ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 11/24/2003    Duedate: 12/06/2003

ANDORAK

DM-105    TURN-362

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 SUNNYDALE 82/904      299  189  8 61.3      WHAT'S YOUR POISON 11/949             
    FROM THE RESERVOIR 82/920                   CALL OF THE WILD 71/805               
    MIKE THE HUNTER 82/954                      ELEMENTAL FORCE 52/323                
    POISONOUS PLANTS 82/919                   6 DIS-TEAM 63/810       493  399  6 55.3
    ARCHLORDS OF ASSIAH 61/879                  NATURAL DISASTERS 60/383              
    THIGH MASTERS II 82/955                   7 PSYCHOTIC END 48/454  191  166  3 53.5
    LORDS OF DARKNESS 15/925                  8 HEADBANGERS 26/9       85   76  1 52.8
    ULTIMATE ACCELERATION 32/957              9 DEATHTONGUE 46/111    663  598  7 52.6
    RISEN FROM THE DEAD 82/903               10-THE GOOD EART 68/530  289  270  3 51.7
    ARCHANGELS OF BRIAH 37/926                  GERFEL'S FRIENDS 11/396               
    THE INQUISITION 66/384                   11 THE NETHER RE 48/874  119  112  1 51.5
    DEADLY ATTACKS II 82/965                 12 WARCKERS 26/587       641  634  4 50.3
    HARM NONE 82/964                            INCARNATIONS 52/711                   
  2 TOTEM 74/934          974  692 15 58.5      SHERWOOD FOREST 44/809                
    SAILS OF CHARON 60/275                      OVERWORLD 68/891                      
    DEATH STUDS VIII 20/868                     ACTION TOYS 41/889                    
    SCENT OF A WOMAN 71/941                     REAL FAKE CHARACTERS 68/947           
    THE LONGING 30/871                          WAR SEEKERS 99/946                    
    THE URGE 40/216                          13 ANDORIAN WIMP 22/976  323  400  4 44.7
    SWEET SILK 41/720                        14 X-FORCE 66/415        763  962 12 44.2
    CALM DOWN! 65/933                           FORGOTTEN REALMS 67/880               
    TACO GODS 40/198                            DRAGONBALL Z 46/944                   
    HALL OF GIANT 15/950                        SCARLET KNIGHTS 11/902                
    BAILE BEAG 63/838                        15 CARNIVAL 25/21        103  130  1 44.2
    DEATH STUDS VII 60/877                      MEDICINE SHOW 37/948                  
    DEATH BY STUPIDITY 5/938                 16 TRIP OUT 30/969        10   14  0 41.7
    DARK SIDE 43/970                            THUNDERSTRUCK 41/365                  
  3 SUPERIOR FORC 40/538  400  295  1 57.6   17 WOLF PACK 25/966        9   15  0 37.5
    SUPERIOR FORCES 2Q 77/972                   CRIMSON PRIDE 25/967                  
    SUPERIOR FORCES X 68/971                    DARKENED PRIDE 25/968                 
    SUPERIOR FORCES 3201 82/975              18 WAYFARERS 63/782      403  685  6 37.0
    SUPERIOR FORCES B103 82/974                 KRILL CAVALRY 24/780                  
    SUPERIOR FORCES IX 82/973                   COPYRITENFRINGMNTS 57/781             
  4 KNIGHTS OF VI 11/633  280  210  0 57.1      THE DOGHOUSE 14/896                   
    DEFENDERS OF VIRTUE 66/702               19 STARS 48/743          267  541  6 33.0
  5 MAGICK 60/772        1304 1042  9 55.6      MIKES 14/831                          

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #19 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     The Lord Dankilvan had given them temporary quarters in his mansion.  A suite
among the servants, but that was okay, the decor was less overpowering.
     Berdan looked around at the nearly plain hangings that covered the walls of the
central room in the suite and scowled.  "I don't like this," the ex-assassin growled.
"Sequestering us!  This Dankilvan is up to something."
     Raoul shrugged, took off his hat and looked at it, then put it back again.  The
gesture didn't mean anything, but it gave him time to think about his answer without
being rude.  And he was really tempted to be rude.  Berdan was repeating himself.
And the gladiator was getting tired of repeating his answer.  But one more time...
maybe it would get through this time.  "Lord Dankilvan is trying to keep Skaithvarn
out of Alastarian politics.  Can't blame him for that!  We don't want that
entanglement, either."
     "He's sending a Delarquan spy with us--"
     "A Delarquan gladiator who may or may not be a spy.  So?"
     "She'll be a spy.  Everything we do will be reported to this--"
     "Are you planning to do something you want to hide?" Jeri Northwind asked.
     Berdan jumped a little, having forgotten that she was there.  "No, but--"
     "Then it isn't a problem.  In fact," she exchanged a glance with Raoul, who
nodded slightly, "in fact, it's a good thing.  It means the S'varni won't have to
worry about what we might be up to, because they'll know what we ARE up to."
     "Right, doll.  And besides, better the spy we know and can see than one we
don't.  Surely you realize that, Berdan?"
     The ex-assassin sighed and shrugged.  "I suppose so."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Hallie O'Dene turned out to be an elf.  A southern elf, a dark-skinned Shagornan
elf, an elf of the kind deeply distrusted by the northern elves who figured in the
ancestry of all Fratsfan nobles.
     Berdan refused to have anything to do with her.  "And how Dankilvan, himself of
the High Blood, could actually employ her, trust her--!"  He stormed around their
sitting room, not quite throwing things but looking as though he wanted to.
     Hallie O'Dene watched quietly, showing no offense, nor any other reaction except
mild interest.  Leaning just a little toward Jeri, she asked, "Does he have a strong
heart?  Because he's a prime candidate for apoplexy right now."
     Jeri put a hand over her mouth to hold back a snort of laughter.  "I don't know
him that well," she admitted, "but fortunately, we can do this without him if we have
to."
     The Delarquan's eyebrows rose.  "You think he might abandon the mission just to
avoid working with me?"
     "He might, doll," Raoul said, coming to sit between the two of them on the
room's long couch as Berdan continued to rage up and down the room, cursing Hallie,
Raoul and Jeri, Peranis, Dankilvan, and other people they'd never heard of
comprehensively and bitterly.  "That doesn't worry me so much as that he might quit
us and try to go on without us--go into competition with us over it.  How much can we
trust him?  The man used to be a spy and an assassin, after all."
     "Well, it's as good as a play," Hallie said, "but Lord Dankilvan wants us to get
ON with things.  Maybe we should try to stop him?"
     Raoul shook his head.  "He's got to get through it, doll.  But maybe we should
get on with it ourselves.  Jeri and I are ready to go--we didn't unpack when we got
here."
     "Leave Berdan to follow when he calms down?" Jeri asked.
     "Or go back to Andor, if that's what he wants to do."  Raoul shrugged.  He
glanced at Jeri, who jumped up and grabbed a backpack.
     "I'm ready," she said.  As soon as Raoul and Hallie had picked up their packs,
she added, "What's the matter with this Leemith place that Lord Dankilvan mentioned?
He didn't seem to like them at all."
     Hallie led the way out the door.  "I've got horses waiting for us," she said.
"The Leemin, well, they're all vampires.  Generally good neighbors, but still, you
just don't trust a town full of vampires, do you?"

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #69 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Shania Silverstar stared at the man, eyes narrowed in calculation.  She sorted
data quickly.  A man of the local race, one she'd never seen before, not that she'd
seen all the races of Ghea.  An advanced gladiator.  The nearest of Lady Greywand's
arenas lay to the east of here, in Lirith Kai.  And the westernmost of those
arenas....  "You're from Simtakka?"
     "Smart as well as beautiful, I see."  Faintly sneering.  Not mocking her--she
thought that he probably faced all life with a sneer.  "I earned my immortality in
Simtakka," he admitted after a moment.  His scarred hands flexed.  "I did it the hard
way, too.  The Adantri aren't all pushovers."
     "The ones I've met aren't," Shania agreed.  "And their sense of honor is strong.
Very strong."
     He bristled immediately.  "If you're expecting that kind of soft-in-the-head
honor from ME--"
     Shania smiled faintly.  Some things a woman didn't need magic to understand.
"You could have attacked me while I slept," she said.  "But you didn't.  Yes, I am
expecting that honor from you.  My name is Shania Silverstar, I graduated from an
Andorian arena."  She held out her hand.
     "Andorian.  Gods, I should have known...a lot more softheaded than the Adantri.
Gods curse the luck."  When her extended hand didn't waver, he finally grasped it and
shook it once, then turned away.  Over his shoulder, he growled, "I'm called Zakar."
     "Zakar.  Good.  If you have food out there, I would be glad to share it with
you."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There shouldn't BE a reef here!" Werre said again, scowling at his chart.
     "But we're stuck on one just the same," Jammies said with cheerful tactlessness.
"Where do you suppose it came from?"
     "Doesn't matter where it came from," Ashon Chang growled.  "The important thing
is getting off it before the waves pound us into pieces."
     "Which they will do," Rughal added, studying the clouds that were being driven
up from the south by a strong wind, and the increasingly rough sea below them.
     "This is some kind of magical effect," Herlas muttered.  He had been tentatively
readmitted to comrade-ship and allowed to move about the ship freely...although
Rughal was usually not far away.  "The reef, at least.  The coming storm," he turned
to stare southward, "I don't know.  Even that MIGHT be magical.  There's a mishmash
of forces at work here...."
     "Can magic get us off this reef then?" Werre asked suddenly.  "Can you do
something?"
     Herlas shrugged.  "I don't think so.  This is not my area of expertise--weather,
ships, and the moving of large objects."  His eyes, unusually dark for a Fratsfan,
narrowed as he stared into the water.  "This is what comes of not stabilizing the Eye
quickly enough," he muttered.  "It could have been prevented--"  He twitched when
Rughal, standing behind him, growled.  More briskly, he went on, "I don't think
there's a lot I can do here, very powerful forces are at work--more powerful than
those any one, or any two men, for that matter, can muster.  And if our hull has been
damaged, we might not WANT to get the ship off this reef, you know!  Better to be
stranded than to sink."
     "We won't sink if we get moving quickly enough," Werre countered.  "If we get
off right away.  But if we stay here and let the wind and the waves pound us and drag
us back and forth across whatever it is we hit--"
     "Looks like the top of a belfry," Jammies said, hanging over the side.
     Werre looked at Ashon Chang, who stared back at him.  Then both of them glanced
around. They were in the middle of a plain of water, with not even a rocky islet to
be seen.
     "I don't suppose it matters what we hit," Ashon Chang said after a moment.  The
important thing is to get off it without having the bottom torn out of our ship."
     "Well, at least this explains why there aren't a lot of other ships following
this good current," Vurand said.  "What do we do?"
     "Two men over the side," Werre decided.  "With ropes to keep them from being
swept away, of course.  To find out exactly how we're hung up."  He glanced around
the little group.  "I presume all of you can swim?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Shania washed her hands in the little stream that flowed through the shrine,
then sat back against the wall and sighed.  "I needed that, thank you.  Delicious."
     Zakar, squatting on the other side of the stream licked his own fingers and
snorted.  "Delicious," he repeated mockingly.  "I bet you never ate korry in your
life."
     "That the food was unfamiliar doesn't make it necessarily inedible," she
retorted.  She glanced out the doorway of the shrine.  Twilight had fallen, but the
sounds of a large population were still audible, and the light breeze carried the
scent of thousands of cooking fires as well as the smell of a seacoast.  "How long
can we stay here?"
     Zakar shrugged.  "I don't suppose Hodan cares, even if he really is a god and
not just a myth.  But we're both going to have people looking for us, and sooner or
later, they'll look here."
     Shania blinked.  "They'd violate a religious sanctuary?  And what 'they', come
to think of it?  I know I am likely to be pursued by priests, but what about you?"
     "Everybody'd like to catch me."  He seemed to take satisfaction in that.  "I'm a
flaming revolutionary.  And a heretic, too.  'Course, those're the same thing, here
in Zinaco."  At her surprised look, he added, "They're a theocracy."
     "What did you do to--?  No, that's none of my business, I suppose.  How do we
get out of here before we're found?  Do we work together," she wasn't sure she wanted
to work with Zakar, there was something about him...but he was the only potential
ally she had here, "or each manage our escape separately?"
     Zakar was silent for a long time, studying her with a critical gaze, the way he
might look at a horse he was thinking of buying.  From someone he didn't trust.
Finally he said, "We work together."  His hard mouth curled into a smile of sorts.
"I've got half an idea, but it would mean playing roles--you much good as an
actress?"
     Shania's eyes narrowed.  He seemed too pleased with his idea for it to be
something she was going to like.  "Depends on the role."  She considered mentioning
her magical skills and immediately decided against it.  Better to keep that knowledge
in reserve until she knew Zakar better.  And maybe not then.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     In the end, it was Ashon Chang and Rughal who went over the side.  "Because,"
the samurai explained to Rughal as he slid down a rope and into the water, "we are
victims of our own honor.  Werre must remain with the ship, as our most skilled
sailor, neither Jammies nor Vurand swims well, and Herlas claims that he cannot swim
at all.  Less honorable men than we are might point out--"  He gasped.  "The water is
colder than I expected!  Might point out," he continued, moving out of the path of
Rughal's descent, "that no great degree of swimming is required, and there ARE the
safety ropes...."
     Rughal laughed, which Ashon Chang considered a small victory; the ranger hadn't
so much as smiled since Shania had been taken from them.  "I'd go back up and do just
that," he said, "but we're already down here and wet, so we might as well take a look
at things."
     The two men made their way along the small ship's waterline, probing with light
poles for depth.  Rughal, who was in the lead, made the first find.  "Something
here," he said, handing Ashon his pole.  "I'll take a look."  Before the samurai
could reply, he doubled and thrust downward vanishing beneath the surface.
     The next minute seemed a very long one, and Ashon Chang began to hyperventilate
in preparation for diving himself.
     Rughal resurfaced, gasped in breath, and said, "It IS a belfry!  Or at least the
roof of some kind of tower.  Hard to tell what, and who cares?  I think we can get
off when the wind changes, IF it changes, as it usually does at sunset."
     "Is the hull damaged?"
     "Not that I can see.  It's a roof with two ridge poles, and the front of our
ship is sitting between them like they were the jaws of a vice.  We can't go forward,
but we should be able to go back, if the wind will cooperate."  Rughal grabbed his
rope and began to pull himself up hand over hand.
     "Excellent!"  Ashon Chang began to pull himself up as well.  "If the wind
doesn't cooperate, we will get Herlas to do it."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Talahya:

     This place that wasn't Talahya, this Hub, was the most confusing city the
gladiators had ever seen, as well as the largest.  There were stone blockhouses with
grim monster masks on their facades, and huts of some kind of jointed wood or reed
with thatched roofs, and tall, narrow wooden houses with elaborate wooden lace
trimming and wild colors, houses of mud, and brick, and even glass, log cabins,
towers that might have been made out of seashell, and scaled domes, all jumbled
together.  Most of the people who crowded the streets were human, though varying
wildly in their dress, but there were elves and dwarves and orcs, lizardmen like
Thristle, Ardaunar, a feline race that resembled the Pridefolk of Ghea, and others
too strange to categorize with a quick glance.

     Thristle's "guildhouse" was not like any Scarlatti had seen before.  It was
built in the form of a hollow square with a modestly-sized courtyard in the center
and three stories around it; the upper floors were set back so that each had a broad
deck in front of the rooms.  Well, no, it was a little like the oldest houses in
Zuwayza.  He had used to think that the Karnhorns had brought that building style
from Serevada, because it sure didn't fight the Zuwayzan climate.  But Serevada
wasn't any warmer, so he didn't know where it came from, just that it wasn't
particularly practical.  Now he wondered if it was practical anywhere, because it
caught the sunlight and concentrated it in this courtyard and to a lesser extent on
the terraces, and he was sweltering.
     Of course, lizards liked being hot, within reason.  Maybe these guys had brought
the style from THEIR home.  And it did have one great advantage: it provided privacy.
No telling when a person might need privacy.
     Thristle gave a trilling call that no human could have voiced, and his fellow
gladiators began to emerge from the curtained doorways around the courtyard and on
the terraces.  All lizard folk, of course, and many of them noticeably larger than
Thristle.  And armed.  Rather intimidating, actually, because the first thing one of
them did was to shut the gate that led back to the street.
     There was a brisk exchange of incomprehensible sounds.  Finally Thristle turned
to the Ghean gladiators and said, "I have told them how you stood with me against the
Ardaunar, and how you came to be here by some magical fluke.  They have agreed that
you are to stay with us for now, and that we will do what we can to put you in the
way of going home.  But it is likely that in return you must join with us in the
arena.  The final decision, though, will be made by our captains."  He gestured
toward the widest doorway on the courtyard level.  An elaborately decorated cloth
hung there, and on one had come out of it so far.  "If you will come with me to speak
to captains Lirtr and Ristrisks and Zith, who all speak the language of the Hub as
well as I do, we can make the final negotiations."
     "Final negations," Rogan muttered.  "I don't know if I like the sound of
that...."
     Carris Fallstar glanced at the blind Aruaki sharply, then around at the clusters
of lizard men.
     "It need not have such a negative implication," Moonjumper murmured.  She, too,
glanced around with as casual an air as she could manage.
     "Thristle was friendly," Scarlatti protested, keeping his voice down too.
     "In a human, that behavior would be friendly," Carris said quietly.  "But
Thristle is not human.  Who knows what his people might mean by such an appearance?
It could be how they bait traps."  The elf gestured slightly toward the doorway,
where the lizard man was waiting for them.  "We'd better go on in.  It might be as
innocent as anything could be, and anyway, we're arousing who knows what suspicions
by lingering here."  He walked firmly and confidently toward the curtained doorway.

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 476): ATROPHY of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 465): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 465): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 466): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 462): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 427): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 420): BARNEE of THE FLINTSTONES (Lord Genesis, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 413): ANASTASIA of RUBY DRAGONS (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): BLACK CAT of SHADOW SIGNS (Shadowgate, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 314): GORDIAN of WHY KNOT (Clove-Hitch, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 361): DEMONFANG of DARK PANTHEON from TRANSEL (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): BONDAGE (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 476): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): CONSPIRACY INC. (?, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 465): THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 465): PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 466): HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 462): TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 427): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 420): THE FLINTSTONES (Lord Genesis, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 413): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): MIDDLE WAY 8 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): I'M WITH STUPID (Yukon Cornelius, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 314): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 361): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): HUSHPUPPY of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 475): DREIHDENSMURF of U.B.O.S.M. (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
                           EDWIN MEESE of CONSPIRACY INC. (?, mgr.)
                           HOW--LITE of ROCK ETTS (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
               (turn 468): GUANTANAMO BAY of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
                           PISHTUSH of ANDORIAN WIMPS (Wimpy, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): OMNIBOOK 6000 of AT WORK (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 411): COURIER of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
                            SQUASH BUTT of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PYROTECHNICIAN of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): THE LIMELIGHT of CLUB CULTURE (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     The one night had turned into a month as King Mickeal and his forces were
sitting still in Andor, with no immediate plans to move out.  An envoy had arrived
from the Karnhorn Empire, seeking audience with the King and meeting with him every
day for the last three weeks.  Arrion Bohr, the King's chief councilor, and his
bodyguard Khazakh were the only two Andorians allowed in the room, while the Karnhorn
had an entourage of five, including two bodyguards.  The King had agreed to meet this
way to allow the emissary to feel more comfortable in a foreign land.  Warlock and
Crystal were only comfortable not being in the room because they knew that King
Mickeal was himself armed and armored for the meetings, and was more than capable of
handling himself if need be.
     The two gladiators sat now in Crystal's quarters, which were well appointed from
her years living at the palace.  They were enjoying the quiet time that comes just
before dawn, when the world begins to brighten and the dark of night peels away in
layers.  The air coming in the open door to the terrace held the chill of winter,
though the fireplace gave off more than enough heat to keep them both comfortable.
     Warlock sat with his mug of cider steaming in his hand, blowing on the hot
liquid to cool it enough to drink.  He gazed across the mug at his companion,
marveling at how much more beautiful she looked to him with each passing day.  He
knew she wasn't changing, but still had a hard time grasping the fact that he was
falling for her.  Falling for her hard.
     "A jerrie for your thoughts," Crystal said, turning her gaze from the window to
Warlock.  Her hair was loose and framed her face beguilingly, tempting the wizard to
take her face in his hands and....
     "Warlock?" she laughed.  "You're off in another world this morning."
     Warlock straightened in his chair and set his mug on the table, feeling rather
silly for allowing his mind to wander like a schoolboy.  "Sorry, Crystal," he replied
lamely.  "I was just thinking...."
     "I noticed," she said, playfully shoving his shoulder.  "You've been doing that
a lot more lately, and don't look all shocked that I noticed.  We've been through an
awful lot together over the last year, and I think I can read you pretty well."
     Warlock did well to hide his embarrassment at the idea she might know his
thoughts.  He chuckled helplessly, wishing he was more sure of himself and of her
feelings, whatever they may be.  "Am I that obvious?" he asked, not wanting to play
his hand if she was wrong about what was on his mind.
     Crystal was smarter than that, however, and he could almost see the light coming
out of her eyes as she caught on that he was indeed thinking about something serious.
"Well," she said tentatively, coming forward in her chair.  "I was going to say you
were worried about King Mickeal, but now I'm not so sure."
     Warlock could see he was going to have no choice but to talk to her about his
feelings.  His confidence was boosted a little when she took his hand in her own and
smiled at him.  "Crystal...I think we need to talk."
     ***************************************************************************
     Anikan sat off to one side of the room, his quarterstaff resting across his
knees as he waited his turn in the sparring ring.  Alain was giving Earthquake a
beating, his experience and style advantages too much for the total parry to
overcome.  He'd already watched Monica and Renshaw spar, as well as Mrs. Jones and
Deadpool.  He was going to have to spar with one of them, since they did not have an
even number in their group.
     "I yield," Earthquake finally gave in.  He was battered from the practice
session, but he wasn't the only one breathing heavily.
     "Well done," Alain complimented him.  "Keep that up a little longer and you
could be King's Sentinel.  Earthquake beamed at the praise.
     Anikan was on his feet almost immediately, approaching the ring and swinging his
staff to loosen his arms.  All the others were watching him as he made his way into
the ring, then turned and waited.  No one seemed to be ready to get in the ring with
him.
     "I think your idea is working out well, at least with regard to learning each
others fighting styles and abilities," Monica said as she got to her feet.  She
approached Alain and took the practice swords from his hands.  "But we need another
sparring partner to keep any one of us from having to fight twice.  Unless, of
course, our Primus warriors want to volunteer."
     Alain chuckled as he toweled the sweat from his face.  "Not me," he said.
"Earthquake should be inducted, the way he stayed with me like that."
     They all laughed at that, each having had a turn with the other in the three
weeks they'd been waiting.  They weren't happy about the wait, but the King had put a
hold on their mission pending a visit with an ambassador in Andor.  In the mean time,
Alain had suggested daily training sessions where they could hone their skills and
learn to work cohesively as a group.
     "I have some training set up in a couple of days," the former assassin said when
no one else had an answer.  "I've invited some of my alliance mates to come in and
give us a little team challenge, to test our capabilities to work as a team, to see
how well we might compliment one another."
     There was a general murmur of agreement from them, then Anikan cleared his
throat meaningfully.  The others groaned, none of them really wanting to go another
round.
     Renshaw had the answer.  "Okay, new plan," he said, taking a practice weapon
from a rack.  "Multiple opponents for the short straw, which today, was you."  He
finished by pointing his weapon at Anikan who just grinned at the thought.
     "Sounds good to me," he said and sent his staff into a defensive spin.
     Monica still stood with the weapons she'd taken from Alain, looking from Renshaw
to Anikan and back again.  "Shall we?" she offered Renshaw with a bow.
     "Let's."
     ***************************************************************************
     Well, all, it seems I've been caught up in things greater than I and have missed
the last two cycles of fights here in Andorak, but no longer!  I'm back with a
vengeance, and it will be the new and improved me, I assure you!  This turn sees us
losing a lot off our top end as the split has just run, and Primus will be all the
better for our loss.  Don't forget that you still represent Andorak and Andoria when
you go off to Primus!!!  Never forget your roots!  (Even you, Demonfang.... <grin>)
     This cycle had all the intrigue and drama you've come to expect here in Andorak,
so let's jump right into the fights for the turn:
     GRAA ROCKBROW (15-3121) (43-34-0,241) of HALL OF GIANT challenged STRAWBERRY
BUSH (82-5460) (16-4-0,299) of POISONOUS PLANTS.  GRAA ROCKBROW viciously subdued
STRAWBERRY BUSH in a 3 minute Challenge fight.  Up 58.  I would have thought this to
be the Title bout, but it wasn't.  Well played, Graa!  I expect to see you buying
drinks for Strawberry after such an entertaining display of prowess on both your
parts.
     JE SUIS BIEN (26-626) (76-40-0,247) of HEADBANGERS challenged PLUTO (68-7735)
(52-51-2,200) of REAL FAKE CHARACTERS.  JE SUIS BIEN viciously subdued PLUTO in a
crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge brawl.  Down 47.  And the streak continues, as Je
Suis Bien makes yet another DC against a warrior with less fights.  Tsk, tsk.  Pluto,
challenge back with that "special" strategy we talked about...you can do it!
     MICHAEL HONORBLADE (11-3300) (85-51-0,193) of KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE challenged
MERCURY (99-780) (47-45-5,195) of WAR SEEKERS.  MICHAEL HONORBLADE was overpowered by
MERCURY in a 1 minute Challenge match.  Up 2.  Mercury wants me to mention this one
since Michael made such a small challenge and lost.  There you go, Mercury...I
mentioned it.  Good job.
     BUTCH (66-1831) (72-72-4,196) of THE INQUISITION challenged QUICHE LORRAINE (46-
3451) (27-21-1,198) of DEATHTONGUE.  BUTCH bested QUICHE LORRAINE in a popular 1
minute Challenge duel.  Up 2.  Thank you, Butch, for representing Tarrgir with both
an up-challenge AND a win.  Your drinks are on me, big girl.
     RENSHAW (63-2033) (41-32-1,188) of BAILE BEAG challenged JUPITER (44-2554) (46-
51-0,205) of SHERWOOD FOREST.  RENSHAW was devastated by JUPITER in a 1 minute
mismatched Challenge match.  Up 17.  Nice try, Renshaw, but I'm afraid your mission
must have you a little distracted.  Don't worry, you'll be on the road soon enough.
Jupiter, good job on the win.
     LADY HERBBLOOD (37-2376) (26-21-2,176) of MEDICINE SHOW challenged DIS-EMBOWEL
(63-2025) (41-36-0,197) of DIS-TEAM.  LADY HERBBLOOD was overpowered by DIS-EMBOWEL
in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.  Up 21.  I think she reached a little too far
that time, don't you?  At least Dis-embowel didn't live up to his name and eviscerate
the Lady.
     VISION (26-1573) (33-20-2,174) of HEADBANGERS challenged HEATHER (48-3062) (83-
147-7,179) of STARS.  VISION was viciously subdued by HEATHER in a action packed 6
minute Challenge fight.  Up 5.  Heather somehow manages to pull one win closer to
.500.  Too bad she needs another 63 in a row.
     ZEBRAWOOD (41-3595) (41-30-0,147) of ACTION TOYS challenged SALINE LAMORAK (11-
4261) (31-38-0,174) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  ZEBRAWOOD defeated SALINE LAMORAK in a
exciting 4 minute Challenge fight.  Up 27.  Another one of those great fights to
watch, as the challenger pulls the big win.  Congrats, Zebrawood!
     STORM LXV (60-4972) (18-10-0,53) of DEATH STUDS VII challenged LUKARIAN LAMORAK
(11-4841) (18-15-0,27) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  STORM LXV overcame LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a
popular 3 minute Challenge bout.  Down 26.  Okay, the other DC I can live with.  It
was at the top end and the warrior is well known for committing the transgression.
But for one of The Sentinel's warriors to do this in the face of all Andoria, right
in front of Doc Steele (his arch-nemesis on the subject), I just don't get.  Granted,
the FE is probably the same (or close) but it's not like Stormie didn't have plenty
of opponents ABOVE to choose from.  <sigh>
     And for the top spot in Andorak, the King's Sentinel will be all new, as
Demonfang is off to Primus....
     EARTHQUAKE (60-1468) (105-65-1,249) of NATURAL DISASTERS challenged TALISMAN
SHIELDGUARD (11-4304) (39-27-0,252) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  EARTHQUAKE luckily beat
TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD in a 3 minute Challenge Title melee.  Up 3, and a great fight it
was.  Earthquake managed to hold on until Talisman was too tired to defend himself,
which is saying something at this level of competition.  Congratulations to
Earthquake and manager, Soultaker.  Let's have a column and some personals!!!
     Until next time, this has been....
          Khalli Dyr'eel, Spymaster of Andorak

THE KING'S SENTINEL           W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 EARTHQUAKE 60-1468         106  65  1  261  NATURAL DISASTERS (383)    ARADI

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JE SUIS BIEN 26-626         77  40  0  256  HEADBANGERS (9)            CALEAM
 GRAA ROCKBROW 15-3121       44  34  0  255  HALL OF GIANT (950)        MALCORN
 MONICA VIRTUESHIEL 11-3208  91  53  0  244  KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE (633)    ARUAK CITY
-CARRIS FALLSTAR 11-3471     48  39  0  236  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (396)     ARUAK CITY
-KOTTONKANDY 25-1062         61  57  0  234  CARNIVAL (21)              LYRATILAN
 SNOWY OWL 71-3252           50  48  0  234  CALL OF THE WILD (805)     KYR'TERR
 POSITIVE 26-3633            83  68  0  232  WARCKERS (587)             CALEAM
 BRUENOR BATTLEHAMME 67-917  65  55  1  231  FORGOTTEN REALMS (880)     BARIKALA
 WISTERIA 11-3786            19   6  0  231  WHAT'S YOUR POISON (949)   ARUAK CITY
 LEETA STORMRIDER 24-3849    77  82  0  223  KRILL CAVALRY (780)        ZORPUNT
 MR BLACK 82-5468            16   5  1  223  FROM THE RESERVOIR (920)   DWES EG
 IN THE AFTERNOON 82-10018   19  11  0  222  SUNNYDALE (904)            DWES EG
 MERCURY 99-780              48  45  5  221  WAR SEEKERS (946)          SOUTH RIDGE
 MARS 52-2609                86  63  0  219  INCARNATIONS (711)         FRATSFA
 JUPITER 44-2554             47  51  0  218  SHERWOOD FOREST (809)      KRILL
 SILENT LUCIDITY 48-2586     33  20  0  217  PSYCHOTIC ENDEAVOR (454)   CAER
 ASMODEUS 61-2353            29   9  2  217  ARCHLORDS OF ASSIAH (879)  JURINE
 OGIER 30-2493               48  29  1  213  THE LONGING (871)          IAYE
-AXLY HIMSELF 11-2363        92  72  1  211  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (396)     ARUAK CITY
 DIS-MOUNT 63-1970           47  21  1  211  DIS-TEAM (810)             AMEN-TEI

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ZEPHYR 52-2935              44  16  0  210  ELEMENTAL FORCE (323)      FRATSFA
-DOALTY 63-2073              33  23  0  210  BAILE BEAG (838)           AMEN-TEI
 NOT LIKE YOU'D KNO 82-7050  16  12  3  209  MIKE THE HUNTER (954)      DWES EG
 TALISMAN SHIELDGUA 11-4304  39  28  0  208  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
-INTENDRID O'REILLY 11-2969  55  46  0  207  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (396)     ARUAK CITY
 PLUTO 68-7735               52  52  2  207  REAL FAKE CHARACTERS (947) FIREHOLD
 DIS-EMBOWEL 63-2025         42  36  0  206  DIS-TEAM (810)             AMEN-TEI
 BUTCH 66-1831               73  72  4  205  THE INQUISITION (384)      TARRGIR
 DEATH TWIT II 48-2962       69  55  3  205  THE NETHER REGION (874)    CAER
 WARLOCK 66-2473             64  89  1  204  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 GIMETHATSHIELD 26-1306      39  28  1  203  HEADBANGERS (9)            CALEAM
-CARNAGE XIX 20-3386         43  17  1  200  DEATH STUDS VIII (868)     SEAM
-SERRA ANGEL 60-2584         27  24  1  200  MAGICK (772)               ARADI
 B. LLUD PITT 57-1171        83  76  0  199  COPYRITENFRINGMNTS (781)   ANDOR
 STRAWBERRY BUSH 82-5460     16   5  0  199  POISONOUS PLANTS (919)     DWES EG
 THE 'STACHE 40-2048         40  39  2  195  TACO GODS (198)            ZENSU
 SILK SHEETS 41-2556         74  66  3  194  SWEET SILK (720)           KATI-TEI
 JESUS 82-5459               29  19  2  194  RISEN FROM THE DEAD (903)  DWES EG
 HEATHER 48-3062             84 147  7  193  STARS (743)                CAER
 GOOD OL' HERB 77-2647       51  37  1  193  SUPERIOR FORCES 2Q (972)   MAZGOURRAH
 PEPSI 68-8510               38  22  0  193  OVERWORLD (891)            FIREHOLD
 CRYSTAL FIREBLADE 66-3153   63  54  0  192  DEFENDERS OF VIRTUE (702)  TARRGIR
 DEADPOOL 66-2274            60  68  5  192  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 QUICHE LORRAINE 46-3451     27  22  1  192  DEATHTONGUE (111)          ARDIVENT
 GOOSEBUMPS 41-3112          48  30  0  191  SWEET SILK (720)           KATI-TEI

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 THE GAKKER 65-4886          56  54  0  190  CALM DOWN! (933)           DAL SHANG
 HELIO 32-3733               40  44  2  190  ULTIMATE ACCELERATION (957 ARVAT
 JOHN ROCKER 5-3657          34  16  0  190  DEATH BY STUPIDITY (938)   KALTOS
 SANDS 11-4123               38  41  2  188  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 SHIVAA 26-3523              94  71  0  186  WARCKERS (587)             CALEAM
 MICHAEL HONORBLADE 11-3300  85  52  0  185  KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE (633)    ARUAK CITY
-OATMEAL 68-3138             49  44  1  185  THE GOOD EARTH (530)       FIREHOLD
 MRS LIMESCHULTZ 46-2809     50  56  1  183  DEATHTONGUE (111)          ARDIVENT
-DUNCAN 41-1994              34  25  1  183  THUNDERSTRUCK (365)        KATI-TEI
 THE PINK RANGER 68-9166     27  18  1  183  SUPERIOR FORCES X (971)    FIREHOLD
 RENSHAW 63-2033             41  33  1  181  BAILE BEAG (838)           AMEN-TEI

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WOOHOO-WOOHOO! 40-3504      34  20  0  180  TACO GODS (198)            ZENSU
 WARPATH 66-2926             50  80  4  179  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 VISION 26-1573              33  21  2  173  HEADBANGERS (9)            CALEAM
 LADY HERBBLOOD 37-2376      26  22  2  173  MEDICINE SHOW (948)        SIBIKHAS
 SCRYB SPRITE 60-4003        58  56  0  172  MAGICK (772)               ARADI
 SCHENDIRK 63-2054           66  83  2  169  WAYFARERS (782)            AMEN-TEI
 ZEBRAWOOD 41-3595           42  30  0  169  ACTION TOYS (889)          KATI-TEI
 BLACKRAZOR 11-4091          36  44  0  168  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 WEBSTER 41-3848             34  28  2  168  ACTION TOYS (889)          KATI-TEI
-THE DUCK 82-12670           20  11  1  165  SUPERIOR FORCES IX (973)   DWES EG
 HUMMEL 14-1404              40  79  2  163  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 SALINE LAMORAK 11-4261      31  39  0  161  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 WOLVERINE 66-3871           32  29  4  159  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 SWEET SWEAT 71-3477         15  13  1  157  SCENT OF A WOMAN (941)     KYR'TERR
 PUSSYCAT 14-3701            42  46  1  156  THE DOGHOUSE (896)         TOBIR
-SWEET TOOTH 11-3248         22  14  0  155  GERFEL'S FRIENDS (396)     ARUAK CITY
 DUCK BUTTER 82-7712         13   8  0  154  THIGH MASTERS II (955)     DWES EG

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BLITZKRIEG XXIII 60-5503    20   8  0  137  DEATH STUDS VII (877)      ARADI
 GOKU 46-3655                23  18  2  135  DRAGONBALL Z (944)         ARDIVENT
 SMITH 14-1282               39  82  3  134  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 BABY 43-2863                17   7  2  132  DARK SIDE (970)            VEASTIAN
-AZAZEL 15-2562              15  10  0  117  LORDS OF DARKNESS (925)    MALCORN
-PURPLE DONKEY 30-2751       22  13  0  101  TRIP OUT (969)             IAYE

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KINKY 40-2645               22  12  0   92  THE URGE (216)             ZENSU

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-PAHPAEL 37-4112             15   9  0   85  ARCHANGELS OF BRIAH (926)  SIBIKHAS
 GREAT BEAR 74-2851          17  14  0   79  TOTEM (934)                DAIYLA KIV
-FUNKY ELVIS 30-2754         18  14  0   78  TRIP OUT (969)             IAYE
 STORM LXV 60-4972           19  10  0   56  DEATH STUDS VII (877)      ARADI
-PISHTUSH 22-5651            17   4  0   55  ANDORIAN WIMPS (976)       SOLVEN
 LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841    18  16  0   34  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Demonfang -- Thank you for the title shot, though we both know that's not what it was
about.  I'm sure you won't be here to see this, but your manager can forward you the
message:  phbbblllt!!!! -- Warlock

Pluto -- Sorry to lay the beat down on you so badly, lad, but you DID challenge me.
-- Bruenor

Gimethatshield -- DOLT!  I DON'T USE A SHIELD!!! -- Sands

Quiche Lorraine -- You will pay for that.  I didn't at all appreciate the trip to
Sheila, especially with magic a screwed up.  I'm coming after you. -- Blackrazor

Mrs Limeschultz -- Please feel free to challenge me again.  Any time.  Up or down.
Really.  I need those kinds of wins. -- Warpath

Kottonkandy -- I sincerely hope you're off to Primus, since they tell me I have to go
and you beat me. -- Artemis Entreri

Brian -- Ahringol says he can't wait to meet your mother. -- Deadpool

Michael Honorblade -- Well fought.  I've come a long was since Aruak City, though I
don't believe I've eclipsed you yet, I'm still thankful for the win.  Let's dance
again when you want a rematch.  I'd be very interested in testing myself again
against such a fine warrior as yourself. -- Talisman

Helio -- I'm off to Primus.  Best of luck to you in the future. -- Spellsinger

Intendrid O'Reilly -- Well fought.  At least I lost to an alliance mate. -- Siryn

Death Twit II -- If your a twit, what the hell does that make me? -- Saline

King Love -- If you knew a little bit about me, you'd understand how upsetting it was
for me to lose to you. -- Lukarian

Duck Butter -- Sandbagger. -- Wolverine

Heather -- Wow, you sure are good.  Why's your record so bad? -- Goku

Khalli -- What's up with the absence?  Did you leave too? -- Sablon-O-Vlad

     No, my friends; I was just indisposed for a little while.  I'm back now. --
     Khalli

Demonfang -- Well, here's hoping my challenge gets through, as well as hoping I get
lucky.  That's a lot of hoping, mind you! -- Je Suis Bien

Mars -- Is this the right time to say "told you so" or what? -- Gimethatshield

Jupiter -- I guess that's what I get for not having SOV double check how I would
fight.  Maybe I beat you fighting how I should, but definitely not without the right
weapon or tactic.  Man, I sucked. -- Vision

Sands -- Well fought, but that shield is still mine.  Giverhear! -- Gimethatshield

Axly -- Congrats on the TV.  Hopefully you get back on top here soon. -- Headbangers

Monica Virtueshield -- Heck. -- Leeta Stormrider
P.S.  (thoughtful look)  Are you interested in light cavalry maneuvers?  You've got
the size for it.

Shivaa -- Not my day, apparently. -- Schendirk
P.S.  I know, an uninspired personal.  But if I'm sufficiently uninspired for a
while, Leeta might let me retire in favor of someone with more to say.  It's worth a
try.

Scryb Sprite -- Listen, cute thing, if you want to check out my bathtub, you're
welcome any time. -- Llud

Smith -- Tish. -- Pussycat, who would rather be frying fish, or eating them raw if
possible

Gimme -- An extra shield would slow down my horse too much.  But we might discuss
this further. -- Leeta

SOV -- Of course I wasn't.  As if!  Why should I be? -- Debby Tonte

Zebrawood -- Let no one under-estimate you, but I would like to move up to try to top
talent. -- Lady Herbblood

Artemi Entreri -- Now you have an Andorian name.  I hope Demonfang understands. --
Kottonkandy

Zephyr -- Good go round!  I caught you off guard. -- F-A'Krill, Andorian

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GRAA ROCKBROW viciously subdued STRAWBERRY BUSH in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
EARTHQUAKE luckily beat TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD in a 3 minute Challenge Title melee.
JE SUIS BIEN viciously subdued PLUTO in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge brawl.
MICHAEL HONORBLADE was overpowered by MERCURY in a 1 minute Challenge match.
BUTCH bested QUICHE LORRAINE in a popular 1 minute Challenge duel.
RENSHAW was devastated by JUPITER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LADY HERBBLOOD was overpowered by DIS-EMBOWEL in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
VISION was viciously subdued by HEATHER in a action packed 6 minute Challenge fight.
ZEBRAWOOD defeated SALINE LAMORAK in a exciting 4 minute Challenge fight.
STORM LXV overcame LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a popular 3 minute Challenge bout.
MR BLACK subdued B. LLUD PITT in a crowd pleasing 2 minute match.
SNOWY OWL handily defeated CRYSTAL FIREBLADE in a exciting 2 minute one-sided contest.
BRUENOR BATTLEHAMMER devastated WOOHOO-WOOHOO! in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
POSITIVE luckily beat DEADPOOL in a popular 9 minute bloody duel.
JOHN ROCKER was vanquished by SILENT LUCIDITY in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
WISTERIA devastated SILK SHEETS in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched brawl.
MONICA VIRTUESHIELD subdued DEATH TWIT II in a 1 minute bout.
GOOSEBUMPS was overpowered by JIMI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
WEBSTER was bested by MRS LIMESCHULTZ in a popular 1 minute contest.
SANDS was overpowered by ZEPHYR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MARS overpowered THE PINK RANGER in a 2 minute gruesome uneven fray.
THE 'STACHE was bested by WARLOCK in a exciting 3 minute bout.
ASMODEUS overpowered PEPSI in a 1 minute uneven fight.
DIS-MOUNT overpowered HUMMEL in a popular 1 minute uneven fight.
THE GAKKER was overpowered by MEYK in a exciting 1 minute uneven match.
OGIER viciously subdued JESUS in a popular 2 minute gruesome fray.
WARPATH was overpowered by NOT LIKE YOU'D KNOW in a 2 minute uneven competition.
SHIVAA was savagely defeated by LEETA STORMRIDER in a popular 2 minute gruesome fight.
GIMETHATSHIELD viciously subdued BLACKRAZOR in a exciting 3 minute brutal fight.
GOOD OL' HERB was overpowered by IN THE AFTERNOON in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BABY was overpowered by WOLVERINE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided fray.
SCRYB SPRITE won victory over SWEET SWEAT in a 1 minute fight.
PUSSYCAT bested SMITH in a exciting 1 minute battle.
HELIO devastated SCHENDIRK in a popular 1 minute uneven bout.
BLITZKRIEG XXIII was subdued by DUCK BUTTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brutal match.
GOKU vanquished TARIN SHARPEYES in a action packed 2 minute gory one-sided bout.
KINKY overcame YOGONITH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
GREAT BEAR vanquished YOGONITH in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  25         AIMED BLOW        30 -  16 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                 13         PARRY-LUNGE       32 -  25 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   11         TOTAL PARRY       46 -  38 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         SLASHING ATTACK   64 -  58 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      4         LUNGING ATTACK   132 - 126 -  2      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         WALL OF STEEL     58 -  59 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  15 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  38 -  1      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  26 -  1      33  |

Turn 362 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         2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK    11 - 14         4  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  9         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        5 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      7 -  4     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      EARTHQUAKE 60-1468        106  65  1  261 NATURAL DISASTERS (383)
AIMED BLOW       GRAA ROCKBROW 15-3121      44  34  0  255 HALL OF GIANT (950)
WALL OF STEEL    MONICA VIRTUESHIE 11-3208  91  53  0  244 KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE (633)
SLASHING ATTACK  SNOWY OWL 71-3252          50  48  0  234 CALL OF THE WILD (805)
LUNGING ATTACK   MR BLACK 82-5468           16   5  1  223 FROM THE RESERVOIR (920)
STRIKING ATTACK  MERCURY 99-780             48  45  5  221 WAR SEEKERS (946)
PARRY-LUNGE      SILENT LUCIDITY 48-2586    33  20  0  217 PSYCHOTIC ENDEAVOR (454)
BASHING ATTACK   BUTCH 66-1831              73  72  4  205 THE INQUISITION (384)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    MICHAEL HONORBLAD 11-3300  85  52  0  185 KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE (633)
PARRY-STRIKE     SCHENDIRK 63-2054          66  83  2  169 WAYFARERS (782)

The overall popularity leader is HEATHER 48-3062.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DEADPOOL 66-2274.  The ten other most popular fighters were HEATHER 48-3062, THE 
'STACHE 40-2048, GRAA ROCKBROW 15-3121, SALINE LAMORAK 11-4261, PLUTO 68-7735, OGIER 
30-2493, TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD 11-4304, VISION 26-1573, ZEBRAWOOD 41-3595, and 
LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841.

The least popular fighter this week was PEPSI 68-8510.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SANDS 11-4123, MICHAEL HONORBLADE 11-3300, GREAT BEAR 74-2851, 
BLITZKRIEG XXIII 60-5503, SWEET SWEAT 71-3477, HUMMEL 14-1404, THE PINK RANGER 
68-9166, WEBSTER 41-3848, DEATH TWIT II 48-2962, and SILENT LUCIDITY 48-2586.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
KALTOS(5)            0  1 0  KATI-TEI(41)         1  3 0  DAL SHANG(65)        0  1 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       2  6 0  VEASTIAN(43)         0  1 0  TARRGIR(66)          3  3 0  
TOBIR(14)            1  2 0  KRILL(44)            1  0 0  BARIKALA(67)         1  0 0  
MALCORN(15)          1  0 0  ARDIVENT(46)         2  1 0  FIREHOLD(68)         0  3 0  
ZORPUNT(24)          1  0 0  CAER(48)             2  1 0  KYR'TERR(71)         1  1 0  
CALEAM(26)           3  2 0  FRATSFA(52)          2  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       1  0 0  
IAYE(30)             1  0 0  ANDOR(57)            0  1 0  MAZGOURRAH(77)       0  1 0  
ARVAT(32)            1  0 0  ARADI(60)            3  1 0  DWES EG(82)          4  2 0  
SIBIKHAS(37)         0  1 0  JURINE(61)           1  0 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      1  0 0  
ZENSU(40)            1  2 0  AMEN-TEI(63)         2  2 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JOHN ROCKER 5-3657          34  16  0  190  DEATH BY STUPIDITY (938)   KALTOS
 MONICA VIRTUESHIEL 11-3208  91  53  0  244  KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE (633)    ARUAK CITY
 HUMMEL 14-1404              40  79  2  163  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 GRAA ROCKBROW 15-3121       44  34  0  255  HALL OF GIANT (950)        MALCORN
 LEETA STORMRIDER 24-3849    77  82  0  223  KRILL CAVALRY (780)        ZORPUNT
 JE SUIS BIEN 26-626         77  40  0  256  HEADBANGERS (9)            CALEAM
 OGIER 30-2493               48  29  1  213  THE LONGING (871)          IAYE
 HELIO 32-3733               40  44  2  190  ULTIMATE ACCELERATION (957 ARVAT
 LADY HERBBLOOD 37-2376      26  22  2  173  MEDICINE SHOW (948)        SIBIKHAS
 THE 'STACHE 40-2048         40  39  2  195  TACO GODS (198)            ZENSU
 SILK SHEETS 41-2556         74  66  3  194  SWEET SILK (720)           KATI-TEI
 BABY 43-2863                17   7  2  132  DARK SIDE (970)            VEASTIAN
 JUPITER 44-2554             47  51  0  218  SHERWOOD FOREST (809)      KRILL
 QUICHE LORRAINE 46-3451     27  22  1  192  DEATHTONGUE (111)          ARDIVENT
 SILENT LUCIDITY 48-2586     33  20  0  217  PSYCHOTIC ENDEAVOR (454)   CAER
 MARS 52-2609                86  63  0  219  INCARNATIONS (711)         FRATSFA
 B. LLUD PITT 57-1171        83  76  0  199  COPYRITENFRINGMNTS (781)   ANDOR
 EARTHQUAKE 60-1468         106  65  1  261  NATURAL DISASTERS (383)    ARADI
 ASMODEUS 61-2353            29   9  2  217  ARCHLORDS OF ASSIAH (879)  JURINE
 DIS-MOUNT 63-1970           47  21  1  211  DIS-TEAM (810)             AMEN-TEI
 THE GAKKER 65-4886          56  54  0  190  CALM DOWN! (933)           DAL SHANG
 BUTCH 66-1831               73  72  4  205  THE INQUISITION (384)      TARRGIR
 BRUENOR BATTLEHAMME 67-917  65  55  1  231  FORGOTTEN REALMS (880)     BARIKALA
 PLUTO 68-7735               52  52  2  207  REAL FAKE CHARACTERS (947) FIREHOLD
 SNOWY OWL 71-3252           50  48  0  234  CALL OF THE WILD (805)     KYR'TERR
 GREAT BEAR 74-2851          17  14  0   79  TOTEM (934)                DAIYLA KIV
 GOOD OL' HERB 77-2647       51  37  1  193  SUPERIOR FORCES 2Q (972)   MAZGOURRAH
 MR BLACK 82-5468            16   5  1  223  FROM THE RESERVOIR (920)   DWES EG
 MERCURY 99-780              48  45  5  221  WAR SEEKERS (946)          SOUTH RIDGE