DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/24/2005    Duedate: 04/06/2005

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-306

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SAMARIUM
I AM SAM (267)
(75-3071) [8-3-0,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

WOODY                          SUN WEI LO
SAND DANCERS (67)              DRAGONS KEEP (260)
(75-2503) [12-89-0,125]        (75-2816) [4-1-0,47]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ARIA                           SAMICH
DARK TOADS (240)               I AM SAM (267)
(75-3012) [21-21-1,85]         (75-3046) [6-0-1,115]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK TOADS (240)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. I AM SAM (267)              43
2. DRAGONS KEEP (260)          14      I AM SAM (267)
3. DARK TOADS (240)             7      Unchartered Team
4. HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)       0
5. MASTERS OF SIN (270)         0      DRAGONS KEEP (260)

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)            34  13  1 72.3   1/ 1 DARK TOADS (240)          9  3 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)         282 160  6 63.8   3/ 5*DRAGONS KEEP (260)        4  1 0
 4/ 4*DRAGONS KEEP (260)        13   8  1 61.9   4- 3*HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)    3  2 0
 5- 5*HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)    15  15  1 50.0   5- 6*MASTERS OF SIN (270)      1  1 0
 6/ 7 SAND DANCERS (67)        570 931 16 38.0   6/ 7 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

                                      SPY REPORT

     Much has changed in JADE MOUNTAIN since last I was here.  Never fear, Olaf 
Modeen adapts to many situations, as do all successful fighters.  Laughs were big at 
DARK TOADS while they watched JOHN MICHAEL clobber TABATAN.  He lost 6 points and got 
bruised from objects thrown from the stands.  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for 
I AM SAM's outstanding member, Duelmaster SAMARIUM.  I suppose you want to hear some 
rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...  SAMICH of I AM SAM knows 
how to pick 'em.  He challenged WOODY of SAND DANCERS who is up by 20.  Now was this 
a wise move?  SAMICH perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he subdued WOODY and 
ended up with 115 recognition points.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, 
fight dirty.   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
The end of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  Remember--a 
good fighter needs both good skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAMARIUM 3071                 8   3  0   103       I AM SAM (267)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODY 2503                   12  89  0   125       SAND DANCERS (67)
 SAMICH 3046                   6   0  1   115       I AM SAM (267)
 MOCKINGBIRD 3073             15  12  0   108       DARK TOADS (240)
-ANNE 3101                    13   7  0   105       DARK TOADS (240)
 JOHN MICHAEL 3132            14   4  0   100       DARK TOADS (240)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARIA 3012                    21  21  1    85       DARK TOADS (240)
 TABATAN 3040                 19  17  0    78       SAND DANCERS (67)
 SAMOSET 3043                  6   1  0    74       I AM SAM (267)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPIKE 3154                    9   2  0    64       DARK TOADS (240)
 VOLTO LEENI 3038             10  28  0    58       SAND DANCERS (67)
-WRATH 3081                    7   1  0    58       MASTERS OF SIN (270)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PADFOOT 3142                  5   1  0    47       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
 SUN WEI LO 2816               4   1  0    47       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
 TREENVA TARAL 3072            4  24  0    36       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)
-SNAPE 3138                    3   3  0    28       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
-MATSUMOTO 2815                3   2  1    26       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
-PRONGS 3139                   2   4  0    25       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)
 XIAOLING LI 2817              4   1  0    24       DRAGONS KEEP (260)
 ARNAL REDAXE 3136             3  15  0    24       SAND DANCERS (67)
-WORMTAIL 3140                 2   4  0    24       HOGWARTS EXPRESS (275)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-AYA KUWABARA 2813             2   0  0    22       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?
DA1 3173               0  1 0 I AM SAM 267          TREEMASTER 19         306 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

ALL -- We are back, after a long stay away.  We should be on for a few turns here,
then probably off for a while again.  In the meamtime, I will endeavor to match Jade
Mountain's fame with a similar measure of respect by putting in regular words.  It is
the custom of our teams, and I would have it no other way if for no reason other than
to give respect to the Adantri people who trained me in martial combat. -- Chi'en
Huan Li, Mgr. Dragons Keep

ALL -- Our local manager isn't the talkative type, but you'll hear a lot from us.  Do
any of you remember the dragon that appeared that one stormy night over a year ago?
When was that?  I'd sure love to see it again.  I'm sure it's connected to our
stable, because it appeared the night Chi'en showed up and founded this team and
named it 'Dragons Keep'.  Hmmm... -- Xiaoling

Arnal Redaxe -- Such a violent sport.  Why do I even participate... -- Aya

Bonze -- What is a Bonze? -- Matsumoto

The Dark Arena is my friend...? -- Stir Fry

I don't know about that, but it's my turn... -- Chop Suey!

Samoset -- I hate it that you're mute.  What can I say?  Even insults don't draw a
response.  You might as well not be there. -- Volto Leeni

Aria -- Well, I've had one hundred fights and never died once.  But is there a
graduation notice waiting for me?  Not much!  Somebody has led me astray on this. --
Woody
P.S.  I wrote a column, will you write one, you toad?

Wrath -- The wages of sin, you being a sinner by your own admission or at least by
your team name, is losing. -- Tabatan

Spike -- Toads are bad enough, but toads with spikes on their heads?  Don't care for
it. -- Treenva Taral

Aya Kuwabara -- One snicker, even a smirk, and you're dragon-kebabs.  Not all
fighting happens in the arena, pussycat. -- 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

DA1 was butchered by TREEMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SAMICH devastated WOODY in a action packed 1 minute brutal one-sided Challenge duel.
ARIA was overpowered by SAMARIUM in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
MOCKINGBIRD bested LADY SCORN in a 2 minute veteran's fight.
JOHN MICHAEL demolished TABATAN in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
SAMOSET vanquished VOLTO LEENI in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
SUN WEI LO beat TREENVA TARAL in a 2 minute brawl.
SPIKE handily defeated BAHNING THE LAWYER in a 1 minute gruesome uneven fight.
ARNAL REDAXE lost to XIAOLING LI in a 3 minute duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW         1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -   7 -  0      81  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   4 -  0      71  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   7 -  1      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   7 -  0      59  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    25 -  19 -  0      57  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -  14 -  0      30  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     4 -  12 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      3 -  18 -  0      14  |

Turn 306 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     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      SAMARIUM 3071               8   3  0  103 I AM SAM (267)
STRIKING ATTACK  SAMICH 3046                 6   0  1  115 I AM SAM (267)
TOTAL PARRY      MOCKINGBIRD 3073           15  12  0  108 DARK TOADS (240)
BASHING ATTACK   TABATAN 3040               19  17  0   78 SAND DANCERS (67)
LUNGING ATTACK   SAMOSET 3043                6   1  0   74 I AM SAM (267)
SLASHING ATTACK  SPIKE 3154                  9   2  0   64 DARK TOADS (240)
WALL OF STEEL    SUN WEI LO 2816             4   1  0   47 DRAGONS KEEP (260)
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 
SAMICH 3046.  The ten other most popular fighters were TREENVA TARAL 3072, SAMARIUM 
3071, MOCKINGBIRD 3073, SUN WEI LO 2816, SPIKE 3154, SAMOSET 3043, ARNAL REDAXE 3136, 
WOODY 2503, JOHN MICHAEL 3132, and DA1 3173.

The least popular fighter this week was XIAOLING LI 2817.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were VOLTO LEENI 3038, TABATAN 3040, ARIA 3012, DA1 3173, JOHN 
MICHAEL 3132, WOODY 2503, ARNAL REDAXE 3136, SAMOSET 3043, SPIKE 3154, and SUN WEI LO 
2816.