If I had to describe Malisane De Ath, or Malisane Sadow as he is now known, I think I would have to call him seasoned. Such a descriptor is pretty vague, so I hope over the course of this recommendation to outline the elements of my fellow Sadowan that has helped to cement him as an excellent member of my Clan Summit.
Now, before my time Malisane held a number of different positions. I mean, I have seen some people who have served in this Battleteam or in that House, but Mal’s experiences are a bit different. He has certainly dedicated a notable amount of time to the Clan itself looking back on his record, but he was not only serving the interests of Naga Sadow since he joined the ranks of our third degree Equites.
Back in April of 2007, Malisane had been serving as the Knight Commander of the Brotherhood under the Headmaster and continued to do so until June the 30th of 2007. Reading back on the Wiki, I have seen that member education and retention were the primary responsibilities dealt with administration and handling of the Society of Envoys, from reviewing standards for envoys to ensuring members were awarded properly amongst the envoys to evaluating member statistics with the HM and GM. While I cannot attest to the day to day functions of the Society of Envoys beyond the history provided by our Wiki, I believe this demonstrates a desire to give back by Malisane.
At the very least, that seems very consistent with my experiences with Malisane thus far.
This seems supported by his terms of service as an Appeals Panelist for eight months between August of 2007 and April 2008, for which he was awarded a Dark Cross by the Justicar. Following this term of service Malisane went on to serve as the Left Hand of Justice for six months between June and December of the same year. For that term of service and his service during the proceedings of Chamber of Justice Case 026 Malisane was presented with a Steel Cross by Justicar Kir Katarn.
His contributions to the Clan Naga Sadow have been well-documented if you look through his awards and accolades from the period. From House and Clan leadership he was awarded a Grand Cross a Steel Crossin later 2007 and then another Steel Cross in November of the same year in November 2007 of the same year. The recommendations covered excellent organizational skills used for the good of the Clan and an excellent attitude that helped to ensure the Envoy system worked within Clan Naga Sadow to greet and instruct all new members. In the 2nd recommendation he was cited as a mentor from day one who led by example as he spiritedly participated in each event and Vendetta he took part in, challenging his fellows to excellence and acting as a counsel to his Quaestor. In the third he was awarded for his work and contributions to the success of the Invasion of Orian event run shortly following the 8th Great Jedi War.
Malisane was the sort who was not satisfied just to stop there, however. He also received commendation for helping to shape the Naga Sadow narrative through crafting RO posts as part of the Ares Uprising arc and continued overall service to the Clan as Aedile and Quaestor in House Ludo Kressh on March 2nd, 2010. He helped the House develop fresh ideas, build upon previous ideas/concept and rose admirably to occasion in Spoils of War.
His leaders took particular note of his showing in the ACC despite his relative inexperience at the time as a demonstration of his dedication toward his Clan and CNS’s third place position in the Rite of Supremacy. Beyond just that event, he was cited as being a thoughtful devil's advocate for the Clan and known to stick around to help out the Clan whenever they had need of his assistance. Beyond the great lengths he went to as AED and QUA he also served as a mentor to his predecessor!
His Sapphire Blade in August of 2010 further supported the reputation that Malisane has earned. He was credited with helping to develop the Clan story and the House Feud of the time and beyond and as Rollmaster he was ever vigilant, leading the Dark Council to recognized his excellent service. Mal was seen as a vocal presence, demonstrating his love for his House regularly through his actions and the care he gave to the administration of his unit. He was cited as being the sort who "just gets on with the job, not asking for any commendation." Without dragging into the amount of detail shown in the recommendations, Malisane was a do'er and a contributor.
Then again, at the end of November of 2010 Malisane was again recognized, this time with an Anteian Cross for his continued and consistent service as Rollmaster, both as a Clan and later House Rollmaster. He was later recognized again in 2012 not just once but rather twice for different contributions in the Children of Revolution event. The first was for his part in planning the plot of the event back in June, but he was recognized for his contributions to the event itself with excellent posts written for the event thread in July of the same year.
Now is the time we get more to what I would call the ‘modern era’ of Malisane. When Malisane returned to our ranks at the end of July, I was excited to see what an old pillar of the community would bring to the table during a Great Jedi War. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Rolling in right in time for the War, Malisane began to throw participation up left and right, taking part in fifteen competitions during the course of Great Jedi War XIII: Discord. Now, those contributions were largely covered in the Anteian Cross that we presented Malisane following the War. He continued to participate and contribute into March which allowed us to give him a Dark Cross in recognition.
Things got even better in April of 2020 though. True to the assertions made by Summit members of Sadow past, when the need arose for a Quaestor for House Shar Dakhan, Malisane stepped up to the plate. Over the last ten months he has served the Clan once again and I am excited to see what sort of future Malisane will continue to help us mold for this old Clan . Already he has helped to further our Clan story through the creation of the Inos Incurion and contribution to the planning and execution of Prepare for War preceding the last Great Jedi War. He has also been an active contributor in Summit conversations concerning Clan fictional direction, in how we might better engage our members and other more minutiae concerning Clan Naga Sadow as a whole. And if his past is anything to go by, I think he is just getting started.
I guess this is the part that I would sort of consider the “TL;DR” of this recommendation. Since his last promotion some fourteen years ago, Malisane has accomplished a lot.
He has taken part in and built more than mere statistics can attest to. He has enriched the experience of many a member. He has organized 35 competitions on his own, helped to co-organize another, taken part in 125 competitions as a member and played other members in Hearthstone (over eight PVP activities). He has submitted to 32 fiction activities in that time, writing some 59,241 words in individual entries and another 9805 over an additional 15 run-on posts.
He has gathered plenty of shiny things beyond the awards and the sacc that I detailed above. In the time since his last promotion, Malisane has earned has 4 Novae (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze), 3 Crescents with Diamond Star, 4 Crescents with Ruby Star, the 5 Crescents with Amethyst Star, another 11 Crescents with Sapphire Star, 12 Crescents with Emerald Star, 7 Crescents with Topaz Star, 2 Crescents with Quartz Star and then 2 Legions of the Scholar. When you factor in that he has participated in 141 competitions when you count containers, this means that he has a roughly 35% 'win rate' for Crescents, Novae and the like. Not too shabby! I would of course be remiss if I were to fail to also hold up the Clusters that he has earned for his activity: the 163 Clusters of Ice for writing, the 34 Clusters of Fire for gaming, or the 33 Clusters of Graphite he has earned through showing off his artistic prowess.
Speaking of prowess, there is something to be said for the number of Seals that Malisane has accrued since 2007. The first Vendetta he took part in following his last promotion was in Great Jedi War Eight where he earned 9 Seals of Pain. As seems to be the theme, it didn’t stop there. He also participated in Great Jedi War 9 thus securing a Seal of Unity, as well as 8 Seals of Bone for the Spoils of War, earned 15 Seals of Discord for his returning Great Jedi War in 2019 and also got 14 Seals of Visions in Homefront. Oh yeah, and he was presented a Seal of Loyalty by Grand Master Ashen back in 2009 for loyalty and contributing to the growth of the club!
I guess what I find myself circling back around to with this recommendation is that Malisane and what he has brought to our club are far more than numbers, statistics or data can show. However, I hope that I have succeeded in providing a sampling of how Malisane has enriched this Clan and Club over the years, if only since his last promotion. He is more than the sum of a Sapphire Blade, 2 Grand Crosses, 3 Steel Crosses, 2 Anteian Crosses or 6 Grand Crosses. He is more than terms of service as Aedile, Quaestor or Rollmaster. He is more than a willing agent of the Chamber of Justice back in the day. His past in storied. With 2 months as Quaestor, the 2 months as Knight Commander, the 8 months as Appeals Panel, the 6 months serving as the Left Hand of Justic, his 3 month term as an Aedile, then 2 months as a Quaestor again in 2009, his two months as a Rollmaster, and of course his recent 10 month stint as Quaestor of House Shar Dakhan he has given to the long-term health of this club.
He is more than just a member of my Summit team. The man, like his history seems far more nuanced than I had even realized before I started to get to know him and more recently to dig back into his past years with the Clan and Club.
After reviewing his record and giving an account here, I feel confident in recommending that Malisane Sadow should finally be elevated to the rank of 4th grade Equite. The dude has more than earned his stripes. Rise as our latest Warlord, Malisane De Ath. May your career with the Brotherhood continue to be as enriched as you have made our Brotherhood over the years.
Oh yeah, and drinks are on you tonight. :D
Consul of Clan Naga Sadow
Warlord Bentre Sadow, 2021-02-17 21:00:42 UTC