DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/24/2009    Duedate: 07/07/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-617

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VARPULIS RUKH
STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-4863) [19-37-1,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VARPULIS RUKH                  POSITION IS EMPTY
STARBASE 5 (263)               
(15-4863) [19-37-1,105]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VARPULIS RUKH                  PIE EYED PIPER
STARBASE 5 (263)               STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-4863) [19-37-1,105]        (15-4878) [21-27-0,93]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREENWARDENS (244)          19
2. STARBASE 5 (263)            16      DARK CREATION (471)
3. DARK CREATION (471)         11      Unchartered Team

                                       GREAT STATS (242)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      307 262 17 54.0   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)       12  3 0
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         285 283  9 50.2   2/ 2 DARK CREATION (471)       7  8 2
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       628 749 14 45.6   3/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          5  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 #39 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

The Silent Place near Zuwayza:

     "So, what's our first move?" Blackwind asked.  He was glad it was late twilight
so that he couldn't clearly see the two who had come from that other place to help
them, Arhazul and Triforos.  He didn't want to know what they looked like here in the
mortal world.  He didn't want them here in the mortal world, and the fastest way to
get them back to their own home was to solve this problem they'd been set--by, he
guessed, Uncle Wolf and Lord Malcorn.
     "First we must describe the dimension of the problem," Arhazul said.  Its tone
was brisk, all business now.  "We see before us the Silent Place," a limb of some
sort waved at it in the darkness, "and we know the barrier around it to have been
breached, that much is obvious from the shape of the presence that remains.  Further,
we know that the breach in question lies before us, at the place you mortals would
call the 'natural' entrance.  A gate of sorts, merely physical itself but strongly
symbolic, of course, in the barrier that surrounds it."
     "I didn't know demons liked to lecture," Redfox muttered in his ear.
     "Yeah, well, I guess demons are like mortals and come all sorts," Blackwind
answered.  "I can live with it."
     If Arhazul heard their comments, it gave no sign.  "But it would be folly for us
to advance at once upon this obvious weak point without first determining that the
rest of the barrier remains intact.  What use to attack if there is a bolt-hole by
which our foes may escape?"
     "Are they all our foes in there?" Blackwind asked.
     "You question?" Triforos demanded.  "You seek to permit some to escape a due
punishment?"
     "No, I'm not arguing.  I really want to hear the answer," the Malcornishman
said.  "With humans, residence in a place doesn't mean you are necessarily guilty of
something that some other residents did."
     "Here it means that," Arhazul answered.  "All herein are parties to the Oath
Which Is Broken.  If they did not consent at the time, being unaware, they have still
had opportunity to seek restoration.  They have not done so, or we would smell it on
the wind.  All are complicit and thus guilty of the oath-breaking."
     "Okay.  Just figured I should check any loose ends before they become a big
deal," Blackwind said.  "Our best information by the sources we have at hand, then,
is that everything inside the Silent Place is a foe."
     "Yes.  Now, let us discover whether they have managed to secure an escape route,
which could only have been done after the seal on the barrier, and thus its
integrity, had been broken but could then have been done by anyone with sufficient
skill and power--or what you mortals call 'luck'."
     Blackwind shrugged.  He guessed it made a kind of sense, and he had no problem
at all visualizing some lesser magician or necromancer poking around and discovering
that now the once-impenetrable barrier around the Silent Place would yield to his
efforts.  And that finding this so, whether he had any specific reason for making an
entry or not, he would do it just because he could, giving not one thought to the
possible consequences.  To his mind, that was practically the definition of a
magician:  I want what I want, however I can get it, and damn the consequences!
Okay, he was doing an injustice to some magicians, but most, or at least a lot of
them, were like that.  Probably compensation:  If they'd been any good with a blade,
they'd never have bothered to study magic.
     Meanwhile, he was following the two demons on a circuit of the enclosure.
Thrashing through underbrush which he mostly couldn't see now that it was full dark.
Getting soaked, because it must have rained recently and everything was dripping.
Slapping at bugs.  The demons didn't seem to be having these problems, not even the
one with the underbrush.  Life was so unfair!
     "There!"  The voice was Triforos's, from well ahead of them.  The junior demon
must be doing scout duty.  "A flaw in the barrier, as though it has been opened and
then closed... ineptly."
     The others moved to where it 'stood' and looked.  The barrier itself was marked
by a fence of iron uprights with spear-head shaped finials and chains linking them at
top, middle, and bottom.  Some rust, but less than Blackwind would have expected,
given the age of the place and the climate.  Arhazul muttered something, and a
ghostly greenish light flowed from its hand to illuminate the scene.  A broken chain,
one upright missing and the ones on either side of the gap bent away.  A man could
squeeze through that hole, though not easily unless he was small and thin.
     Agro stepped into the spill of light and knelt, touching the ground with a
clawed fingertip.  In one place, another, a third.  "There were two humans here," the
Croc said.  "A man, a child."  The finger tapped one track.  "The child went through
the gap," the finger moved to one of the bent poles, "and scratched himself on the
iron here.  If those within are like the others we have met, the blood-scent would
have drawn them.  The tracks don't tell me what happened next."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 620): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 622): PROTAGORAS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 616): STUMP of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 618): MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 617): SALARA LORMIN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 615): ARCHIPPUS of TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 608): NEEDS SALT of BOHICA (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): ULL HARDHAMMER of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 604): AGONY of ANGELS OF PAIN (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 602): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 593): SLOWGO of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 556): PRINCESS EMILY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 483): SPLAT of THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 470): SHMEGMA of HIT ME WITH... (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 450): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 447): OCTAVIA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 411): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 403): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASSYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 393): RED COULTER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 509): DEFIANCE of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 620): HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 622): SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 616): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 618): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 617): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 615): TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): ODIN'S CHOSEN (Heathen Hatebred, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 608): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 604): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 602): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 593): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 556): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 263): CRIMINAL MINDS (Black Guard, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 483): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 470): ANDORIA (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 450): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 447): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 411): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 403): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 393): IRON MEN (Papa Bear, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 509): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 616): STUMP of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
                (turn 615): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
                          MANKILLER of DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 305): CHOLERA of PESTILENCE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 283): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
                   (turn 282): SHADOWCAT HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 277): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                             LAST CALL of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
                             SISTER MARY SUEELLEN of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             BOB'S COMIC COLLECTN of THINGS I DROOL IN (Nuln, mgr.)
                 (turn 276): NIKKO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 264): ON MY WAY of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias Skyhawk, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 447): OCTAVIA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): JAGINRU of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     And fare you well, Necropalypse, I hope Arenamaster Landon bought you a very
GOOD dinner?  Although, if he's going to buy ME a dinner, well, it just won't be the
same.

                                        Stump

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, MALCORN?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see ROCKWOOD win a fight and gain 23 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, ROCKWOOD beat 
STARIEL and STARIEL lost 16 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the 
spice of life, MALCORN may be getting bland, as STUMP stays top dog in the city.  
Drake's Barbecue, humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get 
this stuff?  From MALCORN's trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for MALCORN's 
morgue.  More variety.  Let's see, 6-3-0.  Pretty good record for a living warrior.  
A sad one though, for a dead one.  Such is the case for STONEHEART of GREENWARDENS.  
Tsk.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  Certain nameless 
cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     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.  Paste 
this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide 
Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VARPULIS RUKH 4863           19  37  1   105       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PIE EYED PIPER 4878          21  27  0    93       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REXROTH 4957                  8   5  0    86       DARK CREATION (471)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QRYSYS 4958                   8   5  2    83       DARK CREATION (471)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APOK 4964                     8   3  0    52       STARBASE 5 (263)
 ROCKWOOD 4984                 4   2  0    51       GREENWARDENS (244)
 BRISTLECONE 4952              9   8  1    36       GREENWARDENS (244)
 AGATE 4951                    9   8  0    35       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARIEL 4963                  7   5  1    33       DARK CREATION (471)
 TROGLODYTE 4978               5   3  2    28       DARK CREATION (471)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983          1   5  0    14       STARBASE 5 (263)
 CYBERMANCER 4992              1   0  0    13       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?
STONEHEART 4972         6  3 0 GREENWARDENS 244     QRYSYS 4958           617   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Oh, joy, Geroge Murgekt, Resentful Orc.  Just what I need to weigh on my karma.
Sure, it wasn't me who captured him, but still. -- Stoneheart

Troglodyte -- Agh, go dig a cave and hide in it!  Well, actually, since you're a
dwarf, that might not be a bad plan.  And, ah, think how much happier you might be
fighting in the dark?  Not that *I* am going to do any of that stuff.  Daylight for
me! -- Agate

Starlyn Fyrefly -- We had a firefly in the house last night.  Didn't see it till well
after dark--and it was very dark, new moon and all that--and the little bugger was
BLINDING. -- Bristlecone

Am I supposed to be thrilled with the Embezzling Scribe?  He only taught me one
skill, and how often am I going to need to know how to "cook the books"?  Who wants
to eat books, cooked or otherwise? -- Rockwood

Medium Shield?  Are they NUTS?  Sure, it's a FINE weapon... if you're part of a
phalanx.  But for one guy on his own?  I don't think so! -- Stump

Stump -- Okay, I won't buy you dinner.  In fact, I'll be glad not to buy you dinner.
You probably eat a lot.  But I'll buy you a drink.  Note how I said that, A drink.
One.  I'm not made of money, you know. -- Arenamaster Landon

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STUMP viciously subdued PIE EYED PIPER in a action packed 4 minute master's fight.
VARPULIS RUKH viciously subdued REXROTH in a 3 minute gruesome one-sided Title match.
QRYSYS butchered STONEHEART in a popular 1 minute brutal one-sided contest.
AGATE was devastated by APOK in a 4 minute gory uneven brawl.
STARIEL was devastated by ROCKWOOD in a 1 minute mismatched match.
BRISTLECONE outwaited STARLYN FYREFLY in a dull 9 minute gruesome fight.
TROGLODYTE was viciously subdued by CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
CYBERMANCER overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        15 -   8 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   5 -  2      62  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   9 -  2      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   8 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  21 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 617 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-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       REXROTH 4957                8   5  0   86 DARK CREATION (471)
STRIKING ATTACK  QRYSYS 4958                 8   5  2   83 DARK CREATION (471)
SLASHING ATTACK  ROCKWOOD 4984               4   2  0   51 GREENWARDENS (244)
TOTAL PARRY      BRISTLECONE 4952            9   8  1   36 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VARPULIS RUKH 4863.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was PIE EYED PIPER 4878.  The ten other most popular fighters were VARPULIS RUKH 
4863, QRYSYS 4958, APOK 4964, REXROTH 4957, ROCKWOOD 4984, CYBERMANCER 4992, 
STONEHEART 4972, AGATE 4951, STARIEL 4963, and TROGLODYTE 4978.

The least popular fighter this week was BRISTLECONE 4952.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were STARLYN FYREFLY 4983, TROGLODYTE 4978, STARIEL 4963, AGATE 
4951, STONEHEART 4972, CYBERMANCER 4992, ROCKWOOD 4984, REXROTH 4957, APOK 4964, and 
QRYSYS 4958.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

VARPULIS RUKH (15-4863) STARBASE 5 (263)

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

STUMP (15-4882) GREENWARDENS (244)