DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/11/2003    Duedate: 11/07/2003

XOCHITHLAN ARENA

DM-39    TURN-187

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

B.A. TURRY
CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
(39-3383) [14-11-1,110]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

B.A. TURRY                     SKULK
CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)         CHEAP SHOTS (426)
(39-3383) [14-11-1,110]        (39-3603) [2-0-0,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MYRON NAGEL                    OUTLAW STAR
THE MIDDLE WAY (385)           DARQUE ANGELS (402)
(39-3316) [23-16-0,108]        (39-3550) [7-3-0,64]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CHEAP SHOTS (426)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)       33
2. FIVE FELINES (190)          22      CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
3. WITLESS WONDERS (419)       21      Unchartered Team
4. CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)      20
5. CHEAP SHOTS (426)           12      CHEAP SHOTS (426)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*CHEAP SHOTS (426)          9   1  0 90.0   1/ 5*CHEAP SHOTS (426)         9  1 0
 2/ 2 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)   123  68  7 64.4   2/ 1 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      9  6 0
 3/ 3 DARQUE ANGELS (402)       40  31  4 56.3   3/ 2 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)    7  7 1
 4- 4 OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)     130 102  6 56.0   4/ 3 WITLESS WONDERS (419)     6  3 1
 5/ 6 WITLESS WONDERS (419)     29  24  1 54.7   5/ 6 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)     6  7 0
 6/ 5 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)    113  94  9 54.6   6/ 4 DARQUE ANGELS (402)       4  6 0
 7/ 7 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     120 129  5 48.2   7- 7 OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)      3  5 0
 8/ 0*FIVE FELINES (190)        13  22  1 37.1   8/ 0*FIVE FELINES (190)        0  5 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[ The Middle Way ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     "Egan, you can't leave!"  Gabria Hand snatched a folded shirt out of Egan's
traveling bag and shoved it back into a drawer.
     He moved the satchel out of her reach.  "Why would I want to stay here?"
     "To help me keep a lid on Myron and Ulrik.  They just keep getting worse and
worse--"
     "Send 'em to the Dark Arena, then.  But I didn't know you cared about the team
record that much," Egan said.
     "What?  The RECORD?  Of course I don't care about that!  Well, not much, anyway.
It would be good if we could break even here, pay all the bills and not have to live
on credit so much.  I hate that."
     "Yeah, well, so do I.  That's why I want to leave," the new Lord Protector
retorted.  "I don't like having to look over my shoulder half the time, wondering if
some loan shark will be sending his knee-breakers after us."
     "They wouldn't do that...would they?  If someone gets hurt so bad they can't
fight, there'd be NO way to pay them off, after all."
     "Like hell there wouldn't," Egan growled.  "There's sharks around here that
would just LOVE to get their hands on a slave gladiator.  Which is what anyone would
be who got too deeply into debt."
     "But--"
     "They'd throw fights so far you'd need a pack of hounds to find 'em."  Seeing
his friend's blank look, Egan explained, "They want to throw fights and bet on sure
things.  But for that, they need gladiators who are absolutely in their power."
After a moment's pause for thought, he added, "Or a really crooked manager...."
     Gabria frowned.  "I don't believe there are any managers here that would do
that.  Or let it be done against them, for that matter.  So--"
     "Probably not, even if we have got a Criminal Element and a bunch of Darque
warriors in the arena here.  But on an individual basis, I think it might be
happening."
     "Surely the managers wouldn't allow--"
     "Surely a gladiator that got into a deep bind for cash wouldn't TELL his...or
her manager!"  Egan was silent for a moment, then said, "You might want to talk to
Sela."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "I can't!  I can't do that," Sela protested.  She always felt like a moth on a
pin when she had to come here.  She stood in a cone of light in the middle, at least
she thought it was the middle, of a dark room.  She had never seen the man she talked
to.  Sometimes she thought it might be a different man at different times, but his,
or their, voices were oddly distorted.
     "You know that we will not tolerate disobedience," the man said.  His voice was
calm, and very, very cold.
     She knew.  "It isn't that," she protested.  "Sure, I can lose so you can bet on
the other warrior.  But winning isn't something I can turn on and off.  Losing is
easy.  I don't know if I have the skill to win."
     "Here is something that will help," the man said.  A packet landed at her feet.
"The root must be chewed.  Do so half an hour before the fight, and leave the rest to
us."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly XOCHITHLAN games.  Former top team THE MIDDLE WAY was 
unseated this week as CHEAP SHOTS moved up from 5th ranking to take the top spot with 
a 4-1-0 record for the round.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the 
corner!  Witness how this week CHEAP SHOTS went 4-1-0 to move up 4 in the rankings.  
DAMOK caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested 
ULRIK VORN and was awarded 18 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more 
notable duels, DAMOK put down ULRIK VORN, causing him to lose 15 points of 
recognition in the process.  Although ANGELOST made a valiant effort, it did not 
suffice to topple the reign of victorious B.A. TURRY.  Informants "close" to the city 
champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  
Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  My inside sources tell me that the 
team to beat in XOCHITHLAN these days is CRIMINAL ELEMENT.  At least, most blades in 
town are looking to avoid them.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been 
hard pressed to find any of CHEAP SHOTS last week.  Busy avoiding CRIMINAL ELEMENT?  
Mighty fighters cannot but expect competition from those below.  ZOOLANDER take 
warning!  You have more than a few enemies in XOCHITHLAN.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  The warrior's path is harsh.  For 
mediocrity there is but one reward--death.  This past week WALLEN YO, at 5-6-0, 
departed XOCHITHLAN forever.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable 
with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 B.A. TURRY 3383              14  11  1   110       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYRON NAGEL 3316             23  16  0   108       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 WHAT'S UP, DUCK? 3273        14  10  2   100       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 ZOOLANDER 3523                8   6  1    97       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 MISS CON DUCK 2344           15  15  1    92       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DUCK TAPE 3283                9   9  2    87       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 TAMMY FAYE 3520               9   5  0    78       WITLESS WONDERS (419)
 NAJENA 3413                  10   5  1    74       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
 LAHRS ENNY 3400              13   9  0    68       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
 ANGELOST 3415                10   5  1    67       DARQUE ANGELS (402)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OUTLAW STAR 3550              7   3  0    64       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
 DAMOK 3538                    7   7  0    57       WITLESS WONDERS (419)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MYSTI MIENER 3578             6   3  1    53       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
-ANACONDA 3382                 7   2  0    50       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 HOT AIR DUCK 3451             8   4  0    46       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
 SELA TIMM 3537                8   8  0    42       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 THE FALLEN ONE 3416           7   8  2    41       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
 ULRIK VORN 3556               8   6  0    34       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOMEY CIDE 3594               4   2  1    33       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
-BLACK ADDER 3373              6   3  0    31       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 SKULK 3603                    2   0  0    27       CHEAP SHOTS (426)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 EYE RAISE 3604                2   0  0    16       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 PROUD PANTHER 1454            2   3  0    15       FIVE FELINES (190)
 IGNORE 3605                   2   0  0    14       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 SMIRK 3606                    2   0  0    13       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 GIB HOLGIN 3611               1   0  0    12       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 ETRIGAN 3596                  1   2  0     7       DARQUE ANGELS (402)
-BOA 3595                      1   1  0     4       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 CHUCKLE 3602                  1   1  0     4       CHEAP SHOTS (426)
 DUCK A L'ORANGE 3607          0   3  0     3       DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
-TYSON 3592                    0   1  0     1       WITLESS WONDERS (419)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BERG, LORI 3554        8  4 1 CRIMINAL ELEMENT 379  ZOOLANDER 3523        186         
BOLD BOBCAT 1339       4  3 0 FIVE FELINES 190      BLACK ORC BRIGAND 25  187 NONE    
JUST JAGUAR 1455       2  3 0 FIVE FELINES 190      CAPTIVE GIANT 21      187 NONE    
LIGHT LYNX 1340        1  6 0 FIVE FELINES 190      BLACK ORC BRIGAND 25  187 NONE    
CUNNING COUGAR 1337    4  3 1 FIVE FELINES 190      DARK ELF CHAMPION 24  187 NONE    
WALLEN YO 3576         5  6 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 385    HOMEY CIDE 3594       187         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Duck Tape -- Don't jinx me by telling me about it.  Talk to The Fallen One.  He is in
the same boat.  At one point he was 6-1, making him a wonder 1-6 over the last 7
turns. -- Angelost, chanting "don't jinx me, don't jinx me, don't jinx me!"

All -- Sorry for missing.  It was not scheduled and I really have no idea what went
wrong. -- Master Darque

Mr. Turry -- You must be quite a good criminal to be Duelmaster.  Who's your lawyer,
we want to know. -- Cheap Shots

Commish...Novgorodny...is it true?  No longer are freebies won for positions like
Unchartered Recognition Leader, or Team On The Move, or Top Win-Loss, or...?  Now
that's a... -- Cheap Shot

Boa -- The only thing better would have you to have been one of those "Rubber
Duckies." -- Cheap Shot Chuckle

Myron Nagel -- You should know, Duck Tape sticks to everything. -- Duck Tape

B.A. Turry -- That fight is so close that neither of us must have many skills. --
Miss Con Duck

Anaconda -- I can wrap things up and squeeze them too. -- Duck Tape

Yo Wallen Yo -- Yo you!  You a Yo-yo Ma fan or are you a Yo-yo fan? -- Hot Air Duck

Homey Cide -- Grow up why don't you. -- Duck A L'Orange

Hot Air Duck -- You really made me sweat.  Gosh. -- Wallen Yo the easily impressed

A standby?  For my last fight in Xochithlan, I get matched with a STANDBY?  Gods, has
nobody any guts? -- Egan Forn the disgusted

Now me, I love beating up standbys.  The only thing better is killing them. -- Myron
Nagel

Black Adder -- I hope you recover completely.  I am so sorry.  I don't know what came
over me.  All of the sudden, everything went red! -- Sela Timm the seriously
distressed

It takes more than a hidden archer to stop ME. -- Ulrik Vorn the very sure of himself

Managers of Xochithlan -- I fear we may have some kind of underhanded betting ring
here in our city, possibly with darker implications yet to be revealed.  Let us unite
and put a stop to it!  Contact me at Livia@reality.com if you or your warriors would
like to be involved in fighting this desperate situation. -- Gabria Hand, The Middle
Way
P.S.  Or, of course, write a personal or send a diplo.

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

29 September 2003
All -- Let it be known that the Firm accepts SOL into its ranks.  The Firm is:
SunGod, Dark Spirit, Youngblood, Tripwire, and SOL.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BOLD BOBCAT was dealt death by BLACK ORC BRIGAND in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
JUST JAGUAR was barely slain by CAPTIVE GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
LIGHT LYNX was easily killed by BLACK ORC BRIGAND in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena match.
CUNNING COUGAR was viciously butchered by DARK ELF CHAMPION in a 2 minute brawl.
MISS CON DUCK was defeated by MYRON NAGEL in a 2 minute veteran's Challenge fight.
DUCK TAPE devastated LAHRS ENNY in a 2 minute uneven Challenge brawl.
NAJENA was overpowered by ZOOLANDER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
WHAT'S UP, DUCK? handily defeated TAMMY FAYE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
MYSTI MIENER won victory over SELA TIMM in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
THE FALLEN ONE lost to HOT AIR DUCK in a 4 minute Challenge duel.
HOMEY CIDE assassinated WALLEN YO in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
DUCK A L'ORANGE was savagely defeated by EYE RAISE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
ETRIGAN was luckily beaten by SMIRK in a 3 minute novice's Challenge match.
B.A. TURRY handily defeated ANGELOST in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
OUTLAW STAR savagely defeated CAPTURED NOMAD in a 2 minute veteran vs. amateur brawl.
DAMOK vanquished ULRIK VORN in a action packed 1 minute gruesome mismatched bout.
PROUD PANTHER was beaten by SKULK in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brawl.
CHUCKLE was bested by GIB HOLGIN in a 5 minute novice's fight.
IGNORE subdued RIRORNI DESERTER in a 4 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  6         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  20 -  1      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  21 -  1      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         WALL OF STEEL     19 -  16 -  1      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  11 -  1      54  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   7 -  2      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  14 -  0      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  18 -  1      40  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         2 -   3 -  0      40  |

Turn 187 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     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         5  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     4 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  3         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  3                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   B.A. TURRY 3383            14  11  1  110 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      MYRON NAGEL 3316           23  16  0  108 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
STRIKING ATTACK  WHAT'S UP, DUCK? 3273      14  10  2  100 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
PARRY-STRIKE     LAHRS ENNY 3400            13   9  0   68 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
SLASHING ATTACK  MYSTI MIENER 3578           6   3  1   53 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
WALL OF STEEL    HOT AIR DUCK 3451           8   4  0   46 DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MYRON NAGEL 3316.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was OUTLAW STAR 3550.  The ten other most popular fighters were ETRIGAN 3596, 
SKULK 3603, MISS CON DUCK 2344, MYRON NAGEL 3316, EYE RAISE 3604, DAMOK 3538, GIB 
HOLGIN 3611, CUNNING COUGAR 1337, DUCK TAPE 3283, and ZOOLANDER 3523.

The least popular fighter this week was CHUCKLE 3602.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were IGNORE 3605, PROUD PANTHER 1454, ANGELOST 3415, WALLEN YO 3576, TAMMY 
FAYE 3520, LAHRS ENNY 3400, LIGHT LYNX 1340, ULRIK VORN 3556, DUCK A L'ORANGE 3607, 
and THE FALLEN ONE 3416.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

B.A. TURRY (39-3383) CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
WHAT'S UP, DUCK? (39-3273) DUCKS UNLIMITED (143)

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 18 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament:

                          CAFFEINE JUNKIE (3-6110) ADDICTED 
                        CATFISH HUNTER (5-3315) PARTY ANIMALS 
                          MATTAHOOPLE (16-4203) GIFTED GODS 
                         SWEET JANE (53-6535) THE DARK TEMPLE 
                              LIL NOIR (62-3311) ENIGMA 
                         NARCISSISTIC NUN (69-8644) ODD SQUAD 
                             LEGION '8' (71-2369) D.O.A. 
                       RAW SEX APPEAL (82-1331) WHY WE LOVE TUM 
                         ZOMBIE STOMP (82-2617) NO MORE TEARS 
                        VIOLENT VOLE (82-4565) MAMMAL MILITIA 
                         LADY OF THE MOON (82-5481) HARM NONE 
                      KAMIKAZI GNAT (82-6073) DEADLY ATTACKS II 
                      THE 13TH WARRIOR (82-6346) STOOPID MOVIES 
                              SIRTON (82-9190) I AM SUCK 
                            DUNE (82-10414) 4-LETTER EPICS 
                           FLEM (82-12614) 4-LETTER FLUIDS 
                     GREENHOUSE EFFECT (82-12996) GLOBAL WARMING 
                         UGLY (82-14501) 4-LETTER DESCRIPTION 

                                          -- Green Eyes 

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

GATEWAY TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
LLEWELYN 2526 (52-43-2)                0  5  0         JIHAD                

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SUE E. SYDE 3240 (33-23-1)             0  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ROB A. REE 3241 (23-13-0)              4  3  1         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     
ARSONIST ART 3325 (20-10-0)            0  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HOCKEY DUCK 937 (22-11-0)              4  3  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      
MOTHER TERESA 3039 (12-2-3)            2  3  0         ANGELS OF MERCY      
TAMMY FAYE 3520 (7-3-0)                1  3  0         WITLESS WONDERS      
WHAT'S UP, DUCK? 3273 (13-10-2)        1  3  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DUCK TAPE 3283 (7-7-2)                 4  3  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      
ZOOLANDER 3523 (4-6-0)                 4  3  0         WITLESS WONDERS      
DAMOK 3538 (5-5-0)                     1  3  0         WITLESS WONDERS      
B.A. TURRY 3383 (11-10-1)              0  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ANGELOST 3415 (8-4-1)                  2  3  0         DARQUE ANGELS        
HOT AIR DUCK 3451 (6-2-0)              1  3  0         DUCKS UNLIMITED      
NAJENA 3413 (9-3-1)                    1  3  0         DARQUE ANGELS        
OUTLAW STAR 3550 (4-3-0)               1  3  0         DARQUE ANGELS        

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CLEO 3570 (0-0-0)                      1  3  0         WITLESS WONDERS      

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HOMEY CIDE 3594 (1-1-0)                3  3  0         CRIMINAL ELEMENT     
TYSON 3592 (0-1-0)                     1  3  0         WITLESS WONDERS      

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SNOT RAG 2831 (0-0-0)                  3  3  0         BLOW N' WIPE