DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/05/2003    Duedate: 12/18/2003

JURINE ARENA

DM-61    TURN-319

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SWINGLINED SUE
PISSED AT WORK (360)
(61-3196) [10-2-0,90]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SWINGLINED SUE                 ROBESPIERRE
PISSED AT WORK (360)           BLADES OF TERROR (348)
(61-3196) [10-2-0,90]          (61-3098) [3-1-0,55]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE BUM                        ROBESPIERRE
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            BLADES OF TERROR (348)
(61-3178) [13-17-0,66]         (61-3098) [3-1-0,55]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FAVORITE GUYS (186)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLADES OF TERROR (348)      25
2. PISSED AT WORK (360)        24      PISSED AT WORK (360)
3. FIST OF RAGE (368)           2      Unchartered Team
4. SADISTS F2F (353)            0
5. FAVORITE GUYS (186)         -4      BLADES OF TERROR (348)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1 SADISTS F2F (353)         13   3  0 81.3   1/ 1 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      11  4 0
 2/ 0*BLADES OF TERROR (348)     3   1  0 75.0   2/ 2 PISSED AT WORK (360)      2  0 0
 3/ 2 PISSED AT WORK (360)      27  11  1 71.1   3/ 0*BLADES OF TERROR (348)    1  0 0
 4/ 3 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      340 410  8 45.3   4/ 0*FIST OF RAGE (368)        0  2 0
 5/ 0*FIST OF RAGE (368)         0   2  0  0.0   5- 3 SADISTS F2F (353)         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[(< + -----:----- + >)] The Free Cities #74 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Malcorn:

     The Prince of Malcorn listened carefully as Fist of Kjarran and his companions
described the monster on the road to Murska, what it had done up till now and how
they had dealt with it.  When Fist repeated Cadal's statement that the matter was not
settled and could not be settled in simple combat, the prince sighed and nodded.
"That's true," he admitted.  "The dregur can be driven off with steel, but they can't
be finally settled that way.  It takes magic to bind and unbind them, because an
essential part of their nature is magical."
     Stiffly, Aghtamar said, "We heard that it was you who set them loose
originally--"
     "For what I considered good and sufficient reason, yes, I did," Malcorn agreed.
"How many invaders did you encounter on the road here from Korga?"
     "Invaders?"  The Korgan woman shook her head, puzzled.  "None.  I hear they're
pulling out all along the coast, going back to their homelands, I suppose, and about
time!"
     "About time," Malcorn agreed.  "It was the dregur who finally convinced them of
that.  Not all dregur are criminals like the one you fought, probably no more than
might be found in a similar group of humans.  I made an agreement, which the
responsible leaders of the dregur entered into fully and fairly.  They will help us
deal with the few among them who are criminal."
     "They'll...help?" Zilla asked faintly.  "Wonderful.  Just wonderful."
     "They said they'd clean up their own snakes."  The gladiators turned to peer
into the dark corner.  The man sitting there, who had been so silent he hadn't been
noticed, was plainly a Karnhorn.  A Karnhorn of a familiar type--by his clothing,
which was fashionable but not highly so, and very plainly made, a man of the lower
ranks of the nobility, and impoverished, Aghtamar decided.  Probably a minor
bureaucrat.  Which made his presence here, on terms of familiarity with the Prince of
Malcorn, a puzzle.  Not her puzzle to solve, she hoped.
     "I know they did, Tiljanz, and I believe they intend to do so," Malcorn replied. 
"But I don't see any harm in providing them with...witnesses to their fulfillment of
the agreement."
     "To make sure they have no second thoughts?" Tiljanz asked.  He sounded a little
amused, but only a little.  "No harm in that," he agreed.  "I shall certainly go
along to see that the terms of the agreement are met."
     "No offense intended," Fist said quickly, "but this will be a job for warriors.
You don't look like--"
     "I am not a warrior," the young Karnhorn answered calmly.  "And I take no
offense at your warning, intended as it is to preserve my life.  But life is not
enough, there must be self-respect, as well."
     "Tiljanz al Burgos is as steady a man as you'll find," Malcorn cut in.  "He
won't run, and he won't get in your way.  We'll take him with us."
     "With...us?" Aghtamar asked faintly.
     "Yes, I'm coming, too," the Prince of Malcorn answered.

     Fist of Kjarran had expected to leave immediately, or at least first thing the
next morning.  But two full days passed before Lord Malcorn and the Karnhorn
bureaucrat were ready to go.  Two days during which he considered going without them.
But there were always several Shews, large, Lord Protector Shews, standing between
him and the door when those thoughts came to him.
     And then when they did finally set out, Fist of Kjarran, Aghtamar, Zilla, Cadal,
Malcorn, and Tiljanz al Burgos, Fist found himself wishing that some of those big,
tough-looking Shews were coming, too.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): E. VICTOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): SMELLY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 473): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 473): CRIMSON of PHOENIX (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): TWO GLASS EYES of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 470): TRAGIC TUESDAY of QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): GOLDIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 459): STARBREAKER of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 457): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 450): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 413): SWORDBREAKER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): 101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 338): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 318): MARTINE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 363): NEMESIS of CHAMPIONS from JHELUM (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 473): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 473): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 470): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 459): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 457): OBSIDIAN HALL (Dameon Darkheart, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 450): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 413): KORGAN CRUSADE (Jack Wolfspider, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 191): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 338): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 318): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 363): MEOW MIX, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 479): E. VICTOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
              (turn 478): SCHIZOPHRENIC of DSM4 (The Sandman, mgr.)
                          GWEN RYDER of DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 477): SMELLY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 476): CUNNING CALICO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           CAT FANCY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
                           FASTER PUSSYCAT of ARENA FELINES II (Garfield, mgr.)
                           PERSONAL BEJEEZUS of ESTIMATED PROPHETS (Chazz
                           Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 471): ASH of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
                            BECKY of BLADES OF STEEL (Lord Andarus, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 462): COBRA of DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 458): LINDEN of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 456): WILD CARD HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 449): KING BEAR of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
                   (turn 203): JUMBO MUMBO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 337): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Shall I go on fighting standbys and remaining duelmistress until I graduate?
This is a sad state for an arena in the Glorious Empire.  The barbarians will
question our glory, now.

                                        Martine

P.S.  That we should go five-and-oh with four of those wins against standbys is an
even greater disgrace.  After all, LOOK at some of the warriors on this team!

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in JURINE a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  And let's see, ROBESPIERRE fought 
FREDDIE and gained 25 points and contributed to BLADES OF TERROR's 1-0-0.  FREDDIE 
has lost to ROBESPIERRE, falling 8 points, while helping make FAVORITE GUYS a 3-2-0 
turn.  And not without some honor, SWINGLINED SUE now claims the title and throne of 
Duelmaster of JURINE.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, 
cramped under the table at The Swinging Aardvark?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Is it really true that JURINE has more dishwashers per capita that 
fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  Always good to rest in JURINE, but never good to wear out my welcome.  
Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in JURINE again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWINGLINED SUE 3196          10   2  0    90       PISSED AT WORK (360)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ALPHABETIZED AL 3203          8   5  1    82       PISSED AT WORK (360)
 MARTINE 3231                 10   5  0    69       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BUM 3178                 13  17  0    66       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROBESPIERRE 3098              3   1  0    55       BLADES OF TERROR (348)
 FREDDIE 3096                 12  10  0    46       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HENRY DEARE 3271              5   0  1    29       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 A BELL AZIZIZI 3272           4   0  0    27       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RUSH ORDERED RON 3263         1   0  0    10       PISSED AT WORK (360)
-RIP YOU TO SHREDS 3264        0   1  0     7       SADISTS F2F (353)
 KRYSTA 3259                   0   1  0     1       FIST OF RAGE (368)
 ASH 3262                      0   1  0     1       FIST OF RAGE (368)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rip You To Shreds -- Perhaps, but not today. -- A Bell Azizizi

13 November 2003
Let it be known far and wide, that the Warrior TUM 18-7380, the Champions Runner-Up
for the recent Tournament, is managed by none other than Shocking Toad.  I named this
fabulous warrior after my friend and mentor, TUM, a.k.a. Don!  Sorry TUM didn't get
me my first TC; however, a runner-up with all those sandbaggers is pretty impressive,
if I do say so myself. -- Shocking Toad, The Manager

13 November 2003
All -- This is to announce that I am no longer a member of the Vendetta Cartel
Alliance.  I have enjoyed my time there, and I've made some great friends.  Their
company will be missed, but they will endure.  I wish them well. -- Apex

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.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MARTINE was devastated by SWINGLINED SUE in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
THE BUM vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute uneven battle.
FREDDIE was demolished by ROBESPIERRE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
HENRY DEARE bested CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute contest.
A BELL AZIZIZI overpowered KRYSTA in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
RUSH ORDERED RON devastated ASH in a 1 minute uneven brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   0 -  1     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   2 -  2      80  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    11 -   3 -  0      79  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   6 -  0      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   7 -  2      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 319 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     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SWINGLINED SUE 3196        10   2  0   90 PISSED AT WORK (360)
WALL OF STEEL    MARTINE 3231               10   5  0   69 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-STRIKE     FREDDIE 3096               12  10  0   46 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE BUM 3178.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ROBESPIERRE 3098.  The ten other most popular fighters were SWINGLINED SUE 3196, 
THE BUM 3178, HENRY DEARE 3271, A BELL AZIZIZI 3272, RUSH ORDERED RON 3263, MARTINE 
3231, FREDDIE 3096, KRYSTA 3259, ASH 3262, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was ASH 3262.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KRYSTA 3259, FREDDIE 3096, MARTINE 3231, RUSH ORDERED RON 3263, A BELL 
AZIZIZI 3272, HENRY DEARE 3271, THE BUM 3178, SWINGLINED SUE 3196, ROBESPIERRE 3098, 
and  0.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXII

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SILVERMANE 1193 (48-30-1)              0  5  0         ROYAL SCEPTRE        

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ASMODEUS 2353 (28-8-2)                 8  2  0         ARCHLORDS OF ASSIAH  

ADM TOURNEY                            W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ETCHED IN STONE 3112 (31-11-0)         4  3  0         CEMENTIA             

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ON MY WAY 3154 (16-4-0)                0  2  0         SADISTS F2F          

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FROSTBYTE 2624 (13-7-1)                0  2  0         D.A.X.'S RUNNERS     

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ALPHABETIZED AL 3203 (8-5-1)           5  3  0         PISSED AT WORK       

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BLADEDANCER 3134 (3-3-1)               3  3  0         BLACK PEARL          

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
AEKIR 3246 (2-0-0)                     0  2  0         BLACK PEARL          

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
C-2-A 3226 (0-0-0)                     4  3  0         C-2                  
RUSH ORDERED RON 3263 (0-0-0)          3  3  0         PISSED AT WORK       
MIKE SHULA 3269 (0-0-0)                2  3  0         CRIMSON TIDE V       
RIP YOU TO SHREDS 3264 (0-0-0)         2  3  1         SADISTS F2F          
THE QUESTION 2276 (0-0-0)              1  2  0  DEAD   WWWWWH               

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ELKIN HEMROCK 2596 (9-3-0)             8  2  1         D.A.X.'S RUNNERS     

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CHAOS KNIGHT 2991 (2-1-0)              5  3  0         THE GODS CURSE ME