DARKHOLM SPORTING JOURNAL

Date   : 07/25/2015    Duedate: 08/07/2015

DARKHOLM ARENA

DM 104    TURN 667

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 WIDER IS BE 21/1369  494  193   4 71.9      THE HOLY LEGION 10/490
  2 WASTELAND II 7/500  3764 2711  16 58.1    5 HIGHLANDERS 42/1341  638  799  10 44.4
    NEGATIVE CASH FLOW 82/1197                6 JOHNS 5/927         1556 2805  27 35.7
  3 BRUTAL LEGIO 7/1335   83   91   0 47.7      ARROGANCE 18/732
    LEGION OF LEGEND 62/1305                    THE LADY'S LIST 6/917
  4 OBSIDIAN HA 33/1370   42   52   0 44.7

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

     Zakau had just knocked her down.  Summoning her energy, Tolais Deepheart flipped 
to her feet again, and sand flew out behind her.  She tried not to show that her left 
leg still stung from the hamstring hit that had briefly numbed it.  That was going to 
leave a mark.  Then she had to hit the ground again, this time ducking under a thrust 
and rolling to her feet again in a single smooth move.  Zakau was on fire today, she 
thought.  He must have analyzed the other times he'd fought her and tried to figure 
out a new strategy.  She hadn't.  Maybe she was getting complacent.  Maybe she just 
wanted someone else to write the damned column for a change.  He attacked, she 
parried, she parried again and then feinted and caught him on the backspin of her 
weapon.  But then, quick as a snake, he jabbed her in the knee and then the ankle.  
And said one of those hackneyed things that people always regret once they've cooled 
off a bit.  With both legs hurt, she was less mobile now and knew she was in trouble.
     The bell sounded for minute two of the fight.  The announcer murmured that Zakau 
seemed to be beating her.
     As if to confirm that, Zakau hit her in the breast and then in the shoulder, and 
then on the forearm.  Gritting her teeth, she set aside all of her pain and forced 
herself to move as if nothing was hurting.  She easily dodged an attack, slammed her 
quarterstaff into her opponent's midsection, then followed up with another attack 
which he avoided.  He feinted three times, confusing her, then lunged at her, but she 
managed to dodge him, just barely.  Ah!  He was breathing hard now.  She tried to 
smash him on the shoulder with a downward staff-strike, but he slid out of the way.  
The bell rang for minute three.  The announcer, getting excited now, said it looked 
like Zakau was going to win.
     Splinters flew from their weapons as they traded blows.  The weapons they had to 
use in the arena were of uniform, not very great quality.  Then she poked her staff at 
his thigh.  Her aim was mostly accidental, but that was a nerve center that she'd hit, 
and she knew it would leave a big, painful knot for some weeks.  He moved slightly, 
shifting his weight to his other leg, and she attacked the same spot again.  It was 
mean of her, but she wanted to win this fight.  For all that she wished someone else 
would write the columns, she really hated losing.  This time, he nearly fell.  She saw 
his grimace of pain as he raised his hand in surrender.
     As the announcer declared her the winner, and flowers rained down from the 
stands... well, only a few flowers, since there were just half a dozen spectators...  
Zakau reached out to offer his hand.  She took it, then slid her arm around him to 
help him limp out of the arena.  "That was a very good fight, my friend.  After you 
see the healers, I'd be glad to buy you a drink."

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

Hullo hullo hullo!

I raise my glass to all of you warlike sorts out there.  We had nine fights today, no 
deaths, no challenges...  hmm.  The excitement of it all was quite brief, really.

TOLAIS DEEPHEART (42-1620) (170-165-0,245) of HIGHLANDERS fought ZAKAU (5-4623) (82-
90-0,188) of JOHNS.  TOLAIS DEEPHEART bested ZAKAU in a crowd pleasing 3 minute 
gruesome Title fight.  Of course, Ms. Deepheart remains the Keeper of the Runeblade as 
well as the top-ranked Wall of Steel.

GLAMDRING (33-2328) (43-29-1,194) of OBSIDIAN HALL fought CRACK IS CHEAP (82-18422) 
(83-99-0,210) of NEGATIVE CASH FLOW.  GLAMDRING was savagely defeated by CRACK IS 
CHEAP in an exciting 18 minute gory melee.  Mr. Cheap is our top-rated Total Parry, 
which pretty much explains the 18 minutes, eh?  He's also the overall popularity 
leader.  This was the least brief portion of our day, and it was actually pretty good. 
I like a fight that goes slowly enough that I can tell what's happening.  I have slow 
eyes.

ZEUS (62-4010) (58-39-0,181) of LEGION OF LEGEND fought FERD THE TOWER (104-27) (120-
15-8,280) of  .  ZEUS was vanquished by FERD THE TOWER in a popular 1 minute gory 
mismatched brawl.  Ferd the Tower!  No wonder!  Poor Zeus.

RYANATOR (33-3462) (42-36-0,193) of OBSIDIAN HALL fought E AHO LAULA (21-4224) (79-45-
0,194) of WIDER IS BETTER.  RYANATOR was demolished by E AHO LAULA in a 2 minute 
mismatched competition.  The formidable E is our highest ranked Lunger.

MIKEL (6-6190) (67-71-3,205) of THE LADY'S LIST fought PHILTHRY (42-2079) (66-58-
0,169) of HIGHLANDERS.  MIKEL was viciously subdued by PHILTHRY in a crowd pleasing 2 
minute bloody match.  Mikel is top Slasher, while Philthry is top Parry-Striker.

ASSUR (18-7821) (79-130-2,199) of ARROGANCE fought STING (10-429) (31-30-2,177) of THE 
HOLY LEGION.  ASSUR was overpowered by STING in an action packed 1 minute uneven 
melee.  Assur is our arena's best Basher, at least this turn.  Sting didn't win a 
stylemaster title, even though he won his fight. The crowd seemed to think Assur 
should have won, so he was voted this turn's least favorite fighter.

PELIS THE TRUE (42-3469) (58-90-1,141) of HIGHLANDERS fought FATALITY (7-5820) (48-47-
0,148) of BRUTAL LEGION.  PELIS THE TRUE was vanquished by FATALITY in an action 
packed 1 minute one-sided duel.  Fatality is our premier Striker.

DIGITALIS (33-6862) (26-27-1,135) of OBSIDIAN HALL fought ANGRY BOOKIE (104-11) (15-
10-0,150) of  .  DIGITALIS won victory over ANGRY BOOKIE in a popular 5 minute fight.  
Digitalis is still our best Parry-Riposte expert.  Well done!

JHAARAN (10-2017) (19-13-1,61) of THE HOLY LEGION fought MAN-MOUNTAIN (7-3853) (23-18-
1,49) of WASTELAND II.  JHAARAN luckily beat MAN-MOUNTAIN in a popular 4 minute gory 
melee.  No stylemasters here, but it was a good fight.  From a spectator's point of 
view.

That's all that happened, so that's all I'm reporting.  Have a fun two weeks, and 
please invite your friends to join this arena.  Thank you.

Malic of Talcama

KEEPER OF THE RUNEBLADE        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620    171 165     250  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422      84  99     221  NEGATIVE CASH FLOW (1197)  DWES EG

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 E AHO LAULA 21-4224          80  45     210  WIDER IS BETTER (1369)     SUNSET
 ZEUS 62-4010                 58  40     203  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS
 STING 10-429                 32  30  2  199  THE HOLY LEGION (490)      KOLACT
 GLAMDRING 33-2328            43  30  1  194  OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)       NIATOLI ISLAND
 PHILTHRY 42-2079             67  58     193  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RYANATOR 33-3462             42  37     193  OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)       NIATOLI ISLAND
 ZAKAU 5-4623                 82  91     191  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 MIKEL 6-6190                 67  72  3  182  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ASSUR 18-7821                79 131  2  179  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 FATALITY 7-5820              49  47     157  BRUTAL LEGION (1335)       BONSUR
 DIGITALIS 33-6862            27  27  1  154  OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)       NIATOLI ISLAND

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469       58  91  1  135  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JHAARAN 10-2017              20  13  1   69  THE HOLY LEGION (490)      KOLACT
 MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853          23  19  1   52  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR
-BRUNHYLDA 33-8082            24  13  1   49  OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)       NIATOLI ISLAND

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Zakau -- You almost beat me!  Whatever you were doing, keep it up! -- Tolais Deepheart

Glamdring -- Maybe I should stick with my minute one strategy, hm? -- Philthry

That Laughing Barmaid is just insufferable.  I hate gigglers -- Pelis the True
P.S.  Actually I don't.  Giggling is sort of cute.  But not when I'm getting beaten 
up.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOLAIS DEEPHEART bested ZAKAU in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gruesome Title fight.
GLAMDRING was savagely defeated by CRACK IS CHEAP in a exciting 18 minute gory melee.
ZEUS was vanquished by FERD THE TOWER in a popular 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
RYANATOR was demolished by E AHO LAULA in a 2 minute mismatched competition.
MIKEL was viciously subdued by PHILTHRY in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody match.
ASSUR was overpowered by STING in a action packed 1 minute uneven melee.
PELIS THE TRUE was vanquished by FATALITY in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
DIGITALIS won victory over ANGRY BOOKIE in a popular 5 minute fight.
JHAARAN luckily beat MAN-MOUNTAIN in a popular 4 minute gory melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  12 -  0      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -  14 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  24 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 667 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620  171 165  0  250 HIGHLANDERS (1341)
TOTAL PARRY      CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422    84  99  0  221 NEGATIVE CASH FLOW (1197)
LUNGING ATTACK   E AHO LAULA 21-4224        80  45  0  210 WIDER IS BETTER (1369)
PARRY-STRIKE     PHILTHRY 42-2079           67  58  0  193 HIGHLANDERS (1341)
SLASHING ATTACK  MIKEL 6-6190               67  72  3  182 THE LADY'S LIST (917)
BASHING ATTACK   ASSUR 18-7821              79 131  2  179 ARROGANCE (732)
STRIKING ATTACK  FATALITY 7-5820            49  47  0  157 BRUTAL LEGION (1335)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DIGITALIS 33-6862          27  27  1  154 OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)

The overall popularity leader is CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853.  The ten other most popular fighters were ZAKAU 
5-4623, GLAMDRING 33-2328, DIGITALIS 33-6862, TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620, E AHO LAULA 
21-4224, JHAARAN 10-2017, PHILTHRY 42-2079, CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422, MIKEL 6-6190, 
and STING 10-429.

The least popular fighter this week was ASSUR 18-7821.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ZEUS 62-4010, PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469, RYANATOR 33-3462, FATALITY 
7-5820, STING 10-429, MIKEL 6-6190, CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422, PHILTHRY 42-2079, 
JHAARAN 10-2017, and E AHO LAULA 21-4224.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
KALTOS(5)            0  1 0  TALCAMA(18)          0  1 0  RODEKI(42)           2  1 0  
TRANSEL(6)           0  1 0  SUNSET(21)           1  0 0  VALAMANTIS(62)       0  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            1  1 0  NIATOLI ISLAND(33)   1  2 0  DWES EG(82)          1  0 0  
KOLACT(10)           2  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ZAKAU 5-4623                82  91  0  191  JOHNS (927)                KALTOS
 MIKEL 6-6190                67  72  3  182  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 FATALITY 7-5820             49  47  0  157  BRUTAL LEGION (1335)       BONSUR
 STING 10-429                32  30  2  199  THE HOLY LEGION (490)      KOLACT
 ASSUR 18-7821               79 131  2  179  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 E AHO LAULA 21-4224         80  45  0  210  WIDER IS BETTER (1369)     SUNSET
 GLAMDRING 33-2328           43  30  1  194  OBSIDIAN HALL (1370)       NIATOLI ISLAND
 TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620   171 165  0  250  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI
 ZEUS 62-4010                58  40  0  203  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS
 CRACK IS CHEAP 82-18422     84  99  0  221  NEGATIVE CASH FLOW (1197)  DWES EG

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                                          RSI