DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/25/2003    Duedate: 01/07/2004

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-473

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MALKAI
DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
(19-4571) [21-5-0,90]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MALKAI                         POSITION IS EMPTY
DRAGON JUNKIES (392)           
(19-4571) [21-5-0,90]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TRAGIC TUESDAY                 TRAGIC TUESDAY
QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)          QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
(19-4226) [8-8-0,73]           (19-4226) [8-8-0,73]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE SIERRAS (393)           10
2. DRAGON JUNKIES (392)         8      THE SIERRAS (393)
3. QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)        6      Unchartered Team
4. ORDER OF THE RAM (403)       0
5. DREW'S BOYS (359)            0      SUPERIOR HORDE 65Q (341)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*DREW'S BOYS (359)          2   1  0 66.7   1/ 3 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      4  0 0
 2/ 2 THE SIERRAS (393)         33  18  2 64.7   2/ 4 THE SIERRAS (393)         4  1 1
 3- 3*ORDER OF THE RAM (403)     3   2  0 60.0   3/ 1 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     4  8 0
 4/ 5 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      53  60  4 46.9   4- 2*ORDER OF THE RAM (403)    3  2 0
 5/ 4 QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)     46  55  5 45.5   5- 5*DREW'S BOYS (359)         2  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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #75 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal:

     Ghenis threw down the handful of papers in disgust.  Invoices for the purchase
of black candles and sacrificial knives, chickens, rabbits...potatoes?  An angry note
from the man in charge of the cult's storeroom, demanding an investigation to
determine what had happened to three yards of black cloth and a pound of onions that
should have been there and weren't.  A requisition for a cushion "to kneel on while
praying"--gods!  Members of dark cults were supposed to be TOUGH.  All these
pettifogging little details were an insult to the whole IDEA of a dark cult.  He had
a dark suspicion that Pelishtekan had deliberately dumped this work on him, this
FILING, to get back at him for something.  The Ferencian was always "getting back at
people," and often for the slightest of slights.  It just showed you what kind of
people Easterners were!
     Ghenis looked at the papers that were now scattered on the floor of his cubicle
and came to a decision.  He had had enough.  He walked out into the hall, taking care
to tread on as many of the papers as he could in the process.  These "administrative
details" were the Ferencian's doing, but there might, still, be a proper dark god at
the head of the cult.  He would find out, and if there was such a deity, he would
give it proper worship, with blood--and not chicken or rabbit blood--and dark deeds.
And if not...Pelishtekan would find out that Hell had NOTHING like the fury of a dark
cultist scorned.
     Ghenis began to consider ways in which he might discover the truth at the heart
of the cult.

Elsewhere in Zukal:

     Jorja rubbed her forehead tiredly, which didn't do a thing to relieve the
headache.  She wasn't sure just how SHE had been appointed to organize the overthrow
of Sekahos, one of Inzolas' men and the current ruler of Zukal.  What business was it
of hers?  She was Adantri, dammit.  She sighed.  Doreg's doing, probably.  Doreg
was--or had been--one of the Bandit Princes of Zukal.  Their association had been
brief; she hadn't even liked the man much.  But apparently that was enough.  By
Mantor's blazing sword, it was MORE than enough.
     If getting rid of Sekahos was what it took to shut up the yammering Bandit
Princes, then she would do it.
     The first thing she needed was information.  Spies.  She began to go over the
list of gladiators she might call on for assistance.

Somewhere between Veastian and North Fork:

     Emir Kyreses of Veastian shrugged and sighed.  "I know.  You meet the Mad
Khaliv's minions on land, and I have no doubt they're a major problem.  But--"
     "AND we shelter YOU from them," Gorich of North Fork cut in.  "WE bear the
burden of his demon soldiers, not--"
     "We meet them at sea," Kyreses countered.  "Most of our ships are destroyed or
dare not return from southern ports, no sailors can be found who will ship out of--or
into--Veastian.  To say nothing of the damage this has done to our economy, we--"
     "Something must be done."  Gorich glared at Kyreses, daring him to counter THAT
statement.
     The Karnhorn did not.  "I agree.  But I don't know what will answer our needs
best.  To kill the Mad Khaliv is obvious, and it MAY be enough...or it may simply
free all the demons he's bound to his service."
     "Aye."  The swampman was silent for a moment.  Then he shrugged.  "But at least
it's a place to start.  But to assassinate the Mad Khaliv will take men very nearly
as mad as he is."
     "Gladiators," Kyreses said.  "That is who we must send."

This is a general call for warriors who want to be in adventures.  Any warriors from
any arenas, Basic or Advanced, any region, are welcome.  A personal or a diplo to
Scribe will do the trick.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 480): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 478): DENOGGINIZER of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 474): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 472): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 464): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 460): FIZGIGG of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 458): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 451): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 415): SKYWISE of WOLF RIDERS (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 339): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 319): SWINGLINED SUE of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 365): MYMID EL NAIMIS of THE DANGER DOGS from BONSUR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 480): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 478): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 474): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 472): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 464): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 460): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 458): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 451): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 415): none
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 339): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 319): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 365): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): E. VICTOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): SMELLY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): WEDNESDAY of THE DARK TIDES (Diaretic, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                            ADOBE of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
                (turn 472): TWO GLASS EYES of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 463): GOLDIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): THE MIGHTY SORE of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                   (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ZUWAYZA!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team QUASI-LEGAL OPS was 
unseated this week as DRAGON JUNKIES moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top spot 
with a 2-0-0 record for the round.  MURPHY caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT and was awarded 6 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, SEA DAR put down 
KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS, causing him to lose 1 points of recognition in the process.  Not 
for nothing has MALKAI in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this 
week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if 
exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 
7!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ZUWAYZA "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  ZUWAYZA, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the 
names of thy guilds is QUASI-LEGAL OPS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the 
weekly duels.  Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent 
the better part of last week avoiding QUASI-LEGAL OPS.  Indeed it was THE SIERRAS.  
Mighty fighters cannot but expect competition from those below.  MURPHY take warning! 
You have more than a few enemies in ZUWAYZA.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Rite of Bloodfeud must forever be reserved for 
teams with honor.  Witness ZUWAYZA!  SADISTS has failed to revenge the slaying of 
fallen XPERIMENT #1.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms.  One 
thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  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                  
 MALKAI 4571                  21   5  0    90       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BLUE 4647                     7   4  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
-TMARACK 4651                  5   0  0    80       THE SIERRAS (393)
 TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226           8   8  0    73       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
 MURPHY 4703                   8   1  2    72       THE SIERRAS (393)
-LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232         9   4  2    71       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CALLISTA 4575                13  11  1    64       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAWKINS 4649                  4   1  0    55       THE SIERRAS (393)
 SEA DAR 4721                  6   3  0    50       THE SIERRAS (393)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562       5   4  0    32       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
 HIGH ELF 4732                 2   2  1    25       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZUWAYZAN TSAR 4759            4   2  0    23       QUASI-LEGAL OPS (363)
-RAYNA CELESTE 4768            1   0  0    18       ORDER OF THE RAM (403)
-ARIK THE RED 4765             1   0  0    13       ORDER OF THE RAM (403)
-STINKY PETE 4091              1   0  0    10       DREW'S BOYS (359)
-ARIS KI SHEN 4766             1   0  0    10       ORDER OF THE RAM (403)
-MRS. POTATOE HEAD 4093        1   0  0     7       DREW'S BOYS (359)
-ARMY MUN 4092                 0   1  0     2       DREW'S BOYS (359)
-MASHEL 4764                   0   1  0     1       ORDER OF THE RAM (403)
-DRAMOC FAL'CON 4767           0   1  0     1       ORDER OF THE RAM (403)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
VOLCANO 4731           3  2 0 NATURE'S WRATH 395    HIGH ELF 4732         469 NONE    
POO-POO 4769           0  1 0 QUASI-LEGAL OPS 363   NOACHIAN 387          473 NONE    
EFIL NIKEUFECIN 4486   7  4 1 QUASI-LEGAL OPS 363   MURPHY 4703           472         
XPERIMENT #1 4267     12  6 1 SADISTS 360           LADY DEATHSTRIKE 4232 469 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

POO-POO was butchered by NOACHIAN in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
MALKAI unbelievably bested TRAGIC TUESDAY in a 2 minute expert's Title battle.
MURPHY demolished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SEA DAR bested KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS in a popular 1 minute contest.
ZUWAYZAN TSAR was defeated by CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute bloody match.
HIGH ELF devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       13 -   5 -  0      72  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -  11 -  2      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  17 -  1      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    8 -  14 -  2      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 473 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      MALKAI 4571                21   5  0   90 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
STRIKING ATTACK  MURPHY 4703                 8   1  2   72 THE SIERRAS (393)
LUNGING ATTACK   SEA DAR 4721                6   3  0   50 THE SIERRAS (393)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226.  The ten other most popular fighters were SEA DAR 4721, 
MURPHY 4703, ZUWAYZAN TSAR 4759, POO-POO 4769, KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562, HIGH ELF 
4732, MALKAI 4571,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was MALKAI 4571.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HIGH ELF 4732, KOOKOOYCOCOABLUNTS 4562, POO-POO 4769, ZUWAYZAN TSAR 
4759, MURPHY 4703, SEA DAR 4721, TRAGIC TUESDAY 4226,  0,  0, and  0.