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Hi Everyone! 1) Applications to be a MAA Magistrate are due to Howie and myself by 1 September 2015. Minimum rank of JM-3, maximum rank of EL-2. The goal is to learn and gain experience. We've received solid applications thus far; hoping for...

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Hi Everyone!

1) Applications to be a MAA Magistrate are due to Howie and myself by 1 September 2015. Minimum rank of JM-3, maximum rank of EL-2. The goal is to learn and gain experience. We've received solid applications thus far; hoping for more!

2) James has helped initiate a new rank tier into our structure: Novitiate. This change is administrative and primarily affects Wiki articles and email wording. See the great image below courtesy of Ood:

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This brings balance to ranks as there are four NV ranks, four JM ranks, four EQ ranks, and four (counting GM) EL ranks.

Again, nothing changes to ranks themselves; just a structure shift.

Thanks everyone! Apply for Magistrate positions!

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Above you'll see the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was revealed as a free gift for those who attended the Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic Con. In it, you may notice Finn, played by John Boyega Holding a lightsaber. Some...

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Above you'll see the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was revealed as a free gift for those who attended the Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic Con. In it, you may notice Finn, played by John Boyega Holding a lightsaber. Some people thought this was artistic licence or maybe a fake out.

SOME PEOPLE WERE WRONG

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One of the many things that George Lucas did very early on to ensure that Star Wars was the success it was to secure the financial rights to merchandising for the franchise early on. Because of this, George himself managed to become one of the...

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One of the many things that George Lucas did very early on to ensure that Star Wars was the success it was to secure the financial rights to merchandising for the franchise early on. Because of this, George himself managed to become one of the richest men in Hollywood, and he started a tradition as deep and rich in the toy aisle, as it was in the theatres and expanded universe.

Without a doubt, there are those of us who have been looking forward to the new storm of toys and merchandise that will be coming out with the newest Episode in the Star Wars Saga we know and love, and what we should all be looking forward to is the fact that the day when Star Wars blasts back into the stores? It's not too far away.

They're calling it "Force Friday", and to be honest, I've been getting news and reports on this for weeks to come at this point, with a myriad of emails every day reporting new deals, new plans, and leaked items that will be available. Every time I thought I'd be able to write this post, I kept getting buried under more and more information, and I chose to hold off on it.

However StarWars.com ran a story yesterday that made me finally get around to getting this post up on the site. That is of course the announcement of a global live unboxing event. If you've never watched an unboxing event, traditionally it's where a super excited fan gets their hands on a new piece of equipment, and films himself opening the equipment, generally whilst gushing with overloving joy and praise. Much as I imagine we'll all be doing in the weeks to come with the new Star Wars gear.

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Obviously, there's not going to be a single monopoly on the games and toys and Merch we can buy from any single store. I know there are multiple Toys'r'us locations throughout Canada and the US who are participating in the midnight launch. But what we also know is that some other chains like Target are getting in on the fun, hoping you'll join them and #ShareTheForce. Chains and retail outlets around the world will be participating in this, and we're likely in for one of the biggest commercial events we've ever seen in relation to our beloved Star Wars saga. Personally I can't wait to see everything they have up on offer.

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Not to be denied by traditional storefront operations though, some of the new wave enterprises are also getting on board with the upcoming wave of Star Wars fandemonium, including a new Star Wars themed Humble Audio Book Bundle, featuring the original trilogy, as well as other classics like the Dark Forces collectors trilogy, Dark Empire, and the original Star Wars Radio drama featuring Skywalker himself. Not only that, but Nerd Block is offering up a Hyperspace themed block for September which is guaranteed to include 4-6 Collectibles (of which they have strongly hinted will be featuring some of the newest items from the Force Awakens,) and one T-Shirt exclusive to Nerd Block itself. Personally I purchased mine last night, and at the time of this writing the site says they have a little less than 700 total Hyperspace blocks available, so if you're interested you'd best jump on that soon!

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As I said earlier, there has been a huge amount of information about Force Friday already and rather than try to disseminate it all here… I'm just going to leave everyone with a massive link dump. Peruse at your own peril.. but be warned, there are spoilers lurking in this list!

When I was in the process of going through all the back log of links, I noticed that the ever diligent Mouse has continued his reign of terror, and a lot of the sites that used to be reveals and articles were 404s. If you want the most up to date news and information on all these things, make sure you subscribe to our Twitter, Facebook and Reddit pages!

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The past month has seen a lot of changes, and a lot of great discussions. This has somewhat reprioritized my communications but as I owe the membership information on what’s going on I hope that this report will catch you up. Updates Fiction...

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The past month has seen a lot of changes, and a lot of great discussions. This has somewhat reprioritized my communications but as I owe the membership information on what’s going on I hope that this report will catch you up.

Updates

Fiction Society

The rounds of feedback are complete with two major considerations I am working to implement. Make it simpler, and make it reward more than just writing words. It’s a bit of a shift in mentality, where I tried to take inspiration from the SAS and GMRG, but overall I feel it will better align with the ways different members contribute fictionally. I don’t know if this will go through additional rounds of feedback at a wider scope, or just my staff, but I hope to have this done so this can finally get launched.

It’s already so close to a point that at least I’m very happy with it, for what that’s worth. As a reminder as I’ve been asked by a few people, it is a secret society in service of the Grand Master fictionally, that is very special operative style in theme. To give you an idea of the type of influence you’ll see the society having on the Brotherhood at large down the road.

Path and Order Changes

I had the opportunity to read proposals from every Clan regarding their fictional status, which was a great opportunity to see what everyone is up to. I am sure you’ve read about it in Mav’s DGM Report but to reiterate here, it was good to level what everyone’s plans were going into the next Vendetta.

In addition to this feature for Clans, it also extends to the members as well. Allowing easy change in Path depending on your Clan’s alignment, and even in some carefully evaluated and approved exceptions, to violate that.

It’s been great to see this change come, to give members a chance to better reflect their characters. I hope that going forward through a series of planned changes and beyond, more chances come for members to properly reflect the unique characters they envision, and then some.

CS 2.0

As you likely read in the Combat Master Report by Wally, an exapansion and refresh of the Character Sheet system is now complete, and undergoing a process of Q&A. This came with a refresh of Species, Disciplines, Aspects, Feats, Skills, Powers and even ACC Venues. Looking over the pending rewards for this work I hope you all take a time to read them to appreciate the great work the team did.

If you want to ask questions, or review questions others have asked and associated answers there is a Character Sheet FAQ form that was setup.

If you spot any issues or errors on anything at all while creating a character somewhere, you can use this bug tracking form to submit it for review.

Plot Updates

I have had some great discussions with the GM and DGM so far about where we want to go with the DJB. I’ve gotten the first fictional scene setter written, just waiting on some reviews and I’ll get that released so you can all get a sense of what things are like in the Brotherhood with the recent changes.

There are several additional fictional updates that follow that will get us closer to the next Vendetta and set some things up. So while there won’t be anything really going down until the Great Jedi War introduction. I hope to have a lot of great fiction out in the meantime that looks at different aspects.

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Active Competitions

  • A Tourist’s Guide To The Galaxy: Atra Ventus, from Clan Naga Sadow, is still running this competition that lasts until the end of August. It is a pamphlet, in story format, covering a member’s own system. As the Dark Council, and Atra, look at creating the DJB System as it exists following the destruction on Antei, members can reflect on their own systems and talk about why they are so awesome.

  • Road to Damascus: Myself (giving a shot at 1st level Crescents), along with Xen’Mordin Vismorsus, from Clan Scholae Palatinae are running a fiction competition until the end of August that looks into the life of Rhiaen Ust’essi. Giving members a chance to interact with her once more and make some decisions about what life has been like for her.

  • A PUN Little Fiction Competitoin: Kz’set di Plagia, from Clan Plagueis, has started a pun based competition for fun, where you get a chance to create puns. This will run until Sept. 12th.

  • Antei Contract Bureau: LIVE!: Celevon Edraven, from Clan Arcona, is running a fiction ladder based on contracts, where participants request contracts via the form on the competition, then complete and post their completed contracts for judgement and feedback. Completed contracts earn points throughout the running period with the winners receiving crescents. This first period will run until the end of September.

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Cluster of Ice Requests

Organizers must send their pins and word counts to djb-voice-staff@googlegroups.com, for Clusters of Ice to be awarded. Format: Pin#wordcount

Conclusion

There wasn’t a lot to report, with a lot of review of things over the past few weeks resulting in many decisions but most of those were reported out elsewhere. I did want to get reminders out on competitions that are running and give what feedback I have. Looking forward to getting out some plot updates, and getting a society running as quickly as possible.

If you ever have any questions, ideas, feel free to let me know. I do my best to reply quickly.

In darkness,

Evant Taelyan
Voice of the Brotherhood

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Crunch time The big news of the month is the launch of the new Path and Order system that's been in the works for the past few months. If you looked at the timeline in Mav's report, you'll see that the Shadow Academy is going to have...

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Crunch time

The big news of the month is the launch of the new Path and Order system that's been in the works for the past few months. If you looked at the timeline in Mav's report, you'll see that the Shadow Academy is going to have three new Order CORE courses launched by Monday, with revisions to DB Basics. We're also going to be shifting the old COREs to the new Department of Legends. As of today, only DB Basics remains in the Department of CORE Studies -- the other six old COREs now reside in Legends. As the new COREs are finalized, they will be added to the CORE Department. Once all five Order COREs are complete, I'll revist the degree structure (particularly for the Lore Maven) and make changes as needed.

CORE revamp status:

  • Phase 1 - 8/21
    • Shift old COREs to Department of Legends - 100% complete
  • Phase 2 - 8/31
    • DB Basics Updates - 90% complete Edit: 100% complete -- it's live
    • Sith CORE - 30% complete
    • Gray CORE - 0%
    • Jedi CORE - 40% complete
  • Phase 3 - later :p
    • Merc CORE - 0%
    • Loyalist CORE - 0%

As you can see, we have a lot left to do to meet our Monday deadline. Write, write, write, edit, edit, edit.

New PROF Needed

I am going to start accepting applications to be the new Professor of CORE Studies. This person will take over primary grading responsibilities for DB Basics and the three soon-to-exist Force-user Order COREs, and will help my team plan and write the two remaining non-Force COREs. This job will require strong organization and writing skills, and a quick (24 hour max) turnaround on grading. Beyond that, no specific requirements. Please send your applications to me and Ood no later than 11:59pm EDT, September 5. I reserve the right to pick someone before that time or to extend the deadline if necessary.

New Courses

Finally, if you haven't noticed already, two new Astronomy courses are now live thanks to Zednich and Lexiconus. Go check out Planets and Moons and Regions of the Galaxy. Once the new CORE push is complete, we'll be turning some attention back to the other Astronomy courses currently on the backburner, so look for more here this Fall.

Top Exam Takers!

Since my last report, the top five exam takers at the SA are:

Name # of Exams
Acolyte Teikhos Seleukides 44
Neophyte Yuh'orah 24
Battlemaster Wraith 22
Neophyte Destin Oceanfel 21
Acolyte Djasei Brevis 21

Great work, everyone!

Conclusion

As always, I'd like to close this report by asking for your help. The SA is a massive wall of text that covers ever-shifting topics and is prone to typos and run-on sentences. If you spot substantive or grammatical problems, please let me, Ood, and the course PROF know so that we can fix them ASAP. As we work through the Departments during the audit, we're also going to be asking for help reading and editing -- if you have any particular expertise, let us know when we announce the next Department being audited. There are shiny things available. :P

Bubba

Adept Dacien Victae di Plagia
Headmaster of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood

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Korriban Great Jedi War XI They had been through hell and back crossing the deserts of Korriban. Many lives had been lost, including Marick’s own Cythraul, a white wolf known as Kira. Deception and dissent had stepped forward through the tangle of...

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They had been through hell and back crossing the deserts of Korriban. Many lives had been lost, including Marick’s own Cythraul, a white wolf known as Kira. Deception and dissent had stepped forward through the tangle of the Wars many faces. Their journey had lead them into a forgotten temple, hunting for the key to Grand Master Muz Ashen’s request. It was in that tomb that the truth had been revealed. He had been betrayed.

The temple air had been dry and arid. Marick stood facing off against Invictus, his usually stoic mask contorted in pain. His lightsaber glowed angrily at his side. Invictus held both his Sapphire Blades at the ready.

“Draw your saber, now,” Marick had snapped coldly.

“No,” Invictus replied tightly as he shuffled away from a jab of the Arconae’s lightsaber.

“I said: draw. Your. Saber,” Marick had put emphasis on each word.

While Invictus wasn’t able to match the younger and leaner Hapan’s speed, he had assumed he could bait the grieving Consul into making a fatal mistake. He just needed to push a bit more, and he did. Marick’s lightsaber lashed out against the Chiss’ guard, but the veteran swordsman bobbed smoothly between each snapping strike.

“No, Marick,” the Chiss had said as he flashed a cocky grin. “I don’t need my saber to stop you. I didn’t need it to stop Kira, either.” Invictus had hoped to play on his old friend’s rage. It worked.

Something visibly broke inside the Hapan. It was the tell-tale shift of rational thought to primal aggression. Invictus had expected it to be reckless and wild like the the sea in storm, raw and untamed.

But Invictus had been wrong...

“The Grand Master and I spoke at length and have decided to go ahead with your suggestion for combat skirmishes across the Brotherhood,” a detached voice filled the Combat Master’s office from the central holo-projection system.

Marick blinked a few times, his momentary lapse into the past covered smoothly by his stoic mask. He turned his attention back to the holographic representation of the Deputy Grand Master and the Voice of the Brotherhood.

“Casualties to Brotherhood members will not be tolerated. We’ve already lost enough...“ The statement was sobering, and Marick found his thoughts drift towards other images. The assassination of Orv Dressrx, a friend and brother. One of his own.

Marick realized that Telaris had asked him something. While he wasn’t exactly sure of the words themselves, Marick could discern from the other Hapan’s posture that he had been requesting acknowledgment of his question.

Execution of the competition, yes.

Marick’s eyes shifted from Telaris to Evant. He replayed the last few lines of dialogue that he realized he had been unconsciously tracking.

“Yes sir, that’s not a problem at all,” the Combat Master replied evenly. “Thank you. I’ll see that it gets done.” Marick bowed to the two Dark Councilors and ended the transmission.

Things were moving quickly, and the Brotherhood would need to be ready for the changes ahead. Even before the holo-feed cut off, Marick’s fingers were already busying themselves with his datapad and readying the message that would carry out the Grand Master's decree. They moved automatically, without need for guidance as his gaze went again to the past...

Marick’s sneer melted away into a stoic mask as he kicked Invictus’ remaining Sapphire blade out of his grip.

“Mal'ari'carun,” Marick spoke the Chiss’ birth name. “You have dishonored not only yourself, but the Clan and all those you swore to protect and defend. By my will, as Shadow Lord, I retract your status as a Shadeborn and sever your link to the Shadesworn of Clan Arcona. You are hereby banished, and if I ever so much as hear a whisper of your presence again, I will end your life personally.”

With that, the Consul of Clan Arcona turned away from the stranger before him and walked towards his only remaining friends. He left the Chiss broken but alive. Comradery faded into rivalry that day. A rivalry that would haunt both warriors to the end of their days.

“Some legends are told, some turn to dust turn to gold, but you will remember me....remember me for centuries.”

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( Thank you, Maxi, for unintentionally creating the logo for Rivalries! <3 )


Combat Master Announcement - “Rivalries”

Yes, I know, that was a report fiction. Boo and hiss. Hopefully you were able to bear with it, though, as I hoped that it could give a little flavor to the competition I’m about to announce.

Ever since the ACC re-opened, there has been a misunderstood and underused option called “Story Matches.” As I mentioned in my first report as Combat Master, we have changed it to more accurately depict its purpose: Singular Ending matches. The reason I’ve been so adamant about the merits of Singular Ending matches is because our Alternative Ending matches leave a lot to be desired in terms of developing history in the ACC between members and writers. Since one writer is tasked with the opening, and only the second writer penning the conclusion, you are organically forced into telling a more comprehensive narrative between the two characters that could potentially build into history that could spawn what I like to think of as a Rivalry.

Rivalries are big in sports: Army vs Navy (for you Military DBers), Red Socks vs Yankees, the Patriots and the Giants (sorry Alaris, but cough 18-1 cough). In fiction, movies, and tv shows we see a hero spare a villain's life, only to have them come back years later seeking revenge and to settle the score. In a big throwback to one of my favorite cartoons growing up, it’s Dr. Claw growling, “I’ll get you next time, Gadget!” at the end of every episode.

In Star Wars, one of the most prolific rivalries is what comes to pass between General Grievous and Obi Wan Kenobi. All throughout the Clone Wars animated series, the two Generals clash, with Grievous always fleeing and somehow getting away. This builds a history between the two characters that makes their final confrontation all the more rewarding in Episode III. Watch: Obi Wan Kenobi vs General Grievous.

This is the theme that I wanted to build on with “Rivalries”, my first formal, DB Wide competition as Combat Master. With CS 2.0 now in full swing, I believe this is a great time to get people involved with the ACC in preparation for its headlining role in the Grand Master’s tournament only a few months away, and the eventual Great Jedi War!

The competition will be run for all members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood who have qualified for the ACC (Yes, anyone. I’m looking at you, Dark Councilors). You will be competing individually for fun and glory, and to hopefully develop history with other characters and writers in the club.

As I hinted at in Mav’s character dialogue in the short fiction, the biggest thing to wrap your head around in this competition is going to be the aversion to brutal killings or “death posts”. Again, the focus here is that the Brotherhood would become a lot weaker if its fighters started offing one another. There is merit to the notion that adversity breeds growth, and character development is not something that people often associate with the ACC. I hope to change that, and I hope that this competition will give members of the DB a taste of something they might not have tried before.

Also keep in mind, you are not competing for your Clan. You are simply competing for yourself, which is why I’m allowing inter-unit matches to happen.

A further, detailed breakdown of the competition details can be found below:


Competition Name: Rivalries

Awards: Cluster of Ice, ELO Scoring/ACC Society advancement

Details:

Theme: All matches will carry the theme of budding "rivalry". The goal of this competition is for characters and writers to develop history with other members of the Brotherhood. These matches are about honor, and not about who can write the most creative or gruesome deaths.

Canon: All results of your matches are left in YOUR hands. Even if your opponent cuts off your arm in his final post, you do not have to lose the arm going forward. You can, however, mention getting your butt kicked by Elder Edwin and having a scar along your arm as a reminder.

Mechanics:
  • All matches will be set up as 2/2 Singular Ending Matches in the “Rivalries” Hall.

An example of a Singular Ending match, and how they are graded: Atra vs Sai

  • Matches will be set up with a 3-day post requirement. A single extension is allowed per match for 24 hours.

  • In the event of an emergency (member is hospitalized mid-fight in real life), the Combat Master / Voice may extend a match duration.

  • Members will use this form to request a match. Matches will be set up manually by the Combat Master or ACC staff. The form will remain open until the last week of the competition, leaving a full 7 days for matches to finish up. This is being done manually to combat the Open-Challenge automatic system’s inability to distinguish duplicate-combatants. All matches will be handled as a “next-in-line” basis, and the Combat Master will publish the form afterwards to ensure maximum transparency.

  • Members can only request one match at a time. Once your match is posted, however you can put yourself back into the queue for another match.

(This means you can have as many matches as you’d like, but you can’t just put your name into the queue 5 times in a row and expect to get 5 matches that way.)

  • All Matches will expire when the competition ends. In this scenario:

A.) If both members have posted at least once, the match will end in a draw, with each writer earning a point.

B.) If only one member has posted, and the other has not, the match will end by Time Out.

  • Members will be assigned a random location from the newly added venues, with a short introduction for the match itself.

  • Matches will be set up based on a “next-in-line” basis, with oversight ensuring no repeat matches are created.

  • Members will be permitted no more than 5 weapons.

- POINT OF CLARIFICATION -
  • For the purpose of this competition alone, the minimum word count per post in a match is 450 words.
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  • There is no word cap, but in these 2/2 match, bear in mind that excessive fluff may be held against you. With combat writing, less is more. Also bear in mind that future Vendetta/Tournaments may very well contain a cap.

  • You will be paired against another member of the Brotherhood based on the submission form.

  • You can only fight the same DB member once.

  • If anyone is seen trying to "throw" a match, they will be Disqualified immediately and possibly incur further punishment from the Chamber of Justice.

  • 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: 3 points.
  • Loss: 1 point.
  • TO win: Points equivalent to posts written by member who did not timeout.
  • Disqualification (for whatever reason): 0 points.
  • Timeout: -2 points.

The penalty to Time Outs is to keep the spirit of the competition moving forward. By the nature of the matches having a 450 word minimum word count, I believe any fears of “match-spamming” will not be an issue.

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.


That’s a lot of bullet points for a competition, but I believe they answer every question you might have in regards to how this will be run. Of course, if you still have questions, please email me directly at: djbwally@gmail.com

As mentioned in my previous report, if you’re worried or curious about an ACC mechanic, drop a line to acc-staff@googlegroups.com. We would love to answer any questions you have, and doing it in this manner allows all the judges to remain synced on these questions.

TL;DR

  • Subscribe to the competition here.
  • Request a match here. (Remember you can only queue up one match at a time. Once your match is posted, you can request another matchup).

That’s all for now. Any questions, you know where to find me.

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Hello, hello! The last week was crazy with the first of a three phase implementation of perhaps the largest shift in Brotherhood structure in years. The “Gray Jedi” order opened along with traditions for previous orders and members have been...

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Hello, hello! The last week was crazy with the first of a three phase implementation of perhaps the largest shift in Brotherhood structure in years. The “Gray Jedi” order opened along with traditions for previous orders and members have been flocking to them. This short report will cover some numbers along with my staff positions.

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Roll Call

I talk about how awesome my staff is and will continue to do so. The MAA office works near flawlessly because of their timeliness and dedication. They are quick on the draw but thoughtful and respectful in debates no matter how contentious (particularly when telling leaders what they do not want to hear!). Alas, the six month term of Landon and Kordath draws to a close this month. I thank them immensely and once again open up applications for Magistrate to the Master at Arms.

Minimum rank is Hunter/Padawan, no leadership experience necessary. Discuss why you’d like the position, what you hope to gain from it, and your outsider opinion of how well or poorly our office functions. Email applications to Howie and myself by 1 September 2015.

As always, I am particularly interested in newer/younger members looking to start the leadership ladder climb.

Gray is the New Purple

The big news last week was the opening of Gray Jedi as an order option and transition of Krath/Obelisk/Sentinel/Guardian as traditions. Read Mav’s report for order information and Sarin’s report for all the new ranks.

Thus far we have had near 50 path change requests and a slew of tradition changes (traditions being automatic upon selection). Most path changes were to Gray with a few to the Light Side in Gray/Dark clans. Huge thanks to my staff for nailing requests so quickly.

Remember a path change to an order not supported by your target unit must come with approval from the Deputy Grand Master and Voice. If you receive prior approval, state as much in your request. The process of allowing exceptions is being taking slowly and carefully else it turn into a slippery slope of one approval justifying multiple. Ultimately, all of us want you to play the character that most interests you, but we are balancing that with maintaining the integrity of the system put in place.

Mav and Sarin will continue releasing updates and we prepare for the neutral orders and related perks. While turnaround has been great, please be patient with any delays. We are manually checking that paths fit the unit. We also love when an Equite promotion request states, early in the writing, which tier is requested. New ranks! New names!

I’m Fluent in Basic

Landon Cruise recently assisted me in a review of the Competitions course in the Shadow Academy while Howlader assisted in reviewing the Medals course. Both have since been updated with primary focus being given to wordage and the addition of Clusters of Earth and some competition policies implemented over the past year. We continue to look into how best to utilize example recommendations in a contextual way so as to provide guidance but not suggest a template. Expect to read more on this in September.

A Night on the Town

Congratulations for Kell Dante for taking 1st in our Night on the Town competition. Quick and fun! Thank you to all participants.

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TL;DR

  • Apply for Magistrate positions
  • Go Gray early, it’s all the rage!
  • Example reccs remain contextual…guidelines, not templates

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Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the wiki. Given the changes that just rolled out today with the new paths and orders, the Character Template was out of date. As such, we have updated the template today to remove the old orders and...

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Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the wiki. Given the changes that just rolled out today with the new paths and orders, the Character Template was out of date. As such, we have updated the template today to remove the old orders and include the new ones. In addition, Solari made use of his b0t-fu to update every character article out there to the new template variables (Obelisk and Krath were changed to Sith while Consular, Sentinel, and Guaridan were changed to Jedi). The new version of the template supports all the new orders, of course, with people able to input as the Gray Jedi order as well. Since the name across the two paths is slightly different, you can designate as either Gray or Dark as you explore the newly offered middle ground of the DJB.

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Today is the beginning of a new era in our Brotherhood. Today, we received our first member to choose a Gray Jedi Order. This marks the beginning of a monumental shift in our Brotherhood, as we open our doors to new character archetypes and begin...

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Today is the beginning of a new era in our Brotherhood. Today, we received our first member to choose a Gray Jedi Order. This marks the beginning of a monumental shift in our Brotherhood, as we open our doors to new character archetypes and begin the process of shifting towards a new Path and new Orders. Following Pravus' monumental release of our new rank structures, we are pushing ahead with our plans to implement the new Path system we have been talking about for so long.

A Path Forward

After a brief discussion with various members and the Dark Council, we have decided to go with what we call a phased release of our Path and Order system. This will allow us to identify potential issues as we go forward, while providing members with a solid idea of what they can expect when. This will gradually roll out the major changes we have in store for the club. Some of the cool features we have planned, or the customization for different Orders, may not be immediately available - for instance, what V'yr has planned for our non-Force users will not roll out until Phase 3, even though the Orders themselves may be selectable by Phase 2. We know this can be frustrating, but bear with us while we implement these amazing new options for our members.

Phase 1: Release of Gray Path (All), Gray Jedi(All), Clan Path choices instituted(All), Closure of non-Sith/Jedi Orders(All), Shuffle old Order CORE to Legends Courses (HM), Traditions(DGM), Wiki and other documentation updates begin(DGM,T:Wiki), begin release of new fictional background relating to Orders(Voice), and release of the planned Weapon Perks for all Orders(HRLD).

We have already implemented the Gray Path, Gray Jedi, and Clan Path Choices. Non-Sith/Jedi Orders have been transformed to Traditions. Members may begin to submit transfers to appropriate Paths and Orders, but keep in mind that we have not implemented non-Force users yet. The Headmaster will begin the transition of the Shadow Academy to our new Orders by shuffling old CORE tests. I will enlist my Magistrate and the Wiki Staff to begin updating our documentation to reflect all incoming new Orders and the new Path system. The Voice will begin a release of new fictional updates for the club during this period, which will continue through all following phases. The Herald will release plans during this period for Weapon Rank Perks for all Orders, even those implemented in Phase 2.

Implementation: By 8/21. We have already implemented the Gray Path, Gray Jedi, and Clan Path Choices. Non-Sith/Jedi Orders have been transformed to Traditions. Members may begin to submit transfers to appropriate Paths and Orders, but keep in mind that we have not implemented non-Force users yet.

Administratively, Paths control which Order one can request. Thus, if an individual wishes to be a Gray Jedi but is currently on the Dark Path, they must transfer to the Gray or Light Paths first.

Remember, Traditions are flavor-based character choices that are loose associations based on myth, legends, and lore. Starting soon, we will present information on how members can request they be added. They may be Path restricted, or they may be non-restricted.

As a quick refresher, recall this image from a past report of mine:

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I wanted to highlight that the Gray Jedi and Dark Jedi are effectively the same "Order" - they are both Force users that are not bound by restrictive dogmas or codes, like those that belong to the Jedi Order or Sith Order. However, which side of the Force these individuals draw on (primarily) is based upon their Path. This may seem confusing, but again, to new joins, once the Test of Identity is live (see below), their Order choice will make sense based on the Path choice.

Phase 2: Release of Test of Identity(SCL,DGM,Voice), non-Force using Orders (All), Update DB Basics to include all current Orders(HM), Release first selector items for non-Force users(HRLD), Unique Order Feat implementation(GM,DGM,Voice,CM), Process for Tradition submission (DGM), Character Sheet Integration for Non Force Users begins (GM, DGM, Voice, CM), Edit Sith and Jedi COREs(HM)

The Test of Identity will be released, and Non-Force using Orders will be implemented along with the proposed way of handling their character sheets and a small number of initial selector weapons for dossiers. Each Order will have a specific Feat that defines that Order on the CS, including Force users. Members can become Mercenaries or Loyalists during this period, but Weapon Rank Perks will not yet be available (e.g. no custom weapons yet).

Implementation by: 8/31

Phase 3: Order CORE for non-Force users(HM), Release of Weapon Rank Perks for all Orders (HRLD), finalization of Clan Path Choices (Consuls), finalization of Order Character Sheet information (GM, DGM, Voice, CM).

Phase 3 will be a gradual rollout of features as they are available. The Headmaster will unveil new courses for all non-Force users. The Herald's Office will roll out features for Weapon Perks as they are available. Finalization of Clan Path choices will occur with a final statement by Clans on potential Path changes, which corresponds to a promise we made that units could change their Paths after they have been implemented for a little bit. Order Character Sheet balance may be heavily adjusted during this period if we feel it needs to be.

Phase 3 ends: 10/1.

We will do our best to stick to each of these dates and items. Various Dark Councilors are involved in a variety of aspects of these phases, but we feel confident we can meet all of these deadlines.

Walking chosen paths...

Following so many excellent Path proposals, the Voice, Grand Master, and I decided that all Clans had fully substantiated their respective Path decisions. The site currently reflects all of these choices. We are very excited about the diversity of choices, including a declared Gray Clan, an all-Dark Clan, and a Clan split between all three Paths. We think membership experience will really be improved by all of these options and the amazing stories our units are crafting, both together and on their own. Many of our units expressed a strong desire to work with one another - or in some cases already had - to continue their respective storylines. This is an exciting time in the Brotherhood, and we are glad to see so many units diving into it!

The Voice wanted to summarize the fictional status of each unit, and so that has been included along with motto and Path choices.

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Going forward, members may request changes to their Path that coincide with their unit now without any problems. They also may submit Path changes that conflicts with their unit only after receiving permission from their summit and ONLY if they have sufficient fictional justification as determined by a discussion with the Voice, the MAA/his staff, and the GM/DGM. This process will be tightly controlled and reviewed frequently, with the MAA staff involved to ensure that frequent Path violations are noted. I heavily encourage all members and summits to involve Evant and myself in any discussion of members seeking to "violate" a unit Path.

Of course, units may find their storyline evolving over time, and that is okay, which is why we allow Path changes periodically, including once in October, and other than that, every six months.

Tarentum Momentum

Not long ago, Tarentum was a unit on the brink. Placed on a heavy probation, Tarentum faced the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding. Raiju and his staff did just that: Today, Tarentum boasts our fastest growing roster since I took over as Pravus' Deputy, and there is no other sure sign of success for this unit than the opening of House Mortis. Congratulations to Tarentum!

Concerns over rank names

There's been a fair amount of reasonable grumbling over the change in rank names. One thing I want to stress is that it is entirely impossible to come up with a single list that satisfies every member's archetype. In fact, our goal was in fact not to do this. We did not feel we should need to, or try to; we went with themes for each Order's ranks and tried to stick with the themes through logical progressions. Nothing is perfect, so I realize some people are unhappy with a rank here or there, or the loss of Krath and Obelisk. Any time there is such a large scale change I think a lot of people will understandably not be happy with it. However, we did think it was important to condense the Orders in preparation for the Brotherhood's future, and we did think it was important to try to create themed ranks.

Other News, Big and Small (and sometimes old!)
  • Vivackus to EQ4: What can I say about Vivackus that others haven't already in his recommendations for EQ4? Pretty much nothing, save this: Thank you, Viv. It has been great working with you. :)
  • Atty to EQ3: You've been a great leader for Arcona, Atty! Congratulations!
  • Darth Vexatus finally embraced his true self
  • Some amazing stuff came out of D23 recently, including a spoiler-poster someone posted ( :() Check it out (or don't if you avoid spoilers!)
That's it for this now!
TL;DR
  • Gray Path opens!
  • Timelines released for new Orders
  • Some Clan fictional backgrounds on display! Great job with proposals, all!
  • Tarentum's House Mortis opens! Congrats!
Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Deputy Grand Master

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Greetings everyone and welcome to my 42nd report as your Grand Master. I am returning the United States this weekend and look forward to a reunion with my family. I will be without consistent internet until Saturday and thought now would be a good...

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Greetings everyone and welcome to my 42nd report as your Grand Master. I am returning the United States this weekend and look forward to a reunion with my family. I will be without consistent internet until Saturday and thought now would be a good time to get out a quick update.

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Administrative Data

1) Viv: Viv has been promoted to EQ4 for his exceptional work as the Consul of Clan Plagueis and for his consistent work and dedication to the Dark Brotherhood over the past several years. Please take the time to congratulate Viv on his big promotion.

2) Clan Tarentum, House Mortis: Clan Tarentum has announced the creation of House Mortis. This is a great step forward for Tarentum and is an indicator of the fantastic work they have put in over the past six months. The new house pays homage to Tarentum's past while it looks to blaze a new path forward. Congrats on Tarentum for their energy and hard work to make this happen.

3) Plagueis Consul: I have decided to extend the application period for the position of Plagueis Consul until 26 August. We received three excellent applications, but I would like to see a wider pool of potential applications prior to making a decision. Please get your apps in to Mav, Jac, and I.

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Paths: Ranks

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The Dark Council, Elders, and various members have reviewed, debated, and massaged the new ranks for our upcoming Paths. The above graphic is the approved list for our new Mercenary Path, Grey Path, and Loyalist Path. The feedback from out leaders during the discussion phase of the new ranks was tremendous and I am satisfied with the current list (with the caveat that I am not entirely against making minor tweaks in the future).

One point of contention associated with the Loyalists ranks is worth mentioning. A few members had concern that the Military Rank Structure would interfere with our existing fictional Clan Military systems. In the end I decided to go with a Star Wars Canon Rank Structure rather than implementing another Greek/Spartan/Whatever system. I made this decision because the military ranks are familiar and because I prefer the military theme of the Loyalists.

We will see a report from Mav in the near future that discusses our planned phased implementation of the Path system. More to follow.

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Pel Asks: Sarin, why are the pre-split Grand Master's not included in the Star Chamber? A: This is a great question with a simple answer. The Star Chamber is a post split construct that has never included the pre-split Grand Masters. Over the past 12 years we have never included the pre-split Grand Master's in the decision making processes of the Star Chamber. This includes the voting of Grand Masters and the use of our veto ability on certain DJB decisions. The addition of new Star Chamber articles to the Covenant only seek to formalize this process. *That is not to say that we don't appreciate the pre-split GMs.

Howie Asks: Where is the balance between giving second chances and holding people accountable? A: Timely question Howie. Mav and I have discussed this a lot over the past few days. Especially as we see some of our recent second chance members apply for multiple positions at multiple levels of responsibility. Where is the balance? I'm not entirely sure, but I think you will find that there are lot of members out there who will claim that they feel they are blackballed while others appear to receive second chances. I probably need to do a better job at messaging why some selections are made and others are not. My take: If a member has done something wrong in our club, but they have shown what appears to be genuine contrition for what they have done...I'm going to be much more likely to select them for positions. Compare that to a member who has done something wrong, but has taken on a tone of spite and arrogance. That member might find that I'm less willing to grant them positions. Throw on top of all of that is the offense a member made. If a member cheated in our club, I'm probably not going to put them in a position where they can judge/manage in the field they cheated.

Arden Asks: Sarin, will you consider making Telegram and official communications platform? A: Yes. I'm considering it right now. I know that some members have concerns with exclusive/inclusive chat programs, but I'm more concerned with actual usage. Telegram's mobile capability makes it a genuine on the go, immediate communication platform. Quite frankly, I find it superior to mIRC. I think the numbers also show that our members agree with me. 1000k messages in DB Chat on Telegram in a 24 hour period (yes, a large volume of them are cat pictures and nonsense)....vs 25 non dbb0t messages in DB chat on mIRC.

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Alright everyone. I pack out my apartment this morning and won't have a solid internet access until Saturday. I will have access to email through this period, but only during certain windows of time each day. Stay tuned for more Path details and more website updates over the next few days.

Grand Master Pravus aka Sarin

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