I must have done something right in a past life to deserve a deputy like Alethia, aka Arch. His diligence, attention to detail and initiative are the stuff of legend. To say I rely on him as my Proconsul to help keep the Clan moving forward is an understatement. There is so much to a leadership position that doesn't readily jump off a dossier: the constant summit coordination, engaging with members, mediating conflict, hours spent bouncing ideas, late nights spent drafting member awards or event fictions and keeping the Consul focused and on schedule. Arch does all these things and more; he has been an essential part of the COU team both as Quaestor and Proconsul.
In addition to all the intangibles that are hard to quantify but make Arch an exceptional leader there is a body of project work he has completed during this time period which have provided cornerstones for the Clan's functioning. First, Arch prepared and regularly updates a Member guide for COU lore. This document has proven an invaluable resource for both new and returning COU members to get up to speed on everything that is happening in both COU and the larger brotherhood.
Second, he led and assembled the work product for our Armed Forces project which laid out the structure and initial purchase order for COU's armed forces following the release of possessions. Arch prepared two fully fleshed out courses of action for COU's armed forces with reasoning and tactics for each which gave me as the Consul options to choose or modify when plotting out the future of the Clan's military. The amount of research and care that went into this project is evident in the final product which became the core of the Odanite Expeditionary Force.
Most recently Arch worked with myself and the Clan Taldryan summit on the Desperate Measures coop event. Arch helped develop the plot and all 16 comps and graded four of the more labor intensive ones (poetry, coop fiction, run-on and solo fiction). He has proven himself more than capable of functioning at the Clan level and organizing multi-Clan events. I sleep well at night knowing if I got hit by a bus, Arch could keep COU moving forward without missing a beat.
In addition to his exceptional leadership record, Arch has a strong record as an individual member. He has organized 20 competitions and co-organized another 3. He has participated in 139 competitions (with an additional 14 container competitions) bringing home an impressive 70 Crescents. He was selected twice for the prestigious Seal of Loyalty. In that same period he has also collected 30 Clusters of Fire, 19 Clusters of Ice, 25 Clusters of Earth, 14 Clusters of Graphite.
Please accept this small token of our gratitude on behalf of Clan Odan-Urr and the entire brotherhood for everything you do.
Turel Sorenn Consul, Clan Odan-Urr
Vanguard Turel Sorenn, 2017-06-23 04:06:13 +0100
Archenksova is an outstanding example of a truly helpful individual. He does it in large ways, such as his Clan projects, and then he often does it in so many small ways that shouldn't be forgotten.
I remember when I first met him back when I was in CSP. A few things stood out to me. One, he was so willing to help develop my character and write with me. It wasn't for a crescent or any measurable activity, but it was to help a fellow club member. Two, he has provided several people help in their writing efforts, including proofing and a willingness to engage in ACC battles. Last but not least, he willingly engages in anything that can help the clan, whether it be answering a silly Odan-Urr Clan daily fiction question, helping out the 'pups' with ACC info, or being an awesome cheerleader.
These are but a few examples, but what is most impressive is how long he continues to do it. Leadership can be trying, but he keeps giving all he's got. I greatly appreciate Archensova's efforts and truly believe he is a key member of this Clan. As such, I think that a Sapphire Blade is well deserved.
God I have know Arch now for well over 2 years now and he has not stopped impressing me since the first time we met. it was a honor to be his recruiter and Master when he first joined the DJB. To say he was a easy student would do him a vast disservice because when he joined all the way up to today Arch has given everything he ever done his all.
He is definitely one of the best leaders COU has and it's been a pleasure to watch him not only move up in ranks but also take on new positions and excel at them as well. I think one of his best qualities is that no matter how high and the food chain he gets he always remains humble and is always there to help any and every member that needs it. No matter their rank, position or clan.
On more than a few occasions he has been the voice of reason for me when i needed someone to vent to by first telling me to stop being a idiot (PG Version) and they explaining what I'm not seeing and being there to give great advice and help.
Since others how more than accounting for your impressive numbers I'm here to say that your interpersonal skills are almost second to none and I'm more than proud to call you a friend! I'm even prouder to help award you your very first Sacramental Award in the DJB! Congratulations!
Seer Edgar Drachen, 2017-06-23 00:58:36 +0100
Alethia is the one person I would consider my second within the ACC staff currently. Not only is he the most tenured, he also brings a contrasting opinion that often challenges my own in the best of ways. While the dreaded beast of real life has often threatened to inhibit his ability to complete matches, he has still always made time to dive deep into any and all conversations. He has even gone so far as to take the initiative in preparing statistical spreadsheets analyzing the year's ACC matches thus far. This was done without prompting and was useful in providing fact-based anecdotes for event decisions.
In terms of raw judgements, each taking anywhere between an hour and 3 hours for most judges, Alethia has completed 6 since his last merit. At the same time, he has managed to handle 5 qualification exams. That's a great deal of help considering we shoot for close to 24 hours on our turn around times. He doesn't just gloss over these exams, however. He provides detailed analysis on par with what he brings to his actual judgements. His feedback is invaluable to new members just starting out in the ACC and ensures that everyone is at the right place to start from and enjoy the experience.
For this dedication to ensuring not just good work, but quality feedback and an opportunity of learning for the members, I am honored to append my recommendation to ensure Alethia gets the recognition he deserves. Keep on being a good judge and a better teacher. Glad to have you on the team.
Blade's only been in COU for four months. To be honest, that's kind of hard to wrap my mind around because she's become absolutely integral to every aspect of the clan. I'm just going to spit out the numbers to get them out of the way, because, while they're impressive, they're the least interesting thing Blade's done for us. 21 competitions organized, 107 participated in. 22.5 thousand words of fiction, not counting all of the personal fic and the microstories she posts in chat. 23 crescents, 11 CGs, 17 CEs, 34 CIs, and 732 CFs. Yowza.
"So this girl's active. So what? Lots of people are active." Yeah, but none of those people are our Rollmistress. Most people view RM through the narrow scope of emailing new joins and shuffling them up to JM4. Blade's redefined it as a community organizer for the whole clan. She tracks every member's status and made sure to get to know everyone she could. She's one of the first people to start a conversation on the clan Telegram channel in the morning and frequently closes out the day with her trademarked sleepy doge pics. She's adapted the fiction chat daily question concept to a semi-regular clan character development prompt, and on top of that she tracks every member's answers and makes them publicly available for other writers. Blade's run several fiction and graphics comps that explicitly require members to involve other members' characters, and then made sure that everyone in the clan had a chance to see all the entries (with each entrant's permission). In a club where comp entries are all too often 'fire and forget' items that go unseen by anyone besides the comp organizers, this was a fantastic way to showcase the variety of talent we have in COU. More generally, she's constantly collaborating with new and established writers to develop their characters and the relationships they have with their clanmates. Oh, and she runs frequent training sessions for JA that several members have taken advantage of. And of course, it goes without saying that she does all the normal RM stuff as well.
Blade, a GC doesn't fully express how grateful Turel and I am for everything that you do, but it's a start. Congrats on your first Grand Cross!
Aurora, or Blade as I have known her, is one of my newer judges but one of my most reliable. She can always be counted on to bring a hardline analytical view to the judgement process. She is very systems based, working with a focus on as exact a reasoning as possible. It is this perspective that Blade brings to all discussions within the ACC Staff, as each judgement often becomes a group effort at least a few times during the process. In that way, she influences each and every judgement. Even the ones she isn't directly involved in.
Since her last merit, Blade has successfully completed 9 battle judgements where she has taken point and a single qualification exam. In that time frame, only two judges managed to complete more and even then it was only by one match. That is no easy feat. It is simple to shrug off a judgement as just picking numbers arbitrarily and declaring a winner but that is far from the case. In Blade's case, she often takes 2-3 hours to complete a single judgement while being as meticulous as possible and not leaving anything ambiguous. If she has a question, she won't complete the judgement until it has been convincingly answered with no room for error.
I am honored to put up my own recommendation along with the others to see her granted a token of our collective gratitude. For all that she has done and continues to do. Congratulations, Aurora.
Atra Ventus Combat Master of the Brotherhood
Augur Atra Ventus, 2017-06-22 22:44:06 +0100
I've often said that anyone who doubts the validity of the Rollmaster position need only look at COU's very own Rollmistress for an example of RM done right. Blade has been an absolute asset to COU and an essential part of our sustained growth since taking the position. It's more accurate to call her our community manager than what most in the DB associate with the rollmaster position. She certain takes care of the "pups" but she is in the channels day in and day out creating content, hyping competitions, spotlighting member works and achievements and generally looking out for all of COU's members.
In addition to all the statistics laid out by Arch, Blade recently not only got first place in the Desperate Measures coop event with Clan Taldyran but she was the only member in either Clan to have a perfect 16/16 competition participation. That's the kind of leader Blade is, front and center in the trenches with her people.
Please accept this small token of our gratitude for all you do for the COU community.
Arcia has proven to be a solid leader and a constant source of inspiration and motivation not only for the House but for the Clan as a whole. He remains a constant voice in the clan telegram channels and is always around for advice, motivation and just general insanity.
Since his last recognition, Arcia has co-organized 7 DJB wide Herald comps in his former capacity of P:Herald and he also participated in 26 competitions in his own right. This does include 4 events from the most recent Clan Co-op event Desperate Measures. He was an integral part of our Battle Plan team helping us win the 2nd place in the event.
Arcia has been a good friend, a strong leader and a wealth of inspiration and knowledge that is always there to help the House grow and become a dominant force in the DJB. Therefore it's for these reasons I'm happy to award Arcia Cortel his 5th Steel Cross of her career, Congratulations!
Edgar Drachen, QUA of House Hoth
Seer Edgar Drachen, 2017-06-22 23:54:25 +0100
Esca (Arcia) has been an invaluable right hand during his time as Praetor. I have had the privilege to award him his first Sacramental weapon, however, his contributions didn't end there. Since his last award, he has done 7 Warbanners, 2 custom weapons, 3 selector weapons for a total of 40 images, and 1 selector robe for a total of 8 images. Compiled, he has done 57 additional images for the Club. He has also organized and co-organized 7 competitions in the form of the Shroud War tournament, the first successful graphics tournament of its kind in the DB. It included 31 unique participants (a participation percentage of 62%) and 68 unique submissions. He has also added three news posts to the front page in the effort to make my work easier. All in all his contributions never really stopped at sheer numbers. While they are undoubtedly a great statistic for his work, they do not show the many discussions we've had on how to run the DB graphics community, where to focus our efforts when developing new content, how to organize the future Society (for which, until now, he has been a large contributor). I must, again, express my thanks to Esca for his service and the many times he has helped me in my work. Thank you and congratulations.
Hiset Tval hit the ground running and got through early promotions with ease and since he has joined Hoth he has always been a source of great activity both in the House and Clan telegram channels along with his impressive numbers.
Speaking of which, since his last recognition, he has participated in 17 noncontainer comps and organized 1 comp as well. With this activity, he earned, 2 Crescents with Ruby Stars, 5 Amethyst Stars, 3 Sapphire Stars, 2 Emerald Stars, 4 Pendants of Blood, 66 Clusters of fire 2 clusters of ice and 1 Scroll of Indoctrination for recruiting Xy Yur.
After dealing with some real life issues Hiset came back strong and was able to tie for first place in the latest Clan mini event The Blooming of Solyiat! Overall Hiset is a great member and one I am very proud to have in the House especially because it allows me to be able to award him with his very first merit medal of his DJB career!
Congratualtions Hiset on your very first Dark Cross!
Tisto is yet another solid and consistent member of House Hoth. He is more than a constant presence in the every facet of the House, Clan and even in the greater DJB wide community. You can always find him chatting in the DB fiction, House and Clan telegram channels. In fact, he is kind enough to serve us all coffee in the morning. Then again I think that's to prevent us from killing such a wide-eyed morning person.
His help on the Hoth wiki project has been a steady stream of activity and he is always one of the first people to volunteer his services for his fellow clan mates. It's great to see such a young member take pride in his clan and do all he can to make it a great place to be.
Like us, all Tisto has had a very busy real life schedule with senior year of high school but he still managed to organize 1 competition and participate in 68 competitions as well. In which, he earned himself 2 Crescents with Sapphire Stars, 7 Emerald Stars, 5 Topaz Stars, 1 Quartz Star, 2 Pendants of Blood, 15 Clusters of Fire, 54 Clusters of Ice, 73 Clusters of Earth and 5 Clusters of Graphite.
His record shows he will not shy away from any activity within the club and it's for these reasons and for his unending House Spirit that I'm proud to award Tisto his 1st Steel Cross of his DJB career!
Whilst Edgar covered the record of activity for Tisto Kingang, I can only speak of the tenacious young man I've come to know this past month. From the moment I stepped into the position, Tisto has been very helpful and welcoming despite his busy schedule. It may have been roughly ten years, but I clearly recall the headaches and stress brought on by my final year of High School... I don't think I would have been able to participate anywhere near the amount Tisto has, despite that.
He's a proud member of Hoth, polite and generous and willing to put in hard work to see that both the House and Clan succeed. Despite the unnatural cheerful behavior in the morning hours (let's face it, it's not natural :P), Tisto is very patient whilst I imbibe copious amounts of caffeine in order to communicate beyond grunts and glares. To be frank, I'm both worried and looking forward to his increased activity and volunteer work once he's finally graduated.
Tisto, it's been a pleasure meeting you and congratulations on your first ever Steel Cross!
His excellent ACC efforts have already been enumerated, but I'd like to add that he has done a wonderful job not only completing these matches but also applying the feedback from ACC judges. As an ACC judge myself, I want to stress that this is nice to see. These ACC matches often take place because a member of the Clan needs someone to fight, which makes this activity all the better. In addition, I'd like to further commend his community spirit. As Rollmistress I often put up Clan Odan-Urr development questions that are voluntary but highly recommended. Tisto has willingly answered these for all of his various characters. Not everyone answers these, but this helps drive connections between clan members and it is greatly appreciated.
I think that both of these points are great examples of his dedication to the club and his Clan. Congratulations on your newest award and thank you for all the hard work you put into this club!
Tisto is one of those members who's well-known far beyond his home unit. He has consistently been one of the most active participants in both Fiction Chat and the various COU channels for well over a year. His famous for his high energy and constant drive to contribute to his unit and the Brotherhood as a whole.
One item that's particularly close to might heart is Tisto's high activity in the ACC. He frequently tosses out open challenges and is aiming for a win in the upcoming GJW ACC event. With 7 completed matches since his last recognition under his belt, he's in the top few most active ACCers for 2017.
Chris Winchester or Nero is one of the many members I’ve known for years prior to being in a position to award him... Even I don’t know how many years it’s been. Let’s assume five. I like that number. Anyway, Nero is one of the few members of the club that can trade snarky comments with me and not be offended. Even then, he’s a helpful presence in various Telegram groups and is currently making me new report graphics without being asked to do so. More recently, he recruited and has taken on a rising star by the name of Wolfe Whitehorn as a student; Nero was subsequently awarded a Scroll of Indoctrination for this, visibly giving Wolfe advice on what to do to get the next ranks in the COU Clan group on Telegram. He’s also one of the valuable members that will willingly volunteer his services for whatever he is needed for, between my own report graphics and a possible logo for the new Battleteam Wildcards.
Since his last merit in January, Nero has participated in twenty-one competitions, placing Third in The Scimitar of Lord Hoth - March 2017. In that time, he has netted a Crescent with a Topaz Star, a Pendant of Blood, Ninety-Nine Clusters of Fire, Forty Clusters of Earth, Three Clusters of Graphite and the previously mentioned Scroll of Indoctrination.
For his efforts and dedication to the House, I’m pleased to recommend Chris Winchester be rewarded a Dark Cross.
Though I met her roughly a month prior to joining Hoth as it’s Aedile, I only knew Jasper as ‘that girl who loves putting flowers Everywhere... My first time speaking to her, in fact, was when she sent me a private message to send me a photo of my avatar with a flowery crown. In the time since taking this position, however, I’ve come to know her better as a genuinely sweet and helpful woman. I was very shocked when I glanced at her dossier and saw her last merit award was in 2008, well before my time in the club. This is me rectifying that in my usual fashion.
Since her promotion to Journeyman Four (Professional), Jasper has been a heavy hitter in a lot of competitions. Though she participated in twenty-nine, Jasper placed in just over half of the ones she submitted an entry to, as well as an astonishing First Place in the FIRST EVERHerald Tournament, The Shroud War! For this, she was one of two members nominated by the Herald for a Seal of Loyalty on May the Fourth. In doing so, she earned Two Diamond, Three Ruby, Two Amethyst, Four Sapphire and Three Crescents with an Emerald Star. But that’s certainly not all! In all of these efforts, Jasper has also earned Eleven Clusters of Ice and Twenty-Six Clusters of Graphite!
Due to her stellar efforts and flowery dedication (literally, she threw flowers everywhere!), I am pleased to recommend that Jasper Arlow be awarded... yes, I read that right... her First Anteian Cross!
Congratulations Jasper! You’ve more than earned this!
Yuki Suoh (aka Jack) or as I like to call him "the man of many names", in fact since my time in Hoth Summit he has gone by Zoso, Mana, Miho and now Yuki (not to mention the many names he has had over his long career in the Brotherhood), but I digress.
Yuki has had his ups and downs throughout his time here in the DJB, but he always seems to shine when he is a member of House Hoth. He is always communicating, offering his advice and his skills as a proofreader to the every member of the Clan in telegram. No matter how much he tries to play the "I'm the broody, antisocial and rough personality card", his deeds and genuine caring about his fellow Housemates always shines through.
Also, his own personal achievements stand tall all on their own as well, in fact since his last recognition Yuki spent 4 months as my Aedile in House Hoth. During that time he was instrumental in helping run the House, co-writing and proofreading all of the House fictions that came out during his time in the summit. He also helped me organize and run the new annual Scimitar of House Hoth competition that was built to promote every activity the DJB offers. He was a great help to me and I was sad when real life forced him to leave his position but I of course understood.
Along with his time as Aedile Yuki was able to organize and co-organize 10 competitions and participate in 41 as well. He was able to amass 1 Crescent with a Ruby Star, 7 Amethyst Stars, 6 Sapphire Stars, 4 Topaz Stars, 4 Clusters of Fire, 8 Clusters of Ice and 336 Clusters of Earth.
So it is at this time I wish to thank a dear housemate, leader, advisor, proofreader and most importantly a dear friend for all of his hard work and determination to help make House Hoth one of the best Houses in the entire DJB.
For all of your hard work, especially proofreading my fictions, I am proud to award you with your 4th Steel Cross! Congratulations, my friend!
Edgar Drachen, Quaestor of House Hoth
Seer Edgar Drachen, 2017-06-16 15:23:40 +0100
Yuki, a name I've grown to learn well. Not only is he a good writer, but he is a great teammate. First, he willing writes fictions with his fellow Clanmates, which gives back to the community of Odan-Urr itself and makes things more fun. Second, his time as an Aedile speaks for itself.
And more recently, I really appreciate the "can-do" attitude and teamwork that Yuki demonstrated in the recent Clan event. We had to write a run on together and things were a big rocky. It required people to step up and do some last minute writing. He didn't complain and he was willing to help out whenever needed. We ended up winning first place and I think Yuki was a big part of it. Small things like that mean a lot.
Overall, Yuki is not only an awesome guy but a great teammate. For this reason and his activity reported above, I believe he has earned a Steel Cross. Congratulations!!
Firith is a grumpy, grumpy chap, who has become part of the woodwork in Naga Sadow. He may not always agree with decisions and questions a lot of things that go on in the DB, yet he is a genuine, honest bloke. That we have the added bonus of his wife, Lilith in the Clan is a boon to it. Together, they encourage their Battleteams to have a friendly rivalry and enliven our chat and engage with others in the Clan.
Firith's writing ability is quite good and despite thinking that he wasn't good enough, he took the decision to compete in the Harrowing ACC event, where he did a match against Aul, one of our best writers. I was extremely impressed by Firith's posts, which painted a good story and I hope he continues to participate in the ACC.
Naga Sadow is blessed with many active Equites, who I know will go on to lead Naga Sadow in the future. I believe Firith will have his time to shine in leadership if he chooses to take the plunge.
What to say about Firith? He’s a workhorse and for that, I am more than happy to recommend him for a Grand Cross. His last recognition was just under 3 months ago and since then he has poured out a lot of activity, in fact, I am confident in that time period he is one of the most active members of the Clan which is certainly wonderful to see.
Most recent competitions include the MAA puzzles, Haiku events, monthly gaming events, Graphics and fiction events galore. May the 4th Event, New Ties Event with Tarentum, The Herald Tournament and so on! In fact, I have to stop here as he’s partaken in 83 competitions. I just couldn’t list them all.
Gaming wise Firith has taken part in 3 PvP matches and 2 PvE matches earning himself 19 CF’s and 35 CEs.
Fictionally he has achieved 14 CI’s, he's taken part in the ACC event The Harrowing for CNS, done 5 fiction activities totalling 1092 words and 5 RO posts with 5325 words.
Other achievements include 1 SA course passed, 19 Crescents (5 Topaz, 1 Emerald, 4 Sapphire, 6 Amethyst, 3 Diamond), 1 Seal of Loyalty and 32 Clusters of Graphite!
I am beyond proud to recommend Firith for this Grand Cross!
Seer Kojiro Keibatsu , 2017-06-14 22:47:02 +0100
Firith...Firith is a GOOD man. He is a sounding board for me. A constant voice with me. As two old crusty military veterans we have a common bond that allows us to be very open and honest with each other and both of us can expect honest no nascence answers from each other. Firith is another pillar of the team. I do not think there are to many comps or projects he does not dive into. Every activity report Firith is usually at the top of them with all his activity and the amount of quality that he puts into each one. Amazing to have him on the team and MORE than worthy of this award. Thank you my friend and congratulations on this prestigious award.