DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/15/2010    Duedate: 02/27/2010

TOBIR ARENA

DM-14    TURN-639

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TIPPI TURTLE
THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
(14-4351) [17-4-0,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TIPPI TURTLE                   RED XIII
THE DEATH SQUAD (63)           MIDGAR (468)
(14-4351) [17-4-0,115]         (14-4607) [4-5-0,34]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

YELLOW DOG                     FAROUCHE
THE DOGHOUSE (188)             F WORDS (472)
(14-4587) [9-13-0,66]          (14-4630) [1-0-0,16]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE DOGHOUSE (188)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. F WORDS (472)               39
2. THE DEATH SQUAD (63)        22      OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
3. DRAGONS GUARD (471)         17      Unchartered Team
4. ACTION HEROS (467)          10
5. OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)      9      F WORDS (472)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*F WORDS (472)              4   1  1 80.0   1/ 1 THE DOGHOUSE (188)        8  7 0
 2/ 2 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)  416 273 30 60.4   2/ 2 ACTION HEROS (467)        7  8 3
 3/ 1*DRAGONS GUARD (471)        6   4  2 60.0   3/ 5*DRAGONS GUARD (471)       6  4 2
 4/ 3 ACTION HEROS (467)        28  22  6 56.0   4/ 3 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)   6  4 0
 5/ 0 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)     487 387 29 55.7   5/ 4*MIDGAR (468)              5  6 0
 6/ 4 THE DOGHOUSE (188)       638 721 10 46.9   6/ 0 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)      4  0 0
 7/ 5*MIDGAR (468)              14  27  2 34.1   7/ 0*F WORDS (472)             4  1 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 #44 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Fratsfa:

     "So," Lenpro said, "we have two basic--linked but distinct--problems.  The
chaotic magic, and the civil war.  Is that correct?"
     Lady Fern nodded.  "Over-simplified, but correct."
     "And Fandil is going to have to be the one to deal with the magic--"
     "I have heard of the mage Fandil, of course," Herlas cut in, "and I would guess
he has as good a chance as any and better than most, but... will he do it?  Will he
do it in TIME?"
     "He's working on it now," Fern said.
     The younger man blinked and looked around the room blankly.  "Already?  But how
did he know?"
     Fern laughed.  "That is a question I prefer not to ask my brother, along with
'what are you doing?'.  It is sufficient to know that he is working on it."  She sat
even straighter in her chair.  "Your obvious intention, Lenpro, is to state that we
here in this room must begin to deal with the civil war side of the problem."
     "Preferably before it becomes an outright civil war," the manager from Iaye
said.  "At the moment, it's more of a palace coup.  If we can stop it now--"
     "Ah..." Herlas shifted a little in his chair, "that may not be possible.
Cutting it off before it becomes an outright civil war.  The tensions and irritations
that Korneth has been working with are real enough, and by now they're probably--
almost certainly--inflamed enough that bringing them to a halt short of violence
is....  I don't think it can be done."
     "Just what, exactly, 'tensions and irritations' are you talking about?"  Lenpro
scowled.  "The Andorian League is probably the best place to live in all Alastari--"
     Herlas sighed, looked at Outcast Orchid almost helplessly for a moment, then
squared his shoulders.  Definitely a 'you aren't going to like this' gesture.
"Korneth may have come out of nowhere I've ever heard of, but he gained local support
quickly.  Very quickly--and more than you might think, especially in Convincia.  The
Great Thane has been... cool, but he hasn't made any effort to stop the drift of many
of his lesser thanes into the..." a vague gesture, of one groping for words, "the
isolationist camp, I might call it.  And at a lower level still, among the ordinary
people, farmers, small merchants, the foundation of Convincian strength, there's a
lot of resentment against, well, the Aruaki first.  They don't like how powerful the
Aruaki are in the League.  They don't like Aruaki wanting to marry their sons and
daughters and 'taint' their own family bloodlines.  They just--"
     "They don't like the Aruaki," Fern finished.  She looked thoughtful and glanced
at Lenpro.  "What has been your experience on Iaye?  It is officially under the
government of the Aruaki Clanhold, is it not?"
     "Officially... sort of."  Lenpro got up and started walking around the room,
finding an outlet for his own irritation in the activity.  With obvious reluctance,
he said, "We don't see many of the Aruaki on Iaye, and if some official were to come
and try to give orders... they probably wouldn't be well received.  But that's a long
way from civil war!"
     "It's the soil that a civil war can grow in," Fern said.  "The werefolk are not
welcomed with open arms here in Fratsfa, either, especially since the plague.  Some
of the plague-driven shape-changes and the associated personality shifts were," she
sighed, "frankly disastrous.  But it isn't the fault of the Aruaki themselves!"
     "It doesn't need to be," Sizzling Sunflower cut in.  "It isn't the fault of the
river if someone's house gets flooded, but no intelligent person builds too close to
it even so."
     "Yes, exactly so."  Herlas nodded.  "Even people who aren't hostile to the
Aruaki have taken to avoiding them--"
     "We don't see it in the arenas," Lenpro said.
     "Yes, well, they're avoiding the gladiators, too, I bet," Orchid said.  "Nobody
was giving gladiators the benefit of the doubt up in Andor just recently."
     "There's also hostility toward gladiators," Herlas admitted.  "Many people see
them as tools of the Grey Wand, which they fear outright.  And, again, they resent
the effect of the arenas on their sons and daughters.  That it draws them away from
what their parents consider the proper life and duties--"
     "Immortality--"
     "A lot of jealousy, huh?" Orchid asked.
     Herlas nodded again.  "A lot of people have trouble accepting the typical elvish
lifespan, but at least elves can be killed.  Add in the guarantee of resurrection...
jealousy, resentment, even religious outrage.  There was a lot of dissatisfaction
that Korneth could strike a match to."
     "It's all well and good to SAY these things," Orchid growled, taking her turn to
stamp up and down the room.  "But what can we DO about them?  The Aruaki aren't going
to go away.  The arenas aren't going to go away.  The elves, and the Grey Wand,
aren't going to go away.  All this stuff you're SAYING isn't telling us what we can
DO."
     Herlas smiled, though there was little amusement in the expression.  "Korneth's
solution is to kill or 'cast out' the Aruaki--send them back to Ratan, apparently.
Get rid of the arena system, kill Lord Protectors whenever they turn up and destroy
the bodies so that they can't be resurrected, and direct the energies of the
remaining Andorians toward a war with the Karnhorn Empire."
     "Scapegoats," Lady Fern said.  Her expression suggested that if she wasn't a
lady, she'd spit on the floor.
     "Cut off Korneth's legitimacy by providing a ruler that all can accept as--"
     "But can 'all' accept Alonj?" Orchid asked.
     "As an alternative to a civil war, yes, I think so.  If we get the message on
that out before emotions become so inflamed that nobody wants a reasonable
alternative to civil war.  But these irritations... they won't go away, because they
do have a real foundation," Lenpro nodded acknowledgement at the Zensovian mage, "but
they've become exaggerated.  Inflamed," he repeated, liking the word.
"So we need anti-inflammatories."  Fern nodded.  "It won't be easy, but--"
     "Maybe if the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors help out people, all kinds of
people--the ordinary ones you were talking about," Sunflower began.
     "No."  Fern and Lenpro spoke together, and immediately.  Lenpro gestured for his
sister to continue.  "If we add the burden of gratitude to the resentments already
festering, it will make things worse.  No, better if we find some way for the
ordinary mortal human Andorians to help out the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors, that
might do better."
     Sizzling Sunflower looked dubious, but she shrugged and sat back, accepting her
manager's perception as being wiser than her own.  "How, then?"

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): WAR BOND of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): FLOPEAR of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): HATE MY LIFE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 628): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): COROT TORO of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): DIGGITY DOG of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 585): JOFRE MAINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 581): RED DAWG of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): NOT SO HOT of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 220): FOUR EYES of TOTAL CHAOS (Marma Duke, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 524): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 628): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 585): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 581): WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 220): DOGS OF WAR (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 523): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 639): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 637): PITCH of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 572): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                 (turn 571): SIS of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I guess the Khalhums Dwarf was really upset with Pitch, because he was MEAN to
me.  I wasn't mean to him.  He is so hairy, I thought at first he was another dog.
If so, he comes from a junkyard.  No manners at ALL.

                                       Flopear

                                      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.  I can just hear all the boasts coming 
in F WORDS' next personal ads.  Their first turn they went 4-1-1.  Of course, we're 
all terribly impressed to see FAROUCHE win a fight and gain 16 points, terribly.  
Tsk, tsk, SHARDAVAN beat MAIA and MAIA lost 12 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  
And it's out with the old, in with the new, as TIPPI TURTLE takes the Title and last 
week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks 
and bribes, how else do you think some of these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  TOBIR, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  
OTAGO HIGHLANDERS the most avoided team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  
And who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  
It was DRAGONS GUARD.  Ha ha ha ha!   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for TOBIR's 
morgue.  More variety.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  
Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     What does the TOBIR arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll 
need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIPPI TURTLE 4351            17   4  0   115       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BURNT OUT HIPPIE 4402         9   2  0    85       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 FLOPEAR 4598                  9   3  0    83       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 SPONGEBOB 4367                8   8  0    81       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUSTER 4597                   8  10  0    70       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YELLOW DOG 4587               9  13  0    66       THE DOGHOUSE (188)
 PENRICH 4590                 14   5  0    63       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BROWN BEAR 4596              11   7  0    57       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRACK BABY 4279              10  14  0    44       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
-SHLEPROCK 4376                5   7  0    39       THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
 RED XIII 4607                 4   5  0    34       MIDGAR (468)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARDAVAN 4626                2   0  1    33       DRAGONS GUARD (471)
 ARRNOLD 4601                  6   4  2    31       ACTION HEROS (467)
 BUMPHELQUAT 4603              5   5  2    26       ACTION HEROS (467)
 WARSONG 4627                  2   0  0    26       DRAGONS GUARD (471)
 ROSLYN 4599                   5   5  0    25       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 BOND 4623                     2   0  0    25       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 JCVD 4604                     6   4  2    24       ACTION HEROS (467)
 WILLIS THE BRUCE 4602         5   5  0    24       ACTION HEROS (467)
 YUFFY 4609                    4   5  0    24       MIDGAR (468)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STALLONE 4600                 6   4  0    22       ACTION HEROS (467)
 FAROUCHE 4630                 1   0  0    16       F WORDS (472)
 MAIA 4610                     3   2  0    14       OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
 VINCENT 4605                  2   7  0    13       MIDGAR (468)
 FLUFF 4633                    1   0  0    10       F WORDS (472)
 FRISKY 4634                   1   0  1     6       F WORDS (472)
 FUSTIGATE 4632                1   0  0     6       F WORDS (472)
 RAVEN 4628                    1   1  0     4       DRAGONS GUARD (471)
 FABLE 4631                    0   1  0     1       F WORDS (472)
 DERVISH 4635                  0   1  0     1       DRAGONS GUARD (471)
 BILL BITEMORE 4638            0   1  0     1       THE DOGHOUSE (188)

'-' 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                      BUMPHELQUAT 4603      639  NONE
HAVOC 4624              1  1 1 DRAGONS GUARD 471    DARK CHAMPION         639  NONE
CLOUD 4606              3  5 1 MIDGAR 468           ARRNOLD 4601          638   
TIFA 4608               1  5 1 MIDGAR 468           JCVD 4604             636   
COVE 4636               0  1 0 OTAGO HIGHLANDER 348 FRISKY 4634           639   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

At least I got to bite the Khalhums Dwarf on the, ah, leg on my way out the door.
That's a satisfying conclusion to my gladiatorial career.  Now I'm going to lie in
front of the fireplace all winter and stay warm, and when summer comes, I'm going to
lie on the porch and enjoy that. -- Pitch, headed for being a lazy dog

I went straight for his throat, and the Veteran Mercenary was UPSET.  I've been
TRAINED to go for the throat, dammit.  What does he expect? -- Buster

If I'm a werewolf and I bite the Kung-Fu Master, does that mean he'll turn into a
werewolf, too? -- Yellow Dog

Vincent -- Wow, you've got all KINDS of problems.  Glad I'm not you. -- Brown Bear

9 February 10
All -- I know you all thought the old Wiz that is Fiz went off to die somewhere.

Well, I didn't.  Now I'm back to befuddle and frustrate you with my senseless
ramblings.  I look forward to reconnecting with all my old friends and enemies alike.
-- Fizban the Famous

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HAVOC was barely slain by DARK CHAMPION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
FLOPEAR lost to TIPPI TURTLE in a action packed 2 minute Title battle.
BURNT OUT HIPPIE demolished YELLOW DOG in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SPONGEBOB viciously subdued BUSTER in a 1 minute gory contest.
RED XIII was overpowered by CIVILIZED CRIMINAL in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CRACK BABY unbelievably bested YUFFY in a slow 5 minute bloody duel.
BROWN BEAR overpowered JCVD in a 2 minute gory mismatched brawl.
PENRICH handily defeated ARRNOLD in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
MAIA was overpowered by SHARDAVAN in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
ROSLYN defeated VINCENT in a 1 minute gruesome match.
STALLONE was savagely defeated by WARSONG in a 1 minute brutal fight.
WILLIS THE BRUCE savagely defeated CULT MEMBER in a 4 minute bloody competition.
BUMPHELQUAT delivered the death blow upon TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute battle.
BOND devastated FABLE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
RAVEN was viciously subdued by FAROUCHE in a popular 5 minute bloody beginner's fight.
FUSTIGATE viciously subdued DERVISH in a 2 minute bloody novice's fray.
FLUFF devastated BILL BITEMORE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
FRISKY killed COVE in a 2 minute novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   2 -  1      78  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  2      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  14 -  3      58  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  15 -  1      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW        21 -  17 -  2      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  13 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  12 -  1      37  |

Turn 639 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 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         3 -  2                                       2  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      TIPPI TURTLE 4351          17   4  0  115 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
AIMED BLOW       BURNT OUT HIPPIE 4402       9   2  0   85 THE DEATH SQUAD (63)
SLASHING ATTACK  FLOPEAR 4598                9   3  0   83 THE DOGHOUSE (188)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    PENRICH 4590               14   5  0   63 OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (348)
STRIKING ATTACK  BROWN BEAR 4596            11   7  0   57 THE DOGHOUSE (188)
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 YELLOW DOG 4587.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FAROUCHE 4630.  The ten other most popular fighters were FLOPEAR 4598, FUSTIGATE 
4632, PENRICH 4590, HAVOC 4624, SPONGEBOB 4367, BROWN BEAR 4596, SHARDAVAN 4626, 
ROSLYN 4599, WARSONG 4627, and COVE 4636.

The least popular fighter this week was CRACK BABY 4279.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were YUFFY 4609, BILL BITEMORE 4638, DERVISH 4635, RAVEN 4628, FABLE 4631, 
STALLONE 4600, VINCENT 4605, JCVD 4604, RED XIII 4607, and BUSTER 4597.