ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 07/19/2003    Duedate: 08/01/2003

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-226

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 ELANTI HUNTER 75/124  287  138  3 67.5    5 DARKLINGS 74/207      650  677  5 49.0
  2 SPLIT INFINIT 65/226  187  141  1 57.0      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                   UP TO NO GOOD 37/117                  
    MUTANT LEAGUE II 82/257                   6 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  429  501  4 46.1
    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 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  103  139  3 42.6
  3 DARK TOADS 1/273       43   36  1 54.4      SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    DARK TOADS 38/271                           THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
    SPLIT INFINITY 2 65/260                   8 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1446 1961 19 42.4
    DARK TOADS 75/262                           SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    TOADS OF AMBER 82/266                       SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
    DARK TOADS 9/275                            SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
  4 BAD NEWS 78/16       1770 1644 25 51.8      SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    CREW MONIKER 76/9                           SAND DANCERS 77/72                    
    GENERAL MAYHEM 65/71                  

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

     There was a franchise of the Dripping Blade in Talahya, but it wasn't as popular
as it was on the mainland.  It was down near the docks, next to the once-popular shop
that sold glowing contact lenses, elevator shoes, padded muscles, and detachable
talons for gladiatorial managers.  Some of the old-time spyreporters and a few
gladiators spent their evenings there because the menu was predictable and the
ambience was undemanding.
     The newcomer, a massive person muffled in a black woolen cloak, had to crouch to
fit through the doorframe, but was able to straighten up most of the way once inside
the room.  He glanced around.  Under the very wide-brimmed black slouch hat, his eyes
glinted yellow, but then they might simply be reflecting a bit of the lantern light
that failed to lift the gloom of the smoky common room.  Finding no "Please Wait to
be Seated" sign, he chose one of the many empty tables, examined a chair, and then
carefully and gently seated himself upon it.
     Presently a buxom waitress with a blonde ponytail swayed over to his table and
said, "Wot'll it be, guv'nor?"  She had the same streetwise Harkeny accent as all the
buxom waitresses in all the Dripping Blades.
     "Might I see a menu, please?" The newcomer's voice was as deep as the sound of
the earth shifting just before the collapse of a major city, but far more courteous
in tone.
     "It's over the bar," replied the serving wench, tossing her head to indicate the
bar with its keeper assiduously polishing the gray wood-like surface.
     "What's in the stew?" asked the newcomer, without looking up at the posted
selections.
     The waitress had yet to get a look at his face and was beginning to feel a mild
curiosity, though she supposed it was just your usual rotting skull, scaly demon, or
whatever they were running a special on next door.  "Just meat and potatoes," she
assured him.  "You managers don't touch veggies, the Dripping Blade understands
that."
     "What kind of meat?"
     "I don't know.  They smoke it and salt it at the Dripping Blade plant in Riztab
and we get a crate of it every month or so."  Her accent had faded away; she sounded
like an Isle native now.  She seemed to notice this fact and added with a wink,
"It'll put hair on yer chest, guv'nor!"
     "Bring me a bowl of stew then," said the newcomer.
     In a short time he was served a mug of ale, a paper napkin, a spoon and a bowl
of warm, watery stew.  Dipping into the bowl, he spooned out a chunk of meat and held
it up in the dim light.
     The waitress, who had withdrawn to the bar, got her first good look at his face,
and remarked to the bartender, "I didn't know they sold troll masks next door."

     "Well?" asked Khirza the cat-woman, jumping down from the lamppost where she had
been perched when Phetmolge came out of the Dripping Blade.  "Is it troll meat, or
not?"
     "I can't tell.  I've no idea what cooked trollflesh would look or smell like." 
He showed her a corked flask.  "I asked for a take-home pouch.  I want to get it
analyzed at the Academy.  You have a friend there, don't you?"

     The report from the Stronghold Academy came in the mail nearly two weeks later.
Phetmolge opened the envelope, read the note, then reread it, frowning in
puzzlement....

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #63 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the Far West:

     "She's sick!"  The voice was male, unfamiliar, annoyed.  The language was
unfamiliar, too, but Shania understood it.  Part of her gift for knowing, she
supposed.  The gift had declined of late, as a part of the decay of the Arcanum; that
it had come back in part was doubtless significant...of something.  She didn't want
to think about it right now.  "A sick woman is no use to us!"
     Shania kept her eyes closed, stayed relaxed.  The man was talking about her, but
she felt no need to discuss her health with a stranger.
     "She's sick because she is closely linked with the Arcanum, and the Arcanum is
sick."  A different voice, probably male, but older, tireder.  "She is less useful
than she would have been a month ago, but there is no value in lamenting what has
passed.  And no one else would be of any use at all."
     The first voice muttered what was apparently a curse.  Footsteps departed.
     "I know you are awake," the tired voice said, "and that you can understand me.
You may as well admit it."
     Shania opened her eyes.  The man looked to be of medium height and might once
have been physically powerful, but all that was left now was broad bone structure and
withered hide.  He didn't appear to be of any race known to her, being bronze-skinned
with a brutal beak of a nose, high cheekbones, narrow black eyes, and iron-gray hair.
His mouth was narrow, almost lipless.  The dominant characteristics in his face were
a fierce intelligence and an implacable will.  He would make a bad enemy.
     "What do you want of me?" she asked idly.  She thought it unlikely that she
would help this man in anything, but no harm in asking.
     "Your aid in healing the Pillar of the West."  A gesture indicated something
just out of her line of sight.
     She shifted, noting that she was on a narrow pallet rather than a real bed, far
enough to look in that direction.  A massive dark stone had been carved into the
likeness of a man squatting and holding his hands cupped against his chest.  Held in
the hands was a sphere of crystal, dull gray in color except as flashes of livid
reddish light shivered across it.  The Eye of the West, and barely functional.
     "I have little power at present," she said.  "What can I do that you cannot?"
     "Your power is of no value," the man answered flatly.  "The stone is dying
because the spirit that inhabits and animates it is dying.  As you are the person
mostly closely attuned to it at this time, you are the obvious one to replace the
dying spirit.  By the gods' favor, you may survive long enough for us to find and
attune a younger, stronger woman to assume the burden."
     Shania had not expected to be so surprised, but that this old man proposed to
sacrifice her to the stone in order to preserve its function for a few days or weeks
longer came as a shock.  "Does my position on this make any difference?"
     "No."
     "Not even if I know of other ways to stabilize the stone?  Non-fatal ways?"
     "There are no other ways.  If you will not accept your role as the honor it is,
you will accept it anyway.  The time for choice is long past."

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

My friends and respected opponents,

     I am pleased to report that the Dripping Blade does not serve troll meat in its
stew.  What exactly is textured soy?
     Here I am again, who would have thought it!  Alix fought very well despite her
style disadvantage against me, but in the end my ability to dish out damage exceeded
her considerable ability to take it.  Do you realize that at this rate, I may soon
have a winning record?  It's been a long, long time since I had any hope of that!  I
must say I'd gotten into the habit of thinking of gladiating as a rather
discouraging, unpleasant chore, but this "winning" stuff kinda makes you feel good.
Thank goodness I'm merely Primus eligible, because if I actually had to go to Primus
I don't think I'd ever win another arena fight.  And I'd miss winning.  It's
addictive.  Now watch, I'll get my mossy gray butt kicked this time around.
     Would anyone like to know how the Commission rated my abilities at the start of
my career?  15-6-21-17-13-5-7.  Not a very promising combination, eh?  I was
extremely slow and clumsy but when I did hit, my damage was rated "awesome."  Before
I maxed out in skills, I received the growth potion which, they say, cost me some
potential skills.  I wonder if I would be able to get them back if I go through the
Gate?  I still have only an Advanced Expert in parry and a Master in everything else.
Well, now I'm 23-17-24-17-18-5-17, still very slow but my damage rating is now
"unearthly."  I'm rather proud of it.  I believe I can hit harder than my uncle
Gortch, who is nine and a half feet tall and built like a buffalo.
     I've called at the Grey Tower and made an appointment to meet with Lady Greywand
in three months (it's really hard to get an appointment with her).  I intend to
discuss trollish civil rights with her and ask her to press the various rulers of
Alastari to at least consider petitions from my people.  But in the meantime, I have
decided to enroll myself in a worthwhile and honorable adventure if one is about to
start.  Surely the Grey Lady is more likely to listen to someone who has risked his
life for the good of Alastari.  Therefore, if anyone is getting ready to go on a
quest please let me know if you have need of a well-swung hammer.  Otherwise I'll
just have to find a quest on my own.
     May you all fight bravely and learn well!

                                             Phetmolge

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     I thought of saying "Here we are again," but are we?  It seems today more like a 
case of "Nobody here but us golems."  We had no challenges and no avoids.  Granted, 
we don't often have many, but usually there are a FEW.  If I had to guess, I'd say 
that nobody fought today who wasn't on maintenance.  I suppose I can put it down to 
the heat, but it might also be a question of managers too busy getting ready for the 
tourney.  Not that it matters, unless this distressing condition continues.

     The fights, and no comment, because I'm hot, too, although I'm not now preparing 
for the tourney, which is over (I'm preparing for Gencon...):
     XARA (78-2254) (18-9-0,49) of SAND DANCERS fought RIRORNI SOLDIER (107-3) (0-0-
0,30) of Isolated Fans.  XARA was overpowered by RIRORNI SOLDIER in a popular 1 
minute gory uneven fight.
     DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) (24-25-0,29) of SAND DANCERS fought ALASTARIAN DESERTER 
(107-1) (0-0-0,30) of Isolated Fans.  DAMORETH STENN overpowered ALASTARIAN DESERTER 
in a 1 minute uneven fight.
     SARGEN DENJO (74-2723) (30-13-0,47) of SAND DANCERS fought ALASTARIAN DESERTER 
(107-1) (0-0-0,30) of Isolated Fans.  SARGEN DENJO handily defeated ALASTARIAN 
DESERTER in a 2 minute one-sided contest.
     SELA TYL VARAN (74-2897) (15-18-0,44) of SAND DANCERS fought R.O.U.S. (107-4) 
(0-0-0,50) of Isolated Fans.  SELA TYL VARAN beat R.O.U.S. in an action packed 3 
minute fray.
     DARLINA (74-2995) (18-11-2,45) of SAND DANCERS fought VALLANT (38-4151) (23-7-
1,68) of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  DARLINA lost to VALLANT in a 1 minute match.
     ZHAL (77-1456) (29-44-0,30) of SAND DANCERS fought CAPTURED PIRATE KING (107-2) 
(0-0-0,30) of Isolated Fans.  ZHAL was devastated by CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 1 
minute one-sided bout.
     BRAND (82-13289) (9-6-1,100) of TOADS OF AMBER III fought TIRYA (46-3594) (17-
22-0,68) of SAND DANCERS.  BRAND overpowered TIRYA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute 
mismatched fight.
     KYRLANIA (70-2327) (54-71-1,135) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought I TOL'YA THE PUN (65-
2154) (70-118-1,147) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  KYRLANIA was subdued by I TOL'YA THE PUN in 
an exciting 2 minute bout.
     NIGHTFALL (74-2421) (72-86-2,177) of DARKLINGS fought SUNDOWN (75-1222) (34-24-
1,157) of ELANTI HUNTERS.  NIGHTFALL devastated SUNDOWN in an exciting 1 minute one-
sided brawl.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (27-17-1,175) of DARK TOADS fought THE QUICKLING (70-1669) 
(43-94-2,167) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  SHYLOCK overcame THE QUICKLING in a 2 minute 
bloody bout.
     KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) (92-128-3,207) of SAND DANCERS fought IT'S A BOY (78-
841) (76-69-3,173) of BAD NEWS.  KHORA THE SMALL vanquished IT'S A BOY in an action 
packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (80-94-0,185) of SKAITHVARN fought SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-513) 
(52-49-0,188) of THE DRAGON FIST.  CYLADIA savagely defeated SMOLDER DARKSUN in a 
crowd pleasing 4 minute gory conflict.
     WINSTON (75-2600) (36-10-0,197) of DARK TOADS fought ZALMARDARIN (78-312) (35-
65-2,175) of THE DRAGON FIST.  WINSTON was viciously subdued by ZALMARDARIN in an 
exciting 2 minute bloody battle.
     WINDSONG (75-1425) (50-26-2,209) of ELANTI HUNTERS fought RUSTLING BREEZE (33-
6478) (25-20-1,196) of THE WASTING FIELD.  WINDSONG demolished RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 
minute mismatched competition.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (49-72-0,195) of DARKLINGS fought CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) 
(43-54-0,177) of THE DRAGON FIST.  NIGHTCAP handily defeated CORT NIGHTJEWEL in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
     BAT (74-2742) (56-66-1,204) of DARKLINGS fought TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (56-61-0,184) 
of SAND DANCERS.  BAT overpowered TAIRIKIA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
     DEADBOLT (70-1664) (64-80-2,197) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought ALYAHOODI (11-2219) 
(44-63-1,156) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  DEADBOLT was viciously subdued by ALYAHOODI in an 
action packed 7 minute fight.
     ROBERTO LEATHAM (65-6232) (24-19-1,190) of SPLIT INFINITY fought DARKMOON 
BLACKFELL (75-862) (66-57-2,199) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  ROBERTO LEATHAM was viciously 
subdued by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a 3 minute melee.
     TALON WARSMITH (99-101) (48-76-7,220) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought NAPPER LEON (65-
2153) (95-136-1,198) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  TALON WARSMITH devastated NAPPER LEON in a 1 
minute one-sided competition.
     STILE (65-5941) (31-20-1,217) of SPLIT INFINITY 2 fought EYES IN FLOWER (65-
2960) (82-67-1,208) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  STILE was narrowly defeated by EYES IN FLOWER 
in a 2 minute brutal struggle.
     TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-2777) (53-41-4,226) of SAND DANCERS fought TRAM SATANS 
BLOOD (65-1106) (55-51-2,205) of SANGUINE SAINTS.  TORYN TYL DAGEDA was devastated by 
TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 minute uneven brawl.
     DEBATOR (76-1233) (111-120-5,219) of CREW MONIKER fought JAMMIES (74-2829) (49-
45-1,188) of DARKLINGS.  DEBATOR was devastated by JAMMIES in a popular 1 minute 
brutal one-sided contest.
     NIGHTINGALE (74-2423) (75-83-2,273) of DARKLINGS fought THE BLACKSMITH (107-22) 
(0-0-0,181) of Isolated Fans.  NIGHTINGALE demolished THE BLACKSMITH in a popular 1 
minute gruesome one-sided melee.
     And for the Horn, PHETMOLGE (37-1555) (129-135-1,282) of UP TO NO GOOD fought 
DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-1970) (69-54-0,265) of SAND DANCERS.  PHETMOLGE slimly won 
victory over DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute Title fight.  At least it was a good 
match, not one-sided or anything.

                                                       This has been Larkin
                                                            but not talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          130 135  1  296  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTINGALE 74-2423         76  83  2  279  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       49  76  7  230  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   56  51  2  222  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 WINDSONG 75-1425            51  26  2  221  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960      83  67  1  220  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      93 128  3  215  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BAT 74-2742                 57  66  1  210  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   67  57  2  208  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          36  65  2  207  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 JAMMIES 74-2829             50  45  1  205  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            50  72  0  201  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 STILE 65-5941               31  21  1  200  SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)     DAL SHANG
-ALIX 74-2701                27  13  0  198  CHEYSULI & LIR (222)       DAIYLA KIV
 CYLADIA 51-1122             81  94  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     69  55  0  196  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
-BLEYS 82-13278              21   8  2  195  TOADS OF AMBER (266)       DWES EG
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     25  21  1  193  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     24  20  1  193  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    53  42  4  191  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 NAPPER LEON 65-2153         95 137  1  189  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           73  86  2  188  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 DEBATOR 76-1233            111 121  5  185  CREW MONIKER (9)           SIMTAKKA
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           45  63  1  185  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
-ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       21  10  0  184  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      52  50  0  182  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
-NORMANDY 65-4916            22  17  3  182  DOOMSDAY4DOOMCORPS (227)   DAL SHANG
 WINSTON 75-2600             36  11  0  181  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-*PRECIOUS THINGS* 65-3340   28  25  0  180  LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (215)   DAL SHANG
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             28  17  1  179  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            56  62  0  178  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            64  81  2  174  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      43  55  0  172  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 IT'S A BOY 78-841           76  70  3  170  BAD NEWS (16)              LIN TIRIAN
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       43  95  2  167  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 SUNDOWN 75-1222             34  25  1  152  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 I TOL'YA THE PUN 65-2154    71 118  1  149  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            54  72  1  136  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 BRAND 82-13289              10   6  1  103  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-VELOXI 38-4233              14   4  0   95  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VALLANT 38-4151             24   7  1   71  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
-LANIK MUELLER 65-3632       15   6  2   69  HOUSE OF CARDS (149)       DAL SHANG
 TIRYA 46-3594               17  23  0   67  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
-TREMERE 9-4915              21   0  0   63  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 SARGEN DENJO 74-2723        31  13  0   56  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897      16  18  0   55  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 DARLINA 74-2995             18  12  2   50  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      25  25  0   40  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
-FRIAR TUCK 1-7105           18   6  0   36  DARK TOADS (273)           MORDANT
 XARA 78-2254                18  10  0   29  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 ZHAL 77-1456                29  45  0   20  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Zalgor Prigg -- Look, I don't have TIME for this stuff. -- Toryn tyl Dageda

Normandy -- Yours, of course. -- Deanjli tyl Rhu
P.S.  Or Waterloo.

Cyladia -- (grimly)  I am the best basher, better than that Troll.  Oh, sure, he HITS
harder, but that's just his size.  I have more grace, and I WILL PROVE IT. -- Khora
the Small and Determined

Brand -- I hate it when that happens.  It completely ruins my day. -- Ghost of Xara
P.S.  And I'm still not likely to be allowed to retire, which is even worse.

Lanik Mueller -- You've been in a bathtub?  I never would have guessed. -- Zhal

Pirate Kings, pish.  Why don't we capture a Robber Baron or somebody like that? --
Darlina

I suppose the Person is Unemployed because he ARGUES with everyone.  What a nuisance
that fellow is! -- Sela tyl Varan

I'd really like to know more of what lies behind this Alastarian Deserter.  The
concept is intriguing, and I'm sure the tale would be enough to have me burning with
bloodlust. -- Sargen Denjo
P.S.  I've never burned with bloodlust before, and I'd like to give it a try....

I don't even want to talk about the Rirorni Soldier. -- Damoreth Stenn
P.S.  Though he did have some good jokes.

Friar Tuck -- Hmm, I think I'm getting the range here.  This is going much better. --
Tirya

Well, _I_ brought a TV to Lirin Kiv.  I can't say much for the dismal performance of
the rest of my teammates...but TigToad said my having sat out for those turns was
worth it. -- Stile

Zhal -- Try a ZV, that may beat a VX...well, I doubt it.  I am most magnificent,
after all. -- Veloxi

Sorry folks, this is going to be a sad turn.  I returned home from the face only to
notice I had one day to get in my turn.  Oops.  I put four guys on maintenance just
so that I would run...but too many others need stat or skill changes to their
learning after the tourney.  I have dropped two more from my squad for good.  Friar
Tuck bored me too much...and Veloxi with all of his precious V's and X's decided to
take service with Zalgor Prigg.  I hope he does well with him and I wish him luck.  I
am adding two new warriors after this turn to take their place however. -- TigToad

Alix -- That was a brave try...another win for me, though, and a train as well.
Thank you.  I have heard that your style isn't well suited to fight mine, and yet you
almost won.  Perhaps if you challenge me again you will defeat me and I won't have to
write another column.  (smiling) -- Phetmolge

Talon Warsmith -- Thanks for showing me those new techniques in defense and
decisiveness.  It was worth the loss, I think. -- Nightcap

Roberto Leatham -- Oh wow, I guess you were hoping to learn something from me.
Sorry.  I have a Grandmaster in attack and was really showing off what I knew, but I
guess you were having one of those "not quite awake" days that we all get sometimes.
Well, better luck next time. -- Nightingale

Eyes in Flower -- Darn.  Thought I might learn a thing or two from you, but it was
all a blur and then I woke up in the infirmary. -- Jammies

Napper Leon -- What was it like, growing up Orcish in the Empire?  I know there's a
lot of prejudice.  Is that why you became a gladiator, to get away from there? --
Nightfall

Sundown -- Sorry about the bathtub thing, but the truth is you're better at dodging
than hitting. -- Bat

Khora the Small -- "Is it that you know you're immortal"?  Come on!  It's that I'm
not a very good gladiator.  You know, my teammates and I originally joined the arena
system as a novel form of suicide.  Some of us just weren't bad enough.  I have to
put up with a lot of pain in my work.  But as a found-metal sculptor whose work is
completely unappreciated in this culture, I'm used to that. -- Cyladia
P.S.  Love the hammer.  If you have an old one that you can spare, I'd like to
incorporate it into my next work.

26 June 2003
     STOP THINKING TOGS!!!!!  It's here.  Well, almost here anyway.  We're looking at
a start date of the first turn in Aradi (DM 60) following the Fall Mail-In.  This
should give everyone sufficient time to study the new ultra-improved T#%S IV rules 
and prep accordingly.  So without further ado, here is your handy-dandy guide to
winning your very own Golden Scrod (and some other very cool prizes to be announced
officially before the start of the tourney that must not be named):
1.  Each T#%S team consists of two managers.  After the tourney starts, there will be
    no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your partners wisely.  T#%S IV will
    last for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.  The only
    team I know of so far is last TOGS winners:  Ganolus Oakleaf/Hombre of Blood
    Related/Thieves Guild.  Hey, this is fun!
2.  The T#%S entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per T#%S
    team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no
    exceptions being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or
    manager decides to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
    a) send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
       Andy Salveson
       6812 Romanzo Way
       Elk Grove, CA 95758
    b) get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards and
       no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.
3.  T#%S point system:
    10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on your even challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    7 points for winning on another T#%S warriors challenge.
    7 points for winning a random matchup against another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another T#%S warrior.
    4 points for winning a random matchup against a non-T#%S warrior.  Do not fight
      your team mate, you will not get any points.  Also, you will not get any points
      if you challenge or get challenged by a non-T#%S team, so use your avoids
      wisely if you think someone is out to get you.
   10 points for being the Duelmaster.  This is in addition to all points listed
      above and will begin turn 1, so prep accordingly.
    5 points for every spotlight written by any team member, 1 per manager per turn.
      The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the
      newsletter (that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and I will be
      completely firm on this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will
      not be given points if they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not
      Duelmasters or fantasy related.  I will be the sole judge of this.  If you're
      unsure if I will judge something to be Duelmasters or fantasy related, then
      e-mail me before you write the spotlight and ask me.  I reserve the right to
      take points away from a spotlight after they are given if I judge at a later
      time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.
   -5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
      personal ad.
   -5 points for being the team that avoided the most.
     If you participated in TOGS III, you'll notice some slight changes in the points
structure.  The main things are points for random match ups against non T#%S
warriors, bonus points for being the Duelmaster, new spotlight criteria, and no
points given for being the most avoided team.
4.  I already mentioned this, but T#%S IV will start the first turn in arena 60 after
    the Fall Mail-In runs and it will last for 13 turns.  There will not be a
    Survivor format this time around, meaning no eliminations.  I will still be doing
    the multipliers at the end, however.  This means that all points accumulated by a
    team on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by
    each team on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.
5.  Prizes are yet to be determined, but I'll tell you what I know.  There will be
    prizes given out each turn to whichever team scores the most combined points on a
    given turn.  Tie breakers will go to the team with the most wins on that turn and
    then to the team with most overall points.  I have asked RSI for the same prizes
    as last TOGS which were transferring any warrior to arena 60 and renaming Aradi
    for approximately 6 months, but we'll see what they come back with.  I haven't
    decided how to split the prizes up, partly because I don't know how many teams
    will be entering yet, but I do know the prizes will be split among the top 3
    teams at the end.  I will announce the exact breakdown of everything when I know
    more.
6.  And just like TOGS III, Death Stud and I will be the sole arbiters of any dispute
    that may arise.  Whine all you like, but as Nuln told you last time, that's how
    it is.
7.  M & RR Clause (go ahead, read between the capitals):  I reserve the right to
    disallow entry to this tourney if you have a previous history of being a big fat
    mouth about everything.
     I think that pretty much covers it.  I will be accepting team entries as of now
and then posting them in the newsletters as I receive entry fees.  Please feel free
to e-mail me regarding any questions or comments at Ganolus@aol.com.  So everyone don
your best pair of leg warmers, hop on your favorite farm animal, and ride to Aradi
for the 4th kinda-annual Tournament that must not be named for no apparent reason
whatsoever, or T#%S IV, for short.  See ya'll there!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

18 July 2003
To All Managers -- I would like to take this time to announce that my alliance, The
Association, is no more.  Due to the dead weight managers of the alliance and their
lack of participation, DarkSpirit and I have formed a new alliance:  The Firm.  We
have taken on two members so far and are looking for a few more.  If you would like
to find out more about The Firm, you can diplo Dark Spirit, Unknowns XX in arena 15
or myself, Sungod, Sadists F2FII in arena 62.
                               --*  The Firm *--
                    Sungod -- Sadists F2FII -- 62

                    Dark Spirit -- Unknowns XX -- 15
                    Youngblood -- Wensinwasin -- 43
                    Tripwire -- Of Wolf and Man -- 1

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PHETMOLGE slimly won victory over DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute Title fight.
NIGHTINGALE demolished THE BLACKSMITH in a popular 1 minute gruesome one-sided melee.
DEBATOR was devastated by JAMMIES in a popular 1 minute brutal one-sided contest.
TORYN TYL DAGEDA was devastated by TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 minute uneven brawl.
STILE was narrowly defeated by EYES IN FLOWER in a 2 minute brutal struggle.
TALON WARSMITH devastated NAPPER LEON in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
ROBERTO LEATHAM was viciously subdued by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a 3 minute melee.
DEADBOLT was viciously subdued by ALYAHOODI in a action packed 7 minute fight.
BAT overpowered TAIRIKIA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
NIGHTCAP handily defeated CORT NIGHTJEWEL in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
WINDSONG demolished RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
WINSTON was viciously subdued by ZALMARDARIN in a exciting 2 minute bloody battle.
CYLADIA savagely defeated SMOLDER DARKSUN in a crowd pleasing 4 minute gory conflict.
KHORA THE SMALL vanquished IT'S A BOY in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
SHYLOCK overcame THE QUICKLING in a 2 minute bloody bout.
NIGHTFALL devastated SUNDOWN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided brawl.
KYRLANIA was subdued by I TOL'YA THE PUN in a exciting 2 minute bout.
BRAND overpowered TIRYA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched fight.
ZHAL was devastated by CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
DARLINA lost to VALLANT in a 1 minute match.
SELA TYL VARAN beat R.O.U.S. in a action packed 3 minute fray.
SARGEN DENJO handily defeated ALASTARIAN DESERTER in a 2 minute one-sided contest.
DAMORETH STENN overpowered ALASTARIAN DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
XARA was overpowered by RIRORNI SOLDIER in a popular 1 minute gory uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    29 -  18 -  2      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         BASHING ATTACK    28 -  18 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         WALL OF STEEL     31 -  20 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  14 -  1      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         SLASHING ATTACK   38 -  41 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  32 -  0      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        18 -  23 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  17 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  28 -  0      35  |

Turn 226 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   PHETMOLGE 37-1555         130 135  1  296 UP TO NO GOOD (117)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   NIGHTINGALE 74-2423        76  83  2  279 DARKLINGS (207)
SLASHING ATTACK  TALON WARSMITH 99-101      49  76  7  230 SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)
WALL OF STEEL    TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106  56  51  2  222 SANGUINE SAINTS (24)
PARRY-STRIKE     EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960     83  67  1  220 GENERAL MAYHEM (71)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           50  72  0  201 DARKLINGS (207)
STRIKING ATTACK  CYLADIA 51-1122            81  94  0  197 SKAITHVARN (116)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777   53  42  4  191 SAND DANCERS (36)
TOTAL PARRY      ALYAHOODI 11-2219          45  63  1  185 HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)
AIMED BLOW       SHYLOCK 75-2602            28  17  1  179 DARK TOADS (262)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CYLADIA 51-1122.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALYAHOODI 11-2219, 
DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862, DEADBOLT 70-1664, ZALMARDARIN 78-312, ROBERTO LEATHAM 
65-6232, KYRLANIA 70-2327, SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897, SARGEN DENJO 74-2723, PHETMOLGE 
37-1555, and TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106.

The least popular fighter this week was TIRYA 46-3594.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196, TAIRIKIA 51-4247, NAPPER LEON 65-2153, XARA 
78-2254, DARLINA 74-2995, ZHAL 77-1456, RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, TORYN TYL DAGEDA 
74-2777, DEBATOR 76-1233, and DAMORETH STENN 65-6105.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         0  2 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  0  1 0  DAL SHANG(65)        4  3 0  MAZGOURRAH(77)       0  1 0  
SIBIKHAS(37)         1  0 0  SENTERN(70)          0  3 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       2  4 0  
CLIFFHOME(38)        1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       7  2 0  DWES EG(82)          1  0 0  
ARDIVENT(46)         0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    3  2 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           45  63  1  185  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     25  21  1  193  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          130 135  1  296  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS
 VALLANT 38-4151             24   7  1   71  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               17  23  0   67  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             81  94  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   56  51  2  222  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            64  81  2  174  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 NIGHTINGALE 74-2423         76  83  2  279  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 WINDSONG 75-1425            51  26  2  221  ELANTI HUNTERS (124)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     69  55  0  196  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 ZHAL 77-1456                29  45  0   20  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      93 128  3  215  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 BRAND 82-13289              10   6  1  103  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       49  76  7  230  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE