DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/06/2005    Duedate: 09/19/2005

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-531

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VANGUARD
ORCCON THUGS (572)
(4-5966) [30-11-0,119]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VANGUARD                       HAMMER
ORCCON THUGS (572)             HARMONY (586)
(4-5966) [30-11-0,119]         (4-6256) [5-1-0,50]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CYCLONE                        BLINK
FURY'S EDGE (213)              LOTHLORIEN (579)
(4-2008) [23-23-0,97]          (4-6162) [7-7-0,42]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HARMONY (586)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)       49
2. LOTHLORIEN (579)            12      ORCCON THUGS (572)
3. FURY'S EDGE (213)           11      Unchartered Team
4. BLITZKRIEG (531)             5
5. ORCCON THUGS (572)           4      HARMONY (586)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 ORCCON THUGS (572)        83  48  4 63.4   1/ 2*HARMONY (586)             8  7 0
 2/ 2*HARMONY (586)             18  12  1 60.0   2/ 1 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)     7  8 0
 3/ 5 THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)     40  30  4 57.1   3/ 3 LOTHLORIEN (579)          6  9 0
 4- 4 BLACK & BLUE (547)        82  64  3 56.2   4/ 5 FURY'S EDGE (213)         4  1 0
 5/ 6 BLITZKRIEG (531)          14  13  0 51.9   5/ 4 DREAMERS (569)            3  3 0
 6/ 7 HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)     66  62  3 51.6   6/ 7 HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)     2  1 0
 7- 8 ARENA FELINES (554)       66  72  0 47.8   7/ 8 ORCCON THUGS (572)        2  1 0
 8/10 FURY'S EDGE (213)         87  97  5 47.3   8/11 BLITZKRIEG (531)          2  2 0
 9/ 9 LOTHLORIEN (579)          34  38  2 47.2   9/ 9 DOGS OF WAR (115)         2  3 0
10-12 F BALLS (523)             45  54  6 45.5  10-10 F BALLS (523)             1  1 0
11/11 DREAMERS (569)            77  94  5 45.0  11- 6 BLACK & BLUE (547)        1  1 0
12/ 0*FUNNY HA HA (498)          3   4  0 42.9  12-12 ARENA FELINES (554)       1  2 0
13/13 DOGS OF WAR (115)        339 524 21 39.3  13/ 0*FUNNY HA HA (498)         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[ Tomb of Secrets #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The doorway was easily cleared, but the panel revealed, sunken within the
framework of the upright stone, didn't look like a door.  There was no handle, no
keyhole.  There wasn't even a visible crack separating the door panel itself from the
frame.  Dogface looked at Nahrmin for instructions.
     The arenamaster was gaping.  He opened and closed his mouth several times before
he managed to produce words.  "It shouldn't be like this!  I saw it a few years ago,
and it had a handle and a lock plate."  He held up a heavy iron key to reinforce his
protest.  "Why would anybody change it?  This isn't some Mysterious Tomb, it's just a
records vault!"
     "It is a Mystery now," Nestor Khan said.  The Dark Champion smiled, revealing
teeth that were...a little too long and pointed.  His eyes were visibly glowing even
in the light where he now stood.  "A Mystery should always be examined.  There may be
Clues."
     "I don't like it," Nahrmin said.  "This is a Sinister Mystery, and those are the
worst kind."  He stepped away from the excavation.  "Fill it back--"
     "No."  The Dark Champion's voice was hard.  His hand closed on the arenamaster's
wrist in a grip that looked painful.  "This must not be covered up again.  "Dark
Mysteries gain strength by being hidden and ignored."
     The arenamaster met Khan's red-eyed stare with his own hard gaze.  "The terms by
which you serve in Jhelum are exact," he said.  "Do not make me invoke the penalty
clauses."
     Nestor Khan looked away and released his grip.  "There has been some kind of
power at work here," he said.  "Leaving it to continue its work, without knowing what
it might do, can be dangerous."
     Arenamaster Nahrmin nodded once and turned back to Dogface.  "Cover the doorway
up again, make it look as natural as you can--like it was before.  I don't want
anyone getting curious until we can call in a mage to examine it."
     The gladiator picked up his shovel again, but he could hear the Dark Champion
muttering.  He hoped it wasn't a spell.  If the man was really a demon, who could
tell what he might be capable of?
     "I can examine it," Nestor Khan said.  He sounded sulky.
     "There are magicians I can call on," Nahrmin said in answer to Khan.  "They can
come to it...clean of interference.  There is already a tangle of spells and powers
around you; let us not complicate it further, to possible disaster."

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in JHELUM!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  Too bad, THE SHALLOWSHIP, but 
HARMONY was just too good to be stopped.  Uncool, BLACK & BLUE.  I mean 0-0-0 is bad. 
Will they will be allowed to fight?  I say use 'em for training practice!  The guys 
at BLITZKRIEG like really pulled together to get a 1-1-0 this turn, moving up by 3.  
MVP award for GALADRIEL?  LOTHLORIEN's proud of her after beating EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 
and getting 18 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  BLINK's match with GIMLET cost 
him a loss of 10 points!  Like DARK ARENA's ARENAMASTER NARHMIN is sweating since he 
got Dark Arena Challenged by Duelmaster REVEUR!  The crowds were amazed this turn, as 
ARENAMASTER NARHMIN killed the Duelmaster, REVEUR, leaving DREAMERS in mourning.  
VANGUARD gets to be new Duelmaster.  But doesn't this mean people might try to kill 
him, too?  I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They 
want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  THE SHALLOWSHIP was JHELUM's most 
avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are 
LOTHLORIEN?  THE SHALLOWSHIP, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them 
to accept an invitation!  Like, is TAZ popular, or what?  He was challenged the most 
in all of JHELUM!  He's got a 12-6-1, is that good?  People were asking me did 
TRAUMER REALLY challenge VANGUARD?  (all right, maybe they didn't, but it sounded 
good!) It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but VANGUARD wants me to write 
about it since he overcame TRAUMER.  Satisfied?   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys 
can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  
Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VANGUARD 5966                30  11  0   119       ORCCON THUGS (572)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FIREBALL 5486                15   8  0   111       F BALLS (523)
 TRAUMER 5897                 15  25  1    98       DREAMERS (569)
 CYCLONE 2008                 23  23  0    97       FURY'S EDGE (213)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PUSSY-FOOTED 5772            14  15  0    89       ARENA FELINES (554)
-HAPPY CAT 5771               15  13  0    88       ARENA FELINES (554)
-FOG SHOWER 6100              14  10  1    86       BLACK & BLUE (547)
-GETS LAST LICKS 5768         15  13  0    83       ARENA FELINES (554)
-CAT TUSION 5769              12  19  0    81       ARENA FELINES (554)
-ALL LICKERED UP 5770         10  12  0    76       ARENA FELINES (554)
 TAZ 4173                     12   6  1    69       FURY'S EDGE (213)
 DOGFACE 6031                  9  29  1    69       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SPIDER CLAWS 5692            12   9  1    59       BLACK & BLUE (547)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCANDALF 6219                 7   7  0    55       THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)
-CRAZY IVAN 5998              11   8  2    51       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
-RED STORM 5889               10  10  0    50       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
 HAMMER 6256                   5   1  0    50       HARMONY (586)
 GIMLET 6218                  10   4  2    49       THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)
 ARAGANT 6220                  8   6  0    44       THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)
 BORE-O-ME 6216                8   6  1    43       THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)
 SCHEHERAZADE 6257             4   2  1    43       HARMONY (586)
 BLINK 6162                    7   7  0    42       LOTHLORIEN (579)
 LEGALASS 6217                 7   7  1    39       THE SHALLOWSHIP (582)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MY FOOT 5237                  3   2  0    30       FUNNY HA HA (498)
-FORK BALL 6244                4   1  0    29       F BALLS (523)
 CHEAP TRICK 5554              3   2  0    27       BLITZKRIEG (531)
-DIPLOMA 6128                  6   3  0    26       BLACK & BLUE (547)
 OMEGA 5553                    3   3  0    26       BLITZKRIEG (531)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RIL 6248                      5   4  1    23       LOTHLORIEN (579)
 TRILL 6254                    3   3  0    23       HARMONY (586)
-FOOT BALL 6246                3   2  0    22       F BALLS (523)
 ADAGIO 6258                   4   2  0    21       HARMONY (586)
-BUTTERBEAN 5555               3   2  0    21       BLITZKRIEG (531)
-WINCE 4215                    2   4  1    21       FURY'S EDGE (213)
 GALADRIEL 6270                1   0  0    18       LOTHLORIEN (579)
-BUZZKILL 6157                 2   1  0    14       HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
 CELEBORN 6259                 3   4  0    13       LOTHLORIEN (579)
 BRUNO 6262                    3   2  0    11       LOTHLORIEN (579)
-ALPHA 5552                    3   1  0    10       BLITZKRIEG (531)
-SUN TZU 5827                  1   3  0     7       BLITZKRIEG (531)
-ROACH 4306                    1   3  0     7       FURY'S EDGE (213)
 ARPEGGIO 6269                 1   1  0     4       HARMONY (586)
 JIMMY CUSTER 6268             0   2  0     2       DOGS OF WAR (115)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FREE BALL 6260                0   1  0     1       F BALLS (523)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
REVEUR 5896           18 22 2 DREAMERS 569          ARENAMASTER NARHM 603 531 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Scandalf -- Listen, the way you go on is a REAL scandalf!  Bathe, man, do it NOW. --
Dogface

Trill -- (leering wearily <and try saying THAT in a hurry, eh?>)  You really know how
to wear a man out. -- Jimmy Custer

Lord Protector Reveur of Dreamers -- Congratulations, and, well, the question of
lands, that isn't much better for you than it was for the warrior Dark Champion last
time.  We have a shortage of available lands.  For some reason, the various landlords
around Jhelum have no interest in handing over some of their property to the arena
for distribution to graduating warriors.  They ask, and one can see their point,
what's in it for them?  And you know, that's hard to answer.  If you were planning on
staying here, I could see it, up to a point (they shouldn't have to turn over their
lands for FREE, should they?), but since you're leaving for the Isle, why would you
WANT lands here?  Come by and talk to me about this. -- Arenamaster Narhmin

Lord Protector Rogue 7 of Hitmen for Hire -- The same applies to you, which is what
you get for being listed second on the Graduations of the Day list. -- Arenamaster
Narhmin

Lord Protectors of Jhelum -- It's all a plot on the Grey Witch's part, this whole
"lands" business.  She urges the various city-states of Alastari to donate lands to
the warriors who are supposed to protect them (and where were most of you during the
Rirorni War?), the warriors get tired of administering their properties, and she
"kindly takes them off your hands" and ends up owning large tracts herself.  But does
SHE offer any land to newly graduated warriors?  In the immortal words of Debby
Tonte, As if! -- Nestor Khan, true Dark Champion of Jhelum

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

REVEUR was butchered by ARENAMASTER NARHMIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
TRAUMER was bested by VANGUARD in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge Title duel.
OMEGA was overcome by LEGALASS in a 2 minute Challenge match.
GIMLET luckily beat BLINK in a crowd pleasing 4 minute bloody Challenge duel.
CELEBORN was overpowered by TRILL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CHEAP TRICK devastated ARPEGGIO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
ROGUE 7 overpowered DOGFACE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
CYCLONE devastated VENOMOUS VIXEN in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
TAZ viciously subdued ARAGANT in a action packed 2 minute gruesome melee.
HAMMER won victory over MY FOOT in a 1 minute fight.
SCHEHERAZADE was unbelievably bested by SCANDALF in a popular 1 minute duel.
ADAGIO was overpowered by BORE-O-ME in a popular 1 minute uneven match.
RIL defeated JIMMY CUSTER in a 1 minute match.
BRUNO was demolished by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
GALADRIEL bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -   8 -  1      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  14 -  0      59  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  12 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -  20 -  2      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW        29 -  29 -  3      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  26 -  1      49  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  16 -  0      36  |

Turn 531 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         4 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  5         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  3         1  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VANGUARD 5966              30  11  0  119 ORCCON THUGS (572)
STRIKING ATTACK  TAZ 4173                   12   6  1   69 FURY'S EDGE (213)
AIMED BLOW       HAMMER 6256                 5   1  0   50 HARMONY (586)
LUNGING ATTACK   SCHEHERAZADE 6257           4   2  1   43 HARMONY (586)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CYCLONE 2008.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BLINK 6162.  The ten other most popular fighters were TAZ 4173, GALADRIEL 6270, 
TRAUMER 5897, LEGALASS 6217, BORE-O-ME 6216, VANGUARD 5966, TRILL 6254, CHEAP TRICK 
5554, CYCLONE 2008, and HAMMER 6256.

The least popular fighter this week was BRUNO 6262.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DOGFACE 6031, ARPEGGIO 6269, CELEBORN 6259, OMEGA 5553, JIMMY CUSTER 
6268, ADAGIO 6258, MY FOOT 5237, ARAGANT 6220, GIMLET 6218, and RIL 6248.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

CYCLONE (4-2008) FURY'S EDGE (213)

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

ROGUE 7 (4-5813) HITMEN FOR HIRE (560)
REVEUR (4-5896) DREAMERS (569)