DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/05/2014    Duedate: 11/18/2014

MURSKA ARENA

DM-35    TURN-734

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DANNY BOY
FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
(35-4424) [27-12-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DANNY BOY                      POSITION IS EMPTY
FOOT OF PRIDE (396)            
(35-4424) [27-12-0,111]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

OISIN                          FREAKAZOID
CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)         HERO ALLIANCE (198)
(35-4439) [18-24-0,93]         (35-2784) [12-5-1,85]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FOOT OF PRIDE (396)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HERO ALLIANCE (198)         39
2. FOOT OF PRIDE (396)         22      HOUSE JHEREG (42)
3. HOUSE JHEREG (42)            7      Unchartered Team
4. CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)       2
                                       CLAN RIU (223)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 HOUSE JHEREG (42)        363 248 28 59.4   1/ 2 FOOT OF PRIDE (396)       9  4 0
 2/ 0 HERO ALLIANCE (198)      185 127 15 59.3   2/ 1 HOUSE JHEREG (42)         6  3 0
 3/ 3 FOOT OF PRIDE (396)      102  81  8 55.7   3/ 3 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)    5  9 1
 4/ 4 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)   %1069 %1362 34 44.0   4/ 0 HERO ALLIANCE (198)       3  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

     Kathana stepped out onto the porch and paused to get a sense of the city.
Looking around, she gauged the passersby and otherwise breathed in the mood.  She
checked the time, walked down the porch steps and sauntered off in the direction of
the Foot of Pride Guildhouse, knowing she had plenty of time to get there.  A wine
might be in order to help her gather her nerves.
     She had a problem, besides the obvious.  The team had begun to right the ship,
as it were, winning some close contests in the arena; however, House Jhereg was still
out of business.  They had been gone over twenty years and, sadly, the "exotic"
trades had not sat idly by, awaiting their return.  Her path took her by established
businesses she remembered owning a piece of in the past as well as shop fronts she
would bet her favorite longsword concealed some illegitimate business behind the
external facade.  She wasn't sure how she knew, but, much as you suspected someone
who had done 'work', there were signs if you looked in the right places, often for
what was missing as much as what was present.
     Here, the Sulchin 'Hotel' sat on the corner of Twovine and Sulchar--the former's
namesake, Sulchin, being the slightly less successful, though prosperous, founder of
the hotel and the twin brother of the latter, Sulchar, a city dignitary--with its
doors thrown open and a good mix of passersby going in and out.  Despite it being a
hotel, one never seemed to be able to get an overnight room.  This, of course, was
owing to the fact that the rooms were generally paid for hourly by the clientele of
the brothel contained within the building.  The doors being open, one could rest
assured the city guard had been paid and that no one seeking company within would be
unceremoniously hauled without and arrested in the street proper.
     House Jhereg had once held an interest in that hotel.  As well as a number of
other businesses in this area.
     Shanky's was further along Twovine and had a whole wall full of dusty bottles of
wine, many of them cabernet.  Kathana stepped down three steps, entered and wound her
way to the long wooden bar that lined the right side of the room.  A few long tables,
as well as a couple quads and deuces, defined the room.  The fireplace, currently
roasting a group of sausages as well as what looked like goose, sat opposite the bar
and was sporting a nice blaze of seasoned oak, the heat a welcome addition this late
in the fall.
     She settled onto an open barstool and grinned at the barkeep, who looked a
question at her.
     "Do you have Chanticleer?" she asked, resting her elbows on the bar and looking
meaningfully at the wall behind him.
     The barkeep frowned and drew what appeared to be a practiced breath.  "My dear
woman, I would need you to be at once more discerning and specific as this house is
blessed with several varietals, including the 256 through 259 cabernet, the 257
through 264 merlot, the--"
     "My apologies, Goodman.  Can you recommend a Chanticleer red for my obviously
unsophisticated palette?"
     He looked at her to see if, perhaps, she was mocking him.  She held his gaze
with a friendly grin and raised set of eyebrows.  His discerning eyes took in not
only the cut of her clothes but also the sword at her belt and the purse at her hip.
     "Good madam," he replied, "I would suggest a Chanticleer blend.  Shanky's is the
only place in Murksa that...."  The Goodman droned on for quite some time praising
the vineyard, the bar and his good taste in selecting the particular vintage until,
after a sufficient period of time to allow him his wind, as it were, she agreed with
a curt nod.
     She sat, sipped and practiced silent soliloquy, considering her meeting with
Howling Wolf.  The wine was good and, as best as she could tell, there was a hole in
her glass.  She still had some time, so she gestured over to the barkeep who, as luck
would have it, was already approaching with the bottle.  With a practiced flair, he
drew a handheld contraption and poured the wine through it, where it gushed frothy
into her glass below.  He then reached for a second glass, set it in front of her and
filled it just as effectively as he had the first.
     "Thank you, Goodman," she said, "but I have neither time nor coordination for
two glasses at once."
     He studied her for a moment.  "You are expected and welcomed to join someone in
the second back room on the left as you pass through the curtain," he said, nodding
towards the back.  "He had suggested a glass of his own would not be unwelcome."
     Well, shit.
     With a confidence she displayed if didn't feel, she took both glasses and
wandered down the long table.  She needn't have bothered, all of the patrons were
carefully ignoring her.  She strode to the curtain that hung in the back and passed
through it.  The first door down the hallway on the left was open and the room was
thick with shadows that merrily played with the candles on the table in the room.
The second door, which sat past the stairs leading to the second story, was closed
but opened as she approached it.  Pausing at the door, she perceived that, with two
glasses of wine, she would be delayed in bringing any arguments to bear should they
be required.  With a mental shrug, she passed within and glanced over the candles to
the man that sat at the table beyond them.
     The figure, whose hands rested easily on the table, wore a cowl which
effectively hid his features.  There was something familiar about the build but she
couldn't place it.  Frowning, she set the wine down and put her hands on her hips,
which was as close as she wanted to come to drawing without additional provocation.
     "Well?" she said.  "You pretend you have some business with me?"
     The figure threw back his hood and stood.  Her eyes widened involuntarily before
a hand from behind was clamped over her mouth and another secured her wrists.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of MURSKA.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  HOUSE JHEREG?  Who?  
FOOT OF PRIDE is the top team these days, buddies!  HERO ALLIANCE had cause to 
celebrate, after NICHOLAS got 13 points by beating MORDANT DESERTER.  Win some, lose 
some.  Speaking of which, TURNING BACK was winsome, after beating LOFTIS and seeing 
it lose 5 points.  Those who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by 
FREAKAZOID, of HERO ALLIANCE, who despite a 12-5-1 couldn't overcome MURSKA's Number 
1.  Word has it one team in MURSKA is using psychics to predict wins.  They lead a 
charmed life!   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like the noble eagle soaring amongst the 
mountaintops, so stand the warriors of BLACK COLOSSUS, alone and unchallenged.  As a 
woman of good breeding scorns the "warriors" of HOUSE JHEREG, so did that sorry team 
shy from BLACK COLOSSUS OISIN found himself challenged by a warrior 22 below:  
KATHANA.  KATHANA of HOUSE JHEREG kept hers wits as she was defeated by OISIN.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not for whom the 
sword slashes; it slashes for thee.   
     All good things must come to an end.  More important duties call me.  Can 
anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for MURSKA?  On that giddy 
note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DANNY BOY 4424               27  12  0   111       FOOT OF PRIDE (396)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A MAN 4521                   12   4  1   102       FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
 OISIN 4439                   18  24  0    93       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FIXED DRINK 4529             12   2  0    90       FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
 FREAKAZOID 2784              12   5  1    85       HERO ALLIANCE (198)
 STASIS 2392                  18  20  1    79       HERO ALLIANCE (198)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PALUG 4509                   11  10  1    63       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 TURNING BACK 4548            11   2  0    61       FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
 KATHANA 3553                  7   4  1    61       HOUSE JHEREG (42)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHALER 4572                   6   2  0    42       HOUSE JHEREG (42)
 VILMOS 4579                   4   0  0    40       HOUSE JHEREG (42)
 LOFTIS 4571                   2   3  0    38       HOUSE JHEREG (42)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PELIGRO 2846                  4   1  0    32       HERO ALLIANCE (198)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PADRIAG 4556                  4   9  1    22       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LITTLE TOMMY 4566             5   5  0    20       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 DIRK 2852                     3   1  1    20       HERO ALLIANCE (198)
 NICHOLAS 2994                 1   0  0    13       HERO ALLIANCE (198)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FUNERAL 4576            1  1 1 FOOT OF PRIDE 396    KATHANA 3553          731   
BELLY 4573              1  3 0 HOUSE JHEREG 42      FUNERAL 4576          730  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Turning Back -- Got a little ahead of myself there, what with Kathana's recent
success.  Thanks for the learns! -- Chaler

Tommy -- I'm really good at whack-a-mole.  Not sure what I'll do with those learns,
though. -- Vilmos

Colleen -- Grats on the graduation! -- House Jhereg

Jorja -- It seems like the three of us would be better off teaming up, was my
thought.  A concerted effort to rid Murska of beggars, guards, dwarves, merchants,
etc. rather than fight each other time and again.  Perhaps new blood will come
around. -- Vlad

Hero Alliance -- Welcome! -- Vlad

Chaler -- Or any other, most likely. -- Little Tommy

Loftis -- An old tale:  Someone threw a kitten in a bag into the sea.  Others drew it
out, found it too fierce, and threw it back.  Only Palug kept it and raised it with
his sons, so it was loyal to him and hostile to all others. -- Palug
P.S.  It wasn't me, I don't think, but probably an ancestor.

Two-three-one, with wins over standbys.  We'd probably say more, but the tourney spy
report presses on the Hands. -- Colleen

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KATHANA was devastated by OISIN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
LOFTIS was vanquished by TURNING BACK in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
DANNY BOY subdued FREAKAZOID in a crowd pleasing 2 minute bloody uneven Title fight.
A MAN overpowered STASIS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
FIXED DRINK devastated PALUG in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven brawl.
VILMOS overpowered LITTLE TOMMY in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
PELIGRO overcame PADRIAG in a 1 minute gruesome beginner vs. expert upset melee.
CHALER savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 7 minute gruesome duel.
DIRK defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a action packed 1 minute novice's fight.
NICHOLAS overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         TOTAL PARRY       15 -   3 -  0      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  17 -  3      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  16 -  0      36  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 734 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      DANNY BOY 4424             27  12  0  111 FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
BASHING ATTACK   A MAN 4521                 12   4  1  102 FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
LUNGING ATTACK   FIXED DRINK 4529           12   2  0   90 FOOT OF PRIDE (396)
STRIKING ATTACK  PALUG 4509                 11  10  1   63 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is OISIN 4439.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
FREAKAZOID 2784.  The ten other most popular fighters were FIXED DRINK 4529, DIRK 
2852, PELIGRO 2846, OISIN 4439, TURNING BACK 4548, A MAN 4521, NICHOLAS 2994, LOFTIS 
4571, DANNY BOY 4424, and VILMOS 4579.

The least popular fighter this week was PADRIAG 4556.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were PALUG 4509, STASIS 2392, KATHANA 3553, CHALER 4572, LITTLE TOMMY 4566, 
VILMOS 4579, DANNY BOY 4424, LOFTIS 4571, NICHOLAS 2994, and A MAN 4521.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY LIII

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TOM THUMB 3791 (143-65-1)              1  4  0         THE BEARS            
NO FEAR 3069 (106-75-1)                0  5  0         THE BEARS            

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
GOSSAMER 3656 (83-58-1)                8  3  0         MMM BEER             

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NOREASTER 3896 (87-38-2)               3  3  0         DIRT DEVILS          
BEAR FOOT 3716 (66-42-2)               1  3  0         THE BEARS            

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FURIOUS FROGPALER 4309 (26-15-0)       7  3  0         BATTLE FROGS         

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TORTURE 4368 (8-4-0)                   2  3  0         LEGIONS OF HELL      

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
URCHIN 4338 (14-6-0)                   6  3  0  DEAD   SEA DOGS             
MAYNARD 3236 (11-3-1)                  2  3  0         NERDS                

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THE CHROME HORSE 3967 (7-1-0)          2  3  0         VAR'S FAV BARS       

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LONGSHOREMAN 4523 (1-0-0)              6  3  2         SEA DOGS             
PICAROON 4515 (0-0-0)                  1  3  0         SEA DOGS             

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BERP 4559 (0-0-0)                      6  3  0         DERP!                
EXECUTUS 4537 (0-0-0)                  6  3  1         BLACK COLOSSUS       
THE UNION STATION 4546 (0-0-0)         5  3  0         VAR'S FAV BARS       
THE BLUE TOAD 4544 (0-0-0)             1  3  0         VAR'S FAV BARS       
FOREST GIANT 4550 (0-0-0)              0  3  0         GIANTS & GOLEMS