DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/05/2005    Duedate: 09/17/2005

LYRATILAN ARENA

DM-25    TURN-512

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VELOND WOK
THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
(25-5006) [25-16-0,105]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VELOND WOK                     POSITION IS EMPTY
THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)         
(25-5006) [25-16-0,105]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ALBINO ASSASSIN                TINKERBELL
THE NATURALS (259)             MADTOWN (358)
(25-4817) [5-10-0,38]          (25-5129) [3-0-0,26]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MADTOWN (358)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FUNKY FOLK (469)            30
2. THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)      29      MADTOWN (358)
3. MADTOWN (358)               22      Unchartered Team
4. THE NATURALS XIII (440)     17
5. THE NATURALS (259)           3      DINO DUDES (326)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 SPONGMONKEYS (467)        29  19  5 60.4   1/ 1 MADTOWN (358)            11  4 0
 2/ 2 MADTOWN (358)             66  48  5 57.9   2/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)    6  7 0
 3/ 0 FUNKY FOLK (469)          30  29  4 50.8   3/ 0 THE NATURALS XIII (440)   3  2 0
 4/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)   159 158  6 50.2   4- 4 SPONGMONKEYS (467)        2  0 0
 5/ 0 THE NATURALS XIII (440)   94 102 15 48.0   5/ 3 THE NATURALS (259)        2  3 0
 6/ 4 THE NATURALS (259)       119 144  8 45.2   6/ 0 FUNKY FOLK (469)          1  4 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 Middle Way ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Beltran Foss turned the thing over in his hand, but it still looked like an
ordinary piece of ginger root only very dark brown.  "THIS is the Dark Root that is
causing so much trouble in other arenas?"  It didn't feel woody, which is what he had
first expected.  More of a firm but fleshy feel that made him want to throw it away
from him in disgust.  He controlled the impulse and looked a question at his
teammate.
     Quia Salian shrugged.  "That's what I was told."
     "It doesn't look like much."
     "Part of its insidiosity," Quia said.  "It doesn't look dangerous, so people get
reckless.  At least, that's what *I* think."
     "Mmm."  He looked down at the root, then back up at Quia.  "How did you come by
it?  Surely it wasn't just handed out casually on the street?"
     Quia looked away from his gaze, and a slow blush mounted from her shirt collar
to her hairline.  "I, um, just asked a guy I knew if he could, you know, get some.  I
was curious, is all.  I didn't expect him to actually BRING me some."
     "Curious?"  Beltran felt like shaking her.  Hard.  "So, tell me, have you tried
smoking khugas because you're CURIOUS?  Have you--"  Now he did throw the root from
him.  "Setting aside all other questions, such as the stupidity of getting involved
in ANY WAY with a dangerous drug, have you considered what Leeta will say?"
     "Well, we don't have to TELL her, do we?  After all, it isn't like I'm going to
use the stuff.  It was just a whim.  Just...research."
     "And how did you PAY for this, Quia?"
     "I didn't have to pay for it.  He just gave it to me."  Her eyes shifted again.
     Beltran's hackles stood straight up, or, in the words of non-werewolves, the
hair on the back of his neck stood up.  This time he did grab Quia and shake her.
"You IDIOT!  I suppose he told you that 'maybe later you could do him a favor'?"
     "Well...so what if he did?  If I don't use the root, I don't owe him anything,
do I?  I mean, I can give it back."
     "You're a fool," Beltran said.  "You shouldn't be let off the leash, ever!"

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I believe you spoke too quickly, or maybe too boastfully, Theodoric.  Not that I
blame you.  Anyone is justified in boasting of a win.  Maybe next time.

                                      Velond Wok

P.S.  Just be glad I'm not a devotee of the Dark Root.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of LYRATILAN.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  FUNKY FOLK had 
cause to celebrate, after ROBIN BANKS got 19 points by beating BLOODSHED.  Win some, 
lose some.  Speaking of which, ROBIN BANKS was winsome, after beating BLOODSHED and 
seeing him lose 16 points.  Those who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by 
RICK O'SHEA, of FUNKY FOLK, who despite a 10-4-1 couldn't overcome LYRATILAN's Number 
1.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  
Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  The manager at FUNKY 
FOLK must have some new strategy for sending FREIDA SLAVES, a warrior with 3-1-0, to 
the Dark Arena.  Watch this space!  Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will 
pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in LYRATILAN is the highlight of my life.  As the 
seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to 
leave this place.  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for 
LYRATILAN?  On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VELOND WOK 5006              25  16  0   105       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THEODORIC 5081               10   6  2    95       MADTOWN (358)
 RICK O'SHEA 5028             10   4  1    94       FUNKY FOLK (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOCKO 5093                    9   4  1    70       MADTOWN (358)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BELTRAN FOSS 5038            15  12  2    66       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 QUIA SALIAN 5032             13  16  0    59       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-BIG JOY 5123                  4   2  0    58       SPONGMONKEYS (467)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROBIN BANKS 5114              4   1  0    56       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 BIG HOUSE BOSS 4906           5   2  1    54       THE NATURALS XIII (440)
 ROXXY 4753                    9  10  3    51       THE NATURALS XIII (440)
 BLOODSHED 5092                7   6  0    44       MADTOWN (358)
 THE CURSE 5072                3   1  1    44       THE NATURALS (259)
 NAUGHTY ONE 4964              3   0  0    41       THE NATURALS XIII (440)
 ALBINO ASSASSIN 4817          5  10  0    38       THE NATURALS (259)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GIGLIE 5130                   3   0  0    31       MADTOWN (358)
 SLACKER 4884                  5   4  0    30       THE NATURALS (259)
 CRISP 4840                    4   7  0    27       THE NATURALS XIII (440)
 TINKERBELL 5129               3   0  0    26       MADTOWN (358)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHE-MAN 4904                  4   3  1    22       THE NATURALS XIII (440)
 DAVIA HANNAS 5138             1   1  0    18       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 ALFIE DERZANE 5103            1   1  1    15       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 LITE SLEEPER 4965             2   2  0    12       THE NATURALS (259)
 BIG UGLY 5109                 1   1  0     4       THE NATURALS (259)
 DESMIN ERH 5137               0   2  0     2       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-PEPPER BAAAR! 5122            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?
FREIDA SLAVES 5113     3  2 0 FUNKY FOLK 469        ROWAN ORC 356         512 NONE    
VAN TASTIC 5091        3  3 1 FUNKY FOLK 469        ROWAN ORC 356         512 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bloodshed -- Well, that's the way it goes, sometimes you shed my blood, sometimes I
shed yours.  I like this way better. -- Beltran Foss

Big Joy -- You're not much of a sponge if two skills is all you could soak up from
me.  Of course, I was using our special tactic:  withhold skills. -- Quia Salian

Giglie -- Gosh, you're confusing!  I thought at first you'd be a girl, but you're
not.  And then I thought, "Oh, that's a dwarven name," and you're not a dwarf!
Although how the Commission missed calling you a dwarf, since you're six feet tall, I
can't imagine.  Well, next time, I might be ready for you. -- Davia Hannas

Tinkerbell -- (wincing)  I call that unfriendly, wench. -- Desmin Erh
P.S.  Better watch out, because when *I* turn into a canine, I turn into a BIG mean
wolf.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FREIDA SLAVES was barely slain by ROWAN ORC in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
VAN TASTIC was dispatched by ROWAN ORC in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle.
VELOND WOK subdued RICK O'SHEA in a crowd pleasing 2 minute expert's Title fight.
THEODORIC devastated BELTRAN FOSS in a exciting 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
ROXXY was devastated by JOCKO in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BLOODSHED was bested by ROBIN BANKS in a 2 minute match.
QUIA SALIAN devastated SLACKER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
BIG HOUSE BOSS handily defeated THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven melee.
NAUGHTY ONE vanquished HAPPY PEASANT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
SHE-MAN lost to GIGLIE in a 2 minute fight.
THE CURSE defeated THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 2 minute match.
ALBINO ASSASSIN handily defeated ALFIE DERZANE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
CRISP demolished DESMIN ERH in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TINKERBELL viciously subdued LITE SLEEPER in a exciting 5 minute brutal contest.
BIG UGLY was devastated by DAVIA HANNAS in a 1 minute mismatched bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -   8 -  1      69  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  19 -  2      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   9 -  0      25  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         1 -   8 -  0      11  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 512 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  6         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VELOND WOK 5006            25  16  0  105 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
LUNGING ATTACK   THEODORIC 5081             10   6  2   95 MADTOWN (358)
STRIKING ATTACK  JOCKO 5093                  9   4  1   70 MADTOWN (358)
PARRY-STRIKE     BELTRAN FOSS 5038          15  12  2   66 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLOODSHED 5092              7   6  0   44 MADTOWN (358)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ALBINO ASSASSIN 4817.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TINKERBELL 5129.  The ten other most popular fighters were RICK O'SHEA 5028, 
VAN TASTIC 5091, BIG HOUSE BOSS 4906, FREIDA SLAVES 5113, VELOND WOK 5006, THEODORIC 
5081, ROBIN BANKS 5114, SHE-MAN 4904, THE CURSE 5072, and ALBINO ASSASSIN 4817.

The least popular fighter this week was DESMIN ERH 5137.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ALFIE DERZANE 5103, SLACKER 4884, ROXXY 4753, BIG UGLY 5109, LITE 
SLEEPER 4965, GIGLIE 5130, BELTRAN FOSS 5038, DAVIA HANNAS 5138, NAUGHTY ONE 4964, 
and QUIA SALIAN 5032.