Grot continues to impress with his skill and dedication to the Arconan wiki efforts. This past month alone he assisted with the Selen Development Project for the second time, modifying his already impressive work on the Sinchi Ring page and creating the Selen Military Installations page.
These additions and new creation involved the formatting and summarizing of 20,855 words, as well as 5 new images for the Sinchi Ring. Of the 14 locales created in the competition, he modified or combined and sanity checked (a process far more intensive and in-depth than we expected, yay creative people!) the number down to 12 unique facilities. His work on this effort is shown in the Selen Military Installations page.
Also amongst this, was a little over 10,000 words of fiction which he summarized and put upon the wiki in an observational manner (notable events, as a rumor, or story rather than directly lifting from the fictions themselves) to add flavor to several locales on the Sinchi Ring page.
When Atyiru and I started the Development Project, we'd hoped for creative input from the membership. We got that, plenty of it, but without Grot's assistance on the Wiki side of things, none of this would be going as smoothly or quickly as it has. I am genuinely pleased with his efforts and work. I'd also like to point out that this round of Development Project Wiki work is double what he put in for us last round, and the quality is still stellar.
ALSO! He took on one more task for us this past week, updating the Arcona wiki templates. This involved removing battleteams that were defunct, updating the standing summit (out of date for a deplorable amount of time) and generally making things ‘right’ so that newer members can use the wiki without confusion.
I'm proud of Grot and would like to convey my thanks with this award.
Kordath Bleu Consul, Arcona
Augur Kordath Bleu, 2018-02-16 01:08:20 UTC
It is not every day that a Journeyman is considered for a sacramental award, but Grot is truly deserving of one. He has been a member of the DB for approximately four months, and in that time he has proven to be an active and productive member of the clan. He has dived headlong into project work, continuing in his work to overhaul the Arconan wiki pages. He has also assisted in the development of the Voidbreaker wiki, and provided assistance to Uji and Drac with Hearthstone testing.
Despite doing enough project work for two people, Grot continues to participate in a multitude of competitions, even taking first place in the Arconan Winter Puzzle Series. He is also a constant presence on Telegram, where he is all too happy to nerd out at any hour of the day. I have legitimately asked him when he sleeps, because I have no idea how he manages to accomplish as much as he does.
It is for these reasons that I am happy to recommend Grot for a Sapphire Blade. Congratulations, Grot. It is a pleasure to work with you, and I am looking forward to seeing all that you will accomplish!
Warrior Lucine Vasano, 2018-02-16 01:07:26 UTC
Out of everyone I have run across in the couple years of being in the Brotherhood, I don’t think any of them have matched pace with Grot. The man is non-stop! Literally, I don’t think he even sleeps!
Joking aside, Grot has a fierce tenacity in the DJB. When not causing the SA staff to panic about having enough exams to satisfy him — he was the top exam taker through October to December — he was participating in competitions. Since he was last promoted, he has done at least one competition a day. And, to make that even more impressive, he did these comps while bored, waiting for more project work to do. This man put together an unheard of 54 pages of wiki edits within one day to be approved by his Summit! Grot has worked intensely on organizing the Arconan wiki, from the clan to the Houses and battleteams. It’s an ongoing project, but what he’s accomplished is extraordinary. His wiki work had earned him December’s Wikipedian of the month! Other projects include assisting in the Hearthstone testing, in the Voidbreaker Wiki Development project, and with a proposal to reform the Arconan possessions.
Grot’s efforts in the Brotherhood don’t stop there. He engages constantly with his teammates and clanmates, offering advice and positive interactions. The lizardman encourages writing, gaming, and art activities with others, supporting their endeavors. Grot has especially been one of the heads revitalizing the gaming energy within the Clan, willingly freeing himself to gather Starcraft players and other gamers to play. The Trandoshan has even presented several competitions for his fellow DJBers to participate in.
All in all, Grot’s level of drive, enthusiasm, and interest to better his Clan as well as the Brotherhood is something inspiring to new and old members alike. It is rejuvenating to witness and brings a hopeful light to the future of this club. Grot, keep up this indomitable spirit. You are an example to aspire to be even half of.
It is with great honor that I recommend Grot to be awarded with a Sapphire Blade. Greatly deserved, lizard man. Now you can stab it into your heated rock like Excalibur or something. I look forward to where your future goes.
Quaestor, House Qel-Droma of Arcona
Savant Zujenia, 2018-02-16 01:06:38 UTC
This term gets bandied around a lot, but Grot truly is a rockstar. He has accomplished more since his promotion in December than many members of the Brotherhood ever do. Even those of average activity would be hard-pressed to match those contributions over the course of a year. If there's a metric by which we judge activity, I'm confident Grot breaks it.
In the past two months, Grot has organized 4 competitions and participated in an astonishing 62. Yes, 62. He has earned 3 Diamond Crescents, 7 Ruby Crescents, 5 Amethyst Crescents, 10 Sapphire Crescents, an Emerald Crescent and 3 Topaz Crescents. He has also earned 2 Pendants of Blood, 199 Clusters of Fire, 60 Clusters of Earth, 33 Clusters of Ice, 4 Clusters of Graphite, 19 Seals of Wrath and 3 Shadow Academy Degrees. He is, in a word, unstoppable.
In addition to his personal accolades, Grot has been a workhouse for his Clan. He has put in an incredible amount of work on the Wiki. In the past two, he's created or updated a number of articles (over 200, in fact), including reviewing and summarizing over 20,000 words worth of submissions to Arcona's ongoing Selen Development Projects.
In that same time he assisted the FIST's office with Hearthstone testing, submitted numerous proposals to update and streamline Arcona's possessions, and has demonstrated a consistent willingness and desire to, and a talent for, assisting other new members with their characters and with fitting into Arcona's effusive, often confusing, always overwhelming culture.
Truly, Grot is a pivotal member of Arcona, and a paragon of what a member can be. He's well liked, he's well respected, and he truly wants to help those around him and make his Clan and the Brotherhood a better place for everyone in it.
Grot, you continue to amaze me. You set an incredibly high bar for everyone around you, and for those who will come after you. Don't blame me when they lynch you for making them look bad in comparison.
I feel confident saying that Lucine Vasano is a name most members of the Brotherhood will recognize immediately. There's a good reason for that.
Since her promotion in September, Lucine's efforts have never flagged. In addition to organizing six competitions of her own, she has also participated in 51, earning herself a Ruby Crescent, 5 Amethyst Crescents, two Sapphire Crescents, four Emerald Crescents and a Topaz Crescent. She has also gained 24 Clusters of Fire, 8 Clusters a Graphite, and an awe-worthy 65 Clusters of Ice. She has passed 7 Shadow Academy courses, graded 2 others, and still finds time to both compete in and judge for the Antei Combat Center.
And did I mention that she did all that while also running the most successful Battleteam in Arcona?
In character, she's known for being methodical, determined and for getting the job done. But that's nothing compared to Lucine herself. In addition to her help proofing and revising numerous wiki articles covering Port Ol'val's Gangs, Factions, Fronts & NPCs, she has also proven to be a formidable leader. Always on the ball, she doesn't wait to see if anyone comes to her with problems. She is constantly in touch with each of her members, seeking them out to find out what they want and need from her, the Battleteam, and the Brotherhood in general.
Lucine, you're a brilliant member, competitor and leader. I'm proud to serve with you. Voidbreaker, Qel-Droma, and Arcona are all lucky to have you. I, for one, cannot wait to see just how far you climb.
Terran Koul, Quaestor, House Qel-Droma of Clan Arcona
Augur Terran Koul, 2018-02-15 23:39:37 UTC
To be honest, I have a hard time coming up with words to explain my fellow bestsisprentice here. Lucine Vasano is a hard-working, dedicated, and invested member, leader, and friend within this club. Traits and roles that reflect over the multiple accomplishments she’s made and the communities she interacts with.
As the Battleteam Leader of Voidbreaker, Lucine has consistently engaged her members, provided them with activities to do such as the Voidbreaker development competitions, and more. She encourages them to try their best in the things that interest them, giving that tough loving nudge towards their goals. Lucine offers herself up as a leader who leads by example, and it could not be more on the nose. She is active in the club, participating in many competitions, challenging others in entertaining ACC battles, and even collaborating on the discourse with other writers. Lucine is always open to writing with others, aiding in character development, and giving advice when requested. Her presence holds a welcoming air, and her charisma makes her approachable for new and old members alike. Lucine’s drive to help out in the Brotherhood has extended to taking jobs within the club, joining the ACC staff where she helps discuss the factors of it and the CS as well as promoting the Combat Center
I could bumble on for hours about this woman. In the end it is not my words that matter, my colorfully written text does not make these great actions, but it is Lucine’s own efforts and activity that brings me to recommend this Grand Cross to be awarded to her. Congratulations, Lucine Vasano. You help make this House and Club a better place. Truthfully know that there is no award or promotion that can really highlight that. I look forward to continuing to work with you and seeing where the stars lead you.
A Ruby Scepter is awarded for "extreme dedication to one or more specific aspects of the" Brotherhood, and I can find no one more fitting of that description than my friend, Laren Uscot. Laren has served as my Praetor for ten months but the reality of much of that tenure has led to him serving more as a co-HM than anything else. Every course we released during his tenure - Sith Order CORE, Run-on Studies, Fiction Studies, Advanced Warfare, and the entire rebooted History department - he personally coded in Markdown and created the exams for. He was the driving force behind the logic of our degrees revamp which led to the alteration of six degrees; not only did this allow for changes that had been made causing some degrees to be outdated, but also brought some of them more in balance with others of their type. He also oversaw the redevelopment (combing the Wiki to correct outdated information and update/bring into current usage our practices, etc.) of the Shadow Academy's Wiki articles with Bentre - a project he completely planned and executed on his own, with nothing more than my blessing. It should be noted we haven't made a concerted effort to police our Wiki presence in my tenure, so there was a lot of outdated info out there they had to find and correct - over thirty articles' worth. This is of course to say nothing of the ten months worth of emails and Telegram chats where he offered his input - solicited or not, but always welcome - on every issue and question that came through the Headmaster's office. He even served as the de facto Headmaster in my place when the dual (and diametrically opposed) realities of a cruise and a hurricane knocked me out of commission for a few weeks in the summer. I'm comfortable in saying no decision of any importance (and many of little importance) that I've made since April have been made without his consultation and counsel.
I'm not a fan of retirement gifts - my thought is that if someone deserves an award they should be given it when they've earned it, not as a way of saying "thanks." Thought this award is timed to coincide with Laren's retirement from the office of P:HM, it shouldn't be seen as a "golden watch" or anything along those lines but instead a long-overdue token of my (and the DB's) deep appreciation for his work. Thank you, Laren, for serving as my right-hand for these ten months and allowing me to be the best HM I could be.
Warlord Farrin Xies, 2018-02-13 01:22:50 UTC
Over the past five months since his last Clan activity award, Laren Uscot has been everything a Consul could ask for, both on the level of active member and hard working summit member. He has impressed with his participation in events across Plagueis while being absolutely invaluable to me as a leader, especially since stepping up to the role of Proconsul. On an individual level, he has participated in 36 competitions to earn a Gold Nova and 3 Amethyst, 3 Sapphire, and 1 Emerald Crescents. He has earned 18 Clusters of Fire and 8 Clusters of Ice, and 3 Seals of Wrath. More importantly than his participation as a member, however, have been his contributions to the Plagueis summit. He served ably as Aedile for three months before stepping up to take over the role of Proconsul last December. Since that time, he has been a revelation. He has taken over a job that had for quite some time been reactive in nature, implementing directives and not much else, and turned it into a proactive role. He has worked to both monitor and mentor the House summits of both Ajunta Pall and Karness Muur, bringing over the weekly check ins that he developed during his time as Praetor to the Headmaster. He was the primary coordinator of summit activity during our recent Vacation on Dagobah event, helping the House summit direct their strategies for member outreach and involvement. Those efforts saw a marked increase in overall participation Clan wide compared to the Great Jedi War, with 30 members entering at least one event and 369 total entries across the two week competition. I have no doubt that Laren's work and advice, focusing on individual leader to member interactions, was directly responsible for the improved activity numbers across the entire Clan.
His efforts to Clan Plagueis have been no less valuable than his work for Farrin within the Shadow Academy, and I know that I, as Consul, and lucky to have him working beside me. He has been and continues to be an irreplaceable part of our Clan, and it is my distinct honor to contribute to his first sacramental award. Well done, sir!
Adept Selika Roh di Plagia, 2018-02-13 00:43:42 UTC
Since his last merit awards for services as Magistrate to the Voice, Braecen Kaeth has served dutifully for the last 4 months, approving 46 character sheets. While all magistrates had a temporary break during GJWXII, Braecen was still always mindful and on top of the queue, and went above and beyond by reaching out to members that needed extra help on their Aspects. He jumped into Google Docs, Telegram PMs, and spent unmarked hours working with members to craft their characters. In his remands, he was responsible for creating a Customer Service-like friendly tone and voice that I believe has reduced the stress of Character Sheet remands. His patience and maturity in processing these remands ties into how he worked with the rest of the staff (myself included) on making sure our wording was consistent and constructive, and never aggressive. For the Brotherhood’s CS system, this has yielded positive results that I do not believe should be overlooked. I’m grateful for everything that Braecen has done for the Character Sheet approval/remand process, and for how he engaged with members to create a better overall experience. The result of his work has lead to less complaints about Character Sheet remands, and better member responses to suggested edits and changes to their sheets.
Braecen Kaeth is a special kind of leader in the Brotherhood. He not only puts in the time and work to help encourage and enable others, but leads the charge by example as a competitor and participating member of our organization. This was on display fully in his efforts in Great Jedi War XII, where he lead his Clan with the highest points scored to earn the title of Hero. This included efforts across the spectrum of brotherhood activity, including an impressive second place finish in the ACC Tournament. This helped him earn the honor of Avatar of Strife, thanks in part to his similarly stalwart performance in the ACC during Phase I of GJWXII. Bracen was one of those rare individuals who stuck around and made sure he finished what he started. To that end, he earned 3 Silver and 1 Gold nova.
I will allow his Clan Summit to talk more about his accomplishments as a leader in Scholae Palatinae, but as a member of the Dark Council, I can’t thank Braecen enough for being the model of what I believe leaders and members should strive for.
Congratulations, brother. I will miss having you at my side as an admin and look forward to your return to the brotherhood in whatever capacity you set your mind to.
Voice of the Brotherhood
Master Marick Tyris, 2018-02-12 01:00:50 UTC
Braecen has been essential to everything we do around Scholae Palatinae since he transferred back in a year ago, and especially since being made Proconsul in August 2017. Brae brought much needed organisation to how we work as a summit, improving communication by the creation of countless gdocs for competition organisation, wiki planning, promotion tracking, and medal tracking. These documents included a competition roadmap, an excel file of every competition the clan intends to run every month (updated monthly), an activity audit keeping track of what every member should be aiming to achieve their next merit, and how far off they are, a set of spreadsheets for wiki organisation projects that included the status of every page we have / should have on our wiki (289 pages). In addition, Brae supported younger leaders in the clan by producing templates for fiction, graphics, gaming and container competitions, and heavily proof-read every EQ promotion / merit award that went through the clan to the point of entire rewrites when necessary.
Brae is a phenomenal member and it’s been a pleasure working with him to lead CSP. A massive congratulations from me and thanks for all the support you’ve given me in my first time as a consul.
Consul of Clan Scholae Palatinae
Augur Elincia Rei, 2018-02-12 00:57:48 UTC
It is a pleasure to add my support to this recommendation to recognize Braecen Kaeth for the dedicated service he has been providing to Scholae Palatinae and the club at large. For us in the CSP summits, Braecen is the beating heart of our team. Every success we’ve had, lesson we’ve picked up along the way, and moment we needed advice; Braecen has been there as a guiding hand to help us forward through these times. This past year has been a long, hard-fought journey for CSP; but Braecen’s been the guardian angel over all of our shoulders and I’m proud to assist in recognizing him for all his efforts towards our cause.
Since his last recognition for work as a Clan Leader, Braecen has organized 25 competitions, co-hosted 5 others, participated in a total of 148 competitions, completed 11 PvP matches, 4 PvE activities, finished 9 ACC battles, completed 8 fiction activities, written 12,296 words of fiction, passed 2 courses, and has earned the following: 1 Cr-R, 5 Cr-A, 5 Cr-S, 10 Cr-E, 8 Cr-T, 5 Cr-Q, 41 CFs, 59 CIs, 35 CEs, 84 CG, 1 Scroll of Indoctrination, 2 LSS, 24 Seals of Wrath. In addition, he’s served as Quaestor for 3 months and Proconsul for 6 months.
In addition to what is mentioned above, the three major events that CSP has experienced since the end of the GJW (Twelve Days of Sithmas, Battleteam Development Month, and the current “Battleteam Cup” contest) have all been the brainchildren of Braecen. This has involved several months of planning in advance that saw the creation of his Competition Roadmap excel sheet, allowing for the unit leaders and their members to properly plan out the schedule of future events and even get early input and edits from Braecen so hosts could more easily pass their events through the MAA office without issue. As well, during this time saw the creation of a planning group on Telegram with ongoing discussions that were mediated by Braecen. Announcements were created for each event, walking participants through new concepts in the competitions or in general just hyping each of the events, totaling a combined word count of 11,467 words including the final announcements detailing winners of the events. Through Braecen’s leadership, encouragement, and more importantly his help in editing; 14 different competitions were hosted for Sithmas, with 17 individuals participating which saw a total of 107 submissions within a three week period that Braecen then went through doublechecking the scores and compiling a final “Sithmas- Hard Data” document for the summit team. In January, for his Battleteam Development Month, Braecen provided each Battleteam with a list of 5-8 competitions to run through the month to gather Battleteam input and set the foundation of each Battleteam’s identity and wiki pages. Finally, for this month’s events, Braecen has been leading the charge again in planning discussions, spending late nights ensuring that each unit’s issues with the event were addressed in the planning document (word count included above).
These events aside, Braecen’s most important contribution to our clan has been as a leader and mentor. Last summer, CSP went through a large shuffle in our leadership teams which saw four new members of the summit team and four others moving into other roles. To get us all on track and situated for the coming GJW, Braecen did a crash-course in leadership for the entire summit team which was released over a course of 8 different email threads. These topics included; Gearing for the GJW, Competitions Overview, Competition Roadmap, Auditing Activity, Awarding Members, Writing Quality Recommendations (two part), and Post GJW Plans. Each of these email threads went into great detail, outlining expectations and answering concerns while also providing insight, tips and tricks for each of our roles. Complete with images, these threads were so detailed that I’ve totaled the word count for all Braecen’s emails on these threads to 18,703 words - not including labels and such in the images he provided. Yet, none of us were just abandoned with these threads as our only source of instruction. Braecen regularly checks in with leadership teams, seeing not just how we are doing but to see what problems we have or support is needed. He’s there to help us work out our competitions, our recommendations for others (how I could have used him for this), and strategizing with us towards our goals. Weekly, every Sunday or Monday night, he will go over the promotion assessment tool of every single member of CSP and make sure its reflected in our clan’s activity audit spreadsheet (which he created) and make sure us Quaestors are checking it out as well so we can make timely recognitions of medals or promotions. In terms of my own growth and development, Braecen has been a great mentor in handling the culture shift I’ve experienced from Tarentum and Taldryan to here in CSP where diplomacy is so important in our role. Several weeks ago, when I had a disagreement with a subordinate - it was Braecen who walked us through a mediation program that walked the issue back from concerning the CoJ to dealing with it in house and providing a resolution that was welcomed by all parties. He did this through days over back and forth communication on email, that lead to a mediated telegram conversation, and an established agreement between all parties that survives to this day. And I think it’s important to note, he did most of this just off of shift every morning - before heading to bed for the day. Yet, this guidance he provided through this time of crisis is not unique to myself - as many in the clan have similar stories of help in their time of need or counselling they’ve received to better themselves in the DB community.
So for all this mentioned above, and for what I am just not able to best articulate; I’m glad to add my support to this recommendation.
Korroth has been, and continues to be my rock within Tython Squadron. Not a flashy member, he consistently delivers and performs at an outstanding level. Specifically, he has participated in 11 events, and has won first place overall in both the Operation Enigma and Rendezvous of Destiny events. For his efforts he has taken 6 Crescents and a Legion of the Scholar. Beyond this, Korroth has been active in Tython's Telegram channel and has been our Wiki guru. Korroth has edited and formatted several Tython associated Wiki pages, to include the Tython Squadron page, the npc Silvia Tanos page, our support craft Hegemon page, and the BTL page for consistency in order to facilitate a seamless and integrated fictional backstory for the unit. Simply put, Tython would not be remotely as successful without Korroth's performance and support. Thank you for your service.
Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Wynter, 2018-02-09 14:31:16 UTC
Talis has been a stellar member of Tython Squadron and has earned this Dark Cross for his recent efforts supporting the BT. Specifically, he placed second overall in the joint Nighthawk-Tython event Rendezvous of Destiny. He participated in all 4 competitions of the event and took first place in the fiction, penning an epic 3200 word story. Overall, he took part in 12 comps to include all of the Tython competitions during Operation Enigma and the above mentioned recent event. He has been awarded 2 Crescents for his efforts. Beyond this, Talis is a driving force within the vibrant Tython Telegram channel and drives discourse and debate. He spearheaded compiling the 'call-signs' of the members and has actively pressed on the fictional immersion of the group. Congratulations Talis, and thank you for your service.
Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Wynter, 2018-02-09 14:25:38 UTC
Arcia has been one of the driving forces within Tython Squadron since joining. Specifically, Arcia has participated in 10 competitions, to include 7 BT specific and earned placement in the parent event Operation Enigma. Beyond this, Arcia has been very active gaming by playing 10 PVP matches and 12 PVE activities. These activities were high caliber, as Arcia racked up 5 Crescents, 2 Pendants of Blood, and a staggering 570 Clusters of Fire since joining the BT. Beyond that, Arcia has been heavily invested in our TG channel and has driven conversation and fictional development of the team. Congratulations and thank you for your service.
Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Wynter, 2018-02-09 14:21:10 UTC