Attention All - This morning our lovely and hardworking Proconsul, Cyris Oscura, notified us that he would be resigning to focus more on his family, art, and writing. Cyris has been an immense aid to the clan, bringing a lot of insight and great...
Attention All -
This morning our lovely and hardworking Proconsul, Cyris Oscura, notified us that he would be resigning to focus more on his family, art, and writing. Cyris has been an immense aid to the clan, bringing a lot of insight and great ideas to help push us forward. He brought a ton of passion and dedication, and for that, I thank him immensely.
As for his replacement, Cyris’s suggestion for it mirrored my own. Following a brief conversation with Pravus and Mav, I have gotten their approval for the position. Elincia Rei will be stepping from our Clan Rollmaster into the position of Proconsul. Eli has already been involved in discussions about every ongoing clan project and plans, and I know he will do a kick ass job as our PCON.
This of course leaves the position of Rollmaster open for applications. This position involves maintaining close contact with all new members of the clan and over seeing the MSP (including setting up compatible matches between master and student). Beyond that, this position is utilized as a Clan level set of abilities to aid in all ongoing clan projects and goals.
Applications are open Brotherhood-wide until end of day Monday, September 12. We reserve the right to fill this position earlier than this should we feel it applicable.
Applications should be emailed to myself, and to Elincia Rei.
- 24-hour email turn around
- Rank of at least JM4 (Knight, Professional, Captain)
- Ability to track and maintain contact with al JM level members
- Willing to put up with me and Eli
All, Just a friendly reminder: I am accepting comments from members on the new revisions to the Covenant through September 4. Please take some time to review the Covenant and express any thoughts you have to me. Many thanks to those of you that...
Just a friendly reminder: I am accepting comments from members on the new revisions to the Covenant through September 4. Please take some time to review the Covenant and express any thoughts you have to me.
Many thanks to those of you that have already commented. I have not reviewed everything, but the stuff I have glanced at was well-thought-out and helpful. Please keep the comments coming. For your convenience, here are the relevant links, again:
- The New Covenant (Word version, so you can comment on it)
- The Current Covenant (for comparison)
- Redline Comparison (comparing the new version to the current version)
Hello all, It's that special time again where you get another gaming update from your friendly neighborhood FIST. It’s only a short one, where I'll be talking through the new Diablo 3 update as well as getting you all pumped up for the...
It's that special time again where you get another gaming update from your friendly neighborhood FIST. It’s only a short one, where I'll be talking through the new Diablo 3 update as well as getting you all pumped up for the Rise of Iron DLC for Destiny so without further ado.
Diablo 3 Update:
First bit of major news as far as D3 is concerned is that Season 7 is now live, so get going! Along with this, the new patch also fixed a lot of bugs, items and abilities. On top of all this there is a new difficulty level Torment 13, and a few new items have been added into the game. All in all it looks like a pretty solid update that you should all go check out.
Rise of Iron:
Ok here is the big one. September 20th gives us Rise of Iron, the new Destiny DLC, so from what we know so far there is gonna a be a tonne of new stuff added to the game, new gear, story missions as quests and a new raid called Wrath of The Machine (coming out slightly later on the 23rd) and a new strike called The Wretched Eye . There is also going to be a Light Level increase so 385 for Normal mode and 400 for Hard mode as well was a revamp on some of the older strikes Devil’s Lair and Summoning Pit’s. There is a new social space, private matches and a new Crucible Modes called Supremacy.
There is so much that is coming with the DLC, it is impossible to list it all here. For all those that want to see the full list of changes and add-on's that are coming then I am going to provide a link that you can all check out: https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/4z7wmw/everything_we_know_about_rise_of_iron_so_far/
Hello all, Real life often gets the best of us, as has happened with Tasha. We would like to thank her for her efforts as Quaestor. She has served well on the CNS Summit over the past several months. With her stepping down, this leaves the...
Real life often gets the best of us, as has happened with Tasha. We would like to thank her for her efforts as Quaestor. She has served well on the CNS Summit over the past several months. With her stepping down, this leaves the position of Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos open.
Applications for this position will be opened to the Brotherhood as a whole. We will be taking applications from now until Monday the 29th, at 11:59pm EST. Please take time to understand the role you are applying for and make sure it is something you are really interested in, as it is not one to take on lightly.
Listed below are requirements for this position. We also suggest looking over the Dark Brotherhood wiki page for the Quaestor position, located here. Although it is somewhat outdated, it is still a good resource on what you might expect.
The ideal candidate must:
- Be able to reply to emails within 24 hours
- Have a general plan of action for the next few months concerning this role and how you will develop the House
- Have an active presence on Telegram
- Be willing to work with and develop leaders, such as the Aedile and Battleteam Leader of the House
- Be willing to take on a challenge
- Be able to write reports or joint reports with the Aedile
- Maintain working and social relationships with members of the House
- Be able to reward members with either medals or promotions
- Be able to coordinate with both Clan Summit and Battleteam Leadership on Clan projects and events
Consul of Clan Naga Sadow
Dear Members: Since being appointed as Justicar, I have taken to the task of redeveloping the Covenant. After a long process of revisions, we are to the final stage: membership review of the new Covenant. I beg you to become involved in this...
Since being appointed as Justicar, I have taken to the task of redeveloping the Covenant. After a long process of revisions, we are to the final stage: membership review of the new Covenant. I beg you to become involved in this process; read this report and help me make the Covenant the best it can be.
Our goals in redeveloping the Covenant were simple, but hard to get to. We wanted to:
- Reduce legalese and eliminate unnecessary provisions;
- Bring up to date to current policies, and streamline those policies;
- Codify things like the Star Chamber, dossier deletion, penalties and removal of problem members;
- Codify all of the judicial interpretations from 50+ CoJ cases; and
- Try to make the document easier to use and understand.
This process has taken about a year so far. I initially started by simply working my own way through the Covenant a section at a time and made major revisions and additions along the way. Since then, I have gone through an additional nine large revisions. Each of those revisions has been based off of more and more commentary from select members, including the Hands, the former Justicars, Sarin/Mav, the Appeals Panel, the Dark Council, and about 20 members that I hand selected for the task as being either the judicial type, a respected member, or a stickler on this subject. I have very literally worked my way through hundreds of pages of commentary and suggestions and re-writes to get to this point. As you will see from the redline version I am providing, there are only a few sections left in the Covenant that were not almost completely rewritten. I am happy with it and very happy to get closer to the finish line.
The last stage of review before a vote to adopt the Covenant is for the membership to review. This process isn't mandatory; the Electorate could adopt the changes now. But given the vast overhaul of the Covenant, I believe it is the proper thing to do to have a membership review.
I am providing you with links to three files:
- The New Covenant (Word version, so you can comment on it)
- The Current Covenant (for comparison)
- Redline Comparison (comparing the new version to the current version)
Please review the revised Covenant over the coming weeks and give any comments you have. In particular, I want you to look at it from the perspective of your respective positions, but also from your perspective as a member in general. I am open to any feedback, including "Jac wtf are you thinking?" I also like the occasional atta-boy for a job well done. :) Please also feel free to ask questions, state confusion, or suggest alternative language. A primary purpose is clarity, and if that is not coming across to all members, then we need more revisions.
I likely will not provide specific feedback to each and every comment; that task has been too overwhelming to do in the past. I will try to acknowledge all comments at least. If your comment is well taken, I will make revisions where appropriate. All revisions will be reviewed by the Electorate as part of the adoption process.
This membership review period will last through Sunday, September 4. After the membership review period and after final revisions are completed, the Electorate will hold a vote to adopt the Covenant.
I look forward to hearing from many of you. Please do help us make the Covenant perfect.
Introduction This might seem like a quiet report because it's been a quiet month - our new Magistrates and course writer are settling in nicely and we haven't had any major course announcements since my last report. Because of that, I...
This might seem like a quiet report because it's been a quiet month - our new Magistrates and course writer are settling in nicely and we haven't had any major course announcements since my last report. Because of that, I wanted to utilize this report to dive a bit more in-depth into what exactly the SA Staff has been doing since I took over as Headmaster. Ood has requested I avoid the word audit, because it makes people want to jump off cliffs, so instead we'll be using a... different term for it.
Project Happy Fun Time
As I mention at the close of each report, the Shadow Academy is a huge repository of information written by Viewers Like You. Written by dozens of individuals over the span of years, there's bound to be typos, formatting errors, or ambiguities. When you add in the fact that we've seen a major evolution in the canon of both SW as a whole and our little corner of it, the SA is in need of changes in a thousand different ways. I don't have the time, energy, or knowledge to successfully do this myself, which is why the entire SA Staff is engaged in the process - Marcus, Ood, Ophelia and Rins'zler, and the entire crew of Professors and Docents. We're dividing, conquering, and seeing some definite results. Here's just a few of the accomplishments we've seen so far:
- With changes in DB canon, our two DB history courses were severely in need of updating. As a major project during his term as one of my Magistrates, Alishu took this on almost single-handedly. He completed two quality rewrites that are currently pending DC revision (what can I say, we changed DB canon again) but when they're released Soon you'll see two great courses highlighting our fictional history.
- Staying on the subject of former Magistrates, Alishu's compatriot Mirus took on as a major project the update for the Lightsaber courses. We originally were planning on combining LS Studies and Advanced LS Studies into one far superior course, but after putting together that draft and discussing it with Wally we discovered a hitherto unmet need - we needed to be able to not only help members understand the canon aspects of lightsabers but also how to utilize them in writing (specifically for the ACC). This conversation resulted in a version of Mirus' original draft discussing things like the inner workings of a lightsaber alongside the ACC Staff's new course on writing lightsaber combat. Because of Mirus' work and most importantly his flexibility, we were able to not only improve the SA but a small part of the overall member experience.
- That flexibility has also been very apparent in DS' audit of the Department of Legends. For those not familiar, Legends is where we send courses such as the old Order COREs that aren't DB canon anymore but we want to keep around. My original intent with having DS audit these courses was to check for typos and nothing more, but once he got into them he discovered that both the courses and their exams could be improved significantly. The drafts I've seen of the work he's done so far have made me really excited to see what this normally overlooked course of the SA could become.
I could keep on going for a while highlighting the work different individuals are doing, truly. It's a very time-consuming and thankless task, but the end result will be a Shadow Academy that is cleaner and clearer. Summer slowed us all down from the time line I had originally planned, but I am confident in my team's ability to continue the momentum we've been building and wrap this up. Our goal is to be as thorough as possible, and if that takes a little more time then so be it!
Marcus and I had a good time reading your fiction for the JM fiction comp we ran in July, and I want to thank you all for entering. This month, I'll be running a fun Flash game comp I ran across recently. It opened up today and will run until the 31st of this month. Just as before, it's important to note that this is a JM-only competition, so anyone ranked EQ1 or above when they submit their entry will be disqualified. If you submit as a JM4 and are then promoted, that won't be a problem. We've been toying with the idea of doing an EQ/EL-exclusive competition to balance the JM-only one, but I'm not sure yet. Thoughts? Let me know in the comments or on Telegram.
Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:
SW History Department Rewrite - Aabs & Farrin: Because of the evil Darth Mickey, my beloved Galactic History courses aren't fully canon anymore. The courses are being pared down (almost in half) and will be added to the Legends Department. This is still behind schedule because of our focus - Aabs' and myself - being elsewhere. With the addition of Lexic to our team, though, I think we can finally make the push to get this done. Estimated completion: End of August, 2016
DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu has completed first drafts of both courses and they've been sent to the DC for approval. There are some changes in canon that we need to work through, and the DC has been focused on other things (It rhymes with Mossessions and starts with a P), so this got shifted down in priority. I'm hoping to see it done very soon. Estimated completion: End of August, 2016
The Dreaded... AUDIT! (non-SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Farrin & Ood: The non-Star Wars courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. I said last report this would be done by this report, and though we've made solid progress we're not quite there yet. We will be soon though. Expected Completion: August, 2016
The Dreaded... AUDIT! (SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Marcus, Rins'zler, Ophelia: The Star Wars-based courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. This work has already begun by our awesome staff, and I think we're on track for my original expected completion. Expected Completion: September, 2016
Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. The audit takes precedence, but expect to see more about this later on this summer. Because of the delays in the audit, this has been pushed back slightly. Expected Start: 8/2016; Expected Completion: 9/2016
Operation Prereq - Farrin: In order to make a more focused new member experience, different options are going to be explored to create prerequisite courses before other courses open up to a member. This is on the back burner for now, as the SA Staff has more pressing matters (y'know, the stuff above this item) and it'll require some tweaks on the coding end. Expect more info on this over the summer as well. Expected Start: Unknown; Expected Completion: Also unknown. :)
There are some other really exciting things in the planning stages that aren't quite ready for prime time yet, but hopefully will be within the next couple of months. Stay tuned, sports fans.
Top Exam Takers
|Name||# of Exams||# of ACs|
|Novice Dain Cathis||22||8|
|Acolyte Jason Kane||21||6|
|Neophyte Ar'ekk Daesharacor||19||4|
*Not a typo - that really says 50. Xolarin's been a beast.
Note: these numbers cover the period from 7/13/16 to 8/16/16.
The Shadow Academy covers tens if not hundreds of thousands of words, and those words were written by imperfect humans (GASP!). We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. At the very least, you'll get the thanks of a grateful HM... that's got to count for something, right?
In Darkness -
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy
Warning, This news post contains spoilers. Expand it to view the full post.
Greetings, lovelies one and all. Arcona's House Qel-Droma is looking for a new Aedile! Please refer to the Quaestor's following address for all your info. Greetings, boys and girls! House Qel-Droma, Arcona's wretched hive of scum and...
Greetings, lovelies one and all.
Arcona's House Qel-Droma is looking for a new Aedile! Please refer to the Quaestor's following address for all your info.
Greetings, boys and girls!
House Qel-Droma, Arcona's wretched hive of scum and villainy, is currently looking for a new Aedile. Smugglers, Thieves and Big Damn Heroes should feel welcome to apply. We'll be holding applications Brotherhood-wide from now until Tuesday, August 23rd, 11:59 EST. Please send all applications or questions to Terran ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Uji ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) and Atyiru ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]).
Things we're looking for in applicants:
- Passionate about the Brotherhood
- Ability to work with a team of strong personalities
- Desire to serve our members and make their experience a positive one
- Minimum rank of Journeyman III - no previous leadership experience is required
- Less than 24-hour email turnaround
- A strong Telegram presence
- Having taken and passed the Shadow Academy's Leadership courses will be looked upon favorably
Things we're looking for in applications:
- Tell us a bit about yourself - personality is a big part of this job
- Tell us about what you can bring to the summit and where you could improve
- Ability to communicate clearly
- Knowledge of the current state of House Qel-Droma
- Ideas for addressing any short-comings and growing House Qel-Droma
- Ideas for the fictional expansion of House Qel-Droma
- Any previous leadership experience - in the Brotherhood or real life
- Sending the application to everyone listed above. Seriously. :P
Don't wait until the last minute! We reserve the right to choose a qualified applicant prior to the deadline.
Thanks for your time and attention. We can't wait to read your application!
Augur Terran Koul
Quaestor, House Qel-Droma
Feud Fiction is also available on the forums Kasador Mygeeto Explosions peppered the street, encompassing the road in smoke. Aul darted down the street, his trust in the Force leading him forward. The Knight had never believed in fighting for the...
Explosions peppered the street, encompassing the road in smoke. Aul darted down the street, his trust in the Force leading him forward. The Knight had never believed in fighting for the sake of killing. It had frustrated his master, Darkblade, but this very mindset had led him to the finals of the recent Journeyman Tournament. There he had fought in front of hundreds, including the Dark Council. He had lost, to one of the Palatinaeans, but he had found a reason to fight. He fought for his brothers and sisters in Naga Sadow.
He would be there for them always.
Behind him came several Palatinaean stormtroopers. Spotting him, they produced their weapons and began firing at him, forcing the Dakhani into cover behind some still smoldering debris. The white-armored soldiers advanced on his position, their plasteel boots pounding upon ice and pavement. He sensed them in the Force, edging ever closer as they positioned themselves to flank him. A sly grin parted his lips as he pressed his back harder against the debris. Grabbing his com-link, the Knight clicked the transmit button three times in quick succession. His finger slipped off the button as he roared out of cover, dashing straight for the stormtroopers. Their first few shots missed the mark from surprise, but the well-trained warriors recovered just in time to see two Sadowans land in between them with lightsabers lashing out.
Lilith and Firith, husband and wife, both members of Aul’s Battleteam, Devil’s Shroud, fought alongside each other, covering their partner’s weak points as they wrecked havoc through the enemy lines. Aul’s lightsaber joined the caucus, carving deep into trademark white armor. Together, the three Knights made short work of the eight remaining Stormtroopers.
Pausing to gain their breath, good humor dancing on Aul’s features as he flashed a thumbs up at his companions. The plan had worked to perfection. The fight in Kasador had been fought up close. The enclosed underground city had limited the use of transports and the trio had been unable to locate the holocron they had long sought. Instead, they had been drawn into a game of hide and seek with deadly consequences for the loser.
The grey clouds from the smoke grenades lingered, a lack of a natural breeze preventing the gas from dissipating. Aul led Lilith and Firith forward along the road when a voice barked at them to halt. Kasador security personnel hurriedly took cover as a couple of security speeders followed them, their blaster cannons easily powerful enough to take out vehicles.
A voice boomed through the smoke, magnified by a loudspeaker. “I won’t say it again, throw down your weapons and surrender!”
Firith snorted in derision, “Who the feth do they think they’re talking to?”
“Well, they’ve got bigger guns than us” Lilith retorted.
“Yeah, I’m not going to argue with that.” Aul grinned, “Besides, we’ve got better things to do. Let’s scarper.”
The two Stormwinds nodded and bolted down a side alleyway. Aul quickly followed suit. The Arcanist knew discretion was the better part of valour. No point getting killed when they could get the hell out of dodge. Nope, they were going to loop around and join back up with the main Warhost force.
Rosh spun, his lightsaber ripping through the torso of a Kasador security personnel. The Twi’lek fell wide-eyed, never once expecting a lightsaber to be his demise. The weapon snapped off, and was back in place on Rosh’s belt before the Twi’lek hit the ground. The Aedile was a man with purpose, one he was tired of being delayed. Each step was surefooted, bringing him closer to his goal.
Twice Rosh had been denied. He was not certain if it was fate, or dumb luck that had stopped him. But he was certain of one thing, this third time would see the Sadowan Proconsul Sanguinius dead. When the Naga Sadow Summit dropped to the planet to organize their forces’ defenses and capture of the pirate treasure, Rosh made this one task his personal goal. The last time Rosh had caught up with the Augur, he had managed to place a tracker. This was finally paying off. He eyed the flashing dot on the small handheld screen. His prey was close
Rosh turned down a side alley and broke into a sprint. Ahead, he heard blaster fire, followed by the periodic concussive boom of a grenade. Using his lightsaber to slice through the locks of a door, Rosh cut through a restaurant, packed with huddled civilians hoping to stay out of the firefight. He burst through the main entrance of the restaurant and found himself directly behind a small group of Sadowan soldiers. In the center of the group was his goal, Sang.
Sang became aware of him just in time to activate one of his lightsabers. Two of his soldiers fell to Rosh’s sweeping arc but the would-be assassin did not stop there. Digging his toes in, Rosh launched straight for the Sadowan Proconsul. Blades met and hissed but Rosh disengaged and dashed forth again. In a flurry of strikes and parries, Sanguinius defended himself, but was unable to defend his accompanying men. They fell one by one; collateral damage to Rosh’s fury.
Rosh was relentless. He knew sooner or later Sang would tire, and all he had to do was endure longer. He had to endure longer. He pressed his advantage, forcing the duel further down the nearly empty street. Down the road, several Sadowan forces ran through the intersection, followed closely by Palatinaeans. If the noise of the clashing lightsabers didn’t fill the air, the two would have heard the grinding of gears, and the missiles fired by the Kasador security tank.
The missile whizzed past its mark, instead, striking the street mere meters away from where Rosh and Sang battled. The force of the blast sent the pair flying through the air, landing hard, robes singed from the fireball. The tank rumbled forward, preparing to fire another shot. Rosh rolled to his stomach and gave himself a half push, half jump into the alley way to avoid the resulting blast. Behind him the wall of the building collapsed, closing off the entrance to the alleyway.
Fate once again had prevented him from completing his goal.
Time to go.
After once more unleashing her claws, the Sithspawn was capered in the blood. The once proud Sephi had fallen into shadow, the tide of war dragging her deeper yet. Ophelia’s allegiance to the One Sith had led her to trading blows with Darth Ashen, who had smashed her down without mercy and stripped her of the Force. Through experiments, the mad alchemist, Macron, had reconstructed her, twisted her. The ensuing results had been enough for Locke to censor his fellow Sons of Sadow, yet he had caught a glimpse of intelligence within Ophelia. Intelligence enough to allow the creature to stay on as Aedile. However, the heat of combat, the bloodthirst often overcame her conditioning and she relished death, even worshipped it.
Yet, not even her capacity for murder could not turn the tide of battle. It should have been a fight on three fronts, yet in the back alleys and warrens of streets, the frontlines were fluid and squads and individuals were often cut off and isolated.
Locke watched the holo-display of the proceedings change, noting the tide of battle. He had Malik with him, the Neti was a valuable asset to the Clan, his Battle Meditation was worth thirty veteran Equites alone. However, the situation was simply untenable. Locke glanced with frustration at the ever updating casualty list. Several squads had lost contact with command, and Naga Sadow’s Force-users were scattered in Kasador. There was no unified attack and the street to street fighting would only serve to bring attention from unwanted people like the Grand Master or, worse, the Galactic Republic.
No. It was high time to retreat and leave Mygeeto. The Sadowans had taken some treasures from the pirates and recovered some from the Palatinaean forces, but they had yet to recover the holocron. Despite his misgivings, Locke knew it was better to retreat than to overplay their hand. The consequences could prove too much to pay.
“Admiral Simonetti, I’m ordering a full scale evac from Mygeeto. All Warhost forces are to withdraw.” the Augur directed, his comlink active.
“At once, sir,” came the cool reply. The veteran Admiral had spent 10 years in the service of Naga Sadow. He’d seen it all and, clearly, little could surprise him. “Shuttles are en route.”
“Excellent, Admiral. I’ll see you aboard the Final Way soon.” Locke ended the call.
Turning to the Major commanding the Warhost Command Operation Centre, the Consul instructed that a full retreat be signalled across all Warhost frequency bands.
“Bring our men home, Major Lorne.” Locke instructed as he looked once again at the holo-display of the battle.
Kor Vaal limped along the silent street. It had been some hours since the combat that had so swiftly overtaken the city had moved on to other parts. Allowing himself one sigh of relief, he adjusted the bag strap that went over his shoulder.
“Should have grabbed lighter stuff,” he grumbled to himself before concluding with a string of curses.
His free hand gave a slight push on the goggles protecting his eyes, readjusting them to his vision. With a shrug of his shoulders, he continued towards the transport bay. He couldn’t wait to put this frigid hell of a planet behind him. As compensation, he would have some nice trophies to show off back on Judecca... assuming any of his closest friends and companions had survived or eluded capture.
Of course, the transport bay was on lockdown. Kor Vaal had expected this, given the chaos in the streets of the city. The security force wasn’t about to let those responsible walk free, certainly not with their lives. He dropped his bag with a thud and straightened up, stretching his shoulder in wide circular motions. He then approached the office visibly marked for bay security. The door was locked, but that wasn’t about to stop him. A flick of his lightsaber could have rectified this problem, but he opted for an alternative.
The door slid open.
“That you Tunot? Can you believe this poodoo? Look at these feeds!” The security guard said, without so much as casting a glance over his shoulder to the newcomer.
“Ah sorry... Not Tunot. No. But thank you for opening the door!” Kor Vaal said. Stepping forward, he slammed his open hand against the doors control panel. His lightsaber spat to life in sync with the door that shut behind him.
“Why don’t you tell me how to open the access doors here. Maybe then I’ll let you live.”
Minutes later, Kor Vaal stood assessing the ships in the transport bay, bag once again weighing down on his sore, blistered shoulders. He picked the one that looked like it would be the fastest, not knowing a thing about ships.
Now, he just needed to convince the pilot to take him to the Palatinaean fleet. He thumbed the lightsaber hilt hanging off his belt as he stepped onto the ship’s access ramp.
FFC Final Way
En-route to Orian System
The evacuation of Kasador had taken time. The bodies of Warhost troops had been recovered where possible in order to prevent the authorities from identifying and broadcasting any marks or identification that could reveal the Brotherhood or Naga Sadow. For all the chaos they had caused on Mygeeto, few would believe the involvement of those long forgotten “Jedi”… at least, until someone produced some sort physical proof.
Darkblade sat on a pile of crates that housed gas clips for blaster rifles, his robes dusty and burned where blaster bolts had passed through the cloth. The Anzat was filled with anger and disgust at the forced retreat and the betrayal that should have been seen coming from a mile away. The Quaestor watched Locke and Sanguinius pass him and scowled, the pair had caused a lot of deaths and lost treasures that could have benefitted the Clan. To add insult to injury, the incident would most likely weaken Naga Sadow in the eyes of the other Clans, who would circle like vultures circling carrion.
Yet, despite all that, the Anzat knew full well that the pair would be just as angry and frustrated as he. They had made a decision to trust a man who claimed to represent an Emperor, yet in the end, he had been proven to be nothing more than a vagabond, a trickster prince.
Naga Sadow’s revenge would come, at a time and place of their choosing. Darkblade so swore it. He would become their harbinger of intent and ensure that the Black Hand would have his comeuppance.
Darth Vexatus wandered the streets. The locals were beginning to crawl out of hiding now that the Brotherhood’s forces had vacated. Martial law was still in full effect, but the Falleen was not concerned. The hermit had worked to assist Naga Sadow, yet he knew that he was still hated and feared by them. He was not yet ready to return. Instead he would continue to wander, and seek answers that perhaps rekindle his connection to the Force.
The tales of his accomplishments and feats had served him well on Kasador, it had enabled the Elder to outwit his opponents who constantly expected him to do the one thing he could no longer do. He had used it to his advantage.
Kasador security forces patrolled the streets and had locked down the spaceport. Getting off this rock would be difficult, but it certainly wouldn’t be impossible for someone as resourceful as the seer.
NSD Dark Paladin
The Quarren’s boots made a dull thud as he stepped off the loading ramp of the shuttle onto the pristine floor of the Nebula-class Star Destroyer’s hangar. His eyes greedily focused on his prize, an ornate holocron. On the surface of Mygeeto he had stolen a quick peek into the files it held, and it was overwhelming. There were so many things to dissect from it, so much knowledge to learn.
Across the hanger there was a clattering, one of the transport pods dropped, spilling its contents on the floor. The loot managed to glitter even in the harsh artificial light. Lexiconus gave the pile of valuables a passing glance before picking up his feet to quickly leaving the hanger. The turbolift opened, and the sound of applause rang out. Metal against flesh, The Black Hand strode in clapping.
A cold, insincere clap.
Before Cyris could speak, which Lexic expected to be either a heated reprimand or a praise-filled congratulations, the alarms went off. Admiral Ail’en Sommetra quickly spoke up via the intercoms from the bridge.
“Red alert. Battle stations.” There was no hesitation or uncertainty in her voice. Lexic’s mind raced at a thousand outcomes. Had Kasador Security hounded them into space? Was it Naga Sadow? How could they have followed them here. Why risk it? He turned to look out the wide hanger doors, the void of space separated only by the thin shielding of the hangar entrance.
He was staring straight at the point of a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer.
“That is no Sadowan ship…” He said softly, eyes narrowing to slits. Sommetra’s voice came back just as he finished the statement.
“Hold fire. Stand down to condition two. Transports incoming. Hangars Besh-three and -four, and Cresh-two.”
It wasn’t long before multiple transport shuttles touched down in the hangar bay. Ramps came down hard and soldiers poured out in rapid order, each stepping perfectly in sync with the next. It took him a moment to recognize them, so quick they were. The Iron Legion.
Then he came. Clad entirely of white, Darth Pravus stepped lightly from his shuttle. All the Palatinaeans froze. Not one of them could have imagined the Grand Master himself gracing the durasteel floors of the Dark Paladin. The tension was palpable and Lexic swallowed hard.
Pravus paused at the foot of the ramp. Silently, he scanned the wide chamber before giving a nod, so subtle it would have been easy to miss. Not for the soldiers of the Iron Legion, who never failed to catch an order from their Grand Master. Within seconds they were grabbing the cargo pods laden with treasures and artifacts. Lexic stood there, dumbfounded as one snatched the holocron straight from his hands and tossed it into a passing cargopod.
He nearly said something then, but the words caught in his throat. It did not go unnoticed, for he saw the Grand Master’s eyes upon him. He saw to sly smirk. Lexiconus had never felt so small. In under a minute, Scholae Palatinae’s hard-earned spoils of war were secured on Pravus’ transports.
Pravus raised a hand. The room fell deathly silent.
“The Iron Throne thanks you for this gift.”
And with that, Darth Pravus turned on his heel and disappeared into the shuttle.
Temple of Sorrow
The silence of the grave. Death claimed all, none were immune to its touch. The events on Mygeeto had led to many deaths. Pirates, Sadowans, Palatinaeans and the locals who had gotten embroiled in their little war.
Locke seethed in silence, brooding upon the betrayal enacted by Xen’Mordin. He had trusted his fellow Consul, he had believed in giving the Sith a second chance. He had allowed an enemy to get within striking distance, like a snake ensnaring a mouse.
His mind ran through the pattern of events that had led to this result. Naga Sadow had failed in their quest to claim the holocron, Scholae Palatinae’s betrayal had hit them too hard, limiting the Warhost’s capacity to strike back. The limited rules of engagement had worked in their opponent’s favor.
“Your brooding will not serve us well.” a voice broke the silence, drawing Locke’s attention to his Proconsul.
“We have been shown to be weak. Our focus on fighting The Dominion allowed Xen’Mordin to trick us.” Locke snarled at his subordinate.
“Can you be certain that Xen’Mording ordered this betrayal?”
The glare Locke shot his Proconsul said it all.
“Our fight has always been with them, yet you know that I yearn for peace.” Sanguinius replied calmly, his presence in the Force resolute and unweilding. “The Palatinaeans have won a minor victory in the grand scheme of things. The Clans skirmish and bicker, it is their way.”
“You speak to me as if I’m a child, unaware of the happenings of the Brotherhood.” Locke berated, vexed at the situation. “I’m well aware that our illustrious Grand Master has already paid a visit to our former allies to claim his share.”
Sanguinius quietly laughed, “and yet we would do well to avoid him, you know that we harbour Undesirables such as myself here on Sepros.” The Augur turned to leave, “We’re not alone in our fight, Locke... there are others who would fight alongside us against Pravus.”
“Your words would get us killed, Jedi.” Locke wearily shook his head and moved towards his desk. “You claim to seek peace, but your words and actions invite the deaths of millions.”
“If that is the will of the Force, so be it.” Sanguinius left, leaving Locke alone with his thoughts. He couldn’t deny that the Jedi had a point, there was dissent within the Brotherhood, not all were supporters of the Grand Master. They would have to pick a side sooner of later.
The Bakuran sat at his desk for several moments before activating a hololink. A small greenish figure appeared on his desk before him.
“Yes?” the figure questioned.
“Consul... I have a proposition for you.” Locke replied.
The Black Hand’s long black cloak, as dark as his demeanour, swept behind him as long calculated strides carried him across the throne room’s marble tiles. His reflection on the polished surface was that of a phantom glaring back up at him with searing hatred in its eyes. It had been long months since he had last graced the Emperor’s halls. Once, he might have enjoyed the lavish decor and vast chamber seeping with power. Such interests had long deserted him. In fact, he derived no pleasure whatsoever from being there at that moment. The reason for which he was being summoned was obvious.
As he had foreseen, the events of Mygeeto had had the effects of a bomb, sending ripples through not only the warring clans but the Brotherhood as a whole. He had gotten Pravus’ attention. Yet, these were but stepping stones towards darker horizons. Far darker.
A long path yet lay ahead for him.
Should the Emperor interfere…
He reached the foot of steps leading up to the throne, towering above him in all its twisted splendor. In his absence, the Emperor had apparently replaced the non-descript, angular throne with something more fitting of a Sith ruler. He could respect that, however frivolous the reasons might have been.
Upon this throne sat the Emperor, lounging with casual indifference, his left leg thrown over the armrest while his face was propped up with one fist. Cyris marvelled at how different the Emperor could appear from one meeting to the next, especially without his mask. They were two separate people, Xen’mordin and the Emperor.
“Ah, welcome, my friend!” called Xen, his voice friendly and particularly warm as he straightened up in his seat. Under the circumstances, there was reason enough to smile, but Cyris did not buy the apparent excitement.
Still, the Black Hand took knee before the stairs to pay his respects, dishonest though they were, to the man who had liberated him from that frigid prison compound on Caina. He dipped his head and pulled the cavernous hood off his shaven, disfigured head. After a quiet reverie, he finally met the Emperor’s glistening stare.
Oscura opened his mouth but Xen did not let him speak.
“You have done well on Mygeeto, Black Hand. As expected, the Sadowans have retreated. I suspect my old friend will be licking his wounds for some time. It is a shame that Locke and Sang got away though. I expected more. As for those artifacts…”
“Let Pravus have his toys, my Emperor,” Cyris interjected, speaking over Xen as he pushed himself up. He grimaced as pain shot up his spine. “This sows distrust of the Dark Council through our ranks."
“Thus securing their loyalty to me and not those fools in the Iron Legion. Yes, yes.” Cyris could have sworn that he glimpsed a hint of disappointment or sadness through the shadows that drenched the Emperor’s face. Xen’s eyes flared with conviction, joined by a machiavellian grin across his lips.
Those eyes, the conflicting emotions, Oscura thought as he locked gaze with his ruler, those are not the eyes of a sane man.
“Indeed,” continued Xen, “We have cast out this pathetic alliance and are now free to move forward unhindered. Even as they continue to wonder why you turned on Locke, our pawns resolve to follow our orders like never before. “
Cyris clenched his mechanical fist as he whispered, “And soon, the culling shall begin…”
Interlude: For Those About to Dominate - 30 Participants
1st - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
2nd - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
3rd - Aul Celsus (CNS)
4th - Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
7th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
8th - Malik Sadow (CNS)
9th - Johnny_Blackhurs (CSP)
10th - Qyreia Arronen (CNS)
Battle Plan: The Wolves at the Door - 23 Participants
1st - Elincia Rei, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
2nd - Mune Cinteroph, Shadow Nighthunter. Delak Krennel (CSP)
3rd - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
4th - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
5th - Tasha'Vel Versea, Muz Ashen Keibatsu, Aul Celsus (CNS)
6th - Rosh Nyine, Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
7th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
8th - Dek Rott (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille, DarkHawk, Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
10th - Lucyeth, Kor Vaal (CSP)
Multimedia: The Chronicler - 20 Participants
1st - Elincia Rei, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Alara Deathbane (CSP)
2nd - Archangel Palpatine, Rayne (CSP)
3rd - DarkHawk, Darkblade, Aul Celsus (CNS)
4th - Dek Rott (CSP)
5th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
6th - Zachary O'Maille, Darius Tu'kul, Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
7th - Kyo Akumu (CSP)
8th - Lexiconus Qor. Shadow Nighthunter, Kor Vaal (CSP)
9th - Lucyeth (CSP)
10th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
Run-on - 29 Participants
1st - Tasha'Vel Versea, Macron Goura Sadow, Ophelia Delacroix, Darth Vexatus, Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
2nd - Aul Celsus, Armad, Qyreia Arronen, Darkblade (CNS)
3rd - Dek Rott, Delak Krennel, Zehsaa Hysh, Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
4th - Lexiconus Qor, Kor Vaal, Shadow Nighthunter, Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Elincia Rei, Rosh Nyine, Archangel Palpatine, Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej, Alara Deathbane (CSP)
6th - Zachary O'Maille, Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind, Lilith Alema'rha Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
Gaming: A Brief Respite - 9 Participants
1st - Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej (CSP)
2nd - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
3rd - Delak Krennel (CSP)
4th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS) 5th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
6th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
7th - Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
8th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
9th - Aul Celsus (CNS)
Fiction: Gone in 60 Seconds - 23 Participants
1st - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
2nd - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
3rd - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
4th - Elincia Rei (CSP)
5th - Dek Rott (CSP)
6th - Macron Goura Sadow (CNS)
7th - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
8th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS)
10th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
Graphics: Making a Stand - 30 Participants
1st - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
2nd - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
3rd - Scarlet Agna (CNS)
4th - Aul Celsus (CNS)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
7th - Archangel Palpatine (CSP)
8th - Kor Vaal (CSP)
9th - Delak Krennel (CSP)
10th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
Poetry: The Sting of Betrayal - 31 Participants
1st - Kor Vaal (CSP)
2nd - Tasha'Vel Versea (CNS)
3rd - Eetherbiail Zarih'Taen (CSP)
4th - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
5th - Kyo Akumu (CSP)
6th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
7th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
8th - Delak Krennel (CSP)
9th - Zachary O'Maille (CNS)
10th - Kell Palpatine Dante (CSP)
Meme: Shattered Memes - 34 Participants
1st - Eetherbiail Zarih'Taen (CSP)
2nd - Darkblade (CNS)
3rd - Lilith Alema'rha Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
4th - Kor Vaal (CSP)
5th - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
6th - Lexiconus Qor (CSP)
7th - Rayne (CSP)
8th - Jorm (The Jester) Na'trej (CSP)
9th - Rosh Nyine (CSP)
10th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
Trivia:The Shiny Baubles - 29 Participants
1st - Darth Vexatus (CNS)
2nd - Malik Sadow (CNS)
3rd - Muz Ashen Keibatsu (CNS)
4th - Aul Celsus (CNS)
5th - Mune Cinteroph (CSP)
6th - Blade Ta'var (CSP)
7th - Aexod Burgoo (CNS)
8th - Zehsaa Hysh (CSP)
9th - Firith'rar J. Versea-Stormwind (CNS)
10th - Ophelia Delacroix (CNS)
Total Clan Points
Clan Scholae Palatinae - 2,258.46
Clan Naga Sadow - 1,984.79
Clan Scholae Palatinae wins the feud!
Greetings all, A few brief announcements from me today. Hopefully everyone is having an excellent summer! Unit Reports Now that we have received responses from every unit, we are ready to release our second quarter 2016 unit reports to the club....
A few brief announcements from me today. Hopefully everyone is having an excellent summer!
Now that we have received responses from every unit, we are ready to release our second quarter 2016 unit reports to the club. All of our units have things to be proud of with these reports, and I applaud the efforts of our leaders.
Click to open a larger image of the unit report.
As always, this report is not meant to be all encompassing, and represents only a brief snapshot over the last few months. Many units are presently engaged in either a period of rest following major events or are currently in the middle of events that were running when this report was generated, and as such, the event is not reflected in these numbers.
We occasionally change these metrics and though we do use them to give feedback to our summits, they are not our only measure of successful units. Occasionally they allow us to identify what one unit does particularly well, and seek out that summit for guidance which we can use to better the club. If you think you have something you feel we should track, feel free to toss me an email and we can discuss your idea when I get back from vacation (see below!).
Shattered Ties Concludes
As many of you know, Shattered Ties' final competitions have now closed! Both Summits worked extremely hard and the event has been very impressive. At the half way point the units were separated by only a few participation points! With the final round of submissions closed, results will be released soon, and spoils arranged for the winning unit. On a personal note, I am extremely proud of the effort of many members in both units, with many new faces performing very well. This has most definitely been a very successful Feud and I applaud the work of everyone involved!
A brief leave
I am heading out to the Sierras for a backpacking trip starting tomorrow. While I should have internet for some of the day tomorrow, I'll be off the grid for a bit over a week and unable to answer emails until next Friday, and I'll not have a computer until the 20th. If you don't hear from me by the last week of August, give me a poke on Telegram or a bump via email.
And with that, I hope everyone has fun summer plans, and I'll see you all in two weeks!