DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/10/2005    Duedate: 10/22/2005

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-521

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TABETA UNIS
MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6405) [18-42-0,116]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TABETA UNIS                    POSITION IS EMPTY
MIDDLE WAY (484)               
(17-6405) [18-42-0,116]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TABETA UNIS                    KHALUM'S MIDGET
MIDDLE WAY (484)               HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6405) [18-42-0,116]        (17-6721) [5-1-0,37]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MIDDLE WAY (484)            21
2. LET'S DUEL! (519)            0      HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
3. SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428)   0      Unchartered Team
4. PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)     0
5. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)   -24      SWEET DREAMS (264)

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) 10  5 1
 2/ 2 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 313 208 12 60.1   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          9  6 1
 3- 3 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLE (428)  24  24  1 50.0   3- 5 LET'S DUEL! (519)         1  3 0
 4- 5 LET'S DUEL! (519)         39  52  1 42.9   4- 3 PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)  0  2 0
 5/ 6 MIDDLE WAY (484)         242 398  5 37.8   5- 6 SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLE (428)  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 #7 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aljafir:

     Korranjal was reluctant to go out to face the storm and the monsters again, but
not so reluctant that he stayed behind.  At least he had armor on, and some training.
Many of the dock workers that were rushing out had neither.  He had lost track of
Shagrath in the upheaval of the crowd, but knew the assassin would be out there, too.
The dwarf was no coward.
     Green lightning burst against a shield of black force in the harbor as the
creature summoned by the Great Temple struck at the Black Ship again.
     "Fools!"
     It was a shriek of fury coming from someone behind him.  Korranjal stepped to
the side in case the infuriated shrieker charged forward with blind rage and a sword.
Then he looked back, though there was little chance of seeing much in this rainy
night.  Glowing red eyes.  Korranjal flinched.  That meant either a manager or a
cultist, and he didn't know which would be worse.
     "Cursed fools that don't see beyond their blind obeisance to Kjarran," the voice
muttered.
     The Guard recognized it now, it was Mejandr, a cultist who sometimes fought as a
standby in the arena.  "Kjarran is the greatest god, the most powerful--"
     "And you're a fool, too, if you believe that!"  The cultist gestured with a
blade that glowed red along its cutting edge.  "Kjarran is one god among many who are
his equals, and some who surpass his power by many degrees."  He was trotting forward
toward the monsters as he spoke.  "Yes, yes, I know this is not authorized belief!
Spare me your childish fears!  The priests know the truth."
     "If that is truth," Korranjal said, keeping pace with the cultist, "then why
don't they say so?  You don't expect me to believe the priests would LIE, do you?"
     "They would lie in a heartbeat," Mejandr said, hacking at some unidentified
obstacle in the darkness, "if that lie would increase their own power and authority!"
     "And they'll kill you for saying so," another voice snarled.  It was Terregolis,
the Dangerous Criminal from the arena.  The Commission called him a dwarf, because he
had a beard, but Korranjal suspected him of being Shewish.  Who ever heard of a dwarf
over six feet tall?
     "Only if they can catch me," Mejandr said.  He sounded breathless--he'd been
hacking steadily for the last minute or two--but smug.  "We of the Nameless Cult make
no extravagant claims for our god, but He protects us just the same."
     Korranjal expected Terregolis to make some sarcastic remark to that, it was
known that nothing was sacred to the Dangerous Criminal (that's what made him so
dangerous), but he got his own comment in first.  "Why do you call them fools, here
and now, Mejandr?"
     The crimson-edged sword gestured widely, then hacked into another monster.  "If
the priests had let well enough alone, we would have lost the ship in the harbor and
no more.  But the summoning of the Temple provided the precedent and opened the door
to the summoning of monsters from the Black Ship.  As they should have known!"
     Korranjal faltered in his progress as he grappled with that concept.  "Are you
saying...the Black Ship couldn't have brought or released its own monsters, if the
Temple hadn't brought in a monster first?"
     "Yep."  They had reached the water's edge by now, and the cobbles were slippery
with blood and ichor from the battle that was still taking place.  The cultist paused
to brace himself against a bollard.  "The first monster's always the hardest, but it
opens the road for others, even others from different, ah, planes or monstrous
realms."  The glowing red eyes turned toward him.  "This is basic stuff, Lej.  Anyone
who gets past his novitiate in the Temple should know it."
     Another, more violent explosion illuminated the night.  Korranjal looked around,
appalled.  The waterfront was piled with bodies and pieces of bodies, human and
monster, dead and not quite dead, like ghastly storm wrack.  There were more monsters
in the water, bobbing around uncertainly.  And the Black Ship, locked against the
dying courier vessel, with arcane fire playing around both of them.  And beyond them
the magic had ripped the clouds aside, displaying a sky full of stars, and two moons.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): ALEXANDER THE GREAT of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): KRAMER of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): PRONGHRON of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): KIT-KAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 526): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 526): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 520): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 508): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 506): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 499): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 229): AGE OF EMPIRES (The Historian, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 216): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 387): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 366): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): GILIA HARN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Another turn in Aljafir, another turn on the throne.  I am certainly not Judge's
best Wall of Steel, but I am definitely one of his better ones.  He complains that I
do not learn quickly enough.  That is because I receive such weak matchups.  Barring
unforeseen circumstances, I should be here next turn, and I should receive my invite
to ADM.  See you next turn.

                              Your Duelmaster,
                                   Alexander The Great

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ALJAFIR!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  OBIDA PANIRI caught the eye of many 
in the gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested MAXIMUS and was awarded 16 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, OBIDA PANIRI put 
down MAXIMUS, causing him to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  The city 
has turned out in honor of TABETA UNIS, for with hers arena victory she may now lay 
claim to the highest position in the city!  Informants "close" to the city champion 
have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out! 
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  I saw one fighter that warriors 
avoided when this week's challenge seeking began.  MIDDLE WAY is feared.  This much I 
can say.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the 
better part of last week avoiding MIDDLE WAY.  Indeed it was HEROESANDFOUNDONES.  I 
can not but mention with disdain the name of RONALD REAGAN who this week posted a 
challenge to a warrior a full 12 points below in the rankings.  I thought RONALD 
REAGAN showed great skill and promise when he defeated ERBIN FRORLIN.  All right, so 
I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the 
miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     The girls are as pretty in ALJAFIR as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed 
a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise 
are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TABETA UNIS 6405             18  42  0   116       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LA JINN 6419                  8   6  1    90       LET'S DUEL! (519)
 ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656     16   6  2    89       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 MARSHALL 6673                12   8  1    80       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-$ ANTHONY BURGESS 5319        8   5  0    77       SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VURZHAL UR 6618              13  22  1    62       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-VAMPIRE LORD 6640             5   6  0    59       LET'S DUEL! (519)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OBIDA PANIRI 6700             7  11  0    45       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-$ JAMES FLETCHER 5356         9   5  0    44       SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428)
-PYRO 6678                    11   5  0    38       PROJECT MAYHEM XXX (544)
 KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721          5   1  0    37       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 MAXIMUS 6718                  5   4  1    34       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-EXODIA NECROSS 6654           2   3  0    29       LET'S DUEL! (519)
-$ TONY PICKETT 5452           1   0  1    27       SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRAIGHT LINE 6714            6   6  1    26       MIDDLE WAY (484)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONALD REAGAN 6729            2   0  0    23       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
-$ DEREK MARTIN 5451           1   0  0    12       SOUTHERNFRIEDKILLERS (428)
 ERBIN FRORLIN 6725            2   3  0     9       MIDDLE WAY (484)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HI-JINX 6674          12  4 0 PROJECT MAYHEM XX 544 ALEXANDER THE GR 6656 519         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Khalhums Midget -- Listen, I know how things are figured, and you're too short to be
a midget! -- Erbin Frorlin

     What's shorter than a midget?  Don't tell me it's...cute. *shudder* -- Ed.

Alexander the Great -- So!  You didn't want to fight, for instance, Tabeta, and the
Commission picked ME?  Gods.  Is this unfair, or what?  The officials in this town
hate Shews. -- Vurzhal Ur

Hmm, it would appear that the Veteran Mercenary is also too short, only five-foot-
ten, and they call him a dwarf!  Not true. -- Tabeta Unis

Maximus -- Today, you are every inch your name. -- Obida Paniri
P.S.  Well done, even if I didn't much enjoy it myself.
P.P.S.  My victory last time was unquestionably the product of superior...luck.

Osksi Noble?  Pah. -- Straight Line
P.S.  I think I'm going to go travel between two points, just for the heck of it.

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KHALUM'S MIDGET viciously subdued STRAIGHT LINE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
RONALD REAGAN subdued ERBIN FRORLIN in a popular 1 minute novice's Challenge melee.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT was vanquished by TABETA UNIS in a 1 minute Title brawl.
VURZHAL UR was overpowered by MARSHALL in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MAXIMUS was bested by OBIDA PANIRI in a 2 minute duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK     9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  13 -  1      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  1      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 521 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     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         3  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656   16   6  2   89 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
BASHING ATTACK   MARSHALL 6673              12   8  1   80 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
LUNGING ATTACK   KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721        5   1  0   37 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  MAXIMUS 6718                5   4  1   34 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
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 KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721.  The ten other most popular fighters were RONALD 
REAGAN 6729, TABETA UNIS 6405, MAXIMUS 6718, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, 
ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, MARSHALL 6673, STRAIGHT LINE 6714, VURZHAL UR 6618, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was VURZHAL UR 6618.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were STRAIGHT LINE 6714, MARSHALL 6673, ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656, ERBIN 
FRORLIN 6725, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, MAXIMUS 6718, TABETA UNIS 6405, RONALD REAGAN 6729, 
KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721, and  0.