DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER Date : 08/11/2010 Duedate: 08/24/2010 SHADOWSPIRE ARENA DM-81 TURN-94 This Weeks Top Honors THE DUELMASTER IS ARIOCH OF WOLF AND MAN (57) (81-996) [24-14-2,118] Chartered Recognition Leader Unchartered Recognition Leader ARIOCH NOTAXESTEXAS OF WOLF AND MAN (57) THE MONSANTIS (112) (81-996) [24-14-2,118] (81-1323) [5-2-0,59] Popularity Leader This Weeks Favorite MIDNIGHT SUN PIT FIEND SUMMERBORN (104) MONSTER MANUAL (87) (81-1211) [13-9-0,108] (81-1344) [3-2-0,11] THE CURRENT TOP TEAM OF WOLF AND MAN (57) TEAMS ON THE MOVE TOP CAREER HONORS Team Name Point Gain Chartered Team 1. JUNGLELAND (103) 71 2. CLAN LONGBEARD (39) 63 SUMMERBORN (104) 3. OF WOLF AND MAN (57) 47 Unchartered Team 4. THE MONSANTIS (112) 36 5. ARCHAIC CHAOS (111) 35 THE MONSANTIS (112) The Top Teams Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 1/ 2 SUMMERBORN (104) 68 42 2 61.8 1/ 7 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) 11 3 0 2/ 1 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) 94 60 4 61.0 2/ 4 JUNGLELAND (103) 11 4 0 3/ 3 LA PENTARCHIE (11) 274 191 9 58.9 3/ 8 LA PENTARCHIE (11) 10 4 2 4/ 4 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) 52 38 0 57.8 4- 6 DARQUE AGES (29) 8 2 0 5/ 5 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) 262 204 9 56.2 5/12 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) 8 5 1 6- 6 DARQUE AGES (29) 204 165 6 55.3 6/11 LITERATE LOONS (40) 8 7 1 7/ 7 WARMASTERS (15) 242 221 20 52.3 7/ 1 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) 8 7 0 8/ 8 RODENT CLAN (37) 172 161 10 51.7 8/ 9 WARMASTERS (15) 8 7 0 9/14*THE MONSANTIS (112) 18 17 0 51.4 9/ 2 SUMMERBORN (104) 8 7 0 10/ 9 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) 241 228 13 51.4 10/ 3 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) 8 7 0 11/10 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) 224 219 11 50.6 11/13 RODENT CLAN (37) 7 8 1 12/11 JUNGLELAND (103) 55 57 1 49.1 12/10 THE RED BLADES (88) 7 8 1 13-12 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) 69 76 1 47.6 13/15*THE MONSANTIS (112) 7 8 0 14/15 LITERATE LOONS (40) 217 251 8 46.4 14/ 5 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) 6 8 1 15/16 THE RED BLADES (88) 81 104 5 43.8 15/18 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) 6 9 0 16/17 MONSTER MANUAL (87) 81 109 3 42.6 16/14 OTTO'S DINER (96) 6 9 0 17/19 OTTO'S DINER (96) 65 90 1 41.9 17/22*FAR TRAVELERS (113) 5 9 0 18-20 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) 118 166 9 41.5 18/16 MONSTER MANUAL (87) 5 10 0 Career Win-Loss Record W L K % Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns W L K 19/18 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) 32 48 1 40.0 19/17 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) 3 12 1 20/22 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) 99 151 6 39.6 20/23*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111) 3 12 1 21/25*FAR TRAVELERS (113) 5 9 0 35.7 21/19 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) 2 8 0 22/23 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) 19 35 1 35.2 22-24 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) 1 0 0 23/24*ARCHAIC CHAOS (111) 8 32 2 20.0 23-21 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) 0 5 0 '*' Unchartered team '-' Team did not fight this turn (###) Avoid teams by their Team Id ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank TEAM SPOTLIGHT The Good Samaritan Havoc slowly picked himself up off the forest floor and carefully brushed the pine needles and dirt off his body. His left shoulder had taken most of the brunt of the impact. His left hip must have struck a rock or something after his upper body bounced off the tree trunk. He rolled his left arm in its socket, but gently. He winced as a stabbing pain arced from the point of his left clavicle to his elbow. Maybe a fracture? A ligament torn? His left arm was relatively useless to him for a while, at any rate. He put his hand on his hip and touched the handle of his sword instead. An ugly thought occurred to him. The handle must have been forced into his hip; it was in the right place. He pulled his falchion from its sheath and held it at arm's length. Tilting it to catch the sunlight's reflection along the blade, he looked for nicks, or other signs of damage. There were none, and the blade was true. Sighing slowly, he sheathed the sword and unbuckled his sword belt, swinging it over his right shoulder instead to take the pressure off his hip. His padded chain mail had absorbed much of the force of the collision and subsequent fall, but not all of it. Havoc could feel the muscles in his neck and upper back already begin to stiffen. He was probably lucky to be alive, but Havoc didn't trust it; luck was too random to be relied on. If he had to guess, he was about six or seven kilometers deep into the forest. That would mean that he was about more than halfway to Pandora's Box. A great place for an ambush. He wondered briefly why he WAS alive. It seemed as if someone had made a terrible mistake... He tried to ignore the spasms of pain crawling across his back. He had to twist his body more than his head to find his horse. "Damn!" he muttered. There it was, only a few meters away. It lay on its left side with its eyes half-lidded and its teeth grimacing in a silent neigh. Havoc shook his head savagely and took a deep breath. The horse was dead, of course, but it seemed likely that it had suffered. Its rear legs had churned the ground around it. Its forelegs were broken, with the bones splintered up through the skin. There was a rough, dark halo, an irregular blotch on the ground under its head. "Hhhmmph!" grunted Havoc. Someone had taken the time to put the horse out of its misery. For that he would give them a swift death. Havoc limped toward the horse cautiously, eyes and ears open. This forest trail was relatively wide and straightforward, but there were plenty of long curves and small hills. Also, it was hemmed in by at least a thousand kilometers of forest on either side. If the enemy was nearby, there were plenty of places to hide. When he reached the horse Havoc slowly circled it, occasionally stopping to squat carefully to examine the ground for sign. No one seemed to have approached the horse from either side of the trail, yet the saddlebags were missing. There was no boot print, no sharp-edged heel mark, no rounded moccasin toe nor bare footprints. Part of the trail was hard-packed sand and coarse dirt and clay, with gravel added by the spade-full here and there to offer purchase for the wagons, but most of it was imprinted with the stuff that one would expect -- a smattering of dead pine needles; twigs and odd branches; various types and conditions of fecal matter churned into the trail by hoof prints and wheel ruts. There was nothing out of the ordinary, other than a dead horse at the side of the trail. "Hah!" Havoc chuckled grimly at his own joke. In some places he'd been, neglected carcasses lying around were as common as bad manners. It begged the question: The chicken or the egg? He came back around to the front of the horse. The log was about a meter long; it had been partially buried in the trail. Triangular teeth were carved into it to enhance its effect. An iron ring was imbedded in either end. Two thin lines, woven out of horsehair most likely, were tied to them, one to each ring. The lines stretched out on opposite sides of the trail. Havoc followed the closer end. It was tied firmly to a tree trunk close by the trail. His features twisted in pain, Havoc slowly limped back across the trail, running the line through his fingers. He found the counterweight on the other side, a pair of thick tree trunks, sizeable pieces. They were tied together and had been precariously balanced about three meters up in a branching fork of an elm. Havoc studied the layout. A sinewy string was struck by his horse as it galloped down the trail. The string yanked the trigger out of the way. The logs dropped about out of the tree, pulling mightily on the line. The log with the jagged edges was torn out of its shallow trench in the trail and slammed lengthwise about a meter and a half, smashing the horse's forelegs out from under it in one stroke. It was simple, devious, and horribly effective. The massive weight of the tree trunks tied together -- that would more than explain its ruthless strength and speed. Havoc hadn't had any time at all to see the trap sprung; there was only the brief, sudden tilt of the horse, a sick sensation of dread, the collision with the tree trunk, and then blackness. He glanced up. The sun was still more or less where he left it before this unwanted adventure began, almost directly above the trail, but just starting to fall to the west. The shadows from the left tree line were lengthening towards the middle of the trail, but they didn't seem much longer than he last remembered. Havoc tried to decide if he should hide his saddle and harness in the forest and continue to head for the tavern, or camp there on the trail for the night. There was fresh meat easily available, at least. He had no desire to hunt or forage; the muscles in his neck and back were more rigid now. The pain was sharper, more demanding. Havoc grit his teeth and thought about it. Supplies and visitors traveled regularly to Pandora's Box via this unmarked plains route; sooner or later someone was due to come by. Supposedly there was another hidden passage between the Box and the coastal city of Cirina, which lay at the far edge of the Nhirivin woods. Most of Pandora's clientele were either roaming pirates or adventurers, or murky figures from Cirina herself. But unless they wished to pass through to the Rirorni Plains, or head towards Shadowspire, there would be no traffic coming from that direction. Havoc ran his fingers under his sword belt. He still had a little coin, anyway. His emergency stash. He had just finished dragging his saddle off of the road kill when he heard the creak and clop of a slow wagon. He straightened hesitantly with a small groan; his back and neck were definitely tightening up. He pulled his falchion halfway out of its scabbard just to make sure it was still there, resheathed it, and turned to face the sounds. It took a few minutes before it came into sight around the elongated curve. It was a large, sturdy, open-topped wagon loaded with broad barrels tightly stacked and packed in a dozen rows, and tied together in a criss-cross pattern of rough hemp rope. Four mammoth 'domesticated' buffalo of the local variety pulled the wagon. Their thick horns had been cut back; their wickedly sharp ends had been reduced to thickly padded stumps wrapped in red leather braid. Their heads were lurching rhythmically in their blocky yokes as they trudged their way around the long curve. They caught the smell of death about the same time that they saw it, stopping and going into a wide stance, rolling their eyes and making their characteristic challenge. They grunted and snorted and repeatedly thrust their hornless heads in powerful plunging motions. A lanky man in stained leather breeches and a soiled red shirt saw Havoc and the dead horse and gaped stupidly until the reins were almost yanked from his hands. "I need a ride," Havoc called out, smiling grimly. "You're delivering to Pandora's Box, aren't you?" "Uh, yeah, that's right," nodded the man uncertainly. The buffalo were quieted somewhat, but they continued to shake their heavy yokes and swing their massive heads in all directions, testing the wind. Havoc measured the distance between them; these monsters' heads were almost even with his. It wouldn't be a good idea to get too close; horns or no they could toss him like a failed lottery ticket. After that, he thought wryly, he'd be worth about as much. "I'm not 'sposed to take on passengers," the man said as Havoc walked gingerly towards him. "I'll make you a deal," Havoc replied. "What's your name?" "My name's Jack," grunted the lanky man as he struggled with the reins. "My name's Havoc," came the gruff reply. "Look, Jack, I'm sorry about this. How about a little coin, 'kay? Plus, I'll buy you a steak dinner when we get to the Box, alright?" The man ran his eyes up and down Havoc's frame. He took in the old-school byrnie that hung to Havoc's knees, the heavy boots, the sword, and most importantly, the look in his eyes. For his part, Havoc noted the long, broad-bladed utility knife sheathed at the other man's hip, and the way his eyes flickered down toward the seat. An unwelcome thought came to mind. With a grimace, Havoc fumbled with the hidden lining of his sword belt, then tossed up a large coin. Jack caught it deftly but seemed surprised. Cautiously taking his eyes off Havoc, he appraised the coin. It was shiny and heavily embossed, and as broad as his palm. On one side he saw the Delarquan crest, on the other the outline of a city, with stairs and an aqueduct running through its center. He turned it over in his hands a few times, and then looked down at Havoc with a puzzled frown. "What's this supposed to be?" Havoc offered a tight smile. "C'mon, Jack; you've been around. It's a centius, of course. Worth a hundred denari. Minted in Osksi." The man studied the coin for a few more seconds. Havoc hoped he wouldn't have to take the wagon away. He knew he couldn't move quickly without a lot of pain. In an hour or less, he wondered if he'd be able to move at all. "Don't tell me you've never heard of Osksi," Havoc said. "Yeah, yeah," Jack nodded. "Used to be one of the more popular cities in the Delarquean empire... but it ain't what it was, is it?" He offered a gap-toothed grin. "The money's good, though," Havoc replied. Jack shrugged and tucked the coin into his shirt. "Yeah, sure; climb aboard, fella." Havoc sighed and slowly walked to his saddle. The harness was tied to the saddle horn in a neat bundle. He crouched and lifted it up with clenched teeth and carried it to the back of the wagon. He slung it over the back gate and was surprised that it made it over. He made sure it was wedged in place and then came around. Jack scooted off the bench on the opposite side as Havoc climbed aboard. He patted and soothed the buffalo as he began to lead them in a wide arc around the dead horse. The wagon tilted suddenly as it went halfway up the grassy edge of the trail. Havoc felt like his back was tearing in half; he realized he couldn't bend his neck or drop his chin if his life depended on it. A rattle from under the seat caught his attention. The edge of a crossbow, its quarrel placed and strung, clattered into view. Havoc checked to make sure that Jack was busy and had his back turned, then he hooked his boot under the string and kicked it off the wagon. Jack pulled and pushed his buffaloes forward. They snorted and plunged a bit within their harness, but they allowed themselves to be guided around the horse and back onto the trail. Jack patted their sides as they moved past him, and then smoothly climbed aboard the wagon. Havoc grit his teeth and steadied himself on the rough bench as the wagon rocked and lurched; stabbing pain echoed up his arm, back, and neck. "How long 'til we get there?" asked Havoc. "Oh, maybe a couple of hours. Maybe a little less." "Ugh. You're serious? That's a long ride." "What's the matter? Not used to the smell?" Jack's smile grew a little broader. Havoc saw he had fewer teeth than he first supposed. "These buffalo don't walk fast at all, but they pull strong," Jack nodded cheerfully. "Take you about eight or ten horses to pull this load! And they wouldn't be movin' much faster, no sir!" Havoc grunted and spent the next half hour feeling his back turn into an unyielding block of agony. Jack whistled nonchalantly; his face set forward, though Havoc could see his eyes slide sideways from time to time. "Uh, pardon my curiosity but... what the hell happened back there?" "I'm not sure myself, to tell you the truth," sighed Havoc. "Got a look at yer horse as I passed by," mused Jack. "You musta been going a good clip to get yer horse bashed like that." "Yeah," growled Havoc. "I'm meetin' a guy tonight at Pandora's. Thought I'd get in early and maybe get a nap before dinner." "Izat so?" Jack spared a brief glance up at the tree-edged ribbon of sky . "It's still a good six hours 'till sunset." "Well, maybe I wanted to get in some fun before that nap," Havoc admitted with a dry chuckle. Jack offered a small, but genuine smile. "Yeah, I know what you mean, buddy - er, Havoc." Havoc thoughtlessly tried to nod in reply, but his neck was a solid piece of iron, now. "But that was then," admitted Havoc. "Right now I just want to lay down -- maybe see if there's a healer around somewhere." "At the Box?" Jack tilted his head thoughtfully. "I believe there's a couple of 'em livin' there," he nodded. "They tend to spill a lot of blood in that place, from time to time." Jack gave Havoc another gap-toothed grin. "What'd you need one of them for?" "When my horse got its legs smashed I was thrown off and into a tree." Jack studied him more openly. "I'll bet that hurt," he shrugged. "But you seem okay." "Yeah?" Havoc grimaced. "Well, thanks, Jack. I feel better now." "Hey now fella, calm down. It's not my fault, you know." "Yeah, I know that," acknowledged Havoc. "But I still hurt like hell, okay? And now...." Havoc pursed his lips and then clicked his teeth together suddenly. "What's that?" "I'm in a little pain here, Jack," wheezed Havoc. "This bumpy ride isn't helping." "Boy, you love to complain, don't ya? How'd you get to be a gladiator with an negative attitude like that?" "Who said I was a gladiator?" "I got eyes," Jack said. Havoc grunted. "Clean livin' and pure thoughts, Jack. That's all it takes to make it in the arena." Jack cackled appreciatively. "That's a good 'un. Uh huh." He worked the reins and ignored him while Havoc brooded and stared off blindly into the forest. A sudden strong jounce of the wagon yanked him into the present and forced an involuntary gasp. "Really hurts, huh?" "Yeah," Havoc winced. "I think it's getting worse." "Uh huh," nodded Jack to himself. He turned and gave Havoc a piercing stare, then he reached under the bench. He fumbled for a few seconds as Havoc inhaled sharply and waited for Jack to realize that he was missing a crossbow. He was in too much pain to draw his sword quickly enough in these tight quarters. He steeled himself to throw his body toward Jack and do his best to shove the blade, scabbard and all, down his throat. At the very least he'd knock him off the wagon. From there, who knew? Instead, Jack pulled up a large leather canteen. The outside was rough and hairy; there was a thick strap gathered and tied into a neat bundle at the neck. He handed it to Havoc with a wink. "Try that on for size," he said. "It might help." Havoc was caught off-guard by the weight of the canteen. He almost dropped it when it fell into his hand. The cap was stained with what Havoc hoped was just rust, but it screwed off easily. He sniffed the mouth of it uncertainly. "Smells like flowers, or fruit or somethin'," Havoc said. "What is this stuff?" "Oh, it's my personal recipe for what ails you," chuckled Jack. "I make it from the stuff I haul out here," he pointed behind them with his thumb. "Don't be a scaredy-cat; it won't kill you. Here!" Jack snatched the canteen out of Havoc's hand. With a well-practiced movement he swung it by its shortened strap onto his crooked arm, raising his elbow while using the arm to support the canteen. He took a few loud gulps, then he swung it down deftly and shoved it back into Havoc's hand. He smacked his lips a few times as Havoc sniffed the mouth of the canteen again. "Oh, what the hell," muttered Havoc after a brief mental struggle. He took a timid mouthful, rolling his tongue around in the liquid before swallowing it completely. It tasted like the sickly-sweet shaved-ice treats the vendors sold the kids at the arena, but it burned like a torch in his throat as it trickled down. "Not bad," Havoc choked out at last. "You sound a surprised," chuckled Jack. "I told you: it's my personal recipe." "Yeah - smooth," Havoc coughed. He took a few more swallows, deeper ones, then handed back the canteen. Jack took a healthy swig and then capped it and dropped it under the bench. Havoc wondered which would kill him first: his injuries or the poison Jack had just given him. It reminded him of Jhelum's Justice, but it was much, much sweeter, and didn't have the woody aftertaste. After a few minutes, Havoc noticed that the buffalo were moving more slowly, and the jouncing, jarring ride had become smoother, somehow. He hardly felt it when he tumbled off the wagon the first time. DUELMASTER'S COLUMN Notes from the arena champ. My friend and recent graduate, Titus, passed on some words of wisdom to me after gaining the throne several turns ago. He said "You know what Viridio? Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!" At first I thought that sounded a little bit weird, especially since he graduated with a 20-11-3 record. I mean, what's lucky about that? He was a good warrior, right? Sure, but then he went on to explain that there have been many, many worthy warriors here in Shadowspire who could have held the throne but were never able to. Some just never got any challenges thru or had an opportunity to claim the title. Others may have gotten a title fight, but lost due to a poor style match up or an unlucky weapon break. His point was simple though....take advantage of every opportunity you get as there may not be another chance! I have taken those words to heart. Hummingbird was an extremely good gladiator and definitely worthy of all the accolades and success he received here, and I certainly tip my hat to him. But then that advice I received kicked in. "Better to be lucky than good". Am I a better warrior overall than Hummingbird? Probably not. Am I lucky that I was able to get my challenge thru for the title and take advantage of the champ's inherent style vs style disadvantage. Absolutely. When Vanek pulled me into his office after a loss that placed my record at 5-9-0 he told me that my poor performances where all in my head. On paper I was a very fine warrior. A few strategy tweaks and a long run of great learns helped turn things around and start me on my current 10-3 run. Will I be able to maintain my lucky streak and hold the throne? Hopefully, but only time will tell. Let's face it, there are A LOT of very good warriors right behind me in the standings, many of whom are licking their chops hoping for a shot at me. Well I say bring it on! I know I have the biggest bull's eye in Shadowspire painted squarely on my chest right now, but with a little more luck, maybe I can enjoy the view from the top for another 2 weeks! I look forward to the challenges ahead and am certain that whomever I fight for the title defense next turn will be a worthy opponent. As for me, I will try to increase my chances by sending out challenges to Book Mark and Regina Spectre as I have owned almost every Striker I have run across. Hopefully if I do cross swords with either of them, the luck doesn't fail me. But then again, Lady Luck is fickle and loves to surprise us all from time to time with a big surprise when we least expect it. I look forward to hopefully addressing you all again next turn from the throne! May luck stand by all your sides this turn (except for my opponent!) Viridio SPY REPORT Hail and well met warriors of SHADOWSPIRE! Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari. Former top team CAPITAL CARTEL was unseated this week as OF WOLF AND MAN moved up from 7th ranking to take the top spot with a 5-0-0 record for the round. There were bitter words at FUZZY BUNNIES' guildhouse after a 1-4-0 showing this week which dropped the stable into 14th. Dark Arena anyone? Warriors--remember that glory waits always around the corner! Witness how this week DRAGONBANE GUILD went 4-1-0 to move up 7 in the rankings. My praise to FAR TRAVELERS for their 3-1-0 week this time out. Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of notice! NARYAK caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested MACKAPACKA and was awarded 26 points in recognition. In one of the week's more notable duels, NARYAK put down MACKAPACKA, causing it to lose 24 points of recognition in the process. Who here was not present for the title fight this week as ARIOCH boldly challenged VIRIDIO in order to strive for the Duelmasters honors? This time victory fell to the grasp of the usurper. All hail ARIOCH, Duelmaster of SHADOWSPIRE! 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. My inside sources tell me that the team to beat in SHADOWSPIRE these days is SUPERIOR FORCES NT. At least, most blades in town are looking to avoid them. Apparently the stalwarts of RODENT CLAN are catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids. Mighty fighters cannot but expect competition from those below. LIFE PATENT take warning! You have more than a few enemies in SHADOWSPIRE. I cannot but express pride for the fearlessness of SELENA SPECTRE who cast caution to the winds and challenged AUGUST, a fighter 32 points higher. I must admit to some joy. Before my very eyes the underdog in this contest, SELENA SPECTRE, defeated AUGUST to claim victory and recognition. Give MIDNIGHT SUN credit for hers courage. Did you note how she challenged BOOK MARK despite the 26 point difference in their rankings? The SUMMERBORN stable will be up late tonight, for indeed it was MIDNIGHT SUN who claimed victory in the contest, ascending 19 in recognition! At the gambling halls I have started to bet money on MAGIC RAT. He has got the courage it takes. Witness his challenge this turn against XORN! Do not the gods reward courage? MAGIC RAT it was that claimed victory in the bout, while also rising 28 points in recognition. I can not but mention with disdain the name of MUSSE PIGG who this week posted a challenge to a warrior a full 11 points below in the rankings. I thought MUSSE PIGG showed great skill and promise when he was subdued by CICERO. All right, so I slept through it! Big deal! Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser? Warriors, may this counselor stand ready at your right hand forever! Look no more for BROWN BETTY in the arena or on the streets of SHADOWSPIRE. Hers fate was sealed in the Dark Arena. Inevitable for one at 7-13-1. CARIEC TOM must hold silent, for this week he was humbled in the arena by a successful Bloodfeud won by BOBBY JEAN of JUNGLELAND. Hail BOBBY JEAN for thy victory! My hearty congratulations NOTAXESTEXAS, for thy revenge upon CYRIL WYRMSLAYER, slayer of thy fallen comrade. Next time he will know better, eh? Walk proud, warriors of FAR TRAVELERS! By striking down BEASTIER WEE you have avenged the honor of your dead. Your virtue is known to all in SHADOWSPIRE. Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins. In the arena there is only the brightness of steel. Keep vigil always! A thought before I go. Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise manager learn the secrets of them all? More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a stout pair of legs must I keep as well! The endless paths of Alastari await me! Till we meet again, remember: a turtle walks slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- Zontani Sharp Eyes DUELMASTER W L K POINTS TEAM NAME ARIOCH 996 24 14 2 118 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME REGINA SPECTRE 1194 15 9 0 108 THE RED BLADES (88) MIDNIGHT SUN 1211 13 9 0 108 SUMMERBORN (104) PHILIP K. DICK 848 26 22 0 104 LITERATE LOONS (40) CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME VIRIDIO 1145 15 13 0 101 WARMASTERS (15) SELENA SPECTRE 1192 15 9 1 98 THE RED BLADES (88) AZAGHAL 1223 14 9 0 98 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117 15 16 1 97 THE RED BLADES (88) CHUPUCASUPERIOR 1229 13 5 0 96 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) ZEVRAN 1258 12 5 0 91 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) CHAMPIONS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME W.S. GILBERT 995 18 20 3 90 LITERATE LOONS (40) -FAN ZHEN 1288 8 3 1 90 DARQUE AGES (29) -MARTIN LUTHER 718 21 19 0 86 DARQUE AGES (29) -HUGH CAPET 690 20 23 3 86 DARQUE AGES (29) MAGIC RAT 1317 7 3 0 86 JUNGLELAND (103) BOOK MARK 1058 16 14 0 85 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) BLUE MARBLE 1030 20 15 0 83 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) EVELYN WAUGH 1070 20 13 0 81 LITERATE LOONS (40) OUTLAW PETE 1200 15 8 0 80 JUNGLELAND (103) BOBBY JEAN 1197 13 10 0 80 JUNGLELAND (103) KID CHARLEMAGNE 1193 10 14 2 80 THE RED BLADES (88) FIMNAR 1053 16 18 1 79 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) CARIEC TOM 984 18 21 2 77 LA PENTARCHIE (11) BRICK MOUSE 987 17 7 0 75 RODENT CLAN (37) AUGUST 1212 14 8 1 75 SUMMERBORN (104) ELTHOR 1237 13 8 0 75 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234 11 10 0 74 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) THE SUPERIOR CAT 1230 13 5 0 72 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) XORN 1015 19 14 0 71 MONSTER MANUAL (87) -ONYB ENGLVAR 903 15 13 0 69 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) -RYAK RAZORSAW 597 14 24 2 68 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) GOULASH 1215 13 10 0 68 OTTO'S DINER (96) CHALLENGER ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME BERSERKER 1047 11 20 2 66 MONSTER MANUAL (87) VACA 1210 13 9 0 64 SUMMERBORN (104) LIMP IN 1057 16 15 0 63 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) -NYDERAWYN 1046 10 8 0 61 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) PINK BUNNY 1300 8 3 0 60 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) CLASSIC NAPALM 1262 8 7 0 59 LA PENTARCHIE (11) NOTAXESTEXAS 1323 5 2 0 59 THE MONSANTIS (112) CTUCHIK 1242 10 10 1 58 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) CICERO 1266 8 5 0 57 WARMASTERS (15) ADEPTS W L K POINTS TEAM NAME -SYE THE BEARDED 801 10 9 0 54 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) MICE AND DICE 1247 5 1 0 52 RODENT CLAN (37) NARYAK 1296 7 5 1 51 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) SHAVIOLA 1322 7 2 0 51 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) -ELILAD 1055 11 6 0 48 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) SUPERIORBANE 1226 10 8 0 48 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) -BRIARSMILE 944 9 16 1 48 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) KISS MY GRITS 1252 12 7 0 43 OTTO'S DINER (96) A.E. HOUSMAN 1306 6 4 0 42 LITERATE LOONS (40) -LIGDISH BANG 983 9 14 0 41 PHILANTHROPISTS (85) SMACKY BUNNY 1298 5 6 1 39 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) -QUARTON 827 9 9 0 36 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) MUSSE PIGG 1259 8 5 0 35 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) PRONATE 1320 6 3 0 35 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME HEINRIK 1257 7 11 1 33 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267 7 7 1 33 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) LILLEKATT 1217 8 8 0 32 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) JEHGAN 1295 8 4 0 31 CLAN LONGBEARD (39) CHALLENGER INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LIAM O'SUPERIOR 1302 6 3 0 31 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) SCRAWNIE RONNIE 1285 7 6 1 30 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) MACKAPACKA 1218 5 11 0 30 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) ZOG CORNERSTONE 1319 6 3 0 29 LA PENTARCHIE (11) WALLI 1219 6 10 0 28 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) VIRGINIA WOOLF 1263 3 12 1 26 LITERATE LOONS (40) SHILLELAGH TOR 1294 6 6 0 24 THE RED BLADES (88) JAGER VON DRACHEN 1341 3 3 0 24 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) AMULIUS 1380 2 0 1 24 ARCHAIC CHAOS (111) INITIATES W L K POINTS TEAM NAME LIFE PATENT 1340 3 3 0 22 THE MONSANTIS (112) LUGHNASSADH 1330 5 3 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) PIZZARRHEA 1348 3 2 0 18 OTTO'S DINER (96) URMAR 1373 2 1 0 18 FAR TRAVELERS (113) ROUNDUP 1388 1 0 0 18 THE MONSANTIS (112) GUTTER BALL 1361 3 1 0 17 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) JUSTICE THOMAS 1326 4 3 0 16 THE MONSANTIS (112) EVANDER 1368 2 1 0 16 WARMASTERS (15) -MARCO POLO 1375 2 0 0 16 DARQUE AGES (29) ALEKSANDR 1372 2 1 0 15 FAR TRAVELERS (113) -THE SEAMSTRESS 986 2 6 0 15 BIG LAKE OUTCASTS (19) DOPPLEGANGER 1382 2 0 0 14 MONSTER MANUAL (87) PIT FIEND 1344 3 2 0 11 MONSTER MANUAL (87) MADAM MARIE 1356 3 2 0 11 JUNGLELAND (103) RATLING GUN 1389 1 0 1 11 RODENT CLAN (37) NUMITOR 1379 1 1 0 11 ARCHAIC CHAOS (111) BEASTIER WEE 1362 2 2 1 10 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) HYPOGEE BLEVE 1364 1 3 0 10 LA PENTARCHIE (11) IRN BRU 1393 1 0 0 10 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) ARCHON 1390 1 0 0 10 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) PIOTR COTTONTAIL 1352 2 3 0 9 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) ANGER MOUSE 1347 2 2 0 8 RODENT CLAN (37) CHILI SUPERIOR 1363 2 2 0 8 SUPERIOR FORCES NT (106) ASSERIUS 1377 1 1 0 8 WARMASTERS (15) VICTOR 1369 1 2 0 7 WARMASTERS (15) BLOOMAGE 1378 1 1 0 7 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) HANA 1370 1 2 0 6 FAR TRAVELERS (113) BUGS 1360 1 3 0 6 FUZZY BUNNIES (110) PUNT 1366 1 2 0 5 CAPITAL CARTEL (93) IMA CHEERLEADER 1353 0 5 0 5 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) HAUNTED MOUSE 1384 1 1 0 4 RODENT CLAN (37) CHINGACHGOOK 1371 0 3 0 3 FAR TRAVELERS (113) DEADHEAD STICKER 1397 0 1 0 1 SUMMERBORN (104) HAGGIS 1391 0 1 0 1 OTTO'S DINER (96) MIMMI PIGG 1386 0 1 0 1 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) '-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn. THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? KID ME NOT II 1395 0 1 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111 ARENAMASTER 94 NONE KIDMENOT III 1396 0 1 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111 SPYMASTER 94 NONE LYCURGUS 1381 0 2 0 ARCHAIC CHAOS 111 BANDIT PRINCE 94 NONE HEAD BAND 1056 15 12 2 CAPITAL CARTEL 93 HUGH CAPET 690 90 NOT REVENGED 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 JUST REVENGED VORPAL BUNNY 1398 0 1 0 FUZZY BUNNIES 110 RATLING GUN 1389 94 RAINEY WILLIAMS 1394 0 1 0 JUNGLELAND 103 ARENAMASTER 94 NONE ROSALITA 1198 9 13 0 JUNGLELAND 103 CARIEC TOM 984 93 JUST REVENGED MEDUSA 1383 0 2 0 MONSTER MANUAL 87 VIRGINIA WOOLF 1263 94 BROWN BETTY 1233 7 14 1 OTTO'S DINER 96 MOUNTAIN TROLL 94 NONE THE DEAD W L K TEAM NAME SLAIN BY TURN Revenge? CHOP SUEY 1338 3 2 0 OTTO'S DINER 96 SMACKY BUNNY 1298 93 FELIX 1307 0 3 0 TEAM SLUDGE 107 LUGHNASSADH 1330 91 DDT 1325 2 3 0 THE MONSANTIS 112 CYRIL WYRMSLAYER 1267 92 JUST REVENGED MATO GRASSO 1387 0 1 0 THE MONSANTIS 112 AMULIUS 1380 94 PERSONAL ADS A.E. Houseman -- I take your criticism to be a sort of science. I am surprised at how unbalanced was your treatment of me. Whatever "errors" you might find in my text have occurred naturally and you really have no say in it. You seem to think that there is some certainty up there in your lofty perch. What you don't have a sense of is how air becomes thinner the higher you are and heating it up does not help. What I mean to say is that your victory was certain as far as it concerns what you were already certain of. Style is important but mystery is irresistible. Not that I should complain. -- Justice Thomas Wyrmslayer -- Worth a try. Still, you got nothing. -- Life Patent Mice and Dice -- You should be able to get the jump a little better than that. Where was your initiative? Oh well, someone had to finish the job. -- Notaxestexas Rodent Clan -- Keep it coming chumps. -- The Monsantis Angry Mouse -- You are sure one enduring rodent. What a tussle! Salute. -- Gutter Ball (Who somehow or another pulled off a turkey.) Jehgan -- I really appreciated the challenge. Who would have thought that, eh? I enjoyed the win. Wanna go for a run? -- Pronate Azaghal -- I feel lucky that I was able to pull that off against a great warrior of your calibre. -- Book Mark Midnight Sun -- It really showed, didn't it? You are reborn, and I remain yet a limper. I sure wish I could have drawn your cards. -- Limp In Numitor -- You took the best I had and showed me who was the real warrior. -- Punt (Who really feels the need to punt.) Congratulations to Warmaster's Viridio, Duelmaster of all Shdowspire. Kudos. -- Agent (Come and see me if you want a REAL contract.) "Limp In -- Damned smithy cost me that one! -- Naryak" Sort of the idea, wasn't it. Watch out for that Smithy. -- Agent, Capital Cartel What an interesting start to the Tripwire Saga. Very interesting, indeed. Nicely written, Trip. -- Agent, Capital Cartel Tripwire's story will probably continue every other turn or so. Time is pretty sparse. -- Tripwire Vaca -- I am not as think as you slow I am. -- Zevran Elthor -- Argh! That was a good fight. Not the best style matchup for me but I gave it a good effort despite the 12 point fight difference. -- Shaviola Doppleganger -- Ugh, Not sure how long I will be here if I can't even keep the init being what I am and all. -- Bloodmage August -- Blood must have gotten in your eye eh? At least I swung! Even if it was with my fist and the end there I actually drew a backup. I almost passed out from amazement. -- Arioch Viridio -- Let's do this! I claim the top WS in this house partner. -- Arioch Congrats to Viridio... again a young and brilliant duelmaster! -- Le Pentarque Farewell, Shadowspire! -- Average Joe, a little better than average, after all... Condolences for Rosalita. I didn't see the fight yet, but I hope you got a good replacement. I guess my guys needed the taste of blood to start (hopefully!) winning again. -- LP WeeWee -- Me come for you now. Make dead friend happy. -- Urmar Snake lady -- you ugly. -- Urmar Lugh -- I thought victory was mine. You are stout. -- Chingachgook Evander -- I cannot abide that outcome. Again! Jager -- Vodka helps with the recovery. Prosit! -- Shadowspire Managers -- I thank you for the warm welcome. Stay deadly, my friends. -- Obregon Argh! Rosalita bites the dust. She was my first double-21 and I had big plans for her. World dominance and such. She was a 6(5)-9-10-21-21-5-13 LU who was initially hampered by little damage and throughout her career by poor weapon selection. But she was a great deal of fun to manage and was always an eager learner. I will sorely miss her. -- Bartender, mgr Cariec Tom -- Since the kill was the result of my challenge I won't blame you for it. I will, however, make sure that Rosalita's death is avenged. Here comes Bobby Jean! (And hopefully she will stay alive...) -- Bartender Philip K. Dick -- 41 minutes? The time is definitely out of joint! -- Outlaw Pete Amulius -- Cannot believe I didn't see that coming. And I call myself a psychic. Welcome to the arena, though, and good luck to you in the future. You're gonna need it. ;) -- Madam Marie Hmm, two NPC fights last turn. I thought this was Shadowspire! But, hey, since those were my only two wins last turn, I can't complain. -- Bartender And the standbys had NOT been to or benefited from a tourney. Congrats to the new Duelmaster! Warmasters seems to be making a habit of claiming the top spot lately. -- Nomad and the Guild Aleksandr -- Nice challenge. You go that one. -- Jager von Drachen Life Patient -- Next. The death was not intentional, but you must realized that when fighting with baldes these things can happen. Any time you lose a death is possible, so if you insist on continuing these bloodfeuds I can not be held responsible for whatever happens. -- Cyril Regina Spectre -- Go fight Azaghal, leave me alone. -- Blue Marble Book Mark -- Hmmm, perhaps I need to modify that strategy a bit. Losing to a bibliophiles note is a bit embarassing. -- Azaghal Viridio -- Congrats on the throne. So you are what like the 5th or 6th Warmaster to hold the throne? -- Gentleben Average Joe and Hummingbird -- Sorry for the late congrats but CONGRATS on your invitations. I was going to give you two invitations to a party but you two had already left so I gave them to the cleaning girls instead, they were cute. ;) -- Gentleben Goulash -- I told you before I do not like goulash I do not like it Goulash you are, I will not eat it in the park I will not eat it in the dark, I will not eat in a fight I will not eat it at night, I do not like goulash in sand I do not like it Otto my man. -- Ctuchik Naryak -- See that is how the first meeting was supposed to go, so to answer your question: "yes, I did expect to win." -- Scrawnie Ronnie Evelyn Waugh -- What? Again with the Waugh? I will beat you one of these days, nice fight and thanks for the skillage. -- Duchess of Erat Hypogee Bleve -- That was not as one sided as the newsletter made it sound so watch your back. -- Ima Cheerleader Andican -- Is now And-he-can't, I guess you should have kept on traveling. -- Beastier Wee All -- Sorry for the lack of PAs last turn, time got away from me. -- Gentleben Hummingbird -- Well fought, madam! -- Viridio Pink Bunny -- Seriously?!? I lost to a Pink freaking Bunny? REALLY!?! Vanek's going to be pissed! -- Cicero Shillelagh Tor -- I was so close to a major upset early in that fight, I could almost taste it. Ah well, apparently the 10-1 FE advantage kicked in and you pulled out a close one there. Maybe down the road sometime in the future I'll call you up for a rematch. -- Victor Pit Fiend -- Wow, I thought I had you early in that one! Nice comeback, sir. -- Asserius Wow, well done, La Pentarchie! The 55 point gain was quite impressive! -- Vanek, Manager of Warmasters Capital Cartel -- Hat's off to you sir for snatching the Current Top team award! Well done. -- Vanek Arioch -- Blocking with your face isn't a bad strategy as long as you win! Good luck. -- Liberius Shadowspire -- Just a reminder that turn 100 is quickly approaching! Let's do our best to make that the longest newsletter in Duel2 history. I for one would love to get a 25 page report that turn! Start working on your personals and stories now. Also, if you know any of the managers that have played here recently, but have disappeared, drop them a line and get them back here for turn 100. Kellumbo, if you're still reading these newsletters, I'm calling you out. Come back for turn 100, even if it is only for 1 turn. We miss Shadowspire's most hated villian! -- Vanek Oh, gee, thanks. -- the Editor, bleary-eyed at the thought of it P.S. Send me the spotlights in advance, please. Congrats to Average Joe and Hummingbird, have a good boat ride. -- Monster Manual Bloomage -- You sound like Pauley Shore's favorite flowers. "Hey buuudies, check out the Bloomage on my petunias... I'm the Weeaasel." Amazing, the power of a "D," Bloomage becomes Bloodmage, two completely different pictures in my mind. Keep the Name, Trip, it's funnier. -- Doppleganger LP -- We liked Ettin, but he was expensive. Two sets of braces (Grimm wouldn't give us a discount) 2 pair of glasses (thank you, Lenscrafters), and it cost us 4 coins to get him across the River Styx. -- DT and the Monsters Kiss My Grits -- Kiss my Halbard. -- Berserker K.C. Welcome to the team. -- Bill the Bard Victor -- You couldn't have been too pleased with that. -- S. Tor Hugh -- Nice thought. Congrats to Viridio, eh? -- Serafin Blue Marble -- You always seem to make me feel better. -- Regina Fan Zhen -- Ouch. Well done. -- Selena Spectre 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 BROWN BETTY was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight. LYCURGUS was slaughtered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena battle. RAINEY WILLIAMS was murdered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena fight. KIDMENOT III was butchered by SPYMASTER in a popular 1 minute gory Dark Arena contest. KID ME NOT II was murdered by ARENAMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition. BOBBY JEAN won victory over CARIEC TOM in a 2 minute master's Bloodfeud fight. NOTAXESTEXAS overpowered CYRIL WYRMSLAYER in a 1 minute mismatched Bloodfeud brawl. URMAR unbelievably bested BEASTIER WEE in a 4 minute beginner's Bloodfeud melee. ARIOCH narrowly defeated VIRIDIO in a popular 4 minute expert's Challenge Title duel. KID CHARLEMAGNE was savagely defeated by AZAGHAL in a 3 minute Challenge melee. SELENA SPECTRE demolished AUGUST in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge competition. ZEVRAN savagely defeated THE SUPERIOR CAT in a popular 3 minute Challenge brawl. MIDNIGHT SUN handily defeated BOOK MARK in a popular 1 minute uneven Challenge fight. BLUE MARBLE bested DUCHESS OF ERAT in a exciting 4 minute expert's Challenge duel. ELTHOR devastated LIMP IN in a exciting 1 minute one-sided Challenge brawl. BRICK MOUSE savagely defeated GOULASH in a 8 minute brutal veteran's Challenge bout. BERSERKER was defeated by OUTLAW PETE in a 2 minute master's Challenge conflict. FIMNAR devastated CTUCHIK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge bout. MAGIC RAT vanquished XORN in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided Challenge match. MICE AND DICE vanquished SCRAWNIE RONNIE in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fray. MUSSE PIGG was overpowered by CICERO in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match. PRONATE was overpowered by PINK BUNNY in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel. SHILLELAGH TOR was overpowered by A.E. HOUSMAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel. JAGER VON DRACHEN overpowered ANGER MOUSE in a 3 minute uneven Challenge match. MEDUSA was executed by VIRGINIA WOOLF in a 2 minute uneven Challenge duel. PUNT was beaten by ALEKSANDR in a 2 minute novice's Challenge fray. EVANDER handily defeated IMA CHEERLEADER in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge duel. HYPOGEE BLEVE was defeated by LIFE PATENT in a 1 minute Challenge fight. NUMITOR lost to LIAM O'SUPERIOR in a slow 4 minute brutal Challenge fray. MADAM MARIE savagely defeated BUGS in a 6 minute brutal novice's Challenge fight. ASSERIUS savagely defeated CHINGACHGOOK in a 1 minute beginner's Challenge bout. PIOTR COTTONTAIL lost to PIZZARRHEA in a exciting 1 minute amateur's Challenge fight. W.S. GILBERT was demolished by REGINA SPECTRE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle. EVELYN WAUGH was overcome by CHUPUCASUPERIOR in a exciting 3 minute fight. SERAFIN GAWAIN was subdued by PHILIP K. DICK in a 3 minute veteran's conflict. VACA overpowered SMACKY BUNNY in a 1 minute uneven bout. SUPERIORBANE outlasted CAPTURED ORC in a 9 minute veteran vs. amateur competition. KISS MY GRITS outlasted WALLI in a dull 22 minute battle. CLASSIC NAPALM vanquished HEINRIK in a 1 minute one-sided struggle. MACKAPACKA was handily defeated by NARYAK in a 1 minute mismatched duel. LILLEKATT was overpowered by SHAVIOLA in a 2 minute one-sided brawl. JEHGAN overcame LUGHNASSADH in a 3 minute melee. GUTTER BALL was viciously subdued by ZOG CORNERSTONE in a tiresome 11 minute match. JUSTICE THOMAS subdued VICTOR in a action packed 5 minute fight. CHILI SUPERIOR was savagely defeated by IRN BRU in a 3 minute gory beginner's bout. HANA overcame DEADHEAD STICKER in a 2 minute novice's duel. BLOOMAGE subdued HAGGIS in a exciting 1 minute novice's conflict. AMULIUS murdered MATO GRASSO in a 1 minute one-sided fight. PIT FIEND was outwaited by ARCHON in a exciting 8 minute amateur's contest. DOPPLEGANGER devastated MIMMI PIGG in a 1 minute one-sided battle. HAUNTED MOUSE was devastated by ROUNDUP in a 1 minute mismatched fight. RATLING GUN murdered VORPAL BUNNY in a 1 minute mismatched battle. BATTLE REPORT MOST POPULAR RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS |FIGHTING STYLE FIGHTS FIGHTING STYLE W - L - K PERCENT| |STRIKING ATTACK 23 TOTAL PARRY 84 - 71 - 1 54 | |TOTAL PARRY 17 WALL OF STEEL 50 - 44 - 1 53 | |LUNGING ATTACK 13 STRIKING ATTACK 109 - 102 - 6 52 | |BASHING ATTACK 10 AIMED BLOW 48 - 45 - 0 52 | |WALL OF STEEL 8 PARRY-STRIKE 22 - 25 - 0 47 | |SLASHING ATTACK 7 LUNGING ATTACK 51 - 59 - 3 46 | |AIMED BLOW 6 PARRY-LUNGE 27 - 32 - 2 46 | |PARRY-STRIKE 6 SLASHING ATTACK 36 - 43 - 2 46 | |PARRY-LUNGE 5 PARRY-RIPOSTE 17 - 23 - 1 43 | |PARRY-RIPOSTE 3 BASHING ATTACK 62 - 98 - 6 39 | Turn 94 was great if you Not so great if you used The fighting styles of the used the fighting styles: the fighting styles: top eleven warriors are: AIMED BLOW 6 - 0 LUNGING ATTACK 5 - 8 3 STRIKING ATTACK PARRY-RIPOSTE 2 - 1 SLASHING ATTACK 1 - 6 2 WALL OF STEEL TOTAL PARRY 11 - 6 BASHING ATTACK 0 - 10 2 BASHING ATTACK PARRY-LUNGE 3 - 2 1 TOTAL PARRY STRIKING ATTACK 12 - 11 1 LUNGING ATTACK PARRY-STRIKE 3 - 3 1 PARRY-LUNGE WALL OF STEEL 4 - 4 1 AIMED BLOW TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE FIGHTING STYLE WARRIOR W L K PNTS TEAM NAME WALL OF STEEL ARIOCH 996 24 14 2 118 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) STRIKING ATTACK REGINA SPECTRE 1194 15 9 0 108 THE RED BLADES (88) TOTAL PARRY PHILIP K. DICK 848 26 22 0 104 LITERATE LOONS (40) LUNGING ATTACK SELENA SPECTRE 1192 15 9 1 98 THE RED BLADES (88) PARRY-LUNGE AZAGHAL 1223 14 9 0 98 DRAGONBANE GUILD (13) AIMED BLOW ZEVRAN 1258 12 5 0 91 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) SLASHING ATTACK AUGUST 1212 14 8 1 75 SUMMERBORN (104) BASHING ATTACK DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234 11 10 0 74 UNHOLY KNIGHTS (81) PARRY-RIPOSTE SHAVIOLA 1322 7 2 0 51 OF WOLF AND MAN (57) PARRY-STRIKE MUSSE PIGG 1259 8 5 0 35 JOSEFINS HEROES (105) 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 PIT FIEND 1344. The ten other most popular fighters were DUCHESS OF ERAT 1234, BEASTIER WEE 1362, AZAGHAL 1223, CHUPUCASUPERIOR 1229, SERAFIN GAWAIN 1117, ZEVRAN 1258, VICTOR 1369, VIRIDIO 1145, ARIOCH 996, and SELENA SPECTRE 1192. The least popular fighter this week was WALLI 1219. The other ten least popular fighters were KISS MY GRITS 1252, GUTTER BALL 1361, ZOG CORNERSTONE 1319, LIAM O'SUPERIOR 1302, NUMITOR 1379, ARCHON 1390, SUPERIORBANE 1226, BUGS 1360, MADAM MARIE 1356, and BRICK MOUSE 987. The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn: ARIOCH (81-996) OF WOLF AND MAN (57) SERAFIN GAWAIN (81-1117) THE RED BLADES (88) NEW TEAMS IN THE TEMPORARY TOURNAMENT ARENA (DM 85) Please note that all new teams created at the Face-to-Face were temporarily placed in a temporary Tournament Arena, DM 85. If you requested that your team be placed in a specific arena, it has already transferred to that arena. Any teams not transferred out of DM 85 by October 1 will be deleted. If you have questions about any of your teams, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA! Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 14-16, 2011. It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as last year by popular request. Room rates are $129.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free airport shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet. There's a fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool. The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 22 before the block is released! (This is prime season for Phoenix, and people have been unable to book rooms because they waited too long.) Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in December. We hope you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!