In all the time I’ve known Kelly Mendes, she has been an active leader and role model. Now, as I write this recommendation, I have continued to be floored by her participation rates, her organizational skills, and her calm and level headed demeanor as she manages her house.
Since her last recognition in February of this year, Kelly has participated in 41 competitions, coorganized 5 competitions, and submitted 4 additional Quaestor reports - always on time on the 10th of each month. In regards to her own activity, she is a consistently present and successful gamer, being the primary reason for Plagueis attaining #1 in gaming participation out of all of the clans during multiple consecutive weeks. Of course, Kelly is not limited to her gaming ability, which admittedly has earned her a whopping 1,441 Clusters of Fire and 13 Pendants of Blood; she has also managed to garner 20 Clusters of Earth, 9 Clusters of Graphite, 4 Clusters of Ice, 2 Crescents with Amethyst Stars, and 6 Crescents with Ruby Stars (the last of which are due to her frequent participation in Brotherhood-wide competitions).
Kelly showed her mettle in the May the 4th! Competition, though where she truly shone was in her organization of the Mysteries of Aliso event within Clan Plagueis. In my recommendation for Furios’ Grand Cross, I claimed he was the godfather of the event; if that is the case, then Kelly can absolutely be considered the architect. She took everyone’s ideas and thoughts and made them all make sense, creating full blown competition templates and guidelines and particularly showing her skills by putting together the original NPC and Aliso Locations competitions that members could contribute their own ideas to. There was little to nothing that Arden and I changed in regards to those specific comps and their rules - that’s how well put together they really were.
While Kelly has proven herself on both the ACC Staff and the Shadow Academy staff, I personally believe that her activity in Plagueis alone warrants an award. Despite being in a vastly different time zone compared to the rest of the clan, Kelly is active in both the Plagueis Telegram channel and the DB Fiction channel. She steps in to help as a mentor, and she provides wry humor, silliness, and perspective to the culture of her clan. She holds high expectations for the members of her house Ajunta Pall, though she always encourages them rather than simply pressuring them, reminding them that she is there to help. She is a true example of a leader that all of us can look up to.
It is for this reason, and all others stated above, that I wholeheartedly recommend that Kelly be awarded a Grand Cross of the Dark Side for her work. Thank you, Kelly, for being one of the best.
Warlord Ronovi Tavisaen, 2018-06-20 01:29:46 UTC
While I have only been a part of the upper echelons of the SA staff for a short time, I can say that Kelly has had a tremendous impact before and during my time. WHen I joined the staff one of my ideas was to write down and codify several of our policies. Kelly successfully argued that a few were a bit too severe against the SA staff. She was also the key person in helping me and Farrin in deciding what direction we would attempt to take the Shadow Academy Society in. In numbers, she has graded 40 courses since her last award and 95 since her last promotion. This may seem like a low number, but the majority of those courses were ones that consisted of several essay questions and required her to put significant thought into the grading.
Augur Daniel "Seraphol" Stephens, 2018-06-20 00:38:09 UTC
Kelly Mendes has been a successful addition to my ACC staff. Showing enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, Kelly has taken to the structure of the office and has taken part in both discussion and project work. Since her last promotion, Kelly has both judged and participated in the ACC itself. This is a critical balance to strike and one she does without much issue. After all, how can we be expected to pass judgement if we don't receive it ourselves? We have to know the system as a participant, as well as an administrator.
In hard numbers, Kelly has judged 5 battles, finished 8, and provided 1 original venue for the Scenario Hall. She also looked over the names of other scenarios and brought in potential images. This helped in the smooth re-integration of the Scenario Hall in its transformed state. Beyond this, she never balks at feedback. Her judgements are done in a timely manner and she both listens and adapts to the feedback provided. It is clear that she has both technical knowledge and a will to apply it.
It has been a pleasure working with her, and it is with pride that I outline her contributions as a recommendation for promotion. Congratulations, Kelly.
It seemed like it hasn't been long enough since I last wrote a merit medal for Tahiri - that is, until I checked her activity over the past four months. In the short time since her Steel Cross in February, she's submitted complete entries to 55 competitions. This includes 6 entries to the clan’s Mysteries of Aliso event, in which she placed first and second in the two puzzles. She was also one of the members representing the clan at this year’s May the 4th Celebration, participating in 6 competitions. Aside from those, her spread of activity includes participation in many of the of the club’s long-running competitive activities, including a number of the Fist’s regular gaming competitions/leagues, MAA puzzles, Andrelious’ Sporcle Series, the Summer Puzzle Series, and Arcona’s Valentine’s Day event. Her victories have earned her 15 total Crescents, including 2 with Ruby Stars, 8 with Amethyst Stars, 4 with Sapphire Stars, and 1 with a Topaz Star. The activity she’s performed in this time has also earned her 29 Clusters of Fire over 8 PVP matches, 12 Clusters of Ice from a well-written ACC battle and 6 activities adding another 1,128 words; and 9 Clusters of Graphite from graphics competitions.
Not only an active and regular competitor, Tahiri has completed 4 Shadow Academy courses, including Leadership Competitions and Chamber of Justice 101, both of which are valuable to an individual aiming to provide for the DB rather than remain as a participant. Adding to her leadership qualities is the fact that she has been serving on the Justicar’s Appeals Panel for most of the time since her last recognition four months ago. She is one of our regular members on Telegram, always helping to make our new members feel welcome and answer questions that pop up. She comments on reports, rallies hype for clan events, contributes to daily conversation, and has been nothing but a great member of Clan Plagueis and the Brotherhood for as long as she’s been in my unit. It’s always heartening for me as a leader to see members like Tahiri staying helpful and active in this club. I’m glad to write these recommendations for her, even if they pop up surprisingly often. With this club’s value on both hard metrics and soft qualities, it’s a no-brainer that a member who exemplifies those values like Tahiri should be awarded a Grand Cross for her efforts.
Tahiri, we hope to continue seeing you flourish and grow as a member in House Karness Muur and Clan Plagueis. Thank you for your performance, and enjoy this token of the summit’s appreciation.
Recommendation written by Furios Morega, Quaestor of House Karness Muur
There are few members that are so well-known in Clan Plagueis as Brimstone. With his remarkable dedication and friendly presence, we’ve all come to know him as the clan’s favorite Chiss with a phone. In the time since his last recognition, Brim has been a steady source of activity. He has participated in a whopping 69 competitions, including 11 in Clan Plagueis’ The Enemy Below event, 5 in the Twelfth Great Jedi War, 6 in the club's May the 4th Be With You! series, and 8 entries in the clan’s most recent event, Mysteries of Aliso. His competitive activity has earned him 2 Crescents with a Ruby Star, 2 Crescents with a Sapphire Star, 1 Crescent with an Emerald Star, 1 Crescent with a Topaz Star, and 5 Seals of Wrath. His activity has also spread into the Brotherhood’s gaming community with 6 PVP matches and 1 PVE activity. Combined with his regular SWGOH entries, he's totaled 131 Clusters of Earth and 22 Clusters of Fire for his gaming exploits.
Dedication is something that many members lack in this club. With all the curve balls that life throws at us, it can be difficult to keep up with a volunteer organization as one's hobby. Some members bail on their positions when real life interferes or join the Rogues when they don't feel like doing competitions anymore, but not Brimstone. He has done nothing but persevere since his serious trucking accident at the end of the last Great Jedi War. In the last several months, he's competed in many clan and club-wide competitions despite still recovering from multiple eye-socket reconstruction surgeries after said accident, and he has continually shown that if life is going to get anyone down, it won't be him. His loyalty to the clan and dedication to its health is an admirable part of what makes this member such a valuable asset to the unit and an integral part of our Plagueian family.
Aside from participating in competitions and events, Brimstone has also been a social paragon of the clan, providing the site with more of his feedback and comments than any other member in the clan this year and popping into Telegram when he's not riding the open road or diligently hammering out another flurry of comps on his phone. His friendly demeanor, steady presence, and continuous support has been a part of House Karness Muur and Clan Plagueis as a whole for as long as I can remember. There's nobody more deserving of this Grand Cross of the Dark Side than Brimstone. I hope this token of our appreciation brightens his recovery and I can't wait to see him back at full strength.
Recommendation written by Furios Morega, Quaestor of House Karness Muur
Malice always gives her best and lights up the clan chat anytime she is on. While real life forced her to step down as Aedile, this has not stopped her from continuing to be an active and positive member within the clan. Since her last recognition she has participated in 18 total competitions, 8 of which were part of the Mysteries of Aliso event, placing first in 2 competitions. Overall, she has gotten 2 Crescents with a Ruby Star and one with an Amethyst Star. A regular gamer, Malice has earned 68 Clusters of Fire as well as 2 Clusters of Ice for her works in graphics. Her efforts in fiction have earned her 4 Clusters of Ice for almost 2200 words of fiction. For her continued dedication to her clan I am pleased to recommend Malice for an Anteian Cross.
Battlemaster Azmodius Equesinfernum, 2018-06-13 02:04:19 UTC
For as long as I’ve known Zuser, he has always been very friendly and engaging. When Plagueis has an ongoing event, Zuser is always energetic and spurs others to participate as well. In the time since his last recognition, Zuser has participated in 13 competitions, 4 of which were a part of the latest Mysteries of Aliso event. His effort has earned him one of each, a Crescent with an Amethyst Star and Sapphire Star. Zuser’s love for fiction and great imagination is well known and shows in the 6 Clusters of Ice for over 3000 words between run ons and other competitions he has received as well as the 2 Clusters of Graphite. The most amazing aspect of these accomplishments is that they were all done within the span of less than 2 months! Competitive spirit aside, I don’t recall a single day where Zuser was absent from the clan chat. His constant presence and good nature always keeps the conversations going. For his infectious positive attitude and consistent commitment to his clan I am excited to award Zuser Whuloc with a Dark Cross!
Battlemaster Azmodius Equesinfernum, 2018-06-13 02:04:12 UTC
Caesar has been a nonstop powerhouse in Clan Plagueis for as long as I have known him. Since his last recognition he has participated in a whopping 32 total competitions, 13 of which were part of the most recent Mysteries of Aliso event in which he did all but one competition. While some choose to make quick and easy submissions, Caesar regularly puts effort in his work as was most recently shown in his placing in 8 of the 13, snagging first place twice and second and third 3 times each. In the last 5 months, his hard work has earned him 4 Crescents with a Diamond Star, 1 with Ruby Star, 2 with Amethyst Stars, 4 with Sapphire Stars, and 2 with Emerald Stars. His endeavors in Graphics have earned him 5 Clusters of Graphite and he has received 3 Clusters of Ice for his 1300 words of fiction. Caesar is also regularly seen in the clan telegram channel, discussing, debating, or joking with other members. Caesar always sets a great example for others and his clan can always count on him. For all his hard work and his devotion to his clan, I am pleased to recommend Gaius Julius Caesar for a well deserved Anteian Cross.
Battlemaster Azmodius Equesinfernum, 2018-06-13 02:04:10 UTC
Since his last recognition, Furios Morega has remained the impressive powerhouse of activity and leadership that we’ve grown to know him as. He has served as Quaestor of House Karness Muur for another nine months, posting 15 reports in total and co-organizing 10 events, several of them part of the overwhelmingly successful event, “Vacation on Dagobah,” held last January. This competition received over 300 unique submissions, with Furios organizing and running 6 events specifically in the container.
Furios’ own participation has been a marvel, as he truly exemplifies and models activity for the rest of his unit. Since his last recognition, he has earned 5 Clusters of Earth, 16 Clusters of Fire, 37 Clusters of Graphite, 2 Clusters of Ice, and 4 Pendants of Blood. During the Twelfth Great Jedi War, he participated in 18 individual events, attaining an equal amount of Seals of Wrath. He has also placed in several other DB-wide and Plagueis-wide events, winning 2 Crescents with Topaz Stars, 2 Crescents with Emerald Stars, 4 Crescents with Sapphire Stars, and 4 Crescents with Amethyst Stars. His dedication to the clan and his participation are worthy of accolades and praise.
Most recently, Furios co-organized, “Mysteries of Aliso,” running the Week 2 graphics event and participating in all the other 13 events provided. He also placed overwhelmingly in most events, achieving 3rd place four times, 2nd place five times, and 1st place one time. His contributions to the clan’s lore - creating an original Aliso location, two NPCs for both the Plagueis storyline and the Ascendant Legion and Fleet, and writing over 1,000 words of fiction and background for a potential conflict with the Collective - greatly benefited the clan summit’s goal of enhancing and adding to Plagueis’s environment and background.
His lore contributions do not end there, however. Before Laren Uscot resigned as Proconsul, Furios took the lead on what was familiarly called the “Plagueis Lore Drive,” collaborating with both house summits, the clan summit, and clan advisers on locations for ACC venues and Aliso. Working alongside Kelly and others on Telegram, he continued to expand on Karness Muur’s headquarters (the Korada Monastery), as well as assisted with structuring the entire format of the Mysteries of Aliso competition. It is safe to say that while “Mysteries of Aliso” was finalized by Arden and myself, Furios was the godfather of it, working with Laren to bring it into existence and helping to make it a reality.
Furios is a leader you constantly see on Telegram, inviting people to routine Skype calls (typically once a month, called the Quaestor Skype chat) and being an all-around enthusiastic and supportive individual. I have been fortunate to see how much he encourages his house members to participate, including but not limited to Zuser Whuloc. Despite Zuser not having a suitable computer to use for the competition, Furios encouraged him to do as much as he could during "Mysteries of Aliso," reminding him that every event counted. His individual outreach, combined with his efforts to inspire the clan as a whole, wound up making a difference, and Zuser wound up participating in 4 events, more than even he expected.
I can say with one hundred percent confidence that he has improved Plagueis as a whole with his healthy attitude, his activity level, and his drive to help other members. It is for this reason, and all reasons stated above, that I recommend Furios for a Grand Cross of the Dark Side.