DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/02/2004    Duedate: 03/15/2004

AMEN-TEI ARENA

DM-63    TURN-322

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ERICKA BEARICKA
MONSTER CHILD (292)
(63-2461) [11-5-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ERICKA BEARICKA                MANTA RAY
MONSTER CHILD (292)            PHISH1 (300)
(63-2461) [11-5-0,100]         (63-2538) [1-0-0,9]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ELENA                          PASSER BY
SITTIN' ON ACES (283)          WAYFARERS (248)
(63-2356) [11-4-0,77]          (63-2513) [8-13-0,45]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAFE HAVEN (270)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WAYFARERS (248)             32
2. MONSTER CHILD (292)         29      SAFE HAVEN (270)
3. PHISH1 (300)                 9      Unchartered Team
4. CAR AND DRIVER (155)         0
5. SAFE HAVEN (270)            -6      PHISH1 (300)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*PHISH1 (300)               1   0  0  100   1/ 1 SAFE HAVEN (270)          9  6 0
 2/ 1 SAFE HAVEN (270)          30  13  3 69.8   2/ 3 MONSTER CHILD (292)       3  0 0
 3/ 2 MONSTER CHILD (292)       11   5  0 68.8   3- 2 CAR AND DRIVER (155)      3  2 0
 4/ 3 SITTIN' ON ACES (283)     15  11  0 57.7   4/ 5 WAYFARERS (248)           3  9 0
 5- 4 CAR AND DRIVER (155)     453 403 25 52.9   5/ 0*PHISH1 (300)              1  0 0
 6/ 5 WAYFARERS (248)          355 435  8 44.9   6/ 4 SITTIN' ON ACES (283)     1  2 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 #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Zorpunt:

     If anyone was aware of a difference in the air of the city, or in the texture of
life and death in the arena, they did not mention it.  Of course, with a stranger
holding a wizard's staff and guarded by...some kind of monsters sitting in the
arenamaster's box, who was going to mention things, even if they DID notice?
     And who, dying messily in the Dark Arena, would mention strange lights and
unexplained whistling noises?  If Arenamaster Kai saw fit to lay down pentagrams and
other designs of colored sand on the arena floor before each fight...well, he WAS the
arenamaster.  No doubt he knew what he was doing.
     It was known that a few managers intended to protest that they had not ordered
the actual, literal death of their warriors, but only formal dismissal from the
gladiatorial system.  But when they came back from the arenamaster's office, they
looked pale and shaken, and they had nothing to tell anyone about the situation.  And
one or two of them didn't come back at all.
                      ***     *****     ***     *****     ***
     "There IS something going on," Penok muttered to Jessie June as they waited in
the ready area for their fight to be called.  "Something bad.  I can feel it in my
bones.  I don't care what the Rau says."  She jerked her head sideways slightly,
indicating Tijiss Rau, the arena steward waiting in the archway just ahead of them.
     "You know Rau," Jessie June muttered back.  "'All for the best in the best of
all possible worlds', that's Rau.  He wouldn't know 'something bad' if he ate it for
dinner and got sick right after."  She eyed the crystals set into the wall of the
arena.  About a third of them were black, the rest were blood red.  They reminded her
of the eyes of spiders.  "If those are purely ornamental, I'll eat 'em."
     "Magic," Cane Toad said flatly, coming up behind the two women.  "Blood magic.
You can smell it in the air.  At least, I can.  There's a lot of it down south where
I come from, and I'd know that smell anywhere."
     "I thought all magic was screwed up because of the Chaos and the Arcanum and
all!" Penok protested.
     The poisonous Toad shook his head firmly.  "Not blood magic.  You spill enough
blood, nothing else matters."
     "And there's always a lot of blood spilled in the arena," Jessie June whispered,
horrified at the possibilities.
     "And the arena's been bloodier since those crystals went up," Cane Toad said.
"There's something bad going down here."

Valamantis:

     Hallie O'Dene went overland from Andoria to the Delarquan Federation.  It might
have been faster to sail--if she could have found a ship going where she needed to
go, or hired one.  But she found herself distrusting the Trier.  The mage Khaldren
had come out of the Trier, after all.  He might have some power over it.  And he was
bound to notice that she and Raoul hadn't come back from the errand he'd commanded.
But these were all logical reasons that she had arrived at to explain her decision to
herself.  In fact, she simply hadn't trusted the Trier at an instinctive level.  She
made her way on foot along the coast to Gelafan, then hired horses as needed for a
fast ride south.  Well...fast!  She might have laughed if she hadn't been so worried.
Six days to Valamantis.  What horrors might the mad wizard have accomplished in six
days?
     Her plan was to take a riverboat up the Feyranse past Mordant to Sibikhas, and
then go by horse again to Delarq Tor.
     But there were towers behind Valamantis, where no towers had been for hundreds
of years.  They had none of the dream-like unreality of the vision towers that
Khaldren had raised over Zorpunt, and that was alarming.  Valamantis was much older
than Zorpunt.  There had once BEEN towers--it was called Old Valamantis now, and it
was in ruins except for the arena where the Bloodgames were held.  On that thought,
Hallie froze briefly, horrified by the realization that there had been Bloodgames
recently, lakes of blood spilled on that ancient soil.  What might Khaldren have
conjured out of that?  She didn't think she wanted to know.

Aruak City:

     The return of a wizard from drowned Krael was news that should reach Andor as
quickly as possible.  It took Raoul two days to reach Aruak City from Zorpunt, longer
than he would have liked, but faster than he had feared.  The Aruaki countryside had
suffered badly during the civil war and from the Chaos contamination just before
that.  People were getting it back into shape now, but there were no horses to be
rented or bought.  Or stolen, come to that.  Walking was faster than riding a plow
horse would've been, even if he could've gotten hold of one of the plowhorses.
     But he was damned glad to see the towers (most of the towers, some were nothing
but stumps) of Aruak city ahead.  He compared their slightly battered appearance with
the towers of Khaldren's Zorpunt and found this much better.  This was REAL.  Maybe
not perfect, maybe not as beautiful as a dream, but real.  He'd take this over the
perfect illusion any day.
     His first goal in the city was the Bulldog Inn.  He needed news, he needed to
contact his manager, and he wanted to alert Adie, the manager of the Tuft Tuggers, to
the danger.  Adie was a magician of some kind--he'd never bothered with the details--
and she could be an important part of the opposition to the Kraelian.  EARLY
opposition, too, before the man got entrenched in Zorpunt.  That might make a
difference.
     The Inn was jammed.  Odd, that.  Aruak City had always had a vigorous dueling
community, but...this many gladiators?  He could barely SEE across the common room,
much less move quickly.  But there was a table of managers in an alcove at the back.
He'd find news there, if he could reach it.
     The Lord Protector took a last look at the crowd, shook his head, and plunged in
under the elbow of a Shew.  The man was too tall for most managers, but there were
always one or two who would give a large gladiator a chance.  From the looks of the
scars, this man had been at it a while, but he was nobody Raoul recognized.  Well,
he'd been away for a long time.  Quite a long time, actually.
     "Raoul!"
     He paused and looked toward the woman whose hand was on his sleeve.  Hair like a
sunrise and wide violet eyes.  "Lady Adeolar!  You're one of the people I wanted to
find.  There--"
     "Not here in the middle of the floor, Raoul."  She drew him to one side and
through an inconspicuous door.  "Jhordeal will be glad to know you are well, but
that's not what you came for, is it?"
     "Glad to know I'm...?"  When had he been in Aruak City last?  Mantor, it was
years ago!  Before the civil war, and he had died....  He took off his hat, looked at
the rounded, dusty crown, ran a hand over his head, and put the hat back on.  No time
to go into that now.  "No, doll, that's not why I came this way.  There's magical
trouble.  Serious magical trouble, I think."
     "You came from Zorpunt?"  She twisted a lock of hair between nervous fingers.
"I have felt something happening there--something dark--"
     He nodded briefly.  "I saw it start, and it's going to be damned dark," he
muttered.  Quickly, he sketched in what he and Hallie had learned of the wizard
Khaldren and his intentions.  "I don't know how he's doing that much magic," he
finished, "because everyone says the Arcanum is in decline and spells aren't working,
but--"
     "He's using blood magic."  The woman's beautiful face hardened.  "It is the
oldest magic and the most primitive.  Almost always used for darkness and
destruction," she muttered, frowning, "even though it doesn't have to be....  It's
the least dependent on the Arcanum, unfortunately, the easiest to pervert, and the
hardest to control once it gets started."  She frowned, twisting the lock of hair
harder.  "In the hands of a powerful wizard with no scruples...."
     "That's what me and Hallie figured," Raoul said, nodding.  "I'm headed for
Andor--the king has to be warned.  And Hallie's taking the warning to Delarq Tor."
     "Yes, of course.  Definitely the right thing to do.  But you need to see your
manager before you leave town, Raoul.  He's been worried about you."  She patted his
arm absently, still frowning.  "I will gather as much information about this wizard
and his spells as I can....  I wish Shania were here, she is so good at that.  Well,
I must work with what I have."  She patted his arm one last time and opened the door
to the inn's main room.  "Off with you, and tell the other managers that...tell them
I have things to do, and I'll add to your news later."

      * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ * }%|[-----+O+-----]|%{ *

                          ---===ANDORIAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): CLOSED MIND of BLACKTHORN ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 483): BLIND LEMON of THE BLUES (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 483): 10% VIGORISH of THE DEATH SQUAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 476): BLOOD MOON of LOST SOULS 1 (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 472): TAZZY TIGER of AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 472): ABSOLUCIOUN of CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 473): DIESEL of WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): SNOTMAN of I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): QUEENSRYCHE of THAT 80'S METAL (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 427): PELICAN of BIRDS (JE, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 421): PURPLE SASH of HARDTIMESINBABYLON (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): GRIM GLADIOLA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 332): LIGHTNING IX of DEATH STUDS VII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 321): ELENA of SITTIN' ON ACES (Generalissimo Puerco, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 143): TOMB of SHADOW GOLD (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 369): MONICA VIRTUESHIELD of KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE from ARUAK CITY
                            (JRK, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 483): MORAL FIBER (Nunzio Frothingslosh, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 483): THE DOGHOUSE (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 476): none
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 472): AUSSIE KILLERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 472): CHAUCERS WORDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 473): WARCKERS (Papaiz, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 468): I TRAINED THEM (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): WIMPS MOST FOWL (Wimpy, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 427): WANDERERS (Leeta, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 421): DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 332): none
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 321): SAFE HAVEN (Keldon Blackfang, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 143): SHADOW SONGS (Shadowgate, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 369): DA AFRO, etc. (?, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 241): MELTDOWN of X-FORCE (Savant, mgr.)
               (turn 240): LUMBERING WAIF of HAPLESS WAIF (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 482): GOLDEN MOMENT of COLORIFIC (Purple People Eater, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 475): GARY CONDIT of THE DEMOCRATS (Al Gore, mgr.)
                           JUSTICE of THE REPUBLICANS (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 471): SARINA of GOLDEN CANYON (Klondike Kate, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 467): SONIC TACO of TRIP OUT (Angus, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 434): QUEENSRYCHE of THAT 80'S METAL (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 188): RED EYE of ASSASSIN NATION (Ghab, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 331): ACUTE of THIEVES GUILD (Hombre, mgr.)
                          GAZREKK of DEMONS OF DARKNESS 2 (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 320): WANDERING JO of WAYFARERS (Leeta, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I'm barely making the deadline here, and I don't really know what to say...but write
I must!  I had intended to regain this position, I just thought I'd be going about it
in a different way.  Wandering Jo, that's two wins for me now but I'd hardly call
them one-sided.  What do you care anyway, you're heading for the Isle.  One way or
another, I think my time here in Amen-Tei is getting short.  Hopefully, I will be
following to the Isle as well, but nothing is certain until the Grey Lady sings,
right?

Best wishes to all,
Elena

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster here with my bag to give you the news on last 
week's fights.  Hey everybody, watch out for JOE CHILL, who flew up 27 points in the 
rankings after mashing DEEVINE like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling 
like a basher in the top ten was DEEVINE, who dropped 23 points after a disappointing 
(to say the least) bout with JOE CHILL.  It's a proud day for the MONSTER CHILD 
stable, as their warrior, ERICKA BEARICKA, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Can you 
believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this stuff?   
     But enough of that bunch, let's get on to the wimps who like to avoid battle!  
And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't avoid CAR AND DRIVER, please raise you 
hand.  Wow.  Does AMEN-TEI really have that many liars?  For those of you who like 
math, try this one:  CAR AND DRIVER + Weapons That go Boom = SITTIN' ON ACES + Avoid 
City.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, PASSER BY would be president.  
Although it may be a contest she doesn't want to win.  TINDEL of SAFE HAVEN had 
better have a good reason for challenging down 8 points in a challenge which he lost. 
I thought TINDEL showed great skill and promise when he was defeated by PASSER BY.  
All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Ask not the elves for counsel, for they 
will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick 
your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ERICKA BEARICKA 2461         11   5  0   100       MONSTER CHILD (292)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FURIOUS TERROR 2248          26  16  0   109       CAR AND DRIVER (155)
-SPEEDWAY 2470                 9   8  0   103       CAR AND DRIVER (155)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ELENA 2356                   11   4  0    77       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JHANA 2233                    7   2  1    58       SAFE HAVEN (270)
-MARIO ANDRETTI 1809           4   2  0    58       CAR AND DRIVER (155)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FREAN 2234                    7   2  0    56       SAFE HAVEN (270)
 JOE CHILL 2527                8   6  0    54       WAYFARERS (248)
-QUINZE 2355                   4   3  0    52       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
 LOCKHEART 2232                6   2  1    50       SAFE HAVEN (270)
 PASSER BY 2513                8  13  0    45       WAYFARERS (248)
 HOBO JO 2520                 10   7  0    37       WAYFARERS (248)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TINDEL 2231                   5   5  1    34       SAFE HAVEN (270)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEEVINE 2230                  5   2  0    31       SAFE HAVEN (270)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANTA RAY 2538                1   0  0     9       PHISH1 (300)
-ARLO 2357                     0   3  0     3       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
-KENJI 2359                    0   1  0     1       SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
 SELAUNAH 2551                 0   1  0     1       WAYFARERS (248)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Jhanna -- You call that a safe haven?  I sure don't! -- Hobo Jo the battered and
unsafe

Tindel -- Yes, we're getting the message.  Safe havens if we lose, but don't try to
come in as a winner.  Sheesh. -- a completely innocent Passer By

Lockhart -- That was definitely un-cool. -- Joe Chill

Elena -- Okay, so I shouldn't have laughed.  But do you know how silly you look
sitting there on a couple of aces? -- Wandering Jo

4 February 2004
Greeting from Jhans, DM 36 -- In 2 turns the kLk will host our first annual "St.
Valentines Day Massacre" in Jhans, arena 36.  (Kill Contest)  The contest will begin
on turn 450.  It will run for 10 turns.  On turn 461 the winners will be announced.
There will be 3 separate categories, the team with the most kills, the alliance with
the most kills, and the warrior with the most kills.  For the manager of the team
with the most kills a PRIZE of 10 ROLL-UPS will be rewarded (or $50 deposited into
his account).  No need to declare yourself in the personals.  If you are in DM 36,
you will be part of the contest whether you like it or not.  We encourage as much
trash talk as you'd like.  All teams, managers, and alliances invited.  Please
contact Polarius (mgr. of Blitzkrieg) in DM 36 with questions.  Or you can email me
at jamieptmo@hotmail.com.  Good luck and see you in the sands. -- Polarius

25 February 2004
Readers, and especially those who volunteered warriors -- My apologies for the sudden
lack of episodes.  I've been sick, but expect to be back at the keyboard soon. -- the
Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FREAN devastated HOBO JO in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
TINDEL lost to PASSER BY in a action packed 1 minute Challenge battle.
ELENA was demolished by ERICKA BEARICKA in a 1 minute uneven Title fight.
JHANA viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute gory contest.
DEEVINE was overpowered by JOE CHILL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match.
LOCKHEART overpowered HAPPY PEASANT in a 2 minute one-sided struggle.
MANTA RAY bested SELAUNAH in a 2 minute novice's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   0 -  1     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-STRIKE       9 -   4 -  1      69  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   4 -  0      64  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  18 -  1      57  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   9 -  1      25  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 322 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         3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  PARRY-STRIKE   
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       ERICKA BEARICKA 2461       11   5  0  100 MONSTER CHILD (292)
LUNGING ATTACK   ELENA 2356                 11   4  0   77 SITTIN' ON ACES (283)
PARRY-STRIKE     JHANA 2233                  7   2  1   58 SAFE HAVEN (270)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    HOBO JO 2520               10   7  0   37 WAYFARERS (248)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ELENA 2356.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
PASSER BY 2513.  The ten other most popular fighters were JHANA 2233, FREAN 2234, 
TINDEL 2231, JOE CHILL 2527, MANTA RAY 2538, ERICKA BEARICKA 2461, LOCKHEART 2232, 
DEEVINE 2230, SELAUNAH 2551, and HOBO JO 2520.

The least popular fighter this week was ELENA 2356.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HOBO JO 2520, SELAUNAH 2551, DEEVINE 2230, LOCKHEART 2232, ERICKA 
BEARICKA 2461, MANTA RAY 2538, JOE CHILL 2527, TINDEL 2231, FREAN 2234, and JHANA 
2233.