DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/16/2005    Duedate: 03/29/2005

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-497

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ENOSHIMA
BLACK SAMURAI (166)
(29-4349) [33-10-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ENOSHIMA                       BUCKY
BLACK SAMURAI (166)            GET FUZZY (380)
(29-4349) [33-10-0,118]        (29-4412) [4-1-0,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLACK TIGER                    DOMITIAN
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           EQUESTORS (158)
(29-4436) [14-32-0,74]         (29-4594) [10-5-1,103]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLACK SAMURAI (166)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        31
2. GET FUZZY (380)             28      ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
3. EQUESTORS (158)             24      Unchartered Team
4. ARCANE PHARMACY (401)       19
5. CROC FILES (374)            12      GET FUZZY (380)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 DARK GLORY (395)          19   4  0 82.6   1/ 2 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       8  3 0
 2/ 2 ANGRY ANIMALS (390)       22  15  1 59.5   2/ 1 EQUESTORS (158)           8  7 0
 3/ 3*GET FUZZY (380)            5   4  0 55.6   3/ 6 CROC FILES (374)          7  8 0
 4- 4 DEATH THREAT (376)       104  86 14 54.7   4/ 3*GET FUZZY (380)           4  2 0
 5/ 5 CROC FILES (374)         212 195 14 52.1   5/ 4 ANGRY ANIMALS (390)       4  4 0
 6/ 6 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      278 265 20 51.2   6- 5*STARCRAFT HEROES (398)    4  6 1
 7/ 7*BLUNT FORCE (393)          5   5  1 50.0   7/ 9*BLUNT FORCE (393)         3  2 1
 8/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          542 566 43 48.9   8/ 7 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      3 12 0
 9/ 9 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     216 304  7 41.5   9- 8 DARK GLORY (395)          2  0 0
10-10*STARCRAFT HEROES (398)     4   6  1 40.0  10-11 DEATH THREAT (376)        1  3 0
11/11*ARCANE PHARMACY (401)      1   7  0 12.5  11/10*ARCANE PHARMACY (401)     1  7 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[ A Crocodile in the Shadows #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere on the Monuntial Peninsula:

     What he needed was a plan.  Agro glared at the rainy darkness and cursed in a 
steady mutter of sound.  Unless he got warm, he wasn't going to be able to think of 
anything.  A sideways glance at Bindi confirmed his fears for her.  With her much 
smaller body, she was affected by the cold faster and more disastrously than he was.  
She was barely moving.  If they had to fight now, neither would be able to do justice 
to their training or their natural ferocity.  It was so unfair!  If they were to be 
given human shapes, they should have been given warm-bloodedness to go with it.  Or 
else transported to a warm world instead of this cold one.
     But they were here, and it was cold, and they needed a plan.  He thought briefly 
of the other Crocs, on the Isle of the Eye, then shook his head.  They were out of 
reach, for now.
     Bindi touched his arm, and when she had his attention, gestured toward the side 
of the road.
     Agro squinted into the darkness under the trees.  A lesser road branched off 
toward the shore.  It was badly overgrown and looked long unused, but there were 
cracked and leaning gateposts on either side of it.  This should make him think of 
something.  There was something he had heard, not too long ago.
     After a moment, it came back to him in the voice of one of the refugees from 
Monuntial that he had met on Niatoli Island.  "There used to be estates all along the 
shore," the man had said.  "Everything from fishing camps to mansions.  The whole 
peninsula was rich, the shore most of all, but Nishtar ended that."
     "Everything from fishing camps to mansions," Agro repeated.  He turned toward 
the side road.  "If there are any buildings left standing, they'll be shelter, and we 
need shelter tonight."
     "There might not be any buildings," Bindi said.  "The refugees all said there 
was burning."
     "Burning is warm.  That's what we need."
     "I didn't mean--"
     "I know.  It'll be all right.  There will be some shelter left, some of the 
houses were built of stone.  Maybe there'll even be something we can burn."  He 
didn't know if there were stone buildings on the shore or not, and even if there 
were, it would be hard to start a fire on this rainy night, even if they had the 
right tools, but there was no point saying that.  Bindi needed to be able to hope.  
So did he.
     He wasn't sure if he was acting on faith that Someone was looking out for them--
he couldn't remember whether there were any gods back... wherever it was they'd come 
from.  Or if this was just a desperate gamble.
     The road wound through the trees, they discovered the bends by walking into the 
trees when the road turned in the black night and they didn't.  But it hadn't gone 
far before the two Crocs could smell open water.  The darkness thinned ahead of them 
and showed a pattern of blocky shapes against the dim sheen of the lake's surface.
     And one light.
     Scraps of light, at first, but then it became a rectangle, and a human-shaped 
figured stepped into it, holding up a torch.  "I've been waiting for you," Tyrai of 
Monuntial said.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly LAPUR games.  Former top team EQUESTORS was unseated 
this week as BLACK SAMURAI moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot with a 
2-1-0 record for the round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the 
corner!  Witness how this week CROC FILES went 3-2-0 to move up 3 in the rankings.  
MAD DOG caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested 
EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and was awarded 14 points in recognition.  In one of the week's 
more notable duels, BUCKY put down STUBBORN ASS, causing it to lose 13 points of 
recognition in the process.  Not for nothing has ENOSHIMA in the past laid claim to 
the Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  
Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without 
pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In LAPUR "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to beat in 
LAPUR these days is EQUESTORS.  At least, most blades in town are looking to avoid 
them.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any 
of CROC FILES last week.  Busy avoiding EQUESTORS?  Loose talk at the arena has 
reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after WALKS 
SOFTLY.  Watch your back!  As a gladiator gets older, the icy grip of fear lays hold 
of hers heart.  True, CASSIE?  Who could miss your "brave" challenge of BLACK TIGER?  
All the city knows the duel went in favor of CASSIE.  I shall not fail to spread the 
word in other cities of this "mighty" victory.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  
In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in LAPUR.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I 
keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  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                  
 ENOSHIMA 4349                33  10  0   118       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LEXINGTON 4580               11   1  0   135       DARK GLORY (395)
 CASSIE 4574                  12   7  0   104       CROC FILES (374)
 DOMITIAN 4594                10   5  1   103       EQUESTORS (158)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FIGHTING COCK 4514            8   2  0    84       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 BLACK TIGER 4436             14  32  0    74       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-MACHIGAI 4506                15   5  0    71       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-KOJIRO 4456                  12   6  1    67       BLACK SAMURAI (166)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUCKY 4412                    4   1  0    66       GET FUZZY (380)
 TETRICUS 4601                 8   2  1    59       EQUESTORS (158)
 MARIUS 4602                   8   1  0    57       EQUESTORS (158)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHARLIE 4555                 10  15  0    54       CROC FILES (374)
 STUBBORN ASS 4517             6   4  0    47       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 STONETOOTH 4560              11  13  0    46       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-NASHVILLE 4577                5   1  0    43       DARK GLORY (395)
 WALKS SOFTLY 4568             5  15  0    38       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BITTER BEETLE 4611            3   1  0    33       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 CHUBON 4381                   3   5  0    30       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 JUNIBAN 4599                  9   2  0    29       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-LOUISVILLE 4579               3   2  0    29       DARK GLORY (395)
 HYDROPONICUS 4605             2   0  0    26       BLUNT FORCE (393)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICK STINGER 4600            4   7  0    23       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-SARAH KERRIGAN 4618           2   0  0    19       STARCRAFT HEROES (398)
 GALLIENUS 4607                4   4  1    17       EQUESTORS (158)
-JIM RAYNOR 4616               1   1  1    17       STARCRAFT HEROES (398)
 MAD DOG 4625                  1   3  0    17       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MURRY 4638                    2   1  0    15       CROC FILES (374)
-THE RASH 4613                 1   0  0    15       DEATH THREAT (376)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AUREOLUS 4631                 2   1  0    14       EQUESTORS (158)
-ROBBO 4415                    1   1  0    14       GET FUZZY (380)
-CYBORG 420 4547               1   0  0     9       BLUNT FORCE (393)
-TASSADAR 4615                 1   1  0     9       STARCRAFT HEROES (398)
 THE CLEAR 4632                1   1  0     8       ARCANE PHARMACY (401)
 WENDY 4657                    1   0  0     6       CROC FILES (374)
 TESTY TITMOUSE 4610           1   2  0     5       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)
 MOLLY 4645                    1   1  0     4       CROC FILES (374)
-MOJO 4614                     0   2  0     2       STARCRAFT HEROES (398)
 TWICE DAILY 4650              0   1  0     1       ARCANE PHARMACY (401)
-THE OVERMIND 4646             0   1  0     1       STARCRAFT HEROES (398)
-CROTCHETY CLAM 4639           0   1  0     1       ANGRY ANIMALS (390)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ORTEGA 4634            0  1 0 ARCANE PHARMACY 401   ARENAMASTER KYALL 388 497 NONE    
THE CREAM 4636         0  1 0 ARCANE PHARMACY 401   RIVER MONSTER 390     497 NONE    
OVERDOSE 4651          0  1 0 ARCANE PHARMACY 401   DUSKBLOOD TROLL 383   497 NONE    
THE IRON LUNG 4604     1  1 1 BLUNT FORCE 393       DARK CHAMPION 389     497 NONE    
YELLOW DOG 4619        0  1 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    GALLIENUS 4607        493 NOT REVE
SATCHEL 4414           0  1 0 GET FUZZY 380         ARENAMASTER KYALL 388 497 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lexington -- (growling)  Plenty dark, but where's the glory in that? -- Black Tiger

Bucky -- You WERE laughing, you fuzzy little runt! -- Stonetooth

Murry -- (glowering)  You look like another pair of boots on the hoof, croc! -- Walks
Softly because he's been bitten on the foot

Juniban -- Well, the skills are always handy.  Thanks for them. -- Quick Stinger

Molly -- By Shierah, every time we turn around, there's another reptile sneaking up
on us!  Watch out, reptile, because I need a new belt! -- Mad Dog

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

THE IRON LUNG was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ORTEGA was murdered by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena melee.
THE CREAM was assassinated by RIVER MONSTER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena duel.
OVERDOSE was butchered by DUSKBLOOD TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SATCHEL was assassinated by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena match.
CASSIE devastated BLACK TIGER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
CHARLIE overpowered STONETOOTH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
MURRY was overpowered by WALKS SOFTLY in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
THE CLEAR lost to QUICK STINGER in a 1 minute novice vs. expert Challenge duel.
MOLLY was overpowered by HYDROPONICUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ENOSHIMA overcame DOMITIAN in a exciting 4 minute one-sided Title bout.
STUBBORN ASS was demolished by BUCKY in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
MARIUS devastated CHUBON in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
TETRICUS slimly won victory over BITTER BEETLE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute bout.
JUNIBAN outwaited GALLIENUS in a crowd boring 9 minute fight.
AUREOLUS savagely defeated TESTY TITMOUSE in a 3 minute beginner's struggle.
MAD DOG bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute amateur's brawl.
TWICE DAILY was defeated by WENDY in a 2 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       15 -   9 -  0      63  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  24 -  2      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    5         BASHING ATTACK    19 -  13 -  1      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   9 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  22 -  1      46  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  20 -  2      17  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  10 -  0       9  |

Turn 497 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         2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ENOSHIMA 4349              33  10  0  118 BLACK SAMURAI (166)
LUNGING ATTACK   CASSIE 4574                12   7  0  104 CROC FILES (374)
BASHING ATTACK   DOMITIAN 4594              10   5  1  103 EQUESTORS (158)
WALL OF STEEL    MARIUS 4602                 8   1  0   57 EQUESTORS (158)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLACK TIGER 4436.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DOMITIAN 4594.  The ten other most popular fighters were AUREOLUS 4631, 
TETRICUS 4601, BITTER BEETLE 4611, THE IRON LUNG 4604, CASSIE 4574, WALKS SOFTLY 
4568, QUICK STINGER 4600, HYDROPONICUS 4605, BUCKY 4412, and WENDY 4657.

The least popular fighter this week was JUNIBAN 4599.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GALLIENUS 4607, TESTY TITMOUSE 4610, STUBBORN ASS 4517, ENOSHIMA 4349, 
MOLLY 4645, STONETOOTH 4560, SATCHEL 4414, ORTEGA 4634, TWICE DAILY 4650, and CHUBON 
4381.