DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/01/2003    Duedate: 12/13/2003

TOBIR ARENA

DM-14    TURN-477

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ATROPHY
THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
(14-4034) [16-6-1,137]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ATROPHY                        10 FOOT RUDY
THE DEATH SQUAD (63)           REALLY BIG GUYS (395)
(14-4034) [16-6-1,137]         (14-3829) [5-2-1,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HYDE                           ABBOTT
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)        OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
(14-3927) [16-8-2,94]          (14-4131) [2-0-0,23]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLITZKRIEG (421)            66
2. THE DEATH SQUAD (63)        29      OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
3. REALLY BIG GUYS (395)       15      Unchartered Team
4. THE DOGHOUSE (188)           7
5. PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)      0      BLITZKRIEG (421)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*BLITZKRIEG (421)           5   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     11  4 0
 2/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  221 129 15 63.1   2/ 2 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)   8  7 0
 3/ 0*REALLY BIG GUYS (395)      5   3  1 62.5   3/ 0*BLITZKRIEG (421)          5  0 0
 4- 2 PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)  106  84 11 55.8   4- 3 DELIVERANCE (33)          4  4 0
 5/ 3 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     296 262 23 53.0   5/ 5 THE DOGHOUSE (188)        4 11 0
 6- 4 DELIVERANCE (33)         439 491 45 47.2   6- 4 PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)   2  3 0
 7/ 5 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       256 308  5 45.4   7/ 0*REALLY BIG GUYS (395)     1  0 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[ Andorians Abroad #20 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     Raoul glanced over his shoulder, but Dankilvan's mansion was already out of
sight around one of the street's numerous curves.  He wasn't sure Berdan had even
noticed their departure yet; at least, the Fratsfan wasn't coming along behind them.
He shrugged and turned forward again.  As he'd told Hallie, they could do this
mission without Berdan if they had to, and looked like that was the way it was going
to be.  He looked at the Delarquan.  "Tell us more about these vampires in Leemith,
doll.  Are they going to be a problem to deal with?  Do they attack chance
travelers?"
     "Well...not instantly, anyway."  Hallie pulled a couple of pocket-sized leather
folders from a belt pouch, handing one to each gladiator.  "These are passes signed
by Lord Dankilvan and naming you as being on business for Istoreth.  If you get a
chance to show the pass, that should give you some protection.  Of course, if we meet
someone who's working for, oh, Sharvan or Pantiello, or even Ulm, maybe, then the
passes will get us INTO trouble...."
     "Those being other city-states here, I take it?"
     "Yep.  The Ulmers are probably okay, they've got some kind of trade treaty with
Convincia.  But if the Leemin don't want whatever it is your Peranis is selling, I
bet the Sharvanese will."
     "These Sharvanese have Delarquan ties?" Jeri asked.
     "No, ISTORETH has Delarquan ties," Hallie corrected her.  "Sharvan isn't a
player in Trier politics.  Yet.  But they want to be."
     "And Peranis' book of names and blackmail material would give them their ticket
to the party," Raoul finished.  "Damn."  He scowled at the crowded street and the
city gate ahead of them without seeing any of it.  "What's the political stance of
this Leemith place?"
     "Mostly they just want to be left alone," Hallie answered promptly.  "If they
buy the list of names, it would be some lord doing it for personal profit, I would
guess.  Nobody's ever suggested they want to be a power in the Trier."
     Raoul nodded, his attention returning to his companions.  "So Peranis might be
able to sell it in Leemith if he's in a hurry, but he'd probably get more money, and
cause more trouble for Andorian, if he takes it to Sharvan?"
     "Yes.  That'd be how I see it."  Hallie glanced at Raoul.  "Whose names are on
this list?"
     "According to Berdan, noblemen, politicians, merchants, even some arena
managers--people who make a big noise in Andorian politics and the Andorian economy."
     "People with secrets they'd pay a lot--or do a lot--to keep hidden."
     "Right."
     "Hmm."  Hallie showed her own pass at the city's gate and indicated her
companions with a gesture.  "They're with me."  She led the way through the gate and
onto the open road.
     "We might've asked how long ago Peranis went through," Jeri said, urging her
mount up beside Hallie's.
     "I already did.  Two days.  It's one day from here to Leemith, another day to
Ulm, a third to Sharvan, moving at a normal traveling pace.  Peranis may already have
made his deal in Leemith, if he found a purchaser there."
     Raoul glanced at the sky.  It was midmorning, clear and crisp.  Maybe eight
hours of daylight left, he judged.  "Let's pick up our pace a little, then, so we can
make inquiries in Leemith this evening."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The road hugged the coast, sometimes running along the narrow, stony beach,
sometimes veering inland to cross small, steep-sided valleys, occasionally clinging
to a cliff above the water.  They met no one coming from the south, and were
overtaken by no coming from behind them.  There were no villages or inns along the
road.  A dense pine forest covered most of the land near the road.
     "You could BELIEVE in vampires in a place like this," Jeri muttered, twisting to
reach the cloak tied behind her saddle.  The temperature had dropped steadily all
morning, and now, looking north, she saw why.  A bank of clouds filled the northern
sky with shades of slate and charcoal.
     "Of course.  What's to disbelieve?  I never argue with the facts, doll," Raoul
said.  He glanced over at her--they were riding all three abreast--and followed her
gaze northward.  "Damn.  Any place along here where we could take shelter?"
     "Not that I know of," Hallie admitted, squinting at the clouds uneasily.  "We
might come across something, I suppose, but would YOU trust any shelter you found
along here under these circumstances?  Bound to be a disaster waiting to happen."
     "We don't have much choice," Jeri argued.  "If we can find ANYTHING, a house, a
ruin, a CAVE, even, I'm for it!"  She kicked her horse into a better pace.  "We know
there's no shelter behind us, almost all the way back to Istoreth, so--"  The horse
seemed to share her dislike of storms and willingly shifted into a pounding gallop
down the hill into the next little valley.
     Almost hidden among the trees was the curved stone wall of a stubby tower.

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 476): ATROPHY of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 465): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 465): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 466): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 462): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 427): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 420): BARNEE of THE FLINTSTONES (Lord Genesis, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 413): ANASTASIA of RUBY DRAGONS (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): BLACK CAT of SHADOW SIGNS (Shadowgate, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 314): GORDIAN of WHY KNOT (Clove-Hitch, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 361): DEMONFANG of DARK PANTHEON from TRANSEL (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): BONDAGE (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 476): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): CONSPIRACY INC. (?, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 465): THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 465): PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 466): HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 462): TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 427): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 420): THE FLINTSTONES (Lord Genesis, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 413): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): MIDDLE WAY 8 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): I'M WITH STUPID (Yukon Cornelius, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 314): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 361): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 476): HUSHPUPPY of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 475): DREIHDENSMURF of U.B.O.S.M. (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 469): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
                           EDWIN MEESE of CONSPIRACY INC. (?, mgr.)
                           HOW--LITE of ROCK ETTS (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
               (turn 468): GUANTANAMO BAY of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
                           PISHTUSH of ANDORIAN WIMPS (Wimpy, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): OMNIBOOK 6000 of AT WORK (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 411): COURIER of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 185): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
                            SQUASH BUTT of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PYROTECHNICIAN of THE FURIOUS FIVE (Generalissimo Puerco)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 325): THE LIMELIGHT of CLUB CULTURE (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly TOBIR games.  I could not but notice the fine record 
for BLITZKRIEG (5-0-0) after their first round of combat.  May the gods of war favor 
you in TOBIR!  HAMMERIN HANK caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as 
he skillfully bested TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE and was awarded 16 points in recognition.  In 
one of the week's more notable duels, BOWSER put down JOHN Q. PUBLIC, causing him to 
lose 3 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not present for the title 
fight this week as MOLYNEUX boldly challenged ATROPHY in order to strive for the 
Duelmasters honors?  Not for nothing has ATROPHY in the past laid claim to the 
Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Heed 
this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city 
shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  MOLYNEUX take warning!  You have more than a few 
enemies in TOBIR.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  The warrior's path is harsh.  For mediocrity there is but one 
reward--death.  This past week SWAMPY SPUR, at 12-12-1, departed TOBIR forever.  Dark 
alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena there is only the 
brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     The girls are as pretty in TOBIR as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far 
off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is 
mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ATROPHY 4034                 16   6  1   137       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WINDOW WING SIGN 3876         8   2  3    96       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
 HYDE 3927                    16   8  2    94       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLYNEUX 3921                16   9  0    89       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
-RUDE CUSTOMER 3810           14  12  1    83       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
 10% VIGORISH 4108             7   5  0    83       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 SOLLY BILL 3998              18  16  0    70       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 10 FOOT RUDY 3829             5   2  1    66       REALLY BIG GUYS (395)
 CATKILLER 4109                8   3  0    58       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-$2 A GALLON GAS 3884          6   2  0    49       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
-FAKE PHONE NUMBER 3839        8   8  1    47       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
-YETI 4025                     9  15  1    43       DELIVERANCE (33)
-VICTIM 4033                   9  11  1    39       DELIVERANCE (33)
-PRITHEE 4092                  7   5  1    38       DELIVERANCE (33)
 BOWSER 4096                   7   8  0    37       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZERO THE HERO 4129            3   0  0    34       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RAPINE 4091                   8   4  2    33       DELIVERANCE (33)
 HAROLD JOHNSON 4130           3   0  0    24       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ABBOTT 4131                   2   0  0    23       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 JOHN Q. PUBLIC 4102           2  12  0    22       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 HAMMERIN HANK 4134            1   0  0    16       BLITZKRIEG (421)
 CRUSHER 4136                  1   0  0    15       BLITZKRIEG (421)
 SALLY 4132                    1   0  0    15       BLITZKRIEG (421)
-THE COUGAREAT 3885            3   3  1    13       PISSED PIZZA GUYS (389)
 PUSSYFOOT 4126                3   4  0    13       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 KILDA 4127                    2   4  0    13       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 THE GROPPER 4133              1   0  0    13       BLITZKRIEG (421)
 LOGCHAIN 4111                 1   7  0    10       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 THE GIPPER 4135               1   0  0     7       BLITZKRIEG (421)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SWAMPY SPUR 3928      12 12 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS 348 10 FOOT RUDY 3829     477         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Prithee -- Nope, I prithen't. -- Catkiller
P.S.  Just consider yourself lucky you're a cute little kitten and I didn't decide to
live up to my name!

The Cougareat -- Does this mean you eat cougars?  That is SOOO cool!  I mean, a
cougar is a really big, tough cat, right?  I admire someone who can tackle a cougar.
I'm not up for that yet. -- Bowser

Rude Customer -- You didn't even TIP me for the skills!  You really ARE rude. --
Solly Bill, with new sympathy for pizza guys, pissed and otherwise

Rapine -- (incensed)  I thought you were supposed to go after females!  I am NOT one.
-- Pussyfoot

Harold Johnson -- I don't care, *I* think you should've gone partners with your
brother in the inn business. -- Logchain

Ed. -- I'm a really good dog!  Honest!  I do all the good dog things, bark at the
mailman, chase cats out of the yard, make sure the sofa is warmed up for anybody who
might want it, shred the newspaper so you don't have to read about all the bad stuff
going on in the world, EVERYTHING.  I'm a really good dog. -- Bowser

     Okay then, you're officially promoted to be pie-taster in chief (with fringe
     benefits of helping to dispose of leftover turkey and the like. -- Ed.

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MOLYNEUX was devastated by ATROPHY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
10% VIGORISH demolished SOLLY BILL in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
JOHN Q. PUBLIC was defeated by BOWSER in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
HYDE devastated CATKILLER in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
SWAMPY SPUR was assassinated by 10 FOOT RUDY in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ZERO THE HERO bested KILDA in a popular 1 minute duel.
PUSSYFOOT was viciously subdued by ABBOTT in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody match.
LOGCHAIN was savagely defeated by HAROLD JOHNSON in a 2 minute gruesome melee.
SALLY vanquished POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven duel.
THE GROPPER overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
HAMMERIN HANK defeated TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute novice's fight.
THE GIPPER unbelievably bested SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 6 minute novice's bout.
CRUSHER demolished POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -   7 -  0      74  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  13 -  2      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   8 -  3      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   9 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  23 -  0      30  |

Turn 477 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       ATROPHY 4034               16   6  1  137 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
LUNGING ATTACK   HYDE 3927                  16   8  2   94 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
TOTAL PARRY      MOLYNEUX 3921              16   9  0   89 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
STRIKING ATTACK  10% VIGORISH 4108           7   5  0   83 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
WALL OF STEEL    SOLLY BILL 3998            18  16  0   70 THE DOGHOUSE (188)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HYDE 3927.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ABBOTT 4131.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAROLD JOHNSON 4130, BOWSER 
4096, ATROPHY 4034, 10% VIGORISH 4108, HYDE 3927, ZERO THE HERO 4129, HAMMERIN HANK 
4134, 10 FOOT RUDY 3829, CRUSHER 4136, and MOLYNEUX 3921.

The least popular fighter this week was THE GIPPER 4135.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LOGCHAIN 4111, SWAMPY SPUR 3928, CATKILLER 4109, SOLLY BILL 3998, THE 
GROPPER 4133, SALLY 4132, PUSSYFOOT 4126, KILDA 4127, JOHN Q. PUBLIC 4102, and 
MOLYNEUX 3921.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

ATROPHY (14-4034) THE DEATH SQUAD (63)