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Date   : 02/23/2012    Duedate: 03/07/2012

FREE BLADES ARENA

DM 103    TURN 579

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 DIRT DEVILS 35/1246 1686  990  13 63.0    5 LUROCIANS II 33/775  268  258   6 51.0
    MIDDLE ITALY 9/1360                         BLOOD TITANS 82/1347
    DEVIL ADVOCATES 32/298                      LUROCIANS XI 74/1038
    ARMY OF DARKNESS 19/1296                    LUROCIAN ROYALTY 43/1349
  2 DIRTIE 56/1345       241  177   2 57.7    6 RHYME TYME 55/397    416  470   2 47.0
    DEAD WE SUCK 32/1336                        GIRL SCOUT COOKIES 33/1278
  3 ON THE ROCKS 35/303   61   58   2 51.3    7 HABIT 78/1375        899 1176  14 43.3
  4 REDHORSE 56/823      811  772   7 51.2      ASSORTED 32/578
    CASTAWAYS 7/1301                            UNDER DURESS 64/743
    BLUE EYRIE 1/1300                         8 GREENWARDENS 15/770  738 1629  12 31.2
    DARKLINGS 74/1160

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

                     ANNOUNCING TURF WAR VIII; DM47; JULY 2012

     Don't miss the premier event in all Alastari!  Gather an alliance.  (2 to 4
managers).  Select a captain.  Send in your entry fee(certs).  Prepare your warriors.
The competition, the acclaim, and the prizes await.
     The Turf War is expected to bring ten or more teams to battle.  The competition
is fierce.  Only one Alliance can win TW8.  Will it be yours?

                                 *TURF WAR 8 RULES*

                          Starting July 30 2012 (12 turns)
              Bring acclaim and glory to the North Fork (DM47) arena.

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances
created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork (DM 47)
            newsletter.
        2.  Indicate in the newsletter which Captain/alliance you will join.
        3.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums or elsewhere will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying/authorizing, in the North Fork newsletter, those who wish to
participate under the banner of their alliance.  (Lack of participant indication of
joining and/or lack of lack of Captain confirmation will delay a team's participation
in the Turf War.)
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit two (2) RSI Roll-Up Certificates to participate.  (Note: Captains
may, if they wish, submit certs for all potential members of their alliance.)

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit two (2) RSI Roll-Up Certificates to participate.  (Unless already
submitted by Captain. Note: extras will not be returned, but will go into the winning
pool of prizes.)
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.  Announcement made
on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until an RSI Gift Certificate is
received, and participant indication and captain confirmation are posted in the North
Fork newsletter.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified in the newsletter
by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No arena multiple teams
or aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate manager
disqualification (including team point adjustments) from the Turf War (so be sure to
take any multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance and be certain not to run any other
team warriors).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams/alliances that do not
properly declare or get captain confirmation or fail to send a Gift Certificate by
Turn 1.  In other words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of the
Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your score will not begin until Turn
3.  All conditions must be met before scoring will begin--declaration, verification,
and Gift Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 3 of
the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions will be final.
(Note: the intent is to have a very thorough set of rules so that few decisions, if
any, are required from the moderators.)

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                                   Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge (up or within same class) +2     -2     +5       -5
Down Challenge "Challenger"         -2     -2     -5       -5
Down Challenge "Challenged"         +2      0     +5       -5
Match Up                            +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud Challenge (Up or Down)    +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion **                         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*                        +10     -5     xx       xx
Tournament Death***                                        -3
Halfway (6 round total) best alliance win/loss percentage ****
Final (12 round total) alliance w/l% percentage ****
    *After 2nd win in DA, warrior scores no additional points for wins,
    ** Champions double applies to his score only -- not to opponent.
    *** No warrior may be substituted without the proper use of the DA or arena death
or death in a tournament or graduation.  There must be a maximum of five only on a
team at any point and time.  (The penalty for such substitution is -10 points.)
Points awarded for team tournament participation are 1 for 1 entrant, 3 for 2
entrants, 6 for 3 entrants, 10 for 4 entrants, and 15 for 5 entrants.  A TV scores 7
points or a TC scores 15 points.  Death in a tournament results in a -3 score.
    ***** Halfway points scored are 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 5 (etc) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
(etc).  (To qualify for any of these points the alliance must have fought 75% of its
possible fights.)  Final 12 Round points scored are 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 5 (etc)
for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd (etc).  (To qualify for any of these points the alliance must
have fought 75% of its possible fights.)

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Full Team:                                        +1
      1. A team which fights 4+ warriors (Includes DAing) gets a point
Full Alliance                                     +1
2. An alliance were ALL teams get a Full Team point earns a point
Full Team/Alliance scores 
      3. Will double for the last half (6 rounds) of TW8.
Style Master:                                     +2
      1. No matter how many stylemasters, an individual team can score only +2 per
         round 
Duelmaster:                                       +2
      1. Duelmaster points shall be earned separate of stylemaster points.

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must have fought at least one previous fight in the North Fork
         (DM47 arena) to be able to be declared a champion.
     5.  A Champion can be declared on any round and point factors will begin that
         same turn. (Must meet above 4 conditions prior to declaring)

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.
        3.  To score as a bloodfeud, then feud/death must have occurred totally
within the TW8.  (E.g. Feuds created prior to TW8 will not be deemed or scored as a
bloodfeud, but rather as a challenge or downchallenge.

Downchallenges:
        1.  A downchallenge occurs when a warrior challenges a warrior in a lower
class.  (Lower class is defined as lower than the identical class.  (E.g. A
challenger champion class challenging a champion class is a down challenge.)
        2.  In TW8 a standard challenge is up (in recognition points), parallel or
within the identical class but lower recognition.
        3.  No challenge by The Duelmaster shall be deemed a downchallenge.  (This
rule supersedes all other downchallenge rules.)

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is allowed and ENCOURAGED as a great form of
recognition for North Fork.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
(1) time bonus of 7 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a warrior(s) wins such
status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
(1) time bonus of 15 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a warrior(s) win such
status.
        4.  Points awarded for tournament participation are 1 for 1 entrant, 3 for 2
entrants, 6 for 3 entrants, 10 for 4 entrants, and 15 for 5 entrants.  A TV scores 7
points additional or a TC scores 15 points additional.  Death in a tournament results
in an additional -3 score.
        5.  Points for entrants, TVs, TCs, and tournament deaths will be applied the
Turn after RSI posts tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e.,
if the results post on North Fork turn 300, points will be credited on North Fork
turn 301 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with Alliance A.
If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of four (4) teams/managers allowed per alliance
for the Turf War VII.  The minimum is two (2).
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first FE turn (e.g. no arena or
tournament fights) only, of every warrior, without penalty.
        5.  If at any time, the Moderators determine that any non-TW team in the
arena is aiding and/or abetting any TW alliance or team, the affected points won by
the gifted team/alliance will be disallowed and the aiding non-TW team will be asked
to desist from play in the arena until after the Turf War concludes.

Prizes:
The Turf War is meant to be a "winner takes all" contest.  However, for TW8, a prize
(RU cert) will be awarded each of the twelve turns to the individual team/manager
that fights five fights and has the best w/l record that turn.  (Tiebreakers are in
this order-- kills, recognition points earned.)  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance at the end of the
competition.  It is the responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift
Certificates.  Moderators will submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance
to RSI at the completion of the contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

     All entry fees (rollup certs) are awarded to the winning alliance, except for
the twelve reserved for the individual winning manager each week.)
     The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of all Dark Arena Monsters (two for each manager in the winning
alliance, and two additional for the captain of the alliance).
        3.  Known Favorites for one DM47 warrior on each team of the winning alliance
(warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have at least one
DM47 arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus (three) for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
potions must be applied to living warriors from DM 47.
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each and every individual manager who
fights in all 12 rounds AND 54 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied
to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        6. Two additional rollup certs for each manager of the winning alliance from
RSI.
     These RSI awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee)
within 4 turns of the end of TW VI.  The certs will be mailed to the winning alliance
by the Moderators within two weeks of the end of the TW.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com or
wfms101 at aol dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

This contest will begin in late July 2012 following the Summer FTF.
                             **TW8 Revision 02-20-12**

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 690): STRONG BAD of HOMESTAR & CO (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 692): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 614): BEARFOOT of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 686): STEVE of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 688): GOLD CHARM of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 679): MARX of ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 680): FARMERS ALMANAC of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 342): TAXES of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 677): BISMUTH BENDER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 340): OMBERT QURL of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 674): MATHEU of ASSORTED (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 671): SHELLBACK of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 663): KELLY GALL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 621): A BAD LIE of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 317): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 312): GIZMO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 298): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 553): CALIS of MEN OF STEEL (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 538): EVENING STAR of SUPERIOR FORCES 60 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 520): HORSE D'OEUVRE of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 514): IN YOUR FACE of BASH BROS EVANGELIST
                                                        (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 247): KK of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 475): ORANGE O'CLOCK of NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 470): LEAPS INTO THE AIR of CRITICALS (Howlin' Wolf, mgr)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 461): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 578): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 690): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 692): BLUE NOTE (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 614): ARCANE ROYALTY (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 686): SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 688): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 679): ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 680): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 342): DREW'S BOYS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 677): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 340): MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 674): BOWL O'RAMA (Froot E. Bowl, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 671): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 663): REALLY? (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 621): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 317): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 312): LAND OF OZ (Oz, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 298): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 553): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 538): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 520): SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 514): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 247): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 475): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 470): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 461): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 578): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 690): STRONG BAD of HOMESTAR & CO (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 691): PRODICUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 686): STEVE of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 679): CANDIED YAMS of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr.)
                            CORNBREAD STUFFING of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 680): FARMERS ALMANAC of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
                (turn 679): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 677): BISMUTH BENDER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
                          PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 340): OMBERT QURL of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 671): SALORIMA TIRANSITH of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 663): KELLY GALL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 312): PATRY TRAP of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
                   (turn 311): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
                               KATIE of ALL STAR NANA'S (The Mun, mgr.)
                               AGARIC of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 553): CALIS of MEN OF STEEL (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
                            FORLIS HOOLER of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 475): ORANGE O'CLOCK of NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
                  (turn 474): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 470): JANDINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                           Reflections by the Lord-Marshall

     Marshalling the Free Blades neighborhood of the city of Talahya is hard work!
And really, the constables don't help nearly as much as you'd think.  In the last two
weeks I've removed four cats from trees, forced five children to eat their
vegetables, and stopped one runaway horse.  Oh, and broke up a dogfight.  It's hard
to find the really interesting jobs, like stopping robbers.  They deliberately do it
when I'm not there.  I went to the constable station and asked the desk sergeant to
send a messenger and let me know if there was a villain that they needed my help
with.  So far, no messages, although I know for a fact that there have been a couple
of robberies and one beating.  I don't think the constables are ever going to ask for
my help.
     So, I've had cards made up.  "Lord-Marshall Nightcap //  Got bullies?  //  I
stab people with my epee so you don't have to."  I don't know though.  I think it
still needs work.
     Honestly, I don't have any more to say.  It's dark out.  Time for me to go back
out and patrol, making the night safe for the innocent, and the not-too-guilty.  So
if you're thinking of going out and evil-doing, don't.  Or face my mighty epee.

Lord-Marshall Nightcap

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Okay, okay, here we go.  I was, um, busy elsewhere for, well, all of yesterday
afternoon.  But now I'm here, and the wind is roaring, and there's blue sky showing,
and just a smidgeon of snow on the ground.  Like the powdered sugar on gingerbread,
sort of.
     Biggest point movements:  Savory, up 37.  Scapa, down 28.  Same fight.
     Darklings was most avoided, with Devil Advocates doing most of the avoiding.
Okay.  Smug Bug MAYBE got the most challenges.  But maybe not.  I mean, the guys that
take the notes in the office, sometimes they try to be cute, you know?  As if there
was any chance!
     Seventeen fights with only ONE standby.  Three active, three exciting, and five
challenges.  This is a lot better than SOME arenas, even if we're going to have to
work harder to beat Crysalis.

     SCAPA (35-4198) (27-14-1,177) of ON THE ROCKS fought SAVORY (32-4143) (38-37-
1,139) of DEAD WE SUCK.  SCAPA was overpowered by SAVORY in a popular 1 minute one-
sided bout.  Well, you can kinda see why they swapped points.
     REDTHORN (15-4943) (33-38-0,169) of GREENWARDENS fought OBAN (35-4213) (21-10-
1,147) of ON THE ROCKS.  REDTHORN devastated OBAN in an exciting 1 minute one-sided
fight.  Huh.  It really WAS exciting.  You should've seen the way the bookies were
jumping around and hollering.
     CONTROVERSY (64-3914) (47-55-1,160) of UNDER DURESS fought MAREI (103-37) (38-
32-2,150) of the College of Mimes.  CONTROVERSY overcame MAREI in a crowd pleasing 1
minute bloody bout.  Today's only standby.
     SANDMAN (74-2896) (65-93-3,179) of DARKLINGS fought WOODEN ARROW (15-4619) (34-
43-0,139) of GREENWARDENS.  SANDMAN vanquished WOODEN ARROW in an action packed 1
minute mismatched bout.  Didn't they just do this?
     S. MARY ROSE (78-2313) (67-79-2,176) of HABIT fought TREEFROG (15-4177) (30-44-
0,136) of GREENWARDENS.  S. MARY ROSE beat TREEFROG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory
conflict.  You should probably retire at the Split, Treefrog.
     MACHINE (56-3795) (43-40-0,196) of DIRTIE fought SLEEPWALKER (74-2843) (61-113-
1,181) of DARKLINGS.  MACHINE subdued SLEEPWALKER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute match.
Well, people DO say that you shouldn't operate machinery while you're sleeping.

     FEEL THE BUZZ (35-2490) (33-18-1,190) of ON THE ROCKS fought WHITEBRAID (15-
2110) (41-69-1,165) of GREENWARDENS.  FEEL THE BUZZ bested WHITEBRAID in a crowd
pleasing 1 minute conflict.  Is this, like, supposed to be a surprise?
     NOREASTER (35-3896) (41-25-1,204) of DIRT DEVILS fought STUMP (15-4882) (32-69-
0,177) of GREENWARDENS.  NOREASTER overpowered STUMP in an exciting 2 minute one-
sided fight.  In fact, maybe ALL the Greenwardens should retire at the Split.  I bet
Jorja's got someone else she could send out.
     JEO THE SONGSMITH (1-3260) (64-136-0,192) of BLUE EYRIE fought ARGUMENT (64-
3915) (43-59-0,188) of UNDER DURESS.  JEO THE SONGSMITH was savagely defeated by
ARGUMENT in an exciting 2 minute fight.  Well, you know, sometimes the less said is
better.
     MARTIN BLANK (82-28434) (41-11-0,220) of BLOOD TITANS fought GAZELLE (56-3701)
(108-105-0,250) of REDHORSE.  MARTIN BLANK slimly lost to GAZELLE in an action packed
13 minute gruesome fight.  Probably because Gazelle mistook Martin for a caravan.
     REM (74-2853) (98-72-0,258) of DARKLINGS fought GIMME SOME SUGAR (19-4936) (59-
43-0,197) of ARMY OF DARKNESS.  REM viciously subdued GIMME SOME SUGAR in an action
packed 2 minute gruesome melee.  I blame all the dieting stuff that's going around.

The challenges:
     KING COREY (43-4620) (29-24-1,100) of LUROCIAN ROYALTY challenged MOSSROCK (15-
4871) (43-49-2,134) of GREENWARDENS.  Up 34.  KING COREY overpowered MOSSROCK in a 1
minute one-sided Challenge struggle.  So much for last time, huh?  I *told* Mossy he
shouldn't talk big.  But did he listen?  As if!
     FLESH RIPPER (74-3375) (31-16-1,198) of LUROCIANS XI challenged SEKHAT (7-2251)
(50-92-2,181) of CASTAWAYS.  Down 17.  FLESH RIPPER overpowered SEKHAT in a 1 minute
mismatched Challenge match.  Others have claws, too, Sekhat.
     BILBO BAGGINNI (9-5508) (43-21-0,210) of MIDDLE ITALY challenged KOOKABURRA (33-
4151) (137-179-5,206) of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.  Down 4.  BILBO BAGGINNI viciously
subdued KOOKABURRA in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.  I don't know, is this good?  We
want Kooky inducted.
     RED BARON (33-1092) (64-63-3,198) of LUROCIANS II challenged SERGE (32-3549)
(47-52-0,196) of ASSORTED.  Down 2.  RED BARON demolished SERGE in a popular 1 minute
one-sided Challenge melee.  Okay.  In passing, I notice that most of our challenges
are from The Greek Guy this time.  It's good to see some other manager getting into
the act and managing.
     LORD FIREFLASH (33-2966) (59-54-1,224) of LUROCIANS II challenged SMUG BUG (55-
2900) (120-193-0,213) of RHYME TYME.  Down 11.  LORD FIREFLASH was devastated by SMUG
BUG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  Yes, well, there's another one, the
Bug, that we hope gets inducted.

For the title:
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (213-132-0,307) of DARKLINGS fought GARY M. REAPER (32-2502)
(73-43-1,216) of DEVIL ADVOCATES.  NIGHTCAP bested GARY M. REAPER in a popular 1
minute Title competition.  So it's still Nightcap.  Which is fine, Nightcap writes
columns and takes care of the neighborhood.  This is not bad.

                                        Debby T.

LORD-MARSHALL                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            214 132     328  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GAZELLE 56-3701             109 105     273  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 REM 74-2853                  99  72     273  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 SMUG BUG 55-2900            121 193     227  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508        44  21     218  MIDDLE ITALY (1360)        ZUKAL
 NOREASTER 35-3896            42  25  1  211  DIRT DEVILS (1246)         MURSKA

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GARY M. REAPER 32-2502       73  44  1  210  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RED BARON 33-1092            65  63  3  208  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND
 FLESH RIPPER 74-3375         32  16  1  207  LUROCIANS XI (1038)        DAYLA KIV
 KOOKABURRA 33-4151          137 180  5  202  GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (1278)  NIATOLI ISLAND
 GIMME SOME SUGAR 19-4936     59  44     201  ARMY OF DARKNESS (1296)    ZUWAYZA
 MACHINE 56-3795              44  40     200  DIRTIE (1345)              ROCANIS
 MARTIN BLANK 82-28434        41  12     199  BLOOD TITANS (1347)        DWES EG
 ARGUMENT 64-3915             44  59     198  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 FEEL THE BUZZ 35-2490        34  18  1  192  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA
 LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966       59  55  1  190  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND
 SERGE 32-3549                47  53     188  ASSORTED (578)             ARVAT
 JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260     64 137     185  BLUE EYRIE (1300)          MORDANT
 SLEEPWALKER 74-2843          61 114  1  184  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 SANDMAN 74-2896              66  93  3  181  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 REDTHORN 15-4943             34  38     180  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 SEKHAT 7-2251                50  93  2  179  CASTAWAYS (1301)           BONSUR
 S. MARY ROSE 78-2313         68  79  2  178  HABIT (1375)               LIN TIRIAN
 STUMP 15-4882                32  70     177  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 SAVORY 32-4143               39  37  1  176  DEAD WE SUCK (1336)        ARVAT
 WHITEBRAID 15-2110           41  70  1  170  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 CONTROVERSY 64-3914          48  55  1  166  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SCAPA 35-4198                27  15  1  149  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA
 OBAN 35-4213                 21  11  1  143  ON THE ROCKS (303)         MURSKA
 TREEFROG 15-4177             30  45     141  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 WOODEN ARROW 15-4619         34  44     139  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 KING COREY 43-4620           30  24  1  127  LUROCIAN ROYALTY (1349)    VEASTIAN
 MOSSROCK 15-4871             43  50  2  109  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Bilbo Bagginni -- Well, I guess I should be flattered that my teammate and I were the
only two fighters to be honored with challenges last turn.  So, thank you.  Your
challenge was... hmm... either brave, or really reckless.  Although fighters of your
style do tend to be more dangerous than their experience would indicate.  We each
landed one hit, but mine was pointier, and that makes a difference.  Steel.  Think
about it. -- Nightcap

Jorja -- I am not a column.  I WROTE a column.  And have to do it again this turn.
*sigh*  I mean, once again I have that honor. -- Nightcap

     But you'd make a good column.

Gary M. Reaper -- Should I feel honored that you challenged me?  You, a groundgrubber
so jaded by this career of violence that you are no longer able to learn?  Psh!
However, I do commend your defensive acrobatics. -- Jeo the Songsmith

Gimme Some Sugar -- Hey, Stretch, I don't think your style is good against my style.
Nice try though. -- Rem

Redthorn -- Ah huh.  I won't tell. -- Rem

Flesh Ripper -- That was a big misunderstanding.  I think I had some kind of senior
moment, or a beer moment, and thought I was back... at my old job.  When I shouted
"Yield!" I meant your wallet.  Oh well. -- Gazelle

Smug Bug -- You might have noticed that I performed most of that fight from a
horizontal position.  It's good practice, you know.  Fall on your back and rake with
your hind claws.  Except it didn't work so well because they make us catfolk wear
boots in the arena.  Grr. -- Sekhat

Wooden Arrow -- Oh no!  I did NOT mean to stab you in the throat.  I'm glad you
managed to hang on until the medics got there to fix you up.  Hope you're feeling
well by now. -- Sandman
P.S.  Didn't we do the same thing the turn before?

Treefrog -- I like it when they compare my spear to angry lightning.  Sorry about the
lightning strike to your tummy though. -- Sleepwalker

Nightcap -- We do like the idea of a recycling bin for violent offenders, but...
don't most places call that a "jail"? -- the Greenwardens
P.S.  We have one back in Malcorn for poachers and out-of-season hunters.

Sandman -- I believe the quarrels for crossbows sometimes have a metal shaft. --
Wooden Arrow

King Corey -- A win is a win, and this worked.  Good.  Next time you want to shoot
out-of-season wolverines, maybe you should make sure the rock you sit on to do it
isn't a Greenwarden in disguise, eh? -- Mossrock

Sleepwalker -- I don't think that should count as a "vanquish."  You were just
wandering around in your sleep and stepped on me.  That counts as a "clumsy
accident." -- Treefrog

Sandman -- Oh, well. -- Wooden Arrow

S. Mary Rose -- May your dark roots show! -- Whitebraid, who is a natural blond and
does not have dark roots

     Dark Root is something that gladiators chew to go berserk, isn't it?  Are you
     saying that, like, Mary Rose does berserk?

Machine -- You wouldn't think I now have a master in riposte, would you?  I wonder
about that myself.  I mean, when have I ever tried it? -- Stump

Debby -- No, you don't "gotta love" the old fossils.  Maybe some more will get
inducted after the tourney. -- Redthorn, unhopeful

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LORD FIREFLASH was devastated by SMUG BUG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
RED BARON demolished SERGE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
BILBO BAGGINNI viciously subdued KOOKABURRA in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.
FLESH RIPPER overpowered SEKHAT in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
KING COREY overpowered MOSSROCK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
NIGHTCAP bested GARY M. REAPER in a popular 1 minute Title competition.
REM viciously subdued GIMME SOME SUGAR in a action packed 2 minute gruesome melee.
MARTIN BLANK slimly lost to GAZELLE in a action packed 13 minute gruesome fight.
JEO THE SONGSMITH was savagely defeated by ARGUMENT in a exciting 2 minute fight.
NOREASTER overpowered STUMP in a exciting 2 minute one-sided fight.
FEEL THE BUZZ bested WHITEBRAID in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
MACHINE subdued SLEEPWALKER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute match.
S. MARY ROSE beat TREEFROG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory conflict.
SANDMAN vanquished WOODEN ARROW in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
CONTROVERSY overcame MAREI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody bout.
REDTHORN devastated OBAN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
SCAPA was overpowered by SAVORY in a popular 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                  12         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -   5 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    56 -  48 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        26 -  29 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  24 -  0      40  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  18 -  1      40  |

Turn 579 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745          214 132  0  328 DARKLINGS (1160)
TOTAL PARRY      GAZELLE 56-3701           109 105  0  273 REDHORSE (823)
LUNGING ATTACK   REM 74-2853                99  72  0  273 DARKLINGS (1160)
AIMED BLOW       BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508      44  21  0  218 MIDDLE ITALY (1360)
STRIKING ATTACK  FLESH RIPPER 74-3375       32  16  1  207 LUROCIANS XI (1038)
BASHING ATTACK   KOOKABURRA 33-4151        137 180  5  202 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (1278)
PARRY-STRIKE     MARTIN BLANK 82-28434      41  12  0  199 BLOOD TITANS (1347)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260   64 137  0  185 BLUE EYRIE (1300)
SLASHING ATTACK  S. MARY ROSE 78-2313       68  79  2  178 HABIT (1375)

The overall popularity leader is NIGHTCAP 74-2745.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MARTIN BLANK 82-28434.  The ten other most popular fighters were REM 
74-2853, ARGUMENT 64-3915, MACHINE 56-3795, GAZELLE 56-3701, SLEEPWALKER 74-2843, 
FLESH RIPPER 74-3375, BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508, NOREASTER 35-3896, CONTROVERSY 64-3914, 
and SMUG BUG 55-2900.

The least popular fighter this week was OBAN 35-4213.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were WOODEN ARROW 15-4619, MOSSROCK 15-4871, LORD FIREFLASH 33-2966, STUMP 
15-4882, KING COREY 43-4620, SERGE 32-3549, SCAPA 35-4198, TREEFROG 15-4177, 
WHITEBRAID 15-2110, and JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260.

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  ROCANIS(56)          2  0 0  
BONSUR(7)            0  1 0  NIATOLI ISLAND(33)   1  2 0  KURUKAR(64)          2  0 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  MURSKA(35)           2  2 0  DAYLA KIV(74)        4  1 0  
MALCORN(15)          1  5 0  VEASTIAN(43)         1  0 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       1  0 0  
ZUWAYZA(19)          0  1 0  KHALANI(55)          1  0 0  DWES EG(82)          0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JEO THE SONGSMITH 1-3260    64 137  0  185  BLUE EYRIE (1300)          MORDANT
 SEKHAT 7-2251               50  93  2  179  CASTAWAYS (1301)           BONSUR
 BILBO BAGGINNI 9-5508       44  21  0  218  MIDDLE ITALY (1360)        ZUKAL
 REDTHORN 15-4943            34  38  0  180  GREENWARDENS (770)         MALCORN
 GIMME SOME SUGAR 19-4936    59  44  0  201  ARMY OF DARKNESS (1296)    ZUWAYZA
 GARY M. REAPER 32-2502      73  44  1  210  DEVIL ADVOCATES (298)      ARVAT
 RED BARON 33-1092           65  63  3  208  LUROCIANS II (775)         NIATOLI ISLAND

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NOREASTER 35-3896           42  25  1  211  DIRT DEVILS (1246)         MURSKA
 KING COREY 43-4620          30  24  1  127  LUROCIAN ROYALTY (1349)    VEASTIAN
 SMUG BUG 55-2900           121 193  0  227  RHYME TYME (397)           KHALANI
 GAZELLE 56-3701            109 105  0  273  REDHORSE (823)             ROCANIS
 ARGUMENT 64-3915            44  59  0  198  UNDER DURESS (743)         KURUKAR
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745           214 132  0  328  DARKLINGS (1160)           DAYLA KIV
 S. MARY ROSE 78-2313        68  79  2  178  HABIT (1375)               LIN TIRIAN
 MARTIN BLANK 82-28434       41  12  0  199  BLOOD TITANS (1347)        DWES EG

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament. 

                             AXIOM (11-3918) ERRATA (372) 
                     MACHETE MOUSE (82-4566) MAMMAL MILITIA (616) 
                 GONE TO GEORGIA (82-28596) STREET PIZZAD XXI (4657) 
                         ROOT (82-31537) 4 LETTER BEER (5196) 
                         SMOOTH (82-33235) TRANSITIONS (5487) 
                   YELLOW DEUCE COUPE (82-33317) COLOR TUNES (5502) 
                         ROOM 282 (82-33685) TEMPE -05 (5575) 
                    UGAMUGGAH (82-41228) STREET PIZZAD XXII (5040) 
                   TOUCHE' TURTLE (82-44789) KILLER KARTOONS (7535) 
                   MIDSIZE WHOOPER (82-47794) COOL NAMES 22 (8035) 
                  DAVID WAYBUR (84-5954) MEDAL OF HONOR F3 II (1124) 
                      RODEO CLOWN (84-11743) TOUGHER GUYS (2136) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes