DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/09/2009    Duedate: 09/22/2009

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-70

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CLARA
HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
(81-666) [16-11-0,133]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CLARA                          ROBO
HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)           SOME KINDA HATE (102)
(81-666) [16-11-0,133]         (81-1158) [3-1-2,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GERTH                          BOOK MARK
CLAN LONGBEARD (39)            CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
(81-665) [18-21-1,85]          (81-1058) [4-3-0,15]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

LA PENTARCHIE (11)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. OF WOLF AND MAN (57)        48
2. DARQUE AGES (29)            39      LA PENTARCHIE (11)
3. UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)         36      Unchartered Team
4. KELLUMBO'S KIDS (18)        35
5. WARMASTERS (15)             35      CAPITAL CARTEL (93)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*CAPITAL CARTEL (93)       23  12  3 65.7   1/ 1 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       12  3 0
 2/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       213 134  7 61.4   2/ 6 WARMASTERS (15)          10  5 0
 3/ 5 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (18)     203 147  4 58.0   3/13 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)      9  6 0
 4/ 6 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    199 150  8 57.0   4/10 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       8  7 0
 5/ 8 DARQUE AGES (29)         149 117  3 56.0   5/ 9 RODENT CLAN (37)          7  7 0
 6- 9*CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)     19  15  0 55.9   6/ 2*SOME KINDA HATE (102)     7  8 2
 7/11 FURRY FURY (25)           89  76  5 53.9   7/ 8 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       7  8 2
 8/10 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)    45  39  6 53.6   8/ 5*CAPITAL CARTEL (93)       7  8 2
 9/13 RODENT CLAN (37)         153 136  7 52.9   9/ 3 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     7  8 0
10/14 THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)   117 113  4 50.9  10/ 7 THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)    7  8 0
11/17 WARMASTERS (15)          175 173 18 50.3  11/17 HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)      6  3 1
12/16 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      175 175 10 50.0  12-11*NEVERQUEST (97)           6  4 0
13-15*MERCENARY INC (94)        15  15  1 50.0  13/22 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       6  9 1
14/ 4*SOME KINDA HATE (102)     10  10  3 50.0  14/15 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)    6  9 0
15/19 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     162 165 10 49.5  15/19 ORCAE ITA (80)            5  7 0
16-18 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      47  48  1 49.5  16/ 4 WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)      5  8 0
17/20 HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)     110 127  4 46.4  17/21 LITERATE LOONS (40)       5 10 0
18/ 0 IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)      25  29  2 46.3  18/25 DARQUE AGES (29)          4  6 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/22 LITERATE LOONS (40)      156 193  6 44.7  19/20 FURRY FURY (25)           4  8 0
20/21 WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)      25  33  1 43.1  20/14 KELLUMBO'S KIDS (18)      4 11 1
21-23*NEVERQUEST (97)           15  20  1 42.9  21/26*OTTO'S DINER (96)         4 11 0
22/24 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       54  76  3 41.5  22-16*CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)     2  2 0
23/25 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       31  49  2 38.8  23-12 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      2  3 0
24/26 ORCAE ITA (80)            44  78  6 36.1  24/ 0 IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)      2  3 0
25/27 THE RED BLADES (88)       20  45  1 30.8  25-18*MERCENARY INC (94)        2  3 0
26/28*OTTO'S DINER (96)         10  25  0 28.6  26/27 THE RED BLADES (88)       1  6 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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                              *LAST TURN'S NEWS*

In a whirlwind grab at the throne, Wee Beastie attained her goal on Turn 68, only to
see it taken away from her by Clara of House of Hearts.  Congratulations to Clara,
the second Plunger to sit in the lofty chair, and to her manager Andruil the Ancient.
Clara joins Black Maria as the only House of Hearts members to conquer all the
challenges of Shadowspire and the glorious title of Duelmaster.  From the looks of
the fight report, it appears Wee Beastie did not know how to handle Clara and failed
to connect with a single hit.  How sure are we?  Not very!  The fight only lasted 1
minute, so who can be sure of anything?!?

Not much else to report except it looks like Kellumbo moved his DC tendencies to DM
100 against La Pentarchie.  Is anyone surprised?  Does anyone care?  Probably not,
but I do not make the news, I just report it.  Perhaps if circulation picks up I can
hire a Isle reporter and send them off to cover such news.

                                *FROM THE EDITOR*

If being avoided in Shadowspire were coinage, the Iron Council would be sitting in
the most luxurious of those proverbial ivory towers.  This editorial infringes a bit
on the records department, but the facts are just glaring back at me from the scroll.
In 69 turns of fighting in Shadowspire, the Iron Council, consisting of Detective
Kellumbo, Tripwire, Ichabod Frothingslosh, Huckle Cat, Jekyll, and Otis the Drunk
have been avoided an astounding FIFTY-THREE (53) TIMES.  Yes.  You read that
correctly.  Detective Kellumbo leads the other IC members, and the rest of the arena
for that matter, being the most avoided an astounding 43 times.  WHAT GIVES?!?!

                                 *FOR THE RECORD*

We are going to do a little "by the numbers" scenario in this cycle's report, or what
we like to refer to here at the SYP as historically based probability.  The following
figures are based upon collected data from turns 1 -- 69.

*If Duelmaster, the likelihood you are a Lunger: 30%
*Chances of there being no Recognition Leader: 15%
*If Popularity Leader, the likelihood you are a Striker: 58%
*Chance the SYP Editor does not know the Popularity Leader's style: 1%
*If you die in Shadowspire, likelihood it will be in the Dark Arena: 61%
*Chance you will make it out of the Dark Arena if sent: 3.5%

                                  *CONTRIBUTIONS*

If you would like to make a story/section contribution to the SYP, feel free to
contact the editor.  We are always looking for people willing to submit bits of news
for our readers' enjoyment!

Until next time,

SYP Editor

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of SHADOWSPIRE!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  WHO'S YOUR MAMA bore the brunt of 
major assault on their standings this week as they dropped to 16th position as the 
result of going 0-4-0!  Did only my eyes note the 4-1-0 record which UNHOLY KNIGHTS 
managed to post this round?  I don't doubt that such a record will draw challengers!  
MADDENED MEERKAT caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as she 
skillfully bested CHILI SURPRISE and was awarded 19 points in recognition.  In one of 
the week's more notable duels, MADDENED MEERKAT put down CHILI SURPRISE, causing him 
to lose 15 points of recognition in the process.  As is fitting, the most sought 
after warrior on the challenge boards this week was none other than Duelmaster CLARA 
herself.  Unwilling to wait upon the will of others, Duelmaster CLARA challenged 
LIBERIUS last week in a match to decide the fate of the throne.  Although LIBERIUS 
made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious CLARA.  
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!   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In SHADOWSPIRE "art" is a word that 
has long since passed from the language!  My inside sources tell me that the team to 
beat in SHADOWSPIRE these days is THE MONGOLOIDS II.  At least, most blades in town 
are looking to avoid them.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard 
pressed to find any of LA PENTARCHIE last week.  Busy avoiding THE MONGOLOIDS II?  A 
match that raised a few eyebrows at the games this week, it seems that W.S. GILBERT 
posted a challenge against the more highly recognized AVERAGE JOE.  The results, you 
ask?  Well, the firebrand W.S. GILBERT was overcame by AVERAGE JOE.  Remember 
warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  BERSERKER must hold silent, for this week he was 
humbled in the arena by a successful Bloodfeud won by LATRICE of KELLUMBO'S KIDS.  
Hail LATRICE for thy victory!  My hearty congratulations GROBBULUS, for thy revenge 
upon FLOP SHOT, slayer of thy fallen comrade.  Next time he will know better, eh?  
Walk proud, warriors of CLAN LONGBEARD!  By striking down ROBO you have avenged the 
honor of your dead.  Your virtue is known to all in SHADOWSPIRE.  CHEREK must hold 
silent, for this week he was humbled in the arena by a successful Bloodfeud won by 
ARIOCH of OF WOLF AND MAN.  Hail ARIOCH for thy victory!  Some say a warrior is 
judged by the way he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a 
sword on the belt!   
     The girls are as pretty in SHADOWSPIRE as ever I remembered them....and the 
fighters as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of 
a far off city calling to me.  I must away!  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                  
 CLARA 666                    16  11  0   133       HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LORD EXETER 932              12   6  0   108       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 IRON SMITH 997               10   4  0   106       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 RAT IN THE HAT 832           17   7  1   100       RODENT CLAN (37)
 WEE BEASTIE 864              16   6  1    97       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 DUNNIK 900                   13   7  0    95       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-ONYB ENGLVAR 903             11   7  0    94       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PINKY 809                    13  13  3    90       ORCAE ITA (80)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIBERIUS 824                 14  12  3    88       WARMASTERS (15)
 ST JOHN KITTEN 840           16   9  1    86       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 GRACCHUS 825                 14  12  2    86       WARMASTERS (15)
 GERTH 665                    18  21  1    85       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 YEAR OF THE CAT 765          17  12  0    82       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BAHBI 621                    10  14  1    79       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 GREGORR 865                  12  10  0    78       WARMASTERS (15)
 LIAM O'FLAHERTY 698          19  17  2    76       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 ANGEL HEART 644              14  14  0    74       HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
 HUGH CAPET 690                9  12  2    71       DARQUE AGES (29)
 BRAIN 812                    11  15  2    70       ORCAE ITA (80)
 SPIREWOLF 768                15  14  2    69       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 DAPHNE ROSEN 972              8   4  1    67       WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ORNERY OCELOT 144            15  21  0    66       FURRY FURY (25)
 PHILIP K. DICK 848           13  11  0    64       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 CORRIN 924                   12   6  2    64       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 THETA 123                    11   6  2    61       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 CHIMERA 1006                  6   6  1    60       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 BILI 622                     12  12  1    59       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 AVERAGE JOE 887              12   9  0    59       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 KIMBHULEE 1019                9   3  0    58       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 MARTIN LUTHER 718            10   8  0    57       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ETTIN 1005                    7   5  0    57       MONSTER MANUAL (87)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TITUS 1031                    7   4  2    55       WARMASTERS (15)
 ATTILA KEENBLADE 912         10   9  0    54       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 ANSELM 799                    7   4  0    54       DARQUE AGES (29)
 ARIOCH 996                    9   5  2    52       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 DJEREE THE DJERK 623         12  12  0    48       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 WIDOW FAERLINA 1061           6   3  0    46       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 CARIEC TOM 984               10   5  1    45       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 BRICK MOUSE 987              11   4  0    43       RODENT CLAN (37)
 LATRICE 945                   9   8  0    43       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (18)
 MYKUL 1018                    8   4  0    43       THE MONGOLOIDS II (30)
 FULL MOON SWOON 127          12   5  0    41       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
-OFFICE BRWN NOSER 1114        5   0  0    40       CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)
-ELILAD 1055                   6   1  0    39       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 ST. GEORGE 902                7  13  2    36       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-BRIARSMILE 944                6   9  1    36       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-CEO 1040                      4   3  0    35       CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SARAH JAMES 973               6   6  0    33       WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)
-VOLAX STEELBORN 1100          4   3  0    33       NEVERQUEST (97)
-HR 1039                       5   2  0    31       CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)
 ROBO 1158                     3   1  2    31       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 BERSERKER 1047                3   6  1    31       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 BLUE MARBLE 1030              8   3  0    30       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 HEARTLESS 888                 7   7  0    30       HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
 DYLAN RYDER 974               4   8  0    30       WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)
 SHY SKUNK 1133                4   2  0    30       FURRY FURY (25)
 LIMP IN 1057                  6   1  0    29       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 W.S. GILBERT 995              5   9  2    27       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-MR ORANGE 1065                5   1  0    27       MERCENARY INC (94)
 COLT STEELE 1181              2   0  0    27       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 THE CATALYST 939              7   4  1    26       IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)
 EFREETI 957                   5  11  0    26       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 MADDENED MEERKAT 1134         2   4  0    26       FURRY FURY (25)
 BINAURAL 941                  6   5  0    25       IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)
 LOW AND AWAY 1060             6   1  0    25       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILEDRIVER 324                6   7  0    25       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
 CRINGER 1073                  3   6  0    25       ORCAE ITA (80)
-SUPVSR 1083                   3   3  0    24       CORPORATE IDIOTS (92)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LIGDISH BANG 983              5   8  0    23       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-FIPPY DARKPAW 1099            4   3  0    23       NEVERQUEST (97)
 AVERROES 853                  3   2  0    23       DARQUE AGES (29)
 GROBBULUS 1140                3   2  0    23       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 EVELYN WAUGH 1070             4   5  0    22       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 XORN 1015                     5   6  0    21       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 HEAD BAND 1056                4   3  2    21       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 MEAT 1072                     4   1  0    21       IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)
-MR. GREEN 1118                4   1  0    21       MERCENARY INC (94)
 SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117           3   4  0    21       THE RED BLADES (88)
 FIMNAR 1053                   5   5  0    20       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 BRAIN EATER 1161              3   0  0    20       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 SINISTER SNOOPY 1069          5   4  0    19       FURRY FURY (25)
 GUTBUSTER 1088                3   4  0    18       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-MR BLUE 1064                  2   4  0    18       MERCENARY INC (94)
 JRS 1016                      3   8  0    17       WHO'S YOUR MAMA (89)
 POTTY MOUTH 1038              3   8  0    17       ORCAE ITA (80)
-NYDERAWYN 1046                4   4  0    16       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-MR PINK 1062                  3   3  1    16       MERCENARY INC (94)
 BOOK MARK 1058                4   3  0    15       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 CHILI SURPRISE 1085           4   3  0    15       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 HOOLIGAN 1017                 2   3  1    15       HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
 VIRIDIO 1145                  2   3  0    15       WARMASTERS (15)
 CHEREK 1172                   1   1  1    15       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
-HOLLY WINDSTALKER 1164        1   1  0    15       NEVERQUEST (97)
 FLOP SHOT 1059                3   4  1    14       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
-GORBY BUGMUNCHER 1097         3   4  0    13       NEVERQUEST (97)
 RIVA 1190                     1   0  0    13       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
-SMILEY 1174                   1   0  0    12       HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
 MILEY 1186                    1   0  0     9       KELLUMBO'S KIDS (18)
 NATHANAEL WEST 1141           1   4  0     9       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 DRAS 1173                     1   1  0     9       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 DIABLOS 1156                  2   2  0     8       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
 GORSHOK 1159                  1   3  1     7       SOME KINDA HATE (102)
-MR. PURPLE 1137               1   3  0     6       MERCENARY INC (94)
 SQUIRRELWIND 1177             1   1  0     6       RODENT CLAN (37)
 BLUE PLATE 1176               1   1  0     5       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 BRAND 1189                    1   0  0     5       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 NOVENTE 1148                  1   1  0     4       IMMORTAL ASYLUM (86)
 STRAY MONGREL 1170            1   1  0     4       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)
-D'VINN 1165                   1   1  0     4       NEVERQUEST (97)
 MYSTERY MEAT 1182             1   0  0     3       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 POUNDHOG DAY 1179             0   2  0     2       RODENT CLAN (37)
 FIRE FANG MUTT 1188           0   1  0     1       RAGNAROK'S WOLVES (21)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
G DANG 2 1196           0  1 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    STONE GOLEM            70  NONE
PARSEK 1167             0  1 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    ROBO 1158              68  JUST REVENGED
URRIM 901               9  8 0 CLAN LONGBEARD 39    BRAIN 812              67  REVENGED
AQUINAS 1029            0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       MR PINK 1062           66  NOT REVENGED
DANTE 1195              0  1 0 DARQUE AGES 29       MOUNTAIN TROLL         70  NONE
MELISSA JOAN 730       10  9 0 HOUSE OF HEARTS 56   THETA 123              66  REVENGED
ALISTAIR 1147           0  2 0 IMMORTAL ASYLUM 86   HEAD BAND 1056         70   
CRY MORE 1185           0  1 0 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 18   WURM KIN               70  NONE
LEAVE ME ALONE 1184     0  1 0 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 18   DARK CHAMPION          70  NONE
THE TROOPER 1142        2  2 0 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 18   BERSERKER 1047         69  JUST REVENGED

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
WHAAA 1187              0  1 0 KELLUMBO'S KIDS 18   SPYMASTER              70  NONE
BUCK RAMBONE 1180       0  1 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 57   CHEREK 1172            69  JUST REVENGED
DA1 1183                0  1 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 57   BLACK ORC              70  NONE
GOTHIK 1163             0  1 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 57   FLOP SHOT 1059         68  JUST REVENGED
FLO 1149                0  4 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      BANDIT PRINCE          70  NONE
COFFIN FODDER 420       5  4 2 RAGNAROK'S WOLVES 21 ROBO 1158              69   
HIROSUKE 1157           1  3 0 SOME KINDA HATE 102  HOOLIGAN 1017          70   
HAIRY VIRGIN 1110       2  1 0 THE COCKTAILS 99     GORSHOK 1159           67   
DREAD PIRATE 1050       2  4 1 UNHOLY KNIGHTS 81    ARIOCH 996             66  REVENGED
VELICITY VON 970        4  6 0 WHO'S YOUR MAMA 89   CHIMERA 1006           68   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Martin Luther -- Somehow, you made me feel unholy.  You are EVIL! -- The flopped Flop
Shot

Serafin Gawain -- Couldn't you have just turned the page? -- Book Mark

JRS -- But, but, I challenged!  Isn't that good for something, you meanie! -- Head
Band

Heartless -- You are!  I didn't have my fast ball, and you took advantage of me. --
Low And away

Grobbulus -- Was it worth it? -- Flop Shot

What?!  The Capital Cartel's only win was in a blood feud challenge?  I demand 15
percent if I have to manage such rot! -- Agent

Well, we definitely flopped with a 1-4.  We should have read on instead of
bookmarking because limping in with a headband on was completely low and away. -- A
disgusted Agent

Congratulations to duelmistress Clara who seems to have a heart. -- Agent and The
Capital Cartel

"Flop Shot -- Ooooo!  One of my better warriors that I have had yet!  Gonna send
Grobbulus first and see how he does. -- Tripwire" Now that we know THAT, we are
getting worried.  Trip, can we just say you tripped up with the first one and leave
it at that? (cheesy grin) -- Agent
P.S.  Ambi AND great?!  We ARE sorry.

"I'm afraid my destiny is going to be second to the Consortium.  Well, they are many,
and I'm alone, so I shouldn't feel too depressed. -- Le Pentarque" ... Maybe not,
maybe not.  We seem to be coming back to reality with that 1-4.  Yu da man! -- Agent

"Why don't you try to clobber the Consortium in Aruak City?  THAT would be an
interesting challenge. -- Le Pentarque"  Hey, Le Pentarque, it has certainly been
said that they welcome anyone to Aruak City an they welcome all challenges.  Tell
everyone to stop at The Bulldog Inn for a free drink courtesy of Kennelworth. --
Agent

Flop Shot -- Well done, sir!  I didn't seem to want to swing!  I am going to come
right back at you with a bit more umph and see how it works out. -- Grobbulus

Cherek -- Ouch!  Let's see how you do against APM/F and some parry. -- Arioch

I guess the soul of the poor Frenchie was fighting at the side of my warriors...
again a nasty move of DK misfiring!  Average Joe was a dodging Lunger against St
George.  St John Kitten was some sort of knacky WoS in front of Hugh Capet.  Cariec
Tom was a blasting Aimed Blow against Full Moon Swoon.  Let's have a last thought for
the spirit of Frenchie... -- Le Pentarque.

We are with you, Wee Beastie, you deserve the throne! -- St John and Iron Smith.

Shadowspire -- Killing is our business, and business is BOOMING.  This past turn was
a minor setback but it's to be expected at this point.  I think I've got a pretty
good sense of what this arena is really like now, and there will be few turns like
this in the future. -- Mordraith, mgr. Some Kinda Hate
P.S.  This arena has really been disappointing me in terms of the Ads.  Are there no
bitter rivals?  No old-school smack talkers?  Those were some of my favorite aspects
of the duels...

Blue Plate -- A slight change in strategy and the victory might have been mine. --
Diabolos

Evelyn Waugh -- I see many more losses in your future.  I Just don't think that
strategy is suited to you... -- Mordraith

Raganrok's Wolves -- The Orc is out for blood.  We really can't control him.  *smirk*
-- Mordraith

Otto -- I think you should sell the diner and start a smithy specializing in plate
armor and medium shields.  You will have more business in this arena than you can
handle... -- Mordraith

Snide Clemens -- How many gladiators do I have to slay before I earn a mention in
your reports.  Coffin Fodder didn't drop dead of natural causes after all... -- Robo

     Sure looked like a natural thing for him to do.

Dunnik -- I must admit I think you got away with one there.  Still, a nice win for
you. -- Spirewolf

Brain -- You are an interesting opponent.  And faster than one would expect, even one
who is expecting some speed. -- Attila

Dylan Ryder -- You were my #2 challenge.  I really didn't want to do it again.  But
someone put you above me in the rankings and clearly that was wrong.  You don't
honestly expect me to just let that go, do you?  And it isn't as if you got hurt or
anything. -- Blue Marble

A concubine?  Feisty, I guess.  And I can see why no one would want to make it
permanent.  But all things considered, not what I was really hoping for in the
champs. -- Lord Exeter

Average Joe -- Sometimes being average is good enough.  If we consider 50/50 to be
average, I for one would be quite pleased with average.  I shoulda won that fight,
but I seem to bed saying that a lot lately. -- St. George

All -- I am noticing a disturbing pattern here in Shadowspire.  Last turn my warrior,
Berserker, was the Most Challenged and killed the unlucky challenger, The Trooper.
The turn before, Chimera was the Most Challenged and dealt death to Velicity Von.  A
few turns ago my fighter Bugbear challenged Punch Card, the Most Challenged that
turn, and was mauled to death. I don't know if foul play is involved, as betting is
what fuels this sport, but Velicity Von went down awfully easy, even for a 4 SZ.  An
inquiry may be in order to check for doping and weapon and armor tampering.  Have you
noticed your short sword breaking on an open hand parry?  Just watch your back and
keep your eyes open, Shadowspire. -- Deep Thought

     Have you ever TRIED to watch your back?  Or even to get a glimpse of it?
     Besides, it isn't doing anything interesting.

UH OH, I just killed one of Kellumbo's Kids.  Which way to the train station. --
Berserker

Who's Your Mama -- Bring on the Bloodfeud and get a good win.  Sorry about killing
your Sz 4, I hate when that happens.  Now, do your worst. -- Deep Thought

Clara -- Wee Bee Bested, go show ole girl. -- Wee Beastie

Tripwire -- Sorry about Bucky boy, I hope you didn't send Arioch I think that would
be overkill. -- Cherek

Colt Steele -- I think I will have to try that again in the future. -- Dras

Sorry to only fight Serafin the past few turns.  I couldn't decide on the rollups in
time for last turn and spaced out on the extra mail holiday this time.  I wanted
Serafin active in case anyone wanted to challenge. -- Bill the Bard

26 August 09
     There has been a run lately of personals and columns turning up in the wrong
     arenas.  When you email in something, check and make sure you have the correct
     arena number!  It's easy for a finger to slip onto the wrong key.  When the
     receipt comes back, check again to be sure it went where you intended!
     Vigilance is your friend, and mine too. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FLO was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DANTE was butchered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
DA1 was killed by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
WHAAA was murdered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight.
CRY MORE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena contest.
G DANG 2 was slain by STONE GOLEM in a 2 minute Dark Arena match.
LEAVE ME ALONE was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
CORRIN vanquished ROBO in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud fight.
LATRICE beat BERSERKER in a 4 minute Bloodfeud brawl.
ARIOCH handily defeated CHEREK in a action packed 3 minute uneven Bloodfeud fight.
GROBBULUS unbelievably bested FLOP SHOT in a action packed 1 minute Bloodfeud duel.
CLARA vanquished LIBERIUS in a popular 1 minute one-sided Challenge Title duel.
YEAR OF THE CAT beat LIAM O'FLAHERTY in a popular 1 minute veteran's Challenge melee.
GRACCHUS subdued BAHBI in a crowd pleasing 5 minute master's Challenge competition.
DUNNIK demolished ANGEL HEART in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl.
HUGH CAPET was handily defeated by WEE BEASTIE in a 1 minute Challenge conflict.
GREGORR overpowered ETTIN in a 1 minute uneven Challenge struggle.
ANSELM handily defeated SARAH JAMES in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
CARIEC TOM was viciously subdued by CHIMERA in a 2 minute gory Challenge brawl.
BRICK MOUSE overpowered BILEDRIVER in a tiresome 7 minute one-sided Challenge match.
PHILIP K. DICK defeated ORNERY OCELOT in a 4 minute master's Challenge conflict.
ST. GEORGE was beaten by WIDOW FAERLINA in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
W.S. GILBERT was vanquished by AVERAGE JOE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
LOW AND AWAY outwaited SINISTER SNOOPY in a dull 14 minute bloody Challenge duel.
BOOK MARK was luckily beaten by BRAIN EATER in a popular 8 minute Challenge match.
LIMP IN unbelievably bested SERAFIN GAWAIN in a 2 minute Challenge match.
HIROSUKE was slain by HOOLIGAN in a 1 minute novice's Challenge duel.
COLT STEELE overpowered BLUE PLATE in a 2 minute brutal uneven Challenge match.
GORSHOK lost to DRAS in a 3 minute novice's Challenge fray.
VIRIDIO slimly won victory over DIABLOS in a 5 minute amateur's Challenge bout.
STRAY MONGREL was overpowered by CRINGER in a 2 minute uneven Challenge fight.
AVERROES overpowered POTTY MOUTH in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
IRON SMITH overpowered BRAIN in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
ST JOHN KITTEN was overpowered by LORD EXETER in a 1 minute uneven bout.
RAT IN THE HAT demolished SPIREWOLF in a 1 minute uneven contest.
PINKY overpowered THETA in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
DAPHNE ROSEN was subdued by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute struggle.
GERTH beat BILI in a exciting 1 minute veteran's fray.
FULL MOON SWOON subdued DYLAN RYDER in a exciting 2 minute conflict.
DJEREE THE DJERK was vanquished by MARTIN LUTHER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ATTILA KEENBLADE vanquished EFREETI in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
HEARTLESS was demolished by TITUS in a exciting 1 minute uneven competition.
KIMBHULEE overpowered BINAURAL in a 1 minute uneven battle.
BLUE MARBLE was outwaited by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a monotonous 15 minute struggle.
FIMNAR was handily defeated by MYKUL in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
CHILI SURPRISE was defeated by MADDENED MEERKAT in a 4 minute brutal brawl.
GUTBUSTER overcame SQUIRRELWIND in a 2 minute melee.
JRS was overcome by EVELYN WAUGH in a 1 minute match.
SHY SKUNK overpowered NOVENTE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
XORN was defeated by MEAT in a 2 minute gruesome veteran vs. novice upset duel.
THE CATALYST savagely defeated NATHANAEL WEST in a 1 minute competition.
HEAD BAND executed ALISTAIR in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
POUNDHOG DAY was savagely defeated by MILEY in a 6 minute amateur's bout.
FIRE FANG MUTT was narrowly defeated by MYSTERY MEAT in a 7 minute novice's struggle.
BRAND defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a monotonous 6 minute novice's brawl.
RIVA devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 21         TOTAL PARRY      109 -  76 -  1      59  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     16         STRIKING ATTACK  146 - 120 - 11      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  16         AIMED BLOW        70 -  60 -  2      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                      11         WALL OF STEEL     47 -  43 -  5      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      8         PARRY-LUNGE       30 -  31 -  0      49  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         SLASHING ATTACK   34 -  46 -  2      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    7         PARRY-RIPOSTE     44 -  64 -  5      41  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         LUNGING ATTACK    52 -  82 -  5      39  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         BASHING ATTACK    73 - 118 -  8      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE      12 -  28 -  0      30  |

Turn  70 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     STRIKING ATTACK    9 - 12         4  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  5         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  2     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  6         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        5 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     3 - 13         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY       10 -  6                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
AIMED BLOW         6 -  5                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      CLARA 666                  16  11  0  133 HOUSE OF HEARTS (56)
STRIKING ATTACK  LORD EXETER 932            12   6  0  108 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    WEE BEASTIE 864            16   6  1   97 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
LUNGING ATTACK   DUNNIK 900                 13   7  0   95 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
AIMED BLOW       ST JOHN KITTEN 840         16   9  1   86 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
WALL OF STEEL    GRACCHUS 825               14  12  2   86 WARMASTERS (15)
BASHING ATTACK   GREGORR 865                12  10  0   78 WARMASTERS (15)
TOTAL PARRY      PHILIP K. DICK 848         13  11  0   64 LITERATE LOONS (40)
SLASHING ATTACK  AVERAGE JOE 887            12   9  0   59 LA PENTARCHIE (11)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
The overall popularity leader is GERTH 665.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
BOOK MARK 1058.  The ten other most popular fighters were BAHBI 621, ORNERY OCELOT 
144, DIABLOS 1156, CHEREK 1172, MILEY 1186, DYLAN RYDER 974, GRACCHUS 825, MADDENED 
MEERKAT 1134, THE CATALYST 939, and POUNDHOG DAY 1179.

The least popular fighter this week was BLUE MARBLE 1030.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LOW AND AWAY 1060, SINISTER SNOOPY 1069, BILEDRIVER 324, BRAND 
1189, MYSTERY MEAT 1182, FIRE FANG MUTT 1188, BRICK MOUSE 987, ALISTAIR 1147, 
NATHANAEL WEST 1141, and XORN 1015.