DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 08/17/2005    Duedate: 09/13/2005

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-233

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

HOT LIPS
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-3743) [31-6-0,141]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

HOT LIPS                       POSITION IS EMPTY
DARQUE FORCES (428)            
(45-3743) [31-6-0,141]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ALICE OSBORNE                  ALICE OSBORNE
MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)         MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
(45-3970) [13-15-1,104]        (45-3970) [13-15-1,104]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARQUE FORCES (428)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)       41
2. DARQUE FORCES (428)         37      SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
3. AVID FANS (65)              30      Unchartered Team
4. NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)        9
5. THE LORDS OF WAR (477)       0      BLANK II (106)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     73  53  0 57.9   1/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)      11  3 1
 2/ 2 DARQUE FORCES (428)      180 143 10 55.7   2/ 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     8  7 0
 3/ 3 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)   124 113  6 52.3   3/ 3 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)     6  3 0
 4/ 4 AVID FANS (65)           130 124 11 51.2   4/ 4 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)    5 10 0
 5/ 5 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    126 153  3 45.2   5/ 5 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     5 10 0
 6/ 6 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     54  86  5 38.6   6/ 6 AVID FANS (65)            4  4 0
 7- 7 THE LORDS OF WAR (477)    11  22  1 33.3   7- 7 THE LORDS OF WAR (477)    0  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

            + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Black Ship #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Aljafir:

     Les Korranjal, the Ambitious Guard, stood with his back to a locked door and
watched the rain come down.  Between darkness and falling rain, he couldn't see the
bay, though it was only twenty feet in front of him.  Well, he didn't need to see it;
he knew what Aljafir Bay looked like, by night and by day.
     "No sign of the courier."
     Korranjal twitched and looked down at Shagrath the Assassin.  He hated it when
people sneaked up on him.  Especially people like Shagrath.  "We won't be able to see
the courier ship anyway, in this downpour."
     The dwarf snorted.  "You may not be able to see it, but I'd see it well enough.
If it was out there.  I figure the Black Ship got it."
     "If there is a Black Ship.  All I've heard is rumors."
     "It's out there," Shagrath said.  "I have seen it.  Me, not 'a friend of a
third-cousin once-removed'.  Me."
     The Guard looked down at him again.  "You're no sailor--"
     "I saw it from the shore.  West of here.  Full moon, no mist to confuse the eye.
It had two masts, sails up on both, but they weren't...it wasn't moving right for the
wind that was blowing on the shore."
     "The wind can vary."
     "Sure.  But there was another boat out there at the same time, and it was moving
with the wind I could feel.  Running from the Black Ship.  Didn't do any more good
than rabbit running from a hawk."
     Korranjal frowned, running his palm up and down the scabbard of his sword.  If
anyone else had told that story, he wouldn't have believed it.  But Shagrath wouldn't
lie...at least, not about the Black Ship.  "They say it comes from Kurukar."
     "Some say that.  Others blame Stormcrowe."
     "No, the Crowes are losing as many ships as we are."
     "That doesn't prove--"  The dwarf tensed, his hand closing hard on Korranjal's
arm.  "There," he whispered.  "There!"
     The rain still made a curtain in front of the doorway, but a greenish light was
shining through it.  Very bright, as though a full moon had come into the bay, but
the light had a dark center, and it moved from left to right.  One scream, cut off.
A second, cut off.  Then darkness and silence.
     "What did you see?" Korranjal asked.  He knew that he himself had seen...
something, but Shagrath's vision was more acute.
     "The Black Ship," the dwarf said.  "And I figure it got the courier."
     The Ambitious Guard nodded.  The courier from Zuwayza was an obvious target for
the Black Ship, no matter what enemy--Kurukar, Stormcrowe, or someone else entirely--
had sent it out.  "I guess the Satrap, may Kjarran bless him, didn't believe in the
Black Ship.  I guess Zuwayza is too far away--"
     "What's his belief got to do with it?" Shagrath growled.  The Assassin's eyes
were still fixed on the rain-blind night, as though he could see something out
there."
     "Ah, yes, you wouldn't have known--the kaliv asked for a master magician.
Someone who could deal with the Ship--"
     "Hmm."  The dwarf sighed.  "You have a point.  Seems like the courier didn't
even put up a fight.  I wish there was something we--"
     The darkness was torn by lightning leaping up from the bay, down from the
clouds, meeting in a storm of light.  For a moment, even Korranjal could see the two
ships on the bay, the Black Ship with its sails extended like wings, and the courier
with a pillar of brilliance on its deck.
     "By the claws of the Dragon!"  Shagrath's tone was reverent, which was unusual
for him.  "I think the Satrap DID believe," he said.
     Light and darkness roiled into a twisting waterspout between the two ships.  The
Black Ship's sails beat like wings, fighting the inverted whirlpool.  The courier, an
oared galley, was also struggling to get away.  But neither side abated the force it
was casting into that maelstrom.
     The Guard shook off his paralysis.  "We've got to do something!"
     "Such as what?" Shagrath asked.  "That's a job for magicians.  Or sailors."
     Behind them, the horns on the great temple of Kjarran blared louder than
thunder, signaling a special service.
     Shagrath hunched away from the sound.  A special service usually meant a special
sacrifice, and anyone not of the True Blood was at risk at such a time.
     "Kjarran will settle the Black Ship," Korranjal said.  "He will not desert us in
our need."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Oh, hi.  Its just little 'ol Debby Tonte.  Thought I'd check out STORMCROWE to 
see what's new.  MVP award for MOTHER?  DARQUE FORCES' proud of her after beating THE 
BEER VENDOR and getting 25 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  AMY YATES got 
smashed by AUNTY MACASSAR, and lost 16 points!  Don't you think the Duelmaster is 
being unfair?  I think HOT LIPS should let ALICE OSBORNE be Duelmaster for a while, 
without fighting about it.  Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his 
teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     Look, you guys stick to fighting, all right?  MORDRED'S MADMEN was STORMCROWE's 
most avoided team.  Is there some award for that?  Is there some deep dark secret why 
AVID FANS' been avoiding MORDRED'S MADMEN so much?  Or is it just that they're too 
scared?  Like, is ZOEY popular, or what?  She was challenged the most in all of 
STORMCROWE!  She's got a 7-5-1, is that good?   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What a bummer!  THE BEER VENDOR got wasted by MOTHER!  But with a 
18-19-1, I guess AVID FANS aren't too bummed.  What if they had a fight and nobody 
showed up?  I'd be out of a job, that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I'm getting tired of writing this stuff, so I'm calling it quits.  I had a fun 
time, see you later-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOT LIPS 3743                31   6  0   141       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SHARD 3507                   19  27  1   133       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 DEATH FOG 4017               18   6  0   121       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
 MOTHER 3741                  21  16  2   112       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 ALICE OSBORNE 3970           13  15  1   104       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JANE THE RIPPER 4096         11   5  0    88       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 THE STATISTICIAN 2309        15  18  0    85       AVID FANS (65)
 COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951       8   5  1    82       AVID FANS (65)
 PYROTECHNICS 4018            20   4  0    81       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A TALENT SCOUT 3950           9   5  0    65       AVID FANS (65)
 THE JANITOR 2545              9   9  0    64       AVID FANS (65)
 FRANCINE KRUGER 4015          9  15  0    63       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
 ZOEY 4126                     7   5  1    62       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ICELINIA 4092                 9   8  1    54       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 WALRUS 3995                   9  18  0    51       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 AUNTY MACASSAR 4137           4   6  0    47       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
 LULU 4135                     6   4  0    46       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148              8   1  0    44       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 FROSTFLARE 4112               7   7  0    44       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 BERTHA 4168                   6   1  1    42       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
-SHADOW STALKER 4155           7   5  0    39       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FROSTBITE 4014                2  23  0    32       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 AMY YATES 4145                7   3  1    25       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREZELDA 4131                 4   7  0    25       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ASU 4105                      5   2  0    21       SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
-TERLIMON 4170                 1   0  0    13       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
 JEANIE VORHES 4169            2   4  0    10       MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
-JARA 4160                     2   2  0     9       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
-SMOKE 4154                    1   1  1     5       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)
-CARA 4159                     0   2  0     2       THE LORDS OF WAR (477)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
SQUID-BRAIN 4174       0  1 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   BLACK ORC 20          233 NONE    
THE BEER VENDOR 1975  18 19 1 AVID FANS 65          MOTHER 3741           233         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Lulu -- I'd say we both got what we need.  Not in spades, but I'm not greedy. --
Grezzzelda

Pyrotechnic -- It's a balance thing, but still.... -- Zoey

Jeanie Vorhes -- Lessons, I foresee myself being asked to give lessons and
demonstrations with said weapon. -- Aunty Macassar 

Jara -- Close, but I'm smoking the stogie.  However they were good learns for your
future. -- Bertha

Hot Lips -- You can't avoid me forever, punk. -- Death Fog

Amy Yates -- Madam, I would not for a moment impugn your femininity, but you have
behaved in a manner unbecoming to a lady.  I beg you will forego this unsuitable
activity. -- Walrus

Bombshell -- I don't like women who blow up in my face.  It's unnerving. -- Shard

I have no USE for an orc.  Can I give him back? -- Icelinia

Drat.  Those Dangerous Criminals ARE. -- Frostflare

That's just LIKE 'Celinia!  Get the orc all mad, and then turn him lose on ME.  She's
jealous, is what she is. -- Frostbite

Ed. -- Yep.  That purple stuff... (sigh)  But potato peelings are bad, too. -- Walrus

     Does that mean purple potato peelings are worse too? -- Ed.

4 August 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For Is Here!!!!!!!!

ZalCon3...The Rebirth!!!!!!! 

The Rules Are Simple, The Prizes Are Awesome, The Competition Fierce!

Where:  Dullens (DM13)  When:  October 8th, 2005

The Rules:
Every Manager Must DA Their Entire Team On The First Turn They Enter The Contest.
All Warriors DA'd In This Manner MUST Be At Zero FE And May Fight In The Contest If
They Live.  The Style Of The Warrior Must Be Present In The Name In A Non Ambiguous
Manner, Standard Abbreviations Accepted.  Scoring Starts On The 3rd Turn Of The

Contest Which Will Also Be The First Turn After The October Mail In.  Dead Warriors
May Be Entered From The Contest To Dead Apprentices ONLY--And With Zero FE!!!!!  All
Living Warriors May Be Entered Into Rookies or Apprentices For The October Mail In.

Scoring:
 1 Point For Each Win.
 1 Point For Each Kill.
-1 Point For Each Loss.
-1 Point For Each Death.

Categories:
Ultimate Style Master:  Warrior Of Any Style With The Most Style Master Points.
Top Team:  Team With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
Top Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Team:  Team With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
MVP Warrior:  Warrior With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest.
Style Master:  Warrior With The Most Points Vs. Style In Each Style At The End Of The
               Contest.
Warrior Top 11:  Next 10 Top Point Gaining Warriors At The End Of The Contest.
Iron Manager:  Any Manager With 100 Fights During The Contest (20 Turns Plus 2 Pre
               Turns).
***Special Category*** An Additional Top Team Award Will Be Granted For Each 5 Iron
Manager Awards Starting At 6.

Prizes:
Ultimate Style Master, Top Team, Top Warrior:  +1 To Bonus, Damage Bump, Free Train
                                              Or Learn 2 Skills, Favorites Knowledge.
MVP Team And MVP Warrior:  20 Rollups.
Style Master:  +1 To Bonus.
Warrior Top 11:  Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills. 
Iron Manager:  +1 To Bonus.

Please Contact Zalgor Prigg Via Diplo (Armor & Weapons DM102) or Email
(zalgor@hotmail.com) Should You Have Any Questions Or Wish A Free Team Rollup To Dark
Arena On Turn 1.

Disclaimer:  All Prizes Are To Be Used On Contest Team Only And Are Non Transferable.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SQUID-BRAIN was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
COLOUR COMMENTATOR vanquished FRANCINE KRUGER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
THE BEER VENDOR was narrowly killed by MOTHER in a 2 minute expert's Challenge fight.
A TALENT SCOUT bested ICELINIA in a 1 minute Challenge contest.
HOT LIPS luckily beat ALICE OSBORNE in a 11 minute veteran's Title fight.
DEATH FOG won victory over THE STATISTICIAN in a exciting 1 minute master's fight.
SHARD viciously subdued PYROTECHNICS in a 1 minute veteran's competition.
JANE THE RIPPER vanquished ZOEY in a 1 minute uneven duel.
THE JANITOR savagely defeated WALRUS in a popular 3 minute gory expert's duel.
AMY YATES was overpowered by AUNTY MACASSAR in a 2 minute one-sided melee.
LULU defeated FRATSFA SLAVE in a exciting 1 minute match.
RAGGEDY ANN bested FROSTBITE in a crowd pleasing 5 minute conflict.
FROSTFLARE savagely defeated GREZELDA in a 2 minute bloody match.
ASU was overpowered by BERTHA in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
JEANIE VORHES was savagely defeated by CULT MEMBER in a 5 minute gory duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  16 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  22 -  2      58  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     3         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE      18 -  15 -  2      55  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   7 -  1      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  13 -  0      48  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  12 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW        14 -  21 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  29 -  1      37  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   7 -  0      36  |

Turn 233 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  3         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  2     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      HOT LIPS 3743              31   6  0  141 DARQUE FORCES (428)
AIMED BLOW       DEATH FOG 4017             18   6  0  121 SUPERIOR FORCES (310)
LUNGING ATTACK   MOTHER 3741                21  16  2  112 DARQUE FORCES (428)
SLASHING ATTACK  JANE THE RIPPER 4096       11   5  0   88 MORDRED'S MADMEN (409)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZOEY 4126                   7   5  1   62 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
WALL OF STEEL    ICELINIA 4092               9   8  1   54 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
PARRY-STRIKE     BERTHA 4168                 6   1  1   42 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ALICE OSBORNE 3970.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ALICE OSBORNE 3970.  The ten other most popular fighters were FROSTBITE 
4014, THE JANITOR 2545, HOT LIPS 3743, DEATH FOG 4017, SHARD 3507, LULU 4135, THE 
BEER VENDOR 1975, MOTHER 3741, FROSTFLARE 4112, and A TALENT SCOUT 3950.

The least popular fighter this week was JEANIE VORHES 4169.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ZOEY 4126, ICELINIA 4092, FRANCINE KRUGER 4015, SQUID-BRAIN 
4174, ASU 4105, PYROTECHNICS 4018, THE STATISTICIAN 2309, BERTHA 4168, GREZELDA 4131, 
and RAGGEDY ANN 4148.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXV

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
COLOUR COMMENTATOR 3951 (7-5-1)        8  3  0         AVID FANS            
TIWAZ THORSSON 3956 (0-0-0)            1  3  0         ODIN'S CHOSEN        
A TALENT SCOUT 3950 (8-5-0)            0  3  0         AVID FANS            

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MUMPHY DUZ DOC 3127 (0-0-0)            8  3  0         STUPID MANAGER TRICK