DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/11/2010    Duedate: 02/24/2010

ZORPUNT ARENA

DM-24    TURN-628

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WILD FIRE
DISASTER (497)
(24-4880) [15-0-3,153]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WILD FIRE                      SERGEANT 4
DISASTER (497)                 MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)
(24-4880) [15-0-3,153]         (24-4901) [7-2-1,79]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TCHACK LOY                     MORIT KOBUN
KRILL CAVALRY (403)            KRILL CAVALRY (403)
(24-4856) [15-29-1,82]         (24-4911) [2-0-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PIRATE'S COVE (498)         33
2. KRILL CAVALRY (403)          8      DISASTER (497)
3. MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)      3      Unchartered Team
4. DISASTER (497)             -11
                                       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)   34   9  4 79.1   1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)  10  5 0
 2/ 2 DISASTER (497)            44  18  5 71.0   2/ 2 DISASTER (497)            6  1 0
 3/ 3 KRILL CAVALRY (403)      758 766 22 49.7   3/ 3 KRILL CAVALRY (403)       6  8 0
 4/ 4 PIRATE'S COVE (498)       10  24  0 29.4   4/ 4 PIRATE'S COVE (498)       4  5 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 #44 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Fratsfa:

     "So," Lenpro said, "we have two basic--linked but distinct--problems.  The
chaotic magic, and the civil war.  Is that correct?"
     Lady Fern nodded.  "Over-simplified, but correct."
     "And Fandil is going to have to be the one to deal with the magic--"
     "I have heard of the mage Fandil, of course," Herlas cut in, "and I would guess
he has as good a chance as any and better than most, but... will he do it?  Will he
do it in TIME?"
     "He's working on it now," Fern said.
     The younger man blinked and looked around the room blankly.  "Already?  But how
did he know?"
     Fern laughed.  "That is a question I prefer not to ask my brother, along with
'what are you doing?'.  It is sufficient to know that he is working on it."  She sat
even straighter in her chair.  "Your obvious intention, Lenpro, is to state that we
here in this room must begin to deal with the civil war side of the problem."
     "Preferably before it becomes an outright civil war," the manager from Iaye
said.  "At the moment, it's more of a palace coup.  If we can stop it now--"
     "Ah..." Herlas shifted a little in his chair, "that may not be possible.
Cutting it off before it becomes an outright civil war.  The tensions and irritations
that Korneth has been working with are real enough, and by now they're probably--
almost certainly--inflamed enough that bringing them to a halt short of violence
is....  I don't think it can be done."
     "Just what, exactly, 'tensions and irritations' are you talking about?"  Lenpro
scowled.  "The Andorian League is probably the best place to live in all Alastari--"
     Herlas sighed, looked at Outcast Orchid almost helplessly for a moment, then
squared his shoulders.  Definitely a 'you aren't going to like this' gesture.
"Korneth may have come out of nowhere I've ever heard of, but he gained local support
quickly.  Very quickly--and more than you might think, especially in Convincia.  The
Great Thane has been... cool, but he hasn't made any effort to stop the drift of many
of his lesser thanes into the..." a vague gesture, of one groping for words, "the
isolationist camp, I might call it.  And at a lower level still, among the ordinary
people, farmers, small merchants, the foundation of Convincian strength, there's a
lot of resentment against, well, the Aruaki first.  They don't like how powerful the
Aruaki are in the League.  They don't like Aruaki wanting to marry their sons and
daughters and 'taint' their own family bloodlines.  They just--"
     "They don't like the Aruaki," Fern finished.  She looked thoughtful and glanced
at Lenpro.  "What has been your experience on Iaye?  It is officially under the
government of the Aruaki Clanhold, is it not?"
     "Officially... sort of."  Lenpro got up and started walking around the room,
finding an outlet for his own irritation in the activity.  With obvious reluctance,
he said, "We don't see many of the Aruaki on Iaye, and if some official were to come
and try to give orders... they probably wouldn't be well received.  But that's a long
way from civil war!"
     "It's the soil that a civil war can grow in," Fern said.  "The werefolk are not
welcomed with open arms here in Fratsfa, either, especially since the plague.  Some
of the plague-driven shape-changes and the associated personality shifts were," she
sighed, "frankly disastrous.  But it isn't the fault of the Aruaki themselves!"
     "It doesn't need to be," Sizzling Sunflower cut in.  "It isn't the fault of the
river if someone's house gets flooded, but no intelligent person builds too close to
it even so."
     "Yes, exactly so."  Herlas nodded.  "Even people who aren't hostile to the
Aruaki have taken to avoiding them--"
     "We don't see it in the arenas," Lenpro said.
     "Yes, well, they're avoiding the gladiators, too, I bet," Orchid said.  "Nobody
was giving gladiators the benefit of the doubt up in Andor just recently."
     "There's also hostility toward gladiators," Herlas admitted.  "Many people see
them as tools of the Grey Wand, which they fear outright.  And, again, they resent
the effect of the arenas on their sons and daughters.  That it draws them away from
what their parents consider the proper life and duties--"
     "Immortality--"
     "A lot of jealousy, huh?" Orchid asked.
     Herlas nodded again.  "A lot of people have trouble accepting the typical elvish
lifespan, but at least elves can be killed.  Add in the guarantee of resurrection...
jealousy, resentment, even religious outrage.  There was a lot of dissatisfaction
that Korneth could strike a match to."
     "It's all well and good to SAY these things," Orchid growled, taking her turn to
stamp up and down the room.  "But what can we DO about them?  The Aruaki aren't going
to go away.  The arenas aren't going to go away.  The elves, and the Grey Wand,
aren't going to go away.  All this stuff you're SAYING isn't telling us what we can
DO."
     Herlas smiled, though there was little amusement in the expression.  "Korneth's
solution is to kill or 'cast out' the Aruaki--send them back to Ratan, apparently.
Get rid of the arena system, kill Lord Protectors whenever they turn up and destroy
the bodies so that they can't be resurrected, and direct the energies of the
remaining Andorians toward a war with the Karnhorn Empire."
     "Scapegoats," Lady Fern said.  Her expression suggested that if she wasn't a
lady, she'd spit on the floor.
     "Cut off Korneth's legitimacy by providing a ruler that all can accept as--"
     "But can 'all' accept Alonj?" Orchid asked.
     "As an alternative to a civil war, yes, I think so.  If we get the message on
that out before emotions become so inflamed that nobody wants a reasonable
alternative to civil war.  But these irritations... they won't go away, because they
do have a real foundation," Lenpro nodded acknowledgement at the Zensovian mage, "but
they've become exaggerated.  Inflamed," he repeated, liking the word.
"So we need anti-inflammatories."  Fern nodded.  "It won't be easy, but--"
     "Maybe if the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors help out people, all kinds of
people--the ordinary ones you were talking about," Sunflower began.
     "No."  Fern and Lenpro spoke together, and immediately.  Lenpro gestured for his
sister to continue.  "If we add the burden of gratitude to the resentments already
festering, it will make things worse.  No, better if we find some way for the
ordinary mortal human Andorians to help out the Aruaki and the Lord Protectors, that
might do better."
     Sizzling Sunflower looked dubious, but she shrugged and sat back, accepting her
manager's perception as being wiser than her own.  "How, then?"

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): WAR BOND of SMITHSONIAN (Curator, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 638): SHY MEERCAT of FURRY FURY (Grimm?, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): FLOPEAR of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): HATE MY LIFE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 627): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): COROT TORO of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): DIGGITY DOG of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 584): CORBIE LEK of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 580): HELL HOUND of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 571): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): NOT SO HOT of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 523): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 318): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 638): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 638): THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 623): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 627): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 622): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 620): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 584): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 580): THE STORM FRONT (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 571): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 266): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 470): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): INSECTOSOIDS (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 522): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 637): PITCH of THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 623): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): COUNTRY RHODES of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 571): SIS of FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome ZORPUNT.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have 
I fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  What's with COLIN POOLE?  
He actually beat MEDAL OF HONOR Z3's SERGEANT 2, and walked away with 22 more points 
from the fight.  Major screwup at DISASTER.  EARTH QUAKE lost 17 points to SERGEANT 
4.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe EARTH QUAKE will provide more easy wins...  
Try as he might, TCHACK LOY wasn't good enough at persuading WILD FIRE to step down 
from the Duelmaster's throne...  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to 
practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  ZORPUNT thinks KRILL CAVALRY 
and their 758-766-22 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  The 
bums at DISASTER couldn't face the challenges from KRILL CAVALRY!  No excuse for 
that!   
     Warriors of ZORPUNT unite.  You have only your games to lose!  How long have I 
been here?  I got people to see, places to go...   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  The end 
of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  I don't want to 
overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WILD FIRE 4880               15   0  3   153       DISASTER (497)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TCHACK LOY 4856              15  29  1    82       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
-TWISTER 4888                  8   2  0    79       DISASTER (497)
 SERGEANT 4 4901               7   2  1    79       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EARTH QUAKE 4885              8   3  1    57       DISASTER (497)
 SERGEANT 3 4903               8   1  1    57       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOHAWK JOE 4896               4   6  0    51       PIRATE'S COVE (498)
 COLIN POOLE 4893              7   4  0    49       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 SERGEANT 2 4900               7   2  2    36       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MUD SLIDE 4907                3   1  0    33       DISASTER (497)
-LISA ANN 4824                 2   0  1    33       MINGALOIDS (486)
 GENERAL 3 4905                5   2  0    29       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)
 MORTIS THE FORSAKEN 4897      3   7  0    27       PIRATE'S COVE (498)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORIT KOBUN 4911              2   0  0    20       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 SERGEANT 5 4908               4   1  0    19       MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)
 CAPTAIN BONES 4898            2   8  0    14       PIRATE'S COVE (498)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MELWODE STONE 4909            1   3  0    10       KRILL CAVALRY (403)
 MODESTA STONE 4910            2   2  0     8       KRILL CAVALRY (403)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BUBBA LOY 4853         15 28 0 KRILL CAVALRY 403    WILD FIRE 4880        625   
TCHUMP LOY 4871         7 24 0 KRILL CAVALRY 403    SERGEANT 4 4901       624  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Wild Fire -- I wish you were a woman.  I'd like to get close to a fiery woman. --
Tchack Loy

Captain Bones -- Oh, for the cat's sake!  The Commission finds that funny, I know,
but I haven't seen any amusement in it. -- Colin Poole

Mortis the Forsaken -- I can do that.  I can forsake you like nobody's business, and
glad to do it! -- Modesta Stone, just feeling helpful

I completely fail to understand the "big deal" about Beggars.  Why should I be nice
to them?  Why don't they get jobs? -- Melwode Stone

Hey, if the Beggar's job is making it less scary to begin as a gladiator--and more
successful--then I'm for it! -- Morit Kobun

9 February 10
All -- I know you all thought the old Wiz that is Fiz went off to die somewhere.
Well, I didn't.  Now I'm back to befuddle and frustrate you with my senseless
ramblings.  I look forward to reconnecting with all my old friends and enemies alike.
-- Fizban the Famous

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WILD FIRE devastated TCHACK LOY in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
EARTH QUAKE was vanquished by SERGEANT 4 in a 1 minute uneven battle.
GENERAL 3 was demolished by MOHAWK JOE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SERGEANT 2 was bested by COLIN POOLE in a popular 1 minute contest.
SERGEANT 3 overpowered AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute mismatched match.
MORTIS THE FORSAKEN devastated MODESTA STONE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
CAPTAIN BONES was bested by MORIT KOBUN in a 2 minute match.
SERGEANT 5 bested MELWODE STONE in a 1 minute novice's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         BASHING ATTACK    18 -   7 -  3      72  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        17 -   7 -  2      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -   7 -  1      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   9 -  1      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY        3 -  12 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   9 -  0      18  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 628 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         1 -  2         4  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       WILD FIRE 4880             15   0  3  153 DISASTER (497)
BASHING ATTACK   SERGEANT 4 4901             7   2  1   79 MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)
SLASHING ATTACK  EARTH QUAKE 4885            8   3  1   57 DISASTER (497)
LUNGING ATTACK   SERGEANT 3 4903             8   1  1   57 MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (499)
STRIKING ATTACK  COLIN POOLE 4893            7   4  0   49 KRILL CAVALRY (403)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TCHACK LOY 4856.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MORIT KOBUN 4911.  The ten other most popular fighters were COLIN POOLE 4893, 
SERGEANT 4 4901, SERGEANT 2 4900, MORTIS THE FORSAKEN 4897, SERGEANT 5 4908, WILD 
FIRE 4880, MOHAWK JOE 4896, SERGEANT 3 4903, TCHACK LOY 4856, and EARTH QUAKE 4885.

The least popular fighter this week was MELWODE STONE 4909.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CAPTAIN BONES 4898, MODESTA STONE 4910, GENERAL 3 4905, EARTH 
QUAKE 4885, TCHACK LOY 4856, SERGEANT 3 4903, MOHAWK JOE 4896, WILD FIRE 4880, 
SERGEANT 5 4908, and MORTIS THE FORSAKEN 4897.