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There has been a lot of reviewing and discussing different topics over the past few weeks that has this a few days later than I would have liked. The most important of which is the current staffing decisions that will help get some projects off...

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There has been a lot of reviewing and discussing different topics over the past few weeks that has this a few days later than I would have liked. The most important of which is the current staffing decisions that will help get some projects off the ground, and other updates on where things are at.

Updates

Cluster of Ice Requests

I have created an email address, djb-voice-staff@googlegroups.com, that can be used by any member requestings Clusters of Ice. Or any other general questions of the Voice staff. I have set it up (I believe) similar to the MAA staff email address where anyone can email to the whole list.

Reminder again: Organizers must send their pins and word counts to me, for Clusters of Ice to be awarded. Format: Pin#wordcount

Fiction Society

Socks has completed work she and I started a while back, and created a new logo for the Fiction Society. The fictional background has been shared with the Voice staff and is being reviewed. So many details are shaping up.

When it comes to the main way you progress through the ranks, after some review on a smaller team, I took the entire proposal to the Dark Council for more feedback. While the resulting distributions of the ranks didn’t get much negative feedback (if any), which is good, some specific offline discussions have been incredibly beneficial to the next iteration of the society. I will give a specific thanks to Bubba and to Yacks for their willingness to debate and argue over the logic of the whole thing.

There are still a few more days of open discussion for any concerns, and then I will incorporate that feedback and spin things back up with the team for some decisions to move forward.

Plot Updates

I have had some great conversations with Sarin, and Mav, about the direction to take some of the first fictional updates I make in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. I already have part of this written, with the entire thing planned out, taking a look at just what things are like right now fictionally for the Dark Council and for life in the Clans. I hope to have this proofed and released very shortly.

Staff

I received some great applications to help on the Voice staff with some projects, and I really want to find ways to get every single member who wants to be involved in the fictional activities of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. For now however, I have some specific projects I really needed to get started, and have made the hard decision on who will help me do this right away. To that end the staff will be…

  • Kz’set di Plagia: Or as he is likely known, Arden, will remain on staff and be primarily tasked with some administrative projects. In addition to continuing his support of the CS 2.0 efforts until they’re complete, he will help take a look at the different approval guidelines and documentation managed by the Voice office.
  • Atra Ventus: Will join the staff as a Magistrate, and be helping me out specifically with some research, ideas, and presentation for the DJB system. So many of our fictions rely on the DJB system, and I hope to present everything in a clear and complete way when all is said and done with his help.
  • Xen’Mordin Vismorsus: Will also join the staff as a Magistrate, and be helping almost entirely with NPCs. There are quite a few that need to be updated and kept track of from the last Great Jedi War, going into the next one, including many we may have lost track of. These NPCs will play an important role fictionally in the future, so a system to manage them and catch up with everything to today is important.

I’ve chosen these three specific individuals for their track records, and demonstrated skills, and am looking forward to what we can accomplish as a team. I would definitely like to see new and different members come through the Voice staff, much like the Herald and MAA staff have been operating. So as these projects come to completion, I expect we’ll see some rotation. Normally I would have only 2 Magistrates, but without a Praetor I have chosen to have 3. Once I hire a Praetor, I will only have 2, with the Praetor taking on larger projects.

Active Competitions

  • A Tourist’s Guide To The Galaxy: Atra Ventus, from Clan Naga Sadow, is 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.

Completed Competitions

  • Boarding the Zephyr: Bentre Stahoes from Clan Naga Sadow ran this DJB wide competition where you come across a floating ship and what awaited you inside. Dark Jedi Knight Calindra Hejaran from Clan Scholae Palatinae took the top honors and 1st place, congratulations to her.

  • An Objective History: Andrelious from Clan Arcona is running a competition that completed yesterday where 10 members participated, looking at what a character owns in the spirit of the upcoming much talked about possessions. Good luck to all who participated.

Conclusion

It’s been a very busy couple weeks, with a lot of debate, discussions and decisions. I have a staff in place now, and some processes, to help things stay on track. I hope the month of August will see many of these discussions come to life and a lot of things being revealed to the membership once they’re ready and final.

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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Hi all, As most of you have probably noticed, we have just switched over the default site layout to the new "Splash" layout Vyr and I have been working on. This theme contains color schemes for each of the upcoming Orders, which will...

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Hi all,

As most of you have probably noticed, we have just switched over the default site layout to the new "Splash" layout Vyr and I have been working on. This theme contains color schemes for each of the upcoming Orders, which will automatically be selected based on your order. Until the new Orders are implemented we will be serving the Sith and Jedi layout based on your Path.

In case you want to try one of the other Order colors, or for some reason want to switch back to the old layout, please head to the Edit Dossier section of your admin panel where you can override the default theme.

Note that the Wiki and Discourse currently are still on the old layout but will follow the main site soon. We will be tweaking the new layouts in the coming days/weeks, so be sure to let us know if you find any bugs.

Please join me in thanking Vyr for all the GFX magic he performed for this project :)

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Introduction Second report. Woohoo, progress. Several good reports down there * points at news feed *. Go check ‘em out before this one, eh? Shout-outs I’d like to say a couple of words first. First of all I want to thank and congratulate A’lora...

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Introduction

Second report. Woohoo, progress.

Several good reports down there * points at news feed *. Go check ‘em out before this one, eh?

Shout-outs

I’d like to say a couple of words first. First of all I want to thank and congratulate A’lora Kituri on his exemplary service to the Herald’s office and Clan Odan-Urr. A’lora has been awarded the Amethyst Kukri for his efforts. Well earned.

Turel has taken my old position of PCON of Odan-Urr. I’ll enjoy working with him again in serving the Clan (I still do that, you know, even if I’m the Herald :P Councillor of Urr! Represent! :P) Hopefully he, A’lora, Nathan and the rest of COU’s Summit will work well together. Make me proud guys. :)

Magistrates

As you all may or may not know, my new Magistrates are Arcia Cortel from Arcona and Selika Roh from Plagueis. Both of them are truly exceptional artists and a boon to the team. Their day-to day work includes lightsabers and warbanners, however they do and will help me with DB-wide projects as we progress.

They will, however, only remain in their positions for 6 months (or longer, depending on projects they're working on at the time). Why did I implement this system? To open the office to a wider crowd of people. Until now the Herald's office has been very much closed for many members due to a permanent staff. I want to change that. this is not to say that Arcia or Selika don't do good work, quite the contrary. They will be able to reapply should they want to.

Again, the point is to keep a flow of people moving through the office, learning new techniques, influencing the Club's overall graphics and steadily building a community of artists that could one day become a new society.

But regarding my Magistrates, I expect great things from them, so when you seem them on chat congratulate them on their new positions.

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Right now that that’s out of the way, today I have several goodies for you guys to chew on. Strap yourselves in cowboys, we’re goin’ for a ride.

Future/Underway Projects

Web design

Web design is nearing a close very thoon. Very, very thoon. James (who is awesomesauce, btw) and I have been working hard on ideas and designs and ideas and stuff and...for almost a week now. We’re nearing completion of the project and you should expect it to be done….well...Thoon :P

For now I leave you with a teaser:


Possessions

News News News

Not really :P Mav has revealed a teaser for Possessions in his last report. You can expect a lot more of those coming as we progress. The project is massive so please be patient a bit longer. ;)


Herald Style Hanukkah 2015

Preparations for HSH ‘15 have already started as I type this report. As this is the last official HSH before we implement the new system, it will be huge. You can expect two robes and two weapons a day for eight days around Xmas. (not sure on exact dates yet. i’ll keep you appraised.)

Yes, you read that right. That is 16 robes and 16 weapons!

The robes will be 8 unique models for males and females while the sabers and weapons (maybe blaster, maybe vibroswords, who knows) will probably be 8 of each. These numbers may change in the future depending on our workload but I imagine we can deliver on this promise. We have a solid team now and everyone will contribute evenly to get it done. Gone are the days when the Herald did everything alone. Time to team up.


Another teaser

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Finished Projects/Products

Cluster of Earth

The cluster of Earth has been sitting on our to-do list for a while now. I apologize that it came out so late but we just didn’t have a good design ready. Well that all changed when my Praetor, Rhiann, presented me a hand drawn sketch for the Cluster. It was badass, bold and screamed “Earth Nation” to me :P Suffice to say that’s the route I took when making it come to life. You can find it on your dossiers, but if you’re interested in the large version, here it is.


Warbanners, Sabers and Requests

Let’s start with

Sabers

In the past two weeks four were completed. From left to right:

  • Obelisk Prelate Caesar by V’yr Vorsa
  • Consular Cleric Solari-Urr by A’lora Kituri
  • Sith Battlelord Terran Koul by V’yr Vorsa
  • Sith Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj by Selika Roh


Warbanners

By Selika:

  • Aaleeshah
  • Rayne
  • Zednich Wolfram
  • Nite Dawn
  • Teylas Ramar
  • Tra'an Reith
  • Tharess Crestor

By V’yr Vorsa:

  • Ranarr Kull

Graphics Requests

By V’yr Vorsa

  • House Galares Report graphics
  • Tar PCON Report graphics
  • Shadow’s Bane Report graphics
  • Apostates of Syn Report graphics
  • Sapphire squadron Report graphics
  • Harbingers Report graphics
  • Knights of Allusis Report graphics
  • House Hoth QUA Report graphics
  • Masters of our Fate Taldryan event graphics

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Misc

There’s a Form for that


Ask the Herald

Locke asks: What new graphics will you be providing us with soon?

I have already presented the web design teaser. Possessions, most definitely, though I’m not sure when. You can expect a couple of comps for the Day of the Fox and of course Herald Style Hanukkah.


Omega asks: What's your favorite colour and why?

I don’t have any particular favorite color. I prefer warm yellows, oranges and browns to any colder color, though. I generally don't like black, unless it's coffee or clothing (that's metal :P)


Locke asks: Can you give us an example of your graphical style so we can get an idea of what HSH might look like?

You can find most of my stuff here: Portfolio. Hope that helps.


Atty asks: Vyr would you be interested in converting some of your tutorials to SA courses?

Yes, in the future when I’m not busy as I am now.


Atty continues: ...and would you do art trades? <3

Sure.


Locke asks: We currently have the societies and ranking up as ways to obtain new shiny graphics for our dossiers. Will you be providing us with any ways to earn new options in the future? Such as other things to stick in the accessory slot? Although, I freaking love my Crusade ribbons

You can expect the Fiction society to have cool options, but other than earning them through societies, no, you will not be able to receive (Custom) Accessories for the foreseeable future (unless Possessions changes that in some meaningful way.)


Locke asks: WHEN IS POSSESSIONS COMING OUT OMG?!

Soon™ :P


Lexic asks: Could I have a Pokemon Flute as an accessory?

I don’t even know what that is :P


Aaleeshah asks: What are going to be included in the new possessions, if you know?

Can’t say at this point in time. Wait for my next report, or the one after that. Maybe then I’ll have something solid for you. ;)


Turel asks: Vyr, are you planning on re-launching second sons or a successor program?

The Second sons never actually stopped working, so to speak, but there is not much work for them to do. The whole reason I started this 6 month Magistrate cycle is to develop a steady community of graphics designers and artists for a future society (maybe?). We’ll see what Possessions bring but I don’t imagine they’ll have a lot of work to do with the team I’ve built now.


Turel asks: Also, any plans on adjusting rank requirements for sabers, warbanners etc?

Unfortunately, no. Those are pretty well balanced now. Any change would require a major overhaul of the system. The system is working, so why break it?


Turel asks: Bonus: Can I have a pony princess in my robe slot?

You can have whatever you want….when you get my position :P


Rhiann asks: Vyr, what species of tree are you if you had to pick a real one

A birch. I’m not even kidding and no it’s not a pun :P


Locke asks: Will you make more DJB Telegram stickers for us?

Since when do I do those? :P Maybe. Possibly. It’s classified. :P


Mar Sul asks: How many crayons do you have at the ready? and what color are they?

20.865,76 crayons. And they’re all magic colored.


Malik asks: who do we bribe/kill for custom robes

Custom robes will be issued to DC members and winners of annual Herald comps only…for now. :P

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Commission artists and Artist Feature

every report I will present 3 artists from various sites on the internet that do commission work. You can directly contact them through their contacts on these pages:

This report's artist feature is our very own Seyda Norith.

Seyda has a very unique and interesting style some have defined as "cute". And they're right. It is cute :P

You can find her gallery Right Here! Go check it out.

Closing word

Big time changes. Lots of progress. Lots more to come. Stay tuned and as always...

See you Space Cowboys. ;)

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Greetings, friends and brethren all! House Galeres of Clan Arcona is in need of a new Quaestor! To that end, applications for House Galeres Quaestor will be open Brotherhood-wide until Thursday, August 6th, at 23:59 EST. I rather liked Jac’s...

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Greetings, friends and brethren all!

House Galeres of Clan Arcona is in need of a new Quaestor! To that end, applications for House Galeres Quaestor will be open Brotherhood-wide until Thursday, August 6th, at 23:59 EST.

I rather liked Jac’s position on his Appeals Panelist hirings, and so shall add the same disclaimer that we reserve the right to select a candidate before the end of the deadline if we receive one worthy of such. So, if you’re interested, be prompt in submitting your awesome application.

Applicants should have:

  • A concrete plan of action and ideas for the House moving forward
  • Any past leadership in the Brotherhood or notable achievements listed
  • Any leadership experience outside of the club or in real life that may be relevant listed
  • ~ <12 Hour email turn-around time
  • Strong IRC and TG presence (TG is not required but is encouraged)
  • Rank of at least Dark Jedi Knight
  • Ideas for the fictional expansion and position of House Galeres and their role within Clan Arcona
  • 30/60/90 day plan
  • Answer the Question: “Why do you want to be Quaestor of House Galeres?”

Typical Quaestor duties include:

  • Writing and publishing monthly House reports
  • Tracking and being conscious of members’ activity and taking responsibility for keeping track of when they are due for medals or promotions
  • Writing of lead and/or supporting recommendations for medals and promotions
  • Oversee the development and direction of House and Battleteams
  • Constant communication with the rest of the Summit, including upper summit, sister-House leaders, and Clan Rollmaster
  • Development, training, and appointment of subordinate leaders

Email your applications to Atty (meep9913@gmail.com) and Arcia (djbsephren@gmail.com). Goodluck, and thank you for your time and attention!

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It's been one of those rumours that just won't seem to die. A Star Wars Live Action TV Series. Despite the fact that it's been around since before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, we're always hearing more stories about people writing...

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It's been one of those rumours that just won't seem to die. A Star Wars Live Action TV Series. Despite the fact that it's been around since before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, we're always hearing more stories about people writing treatments and trying to resurrect the series that the creator himself announced a decade ago at Star Wars Celebration III. But like so many other projects relating to Star Wars, it never seemed to go anywhere.

We first heard of rumours about Disney taking a stab at the live series back in March, and to be perfectly honest, it made as much sense back then as it does now. They already have a good working relationship with multiple Marvel properties, including a network series with Agents of Shield, and they're working with Netflix on a trio of titles including Daredevil, not to mention the fact that they own their own cartoon channel. But despite how much sense it might make.. we haven't really heard anything about it… until now.

Although it's still in the realms of completely unconfirmed rumours, Jordan Maison at Cinelinx is reporting that he has information from multiple sources that Star Wars won't be getting a singular title to be working with, but much like it's Marvel Step-Brother, it'll be looking to ramp up with a whole group of TV Series airing exclusively on Netflix.

There's still nothing being reported as to the content of any of these supposed shows, but I think it's entirely likely that we'll be seeing beloved ancillary characters expanded out in greater detail in shows like this, or even brand new plot points and new stories. Regardless of the content, with Netflix's track record and the support that Disney seems to be giving to its bumper franchises, we may be in for one wild ride.

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Good evening, Brotherhood. The Hands of Justice and I have had a chance to convene to discuss the applicants for the next term of the Appeals Panel. We received many fine applications and are grateful for all of the interest. In the end, however,...

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Good evening, Brotherhood.

The Hands of Justice and I have had a chance to convene to discuss the applicants for the next term of the Appeals Panel. We received many fine applications and are grateful for all of the interest. In the end, however, there can be only three.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming as members of the Chamber of Justice the following individuals:

  • Sith Battlelord Pel of Clan Tarentum;
  • Sith Warrior Kenath Zoron of Clan Taldryan; and
  • Dark Jedi Knight Dek Rott of Clan Scholae Palatinae.

The three of you will receive "welcome packets" from me in the next few days to further explain your roles.

Thank you to the outgoing panelists: Legorii Arconae, Dacien Victae di Plagia, and Kell Palpatine Dante! Each of you have been awarded with an Anteian Cross for your service.

Until next time, behave yourselves.

~ Jac Cotelin
Justicar and High Protector of the Brotherhood

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A few quick notes before I head out for a week and a half! The Mav Report, Going Away Edition! So as my header suggests, I'm headed away for a few days. Beginning tomorrow, I'll be on leave until August 4th. I will have very limited email...

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A few quick notes before I head out for a week and a half!

The Mav Report, Going Away Edition!

So as my header suggests, I'm headed away for a few days. Beginning tomorrow, I'll be on leave until August 4th. I will have very limited email access during that time period and will go completely dark in the middle of the trip as I head off into the wilderness. So long as I avoid being consumed by a wolf or bear (I am going dangerously close to Howie's homeland), I'll return to regular activity on the 5th. In the mean time, expect slow responses to email and low IRC/Telegram presence.

What's in a name?

During creation of ranks for each of our new Orders, it was pointed out that naming an order Enlisted implies a specific military career path. This was not our intention, so after a discussion with the Dark Council, we've decided on the name Loyalist. This name embodies the purpose of the Order as being those driven by loyalty initially (either to the Brotherhood or specific entities within it), allows military involvement without explicitly stating so, and contrasts very nicely with our "Mercenary" Order. The Loyalist order will be for those non-Force users that feel an obligation to serve the Brotherhood or the Clans, either as pilots, soldiers, support personnel... or really, any other profession. This is what we will likely go with for the Order name, but things could change.

Speaking of ranks...

The biggest project I've been working on so far this last week or so has been ranks. Following some discussion on the summit list, we've taken the feedback and begun working on a new set of ranks for our upcoming Orders. We are not yet ready to release any definitive names yet, but I wanted to run by the general theme of each Order's ranks. In condensing Orders, we had to face the fact that we would not be able to please everyone. Ranks are NOT meant to be strong definers of character archetypes at all. You can think of them more as honorary titles, whereas the rank level is a determinant of power (e.g Knight at JM8). Just because you are a Knight doesn't mean you have to wear shiny armor and joust people. :p

Anyway, with the Sith ranks, we went with what we already have more or less for simplicity's sake, and because they embody a war-like group that is constantly growing in power. For Jedi Ranks, we are going with a set of ranks that embody the idea of a defender or peacekeeper and are pulled largely from the existing ranks. For the Gray Jedi ranks, we are going with ranks that embody more of a mysticism. Loyalist ranks will feature some military connection in some form, while Mercenary ranks should engender thoughts of fame or notoriety.

Not long after I return we should have more to share on the rank front, so stay tuned!

Path choices...

As many of you know, units are currently crafting their first Path declaration documents. These documents will allow our units to declare their paths in preparation for our new system. Each Path has its own random join wheel, and units have three slots across all join wheels. Each Path declared must have at least one slot in a join wheel for that Path associated with the Clan. Units can have up to three in a single Path, but must define their choices based on impact on current membership, current unit story, and relevance to the paths to unit history. These proposals will be reviewed following my leave.

Thought it'd also be wise to clarify some of the Path stuff, as we've had some questions about what orders are in which Path, and what Paths mean. Selika was kind enough to write up the base description for each Path used below, which fit pretty well to what we are going for. Thanks, Selika!

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Here, Gray and Dark Jedi are actually the same Order in terms of ranks, but we maintain the use of the word Dark Jedi because... well... yeah. ;) While it may seem confusing this way to display Gray Jedi in two different Paths, when members choose Orders, it will be once they've chosen a Path. Thus, they won't have to try to figure out "which gray jedi" they are, because they will be picking from the Orders for their Path, each explained in detail to them!

A possessons teaser

I've been testing a bit of the new possessions system, and damn does it look sweet. James is doing a great job here and we can't wait to get enough into the system to really start showing it off. Seems people really enjoyed James' last set of teasers, so here's another!

We are taking perhaps our most popular feature from the character sheet system and working it into the system. What do I mean? Here's a little teaser below, courtesy of James: (Mav's ENORMOUS caveat: THIS IS TENTATIVE! IT COULD CHANGE! We are still working out details of this "aspect" of the system)

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We are not yet ready to discuss the finer details of how this will play out in the larger system as a whole, but I thought people might get a kick out of the idea. :)

Recognizing a Consul

Perhaps the best part of my job is being able to recognize the people that I work with for all they do. It has now been several months since I took over as Deputy Grand Master, and so many of our leaders are showing why they belong in their positions. One such example is A'lora, whose dedication to the Brotherhood and his Clan are obvious.

A'lora served in the Herald's office admirably for months, as V'yr describes, where he lead many projects and oversaw the creation of many new robes and sabers. Just as importantly, A'lora has revitalized Clan Odan Urr. His application for the position was excellent, and he wasted no time in setting his plan into motion. Since then, he has run dozens of competitions, including a major co-op event with Arcona. There is no doubting that he has brought strong leadership and direction to Odan Urr, and for that, we thank him with an Amethyst Kukri.

Other items of note, big and small
  • Meleu has been promoted to EQ2 for his hard work in both Tarentum, in my office, and during his time working in the Shadow Academy! Meleu has shown himself to be a devoted member, not just to his Clan, but to the Brotherhood as a whole. Thank you, Meleu!
  • Evant and I have begun updating the text on what will be our new "Test of Identity" for our new orders, a very basic character creation. Much of the coding is done, but we have a bit of testing to do, and making sure we are properly reflecting cannon species etc.
  • We've updated the Nepotism policy a bit: Previous, we'd required public disclosure of relationships when exceptions were made to this policy. Right now, it has been modified such that the relationships are recorded but not required to be publicly announced to the club. The recordings are made in a secure location on the site, but it also prevents us from waving people's personal lives out in the open too much for a simple appointment of a Battleteam leader.
That's it for this now!
TL;DR
  • Mav is going away until early August.
  • Loyalist is the current name for what was Enlisted.
  • Work continues on the new ranks.
  • Units are choosing Paths.
  • A new aspect of possessions revealed.
  • AK for A'lora! Congrats!
  • Meleu hits EQ2! Congrats!
Telaris "Mav" Cantor
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Good friends, young and old: hello. I haven't written a formal report in a while, unless you count all of the convictions that I've posted. In that case, well, I'm doing pretty well on this report thing. Truthfully, I intended to post...

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Good friends, young and old: hello.

I haven't written a formal report in a while, unless you count all of the convictions that I've posted. In that case, well, I'm doing pretty well on this report thing. Truthfully, I intended to post more often, but I've had a couple rough months. My brother-in-law had an accident and is living with us, and the influx of family and drama has cut into my PC time. I refuse to write a report on a phone. Deal with it. (Seriously, thanks for the patience with my lack of reports. I've been keeping up with the daily work of the position, but haven't had the dedicated time to sit and write). I won't be long, some quick updates.

Appeals Panel

The current terms for the Appeals Panelists have expired. I need three new panelists to serve for nine months on the panel. The Appeals Panel has a very specific role: if the defendant or prosecution feels that a procedural error has been made in a CoJ proceeding, he can write an appeal and present it to the Justicar, who will in turn bring it before the Appeals Panel. The Appeals Panel then decides if there is merit to the objection. There haven't been many appeals, but it's an important role.

If you are interested, apply by e-mailing me and the Hands of Justice prior to 11:59 PM EDT Monday, July 27. Applicants that have passed the CoJ I SA Exam will have preference. I reserve the right to just announce the panel prior to that date if three good applicants submit, so don't procrastinate.

Current Workload

Let's discuss priorities. As set forth in Sarin's master plan that was released recently, the priorities for my position are pretty simple. First, I am to keep an active hold on all cases and new matters brought before the CoJ. Second, I am to work on the Covenant amendments. Third, I am to help with DC projects, an upcoming GJW in particular.

In terms of my first priority, I am happy to say that the CoJ is running on all cylindars and we are staying on top of all of our duties. Halc and Monty are excellent at their roles, and we have made quick work of anything that comes our way. Many proceedings are in private, but you have all seen the cases that have come out in the last few months. We've kept busy. There is barely a day that goes by without something happening that needs our attention.

Covenant Amendments

I have been working in my free time at a significant re-write of the Covenant. I have completed my preliminary re-write of all sections except for the Justice article. Those provisions include a new article about the Star Chamber and some pretty significant re-writes of the rest. I basically re-wrote everything in some manner. I have worked through some comments by Sarin and Mav, and will be gradually working those amendments through the different parties that I want to comment.

Next I will be turning my attention to the judicial portions, which is a much harder task, but incredibly important. I have a slate of people with whom I am going to consult about the judicial amendments, including some people that have been through the process themselves. We are going to re-invent some of the process and make it work much better.

In terms of timing, I am expecting to release the drafts of the amendments in the next 30-45 days and hope to have all of them implemented by mid-fall. There will be some significant debates; it will be a fun process.

Policies and Manuals

In line with the amendments to the Covenant, I have worked to correct, clarify, and implement a good deal of policies. For instance, tonight I just had the pleasure of implementing the new exception steps to the Nepotism Policy. Fun times. We are also working on a series of manuals that will help CoJ transitions and educate members about the CoJ processes. Monty is doing amazing work on that front.

As we work through new issues, we are trying to document how they are dealt with so the next CoJ administration doesn't have to re-invent the wheel. For instance, there have been multiple issues that have arisen lately regarding the implementation of probation periods. We are working on policies that will clarify those issues and make it go away in the future.

James and Kalen rock

With the help of the Hands, I put together a wishlist for the CoJ functions on the website. James and Kalen are already rocking it. Kalen implemented a report that makes it simple for us to track probation periods. James is going to re-work the join process to help us ferrit out clones and duplicate accounts. And there are some other improvements that will be incoming. These guys are completely awesome.

That's all I have for now.

Behave yourselves. Ceiling Jac is watching.

Grand Master Jac Cotelin

Justicar and High Protector of the Brotherhood

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Welcome to another update from the Master at Arms office. This report will expand on some announcements and previous discussions. As always, our focus remains strong communication with unit leaders to teach them to pick the right medal/promotion...

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Welcome to another update from the Master at Arms office. This report will expand on some announcements and previous discussions. As always, our focus remains strong communication with unit leaders to teach them to pick the right medal/promotion at the right time and, in turn, have less things remanded or denied.

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The Academy

As noted in Sarin’s master plan, performing an update to the two MAA Shadow Academy courses is currently in the draft phase. Primarily these are wordage reductions, competitions include Clusters of Earth, and rewards expands its example recommendations to include those awarded crescents in recent months. These changes are being tracked among my staff and will be implemented in the near future.

The Policies

Upon request, we had the Chamber of Justice take a look at our policies for any thoughts or advice. Montresor and Jac gave great feedback that Howie has since implemented in the Wiki page. There are no major additions or alterations, mostly wordage, with one notable addition on the Deletion Policy about permanent deletion of a dossier being, per definition, permanent. Click me to take a look. We continually look to refine and expand upon our rules and guidelines per feedback from leaders and members.

The Recommendations

We are working on turning the long, confusing, and god awful Writing Recommendations Wiki page into a catalogue of golden recommendation winners. This page will list the recommendation along with a brief explanation of why we liked it. Note, super note, super double note that these are not templates. They are examples. Context is key.

Congratulations to Xen for grabbing June’s award for a great EQ2 recommendation. We skipped May and are working to remedy that.

Xen’s EQ2 promotion for Mayda stood out as a great example of tackling an overdue promotion in a clean and concise manner. First, he talks projects and accomplishments not quantifiable. This is the stuff we cannot look up on a dossier, so it’s great to be the first thing we read. After that, dossier history is summarized with competitions, crescents, and medals. The recommendation shows Xen’s appreciation for Mayda’s membership without being filled with “Mayda is amazing amaze amazeballs” fluff.

The Wiki page will continue to be updated with recommendations and explanations of why we liked them. In combination with the Shadow Academy courses, we hope these resources will be a first stop shop for leaders hoping to gauge current MAA standards.

The Competition

Landon brainstormed and is helping run a quick and easy MAA competition just to keep everyone thinking: click me if you like seeing things. Don’t put too much thought into it, have fun, and note I am a huge fan of any reference to Archer!

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In previous reports I mentioned our willingness to take a look at medal or promotions ideas/recommendations via email or Google docs. While true, I pushed it too hard and skewed things. The website, thanks to James, continues to have the best way of processing these. You submit the request, it shows us the recommendations, makes it easy to check dossier history, we can comment, remand, or deny it. A remand is not a bad thing. It just means something needs work.

If you and your team think Bob is ready for a promotion and want an extra set of eyes, email maa-staff@googlegroups.com. Key thing is is “you and your team.” The MAA is not the first step toward figuring something out. Ask your summit first. If no one can agree, email us.

Additionally, if you gather recommendations and are ready to submit, just submit it. Especially if you’re confident in what you want. If you aren’t sure if something is a Steel Cross or Grand Cross, shoot us an email. If you want to give Bob a Steel Cross, submit the Steel Cross.

I clarify these because submitting through the website will mean your requests are handled faster. It’s easier to check requests on the site than going between a dossier and Google docs, commenting, reply to emails, so on. The website was built for these things.

Finally, a note that any Elder promotions come from the Grand and Deputy Grand Master. If you think Bob is ready for Dark Side Adept, reach out to Sarin and Mav. Feel free to CC me, but if Sarin doesn’t buy it, I won’t even bother.

Email us if you have questions, concerns, or complaints, but email has turned into the first step recently when it is meant as a “in case of fire, break glass” option. As always, I send thanks to all leaders for being respectful and professional when talking things through with my staff…particularly when you don’t like the answers!

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Shadow Academy course updates and the new Golden Recommendations Wiki page will be live within a week or so. Until then, keep submitting medals, promotions, transfers, name changes, and (coming soon…) updated path changes! Nothing too major will change when the new path stuff goes live, but we’ll speak more to that in the future.

Check out my highly positive review of the latest Star Wars novel, Dark Disciple!

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Dark Disciple: A morally ambiguous Joyride into the intricacies of the Force Review by Aabsdu Dupar Dark Disciple, written by Christie Golden, now stands as my favorite Star Wars novel of the new canon. Golden takes eight (yes, eight) unseen...

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Dark Disciple: A morally ambiguous Joyride into the intricacies of the Force

Review by Aabsdu Dupar


Dark Disciple

Dark Disciple, written by Christie Golden, now stands as my favorite Star Wars novel of the new canon. Golden takes eight (yes, eight) unseen episode teleplays of The Clone Wars featuring one of the EU’s best characters teaming up with one of TCW’s most developed characters and charts them on a head first dive into the dark side. The novel on its own is excellent, but the story is made more exciting when one imagines how awesome this series of episodes would have been…with sadness we will never see them.

Minor spoilers ahead… Unlike Lords of the Sith, where I found the premise of forcing Sidious and Vader to go on a mission for the sake of story, the partnership between Jedi jester Quinlan Vos and Sith-turnedbounty hunter Asajj Ventress fits naturally. The Jedi Council votes to assassinate Count Dooku, tasking the morally ambiguous Vos with the job, but reaching Dooku will require insider knowledge of which outcast Ventress is privy. Vos isn’t happy about it, Kenobi isn’t happy about it, Windu isn’t happy about it. This is the situation the Jedi find themselves in as the Clone Wars stretches on.

Ventress is equally reluctant to take on the random stranger (Vos) who shows up wanting to be her partner. The interplay between the two as they grow to know and trust each other reads exactly how these characters spoke on TCW. When Vos reveals his Jedi mission of assassinating Dooku, Ventress agrees, but stresses he will need to leave behind his Jedi teachings and dive into the dark side. Vos agrees, and their fates are set.

Dark Disciple

Leaving your true self behind while reaching for “the greater good” stands at the heart of Dark Disciple. The Clone Wars wages without an end in sight. The Republic wins here and loses there without any ground being made. We know this is because Sidious and Tyrannus are purposefully dragging the conflict out and the Jedi thin, but the Jedi are oblivious. They are pushed to the edge, and in this moment make the ultimate decision to forgo the light path and order an assassination. The move is thematically striking. Killing Dooku is the obvious need to end the war, yet the intentional murder of another being is absolutely not the Jedi way. Kenobi objects furiously with the militant Windu, the Jedi whose decision to assassinate rather than arrest Palpatine leads Anakin to revolt, arguing the plan’s strengths.

The moral decline of the Jedi Order as we near Revenge of the Sith manifests itself in Vos’ arc. He allows Ventress to tempt him with the power of the dark side, and as he falls deeper into the darkness he loses the ability to say it is “for the mission.” The power of the dark side is blinding - the Jedi, Ventress, even Vos do not realize how far they’ve fallen. Thus, the last third of the the novel is a suspenseful chase around Quinlan Vos’ fate. The Jedi think he remains true to the cause, Ventress thinks their partnership (a romantic one that fits the grayness of both characters) keeps him dedicated to their life together, Dooku, always the puppet playing the puppeteer, thinks he has turned Vos to his side, and Vos is so deep he no longer realizes the consequences of his actions. His decision has fatal consequences for one well known character.

The downfall of the Jedi is further shown when, realizing Vos has fallen to the dark side, Windu and company (again Kenobi strongly objects) immediately jump to “he’s turned against us and must be executed.” Oh, how blind the Jedi are, and we all know where it leads. This conflict of watching the Jedi destroy themselves is one of the more intriguing aspects of the prequel films that George Lucas’ inability to write leaves by the wayside. Luckily, Katie Lucas (who penned the episode teleplays) and Christie Golden are here to help.

Let’s talk canon, an ever important feature as we anxiously search for EU references. There are several: Taris is referenced as a planet (I don’t think KOTOR is canon, technically), and Quinlan Vos’ master, Tholme, is referenced as being killed on the battlefield by Ventress. Young Boba Fett and his bounty hunter gang, including Embo, make an appearance during a rescue sequence. Finally, Quinlan Vos has just enough of his EU “gray Jedi” personality and instinct to be satisfying.

Dark Disciple

Dark Disciple inspired me to rewatch The Clone Wars Season 3, Episode 9 “Hunt for Ziro” featuring Vos and available to stream on Netflix. It’s a good episode, one of the lighter tone ones (the line “From the bottom of my fluid sac” is spoken), and damn if Vos would’ve had a crazy experience in these episodes…and technically now has, canonically.

Speaking of Clone Wars episodes, it remains humorous or at least noticeable when anytime an author wants to reference some event in a character’s past they are forced, right now, to utilize an episode of Clone Wars. I noticed this in New Dawn and Tarkin as well. A minor note.

Dark Disciple would have made an excellent arc of The Clone Wars and holds up well as a novel. Disciple brings significant canon impact both in how we view the moral downfall of the Jedi Order during the final year-ish of the Clone Wars and in the fate of certain characters left hanging by the show’s cancellation. Disciple is a great read and a must for any fan of the animated series. It is both joyful and a burden that LucasFilm has been open to discussing stories never produced. We’ll never see them on the screen, but at least we now know the whole story.


Title: Dark Disciple

Author: Christie Golden

Release: 7 July 2015

Page Count: 336

Canon Timeline: Sometime late in the Clone Wars


Official Plot Synopsis

Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy. The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy... and her own doubt.

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