DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/27/2007    Duedate: 01/09/2008

ROCANIS ARENA

DM-56    TURN-445

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

LELLDORIN
KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
(56-2409) [9-7-1,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

LELLDORIN                      POSITION IS EMPTY
KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)        
(56-2409) [9-7-1,103]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HAWTHORN                       BACK
BAD APPLES (187)               GET (419)
(56-3991) [14-10-1,57]         (56-3949) [8-9-0,70]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)     42
2. BAD APPLES (187)            29      RESCUE RANGERS (338)
3. GET (419)                    6      Unchartered Team
4. EASTERN HORDE (357)          0
5. BLOOD BROTHERS (418)         0      IS IT MAN...? (352)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      88  43  8 67.2   1/ 1 KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)  11  4 1
 2/ 2 GET (419)                 63  31  1 67.0   2/ 2 BAD APPLES (187)          9  6 1
 3/ 3 KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)  289 203 17 58.7   3/ 5 GET (419)                 2  2 0
 4- 4 EASTERN HORDE (357)       15  13  0 53.6   4/ 3 RESCUE RANGERS (338)      2  2 0
 5- 5 BLOOD BROTHERS (418)      24  21  1 53.3   5- 4 EASTERN HORDE (357)       1  0 0
 6/ 6 BAD APPLES (187)         509 652 18 43.8   6- 6 BLOOD BROTHERS (418)      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[ Edge of Night #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Beginning near Morya:

     Cloudrider had never been so frightened in his life.  He had surrendered
physical control to the ghost of his teammate Nightwind, as instructed.  After that--
he hadn't been sure what to expect.  But not this.  Was this what it was like to fly?
His eyes told him he was far above the earth, or whatever surface was down there.
But his body said he was running along a... along the surface of a wind.  A cold
wind; it looked like faint blue glass under his feet.  Or like a frozen stream,
wandering across a skyscape.  Young Joan ran in front of him and a little higher.
Maybe they were climbing a slope of air.  He sneaked a look downward again, horrified
at the concept.  Was it good or bad that he couldn't recognize any landmarks?  Maybe
he was too high to see anything he'd know.  An image came into his mind of a rabbit
he had once seen carried away by an eagle.  The eagle had dropped it from some great
altitude, Cloudrider had no idea why, but the rabbit had hit the ground near him--
     "Relax," the ghost said.  "I will not let you fall.  And we have almost reached
the threshhold of the Hunting Ground."
     "Hunting--?"
     "A place," Nightwind said.  "It is hard to describe to one who has not seen it,
and I suspect that even when you do, seeing it with the eyes of the body will be so
different that my description would be pointless.  Think of it as like and unlike the
Spirit Lands:  It is not 'real' as the living know it, but also not the..." the
ghost's voice faltered in his mind, "also not the true Spirit Land.  It is a place
between the two, where necromancers go to do their work."
     "Which, if I correctly understand what you said before, makes it a sort of hell
for you," Cloudrider said.
     "Yes.  I am not happy to be going there, but someone has to end this wicked
enslavement of souls.  I was chosen."
     "Chosen?  By whom?"
     "By that which oversees the Places of Death and the Dead.  The Alastarians call
it Ahringol, but that's just a name.  Names are too small."
     "I think I feel better, having a name to call it."
     "Then call it Ahringol, if you want."  The ghost shrugged.  "Ah, look ahead of
us!  The edge of the Hunting Ground."
     Cloudrider looked, and almost choked on fear.  Ahead and above was something
that looked like the highest waterfall imaginable, and the widest--he could not see
either end.  Just the dizzying plunge of... probably not water into the depths below.
Toward the 'real world' below.

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): SOMNAMBULANT of DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft
                            West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): N- MOCK of 1ST NORTHERN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): GIMME SOME SUGAR of ARMY OF DARKNESS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): SRAN3E of PHANTACITY (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): LARRY of LUROCIAN GUARD (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): THE PIKER of RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): TOURNEY SCUM of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MASHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): RHIANNON of GAELIC STORM (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): LOKI IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 422): CIRSIUM VULGARE of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): KILLIAN TEN VIR of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): LAELKORISSA of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): KIRSSARINA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HOLLY HEPATITIS of ONE NIGHT STANDS (Soultaker)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): SUPERIOR FORCES of DUPLICATE REDUNDANCY (A-Sop, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 583): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 583): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 577): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 576): TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 288): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 563): KLKASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 554): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 517): MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 263): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 431): VILLAINOUS LEGION (Seraphim, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 421): BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 193): DREW'S BOYS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 380): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 376): HUE AND CRY (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 470): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 576): STRADA of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 579): KUROHANA of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 578): DROGRA of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
                (turn 577): ATTILA THE HUN of DEATH INCARNATE (The Dark One, mgr.)
                            VINN WULF of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 569): GOLDIE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
                          ELDACAR of MID EARTH (Dirmael, mgr.)
                          BUZZSAW of ESCAPADE (Scion, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 286): GERI of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                   (turn 285): ULTHAR UTHERYDES of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord)
                               KATANA of AVENGERS (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 565): BELLE ZEYBUL of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 515): THOMAS FOWLER of MEDAL OF HONOR 27 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 257): SMOKESCREEN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 244): STREET SIGN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
                  (turn 243): HARRY MONSTER of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 444): GODGET of RESCUE RANGERS (JE, mgr.)
                            SOURCRAB of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
                            MANDORALLEN of KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
                (turn 443): THE QUAM ZONE of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 363): DEELAR MARION of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ROCANIS!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  My praise to BAD APPLES for their 
4-1-0 week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of 
notice!  GAFFER SMITH caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he 
skillfully bested MAGE'S APPRENTICE and was awarded 9 points in recognition.  In one 
of the week's more notable duels, HAWTHORN put down PREATORIAN, causing him to lose 4 
points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not present for the title fight 
this week as MANDORALLEN boldly challenged GODGET in order to strive for the 
Duelmasters honors?  The city has turned out in honor of MANDORALLEN, for with his 
arena victory he may now lay claim to the highest position in the city!  Would you 
believe that over half of the old women in ROCANIS seem to feel that they could fight 
better than you gladiators?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ROCANIS.  ROCANIS, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy 
guilds is BAD APPLES, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  If 
you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any of KNIGHTS 
OF ROCANIS last week.  Busy avoiding BAD APPLES?  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  BACK take warning!  You have more than a few enemies 
in ROCANIS.  I cannot but express pride for the fearlessness of LELLDORIN who cast 
caution to the winds and challenged TEMB, a fighter 29 points higher.  Do not the 
gods reward courage?  LELLDORIN it was that claimed victory in the bout, while also 
rising 27 points in recognition.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Some say a warrior is judged by the way 
he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!  
     The girls are as pretty in ROCANIS as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different 
story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LELLDORIN 2409                9   7  1   103       KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TIGER 3895                    7   1  0    81       BLOOD BROTHERS (418)
 TEMB 3907                    17   9  1    79       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 BACK 3949                     8   9  0    70       GET (419)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAGE 4025                     6   1  0    59       KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
 HAWTHORN 3991                14  10  1    57       BAD APPLES (187)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ZIPPER 3947                   5   3  1    51       RESCUE RANGERS (338)
 PREATORIAN 4005               6   6  0    46       KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
 CENTURION 4024                6   1  0    43       KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
 WOODWORM 4003                 6   7  2    40       BAD APPLES (187)
-LYNX 3893                     6   4  0    35       BLOOD BROTHERS (418)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALUS S'PROUT 3993            6  14  1    33       BAD APPLES (187)
 GAFFER SMITH 4028             4   0  0    31       BAD APPLES (187)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LIONESS 4030                  0   1  0     1       BLOOD BROTHERS (418)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
OCELOT 3894             7  3 0 BLOOD BROTHERS 418   LELLDORIN 2409        443   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Back -- I would, but they're gaining on me.  If I step back, I'll go right into their
jaws! -- Hawthorn

Lelldorin -- Not bad for a kid. -- Sourcrab, not one for paying fullsome compliments,
or even for loaning them

Centurion -- Can yuo even FIND a hundred  men to follow you here? -- Woodworm

Sage -- That is not behavior becoming to a young lady. -- Malus S'Prout
P.S.  Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme would all know better.

This Trocaran Deserter's a bit of a pushover, isn't he? -- Gaffer Smith

Good gods!  Godget, Sourcrab, and Mandorallen all at once?  We'll be depopulated!
Have a good trip, and if you want gifts, don't look at me.  My salary doesn't begin
to cover gifts. -- Khel Rojdia

22 December 2007
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                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MANDORALLEN viciously subdued GODGET in a 3 minute master's Challenge fight.
LELLDORIN handily defeated TEMB in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title match.
SOURCRAB vanquished ROCANI TURNCOAT in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
BACK savagely defeated CENTURION in a exciting 4 minute bloody fight.
PREATORIAN was viciously subdued by HAWTHORN in a popular 1 minute bloody duel.
SAGE overpowered MALUS S'PROUT in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
WOODWORM handily defeated CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven melee.
GAFFER SMITH vanquished MAGE'S APPRENTICE in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      3         AIMED BLOW         4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -   5 -  0      71  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   8 -  2      53  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  29 -  1      52  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE       15 -  21 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  14 -  1      30  |

Turn 445 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  LELLDORIN 2409              9   7  1  103 KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
SLASHING ATTACK  TEMB 3907                  17   9  1   79 RESCUE RANGERS (338)
LUNGING ATTACK   HAWTHORN 3991              14  10  1   57 BAD APPLES (187)
TOTAL PARRY      CENTURION 4024              6   1  0   43 KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HAWTHORN 3991.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BACK 3949.  The ten other most popular fighters were HAWTHORN 3991, SAGE 4025, 
LELLDORIN 2409, MALUS S'PROUT 3993, WOODWORM 4003, GAFFER SMITH 4028, TEMB 3907, 
CENTURION 4024, PREATORIAN 4005, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was PREATORIAN 4005.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were CENTURION 4024, TEMB 3907, GAFFER SMITH 4028, WOODWORM 4003, MALUS 
S'PROUT 3993, LELLDORIN 2409, SAGE 4025, HAWTHORN 3991, BACK 3949, and  0.

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

MANDORALLEN (56-2288) KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (22)
GODGET (56-3110) RESCUE RANGERS (338)
SOURCRAB (56-3969) BAD APPLES (187)