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Date   : 12/29/2011    Duedate: 01/11/2012

FREE BLADES ARENA

DM 103    TURN 575

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 MIDDLE ITALY 9/1360 1678  985  13 63.0      CASTAWAYS 7/1301
    MAN OR BEAST? 19/1386                       BLUE EYRIE 1/1300
    DEVIL ADVOCATES 32/298                      DARKLINGS 74/1160
    ARMY OF DARKNESS 19/1296                  5-ON THE ROCKS 35/303   56   54   2 50.9
  2 DIRTIE 56/1345       234  176   2 57.1    6 RHYME TYME 55/397    411  467   2 46.8
    DEAD WE SUCK 32/1336                        GIRL SCOUT COOKIES 33/1278
  3 LUROCIANS II 33/775  259  247   6 51.2    7 HABIT 78/1375        892 1167  14 43.3
    BLOOD TITANS 82/1347                        ASSORTED 32/578
    LUROCIANS XI 74/1038                        UNDER DURESS 64/743
    LUROCIAN ROYALTY 43/1349                  8 GREENWARDENS 15/770  734 1609  12 31.3
  4 REDHORSE 56/823      792  763   7 50.9

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): CANDIED YAMS of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): FARMERS ALMANAC of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): BISMUTH BENDER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): RED ALERT of PUBLIC ENEMY (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): TUNA SALAD of PARKING LOT 4 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): MO J of J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 674): KAIREEN LAMAR of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr)
                            REAPER of ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                           Reflections by the Lord-Marshall

     Of all the-- I'm still here?  Gimme Some Sugar, I've got to say it was a bold
challenge, and credit to you that you made it a close fight.
     Anyway, here I am, with space to fill.  I'm a member of the Redhorse team, you
know.  From Rocanis, or thereabouts.  I was in the caravan business, but am retired
from that now.  I'd like to point out that one of my teammates, Crooked Hoof, was
mentioned in a book that was written about a battle we had back home a few years ago.
Let me tell you, CH is really strutting.  Even though he only had a tiny one-line
cameo.  And I'd like to mention that, as the author of "Dark Arena" emphasized
several times, the Rocani tribesmen no longer raid caravans.  That's long, long past.
Long, long, long past.  Really.  I wouldn't even know how to go about, you know, the
old psych-out bit with the war whoops and hairsbreadth "misses" with arrows in order
to intimidate the guards and minimize loss of life.  Maybe my great-great grand-pappy
was around when some Rocani did stuff like that, but it's a mystery to me.  Anyway
it's a good book.
     My teammate Royland, who is retired at the moment, was actually a caravan guard.
That's how law-abiding we can be.
     Well... I was challenged by Gimme Some Sugar, a dwarf, and male, according to
the announcer.  It can be a little hard to tell.  He fought pretty well, too.  I
didn't start dominating until the third minute.  It was a good fight.  Sugar's got
some moves.
     And that's all I have to say.  See ya!

Gazelle

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     So, like, here we are again.  Depending on how you count it, this is the last
fight day of the year, or the first of the next year.  Either way, there it is.
Fight day.
     Wooden Arrow went up the most, twenty-four points.  Mossrock went down the most,
twenty-six points.  They both fought standbys.
     Lurocians II was (were?) most avoided.  Devil Advocates did most of that
avoiding.  No surprise.  They (the Dark One's warriors) did all the challenging, too.
I *think* Jeo the Songsmith got more challenges than anybody.
     Sixteen fights, three standbys, three challenges.  Well, it's better than
Andorak.  Or Home Guard.

     KING COREY (43-4620) (27-22-1,81) of LUROCIAN ROYALTY fought BITTER ALMOND (103-
41) (14-16-4,50) of the College of Mimes.  KING COREY overpowered BITTER ALMOND in a
1 minute one-sided bout.  Easy peasy.  Which is a dish of mashed peas, which *I*
never found easy.  I don't like 'em that way.
     WOODEN ARROW (15-4619) (33-40-0,130) of GREENWARDENS fought MAREI (103-37) (38-
32-2,150) of the College of Mimes.  WOODEN ARROW overpowered MAREI in a crowd
pleasing 1 minute mismatched brawl.  Well, good.
     MOSSROCK (15-4871) (42-46-2,150) of GREENWARDENS fought ROSELLA (103-39) (26-25-
0,100) of the College of Mimes.  MOSSROCK was defeated by ROSELLA in an action packed
5 minute gruesome struggle.  This must be, like, totally embarrassing.
     WHITEBRAID (15-2110) (40-66-1,166) of GREENWARDENS fought MACHINE (56-3795) (39-
40-0,142) of DIRTIE.  WHITEBRAID was handily defeated by MACHINE in a 1 minute one-
sided conflict.  It's the white hair thing.  It really shows the dirt, you know?
     SANDMAN (74-2896) (61-93-3,160) of DARKLINGS fought SAVORY (32-4143) (36-35-
1,160) of DEAD WE SUCK.  SANDMAN demolished SAVORY in a popular 1 minute mismatched
match.  I heard someone say that a savory is like sardines or something.  Or
anchovies.  Bleh.  Too oily.  Well, the sardines are too oily, and the anchovies just
don't go with the rest of the stuff on an "everything" pizza.
     S. MARY ROSE (78-2313) (64-78-2,174) of HABIT fought TREEFROG (15-4177) (30-40-
0,122) of GREENWARDENS.  S. MARY ROSE bested TREEFROG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute
conflict.  Well, at least Treefrog gets to lose to someone different today.

     MARTIN BLANK (82-28434) (38-10-0,207) of BLOOD TITANS fought SLEEPWALKER (74-
2843) (59-111-1,177) of DARKLINGS.  MARTIN BLANK overpowered SLEEPWALKER in an
exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.  Some days it's actually better to, like, wake up
early.  Weird, but true.
     REM (74-2853) (94-72-0,202) of DARKLINGS fought REDTHORN (15-4943) (32-35-0,169)
of GREENWARDENS.  REM savagely defeated REDTHORN in an exciting 2 minute gruesome
fight.  So much for "thornier" today.
     STUMP (15-4882) (32-65-0,187) of GREENWARDENS fought CONTROVERSY (64-3914) (46-
52-1,184) of UNDER DURESS.  STUMP was viciously subdued by CONTROVERSY in an action
packed 2 minute gruesome fight.  This is just, you know, something I don't even want
to talk about.
     RED BARON (33-1092) (62-61-3,196) of LUROCIANS II fought SEKHAT (7-2251) (49-89-
2,195) of CASTAWAYS.  RED BARON overpowered SEKHAT in an action packed 1 minute
gruesome uneven melee.  Probably with anchovies.
     KOOKABURRA (33-4151) (135-177-5,219) of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES fought FLESH RIPPER
(74-3375) (30-13-1,195) of LUROCIANS XI.  KOOKABURRA was devastated by FLESH RIPPER
in a 1 minute mismatched match.  This is just amazing.  I mean, three hundred fights,
and Kooky's "mismatched" with a guy who only has thirty-some?  That really tells you
something.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (209-132-0,237) of DARKLINGS fought SMUG BUG (55-2900) (118-
191-0,217) of RHYME TYME.  NIGHTCAP devastated SMUG BUG in a popular 1 minute uneven
brawl.  Good.  Squash that Bug.

The challenges:
     BILBO BAGGINNI (9-5508) (40-20-0,203) of MIDDLE ITALY challenged ARGUMENT (64-
3915) (42-56-0,210) of UNDER DURESS.  Up 7.  BILBO BAGGINNI demolished ARGUMENT in a
2 minute uneven Challenge fight.  I call that, you know, a WINNING argument.
     GIMME SOME SUGAR (19-4936) (56-42-0,198) of ARMY OF DARKNESS challenged SERGE
(32-3549) (46-49-0,187) of ASSORTED.  Down 11.  GIMME SOME SUGAR subdued SERGE in a 1
minute Challenge melee.  Okay.
     GARY M. REAPER (32-2502) (70-42-1,198) of DEVIL ADVOCATES challenged JEO THE
SONGSMITH (1-3260) (64-132-0,198) of BLUE EYRIE.  Straight across.  GARY M. REAPER
devastated JEO THE SONGSMITH in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  Well, good.
Jeo gets above himself sometimes, which, with his record, he shouldn't, but there it
is.

For the title:
     GAZELLE (56-3701) (105-104-0,253) of REDHORSE fought LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966)
(56-53-1,224) of LUROCIANS II.  GAZELLE was defeated by LORD FIREFLASH in an exciting
3 minute Title fight.  This is, like, a win-win deal.  Lord gets to be Lord Marshall,
and Gazelle doesn't have to write a column.  Congratulations.

                                      Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966       57  53  1  233  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            210 132     248  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508        41  20     216  MIDDLE ITALY (1360)        ZUKAL
 MARTIN BLANK 82-28434        39  10     212  BLOOD TITANS (1347)        DWES EG
 GARY M. REAPER 32-2502       71  42  1  211  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT
 FLESH RIPPER 74-3375         31  13  1  211  LUROCIANS XI (1038)        DAYLA KIV

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            118 192     210  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 RED BARON 33-1092            63  61  3  207  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND
 REM 74-2853                  95  72     204  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 GIMME SOME SUGAR 19-4936     57  42     200  ARMY OF DARKNESS (1296)    ZUWAYZA
 GAZELLE 56-3701             105 105     197  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260     64 133     196  BLUE EYRIE (1300)          MORDANT
 ARGUMENT 64-3915             42  57     196  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 CONTROVERSY 64-3914          47  52  1  194  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 KOOKABURRA 33-4151          135 178  5  193  GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (1278)  NIATOLI ISLAND
 SERGE 32-3549                46  50     189  ASSORTED (578)             ARVAT
 SEKHAT 7-2251                49  90  2  186  CASTAWAYS (1301)           BONSUR
-SCAPA 35-4198                27  12  1  186  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SLEEPWALKER 74-2843          59 112  1  180  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 STUMP 15-4882                32  66     180  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
-FEEL THE BUZZ 35-2490        31  18  1  180  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA
 REDTHORN 15-4943             32  36     179  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 S. MARY ROSE 78-2313         65  78  2  176  HABIT (1375)               LIN TIRIAN
 SANDMAN 74-2896              62  93  3  172  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 MACHINE 56-3795              40  40     165  DIRTIE (1345)              ROCANIS

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WOODEN ARROW 15-4619         34  40     154  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SAVORY 32-4143               36  36  1  150  DEAD WE SUCK (1336)        ARVAT
 WHITEBRAID 15-2110           40  67  1  144  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 TREEFROG 15-4177             30  41     130  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 MOSSROCK 15-4871             42  47  2  124  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-OBAN 35-4213                 19  10  1  100  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KING COREY 43-4620           28  22  1   84  LUROCIAN ROYALTY (1349)    VEASTIAN
-BEETLE BAILEY 19-5177        18   3      57  MAN OR BEAST? (1386)       ZUWAYZA

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Sleepwalker -- And then you fell asleep over the drinks.  I'm not getting that.  But
maybe I should learn, since you keep winning.

Bilbo Bagginnni -- Well, you had that one in the bag in a hurry. -- Stump

Flesh Ripper -- If we do this again, I'll try to be thornier. -- Redthorn

S. Mary Rose -- I don't see why you have to get so mean.  Many a rose has bloomed
happily beside a mossy rock. -- Mossrock

Sandman -- The handicapper hates me.  I always knew that. -- Wooden Arrow

Machine -- I just scooped up a bit of sand and dropped it into the gears, and presto,
I won the fight.  I'm amazed it was that easy. -- Whitebraid

Sleepwalker -- We just did this, and it's a really unfair match.  I think I should
get points for simply SURVIVING. -- Treefrog

Gimme Some Sugar -- Well... thanks for bumping me into a winning record, barely.  You
are a good representative of your style, but you're so much newer at this than I am.
Good try.  But why weren't you training skills? -- Gazelle

Gary M. Reaper -- You've got some mighty good defenses there.  It's fun to try to hit
you. -- Sekhat

Argument -- Oh, what a rotten matchup for you!  I'm sorry. -- Nightcap

     Did you arrange it?

Serge -- That's all you've got?  Cute pointy ears though. -- Rem

Martin Blank -- Aha!  Groundlubber, you were no match for my... oh wait... damn! --
Jeo the Songsmith

Wooden Arrow -- You're welcome for the skills and congrats on the rating.  It's fun
to come limping out of the arena only to see a smiling clerk with a scroll of
achievement to award to you, isn't it? -- Sandman

Treefrog -- It was one of those sad matchups, wasn't it?  Sorry. -- Sleepwalker

     Is this YOUR fault?

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GARY M. REAPER devastated JEO THE SONGSMITH in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
GIMME SOME SUGAR subdued SERGE in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
BILBO BAGGINNI demolished ARGUMENT in a 2 minute uneven Challenge fight.
GAZELLE was defeated by LORD FIREFLASH in a exciting 3 minute Title fight.
NIGHTCAP devastated SMUG BUG in a popular 1 minute uneven brawl.
KOOKABURRA was devastated by FLESH RIPPER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
RED BARON overpowered SEKHAT in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
STUMP was viciously subdued by CONTROVERSY in a action packed 2 minute gruesome fight.
REM savagely defeated REDTHORN in a exciting 2 minute gruesome fight.
MARTIN BLANK overpowered SLEEPWALKER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
S. MARY ROSE bested TREEFROG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
SANDMAN demolished SAVORY in a popular 1 minute mismatched match.
WHITEBRAID was handily defeated by MACHINE in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
MOSSROCK was defeated by ROSELLA in a action packed 5 minute gruesome struggle.
WOODEN ARROW overpowered MAREI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched brawl.
KING COREY overpowered BITTER ALMOND in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   1 -  1      86  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-LUNGE       19 -   4 -  1      83  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -   9 -  0      61  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  11 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  23 -  0      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    54 -  58 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        21 -  35 -  0      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  22 -  1      35  |

Turn 575 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-LUNGE        2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  6         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  3         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         4 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966     57  53  1  233 LUROCIANS II (775)
AIMED BLOW       BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508      41  20  0  216 MIDDLE ITALY (1360)
PARRY-STRIKE     MARTIN BLANK 82-28434      39  10  0  212 BLOOD TITANS (1347)
STRIKING ATTACK  FLESH RIPPER 74-3375       31  13  1  211 LUROCIANS XI (1038)
LUNGING ATTACK   SMUG BUG 55-2900          118 192  0  210 RHYME TYME (397)
TOTAL PARRY      GIMME SOME SUGAR 19-4936   57  42  0  200 ARMY OF DARKNESS (1296)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260   64 133  0  196 BLUE EYRIE (1300)
SLASHING ATTACK  CONTROVERSY 64-3914        47  52  1  194 UNDER DURESS (743)
BASHING ATTACK   KOOKABURRA 33-4151        135 178  5  193 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (1278)

The overall popularity leader is NIGHTCAP 74-2745.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MOSSROCK 15-4871.  The ten other most popular fighters were LORD FIREFLASH 
33-2966, CONTROVERSY 64-3914, REM 74-2853, GARY M. REAPER 32-2502, FLESH RIPPER 
74-3375, BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508, MACHINE 56-3795, GAZELLE 56-3701, NIGHTCAP 74-2745, 
and KOOKABURRA 33-4151.

The least popular fighter this week was WHITEBRAID 15-2110.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SLEEPWALKER 74-2843, SMUG BUG 55-2900, GIMME SOME SUGAR 
19-4936, SAVORY 32-4143, TREEFROG 15-4177, STUMP 15-4882, SEKHAT 7-2251, SERGE 
32-3549, KING COREY 43-4620, and WOODEN ARROW 15-4619.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  1 0  ARVAT(32)            1  2 0  KURUKAR(64)          1  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            0  1 0  NIATOLI ISLAND(33)   2  1 0  DAYLA KIV(74)        4  1 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  VEASTIAN(43)         1  0 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       1  0 0  
MALCORN(15)          1  5 0  KHALANI(55)          0  1 0  DWES EG(82)          1  0 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          1  0 0  ROCANIS(56)          1  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260    64 133  0  196  BLUE EYRIE (1300)          MORDANT
 SEKHAT 7-2251               49  90  2  186  CASTAWAYS (1301)           BONSUR
 BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508       41  20  0  216  MIDDLE ITALY (1360)        ZUKAL
 STUMP 15-4882               32  66  0  180  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 GIMME SOME SUGAR 19-4936    57  42  0  200  ARMY OF DARKNESS (1296)    ZUWAYZA
 GARY M. REAPER 32-2502      71  42  1  211  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966      57  53  1  233  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND
 KING COREY 43-4620          28  22  1   84  LUROCIAN ROYALTY (1349)    VEASTIAN
 SMUG BUG 55-2900           118 192  0  210  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 GAZELLE 56-3701            105 105  0  197  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 ARGUMENT 64-3915            42  57  0  196  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745           210 132  0  248  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 S. MARY ROSE 78-2313        65  78  2  176  HABIT (1375)               LIN TIRIAN
 MARTIN BLANK 82-28434       39  10  0  212  BLOOD TITANS (1347)        DWES EG

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

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     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI