DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 11/29/2006 Duedate: 12/12/2006 MALCORN ARENA DM-15 TURN-550 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS STRADA STARBASE 5 (263) (15-4703) [21-6-0,107] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader STRADA DEANO STARBASE 5 (263) MARKS PARTY (489) (15-4703) [21-6-0,107] (15-4830) [1-0-1,14] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite INDEMOS PERIWINKLE STARBASE 5 (263) GREENWARDENS (244) (15-4668) [22-23-1,103] (15-4787) [12-6-0,78] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM STARBASE 5 (263) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. DARK CREATION (471) 32 2. GREENWARDENS (244) 31 TRIPLE CROWN (382) 3. BLOODSWORN (482) 24 Unchartered Team 4. MARKS PARTY (489) 17 5. STARBASE 5 (263) 16 MARKS PARTY (489) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1 TRIPLE CROWN (382) 373 274 18 57.7 1/ 1 STARBASE 5 (263) 10 2 0 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263) 156 143 6 52.2 2/ 2 DARK CREATION (471) 8 7 2 3/ 0*MARKS PARTY (489) 1 1 1 50.0 3/ 4 GREENWARDENS (244) 5 10 0 4/ 3 DARK CREATION (471) 118 125 4 48.6 4/ 3 BLOODSWORN (482) 3 5 0 5/ 5 GREENWARDENS (244) 461 583 10 44.2 5/ 5 TRIPLE CROWN (382) 2 3 0 6/ 4 BLOODSWORN (482) 35 46 2 43.2 6/ 0*MARKS PARTY (489) 1 1 1 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank SPY REPORT If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of MALCORN brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too. Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see TREE SHADOW win a fight and gain 19 points, terribly. Tsk, tsk, INDEMOS beat REVANENT and REVANENT lost 6 points. You're breakin' my heart. And if variety is the spice of life, MALCORN may be getting bland, as STRADA 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, MALCORN? My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start talking.' I loved that woman. What's the big D? GREENWARDENS was the most avoided team? Bunch of lily livered... grumble... mumble... curse... And it looks like DARK CREATION avoided them the most this turn. What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me. Hmph. SILVAMERE was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster. Now was the DM insulted or feared? Heh, heh. I guess I can give a little credit to ANGELTEAR of BLOODSWORN for challenging up by 18 to HOB L. D'HOY. ANGELTEAR won to get 29 points of recognition. And we have SOMNAMBULANT in a challenge, going down 11 points for the fight. Guess what? I thought SOMNAMBULANT showed great skill and promise when he bested SILVAMERE. All right, so I slept through it! Big deal! Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and gone, and get to see if their team cared. Not that I'll be buying the drinks, but I'll be glad to see FIERCE TIGER and STARBASE 5 at Drake's Barbecue tonight celebrating their bloodfeud victory over AZAZEL. Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is developing these kinds of weapons? What does the MALCORN arena have in common with the inns? It's just as comfortable to sleep in either place. Ha ha ha ha! Well, I've had enough of this drivel, and I'm sure you have too. Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather. I see the crowds are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME STRADA 4703 21 6 0 107 STARBASE 5 (263) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME INDEMOS 4668 22 23 1 103 STARBASE 5 (263) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME REVANENT 4770 11 5 0 88 BLOODSWORN (482) FIERCE TIGER 4750 14 15 1 83 STARBASE 5 (263) TREE SHADOW 4717 13 19 0 83 GREENWARDENS (244) PERIWINKLE 4787 12 6 0 78 GREENWARDENS (244) PATTERSON PINE 4752 14 14 1 70 GREENWARDENS (244) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME JESSALIN 4713 15 18 0 63 GREENWARDENS (244) HOMUNCULUS 4805 8 6 0 63 DARK CREATION (471) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SOMNAMBULANT 4784 11 7 0 51 DARK CREATION (471) AZAZEL 4854 3 2 1 45 DARK CREATION (471) SILVAMERE 4843 4 2 0 38 BLOODSWORN (482) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HOB L. D'HOY 4786 7 11 0 32 GREENWARDENS (244) ANGELTEAR 4842 5 1 0 29 BLOODSWORN (482) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CANNONADE 4749 1 0 0 22 TRIPLE CROWN (382) BET TWICE 4858 2 1 0 17 TRIPLE CROWN (382) DEANO 4830 1 0 1 14 MARKS PARTY (489) CROATOAN 4860 1 0 1 11 DARK CREATION (471) NECTANEBUS 4855 1 3 0 6 DARK CREATION (471) -NEMO 4648 1 1 0 4 DOWN WITH THE SHIP (468) '-' 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 DEANO 4830 550 NONE DEVILDRIVER 4848 2 2 1 BLOODSWORN 482 DARK CHAMPION 457 550 NONE STRIKER 4859 0 1 0 BLOODSWORN 482 HIGH ELF 452 550 NONE DODA 4829 0 1 0 MARKS PARTY 489 CROATOAN 4860 550 THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? DEGALONIAN RUK 4810 6 7 0 STARBASE 5 263 AZAZEL 4854 549 JUST REV PERSONAL ADS Homunculus -- What, you again? I'm glad I defeated you AND taught you only one skill. You don't deserve more, you golem-in-hiding. Stand out there in the sun and FRY. -- Tree Shadow Silvamere -- (panting) Wow, was that a tough one, or what? And no kind of fun at ALL. How about if we sneak out of our guildhouses tonight and go to J'Bella the Haute's Beauty Salon and indulge ourselves in manicures? We deserve a little of the GOOD things of life. -- Jessalin Fierce Tiger -- Oh, hell. Bite me, go ahead. -- Patterson Pine P.S. And I hope you get a mouth full of splinters! Look, I'm supposed to be the NICE one on our team, polite, friendly, all that stuff. So do NOT dump the Captured Orc on me! He's rude, crude, and lewd, and I just HATE it when people are like that. -- Periwinkle P.S. Besides, he tried to pinch me on my, um, from the back. And it isn't THAT big. Somnambulant -- I don't know if YOU got any sleep during that fight, but I sure did! Too bad I didn't wake up BEFORE the arenamaster called "Time" on it. -- Hob L. D'Hoy 2 November 2006 I received a Gift Certificate from someone. I'm assuming it's for entry into the Turf War 5. Whoever sent this to me...please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. 10 November 2006 The Quest of the Best has come to an end. Dark Knight Toker, host of the Quest, wants to proclaim the Ultimate Victor and give a listing of prize winners. Lady Fern and her Flower Girls of the Consortium are the Ultimate Victors of the Quest. Well fought and there's nothing like coming from behind to leave us all in the dust. Can't wait to see you defend your title! (wink) Here is a complete list of managers who placed in prize positions: 1) Lady Fern, mgr. Flower Girls 2) Le Pentarque, mgr. Blood & Guts! 3) Crip, mgr. Otto's Parts 4) D.K. Heathen Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen 5) Ghab, mgr. Assassin Nation 6) Fanthayne, mgr. Dark Raiders 7) D.K. Toker, mgr. Silver Knights 8) D.K. Wasby, mgr. Bronze Knights 9) The Expatriate, mgr. Bleak Legion 10) Still the Distilled, mgr. Springborne Fair Thanks to all that had the gall to show up, but I really want to thank the managers that had the mettle to survive and not run when they started getting their butt handed to them. Respect to All. Quest #1 host, Dark Knight Toker 14 November 2006 A Tale of Fusion Confusion Delusion Revolution as told by Hammer the WordSmith SomeWhere Beyond ElseWhere and ElseWhen a hooded figure brooded upon the lingering wisps of memory from days gone by. From the howling sands to the sanding howls the streams of thought bubbled and flowed, winding endlessly entwined within the darkest recesses and lightest resources of the learned and unlearned disciplines of managerial mayhem and manipulation. Nameless faces and faceless names floated in the swirling mists of madness embalmed within the memories of one who knew he did not know how far reaching the influences [both positive and negative] had rooted and flowered in the march of time and energy expended in the historical markings of gladiatorial essence and excellence experience. The tamed and the untamed coupled with the named and the unnamed resources that spilt their sweat and blood on the sands of arenas both known and unknown had metamorphosed into the dreamings and the schemings of the fadings of jadings and paradings [in both public and private] amongst the elite and the indiscreet posturings and babblings of managers becoming legends in their own minds and times. Hammer pondered upon beginnings and the seemingly endless myriad of endings possibly possible among the interspersed and intertwined impossible possibilities presently past and future. Echoing and reechoing in the vast depths and countless compartments along the corridors of his mind, Hammer played and replayed the glories shared and dared in the sixty-plus stabled arena on fabled Noblish Island DM 93. The training had been all too brief, but the competition generated by the multi faceted personages inhabiting DM 93 and the sheer multitude of numbers had forever instilled themselves in the heart and soul of the veteran manager [Hammer]; insomuch that the migration to Niatoli Island DM 33 triggered the desire to emulate the glory and the grandeur of the spectacle of stables vying for recognition from among the virtually numberless no-name newbies making names for themselves as they numbered their stables and accomplishments for all to see and behold, to the song and the sound of the sight of clashing cold cruel steel simmering the flesh of gallant gladiators consumed by the gory and the glory of crossing blades with the superior and the inferior within the interior of Greywand's Global Gladiatorial Galaxy. Far far ago and long long away had many abandoned hope for a return to the reminiscences revered by so many managers; predating even the generations of gladiators graduating from Noblish Island and the years of yore and gore and gallantry before. Rumblings and mumblings of a renovation rejuvenating the reflexes of managers numbed by the numberless trysts of tourney tarnished stables began revolutionizing the very fabric of time and space and time-honored tradition throughout the ranks of visionary newbies and volatile veterans alike and dislike. History was being shaken to the core of the gore as glory and grandeur responded to the revelry reverie revelations and reveille revolutionizing the creation of a new arena in the making; populated by No-Tourney Warriors and Full Stable Participants pledging to forge a new vision version of "The Fiercest and Best" for crossing blades and crosser banter in the personal ads and team spotlight tomes. Now was the time for Hammer to emerge and once again merge his talent among the gifted and grifted; answering the call to assemble the drifted [and to directly divulge and converge with the dozens] for the destiny of destructive denizens determined to build a new legacy upon the all-but-forgotten ashes of the old and olden legends of times lost. [TIME JUMP] Hammer sifted the sands in the dead of night in the desert reaches [located SomeWhere BeYond ElseWhere and ElseWhen] to discover 5 gladiators not tourney worthy, yet interesting enough to begin their careers in a No-Tourney Arena! "They need not be dispatched to the Dark Arena," the veteran manager mused as he sorted through paperwork long discarded and vaguely forgotten, "because there is nothing like a good Blood Feud to provide inspiration for writing personal ads in the arena newsletter! Besides, there are times when the replacement for a warrior wounded mortally on the arena sands fares much better than the one exchanged from Torch Light!" Fights by Torch Light were certainly deemed unnecessary as Hammer had already deduced that a number of determined stables would undoubtedly congregate with High Octane Warriors under the guidance of Higher Octane Managers to populate and depopulate the new No-Tourney Arena currently under construction in DM 81. Fortunately his feeble foray into the desert would yield somewhat suitable candidates for the newfound purposes Hammer had in mind. From among the candidates to be found Hammer would be rewarded in time by BLOODFEUDS and REPLACEMENT WARRIORS aplenty! Deep into the night Hammer searched and searched until five not-so-promising stables were uncovered in the waning hours before dawn. Ripper discards were scattered far and wide, but this was not the time or the hour to let sentimental views cloud the issue at hand. Future events would lend themselves to a suitable Ripper replacement, especially with the prospects Hammer was now sorting for his selection decision to dispatch to the Gladiatorial Commission for processing. Most managers have the luxury of selecting the best group [or discarding the worst group!] Hammer had the novelty of rounding up the castaways from the New Stables paperwork accumulated long ago from Maximillian's Morya Madness contest in DM 28 that were deemed below inferior as contest prizes [and thus banished from sight!] Hammer scrutinized and agonized over which group of gladiators were worth the sacks of gold coins he was prepared to release to the Gladiatorial Commission for fees to MAINTENANCE his new stable in the No-Tourney Arena. After what seemed like long hours passing by, Hammer discarded one and then another group of hopefuls. After lengthy debate a third was cast aside. Deciding between the final two groups found Hammer going back to interview the rejected candidates time and time again [until a final decision was made that Hammer could live with and his new stable could die with!] before the final quirks were hammered out and pen put to paper to process the prospective puny stable with the Gladiatorial Commission. The only solace gained from the painful process was the knowledge that other managers would be less tempted to run stables in DM 81 populated by their tourney- worthy warriors [under the penalty of death imposed and enforced upon tourney experienced gladiators by the Committee being formed to police and regulate such matters!] as sworn to and signed in good faith by each registering manager. [TIME JUMP] Hammer had worked long and hard to find suitable candidates for his stable and now it was time to begin their training. The paperwork had been dispatched for registration with the Gladiatorial Commission and now was the hour in which preparation was paramount! Dispatch riders had arrived with the news that Considerable Bounty was being offered as incentive rewards to those managers sending new stables to the No-Tourney Arena. Hammer realized this would Up the Ante [causing greater pause in the managerial community for selecting suitable stables!] as the creative competition was certain to escalate and produce Serious Sword Slinging Stables Staining the Arena Sands Red! Obviously a serious upgrade in the quality of competition migrating to the No- Tourney Arena in DM 81 would definitely work in favor of Hammer; enormously increasing the death toll percentage potential amongst the ranks of his new start-up stable in DM 81 [Sands Running Red and Blood Feuds Running Rampant as Undoubtedly Expected!] Hammer observed the futility of his new warriors training [as well as they could for what they were made from!] while recent memories came to the forefront of his mind! When the paperwork was nearly completed and names were selected for each Gladiator, Hammer decided to name the stable according to what he had discovered in the darkness while searching during the dismal hours of the desert night. These warriors would probably be more well suited to fight by Torch Light had they fallen into the possession of most other managers! Paper Warriors better suited to confronting Dark Arena Monsters [rather than being fed to the Gladiatorial Lions certain to be populating the regular No-Tourney Arena!] Specimens blatantly better suited for feeding upon agitated armadillo ants than for striving to attain recognition and fame in the No-Tourney Arena [or any arena!] Thus was AARDVARK HAMMERZ birthed and born for Greatness or Disgrace! [TIME JUMP] Dispatch riders on winged steeds brought the news Hammer had been awaiting! Not since the days of training on Noblish Island in DM 93 had Hammer encountered such collective enthusiasm for crossing blades in a selected arena such as DM 81 [recalling the time Hammer generated a gathering of newbies to transfer to Niatoli Island in DM 33 to match wits and cross blades with the assembling veterans upon graduation!] The Consortium had represented the veterans well in DM 33 with the SWEETNESS stable managed by Sweety Pie. Now the good news had arrived that The Consortium was seen registering a stable named LIFE IMPACTS in the No-Tourney Arena! Former alliance mates Darque and Kat had reportedly registered DARQUE AGES and KATHOUSE with the Gladiatorial Commission. Morya Madness combatant LePentarque from DM 28 had registered LA PENTARCHIE and longtime fixture Drake in North Fork DM 47 [recently returned from a lengthy hiatus] had been lured by the competition to register DRAKE'S HARDWARE. Deke [at the helm of DOC LEGRAND'S LAB] was instrumental in promoting the No- Tourney Arena by repeatedly negotiating terms with the Gladiatorial Commission. Others had laid the groundwork before him, but Deke raised the banner and carried it the final distance [Supported by Countless Managers too numerous to mention!] Salute Yourselves for Your Efforts are Most Graciously Applauded throughout Alastari! Apex had signed in with CAROLINA BLUE as had Ghab with ASSASSIN NATION. Another familiar name was found on the rolls as DeGotti registered CULT OF BACCHUS followed by DOOM KNIGHTS managed by Blackstorm. Also on the rolls to be noted were AS SEEN ON TV II managed by Indimar and RAGNAROK'S WOLVES by none other than ragnorokwolf. Nomad had signed on with PHANTOM REGIMENT and Silas followed suit with GRIFFONRAWL MMA. Another notable signature was that of MasterBeru with CHILDHOOD HEROES and a penchant for scribing Team Spotlights [A Plus in Any Arena!] Detective Kellumbo had followed the clues and was observed enroute to registering a yet unannounced stable [such are the ways of sleuthhounds and such!] Rumor had it that the manager known as Roadkill was on his way to register a stable after his namesake and Slugbait was close behind [obliviously lost in thought!] Finally [in no particular disorder!] managers Grimm, Woody, Terminator, Den and Bill were also seen elbowing their way through the gathering registration crowd to officially announce their participation in the No-Tourney Arena. COUNTLESS OTHER MANAGERS were known to be pondering the consequences of sending stables to a No-Tourney Arena and had yet to make the commitment public knowledge as to their intentions. Howbeit the Gladiatorial Commission was reportedly swamped with requests for New Stable Registration Forms [whether for the Tempe Facer or No-Tourney Arena was anybody's guess at the present time!] Judging from the furtive figures darting and ducking in the shadows and alleyways throughout Alastari [as well as those huddled in taverns or communicating with one another by various means available!] the success of such a No-Tourney Arena was Ballooning far Beyond the Expectations of the Promoters and Petitioners Bar None! HAMMER WAS UNDERSTANDABLY ENTHUSED BEYOND MEASURE BECAUSE the No-Tourney Arena had the Best Potential for attracting and assembling a congregation of competitors rivaling the numbers of Noblish Island from days gone by! JANUARY 2007 MARKS THE BEGINNING of a Journey where both Newbies and Veterans join together in a Historic Assemblage Celebrating the Crossing of Blades between some of the Best Managed Stables in all of Alastari [Known and Unknown!] "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper" Hammer Minister of War LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS DEVILDRIVER was viciously butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight. STRIKER was dispatched by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle. FIERCE TIGER overcame AZAZEL in a action packed 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud match. REVANENT was viciously subdued by INDEMOS in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge contest. SOMNAMBULANT slimly won victory over SILVAMERE in a 8 minute Challenge brawl. ANGELTEAR devastated HOB L. D'HOY in a unpopular 8 minute mismatched Challenge match. NECTANEBUS was defeated by BET TWICE in a 5 minute beginner's Challenge melee. STRADA won victory over PERIWINKLE in a popular 4 minute Title duel. PATTERSON PINE lost to KHALHUMS DWARF in a 2 minute veteran's duel. JESSALIN was narrowly defeated by HOMUNCULUS in a 2 minute match. TREE SHADOW handily defeated VETERAN MERCENARY in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout. DODA was butchered by CROATOAN in a 1 minute mismatched conflict. DEANO murdered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched match. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |TOTAL PARRY 4 PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 - 1 - 0 67 | |AIMED BLOW 3 TOTAL PARRY 36 - 19 - 0 65 | |PARRY-LUNGE 3 WALL OF STEEL 9 - 6 - 0 60 | |LUNGING ATTACK 2 PARRY-LUNGE 16 - 11 - 0 59 | |BASHING ATTACK 2 AIMED BLOW 13 - 11 - 1 54 | |PARRY-STRIKE 2 PARRY-STRIKE 8 - 8 - 0 50 | |SLASHING ATTACK 2 LUNGING ATTACK 12 - 14 - 1 46 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 SLASHING ATTACK 7 - 9 - 2 44 | |WALL OF STEEL 1 STRIKING ATTACK 4 - 11 - 0 27 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 BASHING ATTACK 6 - 18 - 3 25 | Turn 550 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-RIPOSTE 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 2 3 PARRY-LUNGE WALL OF STEEL 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 2 2 TOTAL PARRY TOTAL PARRY 3 - 1 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 2 1 WALL OF STEEL AIMED BLOW 2 - 1 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 LUNGING ATTACK LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 BASHING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 PARRY-STRIKE 1 AIMED BLOW 1 SLASHING ATTACK TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME TOTAL PARRY STRADA 4703 21 6 0 107 STARBASE 5 (263) PARRY-LUNGE REVANENT 4770 11 5 0 88 BLOODSWORN (482) AIMED BLOW HOMUNCULUS 4805 8 6 0 63 DARK CREATION (471) SLASHING ATTACK AZAZEL 4854 3 2 1 45 DARK CREATION (471) PARRY-STRIKE SILVAMERE 4843 4 2 0 38 BLOODSWORN (482) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is INDEMOS 4668. The most popular warrior this turn was PERIWINKLE 4787. The ten other most popular fighters were SILVAMERE 4843, REVANENT 4770, INDEMOS 4668, NECTANEBUS 4855, FIERCE TIGER 4750, PATTERSON PINE 4752, HOMUNCULUS 4805, TREE SHADOW 4717, DEVILDRIVER 4848, and STRADA 4703. The least popular fighter this week was ANGELTEAR 4842. The other ten least popular fighters were HOB L. D'HOY 4786, DODA 4829, SOMNAMBULANT 4784, BET TWICE 4858, AZAZEL 4854, STRIKER 4859, DEANO 4830, CROATOAN 4860, JESSALIN 4713, and STRADA 4703.