DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/18/2010    Duedate: 01/30/2010

LYRATILAN ARENA

DM-25    TURN-622

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

AIKIDO
DARK FORCES (179)
(25-3179) [20-8-1,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

AIKIDO                         POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK FORCES (179)              
(25-3179) [20-8-1,102]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FENELLA JHEN                   AIKIDO
THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)         DARK FORCES (179)
(25-5464) [12-15-1,56]         (25-3179) [20-8-1,102]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)      38
2. THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)      17      DARK FORCES (179)
3. FUNKY FOLK (469)             0      Unchartered Team
4. DARK FORCES (179)           -4
                                       HELLS REWARD (72)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 FUNKY FOLK (469)         164 138 20 54.3   1/ 1 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)   11  4 0
 2/ 2 DARK FORCES (179)        168 166 10 50.3   2/ 2 DARK FORCES (179)         8  5 1
 3/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)   428 429 13 49.9   3/ 4 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)    3  4 0
 4/ 4 GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)    53 106  2 33.3   4- 3 FUNKY FOLK (469)          2  0 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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 317): CONFIDENCE of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 637): GREEN THUMB of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): HELENA of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 621): JILLIAN NORMAN of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 626): WILD FIRE of DISASTER (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 621): AIKIDO of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 620): DEATH RATTLE of ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 618): SPUD of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 583): CORBIE LEK of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): HELL HOUND of DA DOG POWNDAZ (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 570): SHADOW BLADE of SERPENT'S HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 265): NOT SO HOT of PYROMANIA (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 469): VALNAKORINE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 522): VISION of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 317): Z GLADIATORS (Z Man, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 637): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 621): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 626): MEDAL OF HONOR Z3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 621): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 620): GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 618): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 583): MEDAL OF HONOR Z1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): THE PLAGUE (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 570): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 265): BLOOD AND GUTS! (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 469): WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): INSECTOSOIDS (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 521): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 636): HELENA of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
              (turn 635): TYNE of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 620): RAVING LUNATIC of DARK FORCES (The Walkin' Dude, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 619): SHORT ORDER JOE of GOLDEN CANYON (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 618): HERSHEL WILLIAMS of MEDAL OF HONOR F7 (Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 579): COUNTRY RHODES of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 264): NUMBSKULL of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            BRAIN TUMOR of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
                            PULLED HAMSTRING of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 219): WITCH of DOGS OF WAR (Omega, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Huzzah!  One step closer to graduating my first Aimer.  If Funky Folk will just
sit out another few turns maybe I can get Aikido and Aneurism both to the Isle and
stop biting my nails waiting for them to die.  As an aside, I hope that those who
attended the Face from Lyratilan did well, managers and/or warriors.  Maybe I'll get
lucky and write this again next turn, but either way I look forward to the fights.

The Walking Dude

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
LYRATILAN brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see THE HALLWAY win a fight and gain 16 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
VIRGINAL CONCUBINE beat ANEURISM and ANEURISM lost 10 points.  You're breakin' my 
heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, LYRATILAN may be getting bland, as 
AIKIDO stays top dog in the city.  The Piper's Rest, humph!  I've tasted better ale 
at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From LYRATILAN's trash dumps?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for LYRATILAN's 
morgue.  More variety.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is 
developing these kinds of weapons?   
     What does the LYRATILAN arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Phlllt!  Just had to do that 
before I leave the fine city of LYRATILAN.  I feel much better now.  I see the crowds 
are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AIKIDO 3179                  20   8  1   102       DARK FORCES (179)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BELLE ISSIMO 5467            12   1  1   117       FUNKY FOLK (469)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BILLY CLUB 5476               6   0  2    84       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 ANEURISM 4934                13   6  0    81       DARK FORCES (179)
 COL. MUSTARD 5411            12  42  0    78       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FENELLA JHEN 5464            12  15  1    56       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 URBIN YATES 5471             11   9  0    51       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 KOLTER NEETHE 5486            7   2  0    51       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
 TOL VORAM 5489                5   0  0    50       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
-SUE CHURZ 5484                3   4  0    49       FUNKY FOLK (469)
 KRAKEN 4928                   9  11  0    41       DARK FORCES (179)
 ISEK KROL 5485                7   3  0    35       THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE HALLWAY 5496              1   0  0    16       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
 THE LEAD PIPE 5495            1   0  0    15       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
 MRS. WHITE 5439               1   0  0     5       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)
 APOLLYON 5492                 1   0  0     5       DARK FORCES (179)
 STALIN 5493                   0   1  0     1       DARK FORCES (179)
 MRS. PEACOCK 5494             0   1  0     1       GOTTA GET A CLUE (498)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Kraken -- Clever!  The stewards rule that you can only carry a weapon in each hand
(and a few on your belt, which is beside the point), but if you happen to have a
dozen tentacles with hands on the end of each, the rules allow you to have a weapon
in each of those dozen hands.  That leaves an old-fashioned guy like me, with a mere
two hands, at a serious disadvantage. -- Urbin Yates

I found the Ambitious Guard pushy and rude.  So I whacked him. -- Fenella Jhen

I'm against jaywalking, and I don't care whether it's done with Ruth or without.
That's the kind of thing that gets people run down by speeding carriages. -- Tol
Voram

This Ambitious Guard--if it's the same one--doesn't know when to quit, does he? --
Isek Krol

Doesn't look like it. -- Kolter Neethe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

AIKIDO devastated COL. MUSTARD in a action packed 6 minute mismatched Title fight.
ANEURISM was narrowly defeated by VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a exciting 4 minute melee.
KOLTER NEETHE defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute bloody duel.
FENELLA JHEN viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute gory fight.
URBIN YATES subdued KRAKEN in a 2 minute competition.
TOL VORAM bested AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute gory duel.
ISEK KROL was bested by THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 5 minute bloody match.
MRS. WHITE viciously subdued STALIN in a 3 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
APOLLYON won victory over MRS. PEACOCK in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
THE LEAD PIPE defeated TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
THE HALLWAY defeated TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 2 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  13 -  0      61  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   6 -  2      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -  10 -  0      41  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 622 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     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       AIKIDO 3179                20   8  1  102 DARK FORCES (179)
TOTAL PARRY      ANEURISM 4934              13   6  0   81 DARK FORCES (179)
LUNGING ATTACK   KOLTER NEETHE 5486          7   2  0   51 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
PARRY-STRIKE     ISEK KROL 5485              7   3  0   35 THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (464)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FENELLA JHEN 5464.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was AIKIDO 3179.  The ten other most popular fighters were STALIN 5493, ANEURISM 
4934, FENELLA JHEN 5464, KOLTER NEETHE 5486, URBIN YATES 5471, TOL VORAM 5489, THE 
HALLWAY 5496, MRS. WHITE 5439, APOLLYON 5492, and THE LEAD PIPE 5495.

The least popular fighter this week was ISEK KROL 5485.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were COL. MUSTARD 5411, MRS. PEACOCK 5494, KRAKEN 4928, THE LEAD PIPE 5495, 
APOLLYON 5492, MRS. WHITE 5439, THE HALLWAY 5496, TOL VORAM 5489, URBIN YATES 5471, 
and KOLTER NEETHE 5486.