DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/14/2008    Duedate: 02/27/2008

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-521

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MUSHAD
EASTERN HORDE (430)
(43-4287) [9-2-1,147]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MUSHAD                         POSITION IS EMPTY
EASTERN HORDE (430)            
(43-4287) [9-2-1,147]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SOLDIER 2                      PEACE
MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)        EASTERN HORDE (430)
(43-4473) [21-7-2,104]         (43-4306) [7-1-0,56]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE FAMILY (116)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE FAMILY (116)            61
2. EASTERN HORDE (430)         31      MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)
3. TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)       0      Unchartered Team
4. MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)    -36
                                       KIWI CONNECTION (409)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)   91  40  5 69.5   1/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)         10  5 1
 2/ 2 EASTERN HORDE (430)       19  16  1 54.3   2/ 1 MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)   7  8 1
 3- 3 TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)   193 200 23 49.1   3/ 4 EASTERN HORDE (430)       5  0 0
 4/ 4 THE FAMILY (116)         587 650 14 47.5   4- 3 TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)    1  3 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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): TANOSHII of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): SOLSTICE of TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): OBERON of AUTUMN LIGHTNING (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): HOPALONG of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 581): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 579): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 287): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 520): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 411): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 383): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 366): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 473): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
                            MATT of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in VEASTIAN a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as MEDAL OF HONOR 27 is pushed out of top team by THE FAMILY, who came 
from 2nd with a 4-1-1 this turn.  And let's see, J'KOROU fought SOLDIER 3 and gained 
33 points and contributed to THE FAMILY's 4-1-1.  SOLDIER 3 has lost to J'KOROU, 
falling 23 points, while helping make MEDAL OF HONOR 27 a 1-4-0 turn.  Defending his 
title for another turn, MUSHAD kept MEDAL OF HONOR 27's warrior, SOLDIER 4, from 
claiming the throne.  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable 
sources that The Warty Toad uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the TERMAGANT VOTARY 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on VEASTIAN, what are you afraid 
of?  And avoiding TERMAGANT VOTARY more than any other team we find EASTERN HORDE.  
VEASTIAN, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged 
warrior this turn was THE FAMILY's warrior SJORDHAL.  More fighters challenged him 
than challenged the Duelmaster!  In a brave attempt, PEACE from EASTERN HORDE 
challenged up 24 points to fight SJORDHAL from the THE FAMILY stable.  PEACE perhaps 
got its just desserts, seeing as it beat SJORDHAL and ended up with 56 recognition 
points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  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.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  Always good to rest in VEASTIAN, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in VEASTIAN again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MUSHAD 4287                   9   2  1   147       EASTERN HORDE (430)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLDIER 2 4473               21   7  2   104       MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)
 J'KOROU 4560                 14   6  1   101       THE FAMILY (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLDIER 4 4474               17  11  2    86       MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)
 SOLDIER 3 4471               21   7  0    75       MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)
-HAL LASKO 4545               11  10  3    74       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SJORDHAL 4523                13  24  0    63       THE FAMILY (116)
 NORILTENNE 4573               8   8  2    60       THE FAMILY (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PEACE 4306                    7   1  0    56       EASTERN HORDE (430)
-DOLT DIMWIT 4543              7  17  1    49       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-URIJAH TRIGG 4583             4   4  0    43       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WORTH LISSANDO 4585           6   4  0    31       THE FAMILY (116)
 SELINSIA 4588                 5   3  0    28       THE FAMILY (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PRAHA KOLIN 4586              2   2  0    14       TERMAGANT VOTARY (378)
 SOLDIER 5 4595                1   1  0     7       MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SOLDIER 1 4594          1  1 1 MEDAL OF HONOR 2 447 NORILTENNE 4573       521   
DAI ZE DAI 4567         6  4 2 TERMAGANT VOTARY 378 SOLDIER 2 4473        518   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ambitious Guard?  Gods.  Ambitious to be or do what?  Surely not to be a gladiator,
he has no gift for it at all.  Embarrassing, really. -- J'Korou

I don't like assassins, they don't fight fair.  They come at you from the back in
dark alleys, and they use sneaky tactics like poison.  They are Bad, Bad People.  No,
really!  They ARE. -- Sjordhal
P.S.  And they should lose all their fights in the arena.  It's supposed to be a
PUNISHMENT for them, after all.

NO ONE gets my money with a faked contract. -- Noriltenne

Peace -- It's a great theory, but I don't think it's workable. -- Selinsia

Beggars!  Pfaugh.  Lazy pigs. -- Worth Lissando

Soldier 2 -- A superficial acquaintance with some of the more obvious moves is not
enough for one who would advance.  Do not be deluded by this victory into believing
yourself skilled.  You have much to learn. -- Svenj, Master of Kung Fu

Soldier 3 -- Ah, the Shews.  So impetuous. -- M. Alleyne Chardinee

J'Korou -- Listen, I've hit a glass ceiling in the Guard Corps, and I've got to find
a way past it.  You aren't helping!  Lose, why don't you? -- Mursid N'Isn, Guardsman

Sjordhal -- Take that, you pointy-eared trouble-maker! -- Kyndrig the Innocent,
falsely Convicted Assassin

Noriltenne -- That is a perfectly valid contract, and the name on the dotted line is
yours.  Pay up. -- Tolbert Rose, honest merchant and moneylender

Worth Lissando and Soldier 5 -- this unit has followed instructions.  there should be
coins in the cup.  why is this not so? -- Beggar Mark IV

15 January 2008
                                 Order of Lost Souls

     Where there is a beginning, there is an end.  Where there is a whole, there is a
part.  Where there is light, there is dark.  All these are found to be true and along
with the most important, when something is lost it can always be found.
     Many a person has walked this land in one form or another.  Some truly believe
that here is there and there is here but who really knows?  Among the peoples of this
great land many have felt lost in time and in place.  Some have gone as far as to be
lost of soul....
     Although most are thought to have been born into this world in a mortal way, no
one can be sure.  Life is something they have in a way but a torturous joke to them
in all others.  They live in a sense as they are here and now and having mind and
knowledge.  They are flesh and blood of one sort of another.  They cast a shadow as
all things living do.  Blood courses through their veins.
     These beings have become wraiths drifting here and there, knowing that they
truly belong nowhere.  Searching for that one thing that they seem to be missing or
the one thing in them that puts them beyond others.  These people have become masters
of many things as time seems to have no hold.  For not even time can find those that
are truly lost.  Many of these beings have drifted toward the gladiatorial games.  In
the blood and chaos of the arenas something holds them like no other.  It's the loss
of something they have never had or something they had so long ago it seems to have
never been.  LIFE.
     A few of the more shall we say "human" of these beings have settled into many
arenas around the land.  The loss of life and the crazed emotions of the arenas
giving them glimpses of things they longed for but seemed incapable of attaining.
     A number of these lost ones saw in each other something that might be able to
help the other.  They spent many a day traveling to and fro, for what is time to one
who it doesn't touch.  The more time they spent together the more they seemed to
change.  No one noticed the change in the others but each recognized it in himself.
Years passed and the changes stopped.  Each had been changed in different ways but
all felt more whole.  A discussion ensued between them.  They came to a realization
that in each other they had found parts of themselves that had been missing.  Then
came the next thought.  If they could find more of like minded lost ones they might
eventually find what they always wanted, their true selves.
     The group settled down to think things through.  They finally came up with an
idea they all could accept.  They would form an organization that through their
arenas through out the land they would seek out other lost ones.  If they were of
like mind they would be invited to join the group and seek that special something
they all desired.
     This was how it began and how it still is.  The Order of Lost Souls was formed
and the search began.  The original members numbered six.  They were Baphomet,
Blackstorm, Hammer, JGW, Reaper and Wretch.  These members of the Order spread their
gladiator stables through out the realm seeking others like them.  Through blood and
death they lived through others.  One day hoping to live for themselves.  For as they
all know what is lost must eventually be found....

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PEACE viciously subdued SJORDHAL in a 3 minute bloody Challenge fight.
MUSHAD vanquished SOLDIER 4 in a exciting 1 minute uneven Title battle.
SOLDIER 2 overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
SOLDIER 3 was devastated by J'KOROU in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
NORILTENNE murdered SOLDIER 1 in a action packed 1 minute mismatched competition.
WORTH LISSANDO overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
SELINSIA devastated SOLDIER 5 in a 1 minute one-sided competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  14 -  2      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  22 -  3      54  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   3 -  1      25  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 521 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:

STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         5  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1     
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MUSHAD 4287                 9   2  1  147 EASTERN HORDE (430)
LUNGING ATTACK   SOLDIER 2 4473             21   7  2  104 MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (447)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SOLDIER 2 4473.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PEACE 4306.  The ten other most popular fighters were MUSHAD 4287, SOLDIER 2 
4473, NORILTENNE 4573, J'KOROU 4560, WORTH LISSANDO 4585, SELINSIA 4588, SJORDHAL 
4523, SOLDIER 4 4474, SOLDIER 1 4594, and SOLDIER 5 4595.

The least popular fighter this week was SOLDIER 3 4471.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SOLDIER 5 4595, SOLDIER 1 4594, SOLDIER 4 4474, SJORDHAL 4523, SELINSIA 
4588, WORTH LISSANDO 4585, J'KOROU 4560, NORILTENNE 4573, SOLDIER 2 4473, and MUSHAD 
4287.