DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/07/2005    Duedate: 12/20/2005

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-516

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CHARLIE
CROC FILES (374)
(29-4555) [19-25-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CHARLIE                        THE CLEAR
CROC FILES (374)               ARCANE PHARMACY (401)
(29-4555) [19-25-0,107]        (29-4632) [4-2-0,42]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUICK STINGER                  STONETOOTH
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-4600) [16-14-0,74]         (29-4560) [22-21-0,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CROC FILES (374)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        32
2. ARCANE PHARMACY (401)       19      CROC FILES (374)
3. PHILANTHROPISTS (407)       16      Unchartered Team
4. CROC FILES (374)            11
5. EQUESTORS (158)             11      PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)      4   0  0  100   1/ 1 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 1
 2/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         259 239 16 52.0   2/ 2 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      8  5 0
 3/ 2*ARENA FELINES (399)        4   4  0 50.0   3/ 4*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     4  0 0
 4/ 4 EQUESTORS (158)          590 610 45 49.2   4/ 3 EQUESTORS (158)           4 10 0
 5/ 0*GET FUZZY (380)            6   7  0 46.2   5/ 6*ARCANE PHARMACY (401)     2  4 0
 6/ 5 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     261 352  7 42.6   6/ 5*ARENA FELINES (399)       1  2 0
 7/ 6*ARCANE PHARMACY (401)      4  17  0 19.0   7/ 0*GET FUZZY (380)           0  1 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 #10 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Agro shook himself and looked around, then turned to Bindi.  "Any idea where we
are?"
     Bindi looked at the Tyrai-cat.
     The beast seemed to shrug, and then its shape began to flow like wax in the sun.
After a startled moment, Bindi looked away, swallowing.  Eventually, there was
something that looked human.  Nude, of course, but as an arenamistress, Tyrai was so
fit that there was nothing in her shape for her to be ashamed of.  Well, scars.  But
everyone who fought in the arena had scars.  Bindi and Agro did, too.
     Agro snarled, anger without words, and reached for the sword that was not there
at his waist, then flexed his claws.
     "No!" Bindi said, "she's a friend--truly a friend."
     Agro's muscles bunched.  "You betrayed--"
     "It was a golem," Bindi said.  "An imposter."
     "And a dead one now," Tyrai added.  She faced the two Crocs calmly, unafraid.
But poised and ready to do...almost anything, Bindi thought.  An arenamistress would
have to be a deadly fighter.
     "Do you know where we are?" Bindi asked.
     "Home."  Then the arenamistress shrugged and laughed a little.  "But a long way
from home.  This is our own right world.  But I think we must be somewhere on the
Vaalod.  A large plain, more or less," she added when both shook their heads.  "I
would guess that the home of your people lies to the west, possibly the northwest,
where the great marshes are.  Mine is northeast, the Alnoran Peninsula.  I don't know
which is farther.  We could be anywhere on the Vaalod, and it's huge!"
     Agro had relaxed, a little, while they were talking, and now he said, "We split
up then?  Going different ways and all."
     Tyrai frowned and looked around at the grass, up at the sky.  "No, I don't think
that would be a good idea.  The Vaalod is not a safe place, for all it looks innocent
enough at the moment.  Three can fight better than two or one.  And still might not
be enough, but three is what we've got."
     The big Croc tensed again, shaking off Bindi's restraining hand.  "I suppose you
want us to escort you home?"
     "Better the other way," Tyrai said.  "If I get some clothes, I can pass as
human.  You can't, so better to get you back into your right place first."  She
looked around again.  "And better to get moving, instead of standing around in plain
sight like targets!"
     Agro grunted and did a scan of his own.  They stood on a faint track, one could
hardly call it a road, that ran through tall grasses.  There were no landmarks that
he could see.  "Which way?"
     Tyrai pointed off to the left, away from the track on which the golems had been
carrying them.  "That way.  Can't you smell the water?"
     "Leave this road?" Bindi asked.
     "As fast as we can.  Roads have people, and we don't need to meet any people
right now."  Tyrai plunged into the grass, practically swimming through the shoulder-
high plants.  "Besides," she called over her shoulder, "this was a road Nishtar must
have chosen, and do we want to meet the people he does business with?"
     "We could eat them," Agro muttered, pushing into the grasses.  "I'm hungry."
     "You're always hungry," Bindi said.
     "Yeah, and so are you."

     Pushing through the grasses was hard work.  They didn't form a solid
impenetrable sod, for which Bindi was devoutly thankful, but they grew thickly
anyway.  They varied from chest high to over the head, and even when a breeze rustled
the tops, there was no air moving lower down.  The leaves rubbed against her, scraped
against her till she was raw, sometimes seemed to actively hold her back.  She didn't
like them.  You couldn't see much when the grass was at its shortest, and less the
taller it got.  The whole place had a disturbing feel to it.  Probably it was the
grasses, but....  "How far have we come?"
     "Couple of miles," Tyrai answered from somewhere just ahead.  "If we're lucky."
     "That's all?"  Agro's voice came from her right.  "It's been hours!"
     "This is bad country to cross without a horse," Tyrai said.  "If we get a chance
to acquire horses, we should take it."
     "Acquire.  Agro sounded like he was tasting the word.  "Isn't there some other
term for that?"
     "Steal.  Borrow.  Find.  Buy if we had any money.  Without horses, our lives
aren't worth much here."
     "Us Crocs have never gotten on well with horses," Agro said.  "People say horses
are dumb, but I guess they know we'd rather eat 'em than ride 'em."
     "Horses aren't thrilled with my people, either."  There was a slither and the
sound of a sliding fall, a grunt and a soft oath.  "Be careful," Tyrai said.
"There's a sudden slope.  And about time!"
     Bindi barely had time to grab the grasses and keep her feet under her as the
ground dropped away.  "Why is this good?" she asked breathlessly.
     "Means we're close to a stream.  I could stand to drink, and you two probably
need to wet down?"
     "Yes!"  Both Crocs started to push forward, skidding recklessly down the slope.
     "Wait!" Tyrai said, grabbing Bindi, who was nearer to her.  "We have to be quiet
and go carefully, there might be people down there--"
     "Good."  Agro pushed past her.  "I'm hungry!"

     At the bottom of the slope was a line of trees, and a stream, almost a small
river.  And people.  A dozen, maybe fifteen, lean and swarthy.  Mounted, armored,
armed.  Hostile.  When they spotted the three from Alastari, they swung their horses
into a line and charged through the grass, which was unfortunately thinner here.  The
ends of the line moved faster, turning it into a crescent, then passing their quarry
and completing the encirclement.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for LAPUR.  MVP award for SNOWSHOE?  CARDOW 
HUNTERS' proud of him after beating EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and getting 16 points.  Talk 
about yer major upsets!  MURRY's match with QUICK STINGER cost him a loss of 9 
points!  The Duelmaster isn't going to stop just cause he's Number One!  STONETOOTH 
knows this.  He was challenged by the Duelmaster.  Don't you think the Duelmaster is 
being unfair?  I think CHARLIE should let STONETOOTH be Duelmaster for a while, 
without fighting about it.  I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine 
hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.  ARENA FELINES was the most avoided team.  Is a 4-4-0 record really 
that scary?  I don't know what PHILANTHROPISTS' been doing.  They certainly haven't 
been accepting many fights from ARENA FELINES, that's fer sher.  Like, is STONETOOTH 
popular, or what?  He was challenged the most in all of LAPUR!  He's got a 22-21-0, 
is that good?  MAKADOS must not be a good enough fighter to get in fair fights.  He 
challenged CICERO.  12 is a big difference.  (Well, that's what they tell me.) I 
thought MAKADOS showed great skill and promise when he overcame CICERO.  All right, 
so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed 
up?  I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  LAPUR 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                  
 CHARLIE 4555                 19  25  0   107       CROC FILES (374)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONETOOTH 4560              22  21  0    90       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 WENDY 4657                   13   6  0    90       CROC FILES (374)
 MARIUS 4602                  19   9  0    86       EQUESTORS (158)
 QUICK STINGER 4600           16  14  0    74       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MOLLY 4645                    9  11  0    74       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ACCO 4691                     6   0  2    63       CROC FILES (374)
 GALLIENUS 4607               14  13  1    60       EQUESTORS (158)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WALKS SOFTLY 4568            10  29  0    59       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MURRY 4638                    9  12  0    53       CROC FILES (374)
 AUREOLUS 4631                10  12  0    49       EQUESTORS (158)
 THE CLEAR 4632                4   2  0    42       ARCANE PHARMACY (401)
 MIGHTY MOUSER 4621            2   2  0    34       ARENA FELINES (399)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHANGGAR 4703                 2   0  0    28       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-YEAR OF THE CAT 4624          2   1  0    28       ARENA FELINES (399)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POSTUMUS 4684                 4   5  2    19       EQUESTORS (158)
 MAKADOS 4704                  2   0  0    16       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 SNOWSHOE 4712                 1   0  0    16       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-ROBBO 4415                    1   1  0    14       GET FUZZY (380)
 LADYBUG 4709                  1   0  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SHIRELY 4673                  0   1  0     5       GET FUZZY (380)
 CICERO 4708                   0   2  0     2       EQUESTORS (158)
-KID BOBCAT 4622               0   1  0     1       ARENA FELINES (399)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
GENERIC I 4710         0  1 0 ARCANE PHARMACY 401   WYVERN 392            516 NONE    
GENERIC II 4711        0  1 0 ARCANE PHARMACY 401   RIVER MONSTER 390     516 NONE    
MAD DOG 4625           7 15 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    ACCO 4691             515         
ALKAROM 4685           2  3 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    POSTUMUS 4684         513 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Murry -- How was that?  I ate him, like I promised!! -- Acco

Mad Dog -- Gulp!  I love dogs...a little tough, but tasty nonetheless. -- Acco

Cardow Hunters -- The Croc Files regret that Mad Dog...errr...well...became Acco's
dinner.... -- Thawk

Murry -- A bold challenge but a foolish one. -- Stonetooth

Molly -- Darn.  I'm doing something wrong here, aren't I? -- Walks Softly and bleeds

Acco -- Don't eat him!  He might give you rabies! -- Stonetooth

Aureolus -- I'm surprised.  We don't usually defeat you Equestors. -- Quick Stinger

Spartacus -- Good luck!  You may have to wade through chest deep snow, if the weather
in the Sierras is anything like the weather here. -- Uncle Wolf

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GENERIC I was butchered by WYVERN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
GENERIC II was slaughtered by RIVER MONSTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
CHARLIE slimly won victory over STONETOOTH in a 2 minute Challenge Title match.
MOLLY was bested by MARIUS in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
MURRY was overpowered by QUICK STINGER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SHANGGAR overpowered POSTUMUS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
MAKADOS savagely defeated CICERO in a 4 minute gruesome beginner's Challenge melee.
WENDY vanquished WALKS SOFTLY in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided duel.
GALLIENUS lost to ACCO in a 2 minute brutal one-sided fight.
AUREOLUS overcame MIGHTY MOUSER in a 1 minute bout.
THE CLEAR savagely defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute brutal match.
SHIRELY slimly lost to LADYBUG in a 3 minute brutal amateur's conflict.
SNOWSHOE subdued EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute novice's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  10 -  2      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     23 -  14 -  0      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  15 -  0      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -  13 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  11 -  0      31  |

Turn 516 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      STONETOOTH 4560            22  21  0   90 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
STRIKING ATTACK  WENDY 4657                 13   6  0   90 CROC FILES (374)
WALL OF STEEL    MARIUS 4602                19   9  0   86 EQUESTORS (158)
SLASHING ATTACK  THE CLEAR 4632              4   2  0   42 ARCANE PHARMACY (401)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is QUICK STINGER 4600.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was STONETOOTH 4560.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE CLEAR 4632, 
MAKADOS 4704, ACCO 4691, CHARLIE 4555, MOLLY 4645, MARIUS 4602, QUICK STINGER 4600, 
SHANGGAR 4703, WENDY 4657, and AUREOLUS 4631.

The least popular fighter this week was MIGHTY MOUSER 4621.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were GALLIENUS 4607, WALKS SOFTLY 4568, GENERIC II 4711, POSTUMUS 
4684, MURRY 4638, GENERIC I 4710, CICERO 4708, SNOWSHOE 4712, LADYBUG 4709, and 
SHIRELY 4673.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

CHARLIE (29-4555) CROC FILES (374)

                   MAIL-IN TOURNEY XL

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BONNIE 2780 (157-122-8)                7  3  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ELENDUR 2013 (64-57-1)                 2  3  1         MID EARTH            
PYGMY SHREW 3743 (38-21-3)             2  3  0         SHREW CAN IT BE NOW  

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BINDI 4454 (22-16-2)                   0  2  0         CROC FILES           

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CASSIE 4574 (20-14-1)                  3  3  0         CROC FILES           
GOLDIE 4395 (22-20-1)                  1  3  0         CROC FILES           
COOKIE 4455 (16-11-2)                  0  2  0         CROC FILES           
SCRAPPA 4411 (20-17-2)                 0  2  0         CROC FILES           

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SOUTHEASTERN SHREW 3719 (9-9-2)        6  3  0         SHREW CAN IT BE NOW  

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LEXINGTON 4580 (11-2-0)                9  3  1         DARK GLORY           
MOLLY 4645 (8-9-0)                     5  3  0         CROC FILES           

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MIGHTY MOUSER 4621 (1-1-0)             6  3  0         ARENA FELINES        

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
YAHEL 4501 (1-1-0)                     4  3  0         CELESTIAL WARDENS    
YEAR OF THE CAT 4624 (2-0-0)           4  3  0         ARENA FELINES        
TARONDAR 3549 (1-0-0)                  2  3  0         MID EARTH            

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ALFRED E. NEUMAN 4696 (0-0-0)          2  1  0  DEAD   WHAT? ME WORRY?      
MAKADOS 4704 (0-0-0)                   0  2  0         PHILANTHROPISTS      

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BUCKY 4412 (5-1-0)                     2  3  0         GET FUZZY            

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
AMIE 4564 (8-7-0)                      4  3  0         CROC FILES           
MENELDIL 3360 (10-5-0)                 1  3  0         MID EARTH            
ACCO 4535 (8-6-0)                      0  2  0         CROC FILES           

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TYCHO 4627 (0-0-0)                     0  2  0         MAN IN THE MOON