DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER Date : 10/02/2003 Duedate: 10/15/2003 ZORPUNT ARENA DM-24 TURN-462 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS CANE TOAD AUSSIE KILLERS (455) (24-4425) [9-5-0,103] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader CANE TOAD POSITION IS EMPTY AUSSIE KILLERS (455) (24-4425) [9-5-0,103] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite TRISHA WINGFOOT TELLAR FLEET KRILL CAVALRY (403) KRILL CAVALRY (403) (24-4330) [18-27-0,87] (24-4415) [10-5-1,36] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM BATTLEMANIA (71) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. AUSSIE KILLERS (455) 22 2. THE ASININE (272) 14 THE ASININE (272) 3. BATTLEMANIA (71) 13 Unchartered Team 4. SAVAGES (178) 0 5. THE MC5 (445) 0 FARM BOYS (334) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1 DIABLO ALSO (458) 45 19 1 70.3 1/ 1 BATTLEMANIA (71) 9 6 1 2/ 2 THE ASININE (272) 87 76 8 53.4 2/ 4 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) 7 2 1 3/ 6 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) 34 30 3 53.1 3/ 3 THE ASININE (272) 5 5 1 4- 3 THE MC5 (445) 97 86 9 53.0 4/ 2 KRILL CAVALRY (403) 5 10 0 5/ 4 BATTLEMANIA (71) 353 322 24 52.3 5- 5 THE MC5 (445) 3 2 0 6/ 5 KRILL CAVALRY (403) 361 352 11 50.6 6- 6 DIABLO ALSO (458) 1 0 0 7- 7 SAVAGES (178) 105 127 12 45.3 7- 8*BAND OF THE HAND (61) 0 1 0 8- 8*BAND OF THE HAND (61) 1 5 0 16.7 8- 7 SAVAGES (178) 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 Aruaki Clanhold #119 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Tobir: Karanjal of Zorpunt held the invitation to adventure while Daisy January swung the hammer with more determination than skill. He would have felt safer if HE had been the one with the hammer, but there was no arguing with a determined woman who didn't want to listen. But if "safe" had been something that really mattered to him, he'd never have become a gladiator. "You really expect someone to respond to this...invitation to disaster?" he asked. "Not anyone with YOUR attitude. It's an invitation to ADVENTURE. To explore the whole issue of why Krael is attacking coastal towns. And yes," Daisy said calmly, "I DO expect people to respond." She glanced over her shoulder at him, then stepped away from the wall. "You should know how bored warriors can get on the Isle, after all. Karanjal shrugged, but he could hardly argue with that. "You'd better have a definite plan," he warned her. "I do. I'll tell you about it over lunch." She set off briskly toward a small cafe the gladiators in Tobir favored. "Tell me while we walk," he suggested. "I can't bear to wait that long." "Ha ha. Like this was some huge city that it would take more than ten minutes to walk across." She frowned straight ahead, then shrugged slightly. "Okay. This won't be the first time gladiators have investigated Krael, you know. There was a group from Point and Iaye that set out to do that several years ago--" "I don't think I ever heard of that," Karanjal admitted. "What happened?" "It was hard to find out." She ducked under the awning that protected the front of the cafe and made for a booth against the far wall. When Karanjal slid in across from her, she said, "I had a hard time finding any information about it--" To the waiter she said, "Pizza with everything, I don't want to piss off the pizza guys." Her companion frowned. "Is this a joke?" "Hey, the Pizza Guys here in Tobir carry swords! I don't want them mad at me!" "If you say so. What about Krael?" "I did manage to find one of the gladiators that went on that expedition, and he said--well, he said a lot of stuff, but the important thing was that some kind of time shift occurred, and when they came back to OUR time from the last days of Krael, someone from then came too." "Oh...shoot," Karanjal said softly. "I don't like where I think this is going. There were a lot of wizards in Krael, especially in the 'last days'. If one of THEM came to our time...." "Exactly. Quite a possible adventure, don't you think?" + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Istoreth, Skaithvarn: From the ship, Istoreth was a city of spires, white marble and dark pines climbing a cliff together above a crowded harbor. Silent, beautiful, not quite familiar. Close up, with the Iayen ship moving restlessly against the worn stone of a wharf, it was more familiar, less beautiful, and not at all silent. The basic nature of a waterfront is not changed by the language of the people inhabiting it. Goff was arguing with somebody who acted official, probably a harbormaster, Raoul decided. No doubt there would be docking fees or something of that kind, and they might have to identify themselves and their purpose, register somewhere as visiting foreigners. None of that stuff was his problem. Goff could handle the harbormaster, he was doing that already. And Berdan could make himself useful dealing with any other officials. The Fratsfan looked like somebody who could deal with officials, maybe even enjoyed it. If he'd been a gladiator, he would probably have been a total parry.... The ex-assassin was talking to another man a little farther along the dock. Raoul saw money change hands, and Berdan accepted a package from the stranger. The gladiator frowned, watching the stranger walk away quickly. Berdan wasn't supposed to know anybody here...except the other assassin, Peranis. And that man was not Peranis. Was this an indication of the wide contacts Raoul had suspected all along that Berdan had? Probably. But was it a sign of treachery, or at least that Berdan was playing his own game as well as theirs? Possibly. The man was an ex-assassin, which automatically made him...not exactly untrustworthy, perhaps, but someone to be watched carefully. The assassins had been spies, as well as killers. Concealing their purposes was second nature. And he was a Fratsfan, besides, a race noted for the labyrinthine complexity of their thoughts and schemes. But he and Jeri and Goff, and by extension King Mickeal, had to trust somebody. Still, Raoul watched very closely as Berdan came back toward Goff's boat. The man was holding his package, still unopened, very carefully, on the palm of his opened hand and well away from his body. "I need a bucket of water," Berdan said quietly. "I need it rather quickly," he added when the others gaped at him. "I don't think this will explode until I open it, but I can't be sure...." Jeri jumped and reached for a bucket, Raoul took it from her and dunked it over the side, then held it out. "Set it over there, away from us all," the ex-assassin said. "There are even a few explosive devises which are activated by water, though I don't think this is one." He wasn't quite whispering. "They're...tricky to handle, and Peranis had to leave this in the hands of a stranger who might be careless. It should be something simple, perhaps not even magical." When the bucket was positioned to his satisfaction, and Goff had drawn the staring harbormaster out of the way, Berdan lowered the package gently into the water and sprang back. "If it's magical, what difference will water make?" Jeri asked. "More than you might think," Berdan answered. "Water is amazing stuff and washes out many things." The bucket suddenly erupted into a plume of dark foam. "Ah! I wondered what Peranis might have available. That he would risk using black ice tells us that he is truly desperate." As he spoke, the plume reached the height of a man, collapsed, and dissolved the end of the dock before falling into the harbor. "The other ships!" the harbormaster exclaimed, looking around frantically. "They're not in danger," Berdan said. "The black ice has exhausted itself. You see?" He pointed downward. "It is dissipating." "You said it would be safer to put the package into water," Jeri muttered in a shaky voice. "It is, it was, young lady. Had black ice been exposed to air before water, the results would have been disastrous." "It's disastrous as it is!" the harbormaster wailed. "My dock!" He turned on Berdan fiercely. "You brought this here--" "I did nothing of the sort," the ex-assassin answered coldly. "It was handed to me but moments ago by one of YOUR men." Before the harbormaster could respond, a squad of soldiers thundered onto the dock. "Everyone here is to see Lord Dankilvan immediately!" the leader commanded. + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Possibly Zuwayza: It seemed to take Tankesh forever to fall out of the Gate, his motion slowed to the point where he wasn't even sure he was moving at all. And then there was a sort of soundless click, and the floor came up fast and hard, knocking the breath out of him as he hit and rolled. Voices speaking akkhadic, upper-class accents. Shouting. No time to sort things out. Gasping for breath but too well-trained to pause, he rolled to his feet with his sword out, ending crouched and ready for anything. By the grace of all the gods, he was face to face with the Karnhorn vizier, Khannarth. The man who had betrayed his city and his ruler, plotted with the Satrap's First Wife to turn over the Zuwayza to the minions of Inzolas, tried to have the Satrap's Second Wife and Tankesh killed..... Ah, it was GOOD to be here, now, and ready. The Vizier was looking past him and commanding someone to "get him!" Right, voices, plural. Other people in the room. Probably guards. Tankesh took a quick slash at the retreating Vizier; not a killing blow, but he felt the resistance of clothing and flesh. Continued the motion into a turn. Right, guards. Two...three. Startled by his arrival out of nowhere, not expecting him to come around so fast. The first man would never have a chance to adjust his thinking; the slash aimed at HIM gutted him and nearly cut him in two. The second was a little farther back. He might recover, if he got the bleeding stopped in time. But with only one hand left to use, that wasn't likely. Shocked by the unexpected and extreme violence, he was out of the fight. Khannarth was screaming orders behind him, and the third man was leveling his spear for a charge. Stupid weapon to carry indoors, maybe it was tradition, maybe it was just ornamental, didn't matter. Tankesh edged to the right, drawing the spearman's attention with him. When the man was fully committed, all his momentum focused into the charge, Tankesh ducked to the left. Tripped over his first victim but rolled and came up again, whacked the spear in two in passing, kicked the man in the belly as his charge brought him within range, and turned to face Khannarth again. The Vizier was holding his robes against a bleeding chest wound with one hand and tugging on a bell-pull with the other. Tankesh lunged closer and cut through bell rope. And then froze as a man with a cocked and ready crossbow appeared in the doorway behind the Vizier. More than one man, and several with crossbows. Karnhorns, of course. Damn. They were all dressed alike, no doubt a uniform, but not the same as worn by the three guards he'd just dealt with. Khannarth began babbling out accusations and orders. The first of the newcomers silenced him with a curt word. "You will BOTH explain yourself to the Exalted Satrap, may His justice be swift and sure," the man said. He gestured them out into the hallway with his crossbow. "Now." SPY REPORT Well, what are you looking at, ZORPUNT? Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens before? Ah, shaddup and listen to my news. Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see RICH CRANIUM win a fight and gain 19 points, terribly. Tsk, tsk, RICH CRANIUM beat SPANKYTIME and SPANKYTIME lost 13 points. You're breakin' my heart. Due to absence, and inability to defend the throne, CURTIS JOSEPH has lost the Title of Duelmaster. Start setting that alarm earlier! And it's out with the old, in with the new, as CANE TOAD 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, ZORPUNT? My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start talking.' I loved that woman. What's the big D? THE ASININE was the most avoided team? Bunch of lily livered... grumble... mumble... curse... And it looks like BATTLEMANIA avoided them the most this turn. What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me. Hmph. TELLAR FLEET was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster. Now was the DM insulted or feared? Heh, heh. Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals. I volunteer for ZORPUNT's morgue. More variety. Gee, THE ASININE, ain't it past due for sending YOU HATE ME Dark Arena? What took ol' '13-6-0' so long? Hope? Ha ha aha ha! Now hey, I like to see a death as much as the next guy, but hey THE ASININE, whyja send YOU HATE ME to the Dark Arena, look at his record, huh? Not that I'll be buying the drinks, but I'll be glad to see FLESHHARROWER and THE ASININE at The Welcome Wench tonight celebrating their bloodfeud victory over PENOK. Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use. Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one. What does the ZORPUNT arena have in common with the inns? It's just as comfortable to sleep in either place. Ha ha ha ha! Well, I've had enough of this drivel, and I'm sure you have too. Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather. I see the crowds are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CANE TOAD 4425 9 5 0 103 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -SLIM SHADY 4370 13 12 0 117 THE MC5 (445) -CURTIS JOSEPH 4384 12 11 0 104 THE MC5 (445) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CONE SHELL 4422 11 3 1 96 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) -KID ROCK 4340 21 15 0 93 THE MC5 (445) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330 18 27 0 87 KRILL CAVALRY (403) TAZZY TIGER 4423 7 7 0 80 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) FLESHHARROWER 4462 7 2 1 75 THE ASININE (272) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME RICH CRANIUM 4464 8 0 0 66 THE ASININE (272) -ASSASSASSIN 4454 7 3 0 66 DIABLO ALSO (458) DEHUMANIZER 4461 5 4 1 57 THE ASININE (272) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SPANKYTIME 4446 7 3 1 44 BATTLEMANIA (71) ORESTES 4471 4 2 0 40 BATTLEMANIA (71) OLD MAN WINTER 4467 5 2 0 39 BATTLEMANIA (71) TELLAR FLEET 4415 10 5 1 36 KRILL CAVALRY (403) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PENOK 4445 5 5 1 33 BATTLEMANIA (71) -BROAD WITH A ROD 4452 8 4 0 32 DIABLO ALSO (458) -MAGIC LASS 4455 7 5 0 32 DIABLO ALSO (458) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -EASTERN BROWN 4424 4 7 2 21 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) TOMBO LARK 4488 3 1 0 19 KRILL CAVALRY (403) JESSIE JUNE 4466 4 5 0 18 KRILL CAVALRY (403) -BARGHEEL 450 1 0 0 16 BAND OF THE HAND (61) DAMNATION 4492 1 0 1 13 THE ASININE (272) -GEORGE CLINTON 4470 2 3 1 10 THE MC5 (445) -IGGY POP 4469 0 5 0 5 THE MC5 (445) -ARGHH! 449 0 2 0 2 BAND OF THE HAND (61) -ELFARREN 453 0 1 0 2 BAND OF THE HAND (61) -DARGHETTE 452 0 1 0 1 BAND OF THE HAND (61) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? YOU HATE ME 4366 13 7 0 THE ASININE 272 SPYMASTER 414 462 NONE AIMER 4427 7 3 0 THE ASININE 272 PENOK 4445 461 JUST REV DA22 4493 0 1 0 BATTLEMANIA 71 SHEWISH GIANT 413 462 NONE TESSELA RYDER 4490 1 2 0 KRILL CAVALRY 403 DAMNATION 4492 462 KERMET 4465 1 4 0 KRILL CAVALRY 403 GEORGE CLINTON 4470 458 REVENGED HOFFA 4332 12 31 2 SAVAGES 178 CONE SHELL 4422 460 PERSONAL ADS Darkfist -- Thanks. Though to be perfectly honest, I was surprised myself that I took the throne so quickly.... --THawk Asinine -- Well, I tried to warn Aimer. Must not have been paying attention. No more cheap wins for you with that one. Thanks, girlfriend! -- Old Man Winter Jessie June -- We need to fight someone else once in a while or people will start talking about us! -- Spankytime Tombo Lark -- You sure went down easy. Wish all my fights went that way.... -- Old Man Winter Asinine -- I think I've found my favorite weapon! Bring on the bloodfeud, I've already beaten Dehumanizer, came very close once with Dick, 'You Hate Me' would be a bad idea after this kind of defeat so I guess it will be Fleshharrower. If I don't win I'll probably die so we could very well end up trading bloodfeuds for a while. Let's dance! -- Penok Tessela Ryder -- Huh, just like the Old Man said recently, I kept hitting you nowhere near my aiming point. Any idea why? -- Orestes Tellar Fleet -- Ah, just what exactly is a konep? And why is that bad...? -- Penok Tazzy Tiger -- Not today, pussycat. -- Trisha Wingfoot They're extinct, you know. It's rather a disadvantage. -- Ed. Spankytime -- You're so RUDE. And not even a guy. -- Jessie June Dehumanizer -- You make my blood run cold (quite inhuman) with your very name! And your puissance turns my bones to jelly. My hair turns white at the sight of your terrifying face. Other comments as may be appropriate. -- Tellar Fleet P.S. That was about what I expected, actually. Old Man Winter -- You chilled me to the bone, which was not comfortable. Ever try wearing an overcoat on your bones? -- Tombo Lark Orestes -- Wow, the skills! I don't care what you got up to with your mother if you can teach me like that. -- Tessela Ryder Penok -- (recklessly) Sure, why not? It's my year to live dangerously after all. Where shall we go? Out for dinner and dancing or...stay in and do other kinds of dancing? -- Tellar Fleet Spankytime -- I should hope so! You make ME nervous, and I want to return the favor. -- Jessie June 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 YOU HATE ME was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight. DA22 was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle. FLESHHARROWER overcame PENOK in a popular 1 minute Bloodfeud match. CONE SHELL won victory over TRISHA WINGFOOT in a 1 minute Challenge brawl. RICH CRANIUM overpowered SPANKYTIME in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight. CANE TOAD devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute uneven Title brawl. TAZZY TIGER overpowered DEHUMANIZER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle. TELLAR FLEET slimly lost to ORESTES in a popular 4 minute gruesome competition. JESSIE JUNE was vanquished by OLD MAN WINTER in a 1 minute uneven duel. TOMBO LARK vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven fight. TESSELA RYDER was dispatched by DAMNATION in a 2 minute brutal novice's fight. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 6 LUNGING ATTACK 42 - 16 - 5 72 | |PARRY-LUNGE 2 BASHING ATTACK 7 - 3 - 1 70 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 TOTAL PARRY 20 - 11 - 1 65 | |STRIKING ATTACK 2 WALL OF STEEL 7 - 6 - 0 54 | |WALL OF STEEL 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE 8 - 8 - 0 50 | |SLASHING ATTACK 1 SLASHING ATTACK 9 - 9 - 0 50 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 AIMED BLOW 11 - 15 - 1 42 | |AIMED BLOW 1 PARRY-LUNGE 8 - 16 - 0 33 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 STRIKING ATTACK 10 - 23 - 2 30 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 10 - 0 9 | Turn 462 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 1 - 0 AIMED BLOW 0 - 1 4 LUNGING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 2 TOTAL PARRY LUNGING ATTACK 4 - 2 TOTAL PARRY 0 - 1 2 SLASHING ATTACK PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 1 WALL OF STEEL 0 - 2 1 STRIKING ATTACK PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 1 PARRY-LUNGE STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 1 1 BASHING ATTACK TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME STRIKING ATTACK CANE TOAD 4425 9 5 0 103 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) LUNGING ATTACK CONE SHELL 4422 11 3 1 96 AUSSIE KILLERS (455) BASHING ATTACK FLESHHARROWER 4462 7 2 1 75 THE ASININE (272) PARRY-RIPOSTE ORESTES 4471 4 2 0 40 BATTLEMANIA (71) PARRY-LUNGE OLD MAN WINTER 4467 5 2 0 39 BATTLEMANIA (71) WALL OF STEEL TELLAR FLEET 4415 10 5 1 36 KRILL CAVALRY (403) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330. The most popular warrior this turn was TELLAR FLEET 4415. The ten other most popular fighters were CONE SHELL 4422, RICH CRANIUM 4464, ORESTES 4471, DAMNATION 4492, FLESHHARROWER 4462, PENOK 4445, TAZZY TIGER 4423, TOMBO LARK 4488, CANE TOAD 4425, and OLD MAN WINTER 4467. The least popular fighter this week was JESSIE JUNE 4466. The other ten least popular fighters were DEHUMANIZER 4461, SPANKYTIME 4446, TRISHA WINGFOOT 4330, DA22 4493, YOU HATE ME 4366, TESSELA RYDER 4490, OLD MAN WINTER 4467, CANE TOAD 4425, TOMBO LARK 4488, and TAZZY TIGER 4423.