DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/03/2009    Duedate: 06/16/2009

DAL SHANG ARENA

DM-65    TURN-446

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

OCTAVIA
TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
(65-6890) [16-5-2,109]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

OCTAVIA                        POSITION IS EMPTY
TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)     
(65-6890) [16-5-2,109]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GRIZOLPOP                      LOEKER SMITH
SAND DANCERS (233)             SAND DANCERS (233)
(65-6984) [11-6-4,89]          (65-7022) [1-1-0,4]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAND DANCERS (233)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)  16
2. MIGHTY DUCKS (720)           0TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
3. LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)     0      Unchartered Team
4. HOUSE OF CARDS (380)         0
5. SAND DANCERS (233)         -17      CLAN OF FOOLS (326)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 3 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)       365 315 18 53.7   1/ 2 SAND DANCERS (233)        8  6 1
 2/ 7 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724) 329 341 30 49.1   2/ 3 TIL DEATH DO US PA (724)  7  7 0
 3- 8 LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)  85  90  4 48.6   3- 1 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)        6  4 0
 4/ 9 SAND DANCERS (233)       957 %1052 28 47.6   4- 4 HOUSE OF CARDS (380)      2  0 0
 5-11 HOUSE OF CARDS (380)      37  58  2 38.9   5- 5 LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)  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

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The ruins near Ini Palel:

     Savra walked around the black bones of the dragon, chanting her spell over and
over again.  She had been at it for hours now, and Hobgoblin was getting impatient.
Irritated.  More irritated.  She had told him it would take time and that, "This is
not going to be a normal reanimation."
     But he didn't care, that was just details.  He wanted it done NOW.  "Hurry up,
witch!" he spat.
     "This has to be done just right," she muttered, not looking away from her work.
"If I'm not careful, we may not get its soul.  Don't interrupt me on this again.  It
needs to be just right, and it will take some time yet.  He has been dead a long
time.  And I'm not a witch."
     Hobgoblin had a hot retort on the tip of his tongue, but after a moment he
shrugged and turned away.  Toward Tennerus, who was sitting with his back to the wall
and his head on his knees.  So weak.  So pathetic.  He snorted.  Tennerus had seemed
strong and decisive inside his own castle, and behind his army.  Even when he stood
behind me, Hobgoblin noted.  But it all fell apart, and now look at him.  He shook
his head and walked over to the prisoner.
     "On your feet, Tennerus," he growled.  "Don't fall to pieces... yet."  When the
man didn't move right away, Hobgoblin kicked him.
     Slowly, Tennerus pushed himself to his feet, being careful not to put too much
pressure on his wounded hand.  Fractured Skull stood back, silent and watching.
     "Look at yourself!" Hobgoblin sneered.  He started to say something else, then
paused when the torchlight reflected off moisture on the man's face.  "Are you
crying?"
     Tennerus looked away.
     "The Great Tennerus!  Crying--HA!"  His lips curled in a deeper sneer, baring
jagged teeth.  He grabbed his prisoner by the collar and pulled him closer so that
their faces were mere inches apart.  "If you're scared that you might not survive,
don't be, Tennerus.  Because you're NOT going to survive.  No need to worry about
that.  Trust me."  He pushed Tennerus back against the wall and watched him slide
down to the floor again.  "Be a man for... whoever you believe in's sake.  If any god
will have you."
     Hobgoblin turned his back.  There was no pleasure in baiting a worm.  He watched
Savra instead.  She was still working at the spell, her movements almost like a
dance.  Move once one way, then back the other, her hands waving in a strange
pattern.  Always coming within inches of the dragon skeleton but never quite touching
it.  She was chanting something, almost singing it, but he couldn't make out the
words.
     *who are you?*
     The voice was not one he recognized, and it seemed to come out of nowhere, a
harsh whisper that pierced his ears and rattled around in his head.  Hobgoblin looked
at Fractured Skull, who was just standing next to the doorway, then at Tennerus who
was huddled against the wall again.
     *why are you disturbing me?*
     "Do you hear that?" Hobgoblin asked Fractured Skull
     The former gladiator shook his head.  "Hear what?"
     Hobgoblin smiled and walked back toward the dragon's remains.  It was talking to
him telepathically, he now realized.  Savra was still doing her ceremony and didn't
seem to have heard it, nor had Fractured Skull nor Tennerus.  He wondered why he was
the only one.
     *you smell of Nidra and that pathetic wind magic*
     Nidra?  Is that--
     *DON'T TOY WITH ME, ARDENA BENYA!!!*  The voice roared like thunder in
Hobgoblin's head.  *I can smell you, too, and you will NEVER take me back to Turina*
     Hobgoblin looked down at the sword scabbarded at his belt, then pulled it free.
The blade was white now, bright white, with light pulsing in it.  He checked on
Savra.  She seemed to be in a trance, still working her necromantic spells.  A green
fog now completely encased the dragon's black bones, swirling in and out of the giant
rib cage and wrapping around the wing bones, flowing down its spine all the way to
the tip of its tail.
     Hobgoblin walked up to the head of the dragon, which was much larger than his
whole body.  He formed thoughts without speaking them--no need to let his minions 
hear what he was saying!  *I'm not Ardena, and don't want to take you to Turina.  I
have Ardena Benya trapped, as well as the rest of those fools that hunt you--*
     *NO ONE HUNTS ME!!!*  The whole chamber shuddered.  *I, Kot'neth, DO THE
HUNTING!!!*
     Hobgoblin took a couple of steps back.  Fractured Skull's eyes widened; that was
the first time he had ever seen Hobgoblin appear to be afraid, and that didn't make
him feel any better about this already very uncomfortable situation.
     *forgive me, Kot'neth.  I meant no disrespect to you*  Hobgoblin knelt down,
placing the sword Windsong in front of the dragon's skull.  *that, your magnificence,
is Ardena Benya and Nidra*
     A soft red glow formed in the empty eye sockets of the dragon's skull.  Savra
kept working on the spell.  Hobgoblin stepped back again, then motioned for Fractured
Skull to bring over Tennerus.  A small shudder rippled down the spine of the great
beast, causing the tail to flip when it reached the farthest end.  The thud of that
echoed throughout the chamber.  Hobgoblin grabbed Tennerus by the arm and placed the
man between himself and the dragon.  Before Tennerus had a chance to fight, he kicked
him in the back of the knees, causing him to fall hard into a kneeling position.
     Tennerus barely felt the shock and the pain when his knees met the hard stone
floor.  On that floor in front of him was the sword Windsong.  This was the only
chance he had, the only action he could take now, and he had to get it right.  If he
was going to die, then maybe he could take this demon with him.  He took a couple of
deep breaths, gathered all his courage, then grabbed the sword and jumped up,
starting to turn.  All Hobgoblin's attention was focused on the dragon.  This was his
chance, the only chance he was going to get--
     Tennerus never saw the dragon move as it came alive, never knew what happened to
him as the jaws closed over his body.  Every bone was crushed, and the sword Windsong
clattered across the floor to Hobgoblin's feet.
     Fractured Skull took a few steps back until he came up against the frame of the
huge doorway; his eyes were fixed on the skeletal frame of the dragon.  Every bone of
it was now moving.  As he watched, muscle was beginning to form, blood vessels and
organs, a hint of scales.  Savra continued weaving her spell, which was clearly
working better than even Hobgoblin had expected.
     Blood and other parts of Tennerus dripped and fell from the teeth of the dragon
Kot'neth as it lowered its head toward Hobgoblin.  Veins formed and spread across the
skull, and the eyes were developing.
     *I know who you are*  The light in the dragon's eye sockets condensed and became
a fire in the back of its eyes.  For the first time, it spoke so that everyone could
hear.  "Ahringol told me about you, Hobgoblin."

At the edge of the ruins:

     "What is this place?" Man-O-War asked.
     "These ruins are what is left of an ancient city from before the Chaos Magic
fell.  I won't lie to you about this," the Clawmoon agent said, "this place is Evil.
There are stories about this place.  Stories people tell their children to keep them
from being bad.  Stories you hear in taverns from old treasure hunters...."
     "You mean looters and grave robbers?" Sitha asked.  She raised an eyebrow.
     The Clawmoon agent looked down at her.  "You're right, we have our share of, ah,
undesirables, let us call them, even here in the Twisted Lands.  But, correct me if
I'm wrong, we are after one of yours here tonight, correct?"
     "He is NOT one of ours!" she countered.
     "Okay, okay, let's stay focused here," Man-O-War said, stepping between the two.
"Please lead us to this tomb."
     "Just remember that you're only alive because we allowed it to be so."  The
agent moved forward.

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 619): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 621): CARLOTTA of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 617): MAREY D'NUIT of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 615): TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 613): ARCHIPPUS of TROUBLED WATERS (Anti, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 606): LIME of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 304): ULL HARDHAMMER of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 603): ANDRONICUS of THE REPUBLIC (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 592): MURSKAN PATRIOT of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 554): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): JACOB MARLEY of PHANTOM REGIMENT (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): JUSTICE FOR ALL of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 263): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 482): SPLAT of THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 469): VIKI of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 449): ZOE ALDIN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 445): GRIZOLPOP of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 409): MORO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): JAGINRU of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 391): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (NON, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 507): AIN GOBLINBANE of ECCENTRIC DWARVES (Banthius, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 619): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 621): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 617): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 615): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 613): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 307): ODIN'S CHOSEN (Heathen Hatebred, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 606): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 304): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 603): DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 592): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 554): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 262): CRIMINAL MINDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 482): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 469): ANDORIA (?, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 449): AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 445): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 212): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 409): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 391): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 507): I'M HISTORY et al (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 615): NECROPALYSE of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 614): QUINTUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 306): OPASAN of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
                          MANKILLER of DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 606): CALLISTO of VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 303): THERMOPYLAE of WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 601): PITT of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 554): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 282): SHADOWCAT HAMMER of MUTANT HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 276): NIKKO of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                 (turn 275): NILES of SECOND BANANAS (Manniquin, mgr.)
                             BLACKENED of OF WOLF AND MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
                 (turn 274): KILLING JOKE of INDIFFERENCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 468): ACIDULOUS of ELOQUENT KNIGHTS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 444): MAN-O-WAR of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 409): MORO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 402): JAGINRU of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     If you're going to engage in adventuring, young man, you need to brush up your
combat skills.  It's DANGEROUS out there! 

                                     Grizolpop 

P.S.  Good thing you were graduated when that happened! 

                                      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.  Former top team MIGHTY DUCKS was 
unseated this week as SAND DANCERS moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot 
with a 3-2-0 record for the round.  LUISENYA caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested BOBIKA VHETT and was awarded 18 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, LUISENYA put down 
BOBIKA VHETT, causing him to lose 17 points of recognition in the process.  The city 
has turned out in honor of OCTAVIA, for with hers arena victory she may now lay claim 
to the highest position in the city!  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!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In DAL SHANG "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  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!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far off 
city calling to me.  I must away!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks 
slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- 
Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OCTAVIA 6890                 16   5  2   109       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SORRELISHE 6985              12   5  1    91       SAND DANCERS (233)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GRIZOLPOP 6984               11   6  4    89       SAND DANCERS (233)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHIANA 6807                  14  13  0    66       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
 LUISENYA 6992                 8   5  1    58       SAND DANCERS (233)
-FLIGHTLESS DUCK 6982          8  10  1    58       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-*HAPPY PHANTOM* 5943          7   2  0    54       LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)
-DUCK CUTLETS 6981            14   6  0    48       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
-*CRUCIFY* 5961                6   8  0    44       LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)
-VENGEFUL DUCK 6994            2   9  0    43       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CHINA 6101                    7   4  0    42       LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (384)
 BOBIKA VHETT 6914             6   7  0    39       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
-STUTTER DUCK 7000             5   0  0    39       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHAEGO SARILDAN 6995          6   5  0    31       SAND DANCERS (233)
-LAST BEST DUCK 7001           4   1  1    27       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 KARMA 6925                    3   6  0    24       TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KALLI ELISABETH 7003          2   0  0    20       HOUSE OF CARDS (380)
 LOEKER SMITH 7022             1   1  0     4       SAND DANCERS (233)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Flightless Duck -- Well, you could take a boat, couldn't you? -- Sorrelishe

Last Best Duck -- Consider that loss my gift to you for a bright future.  The
"undefeated" business is too dangerous for a serious gladiator. -- Luisenya

Stutter Duck -- Insidious!  I paused, trying to understand what you were saying--a
jeer of some sort, I thought?--and before I realized what was happening, you'd
smacked me twice and won the fight.  Disconcerting. -- Chaego Sarildan

This Two-Finger dude isn't much of a challenge, is he? -- Loeker Smith

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GRIZOLPOP was devastated by OCTAVIA in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
SORRELISHE won victory over CHIANA in a 1 minute gruesome battle.
LUISENYA demolished BOBIKA VHETT in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KARMA devastated LOEKER SMITH in a 3 minute one-sided contest.
CHAEGO SARILDAN overpowered POLWHIS THE CANDLE in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -   1 -  1      92  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   25 -  24 -  1      51  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -  13 -  0      46  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  23 -  4      38  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         AIMED BLOW         3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         TOTAL PARRY        4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  14 -  0      30  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -  18 -  0      18  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   6 -  0      14  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 446 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  OCTAVIA 6890               16   5  2  109 TIL DEATH DO US PART (724)
SLASHING ATTACK  SORRELISHE 6985            12   5  1   91 SAND DANCERS (233)
LUNGING ATTACK   GRIZOLPOP 6984             11   6  4   89 SAND DANCERS (233)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GRIZOLPOP 6984.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LOEKER SMITH 7022.  The ten other most popular fighters were CHAEGO SARILDAN 
6995, OCTAVIA 6890, SORRELISHE 6985, LUISENYA 6992, KARMA 6925, GRIZOLPOP 6984, 
CHIANA 6807, BOBIKA VHETT 6914,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was BOBIKA VHETT 6914.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were CHIANA 6807, GRIZOLPOP 6984, KARMA 6925, LUISENYA 6992, 
SORRELISHE 6985, OCTAVIA 6890, CHAEGO SARILDAN 6995, LOEKER SMITH 7022,  0, and  0.

                                  Daydream Believer

You once thought of me,
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be...

It's true.  I'm gone.  I've punched my ticket to Immortality and I'm off to the Isle.
I know a lot of you are wondering what it is about me that has made me so successful.
I wish I knew for sure.  I think it has more to do with intangibles (knack) than it
does with design, bonuses and favorites.  I'll let you decide.

Daydream Believer (PR) 17-14-4-17-7-8-17  Poor Endurance--Good Damage
I -- 8 (+1)  R -- 13  A -- 14 (+4)  P -- 14 (+4)  Df - 8  Dc - 6 (+3)

I know what you're thinking, "WTF, that guy looks like a 98 lb weakling!"  Sigh...I
prefer to think my physical characteristics are ideally suited for a finesse style.
As for my bases, I know they aren't much to look at.  After all, I am a PR.  I'm
fortunate to be blessed where I need it the most--attack and parry.

Okay, so I've got nice bases with bonuses in the right spots.  What about favorites?
Did I know them in advance or did I change them?  The answer is no, I had no idea
what they were for sure until I recieved my graduation announcement.  I would be
happy to tell you what my favorites are but I don't think my clone, Jumpinjack Flash,
would be very happy with me if I did.  Let's just say that from the moment I stepped
on the sands as a Rookie I used the same strategy in EVERY fight.  The only thing I
ever changed was armor (early on vs. TP's) and attack/defend locations.  That should
give those of you who have faced me more than once something to think about.

You may be interested to know that I am all natural.  I haven't had a prize of any
type used on me.  I'm a freak of nature.  It just goes to show you never know when a
guy like me will walk into your guildhouse looking for work as a gladiator.  It's up
to you to spot the potential and nuture it along.

I'm going to list my tourney results and records versus each style.  It isn't meant
to be a brag--I just thought you might find it interesting and a lot easier than
looking it up yourself.  Enjoy!
     Tourneys:  Rookies: 15-1-3 TC.  Initiates: 15-3-3 TV.  Adepts: 16-2 TC.
Champs: 13-1-1 TC.  Rookies--Champs record: 59-7-7 (.894)  Challengers: 9-3 TV.
Challengers: 15-1-1 TC.
 
Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)  Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up
(Teevella-LU)  Challengers: 7-3  Challengers: 11-3-2 TV  Challengers: 11-3-1 TV
 Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)

Challengers: 12-3 TV.  Challengers record: 104-25-4 (.806).  Career Tourney record:
163-32-11 (.836)  TC's: 4  TVs: 8 (3 Runner-ups)  Arena record: 5-0-1  Grudge
matches: 3-0

Total record: 171-32-12 (.842)  Tourney record vs all styles:  AB: 7-11  BA: 6-0-1
LU: 46-9-4  PL: 5-1-1  PR: 2-0  PS: ---  SL: 9-2  ST: 51-5-2  TP: 35-4-3  WS: 2-0

As you can see, the only style I had trouble with is the ABs.  I think that has more
to do with which ABs I fought rather than the style as a whole.  I was 3-1 vs ABs
early on (Rookies-Champs) and 4-10 in Challengers.  I was 1-5 vs Marv, 0-1 vs Marv Jr
and 0-3 vs Soulsnare.  I am going to make an educated guess and assume they all had
skills or prizes added to them to make them competetive at the Challenger level where
so few ABs are.  I could be wrong, though I doubt it.

See you on the Isle,
    Daydream Believer