DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/09/2004    Duedate: 07/22/2004

ZENSU ARENA

DM-40    TURN-444

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LEADFOOT
TACO GODS (152)
(40-3516) [13-6-0,90]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LEADFOOT                       POSITION IS EMPTY
TACO GODS (152)                
(40-3516) [13-6-0,90]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LEADFOOT                       ARNIE EL SHEW
TACO GODS (152)                BEYOND THE PALE (337)
(40-3516) [13-6-0,90]          (40-3930) [7-33-1,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BEYOND THE PALE (337)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BEYOND THE PALE (337)       46
2. TACO GODS (152)              7      TACO GODS (152)
3. CRUEL PET NAMES (381)        6      Unchartered Team
4. NEUROMANCERS (404)           0
5. THE DISC (411)               0      C (22)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 3 THE DISC (411)            57  46  2 55.3   1/ 2 BEYOND THE PALE (337)     8  5 1
 2/ 4 TACO GODS (152)          488 403 29 54.8   2/ 1 TACO GODS (152)           4  3 0
 3/ 5 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     60  55  2 52.2   3/ 3 CRUEL PET NAMES (381)     3  1 0
 4- 7 NEUROMANCERS (404)        19  26  3 42.2   4- 4 NEUROMANCERS (404)        2  1 0
 5/ 8 BEYOND THE PALE (337)    324 495 11 39.6   5- 7 THE DISC (411)            1  4 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[ Out of the Past #8 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                   Andorian Edition

Aruak City:

     The mirror was resisting, a thing that had never happened before.  Adeolar
wrestled with the spell, her entire attention concentrated on it.  The mirror spell
was PASSIVE, it shouldn't be doing this!  She took a deep breath and let it out
slowly, then stepped back mentally from her work.  Magical devices were no different
than mechanical ones in some ways, they could get "stuck" on a certain phase of
operation.  The mirror spell had simply gotten "stuck" on looking at Krael.  All she
needed to do was deactivate it, then start over with a different target.
     It was a simple matter.
     It should have been a simple matter.
     She couldn't shut the spell down.  She took another deep breath and ran through
the shut-down sequence again.  There were currents of unformed magic swirling around
her now, and most of them were from sources she would not touch.  Blood magic, from
the arena.  It seemed to be working against her, reinforcing the mirror's resistance,
if such a thing was possible.  Dammit, the mirror wasn't alive, it didn't have a
will, couldn't consciously resist...but that's what it felt like.  Or that someone
she'd been looking at had sensed the spell, seized it from the other end, and was
trying to use it to look at HER.  She was distantly aware of power--not a lot, but
some, enough to help--coming from outside her and reinforcing her efforts.  More
distantly, she realized that it was Segallion and Nila.  That power she could use.
She wove their offering into her own efforts and made a third attempt to shut down
the mirror spell.
     The resistance continued, maybe increased.  It was hard to be sure, because her
head was beginning to ache with the effort.  Not good!  If she made a slip through
weariness, the spell could escape her completely.
     Another strand of power, faint as starlight but just as pure, joined with hers.
Absolutely precise.  Familiar.  Shania!  The united effort bore down on the critical
points of the mirror spell.  Not the points SHE had chosen.
     *I can't hold this link for long* Shania thought to her.  *But without it, I
couldn't have reached you at all.  The high magics are fading with the Eyes, Adie.
Soon they'll be gone--*
     "Leaving nothing but blood magic and petty witchcraft," Adie agreed grimly.  "I
know."
     *It's worse than you're thinking.*  Shania's thought was urgent.  *When there is
no high magic, there will be no protecting circles, demons will be unbound, all the
things that Sheila Greywand holds at bay will be loosed on Alastari!  Gates will open
as though they'd never been sealed.  ANYTHING could get loose!  There are residual
traces of Old Chaos in Alastari, and if they aren't bound--*
     "Disaster!"  It didn't occur to Adie to doubt Shania's assessment.  In matters
such as that, the elf seeress was unmatched.  "But without high magic, how can we
hold the bindings?  You don't suggest WE use blood magic?"
     *No.  Everything done with blood magic is tainted by it.  Even for a good end...
the result will be twisted.  Always.*
     Adie was aware of Shania's shudder of revulsion.  "There aren't a lot of other
sources--"
     *I have a plan--it would take too long to explain now.*  Shania's mental voice
was fading.  *I'll be there soon.*  The link between them shivered.  *Break the
mirror!*  She was gone from Adie's mind.
     It was an effort for Adie to focus outward and look at the mirror.  The
reflective surface was a sheet of blood!  She couldn't disentangle her mind
completely from the spell and realized that the mirror had gone beyond resistance and
it--or something using it--was actively attempting to trap her.  Easier said than
done!  Most of her mental barriers had been lowered to work the spell, but she
slammed them back into place.  Which was more difficult than it should have been, but
she DID manage it.
     Her warrior Segallion staggered toward her, sword drawn.  Adie saw that Nila had
collapsed behind him.  Had they been seized by the spell, when it lost its grip on
her?

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): ZERO THE HERO of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): FLAT TAX of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): CROCONAW of WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): MONKEY WRENCH of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): FLIMSY of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): DARK CHOCOLATE of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): SQUISH THE GERBIL of CRUEL PET NAMES (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): SADISTA FAIRBORNE of MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): BERKE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): MUTILATE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): LACHES of LEGALESE (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SEXTANT of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHEROKEE of CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): HELIO of ULTIMATE ACCELERATION from ARVAT (LHI, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): TEN TON TOGAS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 492): THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 485): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 481): WATER DECK (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 481): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 482): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 477): RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 443): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 436): MEMPHIS MAFIA (Bookie, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 429): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 193): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 341): BUMS 'R' US (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 330): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 147): CHIEFS' ELITE (Matrix, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 377): RISEN FROM THE DEAD, etc. (LHI, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 245): MISS STEP of LADIES IN WAITING (Crip, mgr.)
                           GREY FOX of A.K.A. (?, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 492): BARK of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                   (turn 491): BEEF BULLION of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
                               SKYWISE of ELFQUEST (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 484): KANGAROO KATE of THE ZOO (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 LOOPHOLES (turn 340): BLACK EYE of JOKA MASHER! (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 146): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ZENSU?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, TACO GODS, since BEYOND THE 
PALE took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Now let's all watch 
BEYOND THE PALE's heads swell from their 4-1-0 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, 
big talk, big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see DARK LENORA win a 
fight and gain 16 points, terribly.  Due to absence, and inability to defend the 
throne, SQUISH THE GERBIL has lost the Title of Duelmaster.  Start setting that alarm 
earlier!  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as LEADFOOT takes the Title and 
last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  I'm not in a very good mood 
today, but why am I telling you this?  You want to know what's new, don't you, ZENSU? 
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
ZENSU, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  TACO GODS the most avoided team?  
What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And it looks like CRUEL PET NAMES avoided 
them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for ZENSU's 
morgue.  More variety.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is 
developing these kinds of weapons?   
     What does the ZENSU arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Phlllt!  Just had to do that 
before I leave the fine city of ZENSU.  I feel much better now.  Paste this one in 
your scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEADFOOT 3516                13   6  0    90       TACO GODS (152)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PHILLIP THE BIRD 3708        11   7  0    96       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
-SQUISH THE GERBIL 3778       14   5  0    94       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MINISTRY 3993                 7   2  0    78       TACO GODS (152)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TRIANGLE MAN 4000             5   1  0    63       NEUROMANCERS (404)
 HUMP THE CAMEL 3903           7   8  0    59       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARNIE EL SHEW 3930            7  33  1    55       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-TWO FLOWER 4068               6   4  0    54       THE DISC (411)
-OUATE LE PHOQUE 3902          7   7  0    40       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
 JENIPHER 4091                 4   2  1    38       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-SANITARIUM 4058               3   1  0    37       TACO GODS (152)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NOBBY 4081                    5   1  0    30       THE DISC (411)
 BLONDE GRENADE 4069           5   7  1    26       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WHITE NOISE 4030              1   1  0    22       NEUROMANCERS (404)
-WAVES 4098                    1   0  0    21       TACO GODS (152)
 O. POSTE 4107                 2   0  0    19       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-ABSOLUTE ZERO 4031            1   1  0    19       NEUROMANCERS (404)
 DARK LENORA 4110              1   0  0    16       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-SQUASH THE SNAKE 4002         3   1  0    15       CRUEL PET NAMES (381)
-VENITARI 4093                 2   1  0     7       THE DISC (411)
-TURBO 4097                    0   1  0     1       TACO GODS (152)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ESME 4095              0  2 0 THE DISC 411          JENIPHER 4091         442         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hump the Camel -- Thanks all the same, but I'll pass on that. -- Arnie El Shew, not
THAT dumb

Tab -- You think you're going to stick me with that?  Think again, buster! -- Blonde
Grenade

Squash the Snake -- Works for me. -- Jenipher

I am o-pposed to beggars, whether persistent or otherwise. -- O. Poste

16 June 2004
                             Death Fest Begins July 29/DM 59 T-172

     "You drive a hard bargain Hammer," responded Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul, "but the
Gladiatorial Commission has agreed to re-open DM 58 Delarq Tor as a Slow Arena
exclusively for a period of six months to those Death Fest contestants who fight
their stables at least 67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death
Fest; on the condition that at least 20 stables qualify for the Illis Iron Stable
Award at the conclusion of the Death Fest and those qualifying managers send a New
Stable to DM 58 Delarq Tor without Cannibalizing their participation in the other
arenas where they have active stables!"
     Hammer felt a certain sense of satisfaction as he studied the ghoulish grin
spreading across the face of Lord Lian Ki Na-Sul; proud Arena Master of the once
dying Illis Arena, as the DM 59 Arena Authority signed the Gladiatorial Commission
papers authenticating the arrangement agreed upon by the two parties presiding.
     "You and the Gladiatorial Commission also drive a hard bargain," Hammer replied
as he reflected upon the prospects of Delarq Tor DM 58 being re-opened as a Slow
Arena with at least 20 New Stables by the Managers who fight their stables at least
67 times out of a possible 75 during the 15 rounds of Death Fest. "I also notice the
clause that for Delarq Tor to be open Exclusively for 6 months to the New Stables
managed by the Illis Iron Stable Award Winners that there must be at least 15 stables
Active each cycle. That is a fair bargain for the opportunity to battle for the
Duelmaster Throne each of those six months before Other New Stables are allowed to
enter Delarq Tor."
     This was a Golden Opportunity for both Veteran and Newbie Managers to pave a new
frontier of Delarq history by qualifying their Death Fest stables in DM 59 with 67
fights out of a possible 75; then for the price of running a stable in a Regular
Arena, continuing to be Active in DM 59 and sending a New Team Roll Up to be a part
of "History in the Making" when Delarq Tor would re-open for its First Turn as a Slow
Arena on November 3rd, 2005.
     Death Fest would conclude on T-186 August 25th, 2005 allowing the Illis Iron
Stable Award Winners enough time to be registered with the Gladiatorial Commission;
whereupon they would be able to submit a New Team Roll Up to the GC to start a New
Stable in Delarq Tor; be able to fight those New Gladiators in the Rookies 2005 Fall
Mailer Tourney; then begin competing for the DM 58 Duelmasters Throne in Delarq Tor
right out of the gate with the November 3rd 2005 T-1 Debut Opening Round.
     Hammer of the First Part had also negotiated with Lord Na-Zul of the Second Part
an agreement that All 10 Dark Arena Monsters and 17 NPCs Characters be re-named by
the Top Ten Death Fest Finishers. [See DM 59 T-171 Newsletter Team Spotlight by
Hammer for the complete listing of Dark Arena Monsters/NPCs and the Official Death
Fest Designation for which Top Ten Finishers re-name which characters!]
     Lord Na-Sul could not hide his delight at the prospects of Death being re-
delivered to his once dying arena during the Delarq Death Fest; the DM 59 Arena
Master agreed that these Death Fest Prizes were but a Small Exchange in Comparison to
the Profits to be made by the local Illis business merchants and surrounding
community from the Anticipated Influx into Illis by the Veteran and Newbie
Managers/Gladiators/Stables seeking to make History in the Delarq Death Fest.
     Nor could Hammer conceal his jubilation regarding the Call Across Alistari being
Answered to Cross Blades and Match Wits with the Devious, the Diabolical, the
Dangerous and the Down Challenging who were being drawn to the Delarq Death Fest to
Fulfill their Delarq Dueling Destiny!
     REMEMBER: Death Fest begins July 29th T-172 with 25 points being awarded to
those who write a minimum 15 paragraph Team Spotlight [including Stable Name &
Managerial Alias in the Storyline!] for the DM 59 T-172 Newsletter [So Make Sure HAL
Does Not Eat any Lengthy Sentences that are Emailed without Proper Formatting; and
the RSI Typist has Plenty of Time to Type Any Hand Written Spotlights; Lest Ye
Discover 0 Points Awarded for a Missing or Incomplete T-172 Team Spotlight!]
     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"  -- Hammer/Death Fest
Host/Vendetta Cartel Captain; WordSmith and High Priest of the Crimson Ascension
Family in DM 28

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

LEADFOOT devastated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
HUMP THE CAMEL unbelievably bested ARNIE EL SHEW in a action packed 3 minute battle.
JENIPHER defeated FRATSFA SLAVE in a 3 minute bloody duel.
BLONDE GRENADE devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
O. POSTE luckily beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 4 minute gruesome amateur's competition.
DARK LENORA defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute novice's struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   2 -  1      82  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         TOTAL PARRY       22 -   7 -  0      76  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     13 -   8 -  1      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -  12 -  0      54  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  11 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW         7 -   9 -  1      44  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -  21 -  0      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   7 -  1      36  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |

Turn 444 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         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   LEADFOOT 3516              13   6  0   90 TACO GODS (152)
WALL OF STEEL    JENIPHER 4091               4   2  1   38 BEYOND THE PALE (337)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LEADFOOT 3516.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ARNIE EL SHEW 3930.  The ten other most popular fighters were JENIPHER 4091, DARK 
LENORA 4110, LEADFOOT 3516, HUMP THE CAMEL 3903, BLONDE GRENADE 4069, O. POSTE 4107,  
0,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was O. POSTE 4107.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLONDE GRENADE 4069, HUMP THE CAMEL 3903, LEADFOOT 3516, DARK LENORA 
4110, JENIPHER 4091, ARNIE EL SHEW 3930,  0,  0,  0, and  0.