Sapphire Blade events for General Alethia Archenksova

Sapphire Blade events
Event ID
Sapphire Blade
Requested by
Adept Rajhin Cindertail
Primary reason

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

Adept Rajhin Cindertail, 2017-06-23 03:06:13 UTC
Additional reasons

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.

Drinks on Alethia (literally and figuratively!)

Aura Ta'var Rollmistress

Adept Aurora "Aura" Ta'var, 2017-06-23 03:05:30 UTC

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!

Augur Edgar Drachen, 2017-06-22 23:58:36 UTC

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.

Atra Ventus
Combat Master of the Brotherhood

Master Thane "Atra" Skotos, 2017-06-22 21:54:07 UTC
Event ID
Sapphire Blade
Requested by
Prophet Dacien Victae
Primary reason

Arch has been busy to start his term as HM, starting the process of broad updates across SA courses, particularly the Fundamentals courses, to reflect changes in the DB over the last couple of years. He has also continued to contribute to Exarch-related discussions and has engaged in DC-wide debate about XP and other large projects. He has organized 7 comps, participated in 46 (earning 31 crescents), and picked up 65 CFs, 8 CEs, 3 CIs, and 3 CGs. Congrats, Arch!

Prophet Dacien Victae, 2023-01-13 22:50:01 UTC
Additional reasons

When Arch joined the Dark Council I almost felt like he didn't join, because his inputs and work already had my ear. Yet it's been great to see him take on Headmaster and give his vision to that role and what it can and should be as a part of our community as well as helping guide the larger experience of members. His help on XP as it relates to the intake learning curve of new members and the value he's already provided is an indication of what is to come in the future. Congratulations.

Grand Master Darth Nehalem, 2023-01-13 19:11:51 UTC

Arch brings exactly what I want in a staffer: meticulous attention to detail, a high level of scrutiny, in-depth knowledge and experience, and a not-so-lacking willingness to push back at me.

That is how one sums up the everything that is Arch and why I'm so remiss to know his time on my staff is coming to an end. To say that Arch is always up to something is to say that fire burns. It's obvious. That makes a recommendation hard to write because the pile keeps getting bigger. But, that's what I appreciates about him.

As a member of staff, Arch looks at the big picture. He addresses the member experience and our impact on it, all while keeping an eye on precedence and potential chain reactions. I think this measured hand is part of the reason why we continue to instill a "quiet" period from the Chamber's perspective. That is to say, the boat isn't rocking and Arch's clear view of the waters is a contributing factor.

Thanks, Arch!

Master Thane "Atra" Skotos, 2023-01-12 18:39:21 UTC