DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/05/2012    Duedate: 01/18/2012

JADE MOUNTAIN ARENA

DM-75    TURN-467

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GREEN ROCK
SAND DANCERS (67)
(75-3364) [23-13-0,112]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GREEN ROCK                     POSITION IS EMPTY
SAND DANCERS (67)              
(75-3364) [23-13-0,112]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KASTENMAR                      CHERYL MILLER
SAND DANCERS (67)              GREATS OF TROY (295)
(75-3336) [18-35-0,89]         (75-3326) [15-22-2,78]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAND DANCERS (67)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GREATS OF TROY (295)        42
2. SAND DANCERS (67)           30      ZOMBIE SQUAD (299)
3. ZOMBIE SQUAD (299)          10      Unchartered Team
4. CRITICALS (13)              -5
                                       LYCANTHROPES (31)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 ZOMBIE SQUAD (299)        68  24  1 73.9   1/ 1 SAND DANCERS (67)        10  5 0
 2/ 0 GREATS OF TROY (295)     100  56  6 64.1   2/ 2 CRITICALS (13)            7  5 1
 3/ 2 CRITICALS (13)            30  17  2 63.8   3/ 0 GREATS OF TROY (295)      3  2 1
 4/ 3 SAND DANCERS (67)        897 %1337 25 40.2   4/ 3 ZOMBIE SQUAD (299)        1  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

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): GEMMA of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): GANDALF of IN MIDDLE EARTH (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): GORBLE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): LORD FIREFLASH of LUROCIANS II (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 607): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): DARIUS of OPEN HAND (Bahram, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
                              SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                              GARNO TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     It is not clear to me what this means, that I am "duelmaster."  I am a rock,
embued through the application of magic with a form of "fast sentience."  All rocks
are sentient, but mostly we think too slowly to communicate with fast life forms such
as humans.  This is unfortunate for the humans, for we know many things.  It is
unfortunate for us rocks, also, because humans treat us as unsentient things, which
is not good.  Perhaps I am to be, in human terms, the Champion of the Rocks?

                                    Green Rock

                                      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.  What's with 
MOUNTAIN STORM?  He actually beat CRITICALS' LIGHTNING THRUST, and walked away with 
18 more points from the fight.  Laughs were big at SAND DANCERS while they watched 
MOUNTAIN STORM clobber LIGHTNING THRUST.  He lost 14 points and got bruised from 
objects thrown from the stands.  CHERYL MILLER was reminded on the sands why GREEN 
ROCK is Duelmaster.  Wouldn't it be nice to have live subjects to practice on?  I 
hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted prisoners.   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Yeah, yeah, GABE PRUITT killed HIGH GUARD, who was "too young 
to die."  Well, he was a fighter, and that's what you have to face.  Many a warrior 
has met his fate in a hungover stupor.  You young rapscallions, take note!   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  The end 
of another Spyreport!  That's cause for celebration in my book!  I don't want to 
overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GREEN ROCK 3364              23  13  0   112       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JANDINA 3344                 18  26  0    92       SAND DANCERS (67)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LEAPS INTO THE AIR 85         8   5  1    90       CRITICALS (13)
 KASTENMAR 3336               18  35  0    89       SAND DANCERS (67)
 CHERYL MILLER 3326           15  22  2    78       GREATS OF TROY (295)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INCREDIBLE SPEED 476          7   2  0    56       CRITICALS (13)
 MOUNTAIN STORM 3436           5   6  0    53       SAND DANCERS (67)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SECURE DEFENS 490             3   2  0    51       CRITICALS (13)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIGHTNING THRUST 150          7   6  0    33       CRITICALS (13)
 GABE PRUITT 3350              4   1  3    33       GREATS OF TROY (295)
 HELEN 3353                    3   1  0    28       GREATS OF TROY (295)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAPYX 3363                    2   1  0    19       GREATS OF TROY (295)
 ENVANALIN 3459                1   0  0    10       SAND DANCERS (67)
 HECTOR 3351                   2   3  0     9       GREATS OF TROY (295)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
HIGH GUARD 3419         3  2 1 CRITICALS 13         GABE PRUITT 3350      467   
BYE 3458                0  1 0 ZOMBIE SQUAD 299     HAGAR NORTHMAN        467  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hmm.  A win over a standby... not a bad way to leave. -- Mondekker

Leaps into the Air -- You're too big to pull that off with grace and precision, you
know. -- Jandina

Ha!  Lady Scorn scorned ME last week.  But I got her a good one for it. -- Kastenmar

Incredible Speed -- And it took you TWO minutes?  Shoulda been one, shouldn't it? --
Mountain Storm

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BYE was viciously butchered by HAGAR NORTHMAN in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
GREEN ROCK subdued CHERYL MILLER in a popular 4 minute veteran's Title melee.
KASTENMAR lost to LEAPS INTO THE AIR in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
JANDINA savagely defeated KO-HA OAKCHOPPER in a 2 minute bloody veteran's fight.
MOUNTAIN STORM devastated LIGHTNING THRUST in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
INCREDIBLE SPEED bested WAN-FA THE DANCER in a 3 minute match.
HIGH GUARD was butchered by GABE PRUITT in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
HECTOR was overcome by ENVANALIN in a 5 minute beginner's melee.
HELEN vanquished SAI-KI THE PEGLEG in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LAPYX vanquished SAI-KI THE PEGLEG in a slow 4 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK    7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    30 -  14 -  0      68  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     15 -  11 -  0      58  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   2 -  1      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW         3 -   4 -  0      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  13 -  1      24  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 467 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      GREEN ROCK 3364            23  13  0  112 SAND DANCERS (67)
SLASHING ATTACK  LEAPS INTO THE AIR 85       8   5  1   90 CRITICALS (13)
WALL OF STEEL    INCREDIBLE SPEED 476        7   2  0   56 CRITICALS (13)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KASTENMAR 3336.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was CHERYL MILLER 3326.  The ten other most popular fighters were GREEN ROCK 3364, 
JANDINA 3344, ENVANALIN 3459, MOUNTAIN STORM 3436, LEAPS INTO THE AIR 85, GABE PRUITT 
3350, BYE 3458, KASTENMAR 3336, INCREDIBLE SPEED 476, and HELEN 3353.

The least popular fighter this week was LAPYX 3363.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were HECTOR 3351, HIGH GUARD 3419, LIGHTNING THRUST 150, HELEN 3353, 
INCREDIBLE SPEED 476, KASTENMAR 3336, BYE 3458, GABE PRUITT 3350, LEAPS INTO THE AIR 
85, and MOUNTAIN STORM 3436.

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

                                  *   *   *   *   *  

     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!