DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/26/2003    Duedate: 10/09/2003

JURINE ARENA

DM-61    TURN-314

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ALIZARIN DAMASK
BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
(61-2721) [15-8-2,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ALIZARIN DAMASK                MMMMMONKEYS!
BLADE AND BLOOD (314)          FUZZY WARRIORS (367)
(61-2721) [15-8-2,109]         (61-3255) [2-1-1,27]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SABA EL KEER                   MMMMMONKEYS!
BLADE AND BLOOD (314)          FUZZY WARRIORS (367)
(61-2719) [13-12-1,63]         (61-3255) [2-1-1,27]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FAVORITE GUYS (186)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLADE AND BLOOD (314)       13
2. FUZZY WARRIORS (367)         1      PISSED AT WORK (360)
3. SADISTS F2F (353)            0      Unchartered Team
4. PISSED AT WORK (360)         0
5. FAVORITE GUYS (186)         -6      FUZZY WARRIORS (367)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 2 SADISTS F2F (353)         13   2  0 86.7   1/ 1 FAVORITE GUYS (186)       8  7 0
 2/ 1*FUZZY WARRIORS (367)       4   1  1 80.0   2/ 0 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)     4  1 1
 3/ 3 PISSED AT WORK (360)      24  10  1 70.6   3/ 2*FUZZY WARRIORS (367)      4  1 1
 4/ 0 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)     63  49  7 56.3   4/ 3 PISSED AT WORK (360)      2  3 0
 5/ 4 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      323 402  7 44.6   5- 4 SADISTS F2F (353)         1  0 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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #69 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal:

     Ghenis watched the ship _Relentless_ ease out into the channel and brushed his
hands together.  It was bound for Niatoli to further certain interests of the dark
cult.  On it was Veleks, and Cousin Og, who would look after the small thief...one
way or another.  Which freed him to attend to other matters.
     First of those other matters was a meeting with Pelishtekan, the Ferencian who
was currently the 'chief priest' of the cult.  Ghenis scowled to hide his grimace of
disgust.  He didn't like the Ferencian.  In fact, he loathed the man.  But it wasn't
necessary to like him, not really.  As long as Pelishtekan did his job, nothing else
counted.
     And right now, the man's job was to explain what manner of creature, monster, or
whatever was hunting over the lands just north of Zukal.  And how the damned thing
could be fought and destroyed.  It was in the way of certain plans that he had made
for the benefit of the dark cult...and of himself, of course.  The dark power did not
expect his minions to work for nothing but the joy of it.
     Ghenis left the waterfront behind and wove his way through the twisted and
noisome alleys of one of Zukal's poorest districts.  The cult always had its centers
among the homes of the poor.  They were the ones who had something to gain from it,
and nothing to lose, from shaking up the old order, after all.  Ghenis smiled just a
little.  He liked shaking things up.
     The cult was headquartered in a tall narrow building squeezed between other tall
narrow buildings.  The cellar, which was dark and always damp and divided into tiny
rooms no more than six feet square, was used for...storage.  More or less.  The
ground floor, reached by going down half a dozen steps from street level, was the
shrine itself.  The level above that was where the main work of the cult was done,
the plotting and planning, the gathering of information, the good stuff.  Above that,
two floors of small rooms where members of the cult lived if they couldn't do better
for themselves.  And on the top floor, the pigeons that carried messages from points
as distant as Zuwayza and Murska in the north, Rocanis, Xochithlan, and even Tricorus
in the south.  Most people had no idea how far the cult reached.
     Which was another source of amusement to Ghenis.  The authorities here in Zukal,
the very heart of the cult, had no idea that it was anything more than a handful of
dissatisfied commoners meeting to worship some petty godling.  Ha!  If Bey Sekahos
knew how near he stood to the rim of disaster, how fast he was sliding down the slope
into hell--!  Even the Bandit Princes, who had a clearer understanding of their city,
didn't know that the cult was gaining power daily and would soon be ready to make its
move.  IF the monster north of the city could be dealt with.
     Ghenis pushed open the door and stepped toward Pelishtekan's office.

Near Malcorn:

     The finger of light slid across the surface of the tall stone and touched the
worn carvings, which leaped into sudden clarity.  The little clearing, which had been
empty except for Lord Malcorn and Tiljanz al Burgos, the young Karnhorn diplomat, was
suddenly full of shadows.  Or something.  Tiljanz could feel the weight of a dozen
minds thinking about him--calculating minds, hostile minds, hungry ones.  He held
himself still and quiet with difficulty.  This was Lord Malcorn's meeting; he himself
was just present as a witness.
     Words came out of the darkness, hollow as caves, clear as trumpets.  "Why are
you here, Malcorn?"
     "To demand that you enforce your side of the agreement we made, Dregur," the
lord of Malcorn replied.  If a great tree had spoken, its voice might have sounded
like that.
     "Our side?  What have we, the true and original lords of all the land between
the lakes, to 'enforce' at the command of an ephemeral like you?"
     "Do not play games with me.  A deal was made and sworn under just such a moon,
that the dregur would attack only those who entered this land at the command of the
Easterner Inzolas.  In return for this, you were released from the Silent Place."
     "And if we choose now to disregard that 'deal' you speak of?"  Idle inquiry.
     "The Silent Place is still there."
     "You think you could return us to that captivity?"  Scorn and amusement.  "You?"
     "If you do not keep your side of the agreement," now Malcorn's voice was like
iron, cold black iron, "I will return you to that captivity.  Me."  At that moment,
Tiljanz did not doubt that Blackie would do just that, whatever the cost to himself.
     "We did make an oath."  The voice was the same, but different.  A different
dregur speaking, Tiljanz thought.  "The oath is a binding already.  He could do it."
Warning, cool consideration.
     "Because a few of us have chosen to Hunt freely, as we used to?  Unfair!  This
land was OURS.  If we stretch out our hand to take it back, where is the injustice in
that?"  Passion.
     "The injustice is in the breaking of our oath.  The land itself will reject an
oathbreaker.  It has always been so."  Stern command.  "We must keep our part of the
bargain, or by our failure we release Lord Malcorn from his.  And he could then
return us to the Silent Place, if he is willing to pay the price."  A pause.  "And
you can see that he is so willing."
     Objection.  "Those who Hunt alone will not be called back to the kennel, even by
you."
     Unyielding command.  "Then I myself will lead a Hunt against them."

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
JURINE brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Of course, we're all terribly 
impressed to see YURA SISSY win a fight and gain 9 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, 
DANGEROUS CRIMINAL beat THE BUM and THE BUM lost 18 points.  You're breakin' my 
heart.  And it's out with the old, in with the new, as ALIZARIN DAMASK takes the 
Title and last week's bar tab from the old Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Warty Toad, 
humph!  I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From 
JURINE's trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  JURINE, 
I am losing what little hope I had in you.  FAVORITE GUYS the most avoided team?  
What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And who led the way in this mass act of 
cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was FUZZY WARRIORS.  Ha ha ha ha!  
FREDDIE was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM 
insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  And what a stunning loss we have here, boys and 
girls, ANOTHER ONE of FAVORITE GUYS has added the final loss to his 7-12-0.  Tee hee! 
Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is developing these kinds 
of weapons?   
     What does the JURINE 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 JURINE.  I feel much better now.  Glad to see the 
back of this place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALIZARIN DAMASK 2721         15   8  2   109       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRACO EL TANIN 2723          10   9  3    99       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
 YURA SISSY 2720              15  10  1    94       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWINGLINED SUE 3196           9   2  0    76       PISSED AT WORK (360)
 ALPHABETIZED AL 3203          7   4  1    69       PISSED AT WORK (360)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SABA EL KEER 2719            13  12  1    63       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
 DARWIN 3219                  10   6  0    61       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 MARTINE 3231                  8   2  0    59       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BUM 3178                  9  16  0    47       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 FREDDIE 3096                 10   7  0    44       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MMMMMONKEYS! 3255             2   1  1    27       FUZZY WARRIORS (367)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SMACKY THE BEAR 3257          2   0  0    27       FUZZY WARRIORS (367)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CABRI SWIFT 3230       1  1 0 BLADE AND BLOOD 314   EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 5   314 NONE    
ANOTHER ONE 3192       7 13 0 FAVORITE GUYS 186     SABA EL KEER 2719     314         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Swinglined Sue -- Ouch!  Watch it with the staples, dammit. -- Another One

Hey, no fair!  The ol' Concubine was really coming on to me, she had me HOT, you
know, and then she BIT me!  Talk about your nerve!  She must have solid brass
ovaries. -- The Bum, highly annoyed

Fratsfan slaves are worthless and weak.  They don't belong here. -- Martine

Yeah, well, ambitious guards are heartless and nasty. -- Freddie

The Dangerous Criminal, however, wasn't. -- Darwin

Mighty small arena these days.

9 September 2003
WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MANAGERS!  If you think you have what it takes to match
wits and blades with some of the best managers in Alastari, then WE WANT YOU!  The
Tournament Of The Golden Scrod #4 will begin in Aradi (DM 60) the turn after the Fall
Mail-In.  It's not too late for you to sign up.  I realize that many of you may be
hesitant after seeing that myself and Hombre have teamed up again, but we'll try to
take it easy on you guys a little bit.  For more information on T#%S IV, please
contact me at ganolus@aol.com.  We're looking for a few good managers...the few, the
proud, the TOGS!

-- Ganolus Oakleaf, T#%S IV Commish

15 September 2003
An Announcement Concerning the Brotherhood of the Blade Alliance:
     I have chosen to withdraw my membership from the Brotherhood of the Blade
alliance.  The years I have spent in the alliance have been the best of my DM career.
I leave the alliance with many great friends and will always remain close to my
former brethren.
     The Brotherhood of the Blade will not skip a beat without my membership.  It
remains in very capable hands and its roster is among the strongest in the game.
With the return on some of its founding members to DM, I know the BOB will continue
to grow in strength and prestige in the years to come. -- The Sandman

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MMMMMONKEYS! was bested by FREDDIE in a 3 minute amateur vs. expert Challenge fight.
SWINGLINED SUE was subdued by ALIZARIN DAMASK in a 2 minute Title melee.
DRACO EL TANIN savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a action packed 1 minute fight.
ALPHABETIZED AL was devastated by YURA SISSY in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
THE BUM was demolished by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
MARTINE vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
SABA EL KEER executed ANOTHER ONE in a 1 minute gory mismatched brawl.
DARWIN handily defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 1 minute uneven melee.
CABRI SWIFT was slaughtered by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE 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|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         AIMED BLOW         3 -   1 -  1      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   5 -  0      72  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     14 -   7 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  1      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   5 -  0      17  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 314 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     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-RIPOSTE    ALIZARIN DAMASK 2721       15   8  2  109 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
LUNGING ATTACK   DRACO EL TANIN 2723        10   9  3   99 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
AIMED BLOW       YURA SISSY 2720            15  10  1   94 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
STRIKING ATTACK  ALPHABETIZED AL 3203        7   4  1   69 PISSED AT WORK (360)
WALL OF STEEL    DARWIN 3219                10   6  0   61 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-STRIKE     FREDDIE 3096               10   7  0   44 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SABA EL KEER 2719.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MMMMMONKEYS! 3255.  The ten other most popular fighters were FREDDIE 3096, 
DRACO EL TANIN 2723, SWINGLINED SUE 3196, ALIZARIN DAMASK 2721, SABA EL KEER 2719, 
DARWIN 3219, YURA SISSY 2720, MARTINE 3231, CABRI SWIFT 3230, and ALPHABETIZED AL 
3203.

The least popular fighter this week was ANOTHER ONE 3192.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were THE BUM 3178, ALPHABETIZED AL 3203, CABRI SWIFT 3230, MARTINE 
3231, YURA SISSY 2720, DARWIN 3219, SABA EL KEER 2719, ALIZARIN DAMASK 2721, 
SWINGLINED SUE 3196, and DRACO EL TANIN 2723.

                 FACE-TO-FACE TOURNEY XXXI

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SILVERMANE 1193 (48-30-1)              3  3  0         ROYAL SCEPTRE        

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ASMODEUS 2353 (21-7-2)                 3  3  0         ARCHLORDS OF ASSIAH  

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ETCHED IN STONE 3112 (25-9-0)          6  3  0         CEMENTIA             

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ON MY WAY 3154 (10-1-0)                1  3  0         SADISTS F2F          

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DUKE VATO 2924 (6-3-0)                 8  3  0         ROYAL SCEPTRE        
TECTUKTITLAY 3234 (2-1-1)              1  3  0         SORCERER KINGS       

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ALBATROSS 2257 (0-0-0)                 4  3  1         FLIGHT TIME