DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/22/2003    Duedate: 10/04/2003

CALEAM ARENA

DM-26    TURN-462

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SAPPER
SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
(26-4243) [10-6-2,95]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SAPPER                         PAUL BOOTH
SHERWOOD FOREST (438)          SADISTS-PHOTODERMIC (441)
(26-4243) [10-6-2,95]          (26-4250) [1-0-0,10]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

NICKEL                         AMEE
ERRATUM (440)                  HEADBANGERS (87)
(26-4240) [11-14-0,66]         (26-4301) [8-4-1,44]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MENAGERIE (228)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SHERWOOD FOREST (438)       50
2. GOLDEN CANYON (290)         27      MENAGERIE (228)
3. WARCKERS (362)              22      Unchartered Team
4. MENAGERIE (228)             14
5. SADISTS-PHOTODERMIC (441)   10SADISTS-PHOTODERMIC (441)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*SADISTS-PHOTODERMI (441)   1   0  0  100   1/ 1 MENAGERIE (228)          10  2 1
 2- 1 THE DREADLANDS (425)      35  21  1 62.5   2/ 3 WARCKERS (362)            9  6 0
 3/ 2 MENAGERIE (228)          132  81  8 62.0   3/ 5 SHERWOOD FOREST (438)     7  6 1
 4/ 3 HERE TO PHOENIX (415)     75  53  3 58.6   4/ 2 HEADBANGERS (87)          7  7 0
 5/ 4 WARCKERS (362)           488 350 27 58.2   5/ 4 ERRATUM (440)             5  3 0
 6/ 5 HEADBANGERS (87)         343 251 18 57.7   6/ 8 GOLDEN CANYON (290)       3 12 0
 7/ 6 SHERWOOD FOREST (438)    136 102 19 57.1   7/ 6 HERE TO PHOENIX (415)     2  2 0
 8- 8 THE TAKEN (390)          254 305 20 45.4   8/ 0*SADISTS-PHOTODERMI (441)  1  0 0
 9/ 7 ERRATUM (440)             23  28  1 45.1   9- 7 THE DREADLANDS (425)      1  1 0
10/ 0 SOULS OF BLACK (303)     175 237 14 42.5  10/ 0 SOULS OF BLACK (303)      1  2 1
11/ 9 GOLDEN CANYON (290)      336 488 13 40.8  11- 9 THE TAKEN (390)           1  2 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[ Andorians Abroad #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Istoreth, Skaithvarn:

     From the ship, Istoreth was a city of spires, white marble and dark pines
climbing a cliff together above a crowded harbor.  Silent, beautiful, not quite
familiar.  Close up, with the Iayen ship moving restlessly against the worn stone of
a wharf, it was more familiar, less beautiful, and not at all silent.  The basic
nature of a waterfront is not changed by the language of the people inhabiting it.
     Goff was arguing with somebody who acted official, probably a harbormaster,
Raoul decided.  No doubt there would be docking fees or something of that kind, and
they might have to identify themselves and their purpose, register somewhere as
visiting foreigners.  None of that stuff was his problem.  Goff could handle the
harbormaster, he was doing that already.  And Berdan could make himself useful
dealing with any other officials.  The Fratsfan looked like somebody who could deal
with officials, maybe even enjoyed it.  If he'd been a gladiator, he would probably
have been a total parry....
     The ex-assassin was talking to another man a little farther along the dock.
Raoul saw money change hands, and Berdan accepted a package from the stranger.  The
gladiator frowned, watching the stranger walk away quickly.  Berdan wasn't supposed
to know anybody here...except the other assassin, Peranis.  And that man was not
Peranis.  Was this an indication of the wide contacts Raoul had suspected all along
that Berdan had?  Probably.  But was it a sign of treachery, or at least that Berdan
was playing his own game as well as theirs?  Possibly.  The man was an ex-assassin,
which automatically made him...not exactly untrustworthy, perhaps, but someone to be
watched carefully.  The assassins had been spies, as well as killers.  Concealing
their purposes was second nature.  And he was a Fratsfan, besides, a race noted for
the labyrinthine complexity of their thoughts and schemes.  But he and Jeri and Goff,
and by extension King Mickeal, had to trust somebody.
     Still, Raoul watched very closely as Berdan came back toward Goff's boat.  The
man was holding his package, still unopened, very carefully, on the palm of his
opened hand and well away from his body.
     "I need a bucket of water," Berdan said quietly.  "I need it rather quickly," he
added when the others gaped at him.  "I don't think this will explode until I open
it, but I can't be sure...."
     Jeri jumped and reached for a bucket, Raoul took it from her and dunked it over
the side, then held it out.
     "Set it over there, away from us all," the ex-assassin said.  "There are even a
few explosive devises which are activated by water, though I don't think this is
one."  He wasn't quite whispering.  "They're...tricky to handle, and Peranis had to
leave this in the hands of a stranger who might be careless.  It should be something
simple, perhaps not even magical."  When the bucket was positioned to his
satisfaction, and Goff had drawn the staring harbormaster out of the way, Berdan
lowered the package gently into the water and sprang back.
     "If it's magical, what difference will water make?" Jeri asked.
     "More than you might think," Berdan answered.  "Water is amazing stuff and
washes out many things."  The bucket suddenly erupted into a plume of dark foam.
"Ah!  I wondered what Peranis might have available.  That he would risk using black
ice tells us that he is truly desperate."  As he spoke, the plume reached the height
of a man, collapsed, and dissolved the end of the dock before falling into the
harbor.
     "The other ships!" the harbormaster exclaimed, looking around frantically.
     "They're not in danger," Berdan said.  "The black ice has exhausted itself.  You
see?"  He pointed downward.  "It is dissipating."
     "You said it would be safer to put the package into water," Jeri muttered in a
shaky voice.
     "It is, it was, young lady.  Had black ice been exposed to air before water, the
results would have been disastrous."
     "It's disastrous as it is!" the harbormaster wailed.  "My dock!"  He turned on
Berdan fiercely.  "You brought this here--"
     "I did nothing of the sort," the ex-assassin answered coldly.  "It was handed to
me but moments ago by one of YOUR men."
     Before the harbormaster could respond, a squad of soldiers thundered onto the
dock.  "Everyone here is to see Lord Dankilvan immediately!" the leader commanded.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out CALEAM to see 
what's new.  MVP award for DEATH?  WARCKERS' proud of it after beating RUTHLESS 
JAYWALKER and getting 19 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  BALTIMORE got 
smashed by ALEGRIA, and lost 11 points!  Was that a tear I saw in SAPPER's eye, as it 
took over Duelmastership?  And wasn't IRIS fit to be tied!  I hear the top team 
insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for 
PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  The warriors of WARCKERS must be getting lonely.  
They were the most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  Hhmph!  
What kind of warriors are HEADBANGERS?  WARCKERS, an easy team to beat if I ever saw 
one, can't get them to accept an invitation!  Can WARCKERS' DIESEL be more popular 
than me?  He was challenged the most, but is that really the same?  Some fights are 
really unfair.  How do you think DIESEL feels about being challenged by DIO, 25 
points above him?  Is this how HEADBANGERS advances, by having their members (DIO) 
fight people that are really below them (DIESEL)?  See if I ever talk to BORDERLINE 
again!  KORIBUS was so low when He challenged he.  Hhmph!  I was sorry to see such an 
unfair "fight" in CALEAM.  BORDERLINE got 7 points after beating KORIBUS, 16 points 
below him.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys 
can do?   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I gotta leave.  CALEAM is like such a dump, and you guys smell too much!  I 
had a fun time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAPPER 4243                  10   6  2    95       SHERWOOD FOREST (438)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TAOS 4042                    12   7  1   122       HERE TO PHOENIX (415)
-EBON AH'BIS 4085              9   4  0   103       THE DREADLANDS (425)
-BENEFICE 4153                18  23  2    92       THE TAKEN (390)
-GALILEO 4196                 10   3  0    91       MENAGERIE (228)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALEGRIA 4291                 11   2  1    89       MENAGERIE (228)
 DRALION 4303                 10   2  0    87       MENAGERIE (228)
 ALBUQUERQUE 4082             14  10  0    83       HERE TO PHOENIX (415)
-R'AKA 4084                    9   7  0    80       THE DREADLANDS (425)
 IRIS 4228                    12   6  1    71       MENAGERIE (228)
 BALTIMORE 4043               11  10  0    70       HERE TO PHOENIX (415)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NICKEL 4240                  11  14  0    66       ERRATUM (440)
 SAILOR MOON 4275             10   6  1    66       SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
 DIO 4302                      9   3  0    65       HEADBANGERS (87)
 MR. GRINCH 2124              11   7  0    64       HEADBANGERS (87)
 BORDERLINE 4195               8  10  2    62       MENAGERIE (228)
 SARINA 4220                  14  15  1    60       GOLDEN CANYON (290)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROUBLE 4290                  7   6  1    54       WARCKERS (362)
 SAILOR VENUS 4326             8   1  0    52       SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
 DEATH 4347                    3   1  0    51       WARCKERS (362)
 AMEE 4301                     8   4  1    44       HEADBANGERS (87)
-COLORADO SPRINGS 4265         3   2  1    42       HERE TO PHOENIX (415)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORIBUS 4227                  6  22  0    40       GOLDEN CANYON (290)
-KERCHECK 4093                 6   1  1    39       THE DREADLANDS (425)
-KAPOW 4257                    7  14  0    35       THE TAKEN (390)
-OINGA 4255                    7  14  0    35       THE TAKEN (390)
-ASHE 4241                     4   4  1    34       ERRATUM (440)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DIESEL 4277                   7   9  0    33       WARCKERS (362)
 ABSORB ALL 4334               5   1  0    26       WARCKERS (362)
 RAZOR BACK 4317               5   5  0    25       WARCKERS (362)
 LITTLE NUGGET 4269            3  15  0    24       GOLDEN CANYON (290)
-ORLANDO 4131                  2   5  0    24       HERE TO PHOENIX (415)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-R TO L 4268                   3   1  0    22       ERRATUM (440)
-WICK 4267                     3   1  0    22       ERRATUM (440)
 RED RUFFLES 4333              2   5  0    22       GOLDEN CANYON (290)
-GRAVEL 4266                   2   2  0    20       ERRATUM (440)
 POWERMAN 4332                 3   3  0    16       HEADBANGERS (87)
 TUK ADOW 4359                 1   0  0    10       SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
 PAUL BOOTH 4250               1   0  0    10       SADISTS-PHOTODERMIC (441)
 CHARDON 4364                  1   0  1     6       SOULS OF BLACK (303)
 MISS PRISS 4371               1   0  0     6       GOLDEN CANYON (290)
 AIKSU 4361                    0   1  0     1       SOULS OF BLACK (303)
 ZODIAC FREAK 4353             0   1  0     1       HEADBANGERS (87)
 PEIDAO 4365                   0   1  0     1       SOULS OF BLACK (303)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BOB FROM BODIE 4141   12 36 0 GOLDEN CANYON 290     ALEGRIA 4291          461         
POINDEXTER 2133        6  9 0 HEADBANGERS 87        SAPPER 4243           460         
DE DE MAO 4360         0  1 0 SHERWOOD FOREST 438   CHARDON 4364          462         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sapper -- Grrrr...at least you could have made it close so I try it again...dang
crits. -- El Grincho (in loving memory of Dead ole' Bob)

Sarina -- Looks like I found my favorite weapon!  Thanks, hunny! -- Dio

Ashe -- Ashes to ashes and all that. -- Amee

Diesel -- Ahhh, I see my change in strategy backfired.  Let's try this again. --
Powerman

Koribus -- You're not just trying hard enough to kiss me there little feller. -- Amee

Iris -- Congrats on the throne. -- Headbangers

Caleam -- Man, this arena seems to shrink each week.  How about some fighting and
P.Ads in the next few turns. -- Sablon-O-Vlad

Alegria -- Aw, gee, talk about your basic hard luck!  I meet a beautiful girl, and
she kills me.  Life is so unfair! -- Ghost of Bob from Bodie

Dio -- Wish I'd had that parry skill before the fight, instead of after it.  I
could've put it to good use. -- Sarina

Trouble -- Somebody whose name fits.  Darn. -- Koribus, who had been hoping for
something a little easier to handle

Death -- If you're my secret admirer, the answer is "thanks but no thanks." -- Little
Nugget

Razor Back -- (bitterly)  Pearls before swine, that's what it is.  Nothing but pearls
before swine.  I hate that. -- Red Ruffles, a pearl among women

Mr. Grinch -- Alas, it is not to be. -- Ghost of Bob from Bodie

25 August 2003
To any that care -- The CDC is back; our current roster is:
     Malaquar -- Minion of Guardian
     Pip the Troll -- Burly Enforcer Type
     mouse -- Official Sneaky Bastard
     Papa Bear -- Elder Statesmen
                     The Sealer says, "Hi, I'm the dealer."
                     Papa Bear says, "It's not my f****n fault."
Guardian -- Paper Figurehead

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DIO devastated DIESEL in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
SAILOR MOON was savagely defeated by DRALION in a exciting 2 minute Challenge melee.
BORDERLINE vanquished KORIBUS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
ABSORB ALL luckily beat LITTLE NUGGET in a 3 minute brutal Challenge fight.
POWERMAN was viciously subdued by RED RUFFLES in a 5 minute gruesome Challenge brawl.
IRIS was overpowered by SAPPER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Title struggle.
ALEGRIA overpowered BALTIMORE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
ALBUQUERQUE won victory over NICKEL in a popular 5 minute gruesome expert's duel.
MR. GRINCH won victory over TROUBLE in a popular 6 minute fight.
SARINA overpowered RAZOR BACK in a 2 minute one-sided melee.
SAILOR VENUS luckily beat AMEE in a exciting 9 minute bloody match.
DEATH handily defeated RUTHLESS JAYWALKER in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
PAUL BOOTH demolished PEIDAO in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
ZODIAC FREAK was handily defeated by TUK ADOW in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
DE DE MAO was dispatched by CHARDON in a 2 minute amateur's bout.
AIKSU lost to MISS PRISS in a 2 minute novice's fray.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  15 -  0      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   39 -  27 -  4      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -  10 -  0      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    40 -  39 -  3      51  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  18 -  1      49  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  25 -  0      46  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         6 -  12 -  1      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     7 -  18 -  0      28  |

Turn 462 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         3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  SAPPER 4243                10   6  2   95 SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
LUNGING ATTACK   ALEGRIA 4291               11   2  1   89 MENAGERIE (228)
PARRY-LUNGE      ALBUQUERQUE 4082           14  10  0   83 HERE TO PHOENIX (415)
SLASHING ATTACK  BALTIMORE 4043             11  10  0   70 HERE TO PHOENIX (415)
TOTAL PARRY      SAILOR MOON 4275           10   6  1   66 SHERWOOD FOREST (438)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is NICKEL 4240.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
AMEE 4301.  The ten other most popular fighters were TROUBLE 4290, NICKEL 4240, 
DRALION 4303, ALBUQUERQUE 4082, SAPPER 4243, DIO 4302, LITTLE NUGGET 4269, RED 
RUFFLES 4333, MISS PRISS 4371, and BORDERLINE 4195.

The least popular fighter this week was ZODIAC FREAK 4353.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PEIDAO 4365, SAILOR VENUS 4326, BALTIMORE 4043, POWERMAN 4332, 
ABSORB ALL 4334, KORIBUS 4227, AIKSU 4361, CHARDON 4364, PAUL BOOTH 4250, and RAZOR 
BACK 4317.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

GATEWAY TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JENNY 1388 (135-118-2)                 7  3  0         THE DREADLANDS       

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JE SUIS BIEN 626 (69-38-0)             3  3  0         HEADBANGERS          

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CARTHORIS JEDDAK 2376 (40-25-0)        4  3  0         FIGHTING MEN OF MARS 
RAMSES 3114 (31-17-1)                  1  3  0         PROTECTORS           

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CUBA 3917 (17-7-0)                     6  4  0         HERE TO PHOENIX      
WAHOO 3916 (23-14-1)                   3  3  1         HERE TO PHOENIX      
VISION 1573 (29-15-2)                  0  3  0         HEADBANGERS          

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HERCULES 3692 (12-11-1)                3  3  0         HISTORY!             
OMNIBOOK 500 4151 (13-0-0)             3  3  0         AT WORK              
TAOS 4042 (11-7-0)                     2  3  0         HERE TO PHOENIX      
OMNIBOOK 6000 4148 (11-1-1)            0  3  0         AT WORK              

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NOVERCAPHOBIA 4147 (5-1-0)             5  3  0  DEAD   WATCH OUT!           
BORDERLINE 4195 (5-7-2)                5  4  0         MENAGERIE            
GALILEO 4196 (10-3-0)                  3  3  0         MENAGERIE            
IRIS 4228 (9-3-1)                      2  3  0         MENAGERIE            
ALBUQUERQUE 4082 (10-10-0)             1  3  0         HERE TO PHOENIX      
MEAD 4103 (8-3-1)                      1  3  0         CRACKED TANKARD      

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
QUINN 4091 (8-2-0)                     2  1  0  DEAD   THE DREADLANDS       
EBON AH'BIS 4085 (7-3-0)               5  3  0         THE DREADLANDS       
R'AKA 4084 (8-5-0)                     5  3  0         THE DREADLANDS       
STEW 4104 (3-3-0)                      3  3  0         CRACKED TANKARD      
ALEGRIA 4291 (6-1-0)                   2  3  0         MENAGERIE            

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DRALION 4303 (5-1-0)                   4  3  0         MENAGERIE            
DIO 4302 (4-2-0)                       3  3  0         HEADBANGERS          
ORLANDO 4131 (1-5-0)                   3  3  0         HERE TO PHOENIX      
AMEE 4301 (4-2-1)                      2  3  0         HEADBANGERS          
COLORADO SPRINGS 4265 (2-1-1)          0  3  0         HERE TO PHOENIX      

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FREAK 4296 (0-3-0)                     0  3  0         HONESTY              

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GUARDIAN 3000 (0-0-0)                  1  3  0         WHERE ARE YOU?       
POWERMAN 4332 (0-0-0)                  1  3  0         HEADBANGERS          
PAUL BOOTH 4250 (0-0-0)                0  3  0         SADISTS-PHOTODERMIC