DARKHOLM SPORTING JOURNAL

Date   : 08/20/2005    Duedate: 09/02/2005

DARKHOLM

DM-104    TURN-408

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 BLACK PRIMER 82/1187 1214  435  7 73.6    7-THE NATURALS 21/1113   32   28  2 53.3
    THUNDR + LITENING 18/309                  8 SIR AGLIO 10/600      588  523  2 52.9
  2-RAINDANCE 51/1106      67   31  2 68.4      JOKA MASHER 82/1055                   
  3 MONGREL HORDE 10/964  501  245  3 67.2    9 BEAN MACHINE 99/1202  757  713  6 51.5
  4 DON'T ASK 82/1205    1644 1299 19 55.9      BIG MEAN FISH 18/292                  
    4-LETTER DOCTORS 82/1204                    CUTE & KINDA DEADLY 97/1229           
    LOCAL BEER 82/1219                       10 UNTOUCHABLES 18/1212    3    3  0 50.0
    ORGANS ON THE SAND 97/1237               11-COSMIC FREAK 21/1225   73  101  1 42.0
    LUST MUPPETS 32/1036                        MUSIC TO KILL BY 96/1119              
    4-LETTER ANXIETY 82/1236                 12 KREWE OF DRUI 6/1186  192  269  5 41.6
  5 NUMBERS 62/937       1903 1602  7 54.3      ELEMENTS OF PSI 58/423                
    IT'S NEW! 6/1195                         13 SEA DOGS 7/203         52   80  3 39.4
    PUDS AGAIN 6 82/1234                        SEA DOGS 18/328                       
    CEMENTIA 61/1112                         14 SONS OF SATA 21/1214    9   14  1 39.1
    PEPPER PRACTICE II 57/1069               15 DELVERS 42/1000       272  441  2 38.1
    FLAT BROKE 82/1184                          DOGS OF WAR 4/999                     
    WHAT A TREAT 98/1201                        GAMES LIBRARY 3/998                   
    WASTELAND 18/468                         16 JOHNS 5/927           866 1547 17 35.9
    SANDS OF TIME 38/1178                       SCARRY TEAM 36/824                    
    WASTELAND II 7/500                          ARROGANCE 18/732                      
    MORE NEW TEAMS 2 5/1188                     THE LADY'S LIST 6/917                 
    I BENT MY WOOKIE 14/1239                    JUST BECAUSE 38/1151                  
    I'M SO SEXY 42/1072                      17 NEXT GENERAT 18/1150  541 1025  9 34.5
    NEGATIVE CASH FLOW 82/1197                  THIS LITTLE PRIGGY 25/1162            
    MY DRUGS 98/1179                            FOUND IN THE SAND 32/1034             
    LARGE LOSERS 5/1228                         SUPER BASH BROTHERS 6/1067            
  6 STYROFOAM 82/1090    1136  994  8 53.3      CLOWNING AROUND 42/1200               

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

     Rattlesnake Shake sat squarely on the three legged stool stretching his hands
and arms and looking straight ahead.  The tarp on the wall which drew his gaze was
one he had never seen before this day, but had heard of it many times.  Throughout
his training, Destitute Noble had been big on giving his warriors something to
visualize before each dueling session, whether it was an arena fight, a tourney, or
even just sparring.  He always said it made you more focused.  In years gone by, he
would currently be considering what "tweaks" to make to his fighting style to best
suit his next opponent.  This next fight though, he approached just like the one
before it, and the one before it.  He always thought the best strategy was to hit
first, and hit last.  He also knew though that most fighters in the eligibles
classification were not quite that easily defeated.  Many, like him, had used the
years to train their physical strength so they could carry more armor, and were not
that easy to hit in the first place.  One advantage he had over most of his opponents
was the thing that made it most difficult to land a spot on a squad as he began his
fighting career--that was his size.  It allowed him to be first to the "punch" more
often than not, and he had been lucky enough to have his critical injuries spread out
across his rather large frame over the years, rather than suffer multiple ones to the
same area.
     The trainer had been working on his left shoulder, but had just finished up,
wished him well, and left him alone to ponder his upcoming match.  Snake glanced over
at his armor--it looked pretty much the same as it did when he arrived at the
tournament two days ago.  He noticed a fairly severe dent just below the collarbone
where Fountains of Wayne had tagged him on turn eleven.  Floyd's warrior had nearly
knocked him to the ground with that one, but Snake was able to recover and win that
fight.  They had both started the fight with only one loss, and had it not been for
his scalemail armor, that shot likely would have given Snake his second.  As it was
though, he had marched on to this point and now was in the title match.  He looked
back at the tarp on the wall--it didn't look all that interesting until you watched
it for a while, then you would notice that the image changed magically before your
eyes.  As he viewed it now, it was an image of three warriors.  Two of them, he knew
well, and had sparred against many times, the third he had never met, but was a
legend among Noble's warriors.  His name was First Founder, and was Noble's first
warrior to ever do what Snake was now trying to accomplish--win a tournament.  The
image showed First Founder, and the other warrior named Fladrakeen Oosch (Snake
always called him Flad) standing slightly behind the much smaller third figure, who
Snake knew as Comfortably Numb.  All three had managed to win tournaments over the
years, though Flad and Comfortably Numb had won theirs recently, while First Founder
quit fighting before Snake even knew what went on within the arena walls.  Noble told
Snake he had commissioned the tarp way back when First Founder had won his victory,
and hired a mage to give it the enchantment of showing different visions.  It
alternated between showing a picture of the three together in an informal pose, and
each warrior separately going through some of their battle poses.  Snake was still in
awe of the tarp--he had never seen anything quite like it, though he had very little
knowledge of the arcane.  As he watched First Founder balance the blade of his epee
on the tip of his finger, he knew he had the chance to get his image on the tarp now,
to be glorified forever, and hopefully to be an inspiration to future warriors.  He
thought back on the last few turns which got him here.  Since the eighth turn when he
fought a warrior named Gordon, he had faced an onslaught of some of the best aimed
blow warriors this side of Primus.  In addition to Gordon and Fountains of Wayne, he
had faced off and beaten Stanley's Cup, Choking Chicken, and Nebuchadnezzar.  Snake
was bitter that he had not been able to add Belial to that list, the mighty aimed
blow from Talahya.  He had beaten Belial in a previous tourney, but had lost to him a
half a dozen times otherwise, and it would have made the journey that much more
satisfying.  Then again, there would be time for Belial later.  He refocused on the
tarp again, and the three great champions seemed to be staring at him, or maybe
through him.  He was sure they could sense the fear and uneasiness inside him.  Snake
exhaled and shut his eyes.  He felt confident that even the mighty three had also
felt the same way before entering the arena for their title fight, yet he was not
sure if they had to face a warrior quite like who would be opposing him.
     He had never seen her fight before, as she made her home now in Darkholm after
graduating from Talcama.  He had heard tales of her prowess before the tourney, and
had been judged one of the favorites to win it all, so he of course had made his way
over to watch her practice a bit the night before the tourney had kicked off.
Judging by the way she practiced, the tales were all true.  Though she was a golem,
her gaze was razor sharp, and her movements were precise, with no wasted movement.
She ran through her styles, and sparred for a crowd of men, who looked like vultures
to Snake.  They were people who would likely be betting on her to win, Noble often
called those people investors.  Snake studied their faces as they watched her.  They
were men who had the look in their eye like they had a secret about a "sure thing".
He had seen that look many times before, it was the same here as it was at the
chariot races, or a game of chance--when a man thinks he's found that sure thing,
it's tough to hide his glee.  Snake had thought for a minute to join them and bet
some of his hard earned money against himself and on her as he continued watching her
fluid motions, and her sparring partners inability to lay a sword on her.  Word had
spread that Doc Steele her manager had subjected her to arcane treatments to give her
that amazing speed and her incredible dexterity.  Also, that her skin was unnaturally
thick, and even bladed weapons weren't able to cut her.  Those things concerned
Snake, but a few things gave him hope and caused him to bet his money on himself
instead.  She was a full foot shorter than he was, and he felt his height would give
him an advantage.   The kicker though, came as she finished up her practice session
and mingled amongst some of the "investors".   Her demeanor was carefree, and she
seemed to almost border on being too gleeful to be a serious warrior.  She joked with
some of the men, and laughed freely, embracing Doc Steele, and courteously thanking
him for being her manager, causing a smile to spread on his face.  The grizzled
manager that many considered to be unapproachable was obviously very fond of this
particular warrior, and likely had a lot vested on her winning.  Snake hoped that
this emotion she exhibited meant she was not as strong of heart as he who had endured
many hardships on his road here.  Snake's recollections were broken up by a knock at
the door.
     "You ready?" Comfortably Numb asked, peeking his head in the door.  Snake caught
a glimpse of the tarp, and on cue, it changed to Numb's visage.  "It's time for your
fifteen minutes," Numb prodded.
     Snake smiled at his friend who now dwelled in Primus trying to make a name for
himself there.  Snake stood and said, "Just because you are a one hit wonder doesn't
mean I am.  I've got at least thirty minutes coming to me!".  He grabbed his
longsword and his spare before grabbing his cap.  The sword, like the armor, seemed
to be in pretty good shape, and Urbane Elf, another of Noble's Primus warriors had
sharpened his longswords to a razor's edge.  "Any final words of wisdom?" Snake asked
of his much smaller counterpart.
     Numb thought for a moment, and scratched his bald head.  "Yeah--I do," he said
before pausing, "Golems are creatures of habit, remember that, and attack from
different angles so she'll have to change her defense."  With that, he departed,
leaving Snake alone in the training room.  He placed his cap firmly on his head, and
walked out the chamber door to his fate.
     Once in the arena, it did not seem the same as the hundred or so times he been
in one before.  The midday sun was bright, and high in the sky.  The way it glinted
off her spearpoint might be troublesome if it caught his eyesight.  She was walking
next to the arena wall, waving to well-wishers, and embracing Doc one last time
before the fight was to begin.  He started to sweat almost immediately under the
armor, due to the day's heat, and the stress he was under.  As the fight began, he
was unhappily surprised that she was incredibly nimble, and was able to lock his
longsword up keeping him from attacking, though she could not get a good thrust in
either.  Finally, he pushed her a bit off balance and had the chance to strike.  At
that second, time seemed to slow down as he considered how to attack.  Like most
warriors, he had a favorite attack that he called his "snakebite".  The move had
earned him his name right after Noble had signed him on.  Because of his great size,
he wiggled his upper body and arms when he used his snakebite attack, to make it
difficult for his foe to know precisely where the attack would come from.  It had won
him many fights in his career, yet he decided against using it this time and instead
lashed out at Wiggler, trying to hit her in the chest.  She seemed to sense exactly
where his attack was heading, and she dodged easily to the side throwing him off
balance, as her spear recoiled ready to strike.  He knew he was in trouble before his
attack was even done.  Her spear came crashing into his abdomen, nearly piercing it,
and she had to pull hard to dislodge it.  As she pulled it out, Snake awkwardly fell
to his knees, and he looked up to see her smiling like a schoolgirl at recess.
Luckily for him, the recoil from pulling her spear out of his armor caused her to
stumble a bit as well.  Snake used his sword as a crutch as he leapt to his feet
before she could bring her second attack, then brought his sword to the ready.  She
was charging again, looking right at his mid-section, undoubtedly trying to pierce
the armor through it's now weakened hide.  As the spear came flying towards him, he
dropped to his knees and threw his head back so hard his cap nearly flew off.  The
spear went whistling over his head by inches, and again he saw her spearpoint twinkle
with sunlight as it withdrew.  He jumped back to his feet and threw his right
shoulder forward in a feint.  Like so many before, she took the bait.  He undulated
his shoulders, moving his sword hilt back in forth, mesmerizing her just for a
moment, then ducked slightly and swung from a much lower guard than he though she
could defend with the thin spear.  The sword found it's target striking her in the
right elbow, causing her to yell out in pain.  More than that, his sheer mass had
bullied her into the sand, and he jumped over to her to make sure she would not have
the chance to get back up.  A few more thrusts with his longsword, and it was over.
He offered her his hand, and she took it allowing him to help her to her feet.  Right
then, Noble's warriors stormed the arena, putting the very sizable Snake on their
collective shoulders and carried him around the sands in a victory celebration.
     That night, Snake contemplated his future.  Would he continue his career and
fight in Primus, or would he use this chance to leave the arena life and try for
something more simple?  Winning the tournament assured that he would always be able
to train others, or maybe even manage his own squad one day.  He wondered how
Wiggler, and more importantly her manager was taking her defeat.  He made a mental
note to try and look her up in the future and see how she was doing, though it was
very likely she would continue her career and end up in the top of Primus someday.
Either way, Snake smiled in the dark, enjoying his "fifteen minutes" and went to bed
contemplating what he could do to follow up on his great achievement.

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                      Reflections by the Keeper of the Runeblade

Hello, Darkholm!

Turn four of my reign.  Where is Kylie!?!  Come on, girl, how are you gonna talk
trash and then miss the turn!  I'll give you this turn's TV for one more chance at
redemption.

Desiree, if you and the Commission want to see sparks fly go ahead and merge Andorak
with Darkholm.  As long as Andorak is the arena that is closed.  Warriors were
bleeding in the sands of Darkholm before these Andorian managers had taught their
first warrior to aim at non-vitals.  As a representative of the top team in both
arenas, I hope our request will at least be considered by the Commission.  I dare you
to do it.  Those guys in Andorak would lose their minds. It would be hysterical to
watch them stammer away in the ads and demand this and that from the commission.
Bring it on!

Wiggler, Legion4

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

Minions of the Dark Federation, I greet you warmly!

     That's what the Andorians used to call it, you know.  The Dark Federation.  Yes,
all right, they have those elven and Vannish bloodlines and so they run to blondes,
while we enjoy the swarthy good looks of our Rirorni forerunners.  But you know
that's not what the Andorians meant when they called us the Dark Federation.  They
meant that we're BAD.  Mind you, there is just one country in the region with an
assassins' guild.  A country where there was so much employment for professional
murderers that they were able to band together and set rules for themselves to
regulate their market and to command higher wages.  And that country, of course...
runs to blondes.  Heh.  Sure, I'd like to see the Commission merge Andorak and
Darkholm.  It would be like merging an ice cube with a kettle of lava.  Honestly,
though I don't think it's going to happen.  I was speculating wildly, that's all.
     I am willing to be bad.  Let's all be bad, shall we?  Just to give them a little
thrill?  How about bumping up those kill desires?
     There was just one TV challenge this turn, at least one that got through, and it
was the title fight as well.  Our lovely Keeper of the Runeblade, WIGGLER (18-8088)
(37-6-1,374) of THUNDR + LITENING TV challenged KYLIE (18-6057) (34-28-1,229) of
UNTOUCHABLES.  WIGGLER devastated KYLIE in an action packed 1 minute mismatched
Challenge Title fight.  Wiggler had been hoping to fight Kylie, and she got her wish.
     Oh, let's see...Thundr + Litening was avoided by Cementia.  Nicely done.
     No one was killed this turn.  Not so nicely done.  You must try harder!
     CRACK IS CHEAP (82-18422) (34-24-0,177) of NEGATIVE CASH FLOW fought MINOS (21-
5805) (19-13-2,114) of SONS OF SATAN.  CRACK IS CHEAP was vanquished by MINOS in an
exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fray.  Crack Is remains our overall popularity
leader.  Tsk.
     It's getting pathetic, how long a fight will win the crowd's "scum sympathy"
vote.  DUSKY JAWFISH (18-6978) (59-60-1,219) of BIG MEAN FISH fought ONE A DAY (98-
799) (36-31-3,207) of MY DRUGS.  DUSKY JAWFISH viciously subdued ONE A DAY in an
action packed 9 minute gruesome melee.  This was actually a very hard-fought victory
for One a Day.  There was no scumming.
     Yes, Bozo should do better if he can.  But maybe he's doing the best he can.  It
is not really the "Delarquan way" to make excuses for warriors who lose, but...in
each of our fights, someone loses.  Come on.  MANUTE BOL (5-4233) (19-14-0,71) of
LARGE LOSERS fought BOZO (42-4016) (22-40-0,60) of CLOWNING AROUND.  MANUTE BOL
overpowered BOZO in a 1 minute one-sided duel.  Poor Bozo is our least popular
warrior this turn.  Yes, he doesn't look that great against the star quality of most
of our fine Delarquan combatants, but I would like to see any member of that super-
critical pack of spectators try to take him out.
     Well, there were only thirty-five fights today.  Not that much to talk about,
really.  I suppose we WOULD have more to talk about if Darkholm merged with Andorak.
(shudder)
     Should I offer any unsolicited advice today?  Hmm.  Yes.  On the whole,
forgiveness may be a good thing because it brings the forgiver peace of mind, but
there is a point beyond which it becomes a bad thing.  It depends, I think, on
whether the person who harmed you did it knowingly and has been making a habit of
such behavior.  Maybe the person who harmed you will keep right on harming you if
they are not slapped down hard.  Maybe they will harm others.  At some point,
forgiveness becomes irresponsible.
     Until next turn, may you maintain a healthy balance in all things.  And remember
to practice even moderation in moderation!  Go overboard once in a while!

                                     Desiree

KEEPER OF THE RUNEBLADE       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WIGGLER 18-8088             38   6  1  388  THUNDR + LITENING (309)    TALCAMA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DR DAZZLE 57-4485           85  37  2  305  PEPPER PRACTICE II (1069)  ANDOR
 MAHI MAHI 18-4899          118  72  1  282  BIG MEAN FISH (292)        TALCAMA
 ROLEX WATCH 32-3732         65  58  2  257  LUST MUPPETS (1036)        ARVAT
 WHIRLING DOG 10-4177        80  42  1  244  MONGREL HORDE (964)        KOLACT
 NEOSPHINCTER 18-7317        36  31  1  231  WASTELAND (468)            TALCAMA
 DUSKY JAWFISH 18-6978       60  60  1  230  BIG MEAN FISH (292)        TALCAMA
 HEART 97-1096               24  22  4  226  ORGANS ON THE SAND (1237)  SHADOW GROVE
 OBSESSIVE 58-2447           63  58  1  224  ELEMENTS OF PSI (423)      DELARQ TOR
 HARLEQUIN TUSKFISH 18-6977  64  55  0  218  BIG MEAN FISH (292)        TALCAMA
 PTI 7-5412                  38  24  0  218  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR
 ASSAULT 82-2043             72  41  1  215  JOKA MASHER (1055)         DWES EG
 GOKU 7-5628                 25   5  0  214  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 HE HATE ME 18-7820          30  41  2  207  WASTELAND (468)            TALCAMA
-CHIEF STORMCLOUD 51-4306    34  14  1  204  RAINDANCE (1106)           TRICORUS
 SCHYLER 6-4866              67 110  1  202  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 DECK SWAB 18-2148           31  30  2  201  SEA DOGS (328)             TALCAMA
 ETCHED IN STONE 61-3112     65  29  1  200  CEMENTIA (1112)            JURINE
 MIMIC BLENNY 18-7541        52  31  1  198  BIG MEAN FISH (292)        TALCAMA
 SUPER BUM 82-18411          40  22  1  198  FLAT BROKE (1184)          DWES EG
 ONE A DAY 98-799            36  32  3  198  MY DRUGS (1179)            SYVYN'S HILL
 KYLIE 18-6057               34  29  1  198  UNTOUCHABLES (1212)        TALCAMA
 THE CUTICLE DANCE 82-13639  22   6  2  198  DON'T ASK (1205)           DWES EG
 SHINY PENNY 32-3789         43  88  2  196  FOUND IN THE SAND (1034)   ARVAT
 WENT TO MARKET 25-4288      35  39  2  196  THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (1162)  LYRATILAN
 DOC STEELE 18-6010          67 130  6  195  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 MUCKER 42-3596              72  77  2  194  DELVERS (1000)             RODEKI
 BASS 5-3666                 71 109  2  194  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 TASTY HANGNAIL 7-5463       33  25  0  194  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR
 CLEANER WRASSE 18-6495      89  74  2  193  BIG MEAN FISH (292)        TALCAMA
 MISS HONEY 36-4850          79  81  0  193  SCARRY TEAM (824)          JHANS
 COOLER 82-7277              48  40  1  193  STYROFOAM (1090)           DWES EG
 HITZ 82-10428               19  12  0  192  4-LETTER DOCTORS (1204)    DWES EG

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SULTAN 10-4516              39  14  1  191  SIR AGLIO (600)            KOLACT
 BOB, ETERNAL, 38-4460       28   4  0  191  SANDS OF TIME (1178)       CLIFFHOME
 GRINGOLD 7-2416             31  42  2  186  SEA DOGS (203)             BONSUR
 TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620   107 113  0  185  DELVERS (1000)             RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ASHANTI 6-5352              36  45  6  180  KREWE OF DRUID (1186)      TRANSEL
 FEAR 82-10416               30  48  1  178  4-LETTER ANXIETY (1236)    DWES EG
 NUMBERED WON 18-7434        35  45  0  175  NEXT GENERATION (1150)     TALCAMA
 HEAT 98-981                 24  15  4  173  WHAT A TREAT (1201)        SYVYN'S HILL
 DOC STEELE 18-6808          54  85  1  172  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 ENDYMION 6-4163             34  53  2  172  KREWE OF DRUID (1186)      TRANSEL
 LIFE 3-4196                 49 154  0  168  GAMES LIBRARY (998)        OSKSI
 RED FUSION 6-5480           42  14  0  163  IT'S NEW! (1195)           TRANSEL
 MINOS 21-5805               20  13  2  162  SONS OF SATAN (1214)       SUNSET
 YUENGLING 82-16265          22   9  1  160  LOCAL BEER (1219)          DWES EG
 MAGINOT MIKE 4-4509         63  89  1  159  DOGS OF WAR (999)          JHELUM
-SMILES 21-3207              28  18  3  159  THE NATURALS XI (1113)     SUNSET
 2 62-2976                   34  26  3  157  NUMBERS (937)              VALAMANTIS
 STUPID SEXY FLANDE 42-3836  29  22  0  151  I'M SO SEXY (1072)         RODEKI

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LINK 6-5144                 34  66  2  150  SUPER BASH BROTHERS (1067) TRANSEL
-TAPS 96-841                 31  32  5  141  MUSIC TO KILL BY (1119)    OLD VALAMANTIS
 CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422     34  25  0  137  NEGATIVE CASH FLOW (1197)  DWES EG
 FRIJOLE! 99-1214            20  18  3  133  BEAN MACHINE (1202)        SOUTH RIDGE
 FRIED TWINKIE 5-4562        34  19  0  129  MORE NEW TEAMS 2 (1188)    KALTOS
 BRICKTOP 18-7955            34  23  0  123  WASTELAND (468)            TALCAMA
 BRADEN 6-4867               65 112  1  118  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 PEGASUS 6-4161              33  53  1  118  KREWE OF DRUID (1186)      TRANSEL
-I SEE SOUNDS 21-5704        23  18  1  108  COSMIC FREAK OUT (1225)    SUNSET
 SMUNCH 18-8337              20   2  0  108  THUNDR + LITENING (309)    TALCAMA
-GROBRAUM 18-8045            27  24  0  105  BURN N' PILLAGE (327)      TALCAMA

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MUTINEER 7-2607             27  17  2   95  SEA DOGS (203)             BONSUR
 GOHAN 18-8449               25  14  1   93  WASTELAND (468)            TALCAMA
 RONALD REAGAN 21-1588       24  23  0   92  SONS OF SATAN (1214)       SUNSET

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-THE HIPPY 21-5701           20  12  1   90  COSMIC FREAK OUT (1225)    SUNSET
 PUD 126 82-22024            27  12  0   88  PUDS AGAIN 6 (1234)        DWES EG
 MANUTE BOL 5-4233           20  14  0   79  LARGE LOSERS (1228)        KALTOS
 STRAFE 82-11158             33  18  0   78  BLACK PRIMERS (1187)       DWES EG
 A. CAPONE 18-3228           15  17  3   75  UNTOUCHABLES (1212)        TALCAMA
-SUIGENERIS 21-5545          14   6  1   73  THE NATURALS XI (1113)     SUNSET
 MEN WORKING 38-4189         30  79  1   71  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME
 WORK IN PROGRESS 38-4193    26  83  2   62  JUST BECAUSE (1151)        CLIFFHOME
 I WET MY BED! 14-4052       17   5  0   60  I BENT MY WOOKIE (1239)    TOBIR
 BOZO 42-4016                22  41  0   55  CLOWNING AROUND (1200)     RODEKI
 KUNG PAO KITTY 97-1310       3  11  3   46  CUTE & KINDA DEADLY (1229) SHADOW GROVE

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Life of Osksi -- What is it you're upset about with me?  I don't remember doing
anything to offend you.  I can understand you're being upset with Bass, he smacked
you around a bit, but what did I do? -- A-Sop

Went to Market -- Should have stayed there. -- Life of Osksi, golem of few words
today

Cleaner Wrasse -- Do you do windows?  We'd pay well. -- Tolais Deepheart

Gringold -- Don't you find all those gold teeth a pain when eating ice cream? --
Mucker, genuinely curious

Deck Swab -- Dammit, that was my FACE you were wiping off with your blade! -- Maginot
Mike

4 August 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For Is Here!!!!!!!!

ZalCon3...The Rebirth!!!!!!! 

The Rules Are Simple, The Prizes Are Awesome, The Competition Fierce!

Where:  Dullens (DM13)  When:  October 8th, 2005

The Rules:
Every Manager Must DA Their Entire Team On The First Turn They Enter The Contest.
All Warriors DA'd In This Manner MUST Be At Zero FE And May Fight In The Contest If
They Live.  The Style Of The Warrior Must Be Present In The Name In A Non Ambiguous
Manner, Standard Abbreviations Accepted.  Scoring Starts On The 3rd Turn Of The
Contest Which Will Also Be The First Turn After The October Mail In.  Dead Warriors
May Be Entered From The Contest To Dead Apprentices ONLY--And With Zero FE!!!!!  All
Living Warriors May Be Entered Into Rookies or Apprentices For The October Mail In.

Scoring:
 1 Point For Each Win.
 1 Point For Each Kill.
-1 Point For Each Loss.
-1 Point For Each Death.

Categories:
Ultimate Style Master:  Warrior Of Any Style With The Most Style Master Points.
Top Team:  Team With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
Top Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Team:  Team With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
Style Master:  Warrior With The Most Points Vs. Style In Each Style At The End Of The
               Contest.
Warrior Top 11:  Next 10 Top Point Gaining Warriors At The End Of The Contest.
Iron Manager:  Any Manager With 100 Fights During The Contest (20 Turns Plus 2 Pre
               Turns).
***Special Category*** An Additional Top Team Award Will Be Granted For Each 5 Iron
Manager Awards Starting At 6.

Prizes:
Ultimate Style Master, Top Team, Top Warrior:  +1 To Bonus, Damage Bump, Free Train
                                              Or Learn 2 Skills, Favorites Knowledge.
MVP Team And MVP Warrior:  20 Rollups.
Style Master:  +1 To Bonus.
Warrior Top 11:  Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills. 
Iron Manager:  +1 To Bonus.

Please Contact Zalgor Prigg Via Diplo (Armor & Weapons DM102) or Email
(zalgor@hotmail.com) Should You Have Any Questions Or Wish A Free Team Rollup To Dark
Arena On Turn 1.

Disclaimer:  All Prizes Are To Be Used On Contest Team Only And Are Non Transferable.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WIGGLER devastated KYLIE in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
SMUNCH overcame PUD 126 in a popular 2 minute Challenge match.
STRAFE vanquished KUNG PAO KITTY in a popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
HITZ was overpowered by HARLEQUIN TUSKFISH in a 1 minute mismatched match.
DR DAZZLE won victory over WENT TO MARKET in a crowd pleasing 1 minute fight.
ROLEX WATCH savagely defeated ETCHED IN STONE in a crowd pleasing 5 minute gory brawl.
DUSKY JAWFISH viciously subdued ONE A DAY in a action packed 9 minute gruesome melee.
CLEANER WRASSE was vanquished by PTI in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
WHIRLING DOG defeated MUCKER in a exciting 1 minute fight.
SULTAN was handily defeated by NEOSPHINCTER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
MAHI MAHI demolished SCHYLER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
OBSESSIVE bested SHINY PENNY in a exciting 1 minute battle.
GOKU devastated BASS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched bout.
GRINGOLD was overpowered by HE HATE ME in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
ASHANTI was vanquished by DECK SWAB in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fray.
NUMBERED WON was devastated by DOC STEELE in a exciting 1 minute one-sided brawl.
MIMIC BLENNY demolished YUENGLING in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
HEART overpowered BOB, ETERNAL, in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched conflict.
SUPER BUM overpowered DOC STEELE in a exciting 1 minute uneven fight.
ENDYMION was overpowered by MISS HONEY in a 1 minute uneven fray.
COOLER handily defeated LIFE in a exciting 1 minute gory one-sided contest.
TOLAIS DEEPHEART was defeated by TASTY HANGNAIL in a exciting 1 minute duel.
ASSAULT overpowered HEAT in a popular 1 minute brutal one-sided duel.
2 unbelievably bested BRADEN in a action packed 4 minute gruesome bout.
FEAR narrowly defeated LINK in a 2 minute brutal fray.
THE CUTICLE DANCE handily defeated RED FUSION in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
CRACK IS CHEAP was vanquished by MINOS in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fray.
FRIED TWINKIE was overpowered by MAGINOT MIKE in a 2 minute brutal one-sided fight.
STUPID SEXY FLANDERS beat FRIJOLE! in a 1 minute fray.
PEGASUS was luckily beaten by BRICKTOP in a action packed 2 minute gory contest.
WORK IN PROGRESS was bested by A. CAPONE in a exciting 2 minute battle.
I WET MY BED! was devastated by MUTINEER in a 2 minute uneven bout.
GOHAN overpowered BOOKIE'S GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided match.
RONALD REAGAN handily defeated MEN WORKING in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
MANUTE BOL overpowered BOZO in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  21         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -   6 -  0      74  |
|AIMED BLOW                      11         WALL OF STEEL     48 -  32 -  1      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     11         AIMED BLOW        65 -  45 -  0      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         LUNGING ATTACK   115 -  93 -  2      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         TOTAL PARRY       51 -  56 -  0      48  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK   29 -  35 -  3      45  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  10 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  46 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 408 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         8 -  3     LUNGING ATTACK    10 - 11         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  5         3  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  5     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       WIGGLER 18-8088            38   6  1  388 THUNDR + LITENING (309)
LUNGING ATTACK   DR DAZZLE 57-4485          85  37  2  305 PEPPER PRACTICE II (1069)
STRIKING ATTACK  MAHI MAHI 18-4899         118  72  1  282 BIG MEAN FISH (292)
WALL OF STEEL    ROLEX WATCH 32-3732        65  58  2  257 LUST MUPPETS (1036)
TOTAL PARRY      DUSKY JAWFISH 18-6978      60  60  1  230 BIG MEAN FISH (292)
SLASHING ATTACK  HEART 97-1096              24  22  4  226 ORGANS ON THE SAND (1237)
BASHING ATTACK   DECK SWAB 18-2148          31  30  2  201 SEA DOGS (328)
PARRY-LUNGE      SULTAN 10-4516             39  14  1  191 SIR AGLIO (600)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WORK IN PROGRESS 38-4193   26  83  2   62 JUST BECAUSE (1151)

The overall popularity leader is CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was DUSKY JAWFISH 18-6978.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROLEX 
WATCH 32-3732, BRADEN 6-4867, ONE A DAY 98-799, PUD 126 82-22024, DOC STEELE 18-6010, 
ETCHED IN STONE 61-3112, MUCKER 42-3596, NUMBERED WON 18-7434, THE CUTICLE DANCE 
82-13639, and PEGASUS 6-4161.

The least popular fighter this week was BOZO 42-4016.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422, RED FUSION 6-5480, ENDYMION 6-4163, KUNG PAO 
KITTY 97-1310, FRIJOLE! 99-1214, FRIED TWINKIE 5-4562, LIFE 3-4196, BOB, ETERNAL, 
38-4460, YUENGLING 82-16265, and BASS 5-3666.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
OSKSI(3)             0  1 0  SUNSET(21)           2  0 0  DELARQ TOR(58)       1  0 0  
JHELUM(4)            1  0 0  LYRATILAN(25)        0  1 0  JURINE(61)           0  1 0  
KALTOS(5)            1  2 0  ARVAT(32)            1  1 0  VALAMANTIS(62)       1  0 0  
TRANSEL(6)           0  7 0  JHANS(36)            1  0 0  DWES EG(82)          6  4 0  
BONSUR(7)            4  1 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        0  3 0  SHADOW GROVE(97)     1  1 0  
KOLACT(10)           1  1 0  RODEKI(42)           1  3 0  SYVYN'S HILL(98)     0  2 0  
TOBIR(14)            0  1 0  ANDOR(57)            1  0 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      0  1 0  
TALCAMA(18)         13  4 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LIFE 3-4196                 49 154  0  168  GAMES LIBRARY (998)        OSKSI
 MAGINOT MIKE 4-4509         63  89  1  159  DOGS OF WAR (999)          JHELUM
 BASS 5-3666                 71 109  2  194  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 SCHYLER 6-4866              67 110  1  202  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 PTI 7-5412                  38  24  0  218  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR
 WHIRLING DOG 10-4177        80  42  1  244  MONGREL HORDE (964)        KOLACT
 I WET MY BED! 14-4052       17   5  0   60  I BENT MY WOOKIE (1239)    TOBIR
 WIGGLER 18-8088             38   6  1  388  THUNDR + LITENING (309)    TALCAMA
 MINOS 21-5805               20  13  2  162  SONS OF SATAN (1214)       SUNSET
 WENT TO MARKET 25-4288      35  39  2  196  THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (1162)  LYRATILAN
 ROLEX WATCH 32-3732         65  58  2  257  LUST MUPPETS (1036)        ARVAT
 MISS HONEY 36-4850          79  81  0  193  SCARRY TEAM (824)          JHANS
 BOB, ETERNAL, 38-4460       28   4  0  191  SANDS OF TIME (1178)       CLIFFHOME
 MUCKER 42-3596              72  77  2  194  DELVERS (1000)             RODEKI
 DR DAZZLE 57-4485           85  37  2  305  PEPPER PRACTICE II (1069)  ANDOR
 OBSESSIVE 58-2447           63  58  1  224  ELEMENTS OF PSI (423)      DELARQ TOR
 ETCHED IN STONE 61-3112     65  29  1  200  CEMENTIA (1112)            JURINE
 2 62-2976                   34  26  3  157  NUMBERS (937)              VALAMANTIS
 ASSAULT 82-2043             72  41  1  215  JOKA MASHER (1055)         DWES EG
 HEART 97-1096               24  22  4  226  ORGANS ON THE SAND (1237)  SHADOW GROVE

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ONE A DAY 98-799            36  32  3  198  MY DRUGS (1179)            SYVYN'S HILL
 FRIJOLE! 99-1214            20  18  3  133  BEAN MACHINE (1202)        SOUTH RIDGE