DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/27/2005    Duedate: 01/09/2006

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-532

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PUSS
ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-5184) [13-1-2,114]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PUSS                           POSITION IS EMPTY
ARENA FELINES (433)            
(9-5184) [13-1-2,114]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PUSS                           PUSS
ARENA FELINES (433)            ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-5184) [13-1-2,114]          (9-5184) [13-1-2,114]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ARENA FELINES (433)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ARENA FELINES (433)         48
2. DSM4 (239)                  37      ARENA FELINES (433)
3. PHILANTHROPISTS (418)       24      Unchartered Team
4. 70'S CHILD (479)             0
5. LETTER BOMBS (436)           0      IN VINO VERITAS II (411)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*70'S CHILD (479)           3   1  0 75.0   1/ 3 ARENA FELINES (433)       8  2 0
 2/ 2 ARENA FELINES (433)      187 110 13 63.0   2/ 1 BLUE MOON (381)           7  8 1
 3/ 0 DSM4 (239)               365 290 26 55.7   3- 4*70'S CHILD (479)          3  1 0
 4- 3 LETTER BOMBS (436)       110 106  9 50.9   4/ 5 PHILANTHROPISTS (418)     3  3 0
 5/ 5 PHILANTHROPISTS (418)     19  23  3 45.2   5/ 0 DSM4 (239)                2  2 0
 6/ 4 BLUE MOON (381)          404 530 10 43.3   6- 2 LETTER BOMBS (436)        2  2 0
 7- 6*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)     3  14  0 17.6   7- 6*KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)    1  2 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[ Old Secrets #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the Delta east of Zukal:

     A cluster of sheds.  Nothing that Doreg would call a house, exactly.  Nothing
he'd even call a barn.  Just...sheds.  Not in the best of repair.  Weathered wood,
ragged, half-rotten thatch.  Some of the doorways had filthy cloths hung in them to
keep out drafts; others gaped blackly.
     What the young Bandit Prince had thought was a gnarled stump straightened up to
a height of five feet and slanted toward Zrof One-Eye.  It still looked a stump to
Doreg, a thick, knotty stump with crumbling bark.  "What you want?"
     "To leave our horses here and find them alive when we return," the arenamaster
answered.
     The stump slanted again.  Doreg decided that was a bow.  "It be."
     Zrof dismounted, signaling for Doreg to do the same, and removed the pack from
behind his saddle.  Doreg didn't know what was in that, but it had to be more than
the blanket and trail rations he was carrying.  A little bigger and it could have
been a body.  The arenamaster moved around the shacks and into the forest again, with
the younger man following.
     When they were (he hoped) out of earshot, Doreg asked, "What were those...
things?"
     Zrof shrugged.  "I'm not a zoologist.  I call them trolls.  And yes, we can
trust them to take care of our horses.  And to block anyone who might try to follow
us further."
     "Ah...speaking of 'further'--"
     "Where are we going?"  Zrof didn't look back, but Doreg could hear amusement in
the man's voice.  "To catch, hmm, call it a ferry.  For Barikala.  On Barikala we'll
find a Gate that will, with luck, take us to the Demon Prince."
     "I thought you mentioned some kind of tower here in the Delta?"
     The arenamaster shrugged.  "I may have done.  The tower is where we'll find the
ferry."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly ZUKAL games.  Former top team BLUE MOON was unseated 
this week as ARENA FELINES moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top spot with a 
4-1-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at LETTER BOMBS' guildhouse 
after a 0-0-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 6th.  Dark Arena 
anyone?  CAT-FU caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he 
skillfully bested BLUE HAVEN and was awarded 21 points in recognition.  In one of the 
week's more notable duels, PAGANINNI put down TRUE BLUE, causing her to lose 13 
points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing has PUSS in the past laid 
claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat skill yet 
again.  No confirmation, but my sources claim that the top team has gained their 
position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ZUKAL "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  ZUKAL, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names 
of thy guilds is ARENA FELINES, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly 
duels.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any 
of PHILANTHROPISTS last week.  Busy avoiding ARENA FELINES?  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  BLUE HAVEN take warning!  You have more 
than a few enemies in ZUKAL.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms.  One thing 
is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PUSS 5184                    13   1  2   114       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT-FU 5180                  10   1  0   101       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE HAVEN 5087              23  20  0    89       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZANADU 4781                   4   3  1    60       PHILANTHROPISTS (418)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAGANINNI 4780                5   2  0    56       PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
-E. LECTER 5158                5   2  1    51       LETTER BOMBS (436)
-KEPLER 4552                   4   4  0    51       PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
 MAINE COON 5202               4   2  0    37       ARENA FELINES (433)
 TRUE BLUE 5203                6   4  1    34       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TONKA 5198                    2   0  0    27       70'S CHILD (479)
 BLUE SHREW 5234               5   2  0    24       BLUE MOON (381)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEPRESSION 5193               1   0  0    20       DSM4 (239)
-HOLY DECEPTION 4195           0   2  0    18       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
 ZULOR 5235                    2   5  0    17       BLUE MOON (381)
 ULTORINO 5244                 2   1  0    17       BLUE MOON (381)
-BLOOD SUGAR BABY 4605         1   1  0    17       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-BEETHOVEN 4555                3   5  1    15       PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
 TOURETTE 5194                 1   0  0    15       DSM4 (239)
-DONAHUE 5197                  1   1  0    14       70'S CHILD (479)
-EXPENDABLE YOUTH 4200         1   0  0     9       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-WE TODD IT 5208               1   0  0     9       KARNHORN KARNAGE (382)
-QUETZALCOATL 5168             1   1  1     7       PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
 BOO BOO KITTY 5247            1   0  0     6       ARENA FELINES (433)
 MUNCHAUSEN 5176               0   1  0     1       DSM4 (239)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
VIOLIN STRINGS 5236    0  1 0 ARENA FELINES 433     BANDIT PRINCE 628     532 NONE    
STEELE 5171            8  7 0 BLUE MOON 381         E. LECTER 5158        529         
DA1 5246               0  1 0 DSM4 239              MOUNTAIN TROLL 621    532 NONE    
D. RAIL 5227           3  1 0 LETTER BOMBS 436      TRUE BLUE 5203        531         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

D. Rail -- And there you were, off the tracks!  Oh.  Oh, heck.  Darn.  I didn't mean
for you to land on your HEAD.  Even if it was your challenge, I didn't want to kill
you.  There are so few people to fight here. -- True Blue, truly distressed

Donahue -- Well, all I can say is that I hope your mama, 70, hits you upside the
head!  That is so rude and disrespectful! -- Zulor

Puss -- My pleasure, believe me. -- Blue Haven

A Thief?  Pooh. -- Blue Shrew

And the same to the Embezzling Scribe. -- Ultorino

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA1 was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
VIOLIN STRINGS was slaughtered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
CAT-FU demolished BLUE HAVEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
PAGANINNI devastated TRUE BLUE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
MAINE COON overpowered ULTORINO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
PUSS devastated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute bloody one-sided Title duel.
ZANADU overpowered BLUE SHREW in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
ZULOR overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven melee.
TOURETTE vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
DEPRESSION overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
MUNCHAUSEN was defeated by BOO BOO KITTY in a action packed 1 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   1 -  1      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        12 -   6 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  10 -  2      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  12 -  2      59  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   6 -  1      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL     11 -  13 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   9 -  0      40  |

Turn 532 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PUSS 5184                  13   1  2  114 ARENA FELINES (433)
AIMED BLOW       CAT-FU 5180                10   1  0  101 ARENA FELINES (433)
TOTAL PARRY      BLUE HAVEN 5087            23  20  0   89 BLUE MOON (381)
LUNGING ATTACK   ZANADU 4781                 4   3  1   60 PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
PARRY-STRIKE     PAGANINNI 4780              5   2  0   56 PHILANTHROPISTS (418)
WALL OF STEEL    TRUE BLUE 5203              6   4  1   34 BLUE MOON (381)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PUSS 5184.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
PUSS 5184.  The ten other most popular fighters were PAGANINNI 4780, ZANADU 4781, BOO 
BOO KITTY 5247, CAT-FU 5180, ZULOR 5235, TOURETTE 5194, DEPRESSION 5193, MAINE COON 
5202, MUNCHAUSEN 5176, and DA1 5246.

The least popular fighter this week was BLUE SHREW 5234.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ULTORINO 5244, TRUE BLUE 5203, BLUE HAVEN 5087, VIOLIN STRINGS 5236, 
DA1 5246, MUNCHAUSEN 5176, MAINE COON 5202, DEPRESSION 5193, TOURETTE 5194, and ZULOR 
5235.