DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/03/2003    Duedate: 10/16/2003

ZENSU ARENA

DM-40    TURN-424

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SUSAN STO HELIT
THE DISC (411)
(40-4013) [2-1-0,88]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

JOPHAN                         SUSAN STO HELIT
BEYOND THE PALE (337)          THE DISC (411)
(40-3846) [15-37-0,82]         (40-4013) [2-1-0,88]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TERIS                          WHIPPED WEASEL
BEYOND THE PALE (337)          EXOTIC TASTES (397)
(40-3895) [15-21-1,67]         (40-3995) [0-1-0,5]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TACO GODS (152)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE DISC (411)              55
2. TACO GODS (152)             30      WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
3. EXOTIC TASTES (397)         25      Unchartered Team
4. STEELY TEN (410)            14
5. SUNNYLAND (382)              6      THE DISC (411)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*THE DISC (411)            12   3  1 80.0   1/ 5 TACO GODS (152)           9  2 0
 2- 2 THAT 80'S METAL (394)     71  47  1 60.2   2/ 4*THE DISC (411)            8  2 1
 3/ 4 WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)    331 260 16 56.0   3/ 2 WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)     6  9 0
 4/ 5 TACO GODS (152)          454 383 29 54.2   4- 1 THAT 80'S METAL (394)     5  1 0
 5- 6 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     54  53  2 50.5   5- 3*NEUROMANCERS (404)        5  5 0
 6/ 8 SUNNYLAND (382)           26  30  2 46.4   6/ 7 SUNNYLAND (382)           4  0 0
 7/ 7*BATTLE SCHOOL (407)       12  17  1 41.4   7/ 8*BATTLE SCHOOL (407)       4 10 0
 8- 9*NEUROMANCERS (404)        14  21  2 40.0   8/ 9 BEYOND THE PALE (337)     3 12 1
 9-10*CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)      2   3  0 40.0   9- 6 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     2  2 0
10/11 BEYOND THE PALE (337)    288 435  8 39.8  10/ 0*EXOTIC TASTES (397)       2  2 0
11/ 0*EXOTIC TASTES (397)        2   6  0 25.0  11-11*CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)     2  3 0
12/ 0*STEELY TEN (410)           1   4  0 20.0  12/ 0*STEELY TEN (410)          1  4 0
13/ 0*APES OF WRATH (408)        0   1  0  0.0  13/ 0*APES OF WRATH (408)       0  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

Good evening, Zensu!

We're the unpredictable assortment of musical anomalies that are collectively known
as Steely Ten, and I'd like to say that it's great to be here, but I don't like lying
to the audience outside the context of a particularly clever and ironic set of
lyrics.  Frankly, we'd much rather be back home in Amen-Tei, knocking back vodka
martinis and the occasional imported beer while pretending to work on our next album,
but the label insists that we tour periodically so we can "keep in touch with our
fans."  Having encountered our fans on a regular basis for the last decade, I can
safely say that we have no real desire to touch any of them; I suppose that's what we
get for writing music that's not targeted at nubile young airheads (no offense to
That 80's Metal, of course).

Be that as it may, we'll do our best to tolerate you for as long as possible, and we
hope that you enjoy our performance and buy several overpriced t-shirts at the
concession stand.  Actually, as long as you buy the merchandise, we don't much care
if you enjoy the show or not; as I said, we're touring under protest.  Of course, if
the tour is a complete financial washout, the suits may reconsider forcing us out of
our comfortable studios in the future....  Hmmm, that deserves some evaluation.  But
in the meantime, go ahead and buy the shirts anyway.  Thanks.

-- Dan Steel (no relation to Doc Steele, unless being related to him gets me free
drinks, in which case I'll happily add the extra "e")

           + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Andorians Abroad #16 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Possibly Zuwayza:

     It seemed to take Tankesh forever to fall out of the Gate, his motion slowed to
the point where he wasn't even sure he was moving at all.  And then there was a sort
of soundless click, and the floor came up fast and hard, knocking the breath out of
him as he hit and rolled.
     Voices speaking akkhadic, upper-class accents.  Shouting.  No time to sort
things out.  Gasping for breath but too well-trained to pause, he rolled to his feet
with his sword out, ending crouched and ready for anything.  By the grace of all the
gods, he was face to face with the Karnhorn vizier, Khannarth.  The man who had
betrayed his city and his ruler, plotted with the Satrap's First Wife to turn over
the Zuwayza to the minions of Inzolas, tried to have the Satrap's Second Wife and
Tankesh killed.....  Ah, it was GOOD to be here, now, and ready.
     The Vizier was looking past him and commanding someone to "get him!"
     Right, voices, plural.  Other people in the room.  Probably guards.  Tankesh
took a quick slash at the retreating Vizier; not a killing blow, but he felt the
resistance of clothing and flesh.  Continued the motion into a turn.  Right, guards.
Two...three.  Startled by his arrival out of nowhere, not expecting him to come
around so fast.  The first man would never have a chance to adjust his thinking; the
slash aimed at HIM gutted him and nearly cut him in two.  The second was a little
farther back.  He might recover, if he got the bleeding stopped in time.  But with
only one hand left to use, that wasn't likely.  Shocked by the unexpected and extreme
violence, he was out of the fight.  Khannarth was screaming orders behind him, and
the third man was leveling his spear for a charge.  Stupid weapon to carry indoors,
maybe it was tradition, maybe it was just ornamental, didn't matter.
     Tankesh edged to the right, drawing the spearman's attention with him.  When the
man was fully committed, all his momentum focused into the charge, Tankesh ducked to
the left.  Tripped over his first victim but rolled and came up again, whacked the
spear in two in passing, kicked the man in the belly as his charge brought him within 
range, and turned to face Khannarth again.
     The Vizier was holding his robes against a bleeding chest wound with one hand
and tugging on a bell-pull with the other.  Tankesh lunged closer and cut through
bell rope.
     And then froze as a man with a cocked and ready crossbow appeared in the doorway
behind the Vizier.  More than one man, and several with crossbows.  Karnhorns, of
course.  Damn.  They were all dressed alike, no doubt a uniform, but not the same as
worn by the three guards he'd just dealt with.  Khannarth began babbling out
accusations and orders.
     The first of the newcomers silenced him with a curt word.  "You will BOTH
explain yourself to the Exalted Satrap, may His justice be swift and sure," the man
said.  He gestured them out into the hallway with his crossbow.  "Now."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in ZENSU since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf Modeen adapts 
to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Biff!  Pow!  ZENSU watched with 
glee as THAT 80'S METAL got knocked off top spot by TACO GODS!  Ya gotta be quick on 
yer feet!  Keep your elbow off the table!  Thrust!  Block out the pain!  TACO GODS is 
now ranked 1st with a 4-0-0 turn.  THE DISC showed ZENSU what they were made of as 
they fought with a vengeance to walk off with 5-0-0.  What's with CRYSOPHASE?  He 
actually beat BATTLE SCHOOL's CASSIUS, and walked away with 18 more points from the 
fight.  Laughs were big at THE DISC while they watched CRYSOPHASE clobber CASSIUS.  
He lost 5 points and got bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  SIANNA was 
reminded on the sands why KING LOVE is Duelmaster.  Advice to fighters with a 1 
will--give up fighting!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  ZENSU thinks 
NEUROMANCERS and their 14-21-2 is too much!  If at first you don't succeed, give 
up...  In my day, no team with a 14-21-2 would scare me off!  What's the problem, 
TACO GODS?  What do people see in TIGER ELF?  His 4-12-0?  BEYOND THE PALE ain't 
talkin', but he's got 26 points.   
     A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing.  Some fighters 
don't accept this.  The best do.  Sending a warrior to the Dark Arena reminds the 
others they'd better shape up.  Tough beans, DEAD DUCK.  That's what a 15-12-2 gets 
you.  ARNIE EL SHEW larned his lesson (LEADFOOT taught it well), and we right likely 
won't be seein' 'im fight any TACO GODS members with the same gusto.  Here's some 
advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  ZENSU is 
a nice place to live, but I don't like to live in nice places.  Remember--a good 
fighter needs both good skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SUSAN STO HELIT 4013          2   1  0    88       THE DISC (411)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-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  37  0    82       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-SQUISH THE GERBIL 3778       12   5  0    77       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
 TERIS 3895                   15  21  1    67       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SIANNA 3914                  17  12  0    66       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 FRY GUY 3655                  9   9  0    66       TACO GODS (152)
 CMOT DIBBLER 4011             3   0  1    66       THE DISC (411)
-JIMMY CRICKET 3744            9  11  0    60       SUNNYLAND (382)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-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)
 LEADFOOT 3516                 5   1  0    38       TACO GODS (152)
-SPIKE 3963                    3   3  1    37       NEUROMANCERS (404)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HUMP THE CAMEL 3903           4   8  0    34       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARNIE EL SHEW 3930            6  14  1    33       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 CRAZY LOON 3961               4   3  0    33       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
 SCOOTER 3985                  3   2  0    33       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
 TIGER ELF 3941                4  12  0    26       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 TROLL ENFORCER 4009           3   0  0    24       THE DISC (411)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRYSOPHASE 4010               2   1  0    22       THE DISC (411)
 RINCEWIND 4012                2   1  0    20       THE DISC (411)
 PANDORA'S DIAPHRAGM 3730      2   1  0    19       TACO GODS (152)
-SQUASH THE SNAKE 4002         2   0  0    19       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
 MUD DUCK 3955                 4   4  0    16       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
-SAMANTHA 4023                 1   0  0    16       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
 GRILLED GRIZZLY 3891          1   0  0    13       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
-B 3746                        2   6  0    12       SUNNYLAND (382)
 CASSIUS 3978                  3   2  0    11       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 RAZOR BOY 4004                1   0  0    10       STEELY TEN (410)
-BETTY 4021                    1   0  0    10       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
 TURKEY LURKEY 4003            2   1  0     9       WIMPS MOST FOWL (355)
 TIBERIUS 3977                 1   5  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)
 BRAISED BUFFALO 3999          1   0  0     6       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 WOMAN'S WRATH 4024            1   0  0     6       TACO GODS (152)
 WHIPPED WEASEL 3995           0   1  0     5       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 PERRY 4032                    1   0  0     4       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 CHOPPED CAMEL 3998            0   1  0     1       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 GAUCHO 4005                   0   1  0     1       STEELY TEN (410)
-TINA 4019                     0   1  0     1       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
-GINGER 4020                   0   1  0     1       CHUCK'S WENCHES (413)
 DOCTOR WU 4008                0   1  0     1       STEELY TEN (410)
 WALLY 4033                    0   1  0     1       BATTLE SCHOOL (407)
 KID CHARLEMAGNE 4007          0   1  0     1       STEELY TEN (410)
 CHUNKY MONKEY 3983            0   1  0     1       APES OF WRATH (408)
 CHARLIE FREAK 4006            0   1  0     1       STEELY TEN (410)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARRECINUS 3979         3  3 1 BATTLE SCHOOL 407     BLACK ORC 20          424 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 JUST REV
DEAD DUCK 3911        15 13 2 WIMPS MOST FOWL 355   SPYMASTER 22          424 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hello all!  Please welcome my Gen Con team, the Disc, to this fine arena. --
Technogeek

Tiger Elf -- I am not sure what your problem is.  Perhaps you are not really a tiger
or an elf?  Maybe you are a wimps.  If so, would you like to join us? -- Crazy Loon

Queensryche -- Wimpy told me that my loss to you proves that I am no long able to
compete.  So I guess I will fight next in the dark. -- Dead Duck

Arrecinus -- You hit me.  No fair. -- Mud Duck

Fry Guy -- Two match ups in a row with you.  How can I get so lucky?  Perhaps the
Sentinel knows or pays someone? -- Scooter

Tina -- Welcome to Zensu.  You got the same welcome I got on my first turn.  Here is
some quick advice, be very careful.  Rumor has it the sky is falling. -- Turkey
Lurkey

Warrant -- This is so terribly familiar somehow....  Good work learning all those
skills, because I wasn't putting myself out to teach them.  Up too late last night,
you know. -- Jophan

Jimmy Cricket -- A bug?  I lost to a damned BUG?  I hate that. -- Teris
P.S.  Yeahyeahyeah, I know, practice more.

Ghost of Captain M -- I like my tacos crunchy, but I didn't mean to crunch YOU. --
Arnie El Shew the remorseful
P.S.  You little guys are just too fragile.

King Love -- That was not a loving thing to do. -- Sianna

Crazy Loon -- It was the shrieking.  If only could have kept it on key and in tune, I
might've stood it, but no.... -- Tiger Elf the audially attacked
P.S.  Us elves are sensitive that way.  It's the points on our ears.

Mud Duck -- All elves have a speed and grace that puts cats to shame. -- Tiger Elf

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

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

DEAD DUCK was butchered by SPYMASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
ARRECINUS was savagely slain by BLACK ORC in a exciting 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
LEADFOOT viciously subdued ARNIE EL SHEW in a 1 minute bloody Bloodfeud brawl.
SUSAN STO HELIT overpowered JOPHAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title fight.
CMOT DIBBLER vanquished TERIS in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
MUD DUCK was beaten by TIGER ELF in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.
PANDORA'S DIAPHRAGM viciously subdued TIBERIUS in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
KING LOVE vanquished SIANNA in a 1 minute uneven duel.
FRY GUY overpowered CRAZY LOON in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SCOOTER overpowered CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided fight.
CASSIUS was overpowered by CRYSOPHASE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RINCEWIND demolished KID CHARLEMAGNE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
TROLL ENFORCER unbelievably bested WHIPPED WEASEL in a 8 minute novice's battle.
TURKEY LURKEY overcame CHOPPED CAMEL in a action packed 3 minute novice's conflict.
GRILLED GRIZZLY overpowered WALLY in a 1 minute gruesome uneven struggle.
GAUCHO was beaten by PERRY in a 6 minute amateur's brawl.
CHARLIE FREAK was bested by BRAISED BUFFALO in a 2 minute novice's fight.
DOCTOR WU was subdued by WOMAN'S WRATH in a 2 minute novice's bout.
RAZOR BOY overpowered CHUNKY MONKEY in a 1 minute mismatched fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  11         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW        21 -  14 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    4         LUNGING ATTACK    38 -  29 -  3      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  12 -  0      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY       29 -  24 -  0      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  19 -  0      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         BASHING ATTACK     8 -  11 -  1      42  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -  14 -  0      42  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE       10 -  15 -  1      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      7 -  12 -  0      37  |

Turn 424 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:

TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  6         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  3         3  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  3         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SUSAN STO HELIT 4013        2   1  0   88 THE DISC (411)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SIANNA 3914                17  12  0   66 BEYOND THE PALE (337)
STRIKING ATTACK  CMOT DIBBLER 4011           3   0  1   66 THE DISC (411)
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 
WHIPPED WEASEL 3995.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHOPPED CAMEL 3998, 
PANDORA'S DIAPHRAGM 3730, SUSAN STO HELIT 4013, GAUCHO 4005, LEADFOOT 3516, TIGER ELF 
3941, FRY GUY 3655, CRYSOPHASE 4010, GRILLED GRIZZLY 3891, and BRAISED BUFFALO 3999.

The least popular fighter this week was PERRY 4032.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TROLL ENFORCER 4009, CHUNKY MONKEY 3983, CHARLIE FREAK 4006, WALLY 
4033, KID CHARLEMAGNE 4007, CASSIUS 3978, CRAZY LOON 3961, SIANNA 3914, TERIS 3895, 
and JOPHAN 3846.

The following warriors have traveled to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after fighting this turn:

KING LOVE (40-3748) SUNNYLAND (382)