DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/28/2010    Duedate: 08/10/2010

SHADOWSPIRE ARENA

DM-81    TURN-93

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VIRIDIO
WARMASTERS (15)
(81-1145) [15-12-0,108]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BOOK MARK                      NOTAXESTEXAS
CAPITAL CARTEL (93)            THE MONSANTIS (112)
(81-1058) [16-13-0,115]        (81-1323) [4-2-0,50]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MIDNIGHT SUN                   MIDNIGHT SUN
SUMMERBORN (104)               SUMMERBORN (104)
(81-1211) [12-9-0,89]          (81-1211) [12-9-0,89]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

CAPITAL CARTEL (93)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. LA PENTARCHIE (11)          55
2. LITERATE LOONS (40)         38      CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
3. SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)    35      Unchartered Team
4. ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)         34
5. FUZZY BUNNIES (110)         27      THE MONSANTIS (112)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 CAPITAL CARTEL (93)       94  55  4 63.1   1/ 2 CAPITAL CARTEL (93)      12  3 0
 2/ 1 SUMMERBORN (104)          66  39  2 62.9   2/ 8 SUMMERBORN (104)         10  5 1
 3/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11)       272 189  9 59.0   3/ 9 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) 10  5 0
 4/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)  49  36  0 57.6   4/ 3 JUNGLELAND (103)         10  5 0
 5/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)    258 203  9 56.0   5/ 6 FUZZY BUNNIES (110)       9  5 1
 6/ 6 DARQUE AGES (29)         204 165  6 55.3   6/ 5 DARQUE AGES (29)          9  5 0
 7/ 7 WARMASTERS (15)          239 219 20 52.2   7/ 7 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)      9  5 0
 8/ 8 RODENT CLAN (37)         169 159  9 51.5   8/13 LA PENTARCHIE (11)        9  6 2
 9/10 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)      237 227 13 51.1   9/ 1 WARMASTERS (15)           9  6 0
10/12 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)     219 219 11 50.0  10/14 THE RED BLADES (88)       7  8 1
11/13 JUNGLELAND (103)          51  56  1 47.7  11/16 LITERATE LOONS (40)       7  8 0
12-14 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      69  76  1 47.6  12/12 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)     6  6 1
13-15 FURRY FURY (25)          120 137  5 46.7  13/ 4 RODENT CLAN (37)          6  8 1
14/ 9*THE MONSANTIS (112)       14  16  0 46.7  14/10 OTTO'S DINER (96)         6  9 0
15/16 LITERATE LOONS (40)      214 249  7 46.2  15/11*THE MONSANTIS (112)       6  9 0
16/17 THE RED BLADES (88)       79 101  5 43.9  16/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       4  6 0
17/18 MONSTER MANUAL (87)       80 105  3 43.2  17/19 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       4 11 1
18-19 JOSEFINS HEROES (105)     32  43  1 42.7  18/15 CLAN LONGBEARD (39)       4 11 0

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
19/20 OTTO'S DINER (96)         63  87  1 42.0  19-18 JOSEFINS HEROES (105)     2  3 0
20-21 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)   118 166  9 41.5  20-22*TEAM SLUDGE (107)         2  3 0
21-22*TEAM SLUDGE (107)         11  16  0 40.7  21-20 PHILANTHROPISTS (85)      2  8 0
22/23 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)       99 146  6 40.4  22/26*FAR TRAVELERS (113)       2  8 0
23/24 FUZZY BUNNIES (110)       18  31  1 36.7  23/25*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)       2 13 0
24/25*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)        7  28  1 20.0  24-24 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)    1  0 0
25/26*FAR TRAVELERS (113)        2   8  0 20.0  25-23 FURRY FURY (25)           1  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                               The Return of Tripwire

Notes:  This following takes place about 8 years ago.  Tripwire had suddenly
disappeared from Alastari for many years leaving his stables of gladiators and
fortunes in shambles, shut down across the lands.  This is the story of his return to
the sands and what had happened to the psionic.

     The long, hardened fingernail scraped slowly across the expensive oak tabletop
leaving small shavings and furrows of wood in its wake.  Jekyll winced each time the
claw dug into his tabletop and ruined the finish.  The dark assassin looked up from
under the thick black hair that hung long over his face and eyes and muttered, "You
know, that table costs me more than an entire stable of gladiators?"
     A low growl came from the huge beast of a man seated in the large chair across
from him.  The hand stopped its digging and pointed at Jekyll accusingly.  "We almost
had them!  After all these years we almost had them.  It's your fault they got away.
This is the longest we have ever had to search for an artifact!  And it was OURS!
STOLEN FROM US!  NO ONE STEALS FROM US!!"  Thrusting himself from the table the
hugely muscled Ultraist nearly upended the entire 500 pound dining table just pushing
back from the chair and standing, once again pacing the the huge dining area of
Jekyll's hideout.
     "Peace brother.  It wasn't my fault!  I told you that a hundred times.  It
wasn't magic and it wasn't taken by force.  There are spells and traps still not
triggered around the door."  Standing himself he pushed his always flowing and
shifting hooded cape to the side as he stood.  "I finally figured out it was done by
a psionic of some sort.  I hadn't been prepared for that.  Mental abilities, not
magic got the artifact, but why is what I am trying to figure out.  Why would a
psionic steal a psionic soul prison?"  Jekyll flowed across the room seeming to not
even walk but flick from shadow to shadow as he moved.
     The psionic soul prison was intended to be an impregnable trap for a mentalist.
It actually was a combination of magic and psionic energy that trapped a persons soul
into the hells until the person could come up with a random 10 digit number within 30
seconds.  The artifact itself reset the number and changed it every half minute to
make it impossible for the trapped person's soul to return to its rightful body.
     After years of chasing leads, bribing, and not a little bit of outright killing
they had tracked the artifact to an area north of the city of Snowbound in the harsh
cold mountains.  There had to be a hidden hideaway there somewhere and they were
right on the verge of finding it.  Unfortunately during a rigorous round of
"questioning" Jekyll had used a bit too much, ahem, vigor and the subject had died
right before he gave the exact location.  Waving a hand in the air he turned to the
collossul were-lion.  "We know the general location.  We are almost there.  We will
finally have our property returned and take pleasure in making the offenders pay."
     The golden maned giant turned towards the assassin, moving with startling
quickness for a man of his huge stature.  Muscles rippled as he turned his 6'10"
frame and pointed, "Get your things together.  We leave in an hour."

                             ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

     The young guard stared at the thin man chained to the chair.  The room was tiny
and sparce with two doors, one leading further into the underground dungeon and one
leading back outside into the entrance room, where their master worked.  "He isn't
alive.  He can't be look!  His chest isn't moving."  The old guard shook his head and
sighed once again having to deal with newcomers.  His master wasn't an easy man to
please, and this was the third new guard in a month.  The others having paid the
ultimate price for failing.  "Look jus sit in yer chair and watch him.  Is it that
hard?  Keep on yappin and yer likely to find yerself in a grave."  Turning, he looked
breifly at their scrawny charge.  A thin tall man in ragged clothing that fell nearly
off his body, he hadn't moved in years.  He knew that the man was alive, his master
said so, but somehow his master wasn't pleased, something had gone wrong.
     Many years ago his master had brought him to this place and explained that the
man in the chair was the key to opening huge amounts of power.  But for some reason
he couldn't gain the power he wanted.  It was inaccessible.  He had brought the man
in with some sort of glowing manacle clamped onto his throat, the thing pulsed with
power and gave off an feeling of dread every time he looked at it.
     The younger guard stood and the older tried to reach for him to tell him to sit.  
"I am going to take a closer look."  Standing quickly the brash and burly young guard
moved towards the scrawny figure.  "He can't be alive!  Look at him!  Why are we
guarding someone so pathetic?"
     A cold chill permeated the air and the older guard started, his eyes widening as
he sat in his chair a bit straighter and looked straight ahead.  A hissing sibilant
voice answered.  "Not dangerous you say?  Why?  Because he is weak you think?
Because he is... powerless?"  The hooded and robed figure had materialized in the
room without a sound and the young guard, bolted back towards his chair and cast his
eyes downward.  "I am sorry master, I didn't mean anythi..."
     A clawed hand pointed towards the young guard.  "Draw your sword."
     The youth shook his head, "Master, I am sorry... I..."
     "DRAW IT!!" The voice pounded into the two guards heads and nearly toppled them
both over.  Shakily the youth did as he was told his hand barely able to hold onto
the leather hilt of his broadsword.  The master, whose black boots hovered inches off
the ground floated slowly towards the pair.  "Now use it, stab the prisoner in the
heart, slash his throat.  Kill him."
     The guard looked at the pathetic man in the chair and moved slowly forward.
"Master I didn't mean to..."
     "DO IT OR DIE!"  the hissing voice permeated the heads of the pair and made them
wince.
     Persperation began to trickle from the guard's head as he moved slowly towards
the captive.  Looking back once at the older guard, who was shaking in his chair he
swallowed and turned back a pleading look on his face.  Hefting the broadsword the
burly man used the razor sharp edge to slash forward with a quick strike, intending
to kill him quickly with a blow across the throat.  With a mighty heave he grunted
with the effort of bringing it whistling down across the man's throat.  The
broadsword shattered.  Shards of steel flying into the hands and arms of the youth as
he screamed in pain.  The blow had been true, had struck the flesh, but it had
bounded back and shattered, leaving not even a dent or scratch on the man sitting in
the chair.
     "Foolish boy.  Impetuous boy.  Let me tell you a story about this man sitting in
this chair.  This hated being whom I despise more than any other.  This creature who
has vexed me for years now.  Sit and I will tell you the story of Tripwire..."

Too be continued...

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Well, we all had our hopes up that perhaps Jugger would come down from Murska in
celebration of his first graduate and Duelmaster, but no such luck.  I guess his 17-
35-0 DM and graduate out of that arena was greater cause for celebration.  Oh well.
He did manage to get a letter off, however, which is something I guess.  He let me
know that I won't be fighting on the Isle on account of my style and my odd favorite
weapon and fighting rhythms (DA LO/MO, whatever that means), but that he'd like to
keep me on the payroll as a team manager of sorts.  Since all he's ever done since we
first signed up with him about a year ago now is to post some more or less suspicious
challenges every now and then, I'm hoping to be able to at least as good a job as
he's ever done of it.
     While I was the first graduate and DM off of the original Summerborn-five, I am
by no means the most talented, so first on the order of agenda will be to try to
graduate some of my more talented peers.  I'm hoping to have August on the Isle
within the next couple of turns, and Midnight Sun has been severely underperforming
which I'm hoping to remedy through some slight change of tactics and better
challenging.  A little further down, Vaca is quietly amassing a decent record as well
which I hope to maintain as he approaches the champion ranks.
     For my own last turn, I'm just randomly challenging two warriors I haven't
fought before, while avoiding the very impressive looking Regina Spectre.  I thought
about throwing Arioch one last challenge in the hopes of redeeming myself somewhat
for that last embarrassing loss where he didn't throw a single punch, but thought
better of it.  I've lost the title to him once already and think it would haunt me
for the rest of my (immortal) life if I lost to him once more.  Best not risk it.
     It's been great battling it out with you all.   Best of luck in the future.

Your Duelmaster,
Hummingbird

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, SHADOWSPIRE?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Later days, WARMASTERS, since CAPITAL 
CARTEL took top team from you this turn, you guys are old news.  If this keeps up, 
RODENT CLAN, you'll have to shine swords instead of use them.  A drop of 9 in the 
rankings?  SUMMERBORN turned their 2-3-0 turn into a 2nd place rank in the listings 
this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit lists.  Now let's all watch 
LA PENTARCHIE's heads swell from their 5-0-1 this turn.  Haa ha ha ha!  Big shots, 
big talk, big deal.  Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see FAN ZHEN win a 
fight and gain 23 points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, FAN ZHEN beat SELENA SPECTRE and 
SELENA SPECTRE lost 19 points.  You're breakin' my heart.  VIRIDIO challenged 
SHADOWSPIRE's Duelmaster for a shot at the throne.  And it's out with the old, in 
with the new, as VIRIDIO takes the Title and last week's bar tab from the old 
Duelmaster.  Heh, heh.  The Swinging Aardvark, humph!  I've tasted better ale at 
mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From SHADOWSPIRE's trash dumps?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
SUPERIOR FORCES NT, I suppose you'll be glad to know you were this turn's most 
avoided team.  Care to know who is the most afraid of you?  And who led the way in 
this mass act of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was JUNGLELAND.  Ha 
ha ha ha!  AVERAGE JOE was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now 
was the DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.  I guess I can give a little credit to PINK 
BUNNY of FUZZY BUNNIES for challenging up by 22 to CICERO.  PINK BUNNY won to get 51 
points of recognition.   
     Some people like volunteer work in the hospitals.  I volunteer for SHADOWSPIRE's 
morgue.  More variety.  THE RED BLADES has cause to pause today, as KID CHARLEMAGNE 
was sent to the Dark Arena, and came back--though not in the best of moods, I'll 
wager.  And what a stunning loss we have here, boys and girls, ROSALITA of JUNGLELAND 
has added the final loss to hers 9-12-0.  Tee hee!  And now a passing thought on a 
warrior dying young (CHOP SUEY of OTTO'S DINER):  You had your chance and now you're 
dead.  Oh well...  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if the fate 
catches up with you sooner that later?   
     There's got to be a better place in SHADOWSPIRE to get a drink than The Swinging 
Aardvark!  Any suggestions?  Just wait 'till next time I show up here, I won't be so 
nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll need the kindling come 
this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VIRIDIO 1145                 15  12  0   108       WARMASTERS (15)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOOK MARK 1058               16  13  0   115       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 ARIOCH 996                   23  14  2   110       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 W.S. GILBERT 995             18  19  3   109       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117          15  15  1   106       THE RED BLADES (88)
 AUGUST 1212                  14   7  1    99       SUMMERBORN (104)
 PHILIP K. DICK 848           25  22  0    97       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-ORNERY OCELOT 144            20  36  0    96       FURRY FURY (25)
 EVELYN WAUGH 1070            20  12  0    96       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 REGINA SPECTRE 1194          14   9  0    96       THE RED BLADES (88)
 AZAGHAL 1223                 13   9  0    94       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 CARIEC TOM 984               18  20  2    93       LA PENTARCHIE (11)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAN ZHEN 1288                 8   3  1    90       DARQUE AGES (29)
 MIDNIGHT SUN 1211            12   9  0    89       SUMMERBORN (104)
 MARTIN LUTHER 718            21  19  0    86       DARQUE AGES (29)
 HUGH CAPET 690               20  23  3    86       DARQUE AGES (29)
 XORN 1015                    19  13  0    86       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 GOULASH 1215                 13   9  0    81       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 ZEVRAN 1258                  11   5  0    80       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 KID CHARLEMAGNE 1193         10  13  2    80       THE RED BLADES (88)
 DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234         11   9  0    79       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 OUTLAW PETE 1200             14   8  0    78       JUNGLELAND (103)
 THE SUPERIOR CAT 1230        13   4  0    73       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 BLUE MARBLE 1030             19  15  0    72       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 CHUPUCASUPERIOR 1229         12   5  0    72       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 CTUCHIK 1242                 10   9  1    72       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
-ONYB ENGLVAR 903             15  13  0    69       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 LIMP IN 1057                 16  14  0    68       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
-RYAK RAZORSAW 597            14  24  2    68       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 SELENA SPECTRE 1192          14   9  1    67       THE RED BLADES (88)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SINISTER SNOOPY 1069         13  16  0    66       FURRY FURY (25)
 BERSERKER 1047               11  19  2    65       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 FIMNAR 1053                  15  18  1    64       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
-NYDERAWYN 1046               10   8  0    61       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 VACA 1210                    12   9  0    58       SUMMERBORN (104)
 ELTHOR 1237                  12   8  0    58       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 MAGIC RAT 1317                6   3  0    58       JUNGLELAND (103)
 BRICK MOUSE 987              16   7  0    57       RODENT CLAN (37)
 BOBBY JEAN 1197              12  10  0    57       JUNGLELAND (103)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SYE THE BEARDED 801          10   9  0    54       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 CLASSIC NAPALM 1262           7   7  0    54       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
-MACKAPACKA 1218               5  10  0    54       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 PINK BUNNY 1300               7   3  0    51       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
-MUSSE PIGG 1259               8   4  0    50       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 NOTAXESTEXAS 1323             4   2  0    50       THE MONSANTIS (112)
-ELILAD 1055                  11   6  0    48       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-BRIARSMILE 944                9  16  1    48       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
 SUPERIORBANE 1226             9   8  0    45       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 SCRAWNIE RONNIE 1285          7   5  1    45       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 SMACKY BUNNY 1298             5   5  1    44       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
-LIGDISH BANG 983              9  14  0    41       PHILANTHROPISTS (85)
-LILLEKATT 1217                8   7  0    41       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 PRONATE 1320                  6   2  0    41       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 KISS MY GRITS 1252           11   7  0    40       OTTO'S DINER (96)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MADDENED MEERKAT 1134         7  19  0    40       FURRY FURY (25)
 CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267         7   6  1    39       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
 CICERO 1266                   7   5  0    39       WARMASTERS (15)
 SHAVIOLA 1322                 6   2  0    39       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 BROWN BETTY 1233              7  13  1    38       OTTO'S DINER (96)
-QUARTON 827                   9   9  0    36       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 HEINRIK 1257                  7  10  1    34       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 MICE AND DICE 1247            4   1  0    34       RODENT CLAN (37)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 A.E. HOUSMAN 1306             5   4  0    33       LITERATE LOONS (40)
-WALLI 1219                    6   9  0    29       JOSEFINS HEROES (105)
 LIAM O'SUPERIOR 1302          5   3  0    29       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
-RENA 1269                     4   2  0    28       TEAM SLUDGE (107)
 JEHGAN 1295                   7   4  0    25       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 NARYAK 1296                   6   5  1    25       CLAN LONGBEARD (39)
 ZOG CORNERSTONE 1319          5   3  0    25       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 SHILLELAGH TOR 1294           6   5  0    24       THE RED BLADES (88)
 GUTTER BALL 1361              3   0  0    24       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUGHNASSADH 1330              5   2  1    19       SUMMERBORN (104)
 CHARLES MARTEL 1346           3   2  0    19       DARQUE AGES (29)
-AELA FIREBLADE 975            4   4  0    18       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 BEASTIER WEE 1362             2   1  1    18       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 VIRGINIA WOOLF 1263           2  12  0    18       LITERATE LOONS (40)
 LIFE PATENT 1340              2   3  0    18       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 AMULIUS 1380                  1   0  0    17       ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)
 ANGER MOUSE 1347              2   1  0    16       RODENT CLAN (37)
 MARCO POLO 1375               2   0  0    16       DARQUE AGES (29)
-JESICKA STARGAZER 1335        1   0  0    16       TEAM SLUDGE (107)
-THE SEAMSTRESS 986            2   6  0    15       BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19)
 HYPOGEE BLEVE 1364            1   2  0    14       LA PENTARCHIE (11)
 HAUNTED MOUSE 1384            1   0  0    13       RODENT CLAN (37)
-ZAMZALIN 1272                 3   3  0    12       TEAM SLUDGE (107)
 JUSTICE THOMAS 1326           3   3  0    12       THE MONSANTIS (112)
 PIZZARRHEA 1348               2   2  0    12       OTTO'S DINER (96)
 PIOTR COTTONTAIL 1352         2   2  0    12       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
 ALEKSANDR 1372                1   1  0    11       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 NUMITOR 1379                  1   0  0    11       ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)
 PIT FIEND 1344                3   1  0    10       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 JAGER VON DRACHEN 1341        2   3  0     9       DRAGONBANE GUILD (13)
-SERAH 1303                    2   2  0     8       TEAM SLUDGE (107)
 MADAM MARIE 1356              2   2  0     8       JUNGLELAND (103)
 VICTOR 1369                   1   1  0     8       WARMASTERS (15)
 CHILI SUPERIOR 1363           2   1  0     7       SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106)
 EVANDER 1368                  1   1  0     7       WARMASTERS (15)
 URMAR 1373                    1   1  0     6       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 BUGS 1360                     1   2  0     5       FUZZY BUNNIES (110)
 DOPPLEGANGER 1382             1   0  0     5       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 PUNT 1366                     1   1  0     4       CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
 IMA CHEERLEADER 1353          0   4  0     4       UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
 CHINGACHGOOK 1371             0   2  0     2       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 HANA 1370                     0   2  0     2       FAR TRAVELERS (113)
 MEDUSA 1383                   0   1  0     1       MONSTER MANUAL (87)
 ASSERIUS 1377                 0   1  0     1       WARMASTERS (15)
 BLOOMAGE 1378                 0   1  0     1       OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
 LYCURGUS 1381                 0   1  0     1       ARCHAIC CHAOS (111)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
APIS FREMO 1310         2  5 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111    BANDIT PRINCE          93  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CONSECTOR 1308          2  5 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111    BANDIT PRINCE          93  NONE
HEAD BAND 1056         15 12 2 CAPITAL CARTEL 93    HUGH CAPET 690         90   
SHEWISH GIANT           0  0 0 DARK ARENA           KID CHARLEMAGNE 1193   93  NONE
AVERROES 853           13 11 1 DARQUE AGES 29       SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117    90  REVENGED
ANDIKAN 1374            0  2 0 FAR TRAVELERS 113    BEASTIER WEE 1362      93   
FLOPPY LONGEARS 1328    1  5 0 FUZZY BUNNIES 110    STONE GOLEM            93  NONE
ROSALITA 1198           9 13 0 JUNGLELAND 103       CARIEC TOM 984         93   
CHIMERA 1006           11 19 1 MONSTER MANUAL 87    FAN ZHEN 1288          89  NOT REVENGED
WEEZY 1358              1  2 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 57   MOUNTAIN TROLL         93  NONE
CHOP SUEY 1338          3  2 0 OTTO'S DINER 96      SMACKY BUNNY 1298      93   
MOLEVERIZER 1385        0  1 0 RODENT CLAN 37       BANDIT PRINCE          93  NONE
FELIX 1307              0  3 0 TEAM SLUDGE 107      LUGHNASSADH 1330       91   
DDT 1325                2  3 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267  92   
GARBAGE 1376            0  1 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    WURM KIN               93  NONE
INVISINOBLE 1327        3  3 0 THE MONSANTIS 112    WURM KIN               93  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Look at those point gains!  62, 54, 52, and Capital Cartel and Darque Ages at 47 and
46.  Wow!  Well done, Jungleland! -- Agent, Capital Cartel (clearly quite impresses)

All -- Welcome Bloodmage, may she make your days miserable and mine wonderous! --
Tripwire

Liberius -- Not a good way to go out, but luck to you on the Isle (or retirement).  I
have a new strategy.  Block with my face and hope for the best!  It has worked the
past few turns. -- Arioch

Ima Cheerleader -- I am off to the DA! -- Weezy

Consector -- Whohoo!  I wasn't expecting that rating for a while.  Noice! -- Shaviola

Brown Betty -- Not this time, sweetcheeks! -- Zevran

Pronate -- Ouch!  I really thought you would teach me more than that! -- Apis Fremo

Shaviola -- I didn't realize that you're so aggressive.  I was looking around in the
stands, waving to my girlfriend... well, now my ex... dude, calm down. -- Consector

Would my guys begin to get out of their summer slumber?  Let's hope so.  It could
also be the poking from Gentleben: who knows? -- LP, fingers crossed.

By the way, my rookie will miss at least the next turn... holiday issues!

DeepThought -- All my condolences for Ettin, nice efficient warrior.  I guess Average
Joe got confused by the two heads and tried to simplify... -- LP

Classic Napalm
     If our souls only found the right balm,
     We could sing with the joy of a Psalm,
     But in order to find inner calm,
     We must live all our life free of qualm.
     Some challenges are self-giving alms,
     And the cowards' life a ticking timebomb,
     But the closest to squealing out 'mom',
     Is a failed headhunter named Napalm.
-- A.E. Housman

Hummingbird -- It's the duelmastership, fer cryin-out-loud.  Worth a shot for a
perhaps-last-chance old man, no?  Well, in retrospect, perhaps, no.  Congratulations
on the rare, dominant, Shadowspire career. -- W.S. Gilbert

Martin Luther -- I find that dastardly challenge to be as brave as... my bi-weekly
avoids. -- Philip K. Dick

The Superior Cat -- Some kind of a record.  Seems a bit ironic that I learned attack
from that. -- Outlaw Pete

Liam O'Superior -- Hmm.  Was I looking into a mirror? -- Madam Marie

Walli -- Hate to pick on you but the style match-up is just too tempting. -- Magic
Rat

Hummingbird -- Congrats on the invite and the awesome performance you showed in this
arena. -- Bartender and Jungleland

Hummingbird -- Congrats on the throne and the graduation. -- Vanek, Manager of
Warmasters

Far Travelers -- Welcome to Shadowspire!  I hope you enjoy your stay here as much as
I have!  Also, I know an 0-5 record isn't what you'd hoped for to start, but don't
get discouraged.  Keep your chin up and keep plugging away! -- Vanek

Shadowspire -- Drinks are on me this week at Otto's Diner to celebrate Liberius
finally graduating!  We thought it would never happen. -- Vanek

Arioch -- I matched up against you recently and won.  Then I discover my favorites
upon graduation and use them against you in a rematch.  I should do even better this
time, right?  I mean, now I know my favorite weapon and rythem.  No surprise... of
course then I lost!  Nice fight sir! -- Liberius

Chupucasuperior -- A 6'8 Dwarf!?!  Look more like a wookie to me.  Something stinks
here and it isn't just my dueling. -- Fimnar

     The Commission's idea of a joke.  It's gotten old in the past fifteen years.

Maddened Meerkat -- You thought breaking my weapon was going to change things? HA! --
Elthor

Elidad -- What the... -- Heinrik

Zevran -- What Heinrik said. -- Naryak

Blue Marble -- Of course I have to match up with the likes of you!  The gods must
really hate me. -- Fimnar

Superiorbane -- You think using that weapon will actually fool someone.  Pleeeeeaase,
we all know what you really are. -- Elthor

Goulash -- I beat you to the ground and you get up and get in one lucky shot!?!  The
is no justice in the world. -- Heinrik

     Did you really expect some?

Limp In -- Damned smithy cost me that one! -- Naryak

Mackapacka -- I was due to lose one, good challenge and well fought. -- Jehgan

Congrats to Hummingbird, Average Joe and Liberius on your recent invites. -- All of
Clan Longbeard

Sorry we missed the personals last turn! -- Bill the Bard

Hugh Capet and Darque Ages -- Congrats on the bloodfued. -- Serafin

Onyb "Bony" Englvar -- I admit it.  The first time I saw your name in the newsletter
I decided I would just call you Bony.  Nice fight, Bony.  Sweet payoff for each of
us, too. -- Regina

Azaghal -- You've sure got our number.  Nice fight. -- Selena

Xorn -- Bill tells me that even though I lost the fight I won a free trip.  Pretty
sweet, huh? -- Kid Charlemagne

Bobby Jean -- Thanks for not killing me! -- S. Tor

Lord Protectors Hummingbird, Avg. Joe and Liberius -- Congrats from The Red Blades

Far Travelers (and other new teams I have missed) -- Welcome to Shadowspire! -- Bill
the Bard and The Red Blades

Beer -- Watch out for that Obregon guy.  He looks a little parched. -- Bill the Bard

Great Spot, Kid! -- Agent, Capital Cartel

And welcome to you, Obregon.  Sign a contract with me and I will take you to The Big
Time.  Meanwhile, may your stay in Shadowspire be long and prosperous. -- Agent,
Capital Cartel

Duchess (Of Erat) -- If you keep trying and challenging, sooner or later you will
find a mark.  Meanwhile, thanks for the win.  You were a fun read. -- Bookmark,
Capital Cartel

Naryak -- Those nasty old RUGs gave you a treat, eh?  Got you on the flop. -- Limp
In, Capital Cartel

Apis -- Thanks for the challenge.  I needed that! -- Pronate, Capital Cartel

Beastier Wee -- That was a lucky strike for me.  You were number two.  Now I am going
for a turkey. -- Gutter Ball

Aleksandr -- I was lucky in my first meeting with a Far Traveler.  I didn't have to
punt. -- Agent, Capital Cartel

Hummingbird -- Yu da man!  (Well, birdie, you know what I mean.) -- Agent, Capital
Cartel

26 July 2010
     Some managers have attempted to send personals and columns to hal, and hal has
been refusing to acknowledge their content.  I don't know what hal's problem is,
specifically, but for best success, send PLAIN TEXT (dot txt) in the body of the
email.  Not attachments.  Thank you. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

KID CHARLEMAGNE viciously butchered SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
FLOPPY LONGEARS was viciously butchered by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute battle.
INVISINOBLE was murdered by WURM KIN in a action packed 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
APIS FREMO was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena fight.
CONSECTOR was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
WEEZY was slaughtered by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
MOLEVERIZER was butchered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena competition.
GARBAGE was easily killed by WURM KIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena melee.
HUGH CAPET was vanquished by SERAFIN GAWAIN in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud duel.
XORN was viciously subdued by AVERAGE JOE in a 2 minute veteran's Bloodfeud duel.
LIFE PATENT was handily defeated by CYRIL WYRMSLAYER in a 1 minute Bloodfeud bout.
VIRIDIO luckily beat HUMMINGBIRD in a 3 minute master's Challenge Title match.
AUGUST was overcome by ARIOCH in a exciting 3 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
W.S. GILBERT devastated MARTIN LUTHER in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
ROSALITA was easily killed by CARIEC TOM in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
GOULASH defeated CTUCHIK in a action packed 1 minute Challenge struggle.
EVELYN WAUGH handily defeated DUCHESS OF ERAT in a 3 minute mismatched Challenge bout.
OUTLAW PETE was viciously subdued by PHILIP K. DICK in a 41 minute Challenge fight.
VACA was overpowered by ZEVRAN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
BRICK MOUSE was outwaited by THE SUPERIOR CAT in a tiring 21 minute Challenge contest.
FIMNAR was overpowered by CHUPUCASUPERIOR in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
SUPERIORBANE luckily beat BROWN BETTY in a action packed 3 minute Challenge fray.
MICE AND DICE was bested by NOTAXESTEXAS in a exciting 1 minute Challenge bout.
KISS MY GRITS was overpowered by BERSERKER in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
PINK BUNNY won victory over CICERO in a popular 1 minute Challenge fight.
CHOP SUEY was murdered by SMACKY BUNNY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
JEHGAN lost to PRONATE in a 2 minute Challenge fray.
A.E. HOUSMAN overpowered JUSTICE THOMAS in a 4 minute bloody one-sided Challenge fray.
ZOG CORNERSTONE won victory over VIRGINIA WOOLF in a 5 minute gory Challenge bout.
LIAM O'SUPERIOR overpowered PIOTR COTTONTAIL in a 3 minute uneven Challenge duel.
ALEKSANDR beat JAGER VON DRACHEN in a 2 minute gory novice's Challenge match.
GUTTER BALL luckily beat ANGER MOUSE in a dull 10 minute novice's Challenge bout.
ANDIKAN was butchered by BEASTIER WEE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel.
MARCO POLO devastated BUGS in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge battle.
HYPOGEE BLEVE devastated IMA CHEERLEADER in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge bout.
CHARLES MARTEL savagely defeated CHILI SUPERIOR in a 4 minute Challenge match.
EVANDER beat HANA in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge bout.
AZAGHAL was beaten by BOOK MARK in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran's competition.
REGINA SPECTRE won victory over BLUE MARBLE in a 2 minute veteran's match.
FAN ZHEN demolished SELENA SPECTRE in a 1 minute uneven duel.
LIMP IN was viciously subdued by MIDNIGHT SUN in a 5 minute master's match.
CLASSIC NAPALM overpowered HEINRIK in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
NARYAK was handily defeated by SCRAWNIE RONNIE in a 1 minute mismatched melee.
ELTHOR subdued SHAVIOLA in a 2 minute match.
BOBBY JEAN overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided battle.
MAGIC RAT vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
SHILLELAGH TOR overcame VICTOR in a exciting 1 minute master vs. beginner bout.
LUGHNASSADH subdued CHINGACHGOOK in a 1 minute conflict.
PIZZARRHEA beat LYCURGUS in a popular 3 minute novice's battle.
PUNT was beaten by NUMITOR in a 2 minute amateur's conflict.
PIT FIEND overcame ASSERIUS in a 1 minute amateur's match.
URMAR luckily beat MEDUSA in a 3 minute gory amateur's battle.
MADAM MARIE was viciously subdued by AMULIUS in a 7 minute novice's match.
BLOOMAGE was beaten by DOPPLEGANGER in a 1 minute beginner's bout.
HAUNTED MOUSE devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                 24         WALL OF STEEL     52 -  41 -  2      56  |
|TOTAL PARRY                     14         TOTAL PARRY       84 -  72 -  1      54  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         AIMED BLOW        50 -  48 -  0      51  |
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         STRIKING ATTACK  105 - 104 -  4      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    9         PARRY-STRIKE      22 -  23 -  0      49  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         LUNGING ATTACK    50 -  58 -  3      46  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  7         SLASHING ATTACK   37 -  44 -  2      46  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      6         PARRY-LUNGE       26 -  35 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         BASHING ATTACK    72 -  97 -  6      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         PARRY-RIPOSTE     17 -  25 -  1      40  |

Turn  93 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:

BASHING ATTACK     8 -  2     SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      7 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        5 -  9         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         5 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  4         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK   13 - 11     LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  9         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  4         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  3         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    VIRIDIO 1145               15  12  0  108 WARMASTERS (15)
STRIKING ATTACK  BOOK MARK 1058             16  13  0  115 CAPITAL CARTEL (93)
SLASHING ATTACK  AUGUST 1212                14   7  1   99 SUMMERBORN (104)
TOTAL PARRY      PHILIP K. DICK 848         25  22  0   97 LITERATE LOONS (40)
PARRY-LUNGE      EVELYN WAUGH 1070          20  12  0   96 LITERATE LOONS (40)
AIMED BLOW       MARTIN LUTHER 718          21  19  0   86 DARQUE AGES (29)
BASHING ATTACK   DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234       11   9  0   79 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81)
LUNGING ATTACK   SELENA SPECTRE 1192        14   9  1   67 THE RED BLADES (88)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    SHAVIOLA 1322               6   2  0   39 OF WOLF AND MAN (57)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MIDNIGHT SUN 1211.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MIDNIGHT SUN 1211.  The ten other most popular fighters were AMULIUS 1380, 
BROWN BETTY 1233, CHARLES MARTEL 1346, PIZZARRHEA 1348, AUGUST 1212, DUCHESS OF ERAT 
1234, PIOTR COTTONTAIL 1352, KID CHARLEMAGNE 1193, FLOPPY LONGEARS 1328, and PRONATE 
1320.

The least popular fighter this week was OUTLAW PETE 1200.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PHILIP K. DICK 848, BRICK MOUSE 987, THE SUPERIOR CAT 1230, 
GUTTER BALL 1361, MADAM MARIE 1356, JUSTICE THOMAS 1326, LYCURGUS 1381, CHINGACHGOOK 
1371, NARYAK 1296, and HEINRIK 1257.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

AVERAGE JOE (81-887) LA PENTARCHIE (11)
HUMMINGBIRD (81-1213) SUMMERBORN (104)