DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/08/2003    Duedate: 12/20/2003

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-415

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ANASTASIA
RUBY DRAGONS (336)
(46-3760) [6-0-0,122]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OLLIE FUNT                     ANASTASIA
DEATHTONGUE (89)               RUBY DRAGONS (336)
(46-3778) [11-4-1,99]          (46-3760) [6-0-0,122]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BANANA JR                      DODGER
DEATHTONGUE (89)               HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
(46-3715) [20-12-0,89]         (46-3772) [14-5-1,96]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)    45
2. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)     34      HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
3. RUBY DRAGONS (336)          30      Unchartered Team
4. DEATHTONGUE (89)            11
5. FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)        5      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) 132  76  7 63.5   1/ 1 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325) 12  2 0
 2/ 3*RUBY DRAGONS (336)        31  22  2 58.5   2/ 2 DEATHTONGUE (89)         11  4 0
 3/ 2 DEATHTONGUE (89)         991 726 55 57.7   3/ 3*RUBY DRAGONS (336)       10  4 2
 4/ 4 FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)     19  25  2 43.2   4/ 4 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   7  8 0
 5/ 5 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  252 394  7 39.0   5/ 5 FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)     3  3 0
 6/ 6*PHISH2 (341)               0   5  0  0.0   6/ 6*PHISH2 (341)              0  5 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 #20 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     Raoul glanced over his shoulder, but Dankilvan's mansion was already out of
sight around one of the street's numerous curves.  He wasn't sure Berdan had even
noticed their departure yet; at least, the Fratsfan wasn't coming along behind them.
He shrugged and turned forward again.  As he'd told Hallie, they could do this
mission without Berdan if they had to, and looked like that was the way it was going
to be.  He looked at the Delarquan.  "Tell us more about these vampires in Leemith,
doll.  Are they going to be a problem to deal with?  Do they attack chance
travelers?"
     "Well...not instantly, anyway."  Hallie pulled a couple of pocket-sized leather
folders from a belt pouch, handing one to each gladiator.  "These are passes signed
by Lord Dankilvan and naming you as being on business for Istoreth.  If you get a
chance to show the pass, that should give you some protection.  Of course, if we meet
someone who's working for, oh, Sharvan or Pantiello, or even Ulm, maybe, then the
passes will get us INTO trouble...."
     "Those being other city-states here, I take it?"
     "Yep.  The Ulmers are probably okay, they've got some kind of trade treaty with
Convincia.  But if the Leemin don't want whatever it is your Peranis is selling, I
bet the Sharvanese will."
     "These Sharvanese have Delarquan ties?" Jeri asked.
     "No, ISTORETH has Delarquan ties," Hallie corrected her.  "Sharvan isn't a
player in Trier politics.  Yet.  But they want to be."
     "And Peranis' book of names and blackmail material would give them their ticket
to the party," Raoul finished.  "Damn."  He scowled at the crowded street and the
city gate ahead of them without seeing any of it.  "What's the political stance of
this Leemith place?"
     "Mostly they just want to be left alone," Hallie answered promptly.  "If they
buy the list of names, it would be some lord doing it for personal profit, I would
guess.  Nobody's ever suggested they want to be a power in the Trier."
     Raoul nodded, his attention returning to his companions.  "So Peranis might be
able to sell it in Leemith if he's in a hurry, but he'd probably get more money, and
cause more trouble for Andorian, if he takes it to Sharvan?"
     "Yes.  That'd be how I see it."  Hallie glanced at Raoul.  "Whose names are on
this list?"
     "According to Berdan, noblemen, politicians, merchants, even some arena
managers--people who make a big noise in Andorian politics and the Andorian economy."
     "People with secrets they'd pay a lot--or do a lot--to keep hidden."
     "Right."
     "Hmm."  Hallie showed her own pass at the city's gate and indicated her
companions with a gesture.  "They're with me."  She led the way through the gate and
onto the open road.
     "We might've asked how long ago Peranis went through," Jeri said, urging her
mount up beside Hallie's.
     "I already did.  Two days.  It's one day from here to Leemith, another day to
Ulm, a third to Sharvan, moving at a normal traveling pace.  Peranis may already have
made his deal in Leemith, if he found a purchaser there."
     Raoul glanced at the sky.  It was midmorning, clear and crisp.  Maybe eight
hours of daylight left, he judged.  "Let's pick up our pace a little, then, so we can
make inquiries in Leemith this evening."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The road hugged the coast, sometimes running along the narrow, stony beach,
sometimes veering inland to cross small, steep-sided valleys, occasionally clinging
to a cliff above the water.  They met no one coming from the south, and were
overtaken by no coming from behind them.  There were no villages or inns along the
road.  A dense pine forest covered most of the land near the road.
     "You could BELIEVE in vampires in a place like this," Jeri muttered, twisting to
reach the cloak tied behind her saddle.  The temperature had dropped steadily all
morning, and now, looking north, she saw why.  A bank of clouds filled the northern
sky with shades of slate and charcoal.
     "Of course.  What's to disbelieve?  I never argue with the facts, doll," Raoul
said.  He glanced over at her--they were riding all three abreast--and followed her
gaze northward.  "Damn.  Any place along here where we could take shelter?"
     "Not that I know of," Hallie admitted, squinting at the clouds uneasily.  "We
might come across something, I suppose, but would YOU trust any shelter you found
along here under these circumstances?  Bound to be a disaster waiting to happen."
     "We don't have much choice," Jeri argued.  "If we can find ANYTHING, a house, a
ruin, a CAVE, even, I'm for it!"  She kicked her horse into a better pace.  "We know
there's no shelter behind us, almost all the way back to Istoreth, so--"  The horse
seemed to share her dislike of storms and willingly shifted into a pounding gallop
down the hill into the next little valley.
     Almost hidden among the trees was the curved stone wall of a stubby tower.

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  RUBY DRAGONS 
is no joke as it posted a 4-1-1 week advancing from 3rd place to 3rd place.  Hey 
everybody, watch out for ZACK, who flew up 19 points in the rankings after mashing 
VETERAN MERCENARY like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some days it 
doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  BERNINA COLLIN was bested by NA'TOTH and drops 
5 points.  OPURT got through to the Duelmaster this turn.  No doubt he was more than 
anxious to kick ANASTASIA's tail out of the throne!  Going for the gusto and coming 
up with aught but bloody knuckles was DEATHTONGUE's OPURT, who was turned away from 
the Duelmastership by ANASTASIA.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a 
bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
big, bad RUBY DRAGONS?  Big bad RUBY DRAGONS.  Big bad RUBY DRAGONS.  ARDIVENT's 
afraid of the big bad RUBY DRAGONS.  Tra la la la la!  Okay, so I may not be funny, 
but catch DEATHTONGUE's act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at 
running from RUBY DRAGONS.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, 
PALANTIRIATHALASA would be president.  Although it may be a contest she doesn't want 
to win.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Here's some advice:  warriors 
with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been real, and its been fun, 
but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANASTASIA 3760                6   0  0   122       RUBY DRAGONS (336)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OLLIE FUNT 3778              11   4  1    99       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 DODGER 3772                  14   5  1    96       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
 OPURT 3750                   15   8  0    92       DEATHTONGUE (89)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BANANA JR 3715               20  12  0    89       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 ZACK 3795                     8   0  0    83       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
-PURPLE SASH 3777             10   4  2    72       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLOYD B. RICK 3711           10   2  0    60       FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BERKE 3799                    6   1  0    55       DEATHTONGUE (89)
 NA'TOTH 3800                  5   1  0    51       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
 SOLARIS 3759                  4   2  0    46       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 HAMMOND EGGS 3785             8   4  3    42       DEATHTONGUE (89)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VANICE 3775                   7  11  0    33       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-TALON 3692                    5   7  1    29       FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)
-FLOYD POTTER 3734             2   3  1    28       FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FLINT HILLS 3796              4   4  0    27       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 DOWN BELOW 3807               3   0  0    27       HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
 VALLEY-JO 3798                2   5  0    25       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BERNINA COLLIN 3794           5   4  0    24       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GNEISS GUY 3787               3   6  0    20       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 CROW 3757                     2   4  0    14       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 PALANTIRIATHALASA 3808        2   0  1    11       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
-FLOYD STINGER 3740            2   1  0    11       FLOYDS FAN CLUB (333)
 KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN 3809       1   0  1    11       RUBY DRAGONS (336)
 GILL 3802                     0   2  0     2       PHISH2 (341)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
B'CUDA 3806            0  1 0 PHISH2 341            KHORNE SHADOWSPA 3809 415         
STINGRAY 3803          0  1 0 PHISH2 341            PALANTIRIATHALAS 3808 414         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Solaris -- Hey there, scum boy, don't get too big a head. -- Zack

Gneiss Hut -- You know what happens to nice guys, right? -- Down Below

Anastasia -- Geez, lay off the head, lady! -- Dodger

Floyd B. Rick -- Not this time, tank boy! -- Purple Sash

Vanice -- Ah, all is right in the world again. -- Na'Toth

Crow -- No way, chump! -- Hammond Eggs

Talon -- Floyd's got a fan club? -- Berke

Down Below -- And that's where you hit me, you fiend!  My toes may never be the same.
-- Gneiss Guy

Na'Toth -- Fancy meeting you here.... -- Vanice

Floyd Potter -- But I didn't want to lose!  (pout) -- Flint Hills

And a couple of worthless standbys. -- Bernina Collin and Valley Jo

Anastasia -- Your record of 5-0 may be deceiving, but your 107 recognition points
tell the tale. -- Leeta

Crow -- No, gneiss.  It's a kind of rock. -- Gneiss Guy

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

2 December 2003
ZalCon2, ZalCon Reloaded
Where:  Jhelum, DM 4
When:  February 9th or 23rd, 2003 (TBA when Mail In date set)
How Long:  20 Turns

Restrictions:  Zero FE at start of contest.  Must announce warrior styles by second
arena fight to receive points.  No prize modified warriors.  No entry to July Face,
No TV Challenges.  All prizes to be used exclusively on warriors from the contest
team only.

Awards:
     First Initiate Duelmaster (FID):  First warrior announced in the contest to
          reach the throne.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, increasing damage for 1 warrior by one rating to
          max for ST/SZ.
     Warrior MVP:  Top warrior based on MVP points accrued in the contest.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge for any warrior on team, +1
          to bonus in any skill area up to max for style for 1 warrior on team, 2
          nights stay at Winter FTF Hotel.
     Team MVP:  Top Team based on MVP points accrued in contest by all the teams
          warriors.
     Prize:  Limited Damage Potion, Favorites Knowledge, +1 to Bonus, 6 Months Free
          Play, 20 Rollups.
     Warrior MVP Top 11:  Next 10 warriors on MVP list at the end of the contest.
     Prize:  +1 to Bonus
     Style Master:  Top warrior in each style based on Style Master points accrued in
          the contest.
     Prize:  Favorites Knowledge of any warrior on team.
     Iron Manager Award:  Minimum 95 fights in contest by any team.
     Prize:  Choice of free entry for team to 2005 Winter Face or +1 to Bonus for one
          warrior.

MVP Point System:  +1 for Win, Fight, Kill, Recognition Leader (after Round 3), -1
Death, +2 Duelmaster, +2 each 3 Consecutive turns as DM, +1 Quality Win (any win over
opponent with 5 or more Rec), +1 for each 10 Rec points over 5 in win (+1 for 5-14
above, +2 for 15-24 above, +3 for 25-34 above).
Style Master Point System:  +2 Style Master, +1 Win vs. Same Style Opponent, +1 Win
vs. Same Style Master, +1 for 3 Consecutive Turns as Style Master (rolling).

     Please direct any question about rules or clarifications to me, Robert
Occhipinti, via Diplo to DM74, 1988 Dodgers or email to zalgor@hotmail.com.  All
rules decisions made by me are final and binding within the confines of this contest.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will
probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GILL was bested by PALANTIRIATHALASA in a 1 minute amateur's Bloodfeud fight.
OPURT was demolished by ANASTASIA in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title melee.
HAMMOND EGGS lost to FLOYD B. RICK in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge brawl.
DOWN BELOW overpowered CROW in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
OLLIE FUNT devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
DODGER savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a exciting 3 minute bloody struggle.
BANANA JR overcame KUNG-FU MASTER in a 3 minute uneven fight.
ZACK vanquished VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BERKE vanquished THE HONEST MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
NA'TOTH vanquished BERNINA COLLIN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
SOLARIS overcame VANICE in a popular 3 minute bout.
GNEISS GUY demolished SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
FLINT HILLS handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
VALLEY-JO demolished TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
B'CUDA was easily killed by KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         STRIKING ATTACK   33 -   9 -  2      79  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         SLASHING ATTACK   31 -  11 -  6      74  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -   7 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         WALL OF STEEL     17 -  12 -  0      59  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW         9 -   8 -  0      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    10 -   9 -  1      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  13 -  0      28  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   8 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 415 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-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0                                       2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   ANASTASIA 3760              6   0  0  122 RUBY DRAGONS (336)
SLASHING ATTACK  OLLIE FUNT 3778            11   4  1   99 DEATHTONGUE (89)
AIMED BLOW       OPURT 3750                 15   8  0   92 DEATHTONGUE (89)
WALL OF STEEL    BANANA JR 3715             20  12  0   89 DEATHTONGUE (89)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZACK 3795                   8   0  0   83 HARDTIMESINBABYLON (325)
TOTAL PARRY      SOLARIS 3759                4   2  0   46 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 VANICE 3775, BANANA JR 
3715, PALANTIRIATHALASA 3808, ANASTASIA 3760, FLOYD B. RICK 3711, ZACK 3795, NA'TOTH 
3800, DOWN BELOW 3807, OLLIE FUNT 3778, and BERKE 3799.

The least popular fighter this week was B'CUDA 3806.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CROW 3757, GNEISS GUY 3787, SOLARIS 3759, BERNINA COLLIN 3794, HAMMOND 
EGGS 3785, OPURT 3750, GILL 3802, KHORNE SHADOWSPAWN 3809, VALLEY-JO 3798, and FLINT 
HILLS 3796.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXII

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FLINGLEBITS 2836 (43-12-0)             9  1  0         TUFT-TASTIC!         

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BANANA JR 3715 (18-11-0)               1  3  0         DEATHTONGUE          

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FLOYD B. RICK 3711 (9-1-0)             7  3  1         FLOYDS FAN CLUB      
TALON 3692 (5-6-1)                     0  2  0         FLOYDS FAN CLUB      

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BERKE 3799 (3-1-0)                     3  3  0         DEATHTONGUE          

NOVICES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NA'TOTH 3800 (3-0-0)                   0  2  0         HARDTIMESINBABYLON   

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SCAB CARTOON 2555 (14-10-0)            6  2  0  DEAD   DEATHTONGUE          
TRINKET 1939 (5-6-0)                   6  3  0         RIVER WARDENS        
TROLL TUSK 1760 (18-10-0)              4  3  1         AZURE CLOUDS         
30-30 3169 (9-4-0)                     2  3  0         TEQUILA SUNRISE      
LH PUTTGRASS 3675 (16-6-0)             2  3  0         DEATHTONGUE          
O. W. JONES 2356 (4-10-0)              1  3  0         DEATHTONGUE          
BETSY HOOPLE 3468 (16-8-1)             0  2  0         DEATHTONGUE          

DEAD INITIATES TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
IVANOVA 3636 (5-2-0)                   4  3  0         HARDTIMESINBABYLON