DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/21/2005    Duedate: 04/02/2005

LYRATILAN ARENA

DM-25    TURN-500

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DEATHBRINGER
MADTOWN (358)
(25-3728) [9-10-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DEATHBRINGER                   POSITION IS EMPTY
MADTOWN (358)                  
(25-3728) [9-10-1,115]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WE LIKE THE MOON               ALBINO ASSASSIN
SPONGMONKEYS (467)             THE NATURALS (259)
(25-5013) [19-8-3,107]         (25-4817) [3-10-0,23]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MADTOWN (358)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)      48
2. MADTOWN (358)               28      SPONGMONKEYS (467)
3. THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)      16      Unchartered Team
4. SPONGMONKEYS (467)          15
5. ERRATA (323)                 8      EM KNIGHTS (243)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SPONGMONKEYS (467)        22  12  4 64.7   1- 4 OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)   6  4 0
 2/ 2 KNIGHTS OF THE ROU (363)  50  43  4 53.8   2/ 2 MADTOWN (358)             6  5 1
 3/ 3 MADTOWN (358)             38  34  4 52.8   3/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)    6  9 0
 4- 4 OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)  122 118  5 50.8   4/ 0 WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)    5  0 1
 5/ 5 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)   135 134  4 50.2   5- 5 THUNDERCATS (351)         5  3 0
 6- 7 FUNKY FOLK (469)          17  18  2 48.6   6/ 6 KNIGHTS OF THE ROU (363)  5  7 1
 7/ 0 WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)    91 100 15 47.6   7/ 1 ERRATA (323)              4  4 0
 8/ 0 THE NATURALS (259)       113 139  8 44.8   8- 8 FUNKY FOLK (469)          2  1 0
 9/ 9 ERRATA (323)             107 133  6 44.6   9/ 0 THE NATURALS (259)        2  3 1
10-10 THUNDERCATS (351)         63  82  7 43.4  10/ 9 SPONGMONKEYS (467)        2  4 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
LYRATILAN.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  We 
now have a new top team for all of you guys to dogpile on.  MADTOWN now holds the 
crown and they are betting they can keep it.  A stormcloud is brewing over the ERRATA 
guildhouse.  Rumor says any more weeks like this ones 1-1-0 may send the team to the 
Dark Arena.  Coming up with a solid 0-0-0 outing, OSCO INTOXICATORS has advanced 3 
places in the rankings.  Hey everybody, watch out for DEATHBRINGER, who flew up 28 
points in the rankings after mashing PEROXIDE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this 
guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  LITE SLEEPER was 
beat by POLEAX and drops 9 points.  Try as hard as the OSCO INTOXICATORS stable 
might, they were unable to find their warrior (and ex-Duelmaster) TRIMOX before this 
week's fights.  In front of all the crowds, DEATHBRINGER took the Duelmaster's crown 
for his own.  I give the bum two weeks.  4 out of 5 gladiators surveyed protect the 
body, so try and avoid aiming at that location.   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Did you hear that OSCO INTOXICATORS was 
most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal hygiene of OSCO 
INTOXICATORS' warriors, I'm not surprised!  For those of you who like math, try this 
one:  OSCO INTOXICATORS + Weapons That go Boom = KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND + Avoid City.  
Well just about everybody wants a piece of BRON CHOLLU, who was this week's most 
challenged warrior.  WE LIKE THE MOON of SPONGMONKEYS had better have a good reason 
for challenging down 13 points in a challenge which he won.  I thought WE LIKE THE 
MOON showed great skill and promise when he beat BRON CHOLLU.  All right, so I slept 
through it!  Big deal!   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  The audience likes blood and there was plenty of it 
covering PEROXIDE as he was driven to an early grave by DEATHBRINGER of the MADTOWN.  
For those of you who missed it, Death showed up, grabbed CALLI GEIER by the ear and 
took her away to a place where she won't need a coat.  Ask not the elves for counsel, 
for they will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you 
enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be 
leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATHBRINGER 3728             9  10  1   115       MADTOWN (358)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TRIMOX 4123                  11   2  0   120       OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)
 WE LIKE THE MOON 5013        19   8  3   107       SPONGMONKEYS (467)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRON CHOLLU 4988             19  31  0    88       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-PANTHRO 3641                 15  15  2    84       THUNDERCATS (351)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JAGA 3638                    12  18  0    66       THUNDERCATS (351)
 SPARK 4015                    8   5  0    66       ERRATA (323)
 VELOND WOK 5006              16  13  0    61       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 ROXXY 4753                    9   9  3    61       WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)
-RICK O'SHEA 5028              7   1  1    59       FUNKY FOLK (469)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CUTTER 3726                   9  10  1    52       MADTOWN (358)
-MENTAL 5075                   4   3  1    50       ERRATA (323)
-K-DUR 4141                    9   3  0    49       OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)
-PENDANT 3721                  7  17  1    45       THUNDERCATS (351)
-THEODORIC 5081                5   2  2    45       MADTOWN (358)
 QUIA SALIAN 5032              8   9  0    42       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-RAELVIN 5080                  5   2  0    42       THUNDERCATS (351)
-BENGAUL 3815                  9   9  1    41       THUNDERCATS (351)
 BELTRAN FOSS 5038             7   8  0    41       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 BIG HOUSE BOSS 4906           4   2  1    41       WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PAM PURRS 5078                3   1  1    41       FUNKY FOLK (469)
-PILL 4203                     4   3  0    40       OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)
 SLACKER 4884                  5   2  0    38       THE NATURALS (259)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROWEN 4134                    1   2  1    30       KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (363)
 SHE-MAN 4904                  4   2  1    29       WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)
 BLANK 4133                    4   7  1    26       ERRATA (323)
 NAUGHTY ONE 4964              2   0  0    26       WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALBINO ASSASSIN 4817          3  10  0    23       THE NATURALS (259)
 CRISP 4840                    3   7  0    21       WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)
 POLEAX 4023                   2   1  0    20       KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (363)
-ADVIL 5070                    2   3  0    19       OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)
-FOOL? 4022                    2   6  0    18       ERRATA (323)
-COLJ 5084                     1   0  0    18       ERRATA (323)
-BLOODSHED 5092                2   2  0    16       MADTOWN (358)
-VAN TASTIC 5091               1   1  0    16       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 VAMP 4160                     2   1  0    15       KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (363)
 THE CURSE 5072                1   0  1    14       THE NATURALS (259)
-ZEPPELIN 5014                 1   0  1    14       SPONGMONKEYS (467)
-JOCKO 5093                    2   2  0     8       MADTOWN (358)
 LITE SLEEPER 4965             1   1  0     4       THE NATURALS (259)
-TUMS 5102                     0   2  0     2       OSCO INTOXICATORS (346)
-PUFFIN 5012                   0   1  0     1       SPONGMONKEYS (467)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SHIFTYEYED VOLUNT 337  0  1 0   1                   THE CURSE 5072        500 NONE    
CALLI GEIER 5023       8 14 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 464  ROXXY 4753            500         
PEROXIDE 2926         13 11 2 THE NATURALS 259      DEATHBRINGER 3728     500         
TOASTY 5015            1  1 0 SPONGMONKEYS 467      HALF-ORC GUARDSMA 358 500 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We Like the Moon -- You've said that before.  Often.  Give it a rest. -- Bron Chollu
P.S.  Graduate, dammit.

Panthro -- The thunder at the beginning of the fight was impressive, and distracting.  
Shrewd move.  I hate you for it. -- Velond Wok

Jaga -- And I'll probably get cat-scratch fever, too. -- Quia Salian

Pendant -- I hate the way you hang around. -- Calli Geier

Blank -- It's easy to write skills on a Blank slate.  Cunning move on your manager's 
part. -- Beltran Foss

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TOASTY was viciously butchered by HALF-ORC GUARDSMAN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
WE LIKE THE MOON demolished BRON CHOLLU in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
SPARK overpowered VELOND WOK in a 2 minute bloody mismatched Challenge duel.
ROWEN was narrowly defeated by BELTRAN FOSS in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
VAMP was vanquished by QUIA SALIAN in a 1 minute brutal mismatched Challenge fight.
DEATHBRINGER butchered PEROXIDE in a 1 minute one-sided Title competition.
ROXXY easily killed CALLI GEIER in a 1 minute uneven melee.
BLANK lost to SHE-MAN in a 1 minute duel.
BIG HOUSE BOSS defeated THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 1 minute duel.
SLACKER vanquished CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CRISP overpowered FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
ALBINO ASSASSIN was luckily beaten by CULT MEMBER in a exciting 2 minute bloody match.
LITE SLEEPER was handily defeated by POLEAX in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
NAUGHTY ONE demolished FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
THE CURSE easily killed SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    52 -  22 -  8      70  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW         8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     14 -  16 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   19 -  23 -  0      45  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  26 -  1      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  16 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -  19 -  0      27  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 500 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   WE LIKE THE MOON 5013      19   8  3  107 SPONGMONKEYS (467)
WALL OF STEEL    SPARK 4015                  8   5  0   66 ERRATA (323)
TOTAL PARRY      VELOND WOK 5006            16  13  0   61 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
STRIKING ATTACK  BIG HOUSE BOSS 4906         4   2  1   41 WINDY CITY WOMEN (440)
AIMED BLOW       SLACKER 4884                5   2  0   38 THE NATURALS (259)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WE LIKE THE MOON 5013.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was ALBINO ASSASSIN 4817.  The ten other most popular fighters were SPARK 
4015, ROWEN 4134, BELTRAN FOSS 5038, QUIA SALIAN 5032, TOASTY 5015, WE LIKE THE MOON 
5013, DEATHBRINGER 3728, SHE-MAN 4904, BIG HOUSE BOSS 4906, and SLACKER 4884.

The least popular fighter this week was LITE SLEEPER 4965.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CALLI GEIER 5023, PEROXIDE 2926, VAMP 4160, VELOND WOK 5006, 
BRON CHOLLU 4988, THE CURSE 5072, BLANK 4133, ROXXY 4753, NAUGHTY ONE 4964, and 
POLEAX 4023.