DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 08/19/2005 Duedate: 09/01/2005 ZENSU ARENA DM-40 TURN-473 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS CASSIUS BATTLE SCHOOL (407) (40-3978) [11-2-2,109] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader CASSIUS VIRULENT BATTLE SCHOOL (407) BLOOD ANGELS (423) (40-3978) [11-2-2,109] (40-4136) [6-0-0,60] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite JENIPHER BLONDE GRENADE BEYOND THE PALE (337) BEYOND THE PALE (337) (40-4091) [18-17-1,79] (40-4069) [18-23-2,89] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM PHILANTHROPISTS (211) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. BLOOD ANGELS (423) 28 2. BEYOND THE PALE (337) 25 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) 3. PHILANTHROPISTS (211) 11 Unchartered Team 4. BATTLE SCHOOL (407) 8 5. NEUROMANCERS (404) 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*BLOOD ANGELS (423) 21 5 1 80.8 1/ 1*PHILANTHROPISTS (211) 10 5 0 2- 2 EXOTIC TASTES (397) 26 13 1 66.7 2/ 4 BEYOND THE PALE (337) 5 5 1 3- 4 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) 32 18 3 64.0 3/ 7*BLOOD ANGELS (423) 4 2 0 4/ 3*PHILANTHROPISTS (211) 18 11 0 62.1 4/ 5 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) 3 3 0 5/ 6 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) 34 27 4 55.7 5- 3 NEUROMANCERS (404) 2 0 0 6- 7 NEUROMANCERS (404) 37 36 6 50.7 6- 2 EXOTIC TASTES (397) 1 0 0 7/ 9 BEYOND THE PALE (337) 382 563 14 40.4 7- 8 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) 0 2 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[ The Mountains of Night #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + It was a night with no moon, and no stars. Not the kind of night that welcomed a returning traveler. Huw ap Huw, once a gladiator of Murska, stopped where his path crested the last ridge and looked down on the valley that held the Welgin Tei and Murska. A few lights showed in the town, looking as far away as the stars, and a lace of white foam shimmered on the river. Not enough light to descend the hillside in safety. Huw touched the unlit lantern he carried, then took his hand away. Better to wait for dawn, or even to attempt the path in the dark than to announce his coming with a light. His memory suggested a cluster of rocks that nearly formed a cave somewhere off to his left. It would do to pass the rest of the night in. If it wasn't already occupied. He shifted his grip on his staff and tapped the ground in that direction like a blind man, feeling for the edge of the cliff, the rocks, the cave, anything that might be there. "You're too far to your right." He froze, his other hand going to his sword. "Relax, if I wanted you dead, it would already have happened." "True enough, I s'pose," Huw admitted. "What are you, a dwarf, or an elf, to see in the dark?" "Does it matter?" "It might." There was a brief silence. "Elf. Andorian, though I haven't been back there in years. My name's Tankesh. You?" "Huw. From here originally, well, from the woods just north of here." He advanced cautiously, feeling his way with the staff, and met a strong hand that guided him into the shelter of the rocks. "This is not a safe place to be at night," Tankesh said. Huw snorted. "You're here. Is it safer for you?" A faint laugh. "Not hardly. The Black Kaliv's demons are pursuing me." "Something's chasing me, too," Huw admitted. "Damned if I know what it is. Coming from the east, though, not out of the north." The Black Kaliv, he knew, was the name by which the ruler of Kurukar was now known, for his embracing of the darkest kinds of magic. "Maybe it'll take on the Black One's demons, and they'll kill each other." "Dream on." "I can hope!" Huw settled to the ground, shifting his scabbarded sword so that it would be easy to reach and letting his shoulder satchel slip down. "I've got bread and cheese, and some decent wine, if you're hungry." "Traveling in style! I'll take you up on that, and thanks! I ran out of supplies three days ago, and I haven't dared stop at any village or farm with the demons behind me." Huw handed over a slab of dark bread and a wedge of cheese, then offered the wine flask. "What did you do to stir up the Black One?" "Tried to rescue a girl he planned on sacrificing." The elf's voice darkened. "I couldn't save her life," he said very quietly, "but at least her soul wasn't eaten by the demons. Who are now hungry for mine." Huw nodded, not sure if the elf could see that, but didn't answer. What could he say? Being a hero was a hard job, and sometimes you lost. And if you could shrug off such a defeat and the death of an innocent, you were no hero. "I picked up trouble just this side of Malcorn, when I came on a dead traveler and buried him. I thought it was bandits, but they wouldn't follow this far, especially after I left the road. I know these woods. That's got to be some kind of special tracker to still be on my trail." He was silent for a moment, then said, "I'm nothing special, but I'm too stupid to back down. If I can help you, I will." "Too stupid to back down," Tankesh repeated. He laughed. "I wonder how many 'heroes' that describes. A fair offer, and I'll take you up on it. And if I can help you, I will." Huw stuck out his hand, Tankesh met it, and they shook on a partnership. + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Mountains of Night #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Raoul, one of Gerfel's Friends from Aruak City, looked around the one room cabin and sighed. "It isn't much, doll, but it'll have to do." "It's fine," Crystal Fireblade said. "Shelter, and a chance to rest, what more can we ask?" She lowered her pack to the floor, which was of rough planks, and stretched. "Any idea where we are?" "Somewhere between Zensu and Murska is the best I can do." He moved to the fireplace, noting the full woodbox with approval, and began to lay a fire. "I wish I knew what we've got following us, though." "Demons." "Yeah, but did you get the impression back in Fratsfa that Khaldren's converts used demons? They were regular hired bravos that we fought." "True, but we killed them. Maybe the next step is demons." The Lady Knight looked at the bread and cheese in her hands, then passed it to Raoul to toast. "What else could it mean? You think there's some OTHER power-mad magician at work, too?" "There are rumors about the kaliv of Kurukar." "I've heard them, but surely his arm isn't this long? And anyway, Andoria has its protections--" Raoul shrugged, looking around uneasily. "The protections, such as they are, focus on the person of the king, and who's seen him lately?" "He spends a lot of time on the Isle of the Eye...." "Which doesn't do Andoria much good. Sometimes I wonder if people are right about him being under the Greywand's thumb." Crystal Fireblade stood, squaring her shoulders, and looked down at her companion sternly. "That's fool talk, and practically treasonous." "And they say Fratsfa has its own protections," Raoul went on as though she hadn't spoken. "But those only work against...." He shrugged. "If the majority of the magicians of Fratsfa choose to ignore a danger, then the protections do, too. And if Khaldren has suborned them--" "That would still leave the protections in place against Kurukar," Crystal said, sitting down again. Raoul shrugged again. "Well, if we can catch one of the demons alive, we can ask who sent him." SPY REPORT Greetings warriors! It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the clash and bustle of the weekly ZENSU games. There were bitter words at EXOTIC TASTES' guildhouse after a 0-0-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 6th. Dark Arena anyone? Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner! Witness how this week BLOOD ANGELS went 3-0-0 to move up 4 in the rankings. DRIZZT caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT and was awarded 19 points in recognition. In one of the week's more notable duels, SANGUINE put down CRAZY TRAIN, causing him to lose 9 points of recognition in the process. Although JENIPHER made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious CASSIUS. Informants "close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor. Watch out! Many and various are the arts of battle. In ZENSU "art" is a word that has long since passed from the language! ZENSU, city of gladiators! Mighty among the names of thy guilds is BATTLE SCHOOL, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels. Apparently the stalwarts of BLOOD ANGELS are catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids. Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are after BLOOD BATH. Watch your back! As a gladiator gets older, the icy grip of fear lays hold of his heart. True, VIRULENT? Who could miss your "brave" challenge of BLOOD BATH? Few would not have guessed the outcome of the bout as BLOOD BATH was defeated by VIRULENT. Is this what passes for courage in ZENSU? What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his foe's mortality? Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins. In the arena there is only the brightness of steel. Keep vigil always! A thought before I go. Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise manager learn the secrets of them all? Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city. Depart I must and soon! Till we meet again, remember: a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CASSIUS 3978 11 2 2 109 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -TRIANGLE MAN 4000 14 1 1 167 NEUROMANCERS (404) -BORIS KARLOFF 4112 7 1 0 96 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -GRILLED GRIZZLY 3891 9 1 0 90 EXOTIC TASTES (397) BLONDE GRENADE 4069 18 23 2 89 BEYOND THE PALE (337) -LON CHANEY JR. 4116 8 2 2 85 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) JENIPHER 4091 18 17 1 79 BEYOND THE PALE (337) -BELA LUGOSI 4114 7 3 0 76 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -WHIPPED WEASEL 3995 6 1 0 62 EXOTIC TASTES (397) VIRULENT 4136 6 0 0 60 BLOOD ANGELS (423) O. POSTE 4107 13 18 1 58 BEYOND THE PALE (337) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -PERRY 4032 7 1 0 52 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) DRIZZT 4146 4 0 0 49 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) -PARTICLE MAN 4100 6 3 1 44 NEUROMANCERS (404) SANGUINE 4135 4 2 0 43 BLOOD ANGELS (423) -MARINATED MUSSEL 4057 4 0 0 39 EXOTIC TASTES (397) SLACK JAW 4147 4 0 0 39 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) -BRAISED BUFFALO 3999 5 2 1 38 EXOTIC TASTES (397) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -TOXIC 4137 3 1 1 33 BLOOD ANGELS (423) CRIMSON FEAST 4134 4 2 0 32 BLOOD ANGELS (423) BLOOD BATH 1748 3 3 0 32 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) -GORE 4133 4 0 0 27 BLOOD ANGELS (423) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CRAZY TRAIN 1750 3 3 0 22 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) PARANOID 1747 4 1 0 19 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) -BRUTUS 4050 3 3 0 16 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) DELLIS LINZ 4157 1 0 0 15 BEYOND THE PALE (337) -CHRISTOPHER LEE 4139 2 2 1 14 MEN OF 1,000 FACES (420) -ABSOLUTE ZERO 4031 1 3 0 14 NEUROMANCERS (404) -SALANIO 4054 2 2 1 9 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? PERSONAL ADS Cassius -- You can't be Fratsfan, you're too short. You're, um, just a dwarf with bleached hair, yeah. -- Blonde Grenade M. Chardinee. Bah. -- Jenipher Crazy Train -- Are you what they feed to pit bulls to make them go mad? -- O. Poste 4 August 2005 Ladies and Gentlemen...The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For Is Here!!!!!!!! ZalCon3...The Rebirth!!!!!!! The Rules Are Simple, The Prizes Are Awesome, The Competition Fierce! Where: Dullens (DM13) When: October 8th, 2005 The Rules: Every Manager Must DA Their Entire Team On The First Turn They Enter The Contest. All Warriors DA'd In This Manner MUST Be At Zero FE And May Fight In The Contest If They Live. The Style Of The Warrior Must Be Present In The Name In A Non Ambiguous Manner, Standard Abbreviations Accepted. Scoring Starts On The 3rd Turn Of The Contest Which Will Also Be The First Turn After The October Mail In. Dead Warriors May Be Entered From The Contest To Dead Apprentices ONLY--And With Zero FE!!!!! All Living Warriors May Be Entered Into Rookies or Apprentices For The October Mail In. Scoring: 1 Point For Each Win. 1 Point For Each Kill. -1 Point For Each Loss. -1 Point For Each Death. Categories: Ultimate Style Master: Warrior Of Any Style With The Most Style Master Points. Top Team: Team With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest. Top Warrior: Warrior With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest. MVP Team: Team With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest. MVP Warrior: Warrior With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest. Style Master: Warrior With The Most Points Vs. Style In Each Style At The End Of The Contest. Warrior Top 11: Next 10 Top Point Gaining Warriors At The End Of The Contest. Iron Manager: Any Manager With 100 Fights During The Contest (20 Turns Plus 2 Pre Turns). ***Special Category*** An Additional Top Team Award Will Be Granted For Each 5 Iron Manager Awards Starting At 6. Prizes: Ultimate Style Master, Top Team, Top Warrior: +1 To Bonus, Damage Bump, Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills, Favorites Knowledge. MVP Team And MVP Warrior: 20 Rollups. Style Master: +1 To Bonus. Warrior Top 11: Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills. Iron Manager: +1 To Bonus. Please Contact Zalgor Prigg Via Diplo (Armor & Weapons DM102) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Should You Have Any Questions Or Wish A Free Team Rollup To Dark Arena On Turn 1. Disclaimer: All Prizes Are To Be Used On Contest Team Only And Are Non Transferable. LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS VIRULENT devastated BLOOD BATH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight. SANGUINE vanquished CRAZY TRAIN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle. CASSIUS demolished JENIPHER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven Title fight. BLONDE GRENADE devastated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight. O. POSTE was bested by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a popular 3 minute expert's brawl. PARANOID was viciously subdued by CRIMSON FEAST in a 2 minute bloody match. DRIZZT handily defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven fight. SLACK JAW unbelievably bested AMBITIOUS GUARD in a action packed 6 minute duel. DELLIS LINZ defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute beginner's duel. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |WALL OF STEEL 4 SLASHING ATTACK 8 - 1 - 1 89 | |LUNGING ATTACK 3 STRIKING ATTACK 2 - 1 - 0 67 | |AIMED BLOW 2 LUNGING ATTACK 15 - 8 - 1 65 | |TOTAL PARRY 2 AIMED BLOW 10 - 6 - 0 63 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 TOTAL PARRY 14 - 9 - 1 61 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 WALL OF STEEL 11 - 10 - 0 52 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 - 1 - 0 50 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 BASHING ATTACK 4 - 7 - 0 36 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 4 - 1 20 | |SLASHING ATTACK 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 3 - 0 0 | Turn 473 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 2 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 1 - 2 2 AIMED BLOW STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 0 2 STRIKING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 2 LUNGING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 1 - 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 2 BASHING ATTACK WALL OF STEEL 2 - 2 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 SLASHING ATTACK 1 WALL OF STEEL 1 TOTAL PARRY TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME AIMED BLOW CASSIUS 3978 11 2 2 109 BATTLE SCHOOL (407) WALL OF STEEL JENIPHER 4091 18 17 1 79 BEYOND THE PALE (337) STRIKING ATTACK VIRULENT 4136 6 0 0 60 BLOOD ANGELS (423) LUNGING ATTACK SANGUINE 4135 4 2 0 43 BLOOD ANGELS (423) TOTAL PARRY SLACK JAW 4147 4 0 0 39 PHILANTHROPISTS (211) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is JENIPHER 4091. The most popular warrior this turn was BLONDE GRENADE 4069. The ten other most popular fighters were SANGUINE 4135, CASSIUS 3978, CRIMSON FEAST 4134, DRIZZT 4146, VIRULENT 4136, DELLIS LINZ 4157, JENIPHER 4091, BLOOD BATH 1748, CRAZY TRAIN 1750, and O. POSTE 4107. The least popular fighter this week was SLACK JAW 4147. The other ten least popular fighters were PARANOID 1747, O. POSTE 4107, CRAZY TRAIN 1750, BLOOD BATH 1748, JENIPHER 4091, DELLIS LINZ 4157, VIRULENT 4136, DRIZZT 4146, CRIMSON FEAST 4134, and CASSIUS 3978.