DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/21/2010    Duedate: 02/03/2010

ROCANIS ARENA

DM-56    TURN-499

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RIA ROSEDANCER
INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
(56-4112) [19-10-2,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RIA ROSEDANCER                 CARTOGRAPHER
INCONSISTENT FURY (20)         SEA DOGS (437)
(56-4112) [19-10-2,108]        (56-4144) [3-1-2,54]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ABELINDA CHASE                 RYVAS VOLKMAURI
MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)            INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
(56-4105) [14-28-0,70]         (56-4166) [1-2-0,13]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

INCONSISTENT FURY (20)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. INCONSISTENT FURY (20)      39
2. SEA DOGS (437)              29      INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
3. THEM (433)                   0      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)        -33
                                       SEA DOGS (437)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*SEA DOGS (437)            12   7  3 63.2   1/ 2 INCONSISTENT FURY (20)    8  2 1
 2/ 2 INCONSISTENT FURY (20)   383 297 32 56.3   2/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)       7  8 0
 3/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)      106 103  1 50.7   3/ 3*SEA DOGS (437)            5  2 0
 4- 4 THEM (433)                30  40  3 42.9   4- 4 THEM (433)                0  2 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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): ACE of CARDS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOM (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): AGATE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): UNBREAKABLE of CHRISTIAN ROCK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 617): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): EBRIA GANNET of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): JADE RING of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 635): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth?, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 637): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): DAGGERS DEEP (Kayelbe, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 631): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): DEAD POETS (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 619): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 571): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 498): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 415): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 624): ZALMAN ARVO of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
              (turn 622): SMACK O'MALLEY of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
                          CLOUDSHADOW of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 618): ABBIE DONN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 616): MONOLYTH of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Drat that Kung-Fu Master!  What was he THINKING?  I don't have TIME to graduate
now, I've got too much to do here.  He didn't even TRY to win!  Silly ass.  I suppose
that's what happens when you employ dwarves as unarmed fighters; it doesn't come
naturally to them, and they fluff it.

                                    Ebria Gannet

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  ROCANIS needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Like, MIDDLE WAY 20 
had to be so embarrassed when they got kicked off #1 spot by INCONSISTENT FURY!  Way 
to go INCONSISTENT FURY!  MVP award for CARTOGRAPHER?  SEA DOGS' proud of him after 
beating ERBIN GOETZ and getting 22 points.  Talk about yer big time losers!  ERBIN 
GOETZ got smashed by CARTOGRAPHER, and lost 16 points!  Was that a tear I saw in RIA 
ROSEDANCER's eye, as she took over Duelmastership?  And wasn't EBRIA GANNET fit to be 
tied!  Is the Duelmaster really being a real snob to his teammates?  Don't ask me!   
     AAARRGH!!!  I HATE SPYREPORTING!!!  Sorry.  I just had to say it.  THEM was the 
most avoided team.  Is a 30-40-3 record really that scary?  Hhmph!  What kind of 
warriors are INCONSISTENT FURY?  THEM, an easy team to beat if I ever saw one, can't 
get them to accept an invitation!   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  Hey you guys, don't you think your families would like to hear from you? 
Write!  (Or have someone write for you.)  
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  Its 
been really albendranius!  Later, guys-- Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RIA ROSEDANCER 4112          19  10  2   108       INCONSISTENT FURY (20)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BALZEC 4123                  16   7  2    93       INCONSISTENT FURY (20)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEBRA FARIN 4152              9   1  0    82       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
 FREM HARID 4121              11  15  0    77       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
 ABELINDA CHASE 4105          14  28  0    70       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CARTOGRAPHER 4144             3   1  2    54       SEA DOGS (437)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ERBIN GOETZ 4153              8   2  1    40       MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NICKOLI DRYBONE 4167          3   0  0    33       INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
 LOBSTER POT 4145              5   1  0    32       SEA DOGS (437)
 ANCHOR THROWER 4148           3   3  1    24       SEA DOGS (437)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MODREFT MEGLEEN 4169          2   0  1    23       INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
-SEAMAN 4147                   1   0  0    20       SEA DOGS (437)
 RYVAS VOLKMAURI 4166          1   2  0    13       INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
-CRASH 4158                    1   2  0     9       THEM (433)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
PERSISTENT BEGGA        0  0 0                      MODREFT MEGLEEN 4169  499  NONE
SMASH 4159              1  1 0 THEM 433             CARTOGRAPHER 4144     496   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

I say we should put poison baits out for the Rabid Gophers.  They're a general
menace. -- Abelinda Chase

Rirorni Assassin.  What a thrill. -- Debra Farin

Same goes for the Rirorni Saboteur. -- Frem Harid

Well, darn.  Ebria got the Kung-Fu Master all stirred up, and he took it out on me.
I hate that. -- Erbin Goetz

Inconsistent Fury -- Be consistent, fight again.  You are needed. -- the Middle Way

Balzac -- Looks like you're safe from me. -- Ebria Gannet

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

NICKOLI DRYBONE devastated LOBSTER POT in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
EBRIA GANNET was vanquished by RIA ROSEDANCER in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
DEBRA FARIN subdued RIRORNI SPY in a 1 minute fight.
BALZEC vanquished ABELINDA CHASE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
FREM HARID was narrowly defeated by RIRORNI SABOTEUR in a 2 minute veteran's fight.
ERBIN GOETZ was bested by CARTOGRAPHER in a 2 minute gruesome brawl.
RYVAS VOLKMAURI was narrowly defeated by ANCHOR THROWER in a 5 minute struggle.
MODREFT MEGLEEN butchered PERSISTENT BEGGAR 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|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        23 -   6 -  5      79  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   10 -   3 -  0      77  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -  10 -  1      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   4 -  1      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  18 -  1      49  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 499 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         3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  RIA ROSEDANCER 4112        19  10  2  108 INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
AIMED BLOW       BALZEC 4123                16   7  2   93 INCONSISTENT FURY (20)
STRIKING ATTACK  DEBRA FARIN 4152            9   1  0   82 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
BASHING ATTACK   ERBIN GOETZ 4153            8   2  1   40 MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ABELINDA CHASE 4105.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was RYVAS VOLKMAURI 4166.  The ten other most popular fighters were ANCHOR 
THROWER 4148, CARTOGRAPHER 4144, NICKOLI DRYBONE 4167, FREM HARID 4121, DEBRA FARIN 
4152, BALZEC 4123, LOBSTER POT 4145, RIA ROSEDANCER 4112, MODREFT MEGLEEN 4169, and 
ABELINDA CHASE 4105.

The least popular fighter this week was ERBIN GOETZ 4153.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ABELINDA CHASE 4105, MODREFT MEGLEEN 4169, RIA ROSEDANCER 4112, 
LOBSTER POT 4145, BALZEC 4123, DEBRA FARIN 4152, FREM HARID 4121, NICKOLI DRYBONE 
4167, CARTOGRAPHER 4144, and ANCHOR THROWER 4148.

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

EBRIA GANNET (56-4119) MIDDLE WAY 20 (435)