DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/19/2003    Duedate: 01/01/2004

JURINE ARENA

DM-61    TURN-320

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SWINGLINED SUE
PISSED AT WORK (360)
(61-3196) [11-2-0,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SWINGLINED SUE                 ROBESPIERRE
PISSED AT WORK (360)           BLADES OF TERROR (348)
(61-3196) [11-2-0,99]          (61-3098) [4-1-0,65]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE BUM                        SWINGLINED SUE
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            PISSED AT WORK (360)
(61-3178) [14-17-0,84]         (61-3196) [11-2-0,99]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FAVORITE GUYS (186)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FAVORITE GUYS (186)         50
2. BLADES OF TERROR (348)      30      PISSED AT WORK (360)
3. ARENA FELINES (341)         12      Unchartered Team
4. PISSED AT WORK (360)         9
5. FIST OF RAGE (368)           0      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/ 3 PISSED AT WORK (360)      28  11  1 71.8   2/ 2 PISSED AT WORK (360)      3  0 0
 3/ 0 ARENA FELINES (341)      109  71  9 60.6   3/ 3*BLADES OF TERROR (348)    2  2 0
 4/ 2*BLADES OF TERROR (348)     4   3  0 57.1   4/ 0 ARENA FELINES (341)       1  0 0
 5/ 4 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      343 412  8 45.4   5- 4*FIST OF RAGE (368)        0  2 0
 6- 5*FIST OF RAGE (368)         0   2  0  0.0   6- 5 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 #75 [(< + -----:----- + >)]H[(<

Zukal:

     Ghenis threw down the handful of papers in disgust.  Invoices for the purchase
of black candles and sacrificial knives, chickens, rabbits...potatoes?  An angry note
from the man in charge of the cult's storeroom, demanding an investigation to
determine what had happened to three yards of black cloth and a pound of onions that
should have been there and weren't.  A requisition for a cushion "to kneel on while
praying"--gods!  Members of dark cults were supposed to be TOUGH.  All these
pettifogging little details were an insult to the whole IDEA of a dark cult.  He had
a dark suspicion that Pelishtekan had deliberately dumped this work on him, this
FILING, to get back at him for something.  The Ferencian was always "getting back at
people," and often for the slightest of slights.  It just showed you what kind of
people Easterners were!
     Ghenis looked at the papers that were now scattered on the floor of his cubicle
and came to a decision.  He had had enough.  He walked out into the hall, taking care
to tread on as many of the papers as he could in the process.  These "administrative
details" were the Ferencian's doing, but there might, still, be a proper dark god at
the head of the cult.  He would find out, and if there was such a deity, he would
give it proper worship, with blood--and not chicken or rabbit blood--and dark deeds.
And if not...Pelishtekan would find out that Hell had NOTHING like the fury of a dark
cultist scorned.
     Ghenis began to consider ways in which he might discover the truth at the heart
of the cult.

Elsewhere in Zukal:

     Jorja rubbed her forehead tiredly, which didn't do a thing to relieve the
headache.  She wasn't sure just how SHE had been appointed to organize the overthrow
of Sekahos, one of Inzolas' men and the current ruler of Zukal.  What business was it
of hers?  She was Adantri, dammit.  She sighed.  Doreg's doing, probably.  Doreg
was--or had been--one of the Bandit Princes of Zukal.  Their association had been
brief; she hadn't even liked the man much.  But apparently that was enough.  By
Mantor's blazing sword, it was MORE than enough.
     If getting rid of Sekahos was what it took to shut up the yammering Bandit
Princes, then she would do it.
     The first thing she needed was information.  Spies.  She began to go over the
list of gladiators she might call on for assistance.

Somewhere between Veastian and North Fork:

     Emir Kyreses of Veastian shrugged and sighed.  "I know.  You meet the Mad
Khaliv's minions on land, and I have no doubt they're a major problem.  But--"
     "AND we shelter YOU from them," Gorich of North Fork cut in.  "WE bear the
burden of his demon soldiers, not--"
     "We meet them at sea," Kyreses countered.  "Most of our ships are destroyed or
dare not return from southern ports, no sailors can be found who will ship out of--or
into--Veastian.  To say nothing of the damage this has done to our economy, we--"
     "Something must be done."  Gorich glared at Kyreses, daring him to counter THAT
statement.
     The Karnhorn did not.  "I agree.  But I don't know what will answer our needs
best.  To kill the Mad Khaliv is obvious, and it MAY be enough...or it may simply
free all the demons he's bound to his service."
     "Aye."  The swampman was silent for a moment.  Then he shrugged.  "But at least
it's a place to start.  But to assassinate the Mad Khaliv will take men very nearly
as mad as he is."
     "Gladiators," Kyreses said.  "That is who we must send."

This is a general call for warriors who want to be in adventures.  Any warriors from
any arenas, Basic or Advanced, any region, are welcome.  A personal or a diplo to
Scribe will do the trick.

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 480): BLUE GOOSE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 478): DENOGGINIZER of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 474): MAN O' WAR of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): ROWARDENN of SAILS OF CHARON (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 472): MALKAI of DRAGON JUNKIES (Youngblood, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 464): PYGMY SHREW of SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): SODOM of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 460): FIZGIGG of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 458): MIKE TV of WILLY WONKA INC. (Distorted, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 451): DINGO of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 415): SKYWISE of WOLF RIDERS (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): STRAW FIRE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 339): WORMY of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 319): SWINGLINED SUE of PISSED AT WORK (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): PIXIE BLIGHT of DARQUE FORCES VIII (Master Darque, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 365): MYMID EL NAIMIS of THE DANGER DOGS from BONSUR
                                (Shadowgate, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 480): DREAM PARK (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 478): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 474): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 475): BLACKHEART'S AXE (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 472): QUASI-LEGAL OPS (Necron 99, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 235): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 464): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): WORDS TO THE WISE (Wordsmith, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 460): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 458): WHEN DOGMA FAILS (Prophet, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 451): THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 415): none
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): MIKES MORGUE (Mike, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 339): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 319): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 140): MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 365): WENSINWASIN (Youngblood, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 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  16 WILLAF (turn 475): WEDNESDAY of THE DARK TIDES (Diaretic, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 473): FOGGY DEW of KINDRED OF KAOS (PTFT, mgr.)
                            ADOBE of DELTA DOOM (Barnabas, mgr.)
                (turn 472): TWO GLASS EYES of SPECIAL ED (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 463): GOLDIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 233): FREY of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 211): SNOWFALL of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 210): BINGE N PURGE of EMETICS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 205): THE MIGHTY SORE of DRAKE'S COMICS (Drake, mgr.)
                   (turn 204): BEAR KEEPER of CARNIVAL (Carny, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 192): IRIADOR of DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 139): SUNGLASSES of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of JURINE!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  A BELL AZIZIZI caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested THE USEROUS MERCHANT and was 
awarded 19 points in recognition.  Although MARTINE made a valiant effort, it did not 
suffice to topple the reign of victorious SWINGLINED SUE.  No confirmation, but my 
sources claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  
Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city JURINE.  JURINE, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy 
guilds is FAVORITE GUYS, 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 BLADES 
OF TERROR last week.  Busy avoiding FAVORITE GUYS?   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable with fortune 
but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in JURINE.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of 
a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  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                  
 SWINGLINED SUE 3196          11   2  0    99       PISSED AT WORK (360)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BUM 3178                 14  17  0    84       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
-ALPHABETIZED AL 3203          8   5  1    82       PISSED AT WORK (360)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARTINE 3231                 10   6  0    66       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 ROBESPIERRE 3098              4   1  0    65       BLADES OF TERROR (348)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREDDIE 3096                 12  11  0    47       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 A BELL AZIZIZI 3272           5   0  0    46       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 HENRY DEARE 3271              6   0  1    44       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
-KIT-KAT 3128                  4   4  1    39       ARENA FELINES (341)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAIL IN THE AIR 3148          2   1  0    28       ARENA FELINES (341)
-M.C. CAT 3124                 4   5  0    27       ARENA FELINES (341)
-PUTTY TAT 3129                5   2  1    26       ARENA FELINES (341)

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)
-COOL CAT 3147                 1   1  0     4       ARENA FELINES (341)
-ASH 3262                      0   1  0     1       FIST OF RAGE (368)
-KRYSTA 3259                   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?
A 3099                 0  1 0 BLADES OF TERROR 348  ARENAMASTER KHIN 23   320 NONE    
B 3101                 0  1 0 BLADES OF TERROR 348  HIGH ELF 19           320 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Swingline Sue -- Is that why you avoid the bathtub? -- Martine
P.S.  Nothing terribly personal, but I just finished the Aradi newsletter, and it
leaves me in no condition to be euphemistic.

Robspierre -- They SAY that because you're a "real" warrior, I have to be glad of a
chance to lose against you.  Oh, ha! -- Freddie

Krysta -- Rage is counterproductive.  You have to attack with love. -- A Bell Azizizi

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.

8 December 2003
Greetings!  I would like to invite everyone to Jhans (DM 36) for the first annual kLk
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (kill contest).  We will start the contest off with the
ceremonial burning of the Andorian flag on turn 450.  (Six turns away.  Roughly mid-
February.)  The contest will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461, 3 separate victors will
be announced.  Team with the most kills, warrior with the most kills, and alliance
with the most kills.  Prizes will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most
kills and to the manager of the warrior with the most kills.  The prizes will

probably be team roll-ups.  The number of roll-ups has yet to be determined.  The
contest is sponsored by Jhans' newest, (but by the time the contest starts) largest
alliance, the kLk (pronounced "klick"). -- Polarius, mgr. of Blitzkrieg DM 36

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

A was butchered by ARENAMASTER KHIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
B was butchered by HIGH ELF in a 1 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
SWINGLINED SUE handily defeated MARTINE in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided Title match.
THE BUM devastated VETERAN MERCENARY in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
ROBESPIERRE overpowered FREDDIE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match.
A BELL AZIZIZI vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute mismatched fight.
HENRY DEARE overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute mismatched brawl.
TAIL IN THE AIR overpowered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   0 -  1     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   2 -  2      82  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   3 -  0      80  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   5 -  0      58  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   7 -  2      42  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 320 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 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SWINGLINED SUE 3196        11   2  0   99 PISSED AT WORK (360)
WALL OF STEEL    MARTINE 3231               10   6  0   66 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-STRIKE     FREDDIE 3096               12  11  0   47 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
AIMED BLOW       A BELL AZIZIZI 3272         5   0  0   46 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HENRY DEARE 3271            6   0  1   44 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 SWINGLINED SUE 3196.  The ten other most popular fighters were ROBESPIERRE 3098, 
THE BUM 3178, HENRY DEARE 3271, MARTINE 3231, A BELL AZIZIZI 3272, TAIL IN THE AIR 
3148, A 3099, B 3101, FREDDIE 3096, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was FREDDIE 3096.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were B 3101, A 3099, TAIL IN THE AIR 3148, A BELL AZIZIZI 3272, MARTINE 
3231, HENRY DEARE 3271, THE BUM 3178, ROBESPIERRE 3098, SWINGLINED SUE 3196, and  0.