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Hello all, Real life often gets the best of us, as has happened with Tasha. We would like to thank her for her efforts as Quaestor. She has served well on the CNS Summit over the past several months. With her stepping down, this leaves the...

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Hello all,

Real life often gets the best of us, as has happened with Tasha. We would like to thank her for her efforts as Quaestor. She has served well on the CNS Summit over the past several months. With her stepping down, this leaves the position of Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos open.

Applications for this position will be opened to the Brotherhood as a whole. We will be taking applications from now until Monday the 29th, at 11:59pm EST. Please take time to understand the role you are applying for and make sure it is something you are really interested in, as it is not one to take on lightly.

Listed below are requirements for this position. We also suggest looking over the Dark Brotherhood wiki page for the Quaestor position, located here. Although it is somewhat outdated, it is still a good resource on what you might expect.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be able to reply to emails within 24 hours
  • Have a general plan of action for the next few months concerning this role and how you will develop the House
  • Have an active presence on Telegram
  • Be willing to work with and develop leaders, such as the Aedile and Battleteam Leader of the House
  • Be willing to take on a challenge
  • Be able to write reports or joint reports with the Aedile
  • Maintain working and social relationships with members of the House
  • Be able to reward members with either medals or promotions
  • Be able to coordinate with both Clan Summit and Battleteam Leadership on Clan projects and events

Applications should be emailed to myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) and Sang ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) . We both look forward to seeing your applications.

Locke Sonjie
Consul of Clan Naga Sadow

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Dear Members: Since being appointed as Justicar, I have taken to the task of redeveloping the Covenant. After a long process of revisions, we are to the final stage: membership review of the new Covenant. I beg you to become involved in this...

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Dear Members:

Since being appointed as Justicar, I have taken to the task of redeveloping the Covenant. After a long process of revisions, we are to the final stage: membership review of the new Covenant. I beg you to become involved in this process; read this report and help me make the Covenant the best it can be.

Our goals in redeveloping the Covenant were simple, but hard to get to. We wanted to:

  1. Reduce legalese and eliminate unnecessary provisions;
  2. Bring up to date to current policies, and streamline those policies;
  3. Codify things like the Star Chamber, dossier deletion, penalties and removal of problem members;
  4. Codify all of the judicial interpretations from 50+ CoJ cases; and
  5. Try to make the document easier to use and understand.

This process has taken about a year so far. I initially started by simply working my own way through the Covenant a section at a time and made major revisions and additions along the way. Since then, I have gone through an additional nine large revisions. Each of those revisions has been based off of more and more commentary from select members, including the Hands, the former Justicars, Sarin/Mav, the Appeals Panel, the Dark Council, and about 20 members that I hand selected for the task as being either the judicial type, a respected member, or a stickler on this subject. I have very literally worked my way through hundreds of pages of commentary and suggestions and re-writes to get to this point. As you will see from the redline version I am providing, there are only a few sections left in the Covenant that were not almost completely rewritten. I am happy with it and very happy to get closer to the finish line.

The last stage of review before a vote to adopt the Covenant is for the membership to review. This process isn't mandatory; the Electorate could adopt the changes now. But given the vast overhaul of the Covenant, I believe it is the proper thing to do to have a membership review.

I am providing you with links to three files:

Please review the revised Covenant over the coming weeks and give any comments you have. In particular, I want you to look at it from the perspective of your respective positions, but also from your perspective as a member in general. I am open to any feedback, including "Jac wtf are you thinking?" I also like the occasional atta-boy for a job well done. :) Please also feel free to ask questions, state confusion, or suggest alternative language. A primary purpose is clarity, and if that is not coming across to all members, then we need more revisions.

I likely will not provide specific feedback to each and every comment; that task has been too overwhelming to do in the past. I will try to acknowledge all comments at least. If your comment is well taken, I will make revisions where appropriate. All revisions will be reviewed by the Electorate as part of the adoption process.

This membership review period will last through Sunday, September 4. After the membership review period and after final revisions are completed, the Electorate will hold a vote to adopt the Covenant.

I look forward to hearing from many of you. Please do help us make the Covenant perfect.

Thank you!

Jac Cotelin

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Introduction This might seem like a quiet report because it's been a quiet month - our new Magistrates and course writer are settling in nicely and we haven't had any major course announcements since my last report. Because of that, I...

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Introduction

This might seem like a quiet report because it's been a quiet month - our new Magistrates and course writer are settling in nicely and we haven't had any major course announcements since my last report. Because of that, I wanted to utilize this report to dive a bit more in-depth into what exactly the SA Staff has been doing since I took over as Headmaster. Ood has requested I avoid the word audit, because it makes people want to jump off cliffs, so instead we'll be using a... different term for it.

Project Happy Fun Time

As I mention at the close of each report, the Shadow Academy is a huge repository of information written by Viewers Like You. Written by dozens of individuals over the span of years, there's bound to be typos, formatting errors, or ambiguities. When you add in the fact that we've seen a major evolution in the canon of both SW as a whole and our little corner of it, the SA is in need of changes in a thousand different ways. I don't have the time, energy, or knowledge to successfully do this myself, which is why the entire SA Staff is engaged in the process - Marcus, Ood, Ophelia and Rins'zler, and the entire crew of Professors and Docents. We're dividing, conquering, and seeing some definite results. Here's just a few of the accomplishments we've seen so far:

  • With changes in DB canon, our two DB history courses were severely in need of updating. As a major project during his term as one of my Magistrates, Alishu took this on almost single-handedly. He completed two quality rewrites that are currently pending DC revision (what can I say, we changed DB canon again) but when they're released Soon you'll see two great courses highlighting our fictional history.
  • Staying on the subject of former Magistrates, Alishu's compatriot Mirus took on as a major project the update for the Lightsaber courses. We originally were planning on combining LS Studies and Advanced LS Studies into one far superior course, but after putting together that draft and discussing it with Wally we discovered a hitherto unmet need - we needed to be able to not only help members understand the canon aspects of lightsabers but also how to utilize them in writing (specifically for the ACC). This conversation resulted in a version of Mirus' original draft discussing things like the inner workings of a lightsaber alongside the ACC Staff's new course on writing lightsaber combat. Because of Mirus' work and most importantly his flexibility, we were able to not only improve the SA but a small part of the overall member experience.
  • That flexibility has also been very apparent in DS' audit of the Department of Legends. For those not familiar, Legends is where we send courses such as the old Order COREs that aren't DB canon anymore but we want to keep around. My original intent with having DS audit these courses was to check for typos and nothing more, but once he got into them he discovered that both the courses and their exams could be improved significantly. The drafts I've seen of the work he's done so far have made me really excited to see what this normally overlooked course of the SA could become.

I could keep on going for a while highlighting the work different individuals are doing, truly. It's a very time-consuming and thankless task, but the end result will be a Shadow Academy that is cleaner and clearer. Summer slowed us all down from the time line I had originally planned, but I am confident in my team's ability to continue the momentum we've been building and wrap this up. Our goal is to be as thorough as possible, and if that takes a little more time then so be it!

Journeymen Competitions

Marcus and I had a good time reading your fiction for the JM fiction comp we ran in July, and I want to thank you all for entering. This month, I'll be running a fun Flash game comp I ran across recently. It opened up today and will run until the 31st of this month. Just as before, it's important to note that this is a JM-only competition, so anyone ranked EQ1 or above when they submit their entry will be disqualified. If you submit as a JM4 and are then promoted, that won't be a problem. We've been toying with the idea of doing an EQ/EL-exclusive competition to balance the JM-only one, but I'm not sure yet. Thoughts? Let me know in the comments or on Telegram.

Projects

Current

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

  • SW History Department Rewrite - Aabs & Farrin: Because of the evil Darth Mickey, my beloved Galactic History courses aren't fully canon anymore. The courses are being pared down (almost in half) and will be added to the Legends Department. This is still behind schedule because of our focus - Aabs' and myself - being elsewhere. With the addition of Lexic to our team, though, I think we can finally make the push to get this done. Estimated completion: End of August, 2016

  • DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu has completed first drafts of both courses and they've been sent to the DC for approval. There are some changes in canon that we need to work through, and the DC has been focused on other things (It rhymes with Mossessions and starts with a P), so this got shifted down in priority. I'm hoping to see it done very soon. Estimated completion: End of August, 2016

  • The Dreaded... AUDIT! (non-SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Farrin & Ood: The non-Star Wars courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. I said last report this would be done by this report, and though we've made solid progress we're not quite there yet. We will be soon though. Expected Completion: August, 2016

  • The Dreaded... AUDIT! (SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Marcus, Rins'zler, Ophelia: The Star Wars-based courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. This work has already begun by our awesome staff, and I think we're on track for my original expected completion. Expected Completion: September, 2016

Upcoming

  • Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. The audit takes precedence, but expect to see more about this later on this summer. Because of the delays in the audit, this has been pushed back slightly. Expected Start: 8/2016; Expected Completion: 9/2016

  • Operation Prereq - Farrin: In order to make a more focused new member experience, different options are going to be explored to create prerequisite courses before other courses open up to a member. This is on the back burner for now, as the SA Staff has more pressing matters (y'know, the stuff above this item) and it'll require some tweaks on the coding end. Expect more info on this over the summer as well. Expected Start: Unknown; Expected Completion: Also unknown. :)

There are some other really exciting things in the planning stages that aren't quite ready for prime time yet, but hopefully will be within the next couple of months. Stay tuned, sports fans.

Top Exam Takers

Name # of Exams # of ACs
Acolyte Xolarin 29 50*
Novice Dain Cathis 22 8
Acolyte Jason Kane 21 6
Neophyte Ar'ekk Daesharacor 19 4
Novice joe 19 2

*Not a typo - that really says 50. Xolarin's been a beast.
Note: these numbers cover the period from 7/13/16 to 8/16/16.

Conclusion

The Shadow Academy covers tens if not hundreds of thousands of words, and those words were written by imperfect humans (GASP!). We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. At the very least, you'll get the thanks of a grateful HM... that's got to count for something, right?

In Darkness -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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A New Star Wars trailer dropped during NBC's Olympic Coverage tonight, containing a lot of new footage, and a glimpse of a very special, and very spoilery someone. Be warned before watching, but know that it is awesome.


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Greetings, lovelies one and all. Arcona's House Qel-Droma is looking for a new Aedile! Please refer to the Quaestor's following address for all your info. Greetings, boys and girls! House Qel-Droma, Arcona's wretched hive of scum and...

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Greetings, lovelies one and all.

Arcona's House Qel-Droma is looking for a new Aedile! Please refer to the Quaestor's following address for all your info.


Greetings, boys and girls!

House Qel-Droma, Arcona's wretched hive of scum and villainy, is currently looking for a new Aedile. Smugglers, Thieves and Big Damn Heroes should feel welcome to apply. We'll be holding applications Brotherhood-wide from now until Tuesday, August 23rd, 11:59 EST. Please send all applications or questions to Terran ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Uji ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) and Atyiru ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]).

Things we're looking for in applicants:

  • Problem-solver
  • Passionate about the Brotherhood
  • Ability to work with a team of strong personalities
  • Desire to serve our members and make their experience a positive one
  • Minimum rank of Journeyman III - no previous leadership experience is required
  • Less than 24-hour email turnaround
  • A strong Telegram presence
  • Having taken and passed the Shadow Academy's Leadership courses will be looked upon favorably

Things we're looking for in applications:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself - personality is a big part of this job
  • Tell us about what you can bring to the summit and where you could improve
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Knowledge of the current state of House Qel-Droma
  • Ideas for addressing any short-comings and growing House Qel-Droma
  • Ideas for the fictional expansion of House Qel-Droma
  • Any previous leadership experience - in the Brotherhood or real life
  • Sending the application to everyone listed above. Seriously. :P

Don't wait until the last minute! We reserve the right to choose a qualified applicant prior to the deadline.

Thanks for your time and attention. We can't wait to read your application!

Augur Terran Koul

Quaestor, House Qel-Droma

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Feud Fiction is also available on the forums Kasador Mygeeto Explosions peppered the street, encompassing the road in smoke. Aul darted down the street, his trust in the Force leading him forward. The Knight had never believed in fighting for the...

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Kasador
Mygeeto

Explosions peppered the street, encompassing the road in smoke. Aul darted down the street, his trust in the Force leading him forward. The Knight had never believed in fighting for the sake of killing. It had frustrated his master, Darkblade, but this very mindset had led him to the finals of the recent Journeyman Tournament. There he had fought in front of hundreds, including the Dark Council. He had lost, to one of the Palatinaeans, but he had found a reason to fight. He fought for his brothers and sisters in Naga Sadow.

He would be there for them always.

Behind him came several Palatinaean stormtroopers. Spotting him, they produced their weapons and began firing at him, forcing the Dakhani into cover behind some still smoldering debris. The white-armored soldiers advanced on his position, their plasteel boots pounding upon ice and pavement. He sensed them in the Force, edging ever closer as they positioned themselves to flank him. A sly grin parted his lips as he pressed his back harder against the debris. Grabbing his com-link, the Knight clicked the transmit button three times in quick succession. His finger slipped off the button as he roared out of cover, dashing straight for the stormtroopers. Their first few shots missed the mark from surprise, but the well-trained warriors recovered just in time to see two Sadowans land in between them with lightsabers lashing out.

Lilith and Firith, husband and wife, both members of Aul’s Battleteam, Devil’s Shroud, fought alongside each other, covering their partner’s weak points as they wrecked havoc through the enemy lines. Aul’s lightsaber joined the caucus, carving deep into trademark white armor. Together, the three Knights made short work of the eight remaining Stormtroopers.

Pausing to gain their breath, good humor dancing on Aul’s features as he flashed a thumbs up at his companions. The plan had worked to perfection. The fight in Kasador had been fought up close. The enclosed underground city had limited the use of transports and the trio had been unable to locate the holocron they had long sought. Instead, they had been drawn into a game of hide and seek with deadly consequences for the loser.

The grey clouds from the smoke grenades lingered, a lack of a natural breeze preventing the gas from dissipating. Aul led Lilith and Firith forward along the road when a voice barked at them to halt. Kasador security personnel hurriedly took cover as a couple of security speeders followed them, their blaster cannons easily powerful enough to take out vehicles.

A voice boomed through the smoke, magnified by a loudspeaker. “I won’t say it again, throw down your weapons and surrender!”

Firith snorted in derision, “Who the feth do they think they’re talking to?”

“Well, they’ve got bigger guns than us” Lilith retorted.

“Yeah, I’m not going to argue with that.” Aul grinned, “Besides, we’ve got better things to do. Let’s scarper.”

The two Stormwinds nodded and bolted down a side alleyway. Aul quickly followed suit. The Arcanist knew discretion was the better part of valour. No point getting killed when they could get the hell out of dodge. Nope, they were going to loop around and join back up with the main Warhost force.

Kasador
Mygeeto

Rosh spun, his lightsaber ripping through the torso of a Kasador security personnel. The Twi’lek fell wide-eyed, never once expecting a lightsaber to be his demise. The weapon snapped off, and was back in place on Rosh’s belt before the Twi’lek hit the ground. The Aedile was a man with purpose, one he was tired of being delayed. Each step was surefooted, bringing him closer to his goal.

Twice Rosh had been denied. He was not certain if it was fate, or dumb luck that had stopped him. But he was certain of one thing, this third time would see the Sadowan Proconsul Sanguinius dead. When the Naga Sadow Summit dropped to the planet to organize their forces’ defenses and capture of the pirate treasure, Rosh made this one task his personal goal. The last time Rosh had caught up with the Augur, he had managed to place a tracker. This was finally paying off. He eyed the flashing dot on the small handheld screen. His prey was close

Rosh turned down a side alley and broke into a sprint. Ahead, he heard blaster fire, followed by the periodic concussive boom of a grenade. Using his lightsaber to slice through the locks of a door, Rosh cut through a restaurant, packed with huddled civilians hoping to stay out of the firefight. He burst through the main entrance of the restaurant and found himself directly behind a small group of Sadowan soldiers. In the center of the group was his goal, Sang.

Sang became aware of him just in time to activate one of his lightsabers. Two of his soldiers fell to Rosh’s sweeping arc but the would-be assassin did not stop there. Digging his toes in, Rosh launched straight for the Sadowan Proconsul. Blades met and hissed but Rosh disengaged and dashed forth again. In a flurry of strikes and parries, Sanguinius defended himself, but was unable to defend his accompanying men. They fell one by one; collateral damage to Rosh’s fury.

Rosh was relentless. He knew sooner or later Sang would tire, and all he had to do was endure longer. He had to endure longer. He pressed his advantage, forcing the duel further down the nearly empty street. Down the road, several Sadowan forces ran through the intersection, followed closely by Palatinaeans. If the noise of the clashing lightsabers didn’t fill the air, the two would have heard the grinding of gears, and the missiles fired by the Kasador security tank.

The missile whizzed past its mark, instead, striking the street mere meters away from where Rosh and Sang battled. The force of the blast sent the pair flying through the air, landing hard, robes singed from the fireball. The tank rumbled forward, preparing to fire another shot. Rosh rolled to his stomach and gave himself a half push, half jump into the alley way to avoid the resulting blast. Behind him the wall of the building collapsed, closing off the entrance to the alleyway.

Fate once again had prevented him from completing his goal.

Time to go.

Kasador
Mygeeto

After once more unleashing her claws, the Sithspawn was capered in the blood. The once proud Sephi had fallen into shadow, the tide of war dragging her deeper yet. Ophelia’s allegiance to the One Sith had led her to trading blows with Darth Ashen, who had smashed her down without mercy and stripped her of the Force. Through experiments, the mad alchemist, Macron, had reconstructed her, twisted her. The ensuing results had been enough for Locke to censor his fellow Sons of Sadow, yet he had caught a glimpse of intelligence within Ophelia. Intelligence enough to allow the creature to stay on as Aedile. However, the heat of combat, the bloodthirst often overcame her conditioning and she relished death, even worshipped it.

Yet, not even her capacity for murder could not turn the tide of battle. It should have been a fight on three fronts, yet in the back alleys and warrens of streets, the frontlines were fluid and squads and individuals were often cut off and isolated.

Locke watched the holo-display of the proceedings change, noting the tide of battle. He had Malik with him, the Neti was a valuable asset to the Clan, his Battle Meditation was worth thirty veteran Equites alone. However, the situation was simply untenable. Locke glanced with frustration at the ever updating casualty list. Several squads had lost contact with command, and Naga Sadow’s Force-users were scattered in Kasador. There was no unified attack and the street to street fighting would only serve to bring attention from unwanted people like the Grand Master or, worse, the Galactic Republic.

No. It was high time to retreat and leave Mygeeto. The Sadowans had taken some treasures from the pirates and recovered some from the Palatinaean forces, but they had yet to recover the holocron. Despite his misgivings, Locke knew it was better to retreat than to overplay their hand. The consequences could prove too much to pay.

“Admiral Simonetti, I’m ordering a full scale evac from Mygeeto. All Warhost forces are to withdraw.” the Augur directed, his comlink active.

“At once, sir,” came the cool reply. The veteran Admiral had spent 10 years in the service of Naga Sadow. He’d seen it all and, clearly, little could surprise him. “Shuttles are en route.”

“Excellent, Admiral. I’ll see you aboard the Final Way soon.” Locke ended the call.

Turning to the Major commanding the Warhost Command Operation Centre, the Consul instructed that a full retreat be signalled across all Warhost frequency bands.

“Bring our men home, Major Lorne.” Locke instructed as he looked once again at the holo-display of the battle.

Kasador
Mygeeto

Kor Vaal limped along the silent street. It had been some hours since the combat that had so swiftly overtaken the city had moved on to other parts. Allowing himself one sigh of relief, he adjusted the bag strap that went over his shoulder.

“Should have grabbed lighter stuff,” he grumbled to himself before concluding with a string of curses.

His free hand gave a slight push on the goggles protecting his eyes, readjusting them to his vision. With a shrug of his shoulders, he continued towards the transport bay. He couldn’t wait to put this frigid hell of a planet behind him. As compensation, he would have some nice trophies to show off back on Judecca... assuming any of his closest friends and companions had survived or eluded capture.

Of course, the transport bay was on lockdown. Kor Vaal had expected this, given the chaos in the streets of the city. The security force wasn’t about to let those responsible walk free, certainly not with their lives. He dropped his bag with a thud and straightened up, stretching his shoulder in wide circular motions. He then approached the office visibly marked for bay security. The door was locked, but that wasn’t about to stop him. A flick of his lightsaber could have rectified this problem, but he opted for an alternative.

He knocked.

The door slid open.

“That you Tunot? Can you believe this poodoo? Look at these feeds!” The security guard said, without so much as casting a glance over his shoulder to the newcomer.

“Ah sorry... Not Tunot. No. But thank you for opening the door!” Kor Vaal said. Stepping forward, he slammed his open hand against the doors control panel. His lightsaber spat to life in sync with the door that shut behind him.

“Why don’t you tell me how to open the access doors here. Maybe then I’ll let you live.”

Minutes later, Kor Vaal stood assessing the ships in the transport bay, bag once again weighing down on his sore, blistered shoulders. He picked the one that looked like it would be the fastest, not knowing a thing about ships.

Now, he just needed to convince the pilot to take him to the Palatinaean fleet. He thumbed the lightsaber hilt hanging off his belt as he stepped onto the ship’s access ramp.

FFC Final Way
En-route to Orian System
Unknown Coordinates

The evacuation of Kasador had taken time. The bodies of Warhost troops had been recovered where possible in order to prevent the authorities from identifying and broadcasting any marks or identification that could reveal the Brotherhood or Naga Sadow. For all the chaos they had caused on Mygeeto, few would believe the involvement of those long forgotten “Jedi”… at least, until someone produced some sort physical proof.

Darkblade sat on a pile of crates that housed gas clips for blaster rifles, his robes dusty and burned where blaster bolts had passed through the cloth. The Anzat was filled with anger and disgust at the forced retreat and the betrayal that should have been seen coming from a mile away. The Quaestor watched Locke and Sanguinius pass him and scowled, the pair had caused a lot of deaths and lost treasures that could have benefitted the Clan. To add insult to injury, the incident would most likely weaken Naga Sadow in the eyes of the other Clans, who would circle like vultures circling carrion.

Yet, despite all that, the Anzat knew full well that the pair would be just as angry and frustrated as he. They had made a decision to trust a man who claimed to represent an Emperor, yet in the end, he had been proven to be nothing more than a vagabond, a trickster prince.

Naga Sadow’s revenge would come, at a time and place of their choosing. Darkblade so swore it. He would become their harbinger of intent and ensure that the Black Hand would have his comeuppance.

Kasador
Mygeeto

Darth Vexatus wandered the streets. The locals were beginning to crawl out of hiding now that the Brotherhood’s forces had vacated. Martial law was still in full effect, but the Falleen was not concerned. The hermit had worked to assist Naga Sadow, yet he knew that he was still hated and feared by them. He was not yet ready to return. Instead he would continue to wander, and seek answers that perhaps rekindle his connection to the Force.

The tales of his accomplishments and feats had served him well on Kasador, it had enabled the Elder to outwit his opponents who constantly expected him to do the one thing he could no longer do. He had used it to his advantage.

Kasador security forces patrolled the streets and had locked down the spaceport. Getting off this rock would be difficult, but it certainly wouldn’t be impossible for someone as resourceful as the seer.

NSD Dark Paladin
Deep Space
Unknown Coordinates

The Quarren’s boots made a dull thud as he stepped off the loading ramp of the shuttle onto the pristine floor of the Nebula-class Star Destroyer’s hangar. His eyes greedily focused on his prize, an ornate holocron. On the surface of Mygeeto he had stolen a quick peek into the files it held, and it was overwhelming. There were so many things to dissect from it, so much knowledge to learn.

Across the hanger there was a clattering, one of the transport pods dropped, spilling its contents on the floor. The loot managed to glitter even in the harsh artificial light. Lexiconus gave the pile of valuables a passing glance before picking up his feet to quickly leaving the hanger. The turbolift opened, and the sound of applause rang out. Metal against flesh, The Black Hand strode in clapping.

A cold, insincere clap.

Before Cyris could speak, which Lexic expected to be either a heated reprimand or a praise-filled congratulations, the alarms went off. Admiral Ail’en Sommetra quickly spoke up via the intercoms from the bridge.

“Red alert. Battle stations.” There was no hesitation or uncertainty in her voice. Lexic’s mind raced at a thousand outcomes. Had Kasador Security hounded them into space? Was it Naga Sadow? How could they have followed them here. Why risk it? He turned to look out the wide hanger doors, the void of space separated only by the thin shielding of the hangar entrance.

He was staring straight at the point of a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer.

“That is no Sadowan ship…” He said softly, eyes narrowing to slits. Sommetra’s voice came back just as he finished the statement.

“Hold fire. Stand down to condition two. Transports incoming. Hangars Besh-three and -four, and Cresh-two.”

It wasn’t long before multiple transport shuttles touched down in the hangar bay. Ramps came down hard and soldiers poured out in rapid order, each stepping perfectly in sync with the next. It took him a moment to recognize them, so quick they were. The Iron Legion.

Then he came. Clad entirely of white, Darth Pravus stepped lightly from his shuttle. All the Palatinaeans froze. Not one of them could have imagined the Grand Master himself gracing the durasteel floors of the Dark Paladin. The tension was palpable and Lexic swallowed hard.

Pravus paused at the foot of the ramp. Silently, he scanned the wide chamber before giving a nod, so subtle it would have been easy to miss. Not for the soldiers of the Iron Legion, who never failed to catch an order from their Grand Master. Within seconds they were grabbing the cargo pods laden with treasures and artifacts. Lexic stood there, dumbfounded as one snatched the holocron straight from his hands and tossed it into a passing cargopod.

He nearly said something then, but the words caught in his throat. It did not go unnoticed, for he saw the Grand Master’s eyes upon him. He saw to sly smirk. Lexiconus had never felt so small. In under a minute, Scholae Palatinae’s hard-earned spoils of war were secured on Pravus’ transports.

Pravus raised a hand. The room fell deathly silent.

“The Iron Throne thanks you for this gift.”

And with that, Darth Pravus turned on his heel and disappeared into the shuttle.

Temple of Sorrow
Sepros
Orian System

The silence of the grave. Death claimed all, none were immune to its touch. The events on Mygeeto had led to many deaths. Pirates, Sadowans, Palatinaeans and the locals who had gotten embroiled in their little war.

Locke seethed in silence, brooding upon the betrayal enacted by Xen’Mordin. He had trusted his fellow Consul, he had believed in giving the Sith a second chance. He had allowed an enemy to get within striking distance, like a snake ensnaring a mouse.

His mind ran through the pattern of events that had led to this result. Naga Sadow had failed in their quest to claim the holocron, Scholae Palatinae’s betrayal had hit them too hard, limiting the Warhost’s capacity to strike back. The limited rules of engagement had worked in their opponent’s favor.

“Your brooding will not serve us well.” a voice broke the silence, drawing Locke’s attention to his Proconsul.

“We have been shown to be weak. Our focus on fighting The Dominion allowed Xen’Mordin to trick us.” Locke snarled at his subordinate.

“Can you be certain that Xen’Mording ordered this betrayal?”

The glare Locke shot his Proconsul said it all.

“Our fight has always been with them, yet you know that I yearn for peace.” Sanguinius replied calmly, his presence in the Force resolute and unweilding. “The Palatinaeans have won a minor victory in the grand scheme of things. The Clans skirmish and bicker, it is their way.”

“You speak to me as if I’m a child, unaware of the happenings of the Brotherhood.” Locke berated, vexed at the situation. “I’m well aware that our illustrious Grand Master has already paid a visit to our former allies to claim his share.”

Sanguinius quietly laughed, “and yet we would do well to avoid him, you know that we harbour Undesirables such as myself here on Sepros.” The Augur turned to leave, “We’re not alone in our fight, Locke... there are others who would fight alongside us against Pravus.”

“Your words would get us killed, Jedi.” Locke wearily shook his head and moved towards his desk. “You claim to seek peace, but your words and actions invite the deaths of millions.”

“If that is the will of the Force, so be it.” Sanguinius left, leaving Locke alone with his thoughts. He couldn’t deny that the Jedi had a point, there was dissent within the Brotherhood, not all were supporters of the Grand Master. They would have to pick a side sooner of later.

The Bakuran sat at his desk for several moments before activating a hololink. A small greenish figure appeared on his desk before him.

“Yes?” the figure questioned.

“Consul... I have a proposition for you.” Locke replied.

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Imperial Palace
Ohmen, Judecca

The Black Hand’s long black cloak, as dark as his demeanour, swept behind him as long calculated strides carried him across the throne room’s marble tiles. His reflection on the polished surface was that of a phantom glaring back up at him with searing hatred in its eyes. It had been long months since he had last graced the Emperor’s halls. Once, he might have enjoyed the lavish decor and vast chamber seeping with power. Such interests had long deserted him. In fact, he derived no pleasure whatsoever from being there at that moment. The reason for which he was being summoned was obvious.

As he had foreseen, the events of Mygeeto had had the effects of a bomb, sending ripples through not only the warring clans but the Brotherhood as a whole. He had gotten Pravus’ attention. Yet, these were but stepping stones towards darker horizons. Far darker.

A long path yet lay ahead for him.

Should the Emperor interfere…

He reached the foot of steps leading up to the throne, towering above him in all its twisted splendor. In his absence, the Emperor had apparently replaced the non-descript, angular throne with something more fitting of a Sith ruler. He could respect that, however frivolous the reasons might have been.

Upon this throne sat the Emperor, lounging with casual indifference, his left leg thrown over the armrest while his face was propped up with one fist. Cyris marvelled at how different the Emperor could appear from one meeting to the next, especially without his mask. They were two separate people, Xen’mordin and the Emperor.

“Ah, welcome, my friend!” called Xen, his voice friendly and particularly warm as he straightened up in his seat. Under the circumstances, there was reason enough to smile, but Cyris did not buy the apparent excitement.

Still, the Black Hand took knee before the stairs to pay his respects, dishonest though they were, to the man who had liberated him from that frigid prison compound on Caina. He dipped his head and pulled the cavernous hood off his shaven, disfigured head. After a quiet reverie, he finally met the Emperor’s glistening stare.

Oscura opened his mouth but Xen did not let him speak.

“You have done well on Mygeeto, Black Hand. As expected, the Sadowans have retreated. I suspect my old friend will be licking his wounds for some time. It is a shame that Locke and Sang got away though. I expected more. As for those artifacts…”

“Let Pravus have his toys, my Emperor,” Cyris interjected, speaking over Xen as he pushed himself up. He grimaced as pain shot up his spine. “This sows distrust of the Dark Council through our ranks."

“Thus securing their loyalty to me and not those fools in the Iron Legion. Yes, yes.” Cyris could have sworn that he glimpsed a hint of disappointment or sadness through the shadows that drenched the Emperor’s face. Xen’s eyes flared with conviction, joined by a machiavellian grin across his lips.

Those eyes, the conflicting emotions, Oscura thought as he locked gaze with his ruler, those are not the eyes of a sane man.

“Indeed,” continued Xen, “We have cast out this pathetic alliance and are now free to move forward unhindered. Even as they continue to wonder why you turned on Locke, our pawns resolve to follow our orders like never before. “

Cyris clenched his mechanical fist as he whispered, “And soon, the culling shall begin…”


Results

Interlude: For Those About to Dominate - 30 Participants

1st - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
2nd - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
3rd - Aul Celsus (CNS)
4th - Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
7th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
8th - Malik Sadow (CNS)
9th - Johnny_Blackhurs (CSP)
10th - Qyreia Arronen (CNS)

Battle Plan: The Wolves at the Door - 23 Participants

1st - Elincia Rei, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
2nd - Mune Cinteroph, Shadow Nighthunter. Delak Krennel (CSP)
3rd - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
4th - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
5th - Tasha'Vel Versea, Muz Ashen Keibatsu, Aul Celsus (CNS)
6th - Rosh Nyine, Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
7th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
8th - Dek Rott (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille, DarkHawk, Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
10th - Lucyeth, Kor Vaal (CSP)

Multimedia: The Chronicler - 20 Participants

1st - Elincia Rei, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Alara Deathbane (CSP)
2nd - Archangel Palpatine, Rayne (CSP)
3rd - DarkHawk, Darkblade, Aul Celsus (CNS)
4th - Dek Rott (CSP)
5th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
6th - Zachary O'Maille, Darius Tu'kul, Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
7th - Kyo Akumu (CSP)
8th - Lexiconus Qor. Shadow Nighthunter, Kor Vaal (CSP)
9th - Lucyeth (CSP)
10th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)

Run-on - 29 Participants

1st - Tasha'Vel Versea, Macron Goura Sadow, Ophelia Delacroix, Darth Vexatus, Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
2nd - Aul Celsus, Armad, Qyreia Arronen, Darkblade (CNS)
3rd - Dek Rott, Delak Krennel, Zehsaa Hysh, Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
4th - Lexiconus Qor, Kor Vaal, Shadow Nighthunter, Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Elincia Rei, Rosh Nyine, Archangel Palpatine, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Alara Deathbane (CSP)
6th - Zachary O'Maille, Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind, Lilith Alema'rha Versea-Stormwind (CNS)

Gaming: A Brief Respite - 9 Participants

1st - Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej (CSP)
2nd - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
3rd - Delak Krennel (CSP)
4th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS) 5th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
6th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
7th - Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
8th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
9th - Aul Celsus (CNS)

Fiction: Gone in 60 Seconds - 23 Participants

1st - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
2nd - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
3rd - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
4th - Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Dek Rott (CSP)
6th - Macron Goura Sadow (CNS)
7th - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
8th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS)
10th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)

Graphics: Making a Stand - 30 Participants

1st - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
2nd - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
3rd - Scarlet Agna (CNS)
4th - Aul Celsus (CNS)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
7th - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
8th - Kor Vaal (CSP)
9th - Delak Krennel (CSP)
10th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)

Poetry: The Sting of Betrayal - 31 Participants

1st - Kor Vaal (CSP)
2nd - Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
3rd - Eetherbiail Zarih'Taen (CSP)
4th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
5th - Kyo Akumu (CSP)
6th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
7th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
8th - Delak Krennel (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS)
10th - Kell Palpatine Dante (CSP)

Meme: Shattered Memes - 34 Participants

1st - Eetherbiail Zarih'Taen (CSP)
2nd - Darkblade (CNS)
3rd - Lilith Alema'rha Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
4th - Kor Vaal (CSP)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
7th - Rayne (CSP)
8th - Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej (CSP)
9th - Rosh Nyine (CSP)
10th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)

Trivia:The Shiny Baubles - 29 Participants

1st - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
2nd - Malik Sadow (CNS)
3rd - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
4th - Aul Celsus (CNS)
5th - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
6th - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
7th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
8th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
9th - Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
10th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)

Total Clan Points

Clan Scholae Palatinae - 2,258.46
Clan Naga Sadow - 1,984.79

Clan Scholae Palatinae wins the feud!

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Greetings all, A few brief announcements from me today. Hopefully everyone is having an excellent summer! Unit Reports Now that we have received responses from every unit, we are ready to release our second quarter 2016 unit reports to the club....

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Greetings all,

A few brief announcements from me today. Hopefully everyone is having an excellent summer!

Unit Reports

Now that we have received responses from every unit, we are ready to release our second quarter 2016 unit reports to the club. All of our units have things to be proud of with these reports, and I applaud the efforts of our leaders.

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Click to open a larger image of the unit report.

As always, this report is not meant to be all encompassing, and represents only a brief snapshot over the last few months. Many units are presently engaged in either a period of rest following major events or are currently in the middle of events that were running when this report was generated, and as such, the event is not reflected in these numbers.

We occasionally change these metrics and though we do use them to give feedback to our summits, they are not our only measure of successful units. Occasionally they allow us to identify what one unit does particularly well, and seek out that summit for guidance which we can use to better the club. If you think you have something you feel we should track, feel free to toss me an email and we can discuss your idea when I get back from vacation (see below!).

Shattered Ties Concludes

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As many of you know, Shattered Ties' final competitions have now closed! Both Summits worked extremely hard and the event has been very impressive. At the half way point the units were separated by only a few participation points! With the final round of submissions closed, results will be released soon, and spoils arranged for the winning unit. On a personal note, I am extremely proud of the effort of many members in both units, with many new faces performing very well. This has most definitely been a very successful Feud and I applaud the work of everyone involved!

A brief leave

I am heading out to the Sierras for a backpacking trip starting tomorrow. While I should have internet for some of the day tomorrow, I'll be off the grid for a bit over a week and unable to answer emails until next Friday, and I'll not have a computer until the 20th. If you don't hear from me by the last week of August, give me a poke on Telegram or a bump via email.

And with that, I hope everyone has fun summer plans, and I'll see you all in two weeks!

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Deputy Grand Master

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This month’s report is really all about one thing: accessibility. One of the things I’ve focused on since taking the job of Wiki Tribune last year is making the wiki easier for new (and old) members to navigate and use. With that in mind, I’ve...

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This month’s report is really all about one thing: accessibility. One of the things I’ve focused on since taking the job of Wiki Tribune last year is making the wiki easier for new (and old) members to navigate and use. With that in mind, I’ve tried to focus on three major areas: visual engagement, standardization, and intuitiveness. With most all of the top level changes resulting from the timeline shift having been completed, over the last month we’ve started to focus far more on the subject of general accessibility, and if you’ve looked at the recent changes page you might have noticed a whole mess of edits. With that in mind, let’s break everything down.

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Categorization Updates

The categorization system on the wiki is currently going through one of the biggest changes since Windos’s category restructure proposal, but it’s something that the large majority of users probably won’t notice right away. In most ways, the new categorization updates look to maintain the standards of that prior update (with the notable exception of allowing categories to have more than one parent), instead looking less at how the categories are arranged and more what those categories are. This new project is as much about intuitiveness as it is about standardization as there are many category names on the wiki that are easy for us veterans to understand while being less clear to newer joins. We’ve use terms like a Clan’s dominion where references to a Clan’s territories could be far easier to grasp. We also use field specific terms like Order of Battle that the lay person may not be familiar with either. These are things that those of us that have been in the Brotherhood for a while now don’t question since we all know what those things are while new folks may experience that moment of confusion as they’re looking through content.

Additionally, some of the largest and most important category trees on the entire wiki are, of course, the Clan categories. This part of the project focuses on standardization in the service of intuitive navigation so to speak. All the clans use similar but slightly different category structures, which can make it harder for new members and long tenured outsiders to find information within them. A standardized Clan category structure will be implemented for all of these category trees as well in order to make things easier to navigate. Additionally, there are a good number of non-intuitive category names within the Clans. The biggest example of this were the clan member categories: it probably took a knowledgeable member of Tarentum to explain the difference between the Tarenti and Tarentae categories, and the same with the Disciples of Sadow and the Sons & Daughters of Sadow. As part of the revamp, all names of Clan member categories have been changed to the “Unit Name members” format (for example: Arcona members). Additionally, unlike the prior practice, all Clan members should be categorized there (including title holders), while the title holder categories are now subcategories of the Clan members categories.

There are a large number of other changes, many that are a result of Possessions moving much of the item tracking done in the past off of the wiki and onto the site proper, that the staff and I will be working on. Members can take a look at the new category guide that we’ll be working from here.

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Standardization of Clan Content

This was actually something I’d been mulling over for a while now, and finally decided to pull the trigger on by starting with some templates. The wiki is all about balancing creativity against the standardization of an encyclopedia, and creeping Clan website-ism is a part of that. The wiki is a tool for the entire Brotherhood, and the content and signage (things like maintenance templates) should reflect that. As such, a number of Clan-specific templates have gone the way of the Dodo to be replaced with wiki wide versions that mirror our other maintenance templates (which are of course modeled from Wookieepedia). The new templates, however, mirror the functionality of the old Clan ones, and can be varied to categorize and label themselves in Clan specific ways. Additionally, the replaced templates are the first templates on the wiki to use content from The Force Awakens, so there’s that right? The new templates are Template:Clanimprove and Template:Historic

Moving forward, the staff and I will be looking to work with the Clan leaders when it comes to other content on the wiki that will fall victim to the standardization bat. The idea here isn’t to eliminate Clan content, but just to make sure it’s being presented consistently to the members in a useful and intuitive manner. All too often a group of members or leaders will build a wiki structure, be it categories, a page, or a navigation template, that was a fun project and is useful for those people that know what it is and where it’s located on the wiki. For people that aren't in the know, or when the members driving that particular construct leave or lose interest, we see these orphaned, non-updated pages. The best example of this was the Current Events pages/templates that each Clan had in their clan category. Most of them were either not updated or had simply morphed into another list of clan leaders/content much like the Clan navigation templates. As such, they’ve also been sent to the bin, which brings us to the next part of Project: Accessibility...

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Clan Category Table of Contents

I’ve been looking to do this for many months, and we’re finally making some progress in getting this done. The old Current Events templates have been removed, but since nature abhors a vacuum, a new table of contents for Clan categories will be replacing them. This project is greatly influenced by the revamp to the main page of the wiki (even though it technically preceded it, don’t ask how that works) in it’s attempt to present content in a more visually engaging and easier to navigate way compared to just a list of subcategories. The major categories will be included, along with blurbs to help explain those categories to the members so they actually know what’s contained within. The general idea is inspired by the table of contents of a magazine, like this one, in that it isn’t simply a list of article titles but instead offers a glimpse at what can be found on each of those pages, or, in our case, categories. The alpha version, created by Xolarin, can be seen here. It is my hope to have them finalized and implemented within the next week or two.

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This month’s featured article is Korroth. This one is a fine example of what a character article can be: well formatted, good use of images, and no long lists of trivia/other info at the end. A solid approach to article structure that can serve as a guide for anyone looking to create their own.

As for our Wikipedian of the Month, I want to highlight the work done by Xolarin since he joined the staff. My years in the Brotherhood have often taught me that the biggest thing that can kill a project is lack of momentum, and Xolarin has brought the needed dose of it to the Clan categories project since he came on board. It’s nice to see something I’ve talked about for a while, yet always had to back burner in the face of other projects, finally coming to fruition. Don’t let anyone say that the new members of our club are ever less than those that have been around the bend a few times, Xolarin will put lie to that every time.

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Projects

  • Wiki Competition: Lead: Selika & Entire Staff. The staff and I are looking at running a major, wiki focused competition. The staff changeover and other project work pushed this back, but expect another update mid-month. I’m currently in the early stages of competition drafting.
  • Legends Dungeon: Lead: Selika. Sorting, sorting, and more sorting. There’s a lot of work here, so this is probably a long term project more than any other we’ve worked on.
  • Archivist: Lead: Laren Uscot. Even with the new canon changes, the stories of the Brotherhood still need to be updated. Depending on how far we go with old events in the area of bringing them in line with new canon, this project’s responsibilities are somewhat in flux.
  • Accessibility: Lead: Selika. This is now going to be focusing on category standardization and content standardization as outlined above.

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Wiki Tip of the Month

The increase in the number of members having outside artists commission images of their characters lead me to create Template:Copyrighted Com for use with commissioned artwork. Compared to 2013, however, the use of these images has exploded on the scene in more recent times, but I don’t see many uploaders making use of this tag. Template:Fairuse is all well and good, but the template for copyrighted commissions ensures credit, since in these cases it’s possible, and will even support links to the artist’s page. Making sure to add the fair use tag to any image at least covers the bases, but if you can use the template to tag images with their commission artist’s information, do it!

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#AskTheWiki

Q&A’s are apparently what all the cool kids are doing now, so I figured I’d try out a section in my report shamelessly ripping off what they’re all doing…


Nero askes: Why is the rum gone?

… next question!

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Xolarin asks: Why is the alignment of divs and spans such a perpetual pain in the rump?

Because if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be doing web design (or web design adjacent work). I’m convinced that making your design layouts do what you want them to do is much like being a new person playing Jedi Outcast/Jedi Academy. Sure, you know you want to swing your lightsaber a certain way, but getting the game to cooperate via your mouse and keyboard inputs seems like an incredibly painful way of doing so.


Ernordeth asks: Have you thought of running competitions associated with the wiki and making the DSS more accessible?

A very good question with two different answers: yes and no.

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This is actually two different questions that have two different answers. I want to run more competitions, and as mentioned above I’m looking to run a major, multi-event Wiki based competition in the near future. However, on the subject of making the the Dark Side Scroll more accessible via competitions, I’m not inclined to award them directly for competitions. You may find yourself asking why, and that’s a good question. The short version is that the DSS isn’t a competition award. The long version is that because it’s not a competition award, our system doesn’t treat it as such. Journeymen don’t get promotion credit for getting a competition award when they win one, for example. As such, I’ll be looking to hand out crescents like all the rest of the competitions once we get there.

As far as the DSS goes, however, there are at least two of them awarded on a monthly basis, one for the WOTM and the other for the featured article, with some months awarding more if there are several authors on a featured article or co-WOTMs. Now, if there are competitions for creating a wiki article, many of those go on to be featured articles and net their authors a DSS as well. Additionally, and I mean no disrespect to any that have nabbed either of the two above mentioned awards during my tenure, but as often as not the competition isn’t all that fierce for them. I’ve handed out plenty of WOTM awards to members of the staff, and I’d rather be giving them out to non-staff members but haven’t had the opportunities present themselves. Additionally, if you think there’s a potential featured article out there (even if it’s yours, I don’t mind self promotion much), make sure to bring it to my attention. There are many opportunities each month to get these awards, but often not much in the way of competition.

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Final Words

Just another reminder that the wiki staff as a whole is always here to give you a hand with wiki questions. Hit us up on telegram (many of us are on there often/always/too much), and even if the staffer you catch doesn’t know the answer they’ll track me down and make sure you get an answer. We’re there to help you guys out, so don’t hesitate!

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Introduction Evening all you happy campers! It’s time for another monthly Herald report. Lots of things to reveal here so read down and I hope you enjoy. Herald Fiction update! Consolidation “Never take a gamble you’re not prepared to lose.” -...

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Introduction

Evening all you happy campers! It’s time for another monthly Herald report. Lots of things to reveal here so read down and I hope you enjoy.

Herald Fiction update!

Consolidation

“Never take a gamble you’re not prepared to lose.” - Unknown


34 ABY - 6 hours ago

Fial System, Nilgaard Sector Corellian Star Shuttle Vespira - Convoy Sigma-6 en route to Kiast

Alarms reverberated in Major Len Iode’s eardrums as the emergency lights came online. The ship’s sudden and violent rocking made him lose his running step and he stumbled onto a passing crew member whose expression, Len thought, mirrored his own. The craft let out a low rumble as another blast dissipated on the protective shield somewhere above their heads. He bolted, again, through the corridors leading to the bridge. He passed several more technicians, likely as not running to fix whatever damages popped up around the ship.

Len finally reached the massive door to the bridge section and it slid aside, giving him entry and a view of a full blown starfighter battle surrounding the ship. X-wings from Paladin squadron buzzed around, blasting hot plasma at what looked like modern TIE fighters. One of the enemy craft flew close enough to the view port for Len to see the custom paint job and what looked like a red and white skull painted on its fuselage.

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Shout outs

A Grand Cross

I would like to once more congratulate Solas Night-Thorn on his Grand Cross and the amount of work he has done. Please check the award out here and give Solas a sincere thank you.

Thank you, from me and the staff, and congratulations :)

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It’s been so long, long hard days

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Cluster of Graphite!

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Our biggest announcement this month is the release of the Cluster of Graphite.

What is the Cluster of Graphite?

The Cluster is an award given to members participating in graphics competitions. Anyone participating with a valid entry gets at least one Cluster. There are bonus Clusters to be had in many of the comps, however, so stay on the lookout!

How can I get a Cluster?

Just participate in a Herald approved graphics competition with a valid entry and you will get it. Simple as that. :)

There are more ways to receive the Cluster, however, but for those you will have to read the wiki page linked above.

What if I’m an Organizer, how do I get approval?

Well all you have to do is follow these Herald Competition Approval Guidelines.

So what do I do now?

Step 1: Read the Wiki pages! Step 2: Participate in these competition when they open on Friday:

Go get them Clusters!

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Herald survey - reminder!

Everyone loves surveys! Not really, but this one is necessary.

We've created a survey that you can fill in and, hopefully, influence what way future graphics in the Club move forward. We're looking for honest opinions, so type in anything you can think of that you consider important.

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Warbanners, Custom Robes, Custom Weapons and Requests

Let’s start with:

Custom Weapons

By Vyr:

  • Edgar's dual hilts
  • Mune’s single saber

By Zehsaa:

  • Marcus Kiriyu's single saber

By Rian:

  • Darkblade's serpent hilt


Custom Robes

None


Warbanners

by Rian:

  • K'tana
  • Zujenia
  • Edgar Drachen
  • Christopher "Nero" Winchester
  • Mateus Kelborn
  • Darkblade

Graphics Requests

By Rian:

  • Zakath Agrona

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There’s a Form for that

DB Art Community Telegram Group

If you’re interested in joining the TG group and sharing your art, be sure to click the image below:

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Ask the Herald

Xolarin asks: #AskTheHerald PS, Gimp, Paint.NET, PS for iPad, Procreate (iPad), <insert others here>... Which do you think are good and why?

Photoshop, Manga Studio and GIMP are pretty good. PS is, obviously, a class of it's own as it has a very well made internal construction and compatibility. Manga Studio is a step lower but is generally better for drawing with Tablet. GIMP is good if you don't have PS but a lot of options need to be added in manually which can be a pain. Haven't tried the rest all that much but many of them follow the same pattern as GIMP. They're adequate for anyone who does it as a hobby or for fun but if you want to do anything serious, you really need Photoshop or any other professional program.

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Tahiri Drakon asked: #AsktheHerald I'm thinking about requesting a warbanner. Where would you recommend finding a crest?

Google, deviant art, Pinterest, etc. Plenty of places.


Blackhawk asks: #asktheherald will there be anymore herald trivia, or is that gone for good?

There will be eventually. None are planned for now.


Tisto asks: #AskTheHerald How busy was the herald staff when possesions was being developed and how busy do you predict you will all be now that the beta will be starting soonish?

There are around a thousand items in Possessions. We've completed roughly 50% so far, so it's pretty busy. In stage 1 development we didn't have much to do as far as gfx but now we're a lot busier.


Frosty asks: #AsktheHerald Did you like Jar Jar the first time you saw him?

I was a kid, basically, so I guess I did? Not sure. I think I did.


Nero asks: #AskTheHerald Thing you're most looking forward to with the new movie?

Rogue One? Uhh everything? :P for the most part I'm interested to see the old grit and dirt of Star Wars return in a big way. The shiny chrome of the prequels is still in my mind :/ mostly I'm happy because they're returning to roots and creating a more realistic experience.


Evant asks: #AsktheHerald do you ever plan to attempt to add scenery to your staff skill set to create the varous temples, castles, cities, caves, fortresses, arenas and other venues and areas that we find the Brotherhood? I'm all for imagination, but often the small images in an ACC venue will spark thoughts and add to the experience, and the same could happen with a piece of fiction set in a location that has a reference image on the wiki.

Truthfully, that is not something we cover as an office. At this time, I don't think it will be covered. At least not until our situation settles down a bit more. I'll keep it in mind though, good suggestion.


Sang asks: #AsktheHerald Can I get more Imperial/God Emperor goodness for my dossier page?

You need to be Elder or DC for robes so no :P


Xen asks: #AsktheHerald What is the one thing you are most pumped to be doing in the next few months?


Sang asks: #AsktheHerald Are you going to be showing off your new graphics grading rubric soon?

Look up :P


Xen asks: #AsktheHerald What are things we as members can do to make things easier on the Herald staff when it comes to image requests?

Add as much detail into your request as you can. Especially reference images. Reference images help a whole lot.


Valhavoc asks: #AsktheHerald what are the chances you're going to the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando next year? If you can't go will you send a cut out picture of your beard so the GM can ask random Cosplayers to wear it and pretend you're them?

hahahaha xD It's highly unlikely that i'll attend :P I may be able to do the cut-out beard thing tho :P


Sang asks: #AsktheHerald Who is the true voice of the Grand Master? Is it the Voice or the Herald, because really, if you think about it, Herald also makes total sense to be the voice of the Grand Master.

OOC? It's Mav :P IC it's really split between the Herald and the Voice. We kinda do the same thing in different areas :P


Sang asks: #AsktheHerald Why do people insist on playing Eldar/Tau? Don't they realise that the God Emperor is all?

Let me put it this way: "Our tanks were useless. As soon as we broke cover, their battlesuits' heavy guns were locked on to us. I swear it was as though they had someone nearby aiming for them before they shot. And when they did shoot...Emperor's mercy! Their guns punched through our armour like it was paper. all I could see were trails of fire where the projectiles had ignited the air."


Evant asks: #AsktheHerald why is your dossier accessory not a beard?

Because I can't have a custom accessory as per my own rules :P


Sang asks: #AsktheHerald What new robes and weapons can we look forward to from your office. I love that every report we get something new.

Very likely the ones you will see in Possessions. We'd like to fill as much of the selector with Possessions items as possible. It'll just take some time.


Evant asks: #AsktheHerald when will we see some fiction competitions based on Morgan's fictional backstory?

When I actually post a fictional backstory :P Which would be soon.


Len Iode asks: ##AskTheHerald forgive me if this is asked and answered before, but are there any plans for clan specific military uniforms?

Not really. We've released quite a few uniforms lately, most notably the Legion Officer's uniform, and the Republic uniform.


Mord asks: #AsktheHerald Fictionally, what is your job on the Dark Council, and how does it come to play in your fictions?

I'm the Pirate Lord of Singap— errr Antei :P

Morgan spreads the Dark Council's influence to places no military, no ship, no inquisitor could reach. The Criminal Underworld.


Korroth asks: #AsktheHerald From your side of things, do you see the Possessions project as ending with its official release, or do you think it will continue to grow even after that?

Oh it'll continue to grow. Not sure how fast, but I imagine we'll not be done with it ever. New things will always be added.


Lexic asks: #asktheherald are Misc. weapons going to be available?

We're leaving stuff like that for future Vendetta rewards and such


Lexic asks: #asktheherald if Morgan was an NFU, what would be her best skill? why?

Manipulation, Resolve. As it is now. Because she's a manipulative schemer and downright dirty scoundrel.


A’lora asks: #asktheherald With the DB art community being more varied than 'usual' with members leaning towards characters, 3D and animation and less towards robes and sabers, do you feel that the diversity can benefit the Herald's office moreso than having a plethora of people creating sabers and robes according to the Herald templates?

Have you seen my staff? I have two 3D artists and three 2D artists on it. :P I feel that anyone who has the means to achieve a certain quality of work can contribute to the Herald staff and the work we do. I feel that there are as many styles and ways to create what we do as there are artists in the Club. Not all of them may fit the quality standards, but some do. There are some things that will likely not change while I'm Herald, like lightsaber blades which have a standard across the board, or Warbanner s which will likely remian as they are for a while. But the fact that we have many more up and coming artists means we can expand in the future and maybe create even better work. I'm sure one day someone here will surpass my work and the work of my staff in the same way we have surpassed the former Heralds. It's onyl natural. Maybe 3D takes over one day. I'll be happy to see it.


A’lora asks: #asktheherald Somewhat a follow-up: are there plans to create more tutorials or courses in the same vein as the basic lightsaber tutorial, such as an advanced lightsaber tutorial or a basic robes tutorial?

Yes, as part of Shadow academy exams in fact

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Commission artists and Artist Feature

Instead of the usual commission artist, I would like to direct you all to, once more, take a look at our member gallery on Deviantart:

You can find it here

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C’ree by Zehsaa

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Kordath by Atyiru

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Skar by Cyris

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Zujenia by Zujenia

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Leadra by Atra

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Closing word

That’s it for now, folks. This is your friendly neighborhood Herald, signing out.

See you, space cowboys!

Blues Saraceno - Evil Ways

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Uh...hi. Is this thing on? Cool. Hello, yes this is Wally, and this is a report where I announce new and cool things. Believe it.

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New Disciplines

I’ve honestly held off on writing this report because I wanted to be able to focus on the project I’ve been working on the past few months. Now that everything has been signed off on by the Voice, DGM, and Grand Master, I guess it’s time to dig in.

So, without further preamble, I’d like to announce 6 new Disciplines that are now selectable for Non-Force User characters in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood Character Sheet System.

What is a Discipline again?

Disciplines represent how your character prefers to use the Force and Skills. Disciplines represent fictional paths of training. Your character is unique and will ultimately fall into a “class” that best defines their style of fighting and way of life.

Each discipline is given two unique Feats that are only available to that Discipline. One Feat enhances an existing Force Power or Skill, and the second is a Feat that is unique to the Discipline.

Disciplines are not professions. This is why we have “Hunter” Discipline instead of “Bounty Hunter”. While the Hunter Discipline offers some cool perks that would make a good Bounty Hunter, a Weapons Specialist could just as easily be a good Bounty Hunter. This is also why you don’t have an “Assassin” or “Hitman” Discipline. A Sorcerer can be an assassin, but a Shadow has unique skills that could lend towards making a good Assassin.

For those of you most of you that are familiar with RPGs of varying kinds, Disciplines are similar to Classes, but with much more freedom in terms of developing your character however you want. In short, your characters are not limited by the Discipline you choose, they simply gain some specific abilities based on the Discipline you choose to follow.

OK, and what is an NFU?

NFU stands for Non-Force User, which is a selectable character designation members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood are able to choose as opposed to the traditional Force User. As a Non-Force User, members can pick from two different Orders: Loyalist and Mercenary.

After choosing their Path and Order, NFU members are able to create a Character Sheet, where they can then select a Discipline to grant them unique Feats, which are situational abilities.

So, NFU’s get Disciplines too?

They do! And now, you get even more options to chose from! During the creation of a Character Sheet, NFU members will be able to select from the existing two Disciplines—Weapons Specialist, and Field Medic—but also the following new additions:

As I highlight each new Discipline, I’ll also reference the Canon characters that most closely resemble or embody it. These are not by any means perfect or definitive, but they are the most accurate references we can draw a line to.


Scavenger

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Noteable Characters:


Director

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Noteable Characters:

Speaking of hype, our very own Archenksov has already updated his character's CS to become the first Director in the DJB! Check out the sheet here!


Infiltrator

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Noteable Characters:


Ace

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Noteable Characters:


Scoundrel

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Noteable Characters:


Hunter

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Noteable Characters:


Everything can be veiwed in the Character Sheet Reference Database (aka CD4WG). The Disciplines Wikipedia page has similarly been updated as well.

(Wally totally did not almost break the wiki template and need to be saved by Atra.)

Recognition

A lot of people need to be thanked for the work that has gone into this project. Both the ACC and Voice staffs had a heavy hand in assisting with edits, rewrites, tips, counterpoints, and mechanical review. They did this while also holding down their respective job duties, and I’m grateful to be a part of both teams and the talented members that make them up.

Special thank you to non-staffers that volunteered to help out. Atyiru helped with grammar, syntax, and general notes on the documentation and write ups. Major props to Korroth for scouring the documentation for stylistic cohesion and consistency, and then single-handedly working to codify the data into Wikipedia template format for me. Evant, Mav, and Sarin have also been big in steering the direction of the write ups and working with me to get down to a final proposal. It’s been months of sometimes tedious work, but I think what you guys are getting is the best possible content we could deliver.

I will either award individual merits for tasks completed, or work with members’ respective summits to lend support. I will highlight these in my next report. Short of that, thank you again to everyone who helped out.

Oh and major thank you to Atra. Like, seriously. His ability to handle data entry is scary. He managed to do most of the backend work for uploading the 36 feats to the database. On top of everything he does as Praetor, he still came in when I needed him most to get this finished and published. I don’t have enough words of thanks, so I hope each of you that read this make sure to thank him when you next are talking to him. Thank you Tyler, you’re the best Brosiedon ever.

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With NFU Disciplines off my plate, I’m going to attempt to help the Voice team with Possessions in small ways, or whatever Evant asks for. Meanwhile, the ACC Staff will focus on keeping Qualification Exam turnarounds quick and constructive as well as managing the day-to-day queue.

Upcoming Projects

Here is a quick overview of what else I am working on:

  • More NFU Discipline Focus articles. I will be creating example NPCs like Wyn, and then writing a short fiction that I will annotate with explanations of the Discipline Feats and how they can be used in writing.
  • More Venues for the ACC (Backlogged from May the Fourth)
  • A new DB-Wide ACC competition (Details pending)
  • Scenario ACC (2v1 NPC, 2v1 Objective)

I do not have a timetable on any of these projects, so make sure to pay attention to future reports.

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A Quick Recap

Since taking over as Combat Master, I’ve helped run three major ACC events. For the Brotherhood, it started with ACC Rivalries. We also saw the Grand Master’s Invitational Tournament last fall and the Journeyman ACC Tourney this past spring. For the Clans, we ran a bracket tournament for Clan Tarentum for their March to Dathomir internal event.

With each of these events, we’ve tried new formats, new scoring mechanics, and taken in member feedback while continuing to improve and grow the ACC for the membership base. Part of this experience has a lot to do with the following:

Consistency in grading by a team of judges with oversight from a single lead (Combat Master). Even on a recreational match, the ACC Judge staff often checks and bounces thoughts of one another to ensure that we are all on similar pages. Transparency in that any mechanic that we judge or grade on is viewable/available to the membership. There are no hidden rules or policies. If we mark points down for something, it is documented in the ACC Guide and relevant CS System database. Timeliness in ensuring healthy turn around time on ACC Matches and ACC Qualifications. Constructive feedback on each match so that members are able to learn and get better with every match, win or lose.

These four principles have been the focus of my time spent as Combat Master. If you see anything lacking in any of these categories, let me know immediately. We are always listening to constructive feedback, and the door is always open over the ACC Hotline at [Log in to view e-mail addresses].

Clan Event Halls

For Clan Events, I’ve gone and created the Clan Events Hall. This will be where Clan events get hosted.

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For any Clan Event planning, please email the Combat Master at least 4 weeks in advance. This allows for planning, coordination, and allows us to make sure that your event doesn’t overlay with other existing plans. Once approved, I will work with whoever is organizing the competition to handle the administrative end of the competition while offering oversight.

Right now, the biggest obstacle for Clan Events going forward is that we don’t have a timetable on the next War, and have not even begun to discuss how the ACC will be used in it (it was notably absent from GJWXI). We are not going to run a Clan Event that overlaps with a Vendetta or War events, or will at the very least try out best to avoid overlap.

On a similar note, anything Vendetta related (which is any event that involves more than one unit) should be going through the Deputy Grand Master for oversight. Feel free to CC the Combat Master as well, though the DGM will have final say over Vendetta competitions.

Current Events

Currently, we are just wrapping up Clan Arcona’s Sins of the Past - Episode II: ACC Race. This event is tied to a month-long Clan Event being run internally by Arcona leadership. The Arcona Summit contacted me about four weeks before the start of the event, which allowed us time to plan/make sure execution could be handled smoothly.

(Hint hint, don’t spring things on the CM last minute.)

You can view the ongoing and finished matches here.

Scoring Formats

A quick note on the scoring format listed in the match details: this format was chosen to mirror the old ACC style from back in the day. While the competition has been going well in terms of matches generated and matches completed, I do not envision this format being used again on the DB-level.

Individual units are free to try out different scoring methods. Just know that anything DB-wide will most likely adapt a format similar to Rivalries. Atra, Archen and the ACC staff came up with an updated scoring system that I will talk about more in upcoming events. So, if your goal is to get members used to a scoring format they will most likely see going forward, keep that in mind when discussing things with the Combat Master and DGM.

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You can find an archive of my previous Combat Master reports HERE. These reports contain a lot of helpful information, so if you’re a new or returning member, I’d suggest leafing through them.

ACC Links

ACC Exams

That’s all for now. I will be releasing more Discipline Focus articles over the next few weeks to help show off how these new Disciplines can work in real-time. This will probably go down as one of my shorter reports, but I'm honestly hoping to do a lot of expansion and explanation through follow up news posts and Discipline Features.

As usual, let us know if you spot anything, notice an error, or have feedback of any kind. You know where to find me, but the best way to report things is the Voice staff email, which is: [Log in to view e-mail addresses]

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