DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/10/2009    Duedate: 02/23/2009

AMEN-TEI ARENA

DM-63    TURN-445

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BILLY JOHNSON
1949 YANKEES (316)
(63-2758) [8-0-1,85]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BILLY JOHNSON                  THOMAS WIGLE
1949 YANKEES (316)             MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)
(63-2758) [8-0-1,85]           (63-2777) [3-0-1,48]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VALNAKORINE                    BILLY JOHNSON
WAYFARERS (248)                1949 YANKEES (316)
(63-2761) [9-11-0,66]          (63-2758) [8-0-1,85]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)     65
2. 1949 YANKEES (316)          15      1949 YANKEES (316)
3. WAYFARERS (248)              6      Unchartered Team
4. DESTROYERS (317)             0
                                       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)   12   3  3 80.0   1/ 1*MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)  12  3 3
 2/ 2 1949 YANKEES (316)        87  47 11 64.9   2/ 2 1949 YANKEES (316)        8  2 0
 3- 3*DESTROYERS (317)           3   2  0 60.0   3/ 3 WAYFARERS (248)           4 11 0
 4/ 4 WAYFARERS (248)          650 717 14 47.5   4- 4*DESTROYERS (317)          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[ + ---:--- + ]H[ The Andorian Succession #23 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

Fratsfa:

     Lenpro looked at the mob in frustration.  It had surged in on the Karnhorn-
looking heckler, so that he and Sunflower were now on the outskirts.  And from the
sound of it, injury was being done, to the heckler for a start, and probably to
others.  His first impulse was to leap into the thick of it and try to stop things,
but that would be folly.  A magician who knew just what to do might stop this many-
headed beast, but nobody else was likely to.  He wasn't going to waste time trying.
     "Can you find which way the kidnapped women were taken?" he asked Sunflower.
     Sunflower jerked her wide-eyed attention away from the swirling violence and
nodded.  "Yes."  She took a deep breath.  Violence in the arena, planned and agreed
to, or even violence in an alley, one-on-one, were things she understood and
accepted.  This was different, and in ways she couldn't articulate yet.  But two
young women kidnapped was something she could get her mind around.  "He... he told
me.  That man.  When I first heard about the kidnapping, he told me the, well, he
said Aruaki--werecats, anyway--he said they went toward the Old Ruins."
     No point in cursing the facts, but Lenpro wasn't happy about it.  The Old Ruins
was the oldest part of the city, long deserted and little more than a maze of rubble.
Even vagrants didn't go there in search of shelter, they went to the New Ruins, or to
slums like this one.  The Old Ruins dated back before the last Chaos War, and they
were said to be contaminated with magic-gone-bad, and haunted by vicious ghosts and
other monsters.
     "Then we'd better go that way," Lenpro said.  "Someone else may have noticed 
something between here and there."
     "Are we just going to leave this?"  Sunflower waved a hand at the packed crowd
from which shouts, screams, and the too-familiar sounds of violence were rising.
     "We have to, child.  There's nothing we can do here to make any kind of
difference, and we'd get ourselves killed if we tried."
     "But it's wrong to do nothing!"
     "Yes, but it would be wrong to throw our lives away, too.  Sometimes choices are
hard, and there's no right answer."  Lenpro started walking.
     She hurried to keep up with him.  "I don't like it."  Took a deep breath.  "I
guess I have to live with it anyway, don't I?"

     Fandil frowned at the young magician facing him.  He was a Fratsfan, tall, slim,
blond, a bit of a dandy in his dress, but also very earnest.  "I... we felt your
probing, sir, just before the blast and wondered whether, well--"
     "The 'blast' as you call it," Fandil said, "what do you make of that?"
     The young man shrugged and looked uncomfortable.  "I... we aren't sure what to
'make' of it," he said.  "We have debated it often--this wasn't the first.  There
were two previous blasts much like it.  Some believe it to be an attack, although
they disagree as to who is being attacked.  Others claim it's purely defensive,
although defensive against what we don't know."
     Fandil sighed.  He had almost hoped this young man would be unimportant.  Not a
complication.  But the fellow clearly had useful data, at the least.  "This 'we' you
refer to...?"
     The young magician pulled himself up straighter and taller.  "The Graduating
Class of 523 from the Frafrejan Academy of the Magical Arts!  Ah, sir.  There are six
of us now--since Larsenjo died.  The first blast caught him wide open.  His head
exploded."  He swallowed a couple of times.  "I was there.  It was really horrible."
     And startling, as well, Fandil thought.  A most unlikely result of such a spell.
But there were aspects of that spell or blast which, looking back, he realized were
definitely not normal.  Ah, make that, not in the commonly established mode of
magical practice.
     "So, you have discussed and debated this matter," Fandil said.  "Have you done
any research on it, reached any conclusions?  By the way, what's your name?"
     "Elosjon, sir.  We, um, we didn't like to do any probing right after that first
blast.  Because of what happened to Larsenjo.  But after a little while, we did try
to backtrack the traces.  It wouldn't have worked at all except for the, I don't know
what to call it, the different flavor?  Of the magic in the blast."
     "And what did you find?"  Why had nobody taught this young man to make a proper
report?  It was like pulling teeth to get information out of him.
     "We did finally narrow down the origin point for it," Elosjon said.  "It comes
to Fratsfa from the west, from the northern end of the Daggerspines."
     "Do you blame it on the Aruaki, then?"
     The young mage sighed.  "We wanted to, we really did.  They're so untrustworthy
it just seemed natural that it might be them.  But it isn't.  At least, we're pretty
sure it isn't.  Not the Clanholds territory, anyway.  It seems to be coming from
around Mountain Home somewhere."
     "Didn't there used to be some kind of independent duchy around Mountain Home?"
Lady Fern asked.  "I seem to remember hearing that the last duke fought the formation
of the Andorian League bitterly, and lost, leaving the line vacant."
     "I don't know about the title," Elosjon said, "but there was a son, very young
then, and he'd only be just beginning to be old if he's still alive.  They were pure
Fratsfan, and naturally long-lived.  My grandfather told me about him.  The boy went
off somewhere to study magic and nothing's been heard about him since."
     "Meaning there could be a fully mature magician in Mountain Home who might be
holding a grudge against the Andorian League," Fandil said.  "An unpleasant thought,
but still, valuable information.  I was going to go to Andor, but perhaps I should go
to Mountain Home first...."

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 305): CONCUSSION of CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 612): DICKY V GOES POSTAL of ARMED & GREGARIOUS (?, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 612): LITTLE BIG MUN of ALL THE MUN'S MEN (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 605): ELLIRN KOUL of MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 601): TCHENI LOY of KRILL CAVALRY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 601): MISS SCARLET of GOTTA GET A CLUE (?, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 598): KNEE BREAKER of ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 594): LITTLE ROCKY of RED DOG GANG (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 563): GRUNT 5 of MEDAL OF HONOR G1 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 554): GOTHELCINA of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 545): BIG DOPE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 253): PULLED HAMSTRING of OTTO'S PARTS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 444): M.T. LANE of WAYFARERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 205): TRYPTOPHAN of SUPERIOR FORCES ZC (Manager, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 467): MAXIMUS of KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 305): CONSANGUINEOUS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 612): TECHNO 8 (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  14 TOBIR (turn 612): THE DOGHOUSE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  22 SOLVEN (turn 605): MIDDLE WAY 15 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  24 ZORPUNT (turn 601): MEDAL OF HONOOR J4 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 601): THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  26 CALEAM (turn 598): ULTRA-VIOLENT (Deep Thought, mgr)
 DM  30 IAYE (turn 594): LENPROS (Lenpro, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 563): BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 554): MEDAL OF HONOR H3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 545): FANDILS (Wise Old Fandil, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 253): THE ORDER (Torak, mgr.)
 DM  63 AMEN-TEI (turn 444): MEDAL OF HONOOR J3 (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 205): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 105 ANDORAK (turn 497): KELLUMBO'S KIDS (Detective Kellumbo, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 304): GOLDENEYE of BONDAGE (Spawn, mgr.)
 DM  11 ARUAK CITY (turn 611): ONEWOLF of WOLFBROTHERS (Doc Steele, mgr.)
 DM  25 LYRATILAN (turn 600): TRELLIN XISS of THE MIDDLE WAY 4 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  40 ZENSU (turn 562): DACEANA LINZ of BEYOND THE PALE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  41 KATI-TEI (turn 554): GOTHELCINA of WANDERERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  46 ARDIVENT (turn 545): BIG DOPE of DEATHTONGUE (Technogeek, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 552): SIZZLING SUNFLOWER of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Kung-Fu Master.  Really, this is ridiculous.

                                     M.T. Lane

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Hey everybody, 
watch out for THOMAS WIGLE, who flew up 21 points in the rankings after mashing HYRAM 
CARTER like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay 
to walk out on the sands.  RASCHI was beat by VALNAKORINE and drops 11 points.  In 
front of all the crowds, BILLY JOHNSON took the Duelmaster's crown for his own.  I 
give the bum two weeks.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger 
halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Well just about everybody wants a piece of 
DONRIC HOLM, who was this week's most challenged warrior.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Here's some advice:  warriors with little wit and will may 
encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  Hasta la 
bye-bye.  (Loud choruses of 'Beat it, ya bum!')-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILLY JOHNSON 2758            8   0  1    85       1949 YANKEES (316)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 M.T. LANE 2720               19  27  0    84       WAYFARERS (248)
 TOMMY HENRICH 2759           11   0  1    82       1949 YANKEES (316)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VALNAKORINE 2761              9  11  0    66       WAYFARERS (248)
 HYRAM CARTER 2728            11  24  0    57       WAYFARERS (248)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RASCHI 2772                   5   3  0    53       1949 YANKEES (316)
-DREADNAUGHT 2693              3   2  0    50       DESTROYERS (317)
 THOMAS WIGLE 2777             3   0  1    48       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)
 YALO TACTSIE 2750             6  20  0    38       WAYFARERS (248)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SERGEANT2 2776                3   0  0    33       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SERGEANT1 2779                2   1  1    23       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)
 ROBERT WILSON 2778            3   0  0    20       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)
 DONRIC HOLM 2781              2   1  0    13       WAYFARERS (248)
 DA1 2775                      1   2  1    12       MEDAL OF HONOR J3 (324)
-KELLER 2780                   1   0  0    11       1949 YANKEES (316)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
POLITE BEGGAR           0  0 0                      DA1 2775              445  NONE
TRUSTWORTHY SCRI        0  0 0                      SERGEANT1 2779        445  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Billy Johnson -- Ah... good fight, I suppose. -- Yalo Tactsie

Tommy Heinrich -- The same, no doubt. -- Hyram Carter

I find the Happy Peasant offensive.  He's TOO happy.  He's up to something. --
Valnakorine

Sergeant1 -- My, you are a tall one. -- Donric Holm

We are sad to see Bobby Brown go, not because he's made an impression on the arena
but simply because there are so few faces here that losing a familiar one is a
wrench.  So I guess that means he's made an impression. -- M.T. Lane and the
Wayfarers

We salute the gladiators of Amen-Tei who fought in the tourney, with special
congratulations to Dreadnaught, Tourney Champion at the Initiates level.  Does this
mean you'll now stay inactive to time for the next tourney?  That would be a loss. --
Jorja and the Wayfarers

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SERGEANT2 devastated DONRIC HOLM in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
M.T. LANE was viciously subdued by BILLY JOHNSON in a 2 minute uneven Title battle.
TOMMY HENRICH won victory over VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute brawl.
RASCHI was defeated by VALNAKORINE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
YALO TACTSIE was bested by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 2 minute gory duel.
HYRAM CARTER was bested by THOMAS WIGLE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ROBERT WILSON unbelievably bested CULT MEMBER in a dull 5 minute fight.
DA1 viciously butchered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute gruesome beginner's duel.
SERGEANT1 assassinated TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   2 -  1      87  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         WALL OF STEEL      5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         AIMED BLOW         7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -  11 -  3      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   3 -  1      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -  17 -  0      19  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 445 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         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  BILLY JOHNSON 2758          8   0  1   85 1949 YANKEES (316)
WALL OF STEEL    TOMMY HENRICH 2759         11   0  1   82 1949 YANKEES (316)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   RASCHI 2772                 5   3  0   53 1949 YANKEES (316)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VALNAKORINE 2761.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was BILLY JOHNSON 2758.  The ten other most popular fighters were TOMMY HENRICH 
2759, VALNAKORINE 2761, YALO TACTSIE 2750, THOMAS WIGLE 2777, M.T. LANE 2720, DA1 
2775, SERGEANT1 2779, SERGEANT2 2776, RASCHI 2772, and DONRIC HOLM 2781.

The least popular fighter this week was ROBERT WILSON 2778.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were HYRAM CARTER 2728, DONRIC HOLM 2781, RASCHI 2772, SERGEANT2 
2776, SERGEANT1 2779, DA1 2775, M.T. LANE 2720, THOMAS WIGLE 2777, YALO TACTSIE 2750, 
and VALNAKORINE 2761.