DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/12/2012    Duedate: 01/25/2012

JHANS ARENA

DM-36    TURN-648

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RHAKARAS
TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
(36-1742) [15-10-0,92]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RHAKARAS                       VENOM
TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)          SERPENTS HOLD (629)
(36-1742) [15-10-0,92]         (36-7529) [3-1-0,49]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CHESTER GRELL                  RHAKARAS
MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)            TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
(36-7472) [16-10-0,69]         (36-1742) [15-10-0,92]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DEVIATION (632)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)       24
2. MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)         20      TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
3. DEVIATION (632)              7      Unchartered Team
4. SERPENTS HOLD (629)          3
5. MIDNIGHT GREMLINS (631)      0      SERPENTS HOLD (629)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SERPENTS HOLD (629)        5   1  0 83.3   1/ 3*DEVIATION (632)           8  2 0
 2/ 2*DEVIATION (632)            8   2  0 80.0   2/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)       6  8 0
 3/ 4 TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)     63  42  1 60.0   3/ 5 TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)     5  5 0
 4- 3*MIDNIGHT GREMLINS (631)    6   4  0 60.0   4- 4*MIDNIGHT GREMLINS (631)   3  2 0
 5/ 5 MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)      222 198  8 52.9   5/ 2*SERPENTS HOLD (629)       2  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

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 692): TAI of CLUELESS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): SKIDMARK BUG of 042909A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 697): HERMOD of AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 669): BRAVE 2 of TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 693): 8 BALL of POOL PARTY (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 688): FLASHER of TACKLE BOX (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): NIKKI NAILS of TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 681): SCARFACE of THE CLUB (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): LEVEL OF MALEVOLENCE of DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): RHAKARAS of TEMPLE OF STEEL (Frenzy, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): WHAT'S A VOLKSIE? Of TEAM FLOYD (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SRV of SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): HANK of VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 276): WERE BEAR of FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 526): KOLBERT MOON of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 574): THUNDER BUG of TACKLE BOX (Buri, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 692): CLUELESS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 574): HAMOI TONG (Froot E. Bowl, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 697): AESIR (Buri, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 669): TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 693): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 688): SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 296): TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 681): THE CLUB (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 682): RYAN'S HENCHMEN (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 647): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 636): HOLMES ON THE RANGE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 629): SHREDDERS (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): VENTURE BROS. (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 276): FERAL LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 526): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 245): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 574) PUNCHILINES et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 692): JOSH of CLUELESS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 696): LOABAL DOMINATION OF STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 669): RUNNING DEER of TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 687): KAIARI of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Savory Jack, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 681): BEDDER of CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 681): BLAKSKUL of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
               (turn 680): FATHOM JUMPER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 646): IRINA JINZ of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 294): THE FALLEN ONE of DARQUE ANGELS (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 580): WHAT of QUESTIONS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 269): HARVEY of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
                          FAIRYFIRE of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 525): GILFMET IVERS of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

It was 12 years ago when I first fought here.  Back then there were long running
teams in Jhans with 600 fights and 20 kills.  They were Legendary Bastards, 5440 of
Fight, Helter Skelter and Anarkysts.  Some of the famous managers back then were Doc
Steele, Maddog, Shadowgate, Rascally Rabbit, Anarchist and Terrablood.  I guess that
is before Terrablood retired to run his website full time.  Anyway, my brother
Khavaras went off to fight in Talahya and my manager decided that Valakoth and I
could retire.  At first it was all fun.  We went to the inn every night and drank
ourselves stupid.  But the next thing we knew we were both married and had a family
full of kids to care for.  There is nothing that makes you want to fight in the arena
more than being stuck in a small house with young children in the middle of winter.
Therefore, I have come out of retirement to see if I still know how to swing a sword.
Now I want to fight someone who has some actually talent.  I tire with boring
adventurers and merchants.  Jorja, let me battle Chester Grell so that we can see who
the best warrior in Jhans truly is! -- Rhakaras, Duelmaster, Temple of Steel

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of JHANS!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team MIDDLE WAY 17 was unseated 
this week as DEVIATION moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top spot with a 4-1-0 
record for the round.  GORAN KOBLINZ caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested MEGATRON and was awarded 14 points in recognition. 
In one of the week's more notable duels, GORAN KOBLINZ put down MEGATRON, causing him 
to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing has RHAKARAS in the 
past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat 
skill yet again.  No confirmation, but my sources claim that the top team has gained 
their position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In JHANS "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  JHANS, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names 
of thy guilds is TEMPLE OF STEEL, 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 TEMPLE OF STEEL.  Indeed it was SERPENTS HOLD.  
Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that 
many fighters are after HILDRETH LAMONT.  Watch your back!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way 
he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!  
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  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 we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms 
no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RHAKARAS 1742                15  10  0    92       TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHESTER GRELL 7472           16  10  0    69       MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VALAKOTH 1540                10   6  0    55       TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
 VENOM 7529                    3   1  0    49       SERPENTS HOLD (629)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-POLECAT PONCHO 7554           4   0  0    32       MIDNIGHT GREMLINS (631)
 KILLER AWOKE B4 DAWN 7566     2   0  0    27       DEVIATION (632)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORAN KOBLINZ 7559            2   3  0    26       MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-VIPER 7544                    1   0  0    23       SERPENTS HOLD (629)
 FEELING MINNESOTA 7569        2   0  0    22       DEVIATION (632)
 20TH CENTURY FOX 7567         2   0  0    21       DEVIATION (632)
 HILDRETH LAMONT 7521          3   7  0    16       MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)
-SERPENTITO 7542               1   0  0    13       SERPENTS HOLD (629)
 VALKHAN 7570                  1   0  0    13       TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
-SANFORD'S OTHER SON 7557      2   2  0     8       MIDNIGHT GREMLINS (631)
 MYMEDLEY ISDEADLY 7565        1   1  0     7       DEVIATION (632)
 MEGATRON 7568                 1   1  0     5       DEVIATION (632)
 VALCANIS 7571                 0   1  0     2       TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
 JONZ KLEE 7574                0   1  0     1       MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)
 MANDARNO NESS 7572            0   1  0     1       MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I bid you hello.... -- Marma Duke and Deviation

The Veteran Mercenary is an old, familiar foe.  Not really a problem. -- Irina Jinz

Valakoth -- I *knew* this business of getting "managed opponents" was a mistake.
Give me standbys almost any day. -- Chester Grell
P.S.  I guess that was a good fight.

Polecat Poncho -- I hope the wind comes along and BLOWS RIGHT UP your poncho. --
Hildreth Lamont

Mymedley Isdeadly -- But only if I swallow it.  Not gonna. -- Goran Koblinz

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RHAKARAS viciously subdued RIRORNI ADVENTURER in a 4 minute master's Title fight.
CHESTER GRELL unbelievably bested VENOM in a action packed 1 minute one-sided match.
HILDRETH LAMONT was viciously subdued by 20TH CENTURY FOX in a 4 minute gory contest.
FEELING MINNESOTA narrowly defeated VALCANIS in a 4 minute amateur's match.
GORAN KOBLINZ devastated MEGATRON in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
MYMEDLEY ISDEADLY viciously subdued JONZ KLEE in a 2 minute bloody amateur's match.
KILLER AWOKE B4 DAWN overpowered MANDARNO NESS in a 1 minute uneven melee.
VALKHAN vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    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      6 -   1 -  0      86  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         AIMED BLOW        16 -   6 -  0      73  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         STRIKING ATTACK   28 -  18 -  0      61  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK     1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 648 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      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  WALL OF STEEL  
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    RHAKARAS 1742              15  10  0   92 TEMPLE OF STEEL (167)
STRIKING ATTACK  CHESTER GRELL 7472         16  10  0   69 MIDDLE WAY 17 (612)
AIMED BLOW       VENOM 7529                  3   1  0   49 SERPENTS HOLD (629)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CHESTER GRELL 7472.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was RHAKARAS 1742.  The ten other most popular fighters were MYMEDLEY ISDEADLY 
7565, 20TH CENTURY FOX 7567, VALCANIS 7571, CHESTER GRELL 7472, VENOM 7529, FEELING 
MINNESOTA 7569, KILLER AWOKE B4 DAWN 7566, GORAN KOBLINZ 7559, VALKHAN 7570, and 
HILDRETH LAMONT 7521.

The least popular fighter this week was MANDARNO NESS 7572.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JONZ KLEE 7574, MEGATRON 7568, HILDRETH LAMONT 7521, VALKHAN 
7570, GORAN KOBLINZ 7559, KILLER AWOKE B4 DAWN 7566, FEELING MINNESOTA 7569, VENOM 
7529, CHESTER GRELL 7472, and VALCANIS 7571.

                              "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-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
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!