DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 01/15/2007 Duedate: 01/27/2007 NIANIA ARENA DM-2 TURN-445 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS PAUL ATREIDES MASTERS OF SAND (636) (2-5393) [6-5-0,87] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader PAUL ATREIDES POSITION IS EMPTY MASTERS OF SAND (636) (2-5393) [6-5-0,87] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite PAUL ATREIDES FINDELLIS MASTERS OF SAND (636) THE GOLDEN FISH (147) (2-5393) [6-5-0,87] (2-5427) [4-2-1,44] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM THE GOLDEN FISH (147) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. THE GOLDEN FISH (147) 20 2. MASTERS OF SAND (636) 14 MASTERS OF SAND (636) 3. INQUISITION SL5 (631) 0 Unchartered Team 4. THE SUMMONING (641) 0 Y.U.I. OUGHTA (420) 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 1 2- 2 INQUISITION SL5 (631) 31 15 1 67.4 2/ 4 MASTERS OF SAND (636) 3 1 0 3/ 4 MASTERS OF SAND (636) 19 23 0 45.2 3- 3 INQUISITION SL5 (631) 1 0 0 4/ 3 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) 502 651 16 43.5 4- 2*THE SUMMONING (641) 1 0 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[ + Spike McGold stared hard at the water beyond his porch, willing the...eels to leave. He knew people ate eels, but the idea made his stomach roll over. Heck, the people who ate them made his stomach queasy, all by themselves. It took somebody really strange to actually...eat...eels or snakes or octopuses. Probably cultists, all of them. Because things that even suggested tentacles were an invitation to the Darkest of Powers. Everybody knew that. "I warned you against staying here during the dark phase of the moon," Seef Haraine hissed behind him. Spike didn't jump at a voice when he thought he was alone in the house. He had nerves of steel. That was essential if he wanted to continue hanging out with the Venomous Concubine, and for now, he did. Okay, maybe he twitched a little. Maybe his nerves were only bronze. Still, he was able to turn with a semblance of calm and say, "Yeah, but you didn't tell me why. You know I like reasons." "It is forbidden to discuss certain things with...humans," the Karragit answered. "Well, I'm Aruaki, so maybe I'm not quite human," he said. "Tell me about whatever it is that makes it not good to stay here all month." After a moment, he added, "It's the wrong time of the month for me to turn into...anything else, but you can take my word for it, Seef, I CAN." She hissed. It was merely an expression of annoyance and concentration, not a fully sibilated communication, so he waited for her to continue. "There are many things in the swamp," she said after a few minutes. "Not even we Karragit, who live here, know all of them. The whole Feyranse basin was contaminated during the last Chaos War, and some areas are...actively transmagical even now, more than five hundred years later. The light of the sun, or even strong moonlight, subdues them, because they are the spawn of darkness. The time around the new moon, when there are long hours without anything but starlight," she hesitated, searching for words. "The dark hours release them. Stimulate them, in a way. They explore. Push against the limits that we have set for them. Seek to...feed and make more of their kind. They hunger for human blood, perhaps because they know, in some way, that it was humans who are the root cause of their existence. Your presence attracts them. It doesn't matter that you are Aruaki, you're more human than not at this time of the month. You should leave." "Run away?" She made an impatient gesture. "That is foolishness. 'Run away'--like it was bad, a sign of cowardice. Would you run from a force of nature? An earthquake, a flood, a tornado--would you feel you had to stand your ground and defy those?" Spike looked at her and away. "It isn't the same," he said stubbornly. In turning, he was again staring at the water. The...eels were gone now. Didn't matter. He'd seen them. He knew that they were somewhere out there. "This chaos that spawns 'em, there must be some way to...I don't know, cut it off at the root?" "No. You think we haven't tried? It just has to burn out on its own. Another five or six centuries--if there are no more Chaos wars, no major magical battles--and the swamp might be clean again." Spike shook his head. He had dreamed of having his own fishing camp here, and he was not going to give up that dream. "There must be a way," he said. "And I'm going to find it." SPY REPORT Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in NIANIA this turn, and let's start with a look at some of the teams. And let's see, LARSEN E fought CONVICTED ASSASSIN and gained 11 points and contributed to THE GOLDEN FISH's 3-2-1. FINDELLIS has lost to THE USEROUS MERCHANT, falling 3 points, while helping make THE GOLDEN FISH a 3-2-1 turn. The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and PAUL ATREIDES remains NIANIA's top warrior for another turn. Tell me, is nothing sacred? I have heard from unimpeachable sources that Jim's Tap Room uses trolls in their stew. Talk about gristle! He who challenges well, fights well. He who avoids without cause, shall lose for good reasons. My mama told me that one. A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once. Wise men know this to be true. Is it really true that NIANIA has more dishwashers per capita that fighters? Just thought I'd ask... I like this place, NIANIA, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls. Who could ask for more? It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords sharp and your hammers heavy. Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- Alarond the Scribe DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PAUL ATREIDES 5393 6 5 0 87 MASTERS OF SAND (636) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LARSEN E 5421 6 3 1 71 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PITER DEVRIES 5392 6 5 0 58 MASTERS OF SAND (636) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME FINDELLIS 5427 4 2 1 44 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VERELESSE 5432 2 1 1 25 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) KORONEDUS 5430 2 2 0 24 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SASHINDA 5434 2 0 0 22 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) -EFREETI 5425 2 0 0 19 THE SUMMONING (641) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 5 0 1 0 1 VERELESSE 5432 445 NONE ORANGE 5406 3 4 0 071409B 638 LARSEN E 5421 441 NOT REVE PERSONAL ADS Masters of Sand -- Hmm, looks like it's you guys, us, and the standbys. Well...that means we can give plenty of personal attention to stuff that matters, assuming we can figure out what that stuff is, right? We're going to hunt Things in the swamp. How about you? -- Nick and The Golden Fish P.S. Tell me you're not here just to prep someone for the tourney that is going on as I write this personal! I always believe stuff like that, well, let's say that I always WANT to believe stuff like that.... P.P.S. We DID manage to push even the spy report off the front page, however. That's going some, these days. Cheese, I wish I'd been wearing full plate! Talk about the old "undress you with his eyes," the Khalhums Dwarf takes the palm. Of course, being a dwarf, he'd probably disassemble my armor with his eyes, too. I really didn't NEED an encounter like that, you know? Dwarves make me itch. -- Findellis P.S. Probably all that hair. Piter Devries -- Wow, a real opponent! I'm so excited, so honored! Thanks! -- Larsen E P.S. How 'bout if I buy you a beer? All those skills have got to be worth at least a beer. Embezzling Scribe -- If you wouldn't stand around playing with your daggers-- honestly, MEN!--you might do better in the clinches. Not that I'd want to clinch with you! -- Verelesse Embezzling Scribe -- Don't mind Verelesse. She's got human scruples. (toothy grin) I wouldn't mind "clinching" with you. -- Koronedus The Persistent Beggar is pathetic. -- Sashinda Findellis -- Since I defeated you, I get to take you home with me, right? Winner takes all, didn't someone say that was the rule? And you look like JUST what I want. So pack up and let's go. -- Gobiann Strongaxe, Khalhums Dwarf Paul Atreides -- A man in your exposed position really needs insurance. Think of your loved ones! -- M Laymoness Chardinee, Insurance Salesman Extraordinaire Verelesse -- Ah, what a dazzling image you present! Watching you move is as thrilling as detecting a pattern in the flow of money and seeing JUST where to divert it. Ravishing. -- Tarash Tarindanall, Financial Scribe P.S. I have ethics, I'm not a CROOK, I just don't have the same goals as most of the more orthodox Financial Scribes. I am unfairly judged. Koronedus -- What are you DOING, you animal? -- Tarash Tarindanall, shocked Financial Scribe Sashinda -- (whine) -- Ressero, Beggar in so-so standing with the Guild 18 December 2006 Let it be known that Buddy Lee is no longer a member of The Company of Brothers, T.C.B. I have resigned as of 10-23-06. Thank you. LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS PAUL ATREIDES devastated INSURANCE SALESMAN in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight. LARSEN E won victory over CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute gruesome battle. FINDELLIS was luckily beaten by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 4 minute fight. PITER DEVRIES devastated KORONEDUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight. SASHINDA demolished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched competition. VERELESSE dispatched EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 4 SLASHING ATTACK 3 - 1 - 0 75 | |AIMED BLOW 1 WALL OF STEEL 7 - 3 - 1 70 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 LUNGING ATTACK 16 - 8 - 4 67 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 7 - 4 - 0 64 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 AIMED BLOW 10 - 6 - 0 63 | |SLASHING ATTACK 0 BASHING ATTACK 5 - 3 - 0 63 | |STRIKING ATTACK 0 PARRY-STRIKE 2 - 2 - 0 50 | |BASHING ATTACK 0 STRIKING ATTACK 2 - 2 - 0 50 | |TOTAL PARRY 0 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 2 - 0 0 | |WALL OF STEEL 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 - 0 0 | Turn 445 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 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 4 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW LUNGING ATTACK 3 - 1 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 PARRY-STRIKE BASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 STRIKING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 0 - 0 WALL OF STEEL 0 - 0 TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME AIMED BLOW PAUL ATREIDES 5393 6 5 0 87 MASTERS OF SAND (636) LUNGING ATTACK LARSEN E 5421 6 3 1 71 THE GOLDEN FISH (147) PARRY-RIPOSTE PITER DEVRIES 5392 6 5 0 58 MASTERS OF SAND (636) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is PAUL ATREIDES 5393. The most popular warrior this turn was FINDELLIS 5427. The ten other most popular fighters were PAUL ATREIDES 5393, LARSEN E 5421, PITER DEVRIES 5392, SASHINDA 5434, VERELESSE 5432, KORONEDUS 5430, 0, 0, 0, and 0. The least popular fighter this week was KORONEDUS 5430. The other ten least popular fighters were VERELESSE 5432, SASHINDA 5434, PITER DEVRIES 5392, LARSEN E 5421, PAUL ATREIDES 5393, FINDELLIS 5427, 0, 0, 0, and 0.