DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/05/2012    Duedate: 01/18/2012

NIATOLI ISLAND ARENA

DM-33    TURN-668

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SALORIMA TIRANSITH
THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
(33-7794) [12-5-0,71]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SALORIMA TIRANSITH             POSITION IS EMPTY
THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)        
(33-7794) [12-5-0,71]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SALORIMA TIRANSITH             SLAYBAGEL
THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)        BAD BREAD (95)
(33-7794) [12-5-0,71]          (33-7105) [6-2-0,54]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HEROES (633)                 2
2. SEA DOGS (630)               0      HEROES (633)
3. THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)     -1      Unchartered Team
4. BAD BREAD (95)             -13
                                       DARQUE FORCES (507)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 HEROES (633)              72  51  1 58.5   1/ 2 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)   6  9 0
 2- 2 SEA DOGS (630)            80  59  3 57.6   2- 1 SEA DOGS (630)            4  1 0
 3/ 3 BAD BREAD (95)           195 218 20 47.2   3/ 3 BAD BREAD (95)            4  2 0
 4/ 4 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)  312 386 12 44.7   4/ 4 HEROES (633)              1  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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): GEMMA of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): GANDALF of IN MIDDLE EARTH (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): GORBLE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): LORD FIREFLASH of LUROCIANS II (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): DARIUS of OPEN HAND (Bahram, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
                              SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                              GARNO TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
NIATOLI ISLAND brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, SEA DOGS, since 
THE SEWING CIRCLE took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see SLAYBAGEL win a fight and gain 7 points, 
terribly.  Tsk, tsk, DANGEROUS CRIMINAL beat HASSIMOR SHOMUR and HASSIMOR SHOMUR lost 
9 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  Going for broke or broken, our Duelmaster 
ARENAMASTER KAGHAL Dark Arena Challenged this turn.  The crowds were amazed this 
turn, as ARENAMASTER KAGHAL killed the Duelmaster, DARK DUMPLING, leaving BAD BREAD 
in mourning.  This incredible death has allowed, I might add, SALORIMA TIRANSITH from 
THE SEWING CIRCLE to ascend to the throne of Duelmaster, and I hear DARK ARENA is not 
happy.  I'm not in a very good mood today, but why am I telling you this?  You want 
to know what's new, don't you, NIATOLI ISLAND?   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Honor is like a chainmail shirt, it only shines 
through use.  Certain nameless cowards will doubtless rebuke me on this one.   
     What does the NIATOLI ISLAND arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  I see the crowds are getting restless, I 
must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SALORIMA TIRANSITH 7794      12   5  0    71       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TOMB SCONE 5585              16   5  0   103       BAD BREAD (95)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SALMON POACHER 7722           8   3  0    90       SEA DOGS (630)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHELLBACK 7769                6   0  0    61       SEA DOGS (630)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SLAYBAGEL 7105                6   2  0    54       BAD BREAD (95)
 HASSIMOR SHOMUR 7796          7  10  1    39       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
 KARINIRINA 7810               5   2  1    36       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WHEELHOUSE 7776               2   0  0    32       SEA DOGS (630)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAVELSHAN KETHAL 7795         7  10  0    31       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KURELLEU ZIEN 7800            5   6  0    21       THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DARK DUMPLING 4949     22 19 1 BAD BREAD 95         ARENAMASTER KAGH      668  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We congratulate Dark Dumpling and Vin Diesel and will be glad to throw them a going
away party. -- the Sewing Circle

Slaybagel -- I suppose that makes sense.  They tell me that you bagels are hard
boiled.  Or at least boiled. -- Tavelshan Kethal

Salmon Poacher -- At least let me have some pickles with that. -- Salorima Tiransith

Shellback -- False advertising. -- Karinirina

An Ambitious Guard down, and a Dangerous Criminal up.  Not great, but I guess we'll
live with it. -- Hassimor Shomur and Kurelleu Zien

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DARK DUMPLING was butchered by ARENAMASTER KAGHAL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
VIN DIESEL savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute gory one-sided melee.
SALORIMA TIRANSITH vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute Title brawl.
HASSIMOR SHOMUR was overpowered by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
SLAYBAGEL devastated TAVELSHAN KETHAL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
KARINIRINA devastated OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
KURELLEU ZIEN was handily defeated by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW        10 -   5 -  1      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  26 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 668 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     STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  3         6  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0     
                              LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1     
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    SALORIMA TIRANSITH 7794    12   5  0   71 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
STRIKING ATTACK  SLAYBAGEL 7105              6   2  0   54 BAD BREAD (95)
AIMED BLOW       KARINIRINA 7810             5   2  1   36 THE SEWING CIRCLE (388)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SALORIMA TIRANSITH 7794.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was SLAYBAGEL 7105.  The ten other most popular fighters were SALORIMA 
TIRANSITH 7794, KARINIRINA 7810, HASSIMOR SHOMUR 7796, TAVELSHAN KETHAL 7795, 
KURELLEU ZIEN 7800,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was KURELLEU ZIEN 7800.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were TAVELSHAN KETHAL 7795, HASSIMOR SHOMUR 7796, KARINIRINA 7810, 
SALORIMA TIRANSITH 7794, SLAYBAGEL 7105,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

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

DARK DUMPLING (33-4949) BAD BREAD (95)
VIN DIESEL (33-7726) HEROES (633)

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!