DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/29/2006    Duedate: 04/11/2006

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-524

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ACCO
CROC FILES (374)
(29-4691) [10-3-3,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ACCO                           MAKADOS
CROC FILES (374)               PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
(29-4691) [10-3-3,111]         (29-4704) [4-0-0,33]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

QUICK STINGER                  MURRY
CARDOW HUNTERS (359)           CROC FILES (374)
(29-4600) [21-17-0,89]         (29-4638) [11-18-0,51]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CROC FILES (374)            26
2. ARENA FELINES (399)         23      DARK GLORY (395)
3. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        13      Unchartered Team
4. PHILANTHROPISTS (407)       10
5. DARK GLORY (395)           -21      PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)      8   1  0 88.9   1/ 1 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      9  5 0
 2/ 0 DARK GLORY (395)          21   9  0 70.0   2/ 3 ARENA FELINES (399)       5  1 0
 3/ 1 ARENA FELINES (399)       12   8  0 60.0   3/ 2 CROC FILES (374)          5  7 1
 4/ 2 CROC FILES (374)         276 258 18 51.7   4/ 0*PHILANTHROPISTS (407)     1  0 0
 5/ 3 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     285 367  7 43.7   5/ 0 DARK GLORY (395)          0  2 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 #17 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     They rode hard.
     The light-haired human--  Bindi stopped her thoughts there.  These were people,
allies, not prey.  They had names.  She owed them that recognition.  The light-haired
human's name was Rughal.  The not-Adantri was Ashon Chang.  The orc was Vurand.  Even
in thought, she must remember to name them.  Allies, not prey, just as Tyrai was.
     Rughal, then, had gotten them out of their nests before the first light.  It had
been a very cold night.  Very cold.  She and Agro had been barely moving then, and
only because their allies had produced pits lined with warm stones for them to sleep
in.  That's what allies did:  they helped.  The two crocs had been given warm food,
cooked fish.  She'd never understood why people who were not crocs insisted on
cooking their food, but the warmth was good this morning.  And tea.  She hadn't
understood that, either.  Water stained and flavored with leaves.  But it was warm
inside her.  It was good.  She would remember.
     By the time there was light in the sky, they were in the saddle and moving
westward again.  For a long time they stayed in the narrow valley that went on from
the lake.  It was shady and cool, and she didn't like it, but she understood the
reasons.  The valley hid them from their enemies just as it hid them from the sun.
She still didn't like it, but this was a hunt, in which the crocs were both hunter
and prey, and during a hunt, one endured discomfort in order to succeed.  Discomfort
was the price of success, which had to be paid, because nothing worth having came
free.
     But she had never imagined that the price of saving her people would include
riding a horse all day in the shadows and nearly falling off from the numbness.
Crocs weren't designed for this riding business.  There must be some other way they
could do it in the future, if they won through to the point of having a future.
Wagons?  Or...what did they call those war wagon things?  Chariots?  Yes, maybe
chariots.  Of course, it would be hard to get a chariot down a valley like this, no
level ground to speak of, big rocks, back and forth across the river, but there were,
must be routes that a chariot could travel, if it had a reason to do so.  Here she
paused, struck by the realization that the swampy land favored by crocs was not
suitable for anything with wheels.
     Well... boats?  But crocs never used boats.  They swam.  They would never see
any need for boats.  Or for chariots.  Maybe there wasn't any need for the things
themselves.  But if it would make their neighboring races seem the crocs as
intelligent and worthy of being treated as people instead of vermin, it might be
worth developing such vehicles.  They had to do SOMETHING to change the way the other
races perceived them.  She would talk to these people about it, these...comrades.
     Her mount came to a stop.  She looked ahead along the line to where the light-
haired--  To where Rughal led them.
     He had stopped, too.  The walls of the valley that rose to shade them framed the
human in the lead.  Framed a window onto light and air.  She had a mental image of
standing at a window looking out...and down.  Well, it could just mean the valley
getting suddenly wider and angling more steeply down.  Of course.  It had to mean
that.  Because she did not want to even think about it meaning...a cliff or any other
kind of sudden drop.  Humans might scramble around on cliffs, they were monkeys at
heart, but crocs didn't do that.
     Minutes passed while the humans peered, dismounted and climbed around on the
sides of the valley, and peered some more.  Finally they remounted and waved the rest
of the party forward, waiting until everyone was assembled at the lip of...a steep
slope downward.
     Bindi looked down.  A dry and stony slope, another plain or plateau, level but
narrow.  And beyond that lower ground, not much detail visible from here, but it was
a patchwork of green and blue, entirely unlike anything near at hand.  Ashon Chang
passed her the distance-glass.  It always felt awkward in her hands, and it didn't
bring out any detail to speak of in the landscape so far away.
     Still just green and blue, but there was something in the texture of the view
that said "swamp."  She passed the glass to Agro.
     He looked and grinned, teeth shining in the sunlight.  "It looks good."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): BANSHEE of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 532): CHARISMATIC of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 534): PERSIFLAGE of SHROUD IN MYSTERY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 530): SUE SHEE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): MR. CHOMP CHOMP of THE PENTARCHY (Le
                                         Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 523): 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 520): GRETH of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 518): LIONESS of DARK TOADS II (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 510): BUMP 'N' JUMP of FLIPPERS ARCADE (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 471): 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 235): JACK MCFARLAND of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 222): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 399): ZIPPER of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 378): SCYTHE of BLADES OF TERROR (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 364): 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 335): CHESSARA of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 332): SAMURAI of I AM SAM (The Sandman, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 319): AIDEN of LETHAL HERITAGE (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 424): DRACO MALFOY of SLYTHERIN HOUSE from DAIYLA KIV
                                (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 532): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 534): POWER LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): BALANCE OF TERROR (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 530): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 265): none
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 523): CARDOW HUNTERS (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 263): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 520): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 518): HALCYON DAZE (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 510): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 471): ROGUES' GALLERY (Lord Xiang, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 240): A DEAL'S A DEAL (Applejack, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 235): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 222): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 399): GET (JE, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 378): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 364): GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 170): FAMILY JEWELS (Gem Genius, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 335): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 332): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 319): THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 424): SUNNYLAND, etc. (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 538): PUSS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 538): BANSHEE of MARVEL HEROES (Dr. Strange, mgr.)
               (turn 537): FELINE GRIN of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 531): NYARLATHOTEP of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 532): EXODUS of THE OLD TESTAMENT (Ganolus Oakleaf, 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 520): M. A. FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
              (turn 519): LOU CYPHER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 235): BOMBADIL of FREEDONIA (Mr. Snarky, mgr.)
                     (turn 234): ART PENDRAGON of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (Baphomet, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 221): NEUMA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
                              FENDER GRALE of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 335): CHESSARA of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 319): XANTHIPPE MANWAR of THE LUNATIC FRINGE (Noachian)
                   (turn 318): JAMES of THE LEGENDS (Loch Ness, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     You're not ready to hold the title, Molly.  You need more seasoning.

                                   Quick Stinger

P.S.  Lemon pepper, I think.  Onions.  Maybe garlic.

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to LAPUR once again!  What's with YEAR OF THE CAT?  He actually 
beat DARK GLORY's NASHVILLE, and walked away with 17 more points from the fight.  
Laughs were big at ARENA FELINES while they watched YEAR OF THE CAT clobber 
NASHVILLE.  It lost 14 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  I 
can barely restrain my enthusiam for CROC FILES' outstanding member, Duelmaster ACCO. 
I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  
Tough!   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.   
     Warriors of LAPUR unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Is it my 
imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day?  To die so young, so 
gloriously!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ACCO 4691                    10   3  3   111       CROC FILES (374)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MOLLY 4645                   14  13  0   107       CROC FILES (374)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUICK STINGER 4600           21  17  0    89       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 YEAR OF THE CAT 4624          6   3  0    77       ARENA FELINES (399)
 LEXINGTON 4580               11   3  0    76       DARK GLORY (395)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NASHVILLE 4577                7   4  0    55       DARK GLORY (395)
-MIGHTY MOUSER 4621            4   3  0    53       ARENA FELINES (399)
 LADYBUG 4709                  8   1  0    52       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 MURRY 4638                   11  18  0    51       CROC FILES (374)
-SHANGGAR 4703                 3   1  0    44       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOWSHOE 4712                 5   4  0    40       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAKADOS 4704                  4   0  0    33       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
-LOUISVILLE 4579               3   2  0    29       DARK GLORY (395)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONNIE 4716                   3   2  1    22       CROC FILES (374)
-IZALOR 4702                   1   0  0    17       PHILANTHROPISTS (407)
 FAST PIG 4720                 1   0  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 BIG BAD CAT 4623              1   0  0     6       ARENA FELINES (399)
 AMIE 4718                     0   1  0     1       CROC FILES (374)
 CEZZARO 4719                  0   1  0     1       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         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Arena Felines -- Didn't mean to sit out a turn.  For some reason, only half my
warriors fought two turns ago though I'm pretty sure I had mailed all five in. --
THawk

Quick Stinger -- Hmmm...let's try that again, shall we? --Molly

Walks Softly -- Nope.  Not softly enough.  I'd ask you to try again, but it'd be hard
climbing out of my tummy.... --Acco

Cardow Hunters -- Thanks for the quick feed.... --Acco

Acco -- Oh, FINE, that is JUST what I needed, for some damned LIZARD to come along
and BITE MY HEAD OFF.  Heck. -- Ghost of Walks Softly, not walking at all now, but
very quiet
P.S.  Uncle Wolf says that I was "mediocre" and "no great loss," but that isn't how
*I* look at it.

Mighty Mouser -- Er...could I have my foot back now?  Thank you. -- Snowshoe

The Userous Merchant is a Karnhorn, which figures. -- Ladybug, not a fan of the
Karnhorn Empire

Ed. -- Be careful!  The Chardinee Society uses Attack Dustbunnies.  Very dangerous.
-- Quick Stinger
P.S.  Send a cat under the bed.  Cats can handle them.

     *whew*  Thanks for the warning!  I shall send in the cat and be prepared to do
     some serious brushing afterwards. -- Ed.

24 March 2006
A few notes about e-mailed personals:

You may submit personal ads, columns, spotlights, etc. electronically, either via e-
mail to ads at reality dot com (which doesn't need any more spam, thank you) or on
the web at http://www.reality.com/duel2/modules.php?name=Ads.  When you submit
something, you should get back a receipt from HAL at RSI.  If you do NOT get a
receipt, your ads may have gone astray (not all e-mail makes it to its destination
any more than all snail mail does).  If you DO get a receipt, it should, in the body
of the message, tell you what arena your stuff was filed in.  Check your receipt to
make sure your submission made it to the intended destination.  Also check to see
that everything you sent made it to the same place.  Sometimes HAL, who is rather
simple-minded in some ways, will send half your stuff to another arena if the name
or number of that arena shows up at the beginning of a line.  So if the word Ti
appears at the beginning of a line halfway through your ads, all the ads after that
may end up in Ti, which is closed and doesn't need ads.  As a side note, sometimes
things move slowly, so don't wait until the last minute to send your ads and all.
If they get held up along the way, they may not show up until next turn.  Happy
writing! -- Ed.

28 March 2006
We of the Desolate Empire Alliance want to welcome two managers to our fold.  Kon of
the Empire Rising, and Osiris!  May they be blessed with the blood of their enemies,
and give no quarter in War! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

QUICK STINGER was devastated by ACCO in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
MOLLY demolished LEXINGTON in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
NASHVILLE was overpowered by YEAR OF THE CAT in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
LADYBUG slimly won victory over MURRY in a exciting 3 minute bloody one-sided fight.
SNOWSHOE viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute gory duel.
CONNIE slimly lost to MAKADOS in a 3 minute bloody match.
BIG BAD CAT overcame CEZZARO in a 1 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
AMIE was viciously subdued by FAST PIG in a 2 minute gory beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         AIMED BLOW         3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         WALL OF STEEL     20 -   9 -  0      69  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   25 -  18 -  3      58  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  10 -  0      29  |

Turn 524 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     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  3         3  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  ACCO 4691                  10   3  3  111 CROC FILES (374)
BASHING ATTACK   MOLLY 4645                 14  13  0  107 CROC FILES (374)
WALL OF STEEL    QUICK STINGER 4600         21  17  0   89 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
LUNGING ATTACK   LEXINGTON 4580             11   3  0   76 DARK GLORY (395)
SLASHING ATTACK  NASHVILLE 4577              7   4  0   55 DARK GLORY (395)
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 MURRY 4638.  The ten other most popular fighters were ACCO 4691, LADYBUG 
4709, SNOWSHOE 4712, CONNIE 4716, FAST PIG 4720, MOLLY 4645, MAKADOS 4704, BIG BAD 
CAT 4623, YEAR OF THE CAT 4624, and QUICK STINGER 4600.

The least popular fighter this week was AMIE 4718.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CEZZARO 4719, NASHVILLE 4577, LEXINGTON 4580, QUICK STINGER 4600, YEAR 
OF THE CAT 4624, BIG BAD CAT 4623, MAKADOS 4704, MOLLY 4645, FAST PIG 4720, and 
CONNIE 4716.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

MOLLY (29-4645) CROC FILES (374)