DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/27/2008    Duedate: 03/25/2008

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-266

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

AUNTY ENTITY
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-4253) [12-7-1,96]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

AUNTY ENTITY                   BOLOL
DARQUE FORCES (428)            OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
(45-4253) [12-7-1,96]          (45-4319) [5-1-0,55]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ANGEL HAMMER                   MARTA
MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)           ERRATA (490)
(45-3962) [15-11-2,94]         (45-4313) [1-3-0,23]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OLD MAN RIVER (494)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARQUE FORCES (428)         56
2. SHATTERPOINT (497)          46      SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
3. JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)      39      Unchartered Team
4. MAIDEN JAPAN (504)          35
5. RAPTOR (508)                34      OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)     19   8  0 70.4   1/ 4*OLD MAN RIVER (494)      12  3 2
 2/ 2*DDR SUPERNOVA (502)       11   5  2 68.8   2/ 3 DARQUE FORCES (428)      12  3 0
 3/ 4*OLD MAN RIVER (494)       13   7  2 65.0   3/ 1*OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)    11  4 0
 4/ 3 SRETSAMLEUD II (500)      28  16  2 63.6   4/ 8*KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)     9  5 0
 5/ 5*PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)    12   8  2 60.0   5/ 5*PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)    9  6 2
 6/ 7 DARQUE FORCES (428)      281 198 14 58.7   6/ 2 SRETSAMLEUD II (500)      9  6 1
 7/ 8*NOSTALGIA (506)           11   8  1 57.9   7/ 6*DDR SUPERNOVA (502)       8  3 2
 8/ 9*KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)     10   9  0 52.6   8/ 7*NOSTALGIA (506)           8  6 1
 9/11 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       41  37  5 52.6   9/ 9*ERRATA (490)              8  7 4
10/13*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)    12  11  0 52.2  10/10*JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)    8  7 0
11/10 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      67  63  3 51.5  11/19*RAPTOR (508)              7  8 0
12/12*ERRATA (490)              10  10  4 50.0  12/14*MAIDEN JAPAN (504)        7  8 0
13-14*MISFIT TOYS K (505)        5   5  0 50.0  13/12 THE LION'S DEN (479)      6  9 1
14/ 6*SWORD SAINTS (498)        14  15  2 48.3  14/20*THE DAMNED II (493)       6  9 1
15/18*RAPTOR (508)               7   8  0 46.7  15/11 ARCTIC WASTES (486)       6  9 0
16-15 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       21  25  0 45.7  16/13*PACIS EX NEX (499)        6  9 0
17/17*MAIDEN JAPAN (504)         9  11  0 45.0  17/15*SWORD SAINTS (498)        5  5 2
18/16 THE LION'S DEN (479)      23  31  3 42.6  18/17 SUDDEN FURY (487)         5  9 1

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20*SHATTERPOINT (497)        10  15  1 40.0  19/21*SHATTERPOINT (497)        5 10 0
20/21*THE DAMNED II (493)       11  19  1 36.7  20/22*DARKSTORM (507)           3  7 1
21/19*PACIS EX NEX (499)         8  14  0 36.4  21/18 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      3 12 0
22/23*DARKSTORM (507)            5  10  1 33.3  22-16*MISFIT TOYS K (505)       2  3 0
23/22 SUDDEN FURY (487)         17  38  2 30.9  23-23 ROAD WARRIORS (476)       1  0 0
24-24*DISCO DWARVES (68)         2   8  0 20.0  24-24*MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)    0  5 0
25-25*MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)     0   5  0  0.0  25-25*DISCO DWARVES (68)        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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     "Still nothing," the Aruaki whispered into a small silver mirror the size of his
palm.  Instead of his reflection, Kat saw the child-like face of Master Darque.  The
little half-demon looked worried, which was a rarely an emotion the wizard exhibited.
Actually, Kat never remembered seeing the wizard worried, only a steady dose of
egotistical contentment and uncontrollable rage tempered with the smell of sulfur.
     "Nothing on my end either.  He is not one to leave a trail when he does not want
to be found.  However, Maximillian is not one to leave without a farewell.  I fear
something has happened to him."
     Kat considered Darque's words, "You are correct.  I will put a few of my agents
onto the trail.  Perhaps we are merely looking in the wrong places."
     "I will do the same," Darque said as his image faded from the mirror.
     Kat placed the magical mirror back into his tunic pocket and exited the
alleyway.  He joined the crowd of people moving to the east portion of the city where
many of the gladiatorial training grounds and guild houses.  As he walked farther
from the arena, the crowd began to thin as he strolled into the business district.
While the visiting fans and vendors would crowd the arena area, the local business
district was strategically located between the arena and guild houses.
     Kat stopped at a fruit vendor, a kind woman by the name of Georgina.  Grey
streaks ran delicately through her coal colored hair, yet her skin still retained its
youthful luster.  Kat always enjoyed speaking with Georgina when he passed through
the area.  She was a wealth of information, and Kat always conjured the image of a
clever fox when he spoke to her.
     "Hello my darling!" Georgina exclaimed when she saw the lithe Aruaki.  Her dark
skin glistened in the early morning sunlight.  Kat believed her to be of Delarquan
decent, but she had never spoken of her heritage.  "You have the look of worry about
you.  What is the matter?"
     "Just the everyday trials of management Georgina," he responded.
     "Still no word from your friend?  Do not worry darling, he will return, but only
when he is ready to found," Georgina winked at him and placed a ripe apple in his
hand.
     "I'm sure you are correct as always," Kat returned the wink.  As he spoke, the
hair on his neck began to rise with an anticipation of something unknown.  Was he
being watched?  He did not look around or show any sign of discomfort, but he knew
something was afoot.
     Georgina reached to hug the Aruaki, which was not out of place for the elderly
woman.  "You have an admirer, a secret one from the looks of it," she whispered to
him in their quick embrace.
     A very clever fox, Kat thought to himself.  He nodded to her and thanked her for
the apple as he turned to leave.  "I will see you tomorrow."
     He returned to the main thoroughfare of the city heading to gladiator district.
As he walked, he unbuttoned the top button of his tunic.  It was a casual move that
none would suspect, but it spoke untold volumes to Kat's agents.  The Aruaki had many
enemies and some had fat purses and long reaching hands.  As such, Kat took his
personal safety very seriously.  The unbuttoned collar told his agents he was being
followed.  Two undone buttons would issue a kill order, but Kat first wanted to know
why he was being followed.
     The Aruaki arrived at his destination.  The Mutant Hammerz guild house was easy
to spot as any other Hammer affiliated guild house.  Bright colors and a well-
maintained frontage garden were always indicators, as well as motivational signs
posted in the yard and on the door.
     Meeting with Hammer served two purposes this early morning.  Did Hammer have any
more information to share about the disappearance of Maximillian?  And, what did he
know about the Blasphemous Portal of Ghosts, which was Darque's new mad quest.
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     Darque ended his conversation with Kat by throwing his magical mirror against
the stone wall of his study.  Surprisingly it did not shatter into pieces, but only
thudded first against the wall and then to the floor.  Leviticus could sense his mood
was foul, but he did not say a word as he picked up the mirror and returned it to its
normal resting place on a bookshelf.
     "What is your wish?" the steward asked.
     The wizard pondered the question for a moment and then said, "Contact Phantasm
and tell him Maximillian is now his number one priority.  After you have done that,
dismiss the staff for the remainder of the day.  You may also take the day off once
this is complete."
     "And the gladiators?"
     "Send the girls to the hot springs and then to the masseuse.  They deserve a day
of rest I suppose," the half-demon answered.
     Leviticus began another question but the distinct smell of sulfur in the air
assured him the best course was to follow Darque's directions and leave any concerns
he may have unspoken.  He bowed to the wizard and left the study.
     Darque waited for the servants and gladiators to leave his estate on the
outskirts of Stormcrowe before he retired to the underground laboratory.  The
disappearance of Maximillian troubled the small sorcerer, but business must still
continue he thought.  He magically sealed the entrance and descended the stone
stairs.
     The underground portion of Darque's estate was constructed by magical means,
after the two story farmhouse had been remodeled at ground level.  The wizard was not
keen on anyone other than himself knowing the location and lay out of his laboratory,
and authorities frowned upon killing workers after the work was complete.  "Such
dreadful times we live in," he whispered to himself.
     The laboratory was unimpressive in terms of furnishings.  No recognizable
pattern could be seen in the wizard's activities.  He was a student of all magic, and
not confined to one area of study.  Darque often mused about the fragile nature of
human mind and its inability to grasp the multiple complexities of the Arcana.  Human
wizards would often confine themselves to one school, yet Darque enjoyed the magical
benefits of his demonic heritage.
     Conjuration came as naturally to him as breathing, as well as necromancy,
enchantment, and transmutation.  He spent many of his formative early years upon
Alastari learning abjuration and invocation, the defensive and offensive areas of the
magical weave.  Altercation was his next focus and the studies had been quite
beneficial teaching him how to travel great distances with but a word.
     The only area of magic that eluded the half-demon was divination.  Maybe the
gods in their lofty machinations decided demon-kind would be too dangerous which such
power or perhaps something more powerful than the gods--the Fates.  Whatever the
reason, Darque was barred from the more powerful portions of the divination weave and
could do nothing more than sense magic, but all of his kind exercised that skill
innately.
     "All problems have a solution," he mumbled.  Darque could not tap the powerful
divination magic himself, but that did not stop him from utilizing someone who could.
"Oracle!  Show yourself, I know you are here."
     Mists began to swirl on the dusty floor, turning clockwise and rising like a
pillar to the stone ceiling.  As quickly as the mist had risen, it began to condense
and take shape that of a young woman with no eyes.  She had thick brown hair flowing
over her shoulders and reminded Darque of a restless ocean, ever throwing waves upon
a beach.  Her light skin only accentuated her the color of her hair.  Her ears were
prominent, but the wizard did not know if that were true or if he only focused upon
them because she had no eyes.
     "You called?" the voice was melodic, but their was a touch of bitterness.  "I
have told you that I see nothing concerning your missing friend."
     "There are other matters at hand that do not involve Maximillian.  Have you had
anymore visions concerning the portal?" Darque hissed.
     "I have told you what I know demon.  You cannot tempt the Fates, nor unlock the
secrets of the universe at only a word.  I warn you to proceed with caution," her
voice was still song-like, but firm.
     "You do the divining and I will do the planning witch," was Darque's only
response.
     "Your companion meets with a key element in this event now as we speak.  Beyond
this there is nothing." Oracle tilted her head to one side as if listening to an
unheard voice whisper a secret into her ear.
     "What is it?" Darque knew there was now a new piece to the puzzle.
     Oracle refocused her attention upon the half-demon.  "You now have a task before
you.  You are to seek a lost soul, one with whom you are familiar with in the city of
Stormcrowe.  That is all I know little one." With her enigmatic message delivered,
Oracle's form became gaseous once more and she disappeared.
     "A lost soul?  That could be any of those gods forsaken people in Stormcrowe,"
Darque pondered the seer's words.  "Lost soul.  Lost soul," he repeated.  His brow
furrowed in thought until one eye brow slowly raised itself signaling a revelation.
"That may be the answer," he mumbled and began climbing the stairs to exit his
laboratory.

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     Turn 3 was a big turn for many teams and there were some shifts in the
standings.  Phat Phat and Haunt maintain their lead, but only by a small margin.
Tripwire and Kellumbo jumped high into the rankings to the number 2 position.  Nomad
and Stik posted another solid turn with a 20 point gain followed by Mr. Mojo and JE
with 17.  Condolences go out to Michael Eldritch and Lady Martilyo for their turn
score of 0.  It is not a way to begin a contest, but do not be discouraged--some of
the best lessons are learned in failure, not success.
     There have been no big controversies in this contest, and for that I am
thankful.  I would like to thank each of the participants for taking part in the SS3
and for you helpfulness in the scoring and adherence to the rules.  Good luck to all
in the coming turns!!!
     I will give fair warning that Madame Darque and I are eagerly awaiting a new
roll up (our first) and he is due very soon.  Best case scenario is that it will not
hinder my scoring of the contest or delay it, but do not fret, I have a contingency
plan in effect to insure the contest is scored properly and in a timely fashion.
     Any questions or corrections can be directed to me as always and I will do my
best to investigate it and correct it if necessary.  I do hope everyone is having an
enjoyable time (that is the point of this contest--well, that and a bit of chest
thumping).

Master Darque
SS3 Host

I'm trying a newly formatted scoring table.  I hope it works, if not, I'm sure Ed.
will let me know. ;)

TEAM                                      Turn 3 Score                  Total Score

Team 7
Phat Phat and Haunt                           20                            64
Team 8
Tripwire and Kellumbo                         29                            62
Team 5
Mr. Mojo and JE                               17                            58
Team 2
Nomad and Stik                                20                            52
Team 4
Kat and Master Darque                         12                            44
Team 1
JGW and Wretch                                12                            42
Team 6
Shadowdragon and Reaper                       15                            36
Team 10
Street Legal and Rake                          3                            21
Team 3
Hammer and Maximillian                         9                            18
Team 11
Liam the Goth and Owlin                        9                            17
Team 9
Master Beru and Apex                           0                            15
Team 12
Michael Eldritch and Lady Martilyo             0                             0

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                            Fourth Round SS3 Scribblings
                                         By
                                Hammer the WordSmith

     And in your Majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility and
righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand
guide You to tremendous things. -- Psalm 45:4 Amplified

     Hammer paced the floor as the eerie moonlight filtered its way into the room
where the veteran manager was wrestling with some managerial decisions in the light
of the secret reports that had come to his attention.
     Lady Martily had been subjected to an ironically amusing introduction to the way
things can be on the arena sands in StormCrowe Arena and especially when the forces
of competition are at their keenest during a StormCrowe SlaughterHouse!
     If she thought the SS3 was a brutal experience then imagine how things would be
in the near future in the All Bashers Arena!
     The Gladiatorial Commission still had not announced the location of this unique 
arena, but word had spread rapidly that certain magistrates were already receiving
the paperwork to register their new stables in the All Bashers Arena!
     Perhaps the drifting reverie towards the new arena was fueled by the absence of
an SS3 partner, but Hammer was quite content to continue financing his pathetic band
of misfits in an effort to get them graduated from StormCrowe Arena!
     Something akin to the challenge of Salmon journeying up stream to reproduce
themselves in spite of the dangers of raccoons, bears and fishermen!
     At least Darque's heavyweights had received their invitation to the Isle and
would no longer impede the progress of any Mutant Hammerz seeking to graduate!
     But now there were other pressing matters to attend to!
     Hammer continued pacing the floor as he formulated a plan of action to deal with
the circumstances and a suitable resolution to these matters!

"May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"
Hammer
Minister of War
Abattoir Scarlet Knight
Order of Lost Souls
DarkHorse Duelist
Morya MadMan
StormCrowe SwashBuckler
SlaughterHouse PsychoPath

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt STORMCROWE will ever be the same.  It seems the training can make the 
difference, as OF WOLF & MAN 4 is pushed out of top team by OLD MAN RIVER, who came 
from 4th with a 4-1-1 this turn.  Now keep the taverns open late tonight, for there 
are sorrows to drown for MISFIT TOYS K, whose 0-0-0 this turn dropped them by 6 into 
22nd.  RAPTOR stable has parlayed this turn's 3-2-0 into a 8 space move up the 
rankings.  This brings them up to 11th place.  Good work, guys!  The DARQUE FORCES 
guild has had a 5-0-0 turn and deserves to be watched in the future.  You never know 
where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's see, YUFFIE fought SHADOWCAT HAMMER and 
gained 17 points and contributed to DARQUE FORCES' 5-0-0.  SHADOWCAT HAMMER has lost 
to YUFFIE, falling 14 points, while helping make MUTANT HAMMERZ a 0-5-0 turn.  
Defending hers title for another turn, RAGGEDY ANN kept STORMCROWE's warrior, VETERAN 
MERCENARY, from claiming the throne.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw 
last night, cramped under the table at The Shadow's Fountain?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  SUDDEN FURY has cause to stand tall, as they 
were STORMCROWE's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  
And avoiding SUDDEN FURY more than any other team we find PACIS EX NEX.  STORMCROWE, 
are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged warrior 
this turn was THE DAMNED II's warrior SIR MARIUS.  More fighters challenged him than 
challenged the Duelmaster!  I don't know about you, but THE BRIDE challenging down 64 
points to MUTANT HAMMERZ's ANGEL HAMMER, is not really worthy of DARQUE FORCES.  
We're not surprised to hear that THE BRIDE overcame ANGEL HAMMER, but I bet it would 
be interesting to hear why DARQUE FORCES made such a challenge.  REALITY from 
SRETSAMLEUD II took a risk this turn by bravely challenging up 26 points in a 
challenge against BEAST HAMMER.  And crowds were on their feet when REALITY claimed a 
victory from BEAST HAMMER, and now has 94 points for his efforts.  Well now, what do 
you expect when someone like PUMA from THE LION'S DEN challenges down 17 points to 
fight SMACKY of SUDDEN FURY?  Well, surprise, surprise, PUMA lost to SMACKY, and by 
the way, PUMA now has a recognition score of 36.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  THE LION'S DEN made what looks to be a tough decision this turn, as 
they sent PANTHER, with a record of 4-7-1, to PANTHER death.  Farewell, his.  The 
manager of KELLUMBO'S KIDS will not be pleased to learn that NAUGHTIA, a 2-0-0 
fighter, has been killed at the hands of DDR SUPERNOVA's XEPHER.  Congratulations go 
out to THE LION'S DEN, with CHEETAH revenging a bloodfeud against SEBASTIAN HAMMER of 
MUTANT HAMMERZ.  The Shadow's Fountain declares a free round for PROWLER and all of 
PHANTOM REGIMENT, for having revenged ERRATA's 121 for killing one of their comrades. 
Kudos go out to REDLINE this turn, for revenging SHATTERPOINT's bloodfeud against 
SRETSAMLEUD II's warrior SPY.  Well done.  A brave warrior does not carry a red 
shield, he has nothing to cover or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in STORMCROWE again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AUNTY ENTITY 4253            12   7  1    96       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-B.F. GOODRICH 4143            7   2  0   105       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 ANGEL HAMMER 3962            15  11  2    94       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 REALITY 4383                 14   4  0    94       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 YUFFIE 4291                  10   4  0    92       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEAST HAMMER 3963            12  14  0    75       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961        11  15  0    72       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 TUNDRA 4280                  10   6  1    68       ARCTIC WASTES (486)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLACIER 4279                 10   6  1    61       ARCTIC WASTES (486)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SMACKY 4301                   6   0  0    56       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 BOLOL 4319                    5   1  0    55       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BISHOP HAMMER 3993           11  13  0    50       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 LYNX 4195                     5   3  0    43       THE LION'S DEN (479)
-WINSTON 4141                  5   5  0    39       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 JEFFERSON DAVIS 4348          4   1  0    37       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 PUMA 4194                     6   3  0    36       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 YUMALESCA 4289                6   9  0    36       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 MERCED 4341                   3   1  1    36       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 CLAUDE ELLIS 4345             2   3  0    35       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HALF 4384                     5   3  0    33       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 CHEETAH 4343                  4   3  2    33       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 MEALTWIST 4400                4   0  0    33       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
 CYBELL TROUPE 4346            3   1  0    33       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 PT CRUISER 4311               2   2  2    33       ERRATA (490)
 TIGRIS 4339                   2   2  1    33       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 BOLO 4315                     4   2  0    32       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 STANDBY 4314                  3   1  1    32       ERRATA (490)
 THE NILE 4338                 3   1  0    32       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 MERCY FOR NONE 4370           3   1  0    31       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 BOLING 4317                   4   1  0    30       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 PROWLER 4350                  4   0  0    30       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 XEPHER 4393                   2   1  1    30       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 JACOB MARLEY 4351             2   2  0    30       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 REDLINE 4444                  1   2  0    30       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 LYNN THAO 4332                3   4  0    29       THE DAMNED II (493)
 ROBOGIRL 4392                 4   0  1    28       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 BLIND SAMURAI 4364            2   3  0    27       SWORD SAINTS (498)
 VORTEX 4285                   4   8  0    26       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 WHITE WOLF 4309               4   4  2    25       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 WU JEN 4362                   4   3  0    25       SWORD SAINTS (498)
 THE AMAZON 4445               2   0  0    25       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 THE OTHER SIDE 4395           3   0  0    24       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 ICHABOD CRANE 4352            2   2  2    24       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 JAGERMEISTER 4302             2   5  1    24       SUDDEN FURY (487)
-BAMBI FAWNDEER 4197           2   3  0    24       ROAD WARRIORS (476)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPTIMUS PRIME 4417            3   1  0    23       NOSTALGIA (506)
 DEVASTATOR 4419               3   1  0    23       NOSTALGIA (506)
 T'KALA 4357                   3   2  0    23       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 MARTA 4313                    1   3  0    23       ERRATA (490)
 RUNNING FREE 4406             3   1  0    22       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 DESTRO 4418                   3   1  0    22       NOSTALGIA (506)
-BEULAH BALBRICKER 4410        1   1  0    22       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 SEBASTIAN HAMMER 4355         4   2  1    21       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 BOL 4318                      4   2  0    21       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 JOHNNIE WALKER 4446           2   0  0    20       JGW PERISHABLE 1 (495)
 WRATHCHILD 4407               3   1  0    19       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 121 4312                      2   2  1    19       ERRATA (490)
 HARPY 4423                    2   1  0    19       DARKSTORM (507)
 THE RED 4340                  3   1  0    18       OLD MAN RIVER (494)
 ARROW 4421                    2   1  1    18       DARKSTORM (507)
-REV. BUBBA FLAVEL 4411        2   0  0    18       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 ANGEL DUST 4331               3   3  1    17       THE DAMNED II (493)
 WASTED YEARS 4408             2   2  0    17       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 BOLI 4316                     2   2  0    16       OF WOLF & MAN 4 (491)
 TRUCIDO SOMNIUM 4403          2   2  0    16       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 CONDOR 4456                   1   0  0    16       RAPTOR (508)
 2 GIRLS 1 CUP 4397            2   1  0    15       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
 SPY 4380                      4   1  1    14       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 JAGLAVOX 4429                 2   1  0    13       THE DAMNED II (493)
 HESPERORNIS 4437              1   2  0    13       RAPTOR (508)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 IZRAEL 4361                   3   2  1    12       SWORD SAINTS (498)
 BONES 4349                    2   2  0    12       PHANTOM REGIMENT (496)
 FROST BITE 4415               2   2  0    12       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
-STUMPY JOE 432                2   0  0    11       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 OSPREY 4434                   1   2  0    11       RAPTOR (508)
 STRIX 4436                    2   1  0    10       RAPTOR (508)
 MARIE 4428                    1   2  0    10       THE DAMNED II (493)
 DICE 4381                     2   3  0     9       SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
 SLIPPERY KITTEN 4432          2   1  0     9       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
 L.E.F. 4394                   1   2  0     9       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
 HARPY 4438                    1   2  0     9       RAPTOR (508)
-POSSUMNATOR 4189              1   0  0     9       ROAD WARRIORS (476)
 WITHER FAITH 4371             2   2  0     8       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 LUMP 4427                     2   2  0     8       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 LORAX 4359                    1   4  0     8       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 MAGMUS MARTUM 4454            1   0  0     8       PACIS EX NEX (499)
 SIR MARIUS 4334               1   4  0     8       THE DAMNED II (493)
 MUSK OX 4450                  1   1  0     8       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 CARACAL 4386                  1   3  0     6       THE LION'S DEN (479)
 WEAK LINK 4458                1   0  0     6       SHATTERPOINT (497)
 VOLTRON 4452                  1   1  0     6       NOSTALGIA (506)
 SHUKENJA 4366                 1   1  1     5       SWORD SAINTS (498)
 LASOMBRA 4422                 1   2  0     5       DARKSTORM (507)
-MR. CARTER 4414               1   1  0     4       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 SHIVERS 4451                  1   1  0     4       DDR SUPERNOVA (502)
-MAD HATTER 433                0   1  0     3       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 KING KONG IPA 4431            0   3  0     3       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (503)
-FANTASY FRED 431              0   3  0     3       DISCO DWARVES (68)
 RHODE HOUSE 4425              0   3  0     3       DARKSTORM (507)
-RIBBONS 429                   0   2  0     2       DISCO DWARVES (68)
-MRS. MORRIS 4412              0   2  0     2       MISFIT TOYS K (505)
 CHINA SYNDROME 4449           0   2  0     2       SHATTERPOINT (497)
-ZIPPY 430                     0   2  0     2       DISCO DWARVES (68)
-WANT TO KNOW JESUS 3241       0   1  0     1       MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)
-BIND SATAN DRAGON 3238        0   1  0     1       MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)
 SHORTEY 4457                  0   1  0     1       DARKSTORM (507)
-SPEAKS IN TONGUES 3239        0   1  0     1       MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)
-HOLY VIRGIN BLOOD 3237        0   1  0     1       MIRACLE WORKSHOP (371)
 BRAVE NEW WORLD 4453          0   1  0     1       MAIDEN JAPAN (504)
 NOT AGAIN 4455                0   1  0     1       NOSTALGIA (506)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
ANGUS 4424              0  2 0 DARKSTORM 507        PAC MAN 4420          264  NONE
ATL 4310                2  2 0 ERRATA 490           MERCED 4341           266   
DENNIS WALKER 4344      1  2 0 JGW PERISHABLE 1 495 TIGRIS 4339           264  REVENGED
JAMIE FORD 4347         0  4 0 JGW PERISHABLE 1 495 ARENAMASTER NHOR      266  NONE
NAUGHTIA 4433           2  1 0 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 503  XEPHER 4393           266   
CHARLOTTE THE HA 4405   0  3 0 MAIDEN JAPAN 504     ICHABOD CRANE 4352    265   
TWILIGHT ZONE 4409      1  3 0 MAIDEN JAPAN 504     ARENAMASTER NHOR      266  NONE
EYE OF FAITH HEA 3240   0  1 0 MIRACLE WORKSHOP 371 SHUKENJA 4366         265   
BRIAN SCHWARTZ 4413     1  1 0 MISFIT TOYS K 505    ANGEL DUST 4331       264   
EUPHRATES 4342          0  2 0 OLD MAN RIVER 494    CHEETAH 4343          264  REVENGED
CRUCIATUS 4404          0  3 0 PACIS EX NEX 499     ROBOGIRL 4392         265   
OLD SORROWS 4372        0  4 0 PACIS EX NEX 499     SPYMASTER             266  NONE
ANCIENT HERO 4353       1  1 0 PHANTOM REGIMENT 496 121 4312              264  JUST REVENGED
NIGHTFALL 4447          1  1 0 PHANTOM REGIMENT 496 JAGERMEISTER 4302     266   
BUZZARD 4435            1  1 0 RAPTOR 508           IZRAEL 4361           265   
DEUS NON 4360           1  2 0 SHATTERPOINT 497     STANDBY 4314          264   
MORINDICHA 4358         2  2 1 SHATTERPOINT 497     SPY 4380              265  JUST REVENGED
TU 4379                 2  2 0 SRETSAMLEUD II 500   ICHABOD CRANE 4352    266   
ANGELKISS 4448          0  2 0 SUDDEN FURY 487      ARROW 4421            266   

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
KENSAI 4363             3  4 0 SWORD SAINTS 498     PT CRUISER 4311       266   
OCELOT 4239             2  6 0 THE LION'S DEN 479   SEBASTIAN HAMMER 4355 262  JUST REVENGED
PANTHER 4196            4  8 1 THE LION'S DEN 479   DARK CHAMPION         266  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I've asked nice once already but someone in here keeps running one of my
warriors; poor little Bambi Fawndeer should not be fighting.  I am not running my
team in here right now so who ever is running 4197 it's time to knock it off.  RSI
thought they figured out who it was but unfortunately Lee, the warrior you thought he
mistook for mine actually ran this turn so it couldn't of been him.  Therefore I will
not post who RSI thought it was, bottom line, when we figure it out if you run this
warrior again, I'm afraid I will have to ask RSI to credit me back all the turns and
charge you!!!  This will be the last time I ask nice! -- Barnabas (Road Warriors)

Jefferson Davis -- Well feuded, you're much tougher than your dead stablemate. --
Tigris, nursing her wounds

Cheetah -- Nice try, but that's one for the River. -- The Red

Optimus Prime -- That went just like I saw it going in my head! -- The Nile

Angel Dust -- At least a 4 FE advantage and you couldn't teach me more than that??
Yeah yeah, too busy picking your entrails back up, a likely excuse.... -- The Amazon

Wasted Years -- More like a wasted challenge for you, I'm tougher than I look.
You're welcome for the skillage. -- Merced

Tripwire -- Impressive run! -- Stik

Hammer -- Nice spot!  I especially enjoyed your use of the word "bung" 20 times!
(laughing in Beavis-like fashion) -- Stik

Lady Martilyo -- Ouch, rough start, but hang in there, things will hopefully improve!
-- Stik

Buddy Lee -- Welcome to the fray! -- Stik

Nomad -- Looking good, fellow High Plains Dueler!  Blades up!! -- Stik

Charlotte's teammates -- I guess she isn't a harlot anymore.  She shouldn't have
challenged me.  I await your bloodfeud. -- Ichabod Crane

Vortex -- Huh.  Not what I would have expected.  Look out for the rematch. -- Jacob
Marley

Jagermeister -- Ah, a cool one would taste good after that one.  Perhaps I shall have
to prowl around your neighborhood again some time. -- Prowler

Lorax -- Lucky?  The newsletter called my win lucky?   That wasn't luck!  It was,
well a hard head or something, but it wasn't luck! -- Nightfall

Trucido -- Nice challenge, for you anyway.  I'm not a fan of getting challenged. --
Bones

Congrats to the sitting Duelmaster Raggedy Ann!  Best wishes for you & The Bride to
represent us well at the Isle! -- Kat

Red -- Well fought and well avenged.  Again, my condolences on Euphrates. -- Cheetah

Reality -- That was a bit of a stretch.  I'm honored at the attention, and my memory
is long. -- Lynx

Kensai -- Quite impressive.  I hadn't expected to match up with one of your type and
was caught unprepared.  Very well fought on your part. -- Panther

Reality -- On second glance--that's two pretty good DCs two turns in a row.  I see
the trend. -- Kat

MC Master Darque -- Thanks for the updates, we'll try to do you proud with another
"impervious" points gain this cycle! ;) -- High Plains Duelers

The Saint -- Team Raptor is managed by the wisest of all the feathered carnivores
and eaters of all things dead! -- Owlin the Wise

     Great!  Thank you for the update! -- The Saint, keeper of lists

All right Lady Martilyo, we're in.  Now we need to get some points!  Master Darque,
Buddy Lee....  What can I say, Hammer helped arrange a match for me.  Considering
Buddy's intro, he'd have made a vicious teammate. *sigh*  Another time, perhaps. --
Michael Eldritch
P.S.  Judging the Sword Saints first round, I wouldn't bet too hard against them
ALONE!

Order of Lost Souls -- You've struck a chord with me...are you open for initiates?
-- Michael Eldritch

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

JAMIE FORD was butchered by ARENAMASTER NHOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PANTHER was viciously butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 3 minute Dark Arena duel.
TWILIGHT ZONE was murdered by ARENAMASTER NHOR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
OLD SORROWS was slaughtered by SPYMASTER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
JEFFERSON DAVIS was overpowered by TIGRIS in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud fight.
CHEETAH devastated SEBASTIAN HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud brawl.
REDLINE overpowered SPY in a 1 minute one-sided Bloodfeud struggle.
TRUCIDO SOMNIUM was viciously subdued by ROBOGIRL in a 2 minute Bloodfeud competition.
LORAX was overcome by STANDBY in a 1 minute beginner vs. expert Bloodfeud melee.
JACOB MARLEY overpowered SLIPPERY KITTEN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge duel.
THE BRIDE overpowered ANGEL HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
AUNTY ENTITY handily defeated TUNDRA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title bout.
YUFFIE demolished SHADOWCAT HAMMER in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge competition.
REALITY devastated BEAST HAMMER in a unpopular 10 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
PUMA was overpowered by SMACKY in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge conflict.
HALF was overpowered by GLACIER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
LYNN THAO was bested by LYNX in a 1 minute Challenge duel.
VORTEX was handily defeated by MEALTWIST in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
THE RED was viciously subdued by BOLO in a popular 5 minute brutal Challenge brawl.
ATL was killed by MERCED in a 1 minute Challenge bout.
BOLING overpowered MARIE in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge match.
ANGEL DUST overcame WITHER FAITH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge competition.
THE NILE beat BOL in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
NIGHTFALL was viciously butchered by JAGERMEISTER in a 4 minute Challenge match.
XEPHER slaughtered NAUGHTIA in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge fray.
ICHABOD CRANE slew TU in a 1 minute Challenge match.
SHUKENJA was defeated by 2 GIRLS 1 CUP in a 3 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
HESPERORNIS luckily beat FROST BITE in a 3 minute Challenge fight.
CHINA SYNDROME lost to SIR MARIUS in a 1 minute novice's Challenge fight.
LUMP was subdued by WRATHCHILD in a exciting 3 minute Challenge melee.
WASTED YEARS vanquished KING KONG IPA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fray.
JAGLAVOX unbelievably bested DICE in a 3 minute gruesome amateur's Challenge bout.
RUNNING FREE beat BONES in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
STRIX was savagely defeated by OPTIMUS PRIME in a 2 minute Challenge duel.
CARACAL was overpowered by T'KALA in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge match.
IZRAEL was overpowered by CLAUDE ELLIS in a 2 minute one-sided Challenge bout.
MERCY FOR NONE narrowly defeated MARTA in a 4 minute Challenge fray.
HARPY devastated HARPY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
RAGGEDY ANN bested VETERAN MERCENARY in a popular 6 minute uneven bout.
BOLOL demolished BISHOP HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WU JEN was subdued by YUMALESCA in a popular 1 minute duel.
KENSAI was executed by PT CRUISER in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BLIND SAMURAI was handily defeated by CYBELL TROUPE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
WHITE WOLF vanquished RHODE HOUSE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
PROWLER demolished 121 in a 3 minute bloody uneven duel.
JOHNNIE WALKER savagely defeated VOLTRON in a crowd boring 9 minute bloody conflict.
DEVASTATOR luckily beat BOLI in a 2 minute brutal brawl.
DESTRO handily defeated L.E.F. in a tiresome 8 minute mismatched melee.
THE OTHER SIDE beat MUSK OX in a 2 minute novice's fight.
ARROW assassinated ANGELKISS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LASOMBRA was overpowered by THE AMAZON in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
OSPREY handily defeated BRAVE NEW WORLD in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
SHIVERS was demolished by CONDOR in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
MAGMUS MARTUM savagely defeated NOT AGAIN in a popular 7 minute novice's battle.
SHORTEY was bested by WEAK LINK in a 3 minute novice's conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  20         WALL OF STEEL     37 -  17 -  3      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                 19         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -   8 -  2      62  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         AIMED BLOW        37 -  30 -  2      55  |
|WALL OF STEEL                   12         TOTAL PARRY       32 -  27 -  0      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                      10         SLASHING ATTACK   27 -  24 -  3      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         LUNGING ATTACK    59 -  54 -  9      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  8         PARRY-LUNGE       17 -  19 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -  13 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      5         STRIKING ATTACK   38 -  64 -  3      37  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         BASHING ATTACK    22 -  45 -  4      33  |

Turn 266 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:

LUNGING ATTACK    13 -  7     TOTAL PARRY        6 -  8         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       3 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK   10 -  9     AIMED BLOW         3 -  7         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     3 -  7         2  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    4 -  4                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      6 -  6                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  AUNTY ENTITY 4253          12   7  1   96 DARQUE FORCES (428)
STRIKING ATTACK  ANGEL HAMMER 3962          15  11  2   94 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
TOTAL PARRY      REALITY 4383               14   4  0   94 SRETSAMLEUD II (500)
AIMED BLOW       YUFFIE 4291                10   4  0   92 DARQUE FORCES (428)
LUNGING ATTACK   TUNDRA 4280                10   6  1   68 ARCTIC WASTES (486)
BASHING ATTACK   GLACIER 4279               10   6  1   61 ARCTIC WASTES (486)
WALL OF STEEL    SMACKY 4301                 6   0  0   56 SUDDEN FURY (487)
PARRY-LUNGE      LYNX 4195                   5   3  0   43 THE LION'S DEN (479)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ANGEL HAMMER 3962.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MARTA 4313.  The ten other most popular fighters were MAGMUS MARTUM 4454, 
BOLO 4315, WRATHCHILD 4407, OPTIMUS PRIME 4417, JAGERMEISTER 4302, ROBOGIRL 4392, 
YUFFIE 4291, NAUGHTIA 4433, DICE 4381, and MERCY FOR NONE 4370.

The least popular fighter this week was BEAST HAMMER 3963.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DESTRO 4418, VOLTRON 4452, L.E.F. 4394, REALITY 4383, NOT AGAIN 
4455, SHORTEY 4457, SHIVERS 4451, BRAVE NEW WORLD 4453, LASOMBRA 4422, and ANGELKISS 
4448.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

ANGEL HAMMER (45-3962) MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

RAGGEDY ANN (45-4148) DARQUE FORCES (428)
THE BRIDE (45-4180) DARQUE FORCES (428)