DUELMASTERS NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/29/2003    Duedate: 11/11/2003

DAL SHANG ARENA

DM-65    TURN-302

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MASOOD
DARK TOADS (705)
(65-6476) [13-4-2,133]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

AMPLITUR                       POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK TOADS (705)               
(65-6440) [13-3-0,154]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JEANINE                        MAY-LING SHEN
TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)          THE IMMORTALS (199)
(65-6467) [12-15-1,70]         (65-6485) [9-11-0,62]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK TOADS (705)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARK TOADS (705)            26
2. SAND DANCERS (233)          18      FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)
3. THE NORSK (304)             13      Unchartered Team
4. FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)     13
5. THE IMMORTALS (199)          4       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)   28  14  1 66.7   1/ 1 DARK TOADS (705)         11  3 1
 2/ 2 DARK TOADS (705)          62  34  2 64.6   2/ 3 SAND DANCERS (233)        6  9 0
 3/ 3 CRUSADE (605)             33  24  0 57.9   3/ 2 REFUGEES (377)            5  7 0
 4/ 4 TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)    109  81  4 57.4   4/ 5 THE IMMORTALS (199)       3  0 0
 5- 5 PARANOIA (702)            43  35  8 55.1   5/ 6 FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)   3  2 1
 6/ 6 THE IMMORTALS (199)      302 270  7 52.8   6- 4 PARANOIA (702)            2  0 0
 7/ 7 REFUGEES (377)           277 350  7 44.2   7/ 0 THE NORSK (304)           1  1 0
 8/ 8 SAND DANCERS (233)       560 745 12 42.9   8/ 7 TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)     1  2 0
 9/ 0 THE NORSK (304)           19  33  0 36.5   9/ 8 CRUSADE (605)             0  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

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     Bitulf watched silently, listening to the desperate pleas of gladiators with
their managers, asking for one more chance.  Even if death wasn't physically real in
the Dark Arena, every warrior knew it was the end of a career.  The old man shook his
head in disdain, his long, grey streaked hair dancing about his shoulders.  'Meet
your end with some dignity,' he thought to himself.
     A much younger woman placed her hand on his arm.  Though he was getting past his
prime, the arm was still firm and fit enough to wield his scimitar.  Her clear blue
eyes looked at him pleadingly.
     "Bitulf, you don't need to do this. There's a chance the leg will heal enough
for you to keep fighting."
     Bitulf met her gaze and smiled, unable to keep his stern look.  Draumr Vefa had
been like a daughter to him--the whole stable was as dear to him as family, which
made his decision even harder.
     "Perhaps, child, but no matter.  Were it not the leg, it would be some other
ailment."  He took her hand in his and kissed it gently.  "Besides, now that Snorri
has vanished, we need someone to manage the team.  You four may be good warriors, but
you aren't good for much else."
     Draumr smiled, seeing through the poor insult.  "Will you send for Svipa?"
     "In time.  We need five good fighters, and Svipa was one of the best Norsk ever
had."
     Draumr turned her gaze away from Bitulf's piercing brown eyes.  He chuckled
lightly and turned her to face him.  "It's time to put past grievances aside.  We
need to stand beside one another."
     Draumr Vefa glanced around at the waiting doomed.  "Do you think anyone here
will remember us?"
     "It's been a long time.  I only saw one familiar manager on the roster, and
there was no ill will between us."
     A guard came over and jostled Bitulf.  "You're next, old man."
     Bitulf grabbed his scimitar and gave Draumr a kiss on her cheek.  "Good luck on
your own fight.  I'll see you back at the guildhouse."  He stepped through the
portcullis and out onto the blood-drenched sands.

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A few miles north of Dal Shang:

     Damoreth Stenn, dragging the trash bin behind him, opened another cupboard
carefully, standing out of the path of anything that might decide to spring out at
him.  There had been spiders and rats, so far, but he wouldn't be astonished at
something larger.  Not that the rat had been a small one.  It was amazing and
depressing what happened to a house when you left it vacant for a few years.  The
mushrooms in the cellar were okay.  Disconcerting, but okay.  He didn't mind a
mushroom with his steak now and then, and he was almost sure the ones in the cellar
were edible.  But he didn't like spiders, and he'd be damned if he'd eat a rat.  He
took the rake he'd brought with him and dragged the whatever-it-was, mold and all,
out of the closet, catching it neatly in his trash bin.  Several women from the
village had agreed to come in and scrub, once he got rid of the...stuff.  But the bin
was almost full, and he hadn't gotten to the pantry yet.
     He didn't even want to think about the belfry.  What if there were bats!
     Maybe he could make his first house party a Halloweeen-themed gathering....

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                        *--=== LIRITH KAI REGIONAL NEWS ===--*

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 301): MASOOD of DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 274): DURANY of WICKED DESTINY (Bum, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 269): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 256): MOONSTONE of ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 233): STILE of SPLIT INFINITY 2 from DAL SHANG (TigToad)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 301): none
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 274): DARK TOADZ (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 269): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 256): ROCK-ETTS II (Pie-Rite, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 233): SLYTHERIN HOUSE (Salazar Slytherin, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 300): DISORDER of PARANOIA (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 274): VINCENT CRABBE of SLYTHERIN HOUSE (Salazar Slytherin)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 268): THE LARCH of THE JUG O'NAUGHTS (Still, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 255): GUTTERBALL of PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

What gives?  I beat a stand-in and they give me the throne?  It seems I had to work a
lot harder for it the first several times I have had it.  I am challenging no one
this turn, on account that most of the challenger champions are inactive.  If this
turn goes just as expected, we could see three Dark Toads in challenger champions and
no other active warriors.  Sad, people.  It's pathetic to even think this, but the
arena needs Paranoia back.  At least he gave us a challenge.  Ah well, I expect
Amplitur and I will graduate before too many more turns and this will cease to be an
issue. -- Masood

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly DAL SHANG games.  LEOPARD caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested NORMAR THE BLOND and was awarded 
13 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, WAIS put down 
MURGON, causing him to lose 9 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing 
has MASOOD 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 DAL SHANG.  DAL SHANG, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of 
thy guilds is THE IMMORTALS, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels. 
Methinks more than a few here could name the guild it was that spent the better part 
of last week avoiding THE IMMORTALS.  Indeed it was DARK TOADS.  Mighty fighters 
cannot but expect competition from those below.  MAY-LING SHEN take warning!  You 
have more than a few enemies in DAL SHANG.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  I must report the passing of CHURRO THE HOOK, veteran of many 
duels.  15-40-1 final record His was not illustrious--but death plays no favorites.  
This week's duel proved deadly to CHURRO THE HOOK as he fell to the more renowned 
warrior, MASOOD.  How will REFUGEES find revenge?  Some say a warrior is judged by 
the way he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on 
the belt!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in DAL SHANG.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  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 next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  
The wise are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MASOOD 6476                  13   4  2   133       DARK TOADS (705)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AMPLITUR 6440                13   3  0   154       DARK TOADS (705)
-DUREENA 5509                 14   7  0   106       CRUSADE (605)
 HUMAN 6471                   12   7  0    92       DARK TOADS (705)
-LION 5464                    10   1  0    91       FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEPAR 6512                   10   1  0    90       DARK TOADS (705)
-JAGUAR 5462                  10   5  0    89       FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)
-METHADONE 6394               11   4  0    81       PARANOIA (702)
 MARDEN VOSS 6397             19  22  0    79       SAND DANCERS (233)
 JEANINE 6467                 12  15  1    70       TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KOREEN 6490                  12   8  1    66       REFUGEES (377)
 WAIS 6447                    11  13  0    63       DARK TOADS (705)
 MAY-LING SHEN 6485            9  11  0    62       THE IMMORTALS (199)
 DURVAN 6491                  11   9  1    60       SAND DANCERS (233)
-TIGER 5460                    7   7  0    60       FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)
 JESSE TAVAN 6514              8   4  0    59       SAND DANCERS (233)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MURGON 6477                   9  16  0    52       REFUGEES (377)
 JOHN MATHESON 5506            9   8  0    45       CRUSADE (605)
 MING THE TERRIBLE 6482       10  12  0    42       SAND DANCERS (233)
 DRAUMR VEFA 2778              5   3  0    39       THE NORSK (304)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RAND BRESTA 2442              4   6  0    33       THE NORSK (304)
 DILYS TYL KOGAN 6515          5   5  0    32       SAND DANCERS (233)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KONGA DILLI 6519              3   6  0    17       REFUGEES (377)
-BAL ISS 2438                  3   6  0    15       THE NORSK (304)
 LEOPARD 5461                  1   1  1    14       FEROCIOUS FELINES (596)
-GAR ROETH 2847                1   1  0    10       THE NORSK (304)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
NORMAR THE BLOND 2     0  1 0   1                   LEOPARD 5461          302 NONE    
BITULF 2982            0  3 0 THE NORSK 304         BLACK STORM 24        302 NONE    
CHURRO THE HOOK 6335  15 40 1 REFUGEES 377          MASOOD 6476           302         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Marden Voss -- I know you don't pay attention to things like your own advancement,
but you're more deserving of a title shot than a lot of warriors in this arena. --
Amplitur

Jesse Tavan -- You won't get warts unless you win. -- Wais

Jekyll -- Amazingly, I think I'll actually miss your presence. -- TigToad

Churro the Hook -- Hmm, secret life of a Toad?  Now THAT is a truly impressive
ambition.  Anyone who can teach me anything is someone worth keeping around in any
case. -- Human

Human -- That's unamphibian of you, Toad. -- Marden Voss

Dengan the Trader was all out of clever dodges and parries.  Tough luck for him! --
Durvan

May-Ling Shen -- Are you by any chance my secret admirer? -- Ming the Terrible but
hopeful

Korka the Hairy would do well to shave.  As it is, someone's likely to mistake him
for a bear and stick him with a spear. -- Jesse Tavan

Ah, I KNEW they didn't train warriors right in Illis. -- Dilys tyl Kogan

TigToad -- Why, yes, I AM quite intelligent. -- Marden Voss

Jekyll -- I'll look forward to seeing Disorder massacre my warriors in Lirin Kiv. --
Li Dan, Sand Dancers
P.S.  Come back soon.  We'll miss you.

TigToad -- Damoreth Stenn seems determined to throw a big house party at his "lord
protector land" up the coast.  You and your warriors are all invited. -- Li Dan

Everybody else -- You're invited, too.  Just say the word. -- Li Dan
P.S.  It's a lot easier to write long, meaty personals if someone answers.

Wais -- You're an AMAZING student.  Totally amazing. -- Koreen

Lion -- Nobody said I'd have to fight LIONS.  That isn't in my contract. -- Churro
the Hook

John Matheson -- Looks like you've got a little problem there. -- Murgon

Did you know that if you cut off Oltimal's wooden leg, he just falls down and lies
there feebly twitching? -- Konga Dilli

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BITULF was butchered by BLACK STORM in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
MASOOD slaughtered CHURRO THE HOOK in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
AMPLITUR demolished MARDEN VOSS in a crowd pleasing 1 minute uneven fight.
LEPAR bested JEANINE in a 2 minute fight.
HUMAN defeated KOREEN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
MAY-LING SHEN viciously subdued MING THE TERRIBLE in a popular 4 minute bloody duel.
MURGON was beaten by WAIS in a 1 minute master's brawl.
DURVAN overpowered KORKA THE HAIRY in a 1 minute uneven melee.
JOHN MATHESON was vanquished by JESSE TAVAN in a 2 minute gory uneven duel.
DILYS TYL KOGAN was unbelievably bested by KORKA THE HAIRY in a popular 1 minute duel.
KONGA DILLI was overpowered by DRAUMR VEFA in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
LEOPARD assassinated NORMAR THE BLOND in a 1 minute one-sided match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    4         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-LUNGE       13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         LUNGING ATTACK    25 -  15 -  1      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         AIMED BLOW        14 -   9 -  1      61  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   7 -  1      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   19 -  18 -  2      51  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  11 -  0      48  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -  12 -  0      43  |

Turn 302 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  MASOOD 6476                13   4  2  133 DARK TOADS (705)
LUNGING ATTACK   AMPLITUR 6440              13   3  0  154 DARK TOADS (705)
AIMED BLOW       HUMAN 6471                 12   7  0   92 DARK TOADS (705)
TOTAL PARRY      LEPAR 6512                 10   1  0   90 DARK TOADS (705)
BASHING ATTACK   DURVAN 6491                11   9  1   60 SAND DANCERS (233)
WALL OF STEEL    JESSE TAVAN 6514            8   4  0   59 SAND DANCERS (233)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JEANINE 6467.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was MAY-LING SHEN 6485.  The ten other most popular fighters were JEANINE 6467, 
AMPLITUR 6440, DILYS TYL KOGAN 6515, HUMAN 6471, DURVAN 6491, JESSE TAVAN 6514, 
MASOOD 6476, LEPAR 6512, WAIS 6447, and DRAUMR VEFA 2778.

The least popular fighter this week was KONGA DILLI 6519.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JOHN MATHESON 5506, MURGON 6477, MING THE TERRIBLE 6482, MARDEN 
VOSS 6397, CHURRO THE HOOK 6335, LEOPARD 5461, KOREEN 6490, BITULF 2982, DRAUMR VEFA 
2778, and WAIS 6447.