DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/24/2008    Duedate: 01/06/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-604

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BOSS
STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-4877) [17-18-1,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BOSS                           POSITION IS EMPTY
STARBASE 5 (263)               
(15-4877) [17-18-1,120]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SIMULACRUM                     VARPULIS RUKH
DARK CREATION (471)            STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-4906) [19-15-2,74]         (15-4863) [13-30-1,71]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          34
2. STARBASE 5 (263)            29      DARK CREATION (471)
3. PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)       0      Unchartered Team
4. DARK CREATION (471)        -12
                                       REPROBA VERITAS (419)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      264 241 11 52.3   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)       12  3 1
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         256 252  9 50.4   2/ 2 DARK CREATION (471)       8  4 0
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       593 719 14 45.2   3/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          4 11 0
 4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    72 106 12 40.4   4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    1  4 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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #26 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Lord Malcorn's horse was big as a draft horse to carry the half-Shewish prince,
but it had no trouble keeping up with the lighter mounts of Uncle Wolf, Math op
Owain, and the Dark Stranger.  Math told himself that the prince of even as small a
state as Malcorn could afford the best horse, but that didn't seem to cover the case.
The beast looked totally horse-like, after all, not a hint of anything Other about
it, so why did his eyes keep straying toward it?  Maybe because the Thing ridden by
the Dark Stranger, which looked like a horse on casual glance but was plainly not one
if you looked closer, was wary of it.  Perhaps even afraid of it.
     And perhaps because puzzling over Malcorn's horse distracted him from worrying
about his comrade Redfox, who was going into the darkest of danger without him.  It
was hard not to look back to see if Redfox was watching them ride away, see if Redfox
was still (so far) alive and well.  He'd become fond of the Rirorni, though he
wouldn't have said so in public, and regarded him almost as a son.
     Maybe he wasn't the only one who worried; nobody talked for an hour.  The cold
and the silence pressed in, nothing but the crunching of snow under their horse's
hooves and the clack and crack of branches stirred by...the wind, most likely, in the
forest that lined the road.  How far could they ride like this before it got to them?
     "We turn here," Lord Malcorn said, pausing by a ford.
     Math stared at the woods.  There was no path beside this water that he could
see.  "Ah, isn't this the straight road to Veastian, and then we turn and go north
along the Trier's shore road?"
     "You may, if you wish, though I don't recommend it."  Malcorn's horse turned in
response to a shift in the rider's weight.  "I have business--urgent business--at the
lake from which this stream flows."
     It seemed an unreasonable delay.  Math looked at Uncle Wolf.
     The old shaman was nodding.  "I don't doubt it," he said.  "But is this
something for which you want witnesses?"
     "You won't see anything you shouldn't," Malcorn said, "and someone will see a
thing he needs to remember."
     The Dark Stranger made a sound between a growl and a laugh.  "I have not
forgotten," he said.
     "Good.  But we'll go by way of the lake anyway."

     Cloudrider could feel the rope in his hand twitch and uncoil as Young Joan moved
to her right.  He moved left, taking up more slack.  He'd lost all sight and sound of
his companion before they had the rope all paid out.  It really was darker here than
anywhere else he'd been in the Spirit Lands.  So far.  Unless it was an illusion,
too?  Hmm, if he denied the darkness, maybe...no.  That wouldn't work.  The darkness
made it possible to deny the presence of trees with conviction, but impossible to
deny the lack of light.  A trade-off.  In his mind, the ghost of Nightwind spoke,
telling him that the darkness was real "in the ways that matter to you."  Whatever
that meant.  He sighed and began moving forward, feeling blindly for each step, even
though he wanted to run because Necroma was in trouble.
     Cloudrider wished that Joan were closer, so he could see her, maybe talk to her,
to reassure himself that there was someone else alive here with him.
     The ghost of Nightwind that rode in his mind sighed.  "There is not someone else
alive here with you," he said.  "Even if you were holding hands with her, it would
not be so.  In this place, every living soul is alone."
     Cloudrider suppressed a sigh of his own.  Really, there were times when the
ghost was no help at all!  "We could at least be alone together," he said.  "Ah...
that didn't come out quite the way I meant it, but you know what I--"
     "Yes, of course I do, but it wouldn't work here.  Trust me on this.  Joan was
right to separate, though I don't know how the rope will work."
     "How it will WORK?  Rope's a really straightforward sort of thing--"
     "In the mortal world, yes.  Here, maybe not.  The rules are different."
     "You keep SAYING that, but all it seems to mean is that things are harder here.
There aren't any differences that ever seem to work to our advantage," the gladiator
grumbled.  "That's so unfair!"
     "Nothing is 'fair' as you mean it, and if you want to talk about disadvantages,
try being a ghost in the mortal world," Nightwind advised him.
     "Yeah, okay, sorry I blew up at you.  But I'm worried about Necroma."
     "You are not her keeper, and she is the one who chose to study the Dark Arts--"
     "She didn't know what she was getting into.  She's just a kid, really.  She
didn't ask for this kind of stuff.  I, we have to find her.  She might need our
help!"

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 607): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 609): INVENTOR OF PAIN of THE PAIN GANG (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 605): ONDO FLEUR of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 604): THE RED BARON of DEATH INCARNATE (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 602): ANTONIUS of IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): VELVET FINISH of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): WAR EAGLE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): BOLI of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 470): ELLYN GRUNE of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 457): ENIGMA XXV of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 434): ROPE MAN of MIGHTY HEROES (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): POP KHAN of MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 402): DOLBY KLEE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 380): SHANA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 496): GOLEM of THE PHILANTROPHISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 606): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 609): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 605): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 604): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 602): IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): THE ANIMALS (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): IRE OF BROGUE (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 470): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 457): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 464): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 402): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 380): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 496): TRECK PEOPLE et al (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 608): BIG SHRIMP of ICE AGE (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 604): GOLD BULLION of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 595): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
                          CHROME CRIMPER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): WAR EAGLE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
                          MYSTIC MIRAGE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
                           BRENNA of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 543): SELINSIA of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): AUNTY ENTITY of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                             FOLMOR GRIGG of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 456): STITCHES of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
                                   FLICKED BOOGERS of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 434): MERRO DOSH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
                            HAWTHORN of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon MALCORN, for 
I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Practice pays for NECROPALYPSE, who pummelled THE 
USEROUS MERCHANT, to pocket 16 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, WIND 
RIDER was winsome, after beating SIMULACRUM and seeing him lose 8 points.  Now I 
can't insult BOSS, as he has gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new 
Duelmaster!!!  (Stop me if I lay it on too thick) So who's the team that's been 
walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Oh hard!  that to 
strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  
MALCORN, I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Victory 
Tavern.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOSS 4877                    17  18  1   120       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THULE 4921                   18   6  0   112       DARK CREATION (471)
 WIND RIDER 4876              23  24  0   102       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZIRCON 4920                  13   7  0    90       STARBASE 5 (263)
 REDTHORN 4943                13   5  0    86       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STUMP 4882                   17  25  0    82       GREENWARDENS (244)
 AVENGELINA 4888              16  15  0    81       STARBASE 5 (263)
 SIMULACRUM 4906              19  15  2    74       DARK CREATION (471)
 VARPULIS RUKH 4863           13  30  1    71       STARBASE 5 (263)
 PIE EYED PIPER 4878          16  19  0    67       STARBASE 5 (263)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NECROPALYPSE 4950             7   4  1    49       DARK CREATION (471)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AGATE 4951                    4   0  0    23       GREENWARDENS (244)
 BRISTLECONE 4952              3   1  1    17       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AEMILIUS 4946                 1   0  0    15       PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)
-KHAMUL 4033                   1   5  0     8       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
-NEMO 4648                     1   1  0     4       DOWN WITH THE SHIP (468)
-AKHORAHIL 4031                0   1  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)
-ADUNAPHEL 4032                0   4  0     4       THE BLACK RIDERS (391)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF         0  0 0                      BRISTLECONE 4952      604  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lylyanna -- I am so glad this isn't an arena where everyone on the team has to take
up creative cooking.  I'd much rather dance with you.  Any chance of that? -- Wind
Rider

Thule -- You must be feeling right at home in this weather.  I wish you weren't.  Not
that I grudge you feeling at home in snow and ice, I grudge the snow and ice.
Yeahyeahyeah, it makes us appreciate the summer more.  For about a week, and then we
just grumble at the heat.  That's the way it goes, huh?  Never satisfied. -- Stump

Pie Eyed Piper -- I presume that, as the saying goes, you were "feeling no pain"
during that match.  Good trick, except for the hangover. -- Redthorn

Aemilius -- Hmm, dare I guess..."Here's Caesar"?  Dare I wish, since I lost, that
he--and you--were somewhere else?  Oh, well. -- Bristlecone

And a Mordant Deserter to round things off.  Whoopee. -- Agate

The Piper -- Well...no.  That was an annoying beginning. -- Wind Rider

Our congratulations to Lylyanna. -- Jorja and the Greenwardens

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LYLYANNA was devastated by BOSS in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
THULE viciously subdued AVENGELINA in a 2 minute gruesome veteran's match.
STUMP bested VARPULIS RUKH in a popular 6 minute brutal veteran's contest.
ZIRCON devastated M. CHARDINEE in a popular 1 minute uneven brawl.
REDTHORN viciously subdued PIE EYED PIPER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody match.
WIND RIDER overpowered SIMULACRUM in a action packed 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
NECROPALYPSE vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BRISTLECONE slaughtered CONVICTED THIEF in a 4 minute one-sided fight.
AGATE beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 3 minute novice's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -   6 -  0      71  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -   9 -  1      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       14 -  11 -  1      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         AIMED BLOW        11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   8 -  0      27  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -  13 -  0      24  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 604 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:

LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              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                  
SLASHING ATTACK  THULE 4921                 18   6  0  112 DARK CREATION (471)
LUNGING ATTACK   REDTHORN 4943              13   5  0   86 GREENWARDENS (244)
PARRY-STRIKE     AVENGELINA 4888            16  15  0   81 STARBASE 5 (263)
AIMED BLOW       SIMULACRUM 4906            19  15  2   74 DARK CREATION (471)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SIMULACRUM 4906.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was VARPULIS RUKH 4863.  The ten other most popular fighters were THULE 4921, 
REDTHORN 4943, WIND RIDER 4876, BOSS 4877, ZIRCON 4920, STUMP 4882, NECROPALYPSE 
4950, AVENGELINA 4888, SIMULACRUM 4906, and BRISTLECONE 4952.

The least popular fighter this week was PIE EYED PIPER 4878.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were AGATE 4951, BRISTLECONE 4952, SIMULACRUM 4906, AVENGELINA 4888, 
NECROPALYPSE 4950, STUMP 4882, ZIRCON 4920, BOSS 4877, WIND RIDER 4876, and REDTHORN 
4943.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

BOSS (15-4877) STARBASE 5 (263)
THULE (15-4921) DARK CREATION (471)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

LYLYANNA (15-4919) DARK CREATION (471)