DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/19/2008    Duedate: 07/02/2008

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-530

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

J'KOROU
THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4560) [20-9-1,106]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

J'KOROU                        SOLDIER 1
THE FAMILY (116)               MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
(43-4560) [20-9-1,106]         (43-4600) [4-0-0,53]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

NORILTENNE                     WORTH LISSANDO
THE FAMILY (116)               THE FAMILY (116)
(43-4573) [15-10-2,88]         (43-4585) [14-5-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)     46
2. THE FAMILY (116)             3      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)   18   2  0 90.0   1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)  13  2 0
 2/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)         617 665 16 48.1   2/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)          9  6 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 #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

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

     "It was inevitable," Fool's Gold said.  "I don't say it was the Black Kaliv
himself, but someone up in Kurukar has realized that they're been spied on.  We, ah,
saw to it that the first of their counter-spies 'disappeared'--this is good country
for that.  But we won't catch them all, you know.  And they're likely to catch some
of ours."
     Vekhirn nodded.  He was intelligent enough to draw conclusions from such clear
facts as his spells and his helpers brought him, and his years at the Satrap's court
had taught him a lot about maneuver, concealment, intrigue, all the tools the
traitorous kaliv would be using.  So he knew that the Fool's prediction was not just
likely but certain.
     "I know you have magical defenses around this camp," the gladiator went on, "and
we've got sentries out, but that isn't enough.  We need to separate, establish more
than one camp, maybe half a dozen smaller ones--"
     "And nobody should know where all the camps are," Moonjumper cut in.  So no one
person captured can give away all of us."
     "That will make it hard to coordinate our efforts," Vekhirn pointed out.
     "Right now, coordination is a low priority," she said.  "Yes, all the
information has to come together in one place to be studied, but that isn't the same,
that can be dealt with some other way--"
     "All the information to be sent to Murska, to some 'safe drop' there," suggested
Cadal, a Murskan gladiator.  "Whoever receives the reports not to know who or where
any of them come from."
     "Each independent group to have its own special area and situation to study,
maybe," Fool's Gold added, "along with general observation.  And you get clear out of
this area, go to Murska or somewhere, to analyze the information as it comes to you."
     "I should be in the field investigating with the rest of you!" Vekhirn
protested.
     "No, you should not."  Moonjumper frowned at him.  "You are the only one who
understands enough of the general situation to draw all the threads together and
weave a coherent fabric from them.  And you're getting too old for field work.  You
would be no use to anybody if you died or were captured."
     "Besides, you're the only one the Satrap might listen to, when we have something
to report," Cadal said.
     "If he'll listen at all," Fool's Gold added, frowning in turn.  "After all, the
Satrap IS married to the Black Kaliv's sister.  That might bias him.  Heck, if Lady
Jasryala is 'in on' the Black Kaliv's plot, even only on the edge of it, she might be
influencing the Satrap already."
     "So that when the time comes to take action," Moonjumper said, picking up the
thread smoothly, "we may have to go outside the Glorious Empire for a force powerful
enough and WILLING to do what must be done."
     Vekhirn rubbed his forehead tiredly and looked around at the camp.  As camps in
the wilderness went, it was a good one, secure, well-designed, and not at all
haphazard.  Which is as it should be, after all the months they'd been here.  He
suppressed a shudder, remembering the winter.  But it was still a camp in the
wilderness, and reluctant though he was to acknowledge it, he was getting a little
old for this kind of life.  The rest of his helpers, except for those standing watch,
were gathered in an outer ring around the fire where Fool's Gold and his two henchmen
were presenting their proposal.  They appeared to be in agreement with the
suggestions.
     The magician sighed.  "You may be right, and you're certainly not wrong," he
admitted.  "What did you have in mind for the various 'special projects' which the
various groups might undertake?  I will confess that I have not given much thought to
how it might be broken into smaller tasks."
     "We can't analyze the magical component," Moonjumper said, "but the physical
part of it is clear enough."  She began to count points off on her fingers.  "There
are Black Ships on the Trier, and while some are based in Kurukar itself, many are
not.  That other base or bases needs to be found and studied.  There are Black Ships
in Aljafir Bay.  We don't know where they're based, although the north coast of the
bay seems most likely.  He has land forces.  We don't know how many and we don't know
enough about their composition--there have been confused reports of 'demons' with or
even leading the forces.  We suspect that he has sent agents into the central swamp
south of Aljafir, and also into the swamp between Kurukar and Veastian."  She
switched hands.  "And we know that he has agents at the Satrap's court, even if his
sister Jasryala is NOT involved.  It seems likely that he has agents in other nations
and city-states, for instance, he must have agents in the Andorian League.
Stormcrowe and North Fork, of course.  Murska, Malcorn, maybe on the Isle of the
Eye."
     Vekhirn held up a hand to stop her.  "You have made your point, Moonlady," he
said.  "Organize that as you will, and I will give thought to dividing up the magical
investigations, for it is true that I am only one man.  Sometimes I grow tired, and
the tired mind misses points of importance.  And there must be others with the
awareness of danger and the knowledge to resist.  I shall see to that."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): VENTRIIE of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 596): SWEET BETSEY of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 501): OEDIPUS of MOMMY DEAREST (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 590): THE WITCH-KING of THE BLACK RIDERS (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 592): TAIKUTSU of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 590): XAVIORA YOHL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 588): DAN STEPPE of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 294): XANAX of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 581): ENYALIUS of GODS OF WAR (Sovereign, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 578): MESHARR of RILL'S GCSC2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 576): THE MANIAC of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): ALE'CHAI TALLSKY of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 529): J'KOROU of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 269): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 264): BARBARINO of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 250): RUBBER DUCKIE of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 457): CENTURION of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): 911 of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald, mgr)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 435): FAIRUZA of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 420): MERRO DOSH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 199): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 390): RUBY TUESDAY of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 389): GARTH of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 374): MESSALIDA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 482): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 596): HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 501): CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 590): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 592): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 590): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 588): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 294): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 581): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 578): THE REPUBLIC (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 576): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 529): MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 269): NOSTALGIA (Crow, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 264): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 250): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 457): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 435): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 420): MIGHTU DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 198): SUE'S BOYS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 290): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 389): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 374): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 482): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 596): GANGREL of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 591): PENNY LOPE of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 589): STELRA TIRINS of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 588): NIFTY NICKEL of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 294): SRAN3E of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
              (turn 293): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 581): JON of MEN (A-sop, mgr.)
                          REWRITE of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 292): CERIDWEN of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                   (turn 291): LES NAYLE of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jojra, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 576): SCREWFACE of PHILANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 567): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 269): REALITY of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 444): DUNNO of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
                                   RETRIBUTION XXIX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud)
                       (turn 443): TYVEK of DEMONS OF DARNKESS 2 (Rillion, mgr)
                                   YELLOW JACKET of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-sop, mgr.)
                                   BURNT OFFERINGS of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the
                                   Bald, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 434): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 373): CONJUROR of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     The Venomous Concubine was all set to do a duelmaster's column because she'd
defeated Noriltenne, and we couldn't have that.  So I stepped up and defeated her...
and now *I* have to do one.  Some days you just can't win!

                                       J'Korou

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  MEDAL OF HONOR F1 had cause to celebrate, after SOLDIER 1 got 28 points 
by beating SELINSIA.  SELINSIA certainly had a baffled expression on hers face, after 
losing to SOLDIER 1 and losing 15 points in the process!  J'KOROU successfully staved 
off a grab for the roses by M. CHARDINEE of VEASTIAN.  Does VEASTIAN have no one 
talented enough to dethrone him?  So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable 
walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     So much to report, so little time!   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
VEASTIAN would I avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  More important duties call me.  Do not 
despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 J'KOROU 4560                 20   9  1   106       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WORTH LISSANDO 4585          14   5  0    97       THE FAMILY (116)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NORILTENNE 4573              15  10  2    88       THE FAMILY (116)
 SJORDHAL 4523                17  29  0    80       THE FAMILY (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLDIER 1 4600                4   0  0    53       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 LEO POWERS 4599               4   0  0    42       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 SELINSIA 4588                10   7  2    39       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RALPH NEPPEL 4596             4   0  0    26       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
 SOLDIER 3 4597                3   1  0    26       MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLDIER 2 4598                3   1  0    21       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

Heck.  Have a generous impulse, and see where it gets you!  Defeated by the Venomous
Concubine. -- Noriltenne

Oh, great, I go and lose to M. Chardinee! -- Sjordhal
P.S.  But I made him work for it.

One Khalhums Dwarf down. -- Worth Lissando

Why wasn't I warned that I'd need to learn Kung-Fu? -- Selinsia

Two-three against nothing but standbys?  This is not good, you slackers! -- Jorja
P.S.  Especially since the Medal of Honor guys went five and oh against their
standbys.  Maybe I should DA some of you so I can get low-ranked recruits who can
lose to managed gladiators?

31 May 2008
Any and all who live in the 805 area, I would like for you to call me so we can get
together for BBQ's, softball games, and so on.  It has been a while since the last
get together (several years).  It was a blast and I am sure the next one will be
also.  We just have to do it.  All alliances are welcome.  Just because my warriors
leave your warrior beaten and bloody in defeat does not mean we can't have a beer or
five together.  I'll even buy the first round.  So call 805-588-3419 and ask for Dave
a.k.a. Misfit, former member of the Green and Purple Polka Dot Alliance (GAPPDA).

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

J'KOROU bested M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute Title fight.
WORTH LISSANDO devastated KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
NORILTENNE demolished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven fight.
SJORDHAL savagely defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute bloody one-sided fight.
SELINSIA was devastated by SOLDIER 1 in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
SOLDIER 3 beat OSKSI NOBLE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
SOLDIER 2 was overpowered by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven melee.
LEO POWERS vanquished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
RALPH NEPPEL won victory over EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a popular 4 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -   5 -  0      79  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         AIMED BLOW         7 -   2 -  0      78  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -   5 -  1      76  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   4 -  2      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         TOTAL PARRY        8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 530 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  J'KOROU 4560               20   9  1  106 THE FAMILY (116)
LUNGING ATTACK   WORTH LISSANDO 4585        14   5  0   97 THE FAMILY (116)
PARRY-STRIKE     SOLDIER 1 4600              4   0  0   53 MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
AIMED BLOW       LEO POWERS 4599             4   0  0   42 MEDAL OF HONOR F1 (458)
WALL OF STEEL    SELINSIA 4588              10   7  2   39 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 WORTH LISSANDO 4585.  The ten other most popular fighters were NORILTENNE 4573, 
SOLDIER 1 4600, SOLDIER 3 4597, J'KOROU 4560, LEO POWERS 4599, SJORDHAL 4523, SOLDIER 
2 4598, RALPH NEPPEL 4596, SELINSIA 4588, and  0.

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

                         SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN MINNEAPOLIS!

Our summer FTF will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 18-20, 2008.  It will be 
held at the Holiday Inn Select Minneapolis/St. Paul in Blomington, MN, just down the 
street from the Mall of America, at 3 Appletree Square (952-854-9000).  Rooms are only 
$105.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  There is a free 24-hour shuttle from the airport
and free shuttle service to the mall; free parking, free high-speed wireless internet
in all guestrooms.  There is a large fitness center, jacuzzi, and indoor pool.  The 
rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  There are tons of 
restaurants nearby at the Mall, as well as a cafe in the hotel.  

Hotel info:  www.himspairport.com
Mall of America:  www.mallofamerica.com

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!