DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/18/2005    Duedate: 03/31/2005

ZENSU ARENA

DM-40    TURN-462

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DARK LENORA
BEYOND THE PALE (337)
(40-4110) [14-5-0,90]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DARK LENORA                    BLADE MASTER
BEYOND THE PALE (337)          WAR-C-KERS (422)
(40-4110) [14-5-0,90]          (40-4123) [6-3-0,66]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BILBO BAGGINS                  BILBO BAGGINS
THE SHIRE (321)                THE SHIRE (321)
(40-3031) [12-14-1,55]         (40-3031) [12-14-1,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLOOD ANGELS (423)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLOOD ANGELS (423)          35
2. WAR-C-KERS (422)            13      THE SHIRE (321)
3. THE SHIRE (321)              4      Unchartered Team
4. EXOTIC TASTES (397)          0
5. MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)     0      BLOOD ANGELS (423)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*BLITZKRIEG (421)           2   0  1  100   1/ 1*BLOOD ANGELS (423)       14  1 1
 2/ 2*BLOOD ANGELS (423)        14   1  1 93.3   2/ 7 BEYOND THE PALE (337)     5  9 0
 3- 3 OF WOLF AND MAN 8 (347)   15   6  0 71.4   3- 2 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)  4  3 1
 4- 4 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)  29  15  2 65.9   4- 5 EXOTIC TASTES (397)       3  0 0
 5- 5 EXOTIC TASTES (397)       22  13  1 62.9   5/ 9 THE SHIRE (321)           3  3 1
 6/ 6*WAR-C-KERS (422)          11   7  0 61.1   6/ 6*WAR-C-KERS (422)          3  3 0
 7- 7 AS FAR AS SIAM (199)      87  73  9 54.4   7- 8*BLITZKRIEG (421)          2  0 1
 8/ 8 THE SHIRE (321)           21  21  3 50.0   8- 4 OF WOLF AND MAN 8 (347)   2  0 0
 9/ 9 BEYOND THE PALE (337)    363 545 13 40.0   9- 3 AS FAR AS SIAM (199)      1  4 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Bela Lugosi, I consider that sneaky and underhanded!  Giving me all those 
hundreds of faces to strike at and no clue as to which was the real you.  Huh, think 
I'm going to be fooled so easily?  As if!

                                     Dark Lenora

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of ZENSU.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to give 
you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  He who laughs last 
didn't get the joke.  Speaking of laughing at jokes, observe AS FAR AS SIAM.  Last 
week they got 0-0-0 to drop by 6!  What's a move up by 5 you ask?  (alright, maybe 
you didn't ask)  Cause for celebration, according to BEYOND THE PALE.  WAR-C-KERS had 
cause to celebrate, after BLADE MASTER got 16 points by beating JENIPHER.  JENIPHER 
certainly had a baffled expression on hers face, after losing to BLADE MASTER and 
losing 12 points in the process!  Those who hoped for a new Duelmaster were 
disappointed by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE, of ZENSU, who despite a 0-0-0 couldn't overcome 
ZENSU's Number 1.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and 
ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     My mother wished me to avoid conflict, and seek the gentle trade of Spyreporter. 
But warriors aren't supposed to avoid fights!  Perhaps the warriors of EXOTIC TASTES 
should take up some hobbies, as they are the most avoided team...  As a woman of good 
breeding scorns the "warriors" of BLOOD ANGELS, so did that sorry team shy from 
EXOTIC TASTES If challenges were horses, BLONDE GRENADE could open up a fast food 
joint!  Place your bets!  STUMP JUMPER is the long shot of the week:  they challenged 
BLONDE GRENADE, up by 26.  If STUMP JUMPER had beat BLONDE GRENADE, it'd be a hero, 
but since it lost we just laugh at it.  Tough break.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Ask not a spymaster 
for counsel, for he will pontificate long after you have fallen into an unconscious 
stupor.   
     Do not think spyreporting in ZENSU is the highlight of my life.  Keep those 
sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing 
Spyreports for ZENSU?  On that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DARK LENORA 4110             14   5  0    90       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BORIS KARLOFF 4112            7   1  0    96       MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LON CHANEY JR. 4116           8   2  2    85       MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)
-BELA LUGOSI 4114              7   3  0    76       MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)
-GRILLED GRIZZLY 3891          7   1  0    74       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
-PHANTASMAGORIA 1664          16  16  0    73       AS FAR AS SIAM (199)
 BLONDE GRENADE 4069          14  16  2    67       BEYOND THE PALE (337)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLADE MASTER 4123             6   3  0    66       WAR-C-KERS (422)
-DRAXLER 3294                 11   4  0    61       OF WOLF AND MAN 8 (347)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILBO BAGGINS 3031           12  14  1    55       THE SHIRE (321)
-WHIPPED WEASEL 3995           5   1  0    55       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 JENIPHER 4091                12  12  1    49       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
-BRAISED BUFFALO 3999          5   2  1    38       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 TOXIC 4137                    3   0  1    37       BLOOD ANGELS (423)
 O. POSTE 4107                 7  13  0    34       BEYOND THE PALE (337)
 STUMP JUMPER 4124             5   4  0    34       WAR-C-KERS (422)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BUSH 43 4118                  1   0  1    33       BLITZKRIEG (421)
-FATTY ARBUCKLE 4129           4   3  0    32       AS FAR AS SIAM (199)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MARINATED MUSSEL 4057         3   0  0    32       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 VIRULENT 4136                 3   0  0    29       BLOOD ANGELS (423)
 CRIMSON FEAST 4134            3   0  0    28       BLOOD ANGELS (423)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SHREK 4128                    4   4  0    23       AS FAR AS SIAM (199)
 BULLROARER 3131               5   5  1    21       THE SHIRE (321)
-BUTTERED BEAVER 4042          1   0  0    21       EXOTIC TASTES (397)
 GORE 4133                     3   0  0    19       BLOOD ANGELS (423)
 SANGUINE 4135                 2   1  0    18       BLOOD ANGELS (423)
-OTRAR 3292                    4   2  0    14       OF WOLF AND MAN 8 (347)
-REAGAN 4121                   1   0  0     9       BLITZKRIEG (421)
-GUX UNFALFADOO 4138           0   1  0     1       AS FAR AS SIAM (199)
-CHRISTOPHER LEE 4139          0   1  0     1       MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARNIE EL SHEW 3930    11 46 2 BEYOND THE PALE 337   LON CHANEY JR. 4116   461         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lon Chaney Jr. -- I call that the ploy of a jealous short man! -- Ghost of Arnie El 
Shew

Bilbo Baggins -- It isn't often someone makes ME feel really tall.  But I like it. -- 
Jenipher

Stump Jumper -- Gosh, you must not have had a thought in your head to have room for 
all those new skills! -- Blonde Grenade

Whipped Weasel -- Euwh! -- O. Poste

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STUMP JUMPER was devastated by BLONDE GRENADE in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
BLADE MASTER vanquished JENIPHER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
DARK LENORA narrowly defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute Title fight.
BILBO BAGGINS won victory over O. POSTE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
TOXIC overpowered BULLROARER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CRIMSON FEAST bested CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute brawl.
GORE vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
SANGUINE beat PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute gory amateur's brawl.
VIRULENT handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -   0 -  1     100  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -   5 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   6 -  1      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  18 -  0      51  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK    15 -  15 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        5 -  20 -  2      20  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 462 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DARK LENORA 4110           14   5  0   90 BEYOND THE PALE (337)
AIMED BLOW       BLADE MASTER 4123           6   3  0   66 WAR-C-KERS (422)
STRIKING ATTACK  TOXIC 4137                  3   0  1   37 BLOOD ANGELS (423)
LUNGING ATTACK   STUMP JUMPER 4124           5   4  0   34 WAR-C-KERS (422)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BILBO BAGGINS 3031.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BILBO BAGGINS 3031.  The ten other most popular fighters were SANGUINE 4135, 
VIRULENT 4136, BLONDE GRENADE 4069, BLADE MASTER 4123, DARK LENORA 4110, CRIMSON 
FEAST 4134, JENIPHER 4091, TOXIC 4137, GORE 4133, and STUMP JUMPER 4124.

The least popular fighter this week was BULLROARER 3131.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were O. POSTE 4107, STUMP JUMPER 4124, GORE 4133, TOXIC 4137, JENIPHER 4091, 
CRIMSON FEAST 4134, DARK LENORA 4110, BLADE MASTER 4123, BLONDE GRENADE 4069, and 
VIRULENT 4136.