DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/18/2009    Duedate: 07/01/2009

ZORPUNT ARENA

DM-24    TURN-611

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LORMIN GARDE
KRILL CAVALRY (403)
(24-4854) [15-14-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LORMIN GARDE                   TWISTER
KRILL CAVALRY (403)            DISASTER (497)
(24-4854) [15-14-0,112]        (24-4888) [4-0-0,35]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TCHENI LOY                     TCHENI LOY
KRILL CAVALRY (403)            KRILL CAVALRY (403)
(24-4868) [11-11-2,52]         (24-4868) [11-11-2,52]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KRILL CAVALRY (403)         58
2. DISASTER (497)               6      MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
3. MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)    -29      Unchartered Team

                                       DISASTER (497)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)   49  16  3 75.4   1/ 1 MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)   8  7 0
 2/ 2*DISASTER (497)            15   9  1 62.5   2/ 3 KRILL CAVALRY (403)       7  8 1
 3/ 3 KRILL CAVALRY (403)      731 710 21 50.7   3/ 2*DISASTER (497)            4  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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #31 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Fratsfa:

     Lady Fern knew that her brothers Fandil and Lenpro were competent men, and that
they had each followed up what they considered an important point in the current
problem.  But she could not help feeling that they had, each of them, overlooked the
key to the problem, or at least the point which should have been dealt with FIRST:
the King.
     Whether the true king had died some time ago or was alive but under magical
control or any of several other possibilities, the important thing, as she saw it,
was to insure that command of the Andorian League did not fall into the wrong hands.
Yes, the causes of the problem, which Fandil thought he had a line on, needed to be
dealt with.  And yes, the secondary results of the problem such as intolerance of the
Aruaki, which Lenpro had gone out to tackle, did need to be dealt with, too.
     But the previous kings of the League had not made much effort to draw it
together into a coherent whole, and if the king failed, it would--almost must--fall
apart into its constituent parts.  Fratsfa, Convincia, Ardivent, and the Aruaki
Clanholds.  Raltumas... she shrugged.  That was probably lost.  Which, also, an
active king might have prevented.
     So she had done what seemed reasonable to her, and sent one of her Girls, the
Outcast Orchid, to Andor to find out what was going on.  It seemed so obvious.  No
magical scrying, no careful collating of reports from spies and chance travelers,
just... go and look.  She'd been tempted to make up a party drawn from several teams
here, because though her Girls were Good Girls, they were easily distracted.  But in
the end she had not.  Time enough to involve more people when she had some
information to work with.  Orchid had strict instructions not to become involved with
people along the way, just to go, see, and return to report what she had seen.  It
would have to be enough.

Andor:

     Outcast Orchid leaned against a pillar along the Processional Way--whatever the
actual name of the avenue was, she didn't know or care--and waited for the King to
drive past in his carriage.  It had been a boring trip.  No fraternization with
anybody!  She understood why her manager had give that order, but it had been hard to
follow.  All the opportunities she'd passed by!  She let her eyes wander across the
crowd waiting for the king to appear.  There was a fine-looking man in the prime of
life who looked like he might know a thing or two.  And over there a young man, full
of energy, who might be a gladiator--he looked like he could hardly wait for the
king's carriage to come into view.  It was good to see someone who really cared; and
he had several more probable gladiators with him.  They must have come from one of
the Convincian arenas to see the king.  And that man over there, my, wasn't HE a cute
one--
     A stirring in the crowd at the end of the block.  Not a cheer, but....  No, she
couldn't say what it was, exactly.  She wasn't good at finding words for stuff like
that.  Not exactly excitement, but greater attention.  Focus.  Probably the king's
carriage.  Or at least the head of the procession.
     Yes, here they came.  Guards.  Fine looking men, really fine.  Very serious,
practically stone-faced, but they were on duty, after all.  Then ordinary men in
fancy clothing.  Lesser members of the government, she guessed.  Some of them looked
like nobles, and some reminded her a LOT of Commission officials.  A bureaucrat
doesn't change from office to office.  More guards, looking more tense.
     "I was against this," a man beside her muttered.  "I told them from the
beginning that it would be better to keep it simple."
     She turned to look at him.  Oh, my, really cute!  Dark and gloomy, looked like a
poet.  She could have FUN with a man like that, but... she had her orders.
     "You think the parade is a mistake?"
     "That, too.  The more they bring their 'king' out in public, the more chance for
people to see that something's wrong.  But they have insisted on displaying... him.
No, it's this that's going to happen next.  I advised against it.  I did!  But they
WILL have their drama, and I, the gods forgive me, helped them set it up."  He shook
his head, looking more gloomy and romantical than ever.  "You should move away from
me.  I'm dangerous company."
     Orchid was going to ask him what he was talking about, but the carriage came
into view around the corner.  Okay, she could ask questions later.  Right now, her
most imperative command was to SEE.  To see the king, and report what she'd seen.
Accurately, which meant she had to pay attention here.  The carriage was moving
slowly, so she had plenty of time to observe it.
     The man on the rear seat, in the purple robes and the golden crown, must be the
king.  Who else could it be?  But she hadn't expected the crown, somehow.  She'd seen
Emperor Alonj of Fratsfa, and he didn't wear a crown.  She studied the king, if that
was him, closely.  Lady Fern would want details.  He didn't look... huh.  Not much of
anything.  Not interested in the city going past him, not bored by the parade, not
angry at something, not... anything.  Not particularly healthy, not actually sick.
He seemed so much a blank that it was disconcerting.
     "What's WRONG with him?"  She didn't realize she'd spoken out loud until she
heard the words hanging in the air.  Too late to call them back.
     "Aside from the fact that you're looking at a golem with no more mind than a
puppet?  Not a thing.  As empty golems go, it's a fairly good one."
     "A... golem?"  She turned to look at the man beside her.  "Then what happened to
the KING?"
     He shrugged.  "Nobody who's talking knows."
     "But--"
     He took her arm gently and turned her back toward the parade.  "Watch this."
His voice was grim.  "Watch closely, not just the 'king', and see if you can spot the
flaws.  Someone needs to know, besides me."
     Orchid focused on the carriage again, then began to look at the people closest
around it.  The neatly arrayed ranks of guards had gotten out of step and out of line
when they turned the corner back there.  Surely guards knew how to handle corners?
But they were being slow to reorganize their ranks.  The group she'd identified as
almost certainly gladiators--half a dozen of them--surged forward.  To protect--  No!
They were ATTACKING the king!  She stood for a few seconds in stunned disbelief, then
shook herself together and took a step forward.  She had to protect--
     The grip on her arm tightened, holding her back.  "No, lady, don't throw your
life away for nothing.  That is not the king, it was never the king, and this
'assassination' was arranged by--  Better, probably, if I don't tell you.  They sniff
out guilty knowledge like pig sniffing truffles.  Take what you have seen and get out
of town as quickly as you can without attracting suspicion.  Tell people--it's
important that people know what really happened here--"
     "Come with me," she said.  "You're in danger, too, aren't you?"
     "Yes, but I put myself in the path of--"
     A scream cut off his words.  She looked back.  The words of so many spy reports
ran through her head:  Blood on a purple robe may stain.  That robe was badly
stained.  But it was the gladiator-assassins who were screaming as the guards closed
around them and cut them down.  Cut them into pieces.  The pavement was awash with
blood.
     The grip on her elbow dragged her back into the concealment of the milling
crowd, then into a side street.  "Come away, lady, while you still can."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 310): ZENITH of Z GLADIATORZ (? , mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 621): LILAC LIZARD of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 621): GEORGE FOREMUN of ALL THE MUN'S MEN (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 609): HOT EIGHTEEN of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 610): PAUL WEIDORFER of MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 608): SAML ULRON of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 607): AMARANTH of MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 603): SIR CARLSON of LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 572): THE FOOL of AQUARIAN TAROT (?, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 563): CHARLES DEGLOPPER of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 554): ANNA BEATRICE of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 257): BRAIN TUMOR of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 453): BILLY JOHNSON of 1949 YANKEES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 211): ALBUQUERQUE of WESTERN FRONTIERS (?, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 506): VAJRA VALMEJAR of SCARLET KNIGHTS (Armalias, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 310): CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 621): ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 621): ALL THE MUN'S MEN (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 609): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 610): MEDAL OF HONOOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 608): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 607): MENAGERIE (Ichabod Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 603): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 572): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 563): MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 554): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 257): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 453): WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 211): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 506): SUPERIOR FATHER et al (Manager, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 309): CONCUSSION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 621): LILAC LIZARD of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
                               MOCHA MONKEY of ANIMAL FARM (Mino, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 620): MR FANG of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 606): SUZETTE CREPPAY of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 601): LITTLE ROCKY of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 571): DAY TURNER of MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 563): ROBERT DUNLAP of MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
                 (turn 562): TERRINDAR of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 553): BUM of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 210): TRYPTOPHAN of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
ZORPUNT brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  And it's out with the old, in with 
the new, as LORMIN GARDE 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.  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, BUBBA LOY was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.  And we have 
SERGEANT3 in a challenge, going down 14 points for the fight.  Guess what?  I thought 
SERGEANT3 showed great skill and promise when he was subdued by BUBBA LOY.  All 
right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess 
what brave team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Phlllt!  Just had to do that before 
I leave the fine city of ZORPUNT.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in your 
scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LORMIN GARDE 4854            15  14  0   112       KRILL CAVALRY (403)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAUL WIEDORFER 4876          12   1  1    85       MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TCHACK LOY 4856              10  17  0    65       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 BUBBA LOY 4853               11  18  0    62       KRILL CAVALRY (403)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TCHENI LOY 4868              11  11  2    52       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 SERGEANT 1 4886               6   1  2    51       MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
 SERGEANT3 4872                9   4  0    49       MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
-ICE STORM 4882                3   1  0    39       DISASTER (497)
 SERGEANT 2 4887               5   2  0    35       MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
 TWISTER 4888                  4   0  0    35       DISASTER (497)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LISA ANN 4824                 2   0  1    33       MINGALOIDS (486)
 TCHUMP LOY 4871               7  11  0    32       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
-EARTH QUAKE 4885              3   1  0    26       DISASTER (497)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WILD FIRE 4880                1   0  0    21       DISASTER (497)
 HURRICANE 4889                2   2  1    20       DISASTER (497)
 SERGEANT 5 4890               1   0  0    13       MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FRATSFA SLAVE           0  0 0                      TCHENI LOY 4868       611  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sergeant3 -- If I could charge you by the skills you learn, it would be a good thing
for me.  Not that I'm objecting to the win, mind. -- Lormin Garde

Sergeant 1 -- Why was I training a stat?  This must be a slip of somebody's finger,
and I will see to getting it fixed.  Gods, think of the skills I've been missing! --
Bubba Loy

Somebody'd been feeding spinach to the Captured Orc, and I do NOT like the result. --
Tchump Loy

It's better when my brother wears him out first, though. -- Tchack Loy

The Userous Merchant must have paid a personal trainer.  I wouldn't've thought he
could bring himself to part with the money. -- Tcheni Loy

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SERGEANT3 was bested by BUBBA LOY in a unpopular 6 minute Challenge fight.
TWISTER viciously subdued TCHUMP LOY in a 7 minute Challenge battle.
HURRICANE lost to SERGEANT 2 in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
PAUL WIEDORFER was devastated by LORMIN GARDE in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
SERGEANT 1 was subdued by TCHACK LOY in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
TCHENI LOY slaughtered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 3 minute mismatched fight.
SERGEANT 5 overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        17 -   4 -  0      81  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   3 -  2      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -   7 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   5 -  1      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  13 -  1      35  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        3 -  17 -  0      15  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 611 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   LORMIN GARDE 4854          15  14  0  112 KRILL CAVALRY (403)
AIMED BLOW       PAUL WIEDORFER 4876        12   1  1   85 MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
BASHING ATTACK   SERGEANT 1 4886             6   1  2   51 MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
PARRY-STRIKE     SERGEANT3 4872              9   4  0   49 MEDAL OF HONOR J4 (496)
STRIKING ATTACK  TWISTER 4888                4   0  0   35 DISASTER (497)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TCHENI LOY 4868.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was TCHENI LOY 4868.  The ten other most popular fighters were SERGEANT 2 4887, 
TCHACK LOY 4856, SERGEANT 5 4890, LORMIN GARDE 4854, SERGEANT 1 4886, TWISTER 4888, 
HURRICANE 4889, PAUL WIEDORFER 4876, TCHUMP LOY 4871, and SERGEANT3 4872.

The least popular fighter this week was BUBBA LOY 4853.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SERGEANT3 4872, TCHUMP LOY 4871, PAUL WIEDORFER 4876, HURRICANE 4889, 
TWISTER 4888, SERGEANT 1 4886, LORMIN GARDE 4854, SERGEANT 5 4890, TCHACK LOY 4856, 
and SERGEANT 2 4887.

                          SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN CLEVELAND!

Our summer FTF will be an eastern one this time, located in Cleveland, Ohio  on July 
17-19, 2009.  It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, OH, at 15471 
Royalton Rd (440-238-8800).  Rooms are only $95.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  

There is a free shuttle from the airport, free parking, and free high-speed wireless 
internet in all guestrooms ($3/day in public space).  The hotel has an indoor pool, 
pool table, and hockey, and a fitness center.   The hotel is located 1/2 mile from the 
largest mall in Northeast Ohio, with indoor minigolf and pottery painting, and right 
next door to Iceland Arena, which offers open skate and skate rental.  They also have 
four bikes on property available for checkout, as the Metro parks are next door as 
well.  The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  There are 
many restaurants and nightspots nearby and at the Mall, as well as a cafe in the 
hotel.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!