DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/17/2014    Duedate: 12/30/2014

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-760

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GROOVY SIR GRIMM
THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
(15-5251) [16-4-3,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GROOVY SIR GRIMM               SYRUP
THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)        GONE OFF THAT (538)
(15-5251) [16-4-3,129]         (15-5420) [2-2-0,29]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SNOWFOOT                       SIR GUY OF GREEK
GREENWARDENS (244)             THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
(15-5224) [17-31-0,82]         (15-5432) [2-0-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)     70
2. BLOODSWORN (482)            40      THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
3. MARKS PARTY (489)           34      Unchartered Team
4. SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)    18
5. POLITICOS (537)             11      GONE OFF THAT (538)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*WRATHMEN 5 (539)           2   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   7  4 2
 2/ 2 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   77  28  9 73.3   2/ 2*GONE OFF THAT (538)       7  5 0
 3- 3 FAMINE (345)              32  20  3 61.5   3/ 5 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)  3  0 0
 4/ 5 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)   7   6  0 53.8   4/ 8 MARKS PARTY (489)         3  1 0
 5/ 4 BLOODSWORN (482)         121 123 13 49.6   5/ 4 GREENWARDENS (244)        3 12 0
 6/ 6 GREENWARDENS (244)       967 %1122 24 46.3   6/ 3 BLOODSWORN (482)          3 12 0
 7/ 7 MARKS PARTY (489)         22  27  2 44.9   7- 7 FAMINE (345)              2  0 1
 8/ 8*GONE OFF THAT (538)       10  15  0 40.0   8- 6*WRATHMEN 5 (539)          2  0 0
 9/ 0*POLITICOS (537)            0   3  0  0.0   9/ 0*POLITICOS (537)           0  3 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                       Famine
                             Grimwood, aka Mark G. Manley

     Hungry Peasant paced the main floor of the Famine stable.  He was concerned
about the presence of the Free Blade Merchant Guild within the city.  He acknowledged
to Grimwood he was a veteran of the games.  However, he was seriously second-guessing
his acceptance of the guild's offer keep his manager Grimwood occupied with opening a
stable in Malcorn, so he wouldn't return to Rocanis.
     Now, the guild gave him a Rirorni dagger with the explicit suggestion to remove
his manager if he decided to return to Rocanis.  The gold provided would allow him to
escape to even Lirith Kai and live comfortably for months.  Why did they care about
his manager so much?  What could be so important about Rocanis, a town barely settled
by the nomadic tribes of the region?
     If he didn't following the guild's instructions, he'd be a hunted man with
nowhere to run in all of Alastari.
     Grimwood entered the stable.  He was in his late thirties and had plaited his
long, course black hair into three thick, staggered braids with round silver holders
clasped at the base and end.  He had braided his goatee into several thick strands
with a bronze clip fastening the ends together.  He wore an off-white pullover shirt
with a design of two stags facing each other and a clasp with a large ruby held his
shirt closed at the top.  His matching pants and boots displayed the same design.
     "Ah, the Duelmaster of Malcorn.  Your reputation of being fast precedes you. You
already beat me here.  However, I must admit, I ate far more than my share at the
Duelmaster Feast.  I'm surprised to see you here.  I thought you'd be enjoying your
reclaim of the throne."
     "Something upset my stomach," Hungry Peasant said.
     "Yes, the food does getting some used to in Malcorn, but you haven't lived until
you have eaten meat tenderized under the saddle of a Rocani tribesman for an hour.  I
know, it sounds a little off, but it just melts in your mouth," Grimwood said with a
sigh of delight.
     "Why do you mention Rocanis?"
     "Well, I hadn't planned on saying anything until Corg returned, but he is with
his lady friends, so I don't expect him until sometime tomorrow.  Anyway, it is time
for us to head back to Rocanis."
     Hungry Peasant touched the hilt of the hidden Rirorni dagger.  His stomach
soured and he could feel sweat bead on his forehead and drip from his armpits.  No
one was around.  Corg couldn't protect him and the body wouldn't be found for a day.
He'd easily be able to slip back into the Duelmaster Feast.  He'd be beyond reproach.
     "Why do you want to head back to Rocanis?"
     "Rocanis is my home.  It's where I belong and where I've made a name for myself.
I was born with horses and I will one day die amongst them."
     "So you are closing the stable here?"
     "Yes, it is time.  This part of our story is done."
     "What about me?  Am I coming with you to Rocanis."
     "Regrettably, you will not be going with us."
     Hungry Peasant tightened his grip on the curved Rirorni dagger.
     "I have something for you," Grimwood said.
     "As do I," Hungry Peasant replied.
     Grimwood pulled out an envelope and handed it to Hungry Peasant.  It was heavy
with a red wax seal with the imprint of a crooked wand.  Grimwood's throat was within
striking distance.  Just a slash and it'd be over in a moment.  His manager would be
dead before his mind could understand what happened.  It'd be merciful.  Then, he'd
be rid of the Free Blade Merchant Guild and have a small fortune to his name.
     Grimwood then began to recite.  "From the Gladiatorial Commission I bring you
greetings.  Know that it is in praise of your courage and in recognition of your
proven skill at arms--"
     "I've received an invite to the Isle of the Eye?" Hungry Peasant asked.
     "Yes, that is why you can't come with us to Rocanis.  Congratulations, it is
well deserved."
     Hungry Peasant maintained his grip on the dagger.  As he looked at his manager,
he knew he was an honorable man.  He took him in, fed him, and trained him, even
before he knew he wasn't some starving villager.  However, if he lived his own life
would be forfeit.  Innocents died every day.  This world rewarded the strong and
those who knew how to take life by the throat and cut it, if necessary.
     "Now, you said you have something for me?"
     Hungry Peasant pulled out the dagger.  Grimwood's eyes grew wide and realized
death was upon him.  "Oh, I see you are to take my life?"
     "No, I give you your life."  Hungry Peasant inverted the dagger and offered it
to his manager, hilt first.
     Grimwood took the weapon, examined it, and thrust it through his belt.  "A
Rirorni dagger?  I don't understand what I did to warrant this?"  When Hungry Peasant
averted his eyes, Grimwood continued, "I see.  It wasn't coincidence that you arrived
at the Grub and Rub Bistro when we were passing through the city.  I should have
pieced together by your skill at arms that you were an assassin."
     "I'm no assassin."
     Grimwood paused.  "Umm... no, of course not.  Otherwise, I'd be traveling
through Ahringol's realm.  Someone paid you, but I don't understand why."
     "Someone doesn't want you returning to Rocanis."
     "Who?"
     When Hungry Peasant didn't respond, Grimwood continued, "It's apparent you are
not going to kill me.  I suspect when the deed isn't done, they will be coming after
you.  I can offer you protection, but I need to know from whom?  Is it the Rirorni--
or someone from Jhans?"
     "The Free Blade Merchant Guild?" Hungry Peasant said.
     "Why would they want me dead?"
     "I don't think they wanted you dead, but didn't want you to return to Rocanis."
     "It seems my life could be in danger wherever I stay now, so if I want answers
I'll need to return to Rocanis," Grimwood said.
     "I don't think either of you will be returning anywhere," a male voice said from
the top of the stairs in their stable.  He wore a leather coat infused with scale
armor with a wide brim leather hat that covered his forehead and obscured his face.
High leather boots, while also covered in scale didn't make a sound as the came down
the stairs.  Duel scimitars held in his hands.
     Hungry Peasant reached for his quarterstaff leaning against a table.  "I'm
surprised the guild would hire a mere bandit to do its knife work."
     "I prefer the title Bandit Prince.  I must say the guild will be disappointed
you ignored their generous offer.  I on the other hand, I'm glad of your choice.  I
have no qualms about taking their gold or ending Grimwood's life."
     Hungry Peasant stood in front of Grimwood balancing his quarterstaff.  "Go, find
Corg and make your way to Rocanis.  Find out what the guild is hiding.  I'll hold off
this thief."
     "Heroic, but it is misplaced.  However, I must say you insult me.  I'm an
exceptional thief.  Now, you are in the way of my gold."
     Hungry Peasant growled, "All you have to do to collect your gold is be faster
than me."
     "Of course.  Congratulations, on your invite to the Isle.  Consider this your
Dark Arena match," Bandit Prince said and advanced on Hungry Peasant, the Duelmaster
of Malcorn.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of MALCORN!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Up 'n down.  Up 'n down.  Rankings 
always change.  Up 'n down.  I think I'm gonna be...  Well, MARKS PARTY's 4th moved 
them up to 2-0-0 place.  What's with MOUSE?  He actually beat GREENWARDENS' BLUE RAM, 
and walked away with 29 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at GREENWARDENS.  
BLUE RAM lost 23 points to MOUSE.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe BLUE RAM will 
provide more easy wins...  KUNG-FU MASTER was reminded on the sands why GROOVY SIR 
GRIMM is Duelmaster.  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I 
hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, GREENWARDENS!  Management must be dealin', as the boys at THE GRAIL KNIGHTS 
ain't reelin'!  GREENWARDENS' mad!  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, SNOWFOOT!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.  Maybe THE GRAIL KNIGHTS' THE DARK KNIGHT is one of those guys who likes pain, 
or something.  That's what he'll get next week, after challenging up 28 to SNOWFOOT.  
Sometimes what you expect to do (like in the fights) doesn't expect to turn out like 
you thought.  THE DARK KNIGHT bested SNOWFOOT.  It don't make sense.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Hmm...  More surprises must remain in store for me, 
if SIR DEAD can return from the Dark Arena.  CRIMSON TEARS larned hers lesson 
(WINTERGREEN taught it well), and we right likely won't be seein' 'im fight any 
GREENWARDENS members with the same gusto.  Many a warrior has met his fate in a 
hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251        16   4  3   129       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE DARK KNIGHT 5250         16   3  0    98       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THIRD COURSE 5338             7   3  0    84       SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)
 SNOWFOOT 5224                17  31  0    82       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOUSE 5221                    3   0  0    63       MARKS PARTY (489)
 WINTERGREEN 5272             13  17  1    58       GREENWARDENS (244)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE RAM 5327                11   7  0    40       GREENWARDENS (244)
-MGR THE MAGICIAN 5268         4   2  0    39       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR DEAD 5444                 1   0  1    33       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
 CRIMSON TEARS 5422            5   2  1    29       BLOODSWORN (482)
-SPOILED MILK 3529             4   5  0    29       FAMINE (345)
 SYRUP 5420                    2   2  0    29       GONE OFF THAT (538)
-KHELOLIR 5407                 2   0  0    29       WRATHMEN 5 (539)
-POLLUTED WATER 3528           5   4  1    26       FAMINE (345)
 YAC 5418                      4   0  0    26       GONE OFF THAT (538)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALKALINE 5241                 2   1  0    23       MARKS PARTY (489)
 SIR GUY OF GREEK 5432         2   0  0    20       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
-RIPPLE 5399                   1   4  0    17       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 COURVOISIER 5415              1   2  0    15       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 BLACK FOX 5410                2   8  0    14       GREENWARDENS (244)
-GOOD STUFF 5419               2   1  0    11       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 UNDERWOOD 5435                0   3  0     3       GREENWARDENS (244)
-DELUXE 5240                   0   1  0     1       MARKS PARTY (489)
 BOB DOLE 5391                 0   1  0     1       POLITICOS (537)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
AIMER 5445              0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       MOUNTAIN TROLL        760  NONE
BASHER 5448             0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       ARENAMASTER LAND      760  NONE
LUNGER 5446             0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       SPYMASTER             760  NONE
RIPPER 5447             0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       BLACK ORC             760  NONE
SKINWALKER 5353        11  2 0 BLOODSWORN 482       GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251 759   
HIGH ELF                0  0 0 DARK ARENA           SIR DEAD 5444         760  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TOADSTOOL 5425          2  2 0 GREENWARDENS 244     CRIMSON TEARS 5422    757  JUST REVENGED
LEAVING 5392            0  1 0 POLITICOS 537        SHEWISH GIANT         760  NONE
MS DEAD 5390            0  1 0 POLITICOS 537        STONE GOLEM           760  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Groovy Sir Grimm -- Congratulations on becoming Duelmaster.  Unfortunately, I won't
have another chance to challenge you for the title.

Bandit Prince -- I'll write on your tombstone.  "He met someone faster." -- Hungry
Peasant, Duelmaster of Malcorn

Malcorn -- Unfortunately, Hungry Peasant's story has come to its happy conclusion
with an invite to the Isle of the Eye.  It's been an absolute privilege playing in
Malcorn.  I started this team back on 8/20/1997, Turn 310 with a start of (1-4-0)
with three of my friends.  Their teams were Death, War, Pestilence and of course my
team Famine.  Unfortunately, they stopped in this arena, but I always wanted to get
Hungry Peasant out.  I've enjoyed writing about Hungry Peasant and giving him a
little bit of a background.  I'm planning on playing him in Arena 100 and continue
his story.  However, I first have to finish the interrelated story in Rocanis #56.
If you are inclined, feel free to read up in the #56 newsletter at www dot reality 
dot com.  There'll be Malcorn references throughout.  Also, if you are going to start
another team, Rocanis is great place to play. -- Grimwood, mgr. Famine (#15) and
Skull Squadron (#56).
P.S.  Good luck to everyone and I hoped you enjoyed the Duelmaster's Columns and
Spotlights.  I hope it added flavor to the arena and made an awesome game just that
much better.

Five dead, our doom creeps closer.

One-four AGAIN.  The Ram lost to a standby, bah.  Wintergreen overate and nearly
burst, which would have been messy.  Fox discovered that Syrup can be nearly as bad
as a Tarbaby, Underwood spent too much time yacking.  I, however, showing why I am so
popular, illuminated the Dark Knight. -- Snowfoot

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SIR DEAD butchered HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
RIPPER was viciously butchered by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
MS DEAD was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena match.
LUNGER was slaughtered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
AIMER was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
LEAVING was assassinated by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
BASHER was butchered by ARENAMASTER LANDON in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
THE DARK KNIGHT vanquished SNOWFOOT in a exciting 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
SIR GUY OF GREEK bested BLACK FOX in a popular 2 minute Challenge competition.
GROOVY SIR GRIMM handily defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute uneven Title melee.
THIRD COURSE overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a popular 1 minute gory uneven duel.
BLUE RAM was overpowered by MOUSE in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee.
WINTERGREEN subdued CRIMSON TEARS in a 2 minute bloody mismatched match.
COURVOISIER was viciously subdued by ALKALINE in a 2 minute brutal battle.
YAC devastated BOB DOLE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
UNDERWOOD was handily defeated by SYRUP in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         AIMED BLOW        13 -   7 -  1      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  26 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -  12 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  16 -  1      45  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  22 -  2      37  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   6 -  0       0  |

Turn 760 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251      16   4  3  129 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE DARK KNIGHT 5250       16   3  0   98 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
AIMED BLOW       THIRD COURSE 5338           7   3  0   84 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)
BASHING ATTACK   BLUE RAM 5327              11   7  0   40 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SNOWFOOT 5224.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SIR GUY OF GREEK 5432.  The ten other most popular fighters were THIRD COURSE 
5338, ALKALINE 5241, THE DARK KNIGHT 5250, WINTERGREEN 5272, MS DEAD 5390, GROOVY SIR 
GRIMM 5251, MOUSE 5221, COURVOISIER 5415, SYRUP 5420, and AIMER 5445.

The least popular fighter this week was BOB DOLE 5391.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CRIMSON TEARS 5422, SNOWFOOT 5224, BASHER 5448, LEAVING 5392, LUNGER 
5446, UNDERWOOD 5435, BLUE RAM 5327, BLACK FOX 5410, RIPPER 5447, and SIR DEAD 5444.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

GROOVY SIR GRIMM (15-5251) THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

                                CHALLENGES AND AVOIDS

To clarify:  You issue Challenges to warriors, but Avoid teams.  
To Challenge, write that warrior's name and ID# in the space provided. 
To Avoid, write the team's name and Team ID in that space. 
Make sure you include the ID!

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

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

                   CHARGING BUFFALO (11-5764) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (518) 
                        PHOTON (18-3292) MAD SCIENTISTS  (75) 
                     YOURBAGD FOREVER (47-6968) THE OPERA  (613) 
                    TERRY SEYMOUR (74-4284) MEDAL OF HONOR  (519) 
                             SHADIS (77-174) RESCUE  (48) 
                  VANNA WHITE (82-39213) SUAVE'S FINEST HOUR  (4264) 
                  BANALADAR (82-37977) SUPERIOR FORCES 5703  (6306) 
                    ANNIE DUKE (82-49334) HOUSE OF CARDS 3  (8302) 
                 SLICK BILLY (82-49457) POLITICALY INCORRECT  (8320) 
                    PRIVATE 28 (84-3780) MEDAL OF HONOR L2  (736) 
                    GIAN CHILD (84-8531) SUPE FORCES 1906  (1564) 
                    LEBRON LEAVING (84-15536) WHY I WORRY  (2744) 
                  FOREST MOON (84-20784) STORMY'S TROOPERS C  (3699) 
                     GRIMLOUNGE (84-25308) THE BLACK WIND  (4494) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes