DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/16/2008    Duedate: 04/29/2008

SOLVEN ARENA

DM-22    TURN-584

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JEROME
KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
(22-6675) [16-2-0,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JACKSON                        POSITION IS EMPTY
KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)          
(22-6649) [18-2-0,130]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JEROME                         ANTHON
KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)          KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
(22-6675) [16-2-0,121]         (22-6693) [6-6-1,76]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)       36
2. MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)         10      KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
3. DROP THE LEASH (701)         0      Unchartered Team
4. HOT WHEELS (686)           -10
                                       ANTI (353)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)    450 216 16 67.6   1/ 1 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)     8  3 0
 2/ 2 HOT WHEELS (686)          11   7  0 61.1   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)       6  9 0
 3/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)      117 132  3 47.0   3/ 3 HOT WHEELS (686)          2  1 0
 4- 4 DROP THE LEASH (701)      21  26  3 44.7   4- 4 DROP THE LEASH (701)      0  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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     They walked down the street as though nothing bad was expected.  It was hard to
do, not to peer too closely into alleys and doorways, not to draw his sword and hold
it at the ready.  Not the hardest thing Sedalia had ever done, there had been--
Well, this wasn't the time to delve into the past.  But not easy.  It seemed to him
that the White Tower had eyes that were boring into the back of his head, also.  He
wanted to turn and look, but did not.  Again, not an easy thing.  He huffed a laugh
at his thoughts.  When had things worth doing ever been easy?
     Gissanniah jabbed an elbow at him and hissed.
     Sedalia nodded slightly and moved his hand, casually, as though he wasn't
thinking about it, to rest on the hilt of his sword.  Without turning his head, he
cataloged all the obstacles he could see.  Trash cans and indistinct debris--the mist
had thickened and might be hiding anything--an old couch with someone sleeping on it,
something that might have been ancestral to a junkyard dog, lurking in an alley and
breathing... flame?  And, abruptly, half a dozen armed men.
     "Dacoits," Gissanniah said.  She sounded disgusted.  "Either of us could handle
them alone, but why waste the time?  You take the ones on the right, I'll get the
ones on the left."
     "Works for me," the senator murmured.  A sudden thrust, a sidestep and kick to
the knee, slash and recover.  "Nothing but daggers and clubs!  Pointless--"
     "Then they must be meant to distract us from something worse," his companion
countered, dealing with her own dacoits as easily.
     "A thrilling prospect I would be willing to forego."  Sedalia wiped his sword
blade clean on the shirt of one of his opponents and squinted into the fog.  "What
will it be, I wonder?  Lord Protectors driven by their oath?"
     Gissanniah shrugged, inspected her own sword to make sure it was clean, and
sheathed it.  "It could be monsters," she said.  "This whole place is rotten with
magic, so I assume getting some monsters here would be easy."
     Reminded of the maybe-dog he'd seen earlier, Sedalia looked around.  No sign of
it now.  Or of what he had thought was a body on the discarded couch.  "Wasn't there
someone on that--?"
     "Maybe, I don't remember, but if there was, well, I'm not surprised he left.
Let's go down this side street.  It doesn't look so obvious."
     "Certainly it would be the course of decision and good sense to leave," Sedalia
said, "but I thought him dead.  He looked dead."
     "Appearances can be deceiving, especially in a fog like this.  Directions, too."
Gissanniah hesitated, turning in place in search of landmarks at what had become an
intersection of two streets.
     Sedalia motioned her to silence and pointed down one leg of the fork.  Leaning
close, he murmured directly into her ear, "I think the ferry is that way, but be as
quiet as you can.  I want to discover whether we're being followed."
     They walked quickly for what felt like half an hour, no sound but their
footsteps disturbing the fog.  No footsteps behind them.  Sounds that might be the
wind, except that there was no wind.  A distant, anonymous murmur of city life.  A
bell tolling the hour.  Somewhere ahead of them, the mournful foghorn whistle of the
ferry.
     "Dagnabit.  We're going to miss today's boat," Sedalia said.  He was still
speaking softly, but the absence of footsteps behind them was reassuring.
     "Would they even let us on it?" Gissanniah asked.  "I seem to recall some kind
of security measures--guards checking people on and off."
     "Blast it, you're right.  I'd forgotten."  Sedalia hesistated.  It hadn't been
age that made him forget.  No, it couldn't have been.  "I've had a lot on my mind,"
he said.  "I suppose we might be able to bluff--  No, of course not.  If they're
looking for us, they'll have magic to help.  But there are other boats on the Isle.
I've seen them.  An excursion barge, I remember taking a ride on that years ago.
Fishing boats.  We'll just have to--"
     "I was down on the waterfront yesterday afternoon, after we talked to that
Master," Gissanniah said.  "I did see a couple of boats, little ones, but they were
tied to the dock, and people were talking about some kind of monsters being active in
the lake."  She paused as the narrow street they were on joined a wider one and
looked carefully both ways.  Jerked back, hissing.  "Guards--some kind of City Watch,
poking around into every doorway."
     "They may not be looking for us.  Were I the Master of the White Tower, I would
not want the situation--loyal Andorians not premitted to see the king!--made public."
     "He could've lied to them about why we're to be stopped," Gissanniah argued,
looking back along their route for some alternate path.  "And even if they aren't
looking for us particularly, so what?  There doesn't seem to be much of anybody else
out right now, maybe us being here would be suspicious in itself."
     "Just a fountain of good cheer this morning, aren't you?" Sedalia muttered.
"And guards or watchmen or whatever deemed capable of handling the populace of
Talahya--such a high proportion of lord protectors... I wouldn't want to figght them
if it could be avoided.  Even if we won, there'd be delay.  Publicity.  Rumors."  He
shuddered.  "If we do meet guards, can't avoid them," the senator said, "remember
this--give me a chance to talk to them and I can tie them in knots."
     Gissanniah laughed.  "I believe it!  Look, this alley seems like it might go
through."
     "Excellent!  Lead me to it!"

     The two gladiators stopped in another alley, leaning on the wall and panting.
Behind them, well behind, dogs barked.  But other than dogs and City Guards, there
had been no signs of life.
     "This is eerie," Gissanniah muttered.  "I've always heard that Talahya is packed
like fish in a tin, but we haven't seen ANYONE in the past couple of hours."
     "True.  Many possibilities occur to me," Sedalia said.  "All the way from
'Everyone's gone to the tourney' up to 'We've been shunted into a pocket universe
without other inhabitants'.  I could use some lunch," he added, "and a beer or two."
He straightened away from the wall and dusted off his suit, which was the worse for
fences climbed and alleys negotiated with more haste than care.  "This is
ridiculous."
     "Which part?"
     "Being trapped on the Isle.  We can't get anywhere near the waterfront, much
less the ferry dock.  When did Talahya become a cage?"
     "Maybe it's been one all along and nobody noticed."
     The senator grunted skeptically.  "Somebody would have noticed.  This has to be
recent."  He straightened his tie.  "We should keep moving.  We might get lucky."
     "As if!"  Gissanniah started to brush back her hair, then froze.  "That might be
it!"
     "What?  Surely you don't think Debby Tonte can help us?  A charming young lady,
true, but not a practical person--"
     "Lirin Kiv--"
     "The arena has been closed."
     "Yes, I know, Free Blades is using it now.  But I remember hearing that Lirin
Kiv, the town, had its own ferry.  Maybe it still does.  Of course, it might be
watched, too."
     "It won't hurt to look.  We're accomplishing nothing here," Senator Sedalia
said.

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 294): LORD BYRON of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 591): CHIEF SITTING BULL of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 590): MOLYNEUX of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 583): 365 GTB4 of HOT WHEELS (Apex, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 580): MITCHELL PAIGE of MEDAL OF HONOR A3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 579): KEG STAND of BARHOPPERS (Apex, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 576): CAYLON MCCANN of STEEL CRUSADE (Cassius Calvata, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 572): WINDSONG of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 542): ELDA MAINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 533): RAMBLING OX of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 524): CUTTER of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 242): BYRON of SITTEES (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 426): ATRION of THE EXILED ONES (Darklock, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 196): AYE OF THE NEEDLE of HAZAARDS OF CLONGING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 476): AXLY HIMSELF of GERFEL'S FRIENDS (Generalissimo Puerco)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 294): SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 591): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 590): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 583): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 580): KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 579): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 576): ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 572): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 542): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 533): TEMPLARZ HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 524): THE BEARS II (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 242): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 426): THE EXILED ONES (Darklock, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 196): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 476): SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 591): SLEDGE of NEVERWAKE (Doc Steeke, mgr.)
                   (turn 590): SELIA STORM of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
                               SAFFRON SKUNK of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 590): ABBOTT of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 580): MITCHELL PAIGE of MEDAL OF HONOR A3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 576): UP-CHUCKY of STEEL CRUSADE (Cassius Calvata, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 578): MANUEL PEREZ of MEDAL OF HONOR A3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 571): DON FRANCIS of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
                         JACK STRAW of THE WARLOCKS (Malaquar, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 524): CADDO SCOT of BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (Jorja, mgr.)
                 (turn 523): NIVIX of INFERNAL LORDS (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 242): PAS DE QUARTIER of BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 196): I OF THE KNEE DOLL of HAZAARDS OF CLONGING (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of SOLVEN.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  Practice pays for 
CHAWLIE ISTTA, who pummelled HAPPY PEASANT, to pocket 13 points.  HOTL MUSCHEL 
certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to LIPSTICK and losing 5 
points in the process!  365 GTB4 found out being SOLVEN's Duelmaster isn't all nuts 
and berries, receiving 2 challenges!  The arena was more crowded than usual this 
time, as JEROME faced SOLVEN's Duelmaster.  In SOLVEN, nothing is permanent (except 
Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, JEROME.  So who's the team that's 
been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me. 
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Perhaps the warriors of DROP THE LEASH should 
take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  The warriors of DROP THE 
LEASH found their efforts at combat frustrated as KELLUMBO'S KIDS apparently had more 
important things to do than fight.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen 
into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in SOLVEN is the highlight of my life.  As the seasons 
change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to leave 
this place.  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for SOLVEN?  
On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JEROME 6675                  16   2  0   121       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JACKSON 6649                 18   2  0   130       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 365 GTB4 6054                11   7  0    94       HOT WHEELS (686)
 DOLBY JOSSEL 6614            18  25  0    91       MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)
-ULTRA FAITH 6360              8   3  3    91       DROP THE LEASH (701)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DONDRIC 6694                  9   3  1    89       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
 CHUCKER ISTTA 6619           18  32  0    86       MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)
 ANTHON 6693                   6   6  1    76       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
-JAMMER 6261                   8   3  0    75       DROP THE LEASH (701)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIPSTICK 6686                 9   5  2    66       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
 IO OLDEND 6673               11   9  1    58       MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAWLIE ISTTA 6688            8   7  1    44       MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)
 HOTL MUSCHEL 6707             4   1  0    36       MIDDLE WAY 15 (747)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PEWTER 6647                   2   1  0    20       DROP THE LEASH (701)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jerome -- Yeah, yeah, but where's Jackson?  I miss that babe. -- Chucker Istta

Anthon -- Ah.  Was this a case of you thinking you'd got too high too fast, or just
general insanity?  Sure, I'm a loser, but I'm an *experienced* loser. -- Dolby Jossel

Lipstick -- Dammit, you're too young for that stuff. -- Chawlie Istta

I don't *like* the Khalhums Dwarf.  He's vicious and he gloats. -- Io Oldend

Pewter -- What I don't understand is why anyone would put you ON a leash to begin
with. -- Hotl Muschel

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JEROME devastated 365 GTB4 in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
ANTHON was unbelievably bested by DOLBY JOSSEL in a 3 minute Challenge battle.
JACKSON overpowered CHUCKER ISTTA in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
DONDRIC devastated IO OLDEND in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LIPSTICK demolished HOTL MUSCHEL in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
CHAWLIE ISTTA vanquished HAPPY PEASANT in a 1 minute mismatched fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -   6 -  0      73  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   8 -  1      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    19 -  15 -  0      56  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    2 -   3 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        6 -  14 -  0      30  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 584 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     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   JEROME 6675                16   2  0  121 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
AIMED BLOW       JACKSON 6649               18   2  0  130 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
LUNGING ATTACK   365 GTB4 6054              11   7  0   94 HOT WHEELS (686)
SLASHING ATTACK  LIPSTICK 6686               9   5  2   66 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JEROME 6675.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ANTHON 6693.  The ten other most popular fighters were DOLBY JOSSEL 6614, JACKSON 
6649, DONDRIC 6694, LIPSTICK 6686, CHAWLIE ISTTA 6688, JEROME 6675, 365 GTB4 6054, 
CHUCKER ISTTA 6619, IO OLDEND 6673, and HOTL MUSCHEL 6707.

The least popular fighter this week was HOTL MUSCHEL 6707.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were IO OLDEND 6673, CHUCKER ISTTA 6619, 365 GTB4 6054, JEROME 6675, 
CHAWLIE ISTTA 6688, LIPSTICK 6686, DONDRIC 6694, JACKSON 6649, DOLBY JOSSEL 6614, and 
ANTHON 6693.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

JACKSON (22-6649) KELLUMBO'S KIDS (676)