DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/23/2004    Duedate: 05/06/2004

JURINE ARENA

DM-61    TURN-329

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

FREDDIE
FAVORITE GUYS (186)
(61-3096) [16-16-0,86]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

FREDDIE                        MANTIS SHRIMP
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)
(61-3096) [16-16-0,86]         (61-3305) [3-2-0,30]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FREDDIE                        MANTIS SHRIMP
FAVORITE GUYS (186)            SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)
(61-3096) [16-16-0,86]         (61-3305) [3-2-0,30]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

FAVORITE GUYS (186)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FAVORITE GUYS (186)         43
2. SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)       3      FAVORITE GUYS (186)
3. FORCE OF FIVE (373)          0      Unchartered Team
4. I HATE THEM TOO (354)        0
                                       SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*I HATE THEM TOO (354)      2   0  0  100   1/ 1 FAVORITE GUYS (186)       8  7 0
 2- 2*FORCE OF FIVE (373)        5   1  0 83.3   2/ 4*SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)    3  0 0
 3/ 3*SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)     3   2  0 60.0   3- 2*FORCE OF FIVE (373)       2  0 0
 4/ 4 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      367 433  9 45.9   4- 3*I HATE THEM TOO (354)     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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Out of the Past #6 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +
                                  Free Blades Edition

Zuwayza:

     Tiberious, newly made a Lord Protector in Aljafir, looked at the capital city of
the Glorious Empire with curiosity and unease.  While he was a citizen of the Empire
in good standing, he was also a Dwarf, and the races which weren't strictly human
were regarded with suspicion throughout most of the Empire.  Especially here at its
ancient heart.  He hadn't wanted to come here.  But a new law ruled that all Lord
Protectors desiring a grant of lands or other honors must apply to the Great Palace
of the Satrap for them, and he WAS a Dwarf.  He would not lightly forego this portion
of the reward for which he had striven so long and at such risk.  He took a firmer
grip on the battle axe which custom required all Dwarves to carry and strode up to
the Western Door.
     Decent metal work, he noted professionally.  To be honest, excellent metalwork,
although he could not (and this surprised him) even guess at the source.  It was
unlike anything he'd seen before, not the work of Elf or Human, and certainly not
Dwarven work.  He was an educated man, in the Dwarven sense, and he would KNOW.  Very
old, you didn't get that kind of patina on bronze in a day, not even if you employed
an alchemist.  He leaned closer, trying to make out the individual symbols that
formed a tangled whole on each panel.
     "Too close a study of those doors can be injurious to your health."
     Tiberious whirled, raising the axe automatically.  But the speaker was an old
man in the long robe of a Karnhorn scholar, no threat unless he was a wizard.  On
closer look, it seemed like he probably was a wizard.  There was something about the
eyes that marked them, as though they saw things that others couldn't.  Probably they
did.  "If the doors are so dangerous, why use them?"
     "Because of the danger, perhaps, but mostly because they are old, and old things
lend a legitimacy to what is younger."  The old man shrugged slightly.  "You are a
gladiator, I think?"
     "Right, from Aljafir, come to see about my Lord Protector grant."
     "Good!  I am Vekhirn, chief wizard to the Satrap, may his days be long, and I
have need of a gladiator."  He gestured, and the door swung open.  "Come into my
sanctum, and I will explain what must be done."

Chimlevtal:

     Lord Kinnishan, ruler of Chimlevtal, looked up from a litter of reports as his
chief adviser entered the study.  "If it's more about the assassination plot--"
     "No, that is grave enough, but we have other problems," Shau'nin Snowbeard said.
"Deeper ones, perhaps, in the long view.  Have you seen the Ruin Reef lately?"
     The shipping hazard known as the Ruin Reef lay two miles off shore to the
southeast from Chimlevtal.  It was a rocky barricade just below the surface of the
lake (most of the time).  When the water was clear, or when wind and waves exposed
them, the rocks could be seen to resemble a line of ruined buildings, but without a
closer examination that was normally possible, no one could say if that was a true
seeming.  There were natural formations that could give that appearance.  The Reef
was visible from Chimlevtal in good weather, but not from this room.  Without
comment, Kinnishan got up from the desk and went out onto the balcony, peering
southward past the end of the building.
     Shau'nin didn't follow him; he already knew what was to be seen.  "It would
appear that the Reef actually is formed on ancient ruins.  Or was."
     "It would appear," Kinnishan said grimly, "that they are ruins no longer.  I
presume you have a report from closer observation?"
     "Some gladiators are investigating now," the old Adantri said.  "Others are
traveling to Arvat and Zukal, even to Monuntial, to discover the faces behind the
assassination plot.  We should have information soon."
     "And then we will have to make plans.  I will not lose this city-state to the
forces of Chaos, come what may."

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 490): B. TRAYOR of LETTER BOMBS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 488): PHANTAST of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 484): BIRDSONG of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 484): ANTEZEL of WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): TORLYN UNA of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 481): BLUE of THE SIERRAS (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): LOONY LATEKNIGHT of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): BINDI of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): SYWINELL of BUSHMASTERS (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 470): DIETER KWAN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): KEOKOTAH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 461): TOM THUMB of THE BEARS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 424): FLESHRENDER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 215): ZINDELLA AZRON of MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 210): 100% COLUMBIAN of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 196): TOM SMITH DISEASE of STRANGE TUNES (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): TYI VELWIC of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 328): FREDDIE of FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): CONUNDRUM of MYSTERIOUS (Mad Max, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 374): KREWKUT SAUSAGE of LINCOLNSHIRE from DAL SHANG (The
                                Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 490): SOLITAIRE (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 488): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 484): SACRILEGIOUS MEAT (Klep, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 484): WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 481): CURTAIN CALL (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): THE PENTARCHY (The Pentalque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 470): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 461): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 424): THE FAMILY (Don John, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 215): MOJO P@TROL (Master Voodoo, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 210): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 196): TEAM VIRTUE (Boy Scout, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): ROLE MONSTERS (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 328): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): PERFECTION QUEST II (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 374): BLACKEST PRIDE (

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 488): FLADRAKEEN OOSCH of TEAM GNASTY (Big Gnasty, mgr.)
               (turn 487): KNOTHEAD of BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
                           HOFFA'S BANE of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 484): ANTEZEL of WYLDERNESS WYLD (Barnabas, mgr.)
                           MANAGER TC'S of IT'S JUST WRONG (LHI, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 482): TIBERIOUS of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 240): LOONY LATEKNIGHT of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
                          IDIOTIC INDIGO of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 239): POPPY HAMMER of FLOWER HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 473): RAGING FIRE of DEATH THREAT (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 238): UNCAS of THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
                   (turn 237): HUNGRY BONES of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 469): LOCKED IN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 467): KEOKOTAH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 424): FLESHRENDER of WIDOWMAKERS (Soultender, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 210): 100% COLUMBIAN of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
                               BLACK JACK SHELACK of ROYAL FLUSH (Crip, mgr.)
                               TENT IN QUARANTINO of SPOONERTIKS (Spawn, mgr.)
                   (turn 209): SUGAR CUBE of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
                               101 PROOF!! of COFFEE RULES! (Mr. Coffee, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 195): NASSE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 348): NAKHA ADIASO of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 145): CONUNDRUM of MYSTERIOUS (Mad Max, mgr.)
                            PRIZMATYK WAHL of MAGIC MAYHEM (Fizban, mgr.)
                (turn 144): LEE of GODDESSES (LHI, mgr.)
                            GAI-JIN of RISING SUN (Spawn, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     M. Chardinee is not qualified to be Duelmaster, even if he DOES win fights.  
He's a sneaky, underhanded creep.

                                       Freddie

P.S.  Only five fights and six active warriors last time.  It keeps getting worse.  
Will this arena hold fights at all today?

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of JURINE!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  MARTINE caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested CONVICTED ASSASSIN and was awarded 
13 points in recognition.  Not for nothing has FREDDIE in the past laid claim to the 
Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat skill yet again.  Heed 
this!  A seer has warned that if exactly 6 die in duels this week, the whole city 
shall perish!  Just remember...5 or 7!   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city JURINE.  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when this week's 
challenge seeking began.  I HATE THEM TOO is feared.  This much I can say.  
Apparently the stalwarts of SATAN'S AQUARIUM are catching the bulk of jests down at 
the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.  Mighty fighters cannot 
but expect competition from those below.  DELORES take warning!  You have more than a 
few enemies in JURINE.  For some warriors honor is not important--only empty victory. 
See, gladiators, how MANTIS SHRIMP of SATAN'S AQUARIUM challenged down 19 points to 
DELORES.  All the city knows the duel went in favor of MANTIS SHRIMP.  I shall not 
fail to spread the word in other cities of this "mighty" victory.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  
In the arena there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms 
no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREDDIE 3096                 16  16  0    86       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARTINE 3231                 15  10  0    78       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 HENRY DEARE 3271             11   4  1    69       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A BELL AZIZIZI 3272          10   4  1    55       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANTIS SHRIMP 3305            3   2  0    30       SATAN'S AQUARIUM (375)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SNOTMAN 3157                  2   0  0    30       I HATE THEM TOO (354)
-SUMMER 3294                   2   0  0    28       FORCE OF FIVE (373)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STAN THE MAN 3295             1   1  0    15       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
-LARGE MARGE 3293              1   0  0    14       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
-CRAZY LARRY 3292              1   0  0    13       FORCE OF FIVE (373)
 DELORES 3311                  2   3  0     9       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Mantis Shrimp -- You just look like a plain old bug to me, and I hate bugs.  Can't 
stand 'em. -- Delores

Somebody's been feeding M. Chardinee red meat.  Stop! -- Martine

*I* beat MY standby. -- Henry Deare

And so did I. -- A Bell Azizizi
P.S.  Henry and I are obviously the best on this team.

27 March 2004
     This notice is to inform the DM world that CHAOS INC. has added CHEETO to its
ranks.  He joins APEX, FLAGG, MATRIX, ASSAMITE, and RUDE BUDDHA as the 6th member.
May your chaotic wings spread disaster and CHAOS for all your days!  Welcome CHEETO!!

27 March 2004
     Has anyone seen it in print that the "Goat" is leaving the "Cartel"?  There were
some diplos to the effect of a special branch of the Cartel being formed, like secret
societies, governmental agencies and alliances certain agendas are developed.  To
obtain the desired effect of any agenda only key personnel can be used.  The "Goat"
is "Cartel" so until you see it with me announcing that I am not Cartel, remember,
"The Agenda of the Core is for you to fight for."  I hope this stops the confusion.
-- Goat

8 April 2004
CLICK (KLK) -- Remember, you asked for it.  Chaos is coming....

14 April 2004
CHAOS Inc. proudly announces our newest member, Silver Stroke.  He becomes the
seventh brother of Chaos.  We shall indeed be better for his joining.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MANTIS SHRIMP viciously subdued DELORES in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge fight.
FREDDIE demolished VETERAN MERCENARY in a 2 minute gory one-sided Title melee.
MARTINE vanquished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
HENRY DEARE overpowered CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute bloody one-sided fight.
A BELL AZIZIZI devastated AMBITIOUS GUARD 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                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         LUNGING ATTACK     9 -   5 -  0      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         AIMED BLOW         8 -   5 -  1      62  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   8 -  0      47  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   6 -  0      40  |

Turn 329 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         3  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    MARTINE 3231               15  10  0   78 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HENRY DEARE 3271           11   4  1   69 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
AIMED BLOW       A BELL AZIZIZI 3272        10   4  1   55 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FREDDIE 3096.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MANTIS SHRIMP 3305.  The ten other most popular fighters were FREDDIE 3096, HENRY 
DEARE 3271, MARTINE 3231, A BELL AZIZIZI 3272, DELORES 3311,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was DELORES 3311.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were A BELL AZIZIZI 3272, MARTINE 3231, HENRY DEARE 3271, FREDDIE 3096, 
MANTIS SHRIMP 3305,  0,  0,  0,  0, and  0.

The following warriors will travel to ADVANCED DUELMASTERS after next turn:

NINNUAM (61-2853) CHILDREN OF CTHULHU (326)