DARKHOLM SPORTING JOURNAL

Date   : 12/12/2015    Duedate: 12/25/2015

DARKHOLM ARENA

DM 104    TURN 677

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 WASTELAND II 7/500  3770 2718  16 58.1    3 HIGHLANDERS 42/1341  650  817  10 44.3
  2 BLOODRIGHT 11/1377    62   72   1 46.3    4 BRUTAL LEGIO 7/1335   86  108   0 44.3
    THE GREEKS 52/1379                          LEGION OF LEGEND 62/1305
    OBSIDIAN HALL 33/1370                     5 JOHNS 5/927         1570 2819  27 35.8
    KARAMATZOV BROS 3/1376                      ARROGANCE 18/732
    THE HOLY LEGION 10/490                      THE LADY'S LIST 6/917
    GRIZZLED VETERANS 40/1378

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

Oh, darn.  I won the Runeblade again, because all of the more competent fighters left.  
With only five guilds left, and only fight fights between us all...  I'm at a loss, 
despite winning.  It really doesn't feel like I won.  I've been told that this arena 
is not going to be closed.  But... it's so quiet here.  The little fishing village of 
Willow Beach goes about its business, and we few gladiators haunt the arena like 
ghosts.

You know, I always thought this arena looked haunted, even when it was populated and 
busy.  It's so tall and skinny.  The fighting ring is actually quite small, and the 
stands rise steeply around it, almost vertically.  The opening at the top is so narrow 
that the sands only get direct sunlight when it's close to noon, in the summer.  This 
time of year there is no direct light at all.

My fight with Sting was short and not very sweet.  You know how we all have a bad day 
sometimes.  This time, it appeared to be his turn.  Although he gave me such a knowing 
look as the fight started, I had a feeling he didn't really choose to win.  Maybe he 
didn't want to write a column.

Writing a column isn't that hard.  I guess I'll be doing it until some more fighters 
transfer here, although why they would want to do that, I don't really know.

Tolais Deeply Depressed

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

Well, well.

Malic here.  There were six fights, which is more than last turn.  No challenges.  One 
stand-in.

TOLAIS DEEPHEART (42-1620) (176-169-0,215) of HIGHLANDERS fought PHANTASIE (11-2330) 
(66-51-2,193) of BLOODRIGHT.  TOLAIS DEEPHEART bested PHANTASIE in a 2 minute Title 
fight.  Ms. Deepheart is of course our Keeper of the Runeblade again, also our top 
Wall of Steel.  Phantasie, you are new here, are you not?  Welcome!

PHILTHRY (42-2079) (70-64-0,186) of HIGHLANDERS fought FATALITY (7-5820) (51-54-0,159) 
of BRUTAL LEGION.  PHILTHRY devastated FATALITY in an action packed 1 minute one-sided 
duel.  Philthry is top Parry-Strike fighter, and Fatality is top Striker.

ZEUS (62-4010) (59-48-0,188) of LEGION OF LEGEND fought LOCAL CONSTABLE (104-22) (0-0-
0,181) of  .   ZEUS was savagely defeated by LOCAL CONSTABLE in an action packed 4 
minute fight.  Hmm.  Stand-in.  The stand-ins always seem to win these days.

MIKEL (6-6190) (70-78-3,183) of THE LADY'S LIST fought STING (10-429) (39-32-2,189) of 
THE HOLY LEGION.  MIKEL was devastated by STING in an exciting 1 minute bloody one-
sided fight.  Mikel is top Striker, while Sting is the top Lunger.

ASSUR (18-7821) (84-135-2,177) of ARROGANCE fought PELIS THE TRUE (42-3469) (60-98-
1,138) of HIGHLANDERS.  ASSUR devastated PELIS THE TRUE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute 
one-sided duel.  Assur is top Basher.  Pelis is overall popularity leader.

MAN-MOUNTAIN (7-3853) (28-23-1,77) of WASTELAND II fought KYLROI (40-4534) (19-2-0,90) 
of GRIZZLED VETERANS.  MAN-MOUNTAIN overpowered KYLROI in a popular 1 minute 
mismatched brawl.  Kylroi is our top Aimed Blow.

There is nothing else to say.... about the fights.  But I'll say something about the 
weather.  Rain!  It has rained here for more than twenty-four hours.  I don't like it.  
Anywhere the ground slopes, we are getting gullies.  This is just silly.  You know, 
some people think I have some authority.  But I've never been able to do a darned 
thing about the weather.  I'm tempted to say "someone should," but actually they 
shouldn't, I think.  That's a power that could be far too easily misused. If anyone 
had weather powers, the people they didn't like would be walking around with personal 
rainclouds, eh?  Spiffy for a professional firefighter, of course.

I don't care to go out in this rain, but luckily there is a very nice wine cellar at 
the base of the Tower.  I'll just toddle down there and make sure the water isn't 
seeping in.  If it is, I'll have to rescue the wine, won't I?

Malic of Talcama

KEEPER OF THE RUNEBLADE        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620    177 169     227  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 STING 10-429                 40  32  2  198  THE HOLY LEGION (490)      KOLACT
 PHANTASIE 11-2330            66  52  2  193  BLOODRIGHT (1377)          ARUAK CITY
 PHILTHRY 42-2079             71  64     190  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ZEUS 62-4010                 59  49     180  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS
 ASSUR 18-7821                85 135  2  179  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 MIKEL 6-6190                 70  79  3  177  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 FATALITY 7-5820              51  55     158  BRUTAL LEGION (1335)       BONSUR

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469       60  99  1  139  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853          29  23  1  100  WASTELAND II (500)         BONSUR

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KYLROI 40-4534               19   3      75  GRIZZLED VETERANS (1378)   ZENSU

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Sting -- Well, that was pretty one-sided.  I guess you were having an off day. -- 
Tolais Deepheart

Assur -- Hmm.  I'd say you need to speed up a bit. -- Philthry

Fatality -- Huh.  They tell me I was knocked out at the first blow.  I can't remember.  
But I guess I should say:  Well done. -- Pelis the True

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOLAIS DEEPHEART bested PHANTASIE in a 2 minute Title fight.
PHILTHRY devastated FATALITY in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
ZEUS was savagely defeated by LOCAL CONSTABLE in a action packed 4 minute fight.
MIKEL was devastated by STING in a exciting 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
ASSUR devastated PELIS THE TRUE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
MAN-MOUNTAIN overpowered KYLROI in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -   6 -  0      78  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  15 -  0      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -  13 -  1      35  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK    2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 677 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 -  1         3  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620  177 169  0  227 HIGHLANDERS (1341)
LUNGING ATTACK   STING 10-429               40  32  2  198 THE HOLY LEGION (490)
PARRY-STRIKE     PHILTHRY 42-2079           71  64  0  190 HIGHLANDERS (1341)
BASHING ATTACK   ASSUR 18-7821              85 135  2  179 ARROGANCE (732)
SLASHING ATTACK  MIKEL 6-6190               70  79  3  177 THE LADY'S LIST (917)
STRIKING ATTACK  FATALITY 7-5820            51  55  0  158 BRUTAL LEGION (1335)
AIMED BLOW       KYLROI 40-4534             19   3  0   75 GRIZZLED VETERANS (1378)

The overall popularity leader is PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was ZEUS 62-4010.  The ten other most popular fighters were TOLAIS 
DEEPHEART 42-1620, STING 10-429, ASSUR 18-7821, PHANTASIE 11-2330, PHILTHRY 42-2079, 
PELIS THE TRUE 42-3469, MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853, FATALITY 7-5820, KYLROI 40-4534, and 
MIKEL 6-6190.

The least popular fighter this week was MIKEL 6-6190.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KYLROI 40-4534, FATALITY 7-5820, MAN-MOUNTAIN 7-3853, PELIS THE TRUE 
42-3469, PHILTHRY 42-2079, PHANTASIE 11-2330, ASSUR 18-7821, STING 10-429, TOLAIS 
DEEPHEART 42-1620, and ZEUS 62-4010.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
TRANSEL(6)           0  1 0  ARUAK CITY(11)       0  1 0  RODEKI(42)           2  1 0  
BONSUR(7)            1  1 0  TALCAMA(18)          1  0 0  VALAMANTIS(62)       0  1 0  
KOLACT(10)           1  0 0  ZENSU(40)            0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MIKEL 6-6190                70  79  3  177  THE LADY'S LIST (917)      TRANSEL
 FATALITY 7-5820             51  55  0  158  BRUTAL LEGION (1335)       BONSUR
 STING 10-429                40  32  2  198  THE HOLY LEGION (490)      KOLACT
 PHANTASIE 11-2330           66  52  2  193  BLOODRIGHT (1377)          ARUAK CITY
 ASSUR 18-7821               85 135  2  179  ARROGANCE (732)            TALCAMA
 KYLROI 40-4534              19   3  0   75  GRIZZLED VETERANS (1378)   ZENSU
 TOLAIS DEEPHEART 42-1620   177 169  0  227  HIGHLANDERS (1341)         RODEKI
 ZEUS 62-4010                59  49  0  180  LEGION OF LEGEND (1305)    VALAMANTIS

               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. 

                       MALCOLM X (5-2496) BLACK BULLDOGS  (11) 
                       GO WEST (82-40489) ROOKIE CULT 3  (6754) 
                  THUNDERBIRD (82-30981) THIRSTY THUGS 0415  (5090) 
                 LBA DOMINATION (82-11488) NO-SO ROYAL RUMBLE  (1672) 
                     SSG 4 (84-18771) MEDAL OF HONOR D11  (3333) 
                     ROONEY (84-35472) THIRSTY THUGS 1308  (6203) 
                     ROBBER (84-35428) THIRSTY THUGS 1307  (6194) 
                         TOBIAS BEECHER (65-5035) OZ 2  (556) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes