DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/09/2012    Duedate: 08/22/2012

CLIFFHOME ARENA

DM-38    TURN-652

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BASKERVILLE PIG
HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)
(38-4884) [20-28-0,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BASKERVILLE PIG                SURFIN' COW
HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)      BUCKY FELLINI (442)
(38-4884) [20-28-0,106]        (38-4976) [4-0-0,54]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BASKERVILLE PIG                BASKERVILLE PIG
HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)      HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)
(38-4884) [20-28-0,106]        (38-4884) [20-28-0,106]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

JINDA-BAN (198)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BUCKY FELLINI (442)         50
2. HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)    3HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)
3. JINDA-BAN (198)             -4      Unchartered Team
4. SMART WOMEN (447)          -16
                                       BUCKY FELLINI (442)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*BUCKY FELLINI (442)       12   9  0 57.1   1/ 1 JINDA-BAN (198)          10  5 0
 2/ 1 HOLMES ON THE RANG (433) 105  95  0 52.5   2/ 0*BUCKY FELLINI (442)       4  1 0
 3/ 2 JINDA-BAN (198)          714 912 20 43.9   3/ 2 HOLMES ON THE RANG (433)  2  1 0
 4/ 3*SMART WOMEN (447)          2   6  0 25.0   4/ 3*SMART WOMEN (447)         2  6 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                        6 Months Ago -- The Eastern Deserts

     The battlefield was shrouded in darkness, save for the torches carried by a
number of the soldiers and several magical orbs of light, which circled above lazily
at the command of the wizards.  The engagement had been a short one, as three huge,
lumbering Phase Dragons burst from the nearby caverns and ran straight into the fully
prepared army.  The archers took a savage toll on the beasts before the elite
gladiators charged in to finish the fray.  As the soldiers cleared the massive bodies
from the cavern mouth a small group of hooded men gathered a short distance away.
     "There is no question about it.  These are creatures from the Kaikwok Gate."
said Rillion, thoughtfully stroking his short beard. "I just don't understand how
they are accessing our world again despite the gate being completely sealed."
     Alongside the mage, the manager known as The Greek Guy sharpened a gleaming
battle axe.  "The Dark One said something about a rift or tear.  I'm not really up on
Gate Metaphysics, Rill.  All I know is they're here and they shouldn't be."
     "Managerr said they wouldn't be gone long." Added Rascally Rabbit, looking far
more sinister than his manager name implied, "and that we needed to hold this area
until they got back.  So that's what we need to do."
     One of the scouts shouted a brief warning and the soldiers assumed battle
formation once more.  The three arena managers stepped back behind a shield thrown up
by Rillion and prepared for a second engagement.  Within a moment, a snarling wave of
Jaguar warriors erupted from the cavern, pouring out toward the soldiers.
     The Greek Guy took the point and motioned to the troops.  "Move to engage!  Form
up!  Initiate Shield Wall!  Archers, volley fire!"
     A cloud of enchanted arrows hissed into the night, and then descended to shower
death upon the charging Jaguar warriors.  Scores of the beast men went down under the
fire but it was just a small fraction of their overall numbers.  Within a moment the
first ranks of the jaguars leapt upon the prepared troops, tearing and rending with
their razor sharp talons and fangs.  Despite the massive numbers, the shield wall
held, and the gate beasts seemed to be taking the worst of the exchange.  After a
moment, however, the Jaguar Warriors found some holes in the ranks and burst through,
creating havoc amongst the defenders.
     "Second line-- advance!  First line-- fall back!"
     The first defensive line fell back in an organized retreat, while a second wave
of defenders moved up.  Within a moment, they formed up to from a second defensive
line, while those formerly in the front line moved back to regroup.  At the same
time, another wave of arrows showered from the sky and cut down the confused Jaguar
Warriors.
     "We learned a lot from the first Gate incursion." Rillion commented to RR.  "The
Jaguar Warriors can be a terror one on one, but they don't fight well in organized
battles.  Those enchanted arrows help a lot, too.  One shot, one kill."
     Despite the confident words, the Jaguars were inflicting a savage toll on the
soldiers.  It was true, that the majority of the troops were gladiators and former
gladiators who were now protected by immortality magic, but still if they were
consumed by the Gate monsters, there would be no return.  As the battle raged, it
became clear that there were too many Jaguar warriors for the small army to defeat.
Rillion flicked his staff and sent a fireball into the Jaguar's flank.  It erupted
into a flaming explosion of heat and pressure, sending scores of the beast men
flying.  As he did so, the Rabbit gathered a nearby troop and rushed to cut off a
Jaguar offensive.
     The Greek Guy motioned for the trumpeters to sound the retreat.  "Back up the
hill!  Form defensive units.  Skirmishers forward to slow the advance."
     "This is not going well." Rillion commented as he blasted away a row of Jaguars
with a bolt of lightning.
     As he prepared a second bolt, he noticed a large vortex opening nearby.  A
travelling Gate was being opened.  Which meant either more Jaguars, or...?
     A second small army of heavily armored gladiator-soldiers appeared.  At their 
head rode Managerr, on a white stallion, and the Dark One, on his black gelding.
They motioned and their warriors charged into the Jaguar Warriors flank.  The numbers
now more even, the first army charged down the hill.  Within minutes the Jaguar
forces were destroyed.  Only a handful survived to flee back into the cavern.
     "Good timing."  Rascally Rabbit chuckled, his eyebrow arched, "You couldn't have
arrived just a touch sooner?"
     "It took us a while to scout out the ruins of our old training grounds on the
other side of the Kaikwok Gate." Managerr responded, "We stopped by to gather the
second division, as we thought we might need the manpower.  Apparently we were right.
The other side of the old Gate is completely empty.  They are all gone."
     "Gone?  There were millions of beings on that world.  You're telling me that
they're all gone?"
     The Dark One waved his staff and a vision of the Kaikwok Gate world appeared.
It was decimated.  Forests burned and blasted, temples shattered, riverbeds and lakes
dried up and shriveled.  "As he said.  All gone.  We detected residual magic.  Gate
magic.  I am not certain if it was left from an invader that came, exterminated that
world and enslaved what was left of the population or possibly the denizens of that
world developed Gate travel on its own and departed a dying world.  We have no way of
knowing which is the case."
     The Greek Guy received a message from one of the army runners, read it quickly
and motioned to his fellows.  "The engineers are ready."
     He motioned to a figure high up on the cliffside above the cave.  In a moment, a
thunderous explosion shook the ground.  Instantly a shower of boulders, shards of
stone and dirt rained down, burying the cavern opening under half the mountainside.
     Rillion nodded.  "That will do for this Gate access, but I expect there will be
more."

           Three Months Ago -- The Dark Citadel -- Isle of of the Eye

     The Brotherhood of the Blade sat around the titanic obsidian table where they
often planned and plotted together.  This occasion was more serious, however, than
their usual debates over gladiatorial tactics and battle plans.  They were instead
embroiled in a lengthy discourse regarding the ongoing Gate incursions that had been
detected.
     "Sheila and her mage council can't figure out how to stop it." Managerr noted.
     "Sheila?"  The Greek Guy chuckled, "First name basis now, are we?"
     Managerr smirked at him.  "They can close the Gate opening when they find it,
but then another one opens somewhere else within a few days.  At some point they are
going to get access in a remote area and we won't find it in time.  If they can move
in a large force, it will be next to impossible to beat them back and close the
access.  It will be a mess."
     "And we still have no idea who is behind this and what's going on." Rillion
added.
     "What we do know is that we don't have enough days in the week to keep running
around closing gates and fighting battles.  We're shorthanded.  Zalgor's missing in
action and Caesar is off-world fighting wars of his own.  Without their forces it's
even worse."  Rascally Rabbit shuffled through his roster.  "I've lost 15% of my
personal troops and I know you all have suffered losses as well."
     Managerr agreed.  "We're definitely short on members.  Mad Max and Tig Toad are
retired.  With Zalgor inactive and Caesar battling Picts or whatnot, we are at five
members.  Just barely enough in normal times and way short in these times."
     "We need to recruit some new members." The Greek Guy stated.  "We have a
tournament coming up and can talk to some managers there.  We need to find those who
are like-minded and who would get along with the rest of us, which is not always
easy."
     "Agreed." said the Dark One from beneath his cowl, "We can then announce our new
members.  We need more men and more troops.  I think we all have some candidates in
mind.  First, they must have no other allegiances.  Second, they must have the
martial knowledge we expect from our members.  And, the Greek Guy mentioned, they
have to be able to deal with us."

                        Present Day -- the Isle of the Eye
     One of the arena scribes rushed into the GC headquarters.  "We need 100 runners
to travel to every city in the land.  We're being paid 1,000 gold sovereigns to get
the news out!"
     "What news?"
     "The Brotherhood of the Blade is expanding!!  Here is the announcement!"
              *****                   *****                   *****
     Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The Brotherhood of the Blade has chosen to add the following
new members to our ranks.  Effective immediately, the following managers have been
offered and have accepted membership to the Brotherhood:
     Bubbaganoosh
     Grimm
     Khisanth

May their successes be great and their victories many under our banner!

     Officially -- Managerr -- Grand High Moose of the Brotrotherhood of the Blade

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 707): RANDOM MANIAC of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 589): POLISH CAVALRY of MISNOMERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 712): PERCIATELLI of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 684): KID KOALA of COLLEGE RADIO #4 (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 708): JUST LOSIN of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 703): SWEET FREDDY of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 711): SAW HORSE of TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 696): SKYHAWK of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 697): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 696): CRIXUS of BLOOD AND SAND (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 662): SIDEWINDER of SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 651): BASKERVILLE PIG of HOLMES ON THE RANGE (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 301): UDARN VOYL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 644): WHERETHEHECKISTAN of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 595): MANNY LEHMAN of PANSY DIVISION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 283): TONG PAK FU of ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 276): APPLESEED of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 541): INFERNO of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 252): FILING FEE of BASH BROS LAWYERS (Assurnasirbanipal)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 589): SMELL CAREFULLY of STREET PIZZA (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 707): LOW ROAD 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 589): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 712): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 684): SAVAGE HORDE (Hawk, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 708): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 703): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 711): TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 696): FEARSOME FIVESOME (?, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 697): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 696): THE BLUES (Buri, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 662): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 651): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 301): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 644): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 595): PANSY DIVISION (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 283): ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 276): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 541): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 252): BASH BROS CANDY (Asssurnasirbanipal, mgr>)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 589) PUNCHLINES et al (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 706): NAEGLING of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                            WHISKEY of BOOZE (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 683): VAR-KHAN of SAVAGE HORDE (Hawk, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 708): JUST LOSIN of THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 711): DEBBY of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 696): RAZE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 300): ASQUITH of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 643): SOCKLESS CRITIC of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 541): INFERNO of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Practice pays for SPIT UP, who pummelled SARAH PALIN, to pocket 19 
points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, THE PIT was winsome, after beating 
MARTHA STEWART and seeing her lose 12 points.  LOGRANAL MAUR found out that CLIFFHOME 
isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  So who's the 
team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR 
stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  If challenges were horses, MUSTANG TOM could 
open up a fast food joint!   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
Questions are being raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A 
certain tavern in CLIFFHOME would I avoid!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  More important duties call me.  Like a mixed 
metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid CLIFFHOME farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BASKERVILLE PIG 4884         20  28  0   106       HOLMES ON THE RANGE (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOGRANAL MAUR 4954           19  14  2    79       JINDA-BAN (198)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NORVANDARRO KREN 5032         6   0  0    58       JINDA-BAN (198)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KORGENDAL FARS 5020           8   2  0    55       JINDA-BAN (198)
 SURFIN' COW 4976              4   0  0    54       BUCKY FELLINI (442)
 INSTANT CLUB HIT 4980         4   0  0    41       BUCKY FELLINI (442)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NILISMARIN SALM 4991          6  10  0    30       JINDA-BAN (198)
 THE PIT 5012                  2   0  0    29       BUCKY FELLINI (442)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPIT UP 5031                  1   0  0    19       BUCKY FELLINI (442)
 MUSTANG TOM 5035              3   1  0    17       JINDA-BAN (198)
 MARTHA STEWART 5044           1   1  0     8       SMART WOMEN (447)
 SARAH PALIN 5047              1   1  0     4       SMART WOMEN (447)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ROCKETSHIP 4978         1  5 0 BUCKY FELLINI 442    WURM KIN              652  NONE
CONDI RICE 5045         0  2 0 SMART WOMEN 447      STONE GOLEM           652  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Baskerville Pig -- Drat.  I was hoping for roast pig. -- Logranal Maur

Three wins against standbys, that's good.  We like that. -- Korgendal Fars,
Norvandarro Kren, and Nilismarin Salm

Condi Rice -- A *really* smart woman would have surrendered in the first minute. --
Mustang Tom

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ROCKETSHIP was butchered by WURM KIN in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
CONDI RICE was killed by STONE GOLEM in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
BASKERVILLE PIG defeated LOGRANAL MAUR in a 1 minute master's Title duel.
NILISMARIN SALM was devastated by SURFIN' COW in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
KORGENDAL FARS subdued THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute bloody competition.
NORVANDARRO KREN vanquished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
INSTANT CLUB HIT overpowered MUSTANG TOM in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
THE PIT overpowered MARTHA STEWART in a 1 minute uneven melee.
SARAH PALIN was vanquished by SPIT UP 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|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         WALL OF STEEL     16 -   9 -  1      64  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK     8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW        20 -  23 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   4 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 652 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  LOGRANAL MAUR 4954         19  14  2   79 JINDA-BAN (198)
WALL OF STEEL    NORVANDARRO KREN 5032       6   0  0   58 JINDA-BAN (198)
AIMED BLOW       KORGENDAL FARS 5020         8   2  0   55 JINDA-BAN (198)
STRIKING ATTACK  INSTANT CLUB HIT 4980       4   0  0   41 BUCKY FELLINI (442)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BASKERVILLE PIG 4884.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CONDI RICE 5045.  The ten other most popular fighters were BASKERVILLE PIG 
4884, SPIT UP 5031, SURFIN' COW 4976, KORGENDAL FARS 5020, NORVANDARRO KREN 5032, 
INSTANT CLUB HIT 4980, THE PIT 5012, ROCKETSHIP 4978, LOGRANAL MAUR 4954, and 
NILISMARIN SALM 4991.

The least popular fighter this week was SARAH PALIN 5047.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were MARTHA STEWART 5044, MUSTANG TOM 5035, NILISMARIN SALM 4991, 
LOGRANAL MAUR 4954, ROCKETSHIP 4978, THE PIT 5012, INSTANT CLUB HIT 4980, NORVANDARRO 
KREN 5032, KORGENDAL FARS 5020, and SURFIN' COW 4976.