DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/26/2003    Duedate: 01/08/2004

TRICORUS ARENA

DM-51    TURN-372

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DROGOI
DARK HORSEMEN (433)
(51-5156) [15-4-0,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DROGOI                         WILLIE MCGEE
DARK HORSEMEN (433)            ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
(51-5156) [15-4-0,113]         (51-5212) [2-0-0,21]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DROGOI                         BELLONA
DARK HORSEMEN (433)            AMAZON ELITE (536)
(51-5156) [15-4-0,113]         (51-4986) [5-4-0,35]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)         51
2. DARK HORSEMEN (433)         15      FRUITS (548)
3. AMAZON ELITE (536)           7      Unchartered Team
4. FRUITS (548)                 5
5. SORROW'S HARVEST (542)       2      ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)        7   1  0 87.5   1/ 3*ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)       7  1 0
 2/ 2 FRUITS (548)              17   3  1 85.0   2/ 2 FRUITS (548)              6  0 1
 3- 3*WENSINWASIN M.H. (549)     8   3  1 72.7   3/ 1 DARK HORSEMEN (433)       6  5 0
 4/ 4 SORROW'S HARVEST (542)    72  39  2 64.9   4/ 4 AMAZON ELITE (536)        3  3 0
 5/ 6 AMAZON ELITE (536)        71  60  6 54.2   5- 5*WENSINWASIN M.H. (549)    1  1 0
 6/ 7 DARK HORSEMEN (433)      402 500 13 44.6   6- 8*THE NEVYNS (364)          1  3 0
 7- 8*THE NEVYNS (364)          13  20  0 39.4   7/ 7 SORROW'S HARVEST (542)    1  3 0
 8- 9*PHISH (357)                1   5  0 16.7   8- 9*PHISH (357)               0  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

          + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Dark Federation #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Jhans:

     "That is a fight you cannot win, Princess Morra," Chancellor Ethylbyrr said.  He
leaned forward to emphasize his point, one hand on the report that had sparked the
discussion.  "It is better not to enter a battle you cannot win."
     "Darron wouldn't--"
     "Princess, your brother is no longer a boy, he is a young man now," the old man
said.  "He will not be pleased to receive...advice from his older sister, much less
commands.  Even without his new friends, he would be reluctant to--"
     "All right, you've made your point."  She looked away.  Looked out the window
across the city of Jhans, but she didn't really see it.  Didn't want to see it, if
the truth be told.  She was surprised to realize that what she really wanted to see
at this moment was her husband, Gryzash the Golden.  She had not felt strongly about
him one way or the other, theirs had been a marriage of political expediency.  But
Gryzash was--had been--a confident, decisive man.  One whose very presence would awe
these quarreling nobles of Jhans into obedience.  Unfortunately, Gryzash was dead.
Her thoughts shifted briefly to their son, Gorris.  She might have stayed in Jhans to
fight the treacherous 'advisors' of her brother, except...it was her first duty to
protect her son and defend HIS heritage.  Let Prince Darron worry about Jhans now.
It was time for her to leave him to it, for good or ill.
     "I must take Gorris to Sibikhas," she said finally.  "That is where my duty lies
now.  That city is his to rule, by rights, but it is easier to hold onto power than
to win it back after it's been lost.  Will you stay here and advise Darron?"
     Ethylbyrr laughed sadly and shook his head.  "The boy--the young man--wouldn't
have me," he said.  "His new friends won't want to share the influence, and...I am a
reminder of his youth.  Which he would prefer to forget as he strives to become a man
in his own eyes."
     "If you remain in Jhans without a royal post, your life won't be worth--"
     "It will be worth nothing at all," the old man said.  "I will be dead by the
time you clear the city's gates."
     She nodded.  There was no mercy in the Delarquan Federation for someone who fell
from power.  "Come with me to Sibikhas, then.  It would be a shame to waste your wit
and experience, old friend."
     The old man half rose from his seat across the table and bowed.  "I would be
honored to serve you in Sibikhas or elsewhere, Princess."  Seating himself again, he
said, "But you cannot simply decide to leave Jhans and then go.  You will need, at
the very least, bodyguards.  The Jhans Royal Guard you cannot take with you--they
belong here and will provide some protection from Darron, if he does not run
completely mad and dismiss them.  So you will need--"
     "Gladiators," she said firmly.  "Two or three, at least, as many as half a dozen
perhaps.  They are--"
     "They are crude men, for the most part," Ethylbyrr protested.
     "So?  They are less likely than any others to have political axes of their own
to grind.  I will have gladiators for bodyguards."  She grimaced.  "I will need
them."

This is a call for volunteers.  A personal, or an email to Livia@reality.com will do
it.

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): WISPER of SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): MARY RETZLAFF of AMERICAN APPRAISAL (?, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): LYSISTRATA of DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): FREDERICK DOUGLASS of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): KEPLER of THE MOONDOGS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): TSUNAMI of STORM WARNING (Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): KATHLEEN of BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): NUTCRACKER of ALL FINESSE (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): ZOOLANDER of WITLESS WONDERS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): DRAXUS BREMOORE of FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DROGOI of DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): BLACK WIDOW of SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): 2 PHAT of VERMIN (Sultan, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): DOONE of FLAGG 16 from RODEKI (Flagg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 484): BLOOD AND IRON (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): KNOT WHOLE (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): SIMPLY DESSERTS (Sweet Tooth, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 485): DOGS OF WAR (Nick, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 484): I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 480): THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 471): BOOK OF STINK (Kleptov Grenufelbitz, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 445): BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 436): EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 189): CHEAP SHOTS (?, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 422): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 371): DARK HORSEMEN (Nick, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): INDULGENT DRINKS (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): THE EXPLORERS (Kellog, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 320): none
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 141): EPOCHOLYPSE (Brewmaster, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 364): DARK PANTHEON (Doc Steele, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 370): MORADOR of RESURRECTION (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 489): GO FISH of GAMES LIBRARY (Nick, mgr.)
              (turn 488): THE MAN of FAMOUS HITTERS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 488): IVANMOE of SOUL STRIPPERS II (Saucy Jack, mgr.)
                (turn 487): GRIZZLY ADAMS of BATTLE BEASTS (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 486): POPCORN MACHINE of WASTELAND II (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
                           SATOSHI KUNO of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
               (turn 485): ISHINOMORI of NINJAS (Shocking Toad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 472): PROVIDENCE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
                (turn 471): PEOPLE'S ELBOW of UNTOUCHABLES (Angus, mgr.)
                            ACK VERT of PENTARCHIE-18 (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 435): EAGLE'S NEST of EAGLES CLAW (Talon Volksie, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 175): BIRAN of THE WHITE COMPANY (Silverstroke, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 163): LUCIA of ISLANDERS (Nick, mgr.)
                          GHASTLY MIGRAINE of HANGOVERS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I fight the Convicted Assassin for the Duelmastership of Tricorus?  This is
ridiculous.  At least I beat him.

                                        Drogoi
                               They call me Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
TRICORUS brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Later days, DARK HORSEMEN, since 
ALL-UGLY TEAM took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  Of course, 
we're all terribly impressed to see KEVIN MCHALE win a fight and gain 20 points, 
terribly.  Tsk, tsk, JACINTHE beat ROBERT PARISH and ROBERT PARISH lost 4 points.  
You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, TRICORUS may be 
getting bland, as DROGOI stays top dog in the city.  The Blue Dolphin Inn, humph!  
I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From TRICORUS' 
trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  AMAZON 
ELITE, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most avoided team.  Care 
to know who is the most afraid of you?  And who led the way in this mass act of 
cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was SORROW'S HARVEST.  Ha ha ha ha!  
BELLONA was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM 
insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  Looks like time for laurels or hemlock, BELLONA was 
challenged by TORI'S ICICLE, who was ranked 28 points below her.  And sure, TORI'S 
ICICLE lost alright, but gained 2 recognition for hers pains.  And pains they may 
indeed be!   
     Ah, now we come to my favorite part, where we see all the guys who are dead and 
gone, and get to see if their team cared.  We're all going to die in the end, so why 
worry if the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     What does the TRICORUS arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Phlllt!  Just had to do that 
before I leave the fine city of TRICORUS.  I feel much better now.  Glad to see the 
back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DROGOI 5156                  15   4  0   113       DARK HORSEMEN (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LURCH 5135                   13   2  1   123       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
 TSOMEGH 5132                 17  10  1    92       DARK HORSEMEN (433)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HANNAH 5059                   8   8  1    86       AMAZON ELITE (536)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APPLE 5169                    9   1  0    55       FRUITS (548)
 ORANGE 5168                   8   2  1    50       FRUITS (548)
-SPIDER-MAN 5173               4   2  0    43       WENSINWASIN M.H. (549)
-WOLVERINE 5176                4   1  1    40       WENSINWASIN M.H. (549)
 BELLONA 4986                  5   4  0    35       AMAZON ELITE (536)
-SIROD EVOLI 3315              4   4  0    34       THE NEVYNS (364)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GARGANTUAN APHID 5171         6   3  0    33       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
-INANNIA 5183                  3   5  0    26       AMAZON ELITE (536)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WILLIE MCGEE 5212             2   0  0    21       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 SAM CASSELL 5215              2   0  0    20       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 KEVIN MCHALE 5216             1   0  0    20       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
-RAZOR WYRM 5179               2   2  0    19       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
-SLOUP TOO 3328                3   3  0    18       THE NEVYNS (364)
-RUNAWAY JIM 3260              1   0  0    18       PHISH (357)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARK MESSIER 5214             1   0  0    12       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 KOLVEGH 5197                  2   4  0    10       DARK HORSEMEN (433)
 JACINTHE 5211                 2   0  0     9       AMAZON ELITE (536)
-DAPHNE 4987                   2   1  0     8       AMAZON ELITE (536)
 TORI'S ICICLE 5181            1   3  0     7       SORROW'S HARVEST (542)
 ROBERT PARISH 5213            1   1  0     4       ALL-UGLY TEAM (554)
 HARZOGH 5210                  0   2  0     2       DARK HORSEMEN (433)
-NICU 3261                     0   1  0     1       PHISH (357)
-THUNDERHEAD 5185              0   1  0     1       PHISH (357)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

I don't like the Venomous Concubine.  I wish she'd poison herself. -- Tsomegh

Sirod Evoli -- Are you sure you want to make that declaration so publicly? -- Kolvegh

Willy McGee -- I don't know that I'd call you "ugly," exactly.  Er, "strong-
featured," I think. -- Harzogh
P.S.  Or "rugged."

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

TORI'S ICICLE was bested by BELLONA in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge fight.
WILLIE MCGEE vanquished KOLVEGH in a 1 minute uneven Challenge battle.
ROBERT PARISH was outlasted by JACINTHE in a 8 minute beginner's Challenge fight.
DROGOI devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute brutal one-sided Title fight.
TSOMEGH devastated VENEMOUS CONCUBINE in a popular 1 minute uneven brawl.
APPLE bested CAPTURED ORC in a 4 minute master vs. amateur match.
ORANGE defeated GARGANTUAN APHID in a 5 minute melee.
HARZOGH was vanquished by MARK MESSIER in a action packed 1 minute uneven duel.
SAM CASSELL overpowered PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 2 minute uneven duel.
KEVIN MCHALE overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         TOTAL PARRY       16 -   2 -  1      89  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   2 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         LUNGING ATTACK     4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -   8 -  0      69  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  14 -  0      44  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         AIMED BLOW         2 -   6 -  0      25  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 372 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  DROGOI 5156                15   4  0  113 DARK HORSEMEN (433)
WALL OF STEEL    TSOMEGH 5132               17  10  1   92 DARK HORSEMEN (433)
TOTAL PARRY      APPLE 5169                  9   1  0   55 FRUITS (548)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DROGOI 5156.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
BELLONA 4986.  The ten other most popular fighters were WILLIE MCGEE 5212, DROGOI 
5156, TSOMEGH 5132, MARK MESSIER 5214, SAM CASSELL 5215, ORANGE 5168, KEVIN MCHALE 
5216, TORI'S ICICLE 5181, HARZOGH 5210, and KOLVEGH 5197.

The least popular fighter this week was JACINTHE 5211.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ROBERT PARISH 5213, GARGANTUAN APHID 5171, APPLE 5169, KOLVEGH 5197, 
HARZOGH 5210, TORI'S ICICLE 5181, KEVIN MCHALE 5216, ORANGE 5168, SAM CASSELL 5215, 
and MARK MESSIER 5214.