DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/13/2007    Duedate: 02/26/2007

KATI-TEI ARENA

DM-41    TURN-503

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SWAN
BIRDS (286)
(41-4107) [8-5-2,95]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SWAN                           POSITION IS EMPTY
BIRDS (286)                    
(41-4107) [8-5-2,95]           

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

WILLIAM CRAWFORD               BLINDED BY KNOWING
MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)        THE PLAGUE (93)
(41-4241) [13-10-0,55]         (41-4290) [2-2-0,20]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WANDERERS (329)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BIRDS (286)                 23
2. WANDERERS (329)             13      MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)
3. 071406L (390)                0      Unchartered Team
4. WRECKING CREW (391)          0
5. MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)      0      FLAMES (215)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 071406L (390)              9   4  0 69.2   1/ 1 WANDERERS (329)           9  6 1
 2/ 2 MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)   70  32  5 68.6   2/ 3 MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)   6  4 0
 3- 3*WRECKING CREW (391)       12  10  0 54.5   3/ 2 THE PLAGUE (93)           6  6 0
 4/ 4 THE PLAGUE (93)          198 184 12 51.8   4- 4*WRECKING CREW (391)       2  5 0
 5/ 5 BIRDS (286)               88  85  7 50.9   5/ 6 BIRDS (286)               1  1 0
 6/ 6 WANDERERS (329)          454 514 11 46.9   6- 5 071406L (390)             1  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

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     The Plague's small keep had never been a particularly flashy structure.  The two
smaller towers framed the main gate and stood watch over the small path up that wound
up the hill to meet it.  The main tower was the focal point of structure, stabbing
cruelly into the sky.
     It was a strange choice that had served them well as it afforded an excellent
view of the port and east side of the city.  Although the years of abandonment had
left the complex in disrepair, its presence was undeniable.  Only muted by the
passage of time.  As if some forgotten god had struck the hill with this obsidian
dagger.  The hill's vines and undergrowth were slowly overtaking the tower making it
a familiar part of the landscape.
     The secluded tower's aura was usually enough, combined long walk from the east
road, to keep the prying eyes of locals at bay.  And so it had been quietly bearing
witness to Kati-Tei's populace.  Until now....

Another late night watch...

     Reign of Blades surveyed the hillside below the small keep.  The wind was really
whipping up....
     Winter was upon the port city and Reign shivered as she watched the moonlight
playing on the sea.  From this spire she also had a good view of Kati-Tei's east gate
and the coast road.  Pulling her cloak closer she glanced down at the east gate.
     The Thane's men were also suffering through the night watch.  Every now and then
they would tire of duty and she could catch one of the silhouettes curiously peering
up at the tower.
     This was not one of those times....  They seemed to be agitated at the moment.
Reign squinted straining to catch a glimpse of what was approaching from the east to
get them so stirred up.  The flicker of flames made it clear...muttering a soft curse
she headed for the stair....

     Meanwhile behind the shuttered courtyard windows below her companions were
killing time...
     "All right people, that's it...."
     "Tonk..." Dead of Winter flipped his cards on the table and kicked back.
     "What a way to spend another night," griped the Doorman.
     Shadow discarded and pushed away from the table in disgust.  The windows rattled
and candle flickered...again....  Shadow strode over to the hearth and retrieved the
kettle.
     "Shadow put another log on the fire while you are over there.  I am freezing
over here." shuddered Death's Doorman....
     "Since the night Reaper called us from our graves is I cannot shake this
displaced feeling.  It is a strange new world we find ourselves in.  Thane Tollanj
has really let this city rot." griped Shadow as he fed the flames.
     "I would not have expected only five stables.  And we walk to the arena in
silence passing the silent guild houses of this city's now forgotten past." echoed
Death's Doorman.
     "You think this is bad you should see what Andorak is like.  There is a reason
Shadow and I don't stay there during the week."
     "Yeah his ugly face is not my idea of good company either..." Shadow crisply
retorted grinning at his companions.
     "You know Shadow, I realize this is not your fault but if you keep this up,
Leeta is likely to say something to Reaper." Dead of Winter could not resist the jab
as he shuffled the well worn deck.
     "Look, I show up, I do my thing, we ride back to Kati Tei...."  Shadow filled
their mugs and returned the kettle.  "You know the drill as well as I...."
     "I have not liked Andorak much either." Dead of Winter griped as a 10" stiletto
appeared in his hand.  "I will never get used to these things." he complained as he
thoughtlessly guided the blade through a series of twist and flips.  Reflections from
the black steel to danced in the candle light sending a flickering spray through the
small room.
     "It is going to be another long night the wind is howling again.  Yeah where the
hell are the NFGs..." Death's Doorman scowled as he reviewed with new hand.
     "I think Blinded is in the training hall.  Working through some issues,
again...."  Shadow collapsed back in his chair.  Eyeing the door he wondered if he
would ever get this room to heat up.
     "Yeah it would help if you stopped laughing during his fights.  I'll take two.
Hmm...true...."
     "Reaper is having a hard time finding recruits lately."  Dead of Winter had know
Reaper for a long time.
     "Yeah the local talent isn't what it was."
     Footsteps on the stair distracted the group....
     "This won't be good. Reign wouldn't leave the watch if something wasn't up."
     Reign was already shrieking a blue streak even before she burst into the main
hall.  "Look sharp, slackers, the boss is riding in on the coast road.  He is
screaming towards the east gate like the devil himself is right on his tail."
     "Are you sure...."
     "Let's see, you dolts....  Six foot two cloaked figure on a nightmare steed
leaving a flaming wake with each hoof strike that I can pick up two leagues off...."
     "I wonder what is on his mind...I haven't seen him in a month..." murmured
Winter.
     "Don't just stand there get some food for the man and something to drink...."
     "Would one of you find Render and get Blinded in here...."
     Dead of Winter was already two steps down the hallway towards the barracks
before the word left her mouth.  There was a flurry of activity in the hall.
     "Reaper is gonna be here..." Reign's voice was clipped mid-stream.
     Boom!  The door the small room flew open under the force of the storm.  Reaper
calmly strode into the room while Death's Doorman secured the swinging portal.
     Taking his seat at the head of the table he sung around to face the fire.
"There will be no need to summon our new brethren."  He warmed his hands and turned
back to face the group.  "I wish to speak with all of you.  Alone."
     Reaper slowly drew in the steam from curious herbal elixir Shadow set out for
him.  Slowly he sipped it and continued to speak.  "As you are aware I have traveled
far and wide on the north coast.  "I have just returned from a visit to our brothers
in Snowbound and North Fork.  It is the same everywhere.  Familiar faces are gone...
the cities are nearly empty.  What you do not know is that I continued on to Willaf.
And last month I traveled the west coast of Alastari.  I had only planned to stop at
Ardivent."  He paused and eyed Shadow, the silent exchange was unnoticed by the rest.
"I am not welcomed in the Delarquan Federation."
     Shadow thought he saw a fleeting grin cross Reaper's countenance...the first in
recent memory....
     "But, I have contacted our agents in Tricorus as well.  I see no signs of any of
our alliance mates.  Storm King, Aliax, Greybeard, Sir Jeremy are all gone..." he
whispered, "even that Marma."
     "Yeah we all have ears.  If Marma was still around all of Alastari could not
help but hear...." voiced Shadow.
     "Ha, that one favored promising more than he could deliv..." Death's Doorman
answered blithely.
     "Silence....  All of you....  My point is that we are completely alone.  And to
that end certain mercies cannot be tolerated.  We need to be five again, this arena
is the cornerstone.  We must be strong.  I am raising Brickus for the next
tournament, we can no longer wait."
     Reaper paused and measured the reaction of the gathering of fighters.  "I have
faith in Blinded by Knowing."
     "He is in the training room now, my Lord." chimed in Reign of Blades.
     "I know, I think he will help us."
     Dead of Winter returned to the room out of breath....
     "I can't find Render anywhere...the footman said something about the Crewman's
Inn....  Is Reaper...?  Gulp!"
     "Yes, my old friend, I have arrived, please join us.  And yes, Render is an
issue....  It appears we have much to discuss."

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Where Shadows Walk ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     It is very hard to run in a graveyard on a rainy night.  This was one of those
self-evident truths that Lurline reminded herself of after the third time she tripped
on a tombstone, or once on just long tangled grass, and fell headlong.  She'd put her
sword back in its sheath after the first fall, which would mean a brief delay in case
of a fight but at least would reduce the chance of cutting her own throat.  How Jehu
managed to stay upright was a puzzle, one she'd ask about later.  Lots later.  Right
now....
     Another bolt of tarnished lightning burst upward from the tomb ahead.
Flutterlee yelped behind her.  With a gesture, barely visible, Jehu indicated that he
would swing around to approach from a different angle; and he vanished into the
curtain of rain.  Well, Jehu had been over the mountain before, she wouldn't worry
about him.  But Flutterlee...her teammate yelped again.  Flutterlee, she would have
to worry about.
     The long grasses wound around her feet with apparent deliberation, tripping her
again.
     She fell at full length, again, but at least there was no tombstone here to
crack her ribs.  She found herself looking along the ground, under a screen of
bushes, toward the tomb that housed what remained of Flutterlee's grandfather.  She
could see it quite well from here, and remain unseen herself.
     As tombs went, she supposed it was on the small side, no bigger than a woodshed.
Very simple in design, but the back of it ran into the hill that formed the edge of
the graveyard, so it might be bigger than it looked.  The door was open; it swung
outward and the hinge was toward her, so she couldn't see inside.  Not wide open,
maybe two feet.  And the lantern stood, a little crookedly, on the ground where it
would shine into the open door.  Again, still, no visible movement.  The only thing
she could hear, for the moment, was the hiss of rain hitting the hot metal cap of the
lantern.
     Now what?  A quick glance to either side told her that if she wanted to go
forward, it would have to be over, through, or under this brush, or else a very long
way around it.  Under seemed the most possible.  And the messiest.
     And she still didn't know what was IN the tomb that had caused the screams.  And
the lightning.
     As though her thought had called it forth, lightning struck upward again.  Not
from the doorway to the tomb, but from a sort of gazebo or cupola on the roof.  She'd
never seen a tomb with a cupola before.  Well, "seen," she could barely see it now
because of the angle.  But there was SOME kind of architectural doodad up there, and
the lightning was coming from it.
     A slight movement beyond the tomb, at the edge of the light, caught her eye.
Jehu, in position.  She inched forward far enough to signal him that she was here and
ready, too.  But where was Flutterlee?

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Resurrection...
From the Earth To The Throne...

Shadow was right...
The time spent underground has made victory sweeter.
I will wait here and see who comes.
Ernest is dead... No threats...
Perhaps Virginal Concubine will pay me a visit...
Otherwise...

I may be waiting for some time....

Your Duelmaster

Death's Doorman....

                                      SPY REPORT

     I can't believe the violence in KATI-TEI!  I still haven't told Mom I'm writing 
Spyreports.  She'd have a cow!  Well, here we go...  MVP award for BLINDED BY 
KNOWING?  THE PLAGUE's proud of him after beating GRUNT 1 and getting 15 points.  
Talk about yer big time losers!  GRUNT 1 got smashed by BLINDED BY KNOWING, and lost 
11 points!  And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh 
well, welcome SWAN.  Aren't BIRDS proud.  (Oh, my.) Who was the wiseguy that said 
KATI-TEI's Duelmaster was paying for drinks at The Warty Toad?  Don't look at me!   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?  The warriors of MEDAL OF HONOR 26 must be getting 
lonely.  They were the most avoided team.  Do you guys know something that I don't?  
I don't know what THE PLAGUE's been doing.  They certainly haven't been accepting 
many fights from MEDAL OF HONOR 26, that's fer sher.   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All KATI-TEI ever talks about is fighting!  
Me, I'm more laid back.  Fight, fight, fight.  Is that all you guys can do?   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  KATI-TEI is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  Its been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWAN 4107                     8   5  2    95       BIRDS (286)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BRICKUS MAXIMUS 1734         22   2  0   103       THE PLAGUE (93)
-SOLDIER 1 4238               15   6  0   100       MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SKIN ZESTER 4270              9   4  0    86       071406L (390)
 DEATH'S DOORMAN 1953         12   8  1    82       THE PLAGUE (93)
-JAMES DOOLITTLE 4237         15   5  1    73       MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)
 REIGN OF BLADES 2087          7   3  0    67       THE PLAGUE (93)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WILLIAM CRAWFORD 4241        13  10  0    55       MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)
 QUINORE 4234                 12  16  0    52       WANDERERS (329)
 CHERICILLE 4276               7   4  0    52       WANDERERS (329)
 FORANDIN 4272                 8   5  0    47       WANDERERS (329)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VALGARD 4274                  5   7  0    31       WANDERERS (329)
-HAMMERJACK 4285               2   2  0    31       WRECKING CREW (391)
-DOMINATOR 4286                3   1  0    24       WRECKING CREW (391)
 GRUNT 2 4294                  2   0  0    24       MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ENRAGE 4284                   3   1  0    21       WRECKING CREW (391)
-VULTURE 4259                  1   0  0    21       BIRDS (286)
 BLINDED BY KNOWING 4290       2   2  0    20       THE PLAGUE (93)
 RAMBLING OX 4280              3   5  1    15       WANDERERS (329)
-CONDOR 4258                   1   1  0    10       BIRDS (286)
 GRUNT 1 4293                  1   1  0     5       MEDAL OF HONOR 26 (385)
-PAINFIRE 4292                 1   2  0     5       WRECKING CREW (391)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
RENDER OF VEILS 4281   3  4 0 THE PLAGUE 93         STONE GOLEM 26        503 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Skin Zested -- Amazing, isn't it? -- Death's Doorman

Forandin -- "A Career Error"....  Indeed.... -- Reaper

Rambling Ox -- Hmmmm...I don't mind the beat down, but how about some skills? --
Blinded by Knowing

Quinore -- #$%#$#$ Umbrella.... -- Reign Of Blades

Reign of Blades -- You know, maybe I'm going about this all wrong.  It is said that
the pen is mightier than the sword, so maybe I should bring a pen to the next match?
I could hardly do WORSE with one, after all. -- Quinore

I hate losing to an Ambitious Guard.  I mean, he won fair and square, being a lot
better than I expected--I was over-confident.  But I still hate losing to a standby.
-- Valgard

The Happy Peasant.  Somehow, this feels like a joke.  And despite our similar ranking
(going in, at least), like taking advantage. -- Chericille

Render of Veils -- Good thing I'm not a woman, eh?  I'd hate to have someone like you
come along and start rending my veils right and left. -- Forandin
P.S.  Of course, you might be well advised to give a little thought to rending armor
or your opponent instead of veils....

Blinded by Knowing -- Cool name, but hey, when you come out onto the sands all
blinded like that, you can't expect me not to take advantage!  It was the best chance
I've had for a win since the beginning.  Thanks. -- Rambling Ox

Reaper -- Apparently.  (puzzled look)  But it never has before. -- Leeta

Reign of Blades -- Never explain, never regret.  Life is too short. -- Valgard

Pelhirion Teej, Noble of Fratsfa -- What?  You lost, you died, and you say it's MY
fault?  And I suppose if *I* lose and/or die, THAT is my fault, too?  Cheese. --
Rambling Ox

Grunt 2 -- Surely, if I can be polite, so can you! -- Josem Green, Polite Beggar

Chericille -- Gods, woman, who did you mistake me for?  Whatever it was, I didn't do
it!  It was someone else, honest! -- Timo Ley, Seriously Injured Peasant

Valgard -- If you want to give the fans a good show, you're going to have to work on
your timing.  Timing and pacing are critical in dueling as in all other endeavors, so
it will be useful in every part of your life.  Pay attention, practice, and above all
work on your parry.  It's pathetic. -- Moro Sullogra, Ambitious Guard

William Crawford -- "Virginal" does not mean "weak," you know. -- Marga Porlan,
Virginal Concubine

Reaper -- That's their problem.  I have my own. -- Goban Steelsinger, Khalhums Dwarf
P.S.  Dawn of the Dwarf, eh?  I like that!

24 January 2007
The Council of Lords would like to propose a rule change in ADM and Primus.  We
propose that Lord Protectors ranked "Grand Champions" and below (ADM) and "The Tower
Guard" and below (Primus) be allowed to fight in the Dark Arena.  This would not
impact the top rankings or title match.  Any managers who never got his fill or shot
at fighting Gateway monsters would have it as an option.  We believe it might spark
some interest in the ADM/Primus realm for some managers.  If interested, speak up in
the newsletters or on forums under the "rules changes" thread and let RSI know.  This
could even be something to try for 12 months and then be re-evaluated.  What say you,
managers of Ghea? -- The Icelord sends....

29 January 2007
     HDFA Mission Statement
     "Show me the money!"
     This is the battle cry of a newly formed collection of like-minded individuals:
The High Dolla' Free Agent$.  We are not a tough guy alliance:  No...we offer no
battle without reward.  We search for victory and the prizes and accolades that
follow.  We are motivated by winning and will freely use whatever means necessary to
obtain our currency.  No stuffy rules, no mandates, no constitutions, no leaders,
only a few objectives:
     1) Win as often as possible
     2) Celebrate freely and revel in your victories; the more meaningless the
victory the more we celebrate.  Highsiding and chest thumping are encouraged.
Ostentatious endzone celebrations with prop usage are encouraged, regardless of
fines, penalties, suspensions or arrest by local authorities.  It is important to let
your opponent know how great you are; more importantly, you must let your own
alliance mates know how great you are.
     This is a 1-up alliance, let the performance of your fellow Free Agent$ motivate
you.  If a Free Agent wins a TV, win 2; if a Free agent wins a contest, win a more
prestigious one.
     Current members of the HDFA include:  CFH and Abraxis.  Inquires can be directed
to:  CFH/Rat Salad DM 47

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RENDER OF VEILS was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEATH'S DOORMAN lost to SWAN in a exciting 1 minute expert's Title battle.
REIGN OF BLADES defeated QUINORE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute duel.
FORANDIN devastated HAPPY PEASANT in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CHERICILLE demolished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
WILLIAM CRAWFORD won victory over VALGARD in a crowd pleasing 1 minute fight.
RAMBLING OX was beaten by GRUNT 2 in a 1 minute brawl.
BLINDED BY KNOWING viciously subdued GRUNT 1 in a 2 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        25 -  11 -  1      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  19 -  0      62  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  11 -  0      45  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   9 -  1      36  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -  12 -  0      25  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 503 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     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     SWAN 4107                   8   5  2   95 BIRDS (286)
LUNGING ATTACK   DEATH'S DOORMAN 1953       12   8  1   82 THE PLAGUE (93)
AIMED BLOW       CHERICILLE 4276             7   4  0   52 WANDERERS (329)
WALL OF STEEL    FORANDIN 4272               8   5  0   47 WANDERERS (329)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is WILLIAM CRAWFORD 4241.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was BLINDED BY KNOWING 4290.  The ten other most popular fighters were 
REIGN OF BLADES 2087, SWAN 4107, WILLIAM CRAWFORD 4241, DEATH'S DOORMAN 1953, 
FORANDIN 4272, CHERICILLE 4276, GRUNT 2 4294, GRUNT 1 4293, RENDER OF VEILS 4281, and 
QUINORE 4234.

The least popular fighter this week was RAMBLING OX 4280.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were VALGARD 4274, QUINORE 4234, RENDER OF VEILS 4281, GRUNT 1 4293, 
GRUNT 2 4294, CHERICILLE 4276, FORANDIN 4272, DEATH'S DOORMAN 1953, WILLIAM CRAWFORD 
4241, and SWAN 4107.