DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/15/2006    Duedate: 02/28/2006

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-521

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MOLLY
CROC FILES (374)
(29-4645) [13-12-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MOLLY                          YEAR OF THE CAT
CROC FILES (374)               ARENA FELINES (399)
(29-4645) [13-12-0,106]        (29-4624) [4-2-0,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUICK STINGER                  ACCO
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CROC FILES (374)
(29-4600) [19-16-0,90]         (29-4691) [8-3-2,76]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            31
2. ARENA FELINES (399)         15      CROC FILES (374)
3. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)         3      Unchartered Team
4. GET FUZZY (380)              0
                                       ARENA FELINES (399)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3 CROC FILES (374)         271 251 17 51.9   1/ 1 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     11  4 0
 2/ 2*ARENA FELINES (399)        7   7  0 50.0   2/ 2 CROC FILES (374)          6  9 1
 3- 5 GET FUZZY (380)            7   8  0 46.7   3/ 3*ARENA FELINES (399)       3  3 0
 4/ 6 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     276 362  7 43.3   4- 6 GET FUZZY (380)           1  0 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 #14 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The Crocs lay side by side at the edge of the lake, in shallow water and mud.  
It felt good.
     Bindi thought she could have lain there, soaking in the comfort, all night.  But 
Agro was agitated, she could feel it in him.  She swiveled her eyes enough to look at 
him.  "What?" she asked.
     Agro submerged all the way and blew bubbles, his way of indicating that he was 
thinking, or searching for words.  Finally he lifted his head and turned to face her.  
"We've just been following the warmbloods," he said.  "We need a plan of our own.  
Goals of our own."  A gesture sent small waves rippling away.  "More than just 
catching Nishtar."
     "You were the one who said--"
     Agro shrugged higher out of the water.  "I know.  Catching Nishtar is important.  
But there's got to be more than that.  Catching Nishtar is... a dead end.  We catch 
him, we kill him, then what?  We need a positive goal."
     Bindi rolled over and looked up at him.  "This is true.  Do you have one?"
     Agro shrugged and looked away.  "One on one, we--any of our people, even the 
half-grown kits--can kill any elf or human.  We have, any time some hunter encroaches 
on our territory.  But they're going to come at us like a wave, like a storm, a mass 
of them, and even if half of them die, they'll wipe us out completely."
     Bindi sat up, water cascading off her shoulders.  "Yes.  I hadn't thought it out 
that clearly, but... yes.  It is our claws and our fangs that make us successful 
predators, but for them, it is their ability to form packs.  We can't beat them with 
our weapons, but maybe if we took up theirs...?"
     "I don't see what you mean."
     "We crocs are mostly solitary.  We don't work together.  But maybe we should."
     "It isn't done--"
     "Times change, and we must change, too.  Or become as we were, as they say we 
were--nothing but beasts to do their bidding.  Or see our whole people die until 
there ARE no more crocs."
     "That is--"  Agro bit off whatever hot response he had been going to make and 
was silent for several minutes.  "That is a difficult task you set us, Bindi," he 
said finally.  "I don't think it's possible to get all the crocs working together.  
At least, I don't see how it could be done."
     Bindi dismissed that with a sweeping gesture.  "We don't need them all.  Let the 
older ones keep to the older ways.  The young ones will listen to us.  We have been 
places where few crocs have gone, and we are the only ones--the first ones, at least-
-to return.  If the young ones are intelligent enough to see the danger, they will 
hear us when we suggest new ways to meet that danger."
     Agro stared into the twilight.  "First we have to FIND our people.  We only have 
the warmbloods' word for it that we're headed in the right direction."
     "Yes, and that's another thing we'll have to learn from them," Bindi said.  
"Trust."  She twisted to look toward the humans coming back from their private 
conference.  "They have made a decision," she said.  "We need to hear it, and maybe 
suggest... changes."
     Agro surged out of the water and looked down at her.  "What are you planning?"
     Bindi smiled, which exposed a lot of teeth, but Agro was no warmblood to be put 
off by teeth.  "Wait and hear," she said.  "If they are as honest as I believe, this 
will work."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): CHIC SHEIK of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 529): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 531): GOLDEN ARCHES of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 529): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 527): JILL OPPY of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 264): CAM SHAFT of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 520): STONETOOTH of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): NINJATO of SAMURAI KIDS II (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 515): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 507): TAKE COVER of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 468): TIRRAJ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 239): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): B.B. CROSS of FEATHERS FLYIN' (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 396): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 375): PITSPAWN FOULDOG of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 361): VIRGINIA, NO SANTA of GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS
                              (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 169): APPLE DANISH of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 332): CHESSARA of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): TREENVA TARAL of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 316): NATASHA of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 421): DRACO MALFOY of SLYTHERIN HOUSE from DAYLA KIV
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 529): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 531): POWER LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 529): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 527): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 264): DODGE BULLETS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 520): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): SHERMANS STABLE (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 515): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 507): FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 468): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 239): ROAD WARRIORS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): THE OPERA (Impresario, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 396): RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 375): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 361): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 169): DARK RUNES (Liam the Goth, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 332): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 316): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 421): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 535): BLUE HAVEN of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 535): INSIGHTFULL INGIE of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
               (turn 534): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 531): GOLDEN ARCHES of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 529): MARSHALL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 526): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 263): LE NETTOYE of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque)
                                         DAISY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 262): BARTOFELES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KAMBARD MURH of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 261): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 517): ELECTRIC EYE of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
              (turn 516): SINNER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 506): MORPETH of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 467): DART of WOLF RIDERS (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 238): SHARD of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 233): ACE METRIC of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                     (turn 232): TOTO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 220): STRYKER of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 360): MASOOD of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 332): LOQUE of FACING WORLDS (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 329): TREENVA TARAL of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 316): NATASHA of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
                   (turn 315): IRLON of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, Molly-me-girl, what can you do when I throw a veritable wall of blades at 
you, eh?

                                     Stonetooth

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly LAPUR games.  The city has turned out in honor of 
MOLLY, for with hers arena victory she may now lay claim to the highest position in 
the city!  Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights 
without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  SNOWSHOE take warning!  You have more than a few 
enemies in LAPUR.  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it 
seems that ACCO posted a challenge against the more highly recognized WALKS SOFTLY.  
The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand ACCO beat WALKS SOFTLY.  Remember 
warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  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 LAPUR.  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 - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLLY 4645                   13  12  0   106       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONETOOTH 4560              24  24  0    96       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICK STINGER 4600           19  16  0    90       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 ACCO 4691                     8   3  2    76       CROC FILES (374)
 WALKS SOFTLY 4568            13  31  0    70       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YEAR OF THE CAT 4624          4   2  0    53       ARENA FELINES (399)
 MURRY 4638                   10  16  0    46       CROC FILES (374)
 LADYBUG 4709                  6   0  0    39       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MIGHTY MOUSER 4621            2   3  0    35       ARENA FELINES (399)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONNIE 4716                   2   1  1    20       CROC FILES (374)
 SNOWSHOE 4712                 3   3  0    18       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-ROBBO 4415                    1   1  0    14       GET FUZZY (380)
-SHIRELY 4673                  1   2  0     9       GET FUZZY (380)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANNIE 4715                    0   3  0     3       CROC FILES (374)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
KID BOBCAT 4622        1  2 0 ARENA FELINES 399     CONNIE 4716           521         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Murry -- Ah, I knew you weren't up to your best standard today when I saw that your 
nose was dry and hot.  Poor furry purry one!  I tried to make it as fast as I could.  
Take a drink of water (no aspirins!) and call me in the morning. -- Quick Stinger

Connie -- It wasn't supposed to be like that!  My two teammates defeated THEIR crocs, 
and I was supposed to defeat MINE, but you did it wrong.  You HIT me!  I hate it when 
that happens.  It makes me feel like such a... soft, helpless little thing, and I'm 
NOT. -- Snowshoe

And how much good will do you suppose it engenders when the local factory owners send 
in a GOLEM to break a strike, eh?  But the strike surely does get broken. -- Walks 
Softly
P.S.  But you see, I'm not a strike.

I will NOT allow beggars, however persistent, to share my bathtub!  I am a lady. -- 
Ladybug

T-Hawk -- I'm having a heck of a time keeping this storyline in step with the one 
linked to it.  Consider this spotlite a hop or a skip. -- the Scribe

30 January 2006
We of the Desolate Empire Alliance want to announce with glad hearts that Heathen
Hatebred is no longer just a friend, but also an alliance-mate.  Heathen brings a lot
with him to our alliance.  His experience, talent, and loyalty will be a great
benefit to us all.  Welcome Heathen; may all our enemies' blood continue to flow
freely! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ACCO bested WALKS SOFTLY in a 2 minute gruesome mismatched Challenge fight.
YEAR OF THE CAT savagely defeated MURRY in a 1 minute brutal Challenge melee.
ANNIE was overpowered by SNOWSHOE in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
STONETOOTH was devastated by MOLLY in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
QUICK STINGER devastated M. CHARDINEE in a popular 1 minute uneven brawl.
MIGHTY MOUSER slimly lost to LADYBUG in a 3 minute bloody match.
KID BOBCAT was put to death by CONNIE in a 2 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         AIMED BLOW         6 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  12 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  16 -  3      59  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   8 -  1      33  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 521 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     1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         4  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   MOLLY 4645                 13  12  0  106 CROC FILES (374)
WALL OF STEEL    QUICK STINGER 4600         19  16  0   90 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
STRIKING ATTACK  ACCO 4691                   8   3  2   76 CROC FILES (374)
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 ACCO 4691.  The ten other most popular fighters were SNOWSHOE 4712, MIGHTY 
MOUSER 4621, YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, MOLLY 4645, QUICK STINGER 4600, LADYBUG 4709, KID 
BOBCAT 4622, STONETOOTH 4560, CONNIE 4716, and WALKS SOFTLY 4568.

The least popular fighter this week was ANNIE 4715.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MURRY 4638, WALKS SOFTLY 4568, CONNIE 4716, STONETOOTH 4560, KID BOBCAT 
4622, LADYBUG 4709, QUICK STINGER 4600, MOLLY 4645, YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, and MIGHTY 
MOUSER 4621.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

STONETOOTH (29-4560) CARDOW HUNTERS (359)