DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 08/25/2005 Duedate: 09/07/2005 ROCANIS ARENA DM-56 TURN-384 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS KID QUICK PUNCH-OUT! (411) (56-3846) [14-5-2,115] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader KID QUICK POSITION IS EMPTY PUNCH-OUT! (411) (56-3846) [14-5-2,115] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite GLASS JOE PRIVET PUNCH-OUT! (411) BAD APPLES (187) (56-3847) [12-6-0,76] (56-3867) [11-6-0,50] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM PUNCH-OUT! (411) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. BAD APPLES (187) 37 2. REDHORSE (207) 30 PUNCH-OUT! (411) 3. TOOLS OF TORMENT (407) 0 Unchartered Team 4. BLACKENED PRIDE (409) 0 5. YIELD (405) -8 GRIM ALIENATION (135) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 1 PUNCH-OUT! (411) 48 22 5 68.6 1/ 1 PUNCH-OUT! (411) 7 1 0 2- 2 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407) 31 19 1 62.0 2/ 2 REDHORSE (207) 7 5 0 3- 3*BLACKENED PRIDE (409) 4 4 0 50.0 3/ 4 BAD APPLES (187) 4 8 0 4/ 0 YIELD (405) 19 21 3 47.5 4- 3 TOOLS OF TORMENT (407) 2 1 0 5/ 4 REDHORSE (207) 433 481 15 47.4 5/ 0 YIELD (405) 0 2 0 6/ 5 BAD APPLES (187) 363 504 14 41.9 6- 5*BLACKENED PRIDE (409) 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 Black Sword #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Near Jhans: Barudai was not in a position to look across the river at Jhans. He was on the other side of the hill, and near the bottom. He did not want to see Jhans, and even more, he did not want anybody from Jhans to see him. The Rirorni considered himself a scout, but he knew that many people--from Jhans--might well call him a spy. And nobody like spies much. They probably wouldn't believe him if he said that his... scouting had no object that was hostile to Jhans. He wouldn't have believed it in their place, even though he knew that this time it was the truth. In fact, if he got his information back to the gathering of shamans near Rocanis in time for them to act, his mission would be of great benefit to Jhans and all southern Alastari. That prospect was not as comforting as he had hoped. He still had to get back to Rocanis, after all, and the renegade's men were hunting him. He studied as much of the sky as he could see from his shelter under an overhanging rock. Definitely a storm coming, and not a little one, either. This would be the kind of storm that menaced the life of anyone fool enough to be out in it. Hail like fists. Floods of rain. Lightning like the end of the world. He tried to back farther into his inadequate shelter, but his horse was behind him--not a foolish beast!--pressed against the slanting stone. Still, when he wasn't moving, he was leaving no tracks, and the renegade's men would have to take shelter somewhere also--or die under the flail of the storm. The clouds covered the sky, blocking stars and moon, but lightning shredded the darkness. The rain held off. To Barudai, that meant that when the waters finally came, they would be devastating. Every little fold of the plain would be a roaring stream. Flat lands would be lakes. Travel would be impossible, tonight and for days to come. The last was an uneasy thought. The renegade's men could have magical aids; there were shamans in his camp, too. He had glimpsed a feather cloak in one tent, and that meant flying. A man could fly above the waters. Where as he, Barudai, had only his own two feet, and his horse. Movement caught his eye, and he stared out anxiously. If one of the renegade's assassins found him here-- His sword was in his hand as he searched for an attacker. There! Wheeling below the clouds, dodging the lightning, bird-shaped but without a bird's grace. Impossible to judge size against the sky, but he thought it was too big for any mortal bird. Trust the renegade to inspire men to dare even such a storm! The flying figure circled again and aimed toward the hill, that much Barudai could see. And it was getting larger, which meant lower. The clouds burst like a ruptured waterskin, cutting visibility to nothing. Even a true bird would have trouble flying in that...wouldn't it? Yes, of course. There was as much water as air in the sky now, it was hard to breathe. Flying must be impossible. If the flyer crashed to the ground, all would be well. But if it managed to land.... He stared at the blind wall of falling water. Sometimes it turned bright white with lightning, other times it was black. Nothing was visible beyond it. Nothing to do but wait. He hated waiting. The ground trembled under his feet, and his horse screamed, barely audible over the storm. The animal's warmth was gone from behind him, replaced by a cold wind. Turning slowly, shaking with cold and fear, Barudai stared into a tunnel where there had been solid rock before. It was not completely dark, though the light was faint, without color or visible source. Unfamiliar symbols crawled on walls as smooth as glass, colored purple, and poison green, and red as blood. In the depth of the tunnel, shadows moved. Rocanis: It was a clear day when they stepped through the Gate, unusual for this early in the spring. Ghost Dancer sat down immediately and began to rummage in his pack for food and drink. "Leave it," Wolf said. "We'll eat in Rocanis, and we may need our travel-fare later." Ghost Dancer considered protesting that he was hungry NOW and could always buy more jerked meat and dried fruit down in Rocanis, but the old shaman didn't look like a man prepared to tolerate argument right now. Wolf didn't look like a man prepared to yield to the needs of the flesh for any reason right now. Didn't HE ever get hungry and thirsty? Ghost Dancer sighed and closed his pack, stood, and followed the old man down the trail toward Rocanis. Although it was hard to believe Wolf was old, even with his white hair. The shaman was setting a hard pace, and he seemed as tireless as the wind. It made Ghost Dancer aware that he had become somewhat soft while living on the Isle. True, he had sparred every day, and with warriors better than he was, but this kind of endurance test had not been part of his life in years. It was the boast of the Maengedai that when raiding, they could go forty or fifty miles a day on their own feet. He couldn't do that today. Still, the man--or demon--that they were pursuing couldn't be up for such a long run, either. And he (Master Darque) was barred from using the Spirit Land as a shortcut just as Wolf and himself now were. They walked in silence for several minutes, picking a careful way down the slope from Spirit Ridge. Ghost Dancer studied the town below, a frown taking shape on his face. "Aren't there a lot more tents than usual down there?" "Yes." Wolf's voice was hard, angry. "And more of them than should be are flying shaman's ribbons." "A council?" There hadn't been a shaman's council for ten, maybe fifteen years, maybe twenty. Not since sometime around the Rirorni War. It took something dire to draw shamans from all the tribes into a meeting; without the use of the Spirit Land, some of them would have to travel for months to get back to their tribes. "What could have spawned this?" "Something bad." Wolf snorted. "Something that anyone who paid attention would have KNOWN was coming, but most of them would rather hide their heads under their blankets and hope it would go away." Knowing his tutor, Ghost Dancer figured this meant that Wolf had warned them of some impending danger and been ignored. He searched his own memory. If Wolf had mentioned a danger to him, and he'd forgotten about it...but he couldn't recall any such warning. "What is the danger?" "Have you heard of the Black Swords of Mytori?" "Just a bare mention," Ghost Dancer admitted. "Not even the legends have anything about them." He considered what he knew of the cult of Mytori Iron-Hand and winced. Any sword "blessed" by Mytori would be very bad news indeed. "What about your pursuit of Master Darque and the sigil?" The old shaman's hands clenched and unclenched. When he answered, it sounded like he was talking through teeth that were also clenched. "It will have to wait. I swore an oath to serve the Maengedai, and I cannot in good conscience ignore the danger of a Black Sword." SPY REPORT Much has changed in ROCANIS since last I was here. Never fear, Olaf Modeen adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters. It seems so recently people were saying REDHORSE was washed up, finished. But 3-1-0 moved them up 0. I guess they're washed no more... What's with SHANKS PONY? He actually beat PUNCH-OUT!'s GLASS JOE, and walked away with 29 more points from the fight. Major screwup at PUNCH-OUT!. GLASS JOE lost 32 points to SHANKS PONY. Some new strategies, perhaps? Maybe GLASS JOE will provide more easy wins... WISHLIST was reminded on the sands why KID QUICK is Duelmaster. Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on? I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners. Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges... A fighter's lot is filled with strife, revenge, and killing. Some fighters don't accept this. The best do. Is it my imagination, or are fighters getting younger every day? To die so young, so gloriously! Who knows what the future holds for a warrior. More fights, there's no doubt. All work and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter. Work and play no fighter dull Olaf. Olaffighterwork and no play. Remember--a good fighter needs both good skills and good luck. Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME KID QUICK 3846 14 5 2 115 PUNCH-OUT! (411) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME SHANKS PONY 3854 11 10 0 102 REDHORSE (207) BITTER VETCH 3762 19 28 0 91 BAD APPLES (187) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME PRONGHRON 3852 13 8 1 84 REDHORSE (207) WISHLIST 3816 7 6 0 77 YIELD (405) GLASS JOE 3847 12 6 0 76 PUNCH-OUT! (411) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -BALD BULL 3843 9 2 1 61 PUNCH-OUT! (411) CONTRABAND 3827 7 1 3 57 YIELD (405) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -MR. SANDMAN 3844 6 5 1 51 PUNCH-OUT! (411) PRIVET 3867 11 6 0 50 BAD APPLES (187) EATS GRASS 3853 11 10 0 46 REDHORSE (207) PIEFACE 3875 6 8 0 46 BAD APPLES (187) YUL 3868 8 8 0 39 REDHORSE (207) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CAUTION 3821 3 2 0 33 YIELD (405) LARGE DOG 3848 4 20 0 32 BAD APPLES (187) -KING HIPPO 3845 7 4 1 28 PUNCH-OUT! (411) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -CIRITH UNGOL 3842 3 3 0 12 BLACKENED PRIDE (409) -DIRTY FRANK 3780 1 3 0 10 YIELD (405) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? ROTTEN CORE 3851 6 12 0 BAD APPLES 187 PRONGHRON 3852 380 NOT REVE PERSONAL ADS Kid Quick -- I'm glad you weren't laughing at me, because I felt fairly ridiculous out there. Couldn't get my defense going for the life of me. -- Pronghorn Glass Joe -- What Pronghorn said, same for me. Argh. -- Shanks Pony Large Dog -- Hey wait a minute. I win, and the audience is chanting "Eats Grass-- Dark Arena"? I guess they didn't like that you dropped to the sand exhausted. I bet YOU liked it better than getting hurt and having to go to the infirmary. -- Eats Grass P.S. A vegetarian? Well, at least that's better than making a word-play on both of our names together. Privet -- When I saw who I was matched against, I thought I'd have a tougher time. But I guess you woke up on the defenseless side of bed or something? I hate that side of bed. -- Yul Kid Quick -- Don't forget to write a DM column. -- The concerned citizens of Redhorse Machine -- Bye! -- Bitter Vetch Eats Grass -- We keep doing this. It's boring. -- Large Dog Yul -- I hope your scalp gets sunburned. -- Privet Cirith Ungol -- Nothing like a pie to the face, eh? -- Pieface 4 August 2005 Ladies and Gentlemen...The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For Is Here!!!!!!!! ZalCon3...The Rebirth!!!!!!! The Rules Are Simple, The Prizes Are Awesome, The Competition Fierce! Where: Dullens (DM13) When: October 8th, 2005 The Rules: Every Manager Must DA Their Entire Team On The First Turn They Enter The Contest. All Warriors DA'd In This Manner MUST Be At Zero FE And May Fight In The Contest If They Live. The Style Of The Warrior Must Be Present In The Name In A Non Ambiguous Manner, Standard Abbreviations Accepted. Scoring Starts On The 3rd Turn Of The Contest Which Will Also Be The First Turn After The October Mail In. Dead Warriors May Be Entered From The Contest To Dead Apprentices ONLY--And With Zero FE!!!!! All Living Warriors May Be Entered Into Rookies or Apprentices For The October Mail In. Scoring: 1 Point For Each Win. 1 Point For Each Kill. -1 Point For Each Loss. -1 Point For Each Death. Categories: Ultimate Style Master: Warrior Of Any Style With The Most Style Master Points. Top Team: Team With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest. Top Warrior: Warrior With The Most Points At The End Of The Contest. MVP Team: Team With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest. MVP Warrior: Warrior With The Most Free Fight Awards At The End Of The Contest. Style Master: Warrior With The Most Points Vs. Style In Each Style At The End Of The Contest. Warrior Top 11: Next 10 Top Point Gaining Warriors At The End Of The Contest. Iron Manager: Any Manager With 100 Fights During The Contest (20 Turns Plus 2 Pre Turns). ***Special Category*** An Additional Top Team Award Will Be Granted For Each 5 Iron Manager Awards Starting At 6. Prizes: Ultimate Style Master, Top Team, Top Warrior: +1 To Bonus, Damage Bump, Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills, Favorites Knowledge. MVP Team And MVP Warrior: 20 Rollups. Style Master: +1 To Bonus. Warrior Top 11: Free Train Or Learn 2 Skills. Iron Manager: +1 To Bonus. Please Contact Zalgor Prigg Via Diplo (Armor & Weapons DM102) or Email (email@example.com) Should You Have Any Questions Or Wish A Free Team Rollup To Dark Arena On Turn 1. Disclaimer: All Prizes Are To Be Used On Contest Team Only And Are Non Transferable. LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS KID QUICK devastated WISHLIST in a action packed 1 minute mismatched Title fight. GLASS JOE was demolished by SHANKS PONY in a 1 minute one-sided melee. PRONGHRON defeated ROCANI TURNCOAT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute master's duel. BITTER VETCH overpowered CONTRABAND in a 1 minute one-sided fight. PRIVET bested YUL in a action packed 1 minute brawl. EATS GRASS defeated LARGE DOG in a 3 minute veteran's struggle. PIEFACE devastated RIRORNI THUG in a 1 minute one-sided competition. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |LUNGING ATTACK 5 TOTAL PARRY 15 - 5 - 1 75 | |AIMED BLOW 1 LUNGING ATTACK 35 - 20 - 2 64 | |PARRY-STRIKE 1 PARRY-STRIKE 6 - 4 - 0 60 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 SLASHING ATTACK 3 - 2 - 0 60 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 3 - 3 - 0 50 | |TOTAL PARRY 1 STRIKING ATTACK 7 - 7 - 0 50 | |PARRY-LUNGE 1 BASHING ATTACK 5 - 5 - 0 50 | |SLASHING ATTACK 1 AIMED BLOW 1 - 9 - 0 10 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 PARRY-LUNGE 1 - 12 - 0 8 | |WALL OF STEEL 0 WALL OF STEEL 0 - 0 - 0 0 | Turn 384 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 1 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 2 - 3 4 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-STRIKE 1 - 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 1 3 SLASHING ATTACK STRIKING ATTACK 1 - 0 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 0 1 STRIKING ATTACK BASHING ATTACK 1 - 0 SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW TOTAL PARRY 1 - 0 WALL OF STEEL 0 - 0 1 PARRY-STRIKE 1 TOTAL PARRY TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME LUNGING ATTACK KID QUICK 3846 14 5 2 115 PUNCH-OUT! (411) STRIKING ATTACK SHANKS PONY 3854 11 10 0 102 REDHORSE (207) SLASHING ATTACK CONTRABAND 3827 7 1 3 57 YIELD (405) PARRY-STRIKE PRIVET 3867 11 6 0 50 BAD APPLES (187) TOTAL PARRY EATS GRASS 3853 11 10 0 46 REDHORSE (207) Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is GLASS JOE 3847. The most popular warrior this turn was PRIVET 3867. The ten other most popular fighters were KID QUICK 3846, PRONGHRON 3852, LARGE DOG 3848, SHANKS PONY 3854, YUL 3868, PIEFACE 3875, EATS GRASS 3853, WISHLIST 3816, BITTER VETCH 3762, and GLASS JOE 3847. The least popular fighter this week was CONTRABAND 3827. The other ten least popular fighters were GLASS JOE 3847, BITTER VETCH 3762, WISHLIST 3816, EATS GRASS 3853, PIEFACE 3875, YUL 3868, SHANKS PONY 3854, LARGE DOG 3848, PRONGHRON 3852, and KID QUICK 3846.