DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/15/2006    Duedate: 03/28/2006

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-523

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

QUICK STINGER
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-4600) [21-16-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

QUICK STINGER                  YEAR OF THE CAT
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           ARENA FELINES (399)
(29-4600) [21-16-0,106]        (29-4624) [5-3-0,60]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUICK STINGER                  LADYBUG
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
(29-4600) [21-16-0,106]        (29-4709) [7-1-0,42]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            22
2. ARENA FELINES (399)         18      CROC FILES (374)
3. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        11      Unchartered Team

                                       ARENA FELINES (399)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*ARENA FELINES (399)       10   8  0 55.6   1/ 1 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      9  5 0
 2/ 1 CROC FILES (374)         274 255 18 51.8   2/ 2 CROC FILES (374)          6  6 2
 3/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     282 365  7 43.6   3/ 3*ARENA FELINES (399)       4  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[ A Crocodile in the Shadows #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The humans and the orc looked at each other for a moment, then all nodded.
"We'll do it," the not-Adantri said.  "You've got a deal."
     "And for our part," Bindi said, "we will help all we can, and try to persuade
our people, when we find them, also to help.  So long as you understand that we can't
speak for them with certainty at this time."
     "Understood.  That bridge we will cross when we come to it," the not-Adantri
said.
     Bindi had heard that idiom before and knew that it meant wait to deal with that
problem, but it still sounded silly to her ears.  Given a choice between crossing a
bridge or swimming, a croc would always choose to swim.  Perhaps, she mused, a croc
would say, "we'll swim that creek when we come to it"?  She occasionally entertained
herself by trying to turn human sayings into something that would make sense to a
croc; sometimes she could, sometimes they wouldn't go.  Not a surprise, that was just
a measure of how alien the one species was from the other.
     "We should be on our way at first light," the light-haired human said.  "There
are other people traveling westward.  I have seen their dust during the day, and
their campfires were visible from the height," he gestured toward the cliff he'd
climbed, "once the sun set."
     "Others...on our trail?" Agro demanded.
     "No.  Not following us or on the same trail we used," the human answered.  "A
large group, big enough to be an army, to the north of us.  They probably aren't
moving as fast as we have, but their course is parallel to ours, more or less."
     "If I had to guess," the not-Adantri said, "it would be that an army of elves is
preparing to attack someone to the west."  He glanced at the light-haired one.  "You
did say that it was mostly elves along the big river to the east, didn't you?"  When
the other man nodded, he went on, "That if there are more crocs to the west, they may
be the target."
     The orc, who had been staring into the fire, now looked up.  "If you saw their
dust, won't they see ours?  Not our campfire, since we're down in the valley, but--"
     "It's possible, but unlikely," the light-haired one said.  "We don't make as
much dust as an army, and we'll be careful to make even less tomorrow than we did
today."  He shrugged.  "As much as we can do that--I think we should push ourselves,
make the best time we can.  It should be possible to get ahead of the army by a day
or even two over the distance I'm guessing at.  We could reach the swampy land before
it does."
     "So as to be there for the attack?  Sounds like a bad idea to me," Agro said.
"If we're in the clear, we should stay clear."
     "No."  Bindi turned to look up at Agro.  "This is one of the things we need to
learn from humans, if our people are to survive.  We need to learn to think of ALL
crocs, of what is good for all of us, instead of just our own needs and advantage.
If there are crocs who are about to be attacked, we should warn them and try to help
them."  Agro looked down at her and made rumbling sounds in his throat but didn't
speak.  She chose to take that as agreement, however reluctant, and turned back to
the others.  "At first light, then, and," she grimaced, "we ride hard."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 537): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): CHIC SHEIK of ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 533): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 531): VURZHAL UR of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 529): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): MR. CHOMP CHOMP of THE PENTARCHY (The
                                         Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 522): QUICK STINGER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 517): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 509): TAKE COVER of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 470): DAPHNE CAMISADO of TERMAGANT VOTARY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): ZOEY of A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 234): JACK MCFARLAND of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 398): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 377): PITSPAWN FOULDOG of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 363): VIRGINIA, NO SANTA of GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS
                              (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): APPLE DANISH of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 334): RAGING PYROTHAG of GEMSTONE CREATIONS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 331): SHORT ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 423): DRACO MALFOY of SLYTHERIN HOUSE from DAYLA KIV
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM  9 ZUKAL (turn 537): THE MONGOLOIDS (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): ALL HALLOW'S EVE (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): MEAT MARKET (?, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 533): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 531): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 529): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 522): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 517): HALCYON DAZE (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 509): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 470): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 234): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 398): GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 377): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 363): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): FAMILY JEWELS (Gem Genius, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 334): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 331): SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 423): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 537): FELINE GRIN of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 536): MARX of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 521): STONETOOTH of CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): BRILLIANT ORANGE of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 262): BARTOFELES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                               KAMBARD MURH of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 516): MALODOROUSREEK of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 2e4): ART PENDRAGON of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Baphomet, mgr.)
                     (turn 233): ACE METRIC of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): NEUMA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
                              FENDER GRALE of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 220): STRYKER of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 318): JAMES of THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     The poor Concubine may, perhaps, have been Venomous, but she wasn't quick.  So
I got her instead.  I wonder if she's allergic to the...

                                   Quick Stinger

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly LAPUR games.  ACCO caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested WALKS SOFTLY and was awarded 18 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, YEAR OF THE CAT put 
down MURRY, causing him to lose 6 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was 
not present for the title fight this week as MOLLY boldly challenged QUICK STINGER in 
order to strive for the Duelmasters honors?  Not for nothing has QUICK STINGER in the 
past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week she's proven hers combat 
skill yet again.  Heed this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this 
week, the whole city shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     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.  MURRY take warning!  You have more than a few enemies 
in LAPUR.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  I must report the passing of WALKS 
SOFTLY, veteran of many duels.  14-32-0 final record His was not illustrious--but 
death plays no favorites.  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the 
arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far off 
city calling to me.  I must away!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks 
slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- 
Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICK STINGER 4600           21  16  0   106       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLLY 4645                   13  13  0    94       CROC FILES (374)
 ACCO 4691                     9   3  3    94       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YEAR OF THE CAT 4624          5   3  0    60       ARENA FELINES (399)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MIGHTY MOUSER 4621            4   3  0    53       ARENA FELINES (399)
 MURRY 4638                   11  17  0    50       CROC FILES (374)
 LADYBUG 4709                  7   1  0    42       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONNIE 4716                   3   1  1    28       CROC FILES (374)
 SNOWSHOE 4712                 4   4  0    27       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

'-' 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         
WALKS SOFTLY 4568     14 32 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359    ACCO 4691             523         
ANNIE 4715             0  5 0 CROC FILES 374        ARENAMASTER KYALL 388 523 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mighty Mouser -- (pout)  I am not a mouse, you hairy excuse!  In fact, I have a
Strong Suspicion that any Mouse you met would bite your whiskers off, so there! --
Ladybug
P.S.  Go away, you loathsome cat.

A Strike Breaker?  That's all they could find to fight me on my last, positively THE
last, appearance on the sands of this arena?  Cheese.  I'm insulted. -- Stonetooth

Penniless Lord -- Ah, but you see, I walk softly and carry a writ of, um, whatever it
is where I claim all your furniture in partial repayment of your debts, which debts
are many and large. -- Walks Softly
P.S.  It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

Annie -- Finally!  It wouldn't seem normal if we didn't fight at least one Croc.  Not
that you're presenting much of a challenge at the moment, but you probably just need
seasoning.  Hmm, sage and onion?  We'll have to try it.... -- Snowshoe

Ed. -- Yes, probably.  That Chardinee Society is nefarious beyond belief, and they
have spies and agents everywhere! -- Quick Stinger

     I suspected as much.  I shall have to check under the bed to make sure none of
     the dust bunnies are in the pay of the Chardinees. -- Ed.

Graham -- Okay, I WILL let you at him, probably next time. -- the Scribe

22 February 2006
The Olympics have arrived!

The Mordanti Olympics, having been gone for six years, have returned to the Mordanti
Alliance, sponsored by Amicitia Primoris.  Teams have competed against each other for
recognition and notoriety four times in the past.  It is far past time for the fifth
Mordanti Olympics to be held.  The Mordanti Olympics shall be held in the Mordant
arena (DM-1) from May 1st (T544) through Oct 30 (T557).  There will be a
'registration period' lasting until T543, where teams will be allowed to register by
activating in Mordant and declaring their participation in the personals.  Rules will
be posted in the Mordant arena (DM-1) newsletter no later than T543, but shall be
available online before then.  An announcement will be made as to where they will be
posted.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Lord Xiang
Amicitia Primoris
amicitia@gwi.net
http://amicitiaprimoris.gotdns.com

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ANNIE was butchered by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
MOLLY was viciously subdued by QUICK STINGER in a 2 minute Challenge Title battle.
YEAR OF THE CAT overpowered MURRY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
WALKS SOFTLY was butchered by ACCO in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
MIGHTY MOUSER bested SNOWSHOE in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
LADYBUG savagely defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute brutal struggle.
CONNIE devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         AIMED BLOW         4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL     21 -   9 -  0      70  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  18 -  3      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     3 -   8 -  0      27  |

Turn 523 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    QUICK STINGER 4600         21  16  0  106 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
STRIKING ATTACK  ACCO 4691                   9   3  3   94 CROC FILES (374)
PARRY-STRIKE     MIGHTY MOUSER 4621          4   3  0   53 ARENA FELINES (399)
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 LADYBUG 4709.  The ten other most popular fighters were QUICK STINGER 4600, 
MIGHTY MOUSER 4621, CONNIE 4716, YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, ACCO 4691, SNOWSHOE 4712, 
ANNIE 4715, MOLLY 4645, MURRY 4638, and WALKS SOFTLY 4568.

The least popular fighter this week was WALKS SOFTLY 4568.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MURRY 4638, MOLLY 4645, ANNIE 4715, SNOWSHOE 4712, ACCO 4691, 
YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, CONNIE 4716, MIGHTY MOUSER 4621, QUICK STINGER 4600, and 
LADYBUG 4709.