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Greetings, and welcome to the second Discipline Focus article. After recieving positive feedback from the first Discipline Focus about Defenders, I wanted to give the same treatment to the new NFU Disciplines that we recently launched. To that...

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Greetings, and welcome to the second Discipline Focus article. After recieving positive feedback from the first Discipline Focus about Defenders, I wanted to give the same treatment to the new NFU Disciplines that we recently launched. To that end, I’ve created a few NFU NPCs to help us out, and have even started to crowdsource them with a few select members. Stick around until the end of this newspost to see a new competition I’m going to be running to create the next official NFU NPC!

Like the previous Focus articles, I will highlight the NPC that’s been created, showcase a short fiction showing off how they could function, and then break down and expand on what makes the Discipline cool and how it could work in practice. You can view the Disciplines on their Wiki page, or on CDAWG here.

Today I’m going to talk about the Infiltrator.

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Infiltrators were designed in the likes of characters we have seen on screen like Agent Kallus. While we know little about her, Rogue One’s protagonist (Jyn Erso) looks to be another good example of an Infiltrator. You could also look to TOR for some loose inspiration with the Imperial Agent class. Even without the gifts of the Force, Infiltrators have a very concrete place in the Star Wars galaxy and can be useful in plenty of missions.

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When coming up with the NPC for this, I had a few ideas, but then realized I had already kind of written the perfect character a few years ago. I decided to workshop him a bit, and am pleased with how he’s come to life (drawing courtesy of the lovely and talented Zujenia).

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Acaelus "Ace" Del'aran

Acaelus started off as Marick's Fade, He was hand-picked from a group of Wilderness Rangers among the Arcona Armed Forces by Marick, and his skillset has made him an invaluable asset to the now Combat Master.

"Ace", as he insists on being called, is a Slicer/Hacker by trade, but gains some additional perks thanks to his Discipline as an Infiltrator. As a reminder, you can create a Slicer-type character with any of the other Disciplines, but this was the one I felt fit the character most. You can check out Ace’s character sheet here.

Below, you can find a fiction that features both Ace and Wyn on a mission to steal data from a secured enemy base.

Short Fiction


The Infiltrators

Coruscant
34ABY
Night

The compound was heavily guarded. The tall fence had barbed wire at the top, and covered the entire perimeter save for where a second building connected it to a side alley. A private firm, they did not bother to hide the fact that they could afford a full security detail of armed guards and a fairly state of the art security system with rotating cameras that had been strategically laid out to cover each other’s blindspots. Of course, no security was truly perfect.

And that’s where Ace and Wyn came in.

Seated on a bench just outside the compound's fence, the two men made wild gestures with their hands, loud enough to be heard but not loud enough to be out of place in one of the countless levels of the Coruscant underworld. On the bench beside them, a homeless beggar slept with a ragged blanket over his body and one bootless foot hanging over the edge.

“You’re out of your mind if you think that Rico from Smuggler Run 3 would be able to beat Lance from Speeder Demons IV in a race,” Acaelus explained incredulously. “Lance has better training and has more experience with high-speed vehicles. AND he can sync his essence with the lanes he’s racing through to better anticipate obstacles.”

Ace wore a tattered, nerf-leather jacket and had his legs folder underneath him like a pretzel. His mohawk looked deflated without any product to keep it standing at attention, and he kept his hood up to help hide the fact. He looked completely natural, like a moving part of the scenery and ambiance that belonged there.

Across from him, his counterpart definitely stood out a bit more. “I mean, sure, if you consider wiggling a joystick around and mashing buttons on a console a ‘skill’,” he countered with a dismissive hand gesture.

Wyn’s dark hair was tied back into a familiar tail, but he wore baggy pants, a ripped nerf-hide coat and a loose-fitting shirt that bore the graphical logo of a speeder bike. To his credit, the Adept did play his part without missing a beat. His nose was more pointed than usual and he sported a thick mustache that wormed as he spoke. “Rico has style, and doesn’t need no fancy ‘essence’ to figure out the nuances of a simple track.”

Ace and Wyn continued to bicker, paying no attention to the patrolling guard clad in full body armor with a blaster rifle in hand that walked right by them.

“A speeder wouldn’t be able to make a jump like that—”

“—You’ve never even driven a speeder, have you?”

“—I’ve been in enough of them to know the difference!”

“—that doesn’t mean you understand how a fusion-nitro kit works!”

“—there’s no such thing as a fusion-nitro kit!”

The tall Zabrak mercenary turned his head as if he were going to join the discussion, but after hearing the escalation in the argument decided not to get involved with the two civilians debating Holovision characters. That was just a can of worms he did not need after the argument in the breakroom earlier.

Once he was out of earshot, the two men nodded at each other and let their banter trail off.

“Do you really think the mustache was necessary?” Ace sighed.

“Do you not?” Wyndel asked, clearly confused as to why it would be an issue. “Anyway, so I figure, if I set the scene right, we should be able to convince the guards that there is a fight breaking out over one of the serving girls at the pub across the way. Then, I go in dressed as the waitress those thugs were all fighting over, and cry out in despair at being forced to work in a seedy place like this. That should distract them long enough for you to slip in and do your slicey-computer things to get the data my brother wanted.”

“Ooor...” Ace said, unable to hide a smug grin as he pointed towards one of the adjacent alleys to the compound. “We could access the auxiliary power grid on the roof of the adjacent building. I think there is a lapse in their patrol, and if I can get to the terminal, we’ll be in business.

Wyn blinked twice. “Why didn’t you just say that earlier?”

“I...didn’t notice until just now,” Ace said quietly. “I noticed that the guard closest to the alley takes a cig’ break every...” he checked his wrist chrono, “...forty minutes or so? The break is short, but he tries to angle the smoke away from his partner, meaning his back is turned but also blocks the camera that should cover the alley.”

Wyn narrowed his eyes and watched the two guards on the rooftop that overlooked the alley. If they weren’t looking, it would be easy work to climb up the fire-escapes, and he could always cloak them with the Force if something went wrong. It sure was a lot easier than what he had planned.

“Alright, fair play. I guess there is a reason my brother keeps you around,” Wyndel said, rubbing his chin despite the lack of any facial hair beyond his ridiculous mustache.

“Heh, wait until you see what I can do once I have access to the power grid.”

The two bided their time by playing a few games of rock-paper-dagger.

When the guard pulled out his pack of smokes and turned his shoulder away, Ace and Wyn made their way to the adjacent alley, disappearing into the shadows and making for the rooftops.


Still Reading? Skipped Ahead?

That's okay if you did. I’m going to highlight the important part anyway, but wanted to give an organic example of how a Infiltrators can come in handy.

Infiltrator Feat: Chameleon

He wore a tattered, nerf-leather jacket and had his legs folder underneath him like a pretzel. His mohawk looked deflated without any product to keep it standing at attention, and he kept his hood up to help hide the fact. Ace looked completely natural, like a moving part of the scenery and ambiance that belonged there.

Ace has the Chameleon II Feat, which gives him a +1 Skill point bonus to his Subterfuge skill in situations where he needs to blend in with the environment. While his base Subterfuge skill is a solid +3, this enables him to function at a +4 level for the purpose of this act he is putting on.

Across from him, his counterpart definitely stood out a bit more. Wyn’s dark hair was tied back into a familiar tail, but he wore baggy pants, a ripped nerf-hide coat and a loose-fitting shirt that bore the graphical logo of a speeder bike. To his credit, the Adept did play his part without missing a beat. His nose was more pointed than usual and he sported a thick mustache that wormed as he spoke.

In contrast, Wyn is actually a master at Subterfuge with his skill sitting at +5. He doesn’t have the Chameleon feat, but his Subterfuge is high enough for him to “play along”...despite the fact that his costume isn’t as organic as Ace’s.

Infiltrator Feat: Keen Eye

“Ooor...” Ace said, unable to hide a smug grin as he pointed towards one of the adjacent alleys to the compound. “We could access the auxiliary power grid on the roof of the adjacent building. I think there is a lapse in their patrol, and if I can get to the terminal, we’ll be in business.

Ace’s Keen Eye II feat is triggered here. Keen Eye allows for an Infiltrator to spot patterns or oddities they come across such as patrol routes, door-key sequences, or potential traps. At the Equite level this triggers “more consistently”, but clearly not as readily as say an Elder Infiltrator using Keen Eye III.

Wyn blinked twice. “Why didn’t you just say that earlier?”

“I...didn’t notice until just now,” Ace said quietly. “I noticed that the guard closest to the alley takes a cig’ break every...” he checked his wrist chrono, “...forty minutes or so? The break is short, but he tries to angle the smoke away from his partner, meaning his back is turned but also blocks the camera that should cover the alley.”

While Ace’s Perception is a solid +4, his Investigation is only at +1. This revelation happens almost subconsciously, however, considering that Ace is busy keeping up the act of an argument with Wyn. The cool thing about Keen Eye is that it can trigger without the need of either Perception or Investigation, though of course points in each of these can be beneficial.

New Pre-Approved Aspects!

While writing Ace and coming up with his six Aspects, I was able to write two of them in a manner that I think worked as pre-written Aspects for anyone to select. You can check out Combat Slicer, Problem Solver, and Go Go Gadget in C-D4WG’s database.

Conclusion

As with anything I try and create for the club at large, I would really appreciate feedback, whether by email or in the comments below. One proofer said that they wanted to see Ace actually hack into the power-grid, but I wanted to keep these short because I know that people don’t like to read too much in one place.

That said, let me know if you liked, hated, or simply didn’t care about the information in the Focus. Let me know if you have suggestions on how to make it better, things you’d rather see, or things you’d rather not see. My hope is still to do one of these for each Discipline, but I need to make sure this format is helpful and informative.

Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

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New NPC Competition

In hopes of getting more people involved with the new elements of the Character Sheets, I’ve opened up a new competition where I’m calling for members to create the next NFU NPC. For this competition, you’re being tasked with making a “Scoundrel”. Smuggler-type characters are a huge part of the Star Wars universe and lore, so I’m really excited to see what you guys can come up with in terms of a unique and engaging character.

You can view the competition details here, where I inlcuded the template and a guide on how to use it/create your NPC.

The winning entry will become a Featured NPC for the DB and will be utilized for the Scoundrel Discipline focus article.

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

ACC Links

ACC Exams

That's all for now.

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Greetings all, Once again, it’s that time of month when I release my report and show you all the goodies that my team and I have been working on since our last report. I want to say this one is going to be good, we’ve got a few surprises and...

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Greetings all, Once again, it’s that time of month when I release my report and show you all the goodies that my team and I have been working on since our last report. I want to say this one is going to be good, we’ve got a few surprises and treats for you. So let’s get this show under way!

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Overwatch

After the turn out on the game testing in competition this game has been brought to beta. Since then we have seen a massive number of you guys getting involved in this game. With the popular demand it has brought as well as the interest and willingness of everyone to get involved I am happy to now inform all of you that the game will be remaining as one of the games available to the Brotherhood. As such, we will be updating the wiki page to bring you information as well as monitoring and adjusting CEs accordingly in the near future. Enjoy the game and keep on playing.

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Moba being brought to you

A lot of you have asked me before about this game style, and I know that it continues to be a popular game platform. As such we are bringing it to competition to gauge the activity and demand to bring this platform to the Brotherhood. For this we have decided to use the most popular Moba, that being Leauge of Legends, so we want to see you all taking part to then take it to the Beta Stage. What do you need to do? Well that is simple enough, just play the game with another DB member and take a screenshot. The details are all in the competition and the link can be found right here

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Wiki Audit in Progress

Just to keep everyone on the same page as myself and my staff, we have just begin our wiki audit to update the game wiki pages to the current date. This way we will be slowly changing pages that may be relevant to you, so please make sure you keep yourself checking and we will inform you of any massive changes that take place. I would like to also use this space to give my thanks to my staff for the help in this audit.

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Pendants of Blood

Once more we come to that time where I hand out Pendants of Blood for the most active gamers, so since our last report we have only had a few completed weeks. Congratulations to the following members on earning themselves a Pendant of Blood:

  • 1st Week - Edgar Drachen
  • 2nd Week - Aexod Burgoo
  • 3rd Week - Aexod Burgoo
  • 4th Week - Rosh Nyine

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Clan Gaming

Another opportunity for you to earn double Clusters. That’s right! Get talking to members from other Clans and start gaming, because once more it is that time of the month when I release the pairings and we are in for some excellent gaming matches. Check the dates below to find out when you can earn yourself extra Clusters.

  • Clan Arcona and Clan Naga Sadow - 3rd September
  • Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Plagueis - 10th September
  • Clan Scholae Palatinae and Clan Tarentum and Clan Taldryan - 17th September

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Competitions

This month we have seen a massive increase of competitions, I wanted to just highlight a few from my staff. Remember, these are designed to be fun and if you are gaming you always have the opportunity to get involved in these competitions and participate. The following competitions are being run this month:

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Final Thoughts

So with everything out there for you guys, it's time to get gaming. Go out and enjoy yourselves and remember to submit to every competition you can. It's a fun and easy way to earn yourself some crescents. As always I like to state this, but if you ever have any questions or ever need anything then please feel free to ask myself or my staff any questions that you have. We are always happy to help each of you and we serve the gamers. So with another report done, it’s another day over. Thank you all and enjoy. header

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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...

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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.

Requirements

  • 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

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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...

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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 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:

Thank you!

Jac Cotelin

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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...

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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 Rise of Iron DLC for Destiny so without further ado.

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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.

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

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Hello all,

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

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

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

The ideal candidate must:

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

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

Locke Sonjie
Consul of Clan Naga Sadow

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

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Dear Members:

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

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

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

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

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

I am providing you with links to three files:

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Jac Cotelin

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

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Introduction

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

Project Happy Fun Time

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

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

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

Journeymen Competitions

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

Projects

Current

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

Top Exam Takers

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

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

Conclusion

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

In Darkness -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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Star Wars Rebels S3

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


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

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Greetings, lovelies one and all.

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


Greetings, boys and girls!

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

Things we're looking for in applicants:

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

Things we're looking for in applications:

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

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

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

Augur Terran Koul

Quaestor, House Qel-Droma

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