DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/24/2009    Duedate: 09/05/2009

NIANIA ARENA

DM-2    TURN-513

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KESTRATLAK
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
(2-5511) [24-17-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KESTRATLAK                     POSITION IS EMPTY
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          
(2-5511) [24-17-0,104]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GROND                          GOLDINA
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
(2-5540) [19-14-0,95]          (2-5563) [13-5-0,86]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STEEL ARMS (658)             5
2. PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)    0      STEEL ARMS (658)
3. DEADLY DANCERS (424)         0      Unchartered Team
4. THE GOLDEN FISH (147)       -1
                                       5.10 (428)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 PEANUT BUTTER FUDG (657)  43  22  1 66.2   1/ 1 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)    11  4 0
 2/ 3 STEEL ARMS (658)          26  19  2 57.8   2/ 3 STEEL ARMS (658)          5  1 0
 3/ 4 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)    704 784 22 47.3   3- 2 PEANUT BUTTER FUDG (657)  5  5 0
 4- 5 DEADLY DANCERS (424)      19  23  1 45.2   4- 5 DEADLY DANCERS (424)      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

team spotlight dm 2

     It took three blisters from walking, a bloody lip, and bruises from the struggle
and a huge knot on his head for his efforts during the mugging.  Gavin's clothes were
ripped and mud-stained.  His hat was stolen along with what coin he had carried with
him and his sneakers sprouted another hole.  He'd had enough of this part of town
called Fleabottom.  From the way the place and most of the people looked, it was no
wonder where this part of town had earned its name, and Gavin was not happy.
     Bubba hadn't shown up for training or dinner or the meeting.  Days went by and
Gavin had been peeved.  Brandy had finally mentioned her brother had gone to
Fleabottom but wasn't sure exactly where, though she was sure it was south of Beggar
Hill and probably not the Flats.
     By the time gavin found Bubba, it was late in the day.  He was exhausted and his
annoyance was palpable.
     Bubba sat on the steps of a ramshackle church that looked cobbled together with
refuse and odd-shaped panels in a vague representation of a building.  All around him
sat dozens of children, mostly garbed in grubby patchwork clothing.  One little girl
sat perched on his knee, staring up at him with big blue eyes.  She couldn't have
been older than three or four.  She had a shock of blonde curls and dusty feet.  She
nibbled on a cookie, as most of the others did. 
     Bubba spied Gavin with a look of surprise and gave the little girl on his knee a
bounce.  "Gavin, hi.  I didn't expect you out here."
     "Don't expect it again, either," Gavin growled angrily.  "What in the name of
all the gods do you think you're doing?"
     Bubba blinked in surprise, closing his mouth, and furrowed his brows slightly.
He was baffled at Gavin's agitation.  It was clear he was hostile from the way
Gavin's fists were balled and his dark eyes flashed.  His lip and eye was slightly
swollen as well, and a large rip showed on his shirt.  All said, he almost fit in
here in Flea Bottom.  The thought made Bubba smile.
     "You look...  Well, are you all right?" Bubba asked.
     "Yes, I'm just peachy," Gavin snapped, running a hand through his hair.
     "What happened?  I've just been telling stories, mostly," Bubba admitted.
     "Stories?!  You've missed meetings and training sessions to tell a few beggar
kids stories?  Well, why didn't I think of that.  Maybe when you face Grond or Gulby
next you can *talk* them into giving up."
     Bubba frowned deeply at Gavin, as did some of the older kids.
     "You don't look so hot yourself, mister," a boy with rag shoes commented.
     "Want cookie?" a small girl offered with a shy smile.
     Gavin swatted the cookie away and headed up the steps to stand eye to eye with
the sitting gladiator.  Behind him, the cookie fell into the dirt, making the little
girl's eyes water.
     "You can't just disappear, damn it!  I told you how precarious our position is.
I need you in your top form.  Brandy needs you."
     Bubba's face grew darker as Gavin continued his tirade.  A small boy with a
tough demeanor gave the little girl a hug as a tear rolled down her cheek.  The girl
on Bubba's knee innocently grasped Gavin's hand before he yanked away from her and
wiped his hand on his pants as if it were unclean.
     "I've walked I don't know how many miles, lost my favorite hat, put a hole in my
shoe, stepped in horse refuse... I think and let's not leave out being mugged," Gavin
raged.  "You're supposed to be learning how to keep the initiative, not telling
stories to a bunch of dirty brats in this slummy cess-pool part of town.  You've
wasted enough of my time.  You did sign a contract, if you happen to recall.  Now,
let's go."
     Bubba was red from the neck up and nearly shaking.  His gaze became so intense
it forced Gavin back a step.
     "'Least you got shoes, mister," a biggar boy scowled and rubbed his nose with
the back of his hand as he stood up.
     "Yeah.  Come on, sis," another ratty boy said, gathering the young girl who'd
lost her cookie by the hand.  "This slummy cess-pool's startin' ta stink 'round
here."
     In twos and threes, the children muttered like comments and shot Gavin fierce
looks before giving Bubba a hug or a slap before wandering off.  Bubba's gaze stayed
on Gavin until they all left, except the little girl on his knee.  Gavin swallowed as
his anger turned sour and shame washed over him.
     "Tanda, say hi to Gavin, my manager.  Gavin, meet my daughter.  I just found
out."
     Gavin paled.  "Oh Bubba, I'm sorry, I--"
     "You didn't think, you arrogant, selfish, pathetic little man.  I should tear
you apart, in all rights!"
     Gavin felt a stab of fear for a moment as Bubba stood and set the little girl
down with a kiss. 
     "I have to go, sweety.  Go to your momma."  He watched the girl enter the
church, then took a long step and snatched Gavin by the arm.
     "Let's go," Bubba said icily.  "I wouldn't want to subject you to these kind of
people."
     "Ow!  Hey!" Gavin's feet made small furrows in the dirt as he was dragged along
bodily.  He strugged but Bubba's grip wouldn't budge.  "Stop!!"  When that failed to
work, Gavin began to worry.  "Okay, truce?"  Bubba marched onward, ignoring him,
gathering curious glances from passersby.
     "I'm sorry, damn it!  Let me GO!"
     Bubba dropped him into the dirt.  "Keep your apologies.  It's the children you
should apologize to.  They deserve better, all of them.  I buy them food and what I
can afford.  I tell them stories and teach them schooling."  Bubba glance back.  "I
should thank you.  If they didn't know before, they know now what faces them in the
real world.  People like you."
     He lengthened his strides and Gavin let him go.

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 630): DOOMTAIL of EVIL BEAVERS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 512): KESTRATLAK of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 636): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 611): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 631): FELISSA HURM of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 629): CONCUSSION of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 634): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 623): DEIMOS of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 620): DIRT BATH of GHOST RIDERS TOO (?, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 619): SALTY of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 591): SHERRY of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 583): GURU GNU of HILLTOP GURUS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 563): COLLINGWOOD of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 567): CORRUPT TURNKEY of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 518): TELENIA of OMINOUS REIGN (Archaic Elf, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 250): VARDIN ABEQ of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 238): STINGAREE of ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 468): CAPTAIN SCOURGE of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 214): MYSTIQUE of BARBARIAN HORDE (?, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 512): SUPER BUM of FLAT BROKE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 630): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 512): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 636): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 611): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 631): WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 629): GOLDEN DAWN (?, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 634): AMEN! (?, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 623): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 620): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 619): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 591): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 583): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 263): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 567): DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 518): OMINOUS REIGN (Archaic Elf, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 250): USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 238): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 468): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 214): BARBARIAN HORDE (?, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 512) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 636): SUPER SENIOR of GENERATION X (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 631): KATIRONA MURH of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 633): EPEE MYSTIQUE of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 623): DEIMOS of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 619): GALLOPING THOST of GHOST RIDERS TOO (?, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 617): ULLRICH BLADESONG of NOMADIC TRIBE (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 590): KYRA of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 583): GURU GNU of HILLTOP GURUS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 249): NO-STICK TAPE of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     You're a fine figure of a woman, Brandy, but that isn't always enough, eh?  And
not because I'm a "golem," there's a story behind that which we don't need to go into
now, but in the ways that affect this particular issue, I'm as human as you are.  So
take the skills and thank me properly, and tomorrow will be another day.

                                     Kestratlak

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to NIANIA once again!  What's with GOLDINA?  She actually beat 
NIANIA's KHALHUMS DWARF, and walked away with 15 more points from the fight.  Laughs 
were big at NIANIA while they watched KUNG-FU MASTER clobber GULBY.  He lost 28 
points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Try as he might, KUNG-FU 
MASTER wasn't good enough at persuading KESTRATLAK to step down from the Duelmaster's 
throne...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow 
fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  GLOCK, with hers forgettable 6-7-1,  was killed by 
AMBITIOUS GUARD in a forgettable match.  STEEL ARMS didn't seem to mind very much.  
Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KESTRATLAK 5511              24  17  0   104       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EIO YUE 5568                 10   3  0    97       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 GROND 5540                   19  14  0    95       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BRANDY PINKERTON 5565        10   3  1    88       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 GOLDINA 5563                 13   5  0    86       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
-BUBBA BENDER 5566             9   4  0    81       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GULBY 5558                   15   9  1    75       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAW 5574                     11   2  0    59       STEEL ARMS (658)
-TWO-STEP 3426                 6   6  1    57       DEADLY DANCERS (424)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LILLY PEPPER 5564             8   5  0    49       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 BARETTA 5573                  6   4  1    34       STEEL ARMS (658)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LUGER 5576                    3   4  0    31       STEEL ARMS (658)
-LOMBATTA 3970                 2   2  0    26       DEADLY DANCERS (424)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DISCO DAN 3938                3   2  0    21       DEADLY DANCERS (424)
-ADSA JENSEN 5604              1   0  0    15       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 LORINDA 5603                  2   1  0    11       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HAUS HEUS 5567          5  6 0 PEANUT BUTTER FU 657 BARBARIAN 3922        510   
GLOCK 5571              6  7 1 STEEL ARMS 658       AMBITIOUS GUARD       513  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ouch!  Damn Murphy's law!  I wasn't kidding when I said that the free turns were the
only reason I could continue to play.  The Golden Fish came back strong and with
excellent strategy.  Kudos to Kestratlak.  Unfortunately, this means PBF will be on a
short hiatus while we search couch cushions for change. -- Gavin Rule

Kestratlak -- And when we're cold, well, you know.  Team work indeed. -- Bubba

Grond -- How many times have I heard that line?  you men are so unoriginal, but
that's okay.  If you suddenly become clever we'd start to worry. -- Lilly
P.S.  Maybe another time.  The Commission would ban us for sure if we put on that
kind of show on the sands. 

Jorja -- I know you're as busy as I am poor.  I'll keep stories coming to fill the
gaps or until I get too many complaints. -- Gavin

All -- Greeting.  Is pleasure to be here.  I honor you all.  Fight in sands with
luck. -- Adsa Jensen

She's a little shy and doesn't talk much.  We'll fix that eventually. -- Lilly

Gulby -- Ow.  Well, that was unexpected.  Well done. -- Bubba

Bubba Bender -- And this time, I benda you.  Works for me. -- Gulby, not a golem in
any way or sense

Two-Step -- Consider that a two-step fight.  If you want to practice three and four--
in privacy--come by our place and we'll work on it. -- Grond

Lilly Pepper -- I have my orders. -- Goldina

Baretta -- Darned golems!  We should do something about you. -- Lorinda
P.S.  Something... final.

Eio -- Yeah, I shouldn't listen to those kung-fu types.  The high kickes, eh.  They
look cool, but they're not so great in a real fight.  Bummer. -- Grond

Bubba -- But if, in desperation, you have no choice but to lose, don't DIE. --
Kestratlak

Gavin -- Darned if I know.  They got signed on when I was on the other side of the
country, and I'm stuck with them.  But I'm beginning to have some dark suspicions
anent their origins.  It might bear looking into, if I can find the time. -- Jorja
P.S.  When I look through the list of graduates from this team, I don't seem to find
much in the way of golems, so either they're designed to die, or they're a recent
occurence.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KESTRATLAK bested KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched Title fight.
GULBY was demolished by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
GOLDINA savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bloody duel.
GROND overpowered CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LAW devastated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute gory uneven brawl.
GLOCK was butchered by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
BARETTA overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
LORINDA won victory over MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       8 -   1 -  1      89  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -   8 -  1      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   7 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  16 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   9 -  0      40  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 513 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    KESTRATLAK 5511            24  17  0  104 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
BASHING ATTACK   GROND 5540                 19  14  0   95 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
STRIKING ATTACK  GOLDINA 5563               13   5  0   86 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
LUNGING ATTACK   LAW 5574                   11   2  0   59 STEEL ARMS (658)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GROND 5540.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
GOLDINA 5563.  The ten other most popular fighters were KESTRATLAK 5511, LAW 5574, 
LORINDA 5603, GROND 5540, GLOCK 5571, BARETTA 5573, GULBY 5558,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was GULBY 5558.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BARETTA 5573, GLOCK 5571, GROND 5540, LORINDA 5603, LAW 5574, 
KESTRATLAK 5511, GOLDINA 5563,  0,  0, and  0.