DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/10/2005    Duedate: 03/23/2005

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-305

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ARIA
DARK TOADS (240)
(75-3012) [21-20-1,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WOODY                          WRATH
SAND DANCERS (67)              MASTERS OF SIN (270)
(75-2503) [12-88-0,124]        (75-3081) [7-1-0,58]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ARIA                           ARIA
DARK TOADS (240)               DARK TOADS (240)
(75-3012) [21-20-1,99]         (75-3012) [21-20-1,99]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK TOADS (240)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DRAGONS KEEP (260)          36
2. I AM SAM (267)              27      I AM SAM (267)
3. DARK TOADS (240)            19      Unchartered Team
4. SAND DANCERS (67)           18
5. HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)       0      MASTERS OF SIN (270)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 I AM SAM (267)            31  12  1 72.1   1/ 1 DARK TOADS (240)         11  2 0
 2/ 2*MASTERS OF SIN (270)      18   8  0 69.2   2/ 2 I AM SAM (267)            8  2 0
 3/ 3 DARK TOADS (240)         279 159  6 63.7   3- 3*HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)    5  5 0
 4/ 0*DRAGONS KEEP (260)        11   8  1 57.9   4- 5 PARANOID ASYLUM (234)     2  1 0
 5- 4*HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)    15  15  1 50.0   5/ 0*DRAGONS KEEP (260)        2  1 0
 6- 5 PARANOID ASYLUM (234)    119 127 11 48.4   6/ 4*MASTERS OF SIN (270)      2  1 0
 7/ 6 SAND DANCERS (67)        570 926 16 38.1   7/ 6 SAND DANCERS (67)         1 14 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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                        *--=== LIRITH KAI REGIONAL NEWS ===--*

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 336): LORGAN TEN VARN of SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 CHAVEZ RAVINE (turn 309): RAGING PYROTHAG of GEMSTONE CREATIONS (Tripwire)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 304): WOODY of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 291): BLONDE BILLIE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 268): TALON WARSMITH of SCARLET KNIGHTS from SOUTH RIDGE
                              (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 336): SAND DANCERS (Lani, mgr.)
 DM  74 CHAVEZ RAVINE (turn 309): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 304): DARK TOADS (TigToad, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 291): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 268): PARANOIA, etc. (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     You are cruel, Mockingbird, burdening me with this column yet again, and even 
though nobody is paying attention.  Well, the Sams are paying a LITTLE attention, 
since they issued some challenges.  But still, it's the principle of the thing.  And 
next turn, win or lose so long as I don't DIE (and I don't want to do that), I get 
dragged off to the Isle for having a mere one hundred regular-arena fights (and no 
tourney fights, not that the Commission cares).

                                        Woody

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in JADE 
MOUNTAIN.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Hey 
everybody, watch out for SAMICH, who flew up 16 points in the rankings after mashing 
JOHN MICHAEL like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some days it doesn't 
pay to walk out on the sands.  JOHN MICHAEL was beat by SAMICH and drops 9 points.  
It's a proud day for the DARK TOADS stable, as their warrior, ARIA, ascended the 
Duelmaster's throne.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this 
stuff?   
     Here is other news that is of note.  And hey, kiddies, those of you who didn't 
avoid PARANOID ASYLUM, please raise you hand.  Wow.  Does JADE MOUNTAIN really have 
that many liars?  Okay, so I may not be funny, but catch MASTERS OF SIN's act in the 
arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at running from PARANOID ASYLUM.  Well 
just about everybody wants a piece of VOLTO LEENI, who was this week's most 
challenged warrior.  In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, SAMARIUM went 
after MOCKINGBIRD, who was higher by 21 points.  Well, when the dust settled, 
SAMARIUM was defeated by MOCKINGBIRD.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally 
in the arena with you and see what happens.   
     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.  Its been 
fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide 
Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARIA 3012                    21  20  1    99       DARK TOADS (240)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-YERIX 2782                   15   9  0   140       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
 WOODY 2503                   12  88  0   124       SAND DANCERS (67)
 MOCKINGBIRD 3073             14  12  0   106       DARK TOADS (240)
-ANNE 3101                    13   7  0   105       DARK TOADS (240)
 SAMICH 3046                   5   0  1   104       I AM SAM (267)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOHN MICHAEL 3132            13   4  0    89       DARK TOADS (240)
 TABATAN 3040                 19  16  0    84       SAND DANCERS (67)
 SAMARIUM 3071                 7   3  0    83       I AM SAM (267)
 SAMOSET 3043                  5   1  0    67       I AM SAM (267)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WRATH 3081                    7   1  0    58       MASTERS OF SIN (270)
 VOLTO LEENI 3038             10  27  0    57       SAND DANCERS (67)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPIKE 3154                    8   2  0    56       DARK TOADS (240)
-PADFOOT 3142                  5   1  0    47       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
-SUN WEI LO 2816               3   1  0    43       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
-THE CORINTHIAN 3100           6   3  0    41       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
 TREENVA TARAL 3072            4  23  0    35       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PRIDE 3077                    4   0  0    33       MASTERS OF SIN (270)
-SIRIUS BLACK 3141             3   3  1    33       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
-LUST 3078                     3   2  0    31       MASTERS OF SIN (270)
-MONKEY KING 2904              5   7  0    30       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
-SNAPE 3138                    3   3  0    28       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
-FOOTSTEPS 3155                2   2  0    27       PARANOID ASYLUM (234)
 MATSUMOTO 2815                3   2  1    26       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
-PRONGS 3139                   2   4  0    25       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
-WORMTAIL 3140                 2   4  0    24       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARNAL REDAXE 3136             3  14  0    23       SAND DANCERS (67)
 AYA KUWABARA 2813             2   0  0    22       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
-XIAOLING LI 2817              3   1  0    14       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
-SAMURAI 3119                  1   0  0    13       I AM SAM (267)
-SLOTH 3079                    3   1  0    10       MASTERS OF SIN (270)
-GREED 3125                    1   3  0    10       MASTERS OF SIN (270)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
STIR FRY 3172          0  1 0 DRAGONS KEEP 260      JADE WARRIOR 26       305 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Samich -- I want mine with mustard on the ham.  Or I suppose the mustard could be on 
the bread next to the ham.  But adjacent.  And hold the onions. -- Tabatan

Samoset -- There was no need to SIT on me, dammit! -- Volto Leeni

Sirius Black -- (heavy sigh)  I hate it when that happens. -- Treenva Taral

Prongs -- It wasn't them I minded so much as the stuff with the sword.  Go ahead, 
carve me up like the heartless cat you are, see if I care!  But just WAIT till my 
fellow dwarves figure out that you're anti-dwarf! -- Arnal Redaxe

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

STIR FRY was dealt death by JADE WARRIOR in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
SAMICH won victory over JOHN MICHAEL in a action packed 1 minute Challenge battle.
SAMARIUM was narrowly defeated by MOCKINGBIRD in a 3 minute gruesome Challenge fight.
SAMOSET devastated VOLTO LEENI in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
WOODY was savagely defeated by ARIA in a crowd pleasing 3 minute master's Title match.
TABATAN overpowered WRATH in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided struggle.
SPIKE handily defeated TREENVA TARAL in a 1 minute uneven fight.
ARNAL REDAXE lost to AYA KUWABARA in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
MATSUMOTO vanquished SHIVERING BONZE in a 1 minute uneven fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         AIMED BLOW         1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   31 -   7 -  0      82  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   3 -  0      77  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE       12 -   6 -  1      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    26 -  20 -  0      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        8 -  10 -  0      44  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -  15 -  0      32  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  13 -  0      28  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      2 -  18 -  0      10  |

Turn 305 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      ARIA 3012                  21  20  1   99 DARK TOADS (240)
TOTAL PARRY      MOCKINGBIRD 3073           14  12  0  106 DARK TOADS (240)
STRIKING ATTACK  SAMICH 3046                 5   0  1  104 I AM SAM (267)
BASHING ATTACK   TABATAN 3040               19  16  0   84 SAND DANCERS (67)
LUNGING ATTACK   SAMOSET 3043                5   1  0   67 I AM SAM (267)
SLASHING ATTACK  SPIKE 3154                  8   2  0   56 DARK TOADS (240)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ARIA 3012.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ARIA 3012.  The ten other most popular fighters were STIR FRY 3172, SAMARIUM 3071, 
TABATAN 3040, MOCKINGBIRD 3073, AYA KUWABARA 2813, SAMICH 3046, WOODY 2503, WRATH 
3081, MATSUMOTO 2815, and JOHN MICHAEL 3132.

The least popular fighter this week was TREENVA TARAL 3072.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were VOLTO LEENI 3038, ARNAL REDAXE 3136, SPIKE 3154, SAMOSET 3043, 
JOHN MICHAEL 3132, MATSUMOTO 2815, WRATH 3081, WOODY 2503, SAMICH 3046, and AYA 
KUWABARA 2813.