DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/12/2009    Duedate: 10/24/2009

TOBIR ARENA

DM-14    TURN-630

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HELENA
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
(14-4578) [15-10-1,91]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HELENA                         ARRNOLD
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)        ACTION HEROS (467)
(14-4578) [15-10-1,91]         (14-4601) [1-0-1,17]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TYNE                           ROSLYN
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)        OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
(14-4584) [11-7-2,76]          (14-4599) [1-1-0,9]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)     49
2. ACTION HEROS (467)          36      OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
3. THE DOGHOUSE (188)          -8      Unchartered Team

                                       ACTION HEROS (467)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  392 258 30 60.3   1/ 1 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)   9  3 0
 2/ 2 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       613 701 10 46.7   2/ 2 THE DOGHOUSE (188)        7  8 0
 3/ 0*ACTION HEROS (467)         2   3  1 40.0   3/ 0*ACTION HEROS (467)        2  3 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 #35 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

West of Fratsfa:

     Elosjon hesitated, on the brink of rushing forward, and looked at Fandil.  "I'm
willing to do..." he swallowed, "anything to stop the--"  He swallowed again.  "Even
dying, if that will prevent someone from loosing Chaos Magic here."
     Fandil nodded.  "I expected no less from you."
     Elosjon wasn't sure if that was good or bad.  Did it mean the old mage thought
him noble-spirited, or a fool, or both, or...?
     "But rushing forward blindly will not defeat this enemy.  We must plan a
little."  He squinted up at the looming castle again.  "Though we may have little
time for it.  If the magician is at all alert, he will have noticed us, and even if
he has not, his watchdog will."
     The demonic watchdog.  Elosjon shivered and glanced around quickly.  Would they
smell it when the monster approached, or had they gotten used to smelling the sulfur
now and wouldn't notice until it was too late?  "Maybe we should get out of sight,"
he suggested.
     Fandil shrugged and looked up at the sky.  "I suppose we might as well; it looks
like rain.  But it won't make any difference to our enemy--he will see us wherever we
are once we extend our powers."  He turned and moved toward the trees that grew along
the base of the near-vertical slope.
     "Not into the town?"
     "There is no security for us in the watchdog's lair."
     "Oh... right."  Elosjon hurried to keep up with his mentor, panting.  It was
disconcerting sometimes that the old man could move so quickly and keep going for so
long.  He himself, though young enough to be at least Fandil's grandson and maybe
great-grandson, was exhausted, and he was too tired to care who knew it.
     How could the trees be that far away?  Were they ever going to reach them?  No,
no, that was just tiredness.  Elosjon sneaked a look at the sky, where the clouds
were getting blacker and lower.  And tripped, almost going down flat except that
Fandil caught him and dragged him onward.  Into shelter just as the rain began to
come down.  Elosjon was breathing hard, he had a pain in his side, and sweat was
running down his face and body; he wrapped his arms around a tree in order to stay
upright.  If this was the kind of thing that senior mages had to be ready for, then
he needed a lot more training.
     "Good!"
     Elosjon raised his head away from the tree to look at Fandil.  The old mage was
watching the rain coming down and seemed pleased by it.  "Why?"
     "There are dangerous creatures that like being out in rain storms," Fandil said,
"but they aren't sulfur-smelling demonic watchdogs.  One thing we don't have to worry
about.  Of course, our Enemy may have some wet-weather watchdog, too!"
     Elosjon groaned.  "I don't want to know."  Fandil laughed at that, actually
laughed!  If it didn't take so much energy, the young man would have considered that
insulting.  No, of course not.  Fandil wouldn't insult him.  He pulled himself
together.  "Now what?"
     "Now we make a plan.  I suppose you don't know anything about the castle, or any
more about the magician there except that he's probably the son of the last lord of
Mountain Home and went somewhere far away to study?"
     Elosjon shook his head.
     "Not a problem, we can work with what we've got already," Fandil said, patting
his shoulder.  "And really, the hint of Chaos Magic is enough."  The old mage's face
set grimly and suddenly looked a lot older than seemed possible.  "He's been studying
Folstrom materials, even if he didn't find the Folstrom themselves to study with."
     Folstrom!  Elosjon shuddered.  The Folstrom, who had nearly destroyed Alastari
once--with Chaos Magic--were the monsters who lurked at the back of every
Alastarian's mind, the ultimate image of evil and depravity, never to be forgiven.
How could anyone seek out their learning?  He asked the question aloud.
     "Some people would go into the very heart of wickedness in search of power, and
vengeance is a strong motive, too," Fandil said.  He sighed and sat down on a tree
root.  "He will not be easy to defeat, but we have learned a few things since the
Folstrom were driven away.  Sit down, boy, so I don't have to strain my neck talking
to you.  I am going to tell you spells that you will never, on pain of worse than
death, repeat, nor even use if it isn't the most desperate last chance."
     "Why?"  Elosjon slid down to sit beside him.  "Why keep them secret, why not use
them, why tell me at all?"
     "Because these spells are as dangerous in their way as Chaos Magic, because
there is a good chance that using them will destroy you, and because someone has to
know them and be ready to use them as the final reserve.  This is a battle to death
and beyond, young man, and we must make what preparations we can."

Andor:

     Outcast Orchid got her companion out of the city mostly by dragging him along.
He kept protesting that he wasn't worth her efforts and could buy her time to escape
with his life, but she didn't listen.  Men and their Heroic Gestures!  It was clear
that whatever this fellow had done in the past, he had a good heart.  He'd saved her
before she even realized she was in danger, and Orchid was honest enough to admit
that left to herself, she might not have gotten away from the parade route in time.
Furthermore, if he had been involved with setting up this false king at the
beginning, then he knew stuff that might help defeat the usurpers.  Lady Fern would
know what questions to ask him.
     Orchid didn't relax until they were past the outer circle of estates around
Andor.  It was too bad the city didn't have a wall, that made it so much easier to
tell when you were away from it.  Here, even though there were no more mansions, the
roadside was peppered with smaller houses and big vegetable gardens and orchards
and....  She shook her head.  So maybe they were clear of the city and maybe they
weren't.  Would the people in charge of the palace and the government be watching the
roads?
     Drumming hooves behind them.  Orchid had a guilty feeling that she had almost
summoned them by just thinking about--
     Her companion seized her arm and dragged her off the road and through the ditch
beside it, pulling her down behind a bank of reeds.  She did not need his sign to
keep silent.
     Half a dozen horsemen in the palace livery.  One looked like a nobleman, one a
clerk with a bundle of scrolls clutched against his chest and an uneasy seat on his
mount.  The other four were soldiers, no mistaking that.
     When the horsemen were out of sight, Orchid began to get up.  It was wet in the
ditch, and not exactly warm, and there were mosquitoes or something.
     Her companion shook his head and pulled her back down, gesturing toward the city
again.  Puzzled, she looked along the road, saw nothing, and then back at him.  He
gestured for her to wait.  She sighed (quietly) and waited.  Five minutes.  Ten.  A
vague sort of sound, not hoofbeats or anything so definite, but coming from the city
along the road.
     Presently something came into sight.  At first glance it might be taken for a
man on a horse, but it wasn't a man and it wasn't a horse.  Orchid groped for
concepts that would allow her to see it, but the thing was so alien that her eyes
kept sliding away.  She couldn't call it anything but a monster, and knew the word
was inadequate.  And that if she had stood earlier when she'd wanted to, it would
have seen her.  And... eaten her or whatever things like that did.
     It made snuffling sounds.  Could it smell them in the ditch?  She risked a
glance at her companion.  He was tense but not alarmed.  Maybe it wouldn't smell
them, then.
     It passed out of sight to the south in the wake of the earlier group.
     "I know back roads," her companion whispered in her ear.  "I think we will be
safe if we take them.  No telling how many more patrols will come along here."
     Orchid nodded.  Her neck felt stiff.  "What was... that?"
     He shrugged.  "Who knows?  Some kind of Chaos creature."  He paused for a
moment, and she saw that he was blushing.  "I guess you might as well know my name.
I'm Herlas, originally from Zensu.  Magician."
     She caught his hand and shook it.  "Outcast Orchid, gladiator from Fratsfa.  Now
let's go."

Fratsfa:

     There were people standing around the portal, Sizzling Sunflower supposed they
could be called guards, though they weren't very militant looking.
     Beside her, Lenpro said, "Armed but not alert--they won't be able to stop us
except by the freakiest chance.  Straight on through, girl, and no hesitation."
     "What if we get separated?"
     "You keep going."
     "But--"
     "You keep going, girl."
     "Knowledge of this place, this pocket dimension, is this going to make a big
difference back in the real world?"
     "By itself, probably not.  But that it could exist at all, yes, that's
important.  I don't know what it means--that'll be for my brother Fandil to figure
out--but I know it's important."
     "So we have to get out and tell him.  Okay."  She touched her sword and looked
at the people around the Gate.  Three mancats, two others more ordinary looking.
"Not a problem."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 314): CONSTERNATION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 630): RAGING BULL of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 629): PITCH of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 616): ELLIRN KOUL of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 619): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 614): SAML ULRON of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 613): HERSHEL WILLIAMS of MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (The Anarchist, mgr)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 611): BROTHER DOBBIN of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): TERILEE LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 572): BREAK STUFF of THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 563): SIS of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 262): NOVERCAPHOBIA of WATCH OUT! (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 462): SERGEANT2 of MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 215): FAIZUN GOTE of THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 515): DEATH FOG of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 314): CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 630): COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 629): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 616): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 619): MEDAL OF HONOOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 614): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 613): ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 611): ALL JACKED UP (Dr. Fil, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 572): THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 563): FANDILS (Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 262): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 462): MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 215): DARK AS DAY (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 515): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 616): ELLIRN KOUL of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 618): PAUL WIEDORFER of MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 580): TERILEE LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 569): SERGEANT2 of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 262): NOVERCAPHOBIA of WATCH OUT! (Soultaker, mgr.)
                            OUTCAST ORCHID of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 462): SERGEANT2 of MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     You've got to be faster on your feet than that, Helena, if you want to play with
me.  Us big dogs are very active.

                                        Pitch

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly TOBIR games.  ARRNOLD caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE and was awarded 17 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, PENRICH put down 
YELLOW DOG, causing him to lose 9 points of recognition in the process.  This time 
victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail HELENA, Duelmaster of TOBIR!  
Would you believe that over half of the old women in TOBIR seem to feel that they 
could fight better than you gladiators?   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and 
assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in TOBIR.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, 
indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await 
me!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The 
wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HELENA 4578                  15  10  1    91       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TYNE 4584                    11   7  2    76       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 PITCH 4572                   16  16  0    71       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PENRICH 4590                  9   2  0    49       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 YELLOW DOG 4587               5   8  0    41       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUSTER 4597                   3   6  0    27       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLOPEAR 4598                  3   0  0    23       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 BROWN BEAR 4596               4   5  0    17       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 ARRNOLD 4601                  1   0  1    17       ACTION HEROS (467)
 STALLONE 4600                 1   0  0    16       ACTION HEROS (467)
-BARR 4595                     2   2  0    14       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 ROSLYN 4599                   1   1  0     9       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BUMPHELQUAT 4603              0   1  0     1       ACTION HEROS (467)
 WILLIS THE BRUCE 4602         0   1  0     1       ACTION HEROS (467)
 JCVD 4604                     0   1  0     1       ACTION HEROS (467)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TRUSTWORTHY SCRI        0  0 0                      ARRNOLD 4601          630  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tyne -- Well, that's odd, because you aren't very tyny, when you come down to it.
More like, oh, a terrior or something, jumping around and making trouble and noise.
-- Yellow Dog

Penrich -- No.  I don't like pens any way at all, no matter how rich they are. --
Brown Bear

This Fratsfan Noble is a damned cat! -- Buster
P.S.  Cats always take unfair advantage.

Roslyn -- I had a redheaded friend once.  She was an Irish Setter, kind of
temperamental, but fun. -- Flopear

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PITCH was devastated by HELENA in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
TYNE won victory over NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 2 minute battle.
YELLOW DOG was overcome by PENRICH in a 1 minute match.
BROWN BEAR was overpowered by TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
BUSTER devastated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ROSLYN savagely defeated JCVD in a action packed 3 minute gory amateur's competition.
FLOPEAR devastated WILLIS THE BRUCE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
STALLONE overcame TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a action packed 4 minute beginner's fight.
ARRNOLD dispatched TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 3 minute gruesome novice's duel.
BUMPHELQUAT lost to CONVINCIAN HERO 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                       3         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -   2 -  0      82  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   3 -  1      79  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  15 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -  11 -  1      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         AIMED BLOW         8 -  13 -  0      38  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 630 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     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      HELENA 4578                15  10  1   91 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
AIMED BLOW       TYNE 4584                  11   7  2   76 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    PENRICH 4590                9   2  0   49 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
The overall popularity leader is TYNE 4584.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ROSLYN 4599.  The ten other most popular fighters were STALLONE 4600, TYNE 4584, 
ARRNOLD 4601, BUSTER 4597, BUMPHELQUAT 4603, HELENA 4578, FLOPEAR 4598, PENRICH 4590, 
PITCH 4572, and YELLOW DOG 4587.

The least popular fighter this week was WILLIS THE BRUCE 4602.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JCVD 4604, BROWN BEAR 4596, YELLOW DOG 4587, PITCH 4572, 
PENRICH 4590, FLOPEAR 4598, HELENA 4578, BUMPHELQUAT 4603, BUSTER 4597, and ARRNOLD 
4601.