DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/25/2005    Duedate: 09/07/2005

OSKSI ARENA

DM-3    TURN-534

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BLACK WIDOW
MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
(3-3662) [6-1-0,86]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HEARTS                         BLACK WIDOW
GAMES LIBRARY (340)            MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
(3-6485) [10-17-1,64]          (3-3662) [6-1-0,86]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HEARTS                         PEREGRINE FALCON
GAMES LIBRARY (340)            NEED FOR SPEED (598)
(3-6485) [10-17-1,64]          (3-6495) [2-0-0,28]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GAMES LIBRARY (340)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)       17
2. GAMES LIBRARY (340)         15      GAMES LIBRARY (340)
3. NEED FOR SPEED (598)         9      Unchartered Team
4. AESIR (164)                  0
5. EVIL DUDES (554)             0      NEED FOR SPEED (598)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*NEED FOR SPEED (598)       2   0  0  100   1/ 2 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       5  3 0
 2- 5*EVIL DUDES (554)           5   4  0 55.6   2/ 3*MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     5  4 0
 3- 6 AESIR (164)              637 622 44 50.6   3- 1 AESIR (164)               4  6 0
 4/ 7*MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)     11  11  0 50.0   4/ 6*NEED FOR SPEED (598)      2  0 0
 5/ 8 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      393 632  9 38.3   5- 8*EVIL DUDES (554)          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[ Nightfall #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Valamantis harbor was roofed with clouds, dark in the east, dyed red with sunset
in the west.  Dramatic, but ominous, and who needed ominous portents when times were
already so bad?  Arenamistress Sitalva glanced at Tensekai to make a comment and
paused.  The Silver Mage was no longer paying attention to the sunset or his
companion.  His lips formed silent words, his fingers flicked through significant
gestures, and his eyes saw...something invisible to her.
     That it was something magical and invisible didn't stop her from looking around.
They were on the top of Tensekai's tower, on one of the three islands that marked the
outer limit of the harbor, and the view was spectacular in all directions.  To the
east was New Valamantis, a mere five hundred years old, walls and domes and dark
towers at the mouth of the Feyranse.  The broken towers of Old Valamantis rose behind
it, the anchored ships that sailed the Trier rocking on the waves in front.  To the
west, the bay, studded with rocky, tree-clad islands of all sizes.  The castle of the
Duke of Kordos, one of the larger islands near Valamantis, were black against the
sunset to the northwest, as was the tower to the southwest--
     Tower to the southwest?
     That should be open water!  Sitalva squinted at it, trying to make out details,
but the bad lighting defeated her.  All she could see was the black outline of a
tower on a rock rising out of the bay where no rock or tower had been a few minutes
ago.
     Tensekai groaned and began to collapse toward the floor.
     Sitalva grabbed him and thrust him onto a bench.  "Don't fade out on me now,
Ten!"  She grabbed one of the wineglasses--they had wine and snacks on a tray--filled
it, and held it to his mouth.  He drank and coughed and drank more.  When she judged
that he was recovered from whatever he had been doing, she said, "What happened?
Where did that tower come from?"
     He shuddered and took a final swallow of wine.  His face was beaded with sweat.
"Don't know.  I felt it come, tried to see where...tried to block it."  He shook his
head.  "Too strong for me."
     That was a chilling thought.  Though not as strong as Sheila Greywand, Tensekai
was one of the more powerful magicians of Alastari.  "But--"
     "Linked to the old city, I think.  The oldest--"
     Sitalva knew who had built the oldest city on this location, and the blow was as
bad as any she'd received in the arena.  "Folstrom?" she whispered.
     He shrugged and took the bottle from her, pouring himself more wine.  "I don't
know."  He drank more wine.  "It might be, but...I don't know."
     "The oldest level of the Old City--"
     "It could just have been used as...a sort of target by someone searching for a
landing.  The Folstrom weren't, aren't the only people to go traveling among the
dimensions."
     "Whether it's them or not, it's bound to mean trouble," Sitalva said.
     "They could be innocent travelers," the Silver Mage protested.
     "And I could be Santa Clause, but it isn't likely.  Innocent travelers don't
arrive in black towers."  She looked over her shoulder at it.  Even as a featureless
silhouette, the place was sinister.
     "Stereotyping," Tensekai said.  He heaved himself to his feet.  "There are some
things I can try, to find out more about them.  But until they commit a hostile
action, we should assume they're not enemies."
     Sitalva opened her mouth to reply, but before she could form words, a light
blazed from the newly arrived tower.  It swept the water like a searchlight and
focused on a small vessel.  A fishing boat, she thought, going out for the night-
feeding kerrings.  The light, which had been white at first, changed to red.  Someone
on the boat screamed.  It wouldn't carry more than a crew of three, and she could see
two of them on the deck, staggering and struggling.  And evaporating.  In the last of
the illumination before the light winked off, she thought she saw the ship crumbling
into nothing.
     "They're enemies," Sitalva said.

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Osksi:

     From the top of the Tower of Rule, Lord Medan, First Lord of Osksi, could see
the harbor city's harbor.  Or he could have seen it, if the fog hadn't been so heavy.
He regretted that, because seeing the harbor gave him a great deal of satisfaction.
Since the treaty with Sunset, Osksi's shipping had been strong.  Very strong.
Stronger than ever, stronger than Mordant's shipping out of Valamantis, or the
Andorian shipping out of Ardivent and Amen-Tei.
     He paused in his thoughts as the foghorn blasted the silence into shards.
Another foghorn bellowed into the echo of the first, setting up strange overtones.
Damn the fog, anyway!  It was--
     Another foghorn?  There was no second--
     The intruding horn blared again, shattering the fog.  Medan actually saw
fragments of cloud whirl away.  In the clear space left behind, he could see a tower
where there had been no tower before, nor any island it could rest on, in a position
to dominate Osksi's harbor.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt OSKSI will ever be the same.  It seems the training can make the difference, 
as AESIR is pushed out of top team by GAMES LIBRARY, who came from 2nd with a 2-0-0 
this turn.  EVIL DUDES stable has parlayed this turn's 0-0-0 into a 3 space move up 
the rankings.  This brings them up to 5th place.  Good work, guys!  And let's see, 
MISCHA fought PERSISTENT BEGGAR and gained 15 points and contributed to MISTRESS 4 
XMAS' 2-2-0.  ISABELLA has lost to MUMBLEDY PEG, falling 6 points, while helping make 
MISTRESS 4 XMAS a 2-2-0 turn.  Defending hers title for another turn, BLACK WIDOW 
kept OSKSI's warrior, M. CHARDINEE, from claiming the throne.  By the way, was that 
our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The Elefont?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the AESIR stable was 
the most avoided team this turn.  Come on OSKSI, what are you afraid of?  And guess 
who avoided AESIR stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was NEED FOR SPEED.  Anyone 
surprised?  The most challenged warrior this turn was GAMES LIBRARY's warrior 
MUMBLEDY PEG.  More fighters challenged her than challenged the Duelmaster!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Anyone care to tell me why the 
warriors of AESIR haven't revenged the death of EOLIS against HEARTS of GAMES LIBRARY 
yet?  Hmmm?  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their 
enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     I like this place, OSKSI, 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                  
 BLACK WIDOW 3662              6   1  0    86       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAT NGUYEN 6216              19  22  0    97       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEARTS 6485                  10  17  1    64       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-THE CHIROPRACTOR 6088         5   1  0    64       EVIL DUDES (554)
-ALFJAR 6512                   8   5  0    60       AESIR (164)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-URU 6538                      5   0  1    48       AESIR (164)
-DIANE MACK 6435               5   5  0    42       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 MUMBLEDY PEG 6510             8   8  0    36       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-JEFF DUNKLE 6391              6   9  0    34       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PEREGRINE FALCON 6495         2   0  0    28       NEED FOR SPEED (598)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HODUR 6530                    5   2  0    22       AESIR (164)
 MISCHA 6560                   1   0  0    15       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RAY MORAN 6436                1   9  0    13       AMERICAN APPRAISAL (559)
 ISABELLA 6556                 1   1  0     7       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
 REIKO 6553                    1   1  0     4       MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
-VIGRID 6557                   0   1  0     1       AESIR (164)
-SKADI 6558                    0   1  0     1       AESIR (164)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
EOLIS 6532             4  1 0 AESIR 164             HEARTS 6485           531         
PENCIL NECK 6515       5  6 0 GAMES LIBRARY 340     GWENNOLAS 5592        530 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The ol' Veteran Mercenary is all this place can come up with for my last fight?
That's pathetic. -- The Goalie

Black Widow -- My dear, are you sure this is the right move?  How can you hope to
find your soulmate if you keep chasing the men away?  You have to KEEP one, you see.
They improve with age.  Really! -- Hearts

Uru -- (looking way up)  My, you are a big one, aren't you? -- Mumbledy Peg
P.S.  Why aren't you Shewish?

4 August 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For Is Here!!!!!!!!

ZalCon3...The Rebirth!!!!!!! 

The Rules Are Simple, The Prizes Are Awesome, The Competition Fierce!

Where:  Dullens (DM13)  When:  October 8th, 2005

The Rules:
Every Manager Must DA Their Entire Team On The First Turn They Enter The Contest.
All Warriors DA'd In This Manner MUST Be At Zero FE And May Fight In The Contest If
They Live.  The Style Of The Warrior Must Be Present In The Name In A Non Ambiguous
Manner, Standard Abbreviations Accepted.  Scoring Starts On The 3rd Turn Of The
Contest Which Will Also Be The First Turn After The October Mail In.  Dead Warriors
May Be Entered From The Contest To Dead Apprentices ONLY--And With Zero FE!!!!!  All
Living Warriors May Be Entered Into Rookies or Apprentices For The October Mail In.

Scoring:
 1 Point For Each Win.
 1 Point For Each Kill.
-1 Point For Each Loss.
-1 Point For Each Death.

Categories:
Ultimate Style Master:  Warrior Of Any Style With The Most Style Master Points.
Top Team:  Team With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
Top Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Team:  Team With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
Style Master:  Warrior With The Most Points Vs. Style In Each Style At The End Of The
               Contest.
Warrior Top 11:  Next 10 Top Point Gaining Warriors At The End Of The Contest.
Iron Manager:  Any Manager With 100 Fights During The Contest (20 Turns Plus 2 Pre
               Turns).
***Special Category*** An Additional Top Team Award Will Be Granted For Each 5 Iron
Manager Awards Starting At 6.

Prizes:
Ultimate Style Master, Top Team, Top Warrior:  +1 To Bonus, Damage Bump, Free Train
                                              Or Learn 2 Skills, Favorites Knowledge.
MVP Team And MVP Warrior:  20 Rollups.
Style Master:  +1 To Bonus.
Warrior Top 11:  Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills. 
Iron Manager:  +1 To Bonus.

Please Contact Zalgor Prigg Via Diplo (Armor & Weapons DM102) or Email
(zalgor@hotmail.com) Should You Have Any Questions Or Wish A Free Team Rollup To Dark
Arena On Turn 1.

Disclaimer:  All Prizes Are To Be Used On Contest Team Only And Are Non Transferable.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ISABELLA was devastated by MUMBLEDY PEG in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
BLACK WIDOW vanquished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
HEARTS demolished DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 2 minute uneven fight.
PEREGRINE FALCON devastated REIKO in a popular 1 minute brutal one-sided contest.
MISCHA devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute uneven brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   3 -  0      77  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  10 -  1      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        15 -   9 -  0      63  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      8 -  10 -  2      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   9 -  0      25  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 534 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         2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       BLACK WIDOW 3662            6   1  0   86 MISTRESS 4 XMAS (304)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HEARTS 6485.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
PEREGRINE FALCON 6495.  The ten other most popular fighters were MUMBLEDY PEG 6510, 
BLACK WIDOW 3662, HEARTS 6485, REIKO 6553, MISCHA 6560, ISABELLA 6556,  0,  0,  0, 
and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was ISABELLA 6556.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MISCHA 6560, REIKO 6553, HEARTS 6485, BLACK WIDOW 3662, MUMBLEDY PEG 
6510, PEREGRINE FALCON 6495,  0,  0,  0, and  0.