ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 01/03/2004    Duedate: 01/16/2004

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-238

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1-OVERLORDS 20/239       46   24  3 65.7      TOADS OF KRONDUR II 82/279            
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/244                    6 DARKLINGS 74/207      697  706  5 49.7
  2 PARANOIA 65/281         5    3  0 62.5      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
    PARANOID ASYLUM 75/282                    7-SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  463  547  6 45.8
  3 SLYTHERIN HOU 74/277    7    6  0 53.8      SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
  4 SUNNYLAND 40/284      265  238  3 52.7      SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
    BLENDING ENTHRONED 38/264                   THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    1988 DODGERS 74/278                       8 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1495 2012 19 42.6
    SPLIT INFINITY 65/226                       SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
    MUTANT LEAGUE II 82/257                     SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
  5 DARK TOADS 9/275       87   78  1 52.7      SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    DARK TOADS 78/276                           SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    LADY OF THE GLEN 1/272                    9 HOLY SLAUGHTER 11/49  118  160  3 42.4
    DARK TOADS 75/262                           SANGUINE SAINTS 65/24                 
    DARK TOADS 65/283                           THE WASTING FIELD 33/265              
    DARK TOADS 1/273                         10 ROOT OF ALL E 74/108   56   85  2 39.7

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Eye of the Storm #71 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Far West:

     Ashon Chang studied the coastline.  It was barely visible in the twilight, but 
close enough that he could smell turned earth and mown hay.  "We're taking a risk 
anchoring here," he murmured.  "Even if we're not seen from the land, I would expect 
passing ships...."
     "You have a better idea?" Werre growled.
     Startled, the samurai glanced over his shoulder.  He hadn't realized that anyone 
was near enough to hear him.  "No, I was talking to myself.  Worrying out loud."
     "Plenty to worry about," the Adantri agreed.  "But it's a wasted effort.  
Doesn't change anything.  Know the risks and what could go wrong, know what your 
options are in dealing with them, and then relax."
     Ashon Chang glanced farther along the rail, to where Rughal was pacing and 
looking about as relaxed as a tiger in a cage.  "Easy to say, not so easy for some to 
do...."
     Werre followed his gaze and laughed.  "Too bad there's no way to harness that 
energy!  The people who took Shania had better watch out--Rughal will be nearly 
berserk by the time we get there."
     "Assuming we can find her," the samurai said somberly.  "We don't have much to 
go on."
     Werre laughed again.  "We can use Rughal as a hunting dog, if we have to!"  Then 
he sobered, too.  "If she's still alive, we'll find her.  But I wish we knew more 
about the people we'll be dealing with."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "These people are insane!" Shania muttered.  She kept her head down for the 
properly submissive appearance, but that didn't stop her from seeing and hearing 
enough of what was going on around her.  They were crossing a medium-sized plaza 
overlooking the inner harbor.  It was crowded with jostling merchants and sailors and 
housewives shopping, petty nobles surrounded by their retinues of servants and 
soldiers.  A colorful crowd, and a noisy one, and a crowd that seemed unmoved by the 
sacrifices being carried out on a raised platform to one side.  "They're killing 
children," she hissed.  "Babies!"
     Zakar, who had one hand locked around her wrist, pulling her forward steadily, 
shrugged slightly.  "They're desperate.  And most of the babies wouldn't live to 
their second birthday anyway.  None will, if the Arcanum isn't stabilized.  End of 
the world as we know it.  Besides, being sacrificed is an honor.  Ask any of the 
priests."  He towed her into an alley behind the sacrificial platform, along the 
narrow way at a fast trot that left her breathless, and out into another, smaller, 
plaza.
     "They're killing babies.  It isn't--"
     Zakar stopped, forcing her to look at him.  "Fair?  Is that what you were going 
to say?  LIFE isn't fair.  We couldn't have saved any of those babies, woman.  We'd 
just have added our deaths to theirs--which might have amused the gods, but it 
wouldn't have accomplished anything worth doing."
     "But--"
     "They tell me you're centuries old, elf woman.  How did you last so long without 
recognizing the facts?  Life is HARD, woman.  The universe is a cannibal.  It brings 
us to life, and then it eats us without a qualm.  There is no such thing as 'fair' in 
life."
     "If you really believe that, why do anything at all?  Why not just curl up and 
die?"
     "Because I won't give the universe, or the gods, or the priests, or ANYBODY the 
satisfaction of seeing ME surrender.  I am nobody's easy meat!"  Apparently 
considering the subject closed, he glanced up at the sky, gauging time by the stars.  
"Almost dawn.  We wouldn't get ten steps trying to leave the city before dawn, but 
after it... we've got a chance."
     "Good!  The sooner I'm out of this city, the better I'll feel," Shania muttered.
     Zakar laughed.  "Me, too!  I feel like a mouse trying to move inconspicuously 
through a crowd of cats."  He glanced around the plaza, which was nearly deserted, 
and picked a doorway to darkness on the left, heading in that direction.
     Once through the arch, the darkness was as complete as blindness.  The air was 
cold, uninhabited, and smelled faintly of old blood.
     "We can wait for dawn here," Zakar said.  "No one will disturb us.  You said you 
can contact your companions, if you have a place to be quiet and concentrate.  This 
is it.  Tell 'em we're leaving the city on the west side and will move along the 
shore till we meet them."
     "I may be able to contact them," Shania corrected him.  She reached out her free 
hand, found a wall, and slid down to a sitting position.  "I will try, but I make no 
promises."

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Tides of Magic #18 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Not Talahya:

     Carris Fallstar glanced around the interior quickly.  The light was red and
seemed dim, though it was hot.  Five free-standing hearths burned aromatic wood, or
maybe it would be better to say that aromatic woods smoldered on the hearths.  There
was more smoke than flame and light coming from them.  What little he could make out
seemed slightly blurred--three large lizard men and some anonymous pieces of
furniture.  It smelled strange, spicy, musty, cloying without being sweet, an acrid
undernote.  Reptilian, he supposed.  "I suppose those three are the leaders, chiefs
or captains or whatever--"
     "But they aren't reptiles," Moonjumper murmured, standing close behind him.  Not
that she would have been overheard, as Thristle was making a long statement in his
own language.  "At least, not what we'd call reptiles--they're warm-blooded."
     "Then why do they keep it so blasted hot?" Scarlatti growled in his other ear.
     "Must be what they're used to from their own world," Rogan suggested.  "And...
there are more than three of them and Thristle here.  I can sense several more at the
back of this space."
     "Can't see 'em," Carris said after a moment.  "The light's too dim, and all this
smoke...."  He sneezed.  "Not that I'm doubting you."  Before he could say more,
Thristle's introduction came to an end.
     One of the three lizard men they could see made a gesture.  Thristle stepped
aside, allowing the man to face the gladiators without obstruction.  "The young one
tells me that you are warriors in your own land," he said.  His voice was deep, his
words heavily accented, but clear enough.  "That you wish to return to your own
land."
     The tone of the last sentence made it a question.  "This is true," Carris said.
"It seems that our world is in some ways much like this one, but in others much
different.  And the biggest difference is that this is not...home."
     A sort of whistling sigh ran around the room, every lizard man sharing in it.
     "We understand this distinction," the leader said.  "We also feel it.  If you
will help us to regain our Home, our Great Triliske, which is primarily a matter of
fighting, then we will call upon the priests and power-workers of Great Triliske to
help you to your Home."
     "Seems like a fair deal," Scarlatti muttered quietly.
     "There is more to it than shows," Fizban whispered back.  "Else they would need
no help."
     Carris Fallstar nodded very slightly.  "I see that your men are all warriors,
and Thristle has told us that you are trained to it," he said, "and I wonder what
difference a few more could make."
     The lizard man's head dipped in acknowledgment.  "It is true that we are
fearsome in battle.  But we cannot fight until we have reached the battlefield, and
the way to it lies through a realm of such cold that we would be nearly helpless.  We
know this because we have made the attempt, and nearly half our number died in it.
We need those who can withstand the cold long enough to open the door for us."
     "Presumably after fighting our way TO the door," Carris murmured.  "And in
return for this, you will ask your wizards to open OUR door."
     "That is the bargain we offer you," the big lizard agreed.  "Of course, our
'wizards' cannot serve you until we have fought our way through to Great Triliske,
and your aid in that fighting may also be important, but..." the man spread his hands
in a curiously human gesture, "that is the best we can do--for you AND for
ourselves."
     "It's difficult to be sure with an unfamiliar life form," Rogan said after the
silence had stretched into a full minute, "but I think, if this man is holding
anything back, it is not a critical fact or..." the blind Aruaki hesitated and then
shrugged, "not something of critical importance.  I think he is truly offering the
best deal he can."
     There was no need to consult his companions formally.  Carris could feel that
the humans were in agreement.  Probably it was an aspect of their short lives that
they made up their minds so quickly.  The elf shrugged in his turn.  "We'll take your
deal," he said.  "When do we start?"

The Isle of the Eye, truly Talahya:

     "The Arcanum with respect to the Isle has stabilized for the moment," the wizard
Tanrith reported.  "But I don't know--"
     "I am not interested in what you don't know," Sheila Greywand snapped.  "Tell me
what you do know.  Where are the gladiators who were caught by wandering Gates during
the first flux?  Or don't you know that?"
     "I'm not certain, but indications are that they ended up somewhere in the
Thallian realm.  It is, after all, one of the other universes most closely tied to
ours."
     Sheila's brows snapped together in a truly formidable frown, one that emphasized
the orcish part of her heritage.  "It's HIM, isn't it?  That damned Dwarf is doing
this to me, and I won't stand for it!  I will take him DOWN."
     "Er...shouldn't we see about getting the displaced gladiators back, first?"
     "Nonsense.  A mere half dozen?  They're easily replaced," she snarled.
"Besides, I need to make an example.  After they way gladiators failed to retrieve
the Eyes--"
     "That was not their fault," the old wizard argued.  "Nothing lasts forever--that
is a fundamental law of the multiverse.  The Eyes have reached the end of their
span."
     Sheila fixed him with a hard stare that had a glint of...almost madness.  "I
could have extended them, IF they had been brought to me in time.  Get me the
coordinates for all the Gates that link Ghea with Thallia.  Do it NOW, old man."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 306): WAIS of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 CHAVEZ RAVINE (turn 279): ULTRA ENDEAVOR of FAULTY PREMISES (Abarsis, the
                                  Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 273): ALLOCUTION of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 261): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 237): DEANJLI TYL RHU of SAND DANCERS from SIMTAKKA (Rebina.)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 306): SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 CHAVEZ RAVINE (turn 279): 1988 DODGERS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 273): LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 261): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 237): OVERLORDS, etc. (The Icelord, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 306): WAIS of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 CHAVEZ RAVINE (turn 279): ULTRA ENDEAVOR of FAULTY PREMISES (Abarsis, the
                                  Slaughter Priest, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 261): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)

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

     Inigo Montoya, that was a bold challenge, and I salute you for it.  May you fare
better another time.

                                        Deanjli tyl Rhu

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Our first meeting in the new year, and what do we have to show for it?  Eighteen 
fights including two with standbys, eight challenge matches, no deaths, and a random 
match for the Horn.  Piffling.  At least we had two TV challenges, for which we 
congatulate TigToad.  The longest fight was four minutes, actually, there were two 
fights of that length.  FOUR minutes for our longest fight?  How embarrassing.  Sand 
Dancers have been avoiding Darklings.  I have privy information that this is simply 
to prevent the Darklings taking the Horn and failing to write a column.  Talk about 
stingy!  Darlina got the most challenges, but she says she doesn't want them and is 
willing to share.  Such a deal!

     The fights, few as they are--
     MIDNIGHT FAITH (75-2651) (19-13-1,65) of PARANOID ASYLUM fought CAPTURED PIRATE 
KING (107-2) (0-0-0,30) of Wild Fans.  MIDNIGHT FAITH overpowered CAPTURED PIRATE 
KING in a 1 minute one-sided match.  Midnight, this means the Captured Pirate King is 
your servant for two weeks.  AND his ship!  Sail where you will, but be back next 
cycle, okay?
     FRIAR TUCK (1-7105) (18-6-0,36) of DARK TOADS fought VINCENT CRABBE (74-3498) 
(17-10-2,41) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE.  FRIAR TUCK was overpowered by VINCENT CRABBE in a 1 
minute one-sided match.  How can this be?  Friar Tuck, a tough old bird if I ever saw 
one, falling before a mere CHILD?  What is this world coming to, anyway?
     TOM RIDDLE (74-3501) (21-5-2,131) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE fought ZORRO, THE GAY BLADE 
(107-8) (0-0-0,110) of Wild Fans.  TOM RIDDLE devastated ZORRO, THE GAY BLADE in a 1 
minute one-sided brawl.  And rightly so!  We don't want that kind of thing here, you 
know.
     JAMMIES (74-2829) (55-51-1,161) of DARKLINGS fought TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-2777) 
(57-49-4,114) of SAND DANCERS.  JAMMIES devastated TORYN TYL DAGEDA in an exciting 1 
minute bloody uneven duel.  Ah, too bad, Toryn, but that's how it goes.  Stop 
winning, and every boy and his pajama golem comes along and defeats you.  Maybe you 
should quit while you're ahead.
     TRAM SATANS BLOOD (65-1106) (59-59-2,170) of SANGUINE SAINTS fought VALLANT (38-
4151) (32-10-2,102) of BLENDING ENTHRONED.  TRAM SATANS BLOOD defeated VALLANT in a 2 
minute gory duel.  A great victory!  Oh, yes, indeed.  Let's hear it for blind 
gladiators wherever they're found!
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (87-99-0,208) of SKAITHVARN fought RUSTLING BREEZE (33-6478) 
(30-27-1,194) of THE WASTING FIELD.  CYLADIA overpowered RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 
minute mismatched conflict.  It takes a wind, not a mere breeze, to blow this lady 
down.  Or else she's just bound and determined NOT to get that hundredth loss.
     WINSTON (75-2600) (39-16-0,199) of DARK TOADS fought TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (60-69-
0,166) of SAND DANCERS.  WINSTON was handily defeated by TAIRIKIA in an exciting 4 
minute one-sided contest.  Hmm, was this one of those classic style matches we hear 
about sometimes?
     SEMIRHAGE (74-1712) (34-33-2,183) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL fought ZALGOR PRIGG (82-
15204) (21-10-0,184) of MUTANT LEAGUE II.  SEMIRHAGE was overpowered by ZALGOR PRIGG 
in a 1 minute one-sided match.  How odd, I thought mutants WERE the root of all evil.  
And here they're DEFEATING the root of all evil.  Another cherished illusion blown 
away....
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (57-76-0,220) of DARKLINGS fought TREMERE (9-4915) (29-3-
0,198) of DARK TOADS.  NIGHTCAP was overpowered by TREMERE in a popular 1 minute 
uneven match.  That's win number thirty, and good going, Tremere.

     Ah, the challenge matches.  Let's see what we've got here.  Hmm, THREE managers 
issuing challenges this week.  This is some kind of record!
     THOMAS (82-14150) (2-4-0,28) of TOADS OF KRONDUR II challenged DARLINA (74-2995) 
(24-17-2,62) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 34.  THOMAS was vanquished by DARLINA in a 1 minute 
uneven Challenge duel.  Thirty-four is a jinxed number, Thomas old boy, because of 
arena thirty-four being closed.  Or maybe because it's twice seventeen, I couldn't 
say.  I'm not really "up" on this numerology stuff.
     FLIGHT (75-2606) (20-12-2,63) of PARANOID ASYLUM challenged KING LOVE (40-3748) 
(17-15-2,76) of SUNNYLAND.  Up 13.  FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute uneven 
Challenge melee.  Thirteen, however, is obviously a POSITIVE number.  Observe this 
tidy win, after all.
     MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP (1-6882) (21-16-0,76) of LADY OF THE GLEN challenged TIRYA 
(46-3594) (21-30-0,82) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 6.  MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP beat TIRYA in a 
crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge brawl.  Do you get the feeling that Tirya's heart 
isn't in her job here?
     JON SNOW (78-2389) (20-1-1,136) of DARK TOADS challenged ALYAHOODI (11-2219) 
(51-68-1,170) of HOLY SLAUGHTER.  Up 34.  JON SNOW devastated ALYAHOODI in a crowd 
pleasing 4 minute one-sided Challenge duel.  Well... I guess thirty-four isn't an 
unlucky challenge for EVERYONE.  Of course, at this time of year, anyone named "Snow" 
has a built-in (or shoveled out?) advantage.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (31-25-1,171) of DARK TOADS challenged NIGHTFALL (74-2421) 
(81-89-2,191) of DARKLINGS.  Up 20.  SHYLOCK was defeated by NIGHTFALL in a crowd 
pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.  Cheer up, Shylock, the night may have fallen, but 
the moon is on the rise.
     INIGO MONTOYA (74-1611) (41-45-4,196) of ROOT OF ALL EVIL challenged ROBERTO 
LEATHAM (65-6232) (28-27-1,199) of SPLIT INFINITY.  Up 3.  INIGO MONTOYA overpowered 
ROBERTO LEATHAM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.  And very neatly, too.  A 
good job here.

     And our TV challenges:
     AMPLITUR (65-6440) (14-5-1,53) of DARK TOADS TV challenged DAMORETH STENN (65-
6105) (32-29-0,91) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 38.  AMPLITUR demolished DAMORETH STENN in a 
1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.  Damoreth, obviously, is barely up to radio, and 
definitely not ready for the high-tech stuff.
     BRAND (82-13289) (15-11-1,187) of TOADS OF AMBER III TV challenged KHORA THE 
SMALL (78-519) (100-132-3,201) of SAND DANCERS.  Up 14.  BRAND was devastated by 
KHORA THE SMALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  You think Khora would lose 
and risk her Top Basher status?  Not likely!

     And for the Horn:  DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-1970) (79-56-0,256) of SAND DANCERS 
fought BAT (74-2742) (65-69-1,211) of DARKLINGS.  DEANJLI TYL RHU overpowered BAT in 
a popular 1 minute uneven Title duel.  He never had a chance.  Tough luck, Bat.  Try 
for a better column next time, Deanjli.

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     80  56  0  267  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CYLADIA 51-1122             88  99  0  219  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       42  45  4  212  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     101 132  3  211  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TREMERE 9-4915              30   3  0  210  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            61  69  0  208  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 BAT 74-2742                 65  70  1  196  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            57  77  0  196  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       22  10  0  196  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           82  89  2  195  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     28  28  1  188  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     30  28  1  186  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 BRAND 82-13289              15  12  1  180  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 SEMIRHAGE 74-1712           34  34  2  177  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106   60  59  2  172  SANGUINE SAINTS (24)       DAL SHANG
 WINSTON 75-2600             39  17  0  172  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
-TEMPUS 31-538               32  31  0  171  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             31  26  1  171  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 JON SNOW 78-2389            21   1  1  166  DARK TOADS (276)           LIN TIRIAN
 JAMMIES 74-2829             56  51  1  164  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  69  1  149  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 TOM RIDDLE 74-3501          22   5  2  136  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    57  50  4  117  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 VALLANT 38-4151             32  11  2  115  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  22  16  0   85  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 AMPLITUR 65-6440            15   5  1   84  DARK TOADS (283)           DAL SHANG
 FLIGHT 75-2606              21  12  2   81  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 TIRYA 46-3594               21  31  0   79  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
-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      20  13  1   67  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      32  30  0   65  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
 DARLINA 74-2995             25  17  2   64  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
-STAN THE MAN 74-3556        17   7  3   61  FORCE OF FIVE (285)        DAIYLA KIV
 KING LOVE 40-3748           17  16  2   61  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498      18  10  2   57  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
-SUMMER 74-3617              16   7  2   57  FORCE OF FIVE (285)        DAIYLA KIV
-DISORDER 65-6419            18   8  1   50  PARANOIA (281)             DAL SHANG
 FRIAR TUCK 1-7105           18   7  0   29  DARK TOADS (273)           MORDANT
 THOMAS 82-14150              2   5  0   29  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

Lirin Kiv -- I went forth to fight the Chaos beings in the Gate.  By the Hammer of
Thor was it a grisly and brutal fight!  I only lasted two minutes!  I was proud to
stand with my fellow Lord Protectors.  Thank the Grey Lady for the gift of
immortality.  I plan on returning to Lirin Kiv.  Salute. -- Fengar II

Larkin -- I AM going to be allowed to come back to Lirin Kiv, right? -- Fengar II

     Certainly!  We cannot refuse admitance to a hero.  So far as I know, at least.

Brand -- Is it that you're smitten with me, that we meet so often?  Or some
strangeness of the elves? -- Tairikia
P.S.  I've never been...deeply familiar, if you know what I mean, with an elf.

Jon Snow -- Ouch!  My mama warned me that cats can scratch, and I see now that it is
true. -- Toryn tyl Dageda

Marian of Ravenskeep -- A quiet rest by the lakeside, that's what you need.  I will
arrange everything. -- Damoreth Stenn
P.S.  Er, the Trier, not this piffling little lake.
P.P.S.  You can have the room that doesn't have monsters in the closet, if you want.

Vincent Crabbe -- Good try, but you're too crabby. -- Darlina
P.S.  Sorry, couldn't resist that pun.

Midnight Faith -- Know it now, I'm out to GET you. -- Tirya
P.S.  I think this unwonted hostility is a result of my time in Andoria.  I was quite
calm and friendly in Simtakka.

Nightfall (of Darklings) -- Foolish child. -- Khora the Small and Triumphant

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 was devastated by KHORA THE SMALL in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
AMPLITUR demolished DAMORETH STENN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
INIGO MONTOYA overpowered ROBERTO LEATHAM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
SHYLOCK was defeated by NIGHTFALL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge match.
JON SNOW devastated ALYAHOODI in a crowd pleasing 4 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
MARIAN OF RAVENSKEEP beat TIRYA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge brawl.
FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
THOMAS was vanquished by DARLINA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
DEANJLI TYL RHU overpowered BAT in a popular 1 minute uneven Title duel.
NIGHTCAP was overpowered by TREMERE in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
SEMIRHAGE was overpowered by ZALGOR PRIGG in a 1 minute one-sided match.
WINSTON was handily defeated by TAIRIKIA in a exciting 4 minute one-sided contest.
CYLADIA overpowered RUSTLING BREEZE in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
TRAM SATANS BLOOD defeated VALLANT in a 2 minute gory duel.
JAMMIES devastated TORYN TYL DAGEDA in a exciting 1 minute bloody uneven duel.
TOM RIDDLE devastated ZORRO, THE GAY BLADE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
FRIAR TUCK was overpowered by VINCENT CRABBE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
MIDNIGHT FAITH overpowered CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 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                   7         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         WALL OF STEEL     21 -  15 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    42 -  32 -  1      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   34 -  33 -  0      51  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  28 -  1      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  22 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  14 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        19 -  28 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |

Turn 238 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     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  4         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  3                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                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    80  56  0  267 SAND DANCERS (38)
STRIKING ATTACK  CYLADIA 51-1122            88  99  0  219 SKAITHVARN (116)
LUNGING ATTACK   INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611      42  45  4  212 ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)
BASHING ATTACK   KHORA THE SMALL 78-519    101 132  3  211 SAND DANCERS (43)
AIMED BLOW       TREMERE 9-4915             30   3  0  210 DARK TOADS (275)
SLASHING ATTACK  BAT 74-2742                65  70  1  196 DARKLINGS (207)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           57  77  0  196 DARKLINGS (207)
TOTAL PARRY      WINSTON 75-2600            39  17  0  172 DARK TOADS (262)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JON SNOW 78-2389           21   1  1  166 DARK TOADS (276)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TAIRIKIA 51-4247.  The ten other most popular fighters were JON SNOW 78-2389, 
TIRYA 46-3594, INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611, ALYAHOODI 11-2219, JAMMIES 74-2829, MIDNIGHT 
FAITH 75-2651, TREMERE 9-4915, ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204, TRAM SATANS BLOOD 65-1106, and 
KHORA THE SMALL 78-519.

The least popular fighter this week was FRIAR TUCK 1-7105.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478, THOMAS 82-14150, KING LOVE 40-3748, 
DAMORETH STENN 65-6105, TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777, NIGHTCAP 74-2745, BRAND 82-13289, 
TOM RIDDLE 74-3501, WINSTON 75-2600, and BAT 74-2742.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
MORDANT(1)           1  1 0  ZENSU(40)            0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    2  2 0  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  ARDIVENT(46)         0  1 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         1  0 0  
ARUAK CITY(11)       0  1 0  TRICORUS(51)         2  0 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       2  0 0  
NIYTYOLE ISLAND(33)  0  1 0  DAL SHANG(65)        2  2 0  DWES EG(82)          1  2 0  
CLIFFHOME(38)        0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       6  4 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MARIAN OF RAVENSKEE 1-6882  22  16  0   85  LADY OF THE GLEN (272)     MORDANT
 TREMERE 9-4915              30   3  0  210  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 ALYAHOODI 11-2219           51  69  1  149  HOLY SLAUGHTER (49)        ARUAK CITY
 RUSTLING BREEZE 33-6478     30  28  1  186  THE WASTING FIELD (265)    NIYTYOLE ISLAND
 VALLANT 38-4151             32  11  2  115  BLENDING ENTHRONED (264)   CLIFFHOME
 KING LOVE 40-3748           17  16  2   61  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 TIRYA 46-3594               21  31  0   79  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 CYLADIA 51-1122             88  99  0  219  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS
 ROBERTO LEATHAM 65-6232     28  28  1  188  SPLIT INFINITY (226)       DAL SHANG
 INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       42  45  4  212  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 WINSTON 75-2600             39  17  0  172  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     80  56  0  267  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     101 132  3  211  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       22  10  0  196  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG

                       TOURNEY FREEZE CHANGE -- ADVANCE NOTICE

     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff