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Date   : 02/17/2005    Duedate: 03/02/2005

FREE BLADES

DM-103    TURN-396

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 LEGION OF DU 13/1056    6    1  0 85.7   11 DARKMOON 12/911       158  146  3 52.0
  2-DEATH REALM 69/943    214  107  1 66.7      AUTUMN LIGHTNING 58/1069              
    THE MOTHERSHIP II 19/699                    ROMPER ROOM 60/1070                   
  3 COLGATE DAYS 33/1062 1185  630  7 65.3      SOL INVICTUS 31/974                   
    LAFFALYMPICS 56/1053                     12 BLOOD KNIGHTS 61/284  245  285  9 46.2
  4 SARATOGA GLO 32/1072  494  297  5 62.5   13 LUROCIANS IV 12/865   137  165  5 45.4
  5 DSM4 9/461            583  362  8 61.7      LUROCIANS II 33/775                   
    RACE THE WIND 73/1068                       LUROCIANS XII 82/1039                 
    SHAVE MY POODLE 82/1057                  14 RHYME TYME 55/397     201  251  0 44.5
    BLADES OF WONDER 22/1002                 15 THE LAWMEN 12/292      48   63  0 43.2
    BROTHERHOOD 74/1073                      16 REDHORSE 56/823       267  360  2 42.6
  6-HALL OF GIANT 12/885  338  239  9 58.6      ROCANIS RIDERS 55/285                 
    HEART OF DARKNESS 64/896                 17 HORROR FILMS 11/1071   49   69  1 41.5
    SAILS OF CHARON 16/1044                     ARENA FELINES 33/1054                 
  7-RAZOR GRACE 17/562     28   22  1 56.0      ARENA FELINES 12/857                  
  8-MYTHICAL 58/779       516  426  6 54.8   18 UNDER DURESS 64/743   699 1014 10 40.8
    THE ROCKERS 7/1029                          DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY 33/764           
  9-ANARCHY 19/1030        41   34  2 54.7   19 THE BONDS 49/774      419  958  5 30.4
    IMMORTAL ASYLUM 17/877                      CARDOW HUNTERS 13/761                 
 10 ARCTIC GUARDS 82/944  244  224  4 52.1      MIDDLE WAY 17/1058                    
    STUFF I BROUGHT 71/918                      FISHERMAN'S WHARF 32/771              
    ARCTIC GUARDS 71/1048                    20-THE DARK TID 16/1040    3   10  0 23.1

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

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     I've just had the most shattering experience!  They told me to come closer 
because they were going to make a canal in some roots, which I thought was, like, 
under a tree, you know?  And they did it in my MOUTH, and it was worse than taking a 
drink and getting poked by the umbrella!  And I NEED a drink after that.
     But you guys need a spy report, so here it is.

     I can't believe the violence in FREE BLADES!  (Of course, it isn't as bad as 
Darkholm.)  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing spy reports.  (I don't know what she 
thinks I'm doing, but you know moms.)  She'd have a cow!  (Or at least a small dog.  
She likes small dogs.)  Well, here we go...
     MVP award for LORD FIREFLASH?  LUROCIANS II's proud of him after beating MAREI 
and getting 28 points.  LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966) (36-41-0,122) of LUROCIANS II fought 
MAREI (103-37) (38-32-2,150) of the College of Mimes.  LORD FIREFLASH overpowered 
MAREI in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.  Does this count?  I mean, I've seen 
mimes fight better than Marei.

     Talk about yer major upsets!  LORD REDMOND's match with SMUG BUG cost him a loss 
of 19 points!  LORD REDMOND (12-4109) (37-34-1,181) of LUROCIANS IV fought SMUG BUG 
(55-2900) (47-83-0,164) of RHYME TYME.  LORD REDMOND was overpowered by SMUG BUG in 
an exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.  You guys just don't understand.  You've got to 
lure the bugs close and then smash them with the bottom of your glass.

    This Lord Marshall is like something else!  I don't know what he's like, though.  
A hammer falling off a high shelf onto your toe?  PARANOIA stopped HEL dead in her 
tracks!  9) PARANOIA (9-4557) (39-9-1,248) of DSM4 fought HEL (82-14331) (47-46-
0,226) of ARCTIC GUARDS.  PARANOIA narrowly defeated HEL in an action packed 6 minute 
gory Title match.

     BLACKEST PRIDE was the most avoided team.  Is a 69-28-1 record really that 
scary?  I don't know what LAFFALYMPICS' been doing.  They certainly haven't been 
accepting many fights from BLACKEST PRIDE, that's fer sher.

     Like, is SAMPSA popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all of FREE 
BLADES!  He's got a 30-29-4, is that good?  NEBUCHADNEZZAR (22-5821) (35-30-0,188) of 
BLADES OF WONDER TV challenged SAMPSA (31-4233) (30-28-4,195) of SOL INVICTUS.  Up 7.  
NEBUCHADNEZZAR devastated SAMPSA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.

     Speaking of challenging 29 points above did you hear about THE CAT'S MEOW of 
ARENA FELINES vs. ROCANIS RIDERS' MILA?  (And how was that intro!) THE CAT'S MEOW 
lost to MILA, but he got 3 points.  MILA won, and got 10 points.  I don't get it.  
THE CAT'S MEOW (12-2073) (41-27-1,182) of ARENA FELINES challenged MILA (55-29) (70-
102-0,211) of ROCANIS RIDERS.  Up, like I said, 29 points.  THE CAT'S MEOW was 
defeated by MILA in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.

     Ooh!  Did ARTEMISIA really know what she was doing when she challenged TIGRESS?  
A 31-35-0 speaks volumes.  (Zontoni said that.  I don't know what it means.) What did 
ARTEMISIA expect, anyway!  Of course TIGRESS won.  Next time stick to people you have 
a chance against, dummy!  ARTEMISIA (12-5096) (31-34-0,118) of DARKMOON challenged 
TIGRESS (13-4471) (31-40-0,155) of CARDOW HUNTERS.  Up 37.  ARTEMISIA was devastated 
by TIGRESS in a popular 2 minute uneven Challenge brawl.

     I'm not so sure EYE OF THE TIGER knew all the facts when he challenged SMILING 
GOAT of SHAVE MY POODLE.  (I saw EYE OF THE TIGER stumbling and dribbling at The 
Cooler last week...)  EYE OF THE TIGER was so studly out there in the sands!  Beating 
SMILING GOAT and getting 26 points.  ARENA FELINES must be proud, for sure!  EYE OF 
THE TIGER (33-6780) (19-7-1,68) of ARENA FELINES challenged SMILING GOAT (82-20735) 
(16-13-0,94) of SHAVE MY POODLE.  Up 26.  EYE OF THE TIGER overpowered SMILING GOAT 
in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.

     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  And next time, don't wear your purple robes into the arena, dummies!

     Twenty-five fights, eight challenges (two TV and the rest radio).  Nobody died.

                                       Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                 W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PARANOIA 9-4557             40   9  1  257  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-NOFX 19-3180                74  43  2  237  THE MOTHERSHIP II (699)    ZUWAYZA
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           67  61  1  231  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 ROYLAND 56-3380             82  54  0  221  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 MILA 55-29                  71 102  0  221  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 HOUSE MOUSE 55-221         126 189  2  219  RHYME TYME (397)           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
 GROGGY DOGGY 55-223        134 186  0  208  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 HEL 82-14331                47  47  0  206  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG
-FUT COUGH 17-4815           42  17  0  205  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      36  30  0  203  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
-TREMOR CHRIST 17-4047       38  24  2  199  IMMORTAL ASYLUM (877)      ALJAFIR
-HERMES 58-6016              31  14  0  199  MYTHICAL (779)             DELARQ TOR
 FRAIL WHALE 55-1968        120 169  3  198  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 CHESTER CHEETAH 12-1552     57  37  1  197  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
-JOPPA CLUBFIST 12-3748      27  23  0  195  HALL OF GIANT (885)        RIZTAB

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FUNNY BUNNY 55-1862         99 137  1  194  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 RED BARON 33-1092           40  43  3  193  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            48  83  0  186  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 THE CAT'S MEOW 12-2073      41  28  1  185  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
 LADY EMILY 33-6626          31  26  1  184  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928     42  40  3  183  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 SAMPSA 31-4233              30  29  4  183  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
-SERAPH 69-5725              36  15  1  182  DEATH REALM (943)          CIMMERIAC
 LOKI 71-3798                26  23  2  182  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DOC HOLIDAY 12-2956         22  20  1  180  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
 KELOS 55-30                 69  99  3  179  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 T-BONE 13-3139              25   7  0  177  LEGION OF DUMB (1056)      DULLENS
-DUBIJN 64-4092              40  14  0  175  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 SUPERIOR FORCES 33-4543     70 109  2  172  DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (764) NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PANIC ATTACK 9-3624         34  27  2  167  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 LORD REDMOND 12-4109        37  35  1  162  LUROCIANS IV (865)         RIZTAB
 TIGRESS 13-4471             32  40  0  159  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 WRATH OF ONE 82-11628       19  13  2  153  LUROCIANS XII (1039)       DWES EG
 BEER 71-3539                35  40  0  152  STUFF I BROUGHT (918)      KYR'TERR

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      37  41  0  150  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 JULIUS 64-3641              77 100  2  148  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 LOPING WOLF 56-1796         69 113  0  145  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 CAPTAIN CAVEMAN 56-3753     23   4  0  145  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  84  0  134  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
 ARTEMISIA 12-5096           31  35  0  117  DARKMOON (911)             RIZTAB
-SHEYN 64-4157               25   3  1  113  HEART OF DARKNESS (896)    KURUKAR
 MAXWELL SMART 12-2682       20  10  2  104  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
 DARTMAN 33-7161             20   8  1  102  COLGATE DAYS (1062)        NIYTYOLE ISLAND

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TROUNCING TORTASHE 33-6332  28  12  0   96  ARENA FELINES (1054)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 EYE OF THE TIGER 33-6780    20   7  1   94  ARENA FELINES (1054)       NIYTYOLE ISLAND
-MAY FISTAFOLES 32-3852      25  16  1   92  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT
 STYLISH 32-4116             18   5  1   91  SARATOGA GLORY (1072)      ARVAT

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RETRIBUTION 74-2982         15   7  1   86  BROTHERHOOD (1073)         DAIYLA KIV
 LULU 32-3523                26  42  1   82  FISHERMAN'S WHARF (771)    ARVAT
 MOUSE NOYLE 17-6252         25  39  0   79  MIDDLE WAY (1058)          ALJAFIR
 DR MAX 73-5311              17   3  0   79  RACE THE WIND (1068)       ERINIKA
 SMILING GOAT 82-20735       16  14  0   74  SHAVE MY POODLE (1057)     DWES EG
 WHITEWING 13-4346           25  46  0   73  CARDOW HUNTERS (761)       DULLENS
-WEDNESDAY 16-5254           17  17  2   68  THE DARK TIDES (1040)      WILLAF
-JAVELINO 56-3728            27  17  0   64  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
-JUDGE PARKER 12-5845        16  13  1   62  THE LAWMEN (292)           RIZTAB
-GREAT WHITE SHARK 24-4511   16  13  1   62  AUSSIE KILLERS (1042)      ZORPUNT
-TRADEMARK 32-4114           18   4  3   61  SARATOGA GLORY (1072)      ARVAT
 U.S. STEEL 49-3369          24  29  0   55  THE BONDS (774)            VITHICAR

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Sampsa -- That was one really good hit. -- Kelos

Lord Lightspeed -- That tummy hit that knocked you down wasn't me, it was your lunch.
Never eat the stew at Noodlenecker's. -- Mila

Redfox -- Yeah, it worries me too when I think about it, which I don't very much.
You should drink more beer. -- Mila

Lady Emily -- Good fight.  I thought you were going to win. -- Royland

I fought Xugha Kargarit, whose name I can't pronounce.  They ought to give all of the
stand-ins names that we can pronounce. -- Loping Wolf

     No, it's a plot.

Artemisia -- I was stunned as much by the victory as by your beauty.  No doubt you
will soon pass me in arena combat ability, but your beauty will remain.  And recede
up the ranks as your teammates have done. -- Redfox

Smiling Goat -- I gotta tell you, the whole idea of a smiling goat is disgusting.
Sort of thing you'd expect from Aradi.  But then, that's the "higher mammals" for
you. -- Mouse Noyle
P.S.  At least you're not a primate.

Dartman -- It seems to me that given your name, you should be carrying a shortspear,
that being the closest allowed weapon to a dart. -- Whitewing
P.S.  And then, maybe you'd be less successful, which would suit ME very well.

Julia -- Romper room?  I don't understand that concept.  Unless...a place where you
get together with men to, ahem, play? -- Tigress, an unsophisticated nomad and happy
that way

Dr Max -- Race the wind?  Why would you want to?  It sounds totally illogical to me.
-- U.S. Steel
P.S.  Like something my nomad barbarian teammates would do.

Stylish -- If you call that style.  Huh, I've seen more style on a mess of eelgrass.
-- Lulu

Kelos -- All those gray hairs.  Tsk, you should get a dye job.  I think there's a
place over on the waterfront that does that kind of stuff. -- Redfox

Kelos -- Thanks for the skill.  Just a few more to go. -- Sampsa

Tigress -- Ouch, bad kitty! -- Julia

Artemisia -- Sorry to have nothing written this time, but a dentist intervened. --
the Scribe

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

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NEBUCHADNEZZAR devastated SAMPSA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
CAPTAIN CAVEMAN viciously subdued REDFOX in a action packed 1 minute Challenge battle.
THE CAT'S MEOW was defeated by MILA in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.
PANIC ATTACK was devastated by FUNNY BUNNY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ARTEMISIA was devastated by TIGRESS in a popular 2 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
EYE OF THE TIGER overpowered SMILING GOAT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
STYLISH handily defeated WHITEWING in a action packed 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
TROUNCING TORTASHELL luckily beat RETRIBUTION in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
PARANOIA narrowly defeated HEL in a action packed 6 minute gory Title match.
TRYURLUCK overpowered LORD LIGHTSPEED in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
FRAIL WHALE was handily defeated by ROYLAND in a exciting 2 minute one-sided contest.
RED BARON was devastated by HOUSE MOUSE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute mismatched bout.
LADY EMILY was vanquished by GROGGY DOGGY in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
CHESTER CHEETAH handily defeated SUPERIOR FORCES in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
LORD REDMOND was overpowered by SMUG BUG in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
THE BLOB outlasted DOC HOLIDAY in a popular 7 minute match.
THE WHEAT KING unbelievably bested T-BONE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute competition.
BEER was overpowered by KELOS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LOKI overpowered LOPING WOLF in a action packed 1 minute uneven fray.
JULIA was devastated by WRATH OF ONE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
MAXWELL SMART was overpowered by JULIUS in a exciting 1 minute uneven fight.
LORD FIREFLASH overpowered MAREI in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
DARTMAN savagely defeated MOUSE NOYLE in a exciting 2 minute gruesome melee.
DR MAX handily defeated U.S. STEEL in a 1 minute uneven bout.
LULU savagely defeated LUCIFREYJA in a action packed 3 minute brutal competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  14         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         LUNGING ATTACK   114 -  62 -  1      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         BASHING ATTACK    14 -  15 -  0      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -  17 -  0      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  38 -  0      42  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  22 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK   34 -  56 -  3      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         9 -  16 -  0      36  |

Turn 396 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   PARANOIA 9-4557            40   9  1  257 DSM4 (461)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRYURLUCK 61-1029          67  61  1  231 BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)
STRIKING ATTACK  MILA 55-29                 71 102  0  221 ROCANIS RIDERS (285)
BASHING ATTACK   HOUSE MOUSE 55-221        126 189  2  219 RHYME TYME (397)
PARRY-LUNGE      GROGGY DOGGY 55-223       134 186  0  208 RHYME TYME (397)
AIMED BLOW       NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821     36  30  0  203 BLADES OF WONDER (1002)
PARRY-STRIKE     FRAIL WHALE 55-1968       120 169  3  198 RHYME TYME (397)
WALL OF STEEL    THE CAT'S MEOW 12-2073     41  28  1  185 ARENA FELINES (857)
TOTAL PARRY      ARTEMISIA 12-5096          31  35  0  117 DARKMOON (911)

The overall popularity leader is GROGGY DOGGY 55-223.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PARANOIA 9-4557.  The ten other most popular fighters were HEL 82-14331, DOC 
HOLIDAY 12-2956, DARTMAN 33-7161, MILA 55-29, THE BLOB 11-1730, CAPTAIN CAVEMAN 
56-3753, RETRIBUTION 74-2982, T-BONE 13-3139, THE CAT'S MEOW 12-2073, and TIGRESS 
13-4471.

The least popular fighter this week was U.S. STEEL 49-3369.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BEER 71-3539, JULIA 60-4651, LORD LIGHTSPEED 33-2928, WHITEWING 
13-4346, SMILING GOAT 82-20735, ARTEMISIA 12-5096, PANIC ATTACK 9-3624, REDFOX 
13-4197, SAMPSA 31-4233, and DR MAX 73-5311.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
ZUKAL(9)             1  1 0  ARVAT(32)            2  0 0  JURINE(61)           1  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  4  4 0  KURUKAR(64)          1  0 0  
RIZTAB(12)           1  5 0  VITHICAR(49)         0  1 0  KYR'TERR(71)         1  1 0  
DULLENS(13)          1  3 0  KHALANI(55)          6  1 0  ERINIKA(73)          1  0 0  
ALJAFIR(17)          0  1 0  ROCANIS(56)          2  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       0  1 0  
SOLVEN(22)           1  0 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       1  0 0  DWES EG(82)          1  2 0  
CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  ARADI(60)            0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PARANOIA 9-4557             40   9  1  257  DSM4 (461)                 ZUKAL
 CHESTER CHEETAH 12-1552     57  37  1  197  ARENA FELINES (857)        RIZTAB
 T-BONE 13-3139              25   7  0  177  LEGION OF DUMB (1056)      DULLENS
 MOUSE NOYLE 17-6252         25  39  0   79  MIDDLE WAY (1058)          ALJAFIR
 NEBUCHADNEZZAR 22-5821      36  30  0  203  BLADES OF WONDER (1002)    SOLVEN
 SAMPSA 31-4233              30  29  4  183  SOL INVICTUS (974)         CHIMLEVTAL
 STYLISH 32-4116             18   5  1   91  SARATOGA GLORY (1072)      ARVAT
 RED BARON 33-1092           40  43  3  193  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 U.S. STEEL 49-3369          24  29  0   55  THE BONDS (774)            VITHICAR
 MILA 55-29                  71 102  0  221  ROCANIS RIDERS (285)       KHALANI
 ROYLAND 56-3380             82  54  0  221  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 TRYURLUCK 61-1029           67  61  1  231  BLOOD KNIGHTS (284)        JURINE
 JULIUS 64-3641              77 100  2  148  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 LOKI 71-3798                26  23  2  182  ARCTIC GUARDS (1048)       KYR'TERR
 DR MAX 73-5311              17   3  0   79  RACE THE WIND (1068)       ERINIKA
 RETRIBUTION 74-2982         15   7  1   86  BROTHERHOOD (1073)         DAIYLA KIV
 HEL 82-14331                47  47  0  206  ARCTIC GUARDS (944)        DWES EG

                                  Name-Change-O-Rama

     The winter tourney brought a lot of people to the Isle who didn't appear there 
normally.  This included Commission employees.  Half a dozen arenamasters regarded 
each other warily in the mirror behind the bar at the Pig in a Haystack.  The Pig was 
obscure and mediocre, drawing few gladiators, which is what they had all been looking 
for.  They saw gladiators every day.  Most arenamaster were convinced that this was 
some kind of punishment.
     You could always pick out the arenamasters in a crowd.  There were superficial 
differences:  One of these had clearly Adantri features, one wore an eye-patch, two 
were female.  But there were, in significant ways, alike.  The same size, the same 
hair-trigger alertness, the same deadliness.
     The one-eyed man broke the ice, raising his beer mug in salute.  "I'm Zrof One-
Eye from Zukal.  Sugar of Arvat--"  One of the women bowed slightly.  "I know Sugar.  
The rest of you...?"
     The Adantri matched his salute.  "Dernal of Dayla Kiv."
     "Daiyla Kiv?  Ah...."
     "No, without the 'I' in it.  These damned bureaucrats can't spell, and they 
thought adding an unnecessary vowel was exotic."  Disgust dripped from his voice.
     "Tell me about it!" another man growled in agreement.  "Khagal of Niatoli, and 
what they do to the spelling of THAT simple word--!"
     "I thought Daiyla, I mean Dayla Kiv had a different name right now," 
Arenamistress Sugar said.  "The arena, at least, because of a contest?"
     "Chavez Ravine."  Dernal's tone was the one that substituted in polite company 
for spitting on the floor.
     Zrof blinked, taken aback by the bitterness.  He wouldn't have minded a contest 
in Zukal, and damn what they called the place.  "It's only temporary, though."
     "Temporary, shmiperary," another man muttered.  He seemed well into his drinking, 
although, like all arenamasters, he carried his liquor well.  "They do it all the time 
in Aradi.  No reshpect.  Go around changing thish, changing that.  I wish I could 
change shome thingsh."  He signalled the bartender for a refill.
     The second woman put her hand over his mug.  "You've had enough, Harkon.  Try the 
coffee, instead."
     "You should be mad, too, Ripplesh," Harkon said.  "They're going to do shtuff 
like that in Jahnsh, aren't they?"
     Ripples Dorrigan shrugged.  All the men paused, some with glasses half raised, to 
watch.  "It's the way things are," she said.  "Not much we can do about it."
     "You know," Khagal of Niatoli said, "maybe we could make a few changes.  Fix the 
spelling of Arena 33, for one, change a few standby titles--"
     "The Commission hates changes."  Dernal of Dayla Kiv topped up his glass and 
drained it gloomily.
     "Yes, but if we disguise it," Sugar of Arvat said, excited, "make it... maybe a 
general Name-Change-O-Rama!  Then we could slip OUR changes through and no one would 
notice or mind."

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     By popular demand, we are holding a Name-Change-o-Rama during the month of March.
If you wish to change the name of your warriors or teams, please contact RSI Customer 
Service.  The charge for a name change is $1, unless you're in DOOMCorps, in which 
case you take your chances.  (Just kidding, guys! *snicker*)