ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 10/30/2003    Duedate: 11/12/2003

FREE BLADES

DM-103    TURN-362

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 MEOW MIX 21/978       160   56  3 74.1      ARCTIC GUARDS 82/944                  
    DARKENED PRIDE 37/998                       MISFIT TOYS 50/921                    
    BLACKEST PRIDE 21/842                       STUFF I BROUGHT 71/918                
    DARKENED PRIDE 19/890                       2ND ARCTIC GUARDS 71/1013             
  2 UNKNOWNS XX 15/1019     5    2  0 71.4   12-DEATH HORDE 33/952    194  176  8 52.4
  3 SADISTS II 19/954      10    6  0 62.5      EASTERN HORDE 4/975                   
    SADISTS F2F 61/1020                         EASTERN HORDE 4 82/992                
    UNKNOWNS XIX 14/953                         EASTERN HORDE 75/990                  
  4 DSM4 9/461            471  290  7 61.9      EASTERN HORDE 33/813                  
    PROJECT HAYSEED 82/973                      EASTERN HORDE 3 19/899                
    DARK ANGELS 74/989                          EASTERN HORDE 12/777                  
    GROOVE MERCHANTS 64/800                  13 LOBOTOMATION 12/961    44   41  0 51.8
    HEAVE HO! 70/926                            HELPLESS ANIMALS 16/56                
    BLADES OF WONDER 22/1002                    CRADLE OF FILTH 43/966                
  5 SILMARILLIAD 13/146    26   17  0 60.5   14 LUROCIANS IV 12/865    84   81  2 50.9
    NIGHT'S GUARDIANS 48/981                    LUROCIANS II 33/775                   
  6 PITT GLADIATO 56/180 1270  846 17 60.0   15 IVER'S GIRLS 97/971   221  242  1 47.7
    PITT GLADIATORS 103/567                  16 GRAVEYARD GLO 15/936  126  142  0 47.0
  7-HALL OF GIANT 12/885  321  226  9 58.7      MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE 67/915            
    HEART OF DARKNESS 64/896                 17 DARKMOON 12/911        93  105  1 47.0
  8-PETS ON FIRE 49/1001   37   27  0 57.8      SOL INVICTUS 31/974                   
    HOMERIC MMMMMMS... 16/1000                  SOL  INVICTUS 82/919                  
    22 ACACIA AVENUE 35/29                   18 BLOOD KNIGHTS 61/284  229  267  9 46.2
    ESTIMATED PROPHETS 12/999                19 BALLROOM BLIT 70/399  111  145  2 43.4
  9 SHADOWS 11/960        123  102  3 54.7      DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q 15/263                
    CASTLE BLACK 71/988                         DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO 33/884            
    CHAMPIONS 4/956                          20 THE HASTINGS 97/1010   10   14  0 41.7
    CRUSADE 58/894                              HELTER SKELTER 36/1004                
    SHADOW GOLD 71/987                          ALABAMA RADIO 70/778                  
    THE DANGER DOGS 7/959                    21 RHYME TYME 55/397     116  166  0 41.1
    SHADOW X 33/980                          22 UNDER DURESS 64/743   669  963  9 41.0
    SHADOW MOD 71/986                           DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY 33/764           
    SHADOWCIRCLE 75/991                      23 REDHORSE 56/823       178  284  2 38.5
    LORDS OF SHADOWS 21/963                     ILLFANG PACT 13/254                   
    DEATHSGATE 7/977                            ROCANIS RIDERS 55/285                 
 10 MYTHICAL 58/779       425  356  6 54.4   24 CROC FILES 29/951      24   43  0 35.8
    HOUSE SLYTHERIN 18/947                      WOMEN OF REALITY 22/1014              
    BLOOM COUNTY 33/840                      25 SWEET MAGIC 12/717    364  834  4 30.4
    THE CHADS 36/946                            CARDOW HUNTERS 13/761                 
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 12/838                   PUNNY AMINALS 16/708                  
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 60/900                 HOMICIDAL MANIACS 1/1022              
 11 STORM FRONT 4/976     174  155  1 52.9   26 WENSINWASIN 43/1023     0    1  0  0.0
    ARCTIC GUARDS 17/888                  

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #71 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Riztab:

     "There was something out there," Tillouisa whispered, squinting into the moonlit
distance.  "I SAW it moving across the water."
     "Somebody night-fishing in a rowboat," Song of Summer said in a normal voice.
"Everything isn't monsters, Til."
     "Ha!  That just shows how much YOU know."  Tillouisa abandoned her whisper and
scowled at her teammate triumphantly.  "I've SEEN monsters, Summer.  I know what I'm
talking about.  There are ALWAYS monsters around water--"
     "In the Shagornan Desert, maybe, but--"
     "Everywhere!  Water's tricky, Summer.  You can't TRUST it," the Rirorni woman
stated positively.
     Before Song of Summer could reply to that, a cry floated to them from the dark
lake.  Not a human cry, nor the call of any nightbird that either woman had heard
before.  There was a little of the wolf howling in it, but what wolf would be in the
middle of miles of water?  And even the howl of a wolf did not chill the blood quite
so effectively.
     After a moment, Song of Summer swallowed twice and said, "It might not be a
monster even so."  She didn't sound like she believed that.  "It might be...just some
strange creature out there."
     There was another cry from the lake, this time all too human, shrill with terror
and despair.  Splashes accompanied it.
     "I guess there was a night-fisherman out there, after all," Tillouisa noted.
     "You don't have to sound so cheerful about it!  That poor man probably died
horribly."
     "He would've heard the rumors of monsters same as we did," Tillouisa said,
shrugging.  "If he chose to risk the lake anyway, well, what did he expect?"  She
turned away from the waterfront.
     "I don't suppose there's anything we could do to help him?"
     "I don't suppose so.  He's probably dead by now.  Come on."  Tillouisa grabbed
her teammate's arm and started towing her back up the sloping street.
     "Where are we going?"
     "Around this block of buildings.  They're all collapsed, and we couldn't get
through them.  I want to check out the old records building now while the monster's
out on the lake."
     "Til!  You're INSANE!  We don't know there's only ONE monster."
     "We can find out, then."

Malcorn:

     "It looks like somebody laid a plate, or a shield, or, I dunno, a cartwheel or
something on the field," Blacklock said doubtfully.
     "If plates, shields, or cartwheels came twenty feet across, yes, it surely
does," Birdsong agreed.
     Blacklock moved to study the circle of flattened grain--which was to have been
cut today--from another angle.  Not that there was anything different to see.
Perfectly circular, perfectly flat.  "It'd be hard to cut grain that's been trampled
down like that, wouldn't it?"
     "Yeah, really hard--like impossible, and that's a lot of grain.  It isn't like
we've got so much to spare, you know."  Birdsong knelt and touched the smashed
stalks, drawing her hand back quickly.  "They're frozen!"
     "A twenty-foot cartwheel of ice?" Blacklock speculated doubtfully.  "Well,
anyway, it's too bad, but it happened.  What caused it, and what do we do about it?"
     "I don't know to both, but I think..." Birdsong stood and frowned at the ruined
grain.  "I think we tell Lord Malcorn."
     "Oh, SH-- uh, shoot!  You think he's been dabbling in magic and did this?"
     "Of course not!  Lord Malcorn isn't careless or destructive," Birdsong stated
positively.  "But he'll know what to do."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Lord Malcorn, Blackie in more informal situations, was staring at another circle
of smashed crops.  Hay, this time, and a couple of rabbits who had been so unlucky as
to be inside the circle when disaster fell.  He knew, in a general sense, what had
caused it--when he had loosed the Dregur from the Silent Place, other things had
escaped also.  From the Silent Place, and from other restraints elsewhere.  He didn't
know exactly which "other things" had caused this, but he was sure that the ultimate
blame attached to him.  That was the trouble with taking drastic measures to counter
drastic problems.  You never knew what secondary effects might occur.  Or what kind
of measures would be required to deal with the secondary problems, and what tertiary
problems might arise from THAT.  He could spend the rest of his life cleaning up
after the results of releasing the Dregur....  But then, he could have spent the rest
of his life cleaning up after the invaders, too.
     He sighed and turned to the farmer.  "Keep your livestock and your workers out
of the fields," he directed.  "There may be more of these, and it will require a
complicated bit of work to put a stop to it."

Warriors and managers of the Free Cities, your participation in these events is
invited.  An email to Livia@reality.com or a personal is all it takes. -- the Scribe

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #66 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Shania slipped out of the room and shut the door behind her.  She wished there
was a way to lock it but had found no key in her captured robe, and there wasn't time
to search farther.  She had to get away from this room, out of the building if
possible, before the hunt started.
     The hall was narrow and poorly lighted, of some kind of rough, dark stone that
seemed to absorb what little light there was.  It stretched away into darkness in
both directions; she was irresistibly reminded of the passages backstage at a
theater, or the servants' stairs and halls in a great mansion.  She touched the wall
opposite her with the tips of her fingers, hoping to get a general feeling for the
layout and an idea which way she needed to go to find the exit.  And reeled as a
blueprint of the building crystallized in her mind.  Not only the present building,
but its past, and all the stages of construction and modification that had affected
it in the course of centuries.  She snatched her hand away from the wall and tried to
steady her breathing.
     After a moment, Shania looked at the floor plans in her mind and sorted through
them for the current information.  Later, at her leisure, she could wonder why her
talent for knowing had over-reacted so.  For now, the exit.  And it was...that way.
She turned to the right and hurried along the narrow hallway, bare feet silent on the
stones.
     The building itself was silent.  She heard no other footsteps, no voices.  It
might have been deserted, for all her senses could tell her.  But she didn't think it
was.
     The hall ended in a small room, a sort of lobby, with more passages going off in
different directions.  The map in her mind said that the left-hand passage would take
her out most quickly, but as she turned in that direction, she heard a muffled slam
and the murmur of a voice in that direction.  Damn.  She would fight if she had to,
but the longer her escape went undiscovered, the farther away she could get.  The map
indicated that if she went straight ahead and then to the right immediately, there
would be a stairway down, which connected with some kind of tunnels under the city.
Sewers, she guessed with a grimace.  But a second voice answered the first down the
passage to the left, and there were movement sounds that could be several people.
     She went straight across the room and looked for the stairs that turned off to
the right.  Nothing.  Blank wall.  But the plans clearly indicated--  Oh, damn.
Hidden doorway.  She didn't have TIME for--  She laid her hand against the wall,
braced for the rush of images, but this time, perhaps because she was prepared, it
was orderly.  The stair had been there, was there, but it had been closed over...
sixty years ago, more or less.  Someone had wanted a secret entrance and exit.  There
was a pressure point...there.  She pressed.
     There was a moment when nothing happened, and her hand went to the dagger in her
sleeve as the voices in the other hall came closer.  Then a stone that rose from the
floor to the level of her waist moved away, giving an opening barely big enough for
her to slip through.  Just in time she remembered that the other side was a stairway
and felt for the first step down.  Okay.  And push the doorway closed...yes, it went
back into position easily and silently.
     The stairwell was pitch dark, but there was nowhere to go but down.  Maybe when
she got to...somewhere, she would try a simple light spell.  No telling how it might
come out, but...later.  Moving carefully, she felt her way down the stairs.  They
were old, worn, and damp in spots.  Tricky footing.  For the moment, being barefoot
was an advantage.  Except that sometimes the moisture underfoot was slimy, squishy,
sometimes it even seemed to move.  Perhaps it was just as well she couldn't see what
she was stepping on.  She kept the fingers of one hand on the wall at her side for
guidance but resolutely did not invoke Knowing.  A little at a time was plenty.
     The moisture in the air and on the stones increased, and she heard the low
mutter of running water.  Not as much of a smell as she'd feared, so perhaps this
wasn't sewers.  Drains--storm drains?  Did it rain a lot here, wherever 'here' was?
An arched opening below her was faintly visible, slightly less dark than the utter
blackness in this descending stairwell.  No sounds of people that she could hear over
the water, so perhaps the light came from some distant opening to the surface.  She
certainly hoped there was an opening to the surface, and well away from the building
where she'd been held.
     The archway at the bottom of the stair opened into a much larger passage, itself
arched and about six feet wide by nine high at the highest point.  The light was so
dim that if she hadn't already been adapted to total blackness, she would have
claimed there was no light at all here.  Water flowed in a channel down the three-
foot-wide center of the floor; she couldn't tell how deep it was.  Except for the
sound of the water, it was utterly silent.
     Shania judged she could risk mage-light here, if it wasn't too bright, and
concentrated briefly to summon it.  A will-o-wisp of golden light bloomed and danced
in the air in front of her, filling the tunnel with soft radiance.  She looked around
curiously.  It was definitely a man-made passage, but either the masons had known 
some art that surpassed that of any she had ever seen, or the tunnel was so old that
time and running water had smoothed all toolmarks from the stones and laid a layer of
mineral deposits over all, hiding whatever joints there might be.
     Her guess was that the smooth, seamless appearance was due to age.  If she
touched the walls in order to Know the layout of the tunnels, how many centuries of
changes would she have to sort through?  Well, it had to be done, if she didn't want
to stand here forever.  That would make a surprising sight for any later visitors!
     Her fingers brushed against the damp stone.  There was a rush of images, but
she'd been expecting that and was not overwhelmed this time.  And despite the great
age of the tunnels, there had been few changes, and those mostly the result of
collapse, not rebuilding.  The tunnels, she now saw, formed a drainage web under a
city....  Ah, but not this city, not originally.  A much older city, laid out
differently for the most part.  Odd, that--usually a new city followed the plan of an
older one, unless some devastation had completely leveled--  Ah, it had.  Well, that
was not her problem.  Draining stormwater to a river and to the sea.  What she needed
was a place where she could safely climb out.  Her mind searched quickly through the
web.  Many of the original exits had been covered by the new construction, others
were only drains, too small to pass even a child.  But there must be some other
human-sized exit than the one she'd come in by, or there would be no point to that
one!  She could, of course, go all the way down to the shore and trust to luck in
getting out unseen there, but not if there was an alternative.  Hmm, there was a
blurred area, quite near the shore.  An effort to clarify the image brought no
result.  What could stop her probe?  Intrigued, she set off in that direction.
     There seemed to be no time in these tunnels, but Shania felt that she'd been
walking for...an hour, perhaps.  Maybe longer.  There was no change in what she saw:
the main tunnel that she had first entered, sometimes a side tunnel, smaller, opening
into it at shoulder height, often with a trickle of water spilling over the lip and
down into the main channel.  The system as a whole was sloping steadily downward.
Sometimes a breeze from ahead brought a smell of the shore, seaweed and mud and maybe
some dead fish.
     When she reached the area that had been blurred to her Knowing, she was almost
surprised to see that it was clear before her physical eyes.  Some kind of magical
shield, then?  If, by any chance, it was maintained by a non-enemy, that could be
exactly what she needed.  She began to peer up each side tunnel in search of an exit.
     In the end, it was easy to find.  One of the side tunnels, instead of opening
flat in the wall, came down from a higher level in a staircase.  Water ran down it in
a fuller stream than most tributaries had been.  That would make the steps slippery,
but she was prepared to crawl up them on her hands and knees if she had to.  She
hitched up her robe and began.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The fog made it impossible to see where they were going.  Which was the whole 
idea, because the warship that was intending to ram them couldn't see, either.  But
Jammies had this very clear image in his mind of their ship running flat into one of
the rocky islands that dotted this part of the sea.
     Vurand, trotting past him on some errand, whacked him upside the head, not very
lightly.  "Don't think of disaster.  Positive thoughts, dummy," he commanded.  "Even
I know that much about magic."
     Jammies jumped a little--the fog was so heavy he hadn't seen the orc coming.
"Right, positive thoughts," he muttered.  In his mental image, the ship and the rock
suddenly separated.  He thought the deck lurched under his feet and hoped that was
just his imagination.  He could hear shouts off in the fog, too far away to be any of
his comrades.  The warship, no doubt.  He hoped THEY crashed into an island!
Promptly on the thought came the sound of wood being smashed, and screams, but their
own ship kept moving forward smoothly.  The fog began to thin.  He looked around
almost fearfully.
     Their ship was passing between two of the tall rocky islands, through a space so
narrow that Jammies shivered to think of how close they must have come to disaster.
Off to the side, he could see through the mist that the warship had not been so
lucky.  It looked like it had run head-on into an island, and the front half of it
was nothing but firewood, the rear half still retaining something of its original
form.  There were men clinging to bits of wreckage and to the rocky fringes of the
island, and men floating in the water.  And some kind of fish with tall triangular
fringes circling around them, like wolves around a fallen horse.
     "Maybe we should pick up the survivors," Jammies suggested uneasily.  He felt
responsible for their plight.
     "You're nuts, boy!" Vurand snapped.  "Those are our ENEMIES.  Better they die
now so we don't have to fight 'em again later."
     "But...they're people!  They'll drown or get eaten by sharks or something,"
Jammies protested.
     "No," Vurand told him gravely.  "You've got it to learn, boy--those are enemies.
Enemies aren't people, or it'd be too hard to kill 'em.  You can't think about a man
maybe having a wife and kids and still fight to kill.  So he's not 'people'.  If you
find that hard, just think about it from the other side.  THEY wouldn't hesitate to
kill YOU, so you must not be 'people' to them.  Turnabout is fair.  You understand
me?"
     When Jammies nodded, Vurand continued on toward the bow to see what kind of
problem Herlas and Rughal were having.  The Fratsfan mage was lying on the deck,
rigid, his eyes rolled back in his head and foam on his lips.
     "What's going on?" Vurand asked, squatting down on the other side of Herlas.
     Rughal didn't look all that good, he looked wrung out, but he was still alert,
still in business, so to speak.  "I don't know," Rughal growled.  Frustration snarled
in his voice.  "When we came out of the fog, he was like this."
     The magician's mouth moved.  "I am in a place called Zinaco-Lal."  The voice was
Shania's.  "I am in..." hesitation, "a Shrine of Hodan near the waterfront.  I do not
know how long I will be safe here--"  The voice broke off abruptly.
     Rughal grabbed Herlas by the shoulders and shook him hard.  "Don't stop!  Tell
us more," he demanded.
     The Fratsfan blinked twice, mumbled something that wasn't any words they could
understand, and went limp.

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

In the Far North:

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

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

Not Lirin Kiv:

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

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

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

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                           Reflections by the Lord-Marshall

Hail, Free Blades!

     Well, last turn was the eighth turn for me on the throne here!  Three to go!  :)
I have to commend Desecration on his attempt at taking the throne, but I am just a
bit more developed.  It does look like he may be prepping for Eligibles, as Sethra
Lavode is too.  No, that is one firebrand!  I wouldn't be betting against her!
Milquetoast, my apologies for my continuing to avoid you but Shadowgate says no way!
He allowed me to fight Explicit in my run as DM in 101 and it cut my run there to 11
turns, one short of a full split.  He says never again!  Dr. Scum gets my challenge
this turn.

                          -- Nemesis

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Golly, the scribes are all, like, totally worked up about the newsletter on 
account of having lots of spotlights, so I have to make this a short spy report.  
What if I don't want to?  I mean, I only get to speak to you guys just sometimes, 
only, you know, once in two weeks.  What if I have lots to say?  Do you think my spy 
reports are too long?  If you do, just, you know, say so.  I can take a hint.
     Here's this thing that an oriental wise man once said:  'Hiding behind shields 
prevents proper sun tanning.'  This is COMPLETELY true.  What you need is, you know, 
a lace umbrella for what they call 'filtered sun', so you won't get a sunburn before 
you get a tan.  Of course, if you already have a tan, you're all set.  Except today, 
because of there being a lot of SMOKE in the air.  That's worse even than clouds, 
because it catches your throat and makes you cough.  It comes from a forest burning 
somewhere.  At least, that's what I heard.

     But I guess I'd better say some fight stuff, because SHE is getting, you know, 
really bad tempered, um, I mean, SHE is Very Firm lately.  Blackest Pride was most 
avoided by Demons of Darkness.  We knew this.  It's what they do.
     Zenar from Demons of Darkness was most challenged, but I don't know how many 
challenges is most.
     We only had fifty fights!  We're, you know, slipping.  And twenty-five 
challenges, and four TVs (where did they all go?) but the rest are very good radio.  
FM.  And two standbys.  Nobody died.  The longest fight was only seven minutes, but 
there were two.

     SUNGOD DESIGNED ME (43-4270) (17-2-0,53) of WENSINWASIN fought DIRT KNAP (15-
4418) (21-4-2,64) of UNKNOWNS XX.  SUNGOD DESIGNED ME was devastated by DIRT KNAP in 
a 1 minute mismatched conflict.  He just said good-bye in Veastian this morning, and 
already he's here!
     LOPING WOLF (56-1796) (52-95-0,56) of REDHORSE fought BRANGUS (16-4162) (25-35-
1,86) of PUNNY AMINALS.  LOPING WOLF devastated BRANGUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight  
They do stuff like this all the time.  Why?
     CENTURION (71-3432) (17-12-1,66) of 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS fought AGRO (29-4314) (23-
30-1,69) of CROC FILES.  CENTURION narrowly defeated AGRO in an action packed 3 
minute bout.  And did you see?  Centurion has alligator boots.
     KELOS (55-30) (53-80-3,145) of ROCANIS RIDERS fought MAREI (103-37) (38-32-
2,150) of Some Other People.  KELOS demolished MAREI in a 1 minute mismatched 
contest.  AND raided her caravan.  Yes!  I saw the, you know, report in the spy 
reporters' office.  There's all kinds of stuff there sometimes.
     HERMES (58-6016) (19-9-0,126) of MYTHICAL fought MILA (55-29) (51-87-0,135) of 
ROCANIS RIDERS.  HERMES was bested by MILA in a 2 minute match.  This is, like, 
totally unfair.  Kind of like life.
     VENRIC (60-5709) (23-21-0,109) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 fought SUPERIOR FORCES 
(33-4543) (57-87-2,113) of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY.  VENRIC was demolished by SUPERIOR 
FORCES in a popular 1 minute mismatched battle.  There were two Superior Forces out 
there, did you see?  It was like a kind of mirror-age thingy.
     REDFOX (13-4197) (42-61-0,123) of CARDOW HUNTERS fought THE MADNESS (21-5214) 
(28-10-1,104) of BLACKEST PRIDE.  REDFOX was handily defeated by THE MADNESS in an 
exciting 1 minute mismatched contest.  Does this mean Redfox is mad now?  Or that he 
just isn't mad enough most of the time.  Or, you know, what does it mean?
     MOONRACER (50-3206) (34-33-1,180) of MISFIT TOYS fought TESEN (12-4211) (38-39-
1,165) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  MOONRACER demolished TESEN in a popular 1 minute one-
sided battle.  I was going to say I couldn't tell you about Tesen's secret life on 
account of Tesen being a golem and not having a secret life.  As if!  But that was 
before, you know, Moonracer.  I mean, people don't call Moonracer a misfit toy for 
nothing.
     RAVEN EYES (12-2709) (64-82-0,201) of SWEET MAGIC fought TITAN (21-5070) (35-24-
1,180) of BLACKEST PRIDE.  RAVEN EYES demolished TITAN in a 1 minute one-sided 
conflict.  Is this because of her being determined?
     MADBULL (13-4198) (50-81-1,185) of CARDOW HUNTERS fought JULIUS (64-3641) (66-
76-2,165) of UNDER DURESS.  MADBULL was handily defeated by JULIUS in an action 
packed 1 minute mismatched bout.  People do this all the time, and Madbull always 
acts like it was the first time it ever happened.  I've heard of, you know, "live in 
the present and don't hold onto the past," which a gooroo on the beach said once, but 
this is totally ridiculous.
     MORROLAN (7-4400) (37-42-2,195) of DEATHSGATE fought PANIC ATTACK (9-3624) (26-
14-1,203) of DSM4.  MORROLAN lost to PANIC ATTACK in a popular 1 minute bout.  It's 
very hard to win or, you know, do anything at all when a panic attack hits you.  
That's why I don't have them.
     FUNNY BUNNY (55-1862) (82-119-1,190) of RHYME TYME fought ARUNDA ROCKTROLL (103-
35) (60-40-2,190) of Some Other People.  FUNNY BUNNY demolished ARUNDA ROCKTROLL in 
an exciting 4 minute gory one-sided match.  But is Arunda really a troll?  That's 
what I want to know.
     GROGGY DOGGY (55-223) (113-172-0,197) of RHYME TYME fought XERXES (67-2429) (44-
35-2,206) of MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE.  GROGGY DOGGY was savagely defeated by XERXES in an 
action packed 1 minute competition.  And Groggy Doggy never even woke up all the way.
     GNU WORLD ORDER (16-3948) (62-58-3,208) of HELPLESS ANIMALS fought CREED (64-
3997) (67-45-0,196) of GROOVE MERCHANTS.  GNU WORLD ORDER was handily defeated by 
CREED in a popular 1 minute mismatched duel.  Creed wants an old order.  I like 
orders of chicken with, you know, fries and cold slaw.
     RILLION (36-5545) (32-16-1,196) of THE CHADS fought MOONJUMPER (16-3062) (56-90-
1,197) of PUNNY AMINALS.  RILLION was viciously subdued by MOONJUMPER in a crowd 
pleasing 2 minute brutal duel.  I didn't know Moonjumper was vicious.  This is new!  
Is she training her viciousness?  Everybody watch out!
     SEVERUS SNAPE (18-7146) (33-24-0,197) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN fought ALI GATOR (33-
5584) (27-35-1,175) of DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO.  SEVERUS SNAPE handily defeated ALI GATOR 
in a popular 2 minute brutal one-sided duel.  Of course.  Because of aligator boots 
being in style right now.  I mean, everybody's wearing them, even Galen.
     DARK OMEGA (21-4983) (41-42-0,189) of LORDS OF SHADOWS fought ROYLAND (56-3380) 
(57-44-0,194) of REDHORSE.  DARK OMEGA vanquished ROYLAND in an exciting 1 minute 
mismatched bout.  This is GOOD because Royland is vicious and, you know, savage and 
stuff.  Making up for when he lived in a city with his mother is what *I* think.  Now 
he always raids a caravan before breakfast.  Sometimes two.
     BLADE RUNNER # (33-4544) (84-60-4,203) of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY fought TYVIN (60-
5382) (45-37-1,201) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2.  BLADE RUNNER # savagely defeated TYVIN 
in a popular 1 minute gory duel.  Never run with a blade.  What if you fall down?  
You could hurt yourself.
     BEAG MAGDA (12-4380) (43-27-2,198) of DARKMOON fought STEEL CLOTH (56-1745) (97-
105-3,192) of PITT GLADIATORS.  BEAG MAGDA was subdued by STEEL CLOTH in a crowd 
pleasing 1 minute match.  Did you know that if you rub Steel Cloth's back, there are 
sparks?  Fact.  I saw it myself.
     MILQUETOAST (33-5313) (67-39-2,281) of BLOOM COUNTY fought WOUNDWORT (12-4228) 
(45-33-0,228) of DARKMOON.  MILQUETOAST devastated WOUNDWORT in a popular 1 minute 
uneven bout.  I really worry about, you know, Mikquetoast.  I mean, he's not very 
milquey, is he?  I think there's some kind of switch.  Or maybe it's the stuff the 
Rirorni drink, you know, fermented milk stuff.  (Ick.)
     LUMP O'GORE (13-1212) (88-80-5,215) of ILLFANG PACT fought KOOSH BALL (71-3536) 
(37-26-0,190) of STUFF I BROUGHT.  LUMP O'GORE savagely defeated KOOSH BALL in an 
exciting 4 minute brutal struggle.  What was exciting was when Koosh bounced off the 
arena wall and hit the arenamaster and he, I mean, the arenamaster, was really mad!
     NEBUCHADNEZZER (15-4097) (38-30-0,215) of GRAVEYARD GLORY fought HEL (82-14331) 
(31-28-0,224) of ARCTIC GUARDS.  NEBUCHADNEZZER overpowered HEL in a crowd pleasing 1 
minute gruesome one-sided fray.  There's some kind of summitary here, but I don't 
feel like looking for it because of the smoke.
     TRYURLUCK (61-1029) (51-38-1,224) of BLOOD KNIGHTS fought STEVE DALLAS (33-5314) 
(69-33-0,207) of BLOOM COUNTY.  TRYURLUCK was overpowered by STEVE DALLAS in a 2 
minute brutal one-sided fight.  Not JUST pizza, root beer floats, too.
     DREAM WARRIOR (48-1040) (44-17-0,224) of NIGHT'S GUARDIANS fought HAYSEED X-IV 
(82-6120) (20-9-2,213) of PROJECT HAYSEED.  DREAM WARRIOR handily defeated HAYSEED X-
IV in an exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.  That's the trouble with dreams.  You 
have to say, "whose dream?" you know?  Or was it a nightmare?  Stuff like that.
     WHITE KNIGHT (58-5971) (61-43-2,262) of CRUSADE fought TEMPEST (4-4503) (25-16-
1,202) of STORM FRONT.  WHITE KNIGHT was savagely defeated by TEMPEST in a popular 7 
minute gruesome fight.  This was one of the two longest fights, so I'm going to be 
short about it.  Also, one of the scribes is trying to get me to not say as much 
stuff.  Well, challenge matches are next, and maybe I won't say anything but up or 
down about them.  How about that?

     INNERVISION (15-4431) (18-4-0,68) of UNKNOWNS XX challenged SHADOW HAWK (71-
3038) (15-23-2,61) of 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS.  Down 7.  INNERVISION overpowered SHADOW 
HAWK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge competition.  Can Innervision see right THROUGH 
people?  I mean, I want to know about this.
     LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966) (26-30-0,81) of LUROCIANS II challenged BEER (71-3539) 
(18-22-0,40) of STUFF I BROUGHT.  Down lots, um, down 41.  LORD FIREFLASH handily 
defeated BEER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.  Almost every gladiator can defeat 
beer.  But it would be easier with an umbrella in it.
     SANDY (22-5829) (23-15-1,77) of WOMEN OF REALITY challenged RAVEN (71-3435) (17-
21-0,77) of 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS.  Straight across.  SANDY vanquished RAVEN in a 1 
minute uneven Challenge bout.
     SUE (22-5828) (20-17-0,72) of WOMEN OF REALITY challenged JOELEAN (97-903) (13-
14-4,90) of IVER'S GIRLS.  Up 18.  SUE was outlasted by JOELEAN in a 7 minute brutal 
Challenge bout.  This is our other longest fight.  I could've read a book during 
this, but I forgot to bring one with me.
     GRAHAM (29-4318) (28-22-0,87) of CROC FILES challenged ON MY WAY (61-3154) (15-
4-0,94) of SADISTS F2F.  Up 7.  GRAHAM was overpowered by ON MY WAY in a popular 1 
minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Alligator boots, you see?
     STUMP (70-7065) (27-8-2,129) of ALABAMA RADIO challenged SAMPSA (31-4233) (23-6-
2,134) of SOL INVICTUS.  Up 5.  STUMP unbelievably bested SAMPSA in an exciting 3 
minute gory Challenge bout.  Radio can be as good as a TV if you have a good one.
     TESSERACK (33-6641) (29-12-0,148) of SHADOW X challenged LORD REDMOND (12-4109) 
(31-19-1,140) of LUROCIANS IV.  Down 8.  TESSERACK was demolished by LORD REDMOND in 
a 2 minute uneven Challenge bout.  I don't know enough about some of you people to 
gossi--um, to talk about you.  Tell me stuff.
     NEBUCHADNEZZAR (22-5821) (20-15-0,114) of BLADES OF WONDER challenged NIGHTIE 
KNIGHT (12-4731) (42-29-1,161) of LOBOTOMATION.  Up 47.  NEBUCHADNEZZAR was 
overpowered by NIGHTIE KNIGHT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.  Of course.  I 
mean, what else?
     SAMOO (37-4630) (22-12-1,152) of DARKENED PRIDE challenged FRAIL WHALE (55-1968) 
(100-154-3,141) of RHYME TYME.  Down 11.  SAMOO savagely defeated FRAIL WHALE in a 
crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge conflict.
     PINE SCENTED WONDER (14-3682) (31-10-1,178) of UNKNOWNS XIX challenged ZENAR 
(12-4043) (26-19-1,177) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  Down 1.  PINE SCENTED WONDER was 
subdued by ZENAR in an exciting 3 minute brutal Challenge bout.  Zenar was most 
challenged.  I just remembered that.
     ANGEL RUST (36-4713) (19-5-1,156) of HELTER SKELTER challenged CRYPT KEEPER (15-
4146) (33-22-1,163) of GRAVEYARD GLORY.  Up 7.  ANGEL RUST devastated CRYPT KEEPER in 
an exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
     RED BARON (33-1092) (32-29-3,180) of LUROCIANS II challenged LIMA BEAN FLAMBE 
(70-3118) (29-22-0,162) of HEAVE HO!.  Down 18.  RED BARON was vanquished by LIMA 
BEAN FLAMBE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.  I don't think you should put 
lima beans on pizza.  As if!  That's totally gross.
     SHEA MAGEBORN (75-2273) (30-26-0,177) of SHADOWCIRCLE challenged HOUSE MOUSE 
(55-221) (108-172-2,177) of RHYME TYME.  Straight across.  SHEA MAGEBORN overpowered 
HOUSE MOUSE in a 2 minute bloody one-sided Challenge duel.
     SCOURGE (74-2857) (25-20-1,178) of DARK ANGELS challenged ARTEMISIA (12-5096) 
(31-31-0,117) of DARKMOON.  Down 61.  This is what, Darkholm?  Gosh.  SCOURGE 
demolished ARTEMISIA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
     LADY EMILY (33-6626) (23-12-1,202) of LUROCIANS II challenged CHAOS LICH (15-
4132) (40-27-0,182) of GRAVEYARD GLORY.  Down 20.  LADY EMILY was handily defeated by 
CHAOS LICH in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
     LORD LIGHTSPEED (33-2928) (35-25-3,190) of LUROCIANS II challenged SMUG BUG (55-
2900) (37-59-0,185) of RHYME TYME.  Down 5.  LORD LIGHTSPEED was subdued by SMUG BUG 
in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.  Does this mean Lord didn't break any 
swords this time?
     BLACK ANDARUS (71-3783) (21-11-0,196) of SHADOW MOD challenged MIMR (82-3783) 
(46-37-2,196) of SOL  INVICTUS.  Straight across.  BLACK ANDARUS was handily defeated 
by MIMR in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
     NORTHERN LIGHTS (19-3182) (62-30-1,208) of SADISTS II challenged PARANOIA (9-
4557) (18-4-1,214) of DSM4.  Up 6.  NORTHERN LIGHTS overpowered PARANOIA in a 2 
minute one-sided Challenge fight.
     BLACKMYTH (11-4018) (54-32-0,192) of SHADOWS challenged ELRORAN (12-4386) (43-
31-2,200) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  Up 8.  BLACKMYTH vanquished ELRORAN in an action 
packed 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
     MYMID EL NAIMIS (7-4420) (57-23-1,214) of THE DANGER DOGS challenged MELKOR (13-
1821) (36-14-0,221) of SILMARILLIAD.  Up 7.  MYMID EL NAIMIS overpowered MELKOR in a 
2 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.

     And TV challenges--congratulations to everybody who has a TV.
     SETHRA LAVODE (71-4060) (24-4-0,197) of CASTLE BLACK TV challenged DESECRATION 
(21-4392) (28-14-2,201) of BLACKEST PRIDE.  Up 4.  SETHRA LAVODE was overpowered by 
DESECRATION in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
     BANKRUPT (71-3786) (41-16-0,191) of SHADOW GOLD TV challenged SMALL ROOMS (97-
606) (17-7-4,193) of THE HASTINGS.  Up 2.  BANKRUPT devastated SMALL ROOMS in a 2 
minute one-sided Challenge contest.
     THE BIG MEOW (21-5307) (23-3-0,185) of MEOW MIX TV challenged TRY ME NOW (61-
846) (56-48-1,241) of BLOOD KNIGHTS.  Up 56.  THE BIG MEOW was demolished by TRY ME 
NOW in a 4 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
     E.A.POLECAT (15-2644) (50-28-3,228) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q TV challenged VALKYRIE 
(17-5544) (76-49-0,245) of ARCTIC GUARDS.  Up 17.  E.A.POLECAT devastated VALKYRIE in 
a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.

     And for being Lord Marshall, not a TV challenge, but at least it was a 
challenge.
     DR. SCUM (15-1968) (51-46-2,273) of DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q challenged NEMESIS (4-5115) 
(52-8-0,362) of CHAMPIONS.  Up 89.  DR. SCUM was overpowered by NEMESIS in a 2 minute 
uneven Challenge Title melee.  And all kinds of appropriate congratulations and 
stuff.

                                        Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                 W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NEMESIS 4-5115              53   8  0  378  CHAMPIONS (956)            JHELUM

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MILQUETOAST 33-5313         68  39  2  298  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-EXQUISITE CORPSE 43-3200    55  19  2  269  CRADLE OF FILTH (966)      VEASTIAN
 TRY ME NOW 61-846           57  48  1  260  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 E.A.POLECAT 15-2644         51  28  3  253  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 DREAM WARRIOR 48-1040       45  17  0  241  NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (981)    CAER
 MYMID EL NAIMIS 7-4420      58  23  1  238  THE DANGER DOGS (959)      BONSUR
-TOUCH MY MONK, EH? 12-5112  33  21  0  236  ESTIMATED PROPHETS (999)   RIZTAB
 NEBUCHADNEZZER 15-4097      39  30  0  228  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 LUMP O'GORE 13-1212         89  80  5  226  ILLFANG PACT (254)         DULLENS
 NORTHERN LIGHTS 19-3182     63  30  1  226  SADISTS II (954)           ZUWAYZA
 STEVE DALLAS 33-5314        70  33  0  225  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-JOPPA CLUBFIST 12-3748      23  19  0  224  HALL OF GIANT (885)        RIZTAB
-ROCK A BYE 33-4653          50  35  3  222  EASTERN HORDE (813)        NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 DESECRATION 21-4392         29  14  2  221  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 TEMPEST 4-4503              26  16  1  219  STORM FRONT (976)          JHELUM
 BLADE RUNNER # 33-4544      85  60  4  215  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 BLACKMYTH 11-4018           55  32  0  215  SHADOWS (960)              ARUAK CITY
-SNAP CRACKLE PUP 49-738     40  35  1  215  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         83 119  1  213  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 CREED 64-3997               68  45  0  213  GROOVE MERCHANTS (800)     KURUKAR
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          57  90  1  213  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 XERXES 67-2429              45  35  2  213  MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE (915)  BARIKALA
 RAVEN EYES 12-2709          65  82  0  212  SWEET MAGIC (717)          RIZTAB
 MIMR 82-3783                47  37  2  212  SOL  INVICTUS (919)        DWES EG
 STEEL CLOTH 56-1745         98 105  3  211  PITT GLADIATORS (180)      ROCANIS

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DARK OMEGA 21-4983          42  42  0  210  LORDS OF SHADOWS (963)     SUNSET
 PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         27  14  1  210  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 CHAOS LICH 15-4132          41  27  0  208  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
-TRASH QUAM 19-3751          30  23  2  208  EASTERN HORDE 3 (899)      ZUWAYZA
 BANKRUPT 71-3786            42  16  0  207  SHADOW GOLD (987)          KYR'TERR
-DUBIJN 64-4092              37  10  0  207  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       34  24  0  204  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
 TYVIN 60-5382               45  38  1  202  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
-PARTY'S OVER 75-2179        37  31  0  202  EASTERN HORDE (990)        JADE MOUNTAIN
 WHITE KNIGHT 58-5971        61  44  2  201  CRUSADE (894)              DELARQ TOR

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DR. SCUM 15-1968            51  47  2  201  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
-MOJO-JOJO 12-3867           46  37  1  200  EASTERN HORDE (777)        RIZTAB
 MELKOR 13-1821              36  15  0  200  SILMARILLIAD (146)         DULLENS
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           51  39  1  199  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            38  59  0  199  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 PARANOIA 9-4557             18   5  1  198  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 WOUNDWORT 12-4228           45  34  0  197  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
 ZENAR 12-4043               27  19  1  197  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 HAYSEED X-IV 82-6120        20  10  2  197  PROJECT HAYSEED (973)      DWES EG
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        113 173  0  196  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 VALKYRIE 17-5544            76  50  0  196  ARCTIC GUARDS (888)        ALJAFIR
 MORROLAN 7-4400             37  43  2  195  DEATHSGATE (977)           BONSUR
 GNU WORLD ORDER 16-3948     62  59  3  194  HELPLESS ANIMALS (56)      WILLAF
-MR. TESTOSTERONE 70-1744    41  54  4  194  BALLROOM BLITZ (399)       SENTERN
-DELICIOUS 19-3506           23  16  1  194  DARKENED PRIDE (890)       ZUWAYZA
 ELRORAN 12-4386             43  32  2  193  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 KOOSH BALL 71-3536          37  27  0  193  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR
-HINDENBIRD 49-1277          38  22  0  192  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 HEL 82-14331                31  29  0  192  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
 SETHRA LAVODE 71-4060       24   5  0  192  CASTLE BLACK (988)         KYR'TERR
-GREW SOME SHREW 16-4135     47  42  2  191  HELPLESS ANIMALS (56)      WILLAF
 BEAG MAGDA 12-4380          43  28  2  191  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
-FERRET INFERNO 49-361       40  32  2  191  PETS ON FIRE (1001)        VITHICAR
 RILLION 36-5545             32  17  1  191  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 BLACK ANDARUS 71-3783       21  12  0  190  SHADOW MOD (986)           KYR'TERR
-AZREAL ELS III 4-4482       26  16  2  189  EASTERN HORDE (975)        JHELUM
 SMALL ROOMS 97-606          17   8  4  189  THE HASTINGS (1010)        SHADOW GROVE
 SHEA MAGEBORN 75-2273       31  26  0  188  SHADOWCIRCLE (991)         JADE MOUNTAIN
-LORD GALRON 33-5450         22  13  3  188  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 MOONRACER 50-3206           35  33  1  187  MISFIT TOYS (921)          SNOWBOUND
 JULIUS 64-3641              67  76  2  186  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 LADY EMILY 33-6626          23  13  1  185  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 LIMA BEAN FLAMBE 70-3118    30  22  0  184  HEAVE HO! (926)            SENTERN
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     35  26  3  182  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 THE BIG MEOW 21-5307        23   4  0  182  MEOW MIX (978)             SUNSET
 ROYLAND 56-3380             57  45  0  181  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SCOURGE 74-2857             26  20  1  180  DARK ANGELS (989)          DAIYLA KIV
 PINE SCENTED WONDE 14-3682  31  11  1  177  UNKNOWNS XIX (953)         TOBIR
-ANTHRAXUS 33-5723           26  19  1  177  DEATH HORDE (952)          NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 ANGEL RUST 36-4713          20   5  1  177  HELTER SKELTER (1004)      JHANS
 TITAN 21-5070               35  25  1  175  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 ALI GATOR 33-5584           27  36  1  174  DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (884)  NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 HOUSE MOUSE 55-221         108 173  2  169  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 LORD REDMOND 12-4109        32  19  1  166  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 MADBULL 13-4198             50  82  1  165  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 NIGHTIE KNIGHT 12-4731      43  29  1  163  LOBOTOMATION (961)         RIZTAB
 RED BARON 33-1092           32  30  3  163  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 KELOS 55-30                 54  80  3  161  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 TESEN 12-4211               38  40  1  160  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
-D 82-44                     23  12  0  158  EASTERN HORDE 4 (992)      DWES EG
 SAMOO 37-4630               23  12  1  157  DARKENED PRIDE (998)       SIBIKHAS
 CRYPT KEEPER 15-4146        33  23  1  153  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-ULTIMATE FURY 12-5020       27  14  2  150  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 STUMP 70-7065               28   8  2  147  ALABAMA RADIO (778)        SENTERN
 MILA 55-29                  52  87  0  144  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968        100 155  3  143  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
-POINTY 16-4427              35  23  0  142  HOMERIC MMMMMMS... (1000)  WILLAF
 TESSERACK 33-6641           29  13  0  137  SHADOW X (980)             NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SAMPSA 31-4233              23   7  2  134  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 THE MADNESS 21-5214         29  10  1  125  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543     58  87  2  124  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 ARTEMISIA 12-5096           31  32  0  124  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
 HERMES 58-6016              19  10  0  124  MYTHICAL (779)             DELARQ TOR
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      20  16  0  120  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 REDFOX 13-4197              42  62  0  108  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 ON MY WAY 61-3154           16   4  0  106  SADISTS F2F (1020)         JURINE
-SWEET CHASTITY 35-504       35  27  1  102  22 ACACIA AVENUE (29)      MURSKA

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VENRIC 60-5709              23  22  0  100  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 JOELEAN 97-903              14  14  4   93  IVER'S GIRLS (971)         SHADOW GROVE

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SANDY 22-5829               24  15  1   87  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      27  30  0   83  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 GRAHAM 29-4318              28  23  0   82  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 LOPING WOLF 56-1796         53  95  0   81  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 DIRT KNAP 15-4418           22   4  2   80  UNKNOWNS XX (1019)         MALCORN
 INNERVISION 15-4431         19   4  0   77  UNKNOWNS XX (1019)         MALCORN
 CENTURION 71-3432           18  12  1   76  2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)   KYR'TERR
-SHEYN 64-4157               20   0  1   75  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 SUE 22-5828                 20  18  0   73  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
 RAVEN 71-3435               17  22  0   69  2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)   KYR'TERR
 AGRO 29-4314                23  31  1   67  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 BRANGUS 16-4162             25  36  1   61  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 SHADOW HAWK 71-3038         15  24  2   57  2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)   KYR'TERR
-CHIM CHIM 12-4742           19  15  0   52  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 SUNGOD DESIGNED ME 43-4270  17   3  0   51  WENSINWASIN (1023)         VEASTIAN
 BEER 71-3539                18  23  0   40  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

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Lord Lightspeed -- It was a bit o' luck, me havin' me backup in me hand instead of at
me side.  I think my manager made a mistake filling out the form for the Commission.
Turned out to be a good thing though, didn't it?  You bein' a notorious breaker of
blades and what not. -- Lump o' Gore

     He breaks whatnots?  That's, you know, awful!

Woundwort -- You're welcome. -- Lump o' Gore

Gnu World Order -- Well fought, sir, but I really wish you had taught me something.
-- Royland

     That the gnu order is better than the old order?

Crypt Keeper -- That was a useful thing you showed me.  Thanks.  I see you're from
Malcorn; do you like it there?  I've been thinking of taking a ride up north just to
see what's up there. -- Royland

     Monsters.

Redfox -- Hey, you maxed!  Tell your manager.  Pretty good fight, by the way, but you
need a new desperation strategy. -- Mila

Centurion -- I didn't change my strategy from the first minute to the second, so you
must have, because it sure went a lot differently.  Good going. -- Loping Wolf

All -- Well another 7-4 turn for me and that was enough to put me ahead of Rillion
for the first time since I have been here.  It was funny to see we fought five times
last turn, all via challenges and all but one of the challengers lost on their
challenge!  Go figure! -- Shadowgate

Milquetoast -- That was fairly close there!  I think with you being inducted that is
a good sign for me for Eligibles. -- Sethra Lavode

Try Me Now -- Wow!  That was impressive!  I wouldn't have thought I could lose that
one but that train will sure come in handy in the tourney!  Care to try that again
after that train? -- Blackmyth

Elroran -- Sure, pick on the Aimed Blow!  How predictable! -- Dark Omega

Zenar -- Okay, you're a little bit more developed that I thought!  Hopefully my
Freshmen tourney will go better than that! -- Tesserack

Royland -- No pain, no gain!  I will take all the learns I can get however they come!
-- Black Andarus

Mila -- Noted.  If I need to fight a war, I will look you up. -- Tesserack

The Madness -- HEY!  That's no way to treat a lady! -- Sandy (hurt look)

     Are you sure this is, you know, THE Sandy?  I mean, if she thought someone
     wasn't treating her right, she would, like, totally demolish them.

Sheyn -- Hmm.  I wasn't looking.  Can we do that again? -- Agro

White Knight -- Just wait till that training kicks in! -- Raven Eyes, a determined
gladiator (it says so, right there!)

Melkor -- The truth comes out.  I'm slow.  Darn.  I thought I'd covered that up with
a bit of razzle-dazzle, but there's just no fooling some people. -- Moonjumper
P.S.  Maybe I should be training speed instead....

Dr. Scum -- You notice how the announcer was handicapped by not having a stock phrase
suitable for use here, like "the insane, blood-mad gladiator" or something? -- Redfox

Mila -- HA!  I'm MAXED!  I may actually become halfway decent if I train up a lot of
stats.  You never know. -- Redfox
P.S.  And in any case, I have an important role in an important story, so there.
P.P.S.  And leave my caravan alone!

Sue -- Upstart wench. -- Brangus

They TOLD me that Lady Protector Sandy of Homicidal Maniacs was going to come and try
conclusions with the gladiatress impersonating her here, but I haven't seen hide nor
blonde hair of her so far.  Hmphf.  I wouldn't have taken her for the kind of person
to be late.  I wonder what she's up to...? -- Jorja

Mimr -- "Gnarly"?  Surely not. -- Raven Eyes
P.S.  But I have modestly hopeful expectations of this new training.  We'll see.
Speaking of which (seeing), drop around our place some time and see other things.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

E.A.POLECAT devastated VALKYRIE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
THE BIG MEOW was demolished by TRY ME NOW in a 4 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BANKRUPT devastated SMALL ROOMS in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
SETHRA LAVODE was overpowered by DESECRATION in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
MYMID EL NAIMIS overpowered MELKOR in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
DR. SCUM was overpowered by NEMESIS in a 2 minute uneven Challenge Title melee.
BLACKMYTH vanquished ELRORAN in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
NORTHERN LIGHTS overpowered PARANOIA in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
BLACK ANDARUS was handily defeated by MIMR in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
LORD LIGHTSPEED was subdued by SMUG BUG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.
LADY EMILY was handily defeated by CHAOS LICH in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
SCOURGE demolished ARTEMISIA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
SHEA MAGEBORN overpowered HOUSE MOUSE in a 2 minute bloody one-sided Challenge duel.
RED BARON was vanquished by LIMA BEAN FLAMBE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.
ANGEL RUST devastated CRYPT KEEPER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
PINE SCENTED WONDER was subdued by ZENAR in a exciting 3 minute brutal Challenge bout.
SAMOO savagely defeated FRAIL WHALE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge conflict.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR was overpowered by NIGHTIE KNIGHT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
TESSERACK was demolished by LORD REDMOND in a 2 minute uneven Challenge bout.
STUMP unbelievably bested SAMPSA in a exciting 3 minute gory Challenge bout.
GRAHAM was overpowered by ON MY WAY in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SUE was outlasted by JOELEAN in a 7 minute brutal Challenge bout.
SANDY vanquished RAVEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
LORD FIREFLASH handily defeated BEER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
INNERVISION overpowered SHADOW HAWK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge competition.
WHITE KNIGHT was savagely defeated by TEMPEST in a popular 7 minute gruesome fight.
DREAM WARRIOR handily defeated HAYSEED X-IV in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
TRYURLUCK was overpowered by STEVE DALLAS in a 2 minute brutal one-sided fight.
NEBUCHADNEZZER overpowered HEL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gruesome one-sided fray.
LUMP O'GORE savagely defeated KOOSH BALL in a exciting 4 minute brutal struggle.
MILQUETOAST devastated WOUNDWORT in a popular 1 minute uneven bout.
BEAG MAGDA was subdued by STEEL CLOTH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
BLADE RUNNER # savagely defeated TYVIN in a popular 1 minute gory duel.
DARK OMEGA vanquished ROYLAND in a exciting 1 minute mismatched bout.
SEVERUS SNAPE handily defeated ALI GATOR in a popular 2 minute brutal one-sided duel.
RILLION was viciously subdued by MOONJUMPER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brutal duel.
GNU WORLD ORDER was handily defeated by CREED in a popular 1 minute mismatched duel.
GROGGY DOGGY was savagely defeated by XERXES in a action packed 1 minute competition.
FUNNY BUNNY demolished ARUNDA ROCKTROLL in a exciting 4 minute gory one-sided match.
MORROLAN lost to PANIC ATTACK in a popular 1 minute bout.
MADBULL was handily defeated by JULIUS in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
RAVEN EYES demolished TITAN in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
MOONRACER demolished TESEN in a popular 1 minute one-sided battle.
REDFOX was handily defeated by THE MADNESS in a exciting 1 minute mismatched contest.
VENRIC was demolished by SUPERIOR FORCES in a popular 1 minute mismatched battle.
HERMES was bested by MILA in a 2 minute match.
KELOS demolished MAREI in a 1 minute mismatched contest.
CENTURION narrowly defeated AGRO in a action packed 3 minute bout.
LOPING WOLF devastated BRANGUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SUNGOD DESIGNED ME was devastated by DIRT KNAP in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  34         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  13 -  0      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 14         TOTAL PARRY       39 -  34 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   13         PARRY-LUNGE       56 -  49 -  0      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       9         LUNGING ATTACK   188 - 172 -  4      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      9         AIMED BLOW        47 -  44 -  0      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         SLASHING ATTACK   70 -  69 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         WALL OF STEEL     69 -  74 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   47 -  55 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  21 -  0      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  14 -  0      30  |

Turn 362 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

WALL OF STEEL      9 -  4     LUNGING ATTACK    14 - 20         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         6 -  3     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  5         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        6 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  3     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    8 -  6     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   NEMESIS 4-5115             53   8  0  378 CHAMPIONS (956)
PARRY-LUNGE      TRY ME NOW 61-846          57  48  1  260 BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)
AIMED BLOW       E.A.POLECAT 15-2644        51  28  3  253 DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)
WALL OF STEEL    DREAM WARRIOR 48-1040      45  17  0  241 NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (981)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLADE RUNNER # 33-4544     85  60  4  215 DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764)
STRIKING ATTACK  FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862        83 119  1  213 RHYME TYME (397)
TOTAL PARRY      BANKRUPT 71-3786           42  16  0  207 SHADOW GOLD (987)
BASHING ATTACK   HOUSE MOUSE 55-221        108 173  2  169 RHYME TYME (397)
PARRY-STRIKE     FRAIL WHALE 55-1968       100 155  3  143 RHYME TYME (397)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    RAVEN 71-3435              17  22  0   69 2ND ARCTIC GUARDS (1013)

The overall popularity leader is GROGGY DOGGY 55-223.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was WHITE KNIGHT 58-5971.  The ten other most popular fighters were TEMPEST 
4-4503, TRY ME NOW 61-846, LUMP O'GORE 13-1212, PINE SCENTED WONDER 14-3682, SAMOO 
37-4630, MOONJUMPER 16-3062, AGRO 29-4314, ZENAR 12-4043, FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862, and 
MYMID EL NAIMIS 7-4420.

The least popular fighter this week was SUNGOD DESIGNED ME 43-4270.  The other ten 
least popular fighters were BRANGUS 16-4162, TESEN 12-4211, SHADOW HAWK 71-3038, BEER 
71-3539, RAVEN 71-3435, GRAHAM 29-4318, NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821, LADY EMILY 33-6626, 
VENRIC 60-5709, and REDFOX 13-4197.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
JHELUM(4)            2  0 0  SUNSET(21)           3  2 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       0  2 0  
BONSUR(7)            1  1 0  SOLVEN(22)           1  2 0  ARADI(60)            0  2 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  LAPUR(29)            0  2 0  JURINE(61)           2  1 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  KURUKAR(64)          2  0 0  
RIZTAB(12)           4  5 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  5  5 0  BARIKALA(67)         1  0 0  
DULLENS(13)          1  3 0  JHANS(36)            1  1 0  SENTERN(70)          2  0 0  
TOBIR(14)            0  1 0  SIBIKHAS(37)         1  0 0  KYR'TERR(71)         2  6 0  
MALCORN(15)          5  2 0  VEASTIAN(43)         0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       1  0 0  
WILLAF(16)           1  2 0  CAER(48)             1  0 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    1  0 0  
ALJAFIR(17)          0  1 0  SNOWBOUND(50)        1  0 0  DWES EG(82)          1  2 0  
TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  KHALANI(55)          4  3 0  SHADOW GROVE(97)     1  1 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          1  0 0  ROCANIS(56)          2  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NEMESIS 4-5115              53   8  0  378  CHAMPIONS (956)            JHELUM
 MYMID EL NAIMIS 7-4420      58  23  1  238  THE DANGER DOGS (959)      BONSUR
 PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         27  14  1  210  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 BLACKMYTH 11-4018           55  32  0  215  SHADOWS (960)              ARUAK CITY
 RAVEN EYES 12-2709          65  82  0  212  SWEET MAGIC (717)          RIZTAB
 LUMP O'GORE 13-1212         89  80  5  226  ILLFANG PACT (254)         DULLENS
 PINE SCENTED WONDE 14-3682  31  11  1  177  UNKNOWNS XIX (953)         TOBIR
 E.A.POLECAT 15-2644         51  28  3  253  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          57  90  1  213  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 VALKYRIE 17-5544            76  50  0  196  ARCTIC GUARDS (888)        ALJAFIR
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       34  24  0  204  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
 NORTHERN LIGHTS 19-3182     63  30  1  226  SADISTS II (954)           ZUWAYZA
 DESECRATION 21-4392         29  14  2  221  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      20  16  0  120  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 GRAHAM 29-4318              28  23  0   82  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 SAMPSA 31-4233              23   7  2  134  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 MILQUETOAST 33-5313         68  39  2  298  BLOOM COUNTY (840)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 RILLION 36-5545             32  17  1  191  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 SAMOO 37-4630               23  12  1  157  DARKENED PRIDE (998)       SIBIKHAS
 SUNGOD DESIGNED ME 43-4270  17   3  0   51  WENSINWASIN (1023)         VEASTIAN
 DREAM WARRIOR 48-1040       45  17  0  241  NIGHT'S GUARDIANS (981)    CAER
 MOONRACER 50-3206           35  33  1  187  MISFIT TOYS (921)          SNOWBOUND
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         83 119  1  213  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 STEEL CLOTH 56-1745         98 105  3  211  PITT GLADIATORS (180)      ROCANIS
 WHITE KNIGHT 58-5971        61  44  2  201  CRUSADE (894)              DELARQ TOR
 TYVIN 60-5382               45  38  1  202  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 TRY ME NOW 61-846           57  48  1  260  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 CREED 64-3997               68  45  0  213  GROOVE MERCHANTS (800)     KURUKAR
 XERXES 67-2429              45  35  2  213  MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE (915)  BARIKALA
 LIMA BEAN FLAMBE 70-3118    30  22  0  184  HEAVE HO! (926)            SENTERN
 BANKRUPT 71-3786            42  16  0  207  SHADOW GOLD (987)          KYR'TERR
 SCOURGE 74-2857             26  20  1  180  DARK ANGELS (989)          DAIYLA KIV
 SHEA MAGEBORN 75-2273       31  26  0  188  SHADOWCIRCLE (991)         JADE MOUNTAIN
 MIMR 82-3783                47  37  2  212  SOL  INVICTUS (919)        DWES EG
 SMALL ROOMS 97-606          17   8  4  189  THE HASTINGS (1010)        SHADOW GROVE