DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/16/2007    Duedate: 03/29/2007

ARUAK CITY ARENA

DM-11    TURN-563

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SPECIAL!
MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
(11-6526) [13-3-2,164]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SPECIAL!                       POSITION IS EMPTY
MANIACAL TUFTS (431)           
(11-6526) [13-3-2,164]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WINDCHASER                     AIRK ARCSTONE
KRILL CAVALRY (374)            TUFT TUGGERS (305)
(11-6469) [17-41-2,94]         (11-6778) [10-8-2,79]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARKOVER II (592)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. NEVERWAKE (508)             42
2. ORDO HERETICUS (593)        37      COLORIFIC (511)
3. MANIACAL TUFTS (431)        18      Unchartered Team
4. TUFT TUGGERS (305)          18
5. IMMORTALS (85)              13      GARDEN OF EVIL (554)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 COLORIFIC (511)          297 161 11 64.8   1/ 3 DARKOVER II (592)         9  6 1
 2/ 2 ANIMAL FARM (510)        %1034 610 34 62.9   2/ 1 COLORIFIC (511)           8  3 1
 3- 3*BARHOPPERS II (587)        5   3  0 62.5   3/ 2 TUFT TUGGERS (305)        8  4 0
 4/ 4 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)     115  83  5 58.1   4/ 5 NEVERWAKE (508)           8  7 1
 5/ 5 BULLDOGS (157)           909 695 28 56.7   5/ 6 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)      6  0 0
 6/ 0 ORDER OF LARANI (18)     124  95  1 56.6   6/ 4 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       6  9 1
 7/ 9 ORDO HERETICUS (593)      39  34  2 53.4   7/ 7 BULLDOGS (157)            5  5 0
 8- 7 WAR-C-KERS (345)         177 159  9 52.7   8/15 ORDO HERETICUS (593)      5 10 0
 9- 8*VOLTRON (589)             13  12  1 52.0   9- 9 THE RED HAND (579)        4  1 0
10/10 TUFT TUGGERS (305)       715 681 25 51.2  10/12 ANIMAL FARM (510)         4  2 0
11-11 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)   763 729 22 51.1  11- 8 GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)    4  6 0
12/12 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507) 165 165  8 50.0  12/11 SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)  3  3 0
13/ 0 MILITANT LEGION (586)     22  22  3 50.0  13/10 ELFQUEST (515)            3  6 0
14-13 THE RED HAND (579)        13  14  1 48.1  14/ 0 IMMORTALS (85)            2  3 0
15/ 0 IMMORTALS (85)           825 916 64 47.4  15-14*BARHOPPERS II (587)       1  0 0
16/14 ELFQUEST (515)           269 307 12 46.7  16/ 0 MILITANT LEGION (586)     1  4 0
17/15 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)    317 408 17 43.7  17-13*VOLTRON (589)             1  4 0
18/16 NEVERWAKE (508)           91 126 13 41.9  18/16 SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)     0  3 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/17 DARKOVER II (592)         57  82  6 41.0  19-18 WAR-C-KERS (345)          0  2 0
20/18 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      297 547  6 35.2  20/ 0 ORDER OF LARANI (18)      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[ Cities by the Shore #13 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Between Point and Aruak City:

      It was a hill much like the others they'd passed so far, a steep shoulder turned 
to the road, a gentler slope visible beyond it falling away into a wild-looking 
pasture.  There were rocks at the foot, along the roadside, which was unusual; rocks 
were carried away promptly they were found to be used in buildings and field walls.  
And a spill of dirt from a notch in the crest, slumped against the little bluff and 
sprawled half across the road, which bent around the hill and out of sight.  The 
hollow clop of their horses' hooves was muffled when they reached the little slide, 
but that was the only change; Tollisker did not stop the troop, or swerve them out to 
avoid the area.  So the dirt wasn't what he was worried about, nor anything 
immediately at hand.  She began to scan what distances she could see.
      The pasture sloped down from the road opposite the bluff, ending in trees, then 
rose again in a wooded slope.  Must be a stream down there.  Either the road around 
this bend would go along the stream, perhaps in the woods, or cross it.  She had been 
through this area before, though not recently, and remembered stone bridges with 
shallow arches, streams with cattails along the bank, and sunlight dappling the 
waters.  A stream would make a pleasant change, maybe a place to stop for a quick 
meal.
      No, not with Tollisker so tense.  They must be approaching a place where trouble 
was common.  She packed her gathered sunlight into a tighter ball, the better to use 
it as a weapon.  A sideways glance at Fandil.  He was gripping his staff with both 
hands, running his fingers along the carving and inlays.  He was ready for trouble, 
too; even his beard seemed tense.
      Around the curve.  She could see that the road crossed valley and stream, but 
trees near at hand hid the closer parts of it, and the bridge.  Still nothing 
obviously wrong, except for the lack of traffic.  And no livestock in these pastures, 
where there was grass enough even at this season.  But that could be due to the 
general drawing in of the people from anything that simply MIGHT be dangerous.  And 
living so close to risen Krael would be enough to make anyone nervous, she thought, 
especially those who had no magical ability to understand and defend against the 
dangers.
      They came past the last of the screening trees, and she could see that the 
bridge was out.  The span she remembered was broken in the center, leaving a gap of 
about ten feet.  Well, so they'd have to ford the stream, it wasn't likely to be deep.
      But Tollisker signaled his troop to a halt and waved forward a pair of men.  
Adie supposed they were scouts, in effect, sent to test for whatever danger was 
anticipated.
      Their approach to the bridge was slow, the way they might have approached a 
sleeping dragon.  No, no, not a dragon!  They wouldn't have approached such a beast at 
all; maybe a sleeping bear.  They sat their horses well back from the bank and threw 
things into the water, then went closer and probed with their spears.  There was no 
reaction that the people waiting on the road could see, and one of the scouts waved 
them forward.
      "Do we ford the stream?" Fandil asked.
      "No.  Run at the bridge, one at a time, and jump the gap.  Safer that way," the 
young captain said.  "There's something in the water, but it might be lower down the 
stream.  We can hope so."
      "Something," Fandil said, tasting the word.
      "Such as what?" Adie asked.  "And where did it come from?"
      "Sort of fish-like," Tollisker said, "but," he coughed, embarrassed, "it's got 
tentacles.  And that always means it's bad."
      "There are perfectly innocent squids and octopuses in the world," Fandil 
growled.
      "Not around here.  It's a little like a giant catfish, all pale, and the demon 
said it lived in drowned Krael and was changed there.  It came up when the city did, 
but had to have water, so it moved into this stream."
      "What demon?" Fandil and Adie asked together.
      "From Tobir."  Tollisker glanced at them, apparently surprised by their 
surprise.  "You know, the arenamaster there.  Vashku.  He's come up to see my Lord 
Jerrofil several times, and I hear he's been very helpful."
      "The arenamaster of Tobir is--?"
      "Not now, Fandil," Adie said.  Her attention was focused on the bridge, where 
the first riders were forming into a line and beginning their gallop.  Everyone in the 
troop was watching, she saw, some of them with bows drawn.
      As the first rider cleared the gap, Tollisker suddenly looked around at his men.  
"Who's watching our flanks and rear?" he demanded.  There was a hasty reshuffling of 
attention, which seemed to satisfy him, and he turned his own gaze back to the bridge.  
Two more riders were across by now.  "You two should go now," he said.  "If the Pale 
Fish isn't here now, it will sense the vibration of our passing and becoming.  Get 
across while you can do it safely."
      "What about you?" Adie asked.
      "My job is to be sure you have the best chance to reach Aruak City," the captain 
said.  "Your job is to get there, not to fight the Pale Fish.  Go!"
      Fandil nodded.  "He's right, Adie.  Let's go!"

Point:

      Master Cho stood with the gladiators Sedalia, Circ, and Gissanniah watching the 
two Ardiventi gladiators depart.  He was not sure if he was glad or sorry to see 
Stepharoo and Eclipse leave.  Sorry not to have their strong arms at his back for the 
next task, but glad not to be worrying about their mysterious and half-controlled 
powers.  The time to learn the use and control of such powers was, most emphatically, 
not while in the midst of a battle.
      Cho turned to Senator Sedalia, who seemed to be the spokesman for the group from 
Iaye.  "Tell me about this map, now," he said.
      "We found it in the Great Archive on Iaye--the map of the surface streets and 
structures of Krael, at least.  The other one, showing the tunnels, came into our 
hands mysteriously and was authenticated by the Khalhums Dwarf of Iaye.  It shows the 
tunnels they dug for access while doing some special construction work about... what 
did he say, a hundred years before the city sank?"  Sedalia glanced at his companions 
for confirmation.
      Gissanniah nodded.  "About that, from what Kegrald Steelhand said."
      "He also said," Old Doc Circ cut in, "that the King of Krael who ordered the 
construction would not have known about the tunnels.  They were by way of, ah, 
underground scaffolding, if you will."
      "Khaldren could have spotted them in a hundred years, if he's such a skilled 
wizard," Sedalia argued.  "We can hardly assume he doesn't know about them!"
      "I am a skilled wizard," Cho said crisply, "and I cannot detect the tunnels, 
even knowing they are there.  I think it unlikely that Khaldren has discovered them."
      "If you can't detect them, maybe that means they're all filled in," Sedalia 
said.
      "Not necessarily."  Everyone turned in surprise to Gissanniah, who seldom spoke 
unless addressed first.  She blushed.  "I know a little about dwarves.  They have 
their own arts, and they could have made sure the tunnels would not be found by, well, 
people they considered unauthorized."
      "Wouldn't the King of Krael and his chief magician have been authorized?" Circ 
asked.
      She shrugged.  "What I've been told," she said, "is that dwarves will take just 
about any commission if it looks interesting, but if they, well, don't quite 
approve... they do things their own way.  Sort of booby-trap it, or something.  I 
don't KNOW this, but I've been told.  I think we should risk it, if the tunnels will 
help us fight Khaldren and Krael."
      "Which it will do," Circ said.  "That map clearly shows that parts of the city 
have been laid out as an enormous focusing lens for power.  And that the secret 
tunnels will allow us to reach some of the key points and destroy them, thus 
preventing the lens from working as Khaldren apparently intends."
      Cho nodded.  "I agree.  But we will proceed carefully, taking no unnecessary 
risks, causing no unnecessary destruction.  I would prefer to survive our efforts 
here."
      "Good point," Sedalia agreed.  "Steelhand said the best way to get in was 
through the Ogre's Tomb--"  He turned toward the steep, stone-crowned hill.
      "And there is our first risk," Cho finished.  "I have heard of this Ogre's Tomb, 
and that the tunnels under it go to many places we might not wish to reach... or be 
reached from.  We will not rush blindly into them."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

      I am stunned.  In the first place, I never expected to make Duel2Dude here, and 
in the second place, not by killing.  I extend my deepest sympathies to all Gerfel's 
Friends, and to Gerfel himself if he should happen to be around.

                                          Windchaser

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ARUAK CITY!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team COLORIFIC was 
unseated this week as DARKOVER II moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top spot with 
a 2-3-0 record for the round.  There were bitter words at VOLTRON's guildhouse after 
a 0-0-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 17th.  Dark Arena anyone?  
Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner!  Witness how this week 
ORDO HERETICUS went 4-1-0 to move up 7 in the rankings.  SMUSH caught the eye of many 
in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested WALK THE LINE and was awarded 
22 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, TOBIUS put down 
GOLDEN GLOW, causing her to lose 11 points of recognition in the process.  As is 
fitting, the most sought after warrior on the challenge boards this week was none 
other than Duelmaster WINDCHASER himself.  Who here was not present for the title 
fight this week as SPECIAL! boldly TV challenged WINDCHASER in order to strive for 
the Duelmasters honors?  The city has turned out in honor of SPECIAL!, for with his 
arena victory he may now lay claim to the highest position in the city!  Would you 
believe that over half of the old women in ARUAK CITY seem to feel that they could 
fight better than you gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ARUAK CITY.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  ORDO HERETICUS is feared.  This much I can say.  Methinks 
more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part of last 
week avoiding ORDO HERETICUS.  Indeed it was NEVERWAKE.  A match that raised a few 
eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that THRISS posted a challenge against the 
more highly recognized JUMPIN'.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand THRISS 
was beat by JUMPIN'.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  The warrior's path is harsh.  For mediocrity there 
is but one reward--death.  This past week TORRY FATEGIVER, at 6-12-2, departed ARUAK 
CITY forever.  Many townsmen have begin to remark over the fact that after one more 
round of duels ORDO HERETICUS' Bloodfeud against DONALD DUNSEN will have expired.  
Walk proud, warriors of ORDO HERETICUS!  By striking down BENJAMIN you have avenged 
the honor of your dead.  Your virtue is known to all in ARUAK CITY.  Fate is a fickle 
mistress.  She showers the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the 
victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in ARUAK CITY.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the 
spires of a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till we meet again, remember:  
a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its 
prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPECIAL! 6526                13   3  2   164       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHITE LIE 6659               17   5  1   133       COLORIFIC (511)
-TANGERINE TOAD 6603          20   3  0   118       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-LORD KRONOS 6111             13   9  1   115       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
-VIOLET VULTURE 6612          16   4  0   104       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-KAELEN THUNDERHEART 6777     11   5  1   102       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 TURQUOISE TIGER 6556         24  11  0    99       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 FIONA STARMANTLE 5022        11  10  1    98       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
 WINDCHASER 6469              17  41  2    94       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-AVARKIEL 548                 12   6  0    94       ORDER OF LARANI (18)
-SILVER LINING 6339           16  14  3    92       COLORIFIC (511)
 DONALD DUNSEN 6787           14   6  1    92       TUFT TUGGERS (305)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TWO-S0PEAR 6700              13  16  0    88       ELFQUEST (515)
-ZYN'KYR 6579                  9   2  0    87       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
-MAGENTA MAGGOT 6627          11  10  0    79       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 AIRK ARCSTONE 6778           10   8  2    79       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
-MAN'S BEST FRIEND 6694       18   6  0    78       BULLDOGS (157)
 ANGCARADINA 691              10   5  0    77       ORDER OF LARANI (18)
 TOBIUS 6905                  11   4  0    75       ORDO HERETICUS (593)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GOLDEN GLOW 6803             11   6  0    66       COLORIFIC (511)
-TITANIUM 5137                 7   5  0    65       WAR-C-KERS (345)
 JACKHAMMER 6613               9   4  4    63       NEVERWAKE (508)
 YOUSEFF 6906                  7   8  0    62       ORDO HERETICUS (593)
-THE FLYING PEASANT 6859       6   3  1    62       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 HONOR 6880                    6   2  0    62       DARKOVER II (592)
 MARGARET ALTON 6887           7   3  0    61       DARKOVER II (592)
 DAWNING DANIKA 6866           6   3  0    61       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 WOLFBROTHER 6706             14  15  1    58       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)
 JUMPIN' 6704                 13  16  2    58       SCARLET KNIGHTS II (507)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FARSHOT 6713                  6   3  0    56       NEVERWAKE (508)
 DELIA'S GONE 6707            13  16  0    55       ELFQUEST (515)
 KORO CLOUD 6618               8  30  0    54       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 WALK THE LINE 6708           12  17  0    53       ELFQUEST (515)
 SMUSH 6916                    3   0  0    52       NEVERWAKE (508)
 BARRICADE 6819                7   0  0    51       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 FLEA BAG 6804                13   7  0    46       BULLDOGS (157)
 DIRK DARKBLADE 6528           8  11  1    45       IMMORTALS (85)
 ONE-EYE 6711                  7  22  2    45       SCARLET KNIGHTS (375)
 HORSEFLY 6860                 4   6  0    45       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 SARAYA STEEL 6545             8   9  0    42       IMMORTALS (85)
-PENFOLD 692                   8   6  1    40       ORDER OF LARANI (18)
 PONY 6820                     8  10  0    39       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 ARVIN LARN 6904               7   6  1    35       ORDO HERETICUS (593)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE SMASH 6553               8   8  1    33       IMMORTALS (85)
 FIREWALL 6818                 5   6  0    33       MILITANT LEGION (586)
-AUTOMATON 6756                5   2  0    31       MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
-CULHAN CARAND 6743            3   0  1    31       THE RED HAND (579)
-CROI MAKIN 6862               2   0  0    29       THE RED HAND (579)
-GORIN ROGAD 6749              1   2  0    29       THE RED HAND (579)
-CABO WABO 6828                4   1  0    28       BARHOPPERS II (587)
 PINK EYE 6911                 2   0  1    28       COLORIFIC (511)
-YELLOW LION 6841              4   1  0    27       VOLTRON (589)
 THRISS 6883                   3   6  0    27       DARKOVER II (592)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LON BRADDOCK 6617             3   7  0    24       IMMORTALS (85)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BAR-B-DOO 6614                6   3  0    21       WAR-C-KERS (345)
 SLEDGE 6917                   1   2  0    21       NEVERWAKE (508)
-DREAM KILLER 6559             3   4  0    19       WAR-C-KERS (345)
-BLACK LION 6839               2   3  1    19       VOLTRON (589)
 JOHNNY ASH 6912               2   1  0    19       TUFT TUGGERS (305)
 MAXIM SOREL 6921              1   2  0    19       ORDO HERETICUS (593)
-GREEN THUMB 6830              4   5  0    17       COLORIFIC (511)
 CHIEF SITTING BULL 6872       3   3  0    16       BULLDOGS (157)
 IAN MARSH 6877                2   3  1    16       DARKOVER II (592)
-BLUE LION 6842                2   3  0    15       VOLTRON (589)
-GREEN LION 6843               4   1  0    13       VOLTRON (589)
-MIASIN 6871                   3   2  0    11       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
 BENJAMIN 6878                 2   4  1    11       DARKOVER II (592)
-SUPERFICIAL HITMAN 6865       2   5  0    11       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-OUTHOUSE COMMANDO 6913        2   0  0     7       GERFEL'S FRIENDS (253)
-GRAND MARNIER 6827            1   2  0     7       BARHOPPERS II (587)
 JON FLUTE 6922                1   2  0     6       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
-RED LION 6875                 1   3  0     6       VOLTRON (589)
 AMBUSH 6870                   0   2  0     6       MILITANT LEGION (586)
 SAFFRON SKUNK 6910            1   1  0     4       ANIMAL FARM (510)
-HYVRIK 823                    0   3  0     3       ORDER OF LARANI (18)
-BARK 6915                     0   2  0     2       BULLDOGS (157)
-LEATHER HIDE 6914             0   1  0     1       BULLDOGS (157)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BLUE BLOOD 6873        0  2 0 COLORIFIC 511         KASTEEN 6903          559 REVENGED
CHOPSTICK SURGEO 6785 11  5 0 GERFEL'S FRIENDS 253  WINDCHASER 6469       562         
SKALLY SKYDEWAYS 6861  3  3 0 GERFEL'S FRIENDS 253  JACKHAMMER 6613       560         
TORRY FATEGIVER 6534   6 12 2 IMMORTALS 85          JACKHAMMER 6613       563         
JON FLEET 6415        11 51 0 KRILL CAVALRY 374     LORD KRONOS 6111      560         
FOXHOLE 6845           1  2 0 MILITANT LEGION 586   SHEWISH GIANT 489     563 NONE    
DA ME 6927             0  1 0 MILITANT LEGION 586   MOUNTAIN TROLL 486    563 NONE    
FIREBASE 6817          5  5 2 MILITANT LEGION 586   THE FLYING PEASA 6859 559 NOT REVE
HAUNT 6667             3  7 0 NEVERWAKE 508         STONE GOLEM 494       563 NONE    
SHAMBOS 6926           1  1 0 ORDO HERETICUS 593    PINK EYE 6911         563         
KASTEEN 6903           2  2 1 ORDO HERETICUS 593    WHITE LIE 6659        560         
GULLET 6907            8  4 0 ORDO HERETICUS 593    DONALD DUNSEN 6787    560         
VELADE 6920            0  1 0 ORDO HERETICUS 593    BENJAMIN 6878         561 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Eisenhorn, boyo, thank you for the remarkable compliment.  E.T. go 'ome. -- Purple 
People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Convicted assassin and lying Peasant, phbtttt! -- White Lie & Golden Glow, Proud 
Colorifics

Special1, you musta cheated, Bimbo! -- Silver Lining, Proud Colorific

Smash and Doc Doolittle, unfair attacking me while I was planting!  Unfair! Next time, 
I plant you.  YOU. -- Green Thumb, Proud Colorific

Avast ye maties!  Blimey!  Hain't got me biguns onna top fitin'.  Nay!  Blasted teddy 
bears!  Aye. -- Mino, Animal Farm

Mino, but I fought Ian Marsh and thought it came out really well.  I did.  E came up 
smelling like a skunk! (giggle) -- Saffron Skunk

Tobius, that felt Ordorific!  Really fine! -- Magenta Maggot

Honor, we are sorry for you having to wallow with those NPC scallywags.  We want you 
to know that WE want you. -- Turquoise, Tangerine, Magenta, & Violet

John Flute, I do believe I suck big time.  Like a Hoover ....... -- Leather Hide

Wow!  Chopstick Surgeon is dead?!  We shall miss him. Windchaser, a killer?  What is 
The Heart And Soul Of Andoria coming to?  Gerfel, may the surgeon fight well in that 
Great Arena In The Sky. -- Kennelworth

Arvin, two out of three?  You took all I had in that long one, pal.  I'm avoiding! -- 
Flea Bag

Airk, always a pleasure.  Tuft collecting is such a thrill! -- Man's Best Friend

Windchaser, congratulations on your Duelmaster title.  The Duelmaster drinks free at 
The Bulldog Inn. -- Kennelworth, Proprietor

Pony, I guess the itch got to you? -- Flea bag

Shambos, how.  Me thinkum yu be gud. -- Chief Sitting Bull (nursing his wounds)

Johnny Ash, I should bitten rather than barked.  But I wanted to be nice about that 
tuft you can keep. -- Bark

Kennelworth -- We traded tufts last turn it seems.  But otherwise you and your 
consortium buddies are sure trashing Airk's record.  We're not very happy about all 
those poor match-ups.  It's like you bribed the Commission or something... -- Tankesh

PPE -- I measure success differently.  One of the ways I do that is to look at my 
record versus individual teams.  I'm lookin' through and I see lots of wins against 
the Bulldogs, 2-0 vs. Neverwake, and many against Leeta's crew.  Hmm... oh, I see with 
just my current roster you and I are only 2-1.  I guess you got lucky once and avoid 
us the rest of the time.  You just keep getting your easy wins against others and brag 
all you want, we know the real deal. -- Tankesh

Doc Steele -- Is that the Big D?!  Welcome back to Aruak!  It says much that you have 
returned to the Heart and Soul of Andoria even as you have cut back to minimal 
participation in the basic aspect of the gladiatorial system.  We still look forward 
to your new style of play and hope you find our ways to your liking.  Maybe you'll 
learn you're a closet Andorian!  In any case, it's great to have more competition here 
in our fair city of your renowned caliber.  Good luck, the RUGs here are merciless. -- 
Tankesh

Kendric -- 1/1/1 eh?  How much?  Well, first I'll take a team of studly scummy/hybrid 
TPs.  And then I'll take enough cash to run them for a year at your expense.  Then 
I'll challenge you all day long until you get sick of being scummed and hacked down in 
exhaustion. <wink> -- Tankesh

Aruak -- Look at Kendric and his Benjamin!  True Andorians in word and heart! -- 
Tankesh

Honor -- We usually run one team full up, but the tourney is coming and some of ours 
may sit out and take a stab at it.  After that we should be full up again. -- Tankesh

Youseff -- We understand your need to retain your ronoh by continuing to duefdoolb me.  
Good luck next nrut, I may sit out after that. -- Donald, apparently, but not quite 
dyslexic

Eisenhorn -- Your words to PPE sounded as if they came from my own heart!  Although 
you were much more eloquent! -- Tankesh
P.S.  You don't know how many times I have tried to allow the Commission to let my 
boss, Adie, work in the infirmary when our team is playing.  Apparently they won't 
accept the services of a priestess even if it is free!  Heck, she'd even save the life 
of the other competititor, but no...

Horsefly -- I'm tall so I can reach you up on the ceiling to squish!  Just kidding, 
sometimes I wish I was small cute and cuddly.  Consider me... statuesque. -- Danika

NO!!  Not our Duelmaster, Chopstick Surgeon!  NARGH!! -- Tankesh, suddenly distraught 
beyond all normalcy

Man's Best Friend -- Damn it, not again.  Bite me. -- Airk

Delia's Gone -- Note quite! -- Danika
P.S. Just kidding... but I sure sounded wicked, didn't I?

Bark -- But no bite.  A bit of charcoal stuffing and you were snuff.  Nice try though!  
I was born to mash Bulldogs! -- Johnny Ash

PPE -- We too tire of your annoying vehemance.  We are 3-2-1-0 against your pathetic 
team.  Perhaps we should sacrifice another of yours for our blood magic receptacle... 
-- Fiona for Maniacal Tufts

Tobius -- <in an evil echoing voice> Next time I should take your soul... -- Special!

Silver Lining -- One day we will succeed in making your mercurial innards gleam 
eternally red... -- Special!

Two-Spear -- Foiled again in my attempts to send you to the netherworld... -- Fiona

Hello everybody.  It's been a while since I've been here but I had to come back to 
celebrate my 20th year in this arena.  Unfortunately, I've decided to retire after 
next turn.  I would like to say how much I've enjoyed this place and it's all because 
of you wonderful people who'be been here for the past two decades.  Good luck to all, 
especially our biggest adversaries; Tuft Tuggers, Bulldogs, and Gerfel's Friends.  
Drinks on us. -- Dartor, mgr Immortals

Ghost of Velade --  I expect no less.  -- Benjamin

Maxim Sorel -- Perhaps next time around?  -- Benjamin

Green Thumb --  Hm.  Maybe I'll have to try again, now...  I was polite and gave you 
credit for an unusual tactic.  Unlike SOME folks I can think of. -- Ian Marsh

Saffron Skunk --  Ye GODS that HURT!  I should've been more warry of a Skunmk with a 
nasty pointy thing.  As if that...umm...odor wasn't bad enough.  -- Ian Marsh

Koro Cloud --  While that fight certainly didn't end the way I wanted it, you sure are 
a mighty fine teacher.  Is Cult Member a firend of yours?  -- Thriss

One Eye --  My thanks for the excellent tutelage you provided.  Do you mind if I 
reccomend you to my friends? -- Honor

Thriss -- You are a young lady of generous spirit, and I thank you for that win.  
They've been thin on the ground for me, probably because of my mediocrity in this 
competitive arena. -- Koro Cloud

Flea Bag -- Not only fleas, I hope you have ear mites as well! -- Pony

Miasin -- You've got to be faster off the mark to catch a fly. -- Horsefly

Leather Hide -- Ah, but I was a leather worker in my other life.  I've kept up with my 
skills. -- Jon Flute

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HAUNT was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
FOXHOLE was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
DA ME was murdered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MAXIM SOREL vanquished BENJAMIN in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl.
SPECIAL! overpowered WINDCHASER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title fight.
TOBIUS outwaited GOLDEN GLOW in a dull 9 minute Challenge brawl.
MARGARET ALTON overpowered DELIA'S GONE in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
YOUSEFF viciously subdued WOLFBROTHER in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
DAWNING DANIKA vanquished KORO CLOUD in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
THRISS was overpowered by JUMPIN' in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
SMUSH overpowered WALK THE LINE in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
CHIEF SITTING BULL unbelievably bested JON FLUTE in a 2 minute gory Challenge bout.
PINK EYE murdered SHAMBOS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
WHITE LIE handily defeated ANGCARADINA in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
TURQUOISE TIGER subdued AIRK ARCSTONE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute one-sided brawl.
TWO-S0PEAR overpowered FARSHOT in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
DONALD DUNSEN devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a exciting 1 minute uneven duel.
FIONA STARMANTLE devastated HONOR in a popular 1 minute brutal mismatched brawl.
JACKHAMMER savagely slew TORRY FATEGIVER in a 2 minute brutal bout.
ONE-EYE was beaten by HORSEFLY in a 1 minute fight.
DIRK DARKBLADE viciously subdued FIREWALL in a crowd pleasing 2 minute competition.
FLEA BAG was savagely defeated by BARRICADE in a monotonous 27 minute gory duel.
ARVIN LARN unbelievably bested LON BRADDOCK in a action packed 1 minute bloody duel.
PONY defeated BLUE SMASH in a 1 minute match.
JOHNNY ASH was overpowered by SARAYA STEEL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
IAN MARSH overpowered AMBUSH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SAFFRON SKUNK was overpowered by SLEDGE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -   9 -  2      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   8         AIMED BLOW        20 -  13 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      8         PARRY-RIPOSTE     16 -  11 -  1      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         BASHING ATTACK    34 -  26 -  3      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       58 -  46 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  14 -  3      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  15 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    44 -  50 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  27 -  6      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  27 -  1      34  |

Turn 563 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     5 -  3     AIMED BLOW         2 -  3         4  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     8 -  5     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     
TOTAL PARRY        4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   SPECIAL! 6526              13   3  2  164 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
TOTAL PARRY      TURQUOISE TIGER 6556       24  11  0   99 ANIMAL FARM (510)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FIONA STARMANTLE 5022      11  10  1   98 MANIACAL TUFTS (431)
PARRY-STRIKE     DONALD DUNSEN 6787         14   6  1   92 TUFT TUGGERS (305)
LUNGING ATTACK   AIRK ARCSTONE 6778         10   8  2   79 TUFT TUGGERS (305)
WALL OF STEEL    GOLDEN GLOW 6803           11   6  0   66 COLORIFIC (511)
AIMED BLOW       MARGARET ALTON 6887         7   3  0   61 DARKOVER II (592)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WINDCHASER 6469.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was AIRK ARCSTONE 6778.  The ten other most popular fighters were DIRK DARKBLADE 
6528, SMUSH 6916, JON FLUTE 6922, DONALD DUNSEN 6787, TORRY FATEGIVER 6534, HAUNT 
6667, MARGARET ALTON 6887, YOUSEFF 6906, FIONA STARMANTLE 5022, and WHITE LIE 6659.

The least popular fighter this week was FLEA BAG 6804.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BARRICADE 6819, TOBIUS 6905, GOLDEN GLOW 6803, WALK THE LINE 6708, 
SAFFRON SKUNK 6910, AMBUSH 6870, JOHNNY ASH 6912, FIREWALL 6818, ONE-EYE 6711, and 
FARSHOT 6713.