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Date   : 06/24/2004    Duedate: 07/07/2004

FREE BLADES

DM-103    TURN-379

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 DARKENED PRID 37/998  193   69  4 73.7      LUROCIANS XI 74/1038                  
    BLACKEST PRIDE 21/842                       LUROCIANS II 33/775                   
  2-EXACTLY! 35/1033     1169  626  7 65.1   12-GRAVEYARD GLO 15/936  156  172  0 47.6
  3-DSM4 9/461            535  335  7 61.5      MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE 67/915            
    LINCOLNSHIRE 65/985                      13 BLOOD KNIGHTS 61/284  235  278  9 45.8
    PROJECT HAYSEED 82/973                   14-DRAKE'S LODG 73/1037  142  169  2 45.7
    BLADES OF WONDER 22/1002                    DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO 33/884            
  4 BLADES OF GR 33/1032    3    2  0 60.0      CISUM S. EKARD 31/1049                
  5 SAILS OF CHA 16/1044  326  228  9 58.8      DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q 15/263                
  6 THE CHADS 36/946      470  404  6 53.8   15 THE HASTINGS 97/1010   13   17  0 43.3
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 60/900                 HELTER SKELTER 36/1004                
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 12/838                   HELTER SKELTER 66/1005                
    HOUSE SLYTHERIN 18/947                   16 RHYME TYME 55/397     156  211  0 42.5
    THE ROCKERS 7/1029                       17 THE LAWMEN 12/292      39   54  0 41.9
  7-EASTERN HORDE 33/813  196  181  8 52.0   18 UNDER DURESS 64/743   688  991 10 41.0
    EASTERN HORDE 4 82/992                      DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY 33/764           
    EASTERN HORDE 2 82/994                   19 CROC FILES 29/951      74  109  3 40.4
    EASTERN HORDE 3 19/899                      WOMEN OF REALITY 22/1014              
    EASTERN HORDE 12/777                        THE REDBAERS 3/1028                   
    DEATH HORDE VI 82/997                       IDIOTIC ICCERS 28/1050                
  8 ARCTIC GUARDS 82/944  216  201  3 51.8      TOMATO ENFORCER 63/1024               
    ARCTIC GUARDS 71/1048                    20 REDHORSE 56/823       220  327  2 40.2
    STUFF I BROUGHT 71/918                      ILLFANG PACT 13/254                   
  9-ANARCHY 19/1030        32   30  2 51.6      ROCANIS RIDERS 55/285                 
    IMMORTAL ASYLUM 17/877                   21 SWEET MAGIC 12/717    398  885  5 31.0
 10 DARKMOON 12/911       130  126  1 50.8      CARDOW HUNTERS 13/761                 
    SOL  INVICTUS 82/919                        PUNNY AMINALS 16/708                  
    SOL INVICTUS 31/974                         HOMICIDAL MANIACS 1/1022              
 11 LUROCIANS IV 12/865    96   94  3 50.5   22 WOLF RIDERS 43/1051     0    1  0  0.0
    LUROCIANS XII 82/1039                 

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

     <)]H[(> + -----:----- + <)] The Free Cities #79 [(> + -----:----- + <)]H[(>

Near Barikala:

     The pillar of light over Barikala was not an attack in any obvious way, but
Artemisia found no comfort in that.  It was probably magical.  No, it was definitely
magical.  No one had been able to explain it in the months, the years since the
Invasion, but they'd figured out that early on.  Well, what else could it be?  And
it, or something connected to it, was deadly dangerous, because no ship or single
visitor had returned from Barikala after the pillar first appeared.  Those ship
captains who normally used Zukal's port had long since worked out the limits of
safety in the waters around Barikala, and The Golden Moon was well outside that 
limit.  But...the zombies were something new on the chart.
     A man screamed behind her, along the ship's other rail, and she whirled.  There
was movement beyond the rail, black on near black, hard to make out.  Lanterns lit
the ship's deck but cast no significant light beyond it.  She could see one of her
sailors staggering toward the rail with some kind of dark cable wrapped around the
middle of his body, but not what lay beyond and pulled him.
     She didn't need to see.  She crossed to that side of the deck, her cutlass
whistling down on the cable.  The blade bit, but not deeply, the cable was more
rubbery than a normal rope.  It wasn't a rope, of course.  She saw with disgust
rather than fear that it was a tentacle, though what creature would have a tentacle
four inches thick at any point was not something she cared to think deeply about.
The Lady Protector hacked downward again.
     There were more cries.  Fear, loathing, terror.  More tentacles reaching up and
over the ship's side.  Tentacles on one side of the ship, zombies on the other.
Neither group of sailors could abandon their own task to aid the other.  Both
attacking forces were stronger than Artemisia had expected.  She began to wonder if
her crew and her ship would survive at all.

Niatoli Island:

     Lord Protector Ghenis walked along the waterfront of the island's only real town
and looked over the shipping on hand.  He wasn't sure what he was looking for, but he
figured he'd know it when he saw it.  Some people might have taken him for a tourist
and considered robbing him, or selling him the kind of trash that hustlers always
sold to strangers and rubes, but...not here.  This town had an arena, and they knew
that kind of walk, that assured and dangerous stance.  He could be a hick with hay
growing out his ears, but as long as he was a Lord Protector, no one would mistreat
him so.  At least, no one but another Lord Protector.  And since he wasn't such a
hick....  He smiled, a baring of his teeth that drove human rats out of his path.
     Ah.  There was a man on the street ahead of him, talking to a probably ship
captain.  A man who, like himself, was unmistakably a Lord Protector.  Tall, hard,
maybe not quite human, although Ghenis couldn't put his finger firmly on the
difference.  Something in the way he stood, maybe.  Not that it matter.  This looked
like a man he could work with.
     When the man turned away from the sailor, Ghenis was there, nodding his head in
a move as close to a bow as he ever got.  "I'm Ghenis, from Zukal," he said, and
raised a questioning eyebrow.
     The other frowned.  Odd, at this close distance, he seemed almost...scaled.
"Agro, Lapur," the man said shortly.
     Ghenis noted that the sailor was moving away, clearly dissociating himself from
the two gladiators.  "I have control of a ship," Ghenis said, "and I am minded to
make a raid on the invaders at Monuntial.  You look like a man who might be
interested in that."
     Agro's frown deepened, but he smiled, baring pointed, over-large teeth.  "I'm
interested," he agreed.

Rocanis:

     Lady Protector Eleven Blade, Leven to her friends, stood on Spirit Ridge and
stared southward.  What should have been rolling, increasingly arid grasslands to the
distant horizon was now a bank of...fog, maybe.  Dark, sharp as a wall at its base,
the top of it working like porridge boiling in a pot.  And no more than fifteen miles
away, probably less.  Ten.  "I've never seen anything like it," she admitted.
"Strange weather...if it is weather."
     "It's partly weather," her companion said slowly, "but not entirely."  He was a
Lord Protector from Morya, Ghost Dancer by name.  "I have been studying it for two
months now.  It began...I don't know where.  Somewhere in the far south.  It was a
hundred miles south of here when I first saw it."
     Leven glanced at the man sharply.  She didn't really know him, but there was
nothing in his face or manner that suggested he was lying.  "It's moved ninety miles
in two months?  At that rate, it could be on Rocanis within a week!"
     "Its speed is irregular," Ghost Dancer said.  "Some days it moved scarcely a
mile, other days it raced north like wildfire.  But yes, it could be on Rocanis...
any time."  He was silent for a moment, as though debating whether he should say
more.  With a faint shrug, he went on, "I have not been able to find an end to the
line of it and get around behind.  I have no idea what lies behind in the ground it
has already covered.  But I would not expect to find anything really GOOD where that
has passed."
     Obviously not, Leven agreed silently.  The unknown never seemed to be
benevolent.  It was probably a natural law.  "You couldn't get around an end," she
said.  "Did you try going straight through?"
     Ghost Dancer paled a little.  "Yes," he said very quietly.  "I survived, but I
didn't get very far into it.  Or I would never have come back, I think.  It was like
being caught in a whirlwind, in part.  But I was not the only thing in the grip of
the walking storm, and the others were....  Some of them were beasts, mad with terror
and striking blindly.  Others were," he hesitated, "things.  The sort of things a
priest of the Mytori might call out of the Darkness."
     "Do you believe it's a natural phenomenon?" Eleven Blade asked.
     "No."
     "Good.  If it's unnatural, it was made by men.  Or something like men, anyway.
And what men can make, they can undo.  Let's find out how, and then...undo."

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #80 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     On _The Golden Moon_, Lady Protector Artemisia commanding, there were cries.
Fear, loathing, terror, desperate rage.  More tentacles reaching up and over the
ship's side.  Tentacles on one side of the ship, zombies on the other.  Grunting and
stamping, and the sound of blows landing.  Neither group of sailors could abandon
their own task to aid the other.  Both attacking forces were stronger than Artemisia
had expected.  She began to wonder if her crew and her ship would survive at all.
     The tone of a great bell, deep, loud, shaking the air, rolled over the ship,
drowning out even the sounds of battle.  Artemisia had never heard it before, so it
must be something the attackers were doing.  More trouble in the making.  That would
have to be a worry for later; she didn't have enough men to split off a group for a
new problem.
     She hacked at another of the rubbery tentacles.  Her sword made a shallow cut on
the surface, the best she'd managed so far, and the wound leaked something pale and
phosphorescent.  It reared upward, as though it had a mind of its own, independent of
the other tentacles, twice the height of a man and curling at the tip like a talon.
It poised above her for a moment, then began to descend.  Disks of pale light shown
on its inner surface, the mouths of suckers such as small octopi had.  But these
disks were as big across as her hand.  She didn't want to think what they might do to
human flesh.
     The bell struck again, a note so heavy with power that it was actually visible
as it swept over the embattled ship in a wave of blue darker than the twilight.  It
struck Artemisia as a huge wave might have, battering her to her knees.  The tentacle
was also engulfed in the pulse of sound, she saw it bent backward like a willow
switch and dreaded the thought of what would happen when the pressure was relieved
and it snapped forward again.  She would have thrown herself to the side, out of its
probable path, if movement had been possible.
     The heavy blue wave-front passed, and in its wake came a zone of emptiness, no
light, no powerful sound, and not much air.  The tentacle came forward like a
bowstring released.  But Artemisia had been released, too, and rolled to the side,
gasping for breath.  It smashed down on her leg instead of across her torso.
     The tentacle was as heavy in its way as the sound had been; had it come down
over her chest, she was sure it would have crushed breath and life out of her.  As it
was, she was pinned to the deck.  At least for the moment, the thing seemed satisfied
with simply trapping her.  She raised herself on her elbows and looked around.
     There were few of her crew still upright and fighting.  Most of the ones on the
side attacked by the zombies, the side toward Barikala, were simply gone, the zombies
as well as the sailors.  And most of those remaining on her side of the ship were
trapped as she was by tentacles pinning them to the planks.  Some of them must be
dead, from the way they were crushed against the wood.  None were moving.  She could
only see one other man still standing and fighting, and as she watched, he screamed,
slashed wildly at the air, and then leaped forward, throwing himself over the rail
into the water.
     The tentacle over her leg twisted and curled around it, then began drawing her
toward the side of the ship.  She considered grabbing some part of the ship's
equipment and fighting against that force, then shook her head.  The tentacle was too
strong; it would pull her loose...or pull her apart.  She tightened her grip on her
cutlass.  If this thing thought to eat her, it would find that its meal had teeth.

Niatoli Island:

     "I have control of a ship," Ghenis said, "and I am minded to make a raid on the
invaders at Monuntial.  You look like a man who might be interested in that."
     Agro's frown deepened, but he smiled, baring pointed, over-large teeth.  "I'm
interested," he agreed.
     "I know people who know these waters," Ghenis went on, "and they tell me that
the best time to leave for raiding the coast will be afternoon.  Light to get out of
the shoals, and then all night to get close to the our target.  We'll come on
Monuntial at dawn, get 'em before they're really awake."
     Agro nodded but asked, "You planning on a big fighting crew?"
     Ghenis hesitated.  He didn't actually have any warriors he could be sure of
except his teammate Cousin Og.  He, Og, and this Agro might be a formidable trio, but
it didn't make sense to launch an attack on a city, or even a serious raid, with only
three men.
     Agro grinned again.  Really, all those teeth just didn't look human.  "I can get
some refugees from Monuntial that'd be glad enough to do a little damage.  And some
other gladiators that're at loose ends.  It won't be a problem."
     This was not as reassuring as Ghenis expected it to be.

Stormcrowe:

     Lord Protector Ipecac stalked ashore and glared around for someone to share his
outrage.  Anyone who recognized him in time--and Stormcrowe was a small island with a
limited population who generally DID recognize one another--departed hastily.  Lady
Protector Snowfall wasn't quite fast enough.  "Do you know what HAPPENED?" Ipecac
demanded.
     Looking distinctly queasy, Snowfall shook her head.
     "My ship was ATTACKED," the warrior from Emetics snapped.  He didn't notice when
the shapely woman flinched from his vehemence; people were always doing that around
him.  He stalked closer, dropping his voice for privacy.  "Monsters," he hissed.
"Demons out of the waves.  Half shark, half man, you might say.  Others like kraken.
They were summoned by a dark wizard on a black ship.  We have to do something about
this."
     Snowfall swallowed a couple of times, then said, "Why?  And how?"
     Ipecac raised his eyebrows.  "You want to live on nothing but fish caught in the
harbor?" he asked.  "They could blockade us!  And what if they decide to come ashore
and attack us here on the island?"  He frowned thoughtfully.  "Probably it's part of
some Karnhorn plot, and if we don't nip it in the bud, they'll be all over us,
murdering and enslaving.  Can't have that."
     "No," Snowfall agreed faintly, "we can't have that.  But how do we stop them?"
     "We fight, of course!"  He hesitated, perhaps realizing that such a plan was
lacking in useful details.  "All the ships will have to be armed with...catapults,"
he suggested.  "And...none of them going out alone.  Yes.  And we need to find any
wizards on the island and recruit them to help fight, and more importantly to find
out what we're up against.  That's a beginning."  He nodded firmly.  "We need to
start right away!"
     Snowfall turned quickly to the rail at the edge of the dock and fed the fish her
lunch, then straightened.  "Yes, I can see that.  Wizards, catapults, convoys.  No
time to waste...."

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): INSOMNIAC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): RUTHLESS of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 488): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 486): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 485): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 477): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): VILI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 472): LUCKY LADY HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): CAPTAIN CAVEMAN of LAFFALYMPICS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): HENRY DEARE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 378): HEL of ARCTIC GUARDS from DWES EG (Yukon Cornelius)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 494): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 492): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 488): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 488): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 486): THE HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 485): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 477): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 474): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 472): FOOD FIGHT (Ebenezer Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 465): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 353): GENERAL SURGERY (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 333): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 147): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 378): BLADES OF GRASS (Lord Andarus, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 491): JOSTLING JAGUAR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           TILLOUISA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 485): TORLYN UNA of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 428): PENICILLEN of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 146): KASENKO of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well, 
fergit it, 'cause this is the spy report for FREE BLADES, and nobody's talking here 
except little old me.  Well, Jorja's warriors, but they don't count.  They ALWAYS 
talk, so it's not, you know, a surprise or anything.
     Oh, well, let's see what's, you know, not NEW because it happens all the time, 
but how it happened this time.
     Desecration of Blackest Pride got MVP, whatever, for beating Tyvin and getting 
seventy-three points.  What I want to know is, where did those points come from?  Has 
anybody seen an invoice, or, you know, a receipt?
     Rillion tW lost eighteen points after fighting Sue, which probably means he lost 
the fight, too.  I mean, that's the way it works.
     AAARRGH!!!  Just in case any of you wondered, I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I 
just had to say it.  Sometimes it's all too much.
     DSM4 was the most avoided team.  Is a 176-85-3 record really that scary?  Hhmph!  
What kind of warriors are DARKMOON?  DSM4, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, 
can't get them to accept an invitation!  Well, okay, so I don't know an easy team to 
beat when I see one, but I'm supposed to say something like that.  It's in the job 
description.
     Like, is MOONJUMPER popular, or what?  She was challenged the most in all of 
FREE BLADES!  She's got a 66-98-1, is that good?  Well, okay, maybe not GOOD, because 
of not being a winning record like people talk about when they talk, but I've seen, 
like, totally worse.
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  Okay, not bloodfeuds.  But all FREE BLADES 
ever talks about is fighting!  When, you know, somebody talks.  Me, I'm more laid 
back.  Hey, you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you, even 
if you don't write personals?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous spy reporter?  I gotta leave.  FREE BLADES is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  If you can't talk, wash!  It's been really albendranius!  Later, 
guys-- Debby Tonte

     Oh, right, the fights.  Here they are: thirty-one, with thirteen challenge 
matches and a lot of people dead.  But at least you didn't take LONG to do it, only 
three minutes at the longest.  I guess you all wanted to go to the beach too, huh?
     LOONY LATEKNIGHT (28-3529) (24-8-1,75) of IDIOTIC ICCERS fought DOC HOLIDAY (12-
2956) (17-15-1,78) of THE LAWMEN.  LOONY LATEKNIGHT executed DOC HOLIDAY in a 2 
minute one-sided match.  Dead in the VERY FIRST MATCH.  That's, like, a SIGN.  Or 
even an OMEN.
     LOKI (71-3798) (16-15-1,89) of ARCTIC GUARDS fought SPINAL CRACKER (36-5007) 
(15-16-0,55) of HELTER SKELTER.  LOKI vanquished SPINAL CRACKER in a 1 minute one-
sided fray.  I don't know if there were cracks.  I couldn't hear any.
     FLESH RIPPER (74-3375) (11-3-0,68) of LUROCIANS XI fought ROWARDENN (16-4105) 
(17-10-0,61) of SAILS OF CHARON.  FLESH RIPPER killed ROWARDENN in a 2 minute gory 
fight.  Ooooh, another one dead already!  This is, like, totally scary.  At least, 
I'm scared reading about it because I know there's more coming, but even if I didn't 
know, two deaths in the first three fights is, like, totally fatal!
     WRATH OF ONE (82-11628) (11-3-0,81) of LUROCIANS XII fought SKYWISE (43-3868) 
(19-13-1,71) of WOLF RIDERS.  WRATH OF ONE overpowered SKYWISE in a 1 minute uneven 
competition.  I TOLD him they wouldn't let him bring the wolf into the arena with 
him.  But people never listen to me.  I don't know why.
     LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966) (29-31-0,99) of LUROCIANS II fought LOPING WOLF (56-
1796) (59-105-0,86) of REDHORSE.  LORD FIREFLASH beat LOPING WOLF in a 2 minute fray.  
AND they didn't let him bring his horse, either, even if it WAS red.  It's a rule.  
No animal helpers in the arena.
     REDFOX (13-4197) (49-71-0,121) of CARDOW HUNTERS fought SCRAPPA (29-4411) (19-
12-2,107) of CROC FILES.  REDFOX won victory over SCRAPPA in a 2 minute fray.  Was 
that Redfox I saw ordering new boots?
     MILA (55-29) (60-95-0,174) of ROCANIS RIDERS fought LORD REDMOND (12-4109) (33-
21-1,148) of LUROCIANS IV.  MILA won victory over LORD REDMOND in a 2 minute bout.  
Well, darn.  Next time, hit him harder, Redmond.
     VENRIC (60-5709) (32-28-0,177) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 fought OURS ROUGE (3-
6049) (24-32-1,144) of THE REDBAERS.  VENRIC defeated OURS ROUGE in a 2 minute match.  
Well, good.  Some bears just aren't warm and fuzzy, and that's WRONG.
     GROGGY DOGGY (55-223) (122-180-0,171) of RHYME TYME fought TESEN (12-4211) (42-
50-1,132) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS.  GROGGY DOGGY overpowered TESEN in a 2 minute one-
sided duel.  What *I* think is that the Doggy has done this SO many times he can do 
it in his SLEEP.
     SMUG BUG (55-2900) (41-72-0,182) of RHYME TYME fought LADY EMILY (33-6626) (24-
15-1,178) of LUROCIANS II.  SMUG BUG was defeated by LADY EMILY in an exciting 1 
minute duel.  Good.  I hate bugs, and smug ones are the WORST.  Especially if they 
bite.  And I bet SB DOES.
     FRAIL WHALE (55-1968) (110-161-3,190) of RHYME TYME fought RED BARON (33-1092) 
(33-32-3,172) of LUROCIANS II.  FRAIL WHALE devastated RED BARON in a popular 1 
minute one-sided bout.  Because there were anchovies on the pizza.  Whales are 
sensitive about things like that.
     ROYLAND (56-3380) (69-49-0,187) of REDHORSE fought SAMOO (37-4630) (26-15-1,174) 
of DARKENED PRIDE.  ROYLAND was handily defeated by SAMOO in a 1 minute uneven duel.  
But not killed.  Try harder, Samoo.
     TRYURLUCK (61-1029) (57-53-1,183) of BLOOD KNIGHTS fought FUNNY BUNNY (55-1862) 
(91-127-1,198) of RHYME TYME.  TRYURLUCK lost to FUNNY BUNNY in a popular 2 minute 
match.  And the joke wasn't even, you know, really good.  I mean, it was a rotten 
joke, so old it had, like, long gray whiskers.
     JULIUS (64-3641) (73-86-2,195) of UNDER DURESS fought LUMP O'GORE (13-1212) (96-
89-5,201) of ILLFANG PACT.  JULIUS was devastated by LUMP O'GORE in a popular 1 
minute one-sided contest.  Too much duress all at once, I guess.
     RAVEN EYES (12-2709) (74-89-0,213) of SWEET MAGIC fought THE MADNESS (21-5214) 
(33-12-1,205) of BLACKEST PRIDE.  RAVEN EYES overpowered THE MADNESS in a crowd 
pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.  With meditation and, like, chanting and stuff.  
At least, that's what the steward said afterward.
     TITAN (21-5070) (44-27-1,213) of BLACKEST PRIDE fought ROBIN OF SHEW-WOOD (103-
33) (1-0-1,220) of Talahya Free Verse Society.  TITAN savagely defeated ROBIN OF 
SHEW-WOOD in an exciting 3 minute brutal bout.  You have to be really, really tough 
to be a poet in Talahya.  It isn't like being a BARD, because you don't rhyme, and 
people laugh.  And then you have to standby-fight to pay the rent, and OTHER people 
beat you up.  This is called Suffering For Your Art.
     DESECRATION (21-4392) (36-16-2,223) of BLACKEST PRIDE fought TYVIN (60-5382) 
(54-44-1,195) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2.  DESECRATION savagely slew TYVIN in a crowd 
pleasing 1 minute bloody brawl.  Oh, MVP for Most Violent Person?  I mean, savagely 
slew, that's pretty violent.
     ELRORAN (12-4386) (49-36-2,240) of DEMONS OF DARKNESS fought LORD LIGHTSPEED 
(33-2928) (36-28-3,198) of LUROCIANS II.  ELRORAN overpowered LORD LIGHTSPEED in an 
action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.  I heard Eloran used some kind of "black 
hole" to get the, you know, upper hand.

     And the challenge matches.
     THE SICKNESS (21-5327) (19-8-1,87) of BLACKEST PRIDE challenged SANDY (1-6821) 
(23-46-1,70) of HOMICIDAL MANIACS.  Down 17.  THE SICKNESS overpowered SANDY in a 
popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.  Next time, she'll take more, you 
know, vitamin sea and stuff.
     BINDI (29-4454) (17-6-1,64) of CROC FILES challenged BEER (71-3539) (24-33-0,91) 
of STUFF I BROUGHT.  Up 27.  BINDI murdered BEER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge 
match.  I always HEARD those Crocs were really mean, but now I KNOW.  I mean, the 
stewards said Bindi started to EAT Beer after the fight.  Which is, like, strange, 
because everyone knows you have to DRINK beer.
     IDIOTIC INDIGO (28-3528) (25-7-0,96) of IDIOTIC ICCERS challenged BLUE (33-5776) 
(25-15-1,149) of BLADES OF GRASS.  Up 53.  IDIOTIC INDIGO subdued BLUE in a crowd 
pleasing 3 minute bloody Challenge competition.  This was, like, totally crazy.  Even 
idiotic!  But he won, so I guess it's, you know, blue on blue or something, right?
     GRAHAM (29-4318) (31-35-0,117) of CROC FILES challenged SUPERIOR FORCES (33-
4543) (62-99-2,131) of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY.  Up 14.  GRAHAM was beaten by SUPERIOR 
FORCES in a 2 minute brutal Challenge fight.  Well, they ARE superior.
     GOLDIE (29-4395) (22-16-1,140) of CROC FILES challenged KELOS (55-30) (60-90-
3,149) of ROCANIS RIDERS.  Up 9.  GOLDIE was overpowered by KELOS in an action packed 
1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.  I was surprised.  I mean, there's nowhere in 
Rocanis to learn to wrestle Crocs.
     SAMPSA (31-4233) (25-18-2,165) of SOL INVICTUS challenged ELVIS (7-612) (35-28-
0,183) of THE ROCKERS.  Up 18.  SAMPSA viciously subdued ELVIS in an action packed 3 
minute gruesome Challenge fight.  Gosh!  Elvis was, like, crying like a hound dog or 
something.  Not that I've ever heard a hound dog cry, but that's what the cue card 
says.
     SUE (22-5828) (25-23-1,164) of WOMEN OF REALITY challenged RILLION (36-5545) 
(38-25-1,182) of THE CHADS.  Up 18.  SUE handily defeated RILLION in a 2 minute 
gruesome uneven Challenge melee.  There was a note about this earlier, wasn't there?  
I have this kind of remembry of one.
     PAPPI DEWRAG (66-3565) (29-7-0,173) of HELTER SKELTER challenged CALAMITY JANE 
(12-1867) (31-27-0,174) of THE LAWMEN.  Up 1.  PAPPI DEWRAG devastated CALAMITY JANE 
in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge competition.  It was a total calamity!
     AGRO (29-4314) (31-38-1,157) of CROC FILES challenged HOUSE MOUSE (55-221) (114-
183-2,181) of RHYME TYME.  Up 24.  AGRO was overpowered by HOUSE MOUSE in a 1 minute 
one-sided Challenge struggle.  I thought it was only elephants.
     SMALL ROOMS (97-606) (18-8-4,210) of THE HASTINGS challenged WYATT EARP (12-
2168) (28-11-1,202) of THE LAWMEN.  Down 8.  SMALL ROOMS was bested by WYATT EARP in 
an action packed 1 minute Challenge brawl.  By knocking out a wall.  That made it 
bigger right away.
     SEVERUS SNAPE (18-7146) (38-25-0,191) of HOUSE SLYTHERIN challenged MADBULL (13-
4198) (55-93-2,193) of CARDOW HUNTERS.  Up 2.  SEVERUS SNAPE devastated MADBULL in a 
popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.  This keeps happening.  Not Mr. Snape 
every time, but you know.
     MIMR (82-3783) (58-41-2,235) of SOL  INVICTUS challenged MOONJUMPER (16-3062) 
(66-97-1,246) of PUNNY AMINALS.  Up 11.  MIMR demolished MOONJUMPER in a popular 2 
minute gruesome one-sided Challenge melee.  So I guess being most challenged wasn't 
good this time.

     And for being Lord Marshall, our TV challenges (the others were all radio):  
WOUNDWORT (12-4228) (57-37-0,235) of DARKMOON TV challenged HEL (82-14331) (39-37-
0,232) of ARCTIC GUARDS.  Down 3.  WOUNDWORT devastated HEL in an action packed 1 
minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.  Congratulations, and I hope Woundwort will 
write a columng!

                                        Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                 W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WOUNDWORT 12-4228           58  37  0  247  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DESECRATION 21-4392         37  16  3  296  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 ELRORAN 12-4386             50  36  2  254  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
 MIMR 82-3783                59  41  2  248  SOL  INVICTUS (919)        DWES EG
 RAVEN EYES 12-2709          75  89  0  237  SWEET MAGIC (717)          RIZTAB
-PARANOIA 9-4557             28   7  1  235  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
-NEBUCHADNEZZER 15-4097      49  35  0  225  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 TITAN 21-5070               45  27  1  222  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 WYATT EARP 12-2168          29  11  1  213  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
 LUMP O'GORE 13-1212         97  89  5  211  ILLFANG PACT (254)         DULLENS
-ALI GATOR 33-5584           33  40  1  211  DRAKE'S PETTING ZOO (884)  NIYTYOLE ISLAND

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-WWW.QUAM.COM 82-4467        31  33  4  210  EASTERN HORDE 2 (994)      DWES EG
-MOJO-JOJO 12-3867           47  38  1  207  EASTERN HORDE (777)        RIZTAB
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         92 127  1  204  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       39  25  0  203  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
-XERXES 67-2429              51  44  2  201  MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE (915)  BARIKALA
-PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         32  22  1  201  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 SAMOO 37-4630               27  15  1  201  DARKENED PRIDE (998)       SIBIKHAS

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-HAYSEED X-IV 82-6120        26  17  2  201  PROJECT HAYSEED (973)      DWES EG
 SMALL ROOMS 97-606          18   9  4  201  THE HASTINGS (1010)        SHADOW GROVE
-ROCK A BYE 33-4653          50  36  3  198  EASTERN HORDE (813)        NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968        111 161  3  197  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
-DR. SCUM 15-1968            62  51  2  197  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          66  98  1  196  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 TYVIN 60-5382               54  45  1  196  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 HEL 82-14331                39  38  0  196  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
-CHAOS LICH 15-4132          46  37  0  193  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     36  29  3  193  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-TRASH QUAM 19-3751          30  24  2  192  EASTERN HORDE 3 (899)      ZUWAYZA
-NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      29  23  0  192  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 SUE 22-5828                 26  23  1  191  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
 THE MADNESS 21-5214         33  13  1  190  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
-KREWKUT SAUSAGE 65-6327     22  24  0  190  LINCOLNSHIRE (985)         DAL SHANG
 JULIUS 64-3641              73  87  2  188  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 PAPPI DEWRAG 66-3565        30   7  0  187  HELTER SKELTER (1005)      TARRGIR
 MADBULL 13-4198             55  94  2  186  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
-SAVAGE SAGE 17-4022         28  30  0  186  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
 SAMPSA 31-4233              26  18  2  186  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 HOUSE MOUSE 55-221         115 183  2  185  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 LADY EMILY 33-6626          25  15  1  185  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           57  54  1  183  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MILA 55-29                  61  95  0  179  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            41  73  0  179  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 VENRIC 60-5709              33  28  0  179  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
-UU DOEWANAKNO 73-1414       26  14  1  178  DRAKE'S LODGE (1037)       ERINIKA
-FUT COUGH 17-4815           39  16  0  177  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        123 180  0  173  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 ROYLAND 56-3380             69  50  0  173  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-CAFFIENE ACHIEVER 15-2429   38  44  4  173  DRAKE'S BAR-B-Q (263)      MALCORN
 ELVIS 7-612                 35  29  0  172  THE ROCKERS (1029)         BONSUR
-OSIRIS 19-4111              31  20  2  171  ANARCHY (1030)             ZUWAYZA
 CALAMITY JANE 12-1867       31  28  0  169  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
 RED BARON 33-1092           33  33  3  167  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 RILLION 36-5545             38  26  1  164  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 KELOS 55-30                 61  90  3  161  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
-HYSTERIAS 19-4047           30  32  3  161  ANARCHY (1030)             ZUWAYZA
-CRYPT KEEPER 15-4146        42  29  1  158  GRAVEYARD GLORY (936)      MALCORN
-D 82-44                     23  13  0  156  EASTERN HORDE 4 (992)      DWES EG
 AGRO 29-4314                31  39  1  153  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LORD REDMOND 12-4109        33  22  1  150  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 OURS ROUGE 3-6049           24  33  1  149  THE REDBAERS (1028)        OSKSI
-AVARICIOUS AVON 63-2388     26  29  0  138  TOMATO ENFORCER (1024)     AMEN-TEI
 IDIOTIC INDIGO 28-3528      26   7  0  134  IDIOTIC ICCERS (1050)      MORYA
 SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543     63  99  2  133  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TESEN 12-4211               42  51  1  133  DEMONS OF DARKNESS (838)   RIZTAB
-NEDIAM NORI 31-4069         25  16  1  132  CISUM S. EKARD (1049)      CHIMLEVTAL
 GOLDIE 29-4395              22  17  1  132  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 REDFOX 13-4197              50  71  0  127  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 BLUE 33-5776                25  16  1  125  BLADES OF GRASS (1032)     NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 GRAHAM 29-4318              31  36  0  117  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 SCRAPPA 29-4411             19  13  2  107  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
-TEXAS GLITTER 35-3509       27  14  0  106  EXACTLY! (1033)            MURSKA
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      30  31  0  102  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LOONY LATEKNIGHT 28-3529    25   8  2  100  IDIOTIC ICCERS (1050)      MORYA
-SCHIZOPHRENIC 9-4595        21  11  1  100  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BINDI 29-4454               18   6  2  100  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 FLESH RIPPER 74-3375        12   3  1   96  LUROCIANS XI (1038)        DAIYLA KIV
 THE SICKNESS 21-5327        20   8  1   94  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 LOKI 71-3798                17  15  1   91  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR
 WRATH OF ONE 82-11628       12   3  0   91  LUROCIANS XII (1039)       DWES EG

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LOPING WOLF 56-1796         59 106  0   85  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-YAMA 82-11638               13  10  0   80  DEATH HORDE VI (997)       DWES EG
 BEER 71-3539                24  34  0   70  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR
 DOC HOLIDAY 12-2956         17  16  1   70  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
 SANDY 1-6821                23  47  1   67  HOMICIDAL MANIACS (1022)   MORDANT
 SKYWISE 43-3868             19  14  1   66  WOLF RIDERS (1051)         VEASTIAN
 ROWARDENN 16-4105           17  11  0   60  SAILS OF CHARON (1044)     WILLAF
 SPINAL CRACKER 36-5007      15  17  0   55  HELTER SKELTER (1004)      JHANS

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
TYVIN 60-5382              54  45  1 DEMONS OF DARKNESS 900 DESECRATION 21-4392    379
DOC HOLIDAY 12-2956        17  16  1 THE LAWMEN 292         LOONY LATEKNIGHT 28-35 379
ROWARDENN 16-4105          17  11  0 SAILS OF CHARON 1044   FLESH RIPPER 74-3375   379
BEER 71-3539               24  34  0 STUFF I BROUGHT 918    BINDI 29-4454          379

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Krewkut Sausage -- Very good with eggs and hash browns. -- Moonjumper

Titan -- (roar of fury) -- Madbull, getting madder by the day

Calamity Jane -- Why didn't you learn anything?  That's what it's all ABOUT, you
know. -- Raven Eyes

Goldie -- You could turn me off wading in chance-met rivers very easily, woman. --
Redfox

The Sickness -- You think you're sick NOW, just you wait! -- Sandy of Homicidal
Maniacs, like there was any point in making it clear which one I am, since the
impostor doesn't write personals

25 May 2004
                                 TEN TURNS OF HELL:
                        The KLK Capture The Flag Competition

In the spirit of the ongoing effort to make arena play what it used to be (FUN!!), I
am proud to announce the KLK Capture The Flag Competition.  The competition will be
held in Jhans (DM-36, which has, by the way, grown in size equal to Talcama already).
:)  We are announcing this contest early to allow managers time to prep.

Rules:
     -- On turn 462 (due 8/4/04) the lowest ranked warrior on your team is given your
team's 'flag' (he is your initial flag defender).
     -- Starting on turn 463 (due 8/18/04) flags will be defended every turn and turn
463 is the turn scoring will begin.
     -- Fights involving flags are winners-take-all and a warrior can carry as many
flags as he can win.
     -- If a warrior holding a flag either A) goes inactive, B) loses to a stand-by
warrior or C) gets DA'd, he forfeits all flags he has and they are returned the their
original team's lowest ranked warrior.
     -- If you hold your own flag on an inactive warrior you receive NO POINTS that
turn.
     -- If a warrior graduates to AD holding flags starting on the next turn those
flags will be defended by the lowest ranked warrior on the team of the graduating
warrior.
     -- Scoring as follows for each turn:
          2 pts -- possession of your own team flag
          1 pt -- possession any other flag
          1 pt -- for each win
          1 pt -- for each kill
          1 pt -- for each award you receive in the newsletter
     -- You may enter as many teams as you like (per RSI rules) but each team is its
own entry.
     -- Tie-Breaker goes to the team that had the most points from flags.
     -- If still tied the tie-breaker will be the team that had the most points from
kills.  (It's the Delarq way.)
     -- The contest lasts 10 turns and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
(based on highest point totals)

Prizes: (what you've been waiting on)
1st -- 3 know favorites potions*
       DA warrior named after winning manager
2nd -- 2 know favorites potions*
3rd -- 1 know favorites potion*

* These are full favorite potions (weapon, rhythms and tactics) and can only be used
on warriors with at least 4 FE.

     How's that for paying out? (grin)  Even if you think that it's all about the TC,
these prizes should be enough to draw you in.  (You know who you are.)
     I hope to see friend and foe alike come to Jhans.  Legion, Froths, and all the
others...this is your personal invite.  Can you win?  Can you survive 10 turns of
Hell in Jhans?
     Note:  Special thanks to RSI for helping make this contest possible.  Thanks
guys!

Bookie
KLK Alliance
Director Jhans' Board of Tourism
Warden of the Froth Circle (grin)
D.R.C. 4 Life

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the 
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena 
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight 
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death 
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable 
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New 
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other 
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin 
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once 
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission 
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied 
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow 
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least 
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the 
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables 
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables 
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the 
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to 
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new 
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67 
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular 
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part 
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow 
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron 
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission; 
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New 
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall 
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor 
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part 
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by 
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by 
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death 
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena 
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to 
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding 
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie 
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being 
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the 
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to 
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to 
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name & 
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL 
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and 
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye 
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest 
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension 
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WOUNDWORT devastated HEL in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
MIMR demolished MOONJUMPER in a popular 2 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge melee.
SEVERUS SNAPE devastated MADBULL in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
SMALL ROOMS was bested by WYATT EARP in a action packed 1 minute Challenge brawl.
AGRO was overpowered by HOUSE MOUSE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
PAPPI DEWRAG devastated CALAMITY JANE in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
SUE handily defeated RILLION in a 2 minute gruesome uneven Challenge melee.
SAMPSA viciously subdued ELVIS in a action packed 3 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
GOLDIE was overpowered by KELOS in a action packed 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
GRAHAM was beaten by SUPERIOR FORCES in a 2 minute brutal Challenge fight.
IDIOTIC INDIGO subdued BLUE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody Challenge competition.
BINDI murdered BEER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
THE SICKNESS overpowered SANDY in a popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
ELRORAN overpowered LORD LIGHTSPEED in a action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.
DESECRATION savagely slew TYVIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody brawl.
TITAN savagely defeated ROBIN OF SHEW-WOOD in a exciting 3 minute brutal bout.
RAVEN EYES overpowered THE MADNESS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
JULIUS was devastated by LUMP O'GORE in a popular 1 minute one-sided contest.
TRYURLUCK lost to FUNNY BUNNY in a popular 2 minute match.
ROYLAND was handily defeated by SAMOO in a 1 minute uneven duel.
FRAIL WHALE devastated RED BARON in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.
SMUG BUG was defeated by LADY EMILY in a exciting 1 minute duel.
GROGGY DOGGY overpowered TESEN in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
VENRIC defeated OURS ROUGE in a 2 minute match.
MILA won victory over LORD REDMOND in a 2 minute bout.
REDFOX won victory over SCRAPPA in a 2 minute fray.
LORD FIREFLASH beat LOPING WOLF in a 2 minute fray.
WRATH OF ONE overpowered SKYWISE in a 1 minute uneven competition.
FLESH RIPPER killed ROWARDENN in a 2 minute gory fight.
LOKI vanquished SPINAL CRACKER in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
LOONY LATEKNIGHT executed DOC HOLIDAY in a 2 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  20         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   1 -  1      89  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 10         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         LUNGING ATTACK   149 - 123 -  2      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    8         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  23 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      6         AIMED BLOW        25 -  26 -  1      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   44 -  46 -  2      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         WALL OF STEEL     33 -  38 -  2      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-LUNGE       21 -  26 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  61 -  0      38  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  11 -  0      31  |

Turn 379 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     6 - 14         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0                                       2  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  3                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  3     
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  4     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   WOUNDWORT 12-4228          58  37  0  247 DARKMOON (911)
PARRY-LUNGE      MIMR 82-3783               59  41  2  248 SOL  INVICTUS (919)
STRIKING ATTACK  RAVEN EYES 12-2709         75  89  0  237 SWEET MAGIC (717)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WYATT EARP 12-2168         29  11  1  213 THE LAWMEN (292)
WALL OF STEEL    LUMP O'GORE 13-1212        97  89  5  211 ILLFANG PACT (254)
SLASHING ATTACK  SAMOO 37-4630              27  15  1  201 DARKENED PRIDE (998)
PARRY-STRIKE     FRAIL WHALE 55-1968       111 161  3  197 RHYME TYME (397)
AIMED BLOW       SUE 22-5828                26  23  1  191 WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)
BASHING ATTACK   HOUSE MOUSE 55-221        115 183  2  185 RHYME TYME (397)
TOTAL PARRY      ELVIS 7-612                35  29  0  172 THE ROCKERS (1029)

The overall popularity leader is GROGGY DOGGY 55-223.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TITAN 21-5070.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLUE 33-5776, 
SAMPSA 31-4233, DESECRATION 21-4392, MIMR 82-3783, RAVEN EYES 12-2709, FUNNY BUNNY 
55-1862, WOUNDWORT 12-4228, SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146, PAPPI DEWRAG 66-3565, and SUPERIOR 
FORCES 33-4543.

The least popular fighter this week was SPINAL CRACKER 36-5007.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SKYWISE 43-3868, ROYLAND 56-3380, BEER 71-3539, AGRO 29-4314, 
DOC HOLIDAY 12-2956, RED BARON 33-1092, JULIUS 64-3641, SANDY 1-6821, BINDI 29-4454, 
and GOLDIE 29-4395.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  1 0  MORYA(28)            2  0 1  ARADI(60)            1  1 0  
OSKSI(3)             0  1 0  LAPUR(29)            1  4 1  JURINE(61)           0  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            0  1 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       1  0 0  KURUKAR(64)          0  1 0  
RIZTAB(12)           4  4 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  3  3 0  TARRGIR(66)          1  0 0  
DULLENS(13)          2  1 0  JHANS(36)            0  2 0  KYR'TERR(71)         1  1 0  
WILLAF(16)           0  2 0  SIBIKHAS(37)         1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       1  0 1  
TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  VEASTIAN(43)         0  1 0  DWES EG(82)          2  1 0  
SUNSET(21)           3  1 1  KHALANI(55)          6  1 0  SHADOW GROVE(97)     0  1 0  
SOLVEN(22)           1  0 0  ROCANIS(56)          0  2 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SANDY 1-6821                23  47  1   67  HOMICIDAL MANIACS (1022)   MORDANT
 OURS ROUGE 3-6049           24  33  1  149  THE REDBAERS (1028)        OSKSI
 ELVIS 7-612                 35  29  0  172  THE ROCKERS (1029)         BONSUR
 WOUNDWORT 12-4228           58  37  0  247  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
 LUMP O'GORE 13-1212         97  89  5  211  ILLFANG PACT (254)         DULLENS
 MOONJUMPER 16-3062          66  98  1  196  PUNNY AMINALS (708)        WILLAF
 SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       39  25  0  203  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
 DESECRATION 21-4392         37  16  3  296  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 SUE 22-5828                 26  23  1  191  WOMEN OF REALITY (1014)    SOLVEN
 IDIOTIC INDIGO 28-3528      26   7  0  134  IDIOTIC ICCERS (1050)      MORYA
 AGRO 29-4314                31  39  1  153  CROC FILES (951)           LAPUR
 SAMPSA 31-4233              26  18  2  186  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     36  29  3  193  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 RILLION 36-5545             38  26  1  164  THE CHADS (946)            JHANS
 SAMOO 37-4630               27  15  1  201  DARKENED PRIDE (998)       SIBIKHAS
 SKYWISE 43-3868             19  14  1   66  WOLF RIDERS (1051)         VEASTIAN
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         92 127  1  204  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 ROYLAND 56-3380             69  50  0  173  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 TYVIN 60-5382               54  45  1  196  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           57  54  1  183  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 JULIUS 64-3641              73  87  2  188  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 PAPPI DEWRAG 66-3565        30   7  0  187  HELTER SKELTER (1005)      TARRGIR
 LOKI 71-3798                17  15  1   91  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR
 FLESH RIPPER 74-3375        12   3  1   96  LUROCIANS XI (1038)        DAIYLA KIV
 MIMR 82-3783                59  41  2  248  SOL  INVICTUS (919)        DWES EG
 SMALL ROOMS 97-606          18   9  4  201  THE HASTINGS (1010)        SHADOW GROVE