DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/10/2008    Duedate: 08/06/2008

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-298

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

UNHOLY TERROR
BLOOD RITES (585)
(8-5051) [14-7-2,154]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

UNHOLY TERROR                  POSITION IS EMPTY
BLOOD RITES (585)              
(8-5051) [14-7-2,154]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RABBIT                         ZENITH
THE ANIMALS (576)              Z GLADIATORZ (519)
(8-4965) [12-12-0,81]          (8-5082) [7-3-0,68]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CONSANGUINEOUS (567)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LADIES IN WAITING (115)     82
2. CONSANGUINEOUS (567)        42      ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
3. BLOOD RITES (585)           39      Unchartered Team
4. THE ANIMALS (576)           33
5. GENERALS (590)              24      CONSANGUINEOUS (567)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*CONSANGUINEOUS (567)      23   1  0 95.8   1/ 1*CONSANGUINEOUS (567)     13  1 0
 2/ 2 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       54  21  3 72.0   2/ 2 BLOOD RITES (585)        11  4 0
 3/ 3 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       119  61  0 66.1   3/ 9 LADIES IN WAITING (115)   8  2 0
 4/ 5 BLOOD RITES (585)         62  39  3 61.4   4/ 7*GENERALS (590)            7  8 1
 5/ 4 SMITHSONIAN (245)        581 374 13 60.8   5/ 4 THE ANIMALS (576)         7  8 0
 6/ 6 LADIES IN WAITING (115)  314 259 12 54.8   6/ 3 LEVIATHAN (556)           6  9 0
 7/ 8 THE ANIMALS (576)         57  62  0 47.9   7/10 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     4  6 0
 8/ 7*GENERALS (590)             7   8  1 46.7   8/ 5 SMITHSONIAN (245)         4  7 0
 9/ 9 PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)     57  67  1 46.0   9/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)       4 11 0
10-10*ROUGH RIDERS (587)         6   8  2 42.9  10/ 8 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        3  2 0
11/11 MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)      108 150  2 41.9  11/11 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)       2  0 0
12/12 LEVIATHAN (556)           48 112  4 30.0  12-12*ROUGH RIDERS (587)        0  3 0
13-13*GULF COAST REAVERS (3)     0   1  0  0.0  13-13*GULF COAST REAVERS (3)    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[ The Andorian Succession #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

On the shores of a lake:

     Senator Sedalia and Gissanniah stood side by side on the shore and looked
around.  Across the water, along the shore each wah, at the woods behind them.
Mostly pine woods, where the forest on the Isle had been mostly broadleaf trees.
     "So, we're not on the Isle anymore, are we?"
     Sedalia shook his head.  "No.  Ah, do you feel that you should, perhaps, have a
small black dog at this point?"
     "What?"  She turned to stare at him.  "Why would I have a dog with me?"
     "Ah.  Well... just a passing thought," the senator said.  "But I do wonder if
we're still even in the same world as the Isle.  Well, we must be, so maybe I should
say, are we still in the same world as... Andor.  Iaye.  The places from which we
have come."
     "That might take some finding out."  Gissanniah looked around again, then
gestured to the left.  "Let's get moving and see what we can find out."
     Sedalia looked and shrugged.  Nothing to distinguish one direction from another,
so what difference did it make which way they went?  "Why not?" he said.

Tarrgir:

     Fandil stared at the man--he claimed to be an officer in a fire-control company-
-in shock and consternation.  "You didn't even TRY to put it out?"
     "Why should we?" the fireman answered.  "That 'military academy' was a hotbed of
beast-men and elves, agents of oppression of the true people of Convincia.  No skin
off OUR nose if they burned down."
     "But... fellow citizens of the Andorian League--"
     "That's a joke!"
     "But--"
     Lenpro put a hand on Fandil's arm.  "Leave it, my friend.  This man will have
good reasons for his position, and argument never changed anyone's mind."
     "But--"
     "The so-called 'Andorian League' is run by the elves and the beast-men," the
fireman said.  His tone was deadly serious.  "They set up a whole GUILD of spies and
assassins to enforce their rule and tried to persuade all us true humans that being
an assassin--that SCUM--was 'noble' and worthy of admiration!  What can you think
about people like that except that they're sick and wicked?"  He gestured at the
smoking remains of the military academy.  "So we're cleaning them out, and high
time."
     Fandil seemed incapable of response, which Lenpro decided was just as well.  The
old mage was a exceptionally idealistic man, and he believed in the Andorian League.
Lenpro believed in the League--or some form of union--also, but he was, he hoped,
honest enough to admit its flaws and inequities.  The League had been conceived as a
counter to the Delarquan Federation, but these days he thought people forgot that it
was not THE counter, not the only possible workable response.  And in a way, this
man's grievances were valid, or at least had elements of truth in them.  The king and
many of the highest lords had elven blood, a lot of it in some cases, and the Aruaki
did seem to be, at the least, very prominent in the military, besides occupying a
large and fertile territory within the League lands.  Add to that the Assassins'
Guild, the blackest blot on the Andorian culture, and he could see how it would look
to a normal human who spent most of his time working on a farm.  And with the total
disinterest shown by the king and the central government in recent problems....  He
sighed.  "I see where you're coming from," he said to the fireman, "but I don't think
the violence of your actions is going to do you much good in the long run."  He held
up his hand to stop the man's protest.  "In the end, violence may be necessary--who
can tell UNTIL the end?  But this is the beginning, and it's a bad precedent to set.
People will see this as bloody rebellion rather than rational protest."
     "The only people we care about are--"
     "What if the Delarquans or the Karnhorns come pouring over the borders to 'quell
turmoil that might spill over into their lands'?" Lenpro asked.  "If you've destroyed
the military, who will you call on for defense?"
     "Oh."  The fireman was silent for several minutes, obviously considering the new
angle.  Eventually he said, "We don't need to worry about the Delarquans, they'd have
to come through Ardivent and the Aruaki Clanholds to reach us.  But the Karnhorns...
might be a problem.  Huh.  Maybe we'd better think about this."
     "Do," Lenpro said.  "And remember that you COULD turn on your Aruaki and elven
allies later and destroy them--an act worthy of any assassin!  But if you destroy
them first, they'll never be allies."
     "We'll think about this," the fireman said again.
     "Do."  Lenpro took Fandil's arm and drew him away before he could make any of
the protests that were visibly forming in his mind.

Andor:

     Herlas cast his spell of convincing illusion on the golem-king, and it was a
good one if he said so himself.  Not that he would say it; for the first time in a
life that had contained many questionable and self-serving acts, he was deeply
ashamed of his work.  He wasn't sure why; he was not, after all, some kind of wild
patriot.  Was he?  Why had Korneth insisted on parading this fake king through the
streets of Andor?  Herlas had to be part of the parade in order to stay close to the
target for his spell, and it made him uncomfortable.  People lined the streets, but
there was no cheering.  No catcalls, either, just sober silence.  Or sullen silence.
Maybe some of them did believe they were seeing the king, but that didn't make them
happy.  The king was a stranger, hadn't been in Andor for years, and had done nothing
for 'his' country during those years.  Why should they be glad to see him?
     The golem rode in a carriage, waving occasionally but attempting nothing more.
Herlas had advised that minimalist stance; the golem just wouldn't have been
convincing if it had tried to smile.  Odd, really.  There were plenty of golems
around these days that couldn't be told from true-born people, so why hadn't Korneth
gotten one of the better ones?  Did he WANT to be found out?
     "That is not the king."  The voice was low, positive, dangerous.
     Herlas's hands twitched on the reins of the horse he was riding just behind the
carriage, but he managed (he hoped) a suitably casual air as he glanced to the side.
Damn.  Lady Protector Sir Crystal Fireblade, a royal knight.  He hadn't realized she
was in town.  Did Korneth know?  More important, what was he, Herlas, going to do?
The lady knight had a formidable reputation and had been pledged to serve the king
directly as his protector.  Hundreds of different calculations of the odds of this or
that tumbled through the mage's brain.  Finally he shrugged.  "No.  I argued against
this display, but..."
     "Where IS the king?"
     "I don't know.  I asked, early on.  Didn't get a clear answer, and... it was
made clear to me that I shouldn't ask again."
     A faint, ladylike snort.  "Probably not."  She was silent for a moment.  "I went
with the king to the Isle--some time ago.  He vanished.  Completely vanished.  I have
been hunting for him since then, on the Isle and in other places that can be reached
from there.  At first, there were rumors that he might have passed through.  Nothing
I could trace.  Then fewer rumors, then none.  Finally I came back."  Her voice was
bitter, and still dangerous.
     "I have heard some people say--whisper--that the king has sought his own
happiness in some other dimension where he can still have his princess wife with
him," Herlas offered.
     "If that should be true, I think the less of him for it," she snapped.  "It
isn't a king's business to seek his own happiness, especially at the expense of his
responsibilities to his people."
     Herlas did not say that such a sense of responsibility was hard to imagine.
Once it would have been, but lately he was beginning to wonder.  Still, if the king
truly was gone--or dead--and without heirs, what was there left?  "What do you
propose to do?" he asked.
     "It was not the king's intention to abandon Andoria, on that last trip to the
Isle," she said slowly.  "Mind you don't let your illusion slip!"
     Herlas adjusted it hastily.
     "So I think someone persuaded him--I do not know what means might have been
used, but it could have been done, I think--and whisked him away.  That person, I
will find."  Her hand clenched on the reins of her mount.  "Oh, yes, I will find him.
Or HER, if it was--"
     It was Herlas's turn to give warning.  The Grey Witch had ears everywhere.  "Do
not mention that person!"
     She took a deep breath and let it out slowly.  "Yes.  No names without proof."
     "And no vengeance without proof."  Gods, the irony that HE, Herlas of Zensu,
should be the one to argue prudence and fair dealing!  "And what good will it do
Andoria, when your vengeance has fallen on the deserving party?"
     "What?"
     "Who will be king then?  Or will the League fall apart and be subject to the
attacks of its neighbors--many of whom do not love it."
     "I hadn't thought beyond--  I don't know who will take the throne," the lady
knight said.  After a moment, she added, "We're facing a civil war, aren't we?"
     "I think so, yes.  That is why, one reason why, I have gone along with this
travesty."  He gestured at the golem.  "It buys a little time."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 297): UNHOLY TERROR of BLOOD RITES (Wretch, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 597): ONEWOLF of WOLFBROTHERS (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 596): STEWART of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 589): DONDRIC of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 586): MORLIN POOLE of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 585): KEG STAND of BARHOPPERS (Apex, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 582): IRIS of MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 578): WORLD CHUMPS of THE A'S -- LOSERS II (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 548): CHUCK ELVIS of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 539): GUNS OF BRIXTON of RADIO CLASH (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 530): BANNIR PARK of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 245): PAINFUL PANSY of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 432): DIMAGGIO oF 1949 YANKEES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 199): TRYPTOPHAN of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 482): JOHN BOBBIT of DEATH BY STUPIDITY (The Sentinel, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 297): CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 597): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 586): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 589): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 586): MEDAL OF HONOR F3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 585): BARHOPPERS (Apex, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 582): ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 578): RED DOG GANG (Jojra, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 548): MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 539): WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 530): THE ZEN ZONE (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 245): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 432): 1949 YANKEES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 199): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 482): SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 296): HAMMURABI of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 596): CHIEF SITTING BULL of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                               DELIA'S GONE of ELFQUEST (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 586): MORLIN POOLE of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 578): WORLD CHUMPS of THE A'S -- LOSERS II (Malaquar, mgr.)
                         WINDSONG of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 547): PARTICLE MAN of NEUROMANCERS (Rude Buddha, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 530): BANNIR PARK of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

For the third turn in a row I stand as DM.  Only one other time has my manager had a
gladiator achieve this feat.  Proud he is of me, I can tell you.  I would like to
hold this grand throne for a long time but I think the Isle shall be calling to me
soon.  I shall do my best while I remain here.  I await a new BFer now that Hammurabi
has departed or maybe the Curator has decided to let things go.

Blood boils, blood burns, blood rages ,blood pours and blood delivers.  Remember
praise the blood and all it brings.  Live on it.  Feast on it.  Delve deep in it.
For blood is life.

Unholy Terror

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in ARKERS!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  The guys at LADIES IN WAITING 
like really pulled together to get a 5-0-0 this turn, moving up by 6.  Cut this out 
and put it in your scrapbooks, BLOOD RITES!  'Cause they got 5-0-0 and moved up to 
2nd!  MVP award for MISS MATCHED?  LADIES IN WAITING's proud of her after beating 
ONIROMANCER and getting 23 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  ONIROMANCER got 
smashed by MISS MATCHED, and lost 19 points!  Like MIDDLE WAY 11's IMBER LACK is 
sweating since he got challenged by Duelmaster UNHOLY TERROR!  Don't you think the 
Duelmaster is being unfair?  I think UNHOLY TERROR should let IMBER LACK be 
Duelmaster for a while, without fighting about it.  Is the Duelmaster really being a 
real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  CONSANGUINEOUS was the most avoided team.  Is a 23-1-0 record 
really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of warriors are THE ANIMALS?  CONSANGUINEOUS, 
an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can 
MIDDLE WAY 11's INDIOR LANDIS be more popular than me?  He was challenged the most, 
but is that really the same?  For sure, I was holding my breath when I found out 
MORNGRYM challenged ZENITH.  After all, haven't PENUMBRAL MISTS and Z GLADIATORZ had 
a long standing duel in ARKERS?  It wasn't a spectacular fight, or anything, but 
ZENITH wants me to write about it since she was overcame by MORNGRYM.  Satisfied?  
CRIMSON MIST must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  He challenged 
FEORDIS INK.  9 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I thought 
CRIMSON MIST showed great skill and promise when he won victory over FEORDIS INK.  
All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All ARKERS ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  So SMITHSONIAN has one more turn to Bloodfeud BLOOD RITES' 
UNHOLY TERROR.  Big deal.  LORD BYRON's dead.  What's the point?  Ya just gotta go 
on.  Don't look back...  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to 
hear from you?  Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I gotta leave.  ARKERS is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much!  Its 
been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNHOLY TERROR 5051           14   7  2   154       BLOOD RITES (585)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISS TOOK 4091               16  13  1   107       LADIES IN WAITING (115)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRIMSON MIST 5047            15   6  1   107       BLOOD RITES (585)
 ROCK GLAS HUT FUN 4851       15   5  3   106       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
-ZIP 4383                     15  10  0   106       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ME CHEAT U LOSE 4854         10   4  0   101       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
-KIK BAKET OW TOE 4852         9   4  0    99       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 IMBER LACK 4748              21  29  0    92       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 FEORDIS INK 4746             19  34  0    91       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PEARL HARBOR 5076            10   5  0    89       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-ZINGER 4890                  19   7  0    86       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 NYTHIA 4923                  15  10  0    83       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 MISS COMMUNE KATE 4118       13  11  0    82       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 RABBIT 4965                  12  12  0    81       THE ANIMALS (576)
 MORNGRYM 4926                11  14  0    80       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 CONUNDRUM 4892                7   0  0    74       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
 CONSTERNATION 4896            6   0  0    74       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
 AERYN SUN 4811               16  21  0    73       LEVIATHAN (556)
 ZENITH 5082                   7   3  0    68       Z GLADIATORZ (519)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-GOT CAT'S TONGUE 4855        11   5  0    64       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
-ZERO 4658                     6   1  0    63       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 MARSHMALLOW 4878             11  22  3    62       LEVIATHAN (556)
 MORG POTTS 4868              14  19  0    61       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 CONFIDENCE 4894               5   0  0    61       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
 BULL FROG 5022               11   9  0    60       THE ANIMALS (576)
-SANTA MARIA 5092              4   3  0    59       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 MISS CONSTRUED 4419           8  11  0    58       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 AROURA 4928                   6  20  1    58       LEVIATHAN (556)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZILCH 5081                    6   0  0    56       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 ALLEY CAT 5021                7  13  0    51       THE ANIMALS (576)
 MISS MATCHED 4709             4   2  0    50       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 BLOOD STAIN 5049             13   8  0    47       BLOOD RITES (585)
 MEERKAT 4963                 12  11  0    47       THE ANIMALS (576)
 BOILING BLOOD 5093            8   5  0    47       BLOOD RITES (585)
 INDIOR LANDIS 5058            8  12  0    47       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 CONCUSSION 4893               2   1  0    45       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
-FAT CAT YUMMY 4863            9   3  0    44       ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
 WAR BOND 5066                10   7  0    37       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 KERBIN NOTTS 5040             7  15  0    36       MIDDLE WAY 11 (546)
 ONIROMANCER 5023              8  10  0    34       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORRILLA 5099                 5   4  0    33       THE ANIMALS (576)
 CHAOS BLADE 5108              3   0  0    30       BLOOD RITES (585)
 MALBORGIA V 5084              6   4  0    27       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
-CONFESSION 4895               3   0  0    27       CONSANGUINEOUS (567)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MEADE 5115                    2   1  0    23       GENERALS (590)
 MACHIAVELLA 5085              5   5  0    20       PENUMBRAL MISTS (571)
 WATERLOO 5119                 2   0  0    20       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 SIR MARTIN 5083               3   9  0    18       LEVIATHAN (556)
 MISS PLACED 4723              2   2  0    15       LADIES IN WAITING (115)
 SAM 5101                      3   5  0    14       LEVIATHAN (556)
 GENGHIS KHAN 5118             1   2  0    14       GENERALS (590)
-ROCA THE BLAZE 5086           2   2  1     9       ROUGH RIDERS (587)
-STARR OF DESTINY 5088         2   2  1     9       ROUGH RIDERS (587)
 CAESAR 5114                   2   1  1     8       GENERALS (590)
-EBARK THE ROUGH 5089          1   2  0     5       ROUGH RIDERS (587)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TOGA THE RAGER 5087           1   1  0     4       ROUGH RIDERS (587)
-CAPTAIN ARANSAS 28            0   1  0     1       GULF COAST REAVERS (3)
 GERONIMO 5125                 0   1  0     1       SMITHSONIAN (245)
-GHREMSH THE JUST 5090         0   1  0     1       ROUGH RIDERS (587)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ATTILA THE HUN 5116     1  2 0 GENERALS 590         DARK CHAMPION         298  NONE
HANNIBAL 5117           1  2 0 GENERALS 590         HIGH ELF              298  NONE
LORD BYRON 4935        14  5 0 SMITHSONIAN 245      UNHOLY TERROR 5051    295   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Unholy Terror -- My second bloodfeud attempt was as unsuccessful as my first.  You
are clearly my better.  I have never seemed to be able to fight up to my potential,
as I leave a 11(+1)-11(+1)-12-16(+1)-18(+1)-10-11(+1) mode lunger, who could only
learn 1.50 skills per fight, and who was sure the shortspear was the fave, ending
with nice faves of EP/HI/H and the riposte tactic.  perhaps I was just to late for my
time? -- Hammurabi (retired)

Jorja -- Thanks.  I needed that. -- Hammurabi

Watch out for Consternation and confidence, TVs, and well done to the manager (Does
his name start with M?) of Consanguineous.! -- Curator

Captain Arkansas -- Whew!  What a battle!  I needed all I had!  Interesting weapon
choice, Sir? -- Waterloo

Fratsfa Mercenary -- I shall take that! -- Santa Maria

Confidence -- You dirty rotten Eastern liberal! -- War Bond

Virginal Concubine -- Was I really your first?  It was fun! -- Zenith

Honest Merchant -- I feel bad, but I wanted the win, you know? -- Zilch

Imber Lack -- You are kidding, right?  I just fight.  I'm not so good at that
theoretical conceptualizing stuff. -- Zinger

Gotta git goin', Team.  Gotta catch them Orcs and Consang's.  Yup! -- The Z Man

Hammurabi -- One more dance and one more disappointment for you.  Luck on the isle.
-- Unholy Terror

Feordis Ink -- I love it when a challenge goes through. -- Crimson Mist

Marshmallow -- Well, I guess you deserved that one. -- Blood Stain

Miss Commune Kate -- Ummm.  Ouch. -- Boiling Blood

Attila the Hun -- I liked your challenge.  I wish I got more of those kind. -- Chaos
Blade

Khalhums Dwarf -- Nah, I ain't forgot how much I dislike your sort.  Sardine can with
a meat tenderizer.  Give me a break! -- Nythia

Aeryn Sun -- Seems I just wasn't meant to best you, eh? -- Norngrym

Indior Landis -- You were exhausted?  Now that's an unusual situation to find myself
in. -- Oniromancer

Kerbin Notts -- One more knockdown and you'd have given me a TKO! -- Malborgia V

Zenith -- That was just plain embarrassing.... -- Machiavelli

Congratulations, yet again, Unholy Terror.  Eldritch Concoctions delivered a keg of
fermented mare's milk and blood just for you.  Hope to see you soon.  Curator, I'm
trying my luck this go-round, but a big "Bah, Humbug!" to Hammurabi. *wry grin*
Okay, let's see if I can roll the proverbial sleeves up. -- Michael Eldritch

Aeryn Sun -- There's just no two ways about it, even with the sun in my eyes--I tried
even that!--you don't look like a whale.  Your manager must be having a rude joke
with you. -- Imber Lack
P.S.  And no, I was NOT attempting to "slice blubber" off your ribs.  I think your
ribs are great.  But my blade got away from me, you know how these arena blades can
be: self-willed, brilliant but cruel, all that stuff.  Not me, it was the blade.

Crimson Mist -- Indeed, I saw it myself.  A sort of reddish haze, like sunset on a
dusty day.  Hideous. -- Feordis Ink

Conundrum -- What puzzles me is how you could learn so much when it appeared that all
your attention was devoted to beating the stuffing out of me.  And here we are, end
of the fight and you with a pocket full of skills and me with stuffing all over the
arena.  I hate to admit it, but Feordis was probably right, I should eschew synthetic
stuffings and go back to using the all-natural stuff.  A pity, because it's a lot
harder to get bloodstains out of the natural stuffings; guess I'll just have to avoid
making bloodstains. -- Morg Potts

Miss Construed -- Surely, madam, you do not mean to stand there, well, stagger there,
and tell me that I misunderstood your offer?  I did ask you to confirm it twice,
remember, and you got quite snirty the second time.  So I felt I could reasonably
suppose that you would be amenable to dinner and dancing and the whole nine yards. --
Indior Landis

Aroura -- What is it with your manager that he characterizes all these svelte young
women as whales?  You surely don't look like a whale to me. -- Kerbin Notts

Crimson Mist -- Way it goes.  If my manager won't challenge or avoid, I gotta take
what comes. -- Morg Potts, waxing philosophical

Pearl Harbor -- It's reciprocal, my shimmering little fishie. -- Imber Lack

Aeryn Sun -- I'm sure some kind of puncture-proof flotation device could be arranged.
-- Morg Potts

Congratulations to Consternation, tourney victor. -- Jorja and the Middle Way

8 July 2008
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                **********************ATTENTION**********************
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                                      ALLIANCES
                                         OF
                                      ALASTARI
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                                 *TURF WAR VI RULES*
                            Starting Nov 2008 (10 turns)

Anyone may participate; known alliances, new alliances, or temporary alliances created solely to compete in the Turf War!  To participate, each alliance must:
        1.  Announce the alliance and the Captain of the alliance in the North Fork
            (DM 47) newsletter.
        2.  Announcements made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.

Captains are responsible for:
        1.  Verifying those who wish to participate under the banner of their
            alliance;
        2.  Distribution of prizes should their alliance win the Turf War.
        3.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate

Participating managers who are not Captains must:
        1.  Submit one (1) RSI Roll-Up Certificate to participate
        2.  Announce their intent to compete with manager name, team name, and
            alliance they will represent in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter.
            Announcement made on the D2 Forums will not be accepted.
               a.  No scores will be tabulated until a Gift Certificate is received.
                   No EXCEPTIONS.
               b.  Before a manager can compete, he/she must declare themselves in
                   the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter as stated above AND be verified
                   by the alliance Captain they will represent.
               c.  Only one (1) team per player may compete.  No multiple teams or
                   aliases will be allowed.  Violations will result in immediate
                   disqualification from the Turf War (so be sure to take any
                   multiple teams OFF of Team Maintenance).
               d.  Scoring will NOT be retroactive for teams that do not properly
                   declare or fail to send a Gift Certificate by Turn 1.  In other
                   words, if your Gift Certificate is not received until Turn 3 of
                   the Turf War, and you have fought on Turns 1 and 2, your scoring
                   will not begin until Turn 3.  All conditions must be met before
                   scoring will begin--declaration, verification, and Gift
                   Certificate received.
               e.  No declarations or verifications will be accepted after Turn 5 of
                   the Turf War.
               f.  For purposes of scoring, the moderators will score the Turf War
                   and settle any and all disputes as they arise.  Their decisions
                   will be final.

Scoring will be as follows for Fights:
                Win   Loss   Kill      Die
Challenge        +2     -2     +5       -5
Match Up         +1     -1     +1       -5
Bloodfeud        +2     -5     +5      -10
Champion         x2     x2     x2       x2
Dark Arena*     +10     -5     xx       xx
*After 2nd win, warrior scores no points for wins

Special Scoring Considerations for the Turf War are as follows:
Spy Report mention (team name only)              +2
Style Master                                     +2
Duelmaster                                       +2

Champions:
     1.  A Champion may be declared, but one is not mandatory.
     2.  Only one Champion allowed per manager at any given time.
     3.  Champions that graduate or are killed by another warrior in the arena, but
         not the Dark Arena, may be replaced.
     4.  Champions must be in the Adepts bracket or lower on the turn they are
         declared, and may NOT have gone above Adepts level at any time; this
         includes teams transferred into North Fork for the Turf War.

Bloodfeuds:
        1.  Bloodfeuds will score points on all four (4) turns.
        2.  There is no limit to which warrior may bloodfeud or how often.

Tournament Considerations:
        1.  Tournament participation is ALLOWED and encouraged.
        2.  Tournament Victors won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 25 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) wins such status.
        3.  Tournament Champions won during the course of the contest will gain a one
            (1) time bonus of 50 points.  This bonus will apply EACH time a
            warrior(s) win such status.
        4.  Points for TVs and TCs will be applied the Turn after RSI posts
            tournament results in the North Fork (DM 47) newsletter (i.e., if the
            results post on North Fork turn 275, points will be credited on North
            Fork turn 276 to the applicable teams).

Special Considerations:
        1.  Each alliance begins the Turf War with zero (0) points.
        2.  There will be NO alliance or team changes once the contest has begun.  If
            you begin the Turf War with Alliance A, you must end the Turf War with
            Alliance A.  If you begin the Turf War with Team A, you must end the Turf
            War with Team A.
        3.  There will be a maximum of seven (7) teams allowed per alliance for the
            Turf War.
        4.  The Dark Arena may be used on the first turn only, of every warrior,
            without penalty.

Prizes:
The Turf War is a "winner take all" contest.  All prizes and 100% of the Gift
Certificates will be awarded to the Captain of the winning alliance.  It is the
responsibility of the Captain to distribute Gift Certificates.  Moderators will
submit a list of each manager on the winning alliance to RSI at the completion of the
contest for the non-Certificate prizes.

The following prizes have been secured from RSI:
        1.  Renaming of the North Fork (DM 47) arena;
        2.  Renaming of Dark Arena Monsters (one for each manager in the winning
            alliance);
        3.  Known Favorites for one warrior on each team of the winning alliance
            (warrior must be ranked Initiate or above, must be alive, and must have
            at least one arena fight to receive this award).
        4.  +1 Skill bonus potion for each manager on the winning alliance.  Bonus
            potion must be applied to a living warrior from (DM 47)
        5.  +1 Skill bonus potion (one) for each manager who fights in all 10 rounds
            AND 45 fights of the Turf War.  Bonus potion must be applied to a living
            warrior from (DM 47)
These awards will be listed by the Moderator for claiming from RSI (Lee) within 4
turns of the end of TW VI.

Moderators:
The Moderators for this event will be Oz and Master Darque.  They will arbitrate all
dealings during the course of the contest.  Their decisions will be final.  All
questions, comments, and scoring disputes may be directed to Land of Oz or Darque
Forces via diplo in DM 47.  Managers with internet access may send a private message
to [The Consortium] or [Darque] on the Duel2 Forums.  Lastly, you may also email
questions, comments, and scoring disputes to rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com.

Please note there have been rule changes from the last Turf War.  Please read them
carefully!

Contest will begin in November following the Fall Mail In Tournament.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ATTILA THE HUN was viciously butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute fight.
HANNIBAL was murdered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
CONUNDRUM defeated AERYN SUN in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
CONSTERNATION devastated MARSHMALLOW in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
CONCUSSION overpowered KERBIN NOTTS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
UNHOLY TERROR devastated IMBER LACK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title duel.
CRIMSON MIST devastated FEORDIS INK in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
MISS COMMUNE KATE handily defeated BULL FROG in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MORNGRYM unbelievably bested ZENITH in a action packed 3 minute Challenge duel.
CONFIDENCE viciously subdued INDIOR LANDIS in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
MISS CONSTRUED savagely defeated MEERKAT in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
WAR BOND was overpowered by ALLEY CAT in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge match.
MALBORGIA V was outwaited by BLOOD STAIN in a unpopular 27 minute Challenge conflict.
SIR MARTIN was savagely defeated by CHAOS BLADE in a 1 minute gory Challenge brawl.
WATERLOO overcame CAESAR in a action packed 2 minute novice's Challenge conflict.
MISS PLACED defeated SAM in a 3 minute Challenge struggle.
ROCK GLAS HUT FUN slimly won victory over PEARL HARBOR in a 4 minute one-sided fray.
NYTHIA was devastated by MISS TOOK in a exciting 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
RABBIT savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 2 minute veteran's match.
MORG POTTS was bested by AROURA in a 5 minute veteran's bout.
ONIROMANCER was vanquished by MISS MATCHED in a 1 minute one-sided match.
MACHIAVELLA was handily defeated by GORRILLA in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BOILING BLOOD devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
MEADE overpowered GERONIMO in a 1 minute uneven fight.
GENGHIS KHAN beat POLITE BEGGAR in a popular 3 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         AIMED BLOW        26 -  13 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  14 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         BASHING ATTACK    42 -  25 -  2      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   27 -  31 -  1      47  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  19 -  0      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -  10 -  1      41  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  37 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   9 -  0      36  |

Turn 298 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     7 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  4         4  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     5 -  4     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  4         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  3         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   UNHOLY TERROR 5051         14   7  2  154 BLOOD RITES (585)
AIMED BLOW       CRIMSON MIST 5047          15   6  1  107 BLOOD RITES (585)
LUNGING ATTACK   ROCK GLAS HUT FUN 4851     15   5  3  106 ORCISH IDIOMS (563)
WALL OF STEEL    PEARL HARBOR 5076          10   5  0   89 SMITHSONIAN (245)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    CONSTERNATION 4896          6   0  0   74 CONSANGUINEOUS (567)
SLASHING ATTACK  BULL FROG 5022             11   9  0   60 THE ANIMALS (576)
TOTAL PARRY      BLOOD STAIN 5049           13   8  0   47 BLOOD RITES (585)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RABBIT 4965.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ZENITH 5082.  The ten other most popular fighters were CONFIDENCE 4894, ROCK GLAS HUT 
FUN 4851, GENGHIS KHAN 5118, MISS CONSTRUED 4419, MEERKAT 4963, WATERLOO 5119, RABBIT 
4965, MISS TOOK 4091, AROURA 4928, and ALLEY CAT 5021.

The least popular fighter this week was BLOOD STAIN 5049.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MALBORGIA V 5084, MACHIAVELLA 5085, ONIROMANCER 5023, SIR 
MARTIN 5083, BULL FROG 5022, FEORDIS INK 4746, IMBER LACK 4748, KERBIN NOTTS 5040, 
MARSHMALLOW 4878, and AERYN SUN 4811.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

UNHOLY TERROR (8-5051) BLOOD RITES (585)