DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 09/12/2005 Duedate: 09/24/2005 ALJAFIR ARENA DM-17 TURN-519 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS ALEXANDER THE GREAT HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) (17-6656) [15-5-2,119] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader ALEXANDER THE GREAT POSITION IS EMPTY HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) (17-6656) [15-5-2,119] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite TABETA UNIS TABETA UNIS MIDDLE WAY (484) MIDDLE WAY (484) (17-6405) [16-42-0,90] (17-6405) [16-42-0,90] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 54 2. MIDDLE WAY (484) 37 PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544) 3. LET'S DUEL! (519) 14 Unchartered Team 4. SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) 1 5. SURPISE! (538) 0 NEED FOR SPEED (262) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1 PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544) 23 9 0 71.9 1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 9 5 1 2/ 2 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 305 206 12 59.7 2/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484) 8 7 1 3/ 3 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLE (428) 24 24 1 50.0 3/ 2 PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544) 4 2 0 4- 4*SURPISE! (538) 1 1 0 50.0 4/ 6 LET'S DUEL! (519) 2 6 0 5- 5*BLITZKRIEG (543) 1 1 0 50.0 5- 4*SURPISE! (538) 1 0 0 6/ 6 LET'S DUEL! (519) 39 50 1 43.8 6- 5*BLITZKRIEG (543) 1 1 0 7/ 7 MIDDLE WAY (484) 238 392 5 37.8 7/ 8 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLE (428) 0 2 0 8- 8*FEROCIOUS BASTARDS (547) 0 1 0 0.0 8- 7*FEROCIOUS BASTARDS (547) 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[ The Black Ship #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Near Willaf: Lady Protector Goldenrod didn't like rowboats. Oh, no doubt they were fine in their place, no doubt they had their uses, but she didn't like being out in the strait in one. She said as much. "This isn't a ROW boat," Old Gold answered, panting. Rowing called for a lot more stamina than a fast arena fight did, and it used different muscles, too. He had the sinking feeling, no, cancel that, don't want to think about sinking right now, he had the unpleasant feeling that he was going to regret this activity tomorrow. "It's a, what'd'ye'callit, a fishing punch?" "Smack?" Chardinee asked. For a merchant, he was doing a lot better with HIS oar. It seemed unfair. "Or maybe it's a dory," he added. "I'm not familiar with the technical terms. But it's all the boat the two of us can handle, so...." He shrugged. "It's a boat, and you're rowing it," Goldenrod stated. "So it's a rowboat. And why you think the Black Ship would bother to accost a ratty little rowboat like this--" "When you scream, the pirates will know there's a woman on board," Old Gold said, grunting with exertion. "Pirates always want to capture women." "And women always prefer NOT to be captured! If you had paid more attention to landmarks--" "Let's not go into that again," Chardinee said quickly. "The lightning was deceptive. What appeared to be reliable landmarks in the storm were not when we went to check on the ground. But we still know the general area, and Lady Peach and the others are watching there to make CLEAR identification of the spot when the Black Ship emerges to capture us, and they will be there when we are taken back to their base." The standby paused and licked his lips. "Has it occurred to you, Old Gold, that while the Black Ship may want to capture Lady Goldenrod, they may have no interest in the two of us?" The new-made Lord Protector shrugged, but he looked uneasy. "It's a gamble," he muttered. "It's the scrambled eggs thing. You know, first you break the eggs." Goldenrod smiled, managing to look nasty at the same time. "And all the king's horses and all the king's men--" "Don't SAY that," Old Gold snapped. He glanced at the dark water around them, hoping that there were no sharks in this area. Then at the sky, stars and a crescent moon...and a mass of clouds boiling up out of north and spreading southward. There had been no clouds when they'd set out. "It's going to be a dark and stormy night," Goldenrod said. She shivered. Lady Protector Peach Nutt leaned against a tree, which concealed her silhouette from anyone who might be looking. "It's clouding over," she said. "It's going to be hard to see what happens out there." "We figured on clouds," Lord Protector Fool's Gold told her. He was sitting nearby, giving a good impression of a boulder. He had experience with adventures. That he wasn't alarmed was reassuring. Peach's teammate, Lady Protector Moonjumper muttered something. It sounded like "exciting times." Fool's Gold laughed. "Is there any other kind?" A bolt of purple lightning streaked across the sky from the headland above them to the clouds. "Showtime!" + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Aljafir: "Move, dammit!" The vice gripping Korranjal's arm shook it once more and let go. "I'm not dragging you further. I need both hands to fight with." Lej Korranjal blinked again and managed to clear his sight, more or less. There were still strangely colored spots of light drifting across his vision, but he could make out the shape of Shagrath the Assassin moving away from him. The dwarf was twirling an axe in either hand, advancing on a less distinct shape that climbing over the lip of the harbor into the street. Korranjal fumbled his own blade out of its scabbard. He saw that another of the creatures was climbing out of the water a little farther down and moved to cut off its efforts to get behind Shagrath. He didn't get a clear look at the creature, barely had time to block an arm that ended in a scythe-like claw with his sword. The arm had scales as well as claws, he discovered as his blade slid along it with a nails-on-a-slate screech. "Back to back!" Shagrath shouted, whirling away from the wreckage of a monster to put his own back against Korranjal's. "We've got to work our way to the Water Temple, there are too many for us here!" The gusty rain was coming down more heavily now, veiling the horde of creatures crawling onto the waterfront, but this was familiar ground to Korranjal. He could find the Water Temple in pitch darkness, and a good thing that was. No more than a hundred yards, but they had to fight for every foot. Whether they fought a few monsters to the death or had passing encounters with a score he couldn't tell. The Water Temple was dedicated to one of Kjarran's lesser aspects--some people said to a whole different deity--called Ksuuljin, a patron of ships and sailors. The small arcade was crowded with sailors, dock workers, and waterfront loungers who had taken refuge first from the rain and then from the creatures loosed by the Black Ship. There were a lot of drawn blades around, and several people were shouting, but Korranjal's height and strength opened a path for him and the assassin. "What's out there?" someone shrieked in his ear. Korranjal looked down. The top of the priest's head only came to his shoulder, and he could only be heard over the crowd and the storm when he screamed, but the man still radiated dignity and authority. "Some kind of monsters," Korranjal said. "I never got a clear look at one. Seems like they came out of the Black Ship." "I didn't see 'em clear, either," Shagrath growled, "but I can tell you they're mortal." "Good to know," the priest said. "When the sacrifice bell rang at the main temple, I feared the worst, for in this time spilled blood opens gates that might otherwise remain closed. Hoist me up!" When Korranjal gaped, he added, "I need to be above the crowd a little if I'm to speak to them and be heard. Hoist me up!" Korranjal dropped to one knee and braced his other hand on the tiled floor. "Climb onto my shoulders." The priest scrambled upward with an ease that suggested an earlier career as a sailor. When he was high enough, he clapped his hands sharply. The sound was picked up by the temple's acoustics and became a drumbeat. "Friends!" he shouted, "those are not demons, they are monsters of the flesh, and they can be killed. Let us clear our harbor of the scum! Forward!" The crowd, boiling with fear and anger, swirled, roared, and poured back out into the night. "A lot of them will die," Shagrath said as Korranjal lowered the priest. "All men die," the priest answered. "Their bodies, at least. These will die fighting, which is the proper way for a man to go down, and their souls will soar free. There are worse fates." SPY REPORT Greetings, warriors of ALJAFIR! Once again I've been called out of retirement for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting. It seems so recently people were saying MIDDLE WAY was washed up, finished. But 5-0-1 moved them up 1. I guess they're washed no more... What's with MARSHALL? He actually beat PROJECT MAYHEM XXX's PYRO, and walked away with 24 more points from the fight. Major screwup at PROJECT MAYHEM XXX. PYRO lost 19 points to MARSHALL. Some new strategies, perhaps? Maybe PYRO will provide more easy wins... So HI-JINX finally bought it, eh? I thought she too sure of herself, always strutting around. ALEXANDER THE GREAT, there's a lesson here! I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters? Tough! Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges... The most avoided team was HEROESANDFOUNDONES. Management must be dealin', as the boys at SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS ain't reelin'! HEROESANDFOUNDONES' mad! What do people see in TABETA UNIS? Hers 16-42-0? MIDDLE WAY ain't talkin', but she's got 90 points. TABETA UNIS didn't quite know what to make of a challenge she received from VAMPIRE LORD of LET'S DUEL!, who is 23 points below her. VAMPIRE LORD perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he was beat by TABETA UNIS and ended up with 65 recognition points. A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing. Some fighters don't accept this. The best do. Here's some advice: study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty. Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors. Any plans here? ALJAFIR is a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places. I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656 15 5 2 119 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME TABETA UNIS 6405 16 42 0 90 MIDDLE WAY (484) -LA JINN 6419 8 6 1 90 LET'S DUEL! (519) -$ ANTHONY BURGESS 5319 8 5 0 77 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) VURZHAL UR 6618 13 20 1 69 MIDDLE WAY (484) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VAMPIRE LORD 6640 5 5 0 65 LET'S DUEL! (519) MARSHALL 6673 10 8 1 62 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME $ JAMES FLETCHER 5356 9 5 0 44 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) OBIDA PANIRI 6700 6 10 0 41 MIDDLE WAY (484) PYRO 6678 11 5 0 38 PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME MAXIMUS 6718 4 3 1 31 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) EXODIA NECROSS 6654 2 3 0 29 LET'S DUEL! (519) -$ TONY PICKETT 5452 1 0 1 27 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) STRAIGHT LINE 6714 5 5 1 26 MIDDLE WAY (484) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -DR PEPPER 6665 1 0 0 20 BLITZKRIEG (543) ERBIN FRORLIN 6725 2 1 0 18 MIDDLE WAY (484) -BOO!!! 6621 1 1 0 18 SURPISE! (538) KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721 3 1 0 16 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) -$ DEREK MARTIN 5451 1 0 0 12 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) -QUICKSTRIKE KILLER 6692 0 1 0 7 FEROCIOUS BASTARDS (547) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? PERSISTENT BEGGAR 629 0 1 0 1 STRAIGHT LINE 6714 519 NONE TABATA DOS 6728 0 1 0 HEROESANDFOUNDONE 475 SHEWISH GIANT 646 519 NONE HI-JINX 6674 12 4 0 PROJECT MAYHEM XX 544 ALEXANDER THE GR 6656 519 PERSONAL ADS Hi-Jinx -- I'll be in 100 if you ever want to hook up again. I'm sure you do...but I really don't. -- Dark Magician Vampire Lord -- You want to duel? You're crazy in the head! Let's NOT duel, okay? -- Tabeta Unis P.S. I don't know about you, but I'm better at the "not doing" than the "doing." Pyro -- Well, I think we've probably MADE all the easy plays on your name, and I don't have the energy to come up with one anyway. How about if you just pretend I said 'em? -- Obida Paniri P.S. And give me back the edge! I may need it in my next fight. It wasn't meant as a forever-gift, just a LOAN. $James Fletcher -- Bit of a mouthful, that name. Listen, kid, you'd have done a lot better if you hadn't been dipped in batter and deep-fat fried. Come au natural next time. -- Vurzhal Ur Khalum's Midget -- Khalum must be hard up these days. -- Straight Line Quickstrike Killer -- Your name is too long, and your team name is too long, and it bugs me, okay? Unless you write some kind of personal for members of our team to respond to, we're probably going to harp on that. -- Erbin Frorlin P.S. Not ME, having said it once, that's it for me. But SOME of my teammates are the kind that go on and on and on and ON! Be warned. Dr Pepper -- I consider that your use of strange drugs, especially (shudder) those fizzy ones, was unfair! I have presented a beautiful affidavit from MY doctor explaining all this in detail to the arena authorities, and you will probably be HEARING from them SOON. -- Louis Teal, a scribe but NOT an embezzler, someone just MISUNDERSTOOD my accounting system Marshall -- Listen, just because I'm a prisoner here doesn't mean I'm a pussycat, boy. You gotta do better than that. -- Geroge Murv, Orc, captured by gross trickery Alexander the Great -- Enjoy it while you can. Life is short, and victory is shorter. -- M. Konvalh Chardinee Ghost of Bar Tab -- You think I CARE about the likes of you? I would feed you to the fishes if I could, but I suppose they'll use your carcass for fertilizer. -- Dark Champion, name withheld for various reasons Ameba -- You too squishy. -- Gruk, Mountain Troll LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS TABATA DOS was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight. VAMPIRE LORD was bested by TABETA UNIS in a exciting 1 minute Challenge duel. $ JAMES FLETCHER was overcome by VURZHAL UR in a 3 minute Challenge match. EXODIA NECROSS defeated KHALUM'S MIDGET in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge duel. HI-JINX was butchered by ALEXANDER THE GREAT in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight. PYRO was demolished by MARSHALL in a 1 minute mismatched competition. MAXIMUS lost to OBIDA PANIRI in a 2 minute fight. STRAIGHT LINE butchered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched match. ERBIN FRORLIN overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute beginner's fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |WALL OF STEEL 4 AIMED BLOW 11 - 5 - 0 69 | |AIMED BLOW 2 STRIKING ATTACK 9 - 5 - 1 64 | |LUNGING ATTACK 2 WALL OF STEEL 15 - 13 - 1 54 | |PARRY-LUNGE 1 PARRY-STRIKE 5 - 5 - 0 50 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 9 - 9 - 1 50 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 SLASHING ATTACK 9 - 9 - 1 50 | |SLASHING ATTACK 1 BASHING ATTACK 6 - 6 - 0 50 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 LUNGING ATTACK 6 - 6 - 0 50 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 PARRY-LUNGE 6 - 7 - 0 46 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 TOTAL PARRY 2 - 4 - 0 33 | Turn 519 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: PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 0 WALL OF STEEL 1 - 3 3 WALL OF STEEL PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 0 STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 1 2 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 0 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 1 1 PARRY-LUNGE SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 0 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE BASHING ATTACK 1 - 0 1 BASHING ATTACK AIMED BLOW 1 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 PARRY-STRIKE 1 STRIKING ATTACK TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME WALL OF STEEL ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656 15 5 2 119 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) BASHING ATTACK MARSHALL 6673 10 8 1 62 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) TOTAL PARRY $ JAMES FLETCHER 5356 9 5 0 44 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is TABETA UNIS 6405. The most popular warrior this turn was TABETA UNIS 6405. The ten other most popular fighters were VURZHAL UR 6618, EXODIA NECROSS 6654, MAXIMUS 6718, $ JAMES FLETCHER 5356, ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, VAMPIRE LORD 6640, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, MARSHALL 6673, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, and STRAIGHT LINE 6714. The least popular fighter this week was PYRO 6678. The other ten least popular fighters were HI-JINX 6674, KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721, TABATA DOS 6728, STRAIGHT LINE 6714, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, MARSHALL 6673, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, VAMPIRE LORD 6640, ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, and $ JAMES FLETCHER 5356.