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Date   : 02/03/2005    Duedate: 02/16/2005

FREE BLADES

DM-103    TURN-395

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 LEGION OF DU 13/1056    6    0  0  100      IMMORTAL ASYLUM 17/877                
  2-MEOW MIX 21/978       219   78  5 73.7   11 ARCTIC GUARDS 82/944  243  222  4 52.3
    BLACKEST PRIDE 21/842                       STUFF I BROUGHT 71/918                
  3-DEATH REALM 69/943    214  107  1 66.7      ARCTIC GUARDS 71/1048                 
    THE MOTHERSHIP II 19/699                 12 DARKMOON 12/911       157  143  3 52.3
  4 COLGATE DAYS 33/1062 1183  630  7 65.3      AUTUMN LIGHTNING 58/1069              
    LAFFALYMPICS 56/1053                        ROMPER ROOM 60/1070                   
  5 SARATOGA GLO 32/1072  493  297  5 62.4      SOL INVICTUS 31/974                   
  6 DSM4 9/461            580  359  8 61.8   13 BLOOD KNIGHTS 61/284  244  285  9 46.1
    RACE THE WIND 73/1068                    14 LUROCIANS IV 12/865   135  161  5 45.6
    LINCOLNSHIRE 65/985                         LUROCIANS II 33/775                   
    DARK ANGELS 74/989                          LUROCIANS XII 82/1039                 
    BROTHERHOOD 74/1073                      15 RHYME TYME 55/397     197  250  0 44.1
    SHAVE MY POODLE 82/1057                  16 REDHORSE 56/823       264  359  2 42.4
    PROJECT HAYSEED 82/973                      ROCANIS RIDERS 55/285                 
    BLADES OF WONDER 22/1002                 17 UNDER DURESS 64/743   698 1013 10 40.8
    BLADE BROTHERS 82/1045                      DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY 33/764           
  7-HALL OF GIANT 12/885  338  239  9 58.6   18 HORROR FILMS 11/1071   45   68  1 39.8
    HEART OF DARKNESS 64/896                    ARENA FELINES 33/1054                 
    SAILS OF CHARON 16/1044                     ARENA FELINES 12/857                  
  8-RAZOR GRACE 17/562     28   22  1 56.0   19 THE BONDS 49/774      417  954  5 30.4
  9 MYTHICAL 58/779       516  426  6 54.8      CARDOW HUNTERS 13/761                 
    HOUSE SLYTHERIN 18/947                      MIDDLE WAY 17/1058                    
    DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 60/900                 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 32/771              
    THE ROCKERS 7/1029                       20-THE DARK TID 16/1040    3   10  0 23.1
 10 ANARCHY 19/1030        41   34  2 54.7

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Lighthouse #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     It was a good thing that Barikala Island wasn't big, because Artemisia was sure
they'd walked the length of it by the time they came to the Hall, and she'd been
tired to begin with.  She and Eddystone had passed through two coastal villages, both
of them deserted.  It was the villages that brought home to Artemisia that the island
really was under siege.  Empty cottages had lost shingles, windows were broken,
stones fallen from walls, the natural results of time and weather on abandoned
buildings.  But some of them had been...crushed.  Or ripped apart.  In the ruins of
one cottage there were bones that had come from nothing familiar.
     Artemisia paused to look at the bones more closely, tracing the probable outline
of the body that had been half-buried by rubble.  The thing had been tall as a Shew,
seven feet, at least, and upright.  Clawed feet like the largest bird she could
imagine, and that horned and snouted horror must be the skull.
     When she turned away, Eddystone said, "That was one of the earlier intrusions.
We lost twelve men in that fight."  He gestured for her to come away up the road.
"It was after that we abandoned all the outlying villages and set up our perimeter
around the Hall."
     Artemisia was silent for several minutes, looking around at the island.  She
shouldn't have been able to see much; it was after sunset.  But the pillar of light
in the center of the island, though focused upward, cast a glow across the landscape
that was brighter than starlight.  The island must never have been a fertile
farmland, it was too rocky, but now she saw fields abandoned to weeds, and forest
crowding into them.  What did people eat here?  It must be years since they'd gotten
any shipments of grain from the mainland.  She remembered tales of castaways and felt
faintly sick.
     There was a prickly sensation that made the hair on her arms stand up, and she
shivered, trying to look in all directions at once.
     Beside her, Eddystone drew his sword.  "A gate opening nearby," he said quietly.
"Probably to the left, along that stream--there's a dimensional fracture zone.  But
it might be anywhere.  You watch to the right, I'll watch left."
     "There have always been gates in Alastari," Artemisia said just as quietly.
"Why is it so bad here and now?"
     "It's always been bad," the Barikalan answered.  "It's what made the Chaos Wars.
Her on the Isle, she used to try to keep the gates under control."  He spat.  "She
doesn't seem to care anymore.  And she could've closed them all, but she wouldn't.
We're trying to prevent another Chaos War here, Lady Protector."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 508): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): BATTERY of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): DARON EL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): LEXINGTON of DARK GLORY (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): CLINCH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): CHINESE SIMIAN of K.B.W.F II (Polarius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): HERMES of MYTHICAL from DELARQ TOR (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 508): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): LADZ OF LUGBURZ (Bum, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
              (turn 249): RHINOVIRUS of BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 492): LUCIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): CHERRY 2000 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
              (turn 489): MAY FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                          STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 487): CATLOW of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 443): STILTZ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     It was going to be Snide Clemens.  I can't like that man.  He's just awful.  I
mean, everybody has some bad days, yes, but Snide is just awful all the time.  And
besides, I have a toothache, and I don't like ANYBODY when I have a toothache.  So
there!  Now you know.

     So here is some stuff for you about the fights.
     Blackest Pride was avoided by Laffalympics.  I guess they had their reasons.
     Redfox got the most challenges.
     There were twenty-seven fights, and nobody died.  Five were challenge matches,
one tv and the rest radio.
     Three mimes fought.
     The longest fight was twelve minutes.  You can do a lot in twelve minutes, if
you try.
     If you take aspirins all day, your ears ring.

     And here is, or maybe are, the high points.  Or maybe they're somewhere else.  I
don't know, and I don't care.  My tooth hurts.  My whole head hurts, even.
     This was the longest fight:  ELVIS (7-612) (43-36-0,206) of THE ROCKERS fought
GROGGY DOGGY (55-223) (133-185-0,183) of RHYME TYME.  ELVIS narrowly defeated GROGGY
DOGGY in an exciting 12 minute brutal fight.  If I was Elvis's hound dog, I would
stay away from this man, you know?  He is not nice to dogs.

     DARTMAN (33-7161) (18-8-1,88) of COLGATE DAYS challenged WHITEWING (13-4346)
(25-44-0,94) of CARDOW HUNTERS.  Up 6.  DARTMAN overpowered WHITEWING in a crowd
pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
     SMILING GOAT (82-20735) (15-13-0,81) of SHAVE MY POODLE challenged MOUSE NOYLE
(17-6252) (25-37-0,87) of MIDDLE WAY.  Up 6.  SMILING GOAT devastated MOUSE NOYLE in
a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.  Goats and mouses, whatever next?  It's just
a good thing Noyle isn't from Aradi!
     CAPTAIN CAVEMAN (56-3753) (22-3-0,149) of LAFFALYMPICS challenged BEER (71-3539)
(34-39-0,137) of STUFF I BROUGHT.  Down 12.  CAPTAIN CAVEMAN was subdued by BEER in
an action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.  Beer does that.  Did you know that
managers have stopped drinking at tourneys?  At least during the day.
     ARTEMISIA (12-5096) (31-33-0,121) of DARKMOON challenged REDFOX (13-4197) (53-
83-0,126) of CARDOW HUNTERS.  Up 5.  ARTEMISIA lost to REDFOX in an action packed 2
minute Challenge battle.

     NEBUCHADNEZZAR (22-5821) (35-29-0,196) of BLADES OF WONDER TV challenged
TRYURLUCK (61-1029) (65-61-1,209) of BLOOD KNIGHTS.  Up 13.  NEBUCHADNEZZAR was
devastated by TRYURLUCK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  Congratulations on
having the TV anyway, Neb.

     And for the title of Lord Marshall, Paranoia came back and found someone sitting
in his chair....  HERMES (58-6016) (31-13-0,248) of MYTHICAL fought PARANOIA (9-4557)
(38-9-1,226) of DSM4.  HERMES was overpowered by PARANOIA in a 2 minute one-sided
Title struggle.  And congratulations to Paranoia.  Both of him.

                                       Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                 W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PARANOIA 9-4557             39   9  1  248  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-TYVIN 60-5382               59  47  1  259  DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (900) ARADI
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968        120 168  3  244  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
-NOFX 19-3180                74  43  2  237  THE MOTHERSHIP II (699)    ZUWAYZA
 HEL 82-14331                47  46  0  226  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
-KREWKUT SAUSAGE 65-6327     32  26  0  223  LINCOLNSHIRE (985)         DAL SHANG
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           66  61  1  221  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 MILA 55-29                  70 102  0  211  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ELVIS 7-612                 44  36  0  210  THE ROCKERS (1029)         BONSUR
-MONOMACH 17-3648            32  21  3  210  RAZOR GRACE (562)          ALJAFIR
 ROYLAND 56-3380             81  54  0  208  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-SEVERUS SNAPE 18-7146       46  27  0  207  HOUSE SLYTHERIN (947)      TALCAMA
-SCOURGE 74-2857             37  25  1  207  DARK ANGELS (989)          DAIYLA KIV
 HOUSE MOUSE 55-221         125 189  2  206  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 FUT COUGH 17-4815           42  17  0  205  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
-THE MADNESS 21-5214         36  16  1  202  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 RED BARON 33-1092           40  42  3  200  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 LADY EMILY 33-6626          31  25  1  200  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TREMOR CHRIST 17-4047       38  24  2  199  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
 HERMES 58-6016              31  14  0  199  MYTHICAL (779)             DELARQ TOR
 SAMPSA 31-4233              30  28  4  195  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
-JOPPA CLUBFIST 12-3748      27  23  0  195  HALL OF GIANT (885)        RIZTAB
-HAYSEED X-IV 82-6120        26  19  2  192  PROJECT HAYSEED (973)      DWES EG
 CHESTER CHEETAH 12-1552     56  37  1  190  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     42  39  3  188  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      35  30  0  188  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        133 186  0  187  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 THE CAT'S MEOW 12-2073      41  27  1  182  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
-SERAPH 69-5725              36  15  1  182  DEATH REALM (943)          CIMMERIAC
 LORD REDMOND 12-4109        37  34  1  181  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         98 137  1  180  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 LOKI 71-3798                25  23  2  180  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR
 PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         34  26  2  176  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
-DUBIJN 64-4092              40  14  0  175  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543     70 108  2  173  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 KELOS 55-30                 68  99  3  173  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 T-BONE 13-3139              25   6  0  166  LEGION OF DUMB (1056)      DULLENS
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            47  83  0  164  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 BEER 71-3539                35  39  0  158  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TIGRESS 13-4471             31  40  0  155  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-THE SICKNESS 21-5327        26   8  1  146  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 WRATH OF ONE 82-11628       18  13  2  146  LUROCIANS XII (1039)       DWES EG
 LOPING WOLF 56-1796         69 112  0  145  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 JULIUS 64-3641              76 100  2  140  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 CAPTAIN CAVEMAN 56-3753     22   4  0  138  LAFFALYMPICS (1053)        ROCANIS
 OSIRIS 19-4111              32  23  2  137  ANARCHY (1030)             ZUWAYZA
-ROWARDENN 16-4105           22  12  0  136  SAILS OF CHARON (1044)     WILLAF
 REDFOX 13-4197              54  83  0  133  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      36  41  0  122  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 ARTEMISIA 12-5096           31  34  0  118  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
-SHEYN 64-4157               25   3  1  113  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DARTMAN 33-7161             19   8  1  100  COLGATE DAYS (1062)        NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-MAINE COON CAT 21-5358      22  12  0   99  MEOW MIX (978)             SUNSET
-SCHIZOPHRENIC 9-4595        22  12  1   96  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
-SKULL STROKER 21-5590       21   9  0   94  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 SMILING GOAT 82-20735       16  13  0   94  SHAVE MY POODLE (1057)     DWES EG
-MAY FISTAFOLES 32-3852      25  16  1   92  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RETRIBUTION 74-2982         15   6  1   85  BROTHERHOOD (1073)         DAIYLA KIV
 TROUNCING TORTASHE 33-6332  27  12  0   84  ARENA FELINES (1054)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 WHITEWING 13-4346           25  45  0   84  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 STYLISH 32-4116             17   5  1   76  SARATOGA GLORY (1072)      ARVAT
 MOUSE NOYLE 17-6252         25  38  0   75  MIDDLE WAY (1058)          ALJAFIR
 DR MAX 73-5311              16   3  0   74  RACE THE WIND (1068)       ERINIKA
 EYE OF THE TIGER 33-6780    19   7  1   68  ARENA FELINES (1054)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-WEDNESDAY 16-5254           17  17  2   68  THE DARK TIDES (1040)      WILLAF
-JAVELINO 56-3728            27  17  0   64  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-INERTIA 21-5761             17   4  1   62  BLACKEST PRIDE (842)       SUNSET
 LULU 32-3523                25  42  1   58  FISHERMAN'S WHARF (771)    ARVAT
 U.S. STEEL 49-3369          24  28  0   56  THE BONDS (774)            VITHICAR
-JIMMY THE AINT 82-19733     21   6  1   50  BLADE BROTHERS (1045)      DWES EG

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Hermes -- I can see that I need to improve my ground-work, fighting while I'm not on
my feet.  That sucked.  Nice fight on your part. -- Royland
P.S.  If I'd known we were fighting for the title, I might have invented some ground-
work techniques.

Monomach -- Maybe next time will go differently.  Anyway, thanks for the fight.  My
jaw still pops when I move it wrong. -- Kelos

Redfox -- Yeah, I was there when Khalani Arena was built.  That doesn't make me a
better gladiator though, just an older one. -- Kelos

Lord Redmond -- Can't say I'm thrilled to beat someone with less than half my fights.
Still, you got the jump and looked good for a second there. -- Mila

Sheyn -- I don't get it.  I'm hurt bad, I'm the one getting tired, and then you give
up after an elbow hit?  It wasn't even a fancy hit.  You need to work on your will,
boy! -- Loping Wolf

Captain Caveman -- You and your damned caveman tactics!  If you challenge me again, I
will insist that Jorja let me avoid your team. -- Tigress
P.S.  And I'll hope that your inflated record takes you off to Primus quickly.

Loki -- I wish the audience hadn't stood up just as we advanced on each other.  It
threw me off my stroke, and I've only got the one stroke, so if I get thrown off it,
finding something else to do in response to an attack can be a real problem. --
Redfox

Bitter Almond tried to poison me, but I showed HIM. -- U.S. Steel

Ah, Lucifreya is not COMPLETELY a mime, she spoke during our fight!  Only to call on
her gods for protection, and of course we all know that's useless, but still. -- Lulu

And who is this Rosella, I ask you, who thinks she is better than a mouse?  But I
showed her what, exactly, is what in the Rosella vs. Mouse Noyle line. -- Mouse Noyle

I can't really count my win over Rosella for much.  She was tired. -- Whitewing

Kelos -- I don't like those healing magics.  It's unnatural.  Our whole lives here on
the Isle are unnatural.  It worries me sometimes. -- Redfox

12 January 2005
On Jhans turn number 476 (due on Feb. 16, 2005) the Second Annual kLk St. Valentine's
Massacre Kill Contest will begin.  The rules are simple; the team with the most kills
on the last turn wins.  Last year's winner was Shocking Toad.  Can he repeat?  Could
DOOMcorps crush all challengers?  Will the kLk prevail?  Or will you be the
independent manager to show that alliances aren't all that?  Come on to Jhans and
let's find out!
     Prizes are:  1st.  Renaming of a Dark Arena monster and five roll-up
                        certificates or $25.00 deposited in your account.
                  2nd.  Renaming of a Stand-In monster.
     Come on and celebrate the Delarquan way!
                                                                   Azrael

15 January 2005
     BR 4 is upon us!  First turn is due on 1/29/05.  Many thanks to RSI for helping
supply a great prize for the winner and those who meet the 90% endurance criteria.
     Winning prize:  6 months free play, a +1 bonus potion, a limited damage potion,
a favorites knowledge potion, a minor stat-switch prize, and renaming a Dark Arena
creature.
     Endurance prizes:  a +1 bonus potion to all teams that fight 90% of the possible
fights during the contest.
     For details, visit Talcama's newletter or
http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4
     To join, simply bring a team to DM 18, announce your entry in the personals, and
follow the very simple rule of not avoiding!

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NEBUCHADNEZZAR was devastated by TRYURLUCK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
ARTEMISIA lost to REDFOX in a action packed 2 minute Challenge battle.
CAPTAIN CAVEMAN was subdued by BEER in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
SMILING GOAT devastated MOUSE NOYLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
DARTMAN overpowered WHITEWING in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
HERMES was overpowered by PARANOIA in a 2 minute one-sided Title struggle.
CHESTER CHEETAH was handily defeated by HEL in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
FRAIL WHALE vanquished DREHVIN in a action packed 2 minute gruesome one-sided duel.
RED BARON was narrowly defeated by THE BLOB in a exciting 5 minute gruesome fight.
ELVIS narrowly defeated GROGGY DOGGY in a exciting 12 minute brutal fight.
PANIC ATTACK was devastated by HOUSE MOUSE in a exciting 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SAMPSA demolished KELOS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided brawl.
FUT COUGH handily defeated SMUG BUG in a 1 minute uneven fight.
LORD LIGHTSPEED was overpowered by MILA in a action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.
LADY EMILY was beaten by ROYLAND in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brawl.
THE CAT'S MEOW was viciously subdued by TREMOR CHRIST in a exciting 2 minute fight.
THE WHEAT KING luckily beat LOKI in a exciting 5 minute gory bout.
FUNNY BUNNY overcame JULIUS in a 2 minute competition.
JULIA was devastated by TIGRESS in a action packed 1 minute one-sided bout.
LORD REDMOND demolished OSIRIS in a action packed 1 minute uneven bout.
SUPERIOR FORCES handily defeated LORD FIREFLASH in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
WRATH OF ONE was overpowered by T-BONE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
LOPING WOLF beat XHUGHA KARGARIT in a action packed 2 minute gory fight.
EYE OF THE TIGER was defeated by RETRIBUTION in a action packed 1 minute match.
DR MAX overpowered U.S. STEEL in a 1 minute uneven duel.
TROUNCING TORTASHELL luckily beat LUCIFREYJA in a tiresome 8 minute fray.
STYLISH handily defeated LULU in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  17         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK   119 -  64 -  1      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  16 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  20 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  16 -  0      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  58 -  3      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW         9 -  16 -  1      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  42 -  0      34  |

Turn 395 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       1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  5         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  3         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
LUNGING ATTACK    10 -  7     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  3                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   PARANOIA 9-4557            39   9  1  248 DSM4 (461)
PARRY-STRIKE     FRAIL WHALE 55-1968       120 168  3  244 RHYME TYME (397)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRYURLUCK 61-1029          66  61  1  221 BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)
STRIKING ATTACK  MILA 55-29                 70 102  0  211 ROCANIS RIDERS (285)
TOTAL PARRY      ELVIS 7-612                44  36  0  210 THE ROCKERS (1029)
BASHING ATTACK   HOUSE MOUSE 55-221        125 189  2  206 RHYME TYME (397)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821     35  30  0  188 BLADES OF WONDER (1002)
PARRY-LUNGE      GROGGY DOGGY 55-223       133 186  0  187 RHYME TYME (397)
WALL OF STEEL    THE CAT'S MEOW 12-2073     41  27  1  182 ARENA FELINES (857)

The overall popularity leader is GROGGY DOGGY 55-223.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LOKI 71-3798.  The ten other most popular fighters were GROGGY DOGGY 55-223, 
RED BARON 33-1092, ELVIS 7-612, LADY EMILY 33-6626, TREMOR CHRIST 17-4047, REDFOX 
13-4197, THE BLOB 11-1730, ROYLAND 56-3380, THE WHEAT KING 58-5407, and PARANOIA 
9-4557.

The least popular fighter this week was TROUNCING TORTASHELL 33-6332.  The other ten 
least popular fighters were U.S. STEEL 49-3369, WRATH OF ONE 82-11628, JULIA 60-4651, 
WHITEWING 13-4346, MOUSE NOYLE 17-6252, NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821, LULU 32-3523, LORD 
FIREFLASH 33-2966, SMUG BUG 55-2900, and KELOS 55-30.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
BONSUR(7)            1  0 0  CHIMLEVTAL(31)       1  0 0  ARADI(60)            0  1 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  ARVAT(32)            1  1 0  JURINE(61)           1  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  3  5 0  KURUKAR(64)          0  1 0  
RIZTAB(12)           1  3 0  VITHICAR(49)         0  1 0  KYR'TERR(71)         1  1 0  
DULLENS(13)          3  1 0  KHALANI(55)          4  3 0  ERINIKA(73)          1  0 0  
ALJAFIR(17)          2  1 0  ROCANIS(56)          2  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       1  0 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          0  1 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       1  1 0  DWES EG(82)          2  1 0  
SOLVEN(22)           0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ELVIS 7-612                 44  36  0  210  THE ROCKERS (1029)         BONSUR
 PARANOIA 9-4557             39   9  1  248  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 CHESTER CHEETAH 12-1552     56  37  1  190  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
 T-BONE 13-3139              25   6  0  166  LEGION OF DUMB (1056)      DULLENS
 FUT COUGH 17-4815           42  17  0  205  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
 OSIRIS 19-4111              32  23  2  137  ANARCHY (1030)             ZUWAYZA
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      35  30  0  188  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 SAMPSA 31-4233              30  28  4  195  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 STYLISH 32-4116             17   5  1   76  SARATOGA GLORY (1072)      ARVAT
 RED BARON 33-1092           40  42  3  200  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 U.S. STEEL 49-3369          24  28  0   56  THE BONDS (774)            VITHICAR
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968        120 168  3  244  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 ROYLAND 56-3380             81  54  0  208  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 HERMES 58-6016              31  14  0  199  MYTHICAL (779)             DELARQ TOR
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           66  61  1  221  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 JULIUS 64-3641              76 100  2  140  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 LOKI 71-3798                25  23  2  180  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR
 DR MAX 73-5311              16   3  0   74  RACE THE WIND (1068)       ERINIKA
 RETRIBUTION 74-2982         15   6  1   85  BROTHERHOOD (1073)         DAIYLA KIV
 HEL 82-14331                47  46  0  226  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG