DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/03/2010    Duedate: 02/16/2010

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-633

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ROCKWOOD
GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-4984) [15-7-0,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ROCKWOOD                       POSITION IS EMPTY
GREENWARDENS (244)             
(15-4984) [15-7-0,117]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STARIEL                        STONEBOW
DARK CREATION (471)            GREENWARDENS (244)
(15-4963) [15-13-1,92]         (15-4993) [9-7-0,83]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARK CREATION (471)         32
2. GREENWARDENS (244)          16      DARK CREATION (471)
3. SAVE THE GOLD (502)          5      Unchartered Team
4. PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)       0
5. STARBASE 5 (263)           -29      SAVE THE GOLD (502)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DARK CREATION (471)      350 298 18 54.0   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)       11  4 0
 2/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)         320 318 13 50.2   2/ 3 DARK CREATION (471)       8  7 1
 3/ 3 GREENWARDENS (244)       675 782 14 46.3   3/ 2 STARBASE 5 (263)          6  9 1
 4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    75 128 12 36.9   4- 4 PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)    1  1 0
 5/ 0*SAVE THE GOLD (502)        0   1  0  0.0   5/ 0*SAVE THE GOLD (502)       0  1 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 #49 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

The Silent Place near Zuwayza:

     After Agro left, Blackwind didn't have much to do except stay alert and watch
for something approaching this hole in the fence from either direction.  Eyes in the
back of his head would have been useful.  Or a long dry season making the leaves on
the ground crackly, to warn of anything coming through the trees.  But the leaves
were sodden with weeks of rain and snow; there would be no sound from them.
     There was no sound from them, and yet when the gladiator turned in his regular
visual round, there was Redfox coming along the fence.  Blackwind scanned his
companion quickly.  It looked like the Rirorni had minor injuries, major worries.
Presumably Agro was guarding the main gate now.
     "We have to go inside," Redfox said without preliminaries.
     Blackwind blinked.  "Why?  And what about guarding the gates?"  He glanced
toward the hole in the fence.  The roiling cloud was still there just inside.
Waiting.
     "Vekhirn--"  He sighed suddenly and scrubbed a hand across his face.  "Uncle
Wolf gave me the names of some people who could be trusted, if we encountered them,
and one is this Vekhirn, a Karnhorn magician."  He noticed Blackwind's skeptical
expression and grimaced.  "Yeah, I know, trust a Karnhorn?  But Wolf said this one's
okay.  And he... I guess I'd say he 'feels' okay to me.  He says we have to go into
the Silent Place, there's a portal in there somewhere that we have to go through.
Because Uncle Wolf and Lord Malcorn need us... somewhere."
     "You agreed to this?"
     "I guess, for me, anyway.  I've had a feeling that something was, I dunno, not
exactly wrong but coming to a climax, and I should be there to help.  And I do trust
this guy to be telling true, partly because of what I was already feeling."
     "Okay."  Blackwind nodded and squared his shoulders.  "If you go, I go, too.
But what about guarding the perimeter of the Silent Place?"
     "Agro will stay here, and Vekhirn has committed himself to staying here, too.
He says his spells will work for this, even if he can't seal the barrier permanently.
He--  Here he comes now.  You can ask him yourself."
     The man coming toward them was physically a typical Karnhorn, medium height,
slim, dark, with a beak of a nose and sharp, narrow eyes.  His clothing and
accessories were typical of all magicians, robe with symbols on it, tall pointed hat
(it had a turban wound round the base, but he was, after all, a Karnhorn), carved
staff with a crystal on the top.  He looked determined.
     "You must go at once," he said.  "The Malcorn needs you--"
     "It's taken him a while to get wherever he is," Blackwind objected.  "How're we
going to get there in time to do him any good?"
     "He had to go there," the magician explained.  He was more patient than either
gladiator would have expected.  "He had to find the way, because the Spirit Lands are
always in flux.  But you do not have to find the way, I have a talisman that will
take you directly to the Malcorn, wherever he may be."  He pulled a small teardrop of
crystal out of some hidden pocket of his robe.  It was suspended from a fine golden
chain, and it glittered like a fallen star in the moonlight.  "This will be your
guide, and it will take you to the Malcorn."
     Blackwind glanced at Redfox.  The Rirorni seemed calm but tense.  Resolved.  He
was going.  And where a Rirorni led, surely a man of Malcorn would not stay behind.
He nodded.  "Will that thing help us find the portal we need inside the Silent
Place?"
     Something that might have been relief flitted across the magician's face,
covered quickly with professional calm.  "Yes, it will.  To walk side by side will be
enough in most places, but when you pass through the portal and any similar magical
structure, you must be in contact with each other if you are not to become
separated."
     Fighting the conviction that he was making a mistake, Blackwind reached out and
took the talisman by the chain.  It was heavier than he had expected of such a little
thing.  "We go back and enter the Silent Place through the main gate?"
     "That is not necessary.  You can enter here quite well, and then I will seal it
behind you."

       + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Report from the Tourney #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here once again, with more interviews from the tourney.  This time I'm
talking to a new manager, so new he doesn't even have a manager name.  "Sir... what
would you like me to call you, by the way?"
     "Why do you have to call me anything?  I don't understand why you want to
interview me.  There are lots of great managers here who could probably tell you
stuff--"
     "I'm looking for a new perspective, the point of view of someone who is just
starting out with the gladiatorial games."
     "Oh.  Well, I guess that would be me."
     "Absolutely right!  Tell me, what do you think of the tourney?  This is your
first, right?"
     "Right, my first," the young man agreed.  "And it's GREAT!  Everyone is just
great here!  I mean, most of these managers, they're, like, legends, you know?
Everybody's heard of them, and they have stables of HUNDREDS of gladiators, and
they've been polishing their tricks for YEARS, and I didn't figure I had much of a
chance, you know?"
     "The popular view is that no matter how much you know, the arena can always
throw a surprise at you--"
     "Yeah, yeah, I've heard that.  I don't know if I believe it, but I've heard it.
But that isn't the best thing about this tourney.  The best thing is that everyone
here has been GREAT.  Or else I didn't meet them--the ones that might not have been.
But I think I met just about everyone, and--"
     "And they were great.  I'm glad.  But perhaps you could tell our readers a
little more, maybe tell them how these experienced managers were great to you?"
     "Well, yeah, okay.  It's that everyone was so friendly and helpful, see?  The
ENTIRE Consortium talked to me about warrior design, for instance.  I learned a lot
there.  And, well, there was Mannequin, and The Greek Guy, and I actually met
Manager, too!  And they were all really helpful.  Advice, you know, and charts, and
all that stuff that was so confusing.  It was just the best experience!  I'm going to
do it again, for sure!"

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 638): DORA BELL of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 507): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOMS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 632): STARIEL of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLD CACHE of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 626): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): MALIGNANT TUMOR of APOCALYPSE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 618): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 609): ORION of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): VYNMORGATH of KAOS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 499): RIA ROSEDANCER of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 486): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 466): CHAM DUGAN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 426): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 416): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): SANDY STRATTON of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 525): NATAS of DO IT AGAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 638): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 507): SATAN'S KINGDOMS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 632): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 626): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 617): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 609): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All-Winning, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 499): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 486): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 466): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 423): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 416): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 525): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SAFFIRA of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLD CACHE of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
               (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
              (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): MALIGNANT TUMOR of APOCALYPSE (?, mgr.)
                          UNDEAD DUCK of BARN OF HORRORS (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
                           SNOTMAN of I HATE THEM TOO (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
               (turn 465): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): TYLER DURDEN of PROJECT:  MAYHEM (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of MALCORN.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  What can be a 
greater victory?  ROCKWOOD has taken his place as the top, as MALCORN's new 
Duelmaster.  So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and 
challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     So much to report, so little time!  If challenges were horses, AGATE could open 
up a fast food joint!  SILVERBIRD found herself challenged by a warrior 20 below:  
CYBERMANCER.  CYBERMANCER of DARK CREATION kept his wits as he overcame SILVERBIRD.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  SIX KIX LIX of 
STARBASE 5, possessing a sorry record of 5-4-1, lost his last battle to AMBITIOUS 
GUARD of MALCORN.  Young warriors, take note!  Such is a failure's lot!  Fair play 
must not be a credo of DARK CREATION, as QREATED permanently removed DURIN I of SAVE 
THE GOLD from the competition in a mismatched fight.  Ask not for whom the sword 
slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     All good things must come to an end.  As if buffeted by forces of nature beyond 
my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an 
overtaxed simile, I now bid MALCORN farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKWOOD 4984                15   7  0   117       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 REXROTH 4957                 19  10  0    96       DARK CREATION (471)
 STARIEL 4963                 15  13  1    92       DARK CREATION (471)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRISTLECONE 4952             19  14  1    86       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STONEBOW 4993                 9   7  0    83       GREENWARDENS (244)
 AGATE 4951                   16  17  0    78       GREENWARDENS (244)
 APOK 4964                    16  10  0    73       STARBASE 5 (263)
 QRYSYS 4958                  18  11  2    67       DARK CREATION (471)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CYBERMANCER 4992              9   8  0    65       DARK CREATION (471)
 STARLYN FYREFLY 4983          9  12  0    62       STARBASE 5 (263)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISTRESS 4996                 6   7  0    50       STARBASE 5 (263)
 SILVERBIRD 4994              10   6  0    42       GREENWARDENS (244)
 DROVANITAR LIX 4991           5   8  3    34       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QREATED 4999                  3   1  1    25       DARK CREATION (471)
-MARCUS 4967                   2   0  0    24       PRAETORIAN GUARD (250)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-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?
HUGE SPECIMEN 4998      2  1 0 DARK CREATION 471    DROVANITAR LIX 4991   629  JUST REVENGED
DURIN I 5020            0  1 0 SAVE THE GOLD 502    QREATED 4999          633   
SIX KIX LIX 4997        5  4 1 STARBASE 5 263       AMBITIOUS GUARD       633  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stariel -- I suppose that was inevitable.  How about if you make up to me for that
loss by going out to dinner with me?  Ah... and buying it, since I am a little short
of cash, having lost the fight and the win-bonus. -- Agate
P.S.  Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask, right?

Rexroth -- Some trees are easy, but you don't find much in the way of balsa or
cottonwood on this team. -- Rockwood
P.S.  Actually, I'm named for the rock maple.  Feel that six-pack!

Apok -- At least you're a good student, which means that I'm a good teacher.  Being a
good teacher is something, though not a heck of a lot.  Sooner or later, good
teachers seem to get killed by over-eager students.  I hope to avoid that. --
Bristlecone
P.S.  That's why I don't shave.

Cybermancer -- Ha!  We fixed it this time, unplugged, powered down completely, and
rebooted. -- Stonebow

Drovanitar Lix -- Have you considered taking up a day job as a tree?  You'd be a
natural, and I'd come and sing in your branches. -- Silverbird

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

REXROTH devastated AGATE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
CYBERMANCER vanquished SILVERBIRD in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
STARIEL was demolished by ROCKWOOD in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
STARLYN FYREFLY was devastated by STONEBOW in a 2 minute gory one-sided contest.
APOK was subdued by BRISTLECONE in a 3 minute master's competition.
QRYSYS vanquished DROVANITAR LIX in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
SIX KIX LIX was dealt death by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a popular 1 minute competition.
MISTRESS viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute expert vs. beginner melee.
QREATED slew DURIN I in a 3 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   28 -  20 -  4      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       17 -  15 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        15 -  15 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         LUNGING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 633 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 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  ROCKWOOD 4984              15   7  0  117 GREENWARDENS (244)
AIMED BLOW       REXROTH 4957               19  10  0   96 DARK CREATION (471)
TOTAL PARRY      BRISTLECONE 4952           19  14  1   86 GREENWARDENS (244)
STRIKING ATTACK  STONEBOW 4993               9   7  0   83 GREENWARDENS (244)
WALL OF STEEL    SILVERBIRD 4994            10   6  0   42 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 STONEBOW 4993.  The ten other most popular fighters were APOK 4964, BRISTLECONE 
4952, QRYSYS 4958, SIX KIX LIX 4997, QREATED 4999, REXROTH 4957, CYBERMANCER 4992, 
ROCKWOOD 4984, MISTRESS 4996, and STARIEL 4963.

The least popular fighter this week was DROVANITAR LIX 4991.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were STARLYN FYREFLY 4983, SILVERBIRD 4994, AGATE 4951, DURIN I 
5020, STARIEL 4963, MISTRESS 4996, ROCKWOOD 4984, CYBERMANCER 4992, REXROTH 4957, and 
QREATED 4999.