DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/22/2014    Duedate: 11/04/2014

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-756

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HUNGRY PEASANT
FAMINE (345)
(15-3605) [10-2-1,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SIR BUBBA THE BOLD             POSITION IS EMPTY
THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)        
(15-5249) [17-3-2,157]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SNOWFOOT                       SIR BUBBA THE BOLD
GREENWARDENS (244)             THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
(15-5224) [16-28-0,76]         (15-5249) [17-3-2,157]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLOODSWORN (482)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          32
2. FAMINE (345)                20      THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
3. BLOODSWORN (482)             5      Unchartered Team
4. GONE OFF THAT (538)          0
5. THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)    -10      CO A 15TH OHIO (187)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   67  23  7 74.4   1/ 1 BLOODSWORN (482)          8  7 1
 2/ 2 FAMINE (345)              30  19  2 61.2   2/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)        6  9 0
 3/ 3 BLOODSWORN (482)         116 110 12 51.3   3/ 4 FAMINE (345)              3  0 0
 4/ 4 GREENWARDENS (244)       963 %1106 24 46.5   4/ 2 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   3  4 0
 5- 6*GONE OFF THAT (538)        3  10  0 23.1   5- 6*GONE OFF THAT (538)       2  2 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
                          By Grimwood aka Mark G. Manley

Meanwhile, events were unfolding in the Free Blade city of Rocanis that would soon
impact Malcorn.

     A lone Rirorni entered through the gates of Rocanis and tied his stocky horse at
a hitching post outside a tavern with a sign reading, Mylars.  General Pol entered
and the yeasty smell of ale and hard liquor permeated the air.  To the left of the
entrance was a bar full of customers.  The covered bar had hanging mugs overhead,
each with a facial design of a troll.  At the end of the bar was a small, tapped keg.
Larger, barrel sized kegs of ale were stacked in one corner.  Round wooden tables
were scattered throughout the room and could easily sit six people each.  A few
barmaids were taking and delivering orders.
     Despite the early evening hour and the gladiatorial games held earlier, the
tavern was barely half-full.  All eyes turned his way and he heard more than one
snort and grumble in a patron's throat at his presence.  General Pol didn't expect
any less, considering the "light" atrocities and "minor" war crimes perpetuated by
his people during the Rirorni War.
     Pol stroked his long side moustache downward to his goatee, a habit he did when
he sized up his opponents.  His rough fingers gingerly traced the long scar that ran
from the left side of his nose across his mouth to his chin, a long ago reminder to
not under estimate your adversary.  He removed his helm exposing his shaven head with
three days' worth of stubble, which highlighted a strong widow's peak and appearing
as if he had a black skull cap on.  It also revealed a fresh scar with stiches
stretched along his left forehead.
     Taking in the gladiators in the room, it seemed he had more war-wounds at
sixteen than most of the gladiators present.  His eyes found the reason that brought
him back to Rocanis, absent these long years.  The Duelmaster of Rocanis, Swytai of
Grizzled Veterans.  He was easy to spot in the back surrounded by adoring women
admirers as he recounted his title fights.  Swytai didn't have so much as a blemish
on his skin.  Not one wound to recount a true warrior's tale.  He'd love nothing more
than to walk over and give him his first scar, but he'd have to play nice for now.
     The innkeeper behind the bar called out. "Welcome to Mylar's."
     Mylar's hairline was receding on both sides of his head, the middle was thinning
and had been slicked and combed back.  He wore a low cut, sleeveless, tan cotton
shirt, which revealed dense, black chest hair.  When he came around the bar, Pol
noticed his belt showed an obvious progression of notches corresponding with the
man's expanding waistline.  His pants were dark brown cowhide, well faded and
stretched out and appeared to have been nice once.
     "The room has already been prepared, if you would please follow me," Mylar said
as he reached out to grab his arm to guide him.  Mylar hesitated and pulled his hand
back, likely remembering the tradition that invading a Rirorni's personal space,
about a dagger's length, risked a painful scar as a reminder.
     Snorting in satisfaction, Pol liked Mylar and his understanding of their custom.
He let a smile slip as he following him into the back room.  The interior was dark.
When Mylar closed the door, it left them in blackness.  Mylar pulled back the hood
from a lantern, flooding the immediate area with light.  Mylar led him down a set of
steps into the taverns storage area among barrels and crates stacked high.  He
stopped in an open area surrounded by boxes.  A lit candle and a small pouch sat on a
round table.
     "Please, wait here," Mylar said and picked up the pouch with a joyful coin sound
then exited back down the darken path.
     The candle's light extended only a few feet, but Pol wasn't concerned about a
dagger in the back because the Merchant Guild was going through too much trouble.  If
they had gone to these steps, they had a genuine offer.  The Merchant Guild wanted to
intimidate him with an unfamiliar setting.  It was a common practice, which Pol
himself had employed to gain an advantage.
     "Mr. Pol," said a male voice from the darkness.
     "General Pol," Pol corrected.
     "General Pol," said a female voice, "thank you for coming.  Your reputation as a
warlord in the Rirorni Empire precedes you."
     Pol nodded slightly to the voice obscured in the darkness.
     The male voice added.  "Yes, and how is your expansion progressing within the
empire?"
     "I'm holding onto the claims I've made."
     "Ah, so what are these retreats I keep hearing about," the male replied.
     "Strategic retreats."
     "Gentlemen, let's just call them a graceful exit from the battlefield and move
on," the female said.
     "I assume I was not brought all the way to Rocanis, just to be insulted."
     "No of course not.  I assume the gold you received was adequate, the female
said.
     "It did arouse my interest."
     The male said, "Good, we have a problem that outside assistance is needed.  Our
current Duelmaster, Swytai of Grizzled Veterans, sits on the title and based on the
stables currently in Rocanis, he will hold the position for the foreseeable future.
At least until Lady Greywand notices and summons him to the Isle of the Eye.  This
realization by the population has brought wagers and profit on the game to a
standstill."
     "I am not for hire, if you want knife work done," Pol replied.
     The female said, "No, we need some outside talent to remove him from the
throne."
     Pol scoffed.  "I doubt the Gladiator Commission of Rocanis will allow a warlord
of the Rirorni Empire to just walk out onto the sands and challenge the Duelmaster."
     "We've made arrangement for you to become a member of an inactive gladiator
stable," the female said.
     "What stable?"
     "I believe they call themselves, Skull Squadron."
     "Skull Squadron?" Pol asked, wondering if it was the same stable that played an
intricate part in defeating the city-state of Jhans and holding off the Rirorni horde
when it invaded.
     "Yes, is there a concern?" the male asked in mirth.
     "No, but what about the stable's manager?"
     "There is no need to fret.  Grimwood is residing in Malcorn.  We've sent a
veteran gladiator there under the disguise of a hungry peasant to entice him to open
a stable," the female said.
     "Unless this Grimwood is a fool, he'll realize the gladiator is not a mere
'hungry peasant'," Pol said.
     "Our associate knows his role.  He insisted on walking most of the way from
Rocanis to Malcorn, just to ensure he looked the part by the time he arrives," the
female said.
     "If I risk my life and remove Swytai as Duelmaster, what is in it for me?  The
title doesn't interest me and the gold I've already been paid to come here could feed
and equip my soldiers for six months," Pol commented.
     "Besides, a small horde of gold and finding accommodations in Rocanis for
yourself and your men, if the need should arise, you"d be considered a favored
partner within the Merchant Guild and avoid any and all tariffs imposed by the Free
Blade Nations," said the female voice.
     General Pol contemplated the offer.  He wasn't worried about fighting Swytai in
the arena, nor was he concerned about being betrayed by the Merchants' Guild.  If
that happened he'd use the gold he'd been paid to march his newly supplied troops
from the empire and wipe out Rocanis.  The city defenses were weak and the populace
seemed to have gone soft since the war.
     Stroking his long side moustache downward to his goatee, General Pol said, "Your
terms are acceptable.  When do I begin?"

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of MALCORN!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  BLACK FOX caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and was awarded 
17 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, TOADSTOOL put 
down CRIMSON TEARS, causing her to lose 5 points of recognition in the process.  The 
city has turned out in honor of HUNGRY PEASANT, for with his arena victory he may now 
lay claim to the highest position in the city!  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 MALCORN.  MALCORN, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy 
guilds is BLOODSWORN, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  
Apparently the stalwarts of FAMINE are catching the bulk of jests down at the 
challenging board for their large share of the avoids.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far off 
city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a 
rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani 
Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUNGRY PEASANT 3605          10   2  1   111       FAMINE (345)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIR BUBBA THE BOLD 5249      17   3  2   157       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
-THE DARK KNIGHT 5250         14   1  0   116       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251        12   4  2    87       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
 SKINWALKER 5353               9   1  0    77       BLOODSWORN (482)
 SNOWFOOT 5224                16  28  0    76       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINTERGREEN 5272             12  14  1    57       GREENWARDENS (244)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE RAM 5327                 9   5  0    53       GREENWARDENS (244)
-MGR THE MAGICIAN 5268         4   2  0    39       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
 GEMETRIA 5364                 5   2  1    35       BLOODSWORN (482)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KREYSUS 5329                  8   5  1    30       BLOODSWORN (482)
-SPOILED MILK 3529             4   5  0    29       FAMINE (345)
-POLLUTED WATER 3528           5   4  1    26       FAMINE (345)
 BLACK FOX 5410                2   4  0    24       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOADSTOOL 5425                2   1  0    20       GREENWARDENS (244)
-GOOD STUFF 5419               1   0  0    10       GONE OFF THAT (538)
-YAC 5418                      1   0  0     8       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 CRIMSON TEARS 5422            2   1  0     7       BLOODSWORN (482)
-RIPPLE 5399                   1   3  0     6       GONE OFF THAT (538)
-SYRUP 5420                    0   1  0     1       GONE OFF THAT (538)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DEADMAN 5428            0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       MOUNTAIN TROLL        756  NONE
WHITE RABBIT 5322       6  7 0 GREENWARDENS 244     GEMETRIA 5364         753  JUST REVENGED
SIR DOOMED 5429         0  1 0 THE GRAIL KNIGHT 522 SPYMASTER             756  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Snowfoot - Sorry, can't talk...eating bacon. - Slightly less, Hungry Peasant.
 
 		 	   		  

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id="stopSpelling">From: markgmanley@hotmail.com<br>To: 
csr@reality.com<br>Subject: Personal Ads DM 15<br>Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 
00:53:30 -0400<br><br>

Snowfoot -- Sorry, can't talk...eating bacon. -- Slightly less, Hungry Peasant.

Hungry Peasant -- I might've gone all-out myself, for bacon.  Crispy, smelling like
riches and decadence, just greasy enough....  Yeah, for bacon, many things might be
forgiven. -- Wintergreen

Two-three, better than last time.  And only one of the wins was over a standby.  This
is better.  Yes. -- Snowfoot

     Grimwood -- Please send your material as plain text next time and it might
     not take me three hours to untangle it.  Thanks. -- Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SIR DOOMED was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEADMAN was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
GROOVY SIR GRIMM was handily defeated by HUNGRY PEASANT in a 1 minute Title match.
SIR BUBBA THE BOLD vanquished SNOWFOOT in a popular 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
SKINWALKER savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute bloody competition.
GEMETRIA lost to WINTERGREEN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute fight.
BLUE RAM savagely defeated KREYSUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute gory brawl.
BLACK FOX handily defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
CRIMSON TEARS lost to TOADSTOOL in a 1 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -   5 -  2      74  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        14 -  14 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK    14 -  15 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  25 -  0      44  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  18 -  1      40  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   7 -  0      13  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 756 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     1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   HUNGRY PEASANT 3605        10   2  1  111 FAMINE (345)
LUNGING ATTACK   SIR BUBBA THE BOLD 5249    17   3  2  157 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
STRIKING ATTACK  GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251      12   4  2   87 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
PARRY-LUNGE      GEMETRIA 5364               5   2  1   35 BLOODSWORN (482)
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 DEADMAN 5428.  The ten other most popular fighters were SIR BUBBA THE BOLD 5249, 
BLUE RAM 5327, WINTERGREEN 5272, TOADSTOOL 5425, HUNGRY PEASANT 3605, SKINWALKER 
5353, GEMETRIA 5364, KREYSUS 5329, BLACK FOX 5410, and SIR DOOMED 5429.

The least popular fighter this week was CRIMSON TEARS 5422.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SNOWFOOT 5224, GROOVY SIR GRIMM 5251, SIR DOOMED 5429, BLACK 
FOX 5410, KREYSUS 5329, GEMETRIA 5364, SKINWALKER 5353, HUNGRY PEASANT 3605, 
TOADSTOOL 5425, and WINTERGREEN 5272.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

SIR BUBBA THE BOLD (15-5249) THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)