DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/07/2005    Duedate: 11/19/2005

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-523

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6656) [18-6-2,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ALEXANDER THE GREAT            POSITION IS EMPTY
HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)       
(17-6656) [18-6-2,109]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TABETA UNIS                    MAXIMUS
MIDDLE WAY (484)               HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6405) [19-43-0,100]        (17-6718) [7-4-1,57]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    54
2. ELVEN LORDS OF MYTH (552)    0      HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
3. 2527 A.D. (551)              0      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY (484)            -6
                                       WHITE STORM (515)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*2527 A.D. (551)            3   0  2  100   1/ 1 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 12  3 0
 2/ 2 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 322 209 12 60.6   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          4 11 0
 3/ 4 MIDDLE WAY (484)         244 406  5 37.5   3- 3*2527 A.D. (551)           3  0 2
 4- 5*ELVEN LORDS OF MYT (552)   0   5  0  0.0   4- 4*ELVEN LORDS OF MYT (552)  0  5 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 #11 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

West of Aljafir:

     "I don't like it," Shagrath muttered.
     "Oh, and you think I DO?"  Lej Korranjal, the Ambitious Guard, glared around at
the landscape, which was, in truth, depressing.  They were following a dirt road,
barely wide enough for carts, which must have been a sea of mud a month ago.  Now it
was frozen into narrow ruts and very hard to walk on.  To either side was forest, the
trees mostly bare of leaves but the ground level a tangle of bushes and woody vines
and deadfallen timber.  It would have made worse walking even than this road.
     "One minute we're fighting monsters off the Black Ship, the next we're in jail
for 'inciting to riot'--I'll incite somebody when we get back, let me tell you!--and
the minute after that we're being sent through these cursed woods to fight bandits!
When we get back--"
     "If we get back."
     "I plan to, what you do is your problem," the Assassin said.  "When I get back,
then, I'm going to protest!  We're employees of the Gladiatorial Commission, and we
shouldn't be treated like this."
     "The arenamaster was in on it," Korranjal said.
     "I noticed."  The way Shagrath narrowed his eyes and stroked his dagger did not
promise well for Arenamaster Kharghal.  "But I'm going over his head.  I'll go clear
to the Isle with my protest if I have to!"
     "I've got an idea the Commission doesn't like the 'going over their heads' kind
of thing," Korranjal said.  "What I plan to do, if I can get to anyplace I like the
looks of, is desert.  Why go back to get beat up all the time and then sent out on
dangerous missions because the arenamaster has a taste for gambling and he lost?"
     Shagrath trudged beside him in silence for a while.  "Something in that," he
admitted finally.  "You have any particular place in mind?"
     "Vithicar, somewhere up there.  Snowbound.  Well away from the Empire's reach.
In one way, I'd rather go south--more comfortable climate!  But all the rumors I
heard before we left Aljafir sounded like the Black Kalive was moving south with his
demons, on land as well as on sea.  I'm tired of demons.  I want a little peace."
     "Ice trolls," Shagrath murmured.  "Wild Northmen."
     "Ordinary foes, fine.  I'll fight 'em.  I'm just tired of demons," Korranjal
repeated.  "And there's always work for a guard."
     "Speaking of ordinary foes," Shagrath said quietly, "I think we're about to meet
some."  With a nod of his head, he indicated a spot ahead of them where the trail
curved.
     "I don't see anything."
     "Naturally.  You're not supposed to, or the ambush wouldn't work.  But there's
something about the look of the underbrush on the north side of the trail...."
     Korranjal couldn't see anything wrong with the brush, but he trusted his
companion on this.  The dwarf was a trained assassin, after all.  He knew about
concealment.  "How many?"
     "Don't know.  More than one, fewer than a dozen."
     "I'm really not liking this," the Guard muttered.  "Really not."
     "Me neither.  But even if they outnumber us, at least the surprise will be on
our side against them," the dwarf murmured.  "It really shakes people up when their
ambush is turned against 'em."
     Before Shagrath could say more, or Korranjal reply, they reached the corner.
Two Shews emerged from each side of the road.  Korranjal stifled a groan of dismay.
Although Shews who entered the arena system, especially those employed by the
Commission, tended to be of low intelligence, they were big and strong.  And "wild"
Shews were big, strong, and smart.  The two of them against four wild Shews was not
good odds.
     The Shews were armed with "clubs," which was a derogatory way of saying
"quarterstaffs and all-wood maces."  The Shews were also eight feet tall.  Even
Korranjal at six foot four felt small next to them.  They stepped out calmly, as men
who were sure of what they could do and who knew the odds were in their favor.  But
there was nothing calm in their faces.  Ferocious scowls.  So fierce, in fact, that
they looked...stagy.
     Shagrath put his hands on his hips and matched them scowl for scowl.  "What's
the deal here, Kolbasa?"
     One of the Shews lowered his mace.  "I could ask the same, 'Grath," he said.
His voice rumbled like a boulder in a deep cave.  "I didn't expect to see you in
these parts."
     "Well, look fast, because I'm not staying around."
     Korranjal heard movement behind them and glanced over his shoulder.  Two more
Shews.  "That dwarf's got more wool than a sheep," one said.  "We could shear 'im."
     "If you kill me...and survive, you could," Shagrath answered.  He didn't put a
hand on his sword, but his voice was cold enough to freeze a prudent man in place.
     Korranjal did not relax as the edgy bantering went back and forth.  Sure,
everything was friendly.  Now.  But that was just on the surface, and he could feel
currents just below the smiling surface.  This confrontation could explode into
violence at the first misplaced gesture.
     "So, what is the deal here?" Shagrath repeated.  "This road can't get enough
traffic to make it worth your while to hang around to rob any chance-met travelers."
     The leader, Kolbasa, looked uncomfortable and shrugged.  "Orders."
     "Whose?"
     "Can't tell you.  But you'll get a chance to meet her, because we're supposed to
take all travelers to her."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 528): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 528): GROTESQUE ZOMBIE of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 522): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 524): FLUFFY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 522): TABETA UNIS of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 520): DING HAO of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 260): WYATT BURP of DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 513): WENDY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 258): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 510): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 508): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 501): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 463): DART of WOLF RIDERS (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 235): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 230): KRAMER of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 217): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 389): BITTER VETCH of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 368): MUDVAYNE of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 165): SAIONJI of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 414): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 528): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 528): TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 522): WEST COAST WARRIORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 524): YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 522): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 520): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 260): DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 513): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 258): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 510): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 508): VEGGIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 501): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 463): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 235): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 230): AGE OF EMPIRES (The Historian, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 217): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 389): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 368): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 165): DARK RUNES (Liam the Goth, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 414): DARKENED PRIDE (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 528): GROTESQUE ZOMBIE of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 524): FLUFFY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 523): GOLD FILLING of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
                           CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 512): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 258): ZARENDARGAR of OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                   (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 508): TATHARLI of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
                       (turn 507): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 501): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 234): MOTHER of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               ALICE OSBORNE of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 230): KRAMER of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): GILIA HARN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 367): KIT-KAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 165): SAIONJI of PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Marshall, that was hardly a fair match for you, and I think you should hit your
teammate Alexander upside the head for leaving you with this task.  He should have
come after me himself.

                                     Tabeta Unis

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt ALJAFIR will ever be the same.  And let's see, MARSHALL fought KHALHUMS DWARF 
and gained 14 points and contributed to HEROESANDFOUNDONES' 5-0-0.  ALEXANDER THE 
GREAT challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, attempting to dethrone MIDDLE 
WAY's warrior.  And all eyes were on ALEXANDER THE GREAT this turn as he ascended to 
the throne of Duelmaster.  ALJAFIR has a new victor!  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I 
have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Vile Vizier uses trolls in their stew. 
Talk about gristle!   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.  MIDDLE WAY has cause to stand 
tall, as they were ALJAFIR's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team 
to beat.  And avoiding MIDDLE WAY more than any other team we find 
HEROESANDFOUNDONES.  ALJAFIR, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  
     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.  Now it looks like HI-JINX is gone, 
and forgotten too, now that PROJECT MAYHEM XXX did not revenge HEROESANDFOUNDONES' 
ALEXANDER THE GREAT for killing HI-JINX.  A brave warrior does not carry a red 
shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in ALJAFIR again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656     18   6  2   109       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TABETA UNIS 6405             19  43  0   100       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARSHALL 6673                13   9  1    94       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721          7   1  0    72       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VURZHAL UR 6618              13  24  1    64       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 MAXIMUS 6718                  7   4  1    57       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONALD REAGAN 6729            4   0  0    38       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 OBIDA PANIRI 6700             7  13  0    34       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STRAIGHT LINE 6714            6   8  1    27       MIDDLE WAY (484)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ERBIN FRORLIN 6725            3   4  0    19       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-XP 6734                       1   0  1    16       2527 A.D. (551)
-VIRGIN 6735                   1   0  1    16       2527 A.D. (551)
-DARKNESS 6732                 1   0  0     8       2527 A.D. (551)

'-' 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 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Straight Line -- Any time you want a piece of me, I will be waiting for you. --
Khalum's Midget

Erbin Rrarlin -- Not only am I your hero, but I am your Daddy. -- Ronald Reagan

Obida Paniri -- I don't plan to give you any more wins. -- Maximus

Khalum's Midget -- Well, just explain to Khalum that he should NOT be sending midgets
out into the arena.  It scares the horses. -- Vurzhal Ur

Maximus -- My late geraniums would differ with you on that. -- Obida Paniri

I have just HAD it with the Dangerous Criminals.  I think they should all be KILLED,
or at least sent to Delarquan arenas. -- Straight Line, no criminal

Ronald Reagan -- I can't stand "cute" in my opponent. -- Erbin Frorlin

Ed. -- Positive. -- Erbin Frorlin

     But think what you're missing! -- Ed.

12 October 2005
Magic Man -- You are a fellow Canadian, are you not?  Where do you hail from?  I live
in Kelowna, B.C. -- Maximillian, 8,13, 28, 47, 54

5 November 2005
It is with a proud heart that I announce the newest member of the Desolate Empire
alliance.  Dok Sik will be known from here forth as Dark Knight Dok Sik, of the
Desolate Empire.  May he be blessed with victory and courage.  May his enemies' blood
flow freely! -- The Dark Knights Wasby and Toker

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ALEXANDER THE GREAT devastated TABETA UNIS in a 1 minute Challenge Title fight.
KHALUM'S MIDGET demolished VURZHAL UR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
RONALD REAGAN overpowered STRAIGHT LINE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
MARSHALL devastated KHALHUMS DWARF in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
MAXIMUS devastated OBIDA PANIRI in a 2 minute uneven brawl.
ERBIN FRORLIN overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   5 -  1      71  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  1      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  10 -  1      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  10 -  1      29  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 523 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         1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    ALEXANDER THE GREAT 6656   18   6  2  109 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
BASHING ATTACK   MARSHALL 6673              13   9  1   94 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
LUNGING ATTACK   KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721        7   1  0   72 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  MAXIMUS 6718                7   4  1   57 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 MAXIMUS 6718.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALEXANDER THE GREAT 
6656, MARSHALL 6673, KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721, ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, TABETA UNIS 6405, 
RONALD REAGAN 6729, VURZHAL UR 6618, STRAIGHT LINE 6714, OBIDA PANIRI 6700, and  0.

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

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ALEXANDER THE GREAT (17-6656) HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)