DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/21/2010    Duedate: 02/03/2010

NIATOLI ISLAND ARENA

DM-33    TURN-617

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ZOMBIFIED
LIVING HELL (628)
(33-7622) [10-0-0,130]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ZOMBIFIED                      POSITION IS EMPTY
LIVING HELL (628)              
(33-7622) [10-0-0,130]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TOBY                           DRUNKARD'S PATH
RAVAGING LORDS (44)            THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
(33-7649) [17-10-2,85]         (33-7656) [11-10-1,54]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SEA DOGS (630)              28
2. LIVING HELL (628)           25      LIVING HELL (628)
3. RAVAGING LORDS (44)         13      Unchartered Team
4. THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)      2
5. LORDS OF LIGHT (627)         0      SML (332)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 LIVING HELL (628)         10   2  0 83.3   1/ 1 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)   8  6 0
 2/ 2 RAVAGING LORDS (44)      314 282 29 52.7   2/ 2 RAVAGING LORDS (44)       5  3 1
 3/ 3 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)  202 271  7 42.7   3/ 3 SEA DOGS (630)            4  3 0
 4- 4 LORDS OF LIGHT (627)      25  34  2 42.4   4/ 4 LIVING HELL (628)         3  2 0
 5/ 5 SEA DOGS (630)            14  22  2 38.9   5- 5 LORDS OF LIGHT (627)      0  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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): ACE of CARDS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOM (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): AGATE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): UNBREAKABLE of CHRISTIAN ROCK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 617): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): EBRIA GANNET of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): JADE RING of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): DAGGERS DEEP (Kayelbe, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): DEAD POETS (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 624): ZALMAN ARVO of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
              (turn 622): SMACK O'MALLEY of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
                          CLOUDSHADOW of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): ABBIE DONN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): MONOLYTH of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     You elder fighters surely remember me.  The younger ones may call me Olaf 
Modeen.  I return to NIATOLI ISLAND once again!  What's with CRAB SMASHER?  He 
actually beat THE SEWING CIRCLE's DIRTY HOWEL, and walked away with 21 more points 
from the fight.  Laughs were big at SEA DOGS while they watched CRAB SMASHER clobber 
DIRTY HOWEL.  He lost 19 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  
Try as he might, CAGED RAT wasn't good enough at persuading ZOMBIFIED to step down 
from the Duelmaster's throne...  I suppose you want to hear some rumors and dirty 
gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  NIATOLI ISLAND thinks 
LIVING HELL and their 10-2-0 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give up...  
Management must be dealin', as the boys at LIVING HELL ain't reelin'!  LIVING HELL's 
mad!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Many a warrior has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You 
young rapscallions, take note!   
     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                  
 ZOMBIFIED 7622               10   0  0   130       LIVING HELL (628)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAGED RAT 7668               10   2  2    89       RAVAGING LORDS (44)
 CRAB SMASHER 7660             6   2  2    89       SEA DOGS (630)
 TOBY 7649                    17  10  2    85       RAVAGING LORDS (44)
 DIRTY HOWEL 7644             11  19  1    69       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARK BAIT 7652               7   2  0    65       SEA DOGS (630)
-RAPHAEL 7611                  9   3  2    58       LORDS OF LIGHT (627)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRUNKARD'S PATH 7656         11  10  1    54       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
 SPINNING STAR 7686            7   3  0    47       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
 WINDMILL WILLY 7694           3   3  1    36       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-URIEL 7610                    7   5  0    28       LORDS OF LIGHT (627)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LULU BELLE 7701               2   0  0    13       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
 EATEN ALIVE! 7624             0   1  0     7       LIVING HELL (628)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
VENOMOUS CONCUBI        0  0 0                      TOBY 7649             617  NONE
SCUM 1 7620             0  1 0 LIVING HELL 628      BLACK ORC             617  NONE
HUNGRY CAT 7681         5  3 2 RAVAGING LORDS 44    CRAB SMASHER 7660     615   
LONE STAR 7658          8  7 1 THE SEWING CIRCL 388 CAGED RAT 7668        615   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Zombiefied -- Huh, and you think you should be PROUD of that?  It isn't that unusual,
I've known lots of people who were zombiefied.  Of course, they tend to work in cubes
instead of on the sands, but what the heck. -- Dirty Howel

Toby -- Damn.  It spilled. -- Drunkard's Path

Shark Bait -- I encourage you to find a shark and bait it. -- Spinning Star

A win over a standby is still a win. -- Windmill Willy

And makes quite a good beginning to a career in the arena.  May all my opponents be
so easy. -- Lulu Belle

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SCUM 1 was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ZOMBIFIED devastated CAGED RAT in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
CRAB SMASHER handily defeated DIRTY HOWEL in a action packed 1 minute one-sided match.
TOBY butchered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SHARK BAIT demolished WINDMILL WILLY in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
DRUNKARD'S PATH vanquished CAPTURED ORC in a exciting 1 minute mismatched fight.
SPINNING STAR handily defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute uneven fight.
LULU BELLE won victory over EATEN ALIVE! in a 1 minute beginner's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   0 -  1     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   6 -  2      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  2      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   8 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK   36 -  36 -  3      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   4 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 617 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         1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  ZOMBIFIED 7622             10   0  0  130 LIVING HELL (628)
BASHING ATTACK   CRAB SMASHER 7660           6   2  2   89 SEA DOGS (630)
LUNGING ATTACK   TOBY 7649                  17  10  2   85 RAVAGING LORDS (44)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SHARK BAIT 7652             7   2  0   65 SEA DOGS (630)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TOBY 7649.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
DRUNKARD'S PATH 7656.  The ten other most popular fighters were CRAB SMASHER 7660, 
ZOMBIFIED 7622, SHARK BAIT 7652, SPINNING STAR 7686, LULU BELLE 7701, DIRTY HOWEL 
7644, TOBY 7649, EATEN ALIVE! 7624, SCUM 1 7620, and CAGED RAT 7668.

The least popular fighter this week was WINDMILL WILLY 7694.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CAGED RAT 7668, SCUM 1 7620, EATEN ALIVE! 7624, TOBY 7649, 
DIRTY HOWEL 7644, LULU BELLE 7701, SPINNING STAR 7686, SHARK BAIT 7652, ZOMBIFIED 
7622, and CRAB SMASHER 7660.