DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/08/2003    Duedate: 10/21/2003

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-456

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STARBREAKER
CALL THE PRIEST (344)
(32-4039) [9-2-1,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STARBREAKER                    R.WALDREP II
CALL THE PRIEST (344)          REVELATIONS (325)
(32-4039) [9-2-1,113]          (32-3899) [2-2-0,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FIZGIGG                        DIETER KWAN
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)        DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
(32-4012) [18-23-1,78]         (32-4092) [6-1-0,45]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)       31
2. CALL THE PRIEST (344)       28      DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
3. THE STORMLORDS (337)        27      Unchartered Team
4. REVELATIONS (325)           26
5. DIAMOND THRONE (269)        21      REVELATIONS (325)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    694 406 37 63.1   1/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     9  6 2
 2/ 2 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     37  24  3 60.7   2/ 3 CALL THE PRIEST (344)     7  0 1
 3/ 3 THE STORMLORDS (337)      87  73  8 54.4   3/ 2 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   5  7 0
 4/ 0*REVELATIONS (325)          7   8  1 46.7   4/ 0*REVELATIONS (325)         2  1 0
 5/ 4 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  263 366  9 41.8   5/ 5 THE STORMLORDS (337)      2  3 1
 6/ 5*DIAMOND THRONE (269)       3   9  2 25.0   6/ 4*DIAMOND THRONE (269)      2  8 1

    '*'   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 #70 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Between Ibizond and Korga:

     The horseman started to turn away, but two of the hounds made a determined
attack on the three gladiators as they scrambled out of their sheltering tree.  Now,
the tree was a trap rather than a shelter.  Cadal was first out, hammering at the
nearest hound with his heavy blade.
     Aghatamar was just behind him, close enough to slash at the hound trying to take
him from the side.  The horseman turned back, just as the moon shone through a gap in
the clouds overhead.  Aghtamar sucked in her breath in shock.  There was a face, she
repeated that to herself as a litany against the unknown.  Two eyes--she shuddered
and wrenched her gaze away from them, feeling her blood turn to ice and her bones to
sand.  A beak of a nose, a hunting bird's beak.  Gash of a mouth, with an icy glitter
of fangs.
     Behind her, Zilla muttered a prayer to Sermina and struck two-handed at the
hound, awkwardly because she didn't want to look directly at it.  That hound was no
beast that ever curled up quietly before a fire or accepted a pat on the head for a
job well done.  Cadal lunged at his hound and came near to spitting it on his sword,
but the uncanny creature twisted away.  The horseman laughed, a sound which would
chill the strongest heart, and turned away again, riding up the road toward whatever
his, or its third hound had cornered.  Fist of Kjarran, most likely, but there was no
way to help him now.  They had their own problems.
     The hounds had a pattern of swirling in to attack and then out before they could
be struck in return, coordinating their efforts smoothly without needing their
master's guidance.  They must have done this many times before.  Aghtamar thought of
the other people dead along this road and knew they must have sustained just such an
attack:  the horn with its message of fear, then these uncanny beasts with their
teasing and toying, and finally the huntsman on his horse.  Not a good death.  If
there was such a thing as a 'good death'.
     While these thoughts were flitting through her mind, she kept her sword moving
as well.  The hounds seemed reluctant, maybe even totally unwilling, to close with
them, but they wouldn't leave them alone, either.  "The damned things are trying to
wear us down," she muttered.  And it might work.  She was already breathing hard, and
she could hear Zilla panting beside her.  She couldn't hear Cadal, but he was
farthest from her.
     "We've got to finish these," Cadal stated.  "Fist of Kjarran is going to need
our help."  A shuffle and lunge, a hound yelped and dodged back.  "Except they won't
stand--"
     "And if we just go to Fist, turn our backs on these hounds," Zilla growled,
"likely they'll jump on us from behind."
     "There must be SOME way we can kill or cripple these damned hounds!" Aghtamar
snapped.  "Anything that lives can be killed.  It's a natural law or something."
     "We're not going to find it tonight except by chance," Cadal said.  "And we have
to go help Fist.  If we all move together, back to back...."
     "Right!  Let's move," Aghtamar agreed.  "On the count of three?"
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The hound that Fist of Kjarran had crippled was dragging itself down the road
toward its approaching master, whining pitifully.  If it had been a proper dog, the
gladiator might have regretted the injury.  As it was...serve the damned beast right.
     As the hound had appeared to grow when it charged him, so did the hunter.  What
might have been a big horse--if it was a horse at all--became huge, and its rider
dominated the sky.  He...it seemed to wear a crown of cold lights, or maybe there
were northern lights in the sky behind its head.  No, that wasn't north, that was
southeast.  Fist shook his own head to clear out the fantasies.  As the rider passed
the crippled hound, he cried out in a terrible voice, a word Fist didn't know and
didn't want to know.  An evil word, he was sure.  Maybe a spell, or a vow of
vengeance.  Not that it mattered!  He had the protection of Kjarran and Jayde.  He
raised his sword against the moon-colored blade that was swinging down out of the
stars above him.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ARVAT!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  OBSIDIAN GOLEM caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as it skillfully bested DEBBE EAST and was awarded 26 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, LOCKED IN put down 
BASKERVOLE, causing him to lose 11 points of recognition in the process.  Unwilling 
to wait upon the will of others, Duelmaster STARBREAKER challenged LINDEN last week 
in a match to decide the fate of the throne.  Although LINDEN made a valiant effort, 
it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious STARBREAKER.  Informants "close" 
to the city champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath 
his armor.  Watch out!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ARVAT.  ARVAT, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy guilds 
is THE STORMLORDS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  Methinks 
more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part of last 
week avoiding THE STORMLORDS.  Indeed it was DEVIL ADVOCATES.  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  LINDEN take warning!  You have more than a 
few enemies in ARVAT.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Perhaps even the strong cannot escape the vagaries of this world.  
This week arena veteran DEBBE EAST was slain, despite a 10-6-0 record.  I must report 
the passing of VY-OTIN, veteran of many duels.  5-5-0 final record His was not 
illustrious--but death plays no favorites.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in ARVAT.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  More than a sharp eye must I keep, 
indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await 
me!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a 
different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STARBREAKER 4039              9   2  1   113       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOHNNY B GOODE 4034          10   2  0   104       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975          17  14  1    90       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-PRIVATE PROPERTY 4029         7   4  1    90       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 LINDEN 4072                  13   8  0    85       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 FIZGIGG 4012                 18  23  1    78       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOCKED IN 4049                7   4  1    62       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-SENSOO O SURU 3979           16  11  0    59       THE STORMLORDS (337)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIA M. ATT 4095               6   0  2    51       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 MAY FISTAFOLES 3852          12   8  0    49       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 DIETER KWAN 4092              6   1  0    45       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 BASKERVOLE 4071               8  13  0    43       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIL ETH 4093                  5   2  2    33       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-RUN OF THE MILL 4056          3   4  0    32       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 R.WALDREP II 3899             2   2  0    32       REVELATIONS (325)
 LEGION SUX 3903               3   1  1    27       REVELATIONS (325)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TIMKEN 3988                   1   0  0    17       REVELATIONS (325)
 SWIFT FEUTZ 4107              1   0  0    10       DIAMOND THRONE (269)
 ROHAN 3361                    1   2  1     8       DIAMOND THRONE (269)
 CHARON 4103                   1   0  0     5       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-LYMPHNODE 3902                1   1  0     4       REVELATIONS (325)
 DEATH KNIGHT 4104             0   1  0     1       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 DOGFISH 4105                  0   1  0     1       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 I'M GOING DIE 4108            0   1  0     1       DIAMOND THRONE (269)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
DEBBE EAST 3858       10  6 0 DEVIL ADVOCATES 105   OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975   456         
TALON 3359             1  2 1 DIAMOND THRONE 269    DARK CHAMPION 333     456 NONE    
SOPHIA 4106            0  1 0 DIAMOND THRONE 269    BLACK ORC 329         456 NONE    
VY-OTIN 4081           5  5 0 THE STORMLORDS 337    LIL ETH 4093          456         
COEUR DE LION 3976    15 14 2 THE STORMLORDS 337    PRIVATE PROPERTY 4029 455         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Icelord -- Fair seas and Following winds, My Brother.  We salute you and should
you desire my return at any time, merely contact me via either the crystal ball or
the medallion.  We will be there instantaneously.  Salute, Great One. -- High Lord
Bosk and The Harbingers

Debbe East -- After thinking it over very carefully, my conclusion is that you need
to work on your tan. -- Linden

Mae Fistafoles -- (grinning)  I like a spirited little lady.  You busy tonight? --
Baskervole

Starbreaker -- You're too late, boy.  I'm unbreakable now. -- Lord Protector Trotline
P.S.  But at least you got the throne the right way.

Johnny B Goode -- Your mother was wrong.  You're a damned monster is what you are. --
Fizgigg
P.S.  Do golems have mothers?

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TALON was barely slain by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
SOPHIA was barely slain by BLACK ORC in a exciting 3 minute gruesome Dark Arena duel.
STARBREAKER demolished LINDEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge Title fight.
LOCKED IN devastated BASKERVOLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
JOHNNY B GOODE overpowered FIZGIGG in a 1 minute mismatched match.
DEBBE EAST was barely slain by OBSIDIAN GOLEM in a popular 5 minute bloody duel.
TIA M. ATT overpowered THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
MAY FISTAFOLES defeated R.WALDREP II in a 2 minute melee.
DIETER KWAN viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
VY-OTIN was dispatched by LIL ETH in a 3 minute fight.
LEGION SUX vanquished ROHAN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
TIMKEN overpowered I'M GOING DIE in a 1 minute uneven match.
DEATH KNIGHT was overpowered by SWIFT FEUTZ in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
DOGFISH was subdued by CHARON in a 1 minute amateur's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         WALL OF STEEL     17 -   7 -  4      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   2 -  1      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW         4 -   2 -  1      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   3 -  1      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -  12 -  1      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  18 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 456 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  STARBREAKER 4039            9   2  1  113 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
TOTAL PARRY      OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975        17  14  1   90 THE STORMLORDS (337)
WALL OF STEEL    LINDEN 4072                13   8  0   85 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
AIMED BLOW       LOCKED IN 4049              7   4  1   62 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
PARRY-LUNGE      MAY FISTAFOLES 3852        12   8  0   49 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
LUNGING ATTACK   DIETER KWAN 4092            6   1  0   45 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FIZGIGG 4012.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DEBBE EAST 3858.  The ten other most popular fighters were SOPHIA 4106, DIETER 
KWAN 4092, VY-OTIN 4081, TALON 3359, OBSIDIAN GOLEM 3975, MAY FISTAFOLES 3852, 
STARBREAKER 4039, LOCKED IN 4049, JOHNNY B GOODE 4034, and TIA M. ATT 4095.

The least popular fighter this week was DOGFISH 4105.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were DEATH KNIGHT 4104, I'M GOING DIE 4108, ROHAN 3361, LIL ETH 4093, 
FIZGIGG 4012, BASKERVOLE 4071, LINDEN 4072, CHARON 4103, SWIFT FEUTZ 4107, and TIMKEN 
3988.

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes