DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/14/2004    Duedate: 07/27/2004

IAYE ARENA

DM-30    TURN-478

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DARK CHOCOLATE
RED DOG GANG (356)
(30-4412) [14-10-1,82]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DARK CHOCOLATE                 POSITION IS EMPTY
RED DOG GANG (356)             
(30-4412) [14-10-1,82]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SONORA SARA                    SONORA SARA
RED DOG GANG (356)             RED DOG GANG (356)
(30-4411) [12-12-0,71]         (30-4411) [12-12-0,71]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

RED DOG GANG (356)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PERFECT HARMONY (227)        9
2. RED DOG GANG (356)           8      WRESTLMANIACS (73)
3. WRESTLMANIACS (73)           2      Unchartered Team
4. LOVE LETTERS (428)           0
                                       TOURNEY QUEST (402)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*LOVE LETTERS (428)         6   4  1 60.0   1/ 1 RED DOG GANG (356)        9  6 0
 2/ 2 WRESTLMANIACS (73)        29  31  3 48.3   2/ 3 WRESTLMANIACS (73)        4  7 0
 3/ 3 PERFECT HARMONY (227)     68  86  6 44.2   3- 2*LOVE LETTERS (428)        3  2 0
 4/ 4 RED DOG GANG (356)       342 464  6 42.4   4/ 4 PERFECT HARMONY (227)     2  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[ Out of the Past #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Andorian Edition

Aruak City:

     The mirror was resisting, a thing that had never happened before.  Adeolar
wrestled with the spell, her entire attention concentrated on it.  The mirror spell
was PASSIVE, it shouldn't be doing this!  She took a deep breath and let it out
slowly, then stepped back mentally from her work.  Magical devices were no different
than mechanical ones in some ways, they could get "stuck" on a certain phase of
operation.  The mirror spell had simply gotten "stuck" on looking at Krael.  All she
needed to do was deactivate it, then start over with a different target.
     It was a simple matter.
     It should have been a simple matter.
     She couldn't shut the spell down.  She took another deep breath and ran through
the shut-down sequence again.  There were currents of unformed magic swirling around
her now, and most of them were from sources she would not touch.  Blood magic, from
the arena.  It seemed to be working against her, reinforcing the mirror's resistance,
if such a thing was possible.  Dammit, the mirror wasn't alive, it didn't have a
will, couldn't consciously resist...but that's what it felt like.  Or that someone
she'd been looking at had sensed the spell, seized it from the other end, and was
trying to use it to look at HER.  She was distantly aware of power--not a lot, but
some, enough to help--coming from outside her and reinforcing her efforts.  More
distantly, she realized that it was Segallion and Nila.  That power she could use.
She wove their offering into her own efforts and made a third attempt to shut down
the mirror spell.
     The resistance continued, maybe increased.  It was hard to be sure, because her
head was beginning to ache with the effort.  Not good!  If she made a slip through
weariness, the spell could escape her completely.
     Another strand of power, faint as starlight but just as pure, joined with hers.
Absolutely precise.  Familiar.  Shania!  The united effort bore down on the critical
points of the mirror spell.  Not the points SHE had chosen.
     *I can't hold this link for long* Shania thought to her.  *But without it, I
couldn't have reached you at all.  The high magics are fading with the Eyes, Adie.
Soon they'll be gone--*
     "Leaving nothing but blood magic and petty witchcraft," Adie agreed grimly.  "I
know."
     *It's worse than you're thinking.*  Shania's thought was urgent.  *When there is
no high magic, there will be no protecting circles, demons will be unbound, all the
things that Sheila Greywand holds at bay will be loosed on Alastari!  Gates will open
as though they'd never been sealed.  ANYTHING could get loose!  There are residual
traces of Old Chaos in Alastari, and if they aren't bound--*
     "Disaster!"  It didn't occur to Adie to doubt Shania's assessment.  In matters
such as that, the elf seeress was unmatched.  "But without high magic, how can we
hold the bindings?  You don't suggest WE use blood magic?"
     *No.  Everything done with blood magic is tainted by it.  Even for a good end...
the result will be twisted.  Always.*
     Adie was aware of Shania's shudder of revulsion.  "There aren't a lot of other
sources--"
     *I have a plan--it would take too long to explain now.*  Shania's mental voice
was fading.  *I'll be there soon.*  The link between them shivered.  *Break the
mirror!*  She was gone from Adie's mind.
     It was an effort for Adie to focus outward and look at the mirror.  The
reflective surface was a sheet of blood!  She couldn't disentangle her mind
completely from the spell and realized that the mirror had gone beyond resistance and
it--or something using it--was actively attempting to trap her.  Easier said than
done!  Most of her mental barriers had been lowered to work the spell, but she
slammed them back into place.  Which was more difficult than it should have been, but
she DID manage it.
     Her warrior Segallion staggered toward her, sword drawn.  Adie saw that Nila had
collapsed behind him.  Had they been seized by the spell, when it lost its grip on
her?

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

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): ZERO THE HERO of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): FLAT TAX of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): CROCONAW of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): FLIMSY of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): DARK CHOCOLATE of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): SQUISH THE GERBIL of CRUEL PET NAMES (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): SADISTA FAIRBORNE of MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): BERKE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): MUTILATE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): LACHES of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SEXTANT of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHEROKEE of CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): HELIO of ULTIMATE ACCELERATION from ARVAT (LHI, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): TEN TON TOGAS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): BUMS 'R' US (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): RISEN FROM THE DEAD, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
                           GREY FOX of A.K.A. (?, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 491): BEEF BULLION of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                               SKYWISE of ELFQUEST (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 484): KANGAROO KATE of THE ZOO (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 340): BLACK EYE of JOKA MASHER! (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 146): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Even the Kung Fu Master is no match for me, but that bout hardly deserves an
extended discussion here.

                                   Dark Chocolate

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
IAYE brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed 
to see BALD ZEBRA win a fight and gain 9 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, SONORA SARA 
beat OUTBACK JACK and OUTBACK JACK lost 4 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  And if 
variety is the spice of life, IAYE may be getting bland, as DARK CHOCOLATE stays top 
dog in the city.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  
You want to know what's new, don't you, IAYE?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
What's the big D?  PERFECT HARMONY was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily 
livered... grumble... mumble... curse...  And who led the way in this mass act of 
cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was WRESTLMANIACS.  Ha ha ha ha!   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  And now a passing thought on a warrior dying young 
(MADDOG BILLY of RED DOG GANG):  You had your chance and now you're dead.  Oh well... 
Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines through use.  Certain nameless 
cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Just wait 'till next time I show up 
here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need 
the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK CHOCOLATE 4412          14  10  1    82       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-THE ROCK 4314                 8   1  1    99       WRESTLMANIACS (73)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SONORA SARA 4411             12  12  0    71       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SAINT LUCIFER 2203            8   7  1    61       PERFECT HARMONY (227)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OUTBACK JACK 672              7   6  2    38       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
-JUDGEMENT DAY 2226            5   5  0    35       PERFECT HARMONY (227)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TRIPLE-X 4452                 2   0  0    27       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 COCO B. WARE 685              7   5  0    26       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
 ROWDY RODDY 621               6   7  0    25       WRESTLMANIACS (73)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALD ZEBRA 4402               2   0  0    16       PERFECT HARMONY (227)
-S.T.D. 4487                   1   0  0    14       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 FREEDA 4485                   1   2  0    11       RED DOG GANG (356)
-DOUBLE-D 4449                 2   0  0    10       LOVE LETTERS (428)
-C-CUP 4451                    1   1  1     9       LOVE LETTERS (428)
-THE DRAGON 4420               1   2  0     7       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
 GISSANNIAH 4486               0   3  0     3       RED DOG GANG (356)
-XOXOXO 4488                   0   1  0     1       LOVE LETTERS (428)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
MADDOG BILLY 4479      4  2 0 RED DOG GANG 356      RUTHLESS JAYWALKE 370 478 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Outback Jack -- Next time, you'd better be up front when the arenamaster says "Go."
-- Sonora Sara

Rowdy Roddy -- (snarl, snap) -- Maddog Billy

Coco B. Ware -- You've been taking lessons from Dark Choc. haven't you?  That's low
of her, helping out my opponent.  She's bitter, that's what she is. -- Gissanniah

The Dragon -- You'll give me the wrong idea about dragons, boy! -- Freeda

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission;
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name &
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension
Family in DM 28

12 July 2004
All Readers -- Due to the pressures resulting from preparing for and dealing with the
Face to Face, no spotlights will be written until it's over. -- the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DARK CHOCOLATE slimly won victory over VETERAN MERCENARY in a 7 minute Title fight.
SONORA SARA vanquished OUTBACK JACK in a exciting 1 minute uneven battle.
MADDOG BILLY was assassinated by RUTHLESS JAYWALKER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
COCO B. WARE outwaited FREEDA in a unpopular 7 minute veteran vs. novice fight.
ROWDY RODDY bested GISSANNIAH in a 5 minute veteran vs. amateur duel.
BALD ZEBRA overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   3 -  1      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  11 -  1      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   8 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   3 -  0      25  |

Turn 478 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     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DARK CHOCOLATE 4412        14  10  1   82 RED DOG GANG (356)
LUNGING ATTACK   OUTBACK JACK 672            7   6  2   38 WRESTLMANIACS (73)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SONORA SARA 4411.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SONORA SARA 4411.  The ten other most popular fighters were GISSANNIAH 4486, 
DARK CHOCOLATE 4412, BALD ZEBRA 4402, OUTBACK JACK 672, MADDOG BILLY 4479, FREEDA 
4485, ROWDY RODDY 621, COCO B. WARE 685,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was COCO B. WARE 685.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ROWDY RODDY 621, FREEDA 4485, MADDOG BILLY 4479, OUTBACK JACK 
672, BALD ZEBRA 4402, DARK CHOCOLATE 4412, GISSANNIAH 4486, SONORA SARA 4411,  0, and 
0.