ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 12/20/2003    Duedate: 01/02/2004

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-237

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 OVERLORDS 20/239       46   24  3 65.7      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/244                    6-SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  463  547  6 45.8
  2 DARK TOADS 9/275       83   73  1 53.2      SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
    DARK TOADS 78/276                           SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    DARK TOADS 75/262                         7 SLYTHERIN HOU 74/277    5    6  0 45.5
    LADY OF THE GLEN 1/272                    8 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1491 2009 19 42.6
    TOADS OF KRONDUR II 82/279                  SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    DARK TOADS 65/283                           SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
  3 SUNNYLAND 40/284      264  235  3 52.9      SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    1988 DODGERS 74/278                         SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    SPLIT INFINITY 65/226                       SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                 9 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  117  158  3 42.5
  4 PARANOIA 65/281         3    3  0 50.0      SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    PARANOID ASYLUM 75/282                      THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
  5 DARKLINGS 74/207      694  704  5 49.6   10 ROOT OF ALL E 74/108   55   84  2 39.6

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #70 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     "Roofs?"  Herlas leaned across the rail and peered down into the water.  "I've
heard of the Drowned Land, of course, but I hadn't realized it would be on our
course, and so close to the surface--"
     Ashon Chang grabbed the wizard's belt and hauled him back.  "You can't swim,
remember?  And we aren't stopping here to explore, even if you can.  We have more
important things to do."  He glanced across at Werre.  "As soon as the wind changes,
we should be able to get loose."
     The Adantri nodded.  "Sooner, I think.  You might not realize it, but even here
in the middle of this sea, there are tides, and the tide is rising.  We should float
off any time now."  He frowned at the plain of water around them, and the distant
line of darkness on the horizon that was probably land.  "I just hope we don't hit
any other...roof before we get away from this place."
     "So do we all," Vurand growled.  "Roofs instead of reefs!  Drowned cities!  The
sooner we get our feet back on dry land, the happier I'll be."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "You could never pass yourself off as Tzaltakkan," Zakar said.  "Your coloring
is wrong--we could fix that, maybe, but your face is the wrong shape, too.  And
everybody in this city who isn't Tzaltakkan by blood is a slave.  Besides, you don't
speak the language."
     Shania Silverstar scowled, already not liking where this seemed to be going.
"There must be, I don't know, traders from other lands?  Travelers--big cities always
have foreign travelers--"
     "Not in Zinaco-Lal.  No foreigner gets into this city as a free man.  Traders
and travelers don't get past the outer harbor and the Foreigners' Quarter.  We're in
the heart of the city here, woman.  And no matter when we leave the shrine, you will
be seen.  Count on it.  So you have to be--to at least look like--something that
won't raise questions.  The slave of someone of true Tzaltakkan blood.  And," he went
on before she could answer, "people will be looking for you.  You specifically--
blonde, fair-skinned.  So we have to make you unmemorable.  As much as possible,
anyway.  So we'll dye your hair black and darken your skin as much as we can, too."
He studied her, frowning.
     Shania could see that now he had forgotten whatever personal pleasure he took in
the thought of her posing as his slave and was considering the practical aspects.
She turned her own thoughts to the practical aspects.  Distasteful as the proposed
ruse was, Zakar was probably right when he said it was the only thing that would work
here and now.  She could change her appearance magically...no, better not.  That
change could be made as well with simple physical means.  Better save what magical
energy she had at the moment for a serious need.  "Soot will do for my hair if you
can't find anything better," she said briskly.  "Red ochre, maybe, for my skin?  And
tea or something like it, to take the white out of this shift."
     He nodded.  "I've got a contact who can get what we'll need."  He smiled without
humor.  "In a brothel."  He moved to the exit from the shrine.  "It shouldn't take me
long to get the stuff.  Stay here and stay out of sight until I get back."
     He was gone before she could utter any of the remarks that sprang to mind, such
as that she was smart enough not to go out and be recognized, and wasn't his servant,
and....
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     It was the tide that finally got their ship off the roof.  Imperceptible so far
from shore, the waters rose.  The only sign of it was the slow drag and the final
lift that freed the vessel.  Though it was late in the day, Werre sent the ship
shoreward--according to their charts, at least--as quickly as possible.  He put
Jammies and Vurand in the bow to watch for other obstacles so long as there was light
enough to see them.  But apparently the tower that had caught them was the tallest
building left in the drowned city.  By sunset, there were no more roofs to be
glimpsed in the water.
     "Some day," Herlas muttered, "I will come back here.  There are spells that
would permit exploration of that which is sunken, if it does not lie to deep.  To be
the first man in millennia to look upon the towers of vanished Melantea...."
     "There are probably lots of western wizards who've dived on these ruins," Ashon
Chang countered.  "Why not?  It's right in their back yard."
     "Never!" the Fratsfan responded immediately.  "The gods could not do that to
me--"
     Vurand's scornful laughter cut across his words.  "Why should the gods care if
you're the first or the ninety-first?"  The Orc squinted at the shore, red hills and
black shadows in the sunset light.  As far east along it as he could see, at the
limit of the light was an area where the shapes of light and shadow were straight-
edged, square-cornered.  "Will we try to reach that city tonight?"
     "No.  Too dangerous to go sailing around here in the dark," Werre answered.
"Rocks, ruins, or reefs, we don't want to hit anything else."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 305): WAIS of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 278): ULTRA ENDEAVOR of FAULTY PREMISES (Abarsis, the
                               Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 272): ALLOCUTION of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 260): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 236): DEANJLI TYL RHU of SAND DANCERS from SIMTAKKA (Rebina.)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 305): SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 278): FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 272): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 260): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 236): PARANOIA, etc. (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 304): WOUNDHEALER of BOOK OF SWORDS (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 277): SYR-DAVAN of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
                               GROUND POUNDER of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                               FRANKIE THE FISH of FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
                               STAN THE MAN of FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
                               SUMMER of FORCE OF FIVE (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 259): O PAUL of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)

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

     Again I sit here with this stupid drinking horn.  All this fancy-work, just to
hold beer?  I have to tell you, it looks better on the mantle in our guildhouse, full
of flowers.  When flowers are in season, of course.  Now I've got evergreens and
stuff in it.
     And now that I'm thinking about it, what am I doing here?  Somebody somewhere is
hot to shove me into Primus, right?  What if I don't want to go?

                                        Deanjli tyl Rhu

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     This is awful.  Only eighteen fights, and two standbys amongst them!  We're 
shrinking.  Somebody must've left us out in the rain.  Tell me it's just the holiday 
season, and people will be back in hordes come the new year.  Please!
     Eighteen fights, eight challenge matches, one of them a TV challenge.  No 
deaths.  Two standbys.  The longest fight was THREE MINUTES?  You're kidding me, 
right?  Sure, several matches tied for the three-minute status, but... that's our 
longest fight?  This is so embarrassing!
     Darklings were avoided by Sand Dancers.  Surprising, that.  Damoreth Stenn got 
the most challenges, which is probably two.

     Without further ado, because there weren't enough fights to support a decent 
ado--
     FLIGHT (75-2606) (20-11-2,76) of PARANOID ASYLUM fought UNEMPLOYED PERSON (107-
5) (0-0-0,70) of Other People.  FLIGHT was overpowered by UNEMPLOYED PERSON in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided match.  Proof positive that THEY'RE OUT TO GET YOU, 
Flight!  Watch out!  No, really, I'm not making fun of you.  The ranks of the 
Unemployed really ARE out to get you.  I dunno why, but I overheard 'em talking about 
it in the cafeteria.
     THOMAS (82-14150) (2-3-0,21) of TOADS OF KRONDUR II fought MICKEY HATCHER (74-
3356) (20-6-0,73) of 1988 DODGERS.  THOMAS was devastated by MICKEY HATCHER in a 1 
minute one-sided brawl.  Clearly, Mickey was not indulging in any dodging today.  
Unless you could call it "dodging forward to the attack," or something.  Tough on the 
Toad, but that's life.
     DISORDER (65-6419) (18-7-1,70) of PARANOIA fought KING LOVE (40-3748) (16-15-
2,48) of SUNNYLAND.  DISORDER was handily defeated by KING LOVE in a 1 minute 
mismatched bout.  This is a cawe of "make love, not war," yes?  Of course, for best 
results, we should be pitting King Love against, hmm, Talon Warsmith or someone a 
similar name, and I don't think the King is quite ready for that.  Some other year.
     VALLANT (38-4151) (31-10-2,100) of BLENDING ENTHRONED fought AMPLITUR (65-6440) 
(14-4-1,43) of DARK TOADS.  VALLANT vanquished AMPLITUR in an action packed 1 minute 
mismatched bout.  Does this mean we have (shudder) blended toads?  Or are the toads 
blending in color, and no longer simply "dark"?  And in what sense can "blending" be 
"enthroned"?  Inquiring minds want to know.
     TREMERE (9-4915) (28-3-0,192) of DARK TOADS fought TRAM SATANS BLOOD (65-1106) 
(59-58-2,167) of SANGUINE SAINTS.  TREMERE handily defeated TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 
minute one-sided conflict.  I thought of several comments to make here and finally 
decided on simply congratulating Tremere on getting back into the flow of his winning 
ways, and encouraging Tram to try harder and maybe write personals.  You never know, 
it might help.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (31-24-1,186) of DARK TOADS fought RUSTLING BREEZE (33-6478) 
(29-27-1,174) of THE WASTING FIELD.  SHYLOCK was demolished by RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 
minute one-sided brawl.  That was QUITE a breeze there!  You can see from his record 
that Shylock is no push-over, but he was simply blown away by the Breeze from 
Niatoli.
     ROBERTO LEATHAM (65-6232) (27-27-1,190) of SPLIT INFINITY fought ALYAHOODI (11-
2219) (51-67-1,175) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  ROBERTO LEATHAM demolished ALYAHOODI in a 3 
minute mismatched competition.  Questions arise: is Alyahoodi getting stale?  Does he 
need some kind of vacation, or maybe a refresher seminar?  Is Roberto siginificantly 
lacking in respect for his elders?  Inquiring minds, having nothing better to do, 
would like to know about this, too.
     BAT (74-2742) (64-69-1,205) of DARKLINGS fought TEMPUS (31-538) (32-30-0,175) of 
THE STORMGUARDS.  BAT handily defeated TEMPUS in an exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.  
This is hardly hospitable, Bat.  Couldn't you at least have made it look difficult?
     NIGHTFALL (74-2421) (81-88-2,198) of DARKLINGS fought KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) 
(99-132-3,188) of SAND DANCERS.  NIGHTFALL slimly lost to KHORA THE SMALL in a 
popular 2 minute brutal fight.  Hard to think of a pretty little lady like Khora as 
brutal, isn't it?  But if that's what it takes to keep her much-cherished "top 
basher" position, she'll do brutal with the best, or maybe the worst, of 'em.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (56-76-0,214) of DARKLINGS fought VILLAINOUS INFORMER (107-
23) (0-0-0,181) of Other People.  NIGHTCAP vanquished VILLAINOUS INFORMER in an 
action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.  Our last random match, and Nightcap has to 
get carried away.  (sigh)  The Informer might have answered some of those questions 
that Inquiring minds were asking, but does he get a chance?  Noooo.

     And the challenge matches--
     MIDNIGHT FAITH (75-2651) (19-12-1,78) of PARANOID ASYLUM challenged TIRYA (46-
3594) (20-30-0,61) of SAND DANCERS.  Down 17.  MIDNIGHT FAITH was savagely defeated 
by TIRYA in a 2 minute Challenge melee.  Another of those instances where experience 
up and smacks the upstarts, as experience has a distressing tendency to do.  I hope 
Tirya taught well, to make up for it.
     VINCENT CRABBE (74-3498) (17-9-2,39) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE challenged DARLINA (74-
2995) (23-17-2,57) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 18.  VINCENT CRABBE was beaten by DARLINA in 
a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.  Whoa, home-town match!  Is this something 
these two warriors have gone into before?  Or did Darlina leave before Vince got a 
chance at her?  If so, he has now remedied that deficiency.  If not, of course, he's 
just done it again.  Or she has.
     MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP (1-6882) (21-15-0,79) of LADY OF THE GLEN challenged 
DAMORETH STENN (65-6105) (31-29-0,80) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 1.  MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP 
was viciously subdued by DAMORETH STENN in a 3 minute duel.  A surprising outcome.  
Is there some hidden significance in this?  Does it mean that Marian has agreed to 
visit Damoreth's manor and help him clean out his closets?  (They have monsters in 
them.)
     JON SNOW (78-2389) (19-1-1,98) of DARK TOADS challenged TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-
2777) (57-48-4,141) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 43.  JON SNOW overpowered TORYN TYL DAGEDA 
in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge match.  Very good work, Jon.  You certainly know 
how to handle an older woman.
     TOM RIDDLE (74-3501) (21-4-2,129) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE challenged JAMMIES (74-
2829) (54-51-1,153) of DARKLINGS.  Up 24.  TOM RIDDLE was bested by JAMMIES in a 1 
minute Challenge fight.  Ah!  The jam-smeared warrior from Daiyla Kiv beats the asker 
of annoying questions, also from Daiyla Kiv.  This is very something-or-other.
     SEMIRHAGE (74-1712) (34-32-2,192) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged CYLADIA (51-
1122) (86-99-0,197) of SKAITHVARN.  Up 5.  SEMIRHAGE was demolished by CYLADIA in a 1 
minute uneven Challenge fight.  I think it's that Cyladia was worried about getting 
her hundredth loss and tried harder, yes?

     Our lone TV-challenge, and congratulations to you, Brand.  BRAND (82-13289) (14-
11-1,164) of TOADS OF AMBER III TV challenged TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (60-68-0,187) of 
SAND DANCERS.  Up 23.  BRAND devastated TAIRIKIA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge 
fight.  And not only is Tairikia devastated, she's sore.  Very sore.

     And for the Horn:
     INIGO MONTOYA (74-1611) (41-44-4,237) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged DEANJLI TYL 
RHU (76-1970) (78-56-0,246) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 7.  A salute to you, Inigo, for 
caring enough to make the effort.  INIGO MONTOYA was vanquished by DEANJLI TYL RHU in 
a 1 minute Challenge Title battle.  And a second salute to Inigo for not being in a 
"one-sided" battle.  And congratulations to Deanjli on hanging on to the Horn of the 
Champion.
     See you all in two weeks, when the year is new.

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     79  56  0  256  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            57  76  0  220  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 BAT 74-2742                 65  69  1  211  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CYLADIA 51-1122             87  99  0  208  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     100 132  3  201  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     28  27  1  199  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 TREMERE 9-4915              29   3  0  198  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       41  45  4  196  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     30  27  1  194  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           81  89  2  191  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 BRAND 82-13289              15  11  1  187  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 SEMIRHAGE 74-1712           34  33  2  183  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TEMPUS 31-538               32  31  0  171  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             31  25  1  171  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   59  59  2  170  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  68  1  170  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            60  69  0  166  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 JAMMIES 74-2829             55  51  1  161  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JON SNOW 78-2389            20   1  1  136  DARK TOADS (276)           LIN TIRIAN
 TOM RIDDLE 74-3501          21   5  2  131  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    57  49  4  114  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 VALLANT 38-4151             32  10  2  102  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      32  29  0   91  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TIRYA 46-3594               21  30  0   82  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  21  16  0   76  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 KING LOVE 40-3748           17  15  2   76  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 MICKEY HATCHER 74-3356      21   6  0   75  1988 DODGERS (278)         DAIYLA KIV
-FRANKIE THE FISH 74-3489    19   7  7   71  FORCE OF FIVE (285)        DAIYLA KIV
 MIDNIGHT FAITH 75-2651      19  13  1   65  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 FLIGHT 75-2606              20  12  2   63  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 DARLINA 74-2995             24  17  2   62  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
-STAN THE MAN 74-3556        17   7  3   61  FORCE OF FIVE (285)        DAIYLA KIV
-SUMMER 74-3617              16   7  2   57  FORCE OF FIVE (285)        DAIYLA KIV
 AMPLITUR 65-6440            14   5  1   53  DARK TOADS (283)           DAL SHANG

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DISORDER 65-6419            18   8  1   50  PARANOIA (281)             DAL SHANG
 VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498      17  10  2   41  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 THOMAS 82-14150              2   4  0   28  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

Roberto Leatham -- Rough fight for you.  I can see that you have a lot of potential,
though, so hang in there. -- Nightcap

Darkmoon Blackfell -- Thanks for the consolation drink.  Who was that person in the
stands who called you a stupid idiot?  I thought you were brilliant. -- Cyladia

The Quickling -- Sorry for all the cliches.  You can take a lot of damage, but it
takes outstanding endurance to put up with hackneyed insults at the same time. --
Nightfall

Cort Nightjewel -- You met Sheila Greywand!  Woo hoo!  What's she like? -- Bat

     Tall, dark, and annoyed.

Tiairikiiai -- I apologize for spitting.  It is hard to say your name. -- Jammies

Deanjli Tyl Rhu -- Until I convince the commission that I am in over my head at this
rank in the standings,  I will have to deal with the hospital bills. -- Shylock

Shylock -- You think that's bad, I'm not as good as you are, and they have me above
you! -- Tremere

Damoreth Stenn -- It's like a reunion. -- Marian

Paranoia -- Welcome to Lirin Kiv!  I see a couple of my favorite warriors to hate
have activated, I look forward to meeting you on the sands. -- TigToad

Khora -- Well done, sir.  Well done. -- Brand

     "Sir"?

Cuz I was asked.  Krondur is a misspelling of Krondor.  It's the place where my best
friend Pug lives; he's a mage.  I put in my information to the commission at a
tournament and TigToad was too lazy to have them correct the misspelling.  There was
a group of us that came to compete, and I was in the second group. -- Thomas

     Thanks.

Larkin -- Greetings.  Nice to be back in Lirin Kiv.  How fare thee?  I would have
been glad to sponsor an AB Contest here in 2003 but my only eligible AB fell just
before graduation and I really don't have any close to induction.  Maybe in 2005.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. -- The Icelord

     There are other kinds of contests.  Let's think about them.

Lirin Kiv -- Good to be back.  What does it take to get a stat raise around here? --
Fengar II

     Bribery.

I am in the holiday spirit.  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. -- The Icelord

Zalmardarin -- I really wish I had pulled my backup weapon instead of bruising my
knuckles on your plate.  Still a win is a win. -- Semirhage

     This is true.

Fengar II -- Quite the FE difference between us.  Glad I was up to the challenge. --
Inigo

All -- Sorry about the lack of personals last turn.  I'm still here, I just missed
it. -- Armalias

Deanjli Tyl Rhu -- Congratulations on your victory.  Hopefully, you'll manage to hold
the Horn until I get back up there to take it back.  See you at the Gate. -- Talon
Warsmith

Semirhage -- You most definitely should not have beaten me.  I'll be challenging you
very soon. -- Zalmardarin

TigToad -- Well, if my strategy works for me, it works for me, whether your guys beat
me or not. -- Cort

Shylock -- Not as easy as you thought, eh?  Come back when you want another lesson.
-- Deadbolt

Cyladia -- Not a chance.... -- Darkmoon

Nightfall -- I thought you were going to change your name to Moonrise out of respect
for my teammate? -- The Quickling, who has no doubt of your respect for him....

     She missed the Name-Change-O-Rama through inattention.

Bat -- You beat me.  Maybe I DO need to update my strategy.  Hope to see you at the
Gate. -- Cort

Rustling Breeze -- Ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa!!!!! -- Smolder

Tempus -- Well, at least I lost to a god of War. -- Kyrlania

All -- Let's show those other regions how brave our warriors are here in Lirin Kiv!
See you in the Gate! -- Scarlet Knights, et al

Brand -- Absolutely not!  Do you think I'm going to risk my position as top basher by
losing to you?  No way! -- Khora the Small

Marian of Ravenskeep -- (heavy sigh)  Maybe *I* should retire to a tower and keep
ravens. -- Darlina the fairly disgusted with herself

Thomas -- Where is this "Krondur" place?  I never heard of it. -- Tirya

Jon Snow -- You and Tremere.  (sigh)  Good work. -- Damoreth Stenn
P.S.  Looks like my winning record is headed south for the winter, and if I could go
south for the winter, I would too!

Jammies -- (suppressed comments about your sleepers with feet in them) -- Tairikia

     Now that's what I'd like to have, sleepers with feet.  And I'd like the feet
     made with something nice and warm and fuzzy.  MY feet wouldn't be so cold then!
     -- Ed.

     Sleepers with cats on the feet, perhaps?  They're not only warm and fuzzy, they
     purr.

Tram Satans Blood -- You're a formidable opponent.  I salute you. -- Toryn tyl Dageda

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.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BRAND devastated TAIRIKIA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
INIGO MONTOYA was vanquished by DEANJLI TYL RHU in a 1 minute Challenge Title battle.
SEMIRHAGE was demolished by CYLADIA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
TOM RIDDLE was bested by JAMMIES in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
JON SNOW overpowered TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge match.
MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP was viciously subdued by DAMORETH STENN in a 3 minute duel.
VINCENT CRABBE was beaten by DARLINA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
MIDNIGHT FAITH was savagely defeated by TIRYA in a 2 minute Challenge melee.
NIGHTCAP vanquished VILLAINOUS INFORMER in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
NIGHTFALL slimly lost to KHORA THE SMALL in a popular 2 minute brutal fight.
BAT handily defeated TEMPUS in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
ROBERTO LEATHAM demolished ALYAHOODI in a 3 minute mismatched competition.
SHYLOCK was demolished by RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
TREMERE handily defeated TRAM SATANS BLOOD in a 2 minute one-sided conflict.
VALLANT vanquished AMPLITUR in a action packed 1 minute mismatched bout.
DISORDER was handily defeated by KING LOVE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
THOMAS was devastated by MICKEY HATCHER in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
FLIGHT was overpowered by UNEMPLOYED PERSON in a exciting 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         LUNGING ATTACK    41 -  32 -  1      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         WALL OF STEEL     21 -  17 -  0      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  10 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  31 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  22 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  28 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  16 -  1      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        17 -  28 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   4 -  0      20  |

Turn 237 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    79  56  0  256 SAND DANCERS (38)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           57  76  0  220 DARKLINGS (207)
SLASHING ATTACK  BAT 74-2742                65  69  1  211 DARKLINGS (207)
STRIKING ATTACK  CYLADIA 51-1122            87  99  0  208 SKAITHVARN (116)
BASHING ATTACK   KHORA THE SMALL 78-519    100 132  3  201 SAND DANCERS (43)
LUNGING ATTACK   ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232    28  27  1  199 SPLIT INFINITY (226)
AIMED BLOW       TREMERE 9-4915             29   3  0  198 DARK TOADS (275)
TOTAL PARRY      ALYAHOODI 11-2219          51  68  1  170 HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JON SNOW 78-2389           20   1  1  136 DARK TOADS (276)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DAMORETH STENN 65-6105.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROBERTO LEATHAM 
65-6232, TIRYA 46-3594, KHORA THE SMALL 78-519, NIGHTFALL 74-2421, JON SNOW 78-2389, 
DARLINA 74-2995, TREMERE 9-4915, VALLANT 38-4151, CYLADIA 51-1122, and MIDNIGHT FAITH 
75-2651.

The least popular fighter this week was THOMAS 82-14150.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DISORDER 65-6419, SHYLOCK 75-2602, TAIRIKIA 51-4247, FLIGHT 75-2606, 
AMPLITUR 65-6440, TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106, RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, TEMPUS 31-538, 
TOM RIDDLE 74-3501, and SEMIRHAGE 74-1712.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           0  1 0  CLIFFHOME(38)        1  0 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       5  6 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  ZENSU(40)            1  0 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    0  3 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       0  1 0  ARDIVENT(46)         1  0 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         1  0 0  
CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       2  0 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  1  0 0  DAL SHANG(65)        2  3 0  DWES EG(82)          1  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  21  16  0   76  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 TREMERE 9-4915              29   3  0  198  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  68  1  170  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 TEMPUS 31-538               32  31  0  171  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     30  27  1  194  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 VALLANT 38-4151             32  10  2  102  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 KING LOVE 40-3748           17  15  2   76  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 TIRYA 46-3594               21  30  0   82  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             87  99  0  208  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     28  27  1  199  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            57  76  0  220  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             31  25  1  171  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     79  56  0  256  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     100 132  3  201  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 BRAND 82-13289              15  11  1  187  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG