DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/07/2003    Duedate: 05/20/2003

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-445

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LIGHTNING
HARBINGERS (330)
(32-3932) [25-18-4,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LIGHTNING                      POSITION IS EMPTY
HARBINGERS (330)               
(32-3932) [25-18-4,107]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LIGHTNING                      VY-OTIN
HARBINGERS (330)               THE STORMLORDS (337)
(32-3932) [25-18-4,107]        (32-4081) [1-0-0,16]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HARBINGERS (330)            13
2. THE STORMLORDS (337)         9      THE STORMLORDS (337)
3. FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)      8      Unchartered Team
4. BUFFY'S DINER (346)          0
                                       REAL WORLD (190)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 THE STORMLORDS (337)      72  54  6 57.1   1/ 1 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   6  6 0
 2- 2 BUFFY'S DINER (346)       25  19  0 56.8   2/ 3 THE STORMLORDS (337)      5  3 0
 3/ 3 HARBINGERS (330)          95  77 10 55.2   3/ 4 HARBINGERS (330)          2  1 0
 4/ 4 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  241 344  8 41.2   4- 2 BUFFY'S DINER (346)       2  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     >)]H[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #59 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

On the coast north of Zukal:

     The half hour it took for Harlund to return with his rowboat seemed a lot
longer.  Ghenis had finished his examination of the tracks and returned to the beach
to stare again at Veleks' body on the rock.  He was reasonably sure that the running
footsteps belonged to his thief, Veleks.  But the hoofmarks....  Long and narrow,
almost triangular in outline, and as deep as those made by a galloping horse carrying
a fully armored knight.  He didn't like the possibilities those tracks hinted at.  If
they didn't come from a native and natural beast, what then?
     The rumor was that magic was in a state of major decline due to something or
other--not that he depended on magic for anything important.  He would have expected
that to mean that interdimensional Gates couldn't be opened.  But what if the reverse
was the case, and it meant that Gates couldn't be held shut?  What if they could--
should--expect a growing flood of alien creatures, maybe even another Chaos war?  He
didn't want to think it might be coming to that, but no intelligent, practical man
denied a possibility just because he didn't like it.  And Ghenis hoped that he was
both intelligent and practical.  He frowned at Harlund, who was rowing slowly closer
along the shore.  He'd have to question the beach walker, and from what he'd seen,
Harlund would demand money just to listen, and maybe more to answer.  Greedy wretch.
     Ghenis climbed into the rowboat and sat where Harlund directed him.  The water
was cold, he could feel the chill coming up through the bottom of the boat.  And
clearer than he'd expected.  Not that there was anything of interest to see on the
muddy bottom.  A rock or two, algae furred sticks...a crisp, green curve with a line
of bright gold showing?  He leaned over to look more closely.
     "You trying to tip us over?" Harlund demanded.
     "I thought I saw something down there."  He twisted to look back as the beach
walker kept rowing.
     Harlund glanced at the shore, straight back and to either side.  "You probably
did," he said finally.  "This must be near enough to where the _Light of Els_ went
down."
     "Should we mark the place so you can salvage--?"
     "I wouldn't touch anything out of that ship," the beach walker said flatly.
"Nor would anyone else on this coast.  In the two hundred or more years since the
_Light_ sank, I don't think anyone's touched so much as a piece of driftwood from
it."
     Ghenis raised his eyebrows but asked no more questions.  He didn't think Harlund
would answer them, and better not to show too much interest.  But when he got back to
Zukal, he would find out all he could about a ship named the _Light of Els_.  He
returned his attention to the bottom sliding past under them.  There might be
something he could use down there.
     As they neared the rock, the bottom fell away into opaque depths.  Ten feet,
Harlund had said, but for all he could see, it might as easily have been a hundred.
He looked at Veleks and saw that the thief was moving a little.  Still alive?
Amazing.  And gratifying.  Veleks could answer some questions, then.  He was looking
forward to that.

Ibizond, between Murska and Korga:

     The news from the east was confused, more rumor than definite report, but to
Lord Protectors with time on their hands, rumor was enough.  Aghtamar and Zilla, both
Korgans who had trained in Veastian, hatched the idea between them: that they should
go east toward Zuwayza and find out what really was going on.  There might be action,
and action was something lacking in their lives since graduation.  Fist of Kjarran, a
Zuwayzan visiting the team Korgan Crusade, decided that his duty was to go with them:
there would be a chance to serve the Glorious Empire and acquire merit in the eyes of
Kjarran and His Daughter Jayde.
     The journey south from Veastian to Ibizond, a matter of some thirty miles, was
straightforward but tedious.  Mile after mile of forest, with nothing but the
possibility of a wild Shew to break the monotony, was not exciting.  And apparently
all the wild Shews were hanging out around Veastian and contributing to the troubles
there, rather than keeping travelers from falling asleep on the road to the south.
     Ibizond itself, on the main traders' road from Zuwayza and Malcorn to Murska and
Zensu was bigger than Korga but much like it.  The population was a mixture of
Karnhorn types and Harkeny, the houses were built of stone and logs, and the
government was treading a careful line between independence and Karnhorn domination.
They reached it just before sunset.
     Fist of Kjarran looked at the wooden palisade critically.  "That might stop the
Shews," he said, "but any day the Glorious Empire truly wants to take Ibizond, it
will fall.  No two ways about that."
     Zilla snorted.  "Korga wasn't a pushover, what makes you think Ibizond would
be?"
     "The Glorious Empire needs Ibizond," Fist said calmly.  "Therefore, at the right
time it will take Ibizond."  He shrugged.  "But not today."  He looked around the
main plaza curiously.  "Let's find someplace to eat and then keep going.  We could
make it to Korga tonight, I bet."
     "Too far," Zilla said.  "Close to thirty miles, and it's hilly."
     "And you'd do well not to travel after dark," someone said behind them.
     All three spun around, hands going to their swords but not drawing.  The man
behind them was tall, with gray-streaked reddish brown hair and the indefinable but
unmistakable air of a gladiator.
     "Me and Zilla grew up around Korga," Aghtamar said.  "We know the area.  And
we're all gladiators, Lord Protectors.  Sure, there's more risk at night than by day,
but--"
     "There are new problems on the road," the man said.  "My name's Cadal, gladiator
from Murska, and I'd be glad to tell you about them.  The food at the Red Cow is
good," he added, gesturing toward a modest inn.  "I'll buy dinner.  And then I have a
proposition for you."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 464): TREMERE of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 462): TONY THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 458): DIRT KNAP of UNKNOWNS XX (Dark Spirit, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 458): HU MI of GEN KHAN (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 456): LAWN DART GOALIE of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): MERRY DEMENTE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 227): MANUEL TRANSMISSION of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 447): BLUEY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 444): TROTLINE of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 442): EYE OF THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 435): JELIAH BIGABO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 398): FLYING MARMOSET of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 202): DEBBIE DAHMER of MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): RING D'BELL of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MR. HOOPER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 323): COLDHEART of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): THE BUM of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 348): CHALICE of SUPERIOR FORCES from LAPUR (Manager, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 464): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 462): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 458): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 458): WAY OF THE BLADE 1 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 456): SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 227): BOXOROX (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 447): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 444): FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 442): JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 435): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 398): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 202): SPRITE'S ROGUES (Warsprite, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 184): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 323): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 304): FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): ALPHABET SOUP (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 348): WOLF PACK II, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 463): HOWLING LOON of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 455): PRIASA SON of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
                            BRAYL ICECAP of LO' DOWN (Cayl Reed, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 455): MERRY DEMENTE of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 227): WIMPY WIND of THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 225): DROSS of SOLIPSISM II (Abdiel, acting mgr.)
                               VE of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 224): SAMPSA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                               BLADEFIST of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 ANASAZI (turn 442): EYE OF THE TIGER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                            NO CHASER of JOYS OF BOOZE (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 396): LA BELLE SORCIERE of KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 197): INSOLENT IDIOT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                               ESPRESSO of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 303): JESSIE of FAVORITE GUYS (Obscure Source, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 132): UU DOEWANAKNO of DRAKE'S LODGE (Drake, mgr.)
                            LACONIC LEMON of GARDEN GUMBIES (Firehawk, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     How the HECK did I beat Lightning and end up here?  Well, by whatever fluke that
happened, the odds are STRONGLY against me being here next time.  So I only have to
do one of these here columns.  That's a relief.

                                        Trotline

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in ARVAT. 
Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Hey everybody, 
watch out for VY-OTIN, who flew up 16 points in the rankings after mashing EMBEZZLING 
SCRIBE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the 
top ten was COEUR DE LION, who dropped 20 points after a disappointing (to say the 
least) bout with CONVICTED ASSASSIN.  In front of all the crowds, LIGHTNING took the 
Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I give the bum two weeks.  Can you believe they are 
paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
big, bad HARBINGERS?  Big bad HARBINGERS.  Big bad HARBINGERS.  ARVAT's afraid of the 
big bad HARBINGERS.  Tra la la la la!  And you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling 
your rasberries, cause THE STORMLORDS beats feet every time HARBINGERS smiles at 
them.  Try farming, eh?   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Knowing when to use the right 
tactics at the proper time is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Hasta la bye-bye.  (Loud 
choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIGHTNING 3932               25  18  4   107       HARBINGERS (330)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PICKLED PIGSKIN 4051          8   0  0    96       BUFFY'S DINER (346)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TROTLINE 3962                13  30  2    88       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
-DARK SKY 3933                16  22  2    76       HARBINGERS (330)
-OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975          15  12  0    72       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 COEUR DE LION 3976           12   9  1    70       THE STORMLORDS (337)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATH KNIGHT 4026            10   8  4    63       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-OYSTER OMLETTE 4069           5   4  0    61       BUFFY'S DINER (346)
 FIZGIGG 4012                 13  17  1    57       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 LINDEN 4072                   6   4  0    57       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SENSOO O SURU 3979           14  10  0    54       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-MISS AMERICAN PIE 4058        4   0  0    50       BUFFY'S DINER (346)
-GERI 4016                     8  13  0    37       HARBINGERS (330)
-EDIBLE UNDIES 4052            4   3  0    34       BUFFY'S DINER (346)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SPAM LOAF 4068                4   5  0    22       BUFFY'S DINER (346)
 BASKERVOLE 4071               3   7  0    19       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 VY-OTIN 4081                  1   0  0    16       THE STORMLORDS (337)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Trotline -- Congratulations, Duelmaster.  Write a DM column! -- The Stormlords

Lightning -- Well done on holding the throne for seven straight turns!  We salute you
and High Lord Bosk.  Now, retake the title! -- The Stormlords

Linden -- You could have shared some of those skills with me, you know. -- Sensoo O
Suru

Oyster Omelet -- Yuck!  I can't STAND oysters.  Disgusting things. -- Fizgigg

Sensoo o Suru -- You're too smooth for me.  You just slid up on those esses,
clobbered me, and glided away again. -- Linden

Osksi Noble -- Pish and tush. -- Baskervole

Death Knight -- Well, it was supposed to. -- Linden

30 April 2003
All -- Remember to put your arena number on your strategy sheets.  Strategies turned
in without an arena number run the risk of missing the turn. -- NAIEI

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TROTLINE was devastated by LIGHTNING in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
COEUR DE LION was vanquished by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven battle.
LINDEN demolished DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
FIZGIGG was devastated by DEATH KNIGHT in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
BASKERVOLE defeated OSKSI NOBLE in a 3 minute match.
VY-OTIN bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute beginner's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         STRIKING ATTACK   31 -  19 -  4      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  10 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  11 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   9 -  1      40  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   8 -  1      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 445 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  LIGHTNING 3932             25  18  4  107 HARBINGERS (330)
PARRY-STRIKE     COEUR DE LION 3976         12   9  1   70 THE STORMLORDS (337)
WALL OF STEEL    LINDEN 4072                 6   4  0   57 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LIGHTNING 3932.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was VY-OTIN 4081.  The ten other most popular fighters were LIGHTNING 3932, LINDEN 
4072, DEATH KNIGHT 4026, TROTLINE 3962, COEUR DE LION 3976, FIZGIGG 4012, BASKERVOLE 
4071,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was BASKERVOLE 4071.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were FIZGIGG 4012, COEUR DE LION 3976, TROTLINE 3962, DEATH KNIGHT 4026, 
LINDEN 4072, LIGHTNING 3932, VY-OTIN 4081,  0,  0, and  0.