DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/14/2009    Duedate: 10/27/2009

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-625

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

QRYSYS
DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4958) [14-7-2,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

QRYSYS                         POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK CREATION (471)            
(15-4958) [14-7-2,100]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STARIEL                        STARIEL
DARK CREATION (471)            DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4963) [10-10-1,47]         (15-4963) [10-10-1,47]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

STARBASE 5 (263)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STARBASE 5 (263)            46
2. DARK CREATION (471)          5      DARK CREATION (471)
3. GREENWARDENS (244)          -9      Unchartered Team

                                       CHEESY DEVICE (435)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      327 282 17 53.7   1/ 1 STARBASE 5 (263)          9  4 1
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         305 293 11 51.0   2/ 2 DARK CREATION (471)       8  7 0
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       647 770 14 45.7   3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)        7  8 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 #44 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

The Silent Place near Zuwayza:

     They were three Lord Protectors with two gates to guard, the main one into--and
out of--the Silent Place, and the little hole in the barrier that some petty
necromancer had made on the far side.  Three for two, it seemed logical that two of
them should stand at the main entrance to make sure none of the denizens of the place
got out, one at the rear where the passage was smaller, to do the same.  They drew
straws, well, twigs broken off a nearby rowan bush, and Blackwind got the short one.
     He tossed it up and caught it, grinning.  The prospect of having something
positive and comprehensible to do was a pleasure.  "The back way for me, then.  That
works."
     "Make sure you've got a full water bottle and enough food for at least a day,"
Redfox said.  "No telling how long we'll have to do this--"
     "Yes, mother!"  The Malcornishman sighed.  "Don't fuss, Redfox."
     "Someone's got to!"  He shook his head and sighed in turn.  "No, okay.  It's
just the..." he waved a hand vaguely.  "Everything," he said finally.  "Things after
things after things.  It wears hard after a while."
     "That is a warm-blood problem," Agro said.  "My people have more patience."
     "Then I'm glad you're here," Redfox said.  "The longer I live, the less patience
I seem to have."
     Blackwind looked at the two of them and shook his head.  There were things going
on that he couldn't guess at, but apparently there were....  Hell, he didn't know.
So long as they could do the job, he didn't care, either.  "Share the patience
between you, then," he said, "and I'll go watch the back."  He patted the canteen at
his belt, which sloshed, and the comfortably full shoulder bag with its bread and
cheese and dried fruits, checked to make sure sword and dagger were ready to hand,
and left.  To have a simple task and no confusing companions would make a pleasant
change.
     He started walking around the perimeter of the Silent Place, checking the fence
for weak spots as he went.
     "The one you call 'redfox' is... not himself?"
     Blackwind jumped a little.  He'd forgotten the demons were still around, hoped
they were not still around.  He turned toward the deep, gravelly voice but saw
nothing he could identify in the darkness under the trees.  "Arhazul?  Why are you
still here?  We can handle this guard job."
     "No doubt you can, it is for this that the Grey Witch has you trained, is it
not?  But we retain an interest and wish to see the matter settled.  And... it has
been long since I walked in the world of flesh."
     "But--"
     "I will do no harm to your kind.  I do not wish to face the Malcorn with blood
guilt on my spirit.  But tell me of your companion.  His manner disturbs you."
     "Well, yeah.  It doesn't seem like him somehow."
     "You fear he might be possessed or something of that nature?  It is not so.  But
there is a Death Mark on him, and this disturbs his soul."  A pause.  "It is perhaps,
why he was willing to give his life's blood to seal this place, for his death will
satisfy the Mark and it will leave."
     "And he'd be dead."
     "Yes, but this--death--is something that comes for all of you humans in the end,
is it not?  Even the Chosen of the Grey Witch."
     Blackwind shrugged.  He had heard other Lord Protectors speculating on this, but
the fact was that no one really knew.  And 'in the end' could be a long time off.
"How did this 'death mark' come to happen?"
     "An interesting question.  The nighthunter that brought him and you to my plane
placed it there, but that creature could not have created it.  The nighthunter must
have had dealings with someone of power other than myself, a demon possibly, or even
a powerful mortal.  When this matter of the Silent Place has been finished, I shall
enjoy pursuing the question.  It will be an interesting problem."
     "This death mark would mean something more than just an ordinary death, wouldn't
it?" Blackwind guessed.
     "But of course, or what would be the point of it?  Something desires his soul,
that is what a Death Mark does, marks a soul as claimed in advance by one with the
power to take it."  A rattling sound, which the gladiator realized, with a shock, was
Arhazul's way of laughing.  "This happens more often than perhaps you realize.  Many
humans walk under the sky with Death Marks, though seldom for long."
     "Huh."  Blackwind frowned.  "We'll have to do something about that," he
muttered.
     "Now?"
     There was something in the demon's voice, as though he was... no, the gladiator
couldn't put a finger on it.  But it set the hairs up on the back of his neck.  "Not
right this minute," he said, "but next.  After this business about the Silent Place
is done."
     "Ah.  In that case, I suggest you bring your attention back to the matter in
hand, because things await your doing."
     Blackwind looked along the line of iron spears linked by iron chains that formed
the boundary of the Silent Place.  He was in sight of the small gap they'd found in
back.  And in sight, now, of a feeble greenish-yellow light that moved around that
gap.  His lips curled back in a wolf's grin.  The necromancer who had dared to tamper
with this barrier, returned to profit from his work.  All the profit he would get
would be his own death.

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 628): BLHU MURTHER of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 630): KISSA BELLE of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 624): QRYSYS of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 626): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): URSILA VINE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 623): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 311): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 616): FELISSA of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 309): ULTHAR STORMHELM of THE STORM GUARDS (The Icelord)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 612): MARCELLUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 610): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 601): BRENDAL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 564): PRINCE CONNOR of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 287): HALF of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 281): MEDEE of THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 268): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 491): AIRSLICER DAN of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 478): CLOUDGAZER of EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 458): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 455): CHIANA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 216): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 418): DIENEKES of GATES OF FIRE (?, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 409): CORINTHIAN of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 401): DANNI ROGERS of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 517): DEFIANCE of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 628): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 630): SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 624): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 626): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 623): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 311): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 616): CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 309): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 612): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 610): RAVAGOMG LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 601): SHINING PATH (?, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 564): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 287): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 281): THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 268): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 491): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 478): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 458): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 455): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 216): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 418): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 409): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 401): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 517): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 627): SEA LEGS of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, 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 616): FELISSA of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
              (turn 615): COLOSSUS of X-MEN (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 612): MARCELLUS of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
                          HERON of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 563): ELOWAN of OBSCURE LORE (Tigtoad, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMBS SWAMP (turn 281): SPECTRE of GOTHIC MINISTRY (Liam the Goth, mgr.)
                     (turn 280): KODIAK of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, 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  56 ROCANIS (turn 491): AIRSLICER DAN of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 455): CHIANA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 417): LIRINI TYL VARIN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 399): RED COULTER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Hey everybody, 
watch out for DROVANITAR LIX, who flew up 26 points in the rankings after mashing 
ROCKWOOD like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the 
top ten was ROCKWOOD, who dropped 23 points after a disappointing (to say the least) 
bout with DROVANITAR LIX.  Well, everybody's pal QRYSYS moved his record to 14-7-2 by 
defeating VETERAN MERCENARY in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 8 recognition 
points.  4 out of 5 gladiators surveyed protect the body, so try and avoid aiming at 
that location.   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Big deal, so TROGLODYTE got mashed in the Dark Arena.  
With his face he was more at home with the trolls than with us. (Waka waka).  
Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally in the arena with you and 
see what happens.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been real, and its been fun, 
but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QRYSYS 4958                  14   7  2   100       DARK CREATION (471)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REXROTH 4957                 13   8  0    89       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CYBERMANCER 4992              6   3  0    62       DARK CREATION (471)
 APOK 4964                    13   5  0    60       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AGATE 4951                   12  13  0    58       GREENWARDENS (244)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRISTLECONE 4952             14  11  1    54       GREENWARDENS (244)
 DROVANITAR LIX 4991           4   1  2    51       STARBASE 5 (263)
 STARIEL 4963                 10  10  1    47       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983          6   7  0    32       STARBASE 5 (263)
 ROCKWOOD 4984                 8   6  0    30       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STONEBOW 4993                 3   5  0    27       GREENWARDENS (244)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVERBIRD 4994               4   4  0    20       GREENWARDENS (244)
 SIX KIX LIX 4997              1   0  0    13       STARBASE 5 (263)
 MISTRESS 4996                 2   3  0     9       STARBASE 5 (263)
-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?
TROGLODYTE 4978         6 10 2 DARK CREATION 471    MOUNTAIN TROLL        625  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Cybermancer -- Huh, "dark creation" is right, if you're anything to do with
computers.  Worst kind of golems there is. -- Rockwood

Stariel -- We seem fated to meet again and again, handing the win back and forth.  It
probably means something, but figuring out fate is beyond my competence.  I'm just a
woodsman. -- Agate
P.S.  And a gladiator, of course.

Troglodyte -- I've been thinking about it, and at first I thought you might be a
marmot, but you don't spend enough time sitting in the sun.  Gotta think some more.
-- Bristlecone, for whom thought does not come easily

Starlyn Fyrefly -- Do you suppose would get up some kind of aerial dance a deux and
make a little money on the side, maybe get out of this gladiating business? --
Silverbird

Mistress -- Listen, I'm honored and all, but if I brought a woman home to the
guildhouse, my teammates would have a major fit.  They'd cut me off at the knees. --
Stonebow

Bristlecone -- Cybermancer is an undead mage, re-animated using my secret formula and
enhanced with cybernetic technology purchased from the beings who live in the
spacestation that orbits this planet.  I believe you know them.  They compete under
the psuedonym "Starbase 5".  Unfortunately, thus far he doesn't speak.  Perhaps I
should look into this virus idea. -- H.P.L. West

     Probably a good idea.  And while you're doing it, be sure to drink lots of
     orange juice and eat chicken soup, both said to be good against viruses.

Silverbird -- I don't think you'll get your rematch.  I am sending the Troglodyte
under ground permanently.  I don't suffer losers well. -- Herbert P.L. West

Rockwood -- I will change weapons.  Then maybe I'll have a better chance against you.
I need some wins.  the "Creator" is getting trigger happy.  If you get my drift. --
Stariel

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TROGLODYTE was viciously butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
QRYSYS vanquished VETERAN MERCENARY in a exciting 1 minute uneven Title battle.
CYBERMANCER was overpowered by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
REXROTH devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ROCKWOOD was demolished by DROVANITAR LIX in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
STARIEL lost to AGATE in a exciting 4 minute bloody master's fight.
BRISTLECONE slimly won victory over STARLYN FYREFLY in a 7 minute gruesome fight.
APOK vanquished STONEBOW in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SILVERBIRD viciously subdued MISTRESS in a action packed 3 minute gruesome fight.
SIX KIX LIX overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK     2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  10 -  4      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        17 -  11 -  0      61  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY       15 -  14 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  10 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         WALL OF STEEL      7 -  14 -  0      33  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 625 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    3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  QRYSYS 4958                14   7  2  100 DARK CREATION (471)
AIMED BLOW       REXROTH 4957               13   8  0   89 DARK CREATION (471)
TOTAL PARRY      BRISTLECONE 4952           14  11  1   54 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 STARIEL 4963.  The ten other most popular fighters were SILVERBIRD 4994, STARLYN 
FYREFLY 4983, MISTRESS 4996, QRYSYS 4958, REXROTH 4957, AGATE 4951, APOK 4964, 
TROGLODYTE 4978, DROVANITAR LIX 4991, and SIX KIX LIX 4997.

The least popular fighter this week was STONEBOW 4993.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ROCKWOOD 4984, CYBERMANCER 4992, BRISTLECONE 4952, SIX KIX LIX 4997, 
DROVANITAR LIX 4991, TROGLODYTE 4978, APOK 4964, AGATE 4951, REXROTH 4957, and QRYSYS 
4958.