DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/10/2007    Duedate: 01/23/2007

IAYE ARENA

DM-30    TURN-540

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SGT. SCHMID
LENPROS (145)
(30-4569) [21-10-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SGT. SCHMID                    PICASSO TRIGGER
LENPROS (145)                  THE PREFECTURE (452)
(30-4569) [21-10-0,111]        (30-4684) [2-0-0,23]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WROTE THE BOOK                 WROTE THE BOOK
GAMEHENDGE (299)               GAMEHENDGE (299)
(30-4540) [23-25-0,94]         (30-4540) [23-25-0,94]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LENPROS (145)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LENPROS (145)               51
2. WORLDLY DECLINE (445)       26      THE WARLOCKS (430)
3. RED DOG GANG (356)          25      Unchartered Team
4. THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)  17
5. THE PREFECTURE (452)        17      THE PREFECTURE (452)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 THE WARLOCKS (430)       138  87  7 61.3   1/ 1 LENPROS (145)            11  2 0
 2/ 3 LENPROS (145)            924 598 25 60.7   2/ 4 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431)  9  4 0
 3/ 1 HELLSWORN (450)           39  26  2 60.0   3/ 3 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)     6  5 0
 4- 4 RESCUE RANGERS II (385)   12  10  1 54.5   4/ 6 CRYSTAL PALACE (435)      6  9 0
 5/ 5 THE A'S -- LOSERS  (431) 170 146  6 53.8   5- 2 CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)      4  5 0
 6/ 6 GAMEHENDGE (299)         157 140 10 52.9   6/10*THE PREFECTURE (452)      4  6 0
 7- 7 CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)     186 171 10 52.1   7/ 7 HELLSWORN (450)           4  6 0
 8/ 8 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)     28  27  1 50.9   8/ 8 GAMEHENDGE (299)          4  7 0
 9- 9 RANDOM (391)              24  25  0 49.0   9/ 5 RED DOG GANG (356)        4 11 0
10/10 CRYSTAL PALACE (435)      89  94  1 48.6  10- 9 RANDOM (391)              2  1 0
11/11 RED DOG GANG (356)       469 643 10 42.2  11/11 THE WARLOCKS (430)        2  7 0
12/12*THE PREFECTURE (452)       4   6  0 40.0  12-12 RESCUE RANGERS II (385)   1  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[ Cities by the Shore #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Point:

     Fandil scanned the mass pouring up from Krael, assessing the opposition.  Sixty
or so of the golem-Aruaki first.  They might be able to use weapons, or not,
depending on how much intelligence had been left to them, but they were a physical
menace even so:  sixty against three?  He knew that many gladiators believed
themselves invincible at any odds, and knew that was not true.  They were going to
need their magic to hold their own against the tide of bodies, and it might take all
they could do with this depleted Arcanum to draw upon.  And behind the golems were
the mages.  None of them major talents, as far as he could tell, but Cho had been
right:  destruction is the easiest kind of magic.
     He risked a sideways glance at Cho.  The old Adantri had sheathed his sword and
was holding his staff again, looking like the magician he could be when he put his
mind to it.  Thank the gods for that!  The deadliest swordsman could not hold back
this tide, but as a pair of magicians, aided by whatever strange power the gladiator
Eclipse had, they could make a good try.
     "We've got to change the odds here," Eclipse said.  He sounded calm.  Facing
death regularly in the arena could do that for you, sometimes.  "The people of Point
can't match the golems one on one, or even two on one, and they're just ordinary
people; they can't do a thing against the mages."
     "All true," Cho said.  "We need to kill as many golems as we can until the mages
get in range, and then concentrate on fighting their spells, leaving the golems to
others."
     "If we haven't killed enough of the golems by then, we'll be overrun," Fandil
noted.  "And if we use our greatest power against the golems, when the mages come up,
we'll be too tired to match against them.  A pretty puzzle, eh?"
     "There is enough life left in these golems that their death will release blood-
power into the Arcanum," Cho said.
     "Tainted power," Fandil protested.
     "I'd use foul water to put out a fire, if that's what I had," Cho answered.
     Fandil didn't respond to that.  He knew it was true, that they might have to use
the blood-power when it came to it, but he didn't have to like it.

     Eclipse swept his shield-shadow across the front of the charging golems.  They
went down--didn't stay down, sure, but while they were on the ground, the ones behind
them were stumbling and falling on top of them.  It was a start.  The Kraelian
magicians were hanging back, out of reach of the shadow, though.  Too bad.  He would
have liked to bring THEM down, even temporarily.
     Heck, he'd like to know what all he could DO with this shadow business.  He had
no training in it, he was a gladiator, not a magician.  Ace of Shadows...what did it
actually mean?  He kept the shadow of his shield moving back and forth across the
golems while he pondered that.  Darkness, coolness.  Negative emotions?  What good
would those things do here and now?  Unreal appearances, forebodings?  Hmm.  "Hide in
shadows."  Concealment?  Not now, their enemies wouldn't be tricked into thinking
they were not here.  Would they?

     Adie knew the moment when the mood of the crowd changed from hostile to helpful.
It was still on the brink of being a bloodthirsty mob, but now it was one she could
direct.  Provided she and her companions could protect them from whatever the
Kraelian mages had in store.  "This way!" she called, waving them forward as she
turned to look back down at Krael.
     At the wave of spell-bound Aruaki and others being driven ahead of the
magicians.  Her heart sank at the sight.  Many people on both sides might die here,
and most of them innocent of major wrong-doing.  So be it.  She could see no other
way to deal with this.  These magicians had too firm a hold on Krael and on their
slaves.
     But it would not remain so.  Krael would be destroyed again.  And the grip of
the Kraelians would be broken away from the Aruaki people.  This was the first step
on that road.  "Sweep them back into Krael!"
     The people of Point poured past her with more enthusiasm than she had expected.
Poured past, shoving and shouting.  She struggled to keep her feet.
     A hand gripped her arm, steadying her.  "They are angry, more angry right now
than they are afraid," Senator Sedalia said.  "Their anger has been growing for a
long time, while they feared to act on it."
     "A lot of them will die," Adie said.
     "Everyone will die eventually," Old Doc Circ said from her other side.  "It's
the common lot of men, even, eventually, of Lord Protectors.  But they will strike a
blow first at those who have all but destroyed their town and their way of life.  Who
knows, with the information we have, and the knowledge you and your companions have,
we may even sink Krael again and give Point back its port."
     "I know all that," Adie said crossly.  "But I don't have to like it, even when
it's necessary."  She spotted a stone beside the road, part of a wall, it looked
like, and climbed onto it to see farther.
     She stood on the lower edge of Point, what had once been its waterfront, and the
slope of the land let her look down across all of Krael that lay inside Point's
former harbor.  More of the ancient city lay out of sight to the west, toward Iaye,
and more, she was sure, was still drowned under the waters of the Trier.  But she
could see enough.  A jumble of ruined buildings layered with slime, here and there
the ribs of a sunken ship, and scattered areas that the Kraelians had been clearing
of debris.  Here the stump of a tower, there a plaza with a geometrically exact
shape, somewhere else a roadway that connected one bit of neglected ruin with
another.  A pattern in it teased at her mind, but it was incomplete, and she couldn't
guess what shape the final design would have.
     Only that it would be a design of power.  Her hand went to her hair
automatically, twisting a flame-colored lock, as she puzzled over it.  This was a
measure of Khaldren's confidence and ambition, that he would try to make all the
ruined city into some kind of spell-sigil; it was at least a mile across, maybe more.
It had to be stopped before he could charge it.  Something so big...once it was
powered, stopping it would be, not impossible, but nearly so, and as destructive as
allowing it to go to completion.
     There must be a way.

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Why do I have to write a DM column?  No one else does.  Is this some captain's
idea?
     Time to get this straight.  I'm here.  I do.  I do not write.  Writing is for
clerks and lowly scribes.
     Take up a collection for me.  I deserve it.
          Sgt Schmid, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome IAYE.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have I 
fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Hmmmph!  I always thought RED 
DOG GANG was an over-rated team and they proved it with a 1-4-0!  Ya gotta be quick 
on yer feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  THE 
PREFECTURE is now ranked 6th with a 2-3-0 turn.  It seems so recently people were 
saying THE A'S -- LOSERS II was washed up, finished.  But 3-1-0 moved them up 2.  I 
guess they're washed no more...  What's with MAORAKITH?  He actually beat THE A'S -- 
LOSERS II's EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE, and walked away with 23 more points from the fight.  
Major screwup at THE A'S -- LOSERS II.  EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE lost  20 points to 
MAORAKITH.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE will provide more 
easy wins...  Try as it might, ENCHANTED wasn't good enough at persuading SGT. SCHMID 
to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors 
and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  IAYE 
thinks CRYSTAL PALACE and their 89-94-1 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, 
give up...  In my day, no team with a 87-91-1 would scare me off!  What's the 
problem, LENPROS?  How well I know the feeling of being the most challenged warrior, 
FENCE POST!  Don't make idle boasts, they may come back to haunt you.  POP IDOL of 
WORLDLY DECLINE knows how to pick 'em.  She challenged BIGFOOTS of RED DOG GANG who 
is up by 24.  Now was this a wise move?  POP IDOL perhaps got hers just desserts, 
seeing as she won victory over BIGFOOTS and ended up with 81 recognition points.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  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.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SGT. SCHMID 4569             21  10  0   111       LENPROS (145)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MR SELF DESTRUCT 3254        17  15  0   107       CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)
 THE CLEAR 4539               25  23  0   106       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 SNOWY SNOW 4597              14   8  0   105       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
-STINGER 4098                  9  11  0   104       RANDOM (391)
 UNSCATHED 4516               21  25  0    96       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
 WROTE THE BOOK 4540          23  25  0    94       GAMEHENDGE (299)
 ENCHANTED 4517               21  25  0    94       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
 LADY HUNTSMAN 4579           19   8  0    94       LENPROS (145)
 SUNLIGHT SPLATRZ 4583        17  12  1    93       THE WARLOCKS (430)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAORAKITH 4664                8   5  1    89       HELLSWORN (450)
 BIGFOOTS 4512                13  42  0    81       RED DOG GANG (356)
 POP IDOL 4617                10   4  0    81       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
-SCARECROW 3671                9   7  0    76       CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)
 LORD WALTON 4612              7   7  0    76       LENPROS (145)
 QUEEN CHINEE 4588            17  15  0    68       THE WARLOCKS (430)
 EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE 4584       16  16  1    67       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HITHELLIENE 4596              9  18  0    65       RED DOG GANG (356)
 CARDINAL ARIZPE 4645          7   3  0    63       LENPROS (145)
-DON FRANCIS 4619              4   1  0    62       LENPROS (145)
 SLEEPS ALL DAY 4603           6   3  1    57       GAMEHENDGE (299)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MOPT 4103                     5   4  0    56       RANDOM (391)
 SARJSKI 4659                  8   3  0    51       HELLSWORN (450)
 PRINCESS DIANA 4614           6   8  0    50       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
 THE BOY KING 4615             8   6  1    49       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
-SPANDEX ODDITY 3095           8   3  0    48       CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)
 ECK 4649                      6   3  1    48       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
-GADGET 4528                   6   5  0    47       RESCUE RANGERS II (385)
-MAPT 4100                     5   3  0    47       RANDOM (391)
 FENCE POST 4604              10  15  0    45       RED DOG GANG (356)
 BAZTHRAX 4660                 7   4  0    44       HELLSWORN (450)
 DR TRINAIRE 4606             10  13  0    43       RED DOG GANG (356)
 KLINK 4647                    4   5  0    42       THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
 WINDY WIND 4593               9  14  0    41       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
 VRANCELLE 4658                8   3  1    41       HELLSWORN (450)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OBBO 4656                     6   2  0    29       HELLSWORN (450)
-ISPEP 4527                    3   1  0    27       RANDOM (391)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AT 4521                       2   4  0    26       RANDOM (391)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PICASSO TRIGGER 4684          2   0  0    23       THE PREFECTURE (452)
-CELL BLABBER 4616             3   3  0    19       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
-FORTUNETELLER 4669            3   2  0    19       CIRCUS MAXIMUS (273)
 FOGGY FOG 4688                2   0  0    17       CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
-DALE II 4025                  1   0  1    16       RESCUE RANGERS II (385)
 IRISH CREAM 4654              2   4  0    10       RED DOG GANG (356)
 OUT OF TIME 4681              2   1  0    10       GAMEHENDGE (299)
-FRENCH VETO 4618              1   6  0     9       WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
 BRILLIANT TRASH 4682          1   1  0     8       THE PREFECTURE (452)
 GHOST OF A ROSE 4686          1   1  0     6       THE PREFECTURE (452)
 COUNT SPANKULA 4683           0   2  0     2       THE PREFECTURE (452)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CUPS& CAKES 4685       0  2 0 THE PREFECTURE 452    BLACK ORC 379         540 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Unscathed -- You're a disgrace to your style. -- Maorakith

Earthquake Excuse -- I never had a chance. -- Bazthrax

Sleeps All Day -- Sorry, I'm a lousy teacher. -- Vrancelle

Windy Wind -- Thanks for the learns. -- Sarjski

Lord Walton -- A noble with such a primitive weapon? -- Obbo

Iaye -- Congratulations on giving Hellsworn its first ever losing turn...we're
depressed. -- Ikaun
P.S.  We're also humble enough to know it won't be our last losing turn!

Unscathed -- You lout!  You didn't have to do me that way! -- Lady Huntsman

Princess Diana -- You must convert to the one true religion.  Your associates are
leading you astray. -- Cardinal Arizpe

Windy Wind -- I thank you for that thought.  I needed that daily amusement. -- Lord
Walton

Sunlight -- I am the sunshine of your smile. -- Sgt Schmid (big wide grin)

Health.  Humility.  Honor. -- Lenpro

This is my first time in an Andorian Arena and I'm getting that warm & fuzzy feeling
already--such a friendly-sounding place, what with gladiators named Trustworthy
Scribe and Friendly Constable.  Where I'm from, NPC's have names like Embezzling this
and Convicted that.  I hope we'll enjoy our stay here! -- The Prefecture

Snowy Snow -- I love walky walking in the snow, and making big footprints, and
snowballs, and snow angels, and just generally having a messy lot of fun.  It's
great!  Thanks. -- Bigfoots

At -- Ha!  You will not gain a victory by that underhanded thubeterfuge!  You think
you will be an underdog?  Yeth!  And I bite underdogth all the time. -- Hithelliene

Mapt -- Huh, I tried parrying at random, and it didn't work!  Tricky, aren't you? --
Fence Post

Gadget -- May you be stepped on by an elephant! -- Dr Trinaire

Eck -- I suspect you having mousish inclinations, and I most emphatically don't do
mice. -- Irish Cream

Cardinal Arizpe -- Or a stone wall?  Some people have likened me to a stone wall. --
Fence Post
P.S.  Narrow from side to side, of course, but still.

Don Francis -- For a dwarf, you're not short. -- Fence Post

18 December 2006
Let it be known that Buddy Lee is no longer a member of The Company of Brothers,
T.C.B.  I have resigned as of 10-23-06.  Thank you.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CUPS& CAKES was viciously butchered by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
SNOWY SNOW won victory over SUNLIGHT SPLATRZ in a 2 minute expert's Challenge battle.
LADY HUNTSMAN outlasted WROTE THE BOOK in a 7 minute expert's Challenge fight.
POP IDOL overpowered BIGFOOTS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
MAORAKITH devastated EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
PRINCESS DIANA devastated FENCE POST in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
BAZTHRAX was savagely defeated by QUEEN CHINEE in a 5 minute uneven Challenge melee.
COUNT SPANKULA was unbelievably bested by OUT OF TIME in a 5 minute Challenge fight.
SGT. SCHMID savagely defeated ENCHANTED in a 5 minute gruesome veteran's Title fight.
UNSCATHED was savagely defeated by THE CLEAR in a 2 minute brutal veteran's fight.
SARJSKI was devastated by LORD WALTON in a exciting 1 minute mismatched conflict.
VRANCELLE was demolished by HITHELLIENE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
THE BOY KING was viciously subdued by CARDINAL ARIZPE in a popular 3 minute conflict.
WINDY WIND was overpowered by ECK in a 1 minute uneven struggle.
SLEEPS ALL DAY handily defeated DR TRINAIRE in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
KLINK bested VISITING ORC in a 1 minute brawl.
IRISH CREAM was overpowered by OBBO in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
BRILLIANT TRASH beat FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute novice's bout.
PICASSO TRIGGER defeated TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 2 minute amateur's conflict.
FOGGY FOG bested GHOST OF A ROSE in a action packed 1 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY       27 -  14 -  0      66  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         SLASHING ATTACK   23 -  18 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         PARRY-STRIKE       7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   7 -  1      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        20 -  21 -  1      49  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE       18 -  19 -  0      49  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  42 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  15 -  0      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  20 -  0      39  |

Turn 540 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     LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  5         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  3         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-LUNGE        4 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      SGT. SCHMID 4569           21  10  0  111 LENPROS (145)
PARRY-LUNGE      THE CLEAR 4539             25  23  0  106 THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
SLASHING ATTACK  SNOWY SNOW 4597            14   8  0  105 CRYSTAL PALACE (435)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SUNLIGHT SPLATRZ 4583      17  12  1   93 THE WARLOCKS (430)
LUNGING ATTACK   MAORAKITH 4664              8   5  1   89 HELLSWORN (450)
PARRY-STRIKE     QUEEN CHINEE 4588          17  15  0   68 THE WARLOCKS (430)
BASHING ATTACK   CARDINAL ARIZPE 4645        7   3  0   63 LENPROS (145)
AIMED BLOW       THE BOY KING 4615           8   6  1   49 WORLDLY DECLINE (445)
STRIKING ATTACK  ECK 4649                    6   3  1   48 THE A'S -- LOSERS II (431)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WROTE THE BOOK 4540.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was WROTE THE BOOK 4540.  The ten other most popular fighters were QUEEN CHINEE 
4588, COUNT SPANKULA 4683, CARDINAL ARIZPE 4645, THE CLEAR 4539, SNOWY SNOW 4597, POP 
IDOL 4617, FOGGY FOG 4688, MAORAKITH 4664, PRINCESS DIANA 4614, and LORD WALTON 4612.

The least popular fighter this week was IRISH CREAM 4654.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DR TRINAIRE 4606, WINDY WIND 4593, UNSCATHED 4516, SGT. SCHMID 
4569, EARTHQUAKE EXCUSE 4584, BIGFOOTS 4512, VRANCELLE 4658, SARJSKI 4659, OUT OF 
TIME 4681, and BAZTHRAX 4660.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

SGT. SCHMID (30-4569) LENPROS (145)