In the time since his last promotion 18 months ago, Uji - or Donny - has been many things: my right hand man for a year as Proconsul, a leader and friend to his people, an active voice amid the communities of clan, club, and gaming, and an overall fantastic member, constantly concerned citizen, and active pursuer of change. He has organized 28 competitions and co-organized 30, never one to let there be a lull in activities available for members. Part and parcel to that, Uji has participated in 175 competitions and placed in 32, including Brotherhood-level Celebration events, earning himself 2 Crescents with Diamond Stars, 1 Crescent with Ruby Star, 6 Crescents with Amethyst Stars, 9 Crescents with Sapphire Stars, and 8 Crescents with Emerald Stars. More specifically, he has also been a participant in all our types of activity, from gaming and writing to graphics and Shadow Academy work, accumulating 6 Pendants of Blood, 711 Clusters of Fire, and 1071 Clusters of Earth over 158 PvE activities and 21 PvP matches, as well as 21 Clusters of Ice for 9 fiction activities and 4 ACC battles, and 5 Run-On posts, valuing 3781 and 4301 words respectively. Furthermore, Uji has earned 6 Clusters of Graphite, 1 Scroll of the Dark Side, passed 9 Shadow Academy courses, was awarded a Seal of Loyalty from his Clan for outstanding service and representation, and took in a Scroll of Indoctrination for recruiting Lucine Vasano, now a Knight. A Grand Cross served to emphasize all this activity, granted to Uji for his great strides as Proconsul and Aedile both.
Uji finished a term as Aedile of Galeres, served well on a year as Proconsul of the First Clan, and then couldn't even retire properly; he went on to take a stint as Magitstrate to the Fist for the last four months and has recently retaken the mantle of Battleteam leader of Nighthawk. In all of these capacities he is a model leader, creating and running competitions so his members are never without content, contacting membership and directly engaging them, starting conversations and discussions both in House, Clan, and gaming chats as well as summit and staff chats, and constantly looking for things to improve upon.
Specifically as my second-in-command for the last year, I can say that Uji was the force which often held this summit together, supporting not only the House leaders he managed but supporting me consistently. He would delegate tasks and projects and perform administrative functions in conjunction with me, including handling Possessions organization, wiki projects, House check ins, and writing reports or assisting in writing them. He consistently mediated difficulties in our Clan of strong personalities and managed our chain of command, navigating all sorts of situations within the Clan and without, contributing to communication and fostering good will and competition between we and our sister units. He oversaw promotions and awards with diligence and stringent care for seeing members recognized, and still lead by example in both competing and community building within the Clan and across Clans. Additionally, in a constantly changing Brotherhood and, by extent, an always shifting Arcona summit, he oversaw every hiring and helped teach junior or new leaders the skillsets they needed while accomplishing everything else listed above. When the time came to end his tenure, he assured as smooth of a transition as possible, staying on for me until a replacement could be adequately onboarded.
Donny, we had many disagreements. Many. :P But that is because of how much we each care for this Clan, how much you invested in it, and for that investment, Arcona can little thank you enough. You've accomplished scores in your time, and I can only see you going on to continue leading both our Clan and our Brotherhood. Thank you for everything, and congratulations.
Atyiru Caesura Entar Arconae
Consul of Clan Arcona
Reaver Satsi Tameike Arconae, 2017-08-02 01:42:56 UTC
Uji’s service on the Fist Staff over the past 4 months has been nothing short of exemplary. In just a short period of service, Uji has take the lead on providing updates to the myriad of Gaming Wiki pages, provided sound advice on the Rites of Combat, and streamlining systems within the staff to simplify our task management processes. Uji was also the key driver for the addition for Titanfall 2 as a supported platform. Uji played more games than any other member, submitting well over 50 screenshots of the various modes for the game, while also actively pushing the game to the members of the DJB. Without his efforts, Titanfall 2 would not have made it through the screening process. Along with the intangibles of driving activity and promoting new games, Uji has been an absolute workhorse for helping to approve activities in a timely manner. Since joining the FIST staff, Uji has approved 129 PVE/PVO activities and 106 PVP activities. That’s 235 individual submissions that Uji has screened for proper submission. Simply incredible. I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Arcona leadership in recommending him for promotion to Equite 4. Congratulations, Donny. Drinks are on you!
Uji is a prime example of a leader whose impact extends beyond his own unit. Others have detailed his contributions as a clan leader and member of the Fist staff, I am here to attest to his countless intangible contributions as a leader within the ranks and valued peer during his time on the dark summit.
I can honestly say Uji has helped me make Odan-Urr a better place by serving as a collaborator in pushing gaming initiatives and a valued source of advice and perspective. The whole #brocon thing was thrown around as a joke but there was a very deep element of truth to it. I can’t fully express how valuable it was to have a peer who could offer a sympathetic ear or more often a reality check. Those cross-clan relationships between leaders don’t jump off a dossier without a structured event, but they are so important.
Often our collaborations would center around gaming since we are both avid gamers and a significant portion of the Brotherhood’s most prolific gamers reside in our respective clans. Drac detailed Uji’s push to get Titanfall 2 adopted, that was just one example of his leadership in the gaming community and ability to reach across unit lines to rally leaders toward bettering the DB as a whole.
The pinnacle Equite rank is well-deserved in this case and I look forward to continuing our collaborations. #brocons for life!
Turel Sorenn Consul, Clan Odan-Urr
Reaver Luna Okami, 2017-08-02 01:42:07 UTC
Uji is a fantastic model of a member and leader in this club. He's direct, he's active, he's not afraid of criticizing or receiving criticism. He encourages activity and is happy to help those who are still learning. A solid Proconsul, amongst other duties, he's also recently accepted to step back into leadership to help mentor new leaders in Nighthawk. Working, gaming and writing with Uji is one of the reasons I'm happy to be in this club, and I'm proud to see him stepping up to Equite 4. Good job, mate.