DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/02/2008    Duedate: 01/15/2008

LAPUR ARENA

DM-29    TURN-570

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KYOKO
WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
(29-2929) [16-14-5,127]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KYOKO                          DAX
WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)         DEATH MOB (437)
(29-2929) [16-14-5,127]        (29-5015) [3-4-0,30]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

AMIE                           SPARKLE FARKLE
CROC FILES (374)               ESCAPADE (417)
(29-4718) [14-25-2,82]         (29-4853) [17-7-1,110]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MID EARTH (223)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEATH MOB (437)             47
2. CROC FILES (374)            47      STREET WALKERS (97)
3. WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)      46      Unchartered Team
4. MID EARTH (223)             42
5. CARDOW HUNTERS (359)        34      DEATH MOB (437)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      467 296 41 61.2   1/ 2 MID EARTH (223)          11  4 0
 2/ 2 METAL MINCERS (256)      505 343 12 59.6   2/10 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)   10  5 3
 3/ 3 ESCAPADE (417)            83  71  3 53.9   3/ 1 STREET WALKERS (97)      10  5 2
 4/ 5 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)    78  68 12 53.4   4/ 3 CROC FILES (374)          9  6 3
 5- 4 BLACK SAMURAI (166)      342 310 21 52.5   5/ 8 ESCAPADE (417)            8  7 0
 6/ 6 MID EARTH (223)          363 336 13 51.9   6/ 6 EQUESTORS (158)           7  8 0
 7/ 0 BLACK TIDE (440)          65  65  9 50.0   7/13*DEATH MOB (437)           7  8 0
 8/ 7 CROC FILES (374)         357 360 26 49.8   8/ 9 SWEETNESS (431)           6  8 0
 9/ 8 EQUESTORS (158)          648 683 47 48.7   9/ 5 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)      6  9 1
10/ 9 VENUSIANS (321)          214 234 11 47.8  10/ 7 FORCE OF NATURE (312)     6  9 0
11/11 FORCE OF NATURE (312)    252 285 15 46.9  11/ 4 VENUSIANS (321)           6  9 0
12/10 SWEETNESS (431)           26  31  3 45.6  12/12 METAL MINCERS (256)       4  3 0
13/12 CARDOW HUNTERS (359)     392 476 10 45.2  13-11 BLACK SAMURAI (166)       3  1 0
14-13 NO QUARTER (433)          33  42  1 44.0  14-14 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)      3  2 0
15/14 MEN (356)                155 199 10 43.8  15/15 ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)    3  8 0
16-15 TRAIL OF TEARS (229)     112 147  6 43.2  16/16 FORLORN (382)             3  9 0
17/16 ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)    60  82  4 42.3  17/ 0 BLACK TIDE (440)          2  2 0
18/18 FORLORN (382)             37  53  1 41.1  18-19 NO QUARTER (433)          1  1 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/19*DEATH MOB (437)           13  22  0 37.1  19/18 MEN (356)                 0  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

     Announcing the 2007 Lapurian Awards
     I am not sure if the awards have been continued during the 10 years I was away,
so I will volunteer to tabulate the results.

The categories are:

Best Duelmaster
Most Pathetic Duelmaster
Favorite Warrior
Most Disliked Warrior
Favorite Manager or Team
Most Disliked Manager or Team
Most Feared Team
Least Feared Team
Best or Funniest Team Name or Theme
Best or Funniest Warrior Name
Greatest Contributor to the Dead List
Best Personals Writer
Best Spotlight Writer
Top Warrior of each Style (AB/BA/PL/PR/PS/LU/SL/ST/TP/WS)
The Marcus Award (The old fart warrior everyone wants outta here)
The Bonnie Award (Choose from your selected Style Masters for the best overall
warrior)

Any Manager that fought their warriors at least one turn during the 2007 is eligible
to vote.  If you don't have all of this past year's newsletters, check the old
newsletter archives online at the Duel2 website.

Please post your votes in the Newsletter as a Team Spotlight or Personal Ad on turns
571-574.  I will post the results on 575.  Also please make sure to included your
Team Name and Manager name, so I know who is submitting their votes. 

Visionist, Manager Mid Earth Guild

             + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Edge of Night #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere congruent with southern Alastari:

     "Why have you come here, motral?"  The voice emerged from darkness and cold
wind, and it seemed to echo out of a deep cave.  At the same time, so far as time had
a meaning here, a form condensed in front of Uncle Wolf.  Black and without visible
details, with eyes as white as the full moon and white antlers gleaming in the light
of a moon that did not shine here.  Where another kind of being would move in the
aura of its own warmth and scent, this one exuded awe and dread.
     Though he had never met this Great One personally before, Wolf knew who it was.
He bowed low.  "I have been called and sent," he said.  "I go where I am commanded."
     Amusement.  "That must be a first for you."
     "Perhaps.  I do not recall."  He closed his mouth and waited.  To be the first
to speak of his mission here would be taken as a weakness.  It would be a weakness,
the mortal flaw of impatience.
     More amusement.  Not something so ordinary as a laugh, but a scent of response
that in a human would be laughter.  Amusement passed.  "You have been invoked to deal
with the Soul-Stealer," the Horned Hunter said.  "That Word has come to Us," it added
ambiguously.  "We have thought to Hunt this rash mortal Ourselves."
     "If You unleashed your full power on Alastari at this time, You might unmake
it."
     "True.  What of that?  For all within the Mortal Lands, every beginning comes at
last to an ending.  It may be that now is the ending for Alastari."
     "And it may not be so.  One said to me once that endings should not be hastened
but allowed to arrive in their own times.  And also that the ending of something so
large and deep-rooted as Alastari is... complicated.  Not for one such as myself to
trifle with."  Wolf squinted at the dark shape and decided that nothing but the most
brutal honesty would serve him here.  "It is not for one such as You to trifle here,
either."
     Anger, insulted dignity.  Amusement again.  "Truth."  A silence that seemed
long.  "So be it.  The Night Riders shall aid you, they shall even follow your
directions, within reason.  We shall send Words to them, making it so."
     Wolf deemed it prudent to bow again, and to keep silent.  He did not fancy
working with the Night Riders, but they were "better" than the Great Hunt.  And they
would be well able to sniff out necromancers wherever such might hide.  He saw now
that it was to secure this aid that he had been sent to the Horned Hunter.  Which he
had now done, and more easily than expected.  He wanted to leave, to return to the
Mortal World and get on with it, but he dared not until the Hunter gave permission.
     "We are minded to... ask a boon in return," the Hunter said.  Light from an
invisible moon glinted on its horns as the great head turned to look off to the side.
     Wolf felt that his skin tightened all over with alertness and... yes, fear, too.
"Ask, though little is within my power compared to yours."
     "We stand very near to the border between Matter and Spirit," the Hunter said,
"as do you.  But on opposite sides.  The circumstances which permit Us to reach
across that border are not common, they do not pertain at this time.  But We can
reach you."  A hand materialized between the two of them, with a square of fluttering
cloth laid across its palm and a silver arm-ring lying on the cloth.  "Take this to
the Silent Place near the Ancient City, that which mortals now call Zuwayza, and give
it into the keeping of One you will find there.  That One will then release the Night
Riders to your commands."
     Wolf would sooner have touched a scorpion than that arm-ring, but there seemed
to be no alternative here.  He forced his unwilling hands to reach out and grip the
corners of the cloth, lifting the ring without touching it.  "I shall do this if I
can," he said.

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): SOMNAMBULANT of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): N- MOCK of 1ST NORTHERN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): SRAN3E of PHANTACITY (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): LARRY of LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MASHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): RHIANNON of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 422): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): KILLIAN TEN VIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HOLLY HEPATITIS of ONE NIGHT STANDS (Soultaker)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): KLKASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): VILLAINOUS LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 421): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): DREW'S BOYS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): STRADA of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DROGRA of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
                (turn 577): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
                            VINN WULF of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
                          ELDACAR of MID EARTH (Dirmael, mgr.)
                          BUZZSAW of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 285): ULTHAR UTHERYDES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               KATANA of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): BELLE ZEYBUL of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): THOMAS FOWLER of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): SMOKESCREEN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                  (turn 243): HARRY MONSTER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
                            SOURCRAB of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
                            MANDORALLEN of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
                (turn 443): THE QUAM ZONE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Ready for some action-packed adventure, some thrills, chills and spills?  Well 
fergit it, cause this is the Spyreport for LAPUR.  Too bad, STREET WALKERS, but MID 
EARTH was just too good to be stopped.  I don't wanna hurt anybody's feelings or 
anything, but VENUSIANS really goofed with their 1-4-0.  The guys at WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 
like really pulled together to get a 5-0-1 this turn, moving up by 8.  One team 
deserves special mention 'cause they moved up 1 after going 4-1-0.  Keep it up, MID 
EARTH!  MVP award for ARONWE?  MID EARTH's proud of her after beating BRICKHOUSE and 
getting 20 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  CALLISTO got smashed by DAX, and 
lost 14 points!  The Duelmaster isn't going to stop just cause she's Number One!  
DUSKBLOOD TROLL knows this.  He was Dark Arena Challenged by the Duelmaster.  This 
Duelmaster is like something else!  GOLDIE stopped DUSKBLOOD TROLL dead in his 
tracks!  I hear the top team insists all their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They 
want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  STREET WALKERS was the most avoided team.  Is a 
467-296-41 record really that scary?  I don't know what METAL MINCERS' been doing.  
They certainly haven't been accepting many fights from STREET WALKERS, that's fer 
sher.  Can VENUSIANS' MENSA be more popular than me?  She was challenged the most, 
but is that really the same?  Ooh!  Did SILVER SCINTERER really know what he was 
doing when he challenged KYOKO?  A 12-9-1 speaks volumes.  (Zontoni said that.  I 
don't know what it means.) KYOKO killed SILVER SCINTERER, and was I surprised 
(right!).  But its a good thing KYOKO could stop laughing long enough to give SILVER 
SCINTERER a good pounding.   
     What does a fighter fight for?  I mean, the crowds don't give a hoot if someone 
gets killed.  Not after four more fights.  Pinch me, I must be dreaming!!!  GOLDIE 
returns from the Dark Arena, maybe a "little upset" at hers STREET WALKERS 
teammates...  Hey!  Quit laughing!  Just because BUZZSAW had 16-7-1 was no reason for 
ESCAPADE to send him to the Dark Arena!  Stop it!  Hey, warriors get killed by other 
warriors, not by their manager sending them to the Dark Arena.  What's wrong with 
BUZZSAW's 16-7-1, ESCAPADE?  It was kind of sad, seeing old SILVER SCINTERER 
stumbling around the arena, before KYOKO finished him off.  Oh well!  What a bunch of 
heartless!  I couldn't believe how many people were snickering when MOSSMAN killed 
FORWARD.  So she had a 8-11-0, that's no excuse!  I see SILVER SCINTERER got killed 
by KYOKO of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD.  Now I want to see some serious Bloodfeud action out 
there!  Like was that some Bloodfeud, or what?  (URD vs. CLOUD TIGER, that is.) What 
if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  Remember 
you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KYOKO 2929                   16  14  5   127       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ELVIRA MADIGAN 3366          12   7  0   117       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 SPARKLE FARKLE 4853          17   7  1   110       ESCAPADE (417)
 ARONWE 4883                  14   9  0   110       MID EARTH (223)
-JUNIBAN 4599                 26   7  0   107       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 MURRY 4755                   10  16  2    98       CROC FILES (374)
 ZERO VISABILITY 4495         20  27  0    96       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-ALUMINUM AWL 4238            10   7  1    92       METAL MINCERS (256)
 BRICKHOUSE 4131              26  10  0    91       STREET WALKERS (97)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MENSA 4442                   18  34  1    89       VENUSIANS (321)
 JASON 2985                   16  16  1    89       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 CHROME CRIMPER 4296          17   8  0    86       METAL MINCERS (256)
 REWRITE 2926                 18  12  1    83       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 AMIE 4718                    14  25  2    82       CROC FILES (374)
 URD 4987                      9   2  3    79       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 ANKAA 4806                   16  14  0    78       VENUSIANS (321)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JON 4764                     17  17  2    70       MEN (356)
-PLATINUM PEENER 4298          9   6  1    70       METAL MINCERS (256)
 JURASSIC JORDON 5008          8   1  1    68       STREET WALKERS (97)
 PETUNIA 4837                 15  11  0    67       ESCAPADE (417)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VON GROV 3337                12  10  0    65       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 URAT 4889                    17   5  1    64       MID EARTH (223)
 MOSSMAN 5045                  4   1  1    62       CROC FILES (374)
 FIREFLY 4950                 10   3  1    59       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WEIPA 4793                    9  14  2    56       CROC FILES (374)
 MAD DOG MONTANA 4984          8   3  3    52       STREET WALKERS (97)
 FORGET 4981                   6   4  0    50       FORLORN (382)
-AKUMU 4674                    9  11  0    48       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 LONGINUS 4908                 9  11  0    48       EQUESTORS (158)
 SOLAR ERUPTION 5031           7   1  2    47       VENUSIANS (321)
 NEOPOLITAN 4944               7   5  1    47       SWEETNESS (431)
-PEITON 4966                  10   4  0    42       NO QUARTER (433)
-HANNICHI 4860                 3   1  1    42       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
-ANSHIN 4861                   4   0  0    38       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 TURTLE 4974                   8   4  1    37       ESCAPADE (417)
 FOREDOOM 4448                 7  12  0    37       FORLORN (382)
 CELADUS 4948                  8   5  1    36       EQUESTORS (158)
 LUCY 4922                     7   9  0    36       CROC FILES (374)
-VELOON 4963                   3   2  0    36       NO QUARTER (433)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VELUNA 4971                   7   6  0    33       NO QUARTER (433)
 HULIK 4992                    5   6  1    33       MID EARTH (223)
 FORTE 4447                    6  13  1    32       FORLORN (382)
 FRENCH SILK 4942              5   7  1    32       SWEETNESS (431)
-INCONEL INDENTER 4324         5   2  1    32       METAL MINCERS (256)
 LYSIAS 4947                   7   6  0    31       EQUESTORS (158)
 PETRIFIED SPONGE 5023         4   3  0    31       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 DAX 5015                      3   4  0    30       DEATH MOB (437)
 AVA LANTCH 5030               3   5  0    28       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 A.A. SHOCK 5054               3   1  0    27       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 SONNY DAZE 5035               2   5  1    26       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
 TECHTONIC TINA 5082           2   0  0    26       ESCAPADE (417)
 CRAGS 5087                    2   0  0    26       DEATH MOB (437)
 ROCKY ROAD 4941               6   6  0    24       SWEETNESS (431)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITERNIUS 5049                3   3  0    23       EQUESTORS (158)
 GUAT 5017                     4   3  0    21       DEATH MOB (437)
 RED BULL 5062                 1   2  0    21       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 CLOUD TIGER 5088              1   1  1    20       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 RAGE WATERS 4983              4   7  0    19       FORCE OF NATURE (312)
-SALAMANDER 4165               2   2  0    19       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
-KIKUZO 4913                   4   5  0    18       BLACK SAMURAI (166)
 POISON PEN 5069               4   2  0    18       BLACK TIDE (440)
 APONIUS 4980                  2   9  0    17       EQUESTORS (158)
 MIU 5060                      2   1  0    14       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 TORI 5048                     1   3  0    14       DEATH MOB (437)
 CALLISTO 5036                 3   4  0    13       VENUSIANS (321)
-RAW 4173                      2   1  0    13       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)
 REN 5090                      1   0  0    12       WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
 DEMON D*KE 5034               1   5  0    11       ARMY OF DARKNESS (283)
 RETALIATION 5064              1   0  0    11       BLACK TIDE (440)
 REESES 5046                   2   3  1    10       SWEETNESS (431)
 MYRRH 5085                    1   1  0    10       MID EARTH (223)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRIM RIPPER 5065              1   0  0    10       BLACK TIDE (440)
 DYSNOMIA 5050                 2   3  0     9       VENUSIANS (321)
 BOAR TUSK 5056                1   3  0     6       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
 SINGING WATER 5057            1   2  0     5       CARDOW HUNTERS (359)
-FURY 5028                     1   1  0     4       NO QUARTER (433)
-NOT SO GRIM REAPER 5067       0   1  0     1       BLACK TIDE (440)
 HONEY MOONER 5091             0   1  0     1       STREET WALKERS (97)
-BOOKABOUTBIRDS 4787           0   1  0     1       TRAIL OF TEARS (229)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
OVERDOSE 5073           2  4 1 BLACK TIDE 440       SHEWISH GIANT         570  NONE
CLOUD TIGER 4903       10  9 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   MURRY 4755            568   
SKY FALLING 4949        3  6 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   HULIK 4992            566  NOT REVENGED
WHITE APE 5039          0  3 0 CARDOW HUNTERS 359   REESES 5046           566  NOT REVENGED
MEPHOL 5033             0  6 0 DEATH MOB 437        SHEWISH GIANT         570  NONE
SMASHER 5032            2  2 0 DEATH MOB 437        AMIE 4718             568   
BUZZSAW 4852           16  8 1 ESCAPADE 417         ARENAMASTER KYAL      570  NONE
AFTER SHOCK 5051        0  1 0 FORCE OF NATURE 312  QETESH 5026           566  NONE
FORTITUDE 4449          8  7 0 FORLORN 382          URD 4987              567   
FORWARD 4451            8 11 0 FORLORN 382          MOSSMAN 5045          570   
SILVER SCINTERER 4211  12  9 1 METAL MINCERS 256    KYOKO 2929            570   
YURIS 4991              4  5 2 MID EARTH 223        URD 4987              568   
VANILLA 5005            4  4 0 SWEETNESS 431        MAD DOG MONTANA 4984  569   
IPPO 5061               0  2 0 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 CLOUD TIGER 5088      569  JUST REVENGED
SKULD 5029              1  4 0 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD 282 YURIS 4991            567  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Duelmistress Goldie -- AB Curse??  What AB Curse?  I got to 19 wins and graduated.
Maybe this curse started after me.... -- Charlie (happily retired on the Isle)

All -- Buzzsaw, SL 13-8(+1)-10-17-17-9-11 BA VH/LO.  Now that I look on it, he did
fight an extraordinary number of fights with the Battle Axe.  Even broke one once.
And the early rumors about him sleeping with the slicer, welllll, not without the
leather sheath's bindings being double-knotted.  Oh, and don't let the numbers fool
you, he had of couple a tricks up his wrist plate. -- Scion, mgr. Escapade

Aronwe -- "Just one more parry, Parry Gods" that's all I asked, and I think I'd have
held sway...or not.  But it'd been fun to try. -- Petunia

Lucy -- My turtle-like tendencies once more won forth.  Particularly the "snapping"
part of my turtle-like tendencies. -- Turtle

Petrified Sponge -- Glad you've slipped out of challenging range.  That was too close
for the princess. -- Sparkle "the tiara" Farkle  (it's on loan)

Goldie -- All that time and I still got man-handled by M'lady.  I am checking out,
more'n convinced. -- Buzzsaw

Mensa -- Woot!  Thanks I needed that.  Thats the best learn I've ever had I do
believe.  Maybe now I can stop caving those Dark Arena monster's skulls in.  Certain
people obviously can't take the hint I'm trying to throw.  Hopefully I'll be allowed
to gracefully retire here soon. -- Kyoko

Dead AND least popular...figures. -- Ippo

Bookaboutbirds -- The only bird I saw there was the Dodo. -- Miu

Busszaw -- I's gatz toes stops comingz toz works themz sobearz.  Badz fors the
healts.  I's dinits evans seez the peaskooks or panks elaphintz.  -- Rewrite

Foward -- I'm crying on the inside.. Really. -- Urd

Eldacar -- I's saids its oncez ands I's sayz its agins.  Whatz withs alls beblows teh
baltz shoots?  Thats mez breds ands butterz. -- Rewrite

Cloud Tiger -- In a case like this one would just make the standard token bloodfeud.
Then call it a day so to speak, especially for one who has lost so many recently.
New blood.. fresh.. unscathed... could have been accepted or rejected.  Never know to
one's own guess.  No bonds or attachments to break from his fellow pack brethren.  No
crushed morals, no sighs of relief that the less feeble are no longer holding the
rest back.  Still potential saw.. was there.. now gone.. wasted.  Some irked, uneased
at that.  What to do... what to do..  Guess we'll see, won't we?  -- Will Duel 4 Mead
Congrats to all three off our graduates this turn.  Eldacar, Buzzsaw, I'm sure
Rewrite happy to see you both go since you to combine take up about half of his
losses.  Though in Buzzsaw he does lose a conversation partner who make about much
sense as he does.  Though I don't see that as a bad thing.  Goldie, I'm sure he'll
still campaign to have your name restored in the record books for you after your gone
since it's also one of his favorite acts.  I think I can safely say on behalf of the
entire arena to all.  Congrads, good luck, and please don't ever come back our team
records can't handle it :) -- Sporkis

Forte -- Does this mean that gladiation isn't yours?  But you have a tricky style, so
who can say, hmm? -- Firefly

Raw -- (roaring and snorting)  I'll get you for that! -- Red Bull
P.S.  I'm glad you didn't learn anything.  I didn't feel like teaching anything.

Salamander -- You burn me up! -- Singing Water
P.S.  Okay, that was predictable.  How about, I just go up in steam around you!  Hmm,
predictable also.  Do you suppose if I became a mime, I'd do better?
P.P.S.  I can't imagine why I wasn't training skills.  I'm sure I could have learned
a lot from you.

Crags -- (groaning)  You broke my tooth!  Ouch.  Darned golem. -- Boar Tusk

Ippo -- I'm not getting why anyone would want to duel for mead.  I can see honey and
butter on fresh bread, right out of the oven, but mead?  Rotten honey?  Not for me.
Besides (sigh), I have to adventure, and that means keeping a clear head. -- Cloud
Tiger
P.S.  I just realized, you died.  I'm sorry about that, I wouldn't have done it
deliberately, I guess I just don't know what I'm doing
here yet.  I will expect your teammates any time.
P.P.S.  Would you care to adventure?  Dead gladiators are apparently welcome.

Our congratulations to Goldie, Eldacar, and Buzzsaw. -- Jorja and the Cardow Hunters

Lazarian -- Got your diplo.  It isn't you, it's me.  I am, no lie, a lousy real-mail
correspondent.  But I'll try to do better this year, as in, something to go out in
tomorrow's (the second) mail. -- Jorja, in sackcloth and ashes

All -- Don't know if I'll get an episode done in time for this newsletter or not,
it's been a busy month here. -- the Scribe

Jurrassic Jordan -- I was testing you, seeing if you were paying attention. --
Varnanj s'Klimnur of Zuwayza, Merchant and Moneylender

Lord Protectors Goldie (a lady, of course, not a lord), Eldacar, and Buzzsaw --
Listen, you guys, I can't find a going-away gift for ONE gladiator, much less THREE.
Give me some clues here, what would you like, what would you USE? -- Chetam, odd-job

man of Lapur Arena (and some of those jobs are very odd, let me tell you)
P.S.  Even if you do tell me what you want, I can't make promises.  I'll TRY to get
it, but no promises.

22 December 2007
All -- Just that tired old reminder to check your e-mail settings when you send ads
and such.  Please send stuff as plain text rather than as HTML or formatted text.
HAL, being the simple golem it is, doesn't know what to do with anything other than
plain text.  Note, this also means it doesn't know what to do with "smart" or "curly"
quotes, whether single or double, em-dashes (rendered here as two hyphens "--") or
everyone's favourite ellipsis (..., aka three dots). -- A public self-service
announcement from your Ed.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GOLDIE viciously butchered DUSKBLOOD TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BUZZSAW was murdered by ARENAMASTER KYALL in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
MEPHOL was narrowly killed by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
OVERDOSE was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena contest.
URD overpowered CLOUD TIGER in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud match.
FRENCH SILK was devastated by MAD DOG MONTANA in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud duel.
MURRY devastated MENSA in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
CHROME CRIMPER unbelievably bested ANKAA in a 2 minute expert's Challenge fight.
SILVER SCINTERER was slaughtered by KYOKO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title duel.
MOSSMAN assassinated FORWARD in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
WEIPA was defeated by URAT in a action packed 3 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
GUAT savagely defeated MYRRH in a 4 minute brutal Challenge fight.
DAX demolished CALLISTO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
CRAGS devastated RAGE WATERS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
TORI was unbelievably bested by AVA LANTCH in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
SPARKLE FARKLE savagely defeated ZERO VISABILITY in a 3 minute veteran's duel.
BRICKHOUSE was viciously subdued by ARONWE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute master's bout.
ELDACAR overpowered JASON in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
JON was beaten by AMIE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran's match.
JURASSIC JORDON was bested by REWRITE in a 2 minute one-sided contest.
PETUNIA was overpowered by VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LONGINUS luckily beat FORTE in a 1 minute gruesome fray.
SOLAR ERUPTION overcame CELADUS in a popular 3 minute contest.
NEOPOLITAN savagely defeated PETRIFIED SPONGE in a popular 3 minute gruesome fight.
FIREFLY overpowered LYSIAS in a 1 minute gory uneven fight.
TURTLE was defeated by FORGET in a 1 minute match.
FOREDOOM won victory over LITERNIUS in a action packed 1 minute gruesome bout.
LUCY overpowered DEMON D*KE in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
ROCKY ROAD was overcome by SONNY DAZE in a exciting 4 minute duel.
POISON PEN was overpowered by HULIK in a 1 minute gruesome uneven fight.
APONIUS was overpowered by RED BULL in a 1 minute one-sided match.
DYSNOMIA was overpowered by A.A. SHOCK in a exciting 1 minute gory one-sided fight.
BOAR TUSK was overcome by RETALIATION in a 1 minute amateur's match.
SINGING WATER was vanquished by REN in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
MIU subdued HONEY MOONER in a exciting 1 minute amateur's match.
REESES was overcome by GRIM RIPPER in a 2 minute novice's fight.
TECHTONIC TINA demolished IRRITATED HOUSEWIFE in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  14         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  12         TOTAL PARRY       38 -  30 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   11         SLASHING ATTACK   58 -  46 -  4      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         AIMED BLOW        34 -  30 -  5      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  6         STRIKING ATTACK   45 -  41 -  4      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       5         WALL OF STEEL     59 -  55 -  4      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         BASHING ATTACK    80 -  87 -  9      48  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         LUNGING ATTACK    60 -  76 -  7      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      17 -  26 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -  13 -  0      32  |

Turn 570 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      5 -  6         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  1     AIMED BLOW         2 -  3         3  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  3         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     9 -  5     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  9         2  SLASHING ATTACK
                              TOTAL PARRY        1 -  4         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   KYOKO 2929                 16  14  5  127 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
LUNGING ATTACK   SPARKLE FARKLE 4853        17   7  1  110 ESCAPADE (417)
SLASHING ATTACK  ARONWE 4883                14   9  0  110 MID EARTH (223)
TOTAL PARRY      BRICKHOUSE 4131            26  10  0   91 STREET WALKERS (97)
WALL OF STEEL    REWRITE 2926               18  12  1   83 WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
AIMED BLOW       JURASSIC JORDON 5008        8   1  1   68 STREET WALKERS (97)
STRIKING ATTACK  MOSSMAN 5045                4   1  1   62 CROC FILES (374)
PARRY-STRIKE     TURTLE 4974                 8   4  1   37 ESCAPADE (417)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is AMIE 4718.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
SPARKLE FARKLE 4853.  The ten other most popular fighters were SONNY DAZE 5035, ANKAA 
4806, CELADUS 4948, WEIPA 4793, NEOPOLITAN 4944, OVERDOSE 5073, ARONWE 4883, AMIE 
4718, A.A. SHOCK 5054, and REESES 5046.

The least popular fighter this week was SINGING WATER 5057.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were APONIUS 4980, POISON PEN 5069, DEMON D*KE 5034, TURTLE 4974, 
LYSIAS 4947, PETRIFIED SPONGE 5023, PETUNIA 4837, RAGE WATERS 4983, CALLISTO 5036, 
and FORWARD 4451.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

KYOKO (29-2929) WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (282)
SPARKLE FARKLE (29-4853) ESCAPADE (417)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

ELDACAR (29-3483) MID EARTH (223)
GOLDIE (29-4805) STREET WALKERS (97)
BUZZSAW (29-4852) ESCAPADE (417)