DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/19/2003    Duedate: 10/02/2003

ZENSU ARENA

DM-40    TURN-423

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

KING LOVE
SUNNYLAND (382)
(40-3748) [14-11-2,134]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

KING LOVE                      TRIANGLE MAN
SUNNYLAND (382)                NEUROMANCERS (404)
(40-3748) [14-11-2,134]        (40-4000) [3-0-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TERIS                          QUEENSRYCHE
BEYOND THE PALE (337)          THAT 80'S METAL (394)
(40-3895) [15-20-1,66]         (40-3942) [10-4-0,93]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THAT 80'S METAL (394)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)       31
2. SUNNYLAND (382)             27      THAT 80'S METAL (394)
3. BATTLE SCHOOL (407)         27      Unchartered Team
4. THAT 80'S METAL (394)       18
5. NEUROMANCERS (404)          12      THE DISC (411)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*THE DISC (411)             7   3  1 70.0   1/ 1 THAT 80'S METAL (394)     8  1 0
 2/ 2 THAT 80'S METAL (394)     71  47  1 60.2   2/ 2 WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)     8  7 0
 3- 1 CARNIVAL (379)            79  53  2 59.8   3/ 3*NEUROMANCERS (404)        8  7 0
 4/ 3 WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)    329 257 16 56.1   4- 0*THE DISC (411)            7  3 1
 5/ 4 TACO GODS (152)          450 383 29 54.0   5/ 6 TACO GODS (152)           6  5 0
 6- 5 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     54  53  2 50.5   6- 5 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     5  3 0
 7/ 6*BATTLE SCHOOL (407)       11  13  1 45.8   7/ 9 SUNNYLAND (382)           4  0 0
 8/ 7 SUNNYLAND (382)           25  30  2 45.5   8/ 4*BATTLE SCHOOL (407)       4 10 0
 9/ 8*NEUROMANCERS (404)        14  21  2 40.0   9/ 8 BEYOND THE PALE (337)     4 11 1
10/ 0*CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)      2   3  0 40.0  10- 7 CARNIVAL (379)            2  2 0
11/ 9 BEYOND THE PALE (337)    287 431  8 40.0  11/ 0*CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)     2  3 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[ Andorians Abroad #15 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Istoreth, Skaithvarn:

     From the ship, Istoreth was a city of spires, white marble and dark pines
climbing a cliff together above a crowded harbor.  Silent, beautiful, not quite
familiar.  Close up, with the Iayen ship moving restlessly against the worn stone of
a wharf, it was more familiar, less beautiful, and not at all silent.  The basic
nature of a waterfront is not changed by the language of the people inhabiting it.
     Goff was arguing with somebody who acted official, probably a harbormaster,
Raoul decided.  No doubt there would be docking fees or something of that kind, and
they might have to identify themselves and their purpose, register somewhere as
visiting foreigners.  None of that stuff was his problem.  Goff could handle the
harbormaster, he was doing that already.  And Berdan could make himself useful
dealing with any other officials.  The Fratsfan looked like somebody who could deal
with officials, maybe even enjoyed it.  If he'd been a gladiator, he would probably
have been a total parry....
     The ex-assassin was talking to another man a little farther along the dock.
Raoul saw money change hands, and Berdan accepted a package from the stranger.  The
gladiator frowned, watching the stranger walk away quickly.  Berdan wasn't supposed
to know anybody here...except the other assassin, Peranis.  And that man was not
Peranis.  Was this an indication of the wide contacts Raoul had suspected all along
that Berdan had?  Probably.  But was it a sign of treachery, or at least that Berdan
was playing his own game as well as theirs?  Possibly.  The man was an ex-assassin,
which automatically made him...not exactly untrustworthy, perhaps, but someone to be
watched carefully.  The assassins had been spies, as well as killers.  Concealing
their purposes was second nature.  And he was a Fratsfan, besides, a race noted for
the labyrinthine complexity of their thoughts and schemes.  But he and Jeri and Goff,
and by extension King Mickeal, had to trust somebody.
     Still, Raoul watched very closely as Berdan came back toward Goff's boat.  The
man was holding his package, still unopened, very carefully, on the palm of his
opened hand and well away from his body.
     "I need a bucket of water," Berdan said quietly.  "I need it rather quickly," he
added when the others gaped at him.  "I don't think this will explode until I open
it, but I can't be sure...."
     Jeri jumped and reached for a bucket, Raoul took it from her and dunked it over
the side, then held it out.
     "Set it over there, away from us all," the ex-assassin said.  "There are even a
few explosive devises which are activated by water, though I don't think this is
one."  He wasn't quite whispering.  "They're...tricky to handle, and Peranis had to
leave this in the hands of a stranger who might be careless.  It should be something
simple, perhaps not even magical."  When the bucket was positioned to his
satisfaction, and Goff had drawn the staring harbormaster out of the way, Berdan
lowered the package gently into the water and sprang back.
     "If it's magical, what difference will water make?" Jeri asked.
     "More than you might think," Berdan answered.  "Water is amazing stuff and
washes out many things."  The bucket suddenly erupted into a plume of dark foam.
"Ah!  I wondered what Peranis might have available.  That he would risk using black
ice tells us that he is truly desperate."  As he spoke, the plume reached the height
of a man, collapsed, and dissolved the end of the dock before falling into the
harbor.
     "The other ships!" the harbormaster exclaimed, looking around frantically.
     "They're not in danger," Berdan said.  "The black ice has exhausted itself.  You
see?"  He pointed downward.  "It is dissipating."
     "You said it would be safer to put the package into water," Jeri muttered in a
shaky voice.
     "It is, it was, young lady.  Had black ice been exposed to air before water, the
results would have been disastrous."
     "It's disastrous as it is!" the harbormaster wailed.  "My dock!"  He turned on
Berdan fiercely.  "You brought this here--"
     "I did nothing of the sort," the ex-assassin answered coldly.  "It was handed to
me but moments ago by one of YOUR men."
     Before the harbormaster could respond, a squad of soldiers thundered onto the
dock.  "Everyone here is to see Lord Dankilvan immediately!" the leader commanded.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome ZENSU.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights have I 
fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Phhbltt!  Too much drinking 
and too little dodging gave BATTLE SCHOOL a 2-2-0!  I got a good laugh out of it!  
ZENSU's got someone new to push around.  C'mon everyone, challenge CHUCK'S WENCHES.  
Let's see how long they last.  What's with TRIANGLE MAN?  He actually beat TACO GODS' 
LEADFOOT, and walked away with 19 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at 
NEUROMANCERS while they watched TRIANGLE MAN clobber LEADFOOT.  He lost 13 points and 
got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  Try as she might, SIANNA wasn't 
good enough at persuading KING LOVE to step down from the Duelmaster's throne...  
Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is 
looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     No matter the time or place, men will always duel.  The most avoided team was 
NEUROMANCERS.  Management must be dealin', as the boys at TACO GODS ain't reelin'!  
NEUROMANCERS' mad!  What do people see in TERIS?  Hers 15-20-1?  BEYOND THE PALE 
ain't talkin', but she's got 66 points.  Maybe SUNNYLAND's JIMMY CRICKET is one of 
those guys who likes pain, or something.  That's what he'll get next week, after 
challenging up 26 to TERIS.  JIMMY CRICKET did pretty good last week in beating TERIS 
to get 21 points.  Why did TERIS lose, you ask?  Simple:  she wasn't good enough.  I 
hate going to the effort of writing about the kind of fights that WARRANT gets in.  
He fights people like JOPHAN, 8 points below.  I thought WARRANT showed great skill 
and promise when he overcame JOPHAN.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Warriors of ZENSU unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Many a warrior has 
met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  Are you 
as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm writing it 
before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and 
good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KING LOVE 3748               14  11  2   134       SUNNYLAND (382)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KLUMSY TUMBLES 3918          14   1  0   100       CARNIVAL (379)
-FOIL D'AGEN 3909             11   8  0    99       CARNIVAL (379)
 WARRANT 3920                 12  13  0    97       THAT 80'S METAL (394)
-PHILLIP THE BIRD 3708        11   7  0    96       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
 QUEENSRYCHE 3942             10   4  0    93       THAT 80'S METAL (394)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOPHAN 3846                  15  36  0    81       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-SQUISH THE GERBIL 3778       12   5  0    77       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
-SUSAN STO HELIT 4013          1   1  0    73       THE DISC (411)
 SIANNA 3914                  17  11  0    67       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEAD DUCK 3911               15  12  2    66       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
 TERIS 3895                   15  20  1    66       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 JIMMY CRICKET 3744            9  11  0    60       SUNNYLAND (382)
 FRY GUY 3655                  8   9  0    60       TACO GODS (152)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CMOT DIBBLER 4011             2   0  1    53       THE DISC (411)
-QUAKY ASP 3919                9   6  0    50       CARNIVAL (379)
 DANZIG 3954                   7   0  0    45       THAT 80'S METAL (394)
 TRIANGLE MAN 4000             3   0  0    45       NEUROMANCERS (404)
-OUATE LE PHOQUE 3902          7   6  0    39       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
-BIG BOP 3935                  8   4  0    37       CARNIVAL (379)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRAZY LOON 3961               4   2  0    37       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
 SPIKE 3963                    3   3  1    37       NEUROMANCERS (404)
 ARNIE EL SHEW 3930            6  13  1    36       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-HUMP THE CAMEL 3903           4   8  0    34       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEADFOOT 3516                 4   1  0    27       TACO GODS (152)
 ARRECINUS 3979                3   2  1    24       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 SCOOTER 3985                  2   2  0    24       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TROLL ENFORCER 4009           2   0  0    22       THE DISC (411)
 TIGER ELF 3941                3  12  0    21       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-SQUASH THE SNAKE 4002         2   0  0    19       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
-CASSIUS 3978                  3   1  0    16       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 SAMANTHA 4023                 1   0  0    16       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
 MUD DUCK 3955                 4   3  0    15       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
-RINCEWIND 4012                1   1  0    13       THE DISC (411)
-B 3746                        2   6  0    12       SUNNYLAND (382)
-PANDORA'S DIAPHRAGM 3730      1   1  0    12       TACO GODS (152)
 BETTY 4021                    1   0  0    10       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
 TIBERIUS 3977                 1   4  0     8       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 CYBERPUNK 4001                2   1  0     7       NEUROMANCERS (404)
-IRON MAIDEN 3872              1   3  0     6       THAT 80'S METAL (394)
 TURKEY LURKEY 4003            1   1  0     5       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
-CRYSOPHASE 4010               1   1  0     4       THE DISC (411)
 TINA 4019                     0   1  0     1       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
-PALLIO BLUES 3997             0   1  0     1       CARNIVAL (379)
 GINGER 4020                   0   1  0     1       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CHAEREA 3975           2  3 0 BATTLE SCHOOL 407     SPYMASTER 22          423 NONE    
CORDUS 3976            2  3 0 BATTLE SCHOOL 407     SHEWISH GIANT 21      423 NONE    
ONE-MAN BAND 3841     17 12 0 CARNIVAL 379          KING LOVE 3748        420         
CHRISTY 4022           0  1 0 CHUCK'S WENCHES 413   WURM KIN 27           423 NONE    
CASE 3958              4  3 1 NEUROMANCERS 404      ARENAMASTER DIEGO 23  423 NONE    
ONO-SENDEI 3962        1  5 0 NEUROMANCERS 404      DARK CHAMPION 24      423 NONE    
NINSEI 3959            0  4 0 NEUROMANCERS 404      ARRECINUS 3979        420 REVENGED
CAPTAIN M. 3749        1  2 0 TACO GODS 152         ARNIE EL SHEW 3930    423         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- The Carnival will be closed for renovations. -- Carny

Chaerea -- That dodge of my first swing was a beauty.  Too bad you didn't pay
attention in Battle School when they taught what to do with the next five swings. --
Crazy Loon

Squish -- Nice challenge.  I really don't know why I am still here.  Wimpy keeps
sending me to the Dark Arena and I keep coming back.  I don't think I could out last
you even if I was ready. -- Dead Duck

Tiger Elf -- Are you a very small tiger or a cat like elf?  Thank you for allowing me
to hit with my very first ever critical attack. -- Mud Duck

Fry Guy -- Thank you for sparing my worthless life.  Your 15 fights to my 2 sort of
gave you the advantage.  It is just like Death Stud to get lucky match ups like this.
-- Scooter

Cassius -- This is not fair.  My first arena fight and I draw you are your crummy
style.  It is not fair. -- Turkey Lurkey

Turkey Lurkey -- Who ever told you life was fair? -- Wimpy

Leadfoot -- Ouch!  You didn't have to kick me, you hairy little runt! -- Arnie El
Shew

Mud Duck -- Tiger Elf is so annoyed that he won't even write you a personal.  I'm not
sure what all he's upset about--losing of course, but there seems to be more.  He
said, at least I think he said, something about you shaking mud all over him? --
Sianna

Warrant -- I'm losing track.  Wasn't that supposed to be my turn to win? -- Jophan

What do I have to do with concubines?  Honestly! -- Teris

Hump the Camel -- Maybe you shouldn't drink quite so much water before the fight,
hmm?  Looks to me like you foundered. -- Sianna

25 August 2003
To any that care -- The CDC is back; our current roster is:
     Malaquar -- Minion of Guardian
     Pip the Troll -- Burly Enforcer Type
     mouse -- Official Sneaky Bastard
     Papa Bear -- Elder Statesmen
                     The Sealer says, "Hi, I'm the dealer."
                     Papa Bear says, "It's not my f****n fault."
Guardian -- Paper Figurehead

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

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

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CASE was butchered by ARENAMASTER DIEGO in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ONO-SENDEI was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
CHAEREA was easily killed by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
CORDUS was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
CHRISTY was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
WARRANT overpowered JOPHAN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge match.
SPIKE was unbelievably bested by DANZIG in a 5 minute gory Challenge duel.
JIMMY CRICKET bested TERIS in a crowd pleasing 5 minute Challenge match.
ARRECINUS viciously subdued MUD DUCK in a action packed 1 minute Challenge fight.
CAPTAIN M. was slaughtered by ARNIE EL SHEW in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
KING LOVE overpowered SIANNA in a 1 minute uneven Title duel.
QUEENSRYCHE savagely defeated DEAD DUCK in a exciting 5 minute gruesome fight.
LEADFOOT was overpowered by TRIANGLE MAN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
FRY GUY demolished SCOOTER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
CRAZY LOON devastated TIGER ELF in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
TIBERIUS bested GINGER in a 2 minute amateur's bout.
CYBERPUNK slimly lost to SAMANTHA in a 4 minute beginner's fight.
TURKEY LURKEY narrowly defeated TINA in a 8 minute gruesome beginner's struggle.
BETTY overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a unpopular 8 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         LUNGING ATTACK    36 -  23 -  3      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW        21 -  15 -  1      58  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       28 -  24 -  0      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  13 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  18 -  0      45  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  10 -  1      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   9 -  0      44  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  14 -  0      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        8 -  15 -  1      35  |

Turn 423 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         1 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  5         1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  3         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       KING LOVE 3748             14  11  2  134 SUNNYLAND (382)
STRIKING ATTACK  QUEENSRYCHE 3942           10   4  0   93 THAT 80'S METAL (394)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SIANNA 3914                17  11  0   67 BEYOND THE PALE (337)
TOTAL PARRY      DEAD DUCK 3911             15  12  2   66 WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
SLASHING ATTACK  TRIANGLE MAN 4000           3   0  0   45 NEUROMANCERS (404)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TERIS 3895.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
QUEENSRYCHE 3942.  The ten other most popular fighters were TERIS 3895, JIMMY CRICKET 
3744, CYBERPUNK 4001, SPIKE 3963, TINA 4019, WARRANT 3920, ARRECINUS 3979, FRY GUY 
3655, ARNIE EL SHEW 3930, and KING LOVE 3748.

The least popular fighter this week was BETTY 4021.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TURKEY LURKEY 4003, SCOOTER 3985, LEADFOOT 3516, SIANNA 3914, CAPTAIN 
M. 3749, DANZIG 3954, JOPHAN 3846, CHRISTY 4022, CORDUS 3976, and ONO-SENDEI 3962.

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

KING LOVE (40-3748) SUNNYLAND (382)

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

GATEWAY TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KOJI SHIKERU 2619 (104-85-1)           3  3  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NOVA STAR 1831 (155-60-3)              5  3  0         LOST SOULS           
NOVITA 1434 (115-93-0)                 2  3  0         LOST SOULS           

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PRIMUS BOUND 2996 (87-34-0)            0  3  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MAUI WAUI 3518 (30-16-0)              16  2  0         TACO GODS            

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TRIUMPH 2160 (10-5-0)                  6  4  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PHILLIP THE BIRD 3708 (10-7-0)         1  3  0         CRUEL PET NAMES      

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SQUISH THE GERBIL 3778 (9-5-0)         4  3  0         CRUEL PET NAMES      
ENOCH 2814 (8-9-1)                     1  3  0         RELIGIOUS HERALD     

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DRAXLER 3294 (7-3-0)                   3  3  0         OF WOLF AND MAN 8    
SPIRITED 3766 (5-3-1)                  2  3  0         RELIGIOUS HERALD