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Greetings Everyone, I hope all of you are enjoying your post GJW relaxation and trying not to go insane from Episode XIII anticipation. This mini report will quickly announce several updates associated with the position of Consul. Two updates will...

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Greetings Everyone,

I hope all of you are enjoying your post GJW relaxation and trying not to go insane from Episode XIII anticipation. This mini report will quickly announce several updates associated with the position of Consul. Two updates will be awards for deserving Consuls, a third update will be a promotion, and a fourth update will be the announcement of a retirement and a new Consul.

1) Commander Rhylance: Promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
2) Augur Sanguinius Tsucyra Entar: Awarded the Emerald Dagger.
3) Augur Elincia Rei: Awarded the Amethyst Kukri.

The three Consuls identified above have performed exceptionally in a myriad of leadership positions since their last Sacramental Awards and Promotion. Sang and Elincia have served our clubs for years since their last SACs and each of their awards were long overdue. Aiden's promotion came on the heals of nearly a year as Consul of Taldryan and the exceptional work he put into the Clan and our Club. Please congratulate all three on their well desrved awards.

4) Warden Turel Sorenn has stepped down as Consul of Odan Urr and has been replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Alethia Archenksova.

Turel informed Mav and I of his decision to resign several months ago. During this time we had the opportunity to engage Arch and determined that it would be an easy transition to move him into the position of COU Consul. Please take the time to congratulate Turel on his exceptional performance as COU Consul (and going out in style/on top) and Arch on his selection to CON.


You guys will see another short mini-report from me shortly as Mav and I are mulling over a few other decisions and putting the cap on the remaining awards out there. I hope everyone had a good weekend (Army beat Navy!).

GM Pravus

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During the Great Jedi War's second phase Vivackus Kavon, one of our veteran members, made his return to Plagueis. At that time, he also approached me with the idea of doing a Plagueis Podcast, something to cover Plagueis and Star Wars related...

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During the Great Jedi War's second phase Vivackus Kavon, one of our veteran members, made his return to Plagueis. At that time, he also approached me with the idea of doing a Plagueis Podcast, something to cover Plagueis and Star Wars related topics in something other than news posts and reports. Now, the first iteration of the Plagueis Podcast has arrived for your listening pleasure, and can be found HERE. Below, you can find the topics and the relevant times in the podcast where they are discussed.

  • 00:01:03 Opening and introductions
  • 00:08:20 What to expect from the podcast
  • 00:09:00 Plagueis GJW shoutouts
  • 00:13:20 What NOT to expect from the podcast
  • 00:16:00 Potential for future guests
  • 00:24:26 Favorite SW media
  • 00:36:44 Opinions on Ep 7, Rogue 1, and Disney SW
  • 00:59:03 Ep 8 hopes/expectations
  • 01:21:33 Baseless Speculation about Rey's parents
  • 01:24:42 Final thoughts and wrap up
  • 01:29:21 Outtakes and silliness

Viv is looking to have the podcast releasing monthly (for now), with the next episode recording the first week of January. Anyone wanting to provide feedback, thoughts, listener mail or ask about being a guest should email Viv at [Log in to view e-mail addresses].

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Hello all! The Seals for Great Jedi War participation have been awarded to all participants for all competitions! The overwhelming majority of the work was done by our lovely and ever present James - the magical Seneschal! Thanks James! You'll...

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Hello all!

The Seals for Great Jedi War participation have been awarded to all participants for all competitions! The overwhelming majority of the work was done by our lovely and ever present James - the magical Seneschal! Thanks James!

You'll notice the name change, probably? Well, the thing is...we (mostly me) may not have noticed at the Seal of Retribution was awarded for participation in a Krath Rite of Supremacy in the mid-2000s. So for the confusion, I apologize!

Having said that, if you are missing a seal, please send Teylas and I an an email - and we will see what we can do!

Congratulations to everyone!

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Introduction Don’t worry sports fans, I didn’t go anywhere - I simply was on a bit of a reporting hiatus because, y’know, the War. I hope you all had a great time competing against each other. This was my first GJW as a DCer and holy crap does a...

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Introduction

Don’t worry sports fans, I didn’t go anywhere - I simply was on a bit of a reporting hiatus because, y’know, the War. I hope you all had a great time competing against each other. This was my first GJW as a DCer and holy crap does a lot go into making this work for you guys. I’m really proud of the work we as a group put in, and I’m definitely proud of all of you who submitted to the comps I created or helped to grade. My staff and I were focused on other things during the War, but with its conclusion it’s full steam ahead on our task list. We’ve got some great changes coming up that I think y’all will love, so let’s dive in.

The SA Takes on the Wiki!

With the Shadow Academy settling into its new fictional digs on Arx, there’s a lot for us to fill out on the Wiki to make it feel more like home. Laren will be leading the charge on this and I’m excited to see the results. Hopefully this new fictional platform will be a great jumping off point for further SA competitions and the like.

Revamping Lore

The Department of Lore is one of our larger Departments and certainly the one with the largest scope. Sang, Professor Extraordinaire, will be leading the charge to revamp it. The idea setting out isn’t to create new courses but instead to ensure all of the courses are as useful and correct as possible. As Laren put it, the goal is to make these courses as clear, concise, and user-friendly as possible.

Now Hiring: PROF/DOC

In my last report I put out that we were looking for a new Professor over the far-reaching Department of Leadership, Law, and Communication. The GJW got us all a bit distracted, so I’d like to report this request. Additionally, we’re looking for a Docent to take over for Reiyden on his courses within that same Department. My plan is to take applications, with the top two candidates being chosen as PROF and DOC; if you’d prefer one over the other, you can of course let us know that, too. The DOC position isn’t necessarily specific to the courses that Reiyden was over and we can rework them to best cover this Department with the new PROF. Interested parties should email an application to Laren and I no later than one week from now, 12/15. You should let us know areas in which you think this Department can be improved. Position requirements are as follows:

  • No min/max rank.
  • You must have passed with no less than an 80% most if not all of the courses in the Department. Leadership Proposals is okay to have skipped. :)
  • Absolutely no more than a 24-hour grading turn-around time; 12-hour or less is the goal.
  • Desire and ability to not only mark exams but keep the courses under you current.

Ask the HM!

Len Iode asked: “Will some of the Degrees be altered to reflect courses being removed? If they are how so?”

  • Degrees will always be reworked whenever their courses change. To expand on the answer I gave in chat, there are some cases (like the CoJ degrees currently) that it’s impossible to alter them so we might temporarily suspend them. That’s never our goal, though.

Tarvitz asked: “Over the past year, might I ask if there is anything you feel you would like to go back and re-write or re-work?”

  • Oh, there's plenty I've not been satisfied to my expectations with. The good thing is, my team and I are constantly revisiting things to get them to the point where we are happy with them.

Beef asked: “Now having graded fiction entries for a GJW, what two tips would you pass on to aspiring Novae-winning authors? What two pitfalls would you advise us to avoid?”

  1. What the women say is true: length doesn't matter, it's how you use it. :P

  2. Own the prompt. Don't shy away from it. Even if you don't like it, half the challenge as a writer is finding a way to tackle the prompt in an interesting way while still showcasing your character.

Beef then asked: “How might long-standing enemies like the Collective be brought into the SA?”

  • Yeah, we've got some changes to the DB Histories sitting in the hopper, and they'll be worked in there. :)

Beef is in a questioning mood (lol) so he then asked: “Could there be "group-based" tests? Learn the secrets of your enemies kind of courses?”

  • That's something we could explore if the enemy/group is interesting enough, sure.

Kaz asked (a couple of different ways): “More "blast from the past" in the future?”

  • This was a proof of concept. The concept seemed well-received... so hell yeah. I can't speak for the other DCers, but I'm always interested in those type of events. My RL education is in history, so looking at stuff from the past appeals to me. :)

Kaz also asked: “Aside from the "Brotherhood fundamentals" courses offered by the SA. Which courses do you feel are best taken by new members?”

  • I think DB History is useful to get a sense of where we've come. If someone wants to delve deeply into the Krathy arts (RIP) the Department of Lore as a whole is a great resource. For writers, the ACC courses are a given and are super useful to boot.

Tasha’Vel Versea asked: “What would be the one exam you enjoy the most and why?”

  • That's like asking me to pick one of my (non-existent) children, lol. I'd say ACC Combat Studies. It's an extremely practical course and I really enjoy the way it's setup as such.

Projects

Current

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

  • Leadership Proposal Update - SA Staff: This is the only course pending review and audit from last month’s completion of the Leadership Dept. changes. We are still working to determine its fate (rewrite? removal?). Estimated completion: TBD

  • DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu has completed first drafts of both courses and they've been sent to the DC for approval. I’m hoping now that the GJW is done, we can work with the DC to get these updated and out soon. Estimated completion: TBD

  • Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. The first phase of this is done, and the graphical elements have been completed by Vyr. James is working on deploying them, so this should be done very soon… maybe even by the time you get around to reading this report! Estimated completion: Very Soon (tm)(c)

  • Lore Revamp - Sang: The Lore Department will be revamped to make them as clear, concise, and user-friendly as possible. Estimated completion: 2/18

  • Operation Remodel (Wiki) - Laren: The SA Wiki pages will be updated or created as necessary. Estimated completion: 2/18

  • Writing Department Update - SA and Voice Staffs: Wally Q. Wallerson, his staff, and my staff are combining our considerable talents/nerddoms to overhaul the Writing Department. The goal is to make it an invaluable resource for all who engage in any sort of writing activity in the DB. A Fiction Studies primer is nearing release, while most others will need to wait post-GJW. Estimated completion: some soon, others not :)

Upcoming

  • There are a couple of things in the earliest planning stages, but aren’t quite ready for prime time. Stay tuned for more.

Top Exam Takers

Name # of Exams # of ACs
Professional Grot 103 158
Neophyte Sath Kekel 36 31
Warrior Magik 26 77
Acolyte greenfire 18 27
Battlelord Bentre Kairn'tel Stahoes 16 30

Note: these numbers cover the period from 10/1/17 to 12/7/17 and count both initial attempts and retakes.

Conclusion

The Shadow Academy is an amazing resource, created and administrated by some imperfect human beings who strive for perfection. We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. With cookies. And an SA team thankful for pointing it out.

In Darkness -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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Hello. Yes, this is Wally. In my 11th full report as Voice of the Brotherhood, I will cover Voice Staff projects and goals for the upcoming year, but mostly I just ‘rap a bit about the events and conclusion of Great Jedi War XII. No, not that kind...

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Hello. Yes, this is Wally.

In my 11th full report as Voice of the Brotherhood, I will cover Voice Staff projects and goals for the upcoming year, but mostly I just ‘rap a bit about the events and conclusion of Great Jedi War XII.

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No, not that kind of rap.

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Or that kind. Dammit. There goes my gif limit for the report. I will mostly talk about the events and conclusion of the Great Jedi War.

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Projects

So, the war is over. I guess I can’t use the “it’s on hold until after the war” excuse anymore. Never fear. There is plenty of work to be done, and I’m excited to take a step back and fall more into a project management role and enable my teams to have more opportunities to step up and make projects their own.

With that said, I want to take a second to let everyone know that Atra will be taking the lead on some of the larger projects we have coming up. This is because a lot of them tie into the ACC, but also because I want him having a larger role in the overall Character Sheet system. Please continue to show him the same respect you show me. If it involves having your Character Sheet approved or issues that you see with competitions, direct your questions to my Praetor, Atty.

Completed

  1. Tooltip Update — James has made it so that the tooltips (what comes up when you hover your mouse over a Skill or Force Power) will display the description of the respective tier as listed on the wiki. The idea here is to make it easier to know what a +1 in Piloting can do against a +3. Just remember that, like their wiki counterparts, these are just reference guidelines. If you’re still curious after reading, feel free to ask us. We’re here to help. There was a bug initially with the display tree being off, but that has been patched as of the writing of this report. Thanks to James for the quick fix and for creating yet another amazing feature to make the Character Sheets easier to read and reference. Thank you to Atra for doing all of the manual backend admin.

Upcoming

  1. Feats Linked To Skills/Force Powers — James and Atra are currently working on making it so you will only see Feats that are relevant to your character’s selected Skills or Powers. Keep an eye out for Atra’s reports. James says this will also be present on the front-end of sheets as well if he has his way.

  2. [SA] Writing Department Revamp — We will continue to audit existing exams and create new ones to help make the Writing Department exams helpful tools for members looking not just how to use the club's fictional systems, but to also learn how to improve upon their own writing.

  3. Possessions Integration — We will continue to work with the Regent Staff to incorporate Possessions, Loadouts, and the Character Sheets. This will involve some auditing, tweaking, and additions.

  4. Armor and the ACC — Atra will be covering this in his reports. This is his project. I am providing input and guidance, but this is his project.

  5. ACC Improvements — Again, Atra will be working with his staff and others to continue to make the ACC into an inclusive platform for members to participate in.

  6. CS Mechanic Tweaks — Atra already has a document going for me to look at that looks to update some of the CS mechanics. I’m going to hold off on making any major changes until after The Last Jedi premiers. Last time we had to figure out a way to incorporate Kylo Ren’s stupid ability to freeze a single blaster bolt in place. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to review when the movie drops. Thanks for continued patience.

  7. Character Sheet Creation Guide — This is my personal project I’ll be taking point on. My goal is to revamp the Character Sheet Creation Guide on the Wiki, and to provide complimentary Shadow Academy Exams for it. The goal here will be to help educate new and returning members on how to create and have their character sheet approved.

That should be good for now. There are some more things that I have in mind, but if you have questions, concerns, or want to get involved, please send me an email: [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. Doors always open.

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Great Jedi War XII

Well, that was fun. At least, I hope it was as fun for you guys as it was for me. I’ve competed in the last three major Wars that the Brotherhood has run. I competed in every Vendetta and club-wide competition that came in between. This was my first time, though, running something as big as a War. Lets just say it’s humbling. I take back all most of the shade I’ve thrown at Muz and previous Dark Councils that ran these types of events. To put it simply: shit's hard, yo.

For those of you that missed it, you can find everything you need to know about Great Jedi War XII here on the Twelfth Great Jedi War article. You will be able to see the results, Heros, and rewards. You’ll also start to see some images pulled from graphic and comic entries that were created by members during the War. You can also see the various entries and leaderboard here on the parent competition.

Congratulations to Clan Odan-Urr on their victory. They dominated across the board and earned this through and through. Congratulations also to First Hero Satsi Tameike aka Atty.

The Prologue as well as the first four chapters are present for you to read and catch up on. Sarin is currently working on the 5th and final fiction, and I will follow it up with an Epilogue. We ask for your patience as we get these done— our primary goal was to deliver the results rapidly and to have everything finalized. With both our schedules getting hammered, it’s been tough. Rest assured, you will see these fictions in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

I also plan to, once back from vacation and the holidays, write an anthology series of short fictions covering Marick’s time inside the Collective. This will allow me to answer some questions that came up about the inner workings of the Collective, and explore that story that happened concurrently to the War and sets up the Collective’s internal struggles as an organization.

The Collective

Speaking of the Collective— a lot of work went into the creation of the Collective. Personally, I poured a lot of my creative energy into making all the NPCs, their quirks, positions, and roles that they filled. I formatted and made the Wiki, their templates, and tried to give as much information as possible to help you guys creatively bring them to life in your stories and artwork. Evant did an amazing job creating the Collective Forces and Fleets, and Vyr made a killer planet to be our setting while also creating the leadership of the Collective. He even wrote the introduction fiction for them, which helped set Sarin and I up to pen the rest of the War fictions. Oh, yeah, and James coded it. All of it. Factions were not a thing before this War. Now they are. (Thanks, James).

The Collective Wiki article will continue to grow and expand, as will the Collective Faction page. More characters will be created as they are flushed out further. Mav and I also have a “Create a Collective NPC” competition in mind for the new year. So, make sure you look out for that, as we want you and your characters to feel connected to the Collective both in and out of character.

But most importantly, thank you to everyone who rolled with the creation of the Collective. As I said, it wasn’t easy, but I’m really excited to have been able to help creatively create this rival for the Brotherhood. It was even better to read all your stories, and to then get to see the art you created about characters I invented in my head. It really made me happy to see, so thank you. I look forward to seeing the Collective in future events and storylines, keeping us honest as we inevitably shift back towards hating one another.

Fiction Competitions

Great Jedi War XII featured two main fiction events— one for each Phase. Concurrently, Atra ran an Event Long Combat Writing Prompt that mirrored fiction but with a focus on combat against the Collective NPC roster. I compiled some quick stats, as well as the Top 10 placements in each of these events, and created an infographic! And there was much rejoicing across the land.

For the web-version, click here.

Before I go into the numbers and charts, I wanted to share the process we used for grading.

For each round, I set out to read every entry that was submitted. This resulted in me reading 80 fictions in a week, followed by 67 fictions in another week. In total, I read 147 fictions. I didn’t count the word counts/pages. Why did I do this? I spent a lot of time pushing each of you over the past year. I’ve talked about how getting an entry in, even if it’s not your best work, is better than no entry at all. I’ve tried in different ways to motivate and get you to write and write and for this War, to compete. Because I asked such a thing of each of you, I felt it was the right thing to read all of your entries personally before paring down my top selection for grading.

After reading through all entries, I selected (based on my quick scribble notes to myself) the top 16 entries I felt stood out from the rest. That top 16 were passed to Farrin and Sarin. Each of them read those top 16 entries, and ranked them in their prefered order. Sarin then averaged all three of our placement scores out, which determined the final placements.

In previous events of this size, fictions were split up into “piles” and given to each grader. The top entries would then be re-read and averaged together to create the final. While I admit this is how I should have handled grading, Sarin and Mav trusted me to try things my way. I appreciate that, and hope that anyone who has concerns or issues with this method takes my transparency here as an olive branch in hopes of sharing my thought process as much as possible with you.

That said, if you are curious about your entry, or want any kind of feedback, please just reach out to me. On Telegram I might be quick/short, but if you email me I can better guarantee I’ll remember to pull up your fiction and chat with you a bit about it. For now, I’ll highlight the things I saw in each of the top entries for each competition.

Please note: The Run-On event was handled by Sarin, and not me. If you’re curious about feedback on that event, drop him a line.

Phase I: Multi-Objective Prompt

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This competition earned a lot more entries than the second. I attribute this to two things: the attrition of the overall War and the flexibility of the multiple prompts. Members polled in fiction chat seemed to enjoy the flexibility and option of multi-objective prompts. I think these will be used going forward in Fiction competitions that I run. The idea was to have something for everyone, but I know you can’t make every character type happy. Still, I think we did a good job with this.

The problem with this kind of prompt is that a lot of entries blurred together. That’s not to say there was anything wrong with the technical writing or crafting of stories– more, that the top entries really stood out from the rest in terms of incorporating not just the prompts themselves, but how their character(s) fit into the larger scheme of the overarching war. There were also some instances of trying out different styles of linear storytelling by telling things out of sequence. This is a common trope in war movies and stories, but some members made it rich and organic in their narrative to help them stand out. Esca and Bubba, for example, both wrote stories of reverse-interrogation. The stories began with a character being reprimanded and then asked to explain what happened, so we’re treated to the story from that perspective.

Bubba, the winning entry, worked in a whole arc about the Brotherhood and the Collective's technology. He made the Braga into a living plot point, and his story really hit the ball out of the park. Grot, who I believe this is his first major Brotherhood competition (4th place!), took the infiltration angle and really sold it and covered his characters inner dilemma as becoming a part of a Clan of “Dark” Jedi while simultaneously doing his duty for someone he wants to impress.

All in all, I was really proud of everyone that submitted entries.

Phase II: Survival

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I’ve wanted to run this kind of fiction for a whole year now, I think. War prompts can get repetitive – which could be the Dark Crusades burnout still hovering over my shoulder – and so I wanted to change things up and offer a different kind of scenario to put members' characters into. When I explained the event to the DC, both Vyr and Evant seemed to really like the idea. Vyr and I both wished we could even compete in it. I’d have loved this kind of challenge for either of my characters. I know from talking to people that this wasn’t as popular of an event. I understand that, but thank everyone that participated in it despite it not being their favorite. I hope some of you did enjoy this challenge, and I will say that the top entries here really stood out to me as a reader. Whether it was not liking the scenario, or simply war fatigue, I could tell that a lot of the entries were “for participation”. That’s not to say they were bad in anyway, just that I could tell, and sometimes things ended on an ending that was simply unfinished and not really an actual cliffhanger.

What I liked most about the top entries were things like Atty’s visceral, gritty descriptions of her character’s journey in what reminded me of a Tarantino film. Kill Bill-esque, if you would. Bubba, the winning entry (again!) told a longer, more wider-reaching story that tied into his previous fiction and really made it feel like his story was an organic part of the larger war. Qyreia went full on Bear Qyrils, but really won me over with working in the Collective’s cast of NPCs and characters into his story. Vodo’s entry was very, very personal and I loved seeing the character's unrelenting drive. The twist he used at the end was also very good, and I personally enjoyed it as a reader.

Event Long

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This event was created to ensure that anyone that missed out on either the ACC Ladder (from a few months ago) and the ACC Tournament (closed format unit champions) could gain participation credit in the Combat Writing bin. It also allowed members that were not ACC Qualified to participate and get credit, and was hopefully a way to help reach members that were interested in combat writing but had avoided the ACC for one way or the other. I’ll let Atra talk more about that in his own reports, but I have read some of these over and was impressed with what I saw.

Summary

We tested two new things in this War in terms of Fiction and Possessions. This was the first major competition where Snapshots and Loadouts were required. I can confidently say that this system works as intended and was a success from a deployment and logistical standpoint. I believe we also proved, similarly, that Alternate Characters can be used in these kinds of events. I anticipate that they will be more integrated going forward.

In closing, I just wanted to thank everyone for the work they put into their entries. It was a pleasure to read all of them, and again, I’m happy to talk about anyone's entries with them. Just remember I’m away for the next week, so email is best and I might be slow to respond.

GMRG

Since we reached our stretch goal for entries in Phase II, as promised, I finally bit the bullet and took the GMRG exam. You’re welcome, Drac. I hate all of you.

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Final Thoughts

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you. Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my reports, leave comments, and give me feedback about the things we are doing everyday. The Voice Staff doesn’t stop working. The ACC Staff is just as much a part of that, and I am confident we will continue to see both teams continue to thrive.

The other night, I was given the privilege of receiving a promotion to the rank of Master (Elder 2). Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would actually become a reality. I am humbled, honored, and sincerely grateful to Sarin, Mav, and the rest of my fellow DCers for supporting me and being sympathetic ears to both my struggles and my triumphs. We don’t agree on everything (hi Vyr), but I’m truly blessed to work with this team. Team DC rolls hard, and make sure to congratulate Farrin on his promotion and the rest of the team on their sacramental awards. I hope I can continue to pull my weight in helping them however I can going forward.

Thank you to the friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin, both active and retired. Thank you to those that give me a hard time or doubted me, too. Without you, I doubt I’d have pushed myself so hard to keep working hard and moving forward ;). Forward, always.

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  • Voice Staff Resources Guide - Your one-stop shop for all your fiction needs. You can catch up on past reports and easily find links to Voice Staff policies, guides, and other documentation.

  • Fiction Center, the one-stop resource for fictional information on the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, it’s characters, stories, and history.

  • Click here if you’d like to join the DB Fiction chat! We are currently in discussions on how to handle the “Daily Questions” we had going last year, and seeing where we can use this concept to grow the fiction community.

One More Thing

Now that the War is over, just a quick reminder to read the Competition Approval Guidelines when submitting competitions. If you get a remand from one of my staff members, don’t take it as a slight. They are just doing their job. Please make that job easier by reading the guidelines. If we’re missing something in our documentation, let us know and we’ll update or add it. If something is unclear? Let us know and we’ll take care of it. Help us help you.

Finally, I will be out of the country on vacation from Thursday, December 7th until Tuesday, December 12th. If you want to track my escapades, you can follow or message me on Instagram: @w4lly. I will be uninstalling Telegram and not checking my DJB email for the duration of the trip, so please direct any inquiries to Atra, Atty, or Mav. They are your adults while I’m gone.

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Thanks, everyone. Happy holidays and winter breaks to those that celebrate or have them.

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GJW Results are out! We placed third! Congratulations to all the entered in the war. Third is a great place for us to be in and I’m proud of the clan’s achievements across the board. We’ve seen some incredible displays of individual talent and...

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GJW Results are out! We placed third! Congratulations to all the entered in the war. Third is a great place for us to be in and I’m proud of the clan’s achievements across the board. We’ve seen some incredible displays of individual talent and excellent team-working skills that have contributed to our position. The margin of victory over 4th placed Naga Sadow was extremely narrow (2277-2229), so it’s no exaggeration to say literally every single person who participated in the war for us has made the difference between 4th and 3rd.

Across the GJW we had 217 entries across 29 people. I’d like to thank Braecen especially. Our top scorer, Brae participated in the most competitions out of anyone (24), scoring 4 novae (1 gold, 3 silver). Brae also did a fantastic job representing the clan in the ACC bracket, reaching the final and participating in an epic battle with Blade that ended level on points, and also scored 2nd in both gaming and fiction competitions. An all round fantastic performance on sheer volume of entries and placement ratio.

Reiden Karr was another outstanding performer for the clan, taking more gold novae than anyone else in the clan thanks to his superhuman ability to solve a puzzle. Further ,Reiden put in a real solid showing with his fictions, placing 6th in two fiction events.

Excidium showed how far teamwork can get you, with the team of 8 winning a silver nova for their audio drama. Alara led the team of Shadow, Angel, Derek, Jorm, Kylex, Ric and Zehsaa to produce a very professional recording. I was sitting in their team chat to generally be annoying and watch them work and was very proud of the teamworking skills of every member in that team who contributed to a fantastic bit of work that I’m looking forward to being shared with you all.

I’m also very happy with how we performed across the various activities of the brotherhood, having taken a couple of Novae in gaming thanks to Angel and Xantros’ tireless activity, who took 3rd and 2nd in the Pazaak Den respectively.

I personally enjoyed the war a great deal, and I’d like to offer a personal shout out to Mune for his co-ordination of our 4th place run-on (with Zehsaa and Xantros) and Jorm for leading our 5th place battleplan team (with Zehsaa and Rosh). We had a number of placements just outside of the top 3, with Ric earning 4th and 5th in graphics, Z earning 4th in multimedia, and I placed 4th in face of the enemy.

So where do we go from here? This was a really strong showing from us and I’m very happy with the placement. But it also revealed certain areas for improvement. Moving forwards I really want to try and close that gap between 2nd and 3rd. Placement really made a huge difference to the points scoring, especially the credit earning. We only had one member that entered every bin, compared to six for Naga Sadow. By Brae’s maths, if each participant enters one extra comp a week we’d close the gap. If we can address this in future while keeping up our amazing placement ratio I think we could really compete for the top two next time around.

Once again, thank you to everyone that participated. Regardless of whether you earned loads of novae or just entered a couple of comps, you made the difference.

Happy Eli

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Shroud Syndicate Market The Shroud Syndicate has opened a store here, selling Collective technology they picked up during the war to members who participated. As such, all members who participated in this GJW will have an opportunity over the next...

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Shroud Syndicate Market

The Shroud Syndicate has opened a store here, selling Collective technology they picked up during the war to members who participated. As such, all members who participated in this GJW will have an opportunity over the next 6 weeks to purchase these items while this store is available. The requirements group was auto-populated so if you don't have access but feel you should email the Regent.

Ring of Retribution

The Ring of Retribution is a new reward created during this GJW, and will be awarded to all members who participated in the war in support of the winning Clan. For this GJW XII all members of Clan Odan-Urr who participated will receive this ring and have it granted by the Regent.

Clan Credits

Credits will be granted to the Clans following the details provided by the Regent here. Results of this are as follows based on final participation numbers and placements.

  • Clan Arcona: 64,500,000 credits (47,500,000 for 2nd + 17,000,000 for participation in 34% of available bins)
  • Clan Naga Sadow: 60,000,000 credits (43,000,000 credits for 4th + 17,000,000 for participation in 34% of available bins)
  • Clan Odan-Urr: 69,000,000 credits (50,000,000 credits for 1st + 19,000,000 for participation in 38% of available bins)
  • Clan Plagueis: 51,400,000 credits (38,900,000 credits for 6th + 12,500,000 for participation in 25% of available bins)
  • Clan Scholae Palatinae: 58,200,000 credits (45,200,000 credits for 3rd + 13,000,000 for participation in 26% of available bins)
  • Clan Taldryan: 53,400,000 credits (40,900,000 credits for 5th + 12,500,000 for participation in 25% of available bins)
  • Clan Tarentum: 43,500,000 credits (37,000,000 credits for 7th + 6,500,000 for participation in 13% of available bins)

Congrats to all, and thank you for your participation.

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, I would like to congratulate all of our Clans on a competitive and well fought war. Participation was outstanding, fair play was the norm, and the battle for First Clan was extremely close. With that being...

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood,

I would like to congratulate all of our Clans on a competitive and well fought war. Participation was outstanding, fair play was the norm, and the battle for First Clan was extremely close. With that being said, the Dark Brotherhood can only have one First Clan and this year that honorific goes to Clan Odan Urr.

It was a hard fought war with Arcona finishing as the Second Clan of the Brotherhood and Clan Scholae Palatinae just edging out Naga Sadow for Third Clan of the Brotherhood. Please be sure to congratulate Arcona who has now finished in the top two in four consecutive wars as well as CSP who has finished third for the fourth consecutive GJW!

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COU's performance was absolutely outstanding with participation levels higher than any Clan in recent memory. The large majority of Clan's members contributed to this victory and they should all be exceptionally proud of their collective team work. I have been Grand Master for almost five years now and I cannot remember such a dominant participation performance. Congrats to all of you! Participation numbers for the entire Club are below.

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In addition to the Clan Honorifics, we also award the GJW's individual Heroes. Like the battle for First Clan, the battle for Hero of the War was exceptionally close. Congratulations to War's hero, Satsi (aka Abbey, aka Atty)! Abbey led Clan Arcona from the front and was an amazing example of how to lead, how to participate, and how to win. Please also congratulate COU's Maximus and Aurora on Second and Third Heroes of the War respectively. The top three will all gain new titles on their dossier to commemorate their outstanding individual efforts. The top five is below.

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We also kept score of the highest performances in each Clan. Congrats to each of you for your individual efforts and outstanding work. Kudos to GM Ashen for showing all of us how to remain active and engaged. Clan Champions below.

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In addition to Clan Champions, please see the list of our Completionist members who "did work" and exerted "maximum effort" in this Great Jedi War. Congrats to all members who completed an event in every bin throughout the GJW.

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Lastly, for GJW statistics. Please see the overall bin participation below. We are proud of everyone's efforts.

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I would like to repeat my thanks to all of our members for their outstanding efforts during this war. The Seal of Retribution, Clan Credits, and First Clan rewards will all begin to roll out shortly. DC members will get the details out over the next day and everyone should see the spoils of war shortly. Your individual Clans will handle the awarding of merit and SAC awards and you should also see them shortly.

I am extremely thankful for everyone's patience during the grading of this event. Many of these events were graded by multiple members of the DC, often blind to their fellow DC member's scoring, and then we rechecked everything multiple times for accuracy. We wanted to make sure we delivered accurate and fair results vs conducting a rush job and getting it wrong.


Lastly, I am humbled by the dedication and outstanding work that the DC put into this war. Our DC created a new faction system for the war, created new possessions, new character sheets, a new planet, contracted out art work, updated the website, did wiki work, created a scoring system that has been extremely fair, and graded entries in a rapid/fair/efficient manner. The level of work for the War, combined with the DC's total efforts since their promotions/major awards has resulted in the following token's of my thanks to the Dark Council.

Congratulations to:

  1. Prophet Telaris "Mav" Cantor: Silver Sash
  2. Prophet Howlader Taldrya: Ruby Scepter
  3. Prophet James Lucius Entar: Ruby Scepter
  4. Battlelord Farrin Xies: Promotion to Warlord
  5. Adept Morgan B. Sorenn: Diamond Sword
  6. Adept Marick Tyris: Promotion to Master
  7. Battlelord Dracaryis: Amethyst Kukri
  8. Grand Master Jac Cotelin: Sapphire Blade
  9. Adept Evant Taelyan: Emerald Dagger

I have also promoted the Tribune of the Dark Brotherhood's wiki, Selika Roh di Plagia, to the rank of Adept. Slags, welcome to the Elders.

Please take the time to congratulate the DC on their awards and new ranks.


The GJW XII Conclusion fiction will be released shortly, with a customized section to highlight the successes of the Heroes and top finishing Clans. Look for more updates from Wally or I shortly. Thanks everyone and congrats!

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Ladies and gents! I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Rax Von-Klug for his service and willingness to help me lead Tarentum. Unfortunately, Rax will no longer be able to continue as PCON. I wish him well in his endeavors. I know he's...

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Ladies and gents!

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Rax Von-Klug for his service and willingness to help me lead Tarentum. Unfortunately, Rax will no longer be able to continue as PCON. I wish him well in his endeavors. I know he's busy with work, and hopefully, he'll get things cared for and have time to jump back into activity.

With this post, applications are open for Tarentum PCON. I'm giving ten days for applications, with an effective closing date for applications of December 2, 2017 at 2359 PDT. While I don't want to discredit the members of Tarentum, I'm of the opinion that we need outside blood, and I don't want to shake up my active House Summits. So, everyone is welcome to apply, but this is an opportunity for an outside perspective to come in and help me shake things up.

Email me ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) applications. No specific format, but sell me on why you should be PCON, and how you'll work with the QUAs. The PCON is akin to a pseudo-shogun of Tarentum, and the QUAs your chief lieutenants. PCON is also expected to run weekly (Sunday) Extended Summit meetings/training days. Other than that, I want to hear whatever you have to say.

Thank you for your time!

-Beef

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Great Jedi War XII has now finished! As the Great Jedi War comes to a close, I wanted to congratulate all of you on a hard fought effort and an incredible event! Twenty seven competitions and five weeks later, we have reached the finish line....

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Great Jedi War XII has now finished!

As the Great Jedi War comes to a close, I wanted to congratulate all of you on a hard fought effort and an incredible event! Twenty seven competitions and five weeks later, we have reached the finish line. Participation was exceptional across the event, as we received more than 1600 total entries across the three phases - not counting all of the many team events. Members from across the Brotherhood exceeded expectations and gave the Collective - and other Clans - quite a run for their money!

With the event finished, you can expect additional posts from the Dark Council soon, including fictional updates, preliminary results, and feedback requests. We are aiming for final results end of next week, because the holiday coming up here for some of us will require a break in our grading, but there will be updates prior to the final results.

Congratulations again... and see all of you again soon!

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