DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/04/2012    Duedate: 08/31/2012

XOCHITHLAN ARENA

DM-39    TURN-302

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

WOXTON
KIWI CONNECTION (449)
(39-3859) [10-6-1,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WOXTON                         POSITION IS EMPTY
KIWI CONNECTION (449)          
(39-3859) [10-6-1,120]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MASSEY                         MASSEY
KIWI CONNECTION (449)          KIWI CONNECTION (449)
(39-3848) [13-7-2,48]          (39-3848) [13-7-2,48]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

KIWI CONNECTION (449)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KIWI CONNECTION (449)       53
2. THE MIDDLE WAY (385)        17      KIWI CONNECTION (449)
3. THE STEEL WOLVES (463)       0      Unchartered Team
4. THE DOGS OF WAR (464)        0
5. POWERS OF PAIN (71)          0       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*POWERS OF PAIN (71)        1   0  0  100   1/ 1 KIWI CONNECTION (449)     9  6 1
 2/ 2 KIWI CONNECTION (449)    140  58 12 70.7   2/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      8  6 0
 3/ 3 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     389 414 11 48.4   3- 3*THE STEEL WOLVES (463)    5  4 0
 4- 4*THE STEEL WOLVES (463)     7   9  0 43.8   4- 4*THE DOGS OF WAR (464)     2  3 0
 5- 5*THE DOGS OF WAR (464)      2   3  0 40.0   5- 5*POWERS OF PAIN (71)       1  0 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

Lapur:

     Claybank walked along the bank of the stream that watered their pasture and kept
their horses happy.  Except now, when the horses were unhappy and the pasture
withered.  Because there wasn't much water left in the stream.  A few stagnant pools,
and a trickle that flowed.
     Windflower walked beside him.  "The old people here say this is the worst
drought they can remember."
     Claybank grunted, then squatted to check a tuft of... once they had been flowers
of some kind, and grasses.  He touched a blossom that had withered into a tight,
colorless knot.  "This isn't right."
     "Of course it isn't, it's a major drought--"
     He looked up at her.  "I think it's a magical drought."
     She blinked.  "Are you sure?"
     "No.  But I think we should get someone to check on this."
     "Why would anyone aim a drought at US?  We're just one minor team of gladiators,
and serious weather magic is supposed to be HARD."
     He stood and frowned at her impatiently.  "Not just us.  Lapur.  Maybe even the
whole Charter Cities.  We should send word to Dullens and Morya, see if THEY have a
drought condition, too."
     "Even Rocanis.  Maybe Trocar and Xochithlan--"
     Claybank curled his lip scornfully.  "Them.  Who cares about them?"
     "Well, they could be part of the problem," Windflower pointed out.  "And they
might be part of the solution.  We can't fight a magical drought.  We don't know how.
But we can find shamans or magicians to do it, and if their places are being burned
up, too, they aren't as likely to charge a lot to fix it."

Xochithlan:

     "I don't see what the King expects US to do about it," Udarn grumbled.  "We're
gladiators, not weather-magicians."
     "We're probably a distraction," Egan Forn suggested.  He was a member of the
Middle Way now long graduated.  "He's probably going to have his magicians at work
while we blunder around and get whacked."
     "All because a bunch of NOMADS are whining about the drought?  Why should we
help THEM?  They're the ones who burned our forest."
     "We aren't helping THEM," Egan said.  He made sure it was obvious how PATIENT he
was being with his younger teammate.  "WE need the rains to come, too.  You can't
rebuild a forest without rain.  Not even with magic to help."

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                        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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                              ---===SLOW ARENA NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 350): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 348): TAXES of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 346): VENGEANCE of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 301): UDARN VOYL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 323): ANDROMEDA of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 317): ULTIMA REGUM of IN QUETERNUM (Vae Victis, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 304): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 298): ANASTASIUS of DARQUE AGES (Master Darque, 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  71 KYR'TERR (turn 252): B'ZIADUL of WRATHMEN XIV (Kharadmon, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 252): FILING FEE of BASH BROS LAWYER (Assurnasirbanipal)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 253): BOOB of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 68): MORIS NAHR of MIDDLE WAY 21 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 250): MAD CAT of INSP GADGETS MINIONS (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 650): YOU PAY I SLAY (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 348): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 346): THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 301): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 322): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 317): VEGAN CANNIBALS (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 304): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 298): FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 283): ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 276): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 252): ARENAS III (Kharadmon?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 252): BASH BROS CANDY (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 253): SUPER STARS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 68): OLDIES (Coach, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 250): SPARF! et al (Crip, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 348): TAXES of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 300): ASQUITH of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 322): CELESTIAL ROSE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 317): ARTICHOKE ON THIS of VEGAN CANNIBALS (The Anarchist)
                               SPAWN of FANTASTIC FIVE (?, mgr.)
                   (turn 316): ENDEMIC of BLACK LIGHTING (Dark Angel, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 303): THRESHPACK of PUBLIC ENEMY (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 297): SAVAGE SNOWBALL of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 253): BOOB of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Of course I wanted to take the title on a win, Asquith.  It's the only right
way.  Not the only WAY, but the only RIGHT one.  And it isn't like you were going to
be using it any longer.

                                     Udarn Voyl

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out XOCHITHLAN to 
see what's new.  MVP award for HORVANTH IRNDE?  THE MIDDLE WAY's proud of him after 
beating HOBSON and getting 18 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  MASSEY got 
smashed by BETTINA CHIM, and lost 7 points!  Boo, hoo!  WOXTON slew (slaught?  slet?) 
UDARN VOYL!  Actually I never liked him much.  He just wanted to fight all the time.  
Who was the wiseguy that said XOCHITHLAN's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The 
Warty Toad?  Don't look at me!   
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All XOCHITHLAN ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  XOCHITHLAN is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby 
Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOXTON 3859                  10   6  1   120       KIWI CONNECTION (449)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BETTINA CHIM 3880            12   8  0    54       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 MASSEY 3848                  13   7  2    48       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 SALOME TORENE 3908            4   0  0    48       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ARYA VENTRESS 3910            2   0  0    26       THE STEEL WOLVES (463)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZIGGY WILDER 3905             2   0  0    23       THE STEEL WOLVES (463)
 ULRIK VENN 3892               5   7  0    22       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
-SNOWMAN 3904                  2   2  0    21       THE STEEL WOLVES (463)
 HORVANTH IRNDE 3912           1   1  0    19       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 HOKOWHITU 3902                4   1  0    18       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 HOTHAM 3928                   1   0  0    15       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 HOBSON 3909                   2   2  0     8       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
-HELL-GATE 3914                1   0  0     8       THE DOGS OF WAR (464)
-ACID-RAIN 3915                1   0  0     8       THE DOGS OF WAR (464)
-NYSSA 3903                    1   3  0     6       THE STEEL WOLVES (463)
-BARBARIAN 395                 1   0  0     5       POWERS OF PAIN (71)
-HELL KRY 3913                 0   1  0     1       THE DOGS OF WAR (464)
-SOUL GUARD 3916               0   1  0     1       THE DOGS OF WAR (464)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
UDARN VOYL 3872        15 10 0 THE MIDDLE WAY 385   WOXTON 3859           302   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

the dogs of war -- Welcome to Xochithlan.  If you are a new manager and you need any
help just let me know and I will help with what I can. -- the Mun Manager of Kiwi
Connection

Arya Ventress -- How annoying of you!  Everything done correctly, and... you won.
Bummer.  Even embarrassing. -- Ulrik Venn

Massey -- Gods, you're vicious!  How can you stand yourself? -- Bettina Chim

Looters!  Vermin, every one of them.  Worse than beggars, in some ways. -- Salome
Torene

Barbarian -- Purest luck, I assure you! -- Horvanth Irnde

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

UDARN VOYL was butchered by WOXTON in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
SALOME TORENE viciously subdued NATIVE LOOTER in a 7 minute gruesome battle.
BETTINA CHIM luckily beat MASSEY in a 8 minute gruesome fight.
ULRIK VENN was outwaited by HOKOWHITU in a 11 minute veteran vs. novice upset contest.
HORVANTH IRNDE devastated HOBSON in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
HOTHAM devastated LONG-RANGE ARCHERS in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   2 -  0      78  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   4 -  1      71  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -   7 -  1      68  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  15 -  1      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         TOTAL PARRY       19 -  17 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 302 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     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         3  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   WOXTON 3859                10   6  1  120 KIWI CONNECTION (449)
TOTAL PARRY      BETTINA CHIM 3880          12   8  0   54 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
LUNGING ATTACK   MASSEY 3848                13   7  2   48 KIWI CONNECTION (449)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SALOME TORENE 3908          4   0  0   48 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MASSEY 3848.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
MASSEY 3848.  The ten other most popular fighters were HORVANTH IRNDE 3912, WOXTON 
3859, SALOME TORENE 3908, HOTHAM 3928, UDARN VOYL 3872, HOBSON 3909, BETTINA CHIM 
3880, ULRIK VENN 3892, HOKOWHITU 3902, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was HOKOWHITU 3902.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ULRIK VENN 3892, BETTINA CHIM 3880, HOBSON 3909, UDARN VOYL 3872, 
HOTHAM 3928, SALOME TORENE 3908, WOXTON 3859, HORVANTH IRNDE 3912, MASSEY 3848, and  
0.