DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/05/2012    Duedate: 01/18/2012

OSKSI ARENA

DM-3    TURN-697

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HERMOD
AESIR (164)
(3-7113) [11-9-0,124]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HERMOD                         FENTANAYL
AESIR (164)                    F IS FOR... 2 (650)
(3-7113) [11-9-0,124]          (3-7198) [3-1-0,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EXISTANCE MUNDANE              WHERE DREAMS GO2 DIE
STATE OF MIND (245)            STATE OF MIND (245)
(3-7095) [17-15-2,103]         (3-7167) [6-9-1,38]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

AESIR (164)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. AESIR (164)                 41
2. STATE OF MIND (245)         25      BRIGHT (578)
3. BRIGHT (578)                 9      Unchartered Team
4. F IS FOR... 2 (650)          9
5. N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS (648)       2      F IS FOR... 2 (650)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*POLITICAL ASYLUM (629)     2   0  0  100   1/ 1 AESIR (164)               9  4 0
 2/ 2*F IS FOR... 2 (650)        3   1  0 75.0   2/ 2 STATE OF MIND (245)       9  6 0
 3/ 3 BRIGHT (578)              43  23  2 65.2   3/ 4 BRIGHT (578)              8  4 1
 4/ 0 ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)     15  12  1 55.6   4- 3 DARK BLADES (568)         4  2 2
 5/ 4 SERPENTS' HOLD (645)      18  16  0 52.9   5/ 6 GAMES LIBRARY (340)       4 11 0
 6- 6 PASTA (616)              133 125 11 51.6   6- 8 PASTA (616)               3  0 0
 7/ 7 AESIR (164)              719 707 46 50.4   7/10*F IS FOR... 2 (650)       2  1 0
 8/ 9 STATE OF MIND (245)      209 207 16 50.2   8- 5 DREAMS OF KADATH (635)    2  2 0
 9- 8 DARK BLADES (568)         14  14  3 50.0   9- 9*POLITICAL ASYLUM (629)    1  0 0
10-10 DREAMS OF KADATH (635)    76  87  3 46.6  10/11 SERPENTS' HOLD (645)      1  2 0
11/11 GAMES LIBRARY (340)      765 %1067 23 41.8  11/12*N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS (648)    0  7 0
12/12*N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS (648)     7  31  0 18.4  12/ 0 ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)     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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 691): ALLEY OOP of ONE HIT WONDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): SKIDMARK BUG of 042909A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): HERMOD of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 668): BRAVE 2 of TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 692): 8 BALL of POOL PARTY (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): KAIARI of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): NIKKI NAILS of TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 680): CENSORSHIP of ABOMINATIONS (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): LEVEL OF MALEVOLENCE of DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): RHAKARAS of TEMPLE OF STEEL (Frenzy, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): WHAT'S A VOLKSIE? Of TEAM FLOYD (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SRV of SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): HANK of VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): GILBERN JUSS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 573): RUGEN THE JELLYFISH of HANNAH'S PALS (The Upright Man)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 691): RUN DMC (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): HAMOI TONG (Froot E. Bowl, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 668): SAVAGE HORDE (Frenzy, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 692): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 680): THE CLUB (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): RYAN'S HENCHMEN (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): HOLMES ON THE RANGE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 275): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 268): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 573) PUNCHILINES et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): LOABAL DOMINATION OF STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 667): CUSSTER of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): KAIARI of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 681): BEDDER of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): BLAKSKUL of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
               (turn 680): FATHOM JUMPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 646): IRINA JINZ of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): WHAT of QUESTIONS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 267): UNCLE FESTER of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): GILFMET IVERS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of OSKSI!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always 
around the corner!  Witness how this week F IS FOR... 2 went 1-0-0 to move up 3 in 
the rankings.  Did only my eyes note the 4-1-0 record which STATE OF MIND managed to 
post this round?  I don't doubt that such a record will draw challengers!  DARK 
SARCASM caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested 
DELISANDARA MERU and was awarded 20 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more 
notable duels, DARK SARCASM put down DELISANDARA MERU, causing her to lose 16 points 
of recognition in the process.  Although STEPHEN HAWKING made a valiant effort, it 
did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious HERMOD.  No confirmation, but my 
sources claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  
Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city OSKSI.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  AESIR is feared.  This much I can say.  Apparently the 
stalwarts of STATE OF MIND are catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging 
board for their large share of the avoids.  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  SALDORINIVAN KIRO take warning!  You have more than a 
few enemies in OSKSI.  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it 
seems that EXISTANCE MUNDANE posted a challenge against the more highly recognized 
SALDORINIVAN KIRO.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand EXISTANCE MUNDANE won 
victory over SALDORINIVAN KIRO.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.  
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  This week marked the last days of LOABAL 
DOMINATION who at 22-8-0 was dispatched to the Dark Arena by the command of STATE OF 
MIND's demanding management.  Some guilds are strict but few are as heartless as 
STATE OF MIND.  Witness, last turn they sent LOABAL DOMINATION, a 22-8-0 fighter, to 
the Dark Arena!  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there 
is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HERMOD 7113                  11   9  0   124       AESIR (164)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KVASIR 7165                  11   1  0   105       AESIR (164)
 EXISTANCE MUNDANE 7095       17  15  2   103       STATE OF MIND (245)
 SALDORINIVAN KIRO 6977       20  35  0    95       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
-OF ALHAZRED 7025             15   8  0    92       DREAMS OF KADATH (635)
 FENRIS 7137                  17   6  1    91       AESIR (164)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK SARCASM 7094            15  17  1    90       STATE OF MIND (245)
 STEPHEN HAWKING 6451         12   5  1    90       BRIGHT (578)
-SON OF DAGON 6951             6   3  0    90       DREAMS OF KADATH (635)
-SMEG MAGGOD 6200              8   1  1    89       DARK BLADES (568)
 VIPER 7087                   18  13  0    80       SERPENTS' HOLD (645)
 STARKAD 7128                 12   9  0    73       AESIR (164)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZOMBIE BAIT 6964             15  17  0    66       DREAMS OF KADATH (635)
 DELISANDARA MERU 7150        12   8  0    65       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 MISERYS HOLLOW CHASM 7168     8   6  0    64       STATE OF MIND (245)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PERCIATELLI 7111             10   7  0    63       PASTA (616)
 IRON MAIDEN 6652              7   3  0    61       ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)
-SKADI 7172                    5   2  0    60       AESIR (164)
 DARIROKAN KOR 7096           13  20  0    59       GAMES LIBRARY (340)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YELLOW SWEATER 7164           5   0  1    51       BRIGHT (578)
-ULTHAR 7073                   8   8  0    46       DREAMS OF KADATH (635)
 A CANDLE 6303                 8   5  0    43       BRIGHT (578)
-NOODLES 7181                  5   1  1    43       PASTA (616)
 WHERE DREAMS GO2 DIE 7167     6   9  1    38       STATE OF MIND (245)
 VELOVORINSAL NORS 7151        7  13  0    34       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 MY SMILE 7166                 4   0  0    34       BRIGHT (578)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FENTANAYL 7198                3   1  0    32       F IS FOR... 2 (650)
-SOLDIER 2 6709                4   1  0    30       ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)
-PHLEM 6271                    3   2  1    26       DARK BLADES (568)
-MANRAY 6272                   3   3  1    26       DARK BLADES (568)
-ROTELLE 7174                  3   3  0    26       PASTA (616)
-MOONBAT 6877                  2   0  0    26       POLITICAL ASYLUM (629)
-WATCH THE SEA 7188            3   0  0    25       DREAMS OF KADATH (635)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELDARISTAN FARO 7191          2   1  0    22       GAMES LIBRARY (340)
 M.I.T. GRAD 7190              2   0  0    20       BRIGHT (578)
 L.T. WALLBANGER 7177          2   6  0    14       N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS (648)
 MACHAVEN 7189                 2   3  0    11       N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS (648)
-LONLINESS OF THE LDR 6716     1   0  0     9       ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)
-DA3 6708                      1   2  1     6       ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)
-SOLDIER 1 6649                1   2  0     5       ROOKIE MAIDEN 1 (611)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CAPTURED ORC            0  0 0                      YELLOW SWEATER 7164   697  NONE
P.E. HARDBOW 7187       1  5 0 N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS 648 PHLEM 6271            696   
VICKI S. 7178           2  5 0 N.G.O.A. KNIGHTS 648 MANRAY 6272           696   
LOABAL DOMINATIO 7099  22  9 0 STATE OF MIND 245    SPYMASTER             697  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Our congratulations to Loabal Domination. -- Jorja and the Games Librarians
P.S.  Are you going to change your name next month?

Existence Mundane -- For the new year, I'm going for Nothing Mundane!  Existence
Extraordinary!  Okay, that second one has too many characters, but you get the idea.
-- Saldorinivan Kiro

Kvasir -- Tell me you aren't one of those fermented milk things? -- Delisandara Meru

Starkad -- Darned hotshot. -- Darirokan Kor

Miserys Hollow Chasm -- I guess the mashed potatoes were a short-term solution. --
Velovorinsal Nors

M.I.T. Grad -- It was the sliding ruler that really got to me. -- Eldaristan Faro

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LOABAL DOMINATION was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
EXISTANCE MUNDANE vanquished SALDORINIVAN KIRO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
DARK SARCASM demolished DELISANDARA MERU in a 2 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MISERYS HOLLOW CHASM devastated DARIROKAN KOR in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
WHERE DREAMS GO2 DIE savagely defeated VELOVORINSAL NORS in a 2 minute competition.
HERMOD overpowered STEPHEN HAWKING in a 1 minute one-sided Title struggle.
KVASIR devastated VIPER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
FENRIS handily defeated IRON MAIDEN in a action packed 1 minute uneven melee.
STARKAD vanquished A CANDLE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
YELLOW SWEATER slaughtered CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
MY SMILE handily defeated MACHAVEN in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
L.T. WALLBANGER was subdued by M.I.T. GRAD in a 1 minute match.
FENTANAYL devastated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
ELDARISTAN FARO demolished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    43 -  22 -  4      66  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         STRIKING ATTACK   28 -  20 -  1      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   20 -  15 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW        18 -  22 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  17 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  15 -  0      29  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 697 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:

PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         3  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  HERMOD 7113                11   9  0  124 AESIR (164)
SLASHING ATTACK  KVASIR 7165                11   1  0  105 AESIR (164)
PARRY-STRIKE     EXISTANCE MUNDANE 7095     17  15  2  103 STATE OF MIND (245)
LUNGING ATTACK   FENRIS 7137                17   6  1   91 AESIR (164)
AIMED BLOW       VIPER 7087                 18  13  0   80 SERPENTS' HOLD (645)
WALL OF STEEL    DELISANDARA MERU 7150      12   8  0   65 GAMES LIBRARY (340)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EXISTANCE MUNDANE 7095.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was WHERE DREAMS GO2 DIE 7167.  The ten other most popular fighters were 
FENRIS 7137, DARK SARCASM 7094, MISERYS HOLLOW CHASM 7168, HERMOD 7113, MY SMILE 
7166, EXISTANCE MUNDANE 7095, DELISANDARA MERU 7150, KVASIR 7165, IRON MAIDEN 6652, 
and STARKAD 7128.

The least popular fighter this week was MACHAVEN 7189.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were A CANDLE 6303, VIPER 7087, STEPHEN HAWKING 6451, DARIROKAN KOR 7096, 
ELDARISTAN FARO 7191, FENTANAYL 7198, L.T. WALLBANGER 7177, VELOVORINSAL NORS 7151, 
SALDORINIVAN KIRO 6977, and M.I.T. GRAD 7190.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

LOABAL DOMINATION (3-7099) STATE OF MIND (245)

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!