DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/23/2004    Duedate: 03/06/2004

LYRATILAN ARENA

DM-25    TURN-472

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ABSOLUCIOUN
CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
(25-4872) [9-9-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SOVEREYN                       POSITION IS EMPTY
CHAUCERS WORDS (452)           
(25-4870) [13-5-0,118]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SOVEREYN                       FELAWESHIPE
CHAUCERS WORDS (452)           CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
(25-4870) [13-5-0,118]         (25-4968) [2-1-0,11]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CHAUCERS WORDS (452)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CHAUCERS WORDS (452)        43
2. KITTY KONSPIRACY (462)       0      CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
3. THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (411)     0      Unchartered Team
4. THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)      -9
                                       ROCK HEADS (316)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (411)  21  11  3 65.6   1/ 1 CHAUCERS WORDS (452)     12  3 1
 2/ 3 CHAUCERS WORDS (452)      53  31  2 63.1   2/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)    7  8 0
 3/ 4 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)    77  53  4 59.2   3- 3 THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (411)  1  1 0
 4- 6*KITTY KONSPIRACY (462)     6  10  0 37.5   4- 4*KITTY KONSPIRACY (462)    1  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[ Out of the Past #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt:

     If anyone was aware of a difference in the air of the city, or in the texture of
life and death in the arena, they did not mention it.  Of course, with a stranger
holding a wizard's staff and guarded by...some kind of monsters sitting in the
arenamaster's box, who was going to mention things, even if they DID notice?
     And who, dying messily in the Dark Arena, would mention strange lights and
unexplained whistling noises?  If Arenamaster Kai saw fit to lay down pentagrams and
other designs of colored sand on the arena floor before each fight...well, he WAS the
arenamaster.  No doubt he knew what he was doing.
     It was known that a few managers intended to protest that they had not ordered
the actual, literal death of their warriors, but only formal dismissal from the
gladiatorial system.  But when they came back from the arenamaster's office, they
looked pale and shaken, and they had nothing to tell anyone about the situation.  And
one or two of them didn't come back at all.
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There IS something going on," Penok muttered to Jessie June as they waited in
the ready area for their fight to be called.  "Something bad.  I can feel it in my
bones.  I don't care what the Rau says."  She jerked her head sideways slightly,
indicating Tijiss Rau, the arena steward waiting in the archway just ahead of them.
     "You know Rau," Jessie June muttered back.  "'All for the best in the best of
all possible worlds', that's Rau.  He wouldn't know 'something bad' if he ate it for
dinner and got sick right after."  She eyed the crystals set into the wall of the
arena.  About a third of them were black, the rest were blood red.  They reminded her
of the eyes of spiders.  "If those are purely ornamental, I'll eat 'em."
     "Magic," Cane Toad said flatly, coming up behind the two women.  "Blood magic.
You can smell it in the air.  At least, I can.  There's a lot of it down south where
I come from, and I'd know that smell anywhere."
     "I thought all magic was screwed up because of the Chaos and the Arcanum and
all!" Penok protested.
     The poisonous Toad shook his head firmly.  "Not blood magic.  You spill enough
blood, nothing else matters."
     "And there's always a lot of blood spilled in the arena," Jessie June whispered,
horrified at the possibilities.
     "And the arena's been bloodier since those crystals went up," Cane Toad said.
"There's something bad going down here."

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene went overland from Andoria to the Delarquan Federation.  It might
have been faster to sail--if she could have found a ship going where she needed to
go, or hired one.  But she found herself distrusting the Trier.  The mage Khaldren
had come out of the Trier, after all.  He might have some power over it.  And he was
bound to notice that she and Raoul hadn't come back from the errand he'd commanded.
But these were all logical reasons that she had arrived at to explain her decision to
herself.  In fact, she simply hadn't trusted the Trier at an instinctive level.  She
made her way on foot along the coast to Gelafan, then hired horses as needed for a
fast ride south.  Well...fast!  She might have laughed if she hadn't been so worried.
Six days to Valamantis.  What horrors might the mad wizard have accomplished in six
days?
     Her plan was to take a riverboat up the Feyranse past Mordant to Sibikhas, and
then go by horse again to Delarq Tor.
     But there were towers behind Valamantis, where no towers had been for hundreds
of years.  They had none of the dream-like unreality of the vision towers that
Khaldren had raised over Zorpunt, and that was alarming.  Valamantis was much older
than Zorpunt.  There had once BEEN towers--it was called Old Valamantis now, and it
was in ruins except for the arena where the Bloodgames were held.  On that thought,
Hallie froze briefly, horrified by the realization that there had been Bloodgames
recently, lakes of blood spilled on that ancient soil.  What might Khaldren have
conjured out of that?  She didn't think she wanted to know.

Aruak City:

     The return of a wizard from drowned Krael was news that should reach Andor as
quickly as possible.  It took Raoul two days to reach Aruak City from Zorpunt, longer
than he would have liked, but faster than he had feared.  The Aruaki countryside had
suffered badly during the civil war and from the Chaos contamination just before
that.  People were getting it back into shape now, but there were no horses to be
rented or bought.  Or stolen, come to that.  Walking was faster than riding a plow
horse would've been, even if he could've gotten hold of one of the plowhorses.
     But he was damned glad to see the towers (most of the towers, some were nothing
but stumps) of Aruak city ahead.  He compared their slightly battered appearance with
the towers of Khaldren's Zorpunt and found this much better.  This was REAL.  Maybe
not perfect, maybe not as beautiful as a dream, but real.  He'd take this over the
perfect illusion any day.
     His first goal in the city was the Bulldog Inn.  He needed news, he needed to
contact his manager, and he wanted to alert Adie, the manager of the Tuft Tuggers, to
the danger.  Adie was a magician of some kind--he'd never bothered with the details--
and she could be an important part of the opposition to the Kraelian.  EARLY
opposition, too, before the man got entrenched in Zorpunt.  That might make a
difference.
     The Inn was jammed.  Odd, that.  Aruak City had always had a vigorous dueling
community, but...this many gladiators?  He could barely SEE across the common room,
much less move quickly.  But there was a table of managers in an alcove at the back.
He'd find news there, if he could reach it.
     The Lord Protector took a last look at the crowd, shook his head, and plunged in
under the elbow of a Shew.  The man was too tall for most managers, but there were
always one or two who would give a large gladiator a chance.  From the looks of the
scars, this man had been at it a while, but he was nobody Raoul recognized.  Well,
he'd been away for a long time.  Quite a long time, actually.
     "Raoul!"
     He paused and looked toward the woman whose hand was on his sleeve.  Hair like a
sunrise and wide violet eyes.  "Lady Adeolar!  You're one of the people I wanted to
find.  There--"
     "Not here in the middle of the floor, Raoul."  She drew him to one side and
through an inconspicuous door.  "Jhordeal will be glad to know you are well, but
that's not what you came for, is it?"
     "Glad to know I'm...?"  When had he been in Aruak City last?  Mantor, it was
years ago!  Before the civil war, and he had died....  He took off his hat, looked at
the rounded, dusty crown, ran a hand over his head, and put the hat back on.  No time
to go into that now.  "No, doll, that's not why I came this way.  There's magical
trouble.  Serious magical trouble, I think."
     "You came from Zorpunt?"  She twisted a lock of hair between nervous fingers.
"I have felt something happening there--something dark--"
     He nodded briefly.  "I saw it start, and it's going to be damned dark," he
muttered.  Quickly, he sketched in what he and Hallie had learned of the wizard
Khaldren and his intentions.  "I don't know how he's doing that much magic," he
finished, "because everyone says the Arcanum is in decline and spells aren't working,
but--"
     "He's using blood magic."  The woman's beautiful face hardened.  "It is the
oldest magic and the most primitive.  Almost always used for darkness and
destruction," she muttered, frowning, "even though it doesn't have to be....  It's
the least dependent on the Arcanum, unfortunately, the easiest to pervert, and the
hardest to control once it gets started."  She frowned, twisting the lock of hair
harder.  "In the hands of a powerful wizard with no scruples...."
     "That's what me and Hallie figured," Raoul said, nodding.  "I'm headed for
Andor--the king has to be warned.  And Hallie's taking the warning to Delarq Tor."
     "Yes, of course.  Definitely the right thing to do.  But you need to see your
manager before you leave town, Raoul.  He's been worried about you."  She patted his
arm absently, still frowning.  "I will gather as much information about this wizard
and his spells as I can....  I wish Shania were here, she is so good at that.  Well,
I must work with what I have."  She patted his arm one last time and opened the door
to the inn's main room.  "Off with you, and tell the other managers that...tell them
I have things to do, and I'll add to your news later."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 482): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 482): JERRY CURL of DA AFRO (?, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 475): BLIND GIRL of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 471): TAZZY TIGER of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 471): ABSOLUCIOUN of CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 472): HERCULES of HISTORY! (Guardian, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): SNOTMAN of I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 433): CMOT DIBBLER of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 426): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): OPURT of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): GRIM GLADIOLA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 331): LIGHTNING IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 320): FURIOUS TERROR of CAR AND DRIVER (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 142): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 367): SNOWY OWL of CALL OF THE WILD from KYR'TERR (Poison Ivy)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): PHOENIX FIRE (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 482): THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 482): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 475): JUST CHILLIN (Mr. Freeze, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 471): THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 471): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 472): HEADBANGERS (Sablon-O-Vlad, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 433): BATTLE SCHOOL (?, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 426): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 331): DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 320): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 142): SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 367): DA AFRO, etc. (?, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
               (turn 239): ABYSS of PHANTOM FORCES 2 (The Catalyst, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 482): GOLDEN MOMENT of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
                   (turn 481): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 475): GARY CONDIT of THE DEMOCRATS (Al Gore, mgr.)
                           JUSTICE of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Klondike Kate, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 425): SKOWIE of SPRINGFIELD XIII (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 419): OPURT of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
                 (turn 418): BANANA JR of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): RED EYE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 331): ACUTE of THIEVES GUILD (Hombre, mgr.)
                          GAZREKK of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 320): WANDERING JO of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out LYRATILAN to 
see what's new.  MVP award for SQUYER?  CHAUCERS WORDS' proud of it after beating 
YENTA ZEL and getting 19 points.  Talk about yer major upsets!  YENTA ZEL's match 
with SQUYER cost her a loss of 12 points!  This Duelmaster is like something else!  
ABSOLUCIOUN stopped BRON CHOLLU dead in his tracks!  Who was the wiseguy that said 
LYRATILAN's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Mourngrym Inn and Tavern?  Don't 
look at me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it 
quits.  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ABSOLUCIOUN 4872              9   9  1   115       CHAUCERS WORDS (452)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOVEREYN 4870                13   5  0   118       CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
-SIAMESE SPY 4971              6   1  0   114       KITTY KONSPIRACY (462)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NOLAN ORGEL 4981             16  10  1    83       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 XYLZ AREE 4987               13   9  1    76       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 SQUYER 4871                  11   7  0    76       CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
 BRON CHOLLU 4988             12  10  0    67       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YENTA ZEL 4986               15   8  1    54       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-STAYED HOME 4967              5   2  1    43       THIS LITTLE PRIGGY (411)
 HONOUR 5002                   3   0  0    37       CHAUCERS WORDS (452)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VELOND WOK 5006               1   0  0    15       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 FELAWESHIPE 4968              2   1  0    11       CHAUCERS WORDS (452)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
TAM ULLAN 4984        15 10 1 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 464  ABSOLUCIOUN 4872      471         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sovereyn -- So you're a neutral Karnhorn king?  Do you mind if I don't swear
allegiance to you?  Somehow you aren't what I'm looking for in a ruler, you see. --
Xylz Aree
P.S.  But you do fight well.  That's something

Absolucioun -- That was the pits.  I hate dying.  It's so disruptive, and I had a lot
of things planned. -- Ghost of Tam Ullan
P.S.  By the way, if I die from facing absolution, does that mean I go straight to
heaven, not passing Go nor collecting $200 dollars?

A Khalhums Dwarf?  Pish, and also tush.  He's just a short, hairy sparring dummy. --
Nolan Orgel

The Ambitious Guard isn't a hot item, either.  He should get an ambition for some
other life. -- Bron Chollu

Squyer -- Well, okay, maybe not in the bathtub.  I'm picky where I bathe.  But you
weren't a tough opponent for me, you know. -- Yenta Zel
P.S.  Of course, you weren't all that awful, either, since you taught me a couple of
skills and didn't die.

Nobody was most challenged, nobody was most avoided, and nobody else wrote personals.
(sigh)  There are days like that.... -- Leeta, The Middle Way

28 January 2004
All -- I send out this invitation to all teams and managers.  A new Alliance has been
formed.  The Living Essences Alliance is being formed to join forces in an effort to
eliminate common foes and to help the joined warriors grow and learn to the best of
their abilities by offering suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter what arena
you're in, or if you're in another alliance already, as of today.  This Alliance is
open to one and all!  If you are interested in joining, please DIPLO me, or send a
personal ad to DM 93's newsletter.  If you wish to join beyond March 2004, send a PA
to DM 82.  Come join the fun! -- Dagan LifeGiver, mgr. Shadow Warriors (DM 93)

28 January 2004
This notice is to formally introduce our young alliance, CHAOS INC.  We consist of
APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and now RUDE BUDDHA.  If we aren't already there, we
WILL be coming to an arena near you soon!  Hope to see you all at the ZALCON II.

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ABSOLUCIOUN devastated BRON CHOLLU in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
SOVEREYN vanquished NOLAN ORGEL in a 2 minute uneven battle.
XYLZ AREE was narrowly defeated by VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 2 minute expert's fight.
SQUYER devastated YENTA ZEL in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
HONOUR subdued VISITING ORC in a 3 minute amateur's competition.
FELAWESHIPE was unbelievably bested by VELOND WOK in a 4 minute amateur's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   1 -  0      86  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  15 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  13 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    3 -   8 -  0      27  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 472 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         2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SOVEREYN 4870              13   5  0  118 CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
WALL OF STEEL    NOLAN ORGEL 4981           16  10  1   83 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
SLASHING ATTACK  XYLZ AREE 4987             13   9  1   76 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
PARRY-LUNGE      HONOUR 5002                 3   0  0   37 CHAUCERS WORDS (452)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SOVEREYN 4870.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was FELAWESHIPE 4968.  The ten other most popular fighters were SOVEREYN 4870, 
ABSOLUCIOUN 4872, XYLZ AREE 4987, SQUYER 4871, HONOUR 5002, NOLAN ORGEL 4981, VELOND 
WOK 5006, BRON CHOLLU 4988, YENTA ZEL 4986, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was YENTA ZEL 4986.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BRON CHOLLU 4988, VELOND WOK 5006, NOLAN ORGEL 4981, HONOUR 5002, 
SQUYER 4871, XYLZ AREE 4987, ABSOLUCIOUN 4872, SOVEREYN 4870, FELAWESHIPE 4968, and  
0.