DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/08/2006    Duedate: 12/05/2006

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-249

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LULU
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-4135) [15-10-1,91]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LULU                           THE TRANSIENT
DARQUE FORCES (428)            MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
(45-4135) [15-10-1,91]         (45-3494) [8-0-0,64]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FROSTBITE                      THE BRIDE
NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)          DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-4014) [6-35-0,57]          (45-4180) [8-5-0,56]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE ABYSMALS (483)          63
2. MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)     48      DARQUE FORCES (428)
3. A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)       21      Unchartered Team
4. NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)        7
5. THE LION'S DEN (479)         0      THE ABYSMALS (483)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*THE ABYSMALS (483)         3   2  1 60.0   1/ 3*MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)   9  5 1
 2/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)      223 172 13 56.5   2/ 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     9  6 0
 3/ 2*MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)   22  17  2 56.4   3/ 1 DARQUE FORCES (428)       8  6 2
 4- 3 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       19  23  0 45.2   4/ 0*THE ABYSMALS (483)        3  2 1
 5/ 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    157 199  3 44.1   5- 4*BLIND LUCK (450)          2  1 0
 6- 5*THE LION'S DEN (479)       9  12  1 42.9   6/ 5 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     2  8 0
 7/ 6 A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)     87 128  5 40.5   7- 6*THE LION'S DEN (479)      1  5 0
 8- 7*BLIND LUCK (450)           6  10  0 37.5   8- 7 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       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

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     Baphomet stood in the cavern, jaw agape at what lay before him.  The purring of
Free-Jay the cat filled the area, putting Baffy into a trance.  He began to reflect
on the events that led him to be there.
     Two days prior, he had been in the marketplace at Stormcrowe.  He was there to
purchase an unguent for chafing caused by ill-fitting armor.  A very large, stupid
looking man carrying a bastard sword approached him.  The simpleton grabbed his
sleeve, tugging on it and uttering, "A Back Ass."
     Baphomet, being rather perplexed, responded, "What?"
     The Giant one began dragging him out of the market, repeating "A Back Ass, A
Back Ass!"
     As the two got to the edge of town, the large man approached a riding lizard as
Baffy said, "I don't understand."
     Throwing the wizard across the saddle the man mumbled, "Wazzy sweep A Back Ass!"
     Baphomet yelled, "Who are you?"
     The giant one replied, "Me Groo, we go, come now!"
     After two days of riding, with Groo saying nothing but "A Back Ass" repeatedly,
they arrived at a small cave entrance.  The behemoth dismounted, dragging Baphomet
into the cave and mumbling "A Back Ass" the whole time.
     Deep in the cave, they came upon the cavern that was filled with Free-Jay's
purring.  In an alcove on the left side of the chamber lay the comatose form of
Abraxis, with Free-Jay purring contentedly on his crotch.
     Baphomet stood speechless, staring at the sight before him.  He couldn't help
but notice how resplendent Free-Jay looked.  The poor cat usually looked so
disheveled and frowzy that Baffy almost didn't recognize him.
     Baphomet began to ponder the situation.  He knew that with his arcane ability,
he could easily awake the sleeping Druid, but dare he?  Abraxis had so many enemies
and caused such trouble.  What the hell, the Turf War was coming up and he sure could
use the Druid's help.
     As he completed his chant, the pontificating Druid sat up muttering, "That vile
Dastard Wasby, how dare he?"
     Groo echoed, "Wazzy."
     The narcissistic Druid began a long droning diatribe, about the young upstart.
Somehow from his tirade, Baphomet gleaned a small bit of truth.  He realized that
Wasby the Great was responsible for the Druid's condition and that there would be
hell to pay.

                                             To Be Continued

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly STORMCROWE games.  Former top team DARQUE FORCES was 
unseated this week as MEN OF ILL REPUTE moved up from 3rd ranking to take the top 
spot with a 4-1-0 record for the round.  HANUMAN caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested AUNTY ENTITY and was awarded 22 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, HANUMAN put down 
AUNTY ENTITY, causing her to lose 16 points of recognition in the process.  Due to 
hers absence and inability to defend the throne, AUNTY MACASSAR has lost the title of 
Duelmaster.  This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail LULU, 
Duelmaster of STORMCROWE!  No confirmation, but my sources claim that the top team 
has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city STORMCROWE.  STORMCROWE, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of 
thy guilds is NORTHERN LIGHTS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly 
duels.  Apparently the stalwarts of MEN OF ILL REPUTE are catching the bulk of jests 
down at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Loose talk at the 
arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the knowledge that many fighters are 
after WALRUS.  Watch your back!   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far off 
city calling to me.  I must away!  Till next we meet remember - the pen is mightier 
than the sword, but a maul is a different story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LULU 4135                    15  10  1    91       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-B.F. GOODRICH 4143            7   2  0   105       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
-AUNTY MACASSAR 4137          13  12  0    92       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148             18   6  0    85       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 WALRUS 3995                  13  30  0    69       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE TRANSIENT 3494            8   0  0    64       MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
 FROSTBITE 4014                6  35  0    57       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BRIDE 4180                8   5  0    56       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 LADY WINTER 4231              5   3  0    40       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
-WINSTON 4141                  5   5  0    39       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
-LYNX 4195                     3   1  0    35       THE LION'S DEN (479)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SNAKE EYES 3892               3   3  0    32       BLIND LUCK (450)
-PUMA 4194                     3   1  0    29       THE LION'S DEN (479)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HANUMAN 4255                  1   0  0    22       THE ABYSMALS (483)
-CRAPS 3891                    2   0  0    21       BLIND LUCK (450)
 DIRK HAMMERTOE 3492           6   2  0    20       MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
 SNAKE PLISKIN 3495            3   5  0    20       MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
 QITOU 4259                    1   0  1    16       THE ABYSMALS (483)
 KY-LIN FURY 4257              1   0  0    15       THE ABYSMALS (483)
-OCELOT 4239                   1   3  0    14       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 THELEN THE REDD 4263          1   0  0    13       MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
 TARG THE WHIP 4264            1   0  0    11       MEN OF ILL REPUTE (395)
-ACE 3917                      1   1  0    11       BLIND LUCK (450)
-POSSUMNATOR 4189              1   0  0     9       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 APSARAS 4256                  0   1  0     9       THE ABYSMALS (483)
 RADIO FLYER 4250              2   1  0     7       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
-PANTHER 4196                  1   3  1     7       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 GELIDNIA HALE 4260            1   1  0     7       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
-DAPL 4192                     1   3  0     6       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 ANGUS 4262                    1   0  0     6       A DEAL'S A DEAL (457)
 AUNTY ENTITY 4253             1   1  1     5       DARQUE FORCES (428)
-SLOTS 3893                    0   2  0     2       BLIND LUCK (450)
 DURGA 4258                    0   1  0     1       THE ABYSMALS (483)
-BAMBI FAWNDEER 4197           0   1  0     1       ROAD WARRIORS (476)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGAR 4    0  1 0   1                   QITOU 4259            249 NONE    
TOO DUMB 4261          0  1 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   ARENAMASTER NHOR 23   249 NONE    
RED 4241               3  2 0 A DEAL'S A DEAL 457   AUNTY ENTITY 4253     248         
DEAD 4265              0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES 428     SPYMASTER 22          249 NONE    
CELESTIAL ROSE 4240    3  1 1 DARQUE FORCES 428     REDEMPTION 3491       247 REVENGED
REDEMPTION 3491        3  4 2 MEN OF ILL REPUTE 395 LULU 4135             248         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Bride -- You're a darque force, all right.  Why do you let men talk you into that
stuff?  Be strong and independent!  Change your name to The Divorcee! -- Frostbite

Aunty Macassar -- Ah.  You know, I don't actually view you as an "aunty."  You're too
young and vibrant.  Too much a woman of the world.  Too much...a woman.  Could I
interest you in a shellfish dinner? -- Walrus

Snake Pliskin -- So...you're a man of ill repute, are you?  In what way?  I could use
a good man of ill repute, if he was the right kind.  Come talk to me about this when
you get out of the Infirmary. -- Lady Winter

Bambi Fawndeer -- If you don't have the sense to get out of the way, what can you
EXPECT?  When I come down that hill, I'm going way too fast to stop. -- Radio Flyer

Mordant Deserter?  Well, why not?  From what I've heard about it, *I* would have
deserted Mordant in a heartbeat, if I'd been there. -- Gelidnia Hale

20 October 2006
In accordance with those rules set forth by the Lady of the Realm, I hereby announce
the formation of a small group of managers calling themselves "The Outsiders".  The
group consists of the following members:
     Doc LeGrande
     Apex
     Street Legal
     Carnage
     Ghoti
     Roadkill
     Valamond
     This group has only one rule.  Respect the play of the managers of this
alliance.  We have no worries about not playing by the rules set forth by others.  We
fight the way we like, and all those in this group appreciate what tools each manager
brings.  We have managers from the Delarquan, Andorian and Free Blade regions.  We
have managers that focus on the tournament arenas, and we have those that focus on
the regular city arenas.  We have those in our ranks that fight with honor and
respect for all, and we have those that have a bloodlust that cannot be quenched.
     Our goal is simple.  To create a ensemble of managers that will show their
prowess in the land of Alastari, and to bring a new level of competition to all those
that share the sands with our warriors.  Our warriors are many throughout the land.
We have no home arena.  We have no pacts we abide by.  Our fighters range from
Mordant to Talcama, from Lapur to Lyratilan, Aruak City to Valamantis, the Primus
arena to Talahya, and many more arenas throughout the land.
     Whether we are sought out or ignored makes no difference to us.  We are what we
are.  We fight how we fight.  And we do it however we wish.  We have no rules.  We
have no leader or ruler.  Be prepared.  We are.

20 October 2006
The Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire respond thus to the Avengers of the Light:
Where are you?  EACH AND EVERY Dark Knight can be found in arenas 31 and 52.  Your
pretty words mean less than nothing if you won't fight.  EVERY Dark Knight is more
than willing to back up their talk.  So...we give you three turns in either 31 or 52,
REPEAT 31 or 52 to show up or shut up.  If you don't show we'll let all of Alastari
know the Avengers are indeed cowards! -- Dark Knights of the Desolate Empire

2 November 2006
I received a Gift Certificate from someone.  I'm assuming it's for entry into the
Turf War 5.  Whoever sent this to me...please email me at rbaphomets@yahoo.com.
Thanks.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
TOO DUMB was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER NHOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
RAGGEDY ANN outwaited M. CHARDINEE in a popular 11 minute gruesome match.
LULU devastated WALRUS in a 1 minute one-sided Title contest.
THE BRIDE was luckily beaten by THE TRANSIENT in a crowd pleasing 3 minute match.
FROSTBITE won victory over THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 4 minute mismatched fight.
LADY WINTER handily defeated DIRK HAMMERTOE in a 2 minute gruesome uneven fight.
SNAKE PLISKIN won victory over GELIDNIA HALE in a 2 minute duel.
RADIO FLYER lost to THELEN THE REDD in a 4 minute gruesome beginner's fight.
AUNTY ENTITY was overpowered by HANUMAN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
KY-LIN FURY overcame EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute novice's bout.
APSARAS was subdued by ANGUS in a 2 minute amateur's match.
QITOU easily killed PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
DURGA was demolished by TARG THE WHIP in a 2 minute bloody one-sided brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   6 -  0      74  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  19 -  3      59  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     15 -  12 -  0      56  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   9 -  2      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-LUNGE       14 -  15 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         9 -  12 -  0      43  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   4 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   9 -  1      31  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   9 -  0      31  |

Turn 249 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     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       2  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1                                       1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   LULU 4135                  15  10  1   91 DARQUE FORCES (428)
TOTAL PARRY      RAGGEDY ANN 4148           18   6  0   85 DARQUE FORCES (428)
AIMED BLOW       LADY WINTER 4231            5   3  0   40 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FROSTBITE 4014.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was THE BRIDE 4180.  The ten other most popular fighters were FROSTBITE 4014, TARG 
THE WHIP 4264, LADY WINTER 4231, SNAKE PLISKIN 3495, ANGUS 4262, RADIO FLYER 4250, 
THELEN THE REDD 4263, KY-LIN FURY 4257, APSARAS 4256, and LULU 4135.

The least popular fighter this week was RAGGEDY ANN 4148.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DURGA 4258, AUNTY ENTITY 4253, DIRK HAMMERTOE 3492, WALRUS 
3995, TOO DUMB 4261, DEAD 4265, QITOU 4259, HANUMAN 4255, GELIDNIA HALE 4260, and THE 
TRANSIENT 3494.

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 5 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                       TONY TWILO (5-4525) of HOUSE OF PANCAKES
                           MARCIE (36-6076) of MER DE NOMS
                          WAR EAGLE (55-3289) of DRAGONFYRE
                         WIPEY (82-12634) of UNJUSTLY RENAMED 
                           FORMIDABLE (82-17495) of F-TROOP 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes