DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/22/2003    Duedate: 11/04/2003

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-471

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MAN O' WAR
TRIPLE CROWN (382)
(15-4517) [10-2-0,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MAN O' WAR                     RONNIE RAY GUN
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
(15-4517) [10-2-0,103]         (15-4574) [2-0-0,16]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BURGATORY                      LITTLE CURRENT
SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)        TRIPLE CROWN (382)
(15-4532) [8-16-1,84]          (15-4371) [12-15-2,57]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          56
2. TRIPLE CROWN (382)          21      UNKNOWNS XX (436)
3. UNKNOWNS XX (436)           19      Unchartered Team
4. POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)  13
5. KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)        0POLITICALY 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)   9   4  0 69.2   1/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)        9  6 0
 2/ 2 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         88  52  2 62.9   2/ 1 UNKNOWNS XX (436)         9  6 0
 3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       216 193 14 52.8   3/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        6  4 0
 4- 4 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     59  69  4 46.1   4/ 2 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   5 10 1
 5/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244)       287 386  8 42.6   5/ 4*POLITICALY INCORRE (461)  4  2 0
 6/ 6 SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)   44  68  3 39.3   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 #71 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Riztab:

     "There was something out there," Tillouisa whispered, squinting into the moonlit
distance.  "I SAW it moving across the water."
     "Somebody night-fishing in a rowboat," Song of Summer said in a normal voice.
"Everything isn't monsters, Til."
     "Ha!  That just shows how much YOU know."  Tillouisa abandoned her whisper and
scowled at her teammate triumphantly.  "I've SEEN monsters, Summer.  I know what I'm
talking about.  There are ALWAYS monsters around water--"
     "In the Shagornan Desert, maybe, but--"
     "Everywhere!  Water's tricky, Summer.  You can't TRUST it," the Rirorni woman
stated positively.
     Before Song of Summer could reply to that, a cry floated to them from the dark
lake.  Not a human cry, nor the call of any nightbird that either woman had heard
before.  There was a little of the wolf howling in it, but what wolf would be in the
middle of miles of water?  And even the howl of a wolf did not chill the blood quite
so effectively.
     After a moment, Song of Summer swallowed twice and said, "It might not be a
monster even so."  She didn't sound like she believed that.  "It might be...just some
strange creature out there."
     There was another cry from the lake, this time all too human, shrill with terror
and despair.  Splashes accompanied it.
     "I guess there was a night-fisherman out there, after all," Tillouisa noted.
     "You don't have to sound so cheerful about it!  That poor man probably died
horribly."
     "He would've heard the rumors of monsters same as we did," Tillouisa said,
shrugging.  "If he chose to risk the lake anyway, well, what did he expect?"  She
turned away from the waterfront.
     "I don't suppose there's anything we could do to help him?"
     "I don't suppose so.  He's probably dead by now.  Come on."  Tillouisa grabbed
her teammate's arm and started towing her back up the sloping street.
     "Where are we going?"
     "Around this block of buildings.  They're all collapsed, and we couldn't get
through them.  I want to check out the old records building now while the monster's
out on the lake."
     "Til!  You're INSANE!  We don't know there's only ONE monster."
     "We can find out, then."

Malcorn:

     "It looks like somebody laid a plate, or a shield, or, I dunno, a cartwheel or
something on the field," Blacklock said doubtfully.
     "If plates, shields, or cartwheels came twenty feet across, yes, it surely
does," Birdsong agreed.
     Blacklock moved to study the circle of flattened grain--which was to have been
cut today--from another angle.  Not that there was anything different to see.
Perfectly circular, perfectly flat.  "It'd be hard to cut grain that's been trampled
down like that, wouldn't it?"
     "Yeah, really hard--like impossible, and that's a lot of grain.  It isn't like
we've got so much to spare, you know."  Birdsong knelt and touched the smashed
stalks, drawing her hand back quickly.  "They're frozen!"
     "A twenty-foot cartwheel of ice?" Blacklock speculated doubtfully.  "Well,
anyway, it's too bad, but it happened.  What caused it, and what do we do about it?"
     "I don't know to both, but I think..." Birdsong stood and frowned at the ruined
grain.  "I think we tell Lord Malcorn."
     "Oh, SH-- uh, shoot!  You think he's been dabbling in magic and did this?"
     "Of course not!  Lord Malcorn isn't careless or destructive," Birdsong stated
positively.  "But he'll know what to do."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     Lord Malcorn, Blackie in more informal situations, was staring at another circle
of smashed crops.  Hay, this time, and a couple of rabbits who had been so unlucky as
to be inside the circle when disaster fell.  He knew, in a general sense, what had
caused it--when he had loosed the Dregur from the Silent Place, other things had
escaped also.  From the Silent Place, and from other restraints elsewhere.  He didn't
know exactly which "other things" had caused this, but he was sure that the ultimate
blame attached to him.  That was the trouble with taking drastic measures to counter
drastic problems.  You never knew what secondary effects might occur.  Or what kind
of measures would be required to deal with the secondary problems, and what tertiary
problems might arise from THAT.  He could spend the rest of his life cleaning up
after the results of releasing the Dregur....  But then, he could have spent the rest
of his life cleaning up after the invaders, too.
     He sighed and turned to the farmer.  "Keep your livestock and your workers out
of the fields," he directed.  "There may be more of these, and it will require a
complicated bit of work to put a stop to it."

Warriors and managers of the Free Cities, your participation in these events is
invited.  An email to Livia@reality.com or a personal is all it takes. -- the Scribe

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 476): GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 470): BURGATORY of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 470): MURGEN of THE BLACK COMPANY (Spartacus?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 468): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 467): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 459): BUZZARD of THE TAKEN (Stillgard, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): GAELIN BLACKTALON of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 456): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 454): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 447): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 315): ALIZARIN DAMASK of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 360): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 476): CLAN O' WHOOPAS (?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 470): UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 470): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 468): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 467): NATURE'S WRATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 459): THE GUILD (Guido, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 456): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 454): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 447): COMIC MAYHEM (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 190): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 315): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): none
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 360): MEOW MIX, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 474): MIKE BELIEVE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
                           EQUALIZER of THE LAWMEN (?, mgr.)
               (turn 475): LIBERTY BELLE of POWERPUFF GIRLS (The Narrator, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 469): INNERVISION of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 233): LUCKY LUCIEN of CANADIAN BACON (Firehawk, mgr.)
                          POLARIS of ASTRONOMY DOMINE (Razorback, mgr.)
                          RAPAX of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 458): MATSURI of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 231): DELWYNNDWN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
                               GILGAMESH of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 410): SUNGOD DESIGNED ME of WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 208): IPECAC of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 202): THREEKARD of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 189): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 335): DUMPLING of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 138): I.O.U. of ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)
                (turn 137): JUSTICE of PEACE MAKERS (Solomon, mgr.)
                            SCRAG'S LIZARD of DARK CIRCLE PETS II (Guardian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of MALCORN.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  Nothing works for 
a team like victory (How's that for a perceptive observation?) as GREENWARDENS can 
attest...  Say what you will about blind luck and dirty fighting, but TRIPLE CROWN 
will tell you 216-193-14 is nothing to laugh at...  Practice pays for STORMCLOUD, who 
pummelled KUNG-FU MASTER, to pocket 17 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of 
which, RONNIE RAY GUN was winsome, after beating MARY MAGDALINGUICA and seeing her 
lose 8 points.  What can be a greater victory?  MAN O' WAR has taken his place as the 
top, as MALCORN's new Duelmaster.  Word has it one team in MALCORN is using psychics 
to predict wins.  They lead a charmed life!   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst the 
mountaintops, so stand the warriors of UNKNOWNS XX, alone and unchallenged.  As a 
woman of good breeding scorns the "warriors" of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT, so did that sorry 
team shy from UNKNOWNS XX If challenges were horses, STALKING HORSE could open up a 
fast food joint!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Questions are 
being raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain 
tavern in MALCORN would I avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  As the seasons change, and the creatures 
of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave this place.  Do not 
despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAN O' WAR 4517              10   2  0   103       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEIGH! 4363                  16  17  1    94       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BURGATORY 4532                8  16  1    84       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 BLACKLOCK 4459               13   6  1    81       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STORMCLOUD 4379              14  17  0    76       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIRDSONG 4434                10  12  1    63       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KEYSER SOZE 891              14  14  2    58       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 ABRA-HAM! 4563                7   3  0    58       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 LITTLE CURRENT 4371          12  15  2    57       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODWALKER 4433               6  16  1    43       GREENWARDENS (244)
-SLICK BILLY 4576              3   1  0    41       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STALKING HORSE 4569           3   6  1    33       GREENWARDENS (244)
-RED STORM 986                 6   6  0    30       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
-THE GOVERNATOR 4578           3   1  0    26       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
-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)
 SMOKED SOLOMON 4589           2   0  0    19       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 TWETTER 4590                  2   0  0    18       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 RONNIE RAY GUN 4574           2   0  0    16       POLITICALY INCORRECT (461)
 SPANK-A-SAURASS 4592          1   0  0    15       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 WARRIOR 4593                  1   0  0    15       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 VERTIKI 4572                  4   1  0    13       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
-MR. PISTON 1095               1   2  0    10       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 CRUNCH-TIME 4579              2   2  0     9       UNKNOWNS XX (436)
 MARY MAGDALINGUICA 4588       1   1  1     6       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)
 CRUCIFRIED STEAK 4587         0   3  0     3       SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (456)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TRICKY DICK 4575       1  1 0 POLITICALY INCORR 461 BLACK ORC 453         471 NONE    
GENUINE RISK 4385     10  9 0 TRIPLE CROWN 382      BLACKLOCK 4459        467 REVENGED
PIRANHA 4573           0  1 0 UNKNOWNS XX 436       STALKING HORSE 4569   467 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I refuse to write a Duelmaster's column for Burgatory, seeing as he didn't win
a fight to take the throne, and therefore shouldn't be sitting up there anyway. --
Klep
P.S.  But he is a popular recognition leader and a real swell fella, so I gave him
one of those gold cups instead.

It's hard to write personals when you only fight commission warriors.  They don't cry
when you flame them. -- Klep

Man O War -- Hmmm.  You are quick.  I will have to try you again later. -- Abra-Ham!

Little Current -- Actually, I'm not sure about that last remark.  True, a horse in
the bathtub could be formidable.  But I'm Rirorni, I always bathe with my horse. --
Blacklock

Vertiki -- You made me dizzy.  Was that a plan? -- Stalking Horse

Slick Billy -- It isn't enough to be slick.  You have to be good, too. -- Birdsong
P.S.  Ah..."being good" is not in your job description, right?  Sorry, my mistake
there.

Neigh! -- (sigh)  Okay, you can gloat now. -- Stormcloud

A Karnhorn spy?  I say KILL HIM. -- Woodwalker
P.S.  You should hear some of the things he called me!

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

TRICKY DICK was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
VERTIKI was devastated by STALKING HORSE in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
TWETTER handily defeated CRUCIFRIED STEAK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BURGATORY was devastated by MAN O' WAR in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
NEIGH! demolished ABRA-HAM! in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
BLACKLOCK vanquished KUNG-FU MASTER in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
STORMCLOUD devastated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
LITTLE CURRENT won victory over WOODWALKER in a 2 minute expert's duel.
BIRDSONG vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute uneven fight.
RONNIE RAY GUN won victory over MARY MAGDALINGUICA in a 3 minute novice's fight.
CRUNCH-TIME was beaten by SMOKED SOLOMON in a 2 minute gory novice's melee.
SPANK-A-SAURASS subdued EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's match.
WARRIOR handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -   4 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         TOTAL PARRY       14 -   7 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    35 -  20 -  2      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   8 -  1      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   8 -  1      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  16 -  0      36  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  20 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 471 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    2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   MAN O' WAR 4517            10   2  0  103 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLACKLOCK 4459             13   6  1   81 GREENWARDENS (244)
AIMED BLOW       ABRA-HAM! 4563              7   3  0   58 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 LITTLE CURRENT 4371.  The ten other most popular fighters were TWETTER 4590, 
WOODWALKER 4433, BLACKLOCK 4459, STORMCLOUD 4379, BIRDSONG 4434, MARY MAGDALINGUICA 
4588, STALKING HORSE 4569, MAN O' WAR 4517, CRUNCH-TIME 4579, and SMOKED SOLOMON 
4589.

The least popular fighter this week was RONNIE RAY GUN 4574.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ABRA-HAM! 4563, BURGATORY 4532, CRUCIFRIED STEAK 4587, VERTIKI 
4572, TRICKY DICK 4575, WARRIOR 4593, NEIGH! 4363, SPANK-A-SAURASS 4592, SMOKED 
SOLOMON 4589, and CRUNCH-TIME 4579.