DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/16/2009    Duedate: 09/29/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-623

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

REXROTH
DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4957) [12-7-0,92]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

REXROTH                        POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK CREATION (471)            
(15-4957) [12-7-0,92]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STARIEL                        CYBERMANCER
DARK CREATION (471)            DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4963) [10-8-1,48]          (15-4992) [5-2-0,59]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

STARBASE 5 (263)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STARBASE 5 (263)            23
2. GREENWARDENS (244)          16      DARK CREATION (471)
3. DARK CREATION (471)          4      Unchartered Team

ULTIMATE WEAPONS II (387)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      323 276 17 53.9   1/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         10  4 1
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         300 289 10 50.9   2/ 3 DARK CREATION (471)       7  8 0
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       641 766 14 45.6   3/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)        6  9 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 #43 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Elsewhere:

     The old shaman Wolf half-carried Lord Malcorn to the far bank of the underground
river.  Math op Owain followed with the horses, trying not to look down.  Whatever
flowed under narrow bridge was nothing for a mortal to stare at.  He batted at the
swirling vapors with one hand.  Nothing for a mortal to breathe, either, he was sure.
     And the bridge seemed to be going on forever, seemed a lot longer than it had
looked from the bank behind them.  Math had known roads like that, roads between
towns that were no more than ten miles apart, and it took hours, it took DAYS to
cover that distance.  It was probably some kind of magic, some kind of wrinkle in
either space or time.  The sort of thing you put up with because you had no real
choice, but... by all the gods, not HERE.
     His horse nudged him forward, hard, which forced him to open his eyes.  When had
he shut them?  And on that bridge...!  But, oh blessedness, the end of the bridge was
in front of him.  One step, maybe two, and he would have... well, the ledge beyond
was stone and seemed the same as the stone of the bridge, but at least there was no
visible mysterious river beneath it.  Math stepped off the bridge and sighed with
relief.  If there's been a single blade of mortal grass, he would have kissed.
     Math shook himself and turned to Uncle Wolf.  "What happened back there?"
     The old shaman snorted.  "The Stranger lost its nerve."
     "There was more to it than--"
     "Of course there was, but we may never know the details," Malcorn said.  "The
Stranger was guilty of something and feared discovery and punishment.  If it had
cooperated, I would have argued for clemency before the High Powers, but... it is
gone now.  Wholly gone.  None return from the Hounds."
     Math turned his back on the river.  He didn't want to look at it or think about
the 'hounds' that had condensed in the steam.  "What do we do now?"
     "We go on.  Having the Stranger with us might have made the journey easier, but
we can do without.  We must," Lord Malcorn said.  "I must close the Door that was
opened in Kurukar, and I will need the two of you to guard my back while I do it."

In the Spirit Land:

     Necroma released her hold on Cloudrider and stepped back, puzzled.  More than
puzzled.  "When did you become a woman?" she asked.
     He--she--looked down, blushing.  "It just happened."
     "Probably due to a death-and-resurrection in the Living World," Young Joan
added.
     "It's confusing," Cloudrider muttered.
     "It'll take some getting used to," Necroma agreed.  Privately, she regretted the
disappearance of Cloudrider-as-young-man, but no point in moaning about it.  "What
are we supposed to be doing?"
     "Good question," Joan said.  "We keep getting distracted, and everything that
has happened blurs what we should be remembering."  She sighed and squinted at the
featureless horizon.  After a moment, she said, "The problem was rampant necromancy."
     Neither of them looked at Necroma, and she herself... wondered what she was
supposed to say.  Yes, she was trained as a necromancer.  She hadn't started to
practice yet, and she didn't think she'd be "rampant"--whatever that meant--when she
did.  And she couldn't reasonably be expected to answer for all the other
necromancers in the world and what they did or did not do.
     "Rampant necromancy," Joan repeated.  "Violation of whatever Rules apply to the
movement of souls and the opening or closing of Gates to various parts of the Spirit
Lands.  I think...."  She sighed again.  "I'm trying to think, anyway.  We're
supposed to be identifying trouble points from this side, while others are supposed
to be trying to identify them from the other side.  At least, I think that's what
we're supposed to be doing here."  She looked at her two companions.  "Any
suggestions?"
     "You said the landscape here is suggestible, right?  That it's shaped by our
expectations."
     Joan and Necroma both looked at Cloudrider, surprised by the comment.  Up to
now, he--now she--had been just a follower.  An extra pair of hands, not someone who
had ideas.
     "Yes," Necroma said.  "That's what I was taught.  Some parts of the Spirit Land
are, well, fixed, but others aren't."
     Cloudrider frowned at the horizon, a ridge not far away.  "I expect we'll find
the center of the problem right over that ridge."
     Young Joan threw up her hands as though to stop him.  Her.  "Rider!  You
shouldn't--"
     A shiver passed over the land around them, not something they could see, just a
feeling in the back of the mind, maybe a ripple at the corner of an glance.
     "That's done it," Necroma said.  "We are really, truly in trouble here, because
the worst heart of the problem is right over that ridge.  And if we turn around and
go the other way, it will be right over the other ridge.  THINK before you say things
here!"
     "I did think," Cloudrider said.  "I thought I'd like to get this taken care of.
No more distractions."
     Joan blew out her breathin a sigh.  "I feel that, too,, but I wouldn't have
chosen to start with the worst part first.  Still, it's done.  Let's go."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 626): SEA LEGS of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 628): CARLOTTA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 622): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 624): SILVIA MINNO of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): URSILA VINE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 621): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 614): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 308): ULTHAR STORMHELM of THE STORM GUARDS (The Icelord)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 610): AGONY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 608): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 599): WHITE LIGHTNING of ON THE ROCKS (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 562): ELOWAN of OBSCURE LORE (Tigtoad, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 286): YUMALESCA of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 280): MEDEE of THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 267): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 489): FONZETH HILGRA of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 476): GREEN DISEASE of MEDICAL BIOHAZARD 4 (Jekyll, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 456): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 453): CHIANA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 215): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 417): LIRINI TYL VARIN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 409): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 399): RED COULTER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 515): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS ( ?, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 626): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 628): SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 622): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 623): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 621): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 614): BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 308): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 610): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 608): RAVAGOMG LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 599): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 562): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 285): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 280): THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 267): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 488): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 476): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 456): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 453): TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 215): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 417): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 409): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 399): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 515): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 626): MORAVIA MAUVE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 628): CARLOTTA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 621): PIE EYED PIPER of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 624): SILVIA MINNO of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 624): STEWIE GRIFFIN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 614): LIME of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
                          GLAUCO of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
              (turn 613): RED HOT CHILI of BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 609): ARTEMIDORUS IV of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 607): DARK JOURNEY of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 280): KODIAK of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
                     (turn 279): CHINA MILKMAID of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful)
                             IVAN POISY of SPOONERTICS (Spawn, mgr.)
                             MADAME BUTTERFLY of THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
                 (turn 278): LURKING FEAR of ABYSMAL RITES (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 267): PETRA QUORD of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                              EXTRUSION of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 417): LIRINI TYL VARIN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 416): MOKO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 399): RED COULTER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 398): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in MALCORN this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  It seems the training can make the difference, as 
GREENWARDENS is pushed out of top team by STARBASE 5, who came from 2nd with a 4-0-0 
this turn.  And let's see, ROCKWOOD fought STARIEL and gained 13 points and 
contributed to GREENWARDENS' 1-4-0.  STARIEL has lost to ROCKWOOD, falling 14 points, 
while helping make DARK CREATION a 4-1-0 turn.  The attempts to dethrone the 
Duelmaster have failed, and REXROTH remains MALCORN's top warrior for another turn.  
Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that Drake's 
Barbecue uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  We'd like to remind certain teams 
not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered 
rude.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  Always good to rest in MALCORN, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in MALCORN again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REXROTH 4957                 12   7  0    92       DARK CREATION (471)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QRYSYS 4958                  12   7  2    85       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKWOOD 4984                 8   4  0    66       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CYBERMANCER 4992              5   2  0    59       DARK CREATION (471)
 APOK 4964                    12   4  0    57       STARBASE 5 (263)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRISTLECONE 4952             12  11  1    48       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STARIEL 4963                 10   8  1    48       DARK CREATION (471)
 AGATE 4951                   10  13  0    43       GREENWARDENS (244)
 TROGLODYTE 4978               6   8  2    34       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983          5   6  0    28       STARBASE 5 (263)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DROVANITAR LIX 4991           2   1  1    22       STARBASE 5 (263)
 MISTRESS 4996                 2   1  0    18       STARBASE 5 (263)
 SILVERBIRD 4994               3   3  0    12       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STONEBOW 4993                 2   4  0    10       GREENWARDENS (244)
-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?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Qrysys -- Yeah, what you said.  Kersis to you, too. -- Rockwood

Troglodyte -- Ah, but we fought on my ground, the mountaintop.  I can see how that
would make you uneasy. -- Bristlecone

Cybermancer -- Listen, Jorja's got this problem with the internet connection, maybe
you could lend a hand?  A word or two of advice, maybe? -- Agate
P.S.  She's really gnarly right now because of it.

Starlyn Fyrefly -- A little cold already for them now.  Unseasonable, as they say,
but then what do they know?  Perhaps in the greater scheme of things, a cool August
and September this year is appropriate. -- Stonebow
P.S.  Probably global warming.

Mistress -- I hate it when people loom over me like that.  I know that someone makes
shoes with "lifts" in them to make people look taller, I wonder if they make shoes
with "drops" to make people look shorter? -- Silverbird

26 August 09
     There has been a run lately of personals and columns turning up in the wrong
     arenas.  When you email in something, check and make sure you have the correct
     arena number!  It's easy for a finger to slip onto the wrong key.  When the
     receipt comes back, check again to be sure it went where you intended!
     Vigilance is your friend, and mine too. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

REXROTH devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
QRYSYS viciously subdued KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gruesome battle.
STARIEL was demolished by ROCKWOOD in a 1 minute uneven fight.
CYBERMANCER bested BRISTLECONE in a 2 minute contest.
APOK overpowered AGATE in a 2 minute bloody one-sided fight.
TROGLODYTE slimly won victory over SILVERBIRD in a 3 minute duel.
STARLYN FYREFLY defeated STONEBOW in a 4 minute brutal struggle.
DROVANITAR LIX bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute novice's competition.
MISTRESS won victory over PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 4 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        18 -   8 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  3      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  17 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         WALL OF STEEL      8 -  13 -  1      38  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 623 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         3 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  2         3  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    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 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       REXROTH 4957               12   7  0   92 DARK CREATION (471)
STRIKING ATTACK  QRYSYS 4958                12   7  2   85 DARK CREATION (471)
SLASHING ATTACK  ROCKWOOD 4984               8   4  0   66 GREENWARDENS (244)
TOTAL PARRY      BRISTLECONE 4952           12  11  1   48 GREENWARDENS (244)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STARIEL 4963.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CYBERMANCER 4992.  The ten other most popular fighters were APOK 4964, QRYSYS 
4958, TROGLODYTE 4978, SILVERBIRD 4994, STONEBOW 4993, STARLYN FYREFLY 4983, REXROTH 
4957, ROCKWOOD 4984, DROVANITAR LIX 4991, and MISTRESS 4996.

The least popular fighter this week was AGATE 4951.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BRISTLECONE 4952, STARIEL 4963, MISTRESS 4996, DROVANITAR LIX 4991, 
ROCKWOOD 4984, REXROTH 4957, STARLYN FYREFLY 4983, STONEBOW 4993, SILVERBIRD 4994, 
and TROGLODYTE 4978.