DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/21/2003    Duedate: 11/03/2003

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-477

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GWEN RYDER
DREAM PARK (447)
(9-4867) [16-3-0,95]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GWEN RYDER                     TITO THE GUIDO
DREAM PARK (447)               CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
(9-4867) [16-3-0,95]           (9-4992) [5-2-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

E. VICTOR                      E. VICTOR
LETTER BOMBS (436)             LETTER BOMBS (436)
(9-4864) [13-10-0,83]          (9-4864) [13-10-0,83]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLUE MOON (381)             24
2. DREAM PARK (447)            16      SUPERIOR SPLASHES (410)
3. LETTER BOMBS (436)          13      Unchartered Team
4. FIRST STRIKE (453)          11
5. SUPERIOR SPLASHES (410)      1      FIRST STRIKE (453)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*FIRST STRIKE (453)         1   0  0  100   1/ 2 BLUE MOON (381)          10  5 0
 2/ 1 SUPERIOR SPLASHES (410)   11   4  0 73.3   2/ 1*CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)     6  8 1
 3/ 3 DREAM PARK (447)          26  23  0 53.1   3/ 3 DREAM PARK (447)          4  7 0
 4/ 2*CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)     17  16  1 51.5   4/ 0*FIRST STRIKE (453)        1  0 0
 5/ 4 LETTER BOMBS (436)        59  66  2 47.2   5/ 4 SUPERIOR SPLASHES (410)   1  1 0
 6/ 5 BLUE MOON (381)          281 392  9 41.8   6/ 5 LETTER BOMBS (436)        1  5 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #70 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The horseman started to turn away, but two of the hounds made a determined
attack on the three gladiators as they scrambled out of their sheltering tree.  Now,
the tree was a trap rather than a shelter.  Cadal was first out, hammering at the
nearest hound with his heavy blade.
     Aghatamar was just behind him, close enough to slash at the hound trying to take
him from the side.  The horseman turned back, just as the moon shone through a gap in
the clouds overhead.  Aghtamar sucked in her breath in shock.  There was a face, she
repeated that to herself as a litany against the unknown.  Two eyes--she shuddered
and wrenched her gaze away from them, feeling her blood turn to ice and her bones to
sand.  A beak of a nose, a hunting bird's beak.  Gash of a mouth, with an icy glitter
of fangs.
     Behind her, Zilla muttered a prayer to Sermina and struck two-handed at the
hound, awkwardly because she didn't want to look directly at it.  That hound was no
beast that ever curled up quietly before a fire or accepted a pat on the head for a
job well done.  Cadal lunged at his hound and came near to spitting it on his sword,
but the uncanny creature twisted away.  The horseman laughed, a sound which would
chill the strongest heart, and turned away again, riding up the road toward whatever
his, or its third hound had cornered.  Fist of Kjarran, most likely, but there was no
way to help him now.  They had their own problems.
     The hounds had a pattern of swirling in to attack and then out before they could
be struck in return, coordinating their efforts smoothly without needing their
master's guidance.  They must have done this many times before.  Aghtamar thought of
the other people dead along this road and knew they must have sustained just such an
attack:  the horn with its message of fear, then these uncanny beasts with their
teasing and toying, and finally the huntsman on his horse.  Not a good death.  If
there was such a thing as a 'good death'.
     While these thoughts were flitting through her mind, she kept her sword moving
as well.  The hounds seemed reluctant, maybe even totally unwilling, to close with
them, but they wouldn't leave them alone, either.  "The damned things are trying to
wear us down," she muttered.  And it might work.  She was already breathing hard, and
she could hear Zilla panting beside her.  She couldn't hear Cadal, but he was
farthest from her.
     "We've got to finish these," Cadal stated.  "Fist of Kjarran is going to need
our help."  A shuffle and lunge, a hound yelped and dodged back.  "Except they won't
stand--"
     "And if we just go to Fist, turn our backs on these hounds," Zilla growled,
"likely they'll jump on us from behind."
     "There must be SOME way we can kill or cripple these damned hounds!" Aghtamar
snapped.  "Anything that lives can be killed.  It's a natural law or something."
     "We're not going to find it tonight except by chance," Cadal said.  "And we have
to go help Fist.  If we all move together, back to back...."
     "Right!  Let's move," Aghtamar agreed.  "On the count of three?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.

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

                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 476): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 470): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 470): MURGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Spartacus?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 468): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 467): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 459): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 456): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 454): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 447): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 315): ALIZARIN DAMASK of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 360): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 476): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 470): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 470): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 468): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 467): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 459): THE GUILD (Guido, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 456): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 454): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 447): COMIC MAYHEM (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 315): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): none
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 360): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
               (turn 475): LIBERTY BELLE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 469): INNERVISION of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 458): MATSURI of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)
                (turn 137): JUSTICE of PEACE MAKERS (Solomon, mgr.)
                            SCRAG'S LIZARD of DARK CIRCLE PETS II (Guardian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in ZUKAL this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  It seems the training can make the difference, as 
CLAN O' WHOOPAS is pushed out of top team by BLUE MOON, who came from 2nd with a 
4-1-0 this turn.  And let's see, ALEX GRIFFIN fought TITO THE GUIDO and gained 15 
points and contributed to DREAM PARK's 2-3-0.  TITO THE GUIDO has lost to ALEX 
GRIFFIN, falling 13 points, while helping make CLAN O' WHOOPAS a 1-3-0 turn.  The 
attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and GWEN RYDER remains ZUKAL's top 
warrior for another turn.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team 
makes their losing fighters do dishes at The Blue Boar Inn until they win.  Maybe?   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  BLUE MOON has cause to stand tall, 
as they were ZUKAL's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to 
beat.  And avoiding BLUE MOON more than any other team we find CLAN O' WHOOPAS.  
ZUKAL, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, 
take notice that ACACIA GARCIA from DREAM PARK was ZUKAL's most challenged warrior 
this turn.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  Is it really true that ZUKAL has more dishwashers per capita that fighters? 
Just thought I'd ask...   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to 
paper-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GWEN RYDER 4867              16   3  0    95       DREAM PARK (447)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 E. VICTOR 4864               13  10  0    83       LETTER BOMBS (436)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE GOOSE 4937              14  12  0    66       BLUE MOON (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAVEN CLIFF 4488              7   2  0    47       SUPERIOR SPLASHES (410)
 ALEX GRIFFIN 4856             6   6  0    45       DREAM PARK (447)
-SLASH LARUE 4993              4   2  0    40       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
 BISBEE 5002                   4   2  0    40       BLUE MOON (381)
 BLUE MONDAY 4968              7   6  0    35       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TITO THE GUIDO 4992           5   2  0    33       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
 CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ 4990       4   3  1    26       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE RUIN 5023                2   0  0    18       BLUE MOON (381)
 STONEWALL JACKSON 4991        4   3  0    16       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)
 ACACIA GARCIA 4862            3   4  0    16       DREAM PARK (447)
 STRIKE 3 4943                 1   0  0    11       FIRST STRIKE (453)
 B. TRAYOR 5019                1   1  0     9       LETTER BOMBS (436)
 MORENCI 5003                  0   6  0     6       BLUE MOON (381)
 CHESTER HENDERSON 4868        1   1  0     4       DREAM PARK (447)
 T. ZER 5011                   0   2  0     2       LETTER BOMBS (436)
 GREEN MACHINE 5027            0   1  0     1       CLAN O' WHOOPAS (457)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSIS 5020            1  1 0 BLUE MOON 381         CLEOPATRA SCHWAR 4990 475 REVENGED
NATIVE (ACTOR) 5025    0  1 0 DREAM PARK 447        WURM KIN 630          477 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Slash Larue -- HAH!  You thought you might cut yourself a slice off the drumstick
early, eh?  No way! -- Blue Goose
P.S.  You noted that "brilliant and masterful parry"?  That was experience at work.
It does make a difference, even to a mediocre warrior.
P.P.S.  I was NOT brutally trying to slay you.  The announcer likes hyperbole.

Cleopatra Schwartz -- That's strange.  Given our experience difference, and your
style, you should have had a good chance to jump me, or at least to open the fight
with some clashes.  I'm running maximum offensive effort, and you should be also. --
Bisbee

Stonewall Jackson -- I hate it when that happens.  I just totally hate it.  (sigh)
Maybe I should go for the "graduated with most losses" record. -- Morenci
P.S.  Although if I do go for the record, I've barely begun.  Graduated with most
losses was somewhere in the nineties.

A cult member?  Pah. -- Blue Monday

T. Zer -- Come on by the guildhouse and I'll feed you gin to help you forget your
sorrows. -- Blue Ruin

All -- That was a bad turn for my team.  Not looking good for my tournament chances.
-- J. Thunder

Morenci -- I promise I will leave you alone from now on.  (wink, wink) -- Stonewall
Jackson

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NATIVE (ACTOR) was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ALEX GRIFFIN bested TITO THE GUIDO in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
ACACIA GARCIA was demolished by BISBEE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
B. TRAYOR defeated MORENCI in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge duel.
CHESTER HENDERSON was devastated by CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
GWEN RYDER narrowly defeated E. VICTOR in a 3 minute master's Title competition.
BLUE GOOSE bested RAVEN CLIFF in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
BLUE MONDAY overcame STONEWALL JACKSON in a 2 minute fight.
T. ZER was handily defeated by BLUE RUIN in a 1 minute uneven melee.
STRIKE 3 vanquished GREEN MACHINE 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|
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         AIMED BLOW         4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL     24 -  14 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  1      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  12 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -  12 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   5 -  0       0  |

Turn 477 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    GWEN RYDER 4867            16   3  0   95 DREAM PARK (447)
LUNGING ATTACK   E. VICTOR 4864             13  10  0   83 LETTER BOMBS (436)
BASHING ATTACK   BISBEE 5002                 4   2  0   40 BLUE MOON (381)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is E. VICTOR 4864.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was E. VICTOR 4864.  The ten other most popular fighters were RAVEN CLIFF 4488, B. 
TRAYOR 5019, GWEN RYDER 4867, BLUE MONDAY 4968, CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ 4990, BLUE GOOSE 
4937, STRIKE 3 4943, ALEX GRIFFIN 4856, TITO THE GUIDO 4992, and BISBEE 5002.

The least popular fighter this week was GREEN MACHINE 5027.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were STONEWALL JACKSON 4991, CHESTER HENDERSON 4868, ACACIA GARCIA 
4862, NATIVE (ACTOR) 5025, T. ZER 5011, BLUE RUIN 5023, MORENCI 5003, BISBEE 5002, 
TITO THE GUIDO 4992, and ALEX GRIFFIN 4856.