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Date   : 09/08/2008    Duedate: 09/20/2008

ANDORAK

DM-105    TURN-487

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 26/9  535  341  9 61.1      DEATH STUDS VII 60/877                
    KELLUMBO'S KIDS 82/1045                     DIAMONDS & RUST 68/820                
    KELLUMBO'S KIDS 22/978                      DARK SIDE 43/970                      
    KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-17 82/1048              4 X-FORCE 66/415       1523 2078 20 42.3
    KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-23 82/1051                DRAGONBALL Z 46/944                   
  2 SUPERIOR FOR 45/1030  589  394  2 59.9      SCARLET KNIGHTS II 11/994             
    SUPERIOR FORCES 34 82/1037                  SCARLET KNIGHTS 11/902                
    SUPERIOR FORCES 3J 65/1031                  RUBY DRAGONS 46/1006                  
    SUPERIOR FORCES 3P 82/1035                5 GOLDEN CANYON 26/741  599 1040  9 36.5
  3 TACO GODS 40/198     1170  843 19 58.1    6 MIKES 14/831          387  708 11 35.3
    THAT TOTALLY SUCKS! 82/993            

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #13 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Andor:

     "I have never heard of this Korneth, or of Sengir," Crystal Fireblade said.
"Who is he that he should become king of the Andorian League?  What do you know of
him?"
     "Little more than you do.  He is as ambitious as any man I've ever seen," Herlas
said.  "Ruthless.  As to his background, nothing.  People who asked questions when he
first appeared... disappeared."
     The woman glanced at him, and her eyes reminded him of her name:  Fireblade.
"Did YOU try, magician?"
     "Yes.  I have never liked dealing with the unknown."
     "And yet, here you are.  Not disappeared."  One hand went to the hilt of her
sword.
     He looked away and shrugged.  Hoped his face wasn't red with the memory of that.
"It was a close thing, I think.  But he needed a magician he could control, and he...
decided he could control me."
     "How?"
     Now he was sure he was flushing, and it was all he could do not to hang his head
in shame.  But he kept his voice steady.  "Blackmail.  I have done things in the past
that I would not like made public--"
     "Why am I not surprised?"
     "Worse things than just... indiscretions and bending of the rules.  Things I
bitterly regret, now, when it's too late to not-do them.  Things that, well, would
make it laughable for ME to be trying to do the right thing now, if it weren't for
the fact that no one else seems willing or able."
     Fireblade's eyebrows rose.  "And you know what is the 'right thing' to do now?"
     "Gods, I wish!  I'm hoping you've got a clue here, Lady.  But at the least, I
will take Korneth with me, if I go down.  I have already done what I can to insure
that."
     She made a sharp gesture with one hand, to dismiss his statement.  Or so he
thought.  Until he noticed Korneth approaching.  He went hot with embarrassment
again.  How many years had it been since he'd made such an amateur's mistake as not
watching who was around him?
     When Korneth reined his mount around to ride beside the magician, Herlas said,
"I'm not sure this parade was a good idea."
     "You think not?  But there were people beginning to wonder if the king was dead,
you know.  It is necessary for a people to have confidence in the existence of its
leader."
     Herlas wondered if the mocking undertone in Korneth's voice was intentional.
"It may give them a belief in his continued existence," he said, "but it hardly
inspires confidence in his fitness to rule."
     "It just reminds them of how little has been done for the League as a whole in
the past few years," Fireblade added.
     Korneth smiled.  It was his smile that had first warned Herlas that this man
was... unusual.  An old woman he had known when he was a child, a servant in his
family's house, had once described such a smile as 'someone who's sharing a joke with
seven devils, and so full of himself he doesn't believe anyone will catch him out'.
Did Korneth honestly think everyone was too stupid to figure out that he was up to no
good?  Or did he just not care?  Herlas heard Crystal Fireblade catch her breath
sharply beside him.  She saw it, too, so he wasn't just imagining things.
     "Perhaps it's just as well," Korneth said.  "Let people once realize that the
king--who has no heir--is no longer fit to rule, and they will look with more favor
on a new dynasty."  He raised a finger, and two men clad all in black, one in a
nobleman's silk and velvet, the other in the plainest of plebian garb, drew near.
Assassins.  "A new dynasty that is prepared to maintain itself and rule with a firm
hand and a sharp blade.  It will be like... the old days."  He smiled again and
spurred his horse forward, but the assassins stayed behind.

Istoreth, Skaithvarn:

     Whatever spell was on the city of Istoreth to make it perfect and beautiful did
not extend to the waterfront.  It was simply a working waterfront.  Prosperous, busy,
noisy with the shouts of venders and the cries of gulls, odorous with the stink of
ancient fish.  The gladiators could see vessels that hailed from ports all around the
glacier-fed lake that was the Trier Sea.  Gissanniah began to count them off in her
mind, dragonheaded ships from Snowbound, Karnhorn ships with two or three banks of
slave rowers, white-sailed Andorian ships, intricately painted hulls of the elves of
Ardivent, so many more, as a way to avoid looking at the blot of darkness anchored in
the center of the harbor.
     It was the shape of a ship, as large as any other there, dead black so that it
drank any light that fell on it.  A tall mast rose from the center but seemed too
slender to support sails against any earthly wind.  No oars were visible.  All the
normal ships appeared to be shrinking away from it toward the edges of the harbor.
     "That is your task," the Istorene High Magician said, nodding toward the Black
Ship.  The gladiators noted that he didn't look directly at it.  "We want that gone
from our harbor, gone from our waters entirely.  Make it so.  If you can."
     Senator Sedalia took a deep breath, paused for a moment, and then said, "It's a
challenge, no doubt about it.  We'll do what we can."
     Gissanniah just restrained herself from hitting him.  What could they do?  What
could gladiatorial skills or political savvy do against that blot on the Trier?
     Sedalia turned to the mage.  "Tell us what you know of this ship," he said.
"Since you sought demons rather than marines to rid yourself of it, I presume it's
magical in nature?"
     "Magical, and of the darkest nature.  Demonic, almost certainly.  It comes from
Kurukar, where the accursed kaliv has opened the Darkest Door."
     Sedalia nodded.  "We have heard rumors and unconfirmed reports of the kaliv's
activities," he admitted.  "We get little news out of Aradi now, but there is a hint
that a Chaos Lord there is considering the use of his special skills against
Kurukar."
     "No!"  The Istorene faced them squarely, which he had not done till now, and his
eyes were full of lightning while sparks leapt from the points of his mustache.
"There must be no unleashing of Chaos magic against the demonic forces, or the whole
world might be unmade!"

        + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #14 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Andor:

     Herlas glanced at the assassins out of the corner of his eye.  The one in silk
had a slight smile; the one who looked like a peasant had no expression at all.  Both
were staying close, right on the edge of earshot distance, as in "maybe they can hear
what we say, and maybe not."  Ie he had been Korneth, the Zensovian would have picked
the assassins with the best hearing he could find and had them at just such a
distance.  After all, they'd been trained to double as spies in the old days when the
kings of Andoria had protected their guild.  Which meant no talking private with
Fireblade during the rest of this parade.  And would the assassins keep with them
afterward?  If Korneth's trust in him had fallen that far, Herlas figured it might be
time to put his ultimate contingency plan into motion.
     He slid his glance toward the redhaired Lady Knight riding beside him.  She
raised an eyebrow, then glanced toward the assassins and shook her head slightly.
What, did she think him such a fool that he would talk where he could be overheard?
He reined in annoyance.  He'd been a big enough fool over this business already, why
might she not fear he would continue so?  Why was it the only interesting women he'd
met could see that he was a fool and a blackguard?  It was enough to depress a man.
     The parade which had seemed endless looped back to the palace and ended.  Lady
Knight Fireblade made another tiny, cryptic gesture and just... rode off!  What did
she mean by it?  Why did he care?  He'd been playing out a lone hand so far, why did
he suddenly yearn for an ally?  Herlas shook his head, hoping to shake out strange
notions, glanced at his assassin shadows, and rode toward the lodge on the edge of
the palace grounds where he was currently living.
                    *****     ***     *****     ***     *****
     Crystal Fireblade knocked on his door just after full dark.  The front door, and
she knocked openly.  Herlas looked past her gray-cloaked form into the rainy
darkness, then nodded.  "Did anyone follow you?"
     "I think not, though it's difficult to be sure."  She shrugged out of the cloak
which had concealed her mail, the hood that had covered her flame-colored hair.  "We
must take action of some kind, and soon," she said.  "You know that."  At his nod,
she went on, "Have you thought what kind of action?  The lost king must be replaced,
and this Korneth of Sengir must be eliminated.  But who the first, how the second?"
     "Alonj of Fratsfa for the first," Herlas said.  He indicated two chairs drawn up
to his fire, welcome on this wet night.  The convincians will accept him as a
legitmate ruler, the Fratsfan will accept no one else.  The Baron of Ardivent is too
far away, and nobody knows which way the Clanholds of the Aruaki will go these days,
they are too disorganized within themselves."
     "Raltumas?"
     "Not of immediate concern.  The defection of Aradi has weakened them, and they
were never as coherent as other parts of the League."
     "And what of Korneth?  He will block any attempt to put Alonj--or anyone other
than himself--on the throne.  It is my feeling that he will be hard to dispose of."
     "Mine, too.  There were those assassins early today, a rather pointed message, I
thought."
     "Yes.  Where are they now?"  Fireblade glanced around as though she expected to
see them in some corner of the room.
     Herlas smiled.  "Posted in quite likely places, watching intently and seeing...
very little.  Bats or whatever moves around at night.  If those two are all Korneth
set to watching me, as I hope because he can't have many at his call yet, then we are
safe enough for now.  Later... probably not."
     Crystal Fireblade frowned.  "Should we leave Andor, get to where he can't spy on
us, do you think?"
     The magician got up and began pacing, tapping his fingers against each other
behind his back.  After several minutes, he said, "No, I don't think so.  True, we're
at risk of spying if we remain here, but once we move away from the center of the
action, we would need to find spies ourselves or lose touch with what's going on.  My
feeling is that we need to know what is going on here, at least until we've dealt
with Korneth."
     "I take your point, but what about Alonj of Fratsfa?  Not only do we--or
someone--have to tell him that he must take over governance of the League, he must be
protected.  Korneth is surely as able as we are to see that Alonj is the obvious
replacement for the vanished king."
     Herlas barked a laugh.  "Have you met Alonj's Adantri wife?  I have, and I would
not want to be an assassin trying to get past her!"

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 300): ZIP of Z GLADIATORS (Mr. Zee, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 601): ONEWOLF of WOLFBROTHERS (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 601): WESTON of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 594): LIPSTICK of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 590): ASH LEELA of MINGALOIDS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 590): STAN DAUFF of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 587): DRALION of MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 583): FRANKLINS TOWER of THE WARLOCKS (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 552): WHIPPED WEASEL of EXOTIC TASTES (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 543): GUNS OF BRIXTON of RADIO CLASH (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 534): DECEPTIVE DELILA of THE ZEN ZONE (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 247): LEO of DARQUE AGES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 436): DIMAGGIO oF 1949 YANKEES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 201): BENITO CHATTE of THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 486): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 300): BLOOD RITES (Wretch, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 601): KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 601): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 594): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 590): KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 590): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 587): MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 583): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 552): MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 543): MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 534): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 247): ZERO (Ice Man, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 463): 1949 YANKEES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 201): POSITION IS EMPTY
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 486): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 600): SMUSH of NEVERWAKE (Doc Steele, mgr.)
                               SLY APPARITION of IMMORTALS (Dartor, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 594): LIPSTICK of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 586): ALEGRIA of MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 583): FRANKLINS TOWER of THE WARLOCKS (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 552): BELA LUGOSI of MEN OF 1,000 FACES (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 543): GUNS OF BRIXTON of RADIO CLASH (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 201): BENITO CHATTE of THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     You do realize what all this "record low temperature" and "record precipitation
for the year to date" means, don't you?  It means we're sliding into a new ice age.
Where is global warming when you need it?  Not that I would ever imply that Ghea is a
globe, when the evidence is clear that it is not, but still, that's the current
catch-phrase.
     But enough of that.  Let's talk about the fights.  Of which we had eighteen
today, and only one standby, which is excellent.  Much better, for instance, than
Home Guard.  Of those fights, eight were challenges, two of them tv challenges.  All
from Kellumbo's Kids, that being the most actively managed team here in Andorak.
Kellumbo's Kids also did the most avoiding, and it was the Death Studs that they
avoided most.  Blackrazor got the most challenges.

The fights:
     BABY (43-2863) (26-39-2,37) of DARK SIDE fought LORIS KEY (26-4706) (20-31-1,49)
of GOLDEN CANYON.  BABY was devastated by LORIS KEY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
You shouldn't have asked her for baby-food, kiddo.  Too bland for the Golden Canyon
Cooking Crew.
     SOLARIS (46-3759) (35-90-0,71) of RUBY DRAGONS fought GO-FER (26-4444) (20-40-
2,58) of GOLDEN CANYON.  SOLARIS was bested by GO-FER in a 2 minute brawl.  Not what
anybody expected of Go-Fer, although it's true that his record isn't as bad as
Solaris's.
     SALEM (82-42046) (12-6-0,42) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-23 fought FRY GUY (40-3655)
(24-12-0,65) of TACO GODS.  SALEM was devastated by FRY GUY in an exciting 1 minute
uneven duel.  Yes, well, some people just can't eat fried foods.  Upsets their
innards.  Probably nothing personal.
     TORNADO CXCVI (60-5111) (19-28-0,180) of DEATH STUDS VII fought CONNOR MACLEOD
(11-5532) (66-81-0,128) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II.  TORNADO CXCVI was handily defeated by
CONNOR MACLEOD in a 1 minute uneven fight.  Ah, that's got to hurt  But experience
tells, or shows, or sometimes just handily defeats.
     WOLVERINE (66-3871) (67-122-5,165) of X-FORCE fought LAWRENCE THE SOT (105-10)
(0-0-0,150) of Visiting Gourmets.  WOLVERINE demolished LAWRENCE THE SOT in a popular
1 minute bloody mismatched match.  Lawrence tells me that this is not what he was
expecting in Andorak.  Ah, but you can't count on a blue-ribbon meal every time.

     SMITH (14-1282) (96-149-4,190) of MIKES fought NIXIE SEASPRITE (11-4992) (67-80-
1,205) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  SMITH was overcome by NIXIE SEASPRITE in a 2 minute
contest.  Yes, and Smith looked very funny snorking seawater out his nose, too.  They
say it'll clear your sinuses.  So will Snuffing grapefruit juice and garlic, but I
don't recommend it.
     WARDUKE (11-5930) (58-71-3,200) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II fought HERO, HERO (68-446)
(21-37-0,186) of DIAMONDS & RUST.  WARDUKE was demolished by HERO, HERO in a 1 minute
mismatched match.  A classic and effective strategy:  a Hero on the right, a Hero on
the left, and the wicked Duke between.  Exit the Duke.  Not that Warduke is
necessarily wicked, but that's what the traditional template calls for.
     HUMMEL (14-1404) (93-150-6,188) of MIKES fought VAN HELSING (11-6338) (51-59-
1,159) of SCARLET KNIGHTS II.  HUMMEL overpowered VAN HELSING in a popular 1 minute
one-sided melee.  It amazes me sometimes that Van Helsing doesn't qualify as a full
fledged fossil (requires a minimum of two hundred regular-arena fights), because he
has that fossilized attitude.  That whole, "I'm just marking time, I don't really
care what happens" attitude.
     DEATH FOG (45-4017) (67-30-0,213) of SUPERIOR FORCES fought TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD
(11-4304) (81-114-0,190) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  DEATH FOG was vanquished by TALISMAN
SHIELDGUARD in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.  I could make a nasty joke about
this, one of the clerks actually fell off his stool laughing at it, but... nah.  It'd
be rude, and I am nothing if not a model of courtesy and virtue, right?
     SANDS (11-4123) (68-139-3,215) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought WHERE'S MY TOURNEY?
(82-2893) (32-4-0,210) of THAT TOTALLY SUCKS!  SANDS was unbelievably bested by
WHERE'S MY TOURNEY? in a popular 3 minute duel.  Why is this hard to...?  Ah, because
of the Fossil Factor.  But some gladiators, despite a (relative) lack of regular
arena fights, are tough, and the rankings with which each started this fight should
have made it less than shocking.  Oh, well.

The challenge matches:
     NAFISAH (22-6612) (34-16-1,169) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged CLEMMIE (26-4630)
(28-39-1,159) of GOLDEN CANYON.  Down 10.  NAFISAH handily defeated CLEMMIE in a 1
minute uneven Challenge melee.  Do you suppose there's any chance of getting some
more of that baklava?
     TEEVELLA (82-24954) (21-5-1,151) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged KHORNE
SHADOWSPAWN (46-3809) (57-63-1,151) of RUBY DRAGONS.  Straight across.  Don't see
that often.  TEEVELLA devastated KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge
competition.  And you know, when the two gladiators start out evenly matched in the
rankings, "one-sided" means the loser wasn't trying.  Tcha.
     BLIND GIRL (22-6041) (54-24-0,204) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged BLACKRAZOR (11-
4091) (67-142-2,204) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Straight across, again!  This time against
the Most Challenged Blackrazor.  BLIND GIRL unbelievably bested BLACKRAZOR in a 5
minute Challenge fight.  Seeing is believing, and some things even the blind can see.
     GRANDPA RAT (22-6549) (50-27-3,192) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged VAJRA VALMEJAR
(11-4928) (70-87-0,209) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 17.  GRANDPA RAT was demolished by
VAJRA VALMEJAR in a 1 minute Challenge competition.  For some people, "rat" is a hot
button.  Looks like Vajra falls into that category.
     SNAKE CHARMER (22-6169) (49-23-0,223) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged LUKARIAN
LAMORAK (11-4841) (70-92-1,219) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Down 4.  SNAKE CHARMER bested
LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a popular 3 minute Challenge fight.  What our readership wants to
know is:  Were there snakes involved in this?  Much depends on the answer to this
question, a lot of gold, in fact.  Some say yes, some say no.

The tv challenges, and, of course, our congratulations to those who have achieved
tourney victor status and are now making use of it:
     DARNESHA (82-42015) (15-4-1,75) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-17 TV challenged GOLDERIE
(26-4657) (27-29-1,92) of GOLDEN CANYON.  Up 17.  DARNESHA vanquished GOLDERIE in a 1
minute uneven Challenge battle.  I don't know what Golderie is thinking of right now,
but curry comes into my mind.  HOT curry.  Talk about blowing flame out the ears!
     JACKSON (22-6649) (28-2-0,99) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS TV challenged SARINA (26-4220)
(26-35-1,106) of GOLDEN CANYON.  Up 7.  JACKSON devastated SARINA in a 1 minute
mismatched Challenge fight.  The orderlies tell me that Sarina was muttering about
venison stew as they helped her out of the arena.  Well, it's coming onto the season.

For the title:
     VISION (26-1573) (125-53-4,307) of KELLUMBO'S KIDS challenged GOKU (46-3655)
(94-75-2,237) of DRAGONBALL Z.  Down 70.  VISION outlasted GOKU in an action packed 9
minute bloody Challenge Title fight.  NINE minutes?  What took so long, Vision?
Congratulations.

                                       Ardane

THE KING'S SENTINEL           W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VISION 26-1573             126  53  4  325  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (9)        CALEAM

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-GOLDWRAP 82-11886           38  11  0  267  SUPERIOR FORCES 34 (1037)  DWES EG
 VAJRA VALMEJAR 11-4928      71  87  0  230  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 SNAKE CHARMER 22-6169       50  23  0  229  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN
 TALISMAN SHIELDGUA 11-4304  82 114  0  225  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
-TITANIA 65-5835             40  26  0  221  SUPERIOR FORCES 3J (1031)  DAL SHANG
 WHERE'S MY TOURNEY 82-2893  33   4  0  216  THAT TOTALLY SUCKS! (993)  DWES EG

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GOKU 46-3655                94  76  2  210  DRAGONBALL Z (944)         ARDIVENT
 BLIND GIRL 22-6041          55  24  0  209  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN
 NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992     68  80  1  208  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 BLACKRAZOR 11-4091          67 143  2  206  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841    70  93  1  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 SANDS 11-4123               68 140  3  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 HERO, HERO 68-446           22  37  0  203  DIAMONDS & RUST (820)      FIREHOLD
-FINALITY 82-4063            33  19  1  200  SUPERIOR FORCES 3P (1035)  DWES EG
 HUMMEL 14-1404              94 150  6  192  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 SMITH 14-1282               96 150  4  189  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 DEATH FOG 45-4017           67  31  0  185  SUPERIOR FORCES (1030)     STORMCROWE
 GRANDPA RAT 22-6549         50  28  3  184  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WARDUKE 11-5930             58  72  3  183  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NAFISAH 22-6612             35  16  1  176  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN
 WOLVERINE 66-3871           68 122  5  172  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 CONNOR MACLEOD 11-5532      67  81  0  165  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY
 TEEVELLA 82-24954           22   5  1  161  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (1045)     DWES EG
 CLEMMIE 26-4630             28  40  1  157  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 VAN HELSING 11-6338         51  60  1  156  SCARLET KNIGHTS II (994)   ARUAK CITY

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN 46-3809  57  64  1  145  RUBY DRAGONS (1006)        ARDIVENT
 TORNADO CXCVI 60-5111       19  29  0  144  DEATH STUDS VII (877)      ARADI
 JACKSON 22-6649             29   2  0  114  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SARINA 26-4220              26  36  1   99  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 DARNESHA 82--23521          16   4  1   95  KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-17 (1048 DWES EG

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GOLDERIE 26-4657            27  30  1   76  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 FRY GUY 40-3655             25  12  0   73  TACO GODS (198)            ZENSU
 GO-FER 26-4444              21  40  2   71  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 SOLARIS 46-3759             35  91  0   59  RUBY DRAGONS (1006)        ARDIVENT
-DONDRIC 22-6694             18   3  1   58  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN
 LORIS KEY 26-4706           21  31  1   56  GOLDEN CANYON (741)        CALEAM
 SALEM 82--23490             12   7  0   41  KELLUMBO'S KIDS06-23 (1051 DWES EG
 BABY 43-2863                26  40  2   30  DARK SIDE (970)            VEASTIAN

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Darnesha -- I was thinking stuffed grape leaves.  Either that, or stuffed tomatoes,
it depends on the color scheme of the meal as a whole, doesn't it?  Rice to go with
either, but beyond that, well, I'm sitting with the cookbooks dreaming.  I hate
having to choose, because there are so MANY good things, and no way I could eat them
all.  Not if I still want to fit into my armor, anyway. -- Loris Key

Nafisah -- Baklava.  At least, I think that's what I'm thinking of.  Raisins, nuts,
honey, and flaky pastry.  Whatever, it will be delicious. -- Clemmie
P.S.  Actually, it's more Loris's kind of thing, just as the grape leaves or
tomatoes--or maybe stuffed peppers--are more in my line.  But we thought we might be
getting too narrowly focused, so we're swapping around.

Connor Macleod -- I hate cooking for men, because they just stuff down anything and
the only comments are when they don't like it.  So no way am I going to cook for you.
I'm going to make walnut and cream cheese sandwiches for the Ladies of the Isle
Gardening Club, and that's it. -- Sarina
P.S.  Maybe lemon squares, too.

Baby -- I can't stand babies.  Stay away from me! -- Go-Fer

Fry Guy -- I wish I could expect to get some fry breads, but this just isn't the
right culinary culture.  Tood bad. -- Golderie
P.S.  Although I suppose I could just... fry a tortilla in butter myself.  With or
without cheese and cayenne.  Hmm.  Let me think about that.

Ardane -- Yes. -- Golderie

     But holding a grudge is uncivilized. -- Ardane

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JACKSON devastated SARINA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
DARNESHA vanquished GOLDERIE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
VISION outlasted GOKU in a action packed 9 minute bloody Challenge Title fight.
SNAKE CHARMER bested LUKARIAN LAMORAK in a popular 3 minute Challenge fight.
GRANDPA RAT was demolished by VAJRA VALMEJAR in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
BLIND GIRL unbelievably bested BLACKRAZOR in a 5 minute Challenge fight.
TEEVELLA devastated KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
NAFISAH handily defeated CLEMMIE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
SANDS was unbelievably bested by WHERE'S MY TOURNEY? in a popular 3 minute duel.
DEATH FOG was vanquished by TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
HUMMEL overpowered VAN HELSING in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee.
WARDUKE was demolished by HERO, HERO in a 1 minute mismatched match.
SMITH was overcome by NIXIE SEASPRITE in a 2 minute contest.
WOLVERINE demolished LAWRENCE THE SOT in a popular 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
TORNADO CXCVI was handily defeated by CONNOR MACLEOD in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SALEM was devastated by FRY GUY in a exciting 1 minute uneven duel.
SOLARIS was bested by GO-FER in a 2 minute brawl.
BABY was devastated by LORIS KEY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         TOTAL PARRY       30 -  13 -  0      70  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         AIMED BLOW        34 -  18 -  0      65  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         LUNGING ATTACK    38 -  28 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  13 -  1      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         BASHING ATTACK    10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  16 -  1      47  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   21 -  38 -  2      36  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  13 -  0      35  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     10 -  26 -  1      28  |

Turn 487 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VISION 26-1573            126  53  4  325 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (9)
STRIKING ATTACK  VAJRA VALMEJAR 11-4928     71  87  0  230 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
LUNGING ATTACK   TALISMAN SHIELDGU 11-4304  82 114  0  225 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
AIMED BLOW       GOKU 46-3655               94  76  2  210 DRAGONBALL Z (944)
WALL OF STEEL    NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992    68  80  1  208 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
SLASHING ATTACK  SANDS 11-4123              68 140  3  205 SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)
BASHING ATTACK   HERO, HERO 68-446          22  37  0  203 DIAMONDS & RUST (820)
PARRY-LUNGE      HUMMEL 14-1404             94 150  6  192 MIKES (831)
PARRY-STRIKE     SMITH 14-1282              96 150  4  189 MIKES (831)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    GRANDPA RAT 22-6549        50  28  3  184 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)

The overall popularity leader is VISION 26-1573.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GOKU 46-3655.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLACKRAZOR 11-4091, 
VISION 26-1573, LUKARIAN LAMORAK 11-4841, SANDS 11-4123, SMITH 14-1282, GO-FER 
26-4444, WHERE'S MY TOURNEY? 82-2893, TALISMAN SHIELDGUARD 11-4304, HUMMEL 14-1404, 
and NIXIE SEASPRITE 11-4992.

The least popular fighter this week was BABY 43-2863.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CLEMMIE 26-4630, GRANDPA RAT 22-6549, GOLDERIE 26-4657, SARINA 26-4220, 
SOLARIS 46-3759, SALEM 82--23490, TORNADO CXCVI 60-5111, WARDUKE 11-5930, VAN HELSING 
11-6338, and DEATH FOG 45-4017.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
ARUAK CITY(11)       4  5 0  ZENSU(40)            1  0 0  ARADI(60)            0  1 0  
TOBIR(14)            1  1 0  VEASTIAN(43)         0  1 0  TARRGIR(66)          1  0 0  
SOLVEN(22)           4  1 0  STORMCROWE(45)       0  1 0  FIREHOLD(68)         1  0 0  
CALEAM(26)           3  3 0  ARDIVENT(46)         0  3 0  DWES EG(82)          3  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VAJRA VALMEJAR 11-4928      71  87  0  230  SCARLET KNIGHTS (902)      ARUAK CITY
 HUMMEL 14-1404              94 150  6  192  MIKES (831)                TOBIR
 SNAKE CHARMER 22-6169       50  23  0  229  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (978)      SOLVEN
 VISION 26-1573             126  53  4  325  KELLUMBO'S KIDS (9)        CALEAM
 FRY GUY 40-3655             25  12  0   73  TACO GODS (198)            ZENSU
 BABY 43-2863                26  40  2   30  DARK SIDE (970)            VEASTIAN
 DEATH FOG 45-4017           67  31  0  185  SUPERIOR FORCES (1030)     STORMCROWE
 GOKU 46-3655                94  76  2  210  DRAGONBALL Z (944)         ARDIVENT
 TORNADO CXCVI 60-5111       19  29  0  144  DEATH STUDS VII (877)      ARADI
 WOLVERINE 66-3871           68 122  5  172  X-FORCE (415)              TARRGIR
 HERO, HERO 68-446           22  37  0  203  DIAMONDS & RUST (820)      FIREHOLD
 WHERE'S MY TOURNEY 82-2893  33   4  0  216  THAT TOTALLY SUCKS! (993)  DWES EG