DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/22/2008    Duedate: 06/04/2008

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-528

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

NORILTENNE
THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4573) [14-9-2,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NORILTENNE                     SOLDIER 3
THE FAMILY (116)               MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
(43-4573) [14-9-2,101]         (43-4597) [2-0-0,24]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

NORILTENNE                     NORILTENNE
THE FAMILY (116)               THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4573) [14-9-2,101]         (43-4573) [14-9-2,101]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE FAMILY (116)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)     44
2. THE FAMILY (116)            11      THE FAMILY (116)
                                       Unchartered Team

                                       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)   10   0  0  100   1/ 1 THE FAMILY (116)         12  3 1
 2/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)         611 661 16 48.0   2/ 2*MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)  10  0 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[ Darkfall #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Somewhere in the hills between Aljafir, North Fork, and Kurukar:

     Vekhirn, who had once been court magician to the Satrap of the Glorious Empire,
stared into the mirror-smooth surface of a rain-pool.  The reflected clouds shimmered
and darkened; a black tower emerged, distinct against the background of stormy sky as
though it shown with an anti-light.  As quickly as the image formed, it began to
twist and retreat, struggling to fade from his sight.  He had not needed information,
he would have let it go gladly; the Black Tower was painful to see even by this
means.  It was a wrongness, torn from a dimension alien to human senses.  It never
appeared precisely the same, though the magician did not know if that was due to some
mutability of its nature or to his own inadequacy of vision or if it was deceiving
his spells.  He wasn't sure that mattered.
     All of which aside, it was not the tower that he was attempting to observe now.
He had sensed for weeks now that a power was building in Kurukar, a great wave of
darkness that would spill disaster across northern Alastari.  But he had not, so far,
been able to pin it down and determine what form the catastrophe would take.
     The magician sat back with a sigh.  And this was going to be another failure.
     "No good again, huh?"
     Vekhirn glanced over at the sympathetic face of one of his most valuable
assistants.  Fool's Gold, he was called, a graduated gladiator from Willaf, and one
who took the title "Lord Protector" very seriously.  Graduated-and-retired gladiators
from all over northern Alastari had rallied to assist him with an enthusiasm and
dedication that still surprised him.  Most had assisted very well indeed, and this
Fool had been one of the best.  "Nothing," he said.  He held up a hand to stop the
apology he could see forming.  "It was through no fault of yours, nor of any member
of your team that set the amulets around the Tower.  Simply, the spell of concealment
is still too strong for me to pierce."
     "What if he never dissolves the shield?"
     "He will have to, once he begins to act.  No magician, however strong, can
project a spell through his own strongest shield.  No doubt he believes that by that
time, it will be too late for us to resist."
     "Well, he's wrong on that, isn't he?"  When Vekhirn didn't answer, the gladiator
repeated his question.  "We will be able to resist him when the time comes, won't
we?"
     Vekhirn sighed again, feeling older than his years, and he had a lot of years.
"I hope so," he said.  "But until we know what he's trying to do--"
     "He's invoking some kind of death magic."  Another gladiator, this one female,
emerged from the brushy hillside.  "I could tell that much, but not whether his
intent is to cause death, or to manipulate the dead, or--"  She let out her breath in
a hiss.  "I couldn't get close enough to tell, not if I didn't want to get sucked up
in it."
     "You took a hell of a chance, Moonjumper," Fool said.  "Don't do that again.  My
nerves can't take it."
     "Indeed, our friend Fool's Gold has the right of that!" Vekhirn said.  "Had I
known your intent, I would have--"
     "I'm not under your command," she snapped.
     "--tried to talk you out of it," the magician finished.  "I would not have any
of our company take such a risk unless, until we are sure there are no other courses
open to us.  But since you did... how close were you able to get to the Tower?"
     "Closer than I ever want to be again," she answered fervently.  "I think if I
had been fully human, the emanations would have broken my will.  A hundred and fifty
yards, maybe.  Close enough to be sure it was the Black Kaliv himself who came out.
I followed him to the necropolis and watched one of his rites."  She shivered.
"Another thing I don't want to repeat!  All blood and chained souls, it was.  When a
soul is trapped, it howls like a mad wolf.  May I never hear such again!"
     Vekhirn stood, tossing a handful of pebbles into the rain-pool to make sure the
link was destroyed.  "He is harvesting, trapping souls, then?"
     "That much I am sure of," she said.  "And you already discovered the human
sacrifices and that he is trafficking with demons.  Isn't that enough?"
     "Enough to know he must be destroyed, yes, but not enough to tell us HOW.  This
whole business is intensely frustrating.  Well, let us go back to camp and see what
other news has come in."

Note to readers and potential writers:  Feel free to use this storyline as a
springboard, to branch off in stories of your own, or play around with aspects that
appeal to your creativity.  Participation is not only allowed, it's invited.  Or
volunteer a gladiator or two, I'll try to make at least some use of anyone who steps
forward.  Those of you with teams in arenas dm 28: Morya and dm 29: Lapur may be
interested to know that this storyline is on a collison course with that one.

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 594): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 594): HERACLITUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 499): LITTLE OX of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 588): QUASIL of TERMINUS (Carick, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 588): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 586): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 579): BRICKHOUSE of STREETWALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 576): TED D. SEAVER of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 574): THE TUSKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 565): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 527): NORILTENNE of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 263): JACK & JILL of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 455): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): 3D'S NOT L33T of WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 433): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 418): JOEVINA SARIL of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 388): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 480): TOM BOMBADIL of MAIAR (Mad Max, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 594): CRIMSON DEATH (Verol, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 594): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 499): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 588): TERMINUS (Carick, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 588): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 586): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 579): VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): WAR (Lord of War, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 576): ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 574): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 565): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 527): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 268): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 263): SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 249): EXTENSION oF LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 455): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 433): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 418): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 388): SAND DANCERRS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 480): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 593): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 593): PARMENIDES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 590): HEART OF GOLD of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
                           PENNY LOPEZ of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 585): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 291): LES NAYLE of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jojra, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 575): BLACKMOON of ECLIPSE (Fox, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 573): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 262): HANTA of DOK SIK KILLERS (Doc Sik, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 454): WISHLIST of YIELD (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 442): 3D'S NOT L33T of WILD CARDS (Snotman, mgr.)
                       (turn 441): TIGER TY of WING HOVE (Indimar Fallon, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 196): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 387): SOULTAKER of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
                      (turn 386): SERNILLAN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Naturally we can't have a Convicted Assassin as Duelmaster!

                                     Noriltenne

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly VEASTIAN games.  Did only my eyes note the 5-0-0 
record which MEDAL OF HONOR F1 managed to post this round?  I don't doubt that such a 
record will draw challengers!  WORTH LISSANDO caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested VENOMOUS CONCUBINE and was awarded 15 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, CONVICTED ASSASSIN 
put down SJORDHAL, causing him to lose 12 points of recognition in the process.  Not 
for nothing has NORILTENNE in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and 
this week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Would you believe that over half 
of the old women in VEASTIAN seem to feel that they could fight better than you 
gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city VEASTIAN.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the 
miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in VEASTIAN.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires 
of a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember:  a fool 
flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by the same thing only 
once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NORILTENNE 4573              14   9  2   101       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 J'KOROU 4560                 18   9  1    99       THE FAMILY (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WORTH LISSANDO 4585          12   5  0    87       THE FAMILY (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SJORDHAL 4523                16  28  0    76       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SELINSIA 4588                10   5  2    62       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLDIER 3 4597                2   0  0    24       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEO POWERS 4599               2   0  0    21       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 SOLDIER 1 4600                2   0  0    19       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 RALPH NEPPEL 4596             2   0  0    19       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 SOLDIER 2 4598                2   0  0    18       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Well, it's a busy day for the standbys!  We fought five, and the arena's (only) other
team fought five.  What a thrill.  Still, I suppose it'll look good on their resumes.
-- Jorja, the Family

Kung-Fu Master -- Okay!  I didn't expect to beat you.  What a rush! -- Sjordhal

Khalhums Dwarf?  (curled lip of scorn)  Short, hairy, and rude. -- Worth Lissando

The Venomous Concubine was lovely, but not good enough to take me out of the fight.
-- J'Korou

If it didn't say right here that I fought the Dangerous Criminal, I wouldn't have
believed it. -- Selinsia

Noriltenne -- Don't let the arena name lead you astray!  I was framed. -- Kyndrig the
Innocent, falsely Convicted Assassin

Sjordhal -- (wincing)  You do better, grasshopper. -- Svenj, Master of Kung Fu

Worth Lissando -- There was no luck involved, you insufferable human. -- Lagoldok of
Khalhums and Murska

J'Korou -- Hmm.  I could use a new protector.  Are you available? -- Roshanna the
Slightly Warped, Maligned Concubine

Selinsia -- You trying to put me out of work? -- Abharimhin, Cutthroat for Hire

Leo Powers -- See if I ever do business with you! -- Barlo Savaldora, Mordanti Agent

Soldier 3 -- You shouldn't have used such big numbers. -- Tulenj, a scribe, not a
mathematician

Soldier 2 -- I'd call that an unfair advantage if I thought I could get away with it.
-- Barlo Savaldora, Mordanti Agent

Ralph Neppel -- My programming does not extend to fights that long, and the
lubricating fluid pools in my feet, besides. -- Beggar Mark IV

Soldier 1 -- Huh.  I should've expected this.  Everyone's out to get me. -- Mohadjru,
a borrower, not a thief

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NORILTENNE viciously subdued VETERAN MERCENARY in a 3 minute Title fight.
J'KOROU demolished M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
WORTH LISSANDO overpowered VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
SJORDHAL was bested by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 6 minute one-sided fight.
SELINSIA was subdued by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute competition.
SOLDIER 1 devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
RALPH NEPPEL devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 4 minute mismatched match.
SOLDIER 3 unbelievably bested EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 5 minute beginner's fight.
SOLDIER 2 vanquished CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LEO POWERS vanquished MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -   6 -  1      76  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    23 -   8 -  0      74  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  2      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   2 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 528 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  NORILTENNE 4573            14   9  2  101 THE FAMILY (116)
LUNGING ATTACK   WORTH LISSANDO 4585        12   5  0   87 THE FAMILY (116)
WALL OF STEEL    SELINSIA 4588              10   5  2   62 THE FAMILY (116)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is NORILTENNE 4573.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NORILTENNE 4573.  The ten other most popular fighters were SOLDIER 3 4597, WORTH 
LISSANDO 4585, J'KOROU 4560, SOLDIER 1 4600, LEO POWERS 4599, SELINSIA 4588, SOLDIER 
2 4598, SJORDHAL 4523, RALPH NEPPEL 4596, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was RALPH NEPPEL 4596.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were SJORDHAL 4523, SOLDIER 2 4598, SELINSIA 4588, LEO POWERS 4599, 
SOLDIER 1 4600, J'KOROU 4560, WORTH LISSANDO 4585, SOLDIER 3 4597, NORILTENNE 4573, 
and  0.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLV

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ICE BEAR 1447 (90-76-2)                1  4  0         THE BEARS            

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THOMAS FOWLER 4472 (22-8-0)            5  3  0         MEDAL OF HONOR 27    

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PEACE 4306 (7-1-0)                     2  3  0         EASTERN HORDE        

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BODACIOUS BETH 4572 (0-0-0)            2  3  0         STREETWALKERS        

ELIGIBLES FOOLS TOURNEY                W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
W. AXL ROSE 2410 (38-26-1)             0  3  0         FEFF-M 106           

ADEPTS FOOLS TOURNEY                   W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
KIKI 4050 (11-5-2)                     0  3  0         DEEP 13 II           

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BLUEBERRY WINE 4555 (1-0-0)            3  3  1         RAGIN' BULLS'