DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/15/2004    Duedate: 04/28/2004

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-481

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BLUE
THE SIERRAS (393)
(19-4647) [13-4-0,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLUE                           MISCHEF
THE SIERRAS (393)              CURTAIN CALL (404)
(19-4647) [13-4-0,120]         (19-4781) [3-1-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLUE                           BLUE
THE SIERRAS (393)              THE SIERRAS (393)
(19-4647) [13-4-0,120]         (19-4647) [13-4-0,120]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CURTAIN CALL (404)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE SIERRAS (393)           15
2. CURTAIN CALL (404)           4      THE SIERRAS (393)
3. HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)      0      Unchartered Team
4. DRAGON JUNKIES (392)         0
                                       CURTAIN CALL (404)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*CURTAIN CALL (404)        15   5  1 75.0   1/ 2*CURTAIN CALL (404)       11  4 1
 2- 2*HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)   14   5  0 73.7   2/ 1 THE SIERRAS (393)         9  2 0
 3/ 3 THE SIERRAS (393)         54  25  2 68.4   3- 3*HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)   3  3 0
 4- 5 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      57  69  4 45.2   4- 4 DRAGON JUNKIES (392)      1  2 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 #79 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The pillar of light over Barikala was not an attack in any obvious way, but
Artemisia found no comfort in that.  It was probably magical.  No, it was definitely
magical.  No one had been able to explain it in the months, the years since the
Invasion, but they'd figured out that early on.  Well, what else could it be?  And
it, or something connected to it, was deadly dangerous, because no ship or single
visitor had returned from Barikala after the pillar first appeared.  Those ship
captains who normally used Zukal's port had long since worked out the limits of
safety in the waters around Barikala, and The Golden Moon was well outside that 
limit.  But...the zombies were something new on the chart.
     A man screamed behind her, along the ship's other rail, and she whirled.  There
was movement beyond the rail, black on near black, hard to make out.  Lanterns lit
the ship's deck but cast no significant light beyond it.  She could see one of her
sailors staggering toward the rail with some kind of dark cable wrapped around the
middle of his body, but not what lay beyond and pulled him.
     She didn't need to see.  She crossed to that side of the deck, her cutlass
whistling down on the cable.  The blade bit, but not deeply, the cable was more
rubbery than a normal rope.  It wasn't a rope, of course.  She saw with disgust
rather than fear that it was a tentacle, though what creature would have a tentacle
four inches thick at any point was not something she cared to think deeply about.
The Lady Protector hacked downward again.
     There were more cries.  Fear, loathing, terror.  More tentacles reaching up and
over the ship's side.  Tentacles on one side of the ship, zombies on the other.
Neither group of sailors could abandon their own task to aid the other.  Both
attacking forces were stronger than Artemisia had expected.  She began to wonder if
her crew and her ship would survive at all.

Niatoli Island:

     Lord Protector Ghenis walked along the waterfront of the island's only real town
and looked over the shipping on hand.  He wasn't sure what he was looking for, but he
figured he'd know it when he saw it.  Some people might have taken him for a tourist
and considered robbing him, or selling him the kind of trash that hustlers always
sold to strangers and rubes, but...not here.  This town had an arena, and they knew
that kind of walk, that assured and dangerous stance.  He could be a hick with hay
growing out his ears, but as long as he was a Lord Protector, no one would mistreat
him so.  At least, no one but another Lord Protector.  And since he wasn't such a
hick....  He smiled, a baring of his teeth that drove human rats out of his path.
     Ah.  There was a man on the street ahead of him, talking to a probably ship
captain.  A man who, like himself, was unmistakably a Lord Protector.  Tall, hard,
maybe not quite human, although Ghenis couldn't put his finger firmly on the
difference.  Something in the way he stood, maybe.  Not that it matter.  This looked
like a man he could work with.
     When the man turned away from the sailor, Ghenis was there, nodding his head in
a move as close to a bow as he ever got.  "I'm Ghenis, from Zukal," he said, and
raised a questioning eyebrow.
     The other frowned.  Odd, at this close distance, he seemed almost...scaled.
"Agro, Lapur," the man said shortly.
     Ghenis noted that the sailor was moving away, clearly dissociating himself from
the two gladiators.  "I have control of a ship," Ghenis said, "and I am minded to
make a raid on the invaders at Monuntial.  You look like a man who might be
interested in that."
     Agro's frown deepened, but he smiled, baring pointed, over-large teeth.  "I'm
interested," he agreed.

Rocanis:

     Lady Protector Eleven Blade, Leven to her friends, stood on Spirit Ridge and
stared southward.  What should have been rolling, increasingly arid grasslands to the
distant horizon was now a bank of...fog, maybe.  Dark, sharp as a wall at its base,
the top of it working like porridge boiling in a pot.  And no more than fifteen miles
away, probably less.  Ten.  "I've never seen anything like it," she admitted.
"Strange weather...if it is weather."
     "It's partly weather," her companion said slowly, "but not entirely."  He was a
Lord Protector from Morya, Ghost Dancer by name.  "I have been studying it for two
months now.  It began...I don't know where.  Somewhere in the far south.  It was a
hundred miles south of here when I first saw it."
     Leven glanced at the man sharply.  She didn't really know him, but there was
nothing in his face or manner that suggested he was lying.  "It's moved ninety miles
in two months?  At that rate, it could be on Rocanis within a week!"
     "Its speed is irregular," Ghost Dancer said.  "Some days it moved scarcely a
mile, other days it raced north like wildfire.  But yes, it could be on Rocanis...
any time."  He was silent for a moment, as though debating whether he should say
more.  With a faint shrug, he went on, "I have not been able to find an end to the
line of it and get around behind.  I have no idea what lies behind in the ground it
has already covered.  But I would not expect to find anything really GOOD where that
has passed."
     Obviously not, Leven agreed silently.  The unknown never seemed to be
benevolent.  It was probably a natural law.  "You couldn't get around an end," she
said.  "Did you try going straight through?"
     Ghost Dancer paled a little.  "Yes," he said very quietly.  "I survived, but I
didn't get very far into it.  Or I would never have come back, I think.  It was like
being caught in a whirlwind, in part.  But I was not the only thing in the grip of
the walking storm, and the others were....  Some of them were beasts, mad with terror
and striking blindly.  Others were," he hesitated, "things.  The sort of things a
priest of the Mytori might call out of the Darkness."
     "Do you believe it's a natural phenomenon?" Eleven Blade asked.
     "No."
     "Good.  If it's unnatural, it was made by men.  Or something like men, anyway.
And what men can make, they can undo.  Let's find out how, and then...undo."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 489): B. TRAYOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 487): KNOTHEAD of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 483): BIRDSONG of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 483): ANTEZEL of WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): TORLYN UNA of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 480): BLUE of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): LOONY LATEKNIGHT of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): BINDI of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): SYWINELL of BUSHMASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 469): LOCKED IN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): KEOKOTAH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 460): INANNA of LADY OF BATTLES (Poison Ivy, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 423): FLESHRENDER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 215): ZINDELLA AZRON of MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 209): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 196): TOM SMITH DISEASE of STRANGE TUNES (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): TYI VELWIC of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 328): FREDDIE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): CONUNDRUM of MYSTERIOUS (Mad Max, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 373): KREWKUT SAUSAGE of LINCOLNSHIRE from DAL SHANG (The
                                Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 489): LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 487): THE CITY (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 483): none
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 483): WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 480): THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 469): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 460): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 423): THE FAMILY (Don John, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 215): MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 209): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 196): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): ROLE MONSTERS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 328): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 373): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 488): ALEX GRIFFIN of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 487): KNOTHEAD of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
                           HOFFA'S BANE of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 482): ABRA-HAM! of SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): TIBERIOUS of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): LOONY LATEKNIGHT of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
                          IDIOTIC INDIGO of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 239): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): RAGING FIRE of DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): UNCAS of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                   (turn 237): HUNGRY BONES of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 469): LOCKED IN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): KEOKOTAH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 422): FACE BREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
                             NHAVARL of THE FAMILY (Don John, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 209): SUGAR CUBE of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
                               101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
                   (turn 208): UR BRAIN ON EGG of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): NAKHA ADIASO of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): CONUNDRUM of MYSTERIOUS (Mad Max, mgr.)
                            PRIZMATYK WAHL of MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
                (turn 144): LEE of GODDESSES (LHI, mgr.)
                            GAI-JIN of RISING SUN (Spawn, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of ZUWAYZA!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  Bein' on top is great while it 
lasts, THE SIERRAS.  But how many friends do you have now?  What's with SEA DAR?  She 
actually beat ZUWAYZA's VETERAN MERCENARY, and walked away with 20 more points from 
the fight.  Major screwup at CURTAIN CALL.  CRAZY lost 11 points to PERSISTENT 
BEGGAR.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe CRAZY will provide more easy wins...  
Try as he might, M. CHARDINEE wasn't good enough at persuading BLUE to step down from 
the Duelmaster's throne...  Advice to fighters with a 1 will--give up fighting!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  The most avoided team 
was QUASI-LEGAL OPS.  Management must be dealin', as the boys at THE SIERRAS ain't 
reelin'!  QUASI-LEGAL OPS' mad!   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting 
younger every day?  To die so young, so gloriously!   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE 4647                    13   4  0   120       THE SIERRAS (393)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TMARACK 4651                  9   1  0    94       THE SIERRAS (393)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HAWKINS 4649                  8   2  0    87       THE SIERRAS (393)
-MALKAI 4571                  22   8  0    86       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 SEA DAR 4721                 10   4  0    82       THE SIERRAS (393)
-CALLISTA 4575                14  12  1    73       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 MURPHY 4703                  11   5  2    70       THE SIERRAS (393)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JIMI HENDRIX 1898             5   2  0    57       HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZOSO 1899                     5   1  0    50       HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)
-BONZO 1896                    4   2  0    46       HIPPIES FROM HELL (181)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISCHEF 4781                  3   1  0    33       CURTAIN CALL (404)
 CHAOS 4779                    3   1  0    27       CURTAIN CALL (404)
 ARROGANCE 4777                3   1  1    26       CURTAIN CALL (404)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALIGN 4780                   4   0  0    16       CURTAIN CALL (404)
-HIGH ELF 4732                 2   4  1    13       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)
 CRAZY 4785                    2   1  0    11       CURTAIN CALL (404)
-FATHOM 4763                   2   1  0     7       DRAGON JUNKIES (392)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Swifty -- Keep those challenges comin!  Maybe you shouldn't shoe those NPC's quite
yet.  ;) -- Paradox23

Barnabas -- No mismatches this turn. -- Pdx23

Quasi-Legal Ops & Dragon Junkies -- Come back!  All of the Sierras got twice the exp
of my warriors, and all mine got double the Curtain Call warriors...we need some
decent match ups! -- Para

18 March 2004
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update

     We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre
kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start.  We are also pleased to announce that
in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark
arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills.  The contest is only 2
turns old and is still wide open.  There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill
each.  Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena.
     On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to
challenge the kLk dominance.  We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their
supposed home arena.  But, they were a no show.  Guess they proved what they are
really made of.  *evil grin*
     Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge.  We are
throwing down the gauntlet.  Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would
like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance.  If you don't show up,
Chaos, don't feel bad.  FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but
have chosen to pass on the offer.
     So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and
enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM
36.  We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a
storyline being actively worked on in the arena.  Whatever you like about DM you can
find it in JHANS.

Bookie
mgr. of Suicidal Dreams
and Director Jhans Board of Tourism
kLk Alliance

27 March 2004
     This notice is to inform the DM world that CHAOS INC. has added CHEETO to its
ranks.  He joins APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and RUDE BUDDHA as the 6th member.
May your chaotic wings spread disaster and CHAOS for all your days!  Welcome CHEETO!!

27 March 2004
     Has anyone seen it in print that the "Goat" is leaving the "Cartel"?  There were
some diplos to the effect of a special branch of the Cartel being formed, like secret
societies, governmental agencies and alliances certain agendas are developed.  To
obtain the desired effect of any agenda only key personnel can be used.  The "Goat"
is "Cartel" so until you see it with me announcing that I am not Cartel, remember,
"The Agenda of the Core is for you to fight for."  I hope this stops the confusion.
-- Goat

8 April 2004
CLICK (KLK) -- Remember, you asked for it.  Chaos is coming....

14 April 2004
CHAOS Inc. proudly announces our newest member, Silver Stroke.  He becomes the
seventh brother of Chaos.  We shall indeed be better for his joining.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BLUE devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
MURPHY lost to KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute battle.
SEA DAR demolished VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute bloody uneven fight.
MISCHEF devastated OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ARROGANCE was subdued by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute competition.
CHAOS devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MALIGN outwaited CONVICTED THIEF in a unpopular 7 minute amateur's match.
CRAZY was defeated by PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    22 -  11 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  10 -  1      66  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW         3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  14 -  2      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   6 -  1      45  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 481 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     3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BLUE 4647                  13   4  0  120 THE SIERRAS (393)
STRIKING ATTACK  MURPHY 4703                11   5  2   70 THE SIERRAS (393)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLUE 4647.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
BLUE 4647.  The ten other most popular fighters were SEA DAR 4721, CRAZY 4785, MURPHY 
4703, MISCHEF 4781, ARROGANCE 4777, CHAOS 4779, MALIGN 4780,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was MALIGN 4780.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CHAOS 4779, ARROGANCE 4777, MISCHEF 4781, MURPHY 4703, CRAZY 4785, SEA 
DAR 4721, BLUE 4647,  0,  0, and  0.