986)           KYR'TERR

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RED BARON 33-1092           32  28  3  177  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 ANTHRAXUS 33-5723           26  19  1  177  DEATH HORDE (952)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 MOONRACER 50-3206           34  32  1  176  MISFIT TOYS (921)          SNOWBOUND
 SCOURGE 74-2857             25  19  1  176  DARK ANGELS (989)          DAIYLA KIV
-THE BIG MEOW 21-5307        22   3  0  175  MEOW MIX (978)             SUNSET
-MELTDOWN 32-3836            25   4  0  174  WOLF PACK II (968)         ARVAT
 CHAOS LICH 15-4132          39  27  0  173  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 PINE SCENTED WONDE 14-3682  31   9  1  173  UNKNOWNS XIX (953)         TOBIR
 SHEA MAGEBORN 75-2273       29  26  0  173  SHADOWCIRCLE (991)         JADE MOUNTAIN
 KELOS 55-30                 53  79  3  166  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
-CATATONIC 9-4649            29  16  0  165  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 JULIUS 64-3641              66  75  2  164  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 TESEN 12-4211               38  38  1  164  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 TESSERACK 33-6641           29  11  0  158  SHADOW X (980)             NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 D 82-44                     23  12  0  158  EASTERN HORDE 4 (992)      DWES EG
 ZENAR 12-4043               25  19  1  155  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 LIMA BEAN FLAMBE 70-3118    29  21  0  152  HEAVE HO! (926)            SENTERN
 NIGHTIE KNIGHT 12-4731      42  28  1  151  LOBOTOMATION (961)         RIZTAB

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ULTIMATE FURY 12-5020       27  14  2  150  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
-LORD LIGHTNING 33-2856      27  19  1  144  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 POINTY 16-4427              35  23  0  142  HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (1000)  WILLAF
 REDFOX 13-4197              42  60  0  141  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 CRYPT KEEPER 15-4146        32  22  1  138  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 LORD REDMOND 12-4109        31  18  1  138  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
-SAMOO 37-4630               21  12  1  138  DARKENED PRIDE (998)       SIBIKHAS
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968         99 154  3  133  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 HERMES 58-6016              19   8  0  131  MYTHICAL (779)             DELARQ TOR
-JOSEPHUS 12-4111            18   7  0  125  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      20  14  0  122  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543     57  86  2  120  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SAMPSA 31-4233              22   6  2  119  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 MILA 55-29                  50  87  0  116  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 ARTEMISIA 12-5096           31  30  0  111  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
-SNOOPY 33-970               27  19  3  108  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SWEET CHASTITY 35-504       35  27  1  102  22 ACACIA AVENUE (29)      MURSKA

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      26  29  0  100  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 VENRIC 60-5709              22  21  0   96  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 ON MY WAY 61-3154           15   3  0   94  SADISTS F2F (1020)         JURINE
-THE MADNESS 21-5214         27  10  1   91  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 RAVEN 71-3435               17  20  0   91  2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)   KYR'TERR

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-LORD K 33-6281              15   8  2   81  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 AGRO 29-4314                23  29  1   80  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 SANDY 22-5829               23  14  1   79  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
 BRANGUS 16-4162             24  35  1   78  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
-LORD ARYN 33-5862           24  15  1   77  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SUE 22-5828                 20  16  0   77  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
-HEDGEWICK 12-4355           19  19  1   75  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 GRAHAM 29-4318              27  22  0   70  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
-PSYCHOSIS 9-4650            12   2  1   70  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 JOELEAN 97-903              12  14  4   67  IVER'S GIRLS (971)         SHADOW GROVE
-BABBS BUNNY 31-2751         23  17  0   65  LOONY TOONS (1021)         CHIMLEVTAL
-LADY QUINITH 33-5939        16  11  0   65  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 LOPING WOLF 56-1796         52  94  0   63  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-LADY SUPERIOR 33-5899       14   6  1   59  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 DIRT KNAP 15-4418           20   4  2   57  UNKNOWNS XX (1019)         MALCORN
-LORD HAMMER 33-5920         18  19  1   54  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 CHIM CHIM 12-4742           19  15  0   52  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CENTURION 71-3432           16  12  1   52  2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)   KYR'TERR
-THE WRATH OF DOG 12-5103    13   8  1   50  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 BEER 71-3539                18  21  0   42  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
CHAOS LICH 15-4132         39  27  0 GRAVEYARD GLORY 936    HAYSEED X-IV 82-6120   360

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Venric -- No, you are not allowed to dedicate a victory to your manager.  You have to
dedicate it to one of the gods, or to Lady Greywand.  Sorry, but that is the rule. --
Loping Wolf

     That is practically blastforme!  To say Lady Greywand with the gods, in the same
     sentence and all.  I mean, gosh!

Party-s Over -- No wonder the party is over.  Get a gender, kiddo.  I understand
there is a gender attachment warehouse down by the docks in Talahya. -- Royland

     Is this gender horrishment?

Ultimate Fury -- Don't forget to tell your manager to change your train.  And to give
you a weapon.  You're not as good at fisticuffs as you think, laddie. -- Lump o' Gore
P.S.  Wait, is there an open-hand contest going on?  (checking the newsletter)...
Not that I can see.  Then you should get yourself a weapon, my friend.

Tryurluck -- Yes, well, that wasn't very difficult, was it? -- Kelos

Centurion -- Aha!  I won!  I was the only one who won!  Woo hoo!  Drinks on me!  And
you're more than welcome for the skills! -- Mila

Sylvester -- I think regardless of our actions on the sands and occasional barbed
ads, our rivalry on the sands is not mean spirited.  I do enjoy your continual
testing of my warriors despite the lopsided record in your favor.  I have no
intention of refraining from challenging you when I think I have the advantage and
realize you will seek to retaliate, which is why I am constantly avoiding your
attempts at arranging fights favorable to you. -- Rillion

Brangus -- The winged sandals are not an elf thing, they are just a really cool
fashion statement. -- Hermes

     But they tickle when you're walking along and they flutter.

Kelos -- My training regime will be changed as soon as I find out if I am going to be
inducted to Primus or not.  No sense rushing off to Primus if I can get one more
Eligibles tourney in before I go. -- Milquetoast

Sethra Lavode -- Swinging back has never been much of a problem for me, just
defending against your ability to attack.  I'm not your typical TP.  I was moderately
surprised to see you take that kind of beating and keep going on to win--helluva
fight and congrats.  We'll have to dance again sometime. -- Melkor

Milquetoast -- Ouch, impressive.  I've never been owned that badly before, not even
by Cosmic Hammer.  Well done. -- Melkor

Severus Snape -- Good fight, and congrats.  We'll have to do that again. -- DW

All -- Well 4-6 was a little bit of a set back and Rillion moved up as well!  Ok,
time to get some wins, boys and girls! -- Shadowgate

Steve Dallas -- Fluke!  I had you there!  Stupid broken weapon!  I was pounding on
you even with my bare hands!  I will pay you back for that defeat! -- Sethra Lavode

Snap Crack Pup -- Take that, you hell hound! -- White Knight

Joppa Clubfist -- Well, you showed me! -- Shea Mageborn

E.A. Polecat -- Ouch!  Ok mister, this means war! -- Mymid El Naimis

Dr. Scum -- You're not!  You seem to be able to actually fight better than I do!
That sure isn't the scum's way...at least I don't profess to be one! -- Bankrupt

Mimr -- As always, you triumph.  I can only hope that Madbull doesn't attempt to do
you some unsanctioned injury outside the arena. -- Redfox

Artemisia -- Fair lady, I rejoice, in so far as my condition permits, that my last
match here was against you. -- Redfox, retiring
P.S.  Four play?

     Bridge?

Gnu World Order -- I'd like to say I gnew I would win that, but I didn't.  Good
fight, if you like fights.  I'm getting a little burned out on them myself. -- Raven
Eyes

Northern Lights -- Practically blinding you were.  Next time, YOU can face north. --
Moonjumper

     That's the way lights are right before the bulbs burn out.

The Madness -- You are indeed INSANE, beast-wench, to think that you can defeat one
of the True Blood so easily.  Oh yes, it APPEARED so, but appearances can be sadly
deceiving. -- Brangus

Woundwort -- I'll be waiting for you, as soon as I slip into something more
comfortable. -- Raven Eyes

Groggy Doggy -- How have you avoided induction for so long? -- Woundwort

     Attacking the mailman before he can deliver the notice.  It's, you know, a dog
     thing.

Madbull -- I'm gonna miss all your rampaging, if indeed you go inactive. -- Mimr

Touch My Monk Eh? -- I like your ability to hang tough, stay focused and turn the
fight around. -- Beag Magda

Red Fox -- If you go inactive, I don't know who I can try my experimental strategies
on. -- Artemisia

Hedgewick -- Throwing fights? -- Sampsa

     Where?  Not on the sidewalk?  That would be littering.

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to

take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PARANOIA viciously subdued GNU WORLD ORDER in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
SETHRA LAVODE demolished NORTHERN LIGHTS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
DREAM WARRIOR defeated SEVERUS SNAPE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge duel.
BANKRUPT was overpowered by TRY ME NOW in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
NEMESIS vanquished GROGGY DOGGY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
PARTY'S OVER was handily defeated by STEVE DALLAS in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
MILQUETOAST viciously subdued E.A.POLECAT in a popular 2 minute Challenge duel.
WHITE KNIGHT won victory over MOJO-JOJO in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
MIMR was defeated by RAVEN EYES in a 2 minute Challenge match.
TRASH QUAM slimly won victory over TYVIN in a popular 3 minute brutal Challenge bout.
BLACK ANDARUS was demolished by ROYLAND in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
FERRET INFERNO was demolished by DR. SCUM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
WOUNDWORT viciously subdued LUMP O'GORE in a action packed 2 minute Challenge fight.
BEAG MAGDA devastated MR. TESTOSTERONE in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
ANTHRAXUS was devastated by LADY EMILY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
MELKOR subdued PANIC ATTACK in a exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
MYMID EL NAIMIS was beaten by RILLION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge fight.
ROCK A BYE bested LORD LIGHTSPEED in a popular 4 minute Challenge contest.
RED BARON overpowered LIMA BEAN FLAMBE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
D was overpowered by FUNNY BUNNY in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fray.
MORROLAN slimly won victory over MOONRACER in a popular 2 minute Challenge contest.
LORD REDMOND was narrowly defeated by NIGHTIE KNIGHT in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
POINTY viciously subdued FRAIL WHALE in a popular 4 minute gruesome Challenge match.
PINE SCENTED WONDER overpowered ULTIMATE FURY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
VENRIC vanquished BEER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR viciously subdued ARTEMISIA in a 3 minute Challenge bout.
SUE beat JOELEAN in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
CHIM CHIM was overpowered by SANDY in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
STEEL CLOTH was overpowered by TRYURLUCK in a popular 1 minute gory one-sided match.
VALKYRIE beat HATHU in a 2 minute bout.
TOUCH MY MONK, EH? beat SMUG BUG in a 2 minute fray.
BLACKMYTH demolished MADBULL in a popular 1 minute uneven contest.
AZREAL ELS III was bested by NEBUCHADNEZZER in a 2 minute battle.
BLADE RUNNER # was subdued by SNAP CRACKLE PUP in a exciting 3 minute struggle.
SHEA MAGEBORN was overpowered by ELRORAN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
LORD GALRON vanquished JULIUS in a action packed 1 minute one-sided bout.
KOOSH BALL was savagely defeated by MOONJUMPER in a exciting 3 minute competition.
HINDENBIRD was vanquished by CREED in a exciting 1 minute one-sided match.
KELOS was vanquished by DARK OMEGA in a exciting 1 minute mismatched duel.
HOUSE MOUSE was handily defeated by HEL in a popular 1 minute mismatched duel.
XERXES devastated TESEN in a action packed 1 minute mismatched match.
CHAOS LICH was easily killed by HAYSEED X-IV in a popular 1 minute one-sided match.
TESSERACK subdued MILA in a action packed 1 minute fight.
SCOURGE beat SAMPSA in a action packed 1 minute bout.
REDFOX overpowered SUPERIOR FORCES in a exciting 1 minute uneven competition.
HERMES subdued LORD FIREFLASH in a exciting 1 minute conflict.
CRYPT KEEPER was subdued by ZENAR in a popular 3 minute gory battle.
SWEET CHASTITY overcame BRANGUS in a crowd pleasing 2 minute contest.
GRAHAM was overpowered by ON MY WAY in a exciting 2 minute bloody one-sided struggle.
RAVEN overpowered DIRT KNAP in a exciting 1 minute one-sided brawl.
CENTURION slimly lost to AGRO in a popular 4 minute gory brawl.
LOPING WOLF lost to LUCIFREYJA in a popular 2 minute struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  31         LUNGING ATTACK   199 - 165 -  5      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   13         PARRY-RIPOSTE     18 -  16 -  0      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 12         PARRY-LUNGE       56 -  53 -  0      51  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 11         AIMED BLOW        47 -  46 -  0      51  |
|AIMED BLOW                      10         TOTAL PARRY       37 -  38 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                     10         WALL OF STEEL     72 -  76 -  2      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         STRIKING ATTACK   54 -  60 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         SLASHING ATTACK   66 -  79 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      19 -  25 -  0      43  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  14 -  0      42  |

Turn 360 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:

PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  5         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      8 -  5     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  9         3  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  5     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK    18 - 13                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         5 -  5                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        5 -  5                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   NEMESIS 4-5115             51   8  0  343 CHAMPIONS (956)
WALL OF STEEL    STEVE DALLAS 33-5314       69  32  0  292 BLOOM COUNTY (840)
TOTAL PARRY      DR. SCUM 15-1968           50  46  2  264 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)
PARRY-LUNGE      TOUCH MY MONK, EH 12-5112  33  21  0  236 ESTIMATED PROPHETS (999)
STRIKING ATTACK  RAVEN EYES 12-2709         64  81  0  230 SWEET MAGIC (717)
AIMED BLOW       VALKYRIE 17-5544           75  49  0  223 ARCTIC GUARDS (888)
PARRY-STRIKE     SNAP CRACKLE PUP 49-738    40  35  1  215 PETS ON FIRE (1001)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRYURLUCK 61-1029          50  38  1  214 BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)
BASHING ATTACK   FERRET INFERNO 49-361      40  32  2  191 PETS ON FIRE (1001)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    POINTY 16-4427             35  23  0  142 HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (1000)

The overall popularity leader is GROGGY DOGGY 55-223.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PARANOIA 9-4557.  The ten other most popular fighters were MILQUETOAST 
33-5313, AGRO 29-4314, BLADE RUNNER # 33-4544, MOONJUMPER 16-3062, TRY ME NOW 61-846, 
WOUNDWORT 12-4228, POINTY 16-4427, CRYPT KEEPER 15-4146, TRASH QUAM 19-3751, and 
ZENAR 12-4043.

The least popular fighter this week was CHIM CHIM 12-4742.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JOELEAN 97-903, BEER 71-3539, D 82-44, GRAHAM 29-4318, LORD 
FIREFLASH 33-2966, SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543, SAMPSA 31-4233, MILA 55-29, TESEN 
12-4211, and HOUSE MOUSE 55-221.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
JHELUM(4)            1  1 0  SUNSET(21)           1  0 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       2  0 0  
BONSUR(7)            1  1 0  SOLVEN(22)           3  0 0  ARADI(60)            1  1 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  LAPUR(29)            1  1 0  JURINE(61)           3  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  KURUKAR(64)          1  1 0  
RIZTAB(12)           7  6 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  7  5 0  BARIKALA(67)         1  0 0  
DULLENS(13)          2  2 0  MURSKA(35)           1  0 0  SENTERN(70)          0  2 0  
TOBIR(14)            1  0 0  JHANS(36)            1  0 0  KYR'TERR(71)         2  5 0  
MALCORN(15)          2  4 0  CAER(48)             1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       1  0 0  
WILLAF(16)           2  2 0  VITHICAR(49)         1  2 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    0  2 0  
ALJAFIR(17)          1  0 0  SNOWBOUND(50)        0  1 0  DWES EG(82)          2  2 1  
TALCAMA(18)          0  1 0  KHALANI(55)          1  6 0  SHADOW GROVE(97)     0  1 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          1  1 0  ROCANIS(56)          1  2 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NEMESIS 4-5115              51   8  0  343  CHAMPIONS (956)            JHELUM
 MYMID EL NAIMIS 7-4420      56  23  1  197  THE DANGER DOGS (959)      BONSUR
 PARANOIA 9-4557             17   4  1  202  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 BLACKMYTH 11-4018           54  31  0  240  SHADOWS (960)              ARUAK CITY
 TOUCH MY MONK, EH? 12-5112  33  21  0  236  ESTIMATED PROPHETS (999)   RIZTAB
 MELKOR 13-1821              35  14  0  210  SILMARILLIAD (146)         DULLENS
 PINE SCENTED WONDE 14-3682  31   9  1  173  UNKNOWNS XIX (953)         TOBIR
 DR. SCUM 15-1968            50  46  2  264  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          56  89  1  206  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 VALKYRIE 17-5544            75  49  0  223  ARCTIC GUARDS (888)        ALJAFIR
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       33  23  0  203  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
 TRASH QUAM 19-3751          30  23  2  208  EASTERN HORDE 3 (899)      ZUWAYZA
 DARK OMEGA 21-4983          41  41  0  188  LORDS OF SHADOWS (963)     SUNSET
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      20  14  0  122  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 AGRO 29-4314                23  29  1   80  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 SAMPSA 31-4233              22   6  2  119  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 STEVE DALLAS 33-5314        69  32  0  292  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SWEET CHASTITY 35-504       35  27  1  102  22 ACACIA AVENUE (29)      MURSKA
 RILLION 36-5545             32  15  1  225  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 DREAM WARRIOR 48-1040       43  17  0  213  NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (981)    CAER
 SNAP CRACKLE PUP 49-738     40  35  1  215  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 MOONRACER 50-3206           34  32  1  176  MISFIT TOYS (921)          SNOWBOUND
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        113 171  0  201  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 ROYLAND 56-3380             57  43  0  203  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 WHITE KNIGHT 58-5971        60  43  2  254  CRUSADE (894)              DELARQ TOR
 TYVIN 60-5382               44  37  1  195  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 TRY ME NOW 61-846           55  48  1  218  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 CREED 64-3997               67  44  0  216  GROOVE MERCHANTS (800)     KURUKAR
 XERXES 67-2429              43  35  2  204  MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE (915)  BARIKALA
 MR. TESTOSTERONE 70-1744    41  54  4  194  BALLROOM BLITZ (399)       SENTERN
 SETHRA LAVODE 71-4060       24   3  0  233  CASTLE BLACK (988)         KYR'TERR
 SCOURGE 74-2857             25  19  1  176  DARK ANGELS (989)          DAIYLA KIV
 PARTY'S OVER 75-2179        37  31  0  202  EASTERN HORDE (990)        JADE MOUNTAIN
 HEL 82-14331                30  28  0  210  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
 JOELEAN 97-903              12  14  4   67  IVER'S GIRLS (971)         SHADOW GROVE