DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/14/2009    Duedate: 09/26/2009

TOBIR ARENA

DM-14    TURN-628

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HELENA
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
(14-4578) [14-9-1,83]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HELENA                         POSITION IS EMPTY
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)        
(14-4578) [14-9-1,83]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HELENA                         YELLOW DOG
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)        THE DOGHOUSE (188)
(14-4578) [14-9-1,83]          (14-4587) [5-6-0,48]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE DOGHOUSE (188)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DOGHOUSE (188)          38
2. OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)     37      OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       MASTER OF DOOM (390)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  386 256 30 60.1   1/ 2 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       10  5 0
 2/ 3 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       609 695 10 46.7   2/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)   7  5 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[ The Andorian Succession #34 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Fratsfa, more or less:

     "We have to get out of here now," Lenpro said, urging Sizzling Sunflower toward
the gate of this arena.  "Even if we can't find the portal to take us back to the
true Fratsfa--"
     "Will they let us go?" the Lady Protector asked.  She glanced to the side and
saw that Lenpro had his own sword out.  Oddly, she'd never thought of him as being a
warrior--he was so old!  But he managed gladiators, trained them, and he'd lived a
long time in a world where violence was not uncommon.
     "Can they stop us, except by magic?" the manager asked.  "And I have a feeling
their half-demon mage will be busy trying to keep control of things now that you've
beaten his--I think the vampire was his enforcer."
     "I don't know for certain that the vampire's dead," Sunflower warned.  "They're
tricky to kill."
     "Doesn't matter," the manager said, steering her to her right.  They hurried
down another street, not running, because if you ran, there was always something or
someone who would automatically give chase.  "Even if it isn't dead, or what passes
for dead among vampires, it was hurt and won't be up to giving us trouble before we
can get out of here."  He swerved to the left into an alley, and she followed.
     "Do you know where we're going?" Sunflower asked.  "Not that I care much at the
moment, as long as it's 'away'."
     "I've got a good idea which way the Portal lies," Lenpro said.  "Fandil is the
magician in the family, but there are other kinds of skills."
     "If you can find and open the Portal back to Fratsfa--"
     "I can find it," Lenpro said.  "I'm nearly certain I can find it.  But opening
it might present problems.  Unless there's someone on hand who can be coerced.  I do
coercion from time to time."
     "Good.  So do I."
     They turned another corner, and Lenpro pointed ahead.  An archway of mismatched
stones straddled the way ahead of them, framing grayness.  "There's our portal," he
said.

Andor:

     Outcast Orchid stared back toward the avenue and the slaughter of the "king" by
out-of-work gladiators.  "I don't believe it!  Those gladiators were waiting to kill
the king--the golem they thought was the king.  How could they do such a thing?"
     "You saw how," the man beside her said.
     "Yes, but--"
     "Gladiators come all kinds, just like ordinary people," he went on.  "Some good,
some bad, and a lot of them on the fence.  And this hasn't been a good town for a
gladiator since the arena closed.  They were probably so glad to have a job that they
didn't look into it closely."
     "You're saying someone paid them to--?"
     "Of course."  He steered her into an alley just before a troop of mounted guards
rushed past.  "Very few people, gladiators or not, are genuine anarchists to kill
what they believe is the king just for... kicks."  He paused at the other end of the
alley, looked both ways, and hurried her across another street into an overgrown
park.
     "But they must have expected the guards, why didn't they have an escape route
ready?"
     "They were most likely told the guards wouldn't be a problem.  Don't you see?"
He stopped and turned to face her.  "They were set up to kill and to die."  He shook
her a little.  "Believe it, lady!  Lord Korneth doesn't care whose death he ordered,
and you will be a target if anyone noticed and recognized you.  Even if no one saw
you at the parade--any gladiator found in Andor today will be marked for death.  You
have to get out of the city!"
     "And so do you," she answered.  "You helped me get away, and someone will have
noticed--someone always notices."
     "My life is already forfeit.  Gods forgive me, I've been a part of this.  But
they will not find my death easily achieved, and that may buy you extra time to
escape--"
     "If you want to make amends for whatever it is you've done, better to help FIX
things than just throw your life away," Orchid argued.  She glanced around, orienting
herself.  "Fratsfa's THAT way."  She set out, keeping a firm grip on her companion's
arm.  "Come ON."
     "Lady--"
     "Don't waste time and breath arguing," she said.  "Just come ON.  When we get
out of the city, THEN we can argue."

West of Fratsfa:

     Elosjon glanced over his shoulder as they left the deserted buildings of
Mountain Home behind them.  He had been thrilled when a well-known, deeply respected
magician like Fandil of Ardivent had invited him to help, but the idea of facing a
demonic 'watchdog' chilled him to the bone.  He was not skilled enough to deal with
demons, and he knew it.  He just didn't want to have to admit it to a master of his
profession.  He took a deep breath, coughed at the bite of sulfur in the air, and
squared his shoulders.  He would do his best.  Surely an experienced magician like
Fandil would understand that his best was all he could do.
     But he hoped they wouldn't meet that demonic watchdog.
     His mind was so fixed on what he hoped that he didn't notice where he was going
and ran full into Fandil.  The old magician was standing in the middle of the
overgrown road, immobile as a tree, staring up the mountain.  Elosjon followed the
direction of his gaze.
     Fandil was looking at the castle on the ridge above what had been the town.
Studying it.  Okay.  Elosjon studied it, too.  He had only seen it once before, a
long time ago, when he was a kid--well, that might not seem long to someone like
Fandil, but it was a long time ago to him.  He didn't remember it clearly.  At least,
he didn't remember it looking quite like this.  He frowned, trying to figure out what
was different... or wrong.  It was a fairly standard Medieval Frafrejan castle.
Central keep, enclosing wall with a lot of pointy little towers along it....  Wasn't
that wall leaning outward a little too much?  It looked like a stone wave about to
break over their heads.  In fact, for a structure that was at least half a mile away
horizontally, maybe a little farther vertically, it seemed to be looming very much
over their heads.  Enough that it would be no surprise if it blocked out the sun.
That had to be a magical effect, didn't it?  Even though he'd never heard of one like
that.
     "Our enemy is powerful, and heedless of normal safety," Fandil said.  His voice
was quiet.  "That heedlessness makes him doubly dangerous.  And it is crucial that he
be destroyed, or he will destroy not only us, not only the Andorian League, but a
goodly portion of this whole area."  The old mage's voice hardened.  "He is dabbling
on the edges of Chaos magic."
     Elosjon paled.  He had traveled some in Alastari as part of his education in
magic, had seen the Smoking Plain near Delarq Tor that was all that remained of a
fertile and populous countryside that had been hit with a blast of Chaos magic five
hundred years ago during the last Chaos War.  And he had heard of the Twisted Lands
farther south, where the Chaos War of three and a half millennia ago had centered.
And now someone would do it here?  "No!  We can't allow that--anything we can do, I
would give my life if that would stop him--"  He started up the road to the castle.
     Fandil caught his arm.  "You may end up doing that, and I may also, but we will
not succeed by rushing straight ahead.  This calls for planning and finesse."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 313): CONSTERNATION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 628): BROWN NOSE of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 627): ANZAC of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 615): ELLIRN KOUL of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 617): PAUL WIEDORFER of MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 612): BELLE ISSIMO of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 611): HERSHEL WILLIAMS of MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (The Anarchist, mgr)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 609): BROTHER DOBBIN of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 579): TERILEE LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 570): SERGEANT3 of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 561): ANNA BEATRICE of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 261): NUMBSKULL of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 460): SERGEANT2 of MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 214): PETER THE GREAT of DOGS OF WAR (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 513): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 313): Z GLADIATORS (Mr. Z, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 628): ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 627): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 615): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 617): MEDAL OF HONOOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 612): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 611): ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 609): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 579): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 570): MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 561): FANDILS (Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 261): OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 460): MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 214): OUT OF THIS WORLD, (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 513): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 312): PEARL HARBOR of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 628): BROWN NOSE of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 627): ANZAC of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
              (turn 626): FLOORMAT of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 614): ULTRA-FAITH of DROP THE LEASH (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 616): TCHENI LOY of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 609): LADY LIBERTY of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
             (turn 608): SIR CARLSON of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 569): SERGEANT2 of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 260): IRMINSUL of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
TOBIR brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, OTAGO HIGHLANDERS, since 
THE DOGHOUSE took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Of course, 
we're all terribly impressed to see HELENA win a fight and gain 24 points, terribly.  
Tsk, tsk, KUNG-FU MASTER beat TYNE and TYNE lost 4 points.  You're breakin' my heart. 
And if variety is the spice of life, TOBIR may be getting bland, as ANZAC stays top 
dog in the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  
You want to know what's new, don't you, TOBIR?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for TOBIR's 
morgue.  More variety.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I must 
leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HELENA 4578                  14   9  1    83       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PITCH 4572                   15  15  0    74       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TYNE 4584                     9   7  2    66       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YELLOW DOG 4587               5   6  0    48       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENRICH 4590                  7   2  0    31       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUSTER 4597                   2   5  0    20       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 BROWN BEAR 4596               4   3  0    15       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 FLOPEAR 4598                  1   0  0    15       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
-BARR 4595                     2   2  0    14       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tyne -- I don't like dwarfs much.  Too hairy, like they want to be dogs but then they
change their minds, which shows how dumb they are, because being a dog is the BEST
life.  But I suppose you can't help being a dwarf. -- Floormat

Anzac -- I haven't the least desire to be duelmaster.  Floormat was duelmaster, and
look what happened to him!  He graduated, he has to LEAVE.  A hard fate.  I'm
avoiding it. -- Pitch

Helena -- Are you sure you aren't one of those exploding mountains I've heard about?
-- Yellow Dog

Penrich -- Not really.  I mean, pens aren't really going to make anyone rich.  Jorja
says so, and she should know. -- Buster
P.S.  Except for some people who do "bestsellers."

This Fratsfan Noble isn't much, is he? -- Brown Bear

Our congratulations to Anzac. -- Jorja and the Doghouse

26 August 09
     There has been a run lately of personals and columns turning up in the wrong
     arenas.  When you email in something, check and make sure you have the correct
     arena number!  It's easy for a finger to slip onto the wrong key.  When the
     receipt comes back, check again to be sure it went where you intended!
     Vigilance is your friend, and mine too. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ANZAC devastated PITCH in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
TYNE was unbelievably bested by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gruesome battle.
HELENA demolished KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
YELLOW DOG devastated THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 2 minute one-sided contest.
PENRICH overpowered BROWN BEAR in a 1 minute mismatched match.
BUSTER devastated SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
FLOPEAR bested TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   2 -  0      78  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   3 -  0      77  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -  12 -  2      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  16 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         AIMED BLOW         7 -  12 -  0      37  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 628 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     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      HELENA 4578                14   9  1   83 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
AIMED BLOW       TYNE 4584                   9   7  2   66 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HELENA 4578.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
YELLOW DOG 4587.  The ten other most popular fighters were TYNE 4584, HELENA 4578, 
PENRICH 4590, BUSTER 4597, FLOPEAR 4598, PITCH 4572, BROWN BEAR 4596,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was BROWN BEAR 4596.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PITCH 4572, FLOPEAR 4598, BUSTER 4597, PENRICH 4590, HELENA 4578, TYNE 
4584, YELLOW DOG 4587,  0,  0, and  0.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

ANZAC (14-4560) OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)