DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

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

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-506

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TASSALTER
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
(32-4112) [14-34-1,139]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TASSALTER                      POSITION IS EMPTY
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)        
(32-4112) [14-34-1,139]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TASSALTER                      GREATER ORC
FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)        GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)
(32-4112) [14-34-1,139]        (32-4249) [1-0-0,11]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CALL THE PRIEST (344)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FRIEND OR FOE? (365)        61
2. FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)     35      BLITZKRIEG II (354)
3. COLLEGE RADIO (364)         30      Unchartered Team
4. ANGELS OF PAIN (360)        23
5. GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)       21      GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)      2   0  0  100   1/ 1 CALL THE PRIEST (344)    11  4 0
 2- 1*FLAMING DEATH (347)       10   4  0 71.4   2/ 3 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)     8  7 1
 3- 2 SARATOGA GLORY (352)     125  57 12 68.7   3/ 4 THE STORMLORDS (337)      6  9 0
 4/ 3 BLITZKRIEG II (354)       27  15  2 64.3   4/ 5*ANGELS OF PAIN (360)      5  8 0
 5/ 4 CALL THE PRIEST (344)    112  63  6 64.0   5- 2 SARATOGA GLORY (352)      4  1 2
 6/ 5 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    806 486 43 62.4   6/ 0*FRIEND OR FOE? (365)      3  2 1
 7/ 0*FRIEND OR FOE? (365)       3   2  1 60.0   7/ 7*COLLEGE RADIO (364)       3  7 0
 8/ 8*ANGELS OF PAIN (360)      16  12  0 57.1   8/ 6 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)   3  8 1
 9/ 7 THE STORMLORDS (337)     132 117 10 53.0   9/ 0*GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)     2  0 0
10/ 9 FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)  351 514 11 40.6  10- 8*FLAMING DEATH (347)       1  0 0
11/10*COLLEGE RADIO (364)        3   7  0 30.0  11/ 9 BLITZKRIEG II (354)       1  1 0
12/ 0*KAOS (254)                 0   1  0  0.0  12/ 0*KAOS (254)                0  1 0
13/ 0*DARK TOADS (363)           0   1  0  0.0  13/ 0*DARK TOADS (363)          0  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[ Old Secrets #3 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     The meeting had disintegrated after Karolvingar's melodramatic announcement, and
most of the Bandit Princes had gone home, or at least, had gone elsewhere.  The demon
looked after them mournfully.  "They don't believe me."
     "No," Doreg said.  He poured wine into the glasses of himself and Zrof, the only
two humans remaining, and offered the bottle to Karolvingar.  "I don't know if you
drink wine?"
     The demon accepted the bottle.  "I have developed a taste for it," he admitted.
Examining the label, his long ears twitched.  "An excellent vintage, I see!"  He
selected an unused glass and poured it full of wine.
     "I don't see how we can have a Chaos War," Doreg said as the demon drank.
"Neither do the others, and probably for the same reason.  This is what the Grey
Witch is all about:  preventing one.  That's what the arena system is for, besides,
and we have an arena here, so--?"  His tone invited Zrof to speak in his role as
arenamaster.  "Is the decline in arena activity a sign of weakness on the part of the
Grey Witch?"
     Zrof shrugged.  "About the Witch, who knows?  She's been keeping to Herself
lately.  As to the decline in activity, who knows?  Some people claim it's a sign of
Her strength, that she has all the Lord Protectors she needs."
     "There are thousands of them," Doreg admitted.
     "But not thousands she can call on.  They're an independent lot, gladiators,
though you wouldn't think it when they meekly accept orders to step out onto the
sands and fight for their lives.  But once they get to the Isle--or get INVITED to
the Isle, since many don't go--they get large notions of their own importance.  They
have their own agendas, and they don't give much thought to Hers."
     "She is very strong," Doreg said.  "She broke Castle Midnight, after all."
     Zrof smiled slightly.  "Did she?"
     "It's in the Chronicles--!"
     "And if it's written down, it must be truth?  There are other records than the
official chronicles," Zrof said, "and they tell the story from other angles--and with
other heroes and villains."  The arenamaster transferred his one-eyed gaze to
Karolvingar, who had kept silence.  "And it may be Castle Midnight that we need now?"
     The demon nodded.  "We need the true Bandit Prince of Zukal, the first and
greatest one.  Not the one the Grey Witch holds prisoner, who is insane, or are both
insane, if he--they--are still split, but his father.  The Demon Prince.  If he still
lives and can be reached."
     "A DEMON Prince of Zukal?"  Doreg set down his wineglass as though it had become
a serpent that might bite him.  "I never heard of--"
     "Most people never heard of him," Zrof agreed.  "It's very OLD history, dating
back before the most recent Chaos War, to the time at the end of the Chaos War before
that, before Alastari existed.  Back when the Grey Witch was a young woman with a
dream."  He paused, and his gaze weighed Doreg.  "It isn't a story that should be
repeated.  It isn't safe to know it."
     The younger man drew himself up proudly.  "I don't ask for what you don't want
to tell," he said.  "Your word is enough for me to act on.  But if you choose to tell
me this, know that I am a Bandit Prince of Zukal, and I can keep secrets."
     Zrof One-Eye looked at him for a moment, then shrugged.  "The first and greatest
Prince of Midnight is said to be, to have been, half-demon, half human," Zrof One-Eye
said.  "I don't know the truth of that--he looked human, but even some full demons
do.  Or it might have been an illusion."
     "Or he might have BEEN fully human," Doreg said.
     Zrof nodded and poured more wine into his glass.  "He could have been human,
simply distinguished by his ability to control demons.  About that ability, there is
no doubt, and we are all grateful that the later Bandit Prince, the one Greywand
holds in her prison, does not have it.  He--or the demons under his command, I
suppose--built Castle Midnight here when Zukal was nothing but rubble and refugees at
the end of that earlier Chaos War--"
     "Which would be what, three thousand years ago?  Three thousand five hundred?"
     "Longer, Doreg.  I'm...I believe it was longer than that."  The arenamaster
frowned into his wine, then shrugged.  "I don't suppose it matters."
     "So this...Demon Prince was the 'Father of Zukal', so to speak?"
     "Yes.  Literally, too--he was a very active man."
     "And a demon-master," Karolvingar said.  Doreg twitched at his comment, having
almost forgotten the Roving Demon's presence.  "I do not necessarily like the idea of
calling on a demon-master, you understand, but sometimes one must do unpleasant
things in the interests of survival."
     It was Doreg's turn to frown.  "You actually think we can get this Demon Prince,
himself, after thousands of years, to come to the aid of Zukal?"  He looked at
Karolvingar uneasily.  "Are demons immortal?  I, uh, never thought to ask...."

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Sensoo O Suru, I call that extremely graceful, to hand the title to me as you
acquire a new title of your own.  Congratulations on your ascension.

                                      Tassalter

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail ARVAT!  Warriors of the arena, prepare to be praised and blamed for your 
deeds.  The ANGELS OF PAIN guild has had a 3-0-0 turn and deserves to be watched in 
the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  On their very first 
turn, FRIEND OR FOE? had a 3-2-1, and with this kind of luck or skill, should do 
well.  Welcome to ARVAT.  And let's see, BEFORE THE DAWN fought SENSOO O SURU and 
gained 23 points and contributed to CALL THE PRIEST's 3-2-0.  ELECTRIC EYE has lost 
to KUNG-FU MASTER, falling 13 points, while helping make CALL THE PRIEST a 3-2-0 
turn.  ARGONAUT challenged for the Duelmastership this turn, attempting to dethrone 
FISHERMAN'S WHARF's warrior.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, 
and TASSALTER remains ARVAT's top warrior for another turn.  Tell me, is nothing 
sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Welcome Wench uses trolls 
in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  DEVIL ADVOCATES has cause to stand tall, as they were ARVAT's 
most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And guess who 
avoided DEVIL ADVOCATES stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was DEVIL ADVOCATES.  
Anyone surprised?  The most challenged warrior this turn was THE STORMLORDS' warrior 
CHARON.  More fighters challenged him than challenged the Duelmaster!  FREEWHEEL 
BURNIN' of CALL THE PRIEST had better have a good reason for challenging down 8 
points in a TV challenge which he won.  I thought FREEWHEEL BURNIN' showed great 
skill and promise when he won victory over ULTHAR ULSAY.  All right, so I slept 
through it!  Big deal!   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  Had I not seen it, it would be hard 
to believe.  BASHFUL was sent to the Dark Arena and lived to tell about it!  Makes 
you think, no?  Hearty mugs of ale were raised in ARVAT today as ARGONAUT was bid 
farewell to a 9-3-0 warrior, with TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF standing silent and 
pensive.  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover or 
hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  Always good to rest in ARVAT, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in ARVAT again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TASSALTER 4112               14  34  1   139       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SILVER TRAIN 4170            11   2  1   164       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
-STRATOSTAR 4173              10   4  1   109       SARATOGA GLORY (352)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEFORE THE DAWN 4148         12   2  0   104       CALL THE PRIEST (344)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IZUSU TROOPER 4062            8   1  0    73       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 ELECTRIC EYE 4156             9   5  0    72       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 M. A. FISTAFOLES 4191         7   3  0    67       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREKI 4179                   11   3  0    62       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 SINNER 4165                   6   4  0    59       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
 LOGGERHEAD 4149              13  18  0    57       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NAUTILUS 4134                 7   3  0    51       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 UNITED 4162                   3   8  1    51       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-LOGGERHEAD 4133               3   2  0    44       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 DEE SPADER 4192               6   4  3    42       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 CHARON 4103                   9  10  0    37       THE STORMLORDS (337)
-DESERT FOX 4131               5   5  1    35       BLITZKRIEG II (354)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DAHLGREN 4132                 3   2  1    33       BLITZKRIEG II (354)
 DEAD 60'S 4258                2   0  0    33       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
 BASHFUL 4268                  1   0  1    33       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
-PERSONAL LEGEND 4198          6   0  0    29       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245        3   0  0    29       CALL THE PRIEST (344)
-JUSTICE 4217                  3   2  0    29       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 LOU CYPHER 4188               7   6  0    27       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-MISERY 4235                   3   1  0    27       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILL ZEYBUB 4244              2   2  0    23       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 DAMNATION 4214                4   2  0    21       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 VANITY 4267                   1   0  0    21       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
-TOPIARY 4219                  4   1  0    20       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
 BRIAN BORU 4263               2   0  0    19       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 ULTHAR ULSAY 4199             1   7  0    16       THE STORMLORDS (337)
 TAKE YOUR LUMPS 4260          0   2  0    16       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
 REPRISAL 4216                 4   2  0    14       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
-YUGO CV 4066                  1   0  0    12       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 GREATER ORC 4249              1   0  0    11       GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)
 TORMENT 4271                  1   0  0    10       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 ROLTON 4250                   1   0  0    10       GEMSTONE BEASTS (362)
 THE SHRIMP 4264               1   0  0    10       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 M. EDGAR D'SERPENT 4236       1   4  0     7       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-VW BEETLE 4064                1   0  0     6       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 STUBBORN 4269                 1   0  0     5       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)
 GLOBETROTTERS 4254            0   1  0     5       DARK TOADS (363)
 HEAVEN 4261                   1   1  0     4       COLLEGE RADIO (364)
-SUGAR PUNCH 4237              0   3  0     3       SARATOGA GLORY (352)
-FORD PINTO 4234               0   1  0     1       FLAMING DEATH (347)
 FREDDIE 4265                  0   1  0     1       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 GROPO 3185                    0   1  0     1       KAOS (254)
 HERON 4273                    0   1  0     1       FISHERMAN'S WHARF (288)
 MALICE 4270                   0   1  0     1       FRIEND OR FOE? (365)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARGONAUT 4135          9  3 0 BLITZKRIEG II 354     TASSALTER 4112        506         
PURGATORY 4257         0  2 0 COLLEGE RADIO 364     ARENAMISTRESS SUG 332 506 NONE    
BLAH 4272              0  1 0 COLLEGE RADIO 364     BANDIT PRINCE 334     506 NONE    
HIGH ELF 328           0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          BASHFUL 4268          506 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BOATMAN KU 4130       15 26 1 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 STRATOSTAR 4173       504         
LITTLE RAINBOW 4146   19 13 0 FISHERMAN'S WHARF 288 SILVER TRAIN 4170     504         
STEADFAST 4266         0  1 0 FRIEND OR FOE? 365    MOUNTAIN TROLL 327    506 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Tassalter -- Well struck!  Good hunting! -- Lord Protector Sensoo O Suru

Freewheel Burnin' -- Those skills you got at the FTF really smoked me.  <shrug>. --
Ulthar Ulsay

Electric Eye -- I did not leave with my "tail tucked between my legs", silly child.
You bested me on the sands true, so congrats.  Give my regards to Killing Machine. --
Lord Protector Obsidian Golem

Destitute N. -- We doubt it. -- The COL

Sentinel -- I am aware you like to hear yourself talk but you are deluded if you
think I give a fig about your opinion. -- The Icelord

Destitute N. -- Tsk, tsk.  I stand up for my best friend and I am ripped and flamed.
Your cronies stand up for you and it is all "noble" and "good."  I'm not impressed.
-- The Icelord

Floyd -- Nice of you to join us in little ole' Arvat--I trust your stay will be a
pleasant one! -- D. Noble

Argonaut -- Nice record--that hurt! -- Electric Eye

Ulthar -- You almost had me there, you may want to try another time or ten. --
Freewheel Burnin'

Brian Boru -- We like your name.  With a name like that you'll go far! -- Call the
Priest

Izusu Trooper -- Why do you have to DO that?  Do you realize how HARD it is to get
the new recruits out onto the sands when they just see us LOSING? -- Loggerhead

The Stormlords -- Yes, well, death happens in the arena.  It's just one of those
things that sooner or later catches up with most gladiators.  But thanks. --
Fisherman's Wharf

Lord Protector Sensoo O Suru -- Good lord, that's a mouthful!  Well, anyway, the
whole bit about the lands?  That wasn't Arrnie's idea, you know.  Duke Arrnet, I
mean.  That was something they came up with on the Isle, and, honestly, I don't think
they had any IDEA what they were getting us into with it!  Who has lands to give
away?  We're having trouble just finding cemetery lots for the gladiators that die in
the arena!  I hear people are going in for all kinds of alternate graduation gifts
these days, swords and rings, and shares in shipping ventures, and who KNOWS what-
all.  Do you have any ideas here? -- Arenamistress Sugar
P.S.  I really need an administrator for this, don't I?

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PURGATORY was butchered by ARENAMISTRESS SUGAR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
BASHFUL butchered HIGH ELF in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BLAH was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
STEADFAST was murdered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
FREEWHEEL BURNIN' bested ULTHAR ULSAY in a 2 minute Challenge contest.
DEAD 60'S overpowered LOU CYPHER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
ARGONAUT was dealt death by TASSALTER in a 4 minute Challenge Title brawl.
FREKI bested UNITED in a 5 minute Challenge match.
M. A. FISTAFOLES bested LOGGERHEAD in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
REPRISAL overcame HEAVEN in a crowd boring 6 minute Challenge melee.
BILL ZEYBUB vanquished TAKE YOUR LUMPS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SENSOO O SURU was vanquished by BEFORE THE DAWN in a 2 minute gory one-sided duel.
ELECTRIC EYE was beaten by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute melee.
CHARON was beaten by DEE SPADER in a 1 minute fight.
SINNER demolished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 3 minute bloody mismatched match.
DAMNATION devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
BRIAN BORU devastated HERON in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
M. EDGAR D'SERPENT was overcome by GREATER ORC in a popular 5 minute beginner's fight.
GLOBETROTTERS slimly lost to STUBBORN in a 5 minute brutal beginner's duel.
ROLTON devastated GROPO in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
FREDDIE was overpowered by TORMENT in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
VANITY overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 1 minute one-sided bout.
THE SHRIMP handily defeated MALICE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         SLASHING ATTACK   25 -  19 -  1      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  15 -  0      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-RIPOSTE     21 -  19 -  1      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       22 -  20 -  0      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW        12 -  11 -  1      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         WALL OF STEEL     20 -  19 -  1      51  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  32 -  5      41  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  13 -  1      32  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 506 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-RIPOSTE      3 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  5         3  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
AIMED BLOW         4 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  3         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  3                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  BEFORE THE DAWN 4148       12   2  0  104 CALL THE PRIEST (344)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    FREKI 4179                 11   3  0   62 THE STORMLORDS (337)
STRIKING ATTACK  DEE SPADER 4192             6   4  3   42 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TASSALTER 4112.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ARGONAUT 4135.  The ten other most popular fighters were GREATER ORC 4249, 
TASSALTER 4112, UNITED 4162, BEFORE THE DAWN 4148, M. A. FISTAFOLES 4191, 
GLOBETROTTERS 4254, VANITY 4267, FREEWHEEL BURNIN' 4245, ULTHAR ULSAY 4199, and DEAD 
60'S 4258.

The least popular fighter this week was HEAVEN 4261.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were REPRISAL 4216, M. EDGAR D'SERPENT 4236, MALICE 4270, GROPO 3185, HERON 
4273, TAKE YOUR LUMPS 4260, LOGGERHEAD 4149, LOU CYPHER 4188, PURGATORY 4257, and THE 
SHRIMP 4264.

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

SENSOO O SURU (32-3979) THE STORMLORDS (337)