DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/21/2009    Duedate: 02/03/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-606

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WIND RIDER
GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-4876) [24-25-0,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WIND RIDER                     POSITION IS EMPTY
GREENWARDENS (244)             
(15-4876) [24-25-0,110]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SIMULACRUM                     SIMULACRUM
DARK CREATION (471)            DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4906) [21-15-2,92]         (15-4906) [21-15-2,92]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK CREATION (471)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          66
2. DARK CREATION (471)         45      DARK CREATION (471)
3. PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)      15      Unchartered Team
4. STARBASE 5 (263)           -56
                                       WHITE STORM (458)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      273 242 12 53.0   1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      11  3 1
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         260 257  9 50.3   2/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       10  5 1
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       598 724 14 45.2   3/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)          6  8 0
 4/ 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    72 113 12 38.9   4/ 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    0  7 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 #28 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Off the road:

     Lord Malcorn led the way.  Math op Owain had expected him to go back to the main
road from Malcorn to Murska, but he struck north into the woods, navigating by some
signs or inner compass not available to the Murskan gladiator.  Neither Uncle Wolf
nor the Dark Stranger argued, so Math just hunched deeper into his cloak and trailed
after them.  It didn't seem like any of them were ready to hear about the hazards of
leaving a known route in the dead of winter.  Frostbite was the least of the risks
that Math could think of.
     Something howled, and he couldn't tell what it was--not a wolf, nothing that
ordinary--but it sounded close at hand.  And when had it gotten so late in the day?
It was going to be dark soon.  Okay, maybe those were heavy clouds, not end of the
daylight, but the effect would be the same.  Hard to see, colder.  It might snow,
too.  And here they were out in the woods with no inns at hand.  He could use a good
inn about now.  Math visualized a good inn, warm fire on the hearth, smells of fresh
bread out of the oven and meat roasting, good beer, featherbeds, oh, yes, he could
use a good inn about now.  Camping out was for young people who thought it was an
adventure, not a man old enough to know it was just bad planning and damned
uncomfortable.  Huh, and there wasn't a one in this group who was that young, when
you came down to it.  What were they thinking?

In the woods:

     Blackwind muttered a curse but didn't waste time on it.  His sword was out and
he was moving to intercept the materialized Thing immediately.  He could see the
Croc, Agro, coming from behind it with the same intent.  For his part, Redfox was
throwing himself to the side, trying to get out of the Thing's path, but with his
hands tied and the pack on his back, he was a little slow and a lot clumsy.
     The four of them came together in a tangle of bodies and weapons.  Blackwind
would have cursed again, if he'd the time and attention for it; in this mess, the
Thing had all the advantage.  For it, everyone else was prey.  He and Agro, however,
had to be wary of injuring each other or Redfox.  Someone was heaving, trying to get
on top.  Someone was growling.  Someone made a choked sound, cut off abruptly, that
might indicate injury received.  Someone else growled.  A flash of darkness seared
his vision, leaving bloody afterimages.
     Blackwind felt himself rolling over in the snow, alone, and scrambled to stop
himself and get up.  He still had his sword in hand, and there was something dark on
the blade.  Until his vision cleared, he couldn't tell if it was blood or something
else.  He blinked and looked around.  Agro was on the other side of the clearing, up
on one knee and wiping his bloody claws in the snow.
     Between them, the snow was trampled and stained.  And empty of life.  No Thing
and no Redfox.
     Agro hissed.  Blackwind read annoyance into that sound.  "We will have to
follow," the Croc said.  "Do you suppose Redfox is dead?"
     Blackwind nodded.  "I can feel the link, but I can't tell that.  I guess you
can't either?"
     "If the information is there, neither of us knows how to interpret it."  The
Croc turned, surveying the edges of the clearing.  "The Thing did not leave by normal
physical means.  How do we follow?"
     Blackwind shrugged and bent stiffly to clean his blade in the snow.  "I don't
know anything about travel in the Spirit Land or wherever, but I think... yes.  It
must be something in the link that lets us know where Redfox is.  Where we know, we
can go."
     Agro nodded.  "Yes."  He went back to the edge of the clearing to pick up the
pack he'd dropped before charging in.  "Let us not delay, then."

Somewhere else:

     Necroma realized that she was not breathing.  Not good.  Breathe.  Breathe what?
Was there any air here, wherever here was?  This whole necromancy business was a lot
more complicated than she'd been led to expect.  Strange dimensions completely
separate from the Spirit Lands.  Strange life, or maybe un-life, forms.  Conflict.
Outright villainy.  Probably even politics.  When she got out of here, she would
write a sharp letter of protest to her teachers.  She would--
     Wait a minute.  This stuff was all true, but why was she thinking about it now?
She must be hysterical.  A situation bad enough to make her hysterical--and spotty
training or not, she WAS a trained necromancer--would have to be dire.  A dire
situation needed her full attention.  Pack up that hysteria for later.
     Okay, no hysteria.  Umm.  That was going to be hard to achieve, if she didn't
find some kind of anchor for her senses here.  Hysteria on a tight rein?  Whatever.
First things first.  Where was she?  Some kind of limbo space, if "space" could be
applied to it.  She had got here by going through a door, which must have been a
trap.  She'd lost awareness for a while between the door and the limbo.  Not helpful,
but that's the way it goes sometimes.  There had been voices after the door, during
the early part of the limbo.  At least, she thought there had been voices.  There
weren't any now.
     So, what about breathing?  Was her body here?  Duh, where else would it be?
Unless, of course, she was dead and her current "self" was just her soul.  Didn't
feel like it, but she'd never been dead, so what did she know?  But assume she wasn't
dead.  Suspended animation?  That long-sleep stuff some magicians said they could do
so you woke up and it was years later?  Well, maybe.  She shrugged mentally.
Wherever she was, whatever her condition, breathing didn't seem to be an option.  Or
a necessity, either.
     Okay, then, how about "getting out of here" for an option?  Movement.  Spell-
casting.  Movement was pointless unless, make that until, she could establish some
difference between "here" and "there."  But spells, now... that might be something
she could do.  She began to review her repertoire.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 609): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 611): SETH of FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 605): ZIRCON of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 607): BUDOKUMO of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 606): AURELIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 604): ANTONIUS of IDES OF MARCH (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 302): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 597): CELADUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 300): LOWLY WORM of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 593): EASTER GUARDIAN of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 591): KORIENELLEN of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 582): ANGUS ARGUS of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 545): JEREMY CAMP of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 277): BOLI of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 271): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 258): EXTRUSION of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 472): MOSSIE ROCKTROLL of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 459): 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 436): ROPE MAN of MIGHTY HEROES (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 207): GAFFER SMITH of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 404): DOLBY KLEE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 382): RED COULTER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 498): SISTER X of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 609): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 611): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 605): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 607): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 606): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 604): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 302): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 597): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 300): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 593): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 591): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 582): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 545): DEVILED HAM (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 577): NOSTALGIA (Crow, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 271): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 258): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 472): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 459): DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 436): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 207): MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 404): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 382): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 498): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 610): CAELUM of FORCE OF FIVE (Doctor Doom, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 604): BOSS of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
                            THULE of DARK CREATIONS (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 603): JACK HAMMA of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 302): LE PLON of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
                          VELVET FINISH of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 597): CELADUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 299): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 592): LUCRETIUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 581): PATRICE of CHILDREN OF LLYR (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 271): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             MAGIC WAND of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                             BOQ of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 471): TWIG LITE ZONE of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                      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 NECROPALYPSE?  She 
actually beat STARBASE 5's AVENGELINA, and walked away with 25 more points from the 
fight.  Major screwup at STARBASE 5.  AVENGELINA lost 19 points to NECROPALYPSE.  
Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe AVENGELINA will provide more easy wins...  I can 
barely restrain my enthusiam for GREENWARDENS' outstanding member, Duelmaster WIND 
RIDER.  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team 
is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.   
     Warriors of MALCORN unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Is it my 
imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day?  To die so young, so 
gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  The end 
of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  I don't want to 
overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WIND RIDER 4876              24  25  0   110       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIMULACRUM 4906              21  15  2    92       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REDTHORN 4943                14   6  0    92       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STUMP 4882                   18  26  0    90       GREENWARDENS (244)
 ZIRCON 4920                  14   8  0    85       STARBASE 5 (263)
 NECROPALYPSE 4950             9   4  1    82       DARK CREATION (471)
 PIE EYED PIPER 4878          17  20  0    77       STARBASE 5 (263)
 VARPULIS RUKH 4863           14  31  1    74       STARBASE 5 (263)
 AVENGELINA 4888              17  16  0    70       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRISTLECONE 4952              4   2  1    26       GREENWARDENS (244)
 REXROTH 4957                  2   0  0    26       DARK CREATION (471)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QRYSYS 4958                   1   1  0    17       DARK CREATION (471)
 AGATE 4951                    5   1  0    16       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STARIEL 4963                  1   0  0    16       DARK CREATION (471)
-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?
DEAD ROMAN 5 4959       0  1 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 250 DARK CHAMPION         606  NONE
DEAD ROMAN 6 4962       0  1 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 250 BANDIT PRINCE         606  NONE
DEAD ROMAN 7 4961       0  1 0 PRAETORIAN GUARD 250 DARK CHAMPION         606  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Simulacrum -- Despite your Commission-backed claim to be Rirorni, I bet you started
life as a target dummy, proved too good for the trainees, and were promoted to "life"
and active gladiator status.  Unfortunately, you do it well. -- Stump

Varpulis Rukh -- Old familiar faces, eh?  I'm not sure they breed contempt, but they
don't breed comfort, that I am sure of.  Ouch. -- Wind Rider

Pie Eyed Piper -- How about if you share that bottle with me? -- Redthorn

Qrysys -- I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd guess your name was darkly
created from the left-over scrabble tiles at the end of the game. -- Agate

Rexroth -- Well, THAT was embarrassing.  I could've done without it just fine. --
Bristlecone

I don't know where all these Dead Romans came from, but stop it!  You're supplying
the necromancers with way too much spell fodder.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD ROMAN 6 was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEAD ROMAN 7 was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
DEAD ROMAN 5 was easily killed by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
ZIRCON was vanquished by WIND RIDER in a popular 1 minute mismatched Title brawl.
VARPULIS RUKH was overpowered by REDTHORN in a 1 minute mismatched match.
STUMP viciously subdued PIE EYED PIPER in a crowd pleasing 6 minute veteran's duel.
AVENGELINA was viciously subdued by NECROPALYPSE in a 2 minute one-sided competition.
SIMULACRUM won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a popular 3 minute uneven duel.
QRYSYS lost to BRISTLECONE in a popular 3 minute brutal fight.
AGATE unbelievably bested MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute bout.
REXROTH overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.
STARIEL devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -   6 -  1      71  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  10 -  1      66  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  19 -  1      44  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         WALL OF STEEL      4 -  11 -  0      27  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 606 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SIMULACRUM 4906            21  15  2   92 DARK CREATION (471)
LUNGING ATTACK   REDTHORN 4943              14   6  0   92 GREENWARDENS (244)
SLASHING ATTACK  ZIRCON 4920                14   8  0   85 STARBASE 5 (263)
PARRY-STRIKE     AVENGELINA 4888            17  16  0   70 STARBASE 5 (263)
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 SIMULACRUM 4906.  The ten other most popular fighters were STUMP 4882, 
NECROPALYPSE 4950, QRYSYS 4958, WIND RIDER 4876, PIE EYED PIPER 4878, BRISTLECONE 
4952, AVENGELINA 4888, STARIEL 4963, REDTHORN 4943, and DEAD ROMAN 7 4961.

The least popular fighter this week was VARPULIS RUKH 4863.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DEAD ROMAN 5 4959, DEAD ROMAN 6 4962, REXROTH 4957, AGATE 4951, 
ZIRCON 4920, DEAD ROMAN 7 4961, REDTHORN 4943, STARIEL 4963, AVENGELINA 4888, and 
BRISTLECONE 4952.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XLII

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NO SUBSTITUTE 2985 (137-53-3)          2  3  1         BORN OF VENGEANCE    

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NECROMANCER 3037 (45-28-1)             4  3  0         LEAGUE ARCANE        

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THE WITCH-KING 4029 (25-13-0)          0  3  0         THE BLACK RIDERS     

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
AEMILIUS 4946 (1-0-0)                  0  1  0  DEAD   PRAETORIAN GUARD