DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/18/2009    Duedate: 12/31/2009

ARUAK CITY ARENA

DM-11    TURN-635

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GREEN THUMB
COLORIFIC (511)
(11-6830) [32-14-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GREEN THUMB                    POSITION IS EMPTY
COLORIFIC (511)                
(11-6830) [32-14-0,112]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GRAY MATTER                    TIRLA DANCER
COLORIFIC (511)                KRILL CAVALRY (374)
(11-7152) [13-11-0,86]         (11-7228) [8-10-0,36]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BULLDOGS (157)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FURRY FURY (611)            47
2. KRILL CAVALRY (374)         14      COLORIFIC (511)
3. COLORIFIC (511)             12      Unchartered Team
4. THE CAPTAINS (614)           0
5. BULLDOGS (157)              -3      OFF-COLOR JOKES (215)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 COLORIFIC (511)          437 225 14 66.0   1/ 3 BULLDOGS (157)           11  4 0
 2/ 2 ANIMAL FARM (510)        %1226 662 42 64.9   2/ 1 ANIMAL FARM (510)         8  4 0
 3- 3*THE CAPTAINS (614)         3   2  1 60.0   3/ 4 COLORIFIC (511)           7  6 0
 4/ 4 BULLDOGS (157)           %1115 807 35 58.0   4/ 2 IMMORTALS (85)            6  9 0
 5/ 5 IMMORTALS (85)           952 %1092 75 46.6   5/ 5 KRILL CAVALRY (374)       6  9 0
 6/ 7 FURRY FURY (611)          14  22  0 38.9   6/ 7 FURRY FURY (611)          3  0 0
 7/ 6 KRILL CAVALRY (374)      441 754  8 36.9   7- 6*THE CAPTAINS (614)        3  2 1

    '*'   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 #40 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

In the mountains west of Fratsfa:

     After a while, maybe half an hour, Fandil stood.  Elosjon shivered again.  This
was it.  Ultimate battle, powerful enemy, no quarter.  They were probably going to
die.  HE was probably going to die.  As he stood and tried automatically to brush the
dirt off his robe, he found himself thinking that it was a shame he hadn't ever
visited the Flower Shoppe in Fratsfa for its primary purpose.  Some magicians claimed
that doing so would impair the vital forces, but others claimed it was energizing.
He wished now that he had take the time to formulate his own opinion and test it.
Well, too late for that, but if he DID by some chance survive, he would--  He
remembered Ravishing Redbud who had started out with them, and blushed.  But if he
survived, he WOULD.  With her.
     Fandil glanced at him and said, "Remember, you are present as a back-up.  Not to
throw yourself into the forefront of the battle and get killed for nothing, but to
hold ready for that instant when just a little extra power on my side will tip the
scales."
     Elosjon opened his mouth to protest what he saw as coddling, but the older mage
stopped him with a glance.
     "No, I'm not slighting your ability, my young colleague.  It isn't ability that
you lack, but simple experience.  Some things only come with long practice, and the
timing that is critical in a magical battle, or any other kind of battle, is one of
them.  I'm not giving you the 'easy' job, either.  When your assistance is needed, it
will be needed desperately, and you will have to be ready to give without hesitation
or limit."  The older man's beard twitched in what might have been a smile.  "And if
any of the watchdogs show up while I'm busy, I trust you will deal with them."

Fratsfa:

     "What I want to know," Sunflower said, "is what this Korneth guy thinks he's
going to get out of it all."
     "Power," Herlas said.  "A crown."
     "Yes, but how?  Even if the old king is gone for good, how does all this..." she
stirred her hand around as though mixing a pot of trouble, "how does it make HIM into
the new king?"
     "That's how a man becomes a king," Lady Fern said.  "By seizing a chance when it
comes along--and often enough by making the chance in the first place.  He will argue
that there is no one else at hand who can do what needs to be done, and point to the
'Karnhorn Menace' or some other made-up danger and say that no time can be lost, the
Andorian League--"
     "He'll make it a kingdom, not a league," Herlas put in.
     She nodded.  "That seems a logical step for him.  That Andoria needs a strong
hand on the reins now of all times.  None of the other 'lesser' rulers will do: the
Baron of Ardivent is too little known to the population as a whole, and he's an elf,
the leaders of the Clanholds are Aruaki, the Thane of Convincia is too old, the
Raltumans are out of the question since Aradi's defection--"
     "What about Emperor Alonj?" Orchid asked.
     "Easily discredited.  He used to seem half-mad, though he wasn't, and many
people will believe that he really is."  Fern snorted.  "His wife may have something
to say about that, true, but Alonj doesn't want to rule Andoria, and she may not push
him into something he doesn't want."
     "He's right about one thing," Lenpro said.  "Somebody has to take control."
     "Why?" Herlas asked.  "Why not go back to being independent units: Ardivent and
Fratsfa, the Clanholds, Convincia, and Raltumas.  It isn't like the League is some
ancient tradition, or the separate parts will turn on each other without the
framework of the League to make them work together."
     Lenpro and Fern spoke together:  "No."  Fern gestured for Lenpro to carry on
with the explanation.  "Only in a perfect world will people work together without
rules and leaders, and this is not a perfect world.  People--petty nobles, great
nobles, military leaders, wealthy merchants, ambitious priests--they'll see a power
vacuum and try to step in to fill it.  There will be fighting, and sooner or later a
union again.  We should bypass that if we can:  Better a bad ruler than no ruler."
     "Not always," Lady Fern said.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 316): CONFIDENCE of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 634): STABLEBOY of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 634): TYNE of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 619): HATE MY LIFE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 623): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 619): RAVING LUNATIC of DARK FORCES (?, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 618): DEATH RATTLE of ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 616): HIPS of HER BEST ASSETS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): TERILEE LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 576): COUNTRY RHODES of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 567): BROTHER JEROME of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 264): NUMBSKULL of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 466): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 217): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 519): SPAWN of CHECKMATE (The Storm Lord, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 316): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 634): ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 634): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 619): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 623): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 619): DARK FORCES (?, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 618): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 615): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 576): THE STORM FRONT (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 566): SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth?, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 264): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 466): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 217): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 519): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 315): CONSTERNATION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 619): HERSHEL WILLIAMS of MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 622): LORMIN GARDE of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): TERILEE LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 575): STANLOY MEDAR of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 566): ANNA BEATRICE of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 264): NUMBSKULL of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            BRAIN TUMOR of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PULLED HAMSTRING of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                (turn 263): BEXLY of OHIO (Berylstar, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     What you have to remember is that yellow fever can be a be defeated by clean
living and right action.  And I am an expert at clean living--don't I clean the
stables every day?  Which is right action.

                                    Stableboy

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  ANIMAL FARM?  Who?  BULLDOGS is the top team these days, buddies!  
Practice pays for CORVO BLACK, who pummelled DOGMATIC, to pocket 29 points.  A 
certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 26 
points to CORVO BLACK.  (Discrete enough, DOGMATIC?) The arena was more crowded than 
usual this time, as GREEN THUMB faced ARUAK CITY's Duelmaster.  In ARUAK CITY, 
nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, GREEN 
THUMB.  So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging 
dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     And how sociable are ARUAK CITY's warriors?  Come, let us see.  To quell some 
nasty rumors, the guys in IMMORTALS are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need 
to avoid 'em.  The warriors of IMMORTALS found their efforts at combat frustrated as 
BULLDOGS apparently had more important things to do than fight.  Is it charming 
personality?  Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, GREEN 
THUMB is the most challenged warrior.  TOM SAWYER found himself challenged by a 
warrior 18 below:  GRAY MATTER.  GRAY MATTER of COLORIFIC kept his wits as he subdued 
TOM SAWYER.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
ARUAK CITY would I avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ARUAK CITY is the highlight of my life.  As the 
seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to 
leave this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid ARUAK 
CITY farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREEN THUMB 6830             32  14  0   112       COLORIFIC (511)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGING BULL 7205             13  10  0   107       BULLDOGS (157)
 KHAKI KRAIT 7238              9   2  1   103       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 STABLEBOY 7118               19  23  0   100       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 CINDERELLA MAN 7102          13  21  0    98       IMMORTALS (85)
 SHY MEERKAT 7140              9   4  0    92       FURRY FURY (611)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRAY MATTER 7152             13  11  0    86       COLORIFIC (511)
 PAPRIKA PUMA 7204            13   4  1    82       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 YELLOW FEVER 6978            19   9  1    75       COLORIFIC (511)
 DRAYTON FLASHSTONE 7166      11  12  0    69       IMMORTALS (85)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOM SAWYER 7101              15  19  2    66       IMMORTALS (85)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CLARET CRAWDAD 7246           5   1  0    55       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 CORVO BLACK 7257              2   5  0    53       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 BLACK BEE 7245               10   3  0    51       ANIMAL FARM (510)
 IRVIN FLETE 7211             11  15  0    48       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 HOUND 7230                    8   2  0    44       BULLDOGS (157)
 RED HEAD 7231                10   6  0    36       COLORIFIC (511)
 TIRLA DANCER 7228             8  10  0    36       KRILL CAVALRY (374)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DOGMATIC 7255                 6   1  2    30       BULLDOGS (157)
-PURPLE PIG 7253               6   1  0    28       ANIMAL FARM (510)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MINUTE STEAK 7252             5   3  0    24       BULLDOGS (157)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PURPLE PASSION 7259           4   0  0    23       COLORIFIC (511)
 COWERING COYOTE 7219          1   0  0    23       FURRY FURY (611)
-PICARD 7267                   1   0  1    22       THE CAPTAINS (614)
 HARLINE FLETE 7258            2   5  0    14       KRILL CAVALRY (374)
 MILO PICKERING 7256           3   4  0    13       IMMORTALS (85)
-JANEWAY 7263                  1   0  0    13       THE CAPTAINS (614)
 CAUTIONARY ORC 7261           3   2  0    11       IMMORTALS (85)
 DOGMEAT 7262                  2   0  0     9       BULLDOGS (157)
-SISKO 7265                    1   0  0     8       THE CAPTAINS (614)
-KIRK 7266                     0   1  0     2       THE CAPTAINS (614)
-ARCHER 7264                   0   1  0     1       THE CAPTAINS (614)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Captains -- You are a welcome sight.  May your stay in Aruak City, The Heart And Soul
Of Andoria, be long and prosperous. -- Kennelworth, Bulldogs

Dartor -- Your accomplishments against PPE have not gone unnoticed.  That brash
manager needs to be taken down a notch or three and you are just the tactician to do
it.  Well done. -- Kennelworth

Congratulations, Duelmaster Stableboy!  That loud-mouthed, infested, Yellow Fever
needed an antidote and you were it.  Kudos.  Duelmasters drink free at The Bulldog
Inn.  See you there. -- Kennelworth, Proprietor

Archer -- How lucky I was that this day was mine.  Yours will come soon, I'm sure. --
Dogmeat

Milo Pickering -- I feel better now that I have defeated someone with such a long,
beautiful name like yours. After all, I am a mere ... Hound

     So long as you don't start "crying all the time."

Corvo Black -- I have no tolerance for your type.  (But I'm willing to try to develop
a taste.) -- Minute Steak

Can't stand those Delarquan Spy types in The Heart And Soul Of Andoria.  So, there!
Take that! -- Dogmatic

Tom Sawyer -- I guess that means I am still the better, but I would trade the title
for Becky any day. -- Raging Bull, Retired

All -- Merry Christmas to all and to all a good fight.  Health.  Humility.  Honor. --
Kennelworth and The BulldoBs

Gratters, Stableboy, me matey!  Ye straightened out yon yellar fever thang.  Aye. --
Mino, Animal Farm

Cautionary Orc -- We are not "scum" as you say.  We are Patience Practitioners, sir.
And YOU are now an idol. -- Purple Pig

Tirla -- It was MY turn to buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. -- Black Bee

Harline Flete -- How does it feel to wallow with the pigs--and lose?  Oink oink. --
Purple Pig

M. Chardinee -- Thanks for being there. -- Paprika Puma

Venomous Concubine -- You don't know venom, Baby! -- Khaki Krait

Stableboy -- You will rue the day you took what was mine, you filthy peasant! --
Yellow Fever, Proud Colorific

Yellow Fever -- Perhaps you will rue it more, you, you worthless loser! -- Purple
People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Kung Fu Master -- You can't beat me even with that massive style advantage?!  You are
a mere springboard back to the top spot as Duelmaster, which was stolen, but is
rightfully MINE. -- Green Thumb, Proud Colorific

Cinderella Man -- You find me a broken man.  Perhaps a brilliant one, but a fighting
loser, nevertheless.  Having lost three in a row, perhaps you shall not find me here
next turn.  (sigh) -- Gray Matter, an apparently broken Colorific

Gray Matter -- You do go on and get out of here and take Yellow Fever with you, you
LOSERS! -- Purple People Eater, Proud Colorific Manager

Tom Sawyer -- In case you didn't noticed, I signed my post "retired," when I really
meant "wishing I were retired."  (You know what I mean, I'm sure.) -- Raging Bull
(Sorta tired of it all)

Black Bee -- It really bugs me when a fight comes out that way. -- Tirla Dancer

Purple Pig -- SURELY you aren't going to wear a turquoise necktie with that? --
Harline Flete, visually stunned

Drayton Flashstone -- Frankly, the way the stones on your rings were flashing made me
very nervous.  What will happen, I said to myself, if they're magical and offensive?
-- Irvin Flete

Minute Steak -- Done to a turn. -- Corvo Black
P.S.  After all, they take a lot of tenderizing.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GREEN THUMB bested STABLEBOY in a 5 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
GRAY MATTER vanquished TOM SAWYER in a exciting 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
HOUND defeated TIRLA DANCER in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
BLACK BEE bested IRVIN FLETE in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
MINUTE STEAK defeated HARLINE FLETE in a exciting 1 minute Challenge fight.
PAPRIKA PUMA was bested by CINDERELLA MAN in a popular 1 minute expert's brawl.
RAGING BULL devastated DRAYTON FLASHSTONE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
KHAKI KRAIT handily defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute uneven fight.
YELLOW FEVER slimly lost to SHY MEERKAT in a 2 minute veteran's duel.
CLARET CRAWDAD lost to KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute duel.
DOGMATIC was overpowered by CORVO BLACK in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RED HEAD overcame MILO PICKERING in a 2 minute bout.
DOGMEAT luckily beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 4 minute bloody novice's match.
CAUTIONARY ORC was handily defeated by COWERING COYOTE in a 1 minute contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         AIMED BLOW         7 -   2 -  1      78  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         TOTAL PARRY       34 -  15 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  13 -  1      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK    44 -  31 -  4      59  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  12 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -  15 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 635 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         4  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  5         3  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GREEN THUMB 6830           32  14  0  112 COLORIFIC (511)
STRIKING ATTACK  RAGING BULL 7205           13  10  0  107 BULLDOGS (157)
WALL OF STEEL    SHY MEERKAT 7140            9   4  0   92 FURRY FURY (611)
BASHING ATTACK   GRAY MATTER 7152           13  11  0   86 COLORIFIC (511)
AIMED BLOW       CLARET CRAWDAD 7246         5   1  0   55 ANIMAL FARM (510)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GRAY MATTER 7152.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TIRLA DANCER 7228.  The ten other most popular fighters were IRVIN FLETE 
7211, MINUTE STEAK 7252, SHY MEERKAT 7140, GRAY MATTER 7152, HOUND 7230, CINDERELLA 
MAN 7102, KHAKI KRAIT 7238, COWERING COYOTE 7219, STABLEBOY 7118, and BLACK BEE 7245.

The least popular fighter this week was CAUTIONARY ORC 7261.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DOGMEAT 7262, DOGMATIC 7255, DRAYTON FLASHSTONE 7166, HARLINE 
FLETE 7258, GREEN THUMB 6830, CLARET CRAWDAD 7246, RAGING BULL 7205, PAPRIKA PUMA 
7204, TOM SAWYER 7101, and MILO PICKERING 7256.