DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/29/2005    Duedate: 12/12/2005

KALTOS ARENA

DM-5    TURN-536

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ZAKAU
JOHNS (379)
(5-4623) [28-16-0,129]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ZAKAU                          SHANNO
JOHNS (379)                    I HEART BALLS (498)
(5-4623) [28-16-0,129]         (5-4725) [1-0-0,13]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ZAKAU                          LHOTSE
JOHNS (379)                    EVEREST LLP (490)
(5-4623) [28-16-0,129]         (5-4683) [10-5-0,85]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. JOHNS (379)                 27
2. THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)      16      EVEREST LLP (490)
3. I HEART BALLS (498)         14      Unchartered Team
4. STEP TO IT, PUNK! (449)      6
5. EVEREST LLP (490)          -15      STEP TO IT, PUNK! (449)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*STEP TO IT, PUNK! (449)    1   0  0  100   1/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)    9  6 1
 2/ 2*I HEART BALLS (498)        2   1  0 66.7   2/ 1 EVEREST LLP (490)         8  7 1
 3/ 3 EVEREST LLP (490)         47  28  3 62.7   3/ 3 JOHNS (379)               5  4 0
 4/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)   245 247 12 49.8   4/ 0*STEP TO IT, PUNK! (449)   1  0 0
 5/ 5 JOHNS (379)              250 389  8 39.1   5/ 5*I HEART BALLS (498)       1  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 #9 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Valamantis:

     "I don't consider the loss of so many ships and men a 'good development', mage,"
Lord Shanmarrik said.  His dark eyes glittered, and his slit of a mouth was set like
a blade.
     Tensekai shrugged and shook his head.  "It is not the death and destruction, in
itself, that was good, lord.  The 'good' part is that the Tower was not able to
destroy all the ships.  It was not able to strike without a build-up of power.  The
power is not quite like any I am familiar with, but having observed it once, I shall
be able to detect it when it begins again.  Soon enough, I hope, to prevent another
such destructive discharge.  And I think, though I am not certain yet, that I have
discovered the fatal flaw in this invasion--for invasion it is."
     "So you say."  Shanmarrik pursed his lips and stared hard at nothing, then he
also shrugged.  "So it is still in your hands.  So be it."  He paused, then said,
"The invasion...is it...?"
     The Silver Mage nodded.  "Tarot mimes."
     Arenamistress Sitalva twitched.
     "Okay, by forces from the Fifteenth Dimension, called by people of Alastari
'tarot mimes', and we don't know what they call themselves."  Tensekai turned and
squinted out across the bay where the Black Tower had lately been.  His expression
was almost wistful.  "What a chance it would be to study...if we didn't have to fight
them for our lives and our sanity.  We could learn so much...."
     "It's in your hands," Shanmarrik said again.  The old man fixed him with a hard
stare.  "I expect results, Tensekai.  Soon."
     Sitalva listened to Shanmarrik stomping down the stairs of the Silver Mage's
tower, listened to the door slam, saw the ruler of Valamantis stalk across the narrow
strip of grass to his official boat tied up at Tensekai's dock.  When the old man was
definitely out of earshot, she turned to her friend.  "What is this nonsense about
'tarot mimes'?" she demanded.  "The Stronghold Academy on the Isle says--"
     "Says there are no such beings as tarot mimes," Tensekai finished.  For a
moment, he looked as old as rumor called him, instead of the young, vigorous man that
Valamantis knew.  "I know, I read the proclamation.  I don't know whether they lied
or were simply mistaken.  They exist.  Calling them 'tarot mimes' trivializes the
risk they present, though.  It is a very great risk."
     "Granting the danger that Tower represents to shipping, I still wouldn't call it
a 'very great risk'," Sitalva objected.  "A very great nuisance, but--"
     "The tarot mimes work by manipulating archetypes," Tensekai said.  "In this
case, crowned heads falling, citadels and the governments they represent falling.
There are a lot of crowned heads in and around Valamantis Bay, and all are at risk.
Shanmarrik, for a start.  Talissen, since she is the ruler of the alliance to which
Valamantis belongs.  The rulers of the island kingdoms.  Osksi's Council of Rule.
The Baron of Ardivent.  And what if the tower moves inland?"
     "Can it?"
     "I have no idea."
     The arenamistress was silent for a few minutes, turning over facts and
speculations in her mind.  It was an unpleasant mess.  "What do we do?"
     Tensekai paced across the rooftop, then back, across and back, frowning.
Finally he said, "We could invoke the tarot powers ourselves."

Elsewhere:

     Rossanarth, the Ambitious Guard of Valamantis, stood in knee-deep water and
stared at the impossible landscape in front of him.  He KNEW Valamantis Bay, and
there was no such land anywhere around it.  He glanced around at his companion and
fellow standby, M. Kargaed Chardinee.  "What the HECK is going on here?"
     The Rirorni came up beside him.  "We'd better find out," he said.  "Since we
seem to have lost the Black Tower, and Valamantis, too--"
     The throne which floated on the waters of what was not Valamantis Bay drifted
closer.  Or perhaps it was pushed closer by the dolphins that surrounded it.  There
was a pause.  Finally the blonde queen on the throne dragged her gaze away from the
ornate cup she held.  Saw the two Alastarians and blinked.  Even now, her eyes were
dreamy and not quite focused.  "Where did you come from?"
     Rossanarth was stunned, equally by the beauty of her voice and by the fact that
her lips had not moved.
     The Chardinee mastered himself more quickly.  "We were drawn here by the Tower,"
he said.  And his voice seemed to his companion as harsh as the squawk of a crow.
     A faint frown touched her pale forehead and she looked into her cup again.  "The
Council did not authorize this.  Who defies the Council?"
     "My lady, we do not know," Chardinee said.
     "It must be discovered."  A gesture signaled them forward.  "Sit on the step of
my throne, so that you may be borne to the Court to give testimony."

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Kaltos:

     The Golden Ship Inn stood on a headland and overlooked the main harbor on
Kaltos.  From the turret on top of the inn, Ironhand, the owner, could look across to
Lord Lindharrow's castle on the opposite horn of the little bay.  He could see all
the shipping sheltered within.
     And he could see the dark tower that had come from nowhere to loom over them
all.  Ironhand didn't like it.  He said as much.
     His companion, Neshkar, the Dark Arena's Black Orc, shrugged and turned his back
on the tower deliberately.  "Nothing we can do about it," he said.  "And so long as
it doesn't do anything to us, why should we?  It just stands there looking gloomy.
Well, fine.  I don't mind."
     "The Black Tower at Valamantis destroyed a lot of ships."
     "I heard about that."  The Black Orc shrugged again.  "They attacked it."
     "So you think we should leave it alone?  Ignore it?"
     "Yeah, why not?"
     Ironhand seemed to expand with the force of his annoyance.  But he kept his
voice level.  "Because we're on an island, you blockhead.  If the tower should choose
to interrupt our shipping, we could starve here.  Or get awfully tired of fish."
     Neshkar twitched his massive shoulders.  "It still isn't our business, Ironhand.
If something has to be done about it, let Lindharrow figure out what."
     "He isn't DOING anything, Nesh."  The innkeeper shook the steel hook that had
replaced his right hand after a bloody engagement between his ship and another ten
years ago.  "The damned fool isn't DOING anything!"  He exhaled through clenched
teeth, then turned and slammed open the door to the building's interior.  "He's
waiting for some gladiator to get a rush of stupidity to the brain and volunteer to
'save' the island from this arcane menace," he snarled over his shoulder.
     Neshkar followed him down the corkscrew stair.  "Gladiators don't do that
anymore," he said.  "All the ones with delusions of heroism have died or gone away.
The current crop is just..." he groped for words, "they're just focused on getting to
the Isle, and they don't care about anything else.  Why should they save Kaltos?
They aren't going to be here."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Hoffa (4348), this is what happens when you go laughing in collective faces.
The collective gladiatorial community picks a champion and whacks you down.

                                     Erloi Gill

P.S.  Yep, I was laughing at you.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
KALTOS.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Say 
good-bye to EVEREST LLP, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the THE 
MIDDLE WAY 5 stable.  Hey everybody, watch out for CHESTER EGG, who flew up 24 points 
in the rankings after mashing GRIMM like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya 
know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  GRIMM was overcame by 
CHESTER EGG and drops 20 points.  Well, everybody's pal ERLOI GILL moved his record 
to 21-24-0 by defeating HOFFA in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 11 
recognition points.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps 
T.P.s at bay.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the KALTOS arena.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Ask not the elves for counsel, 
for they will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in KALTOS have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  Well, there goes another Spy 
Report.  Good luck in next week's fights.  See ya next time I'm on this circuit!-- 
The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZAKAU 4623                   28  16  0   129       JOHNS (379)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOFFA 4348                   10  88  0   118       JOHNS (379)
 HOFFA 4622                   20  24  0    97       JOHNS (379)
 NORLE PARTH 4658             16  20  2    93       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANGUS 4680                    9   6  0    87       EVEREST LLP (490)
 LHOTSE 4683                  10   5  0    85       EVEREST LLP (490)
 CHESTER EGG 4662             15  16  0    83       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)
 BLABB 4684                    9   6  1    74       EVEREST LLP (490)
 INGOLD KERR 4652             17  20  2    73       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HILDE 4697                    9   5  2    60       EVEREST LLP (490)
 GRIMM 4681                   10   5  0    59       EVEREST LLP (490)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLORIA IMBRO 4718             4   3  1    30       THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IAN 4737                      1   0  0    23       I HEART BALLS (498)
 SHANNO 4725                   1   0  0    13       I HEART BALLS (498)
 ICE T OG 4336                 1   0  0     6       STEP TO IT, PUNK! (449)
 JILES 4746                    0   1  0     1       I HEART BALLS (498)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hoffa (4622) -- You dwarves are just as bad as the orcs.  Bah. -- Norle Parth

Grimm -- I knew a couple of brothers by that name, they were into folklore in a big
way.  You any kin?  If so, well, we can always use a storyteller here! -- Chester Egg

Hilde -- Listen, little lady, this is not the best place for you to be.  Come out
to...ah, to some quiet place and let me buy you dinner. -- Ingold Kerr

A Cult Member?  I guess that explains why he kept making these weird grimaces.
Cultic special signals.  Too bad for him I didn't have a CLUE what they meant. --
Gloria Imbro

Lord Protector Erloi Gill -- Well...we could offer you a half share in the fishing
boat _Dorabis_, if you'll go out with Armal Kuro to look at the Black Tower that's
been such a nuisance.  Kuro gets the other half, of course. -- Zelagan of Sestegos,
Lands Agent for Kaltos Arena

P.S.  The boat is available because its former owner, a certified pill and non-payer
of taxes by the name of Julio Hoff, has, shall we say, vanished without a trace.
Very sad.  And mysterious.

5 November 2005
It is with a proud heart that I announce the newest member of the Desolate Empire
alliance.  Dok Sik will be known from here forth as Dark Knight Dok Sik, of the
Desolate Empire.  May he be blessed with victory and courage.  May his enemies' blood
flow freely! -- The Dark Knights Wasby and Toker

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ERLOI GILL devastated HOFFA in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
NORLE PARTH was vanquished by ZAKAU in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
LHOTSE was luckily beaten by HOFFA in a action packed 3 minute fight.
ANGUS devastated INGOLD KERR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
GRIMM was overpowered by CHESTER EGG in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match.
BLABB lost to M. CHARDINEE in a 2 minute fight.
HILDE devastated GLORIA IMBRO in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ICE T OG unbelievably bested JILES in a action packed 5 minute beginner's fight.
SHANNO vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   6 -  0      68  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   6 -  0      68  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  16 -  4      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        15 -  12 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  14 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        5 -  10 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 536 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     1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  3         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ZAKAU 4623                 28  16  0  129 JOHNS (379)
BASHING ATTACK   ANGUS 4680                  9   6  0   87 EVEREST LLP (490)
SLASHING ATTACK  LHOTSE 4683                10   5  0   85 EVEREST LLP (490)
STRIKING ATTACK  BLABB 4684                  9   6  1   74 EVEREST LLP (490)
AIMED BLOW       GRIMM 4681                 10   5  0   59 EVEREST LLP (490)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ZAKAU 4623.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
LHOTSE 4683.  The ten other most popular fighters were JILES 4746, CHESTER EGG 4662, 
ICE T OG 4336, ZAKAU 4623, HOFFA 4622, ANGUS 4680, HILDE 4697, BLABB 4684, SHANNO 
4725, and HOFFA 4348.

The least popular fighter this week was GLORIA IMBRO 4718.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were GRIMM 4681, INGOLD KERR 4652, NORLE PARTH 4658, HOFFA 4348, 
SHANNO 4725, BLABB 4684, HILDE 4697, ANGUS 4680, HOFFA 4622, and ZAKAU 4623.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ZAKAU (5-4623) JOHNS (379)

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

ERLOI GILL (5-4620) THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (453)

                   MAIL-IN TOURNEY XL

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CAPTAIN CRUNCH 4330 (26-18-1)          5  3  0         TECHNOLOGY           
SPOTTED PONY 3536 (0-0-0)              3  3  0         INDIANS              

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MANUTE BOL 4233 (22-16-0)             15  1  0         LARGE LOSERS         
FRIED TWINKIE 4562 (34-23-0)           8  3  0         MORE NEW TEAMS 2     
JOHN TYLER 4420 (22-4-0)               5  3  0         I'M HISTORY          
THE IMPECCABLE PIG 3818 (17-7-0)       0  2  0         JUST DON'T CARE      

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PPUFFINGTON 4798 (0-0-0)              10  3  0         TONS OF CHEESE       
IAN 4737 (1-0-0)                       8  3  0         I HEART BALLS        
CAT TOAD 4703 (0-0-0)                  2  1  0  DEAD   ARENA FELINES        
MUFFINGTON 4794 (1-0-0)                0  2  0         TONS OF CHEESE       

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LEIGHANN NICOLE 3605 (0-0-0)           1  3  0         JGW&TANGBABYNAMES    
BIZ... 4339 (0-0-0)                    0  2  0         STEP TO IT, PUNK!    

DEAD CHALLENGERS TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DOLPHIN LUNDGREN 3408 (10-10-0)        7  3  0         PARTY ANIMALS        

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BURNT OCHER 4322 (13-5-0)              0  2  0         CRAYOLA KILLERS      

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
INSANITY 4625 (3-1-0)                  6  3  0         MORE NEW TEAMS 2     

DEAD INITIATES TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BEER GEYSER 4563 (3-2-1)               2  3  0         MORE NEW TEAMS 2     

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FLUFFINGTON 4796 (0-0-0)               4  3  0         TONS OF CHEESE