DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/02/2003    Duedate: 10/15/2003

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-467

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ADARA AL ZAHRA
JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
(19-3989) [15-10-0,94]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ADARA AL ZAHRA                 POSITION IS EMPTY
JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)          
(19-3989) [15-10-0,94]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CALLISTA                       HIGH ELF
DRAGON JUNKIES (392)           DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
(19-4575) [12-10-1,59]         (19-4732) [0-2-0,2]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

NATURE'S WRATH (395)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)       44
2. NATURE'S WRATH (395)        32      THE SIERRAS (393)
3. DRAGON JUNKIES (392)        31      Unchartered Team
4. THE SIERRAS (393)           16
5. JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)        3      WONDERLAND (198)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THE SIERRAS (393)         26  16  1 61.9   1/ 1 NATURE'S WRATH (395)     10  5 1
 2- 2 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        16  13  1 55.2   2/ 3 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)     5  7 0
 3/ 6 NATURE'S WRATH (395)      22  22  1 50.0   3- 2 UNKNOWNS XII (389)        4  1 0
 4/ 0 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     34  40  4 45.9   4/ 4 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      3  4 0
 5/ 7 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)    233 281 13 45.3   5/ 8 THE SIERRAS (393)         2  1 0
 6/ 8 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      46  57  2 44.7   6/ 0 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     2  3 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #69 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal:

     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
counted.
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door and stepped toward Pelishtekan's office.

Near Malcorn:

     The finger of light slid across the surface of the tall stone and touched the
worn carvings, which leaped into sudden clarity.  The little clearing, which had been
empty except for Lord Malcorn and Tiljanz al Burgos, the young Karnhorn diplomat, was
suddenly full of shadows.  Or something.  Tiljanz could feel the weight of a dozen
minds thinking about him--calculating minds, hostile minds, hungry ones.  He held
himself still and quiet with difficulty.  This was Lord Malcorn's meeting; he himself
was just present as a witness.
     Words came out of the darkness, hollow as caves, clear as trumpets.  "Why are
you here, Malcorn?"
     "To demand that you enforce your side of the agreement we made, Dregur," the
lord of Malcorn replied.  If a great tree had spoken, its voice might have sounded
like that.
     "Our side?  What have we, the true and original lords of all the land between
the lakes, to 'enforce' at the command of an ephemeral like you?"
     "Do not play games with me.  A deal was made and sworn under just such a moon,
that the dregur would attack only those who entered this land at the command of the
Easterner Inzolas.  In return for this, you were released from the Silent Place."
     "And if we choose now to disregard that 'deal' you speak of?"  Idle inquiry.
     "The Silent Place is still there."
     "You think you could return us to that captivity?"  Scorn and amusement.  "You?"
     "If you do not keep your side of the agreement," now Malcorn's voice was like
iron, cold black iron, "I will return you to that captivity.  Me."  At that moment,
Tiljanz did not doubt that Blackie would do just that, whatever the cost to himself.
     "We did make an oath."  The voice was the same, but different.  A different
dregur speaking, Tiljanz thought.  "The oath is a binding already.  He could do it."
Warning, cool consideration.
     "Because a few of us have chosen to Hunt freely, as we used to?  Unfair!  This
land was OURS.  If we stretch out our hand to take it back, where is the injustice in
that?"  Passion.
     "The injustice is in the breaking of our oath.  The land itself will reject an
oathbreaker.  It has always been so."  Stern command.  "We must keep our part of the
bargain, or by our failure we release Lord Malcorn from his.  And he could then
return us to the Silent Place, if he is willing to pay the price."  A pause.  "And
you can see that he is so willing."
     Objection.  "Those who Hunt alone will not be called back to the kennel, even by
you."
     Unyielding command.  "Then I myself will lead a Hunt against them."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out ZUWAYZA to see 
what's new.  THE SIERRAS like really fought hard to move up to 5th from 8th.  Way to 
go!  MVP award for TRAGIC TUESDAY?  QUASI-LEGAL OPS' proud of it after beating 
CALLISTA and getting 20 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  DING HAO's match with 
MURPHY cost her a loss of 7 points!  What a putz!  VOO DOO fights so hard to be 
Duelmaster, then quits fighting and loses the title.  No one said it was a genius...  
Was that a tear I saw in ADARA AL ZAHRA's eye, as she took over Duelmastership?  And 
wasn't VETERAN MERCENARY fit to be tied!  Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob 
to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.  JAGUAR 
WARRIORS was the most avoided team.  Is a 233-281-13 record really that scary?  I 
don't know what NATURE'S WRATH's been doing.  They certainly haven't been accepting 
many fights from JAGUAR WARRIORS, that's fer sher.  Like, is SEA DAR popular, or 
what?  She was challenged the most in all of ZUWAYZA!  She's got a 3-2-0, is that 
good?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  I had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ADARA AL ZAHRA 3989          15  10  0    94       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VOO DOO 4529                 10   0  0    98       UNKNOWNS XII (389)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232         8   1  1    82       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
-TMARACK 4651                  5   0  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
-BLUE 4647                     7   3  0    77       THE SIERRAS (393)
 MALKIA 4571                  18   5  0    71       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226           6   5  0    62       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
 CALLISTA 4575                12  10  1    59       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 EFIL NIKEUFECIN 4486          5   1  1    59       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAWKINS 4649                  4   1  0    55       THE SIERRAS (393)
 LEO PANTHERA 4693             4   2  0    44       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IVY 4724                      3   2  0    37       NATURE'S WRATH (395)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MURPHY 4703                   4   1  1    32       THE SIERRAS (393)
 NYMPH 4752                    3   0  0    30       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562       2   1  0    26       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VOLCANO 4731                  3   0  0    23       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 SEA DAR 4721                  3   2  0    15       THE SIERRAS (393)
-CRAZY TWIST 4610              1   0  0    15       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
-TABOO 4580                    3   1  0    14       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
 TORNADO 4757                  1   0  0    11       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 DING HAO 4750                 1   1  0    10       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
-BLACK MAMBA 4608              1   0  0    10       UNKNOWNS XII (389)
 DEO VOLENTE 4751              1   1  0     7       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
 SFORNO OBADJA 4662            1   4  0     7       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
 BLIZZARD 4754                 1   2  1     6       NATURE'S WRATH (395)
 HIGH ELF 4732                 0   2  0     2       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 VED BUENS ENDE 4749           0   2  0     2       JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
I.C. DARKARENA P 4756  0  1 0 DRAGON JUNKIES 392    BANDIT PRINCE 385     467 NONE    
DYING 2 DIE 4563       1  2 0 QUASI-LEGAL OPS 363   MOUNTAIN TROLL 378    467 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DYING 2 DIE was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
I.C. DARKARENA PEOPL was slaughtered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
BLIZZARD was viciously subdued by SEA DAR in a 2 minute novice's Challenge match.
DEO VOLENTE unbelievably bested HIGH ELF in a 3 minute novice's Challenge fight.
ADARA AL ZAHRA slimly won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a 5 minute Title duel.
EFIL NIKEUFECIN was defeated by MALKIA in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
LADY DEATHSTRIKE devastated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
CALLISTA was handily defeated by TRAGIC TUESDAY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
LEO PANTHERA viciously subdued DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute gory duel.
KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS lost to IVY in a popular 2 minute duel.
SFORNO OBADJA was overpowered by VOLCANO in a 1 minute uneven match.
MURPHY overpowered DING HAO in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
VED BUENS ENDE was demolished by TORNADO in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
NYMPH devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   6 -  0      78  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  28 -  0      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  11 -  1      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -  11 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  14 -  1      33  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 467 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         3  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ADARA AL ZAHRA 3989        15  10  0   94 JAGUAR WARRIORS (296)
STRIKING ATTACK  LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232       8   1  1   82 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226         6   5  0   62 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
BASHING ATTACK   CALLISTA 4575              12  10  1   59 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
LUNGING ATTACK   LEO PANTHERA 4693           4   2  0   44 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
AIMED BLOW       IVY 4724                    3   2  0   37 NATURE'S WRATH (395)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CALLISTA 4575.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was HIGH ELF 4732.  The ten other most popular fighters were SEA DAR 4721, 
KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562, DYING 2 DIE 4563, DEO VOLENTE 4751, BLIZZARD 4754, EFIL 
NIKEUFECIN 4486, LEO PANTHERA 4693, IVY 4724, LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232, and TRAGIC 
TUESDAY 4226.

The least popular fighter this week was VED BUENS ENDE 4749.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DING HAO 4750, SFORNO OBADJA 4662, CALLISTA 4575, I.C. 
DARKARENA PEOPL 4756, NYMPH 4752, MALKIA 4571, ADARA AL ZAHRA 3989, TORNADO 4757, 
MURPHY 4703, and VOLCANO 4731.