Another Quaestor report rolled out in a timely manner! Let's cover some Dark Crusade stuff, AWOL info, and summit updates.
After two weeks operating as Aedile, Ka'Hava'Ve decided that he would prefer to work as a regular member, submitting his letter of resignation to me and the rest of my summit. Not only is this indicative of the high expectations I place on my leadership, but it is also a perfect example of how a member should act when he or she is presented with the choice to either do better or step down. Too often do we hear about leaders who, despite perhaps not living up to standards, stick around and do little to nothing except hold down a slot. Kave showed all of us on the summit a profound level of self-awareness and maturity, and I thank him for that.
That being said, there was a fairly large shift in summit leadership after Kave's departure. Arden Karn has been elevated to the position of Aedile/Wrath, while Celevon Edraven, previously battle team leader of Karness Muur, has been appointed as Rollmaster/Overseer. Keeping the momentum going, Arturis Schulen, previously XO, is now Karness Muur's BTL. Please take the time to congratulate all of our new and existing leaders.
With Arturis vacating the XO slot in KM, we need someone new to step up to the plate. We do have some people in mind, but I follow a precedent in that members should demonstrate interest in the position to the house summit in order to be given the job. Therefore, if you are keen on becoming the newest addition to our bro-team (yes, that's what I decided to call it on a whim), please contact me, Celevon, Arden, and Arturis with a brief blurb on why you are interested in being XO and what you plan to do whilst in the position.
As stated in a previous e-mail to the house, I would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in the vendetta. Our challenger was Naga Sadow, a clan known for its gold-winning writers and artists, so this was not an easy chapter. Because grading is still underway and we don't have a lot of new updates, some of the info I will be putting down here may be repetitive, but you will also find new nuggets of knowledge strewn throughout the spiel.
Just shy of the 1.5 participation ratio we needed to keep our extra Special Forces team member, we managed a 1.43 participation ratio for the Athiss campaign. The activity tracker shows that Plagueis as a whole sent in 66 submissions - out of those 66, 23 were from Karness Muur and 31 were from Ajunta Pall. While the Special Forces team amassed 43 submissions, the General Troops amassed 23, meaning that the General Troops accounted for 0.61 out of the participation ratio.
Obviously, there's a lot we can work on. Back when we were facing Naga Sadow, Odan-Urr, and Tarentum on Khar Delba, we managed a solid 2.05 participation ratio (which means 2.05 submissions for every member of Plagueis). That's a solid ratio, and it is something we should aim to beat this next round, not just reach again.
While the Special Forces team has been constructed in order to produce high-quality submissions, given the size of our house, I'm expecting the General Troops to overshadow Special Forces in terms of quantity of submissions. Your participation does assist toward a potential Nova in the General Troops categories, such as the recent regular member run-ons, which guaranteed every GT Plagueian participant a medal. Also, without a ninth Special Forces member, we are caught at a disadvantage compared to other clans and houses who have reached 1.5 in participation. That is why I will reiterate that the General Troops are important to keep the entire house strong, as well as help the Special Forces team stay in top shape. Our work intertwines. Remember that.
As of right now, summit members are currently communicating with Plagueians to see if they are still active and present within the house before Plagueis officially commences with an AWOL process. Those of you who were active in the recent Dark Crusade round have proven to us that you have a presence in the unit, so do not expect an e-mail from us. We are instead contacting various members who have not shown obvious activity in the past few months or more, in order to check on them and see where they are in real life and in the Brotherhood.
With the help of its advisors, the summit will produce an AWOL list to be submitted to the Master at Arms by July 28th. Even if this AWOL check is not directly affecting you as a member, we on the summit believe in an open channel to the house once decisions have been finalized and operations confirmed.
I personally feel like there is a lot of stigma surrounding the idea of being transferred into the Rogues due to inactivity. Like having that in your ID line makes you a dead weight, or a loser, or a traitor to your former unit. The truth is, I find it more honorable of a member to leave a house when he or she is not active than a member sticking around on the roster just because they clicked on an AWOL link from time to time.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break from the Brotherhood, and just because you go to the Rogues doesn't mean you're stuck there. When you have more time readily available in order to participate in vendettas and maintain an active presence in Plagueis - well, you can always come back. The bottom line is, our participation in vendettas (which are a huge part of Brotherhood activity these days), is now being weighed by ratio, not just quantity, which is there in order for smaller houses like us to compete with member-heavy titans like Arcona. Basically, we are judged not only by our active membership, but also our inactive membership.
So if you happen to be an active member, here's a high five and a drink from me - awesome work. If you do not happen to be an active member (yet are somehow reading this report due to some crazy, convenient happenstance), then perhaps it is time to reconsider your staying in Plagueis. Don't get me wrong, we'd hate to see you leave - but we place a lot of value in your doing things if you decide to stay on the roster. We need participants, writers, artists, gamers, leaders, and mentors more than ever before.
This was kind of a doozy of a report, so thanks for sticking around. Keep watching the new Brotherhood website and let me know if there's anything about it that should be addressed - I'm in good contact with James and Arion, our code monkeys. Arden's Aedile report will be soaring atcha on August 5th, and we will deliver any and all Dark Crusade news to you as it comes along (such as grading results, planet selection, in-house awards, and future round expectations). Stay awesome, Plagueis!
Cheers, Ronovi Tavisaen, Quaestor of Plagueis
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