DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/23/2010    Duedate: 02/05/2010

RODEKI ARENA

DM-42    TURN-579

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ALMOST PRETTY
COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
(42-4496) [21-14-0,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ALMOST PRETTY                  LIONESS
COLOR ME SUAVE (322)           DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)
(42-4496) [21-14-0,121]        (42-4524) [1-2-0,5]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EACHAM                         DEAD MAN WALKING
DELVERS (154)                  DUNGEON CELL (402)
(42-4485) [15-22-0,73]         (42-4512) [4-0-0,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. COLOR ME SUAVE (322)        31
2. DUNGEON CELL (402)          23      DUNGEON CELL (402)
3. DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)         1      Unchartered Team
4. DELVERS (154)                0
                                       DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DUNGEON CELL (402)        97  31  7 75.8   1/ 1 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     15  0 0
 2/ 2 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     703 473 30 59.8   2/ 2 DUNGEON CELL (402)        3  5 1
 3/ 4 DELVERS (154)            644 859 16 42.8   3/ 3 DELVERS (154)             2 12 0
 4/ 3*DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)       1   2  0 33.3   4/ 4*DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)      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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): BALL PEIN of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): GOLDINA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): CREDIT CARD of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): ACOLYTE 1 of GOLDEN DAWN (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): SALTILLA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 629): CHAGAN of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): GRUMPY GHOUL of THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): SARALEE JO of SWORD OPERA (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GRACIE NICOLE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): ZIG of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): XYOKOR YAHL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): ALMOST PRETTY of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): MATEEN of SAI'FULLAH (?, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): SAND STORM of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): BAYLY of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): IRATE FORMATIONS (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): THE DIRECTORS (?, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 628): Bacon Makin' (?, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): BEN'S BAZAAR (Gentleben, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): STREET-SOLDIERS (Darkface, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): KIWI CONNECTION 7 (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 644): BLUEBURN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 601): EVA MENDEZ of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 267): WHAKAPAPA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 577): DACIMOUSEL of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
                           LAZY LOOKOUT of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 528): GOB of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 475): SALTY DOG of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 218): EAGLE KEYS of ANCIENT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt RODEKI will ever be the same.  And let's see, DEAD MAN WALKING fought ROCKHOG 
JR and gained 10 points and contributed to DUNGEON CELL's 1-2-0.  ROCKHOG JR has lost 
to DEAD MAN WALKING, falling 8 points, while helping make DELVERS a 0-4-0 turn.  The 
attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and ALMOST PRETTY remains RODEKI's 
top warrior for another turn.  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I have heard from 
unimpeachable sources that The Warty Toad uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about 
gristle!   
     The crowd's roar, the smell of iron and leather, mixed with sweat, what more 
could a warrior ask of life?  Well, besides that.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  We'd like to remind certain teams 
not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered 
rude.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in RODEKI, but never good to wear out my welcome.  
Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in RODEKI again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALMOST PRETTY 4496           21  14  0   121       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510      18   6  0   104       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 STONECRUSHER II 4444         21  34  0    97       DELVERS (154)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLDFISHFINGER 4501          18  14  0    82       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 EACHAM 4485                  15  22  0    73       DELVERS (154)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAROMAN 4495                 11  24  1    58       DELVERS (154)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEAD MAN WALKING 4512         4   0  0    55       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 ROCKHOG JR 4511               9  14  0    44       DELVERS (154)
-STICKY FINGERS 4523           4   0  0    41       DUNGEON CELL (402)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530            3   0  0    28       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SCHMOOZULA 4529               3   2  0    23       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
-URCHIN 4522                   1   0  0    20       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 LIONESS 4524                  1   2  0     5       DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
PRISONER 1 4533         0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL 402     SPYMASTER             579  NONE
PRISONER 2 4534         0  1 0 DUNGEON CELL 402     DARK CHAMPION         579  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Almost Pretty -- And very tough.  You go, girl! -- Dacimousel

Big Disappointment -- No, no one ever told me that.  They said I could crush stone
well, however.  How are you with that? -- Stonecrusher Mark II

Coldfishfinger -- Maybe tartar sauce next time. -- Eacham

Dangerous Criminal?  Truer words were never spoken. -- Faroman

What do I care for the Userous Merchant? -- Rockhog

One Armed Bandit -- Thanks for the welcome.  Lioness is happy to be here.  Do you
have any advice for a newcomer? -- Snarf, mgr. Demnat's Pride

All -- Sorry we missed all the fun last time out.  Demnat's Pride were a little tied
up and unable to attend. -- Snarf, mgr. Demnat's Pride

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PRISONER 2 was butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PRISONER 1 was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
ALMOST PRETTY demolished STONECRUSHER II in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT won victory over EACHAM in a 1 minute master's brawl.
COLDFISHFINGER overpowered FAROMAN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ROCKHOG JR was bested by DEAD MAN WALKING in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
LIONESS was overpowered by BUB MCSCRUBBS in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
SCHMOOZULA devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|PARRY-STRIKE                     4         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         LUNGING ATTACK     6 -   2 -  2      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -   8 -  0      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     12 -  10 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   5 -  1      44  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-LUNGE        9 -  13 -  1      41  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         AIMED BLOW         9 -  13 -  0      41  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   9 -  0      31  |

Turn 579 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    ALMOST PRETTY 4496         21  14  0  121 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
PARRY-STRIKE     BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510    18   6  0  104 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
TOTAL PARRY      COLDFISHFINGER 4501        18  14  0   82 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DEAD MAN WALKING 4512       4   0  0   55 DUNGEON CELL (402)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EACHAM 4485.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
DEAD MAN WALKING 4512.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALMOST PRETTY 4496, 
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510, COLDFISHFINGER 4501, BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530, STONECRUSHER II 
4444, PRISONER 2 4534, PRISONER 1 4533, EACHAM 4485, FAROMAN 4495, and ROCKHOG JR 
4511.

The least popular fighter this week was SCHMOOZULA 4529.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were LIONESS 4524, ROCKHOG JR 4511, FAROMAN 4495, EACHAM 4485, PRISONER 1 
4533, PRISONER 2 4534, STONECRUSHER II 4444, BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530, COLDFISHFINGER 4501, 
and BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 4510.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ALMOST PRETTY (42-4496) COLOR ME SUAVE (322)