Introduction Hello! I'm Howie, your new-old-new Master at Arms! This won't be a full on report yet, more of an introduction, some shout-outs, and some reminders about things! * First of all, I'd like to thank my predecessor...
Hello! I'm Howie, your new-old-new Master at Arms! This won't be a full on report yet, more of an introduction, some shout-outs, and some reminders about things!
First of all, I'd like to thank my predecessor Aabsdu/Zanet/Zanax for his service to the position of Master at Arms, and wish him well in his retirement/medium time for naps in Plagueis! Also, thanks for the double ED. Insert inside joke here.
Second, I'd like to thank Mav and Sarin for giving me a shot/putting up with my ranting
Third, I'd like to say to all of you, my door/cave is always open. Send me an email, drop a comment on a report, harass me on telegram, I don't care - just harass me!
I think everyone in the DB knows me? As Sarin said, I was on the Dark Council in the 90s and early 2000s (god dammit, Yacks), and I've been a member of this club on and off and on again for almost two decades. If you have questions that are burning, that's what discourse comments are for!
Howie as Master at Arms
Overall? Things tomorrow will remain virtually unchanged from how things were yesterday. I have no intention of blowing up anything and everything, and especially not in my first week. Here are some specifics about what I'm planning on doing over the next week, and other things you probably need or want to know:
Teylas has agreed to stay on as Magistrate, and he's welcome to stay as long as he likes.
I won't be filling the Praetor spot at this point, that's something for the coming weeks and month(s) ahead.
I'm going to going through the Wiki and updating the appropriate pages that need love (or in some cases, need to be lit on fire and deleted because they're obsolete).
Teylas and I are still reachable through the MAA Staff Google Group - and I'd appreciate it if you could send your emailed requests to that address (maa-staff at googlegroups.com) - that way both of us see it, and we can process your request faster!
MAA Related News
I am running a puzzle competition. Click the puzzle!. It runs for about a week!
Multimedia/graphics related competitions that won't be awarding clusters (like all other competitions - and like Arcia said) should be submitted as a Regular archetype.
Fixing Competitions - New Policy/Procedure
On occasion, people mess up competitions, we've all done it (yes, even me!). We miss a participant, we swap placements. It happens and it is not a big deal. Fixing those competitions is not a big deal either, but with the launch of possessions, there is an added wrinkle - credits for individuals and units need to be adjusted. This is really just more of a formalization of what we in the Master at Arms office have been doing for at least a year with the addition of possessions/Regent people, but here's how I think it should go:
A member notices that there's an error in the competition they ran. Send Teylas and I an email letting us know what needs to be done. Additionally, if you could CC Evant and Halcyon (the Regent and Regent's Praetor, respectively) so they know they need to adjust credit values, that'd be appreciated.
Teylas and I will acknowledge your email and get everything ready (preparing to delete medals, reopening competitions, etc. - it depends on the situation).
If the placements have to be changed, we will reply and ask you to send an email to all the participants, so that they know what's coming.
Once that has been done, one of us will reopen the competition/delete all the placement medals, and reply back to the requester letting them know they can proceed.
Finally, the competition organizer can change the placements/change participants and then close the competition.
I'll be documenting that on the MAA Policies Wiki page if that works for everyone.
Expect a more formal report with more news in the next few days - but I just wanted to reiterate, if you have questions, comments, or otherwise want to scream at me? That's what I'm here for!
PS: Do all the things.
Greetings Dark Brotherhood, The Deputy Grand Master and I are proud to announce the ascension of Dark Prophet Howlader from the position of Praetor to the Master at Arms to the position of Master at Arms. We have forgone our typical application...
Greetings Dark Brotherhood,
The Deputy Grand Master and I are proud to announce the ascension of Dark Prophet Howlader from the position of Praetor to the Master at Arms to the position of Master at Arms. We have forgone our typical application process due to are confidence and trust that Howlader is more than capable to execute the duties of his new office. Please take the time to congratulate Howie on his elevation back to the Dark Council (he was the Chancellor in 1999...before some of our members were born). Please also take the time to respond on Aabs farewell message below to thank him for his steadfast and consistent work over the past few years.
Grand Master Pravus
Greetings, artists and those who enjoy art! Graphics Archetype Today our awesome Seneschal deployed a new Graphics Competition Archetype. It works in a similar way to the Fiction Archetype already in use: when you submit a new Graphics...
Greetings, artists and those who enjoy art!
Today our awesome Seneschal deployed a new Graphics Competition Archetype. It works in a similar way to the Fiction Archetype already in use: when you submit a new Graphics competition, you will be able to request a competition that awards Clusters of Graphite Automagically™ upon completion.
There are no major changes to the competition request layout but one, and we feel it is important to note this section:
The Difficulty Class will do literally what it means: it will determine the difficulty scale of the graphics competition. How this will be handled and what it will mean will become important in the future, but for now it remains a disabled feature. That said, it will not impact your competition/s in any way at this time so you may leave that on the default setting.
As stated in the Herald Competition Approval Guidelines, the competitions will be approved by the Herald staff and all Clusters will be automatically awarded upon closure. No need for e-mails or complicated approval processes.
The approval guidelines have been altered to be in line with the automated system, and a new section has been added to the Cluster of Graphite page called Additional Activities (that grant Clusters of Graphite). Please take a moment once again to read the wiki pages and understand your rights.
Please have a look at Herald Policies as well.
If you have any questions, please send them to the Herald staff mail, [Log in to view e-mail addresses], directly to the Herald or me, or find us on Telegram.
Hello everyone. Just a short announcement of what the SA staff is actually up to, and why sitting faculty should start getting nervous (it’s because of me!). Riku Keibatsu has finished his term as Magistrate, completing the 180 days of his term....
Hello everyone. Just a short announcement of what the SA staff is actually up to, and why sitting faculty should start getting nervous (it’s because of me!).
Riku Keibatsu has finished his term as Magistrate, completing the 180 days of his term. During this time he’s been extremely helpful to us, as without his efforts the Audit would probably still not be done. So everyone give three cheers to Riku. Thank you for all you’ve done man!
Normally this would be where I announce that Farrin wants a new minion, I mean staff member. However last time we ran applications we had a very, very, good application come in from a familiar source. It wasn’t as good as Celevon’s, who is already proving himself as our other Magistrate, but it was definitely good enough to make us consider him up front this time. We do not believe that we’ll receive an application that could top his this time, so for the next six months we would like to welcome Mateus Kelborn back into the warm embrace of the SA’s slavemaster (again, me!).
Finally, a little progress report on how we are doing. With the audit closed off and locked away for at least another year (yay!), we can now focus on Farrin’s pet project: The Prerequisites and Reorganization. I’m calling this one PR for short. We need all the PR we’re gonna get! No doubt that Farrin will detail more of this in his own report, but suffice to say that we’ve started the preliminary work needed to complete the PR. We’re aiming for the end of Q1 to have this done, which should revamp most of how the SA looks and changes a few ways in which it functions too.
That’s all for now, remember to thank Riku for all his hard work, and say welcome back to Mirus/Mateus.
As always, do the thing Farrin wants you to do when you find mistakes: Tell him! (Not me, him. No no, get that away from me! AAARGH!)
As is expected after a major ACC event followed by a major club-wide event and then coupled with the unlimited, cosmic powers of the holiday season... the Antei Combat Center is quiet right now. One might say "too quiet". Or one might...
As is expected after a major ACC event followed by a major club-wide event and then coupled with the unlimited, cosmic powers of the holiday season... the Antei Combat Center is quiet right now. One might say "too quiet". Or one might not. Really, who am I to dictate what someone may or may not do. I'm just a simple man with a simple job.
I have been informed by my people that "simple" doesn't mean what I'm attempting to pass it off as. This is unfortunate. However, I do have a relatively short and sweet update to bring you all in my report this month! Without endeavoring to bore you all into submission, I will be touching upon two updates in the ACC that have been either under way or ready for implementation. By the time you are done reading this, that implementation will be complete for that one thing!
Also, we will take a brief moment to go over some of the feedback from the 'Guests' of the Matron event.
Table of Contents
Alright! The boring stuff gets to be dealt with upfront. I don't like tedium all that much, so I expect I'm not alone in that. Only 10 respondents provided their feedback, but hey... deal with what you got. First off, let's see how we did on that 5-star scale for the enjoyment of the event. Interestingly enough, it went over pretty well. We got a whole 4.1 stars out of 5 in there, with 4 members who loved it, 4 who liked it, and one thought it was just alright. That's cool. Opinions vary, but this was on the high end of the scale.
The 3/3 posting structure also got a fair bit of love with only one member who didn't like it, a couple in the middle, and 5 who loved it. Unfortunately, the judges didn't love it. The judgments took quite a bit longer than they would for a typical match, which is to be expected, but near the end of the event, we were definitely getting hit with burnout. It was a nice experiment, but I'm unsure we will be delving into it again for events any time soon.
I won't be delving deeply into the other portions of feedback, as that's more important for me and my staff than you viewers at home, but there is one thing I want to touch on. On the whole, the scoring system didn't go over well. In particular, timeouts were the topic of the day. In fact, timeouts are always the topic. To put it bluntly, members don't seem to much care for other people disappearing on them. They feel punished because they can't participate fully in the event and it becomes a game of Russian Roulette to see if you get a full match or another miss.
Frankly, we don't have the perfect solution. If we did, this wouldn't still be a point of contention. We are caught between the pendulum swing of punishing the members worse or rewarding the other member more. Finding that sweet spot is difficult. Even when given the chance to provide suggestions on how to address this, the feedback was often constrained to "this is an issue, and I understand I don't know how to fix it either."
So... know that we are listening and will be taking everything to heart for the coming events! Whenever they may be!
I have a funny feeling this is going to make some people happy. I dunno, just a tingly sensation. Before this starts... no, the Scenario Hall isn't open yet. There are logistics in the background that need to be resolved when we have a chance. Once that's been handled we will be good to go... so very good to go.
The staff has discussed this proposal and given it their blessing, then the Voice did so as well. So, without stalling, here are the notable reworks of the halls and their descriptions. The other ones are just wording updates that don't actually affect your experience as a user.
Say goodbye to this hall. It wasn't ever really used to begin with. That would be to there never being a clear explanation on how to use it. Allow me to explain... when investigating we discovered some fun in the code. Put simply, no one qualified for the ACC could select this hall when making a challenge. Why? Because it was only an option for unqualified members. Well, that's strange... and now it is gone! Bye-bye, Training Hall. We hardly knew you.
Do you hear that? I hear it. It's the angelic chords of answered prayers. Well, not really prayers. More like grievances. Loud ones. Angry sometimes. Regardless, here it is! This newly added hall is the place to go for members that want to engage in 2-vs-Other (PvO) cooperative encounters! That's right. These ain't your regular duels. You work together against a common enemy. You've asked, we've listened, and here it is. Just like with the Duelist Hall, it falls on the first post to establish the scene. Hope you all enjoy it, but know that these matches will not be available in ranked format.
So, this is still a thing. You may be wondering why it isn't open yet, or why I have to deal with back-end issues. To put it plainly, this is the place for members who are looking for a dictated experience. The venues and options available in this hall will include scenarios that establish the setting and the threat for the members. These could end up with many different styles of matches, depending on the scenario selected. Right now there is no separation between regular venues and scenario venues in the system. That is what needs to be resolved before we can proceed on this. I hope that makes sense in why it is taking so long.
More or less, we just clarified the wording on this one so as not to be mistaken. These are still duels between characters. They may be odd duels, very odd duels, but they are still just that: 1v1 encounters. Hopefully, this will be very clear for everyone going forward.
Creative Writing Workshop Update
This probably has me more excited than anything else I have worked on in my tenure as Combat Master. You know what, let's revisit that phrase. This is the most exciting thing I've worked on since joining this club. It is the culmination of an idea I have had and attempted to get off the ground for so long that I never thought I actually would.
That is until I got a volunteer slave force all my own! The ACC Judge staff has been great in so many ways. They not only discuss all the nuances of our various judgments, but also fight for the best experience our members can have. Even as I wait patiently for the day that Turel finally doesn't bring his soap box to the meetings, I am grateful for their input.
So, before I wax poetic up in here, I'll give a brief breakdown of where we're at: Syllabus Breakdown. This stage is pretty straightforward. We have compiled a list of exactly what will be covered at each stage in the process, where the assignments will fall, what those assignments could be, and roughly how long the process will take. As it stands right now, the entire workshop would span the course of about 4 and a half months.
Understandably, that is quite the time investment. It's worth it, though. Let's look beyond the simple fact that the members in charge of these workshops will be investing that much of their time doing their utmost to help you all not only learn, but improve. What sort of time value would you put on the experience? Keep in mind that these groupings would be roughly 5 members in size at any one time. You'll all be growing together, discussing the topics actively and reviewing the assignments. At the same time, you could opt to not discuss those topics in the group itself but take it aside with the instructor for some one-on-one feedback. At the end of the day, you are sharing the time of this individual with others. Even as a small group, in order to do you all justice, the time is necessary. In fact, as we go through content reviews, this range may increase. The current projection is the bare minimum.
I know from talking to many of you that this is an exciting prospect, and I hope to truly reward that excitement with an experience that deserves it. That's all I'm really looking for in the end.
Remember, any questions on ACC mechanics, the CSs, or features, email [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. We do check this email, and often. Best way to get a proper response with all the staff on the same page.
Thanks for reading,
Hello fellow Star Wars enthusiasts, It has been a while, and I take this occasion to announce this as my final Master at Arms report. After serving in this position for the past 29 months as a member of Muz and Sarin’s Dark Councils, the time has...
Hello fellow Star Wars enthusiasts,
It has been a while, and I take this occasion to announce this as my final Master at Arms report. After serving in this position for the past 29 months as a member of Muz and Sarin’s Dark Councils, the time has come to usher in fresh blood. I am happy with where I leave the role and think the office in a better shape then before. This report will highlight a few pieces of recognition along with numbers.
I’d Like to Thank the Academy
First, for their diligent service as Magistrates, I have awarded Kelly Mendes and Teylas Ramar Anteian Crosses each. I made the decision when appointed to bring on termed Magistrates, six months, and purposefully switch them out for less experienced members. I do not regret that decision. Everyone who has served on this staff has provided exceptional service and, I hope, learned a great deal about the inner workings of DJB mechanics.
Next, the big one, my Special Magistrate turned Praetor Howlader. Little need be said about his service to the Brotherhood as a whole yet alone my tenure as MAA. He has been here the entire way, providing a consistent, firm, sometimes grumpy, but always caring perspective to everything. His immense accomplishments as Praetor have been combined with his months of service to Clan Taldryan, courtesy of Mav, to create what I know to be his favorite type of recognition: an Emerald Dagger from an outgoing Master at Arms.
Thank you, Howie, for everything you have done and will undoubtedly do in the future.
I would be a failed MAA were it not for an amazing support staff, from Praetor Evant to Praetor Howie and Magistrates in between: Rial, Kordath, Teylas, Nero, and Kelly. Thank you.
State of the Union
I am happy with MAA operations in their current form. Things have been quite quiet recently because, I believe, we have successfully worked with leaders to clarify and standardize expectations. We have had less remands and denials in the last six months than my first six, and while there is still unease and work to be done, on the whole improvement has been made.
My biggest regret is a project I continue to feel strongly about: the potential for shifting the Brotherhood’s promotions to an experience based system. Regret, however, is a strong word as attention was knowingly put on the back burner while everyone focused on possessions (and oh the awesome results of that). I do not know what the future holds, but the idea of DB XP remains on the minds of many and I will ensure the next MAA has my notes.
The Numbers Game [24 July 2014 to 10 January 2017]
The following numbers cover my entire run as Master at Arms, but as the query is PIN-based there may be overlap with actions taken by staff members in other roles (Evant as Voice, Teylas as CON, for example).
- Medals Approved: 4786
- Medals Rejected: 117
- Promotions Approved: 622
- Promotions Remanded: 26
- Promotions Rejected: 32
- Competitions Approved: 4106
- Competitions Remanded: 523
- Competitions Rejected: 21
- Name Changes: 369
- Unit/Path Changes: 744
- Position Appointments: 363
- Position Regisnations: 371
- Title/Legacy Approved: 67
I had a personal DB goal of serving as Master at Arms and am proud to have achieved that. I did not accomplish everything I wanted or promised to, but I consider the office I leave well ordered. Thank you, again, to my staff, to Muz, Sarin, Mav, and the Dark Council, to every unit leader for maintaining respect and understanding when being told no, and to every member for seeing this through.
Standby for GM/DGM news regarding next steps in the Master at Arms world.
- Howie has double ED, call a doctor
- Aabsdu’s MAA mic drop
- MAA Wiki Category
- Promotion Guidelines
- Golden Recommendations
- Medal Statistics
- Rank Statistics
- Leadership Rewards SA Course
- Leadership Competitions SA Course
- [Log in to view e-mail addresses]
Brethren, My best well wishes for the day and every other, my dears! It's been a while, but today, I am announcing that Clan Arcona is looking for a new Rollmaster! It is a critical position to the Clan as a whole, and one we want filled as...
My best well wishes for the day and every other, my dears! It's been a while, but today, I am announcing that Clan Arcona is looking for a new Rollmaster! It is a critical position to the Clan as a whole, and one we want filled as soon as possible. That said, applications will be open DB-wide until Sunday, January 22nd, 23:59 EST.
As this position is so important for our younglings, we do reserve the right to choose an applicant before the deadline should a qualified one emerge. Get yours in early!
Applicants should have:
- Less than 24 hour email turnaround time
- Any past leadership in the Brotherhood or notable achievements listed
- Any leadership experience outside of the club or in real life that may be relevant listed
- Access to communication platforms (IRC, Telegram, etc). Strong TG presence will be looked upon favorably.
- Rank of at least (Dark) Jedi Knight
- Ideas for the streamlining of requirements for Journeymen
- A solid system for assigning students with masters in correlation with the Clan's Rollmaster guidelines
- Ability to keep Rollmaster-applicable wiki pages up to date
- Ideas for Journeymen retention
- Ability to mediate, work as a team, manage time, and problem solve
Things to note when applying:
- Having taken and passed the Shadow Academy's Leadership courses will be looked upon favorably.
- Knowing yourself is a good thing. Tell us about what you can bring to the summit and where you could improve.
- Send applications to all the people we direct you to send them to. No, seriously. :P
Typical Rollmaster duties include:
- Seeing to the welcoming of all new members of the Clan, including instructions on their chain of command, communication tools and methods, etc
- Writing and publishing monthly Rollmaster reports
- Tracking and being conscious of members’ activity and taking responsibility for keeping track of when they are due for medals or promotions
- Writing of lead and/or supporting recommendations for medals and promotions for Journeymen and assisting with any other medals or promotions
- Overseeing the developing of master-student pairs and reporting to the summit on the status of these pairings regularly
- Constant communication with the rest of the Summit, including upper summit and House leaders
- Development, training, and appointment of subordinate leaders alongside the rest of the summit
- Maintaining the Arcona Mailing list with new joins and transfers
Introduction - Welcome to the Fist’s Gaming Network Welcome members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood the goal of my reports is to bring you the most up to date gaming news from inside and out of the DB in one place. I will attempt to cover as much...
Introduction - Welcome to the Fist’s Gaming Network
Welcome members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood the goal of my reports is to bring you the most up to date gaming news from inside and out of the DB in one place. I will attempt to cover as much gaming news that I can. Some of this news will directly affect are approved platforms and some of it will be just interesting general gaming news.
Of course I will always be highlighting whatever gaming comps the FIST office is currently running plus any DJB wide gaming comps you the members maybe running. Also, when the need arises there can be official DJB platform news presented here as well. So you never know what will be in my reports so make sure you check them out on or around the 15th of every month.
Also bare with me as I spend the first few months tweaking the format, content and coming up with a catchy name. Any suggestions or any news articles you think the DJB community needs to know about please let me know.
I would like to thank Rian Taldrya of the Herald staff for my awesome new report graphics! They look great!
News for Gamers
This section I will try to find some important news items about upcoming games, DJB events and any general gaming tidbits that I think you might find interesting.
You are all aware by now but just to repeat the latest Pazaak News, the cluster rewards for Pazaak were reduced due to the popularity of Turbo Pazaak. Feel free to click the link to read all about it.
Star Wars: Force Arena is a new FREE mobile game for Android and Iphone, that has just launched a few days ago. We already have a in game guild and we have some test comps (see below) already up to gauge interest in this game. If you wish to join the in game guild please reach out to the Celahir right away.
Also check the competition section because Titanfall 2 also is having a Test event. If you like this game or event interested in playing it now would be a great time to play with your DB friends. Honestly for me it’s a fun game and I really enjoyed the story and the MP is definitely fast paced. Here is the Metacritc Page for the game.
As much as I know everyone’s “love” for EA they are in control of SW gaming for now and coming this year will be Battlefront 2, which is the sequeal to the admittly lackluster first outing and is due out in the fall of this year. So as details emerge for this game we on the Fist staff will be keeping a close eye on it and we will keep you informed as well. Here is what gamespot had to say about BF2.
There are also reports of Respawn Makers of Titanfall2 are also making a SW game and so is the makers of Dead Space Visceral under the direction of Amy Henning from Uncharted check out the interview here . Again the news and details about these games are scant but when more details come out we will report them to you.
- FIST - Star Wars Force Arena - Test Run - Help the Fist Staff Test a potential new mobile game you can earn some clusters and maybe even a crescent in the process!
FIST - Titanfall 2 - Test Run - Yet another comp to test if this becomes a approved platform or not. If you love the game then you need to support this comp.
FIST: Quarterly Gaming Challenge Q1 2017 - when you don’t have anywhere to place your PvP, PvE or PvO Clusters of Earth/Fire place them in these monthly cluster races!
FIST - 2nd Annual Mobile Gaming - Aother year of Mobile games and Bonus CE’s!
FIST - 1st Annual Flash Gaming - Now Monthly Flash Games too! More bonus CE’s! Swoon!
Competition: FIST - Galaxy of Heroes Quarterly Squad Arena - Players of the mobile game will earn bonus CE’s in these weekly comps!
FIST- D3 Event - 20 Years of the Lord of Terror! - Go play Diablo 1 inside Diablo 3!
FIST - Diablo 3 Season 9 Greater Rift Solo Tier - complete the highest Greater rift you can to win this comp.
FIST - Overwatch Season 3 - Highest competitive rating for the 3rd season in Overwatch. Can you be the best?
Important Fist Information
Below are all the links you will ever need to either contact the Fist staff, join a gaming channel, look up a rule or game mode cluster value. I will up date this as needed with each report.
- Rites of Combat - is the place to find all the rules for gaming in the DJB.
- Fist-o-matic - a quick guide on how to use the Telegram fistbot.
- Pendant of Blood - how to earn PoB’s.
- Cluster Tables - is the place to find out what game mode offerr what Cluster (Earth and Fire) value.
- Tier 1 and Teir 2 games - os the complete list of all our approved game AND SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS! Not sure what shot to submit look HERE!
How to contact the Fist staff anytime using these methods:
- Join the DB Gaming Lounge on Telegram. We also have a Destiny and Battlefront, as well.
- Ask the Fist form
- or email us at [Log in to view e-mail addresses]
In conclusion -
And so comes the end of my first P:Fist report I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any feedback please let me know.
Also before i sign off I want to wish all of you and your families a Happy, Healthy and prosperous new year!
See you next month!
Seer Edgar Drachen, Praetor to the Fist
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Welcome to the first-ever Star Wars digest from the new Voice Office! In this, we will be covering some of the new canon material that Marvel, Lucasfilms and Disney all have to offer. However, be warned! There will be spoilers throughout each digest, so I do not recommend reading further unless you don’t mind catching those. I have done my best to add warnings wherever the plot synopses are, so bear those areas in mind!
Ah, Poe Dameron. Hotshot starship pilot and well-known affiliate of the Resistance, it should come as no surprise that Marvel released an ongoing series about his adventures.
Although the series started off rather lackluster without much for story development, Poe Dameron #7 kicked the series back off on a new story arc, being the first part of multi-part arc “The Gathering Storm.” Bringing in a new artist for this one, Angel Unzueta, this comic stood out to me as one of the most well-illustrated ones to come from the new Star Wars comics by Marvel.
Holding little connection to issues 1-6, the new arc seems to divide focus between multiple interesting characters. In the seventh issue, that character is Suralinda Javos, a journalist who can be recognized as an entirely new and never-before-seen species referred to as a “Squamatan.” Able to spit a corrosive venom and almost extinct, this new species is unlike anything else that we have seen, and seems to be much more developed in this issue alone than most of those seen on screen.
All in all, I found this to be one of the best comics from Marvel’s Star Wars universe and a great direction for the series to take. Although the rest of the series before it was enjoyable, the feeling of danger or intrigue were little to none. As “The Force Awakens” has proven, Poe Dameron is no lout when it comes to taking the helm of a starfighter, so seeing the difficulties he has on the ground (more or less) was great to see.
Plot Spoilers Inbound!
So, what is the correlation between Suralinda Javos and Poe Dameron? As the second-page foreword indicates, Poe Dameron is in search of informants, and his old contact sent him a message about insight into the First Order’s activities. As soon as Poe Dameron tugs on that thread and arrives on Pheryon, a world strikingly similar to Kiast, the First Order begins to take notice of his presence. Despite all the dangers, it is unclear what Suralinda’s motives are throughout, claiming that she has information the First Order wants. Assuming that exposing the secrets to the public will eliminate the target on her head, she aims to turn that information over to the Resistance.
During an interrogation, it is revealed that she does not in fact have information about the First Order, instead luring Poe Dameron to her with the intention of learning about the Resistance for her journalistic pursuits to save a failing career. Working out in her favour, she is brought to the same base that we see in The Force Awakens and collects the exact location of its whereabouts. However, after having experienced the First Order’s ruthlessness firsthand, she instead lends herself to Leia’s Resistance.
Those who have read through the now-ended Darth Vader series of comics with no doubt recognize the title of this comic series. Dr. Aphra, along with her two homicidal droids, stars in this series taking place after her involvement in the final Darth Vader issue. Gaining her own series by popular demand, the comic starts off on a tone reminiscent of another popular franchise, Indiana Jones. Heading back to her former occupation as an archaeologist, the series starts off right in the middle of her latest expedition, not unlike the franchise that might have been the inspiration for her character.
Surprisingly, the first issue can almost be regarded as two in one book. Immediately after the reader is informed that the story will continue in the next issue, there is another comic’s worth of pages showcasing Aphra’s backstory. Unlike mini-stories seen at the end of some other Marvel Star Wars issues, this one follows the same character and uses the same artist and writer. It is also noticeably longer than other mini-issues found at the backs of other comic books.
Dr. Aphra is quite possibly my favourite character in the new canon. Introducing all manner of new gadgets whenever she appears and possessing two of the galaxy’s most murderous droids, it comes with no surprise why she should get her own fan-requested comic series. The writing and illustration quality are on-par with the Darth Vader line of comics, but with a clearer focus on Aphra, 0-0-0 and BT-1 than their earlier roles allowed. Although we have been given a glance at Aphra’s backstory, it is unknown as to whether or not 0-0-0 or BT-1’s past will be further elaborated on in a similar mini-issue (perhaps focusing on the destruction of the Tarkin Initiative base that BT-1 was known for.)
Plot Spoilers Inbound!
As a young and bright student of the University of Bar’leth, the flashback half-issue shows that Aphra was a doctoral candidate and promising student. Despite her constant success, it is revealed that the new sava of the the University of Bar’leth is seeking to undermine her attempts to receive her doctorate and the two have been struggling against one another for success.
Invited to see the sava’s topic of interest, we are introduced to a new non-sentient species called Abersyn Symbiotes, a particularly dangerous creature that is deemed illegal within the Galactic Empire. Responsible for the fall of several historical empires, the creature feeds on the brain stems of sentient species and is now ordered to be concentrated as soon as one is discovered. Possessing several of these, the sava believes that he is doing groundbreaking research while also seeing Aphra’s archaeological interests as being disgraceful and unworthy for a doctorate.
As readers of the Darth Vader series will know, Aphra is adept in all manner of technologies and stages her own “discovery” using the stolen Symbiotes, placing them in an underground shed on the planet she was investigating. This is revealed as the reason behind having her doctorate invalidated when she goes to sell the relic found at the beginning of the comic.
That’s it for this issue of the Star Wars Digest! I will look at branching off into reviews for different series, books, or Rebels episodes next time around. Let me know what you think, and whether or not future reviews could persuade you to read the featured comic series or books that come out. For those who would like to read reviews that they would like to feature, please contact me and I’ll see if I can include your reviews in a future issue!
With Esca stepping down after eight months of excellent service and the elevation of Edgar to Quaestor, House Hoth is in need of a new Aedile. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are new to or want to get back into DB leadership as I...
With Esca stepping down after eight months of excellent service and the elevation of Edgar to Quaestor, House Hoth is in need of a new Aedile. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are new to or want to get back into DB leadership as I believe in hiring people for career paths rather than single jobs. As Arch and Ed illustrate, I look to strong performing Aediles to be our next Quaestors and Clan summit.
Applications are open DB-wide and are due to, Edgar ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Mar ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) no later than 7PM EST on 16 January. Failure to send your application to all three addresses will look really bad, so double check.
There is no minimum rank or DB experience requirement.
Be prepared to answer follow-on questions via email.
The Aedile's Duties
Set a good example for House members through strong regular activity and a positive attitude in chat
Maintain regular communication with members through email and Telegram
Assist in evaluating and recommending members for promotion and merit awards
Assist in planning, running, and promoting competitions for the House
Assist in developing House lore and maintaining our wiki page(s)
Serve as acting Quaestor in the absence of the Quaestor
What to include on your application
Relevant leadership or project experience in or beyond the DJB.
Any ideas you have for improving or developing the House. A 30/60/90 plan isn't a disqualifier, but it probably won't be helpful
Any time constraints we would need to be aware of
Describe your vision for what a leader in Odan-Urr should be