DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/09/2003    Duedate: 12/22/2003

AMEN-TEI ARENA

DM-63    TURN-316

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GORDIAN
WHY KNOT (201)
(63-2104) [17-7-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GORDIAN                        ELENA
WHY KNOT (201)                 SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
(63-2104) [17-7-0,111]         (63-2356) [7-2-0,69]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SPEEDBUMP                      GORDIAN
WAYFARERS (248)                WHY KNOT (201)
(63-2376) [19-37-0,94]         (63-2104) [17-7-0,111]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WAYFARERS (248)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE BIZZLE (295)            52
2. SITTIN' ON ACES (283)       12      WAYFARERS (248)
3. WHY KNOT (201)               4      Unchartered Team
4. SAFE HAVEN (270)            -1
5. WAYFARERS (248)             -1      THE BIZZLE (295)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*THE BIZZLE (295)           3   0  1  100   1/ 1 WAYFARERS (248)           8  7 1
 2/ 0*SAFE HAVEN (270)          11   4  2 73.3   2/ 0*THE BIZZLE (295)          3  0 1
 3/ 2*SITTIN' ON ACES (283)      9   9  0 50.0   3/ 2 WHY KNOT (201)            3  0 0
 4/ 4 WAYFARERS (248)          350 414  8 45.8   4/ 0*SAFE HAVEN (270)          2  1 0
 5/ 5 WHY KNOT (201)           139 219  7 38.8   5/ 4*SITTIN' ON ACES (283)     2  3 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[ Andorians Abroad #20 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Skaithvarn:

     Raoul glanced over his shoulder, but Dankilvan's mansion was already out of
sight around one of the street's numerous curves.  He wasn't sure Berdan had even
noticed their departure yet; at least, the Fratsfan wasn't coming along behind them.
He shrugged and turned forward again.  As he'd told Hallie, they could do this
mission without Berdan if they had to, and looked like that was the way it was going
to be.  He looked at the Delarquan.  "Tell us more about these vampires in Leemith,
doll.  Are they going to be a problem to deal with?  Do they attack chance
travelers?"
     "Well...not instantly, anyway."  Hallie pulled a couple of pocket-sized leather
folders from a belt pouch, handing one to each gladiator.  "These are passes signed
by Lord Dankilvan and naming you as being on business for Istoreth.  If you get a
chance to show the pass, that should give you some protection.  Of course, if we meet
someone who's working for, oh, Sharvan or Pantiello, or even Ulm, maybe, then the
passes will get us INTO trouble...."
     "Those being other city-states here, I take it?"
     "Yep.  The Ulmers are probably okay, they've got some kind of trade treaty with
Convincia.  But if the Leemin don't want whatever it is your Peranis is selling, I
bet the Sharvanese will."
     "These Sharvanese have Delarquan ties?" Jeri asked.
     "No, ISTORETH has Delarquan ties," Hallie corrected her.  "Sharvan isn't a
player in Trier politics.  Yet.  But they want to be."
     "And Peranis' book of names and blackmail material would give them their ticket
to the party," Raoul finished.  "Damn."  He scowled at the crowded street and the
city gate ahead of them without seeing any of it.  "What's the political stance of
this Leemith place?"
     "Mostly they just want to be left alone," Hallie answered promptly.  "If they
buy the list of names, it would be some lord doing it for personal profit, I would
guess.  Nobody's ever suggested they want to be a power in the Trier."
     Raoul nodded, his attention returning to his companions.  "So Peranis might be
able to sell it in Leemith if he's in a hurry, but he'd probably get more money, and
cause more trouble for Andorian, if he takes it to Sharvan?"
     "Yes.  That'd be how I see it."  Hallie glanced at Raoul.  "Whose names are on
this list?"
     "According to Berdan, noblemen, politicians, merchants, even some arena
managers--people who make a big noise in Andorian politics and the Andorian economy."
     "People with secrets they'd pay a lot--or do a lot--to keep hidden."
     "Right."
     "Hmm."  Hallie showed her own pass at the city's gate and indicated her
companions with a gesture.  "They're with me."  She led the way through the gate and
onto the open road.
     "We might've asked how long ago Peranis went through," Jeri said, urging her
mount up beside Hallie's.
     "I already did.  Two days.  It's one day from here to Leemith, another day to
Ulm, a third to Sharvan, moving at a normal traveling pace.  Peranis may already have
made his deal in Leemith, if he found a purchaser there."
     Raoul glanced at the sky.  It was midmorning, clear and crisp.  Maybe eight
hours of daylight left, he judged.  "Let's pick up our pace a little, then, so we can
make inquiries in Leemith this evening."
                       ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     The road hugged the coast, sometimes running along the narrow, stony beach,
sometimes veering inland to cross small, steep-sided valleys, occasionally clinging
to a cliff above the water.  They met no one coming from the south, and were
overtaken by no coming from behind them.  There were no villages or inns along the
road.  A dense pine forest covered most of the land near the road.
     "You could BELIEVE in vampires in a place like this," Jeri muttered, twisting to
reach the cloak tied behind her saddle.  The temperature had dropped steadily all
morning, and now, looking north, she saw why.  A bank of clouds filled the northern
sky with shades of slate and charcoal.
     "Of course.  What's to disbelieve?  I never argue with the facts, doll," Raoul
said.  He glanced over at her--they were riding all three abreast--and followed her
gaze northward.  "Damn.  Any place along here where we could take shelter?"
     "Not that I know of," Hallie admitted, squinting at the clouds uneasily.  "We
might come across something, I suppose, but would YOU trust any shelter you found
along here under these circumstances?  Bound to be a disaster waiting to happen."
     "We don't have much choice," Jeri argued.  "If we can find ANYTHING, a house, a
ruin, a CAVE, even, I'm for it!"  She kicked her horse into a better pace.  "We know
there's no shelter behind us, almost all the way back to Istoreth, so--"  The horse
seemed to share her dislike of storms and willingly shifted into a pounding gallop
down the hill into the next little valley.
     Almost hidden among the trees was the curved stone wall of a stubby tower.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in AMEN-TEI this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  On their very first turn, THE BIZZLE had a 
3-0-1, and with this kind of luck or skill, should do well.  Welcome to AMEN-TEI.  
And let's see, PIZNAUL JIZNOKE fought TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE and gained 20 points and 
contributed to THE BIZZLE's 3-0-1.  JOE CHILL has lost to ELENA, falling 6 points, 
while helping make WAYFARERS a 2-3-0 turn.  Defending his title for another turn, 
GORDIAN kept WAYFARERS' warrior, SPEEDBUMP, from claiming the throne.  Tell me, is 
nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Swinging Aardvark 
uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  We'd like to remind certain teams not to rob the graves of their 
enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered rude.   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in AMEN-TEI again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GORDIAN 2104                 17   7  0   111       WHY KNOT (201)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPEEDBUMP 2376               19  37  0    94       WAYFARERS (248)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WANDERING JO 2411            21  22  3    88       WAYFARERS (248)
 ELENA 2356                    7   2  0    69       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HOBO JO 2520                  8   3  0    56       WAYFARERS (248)
 PASSER BY 2513                7   8  0    41       WAYFARERS (248)
 JOE CHILL 2527                6   2  0    39       WAYFARERS (248)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TINDEL 2231                   2   2  1    27       SAFE HAVEN (270)
 JHANA 2233                    3   0  1    25       SAFE HAVEN (270)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 QUINZE 2355                   2   3  0    23       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
 FREAN 2234                    3   0  0    22       SAFE HAVEN (270)
 PIZNAUL JIZNOKE 2495          1   0  0    20       THE BIZZLE (295)
 HYDRO ON THE D-LO 2494        1   0  1    16       THE BIZZLE (295)
 F'SHIZZLE M'NIZZLE 2492       1   0  0    16       THE BIZZLE (295)
-LOCKHEART 2232                2   1  0    14       SAFE HAVEN (270)
-DEEVINE 2230                  1   1  0     9       SAFE HAVEN (270)
 ARLO 2357                     0   3  0     3       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
 KENJI 2359                    0   1  0     1       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
POLITE BEGGAR 4        0  1 0   1                   HYDRO ON THE D-L 2494 316 NONE    

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HANGMAN 1631          10 11 1 WHY KNOT 201          SEVERIN 2394          313         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- I've been restored, good as new!  Hey, where did everybody go?  I'll have to
get my fellow 'Aces' to come join us. -- Elena

Gordian -- Knot again! -- Speedbump

Well, normally I'd say I didn't mean to kill that standby, but she made some really
offensive suggestions, and the natural revulsion overpowered me...and her. --
Wandering Jo

Elena -- I guess I just have to keep on passing by. -- Passer By

They ought to call it the Stupid Peasant. -- Hobo Jo

Or the Stupid, Uncool Peasant. -- Joe Chill

Wow, we're all the way up to SEVEN active warriors here!  I'm amazed.  Stunned. --
Schendirk

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GORDIAN viciously subdued SPEEDBUMP in a action packed 1 minute master's Title fight.
WANDERING JO was handily defeated by VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ELENA vanquished JOE CHILL in a popular 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PASSER BY defeated QUINZE in a action packed 1 minute master vs. amateur match.
HOBO JO overpowered TINDEL in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
ARLO was viciously subdued by JHANA in a 5 minute gruesome novice's competition.
FREAN won victory over KENJI in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
PIZNAUL JIZNOKE vanquished TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven fight.
HYDRO ON THE D-LO slaughtered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
F'SHIZZLE M'NIZZLE overpowered POLITE BEGGAR in a 2 minute one-sided melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  20 -  1      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   3 -  1      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL      1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -  13 -  2      35  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         STRIKING ATTACK    1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 316 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 -  2         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   GORDIAN 2104               17   7  0  111 WHY KNOT (201)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HOBO JO 2520                8   3  0   56 WAYFARERS (248)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SPEEDBUMP 2376.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GORDIAN 2104.  The ten other most popular fighters were ELENA 2356, PASSER BY 
2513, JHANA 2233, FREAN 2234, F'SHIZZLE M'NIZZLE 2492, HOBO JO 2520, KENJI 2359, 
PIZNAUL JIZNOKE 2495, JOE CHILL 2527, and QUINZE 2355.

The least popular fighter this week was HYDRO ON THE D-LO 2494.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ARLO 2357, WANDERING JO 2411, SPEEDBUMP 2376, TINDEL 2231, 
QUINZE 2355, JOE CHILL 2527, PIZNAUL JIZNOKE 2495, KENJI 2359, HOBO JO 2520, and 
F'SHIZZLE M'NIZZLE 2492.

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

GORDIAN (63-2104) WHY KNOT (201)

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XXXII

ELIGIBLES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DIS-MOUNT 1970 (46-21-1)               8  2  0         DIS-TEAM             
MANUS 1783 (55-23-1)                   8  2  0         BAILE BEAG           
BLUNT FORCE 2186 (36-14-2)             2  3  0         CAR AND DRIVER       
DIS-EMBOWEL 2025 (41-35-0)             2  3  0         DIS-TEAM             

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DRIVEN 2398 (25-5-1)                   4  3  0         CAR AND DRIVER       
NASTY NITTERS 2383 (17-23-2)           1  3  0         TOMATO ENFORCER      
AVARICIOUS AVON 2388 (22-18-0)         0  2  0         TOMATO ENFORCER      

CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DIS-FUNCTIONAL 2223 (7-2-0)            7  3  0         DIS-TEAM             
DIS-COMBOBULATE 2222 (8-1-1)           2  3  0         DIS-TEAM             
SEXTANT 2415 (8-7-0)                   1  3  0         SAILS OF CHARON      
CURVACEOUS CORRY 2387 (8-7-0)          0  2  0         TOMATO ENFORCER      

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SEVERIN 2394 (4-3-1)                   0  2  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 2   

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JOKER'S WILD 2533 (1-1-0)              2  3  0         WAY OF THE BLADE 2   

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MANTA RAY 2538 (0-0-0)                 2  3  0         PHISH1               
GOLD SHINER 2540 (0-0-0)               0  2  0  DEAD   PHISH1               

DEAD CHAMPIONS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DELILAH 2015 (8-6-0)                   5  3  0         HEART OF DARKNESS    
LACE 2238 (8-6-0)                      2  3  0         NO INDICATION        

DEAD ADEPTS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ELENA 2356 (5-2-0)                     8  2  0         SITTIN' ON ACES      
RILEY THE RUTHLESS 2372 (5-6-1)        3  2  1  DEAD   TOMATO ENFORCER      
NITWIT 2290 (2-1-0)                    3  3  0         WIMPS OF CHAOS       

DEAD APPRENTICES TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
CUTSHOT 2472 (1-1-0)                   3  3  0         NO INDICATION