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Date   : 08/14/2012    Duedate: 08/27/2012

STORM ROCK ARENA

DM 107    TURN 28

RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    %  RANK TEAMS                 W    L   K    % 
  1 COLOR ME SUA 42/365  163   94   2 63.4      DRAGONBANE GUILD 81/334
    CENTER FOR OLDS 18/364                    4 MID EARTH 29/316      41   50   0 45.1
  2 DARQUE AGES 81/335    53   43   1 55.2      YAMA BUSHI 30/317
    DARQUE FORCES 31/318                        CLAN LONGBEARD 81/374
    DARQUE FORCES 45/348                      5-OF WOLF AND  81/343   41   57   1 41.8
    IMPROVED ILLUSION 59/349                  6 END 13/298            40   72   1 35.7
  3 VIKINGS 10/355        37   38   0 49.3      SHEPHERDS 18/359
    SENTINELS 7/354                             FOUND IN THE SAND 32/360
    NOMADIC TRIBE 21/310                        GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS 65/361

                                  WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT

                        6 Months Ago -- The Eastern Deserts

     The battlefield was shrouded in darkness, save for the torches carried by a 
number of the soldiers and several magical orbs of light, which circled above lazily 
at the command of the wizards.  The engagement had been a short one, as three huge, 
lumbering Phase Dragons burst from the nearby caverns and ran straight into the fully 
prepared army.  The archers took a savage toll on the beasts before the elite 
gladiators charged in to finish the fray.  As the soldiers cleared the massive bodies 
from the cavern mouth a small group of hooded men gathered a short distance away.
     "There is no question about it.  These are creatures from the Kaikwok Gate." 
said Rillion, thoughtfully stroking his short beard. "I just don't understand how 
they are accessing our world again despite the gate being completely sealed."
     Alongside the mage, the manager known as The Greek Guy sharpened a gleaming 
battle axe.  "The Dark One said something about a rift or tear.  I'm not really up on 
Gate Metaphysics, Rill.  All I know is they're here and they shouldn't be."
     "Managerr said they wouldn't be gone long." Added Rascally Rabbit, looking far 
more sinister than his manager name implied, "and that we needed to hold this area 
until they got back.  So that's what we need to do."
     One of the scouts shouted a brief warning and the soldiers assumed battle 
formation once more.  The three arena managers stepped back behind a shield thrown up 
by Rillion and prepared for a second engagement.  Within a moment, a snarling wave of 
Jaguar warriors erupted from the cavern, pouring out toward the soldiers.
     The Greek Guy took the point and motioned to the troops.  "Move to engage!  Form 
up!  Initiate Shield Wall!  Archers, volley fire!"
     A cloud of enchanted arrows hissed into the night, and then descended to shower 
death upon the charging Jaguar warriors.  Scores of the beast men went down under the 
fire but it was just a small fraction of their overall numbers.  Within a moment the 
first ranks of the jaguars leapt upon the prepared troops, tearing and rending with 
their razor sharp talons and fangs.  Despite the massive numbers, the shield wall 
held, and the gate beasts seemed to be taking the worst of the exchange.  After a 
moment, however, the Jaguar Warriors found some holes in the ranks and burst through, 
creating havoc amongst the defenders.
     "Second line-- advance!  First line-- fall back!"
     The first defensive line fell back in an organized retreat, while a second wave 
of defenders moved up.  Within a moment, they formed up to from a second defensive 
line, while those formerly in the front line moved back to regroup.  At the same 
time, another wave of arrows showered from the sky and cut down the confused Jaguar 
Warriors.
     "We learned a lot from the first Gate incursion." Rillion commented to RR.  "The 
Jaguar Warriors can be a terror one on one, but they don't fight well in organized 
battles.  Those enchanted arrows help a lot, too.  One shot, one kill."
     Despite the confident words, the Jaguars were inflicting a savage toll on the 
soldiers.  It was true, that the majority of the troops were gladiators and former 
gladiators who were now protected by immortality magic, but still if they were 
consumed by the Gate monsters, there would be no return.  As the battle raged, it 
became clear that there were too many Jaguar warriors for the small army to defeat.  
Rillion flicked his staff and sent a fireball into the Jaguar's flank.  It erupted 
into a flaming explosion of heat and pressure, sending scores of the beast men 
flying.  As he did so, the Rabbit gathered a nearby troop and rushed to cut off a 
Jaguar offensive.
     The Greek Guy motioned for the trumpeters to sound the retreat.  "Back up the 
hill!  Form defensive units.  Skirmishers forward to slow the advance."
     "This is not going well." Rillion commented as he blasted away a row of Jaguars 
with a bolt of lightning.
     As he prepared a second bolt, he noticed a large vortex opening nearby.  A 
travelling Gate was being opened.  Which meant either more Jaguars, or...?
     A second small army of heavily armored gladiator-soldiers appeared.  At their 
head rode Managerr, on a white stallion, and the Dark One, on his black gelding.  
They motioned and their warriors charged into the Jaguar Warriors flank.  The numbers 
now more even, the first army charged down the hill.  Within minutes the Jaguar 
forces were destroyed.  Only a handful survived to flee back into the cavern.
     "Good timing."  Rascally Rabbit chuckled, his eyebrow arched, "You couldn't have 
arrived just a touch sooner?"
     "It took us a while to scout out the ruins of our old training grounds on the 
other side of the Kaikwok Gate." Managerr responded, "We stopped by to gather the 
second division, as we thought we might need the manpower.  Apparently we were right.  
The other side of the old Gate is completely empty.  They are all gone."
     "Gone?  There were millions of beings on that world.  You're telling me that 
they're all gone?"
     The Dark One waved his staff and a vision of the Kaikwok Gate world appeared.  
It was decimated.  Forests burned and blasted, temples shattered, riverbeds and lakes 
dried up and shriveled.  "As he said.  All gone.  We detected residual magic.  Gate 
magic.  I am not certain if it was left from an invader that came, exterminated that 
world and enslaved what was left of the population or possibly the denizens of that 
world developed Gate travel on its own and departed a dying world.  We have no way of 
knowing which is the case."
     The Greek Guy received a message from one of the army runners, read it quickly 
and motioned to his fellows.  "The engineers are ready."
     He motioned to a figure high up on the cliffside above the cave.  In a moment, a 
thunderous explosion shook the ground.  Instantly a shower of boulders, shards of 
stone and dirt rained down, burying the cavern opening under half the mountainside.
     Rillion nodded.  "That will do for this Gate access, but I expect there will be 
more."

           Three Months Ago -- The Dark Citadel -- Isle of of the Eye

     The Brotherhood of the Blade sat around the titanic obsidian table where they 
often planned and plotted together.  This occasion was more serious, however, than 
their usual debates over gladiatorial tactics and battle plans.  They were instead 
embroiled in a lengthy discourse regarding the ongoing Gate incursions that had been 
detected.
     "Sheila and her mage council can't figure out how to stop it." Managerr noted.
     "Sheila?"  The Greek Guy chuckled, "First name basis now, are we?"
     Managerr smirked at him.  "They can close the Gate opening when they find it, 
but then another one opens somewhere else within a few days.  At some point they are 
going to get access in a remote area and we won't find it in time.  If they can move 
in a large force, it will be next to impossible to beat them back and close the 
access.  It will be a mess."
     "And we still have no idea who is behind this and what's going on." Rillion 
added.
     "What we do know is that we don't have enough days in the week to keep running 
around closing gates and fighting battles.  We're shorthanded.  Zalgor's missing in 
action and Caesar is off-world fighting wars of his own.  Without their forces it's 
even worse."  Rascally Rabbit shuffled through his roster.  "I've lost 15% of my 
personal troops and I know you all have suffered losses as well."
     Managerr agreed.  "We're definitely short on members.  Mad Max and Tig Toad are 
retired.  With Zalgor inactive and Caesar battling Picts or whatnot, we are at five 
members.  Just barely enough in normal times and way short in these times."
     "We need to recruit some new members." The Greek Guy stated.  "We have a 
tournament coming up and can talk to some managers there.  We need to find those who 
are like-minded and who would get along with the rest of us, which is not always 
easy."
     "Agreed." said the Dark One from beneath his cowl, "We can then announce our new 
members.  We need more men and more troops.  I think we all have some candidates in 
mind.  First, they must have no other allegiances.  Second, they must have the 
martial knowledge we expect from our members.  And, the Greek Guy mentioned, they 
have to be able to deal with us."

                        Present Day -- the Isle of the Eye
     One of the arena scribes rushed into the GC headquarters.  "We need 100 runners 
to travel to every city in the land.  We're being paid 1,000 gold sovereigns to get 
the news out!"
     "What news?"
     "The Brotherhood of the Blade is expanding!!  Here is the announcement!"
              *****                   *****                   *****
     Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The Brotherhood of the Blade has chosen to add the following 
new members to our ranks.  Effective immediately, the following managers have been 
offered and have accepted membership to the Brotherhood:
     Bubbaganoosh
     Grimm
     Khisanth

May their successes be great and their victories many under our banner!

     Officially -- Managerr -- Grand High Moose of the Brotrotherhood of the Blade

                             REPORT FROM WITHIN THE TOWER

     It's depressing.  I come in here to do the spy report, and it's like walking
into a tomb.  An OLD tomb that was looted centuries ago.  It isn't the fact that
there were only thirteen fights, three challenges, two standbys.  Lots of arenas are
smaller than that, even on the Isle.  It's the total lack of any kind of
conversation, no personals, no column from the top, nothing.  Did all the managers go
off and leave you fighters to carry on alone?  I can understand you not writing
anything, lots of fighters are illiterate.  I suppose all the managers are talking
behind my back in their private clubs.  Okay, fine, but it's still depressing.
Discourages me from making an all-out effort in the spy report, you know?

So, here's a half-out effort:
     Major point gain, Lhisson, thirty-five.  Major drop Josh, thirty-one.  Same
fight.
     Center for Olds most avoided, Dragonbane Guild most avoiding.
     Most challenged, Almost Pretty.

     1977 AMC MATADOR (42-4116) (49-37-0,38) of COLOR ME SUAVE fought CAPTURED PIRATE
KING (107-2) (0-0-0,30) of Random Standbys.  1977 AMC MATADOR was beaten by CAPTURED
PIRATE KING in a 2 minute conflict.
     JELLO KNUCKLES (42-4554) (33-25-0,50) of COLOR ME SUAVE fought R.O.U.S. (107-4)
(0-0-0,50) of Random Standbys.  JELLO KNUCKLES viciously subdued R.O.U.S. in an
exciting 8 minute bloody battle.
     JOSH (18-9109) (23-24-0,150) of SHEPHERDS fought LHISSON (29-5456) (35-35-0,92)
of MID EARTH.  JOSH was subdued by LHISSON in a crowd pleasing 2 minute competition.
     EVANGELION (59-2340) (29-26-1,174) of IMPROVED ILLUSION fought BEDDER (18-10043)
(25-17-2,137) of CENTER FOR OLDS.  EVANGELION outwaited BEDDER in a popular 8 minute
brutal bout.

     PINCH BLISTER (18-9859) (35-35-0,161) of CENTER FOR OLDS fought VIRGINIA, NO
SANTA (65-6623) (28-29-1,150) of GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS.  PINCH BLISTER narrowly
defeated VIRGINIA, NO SANTA in a 2 minute brutal fight.
     AZAGHAL (81-1223) (27-26-0,163) of DRAGONBANE GUILD fought THE HYPHEN-DASH (42-
4499) (31-16-1,160) of COLOR ME SUAVE.  AZAGHAL defeated THE HYPHEN-DASH in an action
packed 2 minute duel.
     DELAWARE RUN (42-4400) (91-58-5,190) of COLOR ME SUAVE fought SHINY PENNY (32-
3789) (66-121-2,196) of FOUND IN THE SAND.  DELAWARE RUN vanquished SHINY PENNY in an
action packed 1 minute uneven duel.
     THE BRIDE (45-4180) (36-18-1,209) of DARQUE FORCES fought RINDEL (29-5346) (38-
30-0,189) of MID EARTH.  THE BRIDE handily defeated RINDEL in a 1 minute uneven
fight.
     FROO-FROO (18-9589) (56-33-4,312) of CENTER FOR OLDS fought FAN ZHEN (81-1288)
(28-18-2,189) of DARQUE AGES.  FROO-FROO overpowered FAN ZHEN in a crowd pleasing 1
minute one-sided struggle.

The challenges:
     WALLI WEEBLE (21-6935) (36-23-0,167) of NOMADIC TRIBE challenged RAGGEDY ANN
(45-4148) (42-19-0,171) of DARQUE FORCES.  Up 4.  WALLI WEEBLE was viciously subdued
by RAGGEDY ANN in a 1420 minute Challenge contest.  This was the longest fight, and I
can't even say "today," because it lasted more than a day.  I knew we were in trouble
when both warriors brought lunches and sleeping bags.
     OBROJOBO (7-5869) (27-24-1,169) of SENTINELS challenged ALMOST PRETTY (42-4496)
(51-33-0,176) of COLOR ME SUAVE.  Up 7.  OBROJOBO handily defeated ALMOST PRETTY in a
1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
     GAD (18-9239) (35-33-1,196) of SHEPHERDS challenged FOUR OF SPADES (42-4234)
(79-44-3,241) of COLOR ME SUAVE.  Up 45.  GAD was devastated by FOUR OF SPADES in a 1
minute mismatched Challenge fight.

For the title:
     MOIST TOWELETTE (42-4430) (65-42-4,326) of COLOR ME SUAVE fought HEINRIK (81-
1257) (36-34-1,227) of CLAN LONGBEARD.  MOIST TOWELETTE demolished HEINRIK in a 1
minute mismatched Title competition.  Bah.

                                       Larkin

CHAMPION OF THE HORN           W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430      66  42  4  338  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

GRAND CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 FROO-FROO 18-9589            57  33  4  325  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 FOUR OF SPADES 42-4234       80  44  3  252  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 THE BRIDE 45-4180            37  18  1  220  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE

GRAND CHAMPIONS                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 DELAWARE RUN 42-4400         92  58  5  204  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 HEINRIK 81-1257              36  35  1  196  CLAN LONGBEARD (374)       SHADOWSPIRE
 GAD 18-9239                  35  34  1  196  SHEPHERDS (359)            TALCAMA
-DOMINATRIX 81-583            33  26  3  196  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 OBROJOBO 7-5869              28  24  1  193  SENTINELS (354)            BONSUR
 SHINY PENNY 32-3789          66 122  2  192  FOUND IN THE SAND (360)    ARVAT
 FAN ZHEN 81-1288             28  19  2  188  DARQUE AGES (335)          SHADOWSPIRE
 RINDEL 29-5346               38  31     187  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 RAGGEDY ANN 45-4148          43  19     179  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE
 EVANGELION 59-2340           30  26  1  177  IMPROVED ILLUSION (349)    ILLIS
 AZAGHAL 81-1223              28  26     176  DRAGONBANE GUILD (334)     SHADOWSPIRE
 WALLI WEEBLE 21-6935         36  24     166  NOMADIC TRIBE (310)        SUNSET

GRAND CHALLENGER ADEPTS        W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 PINCH BLISTER 18-9859        36  35     164  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 ALMOST PRETTY 42-4496        51  34     163  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
-GRATH 81-581                 37  25  1  161  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 THE HYPHEN-DASH 42-4499      31  17  1  160  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI

GRAND ADEPTS                   W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 65-6623   28  30  1  149  GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (361) DAL SHANG
 BEDDER 18-10043              25  18  2  145  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
-ZEVRAN 81-1258               30  37  1  135  OF WOLF AND MAN (343)      SHADOWSPIRE
 LHISSON 29-5456              36  35     127  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
 JOSH 18-9109                 23  25     119  SHEPHERDS (359)            TALCAMA

GRAND INITIATES                W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 JELLO KNUCKLES 42-4554       34  25      58  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
-SOCKLESS CRITIC 42-4645      15   6  1   52  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 1977 AMC MATADOR 42-4116     49  38      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
print.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GAD was devastated by FOUR OF SPADES in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
OBROJOBO handily defeated ALMOST PRETTY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
WALLI WEEBLE was viciously subdued by RAGGEDY ANN in a 1420 minute Challenge contest.
MOIST TOWELETTE demolished HEINRIK in a 1 minute mismatched Title competition.
FROO-FROO overpowered FAN ZHEN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided struggle.
THE BRIDE handily defeated RINDEL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
DELAWARE RUN vanquished SHINY PENNY in a action packed 1 minute uneven duel.
AZAGHAL defeated THE HYPHEN-DASH in a action packed 2 minute duel.
PINCH BLISTER narrowly defeated VIRGINIA, NO SANTA in a 2 minute brutal fight.
EVANGELION outwaited BEDDER in a popular 8 minute brutal bout.
JOSH was subdued by LHISSON in a crowd pleasing 2 minute competition.
JELLO KNUCKLES viciously subdued R.O.U.S. in a exciting 8 minute bloody battle.
1977 AMC MATADOR was beaten by CAPTURED PIRATE KING in a 2 minute conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -   8 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -   9 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  21 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  24 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  17 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -  20 -  0      29  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn  28 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430    66  42  4  338 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
SLASHING ATTACK  FROO-FROO 18-9589          57  33  4  325 CENTER FOR OLDS (364)
LUNGING ATTACK   FOUR OF SPADES 42-4234     80  44  3  252 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
BASHING ATTACK   DELAWARE RUN 42-4400       92  58  5  204 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
PARRY-LUNGE      GAD 18-9239                35  34  1  196 SHEPHERDS (359)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    RINDEL 29-5346             38  31  0  187 MID EARTH (316)
TOTAL PARRY      RAGGEDY ANN 45-4148        43  19  0  179 DARQUE FORCES (348)
WALL OF STEEL    ALMOST PRETTY 42-4496      51  34  0  163 COLOR ME SUAVE (365)
AIMED BLOW       LHISSON 29-5456            36  35  0  127 MID EARTH (316)

The overall popularity leader is SHINY PENNY 32-3789.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BEDDER 18-10043.  The ten other most popular fighters were JELLO KNUCKLES 
42-4554, EVANGELION 59-2340, THE HYPHEN-DASH 42-4499, JOSH 18-9109, FOUR OF SPADES 
42-4234, MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430, AZAGHAL 81-1223, PINCH BLISTER 18-9859, VIRGINIA, 
NO SANTA 65-6623, and LHISSON 29-5456.

The least popular fighter this week was WALLI WEEBLE 21-6935.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were RAGGEDY ANN 45-4148, GAD 18-9239, 1977 AMC MATADOR 42-4116, 
SHINY PENNY 32-3789, RINDEL 29-5346, FAN ZHEN 81-1288, HEINRIK 81-1257, ALMOST PRETTY 
42-4496, THE BRIDE 45-4180, and DELAWARE RUN 42-4400.

Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  Arena (Number)       W  L K  
BONSUR(7)            1  0 0  ARVAT(32)            0  1 0  ILLIS(59)            1  0 0  
TALCAMA(18)          2  3 0  RODEKI(42)           4  3 0  DAL SHANG(65)        0  1 0  
SUNSET(21)           0  1 0  STORMCROWE(45)       2  0 0  SHADOWSPIRE(81)      1  2 0  
LAPUR(29)            1  1 0  

TOP WARRIOR OF EACH ARENA     W   L  K PNTS  TEAM NAME                  CITY           
 OBROJOBO 7-5869             28  24  1  193  SENTINELS (354)            BONSUR
 FROO-FROO 18-9589           57  33  4  325  CENTER FOR OLDS (364)      TALCAMA
 WALLI WEEBLE 21-6935        36  24  0  166  NOMADIC TRIBE (310)        SUNSET
 RINDEL 29-5346              38  31  0  187  MID EARTH (316)            LAPUR
 SHINY PENNY 32-3789         66 122  2  192  FOUND IN THE SAND (360)    ARVAT
 MOIST TOWELETTE 42-4430     66  42  4  338  COLOR ME SUAVE (365)       RODEKI
 THE BRIDE 45-4180           37  18  1  220  DARQUE FORCES (348)        STORMCROWE
 EVANGELION 59-2340          30  26  1  177  IMPROVED ILLUSION (349)    ILLIS
 VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 65-6623  28  30  1  149  GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (361) DAL SHANG
 HEINRIK 81-1257             36  35  1  196  CLAN LONGBEARD (374)       SHADOWSPIRE