DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/29/2010    Duedate: 02/11/2010

LIN TIRIAN ARENA

DM-78    TURN-409

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SANDY STRATTON
GIRLS X3 (299)
(78-2801) [14-10-0,93]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SANDY STRATTON                 POSITION IS EMPTY
GIRLS X3 (299)                 
(78-2801) [14-10-0,93]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SANDY STRATTON                 SANDY STRATTON
GIRLS X3 (299)                 GIRLS X3 (299)
(78-2801) [14-10-0,93]         (78-2801) [14-10-0,93]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SAND DANCERS (68)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GIRLS X3 (299)              44
2. SAND DANCERS (68)           -4      GIRLS X3 (299)
3. VICTORIOUS III (319)       -12      Unchartered Team

                                       BASIC METALS (189)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 GIRLS X3 (299)            78  60  2 56.5   1/ 1 SAND DANCERS (68)         9  6 0
 2/ 2 VICTORIOUS III (319)      55  60  2 47.8   2/ 3 VICTORIOUS III (319)      8  7 0
 3/ 3 SAND DANCERS (68)        814 941 28 46.4   3/ 2 GIRLS X3 (299)            6  3 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 506): AVENGING ANTELOPE of SATAN'S KINGDOM (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 625): 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 623): 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 571): PRINCE JACKSON of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): PAYNE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): VYNMORGATH of KAOS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): 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 462): SORRELISHE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): ROS QUIN of MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): 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 408): MEDUSA of VICTORIOUS III (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 638): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 506): THE CONFESSIORS (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 632): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 625): DEAD POETS (?, 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 623): MID EARTH (Visionist, 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 571): LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 290): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 285): LAND OF OZ (Oz the All-Winning, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 271): 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 462): CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 220): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 422): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 416): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 408): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 524): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 636): SAFFIRA of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 505): WINDWALKER of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 634): GOLD CACHE of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
               (turn 633): GOLDBRICK of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 624): ZALMAN ARVO of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 314): SURGICAL of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 623): MAKADOS of PHLANTHROPISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)
              (turn 622): SMACK O'MALLEY of CLAN CROW (?, mgr.)
                          CLOUDSHADOW of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, 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  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.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of LIN TIRIAN!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  LADONNA LYNCH caught the eye of many 
in the gladiatorial commission as she skillfully bested CALLIPYGOUS and was awarded 
13 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, LADONNA LYNCH put 
down CALLIPYGOUS, causing him to lose 13 points of recognition in the process.  This 
time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper.  All hail SANDY STRATTON, Duelmaster 
of LIN TIRIAN!  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!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers the miserable with fortune 
but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in LIN TIRIAN.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  Sadly warriors, now longer 
can I keep thy company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  
Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise 
are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SANDY STRATTON 2801          14  10  0    93       GIRLS X3 (299)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LANCE 2784                    9   0  1   101       IRON MEN (316)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MEDUSA 2806                  13  12  0    81       VICTORIOUS III (319)
 LADONNA LYNCH 2799           14  10  0    78       GIRLS X3 (299)
 DIXIE BUBBLES 2800           14  10  0    76       GIRLS X3 (299)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CALLIPYGOUS 2803             12   4  0    64       VICTORIOUS III (319)
 HARNY BLACK 2823             12   9  0    61       SAND DANCERS (68)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACK TOM 2831                7   2  1    56       SAND DANCERS (68)
 TOVER DUCK 2825              11  10  0    54       SAND DANCERS (68)
-ROD 2786                      4   0  0    50       IRON MEN (316)
 CLYMENE 2804                  7   7  1    43       VICTORIOUS III (319)
 SHILLIS VAIR 2824             9  12  1    40       SAND DANCERS (68)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SARIN SHARP 2834              5   1  0    29       SAND DANCERS (68)
 RHEA 2808                     5   9  0    24       VICTORIOUS III (319)
 IAPETUS 2805                  3  11  0    24       VICTORIOUS III (319)

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

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

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Sandy Stratton -- Not tonight, woman, I have a headache. -- Harny Black

Stupid Ambitious Guard. -- Shillis Vair

Shillis -- What you mean is, "Victorious Ambitious Guard."  Ha.  I beat MY standby.
-- Tover Duck

Yeah, me, too. -- Black Tom

Iapetus -- You could pretend you got hit by a comet. -- Sarin Sharp

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MEDUSA was viciously subdued by SANDY STRATTON in a 1 minute master's Title fight.
DIXIE BUBBLES handily defeated TOVER DUCK in a 1 minute one-sided match.
CALLIPYGOUS was unbelievably bested by LADONNA LYNCH in a 31 minute master's brawl.
SHILLIS VAIR was luckily beaten by CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute competition.
SARIN SHARP was bested by CLYMENE in a crowd pleasing 1 minute match.
BLACK TOM handily defeated AMBITIOUS GUARD in a action packed 1 minute uneven fight.
HARNY BLACK vanquished AMBITIOUS GUARD in a action packed 1 minute one-sided duel.
IAPETUS won victory over CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute fight.
RHEA defeated PERSISTANT BEGGAR in a 1 minute expert vs. novice match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   4 -  0      64  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         AIMED BLOW        11 -   7 -  0      61  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -  10 -  1      52  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   8 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         STRIKING ATTACK    0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 409 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   SANDY STRATTON 2801        14  10  0   93 GIRLS X3 (299)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    MEDUSA 2806                13  12  0   81 VICTORIOUS III (319)
TOTAL PARRY      LADONNA LYNCH 2799         14  10  0   78 GIRLS X3 (299)
SLASHING ATTACK  DIXIE BUBBLES 2800         14  10  0   76 GIRLS X3 (299)
AIMED BLOW       HARNY BLACK 2823           12   9  0   61 SAND DANCERS (68)
BASHING ATTACK   BLACK TOM 2831              7   2  1   56 SAND DANCERS (68)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SANDY STRATTON 2801.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was SANDY STRATTON 2801.  The ten other most popular fighters were SHILLIS VAIR 
2824, CLYMENE 2804, BLACK TOM 2831, HARNY BLACK 2823, DIXIE BUBBLES 2800, SARIN SHARP 
2834, IAPETUS 2805, RHEA 2808, MEDUSA 2806, and TOVER DUCK 2825.

The least popular fighter this week was CALLIPYGOUS 2803.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LADONNA LYNCH 2799, TOVER DUCK 2825, MEDUSA 2806, RHEA 2808, 
IAPETUS 2805, SARIN SHARP 2834, DIXIE BUBBLES 2800, HARNY BLACK 2823, BLACK TOM 2831, 
and CLYMENE 2804.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

TYLER DURDEN (78-2577) PROJECT:  MAYHEM (295)