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Howdy all! Before he stepped down, Jac and I had planned a huge revamp of the CoJ courses offered in the Shadow Academy. JST because he is no longer Justicar, though, doesn't mean his successor Bubba let this fall through the cracks. I'm...

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Howdy all!

Before he stepped down, Jac and I had planned a huge revamp of the CoJ courses offered in the Shadow Academy. JST because he is no longer Justicar, though, doesn't mean his successor Bubba let this fall through the cracks. I'm pleased to announce the release of the first course in this new sequence, Chamber of Justice 101: A Primer on Member Conduct. It is live and ready for you to learn how to not get CoJ'ed now.

-Farrin

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For the past week and a half, the Dark Council has been discussing the potential impact of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the DB. Some of you may be aware of the GDPR through work or the news, but even if you...

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For the past week and a half, the Dark Council has been discussing the potential impact of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the DB. Some of you may be aware of the GDPR through work or the news, but even if you aren't familiar with it I'm sure you've seen its effects in the last few weeks as companies scramble to revise their privacy policies and data collection practices. Below, I will explain in more depth why it is necessary for us to make changes as well.

We have identified a number of steps that are required to bring the DB into compliance with the GDPR. Most of the changes will be fairly painless and simply involve shifting from an implied consent standard (e.g., signing up for the club = consent to be contacted) to an affirmative consent standard (e.g., you must now click a checkbox to affirmatively consent to be contacted by the DB when signing up). You will all see some of these changes roll out over the next few days as James works his magic.

There are two more complex issues that necessitated amending the Covenant. The first and most significant is the imposition of a new minimum membership age (16 years old) along with stricter enforcement of parental consent requirements. The second is the implementation of the EU's new "right to be forgotten," which requires us to amend our current policy limiting dossier removal.

But I don't want to bury the lede: I presented proposed amendments to the Electorate Monday morning. After the mandatory 48 discussion period ended today, I called for a vote. The amendments passed by a vote of 15 to 1.

As a result, all DB members must now be at least 16 years old or provide written parental consent for membership. This rule applies to everyone regardless of citizenship or residency, and no one is grandfathered-in. Mav and I will be reaching out to those whom we believe to be under 16 to explain the rule change and give them an opportunity to obtain parental consent before GDPR goes into effect on Friday.

What is GDPR and why does it matter? (warning: many words)

The GDPR is the EU's new data protection regulation, and it becomes enforceable on May 25th. In brief, and as relevant for our purposes, the GDPR imposes new, strict requirements for obtaining lawful consent to use an EU resident's personal data, including email addresses, usernames, and IP addresses. It also grants a "right to be forgotten," which gives EU residents a nearly-absolute right to have their personal data corrected or deleted.

The GDPR clearly applies to all commercial entities, but carves out an exception for data processing by "a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity." That exception might cover what we do here: we are engaged in purely social and artistic pursuits with no commercial, political, or charitable angle. Unfortunately, the EU's prior privacy Directive, which GDPR supersedes, included the same "purely personal or household activity" exception, and it was interpreted very strictly: even social network users with large numbers of third party contacts can fall outside the scope of the exception and be fully subject to the regulation, as absurd as that might seem. For example, under the GDPR, a Facebook user with thousands of "friends" would be required to obtain affirmative consent from those "friends" to be able to use any of their personal data including names and photos; that Facebook user would also be required to delete all of a "friend's" data from his account if requested, or be subject to fines.

The GDPR purports to apply worldwide, which means that even US-based organizations could be subject to EU enforcement actions for violating the regulation. Maximum penalties for violations of the GDPR can reach 20 million euros. It's fairly unrealistic to think the DB would ever incur such a penalty. Likewise, it isn't clear, as a practical matter, how the EU would directly enforce the GDPR in the US. Instead, the real threat is that our web hosting service or any other data processing service that our site uses might cut us off to protect their own EU-based assets.

If you conceive of risk as a function of the probability of a harm times the magnitude of that harm, then this is a high risk situation for the club not because it's likely to become a problem but because if it ever does become a problem it could be catastrophic. As such, I think it's important that we make a good faith effort to comply with the Regulation's basic requirements. Most of those changes are being handled behind the scenes and will involve asking all DB members to affirmatively consent to the DB storing their data and using their contact methods. Two changes, however, required amending the Covenant:

The GDPR requires affirmative consent to data processing/contacting. For children under the age of 16, that consent can only be provided by a parent. This is similar to current US law, which requires parental consent for those under 13, though it covers more of our membership. Thankfully, the GDPR doesn't require us to ask everyone who signs up if they're old enough; we only have to "make reasonable efforts," when we learn of an underage signup, "to verify in such cases that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child, taking into consideration available technology."

The original Covenant did not set a minimum membership age. However, because the GDPR prohibits us from processing any EU resident data without affirmative consent -- and without knowing how strictly these provisions will be enforced -- we cannot simply turn a blind eye to underage joins. Therefore, I proposed a new minimum age of 16 years old, along with the authority for the GM + JST to lock down dossiers belonging to anyone determined to be under 16 who does not have parental consent to be a member. This change applies to all members, regardless of country of residence, for three primary reasons: first and foremost, I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of setting different rules for members based on residency or citizenship (or, frankly, even asking for that information); second, I think it is preferable to limit the amount of personal information that the DB collects about its members; and, third, it is simply very difficult to determine the residency of magic internet space wizards.

Right to Be Forgotten

The second Covenant change enacts the GDPR's new "Right to be Forgotten." Previously, we permitted a single dossier deletion for non-convicted members and absolutely prohibit deletions for convicted members. The amended Covenant now permits an unlimited number of dossier deletions by anyone (again, not based on residency), with the understanding that we will retain limited non-public information (username, email, IP addresses, etc.) for convicted members for the purpose of protecting the the integrity of the DB's information systems and membership rolls. Limits on the creation of new dossiers will remain in effect.

The Amended Sections

Amended Section 2.01(b)
Right to Membership – Every person that follows the rules of this Covenant and has signed up for and agreed to the terms and conditions of joining the Brotherhood has the right to be a member of the Brotherhood, provided that they are at least 16 years of age or have sent written parental consent for membership to the Grand Master, Justicar, and Master at Arms. Violations of the Covenant may result in a loss of the right to membership.

New Section 2.01(b)(i)
Disposition of Underage Dossiers – When the Grand Master determines that a person under the age of 16 has created a dossier without providing written parental consent for membership, the Grand Master shall, with the agreement of the Justicar, immediately suspend the dossier from all positions within the Brotherhood, deactivate the dossier, remove access to the database, and remove the dossier's contact methods from all modes of Brotherhood communication or other media (such as gaming servers).

New Section 2.01(b)(ii)
Notification and Restoration of Underage Dossiers – The Grand Master shall immediately notify the person who created the suspended dossier of the suspension and inform the person that the dossier will be restored when (1) written parental consent for membership is provided to the Grand Master, Justicar, and Master at Arms; or (2) the person is at least 16 years of age.

Amended Section 2.02(b)
Removal of Dossier – A member has the right to have his dossier permanently removed from the Brotherhood website subject to limitations outlined in this Section. However, a person that requests removal of his dossier does so with the understanding that it is permanent and the dossier will never be permitted to be restored. Upon removal of the member’s dossier, the person no longer has any rights of members under the Covenant. For the purpose of clarity, the term “removed” is used instead of “deleted” in this section because the data from dossiers may remain in encrypted backup data of the website and there is no way to delete all dossier references. Therefore, the active website will have no record of the dossier, as the dossier will have been removed from the active website. In the unlikely event that a previously-removed dossier is restored to the active website via a backup, that dossier will be removed as soon as possible.

Amended Section 2.02(e)
Limitations on Creation of New Dossiers – There is no limit on the number of times a member may have a dossier removed. However, use of the right to have a dossier removed to illicitly restart a dossier when prohibited by the Covenant or without permission from the Master at Arms is a form of cloning and subject to penalties through the Chamber of Justice.

Amended Section 2.02(f)
Limitations on Removal of Dossiers for Members Convicted by the Chamber of Justice – Notwithstanding the right of all members to have a dossier removed, information related to members convicted by the Chamber of Justice including character names, contact methods, IP addresses, and records of any investigations and trials, will be maintained in a non-public form for the purposes of protecting the integrity of the Brotherhood’s data systems and preventing the fraudulent creation of new dossiers. If a previously-convicted member creates a new dossier, the new dossier will be removed and the member will be charged with cloning. No honors or medals on the new dossier will be transferred to the old dossier.

These changes are now in effect. The wiki will be updated soon to reflect the changes, but until then please refer to this news post if you're looking for the new rules.

I want to be perfectly clear that none of these changes were prompted by the actions of any particular member, and that locking-down underage dossiers is not a punishment and does not reflect any wrongdoing on the part of the person who created it. If a person under 16 has a dossier locked down and later turns 16 or provides parental consent, the dossier will be fully restored including awards, rank, etc.

I anticipate a lot of you will have questions or concerns about these changes. Please feel free to reach out to me by email or on telegram and I'll be happy to discuss this. For reference: Original Covenant language and amendments, with and without track changes.

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What have we got here? We got ourselves a report! But what's there to say? We already launched Scenario Hall and got people pumpin' for that...then there was that whole Coach's Corner thing we announced so it's not another ACC...

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What have we got here? We got ourselves a report! But what's there to say? We already launched Scenario Hall and got people pumpin' for that...then there was that whole Coach's Corner thing we announced so it's not another ACC event.

Damn, I'm boring!

Well, at the very least, I come with a change (one of a few that I have been tossing at James to add to his list). It's a simple one, though it's actually two changes, but the one is more important than the other. In fact, the other can be tossed right here as a footnote! As of the last code deploy, ACC matches will have the per-post comments expanded by default, as opposed to the current collapsed view.

That's the stuff folks need to see anyhow, so why make an extra step necessary?

And that's all there is to that! Strap in cause you're about to see the minor, yet important, change that is the Advantage System and the announcement of team's for Coach's Corner!

And there's just one thing I have to say about this event:

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Advantage System

What Is It?

So, there's one thing that's always been apparent to me as a competition runner in this club: if there is no score system then there can be no ties.

Seems simple, yet it can be confusing. A rubric system, often used for art and fiction in the Brotherhood, has an innate disadvantage in that it creates ties where none should exist. Yes, two members can score 4 out of 5 on the rubric, but still be standing apart. One member may have been just shy of a 5, while the other barely scraped past a 3. Yet, on paper, they are the same.

The goal of the Advantage system is to shatter the illusion of ties.

How Does It Work?

While there is no need to reinvent the wheel or drastically alter the rubrics we use today, a subtle change can make all the difference. After positing the idea and some back and forth, a formal proposal including an implementation outline was prepared, approved, and James did that voodoo that he do.

Now, in the ACC grading, when a category is scored as a tie, an Advantage comes into play. This is assigned to the member that performed better in that category and grants them a bonus to their score. A minor one, to be sure, but enough to break a tie.

This will grant more transparency to a practice that already occurs in the "Rule of Two". The standard process in a tie is to have a second judge look over the match (if one hasn't already during the review process) and give their own sense of which scored higher in a category. That is used to help push the judge towards their final decision. This check mark serves the same purpose, but for each individual category.

So, what's it look like? Here's a sample of the interface from a judge's side of things.

Advantage example

As you can see, it's a greyed out whole lot of nothing when not in play, but as soon as there is a tie...things get funky. And by funky, I mean a boolean state is toggled and they get enabled in the automagical world of coding.

That's neither here nor there and not what you came for.

So that's all there is to it. If there is a tie within the rubric, Advantage acts as a slight nudge to show and recognize better performance within that category. Hopefully, this all makes sense. I can, and always will, answer any questions.

Coach's Corner Teams

Coach's Corner

This is it, people! The sorting hat is done! The goblet of fire has belched! I have tossed the names in a cup, shook'em all up, and threw it on the ground.

Below you can see the coach and the team members that have been sorted. Due to the number of members, two teams of 7 were formed and two teams of 6. There are no names...yet. Teams will have to come up with their crew monicker and it will be used by the hype machine that is me!

Team grid

The composition of this competition will be an initial round where everyone faces one opponent. If there is time, and a member is willing, they may be able to do a second match with another opponent. A single match should take no more than 14 days to complete between the two members.

Each match will add points to the team's grand total, resulting in the final placements. As mentioned before, this is about teaching a group to work together and show that the ACC isn't always a solo experience. Yes, you are the only one writing, but you have proofers. You have people to use as a sounding board and can help guide you and answer questions. Learn to use the resources around you, and have a lot of fun. That is what is meant to be accomplished here, and the coaches are there for you.

Now, the coaches should reach out to you if you don't get to them first, so let's get to know each other before this begins. The tentative start is this coming Friday, the 25th of May, but I may push it back to Saturday so you all have time to get comfortable.

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ACC Exams

Remember, any questions on ACC mechanics, the CSs, or features, email [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. We do check this email, and often. Best way to get a proper response with all the staff on the same page.

Thanks for reading,

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Members of the Dark Brotherhood, Dark Adept Dacien Victae’s appointment to the position of Justicar has made him ineligible to continue his service as one of the two temporary voting members of the Star Chamber. Section 3.02 of the Covenant,...

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Members of the Dark Brotherhood,

Dark Adept Dacien Victae’s appointment to the position of Justicar has made him ineligible to continue his service as one of the two temporary voting members of the Star Chamber.

Section 3.02 of the Covenant, Membership in the Star Chamber, details the requirements for the selection process of Temporary Voting Members. The nomination fell to me during this period and the Star Chamber held a week of discussions on the matter.

I am happy to announce the selection of Adept Malik Sadow as our newest Star Chamber member. Malik will serve a two year period starting today.

  • for the DB historians/lawyers, no veto was used in the process.

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Greetings all, It is with a heavy heart I inform you all that we have learned from his family that Frosty Romanae Tarantae, a member of our club for more than 14 years, passed away last week. Frosty was a remarkable member, a mentor to many, and a...

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Greetings all,

It is with a heavy heart I inform you all that we have learned from his family that Frosty Romanae Tarantae, a member of our club for more than 14 years, passed away last week. Frosty was a remarkable member, a mentor to many, and a friend to many more. He was known for his friendliness and incredible gaming ability, and he left an indelible mark on so many in our club, particularly in Tarentum. Even for those of us that were never part of Tarentum, Frosty was instantly recognizable for how unlike his name he was: he was engaging and friendly and always happy to try to help others in our online community. And as those that had the privilege of meeting him in person have attested, Frosty was all this and more in the real world as a loving father and a loyal brother. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.

I know that Frosty's memory will not soon fade from those he touched here. Please consider the comments in this news post an opportunity to share memories of Frosty if you would like.

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But Wally, why would you lead a news post with that gif, you might ask? Well, I just wanted to share some quick updates with everyone, and it just felt appropriate... New Species: Weequay! Bale/Cyris submitted a proposal right before GJWXII for...

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New Species: Weequay!

Bale/Cyris submitted a proposal right before GJWXII for one of my favorite species in the SW universe. I had talked about it with Sarin at the time, and we agreed that it would be a great Species to include as a few other members (including myself) expressed interest in their use. For anyone that knows who my favorite character in Star Wars is (next to BB-8), then you know why this Species is so appealing to me. Unfortunately...it kind of slipped through the cracks of all the other work I had been doing, but I was finally able to sit down and review them thanks to Cyris’ excellent proposal. And so:

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Thanks to some admin and wiki-work from TuQ, the Voice Staff is proud to introduce the addition of Weequay as a playable Species!

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The timing works out well, I believe, with the launch of the Shroud Syndicate. I have a few ideas for some NPCs for the DC factions already in mind, and I’ll talk more about the Shroud in a bit.

Wiki Page Updates

Besides the addition of the Weequay, I’ve done a bit of housekeeping on the Wiki.

Voice Staff Resources Hub
  • Created by the Voice Staff, the Voice Staff Resource Hub will cover all of the relevant resources and documentation pertaining to the various fiction departments that make up the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. Here you will find links to policies, guidelines, and other information pertaining to Fictions, Run-Ons, the ACC, and the Character Sheet System.

Remember this old thing? Either people have gotten tired of me referencing it, or it really has become a go-to resource for members. The hub was designed and is still intended to be a one-stop routing hub to answer any question you might have relating to the Voice office and the club's fictional systems. The biggest update here is that I’ve moved the summary of Voice Reports and Updates to its own separate page. These were a hold over from a time where we were making rapid-fire changes, and members were not looking to reports for answers and were missing vital information. I think our culture has evolved a bit since those times, which is great because Atra and I realized that we write a lot of damn reports and it's added up, I tell you!

The hub now links instead to the Voice Report Repository, which will, for the time being, continue to be updated with summaries of each report and update.

Voice of the Brotherhood Article

Working alongisde the rest of the DC, I’ve made some updates to the Voice of the Brotherhood wiki article. This mostly updates some of the bullet points of responsibility that have evolved since I took over the role. Most of these tasks are things I expect future Voices to adhere to, but I also know that things are always evolving and shifting to meet the demands of our growing organization. I’ve also attempted to clarify the Voice Staff relationship to the ACC Staff. This organization chart should do a good job showing it off.

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In short, the Voice works side by side with the CM and ACC team. But the CM is mostly reporting to the DGM and GM, not the Voice. So, technically, the judges are safe from my wrath. (Sorry Atty, TuQ, and Mauro).

Shroud Syndicate - Launch

For anyone that has been living under a rock, the Shroud Syndicate is finally here! A compliment to its other three sister Societies — the Inquisitorius, Shadow Academy, and the Grand Master’s Royal Guard — the Shroud is an extension of the Herald's domain over the underworld, mercenary, and pirating factions that are prominent in the galaxy at large. It gives members yet another “theme” to explore with their characters.

Keep in mind, even with the addition of the Shroud, there is only so much the respective Societies can provide for any given characters. It is ultimately up to you to see how you can work some/none/all of these elements into your character, or to not do so at all. Keep an open mind, and take a second to appreciate all the work that went into it.

See Vyr’s newspost here, the new wiki page here, and take the exam to join here.

Teaser: “ACE”

An acronym for Arx Capital Exchange, ACE is Evant’s foray into adding some fictional flavor to the Regent role. Expect some more on this in coming updates as Evant and I play with the fictional development of the DC’s sub factions and societies!

May the 4th Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Legendary Encounter II competition. We had 12 entries, which is short of last year's mark, but still a pretty good turn out. I had run a poll the week prior asking what kind of event members wanted, and did expect to get a few more entries. However, it was a short timeframe, so I want to thank everyone who took the time and tried the competition out. I’ve left individual feedback on each entry as well.

Congrats to the overall winners!

Other Musings

Bubba (Dacien) is the new Justicar. Thank you, Jac, for everything, it was a privilege and honor getting to serve on the DC with you. But oh hey, Bubba. ‘Sup. Farrin is leaving me. Abandoning me. He is going to retire, or something, leaving me to suffer Howie’s abuse alone. Farrin has been an absolute, all around stud and I’ve had such a good experience working with him since my first day joining the DC. He was hugely helpful with stepping up to learn ACC grading during the War in a pinch, and helped me out with the grading of fictions. The DC will miss him. Dracy posted a supplemntal newspost that you should attend to and read. Drac is bae.

That’s about it for now. We had a nice #AskTheVoice sessions on Telegram that I’m going to leave on there. Feel like you’re missing out? Join the fun in [Fiction Chat! - Log in to view join link]

Thank you,

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Hey, you. Yeah you, dang kids. Sit down and read this. Lazy bums, always poking away at your wise phones with your big screens and your internet pictures. When I was your age, television was called books… What was I talking about? Oh, right. You,...

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Hey, you. Yeah you, dang kids. Sit down and read this. Lazy bums, always poking away at your wise phones with your big screens and your internet pictures. When I was your age, television was called books…

What was I talking about? Oh, right. You, here. Read this. Use your brain, it makes its own pictures. You can read, can't you? Bah. Kids these days. Busy, busy, busy, can't find no time to just stop and read a bit…

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HEEEEEEELLO LOVELIES OF ARCONA AND ODAN-URR.

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But First, a Message from Our Sponsors

This is friendly reminder that there are not one but two fantastic, club-wide events open for sign-ups. The ACC Coach’s Corner is accepting sign-ups through May 21. The is a great opportunity for new or otherwise inexperienced members to try out the ACC with the loving support of an experienced ACCer.

For those of you who are illiterate or otherwise hate Krathy things, Jedi Academy is returning to the Brotherhood Gaming League. You can read all about Round 2 and sign up here. You’ve got all of May, but maybe don’t procrastinate? Do as I say, children, not as I do.

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Is This a Kissing Story?

It's been a long time coming, and we thank you for your patience in this. Life really kicks you in the kidneys sometimes. Good thing we have a Star Wars club to escape to. And speaking of, here it is, the epilogue to our joint event, the cherry on top of the sundae that is our three-year-anniversary quote-along cooperative bash!

You might have stopped caring over the wait, or never cared much in the first place, but give it a skim, if nothing else, folks! We've got some fun fiction here, lots of drama, sass, and us going face to face with a heretofore little-seen branch of the Collective, Capital Enterprises.

READ THE TALE OF TRUE LOVE, DANGER, REVENGE, AND HIGH ADVENTURE HERE

Or, for those not fond of Discourse, see the PDF version here.

And, for those of you with little time, here's a TL;DR:

  • It's a kissing story. Ew.
  • (Not really though).

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Pictured: you guys reacting to this summary.

That said, Arch and Atty want to give a last shout-out to our summits for their encouragement in running this and generally being awesome, and our members for more of the same, but with extra awesomeness! A hurrah to those of you who crushed participation here! Grot and Kordath both got full participation, followed closely by Maaz, Rulvak, and Mauro at eleven of twelve, and Qyreia, Tisto, Aura, Celevon, and Janus, who all did a majority of events. Well done, guys! Several of you got featured in the closing fiction, and we did our best to incorporate elements of all the submitted co-op fictions in as well!

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Results

Truth Beneath the Rose

  1. Grot
  2. Kenath Zoron
  3. Rulvak Qurroc

A Little Song and Dance

  1. Ozosi Vym
  2. Janus Stormwind
  3. Aurora "Aura" Ta'var

You Won't Believe What They're Up to Now...

  1. Grot
  2. Kordath Bleu
  3. Zax Tenno

Hitting the Collective Jackpot

  1. Rulvak Qurroc
  2. Maaz Sawyer
  3. Grot

As You Wish

  1. Qyreia Arronen and Sariel Dhejeuti
  2. Luna Okami and Grot
  3. Eilen Jath and Mauro Wynter

Can I Get a TL;DR?

  1. Grot
  2. Qyreia Arronen
  3. Rulvak Qurroc

You Are Cordially Invited

  1. Celevon Edraven Erinos
  2. Grot
  3. Edema R'uh-Kalinor

Lean on Me

  1. Grot
  2. Qyreia Arronen
  3. Luna Okami

Face of the Enemy

  1. Grot
  2. Kenath Zoron
  3. Rulvak Qurroc

Dress for the Occasion

  1. Eilen Jath
  2. Celevon Edraven Erinos
  3. Ozosi Vym

Charm of Canto Bight

  1. Grot
  2. Kenath Zoron
  3. Rhylance

Porgs of Unusual Size

  1. Grot
  2. Rulvak Qurroc
  3. Eilen Jath

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Happily Ever After (Or Not)

So, here's a cheer to you guys, our ohana, to the ARC-COU alliance, the Lotus, the future Collective plotlines, to overabundant Princess Bride references, and generally to the last three years and to many more! It's been great telling these stories with you all, and we hope we continue to do so.

Signing off for the Happily Ever After title card,

Satsi “Stabby Praetor” Tameike
Consul Emerita, Arcona

Alethia “I’m not signing my news posts ‘Bird Fuhrer’” Archenksova
Consul, Odan-Urr

Kordath “Grading Monkey” Bleu
Consul, Arcona

Aurora “Writing Doge” Ta’var
Proconsul, Odan-Urr

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Greetings all, As many of you know, Sang has just stepped down from Consul of Clan Naga Sadow. Sang has served as Consul for more than a year, during which Naga Sadow was consistently among our most active units. Sang has always been quick to...

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Greetings all,

As many of you know, Sang has just stepped down from Consul of Clan Naga Sadow. Sang has served as Consul for more than a year, during which Naga Sadow was consistently among our most active units. Sang has always been quick to weigh in on Dark Summit discussions, and his light hearted attitude will be missed from our discussions. As Sang knows, once his health improves we'll be putting him back to work. ;) In his place, we are elevating Bentre Kairn'tel Stahoes to Consul of Naga Sadow. Bentre has served as Proconsul for over a year now and has proven himself as worthy of the chance to succeed Sang. We are excited to see what Bentre will do with the reigns of Naga Sadow!

In addition, our Headmaster Farrin will be stepping down. Farrin has served admirably as Headmaster for more than two years, and we have been lucky to have him. Farrin and I had discussed his desire to retire for the last few months, and we decided this was an opportune time for Farrin to take the next steps in his journey in our Brotherhood. I have no doubt that Farrin will remain active and involved and, in time, will find his way back into leadership. Farrin has been a tremendous asset on the Dark Council, always willing to fill in where needed. During the GJW, he was a necessary additional judge for the ACC tournaments, and he is always a reasonable and objective voice in discussions. I know I speak for the entire Dark Council when I say Farrin will be missed.

That said, we will need a new Headmaster. Farrin will serve out the next two weeks while we sort out his replacement. The duties of the Headmaster are principally related to the administration of the Shadow Academy and participation in development of the new member experience. Specific requirements for this position beyond those listed in the position description in the Wiki are:

  • A working understanding of the Shadow Academy in its current state, both positives and any negatives
  • Significant leadership experience within the Brotherhood
  • <24 hour email turnaround time and regular presence on Telegram
  • Ability to work as a member of the current Dark Council team
  • Innovative ideas on how to continue to develop the Shadow Academy in today's Brotherhood

Applications will be open for the next two weeks, ending on 5/26. Applications should make clear how the individual fulfills the above responsibilities (either explicitly addressing them or implicitly through e.g. detailing relevant experience) and should define short and long term goals for the Shadow Academy (a 30/60/90 day plan is acceptable but not required). All applications must be submitted by email to myself and the Deputy Grand Master. Please note that we are willing to entertain proposals for potentially large changes to the SA/other HM spheres, as we do for any open DC position, but any change that may require coding should first be run by the SCL and, if a proposal includes significant alterations to the SA at a code-based level, the SCL must be CC'd on the application. If applicants are unsure if their ideas would require code changes, check with either James or me.

In closing, thank you again for your service, Sang and Farrin and congratulations Bentre!

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Grand Master

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Introduction A little over two years ago, Sarin turned over the reins of the Shadow Academy to me, giving me the unenviable task of following an excellent Headmaster in Bubba. I’ve had the pleasure of leading an incredible team in the Shadow...

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Introduction

A little over two years ago, Sarin turned over the reins of the Shadow Academy to me, giving me the unenviable task of following an excellent Headmaster in Bubba. I’ve had the pleasure of leading an incredible team in the Shadow Academy and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished in my tenure. However, it’s time for me to step aside and allow someone else this fantastic opportunity. I will continue to serve as Headmaster until Mav and Vyr can find a replacement (a news post from them will be coming shortly with more information), but after that I’m seein’ the light and going to Odan-Urr… y’know, since Tarentum got all nuked and stuff.

I also wanted to take a second to provide some transparency as to why I’m stepping down. First, I’m happy to say that this is 100% my choice - Mav, Vyr, and the rest of the DC have been nothing but supportive and I know if I wished to continue on as Headmaster they’d have allowed me to; in fact, the Panda tried to hit my retirement with his denied stamp. The reality is I’ve been rapidly approaching burnout for a couple of months. I firmly believe that any leader in this club - from BTL to GM - that feels that coming on needs to tackle it head first. I tried to do so in such a way that would allow me to continue serving you all and was unsuccessful; when that’s the case, retirement is the only option. Burnout is not a permanent thing, and I fully intend to (slowly) take on leadership positions when I feel comfortable doing so again. However, my real life job and responsibilities coupled with my DB work has taken a toll that isn’t healthy for me or the club. Besides, two years seems like a perfectly fine tenure to serve as Headmaster, right Bubba? :P

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By the Numbers

  • 3: Praetors (thank you so very much Marcus, Laren, and Seraphol!)
  • 7: Magistrates (some amazing work done by Mirus, Alishu, Rins’zler, Kojiro, Celevon, Kelly, and Bentre)
  • 1: Incredible Special Magistrate (Ood, the Institutional Memory of the SA)
  • 17: Professors
  • 19: Docents
  • 14,000: Auto-generated SA emails (maybe more)
  • 3302: Exams graded by a DBer
  • 5160: Exams graded by dbb0t (<3 you Skynet)
  • 15: Average grading time, in hours and with trivia competitions I ran throwing in statistical outliers (11.4 hours is the average with the outliers removed)

FARRIN FLEE!

Oh, and by the way - I’ll be out of the country from Monday (tomorrow) through Saturday with no internet (and no desire to have internet). Anything you need from me can be directed to Seraphol in the meantime, who is more than capable of holding down the fort. If you don’t want anything but want to send me drinks, I’ll be on a cruise. The more drinks the merrier!

Conclusion

Now, for the last time… The Shadow Academy is an amazing resource, created and administered by some imperfect human beings who strive for perfection. 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. With cookies. And an SA team thankful for pointing it out.

In Darkness -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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Greetings programs! May the 4th has been graded and we've had the please of seeing some great entries. That said, I'd like to first congratulate Satsi Tameike and Andrelious J.M. Inahj for their shared 2nd place with 25 points each. The...

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Greetings programs!

May the 4th has been graded and we've had the please of seeing some great entries.

That said, I'd like to first congratulate Satsi Tameike and Andrelious J.M. Inahj for their shared 2nd place with 25 points each.

The overall winner, with 31 points, is... drumroll...

Tali Sroka. Congratulations!

Tali wins a custom robe which the Herald staff will create. The Herald will be contacting you soon.

That's all for now, my fellow nerds. Until next time.

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