DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/06/2010    Duedate: 09/11/2010

DULLENS ARENA

DM-13    TURN-539

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CASSIE ELIZABETH
HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
(13-5309) [22-6-0,122]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CASSIE ELIZABETH               POSITION IS EMPTY
HOUSE OF CARDS (561)           
(13-5309) [22-6-0,122]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STORMBIRD                      ZOMBIE PARENT
CARDOW HUNTERS (445)           HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
(13-5313) [14-16-1,78]         (13-5345) [8-6-3,64]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HOUSE OF CARDS (561)        36
2. HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)  19      HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
3. IWC (567)                    1      Unchartered Team
4. THE CONFESSIORS (562)       -6
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (445)       -10      HELLSPAWN (366)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)     116  95  2 55.0   1/ 1 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)     11  4 0
 2/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)     333 365  6 47.7   2/ 2 HARRY POTTER AND T (566)  9  6 0
 3/ 5 HARRY POTTER AND T (566)  74  93 12 44.3   3/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)      4 11 0
 4/ 4 IWC (567)                 40  52  2 43.5   4/ 4 IWC (567)                 3  2 1
 5/ 0 THE CONFESSIORS (562)     44  60  4 42.3   5/ 0 THE CONFESSIORS (562)     2  4 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[ At the Gate of Hell ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Where things stood when I ran out of steam and time several months ago:

     The laws that bind the Spirit Land have been violated and the passage of the
souls of the dead into their proper realms is being interfered with.  Many souls are
vanishing entirely, rendering them unavailable for resurrection or rebirth.
Ahringol, who is the god of the Dead and not of death, is alarmed, shamans are
alarmed, many priests and magicians are alarmed.
     Suspicion fell naturally on the practitioners of necromantic magic.  Interfering
with souls is, after all, what they do.  That problem, however, is not new--there
have always been necromancers, and a few souls have always fallen to them over the
ages.  Now, though, the scale is wholly new, and investigation finally placed the
center of the problem in Kurukar, in the court of the Black Kaliv.  Attempts to
infiltrate that court and discover the identity of the perpetrator have so far
failed, with the infiltrators vanishing or falling wholly under the control of the
dark mage.
     The situation was further complicated by an increase in the presence and
activities of Dark Creatures, intruders into the Waking World from uncharted
dimensions beyond the Spirit Land.

     A plan was conceived.  First, it was determined that the Dark Creatures were
coming through a Door that should have been sealed.  While not actually in Kurukar,
the Door in question was believed to have connections with that place.  If the Door
could be closed and sealed again, this would reduce the flood of Dark Creatures to
the former trickle and, possibly, reduce the power of the main Necromancer involved.
     The Door could only be approached through the Spirit Land, and that journey
would be dangerous, more than dangerous.  Three parties set out to reach the Door,
taking three different routes, in the hopes that some of them would arrive.  The
gladiators Redfox of Dullens and Blackwind of Malcorn, the gladiators Young Joan of
Morya and Necromancer (called Necroma to distinguish her from the enemy) of Lin
Tirian.  The gladiator Math op Owan of Murska, the manager-shaman Uncle Wolf, and the
Lord of Malcorn himself, who alone of them has the power to seal the Door once it is
closed, have successfully reached the Door.
     And there matters were left.
     Now we continue....

     The gladiators all stared at each other with relief.  Redfox had an impulse to
hug someone--Young Joan or Necroma for choice--but hesitated.  Joan he knew slightly,
and she was not one to allow liberties.  She grinned and hugged him quickly, then the
older gladiator, Math op Owain, and cast a speculative look at Uncle Wolf, who
scowled.
     Blackwind had no such qualms and threw a friendly arm around Necroma.  He looked
at Wolf and Lord Malcorn.  "What happens now?"
     Malcorn looked across the valley at the Door.  It was huge, twenty or thirty
feet tall and nearly as wide, the two halves standing open on flame-shot darkness.
No living creatures were visible.  "Now we shut the Door," he said, "and there will
be resistance--"
     "Should you say that?" Necroma asked.  "Expectations shape what we meet in the
Spirit Land, and you could be creating trouble just by expecting it."
     "Some trouble exists here without a mortal's expectations," Uncle Wolf said.
"And we are no longer precisely in the Spirit Lands.  Here in the Valley, the rules
change again."
     She groaned.  "I really hate that.  I wish the rules would just... be what they
are, whatever they are, and not change when someone takes two steps in a different
direction!  How can you plan anything if--"
     "You develop a knack for it," the old shaman said, "or you get into a different
line of work."
     Blackwind saw that the young woman was going to argue further and spoke quickly
to cut her off; they didn't need arguments here and now.  "One thing I've been
wondering.  I understand about the different routes to make sure at least some of us
got here.  But you and Lord Malcorn are the only ones who know how to close this
Door--I'm guessing it isn't just a case of walking up and swinging it shut.  If you
didn't make it, what would be the point in us arriving?"
     "You would have figured something out," Uncle Wolf said.  "Each of you was
chosen--by me or by circumstances--because you are a person who finishes any job he
begins.  Or she begins," he added quickly, seeing Young Joan frown.
     Lord Malcorn sighed and straightened, seeming even taller now than his seven-
and-a-half foot height.  Darker than his black hair and swarthy skin had seemed when
Blackwind had seen him on the streets back in Malcorn.  There, he had been
affectionately known to his subjects as "Blackie."  Here... with some kind of power
rising in him, he could only be Lord Malcorn.  He was beginning to look big enough
and strong enough to close that massive Door unaided.
     "They're coming," he said.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 652): HOMESTAR of HOMESTAR & CO (Otto X Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 654): HULL SCRUBBER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 538): CASSIE ELISABETH of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 648): CYBERMANCER of DARK CREATIONS (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 650): FANGS ARDENT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 641): BRADLEY of THE GENERALS (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 642): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 323): BLACK ROSE HAMMER of FLOWERED HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 639): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 321): CHALDEA of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 636): LIL ETHE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 633): SHARK BAIT of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 625): PELICAN EEL of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 585): VAISTINIE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 298): CALLOUS COURTNEY of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 293): MY SHADOW of KAOS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 279): CASS DOLAN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 515): BACK of GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 501): READY EDDIE of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 482): COUNTER OFFER of VIKING LINGO (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 476): ABRA CADAVER of REIGNING DOOM (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 228): CHAKA KHAN of MONGOL HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 437): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 432): WATERLOO of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 424): SHILLIS VAIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 540): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 652): HOMESTAR & CO (Otto X Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 654): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 538): HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 647): RAINBOW CONNECTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 650): FAR TRAVELLERS (Obregon, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 641): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 642): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 323): FORCE OF FIVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 639): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 321): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 636): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 633): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 625): URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 585): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 298): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 293): LAND OF OZ (Oz the ALL-Succeeding, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 279): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 515): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 501): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 482): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 476): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 228): MONGOL HORDE (?, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 438): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 432): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 432): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 540): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 537): DEATH of IWC (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 648): CYBERMANCER of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 649): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
                           BUDOKUMO of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 323): BLACK ROSE HAMMER of FLOWERED HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
              (turn 322): CRICTOR UNGERER of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
                          VENUS TRAP HAMMER of FLOWERED HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 638): LUCKY EIREANN of CLAN CROW (Owsly, mgr.)
                          MR. SPOCK of TREKKERS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 632): CRAB SMASHER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 625): PELICAN EEL of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 297): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 292): SPAWNING OF SPEWN of MANAGERIAL MAYHEM (Fizban)
                                      TEN LORDS ALEAPING of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                                      RONDOL QUIGLO of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 277): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 228): SQUEEZE of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for DULLENS.  One team deserves special 
mention 'cause they moved up 0 after going 4-1-0.  Keep it up, HARRY POTTER AND THE!  
MVP award for JOEL OLIVER?  HOUSE OF CARDS' proud of him after beating STORMBIRD and 
getting 17 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  STORMBIRD got smashed by JOEL 
OLIVER, and lost 15 points!  This Duelmaster is like something else!  CASSIE 
ELIZABETH stopped SCOURGE dead in his tracks!  Who was the wiseguy that said DULLENS' 
Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Sleepy Smithy?  Don't look at me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed 
up?  I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASSIE ELIZABETH 5309        22   6  0   122       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCOURGE 5277                 18  19  3   102       THE CONFESSIORS (562)
 JOEL OLIVER 5244              9   2  0    97       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 LITTLE FOX 5328              18   4  0    92       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STORMBIRD 5313               14  16  1    78       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZOMBIE PARENT 5345            8   6  3    64       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
 THUMBSCREWS 5276             12  25  0    62       THE CONFESSIORS (562)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STYX 5334                    11  19  0    56       IWC (567)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RELIGIOUS CULT 5348           6   5  0    49       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
 ROSELLE 5355                  5   1  0    36       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROBERT ROY 5354               3   3  0    33       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAGICAL SHORTCUT 5346         6   5  0    23       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
 POLYJUICE TWINS 5347          5   6  0    21       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
 NEW AMUSEMENT PARK 5364       2   0  0    16       HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
 GEMMA 5356                    2   2  0    14       HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
 BITING FLY 5357               1   3  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 STONEDOG 5363                 1   2  0     5       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
 BLACKHORN 5365                0   1  0     1       CARDOW HUNTERS (445)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BLACKBUCK 5232         17 20 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 445   SCOURGE 5277          538   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

     Because one member of the adventure at the Gate of Hell is from Dullens, he
     asked that the story be run in the Dullens newsletter.  If anyone objects, just
     say so. -- the Scribe

Cassie Elizabeth -- You're too tall, you're too pushy, you'll never get a date.  But
(sigh), you're a good gladiator. -- Stormbird

Death -- Yes, well, glad you left without taking me along! -- Little Fox

Scourge -- Damn.  I think Fox diverted Death onto you, and he TOOK me.  But I'm going
to hold on somehow, I can't die NOW. -- Blackbuck
P.S.  If I end up as a wandering ghost or fall into the hands of some rogue
necromancer, I *W*I*L*L* come back to haunt you.  I promise that!

Polyjuice Twins -- Huh, two against one, no wonder you beat me.  This time. -- Biting
Fly

New Amusement Park -- But a small one. -- Stonedog

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CASSIE ELIZABETH slimly won victory over SCOURGE in a 5 minute master's Title fight.
STORMBIRD was handily defeated by JOEL OLIVER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
LITTLE FOX vanquished THUMBSCREWS in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
STYX was savagely defeated by ZOMBIE PARENT in a exciting 4 minute bloody fight.
RELIGIOUS CULT unbelievably bested ROBERT ROY in a 4 minute gory duel.
ROSELLE devastated POLYJUICE TWINS in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MAGICAL SHORTCUT unbelievably bested BITING FLY in a 2 minute fight.
NEW AMUSEMENT PARK viciously subdued BLACKHORN in a 2 minute gruesome novice's duel.
GEMMA won victory over STONEDOG in a 2 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   2 -  0      82  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        29 -  26 -  2      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  2      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  16 -  0      48  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 539 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-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  3         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      CASSIE ELIZABETH 5309      22   6  0  122 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    JOEL OLIVER 5244            9   2  0   97 HOUSE OF CARDS (561)
WALL OF STEEL    LITTLE FOX 5328            18   4  0   92 CARDOW HUNTERS (445)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZOMBIE PARENT 5345          8   6  3   64 HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
AIMED BLOW       RELIGIOUS CULT 5348         6   5  0   49 HARRY POTTER AND THE (566)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STORMBIRD 5313.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ZOMBIE PARENT 5345.  The ten other most popular fighters were SCOURGE 5277, 
CASSIE ELIZABETH 5309, ROBERT ROY 5354, NEW AMUSEMENT PARK 5364, RELIGIOUS CULT 5348, 
BITING FLY 5357, GEMMA 5356, JOEL OLIVER 5244, LITTLE FOX 5328, and ROSELLE 5355.

The least popular fighter this week was BLACKHORN 5365.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were POLYJUICE TWINS 5347, THUMBSCREWS 5276, STYX 5334, STORMBIRD 5313, 
STONEDOG 5363, MAGICAL SHORTCUT 5346, ROSELLE 5355, LITTLE FOX 5328, JOEL OLIVER 
5244, and GEMMA 5356.