ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 12/06/2003    Duedate: 12/19/2003

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-236

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 PARANOIA 65/281         3    0  0  100    6 DARKLINGS 74/207      690  703  5 49.5
    PARANOID ASYLUM 75/282                      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
  2 OVERLORDS 20/239       46   23  3 66.7    7 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  463  547  6 45.8
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/244                      SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
  3 SLYTHERIN HOU 74/277    5    4  0 55.6      SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
  4 DARK TOADS 9/275       80   69  1 53.7      THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    DARK TOADS 78/276                         8 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  116  156  3 42.6
    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                    9 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1486 2007 19 42.5
    TOADS OF KRONDUR II 82/279                  SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    DARK TOADS 65/283                           SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
  5 SUNNYLAND 40/284      260  235  3 52.5      SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    1988 DODGERS 74/278                         SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    SPLIT INFINITY 65/226                       SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                10 ROOT OF ALL E 74/108   55   82  2 40.1

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #69 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Shania Silverstar stared at the man, eyes narrowed in calculation.  She sorted
data quickly.  A man of the local race, one she'd never seen before, not that she'd
seen all the races of Ghea.  An advanced gladiator.  The nearest of Lady Greywand's
arenas lay to the east of here, in Lirith Kai.  And the westernmost of those
arenas....  "You're from Simtakka?"
     "Smart as well as beautiful, I see."  Faintly sneering.  Not mocking her--she
thought that he probably faced all life with a sneer.  "I earned my immortality in
Simtakka," he admitted after a moment.  His scarred hands flexed.  "I did it the hard
way, too.  The Adantri aren't all pushovers."
     "The ones I've met aren't," Shania agreed.  "And their sense of honor is strong.
Very strong."
     He bristled immediately.  "If you're expecting that kind of soft-in-the-head
honor from ME--"
     Shania smiled faintly.  Some things a woman didn't need magic to understand.
"You could have attacked me while I slept," she said.  "But you didn't.  Yes, I am
expecting that honor from you.  My name is Shania Silverstar, I graduated from an
Andorian arena."  She held out her hand.
     "Andorian.  Gods, I should have known...a lot more softheaded than the Adantri.
Gods curse the luck."  When her extended hand didn't waver, he finally grasped it and
shook it once, then turned away.  Over his shoulder, he growled, "I'm called Zakar."
     "Zakar.  Good.  If you have food out there, I would be glad to share it with
you."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There shouldn't BE a reef here!" Werre said again, scowling at his chart.
     "But we're stuck on one just the same," Jammies said with cheerful tactlessness.
"Where do you suppose it came from?"
     "Doesn't matter where it came from," Ashon Chang growled.  "The important thing
is getting off it before the waves pound us into pieces."
     "Which they will do," Rughal added, studying the clouds that were being driven
up from the south by a strong wind, and the increasingly rough sea below them.
     "This is some kind of magical effect," Herlas muttered.  He had been tentatively
readmitted to comrade-ship and allowed to move about the ship freely...although
Rughal was usually not far away.  "The reef, at least.  The coming storm," he turned
to stare southward, "I don't know.  Even that MIGHT be magical.  There's a mishmash
of forces at work here...."
     "Can magic get us off this reef then?" Werre asked suddenly.  "Can you do
something?"
     Herlas shrugged.  "I don't think so.  This is not my area of expertise--weather,
ships, and the moving of large objects."  His eyes, unusually dark for a Fratsfan,
narrowed as he stared into the water.  "This is what comes of not stabilizing the Eye
quickly enough," he muttered.  "It could have been prevented--"  He twitched when
Rughal, standing behind him, growled.  More briskly, he went on, "I don't think
there's a lot I can do here, very powerful forces are at work--more powerful than
those any one, or any two men, for that matter, can muster.  And if our hull has been
damaged, we might not WANT to get the ship off this reef, you know!  Better to be
stranded than to sink."
     "We won't sink if we get moving quickly enough," Werre countered.  "If we get
off right away.  But if we stay here and let the wind and the waves pound us and drag
us back and forth across whatever it is we hit--"
     "Looks like the top of a belfry," Jammies said, hanging over the side.
     Werre looked at Ashon Chang, who stared back at him.  Then both of them glanced
around. They were in the middle of a plain of water, with not even a rocky islet to
be seen.
     "I don't suppose it matters what we hit," Ashon Chang said after a moment.  The
important thing is to get off it without having the bottom torn out of our ship."
     "Well, at least this explains why there aren't a lot of other ships following
this good current," Vurand said.  "What do we do?"
     "Two men over the side," Werre decided.  "With ropes to keep them from being
swept away, of course.  To find out exactly how we're hung up."  He glanced around
the little group.  "I presume all of you can swim?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Shania washed her hands in the little stream that flowed through the shrine,
then sat back against the wall and sighed.  "I needed that, thank you.  Delicious."
     Zakar, squatting on the other side of the stream licked his own fingers and
snorted.  "Delicious," he repeated mockingly.  "I bet you never ate korry in your
life."
     "That the food was unfamiliar doesn't make it necessarily inedible," she
retorted.  She glanced out the doorway of the shrine.  Twilight had fallen, but the
sounds of a large population were still audible, and the light breeze carried the
scent of thousands of cooking fires as well as the smell of a seacoast.  "How long
can we stay here?"
     Zakar shrugged.  "I don't suppose Hodan cares, even if he really is a god and
not just a myth.  But we're both going to have people looking for us, and sooner or
later, they'll look here."
     Shania blinked.  "They'd violate a religious sanctuary?  And what 'they', come
to think of it?  I know I am likely to be pursued by priests, but what about you?"
     "Everybody'd like to catch me."  He seemed to take satisfaction in that.  "I'm a
flaming revolutionary.  And a heretic, too.  'Course, those're the same thing, here
in Zinaco."  At her surprised look, he added, "They're a theocracy."
     "What did you do to--?  No, that's none of my business, I suppose.  How do we
get out of here before we're found?  Do we work together," she wasn't sure she wanted
to work with Zakar, there was something about him...but he was the only potential
ally she had here, "or each manage our escape separately?"
     Zakar was silent for a long time, studying her with a critical gaze, the way he
might look at a horse he was thinking of buying.  From someone he didn't trust.
Finally he said, "We work together."  His hard mouth curled into a smile of sorts.
"I've got half an idea, but it would mean playing roles--you much good as an
actress?"
     Shania's eyes narrowed.  He seemed too pleased with his idea for it to be
something she was going to like.  "Depends on the role."  She considered mentioning
her magical skills and immediately decided against it.  Better to keep that knowledge
in reserve until she knew Zakar better.  And maybe not then.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     In the end, it was Ashon Chang and Rughal who went over the side.  "Because,"
the samurai explained to Rughal as he slid down a rope and into the water, "we are
victims of our own honor.  Werre must remain with the ship, as our most skilled
sailor, neither Jammies nor Vurand swims well, and Herlas claims that he cannot swim
at all.  Less honorable men than we are might point out--"  He gasped.  "The water is
colder than I expected!  Might point out," he continued, moving out of the path of
Rughal's descent, "that no great degree of swimming is required, and there ARE the
safety ropes...."
     Rughal laughed, which Ashon Chang considered a small victory; the ranger hadn't
so much as smiled since Shania had been taken from them.  "I'd go back up and do just
that," he said, "but we're already down here and wet, so we might as well take a look
at things."
     The two men made their way along the small ship's waterline, probing with light
poles for depth.  Rughal, who was in the lead, made the first find.  "Something
here," he said, handing Ashon his pole.  "I'll take a look."  Before the samurai
could reply, he doubled and thrust downward vanishing beneath the surface.
     The next minute seemed a very long one, and Ashon Chang began to hyperventilate
in preparation for diving himself.
     Rughal resurfaced, gasped in breath, and said, "It IS a belfry!  Or at least the
roof of some kind of tower.  Hard to tell what, and who cares?  I think we can get
off when the wind changes, IF it changes, as it usually does at sunset."
     "Is the hull damaged?"
     "Not that I can see.  It's a roof with two ridge poles, and the front of our
ship is sitting between them like they were the jaws of a vice.  We can't go forward,
but we should be able to go back, if the wind will cooperate."  Rughal grabbed his
rope and began to pull himself up hand over hand.
     "Excellent!"  Ashon Chang began to pull himself up as well.  "If the wind
doesn't cooperate, we will get Herlas to do it."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #17 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Lirin Kiv:

     Shylock, who had been lurking behind a hedge of rosebushes as Master Dan Shao
explained the war with the Grey Witch to Clemenda, frowned and sank down onto a handy
bench.  This would require thought.  This "Grey Witch of the East" sounded nearly as
powerful as Sheila Greywand, and if that was the case, she was a threat to his plans.
She would have to be removed--which had the added advantage that it would apparently
make him a hero to these people.  Or else he would have to write off this world as a
place to establish himself and find some other.  Because he had no intention of
sharing power....
     The thing to do, he decided, was to visit the home city of this Witch.  He
didn't have to actually meet her to discover just how much of a danger she might be.
But he had to be closer.  And fortunately, there was an obvious reason for the
journey:  He, and also Clemenda, which would get her out of the hands of that cursed
Master Dan Shao, would be seeking aid in finding and closing the Gate that had
brought them here.  An obvious reason, and one that no one could fault.
     He would propose the plan to Dan Shao immediately.  No point in wasting time.
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "I don't see why we had to rush off like this," Clemenda muttered.  "Another day
or two wouldn't have mattered."
     "It might matter," Shylock assured her.  "With magic, you can never tell about
things like that.  It MIGHT matter."  He drew her down onto the bench beside him,
smiling at the water that separated them from Master Dan Shao.  More water every
minute.  "Besides," he said, "I promised you dinner in Talahya, and I can fulfill
that promise till we get home."
     "But the Gate we came through must have been back there on that island!"
     "Gates are magic and don't always follow linear logic, my dear."
     "But--"
     "And besides, Dan Shao sent men out to search the island, and they reported that
the Gate is gone.  Or at least closed."  He shrugged.  "So we need to consult someone
who understands the magic of this world.  Dan Shao said the greatest magician or
wizard or whatever you want to call her, the Grey Witch, lives on an island--Thallia,
it's called--to the east."
     Clemenda sighed.  "Okay, I don't argue with your logic, I guess.  But I hope
it's not FAR to the east, because I don't like sailing."  She swallowed twice and
moved back toward the rail, leaning over it.  "I really don't...."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "I don't know how far it is to Thallia," the ship's captain said.  "I don't sail
there.  Just the Irindan Sea, and to the Pillars of Gold, the gates of the Middle
Sea, you know, no farther."  He gestured toward the east.  "It's dangerous out there!
Our Sea Patrols keep order in the Irindan, but the Middle Sea is full of pirates.
Dangerous place, and you'd do better not to go.  Stay in Lirith Kai.  No place else
is as good anyway."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 303): KOREEN of REFUGEES (Zarla, team captain)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 276): <COOKIE JONES> of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 271): LENTIRIA of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 258): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 235): TALON WARSMITH of SCARLET KNIGHTS from SOUTH RIDGE
                              (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 303): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 276): FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 271): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 258): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 235): OVERLORDS, etc. (The Icelord, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 303): AMPLITUR of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
                              CORAL SNAKE of ALL THAT SLITHERS (Poison Ivy, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 276): OREL HERSHISER of 1988 DODGERS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
                               DURANY of WICKED DESTINY (Bum, mgr.)
                               GANGLARE of EINHERJAR IV (Skallagrim, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 258): PROOKIE of PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     The never-ending story: another fight day.  The two hundred thirty-sixth, to be 
exact.  At least, that's the count for Lirin Kiv.  Some good intentions fell by the 
way, others may have been revived, and it isn't even New Year's yet.

     Scarlet Knights were most avoided, unnecessarily, as they have slipped back into 
their coma.  The Stormguards, recently returned to this arena, avoided them the most.
     Darlina got the most challenges, though not through making idle boasts, surely!  
Idle boasts don't sound like her "thing."  And she hasn't got much to boast about in 
an un-idle sense.
     We had twenty-two fights, up from last time, and only one standby fought.  This 
is good.  We need to see this increase continuing!  Nine challenge matches, of which 
two were TV, and our congratulations to the warriors how had those TV challenges to 
use.  No one died, which saves a lot of hassle and annoyance.  And the longest fight 
was... three minutes?  THREE minutes?  That hardly qualifies as a "long fight"!

     Anyway, here ARE the fights.
     MIDNIGHT FAITH (75-2651) (18-12-1,73) of PARANOID ASYLUM fought UNEMPLOYED 
PERSON (107-5) (0-0-0,70) of Imported Fans.  MIDNIGHT FAITH subdued UNEMPLOYED PERSON 
in an action packed 1 minute bout.  I should hope so!  And a hearty welcome to 
Midnight Faith and the other paranoids.  We're glad to see you here.
     MICKEY HATCHER (74-3356) (19-6-0,59) of 1988 DODGERS fought AMPLITUR (65-6440) 
(14-3-1,46) of DARK TOADS.  MICKEY HATCHER devastated AMPLITUR in an action packed 1 
minute one-sided bout.  I'm glad the arenamaster stepped in before Mickey managed to 
pry the jewel out of Amplitur's forehead.  That sort of trophy isn't Standard 
Equipment, after all.
     VINCENT CRABBE (74-3498) (17-8-2,42) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE fought DISORDER (65-
6419) (17-7-1,59) of PARANOIA.  VINCENT CRABBE was overpowered by DISORDER in a 1 
minute mismatched conflict.  You SEE, Disorder?  It's TRUE.  They're ALL OUT TO GET 
YOU.  You're going to have to hit them FIRST.
     FLIGHT (75-2606) (19-11-2,70) of PARANOID ASYLUM fought KING LOVE (40-3748) (16-
14-2,51) of SUNNYLAND.  FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.  
This was practically in passing, as Flight seemed to be in a great hurry to get to 
somewhere else.  Well, I can understand.  I wouldn't mind getting to somewhere else 
myself!  Somewhere with a beach, sun, gentle surf, tables shaded by colorful 
umbrellas, attentive waitresses in grass skirts bring cool drinks, you know, the 
whole nine yards.
     TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-2777) (57-47-4,157) of SAND DANCERS fought TRAM SATANS 
BLOOD (65-1106) (58-58-2,145) of SANGUINE SAINTS.  TORYN TYL DAGEDA was overpowered 
by TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 minute one-sided bout.  You should've been able to do 
better than THAT, Toryn.  You see what it is--Tram, coming from below, was trying 
harder!
     TEMPUS (31-538) (31-30-0,173) of THE STORMGUARDS fought KYRLANIA (70-2327) (57-
78-1,148) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  TEMPUS bested KYRLANIA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute 
brawl.  No surprise here.  Manager attention is important.  Trust me on this, 
Kyrlania.
     TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (59-68-0,180) of SAND DANCERS fought JAMMIES (74-2829) (54-
50-1,157) of DARKLINGS.  TAIRIKIA devastated JAMMIES in an exciting 1 minute uneven 
duel.  Ooooh, is Jammies in trouble, or what?  No personals, loses a fight, and he's 
in an adventure--a recipe for disaster!
     SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-513) (57-54-1,194) of THE DRAGON FIST fought RUSTLING BREEZE 
(33-6478) (29-26-1,179) of THE WASTING FIELD.  SMOLDER DARKSUN overpowered RUSTLING 
BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.  What I want to know is, does the name "Smolder 
Darksun" have something to do with an eclipse?  Are we looking at prophesy here?
     BAT (74-2742) (63-69-1,196) of DARKLINGS fought CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) (47-60-
0,189) of THE DRAGON FIST.  BAT devastated CORT NIGHTJEWEL in a crowd pleasing 1 
minute mismatched bout.  I understand that Bat was named for the little mammal that 
flies around eating bugs, but today he acted more like a bludgeon.
     NIGHTFALL (74-2421) (80-88-2,196) of DARKLINGS fought THE QUICKLING (70-1669) 
(45-102-2,162) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  NIGHTFALL (of Darklings, as opposed to any other 
Nightfalls who might happen to be around) handily defeated THE QUICKLING in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.  She fell on him, in fact, like, well, like 
night coming down.  Sudden, complete, dark.  You know.
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (86-98-0,197) of SKAITHVARN fought DARKMOON BLACKFELL (75-862) 
(72-61-2,202) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  CYLADIA was subdued by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a 2 
minute competition.  This seems to be another one of those mythic subductions--a dark 
moon, or perhaps a new one, falling on a hapless warrior.  Will either of them speak 
of what this has meant to them?
     ROBERTO LEATHAM (65-6232) (27-26-1,224) of SPLIT INFINITY fought NIGHTCAP (74-
2745) (55-76-0,202) of DARKLINGS.  ROBERTO LEATHAM was handily defeated by NIGHTCAP 
in a 1 minute one-sided bout.  Handily.  Which means how many hands were involved 
here?  Is, perhaps, Nightcap monkey-like in having four effective hands, rather than 
two?  That would certainly be "handy" for somet hings.

     And the challenge matches--
     JON SNOW (78-2389) (18-1-1,83) of DARK TOADS challenged DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) 
(31-28-0,88) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 5.  JON SNOW vanquished DAMORETH STENN in a 1 
minute uneven Challenge fight.  Odd, this.  It's supposed to be the snow that 
vanishes, or is vanquished, or whatever.  Say, do you suppose that if Jon fought 
Smolder Darksun, the two names would result in Snow vanishing?
     THOMAS (82-14150) (2-2-0,14) of TOADS OF KRONDUR II challenged TIRYA (46-3594) 
(19-30-0,59) of SAND DANCERS.  Up a bunch, hmm, how about... 45?  THOMAS lost to 
TIRYA in an action packed 2 minute Challenge duel.  Where's Krondur?  I or II, either 
one.
     MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP (1-6882) (20-15-0,63) of LADY OF THE GLEN challenged 
DARLINA (74-2995) (23-16-2,67) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 4.  MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP handily 
defeated DARLINA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.  Without ravens, which seems 
unfilial to me.  After all, Marian must have at least grown up with ravens, don't you 
think?  If, as one must assume, she grew up at Ravenskeep, i.e. the place where they 
keep those unkind birds.
     TREMERE (9-4915) (27-3-0,158) of DARK TOADS challenged ALYAHOODI (11-2219) (51-
66-1,200) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  Up 42.  TREMERE overpowered ALYAHOODI in a 2 minute 
one-sided Challenge struggle.  Ah, good!  Nothing personal, Alyahoodi, but we were 
beginning to wonder what had happened to Tremere's sure hand and steady eye.  Or 
maybe it's a steady hand and a sure eye.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (31-23-1,194) of DARK TOADS challenged DEADBOLT (70-1664) (68-
86-2,201) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 7.  SHYLOCK was devastated by DEADBOLT in a 1 
minute uneven Challenge brawl.  Nothing like a major difference in experience to 
weight a fight.  I hope the skills were exchanged freely here.  Stinginess is un-
Adantri or something.
     FENGAR II (20-61) (103-72-1,196) of OVERLORDS challenged INIGO MONTOYA (74-1611) 
(40-44-4,211) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL.  Up 15.  FENGAR II was overpowered by INIGO 
MONTOYA in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.  Young but tough, that's Inigo.  I 
suppose Fengar didn't have six fingers?
     SEMIRHAGE (74-1712) (33-32-2,184) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged ZALMARDARIN 
(78-312) (38-72-3,184) of THE DRAGON FIST.  Straight across.  SEMIRHAGE savagely 
defeated ZALMARDARIN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.  It would appear 
that the Root of All Evilers are really getting into their stride today.  Good going.

     TOM RIDDLE (74-3501) (20-4-2,99) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE TV challenged VALLANT (38-
4151) (31-9-2,114) of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  Up 15.  TOM RIDDLE demolished VALLANT in a 
1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.  Congratulations to Tom on having a TV challenge.  
Can't expect Vallant to beat that, I guess.  But tell me, Vallant, have you worked 
out the answer to "When is a door not a door?"
     BRAND (82-13289) (14-10-1,172) of TOADS OF AMBER III TV challenged KHORA THE 
SMALL (78-519) (98-132-3,176) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 4.  BRAND was devastated by KHORA 
THE SMALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  Congratulations to Brand on his 
TV challenge, also.  And congratulations to Khora on returning to her desired honor 
as Top Basher.  There's something to be said in favor of simple, achievable goals, 
after all.

     And for the Horn:  TALON WARSMITH (99-101) (55-79-7,238) of SCARLET KNIGHTS 
fought DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-1970) (77-56-0,235) of SAND DANCERS.  A random match, and 
a close one.  TALON WARSMITH was vanquished by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute one-
sided Title fight.  Our congratulations go to Deanjli for returning to this coveted 
position.

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     78  56  0  246  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       41  44  4  237  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            56  76  0  214  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            69  86  2  213  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   73  61  2  207  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 BAT 74-2742                 64  69  1  205  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      58  54  1  202  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
-WINSTON 75-2600             39  16  0  199  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           81  88  2  198  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 CYLADIA 51-1122             86  99  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       55  80  7  196  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE
 SEMIRHAGE 74-1712           34  32  2  192  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 TREMERE 9-4915              28   3  0  192  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     27  27  1  190  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519      99 132  3  188  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 FENGAR II 20-61            103  73  1  187  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            60  68  0  187  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             31  24  1  186  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      47  61  0  181  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          38  73  3  180  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  67  1  175  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 TEMPUS 31-538               32  30  0  175  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     29  27  1  174  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   59  58  2  167  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 BRAND 82-13289              14  11  1  164  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       45 103  2  161  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 JAMMIES 74-2829             54  51  1  153  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            57  79  1  150  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    57  48  4  141  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 TOM RIDDLE 74-3501          21   4  2  129  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
-IAN 75-2747                 26  12  0  118  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VALLANT 38-4151             31  10  2  100  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 JON SNOW 78-2389            19   1  1   98  DARK TOADS (276)           LIN TIRIAN

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      31  29  0   80  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  21  15  0   79  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 MIDNIGHT FAITH 75-2651      19  12  1   78  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 FLIGHT 75-2606              20  11  2   76  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 MICKEY HATCHER 74-3356      20   6  0   73  1988 DODGERS (278)         DAIYLA KIV
 DISORDER 65-6419            18   7  1   70  PARANOIA (281)             DAL SHANG
 TIRYA 46-3594               20  30  0   61  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 DARLINA 74-2995             23  17  2   57  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 KING LOVE 40-3748           16  15  2   48  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 AMPLITUR 65-6440            14   4  1   43  DARK TOADS (283)           DAL SHANG
 VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498      17   9  2   39  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 THOMAS 82-14150              2   3  0   21  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

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

It's a strange feeling not having to write a column for the Champion of the Horn.
Hopefully, the new champion will continue the tradition. -- TigToad

My record keeps suffering with lousy turns, yet this time I'm not even unhappy.
Great learns, keep up the good work on training all my guys! -- TigToad

     As long as you're happy, we're happy.

Deadbolt -- Thank you for your congratulations.  I am not used to winning fights that
go that long, so we are both surprised. -- Shylock

Cort -- As long as you run on maintenance and I have an idea of your strategies,
you'll forgive me if I continue to challenge you.  Now if you activate and write
personal ads, that's totally a different matter. -- TigToad & Tremere

     Maybe next time we have an ice storm at the GC offices.... -- Ed.

     That soon? -- Larkin

The Quickling -- You are welcome for the win and my retirement which came as a
result.  Well, kinda. -- Ian

Armalias -- Personal ads!  Unheard of.  I heard a rumor that Zalgor was going to
write ads also....  I mean, if everyone starts talking, how will I get in my private
conversations with Li Dan?

     Doesn't seem like you have any need to worry.

Tirya -- You can keep ravens if you like, but I have no ravens of my own to let you
use. -- Marian of Ravenskeep

Tairikia -- Wine cellar?  I'll take a nice strong red. -- Brand

All -- Welcome Amplitur to my ADM ranks.  The cruel system took him after he did well
in the champions tourney. -- TigToad

Tairikia -- Yes, everything broke down for me in our fight.  Maybe in a 10 rounds or
so I might be better equipped to offer a challenge.  Hopefully your record will
improve without my help. ;) -- Semirhage

The Quickling -- Sorry about killing you last turn.  I may have been a touch testy
with my recent string of losses.  Nothing personal. -- Semirhage

Bat -- I don't believe we ever crossed paths in our home arena did we?  Close fight
though. -- Inigo

Shylock -- Your determination is admirable, but doesn't this run up your hospital
bills? -- Deanjli tyl Rhu

Marian of Ravenskeep -- Nothing like meeting old friends, is there? -- Damoreth Stenn

Nightcap -- (hiss of annoyance) -- Tairikia

Cyladia -- (furious growl of annoyance, not to mention wrath) -- Khora the Small and
Furious

Vallant -- I hope that rating helps you!  You certainly appear to have a need for it.
-- Toryn tyl Dageda

Thomas -- I can see you are a Toad of Towering Intellect, the way you sucked up those
skills. -- Darlina

Vincent Crabbe -- Splendid!  I really NEEDED that win. -- Tirya

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

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BRAND was devastated by KHORA THE SMALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
TOM RIDDLE demolished VALLANT in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SEMIRHAGE savagely defeated ZALMARDARIN in a crowd pleasing 3 minute Challenge duel.
FENGAR II was overpowered by INIGO MONTOYA in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
SHYLOCK was devastated by DEADBOLT in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
TREMERE overpowered ALYAHOODI in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP handily defeated DARLINA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
THOMAS lost to TIRYA in a action packed 2 minute Challenge duel.
JON SNOW vanquished DAMORETH STENN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
TALON WARSMITH was vanquished by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
ROBERTO LEATHAM was handily defeated by NIGHTCAP in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
CYLADIA was subdued by DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a 2 minute competition.
NIGHTFALL handily defeated THE QUICKLING in a exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.
BAT devastated CORT NIGHTJEWEL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched bout.
SMOLDER DARKSUN overpowered RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
TAIRIKIA devastated JAMMIES in a exciting 1 minute uneven duel.
TEMPUS bested KYRLANIA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brawl.
TORYN TYL DAGEDA was overpowered by TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 minute one-sided bout.
FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
VINCENT CRABBE was overpowered by DISORDER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
MICKEY HATCHER devastated AMPLITUR in a action packed 1 minute one-sided bout.
MIDNIGHT FAITH subdued UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a action packed 1 minute bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         LUNGING ATTACK    40 -  31 -  1      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     22 -  18 -  0      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     13 -  11 -  0      54  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   36 -  33 -  0      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       25 -  23 -  1      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  28 -  1      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  17 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        17 -  27 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   5 -  0      29  |

Turn 236 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    78  56  0  246 SAND DANCERS (38)
LUNGING ATTACK   INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611      41  44  4  237 ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           56  76  0  214 DARKLINGS (207)
TOTAL PARRY      DEADBOLT 70-1664           69  86  2  213 SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)
SLASHING ATTACK  BAT 74-2742                64  69  1  205 DARKLINGS (207)
STRIKING ATTACK  NIGHTFALL 74-2421          81  88  2  198 DARKLINGS (207)
AIMED BLOW       TREMERE 9-4915             28   3  0  192 DARK TOADS (275)
BASHING ATTACK   KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     99 132  3  188 SAND DANCERS (43)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777   57  48  4  141 SAND DANCERS (36)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SEMIRHAGE 74-1712.  The ten other most popular fighters were TIRYA 46-3594, 
TREMERE 9-4915, KYRLANIA 70-2327, DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862, BAT 74-2742, TRAM SATANS 
BLOOD 65-1106, KHORA THE SMALL 78-519, INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611, NIGHTCAP 74-2745, and 
CYLADIA 51-1122.

The least popular fighter this week was VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were KING LOVE 40-3748, ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232, VALLANT 38-4151, 
AMPLITUR 65-6440, JAMMIES 74-2829, RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196, 
THE QUICKLING 70-1669, TALON WARSMITH 99-101, and DAMORETH STENN 65-6105.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           1  0 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       7  4 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  ZENSU(40)            0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    3  1 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       0  1 0  ARDIVENT(46)         1  0 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         1  0 0  
SEAM(20)             0  1 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       3  2 0  
CHIMLEVTAL(31)       1  0 0  DAL SHANG(65)        2  3 0  DWES EG(82)          0  2 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  0  1 0  SENTERN(70)          1  2 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      0  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  21  15  0   79  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 TREMERE 9-4915              28   3  0  192  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  67  1  175  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 FENGAR II 20-61            103  73  1  187  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 TEMPUS 31-538               32  30  0  175  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     29  27  1  174  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 VALLANT 38-4151             31  10  2  100  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 KING LOVE 40-3748           16  15  2   48  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 TIRYA 46-3594               20  30  0   61  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             86  99  0  197  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     27  27  1  190  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            69  86  2  213  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       41  44  4  237  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   73  61  2  207  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     78  56  0  246  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      58  54  1  202  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 BRAND 82-13289              14  11  1  164  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       55  80  7  196  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE