DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/21/2007    Duedate: 10/18/2007

MORYA ARENA

DM-28    TURN-285

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SHARAPOVA
THE PENTARCHY (397)
(28-4371) [10-5-1,96]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SHARAPOVA                      ALFREDO SAWS
THE PENTARCHY (397)            FLYING MONKEYS (493)
(28-4371) [10-5-1,96]          (28-4419) [2-4-0,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

STORMDANCER                    OWL
DODGE BULLETS (126)            THE ANIMALS (475)
(28-4278) [16-12-0,68]         (28-4453) [6-4-2,34]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE PENTARCHY (397)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STEEL AND SILK (495)        41
2. THE PENTARCHY (397)         28      FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
3. ZULU NATION (501)           28      Unchartered Team
4. DODGE BULLETS (126)         24
5. FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)      21      ZULU NATION (501)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)    37  18  4 67.3   1/ 1 THE PENTARCHY (397)      13  1 0
 2/ 2 THE PENTARCHY (397)      280 177  7 61.3   2/ 2 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)   10  5 2
 3- 3 LEGION OF DOOM (491)      24  22  1 52.2   3/ 5 THE ANIMALS (475)         9  6 0
 4/ 4 PHANTACITY (480)          43  43  7 50.0   4/ 3 DODGE BULLETS (126)       8  7 0
 5/ 5 DODGE BULLETS (126)      310 312 11 49.8   5/ 9 STEEL AND SILK (495)      7  3 0
 6/ 6 THE ANIMALS (475)         63  67  5 48.5   6/ 6*ZULU NATION (501)         6  6 1
 7- 7*TERRA'S REIGN (500)        6   7  1 46.2   7/ 4 PHANTACITY (480)          5  9 0
 8/ 8 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      93 121  6 43.5   8- 8 LEGION OF DOOM (491)      3  2 0
 9/ 9*ZULU NATION (501)          9  12  2 42.9   9/11*FLYING MONKEYS (493)      2  8 0
10-11*BLOOD LEGION (486)         9  15  0 37.5  10-10*TERRA'S REIGN (500)       1  2 1
11/12 STEEL AND SILK (495)      35  60  1 36.8  11-12*YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)    1  2 0
12-14*YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)     5  11  1 31.3  12-13*BLOOD LEGION (486)        1  4 0
13/13*FLYING MONKEYS (493)       8  21  0 27.6  13/14*THE DISCIPLES (497)       1  7 0
14/15*THE DISCIPLES (497)        7  25  2 21.9  14/15 FILIPINA LADYZ (423)      0  3 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[ Edge of Night ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The wind poured over the graveyard in a dark river, driving clouds across the
moon, rags of fog across the ground.
     Cloudrider hunched deeper into his cloak.  "What are we waiting for?"
     "Something is going to happen," Young Joan said.  "Something we need to
witness."  As she turned her head, the moonlight glinted off the silver pins holding
her hair in a coiled crown.  "Haruspek wasn't clear."
     "How could he be?  He's dead."
     "I don't want to go over that again with you, 'Rider," Joan said.  "It was a
dream, okay?  And no, not my imagination working after hours.  Gods, this language.
There should be different words for meaningless dreams, true dreams, prophetic
dreams--so many kinds.  Whatever.  Trust me, it was a true dream, and Haruspek--
There!"  She turned to face the northern edge of the graveyard.
     Trees already leafless with the turning season were silhouetted against the sky,
clouds like dim pearls and glittering stars.  Cloudrider couldn't see anything else
there.  An aurora condensed and rippled, spears of blue light shooting upward.  A
shadow moved, drifting closer.  Man-shaped, but the movement was a boneless glide.
He took a step back, away from it, and was brought up short by Joan's grip on his
arm.
     The Lady Protector spoke, her words half chant and wholly unfamiliar.  Short
sentences, with rhymes hammering down at the end of every other one like spikes
driving into a post.  Something in the night tightened like a bowstring or a harp
string, humming, pitch climbing higher and higher into silence as the tension built.
     It was magic of some kind, and Cloudrider wanted nothing to do with it.  What he
wanted had...nothing to do with it.  He glanced sideways at Joan.  Her face was pale,
strained.  Resolute.  Whatever this spell meant, she was going through with it, and
he had promised to stay with her to the end.  He regretted that promise, but it had
been made and must be kept.
     Damn.
     No, he took back the 'damn', that might be too close to the reality of this
night and this...ghost for anyone's comfort.  As Joan chanted, the vague form drew
together, taking definite shape.  Definitely a man, even a man someone might
recognize, though it was no one Cloudrider had known.
     The tension in the night eased.  Beside him, Joan sighed.  "I greet you,
Nightwind," she said.  "How may the living aid the dead?"

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 576): INCISOR of FANGS (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 576): DEXTER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 570): SOMNAMBULANT of DARK CREATION
                            (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 572): BEAUFORT of ROSE NOBLES (Chancellor, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 571): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 569): WHITE CHOCOLATE of WALI'S FINEST (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 284): VAIDISAIVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 562): TYE FOON of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 282): ULTHAR THYDRIM of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 558): ROLAND of RILL'S GCSC 2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 556): SOCIETY RED of JAILBIRDS (Philthy Phil, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 547): PITFALL HARRY of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 510): KURESSA D'GEN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 261): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 254): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): SWEET AIR of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 437): BUCK FEVER of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 416): PARLEN QUIR of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 403): STEELHORSE of POSSE (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 189): KARATIA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 373): VORGAN TEN TALH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 369): SUN WEI LO of DRAGONS KEEP (Chi'en, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 358): MIRIAL ADAMANT of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 463): JOE SCHMOE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 575): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 576): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 570): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 572): JLG (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 571): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 568): TAHAHN HAH (Mr. Humlae, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 284): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 562): ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 282): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 558): LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 566): JAILBIRDS (Philthy Phil, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 547): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 510): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 261): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 254): THINGS I DROOL IN (Snuln, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 437): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 416): ELEPHANTS ON PARADE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 403): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 189): PLAY BALL (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 373): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 369): DRAGONS KEEP (Chi'en, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 358): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 463): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 569): AZAZEL of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 568): BLOOD SPORTS of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 280): POSEIDONIS of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 558): P.Y.T. of NOTORIOUS (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
                          LARS of LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
                          BILL BERITH of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
              (turn 557): I.M. CEYTIN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 555): THE CRIPPLER of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 547): CULANN COONTZ of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 253): SISTER MARY SARAH of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
                             SISTER SLEDGE of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 241): SWEET AIR of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                              GERRICK GRIMM of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 403): STEELHORSE of POSSE (Rosebud, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 373): VORGAN TEN TALH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I really enjoyed that long fight!  I would like to defend our beautiful throne, but I
will enter the next tournament, so I have to take some rest....  Good luck to my
teammates, but Sran3e wont be easy to put down!

Thanks to Michael for the drink; I need it....

Vaidisava

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly MORYA games.  Warriors--remember that glory waits 
always around the corner!  Witness how this week STEEL AND SILK went 4-1-0 to move up 
4 in the rankings.  My praise to DODGE BULLETS for their 4-1-0 week this time out.  
Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of notice!  ZETA caught the eye of 
many in the gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested PERSISTENT BEGGAR and 
was awarded 16 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, 
STORMDANCER put down OPASAN, causing him to lose 8 points of recognition in the 
process.  Due to hers absence and inability to defend the throne, VAIDISAVA has lost 
the title of Duelmaster.  This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All 
hail SHARAPOVA, Duelmaster of MORYA!  Informants "close" to the city champion have 
told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city MORYA.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  PHANTACITY is feared.  This much I can say.  Methinks more 
than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part of last week 
avoiding PHANTACITY.  Indeed it was THE ANIMALS.  Loose talk at the arena has reached 
my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after LORVANDIS.  
Watch your back!  At the gambling halls I have started to bet money on SCARLET ROSE.  
She has got the courage it takes.  Witness hers challenge this turn against SRAN3E!  
The STEEL AND SILK stable will be up late tonight, for indeed it was SCARLET ROSE who 
claimed victory in the contest, ascending 20 in recognition!  I cannot but express 
pride for the fearlessness of PROBLEM CHILD who cast caution to the winds and 
challenged LORVANDIS, a fighter 29 points higher.  Truth to tell, PROBLEM CHILD did 
not come out of the fight a winner, but he managed to capture much attention, gaining 
1 in recognition.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable with fortune 
but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in MORYA.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, 
indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await 
me!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The 
wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARAPOVA 4371               10   5  1    96       THE PENTARCHY (397)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VAIDISAVA 4370               10   2  0   113       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 XANAX 4384                    8   1  0    94       THE PENTARCHY (397)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCARLET ROSE 4440             7  12  0    89       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 LE PLON 4326                 14   7  0    82       THE PENTARCHY (397)
 GREEN ROSE HAMMER 4335        8   4  1    77       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 SRAN3E 4382                  10   3  0    75       PHANTACITY (480)
 MANKILLER 4279               17  11  0    72       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 LADY ELMA 4244               16  15  1    70       FILIPINA LADYZ (423)
 STORMDANCER 4278             16  12  0    68       DODGE BULLETS (126)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VELVET FINISH 4441           10   9  0    68       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROOPER TED 4443              9   2  1    60       THE PENTARCHY (397)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AARD VARK 4404               11   3  0    56       THE ANIMALS (475)
-CANDACE 4451                  6   1  0    55       LEGION OF DOOM (491)
-KASAP 4449                    5   2  0    53       PHANTACITY (480)
 PUMA 4294                    12  14  0    50       THE ANIMALS (475)
 UDRI 4332                    10   8  5    49       PHANTACITY (480)
 OPASAN 4381                   7   6  0    45       PHANTACITY (480)
-PUG 4405                      6   5  0    38       LEGION OF DOOM (491)
-BLUD 4365                     5   0  0    35       BLOOD LEGION (486)
 OWL 4453                      6   4  2    34       THE ANIMALS (475)
 SURGICAL 4437                 4   8  0    34       STEEL AND SILK (495)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK ROSE HAMMER 4339        9   3  1    33       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 LORVANDIS 4402                8   7  0    33       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 EXPERIENTIA 4483              3   2  0    33       STEEL AND SILK (495)
 VENUS TRAP HAMMER 4456        7   2  1    32       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 ALFREDO SAWS 4419             2   4  0    32       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 ZODWA 4491                    3   1  0    28       ZULU NATION (501)
 CLOUDRIDER 4424               7   6  0    27       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 AARD WOLF 4411                6   7  1    26       THE ANIMALS (475)
 SECI 4464                     5   2  2    26       PHANTACITY (480)
 ARMADILLO 4503                3   1  0    26       THE ANIMALS (475)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRIAR STEM HAMMER 4481        5   2  0    23       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
 RED HAWK 4485                 4   2  0    20       DODGE BULLETS (126)
 THORN STEM HAMMER 4500        3   1  1    20       FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
-SANGUE 4412                   2   1  0    20       BLOOD LEGION (486)
-FIRST PRIME 4478              2   1  0    18       TERRA'S REIGN (500)
-MOUNTAIN 4506                 1   0  0    18       LEGION OF DOOM (491)
 THE PACIFIST 4420             1   5  0    17       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 ZETA 4507                     1   0  1    16       ZULU NATION (501)
-DA PRICE OF DARK 4475         2   0  1    15       TERRA'S REIGN (500)
 AMEMAIT(THEDEVOURER) 4493     1   3  0    15       THE DISCIPLES (497)
 VORTEX 4423                   2   4  0    14       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 FRED UCCINI 4421              2   4  0    14       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
 ZAIRE 4488                    2   3  0    12       ZULU NATION (501)
 ANFERROUS 4508                2   0  0    12       STEEL AND SILK (495)
-THE DARK KNIGHT 4477          2   0  0    10       TERRA'S REIGN (500)
-HEART 4363                    2   3  0     9       BLOOD LEGION (486)
 LADY ANITSIRK 4457            0   3  0     9       FLYING MONKEYS (493)
-YADAH 4465                    1   3  1     7       YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)
-DRUB 4469                     1   3  0     6       YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)
-MA'CHES 4494                  1   2  0     6       THE DISCIPLES (497)
-NAMELESS ONE JR 4502          1   1  0     6       LEGION OF DOOM (491)
-SINEDIE 4468                  1   2  0     5       YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)
-NEPHISH 4466                  1   2  0     5       YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)
-PROBLEM SOLVER 4496           1   0  0     5       YOUR DELIVERANCE (498)
-BODY BAGER 4486               0   4  0     4       THE DISCIPLES (497)
-DARKS BANE 4497               0   3  0     3       TERRA'S REIGN (500)
-MAU 4430                      0   3  0     3       BLOOD LEGION (486)
-BLACKREIGN 4479               0   2  0     2       TERRA'S REIGN (500)
 PROBLEM CHILD 4504            0   2  0     2       THE DISCIPLES (497)
-NEMESIS 4505                  0   1  0     1       LEGION OF DOOM (491)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 327  0  1 0   1                   ZETA 4507             285 NONE    
APE 4454               3  3 1 THE ANIMALS 475       SHARAPOVA 4371        281 NOT REVE
DHAM 4429              0  3 0 BLOOD LEGION 486      DA PRICE OF DARK 4475 284         
JOURNEY 4462           0  7 0 THE DISCIPLES 497     BLACK ROSE HAMME 4339 285         
APOPHIS 4501           0  1 0 THE DISCIPLES 497     SECI 4464             282 REVENGED
SAFFA BORSO 4480       1  2 0 LEGION OF DOOM 491    LADY_DIRGE 4435       282         
DAMASCUS 4436          6 11 1 STEEL AND SILK 495    UDRI 4332             281 REVENGED
ZAMBEZI 4490           1  4 0 ZULU NATION 501       WURM KIN 350          285 NONE    
ZANZIBAR 4489          2  2 1 ZULU NATION 501       THORN STEM HAMME 4500 284         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Well, this turn was incredible.  I'm afraid this can only go downhill from now on....
Let's touch wood and fight! -- La Pentarchie

Legion of Doom -- News Flash, extra extra read all about it, ALL the warriors of
Legion of Doom are nothing but cowards...hum, just like your (chest game) always make
up an excuse when you lose, I never moved that piece or this piece.  Bah, bah, bah. -
- Zulu Nation

Your Deliverance -- Well, well, well, I'm not surprise of your "weak" deliverance
that you bring to the arena... so your excuse not to fight anymore is not you fault,
just bame it on your genetics...  I was going to do THIS and THAT.  Come on, you was
not going to do nothing...  but keep being scared to fight.  Saffa cannot hol your
hand forever. -- Zulu Nation

The Disciples -- Well, well, well, ugly Betty... Maybe you should wear your glasses
more when you fight cause you suck at it.  Superior my butt, more like a lose in my
eyes...  Never enough, is more like you had enough... of getting beat up!  Now, bow-
down to me or man-up. -- Zulu Nation

Terra's Reign -- Bow-down to me now and I might take it easy on you.  Put a missing
person on your Little Brother cause he is really scarred to jump in the arena. --
Zulu Nation

Aard Vark -- Ah, you're the first of the Vark brothers, are you?  Aard, Bard, Card,
Dard, etcetra?  It was a good try, but if you'd been a man instead of an Animal,
I'd've staked you in a firepit and had roast vark for dinner.  Nothing personal, just
rampant misandrony.  Or something like that.  With greek, who knows? -- Mankiller

Opasan -- You know, I didn't really need that.  Think of the horrid possibilities
that might open up before my Author at the concept of me losing to someone from a
phantom city?  Given the kind of story this is shaping up to be, well, if I get into
deep trouble in the Spirit Land or something, I am holding YOU responsible. --
Cloudrider

Xanax -- I keep thinking of you as some kind of yellow root, and this makes it hard
for me to respond properly to your attack.  Guess I need to work on my mental images,
hmm? -- Stormdancer
P.S.  And carrots.  You remind me of carrots, too.  Strange.

Green Rose Hammer -- I don't CARE what the fancy flower-breeders say, that's just 
WRONG.  Unnatural.  A green rose would probably have to be hand-pollinated.  Talk
about tedious and counter-evolutionary! -- Lorvandis

Armadillo -- Ah, the natural armor of your breed keeping you safe, eh?  If it works,
it ain't stupid.  Remind me to stay out of your way. -- Red Hawk

Trooper Ted -- And that's all you can do, when you get right down to it. -- Lorvandis

Scarlet Rose -- I'll drink to that! -- Mankiller

Experimentia -- Just luck, most likely. -- Cloudrider

6 September 2007
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                   *****                              *******
                   ***** STORMCROWE SLAUGHTERHOUSE 3  *******
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15 managers have announced for the Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse!!!!!!  There is still 
time to join and make a name for yourself in one of Alastari's fiercest contests!  I 
must correct a mistake in the previous announcement.  I incorrectly called it the 
Slaughterhouse 2, but in reality, this will be the third installment of the 
Slaughterhouse!

HOW TO JOIN

*Find a Partner

*Declare your intentions in the Stormcrowe newsletter to enter before the first turn 
of the contest.  You may also email or diplo Master Darque.

*Each manager entering the Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse must submit one (1) Team Roll-Up 
Certificate.  Only certificates will be accepted for entry.  All certificates 
submitted will be used during the course of the contest as prizes.

*RU certificates must be received on or before the first turn of the contest which is 
Stormcrowe Turn 263 (running approximately November 27, 2007).

RULES and SCORING

Rules and Scoring information for the Slaughterhouse will be posted every turn in the 
Stormcrowe newsletter beginning with Turn 260 and in a final all arena ad in 
November.

PRIZES

ENDURANCE AWARD:  One (1) +1 Bonus Potion will be given to every team that competes 
in 60 of the 65 contest fights.

KILL MASTER AWARD:  The individual manager with the most kills will receive a Limited 
Immortality Potion.  This potion may be applied to one (1) warrior.  He/she will be 
resurrected ONE-TIME if they are killed in Basic D2.

TOP TEAM AWARD:  Each manager on the winning team will receive the following prize 
pack for their Slaughterhouse Dominance:

*One (1) +1 Bonus Potion
*Favorites Knowledge for one (1) Warrior
*Undisclosed amount of Team RU Certificates

Special note from RSI on prizes:  All contest prizes must be used within three 
months.  All contest prizes may only be used on a living warrior on the participating 
contest team in DM 45.  The immortality potion may resurrect a warrior one time, 
after a death in DM 45 only, after which time the potion disappears.

NEED MORE INFORMATION

Rules questions and clarifications may be directed to Master Darque the contest 
coordinator.  He may be reached by email at rebelnerfherder at yahoo dot com or by 
diplo in DM 45 (Darque Forces-428).

20 September 2007
Ok, ok, you can stop not-talking about TOGS VI already, it is coming, slowly but
surely, like a giant, over-fed, greased slug sliding down a gravely driveway.  We're
looking for new-comers, old-timers, in-betweeners, fence-sitters and Delarquans to
come on out and participate.  Just think, you could be the next Pinky & the Brain
pairing (a la Creepster & Manager), or maybe you'll be the team that crushes all in
its path on the way TO UTTER AND COMPLETE TOGS DOMINATION!!!!!!  [note:  insert
sinister cackle if it helps you complete the picture]

There will be a few minor changes, so let's recap the rules from top to bottom:

1.  Each TOGS team consists of two managers.  After the contest starts, there will be
no switching partners whatsoever, so choose your teammate wisely.  TOGS VI will last
for 13 turns, so pick a partner you can stand for 6 months or so.

2.  The TOGS entry fee is 2 team setups per manager.  This means 4 setups per TOGS
team.  This entry fee is required before the start of the tourney with no exceptions
being made.  This is to ensure that nobody gets screwed if a team or manager decides
to back out early.  To pay the entry fee either:
     a)  send $10 cash/check/money order/ or whatever to me personally at:
          Paul Jokelson
          115 Moss Ave. #201
          Oakland, CA 94611
     b)  get RSI to send me 2 team setup gift certificates.  Sorry, no credit cards
         and no old teams you have lying around will be accepted.

3. TOGS point system:

Fights: 

10 points for winning on your up-challenge against another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on your even challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 7 points for winning on another TOGS warriors challenge.
 7 points for winning a random match-up against another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning on your down-challenge of another TOGS warrior.
 4 points for winning a random match-up against a non-TOGS warrior.

Changes this TOGS: 

** 10 points for any challenge by the DM, UP OR DOWN!!
** 4 points for winning a random match-up against your TOGS partner's warrior.
To state the obvious, there are 0 points if you challenge your partner.

** 4 points for winning a bloodfeud attempt against you by a non-TOGS warrior

You will not get any points if you challenge or get challenged by a non-TOGS team
(with the exception of the above-stated rule if you get bloodfeuded), so use your
avoids wisely if you think someone is out to get you.

Spots/Ads

5 points for every spotlight written by any team member.  1 per manager per turn.

The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter
(that's 31 lines-each line 85 characters across) and we will be completely firm on
this.  In addition to the length criteria, spotlights will not be given points if
they are in any way plagiarized or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy related.
We will be the sole judge of this.  If you're unsure if we will judge something to be
Duelmasters or fantasy related, then e-mail me before you write the spotlight and
ask.  We reserve the right to take points away from a spotlight after they are given
if we judge at later time that the spotlight has been plagiarized.

-5 points per manager per turn every time a manager does not at least write one
personal ad.

4.  TOGS VI will start in arena 60 shortly after the Winter Face-to-Face (turn due
Feb 21, Aradi turn 436) and as mentioned before will last for 13 turns.  There will
be multipliers in the later rounds, which means that all points accumulated by a team
on turns 10 and 11 will be multiplied by 1.5 and all points accumulated by each team
on turns 12 and 13 will be multiplied by 2.

5.  Soultaker and Nuln will be the sole arbiters of any dispute that may arise, with
props to Sentinel for doing the score-keeping as always.  Whine all you like, we will
be glad to provide comfortable chairs and the cheese of your choice.

And there be the rules.  If you look closely, you'll notice there were a few minor
changes and additions made from the TOGS V rules.  They are as follows:

-- The Snotman & Nuln rule:  Last TOGS Snotman and Nuln randomly matched up something
like 4-5 times, so we basically decided out of pity to now give a small amount of
points (4 in this case) for winning a random against a teammate, so that you're not
completely screwed by having 2 of your 10 warriors get 0 zero points automatically.

-- Scaling Down Points for the DM:  Previously a TOGS DM would get 10 points *in
addition* to whatever challenge points they got.  This was to keep the DM from being
penalized for being at the top and give people something to fight for.  However, it
was a bit too much of an award and we decided to scale it back and eliminate the
bonus, but give full upchallenge credit whenever the DM challenges.

-- Bloodfeuds from outside TOGS teams:  This incident came up last TOGS, and it was
felt that if a person killed a non-TOGS warrior in a random, they shouldn't have to
be potentially locked into 4 turns of getting 0 points.  So we've added an additional
rule which now gives 4 points if you win when bloodfeuded by a non-TOGS warrior, at
least giving you some way to get points if you're locked into a non-TOGS bloodfeud
instead of being basically removed from the contest for 4 turns.

And lastly...

-- Team Names:  This was not listed in the rules, but to make things more festive, at
the suggestion of Manager we have decided to have the added dimension of team names!
Yes, no more boring rankings with Team 4 edging out Team 7.  Just picture reading a
TOGS turn report now, with something along the lines of "Team Fiery Starfish
obliterated Team Superior TOGSlings," just as one example.

We hope to see you all there....

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ZAMBEZI was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
VELVET FINISH was devastated by SHARAPOVA in a 1 minute Challenge Title duel.
SCARLET ROSE savagely defeated SRAN3E in a unpopular 15 minute bloody Challenge duel.
OPASAN was overpowered by STORMDANCER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ALFREDO SAWS was devastated by TROOPER TED in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
VORTEX was overpowered by VENUS TRAP HAMMER in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
LADY ANITSIRK was overpowered by RED HAWK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
JOURNEY was slaughtered by BLACK ROSE HAMMER in a 1 minute gory uneven Challenge duel.
THE PACIFIST was viciously subdued by OWL in a popular 3 minute gory Challenge duel.
EXPERIENTIA overpowered CLOUDRIDER in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
PROBLEM CHILD was demolished by LORVANDIS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
LE PLON overcame CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute contest.
XANAX demolished VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a popular 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
LADY ELMA was handily defeated by GREEN ROSE HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MANKILLER overpowered PUMA in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
UDRI handily defeated AARD WOLF in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
AARD VARK devastated BRIAR STEM HAMMER in a tiresome 4 minute one-sided brawl.
THORN STEM HAMMER was subdued by SURGICAL in a 4 minute novice vs. veteran bout.
SECI defeated AMEMAIT(THEDEVOURER) in a crowd pleasing 1 minute conflict.
FRED UCCINI was outwaited by ANFERROUS in a slow 12 minute bout.
ZAIRE lost to ARMADILLO in a action packed 1 minute novice's match.
ZODWA vanquished JAR JAR BINKS in a 5 minute mismatched fray.
ZETA assassinated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         TOTAL PARRY       23 -  15 -  0      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         SLASHING ATTACK   31 -  21 -  6      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         STRIKING ATTACK   40 -  32 -  2      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         BASHING ATTACK    23 -  21 -  4      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  11 -  2      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         LUNGING ATTACK    46 -  43 -  6      52  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         WALL OF STEEL     21 -  23 -  0      48  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -  14 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      14 -  24 -  1      37  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         AIMED BLOW        18 -  33 -  2      35  |

Turn 285 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:

BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  5         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  1     AIMED BLOW         1 -  3         1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   SHARAPOVA 4371             10   5  1   96 THE PENTARCHY (397)
LUNGING ATTACK   XANAX 4384                  8   1  0   94 THE PENTARCHY (397)
STRIKING ATTACK  GREEN ROSE HAMMER 4335      8   4  1   77 FLOWERED HAMMERZ (481)
TOTAL PARRY      SRAN3E 4382                10   3  0   75 PHANTACITY (480)
WALL OF STEEL    STORMDANCER 4278           16  12  0   68 DODGE BULLETS (126)
SLASHING ATTACK  VELVET FINISH 4441         10   9  0   68 STEEL AND SILK (495)
PARRY-LUNGE      OPASAN 4381                 7   6  0   45 PHANTACITY (480)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is STORMDANCER 4278.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was OWL 4453.  The ten other most popular fighters were XANAX 4384, SHARAPOVA 
4371, STORMDANCER 4278, TROOPER TED 4443, EXPERIENTIA 4483, SURGICAL 4437, SECI 4464, 
ARMADILLO 4503, VENUS TRAP HAMMER 4456, and RED HAWK 4485.

The least popular fighter this week was SRAN3E 4382.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ANFERROUS 4508, FRED UCCINI 4421, SCARLET ROSE 4440, AARD VARK 4404, 
ZODWA 4491, BRIAR STEM HAMMER 4481, AARD WOLF 4411, PUMA 4294, LADY ELMA 4244, and 
PROBLEM CHILD 4504.