ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 11/22/2003    Duedate: 12/05/2003

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-235

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 OVERLORDS 20/239       45   22  3 67.2    6 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  460  542  6 45.9
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/244                      SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
  2 SLYTHERIN HOU 74/277    4    3  0 57.1      SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
  3 DARK TOADS 9/275       77   65  1 54.2      THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    DARK TOADS 78/276                         7 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  115  154  3 42.8
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    DARK TOADS 75/262                           THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
    LADY OF THE GLEN 1/272                    8 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1482 2004 19 42.5
    TOADS OF KRONDUR II 82/279                  SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
  4 1988 DODGERS 74/278   259  232  3 52.7      SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
    SPLIT INFINITY 65/226                       SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                   SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
  5 DARKLINGS 74/207      687  701  5 49.5      SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    SKAITHVARN 51/116                         9 ROOT OF ALL E 74/108   53   82  2 39.3

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #68 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Shania Silverstar leaned back against the wall and closed her eyes.  Reaching
Herlas had been difficult and exhausting, but it was also a victory; she hadn't
really believed it was possible.  Hard on Herlas, too, probably, but...she pressed
her lips together in a hard line.  Herlas had asked for it.  The Fratsfan magician
had set her up for capture by the people here in this city.  Even more surprising
than reaching Herlas with her message had been that Herlas was still alive to be
reached.  Rughal would have been furious when she vanished.  Someone--Ashon Chang,
perhaps, or Werre--had kept the Fratsfan alive.  Unless--  Could Rughal be dead?  No.
She'd have sensed it if Rughal had died.  At least, she was fairly sure she would
have felt it if the ranger had died.
     A measure of strength returned, and she opened her eyes to stare at the opposite
wall and wonder what to do next.  And whether a priest would show up and demand
something of her for the use of this shrine.  She hadn't seen anyone here yet.  No
priest, no cult figure, no offering bowl--she wouldn't have turned down a bite of the
god's bread--and no altar, no worshippers.  Just a courtyard with a fountain in it,
and two plain stone rooms behind, the water for the fountain welling up in the rear-
most room and flowing through the other and out.  The stair to the storm drains had
come up in the inner room, also.  The god's name, Hodan, had come to her when she
attempted a Knowing, but there had been nothing with it, no images.  Still, it was a
restful place, and she could use the rest.  And she was fairly sure that it was
magically shielded against prying eyes.
     On that thought, her own eyes closed.  Just a little nap, that's what she
needed....
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The mage-wind had dropped when Herlas fainted, but the natural wind was enough
to keep their ship moving.  Werre was doing something with the wheel, and he and
Ashon Chang were peering at a chart.  Vurand and Rughal were kneeling beside the
prostrate Fratsfan.  Jammies dithered a moment, then went back to see whether he
could do anything to help with the ship.
     Ashon Chang glanced up as the young gladiator joined them.  "We've entered a
strong current," the samurai said.  "Without more wind than we have now, escaping it
will be difficult--"
     Jammies peered at the chart they were studying curiously.  It didn't bear enough
resemblance to an ordinary map for him to make sense of it.  "Where's the current
taking us?  Back to the rocks, or the Outer Ocean, or...?"
     "To shore in this area."  Werre indicated a section of coast.  "Zinaco, and even
I, back in Lirith Kai, have heard of Zinaco.  Not a place that welcomes visitors."
     "But it's where we have to go," Vurand said, coming up behind Jammies.  "Zinaco
Lal.  Is that on your map?"
     "Yes, but--"
     "Shania got a message to us through Herlas saying she's AT this Zinaco Lal
place.  So we have to go there and rescue her," the Orc said flatly.  He was
obviously not prepared to hear any arguments on the subject.
     No one offered arguments.  Shania was their comrade, and one did not abandon a
comrade, if there was a way to rescue her.
     Werre walked his fingers over the chart, measuring.  "It'll take us a couple of
days to get there, even with the current and a good wind in our favor."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Shania wasn't sure how long she'd slept, hours, at least.  The light in the
shrine's outer courtyard had changed from one wall to the opposite one, and it was
softer.  Nearing the day's end, she guessed.  She stood and stretched slowly, wincing
at the aches from sleeping sitting on a stone floor against a stone wall.
     Now that she was fully awake, she could smell something hot and spicy, and her
stomach grumbled eagerly.  If there was finally a worshipper here, with an offering,
did she dare go out to the outer room or the courtyard?
     A man's shape--that was all she could see against the brightness--filled the
doorway.  "'Bout time you woke up," he growled.  "Who're you running from?"
     Shania stiffened, her chin coming up aggressively.  "Why do you assume I'm
running from something?"
     "That's why people come here," he said.  He sounded impatient.  "To hide."
     "Oh."  She shrugged a little.  "Some priests thought I would make a good
sacrifice.  I disagreed with them."
     He moved into the room, and she saw him clearly for the first time.  A local
man, by his swarthy face and features.  Poorly dressed, but he didn't move like a
poor man...he moved like a warrior, and a proud one.  Her eyes narrowed.  And he had
been speaking Isle cant.  An advanced gladiator, almost certainly.  "No point in
being sacrificed if it isn't an honor," he agreed.  "But they have good taste."  He
leered at her.  "I'm partial to blondes myself."

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

Not Talahya:

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

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 302): MASOOD of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 275): <COOKIE JONES> of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 270): MARIANNE KIND of THE JUG O'NAUGHTS (Still, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 257): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 234): STILE of SPLIT INFINITY 2 from DAL SHANG (TigToad)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 302): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 275): FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 270): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 257): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 234): SLYTHERIN HOUSE (Rillion, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 274): VINCENT CRABBE of SLYTHERIN HOUSE (Salazar Slytherin)

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

It is no surprised to me that I am still your champion.  I was able to be a part of
another great fight and see myself one turn closer to visiting the Gate.  The
tournament changes coming to the system provide TigToad a lot of options and it will
create some differences in the warriors that are going to be fought under his stable.
Since I have no new adversaries to challenge me, I will go with the stylematch up and
give Nightingale a chance to dethrone me.  It seems only fitting, Darklings are
occasionally active and maybe will even write a DM column if his warrior sees the
Horn.  Salute. -- Stile

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Debby Tonte was going on vacation to someplace with sunshine, someplace warm 
enough to lie around on a beach half-dressed and work on her tan.  I'm staying here 
and huddling over my fire.  I hate that.  It isn't fair!
     The Split has come and gone, leaving displacement and gaps in the ranks in its 
wake.  We say goodbye to Stile, who has been summoned to a higher service.  At least, 
that's what they call it here.  Sounds more like a press gang to me, but what do I 
know?
     We had a mere nineteen fights today, but no standbys fought.  Six challenge 
matches.  Piffling.  Possibly because of the distinct chill in the air (the one 
that's making me scrawl almost illegibly here due to my fingers being stiff, THAT 
chill), the longest fights only ran three minutes.  Three minutes?  You call this a 
long fight?  Not only do you not get a turtle for a three minute fight, you don't 
even get a hard-shelled beetle.  Heck, two LUNGERS could go three minutes, if they 
were in good training.
     Darklings were most avoided--by their manager.  But that's not new.  They were 
also avoided by the Dark Toads.  It would appear that two Darks don't make a light.  
Or maybe they do and don't want to.  Whatever.  Damoreth Stenn got the most 
challenges.  That was what, two?  One warrior died briefly, always a messy business 
from a legal standpoint.  Do you know we have a whole special category of lawyers 
here on the Isle to deal only with the tricky question of short-term bequests among 
Lord Protectors?  You can will something to another Lord Protector for a limited 
period, usually six months, and then they have to give it back!  Amazing.  And in 
some cases, extremely low and devious in purpose and practice.  Unless you go through 
the Gate, then you give it away forever.  But with the Gate closing, that will 
doubtless change.  Will we have all these seasoned interdimensional travelers 
demanding their property back?  Will Herself make a ruling on this?  Only time will 
tell, and time doesn't talk much.

     In brief, because we don't have enough fights to be long, even if I talk on and 
on and on, the fights--
     VINCENT CRABBE (74-3498) (17-7-2,51) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE fought TIRYA (46-3594) 
(18-30-0,44) of SAND DANCERS.  VINCENT CRABBE was beaten by TIRYA in an exciting 1 
minute gory bout.  Do we look for secret meanings in this?  Did Vincent make crude 
boyish advances to Tirya, which she resented?  Or is she simply more experienced?
     JON SNOW (78-2389) (17-1-1,66) of DARK TOADS fought MICKEY HATCHER (74-3356) 
(19-5-0,65) of 1988 DODGERS.  JON SNOW overpowered MICKEY HATCHER in a 1 minute one-
sided bout.  I hear that Jon didn't even get all the way home before he was called 
back.  And I hope he was glad for the call--think of the snow that's already falling 
on Tirian province!  Brrr!
     THOMAS (82-14150) (2-1-0,7) of TOADS OF KRONDUR II fought DARLINA (74-2995) (22-
16-2,65) of SAND DANCERS.  THOMAS was overpowered by DARLINA in a crowd pleasing 1 
minute mismatched brawl.  Hang in there, Thomas.  I've seen it before--a very young 
warrior coming out of the lower levels of the Dead Tourney straight to the Isle, and 
it's tough.  You've got a long way to go before you can compete on a level with these 
more experienced warriors.  But there are plenty of Sand Dancers!  Though you're 
still the lowest-ranked warrior here, I have no doubt that you'll work your way up.
     KYRLANIA (70-2327) (56-78-1,138) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought TOM RIDDLE (74-3501) 
(20-3-2,99) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE.  KYRLANIA overpowered TOM RIDDLE in an action packed 
1 minute uneven struggle.  And congratulations to Kyrlania for this victory, and even 
more, for her manager's attention.  Is this the beginning of a trend?  Maybe we'll be 
seeing tough competetion here in Lirin Kiv again.
     TRAM SATANS BLOOD (65-1106) (58-57-2,177) of SANGUINE SAINTS fought JAMMIES (74-
2829) (53-50-1,122) of DARKLINGS.  TRAM SATANS BLOOD was overcome by JAMMIES in an 
action packed 1 minute fight.  For shame, Jammies, taking advantage of a blind man 
like that!  Your mother taught you better, at least, I hope she did!  What have you 
got to say for yourself?
     TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-2777) (56-47-4,152) of SAND DANCERS fought VALLANT (38-
4151) (31-8-2,102) of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  TORYN TYL DAGEDA beat VALLANT in a 2 
minute conflict.  Even with Vallant entering tourneys, and I don't know for sure that 
he HAS done that, this is not what you'd call an even match.  Therefore, 
congratulations are in order to Vallant for drawing it into the second minute.
     KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) (98-131-3,185) of SAND DANCERS fought CYLADIA (51-1122) 
(85-98-0,187) of SKAITHVARN.  KHORA THE SMALL was devastated by CYLADIA in a 1 minute 
one-sided battle.  And so Khora still has not regained her coveted position as top-
ranked basher.  What will she do if she gets inducted?  No way she'll make top of the 
heap there.
     ZALMARDARIN (78-312) (38-71-3,184) of THE DRAGON FIST fought ALYAHOODI (11-2219) 
(50-66-1,198) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  ZALMARDARIN was bested by ALYAHOODI in a 3 minute 
conflict.  Despite this loss, Zalmaradarin IS our top-ranked basher, and is now 
Khora's nemesis.  This should be an interesting contest to follow.  Even without 
challenges.  Khora will be sure to make comments, will Zalmardarin reply?
     CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) (46-60-0,182) of THE DRAGON FIST fought BRAND (82-
13289) (14-9-1,175) of TOADS OF AMBER III.  CORT NIGHTJEWEL defeated BRAND in an 
exciting 1 minute match.  What can I deduce from or about this fight?  Very little, 
to be frank.  Not that I want to be Frank.  I think I prefer George, myself.  But I 
could observe that there is a strong difference in visible experience here, which 
makes Brand's defeat no surprise and no embarrassment.
     DARKMOON BLACKFELL (75-862) (71-61-2,195) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought TEMPUS (31-
538) (31-29-0,175) of THE STORMGUARDS.  DARKMOON BLACKFELL overpowered TEMPUS in a 
popular 1 minute uneven match.  Obviously, Darkmoon is not eclipsed this month!  And 
I note here and elsewhere that The Icelord has returned to Lirin Kiv with warriors 
for our sands.  A welcome to him.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (54-76-0,190) of DARKLINGS fought TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (59-67-
0,191) of SAND DANCERS.  NIGHTCAP overpowered TAIRIKIA in a popular 1 minute uneven 
duel.  Uneven?  What the HECK are the recorders thinking of to call this "uneven"?  A 
closely matched pair.  Too close, perhaps?  Is there some secret sympathy between 
this couple?  Are they... a couple?  Surely not!  After all, Tairikia is Rirorni.
     RUSTLING BREEZE (33-6478) (29-25-1,199) of THE WASTING FIELD fought DEADBOLT 
(70-1664) (67-86-2,179) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  RUSTLING BREEZE was vanquished by 
DEADBOLT in a 1 minute uneven duel.  It would appear that the Breeze was, dare I say 
it, "blown away."  Such is life in the arena.
     FENGAR II (20-61) (103-71-1,256) of OVERLORDS fought ROBERTO LEATHAM (65-6232) 
(26-26-1,200) of SPLIT INFINITY.  FENGAR II was viciously subdued by ROBERTO LEATHAM 
in an action packed 2 minute fight.  And in this last of our random matches today, 
Roberto claws his way to a winning record.  A salute, Roberto.

     And now the challenge matches, such as they are--
     MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP (1-6882) (20-14-0,70) of LADY OF THE GLEN challenged 
DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) (30-28-0,76) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 6.  MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP 
was overpowered by DAMORETH STENN in a 1 minute struggle.  But gently.  Apparently 
Damoreth still wants Marian to come to his keep and train ravens.  Or something like 
that.
     SEMIRHAGE (74-1712) (32-32-1,165) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged THE QUICKLING 
(70-1669) (45-101-2,179) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 14.  SEMIRHAGE assassinated THE 
QUICKLING in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.  Oops!  Doubtless unintentional, 
but still....  Not that Quickling has much to complain about, given the difference in 
experience here.  Still....  Well, these things DO happen.  And if you're going to 
die, what better place to do it than on the Isle, where it isn't permanent?
     TREMERE (9-4915) (27-2-0,154) of DARK TOADS challenged SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-513) 
(56-54-1,182) of THE DRAGON FIST.  Up 28.  TREMERE was unbelievably bested by SMOLDER 
DARKSUN in a 3 minute Challenge fight.  Ouch!  Looks like Tremere is having a really 
bad streak here.  These things tend to snowball.  Stop it NOW, Tremere.  Fight a Sand 
Dancer.
     INIGO MONTOYA (74-1611) (39-44-4,205) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged BAT (74-
2742) (63-68-1,206) of DARKLINGS.  Up 1.  INIGO MONTOYA defeated BAT in a crowd 
pleasing 1 minute Challenge duel.  You could call it a home-town match, but were 
these warriors active in the capital at the same time?  My memory may be spotty, but 
I don't think so.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (31-22-1,199) of DARK TOADS challenged DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-
1970) (76-56-0,220) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 21.  SHYLOCK was demolished by DEANJLI TYL 
RHU in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.  Looks to me like Deanjli is definitely 
lined up in the "soon to be Inducted" queue.

     And for the Horn and the title--
     TALON WARSMITH (99-101) (54-79-7,230) of SCARLET KNIGHTS challenged NIGHTFALL 
(74-2421) (80-87-2,227) of DARKLINGS.  Down 3.  TALON WARSMITH viciously subdued 
NIGHTFALL in a 2 minute Challenge Title fight.  It's good to see somebody other than 
a Toad issuing a challenge.  Well, okay, and Root of All Evil is issuing challenges.  
But is anybody else?  It looks to me like we've got a lot of managers asleep at the 
switch here.  Ah, well, congratulations to our new Champion of the Horn.  Write us a 
column, Talon.

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       55  79  7  238  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     77  56  0  235  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     27  26  1  224  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       40  44  4  211  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   72  61  2  202  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            55  76  0  202  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            68  86  2  201  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  66  1  200  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
-WINSTON 75-2600             39  16  0  199  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 CYLADIA 51-1122             86  98  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 FENGAR II 20-61            103  72  1  196  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           80  88  2  196  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 BAT 74-2742                 63  69  1  196  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      57  54  1  194  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             31  23  1  194  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      47  60  0  189  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          38  72  3  184  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 SEMIRHAGE 74-1712           33  32  2  184  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            59  68  0  180  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     29  26  1  179  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      98 132  3  176  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 TEMPUS 31-538               31  30  0  173  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 BRAND 82-13289              14  10  1  172  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       45 102  2  162  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 TREMERE 9-4915              27   3  0  158  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    57  47  4  157  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 JAMMIES 74-2829             54  50  1  157  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            57  78  1  148  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   58  58  2  145  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
-IAN 75-2747                 26  12  0  118  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 VALLANT 38-4151             31   9  2  114  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TOM RIDDLE 74-3501          20   4  2   99  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      31  28  0   88  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
 JON SNOW 78-2389            18   1  1   83  DARK TOADS (276)           LIN TIRIAN
 DARLINA 74-2995             23  16  2   67  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  20  15  0   63  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 TIRYA 46-3594               19  30  0   59  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 MICKEY HATCHER 74-3356      19   6  0   59  1988 DODGERS (278)         DAIYLA KIV
 VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498      17   8  2   42  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 THOMAS 82-14150              2   2  0   14  TOADS OF KRONDUR II (279)  DWES EG

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN
THE QUICKLING 70-1669      45 102  2 SCARLET KNIGHTS 64     SEMIRHAGE 74-1712      235

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

All -- I am going to be dropping Ian and Winston from this squad.  I do not believe
they will be effective in the future under the new system.  I am re-adding Jon Snow
to my fine squad and the newest member of the alive community, Thomas, who did rather
well in the dead adepts tournament.  I expect many horrific losses to come his way in
exchange for the many skills I plan to gather. -- TigToad

Rillion -- BTW, welcome to Lirin Kiv. -- TigToad

Alyahoodi -- Now THAT was a good fight.  Too bad it could be my last. -- Winston

Stile -- Thanks for the title shot.  Sorry I couldn't offer you a better fight, but
you jumped on top and stayed there.  Congrats.  Talon sends his love. -- Darkmoon

Nightfall -- It's the curse of my style at this level of the game. -- Deadbolt

Jammies -- But no so good, as my record shows.  Potential...that's what Armalias is
always talking about... -- The Quickling

Nightcap -- I'm actually a dragon, but I can't seem to get the Commission to make the
change for me.  Something about not being allowed to fight in my natural form.... --
Zalmardarin

     Would you be interested in being listed as a newt, or maybe a skink?

Nightengale -- Sing a song just for me and all is forgiven. -- Smolder

Bat -- Glad to be of assistance.  Come back for another lesson any time. -- Talon

Shylock -- Hmm.  I' not used to losing fights that go that long.  Well done. --
Deadbolt

Tremere -- Don't let Larkin fool you into thinking we're easy targets.  We're not. --
Cort

Ian -- Thank you SO much for that win, laddie.  I desperately needed it. -- The
Quickling

Deanjli -- Phbbblllttt!!!! -- Smolder

Nightcap -- Bad matchup for you, friend.  Best of luck in the future. -- Talon

Nightfall -- No that was not the way the fight was supposed to go.  I'm HUGE!!!  I
should never lose!!!  I'm...oh, okay.  Well done. -- Zalmardarin

Jammies -- You're not faring so well against us, are you.  Better luck next time. --
Kyrlania

Larkin -- Take note...personal ads from Scarlet Knights, et al. -- Armalias *grin*

     And I'm glad to welcome you back to the ranks of the vcoal.  I hope this is a
     trend and not a one-shot deal.

Semirhage -- To your hands and knees?  Darn, I was trying for flat out on the sands. 
I guess I must be getting soft from hanging around with all these Adantri. --
Tairikia the chagrined
P.S.  Sorry about your winning record, but if I'm to have one of those myself, I have
to win, which means you have to lose.  No draws, alas.

Smolder Darksun -- A bucket of water will soon put that out. -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

Bat -- It is YOUR fault that I once again slipped off the pinnacle of basherdom, and
don't think I'll forget it! -- Khora the Small and Furious

No one likes a Cheating Manager, and he broke both my swords, as well.  I wish I'd
killed him. -- Toryn tyl Dageda
P.S.  He was a Fratsfan.  I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Vallant -- (groaning)  You sure tried to blend me into one big bruise. -- Darlina

Vincent Crabbe -- Now they're sending kids against me?  Cheese. -- Damoreth Stenn

Marian of Ravenskeep -- Tell you what, *I* will retire and keep ravens. -- Tirya

Brand -- Mine.  It's right next to the wine cellar. -- Tairikia

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

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

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TALON WARSMITH viciously subdued NIGHTFALL in a 2 minute Challenge Title fight.
SHYLOCK was demolished by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
INIGO MONTOYA defeated BAT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge duel.
TREMERE was unbelievably bested by SMOLDER DARKSUN in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
SEMIRHAGE assassinated THE QUICKLING in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP was overpowered by DAMORETH STENN in a 1 minute struggle.
FENGAR II was viciously subdued by ROBERTO LEATHAM in a action packed 2 minute fight.
RUSTLING BREEZE was vanquished by DEADBOLT in a 1 minute uneven duel.
NIGHTCAP overpowered TAIRIKIA in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
DARKMOON BLACKFELL overpowered TEMPUS in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
CORT NIGHTJEWEL defeated BRAND in a exciting 1 minute match.
ZALMARDARIN was bested by ALYAHOODI in a 3 minute conflict.
KHORA THE SMALL was devastated by CYLADIA in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
TORYN TYL DAGEDA beat VALLANT in a 2 minute conflict.
TRAM SATANS BLOOD was overcome by JAMMIES in a action packed 1 minute fight.
KYRLANIA overpowered TOM RIDDLE in a action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.
THOMAS was overpowered by DARLINA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched brawl.
JON SNOW overpowered MICKEY HATCHER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
VINCENT CRABBE was beaten by TIRYA in a exciting 1 minute gory bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  29 -  1      57  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  31 -  0      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  19 -  0      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  17 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       24 -  25 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  28 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  13 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW        16 -  25 -  0      39  |

Turn 235 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         1 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  TALON WARSMITH 99-101      55  79  7  238 SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    77  56  0  235 SAND DANCERS (38)
LUNGING ATTACK   ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232    27  26  1  224 SPLIT INFINITY (226)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           55  76  0  202 DARKLINGS (207)
TOTAL PARRY      DEADBOLT 70-1664           68  86  2  201 SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)
STRIKING ATTACK  CYLADIA 51-1122            86  98  0  197 SKAITHVARN (116)
AIMED BLOW       SHYLOCK 75-2602            31  23  1  194 DARK TOADS (262)
BASHING ATTACK   ZALMARDARIN 78-312         38  72  3  184 THE DRAGON FIST (30)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777   57  47  4  157 SAND DANCERS (36)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TALON WARSMITH 99-101.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROBERTO LEATHAM 
65-6232, SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513, SEMIRHAGE 74-1712, ALYAHOODI 11-2219, KYRLANIA 
70-2327, TREMERE 9-4915, FENGAR II 20-61, NIGHTCAP 74-2745, DARKMOON BLACKFELL 
75-862, and ZALMARDARIN 78-312.

The least popular fighter this week was THOMAS 82-14150.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KHORA THE SMALL 78-519, TAIRIKIA 51-4247, SHYLOCK 75-2602, VINCENT 
CRABBE 74-3498, MICKEY HATCHER 74-3356, TOM RIDDLE 74-3501, TRAM SATANS BLOOD 
65-1106, TEMPUS 31-538, RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, and MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP 1-6882.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  1 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    1  1 0  
ZUKAL(9)             0  1 0  ARDIVENT(46)         1  0 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         1  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       1  0 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       3  2 0  
SEAM(20)             0  1 0  DAL SHANG(65)        2  1 0  DWES EG(82)          0  2 0  
CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  SENTERN(70)          2  1 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      1  0 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       6  5 1  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  20  15  0   63  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 TREMERE 9-4915              27   3  0  158  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  66  1  200  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 FENGAR II 20-61            103  72  1  196  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 TEMPUS 31-538               31  30  0  173  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     29  26  1  179  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 VALLANT 38-4151             31   9  2  114  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 TIRYA 46-3594               19  30  0   59  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             86  98  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     27  26  1  224  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            68  86  2  201  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       40  44  4  211  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   72  61  2  202  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     77  56  0  235  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      57  54  1  194  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 BRAND 82-13289              14  10  1  172  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       55  79  7  238  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE