DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 11/10/2003    Duedate: 11/22/2003

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-413

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ANASTASIA
RUBY DRAGONS (336)
(46-3760) [4-0-0,97]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OPURT                          ANASTASIA
DEATHTONGUE (89)               RUBY DRAGONS (336)
(46-3750) [14-7-0,96]          (46-3760) [4-0-0,97]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BANANA JR                      DODGER
DEATHTONGUE (89)               HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
(46-3715) [18-12-0,83]         (46-3772) [13-4-1,92]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. RUBY DRAGONS (336)          62
2. HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)    21      HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
3. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)      8      Unchartered Team
4. DEATHTONGUE (89)            -4
                                       RUBY DRAGONS (336)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325) 124  75  7 62.3   1/ 1 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325) 13  2 1
 2/ 3*RUBY DRAGONS (336)        25  18  0 58.1   2/ 2 DEATHTONGUE (89)         11  4 0
 3/ 2 DEATHTONGUE (89)         983 724 55 57.6   3/ 3*RUBY DRAGONS (336)       10  2 0
 4/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  247 389  7 38.8   4/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   4 11 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[ Andorians Abroad #18 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zuwayza:

     They were all assembled in the throne room of the Satrap's palace:  he,
Khannarth, Kasarya, the Satrap's First Wife Jasryala, and the Satrap himself and his 
guards.  It was not crowded, even with those numbers present, and Tankesh looked
around curiously.  The style was foreign to what he was used to, of course, but he
was surprised to find it less ostentatious than he had expected.  Apparently the
Satrap didn't feel the need of external aids to boost his prestige and authority.  A
good sign, in one way, a bad one in another.  This was probably a man who would act
intelligently to deal with his problems, and in Tankesh's experience, intelligent
foes were worse, in the long run, than impulsive ones.
     One of the guards in front of him shifted, allowing Tankesh to see the Satrap of
the Glorious Empire for the first time.  Younger than the Andorian had expected, in
his thirties, maybe.  Regular features, but foreign, of course.  The swarthy skin and
slightly hooked nose characteristic of the Karnhorn people, but blue eyes.  Odd,
that, but he'd heard that previous satraps, and the sultans of Serevada, for that
matter, sometimes took "foreign" women, what they called "white barbarians" to wife.
Not that it mattered.  What mattered was that this man, this Satrap Kharanjal, looked
intelligent, decisive, and royally pissed.  Bad combination.
     The Satrap was in consultation with a plainly dressed man, possibly a minor
official, more like a spy.  Finally he nodded and waved the man off, then turned to
the people standing before him.  "I see four people before me who have had positions
of trust and who have wronged the Satrap," Kharanjal said.  "You have been brought
here together because your various treacheries are perhaps linked."  He looked them
over coldly as the guards shifted again and moved Tankesh into a line beside Kasarya,
Jasryala, and Khannarth.  "I will start with the foreigner."  His gaze settled on
Tankesh.  "What have you to say for yourself, barbarian who claims to be a King's
Envoy?"
     "First, that I am an envoy of King Mickeal of Andoria," Tankesh answered just as
crisply.  "I was sent to find out what had become of Princess Samara's children, when
she came here to Zuwayza with her second husband--"
     "Whose name is not to be mentioned in this place," Kharanjal cut in.  "His
treasons have found him out, and his end was less unpleasant than he deserved.  The
woman and her children returned to the west."
     "So I discovered.  Eventually.  So I might have discovered sooner and without
having to sneak into your palace, if ANYONE here had been helpful."  The elf
shrugged.  "I got in, and encountered Kasarya, who was concerned about--"
     "She will tell me her concerns, at the proper time.  That you acted as seemed
best to you with regard to the children I will grant.  But what prompted you to think
it any part of an envoy's privilege to enter into a liaison with the Satrap's
concubine?  The licentiousness of elves is of course well known, but I would have
thought someone chosen for an important task would have more self control."
     Tankesh's expression hardened.  "If anyone has accused your concubine Kasarya of
improper behavior, that person lies, and I can guess why.  The lady requested my aid
in ferreting out a conspiracy, and we have been partners in that effort, but nothing
more."
     One of Kharanjal's eyebrows rose slightly, but he made no other comment.
Turning to the younger of the two women, he said, "What conspiracy do you claim to
have 'ferreted out'?"
     Kasarya's chin came up proudly.  "I have been always loyal to you, Most Exalted.
But it came to me gradually, like the creeping of dawn, that Khannarth who was
honored to be your Vizier was not so loyal.  There were meetings with emissaries of
the Invader.  There were...gifts exchanged.  I hastened to your First Wife to report
these suspicions, as was proper, and found her intimately engaged with the very
object of my concern, Khannarth.  Seeing this, I began to doubt that any in the
Kashka could be trusted.  Came then this foreigner, and since I needs must trust
someone, I chose him who had no ties here.  If I have done wrongly, I abase myself,
but I have had only the best interests of the Glorious Empire, so far as I understood
them, of the Exalted Satrap, and of yourself, in my heart."
     Again the raised eyebrow as the Satrap looked toward his First Wife, Jasryala.
     She met his gaze with one equally cold.  "Why should I answer ridiculous charges
from that little commoner?"
     "You make no defense?"
     "I need none."
     "Then you shall meet Mighty Kjarran across His altar and answer to Him."
     It was a shock to realize that, so simply, the Satrap was proposing to sacrifice
his wife to Kjarran.  Tankesh didn't like the woman, much less trust her, but he
wondered if he should intervene here.
     Before he could say anything, Jasryala said, "I fear nothing from the Mighty
One, for He will see that it was I, not you, who was working for the good of the
Glorious Empire.  And my brother will deliver Kjarran's judgment upon you."
     "You think I fear Jhuizkhal of Kurukar?  He has forsaken Kjarran, and if any
judgment is made involving him, it will compass his destruction."  The Satrap turned
at last to Khannarth, but the Vizier remained silent.  Kharijal made a sign to the
guards, who took Khannarth and Jasryala away.
     To Tankesh, the Satrap said, "I see that whether you have made Kasarya your
leman or not, you have a regard for the wench.  Therefore I will permit you to redeem
her from the altar of Kjarran by performing a small task for the Glorious Empire.
Which task shall be yours to choose or refuse as you wish, and if you refuse, no harm
will come to you, King's Envoy, save that you will be expelled from all the lands of
the Glorious Empire forever on pain of death.  But Kasarya shall then be given to
Kjarran."
     "What 'small task'?" Tankesh asked.
     "Remove from this plane of existence the offense which is Jhuizkhal of Kurukar."

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                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): B.S. of BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 475): ATROPHY of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): HOMELESS PRINCE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellubmo)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 464): KID ROCK of THE MC5 (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): SAPPER of SHERWOOD FOREST (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 461): DUMB, DUMB of RED DOG GANG (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 426): SUSAN STO HELIT of THE DISC (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 419): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 412): BANANA JR of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 184): VIOLENT VIOLET of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 324): UNDERGROUND BEAT of CLUB CULTURE (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 313): MALICHAI of WAY OF THE BLADE 2 (Vhagar, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 360): DEMONFANG of DARK PANTHEON from TRANSEL (Doc Steele)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 237): BONDAGE (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): BULLDOGS (Kennelworth, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 475): OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): SERPENTINE INC. (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 464): BATTLEMANIA (Darkfist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): GOLDEN CANYON (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 461): TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 426): TACO GODS (The Oracle, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 419): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 412): HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 184): MIDDLE WAY 8 (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 324): FA CHING (DeGotti, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 313): WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): HAZAARDS OF CLONING (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 360): BOXES, etc. (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 475): DREIHDENSMURF of U.B.O.S.M. (Dreihdenflahg, mgr.)
                   (turn 474): SECRET of YOUNG JUSTICE (Rillion, mgr.)
                               NEVILLE of GRYFFINDOR HOUSE2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 474): BERWICK of OTAGO HIGHLANDERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 468): GUANTANAMO BAY of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
                           PISHTUSH of ANDORIAN WIMPS (Wimpy, mgr.)
               (turn 467): JUDITH of WOMEN OF REALITY (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 464): APE WILD of PRIMATES-R-US (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 465): OMNIBOOK 6000 of AT WORK (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 411): COURIER of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 312): RAZORTOOTHROTEY of TOMATO ENFORCER (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 139): BATTLEMAGE of SHADOW MAGIC (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Well, it seems that Courier's DM column did not make it through (rather ironic, at
that).  I have taken over on points, against a stand in, which is a bit unsatisfying.
I'm not going to challenge you, Anastasia....  I'm not sure how many FE you have, but
it would still look bad, especially if I lost.  :)  See y'all next turn!

Banana Jr

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly ARDIVENT games.  Did only my eyes note the 4-0-0 
record which RUBY DRAGONS managed to post this round?  I don't doubt that such a 
record will draw challengers!  SOLARIS caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested HAMMOND EGGS and was awarded 17 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, VANICE put down NA'TOTH, 
causing her to lose 10 points of recognition in the process.  This time victory fell 
to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail ANASTASIA, Duelmaster of ARDIVENT!  Informants 
"close" to the city champion have told me that he never fights without pantyhose on 
beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and 
assassins.  In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till we meet 
again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a 
lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANASTASIA 3760                4   0  0    97       RUBY DRAGONS (336)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OPURT 3750                   14   7  0    96       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 DODGER 3772                  13   4  1    92       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OLLIE FUNT 3778               9   4  1    86       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 BANANA JR 3715               18  12  0    83       DEATHTONGUE (89)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PURPLE SASH 3777              9   4  2    63       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZACK 3795                     6   0  0    60       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SOLARIS 3759                  3   1  0    42       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 VANICE 3775                   7   9  0    39       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BERKE 3799                    4   1  0    35       DEATHTONGUE (89)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAMMOND EGGS 3785             7   3  3    33       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 NA'TOTH 3800                  3   1  0    26       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
 BLACKRAZOR 3758               3   1  0    24       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 CROW 3757                     2   2  0    24       RUBY DRAGONS (336)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLINT HILLS 3796              3   3  0    18       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BERNINA COLLIN 3794           4   3  0    15       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 GNEISS GUY 3787               2   5  0    11       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 DOWN BELOW 3807               1   0  0     8       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
 VALLEY-JO 3798                0   5  0     5       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Vanice -- Zack said I could do that. -- Na'Toth

Solaris -- One can not let you dragons win all of the time. -- Purple Sash

Anastasia -- It was a good idea at the time. -- Hammond

Crow -- Hey man, where's Tom Servo? -- Berke

Na'toth -- How can you have only two fights?  I feel like I've been fighting you
forever. -- Vanice

The Beggar was Polite, but I'm not feeling like a... Gneiss Guy

I distrust Shifty-eyed people on principle, ESPECIALLY when they volunteer for stuff.
-- Bernina Collin

Blackrazor -- I'm going to grow a beard and have NOTHING to do with razors. -- Valley
Jo
P.S.  Maybe I'll be the first bearded golem.

That Constable wasn't Friendly, he was Very Rude. -- Flint Hills

Hammond Eggs -- Yeah, ain't it great? -- Flint Hills
P.S.  I'm just a chip off the old rock, you know.

31 October 2003
     Come one, come all, to the greatest contest in Alastari!  The Third Annual Turf
War will be in North Fork (DM 47) starting in about 6-7 turns....  C'mon and get your
team some experience, and get declared!
     More info available in North Fork's newsletter.
     Bloody Sands. -- Asmo Dius, TCB

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BANANA JR was bested by ANASTASIA in a action packed 1 minute master's Title fight.
OPURT demolished VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
OLLIE FUNT overpowered NOBLE ASSASSIN in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
DODGER slimly won victory over VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a popular 2 minute brutal fight.
NA'TOTH was bested by VANICE in a 1 minute beginner vs. veteran brawl.
PURPLE SASH devastated THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 1 minute bloody mismatched match.
ZACK overpowered VISITING ORC in a 1 minute uneven melee.
HAMMOND EGGS was unbelievably bested by SOLARIS in a action packed 2 minute duel.
BERKE overpowered BERNINA COLLIN in a 1 minute uneven duel.
CROW overpowered GNEISS GUY in a 1 minute gruesome one-sided fight.
FLINT HILLS overpowered SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BLACKRAZOR demolished SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
VALLEY-JO was bested by DOWN BELOW in a 1 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   32 -   9 -  2      78  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK   30 -  10 -  7      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -   6 -  0      73  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  15 -  0      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   9 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   7 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  14 -  0      13  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 413 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ANASTASIA 3760              4   0  0   97 RUBY DRAGONS (336)
AIMED BLOW       OPURT 3750                 14   7  0   96 DEATHTONGUE (89)
SLASHING ATTACK  DODGER 3772                13   4  1   92 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
WALL OF STEEL    BANANA JR 3715             18  12  0   83 DEATHTONGUE (89)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZACK 3795                   6   0  0   60 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
TOTAL PARRY      SOLARIS 3759                3   1  0   42 RUBY DRAGONS (336)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BANANA JR 3715.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was DODGER 3772.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAMMOND EGGS 3785, 
ANASTASIA 3760, PURPLE SASH 3777, ZACK 3795, DOWN BELOW 3807, OPURT 3750, OLLIE FUNT 
3778, VANICE 3775, SOLARIS 3759, and CROW 3757.

The least popular fighter this week was VALLEY-JO 3798.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were GNEISS GUY 3787, BERNINA COLLIN 3794, FLINT HILLS 3796, BERKE 3799, 
NA'TOTH 3800, BANANA JR 3715, BLACKRAZOR 3758, CROW 3757, SOLARIS 3759, and VANICE 
3775.

                       TOURNEY FREEZE CHANGE -- ADVANCE NOTICE

     Beginning at the Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe (January 2004), we will implement 
several changes affecting tournaments.  The tournament announcement for the upcoming 
FTF and future tourneys will reflect these changes.
     First, we will eliminate the tourney freeze for all regular DM warrior classes.  
Regular DM warriors will not be classed ahead of the tournament, but instead will 
fight according to their FE on the date of the tourney.  There will still be a freeze 
for the ADM classes, occurring on the same timeline as before, approximately 6 weeks 
before the tournament.
     In addition to the above change, the warrior classes will be slightly altered.  
The new tourney classes will be as follows:

                DM Tourney Classes                 ADM Tourney Classes
              ======================              ======================
                  0 FE:  Rookies                        Freshmen
                1-4 FE:  Apprentices                    ADM
               5-10 FE:  Initiates                      Eligibles
              11-20 FE:  Adepts                      ---induction---
              21-30 FE:  Champions                      Contenders
                31+ FE:  Challengers                    Primus

     All regular DM tourney classes will remain solely FE based.  All ADM classes will 
now be based on warrior characteristics (i.e., the ADM split algorithm), including the 
Freshmen class.
     The Gateway and Primus arenas will be merging before the FTF to form one top 
arena.  These warriors will be split into two tournament classes, the Contenders and 
the Primus classes, again based upon their characteristics.  More information on this 
will be published in the newsletters for those arenas.
     If you have any questions about the above changes, please contact Customer 
Service.  Good luck in your games.

                                          -- Green Eyes and the RSI staff