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Date   : 01/03/2012    Duedate: 01/16/2012

STORM ROCK ARENA

DM 107    TURN 12

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 COLOR ME SUA 42/365   61   36   1 62.9    6 END 13/298            23   25   1 47.9
    CENTER FOR OLDS 18/364                      SHEPHERDS 18/359
  2 FUCHI OWNED 81/346     8    5   0 61.5      FOUND IN THE SAND 32/360
  3 DARQUE AGES 81/335    18   14   1 56.2      GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS 65/361
    DARQUE FORCES 31/318                      7 MID EARTH 29/316      19   24   0 44.2
    DARQUE FORCES 45/348                        YAMA BUSHI 30/317
    IMPROVED ILLUSION 59/349                    CLAN LONGBEARD 81/374
  4 SEA DOGS 1/300        13   11   0 54.2    8-VIKINGS 10/355         9   21   0 30.0
    SEA DOGS 18/309                             SENTINELS 7/354
    DUNGEON CELL 42/347                         NOMADIC TRIBE 21/310
  5 OF WOLF AND  81/343   26   23   1 53.1      DRAGONBANE GUILD 81/334

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly STORM ROCK games.  ZEVRAN caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested RAGGEDY ANN and was awarded 39 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, PLANKTON put down 
ARIOCH, causing him to lose 28 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing 
has DELAWARE RUN in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week 
he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if 
exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 
7!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city STORM ROCK.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  DRAGONBANE GUILD is feared.  This much I can say.  If you 
didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any of MID EARTH 
last week.  Busy avoiding DRAGONBANE GUILD?  Loose talk at the arena has reached my 
ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after DOMINATRIX.  
Watch your back!  At the gambling halls I have started to bet money on RINDEL.  He 
has got the courage it takes.  Witness his challenge this turn against FOUR OF 
SPADES!  Truth to tell, RINDEL did not come out of the fight a winner, but he managed 
to capture much attention, gaining 3 in recognition.  I cannot but express pride for 
the fearlessness of HEINRIK who cast caution to the winds and challenged FROO-FROO, a 
fighter 33 points higher.  To be sure the battle was a losing one.  But I like to 
think HEINRIK at least gave FROO-FROO a run for hers money.  Give JOSH credit for his 
courage.  Did you note how he challenged DOMINATRIX despite the 51 point difference 
in their rankings?  3 points of newly earned recognition and a dose of my admiration 
is what JOSH must now weigh against the defeat which resulted.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the 
miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     The girls are as pretty in STORM ROCK as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till 
we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no 
one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

CHAMPION OF THE HORN           W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DELAWARE RUN 42-4400         79  54  5  278  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430      52  40  4  259  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FROO-FROO 18-9589            43  31  4  218  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 FOUR OF SPADES 42-4234       66  41  2  215  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 SHINY PENNY 32-3789          59 112  2  184  FOUND IN THE SAND (360)    ARVAT

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 GRATH 81-581                 33  15  1  179  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 HEINRIK 81-1257              30  25  1  176  CLAN LONGBEARD (374)       SHADOWSPIRE
 RINDEL 29-5346               30  23     175  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
 TING-TING 81-776             33  17     171  FUCHI OWNED (346)          SHADOWSPIRE
 PLANKTON 18-9748             29  28  2  160  SEA DOGS (309)             TALCAMA
 LAZY LOOKOUT 42-4504         34  27  1  153  DUNGEON CELL (347)         RODEKI

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PINCH BLISTER 18-9859        31  24     150  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 DOMINATRIX 81-583            29  16  3  150  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 EVANGELION 59-2340           22  18  1  143  IMPROVED ILLUSION (349)    ILLIS
 ZEVRAN 81-1258               24  29  1  138  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 ARIOCH 81-996                27  23  3  134  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 ALMOST PRETTY 42-4496        39  30     133  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 THE BRIDE 45-4180            28  11  1  132  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE
 VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 65-6623   25  16  1  115  GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (361) DAL SHANG
-OBROJOBO 7-5869              20  20  1  110  SENTINELS (354)            BONSUR
 RAGGEDY ANN 45-4148          33  13     105  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE

GRAND CHALLENGER INITIATES     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JOSH 18-9109                 21  10     100  SHEPHERDS (359)            TALCAMA
 FAN ZHEN 81-1288             20  11  2  100  DARQUE AGES (335)          SHADOWSPIRE
 GAD 18-9239                  30  22  1   99  SHEPHERDS (359)            TALCAMA
-JEHLCH 29-5528               23  20  2   98  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
-LORD EXETER 81-932           27  17  1   97  DRAGONBANE GUILD (334)     SHADOWSPIRE

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 1977 AMC MATADOR 42-4116     41  30      82  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 THE HYPHEN-DASH 42-4499      19  13  1   79  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
-AZAGHAL 81-1223              20  22      71  DRAGONBANE GUILD (334)     SHADOWSPIRE
-CAJETAN 7-6036               18  15  1   62  SENTINELS (354)            BONSUR
 LHISSON 29-5456              28  27      59  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
 JELLO KNUCKLES 42-4554       30  13      29  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

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

THE DEAD                   W   L  K TEAM NAME              SLAIN BY                  TURN

                               PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

This personal contains no information.  You need not read it.  It exists only to
convince hal that the critical parts of the newsletter are present and ready to
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                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RINDEL was devastated by FOUR OF SPADES in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
HEINRIK was vanquished by FROO-FROO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
JOSH was subdued by DOMINATRIX in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
DELAWARE RUN devastated SHINY PENNY in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
MOIST TOWELETTE demolished GRATH in a action packed 2 minute mismatched competition.
ARIOCH was devastated by PLANKTON in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory mismatched match.
TING-TING handily defeated THE BRIDE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
PINCH BLISTER vanquished FAN ZHEN in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
ALMOST PRETTY lost to LAZY LOOKOUT in a popular 4 minute gory duel.
VIRGINIA, NO SANTA was savagely defeated by EVANGELION in a popular 4 minute melee.
RAGGEDY ANN was demolished by ZEVRAN in a 2 minute bloody mismatched match.
1977 AMC MATADOR was bested by GAD in a exciting 3 minute bloody battle.
JELLO KNUCKLES was beaten by RIRORNI SOLDIER in a crowd pleasing 2 minute conflict.
THE HYPHEN-DASH vanquished LHISSON in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  19 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -   8 -  2      67  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         BASHING ATTACK    24 -  16 -  1      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  13 -  0      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-LUNGE       22 -  21 -  0      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -  19 -  0      39  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        10 -  18 -  0      36  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  23 -  1      28  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn  12 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-LUNGE        3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  3         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  3         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   DELAWARE RUN 42-4400       79  54  5  278 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
STRIKING ATTACK  MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430    52  40  4  259 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
SLASHING ATTACK  FROO-FROO 18-9589          43  31  4  218 CENTER FOR OLDS (364)
LUNGING ATTACK   FOUR OF SPADES 42-4234     66  41  2  215 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
TOTAL PARRY      GRATH 81-581               33  15  1  179 OF WOLF AND MAN (343)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    RINDEL 29-5346             30  23  0  175 MID EARTH (316)
PARRY-LUNGE      PLANKTON 18-9748           29  28  2  160 SEA DOGS (309)
AIMED BLOW       ZEVRAN 81-1258             24  29  1  138 OF WOLF AND MAN (343)
WALL OF STEEL    ARIOCH 81-996              27  23  3  134 OF WOLF AND MAN (343)

The overall popularity leader is SHINY PENNY 32-3789.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 65-6623.  The ten other most popular fighters were LAZY 
LOOKOUT 42-4504, ALMOST PRETTY 42-4496, DOMINATRIX 81-583, MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430, 
EVANGELION 59-2340, PLANKTON 18-9748, GAD 18-9239, ZEVRAN 81-1258, DELAWARE RUN 
42-4400, and FROO-FROO 18-9589.

The least popular fighter this week was LHISSON 29-5456.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were THE BRIDE 45-4180, ARIOCH 81-996, HEINRIK 81-1257, RINDEL 29-5346, 
JELLO KNUCKLES 42-4554, GRATH 81-581, RAGGEDY ANN 45-4148, JOSH 18-9109, FOUR OF 
SPADES 42-4234, and THE HYPHEN-DASH 42-4499.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
TALCAMA(18)          4  1 0  RODEKI(42)           5  3 0  DAL SHANG(65)        0  1 0  
LAPUR(29)            0  2 0  STORMCROWE(45)       0  2 0  SHADOWSPIRE(81)      3  4 0  
ARVAT(32)            0  1 0  ILLIS(59)            1  0 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FROO-FROO 18-9589           43  31  4  218  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 RINDEL 29-5346              30  23  0  175  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
 SHINY PENNY 32-3789         59 112  2  184  FOUND IN THE SAND (360)    ARVAT
 DELAWARE RUN 42-4400        79  54  5  278  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 THE BRIDE 45-4180           28  11  1  132  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE
 EVANGELION 59-2340          22  18  1  143  IMPROVED ILLUSION (349)    ILLIS
 VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 65-6623  25  16  1  115  GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (361) DAL SHANG
 GRATH 81-581                33  15  1  179  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
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Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!