DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/04/2014    Duedate: 12/17/2014

ROCANIS ARENA

DM-56    TURN-626

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

NEWTON PYNE
MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
(56-4431) [15-19-1,96]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NEWTON PYNE                    AHSOKA TANO
MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)            CLONE WARS (462)
(56-4431) [15-19-1,96]         (56-4471) [3-0-1,37]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SERGEANT 2                     JOCASTA NU
MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)       CLONE WARS (462)
(56-4407) [20-16-1,77]         (56-4470) [3-1-0,25]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CLONE WARS (462)            54
2. MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)    32      SATAN'S BLADES (460)
3. THEM (433)                  10      Unchartered Team
4. GET (419)                   10
5. MEN OF STEEL (131)           7      CLONE WARS (462)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SATAN'S BLADES (460)      10   2  0 83.3   1/ 1 MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)  8  4 0
 2- 2 GRIZZLED VETERANS (457)   12   3  0 80.0   2/ 2 MEN OF STEEL (131)        6  6 2
 3/ 0*CLONE WARS (462)          10   4  1 71.4   3/ 0*CLONE WARS (462)          4  1 0
 4/ 4 GET (419)                 72  40  1 64.3   4/ 6 THEM (433)                4  4 0
 5/ 3 MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456) 106  59  7 64.2   5/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)       4 11 0
 6/ 5 SKULL SQUADRON (28)      373 292 22 56.1   6/ 5 GET (419)                 2  1 0
 7/ 6 THEM (433)               145 143 11 50.3   7/ 4 SKULL SQUADRON (28)       2  3 1
 8/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)      395 436 10 47.5   8/ 7*DRACO (465)               2  4 0
 9/ 8 MEN OF STEEL (131)       249 299 34 45.4   9/ 8 SATAN'S BLADES (460)      1  1 0
10/ 9*DRACO (465)                2   5  0 28.6  10- 9 GRIZZLED VETERANS (457)   1  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

                                  Skull Squadron
                           Grimwood, aka Mark G. Manley

     "We are betrayed!"  General Pol burst into the Skull Squadron stable.  "We need
to leave Rocanis immediately!"
     Steal Weaver ate from a bowl of dates and looked up from a table studying the
arena newsletter from the previous week.  "Are you certain?" Steel Weaver asked,
putting a few dates back into the bowl.
     Pol walked up and placed a severed head of an enormous Shrewish Giant on the
table.  "I just came back from my Dark Arena match, conveniently scheduled early by
the Free Blade Merchant Guild."
     "The Free Blade Merchant Guild?  It doesn't make sense, they gave you all that
gold to resupply our brethren on the Rirorni plains," Steel Weaver said stepping back
from the dismembered head.
     "Apparently, I'm no longer any use to them being a Lord Protector now."
     "I know you aren't the Duelmaster anymore, but I am.  The agreement should
remain intact," Steel Weaver said.
     "The arena rankings in Rocanis are in upheaval.  While you have some skill,
there are many others with a vast amount of experience.  It's only a matter of time
before one of them removes you from the throne," Pol said moving towards the door.
     "You dishonor me."
     "No, I'm stating the truth.  I'm in your father's debt and I made a vow to keep
his last son alive.  Come, we must leave the city," Pol motioned.
     "No, I'm staying."
     "By the gods of the plains, why?"
     "I'm the Duelmaster.  I'm going to defend my title," Steel Weaver said.
     "My friend.  There is nothing left here in Rocanis for us.  We need to get back
to the plains where we belong," Pol said.
     "There is something left for me here."
     "What in the nine hells is that?"
     "Reclaiming my honor," Steel Weaver said.
     Pol was in a quandary.  He had an oath to keep Steel Weaver alive.  However, he
had chosen his words poorly when telling Steel Weaver it was time to leave the city.
He put Steel Weaver's honor into question and it was his fault.  As a Rirorni, he
knew if he didn't allow Steel Weaver to defend his honor, he'd considered himself
less than nothing in the eyes of his fellow Rirorni.  He hoped his friend would
survive the next two weeks and soon rejoin him on the plains.
     Clasping Steel Weaver on the shoulder, Pol said, "Stay and defend your honor.
However, if the title passes to another, join us out on the plains again.  I can use
you at my side."
     Steel Weaver nodded.
     "In the meantime, be cautious as the Free Blade Merchant Guild has a duplicitous
nature," Pol said as he motioned to the Shrewish Giant's detached head.
     "I'm a Rirorni warrior, they do not concern me."
     "Never-the-less, take care my friend.  Until we meet again, I'll miss your
sword."

                                        ***

Later in the darken cellar of Mylar's Tavern--
     "That cursed Rirorni General Pol, killed Rokori Klee," spat a male voice.  "He
was my best Shrewish Giant enforcer."
     "It's a small matter," a female replied.
     "I beg to differ.  His ally Steel Weaver is now Duelmaster.  Pol will escape
Rocanis, rejoin his armies, and if we are lucky won't march on Rocanis to find us.
Things are a mess," the male retorted.
     The woman moved and revealed a desk with several full sacks.  She opened one and
spilled gold coins about the table.
     "Where did all of the gold come from?  Did General Pol repay us?" the male asked
rifling through the coins.
     "In a manner."
     "Explain."
     "His Rirorni adversaries did.  You' be surprised how much each of them was
willing to pay to find out the exact location of General Pol's army on the Rirorni
Plains.  Our investment has been repaid and I've manage a decent profit," the female
said.
     The man smiled.  "What about Steel Weaver?"
     The woman revealed a small bottle.  "Rocanis' current Duelmaster has a sweet
tooth for dates."
     "You poisoned him?  The Rocani Gladiatorial Commission won't tolerate the
outright killing of the city's Duelmaster.  Even the Free Blade Merchant Guild
couldn't stop an investigation."
     "I only weakened him.  No one will be any the wiser.  His next opponent won't
have much difficulty finishing him off.  I'd say he'll be dead on the sands in two
hits.  Be sure you bet heavily against Steel Weaver next turn."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in ROCANIS a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  And let's see, BUGS fought IOTA 
DRACONIS and gained 23 points and contributed to THEM's 2-3-0.  T BONES has lost to 
SILMIS VEY, falling 15 points, while helping make THEM a 2-3-0 turn.  We should ask 
POW! about the thrill of victory, and what being the new Duelmaster does for a 
warrior, he's now the one to ask.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw 
last night, cramped under the table at Mylar's?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  SKULL SQUADRON has cause to stand tall, as 
they were ROCANIS' most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And avoiding SKULL SQUADRON more than any other team we find THEM.  ROCANIS, are we 
going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Whatever bright future SHADOWS may have had, it's all history now.  
The manager of THEM has lost a promising 2-0-0 warrior.  A brave warrior does not 
carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider 
well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in ROCANIS and I've a long road ahead of 
me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in ROCANIS again, farewell-- Alarond the 
Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEWTON PYNE 4431             15  19  1    96       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JIMMY THE HAND 4419          15  22  4    92       MEN OF STEEL (131)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MACROS THE BLACK 4492         8   1  1    87       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 THE SCYTHE 4456              10   2  0    81       SATAN'S BLADES (460)
 SERGEANT 2 4407              20  16  1    77       MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)
 SERGEANT 6 4498               7   4  0    71       MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SERGEANT 5 4490               7   6  1    66       MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)
 SERGEANT 5 4497               8   3  0    63       MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)
 BLACK STEEL 3469             10   8  0    58       SKULL SQUADRON (28)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOUSTON FARMER 4428           7  29  1    51       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
 PANCAKES 4241                 4   1  0    48       GET (419)
 GILBERT IRDAN 4541            5   3  1    38       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
 AHSOKA TANO 4471              3   0  1    37       CLONE WARS (462)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELIN GALLIO 4491              9   7  0    34       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HONDO OHNAKA 4473             2   0  0    30       CLONE WARS (462)
 KASPAR 4538                   4   2  1    29       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 JOCASTA NU 4470               3   1  0    25       CLONE WARS (462)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUGS 4533                     1   0  0    23       THEM (433)
 SILMIS VEY 4514               1   0  0    17       CLONE WARS (462)
-ONE EYE 3578                  1   1  0    15       SKULL SQUADRON (28)
 ISAM KORL 4536                1   8  1    12       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
 IOTA DRACONIS 4546            2   2  0     8       DRACO (465)
 JOMMY 4539                    0   2  0     8       MEN OF STEEL (131)
 T BONES 4551                  1   1  0     5       THEM (433)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
JAYBO HOOD 4472         1  2 0 CLONE WARS 462       ARENAMASTER AMEL      626  NONE
C 4549                  0  1 0 DRACO 465            STEV STONEFIST        626  NONE
DA1 4556                0  1 0 MEN OF STEEL 131     JO-KOBA HARRO         626  NONE
STEEL WEAVER 3468      10  8 0 SKULL SQUADRON 28    JIMMY THE HAND 4419   625   
BEASTIES 4517           1  4 0 THEM 433             ROKORI KLEE           626  NONE
SHADOWS 4532            2  1 0 THEM 433             KASPAR 4538           626   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jimmy the Hand -- Two hits and Steel Weaver's dead on the sands.  By the roll-up
gods, he had a 12 constitution.  I've never seen that happen before.  I suspect foul
play. -- Grimwood, mgr Skull Squadron
P.S.  I'm not here.  If anyone asks, I'm in Malcorn.

Swythai and Pow! -- Congratulation on your ADM invites! -- Grimwood

Two-three, and praise Shierrah for the standby. -- Newton Pyne

Our congratulations to Pow! a very lucky gladiator. -- Jorja and those who walk the
Middle Way

And a salute to the participants in the recent mail-in tourney, with a special nod
for the tourney victors:  Kulgan, Rattler, and Pow! -- Jorja et al

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BEASTIES was butchered by ROKORI KLEE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
JAYBO HOOD was butchered by ARENAMASTER AMEL in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
DA1 was easily killed by JO-KOBA HARRO in a 3 minute Dark Arena match.
C was assassinated by STEV STONEFIST in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
JIMMY THE HAND was devastated by POW! in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE SCYTHE was luckily beaten by NEWTON PYNE in a 2 minute master's Title competition.
SERGEANT 2 was defeated by MACROS THE BLACK in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
BLACK STEEL was handily defeated by SERGEANT 5 in a 1 minute uneven fight.
HOUSTON FARMER was vanquished by SERGEANT 5 in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SERGEANT 6 vanquished GILBERT IRDAN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
PANCAKES viciously subdued ELIN GALLIO in a popular 4 minute brutal fight.
AHSOKA TANO handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
HONDO OHNAKA demolished ISAM KORL in a 1 minute mismatched match.
JOCASTA NU viciously subdued JOMMY in a exciting 6 minute brutal contest.
KASPAR butchered SHADOWS in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
T BONES was overcome by SILMIS VEY in a action packed 1 minute fight.
IOTA DRACONIS was overpowered by BUGS in a 1 minute gruesome uneven struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  16 -  3      58  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         AIMED BLOW        16 -  13 -  3      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  14 -  1      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  28 -  3      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   6 -  0      14  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 626 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  4         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       MACROS THE BLACK 4492       8   1  1   87 MEN OF STEEL (131)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE SCYTHE 4456            10   2  0   81 SATAN'S BLADES (460)
SLASHING ATTACK  SERGEANT 5 4490             7   6  1   66 MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)
WALL OF STEEL    SERGEANT 5 4497             8   3  0   63 MEDAL OF HONOR A11 (456)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    PANCAKES 4241               4   1  0   48 GET (419)
STRIKING ATTACK  GILBERT IRDAN 4541          5   3  1   38 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SERGEANT 2 4407.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was JOCASTA NU 4470.  The ten other most popular fighters were PANCAKES 4241, THE 
SCYTHE 4456, SERGEANT 2 4407, MACROS THE BLACK 4492, ELIN GALLIO 4491, NEWTON PYNE 
4431, SILMIS VEY 4514, SERGEANT 5 4490, SERGEANT 6 4498, and AHSOKA TANO 4471.

The least popular fighter this week was DA1 4556.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were IOTA DRACONIS 4546, SHADOWS 4532, ISAM KORL 4536, GILBERT IRDAN 4541, 
HOUSTON FARMER 4428, BLACK STEEL 3469, JIMMY THE HAND 4419, C 4549, JAYBO HOOD 4472, 
and T BONES 4551.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

POW! (56-4170) THEM (433)

                             * * * * *   MEMO  * * * * *

From:       The Office of Accurate Census Reporting, Gladiatorial Commission
To:         All Managers

In the interest of preserving our natural resources and preventing managerial writer's 
cramp, the census form has been eliminated, effective immediately.  Managers may 
register their warriors' races and/or favorite sayings by simply writing them on a 
separate piece of paper and submitting them to the Commission.  Each warrior may have 
up to 15 favorite sayings.  Each saying must be categorized Jeer, Gloat, Boredom, Ouch, 
Victory and may be up to 80 characters long.  For any questions, please contact the 
Gladiatorial Commission.