DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/21/2005    Duedate: 12/03/2005

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-524

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TABETA UNIS
MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6405) [19-44-0,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TABETA UNIS                    POSITION IS EMPTY
MIDDLE WAY (484)               
(17-6405) [19-44-0,101]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TABETA UNIS                    MARSHALL
MIDDLE WAY (484)               HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
(17-6405) [19-44-0,101]        (17-6673) [14-9-1,96]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ELVEN LORDS OF MYTH (552)   46
2. HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)    29      HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
3. MIDDLE WAY (484)            19      Unchartered Team
4. 2527 A.D. (551)              0
ELVEN LORDS OF MYTH (552)

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) 13  2 0
 2/ 2 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475) 326 210 12 60.8   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          5 10 0
 3/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)         247 408  5 37.7   3- 3*2527 A.D. (551)           3  0 2
 4/ 4*ELVEN LORDS OF MYT (552)   0  10  0  0.0   4/ 4*ELVEN LORDS OF MYT (552)  0 10 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 #12 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Willaf:

     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 on the water."
     "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.  "A dark and stormy night, remember?"
     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!"

     The lightning hit nearby, striking the mast of a ship the gladiators hadn't
seen.  It was a lot bigger than their vessel, and a lot closer than seemed
reasonable.  How had it even gotten there unnoticed?  Why didn't it catch fire from
the lightning?  The whole thing glowed with purplish foxfire, except the figures
moving on the deck.  They were shadows, dark and shapeless.
     Chardinee glanced over his shoulder at it.  "The Black Ship," he muttered.
"It's headed for us."  He turned back to Goldenrod.  "Maybe you should scream, so he
knows we've got a woman here."
     "Oh, and that's going to be so subtle," she said, "a woman screams for no
apparent reason, of course they won't be suspicious--"
     "You knew the plan," Chardinee said.
     "I hadn't thought it through before, okay?"
     "Oh, great, stage fright.  Just what we need," Old Gold snarled.  "Can't you--?"
     Goldenrod flung out a hand in exasperation as she prepared to tell her teammate
that, no, she couldn't.  And screamed in good earnest as something cold and soft and
slimy curled around her wrist.

     Peach straightened, one hand going to her sword.  "That was a very...genuine
scream," she said.
     "That's Goldenrod," Fool's Gold answered.
     "There's a ship out there," Moonjumper said.  She was staring into the darkness
over the bay.  "Hard to see, but it doesn't look natural.  Not moving naturally, I
mean."
     "How can you see anything?"  To Peach Nutt, the night was unrelieved blackness,
except when the lightning flashed.  And the lightning was so bright it blinded her to
details.
     "There are some advantages to being a golem," Moonjumper muttered.  "Different
design parameters."  She stirred next to her own tree.  "There's something in the
water--not another ship or boat or whatever."
     "A monster?" Fool's Gold asked.
     "Probably.  In this context, almost anything would be classed as a monster,
wouldn't it?"  Moonjumper's tone was dry.
     "Guess so, but--"
     Whatever further comment Fool's Gold had meant to make was drowned out by the
roar of thunder as lightning struck the water three times in rapid succession.
Purple flames burst upward in response, though there did not appear to be anything to
burn.  The three gladiators on the shore could now see the small boat holding their
teammates and the larger vessel near it.  The small boat contained two figures, but a
humping something moved through the water as though swimming toward the larger, and
it was clasping, or dragging, or carrying in some fashion, the screaming figure of
Goldenrod.
     "That rowboat's likely to catch fire, isn't it?" Peach Nutt asked.
     "Yeah, and it looks like the raiders are only interested in screaming women,"
Fool's Gold added.

     "This boat is going to catch fire," Chardinee said.  He was wiggling his oar,
attempting to turn it.  "You could lend a hand, Old."
     "Why aren't they taking us, too?" Old Gold asked.
     "Just want screaming women, I suppose."  The Chardinee's voice was grim.  "You
and I will go down in flames if we don't get out of the danger zone.  Row, dammit!"
     Pitching his voice as high as he could, Old Gold shouted, "Help, help!"

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to ALJAFIR once again!  What's with KHALUM'S MIDGET?  He actually 
beat ALJAFIR's VENOMOUS CONCUBINE, and walked away with 14 more points from the 
fight.  TABETA UNIS was reminded on the sands why ALEXANDER THE GREAT is Duelmaster.  
Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.   
     Warriors of ALJAFIR unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Many a warrior 
has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Many other cities have retirement homes for aged warriors.  Any plans here?  Are 
you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TABETA UNIS 6405             19  44  0   101       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARSHALL 6673                14   9  1    96       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721          8   1  0    86       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 VURZHAL UR 6618              14  24  1    67       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAXIMUS 6718                  8   4  1    62       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RONALD REAGAN 6729            4   1  0    40       HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
 STRAIGHT LINE 6714            7   8  1    35       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 OBIDA PANIRI 6700             7  14  0    35       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ERBIN FRORLIN 6725            4   4  0    25       MIDDLE WAY (484)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-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?
ELF LORD 9 6743        0  1 0 ELVEN LORDS OF MY 552 ARENAMASTER KARGH 648 524 NONE    
ELF LORD 7 6746        0  1 0 ELVEN LORDS OF MY 552 HIGH ELF 644          524 NONE    
ELF LORD 8 6747        0  1 0 ELVEN LORDS OF MY 552 ARENAMASTER KARGH 648 524 NONE    
ELF LORD 6 6745        0  1 0 ELVEN LORDS OF MY 552 WURM KIN 652          524 NONE    
ELF LORD 10 6744       0  1 0 ELVEN LORDS OF MY 552 WURM KIN 652          524 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Alexander the Great -- Ah, I see you can take a hint!  I hand off to you with relief.
-- Tabeta Unis

Khalum's Midget -- I find the whole CONCEPT behind you offensive, you pipsqueak! --
Vurzhal Ur
P.S.  What's so clever about "timing my motion"?  I was counting the pace out loud,
wasn't I?  All you had to do was listen.

Ronald Reagan -- Do you wish you could go back to being a young actor in westerns? --
Straight Line

Maximus -- Huh, I bet I "woke up confused" because you sucked all those skills out
before I had a chance to let go. -- Obida Paniri

And a Convicted Thief. -- Erbin Frorlin

Khalum's Midget -- You know Jorja doesn't issue challenges.  She says that any fight
that's meant to be will come around without making that effort. -- Straight Line

Ronald Reagan -- You are?  Then how come my family name isn't "Reagan"?  (gasp)  Are
you impugning my mother's honor? -- Erbin Frorlin

Maximus -- Okay. -- Obida Paniri

Ed. -- I do think of it, every minute.  And I think of what we saw Jorja do, by way
of demonstration, to a "cute" applicant. -- Erbin Frorlin

     Ah, that sounds interesting. -- Ed.

Lord Protector Alexander the Great -- You expect "lands"?  Beware what you ask for!
Many Lord Protectors received lands in the old days, recklessly large grants in many
cases, and they have neglected them shamefully, not even visiting them for years.  We
have had to repossess these lands in order to maintain Aljafir and its arena
properly.  Oh, yes, the lands are important to the arena, as a tithe of the taxes
derived from them go to support the arena's operation.  And if the land is neglected,
there is little to be paid in the way of taxes.  Besides which the Khaliv Ayrikas has
stated very plainly that he--and the Satrap, may Kjarran shelter him--feels that the
arena has been given all the lands it needs or deserves.  No more land is
forthcoming.  Therefore, if you really WANT land, in the literal sense, you must
apply to the Office of Records and Rewards for a conditional grant of a modest plot,
to be made permanent when you have shown your intention to reside there and keep it
up.
     Do not, however, assume from this that we are callous and unmindful of the
trials you have undergone in the name of Kjarran, and that we would send you to the
Isle with nothing to show for a token from your home.  An engraved presentation cup
of fourteen karat gold, suitable for public display but not so large as to cause
difficulties in the cramped confines of an efficiency apartment on the Isle of the
Eye, will be waiting for you after your last fight. -- Zagrehj, assistant to the
Arenamaster

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

ELF LORD 9 was butchered by ARENAMASTER KARGHAL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ELF LORD 7 was dispatched by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
ELF LORD 8 was easily killed by ARENAMASTER KARGHAL in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
ELF LORD 6 was slaughtered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
ELF LORD 10 was assassinated by WURM KIN in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena fight.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT bested TABETA UNIS in a 2 minute gory expert's Title brawl.
MARSHALL viciously subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
KHALUM'S MIDGET overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
VURZHAL UR won victory over RONALD REAGAN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
MAXIMUS overpowered OBIDA PANIRI in a 1 minute uneven duel.
STRAIGHT LINE overpowered CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ERBIN FRORLIN handily defeated NORTH FORK RABBLE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -   4 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -   7 -  1      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   8 -  1      56  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  11 -  1      52  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -  10 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 524 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     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         3  BASHING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   MARSHALL 6673              14   9  1   96 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
LUNGING ATTACK   KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721        8   1  0   86 HEROESANDFOUNDONES (475)
STRIKING ATTACK  MAXIMUS 6718                8   4  1   62 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 MARSHALL 6673.  The ten other most popular fighters were TABETA UNIS 6405, 
MAXIMUS 6718, STRAIGHT LINE 6714, ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, ELF LORD 9 6743, ELF LORD 7 
6746, ELF LORD 6 6745, ELF LORD 10 6744, KHALUM'S MIDGET 6721, and VURZHAL UR 6618.

The least popular fighter this week was OBIDA PANIRI 6700.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ELF LORD 8 6747, RONALD REAGAN 6729, VURZHAL UR 6618, KHALUM'S 
MIDGET 6721, ELF LORD 10 6744, ELF LORD 6 6745, ELF LORD 7 6746, ELF LORD 9 6743, 
ERBIN FRORLIN 6725, and STRAIGHT LINE 6714.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

TABETA UNIS (17-6405) MIDDLE WAY (484)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

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