DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/08/2003    Duedate: 10/21/2003

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-470

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BURGATORY
SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
(15-4532) [8-15-1,93]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BURGATORY                      SLICK BILLY
SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)        POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
(15-4532) [8-15-1,93]          (15-4576) [3-1-0,41]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BURGATORY                      SLICK BILLY
SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)        POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
(15-4532) [8-15-1,93]          (15-4576) [3-1-0,41]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

UNKNOWNS XX (436)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. UNKNOWNS XX (436)           24
2. GREENWARDENS (244)          23      UNKNOWNS XX (436)
3. TRIPLE CROWN (382)          17      Unchartered Team
4. SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)     17
5. POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)  10POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*POLITICALY INCORRE (461)   8   3  0 72.7   1/ 1 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         9  6 0
 2/ 2 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         85  50  2 63.0   2/ 2 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   7  7 1
 3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       213 193 14 52.5   3/ 4 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        6  5 0
 4- 4 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     59  69  4 46.1   4/ 3*POLITICALY INCORRE (461)  5  1 0
 5/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)       283 385  8 42.4   5/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)        5 10 0
 6/ 6 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   43  64  3 40.2   6- 6 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     0  2 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #70 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The horseman started to turn away, but two of the hounds made a determined
attack on the three gladiators as they scrambled out of their sheltering tree.  Now,
the tree was a trap rather than a shelter.  Cadal was first out, hammering at the
nearest hound with his heavy blade.
     Aghatamar was just behind him, close enough to slash at the hound trying to take
him from the side.  The horseman turned back, just as the moon shone through a gap in
the clouds overhead.  Aghtamar sucked in her breath in shock.  There was a face, she
repeated that to herself as a litany against the unknown.  Two eyes--she shuddered
and wrenched her gaze away from them, feeling her blood turn to ice and her bones to
sand.  A beak of a nose, a hunting bird's beak.  Gash of a mouth, with an icy glitter
of fangs.
     Behind her, Zilla muttered a prayer to Sermina and struck two-handed at the
hound, awkwardly because she didn't want to look directly at it.  That hound was no
beast that ever curled up quietly before a fire or accepted a pat on the head for a
job well done.  Cadal lunged at his hound and came near to spitting it on his sword,
but the uncanny creature twisted away.  The horseman laughed, a sound which would
chill the strongest heart, and turned away again, riding up the road toward whatever
his, or its third hound had cornered.  Fist of Kjarran, most likely, but there was no
way to help him now.  They had their own problems.
     The hounds had a pattern of swirling in to attack and then out before they could
be struck in return, coordinating their efforts smoothly without needing their
master's guidance.  They must have done this many times before.  Aghtamar thought of
the other people dead along this road and knew they must have sustained just such an
attack:  the horn with its message of fear, then these uncanny beasts with their
teasing and toying, and finally the huntsman on his horse.  Not a good death.  If
there was such a thing as a 'good death'.
     While these thoughts were flitting through her mind, she kept her sword moving
as well.  The hounds seemed reluctant, maybe even totally unwilling, to close with
them, but they wouldn't leave them alone, either.  "The damned things are trying to
wear us down," she muttered.  And it might work.  She was already breathing hard, and
she could hear Zilla panting beside her.  She couldn't hear Cadal, but he was
farthest from her.
     "We've got to finish these," Cadal stated.  "Fist of Kjarran is going to need
our help."  A shuffle and lunge, a hound yelped and dodged back.  "Except they won't
stand--"
     "And if we just go to Fist, turn our backs on these hounds," Zilla growled,
"likely they'll jump on us from behind."
     "There must be SOME way we can kill or cripple these damned hounds!" Aghtamar
snapped.  "Anything that lives can be killed.  It's a natural law or something."
     "We're not going to find it tonight except by chance," Cadal said.  "And we have
to go help Fist.  If we all move together, back to back...."
     "Right!  Let's move," Aghtamar agreed.  "On the count of three?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

To All,

     Here is my numbers:  13-12-8-17-19(2)-4-13.  Mas Int, Def -- Adex, Att.  Favors
SH Mod-Mod, Att skills, no tactic.  As for my 16-4-0 record it is not bad.  I am the
first lunger of Dark Spirit's to graduate from Malcorn.

          Innervision, The Firm

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of MALCORN!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  What's with MARY MAGDALINGUICA?  
She actually beat MALCORN's CONVICTED THIEF, and walked away with 14 more points from 
the fight.  Laughs were big at TRIPLE CROWN while they watched NEIGH! clobber 
STORMCLOUD.  He lost 7 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  
See how the Duelmaster challenged SACRILEGIOUS MEAT's BURGATORY?  That sort of 
initiative is how he got where he is now.  Try as it might, BURGATORY wasn't good 
enough at persuading INNERVISION to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  I 
suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  
Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  How 
well I know the feeling of being in the most avoided team!  Don't fall out of 
practive, KAMAKAZI HITMEN!  Management must be dealin', as the boys at TRIPLE CROWN 
ain't reelin'!  KAMAKAZI HITMEN's mad!  How well I know the feeling of being the most 
challenged warrior, BURGATORY!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt 
you.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You 
young rapscallions, take note!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Time for my medication, so I'll leave now.  Practice, 
practice, practice!-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BURGATORY 4532                8  15  1    93       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAN O' WAR 4517               9   2  0    92       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEIGH! 4363                  15  17  1    87       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
 BLACKLOCK 4459               12   6  1    70       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ABRA-HAM! 4563                7   2  0    62       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 STORMCLOUD 4379              13  17  0    59       GREENWARDENS (244)
-KEYSER SOZE 891              14  14  2    58       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITTLE CURRENT 4371          11  15  2    54       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
 BIRDSONG 4434                 9  12  1    54       GREENWARDENS (244)
 WOODWALKER 4433               6  15  1    44       GREENWARDENS (244)
 SLICK BILLY 4576              3   1  0    41       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RED STORM 986                 6   6  0    30       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 VERTIKI 4572                  4   0  0    29       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 THE GOVERNATOR 4578           3   1  0    26       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SPACEMAN SPIFF 1132           3   1  0    25       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STASHEFF 1112                 3   3  0    23       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 MARY MAGDALINGUICA 4588       1   0  1    14       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 STALKING HORSE 4569           2   6  1    13       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CRUNCH-TIME 4579              2   1  0    13       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 SMOKED SOLOMON 4589           1   0  0    13       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
-TRICKY DICK 4575              1   0  0    11       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
-MR. PISTON 1095               1   2  0    10       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 TWETTER 4590                  1   0  0     9       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
-RONNIE RAY GUN 4574           1   0  0     5       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
 CRUCIFRIED STEAK 4587         0   2  0     2       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF 434    0  1 0   1                   MARY MAGDALINGUI 4588 470 NONE    
GENUINE RISK 4385     10  9 0 TRIPLE CROWN 382      BLACKLOCK 4459        467 REVENGED
CRAZED 4580            0  3 0 UNKNOWNS XX 436       WURM KIN 460          470 NONE    
PIRANHA 4573           0  1 0 UNKNOWNS XX 436       STALKING HORSE 4569   467 JUST REV

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Man O'War -- (sigh)  Run down, trampled under the flashing hooves.... -- Blacklock,
feeling dramatic as well as pummeled
P.S.  No fluke.

Vertiki -- Drat.  I must be doing something wrong.... -- Stalking Horse

Slick Billy -- You'd BETTER not be laughing!  That would be politically incorrect. --
Woodwalker

Little Current -- It's the season, you know.  Nothing personal.  I'm liable to just
rain all over anybody. -- Storm Cloud

Spaceman Spiff -- Just think of me as a wandering tyrannosaurus or something. --
Birdsong

Sultan -- I felt strongly. -- Stalking Horse, not inclined to be mealy-mouthed

Innervision -- Congrats on your call! -- Neigh!, Little Current, High Gun, and the
rest of the Triple Crown stable

Blacklock -- A fluke 2 turns running?  Possibly. -- Man O'War
P.S.  Now you may call me "sir"; I've earned it.

To All -- 918 to go. -- Dark Spirit, mgr. of Unknowns XX, The Firm

To All -- Because of limited time to write personals I will no longer give numbers of
warriors that I DA or gets killed.  Sorry!  If I have a warrior get killed or DA it I
will put number in the personal if requested in personals.  But not otherwise. --
Dark Spirit, The Firm

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CRAZED was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
LITTLE CURRENT was devastated by BLACKLOCK in a 2 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
VERTIKI handily defeated STALKING HORSE in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match.
INNERVISION devastated BURGATORY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title contest.
SLICK BILLY was narrowly defeated by BIRDSONG in a 4 minute Challenge match.
NEIGH! overpowered STORMCLOUD in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
MAN O' WAR devastated ABRA-HAM! in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
WOODWALKER handily defeated KARNHORN SPY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
THE GOVERNATOR viciously subdued CRUNCH-TIME in a 4 minute novice's duel.
CRUCIFRIED STEAK was savagely defeated by TWETTER in a 2 minute novice's fight.
MARY MAGDALINGUICA assassinated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.
SMOKED SOLOMON devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       15 -   8 -  0      65  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  20 -  2      62  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         AIMED BLOW        10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  15 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   9 -  1      36  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  21 -  0      32  |

Turn 470 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    1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MAN O' WAR 4517             9   2  0   92 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLACKLOCK 4459             12   6  1   70 GREENWARDENS (244)
AIMED BLOW       ABRA-HAM! 4563              7   2  0   62 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BURGATORY 4532.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SLICK BILLY 4576.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE GOVERNATOR 4578, 
TWETTER 4590, BLACKLOCK 4459, BIRDSONG 4434, NEIGH! 4363, MAN O' WAR 4517, VERTIKI 
4572, WOODWALKER 4433, CRUCIFRIED STEAK 4587, and SMOKED SOLOMON 4589.

The least popular fighter this week was CRUNCH-TIME 4579.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ABRA-HAM! 4563, STORMCLOUD 4379, BURGATORY 4532, STALKING HORSE 
4569, CRAZED 4580, MARY MAGDALINGUICA 4588, LITTLE CURRENT 4371, SMOKED SOLOMON 4589, 
CRUCIFRIED STEAK 4587, and WOODWALKER 4433.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

INNERVISION (15-4431) UNKNOWNS XX (436)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes