DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/15/2018    Duedate: 03/14/2018

KYR'TERR ARENA

DM-71    TURN-323

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BORN OF OSIRIS
FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)
(71-7266) [10-1-1,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BORN OF OSIRIS                 STEPPE LYNX
FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)           FEAR FACTORY 33 (882)
(71-7266) [10-1-1,117]         (71-7873) [3-0-0,44]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SUFFOCATING SIGHT              I SHALL DEVOUR
FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)          FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)
(71-6978) [13-15-0,85]         (71-6957) [5-7-1,66]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FEAR FACTORY 5 (806)        39
2. SHERWOOD FOREST (817)       37      FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)
3. FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)       34      Unchartered Team
4. WAR-C-KERS (812)            28
5. THE CODA (190)              23      FEAR FACTORY 29 (891)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*FEAR FACTORY 29 (891)      2   0  0  100   1/ 2 FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)     8  3 2
 2/ 0*FEAR FACTORY 36 (885)      1   0  0  100   2/ 1 FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)      5  2 0
 3/ 7 FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)      19  11  1 63.3   3/ 5 FEAR FACTORY 8 (803)      5  3 0
 4/ 0 WARCKERS (811)            34  21  6 61.8   4/ 3 FEAR FACTORY 5 (806)      5  3 0
 5/11*FEAR FACTORY 33 (882)      3   2  0 60.0   5/ 0 SHERWOOD FOREST (817)     4  1 2
 6/ 0 100% CANADIAN (280)       74  54  5 57.8   6/ 9 FEAR FACTORY 15 (796)     4  1 0
 7/ 0 THE CODA (190)           147 118 15 55.5   7/ 8*FEAR FACTORY 33 (882)     3  2 0
 8/10 FEAR FACTORY 8 (803)      16  13  0 55.2   8/ 0 THE CODA (190)            3  2 0
 9/ 0 SHERWOOD FOREST (817)    247 205 32 54.6   9/ 7 FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)      3  4 0
10/ 8 HOME LIFE (818)          218 188 13 53.7  10/ 6 FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)     3  6 1
11/ 0 SECOND CHANCES (558)      83  73  8 53.2  11/ 0*FEAR FACTORY 29 (891)     2  0 0
12/ 9 WAR-C-KERS (812)         210 191 12 52.4  12/ 0 100% CANADIAN (280)       2  2 0
13/12 FEAR FACTORY 15 (796)     15  15  0 50.0  13/10 FEAR FACTORY 13 (798)     2  2 0
14/ 0 FEAR FACTORY 22 (789)      8   9  0 47.1  14/ 0 SECOND CHANCES (558)      2  3 0
15/15 FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)     23  27  3 46.0  15-12*FEAR FACTORY 32 (881)     2  4 0
16/13 TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)   24  29  1 45.3  16-13*FEAR FACTORY 34 (883)     2  4 0
17/17 FEAR FACTORY 5 (806)      20  28  0 41.7  17/18*FEAR FACTORY 39 (888)     2  4 0
18/14 FEAR FACTORY 13 (798)      7  10  0 41.2  18/ 0*FEAR FACTORY 36 (885)     1  0 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/16 FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)      8  15  1 34.8  19/ 0 FEAR FACTORY 22 (789)     1  0 0
20-18*FEAR FACTORY 32 (881)      2   4  0 33.3  20/21 TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)   1  1 0
21-19*FEAR FACTORY 34 (883)      2   4  0 33.3  21/11 HOME LIFE (818)           1  3 0
22/21*FEAR FACTORY 39 (888)      2   4  0 33.3  22/ 0 WARCKERS (811)            1  3 0
23/20 FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)      10  22  1 31.3  23/20 WAR-C-KERS (812)          1  4 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  KYR'TERR needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Like, FEAR FACTORY 9 
had to be so embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by FEAR FACTORY 12!  Way to 
go FEAR FACTORY 12!  FEAR FACTORY 15 like really fought hard to move up to 6th from 
9th.  Way to go!  What was the name of that team who got 3-1-1 this turn for a total 
23-27-3 you ask?  (Sure)  FEAR FACTORY 12's their name, and fighting's their game!  
MVP award for VILE REBIRTH?  FEAR FACTORY 5's proud of him after beating WINTERCOLD 
and getting 29 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  WINTERCOLD's match with VILE 
REBIRTH cost her a loss of 23 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is being 
unfair?  I think BORN OF OSIRIS should let SHE SCREAMS be Duelmaster for a while, 
without fighting about it.  Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his 
teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  The warriors of FEAR FACTORY 12 
must be getting lonely.  They were the most avoided team.  Do you guys know something 
that I don't?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are TRIBE FRACTAL LUX?  FEAR FACTORY 12, 
an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can 
FEAR FACTORY 17's BEAST TRACKER be more popular than me?  He was challenged the most, 
but is that really the same?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What a bunch of heartless!  I couldn't believe how many people were 
snickering when CANYON MINOTAUR killed SHAGGY.  So he had a 7-6-1, that's no excuse!  
Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I gotta leave.  KYR'TERR is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much!  
Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BORN OF OSIRIS 7266          10   1  1   117       FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PERISTYLIUM 7014             14  14  0   103       FEAR FACTORY 5 (806)
 NOTHING TO GEIN 6999         10   3  0    98       FEAR FACTORY 8 (803)
-MUCOUS SECRETION 6993        10   3  1    97       FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)
 BLIZZARD 2827                13   4  2    95       100% CANADIAN (280)
 SHE SCREAMS 7196             14   8  0    92       HOME LIFE (818)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VILE REBIRTH 7697             6   0  0    89       FEAR FACTORY 5 (806)
 MOON SPELL 7128              14   7  1    88       SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
 SUFFOCATING SIGHT 6978       13  15  0    85       FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)
 ANTHONY HENDAY 7253           9   3  1    70       100% CANADIAN (280)
 BAD APPLE 7255                9   5  0    70       SECOND CHANCES (558)
 RECKONING DAY 6997            7   1  0    68       FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WINTERCOLD 7291               9   4  1    66       100% CANADIAN (280)
 I SHALL DEVOUR 6957           5   7  1    66       FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)
 WALKING CROPSE 7715           6   0  0    63       FEAR FACTORY 8 (803)
 SALUTE THE EXILE 6966         8   4  0    62       FEAR FACTORY 15 (796)
 RAVEN AUTARCHY 6928           8   6  0    62       FEAR FACTORY 22 (789)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARNELL 7063                 10   6  1    60       WAR-C-KERS (812)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRUID MAGIC 7269              9   3  3    53       SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
 CATALYST 7056                 6   0  1    52       WARCKERS (811)
 EAT A HELICOPTER 6963         6   6  0    50       FEAR FACTORY 15 (796)
 DEEP SIX 7333                 6   0  0    50       THE CODA (190)
-WILLA THE MIST 7348           5   2  0    46       TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)
 ASTON BUTCHER 6974            7   6  0    45       FEAR FACTORY 13 (798)
 STEPPE LYNX 7873              3   0  0    44       FEAR FACTORY 33 (882)
 LACERATED SKY 7503            6   2  2    42       FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)
 LADY JAYE 7331                4   2  0    42       THE CODA (190)
 LIGHT'S OUT 7275              9   5  0    40       HOME LIFE (818)
 HANSEL 7422                   4   1  0    40       SECOND CHANCES (558)
 PUPPY LOVE 7276               9   5  1    39       HOME LIFE (818)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AUTUMN DAWN 7267              6   6  0    33       SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
 CANYON MINOTAUR 7709          3   0  1    33       FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)
 RISING STORM 7418             3   0  0    33       SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
 MIDLIFE CRISIS 7330           8   6  1    31       WAR-C-KERS (812)
-FLOODED GROVE 7867            2   0  0    31       FEAR FACTORY 32 (881)
 GOLDBEAR 7569                 3   3  0    30       TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)
 STRYKER 7423                  2   1  1    30       SECOND CHANCES (558)
 CRESCENDO OF WAR 7901         2   0  0    30       FEAR FACTORY 39 (888)
 MELT DOWN 7298                7   4  0    29       WARCKERS (811)
 GRETEL 7424                   4   2  1    29       SECOND CHANCES (558)
 BOTTLED RAGE 7274             5   7  1    28       SECOND CHANCES (558)
 ELECTRIC 7057                 6   7  2    27       WARCKERS (811)
-GRIM DISCOVERY 7875           2   0  0    27       FEAR FACTORY 34 (883)
 CLUTCH 7495                   3   1  0    24       THE CODA (190)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEAST TRACKER 7685            3   2  0    21       FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)
 THUNDER HEAD 7828             1   0  1    21       SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
 QUICK KICK 7509               4   2  1    20       THE CODA (190)
 BLOODHUSH 7887                1   0  0    19       FEAR FACTORY 36 (885)
 CELESTIAL ARCHON 7954         1   0  0    15       FEAR FACTORY 12 (799)
-HALF-MAN 7619                 1   0  0    13       TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)
 YELLOW HEAD 7825              1   0  0    13       100% CANADIAN (280)
-MANDELBROT VET 7590           2   2  1     9       TRIBE FRACTAL LUX (785)
 GLARE OF HERESY 7927          1   0  0     9       FEAR FACTORY 29 (891)
 CRATER HELLION 7926           1   0  0     9       FEAR FACTORY 29 (891)
 GOODIE RING 7910              1   0  0     9       HOME LIFE (818)
 PUFF DRAGON 7826              0   1  0     7       WAR-C-KERS (812)
 FORGOTTEN 7849                0   1  0     7       WAR-C-KERS (812)
 FORSIGHT 7827                 1   3  0     6       THE CODA (190)
 THIS GUY 7625                 0   1  0     5       WAR-C-KERS (812)
 SATYR RAMBLER 7958            0   1  0     5       FEAR FACTORY 17 (794)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CAPTURED ORC            0  0 0                      DRUID MAGIC 7269      323  NONE
EMBEZZLING SCRIB        0  0 0                      THUNDER HEAD 7828     323  NONE
DRUNK DRIVER 7045       6  4 1 BAD COMBINATIONS 716 BORN OF OSIRIS 7266   319  NOT REVENGED
SHAGGY 7059             7  6 1 WARCKERS 811         CANYON MINOTAUR 7709  323   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lacerated Sky -- In my forest, I had never seen it rain blades! -- Goldbear

Kyr'Terr(or) -- One big fear factory. -- Iron Hands, the undaunted

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GOLDBEAR devastated BEAST TRACKER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
BORN OF OSIRIS vanquished SHE SCREAMS in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
PERISTYLIUM demolished ANTHONY HENDAY in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BLIZZARD bested SUFFOCATING SIGHT in a popular 1 minute veteran's contest.
MOON SPELL luckily beat I SHALL DEVOUR in a 3 minute master's competition.
WINTERCOLD was devastated by VILE REBIRTH in a 1 minute mismatched match.
BAD APPLE was handily defeated by NOTHING TO GEIN in a 1 minute uneven fight.
RECKONING DAY vanquished LADY JAYE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
WALKING CROPSE won victory over LIGHT'S OUT in a 1 minute fight.
RAVEN AUTARCHY vanquished PUPPY LOVE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
EAT A HELICOPTER overpowered STRYKER in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
SALUTE THE EXILE overpowered MIDLIFE CRISIS in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ASTON BUTCHER was overcome by CATALYST in a exciting 5 minute contest.
DARNELL demolished DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
LACERATED SKY viciously subdued MELT DOWN in a popular 3 minute gruesome conflict.
AUTUMN DAWN was narrowly defeated by STEPPE LYNX in a action packed 7 minute struggle.
DRUID MAGIC executed CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute bloody mismatched brawl.
DEEP SIX overpowered AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute brutal one-sided bout.
BOTTLED RAGE was luckily beaten by CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute match.
SHAGGY was dealt death by CANYON MINOTAUR in a popular 1 minute bout.
ELECTRIC was vanquished by CRESCENDO OF WAR in a 1 minute one-sided match.
HANSEL handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
RISING STORM devastated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
GRETEL overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CLUTCH overpowered PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven fight.
QUICK KICK overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
FORSIGHT lost to CRATER HELLION in a action packed 1 minute beginner's bout.
PUFF DRAGON was savagely defeated by GLARE OF HERESY in a 2 minute novice's fray.
THUNDER HEAD slaughtered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
FORGOTTEN was overpowered by BLOODHUSH in a 1 minute uneven duel.
YELLOW HEAD overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.
THIS GUY was narrowly defeated by CELESTIAL ARCHON in a exciting 3 minute fight.
GOODIE RING beat SATYR RAMBLER in a 1 minute novice's fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                      13         TOTAL PARRY       28 -   9 -  0      76  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         STRIKING ATTACK   38 -  17 -  2      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         AIMED BLOW        37 -  26 -  4      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    55 -  51 -  3      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  14 -  3      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         WALL OF STEEL      9 -  12 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  16 -  1      27  |

Turn 323 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-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  4         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         8 -  5                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  6                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  BORN OF OSIRIS 7266        10   1  1  117 FEAR FACTORY 6 (805)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLIZZARD 2827              13   4  2   95 100% CANADIAN (280)
BASHING ATTACK   SHE SCREAMS 7196           14   8  0   92 HOME LIFE (818)
TOTAL PARRY      MOON SPELL 7128            14   7  1   88 SHERWOOD FOREST (817)
LUNGING ATTACK   ANTHONY HENDAY 7253         9   3  1   70 100% CANADIAN (280)
AIMED BLOW       BAD APPLE 7255              9   5  0   70 SECOND CHANCES (558)
PARRY-STRIKE     RECKONING DAY 6997          7   1  0   68 FEAR FACTORY 9 (802)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    RAVEN AUTARCHY 6928         8   6  0   62 FEAR FACTORY 22 (789)
PARRY-LUNGE      ASTON BUTCHER 6974          7   6  0   45 FEAR FACTORY 13 (798)
WALL OF STEEL    HANSEL 7422                 4   1  0   40 SECOND CHANCES (558)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SUFFOCATING SIGHT 6978.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was I SHALL DEVOUR 6957.  The ten other most popular fighters were ASTON 
BUTCHER 6974, LACERATED SKY 7503, AUTUMN DAWN 7267, STEPPE LYNX 7873, CELESTIAL 
ARCHON 7954, GLARE OF HERESY 7927, BLIZZARD 2827, MOON SPELL 7128, GOLDBEAR 7569, and 
BORN OF OSIRIS 7266.

The least popular fighter this week was SATYR RAMBLER 7958.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FORGOTTEN 7849, ELECTRIC 7057, LADY JAYE 7331, BAD APPLE 7255, 
WINTERCOLD 7291, ANTHONY HENDAY 7253, SHE SCREAMS 7196, BEAST TRACKER 7685, YELLOW 
HEAD 7825, and FORSIGHT 7827.

                      SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA

We have planned our summer FTF for July 13-15, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, only 7 
miles on a quick Metro ride from Washington, D.C.!.  It will be held at the Holiday 
Inn Arlington at Ballston.  Room rates are $79 per night on 7/12 and 7/15 and $129 on 
7/13 and 7/14, 1-2 occupancy.  There's free wireless throughout the property as well 
as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and business center, as well as a resturant and bar 
inside the hotel.  There is no airport shuttle and parking is $7/day.  The rooms are 
blocked -- ask for the Reality Simulations block.  Reservations must be made by 6/12.  
(As always if you have issues making reservations, please let us know!)  

                       Hotel site:  http://www.hiarlington.com 

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in June.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                          -- RSI

                             Mission to the Twisted Lands

                                     Episode One

     Old Brown could run pretty fast if properly motivated, but mostly he walked with 
a long-legged, distance-devouring stride.  He was a huge horse, a half-giant's 
warhorse, shaggy and self-assured, with muscles like half-buried boulders in his 
shoulders and hips.  Lounging in the saddle was the motivating force, the half-giant, 
Keel Woodhaven.  Although in his mind he was slouching and half-asleep, he sat up 
straight in the saddle since that is more comfortable for riding.
     It was twilight, stars coming out above and lights in farmhouse windows below.  
They traveled through vineyards, brown and fallow now in the winter, descending gently 
toward the tree-crowded coast.  The distant trees, not just pines, were green.  They 
stayed green because the marsh that surrounded the city-state of Bonsur had hot 
springs in it.
     Keel Woodhaven had always liked Bonsur.  It had a relaxed feel about it, the 
women seemed prettier, the music was great, everyone thought about having fun.  And 
the booze was excellent, of course.  He passed the arena at the edge of town, and 
paused to read the current statistics, posted on the gate and lit by a lantern.  So, 
an elven cobbler was the Duelmaster?  Why would a shoemaker take up such a painful 
profession?  Then he noticed the team name:  Shewish Picnic.  He snorted.  That 
explained it, all right.  As a half-Shew, he was kind of bothered by that team theme, 
which was present in Home Guard as well.  It was sort of funny though.  He saw that 
Elf Cobbler was headed for the Isle.  Probably not bound for Home Guard just yet, 
though.
     They passed a small chicken ranch.  A rooster uttered an untimely crow.  At about 
that time, Old Brown took exception to something and bolted.  Cussing, Keel hauled on 
the reins, to little effect since the horse was stronger than him and apparently 
frightened.  He didn't see the masked men coming out of their hiding places behind 
him, looking frustrated.  At least not until a crossbow bolt thunked into the backside 
of his leather cuirass. His horse screamed and ran faster.
     Hauling Old Brown to the left as they passed a set of big open gates into a well-
lighted courtyard, Keel got them behind the shelter of the high stone wall, and patted 
the horse's sweaty neck.  "You're okay now, friend.  I'll go take care of those 
bozos."
     As he dismounted, he noticed he was becoming surrounded by uniformed men, some 
with swords and some with halberds.
     "Howdy?" he said, hoping they were friendly.
     "Your horse has been shot," said someone, pointing at a bolt sticking out of Old 
Brown's butt.
     "Well damn!"  Keel laid a comforting hand on the horse's flank, which quivered.
     "So have you," the guard continued.
     "Yeah, thought so.  Doesn't feel like it got through the armor though."  Keel 
tried to look over his shoulder, but could only see the feathered end of the bolt.  
"Who are you guys?"
     "We are the Queen's Guard."
     "What?  Queen Gemra?  Okay, please take care of Old Brown here, and I'll go find 
the ***holes that shot him."
     "Sir, you are mistaken.  You will be taken to a doctor.  We will arrest the 
assailants."
     "Hey!  I'm on a mission from Sheila Greywand.  Anyway, they shot my horse.  My 
HORSE!  I'm gonna get 'em."  Unslinging his huge sword, Keel strode toward the gate.
     Four Guardsmen came with him, flanking him like the trailing ends of a flock of 
geese.  They might have intended a different formation, but he had the longest legs 
and walked the fastest.  The one who'd spoken to him before said, "I'm Corporal Brat 
Langerman.  And you are?"
     "Keel Woodhaven."
     "I've heard of you!  The Queen will want to meet you."
     "That's fine.  Let's stick to the sides of these buildings.  If they're still 
around, we'll be targets in the middle of the street."
     They weren't quiet, exactly, since the guards wore highly polished chain mail 
which jingled.  However, Bonsur had a lively night life.  Music and laughter came from 
bars and nightclubs on adjacent streets, people lingered on corners chatting and 
sometimes playing instruments, and children hawked newssheets, shoeshines, flowers, a 
selection of rouges, and offered to carry packages.  So the sounds the guards made 
weren't too noticeable.
     Keel led the way back to the chicken ranch.  He was thinking that the bad guys 
wouldn't have waited around to be hunted.  They might have left clues, though.  
Perhaps even a discarded, crumpled note offering a cash reward for his head, and 
signed by a notorious crimelord.  Or distinctive cigar stubs, monogrammed hankies... 
personalized masks.  Tracks of boots made by elven cobblers.  Anything.  Witnesses, 
even.
     There were no people on the street near the chicken ranch.  It was full night 
now, a bit chilly although there was a warm and slightly funky breeze from the marsh.
     Corporal Brat Langerman said quietly, "Is this where it happened?"
     "Yup."
     "Well, I don't think they're here anymore."
     Keel was about to agree, when a crossbow bolt appeared in the Corporal's arm.  
The young man hissed, "Everybody down!"
     The guardsmen hunkered against the wall of a hardware store, which didn't offer 
anything resembling good cover except that they were in shadow there.  Keel crouched a 
little, but he knew he was a pretty big target, plus his sword gave off a faint 
greenish glow.  He looked around, searching the darkness for signs of their foes.
     A shadow on top of a shaded walkway across the street shifted a little.  Keel 
pulled a weighted dart out of his pocket and hurled it.  He was good at tavern darts, 
but it was dark, the distance was too great, and he just wasn't lucky.  The little 
missile clattered against the shingles of the porch roof.  There was a startled twitch 
from the half-seen form.  At that instant, Keel lunged across the street.  His long 
legs carried him across to the opposite shadows in three bounds.  More bolts came out 
of the darkness, one lodging in his calf, the others missing him altogether.
     Now the Guardsmen had a good idea where their foes were, and it takes a while to 
reload a crossbow.  The four men charged, yelling wildly.  Tucking his sword under his 
arm, Keel grabbed one of the posts holding up the porch roof, strained, and dislodged 
it.  After a moment he yanked it out of the structure entirely.  The roof sagged, 
there was a yelp of surprise, and someone's foot appeared off the edge of it.  Keel 
grabbed him by the ankle and hauled him the rest of the way down.
     There were brief sounds of fighting, then footsteps that rapidly receded down an 
alley.  Three Guardsmen raced off in pursuit.  Keel's prisoner started to try to get 
away, so the half-Shew tossed him up, grabbed him by the arms and bashed him against 
the wall.
     "Are you okay?" asked Brat, sheathing his sword.
     "Took one in the leg, but it's not too bad I think," Keel said, shifting his 
unconscious prisoner to one hand and bending to pick up his sword.
     "I'll help you tie that one up," Brat said.  "There's a dead one here.  I think 
there were two more."  He grunted slightly, trying to reach something with his injured 
arm.  "Got some ties in my right-hand belt pouch.  If you could get them for me?"
     They bound the prisoner, then bandaged each other.
     "What did they want?" asked the Corporal.
     Keel shrugged.  "No clue.  Let's get him somewhere safe and we can ask him..."  
He listened.  "Your guys are coming back."
     "Yeah."
     The Guardsmen hadn't been able to track their assailants in the darkness, but at 
least there were no further injuries.  The group of them returned warily to the 
courtyard of the Guard House, where a woman was smearing some kind of ointment on Old 
Brown's wound.  After the horse was bedded down in the stable, the Guardsmen led Keel 
into their office, where there was a welcome scent of fresh coffee.  The medic set 
about binding Keel's wound and that of the Corporal, who turned out to be an extremely 
handsome man.  Keel remembered hearing that Queen Gemra required her Guardsmen to be 
good looking.  That didn't mean they weren't competent, though.  Brat had done pretty 
well.
     The medic roused their prisoner with smelling salts.  They all sat in the main 
office, Corporal Langerman facing the miscreant, who was seated in a cushioned chair, 
looking reasonably comfortable except for his bandaged head.  "All right," said Brat.  
"Now I want you to tell me that you're going to turn Queen's Evidence."
     "Not on your life, pretty boy!"  The man had, perhaps, some excuse for hard 
feelings since he was more homely than not, with a crooked nose and eyes set too close 
together.  He and Keel looked shabby and ill-favored amongst all these gleamingly 
handsome Guardsmen.
     Keel leaned forward.  "You guys shot my horse."
     "Oh.  Sorry, didn't mean to do that.  We were just shooting at you."
     "Why?"
     "Glowing sword."
     "What?"
     "Duh, it's a magic sword!  We saw it when you drew it in Delarq Tor, and figured 
we could sell it so we followed you."
     The half-Shew snorted.  "The Dentless isn't magic.  It was in a Chaos Gate for 
five hundred years and it picked up some energy, that's all.  All it does, is glow.  
And cut things."
     The bandit looked chagrined.  "But... it's got to be magic."
     "Ain't.  Sorry kid."
     After that, Keel was taken to enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Palace.  Queen 
Gemra was a definite babe, with long, silken black hair, a delicate pouty face, and 
luscious curves.  She asked him about his mission, which was to go to the Twisted 
Lands and shut down a leaking Chaos Gate.  He entertained her with the story of his 
adventure on the Two-Shew Express, and she gave him a brown velvet cloak to show her 
appreciation.  She did not invite him to her bed, which was fine because his heart 
belonged to another, always and forever.
     
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