ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 08/30/2003    Duedate: 09/12/2003

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-229

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 DARK TOADS 9/275       56   44  1 56.0    5 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  438  516  5 45.9
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
    DARK TOADS 78/276                           THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    SPLIT INFINITY 2 65/260                     SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
    DARK TOADS 75/262                         6 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  107  144  3 42.6
    TOADS OF AMBER 82/266                       THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
  2 SPLIT INFINIT 65/226  249  226  2 52.4      SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                 7 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1459 1981 19 42.4
  3 BAD NEWS 78/16       1780 1649 25 51.9      SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    CREW MONIKER 76/9                           SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
    GENERAL MAYHEM 65/71                        SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
  4 DARKLINGS 74/207      662  686  5 49.1      SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    SKAITHVARN 51/116                           SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    UP TO NO GOOD 37/117                        SAND DANCERS 77/72                    

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #64 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the Far West:

     Ashon Chang, Werre, and Jammies handled the sailing of their ship, with Vurand
doing what he could, mostly the cooking.  Rughal and Herlas were present but not
really there, wholly focused on each other as though they were locked in a dance the
lip of a volcano.  It made them unnerving traveling companions.
     They saw other vessels from time to time as they made their way down the western
coast of Ghea.  None of them close enough to hail, and after the tenth passed at a
distance, Jammies began to wonder if the others were deliberate avoiding such
contact.
     "Probably," Vurand said when the young gladiator raised the question.  "We've
gotten used to it, but there must be such a cloud of magical tension over this ship
that even the blindest will notice and avoid us."  The Orc didn't look toward the bow
of the ship where Herlas and Rughal were currently stationed, staring at each other
silently.  Jammies didn't, either.  Looking at them made him twitch.  "I'd avoid us,
too, if I could," he muttered.  "I'll be glad when I've got ground under my feet
again, too."
     "That might be fairly soon," Jammies said, his spirits lifting.  He didn't care
much for sailing, or maybe it was just that he didn't like living on this little ship
for days on end.  "Werre's got this chart that he's marking our positions on every
day, and when we get through there--" he gestured ahead at rocks looming on their
eastern horizon, "--we'll be almost to somewhere."
     "Almost to somewhere?"  The Orc grinned.  "I like that!  That describes this
whole situation."  He sobered.  "Things aren't so good, are they?"
     Jammies shrugged uncomfortably.  The gladiators talked about the situation
whenever two of them were together--the decline in the Arcanum and what that might
mean to Ghea, the kidnapping of Shania Silverstar, and the search for the Eye of the
West, but there wasn't anything they could DO about any of it except what they were
doing.  Which was hunting for the Eye under the advice of Herlas, a man none of them
trusted.  Jammies sighed.  "More than once lately, I've found myself wishing for
something simple and obvious, like an attack by pirates...."
     "Ship approaching!" Werre shouted suddenly.  "Looks like trouble!"
     Vurand glared at Jammies.  "You just HAD to say that about pirates, didn't you?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "The time for choice is long past," the man had said.  By being so closed-
minded, he had made HIS choice, at least.
     There were other ways to save the Eye of the West.  So Shania believed, even
though she did not yet know what those ways might be.
     She sat up on the pallet cautiously, a little surprised that she could move with
relative ease, she had been so tired for so long.  More surprised that there was no
one in the room with her.  Were they so sure she could do nothing that would matter
here?  Or did they think her too weak to move at all?  Well, what they thought didn't
matter.  She got to her feet carefully, noting in passing that she had been dressed
in a simple shift of white cloth... appropriate for a sacrifice, no doubt.  Probably
one they intended to carry out quite soon, which meant she didn't have much time for
whatever she was going to do on her own.
     Whatever that might be.
     She was going to do something with the Eye that she had come so far to find.
     Shania crossed to the pillar-statue that was holding the dying stone and
contemplated it for a moment, then touched the dull surface lightly.
     Ah.  There WAS a spirit within, as the man had said.  She received an impression
of great age, perhaps as great as her own, and of weariness.
     *Release me.*  The voice was barely a whisper in her mind.
     "I do not refuse," Shania said carefully, "but how and why?  And what will
happen to Ghea if your release destroys this stone which has upheld the Arcanum?"
     *So many questions.*  There was a period of silence.  *It is a long story....*
Another silence.  *And we do not have much time between us for the telling, but you
must know a little.  Enough to act correctly.*  A mental sigh.
     *Long ago, the world began to fall apart.  Some of us said that it was because
of the departure of the Folstrom, that they had held the world together with their
Arts, and now withdrew that support along with their presence.  Some of us said...
other things.  It doesn't matter now, I suppose.*
     "It might," Shania said.  "If the problem is recurring, that might be crucial
information."
     A mental shrug.  *If it is important, that is a misfortune, because it is
not....  That information is no longer available.  I am not able to speak of it.
Reality was changing then.  It is changing now.  SHE decided to stabilize the world
with... by making devices to support what SHE called reality.  The Eyes.  SHE chose
four of us to energize them, but I am the only one left, and there is no longer....
I cannot maintain stability without my kinsmen to balance against.*
     "The only one left... the other three Eyes are destroyed, then?"
     *I fear so, because I cannot feel them anywhere, and if they were still in this
phase of existence, I would.  I felt....  It doesn't matter.  They are gone.  The
people here--what they want to do will not work.  One alone cannot maintain the
balance of the world.  The old reality is ending.  You must find a new reality, with
new keys.  Do not let HER or anyone persuade you that there is virtue in returning to
the old way.  Can a bird crawl back into its egg?*  A mental laugh.  *People will not
accept that until they must, though.  Can you resist their pressures?*
     "If I see the need, yes, of course.  But I have little strength to resist
anything now."  Shania wondered if she should go into the details that had ended with
her life being linked with the Ghean Arcanum.  Not now.  Besides, this person in the
Eye might already know....
     *I know* the stone agreed.  *As I am placing a burden on you, so I will also
give you the only gift I have.  Take the stone in your arms, and do not resist,
Shania Silverstar.*
     She did so, lifting it carefully.  It was lighter in weight than she had
expected, but there was a feeling of fragility about it.  It might be a hollow shell
of glass, from the feel of it.  At first it was neither warm nor cold, but warmth
crept into it.  Out of it.  Into her.
     *All of life and strength that remains to me I give to you, Shania Silverstar,*
the voice in her mind whispered.  *Use it well.*

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #12 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Talahya:

     The gladiators shifted automatically to take up what each considered good
defensive stance.  Fizban noted wryly that the ability to support each other in
defense or offense did not appear to be a dominating factor.  No doubt Sheila
Greywand had reasons for the type of training she had ordained, each man trained to
be a solitary hero, but he would have preferred to see more teamwork.  He sighed
again.  Well, she doubtless had her reasons.  For himself, he picked a position where
he had a clear field in the direction Rogan was facing and rummaged through his store
of spells for those which would be most useful in a totally unknown situation.
     The fog, turned to a golden mist by the sunlight, thinned slowly.  Slowly enough
that he would have expected the approaching person to be visible by now.  Unless
Rogan had been mistaken, which seemed unlikely.  True, he, Fizban, could not hear
anyone approaching, but unfortunately he had noticed a slight deterioration in his
hearing.  Getting old was such a nuisance.  Very clever of Lady Sheila to have
granted the gladiators agelessness for so long as they remained in her service.
Immortality without agelessness was a cruel jest, but agelessness granted at the
height of one's physical powers was...tempting.  Few would refuse it, and the price
seemed so low, merely take an oath to serve her in defense of Alastari....  The oath
had magical overtones, of course, and once given could NOT be ignored.  And the
oftener he came to the Isle, associated with Lord Protectors, the more certain Fizban
became that there was a hook somewhere in that tasty bait.  Well, that wasn't today's
problem.
     The mist farther along the flagstone path swirled and parted.  The figure
approaching was approximately human in shape and size, but there had been, the old
wizard thought, reptiles in its ancestry rather than mammals.  It was scaled and had
a crest of quills.  It stopped and looked at them warily, but without overt
hostility.
     "Greetings," Scarlatti said briskly.  "We have come from a great distance, and
by accident.  Can you tell us where we are?"
     The creature uttered a musical trill, then said, in passable Isle cant, "You
have come to the Thallian Hub.  Where did you expect to be?"
     "We did not expect to have moved at all," Moonjumper answered ruefully.  "We
were on the Isle of the Eye, at the city of Talahya."
     "It is passing strange," the lizard man said, "but strange things are quite
normal here in Thallia.  It is perhaps best that you should speak with the wizards of
the College.  If you would have the goodness to come with me?"  He gestured towards
the path behind himself and the minutely scaled skin of his forehead twitched,
perhaps the equivalent of a human raising eyebrows in question.  "My name, by the
way, is--" he whistled something.  "I believe you do not have the type of mouth
needed to speak that, however, and others of your kind might say...Thristle."  He
moved along the path in the direction he'd come from, apparently trusting them to
follow and not concerned at having armed humans--and an elf--at his back.  It was
only when the lizard man had turned his back that Fizban realized Thristle was armed
with a sword, as well.
     Scarlatti hurried to catch up and walk beside their guide.  "What do you do here
in Thallia?" he asked.
     "Many things are done by different people here," Thristle said.  "Thallia is a
Hub, after all.  I myself am a gladiator, I fight on a team of netmen."  He made a
deep humming sound.  "It is not a career my clan would approve, but one does as one
must, and after the battle of Sigarvle was so disastrously lost...."  He gave a
surprisingly human shrug.  "Those of us who survived were so deeply dishonored by the
situation that we had few options.  At least this gladiating allows us to pay our
way, and we remain together as a team, honing our skills for the chance that we all
await wherein we shall retrieve our honor and be able to return to our home,
beautiful Trisnath.  What has been your career in the place from which you came?" the
lizard man asked.  "What are your skills?  For to live on Thallia is not a small
thing, and you will need to find employment at once."
     "We're gladiators, too," Scarlatti said.  "All but old Fizban there, and he's a
manager."
     "Ah, that is bad luck!  You are too few to make an effective team, and the best
you can hope for is to be taken on as standbys for the established teams.  What are
your specialties?  The phalanx teams are always looking for extra men, and I have
heard that the Blue faction chariots are--"
     "We are accustomed to fighting one-on-one," Carris Fallstar snapped from
Thristle's other side.
     Thristle's forehead twitched again.  "Single combat?  There is a market for
that, but as unknown challengers you would be likely to get only the worst matches."
He shook his head, his crest of quills rustling.  "A hard life, and not even a friend
at your side in the worst of it.  I do not envy you that!"
     "We would rather simply return to our Talahya," Fizban said.
     "And so I would suppose, as I would rather return to Trisnath.  But even if you
have no stain of dishonor to wipe out, as I and my companions have, how will you pay
the wizards to accomplish it?  The wizards of the College never act for free."
     Before anyone could respond to this, Rogan said quietly, "Someone coming up
behind us, fast.  A group--at least six, maybe seven.  They're wearing mail."
     Thristle darted a glance over his shoulder and his hand went immediately to his
sword.  "The Ardaunar!" he wailed, turning and drawing.  "Though you are not of my
company, I beg you not to flee.  The Ardaunar always pursue that which flees!"

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     End of the Summer Holiday here, sort of a Harvest Festival, as you might say, 
and all heck has broken loose.  The sun shone, the rain fell, there was a parade, 
there were vast quantities of food, people on horses chased inoffensive cattle in 
circles and roped them while others tossed horseshews around.  There was confusion as 
visitors didn't know where to go, how to get there, or what to do once they'd 
accomplished that much.  Alcoholic beverages were consumed.  Fiddlers fiddled, 
ferrises wheeled, and people danced.  Your typical small-town holiday, in fact.  
Pleasant in small doses, but exhausting any way at all.
     Here in Lirin Kiv, we capped off the day with the usual gladiating, fortunately 
with the usual small number of fights so that we could hold them all in the morning 
before it got hot.  (It was the top cap, not the bottom one.)  Injured parties were 
healed toot sweet, and I saw several of the more gruesome losers happily dancing when 
I came in to work on this report.  Of course, the happiness aforementioned may simply 
have been due to the quantities of strong drink consumed, but happy is happy.
     Darklings were avoided by Dark Toads, a case of the dark avoding the dark?  
Phetmolge got the most challenges, which I figure is probably two.  All the avoiding 
and challenging was performed under TigToad's direction, he being, apparently, the 
only manager paying attention today.
     We had twenty-four fights, six challenge matches, one warrior killed (by a 
standby!).  The longest fight was eight minutes, did I say that already?  No, looks 
like I didn't.  Okay, I've said it now.  Business as usual.  And speaking of 
"business as usual," since only TigToad and Li Dan turned in personals, as usual, we 
will, as usual, have a very lengthy and possibly slanderous spy report to make up for 
it.  As usual.

     TIRYA (46-3594) (17-25-0,50) of SAND DANCERS fought ALASTARIAN DESERTER (107-1) 
(0-0-0,30) of Miscellaneous People.  TIRYA overpowered ALASTARIAN DESERTER in a 
popular 1 minute one-sided duel.  The Alastarian Deserter is Mirani, which is what 
was unnerving Sela last time.  We see that Tirya takes a stronger line, or perhaps it 
was merely the forewarning.  Myself, I think it is because she was forced to leave 
her home in Simtakka and complete her lower gladiatorial career in Andoria.  It makes 
you more sensitive to these things.  But no one blames her.  Really.
     DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) (27-25-0,75) of SAND DANCERS fought TREMERE (9-4915) 
(23-0-0,74) of DARK TOADS.  DAMORETH STENN was overpowered by TREMERE in a 2 minute 
brutal uneven fight.  Another win for Tremere, and a step closer to a losing record 
for Damoreth Stenn.  I suppose I have to take Jorja's word for it (since she waved 
her war hammer so significantly while giving it) that this Toad is an honest Toad, 
untainted by his time in the City of Thieves, a.k.a. Zukal.
     SARGEN DENJO (74-2723) (32-14-0,52) of SAND DANCERS fought UNEMPLOYED PERSON 
(107-5) (0-0-0,70) of Miscellaneous People.  SARGEN DENJO was handily defeated by 
UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a 1 minute contest.  As usual, we're left wondering a) how 
Sargen Denjo survived to graduate, and b) why the Unemployed Person, so masterful on 
the sands, can't find a job.  Or does he have a job, but it isn't something he talks 
about in public?  Hmm, those Andorian Assassins had to go SOMEWHERE when their guild 
was disbanded....
     SELA TYL VARAN (74-2897) (16-20-0,29) of SAND DANCERS fought VALLANT (38-4151) 
(25-8-1,54) of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  SELA TYL VARAN was demolished by VALLANT in a 1 
minute gruesome uneven bout.  Another case of "how did she graduate?"  Has she won at 
all since she started fighting here?  Whatever the answers to the above, Sela is 
securely ensconced (is that like sitting in a candle sconce?) in the bottom place in 
this arena.  That's an honor of a sort.
     DARLINA (74-2995) (20-12-2,83) of SAND DANCERS fought R.O.U.S. (107-4) (0-0-
0,50) of Miscellaneous People.  DARLINA was beaten by R.O.U.S. in an action packed 1 
minute fight.  People think the Rats are easy.  Ha!
     XARA (78-2254) (19-11-0,39) of SAND DANCERS fought R.O.U.S. (107-4) (0-0-0,50) 
of Miscellaneous People.  XARA was handily defeated by R.O.U.S. in a 2 minute 
mismatched competition.  You see?  The Rats are HOT today.  Really hot.  Wait'll they 
start to nibble your toes.
     KYRLANIA (70-2327) (54-74-1,105) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought IMPRISONED SPY (107-
9) (0-0-0,170) of Miscellaneous People.  KYRLANIA was killed by IMPRISONED SPY in a 
popular 2 minute match.  That's gotta sting!  And not only that, when she gets back 
from being resurrected (I understand there's a line today), she'll be fined for 
letting the Imprisoned Spy get away.
     ALYAHOODI (11-2219) (45-65-1,175) of HOLY SLAUGHTER fought I TOL'YA THE PUN (65-
2154) (72-119-1,140) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  ALYAHOODI savagely defeated I TOL'YA THE PUN 
in an exciting 8 minute brutal bout.  Our longest fight, a duel of wits as Alyahoodi 
flattened I Tol'ya with pun after pun after pun.  It's an art, and I Tol'ya doesn't 
have it.  Sad, very sad.
     THE QUICKLING (70-1669) (43-97-2,165) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought TAIRIKIA (51-
4247) (56-64-0,171) of SAND DANCERS.  THE QUICKLING was bested by TAIRIKIA in a 2 
minute brawl.  No great surprise in this one.  I see Tairikia is still chasing that 
winning record, but who can blame her for that?
     KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) (94-129-3,195) of SAND DANCERS fought ZALMARDARIN (78-
312) (36-67-2,180) of THE DRAGON FIST.  KHORA THE SMALL was overcome by ZALMARDARIN 
in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bout.  Another occassion for Khora to kick herself, as 
this loss, coming as it does to another basher just when Phetmolge has been toppled, 
guarantees that she is not the top basher in Lirin Kiv today, either.  There's a lot 
of work ahead of you, Khora.
     SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-513) (53-51-1,188) of THE DRAGON FIST fought NIGHTCAP (74-
2745) (50-74-0,176) of DARKLINGS.  SMOLDER DARKSUN was vanquished by NIGHTCAP in a 1 
minute mismatched bout.  Neither of them wrote personals, heck, Darksun hasn't 
written personals in months, maybe years, so who cares about this fight?  Not me.  
Well, okay, I care enough to figure it was better than watching two standbys fight.
     CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) (44-56-0,185) of THE DRAGON FIST fought TORYN TYL 
DAGEDA (74-2777) (53-44-4,158) of SAND DANCERS.  CORT NIGHTJEWEL handily defeated 
TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.  Toryn had better get busy, or 
she'll find her losing record headed south.
     EYES IN FLOWER (65-2960) (84-68-1,201) of GENERAL MAYHEM fought RUSTLING BREEZE 
(33-6478) (27-21-1,210) of THE WASTING FIELD.  EYES IN FLOWER demolished RUSTLING 
BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.  It should have been the other way around, with 
wind demolishing flowers, that's the way it always happens in the gardens back home.  
But life isn't predictable, and neither is the arena.
     TALON WARSMITH (99-101) (50-77-7,202) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought ROBERTO LEATHAM 
(65-6232) (24-22-1,178) of SPLIT INFINITY.  TALON WARSMITH viciously subdued ROBERTO 
LEATHAM in a 2 minute conflict.  What can you expect, eh?  We all have known from the 
beginning that this Warsmith dude is vicious.  It's only the vicious ones that 
survive the bloodgames.  Okay, the really tough ones might SURVIVE, but it's the 
vicious ones who win.
     NIGHTINGALE (74-2423) (76-85-2,195) of DARKLINGS fought TRAM SATANS BLOOD (65-
1106) (57-52-2,195) of SANGUINE SAINTS.  NIGHTINGALE savagely defeated TRAM SATANS 
BLOOD in an exciting 3 minute brutal fight.  Tram, your manager is Not Paying 
Attention to you.  Looks like you need to have sharp words with him, because we know 
you can do better than this.
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (82-95-0,210) of SKAITHVARN fought DARKMOON BLACKFELL (75-862) 
(67-59-2,184) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  CYLADIA was defeated by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in an 
exciting 2 minute gruesome fight.  Will either manager notice this and comment?  
Probably not.  Hell of a life when a manager considers giving his/her dog a bath to 
be more interesting than watching some poor gladiator she/he employs struggle and 
bleed on the sands.  It's a wonder more gladiators don't quit.
     DEADBOLT (70-1664) (66-81-2,209) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought BAT (74-2742) (58-67-
1,200) of DARKLINGS.  DEADBOLT was vanquished by BAT in an action packed 2 minute 
gruesome one-sided duel.  I have a deadbolt.  Makes it really hard to get in the 
house when I forget my keys.  But this one doesn't seem up to holding Bat out of the 
winner's circle.  Why a circle, I wonder?  Why not a square, or a triangle?  One of 
the mysteries of the universe.
     JAMMIES (74-2829) (52-45-1,226) of DARKLINGS fought IT'S A BOY (78-841) (78-70-
3,198) of BAD NEWS.  JAMMIES was handily defeated by IT'S A BOY in a 1 minute uneven 
melee.  It's definitely bad news for Jammies.  You should strive never to lose fights 
when on an adventure, Jammies.  If I've told you once, I've told you once, authors 
are horrible suggestible about things like that.

     And TigToad's challenges--
     WINSTON (75-2600) (37-12-0,198) of DARK TOADS challenged DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-
1970) (71-55-0,216) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 18.  WINSTON was devastated by DEANJLI TYL 
RHU in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge match.  Hang in there, Winston.  As I recall, 
other Sand Dancers went through this kind of winning streak--right before being 
Inducted into Primus.  Tough it out and the odds are that Deanjli will be gone by 
winter.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (29-18-1,181) of DARK TOADS challenged NAPPER LEON (65-2153) 
(97-137-1,210) of GENERAL MAYHEM.  Up 29.  SHYLOCK devastated NAPPER LEON in a 1 
minute one-sided Challenge duel.  CRUSHED under the dead weight of all that 
experience.
     BLEYS (82-13278) (21-10-2,188) of TOADS OF AMBER challenged NIGHTFALL (74-2421) 
(75-86-2,216) of DARKLINGS.  Up 28.  BLEYS was overpowered by NIGHTFALL (Moonrise) in 
a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.  Actually, the distinction is no longer 
necessary, since the other Nightfall has left.  Of course, a name like that, there 
may be more coming up through the ranks.  Some names just seem to attract gladiators.  
Life is very strange.
     And the TV challenges, the holders of which deserve and receive congratulations 
for their determination and prowess:
     JON SNOW (78-2389) (15-1-1,48) of DARK TOADS TV challenged ZHAL (77-1456) (30-
46-0,48) of SAND DANCERS.  Straight across.  JON SNOW vanquished ZHAL in a popular 1 
minute mismatched Challenge brawl.  Though Zhal lost, Sela lost worse, thus he does 
not drop back to the bottom of the rankings.  Be thankful for small favors, also that 
Jon didn't kill you, as he doubtless could have done.
     BRAND (82-13289) (12-6-1,162) of TOADS OF AMBER III TV challenged DEBATOR (76-
1233) (112-122-5,189) of CREW MONIKER.  Up 27.  BRAND slimly lost to DEBATOR in a 
popular 3 minute Challenge match.  Now, that's gotta give an observer pause.  Look at 
the difference in experience, and yet Brand held out for three minutes and only 
"slimly" lost.  Way to GO, Brand.
     And for the Horn--
     STILE (65-5941) (33-21-1,225) of SPLIT INFINITY 2 TV challenged PHETMOLGE (37-
1555) (132-135-1,313) of UP TO NO GOOD.  Up a lot.  Hmm, how about up 88.  STILE 
devastated PHETMOLGE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.  Big 
congratulations to Stile, who will write a column without having to be prodded, 
reminded, and naggged.  (That's a hint.)

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 STILE 65-5941               34  21  1  236  SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)     DAL SHANG

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     72  55  0  241  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           76  86  2  229  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960      85  68  1  214  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 IT'S A BOY 78-841           79  70  3  214  BAD NEWS (16)              LIN TIRIAN
 BAT 74-2742                 59  67  1  213  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTINGALE 74-2423         77  85  2  206  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       51  77  7  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             30  18  1  201  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   68  59  2  200  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            51  74  0  194  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          37  67  2  194  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     27  22  1  194  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          132 136  1  193  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      45  56  0  193  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 WINSTON 75-2600             37  13  0  193  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEBATOR 76-1233            113 122  5  191  CREW MONIKER (9)           SIMTAKKA
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            66  82  2  191  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   57  53  2  191  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 JAMMIES 74-2829             52  46  1  191  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 CYLADIA 51-1122             82  96  0  190  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 NAPPER LEON 65-2153         97 138  1  183  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      94 130  3  182  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 BLEYS 82-13278              21  11  2  181  TOADS OF AMBER (266)       DWES EG

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     24  23  1  179  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           46  65  1  177  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            57  64  0  175  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      53  52  1  172  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 BRAND 82-13289              12   7  1  167  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       43  98  2  162  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    53  45  4  155  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 I TOL'YA THE PUN 65-2154    72 120  1  145  GENERAL MAYHEM (71)        DAL SHANG
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            54  75  1  119  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TREMERE 9-4915              24   0  0   87  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      27  26  0   70  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
 DARLINA 74-2995             20  13  2   61  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 JON SNOW 78-2389            16   1  1   59  DARK TOADS (276)           LIN TIRIAN
 VALLANT 38-4151             26   8  1   58  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               18  25  0   56  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 SARGEN DENJO 74-2723        32  15  0   47  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 ZHAL 77-1456                30  47  0   42  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH
 XARA 78-2254                19  12  0   32  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897      16  21  0   30  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
KYRLANIA 70-2327           54  75  1 SCARLET KNIGHTS 64     IMPRISONED SPY 107-9   229

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Khora the Small -- Thank you for your compliments.  Alas, my growth already came...
can you believe this is as tall as I get?  I find it unbelievable, too. -- Bleys

     How about platform shews?

Xara -- My record will be spoiled soon, if not by a fine orc such as yourself then by
one of your brothers or sisters in arms, I'm sure.  Every win is a new personal
record for TigToad though, so I'll try to hold on as long as I can. -- Tremere

Phetmolge -- TigToad says that I should be not fighting for tournament purposes...
however, now that I see I have a shot at the horn, I have to hold on.  I hope you are
ready for me.... -- Stile

Nightingale -- Wow, I took a horrible beating, didn't I? -- Winston

     You did?  Then give it BACK.  Taking things is WRONG.

Phetmolge -- I salute you for your honorable intent and (gritting her teeth) for your
prowess. -- Khora the Small

Roberto Latham -- Had that match been a challenge, I would have saluted your
boldness.  Even so, your effort was a worthy one for a warrior so young.  Fare you
well in the future, sir. -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

It's a Boy -- You have NOT.  You haven't BEEN in a bathtub in ages, and I'll bet it's
because you're AFRAID of the "monsters" you might meet there. -- Tairikia
P.S.  The smell alone would be a vicious weapon against them.

Cort Nightjewele -- No point writing to you, as you don't speak. -- Toryn tyl Dageda

Jon Snow -- I'm amazingly glad to see you here, young man.  Although I probably won't
see you in range for long.  But look upon it as a learning experience. -- Damoreth
Stenn

A Rirorni Soldier with a war hammer?  That is not his ancestral weapon, I feel sure.
Thus it is no wonder he does poorly. -- Xara

Had the Rat Of Unusual Size been a real person, he would THANK me for those six
skills. -- Zhal

Vallant -- You're an incredible teacher.  I am glad I met you. -- Darlina

Tha Alastarian Deserter is, must be, an Illisni, or else he would have to be called
an Adantri Deserter, and nobody would desert Lirith Kai, would they?  The very
concept unnerved me. -- Sela tyl Varan

     Certainly not!  There are no Adantri Deserters.

Okay, I captured the Pirate King, now I want his treasure.  Where is it? -- Sargen
Denjo

Tremere -- Well done, Sir Toad!  I had no wish to be the first to mar your record. --
Tirya

Larkin -- I will thank you to keep your derogatory thoughts to yourself. -- Jorja
P.S.  And if you don't, I'll drop in and express my irritation.

     About what I'd expect from someone who graduated from Lin Tirian.

Larkin -- I graduated because I DESERVED to graduate. -- Zhal
P.S.  And that rat was not sweet.

Larkin -- Yeah, and I don't bite my fingernails, either, so there! -- Xara
P.S.  And if you're going to be prejudiced against Orcs, I'll just have to come talk
to you about that.

TigToad -- I formally and public waive any objection to a down-challenge from you in
this intimately-sized arena.  Go for it. -- Li Dan and the Sand Dancers

Phetmolge -- You presume that I am going through some Gate for the defense of
Alastari.  No.  I will go through a Gate to defend LIRITH KAI, if asked to do so, and
I will fight whoever I meet there if that is the appropriate response, but I will not
fight all comers here just because I MIGHT need the practice latter on.  When I swore
the oath to Sheila Greywand, I had my fingers crossed. -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

1 August 2003
     Assurnasirbanipal invites you to Talcama to participate in the third BATTLE
ROYAL contest.  It is a Delarquan contest so brutal that even some of Talcama's most
notable managers will refuse to participate.  The rules are simpler than any other
contest:  You may not avoid any other contest team.  There are no silly rules for who
can and can't compete.  Any team in Talcama is eligible to compete.  The scoring is
also quite simple (+1 for a win, +1 for a kill (+1 for the win), -1 for a loss) and
the first team to reach 25 points is the winner.
     Scoring will be live--the results for the turn posted in the newsletter.  The
winner will be able to fight their contest team in Talcama for free for 6 months but
more importantly will win a contest against some of the best managers who play the
game in one of the hardest contests in the game.
     First turn for BATTLE ROYAL 3 is Talcama Turn 465, which is due August 30.

19 August 2003
     Citizens of Ghea (only the ignorant fail to note Lirith Kai is not in Alastari),
no new day is rising, but the sun is setting on just another beautiful evening.
While you were sleeping, an irksome rabble has entered the always fair Aruak City.
Of course they fought alongside our warriors, most not so treasured, as all
gladiators do.  They drank with themselves, and slept with themselves.  Whether they
had masks, who cares.
     Warriors, don't be afraid.  For years Aruak has been one of the safest cities in
Ghea, and that custom has been continually cultivated, and will continue to be by
those who have called it home for years and those who live, fight, and die by the
same ethics.  There is no contest, nor has there ever needed to be one for many
years.  A conflict of personalities has arisen, and the city has been 'invaded' by
pests.
     Any rules that are annouced will be purely for the joy of the lemmings' own
little world.  Those who are being targeted have no interest in participating except
to defend the integrity of an arena that is different from others.  Whether you
choose to come to Aruak, do it for your own reasons, not theirs.
    Competing in Aruak City has never been for the faint of heart or the weak willed.
Combat is combat, wherever you go.  Blood will flow as always, and now many innocents
will be caught in the middle, but those who defend Aruak's traditions never target
those who bring respect of Aruaki customs with them to our home.
    So ignore the private ranting announcement brought by the stuporous
Frothingsloshers.  If you choose Aruak City, do not choose it for an unsanctioned and
bogus 'contest', choose it for the tradition.  Choose it because Aruak is different.

Defenders of Aruak

25 August 2003
To any that care -- The CDC is back; our current roster is:
     Malaquar -- Minion of Guardian
     Pip the Troll -- Burly Enforcer Type
     mouse -- Official Sneaky Bastard
     Papa Bear -- Elder Statesmen
                     The Sealer says, "Hi, I'm the dealer."
                     Papa Bear says, "It's not my f****n fault."
Guardian -- Paper Figurehead

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STILE devastated PHETMOLGE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
BRAND slimly lost to DEBATOR in a popular 3 minute Challenge match.
JON SNOW vanquished ZHAL in a popular 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
BLEYS was overpowered by NIGHTFALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SHYLOCK devastated NAPPER LEON in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
WINSTON was devastated by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge match.
JAMMIES was handily defeated by IT'S A BOY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
DEADBOLT was vanquished by BAT in a action packed 2 minute gruesome one-sided duel.
CYLADIA was defeated by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a exciting 2 minute gruesome fight.
NIGHTINGALE savagely defeated TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a exciting 3 minute brutal fight.
TALON WARSMITH viciously subdued ROBERTO LEATHAM in a 2 minute conflict.
EYES IN FLOWER demolished RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
CORT NIGHTJEWEL handily defeated TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
SMOLDER DARKSUN was vanquished by NIGHTCAP in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
KHORA THE SMALL was overcome by ZALMARDARIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bout.
THE QUICKLING was bested by TAIRIKIA in a 2 minute brawl.
ALYAHOODI savagely defeated I TOL'YA THE PUN in a exciting 8 minute brutal bout.
KYRLANIA was killed by IMPRISONED SPY in a popular 2 minute match.
XARA was handily defeated by R.O.U.S. in a 2 minute mismatched competition.
DARLINA was beaten by R.O.U.S. in a action packed 1 minute fight.
SELA TYL VARAN was demolished by VALLANT in a 1 minute gruesome uneven bout.
SARGEN DENJO was handily defeated by UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a 1 minute contest.
DAMORETH STENN was overpowered by TREMERE in a 2 minute brutal uneven fight.
TIRYA overpowered ALASTARIAN DESERTER in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         BASHING ATTACK    27 -  16 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    29 -  20 -  2      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -   9 -  0      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         WALL OF STEEL     28 -  21 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   41 -  36 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  16 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  32 -  1      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         AIMED BLOW        15 -  23 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  19 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  32 -  0      35  |

Turn 229 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   STILE 65-5941              34  21  1  236 SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    72  55  0  241 SAND DANCERS (38)
STRIKING ATTACK  NIGHTFALL 74-2421          76  86  2  229 DARKLINGS (207)
PARRY-STRIKE     EYES IN FLOWER 65-2960     85  68  1  214 GENERAL MAYHEM (71)
SLASHING ATTACK  IT'S A BOY 78-841          79  70  3  214 BAD NEWS (16)
AIMED BLOW       SHYLOCK 75-2602            30  18  1  201 DARK TOADS (262)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           51  74  0  194 DARKLINGS (207)
BASHING ATTACK   ZALMARDARIN 78-312         37  67  2  194 THE DRAGON FIST (30)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      WINSTON 75-2600            37  13  0  193 DARK TOADS (262)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DEBATOR 76-1233           113 122  5  191 CREW MONIKER (9)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NIGHTINGALE 74-2423.  The ten other most popular fighters were TALON WARSMITH 
99-101, ALYAHOODI 11-2219, BAT 74-2742, BRAND 82-13289, DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970, 
DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862, KYRLANIA 70-2327, STILE 65-5941, TAIRIKIA 51-4247, and 
DEBATOR 76-1233.

The least popular fighter this week was TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777.  The other ten 
least popular fighters were RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, JAMMIES 74-2829, BLEYS 82-13278, 
DAMORETH STENN 65-6105, SARGEN DENJO 74-2723, SELA TYL VARAN 74-2897, SMOLDER DARKSUN 
78-513, ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232, NAPPER LEON 65-2153, and ZHAL 77-1456.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         2  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  DAL SHANG(65)        2  5 0  MAZGOURRAH(77)       0  1 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  0  1 0  SENTERN(70)          0  3 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       4  3 0  
SIBIKHAS(37)         0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       4  5 0  DWES EG(82)          0  2 0  
CLIFFHOME(38)        1  0 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    2  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           
 TREMERE 9-4915              24   0  0   87  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           46  65  1  177  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     27  22  1  194  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 PHETMOLGE 37-1555          132 136  1  193  UP TO NO GOOD (117)        SIBIKHAS
 VALLANT 38-4151             26   8  1   58  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               18  25  0   56  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             82  96  0  190  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 STILE 65-5941               34  21  1  236  SPLIT INFINITY 2 (260)     DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            66  82  2  191  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           76  86  2  229  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             30  18  1  201  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     72  55  0  241  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 ZHAL 77-1456                30  47  0   42  SAND DANCERS (72)          MAZGOURRAH
 IT'S A BOY 78-841           79  70  3  214  BAD NEWS (16)              LIN TIRIAN
 BLEYS 82-13278              21  11  2  181  TOADS OF AMBER (266)       DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       51  77  7  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE

                                FACE-TO-FACE XXXII

     Our next Winter Face-to-Face will be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Friday 
through Sunday, 16-18 January 2004, at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, Arizona (4400 S 
Rural Rd).  Room rates are $119.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which includes breakfast.  
The rooms are blocked.  The reservations number is 480-897-7444; tell them you're with 
the "Reality Simulations Face to Face Convention" block.  Our room block will be 
released in mid-December, so please make sure you reserve your room before then.
     There is a free shuttle to the airport, as well as free parking.  The hotel is 
located down the freeway in Tempe.  All rooms have high speed internet (for an extra 
charge).  There is a fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool, and of course a bar and 
restaurant inside the hotel.  And there's Denny's right across the street.  Look for 
transportation info in the tournament information sheet.
     The tournament information sheet/strategy sheet should be out sometime in late 
November/early December. 
     If you haven't been to a Face-to-Face before, you're overdue.  If you have, 
you'll be back.  Don't miss this one, it'll be a blast!  See you there! 

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI Staff