DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/07/2005    Duedate: 09/20/2005

IAYE ARENA

DM-30    TURN-505

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

JET'E
IRON THRONE (120)
(30-2177) [23-27-1,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DR. ROSENZWEIG                 TRIPLE-X
LENPROS (145)                  LOVE LETTERS (428)
(30-4247) [18-9-1,114]         (30-4452) [7-1-0,100]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CRAZY FINGERS                  CRAZY FINGERS
THE WARLOCKS (430)             THE WARLOCKS (430)
(30-4480) [17-9-1,107]         (30-4480) [17-9-1,107]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LENPROS (145)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LENPROS (145)               64
2. LOVE LETTERS (428)          36      THE WARLOCKS (430)
3. IRON THRONE (120)           26      Unchartered Team
4. CRYSTAL PALACE (435)        22
5. THE WARLOCKS (430)          15      SQUAD WANKERSON (419)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*SQUAD WANKERSON (419)      7   1  1 87.5   1/ 2 LENPROS (145)            10  4 1
 2/ 2 THE WARLOCKS (430)        88  33  6 72.7   2/ 1 RED DOG GANG (356)        8  7 2
 3/ 3*LOVE LETTERS (428)        22  14  1 61.1   3/ 7 IRON THRONE (120)         7  8 0
 4- 4*THE BRIGADE (441)         18  12  0 60.0   4/ 6 GAMEHENDGE (299)          6  3 1
 5/ 5 LENPROS (145)            832 558 25 59.9   5- 3*THE BRIGADE (441)         6  4 0
 6/ 6 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431)  94  70  3 57.3   6/ 5 THE WARLOCKS (430)        4  3 0
 7/ 7 GAMEHENDGE (299)         113  88  8 56.2   7/ 4 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431)  4 11 0
 8- 8 WRESTLMANIACS (73)        47  39  3 54.7   8- 8 WRESTLMANIACS (73)        3  0 0
 9/ 9 CRYSTAL PALACE (435)      18  17  0 51.4   9/11*LOVE LETTERS (428)        3  3 0
10/ 1*BLITZKRIEG (439)           1   1  0 50.0  10/ 9 CRYSTAL PALACE (435)      3  6 0
11/10 IRON THRONE (120)        301 347 11 46.5  11/ 0*SQUAD WANKERSON (419)     1  0 0
12/11 RED DOG GANG (356)       405 536  9 43.0  12/10*BLITZKRIEG (439)          1  1 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[ Deep Waters #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt and vicinity:

     "Tentacles!"  The Great White Shark's tone was scornful, but Stonefish noted
that he did not plunge into the water boldly.  "Everything has tentacles, and we're
supposed to make the connection:  tentacles equals evil.  Bah!"
     "You can see the point," Stonefish said calmly.  He was always calm; even
tentacles didn't menace someone whose very touch was poisonous.  "The conventions are
determined by the mammals, and they are helpless against the tentacled denizens of
the waters.  Even those mammals who are aquatic are at grave risk.  And I haven't
noticed you saying anything good about giant squids, or the kraken."
     "That's just common sense," the Shark said.  "The respect of one predator for
another, and avoiding those who are harder to combat."  He shrugged sloping shoulders
and continued to glare at the harbor, where something roiled the water constantly,
here a whirlpool, there a boil of turbulence, somewhere else an actual visible
tentacle questing above the surface.  "A predator isn't evil because he preys on
those weaker.  It's the first law of nature."
     "Yes...but there IS something different about this predator.  Or these, if there
is more than one.  I will admit that the mammalian concept of 'evil' is a difficult
one to grasp, but--"
     "No.  There is only predator and prey, strength and weakness, hunger and
feeding.  'Good' and 'evil' are illusions created by those with fur in the heads
instead of brains."  The Shark shrugged off the robe that concealed his unhuman
proportions and stepped to the edge of the dock on which he and his teammate stood.
     "You are going to dive here, now?" Stonefish asked.
     "Yes."  The Shark slipped over the edge and into the water and was immediately
lost from sight.
     "He is brave, but foolish."
     Stonefish glanced over his shoulder.  One of the standbys, Barkhotai, the
Ambitious Guard, was watching from two yards away.
     "The Shark is a deadly--"
     "We know the Shark is deadly.  He has no need to prove it to anyone in Zorpunt."
Barkhotai moved closer to the water, circling a little to keep the same distance from
Stonefish.  His eyes were on the pale fin slicing toward the turbulence in the center
of the harbor.
     "The Shark makes his own rules," Stonefish said.
     "He's a fool.  That's a MONSTER out there, he shouldn't be going alone!"
     "Are you offering to HELP the Great White Shark?"
     Barkhotai hesitated, then nodded.
     "You would SWIM in that water, mammal?"
     "I'm not that much of a fool."  The Ambitious Guard crossed to the other side of
the dock and began to climb down a ladder.  "I'll take a rowboat, at least!"

              + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Deep Waters #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Near Tobir:

     It was stupid, and Tomath Woodman, Convincian Hero, knew it.  But men did stupid
things to stop their comrades from laughing at them.  And Jessaro Dra, Mordant
Escapee, had laughed at his tale of a tentacled lake monster that had overturned his
boat.  Dra thought he was drunk or exaggerating, or both.  Well, he was prepared to
admit the charge of drunkenness, at least to a degree.  If he wasn't drunk, he
wouldn't be getting in another boat and rowing back out on the benighted lake, would
he?  Gods, he hoped he wasn't stupid enough to do that when he was sober!
     Jessaro Dra, sitting in the boat facing him, was looking around uneasily.
Woodman figured Dra had to be drunk, too.  They were both drunk.  A fine thing, when
two drunk men rowed out onto the lake at night looking for a monster that he KNEW was
there!  Somebody should have stopped them.  His mind groped for a moment.  The
bartender, maybe?  No, they hadn't been disorderly, he had still been serving them
beer when they called for it.  Arenamaster Vasku?  After all, as standbys, they were
his responsibility.  He visualized Vasku, eyes glowing faintly and an air of rigidly
controlled fury.  Maybe not.  He'd rather risk an unknown lake monster than the
arenamaster's wrath.  Sometimes the demon you knew was worse than anything you could
imagine.
     "This is just about where I saw it," Woodman said.  "About where I WAS when I
saw it, anyway."
     "And you were probably drunk as a skunk then, just like you are now!" Dra
answered.  "If there was anything at all, which I don't believe, it was probably
just--"
     A tentacle rose out of the water beside the boat, twisting back and forth as
though searching for them.  It was ribbon-shaped and two hands broad, like a very
large version of the common lake grassy weed.  But the lakeweed was just a plant, and
this was flexing and twisting in such a MUSCULAR way.
     Woodman could see his companion gaping at the thing, but he did not wait for a
comment.  He worked one oar to spin the boat around and then dug in with both,
heading back for the shore.  Of course, on a dark and stormy night like this, it was
hard to tell which way was "back toward the shore."
     Dra made a choking sound, and Woodman switched his gaze to the direction of his
companion.  And then followed Dra's fixed stare.  There were more of the tentacles,
or ribbons of monster weed or whatever, showing above the surface now.  They were
only visible in this starless night because they were faintly luminous themselves.
Near them was something much brighter, so much so that it dazzled his eyes; after a
moment he decided that it was some kind of flower, more or less globular, white, and
brighter than a full moon.  Woodman recalled tales of carnivorous plants and
shuddered.  He'd never heard of one this big, but seeing had to be believing.
     The rowboat came to a stop.  It felt to him like he'd run into something, not
the shore, a bed of normal lakeweed, maybe.  Fearfully, he glanced over his shoulder.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, H. Hatrack didn't seem to be using his head for more than a place to keep
his hat.  I realize that this gladiating is extremely physical, but you DO need to
use the brain occasionally.  Not that I want it to fight more intelligently!  I like
winning, and if I hang onto the title for long enough, I 'spect I'll graduate, which
would be a fine thing.

                                        Freeda

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Nothing is certain in IAYE, with changing 
loyalties, changing Duelmasters.  Write this down:  new top team--LENPROS.  What's a 
move up by 4 you ask?  (alright, maybe you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, 
according to IRON THRONE.  LENPROS posted a nice gain, to come in 1st.  Everybody 
loves a winner...  LENPROS had cause to celebrate, after DR. ROSENZWEIG got 35 points 
by beating SIERRA.  A certain someone should cut down on the drinking and practice 
more, after losing 16 points to PARATOMS.  (Discrete enough, RISHTEKE?) The arena was 
more crowded than usual this time, as JET'E faced IAYE's Duelmaster.  Now I can't 
insult JET'E, as he has gloriously dueled to the top.  Oh great new Duelmaster!!!  
(Stop me if I lay it on too thick) So who's the team that's been walking into taverns 
last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     And how sociable are IAYE's warriors?  Come, let us see.  To quell some nasty 
rumors, the guys in WRESTLMANIACS are not carrying any incurable diseases.  No need 
to avoid 'em.  Like a pup with its tail between its legs, LENPROS scurried away from 
WRESTLMANIACS.  Oh, the shame!  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and TRIPLE-X 
is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't LOVE LETTERS proud!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  DR. ROSENZWEIG of 
LENPROS spared SIERRA (16-12-1) from having to lose any more fights.  What's your 
next plan, THE A'S -- LOSERS II?  Ask not a spymaster for counsel, for he will 
pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious stupor.   
     All good things must come to an end.  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant 
prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  IAYE, I leave you 
now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Rat Nest.  'Til next time-- 
Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JET'E 2177                   23  27  1   108       IRON THRONE (120)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DR. ROSENZWEIG 4247          18   9  1   114       LENPROS (145)
 CRAZY FINGERS 4480           17   9  1   107       THE WARLOCKS (430)
 TRIPLE-X 4452                 7   1  0   100       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 FREEDA 4485                  15  15  0    95       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 H. HATRACK 4481              15  11  2    83       THE WARLOCKS (430)
-STONE COLD 4315               6   0  0    83       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
 THE WIND 4461                14  13  2    81       GAMEHENDGE (299)
 PARATOMS 4520                 6   5  0    79       LENPROS (145)
 THE RIVER 4460               18   9  0    76       GAMEHENDGE (299)
-OUTBACK JACK 672             11   8  2    72       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
 PASTOR PENTANE 4519           6   5  1    72       LENPROS (145)
 PYRE 4170                    11   8  0    71       IRON THRONE (120)
 WANKER X 4354                 7   1  1    70       SQUAD WANKERSON (419)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RISHTEKE 4511                11  11  1    57       RED DOG GANG (356)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WALT WEISS 4482              15  11  0    56       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
-ROWDY RODDY 621               9  10  0    56       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
-MARIS 4559                    6   0  0    56       THE BRIGADE (441)
 ENCHANTED 4517                8   8  0    55       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
 STEINBACH 4473               12  17  0    53       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 UNSCATHED 4516               10   6  0    52       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
-COCO B. WARE 685             10   7  0    52       WRESTLMANIACS (73)
 C-CUP 4451                    6   2  1    44       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 BIG MAC 4547                  8   4  1    43       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 WROTE THE BOOK 4540           9   4  0    42       GAMEHENDGE (299)
 PERROJO 4510                  7  15  1    37       RED DOG GANG (356)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE CLEAR 4539                8   5  0    32       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 BIGFOOTS 4512                 6  14  0    32       RED DOG GANG (356)
 IJAZ 4561                     3   4  0    30       IRON THRONE (120)
 VITHREN 4264                  6   8  0    28       IRON THRONE (120)
-SAPPHIRE 4558                 4   2  0    28       THE BRIGADE (441)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DOUBLE-D 4449                 3   3  0    23       LOVE LETTERS (428)
-OLGA 4560                     4   2  0    20       THE BRIGADE (441)
-S.T.D. 4487                   4   1  0    20       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 XOXOXO 4488                   2   5  0    16       LOVE LETTERS (428)
 LUISIENNE 4570                1   0  1    16       RED DOG GANG (356)
-AUSTERIC 4556                 2   4  0    15       THE BRIGADE (441)
-CANIBAL 4544                  1   0  0    15       BLITZKRIEG (439)
 XIR 4562                      1   6  0    14       IRON THRONE (120)
 SGT. SCHMID 4569              1   0  0     5       LENPROS (145)
-KORG 4568                     1   1  0     4       THE BRIGADE (441)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KILLER PUPPETT 4542           0   1  0     1       BLITZKRIEG (439)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
NOBLE ASSASSIN 371     0  1 0   1                   THE WIND 4461         505 NONE    
POLITE BEGGAR 363      0  1 0   1                   LUISIENNE 4570        505 NONE    
SIERRA 4477           16 12 1 THE A'S -- LOSERS 431 DR. ROSENZWEIG 4247   505         
CANDYMAN 4467         17  8 1 THE WARLOCKS 430      RISHTEKE 4511         503         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The River -- I was lulled into a lazy trip down the stream, then my pockets were
picked!  You cad! -- Dr. Rosenzweig

Triple-X -- You were my last, so I went out in style. -- Admiral Iso

Jet'E -- A great battle.  I salute your effort. -- Senator Sedalia

Arenamaster Penru -- I expected nothing, and as I have done well in politics, I
really needed nothing.  It would, however, be my pleasure to accept the exploration
rights to the North Shore wreck.  This just may be fun! -- Senator Sedalia

Admiral Iso, a mode basher @ 17-12-15-15-7-9-9 did great damage and had normal
endurance.  He finishes with adexes in attack and decise and seemed to do best with
halberd (4-16-5) but usually used the warhammer (18-104-12). -- Lenpro

Walt Weiss -- You should have gone to church and heard my sermon!  I won both from
the pulpit and in the arena! -- Pastor Pentane

Rishteke -- You were much better than a para.  Well done. -- Paratoms

Sierra -- Fare well, and may you be less of a loser in the future.  Winning is a
pleasure, after all, and I have nothing against you. -- Gissanniah

Paratoms -- What, both of you?  And you still couldn't win?  But now your record is
balanced, and MINE is a winning record, and what could be better, eh? -- Rishteke

Steinbach -- They do say that you Rirorni will carry off anything that isn't nailed
down, and I had forgotten to nail down those skills, so I have no one but myself to
blame.  Which will NOT stop me from blaming someone else anyway, if I can think of a
good candidate. -- Perrojo

Maris -- You little guys just aren't any fun.  You don't like people who're two feet
taller than you, do you? -- Bigfoots
P.S.  And your feet are too small.  It should have been EASY to knock you down, but
you just didn't cooperate.

Congratulations to Admiral Iso. -- the Red Dog Gang

Arenamaster Penrue -- The feather-gathering rights have an interesting sound to it,
but I get the impression that Bird Rock is not the place to be just now?  I'll think
about it and let you know. -- Gissanniah

Lord Protector Admiral Iso -- I am authorized to offer you a share on the packet
_Sunfish_ that makes the regular run from here to Ardivent, touching on several ports
along the shore such as Zorpunt and Tobir, if this should interest you.  The captain
of the _Sunfish_, Collin Tarmanhian, asks that you make the trip with the ship at
least once a month for the rest of this year in order to receive a share in the
profits.  I believe that he is hoping your presence will either deter pirates and,
ah, "monsters," or enable the crew to fight them off under your lead.  You can
contact him at Pier Two. -- Arenamaster Penrue

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

JET'E viciously subdued FREEDA in a 1 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
TRIPLE-X handily defeated THE RIVER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
DR. ROSENZWEIG dispatched SIERRA in a popular 7 minute gory master's Challenge brawl.
C-CUP subdued THE CLEAR in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
XOXOXO was bested by VITHREN in a popular 1 minute Challenge duel.
CRAZY FINGERS viciously subdued VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 3 minute master's match.
RISHTEKE was handily defeated by PARATOMS in a 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
H. HATRACK won victory over PYRE in a action packed 1 minute gruesome fight.
THE WIND assassinated NOBLE ASSASSIN in a action packed 1 minute gory one-sided fight.
WANKER X overpowered STEINBACH in a 1 minute one-sided match.
PASTOR PENTANE bested WALT WEISS in a 2 minute conflict.
UNSCATHED bested VISITING ORC in a 1 minute veteran vs. amateur battle.
ENCHANTED narrowly defeated BIG MAC in a crowd pleasing 3 minute gory conflict.
WROTE THE BOOK won victory over PERROJO in a 2 minute bout.
BIGFOOTS was bested by IJAZ in a 1 minute duel.
XIR overcame FRATSFAN NOBLE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bout.
KILLER PUPPETT was unbelievably bested by SGT. SCHMID in a 2 minute novice's brawl.
LUISIENNE murdered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   9         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -   8 -  1      69  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  11 -  1      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW        20 -  13 -  0      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         TOTAL PARRY       29 -  22 -  1      57  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL     30 -  24 -  2      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    46 -  38 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  17 -  0      41  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  18 -  0      38  |

Turn 505 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      DR. ROSENZWEIG 4247        18   9  1  114 LENPROS (145)
PARRY-LUNGE      CRAZY FINGERS 4480         17   9  1  107 THE WARLOCKS (430)
AIMED BLOW       TRIPLE-X 4452               7   1  0  100 LOVE LETTERS (428)
SLASHING ATTACK  H. HATRACK 4481            15  11  2   83 THE WARLOCKS (430)
STRIKING ATTACK  THE WIND 4461              14  13  2   81 GAMEHENDGE (299)
LUNGING ATTACK   PASTOR PENTANE 4519         6   5  1   72 LENPROS (145)
WALL OF STEEL    PYRE 4170                  11   8  0   71 IRON THRONE (120)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CRAZY FINGERS 4480.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SIERRA 4477.  The ten other most popular fighters were CRAZY FINGERS 4480, 
BIG MAC 4547, JET'E 2177, H. HATRACK 4481, THE WIND 4461, PASTOR PENTANE 4519, WROTE 
THE BOOK 4540, XIR 4562, TRIPLE-X 4452, and C-CUP 4451.

The least popular fighter this week was DR. ROSENZWEIG 4247.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LUISIENNE 4570, BIGFOOTS 4512, STEINBACH 4473, RISHTEKE 4511, 
THE CLEAR 4539, THE RIVER 4460, SGT. SCHMID 4569, PERROJO 4510, PYRE 4170, and FREEDA 
4485.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

JET'E (30-2177) IRON THRONE (120)
FREEDA (30-4485) RED DOG GANG (356)

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

ADMIRAL ISO (30-4202) LENPROS (145)