DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 09/19/2005 Duedate: 10/01/2005 VALAMANTIS ARENA DM-62 TURN-367 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS DOC FELLE MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) (62-4139) [20-25-1,91] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader DOC FELLE BLACK MAGE #631 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) FINAL FANSTASY III (414) (62-4139) [20-25-1,91] (62-4039) [1-0-0,14] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite DOC FELLE BALI DARRAS MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) (62-4139) [20-25-1,91] (62-4221) [1-2-0,6] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. FINAL FANSTASY III (414) 37 2. MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) 6 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) 3. CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) 0 Unchartered Team 4. THE BEARS (268) 0 5. DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) 0 FINAL FANSTASY III (414) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1- 1 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) 45 24 1 65.2 1/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) 6 9 0 2- 2*CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) 6 5 0 54.5 2- 3*CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) 2 0 0 3- 3 THE BEARS (268) 303 262 24 53.6 3- 1 THE BEARS (268) 2 1 1 4/ 0*FINAL FANSTASY III (414) 2 2 0 50.0 4/ 0*FINAL FANSTASY III (414) 2 2 0 5/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) 103 120 4 46.2 5- 4 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) 2 3 0 6- 5*THE DAMNED II (423) 3 5 0 37.5 6- 5*THE DAMNED II (423) 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[ Nightfall #4 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + On the south coast of the Ardivent Peninsula: Two men stood on the roof of the manor house and stared out at the bay. A black tower rose from the water near the string of rocky islands that narrowed the channel between Ardivent and Kaltos. Near the islands, but not on them. "I can't make out what it's standing on," Harbad Kore said. The Guard was Ambitious, but his inclinations had not led him to study charts of the bay. He felt there was more scope for him on land. "Not an island, not a charted rock," Ternas d'Aleen said. D'Aleen had shipping interests, or maybe just was interested in ships and boats, but at least he was likely to know about the waters here. You'd never take him for an Assassin, and now that the Assassins' Guild had been outlawed again, he didn't practice. Although how he supported himself based on occasional appearances in the arena as a standby...maybe he really was a shipper. Kore shrugged that off. It wasn't his business, anyway. "Okay, then what IS it standing on?" D'Aleen raised an eyebrow. "How should I know? But it arrived courtesy of magic, so maybe it has a magical foundation, as well." "Magic." The guard considered that for several minutes. "And it's threatening Ardivent's shipping, right? Probably the Transelites did it." "An unfounded assumption," the assassin said. "No it isn't! Transel's got loads of magicians, and the whole island lives off piracy. Seems reasonable to me that they're doing this." His hand went to his sword. "We should Take Steps. Those pirates can't be allowed to get away with this!" "We all know you're a bit of a fool, Kore," the assassin said coldly. "But you don't need to keep demonstrating it. And fortunately for us all, you are not the one who must make the decision. That is the Baron's prerogative. We are merely here to observe and report." Kore twitched his shoulder. The comment about him being a fool he decided to ignore; practicing or not, D'Aleen WAS an assassin. "Okay, fine, I know I'm not the diplomatic type, but mark my words, we'll end up going to war with Transel over this. I just wish...." He glanced down at the building beneath them uneasily. "Oh, I agree," D'Aleen said. "I would much have preferred almost any other vantage point, but this IS the best place for observing the black tower." "That statue in the front hall--" The guard shivered. "I believe it isn't actually a statue," D'Aleen said after a moment. "I seem to have heard that it is actually a living person, preserved in amber. A Lady Protector...Stepharoo, or something like that." "It isn't decent," Harbad Kore said. "She should be, I don't know, put out of sight at the least, or buried, or something. Just having a naked woman standing there in the hall...." "Not buried," D'Aleen said. "If she's a Lady Protector, which is what I remember, then even if she's dead she isn't really dead. To be buried alive..." he shuddered. "But if we have to use this place again, I would agree that we can move her into a closet or something." + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Nightfall #5 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ + Valamantis: Arenamistress Sitalva leaned on the parapet of the Silver Mage's tower and watched the ships moving away from the docks of Valamantis. Tensekai was down in one of his working rooms, working magic. Probably stewing in anger, too. But she'd warned him that Shanmarrik wouldn't just sit by and wait for someone else to come up with an "appropriate" action. The ships of the city were going to attack the tower that was menacing their trade. There were fishermen and merchants, some that might be part-time pirates, and Shanmarrik's official navy, which wasn't large but had managed to hold its own against the Transel pirates. She had never seen or heard of such unity of effort here, and against any normal foe, they should be effective. Against a tower that appeared from who-knew-what-dimension...well, who knew what would happen? There was a muffled blast from under her feet, a little smoke seeping through the trapdoor, and a suggestion of very angry words. It occurred to her that Tensekai might be making a big mistake, trying to work some spell while angry, but who was she to criticize a mage? He wouldn't thank her for it. The movement of the fleet was orderly, considering its miscellaneous composition. The best-armed ships took the lead and spread into a crescent around the landward side of the black tower, the fishers and merchants backing them up. Another fleet, rather smaller but just as heterogeneous, came in from the outer bay and curved to meet the Valamantans end to end. Sitalva raised an eyebrow; they were flying the green-and-black banner of Kordos. The island kingdom of Kordos was nominally a part of the Mordanti Alliance, but it was a direct fief from Queen Talissen and did not usually act together with the major members. If Talissen was going to take a hand and put the strength of the whole Alliance behind the effort to get rid of the black tower-- Another, more powerful explosion caused Tensekai's tower to shudder. Sitalva gripped the stone parapet and looked down, trying to decide where she might most safely jump if she had to. Before she could make up her mind, the black tower flashed very dark purple, and bolts of dark lightning blasted outward from it. Two of Shanmarrik's warships blew up, and one of the leading Kordan vessels. She could hear screams as men were hurled into the water or ripped apart by splinters of the ships. Rossanarth, the Ambitious Guard, grabbed M. Kargaed Chardinee as the ship under them blew apart. Ross was an elf, and Kargaed was Rirorni, a race much hated by the elves of the south, but that was politics and history. This was a question of immediate survival, and it was Ross's opinion that of all the people on the doomed _Pride of Dawn_, Kargaed was the smartest and, with the possible exception of the Veteran Mercenary, Skomaenedh--also a Rirorni, the damned nomads were everywhere you looked these days--had the strongest survival instinct. Sko was smart, too, but he could swim. Kargaed couldn't. And the Chardinee (it was some kind of semi-secret society) was near at hand. Ross couldn't see the Mercenary anywhere. Kargaed's fingers bit into the Guard's arm, but he didn't panic--quite--as they were blown into the water, went under, and finally surfaced amid the wreckage. He coughed and blinked the water from his eyes, looked around. "I think Shanmarrik made a mistake," he said hoarsely. "Thanks for catching me before I drowned." Rossanarth would have shrugged, had circumstances permitted. "I figure we're in this together," he said, "and the two of us together will have a better chance of getting OUT of it than either one alone." "Probably true," Kargaed said. From their position low in the water--just their heads out of it--he couldn't see much. Waves kept slapping him in the face, for one thing. Bits of wood floated near them, and he grabbed one to leave Rossanarth with both arms free. He thought he glimpsed at least one intact ship, but it wasn't near. He noticed the Guard thrust himself upward out of the water almost to his waist, look around quickly, and sink back, going under briefly and emerging. "What's our situation?" "No ships close enough to hail, nobody else alive in the water that I can see-- but I wouldn't have spotted us if I were somebody else--and there seems to be a current carrying us toward the black tower." The Rirorni frowned, then nodded. "I think it may be our duty to pay a visit to the tower, then. Mine, at least, I will choose no desperate mission for others." "I'll go with you," Rossanarth said. DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. There was a colossal fire, but I managed to put it out. I was a fireman in my youth. Doc Felle SPY REPORT So why do I have this bag over my head? Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and I'm going to give you a spy report!. Say good-bye to THE BEARS, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the MIDDLE WAY 10 stable. Most new teams do poorly at first. FINAL FANSTASY III, however, has gotten off to a reasonable start at 2-2-0. Nice job! Hey everybody, watch out for BLACK MAGE #631, who flew up 14 points in the rankings after mashing BALI DARRAS like a melon. Keep your eye on this beast. And falling like a basher in the top ten was BALI DARRAS, who dropped 11 points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with BLACK MAGE #631. Our battling duelmaster DOC FELLE has managed to hold the title, fending off KUNG-FU MASTER's none too subtle advances. Better luck next time, VALAMANTIS. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay. Here is other news that is of note. Death is kind of like a new puppy: he's always around wanting to play. (Ha Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?). Here's some advice: warriors with little wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle. Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in VALAMANTIS have no sense of humor. Or maybe that they were senseless. Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors. Hasta la bye-bye. (Loud choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME DOC FELLE 4139 20 25 1 91 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -RELENTLESS 4148 11 7 2 92 THE BEARS (268) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -HELL STORM 4147 9 3 0 72 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) EB GOLLU 4138 11 34 0 67 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -INFERNO SERPENT 4162 8 3 0 66 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) -COLOSSUS'S FIRE 4164 6 3 0 61 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -HAJJ'IL THAN'NI 4160 8 4 0 41 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME CHIA EDEL 4219 3 0 0 30 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) -DODGE'EM DUDE 4210 4 0 0 24 CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -GOOD BEAR 4200 1 1 0 16 THE BEARS (268) -LAN NAMDRAGORAN 4167 1 0 0 15 THE DAMNED II (423) BLACK MAGE #631 4039 1 0 0 14 FINAL FANSTASY III (414) -TAR PIT 4217 1 0 0 13 THE BEARS (268) -ENSLAVED ANGEL 4178 3 2 0 12 DEVIL'S MAYHEM (421) -JACK OF SHADOWS 4211 2 2 0 10 CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) -LYNN THAO 4190 1 0 0 10 THE DAMNED II (423) BLACK MAGE #717 4042 1 0 0 7 FINAL FANSTASY III (414) -ANGEL DUST 4191 1 1 0 7 THE DAMNED II (423) BALI DARRAS 4221 1 2 0 6 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) ERFIN GORAM 4220 0 3 0 3 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420) -SIR MARIUS 4169 0 1 0 1 THE DAMNED II (423) -CANDY FLOSS COWBOY 4213 0 1 0 1 CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) -PSYCHEDELIC WARLORD 4209 0 1 0 1 CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) -HASSAN I SAHBA 4212 0 1 0 1 CHURCH OF HAWKWIND (427) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? BLACK MAGE #21 4043 0 1 0 FINAL FANSTASY II 414 STONE GOLEM 26 367 NONE BLACK MAGE #367 4041 0 1 0 FINAL FANSTASY II 414 MISTRESS SITALVA 23 367 NONE ALTA CHESS 4137 18 24 0 MIDDLE WAY 10 420 RELENTLESS 4148 364 PERSONAL ADS Inferno Serpent -- I hate snakes. -- Eb Gollu It always surprises me when I find dwarves begging. I don't know why, after all, they could run out of money as well as anybody. Especially since I hear the mines up near Khalhums have closed down. There must be lots of dwarves out of work. -- Bali Darras Enslaved Angel -- (grumpy look) I don't like you. -- Erfin Goram P.S. Because you're so hostile. P.P.S. Someone as pretty as you should be kind. I hear there's a price on the Mordant Deserter's head. What say we send his head back to Mordant and make whoopee on the bounty? His body could go on fighting in the arena; it isn't like he uses his head for anything. -- Chia Edel Buddy Lee -- Bensi graduated, and the other three died. -- Nick P.S. I haven't forgotten that I'm supposed to send you some stuff on rippers, I just haven't gotten it together yet. Liam the Goth -- Boredom can be a problem for inactive gladiators. -- Erfin Goram P.S. I'd like to try a little boredom in MY life! 15 September 2005 HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005. What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of selected arenas has become a far from fun experience. In other words Hammer has had it! The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from his planned sponsorship of any future contests. There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors. Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the time, effort and money spent over the past several years. May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today. Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history. 19 September 2005 I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for five years. Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord Xiang, D2-101 LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS BLACK MAGE #21 was butchered by STONE GOLEM in a unpopular 2 minute Dark Arena fight. BLACK MAGE #367 was slaughtered by MISTRESS SITALVA in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle. DOC FELLE handily defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute one-sided Title match. EB GOLLU was devastated by CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute gory one-sided contest. ERFIN GORAM was outlasted by BLACK MAGE #717 in a 7 minute amateur's competition. BALI DARRAS was luckily beaten by BLACK MAGE #631 in a 7 minute novice's struggle. CHIA EDEL overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR 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| |TOTAL PARRY 4 AIMED BLOW 3 - 0 - 0 100 | |AIMED BLOW 1 TOTAL PARRY 9 - 5 - 0 64 | |WALL OF STEEL 1 LUNGING ATTACK 19 - 11 - 3 63 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 1 STRIKING ATTACK 5 - 4 - 0 56 | |STRIKING ATTACK 1 PARRY-RIPOSTE 4 - 5 - 0 44 | |BASHING ATTACK 1 SLASHING ATTACK 7 - 9 - 0 44 | |PARRY-LUNGE 0 WALL OF STEEL 4 - 7 - 0 36 | |PARRY-STRIKE 0 BASHING ATTACK 3 - 7 - 0 30 | |LUNGING ATTACK 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 - 0 0 | |SLASHING ATTACK 0 PARRY-LUNGE 0 - 1 - 0 0 | Turn 367 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 WALL OF STEEL WALL OF STEEL 1 - 0 PARRY-STRIKE 0 - 0 2 LUNGING ATTACK TOTAL PARRY 2 - 2 PARRY-RIPOSTE 0 - 1 1 STRIKING ATTACK LUNGING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 BASHING ATTACK SLASHING ATTACK 0 - 0 1 PARRY-LUNGE STRIKING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 AIMED BLOW BASHING ATTACK 0 - 1 1 TOTAL PARRY 1 SLASHING ATTACK TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above. The overall popularity leader is DOC FELLE 4139. The most popular warrior this turn was BALI DARRAS 4221. The ten other most popular fighters were ERFIN GORAM 4220, DOC FELLE 4139, BLACK MAGE #717 4042, CHIA EDEL 4219, BLACK MAGE #367 4041, EB GOLLU 4138, BLACK MAGE #631 4039, BLACK MAGE #21 4043, 0, and 0. The least popular fighter this week was BLACK MAGE #21 4043. The other ten least popular fighters were BLACK MAGE #631 4039, EB GOLLU 4138, BLACK MAGE #367 4041, CHIA EDEL 4219, BLACK MAGE #717 4042, DOC FELLE 4139, ERFIN GORAM 4220, BALI DARRAS 4221, 0, and 0.