DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 12/04/2006 Duedate: 12/16/2006 NIANIA ARENA DM-2 TURN-443 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS FINDELLIS THE GOLDEN FISH (147) (2-5427) [4-0-1,40] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader FINDELLIS EFREETI THE GOLDEN FISH (147) THE SUMMONING (641) (2-5427) [4-0-1,40] (2-5425) [2-0-0,19] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite LARSEN E LARSEN E THE GOLDEN FISH (147) THE GOLDEN FISH (147) (2-5421) [4-3-1,38] (2-5421) [4-3-1,38] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM THE GOLDEN FISH (147) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. INQUISITION SL5 (631) 18 2. THE SUMMONING (641) 8 INQUISITION SL5 (631) 3. THE GOLDEN FISH (147) 4 Unchartered Team 4. 071409B (638) 0 THE SUMMONING (641) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1*THE SUMMONING (641) 2 0 0 100 1/ 1 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) 9 6 2 2/ 2 INQUISITION SL5 (631) 31 15 1 67.4 2/ 2*THE SUMMONING (641) 2 0 0 3/ 3 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) 495 648 15 43.3 3/ 3 INQUISITION SL5 (631) 2 0 0 4- 4*071409B (638) 3 4 0 42.9 4- 4*071409B (638) 0 1 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Golden Fish ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + "It's an insult, that's what it is. I don't care HOW friendly SOME of the members of this team are with Korvoskol Turo, the Veteran Mercenary is NOT a proper opponent for me on my last fight here," Spike McGold snarled. He threw his "favorite" medium shield across the room, where it hit the wall like a gong. "And then for him to WIN! He's got no respect, no sense of decency and Doing the Right Thing--" "You could have tried harder to defeat him," Mellisande said. In theory, she should have gone to the Isle to represent Niania and the Golden Fish, but she claimed that she was already on an island, and Niania and the Golden Fish were covered in the Grey Witch's eyes. Spike narrowed his eyes at his teammate. "You WOULD take his part, wouldn't you? Everyone knows how COZY you are with him." "Like you haven't been too, too friendly with Seef Haraine, the Venomous Concubine? She isn't even HUMAN--" "Don't go there," Spike said, his voice going soft and dangerous. "Then you stay off me and Korvo." Mellisande looked at the shield, which was now lying on the floor, front down and rocking slightly. "You going to the Isle?" "No. Why bother? It isn't like I'm some hotshot super-duper gladiator. There are thousands of bashers on the Isle who bash with more skill, more strength, and or more grace than I do, so what'd be the point? Besides, I hear housing is a real problem. Pay through the nose to live in a closet." He shook his head. "Not for me." Mellisande nodded. "I'm applying for a Lord Protector grant of some kind," she said. "I know most people don't bother any more, because they're down to giving away doodly little junk, but I figure, why not? There might be something worth having, and besides, I've managed to save a little." "Yeah?" "Don't even think that, Spike!" "I've saved some, too, and we could pool our--" "No!" "Spoilsport." He shrugged. "I want a place on Mardon's Point," he said. That was another island of high ground in the swamp, north of Niania and more or less on the way to Mordant. It was smaller than Niania's high ground, about one mile by three, with the central ridge rising to a cock's comb of rock. There were fishing lodges along the shoreline, but nobody lived there year round. It was considered to be unhealthy, for reasons not specified, to spend more than two weeks bracketing the full moon at one of the lodges. There weren't even live-in caretakers. "You planning on dividing your time between there and Niania?" Melli asked. "Or going to Mordant during the dark moons, or what?" "Full time," Spike said. "Seef's gonna get me a Karragit servant or two, and I'll be fine. Greatest fishing in the Basin." DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. Dear Geroge Krag, I do enjoy watching that man move! Kung-Fu may be silly as a fighting style against people with swords who know how to use them (I twice wounded him by his efforts to parry!), but it does provide a well-trained man with some beautiful moves. Mari Coy SPY REPORT It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last week's fights. Hey everybody, watch out for KORONEDUS, who flew up 12 points in the rankings after mashing MORDANT DESERTER like a melon. Keep your eye on this guy. Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands. LARSEN E was bested by CAPTURED ORC and drops 3 points. In front of all the crowds, TURD BURGLAR took the Duelmaster's crown for hers own. I give the bum two weeks. Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd! Here is other news that is of note. Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the most interesting, though! Remember: alliances are great, but try and take your ally in the arena with you and see what happens. Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in NIANIA have no sense of humor. Or maybe that they were senseless. Well, there goes another Spy Report. Good luck in next week's fights. See ya next time I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown Spymaster DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME FINDELLIS 5427 4 0 1 40 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LARSEN E 5421 4 3 1 38 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME EFREETI 5425 2 0 0 19 THE SUMMONING (641) KORONEDUS 5430 1 1 0 13 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) VERELESSE 5432 0 1 0 1 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? ORANGE 5406 3 4 0 071409B 638 LARSEN E 5421 441 PERSONAL ADS I have disarmed the Cult Member, but...what do I DO with his arm now that I have it? His fingernails are dirty. -- Findellis Being of Fratsfan race myself, I find the whole CONCEPT of the Fratsfa Slave to be offensive. So, naturally, I banged him up good! -- Larsen E P.S. Besides, he isn't a real Fratsfan. I figure he's probably from Illis. Efreeti -- You were summoned? How about if we get you dismissed, so you can go home? -- Koronedus Arenamistress Vora -- Couldn't we eliminate the presence of assassins entirely? Let them all go to Mordant or somewhere. Even a mere Loanshark's Legbreaker would be a step up. -- Mari Coy P.S. Yes, I know, the Commission is VERY conservative. Drat. 10 November 2006 The Quest of the Best has come to an end. Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest, wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners. Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the Quest. Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in the dust. Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink) Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions: 1) Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls 2) Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts! 3) Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts 4) D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen 5) Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation 6) Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders 7) D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights 8) D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights 9) The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion 10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their butt handed to them. Respect to All. Quest #1 host, Dark Knight Toker 14 November 2006 A Tale of Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution as told by Hammer the WordSmith SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the lingering wisps of memory from days gone by. From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation. Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence experience. The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times. Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities presently past and future. Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93. The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy. Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and gallantry before. Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike. History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes. Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and olden legends of times lost. [TIME JUMP] Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy, yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena! "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch Light!" Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81. Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind. From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn. Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand. Future events would lend themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for processing. Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM 28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!] Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena. After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then another group of hopefuls. After lengthy debate a third was cast aside. Deciding between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial Commission. The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney- worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager. [TIME JUMP] Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and now it was time to begin their training. The paperwork had been dispatched for registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which preparation was paramount! Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney Arena. Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red! Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No- Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly Expected!] Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his mind! When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night. These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had they fallen into the possession of most other managers! Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney Arena!] Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!] Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace! [TIME JUMP] Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting! Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81 [recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon graduation!] The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS stable managed by Sweety Pie. Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena! Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission. Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus] had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE. Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No- Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission. Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari! Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION. Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm. Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf. Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with GRIFFONRAWL MMA. Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!] Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!] Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in thought!] Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena. COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as to their intentions. Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was anybody's guess at the present time!] Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by! JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!] "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper" Hammer Minister of War 30 November 2006 NEED A TURF WAR ALLIANCE?? Master Beru, Wretch, Reaper, and Xoan have come together to form an Alliance for the TURF WAR in DM47 with no regards for experience in competitions or even the game. If you want to enjoy the thrills of the competition, we have space for up to three more managers. Contact Master Beru at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or send a note to Master Beru at DM 29--Army of Darkness. If you are interested, we need to move quickly, since the contest starts in January and there are a few requirements to meet to participate. May your blades find the chinks in your enemy's armor. -- Master Beru LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS MARI COY was devastated by TURD BURGLAR in a action packed 1 minute mismatched fight. LARSEN E was luckily beaten by CAPTURED ORC in a exciting 2 minute gory melee. FINDELLIS vanquished CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute gory mismatched Title brawl. EFREETI overpowered VERELESSE in a 1 minute bloody mismatched match. KORONEDUS vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 3 SLASHING ATTACK 5 - 1 - 0 83 | |AIMED BLOW 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 9 - 3 - 0 75 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 BASHING ATTACK 7 - 3 - 0 70 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 WALL OF STEEL 8 - 4 - 1 67 | |WALL OF STEEL 1 LUNGING ATTACK 10 - 6 - 3 63 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 1 - 0 50 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 AIMED BLOW 10 - 11 - 0 48 | |SLASHING ATTACK 0 STRIKING ATTACK 2 - 4 - 0 33 | |BASHING ATTACK 0 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 2 - 0 0 | |TOTAL PARRY 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 - 0 0 | Turn 443 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: AIMED BLOW 1 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 2 3 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 1 STRIKING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 1 PARRY-STRIKE SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 0 WALL OF STEEL 0 - 1 TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK FINDELLIS 5427 4 0 1 40 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is LARSEN E 5421. The most popular warrior this turn was LARSEN E 5421. The ten other most popular fighters were EFREETI 5425, FINDELLIS 5427, KORONEDUS 5430, VERELESSE 5432, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0. The least popular fighter this week was VERELESSE 5432. The other ten least popular fighters were KORONEDUS 5430, FINDELLIS 5427, EFREETI 5425, LARSEN E 5421, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0. The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn: MARI COY (2-5342) THE GOLDEN FISH (147) TURD BURGLAR (2-5431) INQUISITION SL5 (631) JANUARY FACE-TO-FACE IN TEMPE! Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 12-14, 2007. It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as last year by popular request. Room rates are $149.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool. The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 15 before the block is released! (This is prime season for Phoenix, and several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.) Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet. We hope you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!