ADVANCED DUELMASTERS

Date   : 04/10/2004    Duedate: 04/23/2004

LIRIN KIV

DM-107    TURN-245

RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %  RANK TEAMS                  W    L  K    %
  1 OVERLORDS 20/239       53   31  3 63.1    5 DARKLINGS 74/207      719  719  6 50.0
    THE STORMGUARDS 31/244                      SKAITHVARN 51/116                     
  2 PARANOIA 65/281        18   11  1 62.1    6 SLYTHERIN HOU 74/277   13   14  0 48.1
    PARANOID ASYLUM 75/282                    7 SCARLET KNIGHT 75/42  486  580  6 45.6
  3 SUNNYLAND 40/284      284  252  3 53.0      SCARLET KNIGHTS 70/64                 
    1988 DODGERS 74/278                         SCARLET KNIGHTS 99/19                 
    LITTLE EARTHQUAKES 65/215                   THE DRAGON FIST 78/30                 
    CHEYSULI & LIR 74/222                     8 SAND DANCERS 76/38   1521 2035 19 42.8
    MUTANT LEAGUE II 82/257                     SAND DANCERS 51/253                   
  4 DARK TOADS 9/275      107   98  1 52.2      SAND DANCERS 74/36                    
    TOADS OF AMBER III 82/274                   SAND DANCERS 65/78                    
    DARK TOADS 75/262                           SAND DANCERS 46/270                   
    DARK TOADS 65/283                           SAND DANCERS 78/43                    
    TOADS OF KRONDUR II 82/279                9-ROOT OF ALL E 74/108   59   94  2 38.6

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

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

                  + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Lirin Kiv ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "Look at it," Tairikia said grimly.  "No sun today, just like the Omens 
predicted."  She glared out at the lake as if the water was responsible.  As a 
Rirorni, she distrusted large bodies of water anyway, and this Lake of Mists, or 
whatever they called it, was uncanny beyond that.
     "Of course there's no sun, Tai," Wais snapped.  "It's RAINING, in case you 
hadn't noticed."  She flipped water off the edge of her cape.
     "It's raining UNSEASONABLY," Tairikia insisted.  "That's just wrong, you know it 
is."
     The two Rirorni women stared at each other in silence for a long moment, then 
resumed their slow stroll along the top of the lakeside bluff.  It wasn't much of a 
height, the path was only four feet above the narrow beach, but on a clear day, it 
allowed them to see all the way to a shore.  Maybe not THE shore, because that was 
one of the peculiarities of the lake, but at least SOME shore, some land beyond the 
Isle.
     Finally Wais sighed.  "Okay, so it's a little unusual for it to rain this much 
at this time of year.  That doesn't mean it's an omen of doom."  She glanced upward 
and gestured at the clouds, where a brighter spot indicated the position of the sun.  
"You see, there's still--"
     The sun disk vanished.  All was darkness around them, lit only by the distant 
lamps along Lirin Kiv's Water Street.  Both gladiators stopped walking; it would be 
too easy to step over the edge of the little bluff and fall to the beach.  Or to the 
water, and the tide was coming in--
     "WHAT tide?" Wais demanded, shaken.  Where had that thought come from?
     Tairikia grabbed her arm.  "Look!" she whispered.  "There's something OUT 
there!"
     There was light over the lake, not at the water's surface, but above it, as 
though a shining bird flew through the rain.  But it wasn't a bird's movement, it 
spiraled, twisted, drifted off at random angles and wobbled back.  A bird that was 
fighting strong winds might fly so.  It came closer, resolving into a writhing web of 
bright lines.
     "Not a bird, but a bird CAGE," Wais murmured.
     "And there's something IN it," Tairikia responded.  "Monsters!"
     The cage of light plunged downward and struck the lake, landing half in the 
water and half on the gravelly shore a hundred yards beyond the two gladiators.  The 
lights shimmered and winked out.  They could hear someone cursing.
     "That's Shylock!" Wais exclaimed.  She began to edge along the path toward them, 
feeling for the pavement with every step lest she stray too far and fall over the 
side.
     "If that's Shylock," Tairikia said, following, "then maybe he'll know how to get 
the sun back."

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Fratsfa:

     Gladiators sailed up the river from Kati-Tei through Andor, Fratsfa, and Zensu
to the Isle of the Eye.  Some came as tourists, some as newly-graduated warriors,
some to attend and participate in the Spring Tourney.  This was a steady source of
income for boatmen, and many of them made the trip two or three times a month; the
river and its shores were well known to them.
     "I don't remember a castle on that hill," one sailor muttered, squinting at the
shore.  "And I was along here just last week...."
     "There was no castle there," Lady Fern, manager of the Flower Girls in Fratsfa
confirmed.  "And a week is certainly not long enough to build one!"
     "There was one...eight hundred years ago," a voice murmured behind her.
     The statuesque manager glanced back at her gladiatress, Nasty Nasturtium.  The
woman was an Araoi, and elf of the purest blood, and Lady Fern supposed it was
possible that Nasturtium actually REMEMBERED a castle there, but she hoped not.  The
thought of having a warrior that old was unsettling.  "You're sure, Nasty?"
     The elfin blonde nodded firmly.  "Yes, my mother told me about it--one of her
brothers helped to bring the castle down.  The Castle of Storms, that was its name, a
place of the darkest arts.  It was the stronghold of Prince Illrienherthinil
Silverthorn, who was called the Ill Rain."
     Lady Fern glanced at the sky automatically.  It WAS getting cloudy, but that
was, must be, coincidence.  After all, changeable weather was common at this time of
year.
     "That wasn't on Khaldren's list."  The short, stocky man removed his bowler and
extended a hand to Lady Fern.  "Raoul, Lord Protector In Gerfel We Trust."
     "Kennelworth has spoken of you," Lady Fern admitted.  "But what do you know of
this Castle of Storms?"
     "Not a thing, doll.  But I'm wondering if Khaldren's magic isn't raising more
ruins than he planned on--anyplace with enough of the wrong kind of magic
concentrated in it."
     "This Khaldren is...?" Nasturtium asked.
     "A wizard who escaped the sinking of Krael," Raoul explained.  "He wants to
bring Krael forward in time, or back from the dead, or something.  And other places
he knows about from that era."
     "That would take a great magic," Nasturtium protested.  "With the Arcanum in the
current low state, it should not be possible."
     "Adie in Aruak City says he could be using blood magic based on the arena
deaths, doll.  She seems to think that'd do it for him."
     The elf recoiled.  "It would!" she whispered, "and that would call to all sites
where dark magic has sunk deep.  This must be stopped!"
     "Well, I'm taking the warning to Lady Sheila--"
     "She can do nothing, even if she would," Nasturtium snapped.  "She dares not
touch blood magic, even to fight it, except in the most indirect fashion, and
indirection will not serve!  Not soon enough, anyway."
     "Adie will think of some way to fight Khaldren," Raoul said, a little uneasily.
He took a deep breath and put his hat back on.  "And until he's stopped, we will
fight everything he brings up from the past."
     "If we have to fight the Ill Rain," Nasty Nasturtium predicted, "it won't be
easy."

Valamantis:

     Lord Protector Ka D'Argo, on a brief trip to his home on Kolact, had planned to
take ship at Valamantis.  But the port city was not as he had expected.  There was
always bustle, but now...it reminded him of a disturbed anthill.  And where had those
towers on the landward side come from?  They weren't something that could have been
built in a day, or even a year, and he'd been through here four months ago.
     "It's Old Valamantis," Arenamistress Sitalva said grimly.  "We've had word of
some kind of magic afoot aimed at ruined cities, and with all the blood spilled in
the recent Bloodgames, it would have been more surprising if something had NOT
happened there.  But understanding why doesn't help us now.  The oldest levels of Old
Valamantis," she said grimly, "were Folstrom.  NOBODY wants to see the Folstrom loose
in the world again."
     "Bringing the ruins back is one thing," the tall gladiator argued, "but the
people...?  Surely Ahringol won't release their souls because of a spell and some
blood."
     Sitalva watched the slight wavering of the resurrected towers and shivered,
though the day was already warm.  "We'll find out, when the city stabilizes.  The
Silver Mage says sometime in the next week and a half or two weeks.  But we can see
people moving around in there.  And even if they're zombies, it isn't going to be
good."

Iaye:

     The fishing boats that had fled Iaye when the earthquakes began crept back one
by one as the Trier grew calm again.  Most of them followed the coast down toward
Point, not because they needed the guidance but to see for themselves if drowned
Krael had truly risen from the waves.
     It had.
     Lord Protector Goff, assistant manager of the Red Dog Gang, stood on the gently
rocking deck of his boat and stared through a spyglass at the rampart of buildings
that blocked what had been the strait between Iaye and Point.  He wasn't sure what he
had expected, but not this.
     Krael stood above the water, but not as it must once have looked.  Many of the
taller buildings showed broken tops, and all was slimed with mud and weed.  Here and
there, decaying wrecks lay in the streets or even on the roofs of houses.  The smell
of dead fish was obvious even from a mile away.  Krael LOOKED like a city that had
spent centuries under water.  The people who moved among those ruins didn't.  There
weren't enough of them to represent the entire population of the city at the time of
its disaster, he guessed at no more than two hundred.  But they looked...normal.
Alive.  And their activity--they seemed to be trying to clear one section of the city
of its mud and debris--were just what you'd expect.
     And they seemed to take the whole situation for granted.  They must KNOW, from
the state of Krael now, what had happened, but they just calmly went about cleaning
up.
     That was the most unnerving thing of all.

Xochithlan:

     There were no ruins around Xochithlan to rise up at the wizard's call, because
the modern city was the old city, continuously lived in for longer than most
Alastarian cities had existed.  There was, perhaps, a tendency for certain long-
buried residents to stir in their graves, but if any came out to walk the streets, it
was not immediately obvious.
     What was obvious was the forest.
     There had been a forest around Xochithlan for a long time, but it had been
burned away during the Rirorni War.  Replanting efforts had been ongoing for the last
eight years, but eight years is not long enough to bring back a major forest.  And
what surrounded the city now, pressing in against the walls and disturbing the newer
suburbs, was a major forest.
     Not, however, a forest such as the Xochithlani remembered.
     This was a Forest Primeval.
     This was a forest that might hide...anything.
     And according to the scholars of ancient texts consulted by King Feyen of
Xochithlan, it probably did.

Zuwayza:

     Zuwayza was as old as Xochithlan, and there were as many dark secrets buried
under its streets.  The foundation of the city, Vekhirn knew, went back to the days
before the first humans.  There were Folstrom traces, but there was also something
older.  Maybe more than one something.  And they were all stirring.  Too much blood
had been spilled here, especially in the years since the invasion--during the
invasion itself, and in the slow beating back of the Eastern forces.
     And in other ways, or for other causes, as well.  The court wizard had sensed a
new feeling in the people of the old city.  Harder.  Crueler, perhaps.  Less patient,
less tolerant--and the Glorious Empire had never been noted for tolerance.  The woman
Jayde, who claimed to be the daughter of Kjarran, her death and her mysterious
apotheosis, had that been the start of this dark bitterness that gripped the people?
He shrugged that off.  Whatever the cause for the change of heart, blood had been
spilled.  And somewhere, someone had called on spilled blood to raise old evils, and
spilled blood everywhere had answered.

Aruak City:

     Adeolar stared into the gilt-framed mirror, frowning and twisting a lock of hair
between nervous fingers.  Nothing she was Seeing was good.  Not that the mirror was
the best way to See, but it was the only scrying device she had that was still
working.  There was a bloody film over the glass that could not be washed off, and
that, she suspected, was a sign of just how bad things were.  Blood magic, used to
excess, tainted everything.  There was no doubt that the wizard in Zorpunt was strong
and ruthless, but what he had started seemed to be taking on a life of its own.  And
no one, so far, seemed able to stop him.
     She would have to take steps herself.

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Dal Shang:

     From the top tier of the arena, you could see a long way out to sea, because the
arena was built on a cliff above the harbor.  So was a lot of the rest of Dal Shang,
but except for the governor's palace, it mostly wasn't as high as the arena.
     Lord Protector Wais, who had come home to Dal Shang in a vague effort to boost
that beleaguered arena, was sitting on the top tier brooding.  The arena was
shrinking faster than a pool of water in the desert.  Promising warriors who were
looking for a career in the arena were not looking in THIS arena.  Fourteen active
warriors last time, and two of them had been retiring by way of a Dark Arena
appearance.  His own team, even, had gone inactive!  Something had to be done, but he
had no idea what.  Even the fans had deserted Dal Shang arena.
     With a sigh, he turned away from the empty arena to look out to sea.  And so he
saw the waters of the lake heave as though they were boiling, and a new--or very
old--island rise like a black reef no more than five miles off shore.  Five miles is
too far away to see the details, but there was something disturbingly regular about
the broken ridgeline of that island.  Like buildings....

A note for the people of the Free Cities and Lirith Kai:

     Some people say that if you get rid of magic, the world will be much simpler.
Some people say that the destabilization of the Arcanum will get rid of magic.  Ha!
High Magic, the stuff that highly educated wizards do, falters as the Arcanum
weakens.  But there are other kinds of magic.  Older.  Cruder.  Less vulnerable.
There's Blood Magic.  Spilling blood releases power.  The more blood, the more power.
     And a very powerful wizard of several centuries ago, Khaldren of Krael, who
decided that he didn't want to die when the city around him was dying, has come to
the present.  He's made a spell to bring Krael back from ruins, and he's tied it to
Blood Magic.
     But there's more blood being spilled around Alastari than he realized, and a lot
of Lost Cities that want to live again.  If you have some old ruins near your house,
and there's an arena where people are bleeding and dying, you've got trouble coming.
This is now your story, too.

     It's all a plot, and probably a dark one.  Where is Daylight Savings time when
you need it?

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

     I've got a lot to say, but I'm not sure just what yet, so later for that.  In 
the mean time, I've got to do something about the Omen.  It should be ME involved in 
that.  As the Champion of the Horn, I'm a natural for desperate adventures, everyone 
knows that.  And no, this is NOT a case of swelled head!  The very idea!  It's 
just... what's the point of me being so highly trained and skilled if I don't USE it 
for the greater good?

                                   Deanjli tyl Rhu

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     It's raining.  I don't get it, this is SPRING, it's supposed to be DUST STORMS 
here, not rain!  I wasn't READY for rain.  Besides, it's cold.
     And getting the cold shoulder were the Scarlet Knights, most avoided by Dark 
Toads.  Is this product of some kind of inside tip about the Omens?  Do Scarlet 
Knights herald blood to be spilled?  Not that spilled blood is anything new here, but 
still, we like to keep it within reasonable bounds.  Such as, inside the arena.
     And speaking of the inside of the arena, we had twenty-one fights in the arena 
today, but three involved standby fighters.  Which means three dozen sorta-real 
fighters active today.  Not as many as I'd like to see here, not as many as we've had 
from time to time, but there it is.  Thirty-six.  Piffling.  (Of course, I think it 
may well have been worse once or twice, but we won't think about that.)
     Of those twenty-one fights, seven were challenge matches.  Vincent Crabbe got 
the most challenges, probably two.  One warrior had and used a TV challenge.
     And speaking of TV, the longest fight wasn't long enough for a proper commercial 
break.  Four minutes?  Surely you can do better than that!  The guy from Short-Tree's 
Old Reliable Pre-Tested Weapons was just getting up to give his spiel (I have no idea 
who let him in, he usually hangs out up in Talahya) when the fight ended!  Our thanks 
to Bat for that timely conclusion.
     Nobody died, which is good.  Dying in the rain is the pits, even when you don't 
have to get buried in standing water afterward.  Besides, I hear that everyone in the 
Infirmary has cold, wet hands today.  Brrrr!

     So, fights.  And no, don't ask me why people are fighting here on this rotten, 
miserable, rainy, cold day, because I have no clue.  I'd rather stay home by a 
roaring fire with something furry to cuddle.
     WAIS (65-6447) (15-19-0,46) of DARK TOADS fought DISORDER (65-6419) (21-11-1,72) 
of PARANOIA.  WAIS was devastated by DISORDER in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.  
Is this an Omen?  Will Wais be plunged into some kind of confusion and disorder next 
time?  Tune in two weeks from now to see!
     MICKEY HATCHER (74-3356) (21-6-0,75) of 1988 DODGERS fought CAPTURED PIRATE KING 
(107-2) (0-0-0,30) of Miscellaneous Fans.  MICKEY HATCHER overpowered CAPTURED PIRATE 
KING in a 1 minute uneven fray.  But was this before, or after the Captured Pirate 
King offered to help retrieve Shylock from his wrecked ship of light, or whatever it 
was?  If it was BEFORE... well, you gotta wonder what happens, hmm?
     NATHANIEL (75-2764) (18-10-0,64) of DARK TOADS fought DARLINA (74-2995) (28-20-
2,77) of SAND DANCERS.  NATHANIEL overpowered DARLINA in an exciting 1 minute uneven 
fight.  Nat, who assures us that he is NOT one of the jewel-in-the-head Dark Toads, 
is such a helpful guy.  You can tell.  "Darlina has a winning record," I said, 
stunned and distressed.  So Nat is helping whittle that record down.  Good work!
     THOMAS (82-14150) (2-5-0,29) of TOADS OF KRONDUR II fought GISELLA (74-2704) 
(16-5-0,53) of CHEYSULI & LIR.  THOMAS savagely defeated GISELLA in a crowd pleasing 
2 minute bloody conflict.  Foregn toads!  Whatever next, eh?  Gisella, tell us a 
little about yourself and your opponent, so as to, ahem, make it easier to suck you 
into who-knows-what with the Omen and all.  Or, alternatively, Thomas, tell us!  I'm 
an equal-oportunity reporter.
     TORYN TYL DAGEDA (74-2777) (57-56-4,124) of SAND DANCERS fought ZORRO, THE GAY 
BLADE (107-8) (0-0-0,110) of Miscellaneous Fans.  TORYN TYL DAGEDA beat ZORRO, THE 
GAY BLADE in an exciting 3 minute bout.  I blame it on his clothes.  There's 
something about all that satin, and the magenta boa, that just BEGS to be shredded.  
The problem with Zorro is that he's got rotten taste.
     THE QUICKLING (70-1669) (46-113-2,173) of SCARLET KNIGHTS fought DAMORETH STENN 
(65-6105) (37-31-0,102) of SAND DANCERS.  THE QUICKLING overpowered DAMORETH STENN in 
a 1 minute one-sided bout.  This must be a relief to Damoreth, as it finally ended 
his puzzling winning streak.
     CORT NIGHTJEWEL (78-196) (48-71-0,183) of THE DRAGON FIST fought *LEATHER* (65-
3336) (30-22-3,202) of LITTLE EARTHQUAKES.  CORT NIGHTJEWEL was devastated by 
*LEATHER* in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.  Is this devastation of the jewel of the 
night more of the Omen?  Or just the natural devastation of earthquakes everywhere?
     CYLADIA (51-1122) (91-102-0,199) of SKAITHVARN fought ZALGOR PRIGG (82-15204) 
(24-14-0,171) of MUTANT LEAGUE II.  CYLADIA was devastated by ZALGOR PRIGG in an 
exciting 1 minute uneven duel.  Rumor has it that Cyladia would have done better if 
she hadn't been focused on protecting her admittedly gorgeous raiment.  Never wear 
gorgeous raiment into the arena.  It can be a handicap.  Of course, it can also be an 
inspiration, as in fighting harder to protect it.
     WINSTON (75-2600) (43-19-0,209) of DARK TOADS fought IMPRISONED SPY (107-9) (0-
0-0,170) of Miscellaneous Fans.  WINSTON unbelievably bested IMPRISONED SPY in an 
action packed 2 minute gory fight.  What's not to believe?  The spy was imprisoned in 
a very small cell, no room to exercise, all that stuff, noo wonder he lost.  Not that 
I want to diminish Winston's victory, but still, what's not to believe in this?
     NIGHTFALL (74-2421) (87-90-3,203) of DARKLINGS fought TOM RIDDLE (74-3501) (25-
8-2,156) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE.  NIGHTFALL devastated TOM RIDDLE in a 1 minute 
mismatched bout.  I could make a lot of plays on words here, like "night falls on Tom 
Riddle," and so on, but you can see them just as well as I can, right?  Take it as 
read.
     JAMMIES (74-2829) (59-54-1,191) of DARKLINGS fought KHORA THE SMALL (78-519) 
(105-134-3,196) of SAND DANCERS.  JAMMIES handily defeated KHORA THE SMALL in an 
exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.  A very distressing event from Khora's point of 
view, but what was she doing being so easy?  If she had lost her Top Basher's honors 
because of this, she would have deserved every anguished instant of it.
     NIGHTCAP (74-2745) (61-79-0,202) of DARKLINGS fought TAIRIKIA (51-4247) (64-72-
0,193) of SAND DANCERS.  NIGHTCAP was overpowered by TAIRIKIA in a crowd pleasing 1 
minute one-sided match.  Check your water bottle, Nightcap.  There may be something 
in there other than water.  Oh, and don't wear the knitted cap under your helmet, 
because it seems prone to falling down over your eyes.
     BAT (74-2742) (69-72-1,207) of DARKLINGS fought KYRLANIA (70-2327) (58-89-1,194) 
of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  BAT beat KYRLANIA in a popular 4 minute melee.  And this 
carnivorous mouse with wings pulls off the longest fight of the day.  Well, Kyrlania 
probably had something to do with it....

     Ah, the challenge matches, beginning with our Most Challenged warrior... who is 
fighting on his OWN challenge, but that's the way it goes some days.  VINCENT CRABBE 
(74-3498) (20-14-2,57) of SLYTHERIN HOUSE challenged TIRYA (46-3594) (24-34-0,77) of 
SAND DANCERS.  Up 20.  VINCENT CRABBE won victory over TIRYA in a popular 2 minute 
Challenge duel.  I blame Tirya's time in Ardivent (not to slight Vincent, of course).  
There's something in the water there, and it CHANGED her.
     MIDNIGHT FAITH (75-2651) (24-15-1,91) of PARANOID ASYLUM challenged ZALMARDARIN 
(78-312) (42-81-3,138) of THE DRAGON FIST.  Up 47.  MIDNIGHT FAITH was handily 
defeated by ZALMARDARIN in a 1 minute Challenge fight.  Oh, ouch!  I think 
Zalmardarin is our other basher, and it is obvious that on this occasion, a maul is 
stronger than faith.
     FLIGHT (75-2606) (25-14-3,142) of PARANOID ASYLUM challenged KING LOVE (40-3748) 
(21-18-2,104) of SUNNYLAND.  Down 38.  FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute 
one-sided Challenge struggle.  Some people fear love.  To love is to be vulnerable.  
To be vulnerable is to attract enemies.
     SHYLOCK (75-2602) (32-31-1,173) of DARK TOADS challenged SMOLDER DARKSUN (78-
513) (64-60-3,171) of THE DRAGON FIST.  Down 2.  SHYLOCK overpowered SMOLDER DARKSUN 
in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.  This may be part of the Omen, and if so, 
it's a more encouraging part than I've seen so far.
     TREMERE (9-4915) (32-6-0,195) of DARK TOADS challenged DEADBOLT (70-1664) (72-
94-2,204) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 9.  TREMERE overpowered DEADBOLT in a crowd 
pleasing 2 minute mismatched Challenge duel.  Is there truth to the rumor that 
Deadbolt is dead from the neck up>
     FENGAR II (20-61) (108-79-2,214) of OVERLORDS challenged DARKMOON BLACKFELL (75-
862) (80-66-3,217) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  Up 3.  FENGAR II demolished DARKMOON 
BLACKFELL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.  Ah, more Good Omens, yes?  We can 
hope so.
     AMPLITUR (65-6440) (18-5-1,130) of DARK TOADS TV challenged TEMPUS (31-538) (34-
35-0,170) of THE STORMGUARDS.  Up 40, and a TV challenge, at that.  AMPLITUR 
devastated TEMPUS in an action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.  Now, let 
me get this straight, as a Dalshani Toad, Amplitur is one who DOES have a jewel in 
his head, right?  Because this might be Significant when it comes time to calculating 
Omens.  You never know what kind of things will go into such calculations.

     And for the Horn, a random match:  DEANJLI TYL RHU (76-1970) (85-57-0,223) of 
SAND DANCERS fought TALON WARSMITH (99-101) (60-86-8,236) of SCARLET KNIGHTS.  
DEANJLI TYL RHU won victory over TALON WARSMITH in a popular 2 minute gory Title 
duel.  Did Talon even notice?  "Won victory" doesn't sound POINTED enough to distract 
him from the contemplation of whatever it is Dwarves contemplate.  Congratulations to 
Deanjli, and you'd better do a more substantial column next time!

                                                       This has been Larkin talkin'

CHAMPION OF THE HORN          W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     86  57  0  229  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FENGAR II 20-61            109  79  2  232  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 BAT 74-2742                 70  72  1  213  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 NIGHTFALL 74-2421           88  90  3  211  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 WINSTON 75-2600             44  19  0  211  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 TREMERE 9-4915              33   6  0  211  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL

GRAND CHAMPIONS               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 *LEATHER* 65-3336           31  22  3  209  LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (215)   DAL SHANG
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            65  72  0  208  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
-INIGO MONTOYA 74-1611       45  48  4  208  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 JAMMIES 74-2829             60  54  1  207  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       60  87  8  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE
 DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862   80  67  3  198  SCARLET KNIGHTS (42)       JADE MOUNTAIN
 ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       25  14  0  196  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG
-BRAND 82-13289              16  15  1  195  TOADS OF AMBER III (274)   DWES EG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            72  95  2  194  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 KYRLANIA 70-2327            58  90  1  194  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 NIGHTCAP 74-2745            61  80  0  186  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     105 135  3  185  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 SHYLOCK 75-2602             33  31  1  185  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196      48  72  0  179  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 CYLADIA 51-1122             91 103  0  178  SKAITHVARN (116)           TRICORUS

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS       W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 THE QUICKLING 70-1669       47 113  2  175  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513      64  61  3  163  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 AMPLITUR 65-6440            19   5  1  161  DARK TOADS (283)           DAL SHANG
 TOM RIDDLE 74-3501          25   9  2  157  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV

GRAND ADEPTS                  W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FLIGHT 75-2606              26  14  3  145  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN
 TEMPUS 31-538               34  36  0  144  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 ZALMARDARIN 78-312          43  81  3  142  THE DRAGON FIST (30)       LIN TIRIAN
 TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777    58  56  4  128  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
-SEMIRHAGE 74-1712           34  40  2  124  ROOT OF ALL EVIL (108)     DAIYLA KIV
 DAMORETH STENN 65-6105      37  32  0  110  SAND DANCERS (78)          DAL SHANG
 KING LOVE 40-3748           21  19  2  107  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES    W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MIDNIGHT FAITH 75-2651      24  16  1   93  PARANOID ASYLUM (282)      JADE MOUNTAIN

GRAND INITIATES               W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 NATHANIEL 75-2764           19  10  0   86  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 MICKEY HATCHER 74-3356      22   6  0   77  1988 DODGERS (278)         DAIYLA KIV
 DISORDER 65-6419            22  11  1   76  PARANOIA (281)             DAL SHANG
 VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498      21  14  2   73  SLYTHERIN HOUSE (277)      DAIYLA KIV
 TIRYA 46-3594               24  35  0   67  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 DARLINA 74-2995             28  21  2   62  SAND DANCERS (36)          DAIYLA KIV
 THOMAS 82-14150              3   5  0   55  TOADS OF KRONDUR II (279)  DWES EG
 WAIS 65-6447                15  20  0   46  DARK TOADS (283)           DAL SHANG
 GISELLA 74-2704             16   6  0   36  CHEYSULI & LIR (222)       DAIYLA KIV

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

THE DEAD                    W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY              TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

All -- I am not sure where my personal ads from last turn disappeared to.  I was
positive I wrote them.  Ah well. -- TigToad

     A dog ate them?

All -- My squad will be seeing a temporary increase in size this turn as I time for
the tourney.  Several of the warriors will only be active this turn, but I expect
Amplitur to return full time after this tourney as he starts to prepare for
Eligables.  Unfortunately, Jon Snow and Brand are both retired from arena play for
the time being. -- TigToad

Vincent Crabbe -- Oh, I see.  Is that the way it is.... -- Wais

Darkmoon Blackfell -- You took a nice beating and deserved the victory! -- Tremere

     A "nice" beating?

Nightfall -- Helmet?  Why on Earth would I wear a helmet?  Do you have any idea what
those smelly, stinky things do to my hair? -- Tremere

Tairikia -- You realize I am 4 and 13 since TigToad took my weapon away?  Thank you
for your complaint, it got him to hand me a weapon for a while.  I am SOOO grateful.
-- Shylock
P.S.  Those arm parries HURT!

Deadbolt -- Wow, did you know that these weapon things can swing and do damage?  I
certainly didn't!  Hopefully, now that I have made this realization it will be a
recurring trend in my career. -- Winston

Larkin -- Where is that spymaster Zoris Karloff at these days?  I might have
misspelled his name, but he was a pretty funny guy.  Maybe you can drag him over here
for a turn and see what "colorful" comments he might make of our glorious arena. --
The Icelord

     Ah... that would be Koris Zarloff, I suppose.  He mostly bedevil's Debby Tonte,
     but maybe I can get him to step in when I go on vacation.  Of course, as far as
     he's concerned, only Karnhorns are worth praising....

Cyladia -- It's worth a try. -- Tempus

Khora the Small -- I wouldn't want to do that. -- Fengar II

Deanjli Tyl Rhu -- Congrats on taking the title.  I want it though. -- Fengar II  

Flight -- Nice challenge. I continue my downward slide with no quick end in sight.
Maybe it's time to think of a new career.... -- Semirhage

Larkin -- With only 4 arenas compared to the 16+ arenas the others draw from it will
continue to stay small here.  If merging with Free Blades reset the team record back
to 0-0 I might not be too upset.  :)  Are previously graduated warriors from other
advanced arenas allowed to move here? -- Bremen

     I don't think merging would reset your record, but you CAN move grads from other
     regions into Lirin Kiv.  Without having to move the team, too.  It's the new
     immigration policy.

Fengar II -- Ptui. -- Nightcap, fed up with gladiating

Larkin -- I do drink before my fights: water.  The liquor comes after, if at all.
Lots of times I'm too depressed to drink. -- Nightcap

     And then you get dehydrated, right?

Deanjli tyl Rhu -- What happened?  I was winning, wasn't I? -- Nightfall, thankful to
continue not being Champion of the Horn
P.S.  But hey!  I'm still only Eligible!
P.P.S.  Someone was asleep at the reins, eh?

Cort Nightjewel -- Thanks for the win.  Didn't think my weapon was too hot against
yours, but I guess it's quicker.  Snake-like in fact. -- Bat, smug

Larkin -- The bat from which I've taken my arena name may be a mouse with wings, but
it's a carnivorous mouse with wings.  I can so be brutal if I put my mind to it. --
Bat

     Ah.  Okay, I'll remember that.

Tempus -- You may wonder why I stooped to clean my weapon.  I wasn't exactly cleaning
it; I was checking the depth of the sand.  You know, instead of hauling out the
bloodstained sand they just dump more sand on top of it.  It's getting pretty deep.
Sometimes I worry about sinking in, that's why I don't wear armor.  And if it keeps
raining I'm going to skip next turn, because I worry about quicksand. -- Jammies

     Of COURSE we haul out the bloodstained sand!  Whatever were you thinking?  Do
     you know badly bloodstained sand stinks after lying around in the sun for a few
     days?  Ripe, very ripe.

Zalgor Prigg -- I'm sure that epiphany of coordination you had will help you in your
next fight.  I wish you well as long as you don't get matched against me again. --
Cyladia

Shylock -- We meet yet again.  But I have to tell you that, other things being equal,
open hand is at a disadvantage to cold steel. -- Tairikia
P.S.  Look at it, you surrendered because you "sustained serious wounds," and the
only wounds you got were from being "struck in the army by the parry."

     He noticed.

Midnight Faith -- Obviously, my morning doubts put me at a disadvantage.  No surprise
there, but...oh, well. -- Darlina

Talon Warsmith -- You damned dwarves have no respect. -- Khora the Small

Smolder Darksun -- My people have always believed that the Ratani are not to be
trusted.  Obviously, they are correct! -- Toryn tyl Dageda

Ah, I see what the Captured Pirate King's problem is.  He's too short.  Successful
pirate kings have to be TALL. -- Damoreth Stenn

Dumb rats. -- Tirya

Zalgor -- Right, what Larkin said.  I have lost the Top Basher's honors before by
losing to impertinent, non-bashing ruffians when the other basher won against some
random wimp. -- Khora the Small but Determined

18 March 2004
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update

     We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre
kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start.  We are also pleased to announce that
in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark
arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills.  The contest is only 2
turns old and is still wide open.  There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill
each.  Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena.
     On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to
challenge the kLk dominance.  We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their
supposed home arena.  But, they were a no show.  Guess they proved what they are
really made of.  *evil grin*
     Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge.  We are
throwing down the gauntlet.  Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would
like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance.  If you don't show up,
Chaos, don't feel bad.  FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but
have chosen to pass on the offer.
     So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and
enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM
36.  We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a
storyline being actively worked on in the arena.  Whatever you like about DM you can
find it in JHANS.

Bookie
mgr. of Suicidal Dreams
and Director Jhans Board of Tourism
kLk Alliance

27 March 2004
     This notice is to inform the DM world that CHAOS INC. has added CHEETO to its
ranks.  He joins APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and RUDE BUDDHA as the 6th member.
May your chaotic wings spread disaster and CHAOS for all your days!  Welcome CHEETO!!

27 March 2004
     Has anyone seen it in print that the "Goat" is leaving the "Cartel"?  There were
some diplos to the effect of a special branch of the Cartel being formed, like secret
societies, governmental agencies and alliances certain agendas are developed.  To
obtain the desired effect of any agenda only key personnel can be used.  The "Goat"
is "Cartel" so until you see it with me announcing that I am not Cartel, remember,
"The Agenda of the Core is for you to fight for."  I hope this stops the confusion.
-- Goat

8 April 2004
CLICK (KLK) - Remember, you asked for it.  Chaos is coming....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

AMPLITUR devastated TEMPUS in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
FENGAR II demolished DARKMOON BLACKFELL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
TREMERE overpowered DEADBOLT in a crowd pleasing 2 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
SHYLOCK overpowered SMOLDER DARKSUN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
FLIGHT overpowered KING LOVE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
MIDNIGHT FAITH was handily defeated by ZALMARDARIN in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
VINCENT CRABBE won victory over TIRYA in a popular 2 minute Challenge duel.
DEANJLI TYL RHU won victory over TALON WARSMITH in a popular 2 minute gory Title duel.
BAT beat KYRLANIA in a popular 4 minute melee.
NIGHTCAP was overpowered by TAIRIKIA in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided match.
JAMMIES handily defeated KHORA THE SMALL in a exciting 1 minute one-sided contest.
NIGHTFALL devastated TOM RIDDLE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
WINSTON unbelievably bested IMPRISONED SPY in a action packed 2 minute gory fight.
CYLADIA was devastated by ZALGOR PRIGG in a exciting 1 minute uneven duel.
CORT NIGHTJEWEL was devastated by *LEATHER* in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
THE QUICKLING overpowered DAMORETH STENN in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
TORYN TYL DAGEDA beat ZORRO, THE GAY BLADE in a exciting 3 minute bout.
THOMAS savagely defeated GISELLA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody conflict.
NATHANIEL overpowered DARLINA in a exciting 1 minute uneven fight.
MICKEY HATCHER overpowered CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 1 minute uneven fray.
WAIS was devastated by DISORDER in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  12 -  0      66  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         SLASHING ATTACK   42 -  32 -  1      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       21 -  19 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  25 -  1      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    40 -  42 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW        25 -  34 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 245 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  3         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970    86  57  0  229 SAND DANCERS (38)
LUNGING ATTACK   FENGAR II 20-61           109  79  2  232 OVERLORDS (239)
SLASHING ATTACK  BAT 74-2742                70  72  1  213 DARKLINGS (207)
STRIKING ATTACK  NIGHTFALL 74-2421          88  90  3  211 DARKLINGS (207)
TOTAL PARRY      WINSTON 75-2600            44  19  0  211 DARK TOADS (262)
AIMED BLOW       TREMERE 9-4915             33   6  0  211 DARK TOADS (275)
PARRY-LUNGE      NIGHTCAP 74-2745           61  80  0  186 DARKLINGS (207)
BASHING ATTACK   KHORA THE SMALL 78-519    105 135  3  185 SAND DANCERS (43)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    TORYN TYL DAGEDA 74-2777   58  56  4  128 SAND DANCERS (36)

The overall popularity leader is CYLADIA 51-1122.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BAT 74-2742.  The ten other most popular fighters were TREMERE 9-4915, TIRYA 
46-3594, KYRLANIA 70-2327, TALON WARSMITH 99-101, JAMMIES 74-2829, TORYN TYL DAGEDA 
74-2777, THOMAS 82-14150, VINCENT CRABBE 74-3498, AMPLITUR 65-6440, and SHYLOCK 
75-2602.

The least popular fighter this week was DAMORETH STENN 65-6105.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CORT NIGHTJEWEL 78-196, TOM RIDDLE 74-3501, KING LOVE 40-3748, 
DARKMOON BLACKFELL 75-862, TEMPUS 31-538, WAIS 65-6447, DARLINA 74-2995, GISELLA 
74-2704, NIGHTCAP 74-2745, and SMOLDER DARKSUN 78-513.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
ZUKAL(9)             1  0 0  TRICORUS(51)         1  1 0  SIMTAKKA(76)         1  0 0  
SEAM(20)             1  0 0  DAL SHANG(65)        3  2 0  LIN TIRIAN(78)       1  3 0  
CHIMLEVTAL(31)       0  1 0  SENTERN(70)          1  2 0  DWES EG(82)          2  0 0  
ZENSU(40)            0  1 0  DAIYLA KIV(74)       6  4 0  SOUTH RIDGE(99)      0  1 0  
ARDIVENT(46)         0  1 0  JADE MOUNTAIN(75)    4  2 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 TREMERE 9-4915              33   6  0  211  DARK TOADS (275)           ZUKAL
 FENGAR II 20-61            109  79  2  232  OVERLORDS (239)            SEAM
 TEMPUS 31-538               34  36  0  144  THE STORMGUARDS (244)      CHIMLEVTAL
 KING LOVE 40-3748           21  19  2  107  SUNNYLAND (284)            ZENSU
 TIRYA 46-3594               24  35  0   67  SAND DANCERS (270)         ARDIVENT
 TAIRIKIA 51-4247            65  72  0  208  SAND DANCERS (253)         TRICORUS
 *LEATHER* 65-3336           31  22  3  209  LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (215)   DAL SHANG
 DEADBOLT 70-1664            72  95  2  194  SCARLET KNIGHTS (64)       SENTERN
 BAT 74-2742                 70  72  1  213  DARKLINGS (207)            DAIYLA KIV
 WINSTON 75-2600             44  19  0  211  DARK TOADS (262)           JADE MOUNTAIN
 DEANJLI TYL RHU 76-1970     86  57  0  229  SAND DANCERS (38)          SIMTAKKA
 KHORA THE SMALL 78-519     105 135  3  185  SAND DANCERS (43)          LIN TIRIAN
 ZALGOR PRIGG 82-15204       25  14  0  196  MUTANT LEAGUE II (257)     DWES EG
 TALON WARSMITH 99-101       60  87  8  205  SCARLET KNIGHTS (19)       SOUTH RIDGE

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 14 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                           ABE SIMPSON (9-4453) SPRINGFIELD 
                            PB-LEAD (23-4385) ROCK-ETTS IV 
                      RATTLESNAKE SHAKE (60-4242) METAL MELTDOWN 
                            CHIP (60-4413) RESCUE RANGERS 
                           SLAKE (82-12993) WORD OF THE DAY 
                          DIS-COMBOBULATE (63-2222) DIS-TEAM 
                        RETARD (68-7501) POLITICALLYINCORRECT 
                           DARKSIDE (22-2714) LOST SOULS 1 
                      ZHARRA TYL MEDAN (40-2586) SUPERIOR FORCES 
                         SMOOGIE (82-2247) STREET PIZZAD III 
                             ARATHEA (13-3318) THE ELITE 
                          PX (82-14364) SUPERIOR FORCES 1203 
                       MIKE, POWERFUL (82-7051) MIKE THE HUNTER 
                          DIS-FUNCTIONAL (63-2223) DIS-TEAM 

                                          -- Green Eyes