DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/19/2008    Duedate: 05/31/2008

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-589

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STELRA TIRINS
MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6868) [23-18-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STELRA TIRINS                  ROOK
MIDDLE WAY (484)               CHESS PIECES 17 (567)
(17-6868) [23-18-0,104]        (17-6969) [1-0-0,10]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TAMARIN MELLIRN                XAVIORA YOHL
MIDDLE WAY (484)               MIDDLE WAY (484)
(17-6925) [13-14-0,72]         (17-6935) [17-8-0,93]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MIDDLE WAY (484)            29
2. CHESS PIECES 17 (567)       19      DEATH INCARNATE (558)
3. GLADIATORS (569)            16      Unchartered Team
4. DEATH INCARNATE (558)        9
5. FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)      6      CHESS PIECES 17 (567)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*CHESS PIECES 17 (567)      2   0  0  100   1/ 1 FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)   8  5 0
 2/ 1 DEATH INCARNATE (558)     55  29  3 65.5   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY (484)          6  9 0
 3/ 2 FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)   69  57  3 54.8   3/ 3 DEATH INCARNATE (558)     3  3 0
 4/ 4 MIDDLE WAY (484)         398 581  7 40.7   4/ 0*CHESS PIECES 17 (567)     2  0 0
 5/ 3 GLADIATORS (569)          17  26  3 39.5   5/ 4 GLADIATORS (569)          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[ Darkfall #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the hills between Aljafir, North Fork, and Kurukar:

     Vekhirn, who had once been court magician to the Satrap of the Glorious Empire,
stared into the mirror-smooth surface of a rain-pool.  The reflected clouds shimmered
and darkened; a black tower emerged, distinct against the background of stormy sky as
though it shown with an anti-light.  As quickly as the image formed, it began to
twist and retreat, struggling to fade from his sight.  He had not needed information,
he would have let it go gladly; the Black Tower was painful to see even by this
means.  It was a wrongness, torn from a dimension alien to human senses.  It never
appeared precisely the same, though the magician did not know if that was due to some
mutability of its nature or to his own inadequacy of vision or if it was deceiving
his spells.  He wasn't sure that mattered.
     All of which aside, it was not the tower that he was attempting to observe now.
He had sensed for weeks now that a power was building in Kurukar, a great wave of
darkness that would spill disaster across northern Alastari.  But he had not, so far,
been able to pin it down and determine what form the catastrophe would take.
     The magician sat back with a sigh.  And this was going to be another failure.
     "No good again, huh?"
     Vekhirn glanced over at the sympathetic face of one of his most valuable
assistants.  Fool's Gold, he was called, a graduated gladiator from Willaf, and one
who took the title "Lord Protector" very seriously.  Graduated-and-retired gladiators
from all over northern Alastari had rallied to assist him with an enthusiasm and
dedication that still surprised him.  Most had assisted very well indeed, and this
Fool had been one of the best.  "Nothing," he said.  He held up a hand to stop the
apology he could see forming.  "It was through no fault of yours, nor of any member
of your team that set the amulets around the Tower.  Simply, the spell of concealment
is still too strong for me to pierce."
     "What if he never dissolves the shield?"
     "He will have to, once he begins to act.  No magician, however strong, can
project a spell through his own strongest shield.  No doubt he believes that by that
time, it will be too late for us to resist."
     "Well, he's wrong on that, isn't he?"  When Vekhirn didn't answer, the gladiator
repeated his question.  "We will be able to resist him when the time comes, won't
we?"
     Vekhirn sighed again, feeling older than his years, and he had a lot of years.
"I hope so," he said.  "But until we know what he's trying to do--"
     "He's invoking some kind of death magic."  Another gladiator, this one female,
emerged from the brushy hillside.  "I could tell that much, but not whether his
intent is to cause death, or to manipulate the dead, or--"  She let out her breath in
a hiss.  "I couldn't get close enough to tell, not if I didn't want to get sucked up
in it."
     "You took a hell of a chance, Moonjumper," Fool said.  "Don't do that again.  My
nerves can't take it."
     "Indeed, our friend Fool's Gold has the right of that!" Vekhirn said.  "Had I
known your intent, I would have--"
     "I'm not under your command," she snapped.
     "--tried to talk you out of it," the magician finished.  "I would not have any
of our company take such a risk unless, until we are sure there are no other courses
open to us.  But since you did... how close were you able to get to the Tower?"
     "Closer than I ever want to be again," she answered fervently.  "I think if I
had been fully human, the emanations would have broken my will.  A hundred and fifty
yards, maybe.  Close enough to be sure it was the Black Kaliv himself who came out.
I followed him to the necropolis and watched one of his rites."  She shivered.
"Another thing I don't want to repeat!  All blood and chained souls, it was.  When a
soul is trapped, it howls like a mad wolf.  May I never hear such again!"
     Vekhirn stood, tossing a handful of pebbles into the rain-pool to make sure the
link was destroyed.  "He is harvesting, trapping souls, then?"
     "That much I am sure of," she said.  "And you already discovered the human
sacrifices and that he is trafficking with demons.  Isn't that enough?"
     "Enough to know he must be destroyed, yes, but not enough to tell us HOW.  This
whole business is intensely frustrating.  Well, let us go back to camp and see what
other news has come in."

Note to readers and potential writers:  Feel free to use this storyline as a
springboard, to branch off in stories of your own, or play around with aspects that
appeal to your creativity.  Participation is not only allowed, it's invited.  Or
volunteer a gladiator or two, I'll try to make at least some use of anyone who steps
forward.  Those of you with teams in arenas dm 28: Morya and dm 29: Lapur may be
interested to know that this storyline is on a collison course with that one.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 594): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 594): HERACLITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 499): LITTLE OX of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 588): QUASIL of TERMINUS (Carick, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 588): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 586): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 579): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 576): TED D. SEAVER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 574): THE TUSKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 565): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 527): NORILTENNE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 263): JACK & JILL of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 455): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): 3D'S NOT L33T of WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 433): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 418): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 388): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 480): TOM BOMBADIL of MAIAR (Mad Max, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 594): CRIMSON DEATH (Verol, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 594): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 499): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 588): TERMINUS (Carick, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 588): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 586): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 579): VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 576): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 574): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 565): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 527): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 263): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 455): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 433): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 418): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 388): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 480): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 593): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 593): PARMENIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
                           PENNY LOPEZ of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): LES NAYLE of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jojra, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 575): BLACKMOON of ECLIPSE (Fox, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 573): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 454): WISHLIST of YIELD (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): 3D'S NOT L33T of WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
                       (turn 441): TIGER TY of WING HOVE (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): SOULTAKER of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
                      (turn 386): SERNILLAN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ALJAFIR?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see TIBERIUS win a fight and gain 15 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, TAMARIN MELLIRN 
beat AURELIUS and AURELIUS lost 7 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Due to absence, 
and inability to defend the throne, QUINTUS has lost the Title of Duelmaster.  Start 
setting that alarm earlier!  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as STELRA 
TIRINS takes the Title and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  
I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You want to know 
what's new, don't you, ALJAFIR?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
ALJAFIR, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  MIDDLE WAY the most avoided 
team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And who led the way in this mass act 
of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was FIELDS OF ELYSIUM.  Ha ha ha 
ha!  GRISHORT HURM was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was 
the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if 
the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before 
I leave the fine city of ALJAFIR.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your 
scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STELRA TIRINS 6868           23  18  0   104       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JACK THE RIPPER 6803          9   2  0   115       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
-QUINTUS 6913                 11   6  2   111       FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)
 XAVIORA YOHL 6935            17   8  0    93       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE RED BARON 6952            9   5  2    80       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
 TAMARIN MELLIRN 6925         13  14  0    72       MIDDLE WAY (484)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COMMODUS 6962                 8   1  0    72       FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOVELLUS 6911                12   5  0    66       FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VERCINGETORIX 6950            8   4  0    45       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
 AURELIUS 6963                 5   1  0    42       FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)
 GRISHORT HURM 6929            6  21  0    39       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-VLAD THE IMPALER 6961         3   2  0    35       DEATH INCARNATE (558)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIBERIUS 6979                 2   0  0    23       FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)
 YAREK ZURN 6955               3   8  0    17       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 ROOK 6969                     1   0  0    10       CHESS PIECES 17 (567)
 QUEEN 6968                    1   0  0     9       CHESS PIECES 17 (567)
-HENRY VIII 6964               0   1  0     9       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
 GERMANICUS 6999               0   1  0     1       GLADIATORS (569)
 LUCIUS 6996                   0   1  0     1       GLADIATORS (569)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DEAD ROMAN1 6997        0  1 0 GLADIATORS 569       HIGH ELF              589  NONE
DEAD ROMAN2 6998        0  1 0 GLADIATORS 569       MOUNTAIN TROLL        589  NONE
DEAD ROMAN3 7000        0  1 0 GLADIATORS 569       SPYMASTER             589  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Quintus -- Well done.  Write a column, eh? -- Xaviora Yohl

Novellus -- I can't resist novelty, you know.  I'm just a total sucker for it. --
Grishort Hurm

Vercingetorix -- Bah. -- Tamarin Mellirn

Vlad the Impaler -- Listen, if you wanted some blood, you could've just ASKED. --
Yarek Zurn

The Red Baron -- Ah.  You. -- Stelra Tirins

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD ROMAN1 was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEAD ROMAN2 was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
DEAD ROMAN3 was murdered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
VERCINGETORIX savagely defeated GRISHORT HURM in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
STELRA TIRINS devastated COMMODUS in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
XAVIORA YOHL savagely defeated NOVELLUS in a 4 minute master's competition.
TAMARIN MELLIRN devastated AURELIUS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match.
YAREK ZURN was overpowered by TIBERIUS in a 1 minute uneven melee.
ROOK vanquished LUCIUS in a 1 minute uneven duel.
QUEEN defeated GERMANICUS in a 6 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         AIMED BLOW        20 -   7 -  1      74  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK     8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   9 -  1      59  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  17 -  0      39  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  26 -  0      28  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 589 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:

SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        1 -  6         2  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       STELRA TIRINS 6868         23  18  0  104 MIDDLE WAY (484)
STRIKING ATTACK  XAVIORA YOHL 6935          17   8  0   93 MIDDLE WAY (484)
TOTAL PARRY      NOVELLUS 6911              12   5  0   66 FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)
SLASHING ATTACK  VERCINGETORIX 6950          8   4  0   45 DEATH INCARNATE (558)
LUNGING ATTACK   AURELIUS 6963               5   1  0   42 FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (563)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TAMARIN MELLIRN 6925.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was XAVIORA YOHL 6935.  The ten other most popular fighters were VERCINGETORIX 
6950, GERMANICUS 6999, NOVELLUS 6911, TAMARIN MELLIRN 6925, STELRA TIRINS 6868, 
TIBERIUS 6979, ROOK 6969, GRISHORT HURM 6929, DEAD ROMAN1 6997, and DEAD ROMAN2 6998.

The least popular fighter this week was QUEEN 6968.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LUCIUS 6996, YAREK ZURN 6955, AURELIUS 6963, COMMODUS 6962, DEAD ROMAN3 
7000, DEAD ROMAN2 6998, DEAD ROMAN1 6997, GRISHORT HURM 6929, ROOK 6969, and TIBERIUS 
6979.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

STELRA TIRINS (17-6868) MIDDLE WAY (484)