ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 07/05/2003    Duedate: 07/18/2003

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-225

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 ELANTI HUNTER 75/124  286  137  3 67.6    5 DARKLINGS 74/207      643  677  5 48.7
  2 SPLIT INFINIT 65/226  186  140  1 57.1      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
    MUTANT LEAGUE II 82/257                     UP TO NO GOOD 37/117                  
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                 6 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  426  496  4 46.2
    LITTLE EARTHQUAKES 65/215                   SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
    CHEYSULI & LIR 74/222                       THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    HOUSE OF CARDS 65/149                       SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
    DOOMSDAY4DOOMCORPS 65/227                 7 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1442 1954 19 42.5
  3 DARK TOADS 1/273       41   34  1 54.7      SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    DARK TOADS 38/271                           SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    SPLIT INFINITY 2 65/260                     SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
    DARK TOADS 75/262                           SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    TOADS OF AMBER 82/266                       SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SAND DANCERS 77/72                    
    LADY OF THE GLEN 1/272                    8 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  101  138  3 42.3
  4 BAD NEWS 78/16       1768 1641 25 51.9      SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    CREW MONIKER 76/9                           THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
    GENERAL MAYHEM 65/71                  

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #62 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

The Isle of the Eye:

     They didn't get to see Sheila Greywand, which was a surprise.  Some sort of
secretary told them that she was "very busy."  They should take their trophy, which
might or might not be the Eye of the South, to the Stronghold Academy and turn it
over to Senior Wizard Tanrith.  Then he shut the door in their faces.
     "You would think," Mr. Testosterone muttered angrily, "that after sending us--
personally sending us, at that--on a special mission of 'surpassing importance',
she'd want to at least hear our report in person and ask us some questions."
     "One might think that," Bellerophon agreed.  "I suppose she might be occupied
with more pressing matters," he went on slowly, staring at the shut door.
     "We were given to understand that there WERE no more pressing matters than
finding out what happened to the Eyes," Tamea Soulkeeper growled.  "But not only are
we turned away at her door, we could barely get onto the Isle at all!"
     "That might be one of the more pressing matters," Skirnir suggested.
     "Ha!  I know when I've been insulted."  Tamea glared at the door.  "It would
serve her right if we didn't take the Eye to the Academy."
     "No, WE should do things properly, even if SHE is too busy," E.A. Polecat cut
in.  "Besides, what would we do with the thing?"  He looked at the towel-wrapped
bundle uneasily.
     "And even if we, you know, get away with it now," Debby Tonte predicted, "SHE
will notice later on, and then we'll be in trouble.  SHE always notices sooner or
later."
     "What's the point in arguing?" Onuphre asked.  "We're going to take it to the
Stronghold Academy, to this Senior Wizard, so let's just do it.  I want to go back to
my guildhouse, take a hot bath, get a good meal, and a night's sleep in a real bed
for a change."  He glanced sideways at Debby.  "Not that the Rithakar Hilton wasn't
okay, but I want my own bed."
     "I agree," Natasha Knight said from the back of the group.  "Let's just get rid
of the thing and be done with all this.  Where is the Stronghold Academy from here?"
She moved to the outer door and peered into the fog uncertainly.
     Debby tugged her beach jacket more securely around her well-tanned figure and
stepped out into the fog.  "It's right down there."  She gestured at nothing visible
to the others.
     The gladiators glanced at each other.  Bellerophon shrugged.  "She always lands
on her feet," he murmured.  "She probably does know where the Academy is, and we want
to get rid of this.  Let's go."
     They went.
     Ten minutes brisk walk brought them to a stout brick wall topped with iron
spikes.  The porter at the heavy gate, a pale, weedy specimen who looked more like a
student of magic than any kind of guard, let them in without argument, and directed
them to Tanrith's workroom.
     Tanrith looked old, as befitted a senior wizard.  He also looked tired, but that
was not their problem.  He took the towel-wrapped stone from them, set it on a bare
table, and unwrapped it.  The stone was a sphere a little bigger than a man's head,
chalky white, smooth but dull of surface, and faint shadows cast by nothing visible
moved just under its skin.
     The wizard sighed.  "This was, indeed, one of the Eyes," he said.  "It's beyond
recovery now, poor thing.  Best to put it out of its misery...."
     "You make it sound like something alive," E.A. Polecat muttered.
     "It is.  Or it was.  The records state plainly that when Lady Greywand created
the Eyes, each was built around the soul, spirit, or whatever you want to call it, of
a living person.  I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did."
     "Why?"  Tamea Soulkeeper leaned forward intently.  "Why should they not survive
for even longer when preserved by spells?"
     "Nothing but the vast mind of a Great Dragon lasts without decay for more than a
few hundred years in nature.  Spells may extend that period to as much as a thousand
years, but beyond that point...no."  The old man sighed.  "Oh, to be sure, you can
keep it GOING with spells, but it changes.  Memory frays away, personality twists
into new channels, and the resilience of the healthy mind is lost.  The mind may
retain function, indeed, it may be quite powerful, but it isn't sane by any measure."
     Nobody said anything.  Bellerophon didn't look at the other gladiators, but in
his mind was the awareness that Sheila Greywand was considerably more than a thousand
years old.  Was this man saying SHE was insane?  Impossible...or was it?
     "That's two of the Eyes recovered," Tanrith went on.  "The East and the South.
Good work."
     "And luck," Bellerophon said.  "Luck, and help when we needed it."
     "If the Eyes are useless now," Tamea asked, "what happens to the Arcanum and
magic?"
     "Nobody knows for sure," the old wizard said.  "Disruption of normal life, at
the least.  Beyond that, we must wait and see."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Talahya?

     "I'm not sure that would be a good idea," Fizban said cautiously.  "We don't 
know where we are, but we DO know that the Gate we came through must be near here.  
If we go farther away, we could lose track of our route home."
     Moonjumper patted his hand.  "It's okay, we're as lost as we'll ever be 
already!"
     "What wonderful news."  The old wizard sighed.
     "Besides, we're Lord Protectors," Scarlatti pointed out, straightening up from 
his examination of the water.  "Part of our DUTY is to explore new realms."
     "And our pleasure, as well," Carris Fallstar agreed.  "Let's see if there is a 
boat, a ferry or some other boat.  I feel like sailing!"
     Fizban looked from one to another of his companions, shook his head slightly, 
and sighed.  Maybe it was a sign of his age, but he really didn't like the idea of 
getting completely lost.  At least here, there was the illusion that by retracing 
their steps, they could find the Gate they'd come through and return to the Isle.
     Rodan leaned closer to him.  "It will be okay," the blind gladiator murmured.  
"I can retrace a long route as easily as a short one.  And it is better to do 
something, even something wrong, than to do nothing."

Lirin Kiv?

     The carriage moved through the streets slowly, as though the driver was feeling 
his way in the fog.  The fog wasn't heavy enough to justify that kind of groping 
progress, but Shylock kept quiet.  No point in berating the driver.  Besides, the 
Lord Protector was also making full use of the chance to stare around.  So was 
Clemenda, he noted, well, that was okay.  He didn't normally like people around him 
to be TOO alert, but in this peculiar situation, no telling what might be significant 
and who might notice it first.
     The temple to Somebody Who Wasn't Mantor vanished behind them.  Shylock counted 
turns and blocks and finally set his teeth against possible disaster and looked 
toward where the arena should have been.  Hmm.  Not the same structure, but there 
were points of similarity.
     It might be an arena.

Sorry to be so brief, but time and heat is pressing.  More to come, if it rains. -- 
the Scribe

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                        *--=== LIRITH KAI REGIONAL NEWS ===--*

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 293): AMPLITUR of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 266): MICKEY HATCHER of 1988 DODGERS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 260): CHILLY CHARLIE of THE JUG O'NAUGHTS (Still, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 248): YENSI TWOFINGER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 224): PHETMOLGE of UP TO NO GOOD from SIBIKHAS (She-Puppy)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 293): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 266): DARK TOADZ (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 260): LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 248): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 224): LOST HOPE INN, etc. (Sir Boyd, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 292): FORLA of REFUGEES (Zarla, team captain)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 266): STREET SWEEPER of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 260): CHILLY CHARLIE of THE JUG O'NAUGHTS (Still, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 248): YENSI TWOFINGER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 THE GUARDIAN'S FORUM
                       Reflections by the Champion of the Horn

     Well...here I am again.  I don't quite know how this keeps happening.  Actually
perhaps I do; I've been a gladiator for so long that I've gotten tolerably dangerous
in spite of myself.
     I wasn't originally eight feet tall, you know.  I was seven feet, rather short
for a troll.  That was how I got into gladiating in the first place; they wouldn't
allow anyone over seven feet and my family wanted someone on the Isle so they could
have a voice with Lady Greywand.  Not that I had any great skill, mind you.  Any
aptitude that I show for this sport, I have learned through long years of practice
and many, many painful lessons in the arena.
     Ah, you may be wondering why my family wanted an "in" with Sheila Greywand?
Well, the Commission document that Larkin quoted last turn pretty much says it all.
"Trolls are large, vaguely gorilla-like bipeds of dubious intelligence....  They
appear to be right on the borderline of sentience; they can be taught language but
they do not possess it themselves."  That pretty much sums up public opinion of
trolls throughout Alastari and other nearby regions.  With press like that, do you
think we enjoy the same legal rights as humans, elves and dwarves?  No we do not.  My
family are bridge-trolls.  That is, they build bridges in places where bridges are
needed and then they charge a fee for crossing.  It isn't normally a big fee, just a
penny or two, but the profits can pile up pretty quickly if the troll has been wise
enough to place a bridge where it is most needed.  The less popular bridges may have
higher fees in order to cover the cost of their construction.
     Now, I know you have heard lies about trolls and bridges.  Human children are
taught that it is human or dwarven engineers who build bridges, that trolls sometimes
move in and start up a toll "racket" or else simply feed on the innocent people who
wish to cross.  Do you know what trolls really eat?  Look in your cupboard.  We eat
the same things you eat--unless you eat sentient creatures, in which case we don't.
And like many little cultural enclaves of humans, we pursue a traditional profession;
in the case of trolls it is construction.  Because of our strength we are well suited
to it.  A troll can place three one-ton building stones while a human crew is getting
a block and tackle on one.  Dwarven architects often subcontract their work out to
trollish families, I'll bet you didn't know that!  Some families specialize in towers
or castles, some in city walls, and some--like mine--in bridges.  Most of the other
specialties get paid when they are supposed to (dwarves are good about that), but
bridge-trolls must receive their pay from the general public and that is why the bad
press hurts us so much.  Which is why I have gone to all this trouble to become a
Lord Protector in order to show that a troll can be as noble and honorable as anyone
else.  And I suppose I shall have to prove it by going on adventures, but--damn it!--
I want to see that Commission definition changed NOW!

                          Phetmolge, a troll and proud of it

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Here we are, on yet another hot day, and let me tell you, here on the lake--if 
we are, in fact, on the lake, which seems to be questionable--hot comes with humid, 
and it's miserable.  Phetmolge, a good column, for which I thank you.  It isn't often 
a Champion of the Horn has such a powerful issue to address--I say a powerful issue, 
because there's a rumor going around "from unimpeachable sources that The Dripping 
Blade uses trolls in their stew."  I am assuming, since we don't have a branch of the 
Dripping Blade franchise here in Lirin Kiv, that Alarond, who passed the rumor on to 
me, did so because we have a Troll on the throne here.  Maybe we need a short, sharp 
crusade against the eating of Trolls, eh?  Although I believe it was demonstrated in 
Lapur once that Trolls taste AWFUL.  Maybe that's why so few people eat at the 
Dripping Blade.
     House of Cards was avoided by Dark Toads.  Deadbolt was most challenged, getting 
more of those challenges than the Champion of the Horn.  Guess he looked easier to 
beat.  We had twenty-eight fights, with ten of them being challenge matches, but the 
bad news is: six standbys fought.  Can't have that.  Either get some more warriors 
in, or we'll have to get some of the Sand Dancers, those premiere fighters of 
standbys, to sit out.

     Without further ado and adon't, since I have an invitation to lunch with a lady, 
here are the fights.
     VELOXI (38-4233) (13-4-0,71) of DARK TOADS fought VALLANT (38-4151) (23-6-1,79) 
of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  VELOXI handily defeated VALLANT in a 1 minute one-sided 
fight.  I see.  The V alone is not enough, you have to have the X to go with it.  
Make a note of this, all you who want to change your name for more punch.
     TIRYA (46-3594) (16-22-0,62) of SAND DANCERS fought FRIAR TUCK (1-7105) (18-5-
0,34) of DARK TOADS.  TIRYA defeated FRIAR TUCK in an action packed 1 minute fight.  
Haven't these two fought before?  And isn't this match a little unfair?  I hope the 
skills were good.
     DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) (24-24-0,49) of SAND DANCERS fought RIRORNI SOLDIER 
(107-3) (0-0-0,30) of Miscellaneous People.  DAMORETH STENN was overpowered by 
RIRORNI SOLDIER in a 1 minute uneven competition.  And here is somebody who 
DEFINITELY needs to improve his punch, whether by a name change, a strategy change, 
ro whatever.  This performance, or lack of performance, has netted Damoreth Stenn the 
non-coveted bottom spot in the rankings.
     SARGEN DENJO (74-2723) (29-13-0,38) of SAND DANCERS fought ALASTARIAN DESERTER 
(107-1) (0-0-0,30) of Miscellaneous People.  SARGEN DENJO handily defeated ALASTARIAN 
DESERTER in a 2 minute uneven bout.  Better.  Not impressive, but better than his 
teammate did.
     SELA TYL VARAN (74-2897) (15-17-0,48) of SAND DANCERS fought UNEMPLOYED PERSON 
(107-5) (0-0-0,70) of Miscellaneous People.  SELA TYL VARAN was vanquished by 
UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a 1 minute uneven bout.  Do I get a hint of someone who's going 
to attempt to retire before the next fights?  Tune in next cycle and see!
     DARLINA (74-2995) (17-11-2,36) of SAND DANCERS fought CAPTURED PIRATE KING (107-
2) (0-0-0,30) of Miscellaneous People.  DARLINA vanquished CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 
1 minute brutal one-sided fight.  As Xara said of last time, Pirate Kings, especially 
those who get captured, are wusses.  Or over-pushes, if you prefer that term.  I'm 
not picky.
     ZHAL (77-1456) (29-43-0,28) of SAND DANCERS fought LANIK MUELLER (65-3632) (14-
6-2,67) of HOUSE OF CARDS.  ZHAL was overpowered by LANIK MUELLER in a popular 1 
minute one-sided duel.  Despite this loss, admittedly less embarrassing than Stenn's, 
Zhal has moved out of the bottom position.  How high can he go before someone smacks 
him down again?
     BRAND (82-13289) (8-6-0,69) of TOADS OF AMBER III fought XARA (78-2254) (18-8-
0,48) of SAND DANCERS.  BRAND viciously butchered XARA in an exciting 2 minute gory 
bout.  Definitely vicious, and probably unprincipled.  I don't think Xara's going to 
be happy with you, Brand.  And I suppose this proves that an X alone is not enough, 
either.
     I TOL'YA THE PUN (65-2154) (69-118-1,144) of GENERAL MAYHEM fought KYRLANIA (70-
2327) (54-70-1,134) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  I TOL'YA THE PUN beat KYRLANIA in an action 
packed 3 minute gruesome fray.  Some people just have no head for puns.  Sad, when 
you think about it.  While a pun isn't the HIGHEST form of humor, it can definitely 
be funny.
     ZALMARDARIN (78-312) (34-65-2,173) of THE DRAGON FIST fought FLOYD (107-10) (0-
0-0,150) of Miscellaneous People.  ZALMARDARIN beat FLOYD in an action packed 1 
minute brutal fight.  Whoopee-do.  Not to belittle your accomplishment, Zalmaradarin, 
but it isn't beating a lower-ranked standby that's worthy of note, it's losing to 
one.  Try to lose to the next one, okay?
     CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) (42-54-0,169) of THE DRAGON FIST fought FLOYD (107-10) 
(0-0-0,150) of Miscellaneous People.  CORT NIGHTJEWEL overpowered FLOYD in a crowd 
pleasing 2 minute mismatched fight.  And you'll note it took Cort TWO minutes, even 
though his teammate had softened up ol' Floyd beforehand.  What?  Of course it was 
the same Floyd!  How many do you think we HAVE here?
     IT'S A BOY (78-841) (76-68-3,194) of BAD NEWS fought RUSTLING BREEZE (33-6478) 
(24-20-1,170) of THE WASTING FIELD.  IT'S A BOY was demolished by RUSTLING BREEZE in 
a 1 minute one-sided bout.  Kind of surprising to see a boy blown away by a gentle 
breeze, isn't it?  And such an OLD boy, too.
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (80-93-0,198) of SKAITHVARN fought KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) 
(91-128-3,193) of SAND DANCERS.  CYLADIA was devastated by KHORA THE SMALL in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided brawl.  This didn't get Khora back to top basherdom, but 
it's definitely a step in the right direction.  Maybe her temper will improve a 
little, too.
     TRAM SATANS BLOOD (65-1106) (54-51-2,203) of SANGUINE SAINTS fought THE 
QUICKLING (70-1669) (43-93-2,166) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  TRAM SATANS BLOOD handily 
defeated THE QUICKLING in a 2 minute mismatched bout.  And this while simultaneously 
dancing a jig and playing a tune on a penny-whistle.  A man of parts, our Tram.  Good 
work.
     DARKMOON BLACKFELL (75-862) (65-57-2,194) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought TAIRIKIA 
(51-4247) (56-60-0,183) of SAND DANCERS.  DARKMOON BLACKFELL defeated TAIRIKIA in an 
action packed 3 minute struggle.  Which is likely to result in annoyed comments from 
the Delarquan.
     BAT (74-2742) (55-66-1,195) of DARKLINGS fought SUNDOWN (75-1222) (34-23-1,157) 
of ELANTI HUNTERS.  BAT overpowered SUNDOWN in a popular 2 minute gruesome mismatched 
conflict.  Actually, bats don't NORMALLY come out until AFTER sundown.  What do you 
suppose got him moving early?  And will Sundown ever get her hair untangled?
     NIGHTFALL (74-2421) (72-85-2,192) of DARKLINGS fought NAPPER LEON (65-2153) (94-
136-1,182) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  NIGHTFALL was handily defeated by NAPPER LEON in a 1 
minute one-sided contest.  Ouch!  Looks like Leon caught you napping, Nightfall 
(Moonrise) of Darklings.
     STILE (65-5941) (30-20-1,211) of SPLIT INFINITY 2 fought SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-
513) (52-48-0,185) of THE DRAGON FIST.  STILE savagely defeated SMOLDER DARKSUN in an 
exciting 2 minute bloody match.  Is this a case of tooling up for the tourney?  If 
so, we wish Stile the best of luck.  And if not, we still wish Stile the best of 
luck.

     And the challenge matches--
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (26-17-1,146) of DARK TOADS challenged ALYAHOODI (11-2219) 
(44-62-1,178) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  Up 32.  SHYLOCK overpowered ALYAHOODI in a popular 
3 minute uneven Challenge match.  Clearly, in Shylock we're seeing a very handy man 
with a blade, and one whose manager is paying attention besides.  These little 
details count.
     *PRECIOUS THINGS* (65-3340) (28-24-0,180) of LITTLE EARTHQUAKES challenged 
WINDSONG (75-1425) (49-26-2,206) of ELANTI HUNTERS.  Up 26.  *PRECIOUS THINGS* lost 
to WINDSONG in a 2 minute gory Challenge duel.  Well, Precious, I wouldn't want you 
to think I hold a grudge, or anything of that nature, but I gotta say, your asterisks 
are a nuisance.  Every time I hit one of them, my brain shorts out.
     JAMMIES (74-2829) (49-44-1,193) of DARKLINGS challenged EYES IN FLOWER (65-2960) 
(81-67-1,196) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  Up 3.  JAMMIES was vanquished by EYES IN FLOWER in 
a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Sorry, Jammies, but sometimes seeing that teddy 
bear on your shield gives your opponents nasty ideas.  And sometimes those nasty 
ideas move them to nasty actions.
     BLEYS (82-13278) (21-7-2,200) of TOADS OF AMBER challenged DEBATOR (76-1233) 
(110-120-5,206) of CREW MONIKER.  Up 6.  BLEYS was overcome by DEBATOR in an action 
packed 1 minute Challenge melee.  As you see, Debator knows all the answers.  Age is 
good for something... if you care about answers, anyway.
     WINSTON (75-2600) (35-10-0,185) of DARK TOADS challenged DEADBOLT (70-1664) (64-
79-2,199) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 14.  WINSTON unbelievably bested DEADBOLT in a 
popular 3 minute Challenge competition.  Hey, I believe it!  And so does Deadbolt.  
It's unmistakeable, in fact.  Good show, Winston.
     NORMANDY (65-4916) (22-16-3,184) of DOOMSDAY4DOOMCORPS challenged DEANJLI TYL 
RHU (76-1970) (68-54-0,253) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 69.  NORMANDY was devastated by 
DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Yep, Deanjli is definitely a 
warrior with an agenda.  Odd, when you realize she's a Sand Dancer.
     ROBERTO LEATHAM (65-6232) (24-18-1,210) of SPLIT INFINITY challenged NIGHTINGALE 
(74-2423) (74-83-2,259) of DARKLINGS.  Up 49.  ROBERTO LEATHAM was overpowered by 
NIGHTINGALE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.  Devastated, in fact, by a piercing C 
above high C.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (49-71-0,202) of DARKLINGS challenged TALON WARSMITH (99-101) 
(47-76-7,212) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 10.  NIGHTCAP was savagely defeated by TALON 
WARSMITH in a 2 minute Challenge duel.  But not killed, for which she should be 
grateful.  Just because a man fights in Lirin Kiv and professes belief in Mantor 
doesn't mean he's a true Adantri in spirit.  This man is a killer, a blood-smeared 
slaughterer of gladiators, and don't you forget it.
     ZALGOR PRIGG (82-15204) (21-9-0,188) of MUTANT LEAGUE II challenged TORYN TYL 
DAGEDA (74-2777) (52-41-4,213) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 25.  ZALGOR PRIGG was demolished 
by TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a 1 minute Challenge melee.  Hmm, another Sand Dancer who 
appears to have an agenda.  What is the world coming to?
     And for the Horn, honorably challenging rather than leaving it to the 
handicapper (a whimsical sort):  ALIX (74-2701) (27-12-0,224) of CHEYSULI & LIR 
challenged PHETMOLGE (37-1555) (128-135-1,266) of UP TO NO GOOD.  Up 42.  ALIX was 
bested by PHETMOLGE in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge Title fight.  A good try, 
Alix, and a good showing, Phetmolge.  I salute you both.

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          129 135  1  282  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTINGALE 74-2423         75  83  2  273  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     69  54  0  265  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    53  41  4  226  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       48  76  7  220  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE
 DEBATOR 76-1233            111 120  5  219  CREW MONIKER (9)           SIMTAKKA
 STILE 65-5941               31  20  1  217  SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)     DAL SHANG

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 WINDSONG 75-1425            50  26  2  209  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960      82  67  1  208  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      92 128  3  207  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   55  51  2  205  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 BAT 74-2742                 56  66  1  204  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   66  57  2  199  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 NAPPER LEON 65-2153         95 136  1  198  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 ALIX 74-2701                27  13  0  198  CHEYSULI & LIR (222)       DAIYLA KIV
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            64  80  2  197  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 WINSTON 75-2600             36  10  0  197  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     25  20  1  196  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            49  72  0  195  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 BLEYS 82-13278              21   8  2  195  TOADS OF AMBER (266)       DWES EG
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     24  19  1  190  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      52  49  0  188  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 JAMMIES 74-2829             49  45  1  188  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 CYLADIA 51-1122             80  94  0  185  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            56  61  0  184  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       21  10  0  184  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG
 NORMANDY 65-4916            22  17  3  182  DOOMSDAY4DOOMCORPS (227)   DAL SHANG

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 *PRECIOUS THINGS* 65-3340   28  25  0  180  LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (215)   DAL SHANG
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           72  86  2  177  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      43  54  0  177  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          35  65  2  175  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             27  17  1  175  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 IT'S A BOY 78-841           76  69  3  173  BAD NEWS (16)              LIN TIRIAN
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       43  94  2  167  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 SUNDOWN 75-1222             34  24  1  157  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           44  63  1  156  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 I TOL'YA THE PUN 65-2154    70 118  1  147  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            54  71  1  135  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BRAND 82-13289               9   6  1  100  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 VELOXI 38-4233              14   4  0   95  DARK TOADS (271)           CLIFFHOME

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 LANIK MUELLER 65-3632       15   6  2   69  HOUSE OF CARDS (149)       DAL SHANG
 VALLANT 38-4151             23   7  1   68  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               17  22  0   68  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 XARA 78-2254                18   9  0   49  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 SARGEN DENJO 74-2723        30  13  0   47  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DARLINA 74-2995             18  11  2   45  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897      15  18  0   44  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 FRIAR TUCK 1-7105           18   6  0   36  DARK TOADS (273)           MORDANT
 ZHAL 77-1456                29  44  0   30  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      24  25  0   29  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
-MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  17  12  0   26  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
XARA 78-2254               18   9  0 SAND DANCERS 43        BRAND 82-13289         225

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Damoreth Stenn -- There is nothing evil about the letter X.  I would recommend
Damorex Venn if I were in your shoes.  Who knows?  It may even help your record...if
nothing else, it will make your name more memorable. -- Veloxi

Xara -- I guess I have decided to give up this life...you must be psychic. -- Marian
of Ravenskeep

All -- Sorry for the shortage of personal ads...things always get so busy around
tourney time. -- TigToad

     Understood.  But try to justify it by bringing us back some Championships, okay?

Eyes in Flower -- I hope you are feeling better.  I am; I really didn't appreciate
that groin hit, though.  Even we elves have a bit of sensitivity there. -- Phetmolge

Larkin -- All right, all right.  One column, coming up.  (sigh) I feel a mighty
upsurge of nothing-to-say, but I'll try. -- Phetmolge

     "Nothing-to-say" doesn't stop anyone else.

Napper Leon -- I'm very sorry that you died.  It was a wonderful fight in the
beginning, and I really think you should have gotten something for it; a skill or a
train or at least some recognition points. -- Nightingale

Normandy -- Wow, that was a closie.  Glad I was able to help you out with that train.
I think you'll go far. -- Nightcap

Sundown -- It was a good fight, wasn't it?  Through most of it I didn't know which of
us would win.  But fighting an old battle axe like me, you should have learned
something.  Pay closer attention next time. -- Cyladia
P.S.  Not literally an old Battle Axe, of course, since I was the first and only Miss
Darkholm.

Toryn tyl Dageda -- Good luck finding natural water on the Isle, especially now. --
Cyladia

Alyahoodi -- You looked kinda flashy in the first round but you seemed to give up
after that.  What happened? -- Bat

*Precious Things* -- You're a werecat?  If you don't mind my asking, what sort of cat
do you turn into? -- Jammies
P.S.  How did you like my blankie, as Larkin called it?

Cort Nightjewel -- I really like your name.  It's just an arena name, isn't it?  It
sounds so exotic!  That was a nice series of attacks in the first round but I think
you need to wear a helmet. -- Nightfall

Brand -- Welcome to Lirin Kiv. -- the Darklings

Bleys -- WELL done, sir! -- Tairikia

Zalgor Prigg -- Don't get in my way here; I'm on a roll! -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

Lanik Mueller -- I know I'm active to give newcomers someone to beat, but I don't
have to LIKE it. -- Sela tyl Varan

Zalmardarin -- It offends me that you should dare call yourself a dragon.  You are a
poor figure of one. -- Toryn tyl Dageda

Tram Satans Blood -- You're no gentleman! -- Khora the Small and Furious

Brand -- What are you doing with that hot iron?  Wait!  No!  Get it away from me! --
Sargen Denjo

Pirate Kings are passee. -- Xara

Veloxi -- I would have THOUGHT that a Z, in fact, a ZH, would outweigh a mere V and
X. -- Zhal

     Nope.

R.O.U.S. -- I can't stand rats.  You knew that, didn't you? -- Darlina

Vallant -- (sigh)  I should've stuck to fishing.  In fact, I'm going fishing this
evening, if I don't get killed or seriously injured.  Want to come along? -- Damoreth
Stenn

Friar Tuck -- I hate it when people call me "little lady." -- Tirya

Larkin -- I don't do bookies. -- Darlina

     Somebody's got to.

Veloxi -- I KNOW the X and V are the source of your power.  That's what I was
complaining about!  What good are a mere G and J against an X and V? -- Sargen Denjo

     Maybe you have "Grape Juice" power?

Larkin -- (with a dangerous glint in her eye)  "Toots"? -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

30 May 2003
Duelmasters Friends and Friendly Foes -- I am returning to the United States for the
summer.  Please direct any Snailmail to:
     Devon Hagy
     Open Skies Ministries
     Att: Hammer
     1515 E 7th St
     Okmulgee, OK 74447
     USA
Bro De is the founder and president of Open Skies Ministries [Prison Ministry] and a
newcomer to the world of Duelmasters. We minister together when I am in the area.
See you on the sands!
-- Daryl P Holloman aka Hammer
Flower Hammerz DM 28
Casino Hammerz DM 33
Fish Hammerz DM 54

3 June 2003
     The Company of Brothers want to take this opportunity to formally introduce
ourselves to all players.  Our play is NOT based on smack, rudeness, or anything less
than fair play (well...as fair as it gets!) and improving the knowledge base of the
game and the sharing of experimentation and information.  We are not concerned with
personal politics, ideals, etc.  We are players who enjoy the game.
     Currently, our membership includes:
     Asmo Dius, Baphomet, and Fahkry.
     We wish to welcome our newest member...Suiside.  May the gods smile upon you and
victory rest well on your team.  Any who wish to join us may contact one of our
members for info.

4 June 2003
                 ANNOUNCING THE RETURN OF STORMCROWE SLAUGHTERHOUSE
     The last Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse was one of the closest and most exciting
contests ever held in Alastari.  Such an epic demands a sequel.  Therefore, Master
Darque and Jack Wolfspider are pleased to announce the return of the Stormcrowe
Slaughterhouse.
     Where?  Stormcrowe DM 45 (slow).  When?  The Slaughterhouse returns on Turn 207,
due August 19.  How can you get into the action?  Bring a team (one per entrant
please) to arena 45 and announce your intention to join the contest in the Personals.
     Rules:  This time around the rules are very simple.  Each warrior win against a
higher rated opponent (one or more points higher in the ratings) brings you 10
points, against even rated opponent 7 points, lower rated 5 points.  Wins against
NPCs or by a warrior who downchallenges are worth 0 points.  Points are doubled for
kills.  All warriors in the arena whether participating in the Slaughterhouse or not
are fair game.  Points are totaled weekly, and the contestant whose team has racked
up the most points at the end of 10 turns is declared Slaughterhouse Champion.
     Prizes:  To be announced; we're still talking with RSI about it.  Figure it will
be something pretty good.  But hey, who needs prizes when the honor of being
Slaughterhouse Champion awaits!
     More info:  Master Darque, MasterDarqueDM@aol.com, or Jack Wolfspider,
russtulp@aol.com.  Or diplo Darque Forces (428) or Dynastic (433) in Arena 45.

26 June 2003
All -- Would you be willing to proxy my lunger Ganglare at the Face-to-Face?  He's
fighting in the champions tourney.  Thanks.  Write:  Michael Rogers #25335-013, PO
Box 6000, Florence, Co 81226 -- Skullagrim

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ALIX was bested by PHETMOLGE in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge Title fight.
ZALGOR PRIGG was demolished by TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a 1 minute Challenge melee.
NIGHTCAP was savagely defeated by TALON WARSMITH in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
ROBERTO LEATHAM was overpowered by NIGHTINGALE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
NORMANDY was devastated by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
WINSTON unbelievably bested DEADBOLT in a popular 3 minute Challenge competition.
BLEYS was overcome by DEBATOR in a action packed 1 minute Challenge melee.
JAMMIES was vanquished by EYES IN FLOWER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
*PRECIOUS THINGS* lost to WINDSONG in a 2 minute gory Challenge duel.
SHYLOCK overpowered ALYAHOODI in a popular 3 minute uneven Challenge match.
STILE savagely defeated SMOLDER DARKSUN in a exciting 2 minute bloody match.
NIGHTFALL was handily defeated by NAPPER LEON in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
BAT overpowered SUNDOWN in a popular 2 minute gruesome mismatched conflict.
DARKMOON BLACKFELL defeated TAIRIKIA in a action packed 3 minute struggle.
TRAM SATANS BLOOD handily defeated THE QUICKLING in a 2 minute mismatched bout.
CYLADIA was devastated by KHORA THE SMALL in a exciting 1 minute one-sided brawl.
IT'S A BOY was demolished by RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
CORT NIGHTJEWEL overpowered FLOYD in a crowd pleasing 2 minute mismatched fight.
ZALMARDARIN beat FLOYD in a action packed 1 minute brutal fight.
I TOL'YA THE PUN beat KYRLANIA in a action packed 3 minute gruesome fray.
BRAND viciously butchered XARA in a exciting 2 minute gory bout.
ZHAL was overpowered by LANIK MUELLER in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
DARLINA vanquished CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
SELA TYL VARAN was vanquished by UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a 1 minute uneven bout.
SARGEN DENJO handily defeated ALASTARIAN DESERTER in a 2 minute uneven bout.
DAMORETH STENN was overpowered by RIRORNI SOLDIER in a 1 minute uneven competition.
TIRYA defeated FRIAR TUCK in a action packed 1 minute fight.
VELOXI handily defeated VALLANT 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                  8         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  17 -  2      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         WALL OF STEEL     31 -  20 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  19 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  11 -  2      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   38 -  42 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  33 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         AIMED BLOW        19 -  24 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  17 -  0      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  27 -  0      34  |

Turn 225 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:

BASHING ATTACK     5 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  5         3  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      5 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  4         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  2     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  4         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   PHETMOLGE 37-1555         129 135  1  282 UP TO NO GOOD (117)
LUNGING ATTACK   NIGHTINGALE 74-2423        75  83  2  273 DARKLINGS (207)
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    69  54  0  265 SAND DANCERS (38)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777   53  41  4  226 SAND DANCERS (36)
SLASHING ATTACK  TALON WARSMITH 99-101      48  76  7  220 SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)
PARRY-STRIKE     EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960     82  67  1  208 GENERAL MAYHEM (71)
TOTAL PARRY      ALIX 74-2701               27  13  0  198 CHEYSULI & LIR (222)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           49  72  0  195 DARKLINGS (207)
STRIKING ATTACK  BLEYS 82-13278             21   8  2  195 TOADS OF AMBER (266)
AIMED BLOW       TAIRIKIA 51-4247           56  61  0  184 SAND DANCERS (253)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was STILE 65-5941.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALIX 74-2701, KYRLANIA 
70-2327, BRAND 82-13289, PHETMOLGE 37-1555, DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862, TALON WARSMITH 
99-101, SHYLOCK 75-2602, CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196, DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970, and 
DEADBOLT 70-1664.

The least popular fighter this week was VALLANT 38-4151.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were FRIAR TUCK 1-7105, SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897, JAMMIES 74-2829, ROBERTO 
LEATHAM 65-6232, ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204, DAMORETH STENN 65-6105, ZHAL 77-1456, XARA 
78-2254, IT'S A BOY 78-841, and SUNDOWN 75-1222.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  1 0  TRICORUS(51)         0  2 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         2  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       0  1 0  DAL SHANG(65)        6  4 0  MAZGOURRAH(77)       0  1 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  1  0 0  SENTERN(70)          0  3 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       3  3 0  
SIBIKHAS(37)         1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       5  5 0  DWES EG(82)          1  2 1  
CLIFFHOME(38)        1  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    4  1 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      1  0 0  
ARDIVENT(46)         1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FRIAR TUCK 1-7105           18   6  0   36  DARK TOADS (273)           MORDANT
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           44  63  1  156  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     25  20  1  196  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          129 135  1  282  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS
 VELOXI 38-4233              14   4  0   95  DARK TOADS (271)           CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               17  22  0   68  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             80  94  0  185  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 STILE 65-5941               31  20  1  217  SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)     DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            64  80  2  197  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 NIGHTINGALE 74-2423         75  83  2  273  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 WINDSONG 75-1425            50  26  2  209  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     69  54  0  265  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 ZHAL 77-1456                29  44  0   30  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      92 128  3  207  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 BLEYS 82-13278              21   8  2  195  TOADS OF AMBER (266)       DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       48  76  7  220  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE