I write tonight to inform you of my impending resignation from the position of Justicar. I informed Mav this evening of my intent, and he gracefully accepted my decision. I will remain as Justicar until the new nomination and election process is completed.
This is a sad event for me. To say that Justicar is a position particularly suited to me would be an understatement. I wanted to be JST since I was originally GM back in the '90s and saw Paladin smoke misbehaving members in a way I wouldn't dream of doing today. Then I watched with amazement as my good friends FF, Yacko, Kir and Taig took these reigns and set a high standard for excellence. I'm glad that Sarin finally gave me the chance to put my skill set to work; what better job for a Star Wars-loving attorney than to be the judge, jury and executioner in a club like this?
Unfortunately, I no longer have the ability to prioritize the DB like I once could. With my family as my top priority and my professional life taking off, my time for the DB has been extremely limited. Normally I could make it work, but the last couple months have added new opportunities at work that have eaten any semblance of free time I once had. Article 7, Section 7.01(f) of the Covenant states that: "The Justicar must be aware of his important role in the Brotherhood and must resign if time constraints keep the court on a constant delay." While I am still able to respond on a daily basis where required, I can no longer make progress on the other tasks and projects that I should be working on. My time constraints have caused delay, and I cannot remain as Justicar in good conscience.
There is much we have accomplished over the past three years. There is also much still to be done with this office, but I will be justifiably proud of the Chamber of Justice that I leave behind. The Covenant is in great shape and there is no other document like it in a similar organization. I believe strongly that I have set a strong precedent for my predecessor, and I know that Mav will choose the best person to fill this role. I leave knowing that the work I've done will be taken to the next level and that the CoJ and DB as a whole will continue to prosper.
As for me, the saddest part is not leaving the position I love, but it's the realization that there will be no impending return to the activity of my past. I am confident that you will see Sarin and Muz again in important positions, but Justicar was my third rise to the Dark Council and will very likely be my last. That is hard. That is very hard. Being a public leader in this club has been a part of me for the better part of 20 years, and I will miss it immensely. Unlike when I stepped down last time from GM, there is no going back to a clan to compete and win titles in GJWs. Doing that right is even more time consuming than JST. Rather, my role now is as an advisor in the background, a member of the Star Chamber, and a vigilant protector of the intellectual property of the club. I'm not going to fade away to total inactivity, but my activity will be mostly in the background.
To those that served with me on the CoJ, you have my eternal thanks, especially my Hands of Justice: Monty, Bubba, BF, Turel, Halc and Arden. You have made the difference in many ways, served with the utmost professionalism, and advanced your offices with skill and precision. Most of all, I think we made the right decisions, even the tough ones. I'm sorry to my current staff that you get me only in this abbreviated state, but the new Justicar will treat you well. Thank you as well to Sarin and Mav and all of those on this current and the past Dark Councils. Working with you was an honor, my friends, especially as the last few years have seen advances that we only dreamed of years ago. A special thanks to James, who has worked so hard to keep this club alive and well, that I would be remiss should I fail to recognize him on my way out the door.
As I write this last paragraph (which has taken me about an hour), I am glad that I already told about 15 people I was stepping down. No going back now, as much as every instinct in me is to delete this post, quit my real job, and make my kids bring me food as I sit here all day and play with my Magical Internet Friends. I feel like I am giving up a part of myself, and I wish I could peacefully go, saying that I had done all I could do and all I intended to to. But that is not the case, and it will be a long time before I forgive existence for only giving me so many hours in the day. But, it is time. I've put this off for too long, and it's time for me to go.
I will miss this and all of you.
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