DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/20/2010    Duedate: 02/02/2010

RIZTAB ARENA

DM-12    TURN-638

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DORA BELL
SWEET MAGIC (267)
(12-6706) [13-26-1,66]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DORA BELL                      GUILLOTINE
SWEET MAGIC (267)              BLADES OF TERROR (642)
(12-6706) [13-26-1,66]         (12-6588) [1-1-0,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DORA BELL                      ALCMAEON
SWEET MAGIC (267)              DREAMERS (142)
(12-6706) [13-26-1,66]         (12-6795) [1-4-0,15]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DREAMERS (142)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SEA DOGS (653)              27
2. SWEET MAGIC (267)           20      DREAMERS (142)
3. BLADES OF TERROR (642)      13      Unchartered Team
4. DREAMERS (142)               2
5. CARDS (654)                  0      BLADES OF TERROR (642)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DREAMERS (142)           %1294 %1267 %101 50.5   1/ 1 DREAMERS (142)            6  6 1
 2/ 0*BLADES OF TERROR (642)     1   1  0 50.0   2/ 2 SWEET MAGIC (267)         6  9 0
 3/ 3 SEA DOGS (653)            21  22  2 48.8   3/ 4 SEA DOGS (653)            5  1 0
 4- 2 CARDS (654)               13  14  3 48.1   4- 3 CARDS (654)               2  2 0
 5- 4 LLOTH'S WAY (406)        113 158  6 41.7   5- 5 LLOTH'S WAY (406)         1  0 0
 6/ 5 SWEET MAGIC (267)        604 971 21 38.3   6/ 0*BLADES OF TERROR (642)    1  0 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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): ACE of CARDS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOM (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): AGATE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): UNBREAKABLE of CHRISTIAN ROCK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 617): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): EBRIA GANNET of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): JADE RING of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): DAGGERS DEEP (Kayelbe, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): DEAD POETS (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 624): ZALMAN ARVO of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
              (turn 622): SMACK O'MALLEY of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
                          CLOUDSHADOW of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): ABBIE DONN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): MONOLYTH of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of RIZTAB.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  SWEET MAGIC had cause 
to celebrate, after LUSINTILLA OBAN got 13 points by beating ARISTOCLEA.  A certain 
someone should cut down on the drinking and practice more, after losing 8 points to 
SCURVY LADY.  (Discrete enough, HIPPASUS?) A certain someone saw ACE at The Dripping 
Blade with the shakes, and now he fails to show up to defend his throne.  What a 
pathetic slob!  In RIZTAB, nothing is permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves 
a new Duelmaster, DORA BELL.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last 
week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant prattling 
may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Do not despair!  I shall 
return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DORA BELL 6706               13  26  1    66       SWEET MAGIC (267)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ACE 6773                     10   0  0    96       CARDS (654)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BARBARIAN 4783                4  34  0    82       SUPERIOR FORCES 22T (506)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TACKLE BOX 6743               8   6  0    48       SEA DOGS (653)
 SCURVY LADY 6783              4   1  0    48       SEA DOGS (653)
 LUSINTILLA OBAN 6785          4   2  0    43       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 ARISTOCLEA 6754               5   8  0    39       DREAMERS (142)
 ARCHYTAS 6794                 4   0  1    36       DREAMERS (142)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUSTY ANCHOR 6755             3   0  0    33       SEA DOGS (653)
-CHANCE RROSTARR 4295          3   2  0    32       LLOTH'S WAY (406)
 DONNAMIRA 6758                6  11  0    29       SWEET MAGIC (267)
-ARROUA RROSTARR 4297          3   1  0    29       LLOTH'S WAY (406)
 HIPPASUS 6798                 3   1  0    27       DREAMERS (142)
 GIVORSA JIMH 6786             3   3  0    24       SWEET MAGIC (267)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ASPASIA 6768                  3   6  0    23       DREAMERS (142)
 GUILLOTINE 6588               1   1  0    20       BLADES OF TERROR (642)
 GAYLENE VOLLAS 6779           4   5  0    17       SWEET MAGIC (267)
 ALCMAEON 6795                 1   4  0    15       DREAMERS (142)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MYRAN RROSTARR 4696           1   0  0     9       LLOTH'S WAY (406)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ace -- Well, darn.  It isn't that I specially wanted to be duelmaster, but I didn't
want to LOSE.  When I lose fights, my cakes fall, which leads to me not making many
cakes.  Still, cookies do okay, and if you want to come by Sweet Magic and taste the
latest in cookies, we'd be glad to see you. -- Dora Bell

Ace -- Note that Dora didn't offer you FREE cookies. -- Lady Protector Corianelle,
protecting the profits

Tackle Box -- It might be fun to take something that LOOKS like a tackle box and fill
it with selected candies.  You know, various chocolates, filled chocolates, hard
candies, that sort of thing, shaped like or decorated to suggest... fishing flies, I
guess.  So long as I don't have to do anything like FISH BAIT.  Ugh. -- Lusintilla
Oban

Aristoclea -- I don't care, I don't LIKE white chocolate.  It's wimpy.  I won't work
with it, except maybe decoratively in making zebra stars. -- Donnamira

Hippasus -- You didn't exactly improve my willingness to make you marons glaces, you
know.  And that kind of thing takes a willing, even eager, hand.  Well, two hands,
but you know what I mean. -- Gaylene Vollas

Aspasia -- Bless you!  I get the only win on the team, and I'm just thrilled with it.
There's one in the ear for my "we're much more experienced, so we make the rules"
teammates. -- Givorsa Jimh

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DORA BELL was bested by MOTTA THE PIKE in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
TACKLE BOX luckily beat DONNAMIRA in a 4 minute brutal melee.
ARISTOCLEA was defeated by LUSINTILLA OBAN in a 1 minute duel.
SCURVY LADY devastated HIPPASUS in a popular 3 minute brutal one-sided contest.
ARCHYTAS devastated GAYLENE VOLLAS in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
GIVORSA JIMH overpowered KHAZRHO THE ZUKALI in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
RUSTY ANCHOR unbelievably bested ALCMAEON in a popular 5 minute competition.
GUILLOTINE viciously subdued ASPASIA in a action packed 2 minute gruesome melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   0 -  1     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -   3 -  0      82  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   5 -  0      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   28 -  34 -  5      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   7 -  1      42  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         2 -   6 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 638 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     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  5         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      TACKLE BOX 6743             8   6  0   48 SEA DOGS (653)
SLASHING ATTACK  LUSINTILLA OBAN 6785        4   2  0   43 SWEET MAGIC (267)
LUNGING ATTACK   ARCHYTAS 6794               4   0  1   36 DREAMERS (142)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DORA BELL 6706.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ALCMAEON 6795.  The ten other most popular fighters were GUILLOTINE 6588, 
DONNAMIRA 6758, SCURVY LADY 6783, HIPPASUS 6798, LUSINTILLA OBAN 6785, ARCHYTAS 6794, 
GIVORSA JIMH 6786, RUSTY ANCHOR 6755, ASPASIA 6768, and DORA BELL 6706.

The least popular fighter this week was GAYLENE VOLLAS 6779.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ARISTOCLEA 6754, TACKLE BOX 6743, DORA BELL 6706, ASPASIA 6768, 
RUSTY ANCHOR 6755, GIVORSA JIMH 6786, ARCHYTAS 6794, LUSINTILLA OBAN 6785, HIPPASUS 
6798, and SCURVY LADY 6783.