DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/19/2010    Duedate: 02/01/2010

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-618

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PETE MASTIFF
DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [30-11-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PETE MASTIFF                   POSITION IS EMPTY
DOGS OF WAR (115)              
(4-6387) [30-11-0,108]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PETE MASTIFF                   PETE MASTIFF
DOGS OF WAR (115)              DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [30-11-0,108]         (4-6387) [30-11-0,108]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)        29
2. DOGS OF WAR (115)           21      TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       7 JUMBLED LETTERS (425)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)     254 240 13 51.4   1/ 1 TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)     11  3 0
 2/ 2 DOGS OF WAR (115)        560 732 26 43.3   2/ 2 DOGS OF WAR (115)         8  7 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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): BALL PEIN of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): GOLDINA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): CREDIT CARD of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): ACOLYTE 1 of GOLDEN DAWN (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): SALTILLA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 629): CHAGAN of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): GRUMPY GHOUL of THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): SARALEE JO of SWORD OPERA (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GRACIE NICOLE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): ZIG of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): XYOKOR YAHL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): ALMOST PRETTY of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): MATEEN of SAI'FULLAH (?, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): SAND STORM of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): BAYLY of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): IRATE FORMATIONS (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): THE DIRECTORS (?, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 628): Bacon Makin' (?, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): BEN'S BAZAAR (Gentleben, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): STREET-SOLDIERS (Darkface, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): KIWI CONNECTION 7 (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 644): BLUEBURN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 601): EVA MENDEZ of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 267): WHAKAPAPA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 577): DACIMOUSEL of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
                           LAZY LOOKOUT of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 528): GOB of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 475): SALTY DOG of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 218): EAGLE KEYS of ANCIENT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Ah, Morvangor the Dwarf, not from Khalhums but rather from mountains farther
south.  That's a mouthful to introduce such a small guy.  Still, I suppose if the
stewards insisted on introducing me wrongly, I'd get annoyed, too.  He fought the
good fight, better than the Veteran Mercenary did, but what can I say?  I'm good.
Good enough, anyway.

                                    Pete Mastiff

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in JHELUM this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, GERMAINE SHEPPARD fought EMBEZZLING 
SCRIBE and gained 15 points and contributed to DOGS OF WAR's 3-2-0.  MAT'ARI has lost 
to BRAVE 1, falling 6 points, while helping make DOGS OF WAR a 3-2-0 turn.  Defending 
his title for another turn, PETE MASTIFF kept JHELUM's warrior, VETERAN MERCENARY, 
from claiming the throne.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, 
cramped under the table at The Dripping Blade?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  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.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in JHELUM, but never good to wear out my welcome.  
Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in JHELUM again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PETE MASTIFF 6387            30  11  0   108       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUNNING DEER 6502             7   1  1    74       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAVE 2 6509                  6   1  0    62       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)
 BRAVE 1 6510                  6   1  0    58       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RED HAMMER 6476               9   7  0    45       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAT'ARI 6482                  6   4  0    33       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 JACK RUSTLE 6513              2   2  0    32       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 GERMAINE SHEPPARD 6514        2   1  0    28       DOGS OF WAR (115)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SNAPPING TURTLE 6512          3   1  0    22       TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DA6 6515                1  2 0 TRIBAL COUNCIL 120   BANDIT PRINCE         618  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Running Deer -- Break a leg. -- Red Hammer
P.S.  If you can't manage that, I'd be glad to help.

Snapping Turtle -- Ah, ah, don't forget your manners!  Say "thank you" before taking
a bite, and don't chew with your mouth open. -- Mat'ari

DA6 -- Escaped, did you?  Good work. -- Jack Rustle
P.S.  But stay out of the bathtubs.

The Mordant Deserter was unworthy of me. -- Germaine Sheppard

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA6 was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PETE MASTIFF devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
RUNNING DEER overpowered RED HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
MAT'ARI was devastated by BRAVE 1 in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BRAVE 2 demolished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
JACK RUSTLE vanquished EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
GERMAINE SHEPPARD overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   1 -  0      86  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -   8 -  1      72  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  12 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW        10 -  11 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 618 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     4 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PETE MASTIFF 6387          30  11  0  108 DOGS OF WAR (115)
LUNGING ATTACK   RUNNING DEER 6502           7   1  1   74 TRIBAL COUNCIL (120)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PETE MASTIFF 6387.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PETE MASTIFF 6387.  The ten other most popular fighters were RUNNING DEER 
6502, GERMAINE SHEPPARD 6514, BRAVE 1 6510, BRAVE 2 6509, JACK RUSTLE 6513, DA6 6515, 
RED HAMMER 6476, MAT'ARI 6482,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was MAT'ARI 6482.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were RED HAMMER 6476, DA6 6515, JACK RUSTLE 6513, BRAVE 2 6509, BRAVE 1 
6510, GERMAINE SHEPPARD 6514, RUNNING DEER 6502, PETE MASTIFF 6387,  0, and  0.