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Psi Termina I Inquisitorius Listener Ship Wild Space 36 ABY A pair of small blue figures pressed up against either side of the corridor walls, easily shrouded by the shadows cast from the harsh overhead lights. The first figure, an Aleena with a...

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Psi​ ​Termina​ ​I
Inquisitorius​ ​Listener​ ​Ship
Wild Space
36 ABY

A pair of small blue figures pressed up against either side of the corridor walls, easily shrouded by the shadows cast from the harsh overhead lights. The first figure, an Aleena with a mottled burn mark on his left cheek made a series of quick hand gestures to the second figure who had the same pale blue skin as her counterpart. Sherine flashed the hand-sign for acknowledge and nodded once, carefully removing the pack from her shoulder and setting it down beneath her feet.

The Inquisitorius Listener ships were eerily quiet, the only sound lilting through the filtered air the steady metronomes of beeps, creeps, and faint sweeps from long range sensor equipment. The security on each ship had been lighter than expected, but Breek Trailm knew that his team needed to move carefully. One tripped alarm would blow their mission. Literally. Trailm was suddenly very aware of his own pack that carried the same lethal canisters that Sherine was busy planting. Breek loved nothing more than to wreak destruction through the art of demolition, and knew that it meant that one day, he would inevitably go out with a bang.

For the time being, however, he would prefer not to.

Sherine looked up and shouldered her pack. Nodding once, Breek Trailm tapped a button on his wrist-comm to confirm another successful plant. The wireframe map on the small screen shifted from red to green. Breek couldn’t help but smile. He had hand picked his team years ago for missions just like this. They had started with small jobs, but eventually were noticed by Daggo Mouk’s head of engineering. Gwendolyn — or “Sparks” as everyone called her — saw his team's potential and had finally given them the mission they all had dreamed of.

The Dark Brotherhood deserved what was coming for them, and Breek’s team all shared the same fiery devotion to the promises set forth by Rath Oligard and the Collective. The Brotherhood had, after all, hunted down Aleena like they were some kind of scourge in the Wild Space that they had “claimed” for their own. Oh yes, they would pay, and the Aleena Demolition Squad would be hailed as heroes within the Liberation Front.

“Are you sure these are going to work?” Sherine asked. “In their current state, these wouldn’t do much damage to a shuttle, let alone a whole surveillance vessel.”

Breek shook his head. “Exactly, which is why they won’t show up on any of their scanners. They will react to the right catalyst."

“It would need to be a pretty significant heat source...”

“We just need to trust Spark’s plan. Has she ever let us down?”

“No...I suppose not,” Sherine conceded. “Alright, let’s rendezvous with the rest of the team and get out of here.

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Written by: Voice Marick Tyris.

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Summary

  • One of Rath Oligard's many propaganda speeches plays back on a holographic display in the Voice’s office...
  • ...which is located inside the impregnable mountain that houses the core Dark Councilor offices and the Iron Throne.
  • Marick Tyris, the leader of the Inquisitorius, is not pleased with losing to The Collective and wants more information.
  • Ness’arin Ohnaka (no relation) explains the current situation in regards to the Brotherhood's efforts against The Collective. She is the NPC Director of Inquisitorius operations, functioning as the Voice’s second in command.
  • Atra Ventus, Combat Master, is also present.
  • Marick resolves that the Inquisitorius needs to be a visible threat to enemies of the Brotherhood, breaking away from the past perception that they were simply a task force for the GM’s bidding.
  • Atra confirms that Operation: Tempered Iron is in motion, a hint to the ACC Competition that ties in to the larger storyline.
  • Ness points out that stepping into the light will put a crosshair on Marick. The Voice is more than willing to take that chance to better show strength in the face of The Collective.
  • Meanwhile, a small team of Aleena infiltrate one of the Inquisitorius Listener ships that help fuel the Advanced Inquisitorius Network. (AIN). The “Aleena Demolition Squad” sets charges that foreshadow later activity.
  • Varryn Antillus — head of Capital Enterprises, which serves as The Collective’s spycraft and financial prowess — watches with amusement as Marick follows through on displaying an open challenge against The Collective.
  • Antillus orders an attack of some kind to commence.
  • Reiko Minikara is a Liberation Front Partisian that gets chosen to be a Zealot pilot.
  • Reiko uses his rage and determination to crash his Quadrajet spacetug into the Inquisitorius Listener ship.
  • The suicide bomber detonations react with the volatile canisters planted earlier by the Aleena task force. Foreshadowing, yo.
  • Varryn is smugly pleased with the results. So much for the Voice’s claims of a stronger Inquisitorius...
  • To be continued.

Voice Sponsored [INQ] Fiction Competitions

To go along with the release of this chapter, and in an effort to start hosting more sponsored fiction prompts, I’ve created two fiction competitions for members across the DB to participate in. As an added incentive, all qualifying entries will be eligible for Bonus Clusters of Ice, as outlined in the Cluster of Ice article.

  1. [INQ] Counterpoints : Multi-Objective Fiction
  2. [INQ] Counterpoints: Standard Fiction

These competitions will run for two weeks, and should get you all warmed up for the upcoming RoS!

Wrap-up

If you have any questions on the fiction update or competition details, let me know. Thank you again for your patience as we endeavor to push out updates on a more regular schedule.

-W

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Hello Gamers! It is that time again for the P:Fist report! Alot of changes has happened since last months report. If you missed Drac’s FIST report, you’ll want to check it out! Also, the Supplemental Report, read it as well. I will briefly go over...

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Hello Gamers! It is that time again for the P:Fist report! Alot of changes has happened since last months report. If you missed Drac’s FIST report, you’ll want to check it out! Also, the Supplemental Report, read it as well. I will briefly go over what was discussed within his reports.

First off the GMRG Leaderboard will be changed in the new quarter! It will no longer be about who can obtain the most PvE/PvO clusters. It will go by PvP score, meaning you actually have to Win PvP matches. How you rank up within the GMRG does not change.

Second the RoC was recently updated in reference to Clan feuds and Co-Op Events. Stating that, “In a joint or vs. event between two (or more) clans, all gaming submissions must contain at least one player from an opposing team.

Third, Destiny 2 has two new modes that are now supported within the DJB! Gambit, a PvO match that you race against the other team to summon and kill the boss. Private Matches, where RoC rules apply as usual and you can que within the fistbot for 1v1 matches.

Fourth, Warframe was tested for support! Many of you showed great interest of WF and we created a test for it and reviewed the game. The test was a success, PvE is now supported within the DJB! There is a clan on PS4 and PC, if you would like to join please feel free to do so. Note: Clans are NOT managed by FIST staff Since it does not state what “type” of mission was completed. Only one can distinguish from the other is Defense. There is two choices to choose from when submitting screenshots: Misc. Mission and Defense. If you select Defense make sure you select the correct number of waves completed. Going under review is PoB’s, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

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Gaming News and Updates:

Overwatch again was on top for activity! Beginning of August started the Summer Games. Some new cosmetic items came out and everyone's favorite Lucioball was available again. A new animated short for D.Va came out, Shooting Star followed by event called D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge. Where you could earn extra cosmetics just for D.Va. Gearing up everyone for the release of the new map Busan.

Heroes of the Storm again right on the heels of Overwatch! In August they had a new Diablo Assasin hero Mephisto in developement and released him in the 9.4.18 Patch. Also did some rebalancing of some characters. Hanamura has been reworked and renamed Hanamura Temple. For more information on updates check out the News Page.

Diablo 3 Season 14 came to an end! It’s been announced the new season will start up Season 15: Boon of the Horadrim. For this season you will earn two horadic caches instead of one when you complete five bounties within an act. For Nitendo Switch, Diablo III: Eternal Collection can be pre-purchased that will be available in November.

. Battlefront II will be getting a redone Squad System. On September 14th to celebrate the digital release of Solo they had a full day of Solo: A Star Wars Story content available. Check out the page if you would like to see some live streams.

Destiny 2 the new expansion The Forsaken is available. Check out the latest updates, have lots to read over. Starting at level cap has be raised to 50 for Forsaken owners, adjustments to weapons, abilities and perks to changes to activities and Retribution map. For more news and updates check out the Bungie site.

Hearthstone beginning of August Doomsday Project was live. Ranked Season is now live. Also released mid August was the new Puzzle Labs. Check out more news and updates on their website.

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FIST Gaming Competitions:

Member Created Competitions

Would you like to see a certain type of gaming competition? Feel free to create one, any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact a member of the FIST staff.

  • Would you like your competition listed on my report? Please feel free to send me a PM and would gladly add it here!

  • MMA Puzzle #20 - Who doesn’t love a puzzle!

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Grand Master’s Royal Guard:

Gamers join the ranks of the GMRG! How do you join you ask? Read over the GMRG-History course and pass the exam within the Shadow Academy.

Congratulations to the following for elevating their GMRG rank in the month of August!

Elevated to II: Aden, Liarah

Elevated to III: Aden, Redkneck, Liarah

Elevated to IV: Talon, Aden

Elevated to V: Calenhad, Talon, BigWhaleCale, Aden

Elevated to VI: Jael, Arden, Erik, Calenhad, BigWhaleCale

Elevated to VII: Arden, Jael, Shimura, BigWhaleCale

Elevated to VIII: Jael, Arden

Elevated to IX: TuQ’uan, Ra’gnar

Elevated to X: Omega, TuQ’uan

Elevated to XI: Omega

Elevated to XII:

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Weekly and Saturday Pendant of Blood Awardees:

Congratulations to the following:

Weekly PoB’s

  • 12 - 17 August 18: Justinios

  • 19 - 24 August 18: Tasha'Vel

  • 26 - 31 August 18: Nihlus

  • 2 - 7 September 18: Matches forwarded to following week. Not enough participation.

Saturday PoB’s

  • 18 August 18: Quejo

  • 25 August 18: Nihlus

  • 1 September 18: No Matches Played.

  • 8 September 18: No Matches Played.

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Gaming Information

  • Supported Games - List and information on games supported by the brotherhood.

  • Rites of Combat - Rules to follow when gaming.

  • Fist-O-Matic - Report PvP matches against other DJB members.

  • Pendant of Blood - How to obtain six medals within the different gaming platforms.

  • Cluster Values - List of the gaming platforms to view cluster values and modifiers.

  • Discord - DJB voice server for gaming.

  • Telegram - Chat program that is used within the DJB. Click Here to join the Gaming channel or one of your liking. Make sure you follow the rules at all times.

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Contact the FIST Staff

Any questions\concerns or ideas please reach out to us. We are here to help.

Closing

This concludes my report, a lot of changes! Thank you to all that have helped, nothing is too small. If you have any concerns or see anything that may have been missed please feel free to reach out to myself or member of the staff. Be fabulous to each other and GAME ON!

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As fall approaches, I wanted to send out an update on what’s going on with Regent related endeavors since my last report and get some updates on projects with active progress and updates. I’ll be working with the Dark Council to prioritize...

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As fall approaches, I wanted to send out an update on what’s going on with Regent related endeavors since my last report and get some updates on projects with active progress and updates. I’ll be working with the Dark Council to prioritize projects after the first few immediate ones to know what makes the most sense to get out.

Magistrates

On my staff, Halcyon has stepped back from Praetor to take on a less demanding role as Magistrate, along with Kasula Daegella of Odan-Urr and Kojiro Keibatsu of Naga Sadow. With three Magistrates on the staff, I’m well positioned to train and tackle the range of projects I’m currently working on. I have no immediate plans to hire a Praetor.

Dark Council Order of Battle

The major bulk of the Dark Council Fleet OOB is complete, though the Dark Council itself does not own possessions in the same way Clans do, there is a separate faction where the items reside. I am still finalizing on the starfighters/squadrons mainly naming them all but the overall structure of the fleet is now complete on the site in possessions. This should help define a little better what the Dark Council is working with in space and help with stories and fictional developments going forward including upcoming vendettas. There are no immediate plans to build out the Dark Council ground forces.

Content Expansion

Following the content expansion this past April, immediately items were added to the queue for evaluation and possible addition to the system. This will continue, including items from Solo, but the next content expansion is at earliest towards the end of this year but likely early next year. If there is some specific item that would greatly benefit the membership to create please feel free to reach out, otherwise requests for items will be added and everything considered when we’re ready to add them.

Upgrades

This is where the most progress has been made since my last report. I’ll be as transparent as possible on the ongoing discussions to know what is going on. There are two major ways we can go about upgrades, one (1) being to do it the same way we do feats on a CS where you buy an item, and depending on type and rarity level it comes with a certain number of upgrade slots and members can pick from a list, two (2) being to give items a certain number of open slots and allow members to purchase upgrades separately and then equip them to the item. Both have their merits and flaws. The upgrade feats biggest upside is simplicity and making it easier to manage the items and use them, with the biggest downside being loss of incremental upgrading, all upgrades are built into the item already and price so if you want to go from a rare to epic droid you are burdened with the entire price of upgrades even if you don’t use them. The opposite is true for the second option with more complexity in upgrading an item and time spend buying and equipping but you gain that incremental spending where someone can save for a backup hyperdrive and purchase and slot it without worrying about saving to buy the entire next rarity level of a ship. An example of something I want to avoid there would be like buying a blaster pistol, noticing an optics slot and going to the store and seeing two dozen different scopes for sale you can put on your scope and all of them are less than 500 credits. There’s no trade-off there you just pick what you want so many as well pick from a list. The right direction is likely a hybrid approach of both.

I have an entire list of upgrades ready to go for ships, and the discussions on how to move forward with them seems well laid out. Often as things are being implemented things change, so we’ll see what ends up being final but that’s where it’s at. I appreciate everyone who has shared their thoughts so far and supported the content building to date. I think upgrades will bring that extra layer to everything to make a great system even better.

Creatures

As mentioned previously and elsewhere, Koji has taken on the lead role in creatures and has done great work. My plan is to get the creatures added as soon as upgrades on ships are completed. So far the work done gets us most the way there, and so I expect a quick launch to follow with creatures.

Coats

There is still a plan to expand the Back Item Type to include a new Item Category called Coats. Plan is to add this along with the next content expansion. If anyone has a major issue with building out a character under the current system while this is being done please let me know and we can work something out.

Change Log

  • Created new granted public aspect Electro-plasma Filament and applied to Bilari Electro-chain Whip, Royal Guard Bilari Electro-chain Whip, Twin Vibro-arbir Blades, Vibro-voulge and Electro-Bisento
  • Created new granted public aspect Intense Local Magnetic Field and applied to Brotherhood-issued Elite Royal Guard Praetorian Armor and Elite Royal Guard Praetorian Armor
  • Updated description of Royal Guard Shock Gloves to functionally be more like shockboxing gloves instead of crushgaunts.
  • Added lightsaber pistol functionality as a dual-phase aspect, as a selection option for Elder Lightsabers.
  • Mobility Augment aspect for armor changed, it implied ability to change the armor category, now it just adds better traction to footwear in exchange for being noisier.
  • Changed description of Hunter Killer Training Remote awarded for GMRG to properly reflect unique functionality of the item.
  • Added new item Sith Lanvarok, as the 1 handed projectile portion of the SA society granted item. For sale now with appropriate SA rank at The Vault.
  • Added new item Massassi Lanvarok, as the 2 handed polearm ax weapon portion of the SA society granted item. For sale now with appropriate SA rank at The Vault.

Conclusion

A lot of great work is done in the background on system structure, and content for ship upgrades and creatures lists, and hope to see both launching by the end of the year, and then look to add new content.

In darkness,

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Successful Magistrate Applicant - Qyreia Arronen Qyreia Arronen was the successful applicant for the Magistrate position that was posted in my last report. Please offer congratulations when you get a chance! I’d also like to thank all the other...

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Successful Magistrate Applicant - Qyreia Arronen

Qyreia Arronen was the successful applicant for the Magistrate position that was posted in my last report. Please offer congratulations when you get a chance!

I’d also like to thank all the other applicants for their time and effort!

Please remember to add Qyreia to your email requests when you need something (there’s still learning to do, but it can’t hurt to start)!

Master at Arms Competitions

Master at Arms Office Service - Dossier Fixes

One of the things I like to remind people of? The MAA staff has the ability with manual tools to fix dossiers - specifically borked position resignation dates/styles. None of us really have the time to go through everyone’s dossier, but if you ever notice anything that looks weird (or if we do?) - please let us know, and we can work at making your dossier all super pretty!

As part of Qyreia’s onboarding (yes, that’s a term), it was decided that the best way to learn about all the Master at Arms things was to troll the Wiki looking for pages that are out of date, contradictory, or just plain make no sense.

This has been since completed, and all three of us will be going through the Wiki over the coming days and weeks to fix things! Because damn, there are many things to fix!

Reminder - Early Competition Closure

This is another reminder, when you run into an error with a competition, critical or otherwise, do not close it early. Email us, we’ll figure out a solution - we can fix just about everything. If you close it and then we have to reopen it? That’s more work for us. More work for you. More work with the Regent Staff.

Just send us an email and we can fix it!

Evaluating Older Members

Every once in a while, we see a member up for a medal or promotion that has not been recognized (according to the Promotion Assessment Tool) since before the launch of the new database in July 2013. The Tool tends to be buggy with these members, and the numbers are generally inaccurate (and much higher than reality).

There are few members left that could possibly fit this bill, but when evaluating these members, it is imperative that leaders in the Brotherhood examine the whole dossier history, and not just rely strictly on the Assessment Tool.

Random tidbits

In this section, I’m going to start mentioning little things that we in the Master at Arms Office notice - but don’t need a full section.

  • When adding recommendations to promotions or medals, make sure you hit the append button - and not the comment button. Second, make sure you append the recommendation on behalf of yourself (or another person) - and don’t put the name of the awardee in there, that will spoil the surprise!

  • As the site has grown over the past few years, especially since the addition of credits, the site has become more complex. Some of you may have noticed that the site gets upset when trying to close competitions with 40 plus participants. If you run into this, please send James and the MAA staff an email and he should be able to close it using the database’s backend tools.

Promotions of Note

Medals of Note

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Message from the Fist Aloha DB Gamers! A few quick updates. Here’s the TL;DR. * Warframe Support * Future Gaming Tests * Rites of Combat Update (Clarification) * Destiny 2 Raid Club First Warframe Support Great job on coming out for the support...

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Message from the Fist

Aloha DB Gamers! A few quick updates.

Here’s the TL;DR.

  1. Warframe Support
  2. Future Gaming Tests
  3. Rites of Combat Update (Clarification)
  4. Destiny 2 Raid Club First

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Warframe Support

Great job on coming out for the support test for Warframe. Based off the screenshots submitted, discussions with everyone in DB Gaming, and the work done by my staff, I have added Warframe to our library of supported games.

For now, only the PvE mode is supported. There are two game modes you can submit for:

  1. Misc. Mission Matches encompasses all PvE activities. Tests show an average time of approximately 4-6 minutes per mission if you focus solely on the mission objectives. This equates to 1 CE per match.

  2. Defense Missions are separate due to the fact that screenshots actually show the number of waves you have completed. Base value (five waves complete) is 1 CE per match. Modifiers are available that provide increased cluster values for every five waves you complete, and cap out at 20 waves.

Pay attention when submitting. You will not be able to mix Defense and Misc. Missions together, so make sure you select the correct modifiers so that you get credit for what you played.

Warframe is capped at 30 CEs per day.

Pendants of Blood are being considered for Mastery ranks, and will likely be added in the coming months.

I decided to not support the PvO Conclave mode for now. This is simply based on how gearing works in these matches. Most PvO games scale everyone in a match to the same level, so no matter what gear you are wearing you have at least a level playing field. Warframe does not do this. More testing is needed before I am comfortable adding this mode. I will update you all if/when that changes.

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Future Gaming Tests

Most of you saw the Grand Master’s note in DB Gaming in reference to opening up MMORPGs for testing (specifically World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online). I am committed to following up on his promise that we will poll for interest and eventually test those games. That said, I do not like the way we run tests. It is extremely tedious for you and my staff using the zip file/counting screenshots method. We have to check hundreds of screenshots to ensure they show two DB members. It takes a long time and it is simply not an efficient method when we have the submission system that James designed.

Prior to the next gaming test, James is working on a “Gaming Test” option that utilizes the existing gaming portal, but provides NO clusters of earth/fire for a submission. This will allow you to submit normally, allow my staff to process shots as they come in rather than all at once, and show what actual activity for a game will look like over the course of a test.

Once the system is up and running, I will poll for one of the two games listed above. Keep your eyes open.

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Rites of Combat Update: Removal of Confusing Language

Based off feedback from your Consuls and the Justicar, I have removed the following line from the Rites of Combat:

”In the event that a member on an opposing Clan/Team does not own a game, the group will play a game that is available to all members that wish to be part of the submission.”

I have updated the Joint/Clan addition from my 22nd report to read as follows:

“In a joint or vs. event between two (or more) clans, all gaming submissions must contain at least one player from an opposing team.”

I think this wording removes any confusion that existed with the prior revision, and gets to the point of what I wanted to do. As always, feedback is welcome. Comment below or send an email or PM.

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Destiny 2 Raid Club First

With a new expansion comes a new raid. “Last Wish” is Destiny 2’s newest raid, and goes live on 14 September. Just like with the Leviathan Raid, this will be a competition. Raids completed prior to the start of the competition will not count.

Club First rules:

  1. Raid team must consist of six DJB members. All six members must complete the raid together. You may not sub people in and out. A form will be established for you to sign your team up.
  2. The first team to complete the raid will receive a pendant of blood for each member. Platform does not matter. If a DJB team on PC completes the raid first, they win. There will not be PoBs issued for club firsts on each platform.
  3. Raid must be started and completed after the test begins. Any raid that begins (or ends) prior to the start of the test will be disqualified.

Competition link is here

Good luck, guardians.

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Platform Removal

In preparation for the shift to a PvP based model, I have decided to remove Diablo 3 Brawling from our supported games category. D3 Brawling is one of the most broken and out of balance activities we currently support. It was fine for some casual PvP, but with gearing and paragon levels playing such a huge role, I see no way to level the playing field for that activity.

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That’s it for now. Expect additional supplementals this month on the change to a PvP model for the GMRG Leaderboard. We will be refining rules for our PvP Platforms in preparation for the switch.

-Dracpool, out.

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It's been a pretty crazy few months for me as (among other things) I cope with turning 30 years old, and the fact that I passed my 10th year mark as a member of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. Part of that realization is that I spent the entirety...

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It's been a pretty crazy few months for me as (among other things) I cope with turning 30 years old, and the fact that I passed my 10th year mark as a member of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. Part of that realization is that I spent the entirety of my 20s as a member and leader in the DB, with origins dating back to my teenage years in the Bounty Hunters Guild.

I appreciate everyone that I’ve come to know, meet, and interact with over the past 10-15 years of being a part of a Star Wars online community. You all have been vital to my growth as a friend, a leader, a professional in the real world, and most importantly as a human being. It’s a crazy world out there, and it’s been a privilege having a group of friends in my pocket, seemingly, wherever I go to act as support and encouragement no matter what challenges rise to face me. For the haters — those that have found some reason to wish disease or misfortune on me because of disagreements with a for-fun online fan club — I wanted to say that I appreciate you as well. Overcoming adversity and learning to deal with it have been huge to forging my somewhat unconventional career path in the real world.

Anyway, hello yes, this is Wally, and here is my 16th formal report as Voice. Let's get back to business.

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Updates

To start off, I wanted to highlight for the newer or returning members what it is that I do as Voice of the Brotherhood. Some might think that it’s just writing fiction for the club storyline, but that is, really, only one small part of the job. On a day-to-day basis, the Voice is the acting Lorekeeper of what constitutes as Dark Brotherhood Canon, which means I need to track and review on all new material that gets introduced into Star Wars new canon. I oversee the operational tasks of the Voice Staff (Character Sheet approvals, competition approvals, and all other relevant administration). Beyond that, I work with the rest of the Dark Council to discuss and research improvements to existing club systems. This includes working with the SCL, the Regent, and even the Fist sometimes to ensure consistency and continuity across the disparate platforms that comprise the Brotherhood. Please see the Voice of the Brotherhood wikipedia page to read the formal documentation of my role, and what it entails.

If you ever have any questions as to what I’m doing, what I’m working on, or what is coming up down the pipeline, please feel free to reach out. I have no issues sharing my process or reasoning for any decision or action I take. I don’t do anything based on my hunches and endeavor to utilize as much data as possible to make informed decisions that I think will benefit the club. I am @w4lly on Telegram, but my email remains the best way to reach me: [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. It’s just easier for me to get back to you that way. If you have any issues with changes I’m implementing or doing, feel free to hit me up. I stand by everything I do, but am more than happy to listen to constructive feedback that seeks to continue to improve our club.

Brotherhood Fiction Updates, RoS

After a long discussion with the Dark Summit, Mav, Vyr and myself have resolved to address a few issues that have come up following the “Transition” fiction update that Vyr penned and launched earlier this year. I am currently working on an overview/outline of our current and future plans that I will be sharing with the Consuls to make sure that they are able to make informed decisions about Clan/House storylines. While I’m happy to talk about this process with anyone, my efforts and concentration will be focused on your respective Consuls/Proconsuls— they are your liaisons to the Dark Council, so they will remain your best resource for finding out what is going on or what is coming up. I trust them to relay this information to you, so I will in turn do a better job of getting them that information.

In full transparency, Mav, Vyr, and myself maintain a separate chat for Fictional Advisory discussion. We don’t subject Howie to our Krathyness, but Atra and Evant are both heavily involved and I appreciate their input and wisdom in helping with the club's fictional direction.

Inquisitorius Updated

Inquisitorius Wiki page

I’ve made some significant updates to the Inquisitorius Wiki page. These updates help align the Inquisitorius towards where the main storyline will be heading as tension escalates in the ongoing conflict with The Collective.

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The section that has been expanded and updated is the “Operations” section. This shows the growth of what the Inquisitorius was originally set up as, and how it’s evolved to the current state of Brotherhood affairs. The takeaways here are as follows:

  1. The Inquisitorius no longer denies its own existence. The Voice of the Brotherhood represents the strength and confidence of the Brotherhood's intelligence and counter-threat network. The finer intricate details such as rankings and internal structure will still remain shrouded in the shadows, but when facing an organization like The Collective, and their Capital Enterprises, a unified front needs to be broadcast to bolster the confidence of the Brotherhood’s forces.
  2. The Advanced Inquisitorius Network (AIN) is formalized. I teased this in Chapter 4 of the Great Jedi War XII storyline, but you can read more about it on the wiki here.
  3. A Director of Operations — the right hand of the Voice (in fiction) — has been named. This role will be an ongoing “anchor” for the Inquisitorius. Ness will act as the first and current Director of Operations, but future Voices will be able to (if they so wish) replace her with another Director.

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The main drive behind these changes is to create continuity between Voices in the future. While the Voice might change over, the Inquisitorius is a well-oiled machine that continues to run under a consistent NPC leader that can remain static or serve as a future plot point if needed. This is a strategy I hope to mirror to other areas of the Brotherhood's societies.

Inquisitorius Possessions Update

The Inquisitorius Faction page has been updated to reflect Ness as the Director. You can also see the Antei Combat Center staff listed as well (NPCs).

We’re currently working on some coding things, but for now, you can toggle back to the Dark Council Faction page to see the Inquisitorius ships, some of which are covered in the AIN stub of the wiki page.

(5 Points to whoever can callout where I stole all the names of the Inquisitorius ships from.)

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Evant is a superstar for putting all of this together. You will also be able to see the rest of the Dark Council’s fleet/assets as we program them in. These will tie into the expanding fictional presence of the Brotherhood, piggybacking on the creation of Arx. My hope beyond hope is that the work we’re doing now, even if some smaller things get updated/changed, will provide the foundation for the future of our club's fictional world. This will factor into my next fiction update, so stayed tuned.

It’s a bold move, Cotton. Let's see how it plays out.

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Projects

I’m going to highlight a few projects that I am currently working on alongside mapping out and writing the next few fictional updates for the club.

Iron Forces Wiki

Piece by piece, the Iron Forces wiki page is coming together. One of my Magistrates, Mauro Wynter, has taken point on this project and will be working on creating a wiki compliment to the new Dark Council fleet possessions items.

Fiction Society Leaderboard

So, I had this crazy idea. Drac, Atra and I actually all talked about it in a Google Hangout closer to when all of us had just settled into our new roles. Why not have a leaderboard for the fiction society to highlight the top active writers in the club? It has worked out well for gaming over the years (regardless of your opinion of the new changes, which personally I’m down with. Nice work Dracpool.) While we were excited by the idea initially, we decided to shelve the idea as we had some other challenges to tackle, but recently I submitted my first draft of a proposal to the DC.

First draft was given feedback by the rest of the DC. I’m currently in the middle of compiling a new data set with James (tracking previous quarters placement under a new formula). Initially we just did pure and simple top Cluster of Ice earners. While that could work, we want to accomplish a bit more if we’re going to try out this kind of system.

Taken from my proposal, here is the objective behind this initiative:

Objective:

  1. Drive and increase fictional activity and competition by providing a quarterly leaderboard that highlights the clubs most active writers and offers both in and out of character awards.

  2. Further Incentivise earning Clusters of Ice and placement in fiction events.

  3. Further incentivise ACC match completion (both win and loss).

  4. Align with the Gaming Societies popular GMRG Leaderboard, without copying directly and making it feel unique.

So, that’s the “why”. As for the “how”, I will keep you guys updated as I study the data sets James provides me. There are plenty of challenges to consider, and I will be heavily trusting my staff, Atra, and the rest of the DC to make sure that this idea plans for as many potential variables it would face in the field as possible.

As a major major reminder, this is just a proposal that I’m working on. I’ve been given approval to pursue it, but nothing is final, and it may very well be passed or shelved for later revisions. I figured I would share my process with all of you so you were in the know as much as possible. Can’t give away all my secrets, though ;).

Inquisitorius Competitions

I’m going to be bringing back Voice-sponsored fiction competitions on a monthly scale. The goal of this will be to help members have more opportunity to align with the macro, overarching storyline of the club, or to flush out their own stories that diverge from it. The reason I’ve strayed away from these the past few years was that my focus was on system and documentation improvements, as well as a low interest in participation numbers. I also wanted to let members run their own fiction competitions, but those seem to be coming out less frequently recently. I’m confident in where we now have things from a system standpoint, and with my hopes/ideas for the Leaderboard I think that it’s time to drive monthly sponsored fiction competitions. Keep an eye out for one of these to help lead up to the RoS.

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I will of course be helping to run and organize competitions for the upcoming RoS. I will let the GMs talk more about the finer details, but that will be where my focus shifts when we get closer to mid/late October.

Other Projects

I am still working with the Shadow Academy and HM to continue to revamp the writing department. I’m confident with the work that’s being done without me needing to directly dive in to the material.

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Ask The Voice

Some select questions from [Fiction Chat - Log in to view join link]. If you haven’t joined yet, what are you waiting for?

Kelly asks: What advice would you give to someone who's trying to figure out where their character would stand among all the societies, clan relations and the Collective arc?

I'd say to keep an eye on the upcoming fiction updates as the Societies' fictional impact on the Brotherhood is something I've been working on establishing, long term, to help members figure out this exact thing. That said, I’d advise that members should look to craft their characters to how they want to enjoy playing them. If you can narrow down who you want your character to be, it's much easier to then see how they fit into one, two, three, or none of the Societies. The level of integration is entirely up to you, and you alone.

Turel asks: What is your favorite DB event you participated in as a competitor and why? How did that event make you feel more connected to the larger story of your unit and the brotherhood?

As a competitor, my favorite activity has always been Run-Ons and the ACC. I do not, ironically, get a lot of joy out of writing for fiction competitions because there is no one for me to bounce ideas off of. Run-Ons were where I felt the most connected (there wasn’t much choice) to the “larger story”. They just took a lot of work, coordination, and time management so they were oftentimes more stressful than “fun”. But I have always had fun competing even if I’m not winning.

I will say again, though, that I’ve personally never let what the “larger” story was doing dictate or govern how I went about enjoying the club. I used it as a place to start, then figured out how to make my own story work and create my own fun. That’s something that I think current members might not realize. The Brothehood’s main story and direction is just a unified baseline for what’s going on club-wide. You are still, and always will be, free to pursue your micro-storyline and plots for your character.

Furthermore, I never let my disagreements with the GM or Voice’s storylines prevent me from enjoying the clubs main events. I took anything I didn’t like as a challenge to work with. I don’t believe you accomplish much by pouting or refusing to rise to the challenge. I’m a competitive person though, even if I don’t win all of the time, and have always been driven to lead by example and to try and make the most of my activity in the organization.

Turel asks: What are you most proud of about your term as Voice so far and what do you hope to accomplish before you move on to bigger and better things?

I don’t really have bigger or better things really at this point in my career. I’ve hit all of my personally-set goals, and I don’t think I have anything left to prove to anyone but myself. That said, I am most proud of the things that will continue to help improve the member experience in the club after I’ve stepped down. This includes a dedication to creating, reviewing, and editing documentation to be more clear and helpful to membership. This could be the updated Voice Polices, or the revamp of the Character Creation Guide to help cut down on remands for new Character Sheets . Another great example of this is the Fiction Center, which serves as a one-stop resource for members to get all of the information they need about the Brotherhood’s Fictional elements. You can see the Reference Sheet of Places/Organizations/Characters, a recap of every storyline grouped into organized “Arcs”, and easily see what you’ve missed if you’ve been away. This is very important to me, because regardless of if you like what the main storyline is doing, every member should feel like they have an easy way to get an understanding of what’s going on. From there, it’s up to them to decide how they want to use that information to build and play their character.

Shoutout to Bentre on helping update the main Wiki landing page as well. It now has a link to the DB Canon wiki page and should help answer new or returning member questions when they come up.

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Operation: Tempered Iron

Quick reminder for everyone to check out Atra's latest newspost that kicks off the latest club-wide ACC event. Click here to check it out.

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Wrap-up

That’s all I have for now. I know a few people became familiar with Darth Sheba, my old rescue dog who passed last year, so I wanted to share that I've finally found the courage to adopt a new rescue dog. Her name is Auri, named after the character in Kingkiller Chronicles and The Slow Regard of Silent Things. She's literally sitting on my lap and resting her head on my arm as I type this. Check her out

So that's where I'm at. Stay tuned for the next fiction update. Hit me up if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

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Message from the Fist Aloha DB Gamers! There is a lot to cover this month. Major change to the GMRG. If you read nothing else in this report, you need to read this section. Update to the Rites of Combat to cover Clan Feud and Cooperative events, a...

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Message from the Fist

Aloha DB Gamers! There is a lot to cover this month. Major change to the GMRG. If you read nothing else in this report, you need to read this section. Update to the Rites of Combat to cover Clan Feud and Cooperative events, a new activity, and some competitions.

Here’s the TL;DR.

  1. Major GMRG Change (you really should read this)
  2. ROC Change for Clan Feuds and Co-op Events
  3. More stuff for Destiny 2
  4. Warframe looking good. On you to make it happen!

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GMRG Leaderboard Change

Getting this out of the way up front: PvP Score will be the only way to win the GMRG Leaderboard beginning 1 October.

What IS Changing

For nearly four years, the Grand Master’s Royal Guard Leaderboard has been a PvE/PvO centric event. GMRG members raced against each other for 90 days to determine who could earn the most Clusters of Earth and Fire. I have watched this event for nearly two years. It is almost always the same people in the top spots, and it is almost always a landslide victory. The number of points (1 per CE and 2 per CF) earned by the first place member is sometimes two to three times higher than the 6th place and below members. This doesn’t show an event based on skill. It shows an event based on who has the most time to dedicate to playing/submitting screenshots. I don’t think this is what the GMRG Leaderboard was originally intended to do, and I don’t think it is how it should continue to function. The GMRG leaderboard should highlight the most skilled players, not those who simply play the most video games.

So, once this quarter ends, the GMRG Leaderboard will no longer be a cluster race. It will be about who can attain the highest PvP Score. James is working the coding now, and it will go live after the 3rd Quarter results post. I will not change a quarter two-thirds of the way through. This change has been in the works for months, and was discussed with the DC and your Consuls prior to going into effect.

So, why did I do this? Short answer: because this is the most fair method I can think of to rebalance the GMRG. I did a lot of math (which I hate doing) to see how much of a disparity existed between the current method and the PvP centric model. I was shocked at how much different they were. I was also surprised at the difference in the names on the different top 10 lists. The PvE/PvO names are generally pretty constant. Lots of the same names and faces. In a PvP centric model, the playing field is completely level (no, I’m not posting that list). Want to win? You have to actually win matches. This is not Win/Loss ratio. This is PvP Score, which is defined as Wins * (Wins/Matches Played). You will have to play and WIN matches in order to have the best PvP Score.

Take a look at the charts below. In the PvE/PvO Chart (Current Model), the difference between first place and 5th place is astronomically different over the course of the past seven quarters. The difference between first and 10th place is even larger. That doesn’t show a high level of skill. It shows a large amount of free time.

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Compare this with the score distribution to the model we are moving to. In a PvP Score centric model, there are four outliers (all of those occurred during competitive events where members were constantly queuing and going up against some of our more skilled members.

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What IS NOT Changing

The method to rank up in the GMRG is not changing. The comprehensive total of Clusters of Earth/Fire and Pendants of Blood are still the path to rank X. The requirements are listed on the GMRG Wiki PageOnce you get to rank X and qualify for the leaderboard, you’ll need to start playing some PvP matches if you want a shiny new accessory.

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Rites of Combat Update: Clan Feuds and Cooperative Events

Cland Feuds and Cooperative events are great ways to hone your competition skills in between major DB events. Gaming events generally draw large crowds, especially those that are focused on PvE/PvO gaming.

Currently there is no restriction in the RoC for PvE/PvO Gaming in terms of matchmaking. You can play with whomever you want, whenever you want, and if there is someone you’d rather not play games with, you don’t have to play with them. That works for casual play. It becomes a bit of a problem if you are taking part in a feud or cooperative event and you find yourself being left out of gaming events because a team from the other clan/team is trying to win.

The Justicar and GM have reviewed and approved the following addition to the Rites of Combat to cover Clan Feud and Cooperative gaming competitions.

“In a joint or vs. event between two (or more) clans, all gaming submissions must contain at least one player from the opposing unit(s). In the event that a member on an opposing Clan/Team does not own a game, the group will play a game that is available to all members that wish to be part of the submission.”

Just like the GMRG change, this was dialogued with your consuls prior to its addition.

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Gaming Updates: Destiny 2 and Warframe Test

Destiny 2

Two modes added for Destiny 2.

Gambit: Live on the site now, will not accept Gambit submissions until 4 September. Gambit is a PvE/PvO Hybrid game mode that pits your team against another in a race to gather enough motes to summon a boss. First team to defeat their boss wins the round, matches are best of three rounds. Because of the PvO mechanic, this game mode will qualify for Clusters of Fire.

  • PvO Gaming ---> Destiny 2 ----> Crucible/Gambit
  • 2 CFs per Match (assumes you win both opening rounds), modifiers for group size.

Private Matches: Live on the site. Normal Rites of Combat Apply. 1v1 Matches are live on the bot now.

Warframe Test

The Warframe test is going well. Remember, you hold the keys to the success or failure of this test.

38 people said they would play.

28 people signed up.

10 have already participated.

Get after it. 15 participants is the magic number.

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##Brotherhood Gaming League Update

Update on the Future the Brotherhood Gaming League

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has participated in the BGL thus far. It has been a VERY exciting process for me. You’ve been helpful in sharing what you’ve liked, what you haven’t liked, what is popular and what is not.

Here’s the sum up of what I’ve learned: given the waning interest and sign-ups, the current format is unpopular. I had initially planned for the BGL to highlight the highest skilled gamers in the Brotherhood in specific games, but after discussion with Dracpool and the rest of the Fist Staff, we’ve concluded that this ambitious plan has not come to fruition.

This does not mean the end of the BGL, it just means that Season Two will have a MASSIVE overhaul in the way we operate in two major categories: length of season and separation of games. We are working out the specific details, but instead of being four overall winners, there will be ONE overall winner.

Still ambitious? Yes. But after discussion, research, and experience, we feel it’s a much more viable and exciting option for the Brotherhood’s Gaming Community. So keep watching Fist reports for updates!

This all being said, we STILL need to play out the finale of Season One, but it will be expedited dramatically. All three remaining games are gonna happen all at once. If you adhere to the schedule, this will mean that if you sign up for HS, OW (PC), OW (PS4), and HotS, you will have to play 4 games a week. That’s not all that daunting a task.

Remember that sign ups for these will qualify you for the dossier awards! If you don’t sign up now, you can’t qualify for the Champions Tournaments, which are invitation only based on standings in these games!

Round Two: Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and Hearthstone!

Heroes of the Storm

We’re moving into the Heroes of the Storm part of Stage Two! This will be run a little different this time. We’ll be doing 1v1 with only TWO AIs. This essentially forces you to be more reliant on your own skills and less on the RNG of your AIs. The biggest issue stated from earlier was that the game was too reliant on AI. This should help with that aspect.

I am extending sign-ups for Round Two HotS by ONE week. You now have until Sept. 7th to sign up.

Competition details can be found here.

You can sign up for it Heroes of the Storm here!

Overwatch

Just as last time, we will be running two separate OW events, PS4 and PC. It will again be Limited Heroes 1v1 which can be set up in Custom Match.

You can sign up for Overwatch here.

Hearthstone

We’ve just recently seen the launch of another Hearthstone expansion! To celebrate, you will face off against each other using Year of the Raven Standard decks!

You can sign up for Hearthstone here.

Round Two: Jedi Academy

Our Round One winner, Blade, has won Round Two, thus passing the automatic berth granted over to the runner up, Raiju Kang! Raiju, congrats on your automatic berth into the Champions Tournament!

Champions Tournament Standings

(note: You will have to select “Current Standings” from the bottom tab)

Jedi Academy Champions Tournament Standings

Heroes of the Storm Champions Tournament Standings

Overwatch - PC - Champions Tournament Standings

Overwatch - PS4 - Champions Tournament Standings

Hearthstone Champions Tournament Standings

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Fist Sponsored - Gaming Competitions:

[FIST] 2018 Monthly Gaming Challenge - September

Gorefest- September 2018

Diablo 3: Season 14

Brotherhood Gaming League: Season 1

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Admin and Policy Reminders

All current Gaming and Fist Policies can be found on the Gaming Information page. I suggest that all members read this page as it has some great info. I will make sure this page stays updated to reflect all current office policies. I do not want to confuse anyone, especially with what is and is not allowed in the DB Gaming Telegram room.

Other items of note:

  • The staff has 24 hours from the time you submit gaming activity to approve it. If your submission has been sitting for longer than that, there is a problem. If it hasn’t, there is no problem. The staff do their best to process gaming submissions as quickly as possible, but they are real people with real lives. I do not expect them to sit behind a computer processing gaming submissions all day, and neither should any of you.

  • Solo submissions are never acceptable for Clusters of Earth/Fire. My staff and I will reject any that come in. You must play with at least one other DB member, no exceptions. This is not changing any time in the near (or far) future.

  • Pendants of Blood are not acceptable for submission to cluster-counting competitions. If we see them, we will remand the request.

  • Reminder: Feel free to run Gaming competitions DB wide. Gaming is a slightly different community, and is one of the few that consistently brings club members together outside of the competitive environment. Most of the people I currently game are all in different clans. By opening up your event DB-wide, you increase the pool of possible participants, which could allow for a crescent upgrade!

  • Reminder: While I sincerely appreciate having proposals/great ideas sent to me via telegram, please email the staff list (email is at the bottom of this report). I ask that your House and Clan leadership take a look at your proposals before you send them up. This isn’t to add a layer of bureaucracy, it’s because I’m sure they’d like to know how you are trying to help the club improve...helps with award and promotion recommendations and all that. Feel free to cc them on your email to me and my staff.

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TL;DR

  1. Major GMRG Change (you really should read this)
  2. ROC Change for Clan Feuds and Co-op Events
  3. More stuff for Destiny 2
  4. Warframe looking good. On you to make it happen!

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This one was big. This is a major change to a system that has been in place since I joined the club. Like every change I make or recommend, I did not do this without data and discussion with the club’s leaders. I believe this is truly in the best interest of the DB.

Good luck, mahalo, and keep on gaming.

-Dracpool, out.

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Greetings again from the Tribune’s office on Arx. As the lull of summer has dragged on, the Wiki has been quiet, but not silent. We have a few things to update on and a bit to announce before myself and the Wiki Staff turn you lot loose for...

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Greetings again from the Tribune’s office on Arx. As the lull of summer has dragged on, the Wiki has been quiet, but not silent. We have a few things to update on and a bit to announce before myself and the Wiki Staff turn you lot loose for another month.


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Wiki Policy Changes

There are no notable Wiki Policy changes coming about this month. There will be a review of the criteria for Featured Articles to update the standards to reflect what we are looking for in a Feature. There are a number of pages that are close to what I am looking for in a page, but I want to be sure we have it clearly documented before enforcing a new or revised standard.

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Projects

Greater Ease of Navigation On the Wiki: Research continues into what would be the best way to address this.

Perpetual Wiki: A lot of the ground work has been completed. The project is still not totally completed…

Project Shift: Work continues.

Codex pages: The majority of this has been done, but part of it depends upon <redacted>.

Brotherhood Guidelines Category update: Pages that are rather bare and/or missing information in some cases. So it will be a general update of all things under this umbrella. Some ground being made up. Still under work.

Wiki-Sponsored Fall Festival: Planning stages. Expected launch date: November 1st. Baring any complications.

As ever, I do have a few other ideas, but they have to pass through the crucible of Mav before I can chat up about them in a report. Check back here in a month where I hope to keep you updated on projects new and old!

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Featured Article and Wikipedian of the Month

This month’s Featured Article comes in the form of the Darkblade page. This page covers the moves and emotional ups and downs of the Anzati Dark Jedi in a way that is a fair template for members wanting to get one idea for how they might set up their own Wiki page. The article covers the course of various events that the character was involved with in appropriately narrow scale, without distancing the Anzat from the larger narratives.

Also worthy of recognition for his contributions to the Wiki is Scholae Palatinae’s Raiju Kang. Raiju has helped to keep portions of the Wiki updated for his Clan, and notably a couple of months ago was the member to nominate Mune Cinteroph’s page as a candidate to be Featured. For his work, I wish to thank him.

For that matter, I offer you both my thanks and congratulations on your Dark Side Scrolls. Your awards are in the mail!

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A Change in Staff

I would like a moment to thank Tasha’Vel Versea for her service to the Wiki Staff for a bit over a year of service. She has helped coordinate with Clans for the Perpetual Wiki Project, helping us to make quite a bit of ground with Odan-Urr and Scholae Palatinae.

We will not be filling her empty seat at this time. In a few months time, we will see where our project needs exist. Stay tuned for more details.

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Final Words

The Wiki is a living document. It is a place full of many small stories, which revolve or intertwine with the larger stories, and with each other. The Wiki does not exist in a vacuum. I can comb over the Wiki to see what articles deserve to be featured, but members are welcome to nominate a a page that you find particularly exemplary. I have said it before, and will continue to do so: I have seen some people's pages grow as their characters grow, and enrich and evolve as their characters do the same. Maybe it is the role-player in me, but it brings me a small bit of pleasure to see people enriching their characters and hopefully their experiences in the Brotherhood by further crafting and defining their in-club persona.

The Wiki is a big, collaborative work. I hope that you will all help us to fill it up, and help enrich this our corner of the galaxy. We all have a part in writing history. I hope that you all will seize the opportunity.

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want a bit of help in getting something completed- I have had some members ask me “how” questions on the Wiki- my email and Telegram PM boxes are opened. My staff and I are more than able to help you out should you need us.

In the meantime I remain as ever, Yours In Darkness,

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Pro Bowl III is in the bag and graded. I won't go on and on droning about what did what. Everyone is pretty familiar: participation is going to get you victories. Participation determines the winner! A special shout out to TuQ'uan Varick for being the only person who went 31 out of 31.

Week 1

Week 1 Results! We had some great submissions in this first week and it was a blast to go through them all. Good work everyone!

Fiction:
1st - Ronovi Taviaen
2nd - Halcyon Rokir Taldrya
3rd - Zuser Whuloc

Cluster Race:
1st - Omega Kira
2nd - TuQ’uan Varick
3rd - Raistline Taldrya Majere

Graphics:
1st - Aylin Sajark
2nd - Furious Morega di Plagia
3rd - Rian Taldrya

Lyrics:
1st - Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Arden Karn di Plagia
3rd - Raiju Kang

Jigsaw:
1st - Reiden Palpatine Karr
2nd - Furious Morega di Plagia
3rd - Raistline Taldrya Majere

Comic: 1st - Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Raiju Kang
3rd - Ronovi Taviaen

Hunt The Imperial:
1st - Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Raiju Kang
3rd - Rian Taldrya

Word Search:
1st - Xantros
2nd - Catmatui
3rd - Brimstone aka Seabr'imsto'nedansr

Flash Game 1:
1st - Elincia Rei
2nd - Xantros
3rd - Raiju Kang

Flash Game 2:
1st - Furious Morega di Plagia
2nd - Braecen Kaeth
3rd - Brimstone aka Seabr'imsto'nedansr

Week 2

Fiction:

1st - Braecen Kaeth
2nd - Ronovi Tavisaen
3rd - TuQ'uan Varick

Graphics:
1st - Aylin Sajark
2nd - Tahiri Thorn Morte Tarentae
3rd - Catmatui

PvP:
1st - Justinios Drake
2nd - Kelly Mendes
3rd - Arden Karn di Plagia

Cluster Race:
1st - Omega Kira
2nd - TuQ'uan Varick
3rd - Kelly Mendes

Hunt the Tally:
1st - Gaius Julius Caesar
2nd - Xantros
3rd - Darth Aeternus

Poetry:
1st - Braecen Kaeth
2nd - Kell Palpatine Dante
3rd - Azmodius Equesinfernum

Word Search:
1st - Shadow Nighthunter
2nd - Furios Morega di Plagia
3rd - Mako Henymory

Flash Game 1:
1st - Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Ronovi Tavisaen
3rd - Mune Cinteroph-Palpatine

Flash Game 2:
1st - TuQ'uan Varick
2nd - Elincia Rei
3rd - Braecen Kaeth

Jigsaw:
1st - Mako Henymory
2nd - Aylin Sajark
3rd - Azmodius Equesinfernum

Week 3

Lucioball:
1st - TuQ'uan Varick
2nd - Aden Karas
3rd - Furios Morega di Plagia

Return of the Flash Game:
1st - Aden Karas
2nd - Mako Henymory
3rd - Raistline Taldrya Majere

Jigsaw:
1st - Furios Morega di Plagia
2nd - Ronovi Tavisaen
3rd - Aylin Sajark

Gaming:
1st - Omega Kira
2nd - Raistline Taldrya Majere
3rd - Aden Karas

Propaganda:
1st - Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej
2nd - Reiden Palpatine Karr
3rd - TuQ'uan Varick

Cryptogram:
1st - Elincia Rei
2nd - Ronovi Tavisaen
3rd - Furios Morega di Plagia

Word Find:
1st - Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Taranae Rhode
3rd - Furios Morega di Plagia

Flash Game:
1st - Furios Morega di Plagia
2nd - Dralin Fortea
3rd - Braecen Kaeth

Hunt the Darkest of Jedi:
1st - Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
2nd - Arden Karn di Plagia
3rd - TuQ'uan Varick

Bring in the Memes!:
1st - Ronovi Tavisaen
2nd - Reiden Palpatine Karr
3rd - Justinios Drake

Overall

  • Team ARQ: 2343 points
  • Team Green: 1838 points
  • Team Angry Cats: 1242 points

By Team

Angry Cats

  • Ronovi Tavisaen
  • Taranae Rhode
  • Xantros

Team Green

  • TuQ'uan Varick
  • Furios Morega di Plagia
  • Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj

Team ARQ

  • Arden Karn di Plagia
  • Justinios Drake
  • Kelly Mendes

By Clan

Plagueis

  • TuQ'uan Varick
  • Furios Morega di Plagia
  • Arden Karn di Plagia

Taldryan

  • Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
  • Justinios Drake
  • Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj

Scholae Palatinae

  • Raiju Kang
  • Braecen Kaeth
  • Reiden Palpatine Karr

Individual

And drumroll please, for the top 3 overall were:

  • TuQ'uan Varick with 217 overall points
  • Furios Morega di Plagia with 207 overall points
  • Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj with 199 overall points

Conclusion

Congratulations to Team ARQ for a successful win, and TuQ'uan Varick on placing first overall. In the end, Team ARQ was able to overcome the heavy hitters of Team Green simply by having more people on their team participate in the Pro Bowl. I think we can all safely say that this was a great, successful Pro Bowl and I hope people enjoyed it.

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So, to quickly start I'd like to take a moment to once again thank everyone that applied for the vacant judge position. There were lots of quality apps and it left me in a tough position for making a choice. It's great to see so many...

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So, to quickly start I'd like to take a moment to once again thank everyone that applied for the vacant judge position. There were lots of quality apps and it left me in a tough position for making a choice. It's great to see so many members wanting to give back to the club in whatever way they can. Obviously, everyone should know by now that Mune Cinteroph made the cut. He has taken to the training and the team with zeal and it's gonna be a good time all around.

That said, the focus of this here report is the upcoming ACC event scheduled to start this Sunday! With that in mind, we're gonna give both a quick fictional foreword and reiterate the outline of the competition here. This should be a fun event to fill the mirk that is September. While this is still standard fare, we wanted members to have just enough of a push that they can make the "scenario" play out for their characters while still retaining control of their story. There isn't too much hand holding, but with the sitrep below I'm confident every first poster will have a good place to start.

So, yeah...go forth and have fun! Also, do with the making of combat. I want blood to go with my popcorn.

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ACC Event: Foreword

IGV-55 "Nox Revus I", AIN Surveillance Vessel
Unknown Location

"Contact established from origin AUREK-SEVEN-TWO."

Pings and beeps filled the cabin of the surveillance ship. Each operator manned their station dutifully, seemingly devoid of emotion as they announced frequencies and new processes. There was also a distinct lack of overhead light panels. The pale shifting tapestry of the terminals' displays penetrated the darkness instead.

"Patching through. Completing link with NERN-THREE-EIGHT."

The operators were efficient, as always, in handling their tasks. Multiple terminals were handled by a single individual. Their hands moved from across each interface deftly, hitting exactly the needed input at the right time.

"Link: start."

The secure feed was successfully instantiated, as was the norm for communications through the Advanced Inquisitorius Network's channels. It allowed for communication between operatives without having to worry about such trivialities like 'identities'. Input provided on either end of the link was converted and relayed as a modular synthesis, rather than the actual vocal transmission of the agents on either end. This allowed for complete anonymity. Well, almost. While the "who" remained hidden, the "what" was retained. The Senechal, head of Research and Development, had designed the system himels in order to counter the growing threats against the agents of the Brotherhood. As a result, in addition to its standard procedures, it recorded the transcripts in full.

It never hurt to be too careful, after all.

The signal from AUREK-SEVEN-TWO began speaking first. "Nancora data analysis complete. Outcome as expected."

"That's less than ideal. The situation will need to be remedied," NERN-THREE-EIGHT replied.

"Of course. A corrective action has been included."

The conversation held for a moment as data packets transferred through the link. Then, longer still as the proposal was reviewed. "This will work," NERN-THREE-EIGHT stated. "What of those resources that are less receptive to us?"

"Scenarios can be manipulated to force their hand. Requesting additional resource allocation in that regard."

"Granted. Assign the dossiers to Operation: Tempered Iron. Begin immediately."

Across the AIN, commlinks and datapads pinged as they received operational objectives. While the members of the Brotherhood used the Inquisitorius and its resources in different ways and to varying degrees, information—ultimately—was agnostic. Those that did not wish to comply, however, would be made to as they were placed into situations that left them little choice. There was knowledge to be gained and knowledge, after all, was power.

Ness'arin Ohnaka, Director of the Inquisitorius, smiled.

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Operation: Tempered Iron

For those looking for the competition post, it can be found via this link.

Sitrep

After the events of Nancora, it was shown that information had become one of the Brotherhood's greatest weaknesses. The lack of information, specifically.

It was a weakness to be overcome. To do so, the ACC's operatives have engaged in "inviting" the members of the Brotherhood to test their skills against each other. Dossiers have been prepared and distributed based on the observations made during the initial onset of conflict with the Collective.

Not all, however, would accept such an invitation to test themselves. Instead, more subtle means have been implemented to ensure the right member is in the right place...at the right time.

Comp Info

Awards: Cluster of Ice, Elo Scoring/ACC Society advancement, First Level Crescents
Canon: Matches are not automatically made canon. Any lasting wounds to your characters are up to you as a member to decide. Members may coordinate after a match if they wish for a joint canon history of the battle with the opponent.

Mechanics

  • Matches will be graded using the standard ACC Grading Rubric.
  • All matches will be set up as 2/2 Alternate Ending matches in the Operation: Tempered Iron Hall.
  • Matches will be set up with a 3-day (72 Hour) post requirement. A single extension is allowed per match for each participant, allowing an additional 24 hours.
  • In the event of an emergency (member is hospitalized mid-fight in real life), the Combat Master / Voice may extend a match and, depending on time restraints, allow the opponent to re-queue.
  • Members will use the Challenge Queue to set up matches, selecting the on-going competition.
  • Matches will be automatically created as per the competition criteria.
  • Members can use their Alternative Character.
  • Members can only request 3 matches at a time.
  • Members can encounter the same opponent 2 times.
  • Members cannot face the same opponent in consecutive matches.
  • All Matches will expire when the competition ends. In this scenario:
    • If both members have posted at least once, the match will end in a draw, with each writer earning a point.
    • If only one member has posted, and the other has not, the match will end by Time Out.
  • For the purpose of this competition, the minimum word count per post is 350 words and the maximum is 1000 words.
  • The rules of good sportsmanship apply. Match dodging, throwing, and unsportsmanlike behavior should be avoided by any means. Matches brought into question will be reviewed by the Combat Master and evaluated if further escalation in accordance with the Dark Covenant is required.
  • The competition will run for one (1) Calendar month from date of launch.
  • ACC Judges will be allowed to participate in one (1) single match to help ensure that there are enough opponents for members who might get stuck waiting for a challenger.

Scoring

Members will earn points per match by the following standard:

Win: 20 Points
Loss: 7 Points
TO Win: 10 Points Multiplied By Posts Made
Disqualification: -10 Points
Timeout: -20 Points

The member with the most points at the end of the competition wins. Top 3 placements receive crescents, and all matches fall under the Voice Staff Guidelines for awarding Clusters of Ice. In the event of a tie in score, the winner will be determined in the following order: number of matches played, average Elo of opponents defeated.

Venues

All non-clan venues are available in the random pool, no Arx venues are included.

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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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