DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/16/2018    Duedate: 03/01/2018

LIN TIRIAN ARENA

DM-78    TURN-615

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

FRACAS
V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)
(78-3236) [7-2-1,78]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LIL D'FIELD                    FRACAS
SAND DANCERS (68)              V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)
(78-3307) [7-5-0,67]           (78-3236) [7-2-1,78]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SKIPPIT                        BILL BOARD
SAND DANCERS (68)              SAND DANCERS (68)
(78-3265) [12-17-0,53]         (78-3315) [0-1-0,1]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAND DANCERS (68)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)        35
2. FAVORITE SAYINGS (338)      24      SAND DANCERS (68)
3. V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)      12      Unchartered Team
4. HOWLIN MARTYRS (359)         4
5. SAND DANCERS (68)          -11      HOWLIN MARTYRS (359)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*HOWLIN MARTYRS (359)       2   0  1  100   1/ 1 SAND DANCERS (68)         5  6 1
 2/ 0*FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)       3   2  0 60.0   2/ 0*FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)      3  2 0
 3/ 0*V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)     7   5  1 58.3   3/ 3*FAVORITE SAYINGS (338)    3  4 0
 4/ 3 SAND DANCERS (68)        %1260 %1431 41 46.8   4/ 4*HOWLIN MARTYRS (359)      2  0 1
 5/ 4*FAVORITE SAYINGS (338)     3   4  0 42.9   5/ 0*V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)    1  0 0

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

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, LIN TIRIAN?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see PUSHING DAISIES win a fight and gain 24 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, FRACAS 
beat ARC D'WOOF and ARC D'WOOF lost 8 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Our last 
turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to M. CHARDINEE, and LIL D'FIELD has made the 
way for a new Duelmaster!  With LIL D'FIELD clearing the throne, V IS FOR VIOLINS of 
FRACAS takes a proud seat as LIN TIRIAN's new Duelmaster, by virtue of recognition 
points.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and bribes, how else do you think some of 
these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  LIN 
TIRIAN, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  HOWLIN CASE the most avoided 
team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And it looks like V IS FOR VIOLINS 
avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  
Hmph.   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess 
what brave team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     What does the LIN TIRIAN arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  Glad 
to see the back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRACAS 3236                   7   2  1    78       V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIL D'FIELD 3307              7   5  0    67       SAND DANCERS (68)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARC D'WOOF 3309               8   3  1    54       SAND DANCERS (68)
 SKIPPIT 3265                 12  17  0    53       SAND DANCERS (68)
 PUSHING DAISIES 3012          3   0  0    52       FAVORITE SAYINGS (338)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BELIAL ERNESTO 3319           2   0  1    18       HOWLIN MARTYRS (359)
 YGRITTE 3324                  1   0  0    16       FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)
 KATNISS 3323                  1   0  0     5       FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)
 WILLIAM TELL 3325             1   0  0     5       FAMOUS ARCHERS (360)
 BILL BOARD 3315               0   1  0     1       SAND DANCERS (68)
 EYELENE 3326                  0   1  0     1       SAND DANCERS (68)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CUPID 3321              0  1 0 FAMOUS ARCHERS 360   SPYMASTER             615  NONE
LEGOLAS 3322            0  1 0 FAMOUS ARCHERS 360   MOUNTAIN TROLL        615  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Three wins over standbys.  Huh.  I am so not-impressed by the whole situation. -- Lil 
d'Field

Howlin Martyrs and Favorite Sayings -- We're glad you're here.  This place would be so 
lonely without you.  But talk! -- Lil d'Field, for the Sand Dancers

Heck, NOBODY fought anyone but a standby today!  That's pathetic. -- Jorja

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CUPID was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
LEGOLAS was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
LIL D'FIELD was overcome by M. CHARDINEE in a popular 5 minute gruesome match.
FRACAS devastated ARC D'WOOF in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
SKIPPIT was overpowered by PUSHING DAISIES in a 1 minute mismatched match.
BELIAL ERNESTO bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute duel.
BILL BOARD was luckily beaten by WILLIAM TELL in a 3 minute novice's struggle.
KATNISS defeated EYELENE in a 1 minute beginner's melee.
YGRITTE vanquished PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   1 -  1      80  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW        15 -   5 -  1      75  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  11 -  1      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    3 -   6 -  1      33  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 615 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FRACAS 3236                 7   2  1   78 V IS FOR VIOLINS (354)
AIMED BLOW       LIL D'FIELD 3307            7   5  0   67 SAND DANCERS (68)
LUNGING ATTACK   ARC D'WOOF 3309             8   3  1   54 SAND DANCERS (68)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SKIPPIT 3265.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BILL BOARD 3315.  The ten other most popular fighters were LIL D'FIELD 3307, 
BELIAL ERNESTO 3319, YGRITTE 3324, FRACAS 3236, PUSHING DAISIES 3012, KATNISS 3323, 
LEGOLAS 3322, ARC D'WOOF 3309, WILLIAM TELL 3325, and CUPID 3321.

The least popular fighter this week was EYELENE 3326.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SKIPPIT 3265, CUPID 3321, WILLIAM TELL 3325, ARC D'WOOF 3309, LEGOLAS 
3322, KATNISS 3323, PUSHING DAISIES 3012, FRACAS 3236, YGRITTE 3324, and BELIAL 
ERNESTO 3319.

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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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                           This is a continuing adventure.  
         Watch for future chapters in the Bonsur and Home Guard newsletters!