DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/02/2010    Duedate: 03/01/2010

ERINIKA ARENA

DM-73    TURN-221

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SQUEEZE
BLACKMAIL (651)
(73-5788) [14-3-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SQUEEZE                        POSITION IS EMPTY
BLACKMAIL (651)                
(73-5788) [14-3-0,108]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ROS QUIN                       SQUEEZE
MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)            BLACKMAIL (651)
(73-5748) [16-22-0,89]         (73-5788) [14-3-0,108]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLACKMAIL (651)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BLACKMAIL (651)             49
2. FORT REAPER (672)            0      BLACKMAIL (651)
3. MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)        -20      Unchartered Team

                                       COUNTRY FELLERS (560)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 BLACKMAIL (651)           71  22  3 76.3   1/ 1 BLACKMAIL (651)          13  2 0
 2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)       88  98  4 47.3   2/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)       8  7 0
 3- 3 FORT REAPER (672)         18  34  2 34.6   3- 3 FORT REAPER (672)         0  5 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[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

       + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Report from the Tourney #2 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here once again, with more interviews from the tourney.  This time I'm
talking to a new manager, so new he doesn't even have a manager name.  "Sir... what
would you like me to call you, by the way?"
     "Why do you have to call me anything?  I don't understand why you want to
interview me.  There are lots of great managers here who could probably tell you
stuff--"
     "I'm looking for a new perspective, the point of view of someone who is just
starting out with the gladiatorial games."
     "Oh.  Well, I guess that would be me."
     "Absolutely right!  Tell me, what do you think of the tourney?  This is your
first, right?"
     "Right, my first," the young man agreed.  "And it's GREAT!  Everyone is just
great here!  I mean, most of these managers, they're, like, legends, you know?
Everybody's heard of them, and they have stables of HUNDREDS of gladiators, and
they've been polishing their tricks for YEARS, and I didn't figure I had much of a
chance, you know?"
     "The popular view is that no matter how much you know, the arena can always
throw a surprise at you--"
     "Yeah, yeah, I've heard that.  I don't know if I believe it, but I've heard it.
But that isn't the best thing about this tourney.  The best thing is that everyone
here has been GREAT.  Or else I didn't meet them--the ones that might not have been.
But I think I met just about everyone, and--"
     "And they were great.  I'm glad.  But perhaps you could tell our readers a
little more, maybe tell them how these experienced managers were great to you?"
     "Well, yeah, okay.  It's that everyone was so friendly and helpful, see?  The
ENTIRE Consortium talked to me about warrior design, for instance.  I learned a lot
there.  And, well, there was Mannequin, and The Greek Guy, and I actually met
Manager, too!  And they were all really helpful.  Advice, you know, and charts, and
all that stuff that was so confusing.  It was just the best experience!  I'm going to
do it again, for sure!"

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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 638): DORA BELL of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 507): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOMS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 632): STARIEL of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLD CACHE of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 626): THEODOSIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): OTHER of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): EXECUTIONER of RETRIBUTION (?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): MALIGNANT TUMOR of APOCALYPSE (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 618): ZOMBIEFIED of LIVING HELL (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 609): ORION of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): VYNMORGATH of KAOS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 499): RIA ROSEDANCER of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 486): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 466): CHAM DUGAN of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 426): ALEXANDROS of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 416): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): SANDY STRATTON of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 525): NATAS of DO IT AGAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 638): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 507): SATAN'S KINGDOMS (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 632): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 626): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 628): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 315): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 313): THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 617): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 609): ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 291): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All-Winning, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 272): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 499): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 486): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 466): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 423): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 416): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 525): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SAFFIRA of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLD CACHE of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
               (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 624): SALAMANDER of TRAIL OF TEARS (Jugger?, mgr.)
              (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 620): MALIGNANT TUMOR of APOCALYPSE (?, mgr.)
                          UNDEAD DUCK of BARN OF HORRORS (Rillion, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 608): HYPER VIPER of PHILANTHROPISTS 2 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 572): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 284): SPARROW of RAPTOR (Owlin, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 485): FLUMMAX of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 465): HEADING SOUTH of AUTUMN SAGA (?, mgr.)
                           SNOTMAN of I HATE THEM TOO (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
               (turn 465): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 409): TYLER DURDEN of PROJECT:  MAYHEM (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     With practically superhuman restraint, I have refrained from killing Death
Sucks, which I felt would really be appropriate.  But unkind.  After all, HE hasn't
killed anyone.

                                      Ros Quin

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Practice pays for RIMN, who pummelled SALINDA RENN, to pocket 20 
points.  You could cut the tension with a scimitar as SQUEEZE of BLACKMAIL met the 
Duelmaster.  What can be a greater victory?  SQUEEZE has taken his place as the top, 
as ERINIKA's new Duelmaster.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last 
week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
ERINIKA would I avoid!   
     Do not think spyreporting in ERINIKA is the highlight of my life.  As the 
seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to 
leave this place.  Do not despair!  I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SQUEEZE 5788                 14   3  0   108       BLACKMAIL (651)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATH SUCKS 5719             22   7  0    97       BLACKMAIL (651)
 EXTORTION 5787               13   5  1    93       BLACKMAIL (651)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROS QUIN 5748                16  22  0    89       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SALINDA RENN 5743            12  17  0    53       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 ADULTERY 5890                 5   0  1    53       BLACKMAIL (651)
 PANAMA OATS 5839              8   7  0    51       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 RIMN 5888                     4   2  0    45       BLACKMAIL (651)
 LILAS KEELER 5840             8   6  1    35       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
 ULTOR TAK 5783                7  14  0    35       MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CAPT. JACK 5897               5   4  1    29       FORT REAPER (672)
-CHEESY RIPPER 5895            3   4  0    29       FORT REAPER (672)
-NIGHT STALKER 5896            5   3  1    27       FORT REAPER (672)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DIVING REAPER 5893            2   4  0    17       FORT REAPER (672)
-AVENDGING REAPER 5903         0   1  0     2       FORT REAPER (672)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
RENDERING REAPER 5892   0  2 0 FORT REAPER 672      ADULTERY 5890         218   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Dangerous Criminal can eat cold steel! -- Panama Oats
P.S.  Mainly because in this weather, who can get it warmed up for a short fight?

That was incredibly embarrassing. -- Lilas Keeler

Adultery -- The leading indoor sport of adults.  I can't say that it ever appealed to
me much. -- Ultor Tak

Rimn -- Eh?  What's that mean? -- Salinda Renn

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SQUEEZE devastated ROS QUIN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
DEATH SUCKS outwaited M. CHARDINEE in a 11 minute match.
EXTORTION overpowered VENEMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
ADULTERY bested ULTOR TAK in a 1 minute novice vs. veteran upset fight.
PANAMA OATS viciously subdued FRATSFA SLAVE in a 4 minute expert vs. novice brawl.
SALINDA RENN was beaten by RIMN in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
LILAS KEELER overpowered OSKSI NOBLE in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  1     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY       19 -   4 -  0      83  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  14 -  1      66  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         STRIKING ATTACK   27 -  19 -  3      59  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  13 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW         4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   3 -  0      40  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         BASHING ATTACK     1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 221 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SQUEEZE 5788               14   3  0  108 BLACKMAIL (651)
TOTAL PARRY      DEATH SUCKS 5719           22   7  0   97 BLACKMAIL (651)
STRIKING ATTACK  EXTORTION 5787             13   5  1   93 BLACKMAIL (651)
WALL OF STEEL    LILAS KEELER 5840           8   6  1   35 MIDDLE WAY 18 (656)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ROS QUIN 5748.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SQUEEZE 5788.  The ten other most popular fighters were EXTORTION 5787, ADULTERY 
5890, RIMN 5888, PANAMA OATS 5839, LILAS KEELER 5840, ROS QUIN 5748, DEATH SUCKS 
5719, ULTOR TAK 5783, SALINDA RENN 5743, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was SALINDA RENN 5743.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ULTOR TAK 5783, DEATH SUCKS 5719, ROS QUIN 5748, LILAS KEELER 
5840, PANAMA OATS 5839, RIMN 5888, ADULTERY 5890, EXTORTION 5787, SQUEEZE 5788, and  
0.