DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/14/2004    Duedate: 04/27/2004

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-473

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BINDI
CROC FILES (374)
(29-4454) [15-4-1,115]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RAGING FIRE                    POSITION IS EMPTY
DEATH THREAT (376)             
(29-4407) [15-4-2,155]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LUCIUS                         SOUTHEASTERN SHREW
EQUESTORS (158)                SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
(29-4406) [17-14-2,93]         (29-3719) [7-7-2,78]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CROC FILES (374)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            72
2. DEATH THREAT (376)          18      DEATH THREAT (376)
3. CRIMSON KINGS (388)         10      Unchartered Team
4. SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)    1
5. TANKS A LOT! (387)           0       (153)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 DEATH THREAT (376)        86  62 12 58.1   1/ 1 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 0
 2/ 1 SHREW CAN IT BE NO (309)  65  50  8 56.5   2/ 2 DEATH THREAT (376)        7  2 2
 3/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         159 128 14 55.4   3/ 4 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      7  5 0
 4/ 4 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      244 246 20 49.8   4/ 3 SHREW CAN IT BE NO (309)  6  7 1
 5- 5 TANKS A LOT! (387)        27  28  1 49.1   5/ 5 CRIMSON KINGS (388)       5 10 2
 6/ 6 CRIMSON KINGS (388)       33  36  3 47.8   6/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)           4 10 0
 7/ 7 EQUESTORS (158)          468 522 36 47.3   7/ 8 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       2  2 0
 8/ 8 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     180 239  7 43.0   8- 6 TANKS A LOT! (387)        2  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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #79 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Near Barikala:

     The pillar of light over Barikala was not an attack in any obvious way, but
Artemisia found no comfort in that.  It was probably magical.  No, it was definitely
magical.  No one had been able to explain it in the months, the years since the
Invasion, but they'd figured out that early on.  Well, what else could it be?  And
it, or something connected to it, was deadly dangerous, because no ship or single
visitor had returned from Barikala after the pillar first appeared.  Those ship
captains who normally used Zukal's port had long since worked out the limits of
safety in the waters around Barikala, and The Golden Moon was well outside that 
limit.  But...the zombies were something new on the chart.
     A man screamed behind her, along the ship's other rail, and she whirled.  There
was movement beyond the rail, black on near black, hard to make out.  Lanterns lit
the ship's deck but cast no significant light beyond it.  She could see one of her
sailors staggering toward the rail with some kind of dark cable wrapped around the
middle of his body, but not what lay beyond and pulled him.
     She didn't need to see.  She crossed to that side of the deck, her cutlass
whistling down on the cable.  The blade bit, but not deeply, the cable was more
rubbery than a normal rope.  It wasn't a rope, of course.  She saw with disgust
rather than fear that it was a tentacle, though what creature would have a tentacle
four inches thick at any point was not something she cared to think deeply about.
The Lady Protector hacked downward again.
     There were more cries.  Fear, loathing, terror.  More tentacles reaching up and
over the ship's side.  Tentacles on one side of the ship, zombies on the other.
Neither group of sailors could abandon their own task to aid the other.  Both
attacking forces were stronger than Artemisia had expected.  She began to wonder if
her crew and her ship would survive at all.

Niatoli Island:

     Lord Protector Ghenis walked along the waterfront of the island's only real town
and looked over the shipping on hand.  He wasn't sure what he was looking for, but he
figured he'd know it when he saw it.  Some people might have taken him for a tourist
and considered robbing him, or selling him the kind of trash that hustlers always
sold to strangers and rubes, but...not here.  This town had an arena, and they knew
that kind of walk, that assured and dangerous stance.  He could be a hick with hay
growing out his ears, but as long as he was a Lord Protector, no one would mistreat
him so.  At least, no one but another Lord Protector.  And since he wasn't such a
hick....  He smiled, a baring of his teeth that drove human rats out of his path.
     Ah.  There was a man on the street ahead of him, talking to a probably ship
captain.  A man who, like himself, was unmistakably a Lord Protector.  Tall, hard,
maybe not quite human, although Ghenis couldn't put his finger firmly on the
difference.  Something in the way he stood, maybe.  Not that it matter.  This looked
like a man he could work with.
     When the man turned away from the sailor, Ghenis was there, nodding his head in
a move as close to a bow as he ever got.  "I'm Ghenis, from Zukal," he said, and
raised a questioning eyebrow.
     The other frowned.  Odd, at this close distance, he seemed almost...scaled.
"Agro, Lapur," the man said shortly.
     Ghenis noted that the sailor was moving away, clearly dissociating himself from
the two gladiators.  "I have control of a ship," Ghenis said, "and I am minded to
make a raid on the invaders at Monuntial.  You look like a man who might be
interested in that."
     Agro's frown deepened, but he smiled, baring pointed, over-large teeth.  "I'm
interested," he agreed.

Rocanis:

     Lady Protector Eleven Blade, Leven to her friends, stood on Spirit Ridge and
stared southward.  What should have been rolling, increasingly arid grasslands to the
distant horizon was now a bank of...fog, maybe.  Dark, sharp as a wall at its base,
the top of it working like porridge boiling in a pot.  And no more than fifteen miles
away, probably less.  Ten.  "I've never seen anything like it," she admitted.
"Strange weather...if it is weather."
     "It's partly weather," her companion said slowly, "but not entirely."  He was a
Lord Protector from Morya, Ghost Dancer by name.  "I have been studying it for two
months now.  It began...I don't know where.  Somewhere in the far south.  It was a
hundred miles south of here when I first saw it."
     Leven glanced at the man sharply.  She didn't really know him, but there was
nothing in his face or manner that suggested he was lying.  "It's moved ninety miles
in two months?  At that rate, it could be on Rocanis within a week!"
     "Its speed is irregular," Ghost Dancer said.  "Some days it moved scarcely a
mile, other days it raced north like wildfire.  But yes, it could be on Rocanis...
any time."  He was silent for a moment, as though debating whether he should say
more.  With a faint shrug, he went on, "I have not been able to find an end to the
line of it and get around behind.  I have no idea what lies behind in the ground it
has already covered.  But I would not expect to find anything really GOOD where that
has passed."
     Obviously not, Leven agreed silently.  The unknown never seemed to be
benevolent.  It was probably a natural law.  "You couldn't get around an end," she
said.  "Did you try going straight through?"
     Ghost Dancer paled a little.  "Yes," he said very quietly.  "I survived, but I
didn't get very far into it.  Or I would never have come back, I think.  It was like
being caught in a whirlwind, in part.  But I was not the only thing in the grip of
the walking storm, and the others were....  Some of them were beasts, mad with terror
and striking blindly.  Others were," he hesitated, "things.  The sort of things a
priest of the Mytori might call out of the Darkness."
     "Do you believe it's a natural phenomenon?" Eleven Blade asked.
     "No."
     "Good.  If it's unnatural, it was made by men.  Or something like men, anyway.
And what men can make, they can undo.  Let's find out how, and then...undo."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, well, finally back where I belong.  I have just ordered some new togas,
purple with gold trim.  Necessary for someone of my station.  I am going to have to
hire some bodyguards though.  I do not enjoy being accosted in the streets.  More
blood, more blood, people keep yelling at me.  The arena has become too tame they
say.  Maybe the rules committee would consider making the contests a fight to the
death.  That should satisfy their bloodthirsty little hearts.  I also get complaints
that the bouts are too predictable.  Something new is needed they say.  Well how
about a lunger going up against an elephant or a total parry versus a chimpanzee?  Oh
well, I need to see if I can get the taxes raised to pay for the statue of myself
that I have commissioned for the entrance to the arena.  I cannot understand why the
other Duelmasters never thought of this.  Oh well, off I go.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail LAPUR!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  FLINT EYE has lost to COOKIE, falling 13 points, while helping make CARDOW 
HUNTERS a 2-2-0 turn.  We should ask BINDI about the thrill of victory, and what 
being the new Duelmaster does for a warrior, she's now the one to ask.  Tell me, is 
nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Warty Toad uses 
trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  EQUESTORS has cause to stand tall, as 
they were LAPUR's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And avoiding EQUESTORS more than any other team we find BLACK SAMURAI.  LAPUR, are we 
going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  Well, sports fans, take notice that 
TALL TREE from CARDOW HUNTERS was LAPUR's most challenged warrior this turn.  In a 
brave attempt, ACCO from CROC FILES challenged up 18 points to fight SCORPUS from the 
EQUESTORS stable.  ACCO perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he subdued SCORPUS 
and ended up with 80 recognition points.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  You gotta do what you gotta do.  
BLACK SAMURAI has sent OTARU to the Dark Arena.  The deed is done.  Lift the ale, and 
toast the memory.  Is it really true that LAPUR has more dishwashers per capita that 
fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Well, I'm burning daylight here in LAPUR and I've a long road ahead of me. 
Happy Trails.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to paper-- Alarond the Scribe 

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BINDI 4454                   15   4  1   115       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGING FIRE 4407             15   4  2   155       DEATH THREAT (376)
 LUCIUS 4406                  17  14  2    93       EQUESTORS (158)
 TALL TREE 4380               17  25  0    92       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ENOSHIMA 4349                24   8  0    86       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 ACCO 4535                     5   1  0    80       CROC FILES (374)
 SCORPUS 4393                 19  18  2    79       EQUESTORS (158)
 SOUTHEASTERN SHREW 3719       7   7  2    78       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 THE MINCER 4490               8   6  1    77       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEAST SHREW 3513              9   5  1    65       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 MUCIANUS 4478                11   6  1    63       EQUESTORS (158)
 COOKIE 4455                  11   8  2    59       CROC FILES (374)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MACRINUS 4452                 8  11  2    54       EQUESTORS (158)
-UBER-PANZER 4498              8   2  0    54       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 SHORT-TAILED SHREW 3747       8   6  0    51       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 MACHIGAI 4506                10   2  0    48       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-POKIN' PERSHING 4499          6   4  1    45       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 BLACK TIGER 4436              7  15  0    42       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-CHUBON 4381                   3   3  0    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 FLINT EYE 4511                8   5  1    38       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-SNAKE PIT 4467                3   3  0    35       DEATH THREAT (376)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRINCE RUPERT 4493            5   9  0    28       CRIMSON KINGS (388)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KOJIRO 4456                   4   3  1    23       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-RIP TIDE 4509                 2   1  0    22       DEATH THREAT (376)
-HOWIETZER 4539                2   1  0    21       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 CHARLIE 4555                  1   0  0    18       CROC FILES (374)
-THE PLAGUE 4519               2   2  1    16       DEATH THREAT (376)
 SHOGANI 4554                  1   0  1    13       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 QUICK DEATH 4544              1   1  0    11       DEATH THREAT (376)
 VROOOM 4553                   1   0  0    11       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
 TINY 4537                     1   5  0     8       SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (309)
 RED 4543                      1   1  1     5       CRIMSON KINGS (388)
-TORTISE 4541                  0   1  0     1       TANKS A LOT! (387)
 DRUSILLA 4546                 0   1  0     1       EQUESTORS (158)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
OTARU 4245             6  6 1 BLACK SAMURAI 166     WYVERN 392            473 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
STONEBOW 4542          1  2 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    SHOGANI 4554          473         
SUGARPLUM 4432         9 11 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    SOUTHEASTERN SHR 3719 470 JUST REV
THE FIRE WITCH 4489    8  4 0 CRIMSON KINGS 388     RAGING FIRE 4407      471         
LUCY 4520              2  7 0 CROC FILES 374        SHEWISH GIANT 386     473 NONE    
LENTULUS 4540          1  2 0 EQUESTORS 158         THE PLAGUE 4519       471         
FRANK THE TANK 4488    7  4 0 TANKS A LOT! 387      SOUTHEASTERN SHR 3719 471         
TREAD HEAD 4505        3  5 0 TANKS A LOT! 387      MUCIANUS 4478         470         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Raging Fire -- Cowering in your hole to avoid a simple Bloodfeud?  Come now.  That
sort of behavior doesn't become a warrior of your experience, particularly when the
feuding team is as innocuous as we are.  I do hope there's another explanation for
your absence from the lists, and that you'll give us a chance to exact vengeance in
the approved manner.  We'd hate to resort to inappropriate methods...well, some of us
would, anyway. -- The Yellow Jester

Southeastern Shrew -- With that rating, I'm amazed I survived!  Nasty little thing,
aren't you? -- Tall Tree

Lucy -- Think I'm letting a Croc close?  Not a chance! -- Black Tiger

Prince Rupert -- Ah, tough style.  Good luck. -- Flint Eye

Rip Tide -- (frowning fiercely)  It's all YOUR fault that I got the only loss on the
team today, so YOU can come over and do the dishes! -- Stonebow

Lapur -- I did not bloodfeud Galba's death because the fight was a little weird in
how it proceeded. -- Spartacus

Plague -- Working on a vaccine for you. -- Spartacus

Bindi -- Trying to make a career of beating up on us? -- Spartacus

18 March 2004
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Update

     We are pleased to announce that the kLk sponsored St. Valentine's Day Massacre
kill contest in DM 36 is off to a great start.  We are also pleased to announce that
in addition to the 10 team rollups we are also able to offer the renaming of a dark
arena warrior as a prize to the manager with the most kills.  The contest is only 2
turns old and is still wide open.  There are currently 5 managers tied with one kill
each.  Anything can still happen so hurry up and get into the arena.
     On a personal note, no other alliances have entered the arena in force to
challenge the kLk dominance.  We were expecting The Firm to put up a fight for their
supposed home arena.  But, they were a no show.  Guess they proved what they are
really made of.  *evil grin*
     Perhaps another alliance would like to step in to give us a challenge.  We are
throwing down the gauntlet.  Perhaps the Chaos Inc. boys I keep hearing about would
like to step in and challenge the kLk for arena dominance.  If you don't show up,
Chaos, don't feel bad.  FAR better managers than you have been invited into Jhans but
have chosen to pass on the offer.
     So if you consider yourself worthy to compete, like fierce competition, and
enjoy arenas where the personals are as fierce as the fighting, come visit JHANS DM
36.  We're already planning our next contest, "Capture the Flag," and have a
storyline being actively worked on in the arena.  Whatever you like about DM you can
find it in JHANS.

Bookie
mgr. of Suicidal Dreams
and Director Jhans Board of Tourism
kLk Alliance

27 March 2004
     This notice is to inform the DM world that CHAOS INC. has added CHEETO to its
ranks.  He joins APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and RUDE BUDDHA as the 6th member.
May your chaotic wings spread disaster and CHAOS for all your days!  Welcome CHEETO!!

27 March 2004
     Has anyone seen it in print that the "Goat" is leaving the "Cartel"?  There were
some diplos to the effect of a special branch of the Cartel being formed, like secret
societies, governmental agencies and alliances certain agendas are developed.  To
obtain the desired effect of any agenda only key personnel can be used.  The "Goat"
is "Cartel" so until you see it with me announcing that I am not Cartel, remember,
"The Agenda of the Core is for you to fight for."  I hope this stops the confusion.
-- Goat

8 April 2004
CLICK (KLK) -- Remember, you asked for it.  Chaos is coming....

14 April 2004
CHAOS Inc. proudly announces our newest member, Silver Stroke.  He becomes the
seventh brother of Chaos.  We shall indeed be better for his joining.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LUCY was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
OTARU was slaughtered by WYVERN in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
THE MINCER was handily defeated by RAGING FIRE in a 1 minute Bloodfeud match.
SOUTHEASTERN SHREW was unbelievably bested by TALL TREE in a 2 minute contest.
ACCO demolished SCORPUS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
COOKIE vanquished FLINT EYE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
QUICK DEATH beat TINY in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
LUCIUS was handily defeated by BINDI in a action packed 2 minute uneven Title fight.
SHORT-TAILED SHREW was unbelievably bested by MUCIANUS in a 1 minute duel.
MACRINUS was savagely defeated by LEAST SHREW in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
BLACK TIGER narrowly defeated PRINCE RUPERT in a 5 minute fight.
MACHIGAI outlasted BOND SERVANT in a tiresome 10 minute veteran vs. novice melee.
STONEBOW was murdered by SHOGANI in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
RED was devastated by CHARLIE in a 2 minute one-sided battle.
DRUSILLA was devastated by VROOOM 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                   7         AIMED BLOW         4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         TOTAL PARRY       19 -   4 -  0      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  25 -  2      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    43 -  47 -  7      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL     10 -  11 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  28 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    20 -  26 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  11 -  0      35  |

Turn 473 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     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  4         3  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  BINDI 4454                 15   4  1  115 CROC FILES (374)
LUNGING ATTACK   RAGING FIRE 4407           15   4  2  155 DEATH THREAT (376)
BASHING ATTACK   SCORPUS 4393               19  18  2   79 EQUESTORS (158)
SLASHING ATTACK  THE MINCER 4490             8   6  1   77 CRIMSON KINGS (388)
TOTAL PARRY      MACHIGAI 4506              10   2  0   48 BLACK SAMURAI (166)
PARRY-STRIKE     FLINT EYE 4511              8   5  1   38 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LUCIUS 4406.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
SOUTHEASTERN SHREW 3719.  The ten other most popular fighters were BINDI 4454, BLACK 
TIGER 4436, LUCY 4520, LEAST SHREW 3513, RAGING FIRE 4407, QUICK DEATH 4544, VROOOM 
4553, TALL TREE 4380, ACCO 4535, and COOKIE 4455.

The least popular fighter this week was MACHIGAI 4506.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DRUSILLA 4546, STONEBOW 4542, LUCIUS 4406, TINY 4537, FLINT EYE 4511, 
SCORPUS 4393, THE MINCER 4490, OTARU 4245, SHOGANI 4554, and MUCIANUS 4478.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

RAGING FIRE (29-4407) DEATH THREAT (376)